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Dennis takes second Grand Tour lead of career in 2017 Vuelta
August 19, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
A little more than two years after he won the opening stage of the 2015 Tour de France in Utrecht, Rohan Dennis (BMC Racing) has returned to the overall lead of another Grand Tour in the 2017 Vuelta a Espaas first team time trial. South American climber Darwin Atapuma led the Vuelta for BMC Racing last year for four days, and BMC won the opening team time trial in the somewhat-controversial opening stage of the 2015 Vuelta as well, with Peter Velits taking the first red jersey of the race. But for Dennis, after his setback at the Giro dItalia this May when injuries forced him to quit what was his big GC target of the season, leading the Vuelta a Espaa from the get-go represents the strongest of returns to Grand Tour racing.ADVERTISEMENT The first Australian, too, to lead the Vuelta since Michael Matthews back in 2014, Dennis insisted that he is not fighting for the overall in the Vuelta a Espaa as an initial goal, saying he is going for stage wins. But he qualified that a little by pointing out that if he is in a good position on GC, as he is now, hes hardly going to step on the brakes. Describing his season objectives, he said, It was always about the Giro for GC and the Vuelta is for stages. But in saying that, the first stage is in Andorra and Im going good there, Im not going to sit up. Im going to fight for a stage win. But if it doesnt work out, it doesnt matter. As for todays stage, speaking before the win, the 27-year-old Australian said, It was a hard course, very technical to start and we really had to tactically figure out if it was better to finish with nine or drop a few beforehand. It tested everything, it tested strength, technique, speed and handling. You can read more at More...
Froome satisfied with Skys team time trial start to Vuelta a Espana
August 19, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Team Skys opening salvo in the Vuelta a Espaa did not see the British team repeat their 2016 team time trial win, but Chris Froome has already carved out a respectable advantage on some of his key rivals. On the downside, BMC Racing Team are ahead of Sky by nine seconds. Team Sunwebs Warren Barguil pulled out a surprisingly strong performance to edge three seconds up on the British team, and Quick-Step Floors, led by GC outsider David De La Cruz, are also three seconds ahead. However, there are many plus points for Froome on what was a short, technical team time trial, with a 22-second advantage on Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida), touted as his freshest rival, 26 seconds on Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafredo), and a hefty 32 seconds on Fabio Aru (Astana). Most importantly of all, perhaps, Froome has gained 37 seconds on Romain Bardet (AG2R La Mondiale), third in the Tour de France.ADVERTISEMENT Skys team time trial performance was always consistent, even if their time, six seconds down at the mid-way point on BMC Racing, made it unlikely they would actually win. Froome himself put in some big turns as Sky came into the finishing straight with five riders, the minimum required, but enough to ensure that the British team completed the course collectively in good shape. As reporters approached him at the finish, Froome wheeled quickly round before delivering one quick comment to the media and then heading to the Sky team bus. Its a good start for us, Froome said. OK, its not the stage victory, but we put in a very solid ride. You can read more at More...
Vuelta a Espana: Every day an opportunity for Cannondale-Drapac
August 19, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
For Cannondale-Drapacs sport director Tom Southam and his riders, the Vuelta a Espaa is not about cycling; its all about rugby. More or less. For them, its about picking up the ball and running with it, Southam tells Cyclingnews, this being the directors metaphor for how his team has to take the opportunities in the Vuelta the instant they come up, and use them to the best of their abilities. He points out that the team have no major GC ambitions this year, after Andrew Talansky, fifth last year, suffered a knee problem following the Clsica San Sebastian and Davide Formolo, ninth, came down with bronchitis after the Tour de Pologne.ADVERTISEMENT Weve no major initial GC ambitions, which means every day is an opportunity. Thats how we raced the Giro dItalia, at the start, and Davide Formolo ended up doing well. It was how we started racing the Tour, up to a point, and things built from there [all the way to second overall for Rigoberto Uran - Ed.]. If we could get a stage win, say, in all three major Tours, that would be amazing. Amongst those options for a stage win is Belgiums Tom Van Asbroeck, already with several top 10 places at the Vuelta back in 2015, whom Southam believes could have a chance in the Vuelta sprints. After a weeks racing here, the sprints start to change pretty fast, and Tom could still be there on some of those hilly stages. Look at how well [Orica-Scotts] Magnus Cort Nielsen did last year - winning two sprint stages in the third week - and with all due respect, hes not a top drawer sprinter. However, a lot of Cannondale-Drapacs ambitions will centre around their Grand Tour debutants - Tom Scully, Brendan Canty, Will Clarke and Toms Skujins. You can read more at More...
Coquard confirmed as leader of new Vital Concept team
August 17, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Former French rider Jrme Pineau has confirmed Vital Concept as a title sponsor of his new Professional Continental team and announced Bryan Coquard as team leader, with the goal to secure a wild card invitation to the 2018 Tour de France. Pineau has been working on the team for several months and has an estimated budget of 6 million. He has signed 15 riders and will hire a further five riders to complete the teams 20-rider roster. Vital Concept is a retailer of agricultural and gardening products. It sponsored the Fortuneo team until this years Tour de France but split to join forces with Pineau. The Fortuneo team secured Oscaro as a second sponsor and has signed Warren Barguil for 2018. Both teams are based in Brittany, with Vital Concept working with the VC Pays de Loudac, one of the strongest teams in Brittany when it comes to developing young riders.ADVERTISEMENT The creation of the Vital Concept team means there will be five French Professional Continental teams fighting for the expected four wild card invitations to the Tour de France, though the reduction to eight-man teams in 2018 potentially affords ASOsome leeway to award a fifth wild card. We want to start winning as soon as possible, Pineau said during the official presentation of the team at the Vital Concept offices in Loudac. We hope to take part in the biggest race and our goal is to be at the 2018 Tour de France. Coquard joins as team leader after a difficult divorce from the Direct Energie team. He told Jean-Rene Bernaudeau that he wanted to quit the Vendee-based squad in the spring and was not selected for the Tour de France. You can read more at More...
Contador Foundation to manage Trek-Segafredo development team
August 17, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Alberto Contadors post-career legacy is beginning to take shape, and his longstanding foundation will take on the management of a Trek-Segafredo development squad. The team will race at Continental level and has secured three-year sponsorship from clothing company Polartec and food company Kometa. Contadors former teammate and directeur sportif at Trek-Segafredo, Ivan Basso, will be the manager of the team, while Contadors brother Fran will look after the administrative management. Contador, who will finally hang up his racing wheels after the forthcoming Vuelta a Espana, set up his foundation five years ago with the express intent of developing young talent and this, says the 34-year-old, is a further step towards that. "What has united Ivan and me in this project is the dream of giving back to cycling a little of everything that it has given us, said Contador. We are convinced that by joining forces we can do much more to help young people to reach a professional level.ADVERTISEMENT Thanks to Polartec and Kometa, along with the fundamental support of Trek-Segafredo, where I feel like at home, the Alberto Contador Foundation, directed by my brother Fran, takes a very important step and adds a continental team to the existing school and the junior and U23 teams, which will continue to form the young riders in the values embodied in cycling: teamwork, solidarity, perseverance and sacrifice." The team will, the press release says, "aim to offer an opportunity for professional training for young people from both the Contador Foundation and other European and world schools." It will be based in Pinto, the headquarters of the foundation and the hometown of Contador and they will, of course, ride on Trek bikes and will receive support from the Trek Factory Racing set-up. As well as being based in Pinto, the teams second home will be in Bormio, where they will complete many of their team training camps. "This team is the realisation of a professional dream that Alberto and me have matured for a long time, after sharing many experiences as cyclists and friends, said Basso, who has already been working in a developmental role at Trek-Segafredo. We wanted to create something together, and I am happy and proud to have achieved this thanks to the support of Trek-Segafredo, who for a year has given me the responsibility to follow the young talent linked to its team. You can read more at More...
De la Cruz signs for Team Sky
August 17, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
David de la Cruz will join fellow Spaniard Jonathan Castroviejo in the colours of Team Sky next season. De la Cruz, who is set to lead Quick-Step Floors at the Vuelta a Espana this month, had been heavily linked with the British WorldTour team. Im excited to be joining the team. Ive really enjoyed my time at Quick-Step but I definitely feel that, at this point in my career, Team Sky is the best place for me to progress and to be the best rider I can be, De la Cruz said in a press release issued by Team Sky. I think the team understand my skills as a rider and what I can offer to the team, so Im really happy to be joining Team Sky and I am looking forward to this new challenge. De la Cruz has long been seen as a stage race contender with plenty of potential.ADVERTISEMENT After turning professional with Caja Rural in 2010, he moved to NatApp-Endura for two years later before he was snapped up by Quick-Step Floors in 2015. After enduring a lot of bad fortune at Grand Tours, De la Cruz made his breakthrough at last years Vuelta a Espana, where he won stage 9 and finished seventh overall. He will ride this years Vuelta a Espana with Quick-Step floors despite changing teams next season. This season, De la Cruz has taken stage wins at Paris-Nice and the Vuelta al Pais Vasco. Illness hampered the middle part of his season but he returned with a successful Vuelta a Burgos where he finished third behind Team Skys Mikel Landa and his teammate Enric Mas. With several riders leaving for other teams, including Landa, Mikel Nieve and Peter Kennaugh, De la Cruz is an important signing for the teams Grand Tour line-up. He is another really versatile rider who can perform a lot of roles, but he climbs very well and he has had some excellent results on really tough mountain stages, like at the Vuelta a Espana and at Paris Nice. Im sure he will fit straight in at Team Sky, said Team Sky coach Xabi Artexte. Focusing on the Vuelta with Quick-Step floors You can read more at More...
Castroviejo joins Team Sky from Movistar for 2018
August 17, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Team Sky have confirmed the signing of current Spanish national time trial champion Jonathan Castroviejo as the British WorldTour team continues to strengthen its stage racing roster for 2018, when Chris Froome will target a fifth Tour de France victory. Team Sky has extended contracts with Chris Froome, Michal Kwiatkowski, Geraint Thomas and key domestique Christian Knees in recent weeks but had still to reveal its new signings for 2018 after Pete Kennaugh joined Bora-Hansgrohe, Mikel Nieve moved to Orica-Scott, Ian Boswell switched to Katusha-Alpecin and Elia Viviani was allowed to transfer to Quick-Step Floors despite another year on his contract. Castroviejo is Team Skys first new signing, with news of the arrival of David de la Cruz quickly following. Team Sky and Castroviejo agreed a deal during the Tour de France but waited until today to make it official. The 30-year-old from Getxo, has spent the last six seasons with Movistar, where he helped Nairo Quintana win the 2014 Giro dItalia, and the 2016 Vuelta a Espana. He was also the 2016 European time trial champion and finished third in the time trial 2016 Road World Championships. All his eight career victories have come in time trials, making him a key rider for Grand Tours that include team time trails.ADVERTISEMENT Everybody knows the strength in the team, and how important the spirit between the riders is to the teams success. Im really looking forward to being part of that, bringing my own experience and learning new things, Castroviejo said in a statement from Team Sky. I have been part of Grand Tour winning teams in the past and I want to do that again in the future. Im happy to be taking this next step with Team Sky. Spanish Team Sky coach Xabi Artexte highlighted Castroviejos versatility as a rider. You can read more at More...
Quintana confirms he will stay at Movistar and target 2018 Tour de France
August 17, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Nairo Quintana has played down reports of tension withMovistarby confirming he will target the Tour de France with the Spanish team in 2018. Since falling short in his bid to win the Giro-Tour double - he placed second at the Giro and 12th at the Tour - there have been reports of a falling out between the Colombian climber and Movistar management. Quintana's father went as far as claiming the team were burning out his son, and the arrival of Mikel Landa for 2018 was also cited as causing tension. Last week Italian sports newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sportclaimed that Quintana was "on the market" after a falling out with Movistar and team manager Eusebio Unzue, with his agent Giuseppe Acquadro contacting several teams and requesting a total of 6 million for Quintanas contract and the fee to break his existing deal with Movistar. That was denied by Acquadro but Movistars reluctance to comment and Quintanas silence only fuelled suspicions of a falling out. Quintana finally took to Twitter to clarify his future, as well as to confirm that he will be part of the Colombian team for the World Championships in Bergen, Norway at the end of September. Quintana won the 2016 Vuelta a Espana but will not defend his title.ADVERTISEMENT Quintana posted a photo of himself in Movistar colours and wrote: My next event will be the @bergen2017 worlds. In 2018 Ill be with the @Movistar_Team by @LeTour. On Tuesday, the Movistar team announced the arrival of Landa, with Unzue confirming that Quintana has a contract with Movistar until 2019. Landa is expected to be team leader for the Giro dItalia and Vuelta a Espana in 2018, while Quintana focuses on the Tour de France. " NairoQuinCo (@NairoQuinCo) August 16, 2017 You can read more at More...
Dombrowski to lead Cannondale-Drapac at the Vuelta a Espana
August 17, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
The Cannondale-Drapac team have confirmed its final nine-rider roster for the Vuelta a Espaa as riders arrive in Nimes, France for Saturday's opening team time trial. Joe Dombrowski will lead the US-registered WorldTour team with Davide Formolo a late withdrawal after coming down with bronchitis. Andrew Talansky will also miss the Spanish Grand Tour. Also in the Cannondale-Drapac line-up are road captain Simon Clarke, Brendan Canty, Will Clarke, Thomas Scully, Toms Skujins, Tom Van Asbroeck, Davide Villella and Mike Woods. Will Clarke will replace Formolo after recently riding the Colorado Classic race in the USA. "The average age in our team is 27 years. It's probably not the youngest team at the start, but I think we do bring the team with the most rookies," said sport director Juanma Garate. "Not only do we have four riders racing their first Grand Tour, but we have another two riders who have only ever done one Grand Tour in their careers.ADVERTISEMENT "We want to continue with the attitude that we showed as a team during this season, specifically in the Giro and the Tour. Of course we don't have high GC ambitions, but we do want to win a stage as we did in the Giro and the Tour de France." Formolo, who recently confirmed he would move to Bora-Hansgrohe in 2018, had been training for the Vuelta a Espana at altitude in Italy but came down with a fever at the weekend and then was struck by bronchitis. He has not raced since the Criterium du Dauphine in June, following his tenth place overall at the Giro d'Italia. He was expected to be one of Cannondale-Drapac's protected riders for the overall classification at the Vuelta a Espana but will now take some time to full recover and then target the series of one-day races in Italy. Cannondale-Drapac have enjoyed successful Grand Tour racing this season with Pierre Rolland winning a stage at the Giro d'Italia and Formolo finishing tenth overall. Rigoberto Uran finished second overall at the Tour de France, just 54 seconds behind Chris Froome (Team Sky), with the Colombian also winning the testing mountain stage to Chambery. Dombrowski rode the Giro d'Italia in May and will tackle his second Grand Tour of 2017. He is well suited to the mountainous route of the 2017 Vuelta a Espana and will no doubt also target stage victories along with Clarke, Woods, Scully and Skuijns, who proved he has recovered from the concussion he suffered at the Tour of California by riding aggressively at the Tour de Pologne. You can read more at More...
inCycle: Bennett on his WorldTour debut
August 17, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
InCycle goes inside the UCIWomen's WorldTour at the Crescent Vrgrda, where Swedish rider Emilia Fahlin welcomes her competitors to her home country as defending champion. Sam Bennett (Bora-Hansgrohe)talks about his debut in the WorldTour and his difficultGiro d'Italia, and Sonny Colbrelli shows us the special features of his Merida Reacto. Fahlin describes the joy of racing in her home of Sweden, and what it felt like to win it last year. "It was something unbelievable really because Ive done this race since I was young and I always come back to this village to do the race,"Fahlin says. "You feel like youve given them a Swedish winner last year which for them was a bit special." Bennett describes his first year in the WorldTour and coming into the Giro d'Italia with high hopes only to be struck by a virus before the race started. "Looking back at my Giro d'Italia, in all I think it was pretty good. I had a virus the first week and I lost a lot of my top end. I was pretty disappointed about that but I kind of handle the situation well, I went back in, trying to get the best result possible and stage 13 when I look to that, I don't know if I would changed much,"Bennett said.ADVERTISEMENT Colbrelli has been enjoying the new Reacto that his Bahrain-Merida team rolled out at the Tour de France. "I have been using the Reacto since the beginning of the season, since Bahrain Merida gave it to me, and I immediately liked it because I am an all rounder and this bike suits me perfectly. Now with this new framework, this new bike, they have made a big step forward,"Colbrelli said. Subscribe to the Cyclingnews YouTube channel. You can read more at More...
Haussler returns in EuroEyes Cyclassics - News Shorts
August 17, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Australian-German Heinrich Haussler will make a long-awaited return to competition at the EuroEyes Cyclassics in Hamburg on Sunday. The Bahrain-Merida rider is hoping for one final shot to save his career, knowing that how he performs in the race is key to his future. Haussler had double knee surgeries this year, but after his months-long layoff, he's ready and eager to race again. "Of course I am crazily excited but also ready for this race in Hamburg," Haussler said. "It's something I've really been working for since the last operation. I'm in good shape and I've done some hard rides this week just to test my knee and see if I'll be ready to ride in race conditions and it has been good. So I am super confident and excited to be out there again with the boys." Directeur sportif Harald Morscher is expecting a sprint and is looking to his Italian fast men Sonny Colbrelli and Niccolo Bonifazio for results.ADVERTISEMENT "This race was won mostly from sprinters in the last years. For sure it will be a hard race and long, with its 220 km. Our strategy is very simple: we won't just fight for a breakaway, king of the mountain or anything else " we will fight for the win," Morscher said. "With Colbrelli and Bonifazio we have 2 excellent sprinters in the team and with Haussler, who is coming back from his long recovery, we have the best 'Regiemaster' in our group. He will for sure surprise us all." Bahrain-Merida for the EuroEyes Cyclassics: Yukiya Arashiro, Grega Bole, Niccol Bonifazio, Borut Boic, Sonny Colbrelli, Heinrich Haussler, David Per and Luka Pibernik. BMC behind Drucker for Hamburg The BMC Racing Team says it will be behind Luxembourg's Jempy Drucker for the EuroEyes Cyclassics in Hamburg this weekend. Drucker has shown good form in recent weeks, with a win in the Tour de Wallonie, sixth in RideLondon, and a solid week's work for Greg Van Avermaet in the BinckBank Tour. UAE Team Emirates backs Ferrari Lotto Soudal hires new General Manager You can read more at More...
Aqua Blue Sport name line-up for inaugural Vuelta a Espana
August 17, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Aqua Blue Sport has named the lineup for their inaugural Grand Tour, the Vuelta a Espana, with youth and experience set to make up their starting nine. The Irish team are in their first season and earned a wildcard spot into the Spanish Grand Tour. They have already said this week that their aim is to finish the race with at least a stage victory. US national champion Larry Warbasse headlines the team as their most experienced Grand Tour rider. The 27-year-old has ridden the last three Vueltas a Espana as well as last years Giro dItalia. He took his first WorldTour win earlier this season at the Tour de Suisse and went on to beat Neilson Powless to take victory in the US national championships road race. Former British champion Adam Blythe, Stefan Denifl and Michel Kreder are the three other riders with experience at three-week races. Denifl won the Tour of Austria earlier in the season and should be up there in the breakaways on the more mountainous stages. Blythe will be the teams man for the sprints and will be looking to get his first win on the board in the Vueltas sparse sprint stages, while Kreder is better suited to the lumpy days.ADVERTISEMENT Mark Christian, Conor Dunne, Aaron Gate, Peter Koning and Lasse Norman Hansen are all making their Grand Tour debut at the 2017 Vuelta a Espana. Gate and Hansen both come from a track background with Hansen the omnium Olympic champion from 2012. He stepped up to WorldTour level in 2014, but it will be his first opportunity to test himself at a Grand Tour. Dunne is the only Irish rider on the teams roster, while Christian joins Mark Cavendish and Peter Kennaugh on the list of Manx riders who have competed at a Grand Tour. Tour de San Luis stage winner Koning completes the line-up. Aqua Blue Sport for the Vuelta a Espana: Adam Blythe, Mark Christian, Conor Dunne, Aaron Gate, Peter Koning, Michel Kreder, Lasse Norman Hansen, Larry Warbasse and Stefan Denifl You can read more at More...
Vuelta a Espana set to define Aru's season and future
August 16, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Fabio Aru (Astana) believes he can build on his fifth place at the Tour de France and have a successful Vuelta a Espaa, despite being in the middle of negotiations to decide the next chapter of his career and the team he will ride for in 2018. The 27-year-old has been widely linked to the UAE Team Emirates squad but has also received an improved offer from the Astana team and secured the backing of the Kazakhstani team for the Vuelta. As a consequence, Aru has avoided making any formal announcements about his future and has even publicly thanked Astana. He is focused on winning a second Vuelta, knowing that his success of 2015 taught him a lot about Grand Tour racing.ADVERTISEMENT Aru snatched overall victory from Tom Dumoulin in the 2015 Vuelta when he took the red leaders jersey on the last climb of the last mountain stage to Cercedilla. This year, he faces tougher opposition, with Chris Froome (Team Sky) chasing a rare Tour-Vuelta double, Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafredo) looking to end his career on a high, and Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida), Romain Bardet (AG2R-La Mondiale), Esteban Chaves, Adam Yates and Simon Yates (Orica-Scott) all real contenders for victory. Having won it once gives me an understanding of my chances this year. But, of course, every race is different, Aru told La Repubblica. Well discover exactly how good I am stage by stage, I dont want to make any promises or predictions. I know itll be a tough race, itll be the hardest Grand Tour of 2017, with lots of mountain finishes right from the start, that need short but intense efforts. There arent many big long mountain stages but there are a lot of finishes at 20 per cent. Learning at the Tour, making plans for the future You can read more at More...
Pauwels, Morton and Kudus in Dimension Data team for Vuelta a Espana
August 16, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Serge Pauwels, Omar Fraile and Igor Antonwill lead Dimension Data at the Vuelta a Espaa, while Lachlan Morton makes his Grand Tour debut. Eritreas Merhawi Kudus, so impressive in the opening part of the season, will also be on hand for the final three-week tour of the year. As expected, there is no place in the team for Mark Cavendish. The Manxmanis currently training in Italy and could return at the Tour of Britain although he hasyet to confirm a date for his return to competitive action after he broke his shoulder blade in a finishing straight crash on stage 4 of the Tour de France. Pauwels returns to the Vuelta for the first time since 2013 and heads up Dimension Datas challenge for stage honours at the Vuelta alongside Igor Anton, who has twice finished in the top 10 overall and who crashed out while wearing the leaders red jersey in 2010.ADVERTISEMENT Two-time king of the mountains Omar Fraile will have the freedom to go on the offensive throughout the Vuelta and will look to replicate the stage victory he picked up at the Giro d'Italia in May. Kudus will hope to shine on the summit finishes that punctuate the route. The Eritrean, fourth overall at the Tour of Oman and ninth at the recent Vuelta a Burgos, has targeted the Vuelta since the beginning of the season and was withheld from both the Giro and the Tour. The Vuelta is traditionally a hard race with lots of climbing, that is why we are bringing a lot of climbers to the race, Pauwels said. We have a strong group that can race aggressively and try to hunt for stage wins. I am really looking forward to my second Grand Tour this year. I have taken a short break after the Tour then put in a good training block last week. I hope to take my opportunity as well by picking a stage and trying to get the victory. You can read more at More...
Vuelta a Espana: Quick-Step with De la Cruz, Jungels, Alaphilippe
August 16, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
David de la Cruz will lead Quick-Step Floors general classification bid at the Vuelta a Espaa, with Bob Jungels, eighth overall at the Giro dItalia, set to ride a second Grand Tour in one season for the first time in his career. Julian Alaphilippe, who was forced the miss the Tour de France through a knee injury, has also been named in the Belgian teams nine-man squad, where Matteo Trentin and Niki Terpstra offer further chances for stage wins. De la Cruz impressed at the Vuelta last year, with a stage win, a stint in the leaders jersey, and seventh overall, and he has continued that form into the 2017 season. After stage wins at Paris-Nice and the Vuelta al Pas Vasco, the Spaniard was third overall at the recent Vuelta a Burgos.ADVERTISEMENT We hope to do a good race and be up there when it comes to both stage wins and the general classification. David de la Cruz will set his sights on a good result in the overall standings, and after finishing in the top 10 last year, we believe he can be again among the protagonists, but we will take it one stage at a time and see how the race progresses, said directeur sportif Geert Van Bondt. While De la Cruz is the nominal leader, the team has another strong card to play in the form of Jungels, who has won the white jersey for best young rider at the past two editions of the Giro. He has had a relatively light schedule since finishing eighth overall at the Giro in May, and taking on a second Grand Tour will be seen as part of his development as a general classification rider. Along with De la Cruz, Quick-Step will have a second Spanish talent in their squad, with neo-pro Enric Mas handed his Grand Tour debut. Hopes are high for the 22-year-old, who finished second, ahead of De la Cruz, at Burgos. You can read more at More...
Haig confident of Vuelta a Espana success with Orica-Scott leaders
August 16, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Jack Haig returns to the Vuelta a Espana in 2017 with Orica-Scott confident the Australian team can win the race or place Adam and Simon Yates or Esteban Chaves on the podium. The Australian enters the race off the back of his first WorldTour win at the Tour de Pologne earlier this month and is full of self-confidence and belief in Orica-Scott's ability to hits its targets over the three weeks in Spain. It is his second Grand Tour after also being part of the successful Orica-Scott team that helped Chaves finish third overall at the Vuelta in 2016. "I'm nowhere near as nervous as the first one. I feel a little bit more comfortable both within myself but also within the team and also it is not so much an unknown factor," Haig told Cyclingnews.ADVERTISEMENT "Before you do your first Grand Tour you always hear stories from guys on the team and other guys in the peloton and of course everyone adds a little bit of sugar on top. It is all a bit exaggerated and you get a bit scared with everyone telling the stories behind it. This year I feel quite a bit more comfortable with my role in the team. Last year I came in being a neo-pro and not knowing 100 per cent where I fitted into the team and this year I hope I can slot into the team in a bit more of a certain way. I also feel that my fitness has grown a fair bit." In 2016, Chaves lead the line for Orica-Scott, with Simon Yates in support and sixth overall. In 2017, Adam Yates joins the GC assault and while some teams may struggle with the power balance of three captains, Haig doesn't believe it will be an issue for Orica. "With both the Yateses and Chaves coming to the Vuelta it is interesting. I am going to be interested to see how it plays out and hopefully not have too many chiefs and not enough Indians," he said. The chance to take a win You can read more at More...
Greg Henderson confirms retirement
August 16, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Greg Henderson has formalised his retirement, bringing down the curtains on a career that started on the track. Henderson's last race as a professional came at the Colorado Classic having made the moved to UnitedHealthcare for the final year of his career. A four-time Commonwealth Games medallist on the track, including gold in the 2002 points race, Henderson also won the world Scratch Race title in 2004. By the early 2000's, the New Zealander was focusing more on the road having signed for 7 UP-Maxxis. He moved into the top tier of the sport with T-Mobile before stints with Highroad, Team Sky, and Lotto-Soudal. It was at Lotto-Soudal that Henderson announced himself as one of the best lead out men in the business, helping Andre Greipel numerous Grand Tour stage wins. Henderson will now move into full-time coaching as he announced on his personal website.ADVERTISEMENT "I'm not going to drag this out and go on and on about my cycling career. Instead I'm just going to take the time to thank everyone that made this dream a reality," Henderson wrote. "I would never have thought I would be racing my bike professionally at the highest level in the World for so long. Actually there is no way to predict that and I believe that by ticking boxes each year and striving to be that little bit better every year gave me the drive to keep pushing my level higher and higher. "I can honestly say I wouldn't have got where I am today without the support of Mum and Dad. Every weekend we had the BMX bikes on the Bike Rack from the age of 5 and we were off racing for the next 11yrs. To have parents that invested that much time into the sport that I loved was instrumental. So thanks Mum and Dad. Henderson added that he was forever grateful for the opportunity provided to me to transform into a road rider and enjoy the long career that he has had. "The next Chapter was basically when I decided I needed to see what this Pro Cycling was all about. I had not even heard of the Tour de France. I was more interested in the BMX worlds which I did at the age or 11 for the first time. For a team to take on an athlete from a country with little or no cycling background is a huge gamble. With these countries there is no in between. Its complete success or complete failure. Jeff Corbett was the guy to first take that gamble with me. Much appreciated," he said. "I was still lucky enough to combine my new passion...road racing...with my passion for racing the Velodrome and lucky enough to represent New Zealand in 5 Olympic games, 4 Commonwealth Games and I honestly can't remember how many World Championships. The mix was getting harder and harder though, and to turn myself back into a road cyclist after every track campaign was timely and I have to thank the directors of the teams that I rode for that allowed this transformation to occur. Some pretty rough days being track fit and having to race 180km on the road 1wk later." You can read more at More...
Vuelta a Espana: Unconventional approach for George Bennett
August 16, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
George Bennett's preparation for the Vuelta a Espana has been less than ideal having spent moretime at the pre-race training camp in bed than on his bike, he will start "nothing to lose" on Saturday. LottoNL-Jumbo's Kiwi was forced out of the Tour de France on stage 16 with illness when sitting 12th overall and has struggled to regain full health since. "I had more or less two weeks completely off the bike. I did a couple of one-hour rides. I was meant to for a bit longer but just kept having to go home. Finally a few days before San Sebastin I started to lose the symptoms and was excited to race," Bennett told Cyclingnews. "I went there with my girlfriend and tried to make a weekend of it. I actually raced surprisingly well. Ok, I wasn't good but I was still there and was 30-something and could attack in the finale and was active in the race. It is a nice race but in the race, I still felt like I kept on yawning. Which was quite strange. I came home and rode to Andorra a few days later to start a week training camp."ADVERTISEMENT While a training camp pre-Tour went to plan for Bennett and LottoNL-Jumbo, it was a different story when preparing for the Vuelta as he described. "The next day, I felt completely crook again and instead of a virus, this time I had a throat infection. I went on antibiotics and spent the training camp in bed," he said. "I managed to string a couple of rides together and did maybe three big, big rides and the rest of the time was just trying to recover. Then I came back to Girona and have basically been off the bike and done a few short sessions over the weekend and have not built up for the Vuelta in any shape or form. It is an interesting approach to the Vuelta. Normally I go to training camps in the mountains and this time I have been laying in bed so this time so we'll see how this works out for me." 2016 was a breakthrough year for Bennett in which he made his Tour and Olympic Games debut and finished tenth overall at the Vuelta. The 27-year-old had a delayed start to the 2017 season due to glandular fever, recovering to finish top-ten at Abu Dhabi Tour, Volta Ciclista a Catalunya, and 11th at Vuelta al Pais Vasco. Bennett then claimed the first win of his career with the Tour of California in May and was on track to record the best ever GC result at the Tour by a Kiwi. Tour de France reflections You can read more at More...
FDJ without Reichenbach for Vuelta a Espana
August 15, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
FDJ will head to the Vuelta a Espaa without planned leader Sebastien Reichenbach, who has been suffering with a virus since the Tour de Suisse. Instead, the French team will chase stage wins with a youthful squad that was unveiled on Tuesday. Reichenbach is one Thibaut Pinots key mountain domestiques, and helped the Frenchman to fourth overall at this years Giro dItalia, himself finishing 15th. While Pinot went to the Tour de France as a free agent in a team built around sprinter Arnaud Demare, Reichenbach was given the chance to play his own cards in the Vuelta, buthas struggled to overcome the virus. After abandoning Tour de Suisse, he returned to action at the Tour de Pologne at the end of July but again failed to finish.ADVERTISEMENT After the virus I contracted at the Tour de Suisse, Ive not been able to recover well. Id therefore prefer to miss the Vuelta a Espana, he told Swiss newspaper, La Nouvelliste. Announcing the final line-up on Tuesday, the FDJ team hailed an "offensive team, free from any general classification objective" that it hopes can repeat the stage wins enjoyed in both the Giro and Tour earlier this season. For the flatter stages, the team will look to the trio of Anthony Roux, winner of a Vuelta stage back in 2009, Lorrenzo Manzin, who finished top-10 on four occasions in last years race, and Daniel Hoelgaard, one of three Grand Tour debutants in the line-up. You can read more at More...
Dylan van Baarle extends with Cannondale-Drapac
August 15, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Dutchman Dylan van Baarle has extended his contract with Cannondale-Drapac for a further two seasons to take him through to the end of 2019. The 25-year-old turned professional with the American WorldTour team in 2014 and has steadily shown potential at the cobbled classics with fourth place at the Tour of Flanders a highlight of his 2017 spring. Van Baarle has also proven himself in stage races with overall victory at the 2014 edition of the Tour of Britain. "We have a really good Classics team with Sep [Vanmarcke] and Sebastian [Langeveld]," said Van Baarle. "I think we started something this year with the three of us, and we didn't finish it yet. That's one of the main reasons I wanted to stay.ADVERTISEMENT "I really feel confident in the team and comfortable with the team. I'm happy to stay, and I'm happy the team wanted me to stay." Cannondale-Drapac has shown its confidence in Van Baarle since he joined the team, and Slipstream Sports CEO Jonathan Vaughters has taken on the responsibility of personally coaching the Dutchman. Van Baarle explained that the coaching relationship has been key to his success with the team. "JV has really helped me develop as a rider. It all started two years ago, actually when they negotiated my last contract. In the beginning it was a little strange but nowadays it feels normal. We have a really good relationship, and for me, it really works," Van Baarle said. "I train really hard, and in the last two seasons, my work showed in the results. That only motivates me more for the next winter to train hard again or maybe even harder." You can read more at More...
Stephen Wooldridge passes away
August 15, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Australian team pursuit Olympic and Commonwealth Games gold medallist and world champion Stephen Wooldridge has passed away. The 39-year-old won the first of his four team pursuit world titles in 2002 alongside Peter Dawson, Brett Lancaster and Luke Roberts. He would go on to win rainbow jerseys in 2003, 2004 and 2006. Wooldridge's gold medal in the discipline came at the Athens Games in a squad that included Graeme Brown, Dawson, Lancaster, Brad McGee and Roberts. Wooldridge also won gold at the 2002 Commonwealth Games and silver in 2006 in Melbourne. After his cycling career,Wooldridge saw on the Cycling Australian board between 2007 and 2013 and was the chair of the athletes commission. Cycling NSW confirmed Wooldridge's passing in a statement.ADVERTISEMENT "Stephen was an inspirational figure in track cycling, particularly in his home state of NSW," read the statement. "Cycling NSW's thoughts are with Stephen's family and his friends during this difficult time." Cycling Australia chief executive Nick Green also expressed his condolences on behalf of the governing body. "Steve will be remembered by so many for not only his success in competition, but also for the contributions he made across so many roles in the sport," Green said. You can read more at More...
Stage wins the focus for Vuelta a Espana debutants Aqua Blue Sport
August 15, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Ireland's first Pro Continental team Aqua Blue Sports is just days away from making its Grand Tour debut at the Vuelta a Espana. For the first time since 2009, a team in its debut season has been granted a wild card entry to the Spanish Grand Tour and Aqua Blue Sports are promising to make a mark on the race. The team has already announced a custom white edition of its jersey in recognition of the wild card entry granted to the team by race organisers ASO. The team will also stand out in the peloton with the stars n stripes jersey of American champion Larry Warbasse. Having started its debut season racing aggressively in order to earn race invites to WorldTour events, sport director Tim Barry explained the wild card invitation saw a shift in team tactics and approach.ADVERTISEMENT "From that point on, we changed our plans for the second half of the season," Barry said. "We've done our best to try and prepare well and focus on La Vuelta with the riders that we have, to come there with knowing that we can do a good race. "It was a special moment for everybody in our organization because we're such a young and a new team," he added of the moment the team learned of the invitation. "It's amazing. At the start of the year, it was the top of a dream list to do one of the Grand Tours as in year 1. We can't wait for it to happen. We want to do a good job and represent the team well and do a tribute to the race." The team enjoyed its first victory at the Tour de Suisse in June with Warbasse and have gone on to enjoy success at the US national titles and then the Tour of Austria with Stefan Deniflwinning the overall. Aqua Blue Sports also enjoyed a promising Arctic Race of Norway where Michel Kreder finished third overall while Adam Blythe has been consistent all season but it yet to taste victory. You can read more at More...
Quick-Step's Schachmann calls end to 2017 season - News shorts
August 15, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Quick-Step Floors neo-pro Maximilian Schachmann has called an end to his 2017 season following surgery to repair injuries he suffered to his right heel in a crash duringstage 5 of the Tour of Poland. "Of course, it is a big disappointment," Schachmann said. "I was getting in good shape, and although I was not at 100 percent in Poland, I felt I was getting better and better. Despite this not being an ideal situation, I don't want to let this injury drag me down. I can't change the outcome, so I just have to look forward. I am really motivated to come back, and I hope to return recovered and ready to kick off my 2018 preparation together with the team in December." The first CT scan taken in Poland indicated multiple fractures in his right calcaneus, a diagnosis that was later confirmed by a specialist in Hamburg, where doctors performed surgery on Friday after swelling receded. The team says the surgery was a success, but Schachmann will need to along recovery before he will have full use of the foot.ADVERTISEMENT The team said that if all goes well with the recovery, Schachmann should be ready to go for the team's 2018 pre-season training camp in December. Nikias Arndt leads Team Sunweb at Cyclassics Hamburg German Nikias Arndt will lead his Sunweb team on home soil at the Cyclassics Hamburgon Sunday, August 20.. The WorldTour race will be the 25-year-old's first since the RideLondon after a successful Tour de France debut with his Sunweb. Cofidis name Vuelta a Espana squad You can read more at More...
Costa and Meintjes to lead UAE Emirates at Vuelta a Espana
August 15, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
UAE Team Emirates is heading into the Vuelta a Espana with a two-pronged approach that features Louis Meintjes and Rui Costa for the general classification, while Darwin Atapuma, Jan Polanc and sprinter Sacha Modolo will hunt stage wins. "We have a good team," said sports director Simone Pedrazzini. "All the guys are in good form. Meintjes recently announced a two-year deal with Dimension Data, but the 25-year-old South African remains UAE's best hope for a top GCresult in Spain. Meintjes finished 10th in the race in 2015, but was 40th last year. His performance in this year's Tour de France, were he finished 8th overall, bodes well for his Vuelta chances, however. His last race was July 29 at the one-day Clasica San Sebastian, where he finished 20th.ADVERTISEMENT I have been doing high altitude training in Andorra to prepare for the Vuelta a Espana," Meintjes said. "The goal is to fight for the GC, but we will have to see how my body has recovered after the Tour de France effort. Costa, 30, who will be making his Vuelta debut, did not race the Tour de France this year, choosing instead the Giro d'Italia, where he finished second on stages 11 and 19. he followed that with the Tour de Suisse, where he finished fifth, and most recent raced at the Tour of Poland, where he finished 10th. "This will be my first Vuelta a Espana and I'm happy to ride in it," Costa said. "I want to live day by day without thinking specifically about the general classification, enjoying every single stage. The third one will already be a good test to understand what kind of shape Im in." You can read more at More...
Betancur: It's still within me to be a contender
August 15, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
After a mostly quiet spring, Carlos Betancur showed off a strong vein of form at June's Hammer Series before putting in an impressive ride at the Tour de France, finishing inside the top 20 overall despite riding in support of Nairo Quintana for most of the race. Movistar have since named Betancur in their starting nine for theVuelta a Espaa, where he and the rest of the squad will have a rare opportunity. With Quintana skipping the event after riding both the Giro d'Italia and the Tour this season and Alejandro Valverde out for the year following his crash in the Tour prologue, Movistar have plenty of talent in their line-up but no obvious single leader for their home Grand Tour.Reinvigorated by his performances the past two months after a long stretch without any big results, Betancur is in as good a position as ever to seize the opportunity. "I'd lost a bit of confidence but during the Tour I think I recovered a lot of that," Betancur told Cyclingnews this week during a stint of altitude training. "And now for the Vuelta, I'm going to give it the max. I'm going with high hopes. I've prepared well. If I arrive at a high level or not, we'll see, but I want to do a great Vuelta."ADVERTISEMENT The highs and lows the enigmatic 27-year-old has ridden through during his career have been well-documented. After a promising start as an amateur he seemed to have arrived in a big way with AG2R La Mondiale in 2013, winning the Giro's young rider's jersey. But since starting 2014 in blistering form with two stage wins and the overall title at Paris-Nice, Betancur has scored nary a single WorldTour victory, going through long stretches without delivering encouraging results or even racing altogether, often disappearing from the public eye at home in Colombia for months at a time and dealing with fluctuations in body weight. He left AG2R for Movistar in 2016 and quickly showed his potential with stage wins at the Vuelta a Castilla y Leon and Vuelta Asturias before registering a DNF at the Giro and then spending another long stretch out of competition. Having finally found consistency again this summer " and having told Spanish media earlier this year that he's finally realizing the importance of maintaining his racing weight " Betancur is adamant that the best is still yet to come, and that he isn't planning to spend the rest of his career merely as a domestique. "When I came to Movistar, it was to a team of winners, and I'm in cycling because I want to get back to winning," he said. "I want to return to winning, to winning a Paris-Nice, to being among the favourites for a Grand Tour and to enjoying the Ardennes. If I've done it, I think I have to get back to it, because it's within me to do it." You can read more at More...
Movistar name Soler and Betancur in youthful Vuelta a Espana line-up
August 14, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
In the absence of Nairo Quintana and the injured Alejandro Valverde, Movistar has named a youthful team for the Vuelta a Espaa, which gets underway from Nimes on Saturday. The highly-rated Marc Soler makes his Grand Tour debut, while the mercurial Carlos Betancur will seek to build on his solid Tour de France performance last month. The Movistar line-up features no fewer than four Grand Tour debutants, with Soler joined in the team by Jorge Arcas, Richard Carapaz and Antonio Pedrero. That inexperience is balanced by the inclusion of Dani Moreno, Jos Joaquin Rojas, Nelson Oliveira and Ruben Fernandez. Quintanas decision to attempt the Giro-Tour double meant that a defence of his 2016 title was never on the cards, but Valverde " who has raced the Vuelta every season since he returned from a doping ban in 2012 " was long slated to lead Movistar in the third Grand Tour of the season. He misses the event after fracturing his kneecap in a crash in the opening time trial of the Tour de France.ADVERTISEMENT Betancurs 18th place overall in Paris was a rare bright spot in a trying Tour for Movistar. The Colombian rode strongly in support of Quintana and will hope to replicate that form in Spain. Betancur placed fifth overall at the 2013 Giro d'Italia, but has struggled to make an impact in Grand Tours since. Soler announced himself on the international stage by winning the Tour de lAvenir in 2015 before turning professional last season. The Catalan rider has quietly impressed this season, placing third overall at the Volta a Catalunya and riding to eighth at the Tour de Suisse in June. The veteran Moreno has been a remarkably consistent performer at the Vuelta over the years, and has never finished lower than 12th in his past nine appearances. Moreno was eighth overall in Madrid a year ago and should arrive in Nimes relatively fresh, having missed the Giro and the Tour. You can read more at More...
Louis Meintjes signs for Dimension Data
August 14, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Louis Meintjes has re-signed for Dimension Data, returning to the team he left two years ago. The South African, who has finished eighth in the last two editions of the Tour de France, left for Lampre-Merida in 2016 with the team morphing into UAE Emirates at the start of 2017. Cyclingnews reported earlier this month thatMeintjes had re-signed with Dimension Data for 2018 and that the agreement was struck during this year's Tour de France. I am super excited to be coming back home to an African team, and to work with the Qhubeka charity once again. My choice to come home was easy, as Team Dimension Data stands out from other professional teams, Meintjes said in a press release. They dont only ride to win, but also for a more important cause " to mobilise people on bicycles in Africa. In the past two years, Ive gained tremendous experience from a European team, and I aim to use that experience to contribute to the success of Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka. African cycling has stepped up to a world class level over the last 5 years.ADVERTISEMENT Meintjes came through the ranks at MTN-Qhubeka in 2013 and finished a creditable 10th in the 2015 Vuelta a Espana. Since then the 25-year-old has forged a career as consistent stage race rider. In 2016, he followed Brent Copeland to Lampre-Merida on a two year deal. Copeland had been part of the MTN set-up but attracted Meintjes to the Italian team on the expectations that he would improve as a rider. Copeland left Lampre the following season, setting up the Bahrain Merida team. He tried to bring Meintjes with him but the rider was locked into a contract with Lampres paying agent " who owned the WorldTour licence. Although Meintjes has enjoyed another consistent season this year he was heavily linked to Dimension Data and Bahrain, with both teams making offers for his services. In the end Dimension Data won out. You can read more at More...
Jan Hirt signs for Astana
August 14, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Jan Hirt will ride in the WorldTour peloton for at least the next two years with Astana, having signed from CCC Sprandi Polkowice. The Czech rider impressed at the Giro d'Italia in May, his debut Grand Tour, riding to 12th overall, and will be a key GC addition for the Kazakh squad. Hirt, 26, has spent the last three seasons with Polish Pro-Continental squad CCCafter a season each at Continental level with Leopold and Etixx. During his time with CCC, he developed into a general classification rider, with the 2016 Tour of Austria his biggest win to date. In 2017, Hirt has also impressed with fifth place overall at the Czech Cycling Tour and third place at the Tour of Croatia. Should Fabio Aru re-sign with Astana, Hirt will be a key support rider for the Italian national champion in the Grand Tours. If Aru is to leave Astana, Hirt is likely to be given the opportunity to ride for his own results in a three-week race, with Miguel Angel Lopez the other budding stage racer at the team.ADVERTISEMENT "During the last few years Ive worked a lot to constantly move ahead in my professional development. And now, I am very happy that in the next season I will do the long-awaited step into the WorldTour," said Hirt in a statement from the Astana team. "I am proud that this step I will do with Astana, one of the strongest teams around the world. Thats something incredible! I am ready to give my best to help Astana Team to reach high results in the upcoming season." Hirt will join new signings Omar Fraile from Dimension Data, Davide Villella from Cannondale-Drapac, and Magnus Cort from Orica-Scott at Astana from next year. You can read more at More...
Michael Hepburn re-signs with Orica-Scott
August 14, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Michael Hepburn's tenure with Orica-Scott will continue for at least the next two seasons, with the team announcing that the 25-year-old has re-signed. Hepburn has been with the Australian WorldTour team since its inception in 2012, becoming a key rider for the Classics and the Giro d'Italia squad. While Hepburn has mixed road and track responsibilities during his time with Orica-Scott, the six-time track world champion is now fully committed to the road. "I'm looking forward to racing the northern classics again after having missed them last season due to commitments with the national team on the track, and the team time trial world championships are still a huge goal of mine," Hepburn said in a release from the team.ADVERTISEMENT "I have been with this team from the beginning and in that time I've formed great bonds with many of the riders and staff. It really does feel like home, like a family to me, and I'm really pleased to be staying with the team for another two years." During his time with the team, Hepburn has enjoyed success on the road. A strong time triallist, Hepburn won the Australian title in 2014 and was a key rider in the team's Giro team time trial stage wins in 2014 and 2015. He also helped the team to two silver medals and one bronze in the discipline at the Worlds. Despite the team having a strong time trial emphasis in its early years, Orica-Scott has turned its attention to the general classification at the Grand Tours, with Esteban Chaves and the Yates twins, Adam and Simon, all recording top-ten results. For Hepburn, the change in focus has been a challenge he has enjoyed and one that has seen him become a more versatile rider. You can read more at More...
Inaugural Colorado Classic victory for Manuel Senni
August 14, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Having built his overall race lead on stages two and three of the Colorado Classic, Manuel Senni successfully defending his blue jersey on the final day of racing in Denver to secure the win. The Italian was looked after across the 120km by his BMC Racing team and managed to sprint to tenth place to ensure his 15-second win over Serghei Tvetcov (Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis). The win is the first of the 25-year-old's career with Senni praising his teammates for letting him enjoy the personal success. "It's an amazing feeling! I'm very happy. The team did an unbelievable job for me. I have to say thank you one thousand times to my teammates," Senni said. "The team rode for me all day and I was still in the front in the last kilometer to stay out of trouble and take no risk, so I could even do the sprint. I finished tenth, which was enough to keep the jersey. It was perfect." Senni's second of the season saw the Italian head stateside for the Tour of Utah, where he helped teammate Brent Bookwalter to fifth place and a stage win, and the inaugural Colorado Classic. The high altitude races also featured smaller team than the majority of European races which played into Senni's hand as he explained.ADVERTISEMENT "I think the smaller teams made it easier to attack. It's harder for the teams to organise themselves immediately and start the chase. Like yesterday with the climbs, the group was really small so I could attack and the teams behind didn't have the number of riders to respond. It was a very nice race in general. There are always a lot of people on the road at the American races. I really like to come here to race." Senni's North American adventure continues next month at the Canadian one-day WorldTour races Quebec and Montreal where BMC will be backing in Greg Van Avermaet to repeat his success from last year. "Racing in Utah and Colorado at altitude is really good for the shape and condition and my win today definitely gives me more confidence for the rest of the season," said Senni, who moves to Bardiani-CSF next season. "Normally, the plan is to go to Quebec and Montreal next and probably Greg Van Avermaet will be there as the leader, so I will be there to work hard for him. I hope I am still in good form so I can go there and help him even more than I did last year." You can read more at More...
Sagan rues lack of cooperation in BinckBank Tour finale
August 14, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
With two stage wins and victory on the points classification, Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) proved himself as one of the strongest riders in the BinckBank Tour. So much so that on the final stage to Geraardsbergen, the peloton rode against the world champion to ensure he wouldn't be celebrating his 100th professional win at the WorldTour stage race. The world champion won stage one and stage three and sat second overall until the conclusion of stage 5 when he lost his shot at the overall and podium on the road to Houffalize. Aiming to salvage something from the final day stage, which included the iconic Muur Van Geraardsbergen, Sagan went on the attack with 25km to race. Sagan's first move was brought back by the peloton before the Slovakian went again on the final climb up the Denderoorberg but a lack of cooperation killed his chances. Sagan was forced to settle for fourth place in the sprint at one second behind stage winner Jasper Stuyven (Trek-Segafredo)ADVERTISEMENT "Unlike yesterday, we had better weather today, so that was nice," said Sagan who finished seventh overall. "The finale of the stage was again hard and the rest of the riders weren't collaborating, just looking at me. There is nothing I can do about it " this is the way it is. Despite missing out on the win, Sagan added he was pleased with his performances in the final month ahead of his Worlds defence in Bergen. "However, I finished the BinckBank Tour without any crashes and looking back to this week, I'm satisfied with I achieved. Two intense weeks of racing came to an end, first in Poland and then here, and I look forward to Qubec and Montreal." You can read more at More...
Fuglsang fractures collarbone in criterium crash
August 12, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Bad fortune appears to be following Jakob Fuglsang this summer after the Dane fractured his collarbone in a crash at a criterium in Herning, Denmark on Friday. Fuglsangs Astana team confirmed that following a hospital visit, he had been diagnosed with a fracture in his left collarbone and would require surgery on Sunday morning. Fuglsang will be transferred to Herentels in Belgium to have the surgery on his collarbone, which will be performed by Dr Toon Claes. It will not be known how long Fuglsang will have to sit out of racing until he has had the surgery. The collarbone fracture is yet another injury setback for Fuglsang, who was racing for the first time since he was forced to abandon the Tour de France during the second week of the race. Fuglsang was involved in a crash with teammate Dario Cataldo on stage 11 of the Tour de France. The Italian immediately left the race, but Fuglsang continued.ADVERTISEMENT Fuglsang was initially cleared of any broken bones, but another inspection of his injuries revealed small fractures in his scaphoid and the head of the radius, near the elbow. He tried to push on but eventually climbed off two days after the crash on stage 13. The injury puts in doubt his participation in the World Championships, which are due to take place in Bergen at the end of September. You can read more at More...
Boom fined 1,000 CHF for BinckBank Tour victory celebration
August 12, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
There was little doubt that victory on stage 5 of the BinckBank Tour meant a lot for Lars Boom (LottoNL-Jumbo), but his celebrations also cost him a pretty penny. Boom was fined a whopping 1,000 Swiss Francs for improper behaviour after making a rude gesture as he crossed the line. Booms celebration was reminiscent of Mark Cavendishs following a stage victory at the 2010 Tour de Romandie. Cavendishs went a little bit further and involved the two-finger salute - it was also aimed at the press. The Dutchman got off lightly in comparison to the Manx sprinter, who had a 6,000 CHF fine dished out at him before his HTC Colombia team decided to pull him from the race. Boom claimed victory in Sittard-Geleen by three seconds after jumping clear of a small but elite group of riders in the final kilometre. The win was his first since the opening stage of the Post Danmark Rundt in August 2015, and put him into the overall race lead.ADVERTISEMENT Emotions clearly got the better of the 31-year-old and, according to Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf, it stemmed from the news that he had failed to make LottoNL-Jumbos Vuelta a Espana squad. The newspaper says that Boom was told on Thursday night that his chances of making the Spanish Grand Tour line-up were almost nil. Boom, a Tour de France stage winner, has not raced a Grand Tour since the 2015 Grand Boucle. While Boom made no mention of gesture he made on the line, he said afterwards that the it had been a tough season where things didnt go to plan. It indeed brings a lot of joy, said Boom. The spring classics didnt go as well as expected. Afterwards, I was close to the Dutch title. I worked hard to reach this level, and its great that I could achieve this. I always want to win. Therefore, its beautiful I can end a difficult period with many doubts in this way. Finally, I have been able to deliver my team a win and thats great. Boom, unlike Cavendish, will remain in the race and takes a two-second lead into the final weekend of the BinckBank Tour. Just behind him is stage 1 and 3 winner Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe), with Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) in third at eight seconds. You can read more at More...
Craddock trying to turn around rough season in Colorado Classic
August 12, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
When it comes to a contract year, the riders who haven't already scored major results face immense pressure to show themselves in order to keep their jobs. It's an unfortunate result of the sponsor-driven model of pro cycling, and one that often puts young riders in the all-too-common situation of training so hard in the off-season that they come into the year already overcooked. That's what happened to Cannondale-Drapac's Lawson Craddock, and he's at the Colorado Classic hoping to turn around a dismal year. "I had big ambitions for the spring. Races like Liege-Bastogne-Liege, [Vuelta al] Pais Vasco and then turning the focus to the Tour de France," Craddock told Cyclingnews before the start of the race in Colorado Springs. "Maybe I was a little too motivated in the early part of the year, I trained a bit too much, dieted a little too hard and it caught up with me when the spring rolled around. For my biggest races I was sitting on my couch watching it on TV. That was definitely rough."ADVERTISEMENT Watching his team score second overall in the Tour de France with Rigoberto Uran, a stage win and two days in the mountains classification was especially difficult. "Especially with how they rode, I'm really bummed I missed out on that one." Craddock's last attempted comeback was at the Tour of California, which was followed by a trip to the Tour de Suisse. But he dropped out on stage 4 and hadn't raced since. "It was one of those things where you keep trying to come back and you come back too fast and too hard, and you have to take a step back again. It hasn't been the easiest year. There's been a lot of stuff that's made me realize how fortunate I am to be able to make a living off of pedaling a bike." You can read more at More...
'Cross is coming: Montana Cross Camp - Gallery
August 12, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
A sure sign that cyclo-cross season is just around the corner comes with the the closing bell at the Montana Cross Camp run by Geoff Proctor in Helena. The camps were previously aligned with USA Cycling and were known for the first five years as the 'USAC CX Development Camp,' but Proctor went private last year and the name morphed into the Montana Cross Camp. Campers gathered in two groups - men and women - over several weeks in and around the Montana capitol, using Carroll Colleg dorms to house athletes in between drills and rides. The men's camp, which recently concluded its seventh consecutive year, brought 21 campers coached by Proctor,Chris McGovern, Tobin Ortenblad and Scott Herzig. The first-year women's camp attractedeight riders and added coaches Kaitie Antonneau and Allison Arensman to the mix.ADVERTISEMENT The camp's objective is to select some of the top CX talent, ages 15-22, to come together in the summer, out-of-competition, to begin to officially prep for upcoming cyclo-cross season. The development includes working on skills, drills, off-the-bike training and conditioning, gravel endurance rides and four classroom sessions per day. The camp has served as a starting point for many European CX block selections and the world championships. In seven years of the camp, there have been 84 individual riders in attendance (with many repeats), and with a world championship placement rate of 31 per cent. Click or swipe through the gallery above for a closer look at the camp. You can read more at More...
inCycle: A season of highs and lows for European champion Vos - Video
August 12, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
The latest episode of inCycle features Marianne Vos, the most decorated rider in the history of women's cycling, who recently added the European title to her palmares. Also under the spotlight is Bahrain-Merida's Ondrej Cink, who went from mountain biking to the WorldTour at the turn of the year, while the show goes behind the scenes with Aqua Blue Sport to see how the new Pro Continental team is preparing for its Grand Tour debut at the Vuelta a Espaa. "This season has had ups and downs, and it has not been perfect," says Vos, who had a disappointing spring and then broke her collarbone in the Women's Tour, all before bouncing back at the European Championships. The multiple and multi-discipline former world champion talks about the WM3 team and her role within it, and, recently turned 30, about her future in the professional ranks. "Competition is the biggest motivation for me to keep going," she says.ADVERTISEMENT Adaptation is the key word for Ondrej Cink, who talks about the process of moving from thick to thin tyres. The Czech rider has impressed in his debut season on the road, finishing the Tour de France, but there's still plenty of room for improvement. The show finishes with a trip inside the Aqua Blue team, who have all sights set on Spain. It was a big deal for the team to be invited to a Grand Tour in its debut season and you can see how they've been tuning up, with plenty of flavour of the spirit in the camp, at the recent Vuelta a Burgos. Watch it all in the video above, and to subscribe to the Cyclingnews video channel, click here. You can read more at More...
Katie Compton set to commit to full season of Belgian cyclo-cross, finally
August 12, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Katie Compton has been at the top of the cyclo-cross world for a decade, winning more than 100 UCI races, 22 World Cup races and finishing on the podium at the World Championships four times since 2007. But, like all but a few brave Americans, she has stayed Stateside most of the season, making the transatlantic commute to select major races. Not anymore. The Colorado native is gearing up for a full season of living and racing in Belgium while racing near her home at the Colorado Classic. Despite her wealth of experience and top notch results, Compton has struggled to have a consistent career because of mysterious health issues that caused debilitating leg cramps. Last year, she finally was diagnosed with a genetic disorder that affects the metabolism of an important B-vitamin, and a simple change to her diet has solved the problem. The desired consistency hasn't quite arrived, but Compton feels confident enough in her health to finally commit to moving to her host-family's home in Kalmthout for five solid months of 'cross. "I will do the two World Cups in the US and the KMC 'cross fest before heading to Europe," Compton told Cyclingnews in Colorado Springs. "I'm committing to a full season in Belgium, now that I'm finally healthy."ADVERTISEMENT In order to avoid the dreaded jet lag, Compton will only come back to the states to race the Pan American Championships in early November and the US championships in January. When she says a full season in Belgium, she means it. It's Belgium from October until February. "I'll finally get to do some of the races that have been on my bucket list - Koppenbergcross, Zonhoven. It will be five solid months." Currently, Compton is dabbling in some road racing, having linked up with the IS Corp team for the Tour of America's Dairyland, where she rounded out the last few races in the top 10, racing with the men in some local criteriums, and the Littleton Criterium before starting the Colorado Classic. You can read more at More...
Contador prepares to hang up the wheels - Podcast
August 12, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
The latest episode of the Cyclingnews podcast takes a closer look at the impending retirement of Trek-Segafredo's Alberto Contador, who announced this week that he would be hanging up the proverbial wheels after one final tilt at the Vuelta a Espaa, a race he's won multiple times. Koen de Kort, a teammate of Contador's over a decade ago at Liberty Seguros and again now with Trek, offers the perspective within the team, while also weighing in on the Spaniard's chances in his final Grand Tour. For the 34-year-old Dutchman, Contador will be a rider to be reckoned with at the upcoming Vuelta.ADVERTISEMENT You can read more at More...
Uran aiming high in Colorado Classic
August 12, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
One would excuse Rigoberto Uran if he was a little tired after finishing second place in the Tour de France, having won a close stage in Chambry and fought his way ahead of Romain Bardet in the final time trial. But the Cannondale-Drapac rider insists he's not at the Colorado Classic for a holiday. He cruised in for 19th place in the sprint in Colorado Springs on Thursday behind stage winner John Murphy (Holowesko-Citadel), and is ready to tackle the short, brutal Breckenridge stage. "I finished the Tour well, I wasn't tired from the Tour. I wanted to come to Colorado, to do well here. Also, it's my first time here. I like to experience different things, that's why we are here," Uran said before the opening stage. Part of the reason Uran is still fresh despite having finished so well in a Grand Tour is that he came into the race with little pressure, an aim at a stage win and maybe a top five overall. There's something to be said for under-promising and over-performing.ADVERTISEMENT "Before the Tour we were seeing that my condition was improving more and more, and honestly, I am a racer who has made the podium in the Giro d'Italia. I was calm. I knew that I liked the route of the Tour de France, and we decided to take it a day at a time in order to do our best, one stage at a time." Looking back, Uran was left out of many of the pre-race predictions for the Tour de France podium, despite having finished second in the Giro d'Italia twice. Being overlooked by the pundits wasn't an insult, Uran insists. "It is normal because I had two years without results in the last two Giros, and arriving at the Tour, it's normal that the press would not talk about you because we hadn't been in the limelight for two years," he said. "The team and I arrived calm because we knew we had trained well and wanted to do a good Tour. For us, the most important was to win a stage, and to be in the top 5, and we achieved all of that." You can read more at More...
Pozzato targets final Worlds appearance in Bergen
August 12, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Filippo Pozzato (Wilier-Selle Italia) is hoping to earn a place on the Italian team for what he says would be the final World Championships of his career in Bergen next month. The 35-year-old has said that next season will be the last of his professional career and he acknowledged that he will not be a contender for selection for the tough 2018 Worlds in Innsbruck. I eased off for ten days and then started preparing for the end of the season because I want to be in Bergen, Pozzato told La Gazzetta dello Sport. Its my last opportunity to wear a jersey to which I am particularly attached. Pozzato confirmed that 2018 will be his final season in the peloton and suggested that he will try to create a new professional team once he hangs up his wheels, perhaps with Ignazio Moser, formerly of the BMC development team.ADVERTISEMENT Next year will be my last season but Im not thinking about the Worlds, which will be for the climbers. I want to do a very good four months: up to the end of the Classics, I want to be super, but in any case, Ill finish out the season before I launch myself into a new project, Pozzato said. Italy needs [a new team]. It could start off as a Pro Continental team and with a new vision, which would be more captivating for the sponsors too. And with new people, young people. Bergen Pozzatos first outing in Italy'smaglia azzurra at the World Championships came in Valkenburg in 1998, when he took the silver medal in the junior road race behind Irelands Mark Scanlon and bronze behind Fabian Cancellara in the time trial. You can read more at More...
Hayman signs up for another shot at the Classics with Orica-Scott
August 11, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
The Orica-Scott team has announced that Mat Hayman has signed a new contract for 2018 and will again target the cobbled Classics and act as mentor and road captain for the Australian WorldTour team. Hayman will turn 40 on April 20. He finally won Paris-Roubaix in 2016 after 15 attempts but is still motivated to train and race. He is expected to be part of the Orica-Scott squad for the upcoming Vuelta a Espaa. "I am really happy to being staying at Orica-Scott, I have really found my home here," Hayman said in a statement from the team announcing his contract extension. I am grateful that the team still have faith in me as I am now getting very old."ADVERTISEMENT Orica-Scott has signed Matteo Trentin from Quick-Step Floors, but Magnus Cort Nielsen will leave for Astana and Jens Keukeleire is expected to move to Lotto Soudal. Orica-Scotts Classics squad also includes Luke Durbridge, Chris Juul-Jensen and Mitch Docker. Remarkably, Hayman has just two victories on his professional palmares: Paris-Bourges in 2011 and Paris-Roubaix in 2016. "I love the Classics and will be focusing on those races again. We have grown as a team in these races and I am really excited to see what we can do in 2018," Hayman said. Hayman will continue to mentor the many young riders on the Orica-Scott team, especially Esteban Chaves. The veteran Hayman is facing into a fifth season in Orica-Scott colours. He spent a decade of his career with the Rabobank team before riding for Team Sky between 2010 and 2013. You can read more at More...
Brendan Canty hopeful of securing Vuelta a Espana call-up
August 11, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
By August last year, Brendan Canty had completed his final race with the Drapac squad, bringing down the curtains on his 2016 season at the Volta a Portugal. Fast forward to 2017 and the 25-year-old is midway through a two-week block of altitude training in Andorra aiming to ensure his place on Cannondale-Drapac's Vuelta a Espana squad. A runner before turning his attention to cycling, Canty spent 2015 at Continental level with Budget Forklifts before moving to the Pro-Conti ranks with Drapac and completed the move into the WorldTour in 2017. The trilingual Melbournian has had a taste of top WorldTour stage racing at Critrium du Dauphin, Tour de Romandie, and Volta a Catalunya and is hungry for the Vuelta. "It's not 100 per cent confirmed. I am quite hopeful to have a start there and that's why I am up here in Andorra training at the altitude," Canty told Cyclingnews on a rest day from his training programme. "Lots of things can always change last minute but I am pretty sure that there is a good chance I'll be on the start line. At last least I am hoping there is a good chance."ADVERTISEMENT Canty explained that is place on the Cannondale-Drapac long list for the Spanish Grand Tour was a combination of both rider and team proposing the idea. "It is a bit of both. I would really like to do it. I think it would be a huge challenge for me and I think it would be something really good to get under my belt for the experience," said Canty. "I think the team sees it in the same light, particularly with me having the contract next year I think it would be the best move for the team to put me in a race like that and see how I cope. Some of the DS's like Jaunma [Garate] says it will be really good for me if I can race a Grand Tour and the earlier you can get one done in your career, then it can make you a better rider in the long term. I really want to do the race and from the team's perspective, there is a lot of perspective putting me into something like the Vuelta." In his debut WorldTour season, Canty has found himself in a variety of roles and when it comes to the Vuelta and his aims, the 25-year-old is opened minded. But is clear he wants to "finish the race. Learning and living the WorldTour life You can read more at More...
Sagan continues fight for BinckBank Tour victory
August 11, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Peter Sagan was unable to secure any bonus seconds in the stage 4 sprint of the Binck Bank Tour, but the World Champions remains in the hunt for the overall victory. Bora-Hansgrohe's serial winner remains tied with Giro d'Italia winner Tom Dumoulin on five seconds behind race leader Stefan Kung (BMC) in fourth place. TeammateMaciej Bodnar is second at four seconds to Kung. With three crucial stages to come at the WorldTour stage race, Sagan has promised to keep fighting and try into regain the leader's jersey through aggressive racing. "We had another fast, wet and hard stage at the BinckBank Tour," said of the stage won by Edward Theuns. "The team did an excellent job, pulling hard to bring back the breakaway, practically by themselves. As expected, it all came down to a fast bunch sprint, where I was fourth. The GC hasn't changed, we have Bodi in second place, myself tied with Dumoulin for third - all of us within 5 seconds - and three more stages where anything can happen. We'll keep fighting every day."ADVERTISEMENT Despite being boxed in and being forced to settle for the fourth place, Sagan made a visit to the poidium to again collect the blue points jersey. He leads the classification, 79 points to Theuns' 55 and will be confident of securing the win. Sagan has also won the points classification at Tirreno-Adriatico, Tour of California, Tour de Suisse and the Tour de Pologne in 2017 but was denied at the Tour de France when he was disqualified from the race on stage 4. With two riders sitting top five and well within touching distance of the win, sports director Jens Zemke explained Bora-Hansgrohe will be chasing the overall all the way to the line on stage 8. "In this edition of the BinckBank Tour there are strong riders, and Peter took fourth place today, which is also a good result! We have Bodi in second place in the GC, Peter fourth and leader in the sprint classification," Zemke said. "I think this race plays out well for us and we look forward to the upcoming stages!" You can read more at More...
Aqua Blue Sport reveal Vuelta a Espana jersey - News Shorts
August 11, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Irish Pro-Continental squad Aqua Blue Sport will line out for its debut Grand Tour at the Vuelta a Espana with a special edition white kit. The team has ridden in a blue and gold kit during its inaugural season but has made the change in tribute to the wild card invitation it received. The Vuelta a Espana starts August 19 with a team time trial in Nimes and concludes September 10 in Madrid. "We are all incredibly honoured to be taking part in La Vuelta and to mark the occasion we have decided to make a one off white jersey," team GM Stephen Moore explained. "Our gold chevron, so visible in this year's peloton, will remain an integral part of our jersey and the blue will be there in the shorts. With the bright reflective quality of the white there is also the added benefit for the riders to deal with the high heat of Spain in August. We are really looking forward to showing our new colours and don't worry the blue and gold will be back for the rest of the season."ADVERTISEMENT The team kit is made by Vermarc Sport with Tatjana Verbeek explaining the company enjoyed the challenge of designing the one-off kit for the squad. "Vermarc Sport is very proud to be a partner of Aqua Blue Sport. We were delighted when we got the news that the team has been invited to the Vuelta this year," Verbeek. "Therefore we created a special white jersey with an ultra-light fabric. We cannot wait until Saturday to see the team perform in their new outfit." While the team will be wearing the white kit, Larry Warbasse will be wearing his unchanged stars and stripes jersey as the US national road race title. A victory he claimed in June inKnoxville. Two-year extension at QuickStep-Floors for Pieter Serry Stijn Vandenbergh to make return to racing Team GB announce Tour de l'Avenir team You can read more at More...
Vuelta a Espana call up for neo-pro Chris Hamilton
August 11, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Team Sunweb's Australian first-year neo-pro Chris Hamilton will make his Grand Tour debut at the Vuelta a Espaa later this month. The 21-year-old has impressed the team so far with the reward of a spot on the team's squad for the Spanish three-week race. "The Vuelta wasn't on the initial programme but the team was so happy with the promise that I showed and how I handled the racing and extra racing that has been thrown in," Hamilton told Cyclingnews. "They figured that I am going to be able to handle this. That was a pretty big moment for me to get the call up for that. I am very stoked." Hamilton's season has largely revolved around one-week WorldTour stage races from the Tour Down Under to Abu Dhabi Tour, Catalunya, Pas Vasco, California, Dauphin and BinckBank Tour. Of the 12 races he has started, Hamilton has recorded just two DNFs with California, where he fell ill, the only stage race he had failed to finish thus far.ADVERTISEMENT Despite going into the unknown in 2017, with his 42 race days well ahead of his longest season, Hamilton is firmly focused on finishing the Vuelta and arriving in Madrid on September 10. "For sure I want to finish it. You want to finish any race you go into," he said. "It is daunting; I am not ashamed to say that. Everyone says the Vuelta is the best one to do for your first Grand Tour. I guess it is slightly more relaxed than the other two. I am obviously wanting to do my job best as I can and be there to support the entity of it. Pulling out of it is not in the plan for me. I want to be there for the whole thing." Hailing from Bendigo, Victoria, Hamilton now resides in Girona, with Bendigonian native Jason Lowndes (Israel Cycling Academy) his roommate. With his prior exposure to racing under the Australian and Spanish sun, Hamilton is hoping he can handle the hot weather. You can read more at More...
Theuns: BinckBank victory a 'big relief' after long recovery process
August 11, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Edward Theuns' past 12 months have been a struggle with pain and recovery from broken vertebrae suffered in a crash at the 2016 Tour de France, so when he crossed the finish line Thursday to win stage 4 at the BinckBank Tour, the 26-year-old's celebration was about more than just adding another line to his palmares. The Trek-Segafredo rider announced his return to form with his first win since May of last year. "It's a big relief. I am really happy," an elated Theuns said after the finish in Lanaken. "I had a real rough time since I crashed in the Tour last year, and I worked really hard to come back. After the spring classics, I again had surgery to take out the pins in my back, and since that surgery, I feel that I am getting stronger every week. I had a great training camp at altitude during the Tour, and now it pays off." Theuns enjoyed an impressive spring last year with Trek-Segafredo during his first season on the WorldTour, finishing third in Dwars Door Vlaanderen and fourth in a highly competitive Scheldeprijs.Further success followed with s stage win at the Baloise Belgium Tour, leading to his first Grand Dpart in July. The decision was vindicated with a couple of top 10 places during the opening week, but in the stage 13 time trial Theuns' debut season came crashing down when he fell on a descent and suffered a compressed fracture of the T12 vertebra.ADVERTISEMENT He returned to racing this spring at the Tour Down Under and has been slowly rebuilding form despite lingering pain from the injury. He was second in a stage of Three Days of De Panne and finished an impressive eighth in Paris-Roubaix. Then he took a break in April for surgery to have some of the remaining metal hardware in his spine removed. Another recovery ensued, and he returned to racing again in May. Theuns has been knocking on the door for another win since then, grabbing top 10 results and podium spots, and he finally broke the win barrier on Thursday, sprinting in ahead of Marko Kump (UAE Team Emirates) and Tim Merlier (Vrandas Willems-Crelan) after his team pulled back late breakaway riderYves Lampaert (Quick-Step Floors). "[Trek-Segafredo directorDirk Demol] told us in the radio that Lampaert had a pretty good gap, but in the last kilometers to just focus on good positioning and sprinting so I wasn't really looking at the situation," Theuns said. "In the end, the gap opened on the right moment and Boy [van Poppel] could go to the front with me and Jasper [Stuyven]. You can read more at More...
Formolo signs with Bora-Hansgrohe to target Grand Tours
August 10, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Bora-Hansgrohe has announced that Italys Davide Formolo will ride for the German WorldTour team for the 2018 and 2019 seasons as he continues to develop as a Grand Tour and stage race rider. The 24-year-old from Verona finished ninth in the 2016 Vuelta a Espana and tenth in this years Giro dItalia while riding with the Cannondale-Drapac team. He won a stage in the 2015 Giro. Bora-Hansgrohe also confirmed contract extensions for Irish sprinter Sam Bennett, Michael Schwarzmann, Christoph Pfingsten and lead-out rider Rudi Selig. Bora-Hansgrohe has already confirmed the signing of Britains Pete Kennaugh and Italys Daniel Oss, who will play a key role helping team leader Peter Sagan in the cobbled Classics. Cannondale-Drapac is expected to secure Rigoberto Uran as its Tour de France leader for the next three years after securing new sponsorship for the 2018 season,but has lost other riders. Alberto Bettiol has agreed to ride for BMC in 2018, Kristijan Koren has agreed terms with Bahrain-Merida, and Davide Villella has signed for Astana.ADVERTISEMENT We are proud to welcome Davide in our Bora"Hansgrohe team. He is a talented rider, in Italy people talk of him being the next Ivan Basso. For us he will be an important rider for the Grand Tours but we also think he can play a big role in the Ardennes Classics, team manager Ralph Denk said. Already when he was very young he did some impressive results, now its our turn to help him to take the next step in his career. "It was also very important to me to extend our relationship with Sam Bennett. With his win in Paris-Nice he proved again to be one of the fastest riders in the peloton, and we think there is still room for improvements. With Rudi Selig we have an important helper in the lead-outs. Formolo is popular in Italy and showed his Grand Tour potential this year by fighting for a top ten placing in the mountains. He is expected to ride the Vuelta a Espana with Cannondale-Drapac. You can read more at More...
Kung survives stressful first day as leader of the Binck Bank Tour
August 10, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Stefan Kung's second stint in a WorldTour leader's jersey proved a stressful affair at the BinckBank Touron Wednesday but the BMC rider retained the green and black jersey. Kung wore the yellow jersey at the Tour de Suisse but was unable to defend the lead for more than a day. Having taken the leader's jersey after his stage 2 time trial win, Kung successful navigated a challenging stage 3 and continues to lead Maciej Bodnar (Bora-Hansgrohe) by four seconds, and Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) by five seconds. The 23-year-old finished 42nd in Ardooie in the peloton at the same time as stage winner Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe). Sagan is now fourth overall, also at five seconds. "It was a pretty stressful and nervous day. There was a little bit of wind but not that much. Everyone was nervous and you could also tell that everyone was in good shape because they started panicking early," Kung reflected.ADVERTISEMENT "I need to say a big thanks to my team. They did a really good job today. First pulling at the front and then protecting me and keeping me out of trouble when it was a little chaotic and overall today went quite well for us. Jempy Drucker tried something and Loc Vliegen was up there in the sprint so it was a good day for the team and I am happy to still be in the leader's jersey." Having taken a 10-second time bonus for his stage win, Sagan cut the deficit back to five seconds on the GC with Kung naming the world champion as a genuine threat to his overall lead. "It is nice to keep the jersey, and we will try to continue to hold on to it but Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) looked in strong form, and now he is within five seconds of the overall lead," he said. "You never know what will happen so we will keep fighting." You can read more at More...
Ian Boswell signs for Katusha-Alpecin
August 10, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
American Ian Boswell will leave Team Sky at the end of the season having penned a two-year deal with Katusha-Alpecin. The 26-year-old rode with Argos-Shimano in 2012 as a stagiaire before joining Sky in 2013. He is the second official signing for Katusha-Alpecin after Nathan Haas. "I am very excited about Team Katusha-Alpecin. After 5 years in the same team, it is a big but important step for my own development," said Boswell, who becomes the first American to sign for Katusha.ADVERTISEMENT "The talks with Jos Azevedo were very good from the beginning and I liked where he sees me as a rider. I hope to bring my experience into the team and look forward to race with strong riders like Ilnur Zakarin or Simon pilak. And of course, also to be able to ride for the victory one time or another for myself." During his time with Sky, Boswell has twice ridden the Vuelta a Espana and the Giro d'Italia in 2016. A talented climber capable of riding GC, Boswell's personal opportunities have been limited as Sky. Although he has impressed when given the chance with fifth overall at the Tour of California and top three on stages at the Vuelta, Giro del Trentino and Tour of California. For general manager Jos Azevedo, Boswell is a rider full of promise and potential as he explained. You can read more at More...
Vincenzo Nibali hitting form ahead of Vuelta a Espana
August 10, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
A Vuelta a Espana winner on his debut at the Spanish Grand Tour in 2010, Vincenzo Nibali is aiming to banish his memories from 2015 and challenge for the victory in 2017. Nibali was the first winner of the race following the leader's jersey change from gold to red. He enjoyed a second stint in red in 2013 for 13 days, only to fade in the final days as American Chris Horner took the overall win by 37 seconds. The Vuelta has a special place in Nibali's palmares as the first of his four Grand Tour wins.ADVERTISEMENT Nibali's return to the Vuelta in 2015 was short lived as he was disqualified on stage 2 for holding onto his then Astana team car. While Nibali struggled with the decision, having finished fourth at the Tour de France in July of that year, teammate Fabio Aru took the overall win and relieved the pressure after Nibali's expulsion. In his first season with Bahrain-Merida, Nibali was third overall at the Giro d'Italia in May and is now focused on the Vuelta. It will be the fourth time that the Italian has done the Giro, Vuelta double. "I'm happy with the answers I got about my state of form. I was returning from a period of altitude training so I knew that I couldn't be super competitive in Poland. Bearing this in mind, this ninth-place inclines me to say that I've worked well and I'll be in top shape for La Vuelta," said Nibali after the Tour de Pologne where he was ninth overall. You can read more at More...

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