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27/09/2019, 18:13

Drama as winner of U23 World Championship road race disqualified

Nils Eekhoff of the Netherlands was the first rider across the line at the end of a very tough Under-23 men's road race at the UCI Road Cycling World Championships in Harrogate today - but was subsequently disqualified for taking a tow off his team car following a crash earlier in the race.

The win instead went to Samuele Batttistella of Italy with Stefan Bissegger of Switzerland elavated to silver and Great Britain's Tom Pidcock - Yorkshire born and bred - who had led out the sprint being awarded bronze after initiallly missing out on a medal as he finished fourth in a seven-man sprint in Harrogate.

Pidcock had been part of a four-man group that looked set to contest the finish in Harrogate but three other riders - including the winner - got back on ahead of the final kilometre.

It took the best part of half an hour for the race jury to make its decision, and Eekhoff was disconsolate as he was led away from the finish area by staff of the Dutch team.

27/09/2019, 16:41

27/09/2019, 16:40


Operation Puerto "thwarted" by slow pace of Spanish legal system says former Wada boss

Wada concluded its Operation Puerto investigation in August and 11 athletes (10 male and one female) were identified in connection with Dr Eufemiano Fuentes’ blood doping ring.

However, due to the 10-year statute of limitations having elapsed, the names can no longer be made public.

"It is regrettable but anticipated," said former Wada boss David Howman.

"The pity is the efforts by Wada over the years were thwarted by a very slow-paced Spanish legal system. At times it seemed as if the intention was to delay any proper approach."

The only cyclist to serve a ban in connection with Operacion Puerto was Alejandro Valverde, the current world champion.

27/09/2019, 15:39

Speedie Gazelle (via GoFundMe)

£1,000 raised for self-employed cyclist who was victim of hit and run

27/09/2019, 14:57

Flawless conditions for the men's U23 race at the World Championships

27/09/2019, 14:52

Peloton (copyright Simon MacMichael)

Teams rebel against UCI Classics Series ahead of its launch next year

Pro teams’ association says teams’ and riders’ rights aren’t being recognised.

Full story here.

27/09/2019, 13:32

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Peloton loses 11% of value on first day of trading

The connected indoor training company Peloton didn't have a great first day on the NASDAQ stock exchange. The company, best known for very expensive spin bikes (and unreasonably litigious nature), priced its shares at $29, giving it a valuation at IPO of an eye-watering $8bn. But it's yet to make a profit, and on the first day of trading shares closed at $25.76, down 11%. Interviewed by CNN, CEO John Foley admitted some "slight disappointment" at the first day's trading. but said, "We're trying not to take it personally". The company is also the subject of an ongoing music lawsuit which claims licensing infringements on over 2,000 songs and is now seeking $300m in damages.

27/09/2019, 12:39

Megan Jastrab of the USA wins the Junior Women's Road race

GB's Elynor Backstedt finished fifth.

27/09/2019, 12:34

Justice (Lonpicman, Wikimedia Commons)

'Low sun' explanation rejected after driver left cyclist with brain damage

Scottish motorist handed £450 fine and four-month ban.

Full story here.

27/09/2019, 10:37

What was this soigneur thinking?!?

Then again, the rider should be making every effort to get to the side of the road to take that bottle. 

27/09/2019, 10:36

Speaking of Boardman…

He’s been appointed to the UCI Mass Participation Events / Advocacy Commission.

The commission’s main goal is to grow and improve cycling worldwide. It focuses on both everyday cycling and mass participation events.

27/09/2019, 10:32

Loads of nodes

27/09/2019, 10:15

Behind the Smile - The Esteban Chaves Documentary

Grab a cuppa and watch this mini-documentary about one of the most charming pro riders in years.

27/09/2019, 10:13

Future of top women’s team in doubt

The 2020 season will be the last year for the Boels-Dolmans team with title sponsors Boels Rental and Dolmans Landscaping both pulling out.

The Boels-Dolmans team has been number one in the UCI team rankings since the end of 2015.

They became team time trial world champions in 2016 and won the women’s teams’ World Tour in 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019.

The team has, at one point or another, won all the major classic races and tours and last four road race world champions all rode for the team.

27/09/2019, 10:05

You ain't riding through him

To be fair to the marshal, he gave the rider a push to get her going again. 

27/09/2019, 09:15

Wiggo's top five road world champions

27/09/2019, 09:13

A rider to root for in future races

This is awful to watch.

German Dario Gomez Becerra burst into tears yesterday after being left at the side of the road following a mechanical.

The Colombian had been in the front group in the Junior Men’s World Championships Road Race, but after watching car after car pass him by before neutral service arrived to give him a wheel, he ended up in the second group with all hopes of winning gone.

Becerra is 18. Hopefully at some point in the future we get to see him have a better day.

Alex has written for more cricket publications than the rest of the road.cc team combined. Despite the apparent evidence of this picture, he doesn't especially like cake.