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Mauduit joins Groupama-FDJ as directeur sportif
November 12, 2018 (09:00) [ Indexed from ]
Philippe Mauduit will leave his position as a directeur sportif at UAE Team Emirates to take up the same role with Groupama-FDJ in 2019, his new team has announced. Mauduit, 50, has played the sports director role with a number of teams since his retirement as a professional after a year in the pro ranks with Besson Chaussures in 1999. The Frenchman has worked at Bouygues Telecom, the Cervlo TestTeam, Saxo Bank, Lampre-Merida and Bahrain Merida, and then for UAE Team Emirates this season. "I really like what the team stands for, and have spoken regularly with [team boss] Marc Madiot over the years, realising that everything he says tallies with my way of working. The offer was too good to refuse," said Mauduit of his new role with Groupama-FDJ, which is home to French sprint star Arnaud Dmare and one of France's big Grand Tour hopes, and this year's Il Lombardia winner,Thibaut Pinot.ADVERTISEMENT "I've worked for foreign teams for 10 years, and so it's nice to come back to a French squad. Now I need to get to know the team and learn how things work, as everyone needs to be on board to ensure that this team continues to head in the right direction," Mauduit said. Groupama-FDJ started life as La Franaise des Jeux in 1997, and have gone through a raft of subtle name changes, although Madiot's team always retained the French national lottery as its main sponsor, until the Groupama insurance company came on board as the title sponsor for the 2018 season You can read more at More...
Kennedy extends with Mitchelton-Scott
November 12, 2018 (09:00) [ Indexed from ]
Australian Lucy Kennedy has extended her contract with the Mitchelton-Scott team for another year, the team has announced. Kennedy joined the squad at the start of 2018, but, after an extremely promising start to the season, when she took second place at the national time trial championships and then ninth place in the road race, followed by fourth overall at the Santos Women's Tour and, over in Europe, fifth place at Strade Bianche at the start of March, her season was derailed by multiple crashes. Having taken ninth place at the Trofeo Alfredo Binda two weeks after Strade Bianche, Kennedy crashed out of the following month's Amstel Gold Race, fracturing her eye socket, shoulder and collar bone.ADVERTISEMENT After having fought back from her injuries to be fit for the start of the Giro Rosa in July, Kennedy crashed there on stage 3, and again broke her collar bone. "It has been particularly frustrating because it was a race that I was really targeting, and it was such a motivation for me after that crash at Amstel Gold in April," Kennedy told Cyclingnews in September. "The Giro was three months away, but it was a reasonable time-frame to get back in form, and it was a race that really suited me. It was a huge drive in that recovery, so the disappointment of not being able to do the race was huge," she said of having to leave the 10-day race so early on. You can read more at More...
Arthurs Seat returns to Herald Sun Tour in 2019
November 12, 2018 (09:00) [ Indexed from ]
The classic climb of Arthurs Seat on Victoria's Mornington Peninsula makes a welcome return to the route of the Jayco Herald Sun Tour in 2019, having last featured in the race in 2016. New race director Scott McGrory, who takes over from long-time director John Trevorrow for 2019, is ensuring that the riders will know all about how tough the climb is by increasing the number of times the race will go up it in February. "This particular stage willinclude the riders travellingfive times up Arthurs Seat," said McGrory in a press release. "On previous occasions, it's been three times, which has been tough enough, but five times... Well, the riders are going to be shocked when they hearthat, and certainly moreshockedwhen they're riding upit."ADVERTISEMENT Spectators will have easy access to the top of Arthurs Seat thanks to the new Eagle gondola, which goes from the start of the climb in Dromana to the summit. "It'll be great for the public with the roads covered with spectators," added McGrory, "with plenty of activity on the hairpin corners and a real festival of cycling at Arthurs Seat to showcase the best riders in the world." The stage that finished on the three-kilometre-long climb in 2016 was won by Team Sky's Chris Froome, 17 seconds ahead of Damien Howson of Orica-Greenedge (now Mitchelton-Scott). The victory on what was the final stage of that year's race was enough for Froome to take the overall race victory, having taken the leader's jersey from teammate Peter Kennaugh. You can read more at More...
Freeman to face medical tribunal over testosterone patch delivery
November 12, 2018 (09:00) [ Indexed from ]
Former Team Sky and British Cycling doctor Richard Freeman is set to face a medical tribunal in connection with the 2011 delivery of testosterone patches to the national team's headquarters in Manchester. According to a report in The Sunday Telegraph, Freeman is likely to face the General Medical Council tribunal which could decide to punish him with a suspension or remove him from the medical register. In 2016, UK Anti-Doping launched an investigation into the delivery of a 'mystery package' from British Cycling headquarters to Team Sky during the 2011 Criterium du Dauphine for Bradley Wiggins. During their examination of the records at the Manchester National Cycling Centre, investigators found evidence of a delivery of banned testosterone patches, as well as 60 - 70 vials of triamcinolone.ADVERTISEMENT Freeman worked for both teams in 2011, and the medical equipment for the two programmes shared storage space at the National Cycling Centre. Steve Peters, Team Sky's former medical director, at the time said the testosterone delivery was made in error and the patches were returned to the supplier. Freeman also denied any wrongdoing, saying the patches were never intended for athletes. But the supplier, Fit 4 Sport, declined to cooperate with the UKAD inquiry and provide supporting documentation of the error. British Cycling is a co-complainant in the GMC inquiry, and a spokesman said they "referred concerns in relation to Dr Richard Freeman's fitness to practice" to the GMC and "continue to support its ongoing investigation". You can read more at More...
Lefevere: I don't understand Tafi's comeback
November 11, 2018 (11:00) [ Indexed from ]
Andrea Tafi may have moved a step closer to his dream of competing in next year's Paris-Roubaix but his former boss, Patrick Lefevere, is still baffled by the 52-year-old's desire to return to professional competition. Last week Tafi announced that he had found a team that would indulge his fantasy of racing Paris-Roubaix twenty years after his win in the French Monument. Lefevere managed Tafi when the Italian won the race in 1999 and was approached by his former rider last month for a possible avenue back into the sport "I saw him at a sponsor event last week as we were celebrating 20 years of sponsorship with Latexco. We all were asking Andrea if he had a fever or something or if he had become crazy. I don't understand it," Lefevere told Cyclingnews.ADVERTISEMENT "He asked me, laughing, but half serious, if our team was interested but you know the composition of our team. It's already a fight to make the seven riders for Paris-Roubaix and I don't want to invest in a project just for publicity. I hope he can find another way." Tafi retired in 2005 and started his pro racing career in the late 1980s. The riders who completed the 1999 Paris-Roubaix podium were none other than Wilfried Peeters and Tom Steels - both of whom now work as directors for Lefevere. When asked how far Tafi would last in one of the hardest one-day races in the world, Lefevere replied: "A 90-year-old could start Paris-Roubaix. I just don't know how long they would stay in the bunch. I have no clue how long Andrea would last." According to Lefevere, the plan is for Tafi to document his return back into the professional ranks. Although a super-competitive and serious team such as Quick-Step have no room for a 52-year-old rider, Lefevere believes that a team lower down the ranks would perhaps profit from giving Tafi a shot. You can read more at More...
Stybar sets 2019 sights on Paris-Roubaix and Tour of Flanders
November 11, 2018 (11:00) [ Indexed from ]
Zdenek Stybar (Quick-Step Floors)hasnt had a big one-day win since Strade Bianche in 2015, but he is setting his sights high for the coming season. Paris-Roubaix is at the top of his wish list, followed by the Tour of Flanders. The Czech rider has performed well in the Spring Classics over the last few years, finishing second in Roubaix in 2017. ''And yet the past year was not bad, but indeed, the big win was missing. In the top classics, however, I ended up every time within the first ten, he told In the past two years, his only wins have been the Czech national road title (2017) and the points jersey at this years BinckBank Tour.ADVERTISEMENT He shares his Roubaix and Flanders goals with teammate Yves Lampaert, but they will not have to contend with another internal rival. Niki Terpstra, who has won both of those race, is leaving for Direct Energie in 2019. Not that Stybar thinks that will make a difference within the team. Even when Tom Boonen was still riding with us, we were already a broad, strong group, where everyone got chances. That will not be different now. Stybar, 32, is currently training on Mallorca, without teammates. I see my teammates already enough in the season, I prefer to do it alone now. You can read more at More...
Montaguti signs with Androni Giocattoli
November 11, 2018 (11:00) [ Indexed from ]
34-year-old Matteo Montaguti has signed with the Androni Giocattoli Sidermec squad, Tuttobici reported on Saturday. The Italian moves from the WorldTour squad AG2R La Mondiale after eight seasons, announcing that it was his final race with the French team at Il Lombardia. "Many thanks for eight years of my professional career and many good memories and feelings," Montaguti wrote on Instagram last month. Montaguti has only three professional wins to his name, stage 4 of the 2017 Tour of the Alps and a stage and the overall of the 2010 Giro della Provincia di reggio Calabria before he moved to AG2R La Mondiale.ADVERTISEMENT But with 13 Grand Tours under his belt - eight editions of the Giro d'Italia, four of the Vuelta a Espaa and one Tour de France, the Italian's experience will be invaluable for the Androni team. "It is an important signing for our team," manager Gianni Savio said. "Matteo is a rider who has demonstrated his worth for years in the World Tour. A serious professional with characteristics that fit perfectly with the spirit and the fighting mentality of our team." You can read more at More...
Viviani and Keisse link up for Gent Six Day
November 11, 2018 (11:00) [ Indexed from ]
Quick-Step Floors pairing of Elia Viviani and Iljo Keisse are set to team up for the Gent Six Day, November 13-18. Keisse, a Six Day specialist, has triumphed at the Gent event on six previous occasions, while Viviani is the reigning Olympic Omnium champion after winning gold in Rio at the 2016 Summer Games. The Belgian and Italian riders will race in Deceuninck-Quick-Step jerseys after it was announced that Deceuninck would become co-title sponsors of the Belgian WorldTour team from the start of the 2019 season. "The Six Days of Gent is always a special event for me, one to which I look forward every year," Keisse, 35, said in a release issued by his team. "I'm happy to be back on the bike and ride with Elia, an Olympic Champion on the track and the most successful rider of 2018 on the road. My family will be there, the fans will come in huge numbers and create a fantastic atmosphere and we'll do our best to get the victory, especially as it's been a few years since the last time I won here."ADVERTISEMENT Viviani has raced the Gent Six for the last two years and used the event as part of his build up to the road season. He raced in 2017 with fellow Italian Michele Scartezzini, but paired up withKeisse in 2016. The Italian only joined Quick-Step Floors at the start of this season but enjoyed his best year to date. He won a stage at the Tour Down Under in January and never looked back, winning the GC and two stages at the Dubai Tour, a stage at the Abu Dhabi Tour, four stages and the points jersey at the Giro d'Italia, the national road title and three stages at the Vuelta a Espana. "I'm excited to be going to Gent and riding with Iljo. I'm sure it will be an amazing week, but also a difficult one, because many teams will be aiming for the win. To triumph in such an event you have to be both strong and smart. We are motivated for this, we hope to put on quite the show for all the fans in the stands and to take the overall victory in the mythical Kuipke," said Viviani. You can read more at More...
Caja Rural sign Arctic Race winner Chernetskii from Astana
November 11, 2018 (11:00) [ Indexed from ]
Caja Rual-Seguros RGA have strengthened their team for 2019 with the signing of Sergei Chernetskii from Astana. The Russian rider has spent the last two seasons with Astana, having ridden for Katusha the past. The 28-year-old had a strong second half to the season, winning the Arctic Race in Norway, before finishing third in the Gree-Tour of Guangxi. He will add valuable experience to the Spanish squad. "I have chosen Caja Rural-Seguros RGA to continue my career because it is a good Professional Continental Team to continue improving as a cyclist. For me, 2018 has been my best season, winning Arctic Race of Norway and third place in Gree-Tour of Guangxi. My goal for 2019 is to achieve victories for Caja Rural-Seguros RGA, especially in the hilly races," the Russian said in a press announcement released by his 2019 team. Chernetskii will have the chance to lead Caja Rual-Seguros RGA in a number of races, and will be relied upon less as a support rider - as he was at both Katusha and Astana. The Russian rider also won the Tour des Fjords in 2013, and a stage of the Volta a Catalunya in 2015.ADVERTISEMENT The Spanish Pro Continental team have made a number of changes ahead of next season. Chernetskii joins the signings of Jon Aberasturi (from Euskadi - Murias), while sprinter Matteo Malucelli has signed a two-year contract and moved across from Androni-Giocattoli. Two-time Portuegese national time trial champion Domingos Gonalves has also joined the team, while Alan Banaszek has moved over from CCC. Xavi Caellas and David Gonzlez have both joined as first-year professionals. Australian Nick Schultz has left the team for a two-year deal at Mitchelton-Scott. You can read more at More...
No pressure on Dennis for GC results at Bahrain Merida
November 11, 2018 (11:00) [ Indexed from ]
Bahrain Merida have insisted that Rohan Dennis will not be put under pressure to chase GC results in Grand Tours during his first two seasons at the team. Team manager Brent Copeland has stressed that Dennis will be given the full backing to challenge for the Olympic Games in 2020, where he will be hoping to win the road time trial. Dennis signed a multiple-year contract with Bahrain Merida during the summer and is also likely to start the Tour de France in 2019. "We've discussed ideas with our new head of performance on our team, David Bailey, and it will probably mean that Rohan does the Tour de France," Copeland told Cyclingnews, before adding that final race schedules for his riders would not be announced until the team's December training camp in Croatia. Dennis targeted the Giro d'Italia this year and wore the maglia rosa for several days, won a stage, and finished 16th overall. He was within the top ten until the final two mountain stages. He bookended his campaign with two stages at the Giro d'Italia before claiming his maiden elite road title in the time trial. According to Copeland a Giro return is unlikely due to the nature of the Grand Tour profiles.ADVERTISEMENT "At the Tour there's a TT in there for him, the TTT and it's good preparation for the Worlds. We still have to sit down and finalise that with him but it's not really a GC plan at the moment." Dennis has made no secret of his plan to one day challenge for major Grand Tour honours but he has insisted that he will take a pragmatic and steady approach to his development as a stage racer. Copeland reiterated those sentiments, stressing that the Australian had time on his side before fully concentrating on three-week racing. "In order to go for GC he'd have to change his entire training and weight. When we brought him onto the team we agreed that there would be no pressure to chase GC from the start. We have a number of riders who can do that next year with the likes of Vincenzo, Teuns and Pozzovivo. We're happy to support Dennis, and at the moment his plan is to focus on time trials until the Olympic Games in 2020 and then have more of a focus on GC." You can read more at More...
Fenn criticises Aqua Blue Sport bosses after more salary woes
November 11, 2018 (02:00) [ Indexed from ]
Andy Fenn has written an open letter to the management at the now defunct Aqua Blue Sport team, in light of fresh reports that the staff's October salaries have not yet been paid. The Pro Continental team collapsed in August without any warning, with all riders and staff told that they could seek alternative employment. All Aqua Blue contracts were torn up, while the team owner Rick Delaney stopped communicating with the team's roster. The riders and staff were told in September that their salaries for the remainder of the year would be covered by the team's UCI bank guarantee, and the first month after the team folded was eventually paid. However Fenn, who rode for the team in 2017 and 2018 - until the point at which the team folded - took to Twitter on Saturday to put public pressure on both Delaney and the team's CEO Tom Timmerman for answers.ADVERTISEMENT "I would just like to raise your attention to the fact that all AquaBlueSport riders salaries for the month of October, have still not yet been received," the 28-year-old British rider wrote. Fenn, frustrated at not receiving his salary for October, contacted the UCI directly for answers, and claimed that Timmerman had not been communicating with the governing body. "As it currently stands the UCI will not release anymore funds from the bank guarantee that has been activated to pay the outstanding salaries and fees associated to AquaBlueSport, until all necessary paperwork and clarification regarding December salaries has been given," Fenn wrote. You can read more at More...
Tour Down Under: Porte and Dennis are Impey's main challengers
November 11, 2018 (02:00) [ Indexed from ]
Mitchelton-Scott manager Matt White has selected Richie Porte and Rohan Dennis as two of the main favourites for next year's Santos Tour Down Under.The first WorldTour race of the 2019 campaign starts on January 15 with Mitchelton-Scott looking to defend their crown. Daryl Impey, who won the race in 2018, is likely to lead the Australian team once more and will be hoping to become the first rider in the race's history to win back-to-back titles.With Caleb Ewan set to race in Lotto Soudal colours, Mitchelton-Scott will not bring a sprinter to the first WorldTour race of the season. "No one has gone back-to-back in the history of the race, so it will be a big challenge for us," White told Cyclingnews.ADVERTISEMENT "Obviously, without being privileged to see who is coming, regardless I think our biggest threats will come from Australians with Rohan Dennis, Jay McCarthy, as guys who will be ready to go, but for me the big favourite is again Richie Porte." In 2018, Impey edged out Porte, the then-defending champion, with Tom-Jelte Slagter finishing third. Porte has won on Willunga Hill for the last five straight years and is set to return in 2019 as the leader for Trek-Segafredo after moving away from BMC Racing. He had hinted at not returning to the Tour Down Under earlier this season, but all indications are that he will look to win the race for the second time in his career. While Impey is set to lead the line for Mitchelton-Scott, the Australian team's three Grand Tours specialists - Esteban Chaves, and Simon and Adam Yates - will make their 2019 race debut back in Europe. Chaves is still on his way back from a long-term virus, and although he raced the Tour Down Under in 2017, he will not return to the race for a second attempt. White is currently planning the team's assault on 2019's Grand Tours after the Tour de France and Giro d'Italia routes were recently announced. The Vuelta a Espaa has yet to be confirmed. This year Simon Yates and Chaves targeted the Giro, while Adam Yates headed to the Tour. The team won their maiden Grand Tour at the Vuelta, with Simon Yates finishing ahead of Enric Mas (Quick-Step Floors), and Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana). The Tour Down Under is the first significant goal of the 2019 season, and Mitchelton-Scott will be looking to uphold their successful reputation in the race, having won the event four times in the last seven years. The return of the Corkscrew stage in 2019 suits Impey's challenge, according to White. "The reintroduction of the Corkscrew stage is good for us," White said. "It's always selective, and it can sometimes be more selective than the Willunga stage. Few people have won Corkscrew stage solo, but there will probably be a nice gap between the main field and a small group off the front. This stage will start to define the GC, and while there are bonus seconds that are always critical, the major selection will be made on those two stages." You can read more at More...
Chapter2 bikes replace Cervelo at women's Bigla team in 2019
November 11, 2018 (02:00) [ Indexed from ]
New Zealand bike brand Chapter2 will replace Cervelo as the equipment sponsor for the UCI women's Cervelo-Bigla team in 2019, according to a team press release. The team announcedearlier this month that Bigla would be the main naming-rights partner. "We're excited to partner with Chapter2 at this stage of their journey," said team manager Thomas Campana. "They are an exciting start-up, pushing the boundaries of design and reshaping how things have been done. The brand is about inspiring people to ride and explore and to not be afraid to take new less-travelled paths." The team also announced that Bigla signed a contract extension that will keep the Swiss furniture company as the title sponsor until at least the end of the 2020 season. Theroster for next year includes Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig, Martina Alzini, Elizabeth Banks, Elise Chabbey, Mikayla Harvey, Emma Cecilie Norsgaard, Nikola Noskova, Maria Vittoria Sperotto, Leah Thomas and Sophie Wright. The team lost Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio and Lotta Lepist to CCC and Trek-Segafredo, respectively.ADVERTISEMENT "When you look at the athletes we have on the team next year, a number of them left conventional paths to explore their passion for the bike that has translated into professional contracts," Campana said. "Their boldness has been rewarded. Twenty-nineteen is going to be an exciting journey for them with partners such as Chapter2." Michael Pryde is the designer behind Chapter2, a relatively new cycling brand that says its quest is to create something unique that follows a road less travelled. A connection between Bigla and Chapter2 was, in part, established because the team is known for providing development opportunities for up-and-coming talents in womens cycling. "At Chapter2 our aim is to 'Explore the road less travelled' - through our design, dealer-friendly business model, and the way we approach the world of cycling, Pryde said in a team press release. You can read more at More...
Brian Cookson's planned women's team put on hold, but not abandoned
November 11, 2018 (02:00) [ Indexed from ]
Brian Cookson has been forced to put a hold on his plans to launch a UCI women's team in 2019 due to a lack of financial resources. The former UCI President told Cyclingnews on Friday that the hunt for a main financial backer has proven to be the biggest obstacle, and that the earliest likely date to launch a team would be in 2020. "The first thing to say is that I am anxious not to make false promises or unrealistic claims, and so I can only report that this is still a work in progress," Cookson told Cyclingnews in an email when asked for an update on the team's status for next year. "It is proving difficult to secure the resources needed to establish a team at the level we are aiming at. There will not be a team in 2019, but my collaborators and I have not abandoned the project."ADVERTISEMENT Cookson announced in November last year that he planned to develop a women's team, after he lost his bid for the UCI presidency re-election to David Lappartient two months earlier. He said that he was in the midst of setting up a structure for a women's professional team at the UCI Women's WorldTour level. He said he wanted the team to exceed the recently confirmed new two-tier structure- Women's WorldTeams and Continental Teams - which he said was developed during his term as UCI President. Current UCI President David Lappartient confirmed to Cyclingnews the new two-tier structure, which will go along with a minimum salary requirement for the top tier of teams beginning in 2020. The salary requirement will be introduced slowly over a three-year period and will equal the mens Professional Continental teams' minimum salary currently set at roughly 30,000. "The main problem, as always, is finding a major funder to take the title sponsorship," Cookson told Cyclingnews. "It's as simple as that. I don't want to do this as a half measure, I want to be in a position to pay decent salaries to the riders, and if you do that then you have to pay decent salaries to all the staff, too, in my view. So the costs add up. You can read more at More...
Hincapie team lands two title sponsors for 2019
November 11, 2018 (02:00) [ Indexed from ]
Holowesko-Citadelannounced today on Twitter that they have signed two new title sponsors for 2019 and will return to the Continental ranks next year after one year at the Pro Continental level. Arapahoe Resources, a supporting sponsor in 2018, will move to the title-sponsor role along with BMC Switzerland, which provided the team with bikes this year. "This year is a monumental year for Arapahoe Resources," owner Paul E. Kloberdanz, Jr., said in a statement published on the Holowesko-Citadel website. "We have high expectations and are extremely confident that the results will confirm."ADVERTISEMENT The team owned by George and Rich Hincapie have had a relationship with BMC since 2010, when Hincapie Sportswear provided clothing for the BMC WorldTour team. In 2012, they joined forces to start the Hincapie Sportswear Development Team that eventually morphed into Holowesko-Citadel in 2016. BMC returned to the fold as the bike supplies this year. "As a premium bike brand built on racing, we are proud to have Hincapie Racing represent BMC Switzerland," said BMC CEO David Zurcher. "This is a team that stands for our same values and beliefs. We have shared a long and successful history together with the Hincapie brothers, and we appreciate their ability to deliver an innovative racing platform that also creates engaging content and activations of its riders onboard our performance bikes. "Hincapie Racing will play a key role in complementing all of our other sports investments for next season," Zurcher said. "Meanwhile, BMC Switzerland will turn a new chapter in creating something exciting and sustainable for many years to come" much more than just racing." You can read more at More...
Van Asbroeck signs with Israel Cycling Academy
November 11, 2018 (02:00) [ Indexed from ]
Israel Cycling Academy have signed Belgian Tom Van Asbroeck to a two-year deal in a continuing effort to bolster the Pro Continental team's Classics campaigns, according to a team announcement today. Van Asbroeck, 28, raced the past two seasons with EF Education First-Drapac after stints at Topsport-Vlaanderen and LottoNL-Jumbo. He has three professional wins: two in 2014 and his last in 2016 atTour du Poitou Charentes. In two years with EF Education First-Drapac, his top result was third in stage 4 of the 2017 Vuelta a Espaa. Van Asbroeck is hoping his move to the Pro Continental team will provide an opportunity to hit the top of the podium once again.ADVERTISEMENT "I chose the ICA because they are a growing team, and like me they want to do better every year," Van Asbroeck said in a statement released by the team. "I wanted to be a part of this team and again to be one of the best Pro Continental riders out there. In the WorldTour teams, I had to ride a lot for the big-name riders, but this had a negative affect on my personal results. The competitor and 'animal' in me had trouble with this. "I really am an ambitious person - a real competition animal - I always want to do better, get stronger, be faster, and even if I win I won't be satisfied. I always want more." Van Asbroeck had an advocate within the team in director Erik Van Lancker, who lobbied hard to bring Van Asbroeck aboard the Israeli team to create a stronger Classics attack. You can read more at More...
Strong line-up at Canadian Cyclo-cross Championships
November 11, 2018 (02:00) [ Indexed from ]
A top field is expected to toe the start lines for the elite men's and women's Canadian Cyclo-cross Championshipsin Peterborough on Saturday. Newly crowned Pan American cyclo-cross champion Maghalie Rochette (CX Fever p/b Specialized) will highlight the women's field, while Pan Am runner-up Michael van den Ham (Garneau-Easton) will be on the start line, Cycling Canada announced Friday. The races will take place in Nicholls Oval Park, and more than 350 athletes are registered to compete. Maple-leaf jerseys will be awarded to winners of all categories: women and men masters, junior and under-23, and elite men and women. "We are very excited to cap off our 2018 season with the Canadian Cyclo-cross Championships, to be hosted in Peterboroughs iconic Nicholls Oval Park," said Josh Peacock, Events Manager at Cycling Canada.ADVERTISEMENT "This year will be the first of a two-year commitment from the organizer to bring the event to the region, and we anticipate action-packed racing across all categories. Riders will be entering the weekend looking for redemption following the Pan American Championships, and as a result we expect attendance will be high and competition fierce." Although Rochette is a favourite to win the title, she will face tough competition from former national cyclo-cross champion Catharine Pendrel (Clif Pro Team), two-time Olympic track bronze medallist Jasmin Duehring (Twenty20), Canada Cup champion Jenn Jackson (AWI Racing p/b The Crank and Sprocket), former national cyclo-cross champion Mical Dyck (Naked Factory Racing), Sandra Walter (Liv Cycling) and Commonwealth Games mountain bike bronze medallist Haley Smith (Norco Factory Racing). Ruby West (Specialized Ten Speed Hero) aims to defend her title in the under-23/youth category. Likewise, Van den Ham is a favourite for the men's title, but he will be challenged by 2015 national champion Raphael Gagne (Silverback-OMX) and former five-time winner Geoff Kabush (Yeti Maxxis Shimano). Other podium contenders include Peter Disera (Norco Factory Racing), Andrew L'Esperance (Forward Racing Norco), Marc-Andre Fortier (Pivot Cycles-OTE) and Trevor O'Donnell (Lakeside Storage/Bicycles Plus). Raphael Auclair (Pivot Cycles-OTE) will line up as the defending champion for the under-23 race. Tolkamp to step down as President of Cycling Canada You can read more at More...
Astana sign Colombian domestique for Lopez
November 11, 2018 (02:00) [ Indexed from ]
Astana have signed Colombian rider Hernando Bohrquez from Manzana Postobon as a domestique for their Grand Tour leader, Miguel Angel Lpez. The 26-year-old, who finished 7th in the U23 road race at the 2014 World Championships, has spent the last three years at Manzana Postobon, the Pro Continental team that is a renowned developer of Colombian talent. He rode and finished the Vuelta a Espaa as the team made their Grand Tour debut, while this year he rode a string of races in Spain and France before finishing runner-up at the Tour of Quinghai Lake.ADVERTISEMENT He has effectively been brought to the team by Lpez, with whom he is good friends and trains on a regular basis. "I am grateful to Astana Pro Team for this huge opportunity," said Bohrquez in a statement from the team. "I am very happy and super motivated coming to this fantastic project. I am ready to give my all to help the team in reaching the biggest goals. I hope the new 2019 season will be a very exciting and successful for the whole Astana Team." You can read more at More...
Nairo Quintana to switch trainers for 2019
November 11, 2018 (02:00) [ Indexed from ]
Nairo Quintana(Movistar) will swap coaches next season in an attempt to revive his chances at the Tour de France. Quintana has been on the podium at the Grand Boucle three times but has slipped down the standings in recent seasons. "This year, I have changed trainers, to see if we go much better and we arrive at the Tour de France to do it better," Quintana said according to Argentinian website Ciclismo Internacional. Quintana has been training with Movistar coach Mikel Zabala, who has previously worked with the Spanish national team. Instead, Quintana will start working with incoming directeur sportive Max Sciandri. The British-Italian joins the Movistar set-up after eight seasons with BMC Racing.ADVERTISEMENT Sciandri rode as a professional between 1989 and 2004, competing with teams such as Motorola, Francaise des Jeuz, Lampre and Team CSC. He won the 1992 Tour of Britain and has won three stages of the Giro dItalia as well as a stage of the Tour de France. Quintana has been with Movistar since 2012 and soon made an impression in the Grand Tours with second overall and the mountains classification in his debut Tour de France the following year. He has won two Grand Tours, the 2014 Giro dItalia and the 2016 Vuelta a Espaa. Last season, he attempted the Giro-Tour double but came away with second at the Giro d'Italia and 12th at the Tour de France. He finished 10th at this years Tour, where the team started with three leaders, before going to the Vuelta where he took eighth overall. You can read more at More...
Chris Froome believes he can race for five more years
November 09, 2018 (07:00) [ Indexed from ]
Chris Froome feels he can continue to race for at least five more years, by which point he would be 38. In an interview with Italian newspaperLa Gazzetta dello Sport, the Team Sky rider also claimed that very few riders - "maybe no one" - would be able to handle his training regime. I am convinced that I can keep going for another five years - so up to 38 years old," Froome said. The assertion did, however, come with a condition: "It must be at top level."ADVERTISEMENT Five more years would see Froome compete until then end of 2023 and would give him a career span of 16 years after turning professional in 2008. Froome's current contract with Team Sky runs out at the end of 2020. If he were to continue riding for five more seasons, he would likely have to battle rising star Egan Bernal for the leadership role within Team Sky, the Colombian having recently signed a five-year deal. Froome has already seen his position as sole Tour de France leader toppled by Geraint Thomas this season after the Welshman took his maiden Grand Tour victory at the French race. Froome has been the dominant Grand Tour rider in recent years, having won four Tours de France, a Vuelta a Espana and the Giro d'Italia. This season, he attempted to do the Giro-Tour double. He won the Giro in dramatic style with a long-range attack on the Colle delle Finestre on stage 19. However, he was unable to take a record-equalling fifth Tour de France and finished third overall. You can read more at More...
Fuglsang and coach part ways " News shorts
November 09, 2018 (07:00) [ Indexed from ]
Astana's Jakob Fuglsang will be on the lookout for a new coach after long-time trainer Rune Larsen parted ways with the Kazakh WorldTour team. According to Danish news site, former mountain biker Fuglsang, who goes into his 13th season as a professional road rider in 2019, has worked with Larsen for his whole career, but will face next season without him. "There are some things that the team's management and I don't agree on," Larsen told the website by way of explanation. "I'm annoyed that they want to go in one direction, whereas they're annoyed that I want to go in another. It's therefore best that we part ways, and that it happens without there being any bad blood between us.ADVERTISEMENT "Most teams these days want their riders to use trainers from within the team, which is the case with Astana," continued Larsen. "I think that I could still get some good results out of Jakob, but there are probably others who can, too. And maybe it'll be good for Jakob to try something new, but we won't lose touch. We're still friends, and we'll stay in contact." Fuglsang told Danish broadcaster TV2 yesterday that he intends on targeting the Tour de France next season. 'Safer' course announced for Gent-Wevelgem Tour Down Under director Mike Turtur joins Cycling Australia Hall of Fame New name for Roubaix-Lille Mtropole team You can read more at More...
Verbrugghe: It's a great honour to be the Belgian national coach
November 09, 2018 (07:00) [ Indexed from ]
Belgian Cycling's new men's road coach, Rik Verbrugghe, described being given his new role as "a great honour" at a press conference held at the federation's headquarters in Forest, just outside Brussels, on Thursday. The former professional rider for teams such as Cofidis, Lotto and Quick-Step was announced as the new men's road coach by the Belgian cycling federation on Wednesday, and will take over the coaching of the elite and under-23 riders from December 1. He'll also continue as a sports director with WorldTour team Bahrain-Merida. "As a country, Belgium has always been a leader in the international cycling world," said Verbrugghe, "and that's why I see it as a great honour to be here as the head coach at Belgian Cycling."ADVERTISEMENT He'll be assisted in his role by current national cyclo-cross coach Sven Vanthourenhout, who will work principally with the U23 riders, but will be ready to lend a hand whenever Verbrugghe needs it. "I see this as a great opportunity to broaden my experience as a coach," Vanthourenhout, who attended the recent UCI Road World Championships in Innsbruck, Austria, where the Belgian men's team was led by outgoing national coach Kevin De Weert, told the press. "In Innsbruck, I could see that an extra coach is certainly not a luxury," he said, "and because Rik will still be quite busy in the coming months, I'm ready to help wherever necessary." You can read more at More...
Jolanda Neff and Nino Schurter scoop Swiss awards
November 09, 2018 (07:00) [ Indexed from ]
Jolanda Neff and Nino Schurter were named Swiss Cycling's women's and men's riders of the year at the national federation's gala evening in Zurich on Thursday night. Neff's successful 2018 season included victory in the cross-country at the European Mountain Bike Championships in Glasgow, Scotland, in August " her third European title, having also won in 2015 and 2016 " and the overall UCI Mountain Bike World Cup title, which was also her third overall series win, with titles in 2014 and 2015. Schurter also won the overall World Cup " for the sixth time " and was crowned cross-country mountain bike world champion for the seventh time during his career, and the fourth time in a row, on home soil in Lenzerheide in September.ADVERTISEMENT For both riders, it was their fifth consecutive win at the Swiss Cycling awards, and evidence that Switzerland's cycling strength sits principally off-road for now, with four-time world time trial champion Fabian Cancellara having left a gaping hole in the nation's road cycling success following his retirement at the end of 2016, despite the best efforts of riders such as Groupama-FDJ's Steve Morabito, AG2R La Mondiale's Mathias Frank and BMC duo Michael Schr and Stefan Kng. However, that might all be about to change with the rise and rise of Marc Hirschi on the road, who won both the under-23 World Championship road race title and took victory at the European Championship road race this season. The 20-year-old will step up from the Development Team Sunweb to the elite WorldTour Team Sunweb for 2019, and won the 'up-and-coming' prize at the gala on Thursday evening, with all six members of the successful U23 Worlds team being given an honourable mention for their teamwork in Innsbruck, Austria, that delivered Hirschi to the win. You can read more at More...
Mamykin takes job hunt to social media
November 09, 2018 (07:00) [ Indexed from ]
Former Katusha and Burgos-BH rider Matvey Mamykin has turned to social media in his search for a new team. The 24-year-old Russian spread word by Twitter this week that he's still looking for a team for next season. "Hey everyone! Unfortunately havent find a team yet, but still looking," Mamykin wrote in the post. "Better to try it here than surrender. So, if anyone is interested, please contact me. Will be grateful for any help or repost, guys!" Mamykin broke his pelvis in a crash during stage 19 of the 2017 Vuelta a Espaa while riding for Katusha-Alpecin. He spent four days in hospital, with the injury and subsequent long recovery ending his season.ADVERTISEMENT He returned with Spanish Pro Continental team Burgos-BH for 2018, but theseason was a bust for the young Russian. He managed just 11 race days, dropping out of every event he entered, the last being theVuelta Asturias Julio Alvarez Mendo in Spain on April 24. In an email to Cyclingnews, Mamykin said that although he had recovered enough from his 2017 Vuelta crash to train hard this season, the pain in his pelvis would return each time he tried to race. "When I first got on my bike after the fall, I had pain, but over time the pain went away and I began to train more powerfully.But when I returned to the races, the injury again started to make discomfort,"Mamykin said. " Matvey Mamykin (@MatveyMamykin) November 6, 2018 You can read more at More...
Tafi says he's found a team for 2019
November 09, 2018 (07:00) [ Indexed from ]
Italian Andrea Tafi has taken another step toward fulfilling his goal of competing in Paris-Roubaix 20 years after his victory there in 1999. The 52-year-old said this week that he has signed with a team that could gain entry into the French spring Monument. Tafi told Het Laaste Nieuwshe was not yet able to name which team he had signed with, but the announcement should follow in the coming weeks. Tafi went public with his plan last month and initially approached Patrick Lefevere, general manger of the Quick-Step Floors team where Tafi rode during the most successful part of his career, about a ride for the 2019 season. Lefevere encouraged Tafi's idea, which he called "beautiful," but he didn't offer the Italian a spot on his team.Tafi now says he found a team that offered him the opportunity.ADVERTISEMENT "But I still cannot say which team it is," Tafi said, according to Het Laatste Nieuws. "Everyone says I'm crazy, but I do not think I am in my heart. I know how hard it is, I'm training and I'm going to see what's going to happen. It will be difficult, but it's something I absolutely want to do - it's something no one has ever done in cycling history." Tafi retired after the 2005 Paris-Roubaix having notched 30 career victories, including the Tour of Flanders, Il Lombardia and Paris-Roubaix. He still competesin masters events in Tuscany, and he said he's looking for a unique way to turn back the clock and celebrate the 20th anniversary of his Paris-Roubaix win. Tafi runs a cycling clothing business and a holiday rental business 'Il Borghetto' with apartments named after the races he won. It leaves him with time to train and take his 20th anniversary celebrations seriously. He has ridden a number of masters races and gran fondos this year, even taking part in a UCI-sanctioned road race in Hungary in July. You can read more at More...
Mortensen, Carbel reportedly sign with Riis' Team Waoo
November 09, 2018 (07:00) [ Indexed from ]
The Virtu Cycling organisation is set to announce the renewal of the title sponsor of its men's Continental Team Waoo and new signings, according to the Danish news site According to the report, the team will announce next week that internet providers Waoo have extended their title sponsorship, and the squad will have 10 riders, bringing in Martin Mortensen from the Riwal CeramicSpeed squad and Michael Carbel from Fortuneo-Samsic.They also plan to announce renewals with Rasmus Guldhammer, Andreas Hyldgaard Jeppesen, Johan Langballe and Jesper Schultz. The Virtu Cycling Group was started in 2017 by Bjarne Riis, Lars Seier and Jan Bech Andersen with the aim of developing the team into a feeder squad for a future Danish WorldTour team. In July, the Virtu men's team gained a new title sponsor in Waoo.ADVERTISEMENT The team lost Kasper Asgreen to Quick-Step Floors in a mid-season transfer in April, while Asbjrn Kragh Andersen has signed with Team Sunweb, junior world champion Jakob Egholm went to Hagens Berman Axeon, Mikkel Honore to Quick-Step, Alexander Kamp and Torkil Veyhe to Riwal, and Niklas Larsen and Mathias Krigbaum to ColoQuick. The women's WorldTour squad is not covered by the Waoo sponsorship agreement. You can read more at More...
Fundraiser for family set up after death of Jonathan Cantwell
November 09, 2018 (07:00) [ Indexed from ]
A fundraiser has been established to benefit the children of Jonathan Cantwell, who died this week at the age of 36. The effort aims to raise $50,00 to support Cantwell's two children. Cantwell, who raced with the Jittery Joe's, FlyVAustralia, Saxo Bank and Drapac teams during his career, "lost his battle to mental illness", according to the Go FundMe page,on November 6. "We would like to ask you for your generosity to help us secure some financial stability to his kids during this period of adaptation and mourning. This money will go towards rent, utility bills, education and some much needed psychological support treatment for the kids,"the page states.ADVERTISEMENT In 2017,Cantwell wrote about surviving testicular cancer on his Facebook page, revealing that he had undergone surgery to remove a 4.5cm tumour and went through rounds of chemotherapy before being declared cancer free. Last month, Cantwell recalled the death of his brother on his page: "A year ago today I lost my only brother to mental illness as he followed in my father's footstep. I'm so so sorry I was not there or did not know the pain you were going through for you to make this decision. Your smile, guidance and love is missed more than you could ever imagine. The hole that I and the rest of your family have to live with now is almost unbearable." The GoFundMe post says that part of the funds raised will go to support suicide prevention. You can read more at More...
Former pro Gunnewijk named Dutch women's coach
November 09, 2018 (07:00) [ Indexed from ]
Former Dutch road race and time trial champion Loes Gunnewijk will be national coach of the Dutch national women's team from the start of 2019. Gunnewijk will be the first to hold the position as the Dutch Federation (KNWU) seeks to divide responsibilities for the national squad. Gunnewijk, who took a silver medal in the team time trial at the 2012 World Championships, retired from racing in 2015. She has since completed the UCI's Directeur Sportive diploma course and had a stint with Mitchelton-Scott as a trainee DS. Since 2017, Gunnewijk has been the lead coach for the junior women's team and the assistant para-cycling coach. This new role will allow her to follow her riders from the bottom right to the top of the sport as it will encompass the full age range of riders. "It is great that I am responsible for the entire selection," Gunnewijk said. "This way I can follow the talents even better, I can coach them longer and I can see how they develop. You know what is going on and can continue the talent development through the cooperation with the teams.ADVERTISEMENT "This certainly applies to the junior women, because we have to ensure new growth towards the elite women. At the elite level, we currently have a very nice and strong group and we continue to do what we have been doing for a long time; keep on driving and performing at the championships." The Dutch women's team have been a particularly strong force in cycling over the years with 2018 no difference. While a mistake at the European Championships put paid to a shot at victory, they still came home with a silver medal. There were no such errors at the UCIRoad World Championships as Annemiek van Vleuten claimed her second time trial title and Anna van der Breggen ensured another Dutch clean sweep with her first road race victory. In the past, both the Dutch men's and women's teams have been looked after by the same person. Former rider Thorwald Veneberg was the most recent incumbent, but he has recently stepped up to become the general manager of the KNWU, leaving the position vacant. The men's coach is yet to be confirmed but former Sunweb coach Adriaan Helmantel is rumoured to be taking over the position. You can read more at More...
Mixed Team Relay to be included in 2019 Road European Championships
November 08, 2018 (12:15) [ Indexed from ]
The European Cycling Union (UEC) has announced plans to include the new mixed team time trial relay in next year's Road European Championships. The body says it is looking to put a 'greater emphasis on gender equality' in the coming season. The event will work as an unofficial test event and allow riders and organisers to see it in action ahead of the World Championships in Yorkshire. It was announced in September during a ceremony to unveil the 2019 Road World Championships routes that next years Worlds would feature a team time trial mixed relay. Following the original announcement, UCI president David Lappartient said that they would look into adding the event to the European Championships programme, before adding that he hoped it would be included in future Olympic Games.ADVERTISEMENT The event will replace the current trade team time trial, which was added to the Worlds programme in 2012. It is to be contested by nations and will see a team of three men ride a lap of the 14-kilometre course before passing the metaphorical baton over to a team of three women. The times on the first and second laps will be taken on the second rider to cross the line. However, the exact details of how the handover will happen are yet to be confirmed. The European Championships will take place from August 7th to 11th next year, though a venue has not been announced. The decision to add the mixed team relay to the programme was made during last weekends Cyclo-cross European Championships in s-Hertogenbosch. It is one of a number of new initiatives the UEC hopes to implement over the next four years. "The success of European events over the last few seasons and the UECs active presence alongside its 50 member National Federations confirm that the direction taken is without a doubt the right one," read the statement. "In this respect, on Saturday the board launched a series of initiatives aimed at strengthening cyclings role with a 360-degree approach on the international sports scene." You can read more at More...
Durbridge extends with Mitchelton-Scott until 2020
November 08, 2018 (12:15) [ Indexed from ]
Luke Durbridge is the latest rider to extend his contract with Mitchelton-Scott after penning a new deal with the Australian squad. Mitchelton-Scotts mens team have announced extensions with Sam Bewley, Jack Haig, Damien Howson, and Alex Edmondson in recent weeks. Durbridge has been with the team since their inception in 2012, having been part of owner Gerry Ryans previous venture, Jayco-AIS. "I am really excited to re-sign with Mitchelton-Scott. Our team has changed a lot over the years, we started out with a core group of Australians alongside some Europeans and we were more of a one-day race/Classics style team and we had some great success with that formula," said Durbridge.ADVERTISEMENT "Now were transitioning into a GC team as we saw with the win in the Vuelta and for me I think it really suits my role as a rider, especially in the back end of the season, to support our GC guys to what I hope will be more victories and Grand Tour success." Durbridge started his career on the track and won junior world titles in the Madison and Team Pursuit. His pursuit skills transferred out onto the road and he has twice won Australias national time trial title, in 2012 and 2013. In 2013, he backed that up with the road race title to become the first rider in over a decade to do the double. He has also helped Mitchelton-Scott to four medals in the team time trial at the World Championships. In recent years, the 27-year-old has primarily worked as a support rider for Adam and Simon Yates, and Esteban Chaves. The cobbled Classics have also been a big focus for him and he believes that Mitchelton-Scott have a line-up that can work well in the spring. You can read more at More...
Chris Froome to begin 2019 season in Colombia
November 08, 2018 (12:15) [ Indexed from ]
Chris Froome will begin his 2019 season in Colombia, confirming his presence in the Tour Colombia, which was run for the first time this year under the name Colombia Oro y Paz. New world champion Alejandro Valverde is also provisionally down to ride the six-stage mid-February race. Froome's participation has been on the cards for a number of months, and even during this year's race the Colombian Cycling Federation were talking up their hopes of landing the four-time Tour de France winner for the race's second edition. Froome recently visited Colombia to take part in Rigoberto Urn's mass-participation ride 'Giro de Rigo', and while he was there he paid a visit to the Federation to confirm his presence.ADVERTISEMENT "Hello friends," Froome said in Spanish in a video message. "I'm very happy to confirm my participation in the Tour Colombia, where I'll begin my 2019 season. Many thanks to the Colombian Cycling Federation for the invitation. See you soon." Froome has traditionally opted for a February start to his seasons. This year he began at the Ruta del Sol in Spain, as he did in 2016, while in the two intervening years he was in Australia for the Herald Sun Tour. Froome won the Giro d'Italia this year before finishing third at the Tour behind teammate Geraint Thomas, but he's expected to focus squarely on the Tour in 2019 in a bid to land a record-equalling fifth title. The inaugural edition of the Tour Colombia - the first international professional race in the country - was considered a big success. While the likes of Fernando Gaviria, Nairo Quintana, Egan Bernal, Rigoberto Urn put on a dramatic show in front of huge crowds, the organisers are hoping to attract more big names from outside of Colombia for the second edition. You can read more at More...
Limited transfer movement among cycling's top stars
November 08, 2018 (12:15) [ Indexed from ]
In an article published by L'Equipe on Wednesday about the relatively quiet transfer market among the world's top riders this year, riders' agent Joona Laukka says that it's due to today's UCI WorldTour teams being "more and more structured" and that team leaders are enjoying increased salaries. While the majority of the WorldTour teams play it safe " and L'Equipe points out that Denmark's Michael Valgren is the only rider inside the top 20 of the UCI ranking making a move, transferring from Astana to Dimension Data for next year " a number of French Pro Continental teams, on the other hand, have made big-name signings in preparation for the sweeping changes to come in 2020 in the guise of the UCI reforms. The big exception among WorldTour teams is BMC Racing, who, with their new main sponsor, become CCC Team next season, and lost a number of riders during the time of the team's uncertain future, but have now secured a number of new riders to support team leader Greg Van Avermaet.ADVERTISEMENT The smaller French teams, meanwhile, says Laukka, have been actively trying to bring in big-name riders "such as sprinter Andr Greipel with his move to Fortuneo-Samsic for next year, and Tour of Flanders winner Niki Terpstra, who leaves Quick-Step Floors to join Direct Energie in 2019 "in readiness for the changes that will be introduced by the UCI for 2020. Up for tender in the summer of 2019 will be the 18 WorldTour places for 2020, which the UCI will re-assign to teams based on ethical, administrative, financial, organisational and sporting criteria. That latter criterion will ostensibly mean that teams need some big, winning names on their roster to qualify for WorldTour status, and the popularity of those riders within their ranks will be even more important for the non-WorldTour teams that won't earn an automatic place for the Tour de France, for example, and will have to fight over the remaining wildcard places. You can read more at More...
Mark Cavendish and Peter Sagan to ride Vuelta a San Juan
November 07, 2018 (12:15) [ Indexed from ]
Mark Cavendish and Peter Sagan will be headline names at the 2019 Vuelta a San Juan, it has been confirmed. It will be the first time that the pair have ridden the South American race, having previously ridden the now-defunct Tour de San Luis. "We are happy to confirm it, San Juan sports minister Jorge Chica told Argentinian publication Diario de Cuyo. "The talks have been going on for some months and today, finally, we can confirm that Sagan will be here, giving more prestige to our Vuelta. They are figures that will give [the race] an extraordinary level."ADVERTISEMENT Last month, Sagan told Cyclingnews that he intended on riding the South American race for the first time. He had already been confirmed to start the opening round of the WorldTour Tour Down Under, which he has ridden the past two years. Sagan has previously ridden the Tour de San Luis, most recently in 2016 [the final edition of the race -ed], but it and the Vuelta a San Juan have traditionally clashed with the Tour Down Under. However, there will be no such issues for the Slovakian next year with San Juan set to start a few days later. While the Tour Down Under will take place between January 15 to 20, the Vuelta a San Juan is slated for January 27 to February 3. Cavendish last started his season in South America in 2015, where he won the final stage of the Tour de San Luis. In recent years, the Manxman has opted to begin his year at the Dubai Tour and this will also be the first time in two years that he has begun racing in January. You can read more at More...
Cofidis sign Berhane and release Teklehaimanot
November 07, 2018 (12:15) [ Indexed from ]
Cofidis have signed another WorldTour rider, picking up Natnael Berhane from Dimension Data for the 2019 season. The Eritrean replaces his compatriot and former teammate Daniel Teklehaimanot, who has not received a contract extension. It will be the second spell at a French team for Berhane, who turned pro with Europcar in 2013 and immediately won the Tour of Turkey. In 2015 he joined the South African Dimension Data team - then MTN-Qhubeka - and has ridden the three Grand Tours with the team but hasn't managed to add to his win tally since landing the Eritrean national title in 2015.ADVERTISEMENT "I am the happiest of men because I really wanted to come back and race in France after those two great years with Europcar. Cofidis were on my radar and I didn't hesitate before signing my contract. The team performed strongly throughout the season and finished very strongly, notably at the Vuelta," Berhane said in an announcement from the team. "As I'm an all-rounder, I will have the chance to work for team leaders in the different races, but I will also be able to show myself in the stage races where I have achieved my best results. One thing's for sure, I'm going to give my all for the team and I'm confident about what we can achieve." With the signing of Berhane, Cofidis finalised their 2019 roster with 28 riders. After signing the Herrada brothers from Movistar last year, Berhane joins Darwin Atapuma (UAE Team Emirates), Jesper Hansen (Astana), and Marco Mathis (Katusha-Alpecin) as the latest recruits from WorldTour outfits. Former Sunweb rider Zico Waeytens has also joined from Veranda's Willems-Crelan, while Damien Touz, Filippo Fortin, and Victor Lafay will all turn pro with the team next year. You can read more at More...
Jonathan Cantwell dies aged 36
November 07, 2018 (12:15) [ Indexed from ]
Former professional rider Jonathan Cantwell, who retired at the end of 2014, having ridden for teams including WorldTour team Saxo-Tinkoff, Drapac and US Continental squad Jittery Joe's, has died. The Australian was just 36. Writing in a reaction to a post of condolence by the organisers of the Tour Down Under stage race on Wednesday, former Olympic and world champion track sprinter Anna Meares wrote: "My heart aches heavy to learn that Jonathan Cantwell has died. Love and thoughts with his family and friends and indeed community." Cantwell began his career with US Continental team Jittery Joe's in 2008, and went on to ride for the Fly V Australia Continental team, where he stayed for the next three seasons, competing on the Australian and US circuits.ADVERTISEMENT A sprinter, Cantwell won two stages of the Herald Sun Tour in 2009, and finished 14th in that year's Philadelphia International Championship one-day race in Pennsylvania, in the US, which was won by German sprint star Andr Greipel. Cantwell's true breakthrough came when he signed for Bjarne Riis' Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank outfit for 2012, joining up with Alberto Contador and Rafal Majka, and Australians Luke Roberts and David Tanner. Early in the 2012 season, Cantwell sprinted to two stage victories at the Tour de Taiwan, and was picked to ride that season's Tour de France " the only Grand Tour that he would ride during his career " where he made the most of the opportunity, making it to Paris in 137th place overall, and taking sixth place on stage 4 between Abbeville and Rouen in the bunch sprint, which was again won by Greipel. You can read more at More...
Israel Cycling Academy sign Davide Cimolai from Groupama-FDJ
November 07, 2018 (12:15) [ Indexed from ]
TheIsrael Cycling Academy continue to bolster their 2019 roster with another addition to the sprint train, announcing on Wednesday that they've signed Italian lead-out man Davide Cimolai from Groupama-FDJ. The 29-year-old has five UCI wins to his credit since turning pro in 2010 with Liquigas-Doimo, but he has flourished in the WorldTour most recently as a lead-out man for the likes of Arnaud Demare at FDJand Italian teammate Matteo Trentin, who Cimolai helped deliver to the European Championship road race victory in August. Two of Cimolai's own wins came in Spain at the Volta a Catalunya in 2015 and 2017, and he also took stages at the Tour of Japan in 2016, Paris-Nice in 2015 and the Italian one-dayTrofeo Laigueglia in 2015.ADVERTISEMENT "This is exactly what we need from Davide," team manager Kjell Carlstrom said, adding that the Israel Cycling Academy believe signing Cimolai is a big step in fulfilling their goal of improving the team's sprint results. "Davide is a strong rider who has shown that he can get results himself, but can also support other sprinters," Carlstrom said. "What we like most is that he can do it in hard races "those races when the terrain orthe level of the race and the intensity is very high, like the Classics. It's no secret that we lacked a bit in those races this past season." The Israel Cycling Academy took 15 wins in 2018, in what was the team's second season in thePro Continental ranks. Colombian sprinter Edwin vila started things off with a stage win at the Tour de Taiwan in March, but was then shut out for the rest of the season. You can read more at More...
Lampaert, Cant named top Belgian cyclists for 2018
November 07, 2018 (12:15) [ Indexed from ]
Two-time UCI Cyclo-Cross World Champion Sanne Cant (Corendon-Circus) and Belgian road race champion Yves Lampaert (Quick-Step Floors) took top honours on Tuesday atHet Nieuwsblad's Flandrien awards, naming Belgium's top cyclists for 2018. Despite the name, the awards celebrate the entire nation's riders, and not only those hailing from Flanders, although this year both winners of the two top awards do come from Flanders. Cant won the Flandrienne award for the second consecutive year, having takenher second rainbow jersey in February at the World Championships in Valkenburg, topping a 2017-18 'cross season that saw her also win the European and Belgian championships, the UCI World Cup and the Superprestige series.ADVERTISEMENT Cant topped mountain biker Githa Michiels, track world champion Nicky Degrendele, and road racers Lotte Kopecky and Jolien D'hoore to win this year. "I stood here last year, and I'm super happy that I've succeeded again," Cant said in her acceptance speech, according to Het Nieuwsblad."It was a great year. I'm very proud to have been able to win those three champions' jerseys. I should mention all the people I want to thank, but I can't remember them all. This is the ultimate recognition for cyclo-cross that I'm here winning the Flandrienne tonight." So far in the 2018-19 season, Cant has brought home only two victories among a handful of lesser results. But the reigning world champion said she plans to be back in top form once the World Cup fires up again for round 3 inTabor, in the Czech Republic, on November 17. You can read more at More...
Howson extends with Mitchelton-Scott
November 06, 2018 (12:15) [ Indexed from ]
Damien Howson will remain at the Mitchelton-Scott team until at least the end of the 2020 season after signing a two-year contract extension. The 26-year-old Australian turned professional with the team in 2014 after coming through the Australian Jayco-AIS development set-up and will now take the association to a sixth and seventh year. "I am very happy, I have been with the team now for five years and I think we have a good relationship together and I am learning a lot from what I am capable of doing and also what the team expects in the direction the team has been heading," said Howson.ADVERTISEMENT "I am really happy of being a part of the development of the team and I hope to improve on that in the years to come. I've built a lot of friendships within the team with the staff and riders and I feel that the relationship between every rider is ultimately the importance of having a great team. We are all aiming to achieve our best and grow so over the next two years I am hoping to be a part of the many more successes I am expecting the team to have." Howson won the Herald Sun Tour in 2017 but has found his feet working in the service of others. Mitchelton-Scott have undergone a transformation into a Grand Tour-winning squad, and Howson is developing into an important domestique for the Yates twins and Esteban Chaves. He supported Chaves to podium finishes at the Giro d'Italia and Vuelta a Espaa in 2016 - putting in a noteworthy shift to help unseat Alberto Contador on the final day of the Vuelta - and was part of the squad that won the recent Vuelta with Simon Yates. On top of that he has ridden the Tour de France in the past two seasons. You can read more at More...
Helleland's candidacy for WADA president could be blocked
November 06, 2018 (12:15) [ Indexed from ]
The World Anti-Doping Agency's vice-president, Linda Hofstad Helleland, 41, could be prevented from running for president of WADA by a new proposal that would require candidates to be at least 45 years old. Current WADA president Craig Reedie will step down from his position next year, but has defended the agency's decision to allow the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) to be reinstated to the international sporting arena, having been deemed compliant with the WADA code. Helleland was one of just two members on the WADA executive committee who voted against Russia being reinstated, versus nine members who voted for.ADVERTISEMENT Investigative sports journalist for German broadcaster ARD, Nick Butler tweeted an image of a proposal sent by the Africa Union " the current Chair of WADA's Public Authorities' representatives " to introduce the age limit of 45, among other proposals (published below). In a WADA statement, also published by Butler, WADA confirmed that the proposal had been made, but that it had not been proposed by WADA leadership or management - though they hadn't rejected it. It would, however, be discussed at a meeting of the Public Authorities' representatives on November 13 in Baku, Azerbaijan, the day before the WADA Executive Committee and Foundation Board meetings that take place in Baku on November 14 and 15, where "WADA's requirements concerning the election of the President and Vice-President by the Foundation Board... will be presented to, and discussed by, the Foundation Board on 15 November". Helleland " who is also Norway's Minister of Children and Equality " attended a meeting to discuss the future of anti-doping at the White House in Washington, DC, on October 31, where she joined CEO of the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) Travis Tygart and a number of national anti-doping agencies and athletes. WADA had allegedly not been invited, and Helleland's attendance was seen by some as defying WADA's wishes. " Nick Butler (@NickJMButler) November 2, 2018 You can read more at More...
Sven Vanthourenhout and Axel Merckx rumoured frontrunners for Belgian coaching job
November 06, 2018 (12:15) [ Indexed from ]
Axel Merckx and current Belgian cyclo-cross national team coach Sven Vanthourenhout may share the vacant national road coach role, according to reports in the Belgian press. Het Laatste Nieuws reported on their website on Monday that an arrangement may be made whereby Merckx would look after the pro riders and Vanthourenhout would take care of the amateur and younger riders. The available part-time role as national coach is essentially one of national selector, choosing the riders to represent the nation at road events such as the World or European Championships, and sharing the role might allow both Merckx and Vanthourenhout to continue in their other roles as boss of the Hagens Berman Axeon Pro Continental team in North America and as the national cyclo-cross coach, respectively.ADVERTISEMENT As reported last month, Axel Merckx had said he was "honoured" to be considered for the job, but had reportedly tried to assure the Belgian federation that he'd be capable of continuing to run Hagens Berman Axeon at the same time. Director of Belgian Cycling, Jos Smets, confirmed to Dutch website in October that both Merckx and fellow former pro Peter Van Petegem were "two names on a list of 20" " a long list that may also have included former cyclo-cross pro Vanthourenhout. While talks are still ongoing, according to, Vanthourenhout would continue as the Belgian cyclo-cross coach while also coaching on the road, and would act as an assistant to Merckx when it came to the pro riders. You can read more at More...
Jess Allen: I want to be the best domestique in the world
November 06, 2018 (12:15) [ Indexed from ]
Jess Allen says that she wants to be "the best domestique in the world" for her Mitchelton-Scott teammates in 2019, while continuing to learn and gain experience so that she can one day put herself in a position to win the world's biggest races. Allen will continue with the Australian outfit in 2019, and is looking forward to being of even further help to her teammates later on in races, having already contributed to the team's overall victory at the Giro Rosa in July, along with a number of other WorldTour events this season. "My role in the team the last two seasons has been as a 'worker', and I've loved it," Allen said on the team's website. "We have some of the best riders in the world at Mitchelton-Scott, and I want to be the best domestique in the world for them until I'm strong enough to win races myself.ADVERTISEMENT "I know I may fly under the radar to people who just look at the race results,but I know how hard I workfor the team, and I am proud of that," she continued. "All ofmy teammates are humble winners and always acknowledge me for my hard work after every race, so that's what most important to me." Allen may be waiting for the day that she can take her own chances to win, but her small number of victories so far have been hugely significant. She was the junior time trial world champion in 2011, winning the title in Copenhagen, Denmark, and then won the road race at the 2014 Oceania Championships, while riding for the Jayco/Apollo Victoria Institute of Sport team. She joined what was then Orica-AIS midway through the 2016 season, and continued with the team " then as Orica-Scott " in 2017, when she took a solo victory at the national criterium championshipsat the start of the season. You can read more at More...
2019 La Course changes dates to align with Tour de France stage in Pau
October 28, 2018 (15:30) [ Indexed from ]
La Course by Le Tour de France will change dates from its original July 23 place on the 2019 Women's WorldTour calendar to July 19, so that it aligns with the Tour de France stage held in Pau on the same day. The women will race a hilly circuit race, designed for the puncheurs of the peloton, using the same course as the men's stage 13 individual time trial. "Yes, La Course by Le Tour will take place on July 19th in Pau," a representative of ASO told Cyclingnews on Friday. "It's a classic race (mass-start) not an ITT, and the riders will complete five times the ITT [mens circuit]." The new date will not conflict with the Giro Rosa held from July 5-14, but it will, however, overlap with the UCI 2.1-ranked BeNe Ladies Tour held from July 18-21 in Belgium.ADVERTISEMENT ASO provided limited details about next years La Course race during the presentation of the 2019 Tour de France route at the Palais des Congrs in Paris on Thursday. The women will race along a circuit, the same course as the men's 27km time trial on stage 13, and they will complete five laps for a total of 120km. The route will include a climb over the Cte dEsquillot, making the circuit a challenge but one that could suit the one-day Classics specialists and possibly even the sprinters. You can read more at More...
Nairo Quintana: I didn't fulfill my objectives in 2018
October 28, 2018 (15:30) [ Indexed from ]
Two years ago, when Nairo Quintana(Movistar) met the media immediately after winning the Vuelta a Espaa, the Colombians outlook on the Tour de France, and Grand Tour racing, could not have been more upbeat. As the curtain on the 2019 season begins to twitch - with racing only just completed - Quintana faced another autumn press conference. He again looked ahead towards next July's Tour de France but things were understandably far more contained. Two difficult Tour de France, in 2017 and again in 2018, have undermined Quintana's GC hopes after he had finished on the podium in his previous three participations in 2016, 2015 and 2013. A poor Vuelta a Espaa this autumn, with a three-week media soap opera featuring Movistar's leadership question as its main story line, further emphasised the question marks over what the Colombian can still achieve. Quintana preferred to pull no punches when it came to talking to the media in Movistar's team meeting in Pamplona this Friday.ADVERTISEMENT "I havent fulfilled all my objectives this year, and if that doesnt work out, it seems like youve done nothing all season," Quintana, who won stages in the Tour de France and Tour de Suisse this season said. "But I wasnt missing in action, I was there, fighting away, sometimes better and sometimes worse. What's clear is that this was not my best year and not what we hoped for. "I lacked that spark in the Tour and Vuelta. I had a crash in the Tour, which affected me, and I still have some lasting effects of that, but we were always thinking about the Tour." Against power metre racing You can read more at More...
CCC Team to target stage wins at the 2019 Tour de France says Van Avermaet
October 28, 2018 (15:30) [ Indexed from ]
Greg Van Avermaet says that CCC Teams main priority at next years Tour de France will be to secure stage victories. The Belgian also believes that the lack of a general classification leader will allow the team to race more attractively. With Polish shoe and bag manufacturer CCC taking over as title sponsor from BMC for the 2019 season, there has been an abundance of changes in the team's roster. At present, only seven of the 23 confirmed riders come from this years crop at BMC Racing. Despite an offer sent to Geraint Thomas, the team wont have a Grand Tour contender. Richie Porte has signed with Trek-Segafredo, while Rohan Dennis is joining Bahrain-Merida and Tejay van Garderen will ride for EF Education First.New signings include Dutch veteran Laurens ten Dam, Stefan Denifl, Serge Pauwels and sprinter Jakub Mareczko.ADVERTISEMENT Van Avermaet said that he enjoyed riding for the teams leader Richie Porte in the past but believes the new team can step up to the plate even without an overall contender at the Tour de France. He was part of the BMC Racing team that won the team time trial in this year's Tour de France, going on to defend the yellow jersey for seven days. I think that we'll be able to go more on the attack and being attractive in the race but it can also be good for me to have a different strategy, Van Avermaet said in Paris following the unveiling of the 2019 Tour de France route. In the Classics, I have no problem with [being the leader] but in the Tour it is different, I cannot perform over three weeks like a GC guy. I think that it is important to win stages to support the team and to win by myself. Eyeing more stage victories You can read more at More...
Bewley stays with Mitchelton-Scott for two more years
October 28, 2018 (15:30) [ Indexed from ]
Sam Bewley has signed with Mitchelton-Scott for another two years, staying with the team through 2020. The New Zealand domestique has been with the Australian WorldTour team since it was established in 2012. Ive been a part of this team since the beginning when we were a team just trying to find our feet all the way through to monument victories and Grand Tour podiums, the 31-year-old said when the team confirmed his contract extension. The way this team operates and has progressed together as group is something that is close to my heart.ADVERTISEMENT Mitchelton-Scott currently has 22 riders signed for the coming year and will again target the Grand Tours with Simon and Adam Yates and Esteban Chaves, while European champion Matteo Trentin leads the Classics squad. Newcomers including Brent Bookwalter and Tsgabu Grmay, young Italian sprinter Edoardo Affini, Rob Stannard and Callum Scotson from the Mitchelton-Bike Exchange development team, plus Dion Smith and Nick Schultz from Wanty- Groupe Gobert and Caja Rural. Riders leaving the team include sprinter Caleb Ewan and Roger Kluge, both of whom are joining Lotto-Soudal. You can read more at More...
'An astonishing lack of understanding' - WADA President hits back at MPCC
October 28, 2018 (15:00) [ Indexed from ]
World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) President Craig Reedie has issued a staunch response to the Movement for Credible Cycling (MPCC) after the group called for his resignation in a fiercely critical open letter. The MPCC, a voluntary association of teams who sign up for additional anti-doping measures, wrote to Reedie this week and complained of what it perceived as failures at WADA over issues including the Chris Froome salbutamol case, tramadol, the Russia scandal, and Operacin Puerto. In a letter addressed to MPCC President Roger Legeay and published by the BBC's Sport Editor Dan Roan, Reedie wrote: "Let me be clear from the outset, as president of WADA, I fully intend to lead the anti-doping movement until the end of my second term next year. That is the extent of my mandate and at that stage I will be happy to pass on the leadership of the organisation to my successor on December 31, 2019, full in the knowledge that it is stronger and more effective now than it has ever been throughout its 20-year existence."ADVERTISEMENT Reedie then addressed each of the MPCC's complaints individually. With regards to Froome, who returned an adverse analytical finding for salbutamol at last year's Vuelta a Espaa before being cleared on the eve of this year's Tour de France, he rejected claims that WADA was 'in contradiction with its own rules'. "WADA remains convinced that the UCI reached the correct and fair outcome in what was a very complex case," Reedie wrote. "Your efforts to over-simplify it, without having knowledge of the voluminous file of the case and both the scientific and legal challenges it raised, demonstrate an unfortunate attempt to cast a shadow on WADA's credibility and an obvious refusal to accept the reality of what happened." As for Operacin Puerto, the blood doping scandal that dates back to 2006, Reedie insisted WADA "has done everything possible to date from a legal standpoint and in every other way". The MPCC had labelled the case, in which many clients of disgraced doctor Eufamiano Fuentes remain unidentified, as "a debacle". You can read more at More...
Sastre's Tour de France win commemorated on 10th anniversary
October 28, 2018 (15:00) [ Indexed from ]
Carlos Sastre was honoured on the 10th anniversary of his Tour de France victory with a ceremony in his home town of El Barraco, where the local sports facilities were renamed 'The Carlos Sastre Sports Complex'. The Spaniard won the Tour in 2008, beating Cadel Evans and Bernard Kohl to the top step of the podium. It was the crowning achievement of his career. This year marks 10 years since the victory, and celebrations were held on Saturday in the small town of El Barraco, in the province of Avila, west of Madrid.ADVERTISEMENT Five-time Tour champion Miguel Indurain, who handed the Vlo d'Or trophy to Alejandro Valverde on Friday, was present, as were fellow former yellow jersey winners Pedro Delgado (1988) and Federico Bahamontes (1959). Also among the hundreds of locals were Spanish national coach Javier Minguez and former team director Manolo Saiz. A ceremony was held at the town hall before moving to the sports complex to unveil the two pillars that now mark the entrance, one bearing his name and the other his face. Tras la recepcin a la comitiva en el Ayuntamiento de El Barraco, cuna de destacados ciclistas, la amplia comitiva dirigi a pie hasta las inmediaciones de la Ciudad Deportiva del municipio, que a partir de este sbado lleva el nombre de Carlos Sastre. You can read more at More...
Unzue: You can't write off Nairo Quintana
October 28, 2018 (15:00) [ Indexed from ]
Movistar team manager Eusebio Unzu has recognised that 2018 has been a difficult season for Spain's only WorldTour squad, but insisted that "apart from in the Grand Tours, the team have raced well". In terms of wins, Movistar have had four fewer victories than in 2017, dropping from 31 to 27. Alejandro Valverde's World Championships victory - albeit with the Spanish national squad - has, however, helped considerably to put a shine on the year. As Unzu put it, "it kind of saved the season for us."ADVERTISEMENT On another plus side, there was a big win in Paris-Nice for Marc Soler and a repeat victory in the Volta a Catalunya with Valverde. His failure to win two races he has dominated in recent years, Lige-Bastogne-Lige or Flche Wallonne this spring, was another setback. But as Valverde himself pointed out, those defeats have to be placed in the context of his comeback from a bad injury last July and, having trained very hard over the winter to regain top condition, he acknowledged that "by the end of April I was beginning to come up short". 2018 was the first time since 2011 that Movistar have failed to make it onto a single Grand Tour podium. Much of the media criticism for that under-achievement fell onto the shoulders of Nairo Quintana, who was top of the team's three GC leaders in the Tour de France but crashed and finished 10th, then was 8th in the Vuelta after ceding leadership to fifth-placed Valverde. Unzu nonetheless insisted in a team meeting in Navarre on Friday that his confidence in the Colombian remains intact for 2019. You can read more at More...
Lifetime ban reduced for former USPS doctor Del Moral
October 28, 2018 (15:00) [ Indexed from ]
The United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) wrapped up six years of wrangling over the anti-doping violations by Lance Armstrong's US Postal Service teams, reducing a lifetime ban for Spanish physician Dr Luis Garcia del Moral to just five years for his cooperation in a case against former manager Johan Bruyneel. USADA announced the reduction on Friday, which came as the result of an agreement with del Moral to give truthful testimony in an appeal by the World Anti-Doping Agency's (WADA) of USADA's decision to impose a 10-year ban on Bruyneel. The Court of Arbitration for Sport decided this week that the suspension was not sufficient, and issued a lifetime ban on the Belgian's involvement in sports, in part due to Del Moral's statements that Bruyneel was involved in doping riders.ADVERTISEMENT USADA CEO Travis Tygart hailed the decision, claiming that Bruyneel and his fellow litigants Dr.Pedro Celaya and trainer Jose Mart "pulled out every trick to avoid the truth" and "continued, even at the hearing and even in the face of overwhelming evidence to the contrary, to present a false narrative." The anti-doping case began in 2010 with emails sent by former team member Floyd Landis, who brought the team's doping activities to the attention of USA Cycling and the UCI. Lance Armstrong was the subject of a subsequent federal investigation into the allegations, but the inquiry was closed without indictment. USADA picked up where the feds left off, obtaining witness statements from numerous former riders, including anti-doping rule violation confessions from Michael Barry, Tom Danielson, Tyler Hamilton, George Hincapie, Levi Leipheimer, Christian Vande Velde and David Zabriskie - all of whom received lenient six-month, off-season suspensions for their cooperation in October, 2012. Bruyneel doping admissions You can read more at More...
Pinot to target Tour de France in 2019 and likes the route
October 28, 2018 (15:00) [ Indexed from ]
Thibaut Pinot is set to make the Tour de France his number one priority next year, and the Frenchman has reacted positively to the route for the 2019 edition, which was unveiled in Paris on Thursday. Pinot finished third at the Tour in 2014 but struggled in the subsequent two editions and for the past two seasons he has made the Giro d'Italia his target Grand Tour. In 2017 he rode the Tour but without a GC focus, while this year he was absent entirely in order to fully recover from pneumonia that knocked him out of the Giro on the penultimate day After a late-season spree that has seen him win two stages at the Vuelta a Espaa, along with a first Monument victory at Il Lombardia, Pinot is more confident than ever. Despite Il Lombardia and the other autumn classics reaffirming his love for Italy, he is ready to target the Tour de France once again.ADVERTISEMENT "Thibaut won't do the Giro - that's for sure," said Groupama-FDJmanager Marc Madiot at the Tour route presentation, according to L'Equipe. "He will only do the Tour." There was plenty to whet Pinot's appetite in a route that heavily favours the climbers over the rouleurs. There are just 55 kilometres against the clock, while there three big mountain stages apiece in the Pyrenees and Alps, with numerous cols above the 2000-metre mark. And then there's the first of the five summit finishes, at La Planche des Belles Filles on stage 6, which is something of a home climb for Pinot, who lives on the edge of the Vosges range. You can read more at More...

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