Archive for April 22nd, 2021

Razer ups green game with $50M startup fund

04/22/2021 12:03
Games hardware maker establishes $50 million “green fund” as part of its 10-year sustainability plan, with the aim to invest in startups focusing on the market such as The Nurturing Co, which produces bamboo toilet paper.

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How to watch Liège-Bastogne-Liège 2021 – live TV and streaming

04/22/2021 12:03
Roglic and Alaphilippe face off once again as Van der Breggen hopes to win at her final participation

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Richard Freeman to appeal against being struck off as testosterone saga continues

04/22/2021 12:03
Former Team Sky and British Cycling doctor case could be heard at end of 2021

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Liège-Bastogne-Liège 2021 – Preview

04/22/2021 12:03
Unfinished business for Alaphilippe at the oldest of the Monuments and a tilt at a fifth victory for Valverde

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Procycling May 2021 issue is out now

04/22/2021 12:03
Featuring an interview with Egan Bernal ahead of the Giro d’Italia

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Tour of the Alps stage 4 – Live coverage

04/22/2021 12:03
All the action from a key day of climbing

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Newsletter Issue No. 962

04/22/2021 0:03

April 22, 2021 More on 8 Exercise Mistakes Older Riders Make By Coach John Hughes Last week I wrote about mistakes many riders in their 50s and beyond make. To reach a rider’s goals, knowing what not to do is as important as knowing what to do. George wrote after reading the column: “I’m 72 […]

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The Tour 21 Team Near £600k With 60 Days To Go

04/22/2021 0:03
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A team of 25 amateur cyclists will begin riding the full 21 stages of the 2021 Tour de France route, one week ahead of the professionals in exactly 60 days. The Tour 21, which takes place from Saturday 19th June – Sunday 11th July, aims to raise in excess of £1,000,000 for national blood cancer charity Cure Leukaemia and the team are halfway to their fundraising total after recently surpassing £560,000.

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Cure Leukaemia, which was announced as the first ever official Charity Partner of the Tour de France in the UK for the next three years, recorded a £1,500,000 fundraising shortfall in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic and The Tour 21 team, which was increased from 20 to 25 riders after this event’s postponement last summer, aim to help the charity address this shortfall in funding by completing all 3,384km of the world’s most famous and prestigious professional cycling event.

All funds raised by The Tour 21 team will be invested in the national Trials Acceleration Programme (TAP) which has been solely funded by Cure Leukaemia since January 2020. TAP is a network of specialist research nurses at 12 blood cancer centres located in the UK’s biggest cities and a facilitatory hub based at the Centre for Clinical Haematology in Birmingham’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital. This network enables accelerated setup and delivery of potentially life-saving blood cancer clinical trials to run giving patients from a UK catchment area of over 20 million people access to treatments not currently available through standard care.

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Leading the team on his final Tour de France challenge is ex-England footballer, blood cancer survivor and Cure Leukaemia Patron Geoff Thomas, 56, who said: “We all know that this event will be gruelling and will test us to the limits both physically and mentally but the reason we are doing it is to raise over £1,000,000 for Cure Leukaemia to claw back the £1,500,000 fundraising shortfall the charity suffered. However tough the challenge is for us it is nothing compared to what blood cancer patients have to go through and I know that from personal experience. I am delighted that, as a team, we have reached the halfway mark with our fundraising, but we must keep our foot down now to ensure we can set off from Brittany on June 19th knowing that we have exceeded £1,000,000 to sustain the TAP network and give hope to the 38,000 people diagnosed with blood cancer in the UK each year.”

Cure Leukaemia Chief Executive James McLaughlin continued: “It is fantastic to see The Tour 21 team reaching £500,000 raised this far out from the start of the event but after such a challenging year in 2020. With a range of sponsorships opportunities still available for this event including the jersey, team bus and comprehensive video content of the whole 21 stage event, it would be great if companies worldwide could support Geoff and the team surpass their fundraising target. With this being Geoff’s final major cycling challenge, we encourage everyone who has supported him over the years can do so once again to ensure he can hang up his cleats knowing this team has made a huge impact for blood cancer patients across the UK.”

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● Cycling event, The Tour 21, which will see 25 amateur cyclists riding the full 2021 Tour de France route one week ahead of the professionals, has now raised over £560,000 with 60 days until the event
● The event aims to raise over £1,000,000 for national blood cancer charity Cure Leukaemia, the first ever official Charity Partner of the Tour de France in the UK.
● This is the only charity event of its kind with an official partnership with the Tour de France in the UK.
● The team will be led by former England footballer, blood cancer survivor and Cure Leukaemia Patron Geoff Thomas and it will be his final Tour de France challenge.
● Jersey sponsorship opportunities for this event and registration for The Tour 21 in 2022 and 2023 are available via www.thetour21.com.
A new YouTube channel for The Tour 21 has been launched HERE
● Watch the ‘Tour 21 Launch’ video presented by Rebecca Charlton here:

Photos by © Sam Bagnall.

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FLÈCHE WALLONNE’21: Alaphilippe Top Of the World!

04/22/2021 0:03
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Race Report: The World champion, Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck – Quick-Step) made no mistakes on the climb of the Mur de Huy to beat Primoz Roglič (Jumbo-Visma) to the line. With an explosive jump the Frenchman took a length out of the Slovenian. The ‘old man’ Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) was third.

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Alaphilippe made no mistakes

Julian Alaphilippe has added the Flèche Wallonne to his palmarès for the third time in his career. On the steep Mur de Huy, passed Primož Roglič on the final ramps to the line. Roglič had tried to control the finalé with a long sprint.

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The start of the race was in Charleroi for the first time in years. From there, the route headed east to Huy, where two circuits of 31.8 kilometres, climbing the Côte d’Ereffe, the Chemin des Gueuses and the Mur de Huy.

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Nice castles in these parts

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Tom Pidcock must be feeling confident

Marc Hirschi could not defend his title. His UAE Emirates team announced in the morning that it was withdrawing from the classic after Diego Ulissi and an employee returned a positive corona test. Tadej Pogačar, who was among the favourites, was also not at the start. The starting was given for the 85th Flèche Wallonne in the Dôme sports palace and immediately there was an attack. Loïc Vliegen, Arne Marit and Mathijs Paasschens tried to set up an escape, but the peloton was reluctant to let them get away.

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Some echelons early in the race

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Roman Kreuziger, remember him? Now riding for Gazprom-RusVelo

After 20 kilometres, the break of the day was formed. WorldTour riders Alex Howes, Sylvain Moniquet, Sander Armée and Maurits Lammertink, plus ProTour rider Julian Mertens joined forces and a little later Diego Rosa, Louis Vervaeke and Simone Velasco join them. The leading group managed to take 5 minutes on the peloton, where INEOS Grenadiers, Movistar, Jumbo-Visma and Deceuninck – Quick-Step worked together to keep the gap under control. After the halfway point the difference started to come down and on the first climb of the Mur de Huy, 60 kilometres from the finish, the eight-man lead group only had 3 minutes.

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Eros Capecchi (Bahrain Victorious) tried to get in the break of the day

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The break of the day

Howes had to let the leading group go for a while due to mechanical problems, but the American champion was able to return with a new bike. On the first lap around Huy, the lead of the breakaway fell further to 1 minute on the second climb of the Mur. At that point Rosa, Velasco and Mertens were dropped from the escape. From the peloton, Simon Geschke counter-attacked with Tao Geoghegan Hart and Mauri Vansevenant, but the other teams pulled them back. Tim Wellens also tried after Huy. It was still 30 kilometres to the finish.

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Alaphilippe needs a win

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Valverde – Too old?

Nervousness in the pack increased, and there were crashes. With 28 kilometres to go, Thomas Pidcock, second in the Amstel Gold Race on Sunday, Valentin Madouas and Philippe Gilbert were involved in a crash. Everyone got back on their bikes and ride on. With 40 seconds lead, the remaining escapees started the Côte d’Ereffe, where Howes had to drop off. This left Moniquet, Vervaeke, Armée and Lammertink at the front. Groupama-FDJ, which started with several top riders with Madouas, David Gaudu and Rudy Molard, led the peloton over the Ereffe.

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Roglič, but no Pogačar

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The break on the Mur

The run-up to the Chemin des Gueues was fast for the peloton, with AG2R Citroën and INEOS Grenadiers coming to the front. Wellens attacked again at the bottom of the climb, trying to stir up the race. The Lotto Soudal rider was accompanied by Omar Fraile and Ilan Van Wilder, but they were caught at the top. Maurits and Lammertink were the only riders off the front. The Dutchman turned out to be the strongest of the early break and gave his Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert team some good advertising. Only at the foot of the Mur de Huy for the last time was he caught.

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No rush by the peloton

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The break was working well, but…

AG2R Citroën was leading the peloton, and which Mikkel Frølich Honoré tried to disrupt things together with Jan Tratnik, but a large group started the steep climb. Michał Kwiatkowski led the pack in the first metres of the climb, while the favourites positioned themselves for the finalé. Kwiatkowski was still in the lead on the steep part of the climb. With 350 metres to go, Primož Roglič tried to outsmart the rest with a daring attack, but the Slovenian was unable to keep it going to the finish. Julian Alaphilippe managed to catch him and sprint past in the last few metres to his third victory in Huy. It is the first time since Cadel Evans in 2010 that a World champion has won the Classic.

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US champion, Alex Howes was looking good, but was dropped with 20K to go

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Roglič jumped a little early

Race winner, Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck – Quick-Step): “I wanted to show people I was strong in the head. I haven’t won a lot since the beginning of the season, it was important to me to raise my arms again. I wanted so much to win again on such a hard race. I’m proud of my teammates, they did a wonderful job to put me in the best position. Mikkel Honoré dropped me in perfect conditions at the bottom of the Mur de Huy. Then, the legs do the talking. I knew it wasn’t gonna be easy with Roglič, Valverde and everyone in my wheel. This one really feels good, with the jersey.”

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Perfect timing from the World champion

2nd, Primoz Roglič (Jumbo-Visma): “Julian [Alaphilippe] caught me and passed me so he was definitely the strongest. Congrats to him, he deserves to win. It was a hard climb in the finish. I was just there, why not attack? With legs a little bit stronger, maybe I could have won but congrats to Julian. There isn’t much philosophy in the last climb: if you have the legs, you go. It was a nice race, it went fast. For sure I’m happy with my shape going into Liège. You always want to win but I’m happy with my level and I’m definitely looking forward to the next race. Liège is a different race and we’ll see who has the best legs.”

Flèche Wallonne Result:
1. Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Deceuninck – Quick Step in 4:36:25
2. Primož Roglič (Slo) Jumbo-Visma
3. Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar at 0:06
4. Michael Woods (Can) Israel Start-Up Nation at 0:08
5. Warren Barguil (Fra) Arkéa Samsic at 0:11
6. Thomas Pidcock (GB) INEOS Grenadiers
7. David Gaudu (Fra) Groupama-FDJ
8. Esteban Chaves (Col) BikeExchange
9. Richard Carapaz (Ecu) INEOS Grenadiers
10. Maximilian Schachmann (Ger) BORA-hansgrohe at 0:16
11. Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek-Segafredo
12. Ben Tulett (GB) Alpecin-Fenix
13. Alex Aranburu Deba (Spa) Astana-Premier Tech
14. Quinten Hermans (Bel) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux
15. Patrick Konrad (Aut) BORA-hansgrohe
16. Guillaume Martin (Fra) Cofidis
17. Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana-Premier Tech at 0:19
18. Benoit Cosnefroy (Fra) AG2R Citroën at 0:21
19. Jack Haig (Aus) Bahrain Victorious
20. Adam Yates (GB) INEOS Grenadiers at 0:27
21. Michael Matthews (Aus) BikeExchange at 0:28
22. Wout Poels (Ned) Bahrain Victorious at 0:32
23. Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) INEOS Grenadiers
24. Marco Brenner (Ger) DSM at 0:36
25. Kristian Sbaragli (Ita) Alpecin-Fenix
26. Mauro Finetto (Ita) Delko
27. Mauri Vansevenant (Bel) Deceuninck – Quick-Step
28. Sergio Henao Montoya (Col) Qhubeka Assos
29. Jesus Herrada (Spa) Cofidis at 0:40
30. Nicola Conci (Ita) Trek-Segafredo.

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The laptop with the best battery life in 2021

04/22/2021 0:03
Laptops have become more essential than ever for remote access to work, school, and web-based apps. Maximizing battery life becomes an even greater priority to make sure we remain connected to the rest of the world without interruption. These laptops can keep you online and working longer when you need to be unplugged.

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