Archive for March 12th, 2021

Gear Break: KASK Wasabi, Hiplok, Flite Boost, Nathan Sports, Smith Optics & SockGuy

03/12/2021 12:04
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Gear Break: More new and exciting kit: KASK Wasabi: A helmet for all seasons, 10 years of Hiplok, Selle Italia Flite Boost Pro Team Kit Carbonio Superflow, NATHAN Sports apparel collection, Smith Shift MAG optics and SockGuy’s new Sugar SGX.


KASK Unveils the Wasabi: A Helmet for all Seasons
Debuted by the INEOS Grenadiers at Strade Bianche, the Wasabi features adjustable airflow channels and a moisture-wicking Merino wool lining – for every ride, whatever the conditions.

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Premium Italian helmet manufacturer KASK today reveals a sneak peak of its latest addition: the Wasabi. A high performance cycling helmet designed to be worn in all seasons by road, gravel and cyclocross riders, the new model made its first public appearance at the Strade Bianche on Saturday, 6 March.

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Featuring an adjustable airflow port that allows the wearer to easily increase or decrease ventilation depending on conditions, the Wasabi offers optimal comfort and thermoregulation. This neat feature, combined with a Merino wool lining by REDA, Italian styling and a highly aerodynamic profile, makes the Wasabi an exciting new introduction to KASK’s existing range of premium cycling helmets.

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Worn by and developed in collaboration with INEOS Grenadiers
Following close collaboration with INEOS Grenadiers in the design and development of the Wasabi, eagle-eyed fans will have spotted the new model making an appearance by the team at the Strade Bianche on Saturday. As the rest of the 2021 season unfurls, the Wasabi will accompany the likes of World Time Trial Champion Filippo Ganna, 2020 Giro D’Italia winner Tao Geoghegan Hart, 2019 Tour de France champion Egan Bernal and exciting new talent taking on multiple disciplines, Tom Pidcock, for the INEOS Grenadiers’ upcoming pursuits – earning its credentials as a helmet fit for world-class riders.

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Adjustable airflow, optimum aero
The Wasabi ensures temperature regulation like no other helmet, thanks to its adjustable airflow system. With the push of a finger, a centralized vent can be opened when conditions start to heat up, or closed when things cool down for a 1.5℃ internal temperature increase, when ridden at the same speed. With less than one watt lost between the helmet vent being opened and closed at 50km/h, wind tunnel testing confirms the Wasabi is one of the pro peloton’s fastest helmets – second only to KASK’s Utopia. Thanks to these impressive aerodynamic and ventilating features, coupled with a premium merino wool lining made by Italian wool mill, REDA for protection against uncomfortable temperatures, it is no surprise that the Wasabi is quickly becoming a firm favorite amongst the INEOS Grenadiers.

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KASK’s premium touch
The Wasabi comes equipped with KASK’s tried and tested Octo Fit head retention system – a mechanism that allows both vertical and horizontal adjustment for the perfect fit. Despite the helmet’s advanced adjustable ventilation system, it weighs just 290g in a size Medium.

Safety first
As a manufacturer at the forefront of helmet design across multiple sporting disciplines, KASK strives to develop class-leading helmets that have been subjected to rigorous testing far beyond the mandatory industry standards. Ensuring that all KASK helmets offer the best possible protection against rotational impacts is fundamental to this principle. As such, the Wasabi has been rigorously tested against both linear and rotational impacts at an independent laboratory, striking flat and angled surfaces. When it comes to safety, KASK makes no compromises.

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Diego Zambon, General Manager at KASK says: “The Wasabi is the result of continuous and careful innovation that we are committed to as a brand. We are excited to introduce to our collection a helmet that is truly designed to be worn in all seasons and terrains, and we look forward to watching how its active ventilation and thermoregulating capabilities meet the demands of road cyclists, gravel and cyclocross riders everywhere.”

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Availability
The Wasabi will be available in sizes Small, Medium and Large. A full selection of colorways and availability will be announced soon.

● In the meantime, find out more about KASK’s full range of helmets here.


10 Years of Hiplok
Celebrate a Decade on Lock

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Ten years ago Hiplok changed how we secure our most prized possessions by bringing a revolutionary new product to the industry: a wearable, adjustable bike lock. We haven’t stopped since then – we are still bringing innovative solutions to riders everywhere. But since we’re turning ten, we wanted to reach out and ask: have you tested Hiplok lately?

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Why carry a bag when a lock is all you need? The Original Hiplok has received untold accolades over the last decade, and received many upgrades along the way. While we have been talking in depth surrounding home security and bikes for the last several months – people are starting to move about, and theft is more of an issue than ever before.

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The OG of the Chain Lock collection, the Original has a hardened steel shackle and 8mm chain, machined to ward off thieves and attacks. The patented wearable fastening adjusts on the fly, providing a safe and convenient way to carry a strong chain. The Original was independently rated by the experts at Sold Secure and SBS to bring ease of mind when you hop off the saddle and leave your bike behind.

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Specs:
● High Security (Silver Sold Secure)
● Wearable Design – Safe and Removable
● Adjustable Fit (28″-44″)
● 3 X Coded Replaceable Keys
● Lifetime Warranty
● Locking Length: 75cm
● Weight: 1.8kg
● MSRP: $99.99
● More information: hiplok.com


Flite Boost Pro Team Kit Carbonio Superflow: The Professional Saddle That Every Fan Wishes

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Selle Italia introduces, at Strade Bianche 2021, the Pro Team version of the Flite Boost, one of the Italian brand’s most renowned and loved saddles. The new Flite Boost Pro Team Kit Carbonio Superflow is a concentrate of technology: carbon rail with a 10-millimetre increase in length, hard-wearing Fibra-Tek cover material, and with Superflow’s extreme lightness and cutout. A saddle chosen by professionals, now also available for amateur.

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The Flite saddles by Selle Italia have written 30 years of the Italian company’s history, as well as the history of cycling, and today, with the Flite Boost model launched a year ago, they are among the saddles most preferred by professionals and amateurs alike. Many athletes from the Selle Italia team train and compete with Flite Boost: Mathieu Van der Poel, for example, chose it for his cyclo-cross bike, with which he won several world titles, as well as for his road bike, winning the prestigious 2020 Tour of Flanders.

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At Strade Bianche 2021, a race that will also see the young Dutch talent of the Alpecin Fenix Team competing, Selle Italia introduces a new version of the Flite Boost: the Pro Team Kit Carbonio Superflow, dedicated to further emphasizing and strengthening the Asolo brand’s (Italian for CS eng) bond with the professional world, with a high-end product in a unique design, now also available for every cycling enthusiast.

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The Flite Boost Pro Team Kit Carbonio Superflow has a short, compact shape and the classic T form that has always characterized every Flite model. A Made in Italy saddle that has a flat seat and a shell made in a nylon and carbon composite, cover done entirely by hand, and a carbon rail which is 10 millimeters longer for greater adjustment possibilities. An extremely light saddle: 165 grammes in the S3 version and 170 grammes in the L3 version. From the aesthetic point of view, the Flite Boost Kit Carbonio Superflow Pro Team features a special graphic – red on the edges of the saddle and glossy black on the nose – for a distinctive design with a racing attitude.

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A product packed with high technical characteristics supplied to road teams sponsored by Selle Italia: Alpecin Fenix, Qhubeka Assos, Cofidis Credits Solutions, Lotto Soudal, Israel Start-Up Nation, Arkea Samsic, Androni Sidermec, Caja Rural and Vini Zabù. A saddle for Pros that, today, is also available for every cycling enthusiast.

Data Sheet
● Measurements: S 135mm X 250mm – L 145mm X 250mm
● Weight: S 165 gr / L 170 gr
● Rail: Carbon rail (+10 mm)
● Coverage: Fiber-Tekk
● Sizes ID Match: S3 / L3
● Recommended retail price: €314.90, $484.99
● For more information: www.selleitalia.com


NATHAN Sports Launches First Ever Apparel Collection
The new collection of athletic apparel will transcend from running to fitness to everyday life and take you “Beyond Boundaries”

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NATHAN Sports, leader in running hydration, storage and visibility, is thrilled to introduce their first collection of athletic apparel. The assortment will follow the theme “Beyond Boundaries”, where superior performance meets everyday comfort, and is designed to transcend from running into other activities and everyday life. All of the features consumers have come to love and expect from Nathan’s best-in-class hydration gear, will be present in the new collection of running tees, shorts, jackets, joggers and leggings. Lightweight and comfortable with thoughtful storage and enhanced safety features, NATHAN running apparel is made to move in, sweat in, and to feel as good as a second skin.

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“Our entry into the apparel category is a direct result of our consumers’ request for these products”, says Mary Harden, Director of Brand Marketing for NATHAN. “We strive to create products that help athletes to perform their best, and this apparel collection is no exception. After extensive research, validation and, most importantly, incorporating feedback from our runners, we couldn’t be more excited to share the collection we’ve put together.”

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NATHAN has a strong commitment to run safety, and includes 360-degree hits of reflectivity on all of their hydration gear. Similarly, the apparel line will incorporate reflectivity into the entire collection, with multiple points of strategically-placed reflective details to keep you seen and safe. Preparation is a key component to the run safety story, and choosing apparel with enhanced safety and visibility features is a great place to start.

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NATHAN’s apparel line will offer a wide selection of men’s and women’s items, from water and wind resistant jackets to race-day-ready tees, shorts, and leggings. The apparel collection features an “inclusive fit” to cater to the body types of every kind of runner. The same extraordinary attention to detail that can be found in all NATHAN hydration products will also be present in apparel, such as the jingle-free zippers and noise-free fabrics for a quieter run, flatlock stitching to eliminate bulk and chafing, vented panels and moisture-wicking materials to keep you cool and dry, and strategically placed pockets to safely carry whatever you have on hand.

● Beginning March 8, the collection will be available directly to consumers at nathansports.com.


Smith Shift MAG

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Pushing athletic endeavors into overdrive, the new Shift MAG offers cyclists and runners every performance advantage possible when it comes to speed. The new 5-base shield unisex sunglass features a slight wrap fit for complete coverage and includes Smith’s notable ChromaPop™ and MAG technologies.

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The superlight and slim frame – complete with vented brow bar to promote airflow and minimize fogging – features MAG interchangeable technology; a magnet-based innovation that enables fast lens swapping with a simple click. The MAG system is built directly into the frame for fingerprint-free lens changes.

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The Shift MAG is offered in three ChromaPop non-polarized performance lens options that reveal natural color, enhanced visual clarity and greater definition of objects – and all include a secondary Clear lens for riding or running in low light or rain. A Photochromic Clear to Grey option that darkens with sun exposure is also available for addressing varied light conditions within one lens.

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Additional features include a multi-adjustable nosepiece to allow for added airflow by positioning the frame closer or further from the face, while also offering a customizable fit. The nosepiece and temples are comprised of megol which reacts to perspiration by gently adhering to the skin for a comfortable, no slip fit at any speed. The thin megol temples also offer ultimate helmet compatibility by securely storing within the open venting channels when taken off the face.

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● The new Shift MAG (MSRP $259, including two lenses and a hard case) is available beginning early February at select retailers worldwide and online at smithoptics.com.


SockGuy Announces New Sock: Sugar SGX

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SockGuy has a new sock designed to keep feet super dry and supported. The new Sugar SGX socks are engineered to inspire athletes of every kind. The main features of this new technical design include:

● Compression ribbing prevents fatigue and increases blood flow
● Unique 7×2 ribbed double-over cuff for added ankle support
● Our Easy-fit compression-style cuff never falls down
● Mesh upper for maximum airflow ventilation
● Snug arch support for maximum comfort and virtually zero-slip
● 5 candy colors, plus black and white (of course!)
● Superior moisture-wicking to keep feet bacteria-free
● Seamless toe to reduce friction
● Streamlined friction-free sole: go longer and play harder with no pain
● Unique Stretch-to-Fit sizing system for a perfect fit on a wide range of foot sizes
● MSRP: $14.95
● SockGuy has hundreds of original sock designs sold in thousands of retail locations across the U.S. and Internationally. www.sockguy.com.

With +25 years as sock experts, SockGuy has been providing athletes, outdoor enthusiasts, and pretty much everyone else with a high-performance fit and cool designs for hard-working/hard-playing feet. SockGuy socks are manufactured right here in the USA – no outsourcing, no cutting corners – just great-fitting, no blistering, high-styling performance socks.


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What New Gaming Trends Should We Expect in the Next 10 Years?

03/12/2021 12:04

The gaming industry as a whole has seen some remarkable growth in the last few decades, as technology continues to revolutionize how we experience the medium altogether. Current practices continue to evolve, and it is always great to think about what future gaming trends might become. In this write-up, we will look into 6 areas in particular, with regard to expected changes in gaming trends that we can come to expect in the future.

Immersive Future Game Design

One of the common trends in the gaming industry already in existence is the natural expectation for games, in general, to be better designed as the years go by. In the next 10 years, we will continue to see shifts in technology with the creation of stronger computing devices as well as more innovative software that allows for games to be more immersive. Playing a game will feel even more captivating as the elements going into future game design begin to feel even more believable. The sounds will be even more riveting, and sights in the form of landscapes and objects will appear more realistic.

Ray tracing is already leading the charge in this as one of the newest ways to achieve creative lighting through somewhat photorealistic rendering. It will be an almost expected industry standard for games to be this well made, but it does not mean that different more avant-garde games with less of an inclination to photorealistic rendering will be left behind. If anything, they will also benefit from the same better technology, which will make experiencing them even more enveloping for players!

A Bigger Role for Artificial Intelligence

Artificial intelligence is sure to have a more active role in future game design, with the possibility of more extensive interactions with non-playable characters or in-game mechanics becoming a very real possibility. Rather than just the typical linear interactions with in-game assets, the inclusion of AI will make it possible to have the game react to player actions and choices in more nuanced ways.

Machine learning has become one of the more recent trends in the gaming industry, in a more active role in the process of development. Principles of procedural generation of content will have a more prominent role in future game design: specifically in helping to cut down the workload of development for designers. New methods of integrating it will see the rise of even more aspects of gameplay, especially in player-oriented titles that thrive on creativity.

Improved Graphical Fidelity

We’ve seen an improvement in graphics for games, as well as an equal revolution in gaming devices built to better support the ever-increasing graphical demands that come along with said games. Big companies in the GPU scene such as NVIDIA and AMD have been in competition to produce the most powerful graphics cards to date, and the next decade will see them and other uprising companies produce new, more powerful graphical processing units.

Transition to Cloud Gaming

At the moment, the thought of cloud computing mostly brings to mind storage capabilities for simple files. Imagine never having to have a game downloaded on your device for you to play it and being able to access the said game from anywhere at any time, on any device. This is the future that awaits us with the coming transition to cloud gaming. It is a coined term implying the hosting of games and the ability to move computing capabilities away from PCs, consoles and phones to cloud gaming interfaces. No longer would hardware be a limiting factor for the enjoyment of games, as one would be able to access the games that they want, whenever they would want it.

Of course, it would require massive growth and development of cloud computing as a whole. The industry has already begun to make strides in this direction as well, with services like Google Stadia making the beginning steps to allow players to play a variety of games from their cloud-based industry via streaming. The devices on which we would access cloud gaming would need to improve as well in order to meet the hardware requirements allowing for any of these games to run, but that future is not too far away either.

Growth of Virtual Reality

The mid-2010s saw a massive blow up in the popularity of Virtual reality, becoming one among many gaming trends that marked the decade. Creators and developers took to building games and sceneries accessible by simply wearing a headset. The field is still in its early stages, with many of the creations still lacking the full dedicated resources in development to make a VR experience really immersive.

The future game design will see more investments in trends in the gaming industry, which will lead to new innovations, animation and even new methods of controlling these completely digital spaces.

The initial price of entry for VR gaming at the moment is also on the high side for a majority of players and is a growing hindrance to access for many. It is only a matter of time before less cumbersome and less expensive headsets with even better efficiency make it into the market, allowing the participation of far more people as well.

It will soon be a common occurrence to be able to play at an online casino, at a table where you get to face other players on a virtual landscape.

The Rise of Cryptocurrency Betting

Many online casino games are already able to use both predetermined in-game currency and real-life money to allow for as many games as predetermined limits allow. Although still fairly new, cryptocurrencies are becoming more stabilized and are poised to become mainstream forms of payment within the digital landscape and gaming industry.

The truth of the matter is that it is only a matter of time until cryptocurrency is integrated into all sorts of gambling, from sports betting to poker and even video slot games like IGT free slots. A lot of businesses and organizations have already begun to accept and integrate cryptocurrency into their modes of payment, and in time, gambling games will make this one of the popular trends in the gaming industry. Of course, the question is what cryptocurrency, in particular, will be preferable, as there are thousands of variations in existence at the moment.

The world of gaming is poised for a revolution, built on a foundation of slowly changing and improving technology. Plenty of potential abounds for so many new gaming trends that we can expect going forward. The limitations existing at the moment include but are not limited to:

  • Absence of the right game-changing technology to catalyze the development of new unique assets.
  • A lack of funding or sufficient investment in various fields of development in the online casino gambling industry to allow for truly next-generation gaming.
  • A lack of adequate connectivity, as many parts of the world, still sport poor internet connections.

The good news is that many of these limitations will likely not be an issue with the passage of time and future game design, as the next 10 years will see them overcome as the need for better, more immersive gaming remains on the rise. It is in our nature as humans to want to improve our quality of life, so a massive change of trends in the gaming industry of the future is bound to happen sooner than most of us realize.

Photo Credits

Photos are from Canva

 


Guest Author Bio
Trenton J. Smith

Trenton is an aspiring writer who loves to research and write about a wide variety of topics. When he is not writing, he enjoys gardening and long walks with his dog Boomer.

 

 


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BIKE OF THE WEEK: SALSA STORMCHASER

03/12/2021 12:04

The Stormchaser is equipped for long rides and races with three bottle mounts in the main triangle on size 56–61 cm frames and two on 49–54.5 cm frames. An accessory mount on the underside of the down tube as well as a top tube mount for direct mount top tube bag. The frame can be set up with a derailleur hanger for gears or the dropouts can be switched and converted to single-speed. The Stormchaser currently comes as a frameset that delivers with both single-speed and derailleur dropouts or a complete built as a single-speed.

FRAME DETAILS

• 6066-T6 aluminum
• Class 5™ Vibration Reduction System (VRS)
• 12 x 142 mm rear spacing
• Internal cable routing
• Dropper post-compatible
• Seven sizes: 49 cm, 52.5 cm, 54.5 cm, 56 cm, 57.5 cm, 59 cm, 61 cm
• Design provides adjustability while accommodating flat-mount brakes
• 15 mm of adjustment for chainstay length anywhere between 435 mm and 450 mm
• Two drive-side dropouts available:
• Single speed-specific sliding dropout without a derailleur hanger for a clean aesthetic
• Geared dropout for 1x drivetrains using Salsa 465 replaceable hanger
• Framesets include both single speed and geared dropouts
• 40% more mud clearance than Warbird with 700c x 42 mm tire
• 50mm maximum tire width for 700c and 650b applications
• 45mm maximum tire width with fenders
• 650b x 47 mm minimum wheel and tire size

To see our Test of the Carbon Salsa Warbird here.

Pricing

Stormchaser Single Speed $1599
Stormchaser Frameset $1199

For more info head to salsacycles.com

 

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TIRRENO-ADRIATICO STAGE TWO RESULTS

03/12/2021 12:04

World champion Julian Alaphilippe won an intense uphill sprint finish to take the second stage of the Tirreno-Adriatico in Italy on Thursday, his third win in the ‘Race of the Two Seas’. Dutch rider Mathieu van der Poel crossed second ahead of Belgian Wout Van Aert, who retains the overall lead, after the 202km run from Camaiore to Chiusdino in Tuscany.  Tour de France champion Tadej Pogacar was fourth with the same time.

“This first victory of the season is a relief for me,” said Frenchman Alaphilippe, who also won two stages in 2019.

Teammate Joao Almeida led the way in a group including English defending champion Simon Yates of the BikeExchange team before being reeled in towards the end of the long uphill climb.

“I was in a perfect situation with Almeida at the front,” continued Alaphilippe.

“Kasper Asgreen and Zdenek Stybar helped me position myself.

“I didn’t know what was going on behind me, but when I saw Joao ahead of me, I knew I would win.

“I could just focus on keeping my position. I went full gas when my time came.

“When Geraint Thomas made his move, I understood my time had come to make my move too, even though there was a headwind.

“It’s been a finale full of suspense, very intense. During the race, the rhythm was always very high.”

Alaphilippe has won two other races in Italy, the Milan-San Remo in 2019 and the road race world championships last year in Imola.

Tirreno Adriatico 2021 – Julian Alaphilippe (FRA – Deceuninck – Quick-Step) – Mathieu Van Der Poel (NED – Alpecin-Fenix) – Wout Van Aert (BEL – Jumbo – Visma)

Jumbo-Visma rider Van Aert retains the race lead with a four-second advantage on Alaphilippe with Van der Poel third at eight seconds.

“It’s not a win, but a good result,” said Van Aert, who had won the opening stage.

“The third place is the maximum I could get today. When Julian accelerated I was already at my limit. He was the strongest today.

“We didn’t close it quickly but we kept the breakaway a short distance ahead of us. Joao Almeida survived for so long and it was a hard sprint.”

Friday’s third stage covers 219km from Monticiano in Tuscany with a climb to Poggio della Croce, followed by a flat run and a slight uphill finish to the line in the ancient Umbrian town of Gualdo Tadino.

Tirreno Adriatico 2021 – Wout Van Aert (BEL – Jumbo – Visma)

STAGE 2 RESULTS

1  ALAPHILIPPE Julian Deceuninck – Quick Step 5:01:32
2  VAN DER POEL Mathieu Alpecin-Fenix 0:00
3  VAN AERT Wout Team Jumbo-Visma 0:00
4  POGAČAR Tadej UAE-Team Emirates 0:00
5  ARANBURU Alex Astana – Premier Tech 0:00
6  STANNARD Robert Team BikeExchange 0:00
7  ALMEIDA João Deceuninck – Quick Step 0:00
8  VAN AVERMAET Greg AG2R Citroën Team 0:00
9  WELLENS Tim Lotto Soudal 0:00
10  CICCONE Giulio Trek – Segafredo 0:00

 

OVERALL STANDINGS

1  VAN AERT Wout Team Jumbo-Visma 8:37:35
2  ALAPHILIPPE Julian Deceuninck – Quick Step 0:04
3  VAN DER POEL Mathieu Alpecin-Fenix 0:08
4  SIVAKOV Pavel INEOS Grenadiers 0:11
5  LANDA Mikel Bahrain – Victorious 0:13
6  VENDRAME Andrea AG2R Citroën Team 0:14
7  STANNARD Robert Team BikeExchange 0:14
8  ALMEIDA João Deceuninck – Quick Step 0:14
9  POGAČAR Tadej UAE-Team Emirates 0:14
10  ARANBURU Alex Astana – Premier Tech 0:14

 

RBA/AFP Photos: Bettini

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PARIS-NICE 2021 STAGE FIVE RESULTS

03/12/2021 12:04

Sam Bennett made it two Deceuninck – Quick-Step victories on Thursday by delivering a hugely impressive sprint in Bollène, where a Paris-Nice stage concluded for the first time in 50 years, just minutes after the team notched the win across the border, at Tirreno-Adriatico. The Irishman relied again on a bulletproof lead-out train, and even though he was temporarily off the wheel of Michael Mørkøv ahead of the final kilometer, he found the power to accelerate and jump again aboard the Deceuninck – Quick-Step train with the flamme rouge in sight.

Tucked back on the wheel of the three-time Danish Champion, who showed again why he is the best lead-out man in the business, Sam waited for the final 200 meters to kick out. From the moment he opened his sprint it became clear he would be unbeatable, his stunning turn of speed propelling him to another clear victory at the “Race to the Sun”, after the one in St.Cyr-l’Ecole, this time ahead of Nacer Bouhanni (Arkea-Samsic) and Pascal Ackermann (Bora-hansgrohe), who completed the podium.

“I was disappointed after the second stage, so to bounce back and win what was the last sprinters’ stage makes me very happy. It’s fantastic that Deceuninck – Quick-Step got two wins today, I’m delighted for Julian and really proud of the Wolfpack spirit that the entire team displays no matter the race or the circumstances”, said Sam after becoming the active rider with the most stage wins at Paris-Nice.

Bennett, who after his 30th career victory in the World Tour returned in the green jersey, continued: “Big thanks to the entire team, I couldn’t have done it without them. They did again an incredible job, they were just perfect. That was an awesome lead-out and I’m super happy I could hold it to the line. Michael always gets me there and a lot of my results are down to him. When I’m on his wheel, I know that all I have to do is stay there and not panic. I did that again today and it feels great to get another win in this race I love so much.”

STAGE 5 RESULTS

1  BENNETT Sam Deceuninck – Quick Step 5:16:01
2  BOUHANNI Nacer Team Arkéa Samsic 0:00
3  ACKERMANN Pascal BORA – hansgrohe 0:00
4  BAUHAUS Phil Bahrain – Victorious 0:00
5  NIZZOLO Giacomo Team Qhubeka ASSOS 0:00
6  KRISTOFF Alexander UAE-Team Emirates 0:00
7  COQUARD Bryan B&B Hotels p/b KTM 0:00
8  LAPORTE Christophe Cofidis, Solutions Crédits 0:00
9  BARBIER Rudy Israel Start-Up Nation 0:00
10  VAN POPPEL Danny Intermarché – Wanty – Gobert Matériaux 0:00


OVERALL STANDINGS

1  ROGLIc Primoz Team Jumbo-Visma 18:42:41
2  SCHACHMANN Maximilian BORA – hansgrohe 0:31
3  MCNULTY Brandon UAE-Team Emirates 0:37
4  IZAGIRRE Ion Astana – Premier Tech 0:40
5  VLASOV Aleksandr Astana – Premier Tech 0:41
6  JORGENSON Matteo Movistar Team 0:58
7  BENOOT Tiesj Team DSM 1:04
8  HAMILTON Lucas Team BikeExchange 1:08
9  SÁNCHEZ Luis León Astana – Premier Tech 1:11
10  LATOUR Pierre Team Total Direct Energie 1:12

 

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Adrie van der Poel On Son Mathieu

03/12/2021 0:05
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Mathieu van der Poel has cycling success in his genes. Raymond Poulidor was his grandfather and Adrie van der Poel is his father. Adrie and Mathieu are very similar, cyclocross background and a similar look on a road bike. Adrie was at home watching his son win the Strade Bianche on TV: “If he continues to ride his races and doesn’t do too much, Mathieu can maintain this form for another five or six weeks,” he told Youri Ijnsen of WielerFlits.

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Impressive attack form Mathieu in Strade Bianche

“I followed it in fits and starts in the afternoon, I had a lot of work to do at home. At the crucial points, David (Mathieu’s brother) called me in, then I had a look. When it was quieter again, I went back into the garden. It was such beautiful weather. And it had to happen, because otherwise it would not happen again (with all the hustle and bustle around the spring races ahead). But I was never far away. Actually, I followed the final, but always without sound.”

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The full cycling family

Adrie noticed a number of things in the Strade Bianche finalé. “I saw that Mathieu was very good. He could easily follow the better riders, but of course it is never easy. You know then that he is explosive enough. Those climbs aren’t long, are they? Once you are at the top, you can recover somewhat. This course is about the number of watts you pedal per kilo. If you are a bit lighter like Julian Alaphilippe and Tom Pidcock, you can last longer. But on those short slopes, good classic riders can do that too. In the past, just look at Wout van Aert, Fabian Cancellara, Michał Kwiatkowski and Zdeněk Štybar.”


Adrie wasn’t too shabby at cross

Adrie wasn’t sure of the tactics of the Alpecin-Fenix team. “I myself would have designated Alaphilippe as a favourite, if they had raced to the finish line in pairs or in a small group. But you saw with Alaphilippe was off his best. If he is good, he will either ride full or try something. That was clearly not the case. In the end, the Frenchman must have thought: ‘Then I am nice with two or three here.’ Egan Bernal did the same. On that last wall towards Piazza del Campo you could see that they had no answer to Mathieu’s acceleration.”

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Alaphilippe and Bernal couldn’t hold Mathieu in the finalé

Father and son hadn’t spoken to each other by Saturday evening when he spoke to Youri of WielerFlits. “On Sunday I will call him at my leisure. With the team, they should also enjoy the success that they have already achieved at the beginning of the year. It’s early March and they’ve already won three times, with Strade Bianche as the icing on the cake for now. You should cherish those moments. I can wait a while. Of course I congratulated him via a WhatsApp message and had some contact via there. I told him to enjoy it himself. Victories like this are only for a few riders.”

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Father and son

“He has the potential to win every classic. I actually had those myself in my time, but I didn’t win them all.” Van der Poel senior won the Tour of Flanders, Liège-Bastogne-Liège, the Amstel Gold Race and the Clásica San Sebastián in his time. “I did send him a message on Saturday. “Boy, enjoy it. If you can do all of this, I would have been just a bum. I like that. I really appreciate Mathieu’s way of racing. What others think of that leaves us a little cold – whether he’s stupid or smart. It is fun for the public to watch. But then you have to win now and then.”

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Flanders win No. 1

The Dutch road champion and World cyclocross champion, Van der Poel, won the opening stage of the UAE Tour, then rode very well in Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne and Le Samyn. “Mathieu ended last year well. He started the winter with a good morality, did everything on time and took his rest, last year he trained incorrectly in the run-up to the resumption of the corona season and did not reach its best level in Strade Bianche and other races. That is not going to happen to him again,” said his father.

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Adrie leading the peloton

So what next for the younger Van der Poel? Sanremo, Roubaix? “You often come across the same names in those races. You could say that Matje is slightly above, because he has already won twice (this year). The difference compared to the competition is in the details. Perhaps Alpecin-Fenix ​​can now race a bit more calmly, because the pressure is less. While the same pressure is somewhat greater among the competitors. Most teams continue to do their own thing and so do we. We also take our responsibility if we have to.”

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Grandfather and father

When asked where these performances stop, Adrie joked “After Paris-Roubaix. Mathieu’s best years are yet to come. I also told him: if he is going to do a real altitude training camp with many kilometres uphill, it will make him even better. I mean long cols. I don’t know if it’s his ambition. That is not necessary for me. But you never know how it will turn out. It is good for himself, I think. For the rest, there is little to criticise how the team puts together its training sessions and how Mathieu completes them. In the form he has now, he can also handle races such as Liège and Lombardy.”

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Adrie in Tour KOM

“In his current condition, he can also triumph in Liège-Bastogne-Liège. He was very close last year. But he must remain calm and, above all, not want everything in one year. He must try to be good in the Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix. Win: yes, you can. But you can also not win. As long as he races how he wants to race, like Saturday. Then I guess you won’t hear anyone complain. Or participation in the Amstel Gold Race, the Flèche Wallonne and Liège-Bastogne-Liège is excluded? I think so. Mathieu will then take a break and work towards the Mountain Bike World Cups in May,” said the proud father.

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Peas in a pod

# Big thanks to Youri Ijnsen and WielerFlits for allowing us to use his quotes.

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Best Made in USA Cycling Shorts and Bibs

03/12/2021 0:05

by Lars Hundley (This article is sponsored by Aero Tech Designs.) I bought my first pair of Aero Tech Designs cycling shorts back in 2013, after learning about them in the back of Bicycling magazine. Years later, I still have several of their shorts in regular rotation in my cycling apparel drawer. Aside from the […]

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THROWBACK THURSDAY, 2017: BIANCHI’S LIMITED EDITION SCUDERIA FERRARI

03/12/2021 0:05

In an audacious partnership that you could only expect from Italy, Bianchi, the world’s oldest bike brand, held a press conference at Eurobike to announce that they’ve made a long term relationship with Scuderia Ferrari to produce a full line of new bikes to come including mountain, e-bike, kids and a secret tri-bike.

Talk about Italian wow!

Though details were still a bit vague due to the recent completion of the deal, they did have one bike on hand to display called the SF01 and it is based on the current high-end carbon Specialissima, but we were told that all future collaborations will result in unique bikes.

The Ferrari SF01 will be available in six sizes.

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Like the production version Specialissima, the SF01 uses Bianchi’s proprietary CounterVail technology which is based on an internal coating of the frame tubes with a special material to help damp road vibrations.

 

The frame is capable of running mechanical or electronic drivetrains with cable ports  at the ready.

Bianchi teamed with Astute to create this exotic 95 gram carbon fiber saddle.

 

Handpainted at the Bianchi factory in Itlay, the SP01 will be available is two versions of a red/gray colorway.  The bikes will roll on Fulcrum wheels mounted with the new tires from Pirelli.

For more: Bianchi Bicycles.

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