Team Sky Procycling have this morning published this statement on their official website.
Sir Bradley Wiggins has been withdrawn from the Giro d’Italia on the medical advice of the team doctor due to illness.
Team Sky medical staff monitored the 33-year-old overnight following a difficult stage 12 that saw Wiggins slip off the back of the peloton in the closing stages.
Due to a…Continue
This week we are delighted to offer one of our members the chance to win a limited edition Giro d'Italia poster by artist and Wheelsuckers' member, Mark Fairhurst. If you're not a member sign-up here and then enter - it's free to join.…Continue
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Another interesting week for Sir Bradley Wiggins and Team Sky at the Giro d'Italia. Wiggins may be sitting in fourth position (at current time of writing) but he is no doubt a troubled man. Firstly, he has been forced to play catch up with both Vincenzo Nibali and a rejuvenated Cadel Evans and, perhaps more worryingly given his position as Team Leader, he has been outshone by the performance of his team mate, Rigoberto Uran. The Columbian recorded a brilliant win on Tuesday, attacking from…Continue
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If you're planning to travel abroad on Eurostar this summer via Paris or Brussels with your beloved bike, you need to be aware of a recent change in Eurostar's cycle policy: only bikes that are 85 cm or less (largest dimension) can be carried on-board, free-of-charge, as part of your baggage allowance.
Great if you have a Brompton (which folds down to a tiny 58.5 cm) but most road-bike bags tend to be in the 110-125 cm range so will no longer be allowed as carry-on. So what…Continue
Mark Cavendish clocked up his second stage win at this year's Giro d'Italia yesterday, sprinting to victory at the end of the 169km Stage 6 in Margherita di Savoia.
"I'm so happy right now, it was incredible.The leadout was absolutely perfect, nothing went wrong, it was beautiful. I'm absolutely buzzing. Imagine you have a kit car, something you've built from the start as we have this year with the leadout. You start it, 'vroom vroom' and you know, you have…Continue
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It has been an uncharacteristically topsy-turvey week for Team Sky at the Giro d'Italia. The build up to the start of the race in Naples on Saturday was overshadowed by a very public spat between Sir Bradley Wiggins and Chris Froome that only ended when Team Principal Sir Dave Brailsford intervened.
When the race finally got under way, the Team Sky squad put in a strong performance to take the Team Time Trial on Sunday - a performance that resulted in Salvatore Puccio pulling on…Continue
A spectacular win and the perfect start to the Giro d'Italia for Mark Cavendish. The Omega Pharma - Quick-Step i is in the maglia rosa after winning an aggressive finale of the130km Stage 1 of Giro d'Italia on Saturday. The Manx Missile was able to close a gap to Cannondale, Orica-GreenEDGE and Radioshack, launch on the right side, and beat Elia Viviani (Cannondale) and Nacer Bouhanni (FDJ) to the line for the opening stage victory in Napoli.…Continue
It has been a long, hard winter in Northern Europe for cyclists. Wet and cold weather, the Spring Classics blighted by freezing temperatures, snowstorms and riders stumbling to their team buses in the early throes of hypothermia.
For pro peloton aficionados, the start of Giro d'Italia is the cycling equivalent of daffodils and cherry blossom bursting into flower. The Italian Grand Tour hails the arrival of Spring and the signal to coax our short sleeve jerseys out of their…Continue
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After 4-months of parliamentary inquiry into how to encourage more, and safer, cycling in the UK, a set of recommendations was published last week.
The "Get Britain Cycling" inquiry was led by the All Party Parliamentary Cycling Group (APPCG) which was tasked with examining the barriers that are preventing more people from cycling in the UK.
The percentage of journeys by bike in the UK is one of the lowest in Europe: just 2% compared to 27% in the Netherlands and 18%…Continue
REVIEW: Maglia Rosa: Triumph and Tragedy at the Giro d'Italia (2nd Edition)
by Herbie Sykes
Published in paperback by Rouleur Books (an imprint of Bloomsbury) on 25th April 2013
RRP: £25.00 Also available from Amazon
Review by Dave Nash
The Giro d'Italia begins in Naples next Saturday and with a timing that would impress…Continue
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Team Sky today confirmed their line-up for the Giro d’Italia, with Sir Bradley Wiggins heading up a strong nine-man team.
Starting in Naples, the first Grand Tour of the season is staged from Saturday 4 to Sunday 26 May with 21 stages in the contest for the famous maglia rosa, the pink winner’s jersey. Wiggins has made no secret of his desire to win the title and though Sky have assembled a strong team to support the Tour de France…Continue
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The British Library is archiving culturally important web-content for posterity and our beloved Wheelsuckers is being considered for inclusion. It's a great project and we want to be part of it!
We think Wheelsuckers would be a great addition to the British Library’s Web Archive: our community of 1,300+ members is testament to the explosive growth of cycling as a past-time and we know you are the most passionate riders out there when it comes to cycling!
We’d love it…Continue
Rapha announced last week the unveiling of their collection of Team Sky replica kit - a more affordable version of the threads worn by the likes of Chris Froome and Sir Wiggins, but faithful reproductions nevertheless. With price tags of £75 for the jersey and £100 for the bibs the replica range does offer those who shy away from Rapha's heavy prices to grab some quality gear whilst at the same time demonstrating ones allegiance to the British team.
But are UK cyclists ready to…Continue
If the abysmal weather means you’re still spending more time tinkering with your bike than actually riding it, a great way to while away those "maintenance" hours is to settle down with your bike and your preferred digital player then listen to a nice, warm cycling podcast.
We love podcasts: always on tap, lots of quality ones to choose from and, best of all, free to listen to. So, here we present our favourite cycling podcasts in no particular…Continue
Added by Clare Daniels on April 2, 2013 at 20:56 — No Comments
It is probably no coincidence that Sir Bradley Wiggins has chosen the Easter weekend to announce that his famous sideburns, thought to have disappeared down a plughole in the Autumn of last year, will be making an unexpected comeback, but it is the nature of their resurrection that is going to surprise the many fans of the Tour de France winner.
In a statement released to the Press Association yesterday, Wiggins announced that his whiskers will be auctioned to raise money for the…Continue
1991 was not a good year for fashion. Contemporary designers continue to cherry pick trends from previous decades, but the early 1990's are routinely overlooked. This, in case you need reminding, was a period in Western culture when the World's youth were attempting to emulate the wardrobes of Vanilla Ice, MC Hammer and Chesney Hawkes. Enough said.
Cycling was not immune. The professional peloton has been guilty of many fashion faux-pas over the years and the pick of the…Continue
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Fitter, Further, Faster: Get Fit for Sportives and Road Riding
By Hannah Reynolds, Robert Hicks & Rebecca Charlton
Published by Bloomsbury Publishers
Paperback - £18.99
Cyclosportive, sportives, Gran Fondos, Etapes, call them what you like. Every year more mass participation cycling events appear on the calendar - an…Continue
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I was fortunate to catch David Walsh, aka 'the f***ing Troll' and the arch nemesis of Lance Armstrong, speaking at the Oxford Literary Festival last week. Walsh was promoting his latest book on the shamed Texan, Seven Deadly Sins - My Pursuit of Lance Armstrong - an account of his 13 year quest to prove that Armstrong’s victories were not entirely as they…Continue
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