Interviews

Van Avermaet heads into Spring Classics with confidence of an Olympic champion

Sunday’s Omloop Het Nieuwsblad marks the beginning of the Classic season, the point where the big one-day specialists step forward and show their cards. Defending champion Greg Van Avermaet will be one of those, even if he’s still building prime form. The Olympic road race champion relives his biggest win, talks about how his life …

One step at a time: Teenage phenom Adrien Costa looks to build on breakthrough season

After his impressive debut season last year with Axeon Hagens Berman, Adrien Costa returned to his family’s home in Oregon and did what any cyclist with the energy and enthusiasm of youth would do. He went for mountain-bike rides and ate home cooked meals. Costa, 19, also continued his business studies at Oregon State University four …

‘My best quality is I never give up;’ Injured Italian champ Nizzolo keeps eyes on big picture

Speaking to Giacomo Nizzolo, one thing in particular comes across from the double Giro d’Italia points winner. Namely, his ability to deflect pressure. Consider this quote. When asked how important it is for him to win a stage in the Giro d’Italia – having been second nine times in the past – his answer speaks …

Breakthrough American climber Sepp Kuss with ‘nothing to lose’ at Rally Cycling

When Sepp Kuss won the Oak Glen stage at last year’s Redlands Classic — racing for an amateur team, and beating two former WorldTour pros — he didn’t entirely understand the significance of his victory. It was his first full season racing on the road and he hadn’t even signed a pro contract. “I only …

Dunbar poised to seize chances heading into year two with Axeon Hagens Berman team

He’s seen as a promising young talent for the future, an aggressive rider who has fired off a salvo of long-range attacks in recent seasons and who is moving closer to a big win. As the days tick down to the start of his season in next week’s Volta ao Alentejo, Eddie Dunbar says that …

After a shining Tour performance, Pantano nurturing a big long-term goal

When Jarlison Pantano raced towards the finish line in Culoz during the 2016 Tour de France, many eyes were on his breakaway companion. Rafal Majka was the better-known rider, having previously taken three Tour stages plus one King of the Mountains title. His presence in the day’s break would put him back in the polka-dot …

With more UCI safety provisions on the way, teams’ group says progress is being made

Commenting days after the UCI announced new measures to improve safety within the race convoy, AIGCP managing director Javier Barrio has welcomed what was announced and said that more is to come. The new safety rules were announced last Monday, and came as the weeks tick down to the first anniversary of the passing of …

Ready to learn: Junior world TT champ Brandon McNulty poised to launch pro career with Rally Cycling

There are riders who grow into their talent after multiple years of hard racing and grinding training. And then, there’s Brandon McNulty. Last season the 18-year-old from Phoenix, Arizona, won the junior world time trial championship to cap his successful career in the junior ranks. He’s best known for his results against the clock, but ask …

Team leader at 22: Kasia Niewiadoma takes on new role in Marianne Vos’ WM3 Pro Cycling Team

The newly opened headquarters of Shimano Europe at the High Tech Campus in Eindhoven, The Netherlands served as the decor for the team presentation of Marianne Vos’ new team, WM3 Pro Cycling. Outside, the weather was grey and rainy but inside, floor-to-ceiling posters of the team’s recent camp in sunny Spain and the bubbly enthusiasm among the sponsors …

Right-hand man: Roche dedicated to putting Porte into Tour de France yellow

Nicolas Roche is in a new role, yet it’s a familiar one. For the past two seasons he was part of Team Sky and, in 2015, gave his all to help Chris Froome clock up the second of his Tour de France victories. Now, following an off-season transfer to the BMC Racing Team, he is …

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