Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

July 15, 2016

In today’s CT Daily News Digest: De Gendt takes victory on shortened Ventoux stage as Tour de France plummets into chaos in final kilometre; Bonifazio wins third field sprint in as many stages in Poland; Chaos at Tour de France sees yellow jersey running up the road on summit finish; Mavic neutral service mechanic recounts Froome crash; Sagan and Froome’s extraordinary Tour breakaway: ‘This is bike racing at its best’; Adam Yates: In my opinion Froome is going to win the Tour; Small’s appeal denied, US squad unchanged for Rio; Is Oleg Tinkov really quitting pro cycling?; Why won’t TV show more women’s cycling?; British cycling unsure whether new track bike will be ready for Olympics; Megan Guarnier talks about winning the Giro Rosa; Tour de France, stage 11 recap; Tour de France, stage 11 on-board highlights; Who’s the most stylish rider?; Cyclist attempts to set-off speed camera

British cycling unsure whether new track bike will be ready for Olympics

by CyclingTips

British Cycling’s £10,000 state-of-the-art track bike for the Rio Olympics is running into problems and may not be ready in time for the start of the Games next month. The Cervelo T5GB, unveiled last month as “the most aerodynamic model the Great Britain cycling team has ever ridden,” was deemed by riders to be not stiff enough and too heavy.

Sprinters claim the bike is flexing under pressure while Bradley Wiggins broke a carbon handlebar during a team pursuit. As well, the initial bike weighed a reported 500g too much and Cervelo responded by changing the paint to compensate.

In response a British Cycling spokesman said, “The original aim of the Cervelo-British Cycling partnership was to produce a bike for Tokyo but progress has been so swift that we are four years ahead of schedule. Both Cervelo and British Cycling are committed to continuous improvement so work will continue through this summer, over the next cycle and up to the start line in Tokyo.”

“Our riders will have the best possible equipment to enable them to produce their best in Rio,” the spokesman said.

British Cycling signed a five-year contract with Cervelo last April.

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