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Thursday, May 31, 2018

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Coryn Rivera wins third stage of Lotto-Thüringen Ladies Tour

Team Sunweb sent me this race news:

Coryn Rivera (USA) has sprinted to Team Sunweb's second stage victory at Lotto Thüringen Ladies Tour, sealing the deal on the stage three [Schleiz - Schleiz, 131 km] honours after the team animated the finale on the first of two queen stages.

Speaking of the win, Rivera said: "Today was an even better day of teamwork. We were always under control, protecting Ellen, making the race, being represented in all the dangerous moves, and to top it off we still pulled off a super awesome and well timed lead out for the victory! Lucinda was a monster in the most prominent break of the day and as soon as it was brought back, we switched our mindset to the lead out train. Lucinda made a move on the descent with one kilometre to go and although Ellen and I were a bit gapped off, we used our extra speed to time our pass into the last corner to perfection so that she could deliver me to another victory. The girls did an awesome job today and I'm super grateful that they believe in me and ride for me in the sprints."

Coryn Rivera

Coryn Rivera

Team Sunweb coach Hans Timmermans (NED) added: "It's brilliant to take another stage win after a great stage by the whole team; we are proving to be really strong here. We owned the race from start to finish and really went for it on the hilly part of the stage launching attack after attack. We had representation in the important moves which was great, and then the team did a great lead out for Coryn to take the win. It was another fantastic job today and we can be very proud of this team."

Team Movistar looks at the upcoming Critérium du Dauphiné

Here's the team's post:

The Critérium du Dauphiné, long considered the best touchdown before heading towards the Tour de France, has become more of a test for the Grande Boucle’s routes -much similarities in the last few years with the French grandtour’s courses– yet not so much in the way it’s tackled, with many riders aiming for it rather than using it as a launchpad for July, and even some coming from the Giro to profit from their good form.

In any case, the 70th edition of the French event continues to forge a very distinct character from previous years, its short mountain stages set to decide the final outcome together with its two time trials. A 6.6km prologue in Valence (Sunday 3rd June) will open the race, while a 35km TTT on Wednesday 6th, from Pont-de-Vaux to Louhans, will surely create some significant gaps before in the GC.

On Thursday 7th, a series of four brutal mountain stages will kick off. The Mont Noir (HC) and Lans-en-Vercors (Cat-2) are scheduled for stage four; the demanding Valmorel (HC; 13km, 7%), already overcome in 2013, will decide stage five (Friday 8th); Bisanne (HC), Pré (HC), Cormet de Roselend (Cat-2) and La Rosière (Cat-1), squeezed in just 110km, will be tackled on Saturday 9th; and five climbs in Savoie, capped off with Amerands (Cat-1) and Saint-Gervais (Cat-1), will mark the Queen stage, and the decisive one, on Sunday 10th.

Norwegian bicycle tire company lets you simply zip on a new tread

I stumbled upon this fascinating invention on the cyclingindustry.news web site. Here's their write-up:

A startup company has unveiled a new concept for the tire market, patenting a system that lets you zip on and off new tread.

Based out of Norway, where conditions can change quite rapidly, reTyre set out with a primary goal to reduce the massive consumption of the tyre industry, as well as improve year-round use of bicycles.

The modular system works by first installing a base tyre, which comes adorned with an outer zipper. From there you can simply add a “skin” tyre. Given the often wintery conditions in the firm’s domestic territory, it’s little surprise that the portfolio of outer tyres carries a studded skin. Each is made from 90% natural rubber.

Zip-on tread

The tread just zips on!

You can read the entire story here

Here's reTyre's web site.

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