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Bicycle Racing News and Opinion,
Sunday, October 29, 2017

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BikeRaceInfo will start covering Cyclo-Cross races

For this season, we report on the big races. Saturday we posted results for the Grote Prijs van Brabant, both men's and women's races.

Maud Kaptheijns

Maud Kaptheijns wins the women's Grote Prijs de Brabant

Team Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia reports on Tour of Hainan stage one

Here's what the team had to say:

The 17th podium of the season of Jakub Mareczko kicks off the Tour of Hainan of a team Wilier Triestina – Selle Italia that was one of the strongest teams in the 1st stage won by Jon Aberasturi.

The jerseys of the team directed by Serge Parsani were costantly in the head of the peloton during the chase of the 4 riders breakaway that was brought back in the peloton with 10 kms to go.

Same destiny for the following attack of the American Shelden for a stage that ended with a sprint where #Kuba couldn’t express all his power and his comeback wasn’t enough to achieve the 10th win in the season. In the top 10 there was a spot also for Eugert Zhupa, 8th.

Jon Aberasturi

Jon Aberasturi wins the fist stage of the Tour of Hainan.

Tomorrow 230 kms to Haikou and a scenario that shouldn’t change with Mareczko who will be looking for revenge.

Shimano bike division sales up 1.4 percent in first three quarters

Bicycle Retailer & Industry News sent me this:

OSAKA, Japan (BRAIN) — Shimano saw a slight increase in sales in its bike division through the first nine months of 2017, up 1.4 percent to 196 billion yen ($1.7 billion) over sales in the same period last year. Operating income in the division decreased nearly 5 percent over the period however.

In a 3Q report released Tuesday, Shimano described a somewhat lackluster market for its bike components in North America, Europe, China and Japan.

"In North America, retail sales of completed bicycles were approximately the same as the previous year's level and distributor inventories continued to be somewhat low," the company said.

It said European sales were "somewhat soft," China sales were "lacking vigor," and sales in Japan "remained lackluster."

It did say that retail sales of complete bicycles in South America showed "signs of recovery."

"In these market conditions, there are high expectations for the next season in Europe because of diversification of bicycle types, including e-bikes. Sales of both the Deore mountain bike components released in May 2017 and the Ultegra road bike components released in June 2017 remained robust, and the additional Ultegra Di2 (electronic shifting system) and disc brakes released in August 2017 were well received in the market," the company said.

Company-wide, Shimano reported a 1.8 percent increase in net sales for the first 9 months, with sales totaling 246 billion yen, up from 242 billion yen in the first 9 months of 2016. Operating income in the period was down 4 percent however.

You can read the entire story here.

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