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Tadej Pogacar praises his backup

Tadej Pogacar

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Two-time Tour de France winner Tadej Pogačar said his 20-year-old teammate, Juan Ayuso, is “one of the best machines you’ll ever see in cycling.”

Speaking to reporters at the UAE Team Emirates training camp in Benidorm, Spain, the Slovenian said: “He’s super strong, super talented and we saw him finish third in the Vuelta and he’s going to do great things in cycling.”

This September, Ayuso became the first junior to stand on the Grand Tour podium since Henri Cornet won the Tour de France in 1904.

When asked if he envisioned any team leadership conflict, Pogačar replied, “If I’m not in the Tour, then he can go.

“It’s okay with me. We understand each other and you can only be good for so many years; you can’t always be on top.”

Check out our full interview with this year’s Tour de France runner-up.

Bicycle designer builds Kafka-inspired bike

Kafka-themed road bike from Festka

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Bespoke Czech bicycle brand Festka has released images of a custom-built road bike inspired by the works of Prague-born novelist Franz Kafka.

The frame was masterfully decorated by illustrator Michal Bačák, who read all of Kafka’s short stories and incorporated the fairy tales into its design.

“I don’t think I can say I fully understand. [Kafka’s work]but I believe I approached him by reinterpreting a few truly Kafkaesque scenes from his work in my own way,” said Bačák.

The bike is equipped with a wireless SRAM Red eTap groupset and ENVE SES wheels.

Quite simply, it is a point of beauty. Check out Gear Junkie’s comprehensive article for more pictures and information (opens in new tab).

E-cargo bike company receives €10 million investment, aims to expand in Europe

Dutch e-cargo bike-sharing company Cargoroo has announced that it has raised €10 million from investors to expand across Europe.

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in a statement (opens in new tab) “With this investment, our team can take the next big step towards fulfilling our mission to make cities more livable, healthier and safer,” CEO Erik de Winter said in a statement today.

Netherlands-based Cargoroo has a fleet of more than 700 e-cargo bikes that can be rented through an app. Next year, the company hopes to be based in Lyon, France, as well as Germany.

Here is a video of e-cargo bikes in action.

Primož Roglič aims for Tour de France return

Primoz Roglic

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Three-time Vuelta a España champion Primož Roglič said he hopes to give his best for the 2023 Tour de France.

“It is clear that my ‘work’ on the Tour is not over yet,” said the Slovenian driver. wielerflits (opens in new tab). “The future will show what is still possible. I definitely want to go back to the Tour de France. My first mission will be to get to Paris again. After the last two disappointing races, I’m back to my basics and hitting that first goal again.

“But of course I want to race at the top of the standings.”

The 33-year-old was pulled off the curb on the fifth day after stage 14 this July, with his shoulder sticking out. He also left the 2021 race that time due to bruising and road redness.

Beware of faulty e-bike battery fires

Fire truck ebike fires

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After a fire at a guesthouse on the Isle of Man last night, firefighters have warned against storing e-bikes.

Emergency services rescued two people from a fire believed to have been caused by a faulty e-bike battery.

A spokesperson for the fire department said: “Electric bikes are becoming more common and pose a fire risk that a regular bike does not have, so this should be taken into account when storing the bike.”

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Neither of the two men was injured.

With fires in Greater Manchester and London in recent months, there have been a number of incidents of modified e-bikes that burnt themselves.

Biniam Girmay named African Rider of the Year

Binaam Girmay

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Biniam Girmay was always a slam dunk for African Rider of the Year. The Eritrean had a season of history making, becoming the first Black African to win a Classic and a Grand Tour stage at Ghent-Wevelgem.

Yesterday, the organizers of the La Tropicale Amissa Bongo race confirmed that the award was awarded to Girmay for the third consecutive year.

In fact, Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert took 1-2 in the standings, while Louis Meintjes took second place. The South African won a stage at the Vuelta a España in August, achieving his first WorldTour victory and finishing 7th in the Tour de France.

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Cycling in the Covid surge

The picture shows a person riding a bicycle in winter.

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Looks like the winter Covid surge is here. Wherever you go, people sniff, sneeze and complain of aches and pains.

We got the news of the positive case today. Cycling Week Headquarters warns us all to be extra careful when outside.

Here’s a guide we recently shared to help you drive through the symptoms of Covid. Still, it goes without saying that the best workout you can do is rest, especially if you’re feeling sick.

Lance Armstrong and Jan Ullrich walk arm in arm

Lance Armstrong and Jan Ullrich formed one of the sport’s fiercest rivalries. Now, they’re taking pictures together under the Los Angeles sun.

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The two took a leisurely ride yesterday, and Ullrich posted a series of hilarious photos on Instagram under the caption ‘Sunny ride with a friend in LA’.

Armstrong and Ullrich remained friends until the night they went to a Los Angeles Lakers basketball game together. If you’re interested, the Lakers narrowly lost to the Boston Celtics. 118-122 in overtime.

Have a say about bikes on trains

Sustrans, a UK-based cycling and walking charity (opens in new tab) seeks public feedback on bike-rail travel to inform new guidance.

The charity is part of the Cycle Rail Working Group, which aims to improve facilities for cyclists.

According to Sustrans’s 2021 Index, 64% of people want better bike infrastructure on public transport, such as secure bike parking at train stations.

Go to the charity’s survey to offer your opinion (opens in new tab). It takes about 10 minutes to complete and closes on January 9, 2023.

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Human Powered Health lead fee for Mark Cavendish

The latest development in the Mark Cavendish transfer saga is that American team Human Powered Health has now entered the race for British national champion.

According to a report in wielerflitsProTeam is preparing a contract offer for Manxman. This will likely be motivated by the possibility of a wild card slot at the Tour de France next July.

It was long rumored that Cavendish would move to B&B Hôtels-KTM, but since then the team has collapsed due to a lack of sponsorship.

Speaking on the Never Strays Far podcast, a friend and former teammate of Cavendish’s Pete Kennaugh said the sprinter “definitely signed a contract”. (opens in new tab)“For 2023.

Of course, speculation will continue until we know exactly who that team is. Here’s our take on the latest Cavendish rumors.


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