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Interview: Cyrus Monk – stagiaire with Cannondale-Drapac

Earlier today it was announced that Cyrus Monk would be joining the Cannondale-Drapac WorldTour team as a stagiaire at the end of 2017. The 20-year-old has been part of the ‘feeder’ team, Drapac-Pat’s Veg and although he’s young much is expected from him.  “They way I always refer to [the stagiaire role] when I’m explaining it to mates back home who have only played footy, is that I’m pretty much on the rookie list this year – so it’s me getting a shot [at a job]. And next year they decide whether they want to put me on the full list or...

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Team bikes 2017: Team Sky’s Pinarello

Launched early in 2017, the Pinarello F10 is the bike that will be raced by Team Sky at the Tour de France this July. We took Danny van Poppel’s F10 into the studio earlier this year and collected the Dutch rider’s bike measurements and considered his choice of components. Team Sky has one of the largest budgets ever seen in pro cycling and, because its quest for “marginal gains”, the product suppliers are always pushed to eke out every advantage possible for the riders. The F10 is the result of this long collaboration…   Photo: Yuzuru Sunada Danny van Poppel’s Pinarello F10...

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Team bike 2017: Lotto-Soudal’s Ridley

Earlier this year we took a close look at the Ridley Noah raced by Lotto-Soudal’s Spanish rider, Rafael Valls Ferri. Here is the online version of our report from #RIDE75.    Photo: Yuzuru Sunada   Click the photos below to see close-ups of the Ridley Noah used by Valls Ferri. (By Rob Arnold) Rafael Valls Ferri’s Ridley Noah   Bike sizing info Manufacturer’s size: 56cm Saddle height (from BB): 780mm Handlebar height: 885mm Drop: 137mm  Reach: 572mm Saddle setback: 68mm   Rider details Pro since: 2009  Age: 29   Height: 179cm  Weight: 64kg     See the full feature, all 18 bikes from...

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Comment: Spirit of Australia – how friendships form

This has little to do with cycling but I’m going to take a moment to share a story that unfolded recently anyway…   – By Rob Arnold It was meant to be a quick trip to the US for business. Leave Monday, return on Friday and – with a crossing of the dateline – home by early Sunday morning. That was the plan but it hasn’t worked out that way. Airline trouble is the reason. The Qantas Airbus A380, a technological marvel of the modern world, had technical issues. Apparently it’s something to do with “the electronics of the aircraft,...

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Talking about winning the Giro d’Italia

The 100th Giro d’Italia finished almost two weeks ago and it was a race that prompted much discussion in May. In this podcast, we have a chat with the directeur sportif who called the shots from the Sunweb team car.    Interview by Rob Arnold Photos by Yuzuru Sunada Luke Roberts is listed as ‘Coach’ on the Sunweb team page but he is also a trainer and, in old parlance, the ‘directeur sportif’ for the German-registered team. The South Australian has lived in Cologne in Germany for many years and he’s the quintessential cycling stalwart who, years after his own...

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