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Fabian Cancellara: “I’ll start Paris-Roubaix with my game face on”

Fabian Cancellara says he is racing his last Paris-Roubaix to win it a race that Tom Boonen says you don’t need a plan for, “you need balls”

Fabian Cancellara: “I’ll Start Paris-Roubaix With My Game Face On”

Fabian Cancellara

Swiss star Fabian Cancellara1 has little time to waste thinking about his last act, instead he needs to race. After finishing second to Peter Sagan2 (Tinkoff) in the Tour of Flanders last Sunday3, he is out to win his last cobbled classic: Paris-Roubaix this Sunday. Cancellara has already won the Hell of the North three times. If he wins in Roubaix s velodrome again he will tie the record at four wins with Tom Boonen and Roger De Vlaeminck.

Emotional? I didn t know how I ll react on Sunday Tour of Flanders. I have to think about Roubaix only, Cancellara said at team Trek-Segafredo s hotel today in Bruges.

Fabian Cancellara: “I’ll Start Paris-Roubaix With My Game Face On”

Fabian Cancellara in the 2016 Tour of Flanders

I have to get it out of my head. I can t stay awake thinking about it. I have to start Sunday with my game face on, otherwise it will be a long Roubaix. I race to win on Sunday. Cancellara pulled out of his first Paris-Roubaix in 2003, but returned to finish fourth in 2004. After eighth in 2005, he won in 2006.

He allowed himself some time to reflect with the big appointment only two days away.

>>> Nine riders to watch at Paris-Roubaix4

Love at first sight? Yeah. My first Roubaix I gave it up at the second feed zone. In my second Roubaix, I fought all day for the win. It is a game more than just good legs, you have to be mentally strong, don t crack after some bad luck, because it can still turn around. You can t quickly throw in the towel.

Cancellara won in 2006 and 2010 with CSC/Saxo Bank and in 2013 with his new team, RadioShack-Leopard which morphed into Trek-Segafredo.

The first win was special because it was my first, he said. The 2010 victory came after a long 50-kilometre solo ride and then in 2013, there was the sprint against Sep Vanmarcke. Each of those victories I cherish, you can t name one over the other.

>>> Paris-Roubaix victory down to destiny , says Peter Sagan5

In those years, the 35-year-old duelled with Tom Boonen6. The 35-year-old Belgian fell in the Abu Dhabi Tour in October and fractured his skull. He is still trying to reach top condition, but Cancellara does not count his long-time rival out.

We ve had some great duels. We are now the oldies in the peloton and younger riders are improving and hungry, but I am also hungry for this victory. Tom, too, added Cancellara.

He is a favourite, as is Peter Sagan. He lacks a result in Roubaix, but it is a course that suits him, especially with his background as a mountain biker. Who was good in Flanders will be there on Sunday in Roubaix. Only Team Sky comes in with a different team.

Earlier on Friday afternoon, down the E40 motorway at Omega Pharma/Etixx s headquarters in Nazareth, Boonen met with journalists.

Fabian Cancellara: “I’ll Start Paris-Roubaix With My Game Face On”

Tom Boonen in the 2016 Tour of Flanders

The day is coming that I ve been waiting for, Boonen said. It s the day that I ve been looking forward to since I re-started my training this winter. I don t know if I m at my absolute best, but I m at my best possible level now. Asked about Etixx-QuickStep s plan, he said: You don t need a plan to win Paris-Roubaix, you need balls.

>>> Teams practise on the Paris-Roubaix cobbles ahead of Sunday s big race7

Etixx is desperate for a win before the classics season ends. Belgium s top team has been on its back foot for much of the classics campaign, either missing moves or lacking the strength needed to win.

I ll definitely consider Tom Boonen, continued Cancellara. In Roubaix, they ll circle the team around him. They will have to think carefully about the tactics they will use, what they do after the Wallers sector.

Tom is a favourite for Sunday, certainly.

References

  1. ^ Fabian Cancellara (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  2. ^ Peter Sagan (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  3. ^ the Tour of Flanders last Sunday (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  4. ^ >>> Nine riders to watch at Paris-Roubaix (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  5. ^ >>> Paris-Roubaix victory down to destiny , says Peter Sagan (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  6. ^ Tom Boonen (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  7. ^ >>> Teams practise on the Paris-Roubaix cobbles ahead of Sunday s big race (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)

Garmin launches Vivosmart HR activity tracker with Edge integration

Garmin s new Vivosmart HR monitors heart rate at the wrist and integrates with Edge bike computers and smartphones

Garmin Launches Vivosmart HR Activity Tracker With Edge Integration

Vivosmart HR is water resistant and has a battery life of up to five days

The Vivosmart HR is a wrist-based all-purpose activity tracker with a battery life of up to five days, which will track your overall activity levels. The unit is waterproof to 50m, so it can be used by multisport athletes and triathletes too. As well as monitoring sleep duration and pattern and counting steps taken, it also tracks heart rate without needing a chest strap.

>>> Garmin Edge buyer s guide1

It uses heart rate data to calculate calories used during exercise and quantify exercise intensity. In addition, it will connect to Garmin s Edge bike computers, so it can be used to track your heart rate when cycling and display it on the Edge, without need of a heart rate strap. And if you use a Garmin Virb camera, the Vivosmart can be used as a remote to control its activity.

>>> Garmin and Strava launch Strava Live segments2

Garmin Launches Vivosmart HR Activity Tracker With Edge Integration

Vivosmart HR monitors total calories burned based on heart rate

The Vivosmart HR3 also couples via Bluetooth with compatible smartphones. This allows it to vibrate and display information when you receive an e-mail, text or phone call. As well as telling the time, it also monitors periods of inactivity, such as when you have spent a prolonged period sitting at your desk, and notify you that you should move around.

Garmin Launches Vivosmart HR Activity Tracker With Edge Integration

Vivosmart HR also monitors sleep patterns

>>> Garmin aims to improve rider safety4

Data can be automatically synced from the Vivofit to Garmin Connect, allowing you to set fitness goals and track activity against them, over and above those recorded on an Edge. The Vivosmart HR will also suggest attainable daily activity goals.

>>> Garmin Connect mobile app redesigned5

As such, it s more of an overall activity tracker than a cycling-specific device, but its ability to integrate with the Edge and the Virb action camaera is likely to make it attractive to cyclists looking for a better overview of their complete spectrum of activity. Priced at 119.99, the Vivosmart HR will be on sale from November 2015 and available in three colours.

References

  1. ^ >>> Garmin Edge buyer s guide (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  2. ^ >>> Garmin and Strava launch Strava Live segments (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  3. ^ Vivosmart HR (sites.garmin.com)
  4. ^ >>> Garmin aims to improve rider safety (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  5. ^ >>> Garmin Connect mobile app redesigned (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)

UK weather: Bank holiday washout as a FORTNIGHT of rain set to fall today …

Britain’s bank Discount Holidays © holiday misery is set to continue with a fortnight of rain set to fall today – but better news is around the corner. A deluge which of around 30mm of rain – half of the monthly average – will bring a soaking bank Discount Holidays © holiday weekend1 to a miserable end. The downpour also means Britain could be set to record the wettest August since records began2 as bookies slash their odds on the UK chalking up a new record.

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A yellow weather warning has been issued for London, the south east and the east of England, with people being warned of “thundery downpours”. The effects look set to be felt at famous bank Discount Holidays © holiday events including Notting Hill Carnival and Reading and Leeds Festival.

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Met Office (@metoffice) August 31, 20154

But as the calendars turn to September, better news could be on the way. Forecasters are predicting an Indian summer during mid to late September, with temperatures reaching up to 29C.

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Government forecasters said the upbeat forecast was due to higher-than-average pressure due in September – which usually brings warm, dry conditions. The Met Office said warmer-than-normal conditions are expected later in autumn due to El Nino’s effects arriving in Britain.

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The phenomenon – the warming of the eastern Pacific Ocean which affects the world’s weather – is due to boost temperatures in the UK. The Met Office autumn forecast said: “For September-November as a whole, above-average temperatures are more probable than below-average.

Braving the rain for Notting Hill Carnival pic.twitter.com/7FGLdBMBqj6

Dusty Baxter-Wright (@dbaxterwright) August 31, 20157

It is the morning after Reading.

We are currently living in a swamp due to torrential rain http://t.co/9pa3gQlBzb pic.twitter.com/6094XwABFL89

mike (@StealTheMike) August 31, 201510

“The probability the UK mean temperature for September-November will fall into the warmest category is 30 to 35 per cent.

“El Nino continues to strengthen and climate models suggest a moderate to strong event is likely.

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“Towards the end of the season, there is a preference for cyclonic circulation near the UK, also lending support to the forecast of above-average temperatures.”

References

  1. ^ a soaking bank Discount Holidays © holiday weekend (www.mirror.co.uk)
  2. ^ record the wettest August since records began (www.mirror.co.uk)
  3. ^ http://t.co/a70feA0Qeq (t.co)
  4. ^ August 31, 2015 (twitter.com)
  5. ^