Ineos announce their full Tour de France 2021 squad

Ineos have announced their eight-man squad for this year's Tour de France. Geraint Thomas is of course on the start list - how else are they going to achieve their aim of delivering the Welshman a second yellow jersey without his name on their roster?. But here are the seven...

Local cycling events held in support of troubled pop singer

Britney Spears is an icon. She was crowned pop princess before she reached the age of 17 with the hit single, “… Baby One More Time” and continued her royal reign well into the early 2000s. In 2007, the public watched as Britney weathered a divorce, a child custody battle and a period of turbulence that resulted in her hospitalization. This period was famously documented by paparazzi with photos and video footage all of which has recently re-surfaced into the public’s imagination, in the age of changing perspectives on mental health, as well as the recent New York Times documentary, Framing Britney Spears.
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Bike sales are surging: The resources you need to cycle confidently and safely

If you’ve recently discovered the joy of cycling, you’re not alone. According to new research from analysts Mintel just under a third of adults are making the most of life on two wheels and around a fifth of all Brits cycle at least once a week. Additionally, 25% of adults who bought a bike in the past year were first-time cyclists or were rediscovering the joy of cycling as a result of the pandemic.

Julian Alaphilippe reveals his key objective for Tour de France 2021

Julian Alaphilippe is heading to the 2021 Tour de France with a spring in his step after some strong displays in his return to racing at the Tour de Suisse last week. The world champion did not manage a stage win but that was partly due to the imperious form of Dutch champion Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin-Fenix), however, Alaphilippe (Deceuninck - Quick-Step) did show he has good form in the legs in time for the Tour.

Haig to lead Bahrain bid for Tour de France

Australian rider Jack Haig will lead the Bahrain Victorious team at the Tour de France with close support from Spaniard Pello Bilbao and Dutchman Wout Poels, the team announced on Friday. The 27-year-old Haig has been in solid form this season, finishing seventh in the Paris-Nice and fifth in the...

Swimming-Dressel dazzles in 100m trials but Manuel comes up short

(Reuters) - Caeleb Dressel clinched the men's 100m freestyle to punch his ticket to Tokyo with flourish on Thursday, while Simone Manuel's title defence in the women's 100m came to a crushing end at the U.S. Olympic swimming trials. Dressel equaled his own American record of 47.39 seconds to overcome...

Win satisfies after 25 years of failure but Bland wants more

Richard Bland withstood 25 years of frustration and disappointment before finally winning a European Tour title. Now he's a threat to win the US Open. The 48-year-old Englishman fired a four-under par 67 on Friday to seize a one-stroke lead on five-under 137 early in the second round at Torrey Pines.

Oliveira continues to dominate on opening day at German MotoGP

Miguel Oliveira continued to set the pace in MotoGP when he recorded the fastest time in free practice ahead of the German Grand Prix on Friday. The Portuguese KTM rider, who won the last race in Catalonia, was fastest in the afternoon, when every rider recorded better times than in the morning session.

Australian Ewan named Lotto leader for Tour de France

Australian Caleb Ewan was on Friday unveiled as "absolute leader" of the Lotto cycling team for the Tour de France in which the Belgian outfit will target up to seven stage wins. "We have selected the strongest team possible," said Lotto-Soudal general manager John Lelangue. "Seven of our eight riders...

Dlamini to become first black South African rider on Tour de France

Nicholas Dlamini will become the first black South African to race the Tour de France when this race gets under way on June 26 after Qhubeka included the 25-year-old Cape Towner on their team roster Friday. Dlamini has come through the UCI's World Cycling Centre Africa at Potchefstroom to cut...
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8 best hybrid bikes for city commutes and keeping fit

Hybrid bicycles incorporate elements of traditional road bikes with ideas taken from mountain biking, usually with a flat handlebar that allows for a comfy, upright sitting position. The best designs will allow you to fit mudguards and luggage racks, making them even more practical.Many hybrids now use disc brakes, which are often more powerful than traditional rim ones and will work well in damp conditions. Some use road-bike-sized 700c wheels which allow you to speed along rapidly, while others will be shod with 650b, or 29in, wheels that have crossed over from mountain biking and can cope with rougher terrain.When...

USWE Releases Epic Series Packs For Mountain Biking

USWE released its Epic series packs for mountain biking featuring its proprietary NDM 1.2 harness system, smart organization and multiple size capacity options. The EPIC series comes standard with the NDM (No Dancing Monkey) 1.2 harness system, Elite hydration bladder and gear carry options. The combined NDM and ergonomically designed shoulder straps keep the pack stationary.