Lappartient open to lifetime bans for motor use; Trek learns to breathe from a diver: Daily News Digest

In today’s Daily News Digest: Laurens De Plus blogs about getting hit by a truck in South Africa; UCI President David Lappartient is open to lifetime bans for motor use; Trek-Segafredo’s diver-inspired breathing techniques; Birthday boy Elia Viviani takes Dubai Tour’s second stage; CyclingTips Podcast: A two-year bike review and distracted riding rants; an in-depth review of Cannondale’s newest Synapse Hi-MOD; Trek adds new paint options to Project One custom program; Jesse Anthony breaks humerus in Dubai crash; Video: Aqua Blue introduces the new boys; Video: Larry Warbasse’s unique 3T race bike; Video: Skids and skills on a cyclocross bike

Laurens De Plus blogs about his crash in South Africa

In a personal blog, Laurens De Plus recounts the terrifying day in January when he and Quick-Step Floors teammate Petr Vakoc were hit by a truck in South Africa, while Bob Jungels escaped unscathed. De Plus is recovering from lung and liver injuries while Vakoc was left with broken vertebrae. “Bob bought us all a …

UCI President Lappartient open to lifetime bans for motor use

UCI President David Lappartient based a large part of his election campaign on the fight against the use of hidden motors, or technological fraud, pledging to introduce new methods to test for such devices. Speaking to Ciclo21, the Frenchman has now said that he is open to the possibility of lifetime bans for anyone caught …

Trek-Segafredo’s new breathing techniques for improved performance

Last season, Trek-Segafredo brought on former world champion free diver Mike Maric, now a doctor at the University of Pavia in Italy, to teach its riders a thing or two about proper breathing technique. The goal: increase oxygen intake, and therefore performance. “We are used to reading about athletes with lung capacities of five or …

Birthday boy Viviani takes Dubai’s second stage

Elia Viviani said before the second stage of the Dubai Tour would a victory would be a perfect birthday present to himself, and he duly delivered on that gift on Wednesday. The Italian Olympic omnium champion blasted down the long finishing straight in Rás Al Khaimah ahead of stage one winner Dylan Groenewegen (LottoNL-Jumbo) and …

CyclingTips Podcast: A two-year bike review and distracted riding rants

This week’s podcast sifts through the week in bicycle news — from a muddy cyclocross worlds to Adrien Costa’s decision to step away from the sport — before taking a deep dive into two of James Huang’s recent reviews.

In-depth review of Cannondale’s new Synapse Hi-MOD

Cannondale unveiled the original Synapse in 2006, an all-carbon endurance-oriented frameset that has been steadily revised and updated since. The latest version, the fourth, builds upon the features introduced in 2014 to become a dedicated disc-brake offering with more tyre clearance for 2018. Matt de Neef previewed the new Synapse range in July last year, …

Trek adds new paint options to Project One custom program

Trek today announced three additional paint designs to its already-expansive Project One custom finish program, all of which are available immediately for order. The Chasin’ Aces theme is inspired by Trek Factory Racing team rider John Degenkolb, and features a retro motif with a matte military green paint coat, bright red fades, and silver graphics. …

Jesse Anthony breaks humerus in Dubai

Jesse Anthony was forced to withdraw from the first stage of the Dubai Tour after a high-speed crash resulted in a broken humerus, the long bone in the upper arm. Injury update @jessedanthony: "I crashed near the finish of stage 1 of @dubaitour and fractured my humerus. I’m really thankful my injuries aren’t worse. Everything …

Video: Aqua Blue Sport – The New Boys

What’s it like to be the new kids on the Aqua Blue Sport team bus? This video interview gets the initial thoughts from Eddie Dunbar, Casper Pedersen, and Shane Archbold.

Video: Larry Warbasse’s custom 2018 3T Strada team bike

Another video from the Irish team – this time, it’s the US national road race champion Larry Warbasse talking about the team’s unique bike.

Video: Connell’s cyclocross fun

A nicely-made video showing Scottish rider Joe Connell in action.