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Communication breakdown: The full story behind Niki Terpstra’s mystery crash at Paris-Roubaix

Niki Terpstra (Quick-Step Floors) suffered a catastrophic mechanical failure last weekend at Paris-Roubaix while riding in support of team leader Tom Boonen. In an episode that recalled George Hincapie’s broken steerer tube on the Mons-en-Pévèle secteur in 2006, Terpstra’s steerer tube broke unexpectedly on the Maing à Monchaux-sur-Écaillon sector, sending the 2014 Roubaix champion tumbling to …

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Kittel: Absolutely no doubt that disc brakes will play a role in the future of cycling

Marcel Kittel has said that the widespread use of disc brakes is inevitable, but has also backed calls for the introduction of disc brake covers in pro cycling. The QuickStep Floors rider believes that the solution would help dispel concerns about technology he is convinced will play a big part in the sport. On February …

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Team Sky and the mystery of the exploding wheels at Tirreno-Adriatico

Team Sky’s hopes of a high finish in the team time trial at this year’s Tirreno-Adriatico were shattered — quite literally, in fact — when not one, but three riders suffered dramatically catastrophic front wheel failures on the 22.7km-long route around Lido di Camaiore. While the team managed to finish, it placed deep in the …

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Is Specialized pressuring riders to use disc brakes? Yes and no

The war of words surrounding the use of disc brakes in the pro peloton continued over the weekend, with Lotto-Soudal rider Adam Hansen claiming that American bike brand Specialized is forcing its sponsored riders — Tom Boonen, in particular — to publicly throw their support behind the technology, despite opposing them personally. “Tom Boonen was …

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New kits, kicks and lids of the 2017 WorldTour

The clothing of professional cycling is a crucial part of the sport’s commercialisation. Without this canvas space, the rolling billboard that is the WorldTour just wouldn’t be the same. Teams come and go and sponsors change, leading to new colours, new clothing and new accessories to see. And every season, some kits are simply better than …

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New 2017 bikes and components on display at the Tour Down Under

The Santos Tour Down Under is the first WorldTour race of the year and it’s not just new bikes that are on display. There’s also an array of new tech being used by the teams of the 2017 TDU. Some teams are testing new equipment ahead of the European season, others are using the new …

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Peter Sagan’s gold Specialized Venge ViAS Disc

This morning, the day before the Santos Tour Down Under’s official start, world champion Peter Sagan went out for one last training ride around Adelaide. While Sagan certainly isn’t unique in getting out for a final pre-TDU spin, the bike he rode certainly was. The gold of Sagan’s custom-painted Specialized ViAS Disc was near-blinding in …

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Peter Sagan considering using disc brakes for 2017 Paris-Roubaix

There has been controversy and debate about the use of disc brakes in pro cycling, but the rider who is arguably the biggest classics star in the peloton may be set to make the switch. World champion Peter Sagan has been testing a Specialized Roubaix disc-brake bike at the Bora-Hansgrohe training camp in Spain, and is likely to make …

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UCI confirms restart of disc brake trial for 2017 season

Buried at the end of a UCI communique issued Thursday was confirmation that disc brakes will make a return to the professional peloton beginning in 2017, but with a caveat. All rotors must feature fully smoothed and chamfered edges so as to reduce the perceived risk of danger to the riders — something CyclingTips called for in …

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Speed-dating at Interbike: Cycling brands pitch new products in two minutes

Last week CyclingTips reporter Dave Everett walked the halls of Interbike, putting pressure on marketing managers to tell us why we should buy their new products. With just two minutes to make the pitch, which brand made an impression on you? Which new product would you like to take home? GoPro Entering the drone market for …

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