Sagan aiming for Milan-San Remo and Tour of Flanders in 2014

Peter Sagan has spelled out the races he’s targetting for the 2014 season, highlighting Milan-San Remo and the Tour of Flanders, two races he got close to winning this year.

Amgen Tour of California

“Milan Sanremo and Flanders are for me personally the most interesting events. They are the biggest Classics in Italy and Belgium. I would like to win them, focussing on them the most in the upcoming season,” he told Sport.sk.

Sagan is also targetting a third green jersey at the Tour de France. Sagan won a total of 22 races in 2013.

Click here to read more at VeloNation.

Tom Boonen to make a return at the Tour de San Luis

It’s been a horror year for Tom Boonen after a run of crashes, illness, injury and most recently as perineal cyst. But Boonen is now back on the bike and looking forward to turning his luck around in 2014.

Tom Boonen at the start

“The Tour de San Luis is the perfect way to start the season, also because of the climate. After that I’ll fly on to Oman and Qatar so that is one and a half months of good weather. That’s an advantage towards the guy who stay in Europe.”

Boonen, who recently renewed his contract with Omega Pharma-QuickStep for another two years, has said he’ll target early-season races such as Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne, and the Spring Classics including the Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix.

Boonen is also keen to make a return to the Tour de France in 2014.

Click here to read more at Cycling News.

Vini Fantini to miss 2014 Giro d’Italia

RCS Sport, the organiser of the Giro d’Italia, has released a list of the eight teams vying for wildcard spots at next year’s Giro.

Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox, Caja Rural-RGA, Team Colombia, IAM Cycling, MTN-Qhubeka, Team NetApp-Endura, Team Novo Nordisk and UnitedHealtcare Pro Cycling Team have all thrown their hats in the ring. Meanwhile the Vini-Fantini squad appears to have paid the price for the positive tests returned by Mauro Santambrogio and Danilo di Luca before and during this year’s race, missing out on possible selection.

RCS Sport posted the nams of the wildcard contestants on Twitter and asked fans to provide feedback.

Click here to read more at VeloNation.

Lampre-Merida releases frame codes and sizing details to track 111 stolen bikes

A couple days after Lampre-Merida announced that their service course had been ransacked, the team has released further information in a bid to find the bikes and gear that was stolen.


The team revealed that 111 bikes had been stolen: 31 Warp TT bikes, 36 Scultura models, 30 Reacto Evo machines and 14 Ride Pro bikes.

In addition, a number of Dura-Ace Di2 11-speed electronic groupsets and other components were stolen. The team has also released the frame codes and sizing details of the bikes stolen in the hope that it will allow members of the public to track down the stolen gear.

Click here to read more at VeloNation, to see a list of the frame codes and to get in touch with Lampre-Merida should you have any information.

Van Garderen to skip the Tour of California for Tour de France prep

Reigning Tour of California champion Tejay van Garderen will not defend his title come May next year with the BMC rider favouring a ‘classic’ preparation for the 2014 Tour de France.

Tour de France 2013 stage-18

Van Garderen will take part in races like Paris-Nice, Tour of Romandie and the Criterium du Dauphine, races that are often seen as perfect lead-ins for the Tour de France.

Allan Peiper, performance manager of BMC Racing told Cycling News.

“He has the weight on his shoulders for 2014 and he realises that. With a good programme in place and a good structure he should be firing on all pistons for the big event.”

Click here to read more at Cycling News.

Ballan to appear at CONI hearing on January 16

Alessandro Ballan (BMC) has been summoned to appear before the Italian Olympic Commitee’s National Anti-Doping Tribunal in January to respond to allegations of past doping at his former Lampre team.

CONI has recommended a two-year suspension after the former world champion allegedly underwent blood transfusions during the 2009 season. Ballan claimed to Gazzetta dello Sport last week that he hadn’t received blood transfusions and that, instead, he had received ozone treatment for Cytomegalovirus.

“I did an infinite number of controls and my biological passport speaks clearly. Do you think it’s right that I’ve been massacred because of this?” Ballan asked Gazzetta.

Click here to read more at Cycling News.

Meares and Perkins to headline Melbourne Track Carnival

Melbourne’s track cycling fans will receive an early Christmas present when Anna Meares and Shane Perkins headline an action-packed Melbourne Cup on Wheels Carnival on Saturday December 21.

Joining Meares and Perkins at the Darebin International Sports Centre (DISC) Velodrome, will be a host of Australia’s best sprinters including recently crowned Oceania champion Matthew Glaetzer, London Olympic medalist Kaarle McCulloch, dual reigning national champion Mitch Bullen, plus Peter Lewis, Stephanie Morton and Taylah Jennings.

Australia’s best will also share the boards with some of the world’s leading track riders from Malaysia, New Zealand, Ireland, Belgium, Germany and Canada, as they vie for UCI qualification points in the UCI Category One listed event.

The Carnival program will also feature Australia’s best track endurance riders, with the men’s and women’s 2014 Australian Madison National Championships to be decided during the night.

2012 London Olympic medallists Jack Bobridge and Glenn O’Shea were announced last week as the first confirmed team in the men’s event, with the complete fields to be announced in early December.

Click here to read more. Text via Cycling Australia press release.

New .bike suffix launched

We’ve all seen websites with the suffix .cc, .cx, .tv, etc and now the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers has created .bike which cycling brands will be able to use.

The existing .cc suffix is actually the national Top Level Domain (TLD) of the Cocos Islands. The .cx suffix, used by cyclocross websites such as Brew.cx, is actually the TLD for Christmas Island.

Click here to read more at Bike Radar.

Cyclocross skills: the wheelie

Here’s one way to get around a tight corner on your CX bike.

GIF appears courtesy of Cyclocosm.

Seven tips to staying safe on the road

Here’s a simple list of things you can do on the road, according to Bike Radar’s James Huang, to ensure that you stay as safe on the roads possible:

1. Assume every driver is blind and stupid.
2. Be visible.
3. Try to anticipate behavior.
4. Establish eye contact.
5. Take the road less traveled.
6. Be predictable.
7. Be courteous.

What would you add to or subtract from this list?

Click here to read more information about each point over at Bike Radar.

The Rocacorba Recap

And finally this morning, here are a few things you might have missed:


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Today’s feature image was taken by Kristof Ramon and shows Tom Boonen moments before winning Paris Roubaix in 2012.