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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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Special rim-brake S-Works Roubaix framesets shine light on UCI’s opaque commercialization rules

Specialized outfitted Tom Boonen with a custom S-Works Roubaix for his final appearances at the Ronde van Vlaanderen and Paris-Roubaix, a gleaming pearlescent white-and-gold machine that is wholly befitting the king of the cobbles. Yet Boonen’s bike at Flanders, as well as the bike he and Peter Sagan will use at Roubaix, is also special in two other …

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Brake check: Will anyone ride disc brakes at Flanders or Roubaix?

After all the start-stop-start about disc brakes in the pro peloton, will anyone be riding them at the Tour of Flanders or Paris-Roubaix? Disc brakes offer not just better braking modulation, particularly in wet conditions, but also better clearance for a wider tire, which offers improved traction and a more comfortable ride. And while that sounds perfect for …

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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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With three new wheelsets, Roval looks to roll into the spotlight

Don’t call it a Specialized wheelset. That was the takeaway message from a recent Roval Components press camp, held in Santa Cruz, California, which saw four separate groups of journalists invited to test ride three new carbon road wheelsets and four new mountain-bike wheelsets. There’s no escaping the fact that the Roval brand is owned …

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Opinion: Boonen’s win in Argentina was historic, but disc-brake proponents shouldn’t get too excited just yet

Earlier this week, Belgian Tom Boonen (Quick-Step Floors) made a bit of cycling history on Stage 2 of the Tour de San Juan as the first rider to win a UCI road race while using disc brakes. The implementation of disc brakes in the pro peloton has been an unquestionably dramatic affair, so this latest development …

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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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Specialized Venge ViAS Expert Disc Ultegra review: Aero, disc, and all business

Disc brakes and aerodynamic efficiency have traditionally been considered to be mutually exclusive, especially when compared to the latest crop of ultra-integrated rim-brake calipers that sleekly blend into the surrounding structures. Specialized claims the new disc version of its Venge ViAS can go head-to-head with the rim-brake version, however, both in the wind tunnel and …

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Bikes of the 2017 WorldTour

The 2017 WorldTour has arrived and its first race, the Santos Tour Down Under, is the perfect chance to see all the new team bikes in one place. Much like we did in 2016, here are the WorldTour bikes we’ll see in action throughout 2017.  While the re-trial period for disc brakes is now underway, …

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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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