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Katie Hall signs with Boels Dolmans
August 14, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
The Boels Dolmans team announced the signing of American Katharine 'Katie' Hall, winner of this year's Amgen Women's Race, Tour of the Gila and Joe Martin Stage Race. The 31-year-old climber is joined by former speedskater Eva Buurman on the new additions list for the team. "I had a successful season in the US this year, and I am excited to make the jump to Europe with Boels-Dolmans," Hall said in the team's press release. "I know the transition to Europe can be challenging but this team's strength, support, and experience will set me up for success." Hall turned professional with UnitedHealthcare in 2014, having raced in the collegiate ranks while pursuing an advanced degree in Molecular Toxicology at UC Berkeley. She has steadily risen through the ranks, winning a stage of the Internationale Thringen Rundfahrt in 2015. Hall won the queen stage of the Tour Femenino de San Luis in 2015 and repeated in 2016 en route to the overall victory.ADVERTISEMENT She also won the mountains classification in the Aviva Women's Tour in 2016 and in the Tour de Feminin this season and looks to demonstrate her prowess on the climbs with the team and directeur sportif Danny Stam. "My ambitions are to be the best team member I can be and to meaningfully attack other teams' best climbers in the hills and mountains and to put them under real pressure," Hall said. "I want to create opportunities for my teammates and to capitalize on opportunities that arise for me." Buurman comes across from Trek-Drops. A former speed skater, Buurman won the best young rider classification of the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race and has earned six top-ten places throughout the season. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Vichot to Vital Concept - Transfer Shorts
August 14, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Vital Concept have continued to hoover up WorldTour talent with the signing of Arthur Vichot from Groupama-FDJ. The 29-year-old has penned a two-year deal with the Breton squad, who have already snapped up Pierre Rolland and Cyril Gautier from the top tier of cycling. Vital Concept was set up by former rider Jerome Pineau and made its debut this season. They had hoped to gain entry into the Tour de France at the first time of asking but failed to earn the necessary wildcard. Their approach to the transfer window appears to have the Tour in mind. Former French national champion, Vichot has been a regular in FDJ's Tour line-up since turning professional with the team in 2010. Vichot, 29, said that the team's youth attracted him, calling it a 'breath of fresh air'.ADVERTISEMENT ''The nature of the project and its youth appeal to me," he said. "As soon as it was born, the Vital Concept Cycling Club emitted a seductive image and the team was envied. In the peloton, their jersey stands out and everything that is built around brings a breath of fresh air. ''We've been in contact with Jrme for a while, and his vision of cycling is what I want. He trusts me and I want to give him back by continuing to win races, being successful all season long and bringing my experience to the group.' Tratnik to Bahrain-Merida Bahrain-Merida have signed Jan Tratnik from the CCC-Sprandi Polkowice team to bolster their engine room in time trials and the spring classics. Astana sign Ballerini Tiller turns pro with Dimension Data Anthony Turgis to ride for Direct Energie in 2019 You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Mark Cavendish to miss Arctic Race of Norway
August 14, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Dimension Data will head to the Arctic Race of Norway without sprinter Mark Cavendish, despite the Manxman being announced as a headliner by the race organisation last week. Cavendish missed the European Championships after being advised by his medical team to not race because of unspecified "unfortunate injuries". Dimension Data confirmed that Cavendish will skip Norway but gave no further details. "An update on Mark's return to racing will be given in due course," the team announced.ADVERTISEMENT Cavendish finished 12th in the Prudential RideLondon after being eliminated from the Tour de France on stage 11, missing the time cut on a brutal mountain stage along with teammate Mark Renshaw and Katusha-Alpecin's Marcel Kittel. Bernard Eisel will replace Cavendish, continuing his return from a subdural hematoma, having raced the Tour de Pologne last week. He is joined by Mekseb Debesay, Jacques Janse van Rensburg and two trainees Kent Main and Connor Swift. Main, 22, comes from the Dimension Data continental squad, while Swift, the British national champion, joins the squad from Madison Genesis. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Riding HiRide's semi-active suspension system for road bikes
August 13, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
This article first appeared on BikeRadar. With technologies such as disc brakes and tubeless tyres rapidly becoming the norm on road bikes, is it feasible that suspension could be the next big thing for those who stay on the road? BikeRadar recently headed across to Milan, Italy, to visit suspension experts HiRide and try out a road bike equipped with its ESAS semi-active suspension system.ADVERTISEMENT Full-suspension gravel bike breaks cover in Taipei Why the next-gen adventure road bike is a mountain bike in disguise HiRides ESAS suspension system in detail HiRide's ESAS system fitted to a Pinarello K10S frame With ESAS, HiRide claims to have launched the first electronic suspension system for road bikes. Pitched at the road, gravel and cyclocross market, the system is currently available exclusively through Pinarellos Dogma K10S road bike. Paris-Roubaix proven Do road bikes really need suspension? HiRide ESAS suspension system first ride impressions You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Tour of Utah hoping to move back another week next year
August 13, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
The Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah will return for 2019 with tentative dates of August 12-18, moving back another week on the calendar after a similar move this year. The race is still waiting for UCI approval of the date change. If approved, the change would also affect the Colorado Classic, which this year runs the week after Utah. "We're just looking at how the calendar is lining up, and those are the dates we were told are going to be open," Tour of Utah Executive Manager John Kimball told Cyclingnews following the final press conference on Sunday. "So, again, we'll wait to hear from them so we can make that an official call."ADVERTISEMENT The 2018 Tour of Utah moved back a week in the calendar in hopes of attracting more WorldTour teams after division 1 participation slipped to just one team in 2017 from a high of six in 2014. With new dates this year, the race attracted five WorldTour teams. More distance from the Tour de France might allow more teams to consider the race. "We really hope so," Kimball said. "We love having the race open like this and being in the division we're at because we love to see young riders from all the different categories competing against the top guys. As many WorldTour teams as we can attract is fantastic. "We hope the further away it makes it a little easier and it lets them prepare for the Vuelta and other things," Kimball said, "but it's fantastic to hear that they love to come to Utah." You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Adam Yates changes plans and heads to Vuelta a Espana
August 13, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
After a disappointing Tour de France, Adam Yates will seek redemption in Spain as he changes his plans to join his twin brother Simon at the Vuelta a Espaa later this month. While Simon had always been scheduled to ride the Giro d'Italia and Vuelta a Espaa this year, Adam was the designated leader for the Tour de France, with both set to play leading roles in the British team for the hilly World Championships road race in Austria in September. Adam Yates' hopes of bettering his fourth-place finish from the 2016 Tour went out of the window, however, as he fell out of contention on the second day in the Alps. He bounced back to hunt stages in the Pyrenees and was on course to win stage 16, only to crash on the descent of the Col de Portillon.ADVERTISEMENT On Monday, the Mitchelton-Scott team announced the 26-year-old, who hasn't raced since the Tour, would be sent to the Vuelta, insisting a "long-term focus" lay behind the decision. "We discussed post Tour de France the idea to race Adam as well. Obviously the Tour de France wasnt what wed hoped for Adam, but what it did highlight is that there are some things to work on, with him but also for the whole team in general," said sport director Julian Dean. "The idea is to continue the development of Adam and Simon by taking them both to the Vuelta, giving them another Grand Tour experience and trying to target the areas that we haven't got right, including getting some consistency across the three weeks." You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Van Aert disappointed with bronze in European Championships
August 12, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
World cyclo-cross champion Wout van Aert proved yet again he can compete in major road races at the European Championships, even though he was disappointed to take the bronze medal behind title winner Matteo Trentin (Italy) and cyclo-cross rival Mathieu van der Poel (Netherlands), after the rain-soaked 230km race in Glasgow. Van Aert was part of the decisive move that formed in the final 50km of racing but was unable to come around Trentin in the sprint. "I'm really disappointed. I really thought that I could win right up to a few metres before the finish, van Aert told Het Nieuwsblad soon after the race. "I didn't manage to get past him and that's why I'm disappointed. A medal is nice but Im still find it a disappointment."ADVERTISEMENT Van Aert shared leadership of the Belgian team with Greg van Avermaet and Jasper Stuyven. He was to go with the attacks in the finale after Belgian worked to make their rivals suffer, while van Avermaet waited for the final two laps. When Nico Denz of Germany kicked off the finale of the race with 50km to go, van Aert made sure he was there, with teammate Xandro Meurisse giving vital support. "We didnt have our fastest riders in the team and so we had to take on the race. None of the sprinters were there in the finale and so our tactics were right," van Aert argued. Back to cyclo-cross training You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Peter Sagan abandons road race at European Championships
August 12, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Peter Saganwas forced to pull out of the men's road race at the European Championships held on Sunday, August 12 in Glasgow. The world champion was hunting his second title, after winning the race two years ago, but told the press ahead of the race that he was feeling ill and then later said that he was still suffering from his injuries sustained in a crash at the Tour de France. "I was not in good shape and I still have a lot of pain from the crash at the Tour de France," said Sagan, who crashed on a descent during stage 17 of the French Grand Tour. "It was a very technical circuit [in Glasgow], and it was hard, and in the end, well, I still have a lot of pain in my back and my hip. I think I need more time to recover from that crash."ADVERTISEMENT Sagan started the race as a favourite for the sprinter-friendly event. The men competed 16 laps of an undulating 14.4-kilometre-long circuit, for a total of 230.4km. "The course was OK, it was wet roads and a very technical circuit, but if you have no legs, for that circuit, than you need to be in good shape." In Glasgow, Sagan was up against other favourites; Kristoff, Greg Van Avermaet, Elia Viviani and John Degenkolb, all racing for their respective national teams. Sagan was caught out behind a split in the field as Belgium accelerated over a rise. Norway set a quick pace to protect their defending champion Alexander Kristoff, however, Sagan eased up and then subsequently pulled out of the race with 86km, six laps to the finish. He had also suffered a flat tire earlier in the race but was able to get back on. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Boels Dolmans celebrate third Vargarda TTT success
August 12, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Boels Dolmans fought through the rain to win the PostNord Vrgrda West Sweden team time trial on Saturday, posting a time of 53:07 minutes for the 42.5 kilometre course, just 28 seconds slower than their victory in the sun in 2017. Road world champion Chantal Blaak was part of the winning team and explained how trust between the riders was one of the keys to victory. It was wet for sure. But everyone had the same conditions and had to deal with the wet circumstances. To be honest, I prefer the rain instead of the wind from Friday, because there we were almost blown off the road," she said.ADVERTISEMENT "It is always hard to ride a team time trial in the rain because you cannot see much, so it is important that you trust each other. The key in a TTT is to keep it smooth all the way, it was hard from the beginning to the end, but we never lost our rhythm. We also did the climb and the corners in the end pretty well. Leah Kirchmann was part of the Team Sunweb squad that finished 16 seconds slower than Boels Dolmans. She also did not mind the rain so much. We did not win, but we are happy with how we executed our race, the Canadian said. The conditions were pretty epic, you could not really see a lot, it was raining so hard. Personally, I was kind of happy to finally not be so hot after this heat wave in Europe. So the rain was a little bit welcome, but you definitely had to be more careful in the corners. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Van Avermaet ready to take on Sagan, Viviani and Kristoff at European Championships
August 11, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Greg van Avermaet(BMC) has named himself as leader of the Belgian team for Sunday's road race at the UEC European Championships in Glasgow, insisting he is not afraid to go mano a mano with Peter Sagan and ride aggressively to avoid a sprint finish that would favour defending champion Alexander Kristoff and Italy's Elia Viviani. "The jersey is a major goal," he told Het Nieuwsblad, promising to wear black shorts with the mostly white jersey if he manages to win the 16-lap 230km race in the Glasgow city centre circuit. "The shape is good. I have come out of the Tour de France and have recovered from the Clasica San Sebastian which is on a difficult course. My form can't have gone after just a week and I got a course that seems tailored made for me. I'm very motivated to make the best of it on Sunday."ADVERTISEMENT In 2016, again two weeks after the Tour de France, Van Avermaet was on form and won the gold medal at the Rio Olympic Games. "In the Tour you always go a bit deeper than you can go in training and that makes for a super compensation two weeks later. I hope the same scenario repeats itself, that's why the title European is a goal," he explained. With so many important WorldTour races in August, van Avermaet had to push hard to get permission from his BMC team to target the European Championships. Thanks to a special charter flight organised by the BinckBank Tour organisers, he and several other riders will fly to Netherlands on Sunday night, in time to ride Monday's opening stage to Bolsward north of Amsterdam and the remaining six stages in the weeklong WorldTour stage race. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Bouhanni set to ride Vuelta a Espana despite quitting the Tour de Pologne
August 11, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Nacer Bouhannis complicated season continued at the Tour de Pologne, with the French sprinter forced to abandon the WorldTour stage race after stage 5 due to gastroenteritis. Cofidis team management, however, are confident that he will be able to recover in time for the Vuelta a Espaa, his major objective for the final part of the 2018 season. Bouhanni's failure to secure a place in the Cofidis team for the Tour de France was enshrouded in controversy after a series of well-publicized disagreements. Bouhanni told Cyclingnews at the start of the Tour de Pologne that he was building his form steadily and was looking forward to the Vuelta a Espaa, where he had won stages in 2014. However he struggled to compete in the three bunch sprints at the Tour de Pologne, with his best result 13th on stage 1 in Krakow.ADVERTISEMENT Cofidis directeur sportif Roberto Damiani said that Bouhannis latest exit was in no way planned but should not affect his participation in the upcoming Vuelta a Espaa, which start on Saturday, August 25 in southern Spain. "It wasnt expected, but after the first couple of stages he could barely eat and he had real problems with gastro. So we decided not to take any risks because he was really not well and the Vuelta a Espaa is barely 15 days away," Damiani told Cyclingnews on the final day of the race. "The idea was to do these last two stages and work on his endurance. But if youre ill and you're working on your endurance, you can end up doing yourself a lot more damage. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Tour of Utah: Reijnen overcomes illness to fight in Salt Lake City sprint
August 11, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Kiel Reijnen (Trek-Segafredo) came to the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah with high hopes of adding to the stage wins he claimed here in 2015 and 2016, but his plans went awry when he was hit by sinus infection earlier in the week. The 32-year-old American won the opening stage of the race in 2015 with UnitedHealthcare and returned the following year with Trek-Segafredo to take stage 5 in Bountiful. Reijnen missed the race last year, so after a long spring of working hard for his teammates in Europe, he was looking forward to racing for stage wins in Utah this year. I put a lot into preparing for this race because its always one that suits me, Reijnen said. I definitely came here with intentions of winning a stage, but then I came down with a sinus infection somewhere between the prologue and the first stage. It was really poorly timed, but sometimes thats life, and I think I had to reset my expectations after that.ADVERTISEMENT Reijnen finished fifth in the stage 1 bunch kick in Cedar City on a finishing circuit that normally would have suited his skills. He finished 10th in the bunch kick at the end of stage 3 in Layton City as UnitedHealthcares Travis McCabe claimed his second stage win of the 2018 race and moved into the record books as the races most prolific winner. Reijnen kicked it up a couple of notches on Friday in Salt Lake City, finishing third to Jasper Philipsen (Hagens Berman Axeon) and McCabe on the difficult urban circuit with an uphill finish. Reijnen finished with the same time as Philipsen and McCabe, but the lead pair had pulled away from Reijnen and the bunch by the line and were clearly a peg above the rest of the sprinters in Utah. Today it was clear that I wasnt sprinting for the win, and thats really disappointing, Reijnen said.But I also wanted to do as much as I could because the guys were really good those first two days looking after me. They put a lot of faith in me even though I was sick, so I tried to pay that back a bit. A different stage dynamic Suffering before riding the Vuelta a Espana You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Kwiatkowski savours Tour de Pologne victory after courageous final defence
August 11, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
History turned full circle for Michal Kwiatkowski (Team Sky) at the Tour de Pologne after the Pole managed to secure overall success on the same finish where he lost the race six years ago. In 2012, Kwiatkowski lost to Italys Moreno Moser in Bukowina, eventually finishing second overall place. This time despite a dangerous late attack by Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott), the Pole limited any time loss, finishing sixth at the line and so kept the leaders yellow jersey by 14 seconds. It was a narrow margin, but enough of a gap to seal the Team Sky rider's first ever victory in his countrys biggest stage race, which also came with two stage wins at Szczyrk, where he took the lead, and Bielsko-Biala.ADVERTISEMENT The Tour de Pologne is Kwiatkowskis second WorldTour stage race win after taking Tirreno-Adriatico this spring. His success and his form bodes well for his upcoming participation in the Vuelta a Espaa, which he led in 2016, and in the World Road-Race Championships in Innsbruck. The Pole won the world title in Ponferrada, Spain in 2014. Thats the Tour of Pologne Youve got those emotions until the end of the race because everything is so close, Kwiatkowski said afterwards, savouring his victory. We didnt panic as a team; without the boys I wouldnt have been able to defend the jersey. They rode an amazing race; first Ian Stannard and Lukas Wisniowski, then Michal Golas and Salvatore Puccio, Pavel Sivakov and Sergio Henao at the end. They were incredibly strong. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Go behind the scenes during Quick-Step Floors' Tour de France with Cyclingnews Films
August 11, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
If you've ever wondered what it takes to keep a top-level professional cycling team on the road during the Tour de France, or indeed what it's like to be one of the riders in the world's biggest and best bike race, Cyclingnews Films' latest production, RUNNING WITH WOLVES, puts you right in the heart of the action. With unrivalled access to Quick-Step Floors' management team, riders, mechanics and soigneurs, RUNNING WITH WOLVES follows the self-styled 'Wolfpack' from the start of the Tour in Noirmoutier-en-l'Ile all the way to Paris, allowing you to experience the ups and downs of life on the road. Whether you want to know how team boss Patrick Lefevere feels when watching his riders race, or how Tom Steels and Brian Holm plan each stage as the team's directeurs sportifs, or what it's like to be one of the riders, such as Luxembourg champion Bob Jungels, who we see trying to crack the Tour's top 10, RUNNING WITH WOLVES takes you there.ADVERTISEMENT The film allows you to share in the team's triumphs " such as Fernando Gaviria's two stage wins and his stint in the famed yellow jersey, and Julian Alaphilippe's successful bid to win the polka-dot jersey as the Tour's best climber. RUNNING WITH WOLVES doesn't shy away when Quick-Step Floors have to cope with Philippe Gilbert's frightening crash on the descent of the Col du Portet d'Aspet on stage 16, and we're right there as the riders deal with the disappointment of losing the team time trial to BMC Racing by just seven seconds. If you've ever wanted to know what it feels like to be part of a top-level cycling team, and to be on the ground, inside the barriers, at the Tour de France, then RUNNING WITH WOLVES will take you there. It is available to rent for $3.99 USD or buy for $6.99 USD. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Pauwels signs with CCC-sponsored team for 2019
August 10, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Serge Pauwels is the latest rider to pen a deal with Jim Ochowiczs CCC-sponsored team for the 2019 season. The news comes on the same day that the team confirmed they had retained the services of Alessandro De Marchi. Pauwels also joins up with compatriots Greg Van Avermaet and Guillaume Van Keirsbulck, who is another new addition to the squad. Pauwels leaves Dimension Data (previously MTN-Qhubeka) after four seasons with the South African squad. He had looked set to stay with the team but that changed when he received an offer from Ochowicz and says hes looking forward to racing with Van Avermaet. "I was not really looking to change teams. I had four great years with MTN Quebeka and Team Dimension Data and the Qhubeka charity will always have a place in my heart, but then this opportunity came along and I felt like I had to grab it," said Pauwels.ADVERTISEMENT "I have only been teammates with Greg twice with the Belgian national team and of course, the most important one was the Rio Olympics where we were roommates so we both carry a really nice souvenir from that. Even though we have never raced on the same team we are good friends, so I'm excited to finally race together. Greg is not only a great rider because of his palmars but also the way he races." Pauwels is a good climber and is regularly seen in breakaways. Last season, he took his first general classification title when he won the Tour de Yorkshire after winning the final stage from a breakaway. He rode his fifth Tour de France this summer but was forced to abandon when he broke his elbow in a crash close to the finish of stage 16. "Of course, it's early to talk about my objectives for 2019 but from my discussions with the team I think we will stick to a similar race program," said Pauwels. "Ihope to line up at the races that have been part of my program in the last few years, like the Tour de France, and remain the kind of rider that I am. I want to continue racing aggressively, the way I have been racing already with Team Dimension Data, and I'm looking forward to doing that with Continuum Sports." General manager Ochowicz says that Pauwels will play a support role for Van Avermaet but will also get plenty of opportunities for his own success. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Mark Cavendish to ride Arctic Race of Norway
August 10, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Mark Cavendish will make his debut at the Arctic Race of Norway later this month, the organisers have announced. Cavendish will be joined by climber Mekseb Debesay and stagiaire, and British national champion, Connor Swift, with the rest of the DimensionData team for the race yet to be announced. Cavendish is the biggest confirmed name in the sprint field and is set to go up against Christophe Laporte (Cofidis), Andrea Pasqualon (Wanty-Groupe Gobert) and Sondre Holst Enger (Israel Cycling Academy). The Arctic Race of Norway will be only the second race back for Cavendish after he missed the time cut on stage 11 of the Tour de France. Cavendish returned to racing at the RideLondon-Surrey Classic at the end of last month, where he finished 12th. He was due to compete in the road race at the European Championships this weekend but was advised by doctors to rest.ADVERTISEMENT The 2018 season has been a particularly challenging one for Cavendish after a litany of early-season crashes. It started well with a stage win at the Dubai Tour, but he was forced to abandon the Abu Dhabi Tour on stage 1 when a faulty brake sensor caused one of the race vehicles to slow into the bunch during the neutral zone and sparking a crash. Cavendish was subsequently diagnosed with a concussion, though he was able to return to compete at Tirreno-Adriatico a few weeks later. However, he crashed heavily during the opening team time trial when he hit a pothole, leaving him with a broken rib. He broke a second rib in a huge crash at his next race, Milan-San Remo. The Manxman collided with a piece of road furniture with under 10 kilometres remaining and was dramatically catapulted from his bike. Following his third successive crash, Cavendish took a two-month break from racing before making his comeback at the Tour de Yorkshire at the start of May. He rode the Tour of California, Tour of Slovenia, Adriatica Ionica Race and the national championships ahead of the Tour de France. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Geraint Thomas edges closer to Team Sky deal, set to race Tour of Britain
August 10, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Geraint Thomas has given his biggest indication yet that he will re-sign at Team Sky, despite offers from rival teams. Thomas, who won the Tour de France in July, is out of contract this year and put off contract negotiations until after this year's race. Team Sky are keen on keeping their latest Tour winner but Thomas' increased value and pedigree has seen interest from other teams. Earlier this week, CCC confirmed that they had put an offer on the table and presented it to Thomas' agent. The Polish team are merging with the remnants of the BMC Racing team next year and lack a Grand Tour leader. They would be able to guarantee Thomas leadership status for the Tour de France - an issue that could prove problematic at Team Sky due to the presence of Chris Froome. Trek-Segafredo and several other squads had shown interest in Thomas earlier in the year.ADVERTISEMENT However, on Thursday Thomas told the BBC that a deal was close with Team Sky, a team he has been part of since 2010. "I know they [Team Sky] had a big meeting today, I'm obviously really happy there," he said. "I'm confident we'll get something sorted in the next few days. We're incredibly close and I'm happy where I am. It seems to be working well at the moment. So, I think in the very near future we'll have it all done." The Daily Telegraph have reported that the deal with Team Sky will be worth 3.5 million per-season. "I'm happy with the team and we are working very well together. I've grown up within the Sky system and I've known guys like Dave Brailsford since I was 17. Without them, I wouldn't be where I am now. There are lots of very good teams out there, I wanted to hear what they had to say, and it was nice to have a lot of great offers, but hopefully things will be done in the next day or so," Thomas said, according to The Telegraph. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Chaves to miss Vuelta a Espana after being diagnosed with mononucleosis
August 09, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Mitchelton-Scott have announced that Esteban Chaves has been diagnosed with mononucleosis and will not participate in the forthcoming Vuelta a Espaa. The Colombian has not raced since the Giro dItalia in May, where he won atop Mount Etna in the opening week but then abruptly dropped out of the general classification race on stage 10. Chaves struggled through the remainder of the Giro, reaching Rome in 72nd place overall. He has undergone a battery of tests in the intervening period, with Mitchelton-Scott revealing on Thursday that he had been diagnosed with a number of viruses, including Mononucleosis (also known as Epstein-Barr or Glandular Fever), along with sinus and allergy reactions. Although Chaves has been cleared to resume training after 10 weeks off the bike, it is unclear if he will return to competitive action in 2018. Mitchelton-Scott confirmed that he will not ride the Vuelta, where Simon Yates is slated to lead the line for the Australian team.ADVERTISEMENT Its been a hard period. Since 2012, I havent been off the bike this long, especially because I cant. It was not fast like you want. In this sport, we are used to answers and results coming fast and this process was slow and the time can make you crazy, Chaves said in a statement on Thursday. We discovered some sickness, the doctors can always explain better, we had a surgery as well, and after that it was just waiting and having confidence to overcome what was a weird case. Im happy to be back on the bike. It still hurts for sure, but I can already feel some differences; its a different suffering than I had before. Now its the normal suffering we get when starting again after such a long time off training. We are on the right path again and we have to keep patience and confidence like always. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games road race routes unveiled
August 09, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
With the next Olympic Games in Tokyo less than two years away, the routes for the mens and womens road races have been published by the UCI. As has been the case since 2004, the road races will form part of the opening weekend of action at the Olympics in 2020. The routes will favour the climbers, with the mens parcours tackling four climbs, including the outer slopes of the formidable Mt Fuji. As had previously been reported in the Japanese press, the womens course will be a watered down version of the mens and misses the Mt Fuji loop altogether. The womens race will feature a total elevation of 2,692 metres, while the men will tackle 4,865 metres of climbing. Both courses will start in Musashino no Mori Park on the outskirts of Tokyo and follow the same route southwest towards the Fuji International Speedway. That part of the course includes two climbs, Donushi Road and Kagosaka Pass, with the road beginning to rise after 40 kilometres.ADVERTISEMENT Doushi road is the tougher of the two ascents with a long ride up from the 40km mark before peaking out at 80km. Few details have been given of the climb but it is a gradual rise interrupted by a few short descents before reaching a maximum height of 1,121 metres. The steepest gradients appear to be closer to the top, which comes just before the riders arrive at Lake Yamanaka. From the top, there is a very short descent before the peloton goes around the lake. The second climb of Kagosaka Pass, which is slightly steeper, is much shorter than its predecessor. It is here that the two routes will diverge, with the womens race under 40 kilometres from its conclusion at the top of the climb. Following a lengthy descent, the womens peloton will enter the Fuji International Speedway and complete a lap and a half of an undulating 17.7km circuit. The riders enter the loop by the Fuji Oyama Golf Club and head straight for the Formula 1 track. After that, they will make their way around the surrounding area before coming back onto the track for the finale. The men will skip the motor racing circuit the first time and head immediately onto the Mount Fuji circuit. After a short ride through the valley, the road heads upwards again, as the riders take the Mt Fuji toll road. There will be no money spent here, just energy with the ascent topping out at 1,451 metres. The riders will not go onto the mountain proper, turning off when they reach Mizugatsuka Park and turning back down towards the motor racing circuit. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Kung signs for two years with Groupama-FDJ
August 09, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Groupama-FDJ has confirmed the signing of Swiss rider Stefan Kng on a two-year contract. Kng is the first confirmed signing for the French team, who have extended with a number of riders, including Arnaud Demare. Kng departs from BMC Racing after turning professional with them in 2015 and is the latest in a long line of riders to leave the team following their protracted search for a sponsor. He will be one of three Swiss riders on the team with Steve Morabito and Sebastian Reichenbach already in the line-up. The 24-year-old is a double Swiss national time trial champion and has world and European titles in the individual pursuit. He is also an experienced Classics campaigner, riding in support of Greg Van Avermaet during his time at BMC. He hopes to use his skills to help new teammate Thibaut Pinot in Grand Tours and Demare in the Classics.ADVERTISEMENT "I look forward to joining Groupama-FDJ. I always kept an eye on the results of the team, especially through the eyes of my compatriots Sebastien Reichenbach and Steve Morabito," he said in a team press release. "As soon as we spoke with Marc Madiot, we immediately understood each other. This team offers me the structure for an optimal personal development. Groupama-FDJ has seen my potential and offers me a role to match my ambitions. Around leaders like Arnaud Demare and Thibaut Pinot, my rider profile will be a plus. "I will be able to bring my experience on team time trials for example, especially on the Grand Tours with Thibaut. And then on the Classics of the beginning of the season, we will be perfectly complementary with Arnaud, which will allow us to adopt a much more offensive tactic in the race." Kng had been linked with a move to Groupama-FDJ since mid-July, despite Jim Ochowicz finding a sponsor to save the BMC Racing Team. In his fourth year as a professional rider, Kng has ridden four Grand Tours already and won the team time trial with BMC at this year's Tour de France. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Gilbert eyeing Paris-Tours comeback after early return to training
August 09, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Philippe Gilbert is training again, much sooner than expected, after his horror crash at the Tour de France, and is aiming to return to racing at Paris-Tours in October. The Belgian broke his kneecap when he crashed dramatically on the descent of the Col de Portet d'Aspet on stage 16 of the Tour, locking up on a left-hand bend and flying over a low wall into a ravine. Remarkably, he dragged himself back up and carried on, finishing the remaining 60 kilometres with blood running down his left leg and the knee swelling by the minute. As he hobbled out of the medical truck at the finish, it was clear Gilbert's Tour was over, and further medical checks conducted in Belgium at the end of July confirmed the patella fracture, with the doctor prescribing a period of four weeks off the bike.ADVERTISEMENT However, just under two weeks later, Gilbert posted an update on his social media accounts on Thursday, showing him riding his indoor training bike for the first time since the crash. The speedy recovery has hastened his ambitions for what's left of the season, and he hopes to make his comeback on October 7 at Paris-Tours, scene of his first big Classics victory in 2008. "I'm obviously disappointed to have left the Tour in that way, but nevertheless happy that it wasn't more serious," Gilbert said in a video message. "My dream would be to be at the start of Paris-Tours. This year it's 10 years since I won there for the first time. It was the first big race I'd won in my life. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Teuns laments second missed chance behind Kwiatkowski in Tour de Pologne
August 08, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
After losing twice to the same rider on two days in the Tour de Pologne, when he crossed the stage 5 finish line once more in the wake of Sky's Michal Kwiatkowski, Dylan Teuns'look of sheer frustration and hammering at the handlebars said it all. Stage 4's defeat at Szczyrk hit Teuns hard, given the BMC racer was the former winner on the uphill finish, but stage 5s bizarre bunch sprint finale, where Teuns was closing fast on Kwiatkowski, stung even more. Teuns later explained that a minor incident when he all but touched wheels with another rider 300 metres from the line had caused him to lose speed just before the final all-out battle against Kwiatkowski - in other words, just when it mattered the most and when the damage was impossible to repair.ADVERTISEMENT "Somebody moved a little bit and I didn't expect this, so I had to change positions, lost some speed," Teuns told reporters afterwards. "I only lost [to Kwiatkowski] by one wheel and when you lose speed like I did at that point, it's really crucial. It feels like a missed chance." The 2017 overall winner pointed out that Thursday's trek to the twin towns of Bielkso-Biala was not the toughest of Tour de Pologne's last quartet of hilly stages, but that after Mitchelton-Scott had upped the pace in the last 50 kilometres, the tension had increased notably. Furthermore, a long, uphill sprint finish was dangerous for losing time in last-second splits, so he had to be sure to stay ahead. "I was in the perfect position, I was very well-placed in the last three or four kilometres and I could stay there," Teuns recounted. "I came into the sprint well, but I lost speed with 300 metres to go. The best thing about today was that I didn't lose any time." You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Chris Froome 'feeling better' after tough Giro d'Italia stage
May 15, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
The scars and grazes on his right knee from two Giro d'Italia crashes remained clearly visible as Chris Froome warmed down after stage 10. But the Briton came through a fraught stage of racing unscathed and feeling "better" than he had done earlier in the Giro d'Italia. Froome was watched by an unusually large crowd of tifosi and an unusually small number of journalists as he did his usual post-stage warm down, with the unfolding story of Esteban Chaves (Mitchelton-Scott) plummet down the GC rankings attracting the bulk of the Giro media's attention.ADVERTISEMENT After his tough first nine stages, Froome felt that the Giro's longest day had gone well for him, despite the intensity of the racing. "Better, better," he said in Italian as he dismounted from his warm-down and headed for the team bus. Speaking briefly to reporters beforehand, Froome said: "It was a very hard stage, everybody was feeling fresh and there was a lot of action at the start of the day. "But I'm pleased that I was in the front group, and finally the only guy that lost time was Esteban [Chaves]. It was a tough day, and that's racing." You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Aru: What can I say, I'm only human
May 13, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
The verdict was already being written up in the sala stampa as Fabio Aru descended from the summit of Gran Sasso d'Italia in a cable car, where he was doubtless hoping to avoid the crew from RAI television who had secured passage in the same cabin. "Aru, the excuses are over: Think about the Tour," read the banner headline in Tuttobici on Sunday evening, summing up the general feeling that the Italian champion's Giro d'Italia may already be run even before the race has truly begun. There had been mitigating factors behind much of the time lost by general classification contenders in the opening week of racing in Israel and Sicily, but on the sparse and exposed slopes of Gran Sasso d'Italia, there was no longer any hiding place.ADVERTISEMENT The pace-making of Aru's former squad Astana and the Mitchelton-Scott team of maglia rosa Simon Yates had already whittled down the leading group by the time the race hit the snow-banked upper reaches of the climb, and Aru was already flagging even before he lost contact with the group with a little over two kilometres to race. It will be of scant consolation that Chris Froome was distanced at more or less the same point and conceded more or less the same kind of time: for now, at least, the Sky rider is not the Briton to follow on this Giro. Aru crested the summit in 24th place on the stage, some 1:14 down on the stage winner Yates. In the overall standings, he is now 2:36 off the pace in 15th place. "It didn't go very well," Aru said with considerable understatement after his cable car had reached its terminus in the village of Assergi at the base of the climb. "Today was obviously a negative day for me. My legs weren't turning over well, otherwise, I wouldn't have been dropped. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Giro d'Italia: Pinot continues strong showing in first week
May 13, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) could well be forgiven for any uncertainty over whether his glass is half full or half empty as the Giro d'Italia reaches its second rest day. After a solid but unremarkable opening time trial performance, the French champion has ridden a very strong first week, and as a result, he remains fourth overall on GC, 45 seconds down. But as Pinot pointed out after finishing second on the Gran Sasso, beaten in an uphill sprint by Giro d'Italia leader Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott): "That's my third podium stage finish this week without winning, and I'd love a stage win. But it was very windy and finally, it came down to a sprint." Third on Mount Etna, second on the Mercogliano climb and second again on the Gran Sasso, Pinot has been within sight of a repeat of his 2017 Giro stage win in Asiago ever since the race returned to Italy last Monday.ADVERTISEMENT "My aim of the podium remains intact, and that's great," Pinot told reporters after another frustrating near miss as he stood at the end of the fenced-off finishing area, a scarf already tucked into his jersey to keep him warm in the icy wind. "Froome? I'm more worried about myself. But it's evidently better to be ahead of him than behind. And the legs are there, and I can take encouragement from that." As the stage to Gran Sasso reached the decisive last two kilometres, Pinot moved into the leading position on the small group of favourites. Then when Domenico Pozzovivo (Bahrain-Merida) launched a blistering attack in the last 600 metres, the Frenchman was there alongside Richard Carapaz (Movistar), Yates and Esteban Chaves. In the last dash for the line, he ran Yates the closest, but the Briton was unstoppable. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Debris flow damage forces Tour of California to tweak Gibraltar stage
May 08, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Amgen Tour of California organisers today confirmed that they had to make changes to the Queen stage on the second day of the race because of road damage remaining from the deadly debris flows that claimed 21 lives in Montecito last January. The change comes toward the end of the 155km second stage that starts in Ventura and finishes near the top of Gibraltar Road just outside of Santa Barbara. Approaching Montecito from the southeast, the race will skip the original route on Highway 192 that passed through some of the affected hillside residential neighborhoods, choosing instead to take a road through the centre of Montecito near Highway 1 and meeting up with the original route on the other side of town. The area suffered two major natural disasters last winter. In December, the largest wildfire on record in Southern California swept through Ventura County where the race starts. In January, heavy rains battered the damaged landscape, causing massive mudslides in Montecito that washed away homes and damaged roadways in a deadly wake of destruction.ADVERTISEMENT "Once we saw the fire come through the whole route we knew we had a lot of work to do," said Eric Smith, the Tour of California's course director. Smith and his crew immediately drove the affected roads to check for any damage. Initially, everything on the route was OK. Then the rains came. "Once that happened we were checking with the county and checking with Caltrans and found all the damage and the roads that were closed," Smith said. "We quickly made an assessment that they wouldn't be reopening that road [Highway 192] until well after the race." You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
2018 Giro d'Italia - Rest Day 1 Recap
May 07, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
As the 2018 edition of the Giro d'Italia pauses to recover from a hecticGrande Partenza inIsrael, take a walk down the lanes of recent memory as Cyclingnews looks back at the three opening stages. Before the race even got underway, Kanstantsin Siutsou (Bahrain-Merida) was out due to a crash in the time trial course preview. Chris Froome (Team Sky), Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana) and Jack Haig (Mitchelton-Scott)also crashed on the first day. Tom Dumoulin (Sunweb), however, picked up where he left off in last year's race, pulling on the leader's maglia rosa after claiming a hard-fought win in the stage 1 individual time trial. But having won by two thin seconds overBMC's Rohan Dennis, his lead was vulnerable to attack.ADVERTISEMENT BMC made their intentions clear on the first road stage, pulling back the breakaway to set upDennis for the time bonus at the intermediate sprint. The plan was perfectly executed, and Dennis scored the three-second bonus in Caesarea to take the race lead. From there on out, it was the Elia Viviani show, with Quick-Step Floors delivering the Italian to back-to-back stage victories. Stage 1:Jerusalem (Individual time trial), 9.7km | Report &results Chris Froome crashes in Giro d'Italia time trial recon Siutsou out of Giro d'Italia after TT recon crash, Siutsou out for three months after vertebrae fracture in Giro d'Italia TT recon crash Chris Froome ready to battle on in Giro d'Italia despite crash and TT setback Tom Dumoulin: The victory was more important than the time gained Pinot underwhelmed by solid opening Giro d'Italia TT performance Dennis: I did everything I could but Dumoulin was better Giro d'Italia GC analysis: Dumoulin lays down marker, Froome concedes ground Simon Yates beats expectations in Giro d'Italia opener Viviani: My first goal is to win a stage Chris Froome: The Giro d'Italia isn't won in the prologue Stage 2:Haifa - Tel Aviv, 167km |Report &results Dennis nets Giro d'Italia lead with time-bonus sprint Giro d'Italia: Stage 2 finish line quotes Giro d'Italia: Loss of pink jersey is no hardship for Tom Dumoulin Viviani: Early Giro d'Italia win takes away a lot of the pressure Giro d'Italia: Betancur looks to key mountain stages after a strong early start Lopez suffers early setbacks at Giro d'Italia Stage 3: Be'er Sheva - Eilat, 229km | Report &results Giro d'Italia: Stage 3 finish line quotes Dennis: I'm going to race as if I'm trying to win the Giro d'Italia Viviani: I was looking to come of age at this Giro d'Italia Sam Bennett: If we keep knocking, the door will open at the Giro d'Italia Modolo rues near misses in Giro d'Italia sprints Giro d'Italia: Dumoulin and Froome endure stressful Eilat run-in Giro d'Italia: Opportunities for Simon Yates in first week in Italy Giro d'Italia: Boivin shows his colours with double breakaway efforts You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Giro d'Italia: Dumoulin and Froome endure stressful Eilat run-in
May 06, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Tom Dumoulin needed some time to himself to unwind after stage 3 of the Giro d'Italia. It was that kind of a day, and that kind of a finale. And so, after speaking to reporters on the finish line in Eilat, Dumoulin opted to warm down by soft-pedalling alone through the quiet streets in the hotel quarter of the Red Sea resort. "Tom, it's over there!" a Sunweb soigneur called out in surprise as Dumoulin glided past. "I know," he responded as he set out for another solo lap around the houses. For a defending Giro champion, such moments of solitude are rare over the three weeks of the corsa rosa. Once he reaches Italy on Monday, after all, Dumoulin knows he will scarcely be able to budge beyond the finish line without youthful bands of tifosi cheerfully attempting to sequester the bottles from his cages. The low density of the crowds in Eilat offered a chance to spin his legs on the road rather than on the rollers.ADVERTISEMENT "It was the most stressful sprint stage I've ever done," said Dumoulin, who remains second overall, a second behind Rohan Dennis (BMC), after finishing safely in the main peloton. "I looked at the weather beforehand and I saw there was a tailwind in the finale and slightly downhill, so we were riding at 70 kph like wild bulls coming into the town." The third and final instalment of the Giro's Israeli Grande Partenza brought the peloton on a seeming interminable trek from Beer Sheva through the haunting Negev desert to Eilat. At some 229 kilometres in length, it was the second longest stage of the entire Giro, and while the forecast of extreme temperatures of 40 degrees never quite materialised, the tailwind and slightly downhill run to the finish made for a most trying afternoon. "With all the roundabouts and corners, it was very dangerous, but you knew you had to be up there to avoid losing time," Dumoulin said. "I feel tired now like I would normally feel after a mountain stage, not a sprint stage." Froome's Giro d'Italia begins with a setback You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Modolo rues near misses in Giro d'Italia sprints
May 06, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Close but not close enough. EF Education First-Drapac sprinter Sacha Modolo put a brave face on defeat for a second day running in the Giro d'Italia, following up his fifth place in Tel Aviv on stage 2, with second in Eilat on stage 3. The winner of two stages in the Giro d'Italia back in 2015, Modolo said he was "more annoyed for the team than I am for myself, they've been doing a brilliant job for me, Tom Van Asbroeck put me in a great spot, but I couldn't quite finish it off. "I got blocked in," the 30-year-old explained to a small group of reporters at the finish line. "It was all going great, and then in the last 200 metres, it went terribly.ADVERTISEMENT "Yesterday [stage 2] I waited for too long in the sprint, this time I went for it just when I needed to. But then [Elia] Viviani (Quick-Step Floors) went left, and I got sandwiched by some guy from Lotto, and I had to stop short, or I would have lost it all. "I had to brake, accelerate again, and I was coming up fine afterwards. But you don't win after something happens like that. I got second, which was as good as it could get. That's how it goes." On the plus side, Viviani said, he leaves Israel convinced that he has shown that he can give Viviani, now a double stage winner, a run for his money. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Sam Bennett: If we keep knocking, the door will open at the Giro d'Italia
May 06, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Too soon. Sam Bennett shook his head glumly as a Bora-Hansgrohe soigneur helped beat a path for him through the bodies and bikes clogging up the finish area in Eilat after stage 3 of the Giro d'Italia. Too soon to talk about going too soon in the sprint. After swinging off the bustling Kamen Street and onto a quieter side street, Bennett was able to put some words on his disappointment at placing third for the second successive day in a bunch sprint won by Elia Viviani (Quick-Step Floors). "I went too early, I basically gave Viviani a free win, that's it," Bennett said softly as he pedalled gingerly towards his night's lodgings on the Red Sea coast.ADVERTISEMENT Bennett was sitting in fourth wheel when the peloton slowed to negotiate the final, sharp right-hander with a shade under 250 metres to go, and he opted to open his sprint immediately on emerging from the bend. Bennett opened an early gap, but Viviani quickly moved onto his rear wheel, and then squeezed between the Irishman and the barriers to come past inside the final 80 metres, while Sacha Modolo (EF-Drapac) powered through to claim second place. "It was just too early, especially when you're coming out of a corner that slow," Bennett said. "But I know that if we were coming in at speed, I had the power to hold off anyone there." Deviation While Bennett was making his way towards his hotel, the UCIs video commissaire was reviewing footage of the finishing sprint and, in particular, his deviation across the road in the final 100 metres. At one point, it appeared as though Bennett might close Viviani against the barriers, but the echoes of a fellow Carrick-on-Suir man's clashes with Eric Vanderaerden in the 1980s faded as he shifted his line in time to allow the maglia ciclamino to come by. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Giro d'Italia: Betancur looks to key mountain stages after a strong early start
May 05, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Not that he's complaining, but such was the strength of Carlos Betancur's performance in the opening time trial of the Giro d'Italia that the Colombian says it took even him by surprise. The 28-year-old, who rides for Movistar, clinched a strong 11th place in the hilly time trial, placing him amongst the front-runners in the early overall classification, and raising the question: what could he be capable of achieving when the race hits the terrain he normally shines on - the mountains? "I have to be very pleased, it all turned out much better than I expected," Betancur told Cyclingnews at the start of stage 2. At the end of the stage, he finished in the main pack, and held his 11th place in the overall classification. "It's very motivating for what's to come in this year's race.ADVERTISEMENT "It's true that a course as hilly as that suited me a lot, but at the same time, you had to be good to be ahead." Betancur was surprised, too, because he said he had done well in the training rides but that had not transferred over to the races. "In the training rides I'd been going well, but in the races, the results weren't as good as I wanted. I certainly wasn't where I wanted to be in the Ardennes Classics, but then in Romandie, I was up there a bit more, and that motivated me." He ended up leaving that race early on stage 4. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Viviani: Early Giro d'Italia win takes away a lot of the pressure
May 05, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
When Elia Viviani claimed the maiden Giro d'Italia stage victory of his career on the opening weekend in Genoa in 2015, he could hardly have expected to have to wait another three years to add to his tally, but then the Italian, winner of stage 2 in Tel Aviv on Saturday, has followed roads less travelled in the period since. In 2016, Viviani raced the Corsa Rosa with one eye already firmly fixed on the Olympic Games, and he finished outside the time limit on stage 8, a setback long forgotten by the time he stood atop the podium in Rio with the Omnium gold medal around his neck three months later. Viviani's Giro disappointment from a year ago was rather more lasting, however, as he was deemed surplus to requirements in a Team Sky line-up built around the doomed overall aspirations of Mikel Landa and Geraint Thomas.ADVERTISEMENT Rumours soon abounded that Viviani would seek to dissolve his contract with Sky a year early, and the reports gathered greater urgency when Chris Froome's decision to ride the Vuelta a Espaa meant that he was bumped from the roster for the Spanish race to boot. By mid-August, Viviani had agreed terms with Quick-Step Floors. "Being kept home from the Giro last year certainly wasn't a good moment, especially as since the Olympics, I had been focused 100 per cent on the road," Viviani said in Tel Aviv on Saturday. "That was the first point I considered leaving the team, and then, later on, with Froome doing other Grand Tours, it meant that I could miss out on going to the Giro again, so I looked to find a mutual agreement with the team to dissolve my contract." While Sky's devotion to overall victory in the Grand Tours has undoubtedly stymied the development of some riders in the set-up over the years, curiously few have succeeded in finding success on leaving for pastures new. Viviani, who has already won seven races this year in Quick-Step blue, is a rare exception to that rule, though he was at pains to stress that his departure from Sky had not been a rancorous one. Forgetting Gent-Wevelgem You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Giro d'Italia: Loss of pink jersey is no hardship for Tom Dumoulin
May 05, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Tom Dumoulin (Sunweb) did not look altogether disappointed to have conceded the maglia rosa as he slowed to a halt on Tel Aviv's Kaufmann Street following stage 2 of the Giro d'Italia, though he gently dismissed the idea that he had deliberately sought to lose the race lead. The Dutchman finished safely in the main peloton on a stage won by Elia Viviani (Quick-Step Floors) and now lies second overall, a second behind Rohan Dennis (BMC), who picked up a time bonus at the intermediate sprint in Caesarea to move into the pink jersey. "Other teams had a strategy to take it; we had a strategy not to spend a lot of energy. It was not my plan to lose it; other teams made me lose it," Dumoulin explained neatly to the knot of reporters that drew tightly around him past the finish line.ADVERTISEMENT After winning the opening time trial in Jerusalem on Friday, Dumoulin set out from Haifa with a buffer of two seconds over Dennis and Victor Campenaerts (Lotto Fix All), and it was notable that his Sunweb team made no effort to prevent Campenaerts' attempt to bridge across to the day's early break. BMC, on the other hand, worked to shut down the European time trial champion's move, signalling Dennis' designs on the pink jersey. The Australian went on to claim a three-second time bonus in Caesarea, where Dumoulin preferred to observe proceedings from a safe remove. By day's end, perhaps sooner than even he had anticipated, Dumoulin was relieved of the burden of carrying the race lead. "Victor Campenaerts tried to go in the breakaway, but BMC closed it every time, so then I knew they were going to go for the intermediate sprint to try to take the seconds there," Dumoulin said. Dennis' chances at overall victory You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Wrong turns doom breakaway in Yorkshire
May 04, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
The 2018 Tour de Yorkshire has so far been all about the breakaways. But after stage 1's surprise victory for the break, it was an altogether different story on Friday's second stage. Forty kilometres from the hilltop finish in Ilkley, the leading organiser's car took a wrong turn, leading the four-man break off the race route. Stephane Rossetto (Cofidis) was the first man out front, counter-attacking after a fast start meant that no break would be fully established until 50km into the day. Garikoitz Bravo (Euskadi-Murias), Tom Baylis (One Pro Cycling) and Tobyn Horton (Madison-Genesis) joined the Frenchman, with the group enjoying a two-minute lead as they headed into the sharp end of the stage. However, the group's chances of replicating Harry Tanfield's stage 1 heroics took a hit as the lead car headed off-route at a junction, taking the riders with it. Only their quick reactions saw them avoid the queue of parked cars waiting for the race to pass, and by the time they had turned around more than 30 seconds had been wiped from their advantage.ADVERTISEMENT The ASO press office later commented on the incident, outlining what went wrong. "There was a big crowd at the side of the road, and the [race direction] arrows were not very visible. Moreover, the marshal with the flag at this point did not have a very clear sign.As a result, the first motorbike took the wrong direction. Then the lead car and the riders just be-hind [followed]." Four kilometres later, lightning struck twice, as three of the riders turned left at a tight right-hand bend, with only Horton managing to follow the route. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Neben claims automatic Worlds spot after winning Pan-American Championship TT
May 04, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Amber Neben, a former two-time world champion in the time trial, and Lauren Stephens topped the podium Friday in the individual time trial at the 2018 Pan American Road Cycling Championships in San Juan, Argentina. Neben won gold with a time of 25:30 on the 19km course, and Stephens finished in 25:53 for silver. Neben's victory gives her an automatic spot on the team to be selected for the time trial at theWorld Championships in Austria, along with an additional spot for the US team in the event. "The race went exceedingly well today," said Jack Seehafer, USA Cycling Women's Endurance Program Manager, in a press release. "Both riders knew the high importance of the race and were focused on taking home the win. I am extremely proud of their results and the fact we have added another start position for the TT at Worlds."ADVERTISEMENT Neben and Stephens, both members of the USA Cycling National Team, challenged the course among a field of 21 total riders representing 13 countries. Colombias Ana Sanabria finished third at 26:24. It marked Nebens third ITT win at the Pan American Championships, which includes victories in 2012 and 2006. With her win, Neben qualified to race at the World Championships this September held in Innsbruck-Tirol. Her continental title also adds another starter to the team quota for the World Championships, increasing US rider individual time trial entries to three. "Amber's win is significant as it earns her a direct entry to World Championships while increasing our team quota, giving additional talented American women a shot at the World Championship podium, said Scott Schnitzspahn, USA Cycling Vice President of Elite Athletics, in a press release. "We are extremely proud of both Amber and Lauren's achievements today." You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Giro d'Italia GC analysis: Dumoulin lays down marker, Froome concedes ground
May 04, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Reading too much into the runes of the short opening time trial of a Grand Tour can sometimes be a fool's errand. There are, after all, still 3,512 kilometres of racing left in this Giro d'Italia, and one explosive 13-minute effort is hardly a firm indicator of performance in the marathon slog through the Alps in the final week. And yet, the hilly nature of the Jerusalem parcours meant that it had the feel of a rather weightier test than a traditional, city-centre prologue, and the time gaps between the favourites for final overall victory are certainly notable after just 9.7 kilometres of racing. As well as striking an obvious psychological blow by claiming the first maglia rosa of this Giro, defending champion Tom Dumoulin (Sunweb) has something even more tangible to show from the first instalment of the GC battle " a 37-second head start over Chris Froome (Team Sky). He also gained 33 seconds over Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ), and almost a minute on Fabio Aru (UAE-Team Emirates) and Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana).ADVERTISEMENT Dumoulin insisted afterwards that he was more pleased with the stage win and the maglia rosa than he was with the time gained on his rivals, but while he might have expected beforehand to pick up that much ground on Pinot, Aru and Lopez, banking such an early lead on Froome must surely have come as a surprise. After holding the maglia rosa for extended spells in 2016 and 2017, Dumoulin is familiar with the demands of the garment, during and after the stage. One can expect the Dutchman to look to farm out the responsibility at the earliest opportunity, perhaps on the Giro's return to Italy on stage 4, where the leg to Caltagirone seems well-suited to an early break. "We won't defend the jersey with everything we have," Dumoulin admitted. "But I'm in a good situation now, and I don't want to lose time to the other GC riders." Froome Pozzovivo and Yates impress You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Giro d'Italia teams presented in Israel - Gallery
May 03, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
The 22 teams and 176 riders of the 2018 Giro d'Italia were given an enthusiastic welcome by the crowd at the presentation in Jerusalem's SafraSquare on Thursday as the Italian Grand Tour prepares to start for the first time outside of Europe. The 101st edition of the race begins with a 9.7km time trial in Jerusalem, followed by two mass-start stages before a rest day during which the riders and their gear will head to Sicily for stage 4. Tom Dumoulin (Sunweb), is a favourite for the opening stage as the reigning time trial world champion and defending champion in the Giro d'Italia, but is up against a strong field and a twisting, technical, punchy course.ADVERTISEMENT Chris Froome (Team Sky) greeted the fans as he rode onto the stage from the infinity symbol-shaped ramp.He also starts as a favourite after winning last year's Tour de France and Vuelta a Espaa, but his bid to become only the third rider in history to simultaneously hold all three Grand Tour titles has been clouded by a too-high test for his asthma drug salbutamol last year.He stands to lose his results should he be found in violation of the anti-doping rules. Friday's time trial starts at 13:50 local time, with FabioSabatini (Quick-Step Floors) the first rider off. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
No limits for Pozzovivo ahead of Giro d'Italia
May 03, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Few riders carry the same treasury of experience into this year's Giro d'Italia as Domenico Pozzovivo (Bahrain-Merida). The Basilicata native has lined out in the corsa rosa in all bar two editions since his debut in 2005, and has found over the years that his condition in late April has proved a reliable indicator for what he can achieve in May. After catching the eye at last month's Tour of the Alps, Pozzovivo quietly inserted himself near the head of the list of challengers looking to upset the anticipated duel between defending champion Tom Dumoulin (Sunweb) and Chris Froome (Team Sky). In following second place in that race with 5th at Lige-Bastogne-Lige, Pozzovivo only further highlighted his credentials. "My sensations coming into this race are in keeping with my best Giri, including last year," Pozzovivo told Cyclingnews as he waited to go onstage at the team presentation in Safra Square on Thursday. "I'll hope to improve a bit in the classification too, maybe even finish on the podium if everything goes as it should. I did a few extra days of altitude training this year and I hope the condition can last to the finish."ADVERTISEMENT Pozzovivo was beaten only by Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) at the Tour of the Alps, and he highlighted the Frenchman an obvious dangerman, particularly on the Giro's early summit finishes at Mount Etna, Montevergine and Gran Sasso d'Italia. "The overall level of performance was very high at the Tour of the Alps, and obviously, the winner, Pinot, was the one who looked the best. I think on the first climbs, he'll be the hardest rider to beat," Pozzovivo said. "But I expect Froome and [Fabio] Aru will improve, and [Miguel Angel] Lopez has been good since the start of the season, and I think he'll do a very strong Giro." There were murmurs that Froome had deliberately ridden within himself en route to his fourth place overall at the Tour of the Alps, but, having observed the Briton at close quarters, Pozzovivo is not a subscriber to the theory. Froome lines out at the Giro despite his adverse analytical finding for salbutamol at last year's Vuelta a Espaa, and " contrary to Thursday's declaration from race director Mauro Vegni " risks losing his eventual result from the Giro if he is sanctioned for a doping offence. Time trial You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Upbeat Simon Yates 'chomping at the bit' for Giro d'Italia debut
May 03, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Four years after racing his first Tour de France and two years after his first Vuelta a Espaa, Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) will start to complete his Grand Tour 'set' with a debut in the Giro d'Italia on Friday. But as the 25-year-old tells Cyclingnews, racing in Italy will be more of a voyage in the dark than some might think. "I've barely raced there in the past, I know almost nothing about it. I've done a few one-day races in Italy, I've never done any stage races there. It's a completely different experience," he told Cyclingnews. "I watch the Giro every year on TV, it's a very exciting race, a lot of passion from the race, with a great history behind it. And I've spoken to Adam about the Giro, too."ADVERTISEMENT His twin brother was in the best young rider's jersey and third overall when he crashed along with Team Sky's Geraint Thomas and Mikel Landa on the stage to Blockhaus, but still finished in the top 10 overall. "But each race is different. Of course, he's given me some advice, but that advice doesn't mean so much when you've done five hours and several passes and are on the limit. He can't ride the bike for me - unfortunately!" Yates has done just one reconnaissance of stage 18 to Pratonevoso - but is phlegmatic about the consequences. "Ten kilometres at ten percent is the same wherever you are," he reasons, and it's difficult to argue with that. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Giro d'Italia 2018 preview - Podcast
May 03, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
With the 2018 Giro d'Italia less than 24 hours away,Cyclingnews and Procycling look ahead to the first Grand Tour of the season. Analyzing the route with Giro d'Italia European Editor, Stephen Farrand, and featuring Chris Froome and defending champion Tom Dumoulin, we look ahead to the next three weeks, with the Giro starting in Israel on Friday with a 9.7km time trial. The race heads to Sicily after Monday's first rest day, before arriving on the Italian mainland for stage 7. It's a route that's designed to with both the climbers and time trialists in mind, and the start list is packed with stars. The race contains eight mountain stages, with Etna, the Monte Zoncolan, and three back-to-back stages in the mountains in the final week set to decide the race. Away from Froome and Dumoulin, Italy's hopes rest on Fabio Aru " who has made the podium on two occasions. Esteban Chaves, Miguel Angel Lopez, Simon Yates, Michael Woods, Rohan Dennis, Thibaut Pinot and Davide Formolo are also in the mix. The CN and Pro teams look at the strengths and weakness of all the potential contenders and make some bold predictions when it comes to the final podium for Rome on May 27.ADVERTISEMENT The Cyclingnews podcast is brought to you in association with Prendas Ciclismo, Pinarello and Floyds of Leadville. Click here to subscribe. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Israel Cycling Academy honour Gino Bartali at Yad Vashem memorial
May 02, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Two days before the Giro d'Italia is set to start in Jerusalem, the Israel Cycling Academy spent Wednesday afternoon visiting the official Israeli Holocaust memorial Yad Vashem for a ceremony honouring Gino Bartali and his efforts to save Jews during World War II. During the ceremony, Bartali, who was previously named Righteous Among the Nations by Yad Vashem, was given honorary Israeli citizenship. The war-era cyclist, who won the Giro d'Italia three times and the Tour de France twice, used his fame and relative freedom of movement during the war to smuggle documents for forged papers that helped persecuted Jews move throughout the country to safety. The team have been retracing Bartali's training routes as part of their own yearly tribute to the man, and they were the only team attending the Yad Vashem event. "We adopted the story of Bartali from the day we founded the team and see it as our obligation to keep his memory alive," said team General Manager Ran Margaliot. "Honorary citizenship was a must, a way to pay respect and be ambassadors and a bridge between our people."ADVERTISEMENT Israel Cycling Academy secured a wildcard invitation to the historic Giro start in Israel and will field a roster that includes two Israelis, Guy Niv and Guy Sagiv, both of whom will make history as the first Israeli pros to start a Grand Tour. The team also features Italian sprinter Kristian Sbaragli, who said that as an Italian the ceremony was especially significant. "He was a great Italian, and I have always admired him," Sbaragli said. "Being an Italian on an Israeli team makes this very special and emotional for me." Sagiv took stock in the history of the moment, honouring an Italian champion just days before the 101st Giro d'Italia starts in Jerusalem. " Italy in Israel (@ItalyinIsrael) May 2, 2018 You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Chris Froome not relying on time trials for Giro d'Italia title
May 02, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Chris Froome (Team Sky) has begun his final countdown to the Giro dItalia seemingly determined to keep the issues with his salbutamol test at bay and focussed fully on racing. Froome admitted that with Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) as a new rival for the GC battle, he will have to take a different tactic than he has in his four Tour de France victories. "I'm not going to be able to rely on time trialling to win the Giro. The race [route] is extremely well-balanced, there are a lot of time trials, but also mountains. There's not going to be one terrain that wins this Giro, it's going to have to be a different tactic. "It's special for me to come here and target the Giro for the first time," Froome continued. "My career started in Italy, my first few years were living in Italy and it's special to be here. This has never been a big goal of mine 'til now, but from the feeling I had at the Tour of the Alps, I feel I'm ready for this, and I've got a fantastic team to support me. I'm feeling as good as I've ever felt."ADVERTISEMENT The Briton could not avoid repeated questions about his case again at the pre-race press conference, but he gave answers almost identical to those he has provided since the start of the season and his first race of the year at the Ruta del Sol. Flanked by his seven teammates for the Giro, as well as chief sports director for the race, Nicolas Portal, and Team Principal David Brailsford at the end of the line, Froome came out with the same lines as before: I can understand the frustration, nothing says I shouldn't be here racing, this was supposed to be a confidential process. But the first question, asked almost apologetically by an Italian journalist, nonetheless went straight to the heart of an issue that may hang over this Giro d'Italia all the way from Jerusalem to Rome and possibly beyond: How did Froome handle the risk that his Giro d'Italia result could be cancelled, as had happened in the past, with Alberto Contador? You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Tom Dumoulin: Chris Froome uncertainty benefits nobody ahead of Giro d'Italia
May 02, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
"That's a nice one to start with" Tom Dumoulin smiled as he reached for the microphone at his pre-Giro d'Italia press conference in Jerusalem on Wednesday afternoon. Ordinarily, a defending champion might expect a tame opening gambit about his condition in such a situation, but this is no ordinary edition of the Corsa Rosa. The presence of Chris Froome (Team Sky) has seen to that. Froome returned a positive test for salbutamol at last year's Vuelta a Espaa, but has chosen not to recuse himself from racing while the case is being resolved. Dumoulin, of course, has been answering variations on the same question since the Sunweb team presentation in Berlin in January, and he trotted out a road-tested response one more time for the sizeable media presence in a ballroom of the Waldorf Astoria. Such careful diplomacy might run counter to Dumoulin's usually forthright nature, but he is increasingly aware of the weight his words now carry in the wake of his 2017 Giro win.ADVERTISEMENT "It's his decision to be here," Dumoulin said of Froome's participation. "Like I've said before, my team is part of the MPCC [the Movement for Credible Cycling - ed.] If I was in the same situation as him, I would not be here. But that's his decision, and it's not up to me to have an opinion about it." Although the backdrop is different, there is one very distinct similarity between this Israeli Grande Partenza and the 2011 start in Turin, where Alberto Contador's presence " despite his positive test for clenbuterol the previous year " was the overriding question at pre-race press conferences. The Spaniard proceeded to win that Giro only to be stripped of the title when his positive test was later confirmed. With Froome on board, this edition sets out amid similar uncertainty. "It's not good for cycling in general that it's not solved before the Giro," Dumoulin said. "Everybody's a bit uncertain. Let's say he wins, what will happen if he gets positive afterwards. Does he lose his Vuelta title from last year? Does he lose the Giro title? There's so much uncertainty; I think nobody benefits from that, also not Chris Froome. But he has the right to race here, and that's his choice to make. It's not up to me to think something about that." Looking to double up Time trial You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Hannah Barnes hoping for birthday win in Tour de Yorkshire
May 02, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Hannah Barnes will return to home soil to compete in the women's Tour de Yorkshire, held on May 3 and 4 in Great Britain. She celebrates her 25th birthday on the second and final stage, and will lead the six-riderCanyon-SRAM team in hope of securing the overall title. "The second stage falls on my birthday and starts in Barnsley so I would like to do well there," Barnes said. "I've pre-ridden the stage and it's very challenging. It's great that the organisers have extended the race to two days and with the live broadcast I'm sure that fans will see an exciting race." Barnes was fifth in last year's one-day event, won by Lizzie Deignan (Boels Dolmans). This edition of the Tour de Yorkshire hosts two stages; stage 1 will be 132.5km from Beverley to Doncaster and is expected to be one for the sprinters, while stage 2 is 124km from Barnsley to Ilkley and caters to the climbers.ADVERTISEMENT Although Barnes is better known for her sprint, she proved her climbing abilities when she won the overall title at Setmana Ciclista Valenciana in February in Spain. She will be joined by a strong team that includes her sister, Alice Barnes, Alena Amialiusik, Tiffany Cromwell, Tanja Erath, and Alexis Ryan. "It's a home race which adds a huge amount of excitement but with that also comes some extra pressure," Barnes said. "I had a good race last year and this year our team is stronger so I know that we can be very aggressive in the race." You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Woods to lead EF Education First-Drapac at Giro d'Italia
May 01, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
EF Education First-Drapac announced Tuesday their roster that will compete in the upcoming Giro d'Italia set to start in Jerusalem with a 9.7km time trial on May 4. Canadian Michael Woods will lead the eight-man team that includes a handful of climbers, a few rouleurs, and a sprinter, according to a press release on the team's website. "My big goal for this Giro is to get a stage win," Woods said. "I haven't won a WorldTour race yet, and with 21 stages on tap, I'm hoping I can win one of them." The team noted that the squad for this year's Giro d'Italia is made for the mountains but deep enough to contest an array of stages, from lumpy profiles to sprint finishes.ADVERTISEMENT Woods placed seventh overall at the Vuelta a Espaa last year and recently placed second at Lige-Bastogne-Lige. "The Giro is going to be another step in Mike's career. After a difficult start for him this season, I think he arrives in Israel exactly as we wanted. If he enjoys every day, if he continues to feel like he is living his dream, I believe this next month will be a really successful one," said the team's director Juanma Garate. In the mountains, Woods will have support from Nathan Brown and Hugh Carthy. "My goal is to support the team's goals in helping Mike achieve a high position on the general classification. I'd like to play an important role for him in the high mountains and show what I'm capable on over the steepest terrain. If I get the opportunity to have my own success on individual stages, I will take it and race aggressively," Carthy said. Brown, who is starting his third Giro d'Italia, said that he would like to help Woods finish strong. "My personal ambitions center around helping Woods however I can. He's riding super well, and I would love to help him get a result. If the team gives me the opportunity to get into a break or two, I would love to win a stage." You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Murphy and Schneider take early leads in Cyclingnews' Bell Lap series
May 01, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
John Murphy (Holowesko-Citadel) and Samantha Schneider (Iscorp Pro Cycling) took the early leads in Cyclingnews' brand new criterium series - TheBell Lap- after the opening round at Athens Twilight Criteriumin Georgia on April 28. Murphy relied on his Holowesko-Citadel teammates to provide him a perfectly timed lead-out to win the men's race, while his teammate Bryan Gomez finished second and Frank Travieso (EDA-Evolution Cycling Team) finished third. In winning Athens Twilight, Murphy secured 25 points toward The Bell Lap series and took the overall lead. His teammate Gomez sits in second place with 18 points and Travieso is third with 15 points.ADVERTISEMENT In the women's race, Schneider out-sprinted US professional criterium champion Erica Allar (Rally Cycling) and Harriet Owen (The Meteor-Intelligentsia). Schneider now leads The Bell Lap series with 25 points, Allar is in second with 18 points and Owen is in third with 15 points. Cyclingnews created The Bell Lap point series to highlight the most important, historic and challenging races on the criterium circuit. Athens Twilight was the first race of the series whereby points are awarded to the top 10 men and women throughout the 16 events (19 race days). You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Israel Cycling Academy riding Giro d'Italia to inspire next generation
May 01, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
The Israel Cycling Academy riders are using the historic Giro d'Italia start in Israel not only as an opportunity to add to their own palmares and to boost their cycling team, but their hope is the spectacle of the Grande Partenza in Jerusalem will provide inspiration for a new generation of cyclists. With two Israeli riders, Guy Niv and Guy Sagiv, making the first Grand Tour starts for any Israeli rider, the team is sharing their focus on achieving a stage win along with the goal of seeing Sagiv and Liv through to the finish. "The concept was to use this beautiful platform, these great athletes, this amazing opportunity from the media, and this special edition of the Giro to inspire an entire generation of new cyclists," team General Manager Ran Margaliot said in the pre-race press conference Tuesday evening, adding that the team will dedicate a lot of energy to making sure they are "guiding the young guys."ADVERTISEMENT The selection of both Sagiv, 23, and Niv, 24, for the Giro roster was a bit of a surprise after the team added considerably more experienced riders in the off-season. But the team's mission is to grow the sport in Israel while providing opportunities to riders from countries that are underrepresented in the peloton. Putting the two Israeli riders in their first Grand Tours and the first for any Israeli riders fulfills that mission on several points. "It's a great opportunity for me," said Niv, who was a professional mountain biker before taking up road racing last season. "I'm really excited, but I'm here not only to ride well for my team but also to hopefully be an inspiration to young Israeli riders who will see us racing this weekend. We hope the Giro will change the culture of Israeli cycling over the next few years." Sagiv said the opportunity to start the Giro was "triple excitement." You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Van der Breggen dominates Women's WorldTour ranking
May 01, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Anna van der Breggen (Boels Dolmans) has kept hold of her lead in the Women's WorldTour after the three-day Tour of Chongming Island. Van der Breggen is the only rider to have won multiple rounds of the WorldTour this year, having claimed victory at Strade Bianche, the Tour of Flanders, Flche Wallonne and Lige-Bastogne-Lige. Van der Breggen missed Tour of Chongming Island but her dominance means that she is 270 points clear of her closest rival,her teammate Chantal Blaak, at the moment. Amanda Spratt (Mitchelton-Scott), who scored two podium places during the Ardennes Classics at Amstel Gold and Lige-Bastogne-Lige, sits in third place. Jolien D'hoore may have missed out on defending her title at Chongming Island last week, but the Belgian champion won the inaugural Driedaagse De Panne in March and her runner-up place on the final stage in China, coupled with her top-10 GC finish, have helped her climb up to fourth place.ADVERTISEMENT With Chongming Island a race focused on the sprinters, the likes of Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio and Kasia Niewiadoma slipped down a few places in the standings. Charlotte Becker (Hitec Products-Birk Sport) had only competed in two WorldTour races ahead of her appearance at Chongming, but her stage and overall win were enough to give her 230 points and give her a debut position in the rankings of 16th. Giorgia Bronzini (Cylance) also moved into the top 20 after winning the opening stage. With three riders in the top 10, including Ronde van Drenthe winner Amy Pieters, Boels Dolmans are streets ahead of the rest in the team competition. A massive 748 points lie between the Dutch squad and Mitchelton-Scott, while Canyon-SRAM are a further 338 behind them. There was no change in the top 10 after Chongming, but Cylance, Valcar PBM and Hitech Products climbed up the standings to 11th, 12th and 13th, respectively. The next round of the WorldTour is the Tour of California from May 17-19. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Meintjes first to arrive in Israel for Giro d'Italia - News Shorts
May 01, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Dimension Datas Louis Meintjeswas one of the first riders to travel to Israel ahead of the start of this year's Giro dItalia as the final countdown to the Friday's first stage began. South African Meintjes, who flew in to Tel Aviv on Monday, is team principal Doug Ryders big hope for cultivating a Grand Tour winner at Dimension Data in the coming years, and this year's Giro d'Italia will be an opportunity for him to shine. With the rest of the 2018 Giro peloton set to start arrive on Tuesday evening, attention will quickly turn to acclimatising to temperatures in the high 20s and low 30s this week, as well as shrugging off any minor jet-lag ahead of Friday's opening 9.7km individual time trial in Jerusalem.ADVERTISEMENT All the 176 riders will undergo pre-race anti-doping tests by the UCI Anti-Doping Foundation on Wednesday morning. The teams will train on the road in Israel and hold press conferences and events on Wednesday and Thursday, with the official team presentation on Thursday evening. Training is allowed on the time trial course on Friday morning with the first rider kicking-off the 2018 Giro d'Italia at 13:50 local time. Lotto Soudal change name to Lotto-Fix ALL during Giro d'Italia Belgian squad Lotto Soudal will be known as Lotto-Fix ALL for the duration of the Giro d'Italia, and the change brings with it a new jersey, with a blue-green design replacing the normally predominantly red jersey. Bouhanni back to racing Bakelants has 'hardware' removed from back " Jan Bakelants (@Jan_Bakelants) April 29, 2018 You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Dan Martin: I just need to add consistency to Romandie form
April 30, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Dan Martin was content with his Tour de Romandie debut, where he finished 10th overall. The Irishman was a creditable eight in the mountain time trial to Villars but was unable to follow the attacks on the following mountain stage to Sion, and finished 22nd. That result saw him drop from eight to 10th on GC, but he still made the podium on the final stage after UAE Team Emirates picked up the team prize in Geneva. Romandie marked the last race in Martin's block of Spring races, before he takes a break and returns to the Criterium du Dauphine in June. "What we've got out of this week has almost been better than we expected at the start," Martin told Cyclingnews as he waited to step onto the podium.ADVERTISEMENT "It's funny that my first podium with the team is a team prize. Hopefully that the sign of things to come. I've been limping through the week with illness since the Classics but it's just the consistency that I need to add. This is also been the end of a really long block of racing for me but it's been a good one for the Tour." Martin was unable to follow the accelerations of Egan Bernal (Team Sky) and eventual race winner Primoz Roglic (LottoNl Jumbo) on the final climb of the queen stage, but he still finds positive signs in his performance. "With all the issues I've had this year I'm happy to have made that really big effort on the queen stage. I really pushed myself to the limit and gone beyond that limit. I found out where that was yesterday on the climbs." You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...

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