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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...
No Bay Cycling Classic in 2018
August 10, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Facing the possibility of a reduced two-day Bay Cycling Classic for 2018, race director John Trevorrow has announced the event will not be held next year. Traditionally held from January 1 as a lead into the Australian national championships, the Geelong 'Bay Crits' has attracted the fastest men and women from Australia and the world. JLT Condor's Ian Bibby won the men's title this year while the women's title was won byValentina Scandolara. "I can assure you that the event will be back bigger and better than ever in 2019," Trevorrow explained. "With the Australian Road championships starting on January 3rd, it meant the Bay Crits either ran as a two-day series starting on Jan 1 or changed dates to late December or after the Jayco Herald Sun Tour in February. I don't believe these dates suit the event and I do not want to impact on the Christmas track carnivals any more than we have had to in the past."ADVERTISEMENT Trevorrow, who is also the race director of the Herald Sun Tour, added that he believes the race will be back in 2019. However, the Australian nationals would need to move back one week. The nationals in recent years have started on a Wednesday with evening criteriums. January 1, 2019 is a Tuesday and the 'bay crits' would face the same dilemma if there is no change to the racing calendar. "We plan to bring the Bay Crits back to start the year in 2019. The racing has always been great, but we plan to bring in more razzamataz and entertainment plus more public involvement," added Trevorrow. "Events such as the Bay Cycling Classic just dont happen. It takes a strong team and some quality partners to make a truly great event. The Bay Classic has had that in spades. "I would like to congratulate the team at GTR Events for helping elevate the race in recent years and to sincerely thank our commercial partners, local council partners and State Government, most who have been with us for many years, and look forward to working with you all again in the coming years." You can read more at More...
Amador injured in crash with car while training
August 05, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Movistar's Andrey Amador was injured in a crash with a vehicle while training in Barcelona this week.The Costa Rican posted a photo of himself with his ankle in plaster on Twitter on Friday detailing his incident. Amador was hit from the side by a driver who failed to yield at a stop, and suffered a sprained ankle and dislocated shoulder in the resulting crash.He will be forced to rest for several weeks. The 30-year-old raced both the Giro d'Italia and Tour de France in support of Nairo Quintana, but was one of several riders to crash in the opening time trial of the Tour in Dsseldorf, sustaining injuries to his elbow and knee. He was not as severely injured as his teammate Alejandro Valverde, who broke his kneecap in a similar crash that stage.ADVERTISEMENT The Movistar team will welcome the return of Portuguese rider Nuno Bico, who returns this week at the BinckBank Tour after having iliac artery surgery. The 23-year-old has been out of competition since the Vuelta a Castilla y Len in late May. He will line up with Jasha Stterlin, Imanol Erviti, Rory Sutherland, Winner Anacona, Dayer Quintana, Alex Dowsett and Gorka Izagirre. Con ilusin d vuelta a los entrenamientos, pero me obligaron a descansar ms! Culpa de un carro que no hace un stop " Andrey Amador (@Andrey_Amador) August 4, 2017 You can read more at More...
Butler back on track at Tour of Utah after early season crash
August 05, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Chris Butler (Caja Rural-Seguros) is just happy to be alive, intact and in contention at the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah this week after recovering from an early season injury and resulting infection that could have cost him his arm " or worse. Butler, 29, is currently 15th overall in the 2.HC race, 1:51 down on race leader Rob Britton (Rally Cycling). Its a far cry from the Spanish hospital bed he was laid up in for months earlier this year after fracturing his elbow in the penultimate lap of the Classica de Almeria on February 15. I ended up having incredibly bad luck, Butler told Cyclingnews before the start of stage 5 in Utah. I had three surgeries because we kept having to change the metal. But what was a million times worse than breaking a bone was that the metal got infected with a really scary strain of anti-biotic resistant bacteria that was potentially going to seep into the bone. Thats when the whole year went upside down, he said. Some people die from that. They could have potentially taken off my arm. With that you just take like a boat ton of IV antibiotics, just a concoction of everything to try and kill it. At that point I was three weeks in a hospital bed just rotating IVs every four hours, tied down in Spain. As Butler was recovering in the hospital, his Spanish Pro Continental team informed him Caja Rural had secured an invitation to Utah. It was an exciting prospect for the American rider, but the outlook from his doctor was not good. I asked the doctor, Hey, can I do Utah? Butler said. He looked at me and stopped and said, This year or next year? I told him I wanted to do it this year. He laughed, said thats impossible and walked out.ADVERTISEMENT Just 17 race days in his legs It obviously wasnt impossible, but it wasnt easy either. Butler missed most of the season so far, only returning to competition in June at the Route du Sud. He has just 17 race days in his legs so far this season, and only nine weeks of training outdoors. But he said the good sensations are coming back faster than he expected. I feel like Im bringing a wooden spoon to a gunfight, Butler said of his return to competition. Originally the team was hoping that I could just start it, but things are coming back quick. The team supported me, and its been fun. Its coming back quick, and Im excited. Its sport. Its life, he said of the injury and long recovery. Everyone has setbacks and you deal with it. So what Im missing now in fitness I kind of have more in gratitude each day, and each day has more intention. Youre more appreciative and more focused. Thats what Im trying to take from it at this moment. Butler started out slowly in Utah, finishing 69th on the first day, which ended in a bunch sprint. He climbed to 15th place during the stage 2 finish at Snowbasin Resort, moving quickly up the general classification to 15th overall. He dropped a couple of places during stages 3 and 4, but his 21st-place finish in Bountiful on Friday lifted him back to 15th. Hell face the Queen stage Saturday, then a difficult final circuit race in Salt Lake City on Sunday. It will be a big ask to maintain his top-15 result, but Butler is optimistic in view of his quickly improving form. Im so excited to be here, and that stuff is coming back, he said. There are no magic tricks in cycling. Its a hard sport. Everyone in this peloton has been working hard all year with race days, altitude camps and motor-pacing, and I just dont have that, but Im trying my best and were creeping up there. Its just fun just to be in America and be at the pointy end of a race. You can read more at More...
Armstrongs Colorado Classic podcast could violate his ban from cycling
August 05, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
The United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) has raised concerns that Lance Armstrongs official presence at next weeks Colorado Classic race to record a daily podcast could violate the Texans lifetime ban for doping and threaten the sanctioning of the event. The race announced that Armstrongs podcast would help us connect with that serious cycling audience. However, the news lead to complaints about Armstrongs presence and forced officials to scrutinise the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) code concerning a banned athletes Ineligibility, especially the rule concerning the participation in any capacity in a Competition or activity. The UCI anti-doing rules state that the term activity also includes administrative activities, such as serving as an official, director, officer, employee, or volunteer of the organization. Armstrong was given a life-ban for doping during his career and was stripped of his seven Tour de France victories. He began his Stages podcast during the Tour de France and it quickly attracted a significant following and gave the disgraced Texan a voice in the sport. Armstrong produced his Tour de France podcast from Texas and in Aspen without being accredited as media at the Tour de France. However his presence and official links to the Colorado Classic, even as part of the media, sparked question about his life-time ban from the sport.ADVERTISEMENT USADA addressed the matter in a short statement late on Friday. Under the WADA Code, an ineligible individual may not have an official role in relation to a sanctioned event such as the Colorado Classic. USADA has received complaints about this and after reviewing the matter has advised the Colorado Classic on the applicable rules, a USADA spokesperson told Cyclingnews. This has reportedly forced the event organisers to revaluate Armstrongs links to the race, but no final decision on Armstrongs presence has been decided. We have been informed of rules that could limit broadcast of the Stages podcast from the upcoming Colorado Classic, race spokesperson Curtis Hubbard told the Denver Post newspaper in a statement. We are seeking additional guidance and will make a decision on how to proceed after further consultation with USADA and producers of the podcast. The spokesperson explained that the race has engaged in a media partnership with Armstrong that includes covering specific expenses related to the podcast but had no input with regard to its contents. You can read more at More...
Lucas Hamilton aiming to finish U23 career on a high
August 05, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
After an early-season of close results but no major victories, Lucas Hamilton broke through to take his first European win of 2017 at the Tour Alsace as he prepares for his major aim of the Tour de l'Avenir. Aiming to join the WorldTour ranks in 2018, the Australian on theMitchelton-Scottteam fell sick at last year's Tour de l'Avenir but recovered to finish second on the last stage and seal the mountain's competition. In his second season at Under 23 level, Hamilton continued his progression, with second place finishes at the Baby Giro and U23 edition of Liege-Bastogne-Liege evidence of his ability. "I didn't really have any expectation coming into the season," a modest Hamilton explained to Cyclingnews. "Obviously to wanted to perform. If you have asked me at the beginning of the season if I was happy with the position I am in now, I would be very happy. I have exceeded my expectations a little bit as it's been a really good season and I am happy with it."ADVERTISEMENT Thanks to his results, including four second places in Italian one-day races, Hamilton feels there is "lot less pressure heading into the Tour de l'Avenir this year." Hamilton's overall victory at the Tour Alsace victory was built upon his second place finish on stage 1 and his performance on stage 4. Stage 1 of the race took the peloton up the La Planche des Belles Filles finish just weeks after the Tour de France, where Fabio Aru claimed the stage win. Hamilton explained that he knew the finish from watching the race on television during July and used the knowledge to his advantage. "We'd spoken about that climb being the same as what Aru had won on in the Tour and we knew the last two, three hundred meters was super steep and really hard," he said of the stage won by Markus Hoelgaard. Every second counts at the Giro Baby Rivals at theTour de l'Avenir You can read more at More...
Cameron Meyer returns to the WorldTour with Orica-Scott
August 05, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
The Orica-Scott team has confirmed that Cameron Meyer will return to WorldTour level racing with the Australia team in 2018 as he prepares to target the Madison on the track at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games. Meyer was one of the original GreenEdge team signings back in 2012 and enjoying four successful seasons with the team. He left for Dimension-Data in 2016 and then opted to take time out from the highest level of road racing, preferring to mix his time on the track and the road with the Australian national team. He won his eighth world title on the track in the points race this spring after also being part of the team pursuit squad that won the world title. The Orica-Scott team is now very different to the one Meyer rode with in 2015. The success of Esteban Chaves and Adam and Simon Yates has turned the team into Grand Tour contenders, with Ewan Caleb the protected sprinter. Experienced climber Mikel Nieve will also join Orica-Scott in 2018, while it is unclear if former team leader Simon Gerrans will be part of the team in 2018.ADVERTISEMENT 29 year-old Meyer has agreed a three-year contract that runs until the end of the 2020 season. I am really happy to be coming back to the team. I have a lot of friends here including riders and staff members and Im excited to be returning to a familiar environment where I previously spent four successful years, Meyer said in a statement from Orica-Scott announcing his return. During my time away from the team racing for the Australian national squad, I found that striking a good balance between track and road commitments is what suits me best. Aiming for the Madison in Tokyo You can read more at More...
Tour of Utah stage 5 highlights - Video
August 05, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Travis McCabe (UnitedHealthcare) won stage 5 of the Tour of Utah on Friday, sprinting to the win in Bountiful ahead ofMarco Canola (Nippo-Vini Fantini) and Logan Owen (Axeon Hagens Berman). A lumpy finale thinned out the pack and spurred a few late escape attempts, but the race came back together for sprint at the mostly flat finish. Robin Carpenter (Holowesko-Citadel) surged to an early lead on the finishing straight, but McCabe pulled clear inside the last 200 metres to take the win.ADVERTISEMENT Race leader Rob Britton (Rally Cycling) finished safely to retain his overall lead. You can read more at More...
Tour of Utah: Carpenter overcomes early crash to finish 4th in Bountiful
August 04, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Robin Carpenters experience at the Tour of Utah on Friday may be best described as a Tale of Two Races. The first part of the tale saw the Holowesko-Citadel rider hit the deck hard about 50 kilometres into the 185-kilometre day and briefly consider abandoning on the side of the road. The second tale saw Carpenter chase back into the peloton, make the select lead group on the final hilly circuits in Bountiful and finish fourth despite being covered in road rash and bandages. After undergoing a brief concussion protocol on the side of the road after his crash because his helmet was cracked, Carpenter was ready to jump back into the race. But he was not allowed to proceed with the cracked headgear, and the team car with him didnt have a spare. Carpenter eventually borrowed a helmet from a fan alongside the road, but even that came with complications.ADVERTISEMENT I had to walk 300 metres up to get it because they wouldnt let me continue on without a helmet or a broken helmet, and we couldnt reach the team car on the phone, Carpenter said. I was about two seconds from climbing in the car and calling it, and someone in the broom wagon was yelling how someone had a helmet up the road. They wouldn't let me ride to get it, so I had to walk to it. It was probably from 1985 or something. Ironically, it was probably more dangerous than riding with a cracked helmet. Once he was back on the road, Carpenter faced the formidable task of getting back into the bunch. Race radio had him at least five minutes behind the main field for when he started his effort. Carpenter said it took about half an hour to get back on. You can read more at More...
Tour de Pologne: Teuns hangs on to take first WorldTour GC victory of career
August 04, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
25-year-old Dylan Teuns (BMC Racing Team) showed he could keep an impressively cool head under the heaviest of enemy fire on Friday as the young Belgian clinched his first ever overall victory in a WorldTour race at the Tour de Pologne despite severe pressure from his rivals. The GC leader since Thursday, when Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) cracked on the first of two severely hilly stages that brought down the curtain on the Tour de Pologne, Teuns began the seventh and final day of racing with no less than 11 riders at 43 seconds or less on GC. The closest, local favourite and former Pologne winner Rafal Majka (Bora-Hansgrohe), was just six seconds back. The heat was on with a vengeance, then, but finally Teuns held off Majka and an arguably even more dangerous Wout Poels (Team Sky) to win the Tour de Pologne by a mere two seconds, with Poels third, after the Dutchman captured the final stage.ADVERTISEMENT It was a gripping finale, and Teuns came within a whisker of cracking completely on the ultra-steep Sciana Bukovina climb close to the finish, particularly thanks to Poels repeated attacks. Teuns clung onto the group initially, albeit with difficulty, but then on the second part of the ascent, coming after the official summit of the climb, the Dutchman started to power up the road again on the wheel of teammate Diego Rosa and Teuns was definitely in trouble. However, teammate Tejay van Garderen not far away and the American was able to provide Teuns with some extremely timely support, dragging him up the final part of the climb just when he was on the point of cracking. This support in turn allowed the Belgian to get back on even terms with Poels and Rosa on the descent. After that, there was still the final unclassified climb to Bukowina left to tackle and everything left to play for, with Teuns jettisoning all his energy bars at the foot of the climb to ensure he had as little extra weight as possible when it came down to the final battle. But despite repeated different attacks, Teuns was able to shadow all the right moves, finish fifth on the stage and claim the overall win, albeit by the narrowest of margins. It was also BMC Racing Team's first ever victory in the Tour de Pologne. You can read more at More...
Tour de Pologne: Sagan falls at final fence after long breakaway
August 04, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
In a triumphant comeback to racing, World Champion Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) completed the Tour de Pologne on Friday with a stunning but ultimately unsuccessful solo breakaway, which only definitively collapsed 2.5 kilometres from the line of the last stage. Part of a front group of 13 that broke away early on stage 7's extremely hilly trek through the Tatras mountains, Sagan dropped the strongest of his breakaway companions, Rubn Plaza (Orica-Scott), with 27 kilometres to go. Behind, Diego Rosa (Team Sky) set off in hot pursuit from the break, but Sagan kept up a determined pace, egged on in his solo effort by the numerous Slovak fans who had crossed over the nearby border to Poland to cheer him on. It was an impressive final crack of the whip in a week of racing in which Sagan has put his difficult summer behind him with a vengeance. The winner of the opening stage in Krakow last Saturday, his first race back since his disqualification from the Tour de France, Sagan lost the lead the following day on the downhill bunch sprint at Katowice.ADVERTISEMENT But the reigning world champion bounced back in style with a second place on stage 3, the first summit finish of the race, moving into the lead once again and then strengthening his lead in the two following bunch sprints with two third places. Things unravelled badly on stage 6, when he was dropped on the relentless succession of steep climbs in the Tatras mountains, and fell out of the GC battle by 15 minutes. But Sagan bounced back in style with his long-distance attack on stage 7, proving that he was determined to leave the Tour de Pologne at the top of his game. Sagan was finally caught by Rosa and what was left of the fast-accelerating GC group some nine kilometres from the line, but incredibly, even as he was reeled in, the world champion tried once again to go clear. Sagan survived for a bit but on the downhill but on the long, draggy ascent to Bukowina Tatrzanska, the GC candidates hauled him in again - and this time for good. Sky's Wout Poels would go on to win with Sagan's Bora teammate Rafal Majka finishing third to nab second overall. You can read more at More...
Veteran Beppu plans to continue racing until 2020 Tokyo Olympics
August 04, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
His legs stretched out of the back of the Trek-Segafredo team car at the start of the final stage of the Tour de Pologne, Fumiyuki Beppu shrugged his shoulders and chuckled wryly when he was asked what his best moment of the 2017 season has been. It turns out that "so far " there hasn't really been one. "It's not been my best year in terms of personal success, it's been quite average," Beppu admits. "I've mainly been focussed on working for my teammates. But I'd like to get some good results for me, not doing so is not good for the confidence. "After this I'll do the [Cyclassics] Hamburg and some one-day races, and I'd like to go onto the World Championships. But at the moment there aren't so many spots for Japan in the World Championships and the UCI keep on changing the regulations for the number of places. In the Nations World Ranking, Japan is below 30th so there's not so many places for that."ADVERTISEMENT As might be expected, Beppu is down to do the Japan Cup, and then will line up for some end-of-season criteriums in his home country. "There's a big one on about October 23rd or 24th this year, lots of spectators - last year there were 80,000 people there, and I've already won it twice," he said. Then after that comes the Saitama Criterium, a few weeks spent seeing relatives in Japan, then a return to Europe and his closest family, who live near Lyon, France. "Basically my life's in France, now," he says. At 34, Beppu remains, nonetheless, the best ranked Japanese rider in the UCI Asia Tour Ranking, a much-valued domestique who turned pro way back in 2005. And with a contract for 2018, he has every intention, he tells Cyclingnews, of continuing with his career all the way to the Tokyo Olympics in 2020. "This year I didn't do a Grand Tour, so it's a little bit of a pity. But I have been a professional for 13 years and I should keep pedalling and doing my job. I would like to keep going til Tokyo. Obviously it'll depend on my condition, but that's what I hope." You can read more at More...
Gaviria confirmed to remain with Quick-Step Floors through 2019
August 04, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Fernando Gaviria will stay with Patrick Lefevere's Quick-Step Floors team through the end of the 2019 season, the team confirmed today. Cyclingnews previously reported that the young Colombian winner of the Giro d'Italia points classification intended to renew his contract with the team that brought him into the WorldTour. He joins Bob Jungels and Julian Alaphilippe in renewing with the team. The team also announced a contract renewal with Argentinean MaximilianoRicheze for two years. "I am very happy to stay with the team who gave me the chance to turn pro and brought me into European cycling,"Gaviria said in a press release. "When I look back on the last two years and see how I've developed and grown as a rider, I am more than confident staying with this team is the right decision. I feel at home and appreciated here, and Patrick Lefevere puts a lot of confidence in me, so it just feels like a natural step to continue my progression with this outstanding team."ADVERTISEMENT Gaviria won four stages in his debut GrandTour, this year's Giro d'Italia, and is now hoping to improve his abilities in the Classics. He sprinted to fifth in his second appearance in Milan-San Remo this year. "After what I've achieved in the Giro, I think I am heading towards the next big step of my career. I am especially keen on testing my potential and doing well in the classics, races I have always had a special love for,"Gaviria said. "Quick-Step Floors is one of the greatest ever teams in these races, so I think I can learn a lot from the guys here. I look forward to continuing my presence in the fast finishes and grabbing my chances when and wherever they show in next season." Lefevere was, of course, pleased to announce that Gaviria would remain with the team. "Fernando's potential is huge, he's one of the most talented riders out there and I dare to say his results so far have been only an appetiser for what we are going to see in the years to come,"Lefevere said. You can read more at More...
Tour of Utah breakaway turns ugly as workload dispute ends in a crash
August 03, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
The temperature wasnt the only thing on the rise during stage 4 at the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah on Thursday, as disagreements in the breakaway about who was working and who was sitting on led to arguments and a crash for Israel Cycling Academys Daniel Turek. Turek infiltrated a six-rider break that escaped after 90 difficult minutes of racing in temperatures that reached 36 degrees Celsius. The group eventually built a gap of five minutes on the peloton. But when Tureks director ordered him to sit on the move, his breakaway companion took exception. In the break with Turek were Gonzalo Serrano (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA), Lorenzo Rota (Bardiani CSF), Marco Zamparella (Amore & Vita), Taylor Sheldon (Jelly Belly-Maxxis) and Brian McCulloch (Elevate-KHS).ADVERTISEMENT Turek could be seen in the group informing his fellow breakaway companions that he had been ordered not to work, but the news didnt go over too well. Rotas immediately attacked the group when the gap started coming down, but the others were able to bring him back. He jumped again with Serrano, and the two riders opened a gap that would leave the rest behind. As Turek chased with Zamparella, Sheldon and McCulloch, his front tire made contact with Zamparellas back tire, and the Cycling Academy rider went down hard. You can read more at More...
Orica-Scott double up in Tour de Pologne with solo win for Haig
August 03, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
After a near miss on Monday in the Tour de Pologne's first summit finish in Szczyrk, three days later Orica-Scott's Jack Haig could take a well-deserved first professional victory with another blazing late solo attack through the mountains of southern Poland. Haig stormed away some 19 kilometres from the stage 6 finish on the relentlessly undulating second half of stage six's arduous hilly trek from Kopalnia Soli Wieliczka salt mine to the ski resort of Zakopane close to the Polish-Slovak border. On Monday, Haig was caught at the foot of the final climb and then teammate Adam Yates tried for a stage victory before he was overtaken by Dylan Teuns (BMC Racing) half way up the ascent.ADVERTISEMENT But on Thursday, it was the Australian who clinched the win, while Yates, ninth in the chase group, kept guard and chased down the counter-attacks once Haig had gone clear. Yates was the first of his teammates to give Haig a big congratulatory hug after the finish line, too. Just 23, Haig has had some promising results up to now, including a second place in the 2015 Tour de L'Avenir behind young Spanish climber Marc Soler (Movistar) and two top-three overall finishes in the Tour of Slovenia this summer and last. But it was finally in Poland that he netted his first outright success, with his stage win following up teammate Caleb Ewan's victory on Tuesday and Luka Mezgec's runner-up spot on Wednesday, as well as some strong riding by Adam Yates. Both Haig and Yates are still in the overall running, with Yates moving up to sixth, 19 seconds down on race leader Dylan Teuns (BMC Racing Team) and Haig jumping 11 places to 12th, 43 seconds back. With one hilly stage on Friday remaining, as Teuns put it, "[Haig] is back in the game now." You can read more at More...
Teuns predicts hard fight to hold yellow in Tour de Pologne
August 03, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Standing by the side of the barriers after the finish of the Tour de Pologne's stage 6 with just a soigneur for company, BMC Racing Team's Dylan Teuns kept glancing nervously at a giant TV screen to see the GC results as soon as possible. Finally, though, it was a UCI commissaire who came hurrying across the tarmac to tell the young Belgian the words he wanted to hear: "Yellow. Yellow jersey." The winner of the first mountainous stage of the race on Monday and running second overall since then, Teuns has moved into the overall lead after Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) cracked badly with some 25 kilometres to go. A cat-and-mouse battle ensued in the lead group of 11, containing almost all the main favourites, but although the Belgian could not stop Jack Haig (Orica-Scott) from breaking away, he still kept a firm enough grasp on his rivals to ensure he has the lead. But only just.ADVERTISEMENT 12th and last of the group to finish on the long, uphill drag to Zakopane, Teuns kept a six-second advantage over Rafael Majka (Bora-Hansgrohe) with Wilco Keldermann (Team Sunweb) in third at 10 seconds back. But with 12 riders within 43 seconds on the overall " stage winner Jack Haig is the furthest adrift of the real GC threats " the battle for what would be BMC Racing's first ever victory in the Tour de Pologne is far from resolved in Teuns' favour. "We knew when Haig attacked we could give him a little bit of time because he was already two minutes down," Teuns said afterwards. "But now he's back also in the [GC] game." There was a moment where Teuns had almost lost his chance at the race lead when Majka and Kelderman followed an attack from Sky's Wout Poels, and he was on the wrong side of the split. You can read more at More...
Bardet to race Vuelta a Espana
August 03, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Romain Bardet has thrown his hat in the ring for the Vuelta a Espaa after coming in third overall at the Tour de France. The AG2R La Mondiale rider will join Tour winner Chris Froome (Team Sky) and other top finishers including Fabio Aru (Astana) and Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafredo) at the start in Nimes on August 19. "I am very happy to have a chance to participate in the Vuelta, not only as a way to avoid the monotony of a usual program, but also to compete in two Grand Tours in one season for the first time in my career," Bardet said in a team press release. Bardet was one of the most aggressive contenders in the Tour de France, winning the stage to Peyregudes and holding second place overall until falling behind Rigoberto Uran (Cannondale-Drapac) in the final time trial.ADVERTISEMENT "For several months I have been considering the possibility of competing in the Vuelta a Espaa, and after speaking with the general management of the team as well as the staff, they have reinforced this idea as an option for me. This is an important step in the life as a professional racer, and I feel that I have the maturity to tackle it." He said he will have different goals than what he held for the Tour, but hopes to "figure prominently in those stages that correspond to my strengths." He will be joined by Domenico Pozzovivo, Matteo Montaguti, Alexandre Geniez, Samuel Dumoulin and Alexis Gougeard. The rest of the team will be announced after the BinckBank Tour, with Hugo Houle, Clement Chevrier, Julien Duval and Nico Denz competing for the last two places. You can read more at More...
Gallopin to join AG2R La Mondiale for 2018
August 02, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
After four seasons with Lotto Soudal, Tony Gallopin will join AG2R La Mondiale for the 2018 season. The 29-year-old Frenchman, whose versatile skill set makes him a contender on a wide variety of terrains, recently finished as runner-up at the Clasica San Sebastian for the second year in a row, having won the race in 2013. He won a stage at the 2014 Tour de France and has delivered top 10 results in races as diverse as the weeklong Paris-Nice "where he has finished among the top 10 overall for four years running and also nabbed a stage "and spring Classic Milan-San Remo, where he was ninth in a bunch sprint in 2015. "I am leaving Lotto Soudal having spent four years there. I was able to live through some very beautiful emotions, and I can only thank the team for this experience. I am delighted to be joining AG2R La Mondiale. We saw again recently at the Tour de France that this is a team that is among the best in the world," Gallopin said via an AG2R press release.ADVERTISEMENT "The vision of the sporting project is what seduced me and won me over. I will have a varied role. On the one hand, I will be playing a big part in the spring Classics and hopefully helping Oliver Naesen to land a Monument. I know that I will also have my own chance when racing the weeklong events like the Paris-Nice. I have been able to prove also that some of the one-day races suit me, and I hope to earn some great victories while wearing the AG2R La Mondiale jersey. And then another part of my job will be to support Romain Bardet at the Tour de France. I am very motivated by this new challenge." AG2R manager Vincent Lavenu affirmed the plan to find a balance between offering Gallopin his own opportunities while also relying on his talents as a support rider in both one-day Classics and stage races. "As a racer, Tony cuts the sort of figure we were looking for. He is experienced, a talented puncheur, very smart and can climb with the best deep into the mountains. He showed once again in the most recent Tour de France that he is a warrior who has a real intelligence when racing," Lavenu said. "His role will be to help Oliver Naesen early in the season and then Romain Bardet at the Tour de France. Of course, he will have his own freedom at the races that suit his strengths. We know that he is a rider capable of winning great things." You can read more at More...
Van Poppel finally captures stage victory at Tour de Pologne
August 02, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
After several podium finishes and a brief spell in the lead, the only thing missing for Team Sky sprinter Danny Van Poppel in the 2017 Tour de Pologne was an actual win. And on Wednesday's crash-blighted, rain soaked finale in Rzeszow, it finally arrived. Van Poppel's victory in Pologne came as much thanks to Team Sky's rock-solid positioning on the front of the peloton and surviving four short, Amstel Gold-like climbs as it did to his actual sprint speed. Then there were the crashes, too. Late rainstorms turned the stage 5 finale into a skating rink, with riders going down even when taking corners at a snail's pace, as happened to Joe Dombrowski (Cannondale-Drapac) on a 180-degree turn at the start of the last lap.ADVERTISEMENT Van Poppel was perfectly placed at the front of the mini-peloton when it roared into the final kilometres, with two Sky teammates piloting him safely through the fiddly final city centre. Race leader Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe), clearly recognising he was onto a good thing, stayed locked onto Van Poppel's back wheel. Van Poppel and his Sky escort found themselves ahead of another crash that ripped into the peloton with 1.2 kilometres to go, and which abruptly reduced the front group of sprinters and GC men from around 40 to less than a dozen. A late move by Youcef Reguigui (Dimension Data) could have caught the Sky mini-train by surprise but instead, they resolutely ploughed on, passing the fading Algerian with about 500 metres to go. Van Poppel started the sprint from a long way out, and despite Sagan's best efforts to get back on terms, not to mention a determined charge from Orica-Scott's Luka Mezgec on his left, the young Dutchman could finally cross the line as a Tour de Pologne stage winner. You can read more at More...
Tour of Utah time trial: A short burst that could upend the GC
August 02, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
After two stages, the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah general classification is still exceedingly tight, with 22 riders less than a minute off the time of race leader Sepp Kuss (Rally Cycling), who is currently tied on time with stage 2 winner Brent Bookwalter (BMC Racing) and Elevate-KHS rider James Piccoli. That will likely change on Wednesday when the peloton tackles the stage 3 time trial in Big Cottonwood Canyon. The course is only 9km long, but it starts at about 2,225 metres above sea level and finishes at 2,625 metres. "It's not really tactical or it's not about pacing your effort in different parts," Bookwalter said during the winner's press conference after stage 2. "You could probably stick guys on a computer trainer and do a VO2 Max test and find out the winner [Wednesday] if you do it at altitude. It's just pure physical and pure suffering."ADVERTISEMENT Bookwalter said he expects significant separation in the GC after Wednesday's stage. "It could be the most decisive day of the race, but it's a new stage so it's hard to know," the BMC leader said. "Traditionally you see pretty big time gaps at Snowbird, too. I think last time I was here two years ago, [Cannondale-Drapac's] Joe Dombrowski put a minute into second place. So it's all open." Kuss agreed that the time trial will likely be decisive for the overall battle, although riders will have to tackle the Queen stage to Snowbird on Saturday as well. You can read more at More...
Matthews skips lucrative post-Tour de France crits to focus on remaining goals
August 01, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Michael Matthews (Sunweb) took the rare decision to skip a full programme of post-Tour de France criteriums in a bid to remain on track for the second half of the season. This year's winner of the green jersey was invited to take part in a series of races across Europe after his impressive Tour performance saw him win two stages and net the points classification. However, with a series of WorldTour goals and the World Championships on the horizon, the Australian passed up the chance of racing the lucrative evening criteriums. "I've still got a big season ahead of me and last year when I did the crits it took a lot of energy out of me for the second half of the season," Matthews told Cyclingnews at Sunday's RideLondon. "This time I decided to just use the time to rest at home. I've got big ambitions for the second half of the season and my team are paying me to race for them. In the end, that's what I have to do. So I went home, I rested, and I started back up with RideLondon."ADVERTISEMENT Matthews' debut season at Sunweb has gone from strength to strength but the Australian is in no mood to ease off with several important one-day races left on his schedule. His stage racing programme for 2018 is over but the one-day programme builds towards the crescendo of the World Championships in Norway. "I have Plouay and Hamburg, the Canadian Classics and then Worlds. There are only a few more race days. I think the Worlds course suits me. We went and did a recon a few months ago and it's hard to say who it really suits because of the weather aspect, but it's going to be exciting for sure." Although Matthews is focused on his remaining races, the Tour de France success is still fresh in his mind and he is still coming to terms with his green jersey triumph. You can read more at More...
De Kort: Taking EPO is ridiculous, it's just so stupid
June 29, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Koen de Kort has expressed his shock and outrage after Trek-Segafredo teammate Andre Cardoso returned a positive test for EPO on the eve of the Tour de France. Cardoso has denied taking the drug and is awaiting the result of the B-sample analysis but the rider was pulled from Trek-Segafredo's Tour team earlier this week and has been suspended by the team pending the final analysis. "I just can't really believe it. I'm hoping that the B-sample is going to be negative because I cant imagine how you could be so stupid," de Kort told Cyclingnews at the Tour de France teams presentation in Dusseldorf on Thursday evening.ADVERTISEMENT "It just makes no sense to me. We've spoken about it briefly [ed. at the team] but not a whole lot. We're dumbstruck." De Kort added that he had mixed emotions on the subject " welcoming the fact that testing in professional sport works but reiterating his disappointment and frustration with Cardoso. "It's good that some guys get caught as it means that testing works and deters people from doing stupid thing, but that it's a teammate makes it a bit painful." You can read more at More...
Cardoso denies taking EPO, requests B sample test
June 27, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
In the wake todays UCI announcement that Andr Cardoso (Trek-Segafredo) tested positive for EPO in an out-of-competition control earlier this month, the Portuguese rider has denied ever having used EPO or any performance enhancing drug. Cardoso said he has requested his B sample be tested as soon as possible. Writing on Facebook, Cardoso, who has been provisionally suspended by both the UCI and his team until results of the B sample test return, said he would never let down his team, teammates or the sport. Today, I received notification from the UCI that my A Sample, from a urine test done at my home on June 18th, tested positive for Erythropoietin, Cardoso wrote on Facebook. I have requested to the UCI that my B sample be tested as soon as possible.ADVERTISEMENT Cardoso was brought on board Trek-Segafredo this year in part to support Alberto Contador in the Tour de France. This year would have been the 32-year-olds first crack at the Tour after having raced the Giro dItalia three times and the Vuelta a Espaa four. Getting the chance to ride at the pinnacle of professional cycling is the greatest honor I could ever hope for, and I was looking forward to doing my best for my team and myself at the Tour, he wrote. I believe in clean sport and have always conducted myself as a clean athlete, but I realize that this news puts a dark cloud on not just myself but also on our sport and my team, teammates and staff. Before anything else, those people are my friends and colleagues for whom I have unlimited respect, and under no circumstances would I ever do something that could put them, their families or their reputations in jeopardy. You can read more at More...

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