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Chris Froome's road to the Giro d'Italia - Video
April 30, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
With less than one week to go before the start of the Giro d'Italia, Team Sky have released a video highlighting the preparations done by ChrisFroome ahead of his historic GrandTour attempt. Froome heads to the small Italian town of Ovaro to preview the MonteZoncolan, finding that the climbs en route to the final climb are also painfully steep. The Briton is heading to Israel this week to start his bid to be one of the three riders in history who have held all three Grand Tour titles simultaneously. Only Bernard Hinault and Eddy Merckx have won all three in a row when the Vuelta aEspaa was in April.ADVERTISEMENT Froome reveals that he had his doubts when the team hatched the plan after he won last year's Tour deFrance and Vuelta a Espaa. "Initially when the team asked me about the Giro, my reaction was no. I really wanted to focus on doing a fifth Tour de France. In my mind, the goal all along was to try and get to that point,"Froome says. "There's an element of risk involved in targeting the Giro-Tour, but I think I'd regret it for the rest of my life if I didn't give it a go. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Quick-Step Floors target Giro d'Italia sprints with Viviani
April 30, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Quick-Step Floors have confirmed they focus on stages victories rather than the overall classification at the Giro d'Italia, with Elia Viviani confirmed as team leader, with the other riders selected to provide him with a strong lead-out train and target individual success. Bob Jungles led Quick-Step Floors at the 2016 and 2017 Giro d'Italia, finishing sixth and eighth overall and wearing the leader's pink jersey for five days last year. However, the Luxembourg national champion ended his spring campaign with victory at Lige-Bastogne-Lige and will focus on the Tour de France this summer. Joining Viviani at the Giro d'Italia is experienced riders Eros Capecchi, Michael Mrkv, and Fabio Sabatini,Dwars door West-Vlaanderen winner Rmi Cavagna, talented young German Maximilian Schachmann, Florian Snchal and Classics veteran Zdenek Stybar. Davide Bramati is lead directeur sportif; he rode 12 editions of the Corsa Rosa during his own career.ADVERTISEMENT Several big-name sprinters have opted to skip this year's Giro d'Italia due to the limited opportunities for sprinters. On paper, there are only a handful of flat stage finishes, with late climbs and hilly profiles meaning the sprinter's team will have to work hard for any success. Viviani is happy just to be back at his home Grand Tour after being snubbed for a place while with Team Sky in 2017. He moved to Quick-Step Floors to share the sprinting responsibilities with Fernando Gaviria and has taken advantage of the Belgian's strong team tactics to win six races so far this season. He suffered during the recent Tour de Romandie, missing the time cut in the stage 3 mountain time trial, but is confident he can be competitive in the Giro d'Italia. If he rides well in Friday's opening time trial in Jerusalem, he could even close in on the pink jersey thanks to the 10-6-4 second time bonuses awarded at on each stage. Viviani won a stage to Genoa at the 2016 Giro d'Italia and Quick-Step Floors hopes the team can continue their run of success after an incredible spring campaign that netted 27 victories, including the Tour of Flanders, Scheldeprijs, Flche-Wallonne and Lige-Bastogne-Lige. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Giro d'Italia fills Boeing 747 cargo plane with bikes and equipment bound for Israel
April 30, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
The Giro d'Italia begins on Friday with a 9.7km time trial in Jerusalem but the logistical operation for the first ever Grand Tour start outside of Europe began on Monday with a Boeing 747 cargo plane transporting equipment and the 22 teams' bikes from Italy to Israel. A first wave of staff is also travelling to Israel today before the riders and the rest of the race caravan arrive on Tuesday evening. All the equipment will also be flown the 2000km from Israel to Sicily next Sunday when the Giro dItalia transfers from Israel to Catania for the remaining stages in Italy. The riders and race caravan will travel to Sicily on four charter flights on Monday ready for when the Giro d'Italia starts again on Tuesday with stage 4 to Caltagirone.ADVERTISEMENT Giro dItalia organiser RCS Sport has been planning the complex logistical operation for months, liaising with teams at regular intervals. Fortunately the growing number of races held outside Europe mean teams are used to flying long distances to races and operating without their usual infrastructure. The teams have reportedly been paid bigger race fees to cover their own extra expenses for the Israel Grande Partenza. According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, each team will take a tonne of bikes and equipment to Israel, with space for a total of 880 bikes and 2700 wheels. Each of the 175 riders rider will probably have up to five bikes (three roads bikes and two time trial bikes). Teams will also transport the mechanics tools and equipment, massage tables, extra clothing, food and drinks for race, spare parts and even turbo trainers so riders can warm-up for Fridays time trial. Everything else has been sourced in Israel, with RCS Sports usual race equipment and each teams buses and cars greeting the race in Catania. Teams will be provided with a truck for the mechanics, a minibus for the riders, a truck for equipment and four team cars in Israel. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Sunweb secure long-term future with indefinite sponsorship agreement
April 30, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Team Sunweb have secured their long-term future, signing an unprecedented new agreement with title sponsor Sunweb that will see the holiday company back the team on an indefinite basis. Sunweb signed up as lead title sponsor of the German-registered team from 2017, and when that contract expires at the end of the 2019 season, a new, unlimited rolling deal will come into force. If the two parties decide to terminate the agreement at any point, it would still run for two full years, plus the remainder of the year in which the release clause was triggered. Tom Dumoulin extended his contract with the team until 2022 last summer after winning the 2017 Giro d'Italia. The team's current rosters include Michael Matthews, Wilco Kelderman, Coryn Rivera, Ellen van Dijk and Lucinda Brand.ADVERTISEMENT "We keep shaping our future with our new Sunweb agreement and that's a big compliment to the team, which I am extremely proud of," said Team Sunweb CEO Iwan Spekenbrink. "With this stability, our organizational focus can shift to many, many years into the future. It offers us the opportunity to not only think long-term but also to actually shape our future, ultimately becoming a durable elite cycling establishment for both men and women." There is no shortage of evidence when it comes to the precarious nature of the business model that underpins professional cycling teams; Jonathan Vaughters' Slipstream Sports set-up came close to folding last year, while the BMC Racing team are currently looking for backing to keep the team afloat in 2019 and beyond. Overcoming loss of sponsorship, building for the future You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Richie Porte: Its crunch time to find a sponsor
April 29, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Richie Porte has reiterated that its now crunch time as BMC Racing look to secure their future beyond this year. Porte, who finished third overall at the Tour de Romandie on Sunday, is out of contract at the end of the season, with BMC yet to confirm if they will support a WorldTour team in 2019. In February, Porte told Cyclingnews that the team had until May to finalise their plans before he began looking at other team options for next year. After wrapping up third at Romandie, Porte also confirmed that he is unlikely to return to the Tour Down Under in 2019. The Australian has made that race his season-opener over the last few years, winning the overall in 2017, and six stages over the years. The immediate future, however, will revolve around his contractual situation with BMC Racing.ADVERTISEMENT I dont want to lie, it is a little bit stressful. We ride our bikes and it is the managements job to find a sponsor for us next year. It would be sad to see BMC go. Theyre a great team and Ive had a great couple of years here. Now is crunch time, he told Cyclingnews. When asked if he had already received offers from rival teams, Porte added: To be honest Im not sure. Youd have to ask my manager Andrew McQuaid. Ive not had much contact with him this week. Hes let me do my race but fingers crossed theres a BMC team next year. It hurts to have lost Andy Rihs last week. This team was his passion and we want to keep that going. Portes Romandie result signifies his best result of the season since the Tour Down Under in January. The Australian was hit by flu when returning to Europe and missed Tirreno-Adriatico as a result. With just the Tour de Suisse on his programme between now and the Tour de France, Romandie represents a significant step forward. Tour Down Under You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Roglic looking to target three-week races after Tour de Romandie win
April 29, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Primoz Roglic (LottoNL-Jumbo) has said that he would like to target three-week races after he claimed his second consecutive general classification win this season at the Tour de Romandie. A late-comer to cycling after starting his sporting career in ski jumping, Roglic says that it will take time to turn him into a Grand Tour rider. The Swiss race victory comes just a couple of weeks after he beat Mikel Landa (Movistar) to win the Vuelta al Pais Vasco. At Romandie, he held his own against a very strong Egan Bernal (Team Sky) to best him by just eight seconds in the overall standings. For sure I would like to give myself a try for the biggest races in cycling but as we all know it doesnt come overnight or in one season, you have to give it time, Roglic said after the Tour de Romandies final stage. This year was really focused. I already saw last year that I could be really close in one-week races and this year I really focused on trying to win those races. For sure, in the future, I will try on those races.ADVERTISEMENT Roglic has ridden just two Grand Tours since turning professional in 2016, after starting the Giro dItalia just months into his debut season. He returned the faith of his team by coming within a second of victory in the prologue before going on to win the main time trial. Last year, he rode the Tour de France for the first time and came home with a stage win after a long-range solo break that included a trip over the Col du Galibier. He will ride the Grand Boucle again this season, but will first take some time to himself after a busy start to the season. First holidays and then I will do the Tour of Slovenia and then the Tour de France, he said, adding after he was asked of his ambitions for the Tour de France, I have been doing what I wanted for this season. I have achieved my goal with Pais Basque and now with Romandie, but still, I think of course there are really big challenges coming. Of course, I will try to take some rest and not think about cycling too much and then I will focus on trying to be at my best at the Tour de France. With two major victories under his belt this season, Roglic says that there is still plenty for him to work on, particularly his positioning and jostling in the bunch. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Fuglsangs class, Bernals promise and Roglics resolve - Romandie Podcast
April 29, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
In our final instalment of the Cyclingnews podcast from the Tour de Romandie, we hear from stage 4 winner Jakob Fuglsang (Astana) and climbing sensation Egan Bernal (Team Sky). With one stage to go, Primoz Roglic (LottoNL-Jumbo) leads Bernal by eight seconds, with last years winner Richie Porte (BMC Racing) rounding out the podium. Philippa York and Cyclingnews editor Daniel Benson look back at Saturdays key mountain stage and analyse the performances from the top GC riders. We discuss why Fuglsang has enjoyed such a successful 12 months, where BMCs Rohan Dennis and Richie Porte go from here, and the future of Bernal and Roglic's Grand Tour ambitions. We also hear from the Colombian and Fuglsang, before concluding our final podcast from this years race.ADVERTISEMENT The Cyclingnews podcast is brought to you in association with Prendas Ciclismo, Pinarello and Floyds of Leadville. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Dennis and Porte continue to show good signs at Romandie
April 29, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
BMC Racing pair, Richie Porte and Rohan Dennis finished fifth and sixth respectively on the queen stage of the Tour de Romandie, with both riders solidifying their top-10 places ahead of Sundays final stage. Initially, neither rider was able to live with the attacks from Egan Bernal (Team Sky) and Primoz Roglic (LottoNL-Jumbo) on the final ascent of the day but Porte latched onto the leaders on the descent towards the finish in Sion and finished fifth on the stage, with Jakob Fuglsang (Astana) taking the win. Dennis finished over a minute down, leading home a group of climbers that included Pierre Latour and Jaime Roson. The result leaves Porte in third overall, with Dennis four places back in seventh. Although both riders are targeting different races this season " Dennis will lead at the Giro dItalia and Porte at the Tour de France " they both put in respectable performances.ADVERTISEMENT I was hoping that wouldnt have to go as deep as I did today, Dennis told Cyclingnews as he warmed down on the rollers outside the BMC Racing team bus. Tomorrow is still going to be tough. Its still Romandie and its always aggressive even if the profile doesnt say it. Im sure it will be tough. And then its about recovery before the Giro. I tried to sit on a pace that I could hold until the top and not completely explode. I eventually ground my way back towards the front group just before the top, which in the end wasnt really that important because nearly everyone came back. In the end, Bernal and Roglic were too strong for everyone on the climbs and if they wanted to I think they could have gone 1-2 by themselves. Porte came into the race needing a morale-boosting performance after a spring that was blighted by flu and mediocre results. He finished third in the key uphill time trial at Villars, and while he could not initially respond to Bernals powerful attacks on Les Collons he set his own pace and made it into the lead group on the descent. He will not be able to defend his 2017 Romandie crown, with Roglic set to seal that on Sunday, but the Australian has shown enough to indicate that his Tour de France challenge is back on track. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Westra admits using TUEs for performance enhancement
April 29, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
In a new book coming out next week, former pro Lieuwe Westra says he used cortisone regularly during his career and that he relied on Therapeutic Use Exemptions from the UCI to get past anti-doping tests.Coritsones are forbidden for use in competition without a TUE. In an article in the Leeuwarder Courant posted Saturday morning, Westra is quoted as saying in the book that he had used knee pain as an excuse to obtain TUEs that allowed him to target cortisone use during Important peak times in his season. "The medical certificate I received often with a feigned injury, for example an inflammation in the knee," Westra says in the book. "It took years to recover an injury to the knee.ADVERTISEMENT "I shot it in my own body to cycle faster, to grab prizes, to receive compliments.In my first professional year it became clear to me that with only hard training no victories were achieved," Westra admits in the book. "If you wanted to join the big boys, you had to look up the limits of the permissible.'' Written by author Thomas Sijtsma, the book,The Beast, the cycling life of Lieuwe Westra, tells the story of Westra's time in the peloton, where he rode from 2006 through 2016 and then retired following three seasons with Astana. Westra chronicles his battles with alcohol and depression as well as his use of cortisone. In the book, Westra says he is lucky his pro career started after the EPO era had faded. "I am happy today that my professional career started in 2009 [with Vacansoleil - ed.]," Westra says. "Had I made the switch from the amateurs before, the temptation would have been too strong for me. My hand would have grabbed to EPO or a variant of it. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Dan Martin climbs Tour de Romandie standings after strong time trial ride
April 28, 2018 (22:15) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Dan Martin (UAE Team Emirates) put in a more than respectable ride to finish eighth in the uphill time trial at the Tour de Romandie on Friday. The result catapulted him up the overall standing to eighth, 1:42 down on race leader Primoz Roglic (LottoNL-Jumbo), and with a morale-boosting performance behind him the Irishman is focused on Saturdays last decisive stage for GC. Martin briefly held the hot seat during Fridays 9.9km test to Villars, but was eventually pushed down the standings, with Team Skys Egan Bernal winning the stage and moving into second on GC. Martin paced his effort up the climb, and although he finished 1:28 behind the young Colombian, he was more than content with his ride. Its been a tough few weeks for the Irishman, who raced all three races in the Ardennes, before arriving in Switzerland. Its funny, and I didnt want to tempt fate, because my first big result as a rider U23 was in a 10km uphill time trial in the Alps. That was definitely going through my mind this morning, but so too was just how tired I was from Liege. I had a really bad day on Thursday, but I woke up better today. If someone beats my time, thats okay but I paced it really well and thats all you can do, Martin told Cyclingnews after briefly leading the stage standings.ADVERTISEMENT Im happy. I came here knowing that it would be hard after the Classics, but with this stage being the deciding one in the general classification, it was a real opportunity to come here and get a result. When the route was announced we decided to come and do it, because of this time trial. As has been documented in virtually every single interview and article on Martin since the turn of the year, he moved teams from Quick-Step Floors to UAE Team Emirates over the winter. The transition has taken time, as most do, and Martin has been beset with bad luck and illness at times. He has not yet reached his best condition or turned in a race-winning performance, but the former Liege-Bastogne-Liege winner is remaining patient. Form is a bit unknown. It shows up but Ive been a bit unfortunate this year. Im also learning to work with these guys. I had a really good day at Liege but like at the final day at Catalunya, I was caught out by bad luck. Paris-Nice was the same. I was feeling good and then got sick. The most important thing is that were learning all the time. Were building towards July, and ironing out mistakes is a two-way thing. I knew that it was going to be a big change coming to this team but were getting there. I feel good here, and hopefully we can try and improve our GC. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Richie Porte shows improving form in Romandie TT
April 28, 2018 (22:15) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Richie Porte (BMC Racing) put in his best performance since the Tour Down Under to finish third in the mountain time trial at the Tour de Romandie. The Australian finished behind stage winner Egan Bernal (Team Sky) and race leader Primoz Roglic (LottoNL Jumbo) and climbed to third overall as a result. But while Porte was leading the race at the 4.4km time check, with around 2,000m to go on the 9.9km climb, he began to crack. Despite the late wobble, the 2017 Tour de Romandie champion is back on course for a podium on Sunday " a much-needed result after two months of illness and resulting poor form. "I felt good until about 2km to go and then I exploded but I was happy to finish off how I did. All of us are extra motivated with the passing of team owner Andy Rihs last week. It's nice to come to his backyard and have a good ride. I'm happy," Porte said at the line. The Australian was on his way to the proverbial hot seat when first Bernal and then Roglic nudged him down to third but Porte was pleased with his effort. On Thursday he told Cyclingnews that he needed to use the time trial in order to lay down a marker ahead of the Tour de France. Although there is still plenty of ground still to make up, Porte has certainly shown signs of improvement.ADVERTISEMENT "It was a strong ride but normally I don't think that I would have blown up as badly as I did with 2km to go. The team has been great and we're motivated to finish off the race well," he said. Before making his way down the climb from Villars, Porte added that his enforced time on the sidelines due to illness could prove to be a blessing in disguise, as he looks to peak his form for July. Whether that's true or not remains to be seen, but the Australian is at least moving in the right direction. "It's nice to do well at Tour Down Under and normally it's the early part of the season when I'm going the strongest. To get sick like I did and scrub some form off maybe isn't such a bad thing for July." You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Tour de Romandie: Mountain time trial analysis - Podcast
April 28, 2018 (22:15) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
In tonight's episode of the Cyclingnews podcast, brought to you in association with Prendas Ciclismo, Pinarello and Floyds of Leadville, we look back at an exciting stage 3 at the Tour de Romandie. The stage was won by Egan Bernal of Team Sky, while Primoz Roglic finished second, and just held onto his race lead. Bernal was the fastest up the 9.9km mountain time trial but his teammate Geraint Thomas suffered on the climb, losing well over two minutes and his chances of a high overall place. In this episode, we hear from both Team Sky riders on their mixed fortunes, while we also check in with Richie Porte. The Australian has struggled for form in recent months but finished third on the stage, and is now third overall with two days to go. Although the defending champion admitted to cracking inside the final two kilometres, his result today will give him confidence ahead of the Tour de France.ADVERTISEMENT Along with hearing from the riders, Daniel Benson and Philippa York analyze the race, and of course look ahead to stage 4, the key mountain stage in this year's race. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Crashes turn Tour of Chongming Island upside down
April 28, 2018 (22:15) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Going into the Tour of Chongming Island, there were three big favourites for the sprints: Defending champion Jolien D'hoore (Mitchelton Scott), Kirsten Wild (Wiggle High5), and Chloe Hosking (Al Cipollini). But a crash-marred final sprint in the opening stage brought down the main contenders, and the stage was won by former double world champion Giorgia Bronzini (Cylance Pro Cycling). Not being able to contest the final sprint meant that the three sprinters lost valuable time bonuses, which could have had an impact on the overall outcome of the race come Saturday's finale, had stage 2 not been decided by a breakaway that gained over a minute on the field. Cylance Pro Cycling sports director Manel Lacambra told Cyclingnews how he experienced the finale. "We had two of our riders involved in the first crash, but they are okay. Our train was in a good position, we wanted to take a clean line to avoid any crashes. They did a very good job, and in the final we had Marta Tagliaferro putting Giorgia in a good position, and then Sheyla Gutirrez did the last lead-out from 400m to go to the line."ADVERTISEMENT Each stage of the Tour of Chongming Island offers two intermediate sprints for time bonuses, and bonuses of 10, 6 and 4 seconds, respectively, for the top three finishers of the stage. Lacambra continued that the team's goal was to win a stage. "That's why Giorgia didn't do any bonus sprints. We got what we wanted, now we have no pressure,"he said. "We will continue to race, but the other teams also need to take the responsibility." There was a first crash inside three kilometres to go that brought down the sprint trains of Al Cipollini, riding for Hosking, and Team Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank that support Kendall Ryan. The US team had had a good day until then with two riders in the breakaway and the team well-placed in the sprint preparation until the crash put a stop to their ambitions. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Porte searching for confidence boost in Romandie time trial
April 28, 2018 (22:15) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Richie Porte (BMC Racing) will be looking to set the tone for the rest of his season with a strong performance in the 9.9km uphill time trial at the Tour de Romandie on Friday. With just two more stage races - including Romandie - before his Tour de France challenge in July, Porte is aware that an impressive ride in the Romandie TT will provide a much-needed boost in confidence after a difficult few months. Porte came into the Tour de Romandie without a win since a stage at the Tour Down Under, and he has seen his form affected by illness throughout the spring. He was forced to miss Tirreno-Adriatico in March before pulling out of the Vuelta al Pas Vasco on the final day of racing. "The Tour Down Under was the last time I was in really good shape. I went to Pais Vasco and got an absolute thumping and that wasn't good for the morale, even though that was the reason I was there," Porte told Cyclingnews ahead of the time trial.ADVERTISEMENT "That's not where you want to be, and this is a crucial year with the Tour, so now's the time to get it together." Porte's case of flu in March not only hit his form but also contributed to a change in race programme. Pais Vasco and Romandie were brought in, while he and his wife are expecting their first child next month. It's a busy time on and off the bike, and while defending his Romandie crown isn't the most important priority, testing himself against some of his Tour de France rivals certainly is. "For me, the time trial a good marker to see where I'm at. I wouldn't say that this race is crucial, because I still don't know where I'm at, but it's going to show me. I'd say I'd look at both the performance and the result," he said. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Bernal lights up Romandie but Roglic holds firm
April 28, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
As impressive as Egan Bernals wining ride in the uphill time trial was on stage 3, the sight of him lighting up the field on Les Collons during stage 4 of the Tour de Romandie was truly something to behold. The 21-year-old had experienced riders in Richie Porte (BMC Racing), Daniel Martin (UAE Team Emirates) and Rui Costa (UAE Team Emirates)scrambling for cover with at least three race-splitting attacks, each more impressive than the last. As so many rivals commented this week, Bernal is the real deal. Unfortunately for the young Team Sky rider, the primary target for his aggression, Primoz Roglic (LottoNL Jumbo), held firm and eventually stole two seconds on the line to move his race lead out to eight seconds. With one stage remaining, the Slovenian is on course to seal the overall, but Bernal has once again shown that he is every bit a WorldTour star.ADVERTISEMENT I dont know how many times I tried, Bernal told Cyclingnews as he warmed down on the rollers after the stage. I gave my best and Primoz Roglic is a very good rider. Hes now stronger than me. I tried for my team because they did a good job for me. Now Im happy because although I didnt win I attacked a lot of times. Thats good for cycling. Only six seconds separated Roglic and Bernal ahead of the stage, and Team Sky began to set the pace on the penultimate climb. They lined out the bunch and then ensured that Jonathan Castroviejo laid the ground work for Bernal with an injection of pace. When Bernal made his first move Roglic responded, but the rest of GC contenders were not so lucky. Porte tried to move across but soon relented as Bernal and Roglic went by the remnants of the early break as if they were statues. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Fuglsang: I wasn't the strongest, but I played my tactics
April 28, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
In a performance that echoed similarities to his 2017 Criterium du Dauhpine win, Jakob Fuglsang (Astana) took a fine mountain stage at this years Tour de Romandie. The Dane attacked with roughly 15km to go on stage 4 into Sion and held off a late chase from the GC contenders to take his first victory of the season. However, as impressive as Fuglsangs late attack was, his ride until that point was just as crucial, and after crossing the finish line the Dane admitted to Cyclingnews that his tactics had been his strongest ally. The Astana leader came into the key mountain stage over two minutes down on the race lead, and in 15th place overall. With yellow jersey Primoz Roglic (LottoNL-Jumbo) and second place Egan Bernal (Team Sky) locked in their own battle for the yellow jersey, Fuglsang looked to exploit an opening. His first move came after Bernal had blown the race apart on the lower slopes of the final climb of Les Collons.ADVERTISEMENT The Colombians four vicious accelerations were closed down by Roglic on each occasion, and with 3km until the summit a regrouping had taken place. Fuglsang and UAEs Rui Costa had made the juncture, and the pair duly slipped off the front as the GC contenders caught their breath. The move, however, was short lived, with Roglic and Bernal once again going toe-to-toe. By the time the pair had reached the summit they were clear, with Fuglsang dropped but riding at his own pace. On the long descent into Sion, third place Richie Porte (BMC Racing)and Costa made contact with Bernal and Roglic, with Fuglsang at nine seconds. The Dane took his share of risks but finally made contact, and at a key point, as the race flattened and then briefly climbed, he rose out of the saddle and accelerated away. The leaders were all caught out. Porte had just closed a gap, and Roglic and Bernal were only concerned with each other. Only Costa was obliged to react. However, when the chase did eventually start it came too late. Its nice to win alone and win like this after going away, Fuglsang told Cyclingnews as cycling photographers swarmed him at the finish. It was about tactics. Maybe I wasnt the strongest in the group, but I could profit from the tactics that the other guys were riding to because they were looking at GC. That was my advantage today. I knew it was possible, but I didnt know that the downhill was so easy for the rest of the way. Basically, it was difficult for the others to make a difference in that part, but the flat section in end had a quite strong headwind. When I hit that section with five kilometers to go and heard that I had 35-40 seconds, I thought, OK, if I do a good pace and keep the power on then the win was possible. When I first went away on the climb I wanted to go from distance. I thought I could profit because I wasnt high on GC. Rui Costa was really strong, and of course Roglic and Bernal were flying. When they closed I couldnt follow but I kept going with everything that I had, and then I managed to catch them on the downhill. There was a bit of looking and strategy, and I chose the right moment, coming from behind at the right moment on that little kicker. Fuglsang, now 33, has enjoyed a fine 12 months with a winning habit finally added to his already proven consistency. Last years Dauphine triumph " in which he won two stages and the overall " appeared to be a breakthrough for a rider who has always been on the cusp of major WorldTour victories, but never quite made it. Three top-10 rides in the Ardennes earlier this month proved that the form was there, but today, as he showed at the Dauphine, superior tactics won out. Its a really nice feeling. Its the second last day of the first part of the season for me. Ive been feeling really good, and had really good shape but I didnt get anything out of it in terms of victories. Coming into Romandie I was a bit tired after Liege, so to win like this, its really special. This was the plan from this morning but its one thing to plan, its another thing to make it work out. I realized that it would be up to Rui Costa to close, as he would probably be the fastest in the sprint. I had a long period before the Dauphine when I had no victories," he said. "This year I had good form but no victories. To end this part of the season with a victory is super nice and Im very happy. There will be no Dauphine defense for the Dane. Next up is the Tour de Suisse, before another Tour de France challenge. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Wild dedicates Chongming sprint victory to her team
April 28, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
The final stage of the Tour of Chongming Island brought the big sprint that everyone was waiting for. After crashes took out several of the top sprinters on stage 1 and a breakaway held off the pack on stage 2, nothing was going to stop the sprinters on the stage 3 circuit race. Hitec Products-Birk Sport kept the race together to the very end in support of Charlotte Becker, who took the overall victory after her stage 2 win. The sprint trains took over in the final kilometres, and it was Kirsten Wild (Wiggle High5) who could raise her arms at the finish. The Dutchwoman was happy to win on Chongming Island. "It's a WorldTour race, so we were competing against the best sprinters," Wild said. "This is quite a high-level race in terms of sprinters, so it's nice to get the win. We had good communication, and it was a team win, and that makes it really special. Everybody had a big part in this win. You can't win a sprint alone and the whole team is really happy about it."ADVERTISEMENT Wild was one of the stage 1 crash victims, taking a tumble with the finish line in sight. "I think I underestimated the effects of the crash a bit," she said. "The muscle in my leg hurts quite a lot, and I hit my head on the ground, so my neck and my shoulder are sore, and I have bruises everywhere." The Wiggle High5 sprinter was not among the best three in the two intermediate sprints during the stage. But in the final Wild was unbeatable, not least due to her team's leadout. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Fabio Aru leads UAE Team Emirates - Giro d'Italia shorts
April 28, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
UAE Team Emirates confirmed Friday their roster that will support Fabio Aru at the Giro d'Italia that starts on May 4 in Israel. Aru announced that he would target the Italian Grand Tour in February and has steadily improved his form in select races this spring. The Sardinian climber was second in the 2015 Giro and will have support in his bid for overall victory from teammates Darwin Atapuma, Diego Ulissi, Valerio Conti, Manuele Mori, Marco Marcato, Jan Polanc, and Vegard Stake Laengen. Joxean Fernandez Matxin, Marco Marzano, Mario Scirea and Paolo Tiralongo will direct the team over the three weeks. "Fabio is going to the Giro dItalia with a huge desire to make an impact, said General Manager Giuseppe Saronni. This feeling of strong sentiment towards the Corsa Rosa will allow him to give his best in every situation. At his side are a group of riders who share the same emotions and are able to manage the possible scenarios correctly. Italians, four of them, give this roster a strong local flavour to honour the Giro dItalia and give the most attention to our fifth Italian, the national champion in the tricolour jersey, Fabio Aru.ADVERTISEMENT "The three non-Italians Atapuma, Laengen and Polanc have shown their love for this race and their ability to contribute enthusiastically to the group. And lets not forget that these riders know about success, just think of the six stage wins by Ulissi, two by Polanc and three by Aru. And Aru has been on the podium twice. These are the details that can make the difference over three weeks of a grand tour even in the face of teams that look stronger on paper." UAE Team Emirates for the Giro d'Italia: Fabio Aru, Darwin Atapuma, Diego Ulissi, Valerio Conti, Manuele Mori, Marco Marcato, Jan Polanc, and Vegard Stake Laengen Movistar bring mountain-focused team to Giro d'Italia Pozzovivo leads Bahrain-Merida at Giro d'Italia Trek-Segafredo looking for opportunities in Giro d'Italia You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Campenaerts struggles on full TT rig - Tour de Romandie shorts
April 28, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Victor Campenaerts (Lotto-Soudal) took the surprising decision to ride a full TT set up for Friday's 9.9 kilometre mountain time trial at the Tour de Romandie. The European TT champion's choice had little to do with his effort in Switzerland, however, with the Belgian looking to use the race as a testing ground for the Giro d'Italia. The vast majority of the peloton rode regular road bikes, with a few modifications over wheels and groupsets, but Campenaerts is targeting the opening time trial at the Giro and felt that the extra time on his TT bike could payoff next month. "I know that on a parcours like this I'm not going to win the TT. I've not done so many mountain time trials before but it doesn't really matter to me, whether I'm 10th or 100th today. It does matter which position I finish in at the time trial in Jerusalem. That's why I wanted to do a half hour effort on the TT bike because that could make the difference between winning and losing in Jerusalem," Campenaerts told Cyclingnews as he zipped up his jacket in preparation for his descent.ADVERTISEMENT The Belgian had been in the break on stage 2 and was instrumental in setting up teammate Thomas de Gendt for the victory. That effort caught up with Campenaerts today. "I had a plan to go full gas today and try and do 400 watts as an average but yesterday was a hard day with De Gendt on the attack. I started today but after five minutes I knew that I was fucked. From there, I just tried to make it up the climb. My legs were so bad. I can't really say any more." From here Campenaerts will go home as planned, despite two stages still to race in Romandie. The Lotto Soudal rider is clearly determined to fully focus on the opening stage in the Giro. Gaviria misses time cut Boom targets Tour de France Rosskoff targets California TT You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Becker takes rare breakaway victory at Tour of Chongming Island
April 27, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
It's rare for a race on Chongming Island not to finish in a mass sprint. On Friday'sstage 2of the Tour of Chongming Island, however, a strong breakaway scuppered the plans of sprint favourites Jolien D'hoore (Mitchelton Scott), Kirsten Wild (Wiggle High5), Chloe Hosking (Al Cipollini) and Giorgia Bronzini (Cylance). And it wasCharlotte Beckerwho led the winning breakaway to the finish line to claimHitec Products-Birk Sport's first win of the season and the overall race lead. Since the first edition of the race in 2007, a winning breakaway has happened only four times. Two of those were in the first two years when the race was classified UCI 2.2. In 2013, a lone rider won the World Cup race after the peloton was misled into the convoy deviation in the final. Finally, the breakaway that beat the peloton in 2011 included virtually all race favourites and was helped by strong winds. This time, Becker was one of five riders that escaped with 62km to go and built an advantage of up to 3:34, and for a long time, much of the peloton seemed uninterested in controlling the race. The Cylance team of stage 1 winner Bronzini led the peloton, but they were not going to pull back the break all by themselves, sports director Manel Lacambra said to Cyclingnews after the stage.ADVERTISEMENT "I put two riders in front of the peloton to work, but I knew we could not control the race alone. The other teams also needed to work. Kirsten Wild took the first intermediate sprint yesterday, today Jolien D'hoore won a bonus sprint, so they had shown they were stronger. "In my opinion, it is then the responsibility of their teams to chase. But the other teams did not want to work, and the gap kept growing and growing. They only put their riders to work late and did not go all-out. We kept the points jersey for Giorgia, and we already have a stage win." D'hoore won the sprint from the peloton for sixth place and expressed her disappointment on the team website after the stage. "Nobody expected that the breakaway should stay away until the finish. We were pulling with the team but we didn't get that much help from other teams. It seems like nobody wanted to sprint for victory, which was a shame. I felt a lot stronger than yesterday and my legs feel powerful." You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Bernal: I'll try to attack Roglic in Romandie but he's a complete rider
April 27, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Egan Bernal (Team Sky) claimed his maiden WorldTour win with an impressive ride in the mountain time trial on stage 3 of the Tour de Romandie. The Colombian set a time of 25:10 over the 9.9km course, and pushed race leader Primoz Roglic (LottoNL-Jumbo) into second place, four seconds down. The win moved Bernal into second overall, and the 21-year-old sits just six seconds off Roglic's lead with two stages remaining. Saturday's stage will decide the overall standings, and while the 149km effort that starts and finishes in Sion lacks a summit finish, it represents the last opportunity to rattle Roglic. Stage 4 includes five major climbs, although the final summit comes almost 30 kilometres from the finish. The chance of creating significant gaps before the finish is slim, with Roglic stating that he expects riders to come back after the final climb. Bernal has already exceeded expectations this year, but the inevitable question is whether he will look to dislodge Roglic or settle for a place on the podium. As the Colombian explained after today's stage, the situation was far more complex than just a straight fight between the current top two.ADVERTISEMENT "I'd like to attack but it depends on a lot of things," Bernal told Cyclingnews as he strolled out of the press conference. "I hope to feel good, and if I feel good I'll try something but after such a hard stage, tomorrow could be difficult for me too. Just to be second on GC could be difficult for me so it depends on a lot of things. "I think we'll look at the situation and make some plans but Roglic is in great condition. He won Pais Vasco and this course suits him. He climbs, he time trials, he's a complete rider. It'll be hard but there's no pressure. Now I've won a stage. I've already done a great race. If I abandon tomorrow it's not a problem." You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Dennis takes positives from Romandie TT ahead of Giro d'Italia
April 27, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Rohan Dennis (BMC Racing) finished a creditable seventh in the mountain time trial at the Tour de Romandie, and despite admitting that his pacing could have been better over the 9.9km test, he added that his ride had given him a confidence boost ahead of next month's Giro d'Italia. Dennis, one of the best time triallist in the world over flatter courses, was using the Romandie mountain time trial to gauge his form ahead of the Giro d'Italia, where he will lead the line for BMC Racing. Like most of the competition, he raced on a standard road bike, without aero bars. The Australian was seventh fastest at the intermediate time check at 4.4km, 38 seconds down on early pace-setter and teammate Richie Porte. By the time Dennis reached the line, he had conceded 1:26 to stage winner Egan Bernal (Team Sky) but remains in the top 10 and 1:22 off the time of race leader Primoz Roglic (LottoNl-Jumbo). Saturday's mountain stage will provide Dennis with another pre-Giro examination, but for now, he appears content despite the small errors.ADVERTISEMENT "It's a good confidence boost. What I did today, I normally wouldn't be able to on a hilly time trial. Normally I would put out more power on my time trial bike. We have decreased the gap between the two (road and TT bike)," he told Cyclingnews as he warmed down. "I think I may have gone out too hard. But I was nervous about it being steeper at the start and losing time on the slowest part. In those parts, you could lose time or maybe gain time. And I paid for it in the end. "I had a good rhythm between the five-to-three kilometre mark but then it got steeper and I realised what I'd done at the start. I just had to suffer from there. I was hoping for a top five and I think I was seventh. I'm pretty happy with the climb. The power I had up there I was happy with, considering I didn't pace it well, to be honest." You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Geraint Thomas goes into survival mode after cracking in Romandie TT
April 27, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) dropped out of contention at the Tour de Romandie after a flat performance in the stage 3 mountain time trial. The Welshman clocked 27:43 over the 9.9 kilometres from Ollon to Villars but his effort was only enough to net him 27th place, with his teammate Egan Bernal taking the stage and Primoz Roglic doing just enough to retain the leader's jersey. With two stages remaining Thomas has dropped to 19th overall. Thomas came into the stage third overall after the first three days of racing and would have been hoping for a strong performance in his first stage race since March's Tirreno-Adriatico. However, the Welshman was already in trouble on the lower slopes of the climb, and he found himself a minute down on provisional leader Richie Porte (BMC Racing) at the intermediate check after 4.4km of racing. By the time Thomas came over the line, he had conceded 2:33 to stage winner and teammate Bernal, leaving his overall podium chances in ruins. "I just didn't have it," he told Cyclingnews as he rested against the barriers by the finish.ADVERTISEMENT "I tried to start with a good pace but just didn't have it, and I cracked at about halfway. Certainly, with 3km to go, it was all about survival. The legs were fading and I couldn't hold the power and knew from there that I would be just limiting my losses. Early on it was mid to low 400s in terms of Watts. And I felt in control but after about 15-18 minutes, the legs started going and by then I was at high 300s, but you know that's nowhere near as quick enough." Thomas came into the race with hopes of a top GC result. He was a consistent performer in the early-season stage races, and although his short foray into the Classics ended poorly, he still lined up in Romandie as one of the contenders for victory. Although every rider has the capacity to endure a bad day, the time lost to several potential Tour de France rivals will raise some questions for Thomas and his Sky management. The Tour de France is still months away, and the Dauphin comes first, but this time trial was a key marker for Tour form. When Cyclingnews asked where this performance came from, Thomas fronted up, and then raised his training as a consideration. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Team Sky announce Giro d'Italia team to support Chris Froome
April 27, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Team Sky have named the squad that will support Chris Froome at the 2018 Giro dItalia, with Wout Poels, Kenny Elissonde and Sergio Henao all included in a strong line-up. Froome is riding the Giro despite returning an adverse analytical finding for salbutamol during his victory at last years Vuelta a Espaa. The Briton is free to compete until the case is resolved. The eight-man Sky team for the Giro is completed by David de la Cruz, Salvatore Puccio, Vasil Kiryienka and Christian Knees. It will be Froomes first participation in the Giro since he was excluded for taking a tow from a motorbike during the 2010 edition of the race.ADVERTISEMENT In the intervening period, Froome has won the Tour de France on four occasions, but was persuaded to add the Giro to his race programme in 2018. Giro organiser RCS Sport has denied reports that it had paid Froome an appearance fee of 1.4 million. "Ive had a different start to the season as Ive obviously been aiming to try and reach my peak quite a bit earlier than usual. But the target of going for a third consecutive Grand Tour has given me new motivation," Froome said in a statement released by Sky on Friday morning. "Of course, there is an element of risk involved in targeting the Giro before the Tour, but I think I would regret it for the rest of my life if I didnt give this race a go." News of Froomes adverse analytical finding for salbutamol was leaked in December, and the Team Sky rider declined to withhold himself from racing pending the resolution of the case. He returned to action at the Ruta del Sol in February and raced Tirreno-Adriatico in March before placing 4th overall at this months Tour of the Alps. Giro record You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Colorado Classic women's race extended to four stages
April 26, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
The organisers of the Colorado Classic, RPM Events Group, announced on Thursday an additional stage for the women's race for 2018. Like the men, the women's field will take on four stages of the second-year event, two in Vail and two in Denver, from August 16-19. Although the race will not be UCI-sanctioned, it has been added to USA Cycling's Pro Road Tour. With the addition, women will compete in 18 of the 20 ProRoad Tour events, with only the Tour of Utah and Thompson Bucks County Classic remaining for men-only. The women will race a circuit in Vail on August 16, then contest the famed Vail Pass time trial on the following day. The races then move to Denver, where the women will contest a criterium on Saturday and race on the same RiNo Arts District circuit as the men on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT The changes double the number of races that are part of the women's stage race this year. Last year, the women competed in the Colorado Springs and Breckenridge circuits, and had separate evening criteriums in Denver's RiNo Arts District on the weekend. The stage race was won by Rally's Sara Poidevin. Although the women's race will not be broadcast live, there will be video recaps and live data information via the race's mobile app. Organisers say they will invite 13 teams of six riders each to the race, including the Twenty20-Sho Air squad of last year's Colorado Springs stage winner, Olympian and track team pursuit world champion Jen Valente. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
WhatsApp group inspires De Gendt to Romandie stage win
April 26, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Whisper it, but WhatsApp groups might soon be portrayed as the next marginal gain within cycling. Thomas De Gendt certainly used one to good effect on stage 2 of the Tour de Romandie, or at least in the build-up, having plotted his stage-winning victory with teammate Victor Campenaerts two weeks ago when the pair first looked at the stage race profile. The first chatter between the pair of Lotto Soudal riders focused on the uphill stage 3 time trial, but when Campenaerts suggested forming an alliance for stage 2 from Delmont to Yverdon, De Gendt duly accepted the challenge. A fortnight later, the Lotto Soudal teammates were on the attack, forging clear on the first climb of the day, with Nathan Brown (EF-Drapac), Andrey Grivko (Astana), and Matteo Fabbro (Katusha), keen to latch on. Five soon became three, with only Brown able to last the pace. With 26km to go and the bunch unable to mount a chase, De Gendt left Brown for dust. Campenaerts had already cracked after sacrificing himself for his teammate, and with 20km to go, De Gendt was virtually assured of his second victory of the season.ADVERTISEMENT "Victor brings the time trial know-how to the team. If I have a question before the time trial, I can ask him, but two weeks ago we were talking about tomorrow's time trial, and he sent me a profile for it. But he also told me that the day before had an uphill start and that he wanted to go full-gas on the climb so that he could get his legs turning," De Gendt said at the finish. "I told him I'd join him, and that we'd go full-gas the whole day. So, we made this plan two weeks ago, and we were hyping each other up, and we even had a WhatsApp group, and it was our plan from two weeks ago. Victor gave his all for me until he was finished. He was important for me today but also for the team and the time trials. We can ask him anything about aerodynamics, and he always answers with a lot of passion." At the start of the stage, De Gendt made it clear to everyone with a media accreditation that he would attack from the start. Only Bahrain-Merida put up any meaningful opposition, but when the gap moved out to eight minutes, there was little chance of the break being caught. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Romandie: Why the sprinters' teams failed against De Gendt
April 26, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Thomas De Gendt's only fault on a day that saw him win again from a breakaway came when he predicted the number of teams that would chase him. At the start of stage 2 at the Tour de Romandie, the Belgian Lotto Soudal rider assumed that Bahrain would chase for Sonny Colbrelli and that Sunweb and Quick-Step would follow suit for their sprinters, Michael Matthews, Elia Viviani and Fernando Gaviria. It was a sensible prediction. They were the race's lead sprinters, and other than the final stage on Sunday, this was their only chance of taking a victory. As expected, and as he said he would, the Lotto leader went clear on the early climb of the Col des Rangiers. Nathan Brown (EF Education First-Drapac), Andrey Grivko (Astana), Matteo Fabbro (Katusha-Alpecin), and - crucially - his own teammate Victor Campenaerts followed the move, and although Fabbro and Grivko were soon dropped the remaining trio built up a lead of over eight minutes before the bunch panicked and finally reacted.ADVERTISEMENT In the end, and when it mattered most, only Bahrain-Merida attempted to track the Belgian's escape. One team against a breakaway Goliath of De Gendt's stature was never going to be enough. Where were the other teams De Gendt predicted would chase? With Matthews unwell and unconfident of victory, Sunweb sat out almost from the start. From that point on Bahrain chose to gamble. They hit the front with 60km to go but their tactics were split. They wanted to ride fast enough to catch De Gendt but also drop Quick-Step's two sprinters. That latter goal lost them another potential ally. With a favourable route, strong legs, and a valuable teammate in the breakaway, De Gendt's odds for a stage win only grew as the road descent towards Yverdon. As soon as the Lotto-Soudal rider dropped his last companion, Nathan Brown, with around 26km to go, the stage result was over. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Roglic remains hesitant on Grand Tour ambitions after taking Romandie lead
April 25, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Primoz Roglics stock rises with almost every week-long stage race he competes in, such has been his consistency in the format over the last two seasons. But the 28-year-old LottoNL-Jumbo rider remains apprehensive when discussing his Grand Tour ambitions. On Wednesday, he rode into the lead at the Tour of Romandie by virtue of Michael Matthews losing contact with the main field on the final climb. Roglic in yellow has become the norm, a default, and no one appeared to bat an eyelid as the 28-year-old quietly made his way to the podium to pick up another leaders jersey. Romandie, of course, is far from over, and Roglic will have to defend a slender lead against a high-calibre field that includes Rohan Dennis (BMC Racing), Dan Martin (UAE Team Emirates) and Richie Porte (BMC Racing). There is still the 9.9-kilometre uphill time trial and the mountain stage through Sion to come, but the fresh memory of how the LottoNL-Jumbo rider swatted away Nairo Quintana (Movistar), and subsequently handled everything Mikel Landa (Movistar) could throw at him in Pais Basque earlier in the season, will concern his rivals here in Switzerland.ADVERTISEMENT "The whole team did a really good job, and then at the finish, in the end, it was quite easy," Roglic said at the finish of stage 1 in Delmonte. LottoNL-Jumbo rode a tactically astute race, dropping the sprinters on the hilly terrain before seeing off the race leader on the final key ascent. Omar Fraile (Astana) won the stage but it mattered little for Roglic. The Slovenian was third in the opening prologue and with Tom Bohli (BMC Racing)dropping down the standings, Roglic has the new leaders jersey. Dennis is second, on the same time, with Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) third at four seconds. "It's hard to plan when you take the jersey because a lot can happen," Roglic said. "Of course, this is a really nice to thing to have happened, and today we showed that weve a really strong team. Im confident for the coming days. I thought that today wouldnt be too stressful, but in the end it was full gas racing from the beginning. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Hosking set to sprint at Tour of Chongming Island - Women's News Shorts
April 25, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Ale Cipollini will be racing two events coming up at the Women's WorldTour Tour of Chongming Island in China from April 26-28 and the Gran Premio Liberazione Pink in Rome on April 25. Chloe Hosking, a former winner of the Tour of Chongming Island, will compete in the three-day event with support from Anna Trevisi, Soraya Paladin, Karlijn Swinkels and Martina Stefani. Marta Bastianelli, winner of Gent-Wevelgem and Brabantse Pijl, will lead the team racing in Rome with support from Daiva Tuslaite, Anisha Vekemans, Mayuko Hagiwara and Ane Santesteban Gonzalez.ADVERTISEMENT Bastianelli won the last two editions that take place on the Terme di Caracalla Circuit. The women race 16 laps of the six-kilometre circuit for a total of 96km. "We're going to be in two more races where we can fight for the highest result: Marta is the last winner of the GP Liberazione Pink and we all love this race, which has given us a lot of emotions, especially last year when she dedicated her win to Michele Scarponi," said team manager Fortunato Lacquaniti. "There will be a big group of opponents in China, but our main force is in the group and the teamwork, that has given us really big results." Tibco-SVB to Tour of Chongming Island for a third year Barnes leads Canyon-SRAM at Festival Elsy Jacobs Wiggle High5 hire Kim Palmer as assistant director You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Tuft: This is probably my final year
April 25, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
With his 41st birthday just a few weeks away, Svein Tuft has told Cyclingnews that 2018 is likely his final year in the professional ranks. The Canadian has been part of the Mitchelton-Scott team since their inception in 2012 and has become a mainstay of their Classics and Grand Tour squads. A reliable domestique and fine time trialist in his own right, Tuft has forged a career as one of the most respected riders on the circuit. But with a young family and time moving on, he believes the moment is right to find a new direction in life. "I haven't said it 100 per cent but I think this will be my last year and my last Giro d'Italia. I've been doing this a long time now, so that's a bit daunting to think about as it's been a big part of my life, but I'm also excited about part two. I have a son, he's six months old, and there's real importance in that. It's more than racing," Tuft told Cyclingnews on the morning of stage 1 at the Tour de Romandie. Determined to give it everything in his last season, Tuft is excited by the prospect of racing one final Giro d'Italia. It's a race he has fond memories of, having been part of the Orica squad that won the opening team time trial in 2014. Tuft carried the team over the line that day in Belfast and pulled on the maglia rosa as a result.ADVERTISEMENT He has never been a rider who relentlessly sought results for himself, although a World Championship time trial silver medal sits nicely next to a pink jersey on his palmares. Instead, Tuft's strengths have always been a willingness to sacrifice himself for others and a strong engine that can be deployed on the front of the bunch or at the spearhead of a team time trial squad. When asked about his fondest memory of a career stretching back to 2001, he picked a moment that encapsulated his desire to work as part of a team. "There have been quite a few special moments, but I would probably say my first Tour, when we won the team time trial in Nice," he said, pointing to the 2013 Tour de France when the Australian team won the stage and put Simon Gerrans and then Daryl Impey into the maillot jaune. "That was big for me because I was brought in this team for that sort of race and I had a hell of a day, and the best legs of my life. It's rare to have days like that when everything aligns at a big and important moment. That was really special, but on this team, there have been a lot of special moments." You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Brandle ruled out of Giro d'Italia after Romandie collarbone break
April 24, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Matthias Brndles season was dealt a significant blow Tuesday when the Austrian crashed and broke his collarbone at the Tour de Romandie. The Trek-Segafredo rider was on the prologue course and riding reconnaissance when the fall took place. He was taken to a local hospital in Fribourg where x-rays confirmed a lateral collarbone-fracture to the left side. Trek-Segafredo later announced that the 28-year-old would have surgery on Wednesday and spend between seven to 10 days off the bike. The injury rules Brndle out of the Giro dItalia, where he would have been one of the possible contenders to win the opening time trial in Israel.ADVERTISEMENT "I am very disappointed. Mostly because I cannot help the team here and in the Giro. The crash was a really stupid one, Brandle said in series of Tweets. "I was focused on the first corner and didn't recognize a bump which brought me down from my handlebar. It was only 10km/h so I had no time to make a roll or something. I was really looking forward to racing the next weeks after a long training period where I put in everything. I believe I had it in my reach with this tricky parcours to go for the win with the training I did in the last weeks." At the finish in Fribourg, team directeur sportif Yaroslav Popovych added more details regarding the crash. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Matthews: Romandie win has kick-started my season
April 24, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Less than a week after finishing fifth at La Flche Wallonne, Michael Matthews (Sunweb) provided another testament to his versatility with a winning ride in the prologue at the Tour de Romandie. The Australian was left gasping for air and unable to initially stand when he crossed the line in Fribourg but was soon on his way to the podium to celebrate his first win of the season. Aside from his result in Flche " and seventh in Milan-San Remo " Matthews had endured a difficult start to the season with a broken shoulder sustained in theOmloop Het Nieuwsblad and sickness disrupting his spring. His one-second win over surprise package Tom Bohli (BMC Racing) was just the tonic. "I think that was the kick I needed to get my season back on track," Matthews said at his winner's press conference.ADVERTISEMENT "After Flche I was happy with the result, especially because for a sprinter it's not really normal to finish fifth. I always loved that race and wanted to give it a try, but coming here and getting the win today was what I really needed for my confidence," he said. "It's my first win of the season so I'm just going to take a moment to enjoy today. Normally if I'm in a leader's jersey at a stage race I get too excited about the next days and forget about the feeling of actually winning." Matthews' pure speed and raw power have always opened up opportunities for him in prologues, and he memorably beat Tom Dumoulin in the corresponding event at Paris-Nice in 2016. This result, however, was a major morale booster for the Sunweb rider. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Planned revival of La Route de France cancelled
April 23, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
The planned return of La Route de France, which was cancelled last year over date conflicts with other races, has been shot down by the withdrawal of a host community. La Route de France Fminine started in 2006 as a successor to the Tour de France Fminin, but last year failed in its bid to join the UCIWomen's WorldTour, and was cancelled because its date overlapped with the European Championships and SwedishWorldTour races inVrgrda. The six-stage UCI 2.1 event was set to take place this year from June 5-10. But race organiserHerv Gerardin posted on the race's Facebook page that the department of Nivre, which was due to post two stages, has declined to participate.ADVERTISEMENT "Having no alternative, I am forced within 7 weeks of the Grand Dpart to make an urgent decision,"Gerardin wrote. "It is with great bitterness that I made the decision this Sunday to cancel the 2018 edition of the Route de France Internationale Fminine. "I can only regret this surprising attitude, which disrespects the other communities that have engaged in hosting this event, but also for the partners, the media, the teams, the providers and all the staff of the organization." Gerardin stated that he has decided to forgo any future race plans. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Michele Scarponi remembered with mass ride in hometown of Filottrano
April 23, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
A year after Michele Scarponi's tragic death during an early morning training ride, his family, friends and 2000 cyclists remembered the former Italian rider on Sunday morning with a special sportif ride on the same country roads around Filottrano in the Marche region, where Scarponi trained and ultimately lost his life after being hit by a vehicle. Scarponi had been working on plans to create his own sportif event for when he retired. The event is a now a way of remembering him and helping to promote road safety, with his brother Marco and sister Silvia determined to create a memorial foundation in his name that will try to reduce the number of deaths of cyclists and pedestrians on Italian roads. Scarponi's parents Flavia and Giacomo have found strength in the support and commemoration of the Astana team, the Italian peloton and the wider cycling community. On Friday they travelled to Innsbruck in Austria, for the final stage of the Tour of the Alps to attend a memorial mass near where Scarponi won the opening stage of last year's race. Scarponi was also remembered before Liege-Bastogne-Liege and Italian RAI television showed an intimate and moving portrait of Scarponi produced by Italian journalist Alessandra di Stefano.ADVERTISEMENT Marco Scarponi held back the emotions of losing his brother during the memorial programme to make a call for improved road safety. "Everything has changed since that fateful April 22 of last year. Yet in truth nothing has changed, it's only changed for us, his family. People are still dying on the roads, cyclists are still dying and pedestrians are still dying. So I ask: What did my brother's death change? Nothing yet. What are we doing What are they doing? Nothing yet," Marco Scarponi said. "I don't think we can accept that people die out on the roads in such violent ways. We can't accept it anymore. We can't accept that there isn't an institution or a state-run association that helps the children and families left behind. Without my uncle being at the scene of Michele's accident by chance, we would have found out via Facebook. " Astana Pro Team (@AstanaTeam) April 22, 2018 You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Vos undergoes surgery for collarbone fracture
April 23, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
European champion Marianne Vos (Waowdeals) will miss a month of racing after crashing in Lige-Bastogne-Lige on Sunday and fracturing her collarbone. The Dutch rider had successful surgery to repair the break and will be confined to indoor training for the coming weeks. "I won't be racing during the next four weeks, which means I will have to miss the GP Elsy Jacobs, Trofee Maarten Wijnants and the Wielerfestival Aalburg," the Waowdeals leader said. "The altitude training which I had planned during the second half of May doesn't seem to be jeopardised. It is expected that I can pick up where I left off somewhere in June. It's disappointing that things don't go as planned " I was nicely easing into the pace " but fortunately, the season is still long."ADVERTISEMENT Vos described the incident, which happened in the crux of the race with just over 20km to go. "It was going hard in the run-up to the next climb, the Roche-Aux-Faucons as everyone wanted to be well positioned," Vos said. "There was a crash on the left-side of the road in a short descent. I was on the other side and saw Jeanne (Korevaar) take a tumble in a soft turn to the right. The group was startled which made me crash and roll-over, landing on my right-hand side." You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Van der Breggen: I love to see the others take initiative
April 22, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Anna van der Breggen (Boels Dolmans) took her fourth UCI Women's WorldTour victory of the year at Lige-Bastogne-Lige on Sunday. She caught solo attacker Amanda Spratt (Mitchelton-Scott) in the final and powered away on the uphill finish. After the race, van der Breggen gave credit to Spratt's attack just after the Roche-aux-Faucons climb, breaking free just as two groups had come together. "It was a really good attack from Amanda. I was with Megan in the group, and of course you want to go across, but you don't want to go too early and spend too much energy. There were some attacks, but I knew the hard climb of Saint-Nicolas was still coming up and waited for that." Spratt was aware that there would be attacks on the Saint-Nicolas and said after the race that she tried to maximise her advantage ahead of the climb. "It was a good moment to attack, and the gap kept going up. I knew I needed a fair chunk of time on the second-last climb [Saint-Nicolas, ed.] as people like Ashleigh and Anna would attack there. I was just hoping to hang on to the top."ADVERTISEMENT Although Spratt did manage to crest the Saint-Nicolas first, she got company soon after. And with van der Breggen bridging to her, the Australian knew that winning the race would be hard. "She is the world number one for a reason. I thought maybe I had a chance to stick with her and get her in the sprint. I knew it was only Ashleigh and Annemiek behind, so I could sit on and hope to stay on her wheel. But she just drilled it up the final climb, and I didn't have anything left." Despite missing out on the victory, the past week was a successful one for Spratt as she also finished third in the Amstel Gold Race and fifth in the Flche Wallonne. "I was sick during the cobbled classics and missed some races and training. But in the end it was a blessing in disguise as I was fresh going into the Ardennes races, and these were the ones I really wanted to go well in. Last year top-30 was good for me, and now I'm top-five in all three, so I'm super-happy." The expectations on van der Breggen were markedly higher going into the week: Having won all three Ardennes races in 2017, she was the rider everyone watched. She acknowledged the challenge in her post-race interview. "It's difficult to be good when everybody expects you to be good. But I try not to listen too much to it, to enjoy the race and see how it goes. Then the pressure is less in your mind. I knew the training was going well, and I felt better than last year. But I'm not the only one, the whole peloton is improving, and that's great to see. It was difficult to win today, so I'm happy we could take it." " Voxwomen (@Voxwomen) April 22, 2018 You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Jungels follows Andy Schleck's wheel tracks for victory in Liege-Bastogne-Liege
April 22, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
History repeated itself in the best way possible for Bob Jungels on Sunday as the Quick-Step Floors racer netted Lige-Bastogne-Lige. It was his first Monument victory, but in an almost identical fashion to Luxembourg's previous win in La Doyenne with Andy Schleck nine years ago. In one of Lige-Bastogne-Lige's most exciting finales in years, Jungels stormed away over the top of the Cote de la Roche aux Faucons, the same climb where Schleck launched his winning, lone attack, nine years ago, 19 kilometres from the finish. Clad in the Luxemburg's national champions jersey, Jungels slowly but steadily carved out a winning margin that reached nearly a minute at one point. The advantage sagged dramatically to a third of that on the Cote de Saint-Nicolas, but then expanded again on the long draggy ascent to Ans, and which allowed him to celebrate his first-ever Monument win.ADVERTISEMENT "I'm a bit tired, and feeling very emotional and very proud about having won this Doyenne for the team," Jungels said afterwards. "Being so close to Luxembourg is something special too. "Yes, it was an early attack, but I think I wouldn't have had such a good chance in a sprint against [Alejandro] Valverde. There were other, faster guys there too in the main group. So I used my time trialling skills to make it to the finish." His success with a long-range attack was, he said, yet more proof that a lot of races have been won and lost this year by not waiting until the final kilometres. "We saw it again on Wednesday at Flche Wallonne, where a lot of teams came under pressure by our making the race hard from a certain point onwards" - as Quick Step did in Lige, too, with Philippe Gilbert on the Redoute and again on the Roche aux Faucons. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Vincenzo Nibali: It will be a very unusual Liege-Bastogne-Liege
April 21, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
He came, he smiled and took some selfies with fans, he stood on a podium and he left: Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) paid a lightning-fast visit to the Lige-Bastogne-Lige presentation on Saturday, but it was enough to garner the Sicilian some of the biggest cheers of all from the fans present and to remind his rivals that on Sunday, the Shark Of Messina will once again be on the prowl. Last Wednesday, Nibali's attack over the first of three ascents of the Mur effectively lit the touch paper for a series of challenges to Alejandro Valverde's domination, and his long breakaway was instrumental in the wearing down process of the Movistar Team as well. Nibali was caught at the foot of the final ascent of the Mur, but combined with his stunning victory in Milano-Sanremo, his high profile attack at the Tour of Flanders and his long history of Classics success, nobody is ruling out an even more sustained, dangerous attack by the Italian on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT And Nibali received the warmest of welcomes from the crowds at Saturday's team presentation, too. This could well be because Lige's Italian connections are more than well established, both as a city and a race. Until very recently, Lige has had a centuries-old tradition of Italians migrating there to work in its industries, and the climb to Saint-Nicolas has long been nicknamed 'the Italian corner' because of the number of Nibali's compatriots who have settled in that part of Liege. Nibali's relationship with Lige-Bastogne-Lige is a lengthy and intense one too, with 2018 his 13th participation. As he recounted in an interview with La Gazzetta dello Sport on Saturday, Lige was the first Monument he took part in and he was dropped on the Haut Leve climb, getting so tired in the process that he said, "my ears were dragging along the ground." He finally finished the race but in 113th position, dead last on the day. In 2012, though, Nibali was almost at the opposite end of the results sheet when he launched a dangerous late attack. He was caught and passed by Maxim Iglinskiy on the drag towards the finish in Ans, however, with the Italian finally settling for second. And although Nibali says that losing to Iglinskiy was a defeat that "still burns", it was also an indicator of what he was capable of doing in a race like Lige-Bastogne-Lige. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
O'Connor excited for Giro d'Italia debut after breakthrough Tour of the Alps
April 20, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Ben O'Connor headed home from the Tour of the Alps with the best young rider's white jersey and bucket loads of confidence as he prepares for his Grand Tour debut at the Giro d'Italia. The 22-year-old from Western Australia won stage 3 to Merano with an impressive solo attack after the climbs of the day. He then kept his head, finished fifth in Innsbruck and so even moved up to seventh overall, 1:33 down on overall winner Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ). "To get the reward as best young rider is brilliant," he told Cyclingnews happily, as he checked his hair in the reflection of his soigneur's sunglasses for his moment on the podium.ADVERTISEMENT "It's always great for young guys like me to aim towards goals but winning a stage at a race like the Tour of the Alps is extremely difficult if you're young like I am. Success takes time, as does GC racing. To be good every single day is bloody hard." O'Connor revealed he even overcame a late, nerve-racking puncture. "I felt really relaxed. I don't know why. Maybe because it was confidence, maybe it was just the demeanour of being generally more relaxed about how you ride things. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Valverde vows to return to Fleche Wallonne fray for sixth title
April 18, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
There are plenty of cliches out there about nothing lasting forever, but five years represent an eternity in the intense world of Classics racing. So when Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) failed to triumph in La Flche Wallonne on Wednesday for the fifth April in a row, it represented a shocking defeat with a capital S. But if Valverde was disappointed, he did not show it too much, pointing out afterwards that he had been the rider that ran Alaphilippe the closest and promised to return to the fray in the years to come. At the same time, as Jelle Vanendert (Lotto-Soudal), the other rider on the Flche Wallonne podium pointed out, from the moment the race had tackled the Mur for the first time, and the attacks began to rain down on Movistar, "it had felt different to other years.ADVERTISEMENT "For the first time in five years, it was as if we all realised that to beat Valverde; we had to put him under pressure well before the finish." Sitting in the press conference, where - to his immense credit - Valverde seemed as happy to answer questions after finishing second as he had done when he won, the Movistar leader recognised that it had been a higher-pressure race than other years. "Everybody raced hard against me, but it was clear that I was the man to beat, and that's normal. At the start of the race, I was the big favourite. But I'm still going away feeling pleased with how I raced because I did everything I could. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Pinot takes the lead at Tour of the Alps, avoids Froome's salbutamol case
April 18, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) lost the Tour of the Alps to Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) by just six seconds in 2017 but promised not to miss out this year. The Frenchman blew the race apart with his instinctive aggression on stage 3 to Merano and pulled on the fuchsia leader's jersey. Pinot dragged an attack away on the Passo della Mendola with 50km to go with long surges of speed, exposing the weakness of both Team Sky and Astana. The attack gained a minute on the long climb as Astana and Team Sky argued about who should lead the chase. The time gradually came down as Kenny Elissonde, again, gave his all for his Team Sky leader Chris Froome. TheFrenchman's move was eventually nullified near Merano after Froome tucked and dived his way down the long descent. Pinot's descending skills again let him down, but he still had the strength to win the sprint behind lone, late-race attacker Ben O'Connor (Dimension Data), who was initially part of Pinot's move.ADVERTISEMENT Race leader Ivan Sosa (Androni Giocattoli) crashed on the descent, losing four minutes and so Pinot's name rang out across Merano as he was declared the new race leader. "It's great to take the jersey. It makes up for last year," Pinot explained after the podium ceremony. "Thomas attacked and gained time on me while I pulled back some seconds thanks to time bonuses. But he was stronger, and it wasnt enough to win." Natural aggression but no comment on Froome Only victory is beautiful, even better if in Italy You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Alaphilippe dethrones Valverde as King of La Fleche Wallonne
April 18, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
After four straight years of domination of La Flche Wallonne by Alejandro Valverde (Movistar), Julian Alaphilippe's defeat of the Spaniard on the Mur de Huy on Wednesday had a real feel of an end of an era. Not since Tom Boonen in 2004-2007 at E3 Harelbeke has a rider remained unbeaten in a major race for so long as Valverde in Flche Wallonne. And if by some twist of fate, Alaphilippe were to stop racing tomorrow, his defeat of Valverde on the Mur de Huy will be seen by many as the standout moment of his career. Victory in La Flche Wallonne is the first Classic win of Alaphilippe's career, too, as well as France's first in the race since Laurent Jalabert back in 1997. But as Alaphilippe was quick to admit afterwards, it was beating Valverde, dubbed the King of the Mur de Huy since 2014, that made it even more exceptional.ADVERTISEMENT "I've been twice on the podium here before today and the first time [in 2015] was a surprise, and the second the confirmation of my earlier result," Alaphilippe said. "But I really needed to win a big race, and to do that and get my first Flche Wallonne ahead of Valverde is something very special." Explaining his lack of celebrations as he crossed the line, Alaphilippe revealed that "I didn't think I had won. I thought [Vincenzo] Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) was still ahead after breaking away. Then my cousin, who was waiting on the line, told me I had got it." You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Pinot shows form for the Giro d'Italia despite limited racing days
April 17, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) had only raced for nine days before starting the Tour of the Alps but showed he is on form as his double assault on the Giro d'Italia and Tour de France nears, finishing second on stage 2's mountain finish at Alpe di Pampeago behind Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana). Pinot dug deep on the steep final kilometres to the ski resort. He made one attack after Chris Froome (Team Sky) tried an acceleration but when he realised that it was impossible to get away into the headwind, he focused on being well placed for the sprint to the line. Lopez had the extra speed to kick ahead and win the stage but Pinot was able to beat new race leader Ivan Sosa (Androni Giocattoli) and distance Froome, finishing four seconds ahead of the Briton. He also gained a six-second time bonus for second place and so is now second overall, six seconds down on the young Colombian and ten seconds the better of Froome.ADVERTISEMENT Pinot crossed the finish line with his tongue out and his jersey open. After being pushed up the steep road by his Groupama-FDJ soigneur, he stopped and emptied a bottle of fluids. "It was a small group sprint so I thought I had a good chance," Pinot said, trying to hide his disappointment. "But it was very tactical because there was a headwind in the final kilometre, so you couldn't go from too far out, and you couldn't afford to make too many efforts. I was looking for the stage win because it's always important to win, but I was beaten in the sprint." You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Bardet previews 'spectacular' Tour de France stage 5
April 13, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Romain Bardet (AG2R La Mondiale) rode 85km of stage 5 of this year's Tour de France to Quimper in Brittany in a training session on Friday. The final 37km also feature in Saturday's Tour du Finistre, where Richie Porte, Tejay van Garderen (both BMC) and Warren Barguil (Fortuneo-Samsic) will also combine racing with vital Tour de Francereconnaissance. "It'll be a spectacular stage," Bardet said of the rolling, twisting stage, which is held the day before the double ascent to Mr-de-Bretagne. Bardet first made a name for himself at WorldTour level at the 2012 Amstel Gold Race, when he attacked in the finale of the race. Instead of competing in the Dutch event again on Sunday, he has opted to line up at the French Cup race Tour du Finistre on Saturday. He will then compete at Flche Wallonne (April 18) and Lige-Bastonge-Lige (April 22).ADVERTISEMENT "I wanted a change from my routine," Bardet told Cyclingnews at the end of a training session in the charming village of Locronan. "Tour du Finistre, being on Saturday, leaves one more day to prepare for my first Monument this season. It'll give me the speed in the legs that I need to tackle Lige-Bastogne-Lige. "I would have liked to take part in the Tro Bro Leon on Sunday but I need to save some energy for the following Sunday. Instead, Ive added the Flche Wallonne, which wasn't part of my initial plans but is also part of the process. It suits me less than Lige-Bastogne-Lige but I'll do it purely for training. I intend to make efforts in the finale, but I don't want to spread my goals. I'm looking forward to Lige." You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Cyclingnews Films: The Holy Week - Excerpt
April 13, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Cyclingnews highly anticipated debut film " The Holy Week " will be released on Vimeo on Monday April 16 at 14:00 CET. The film captures the emotions of one of the most compelling Classics campaigns of recent years, from the tension before the Tour of Flanders to the drama and thrilling finale of the velodrome finish at Paris-Roubaix. It tells the story of Quick-Step Floors domination on home roads at the Tour Flanders and how Peter Sagan and Bora-Hansgrohe defeated them and the rest of the peloton on the pave of Paris-Roubaix.ADVERTISEMENT The Cyclingnews film crew went behind the scenes with the biggest teams and followed the major Classics contenders, including Sagan, Greg Van Avermaet, Niki Terpstra, Philippe Gilbert and their teammates. We were granted exclusive access to team reconnaissance rides, the intimacy of the team buses, the massage table, post-race celebration parties and rider de-briefs. We bring new light on the dynamics within teams and showcase why the cobbled Classics hold such a special place within our sport. Last week we revealed a teaser of what is to come and above is an exclusive excerpt. This time we have behind the scenes footage, featuring Peter Sagan, Daniel Oss and the Bora-Hansgrohe team as they recon the Paris-Roubaix pave. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Watch Sunny King Criterium live streaming on Cyclingnews
April 07, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
The Sunny King Criterium will kick off the USA Cycling Pro Road Tour on Sunday, April 8 in Anniston, Alabama. Watch the women's and men's events live streaming right here on Cyclingnews. The women's race starts 6:20 p.m. followed by the men's race at 7:30 p.m. local time. Sunny King Criterium signifies the start of criterium season. It attracts a fun crowd because it coincides with a community festival, live music and a jumbotron showcasing the races for everyone to watch.The women's and men's races are held under the streetlights of historical Anniston after sundown. Races are held on a one-kilometre rectangular circuit with all left-hand turns; a long drag uphill through the start-finish line follows with tight back-to-back corners before a long downhill stretch into the last two corners. It's a battle for position heading into turn three and straight into turn four with only 200 metres uphill to the finish line.ADVERTISEMENT Organisers offer equal prize purses across both fields is set at $12,500. The women will race for 60 minutes and the men for 60 laps. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Paris-Roubaix: Dimension Data underdogs in search of luck
April 07, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Ravaged by injuries to several high-profile riders, and without a clear favourite, Dimension Data head into Paris-Roubaix hoping that fortune will be on their side. The team are missing Mark Cavendish, Bernhard Eisel, and Scott Thwaites through injury, while perennial Classics hope, Edvald Boasson Hagen, is still searching for his best from having had his spleen removed during the off-season. The Norwegian claimed fourth in Dwars door Vlaanderen before finishing 19th at the Tour of Flanders, and having finished fifth in Paris-Roubaix two seasons ago, will be looking for a strong performance. Julian Vermote dislocated his shoulder in the Tour of Flanders but is scheduled to race this Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT For directeur sportif, Rolf Aldag, the weather for Paris-Roubaix will be a significant factor. Although rain is not scheduled for Sunday the recent wet weather has left several sectors of cobbles covered in thick mud. Im not a weatherman so I cant predict what it will be like on race day but as far as our recon was concerned on Thursday, Ive never seen conditions like that before, Aldag said. Aldag was one of the few riders to race and finish the last truly wet Paris-Roubaix back in 2002, finishing 25th on a day that saw less than 45 riders make it to the velodrome. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Demare carries French hopes at Paris-Roubaix
April 06, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
After completing his reconnaissance of the Paris-Roubaix cobbles on Thursday, Arnaud Dmare (Groupama-FDJ) was at least able to see the funny side of his exclusion from Scheldeprijs the previous afternoon for ignoring a closing level crossing, quipping to reporters that "all of the lights are green," for the countdown to Sunday. The long wait for a French winner of Paris-Roubaix is not quite as long as the gap since the last home Tour de France champion " 21 years as opposed to 33 " but while Romain Bardet and Thibaut Pinot have shared the tag of being the men most likely to emulate Bernard Hinault, Dmare is currently France's only realistic contender for victory in the Hell of the North. Dmare's entourage includes the last Frenchman to triumph in the Roubaix velodrome, Frdric Guesdon. The Groupama-FDJ directeur sportif believes that Dmare has drawn considerable confidence from his sixth place a year ago after several years of ill fortune in the race he covets above all others.ADVERTISEMENT "He hadn't got results in Paris-Roubaix before last year other than as a junior and amateur, although that gives you confidence too," Guesdon told Cyclingnews. He would know " Guesdon finished second in the amateur Paris-Roubaix in 1994, three years before his triumph as a professional. "Finishing sixth last year was a big moment for Arnaud," Guesdon continued. "It gave him a lot of motivation for this season. He's coming in with a lot of confidence this year because he went well last time around and his physical condition is very good at the moment." With an eye to the Tour de France as much as to the Classics, Dmare has raced more sparingly in the early weeks of the season than he did last year, skipping Etoile de Bessges and starting his campaign at the Volta ao Algarve. Better suited to Paris-Roubaix Remembering 1997 You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Pedersen to play team role at Paris-Roubaix despite Flanders podium
April 06, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
A week ago, Mads Pedersen (Trek-Segafredo) had just taken his best ever result at a Classic with a commendable fifth place at Dwars door Vlaanderen. A few days later he would be standing on the podium in Oudenaarde after claiming second place at the Tour of Flanders. A week ago, Pedersen was a relative unknown, his Danish champion's jersey the easiest way of identifying the second-year Trek-Segafedo neo-pro. This Thursday, he was sat alongside John Degenkolb and Jasper Stuyven introduced by the team as a rider gunning for glory on Sunday at Paris-Roubaix. For now, Pedersen is keeping his feet firmly on the ground ahead Paris-Roubaix. Despite the breakthrough performance at last weekend's Tour of Flanders, the 22-year-old Dane says he will still play a support role for his two leaders Degenkolb and Stuyven.ADVERTISEMENT "Exactly the same as it was on Sunday morning," Pedersen said when asked what his feelings were ahead of Paris-Roubaix. "We are still here with two leaders for Sunday and my role will be exactly the same again. For sure, it gives me some more confidence for Roubaix but the feeling will be exactly the same. I know that we are doing exactly the same and the team is super strong and now I know that I can be in the final in the longer races. The feeling is really good and I'm confident that I can be in the final to help the guys. "I'm still young. I still have something to learn. We have two big guys here and they are for sure 100 per cent the leaders, like the last races also." From a sore loser to team player Stuyven ready for another good result You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Paris-Roubaix reconnaissance - Gallery
April 05, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Three days before the start of Paris-Roubaix, many of the riders took to the route to test their equipment, their legs and their skills on the cobblestone sections of the course. World Champion Peter Sagan was among those who went out with his Bora-Hansgrohe teammates to find several of the sectors covered in thick mud. "It's okay, it's once a year," Sagan told Wielerkrant. "A dry or wet edition makes a world of difference, it changes the style of the course."ADVERTISEMENT Sagan finished a disappointed sixth in the Tour of Flanders after taking a stellar victory in Gent-Wevelgem. He described his form as "good enough". "I'm not bad, but also not super. Good enough, I'd say." The prospect of a muddy Paris-Roubaix will thrill many fans, but with sun and warm temperatures forecast for the coming days, much of the mud will turn to dust. " BORA " hansgrohe (@BORAhansgrohe) April 5, 2018 " Dylan Groenewegen (@GroenewegenD) April 5, 2018 " Team Sky (@TeamSky) April 5, 2018 " Paris-Roubaix (@Paris_Roubaix) April 5, 2018 " Paris-Roubaix (@Paris_Roubaix) April 5, 2018 " Team COFIDIS (@TeamCOFIDIS) April 5, 2018 You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...

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