Bike World News Pro Cycling News, Products & Tech and More Wed, 28 Jun 2017 20:52:35 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Bike World News 32 32 4425502 Bahrain – Merida team gets new Merida REACTCO for 2017 Tour de France Wed, 28 Jun 2017 20:52:35 +0000 After making a soft entry during this year's Giro d'Italia, the new Merida REACTO will be making its official in 2017 Tour de France with the Bahrain-Merida Cycling Team. [...]]]>

After making a soft entry during this year’s Giro d’Italia, the new Merida REACTO will be making its official in 2017 Tour de France with the Bahrain-Merida Cycling Team.

The new Reacto has already attraced attention of fans around the world during the Giro. Earlier this month, Sonny Colbrelli raced its prototype in Criterium du Dauphiné disguised in a black and white wrap.

By combining an experienced German R&D centre with excellent Taiwanese production competence, Merida is able to officially announce its aerodynamic model in both rim and disc brake options in Apeldoorn before the Grand Départ in Düsseldorf.

With a main objective of simplicity, the 3rd edition of REACTO is the lightest, fastest, and the most aerodynamic bike in Merida’s history. Slimming down the tube shape, the new REACTO is now more aero, and 17.13% lighter than the old version. Riders benefit from the redesigned seat stays and S-Flex seat post with better comfort. REACTO CF4 shares the race geometry of SCULTURA CF4, a short head tube and relatively long reach make it a quick and nimble weapon.

“Cyclists and trainers are starting to become more and more aware about the importance of aerodynamics. Even the climbers are starting to ask more questions about it. You start to find a bike rigid, comfortable and aerodynamic. As more and more races finish in the descent, it is the stability that riders are looking for. Having a bike like REACTO is yet another area where you can improve the percentage,” said Bahrain-Merida general manager Brent Copeland.

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Wilier Triestina launches new Cento10NDR endurance race bike for 2018 Wed, 28 Jun 2017 20:33:25 +0000 Wilier Triestina plans to build on the huge success of the Cento10AIR to launch the endurance focused Cento10NDR. [...]]]>

Wilier Triestina plans to build on the huge success of the Cento10AIR to launch the endurance focused Cento10NDR.

The new bicycle is built for riders looking to take on rough roads and longer rides in complete comfort. As a racing-focused company, Wilier sought the input of the Wilier Triestina – Selle Italia team for feedback during the three-year design process. The bike upholds the famed handling characteristics the brand is known for, while making the bike a cobbled classic contender for racers, and a delight on rough descents and unpaved roads.

Featuring the brand new ACTIFLEX suspension system, and the ability to run either rim or disc brakes, the Cento10NDR is a versatile bike that will excel in a huge range of conditions.

Wilier has developed the innovative ACTIFLEX suspension system exclusively for the Cento10NDR. This new ACTIFLEX technology uses a linkage behind the seat-tube to provide vibration damping and isolation from bumps. The carefully controlled suspension will be almost unnoticeable when riding, with the bike working to smooth out imperfections in the road.

The ACTIFLEX system on the Cento10NDR barely moves in normal riding situations, but can flex up to 3 mm when needed. The suspension can be tuned using three different weights of technopolymer insert. The technopolymer has been developed to provide consistent performance across a huge temperature range. Rather than the basic single polymers of older suspension systems, the technopolymer rubber is a combination of different synthetic compounds that counterbalance each other as the temperature changes, giving the same adsorption characteristics in temperatures from -40 Celsius to +150 Celsius.

Knowing this bike would find its home on the northern European cobbles, as well as sloppy winter rides and scorching summer adventures, keeping the suspension system constant across a wide temperature range was critical.

The polymer insert works in tandem with the built-in flex of the carbon fibre chainstays. While the amount of movement at the chainstays is imperceptible to the naked eye, this flex is primarily responsible for the vibration damping, while the ACTIFLEX system controls both the compression and rebound of that flex to keep the suspension consistent in all conditions.
Matching the terrain that this bike will be ridden across, the Cento10NDR will arrive stock in the USA with disc brakes and room for 32c tires. The tire clearance, measured on modern wide rims, will allow for large tires to fit while still keeping clearance for mud and dirt. The bike is also capable of being run with direct mount rim brakes, a nod to the likelihood of the Wilier Triestina – Selle Italia Pro Team riding this bicycle in the Spring Classics, where there is still considerable uncertainty as to whether disc brakes will be allowed.

The Cento10NDR geometry has been designed from the ground up to provide a balanced but lively ride. The reach has been reduced in comparison to the Cento10AIR in order to increase the maneuverability on rough terrain. The stack height has been increased, giving the rider to the ability to find a comfortable bar height without resorting to a huge number of spacers under the stem. The resulting position will keep riders happy on long rides, while creating a clean aesthetic that matches the bike’s smooth lines. Wilier wanted to ensure the Cento10NDR could be raced in the professional ranks, while still accommodating the rider looking for a comfortable all-day position on the bike.

While the Cento10AIR realised large weight savings over previous models, the Cento10NDR adds just 100 grams to the frame, ensuring the benefits of increased vibration damping can be gained without sacrificing the amazing feeling of riding a lightweight bike. The integration found on the Cento10AIR is also carried forward, meaning the bike can be run with absolutely no external cables.

Building on the success of the Alabarda bar/stem combo, Wilier will be launching a modular system to accompany the Cento10NDR. The Wilier Barra and Stemma keeps the aero advantage of the integrated system, and also preserves the ability to run cables internally through the bar and stem, but offers up increased versatility through the ability to adjust the bar at home. The stem will come in 90, 100, 110, 120, and 135 mm lengths, at an angle of 10.5 degrees. The handlebar will come in 40, 42, and 44 mm widths.

The Cento10NDR will be available in the United States as a complete bicycle, or frameset only. Full builds will be available with a Dura Ace Disc Mechanical groupset for $7999, and in an Ultegra Di2 Disc groupset for $7349. The frameset will retail for $3499. The full size run, from XS to XXL, will be available in the United States, starting in September 2017.

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Trek – Segafredo’s Andre Cardoso out of 2017 Tour de France on doping positive Tue, 27 Jun 2017 18:51:13 +0000 [...]]]> Well, it’s 4 days until the official start of the 2017 Tour de France, and unfortunately, the race is already hit by its first doping scandal. The UCI announced today that Trek-Segafredo’s Andre Cardoso tested positive for EPO in a June 18th out-of-competition test and has been provisionally suspended pending analysis of the B sample.

The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) announces that Portuguese rider André Cardoso was notified of an Adverse Analytical Finding (AAF) of Erythropoietin in a sample collected in the scope of an out-of-competition control on 18 June 2017.

The control was planned and carried out by the Cycling Anti-Doping Foundation (CADF), the independent body mandated by the UCI, in charge of defining and implementing the anti-doping strategy in cycling.

The rider has the right to request and attend the analysis of the B sample. In accordance with UCI Anti-Doping Rules, the rider has been provisionally suspended until the adjudication of the affair.

Cardoso was recently announced as part of Trek-Segafredo’s nine man roster for this year’s Tour de France and was expected to provide support for team leader Alberto Contador throughout the race. On the news of the positive test, however, the team suspended him immediately.


To our cycling family, we have some disappointing news to share.

It is with deep disappointment that we have just learned that our rider, Andre Cardoso, has tested positive for a prohibited substance. In accordance with our zero tolerance policy, he has been suspended immediately.

We hold our riders and staff to the highest ethical standards and will act and communicate accordingly as more details become available.

The team has yet to announce his replacement.

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Team Sky and Ford announce new two-year partnership Tue, 27 Jun 2017 15:37:43 +0000 Team Sky announces a new two-year partnership with Ford Motor Company as exclusive supplier of cars and vans through 2019. [...]]]>

Team Sky is excited to announce a new two-year partnership with Ford Motor Company, our exclusive supplier of cars and vans through 2019.

To celebrate, Ford have developed a special version of the new Focus RS Option Pack for the 2017 Tour de France. Sporting a striking new white livery that matches Team Sky’s special edition Tour de France jerseys, the Focus RS Option Pack will act as a time trial and recon vehicle for the Tour, which starts on July 1 in Dusseldorf, Germany.

The stunning new Focus RS features a mechanical limited-slip differential, a custom‑made bicycle rack and Recaro seats that were specially developed for the team. The seats are flatter and enable the driver and support team more freedom to move inside the car. These non-shell seats also make it easier to quickly get in and out of the car in race situations.

The performance and handling of the Focus RS will be essential for following the riders, who achieve speeds of up to 70 km/h as they negotiate the 14-kilometre time trial course. During race stages, it will be the daily recon car, scouting in front of the riders to recce the road ahead.

As with the Mondeo wagons used by Team Sky’s Sport Directors, the Focus RS has been modified to handle ever-changing race scenarios, road conditions and weather. They are also prepared to cope with more than 350 kilograms of added weight, including spare bikes and wheels, drink bottles, tools, and even a large coolbox. Team carers and VIPs use AWD‑equipped Ford S‑MAX sports activity vehicles and Edge sports utility vehicles.

“We’re delighted to be extending our partnership with Ford – a company with the same principles of tackling challenges that we at Team Sky have,” said Team Principal Sir David Brailsford. “Ford vehicles play a vital role for Team Sky and their knowledge and support makes them an integral part of our team.”

“Racing on two wheels is increasingly capturing the imagination of sports fans across Europe – and is underpinned by the best possible support on four wheels. We are excited to continue to support Team Sky in their pursuit of further cycling success,” said Roelant de Waard, vice president, Marketing, Sales and Service, Ford of Europe.

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Gilbert, Kittel and Martin to headline Quick-Step Floors for 2017 Tour de France Tue, 27 Jun 2017 15:20:12 +0000 World Tour leader Quick-Step Floors will head to the start of the 2017 Tour de France in Germany with a strong and experienced team [...]]]>

The 2017 Tour de France – cycling’s biggest scene – puts on the table this summer a different parcours than the one of the past years, with just 37 kilometers of time trial, five mountain stages, seven flat ones, and several others which could create some serious damage in the peloton, as the traps that lie hidden on the route can change the pre-stage scenario, and at the same time force the general classification contenders take the initiative early.

World Tour leader Quick-Step Floors will head to Germany, from where the race is set to start for the first time in three decades, with a strong and experienced team, built around riders who between them have scored 17 of the 35 victories that the outfit managed by Patrick Lefevere has racked up so far this season.

German sprinter Marcel Kittel will be again the team’s designated sprinter, as he’ll try to become only the third active rider with at least ten Tour de France stage triumphs. The 29-year-old will be supported by a powerful lead-out train comprising New Zealand National ITT Champion Jack Bauer, Fabio Sabatini, Czech Road Race Champion Zdenek Stybar (himself a Tour de France stage victor, two years ago, in Lyon), double stage winner Matteo Trentin and Julien Vermote.

Ronde van Vlaanderen and Amstel Gold Race champion Philippe Gilbert, a stage winner and former yellow jersey wearer at the Grande Boucle, will return here for the first time in four years, and the experienced Belgian, who’ll celebrate his 35th birthday during the first week, is sure to give the team a valuable card to play in the hilly stages.

If Gilbert is set to come back on familiar terrain, the same can’t be said of Italian Gianluca Brambilla, who’ll make his first appearance at the Tour de France; the 29-year-old, who put in a strong and impressive ride at last Sunday’s National Championships, will back Dan Martin in the mountains, but at the same time keep an eye on any opportunity which could arise and see him join the select group of active riders who’ve won stages in all three Grand Tours.

Last year, Dan Martin came close to a stage victory at what was his best Tour de France outing, which saw the attack-orientated Irishman make his way into the top 10 overall for the first time in his career. The 30-year-old, who concluded the Critérium du Dauphiné earlier this month in third position for the second season running, after a remarkable final stage which showed his amazing fighting spirit, will have another crack at the general classification, hoping to improve on last year’s result.


  • Jack Bauer (NZL)
  • Gianluca Brambilla (ITA)
  • Philippe Gilbert (BEL)
  • Marcel Kittel (GER)
  • Daniel Martin (IRL)
  • Fabio Sabatini (ITA)
  • Zdenek Stybar (CZE)
  • Matteo Trentin (ITA)
  • Julien Vermote (BEL)

Sports Directors:

  • Davide Bramati (ITA)
  • Brian Holm (DEN)
  • Wilfried Peeters (BEL)
  • Tom Steels (BEL)
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Movistar Team confirms 2017 Tour de France lineup Mon, 26 Jun 2017 23:00:16 +0000 The Movistar Team confirmed Monday its nine-man lineup for the 2017 Tour de France. [...]]]>

The Movistar Team confirmed Monday its nine-man lineup for the 2017 Tour de France.

Nairo Quintana (COL) and Alejandro Valverde (ESP), the two riders whose spots were already secured at the shortlist offered two weeks ago, will be joined by Imanol Erviti, Jonathan Castroviejo y Jesús Herrada (ESP), Andrey Amador (CRC), Jasha Sütterlin (GER), Daniele Bennati (ITA) and Carlos Betancur (COL).

The Blues, led by sports directors José Luis Arrieta and Chente García Acosta, will travel to Germany on Wednesday.

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Cannondale – Drapac announces 2017 Tour de France nine Mon, 26 Jun 2017 22:00:41 +0000 Nine riders got the call-up for Cannondale-Drapac for the 2017 Tour de France, including Taylor Phinney, making his TdF debut. [...]]]>

Alberto Bettiol. Paddy Bevin. Nate Brown. Simon Clarke. Andrew Talansky. Taylor Phinney. Pierre Rolland. Rigoberto Uran. Dylan Van Baarle. Those nine got the call-up for the Cannondale-Drapac squad 2017 Tour de France squad. Four debutantes will certainly add to the team’s attacking, excited spirit and Tour veterans will balance the team.

The team heads into La Grande Boucle with multiple objectives: on one hand, the team will attack and search for chances on every inch of road during the sport’s biggest race, and on the other hand the team will balance dual general classification hopes with Uran and Talansky.

Talansky has finished 10th and 11th at the Tour de France in 2013 and 2015, respectively. Uran has ridden the Tour three times, and finished second on two occasions at the Giro d’Italia. The team also goes in with two-time stage winner Pierre Rolland, fresh off a victory at the season’s opening grand tour.

“We’re going in with two GC leaders. Andrew and Rigo. But neither of those GC projects will hinder us from going after stage wins,” said sport director Charly Wegelius. “When I look at this team, I see enthusiasm. I see potential. I see real, quality engines there. And I see a group of people who are really prepared to support one another. I see energy. It’s all the things we say we are.

“We want people with the enthusiasm to take every single chance that comes, even if they’re small ones. We want riders fighting for stages they have a smaller chance of winning as if they were stages they had a high probability of winning. We’ve got to go after everything with the same kind of hunger the group at the Giro showed. Because they exploited everything.”

“Charly did a great job selecting a dynamic group of riders for this Tour,” said Slipstream Sports CEO Jonathan Vaughters. “I have confidence in the riders, but I also have confidence in the entire staff representing us in France, from the soigneurs to the directors and mechanics. It’s going to be fun to watch.”

Taylor Phinney makes Tour debut

“Taylor has been improving since the classics,” said Cannondale-Drapac DS Charlie Wegelius. “He had a lot of setbacks this year, no doubting that. Which has been rough for him, because he worked hard to get his body firing, and just when he was on the cusp of being able to cash in on that, some hiccup happened. But he never lost his focus.

“He’s really someone who has got the ability to rise to a big occasion without letting the occasion get the better of him. He’s someone who can read how big the Tour is and get the best of himself because of that.”

“Making the Tour de France team is a dream come true,” Phinney commented. “This is my seventh year as a professional. I’ve never raced the Tour de France. The main reason I got into the sport of cycling is because I went to go watch the Tour de France when I was 14. And 15. I was like, ‘I want to do that.’ It’s taken me a long time to get to this point of saying I’m about to line up for the Tour. It feels right. It feels natural. I’ve been fighting back all season from various things just to make to this point. I’m really thankful to the team for supporting me in this endeavor. Supporting me this whole year.”

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BAHRAIN MERIDA Pro Cycling Team makes debut at 2017 Tour de France Mon, 26 Jun 2017 21:00:52 +0000 [...]]]> BAHRAIN MERIDA Pro Cycling Team is heading to Düsseldorf for it’s debut at the 104th edition of Tour de France.

It is an honour for every rider and team member to join the historical debut with BAHRAIN MERIDA team at Tour de France. We will proudly represent Kingdom of Bahrain and a team that is being so united and focused on successful performances, high professionalism and sport challenges.

Philippe Mauduit, the BAHRAIN MERIDA sports director expressed his thoughts: “Team Bahrain Merida is going to discover the inside view of Tour de France this year for it’s first year in the peloton.

It’s a challenge by itself, every day a classic during 21 days!

We will take it day by day fixing new goals every day and of course we will go with 2 leaders as some stages fit really well to Sonny Colbrelli and some other to Ion Izagirre.

As some stages are designed for « all rounders » everyone will have the opportunity to jump on a breakaway and play his own role, but the most important is to increase our chances will be to keep the team spirit that our riders have always shown, ride and act as a unique united team, showing our colours in front of the race and fighting for the best possible result.”

Lineup: Janez Brajkovič, Ondrej Cink, Yukiya Arashiro, Tsgabu Grmay,  Ion Izagirre, Sonny Colbrelli, Borut Božič, Javier Moreno, Grega Bole

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Team Dimension Data names squad for 2017 Tour de France Mon, 26 Jun 2017 20:00:24 +0000 Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka was happy to announce its squad for the 2017 Tour de France earlier today via its new mobile app, Africa's Team. [...]]]>

Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka was happy to announce its squad for the 2017 Tour de France earlier today via its new mobile app, Africa’s Team. For exclusive insight & behind the scenes footage during Le Tour, you can download the app here.

It will be the 3rd participation for our African Team at La Grande Boucle and we return to the race with the same goals as in previous years, changing lives in Africa through our #BicyclesChangeLives campaign, to win stages and be visible in the racing.

It has been a difficult road to the Tour for Mark Cavendish following the serious illness that kept him out of action for the majority of the season. Our African Team has been committed to giving him the necessary support and time required to allow him every opportunity to make the team, and are therefore delighted to announce his inclusion.

Also coming from a long road to recovery, and fresh off the back of his double victory at the British National Championships, Steve Cummings will make his 3rd successive appearance at the Tour de France for our African Team. Remembering his historical stage win on Mandela Day in 2015, followed up by his emphatic stage victory last year, it is most satisfying to have Cummings back at the Tour for our African Team.

We are proud to have the South African national jersey also represented at the Tour de France by our African Team, with Reinardt Janse van Rensburg set for his 3rd successive Tour start. Jaco Venter and Scott Thwaites will make their debut appearances, while our team will be completed by the experienced quartet of Edvald Boasson Hagen, Bernhard Eisel, Mark Renshaw and Serge Pauwels.

With a race strategy that served us well in both 2015 and 2016, Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka will once again target specific stages with individual riders during the 2017 edition of the race. Riding from the front, searching for breakaway’s and looking to wear a leaders jersey will also bring further awareness to our #BicyclesChangeLives campaign. We are confident these 9 riders will make an impact that matters on the African continent over the next 3 weeks.

Mark Cavendish – Rider
As has been widely reported, it’s been a difficult few months for me on the back of the illness that set me back earlier on in the season. Despite this setback and my lack of race time I’ve worked incredibly hard both to ensure I could firstly recover from the illness as well as then aiming to build my fitness up as much as possible in order to start the Tour.

If I am being totally honest, had this not been the Tour de France we may have collectively taken a different approach with regards to my inclusion but I feel that I owe it to myself, the team, our sponsors and most importantly to the Tour itself given its history and everything that it stands for – as well as the emotional attachment I have for it – to give it my best and to put everything I have in to trying to help the team.

In addition, I also feel a great sense of pride to be supporting Qhubeka and our Bicycles Change Lives campaign, and am keen to raise as much awareness as possible for what is such an incredible cause at the Tour.

Douglas Ryder – Team Principal
This team was built on a dream and to be in our 3rd Tour de France is so special as we chase more dreams with every single rider that will represent this team and what it stands for on July 1st.

Our 2 debutants, Jaco and Scott, will have their eyes wide open as they experience the enormousness of The Tour de France and what a privilege to do that with the incredible experience of the rest of the team.

The hard work that has been put in by the riders and our team partners to be ready to represent Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka in this year’s event is truly incredible and shows their commitment to the sport of cycling and the impact they can make on others. Join us through our campaign as we make a noise for Qhubeka in July.

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UAE Team Emirates names line-up for the 2017 Tour de France Mon, 26 Jun 2017 19:00:38 +0000 Diego Ulissi and Ben Swift will fight for the stages and Louis Meintjes, 8th in 2016, will aim for the General Classification in the 2017 Tour de France [...]]]>

UAE Team Emirates will be present and well balanced at the 2017 Tour de France, introducing for the first time a squad coming from United Arab Emirates, with ambitious goals. Diego Ulissi and Ben Swift for the stages and Louis Meintjes, 8th in the last edition, will be fighting for the General Classification after showing a real good shape during last Criterium du Dauphiné.

Discover the line-up watching the official introduction video here:

“We are confident on the work done,” said sport director Mario Scirea “and the last performance at the Criterium du Dauphiné gave us the confirmation of being on the right way. We worked so hard as a team during last month on altitude, on Mount San Pellegrino in Italy, and all the data bring us confidence on the next Tour de France. For sure we also need good luck, but you have to help it”.


Louis Meintjes: “Last year I was 8th in the Tour de France, this result motivates me to try and go for some more in the GC. I hope that there will be no problems in the first week, then it will be great to have on the mountains the same feelings I had in the Criterium du Dauphiné”.

Ben Swift “This year at the Tour de Franceill live a new experience, because I’ll have the freedom of taking my opportunities. In the past, I worked for the team, now I’m happy that the team entrusted me of trying to be as much competitive as possible in the stages that suite me most“.

Diego Ulissi: “I will debut in the Tour, I strongly wanted to face this new challenge, in search of new motivations and in order to perceive directly how great is the Tour de France. I’ll be in France with the goal of trying to fight for a stage victory, however I’m aware that this is one of the most difficult task because everybody will go for this target“.

Riders Roster:

Atapuma Darwin (Columbia), Bono Matteo (Italy), Durasek Kristijan (Croatia), Laengen Vegard Stake (Norway), Marcato Marco (Italy), Meintjes Louis (South Africa), Mori Manuele (Italy), Swift Ben (England), Ulissi Diego (Italy).

Sports directors: Mario Scirea (Italy), Marco Marzano (Italy).

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