Michal Kwiatkowski Becomes Poland’s First World Champion

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by Barnaby CHESTERMAN PONFERRADA, Spain, Sept 28, 2014 (AFP) - Michal Kwiatkowski timed his breakaway to perfection to make history as the first Polish rider to win the men's road race world title on Sunday. Following a 254km race in torrid, wet conditions, Australia's Simon Gerrans won a six-man sprint for second ahead of Spain's Alejandro Valverde, third for the third year in … [Read more...]

Missing Le Tour Helped Bradley Wiggins Win World ITT

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by Barnaby CHESTERMAN PONFERRADA, Spain, Sept 24, 2014 (AFP) - Bradley Wiggins said that his exclusion from Sky's Tour de France team in July had a silver lining as it enabled him to dethrone Tony Martin at the world timetrial championships. The Olympic champion had twice before finished runner-up to the German -- in 2011 and 2013 -- but he finished 26sec clear of Martin on the … [Read more...]

Olympic Champ Bradley Wiggins Adds World Time-Trial Title

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by Barnaby CHESTERMAN PONFERRADA, Spain, Sept 24, 2014 (AFP) - Olympic champion Bradley Wiggins ended Tony Martin's three-year reign by winning the world time-trial title in Ponferrada, Spain on Wednesday. The 34-year-old Briton, the Tour de France champion in 2012, had twice finished second to Martin in 2011 and 2013, but he finally landed his first world title. … [Read more...]

German Lisa Brennauer Wins Women’s World Timetrial Gold

PONFERRADA, Spain, Sept 23, 2014 (AFP) - German Lisa Brennauer produced a stunning ride to win the women's world time-trial title in Ponferrada, north-western Spain, on Tuesday. The 26-year-old, junior world champion in 2005, beat Anna Solovey of Ukraine by 18sec with American Evelyn Stevens another 3sec further back. And she admitted it was an unexpected success. "For me, it … [Read more...]

U-23 Mens and Womens World Championship Time Trial

PONFERRADA, Spain, Sept 22, 2014 (AFP) - Campbell Flakemore and Macey Stewart gave Australia a golden double at the cycling World Championships in Ponferrada, Spain on Monday. Flakemore won the men's under-23 timetrial event, beating Ireland's Ryan Mullan by just half a second, with Switzerland's Stefan Kueng, the last rider away, snatching third. It was Australia's fourth win in … [Read more...]

Team BMC Pro Cycling Delivers The World TTT Title Upset

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by Barnaby CHESTERMAN PONFERRADA, Spain, Sept 21, 2014 (AFP) - BMC led by American star Tejay Van Garderen upset the favourites including reigning champions Omega-Pharma Quick-Step to win the men's team timetrial world title in Ponferrada on Sunday. Although finishing with just four of their original six-man team -- the minimum requirement -- the American team got … [Read more...]

Australia Team For 2014 Road World Championships

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SYDNEY, Sept 15, 2014 (AFP) - The Australia team announced Monday for the UCI Road World Championships in Ponferrada, Spain, from September 21-28: Australia - Men: Simon Clarke (Orica-GreenEDGE), Rohan Dennis (BMC), Cadel Evans (BMC), Simon Gerrans (Orica-GreenEDGE), Adam Hansen (Lotto-Belisol), Heinrich Haussler (IAM Cycling), Matt Hayman (Orica-GreenEDGE), Michael Matthews … [Read more...]

Aussies, Kiwis Take World Team Track Titles

CALI, Colombia, Feb 27, 2014 (AFP) - Australia defended the men's team pursuit title, while New Zealand dethroned defending champion Germany to win the men's team sprint crown at the World Track Cycling Championships on Wednesday. The Aussies kept their crown by rallying in the last half to the race to defeat Denmark in the final. Glenn O'Shea, Alexander Edmonson, Mitchell Mulhern … [Read more...]

Zdenek Stybar UCI World Cyclocross Champion For 3rd Time

02-Feb-2014: Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team rider Zdenek Stybar and Belgian rider Sven Nys battled like prize fighters in the UCI World Cyclocross Championship on Sunday, going blow for blow with each passing lap, taking advantage of their strengths in various parts of the course, and refusing to give up despite crashes and fatigue. Stybar — who animated the race immediately and … [Read more...]

China WorldTour Race Called Off For The Second Time

BEIJING, Feb 18, 2013 (AFP) - A Chinese cycle race added to the World Tour last year only to be postponed seven months later has been cancelled again this season, the International Cycling Union (UCI) announced. The inaugural Tour of Hangzhou was included on the cycling calendar last February and was due to be held in October, but in August the UCI postponed it for a year. At a … [Read more...]