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The Week in Cycling: Hushovd abandons Omloop
Thor Hushovd crashed hard on the slippery Belgian roads late in Saturday's Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and abandoned due to an injured wrist. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com
The Week in Cycling: Boasson Hagen gets third at Omloop
Edvald Boasson Hagen was in a three-man lead group late in the race with Lars Boom and Sep Vanmarcke. After Boom flatted, Boasson Hagen and Vanmarcke attacked each other, but were caught by a chase group. Boasson Hagen hung on for third place behind winning teammate Ian Stannard, putting two Sky riders on the podium. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com
The Week in Cycling: Van Avermaet and Standard escape
Greg Van Avermaet and Ian Stannard were forced to work together late in the race in order to hold off some strong chasers. Stannard took the two-up sprint, and gave Sky an elusive classics victory. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com
The Week in Cycling: Van Avermaet agony of defeat
Greg Van Avermaet felt the pain of a missed opportunity after finishing second to Ian Stannard at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com
The Week in Cycling: Wilcoxson crash
U.S. National Team rider Jade Wilcoxson took a spill in the women's Omloop Het Nieuwsblad. Wilcoxson, the U.S. national champion, did not finish the race. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com
The Week in Cycling: Armitstead Pieters Johansson
Lizzy Armitstead, Amy Pieters, and Emma Johansson (L-R) proved the strongest riders in the women's Omloop Het Nieuwsblad. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com
The Week in Cycling: Pieters wins Omloop
Amy Pieters took the win ahead of her breakaway companions in the women's Omloop Het Nieuwsblad. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com
The Week in Cycling: Bishop Mellow Johnny's Classic
Jeremiah Bishop pushed the pace in front of Geoff Kabush and Todd Wells at the Mellow Johnny's classic in Texas on Saturday. Bishop faded during the final lap, finishing fourth. Kabush would finish second, losing the sprint to Max Plaxton, and Wells crossed the line in third place. The Mellow Johnny's Classic was the first race of the USA Cycling U.S. Pro Cup series for 2014. Photo: Sho-Air/Cannondale
The Week in Cycling: Plaxton sprints to win Mellow Johnny's Classic
Max Plaxton won the sprint against Geoff Kabush at the 2014 Mellow Johnny's Classic. Katerina Nash won the women's race. Photo: Sho-Air/Cannondale
The Week in Cycling: Hammer wins Omnium
Sarah Hammer celebrated after winning her second consecutive gold medal in the women's omnium at the UCI Track Cycling World Championships at the Alcides Nieto Patino velodrome in Cali, Colombia. Hammer won three of the six events that make up the omnium. Photo: Luis Robayo | AFP
The Week in Cycling: Mirsamad Pourseyedigolakhour Langkawai
Mirsamad Pourseyedigolakhour was a controversial winner in stage 4 at the Tour de Langkawi on Sunday. Pourseyedigolakhour served a two-year suspension for an EPO positive following the 2011 Tour of Iran. He rides for the third-division Tabriz Petrochemical team, which is not part of the UCI Biological Passport program. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com
The Week in Cycling: Boonen wins Kuurne Brussels Kuurne
After a dissapointing ride the day before at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, Tom Boonen got his redemption by winning Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne. Omega Pharma-Quick Step controlled a late selection to push the former world champion to victory. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com
The Week in Cycling: Finetto
On Sunday Mauro Finetto won the 170-kilometer one-day race G.P. Città di Lugano in Switzerland. The race was cancelled due to foul weather in 2013, but sunshine greeted riders at the finish this go around. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com
The Week in Cycling: Maxime Vantomme wins GP Samyn
Maxime Vantomme of Roubaix-Lille Metropole took the win ahead Alexey Tsatevich of Katusha and Nacer Bouhanni of FDJ.fr at the 46th Grand Prix Le Samyn on Wednesday. Photo: Kristof Van Accom | AFP
The Week in Cycling: Johanssan wins GP Samyn
After coming close at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, Emma Johansson took the win in the women's Le Samyn Wednesday. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com
The Week in Cycling: Enduro added to Nationals for 2015s
Following an earlier announcement, USA Cycling confirmed this week that it would add the enduro discipline to the mountain bike national championships beginning in 2015 in Bend, Oregon. The federation also confirmed that the 2014 edition of 24-hour nationals would be the last. Photo: Daniel Dunn | Velonews.com
The Week in Cycling: Bos wins 2 stages in Langkawai
Theo Bos has won four stages at the Tour de Langkawi this week, his most recent coming Friday. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com
The Week in Cycling: Mirsama Pourseyedigolakhour leads Langawai
Mirsama Pourseyedigolakhour is still in the leader's jersey heading into the final stage of the Tour de Langkawi. The Iranian could wrap up the title Saturday in Malaysia. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com
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Movistar tests in the Drag2Zero wind tunnel: Movistar to England
Seven Movistar riders spent three days in the Drag2Zero wind tunnel at the Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 headquarters in Brackley, England, this week. Photo: Joolze Dymond | www.joolzedymond.com
Movistar tests in the Drag2Zero wind tunnel: Malori
Adriano Malori (pictured) joined Alejandro Valverde, Nairo Quintana, Beñat Intxausti, Jon Izagirre, Jonathan Castroviejo, and Alex Dowsett in Brackley. Photo: Joolze Dymond | www.joolzedymond.com
Movistar tests in the Drag2Zero wind tunnel: tech
“It's a matter of determining the cause and effect of every single variation," Movistar performance director Mikel Zabala said via the team's website. "We made changes on the position of the trunk, head, hands, the arm rest on the handlebars ... every element that has an impact on the rider's position. It's not only about getting the best position when it comes to aerodynamics, but also trying to make that comfortable to the rider. It must be a mixture between both conditions, and even though all of them have undergone changes, the work to make them valuable comes afterwards." Photo: Joolze Dymond | www.joolzedymond.com
Movistar tests in the Drag2Zero wind tunnel: Dowsett
Giro d'Italia stage winner Alex Dowsett was on home ground when Movistar visited Brackley, England, for aerodynamics testing this week. Photo: Joolze Dymond | www.joolzedymond.com
Movistar tests in the Drag2Zero wind tunnel: Castroviejo
Spanish national time trial champion Jonathan Castroviejo was among the Movistar riders testing position and equipment this week. Photo: Joolze Dymond | www.joolzedymond.com
Movistar tests in the Drag2Zero wind tunnel: Valverde
“It's the first time I'm here and I'm leaving really surprised with everything I saw at the facility," said Alejandro Valverde, who will aim for the Tour de France podium in July. "Any small improvement you take becomes more and more important nowadays, and I'm convinced this can make a considerable effect on my performance. We have realized what is to improve in our aerodynamic position, and even though the decisive point is taking these changes into real racing, it does have use to focus on what to do, so we can make up many seconds in those long TT's of fourty or fifty kilometers.” Photo: Joolze Dymond | www.joolzedymond.com
Movistar tests in the Drag2Zero wind tunnel: Quintana
Nairo Quintana, best young rider at the 2013 Tour, was in the tunnel aboard his Canyon Speedmax CF time trial bike equipped with a Campagnolo Bora Ultra 80 front wheel and Bora Ultra TT disc rear wheel. Photo: Joolze Dymond | www.joolzedymond.com
Movistar tests in the Drag2Zero wind tunnel: Accessories
“It was a great experience," said Nairo Quintana. "They have the best technology here and I think this can make me improve quite a bit on time trials. We made many changes, testing every component, every accessory, and I hope this to pay off on the road." Photo: Joolze Dymond | www.joolzedymond.com
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PARIS (AFP) — Tour de France champion Chris Froome has pulled out of next week’s Tirreno-Adriatico in Italy and his Sky team has replaced the Kenyan-born rider with Australian Richie Porte.
But that move was met by anger from Paris-Nice organizer ASO, as Porte had been due to begin the defense of his “Race to the Sun” title on Sunday.
Froome is suffering from inflammation in his back and hasn’t raced since winning February’s Tour of Oman.
“Chris has suffered a slight inflammation to the sacroiliac joint in the lower back. As a precaution we have chosen to withdraw him from next week’s Tirreno-Adriatico so he can focus on recovering and preparing for the Volta a Catalunya,” said Sky doctor Alan Farrell via the team’s website.
Sky’s decision to shift Porte from Paris-Nice, which has no individual time trial or mountain finish, to Tirreno-Adriatico, which more suits his capabilities with two time trials (one team and one individual) and two summit finishes, was met with anger from ASO, the company that runs the Tour de France.
“We find it cavalier to have the reigning champion pull out just before the start,” said Tour de France director Christian Prudhomme. “We were told that to win points for the world rankings, the Tirreno was more favorable (to Porte) due to its technical characteristics and the presence of an (individual) time trial.
“We stick by the Paris-Nice route, without a time trial for the first time since 1955 and without a long enough summit finish. Everything was done so that the race could be fought for everywhere, just as much on the flats as in the more hilly stages.
“We wanted to move away from stereotypes and we’re going to continue on this path. Bearing in mind it’s the riders who decide, we’ll keep proposing more open courses. I’m convinced it will be a magnificent race.”
Sky won the last two editions of Paris-Nice, with Bradley Wiggins in 2012 and Porte last year. Froome finished second to Italy’s Vincenzo Nibali, who is racing
Paris-Nice this year, in last year’s Tirreno-Adriatico.
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We published an open letter earlier this week from Rich Sawiris of Wheelbuilder.com, in which he called upon hand-built bicycle makers to show their creations with custom wheels at the North American Handmade Bicycle Show, which takes place March 14-16 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Today, we present a response to that letter from Andy Tetmeyer at Hed Cycling Products.
Regarding the recently published “Open letter to builders of the North American Handmade Bicycle Show.”
Hed wheels will be on several bikes at NAHBS and 2014 will be the sixth year that Hed has purchased a booth to display our wheels at the show. We have spent time and money at the show for the past five years and will continue to do so in because we see value in it. There are very few other opportunities where we can support a venue for custom builders, develop relationships with them, and speak to consumers face to face. The builders and show attendees are exactly the people we want and NAHBS is where we start those relationships.
Every single one of our wheels is handbuilt here in Minnesota and we believe they are a fitting compliment to the gorgeous frames that will be on display at NAHBS. We have 46 wheelsets on offer, as well as three bare rim models with hole count/size/brake track options. Calculating different models of front and rear wheel offerings would yield well over 100 wheelset options available from Hed. All of our rims and hubs are our own design. We do not rely on off-the-shelf design. If we did, they would not perform as well as they do on such a wide range of bikes in all conditions.
By aggregating products from a number of manufacturers, a wheelbuilder is certainly able to offer a huge range of choice in a handbuilt wheel. We don’t dispute that such a business model produces more choice than our offerings here at Hed. However, choosing components from a large list of off-the-shelf products is not the only way to get an extremely high quality handbuilt wheel. As both builder and manufacturer, Hed has a large range of wheels that can be mixed or matched to enhance the ride of any bike. We don’t believe they detract in the slightest from a custom frame. Hed has been designing and building wheels for 28 years, and like many framebuilders, we’re constantly thinking about design and manufacturing tweaks that will make our product perform even better.
And, like a framebuilder, when we come up with an improvement we can test it right away and make a change if it proves itself — in both frames and wheels that is the advantage of making your own stuff.
However, we only offer black nipples.
Hed Cycling Products
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