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  1. Refreshed Jungels ready for Tour de Pologne challenge

    With a two-week training block at Livigno under his belt, Bob Jungels is ready to kick start the second half of the 2017 season at the Tour de Pologne. The QuickStep-Floors rider hasn't raced since defending his Luxembourg road race title in June. The national championships were the only races in June for the 24-year-old after winning a stage and the best young rider classification, while finishing eighth overall at the Giro d'Italia in May.

    "After the Giro, I think I recovered quite well. I took it easy for a week, and then I actually went back to Italy, in Sardinia, with my girlfriend, for a nice vacation. I brought my bike there and restarted with really, really easy spinning," Jungels said of his post-Giro relaxation. "Going into the nationals I felt I was coming back to my normal level after a good period of recovery, so I was of course delighted to convert my form into a win and pull on the national jersey for one more year. It is always an honour to represent your country around the world."

    A professional since 2013, Jungels made his Tour de France debut in 2015 but is yet to return to the French Grand Tour where he placed 27th overall. This July, Jungels was training at altitude as teammate Marcel Kittel won five stages and Dan Martin rode to sixth place overall. While he missed the success of the team, Jungels explained he enjoys the experience of altitude training and staying in the one location.


    "I have just concluded a two-week altitude training camp in Livigno with the team. It was perfect to have 13 riders together to push each other and get a good block of training under the belt, and of course have some fun when we were not on the bike," Jungels said. "We were fortunate to stay at Alpen Village, which is a perfectly located hotel in the mountains, serving great food, which is something you truly appreciate when being away for two full weeks, spending six hours a day in the saddle."

    Jungels rode the Tour de Pologne in his first year with the team in 2016 and was one of several mass abandons on the final day due to bad weather. Unsure how he will far in his first stage race since the Giro, Jungels added he is aiming to build a strong platform for further success in 2017.

    "The camp was especially interesting for me as this was the first time I have done two altitude camps in one year. I am hoping we will see the benefits of that in the second half of the season, and why not, maybe now in Poland where I will come back to racing for the Tour de Pologne," said Jungels. "It's a very nice and hard race that I like and I think it is a good option for us riders who do not do the Tour to try something over there – I am for sure keen to do my best in order to get a good result in my first outing after this off period."

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  2. Pinarello Dogma K10S Disk suspension controlled by internal sensors and your Garmin

    This article originally appeared onBikeRadar

    The new Pinarello Dogma K10S Disk endurance road bike features rear elastomer suspension that is controlled by both a Garmin Edge computer and internal sensors. The 1cm elastomer suspension can be activated and locked out via an app on an Edge, or automatically while riding, via gyroscopes and accelerometers Pinarello has built into the bike's seat tube.

    Following on the heels of the Dogma F10 race bike used by Team Sky at the Tour de France and the just-launched Dogma K10 rim-brake endurance bike, the new Dogma K10D Disk mixes aero shaping with endurance geometry and disc brakes.


    Like most endurance bikes, the Dogma K10S Disk has a relatively taller and slacker head tube compared to a straight ahead race bike, plus a longer wheelbase, and clearance for 28mm tires.


    The cushioning is elastomer, and the lock-out is hydraulic

    Gyroscopes, accelerometers and automatic suspension adjustment

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  3. Hannah Barnes leads Canyon-SRAM at RideLondon Classique

    Former British champion Hannah Barnes will lead the Canyon-SRAM squad at the RideLondon Classique aiming for victory on the London circuit. Former winner Barbara Guarischi adds further firepower as the team chase victory in the richest women's one-day race on the calendar.

    Barnes, a stage winner at the Giro Rosa in July, was second in the Women's Tour London stage finale and described she is excited for a return to the British capital.

    I'm really looking forward to racing the Classique on Saturday. It's a really special event to be a part of, especially as a Brit who very rarely gets the opportunity to race at home," said Barnes. "The course is more a criterium than a road race. There is very little elevation gain but the many corners that we have to negotiate can be tricky and they can also zap a lot of energy if you are in a bad position and have to accelerate back up to speed each time."


    Barnes, 24, was ninth in the 2016 edition of the race won by Kirsten Wild and explained that having enjoyed a mini-break, she is well placed for a shot at victory.

    "After the Giro Rosa I took my mid-season break. I have been doing some good training leading up to this weekend and the remainder of the season. I am really looking forward to racing in front of the amazing crowds that come out to support us every year and I would love to have a great result to give them something to celebrate," she added. "It will be my fifth year racing the event and every year it has come down to a bunch sprint. But anything can happen in bike racing, that's why we love it so much."

    26-year-old Guarischi is yet to win a race in 2017 but the Italian explained she has been building for the event and is ready to enjoy the experience.

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  4. Zubeldia gets custom Trek Madone for final race

    Upon completing a 16th Tour de France last weekend, Haimar Zubeldia (Trek-Segafredo) was presented with a custom-painted Trek Race Shop Madone in Paris for the final stage of the Grand Tour.

    The 40-year old Basque climber heads to his final race, the Clasica San Sebastian, this weekend and will pin on the number one dossard following teammate Bauke Mollema's victory in 2016 and as a nod to his impending retirement.

    Finished in a dark grey with black decals, the stealthy design of the Madone is finished with coloured metallic decals commemorating Zubeldia's 16 Tours de France, 12 Vueltas a Espana, one Giro d'Italia and 20 seasons as a professional.


    A metallic 'HZ' of Zubeldia's initials also appears on the seat tube, as well as a Basque flag and name decal on the top tube.

    For the final stage in Paris, Zubeldia ran aero Bontrager Aeolus 5 wheels, a Shimano Dura-Ace R9150 groupset, a SRM Shimano crankset and the proprietary Madone brakes.

    Zubeldia began his career at the Basque Euskatel-Euskadi team before switching to Astana for the 2009 season and has subsequently ridden for the various guises of the RadioShack and Trek teams since 2010, playing a key domestique role for Alberto Contador.

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  5. Tour of Hainan route announced

    For the third straight year, China's premier stage race, the Tour of Hainan (UCI 2.HC), will start and finish in Wanning-Xinglong, with the longest route ever having been released by race organisers. From October 28 to November 5, 1,566km will be covered on the tropical island in the nine-day event won last year by Astana's Alexey Lutsenko.

    The Tour of Hainan will celebrate its 12th edition this year after having crowned WorldTour riders eight times: Boris Shpilevski (2008), Francisco Ventoso (2009), Valentin Iglinskiy (2010 and 2011), Dmitriy Gruzdev (2012), Moreno Hofland (2013), Sacha Modolo (2015) and Lutsenko last year.

    Once again, the organising committee has come up with a transfer-free route to accommodate the teams and an counter-clockwise direction to highlight touristic attractions of the Paradisiacal island. Stage 7 to Wuzhishan is set to be the queen stage, with an increased number of intermediate sprints (21) to animate the flattish stages.


    Teams are yet to be announced, but a WorldTour class participation is expected as in previous editions, with an extensive worldwide TV broadcast that will expose multiple resorts, natural attractions and cultural treasures to show Hainan's unique coastal scenery, rain forest scenery, Southeast Asia style and the lingering charm of the minority ethnic groups Li and Miao.

    2017 Tour of Hainan

    October 28, Stage 1: Wanning Xinglong Circuit Race, 88.3 km
    October 29, Stage 2: Wanning Xinglong-Qionghai-Ding'an-Wenchang-Haikou, 230.2 km
    October 30, Stage 3: Haikou-Chengmai, 155.6 km
    October 31, Stage 4: Chengmai-Lingao-Danzhou, 192.3 km
    November 1, Stage 5: Danzhou-Baisha-Changjiang, 167.5 km
    November 2, Stage 6: Changjiang-Dongfang-Ledong-Sanya, 222.6 km
    November 3, Stage 7: Sanya-Baoting-Wuzhishan, 166 km
    November 4, Stage 8: Wuzhishan-Qiongzhong-Lingshui, 188.8 km
    November 5, Stage 9: Lingshui-Wanning Xinglong, 154.7 km

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