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Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

June 30, 2016


Today’s CT Daily News Digest: Shimano Dura-Ace 9100 and 9150 – Everything to know; Your guide to the 2016 Giro Rosa, women’s cycling’s biggest tour; BikeExchange steps up as new naming sponsor for ‘Orica-BikeExchange’; Twenty and thwarted: Why a world champion left pro cycling after just one season; Varnish will not appeal non-selection for Rio; Carmen Small requesting arbitration over Rio team omission; Bouhanni out of Tour de France; Vansummeren retires due to heart problem; Contador, Sagan lead Tinkoff Tour de France team; Whitten comes back from crash to win Canadian TT title; Rise – Inside Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka #8


Shimano Dura-Ace 9100 and 9150 – Everything to know

by David Rome

Three years. That’s the approximate shelf life of a major-brand product in the bicycle industry. Whether it’s a carbon frame or an entire groupset, it has proven to be a consistent number. And that number has been overdue for the market leader, with Shimano finally unveiling its much-rumored Dura-Ace 9100 mechanical and Dura-Ace Di2 9150 groupsets.

While those expecting wireless 12-speed shifting are likely to be left wanting more, the new top-tier road groupsets showcase Shimano’s continued efforts towards greater efficiency and easier operation. Component integration, aerodynamics and ergonomics were also terms thrown around at the official product launch.

Much of the new groupset carries familiar features, but key standouts include Shimano’s first power meter, overhauled aerodynamic wheels, the first ever Dura-Ace hydraulic disc brakes, ANT+/Bluetooth connectivity, and a little automated shifting for Di2 users. All of that, plus a rather fancy black-to-silver fade aesthetic.

With it all being released at once, there’s plenty to tell.

And remember, what starts at Shimano’s top-tier almost always trickles down shortly after.

Click through to read more at CyclingTips.

Today’s feature image shows the Lotto-Soudal team training near a memorial at Utah Beach ahead of the Tour de France.

  • muz

    That worked out well for Nacer then didn’t it… Well done buddy, you showed ’em…

    • Bex

      would be interesting to hear how Confidis really feels about it. Loosing their best chance of a stage win wouldn’t make management or sponsors too happy.

      • jules

        I imagine they could react in different ways, ranging from dummy spitting to furious anger

        • Abdu

          Like most of the pro peloton, I’m still laughing at Nacer… I can imagine the response of a guest being told to pipe down by that angry little man. Seems the guy hasn’t claimed horrific injuries, but I’m sure his knee hurts when Nacer punched him.

          • jules

            Nacer is a kickboxer so I assume he took care of the unsuspecting drunken victim. I hope it was worth it for him though

    • Spider

      he’s trained as an amateur boxer – yet his knuckles split right open…surely if you had some talent at being a pugilist you’d be able to hit em precisely without damaging yourself!

      I used to train with a professional boxer and it was very apparent, very quickly that any physical dispute would be over with a single well placed blow – let alone if the other party was inebriated! Perhaps he does a lot of sparring and just got excited bu a real fight…either which way…perhaps Confidis will do the same as FDJ and get of him!

      • Trudiejjones1


  • Callum Dwyer
    • Bex

      old news i’m afraid, was in Rococorba Daily last week or earlier this week

  • Abdu

    Great news on Bike Exchange sponsorship, the whingeing about editorial independance yesterday is just that, whineging. No time ever has this site been editorially compromised. I don’t see those whingers $ backing the sport and the greenedge riders either.

    Gerry R too has been a great supporter, sure he has investments to maintain but his genuine support of cycling should never be even questioned. There are a long list of people he has helped along the way you’ll probably never hear of. From some bloke working for his caravan business, to a female cyclist chasing an Olympic dream back in 1988. His long term sponsorship of women’s basketball has hardly seen a sound financial return. Even the team has given Chaves a real shot at a Grand Tour win, and Daniel T plenty of opportunity too. Have a look at the other sponsor options and team owners in cycling, then another look at these guys.

    *this is not based on any financial inducement, just sick of the haters.

    • Lach

      Agree completely and I hope it cuts through to some of the cynics.

  • Dave
  • Legstrong

    Kristin Armstrong, Emma Pooley, and all the old guards must go. Give the young bloods chances to shine. Geez.


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