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Ochowicz: CCC Team didn't have the head count for the Classics
May 13, 2019 (06:30) [ Indexed from ]
CCC Team general manager Jim Ochowicz said his team will look to bolster its Classics roster for next year in order to better support star rider Greg Van Avermaet, who netted just two Classics podium finishes this year after having previously won Paris-Roubaix, Gent-Wevelgem, the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and the E3 Harelbeke. "We didn't have the head count to fight the battle with other teams that had a little more ammunition than us," Ochowicz told Cyclingnews on Sunday in Sacramento after the finish of stage 1 of the Tour of California. "A one-rider shot at the Classics is a little tough. You can see it with other teams, too, that have the same thing we've got to fight with. But we still get our piece of the cake every once in awhile, and our plan is to really build up a little bit more for 2020, and probably lighten that load a little bit for Greg and some others in that situation."ADVERTISEMENT Van Avermaet managed second at the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad " a race he won in 2017 and 2016 " and he was third at the E3 BinckBank Classic, but the 2016 Olympic road race champion wasn't able to add another line to his already-impressive Classics palmares for the second consecutive year. Ochowicz's CCC Team, which rose from the ashes of the former CCC Sprandi Polkowice Pro Continental team and the former BMC Racing WorldTour team, has notched four wins so far this season, with Van Avermaet taking wins at the Volta a Valencia and the Tour de Yorkshire, and Paddy Bevin winning the New Zealand time trial title and stage 2 of the Tour Down Under. It's a bit of a slower win pace than Ochowicz was used to at BMC, but he said that things have been going well for his new project. You can read more at More...
McCabe just shy of victory at Tour of California
May 13, 2019 (06:30) [ Indexed from ]
Travis McCabe may not have won the opening stage at the Tour of California, but placing second to three-time world champion Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) was good enough for the American sprinter. Racing for the USA National Team, McCabe started his final sprint from further back, hitting out in pursuit of Sagan, and finishing second by less than a wheel length in Sacramento. "I felt great," said McCabe, who celebrated his 30th birthday on the WorldTour podium. "I was in a perfect position with one kilometre to go, and I knew that this finish was slightly uphill with a bit of a headwind. I was on the right wheel, following Peter, and was able to open it up. I had the legs, so I'm ecstatic to get second place and represent USA Cycling." McCabe told the press following the race that he hadn't expected to challenge for the final of stage 1 because it was better suited to the pure sprinters, and he instead was eyeing lumpier stages later in the week. His teammate, Tyler Stites, represented the national team in the all-day breakaway, winning the first intermediate sprint and then securing the Best Young Rider jersey, which allowed McCabe the luxury of sitting in the field and conserving his energy for the three finish circuits in downtown Sacramento.ADVERTISEMENT Asked if he thought he could beat Sagan, given that the finish was close, McCabe said, "Maybe. I thought that I could beat him. I had good legs, a lot of speed, but I was a little bit further behind,and was maybe coming from two wheels back from Peter. "I'm happy with second. It doesn't matter where you start the sprint; it only matters where it ends. I'm happy with second. It's a great birthday present for me." The Tour of California made the jump up to the WorldTour in 2016, and no longer supports Continental teams. Allowing USA Cycling to field a roster provides valuable opportunities for American riders who would not otherwise earn a starting spot at the seven-day race. You can read more at More...
Ex-pro Danilo Hondo fired after blood doping confession
May 13, 2019 (06:30) [ Indexed from ]
Ex-pro Danilo Hondo has been sacked from his position as an elite national coach by the Swiss Cycling Federation after confessing his involvement in the Erfurt blood doping scandal. In a press release, the federation said that they have dismissed the 45-year-old without notice after he confessed to German broadcaster ARD about his blood doping in 2011. Hondo is the latest cyclist to be caught up in the Erfurt scandal, after Georg Preidler and Stefan Denifl. "We decided to give Danilo a second chance," said Thomas Peter, Technical Director of Swiss Cycling. "We were convinced of his qualities as a coach and we are still today. We are deeply disappointed and have to digest this message first."ADVERTISEMENT Hondo, who worked as an under-23 coach at Swiss Cycling from January 2015, and as an elite coach there since September 2016, told ARD, "I informed the cycling federation on Sunday morning. Everyone was shocked. "I have to say " and this has been on my mind all night " I had this moment of weakness. I made the biggest mistake of my life and agreed to this thing. This news is the latest revelation in the Erfurt scandal, which saw German doctor Mark Schmidt run a doping ring from the city. Schmidt was arrested in raids at the Nordic Ski World Championships in Seefeld, Austria in February, and in the days afterwards, both Preidler and Denifl confessed their involvement. You can read more at More...
Ackermann sprints to first Giro d'Italia stage victory " Video
May 13, 2019 (06:30) [ Indexed from ]
Pascal Ackermann (Bora-Hansgrohe) won stage 2 of theGiro dItalia to take his maiden Grand Tour stage victory in Fucecchio. The in-form German beat Elia Viviani (Deceuninck-Quick Step) and Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal) to the line, coming off the wheel of Fernando Gaviria (UAE Team Emirates) to launch his sprint. Ewan kicked off the dash for the line, benefitting from a stellar lead-out from his team, but lost out to Ackermann in a head-to-head drag over the closing 200 metres.ADVERTISEMENT Im so happy, said Ackermann after his win. It was my first chance to win a stage and we did it great. I think all the team is more motivated and its good for the next three weeks. Watch the highlights from stage 2 of the 2019 Giro dItalia below. You can read more at More...
Ackermann quickly proves he deserved Bora's Giro dItalia sprint spot
May 13, 2019 (06:30) [ Indexed from ]
Pascal Ackermann quickly showed that Bora-Hansgrohe made the right decision to give him their sprinter spot for the Giro dItalia ahead of Irelands Sam Bennett, winning the first mass finish in Fucecchio with impressive show of speed and confidence. Bennett won three stages in last years Giro dItalia and with Peter Sagan leading the team at the Tour de France he was hoping to return again in 2019. However, the Bora-Hansgrohe management made it clear that 25-year-old Ackermann would get the spot, with his German national champions jersey apparently a key factor for the German team. "It wasnt easy for the team to decide who should go to the Giro dItalia but I think they went for me because Im younger and did some good performances last year," Ackermann said, clearly ecstatic to have won the first Giro dItalia sprint on his Grand Tour debut.ADVERTISEMENT "I wanted to ride a Grand Tour last year but they made wait because we have a lot of sprinters. This year they gave me the chance but told me that I had to be focussed and in good shape. I hope Ive paid back the faith the team showed in me. "My team is 100 per cent behind me and I work 100 per cent for them. I think thats a good relationship. Im just happy I can give them something back." Finding happiness in cycling success Ackermann couldnt stop smiling after his stage victory, knowing he had taken some huge scalps by beating Elia Viviani, Caleb Ewan and Fernando Gaviria. You can read more at More...
Roglic gives nothing away at Giro d'Italia
May 13, 2019 (06:30) [ Indexed from ]
Primo Rogli(Jumbo-Visma) had the look of a man who was already questioning the benefits of wearing the maglia rosa at this early stage of the Giro d'Italia by the time it came to his third live television interview after stage 2 in Fucecchio. A resounding winner of the opening time trial in Bologna, Rogli finished safely in the main peloton on Sunday afternoon to retain the overall lead, 19 seconds clear of Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) and 23 ahead of Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida). Nibali was a guest on RAI television's Processo alla Tappa post-stage analysis show, and so after putting on a fresh pink jersey and uncorking the day's bottle of prosecco on the podium, Rogli was patched through via an earpiece to offer a brief assessment of the home favourite's talents.ADVERTISEMENT "Yeah, of course. He's a big champion. He's won a lot of big races. Hopefully we'll have a big fight," Rogli said dutifully, before downplaying the idea that he feared Nibali or any rival in particular. "I think you don't need to have fear. We just like to race. That's all we can do." At his press conference later, Rogli would reach for a variation on the same answer when asked to rate the threat posed by Yates, the man who came closest to matching his infernal rhythm on the time trial that finished atop the Colle della Guardia on Saturday evening. "Of course, there's a lot of good riders in the peloton. I don't think about anybody in particular," he said. "We just try to stay focused on our job and leave it at that." Jumbo-Visma's job on Sunday afternoon was to ensure Rogli finished safely alongside all of the main contenders for final overall victory on a stage where rain showers rendered some descents rather more treacherous than advertised in the road book. Like Bugno in 1990? You can read more at More...
Campenaerts disappointed with Tour de Romandie time trial performance
May 06, 2019 (21:30) [ Indexed from ]
New Hour Record holder Victor Campenaerts (Lotto Soudal) says that he's been left disappointed by his time-trial performances at the Tour de Romandie, despite having finished second to overall race winner Primo Rogli (Jumbo-Visma) on the final test around Geneva on Sunday. Campenaerts hoped to take his good form from setting a new best distance for the Hour Record in mid-April into the opening time trial stage of the Swiss stage race last Tuesday, but crashed on the Neuchtel course, leaving him to limp home in last place. Campenaerts rode consistently over the following five days, finishing the race 83rd overall, but had gone into the final stage hoping that he might be able to make amends and win over the 16.85km course. It wasn't to be, and the 27-year-old had no choice but to settle for second place on the day, 13 seconds off Rogli's winning time.ADVERTISEMENT "I rode the best possible time trial," the Belgian said on his team's website. "The first part included some climbing and was really tough, but I'm very good at riding uphill on my time trial bike. However, there was still someone who does that even better, and that's Primo Rogli. The team prepared everything to perfection, so it's a pity I couldn't reward them with the victory. "Throughout the week, I'd already noticed that Rogli was riding on another level, so I knew it would be difficult to beat him. Of course, I'm very disappointed. The prologue, in which I crashed, was a wasted opportunity. I've thought about it a lot. I took too many risks and it backfired on me," he said. Campenaerts now heads to the Giro d'Italia as part of a Lotto Soudal squad that also includes Australian sprinter Caleb Ewan and breakaway specialist Thomas De Gendt. There are three individual time trials at this year's Corsa Rosa, and Campenaerts has an eye on all of them, although they're all far from flat. You can read more at More...
Gaviria relishing leadership role for Giro d'Italia
May 06, 2019 (21:30) [ Indexed from ]
UAE Team Emirates' Fernando Gaviria says that he's looking forward to leading his team at the upcoming Giro d'Italia, where the Colombian sprinter will have strong support in his efforts to take stage wins in the absence of an overall contender for the team. Gaviria starts what is only his third Grand Tour at the Giro this coming weekend, having last ridden the Italian race in 2017, when he won four stages, the points classification and spent a day in the pink leader's jersey. Last year, he rode the Tour de France, where he won the opening stage and took the race's first yellow jersey, and went on to win a second stage three days later. "Winning the points classification jersey and the four stage victories in 2017 lifted me into the elite sprinters' group," Gaviria said on his team's website of his 2017 Giro experience. "Those were beautiful and very important moments for me, and the thought of having the chance to relive them is exciting."ADVERTISEMENT However, his hopes of once again taking home the ciclamino points jersey are tempered by the fact that there are relatively few sprint opportunities in the second half of this year's race. "In the first half of the Giro, the stages will offer sprinters a good number of opportunities," he said. "As usual, there will be no straightforward stages, so even we sprinters, and our teams, will always have to fight for the sprint finish. "The goal is to make the most of the opportunities to compete in sprints," Gaviria continued. "It'll be very difficult to fight for the points classification, because the second part of the Giro will be almost exclusively for the climbers." You can read more at More...
Roglic: Romandie victory was 'perfect preparation for the Giro'
May 06, 2019 (21:30) [ Indexed from ]
Primo Rogli (Team Jumbo-Visma) triumphed at the Tour de Romandie on Sunday afternoon, sealing his third stage race victory from three so far in 2019. The Slovenian's dominant performance in Switzerland has only cemented his position as a top favourite for the Giro dItalia, which starts next weekend. Rogli won three of six stages in Romandie, also finishing second in the prologue and third on another stage. The comprehensive victory, which saw him beat Rui Costa (UAE Team Emirates)and Geraint Thomas (Team Ineos) by 49 seconds and 1:12, respectively, is surely the perfect lead-in to the Italian race, which Rogli returns to after two years spent targeting the Tour de France. "I'm very happy with my third stage victory and my overall victory," said Rogli in a post-race team statement. "This victory Is a team achievement; the entire team was fantastic this week.ADVERTISEMENT "It shows how much we have grown as a team, and that's really nice to see. I enjoyed it." The victory continues a stunning run of form that has seen the 29-year-old begin his season with wins at the UAE Tour and Tirreno-Adriatico before this week's win. Riders such as Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) and Jakob Fuglsang (Astana) have both been in great stage-racing form to start the year, but it's hard to argue that anybody has been better than Rogli. It is, however, tough to gauge where many of the Giro contenders are in relation to each other at this moment in time, with only Katusha-Alpecin's Ilnur Zakarin at Romandie " finishing eighth " while many other big names haven't raced since the Ardennes Classics or earlier. You can read more at More...
Tour de Yorkshire finale with Froome, Lawless and Van Avermaet " Podcast
May 06, 2019 (21:30) [ Indexed from ]
In the latest episode of the Cyclingnews podcast brought to you in association with Sportful, Pinarello and Floyd's of Leadville, Daniel Benson and Philippa York wrap up the final day's action from the Tour de Yorkshire. The stage finished in Leeds with Greg Van Avermaet (CCC Team) winning ahead of the Team Ineos duo of Chris Lawless and Eddie Dunbar. Lawless' second place on the stage was enough for the British rider to win his first stage race, and take Team Ineos' first win since their launch earlier in the week. We hear from Lawless on his victory, and from Van Avermaet after the Olympic road champion took his second win of the season.ADVERTISEMENT We catch up withChris Froome after the four-time Tour de France winner's attack set up Dunbar and Lawless on the road to Leeds. Froome talks about his form and the Tour de Yorkshire, but keeps his cards close to his chest when it comes to the Ineos line-up for the Giro d'Italia. Speaking of the Italian Grand Tour, Dunbar may be about to make his debut at a three week-race. We interview him at the finish in Leeds, with Team Ineos set to announce the full Giro d'Italia line-up in the next 24 hours. Sponsor message You can read more at More...
Chris Froome leaves Tour de Yorkshire on track for Tour de France
May 06, 2019 (21:30) [ Indexed from ]
Chris Froome (Team Ineos) started the week defending his new team sponsorafter petrochemical company Ineos were unveiled as Sky's replacement, but at the end of the Tour de Yorkshire, the four-time Tour de France winner was rather more upbeat. On the final stage of the Tour de Yorkshire, it was Froome, alongside the superb Eddie Dunbar, who set up teammate Chris Lawless for the overall win with a stinging attack on the final climb. Froome rode the four-day event as a super-domestique, but made the podium after Team Ineos took victory in the team classification. Lawless ceded the stage to 2018 winnerGreg Van Avermaet, but took the overall plaudits ahead of the Belgian and teammate Dunbar. "I'm feeling good for early May. I've still got some work to do. but that's natural with two months to go," Froome told Cyclingnews when asked about his form ahead of the Tour de France in July.ADVERTISEMENT "I definitely feel good. The form is getting better and better now. I still have a long way to go, but that's normal. I've got some hard work ahead of me," he had told television cameras just after the stage finish. "To win our first race is spectacular. I'm super proud of how the guys rode today. Chris was able to follow Greg Van Avermaet in the final, and he rode a fantastic race. He fully deserves his victory. I've really enjoyed riding on home roads, and, even though the weather has been Yorkshire weather, the people have been super friendly. For a start for Ineos we couldn't have asked for much more." From the hills of Yorkshire, Froome will head home before heading away to recon several Tour de France stages. He will then link up with his teammates for a training camp before taking part in his final pre-Tour race at the Critrium du Dauphin in June. His teammate, and defending Tour de France champion, Geraint Thomas, is set to race the Tour de Suisse in June. You can read more at More...
Van Avermaet ends spring with Tour de Yorkshire stage win
May 06, 2019 (21:30) [ Indexed from ]
Greg Van Avermaet (CCC Team) came into the season with lofty goals of adding to his collection of one-day wins but the former Paris-Roubaix winner ended his Classics campaign with just two podiums after missing out on a second Monument. However, the Olympic road race champion at least managed to end his spring with the consolation of a victory on the final day of the Tour de Yorkshire. Van Avermaet may not have been able to defend his 2018 crown in Yorkshire but he rallied with a late attack before outsprinting overall race winner Chris Lawless and his Ineos teammate Eddie Dunbar in Leeds. Thats the maximum I could have taken out of the stage, with Ineos really strong, Van Avermaet confirmed at the finish. I think that I did the race that I had to do and Im really happy to win a stage.ADVERTISEMENT "I followed on the climbs and it was really good for me. I had to close down Dunbar otherwise it would have nearly impossible to do something. Lawless was in my wheel and it was hard for me to take the overall, but Im really happy that I took a stage. It was something important. The win in Leeds represented CCC Teams first triumph since Van Avermaets win on stage 3 of the Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana in February. During the spring classics, the squad were a constant presence with Van Avermaet taking podium spots in both Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and E3 BinckBank Classic. However, in Paris-Roubaix and The Tour of Flanders the 33-year-old was unable to challenge for the podium. His spring then extended into the Ardennes with outings in Amstel Gold Race and Lige-Bastogne-Lige. The Tour de Yorkshire represents his last race before a welcome break, and a chance to recharge his batteries before building back up for the second part of the year, where his focus will lie on the Tour de France and World Championships. You can read more at More...
Tough decisions for Team Ineos after Bernals Giro dItalia miss
May 06, 2019 (21:30) [ Indexed from ]
According to Chris Froome, the spot once occupied by Egan Bernal at this years Giro dItalia has already been filled by the team, but at the Team Ineos bus at the Tour de Yorkshire, the squads management were not giving anything away. On Saturday afternoon,Cyclingnews broke the news that Bernal had crashed in training in his native Colombia, breaking his collarbone. The Paris-Nice winner was set to lead Team Ineos at a Grand Tour for the first time, but his absence " just a week out from the race " has put the teams Giro dItalia plans under serious consideration. Chris Froome and Geraint Thomas have been plotting their trajectory towards the Tour de France for several months, and Froome ruled himself out of consideration for the Giro spot when questioned in Yorkshire on Sunday morning.ADVERTISEMENT Thomas is currently riding the Tour de Romandie, and although his form is improving by the week he has battled throughout the winter to ensure himself of a leadership spot at the Tour this July. Bernals unfortunate accident is unlikely to spark a change in mentality. At the same time, the squad are unlikely to want to try and dilute their Tour de France armoury in order to concentrate on a race the have won just once. Theyre still discussing and they have to find the right option, Servais Knaven told Cyclingnews on Sunday morning. I dont think that well go with another GC option because its so late. I dont see anyone getting ready for GC. We cant change the programmes for Geraint or Froome. Geraint is going really good in Romandie but not at the level to win a Grand Tour, while Froome is still building up. I dont think thats going to happen. To find the same level of rider isnt going to happen. You can read more at More...
Viviani confident he will be ready for Giro d'Italia
May 06, 2019 (21:30) [ Indexed from ]
Elia Viviani (Deceuninck-QuickStep) abandoned the Tour de Romandie ahead of stage 4 due to the effects of influenza but the Italian champion has confirmed that he will line out as planned at the Giro dItalia, which gets underway in Bologna next Saturday. The Tour de Romandie was Vivianis first race in over a month, as he had not pinned on a race number since bringing the curtain down on his early-season campaign at Gent-Wevelgem. Viviani betrayed signs of suffering on the first road stage but was keen to rack up racing miles in Switzerland ahead of the Giro. I carried on for a few days because it was important to do a good block of work, Viviani told La Gazzetta dello Sport. Im on antibiotics. My nose is blocked but the coughing has passed.ADVERTISEMENT Saturdays stage 4 was shortened by 70km due to the threat of snow in the Prealps and Viviani was one of six riders who opted not to start the stage, reasoning that the conditions would not help his recovery from illness. Given the weather, it was best not to exaggerate, Viviani said. Now Ill have a couple of quiet days and I hope that everything will be resolved by Saturday. I picked up the flu these past few days. The immune system was low after weeks of training, but we should be ready in time for the Giro. Viviani won four stages and the points classification at the 2018 Giro and he will headline the rollcall of sprinters at this years race. The 30-year-old has landed four victories so far this season and should have his first chance to add to that tally on stage 2 to Fucecchio. You can read more at More...
Ineos protests, Brailsford reacts and Yorkshire highlights " Podcast
May 03, 2019 (11:30) [ Indexed from ]
In the latest episode of the Cyclingnews podcast, brought to you by Sportful, Pinarello and Floyd's of Leadville, we report from stage 1 of the Tour de Yorkshire. We hear from stage winner and race leader Jesper Asselman(Roompot-Charles)and 18-year-old American Kevin Vermaerke, who was part of the early break and almost survived to the finish in Selby. Philippa York and Daniel Benson also talk about the low-key, but vocal, protestors who turned out to demonstrate against Team Ineos and their owner Jim Ratcliffe. We hear from a protestor who had changed his name legally to Joe Public, while at the finish we caught up with a vitriolic Dave Brailsford, who came out swinging, telling the press: "There was hardly anybody there, let's be honest " let's be real for once. The 15,000-mob that was to attack me this morning didn't really materialise. That's the reality. There were people there with the right to an opinion, and I respect that, but they've got a right to their opinion and that's it." To subscribe to the Cyclingnews podcast, click here Sponsor messageADVERTISEMENT Born in the Italian Dolomites, Sportful has been making athletes faster, more efficient and better protected since 1972. Official apparel supplier to Team Virtu Cycling, Bora-Hansgrohe and Bahrain Merida.The same Pro Issue apparel, which includes our BodyFit Pro and Fiandre lines, worn by Marta Bastianelli, Peter Sagan and Vincenzo Nibali, is available to purchase by all cyclists. BodyFit Pro " a form fitting design with a focus on enhanced aerodynamics " was created specifically for the rigours of pro bike racing.Our versatile Fiandre line uses proprietary technology to keep you dry and comfortable in inclement, variable weather conditions.Sportful leads the market with innovative and technical apparel so you can experience those unforgettable moments, and your very best days on a bike. For more details visit Follow the ride on Instagram: @sportful You can read more at More...
Brailsford: The 15,000-mob didn't materialise
May 03, 2019 (11:30) [ Indexed from ]
The large number of anti-fracking protestors expected to demonstrate against Team Ineos and their owner Jim Ratcliffe failed to appear on stage 1 of the Tour de Yorkshire, with team principal Dave Brailsford highlighting that there were more fans outside the team bus than those wearing Ratcliffe 'devil masks' or protesting against Ineos' involvement in cycling. There were pockets of protestors both outside the Team Ineos bus and at the start line in Doncaster but at the finish in Selby a relaxed Brailsford appeared outside the Ineos bus to sign autographs and point out to the media that the passive and supportive crowds easily outnumbered the environmentalists who had turned up earlier in the day. "I had to hunt them down first because I couldn't find them," Brailsford told Cyclingnews and a small group of journalists.ADVERTISEMENT "There was hardly anybody there, let's be honest " let's be real for once. The 15,000-mob that was to attack me this morning didn't really materialise. That's the reality. There were people there with the right to an opinion and I respect that but they've got a right to their opinion and that's it." In the buildup to the race, Team Ineos faced criticism from environmental and local groups over the petrochemical company's plastic and fracking businesses. On Wednesday the team bused the media to a secret location in the Yorkshire countryside in a bid to stop protestors appearing at the team launch. When asked whether he and the team had any concerns over unveiling Ineos as the lead sponsor at the Tour de Yorkshire, Brailsford pushed back, despite Wednesday's level of secrecy. You can read more at More...
Asselman rescues Roompot's season at Tour de Yorkshire
May 03, 2019 (11:30) [ Indexed from ]
Jesper Asselman came to the rescue for his Roompot-Charles team with a win on stage 1 of the Tour de Yorkshire. The Dutch rider was part of the early breakaway and held off the chasing bunch by just a few metres to take his team's first win of the 2019 season. In wet condition, Asselman and his remaining breakaway companions; Kevin Vermaerke (Hagens Berman Axeon), Daniel Bigham (Ribble Pro Cycling), and Joseph Nally (Great Britain National Team) never managed to build a secure lead but on the road from Doncaster to Selby they held firm and in scenes reminiscent of last year's opening stage of the Tour de Yorkshire Asselman narrowly survived after jumping clear of the break just as the bunch had them in reach. Filippo Fortin (Cofidis) led the bunch home in second place but it's Asselman who will lead the Tour de Yorkshire on stage 2. For Asselman the win ended a difficult chapter in his career after a serious injury sustained last spring.ADVERTISEMENT "Last year a really tough year, I broke my ankle and I was almost the whole year off the bike. In the spring, with the classics I already felt I was really strong but I didn't feel like it was going my way, and I was a little frustrated. That this happened now - I still can't believe it. It's really awesome to start the second part of the season like this," the 29-year-old said at the finish. The relief was clear to see at the finish with Roompot riders celebrating after a difficult start the season. This result was only their second trip the podium this season after a third place in the Circuit Cycliste Sarthe earlier in the year. The team's off-season was marred in controversy and doubt after a merger between Veranda's Willems-Crelan and Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij, and the subsequent loss of start rider Wout van Aert to Jumbo Visma. "I thought we were going to get caught [earlier] because the advantage went down really fast in the last 15 to 20km," Asselman said. "When we went underneath the flamme rouge I knew we had a little chance, but I knew I had to stay calm and wait for the right moment. It was a little bit of a gamble, but I went through a small gap on the inside and just went full gas. I looked under my elbow and saw it was going to happen. You can read more at More...
Pinarello launches Dogma F12 " Video
May 03, 2019 (11:30) [ Indexed from ]
On Wednesday, Pinarello launched the all-new Dogma F12 road bike to be used by Team Ineos for the first time this week at the Tour de Yorkshire. The bike is available in both rim and disc brake versions and was also released with a new integrated handlebar system from Pinarello's component brand Most. Pinarello says the Dogma F12 is stiffer and more aerodynamic than the outgoing Dogma F10 through all-new tube profiles and the use of new carbon technology.ADVERTISEMENT The bikes will be available as frameset only or as full builds in three different colour options, including black on black, black uranus red, and Team Ineos colours. You can learn more about the bike in our original article here and get a first look at Pinarello's new flagship bike in the video below. You can read more at More...
Team Sunweb name squad to back Dumoulin at Giro d'Italia
May 03, 2019 (11:30) [ Indexed from ]
Tom Dumoulin can count on the support of a young and talented Team Sunweb squad for the Giro d'Italia but will only have Sam Oomen to help him in the decisive high mountains of the Italian Grand Tour. Team Sunweb have selected Jan Bakelants, the USA's Chad Haga, Australia's Chris Hamilton, Jai Hindley and Robert Power, Sam Oomen and Louis Vervaeke for the first Grand Tour of the season that begins in Bologna on Saturday, May 11. Wilco Kelderman was expected to provide important support in the mountains but he crashed out of the Volta a Catalunya in late March, fracturing his left collarbone and a neck vertebrae. The 23-year-old Oomen was scheduled to ride the Tour de France this season after impressing and finishing ninth on his Grand Tour debut at last year's Giro d'Italia. After Kelderman's crash, Dumoulin pushed to have Oomen with him in Italy and so he pulled out of the Itzulia Basque Country to change his plans for May and prepare for the Giro d'Italia.ADVERTISEMENT Dumoulin will again try to target both the Giro d'Italia and the Tour de France this year. Last year he finished he finished second behind Chris Froome in Italy and then was second behind Geraint Thomas at the Tour de France. Dumoulin won the 2017 Giro d'Italia, ahead of Nairo Quintana and Nibali. The route of the 2019 Giro d'Italia includes three time trials, convincing him to ride yet again but he faces serious opposition from Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida), Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma), Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott), Mikel Landa (Movistar) and Egan Bernal (Team Ineos). Dumoulin was happy with his early-season form but struggled in the cold and rain at Lige-Bastogne-Lige after recently returning from an altitude training camp, finishing 50th. You can read more at More...
Kuss to replace Gesink in Jumbo-Visma's Giro d'Italia squad
May 03, 2019 (11:30) [ Indexed from ]
Sepp Kuss will replace the injured Robert Gesink in Jumbo-Vismas line-up at this months Giro dItalia, the team have confirmed. Gesink was originally slated as one of the seven men to support Primoz Roglic at the Corsa Rosa, but the Dutchman suffered a broken collarbone and pelvis in a crash during Sunday's Lige-Bastogne-Lige. Kuss has been training at altitude recently ahead of the Tour of California, so the American should be able to slot into the team with relative ease. The Giro will be Kuss second Grand Tour and his first appearance at the Italian race. The 24-year-old Kuss turned professional with Jumbo-Visma last year, having previously raced with the US Rally team. He made a big impression in the latter half of the year, winning the Tour of Utah before going on to debut at the Vuelta a Espaa. At the Spanish Grand Tour, Kuss was one of the key riders in the mountains for team leader Steven Kruijswijk.ADVERTISEMENT Floris De Tier was initially intended to be on the Giro dItalia squad but the Belgian has been suffering with a bowel inflammation recently. According to Het Nieuwsblad, he will now turn his focus onto the Tour of California, Tour of Norway and Tour de Suisse. In the build-up to the Giro dItalia, Jumbo-Visma have kept the vast majority of their team racing together across the UAE Tour and Tirreno-Adriatico in February and March. In April, a number of the team, including Gesink, headed to the Ardennes while Jos van Emden is with Roglic at the Tour de Romandie this week. Kuss has not raced with any of the other Giro dItalia riders so far, competing in a solely Spain-based programme so far. His last race was the Itzulia Basque Country at the start of April. You can read more at More...
Jim Ratcliffe: Ineos will leave cycling if team caught doping
May 03, 2019 (11:30) [ Indexed from ]
Jim Ratcliffe has told the BBC that Ineos will pull its backing of Dave Braislford's squad if they are ever caught cheating or doping. Ratcliffe, who acquired the team from Sky and unveiled the new kit on Wednesday in Yorkshire, stated that he and Ineos had done their due diligence before investing in cyclings biggest and most successful team in recent years. "We did our due diligence. I have absolutely no interest in cheating or drugs," Ratcliffe told BBC Sport. "The day that any of that enters our world, well be exiting that world."ADVERTISEMENT Ratcliffe has invested heavily in sport in recent months, first moving into sailing and now cycling. There are reports he has looked at buying English Premier League club Chelsea, while there has also been speculation of a possible takeover of Nice football club. On Wednesday, Ratcliffe was asked by the media whether he was concerned with some of the controversy Team Sky had courted in recent years. Their incredible success in Grand Tours has also come at a time in which UKAD launched a 14-month investigation into a suspect package delivered to Team Sky during the 2011 Critrium du Dauphin. There was an accusation that that the package contained the corticosteroid triamcinolone - banned in-competition without a Therapeutic Use Exemption - a claim that the team denied. The UKAD investigation was closed without any anti-doping charges issued but a UK Parliamentary Select Committee later declared that "the credibility of Team Sky and British Cycling is in tatters - they are in a terrible position." You can read more at More...
Van der Breggen 'too cold' to defend winning streak at Liege-Bastogne-Liege
April 29, 2019 (03:30) [ Indexed from ]
'Cold' was the first word that Anna van der Breggen (Boels Dolmans) chose to describe her attemptedLige-Bastogne-Lige defence. The two-time champion could only manage 12th place on Sunday, saying that the weather conditions had got to her and she was too cold to challenge for the win. It had been a cool week in Belgium in the lead-up to the race, but the weather conditions came to a head over the weekend with torrential downpours and single-digit temperatures. There were occasional dry spells, but it wasn't long enough for the riders to warm up, and Van der Breggen found the conditions tough going. "I was too cold to do anything today," Van der Breggen told Cyclingnews. "It was really cold. When it's dry, I don't think its a problem, but the rain made it cold."ADVERTISEMENT Van der Breggen was still in the mix when the race came to the penultimate climb of the Cte de la Redoute. However, she couldn't respond when Annemiek van Vleuten (Mitchelton-Scott) upped the pace at the bottom of the steep climb. Once Van Vleuten had gone up the road, the chasers struggled to find a consensus to work together. Added to the mix were some seemingly incorrect time checks, which led the group to hold off on the chase for a short while. In the end, Van Vleuten had 1:39 on the next rider by the time she reached the finish line. "I was in a good position and the girls did really well, but I just needed time to warm up my muscles to do anything. Annemiek went really hard from the bottom to the top. She was the strongest on the climb, and she was gone," explained Van der Breggen. You can read more at More...
Adam Yates comes close to first Liege-Bastogne-Liege podium
April 29, 2019 (03:30) [ Indexed from ]
Adam Yates(Mitchelton-Scott) came extremely close to his first Monument podium at Liege-Bastogne-Liege but just missed out, finishing in fourth place on the Rue d'Avroy just under a minute behind the winner Jakob Fuglsang. Though he came so close, Yates was not disappointed and was instead satisfied that he had managed to better his previous best result of eighth in 2017. "It was a tough day. All day in the rain and then in the final I was feeling ok, but stronger guys were up ahead of me. I improved on my eighth of a couple of years ago, fourth now. Maybe in the future I can go better, but right now fourth is good for me," he said at the finish. Yates says that fourth place was the best that he could have hoped for at given the way the race played out. Yates found himself in a large chasing group behind Fuglsang and Davide Formolo, who were alone up the road. With Formolo's teammate Max Schachmann in the group, he knew that making the podium was going to be a difficult task.ADVERTISEMENT "Oh yeah, I saw him in the Basque country and he can climb and he can sprint, he can do almost anything so fourth was the best that was going to come from that group, and fourth it was. Yates was midway down the main group of favourites when Fuglsang pulled away halfway up the Roche-aux-Facons. He did not have the legs to go with the Astana rider and hoped that the group would be able to pull him back before the line. But after a long and hard race, the chasers struggled to make ground on Fuglsang. "He went at the right time, on a steep bit and at that point in the race you kind of gamble a little bit and hope that he's gone too early or there's a bit of work from behind but everyone was on their hands and knees and he was by far the strongest. So, congrats to him," said Yates. You can read more at More...
Alaphilippe finishes Liege-Bastogne-Liege with no regrets and an 'empty tank'
April 29, 2019 (03:30) [ Indexed from ]
When Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep) finally descended from his team bus after his Lige-Bastogne-Lige defeat, the cheer from waiting fans that went up was almost as big as if he had won. He finished 16th after he faded on the Cote des Roche aux Faucons, and his face was grim when he crossed the line and he jumped over some low-lying barriers after the line to get to the bus as quickly as possible. But despite the disappointment, Alaphilippe took his defeat gracefully, re-emerging from the bus, to spend time signing autographs for young fans.ADVERTISEMENT As the Frenchman pointed out to the journalists afterwards, he had much to celebrate about 2019, and if Lige had not worked out as well as he wanted, "many riders would be delighted with what Ive achieved so far this year. "I have no regrets because I finished this race totally empty, I was scraping right at the bottom of the tank, it's been quite a while since I've finished a race like that," Alaphilippe told reporters. "So I feel like I've been knocked flat but even so I'm still satisfied with my race." Deceuninck-QuickStep took an aggressive line in the race, pushing hard to keep their rivals under control, briefly sending Philippe Gilbert up the road before trying to keep a dangerous 10-rider break in hand. You can read more at More...
Garate: Fuglsang was superior and he blew us apart
April 29, 2019 (03:30) [ Indexed from ]
Team EF Education First's directors for Lige-Bastogne-Lige put a brave face on Michael Woods' fifth place at La Doyenne, praising the rider for a strong effort on one of the toughest races of the season, much of it held in very difficult weather conditions.. Woods went with the key move of the race at a point when almost all the other top favourites, including Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep), had fallen off the pace. The Canadian and Davide Formolo (Bora-Hansgrohe) stayed with Jakob Fuglsang (Astana Pro Team), with Woods the first to fall behind, then Formolo when the Dane made his final, definitive acceleration.ADVERTISEMENT It was only on the final, long descent to Lige that Woods, second last year, was brought back, and he still hung on for fifth. Woods' directors pointed out that even if they and the rider had obviously hoped for more than a top-five finish, Woods and the team had given it everything they could, with Tanel Kangert part of a dangerous breakaway, too, that only died in the final 30 kilometres. "We had Tanel move because I thought the big guys were going to come across on La Redoute," Southam told Cyclingnews, "The gap was 30 seconds at that point, so it could have happened, but nothing actually happened there and it was a bigger group behind than I had expected. You can read more at More...
Van Vleuten: I committed, gave everything, and did not look back
April 29, 2019 (03:30) [ Indexed from ]
Annemiek van Vleuten (Mitchelton-Scott) finished her Spring Classics campaign on a high. After three second places in a row at the Tour of Flanders, Amstel Gold Race, and La Flche Wallonne Fminine, the world time trial champion returned to her winning ways at Lige-Bastogne-Lige Femmes, taking her second victory of 2019 after the Strade Bianche. Van Vleuten put all her eggs in one basket and attacked on the Cte de la Redoute with more than 30km to go. This was a conscious decision, she explained. "I decided today that I wanted to have it in my own hands and just go from the bottom of La Redoute. My team made it hard on the climbs before, I had a great lead-out into the climb and then I just committed. I gave everything I had, did not look back, and continued over the top. And already halfway, before the steepest part, I was alone. I thought, 'ooh, still 30km to go, but this is my chance, and I can do a time trial.'" Despite being narrowly beaten twice in the last week, Van Vleuten did not despair. "I knew that the last of the three Ardennes suits me the best because of the longer and harder climbs. And I learned a lesson in the Amstel Gold Race and Flche Wallonne " that I have to believe in myself and my own abilities. That is why I went from the bottom. You need some guts to go when you see the sign, 2km to the top."ADVERTISEMENT The race final had been changed compared to previous years, moving the finish to downtown Lige instead of the uphill drag in Ans and skipping the Cte de Saint-Nicolas. But Van Vleuten said that it was something else that was more important in changing the nature of the race: "The old finish would not have made a difference. I would still have committed to attack on La Redoute. But then I would have had to suffer on two more climbs in the final! What made the race different were the two added climbs before, the Wanne and the Brume, so we had now five hard climbs. That made a difference as it added more altitude metres in our race." The world time trial champion finished by talking about her winter that was dominated by rehab to return to full fitness after fracturing her tibia plateau in the 2018 World Championships Road Race " just three days after winning the time trial title. "I thought I might need the whole of 2019 to come back to my level. Then I already won in Strade Bianche, but the winter was a hard period, and emotional too. I became world champion, and three days later, instead of celebrating the title and my best year ever and enjoying the off-season, I had to focus on rehab. I went to physiotherapy six times a week. It was not easy, but I had good support, and to now have had a spring campaign like this is unbelievable. It is a nice present after a hard period." You can read more at More...
Formolo, Schachmann give Bora-Hansgrohe two on the podium at Liege-Bastogne-Liege
April 29, 2019 (03:30) [ Indexed from ]
Peter Sagan may have dropped out of Bora-Hansgrohe's line up at Lige-Bastogne-Lige, but his teammates more than made up for the former world champion's absence, thanks to a second and third place with Davide Formolo and Max Schachmann. Formolo was dropped by Jakob Fuglsang (Astana Pro Team) on the final segment of the Cote de Roche aux Faucons, but still managed to fend off a small peloton of chasers for second. Then Schachmann continued his spectacularly good 2019 season by winning a small group sprint for third. At 26 and 25 respectively, nearly a decade younger than the 34-year-old Fugslang, in the process both Bora-Hansgrohe riders success confirmed that the next generation of potential Lige winners is fast closing in on the top spot overall.ADVERTISEMENT For Formolo, after his stage win in the last day of the Volta a Catalunya, the young Italian has now taken his third consecutive strong ride in Liege, too. Seventh in 2018, Formolo made a powerful late attack on the San Nicolas in 2017 that was only reeled in in the final kilometre. The route may have changed, then but Formolo clearly knows how to adapt to it. "I've been close before here, two years ago I cracked in the final 300 metres," Formolo pointed out to reporters afterwards. "This year, if I could have held on for another two pedal strokes, I might have stayed away with Jakob." Asked if it was a question of "stay with Jakob or die", Formolo pointed out wryly "for me, it was mostly about dying by then, everyone was just waiting for Fuglsang to go, but his legs were stronger than mine." You can read more at More...
Fuglsang lands victory at Liege-Bastogne-Liege a decade after debut
April 29, 2019 (03:30) [ Indexed from ]
The tenth time was the charm for Jakob Fuglsang (Astana) as he took victory at Lige-Bastogne-Lige a decade after making his debut in 2009. The Dane had plenty of time to celebrate as he rode through the streets of Liege, finishing solo and well clear of his chasers. Fuglsang had only twice made the top 10 in Lige-Bastogne-Lige but had never even made the podium before. However, he came into the race as one of the major favourites after a superb year that has seen him take to the rostrum in all but one of the one-day races hes contested this spring. "It was an amazing feeling and a super way to finish off these three Classics. It was a big goal for me this week and to finish it off and to crown it with a victory today in such a race is just amazing," Fuglsang said in his post-race press conference.ADVERTISEMENT "I don't know why it took so long to but this season seems like everything has come together and everything is going good. Also, the fact that we have a really strong team and they led me out perfectly for the Roche-aux-Facons. Everything seems to have clicked. It took some time but I hope that I still have another few good years in me." Prior to the race, Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep) had been the overwhelming favourite, but the Frenchman was dropped when Fuglsang made his race-winning move. For Fuglsang, it would be the first time this spring that Alaphilippe was not with him when he made a late attack at a one-day race. The pair have been almost inseparable this spring and they shared a moment during a brief lull in the action ahead of La Redoute. "A moment before you take the speedy downhill before the fight starts to take La Redoute, I was in the wheel of Luis Leon Sanchez and he was in the wheel of his guys," explained Fuglsang. "I looked over to him to see if I could get any sign to see how he was feeling and he looked back at me and said, 'I hope you win today'. I said 'good luck'. I think he probably knew that he wasn't at his best or that Roche-aux-Facons could be too hard for him." Schleck inspiration You can read more at More...
Valverde crashed in training three days before Liege-Bastogne-Liege
April 29, 2019 (03:30) [ Indexed from ]
The sight of four-times Lige-Bastogne-Lige winner Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) climbing in the team car with 100 kilometres to go confirmed that the Spanish all-rounder was having the roughest day of the Ardennes Classics. Already after a difficult Amstel Gold Race and being put off his pace at Flche Wallonne when he swallowed a bee in the final 50 kilometres, Valverde then had a training crash, Movistar boss Eusebio Unzue told Cyclingnews. The world champion fell heavily, hurting his tailbone, and despite giving his best at Lige, was forced to abandon mid-race through the race.ADVERTISEMENT "There just came a point when it was too much," Unzue told Cyclingnews. "He tried his best but could not continue." Unzue said Valverde "had had a crash and fell whilst training three days ago, and his coccyx took the worst of the impact. Every day he was getting better, and he started out today feeling very optimistic, hoping he could get through. "But on top of that, with the weather conditions being so bad and after four hours of hard racing, it started to get too bad. You can read more at More...
Fuglsang draws career-best spring to a close at Liege-Bastogne-Liege
April 28, 2019 (00:15) [ Indexed from ]
Jakob Fuglsang (Astana) says that he's better than he has ever been at this time of the year and he is hoping to capitalise on that to take the Lige-Bastogne-Lige title. So far this season, Fuglsang has won the Ruta del Sol, finished on the podium of every one-day race that he's completed and taken third overall " plus a stage win " at Tirreno-Adriatico. Fuglsang has twice finished in the top 10 at Lige-Bastogne-Lige, his best result coming in 2015 with a ninth-place finish.With what he feels is his best spring form, he is hoping to improve upon that on Sunday. "At the moment, I feel super and the Classics have been super. So far the whole start of the season has been very good for me so till now I havent been as good as I have now at this time of the year," Fuglsang said at the team presentation in Lige on Saturday afternoon.ADVERTISEMENT "I have finished in the top 10 or close to the top 10 many times but never really got the big result here. I hope that tomorrow will change that." This year, Lige-Bastogne-Lige looks quite different to what Fuglsang will be used to,with a new finish likely to open up the race to a broader spectrum of riders. The mid-section of the race is tougher with the addition of the Ctes de Wanne, Stockeu and Haute-Leve making a return, but the final 10 kilometres feature a fast, sweeping downhill section before a flat run to the line. Previously, the route culminated in an uncategorised rise into Ans, which Fuglsang says suited him better, but that isnt putting him off having a go on Sunday. "With the condition that I have and the qualities that I have as a rider, I would have preferred the old finish but it is how it is and there's nothing I can change," said Fuglsang. "I know that if I'm with Alaphilippe or Yates or in a smaller group with 10 kilometres to go, then it is going to be very difficult to do something about it and to win the race. I won't give up before the finish line and finish line. First, we have to get there. You can read more at More...
Dan Martin pessimistic about Liege-Bastogne-Liege chances after illness
April 28, 2019 (00:15) [ Indexed from ]
After a tough Flche Wallonne which saw him abandon the race, Dan Martin (UAE Team Emirates) had hoped that he might be able to turn things around in time for Lige-Bastogne-Lige. But at the team presentation on Saturday afternoon, the Irish all-rounder recognised that things had scarcely improved, and he was decidedly downbeat about his chances of fighting for a second victory in La Doyenne. Instead, Martin told reporters he hopes he can play a support role for riders like teammate Diego Ulissi, who finished third in Flche Wallonne earlier this week.ADVERTISEMENT Martin revealed that he had been sick since the Vuelta al Pas Vasco, and that despite a small improvement in his condition before Flche Wallonne, he was still far from 100 per cent condition. Asked if he was ready to go on Sunday " let alone go for a top performance " Martin answered with a categorical "No." "Ive got some kind of nasty bug after Pas Vasco, we don't know what it was but we thought it was a bad head cold and it ended up taking a lot out of me," he said. "On Tuesday I was starting to feel pretty good and then on Wednesday I was good at the start. But I didnt have any power after that and its kind of put me back in my recovery as well. You can read more at More...
Valverde swallowed a bee during finale of Fleche Wallonne
April 28, 2019 (00:15) [ Indexed from ]
Four-timeLige-Bastogne-Lige winner Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) was his usual optimistic self at Saturday's race presentation, but the reigning world champion recognised he was uncertain of his current condition. Valverde confirmed he had suffered an unusual setback during Flche Wallonne, where the five times winner of the mid-week Ardennes Classic swallowed a bee, which then stung him, during the last part of the race. The Spanish veteran emphasised the incident, at some 50 kilometres from the finish, was not an explanation for his below-expectations performance, where he finished eleventh. However, he said it had been a frightening experience " and in the final hour of a race, surely even more so.ADVERTISEMENT "I thought it had come out but it stung me here," Valverde told a small group of reporters, pointing to his neck. "So I was pretty scared, to be honest. "Ive swallowed insects before whilst riding, but I've managed to cough them up. They've never stayed inside before. Fortunately, I'm not allergic but it was frightening. I thought the string would turn into some kind of inflammation. For 20 minutes, I was really worried. "I don't like to make excuses, but it might have had an effect, or it might not." You can read more at More...
Kwiatkowski: I've been waiting for Liege-Bastogne-Liege all winter
April 28, 2019 (00:15) [ Indexed from ]
Micha Kwiatkowski (Team Sky) is keen to pull down the curtain on his Classics campaign in style, with the former Milan-San Remo winner saying that Sunday'sLige-Bastogne-Lige is the race he has been "waiting for all winter." Third in 2017 and in 2014 in Lige, the 28-year-old claimed a podium finish in Milan-San Remo this spring, as well as leading Paris-Nice. But whilst his Ardennes campaign in 2018 never really took flight, at Amstel Gold Race last Sunday, he came close to disputing the win. A week further on and Kwiatkowski is determined to go all out for the victory. "It's a day I've been waiting for so long, that now it's finally here, I'm pretty excited," Kwiatkowski told Cyclingnews early this week. "I've done the recon. and finally as the name says it's Lige-Bastogne-Lige, not Lige-Bastogne-Ans.ADVERTISEMENT "For me it's a more beautiful finale, maybe not as selective as when we were climbing San Nicolas, but it's still a very challenging race as well." Kwiatkowski agreed with the majority of predictions that the race could start to heat up much earlier. "And the famous La Redoute will be famous once again, whilst La Roche aux Faucons, which was always one of the most decisive climbs, will be the most important of all of them this time," he said. "Either way, it's going to be a super tough race, right the way from the Cote de Wanne or even the one before that [Mont-le-Soie] particularly with the weather forecast." Currently the forecast is for six degrees or even lower at the start on Sunday, with rain also likely. You can read more at More...
Sivakov confirms next generation pedigree with Tour of the Alps victory
April 28, 2019 (00:15) [ Indexed from ]
Pavel Sivakov always seemed destined for great things after winning so much and so well as an under-23 rider but he confirmed he can win as a professional at the Tour of the Alps. In doing so, he addedhis name alongside Mathieu van der Poel, Wout Van Aert, Egan Bernal, Bjorn Lambrecht and Tadej Pogacar in the list of next generation riders seemingly destined to dominate racing in the next decade. Sivakov stands out because of his height, his similarities to Chris Froome and his pedigree, and also because he is already successful even though he is still only 21 years old. He is three years younger than van der Poel and six months younger than Bernal. Only Ivan Sosa is a few months younger on the Team Sky roster. Sivakov is destined to go down in Team Sky's record book as their last stage race winner and follows in the footstep of Riche Porte, Mikel Landa and Geraint Thomas as a Team Sky winner of the Tour of the Alps. Like them, he will surely go on to be a Grand Tour contender, quietly nudging Chris Froome and Geraint Thomas towards retirement.ADVERTISEMENT Sivakov's pedigree indicates greatness He races under a Russian flag but is very European and extrovert. He was born in Italy and was raised near Toulouse, France, because his father Andrei raced the Tour de France three times for BigMat-Auber 93 and his mother, Aleksandra Kolisseva, twice finished second in the Giro Rosa. He is a powerful time triallist, solid in the mountains, skilled on descents, and is pretty fast in small group sprints. His power and maturity perhaps gave him an edge against his younger peers but he has matured. He captured the Junior Tour of Flanders in 2015, finished second in the 2016 under-23 Lige-Bastogne-Lige and was 15th in that year's under-23 Paris-Roubaix. In 2017, Sivakov won the under-23 Giro d'Italia, the prestigious Ronde de l'Isard and the Giro Ciclistico della Valle d'Aosta Mont Blanc. He was the jewel in the crown of the BMC Development team but then Team Sky convinced him to join them instead of stepping up to the BMC WorldTour squad. Sivakov seems capable of doing it all and has now experienced success, even if it meant a final day of stress at the Tour of the Alps. You can read more at More...
McNulty relishing WorldTour racing opportunities
April 28, 2019 (00:15) [ Indexed from ]
In their second season at Pro Continental level, the Rally UHC team have been earning some big-ticket race invitations, with last Wednesday's Flche Wallonne and June's Tour de Suisse. The race invitations are an opportunity for their riders to push themselves further out of their comfort zone and test themselves against the best the peloton has to offer. It is a chance that their rising star Brandon McNulty is relishing. McNulty made his WorldTour debut at the Tour of California last season and subsequently rode the Canadian one-day races, but Flche Wallonne and Suisse are a step further into the top level. "I think it's huge," McNulty told Cyclingnews ahead of Flche Wallonne. "The team has been building since it started, but particularly over the last couple of years. I think that this is a huge turning point as we continue. We have more WorldTour races later in the year so this is a pretty incredible start for us.ADVERTISEMENT "Our later summer programme I don't think it has been fully confirmed but there might be some more WorldTour racing, I guess." In between his visits to Europe, McNulty will return to the Tour of California in May, where he hopes to back up the impressive seventh place he took last year. In 2018, McNulty finished 3:28 behind the eventual winner Egan Bernal. He's confident about making it back into the top 10, but he's unsure how the lack of time trial will affect his chances. The Tour of California is not his biggest target in the first half of the year, with the Tour de Suisse to come afterwards. "I think a top 10 will be a possibility again. Obviously, without a TT it's maybe a bit less in my favour but then again, last year I pretty much lost time because it was flat. We'll have to see," said McNulty. You can read more at More...
Gilbert to attempt first Roubaix-Liege double in 35 years
April 28, 2019 (00:15) [ Indexed from ]
Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep) is the big favourite for Lige-Bastogne-Lige on Sunday, but his rivals know that they can ill afford to ignore the Belgian squad's second option for La Doyenne on Sunday - Philippe Gilbert. It's fair to say that Philippe Gilbert drew a little less attention than the Frenchman on Friday's pre-race press conference for the team. But the Belgian's recent victory in Paris-Roubaix, as well as his own considerable experience in Lige-Bastogne-Lige " including a victory in 2011 " show that the veteran all-rounder could well have the form and the knowledge to go for a second win. Together with Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida), Gilbert has the most number of finishes - 12 - in Lige-Bastogne-Lige, one more than Alejandro Valverde (Movistar). A victory for Gilbert would make him the first winner of Roubaix and Lige since Sean Kelly in 1984, whilst, for the record, Alaphilippe would be the first to do the Milan-San Remo and Lige double since Eddy Merckx in 1975. If either of them cross the Boulevard d'Avroy finish with the arms in the air, it would also be the first time, too, that Deceuninck-Quick Step have taken three Monuments in a single spring.ADVERTISEMENT Gilbert, though, recognised that even with a list of participations that started back in 2004 when he finished 40th, the new route for 2019 meant this was his first time in a 'true' Lige-Bastogne-Lige, with a finish in the city centre. "I'm happy for that reason," he told reporters. "I'll be able to say at least I did it once. For the race, for the town for the public and for the riders, finishing in the middle of Lige is a plus." As for the effect on the race itself, Gilbert argued that it will be different, "more dynamic." You can read more at More...
Liege-Bastogne-Liege route changes could mean less predictable result
April 28, 2019 (00:15) [ Indexed from ]
In the build-up to this years Liege-Bastogne-Liege much has been said about the new city centre finale, but there is more to the route changes than just the new finish line. The return of the Cte de Wanne, the Cte de Stockeu and Cte de la Haute Leve will seriously test those who hope to take advantage of the Liege finish. The new route makes the race a much more unpredictable prospect with more riders in with a chance of claiming victory on Sunday. Like much of the peloton, Cyclingnews hit the roads on Friday morning to see what would be in store for the riders this weekend. There are some early climbs, but the route really begins to bite with just under 100 kilometres to go after the riders pass through the town of Vielsalm. This is the section that the riders really want to ingrain in their minds and it is where most of the teams " mens and womens - chose to start their final long ride before the big event on Sunday. First up in this final 100 is the Cote de Mont-le-Soie, a short but steep climb that will soften up the legs and trim the bunch of some early strugglers. There is a short bit of respite as the peloton makes their way along the undulating road before the Cote de Wanne. The road takes a hard right to begin the climb and the riders will immediately be faced with a steep incline to get them going. It levels out briefly before pitching upwards again. It continues like this for 3.6 kilometres, averaging 5.1 per cent, before heading down towards Stavelot. The descent is fast and twisting, occasionally rising up to slow the progression of the riders.ADVERTISEMENT No sooner have they arrived in Stavelot, the riders turn right again to begin the Cote de Stockeu. It begins steep and only gets steeper as it winds its way towards the top, easing off only ever so slightly at times. It is only one kilometre long but it will feel like a whole lot more with each little increase in gradient. This should provide another major selection, even bigger than the last. The Stockeu, and the preceding Wanne and subsequent Haute-Leve, has been left out of Liege-Bastogne-Liege for three years due to road works, and that time has been put to good use with beautifully smooth tarmac at the top of the climb and along the descent. It is a fast run off the Stockeu back into Stavelot with the Haute-Leve climb coming in quick succession. The Haute-Leve is the same length as the Wanne but is marginally steeper. Unlike the Wanne, its gradient is much more constant, providing little time to catch your breath. Concrete dividers line large parts of the centre of the road, forcing the riders to keep to just one lane as they wind their way up. As the climb mercifully comes to an end, the dividers disappear and the road widens " not that the main group will be that large by then. You can read more at More...
Neff powers through mud to finish among the best at Namur World Cup
December 25, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Former mountain bike world champion Jolanda Neff announced that she would be racing World Cup cyclo-cross with her new team Trek Factory Racing, and she finished an strong fifth place at the series'sixth round in Namur on Sunday. Neff started the Namur World Cup in the fifth row because she does not have enough points in cyclo-cross to start further ahead. Her start position didn't seem to affect her race, too much, however, as she quickly worked her way from near the back of the field to the front within the opening laps. The riders faced a tough circuit that was covered with thick mud, making it a challenge for all competitors. Neff seemed to race through the mud almost effortlessly, and used her world-class mountain bike skills to tackle to technical sections.ADVERTISEMENT Neff caught up to the lead group, however Lucinda Brand (Sunweb) had already made her winning attack. Neff then finished fifth with just 36 seconds behind Brand. World Cup leader Marianne Vos (Waowdeals) was second,Annemarie Worst third and Nikki Brammeier (Mudiiita) was fourth. It is not her first season racing cyclo-cross. In January, she was forced to end her cyclo-cross season early after a crash at Hoogerheide. She competed in Namur on Sunday, just days after arriving home from a training camp in New Zealand. "I came back from a training camp in New Zealand only three days ago," Neff said. "So, finishing fifth here is great. I was able to profit from my mountain biking background. I struggled on the climbs but moved up on the technical sections." " Jolanda Neff (@jolandaneff) December 22, 2018 You can read more at More...
Peter Sagan to test his legs at Vuelta a San Juan
December 25, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) will line-up to race the 2019 Vuelta a San Juan (January 27 to February 3).The former world champion says he will use the race to test his legs but that he is also aiming for a stage win. "It will be a good opportunity to test my legs and, why not, to try to win at least one stage," Sagan said in a press release from the race organisers. Sagan will start his season at the Tour Down Under held from January 15-20 in Australia. He will then travel to South American and land in Argentina on January 26, a day ahead of the Vuelta a San Juan's scheduled start.ADVERTISEMENT It will be Sagan's debut at the Vuelta a San Juan, however, he has participated in three editions of the Tour de San Luis (2013, 2014 and 2016), although he did not secure a stage win in that stage race. "I remember with pleasure the good climate and the affection of the Argentines," Sagan said. He said that competing in the Vuelta a San Juan, given its early-season position on the calendar, made it a good event to gain form ahead of the European season. You can read more at More...
Mollema to target Giro d'Italia in 2019
December 25, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Bauke Mollema will focus on the Giro dItalia next season before helping new Trek-Segafredo teammate Richie Porte at the Tour de France in July. Mollema has only ridden the Giro dItalia twice in his career, in 2010 and 2017, but was keen to return to the Italian Grand Tour. The Dutchman will join the likes of Vincenzo Nibali, Simon Yates and compatriot Tom Dumoulin in going for the GC at the Italian race. Thats my big goal for the first part of the season, Mollema told Cyclingnews. Ive only done it twice; my first Grand Tour and last year, where I finished seventh. So far, the Giro has gone pretty well and Im looking forward to going back. Now, Im even more motivated to do it. I even asked the team to go to the Giro myself. The team was not expecting that I would want to go, but I asked them. Im really looking forward to going back to it.ADVERTISEMENT The course suits me well. There are three TTs but they are all pretty hard with climbs and the first and last ones are quite short also and the long one has a steep climb in the middle. Its not really a TT for the flat specialists, its for the climbers who can do a good TT. Mollema will be hoping for some better luck at the Grand Tours than he did in 2018. He rode the Tour de France and the Vuelta a Espana this year but failed to secure a major victory. I didnt feel like I had a great season last year. In general, I think that my condition was pretty good. I just missed a win in a really big race, like a Grand Tour or a Classic, Mollema said. When you look at the Grand Tours, the Tour didnt go really well. That was my big goal last year and once I crashed on the cobbles, I didnt have a chance on GC anymore. That was disappointing. Sharing leadership with Porte You can read more at More...
USA Cycling hires Rob DeMartini as new CEO
December 22, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
USA Cycling has hired former New Balance President &CEO Rob DeMartini to replace outgoing CEO Derek Bouchard-Hall. Cyclingnews understands the US governing body intends to make an official announcement in January. USA Cycling declined to comment for this article, saying through a spokesman that the CEOsearch remains confidential. DeMartini previously ran shoe and apparel company New Balance, where he has been president and CEO since 2007. He announced without explanation last month that he will be stepping down from New Balance on December 31.ADVERTISEMENT For almost 12 years, DeMartini led the Boston-based group, which has 8,200 employees worldwide, according to a statement New Balance provided to media when the company announced De Martini's departure. DeMartini increased the growth of the New Balance brand from $1.5 billion in 2007 to $4.2 billion today. He has also achieved significant developments in retail and e-commerce, according to New Balance. "DeMartini championed the brand's long-standing commitment to owned manufacturing and played a key role in working with the US government and industry officials to secure implementation of Berry Amendment legislation for athletic footwear," the company said at the time. The Berry Amendmentrequires the Department of Defense to give preference in procurement to domestically produced, manufactured or home-grown products. You can read more at More...
Cylance will return in 2019 as part of new team structure
December 22, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Cylance will return to the UCI women's peloton for another season in 2019, although the team structure behind the California tech company's sponsorship will change significantly. Current Cylance Pro Cycling team owner Omer Kem confirmed to Cyclingnews he will no longer own the team in 2019, and the Cylance sponsorship will be combined with another program. "It will be a lot different," Kem said of the 2019 Cylance structure. "Cylance will still be part of the name of the team, and I think, at last check, it's still in the top 10 [in UCI team rankings]. But as I said, there's going to be an announcement made, because it only just came together."ADVERTISEMENT With a mass exodus of riders taking place in the off season and no new 2019 roster announced yet, the Cylance Pro Cycling team's future had been in question. The team lost star sprinter Giorgia Bronzini to retirement, Rosella Ratto to BTC City Ljublijana, Lauren Stephens to Tibco-SVB, Kristabel Doebel-Hickok to Rally Cycling, Sheyla Gutirrez to Movistar, Jelena Eri to Ale Cipollini, Marta Tagliaferro to Hitec and Israeli champion Omer Shapira to Canyon-SRAM. The loss of so many top riders meant a significant drop in the team's UCI points and overall team ranking, which is important for gaining entry into the Women's WorldTour races. Only the top 15 teams in the rankings, which are determined on the second Sunday in January, get automatic invitations to Women's WorldTour (WWT) events. Teams outside the top 15 must rely on wildcard invitations, a much shakier proposition if sponsors expect the team to appear in specific races. You can read more at More...
Chaves: The dream is to ride a three-week stage race
December 18, 2018 (12:30) [ Indexed from ]
Esteban Chaves has already been through more than one very tough time in his life, and the Colombian is not one to complain without a very good reason. But even the Mitchelton-Scott racer admits that his experiences in 2018 have constituted a very special kind of challenge. "It was not easy to go from finishing second in the Giro d'Italia [in 2016] to go to being the very last rider to come across the line of the very last stage, like I was in Rome this year," Chaves, now about to turn 29, tells Cyclingnews as he builds towards his 2019 season. "Those things are hard, but you have to go on fighting and persevering. You have to keep going. I've known and learned about that ever since I was a child. That's how you face life."ADVERTISEMENT Second in 2016, the Colombian's Giro d'Italia bid this May alongside teammate Simon Yates worked out phenomenally well in the first half until Chaves was poleaxed by a combination of viral infections, including glandular fever, a sinus infection and allergies. He finished, but in 72nd place overall and a shadow of his earlier Giro self. He then spent several months off the bike, fighting and identifying the illnesses and viruses before being cleared to resume training. Now, Chaves is heading back to racing. His program for the 2019 season and first race since the Giro d'Italia last May will start with the Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana from February 6-10, but he is as yet uncertain what will happen afterwards. It will be a voyage in the dark. "I'll be in Colombia until the end of January and then Valencia will be my first race. Depending on how I finish that race, we'll see what we do next," Chaves told Cyclingnews. You can read more at More...
Van der Poel to ride Tour of Flanders and Amstel Gold Race in 2019
December 18, 2018 (12:30) [ Indexed from ]
Mathieu van der Poel will be let loose on the spring classics for the first time in 2019. While a debut at Paris-Roubaix will have to wait another year, the Dutch talent will race, among others, the Tour of Flanders, Gent-Wevelgem, and Amstel Gold Race. Van der Poel, 23, has focused on cyclo-cross and mountain bike in the early years of his career, but is hotly tipped to have successful years as a road racer ahead of him. Expectations only grew this year as he won the elite Dutch national road race title and two stages at the Arctic Race of Norway. While he has delayed going full-time on the road in the WorldTour until after the 2020 Olympics, where he will go for gold on the mountain bike, his Corendon-Circus team will step up to Pro Continental level next year, allowing them to earn invites for the biggest spring classics.ADVERTISEMENT The team held a press conference on Monday, announcing their road plans in the spring, as well as unveiling a bolstered roster to support the new race programme, including Stijn Devolder, Lasse Norman Hansen, and Dries De Bondt. Van der Poel's cyclo-cross campaign will culminate in February with the World Championships at the start of the month and the the Brico Cross Hulst on the 17th, after which he will switch to the road. His first outing will be the Tour of Antalya and, while he will not be in the squad that races Omloop Het Nieuwsblad at the start of March, he will ride Nokere Koerse and the Handzame Classic ahead of the big cobbled Classics. E3-Harelbeke is not on the team's schedule, but Van der Poel will lead them at Gent-Wevelgem, Dwars door Vlaanderen, and the Tour of Flanders. ASO are said to have been keen to have Van der Poel at Paris-Roubaix, but he preferred to skip the 'Hell of the North' in order to focus on the Amstel Gold Race, ahead of which he'll line up at Brabantse Pijl. You can read more at More...
Brailsford: Team Sky riders will be 'appropriately' looked after if no sponsor is found
December 18, 2018 (12:30) [ Indexed from ]
Dave Brailsford has assured the entire Team Sky roster and staff that they will be paid as normal throughout the 2019 season and that if a new backer is not found for the 2020 season then they will be 'looked after appropriately'. This comes after a report in the Sunday Times suggested that Sky were willing to honour contracts in 2020 if riders were unable to find teams beyond next season. Brailsford's assurances came in a letter addressed to all Team Sky staff and sent out a day after the news of Sky's withdrawal from the sport was announced internally. Cyclingnews has obtained a copy of the letter, which was issued in English, Italian and Spanish, from a source close to Team Sky. "You will continue to be paid as normal throughout 2019 and if the Team is unable to continue after that, you will be looked after appropriately," Brailsford writes.ADVERTISEMENT "The accompanying note from Sky reiterates this message. I know that they will deliver on their promise." Sky's letter comes from Jeremey Darroch, the Group Chief Executive at the corporation. "As Dave has already told you, Sky will be ending its involvement with cycling and our association with Team Sky at the end of next year. After a decade of unprecedented success, I couldn't be prouder of what we've achieved together. It's been an amazing journey, but now is the right time for us to move on as we open a new chapter in Sky's story and turn our focus to different things," Darroch says. Sky to end sponsorship after 2019 Brailsford: I'm sure we've got a future beyond Sky UCI to closely follow Team Sky sponsorship search New Chinese WorldTour team open to talking to Team Sky Pinarello to support Team Sky beyond 2019 Luke Rowe: Sky have spoilt us over the last 10 years You can read more at More...
Vuelta a Espana rumoured to return to more traditional route in 2019
December 18, 2018 (12:30) [ Indexed from ]
The Vuelta a Espaa 2019 route will be revealed this Wednesday evening in the southeasterly coastal city of Alicante and there are rumours that the third Grand Tour of the season could be reverting to a more traditional format. But there is no indication that it will be any less mountainous, with stages in the Pyrenees, Asturias and through the Sierras of Avila and Teruel set to make it just as challenging as usual. Eight summit finishes - the Vueltas trademark strategy for creating an open, exciting race - are expected in 2019, two less than in 2016 and one less than in 2017 and 2018. But the continuing slight reduction in numbers is balanced with some tough mountain stages following what is expected to be an opening team time trial around Alicantes lagoons and saltflats in the provinces coastal town of Torrevieja on August 24. Media reports suggest that stage 5 could well provide the first major sort-out, courtesy of a summit finish on the unprecedented 12-kilometre ascent of Pico del Buitre - the colourfully named Summit of the Vulture - in the sierras of Teruel in inland eastern Spain. This remote, beautiful region, said to have fewer inhabitants per square kilometre than Lapland, was last visited by the Vuelta in 2014 when Colombias Winner Anacona dashed ahead of the favourites for victory in the ski station of Valdelinares.ADVERTISEMENT The Vuelta then heads into much more familiar terrain, with another stage finish in Andorra and possibly two big Pyrenean stages likely to round off the first week. The Vuelta will remain outside Spain, it is thought, with a rest day in Pau, France rumoured to be on the cards for the start of the second week, followed by a long individual time trial round the same area. A return to Spain via Urdax in the province of Navarre on what could be a third Pyrenean stages is predicted, and so, too, is a second-week stage finish in the Basque Country with a sprint finish in Bilbao. But the biggest mountain stages of the second week are all set to be in the northern region of Asturias. Even if the Angliru, Spains toughest single climb in the heart of the Asturias sierras, is likely to be avoided once again, the climbers will not have cause to complain given there are forecast to be three major summit finishes, expected to be held across four stages. You can read more at More...
USA Crits Series is back for 13th year with three new races
December 18, 2018 (08:45) [ Indexed from ]
USA Crits will return in 2019 with three new events to bolster the season-long UScriterium series. Next year's USA Crits Series will feature the new Birmingham HammerFest, a preseason event in Birmingham, Alabama.The series-proper will open with the inaugural Destination El Paso Criterium in Texas, and the Salt Lake Criterium joins the Series as another new event. The Saint Francis Tulsa Tough's Blue Dome criterium in Oklahoma will also return after a several-year hiatus. Organisers have invited24 of Americas elite mens and womens teams to participate in the seires, which will focus on the participating "D1" programs that will be announced on January 17.ADVERTISEMENT It is exciting to see three brand-new events join the Series for 2019, said Scott Morris, USA Crits director of development. "We started 2018 with a goal of creating a more sustainable model for American road cycling and made great progress in that effort. We streamed more races than had ever been done in America. We saw an 11 per cent participation increase in our events and created a new platform to allow a broader audience to engage the sport." The Series will continue to focus on a more team-oriented model in 2019, according to organisers, who say there will be a priority on supporting the growth of more teams racing a national calendar through travel stipends, entries and increased support from events for the D1 teams. There will also be expanded coverage of both teams and events via all media formats. All USA Crits Series events will be live streamed on Not only will subscribing fans have access to the event streams, but video-on-demand content will include D1 team and rider profiles, race recap, and full-length archived series races. 2019 USA Crits Series Calendar You can read more at More...
Canyon-SRAM name 2019 Zwift Academy winner
December 18, 2018 (08:30) [ Indexed from ]
The Canyon-SRAM women's UCI team has announced the winner o f the 2019 Zwift Academy, with Kiwi Ella Harris taking the prize and earning a contract to race with the team next year. Canyon-SRAM started the Zwift Academy two years ago, allowing amateur riders chance to train with the team and try to prove themselves worthy of racing at the top level. Tanja Erath, the 2018 winner, raced with the team this year and recently signed an extension contract for 2019. After a challenging week of finals at the team's first training camp in Mlaga, Spain, Harris emerged with the victory.ADVERTISEMENT What another fantastic year its been for the Canyon-SRAM Zwift Academy, said Kate Veronneau, the academy leader at Zwift. While the champions of the Zwift Academy receive the headline, and rightly so, its important to highlight the thousands of women who took part in the Academy - many with very different objectives to the winner. Its fantastic to be a part of such a community and championing womens cycling. The thirdyear of the innovative talent identification program saw participation numbers double, with 5,000 women taking part. "Each year the Canyon-SRAM Zwift Academy provides women the opportunity to challenge their fitness, join an inspiring community of women who ride, and the chance for some to achieve their dream of a professional contract with Canyon/SRAM Racing," the team said in a statement released with today's announcement. You can read more at More...
Neylan signs with Team Virtu Cycling
December 12, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Rachel Neylan has signed a contract to race with the Danish-registered UCI Womens Team Virtu Cycling in 2019. The Australian joins the team from the Spanish outfit Movistar. "I'm really thrilled to join Virtu Cycling Women for 2019," Neylan said on the team's website. "I am excited about bringing my experience and enthusiasm to compliment a strong team of women next year." Neylan was second in the elite women's road race at the World Championships in 2012. She spent three seasons with the Orica-Scott team before joining the inaugural Movistar team for the 2018 season. Her role at Movistar was to help develop and mentor a young team.ADVERTISEMENT "Rachel has had a very successful past up into this point in her career and we really want to help find her way back into the top ranks of the World Tour," said Virtu Cycling director Carmen Small. "With the right preparation and support, I believe that Rachel can keep improving on the bike and do even more than before. She brings experience to the team and can help the other climbers, whether that is in a support role or her taking the reins herself. This year, we have tried to strengthen the team in the more climbing race and Rachel will be a crucial part of this next step towards success." Movistar recently announced their roster for next season, and Neylan was the only rider who was not listed to return, but the team thanked her for her efforts this season on their social media channels. You can read more at More...
McLaren power into cycling with Bahrain-Merida joint venture
December 12, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
McLaren and Bahrain-Merida have announced an exciting joint venture from the start of the 2019 road season with the overall aim of becoming the most successful team in professional cycling. The deal has been in the making for roughly a year with shared interests from the owners of both companies. The news will be officially announced on Wednesday at the Bahrain-Merida training camp in Croatia, with the McLaren logo on the team kit. Merida will stay as the secondary sponsor of the team, but McLaren's experience in Formula 1 will be relied upon to improve the team in some specific areas. At an event at McLaren's Woking base in early December, the company's Chief Marketing Officer John Allert " a long time cycling fan who grew up just a stone's throw away from Willunga Hill in Adelaide " announced the plans in front of a small gathering of journalists. Bahrain-Merida's general manager Brent Copeland was alongside Allert and added that the joint venture had the potential to revolutionise the sport. "This is great for cycling and maybe the most exciting thing that's happened in cycling for the last decade," Copeland said.ADVERTISEMENT "McLaren can help us out in so many areas. More and more topics come out as we talk about it. It's exciting for us, and it is for cycling in general. Their experience is unlimited." The news means an obvious jump in the team's overall budget, but the primary focus in 2019 will be for McLaren to gain experience in working with a WorldTour team on a long-term strategy. The company already know their work with Specialized but have already had time with both Rohan Dennis and Vincenzo Nibali in their technology centre and wind tunnel in Woking. Neither Copeland nor Allert would discuss the team's new budget or McLaren's share of the investment, but the plan at this stage is for both parties to work with Merida in 2019 in the hope that the bike supplier remains with them once their current contract expires at the end of next season. It's possible that McLaren could become a title sponsor in the future, alongside Bahrain. "What Bahrain-Merida have been able to achieve off a standing start in two years is phenomenally inspiring," said Allert. You can read more at More...

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