Interviews

An interview with Marcel Kittel: Getting back to his best, Cavendish rivalry, and the Tour de France

Marcel Kittel sits down, stretches out and smiles. “This is great,” he says. ‘This’ is the sunlight in Girona, warming rays which see the mercury hit 25 degrees. Compared to much of Europe, that’s impressive for mid-March. The light is pointed right at the German sprinter, but both his shades and the shadows cast by …

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New year, new team for Rally Cycling’s Matteo Dal-Cin

Matteo Dal-Cin is cooking dinner. “I’ve never cooked for 16 guys before,” he says, laughing. He’s in the kitchen at Rally Cycling’s rental house in Oxnard, California, for his first training camp with the team. Dal-Cin is cutting up vegetables and boiling water after training on picturesque roads above Malibu earlier that day. He’s more …

Former colleague defends Wiggins doctor Freeman: ‘I feel like he’s been strung up’

Former Team Sky and current British Cycling doctor Richard Freeman has been in the news for several months, having been the physician linked to the receipt of a mysterious package sent from Manchester to France in June 2011. The package, which was uncovered by the Daily Mail in October, was transported by BC employee Simon …

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An interview with Paul Kimmage: Team Sky’s charade has been exposed

Seven years ago, Irish journalist Paul Kimmage was offered the opportunity to be embedded with Team Sky. It was the first year of the British team’s existence and transparency was, it said, high among its principles. That offer was ultimately nixed by Bradley Wiggins, who went on to win the Tour de France two years …

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Q&A with Axel Merckx: Team’s exclusion from California is ‘unfortunate for development of US cycling’

During his 15-year professional career, Axel Merckx experienced cycling’s disappointments as much as any rider. But as a team owner and director, he says he’s now facing his biggest setback. Merckx, in his ninth season as owner and director of Axeon Hagens Berman, was recently informed by Amgen Tour of California organizers AEG that his …

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What is the Hammer Series? Digging deeper into the races that could change cycling

The new Hammer Series was announced on Wednesday, with the unveiled multi-day format seeking to determine the best teams in the sport via a number of rounds. Beginning this year with an event in Limburg, the Netherlands [June 2-4, details here], plenty of questions remain about the background details and how the system will work. …

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Introducing Magnus Cort, Orica-Scott’s secret weapon for the Spring Classics

The 18th stage of the 2016 Vuelta a España finished on the seaside, in Gandia, with a winner nobody identified correctly at first glance. An Orica rider winning a sprint? It must be Jens Keukeleire, who had netted a stage victory in Bilbao a week earlier by being the fastest out of a 45-rider bunch. But it …

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Rivals take note: After breakout year, Lepistö enters Spring Classics with confidence

When the women’s Classics get underway this weekend, Lotta Lepistö will be one of the riders to watch. The Finnish national champion had her best-ever season in 2016 and, as one of the fastest sprinters in the peloton, should be there or thereabouts if she’s in a front group approaching the line. But, as she …

Cycling Australia poaches Sky’s Simon Jones to head high performance

Cycling Australia continued on its phase of renewal this week, announcing it had appointed Team Sky’s Simon Jones to head its high performance unit as it seeks to restore the nation to its former role as an Olympic cycling force. It’s a move that harks back to British Cycling’s days of poaching Australians and modelling …

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

Saturday’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 and …

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