Cyclingnews talks to Chris Sutton (pic’d right with Cameron) about Garmin’s focus on stage 5 of the Tour of Langkawi, which finishes on the hors categorie Genting Highlands climb (1679.2 meters). Sutton expects the race to break up over the 220-kilometre stage, but whether there’s a strong enough team to pull it back together for [...]
CycleTo talked to Christian Vande Velde during the Silver City training camp about his best and worst days on the bike.
The Fresno Bee talks to Jonathan Vaughters about team strategy in general and what Garmin-Slipstream’s plan will be for the Amgen Tour of California.
There is this song here at the Tour of Langkawi they play at the start of every stage. It’s simply known to us as the ‘Tour of Langkawi song’. But it’s so much more than a song. It has such a strong presence, I swear I was singing it before I even got here. Everyone [...]
Today’s 161.7 km stage 2 is relatively flat and includes three intermediate sprints and one category 4 climb. Stage 1 is scheduled to start at 10:00 and finish between 14:03-14:55.
Cyclingnews talks to Directeur Sportif Johnny Weltz about his impressions so far of the Tour of Langkawi, his insights on team tactics and which riders to watch as the week unfolds. Sitting on the bonnet of his Garmin team car before the start of stage two, the former US Postal director and ONCE rider gave [...]
The SportingNews Sporting Blog hails Canadian cyclist Svein Tuft as “…a man so mansome he might not make it through the Tour de France’s rigorous drug screens as his blood does not contain abnormally high levels of testosterone, but is instead pure, flowing testosterone…think of the movie or book Into The Wild, but instead of [...]
The Denver Post profiles Dan Martin and climb to the top of the peloton. “Not that Dan Martin was born to ride a bike uphill, but one of the first real bike rides the Irishman took was up L’Alpe d’Huez. He was 15. “Tackling the Tour de France’s most famous climb, a lung-exploding 8.3 miles [...]
…and we’re definitely not in France. AHHH!! A big sigh of relief. My season has arrived. There’s something special about early season races where the temperatures are pushing triple digits and it takes three days to hang dry a sock. I’m not going to call it a vacation race, like the Bermuda GP or the [...]
The 14th edition of the Tour de Langkawi is an improved, compact version of the event with more opportunities for the leader’s jersey to change shoulders. The race kicks off today with a 135 km stage that includes three intermediate sprints and one category 3 climb. Stage 1 is scheduled to start at 10:00 and [...]
What does an argyle addict have on his birthday? Just ask Anthony Clarkson of Lincolnshire, England. He recently celebrated his 40th with a very special argyle cake, made by his understanding wife.
(left to right) DS Johnny Weltz, Ricardo van der Velde, Christian Meier, Cameron Meyer, Chris Sutton, Lucas Euser and Timmy Duggan represented Garmin-Slipstream at the 2009 Tour of Langkawi team presentation. Welcome to the organized chaos that is Kuala Lumpur! The team has congregated here over the last few days for the Tour of Langkawi, [...]
The New York Times profiles Svein Tuft and his amazing life story and how it has lead to his new role with Garmin-Slipstream. This is an absolute must read for those who still believe in raw talent and deep, personal convictions. “Jonathan Vaughters, the team’s director, said, ‘In Europe, you are pressured to succeed by [...]
Irish National Road Champion Dan Martin talks to the IrishTimes.com about his final preparations for the 2009 Tour Med, which kicks off this Wednesday. “Training has been going really well,” he told The Irish Times yesterday. “I have only missed one day’s training all winter and that was due to the weather. Our recent training [...]
CyclingWeekly talks to local cyclist Magnus Backstedt about his retirement from professional cycling and his plans to develop his under-23 team. The feature includes a great retrospective of Maggy’s career, complete with footage from his 2004 Paris-Roubaix win.
After a quiet start from the Sealine Beach Resort, the final stage of the Tour of Qatar wraps up with an exciting 8-lap circuit of the Doha Corniche. Watch for the racing to be hot for the coveted Gold Jersey up to the finish of the 121 km stage. Stage 6 is scheduled to start [...]
Ending on a strong note, the Argyle Armada lined up and laid it down, giving Hans Dekkers a healthy lead out for today’s massive sprint finish. Huub Duyn (above) leads Garmin-Slipstream in the final lap of today’s circuit race. Dekkers finished fourth in today’s final stage of the 2009 Tour of Qatar. “Since they won [...]
“Big Swede” will continue to consult with Garmin-Slipstream while focusing on his own development team February 6, 2009 – Boulder, CO – After 13 years of professional cycling, 34-year-old Magnus Backstedt will step down from the highest level of the sport. Backstedt will take his career learnings, combined with what he has gleaned from Garmin-Slipstream’s [...]
CycleTo catches up with Tom Danielson during the team’s recent training camp in Silver City to ask him about his best and worst days on the bike.
We don’t realize how precious life is really. Not often enough. It’s a grand ‘moment’ in time. It is full and it is fragile. And sometimes, for reasons we can’t explain, it can be taken away. Our hearts, prayers and thoughts go out to the friends and family of our fallen comrade. He left us [...]
In a series of stories on the racing and culture of the Copenhagen Six, PezCycling News spotlights Colby Pearce and his partner, Daniel “Hollywood” Holloway. “What’s special about this race is that the riders do a ‘routine’ as they ride round, hands off, hands high, ‘Superman’ position and generally playing to the crowd – the [...]
Cyclingnews recently talked to Tom Danielson about his season debut at the 2009 Tour of California next weekend and his hopes for the rest of the season. Danielson will begin racing on February 14th in the Tour of California, a race he finished eighth overall in back in 2006. He will then compete in the [...]
The longest stage of the 2009 Tour of Qatar, stage 5 starts at the camel race track and finishes at the Qatar Foundation outside Doha 147.5 km later. Expect another fast day with two intermediate sprints to liven things up. Today’s stage is scheduled to start at 12:27 and finish between 15:39-15:58.
I’ve heard rumors that my teammates thought I was WAY overweight at our November team camp. So I’m here to explain a few things. First, I was super mentally cracked from the Olympics and from switching from track to road and not getting results. Second, when you take time off the bike, you get bigger [...]