Lapierre Shows the 2014 Pulsium, Takes on Classics with Built in Shock Absorber

first_imgIn the drawing above, the red section of the frame represents the Power Box, a design borrowed from their Xelius EFI. Similar to other bikes on the market, the headtube/downtube/BB/and chainstays are all designed to be oversized and as massively stiff as possible, which allows the upper blue section to be built much more forgiving. The frame also uses an upgraded carbon layup with 40, 30, and 24 ton high modulus carbon fiber. The fork has been tweaked for increased fore-aft flex with increased offset, going from 50-43mm, and the top tube and seat stays are curved to aid in the flex of the frame. Combined with the 27.2 seatpost and the elastomer ring that is hidden in the top tube, the frame claims to soak up as much of the road buzz as possible. We should get a better view of the Pulsium and its elastomer suspension at Sea Otter, so we’ll have a better idea of how the elastomer actually works. Other changes to the frame include longer chainstays than the Xelius EFI for better stability, shock absorption, and tire clearance, as well as a 15mm longer head tube.Most “comfort” road bikes can fit 28mm tires these days, but how about 32mm? The Modular rear brake caliper can run long reach brakes with the included adapter which will be capable of fitting 700x32c tires. Nothing is mentioned about the fork though. Other features include an aero integrated seatpost clamp for a standard round post, and an internal housing guide to keep the noise down for the internal routing. More from SOC. While the new Lapierre Aircode is all about cheating the wind, the second Lapierre bike designed for FDJ is all about beating the cobbles. The Pulsium saw its first race at theGrand Prix E3, where the FDJ team put the bike to the test. Developed for the notorious conditions of famous classics like Paris-Roubaix and Tour of Flanders, Lapierre joins a few other companies in offering a bike with borderline rear suspension using an elastomer ring to soak up the bumps. Built with thier Power Box design, the bottom of the bike is all business and super stiff for power transfer, while the upper section of the bike is designed to be as compliant as possible.More than just a comfy bike, the Pulsuim has a neat little trick to fit massive tires for a road bike…last_img read more

Aleighsa Welch helped spark USC’s recent success

first_imgTAMPA, Fla. – Aleighsa Welch has never met a stranger.Friends are met with hug, acquaintances an arm around the shoulder and newcomers a warm smile.Welch’s kindness should not be seen as a weakness, however, as beneath that smile beats the heart of a warrior.The Goose Creek resident does not have a double-digit scoring average or lead the Gamecocks in rebounding or blocked shots.That didn’t stop her from being a two-time First Team All-Southeastern Conference member, however, because the league understands what USC coach Dawn Staley has known all along – there is no better leader in women’s college basketball.As much as anything, it has been Welch’s will and determination that has helped the Gamecocks advance to their first Final Four.“Aleighsa has always known how much we need her,” said fellow senior starter and close friend Elem Ibiam. “When we need a big basket, a stop or just a kick in the pants, she delivers. She refuses to be denied.”Four years ago Welch, a high school All-American, had her pick of colleges. Most star players from South Carolina were heading out of state to greener pastures at the time.Staley made her pitch: be the first to break the trend and come to Columbia to help her build a program that can compete with any in the country.Welch bought into Staley’s plan and signed with the Gamecocks.Standout Palmetto State athletes have followed Welch to USC.“When I came to South Carolina to watch games or on unofficial visits Lisa would always talk to me,” said freshman forward A’ja Wilson, the nation’s number one high school player a year ago. “This was long before I had come close to making a decision on where I was going to school.“She talked to me about things mostly other than basketball. That’s what I love about Lisa. Although she wanted me to come to South Carolina, it was obvious she wanted me to do what I thought was best for me.”Welch has worked to help the Gamecocks advance to the Final Four and, like her teammates, embraced Staley’s proclamation that the team had what it took to potentially claim a national title.“When coach Staley recruited me, this was a goal I wanted to achieve at some point during my career,” said Welch of the team’s Final Four appearance. “We have a bigger goal, but we wanted to savor the moment.“(A national championship) would be so big for me. That would be something that would stay with me for years after I graduate.”Welch’s journey to the Final Four hasn’t been easy, as she struggled against North Carolina in the Gamecocks’ Sweet 16 encounter.She didn’t let it consume her, however, as she was ready to face Florida State two days later.Her numbers again weren’t huge, but Welch was more engaged and managed to make an impact in Carolina’s 80-74 victory.“(Welch) is the heart and soul of this team,” said junior point guard Khadijah Sessions. “We can’t pick up what Aleighsa brings to the table. (When she’s struggling) together as a unit we have to come together to try to provide that.“You have to do it with a bunch of people because no individual can really bring to the table what Aleighsa does.”That is the reason Staley desperately wanted to land Welch – her ability to take the reins in tough times.“Getting her was big not just from a basketball perspective, but from a leadership perspective,” said Staley. “She’s one of the strongest voices on our team – one everyone listens to.“Hopefully they’ll all do what she wants to do – lead us to a national championship.”The WNBA appears to be next in Welch’s future as she is projected to become a first round pick.Before that, however, there is work to be done.Whatever happens in Tampa, Welch is pleased with her decision to stay in state and play for the Gamecocks.“I look back to where I was when I was in high school to where I am now,” said Welch. “It has been everything I wanted, everything I believed this program could become.“I made the right decision and wouldn’t change it for anything.”last_img read more

Messi puts a condition to extend the contract with Barcelona

first_imgParticipating in the negotiations will be the Catalan club, club president, Josep Bartomeu, and CEO Oscar Grau.Meanwhile, the Argentine player will be represented by his father, Jorge, according to the newspaper “Marca”.A number of conditions will be discussed in the negotiations, the foremost of which is the Argentine request to preserve the possibility of breaking the contract between the two parties at the end of each season.And the Argentine is linked to a contract with Barcelona that extends until 2021, and according to the newspaper, the Argentine, who will reach this month at the age of 33, believes that it is better to end his career in the best way among the walls of “Camp Nou”, the stronghold of the Catalan club.Messi will be ready to face Mallorca next weekend, when the Spanish League championship returns after almost 3 months of suspension due to the Corona pandemic, despite his absence from training on Wednesday, but the club confirmed that Messi has no problems and will be present at the meeting.last_img read more

Magnificent Arsenal dethroned Manchester City and is in the FA Cup…

first_imgThe Arsenal team defeated Manchester City with 2:0 in the semi-final clash of this year’s edition of the oldest football tournament – FA Cup. The star of the “balls” Pierre-Emerick Obameyang scored both goals, opening in the 19th minute, and then formed the final result in the 71st minute. Thus, the “gunners” qualified for the final of the tournament, where they will expect someone between Manchester United and Chelsea.✅ 2017✅ 2020😉 We just love Wembley semi-finals against Man City…🏆 #EmiratesFACup — Arsenal (@Arsenal) July 18, 2020Arsenal played a great match and deservedly qualified for the final. Londoners did not leave much space for “citizens” and limited them to a few clean positions.Another positive thing tonight for the “gunners” after this victory is that they secured participation in the Europa League next season and will not worry about where they will end up in the championship.Gulliver/GettyImagesThe “Citizens” started the match more actively and pressed the opponent, but there were no clear positions.In the tenth minute Shkodran Mustafi made a serious mistake, but City failed to take advantage. The defender lost the ball in the penalty area, but Rahim Stirling failed to shoot. The attack ended with a header by Riyad Marez, but the ball was killed by Granit Jaka just before the goal.The cleanest in the situation in the beginning came in the 16th minute and was at the expense of Arsenal. Then Pierre-Emerick Obameyang missed a great opportunity. City players cleared the ball to the center, where David Lewis took it down with his chest, controlled it and with a great pass led Obameyang behind the defense of the “sky blue”. The striker made good progress and came face to face with Ederson, then fired, but straight at the Brazilian guard.Three minutes later, however, Obamayang retaliated and put Arsenal ahead in the result. Nicolas Pepe centered to the far post, and the Gabonese caught the ball from the air, sending it diagonally and it flew into the net – 1: 0.In the 29th minute Hector Beyerin made a mistake and made a gift to the “sky-blues” after sending the ball to the feet of Gabriel Jesus in the penalty area. The Brazilian returned to Kevin De Bruyne, who shot, but Jaca threw himself and blocked the shot.A minute later, in front of the other door, Ederson could be fatally mistaken. The Brazilian guard tried to find De Bruyne, but the ball ended up in Alexander Lacasette. The Frenchman handed me Obamayang, but inaccurately.In the 41st minute Danny Sebayos centered in the penalty area from a corner, where Mustafi shot with his head, but Ederson managed to kill the ball, which was directed just below his crossbar.We’re halfway through at Wembley – and we lead! 💪🔴 1-0 🔵 (HT)🏆 #EmiratesFACup — Arsenal (@Arsenal) July 18, 2020Manchester City came out to equalize in the second half and started the second 45 minutes at high speed.Rahim Stirling twice had the opportunity to shoot from good positions. In the first situation, the English national sent the ball far above the door, and the second a little closer, but again out.In the 54th minute Riyad Marez entered the penalty area and shot, but did not hinder Martinez.After an hour of play, De Bruyne shot from a direct free kick, but the ball flew a little away from Arsenal’s goal.In the 67th minute David Silva shot dangerously from the penalty area, but also inaccurate.City’s pressure increased, but instead of the “citizens” equalizing, Arsenal doubled in the 71st minute. Pepe holds the ball well near the side line in the opponent’s field. He returned to Tierney, and the defender brought Obameyang in a great way behind the defense. The Gabonese advanced at speed, entered the penalty area, shot and sent the ball between Ederson’s legs – 2: 0.Seven minutes before the end of regular time, Aymeric Laport could have made a great shot from the edge of the penalty area, but the ball flew inches past the left crossbar of Martinez.By the end of the match, the Arsenal players made no mistakes and successfully finished the match, beating both Manchester City and Liverpool in just a few days.“The apprentice has beaten the sorcerer!”Arsenal have booked their spot in the #EmiratesFACup final! 🙌Hugs all around! — Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) July 18, 2020ARSENAL – MANCHESTER CITY 2: 01:0 Pierre-Emerick Obameyang (k) 19 ‘2:0 Pierre-Emerick Obameyang (k) 71 ‘Starting lineups of both teams: 📋 Here it is – our semi-final team news!🇬🇦 @Aubameyang7 starts🇫🇷 @LacazetteAlex starts🇨🇮 And so does Nicolas Pepe😉#️⃣ #EmiratesFACup — Arsenal (@Arsenal) July 18, 2020ARSENAL (3-4-3): 26. Emiliano Martinez – 20. Shkodran Mustafi, 23. David Lewis, 3. Kieran Tierney – 2. Hector Beyerin, 8. Danny Sebayos, 34. Granit Jaka, 15. Ainsley Maitland-Niles – 19. Nicolas Pepe, 3. Alexander Lacazette, 14. Pierre-Emerick Obameyang (k) Head coach: Mikel ArtetaHow we line-up in tonight’s semi-final! 💪XI | Ederson, Walker, Garcia, Laporte, Mendy, Gundogan, D Silva (C), De Bruyne, Mahrez, Jesus, Sterling.Subs | Carson, Stones, Zinchenko, Bernardo, Rodrigo, Fernandinho, Cancelo, Otamendi, Foden.⚽️ @HaysWorldwideMan #ManCity — Manchester City (@ManCity) July 18, 2020MANCHESTER CITY (4-2-3-1): 31. Ederson – 22. Benjamin Mendy, 14. Aymeric Laport, 50. Eric Garcia, 2. Kyle Walker – 17. Kevin De Bruyne, 8. Ilkay Gundogan – 7. Rahim Stirling, 21. David Silva (k), 26. Riyad Marez – 9. Gabriel Jesus Head coach: Pep GuardiolaChief Judge: Jonathan Moss, EnglandStadium: Wembley, London, EnglandStart of the match: 21:45 Follow us anywhere and anytime with the mobile application of You can download it from Google Play, App Store and AppGallery.last_img read more