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O'Connor champing at bit for Giro d'Italia climbs to start
May 23, 2019 (07:30) [ Indexed from ]
After 11 stressful days, amidst a flurry of crashes, rain and fraught bunch sprint finishes at this year's Giro d'Italia, Ben O'Connor (Dimension Data) finally reaches his favourite terrain of the mountains on Thursday. And for the 23-year-old, who rode strongly at last year's Giro d'Italia " his rookie Grand Tour " before crashing out late in the third week, the climbs can't come a moment too soon. On the plus side of the Giro so far, in San Marino, O'Connor rode what he calls "the best time trial of my WorldTour races" " finishing 17th, well ahead of many of the top climbers.ADVERTISEMENT On the negative side was a bad day into Frascati on stage 4 when his front wheel broke in a crash, culminating in a time loss of nearly two minutes. Then he was entangled in another pile-up on Tuesday's stage 10, which left O'Connor on the tarmac with a banged-up knee, but without losing any more time. With a privileged perspective on the ongoing GC battle from inside the peloton, O'Connor feels that whilst top favourite Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) could well be the man to watch between here and Verona, the climbers will have a lot to say on the Giro's 26 classified ascents between now and a week on Saturday. So far, the Australian has come through the Giro relatively unscathed, but it's certainly not been a smooth ride, either, with the latest incident coming with O'Connor in Tuesday's big pile-up in the last kilometre. You can read more at More...
Ewan leaves Giro d'Italia early to prepare for Tour de France
May 23, 2019 (07:30) [ Indexed from ]
Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal) has decided to take an early leave from the Giro d'Italia, on a high note after securing two stage wins, in order to adequately prepare for the Tour de France in July. It was a successful Grand Tour for the Australian who captured his first victory on stage 8 in Pesaro on Saturday and his second on stage 11 in Novi Ligure on Wednesday. "I am happy that I came to the Giro, the succession of the long and sometimes challenging stages will have done me good, condition-wise." Ewan said in a team press release. "Of course, I am going home with a great feeling. I came into the Giro and I really wanted to win one stage. To get two is more than I expected, so I am really satisfied with that and I am happy with how the team rode as well. Outside of his two stage wins, Ewan was also third on stage 2 in Fucecchio, second on stage 4 in Frascati, and was twice fourth on stage 5 in Terracina and stage 10 in Modena.ADVERTISEMENT "I finished inside the top four on seven occasions," Ewan said. "On day two, our lead-out was perfect, two days later I was beaten by a strong Carapaz in Frascati and on day eight, I could raise my arms in the air for the first time." Ewan came to the Giro d'Italia with a strong support team that included Victor Campenaerts, Jasper De Buyst, Thomas De Gendt, Adam Hansen, Roger Kluge, Jelle Vanendert and Tosh van der Sande. "This Giro was also very important to optimize the collaboration with Jasper De Buyst and Roger Kluge and we certainly got the chance to do so," Ewan said. "Besides, the rest of the team also cooperated very well." Tour de France You can read more at More...
Giro d'Italia: Stage 11 highlights - Video
May 23, 2019 (07:30) [ Indexed from ]
The 221 flat kilometres from Capri to Novi Ligure did not exactly make for a scintillating stage - at least for the general classification - but Caleb Ewan(Lotto Soudal) made the most of a headwind sprint to take his second stage victory of the Giro d'Italia on stage 11. Behind Ewan, the fight for the points classification heated up as stage 10 winner Arnaud Dmare snuck in two points in an intermediate sprint before muscling past maglia cicliamino holder PascalAckermann (Bora-Hansgrohe) in the finale.The resulting 12 point differential moved the Groupama-FDJ sprinter ahead of Ackermann in the competition, by 11 points.ADVERTISEMENT The race now swings back in the favour of the opportunists and climbers as the race heads into the Piemonte, with the category 1 climb of Montoso interrupting an otherwise tame 146 course on stage 12 before the first summit finale on Friday to CeresoleReale. You can read more at More...
Calm before the storm: Roglic stays a step ahead of GC rivals as Giro d'Italia heads for mountains
May 23, 2019 (07:30) [ Indexed from ]
Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) clutches the keys of power on this Giro d'Italia without holding formal office. His performances in the time trials that bookended the race's opening week left the Slovenian with a commanding lead on his rivals for final overall victory, but the pink jersey remains on the shoulders of Valerio Conti (UAE Team Emirates), while he lies second overall, 1:50 down. Life as de facto race leader has its benefits. At the finish of stage 11 in Novi Ligure on Wednesday, Conti was immediately ushered towards the podium to collect a fresh maglia rosa. Roglic, by contrast, was able to freewheel unimpeded to the Jumbo-Visma bus, parked near the gates of the late Fausto Coppi's villa on the edge of town. By the time Conti had completed his media and anti-doping duties almost two hours later, Roglic was already on the massage table at his hotel. On the road, too, Roglic and his Jumbo-Visma team have enjoyed two relatively sedate stages since Monday's rest day on the Adriatic, as the Giro reached its somnambulant spot: the nervous energy of the first week has dissipated but the high mountains have not yet appeared on the horizon.ADVERTISEMENT "UAE didn't need to pull today or yesterday, because the sprint teams took control immediately, so even if Primoz had the jersey today, it wouldn't have changed much for us," Jumbo-Visma directeur sportif Addy Engels told Cyclingnews. "But it's still easier, because you don't have the anti-doping control, the press conference and things like that. It's been quiet, and these two days have been good. But now the way of racing will change for the next seven stages." On the eve of the Giro's belated entry into the mountains, Roglic holds a lead of 1:44 over Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida), 1:55 over Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo), 3:46 over Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) and 4:29 over Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana). Thursday's 158km leg from Cuneo to Pinerolo naturally evokes the poetry of the day Fausto Coppi soloed to victory on the 1949 Giro, though the parcours of stage 12 is rather more prosaic. The lone category 1 ascent, the Montoso, is a pop quiz rather than final exam, though it might provide some pointers as to the strength-in-depth of Roglic's supporting cast after he lost his key mountain gregario Laurens De Plus in the opening week. Clement You can read more at More...
Viviani quits the Giro d'Italia after another sprint defeat
May 23, 2019 (07:30) [ Indexed from ]
Elia Viviani quit the Giro d'Italia after again missing out on victory in Novi Ligure, admitting he needs a time-out to find the peace of mind and self-confidence that helps him win sprints. Viviani finished fourth behind Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal), Arnaud Dmare (Groupama-FDJ) and Pascal Ackermann (Bora-Hansgrohe) on stage 11 in Novi Ligure, after again failing to connect with his Deceuninck-QuickStep lead-out train. He won four stages and the points jersey in last year's race but has frustratingly finished second three times this year and was relegated from victory on stage 3 to Orbetello after race judges ruled he move across the road.ADVERTISEMENT Viviani was hoping to finish the Giro d'Italia in his hometown of Verona but bravely went on Italian television to confirm he was heading home early. "My Giro ends today," Viviani said, his team soon confirming his departure. "I'm not at my best and lack the self-belief that I need. I'll head home and soon start working for the second half of the season. There's no point in carrying on in the hope of finding something that never seems to arrive." You can read more at More...
Bahrain-Merida's Milan Erzen under UCI investigation for doping links
May 23, 2019 (07:30) [ Indexed from ]
The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) is investigating a Slovenian cycling connection to the Operation Aderlass blood doping ring, with Milan Eren, the current managing director at Bahrain-Merida, at the centre of their attention. The UCI has confirmed to Cyclingnews that since 2015 it has been carefully following the activities of several Slovenian individuals, including riders, rider support personnel and team management staff for potential roles in a number of different investigations, even before Operation Aderlass emerged. According to a recent profile by the Corriere della Sera newspaper in Italy, Eren is considered the Dominus of Slovenian cycling. Cyclingnews approached Bahrain-Merida for a comment from Eren, who responded through the team saying, "All and any implications regarding my involvement in Aderlass are absolutely false and unfounded."ADVERTISEMENT Eren, who has yet to receive any notification from the UCI, helped create the Bahrain-Merida team for Prince Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa of Bahrain after helping him train for an Ironman triathlon in 2013. In an interview with Slovenian website, Eren boasts how he went on to introduce modern training methods to the princes horse racing stable, including the use of altitude chambers. He then helped developed a triathlon team and organise an Ironman event in Bahrain and responded to the princes desire for a WorldTour team by signing Vincenzo Nibali and creating the Bahrain-Merida team for the 2016 season. Eren keeps a low profile and has changed his job title at Bahrain-Merida several times after the UCI insisted he hold a team staff licence. He currently has a class 8 UCI staff licence " the lowest of the UCI categories - but he is the de facto boss of the team due to his close links to Prince Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa. He is known within the current team as the managing director. Slovenian cycling is small compared to other nations but has risen to 10th place in the UCI World nations ranking, thanks to the success of Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma), Simon Spilak (Katusha-Alpecin), Matej Mohoric (Bahrain-Merida) and, most recently, 20-year-old Tadej Pogaar (UAE Team Emirates), who won the Tour of California last week. Operation Aderlass and Dr. Schmidt You can read more at More...
Giro d'Italia 2019: Stage 11 finish line quotes
May 23, 2019 (07:30) [ Indexed from ]
Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal) " Stage winner (On getting Ackermann's wheel) "I think he's proven he's one of the quickest here, and to be honest he was the first sprinter who came past me with a good train. So I decided to jump on him. My guys got me into a really good position where I didn't have to fight for the wheels too much. That just made my run a whole lot easier. He went quite early so I could just sit there and time my sprint to perfection. "I think my team's done a great job all week. I think I was a little more relaxed going into this stage because I already had the one win. When you're a bit relaxed you save more energy and everything seems to fall into place a little easier. "I think this is the most successful Grand Tour I've ever done. It just shows my progression as a rider. In the past, I've won one stage in the Vuelta and in the Giro the last time I did it. Now, I've won two and I'm just happy with how I'm progressing."ADVERTISEMENT Arnaud Demare (Groupama-FDJ) - Points classification leader "The difference was a headwind today, and there was a narrowing of the road with 750m to go. That is where it became difficult for my lead-out men to take me to the line. "The jersey is a consolation prize. Now we will start another Giro. In the mountains it will be a different task to defend the jersey." Valerio Conti (UAETeamEmirates) - Race leader "It was a long and sunny stage. So I enjoyed it very much. Tomorrow it'll be harder to keep the jersey because the main climb is a hard one. But I want to keep the Maglia Rosa tomorrow also." James Knox (Deceuninck-QuickStep) Adam Hansen (Lotto Soudal) You can read more at More...
Evenepoel: I still have a lot of work to do
May 23, 2019 (07:30) [ Indexed from ]
Remco Evenepoel (Deceuninck-QuickStep) stepped into the WorldTour this season seemingly without missing a beat. The 19-year-old Evenepoel has looked at home with impressive performances in the first half of the season, but the Belgian says that he's still got plenty of work to do as he continues to learn the ropes at the top of the sport. Though he entered the professional ranks with plenty of hype, Evenepoel would have been forgiven for having a slow start to his pro career given that he missed the under-23 ranks altogether. However, he came out all guns blazing with an impressive third-place finish in the time trial at the Vuelta a San Juan " his first race with Deceuninck-QuickStep " and a ninth place finish overall. It was a big confidence boost, but he is trying to keep his feet on the ground. "It was a big moment to start out like that in Argentina. Especially in the time trial [third place]," Evenepoel said in an interview on the Hammer Series website. "When I got in the hot seat, I thought to myself: 'Wow, maybe I can win this'. Unfortunately, the wind direction then changed and the late starting riders had a big advantage. I'm still happy for my podium place though. This was the first time that I felt I could really go hard at this level. However, I also know I still have a lot of work to do."ADVERTISEMENT Evenepoel first came to the attention of many when he won the junior road and time trial titles at the European Championships in Brno last July. He then went onto do the double again at the World Championships in Innsbruck, but by then he had already secured a contract with Patrick Lefevere's Deceuninck-QuickStep squad. On the bike, there has obviously been a massive change for the young rider but there has been a big culture shock for him off the bike, too. "The life of a pro is very different to what I was used to. Last year, I was still in school and busy the whole day. Now, I have so much time on my hands. I wake up, maybe go for a little ride on the bike before breakfast, then I eat something and then I go for another ride," he said. "In my school days, my day would be over after my afternoon ride but now, I'm back already at 3 or 4 pm and that's it. I have nothing more to do. This is when you have to be smart about recovery and I feel " maybe because I'm still young " that I have some difficulties adjusting to this part of my new life. In the first months of the season, I probably made a few mistakes in this area, not getting enough rest." You can read more at More...
Giro dItalia: Nibali looks to limit losses to Roglic in San Marino time trial
May 18, 2019 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Pesaro may have been festooned in pink to celebrate the visit of the Giro d'Italiabut, by the time Vincenzo Nibali emerged from anti-doping following stage 8,it was beginning to have the air of the coastal town they forgot to close down. Grey waves were crashing onto wet sand on the seafront, while leaden drops of rain were falling steadily over the finishing straight, where the podium and television area were already being dismantled. The boisterous crowds that had lined the final kilometres had long since dissipated in search of shelter. As Nibali soft-pedalled towards the Bahrain-Merida bus, he slowed to offer a perfunctory account of the Giro's longest day. The 239km leg along the Adriatic coast had passed off without incident " "Nothing to report," he said " and thoughts were already turning to Sunday's pivotal time trial to San Marino.ADVERTISEMENT So far on the Giro, few days have been like Sunday, where the overall favourites will face off on the 34km course from the Adriatic coast to the mountaintop republic. Nibali and his rivals have been eyeing one another closely all week. Sunday will confirm or rebut their impressions. "Tomorrow we'll take stock of the situation," Nibali said. Nibali reaches the final act of the Giro's opening week in 16th place overall, 6:03 down on maglia rosa Valerio Conti (UAE Emirates), though the gaps of greater concern the Sicilian are to Primo Rogli (Jumbo-Visma) and Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott). He will set off from Riccione 39 seconds down on Rogli and just 4 behind Yates. Rogli, an emphatic winner of the opening time trial in Bologna, is the overwhelming favourite to triumph again here. Nibali's coach Paolo Slongo acknowledged that a successful outing for Nibali would entail limiting his losses to the Slovenian and roughly breaking even with Yates, whose improvements against the clock carried him to time trial victory at Paris-Nice earlier this season. A real time trial You can read more at More...
Yates: Roglic is the big favourite for Giro d'Italia time trial
May 18, 2019 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) remained in defiant mood prior to Sunday's time trial amidst widespread predictions that rival Primo Rogli (Jumbo-Visma) could once again rule the roost in the Giro d'Italia's second 'race of truth'. Yates has improved notably his time trial ability over the last 12 months, and even last year in the Giro d'Italia, the widely predicted big differences between himself and Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) did not materialise,although he did lose time. Second to Rogli in this year's opening TT in Bologna, on Saturday Yates was convinced he had a solid chance of defending his options.ADVERTISEMENT "I showed I was going well in the Bologna time trial and I've felt the same in these last few days," Yates told reporters. "I hope I'll be able to do well against Rogli, who's the big favourite " as we could see was the case in Bologna where he won. I wouldn't say anyone here [of the favourites] is really bad, but I think it just depends on the day." Yates added that his sensations were good, although his left leg, which he hurt when he crashed on stage four, was "a bit banged up, but hopefully that won't cause me too much pain." Yates said that his unexpected Paris-Nice time trial win this March had given him "great confidence" although he recognised he would never be as good as Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb), who has already quit the Giro, "and those guys." Climb suits Yates You can read more at More...
Ewan overcomes increasing pressure to win second career Giro d'Italia stage
May 18, 2019 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Third. Fifteenth. Second. Fourth. With each near miss in this year's Giro d'Italia bunch sprints, Caleb Ewan's disappointment at not being able to net a stage victory had been steadily growing. And so, too, was the pressure to win. But finally at Pesaro on stage 8 the Lotto Soudal sprinter captured the second Giro d'Italia victory of his career, just four days after a deeply frustrating near-miss when he mistimed his attempt to chase down Movistar's Richard Carapaz on the uphill finish in Orbetello. It was also Ewan's biggest win to date with his new team, Lotto-Soudal, for which he signed after a year of missing out on Grand Tours completely with Mitchelton-Scott.ADVERTISEMENT Once back on the bigger race stage, though, Ewan has proved again he can take on the world's other top sprinters. And even as he completed his Giro d'Italia winner's press conference, the 24-year-old confirmed he is already eying a debut in the Tour de France this July. "Last year was pretty average, so another average year would have been bad," Ewan added. "This time, for the first part of the season, this win is the icing on the cake. This one means a lot. "The pressure was building every time I didn't win a stage here, and it's disappointing when I can't win a stage after all the work the team has been doing for me. So I'm happy I could get this one and it means a lot to be back at a Grand Tour, too." You can read more at More...
Roglic fighting against himself as Giro d'Italia reaches moment of truth
May 18, 2019 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
"The main opponent for me tomorrow will be myself," Primo Rogli said in Pesaro on the eve of the Giro dItalia's stage 9 time trial to San Marino. The Slovenian's subdued interview persona could never be mistaken for Muhammad Ali's pre-fight proclamations of greatness, but he carefully clarified his statement lest there be any misinterpretation. "It's because I will be alone, and I will be fighting against myself to do as good as possible." If the San Marino time trial has loomed large over the opening week of this Giro, then so too has Rogli's presumed supremacy on the stage. His resounding victory in the opening time trial in Bologna last weekend installed him as the favourite for Sunday's longer, sea-to-sky test, a status that has only been burnished further following Tom Dumoulin's unfortunate abandon on stage 5. While Valerio Conti (UAE Team Emirates) wears the maglia rosa, Rogli reaches the end of the Giro's opening phase atop the virtual rankings of the pre-race favourites. Thanks to his victory in Bologna and his deft side-stepping of the late frissons in Frascati, he holds a buffer of 35 seconds over Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott), 39 over Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida), 44 over Miguel ngel Lpez (Astana) and 1:49 over Mikel Landa (Movistar). Rogli is 5:24 down on Conti, and surely will not regain the pink jersey from him in San Marino but, come Sunday evening, he might well have placed a hefty down payment on wearing the precious garment in the Arena in Verona in two weeks' time. Jumbo-Visma directeur sportif Addy Engels acknowledged that Rogli will expect to gain ground on all of his GC rivals on the 34km-long road from Riccione to San Marino, though he warned against extrapolating too much from the 8km opening time trial in Bologna. Rogli gained 2.3 seconds per kilometre on Yates and 2.8 per kilometre on Nibali there, but Engels would not be drawn into making predictions for Sunday. "We would like to gain time, that's the main thing, but I can't say how much. It's not mathematical," Engels told Cyclingnews. "It's not like because he gained 19 seconds in 8km in Bologna that we can multiply that gap by almost five here " it doesn't work like that. "It's a different kind of effort, of course. The profile is more or less the same as Bologna, with the flat start and then uphill, but last Saturday was only 13 minutes. This is going to be an effort of 45 or maybe 50 minutes, so that's totally different. It's less explosive, but it's also something that suits Primo really well." If anything, Rogliseems more comfortable over longer distances. He claimed the corresponding stage in Chianti on his Giro debut in 2016 and he warmed up for this year's race with a decisive victory over Victor Campenaerts (Lotto Soudal) in the 17km-long final time trial at the Tour de Romandie. Small wonder then, that Campenaerts himself has picked Rogli as the unbackable favourite for Sunday's time trial.ADVERTISEMENT Into the mountains While the Giro's three individual time trials provided the three compelling reasons that convinced Jumbo-Visma's to deploy him in Italy rather than at the Tour de France this season, Engels maintained that his tilt at overall victory here does not depend wholly on the gains he makes against the watch. Indeed, Rogli lost his place on the podium of last year's Tour in the final time trial, while his climbing has been the equal of his time trialling through his remarkable sequence of three stage race victories so far this season. "Primo has shown so far this year that he's really strong in the big mountains," Engels said. In that case does he really need to gain time tomorrow? Maybe not. But is it more comfortable if he gains time? Of course. "Every day is going to be tricky, but if we can go into the mountains with a bigger gap, it's always better. Though at the end, you have to stay at your level for the whole Giro. If you collapse, you collapse, and then it doesn't matter if you have a gap a half a minute gap or of five minutes." Even so, Jumbo-Visma would appreciate any additional breathing room given the loss of Rogli's key climbing domestique Laurens De Plus, but the impact of the Belgian's abandon will not be felt until the race hits the Alps at the end of next week. For now, the onus is on Rogli in the race of truth. "There's no playing, no tactics. It's just a case of doing it as well as possible," said Engels, who added that Rogli had no ill effects from his crash on stage 6. "He's really good, he doesn't feel any pain." Earlier in the spring, Rogli reconnoitred the stage 9 time trial and came away pleased with what he saw. The route tackles a long false flat for the first 22km before climbing more sharply into San Marino in the finale. It is, in short, a strongman's course, even if the softly-spoken Rogli would never go so far as to trumpet himself as such. "A recon is one thing, but after these eight hard stages it will be different," Roglic said on Saturday. "We will see tomorrow after the finish line." You can read more at More...
Watch Caleb Ewan win his first Giro d'Italia stage in Lotto Soudal colours " Video
May 18, 2019 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Caleb Ewan stormed to the second Giro dItalia stage win of his career with a perfectly timed sprint on stage 8. The Australian came around Pascal Ackermann (Bora-Hansgrohe) in the final 100 meters with Elia Viviani taking second, just ahead of the fading German. The win was a huge relief for Ewan, who moved from Mitchelton-Scott in the winter after missing out on selection for last years Tour de France. Ewan replaced Andr Greipel at Lotto Soudal in the process and came into this years Giro looking for his first Grand Tour stage win since 2017. On stage 8 he had his team work on the front and, although he was alone in the sprint, he followed Ackermann perfectly before kicking for the line and taking the win.ADVERTISEMENT Watch highlights of stage 8 below. You can read more at More...
Giro d'Italia 2019: Stage 8 finish line quotes
May 18, 2019 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal) - stage winner "We've been trying pretty much all seven days now that we've been here, and i'm just so happy to repay them with the win now. I thought if I was feeling good that I'd go first through the last corner, but it was still a long way to go and I wasn't feeling that good. It was quite a hard final - harder than I thought it would be. I just waited, I knew I had a good kick so I just waited til he (Ackermann) went then I came around him. It means a lot. I have a lot of pressure on me to win races now. The difference now is I'm expected to win. I had an alright start to the year, but not a great one. To win here means the world to me." Pascal Ackermann (Bora-hansgrohe) - second on the stage "I think he had the most reserves today. He looked really strong. You can see how strong he accelerated in the sprint. I was just on the limit and Caleb was the strongest today. Maybe we were too far in the front because all the others came from the back. Now we have to analyze the final and then we see what we did wrong. I still have my jersey and tomorrow is hopefully is easy, and then there are two more chances for us."ADVERTISEMENT Valerio Conti (UAE Team Emirates)- race leader "It was a hard stage today in the final. In the downhill it was dangerous, but I have a big team, and they were super today. It was for the sprinters today. I stayed in the group, no problem. I hope tomorrow to keep the maglia rosa." Giulio Ciccone (Trek Segafredo) - leader of the mountains classification "Sometimes in the Giro there are occasions to foil the sprinters, I was of course looking for the KOM points, but we were off the front and I thought I could go for the win. Unfortunately one of the riders at the front was not very concerned about making this breakaway a success and we got caught. Anyway, I will try again." Adam Hansen (Lotto Soudal) - teammate of Caleb Ewan "It was spectacular. The last 40km were very technical with twists and turns so the idea was to protect him in the hope that he could come to the finish feeling fresh and that he could finish it off. We came here with one goal with Caleb. Now we have that first win so we can relax." You can read more at More...
Tour de France celebrates 100 years of yellow jersey with new designs
May 15, 2019 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
To celebrate the centenary of the yellow jersey, Tour de France organiser Amaury Sports Organisation (ASO) and the races jersey sponsor Le Coq Sportif have announced 20 individual yellow jerseys to be worn during the 2019 Tour de France. As there is no race leader until the end of the Stage 1, the winner of the opening stage will be then presented with the specially designed stage 2 jersey to wear the following day. Unique images of significant buildings, locations and riders are faintly overlaid onto each of the yellow jerseys so as not to detract from the iconic colour with the first jersey presented featuring The Atomium building in Brussels. Eugne Christophe was the first rider to wear the jersey at the Tour de France in 1919 and since its inception, the yellow jersey of the Tour de France has become one of the most iconic symbols in all of sport.ADVERTISEMENT In a press release from ASO, race director Christian Prudhomme said: "The jerseys are unique this year because each jersey is different and features either the race routes or the champions that have contributed to the history of the Tour de France. "We will leave from Brussels where the first Yellow Jersey will feature the Atomium, the last will feature the Arc de Triomphe and the Champs-Elyses, while others will feature a portrait of Bernard Hinault, Eddy Merckx, Jacques Anquetil and Miguel Indurain for example. "t will be something really special for the 100th anniversary of the Yellow Jersey. In a few years time, we will be able to say: the yellow jersey was on this stage because it features Eugne Christophe, the first rider to wear the Yellow Jersey in the history of the Tour de France " 19 July 1919-19 July 2019, in Pau." The 20 Yellow Jersey designs for the 2019 Tour de France You can read more at More...
Navarro suffers perforated lung in Giro d'Italia crash
May 15, 2019 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Daniel Navarro (Katusha-Alpecin) suffered a litany of injuries after getting caught up in the mass pile-up at the end of stage 4 of the Giro dItalia, which also forced Tom Dumoulin to abandon. The Spaniard was left with a perforated lung, three broken ribs, a broken collarbone, as well as further injuries to his lung. Navarro was one of four Katusha-Alpecin riders to be involved in the crash, with Marco Haller, Reto Hollenstein and Vyacheslav Kuznetsov also coming down. Haller injured his hand in the incident, but a subsequent x-ray showed that he had not fractured any bones. All three of the other Katusha-Alpecin riders were able to complete the stage, though the same couldnt be said for Navarro, who abandoned the race immediately. He was taken to hospital, where he underwent scans and stayed overnight.ADVERTISEMENT The crash occurred with just over six kilometres to go of stage 4 when Salvatore Puccio (Team Ineos) touched wheels with a rider in front. The accident occurred close to the front of the peloton, which meant that most of the bunch were either involved in it or caught behind it. Katusha-Alpecin were to the right of the bunch, on the opposite side to Puccio, but the ricochet effect meant that half their team was wiped out. Navarro was meant to be a key support rider for Ilnur Zakarin when the race hit the high mountains. The Spaniard, who spent several years supporting Alberto Contador at Astana and Saxo Bank, joined the team over the winter from Cofidis as they looked to shore up their squad around Zakarin. The loss of Navarro will be a blow to the Russian. Fortunately for the team, Zakarin avoided too much trouble in the incident and finished in the main group of general classification riders that crossed the line 18 seconds behind the winner Richard Carapaz. Zakarin still has work to do in the mountains as he sits 18th, 1:36 down on race leader Primo Rogli, after a poor start in the opening time trial. You can read more at More...
Tour of California 2019: Stage 3 highlights " Video
May 15, 2019 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Remi Cavagna went solo to take his first WorldTour victory and give his Deceuninck-QuickStep team a second win in a row, on stage 3 of the Tour of California between Stockton and Morgan Hill. Cavagna went on the attack with Alex Hoehn of the USA National Team but the Frenchman distanced him and pushed on alone with 75km of the 208km stage still to go. Hoehn was rewarded for his efforts at the end of the day with the 'king of the mountains' jersey, while Cavagna rode hard to ensure he won alone. He also finished a huge 7:11 margin ahead of chasers Ben King (Dimension Data) and Simon Geschke (CCC Team), who had caught and passed Hoehn before the finish.ADVERTISEMENT Cavagna struggled on descents to the finish after going deep with his solo attack but was overjoyed to win. "It was really hard. Not on the climb, but on the downhill I was a little bit scared because it was really tricky, although I tried not to take too many risks, and I did it," a delighted Cavagna said. Hoehn was caught by what was left of the bunch, which included all of the main favourites, including race leader Tejay van Garderen (EF Education First) who retained his six-second lead over Gianni Moscon (Team Ineos) You can read more at More...
Peter Sagan finding Tour de France legs in California
May 14, 2019 (09:15) [ Indexed from ]
Peter Sagan's struggle with an early-season illness that led to sub-par performances in the spring Classics could be turning around at the Tour of California. The former triple road race world champion is preparing to win a seventh green jersey at this year's Tour de France. Bora-Hansgrohe director Jan Valach saysthe team back Sagan entirely, and believe that his stage victory in Sacramento on Sunday was exactly the morale-boost that both he and the team needed. "Yes, we're very happy with that win because it was important for Peter and for Bora-Hansgrohe," Valach told Cyclingnews at the start of stage 2, a 214.5km mountain stage to South Lake Tahoe, on Monday. "I'm also happy for him that he has come back with this victory, and that he can continue on like this into the season. In the spring, he was sick, and then he found it hard to win at the Classics, even though he was there, but something was missing. So now I'm happy that he can start the second part of his season with a victory."ADVERTISEMENT Sagan's last victory was a stage at the Santos Tour Down Under in January, although it was followed by podium performances in stages at the Vuelta a San Juan and Tirreno-Adriatico. His spring Classics campaign left something to be desired. Even though fourth at Milan-San Remo and fifth at Paris-Roubaix are good results in and of themselves, the cycling world has become accustomed to seeing Sagan win. He recommitted to the Ardennes Classics but didn't finish the Amstel Gold Race or Flche Wallonne, and he didn't start Lige-Bastogne-Lige, announcing that he needed more time to recover and train properly for the Tour of California and other summer targets like the Tour de France. The last time Sagan faced similar scrutiny was during his first season with Tinkoff-Saxo in 2015, when his only early-season victory was a stage at Tirreno-Adriatico. The working relationship between Sagan and team owner Oleg Tinkov soured and, even though he won the overall title at the Tour of California that May, Tinkov had sought legal advice to try to reduce Sagan's salary, citing poor performances. Green jersey You can read more at More...
Moscon looks ahead to Tour de France after missing Giro d'Italia
May 14, 2019 (09:15) [ Indexed from ]
Gianni Moscon (Team Ineos) is enjoying a surge of good form at the Tour of California that he is hoping to build on as he looks to race the Tour de France in July. The Italian was initially slated to race the Giro d'Italia but told Cyclingnews that he revised his plans because he wasn't in good enough shape to race a Grand Tour in May. "I'm in good shape but I'm not in my best shape, and it would be nice to be at the Giro d'Italia but as the best Gianni that I can be," Moscon told Cyclingnews at the finish line of stage 2 in South Lake Tahoe. "It's because my numbers are still not the best, but they will come for sure." 25 year-old Moscon is one of Italy's fastest-rising talents in professional cycling. He joined Team Sky in 2016 when he was an under-23 rider and has excelled with overall wins at the Tour of Guangxi and the Arctic Race of Norway. He has also won the Coppa Agostoni and the Giro della Toscana, and was third at Il Lombardia and fifth at Paris-Roubaix. But his career has also been rife with controversy after he racially abused Kevin Reza in 2017, and he was then disqualified from the Tour de France for throwing a punch at Elie Gesbert last year. He was suspended after both incidents.ADVERTISEMENT Moscon had a strong start to this season in training but then struggled after a crash at the UAE Tour in March. He criticised the team's decision to send him to a training camp in Colombia earlier in February, venting his frustrations in an interview with the Italian Bicisport magazine. He was supposed to ride the Giro d'Italia in support of Egan Bernal. The Colombian was forced to the sidelines, however, with a broken collarbone sustained in training. Team Ineos later announced the Giro d'Italia team to include Pavel Sivakov, Tao Geoghegan Hart, Sebastian Henao, Christian Knees, Salvatore Puccio, Jhonathan Narvarez, Eddie Dunbar and Ivan Sosa, but not Moscon. Moscon told Cyclingnews that he'd decided to race the Tour of California. You can read more at More...
Mark Cavendish battles uphill to make time cut at Tour of California
May 14, 2019 (09:15) [ Indexed from ]
Dimension Data's Mark Cavendish lives to fight another day at the 2019 Tour of California, despite having lost contact with the back of the race with 80km of the 214.5km-long stage 2 still to go on Monday. While he may ordinarily have been in danger of finishing outside the time limit, the long nature of the stage meant that the cut-off time was set at 60 minutes after the stage winner, and the British sprinter was able to make it to the finish 36:09 behind the day's victor, Kasper Asgreen of Deceuninck-QuickStep. The second stage's unrelenting climbing from Rancho Cordova to South Lake Tahoe, which peaks out at2,627 metres of elevation, proved too much for Cavendish, and he lost contact with the race with around 80km to go, struggling to regain contact with the peloton despite teammate Bernie Eisel's efforts to help.ADVERTISEMENT The day's climbs were not especially steep, but more than 4,500 metres of climbing at altitude made for a long day for everyone, and Cavendish was left with Eisel to try to battle through the stage, and the pair were already more than 12 minutes off the pace with 70km remaining. Photographers at the race told Cyclingnews that Cavendish at one point shouted at Eisel to go back up the road to try to rejoin the race, but the ever-faithful Austrian stuck by his friend and team leader to shepherd him through the stage. Indeed, Eisel and Cavendish are no strangers to battling through mountain stages together to try to get home inside the time limit. A seemingly upbeat Cavendish tweeted after Monday's stage that he was glad to have ticked the Lake Tahoe stage off this year's race route, and that it was "like a re-run of our day in 2016" " presumably referring to the eighth stage from Pau toBagnres-de-Luchon at the 2016 Tour de France, when Cavendish and Eisel were left to fend for themselves on what was a boiling hot day in the Pyrenees, but eventually made it back into the gruppetto, and finished 39:24 behind the day's winner, Chris Froome. " Mark Cavendish (@MarkCavendish) May 14, 2019 You can read more at More...
Asgreen claims first pro win at Tour of California
May 14, 2019 (09:15) [ Indexed from ]
Kasper Asgreen (Deceuninck-QuickStep) had a rough day on stage 1 of the Tour of California, losing 15 seconds at the end of pancake-flat stage that ended in a bunch sprint after three closing circuits in downtown Sacramento. But on Monday he won the epic stage 2 climbing fest to South Lake Tahoe, where he beat Tejay van Garderen (EF Education First) and Gianni Moscon (Team Ineos) in a three-up sprint and earned himself a 10-second time bonus. Asgreen's 15-second deficit from Sunday, however, meant that he could only claim third overall, as van Garderen's six-second bonus for second place and Moscon's four seconds lifted them past the Deceuninck-QuickStep rider and into first and second overall, respectively. Nevertheless, the stage victory " Asgreen's first professional win " was a huge accomplishment for the 24-year-old Dane.ADVERTISEMENT "It's my first pro win, so I'm really, really happy right now," Asgreen said at the post-stage press conference. "It's huge for me, and to take it on a stage like this, a really hard stage, means that I'm really happy with that." Asgreen had tried several attacks and finally made it into the select lead group that climbed to the parking lot of the Heavenly Resort in Tahoe to battle for the win and the race lead. Astana launched Davide Ballerini off the front with 2km to go, but van Garderen led the group back to the front. The pace of the EF rider shattered the group as the road reared up, leaving just him, Moscon, Asgreen and UAE Team Emirates' Tadej Pogaar in the lead. You can read more at More...
Tour of California: Van Garderen sails into yellow at Lake Tahoe
May 14, 2019 (09:15) [ Indexed from ]
EF Education First's Tejay van Garderen crossed the line at the end of stage 2 of the Amgen Tour of California in second place after a great ride on a long day with nearly 4,500 metres of climbing. It was a good result that he thought would leave him in a good position for the rest of the week. But his position was even better than expected when he realised he'd taken the race lead. "It came as a bit of a surprise," he said at the post-race press conference while seated next to stage winner Kasper Asgreen (Deceuninck-QuickStep), who received a 10-second time bonus for the stage victory. "I just would have assumed that Kasper would have taken the jersey on the back of his stage win. I didn't realise that he I don't know," he said, and then addressed Asgreen. "What happened yesterday? So it was quite a surprise, but I'm super happy and thrilled and honoured to represent yellow."ADVERTISEMENT Asgreen somehow lost 15 seconds on the opening stage " a pancake-flat route near Sacramento that ended with three short downtown circuits. With his time bonus from Monday, he moved into third overall, seven seconds behind van Garderen and one second behind overall runner-up Gianni Moscon (Team Ineos), who was third on stage 2. Monday's result " and the yellow jersey that came with it " is van Garderen's best performance yet for EF Education First after moving to the programme following seven years with BMC Racing. The 30-year-old Colorado resident is familiar with the US-based WorldTour team, having raced against them for years, especially at the Tour of California, where the Slipstream-run programmes have put 10 riders on the final podiums but have never claimed the top step. Now van Garderen is embracing the team's ethos while trying to give the programme the California result it's come close to but never attained. You can read more at More...
Rohan Dennis: Potential for big changes at Bahrain-Merida
May 14, 2019 (09:15) [ Indexed from ]
Rohan Dennis has hinted that there could be some significant changes coming for Bahrain-Merida. In light of hiring former Team Sky coach Rod Ellingworth and speculation surrounding Vincenzo Nibali leaving the team, Dennis told Cyclingnews that such decisions are better left to management while he focuses on his performances at the Tour of California. "It's not really up to me to say, but, honestly, I'm pretty sure [Vincenzo Nibali] is leaving. It's just speculation, obviously, but with Rod Ellingworth coming on board, there will potentially be some big changes," Dennis told Cyclingnews when asked if the team will consider replacing Vincenzo Nibali with another outright team leader. "But that's management's job to handle all that stuff."ADVERTISEMENT Teams and riders are not permitted to discuss potential negotiations or signings for the next season until August 1, but it was reported earlier this year that contract negotiations had broken down between Nibali and Bahrain-Merida, and that he will move to Trek-Segafredo. He joined Bahrain-Merida in 2017 on a three-year deal, set to end this year. It was reported that he had requested a contract extension for two years, but the team did not commit to those terms. It has been reported that Mikel Landa will move from Movistar to Bahrain-Merida next year; however, Dennis did not want to speculate on who the replacement might be, if anyone at all. He elaborated on the team's decision to bring Ellingworth into a senior management role at Bahrain-Merida as being a positive change for the team. Cyclingnews reported in April that the team's new partner, McLaren, had been courting Ellingworth, who has been part of Team Sky's (now Team Ineos) coaching staff since 2010. Team Sky later announced that Ellingworth would part ways with the team at the end of this season. All goals point to the Tour de France You can read more at More...
A day of two crashes sees Geoghegan Hart lose ground at Giro d'Italia
May 14, 2019 (09:15) [ Indexed from ]
A tale of two crashes for Tao Geoghegan Hart (Team Ineos) on stage 3 of the Giro d'Italia. The first, with around 50 kilometres remaining, left him with a cut to his right knee and short but wholehearted chase to regain the peloton. The second, with a little over four kilometres to go, proved rather more costly, leaving the Briton with further abrasions, a shredded jersey and a deficit of 1:28 at day's end. After catching the eye with a fine display to take seventh in Saturday's opening time trial in Bologna, Geoghegan Hart drops 50 places to 57th on general classification, 2:03 off maglia rosa Primo Rogli (Jumbo-Visma). Geoghegan Hart's wounds prevented him from warming down with his teammates outside the Ineos bus after the stage, but team doctor Derick Macleod later confirmed that the 24-year-old had not sustained serious injury. "There's no head injury and nothing to indicate anything is broken. It could have been a lot worse," Macleod said in a statement issued later on Monday evening.ADVERTISEMENT As ever on fraught and fast finales such as this, the team car offers a limited vantage point. On arriving at the Ineos team bus after the finish, directeur sportif Nicolas Portal was aware that Geoghegan Hart had been held up in two separate incidents in the final hour of racing, but the Frenchman admitted that was still trying to piece together the story of the day when he spoke to reporters. "In the first crash, I don't know what happened because we didn't talk about it as it was quite fast. He changed his bike there," Portal said. "Then in the second one, we still don't know what happened. "The first one was definitely a crash because we could see his knee and everything. "In the second one he was already on the bike when we saw him, but I know that he put his foot on the ground at least. Sometimes you avoid it and go in the field and sometimes you end up crashing, two times. It's part of the game and part of the things they need to learn. He's going to be quite disappointed." You can read more at More...
Tour of California 2019: Watch Peter Sagan win stage 1 - Video
May 13, 2019 (06:30) [ Indexed from ]
The 2019 Tour of California kicked off on Sunday, withPeter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) producing a searing sprint in Sacramento to claim his second victory of the season. The route for this Tour of California is one of the toughest in the race's history but it began with a pan-flat stage that featured three laps of a finishing circuit in downtown Sacramento, making it akin to a criterium race. In an aggressive finale, in which Geroge Bennett (Jumnbo-Visma) nabbed a bonus second at an intermediate sprint, the bunch started to split under the force of the lead-out. Team Ineos took control for Kristoffer Halvorsen but Sagan was on his wheel and surged clear on the right-hand side of the road. He was pushed all the way to the line by the USA's Travis McCabe, with Max Walscheid (Sunweb) taking the final podium position ahead of a fading Havlorsen.ADVERTISEMENT For Sagan it was his 17th stage win at California, and he takes the first leaders' jersey of the race. Watch how it all unfolded in the highlights video above. You can read more at More...
Peter Sagan adds another stage win to his Tour of California record
May 13, 2019 (06:30) [ Indexed from ]
Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) added another win to his record number of stage victories at the Tour of California on Sunday, increasing his all-time haul to 17 wins and bolstering his 'King of California' nickname " although it was only his second win of the 2019 season. In the press conference following the race's opening stage, Sagan launched into his familiar refrain after wins, thanking his teammates their hard work and saying he was "very happy" to win. "They kept me at the front, and in the end we stayed with a few riders in the sprint, and I won today," the three-time road race world champion said. "I'm very happy, and also congrats to my teammate Pascal Ackermann. He also won today [Sunday] at the Giro d'Italia, so we've had a double win for the team today, which is very nice."ADVERTISEMENT This is obviously not the first time the King of California has worn the race leader's yellow jersey, but Sagan said his fans shouldn't look for him to be wearing it after Monday's second stage to South Lake Tahoe. "It's important to have the yellow jersey [later on] with maybe Felix Groshartner or Max Schachmann, but it's not necessary for tomorrow, so we'll see," he said. "For sure, we're not going to hold onto it with me, so we'll see how it goes tomorrow." No matter what happens over the rest of the race, Sagan can be pleased to once again see signs of the form that has led him to six green points jerseys at the Tour de France. But he's not reading too much into Sunday's win and what it means for his chances of success in France this July. You can read more at More...
Ochowicz: CCC Team didn't have the head count for the Classics
May 13, 2019 (06:30) [ Indexed from ]
CCC Team general manager Jim Ochowicz said his team will look to bolster its Classics roster for next year in order to better support star rider Greg Van Avermaet, who netted just two Classics podium finishes this year after having previously won Paris-Roubaix, Gent-Wevelgem, the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and the E3 Harelbeke. "We didn't have the head count to fight the battle with other teams that had a little more ammunition than us," Ochowicz told Cyclingnews on Sunday in Sacramento after the finish of stage 1 of the Tour of California. "A one-rider shot at the Classics is a little tough. You can see it with other teams, too, that have the same thing we've got to fight with. But we still get our piece of the cake every once in awhile, and our plan is to really build up a little bit more for 2020, and probably lighten that load a little bit for Greg and some others in that situation."ADVERTISEMENT Van Avermaet managed second at the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad " a race he won in 2017 and 2016 " and he was third at the E3 BinckBank Classic, but the 2016 Olympic road race champion wasn't able to add another line to his already-impressive Classics palmares for the second consecutive year. Ochowicz's CCC Team, which rose from the ashes of the former CCC Sprandi Polkowice Pro Continental team and the former BMC Racing WorldTour team, has notched four wins so far this season, with Van Avermaet taking wins at the Volta a Valencia and the Tour de Yorkshire, and Paddy Bevin winning the New Zealand time trial title and stage 2 of the Tour Down Under. It's a bit of a slower win pace than Ochowicz was used to at BMC, but he said that things have been going well for his new project. You can read more at More...
McCabe just shy of victory at Tour of California
May 13, 2019 (06:30) [ Indexed from ]
Travis McCabe may not have won the opening stage at the Tour of California, but placing second to three-time world champion Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) was good enough for the American sprinter. Racing for the USA National Team, McCabe started his final sprint from further back, hitting out in pursuit of Sagan, and finishing second by less than a wheel length in Sacramento. "I felt great," said McCabe, who celebrated his 30th birthday on the WorldTour podium. "I was in a perfect position with one kilometre to go, and I knew that this finish was slightly uphill with a bit of a headwind. I was on the right wheel, following Peter, and was able to open it up. I had the legs, so I'm ecstatic to get second place and represent USA Cycling." McCabe told the press following the race that he hadn't expected to challenge for the final of stage 1 because it was better suited to the pure sprinters, and he instead was eyeing lumpier stages later in the week. His teammate, Tyler Stites, represented the national team in the all-day breakaway, winning the first intermediate sprint and then securing the Best Young Rider jersey, which allowed McCabe the luxury of sitting in the field and conserving his energy for the three finish circuits in downtown Sacramento.ADVERTISEMENT Asked if he thought he could beat Sagan, given that the finish was close, McCabe said, "Maybe. I thought that I could beat him. I had good legs, a lot of speed, but I was a little bit further behind,and was maybe coming from two wheels back from Peter. "I'm happy with second. It doesn't matter where you start the sprint; it only matters where it ends. I'm happy with second. It's a great birthday present for me." The Tour of California made the jump up to the WorldTour in 2016, and no longer supports Continental teams. Allowing USA Cycling to field a roster provides valuable opportunities for American riders who would not otherwise earn a starting spot at the seven-day race. You can read more at More...
Ex-pro Danilo Hondo fired after blood doping confession
May 13, 2019 (06:30) [ Indexed from ]
Ex-pro Danilo Hondo has been sacked from his position as an elite national coach by the Swiss Cycling Federation after confessing his involvement in the Erfurt blood doping scandal. In a press release, the federation said that they have dismissed the 45-year-old without notice after he confessed to German broadcaster ARD about his blood doping in 2011. Hondo is the latest cyclist to be caught up in the Erfurt scandal, after Georg Preidler and Stefan Denifl. "We decided to give Danilo a second chance," said Thomas Peter, Technical Director of Swiss Cycling. "We were convinced of his qualities as a coach and we are still today. We are deeply disappointed and have to digest this message first."ADVERTISEMENT Hondo, who worked as an under-23 coach at Swiss Cycling from January 2015, and as an elite coach there since September 2016, told ARD, "I informed the cycling federation on Sunday morning. Everyone was shocked. "I have to say " and this has been on my mind all night " I had this moment of weakness. I made the biggest mistake of my life and agreed to this thing. This news is the latest revelation in the Erfurt scandal, which saw German doctor Mark Schmidt run a doping ring from the city. Schmidt was arrested in raids at the Nordic Ski World Championships in Seefeld, Austria in February, and in the days afterwards, both Preidler and Denifl confessed their involvement. You can read more at More...
Ackermann sprints to first Giro d'Italia stage victory " Video
May 13, 2019 (06:30) [ Indexed from ]
Pascal Ackermann (Bora-Hansgrohe) won stage 2 of theGiro dItalia to take his maiden Grand Tour stage victory in Fucecchio. The in-form German beat Elia Viviani (Deceuninck-Quick Step) and Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal) to the line, coming off the wheel of Fernando Gaviria (UAE Team Emirates) to launch his sprint. Ewan kicked off the dash for the line, benefitting from a stellar lead-out from his team, but lost out to Ackermann in a head-to-head drag over the closing 200 metres.ADVERTISEMENT Im so happy, said Ackermann after his win. It was my first chance to win a stage and we did it great. I think all the team is more motivated and its good for the next three weeks. Watch the highlights from stage 2 of the 2019 Giro dItalia below. You can read more at More...
Ackermann quickly proves he deserved Bora's Giro dItalia sprint spot
May 13, 2019 (06:30) [ Indexed from ]
Pascal Ackermann quickly showed that Bora-Hansgrohe made the right decision to give him their sprinter spot for the Giro dItalia ahead of Irelands Sam Bennett, winning the first mass finish in Fucecchio with impressive show of speed and confidence. Bennett won three stages in last years Giro dItalia and with Peter Sagan leading the team at the Tour de France he was hoping to return again in 2019. However, the Bora-Hansgrohe management made it clear that 25-year-old Ackermann would get the spot, with his German national champions jersey apparently a key factor for the German team. "It wasnt easy for the team to decide who should go to the Giro dItalia but I think they went for me because Im younger and did some good performances last year," Ackermann said, clearly ecstatic to have won the first Giro dItalia sprint on his Grand Tour debut.ADVERTISEMENT "I wanted to ride a Grand Tour last year but they made wait because we have a lot of sprinters. This year they gave me the chance but told me that I had to be focussed and in good shape. I hope Ive paid back the faith the team showed in me. "My team is 100 per cent behind me and I work 100 per cent for them. I think thats a good relationship. Im just happy I can give them something back." Finding happiness in cycling success Ackermann couldnt stop smiling after his stage victory, knowing he had taken some huge scalps by beating Elia Viviani, Caleb Ewan and Fernando Gaviria. You can read more at More...
Roglic gives nothing away at Giro d'Italia
May 13, 2019 (06:30) [ Indexed from ]
Primo Rogli(Jumbo-Visma) had the look of a man who was already questioning the benefits of wearing the maglia rosa at this early stage of the Giro d'Italia by the time it came to his third live television interview after stage 2 in Fucecchio. A resounding winner of the opening time trial in Bologna, Rogli finished safely in the main peloton on Sunday afternoon to retain the overall lead, 19 seconds clear of Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) and 23 ahead of Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida). Nibali was a guest on RAI television's Processo alla Tappa post-stage analysis show, and so after putting on a fresh pink jersey and uncorking the day's bottle of prosecco on the podium, Rogli was patched through via an earpiece to offer a brief assessment of the home favourite's talents.ADVERTISEMENT "Yeah, of course. He's a big champion. He's won a lot of big races. Hopefully we'll have a big fight," Rogli said dutifully, before downplaying the idea that he feared Nibali or any rival in particular. "I think you don't need to have fear. We just like to race. That's all we can do." At his press conference later, Rogli would reach for a variation on the same answer when asked to rate the threat posed by Yates, the man who came closest to matching his infernal rhythm on the time trial that finished atop the Colle della Guardia on Saturday evening. "Of course, there's a lot of good riders in the peloton. I don't think about anybody in particular," he said. "We just try to stay focused on our job and leave it at that." Jumbo-Visma's job on Sunday afternoon was to ensure Rogli finished safely alongside all of the main contenders for final overall victory on a stage where rain showers rendered some descents rather more treacherous than advertised in the road book. Like Bugno in 1990? You can read more at More...
Campenaerts disappointed with Tour de Romandie time trial performance
May 06, 2019 (21:30) [ Indexed from ]
New Hour Record holder Victor Campenaerts (Lotto Soudal) says that he's been left disappointed by his time-trial performances at the Tour de Romandie, despite having finished second to overall race winner Primo Rogli (Jumbo-Visma) on the final test around Geneva on Sunday. Campenaerts hoped to take his good form from setting a new best distance for the Hour Record in mid-April into the opening time trial stage of the Swiss stage race last Tuesday, but crashed on the Neuchtel course, leaving him to limp home in last place. Campenaerts rode consistently over the following five days, finishing the race 83rd overall, but had gone into the final stage hoping that he might be able to make amends and win over the 16.85km course. It wasn't to be, and the 27-year-old had no choice but to settle for second place on the day, 13 seconds off Rogli's winning time.ADVERTISEMENT "I rode the best possible time trial," the Belgian said on his team's website. "The first part included some climbing and was really tough, but I'm very good at riding uphill on my time trial bike. However, there was still someone who does that even better, and that's Primo Rogli. The team prepared everything to perfection, so it's a pity I couldn't reward them with the victory. "Throughout the week, I'd already noticed that Rogli was riding on another level, so I knew it would be difficult to beat him. Of course, I'm very disappointed. The prologue, in which I crashed, was a wasted opportunity. I've thought about it a lot. I took too many risks and it backfired on me," he said. Campenaerts now heads to the Giro d'Italia as part of a Lotto Soudal squad that also includes Australian sprinter Caleb Ewan and breakaway specialist Thomas De Gendt. There are three individual time trials at this year's Corsa Rosa, and Campenaerts has an eye on all of them, although they're all far from flat. You can read more at More...
Gaviria relishing leadership role for Giro d'Italia
May 06, 2019 (21:30) [ Indexed from ]
UAE Team Emirates' Fernando Gaviria says that he's looking forward to leading his team at the upcoming Giro d'Italia, where the Colombian sprinter will have strong support in his efforts to take stage wins in the absence of an overall contender for the team. Gaviria starts what is only his third Grand Tour at the Giro this coming weekend, having last ridden the Italian race in 2017, when he won four stages, the points classification and spent a day in the pink leader's jersey. Last year, he rode the Tour de France, where he won the opening stage and took the race's first yellow jersey, and went on to win a second stage three days later. "Winning the points classification jersey and the four stage victories in 2017 lifted me into the elite sprinters' group," Gaviria said on his team's website of his 2017 Giro experience. "Those were beautiful and very important moments for me, and the thought of having the chance to relive them is exciting."ADVERTISEMENT However, his hopes of once again taking home the ciclamino points jersey are tempered by the fact that there are relatively few sprint opportunities in the second half of this year's race. "In the first half of the Giro, the stages will offer sprinters a good number of opportunities," he said. "As usual, there will be no straightforward stages, so even we sprinters, and our teams, will always have to fight for the sprint finish. "The goal is to make the most of the opportunities to compete in sprints," Gaviria continued. "It'll be very difficult to fight for the points classification, because the second part of the Giro will be almost exclusively for the climbers." You can read more at More...
Roglic: Romandie victory was 'perfect preparation for the Giro'
May 06, 2019 (21:30) [ Indexed from ]
Primo Rogli (Team Jumbo-Visma) triumphed at the Tour de Romandie on Sunday afternoon, sealing his third stage race victory from three so far in 2019. The Slovenian's dominant performance in Switzerland has only cemented his position as a top favourite for the Giro dItalia, which starts next weekend. Rogli won three of six stages in Romandie, also finishing second in the prologue and third on another stage. The comprehensive victory, which saw him beat Rui Costa (UAE Team Emirates)and Geraint Thomas (Team Ineos) by 49 seconds and 1:12, respectively, is surely the perfect lead-in to the Italian race, which Rogli returns to after two years spent targeting the Tour de France. "I'm very happy with my third stage victory and my overall victory," said Rogli in a post-race team statement. "This victory Is a team achievement; the entire team was fantastic this week.ADVERTISEMENT "It shows how much we have grown as a team, and that's really nice to see. I enjoyed it." The victory continues a stunning run of form that has seen the 29-year-old begin his season with wins at the UAE Tour and Tirreno-Adriatico before this week's win. Riders such as Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) and Jakob Fuglsang (Astana) have both been in great stage-racing form to start the year, but it's hard to argue that anybody has been better than Rogli. It is, however, tough to gauge where many of the Giro contenders are in relation to each other at this moment in time, with only Katusha-Alpecin's Ilnur Zakarin at Romandie " finishing eighth " while many other big names haven't raced since the Ardennes Classics or earlier. You can read more at More...
Tour de Yorkshire finale with Froome, Lawless and Van Avermaet " Podcast
May 06, 2019 (21:30) [ Indexed from ]
In the latest episode of the Cyclingnews podcast brought to you in association with Sportful, Pinarello and Floyd's of Leadville, Daniel Benson and Philippa York wrap up the final day's action from the Tour de Yorkshire. The stage finished in Leeds with Greg Van Avermaet (CCC Team) winning ahead of the Team Ineos duo of Chris Lawless and Eddie Dunbar. Lawless' second place on the stage was enough for the British rider to win his first stage race, and take Team Ineos' first win since their launch earlier in the week. We hear from Lawless on his victory, and from Van Avermaet after the Olympic road champion took his second win of the season.ADVERTISEMENT We catch up withChris Froome after the four-time Tour de France winner's attack set up Dunbar and Lawless on the road to Leeds. Froome talks about his form and the Tour de Yorkshire, but keeps his cards close to his chest when it comes to the Ineos line-up for the Giro d'Italia. Speaking of the Italian Grand Tour, Dunbar may be about to make his debut at a three week-race. We interview him at the finish in Leeds, with Team Ineos set to announce the full Giro d'Italia line-up in the next 24 hours. Sponsor message You can read more at More...
Chris Froome leaves Tour de Yorkshire on track for Tour de France
May 06, 2019 (21:30) [ Indexed from ]
Chris Froome (Team Ineos) started the week defending his new team sponsorafter petrochemical company Ineos were unveiled as Sky's replacement, but at the end of the Tour de Yorkshire, the four-time Tour de France winner was rather more upbeat. On the final stage of the Tour de Yorkshire, it was Froome, alongside the superb Eddie Dunbar, who set up teammate Chris Lawless for the overall win with a stinging attack on the final climb. Froome rode the four-day event as a super-domestique, but made the podium after Team Ineos took victory in the team classification. Lawless ceded the stage to 2018 winnerGreg Van Avermaet, but took the overall plaudits ahead of the Belgian and teammate Dunbar. "I'm feeling good for early May. I've still got some work to do. but that's natural with two months to go," Froome told Cyclingnews when asked about his form ahead of the Tour de France in July.ADVERTISEMENT "I definitely feel good. The form is getting better and better now. I still have a long way to go, but that's normal. I've got some hard work ahead of me," he had told television cameras just after the stage finish. "To win our first race is spectacular. I'm super proud of how the guys rode today. Chris was able to follow Greg Van Avermaet in the final, and he rode a fantastic race. He fully deserves his victory. I've really enjoyed riding on home roads, and, even though the weather has been Yorkshire weather, the people have been super friendly. For a start for Ineos we couldn't have asked for much more." From the hills of Yorkshire, Froome will head home before heading away to recon several Tour de France stages. He will then link up with his teammates for a training camp before taking part in his final pre-Tour race at the Critrium du Dauphin in June. His teammate, and defending Tour de France champion, Geraint Thomas, is set to race the Tour de Suisse in June. You can read more at More...
Van Avermaet ends spring with Tour de Yorkshire stage win
May 06, 2019 (21:30) [ Indexed from ]
Greg Van Avermaet (CCC Team) came into the season with lofty goals of adding to his collection of one-day wins but the former Paris-Roubaix winner ended his Classics campaign with just two podiums after missing out on a second Monument. However, the Olympic road race champion at least managed to end his spring with the consolation of a victory on the final day of the Tour de Yorkshire. Van Avermaet may not have been able to defend his 2018 crown in Yorkshire but he rallied with a late attack before outsprinting overall race winner Chris Lawless and his Ineos teammate Eddie Dunbar in Leeds. Thats the maximum I could have taken out of the stage, with Ineos really strong, Van Avermaet confirmed at the finish. I think that I did the race that I had to do and Im really happy to win a stage.ADVERTISEMENT "I followed on the climbs and it was really good for me. I had to close down Dunbar otherwise it would have nearly impossible to do something. Lawless was in my wheel and it was hard for me to take the overall, but Im really happy that I took a stage. It was something important. The win in Leeds represented CCC Teams first triumph since Van Avermaets win on stage 3 of the Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana in February. During the spring classics, the squad were a constant presence with Van Avermaet taking podium spots in both Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and E3 BinckBank Classic. However, in Paris-Roubaix and The Tour of Flanders the 33-year-old was unable to challenge for the podium. His spring then extended into the Ardennes with outings in Amstel Gold Race and Lige-Bastogne-Lige. The Tour de Yorkshire represents his last race before a welcome break, and a chance to recharge his batteries before building back up for the second part of the year, where his focus will lie on the Tour de France and World Championships. You can read more at More...
Tough decisions for Team Ineos after Bernals Giro dItalia miss
May 06, 2019 (21:30) [ Indexed from ]
According to Chris Froome, the spot once occupied by Egan Bernal at this years Giro dItalia has already been filled by the team, but at the Team Ineos bus at the Tour de Yorkshire, the squads management were not giving anything away. On Saturday afternoon,Cyclingnews broke the news that Bernal had crashed in training in his native Colombia, breaking his collarbone. The Paris-Nice winner was set to lead Team Ineos at a Grand Tour for the first time, but his absence " just a week out from the race " has put the teams Giro dItalia plans under serious consideration. Chris Froome and Geraint Thomas have been plotting their trajectory towards the Tour de France for several months, and Froome ruled himself out of consideration for the Giro spot when questioned in Yorkshire on Sunday morning.ADVERTISEMENT Thomas is currently riding the Tour de Romandie, and although his form is improving by the week he has battled throughout the winter to ensure himself of a leadership spot at the Tour this July. Bernals unfortunate accident is unlikely to spark a change in mentality. At the same time, the squad are unlikely to want to try and dilute their Tour de France armoury in order to concentrate on a race the have won just once. Theyre still discussing and they have to find the right option, Servais Knaven told Cyclingnews on Sunday morning. I dont think that well go with another GC option because its so late. I dont see anyone getting ready for GC. We cant change the programmes for Geraint or Froome. Geraint is going really good in Romandie but not at the level to win a Grand Tour, while Froome is still building up. I dont think thats going to happen. To find the same level of rider isnt going to happen. You can read more at More...
Viviani confident he will be ready for Giro d'Italia
May 06, 2019 (21:30) [ Indexed from ]
Elia Viviani (Deceuninck-QuickStep) abandoned the Tour de Romandie ahead of stage 4 due to the effects of influenza but the Italian champion has confirmed that he will line out as planned at the Giro dItalia, which gets underway in Bologna next Saturday. The Tour de Romandie was Vivianis first race in over a month, as he had not pinned on a race number since bringing the curtain down on his early-season campaign at Gent-Wevelgem. Viviani betrayed signs of suffering on the first road stage but was keen to rack up racing miles in Switzerland ahead of the Giro. I carried on for a few days because it was important to do a good block of work, Viviani told La Gazzetta dello Sport. Im on antibiotics. My nose is blocked but the coughing has passed.ADVERTISEMENT Saturdays stage 4 was shortened by 70km due to the threat of snow in the Prealps and Viviani was one of six riders who opted not to start the stage, reasoning that the conditions would not help his recovery from illness. Given the weather, it was best not to exaggerate, Viviani said. Now Ill have a couple of quiet days and I hope that everything will be resolved by Saturday. I picked up the flu these past few days. The immune system was low after weeks of training, but we should be ready in time for the Giro. Viviani won four stages and the points classification at the 2018 Giro and he will headline the rollcall of sprinters at this years race. The 30-year-old has landed four victories so far this season and should have his first chance to add to that tally on stage 2 to Fucecchio. You can read more at More...
Ineos protests, Brailsford reacts and Yorkshire highlights " Podcast
May 03, 2019 (11:30) [ Indexed from ]
In the latest episode of the Cyclingnews podcast, brought to you by Sportful, Pinarello and Floyd's of Leadville, we report from stage 1 of the Tour de Yorkshire. We hear from stage winner and race leader Jesper Asselman(Roompot-Charles)and 18-year-old American Kevin Vermaerke, who was part of the early break and almost survived to the finish in Selby. Philippa York and Daniel Benson also talk about the low-key, but vocal, protestors who turned out to demonstrate against Team Ineos and their owner Jim Ratcliffe. We hear from a protestor who had changed his name legally to Joe Public, while at the finish we caught up with a vitriolic Dave Brailsford, who came out swinging, telling the press: "There was hardly anybody there, let's be honest " let's be real for once. The 15,000-mob that was to attack me this morning didn't really materialise. That's the reality. There were people there with the right to an opinion, and I respect that, but they've got a right to their opinion and that's it." To subscribe to the Cyclingnews podcast, click here Sponsor messageADVERTISEMENT Born in the Italian Dolomites, Sportful has been making athletes faster, more efficient and better protected since 1972. Official apparel supplier to Team Virtu Cycling, Bora-Hansgrohe and Bahrain Merida.The same Pro Issue apparel, which includes our BodyFit Pro and Fiandre lines, worn by Marta Bastianelli, Peter Sagan and Vincenzo Nibali, is available to purchase by all cyclists. BodyFit Pro " a form fitting design with a focus on enhanced aerodynamics " was created specifically for the rigours of pro bike racing.Our versatile Fiandre line uses proprietary technology to keep you dry and comfortable in inclement, variable weather conditions.Sportful leads the market with innovative and technical apparel so you can experience those unforgettable moments, and your very best days on a bike. For more details visit Follow the ride on Instagram: @sportful You can read more at More...
Brailsford: The 15,000-mob didn't materialise
May 03, 2019 (11:30) [ Indexed from ]
The large number of anti-fracking protestors expected to demonstrate against Team Ineos and their owner Jim Ratcliffe failed to appear on stage 1 of the Tour de Yorkshire, with team principal Dave Brailsford highlighting that there were more fans outside the team bus than those wearing Ratcliffe 'devil masks' or protesting against Ineos' involvement in cycling. There were pockets of protestors both outside the Team Ineos bus and at the start line in Doncaster but at the finish in Selby a relaxed Brailsford appeared outside the Ineos bus to sign autographs and point out to the media that the passive and supportive crowds easily outnumbered the environmentalists who had turned up earlier in the day. "I had to hunt them down first because I couldn't find them," Brailsford told Cyclingnews and a small group of journalists.ADVERTISEMENT "There was hardly anybody there, let's be honest " let's be real for once. The 15,000-mob that was to attack me this morning didn't really materialise. That's the reality. There were people there with the right to an opinion and I respect that but they've got a right to their opinion and that's it." In the buildup to the race, Team Ineos faced criticism from environmental and local groups over the petrochemical company's plastic and fracking businesses. On Wednesday the team bused the media to a secret location in the Yorkshire countryside in a bid to stop protestors appearing at the team launch. When asked whether he and the team had any concerns over unveiling Ineos as the lead sponsor at the Tour de Yorkshire, Brailsford pushed back, despite Wednesday's level of secrecy. You can read more at More...
Asselman rescues Roompot's season at Tour de Yorkshire
May 03, 2019 (11:30) [ Indexed from ]
Jesper Asselman came to the rescue for his Roompot-Charles team with a win on stage 1 of the Tour de Yorkshire. The Dutch rider was part of the early breakaway and held off the chasing bunch by just a few metres to take his team's first win of the 2019 season. In wet condition, Asselman and his remaining breakaway companions; Kevin Vermaerke (Hagens Berman Axeon), Daniel Bigham (Ribble Pro Cycling), and Joseph Nally (Great Britain National Team) never managed to build a secure lead but on the road from Doncaster to Selby they held firm and in scenes reminiscent of last year's opening stage of the Tour de Yorkshire Asselman narrowly survived after jumping clear of the break just as the bunch had them in reach. Filippo Fortin (Cofidis) led the bunch home in second place but it's Asselman who will lead the Tour de Yorkshire on stage 2. For Asselman the win ended a difficult chapter in his career after a serious injury sustained last spring.ADVERTISEMENT "Last year a really tough year, I broke my ankle and I was almost the whole year off the bike. In the spring, with the classics I already felt I was really strong but I didn't feel like it was going my way, and I was a little frustrated. That this happened now - I still can't believe it. It's really awesome to start the second part of the season like this," the 29-year-old said at the finish. The relief was clear to see at the finish with Roompot riders celebrating after a difficult start the season. This result was only their second trip the podium this season after a third place in the Circuit Cycliste Sarthe earlier in the year. The team's off-season was marred in controversy and doubt after a merger between Veranda's Willems-Crelan and Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij, and the subsequent loss of start rider Wout van Aert to Jumbo Visma. "I thought we were going to get caught [earlier] because the advantage went down really fast in the last 15 to 20km," Asselman said. "When we went underneath the flamme rouge I knew we had a little chance, but I knew I had to stay calm and wait for the right moment. It was a little bit of a gamble, but I went through a small gap on the inside and just went full gas. I looked under my elbow and saw it was going to happen. You can read more at More...
Pinarello launches Dogma F12 " Video
May 03, 2019 (11:30) [ Indexed from ]
On Wednesday, Pinarello launched the all-new Dogma F12 road bike to be used by Team Ineos for the first time this week at the Tour de Yorkshire. The bike is available in both rim and disc brake versions and was also released with a new integrated handlebar system from Pinarello's component brand Most. Pinarello says the Dogma F12 is stiffer and more aerodynamic than the outgoing Dogma F10 through all-new tube profiles and the use of new carbon technology.ADVERTISEMENT The bikes will be available as frameset only or as full builds in three different colour options, including black on black, black uranus red, and Team Ineos colours. You can learn more about the bike in our original article here and get a first look at Pinarello's new flagship bike in the video below. You can read more at More...
Team Sunweb name squad to back Dumoulin at Giro d'Italia
May 03, 2019 (11:30) [ Indexed from ]
Tom Dumoulin can count on the support of a young and talented Team Sunweb squad for the Giro d'Italia but will only have Sam Oomen to help him in the decisive high mountains of the Italian Grand Tour. Team Sunweb have selected Jan Bakelants, the USA's Chad Haga, Australia's Chris Hamilton, Jai Hindley and Robert Power, Sam Oomen and Louis Vervaeke for the first Grand Tour of the season that begins in Bologna on Saturday, May 11. Wilco Kelderman was expected to provide important support in the mountains but he crashed out of the Volta a Catalunya in late March, fracturing his left collarbone and a neck vertebrae. The 23-year-old Oomen was scheduled to ride the Tour de France this season after impressing and finishing ninth on his Grand Tour debut at last year's Giro d'Italia. After Kelderman's crash, Dumoulin pushed to have Oomen with him in Italy and so he pulled out of the Itzulia Basque Country to change his plans for May and prepare for the Giro d'Italia.ADVERTISEMENT Dumoulin will again try to target both the Giro d'Italia and the Tour de France this year. Last year he finished he finished second behind Chris Froome in Italy and then was second behind Geraint Thomas at the Tour de France. Dumoulin won the 2017 Giro d'Italia, ahead of Nairo Quintana and Nibali. The route of the 2019 Giro d'Italia includes three time trials, convincing him to ride yet again but he faces serious opposition from Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida), Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma), Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott), Mikel Landa (Movistar) and Egan Bernal (Team Ineos). Dumoulin was happy with his early-season form but struggled in the cold and rain at Lige-Bastogne-Lige after recently returning from an altitude training camp, finishing 50th. You can read more at More...
Kuss to replace Gesink in Jumbo-Visma's Giro d'Italia squad
May 03, 2019 (11:30) [ Indexed from ]
Sepp Kuss will replace the injured Robert Gesink in Jumbo-Vismas line-up at this months Giro dItalia, the team have confirmed. Gesink was originally slated as one of the seven men to support Primoz Roglic at the Corsa Rosa, but the Dutchman suffered a broken collarbone and pelvis in a crash during Sunday's Lige-Bastogne-Lige. Kuss has been training at altitude recently ahead of the Tour of California, so the American should be able to slot into the team with relative ease. The Giro will be Kuss second Grand Tour and his first appearance at the Italian race. The 24-year-old Kuss turned professional with Jumbo-Visma last year, having previously raced with the US Rally team. He made a big impression in the latter half of the year, winning the Tour of Utah before going on to debut at the Vuelta a Espaa. At the Spanish Grand Tour, Kuss was one of the key riders in the mountains for team leader Steven Kruijswijk.ADVERTISEMENT Floris De Tier was initially intended to be on the Giro dItalia squad but the Belgian has been suffering with a bowel inflammation recently. According to Het Nieuwsblad, he will now turn his focus onto the Tour of California, Tour of Norway and Tour de Suisse. In the build-up to the Giro dItalia, Jumbo-Visma have kept the vast majority of their team racing together across the UAE Tour and Tirreno-Adriatico in February and March. In April, a number of the team, including Gesink, headed to the Ardennes while Jos van Emden is with Roglic at the Tour de Romandie this week. Kuss has not raced with any of the other Giro dItalia riders so far, competing in a solely Spain-based programme so far. His last race was the Itzulia Basque Country at the start of April. You can read more at More...
Jim Ratcliffe: Ineos will leave cycling if team caught doping
May 03, 2019 (11:30) [ Indexed from ]
Jim Ratcliffe has told the BBC that Ineos will pull its backing of Dave Braislford's squad if they are ever caught cheating or doping. Ratcliffe, who acquired the team from Sky and unveiled the new kit on Wednesday in Yorkshire, stated that he and Ineos had done their due diligence before investing in cyclings biggest and most successful team in recent years. "We did our due diligence. I have absolutely no interest in cheating or drugs," Ratcliffe told BBC Sport. "The day that any of that enters our world, well be exiting that world."ADVERTISEMENT Ratcliffe has invested heavily in sport in recent months, first moving into sailing and now cycling. There are reports he has looked at buying English Premier League club Chelsea, while there has also been speculation of a possible takeover of Nice football club. On Wednesday, Ratcliffe was asked by the media whether he was concerned with some of the controversy Team Sky had courted in recent years. Their incredible success in Grand Tours has also come at a time in which UKAD launched a 14-month investigation into a suspect package delivered to Team Sky during the 2011 Critrium du Dauphin. There was an accusation that that the package contained the corticosteroid triamcinolone - banned in-competition without a Therapeutic Use Exemption - a claim that the team denied. The UKAD investigation was closed without any anti-doping charges issued but a UK Parliamentary Select Committee later declared that "the credibility of Team Sky and British Cycling is in tatters - they are in a terrible position." You can read more at More...
Van der Breggen 'too cold' to defend winning streak at Liege-Bastogne-Liege
April 29, 2019 (03:30) [ Indexed from ]
'Cold' was the first word that Anna van der Breggen (Boels Dolmans) chose to describe her attemptedLige-Bastogne-Lige defence. The two-time champion could only manage 12th place on Sunday, saying that the weather conditions had got to her and she was too cold to challenge for the win. It had been a cool week in Belgium in the lead-up to the race, but the weather conditions came to a head over the weekend with torrential downpours and single-digit temperatures. There were occasional dry spells, but it wasn't long enough for the riders to warm up, and Van der Breggen found the conditions tough going. "I was too cold to do anything today," Van der Breggen told Cyclingnews. "It was really cold. When it's dry, I don't think its a problem, but the rain made it cold."ADVERTISEMENT Van der Breggen was still in the mix when the race came to the penultimate climb of the Cte de la Redoute. However, she couldn't respond when Annemiek van Vleuten (Mitchelton-Scott) upped the pace at the bottom of the steep climb. Once Van Vleuten had gone up the road, the chasers struggled to find a consensus to work together. Added to the mix were some seemingly incorrect time checks, which led the group to hold off on the chase for a short while. In the end, Van Vleuten had 1:39 on the next rider by the time she reached the finish line. "I was in a good position and the girls did really well, but I just needed time to warm up my muscles to do anything. Annemiek went really hard from the bottom to the top. She was the strongest on the climb, and she was gone," explained Van der Breggen. You can read more at More...
Adam Yates comes close to first Liege-Bastogne-Liege podium
April 29, 2019 (03:30) [ Indexed from ]
Adam Yates(Mitchelton-Scott) came extremely close to his first Monument podium at Liege-Bastogne-Liege but just missed out, finishing in fourth place on the Rue d'Avroy just under a minute behind the winner Jakob Fuglsang. Though he came so close, Yates was not disappointed and was instead satisfied that he had managed to better his previous best result of eighth in 2017. "It was a tough day. All day in the rain and then in the final I was feeling ok, but stronger guys were up ahead of me. I improved on my eighth of a couple of years ago, fourth now. Maybe in the future I can go better, but right now fourth is good for me," he said at the finish. Yates says that fourth place was the best that he could have hoped for at given the way the race played out. Yates found himself in a large chasing group behind Fuglsang and Davide Formolo, who were alone up the road. With Formolo's teammate Max Schachmann in the group, he knew that making the podium was going to be a difficult task.ADVERTISEMENT "Oh yeah, I saw him in the Basque country and he can climb and he can sprint, he can do almost anything so fourth was the best that was going to come from that group, and fourth it was. Yates was midway down the main group of favourites when Fuglsang pulled away halfway up the Roche-aux-Facons. He did not have the legs to go with the Astana rider and hoped that the group would be able to pull him back before the line. But after a long and hard race, the chasers struggled to make ground on Fuglsang. "He went at the right time, on a steep bit and at that point in the race you kind of gamble a little bit and hope that he's gone too early or there's a bit of work from behind but everyone was on their hands and knees and he was by far the strongest. So, congrats to him," said Yates. You can read more at More...
Alaphilippe finishes Liege-Bastogne-Liege with no regrets and an 'empty tank'
April 29, 2019 (03:30) [ Indexed from ]
When Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep) finally descended from his team bus after his Lige-Bastogne-Lige defeat, the cheer from waiting fans that went up was almost as big as if he had won. He finished 16th after he faded on the Cote des Roche aux Faucons, and his face was grim when he crossed the line and he jumped over some low-lying barriers after the line to get to the bus as quickly as possible. But despite the disappointment, Alaphilippe took his defeat gracefully, re-emerging from the bus, to spend time signing autographs for young fans.ADVERTISEMENT As the Frenchman pointed out to the journalists afterwards, he had much to celebrate about 2019, and if Lige had not worked out as well as he wanted, "many riders would be delighted with what Ive achieved so far this year. "I have no regrets because I finished this race totally empty, I was scraping right at the bottom of the tank, it's been quite a while since I've finished a race like that," Alaphilippe told reporters. "So I feel like I've been knocked flat but even so I'm still satisfied with my race." Deceuninck-QuickStep took an aggressive line in the race, pushing hard to keep their rivals under control, briefly sending Philippe Gilbert up the road before trying to keep a dangerous 10-rider break in hand. You can read more at More...

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