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Lifetime ban reduced for former USPS doctor Del Moral
October 28, 2018 (15:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
The United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) wrapped up six years of wrangling over the anti-doping violations by Lance Armstrong's US Postal Service teams, reducing a lifetime ban for Spanish physician Dr Luis Garcia del Moral to just five years for his cooperation in a case against former manager Johan Bruyneel. USADA announced the reduction on Friday, which came as the result of an agreement with del Moral to give truthful testimony in an appeal by the World Anti-Doping Agency's (WADA) of USADA's decision to impose a 10-year ban on Bruyneel. The Court of Arbitration for Sport decided this week that the suspension was not sufficient, and issued a lifetime ban on the Belgian's involvement in sports, in part due to Del Moral's statements that Bruyneel was involved in doping riders.ADVERTISEMENT USADA CEO Travis Tygart hailed the decision, claiming that Bruyneel and his fellow litigants Dr.Pedro Celaya and trainer Jose Mart "pulled out every trick to avoid the truth" and "continued, even at the hearing and even in the face of overwhelming evidence to the contrary, to present a false narrative." The anti-doping case began in 2010 with emails sent by former team member Floyd Landis, who brought the team's doping activities to the attention of USA Cycling and the UCI. Lance Armstrong was the subject of a subsequent federal investigation into the allegations, but the inquiry was closed without indictment. USADA picked up where the feds left off, obtaining witness statements from numerous former riders, including anti-doping rule violation confessions from Michael Barry, Tom Danielson, Tyler Hamilton, George Hincapie, Levi Leipheimer, Christian Vande Velde and David Zabriskie - all of whom received lenient six-month, off-season suspensions for their cooperation in October, 2012. Bruyneel doping admissions You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Pinot to target Tour de France in 2019 and likes the route
October 28, 2018 (15:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Thibaut Pinot is set to make the Tour de France his number one priority next year, and the Frenchman has reacted positively to the route for the 2019 edition, which was unveiled in Paris on Thursday. Pinot finished third at the Tour in 2014 but struggled in the subsequent two editions and for the past two seasons he has made the Giro d'Italia his target Grand Tour. In 2017 he rode the Tour but without a GC focus, while this year he was absent entirely in order to fully recover from pneumonia that knocked him out of the Giro on the penultimate day After a late-season spree that has seen him win two stages at the Vuelta a Espaa, along with a first Monument victory at Il Lombardia, Pinot is more confident than ever. Despite Il Lombardia and the other autumn classics reaffirming his love for Italy, he is ready to target the Tour de France once again.ADVERTISEMENT "Thibaut won't do the Giro - that's for sure," said Groupama-FDJmanager Marc Madiot at the Tour route presentation, according to L'Equipe. "He will only do the Tour." There was plenty to whet Pinot's appetite in a route that heavily favours the climbers over the rouleurs. There are just 55 kilometres against the clock, while there three big mountain stages apiece in the Pyrenees and Alps, with numerous cols above the 2000-metre mark. And then there's the first of the five summit finishes, at La Planche des Belles Filles on stage 6, which is something of a home climb for Pinot, who lives on the edge of the Vosges range. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Philipsen signs with UAE Team Emirates
October 28, 2018 (15:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
UAE Team Emirates have announced the signing of 20-year-old Jasper Philipsen on a two-year contract. Philipsen, winner of stages of the U23 Giro d'Italia and back-to-back overall titles at the Triptyque des Monts et Chateaux, was second in the U23 Tour of Flanders in 2017 and fourth in the U23 Paris-Roubaix this year. He was in high demand after winning a stage in the Tour of Utah in Salt Lake City this season.ADVERTISEMENT The Belgian is the latest from Axel Merckx's Hagens Berman Axeon development squad to move directly to the WorldTour, following in the steps of Rui and Ivo Oliveira, who also signed with UAE Team Emirates, Sean Bennett (EF Pro Cycling), and Will Barta (CCC). Other notable graduates from the programme in recent years include Logan Owen (EF-Drapac), Neilson Powless (LottoNl-Jumbo), and Tao Geoghegan Hart (Team Sky). "It's a great honour to join UAE Team Emirates, I'm sure that this team will be the best possible way for me to develop my young career," Philipsen said. "I sensed right away the faith that the whole team has in me, I think I'll be able to benefit a lot from this team project to show my best in the next years." You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
MPCC slams WADA over Chris Froome case, tramadol, Operacion Puerto
October 28, 2018 (15:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
The Movement for Credible Cycling (MPCC) has issued a scathing attack on the WADA, writing an open letter that criticises the World Anti Doping Agency over its handling of the Chris Froome case, tramadol, Operacin Puerto, and the Russian doping scandal. The letter calls for the resignation of the WADA's President, Craig Reedie. The MPCC, a voluntary association of cycling teams who sign up for anti-doping regulations that surpass those of the UCI - which follow the WADA code - met for its general assembly this week and the theme was one of frustration and dissatisfaction with the way anti-doping is being operated. The open letter is especially strong on Froome's salbutamol case. The four-time Tour de France champion returned an adverse analytical finding for the asthma drug during the 2017 Vuelta a Espaa, which he won, but the case was dropped on the eve of the 2018 Tour de France. Despite nearly double the permitted level of salbutamol in his urine, Froome insists he did not surpass the permitted dosages and, given it's a 'specified' substance on WADA's banned list, he was not provisionally suspended and continued to race 'sub-judice' in 2018, winning the Giro d'Italia.ADVERTISEMENT The MPCC complains of inconsistencies in WADA's handling of the case, highlighting that the onus was not on the authorities to prove wrongdoing but on Froome to prove his innocence, chiefly through a pharmacokinetic study, which was never carried out. "MPCC laments the way sanctions are not applied equally and procedures are not followed equally, which is devastating for the credibility of the sport, for WADA itself, and thus is devastating for the confidence which athletes ought to have in the world's anti-doping agency and its independence and integrity," reads the letter. "The World Anti-Doping Code states that it 'is not consistent with therapeutic use of the substance and will be considered as an Adverse Analytical Finding (AAF) unless the Athlete proves, through a controlled pharmacokinetic study, that the abnormal result was the consequence of a therapeutic dose (by inhalation) up to the maximum dose indicated above'. Though, in the press release following its decision, WADA admits that a CPKS would not have been practicable. Puerto, Russia, and tramadol You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Landa eyes Giro d'Italia - Tour de France double for 2019
October 28, 2018 (15:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
To call Mikel Landas first year at Movistar a tricky one would be an understatement - or, as the Basque says rather wryly about 2018, "its had pretty much everything in it". A solid start to the season, with a summit finish stage win at Tirreno-Adriatico and second place overall in the Vuelta al Pas Vasco were followed by two bad crashes in the summer, the first on the cobbles at the Tour de France in July and the second much closer to home in the Clsica San Sebastin at the start of August. The first fall left him battered and unable to perform at 100 per cent in the Tour and then the second, far more serious, saw him suffer bad back injuries that ruled him out for all of August and, in terms of results, for the rest of the season. Just to add to the turbulence, there were rumours during the Tour that Landa might move on to Astana, rather than complete his contract with Movistar.ADVERTISEMENT But while the Astana rumours proved to be just that - rumours - Landa remained firmly on the back foot for the rest of the season. The Vuelta a Espaa proved impossible, as did the World Championships, and although Landa managed to race again in the autumn in Italys one-day races, a relentless racking up of DNFs there - finally totalling six - spoke for itself. "Things went very well up until the Tour and then in the Tour things went awry and the Clsica crash finished me off," Landa told reporters at the end of a Movistar get-together in Navarre this week. "The only good thing was that Ive ended the season racing again, which was the best way to end the year. But next year is really where Ive got my objectives. Im doing all right, although I need to disconnect mentally, as well as physically, and forget everything for a while, because I made a big effort to try and race the Vuelta and Worlds. I liked the Vuelta route and the Worlds was a very special one. But trying to get back into racing tired me out." 2019 You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Valverde awarded 2018 Velo d'Or by Indurain
October 28, 2018 (15:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Alejandro Valverde(Movistar) has been awarded the prestigious Vlo d'Or as the rider of the year, with Miguel Indurain, who won the first edition of the award in 1992, presenting him with the trophy on Friday. The Vlo d'Or is awarded by French magazine Vlo to the rider their panel deems to have had the best season. Another trophy, the Vlo d'Or Franais, is awarded to the best French rider of the season, and this year it went to Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ). Valverde wins the award after becoming world champion last month. The Spaniard had finished on the podium on six occasions but he finally reached the top step in Innsbruck as he came over the Hll climb with Romain Bardet and Michael Woods and out-sprinted them in the run to the line.ADVERTISEMENT Valverde didn't win either La Flche Wallonne or Lige-Bastogne-Lige this year - the first time he's gone without a win in the Ardennes Classics since 2013 - but he did win every week-long stage race he entered, with the Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana, Abu Dhabi Tour, Volta a Catalunya, and La Route d'Occitanie. He finished 14th at the Tour de France after working for teammates Nairo Quintana and Mikel Landa, but went for the GC at the Vuelta a Espaa, finishing fifth overall after slipping off the podium in a final-day slump. Valverde ended the year as the top rider in the UCI's rolling ranking system, but missed out on the 2018 WorldTour crown to Simon Yates, with Peter Sagan also above him in second place. Valverde was not present at the unveiling of the route for the 2019 Tour de France on Thursday, where the Vlo d'Or is usually handed out, but he received his trophy as the Movistar team gathered for a first pre-season meeting in Pamplona on Friday. There to hand over the award was fellow Spaniard Miguel Indurain, who won it in 1992 and 1993. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Best moments of the 2018 Tour de France - Video
October 28, 2018 (15:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Climbs, dramatic crashes, tearfully joyful winners " the 2018Tour de Francehad them all. The 'Best Moments' video of the Tour shows all the highlights of this years race. Featuring a slightly unexpected overall winner inGeraint Thomas (Team Sky), the video follows the race across all its stages, starting with Thomas breaking down in tears after being assured of the final win. From John Degenkolb (Trek-Segafredo) in tears after winning that stage, to Thomas dashing out to win mountain stages, Laurens ten Dam (Sunweb) having fun on the way up Alpe d'Huez, and of course that grid start " the biggest moments are shown.ADVERTISEMENT As so are, sadly, the many crashes and serious injuries, including Richie Porte (BMC), Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain Merida), and the still-horrifying scene of Philippe Gilbert (Quick-Step Floors) flying over a stone wall and down the mountainside. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Peter Sagan enjoys a biathlon race at Bora-Hansgrohe get together - Gallery
October 28, 2018 (15:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
The Bora-Hansgrohe gathered in East Tirol, Austria this week for some off-season mountain biking, biathlon and rock climbing as the team planned and prepared for the 2019 season and enjoyed someteam-building activities. The camp opened with a cycling biathlon race between riders and team staff. Peter Sagan posted a video on Twitter showing how the mass-start race included a lap on a mountain bike, target shooting from a laying position, followed for some unexplained hammering of nails into a tree stump and another ride on the mountain bike. A few obscenities were bleeped out but Sagan seemed to have a lot of fun.ADVERTISEMENT Rock climbing followed on the second day, with staff and riders carefully and tightly secured, crawled their up the steep Austrian Galitzenklamm.Other moments during the get together were used to meet and greet new riders and undergofittings with new sponsors. Click or swipe through the gallery above for a selection of the best photos from the Bora-Hansgrohe get together. Trying my luck in a biathlon relay race, @tvb_osttirol style, in our first team camp! @GoPro @BORAhansgrohe @BORAGmbH @Hansgrohe_PR @iamspecialized @sportful @ride100percent pic.twitter.com/Ivw4lHgxeg " Peter Sagan (@petosagan) October 26, 2018 You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Steven De Jongh on the mend after crash, concussion
October 23, 2018 (05:15) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Trek-Segafredodirecteur sportif Steven DeJongh has made his first public comments since being airlifted to safety following a crash while riding his bicycle in Spain last week. De Jongh was reported missing by his wife Renee Meijer on October 15 when he failed to return from his morning ride.He was located in part via his Strava app, which was tracking his ride, and by Dutchman RobertGesink, who went out to search for him. The information helped rescuers narrow their search. De Jongh was located and airlifted by helicopter after lying unconscious in a ravine for several hours.ADVERTISEMENT After two days in the hospital with severe concussion, De Jongh was discharged and is recuperating at home.Monday's series of posts onTwitter included photos of the rescue. 1/2 One week ago around this time family and friends were very happy with the news I was found. Thanks to my great wife @meijerrenee0202 who responded so quickly and help of @mossoscatalunya @bomberscat #janverhagen #paco @RGUpdate @bikes_and_frank @paultjejorna pic.twitter.com/0lpBI2AWwH " Steven de jongh (@stevendejongh) October 22, 2018 2/2 I was found before the bad weather started... thanks also @strava for pointing them in the right direction. And @twitter Where the cycling community retweeted the message of my disappearance massively! @treksegafredo for your help. and everybody who left a message " Steven de jongh (@stevendejongh) October 22, 2018 " Steven de jongh (@stevendejongh) October 22, 2018 You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
John Degenkolb becomes ambassador for Les Amis de Paris-Roubaix
October 23, 2018 (05:15) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
John Degenkolb has become the first official ambassador for Les Amis de Paris-Roubaix, the group of volunteers who maintain the cobblestones that characterise the Paris-Roubaix race each spring. The German won the race, also known as the Hell of the North, in 2014, and also won the cobbled stage of this year's Tour de France, which went over several sectors of cobblestones, or pav. Keen to give something back, he has teamed with Les Amis de Paris-Roubaix (the friends of Paris-Roubaix) , a group that aims to protect the Paris-Roubaix parcours, which is made up of nearly 30 sectors of narrow cobbled roads - mostly old farm tracks that zig-zag across the north east of France in an area that was heavily affected by the First World War. While they add cobblestones to plug holes and damage inflicted by the weather in the lead-up to the race each spring, they are committed to maintaining the hellish nature of the pav, resisting any moves from local authorities to resurface the roads.ADVERTISEMENT Degenkolb will make financial contributions to the not-for-profit organisation, as well as donating memorabilia to their museum and making appearances with the group when he's in the area. "Cycling. A modern sport in technical times. Yes. That's one part of the cycling business. On the other side, you have the old races, classics, history. Legendary routes and names like Le Tour de France or Paris-Roubaix. Goosebumps for all cycling fans and as well for me. These legendary races. These holy grounds. The history and heroic stories, you can smell that on every kilometre," Degenkolb wrote in a message attached to Monday's announcement. "For me, it was the classics that fascinated me immediately. I will never ever forget sitting at home on our couch with my dad and following these races... I was infected with the 'virus'. That's what I wanted to do as well. I wanted to become a pro cyclist and do these epic courses. l wanted to be part of that history. These memories still motivate and push me till today and so I didnt need to think one single second as I received the request to become the first pro the official ambassador of 'Les Amis de Paris-Roubaix' - the non-profit association that keeps and protects Paris-Roubaix course as it always was. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Greipel to debut with Fortuneo-Samsic at Tropicale Amissa Bongo
October 23, 2018 (05:15) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Andre Greipel will make his 2019 debut at the Tropicale Amissa Bongo stage race in Gabon, Africa, as he begins a new chapter of his career with French Professional Continental team Fortuneo-Samsic. Greipel has often kicked his seasons off at the Tour Down Under in Australia, where he has won 18 stages and the overall classification in 2008 and 2010. However, his painful divorce from Lotto Soudal and his step-down to Professional Continental level means the 36-year-old German will face new challenges and new races.ADVERTISEMENT The 2019 Tropicale Amissa Bongo will be held between January 21-27, with the opening stage in Bongoville, in the west of the African country, with other stages in the north and the seventh and final stage in the capital Libreville. Race organisers also confirmed that the French teams Direct Energie and Vital Concept-B&B Hotels will also ride the 2019 edition of the Tropicale Amissa Bongo. 10 African teams will complete the start list. The 2018 edition of the race was won by Rwanda'sJoseph Areruya, who rides for theMarseille Provence KTM Delko team. Greipels long spell at Lotto Soudal ended after bitter contract negotiations with then team manager Paul De Geyter, who has since been replaced by John John Leglangue, with Australias Caleb Ewan replacing Greipel as the teams lead sprinter. A new challenge at 36 You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
WorldTour awards handed out at 2018 UCI Cycling Gala - Gallery
October 23, 2018 (05:15) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
The curtain came down on the 2018 road season with the Tour of Guangxi on Sunday, and afterwards the riders - men and women - swapped lycra for tuxedos for the fourth edition of the end-of-season UCI Cycling Gala. First held in Abu Dhabi in 2015, the event moved to China last year with the creation of the Tour of Guangxi as the final event on the WorldTour calendar.The ceremony saw a number of awards handed out, for winners of the various classifications of the men's and women's WorldTour and also for all the recently crowned world champions from the Innsbruck Worlds. While the riders who'd competed in the Tour of Guangxi were all present, few others made the trip to China, meaning many awards had to be accepted by teammates on behalf of the real winners.ADVERTISEMENT Neither Simon Yates nor Annemiek van Vleuten (Mitchelton-Scott) - the 2018 WorldTour champions - were there in person, so Matteo Trentin and Gracie Elvin collected their respective awards. New world champion and second-placed finisher in the WorldTour standings, Alejandro Valverde, was similarly absent, as was third-placed Peter Sagan. The men's WorldTour teams classification was one of the few awards to be collected in person, with Philippe Gilbert leading Quick-Step Floors onto the stage to cap a season that has produced an astonishing 73 victories. The evening also saw entertainment from Chinese singers and dancers, with Rigoberto Uran joining in, plus an address from UCI President David Lappartient. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Italy's Filippo Ganna joins Team Sky for 2019
October 19, 2018 (12:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Team Sky have confirmed that Italy's Filippo Ganna will be part of the British WorldTour team for 2019, boosting their squad for the cobbled Classics and time trials. 22-year-old Ganna has ridden for UAE Team Emirates for the last two seasons. He won the under 23 Paris-Roubaix in 2016 and won the Individual Pursuit world title on the track in 2016 and 2018. He recently finished second to Gianni Moscon in the Italian national time trial championships and is currently competing with Italy in the track World Cup in Paris.ADVERTISEMENT "Its a dream to sign for Team Sky. Its a very impressive team and everyone in cycling is used to seeing them winning the big races," Ganna said. "I hope I can continue to develop and improve on my first two years on the road. Im excited to meet up with the team for the first training camp and to start to work together. The team is really impressive in how they approach time trials and team time trials and that is an area I feel I can develop, in addition to the one-day races and one-week stage races going forward. "In 2018 I started to experience the Classics races as a pro for the first time and that is another area I would like to learn and focus on, to one day be able to compete at the front of those races." Ganna is Team Skys second confirmed signing for 2019 after Jhonatan Narvaez's arrival from Quick-Step Floors was announced on Thursday. Team Sky are also expected to sign Colombian climber Ivan Sosa but his move has been delayed by a contractual dispute between his former and current agents. Irelands Eddie Dunbar joined Team Sky in September after the collapse of the Aqua Blue Sport team. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Gradek graduates to new CCC WorldTour team
October 19, 2018 (12:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
CCC Sprandi Polkowice's Kamil Gradek will make the leap to UCI WorldTour level when he joins the new CCC Team for 2019. Shoe manufacturer CCC will take over as the main sponsor of the current BMC team, which is owned by Jim Ochowicz's Continuum Sports company, and Gradek will make the step up from the current CCC-sponsored Pro Continental squad. "It has been my dream to ride for a WorldTour team and now this dream is coming true," the 28-year-old Polish rider said in a press release.ADVERTISEMENT "To compete at the highest level of racing, and with the best riders, is what I have always wanted to do, so I'm very excited and I can't wait for the upcoming season. "To be be part of any WorldTour team would be wonderful, but to be part of a Polish WorldTour team will be very special. "I know that I can learn a lot from the experienced riders in the team, and I definitely want to develop more as a cyclist, and to be helpful to my teammates," continued Gradek, who rode for the British ONE Pro Cycling Continental team in 2017. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
The emotions and drama of Il Lombardia 2018 - Gallery
October 14, 2018 (08:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Il Lombardia has brought down the curtain on the long 2018 European season, withThibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) riding into the history books with panache on Saturday. The Frenchmanjumped away from defending champion Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) at thetop of the Civiglio climb with 14km remaining and soloed to a career-defining victory. He won alone in Como with a 32-second gap on Nibali to take his first-ever Monument, while Dylan Teuns (BMC Racing) took the sprint from a select chasing group 43 seconds behind Pinot to claim the final podium spot.ADVERTISEMENT The 112th running of the Italian Classic once again took place with Lake Como as the backdrop, providing stunning scenery for the spectators to enjoy as the riders battled over 241km.The race started in Bergamo under sunny skies and concluded nearly six hours later as the autumn leaves fell and the sun set in Como, making for a spectacular finale to the 2018 Classics. Click or swipe through the gallery above for a glimpse of the day's racing. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Bernal shows flash of Classics potential at Il Lombardia
October 14, 2018 (08:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Egan Bernal (Team Sky) confirmed his huge potential yet again at Il Lombardia with a brilliant move across to the break on the descent or the Sormano. However, the difficulties of the final 50km of racing showed that not even the most promising talent in the peloton can compete for victory after two months out of action due to injury. Bernal crashed hard at the Clasica San Sebastian in early August and needed nose and mouth surgery. He made a comeback at the Giro dellEmilia last Saturday but was not expected to have an impact at the far tougher Il Lombardia. But when team leader Gianni Moscon suffered a puncture on the descent of the Colma di Sormano, Bernal stepped up and dived down the descent and across to Primoz Roglic (LottoNL-Jumbo), Nibali and Pinot. It would be the winning move of the race, but Bernal eventually paid the price for his solo effort and was distanced on the lower slopes of the Civiglio climb. He finished 12th, 1:31 behind Pinot but only one place behind Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) and ahead of Michael Woods (EF Education First-Drapac).ADVERTISEMENT He had the courage to take on the race but just not the legs to finish it off. Im happy because I went two months without racing and I only began racing again one week ago, Bernal said at the finish area before heading to the Team Sky for a final post-race shower of the season. "I wanted to do a good result here and I finished 12th. Thats not great, but I need to be happy as its normal that I needed time to recover after the crash. Now Im happy and motivated for next season. On the second part of the Muro di Sormano, the race kicked off," he said. "I was suffering and didnt really have the legs. I focused on getting across to the first group on the descent because I knew on the last climb I wouldnt be with them. So I preferred to make a fast descent, but without taking risks. I was always under control. I was able to re-join the leaders, which was really nice. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Plaza extends with Israel Cycling Academy
October 14, 2018 (08:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Ruben Plaza has signed on for another year withIsrael Cycling Academy. The 38-year-old Spaniard announced his decision Friday with a presentation on Facebook Live. Plaza joined the team this season after three seasons with the Australian Orica WorldTour teams. "When I signed with ICA for the 2018 season, I was really thinking that this is going to be my final year as a pro, but as the season progressed I realized that I am still very much motivated," Plaza said in a statement released by the team. "The fantastic experience being a leader and a veteran in a young team, being part of a project that is changing Cycling in Israel - has given new meaning to what I do on the bike," he said. "Then came the historic and unforgettable Giro D'italia and the moments I will never ever forget when all the country united behind the team."ADVERTISEMENT Plaza had a resurgence of sorts with the Israeli-registered team this year, taking his first win in three years as he soloed to a stage win and overall victory at theVuelta a Castilla y Leon in April. Plaza made the roster for the team's Giro d'Italia squad and the historic start in Jerusalem, and he nearly scored a stage win when he was second toMaximilian Schachmann (Quick-Step Floors) on stage 18 to Prato Nevoso. "I was close, but close is not enough," Plaza said. "I wanted to give myself and the team a dream win, and this mission is still unfulfilled. When the team came to me with the offer to continue for another year, I asked myself if I can still deliver with ability and motivation, and the answer was, 'Yes, I can.' So I see it as almost another chance to leave a mark and continue the journey with this unique team." Plaza finished 10 seconds behind the German on that Giro stage as the day-long breakaway disintegrated on the final climb, just missing out on his goal to win a stage in each Grand Tour after taking wins at the Vuelta a Espana in 2015 and 2005, and in the Tour de France in 2015. Team co-owner Sylvan Adams hinted that Plaza will get a chance at his Giro win again next year. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Pinot: Il Lombardia reflects who I am as rider
October 14, 2018 (08:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) often seems to be racing against himself, against his demons and against his own weaknesses and tactical errors. But his victory at Il Lombardiaand the way he won the final Monument of the season swept away all Pinots doubts, rewarding his panache, aggression and desire to win. I have a tattoo that says 'Solo la vittoria e bella', and this is the most beautiful victory for me, Pinot explained as he tried to understand what he had achieved by winning Il Lombardia. Il Lombardia is the most beautiful race of all for me. Its a magnifique race. I think Il Lombardia reflects who I am as rider. Its my favourite race, and to win it alone after a duel with [Vincenzo] Nibali is incredible. I think it was good to watch as it was to ride.ADVERTISEMENT I showed what I can do today. We have live in the moment, and I believe that everything that has happened so far in my life has lead me to win Il Lombardia. Pinot knew it was the right moment to attack when he saw Nibali go after Primoz Roglic (LottoNL-Jumbo) on the final slopes of the Colma di Sormano. There were still almost 50km left to race, but he followed his instinct. I wanted to do something on the Sormano, and when Nibali attacked I said, Bingo! I knew it was a good attack, Pinot explained. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Valverde ends season with 11th in Il Lombardia
October 14, 2018 (08:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) closed out his season with 11th place at Il Lombardia on Saturday, sticking with the best until the final attacks fromPrimo Rogli (LottoNL-Jumbo), Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) and Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) relegated him to the role of chaser. The reigning world champion finished 1:31 down on winner Pinot in a five-man group that also included Egan Bernal (Team Sky), Michael Woods (EF Education First-Drapac),Sbastien Reichenbach (Groupama-FDJ) and Mikel Nieve (Mitchelton-Scott). I felt the tiredness of this long season a bit today," Valverde said in a post on his team's website. "I didnt really feel bad and was able to stay close to the top contenders all day, struggling but fighting into those final climbs. However, youve got to be honest: there were some of the best in the world in this race, and they might have come to this race in better condition."ADVERTISEMENT Valverde was in the much-reduced peloton when Primo Rogli (LottoNL-Jumbo) attacked at the top of theSormano climb and blew the race apart.Toward the top, Nibali and Thibaut Pinot jumped out of the group, eventually catching Rogli and being joined by Bernal as well. Pinot eventually attacked Nibali with 14km to go and held off the defending champion for the win. Valverde simply lacked the horsepower to go with the winning moves, but in a season that has seen him take 14 wins, topped off with the world championship in last month in Austria, the 39-year-old Spaniard said he was not disappointed with his Lombardia result. "Disappointed about not winning? Not at all " not if you consider how Ive fared this season," Valverde said. "Id be sad if I wasnt able to stay on the bike and had to DNF, but I had on my mind this was one of todays likely scenarios. I can only be satisfied about my 2018 season and this rainbow jersey on my chest. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Nibali proud of second place at Il Lombardia after three months of suffering
October 14, 2018 (08:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) smiled on the podium of Il Lombardia as if he had won. His second place behind an untouchable Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) was a personal victory and a source of huge satisfaction, coming just three months since a spectator-caused crash on stage 12 of the Tour de France to LAlpe dHuez left him with a fractured vertebrae. Nibali wanted a third victory at Il Lombardia; he wanted to dedicate victory to his wife on their wedding anniversary and remember his grandfather who died this year. He wanted to prove that he was back to his best and that the pain and suffering of the last three months was worth it. His daughter, Emma, stood proudly with her dad on the podium, thinking he had won. The many Italian tifosi also cheered Nibali as if he had won Il Lombardia too.ADVERTISEMENT Id hoped to win for lots of reasons, and I never ride to finish second, but Pinot was on a great day. There was nothing else I could do. Pinot deserved to win, Nibali said sportingly. Ive given it everything to get back to my best, but its been difficult. I was always playing catch up. The doctors said Id need three months to recover without the operation, and its been three months now, so to finish second at Il Lombardia makes what Ive been through worth it. Its definitely a kind of victory for me. Nibali was expecting a battle with Pinot and Alejandro Valverde (Movistar), but a different race emerged over the top of the steep Colma di Sormano. Valverde was surprisingly isolated and struggling. Primoz Roglic (LottoNL-Jumbo) had forced the pace on the double-digit gradient of the wall of Sormano, then Nibali and Pinot seized the initiative. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Porte signs off from BMC in Hammer Hong Kong and Tour of Guangxi
October 14, 2018 (08:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Richie Porte will end his time with the BMC Racing Team at the Hammer Hong Kong race on October 14, and the following Tour of Guangxi (October 16-21). The US-based team will send reduced squads to the two final races of the season. Porte, who won the Tour de Suisse this year, will join Trek-Segafredo for 2019. BMC is merging with the CCC team in 2019 Jrgen Roelandts, Stefan Kng, Miles Scotson, and Nathan Van Hooydonck round out the Hong Kong Hammer squad.ADVERTISEMENT "I think we are all looking forward to racing in Hong Kong at the Hammer Series decider and it works well that we can combine this with the Tour of Guangxi, the final UCI WorldTour race of the season,said Sports Director Jackson Stewart. Michael Schr will join the squad for the Tour of Guangxi, the last WorldTour race of the year. "In 2017 we had a very motivated roster and saw good performances which we are looking to repeat this year. Although we will be one man down at the final UCI WorldTour race of the season due to some last minute changes, we are still lining up with a strong, competitive and versatile six-rider roster, Stewart said. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Cordon-Ragot praises womens minimum salary as a big step forward
October 14, 2018 (08:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Audrey Cordon-Ragot praised the UCI's decision to introduce a minimum salary for the top tier of womens teams beginning in 2020. The French time trial champion, who is set to race with Trek-Segafredo next year, said that it was one of the most important steps toward improving the overall professionalism of womens cycling. "It's a big step that we are taking now," Cordon-Ragot told Cyclingnews in an interview at the SportHotel, where the French national team was staying ahead of the 2018 Road World Championships in Innsbruck, Austria. "There is still a long road ahead because we have so many things still to improve in women's cycling, but this is the first step to take, and it is so important."ADVERTISEMENT UCI President David Lappartient told Cyclingnews in July that a two-tiered team system would be introduced in 2020 and that the top tier would be paid a minimum salary. In Innsbruck, he confirmed the two tiers " Womens WorldTeams and Continental Teams - and that the top level would be required to pay riders a minimum salary equal to that of the mens Professional Continental teams, currently set at just above 30,000. There will be five Womens WorldTeams in 2020, and the minimum salary will be gradually phased in over a three-year period. The goal is to have 10 teams in 2021 and 15 teams by 2022. New team, new ambitions You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Nibali focused on Il Lombardia but considering his options beyond 2019
October 14, 2018 (08:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Vincenzo Nibali is focused on ending his season with a strong performance at Il Lombardia and possibly even a third victory but he is also looking much further down the road, to the final phase of his career, as he decides if he will stay beyond 2019 with Bahrain-Merida or look for a new challenge elsewhere, perhaps even with Team Sky. Nibali will start Il Lombardia wearing the number 1 as the 2017 winner. He also won the event known as, Race of the Falling Leaves, in 2015 and has won either a Grand Tour or a Monument Classic for the last six seasons. Nibali won Milan-San Remo in March and so considers his 2018 season a success despite the pain and suffering he endured after being knocked off his bike by a spectator on stage 12 of the Tour de France on Alpe d'Huez. He underwent vertebroplasty surgery to ease the pain and returned in time for the Vuelta a Espaa, in the hope of finding the form for the World Championships in Innsbruck but cracked before the decisive climb.ADVERTISEMENT Nibali's form is better now than in Innsbruck two weeks ago but he does not know if it will be good enough to allow him to win Il Lombardia for a third time. "My form is an incognito," Nibali said with pragmatism. "I can only do what I can, my legs are what they are. It'll be about grit and determination. I haven't trained specifically for il Lombardia, I'm using the form I got from Vuelta, the Worlds and Giro dellEmilia, where I was eighth. Considering his options beyond Bahrain-Merida and 2019 You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Heinrich Haussler and the long road - Exclusive Podcast
October 12, 2018 (08:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
In this week's edition of the Cyclingnewspodcast,brought to you in association with Prendas Ciclismo, Pinarello and Floyds of Leadville, we have an exclusive interview with Bahrain-Merida's Australian rider Heinrich Haussler. The 34-year-old turned professional back in 2005 with Gerolsteiner but his road into cycling started much earlier, when, as a teenager, he came to Germany on his own and without knowing the language. Away from his family and isolated at first, Haussler had to find his way in society as much as cycling, but his talent and dedication saw him through. In this interview, conducted at the Canadian WorldTour races in September, Haussler talks about his path into cycling, the hurdles he had to overcome and his time as a pro rider.ADVERTISEMENT He opens up about his success and the culture at Gerolsteiner, the highs and lows at Cervelo test team, injuries and setbacks, and how in the autumn of his career he has reinvented himself as a road captain for the likes Vincenzo Nibali and Sonny Colbrelli. Sponsor messagePrendas Ciclismo have some unique and fantastic new lines. With new retro jerseys like the iconic Peugeot BP, La Vie Claire and Mapei, there's also a brand new capsule collection celebrating old races like the Baracchi Trophy and Bordeaux Paris. To enjoy great quality clothing without a premium price tag, visit Prendas Ciclismo online at prendas.co.uk. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
ENVE (finally) launches disc TT rear wheel
October 12, 2018 (08:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
This article first appeared on BikeRadar. Carbon component specialist ENVE has released its Smart ENVE System (SES) Rear Disc Wheel " the Utah-based companys first full disc rear wheel for time trialling and triathlon. ENVE says the wheel was developed with "no expense spared" using "state of the art Computational Fluid Dynamics" and prototypes were tested at the Mercedes GP-Petronas Formula 1 teams wind tunnel in the United Kingdom.ADVERTISEMENT The wheel uses a one-piece moulded construction, with only the hub shell featuring any bonding. This results in a strong and relatively light wheel, although the claimed weights are around 200g heavier than a PRO Textreme Disc rear wheel. The new Specialized S-Works Shiv disc is... wow ENVE rolls out two purpose-built gravel rims Priced at $2,700 / 2,875, the wheel is optimised for speeds above 27mph / 43kph and targeted at professionals and elite amateur cyclists. ENVE SES Rear Disc Wheel key features One-piece moulded carbon construction Internal rim width 19mm External rim width 27mm Tubeless compatible Optimised for 25mm tyres Rim/disc brake version available Carbon and alloy ENVE hub 5-year ENVE warranty 1,225g (claimed) $2,700 / 2,875 Aero advantages but only if youre fast enough Tubeless-SES Disc/Disc or Rim/Disc You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Renshaw extends with Dimension Data
October 12, 2018 (08:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Mark Cavendish lead-out man Mark Renshaw has extended his contract with Dimension Data, taking him through 2019 with the South African team that benefits the Qhubeka charity. Im looking forward to racing my 16th season professionally with Dimension Data for Qhubeka in 2019," the 35-year-old Australian said in a statement released by the team. "This will be my fourth season with the team where we have had some great success over the past three years. Im excited to meet all my current teammates and all the new riders that will join us next season at our training camp in Cape Town next month," he said.ADVERTISEMENT Renshaw joined the team in 2016, following Cavendish from Etixx-QuickStep. Cavendish had been rumoured to be considering a move away from the South African team after three years, and he and his representatives had talked to a number of teams over the past few months. Dimension Data added Italian sprinter Giaccomo Nizzolo to the 2019 roster in September, adding more fuel to the transfer rumours.However,La Gazzetta dello Sport reported late last week that the British sprinter had reached an agreement with Dimension Data to add another year to his contract. Now Renshaw is in the fold again as well. Working with our new sprinter Giacomo Nizzolo next season as well seeing Ryan Gibbons continue to develop will be very exciting," Renshaw said. "I'm looking forward to helping him and our other leaders in the sprint finals next season in my favourite position of lead-out rider. I will be sharing all my years of experience on the road to bring the team our best results." " Mark Renshaw (@Mark_Renshaw) October 11, 2018 You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Groenendaal joins Boels Dolmans as team director in 2019
October 12, 2018 (08:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Boels Dolmans announced that they have expanded their staff to include new team director Richard Groenendaal for the 2019 season. The former pro cyclist and cyclo-cross rider will assist team manager Danny Stam at a number of road races next season. "I'm really looking forward to this new challenge," said Groenendaal, who will fill a part-time role with the team. "I will support Danny as a second team director next year in a number of road races. It is nice that I can transfer my experience and expertise within this women's team. "I will focus on the road season, but as a cyclo-cyclist there may well be a role for me in the future. However, we only look at that later, first the 2019 road season. I am really looking forward to it."ADVERTISEMENT Groenendaal had successful careers in both road and cyclo-cross. He was eight-times Dutch champion and he won the cyclo-cross world title in 2000, along with the World Cup standings title three times and the Superprestige twice. He was also the Dutch champion on the mountain bike. He spent 11 seasons racing on the road with Rabobank's division 1 and division 3 teams before moving to the AA Cycling Team for his final three seasons. He retired from cycling in 2010 and went on to work with the Rabobank Development Team until 2017. "Richard will be part-time in the team next year," Stam said. "Then we look at how we want to continue the collaboration. I am very happy with the extra experience in the team." You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Martin, Aru and Costa take UAE reins for Il Lombardia
October 12, 2018 (08:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
UAE Team Emirates will head into Saturday's Il Lombardia with a roster that includes a former winner in Dan Martin and two riders who have come close to success previously in the 'Race of the Falling Leaves.' Martin won the race in 2014 ahead of Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) after placingsecond in 2011 and fourth in 2013. His teammate Rui Costawas third behind Valverde in 2014, and Fabio Aru has scored two top 10 finishes in the race. The team are hoping their three-pronged approach to the race will result in victory this year. Martin dropped out of the Vuelta a Espana after nine stages to be with his wife when she gave birth to their first child. He returned to racing at the UCI Road World Championships, where he dropped out of the road race. Most recently, he was 16th in Milano-Torino on Wednesday.ADVERTISEMENT Costa recently finished 10th in the Worlds road race after warming up with sixth at theGrand Prix Cycliste de Montral. He was 66th at Tre Valle Verasine earlier this week and 48th in Milano-Torino. Aru finished a disappointing 23rd at the Vuelta after crashing hard on stage 17, but he bounced back with ninth at Milano-Torino and appears to have recovered some good form in time for Saturday's Monument. Martin, Costa and Aru will be backed in the241km race from Bergamo to Como byMarco Marcato, Manuele Mori, Edward Ravasi and Rory Sutherland. Il Lombardia is a race of high importance, one of the monuments, an important appointment for our team, said team manager Matxin Joxean Fernandez. "We have selected a high-level group for such a prestigious race. Our seven riders have talent and quality to be protagonists and to pull in results.We have faith in our riders, also knowing that its going to be hard battle given the high level of competition. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Androni secure place in 2019 Giro d'Italia after topping Italian ranking
October 12, 2018 (08:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec celebrated overall victory in the season-long Ciclismo Cup on the podium of the Gran Piemonte race on Thursday, knowing that their success ensures a wildcard invitation to the 2019 Giro dItalia. The final classification has still to be calculated, but Davide Ballerini's third place and Manuel Belletti's sixth place at Gran Piemonte behind Sonny Colbrelli (Bahrain-Merida) was enough to secure victory and leave team manager Gianni Savio happier than ever. His riders have won 30 races in 2018, including the Adriatica Ionica Race with Ivan Sosa and the Trofeo Matteotti and the Memorial Marco Pantani with Ballerini. A series of other placings by other riders meant that Androni Giocattoli finished well ahead of their Italian rivals in the Ciclismo Cup rankings and so secured the golden-ticket invitation to the Giro d'Italia.ADVERTISEMENT Other Italian Pro Continental teams such as Bardiani CSF, Nippo-Vini Fantini and Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia will have to hope for a wildcard invitation from organiser RCS Sport, but Savio can enjoy the winter and plan for 2019 knowing the red Androni Giocattoli colours will line up in Bologna for the Grand Partenza in May. Androni Giocattoli missed out on a place in the 2017 Giro dItalia after failing to top the season-long ranking, and Savio has since made sure he was never left in a similar position. "Of the 11 editions of the ranking, weve won six, including the last two," Savio told Cyclingnews, struggling to hide his satisfaction. "We're proud to be able to ride the Giro d'Italia yet again in 2019 and also have the Italian scudetto (winners badge) on our jerseys as winners of the Ciclismo Cup. This has paid back for all our hard work during the season. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Sonny Colbrelli: Call me Rain Man
October 12, 2018 (08:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Sonny Colbrelli (Bahrain-Merida) ended his 2018 season with another sprint win in the rain at Gran Piemonte on Thursday, confirming he is the rain man of the peloton. The Italian sprinter has the bike skills and the mindset to excel when the skies are grey and the roads wet. This time, after racing for more than four hours in the pouring rain around Turin and the flat Piedmont countryside, Colbrelli beat Florian Snchal (Quick-Step Floors) and Davide Ballerini (Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec) on the long straight finish that leads to the stunning Palazzina di Caccia that once hosted hunting trips and celebrations with Napoleon and the Savoy and Italian royal families. "I always perform well in the rain because I know a lot of other riders dont like it," Colbrelli said. "I use the tough conditions to my advantage. Ive always preferred the rain to the heat of the summer. Even when I was young, I was happy to train in the rain. Im happy that people call me 'Rain Man'."ADVERTISEMENT Colbrelli has won four times in 2018, including beating Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors) and Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) in the rain at the Tour de Suisse. He also finished second seven times, including twice behind Sagan in Tour de France sprints and behind Michael Matthews (Team Sunweb) at the Gran Prix Cycliste de Montreal a few weeks ago. "The second places at the Tour de France were a big regret because I was so close, so too was the Gran Prix Montreal. I thought I'd won it and then Matthews passed me on the line," Colbrelli explained, able to see the long-term benefits of defeat. "They're big, big races. They're Classics and so they also give me the optimism and confidence for 2019. The Tour de France was an important moment in my season and my development as a sprinter and Classics contender. It's been a season full of second places, but there were some prestigious second placings too. I hope to turn them into wins in 2019." You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Swift looking to reboot his career after difficult years at UAE Team Emirates
October 12, 2018 (08:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Ben Swift will ride the Hammer Series in Hong Kong and then the Tour of Guangxi in China, hoping that any late-season success will help him secure a contract for 2019 after UAE Team Emirates opted not to retain the services of the Yorkshireman. Swift struggled with injury in 2017 in his first season with UAE Team Emirates and then fractured a vertebra in his back during this years Tour of Flanders. He has been trying to find his best form ever since. He missed the Tour de France and rode the Tour of Britain with Great Britain. He was only a reserve for the final block of racing but got the call and so has been mixing some late training with the search for a new team. Like many riders, Swift is a victim of the budget and roster cuts in the professional peloton that has left a number of talented riders desperately searching for a contract for 2019 as the current season ends.ADVERTISEMENT Im still on the market. Im speaking to a couple of teams. Its been a strange year but Im hopeful, though I know that things need to fall into place, Swift told Cyclingnews before he travelled to Hong Kong. I know Ive not shown what Im capable of in the last two years. It wasnt a risk joining UAE Team Emirates. I was at a moment in my career when I wanted to see if I could be better than up to that point. I got that opportunity to play my own cards thanks to UAE Team Emirates. It didnt work out for one reason or another but if I look back, my training numbers were as solid as ever and I felt good in races but things never really went my way, I was always lacking that last little bit needed to win. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Team Sunweb and Craft Sportswear sign long-term apparel partnership
October 12, 2018 (08:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Craft Sportswear have signed a partnership withTeam Sunweb to provide race apparel, alongside casual and formal wear, for riders and staff for at least four seasons. The partnership extends to the men's WorldTour team, women's WorldTour team and U23 development squad for the German-registered team. Basque brand Etxeondo have provided the Team Sunweb squad with apparel since 2014.ADVERTISEMENT Swedish company Craft Sportswear was founded in 1973, creating technical clothing for running, cycling, cross-country skiing and general sportswear. Craft have provided race apparel for the Mitchelton-Scott and Bora-Hansgrohe squads in previous years. "By joining forces with powerhouse Team Sunweb, we will strengthen our presence in cycling, which is an important focus area for us in the years ahead," said Craft Sportswear's Product and Marketing Manager, Daniel Hgling. "This collaboration, which includes the men's, women's and development team, provides us with a perfect opportunity to develop our offer for both retail and cycling clubs - to create the next generation of functional and innovative training and competition garments." You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Luke Rowe signs three-year contract extension with Team Sky
October 12, 2018 (08:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Luke Rowe has agreed a contract extension that will keep him at Team Sky for the next three seasons. The Welshmans new deal will expire at the end of the 2021 campaign. Rowe has spent the entirety of his professional career with Team Sky since he stepped up to WorldTour level in 2012. He has established himself as one of the squads leaders in the cobbled Classics and has been on the Tour de France team in each of the past four years. "Ive been with Sky since the start of my career and I really feel a part of the furniture here," Rowe said in a statement released by the team.ADVERTISEMENT "Its been seven years and this deal will take me through to 10 years with Team Sky, so it was an easy decision. This is home." Rowes 2018 season seemed at risk when he broke both the tibia and fibula in his right leg in a water rafting accident in August 2017, but he made a remarkable recovery and returned to action at the Abu Dhabi Tour in February. The 28-year-old proceeded to line out in the cobbled Classics and was later part of the Sky team that helped his fellow Welshman Geraint Thomas to overall victory at the Tour de France. Rowe brought the curtain down on his season in August after sustaining a fractured scaphoid at the European Championships in Glasgow. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Sciandri moves to Movistar team car in 2019
October 12, 2018 (08:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Max Sciandri will leave BMC and direct from the Movistar team car from 2019 onwards. The British-Italian former pro has worked as directeur sportif at Jim Ochowicz's team since 2011 but will move on as the team prepares to start a new chapter under a merger with CCC Sprandri Polkowice. Sciandri will become the fifth directeur sportif at Movistar, adding diversity to the Spanish team's current line-up. Jos Vicente Garca Acosta and Pablo Lastras both spent their whole racing careers at the team before joining as directeurs sportifs in their retirement, while Jos Luis Jaimerena has been involved with the team since his only pro season in 1983. Jose Luis Arrieta is the only one who has worked outside of the team, having ridden for AG2R La Mondiale for five seasons at the end of his career.ADVERTISEMENT Sciandri, who won stages at the Tour de France and Giro d'Italia, retired from racing in 2004. He began working for British Cycling and was instrumental in establishing the Under-23 Academy, which helped develop many of the British talents now riding in the pro peloton. Having ridden for Ochowicz at Motorola in the 1990s, he joined BMC Racing in 2011 as assistant sports director with a focus on developing the team's younger riders and identifying future talent. Sciandri became one of the team's senior directors and was heavily linked with the job of head coach of the Italian national team, but turned down what he described as "the opportunity of a lifetime" in 2013. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Dan Martin opens up at Milano-Torino in preparation for Il Lombardia
October 12, 2018 (08:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Dan Martin (UAE Team Emirates) tested his legs and opened his lungs on the testing final circuit around the Superga climb at Milano-Torino on Wednesday, ending the race confident that he can perform at Saturday's Il Lombardia. The Irishman became a father to twins on September 19 after quitting the Vuelta a Espaa after stage 9 so that he could be at the birth. He has only ridden the World Championship road race in Innsbruck, Austria, since then, but he has clearly been mixing training with parental duties at home in Andorra in recent weeks, and was strong enough to be part of the front group that formed on the first climb of Superga. Martin suffered more on the second climb up to the finish and crossed the line 1:13 behind winner Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) but close to many of the riders he will face in the final Monument of the season on Saturday. His performance meant Martin was upbeat about how he felt, and as a consequence his hopes for Il Lombardia. "I'm really happy because I only flew to Italy on Tuesday and came from altitude in Andorra, so I was struggling to breathe. With a couple more days of adaption, I think I'll be good," Martin told Cyclingnews. "I really enjoyed riding Milan-Turin without any pressure, and I hope to do the same on Saturday. Hopefully we can get a result. Martin was carefully to use 'we' as he talked about his UAE Team Emirates squad. Fabio Aru also showed signs of form at Milano-Torino, going deep on the climb to Superga to finish ninth at 43 seconds, one place and a few seconds better than Egan Bernal (Team Sky). Another teammate, Jan Polanc, was in the top 25, while Rui Costa was again there to lend a hand.ADVERTISEMENT Of those three teammates, however, only Costa featured on the provisional start list for Il Lombardia a couple of days ahead of the race Martin won Il Lombardia in 2014 when the race started in Como and ended in Bergamo. He attacked before the final corner to beat a certain Alejandro Valverde " the new 2018 world champion, who'll line up for Movistar again on Saturday looking for his first Lombardia win " while Costa was third that year after he, Aru and others had emerged on the climb up to Bergamo Alta and fought it out on the descent to the finish below. The year before, Martin had crashed on that same final corner while in the mix for a podium finish, but had no qualms about giving it everything to take the victory in 2014. He is less of a favourite this year, with Pinot, Valverde, Michael Woods and Rigoberto Uran (EF Education First-Drapac) leading the list of contenders. However, it would be foolish to write off Martin. "I'm not too keen on the course that finishes in Como and includes the steep Sormano climb and then the Civiglio. I haven't raced well on that course, but of course that won't hold me back," Martin said. "I used to like the last San Fermo climb, but that's been replaced by a slightly easier road due to a landslide. But we'll still try to win. "ll Lombardia is a beautiful race " its my favourite race of the year. It'd be really good to finish off the season with a really good result." You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Pinot: My wins in Italy are my greatest
October 12, 2018 (08:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Thibaut Pinot(Groupama-FDJ)has a tattoo on his arm that says in Italian, "Solo la vittoria Bella" " "Only victory is beautiful""and the Frenchman was delighted to finally add an Italian semi-Classic to his palmars with victory at Milano-Torinoon Wednesday. Pinot is French to the core, but he loves racing in Italy, preferring aggressive, open racing to the tactics and expectation of the Tour de France. "I want to win every race, and I think my wins in Italy are my greatest," Pinot explained in French, but promising to learn a little more Italian with each success.ADVERTISEMENT "I love racing in Italy, from starting the season with Tirreno-Adriatico and then ending it with Il Lombardia. This final 10-day block of racing that leads to Il Lombardia is my favourite." Pinot has always performed south of the Alps, dating back to his amateur days and his breakout victory at the 2009 Giro della Valle d'Aosta. As a young professional in 2011, Pinot claimed the Settimana Lombarda, attracting covetous glances from Italian teams. More recently, he was third at Il Lombardia in 2015 and fifth last year. It is the only Monument Classic he has ever ridden. When it comes to the Italian Grand Tour, Pinot won a stage of the 2017 Giro d'Italia and finished fourth overall. This season he was fighting with Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott), Chris Froome (Team Sky) and Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb)for a Giro podium spot until pneumonia struck after the final mountain stage. He fought to finish in Cervinia but was unable to travel to Rome for the final parade stage and even spent several days in hospital in Italy. A show of form before Il Lombardia You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games individual time trial routes revealed
October 12, 2018 (08:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
The UCI announced Wednesday the routes for the elite men's and women's individual time trials at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. The elite men will race 44.2km and the elite women will race 21.1km on July 29. The time trials will start and finish on the Fuji Speedway motor racing circuit, which is also the finish location of the road races. Riders will compete along an undulating 21.1km loop in and around the speedway, with Mount Fuji set as the backdrop for the events. The elite men will race two laps of the circuit for a total of 44.2km and an elevation gain of approximately 846m. The elite women will complete one loop for a total of 21.1km and an elevation gain of 423m.ADVERTISEMENT Thomas Rohregger, former Olympic road cyclist and UCI technical advisor, said that the athletes wishing to perform well in the Olympic time trial will need to pull out all the stops. The course along the Fuji Speedway area is a challenging one, combining long straights and undulating terrain. It will also offer a unique setting with its fan-packed motor racing circuit and the spectacular Mount Fuji as a backdrop. The UCI also announced the routes for the Paralympic road race, individual time trial and team relay. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Cyclingnews freelance production editor required (six months weekend cover)
October 12, 2018 (08:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Cyclingnews is looking for a freelance online production editor based in North America for a six-month fixed-term period. The job would focus around weekend work and occasional weekdays. Cyclingnews is the world's leading cycling website. It has achieved this status by the timeliness, accuracy and objectivity of its reporting of news and race results. Any position on Cyclingnews requires a natural interest in the sport and a willingness to stay informed on cycling-related news and issues. Due to the nature of the sport, it is at its busiest on weekends, and this position requires regularly working on weekends and public holidays.ADVERTISEMENT The start date for this is November 18. Training will be provided before the official start date. Deadline for applications is October 20, 2018. What you will learn You will be a critical member of our global editorial team, involved in many aspects of production, operation and social media promotion of our site's content. You will be responsible for copy editing the work of others, in addition to writing news, race reports and features, and producing content using our CMS, Excel, text editors, basic HTML and Photoshop. Production of results for races, writing/editing reports and processing photographs Production of complete news stories, features, interviews and tech reviews, including copy editing submitted material Researching, interviewing and writing news features Working with the editorial teams based in Europe, US and Australia Reporting to the Editor-in-Chief Occasionally attending cycling events as a Cyclingnews reporter Social media and web analytics Excellent command of written English and attention to detail Quick thinking, able to juggle multiple tasks and prioritize efficiently Self-starter able to work effectively in a virtual office environment Excellent communication skills A broad knowledge of, and passion for, cycling Broad knowledge of web-based journalism and what it entails Computer literacy Familiarity with the technical aspects of web publishing and HTML Best social media practices (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram) You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Taco van der Hoorn signs for LottoNL-Jumbo
October 09, 2018 (19:15) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Taco van der Hoorn will move up to WorldTour level in 2019 after signing a two-year contract with LottoNL-Jumbo, which will be known as Team Jumbo from January 1. The Dutchman joins the squad after two seasons with Pro Continental outfit Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij. The biggest victory of Van der Hoorn's career came at the BinckBank Tour in August, when he won from the break on stage 3 in Antwerp. His triumph was all the more noteworthy given that he had missed the bulk of the 2018 season due to the lingering effects of a concussion suffered in a mountain biking crash last winter.ADVERTISEMENT Van der Hoorn's first race of the year came in a post-Tour de France criterium in Surhuisterveen in late July but barely two weeks later he claimed the first WorldTour win of his career. The 24-year-old has enjoyed a strong finish to the 2018 season. He won the Primus Classic last month, and in the past week has placed 4th at Binche-Chimay-Binche and 9th at Paris-Tours. "The way he returned in the peloton after that concussion proves his exceptional capabilities," LottoNL-Jumbo directeur sportif Merijn Zeeman said in a statement on Tuesday. "We consider Taco a good classics rider and we'll develop him into an even better classic specialist." Team Jumbo have already signed Mike Teunissen from Sunweb to bolster their cobbled Classics squad, while Lars Boom will leave the team for Roompot in 2019. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Gaviria's future still unclear after Deceuninck come to Lefevere's aid
October 09, 2018 (19:15) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Patrick Lefevere can revel in the fact that he has saved his team's future after it was announced that Deceuninck would step in and become a title sponsor for 2019, but the Belgian boss cannot guarantee that Fernando Gaviria will stay next year. While uncertainty shrouded the Quick-Step Floors team, Gaviria was granted permission to talk to other teams. If Lefevere could not find a sponsor, then he would be forced to nullify several rider contracts due to financial restraints, and Gaviria was duly shopped around by his agent. Even though Lefevere's team has been saved and Deceuninck has stepped up as a significant title sponsor for the foreseeable future, Gaviria is still a question mark.ADVERTISEMENT A report in La Gazzetta dello Sport claimed that the sprinter was set to move to UAE Team Emirates, while Lefeveres latest climbing sensation, Enric Mas, was linked in a move to Astana. The latter's future is set at Quick-Step, with Lefevere stating that the Spaniard will not leave under any circumstances, but Gaviria's 2019 squad remains unclear. "For me a rider has only gone when all the parties sign an agreement," Lefevere told Cyclingnews on Tuesday morning. "That needs the rider, the old team, and the new team all to be in agreement. Until today thats not the case. Mas will certainly not leave the team. Im certainly not going to allow that. This is of course part of the sickness thats in cycling. Were becoming more like football, so there are now agents who don't have the authority who start selling riders to contracts. Thats not correct. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Valverde debuts rainbow jersey at Tre Valli Varesine
October 09, 2018 (19:15) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) has begun his first race as the world champion, pulling on his new rainbow jersey for the Tre Valli Varesine in Italy on Tuesday. The Spaniard, who won the world title in Innsbruck at the end of September, unveiled his new kit at a sponsor event in Madrid on Sunday but Tuesday is his first racing appearance in the rainbow bands. "The truth is it's a very good feeling. It gives me pride to wear it, to be the world champion," Valverde said just before the start of the one-day race.ADVERTISEMENT "Today is a beautiful day, and I'm going to enjoy being on the bike as much as possible." Valverde's jersey features the Movistar logo and name in the team's colours, positioned just above the rainbow bands, with two further blue 'M's on the shoulders and smaller secondary sponsor logos in black on the chest and arms. The 38-year-old wore arm warmers on a slightly chilly autumn morning, featuring further rainbow bands on the forearm. His shorts are black with rainbow trim, but there is no rainbow customisation on his bike or accessories. "It's been very busy, with lots of events, here, there and everywhere, and not much training," Valverde said of his 10 days as the new world champion."I've just been enjoying all the tributes." You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
John Lelangue joins Lotto Soudal as general manager
October 09, 2018 (19:15) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
After the departure of Paul De Geyter, Lotto Soudal announced on Tuesday that former Phonak and BMC manager John Lelangue will be the team's new general manager. The 47-year-old Belgian worked for Tour de France organiser ASO in a communications role in the 1990s and later moved into the race organisation side of the company. In 2005 he joined the Phonak team in a managerial role but the team ended at the end of 2006 after Floyd Landis was stripped of his Tour de France title. When Phonak team owner Andy Rihs set up the BMC Racing team in 2007, Lelangue followed across as a directeur sportif and stayed for six-and-a-half years. He left the day after the 2013 Tour de France, which had been a disappointing one for the team.ADVERTISEMENT Having previously helped establish the Tour of Qatar while at ASO, Lelangue moved to the country to work on the organisation of the 2016 UCI Road World Championships and has since worked for the governing body as a technical advisor. "I'm really happy and proud to join Lotto Soudal and be part of such a nice project for the future," Lelangue said. Lelangue will be joined at the team by performance manager Kevin De Weert, who worked at the Belgian Federation for the past three years, and at LottoNL-Jumbo before that. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Vinokourov brings 'young and ambitious' Kudus to Astana
October 08, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Merhawi Kudus has signed a contract with Astana Pro Team for 2019. The Eritrean rider joins from Dimension Data, where he has spent the last five seasons. "I am so excited with my arrival to Astana Pro Team in the season of 2019," Kudus said in a press release issued by his new team. "This is a big opportunity for me, because Astana is one of the biggest cycling teams in the world. I hope to have a chance to improve a lot and in the same time to learn a lot and my expectations from this move are really high. I am looking forward to the upcoming season and am really happy to join this great project."ADVERTISEMENT Kudus won the Eritrean national road title earlier in the season and has been a consistent performer for Dimension Data during what has been a difficult season for the team. He was ninth overall in the Tour of Oman and seventh in the Vuelta a Burgos in August. He finished 31st overall at the Vuelta a Espana, and Astana general manager Alexandre Vinokourov believes that the 24-year-old has more untapped potential. "Kudus is a very young and ambitious rider and I am curious how far he can reach in professional cycling. He is a climber, but in the same time has some skills in the time trial races. This rider will strengthen our Grand Tour group. In the same time, Merhawi still has to find his way in the peloton and I think in Astana Team he will have a chance to grow and to show himself,"Vinokurov said. The Astana team have gone through a slight rebuild ahead of the 2019 campaign. Michael Valgren has moved the other way and joined Dimension Data in order to lead their Classics squad, while the Izagirre brothers join Astana from Bahrain-Merida in order to bolster their stage racing squad. The team currently have 24 riders signed for next season, a reduction of six riders based on this year's roster. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Prudhomme defends inclusion of gravel tracks in Paris-Tours
October 08, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Christian Prudhomme has defended the inclusion of gravel tracks on the route of Paris-Tours following criticism from riders and team managers in the wake of Sundays race, which was won by Sren Kragh Andersen (Sunweb). Paris-Tours has been tweaked at various points over the years " in the late 1970s and early 1980s the route was reversed and the race was known as Blois-Chaville " but race organiser ASOs decision to insert nine sectors of gravel tracks in the Vouvray vineyards in the final 60 kilometres of this years race marked a new departure in the history of the race. The pelotons passage across the gravel tracks featured a spate of punctures, with Quick-Step Floors manager Patrick Lefevere tweeting his distaste for the new parcours while the race was still in progress: This will be the last time that Quick-Step do this race, even if we win. [It has] nothing to do with road cycling.ADVERTISEMENT Andersen ultimately soloed to victory on the Avenue de Grammont, while Lefeveres rider Niki Terpstra took second ahead of Benoit Cosnefroy (AG2R La Mondiale). Speaking at the finish, race director Prudhomme felt the result demonstrated that the character of the race had not been altered disproportionately. Kragh Andersen and Terpstra were already there last year, second and third, Prudhomme said, according to Lquipe. Its the riders who are the principal actors but if we dont have any madness anymore in designing our race routes, then cycling will go to the wall. People complain that everything is sanitized, people complain about the monotony of certain races. We chose to do something out of the ordinary. The reactions that I have heard arent going in the same way as those of the riders. Since the finish, Ive received numerous messages from people who never normally send them " all to tell me that we were in the right. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Rob Stannard moves up to WorldTour early
October 08, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Less than 24 hours after his victory in Il Piccolo Lombardia, Australia's Robert Stannard has moved up to the WorldTour with Mitchelton-Scott. The 20-year-old has ridden on the team's continental squad, Mitchelton BikeExchange, for the last two seasons and was set to join the WorldTour team from 2019 onwards. However, his recent form and the chance to test himself against Europe's elite for the remainder of the campaign has convinced Mitchelton-Scott's management to move Stannard up the ranks earlier than initially planned. Stannard will make his WorldTour debut at the Tre Valli Varesine on Tuesday. "I am really excited to be riding with the team, it is great for my development to be able to do some races already this year with the team at this level. It is a really good stepping stone for me, I know the roads for Tre Valli Varesine, I live and train in the area so it is really nice to be able to race close to home so it is a great race for me to start at with the team," Stannard said in a statement released on Monday. "I am really excited, I don't really know what to expect but I'm sure I will be learning the whole time and hopefully I can be part of the team's success in these first races."ADVERTISEMENT The rest of Stannard's 2018 race programme has yet to be decided but there are a series of one-day races in Italy between now and the end of the season. "The Italian races are on courses that should suit a rider like Rob so it is a great place for him to start. It will be a great experience for Rob to get a head start on next season and I think with Tre Valli we can expect him to be there most of the day and on roads that he is familiar with," said sports director Dave McPartland. Future of continental team yet to be decided While Stannard moves up the ranks the future of the Australian continental team, Mitchelton BikeExchange remains uncertain. The team has been used as an important stepping stone for Australian and international riders before transitioning to WorldTour, but the management are still reviewing options for 2019. The current Australian riders on the team were told in August that they could look for other teams, and that the squad could potentially take on an all-Asian roster for the current campaign.Cyclingnews understands that this decision has not been entirely signed off and that the budget discussions and several options are still in play. Like the WorldTour team, the continental outfit is financed by Gerry Ryan. He has poured millions of his own money into Australian cycling, and the likes of Caleb Ewan, Jack Haig and Lucas Hamilton have come through the continental team before turning professional with Mitchelton-Scott. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Vuelta a Espana: Valverde and Quintana stay ahead and out of trouble during stage 3
August 27, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
A prolonged acceleration by Movistar in the final kilometres of the Vuelta a Espaa stage 3 was seen as surprising by some race followers on a day expected to end in a bunch sprint and where the Spanish team had little to play for. But as both stage 2 winner Alejandro Valverde and GC contender Nairo Quintana explained afterwards, the Spanish teams aim had been nothing more than to ensure they stayed out of trouble in a tumultuous finale. Besieged by a small, fast-moving cloud of Colombian reporters as he wended his way towards the Movistar team bus, Quintana finally stopped at the foot of the buss stairs to explain to the ever-persistent South American media and other journalists why Movistar had adopted this unexpected strategy.ADVERTISEMENT The idea was to move ahead on that long descent to the finish to avoid any dangers or splits in the sprint, Quintana said. That was the most important thing today, we didnt want to fight for the stage win, just avoid crashes. It was an incident-free day and the team was with us all the way. Valverde was equally determined to brush off any ideas of repeating his stage 2 win. Even though he started out his professional career as a sprinter, and he remains a formidable fastman on the uphills - as Kwiatkowski saw on Sunday - it has been a long time since Valverde went for a more straightforward bunch sprint, or as the Spanish would say, it has rained since then. I was well placed just to avoid crashes, nothing more than that. There was no way I was going for the win, Valverde said. I felt good, even though its been another day of intense heat. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Viviani continues Quick-Step 2018 Grand Tour success in Vuelta a Espana
August 27, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Elia Viviani and Quick-Step Floors continued their seemingly unstoppable run of success this season in the Vuelta a Espaas first bunch sprint stage on Monday. After four victories in the Giro dItalia, for Viviani powering across the line in Alhaurin de la Torre was his fifth Grand Tour win of 2018, whilst for Quick-Step, after five wins in the Giro dItalia and four in the Tour de France, this latest triumph put the Belgian squad into double figures in the three-week stage races. Victory was anything but taken for granted by the Belgian quad, Viviani said afterwards, given that they had not been at all certain that the stage would end in a bunch sprint. He even argued that the hardest part of the victory for the team had been ensuring, on a day with 2,530 metres of vertical climbing, that the race stayed together. On a personal level, it was being sure that he could handle the hills of Spain as well as he knew - with victories as recent as in the Hamburg Cyclassics last Sunday - as he could handle the sprints.ADVERTISEMENT The hardest part was the racing beforehand, the Italian National Champion said afterwards. I knew that beforehand that when you come on the Vuelta you do a lot of climbing so I spent my time before the race in training camps, working on getting over the hills, not working on my sprints. The days climbing had proved so hard that there was no room for organised sprinting trains in the finale, which Viviani described simply as chaotic. Then when it came to the sprint itself, I said to Michael [Morkov] to go for it from 300 metres to go because I saw that nobody had a proper leadout. I told Michael to do sprint like he was racing for the win, and he did the perfect job. There was a little bit of a tailwind and I knew that if I went for it with 200 metres to go, I would get there fine. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Kwiatkowski: 'Tomorrow is the Vuelta's first big mountain checkpoint'
August 27, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Vuelta a Espaa race leader Michal Kwiatkowski (Team Sky) has every intention of fighting for the top spot overall on Tuesdays first key mountain stage, the Pole explained after stage 3. Kwiatkowski and the Vuelta a Espaa GC contenders face their first big challenge Tuesday with the 12 kilometre ascent to Alfacar. Talking to reporters after he completed stage 3 safely in the main pack, Kwiatkowski said, its not about how long I want to have the jersey [of the race leader], its about having respect for it.ADVERTISEMENT Like in any race, you try to keep it as long as you can. This is not a game, its not something you just give away.So bearing that in mind I will try to hold it as long as possible. But I have no idea how long that could be. Munching on a bowl of rice between fielding questions, Kwiatkowski was noticeably blunt when asked how much he knew about the stage four ascent. Not much, he answered, before taking another mouthful of rice. However, the questions about whether Kwiatkowski can move across to fighting for GC in a Grand Tour in the future cannot be disconnected from the Polish racers performance in this Vuelta a Espaa. And on a climb like Alfacar, there may well be some answers, albeit ones in a context of having recently ridden both the Tour de France and Tour de Pologne, working very hard in the former and winning the latter. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Vuelta a Espana: Roche still standing for BMC in GC battle
August 27, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
As the dust settled on the Vuelta a Espaas tumultuous stage 2, which saw two of BMCs top racers, Richie Porte and Rohan Dennis, suffer badly, Nicolas Roche has emerged as BMCs best-placed rider in the general classification. As Porte and Dennis have repeatedly stated, neither started the Vuelta with any GC ambitions, and that was confirmed in ways neither of them would have liked. Portes gastroenteritis left him on the back foot even before the race had started, while Dennis suffered badly in the heat of stage 2 and both lost over 13 minutes. Meanwhile, Roche has always put in solid performances at the Vuelta, taking 14th last year as well as leading the race and taking two stage wins in previous seasons. After finishing just behind the main favourites at Caminito del Rey, losing 15 seconds on stage winner Alejandro Valverde (Movistar), the removal of Porte and Dennis from the Vueltas media limelight has left the Irishman as BMCs best-placed racer, 50 seconds down on current leader Michal Kwiatkowski (Team Sky).ADVERTISEMENT Although he did not know for sure that he was doing the Vuelta a Espaa until relatively late, Roche told Cyclingnews ahead of stage 3 that, it was always in my plan, and I was always in the reserves list, although I hadnt raced that much. Recently fifth in the Tour of Norway after abandoning in the Tour de Pologne with gastroenteritis, Roche said, I was always preparing as if in my mind I was going to the Vuelta and then if I wasnt going to go, Id have been disappointed, but Id have done the Tour of Germany or Tour of Britain and then its the Worlds in a months time. All the work Id done prior to the Vuelta would have been used one way or another. So I did the work, hoping that the team were going to trust me, and they did and Im pleased to be here. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Dennis, Porte fade from contention in Vuelta a Espana
August 26, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
The BMC Racing Team suffered two blows to their overall ambitions at the Vuelta a Espana on the first mass-start stage to Caminito del Rey, as red jersey holder Rohan Dennis and Richie Porte were left on the wrong side of a split in the peloton and lost over 13 minutes. Dennis, who won the opening stage time trial, suffered on a stage that was technically classified as flat, but as the peloton found out, it was anything but - with four classified climbs and numerous stretches of narrow, tight roads. "I think the wind played a big part in today's stage and the roads were never straight or flowing so, you never got to sit in the peloton," Dennis said. "You were always chasing or in single file going around a corner. The altitude gain wasn't that bad but I think the terrain was the real difficulty today."ADVERTISEMENT The 163.5km stage from Marbella started out to script, with a breakaway going clear on the first climb, the category 2 Puerto de Ojen, and getting an immediate gap. "At the start, I didn't feel too bad and we were riding pretty solidly. Of course, it wasn't easy but I was feeling comfortable with the pace and I thought maybe my legs would be better than I thought," Dennis said. "But, about two hours in, I really started to suffer and even sitting on the wheel I wasn't feeling great. I lasted for as long as possible and I was planning on trying to help at the end if I was needed but I just had nothing left in the tank." It didn't help that Team Sky and Movistar went to the front as the last of the breakaway riders were getting reeled in and upped the pace ahead of the final part of the closing circuit with some 30km to go. The surge split the peloton and Dennis and Porte both ended up on the wrong side of the split. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...

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