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The emotions and drama of Il Lombardia 2018 - Gallery
October 14, 2018 (08:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Il Lombardia has brought down the curtain on the long 2018 European season, withThibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) riding into the history books with panache on Saturday. The Frenchmanjumped away from defending champion Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) at thetop of the Civiglio climb with 14km remaining and soloed to a career-defining victory. He won alone in Como with a 32-second gap on Nibali to take his first-ever Monument, while Dylan Teuns (BMC Racing) took the sprint from a select chasing group 43 seconds behind Pinot to claim the final podium spot.ADVERTISEMENT The 112th running of the Italian Classic once again took place with Lake Como as the backdrop, providing stunning scenery for the spectators to enjoy as the riders battled over 241km.The race started in Bergamo under sunny skies and concluded nearly six hours later as the autumn leaves fell and the sun set in Como, making for a spectacular finale to the 2018 Classics. Click or swipe through the gallery above for a glimpse of the day's racing. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Bernal shows flash of Classics potential at Il Lombardia
October 14, 2018 (08:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Egan Bernal (Team Sky) confirmed his huge potential yet again at Il Lombardia with a brilliant move across to the break on the descent or the Sormano. However, the difficulties of the final 50km of racing showed that not even the most promising talent in the peloton can compete for victory after two months out of action due to injury. Bernal crashed hard at the Clasica San Sebastian in early August and needed nose and mouth surgery. He made a comeback at the Giro dellEmilia last Saturday but was not expected to have an impact at the far tougher Il Lombardia. But when team leader Gianni Moscon suffered a puncture on the descent of the Colma di Sormano, Bernal stepped up and dived down the descent and across to Primoz Roglic (LottoNL-Jumbo), Nibali and Pinot. It would be the winning move of the race, but Bernal eventually paid the price for his solo effort and was distanced on the lower slopes of the Civiglio climb. He finished 12th, 1:31 behind Pinot but only one place behind Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) and ahead of Michael Woods (EF Education First-Drapac).ADVERTISEMENT He had the courage to take on the race but just not the legs to finish it off. Im happy because I went two months without racing and I only began racing again one week ago, Bernal said at the finish area before heading to the Team Sky for a final post-race shower of the season. "I wanted to do a good result here and I finished 12th. Thats not great, but I need to be happy as its normal that I needed time to recover after the crash. Now Im happy and motivated for next season. On the second part of the Muro di Sormano, the race kicked off," he said. "I was suffering and didnt really have the legs. I focused on getting across to the first group on the descent because I knew on the last climb I wouldnt be with them. So I preferred to make a fast descent, but without taking risks. I was always under control. I was able to re-join the leaders, which was really nice. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Plaza extends with Israel Cycling Academy
October 14, 2018 (08:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Ruben Plaza has signed on for another year withIsrael Cycling Academy. The 38-year-old Spaniard announced his decision Friday with a presentation on Facebook Live. Plaza joined the team this season after three seasons with the Australian Orica WorldTour teams. "When I signed with ICA for the 2018 season, I was really thinking that this is going to be my final year as a pro, but as the season progressed I realized that I am still very much motivated," Plaza said in a statement released by the team. "The fantastic experience being a leader and a veteran in a young team, being part of a project that is changing Cycling in Israel - has given new meaning to what I do on the bike," he said. "Then came the historic and unforgettable Giro D'italia and the moments I will never ever forget when all the country united behind the team."ADVERTISEMENT Plaza had a resurgence of sorts with the Israeli-registered team this year, taking his first win in three years as he soloed to a stage win and overall victory at theVuelta a Castilla y Leon in April. Plaza made the roster for the team's Giro d'Italia squad and the historic start in Jerusalem, and he nearly scored a stage win when he was second toMaximilian Schachmann (Quick-Step Floors) on stage 18 to Prato Nevoso. "I was close, but close is not enough," Plaza said. "I wanted to give myself and the team a dream win, and this mission is still unfulfilled. When the team came to me with the offer to continue for another year, I asked myself if I can still deliver with ability and motivation, and the answer was, 'Yes, I can.' So I see it as almost another chance to leave a mark and continue the journey with this unique team." Plaza finished 10 seconds behind the German on that Giro stage as the day-long breakaway disintegrated on the final climb, just missing out on his goal to win a stage in each Grand Tour after taking wins at the Vuelta a Espana in 2015 and 2005, and in the Tour de France in 2015. Team co-owner Sylvan Adams hinted that Plaza will get a chance at his Giro win again next year. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Pinot: Il Lombardia reflects who I am as rider
October 14, 2018 (08:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) often seems to be racing against himself, against his demons and against his own weaknesses and tactical errors. But his victory at Il Lombardiaand the way he won the final Monument of the season swept away all Pinots doubts, rewarding his panache, aggression and desire to win. I have a tattoo that says 'Solo la vittoria e bella', and this is the most beautiful victory for me, Pinot explained as he tried to understand what he had achieved by winning Il Lombardia. Il Lombardia is the most beautiful race of all for me. Its a magnifique race. I think Il Lombardia reflects who I am as rider. Its my favourite race, and to win it alone after a duel with [Vincenzo] Nibali is incredible. I think it was good to watch as it was to ride.ADVERTISEMENT I showed what I can do today. We have live in the moment, and I believe that everything that has happened so far in my life has lead me to win Il Lombardia. Pinot knew it was the right moment to attack when he saw Nibali go after Primoz Roglic (LottoNL-Jumbo) on the final slopes of the Colma di Sormano. There were still almost 50km left to race, but he followed his instinct. I wanted to do something on the Sormano, and when Nibali attacked I said, Bingo! I knew it was a good attack, Pinot explained. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Valverde ends season with 11th in Il Lombardia
October 14, 2018 (08:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) closed out his season with 11th place at Il Lombardia on Saturday, sticking with the best until the final attacks fromPrimo Rogli (LottoNL-Jumbo), Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) and Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) relegated him to the role of chaser. The reigning world champion finished 1:31 down on winner Pinot in a five-man group that also included Egan Bernal (Team Sky), Michael Woods (EF Education First-Drapac),Sbastien Reichenbach (Groupama-FDJ) and Mikel Nieve (Mitchelton-Scott). I felt the tiredness of this long season a bit today," Valverde said in a post on his team's website. "I didnt really feel bad and was able to stay close to the top contenders all day, struggling but fighting into those final climbs. However, youve got to be honest: there were some of the best in the world in this race, and they might have come to this race in better condition."ADVERTISEMENT Valverde was in the much-reduced peloton when Primo Rogli (LottoNL-Jumbo) attacked at the top of theSormano climb and blew the race apart.Toward the top, Nibali and Thibaut Pinot jumped out of the group, eventually catching Rogli and being joined by Bernal as well. Pinot eventually attacked Nibali with 14km to go and held off the defending champion for the win. Valverde simply lacked the horsepower to go with the winning moves, but in a season that has seen him take 14 wins, topped off with the world championship in last month in Austria, the 39-year-old Spaniard said he was not disappointed with his Lombardia result. "Disappointed about not winning? Not at all " not if you consider how Ive fared this season," Valverde said. "Id be sad if I wasnt able to stay on the bike and had to DNF, but I had on my mind this was one of todays likely scenarios. I can only be satisfied about my 2018 season and this rainbow jersey on my chest. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Nibali proud of second place at Il Lombardia after three months of suffering
October 14, 2018 (08:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) smiled on the podium of Il Lombardia as if he had won. His second place behind an untouchable Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) was a personal victory and a source of huge satisfaction, coming just three months since a spectator-caused crash on stage 12 of the Tour de France to LAlpe dHuez left him with a fractured vertebrae. Nibali wanted a third victory at Il Lombardia; he wanted to dedicate victory to his wife on their wedding anniversary and remember his grandfather who died this year. He wanted to prove that he was back to his best and that the pain and suffering of the last three months was worth it. His daughter, Emma, stood proudly with her dad on the podium, thinking he had won. The many Italian tifosi also cheered Nibali as if he had won Il Lombardia too.ADVERTISEMENT Id hoped to win for lots of reasons, and I never ride to finish second, but Pinot was on a great day. There was nothing else I could do. Pinot deserved to win, Nibali said sportingly. Ive given it everything to get back to my best, but its been difficult. I was always playing catch up. The doctors said Id need three months to recover without the operation, and its been three months now, so to finish second at Il Lombardia makes what Ive been through worth it. Its definitely a kind of victory for me. Nibali was expecting a battle with Pinot and Alejandro Valverde (Movistar), but a different race emerged over the top of the steep Colma di Sormano. Valverde was surprisingly isolated and struggling. Primoz Roglic (LottoNL-Jumbo) had forced the pace on the double-digit gradient of the wall of Sormano, then Nibali and Pinot seized the initiative. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Porte signs off from BMC in Hammer Hong Kong and Tour of Guangxi
October 14, 2018 (08:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Richie Porte will end his time with the BMC Racing Team at the Hammer Hong Kong race on October 14, and the following Tour of Guangxi (October 16-21). The US-based team will send reduced squads to the two final races of the season. Porte, who won the Tour de Suisse this year, will join Trek-Segafredo for 2019. BMC is merging with the CCC team in 2019 Jrgen Roelandts, Stefan Kng, Miles Scotson, and Nathan Van Hooydonck round out the Hong Kong Hammer squad.ADVERTISEMENT "I think we are all looking forward to racing in Hong Kong at the Hammer Series decider and it works well that we can combine this with the Tour of Guangxi, the final UCI WorldTour race of the season,said Sports Director Jackson Stewart. Michael Schr will join the squad for the Tour of Guangxi, the last WorldTour race of the year. "In 2017 we had a very motivated roster and saw good performances which we are looking to repeat this year. Although we will be one man down at the final UCI WorldTour race of the season due to some last minute changes, we are still lining up with a strong, competitive and versatile six-rider roster, Stewart said. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Cordon-Ragot praises womens minimum salary as a big step forward
October 14, 2018 (08:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Audrey Cordon-Ragot praised the UCI's decision to introduce a minimum salary for the top tier of womens teams beginning in 2020. The French time trial champion, who is set to race with Trek-Segafredo next year, said that it was one of the most important steps toward improving the overall professionalism of womens cycling. "It's a big step that we are taking now," Cordon-Ragot told Cyclingnews in an interview at the SportHotel, where the French national team was staying ahead of the 2018 Road World Championships in Innsbruck, Austria. "There is still a long road ahead because we have so many things still to improve in women's cycling, but this is the first step to take, and it is so important."ADVERTISEMENT UCI President David Lappartient told Cyclingnews in July that a two-tiered team system would be introduced in 2020 and that the top tier would be paid a minimum salary. In Innsbruck, he confirmed the two tiers " Womens WorldTeams and Continental Teams - and that the top level would be required to pay riders a minimum salary equal to that of the mens Professional Continental teams, currently set at just above 30,000. There will be five Womens WorldTeams in 2020, and the minimum salary will be gradually phased in over a three-year period. The goal is to have 10 teams in 2021 and 15 teams by 2022. New team, new ambitions You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Nibali focused on Il Lombardia but considering his options beyond 2019
October 14, 2018 (08:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Vincenzo Nibali is focused on ending his season with a strong performance at Il Lombardia and possibly even a third victory but he is also looking much further down the road, to the final phase of his career, as he decides if he will stay beyond 2019 with Bahrain-Merida or look for a new challenge elsewhere, perhaps even with Team Sky. Nibali will start Il Lombardia wearing the number 1 as the 2017 winner. He also won the event known as, Race of the Falling Leaves, in 2015 and has won either a Grand Tour or a Monument Classic for the last six seasons. Nibali won Milan-San Remo in March and so considers his 2018 season a success despite the pain and suffering he endured after being knocked off his bike by a spectator on stage 12 of the Tour de France on Alpe d'Huez. He underwent vertebroplasty surgery to ease the pain and returned in time for the Vuelta a Espaa, in the hope of finding the form for the World Championships in Innsbruck but cracked before the decisive climb.ADVERTISEMENT Nibali's form is better now than in Innsbruck two weeks ago but he does not know if it will be good enough to allow him to win Il Lombardia for a third time. "My form is an incognito," Nibali said with pragmatism. "I can only do what I can, my legs are what they are. It'll be about grit and determination. I haven't trained specifically for il Lombardia, I'm using the form I got from Vuelta, the Worlds and Giro dellEmilia, where I was eighth. Considering his options beyond Bahrain-Merida and 2019 You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Heinrich Haussler and the long road - Exclusive Podcast
October 12, 2018 (08:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
In this week's edition of the Cyclingnewspodcast,brought to you in association with Prendas Ciclismo, Pinarello and Floyds of Leadville, we have an exclusive interview with Bahrain-Merida's Australian rider Heinrich Haussler. The 34-year-old turned professional back in 2005 with Gerolsteiner but his road into cycling started much earlier, when, as a teenager, he came to Germany on his own and without knowing the language. Away from his family and isolated at first, Haussler had to find his way in society as much as cycling, but his talent and dedication saw him through. In this interview, conducted at the Canadian WorldTour races in September, Haussler talks about his path into cycling, the hurdles he had to overcome and his time as a pro rider.ADVERTISEMENT He opens up about his success and the culture at Gerolsteiner, the highs and lows at Cervelo test team, injuries and setbacks, and how in the autumn of his career he has reinvented himself as a road captain for the likes Vincenzo Nibali and Sonny Colbrelli. Sponsor messagePrendas Ciclismo have some unique and fantastic new lines. With new retro jerseys like the iconic Peugeot BP, La Vie Claire and Mapei, there's also a brand new capsule collection celebrating old races like the Baracchi Trophy and Bordeaux Paris. To enjoy great quality clothing without a premium price tag, visit Prendas Ciclismo online at prendas.co.uk. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
ENVE (finally) launches disc TT rear wheel
October 12, 2018 (08:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
This article first appeared on BikeRadar. Carbon component specialist ENVE has released its Smart ENVE System (SES) Rear Disc Wheel " the Utah-based companys first full disc rear wheel for time trialling and triathlon. ENVE says the wheel was developed with "no expense spared" using "state of the art Computational Fluid Dynamics" and prototypes were tested at the Mercedes GP-Petronas Formula 1 teams wind tunnel in the United Kingdom.ADVERTISEMENT The wheel uses a one-piece moulded construction, with only the hub shell featuring any bonding. This results in a strong and relatively light wheel, although the claimed weights are around 200g heavier than a PRO Textreme Disc rear wheel. The new Specialized S-Works Shiv disc is... wow ENVE rolls out two purpose-built gravel rims Priced at $2,700 / 2,875, the wheel is optimised for speeds above 27mph / 43kph and targeted at professionals and elite amateur cyclists. ENVE SES Rear Disc Wheel key features One-piece moulded carbon construction Internal rim width 19mm External rim width 27mm Tubeless compatible Optimised for 25mm tyres Rim/disc brake version available Carbon and alloy ENVE hub 5-year ENVE warranty 1,225g (claimed) $2,700 / 2,875 Aero advantages but only if youre fast enough Tubeless-SES Disc/Disc or Rim/Disc You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Renshaw extends with Dimension Data
October 12, 2018 (08:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Mark Cavendish lead-out man Mark Renshaw has extended his contract with Dimension Data, taking him through 2019 with the South African team that benefits the Qhubeka charity. Im looking forward to racing my 16th season professionally with Dimension Data for Qhubeka in 2019," the 35-year-old Australian said in a statement released by the team. "This will be my fourth season with the team where we have had some great success over the past three years. Im excited to meet all my current teammates and all the new riders that will join us next season at our training camp in Cape Town next month," he said.ADVERTISEMENT Renshaw joined the team in 2016, following Cavendish from Etixx-QuickStep. Cavendish had been rumoured to be considering a move away from the South African team after three years, and he and his representatives had talked to a number of teams over the past few months. Dimension Data added Italian sprinter Giaccomo Nizzolo to the 2019 roster in September, adding more fuel to the transfer rumours.However,La Gazzetta dello Sport reported late last week that the British sprinter had reached an agreement with Dimension Data to add another year to his contract. Now Renshaw is in the fold again as well. Working with our new sprinter Giacomo Nizzolo next season as well seeing Ryan Gibbons continue to develop will be very exciting," Renshaw said. "I'm looking forward to helping him and our other leaders in the sprint finals next season in my favourite position of lead-out rider. I will be sharing all my years of experience on the road to bring the team our best results." " Mark Renshaw (@Mark_Renshaw) October 11, 2018 You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Groenendaal joins Boels Dolmans as team director in 2019
October 12, 2018 (08:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Boels Dolmans announced that they have expanded their staff to include new team director Richard Groenendaal for the 2019 season. The former pro cyclist and cyclo-cross rider will assist team manager Danny Stam at a number of road races next season. "I'm really looking forward to this new challenge," said Groenendaal, who will fill a part-time role with the team. "I will support Danny as a second team director next year in a number of road races. It is nice that I can transfer my experience and expertise within this women's team. "I will focus on the road season, but as a cyclo-cyclist there may well be a role for me in the future. However, we only look at that later, first the 2019 road season. I am really looking forward to it."ADVERTISEMENT Groenendaal had successful careers in both road and cyclo-cross. He was eight-times Dutch champion and he won the cyclo-cross world title in 2000, along with the World Cup standings title three times and the Superprestige twice. He was also the Dutch champion on the mountain bike. He spent 11 seasons racing on the road with Rabobank's division 1 and division 3 teams before moving to the AA Cycling Team for his final three seasons. He retired from cycling in 2010 and went on to work with the Rabobank Development Team until 2017. "Richard will be part-time in the team next year," Stam said. "Then we look at how we want to continue the collaboration. I am very happy with the extra experience in the team." You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Martin, Aru and Costa take UAE reins for Il Lombardia
October 12, 2018 (08:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
UAE Team Emirates will head into Saturday's Il Lombardia with a roster that includes a former winner in Dan Martin and two riders who have come close to success previously in the 'Race of the Falling Leaves.' Martin won the race in 2014 ahead of Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) after placingsecond in 2011 and fourth in 2013. His teammate Rui Costawas third behind Valverde in 2014, and Fabio Aru has scored two top 10 finishes in the race. The team are hoping their three-pronged approach to the race will result in victory this year. Martin dropped out of the Vuelta a Espana after nine stages to be with his wife when she gave birth to their first child. He returned to racing at the UCI Road World Championships, where he dropped out of the road race. Most recently, he was 16th in Milano-Torino on Wednesday.ADVERTISEMENT Costa recently finished 10th in the Worlds road race after warming up with sixth at theGrand Prix Cycliste de Montral. He was 66th at Tre Valle Verasine earlier this week and 48th in Milano-Torino. Aru finished a disappointing 23rd at the Vuelta after crashing hard on stage 17, but he bounced back with ninth at Milano-Torino and appears to have recovered some good form in time for Saturday's Monument. Martin, Costa and Aru will be backed in the241km race from Bergamo to Como byMarco Marcato, Manuele Mori, Edward Ravasi and Rory Sutherland. Il Lombardia is a race of high importance, one of the monuments, an important appointment for our team, said team manager Matxin Joxean Fernandez. "We have selected a high-level group for such a prestigious race. Our seven riders have talent and quality to be protagonists and to pull in results.We have faith in our riders, also knowing that its going to be hard battle given the high level of competition. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Androni secure place in 2019 Giro d'Italia after topping Italian ranking
October 12, 2018 (08:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec celebrated overall victory in the season-long Ciclismo Cup on the podium of the Gran Piemonte race on Thursday, knowing that their success ensures a wildcard invitation to the 2019 Giro dItalia. The final classification has still to be calculated, but Davide Ballerini's third place and Manuel Belletti's sixth place at Gran Piemonte behind Sonny Colbrelli (Bahrain-Merida) was enough to secure victory and leave team manager Gianni Savio happier than ever. His riders have won 30 races in 2018, including the Adriatica Ionica Race with Ivan Sosa and the Trofeo Matteotti and the Memorial Marco Pantani with Ballerini. A series of other placings by other riders meant that Androni Giocattoli finished well ahead of their Italian rivals in the Ciclismo Cup rankings and so secured the golden-ticket invitation to the Giro d'Italia.ADVERTISEMENT Other Italian Pro Continental teams such as Bardiani CSF, Nippo-Vini Fantini and Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia will have to hope for a wildcard invitation from organiser RCS Sport, but Savio can enjoy the winter and plan for 2019 knowing the red Androni Giocattoli colours will line up in Bologna for the Grand Partenza in May. Androni Giocattoli missed out on a place in the 2017 Giro dItalia after failing to top the season-long ranking, and Savio has since made sure he was never left in a similar position. "Of the 11 editions of the ranking, weve won six, including the last two," Savio told Cyclingnews, struggling to hide his satisfaction. "We're proud to be able to ride the Giro d'Italia yet again in 2019 and also have the Italian scudetto (winners badge) on our jerseys as winners of the Ciclismo Cup. This has paid back for all our hard work during the season. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Sonny Colbrelli: Call me Rain Man
October 12, 2018 (08:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Sonny Colbrelli (Bahrain-Merida) ended his 2018 season with another sprint win in the rain at Gran Piemonte on Thursday, confirming he is the rain man of the peloton. The Italian sprinter has the bike skills and the mindset to excel when the skies are grey and the roads wet. This time, after racing for more than four hours in the pouring rain around Turin and the flat Piedmont countryside, Colbrelli beat Florian Snchal (Quick-Step Floors) and Davide Ballerini (Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec) on the long straight finish that leads to the stunning Palazzina di Caccia that once hosted hunting trips and celebrations with Napoleon and the Savoy and Italian royal families. "I always perform well in the rain because I know a lot of other riders dont like it," Colbrelli said. "I use the tough conditions to my advantage. Ive always preferred the rain to the heat of the summer. Even when I was young, I was happy to train in the rain. Im happy that people call me 'Rain Man'."ADVERTISEMENT Colbrelli has won four times in 2018, including beating Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors) and Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) in the rain at the Tour de Suisse. He also finished second seven times, including twice behind Sagan in Tour de France sprints and behind Michael Matthews (Team Sunweb) at the Gran Prix Cycliste de Montreal a few weeks ago. "The second places at the Tour de France were a big regret because I was so close, so too was the Gran Prix Montreal. I thought I'd won it and then Matthews passed me on the line," Colbrelli explained, able to see the long-term benefits of defeat. "They're big, big races. They're Classics and so they also give me the optimism and confidence for 2019. The Tour de France was an important moment in my season and my development as a sprinter and Classics contender. It's been a season full of second places, but there were some prestigious second placings too. I hope to turn them into wins in 2019." You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Swift looking to reboot his career after difficult years at UAE Team Emirates
October 12, 2018 (08:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Ben Swift will ride the Hammer Series in Hong Kong and then the Tour of Guangxi in China, hoping that any late-season success will help him secure a contract for 2019 after UAE Team Emirates opted not to retain the services of the Yorkshireman. Swift struggled with injury in 2017 in his first season with UAE Team Emirates and then fractured a vertebra in his back during this years Tour of Flanders. He has been trying to find his best form ever since. He missed the Tour de France and rode the Tour of Britain with Great Britain. He was only a reserve for the final block of racing but got the call and so has been mixing some late training with the search for a new team. Like many riders, Swift is a victim of the budget and roster cuts in the professional peloton that has left a number of talented riders desperately searching for a contract for 2019 as the current season ends.ADVERTISEMENT Im still on the market. Im speaking to a couple of teams. Its been a strange year but Im hopeful, though I know that things need to fall into place, Swift told Cyclingnews before he travelled to Hong Kong. I know Ive not shown what Im capable of in the last two years. It wasnt a risk joining UAE Team Emirates. I was at a moment in my career when I wanted to see if I could be better than up to that point. I got that opportunity to play my own cards thanks to UAE Team Emirates. It didnt work out for one reason or another but if I look back, my training numbers were as solid as ever and I felt good in races but things never really went my way, I was always lacking that last little bit needed to win. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Team Sunweb and Craft Sportswear sign long-term apparel partnership
October 12, 2018 (08:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Craft Sportswear have signed a partnership withTeam Sunweb to provide race apparel, alongside casual and formal wear, for riders and staff for at least four seasons. The partnership extends to the men's WorldTour team, women's WorldTour team and U23 development squad for the German-registered team. Basque brand Etxeondo have provided the Team Sunweb squad with apparel since 2014.ADVERTISEMENT Swedish company Craft Sportswear was founded in 1973, creating technical clothing for running, cycling, cross-country skiing and general sportswear. Craft have provided race apparel for the Mitchelton-Scott and Bora-Hansgrohe squads in previous years. "By joining forces with powerhouse Team Sunweb, we will strengthen our presence in cycling, which is an important focus area for us in the years ahead," said Craft Sportswear's Product and Marketing Manager, Daniel Hgling. "This collaboration, which includes the men's, women's and development team, provides us with a perfect opportunity to develop our offer for both retail and cycling clubs - to create the next generation of functional and innovative training and competition garments." You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Luke Rowe signs three-year contract extension with Team Sky
October 12, 2018 (08:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Luke Rowe has agreed a contract extension that will keep him at Team Sky for the next three seasons. The Welshmans new deal will expire at the end of the 2021 campaign. Rowe has spent the entirety of his professional career with Team Sky since he stepped up to WorldTour level in 2012. He has established himself as one of the squads leaders in the cobbled Classics and has been on the Tour de France team in each of the past four years. "Ive been with Sky since the start of my career and I really feel a part of the furniture here," Rowe said in a statement released by the team.ADVERTISEMENT "Its been seven years and this deal will take me through to 10 years with Team Sky, so it was an easy decision. This is home." Rowes 2018 season seemed at risk when he broke both the tibia and fibula in his right leg in a water rafting accident in August 2017, but he made a remarkable recovery and returned to action at the Abu Dhabi Tour in February. The 28-year-old proceeded to line out in the cobbled Classics and was later part of the Sky team that helped his fellow Welshman Geraint Thomas to overall victory at the Tour de France. Rowe brought the curtain down on his season in August after sustaining a fractured scaphoid at the European Championships in Glasgow. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Sciandri moves to Movistar team car in 2019
October 12, 2018 (08:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Max Sciandri will leave BMC and direct from the Movistar team car from 2019 onwards. The British-Italian former pro has worked as directeur sportif at Jim Ochowicz's team since 2011 but will move on as the team prepares to start a new chapter under a merger with CCC Sprandri Polkowice. Sciandri will become the fifth directeur sportif at Movistar, adding diversity to the Spanish team's current line-up. Jos Vicente Garca Acosta and Pablo Lastras both spent their whole racing careers at the team before joining as directeurs sportifs in their retirement, while Jos Luis Jaimerena has been involved with the team since his only pro season in 1983. Jose Luis Arrieta is the only one who has worked outside of the team, having ridden for AG2R La Mondiale for five seasons at the end of his career.ADVERTISEMENT Sciandri, who won stages at the Tour de France and Giro d'Italia, retired from racing in 2004. He began working for British Cycling and was instrumental in establishing the Under-23 Academy, which helped develop many of the British talents now riding in the pro peloton. Having ridden for Ochowicz at Motorola in the 1990s, he joined BMC Racing in 2011 as assistant sports director with a focus on developing the team's younger riders and identifying future talent. Sciandri became one of the team's senior directors and was heavily linked with the job of head coach of the Italian national team, but turned down what he described as "the opportunity of a lifetime" in 2013. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Dan Martin opens up at Milano-Torino in preparation for Il Lombardia
October 12, 2018 (08:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Dan Martin (UAE Team Emirates) tested his legs and opened his lungs on the testing final circuit around the Superga climb at Milano-Torino on Wednesday, ending the race confident that he can perform at Saturday's Il Lombardia. The Irishman became a father to twins on September 19 after quitting the Vuelta a Espaa after stage 9 so that he could be at the birth. He has only ridden the World Championship road race in Innsbruck, Austria, since then, but he has clearly been mixing training with parental duties at home in Andorra in recent weeks, and was strong enough to be part of the front group that formed on the first climb of Superga. Martin suffered more on the second climb up to the finish and crossed the line 1:13 behind winner Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) but close to many of the riders he will face in the final Monument of the season on Saturday. His performance meant Martin was upbeat about how he felt, and as a consequence his hopes for Il Lombardia. "I'm really happy because I only flew to Italy on Tuesday and came from altitude in Andorra, so I was struggling to breathe. With a couple more days of adaption, I think I'll be good," Martin told Cyclingnews. "I really enjoyed riding Milan-Turin without any pressure, and I hope to do the same on Saturday. Hopefully we can get a result. Martin was carefully to use 'we' as he talked about his UAE Team Emirates squad. Fabio Aru also showed signs of form at Milano-Torino, going deep on the climb to Superga to finish ninth at 43 seconds, one place and a few seconds better than Egan Bernal (Team Sky). Another teammate, Jan Polanc, was in the top 25, while Rui Costa was again there to lend a hand.ADVERTISEMENT Of those three teammates, however, only Costa featured on the provisional start list for Il Lombardia a couple of days ahead of the race Martin won Il Lombardia in 2014 when the race started in Como and ended in Bergamo. He attacked before the final corner to beat a certain Alejandro Valverde " the new 2018 world champion, who'll line up for Movistar again on Saturday looking for his first Lombardia win " while Costa was third that year after he, Aru and others had emerged on the climb up to Bergamo Alta and fought it out on the descent to the finish below. The year before, Martin had crashed on that same final corner while in the mix for a podium finish, but had no qualms about giving it everything to take the victory in 2014. He is less of a favourite this year, with Pinot, Valverde, Michael Woods and Rigoberto Uran (EF Education First-Drapac) leading the list of contenders. However, it would be foolish to write off Martin. "I'm not too keen on the course that finishes in Como and includes the steep Sormano climb and then the Civiglio. I haven't raced well on that course, but of course that won't hold me back," Martin said. "I used to like the last San Fermo climb, but that's been replaced by a slightly easier road due to a landslide. But we'll still try to win. "ll Lombardia is a beautiful race " its my favourite race of the year. It'd be really good to finish off the season with a really good result." You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Pinot: My wins in Italy are my greatest
October 12, 2018 (08:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Thibaut Pinot(Groupama-FDJ)has a tattoo on his arm that says in Italian, "Solo la vittoria Bella" " "Only victory is beautiful""and the Frenchman was delighted to finally add an Italian semi-Classic to his palmars with victory at Milano-Torinoon Wednesday. Pinot is French to the core, but he loves racing in Italy, preferring aggressive, open racing to the tactics and expectation of the Tour de France. "I want to win every race, and I think my wins in Italy are my greatest," Pinot explained in French, but promising to learn a little more Italian with each success.ADVERTISEMENT "I love racing in Italy, from starting the season with Tirreno-Adriatico and then ending it with Il Lombardia. This final 10-day block of racing that leads to Il Lombardia is my favourite." Pinot has always performed south of the Alps, dating back to his amateur days and his breakout victory at the 2009 Giro della Valle d'Aosta. As a young professional in 2011, Pinot claimed the Settimana Lombarda, attracting covetous glances from Italian teams. More recently, he was third at Il Lombardia in 2015 and fifth last year. It is the only Monument Classic he has ever ridden. When it comes to the Italian Grand Tour, Pinot won a stage of the 2017 Giro d'Italia and finished fourth overall. This season he was fighting with Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott), Chris Froome (Team Sky) and Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb)for a Giro podium spot until pneumonia struck after the final mountain stage. He fought to finish in Cervinia but was unable to travel to Rome for the final parade stage and even spent several days in hospital in Italy. A show of form before Il Lombardia You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games individual time trial routes revealed
October 12, 2018 (08:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
The UCI announced Wednesday the routes for the elite men's and women's individual time trials at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. The elite men will race 44.2km and the elite women will race 21.1km on July 29. The time trials will start and finish on the Fuji Speedway motor racing circuit, which is also the finish location of the road races. Riders will compete along an undulating 21.1km loop in and around the speedway, with Mount Fuji set as the backdrop for the events. The elite men will race two laps of the circuit for a total of 44.2km and an elevation gain of approximately 846m. The elite women will complete one loop for a total of 21.1km and an elevation gain of 423m.ADVERTISEMENT Thomas Rohregger, former Olympic road cyclist and UCI technical advisor, said that the athletes wishing to perform well in the Olympic time trial will need to pull out all the stops. The course along the Fuji Speedway area is a challenging one, combining long straights and undulating terrain. It will also offer a unique setting with its fan-packed motor racing circuit and the spectacular Mount Fuji as a backdrop. The UCI also announced the routes for the Paralympic road race, individual time trial and team relay. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Cyclingnews freelance production editor required (six months weekend cover)
October 12, 2018 (08:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Cyclingnews is looking for a freelance online production editor based in North America for a six-month fixed-term period. The job would focus around weekend work and occasional weekdays. Cyclingnews is the world's leading cycling website. It has achieved this status by the timeliness, accuracy and objectivity of its reporting of news and race results. Any position on Cyclingnews requires a natural interest in the sport and a willingness to stay informed on cycling-related news and issues. Due to the nature of the sport, it is at its busiest on weekends, and this position requires regularly working on weekends and public holidays.ADVERTISEMENT The start date for this is November 18. Training will be provided before the official start date. Deadline for applications is October 20, 2018. What you will learn You will be a critical member of our global editorial team, involved in many aspects of production, operation and social media promotion of our site's content. You will be responsible for copy editing the work of others, in addition to writing news, race reports and features, and producing content using our CMS, Excel, text editors, basic HTML and Photoshop. Production of results for races, writing/editing reports and processing photographs Production of complete news stories, features, interviews and tech reviews, including copy editing submitted material Researching, interviewing and writing news features Working with the editorial teams based in Europe, US and Australia Reporting to the Editor-in-Chief Occasionally attending cycling events as a Cyclingnews reporter Social media and web analytics Excellent command of written English and attention to detail Quick thinking, able to juggle multiple tasks and prioritize efficiently Self-starter able to work effectively in a virtual office environment Excellent communication skills A broad knowledge of, and passion for, cycling Broad knowledge of web-based journalism and what it entails Computer literacy Familiarity with the technical aspects of web publishing and HTML Best social media practices (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram) You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Taco van der Hoorn signs for LottoNL-Jumbo
October 09, 2018 (19:15) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Taco van der Hoorn will move up to WorldTour level in 2019 after signing a two-year contract with LottoNL-Jumbo, which will be known as Team Jumbo from January 1. The Dutchman joins the squad after two seasons with Pro Continental outfit Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij. The biggest victory of Van der Hoorn's career came at the BinckBank Tour in August, when he won from the break on stage 3 in Antwerp. His triumph was all the more noteworthy given that he had missed the bulk of the 2018 season due to the lingering effects of a concussion suffered in a mountain biking crash last winter.ADVERTISEMENT Van der Hoorn's first race of the year came in a post-Tour de France criterium in Surhuisterveen in late July but barely two weeks later he claimed the first WorldTour win of his career. The 24-year-old has enjoyed a strong finish to the 2018 season. He won the Primus Classic last month, and in the past week has placed 4th at Binche-Chimay-Binche and 9th at Paris-Tours. "The way he returned in the peloton after that concussion proves his exceptional capabilities," LottoNL-Jumbo directeur sportif Merijn Zeeman said in a statement on Tuesday. "We consider Taco a good classics rider and we'll develop him into an even better classic specialist." Team Jumbo have already signed Mike Teunissen from Sunweb to bolster their cobbled Classics squad, while Lars Boom will leave the team for Roompot in 2019. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Gaviria's future still unclear after Deceuninck come to Lefevere's aid
October 09, 2018 (19:15) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Patrick Lefevere can revel in the fact that he has saved his team's future after it was announced that Deceuninck would step in and become a title sponsor for 2019, but the Belgian boss cannot guarantee that Fernando Gaviria will stay next year. While uncertainty shrouded the Quick-Step Floors team, Gaviria was granted permission to talk to other teams. If Lefevere could not find a sponsor, then he would be forced to nullify several rider contracts due to financial restraints, and Gaviria was duly shopped around by his agent. Even though Lefevere's team has been saved and Deceuninck has stepped up as a significant title sponsor for the foreseeable future, Gaviria is still a question mark.ADVERTISEMENT A report in La Gazzetta dello Sport claimed that the sprinter was set to move to UAE Team Emirates, while Lefeveres latest climbing sensation, Enric Mas, was linked in a move to Astana. The latter's future is set at Quick-Step, with Lefevere stating that the Spaniard will not leave under any circumstances, but Gaviria's 2019 squad remains unclear. "For me a rider has only gone when all the parties sign an agreement," Lefevere told Cyclingnews on Tuesday morning. "That needs the rider, the old team, and the new team all to be in agreement. Until today thats not the case. Mas will certainly not leave the team. Im certainly not going to allow that. This is of course part of the sickness thats in cycling. Were becoming more like football, so there are now agents who don't have the authority who start selling riders to contracts. Thats not correct. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Valverde debuts rainbow jersey at Tre Valli Varesine
October 09, 2018 (19:15) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) has begun his first race as the world champion, pulling on his new rainbow jersey for the Tre Valli Varesine in Italy on Tuesday. The Spaniard, who won the world title in Innsbruck at the end of September, unveiled his new kit at a sponsor event in Madrid on Sunday but Tuesday is his first racing appearance in the rainbow bands. "The truth is it's a very good feeling. It gives me pride to wear it, to be the world champion," Valverde said just before the start of the one-day race.ADVERTISEMENT "Today is a beautiful day, and I'm going to enjoy being on the bike as much as possible." Valverde's jersey features the Movistar logo and name in the team's colours, positioned just above the rainbow bands, with two further blue 'M's on the shoulders and smaller secondary sponsor logos in black on the chest and arms. The 38-year-old wore arm warmers on a slightly chilly autumn morning, featuring further rainbow bands on the forearm. His shorts are black with rainbow trim, but there is no rainbow customisation on his bike or accessories. "It's been very busy, with lots of events, here, there and everywhere, and not much training," Valverde said of his 10 days as the new world champion."I've just been enjoying all the tributes." You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
John Lelangue joins Lotto Soudal as general manager
October 09, 2018 (19:15) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
After the departure of Paul De Geyter, Lotto Soudal announced on Tuesday that former Phonak and BMC manager John Lelangue will be the team's new general manager. The 47-year-old Belgian worked for Tour de France organiser ASO in a communications role in the 1990s and later moved into the race organisation side of the company. In 2005 he joined the Phonak team in a managerial role but the team ended at the end of 2006 after Floyd Landis was stripped of his Tour de France title. When Phonak team owner Andy Rihs set up the BMC Racing team in 2007, Lelangue followed across as a directeur sportif and stayed for six-and-a-half years. He left the day after the 2013 Tour de France, which had been a disappointing one for the team.ADVERTISEMENT Having previously helped establish the Tour of Qatar while at ASO, Lelangue moved to the country to work on the organisation of the 2016 UCI Road World Championships and has since worked for the governing body as a technical advisor. "I'm really happy and proud to join Lotto Soudal and be part of such a nice project for the future," Lelangue said. Lelangue will be joined at the team by performance manager Kevin De Weert, who worked at the Belgian Federation for the past three years, and at LottoNL-Jumbo before that. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Vinokourov brings 'young and ambitious' Kudus to Astana
October 08, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Merhawi Kudus has signed a contract with Astana Pro Team for 2019. The Eritrean rider joins from Dimension Data, where he has spent the last five seasons. "I am so excited with my arrival to Astana Pro Team in the season of 2019," Kudus said in a press release issued by his new team. "This is a big opportunity for me, because Astana is one of the biggest cycling teams in the world. I hope to have a chance to improve a lot and in the same time to learn a lot and my expectations from this move are really high. I am looking forward to the upcoming season and am really happy to join this great project."ADVERTISEMENT Kudus won the Eritrean national road title earlier in the season and has been a consistent performer for Dimension Data during what has been a difficult season for the team. He was ninth overall in the Tour of Oman and seventh in the Vuelta a Burgos in August. He finished 31st overall at the Vuelta a Espana, and Astana general manager Alexandre Vinokourov believes that the 24-year-old has more untapped potential. "Kudus is a very young and ambitious rider and I am curious how far he can reach in professional cycling. He is a climber, but in the same time has some skills in the time trial races. This rider will strengthen our Grand Tour group. In the same time, Merhawi still has to find his way in the peloton and I think in Astana Team he will have a chance to grow and to show himself,"Vinokurov said. The Astana team have gone through a slight rebuild ahead of the 2019 campaign. Michael Valgren has moved the other way and joined Dimension Data in order to lead their Classics squad, while the Izagirre brothers join Astana from Bahrain-Merida in order to bolster their stage racing squad. The team currently have 24 riders signed for next season, a reduction of six riders based on this year's roster. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Prudhomme defends inclusion of gravel tracks in Paris-Tours
October 08, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Christian Prudhomme has defended the inclusion of gravel tracks on the route of Paris-Tours following criticism from riders and team managers in the wake of Sundays race, which was won by Sren Kragh Andersen (Sunweb). Paris-Tours has been tweaked at various points over the years " in the late 1970s and early 1980s the route was reversed and the race was known as Blois-Chaville " but race organiser ASOs decision to insert nine sectors of gravel tracks in the Vouvray vineyards in the final 60 kilometres of this years race marked a new departure in the history of the race. The pelotons passage across the gravel tracks featured a spate of punctures, with Quick-Step Floors manager Patrick Lefevere tweeting his distaste for the new parcours while the race was still in progress: This will be the last time that Quick-Step do this race, even if we win. [It has] nothing to do with road cycling.ADVERTISEMENT Andersen ultimately soloed to victory on the Avenue de Grammont, while Lefeveres rider Niki Terpstra took second ahead of Benoit Cosnefroy (AG2R La Mondiale). Speaking at the finish, race director Prudhomme felt the result demonstrated that the character of the race had not been altered disproportionately. Kragh Andersen and Terpstra were already there last year, second and third, Prudhomme said, according to Lquipe. Its the riders who are the principal actors but if we dont have any madness anymore in designing our race routes, then cycling will go to the wall. People complain that everything is sanitized, people complain about the monotony of certain races. We chose to do something out of the ordinary. The reactions that I have heard arent going in the same way as those of the riders. Since the finish, Ive received numerous messages from people who never normally send them " all to tell me that we were in the right. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Rob Stannard moves up to WorldTour early
October 08, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Less than 24 hours after his victory in Il Piccolo Lombardia, Australia's Robert Stannard has moved up to the WorldTour with Mitchelton-Scott. The 20-year-old has ridden on the team's continental squad, Mitchelton BikeExchange, for the last two seasons and was set to join the WorldTour team from 2019 onwards. However, his recent form and the chance to test himself against Europe's elite for the remainder of the campaign has convinced Mitchelton-Scott's management to move Stannard up the ranks earlier than initially planned. Stannard will make his WorldTour debut at the Tre Valli Varesine on Tuesday. "I am really excited to be riding with the team, it is great for my development to be able to do some races already this year with the team at this level. It is a really good stepping stone for me, I know the roads for Tre Valli Varesine, I live and train in the area so it is really nice to be able to race close to home so it is a great race for me to start at with the team," Stannard said in a statement released on Monday. "I am really excited, I don't really know what to expect but I'm sure I will be learning the whole time and hopefully I can be part of the team's success in these first races."ADVERTISEMENT The rest of Stannard's 2018 race programme has yet to be decided but there are a series of one-day races in Italy between now and the end of the season. "The Italian races are on courses that should suit a rider like Rob so it is a great place for him to start. It will be a great experience for Rob to get a head start on next season and I think with Tre Valli we can expect him to be there most of the day and on roads that he is familiar with," said sports director Dave McPartland. Future of continental team yet to be decided While Stannard moves up the ranks the future of the Australian continental team, Mitchelton BikeExchange remains uncertain. The team has been used as an important stepping stone for Australian and international riders before transitioning to WorldTour, but the management are still reviewing options for 2019. The current Australian riders on the team were told in August that they could look for other teams, and that the squad could potentially take on an all-Asian roster for the current campaign.Cyclingnews understands that this decision has not been entirely signed off and that the budget discussions and several options are still in play. Like the WorldTour team, the continental outfit is financed by Gerry Ryan. He has poured millions of his own money into Australian cycling, and the likes of Caleb Ewan, Jack Haig and Lucas Hamilton have come through the continental team before turning professional with Mitchelton-Scott. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Vuelta a Espana: Valverde and Quintana stay ahead and out of trouble during stage 3
August 27, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
A prolonged acceleration by Movistar in the final kilometres of the Vuelta a Espaa stage 3 was seen as surprising by some race followers on a day expected to end in a bunch sprint and where the Spanish team had little to play for. But as both stage 2 winner Alejandro Valverde and GC contender Nairo Quintana explained afterwards, the Spanish teams aim had been nothing more than to ensure they stayed out of trouble in a tumultuous finale. Besieged by a small, fast-moving cloud of Colombian reporters as he wended his way towards the Movistar team bus, Quintana finally stopped at the foot of the buss stairs to explain to the ever-persistent South American media and other journalists why Movistar had adopted this unexpected strategy.ADVERTISEMENT The idea was to move ahead on that long descent to the finish to avoid any dangers or splits in the sprint, Quintana said. That was the most important thing today, we didnt want to fight for the stage win, just avoid crashes. It was an incident-free day and the team was with us all the way. Valverde was equally determined to brush off any ideas of repeating his stage 2 win. Even though he started out his professional career as a sprinter, and he remains a formidable fastman on the uphills - as Kwiatkowski saw on Sunday - it has been a long time since Valverde went for a more straightforward bunch sprint, or as the Spanish would say, it has rained since then. I was well placed just to avoid crashes, nothing more than that. There was no way I was going for the win, Valverde said. I felt good, even though its been another day of intense heat. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Viviani continues Quick-Step 2018 Grand Tour success in Vuelta a Espana
August 27, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Elia Viviani and Quick-Step Floors continued their seemingly unstoppable run of success this season in the Vuelta a Espaas first bunch sprint stage on Monday. After four victories in the Giro dItalia, for Viviani powering across the line in Alhaurin de la Torre was his fifth Grand Tour win of 2018, whilst for Quick-Step, after five wins in the Giro dItalia and four in the Tour de France, this latest triumph put the Belgian squad into double figures in the three-week stage races. Victory was anything but taken for granted by the Belgian quad, Viviani said afterwards, given that they had not been at all certain that the stage would end in a bunch sprint. He even argued that the hardest part of the victory for the team had been ensuring, on a day with 2,530 metres of vertical climbing, that the race stayed together. On a personal level, it was being sure that he could handle the hills of Spain as well as he knew - with victories as recent as in the Hamburg Cyclassics last Sunday - as he could handle the sprints.ADVERTISEMENT The hardest part was the racing beforehand, the Italian National Champion said afterwards. I knew that beforehand that when you come on the Vuelta you do a lot of climbing so I spent my time before the race in training camps, working on getting over the hills, not working on my sprints. The days climbing had proved so hard that there was no room for organised sprinting trains in the finale, which Viviani described simply as chaotic. Then when it came to the sprint itself, I said to Michael [Morkov] to go for it from 300 metres to go because I saw that nobody had a proper leadout. I told Michael to do sprint like he was racing for the win, and he did the perfect job. There was a little bit of a tailwind and I knew that if I went for it with 200 metres to go, I would get there fine. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Kwiatkowski: 'Tomorrow is the Vuelta's first big mountain checkpoint'
August 27, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Vuelta a Espaa race leader Michal Kwiatkowski (Team Sky) has every intention of fighting for the top spot overall on Tuesdays first key mountain stage, the Pole explained after stage 3. Kwiatkowski and the Vuelta a Espaa GC contenders face their first big challenge Tuesday with the 12 kilometre ascent to Alfacar. Talking to reporters after he completed stage 3 safely in the main pack, Kwiatkowski said, its not about how long I want to have the jersey [of the race leader], its about having respect for it.ADVERTISEMENT Like in any race, you try to keep it as long as you can. This is not a game, its not something you just give away.So bearing that in mind I will try to hold it as long as possible. But I have no idea how long that could be. Munching on a bowl of rice between fielding questions, Kwiatkowski was noticeably blunt when asked how much he knew about the stage four ascent. Not much, he answered, before taking another mouthful of rice. However, the questions about whether Kwiatkowski can move across to fighting for GC in a Grand Tour in the future cannot be disconnected from the Polish racers performance in this Vuelta a Espaa. And on a climb like Alfacar, there may well be some answers, albeit ones in a context of having recently ridden both the Tour de France and Tour de Pologne, working very hard in the former and winning the latter. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Vuelta a Espana: Roche still standing for BMC in GC battle
August 27, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
As the dust settled on the Vuelta a Espaas tumultuous stage 2, which saw two of BMCs top racers, Richie Porte and Rohan Dennis, suffer badly, Nicolas Roche has emerged as BMCs best-placed rider in the general classification. As Porte and Dennis have repeatedly stated, neither started the Vuelta with any GC ambitions, and that was confirmed in ways neither of them would have liked. Portes gastroenteritis left him on the back foot even before the race had started, while Dennis suffered badly in the heat of stage 2 and both lost over 13 minutes. Meanwhile, Roche has always put in solid performances at the Vuelta, taking 14th last year as well as leading the race and taking two stage wins in previous seasons. After finishing just behind the main favourites at Caminito del Rey, losing 15 seconds on stage winner Alejandro Valverde (Movistar), the removal of Porte and Dennis from the Vueltas media limelight has left the Irishman as BMCs best-placed racer, 50 seconds down on current leader Michal Kwiatkowski (Team Sky).ADVERTISEMENT Although he did not know for sure that he was doing the Vuelta a Espaa until relatively late, Roche told Cyclingnews ahead of stage 3 that, it was always in my plan, and I was always in the reserves list, although I hadnt raced that much. Recently fifth in the Tour of Norway after abandoning in the Tour de Pologne with gastroenteritis, Roche said, I was always preparing as if in my mind I was going to the Vuelta and then if I wasnt going to go, Id have been disappointed, but Id have done the Tour of Germany or Tour of Britain and then its the Worlds in a months time. All the work Id done prior to the Vuelta would have been used one way or another. So I did the work, hoping that the team were going to trust me, and they did and Im pleased to be here. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Dennis, Porte fade from contention in Vuelta a Espana
August 26, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
The BMC Racing Team suffered two blows to their overall ambitions at the Vuelta a Espana on the first mass-start stage to Caminito del Rey, as red jersey holder Rohan Dennis and Richie Porte were left on the wrong side of a split in the peloton and lost over 13 minutes. Dennis, who won the opening stage time trial, suffered on a stage that was technically classified as flat, but as the peloton found out, it was anything but - with four classified climbs and numerous stretches of narrow, tight roads. "I think the wind played a big part in today's stage and the roads were never straight or flowing so, you never got to sit in the peloton," Dennis said. "You were always chasing or in single file going around a corner. The altitude gain wasn't that bad but I think the terrain was the real difficulty today."ADVERTISEMENT The 163.5km stage from Marbella started out to script, with a breakaway going clear on the first climb, the category 2 Puerto de Ojen, and getting an immediate gap. "At the start, I didn't feel too bad and we were riding pretty solidly. Of course, it wasn't easy but I was feeling comfortable with the pace and I thought maybe my legs would be better than I thought," Dennis said. "But, about two hours in, I really started to suffer and even sitting on the wheel I wasn't feeling great. I lasted for as long as possible and I was planning on trying to help at the end if I was needed but I just had nothing left in the tank." It didn't help that Team Sky and Movistar went to the front as the last of the breakaway riders were getting reeled in and upped the pace ahead of the final part of the closing circuit with some 30km to go. The surge split the peloton and Dennis and Porte both ended up on the wrong side of the split. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Valverde shows flying form with 10th Vuelta a Espana stage win
August 26, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Alejandro Valverde gave Movistar its first victory of the 2018 Vuelta a Espaa on Sunday, taking out stage 2 to Caminito del Rey over new race leader Michal Kwiatkowski.The win was the 120th career victory for the 38-year-old, and his 10th stage win in his home Grand Tour. The victory came after some aggressive pace-making by Movistar and Team Sky, which split the peloton before it even reached the long but shallow category 3 finishing climb, and signaled Valverde's return to form after a disappointing Tour de France. "Before the start, we already had clear instructions of going to the front with the whole team into the final circuit, because there were dangerous, narrow sections where you had to take over if you didn't want to get caught out of position,"Valverde said.ADVERTISEMENT There were indeed a number of contenders who were distanced - overnight leader Rohan Dennis and his BMC teammate RichiePorte lost 13:31, as did Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) and world championPeter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe). Others were dropped later, with Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) losing four minutes, Dan Martin (UAETeamEmirates) gave up 1:15, and others like Miguel Angel Lopez(Astana) and Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) conceded a handful of seconds. "The heat really hurt a lot of people,"Valverde said. "I was surprised to see so many riders dropping back though. Hearing on the radio that real contenders for this win were getting out of contention, we were more motivated about seeking for this victory." Quick-Step's Laurens De Plus lit up the finale with a searing attack with 1km to go and, though he didn't get a big gap, he continued to carve out time until the steep final pitch when Valverde and Kwiatkowski surged out of the chasing bunch. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Kwiatkowski rues missing out on Vuelta a Espana stage win
August 26, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
After Team Sky shattered the peloton in the closing stages of the Vuelta a Espaa's first mass-start stage on Sunday, Michal Kwiatkowski was hoping to finish off his teammates' hard work with a stage victory in Caminito del Rey. But the Polish champion was unable to counter the powerful uphill surge from Movistar's Alejandro Valverde and had to settle for second place. Kwiatkowski missed out on winning the prologue by six seconds toBMC's Rohan Dennis, and even taking the race lead off the Australian was of little consolation after two near-misses in a row. "It's not the way I wanted to take the jersey, I was hoping to win the stage,"Kwiatkowski said according toTeamSky.com. "The team were amazing ahead of the finale but Valverde was very impressive. In his country, when he races La Vuelta, it's not easy to beat Alejandro. It's a bit disappointing but I'm the leader of La Vuelta."ADVERTISEMENT Kwiatkowski did not need the time bonus to overtake Dennis in the overall classification, as the BMC rider was distanced when Team Sky and Movistar surged with 30km to go. Dennis ended up losing over 13 minutes on the stage, putting Kwiatkowski in the lead over Valverde by 14 seconds with Sunweb's Wilco Kelderman in third at 25 seconds. There is the real possibility that the Pole can hold onto the race lead for several more days, but a stage win is his overarching goal. "I'm happy about yesterday and about my shape today. Let's stay focused and try to win another one," he said. "I just want to celebrate this moment. La Vuelta is really long so I want to enjoy tonight and then racing in the red jersey tomorrow." Kwiatkowski had plenty of podium time after the stage, as he leads the points and combined classifications in addition to the overall. The team has big ambitions even if they lack the kind of obvious Grand Tour firepower that they brought to the Giro d'Italia and Tour de France withChrisFroome and GeraintThomas. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Short-handed Boels Dolmans win in Plouay with Amy Pieters
August 26, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Amy Pieters (Boels Dolmans) was all smiles on the GP de Plouay podium Saturday afternoon after sprinting to victory against Marianne Vos (WaowDeals) and Coryn Rivera (Team Sunweb). Normally one of the strongest teams in a race, the Boels Dolmans squad was short-handed from the get-go in Plouay. Due to illness, world champion Chantal Blaak and Anna Plichta could not take the start, leaving the orange-clad team with only four riders.Things seemed to go from bad to worse when Karol-Ann Canuel, one of the team's designated leaders, had to abandon on the first of five laps. But the remaining three riders were strong enough to still leave their mark on the race and eventually take the victory. "We had a small team, but we said to each other 'we have to win today'," Pieters said after the finish. "Skylar [Schneider], Megan [Guarnier] and I raced really well together. We made it a hard race, and in the final it was down to Megan and me. Megan was really strong, she attacked several times in the final. I did not have to do anything, that was perfect for me. I could try to recover, was able to hang on and eventually won the sprint."ADVERTISEMENT On the finishing straight, Rivera was not quite sure which wheel to follow when Pieters launched her sprint. The US champion decided to stay in the slipstream of Vos and Elena Cecchini (Canyon-SRAM) and ended up close to the barriers. Although she was not entirely boxed in and still almost beat Vos for second place, Rivera admitted that a different decision in that split-second might have given her the victory. "In the sprint, I hesitated just a bit to change sides, and I think that cost me the win. But I am super proud of the girls for the effort we put into the race. When the race opened up in the last couple of laps, we were always in a position where we could win. Liane [Lippert] followed a huge attack the last time up the climb, and we both ended up in the front group. We will be back next year to move up to that top step." Cervlo-Bigla were probably the most active team of the day. Several times, Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio and her young understudy Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig went off the front of the peloton, trying to initiate a breakaway from 20 kilometres out. In the end, Moolman-Pasio finished eighth from the 15-rider front group. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Vos ends successful road season, will race full cyclo-cross calendar
August 26, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Marianne Vos (WaowDeals) called an end to her 2018 road season with a second place at the GP de Plouay and extending her lead in the UCIWomen's WorldTour with three events remaining. Choosing to skip the BoelsLadies Tour, Madrid Challenge by La Vuelta and Tour of Guangxi, Vos will instead shift to the cyclo-cross scene for her first full off-road season in three years. Vos will start with the TrekCXC UCIWorld Cup inWaterloo,Wisconsin, and take on the Jingle Cross World Cup in Iowa before heading back to Europe for a series of events: the Hotondcross, Superprestige Gieten, BernWorldCup, the Nacht van Woerden, RuddervoordeSuperprestige and the European championships.ADVERTISEMENT "I decided race cyclo-cross in September a while ago,"Vos said in a team press release. "I think it's good to do it differently from other years for once. The people who know me also know that I love 'cross. I have never ridden a whole winter in 'cross as an elite. The last time Idid was as a junior. "A first important goal is the European Championship in Rosmalen, in early November. For that, it is necessary that I ramp up enough race rhythm by racing 'cross every week." Vos will take a break after the European Championships to gear up for the remainder of the season. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Porte: I should be better in the last week
August 26, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
After enduring a bout of gastroenteritis in the days leading up to the Vuelta a Espaa, Richie Porte (BMC) was always likely to pay a price in the opening time trial in Malaga. The 8km test was his first race since abandoning the Tour de France on stage 9, and Porte placed 97th, 51 seconds down on stage winner and teammate Rohan Dennis. I think the lead up to a Grand Tour is always a little stressful and mine definitely hasn't been ideal so I am just glad to start the race really, Porte said. It was a pretty straightforward course with a couple of corners where you had to be a little more careful and it was a little bit slippery as there is obviously a lot of traffic on these roads normally. The climb wasn't much to worry about either. Porte arrived at the Tour de France among the favourites for overall victory after his triumph at the previous months Tour de Suisse. For the second year in succession, however, his challenge ended with a crash on stage 9, as he broke his collarbone in a fall on the road to Roubaix.ADVERTISEMENT The Australian revealed his intention to ride the Vuelta shortly afterwards, but since arriving in Spain, he has suggested that his primary aim over the coming three weeks is to prepare for the mountainous World Championships in Innsbruck next month. I didn't feel great today but I knew that I wasn't coming into the race in my best form. The Tour de France was bitterly disappointing and it's not been a straightforward run in for me but I look forward to building on my form especially for the UCI World Championships over the next three weeks, said Porte, who confirmed last week that he will move to Trek-Segafredo for the 2019 season. I know I am going to take a bit of a kicking over the first two weeks but I think I should be better in the last week. Mentally, it was hard to get over the crash in July and it wasn't easy to restart or find my momentum but I have still done some good training. I am definitely not as good as I was at the Tour but hopefully by the end, I can be in good shape. I would love to be able to take a stage win in the final week. It looks really hard on paper and that's my big motivation." You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Sky: Vuelta a Espana lead is possible for Kwiatkowski
August 25, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Team Sky turned in a strong global performance in the opening time trial stage of the Vuelta a Espana in Malaga, placing four riders in the top 20, including runner-up Michal Kwiatkowski. But if the win just eluded the British squad on Saturday, Sky's head sports director for the Vuelta promised they would fight for the lead on Sunday's uphill finish. Kwiatkowski came the closest of all the opposition to defeating Rohan Dennis (BMC Racing Team), missing out by six seconds. But with time bonuses of ten, six and four seconds waiting at the finish of tomorrow's stage, as well as three-, two- and one-second bonuses in the intermediate sprints, there will be plenty of opportunities to unseat the Australian. Even as Saturday's stage was drawing to a close, Sky's management were already making calculations about the chances of Kwiatkowski repeating his brief spell in the Vuelta lead in 2016. "Michal did a perfect prologue, really good, no mistakes, so we should be happy, it's a good start," Team Sky directeur sportif Gabriel Rasch told Cyclingnews. "And tomorrow's finish is really good for Kwiato as well, so the red jersey [of leader] is definitely possible." He was more cagey about whether Kwiatkowski would or would not go for a GC placing in the Vuelta, saying "we'll take that on the day by day."ADVERTISEMENT Rasch said he was very satisfied with the way Sky's other riders had defended themselves on the time trial course, "Dylan [Van Baarle, fifth], Pavel [Sivakov, 38th], Tao [Geoghegan] Hart, 18th], Castro' [Jonathan Castroviejo, seventh] all did very well. David De La Cruz [81st] did a similar time to [Vincenzo] Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) and [Nairo] Quintana (Movistar), so he's in the game." De La Cruz himself was somewhat disappointed with his race, telling Spanish television afterwards that "it was a pity, I hoped to do better. I know that I always have a tough time on the first stage of a race, but I didn't expect to lose so much time. I know the form is good, I have to be optimistic. "I checked out the time trial the other day when the roads were open, this morning I did it twice to be sure of my line on the curves and then I looked at it on my computer. One important goal was not to crash, the other to stay close to the leaders. I was a little bit off the pace but it wasn't a total catastrophe." You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Dennis fulfils pre-race predictions to take Vuelta a Espana opening time trial
August 25, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Rohan Dennis (BMC Racing Team) fulfilled widespread predictions that he would take the opening time trial of the Vuelta a Espaa on Saturday evening to claim his second Grand Tour lead of the 2018 season. In the process, the Australian once more captured the lead of the Vuelta on its first stage, just as he had done last August in the Vuelta's opening team time trial, and won his fifth individual time trial win of the season. It is also the third time in four years that BMC Racing Team had won the opening stage of the Vuelta a Espaa, twice in team time trials and once in an individual event. Dennis admitted that Michal Kwiatkowski (Team Sky) had run him a little closer than he would have liked, but his margin of six seconds over the Pole in such a short time trial was nonetheless a very solid one.ADVERTISEMENT "I was confident, but at the same time, when I saw his time, it made me a little nervous," he admitted. "I was hoping he wouldn't break 9:50," - which Kwiatkowski did by quite a margin, clocking 9:45 - "because I was confident I could get in the 9:40s but not super-confident could get in the 9:30s." As for his strategy on the eight kilometre Malaga course, Dennis said "I was thinking maybe the guys [opposition] were leaving too much in the tank and it made me realise the end of the race was really the top of the hill. So that was a six and a half minute effort. You couldn't take any more time out from there. You might lose one or two seconds but that's it. I just thought, go all in to the top." Dennis argued that rather than Saturday's win boding well for the Worlds TT, he would have to wait until stage 16 to be surer of his possibilities in Innsbruck. "That's a longer time trial, so it'll give me a much better indication," he said. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Javier Otxoa dies aged 43 after long illness
August 25, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Spanish cycling was in mourning ahead of the Vuelta a Espaa as the news broke late on Friday that Javier Otxoa, the former professional rider, had died at 43 after a long illness. In terms of results, Otxoa was best known for having soloed to victory on the toughest mountain stage of the 2000 Tour, a rainy and foggy day finishing on Hautacam. Otxoas success was all the notable given he had broken away much earlier on the stage and managed to fend off a rampaging Lance Armstrong by 45 seconds, after the Texan attacked from the peloton on the final climb to the finish. However, tragedy was to strike less than a year later when, on 15 February 2001, Otxoa and his twin brother Ricardo, also a rider with the Kelme team, were hit by a car while training in southern Spain. Ricardo was killed instantly, while Javier was left in a coma, with four damaged vertebrae, and a crushed lung. It was initially impossible for police to identify the bodies, as the twins were not carrying ID at the time, looked identical, and were only a centimetre different in height. They were both 26 years old.ADVERTISEMENT Doctors reportedly wanted to disconnect Otxoas life support machine, but his parents opposed it " although El Correo reported that they went so far as to reserve a spot for Javier in the cemetery in Barakaldo next to his brother " and after 65 days, Javier finally awoke, albeit with major brain damage. In 2005, after a lengthy trial, the driver who hit the cyclists, and whose version of events differed radically from those of the police investigators, was penalised with a fine of 1,800 and had his driving licence revoked for a year. After awaking from his coma, Javier had to learn how to read, write and walk and sometimes needed instructions for even the simplest of activities, like how to get out of bed. Despite his injuries, he returned to racing in paracycling, taking two gold medals and two silvers in the 2004 and 2008 Paralympics. He would occasionally attend stages of the Vuelta a Espaa, too, to meet old friends and see the race pass by. Born in the Basque Country in Berango, Otxoa lived for much of his later life in the southern Spanish town of Alhaurin de la Torre with his parents. Alhaurin de la Torre is both very close to Cartama, where the 2001 accident happened, and is also where the Vuelta a Espaa, which begins in nearby Malaga today Saturday, will have a stage start on Monday. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Skinner takes break from cycling but continues to target Tokyo 2020 Olympics
August 25, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Callum Skinner has revealed that he is taking a break from cycling but is planning to return in time to compete at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Skinner was part of the Great Britains winning team sprint squad at the Rio Olympics, where he also took silver behind teammate Jason Kenny in the individual sprint. The Scot has not raced since April, when he claimed a bronze medal in the kilometre time trial at the Commonwealth Games. Skinner was not part of the British team at the recent European Championships, which took place in Glasgow. Speaking to BBC Radio 5 Live on Friday, Skinner admitted that he had struggled to maintain his motivation in the wake of the Rio Olympics, and he has opted to step away temporarily from the velodrome.ADVERTISEMENT I wasn't able to continue that upward trend, or momentum, that I found at the Olympic Games," Skinner told the BBC. Whether it was that the training wasn't quite right or my head wasn't in the right place or my motivation wasn't quite what it once was, I needed to take some time to step back and re-evaluate and see where to go from there. Although the 26-year-old Skinner is not currently training on the track, he is continuing to train to maintain muscle mass, which he described as the most important thing for a sprinter. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Dennis favourite to take first red jersey of Vuelta a Espana - Preview
August 25, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
A year on from the opening team time trial in Nmes, history could repeat itself this evening when Rohan Dennis (BMC Racing Team) rolls down the start ramp on stage 1 of the the Vuelta a Espaa in Malaga. Winner of four time trials this year alone " not to mention the opening time trial at the 2015 Tour de France " Dennis claimed la roja of Vuelta race leader last year in France as first rider across the line in the BMC formation. On Saturday evening, as the Vuelta returns to much more familiar terrain " this is its 30th visit to the southern seaport of Malaga " the Australian champion is favourite to do so again, this time in an individual time trial. Dennis was the only BMC rider who checked out the route on Friday, before the roads were closed, with the rest of his team due to reconnoitre the course on Saturday.ADVERTISEMENT Its pretty straightforward, theres actually not too many points when its slow, Dennis told Cyclingnews. If you look at the map it looks like its going to be really technical, but the windiest part is all uphill, and there are minimal points, I believe, without seeing it fenced off, where you really need to brake. Exactly eight kilometres long, meaning time gaps between the favourites will be small, the route itself has three main segments: a four-kilometre ride through docklands and along the seafront, a short, fairly easy climb and descent, and then a final blast along two of Malagas most emblematic city centre streets, the broad Paseo del Parque and the pedestrianised Calle Marques de Larios. There is even a small section of pav, in this case broad slabs of pavement, in the final, slight rise to the finish. The sporting interest centres in how much time an out-and-out specialist will gain on the flat but perhaps lose on that ascent, but as Dennis told Cyclingnews, I think a pure time triallist will win, it wont be a climber. Riders named elsewhere as top candidates for the win include Michal Kwiatkowski (Team Sky) and Victor Campenaerts (Lotto Soudal). You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Vuelta a Espana preview featuring Sagan, Yates, Porte and York - Podcast
August 24, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
On the latest episode of the Cyclingnews podcast " brought to you by our friends atPrendas Ciclismo, Pinarello and Flyods of Leadville, the team of Philippa York, Patrick Fletcher and Daniel Benson preview the 2018 Vuelta a Espaa. We hear from Richie Porte (BMC Racing), Simon Yates (Mitchelton Scott), and Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe), whilst also debating the chances for a number of the GC contenders. Porte arrives at the race with a minor illness but is leading BMC Racing in the final Grand Tour before the team disbands in the off-season. Can he keep a united ship or will riders put their personal ambitions above the team's?ADVERTISEMENT Simon Yates is looking to improve on his Giro d'Italia, where despite winning stages and leading the race, he fell away in the final stages. As for the road world champion, Sagan starts the Vuelta looking to win a stage as he builds up for the a Worlds defense later in the year. Nairo Quintana (Movistar) and Fabio Aru (UAE Team Emirates) both head into the race with points to prove, with Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) flying under the radar, despite his impressive Grand Tour palmares. Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana) " third at the Giro d'Italia " also gets a mention, and there's a debate about whether Team Sky can mount another GC challenge despite the absence of both Chris Froome and Geraint Thomas. Our team of York and Fletcher then pinpoint the key stages and where the race will be won and lost, with York discussing the differences in style and tempo between the Vuelta, Giro d'Italia and Tour de France. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Garner, Stougje sign with Hitec Products for 2019
August 24, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Norwegian women's team Hitec Products - Birk Sport announced Friday on their social media channels that they have signed British riderLucy Garner and Dutch rider Chanella Stougje to their 2019 roster. Garner, 23, joins the team having raced with the Wiggle High5 program for three seasons. Wiggle High5 owner Rochelle Gilmore announced in July that she would not register the team next year, meaning that riders needed to find contracts elsewhere. It has recently been announced that Elisa Longo Borghini will be racing for the new Trek women's team next season. Before joining Wiggle High5 in 2016, Garner raced for the former Sunweb titles; Argos/Giant-Shimano and Liv-Plantur. Garner is a former two-time junior world champion, and as an elite rider has won stages at the Tour of Chongming Island and La Route de France. She has also had a series of podium finishes at Tour de Yorkshire, Ronde van Gelderland, GP de Dottignies and Dwars door de Westhoek.ADVERTISEMENT The team also announced signing Stougje, 22, who joins the team after spending the last four seasons with Parkhotel Valkenburg. This year, Stougje was 12th at Brugge-De Panne and 11th at Omloop van Borsele. In previous seasons, she has finished in the top 10 at the Diamond Tour, Erondegemse Pijl and she was third in a stage of the BeNe Ladies Tour. Hitec-Products made a public plea for extra funding in May over social media, saying that they were forced to reduce the number of events they could afford to participate in this season. They said that they were struggling to cover the increased costs of competing in the Women's WorldTour. The team asked social media followers to spread the word. They sent out a follow-up notice on social media one month later, letting the cycling community know that they had positive reactions and started a crowdfunding campaign. They have currently reached 7,000 of their 50,000 goal. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Richie Porte: I'm nowhere near what I was in the Tour
August 24, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Richie Porte said he felt "weaker" than before being hit by gastroenteritis on Thursday, but the BMC Racing leader insisted that he would be present at the Vuelta a Espaa start line on Saturday in Malaga. Speaking to journalists outside the team hotel near Malaga, before he and his teammates started on a training ride this Friday morning, Porte - looking a little paler than usual but as determined as ever - said he "should be able to find my legs come Sunday." The idea that he would ride for the Vuelta's general classification, Porte repeated, was one that neither he nor his team had ever argued was feasible. "You hear of yourself being one of the [Vuelta] favourites but I dont feel like that," he said. "I'm certainly nowhere near what I was in the Tour."ADVERTISEMENT Porte explained that the gastroenteritis "started this time yesterday [morning] in a training ride, which I had to cut short, had a pretty rough day, then I could sleep most of the afternoon, you never like to miss press conferences and team presentations but I was really not in a state to go and attend that." Prior to the late setback, Porte said his build-up to the Vuelta had not been ideal. The Spanish Grand Tour is his first race since the Tour de France, where he crashed out on stage 9 injured. "I had a bit of time off the bike after the Tour, the Tour was terribly disappointing, it takes its mental toll, it hasn't been a great run-in. Hopefully well come out of the Vuelta in better nick than going in." As if to underline his 'non-favourite' status, Porte will be first man off for BMC in the opening time trial, and will roll down the start ramp as the 19th rider of the Vuelta peloton. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Kittel to have health checks after Deutschland Tour abandon
August 24, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Marcel Kittel(Katusha-Alpecin) has said that he will have health checks after he abandoned his second consecutive race this month. Having already abandoned the BinckBank Tour, the German dropped out of his home Deutschland Tour following the opening stage. "I'm very sad that I had to leave @deutschlanddeinetour after stage 1," Kittel wrote on social media. "After BinckBank Tour I didn't feel good and well recovered and I need to get a full health check now to know what is going on. I will keep you updated." Kittel has had a torrid season altogether, with just two victories to his name at Tirreno-Adriatico in March. There were some promising signs at the start of the Tour de France but he stopped even contesting sprints in the latter part of the first week, with lead-out man Rick Zabel taking up the mantle from his compatriot.ADVERTISEMENT In the end, Kittel would leave the Tour after stage 11, missing the time cut along with Dimension Datas Mark Cavendish. An interview given during the race by his directeur sportif Dimitri Konyshev in LEquipe hinted at strained relations within the Katusha stable. However, Kittel dismissed rumours that he was looking to leave the team and, a month later, he returned to racing action at the BinckBank Tour harbouring hopes he could salvage something from the wreckage of his season. Again, there were hints that something might be around the corner with second place in the opening stage. Successive breakaway successes meant that he wouldnt get another chance to sprint before he climbed off his bike midway through the penultimate stage. "There is not one reason you can point to as to why it hasn't always worked. It's a complicated sport. So many factors play a role that it's hard to find one particular one that was really bad. We are just trying to improve in every aspect," Kittel had told Cyclingnews two days before his abandon. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...

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