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Movistar aiming for overall triumph in Vuelta a Espana with Nairo Quintana
August 24, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Nairo Quintana has made it clear that he and Movistar will be gunning for outright victory in the Vuelta a Espaa, an objective which many of the other nominal favourites during the race countdown have diluted with their World Championships goals. "I'm here to go for the overall victory," Quintana told Spanish sports daily AS on Friday in no uncertain terms. The Colombian also made it clear, AS said, that he preferred to be sole leader of the team, as he will be in the Vuelta a Espaa, rather than sharing that status with other teammates, as he did in the Tour de France. "I like this approach more and I will assume the position of overall leader every time the team ask me to do so," Quintana told the paper.ADVERTISEMENT Although Quintana won a prestigious mountain stage of the Tour de France this July, he did not have a major impact in the battle for the overall, let alone win. But rather than be discouraged by this below-expectations result in July, Quintana has gone for 'double or quits', saying that his and Movistar's objective is to set their disappointing Tour de France record straight in the Vuelta. "We couldn't win [the Tour] and that was the big goal, even though we got a stage and the teams classification, and I'm here [in Spain] to go for the victory," Quintana said. Rather than avoid pressure, as many of the other contenders seem to be doing, Quintana shrugged off the extra-high level of expectations that automatically brings. "I don't mind being tipped as favourite," the former winner of both the Giro d'italia and Vuelta a Espaa said. You can read more at More...
2019 Vuelta a Espana to start in Alicante region with time trial
August 24, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
The 2019 Vuelta a Espaa will start in the easterly coastal region of Alicante, it was announced on Friday. The last time the Spanish Grand Tour started in Alicante was in 2011, when it began in the popular tourist location of Benidorm with a team time trial. After avoiding the region completely in 2018, the 2019 Vuelta will have three stages in the area, the first in the large coastal town of Torrevieja, with a stage based around the towns famous saltwater - and salt making - lagoons.ADVERTISEMENT The first stage will be a time trial, but the routes of the following two stages in the region have yet to be decided. "Its an area with very varied terrain and we have lots to choose from," argued Vuelta director Javier Guilln during the press conference in Mlaga. As recently as 2016, the Vuelta concluded its mountainous stages with an ascent to Aitana in the Alicante region. As is traditional in the Vuelta, next years start was announced during the countdown to this years opening stage, also a time trial. You can read more at More...
Bookwalter signs for Mitchelton-Scott
August 24, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
After spending his entire career with the BMC Racing Team, Brent Bookwalter is set to move to Mitchelton-Scott next season. The 34-year-old is the first American to sign for the men's team since their inception in 2012. Bookwalter turned professional in 2008, joining the BMC Racing team when they were in their second year and still racing at Pro Continental level. He has stayed with them since then, turning into a solid support rider who has also been given his own opportunities. His best results have come in his native USA, with podium places at the Tour of Utah and the USA Pro Cycling Challenge in 2013 and fourth overall at last years Tour of California.ADVERTISEMENT Bookwalter joins a long list of riders departing BMC following their lengthy hunt for a 2019 sponsor. After 11 seasons in the same set-up, it is a chance for Bookwalter to test himself in a new environment. "I have been fortunate to have a long and steady career at the same organisation," Bookwalter said in a team press release. "I really enjoyed that and I think both sides have really benefited from that but I felt like I am getting up there in age, I will be 35 next year, and I am always looking to keep improving, keep things exciting and stay motivated and inspired so I just felt it was time for a switch in scenery and environment. Im optimistic and confident that will enhance the motivation, be a breath of fresh air and maximise the upcoming seasons. "I have always looked at Mitchelton-Scott and respected the team on a performance level but I have also seen the culture and comradery between the guys on the road, how they ride with each other and for each other, which I think has positively impacted their results and performances significantly." You can read more at More...
With Froome absent, Quintana favored to win Spanish Vuelta
August 23, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) " Chris Froome's decision not to defend his Spanish Vuelta title and fitness concerns for other top cyclists leaves Nairo Quintana in position to claim the Grand Tour for a second time.Quintana beat Froome... More...
Nationality confusion forces Zabelinskaya out of Asian Games
August 23, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) " One thing seems certain amid the conjecture over Olympic medalist Olga Zabelinskaya's bid to switch nationality from Russia to Uzbekistan " she won't be competing at the Asian Games.Zabelinskaya has been... More...
Vuelta a Espana team presentation - Gallery
August 23, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
The stars of the Vuelta a Espaa were on display at the team presentation held in Malaga on Thursday. Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida), Nairo Quintana (Movistar), Simon and Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) and world champion Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) waved to the crowds from the stage while also stopped to take pictures and sign autographs with fans outside the presentation area. The third Grand Tour of the season will get underway on Saturday with an 8km time trial in Malaga. This Vuelta is considered one of the toughest withnine summit finishes and two individual time trials. There are six flat stages and four mid-mountain days, but the bulk of the climbing comes during the end of the second week.ADVERTISEMENT Despite the challenges ahead, the riders and teams looked to be in a relaxed atmosphere as they sat and waited for the presentation at small tables and outside benches, mixing and mingling with one another. View the gallery of images from the Vuelta a Espaa team presentation above. You can read more at More...
Simon Yates on track for Vuelta a Espana in final countdown
August 23, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) is never one to overstate his case, but at this point in the game, not even the Briton can deny he's showing great pre-race form for the Vuelta a Espaa. Sixth in his first Vuelta a Espaa in 2016 but 44th last year, this time around Yates comes to the race after a rollercoaster Giro d'Italia, where he led the race for much of the first two weeks this May and won several very tough stages before fading badly on the Colle dell Finestre. However, an imaginary graph of his build-up to the Vuelta a Espaa, which he has described as "very different" to the Giro in other interviews with Cyclingnews, would show a steady upwards line towards Malaga and the short time trial that opens the race on the evening of Saturday 25th.ADVERTISEMENT In Yates' return to racing at the Prueba de Vilafranca after the Giro, he finished second behind a teammate Robert Power. Then on his return to World Tour events in August, he forged a lone breakaway and solo win on the Tour de Pologne's toughest hilly stage just under a fortnight ago. Had Michal Kwiatkowski (Team Sky) weakened a little earlier on the last ascent to Bukowina, Yates would have been Britain's first winner of the Eastern European event. "I've done a long and slow progression to where I am today, I did the Tour of Poland and was getting better every day, managed to win the last stage and the signs are good, the sensations are good," Simon Yates told reporters on Thursday in the start city of Malaga. "I'm looking forward to getting underway here." Mitchelton-Scott arguably have the strongest all-around team at this year's Vuelta, too, with Matteo Trentin, the winner of four stages in 2017, in the mix for the sprints, and a plethora of climbing firepower to support Yates. You can read more at More...
Start times for Vuelta a Espana opening time trial
August 23, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
This years Vuelta a Espana will start with an individual time trial for the first time in almost a decade. The eight-kilometre test around the seaside resort of Malaga will not open up large gaps in the overall classification but will decide the first wearer of the leader's red jersey. While the team time trial has been eschewed for an individual event this year, the evening start remains with Burgos BHs Jorge Cubero the first down the ramp at 17:26 CET. Richie Porte (BMC Racing) is the earliest of the general classification contenders to roll out at 17:44 and will look to set a benchmark for all of his rivals.ADVERTISEMENT With defending champion Chris Froome not at the race, last years runner up Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) has the honour of being last to start his effort at 20:21 local time. You can read more at More...
Richie Porte set to miss Vuelta a Espana team presentation because of gastroenteritis
August 23, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Richie Portes countdown to the Vuelta a Espaa has hit a late bump in the road, with the Australian missing Thursdays team presentation and press conference because of a bout of gastroenteritis. The BMC Racing Team rider will still start the race, the team's Twitter account confirmed on Thursday, and a team source separately confirmed to Cyclingnews. Porte's illness, team doctor Daniele Zaccaria said on the BMC account, began when he woke up with some "intestinal issues this [Thursday] morning.ADVERTISEMENT "We have been monitoring him during the day and although it is nothing too serious, we feel the best thing for his recovery is to rest for the remainder of the day." Porte was expected to recommence light training on Friday and then be on the start line on Saturday, the team added. Although "not ideal," the team said, they were confident that rest would help Porte get back to his pre-race form. The Australian opted for the Vuelta after a bad crash in stage 9 of the Tour de France wrecked his chances in his initial main Grand Tour target of the season. You can read more at More...
Peter Sagan aims for stage wins while training for Worlds at Vuelta a Espana
August 23, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
The return of Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) to the Vuelta a Espaa this Saturday could hardly go unnoticed given both his status as three-times world champion, and the dramatic way that he quit the Vuelta three years ago. "Good memories and bad memories, always everything is together," was the somewhat poetic way Sagan had of summing up his recollections of the Vuelta on Thursday, a race in which he took his first-ever Grand Tour stage wins back in 2011. It's also a race that he quit in 2015, injured after colliding with an in-race motorbike. Sagan told reporters in Malaga, where the race starts on Saturday, that he is aiming to have a good race, "and after that we will see," he said. But he also admitted that he was not yet at 100 per cent" after crashing in the Pyrenees during the Tour de France.ADVERTISEMENT Sagan's memories of the Vuelta stretch back to 2011 when, as a second year pro, he won the final stage in Madrid, as well as stages 6 and 12, He also remembered the 2014 edition when he "had a virus and could only do nine, ten or 11 days before quitting". "Then in 2015, I won some stages, I think," said Sagan, who won stage 3 into Mlaga. And after I had a bad crash, but it happens. He agreed, with a laugh, with one reporter's joking suggestion that it was thanks to that crash he had gone on to win in Richmond's Worlds. Sagan's primary target this year, he said, are stage wins, with a first chance to do so coming on stage 2 to Caminito del Rey. This was initially described as the Vuelta's ninth summit finish, but now, after it was shortened in length, it has been reclassified as an 'uphill sprint' and likely to favour racers like Alejandro Valverde (Movistar), Gorka Izagirre (Bahrain-Merida), narrowly defeated on a similar uphill in Paris-Nice this spring, and Sagan himself. You can read more at More...
Van Avermaet, Matthews headline Grands Prix Cyclistes de Quebec and Montreal
August 23, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Organisers of the Grands Prix Cyclistes de Quebec and Montreal have announced the headliners of this year's double Canadian WorldTour races will include Olympic Champion Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing), Michael Matthews (Sunweb), John Degenkolb (Trek-Segafredo), Alexander Kristoff (UAE Team Emirates) and Tim Wellens (Lotto Soudal). "I love these two races; every year they're among my main end-of-season challenges," Van Avermaet said in a press statement issued on Thursday. Van Avermaet won the GP de Montreal in 2016, and has thrice placed second at the GP de Quebec; in 2012 behind Simon Gerrans and in the 2016 and 2017 editions, losing both races to Peter Sagan. Sagan will not be returning to the two one-day races as he will instead be racing the Vuelta a Espaa, which starts on Saturday in Malaga.ADVERTISEMENT Van Avermaet has had another strong season highlighted by the eight days he spent in the yellow jersey at the Tour de France. He put on the coveted jersey after BMC Racing won the team time trial on stage 3 and lost it following stage 11 into La Rosiere in the Alps. Van Avermaet will be joined on the start lines by his BMC teammate Gerrans, who has won GP de Montreal in 2014 and GP de Quebec in 2012 and 2014. Former winners that will return to the race include GP de Montreal's defending champion Diego Ulissi (UAE Team Emirates), along with Robert Gesink (Team LottoNL-Jumbo), who has won on both circuits; 2010 in Montreal and 2013 in Quebec City, and 2011 Montreal winner Rui Costa (UAE Team Emirates). Wellens, who won the 2015 edition off GP de Montreal returns in top shape having placed third overall at the BinckBank Tour. You can read more at More...
UAE Team Emirates sign Tour de l'Avenir stage winner Covi - News Shorts
August 22, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
UAE Team Emirates announced it has reached an agreement to sign Italian Alessandro Covi, winner of Wednesday's stage 6 of the Tour de l'Avenir. Covi, also racing as a trainee with UAE, will continue with Team Colpack in 2019 before joining the WorldTour squad. "I'm very happy, I feel UAE Team Emirates can be the best team for becoming a pro rider," Covi said. "I won't join the pros in the next season, I feel it's better to wait for one more year, during which I'll do my best to improve my skills. Meanwhile, I'll race as a trainee in my new team in this final part of the season."ADVERTISEMENT The squad has also picked up Slovenian Tadej Pogacar on a two-year contract. He will begin with the team in 2019. "I am honoured to be able to ride in a World Tour team and it makes me even happier to know that I am joining an ambitious formation that knows how to value their riders," Pogacar said. "I'd like to thank Saronni and all the sponsors for the faith they've shown in me." Duval to replace Chevrier in the Vuelta a Espaa The AG2R La Mondiale squad announced a change to its squad for the Vuelta a Espaa. Clement Chevrier is suffering injuries from a crash and was advised by team doctors not to start the Grand Tour. Walscheid in for Bauhaus in Sunweb's Vuelta squad Craddock concludes 'Fight for Paris' with night of racing at Alkek Velodrome You can read more at More...
Winder, Hanson sign for Trek women's team - Women's News Shorts
August 22, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
A month after being unveiled, the new Trek women's team continues to take shape with the announcement that Ruth Winder and Lauretta Hanson have signed with the squad. Winder and Hanson join Lizzie Deignan and Elisa Longo Borghini in the team, and directeur sportifs Ina Yoko Teutenberg and Giorgia Bronzini. Winder, who spent much of her career on the UnitedHealthcare team, joins Trek after a season with the Sunweb set-up. This season has been 25-year-old's first full year racing in Europe. In July she won a stage of the Giro Rosa and with it spent a day in the coveted maglia rosa. "I'm really excited to be joining the new Trek program! As soon as I heard about the team, I was interested, and after talking with Trek, it sounded like a great fit," Winder said.ADVERTISEMENT "I feel fully ready to take that into next year with what's going to be a really strong team. Along with Lizzie (Deignan), I was actually born in Yorkshire, and I am really looking to the 2019 World Championships there. The upcoming year is full of goals to get there, and I'm excited to see what we will achieve." The 23-year-old Hanson has also come through the UnitedHealthcare set-up, having ridden with them for the past two seasons. She has previously taken the youth classification at the Santos Women's Tour and claimed her first major victory this season in the time trial at the Tour de Feminin - O cenu Ceskho vcarska. "Trek has put together a program with fantastic support and a world-class roster filled with experience and strength. I have idolized a lot of these women throughout my career, and I am looking forward to racing alongside them, and under their guidance," Hanson said. Uttrup Ludwig extends with Cervelo Bigla Van Vleuten wins Veenendaal-Veenendaal Classic Spratt and Roy lead Mitchelton-Scott at GP Plouay Niewiadoma takes mountains jersey in Norway You can read more at More...
Pinot signs contract extension to stay at Groupama-FDJ through 2020
August 22, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Thibaut Pinot will remain at Groupama-FDJ for the next two years after signing a contract extension that will keep him at the French team until the end of the 2020 season. Groupama-FDJ hinted at the news on Twitter on Wednesday afternoon, before Pinot confirmed it in a social media post of his own. "Happy to announce to you that 2019 and 2020 will be my 10th and 11th seasons in the colours of @groupamafdj," Pinot wrote. "Total confidence in my teammates, my team of always and its sponsors, @Groupama and @FDJ." Pinot has spent his entire career with Marc Madiot's team after turning professional in 2010. His existing contract was due to expire at the end of this season. Earlier in the year, La Gazzetta dello Sport reported that Bahrain-Merida were interested in acquiring Pinots services, though in recent weeks, it became increasingly apparent that his preference was to remain at Groupama-FDJ.ADVERTISEMENT "Extending with Groupama-FDJ was a choice made with my heart and my head," Pinot said in a statement released on Wednesday afternoon. "It's the team that I have grown up in, where I have developed, but, above all, where I learned what the notion of confidence is. I am fortunate to benefit from the unfailing support of the sponsors, of Marc Madiot and of my teammates. To be able to ride my bike in this environment helps me to go beyond myself in competition. "Bit by bit, the team has been built around me. Today I have teammates of a very high level to support me, and who match with me perfectly on a human level. It's an essential factor. I have blind faith in them. I have the balance I need to blossom. And that's something no other structure could offer me. All of these elements are going to allow me to pass a new sporting milestone, notably in the Grand Tours." Pinot placed third overall at the 2014 Tour de France but missed this year's race as he had not recovered fully from the pneumonia and exhaustion that forced him out the Giro d'Italia ahead of the final stage. The 28-year-old had ridden strongly across the three weeks and was lying third overall on the final weekend, only to be stricken by illness on the last mountain stage to Cervinia. You can read more at More...
De Plus signs for LottoNL-Jumbo
August 22, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Laurens De Plus will ride for LottoNL-Jumbo for the next two seasons. The Belgian joins the Dutch squad from Quick-Step Floors, where he has raced for the past three years. "I think this is an ideal team for me," De Plus said in a statement on Wednesday. "Team LottoNL-Jumbo has proven to work well with young riders and to be able to develop them further. Seeing how the team rode in the Tour de France motivated me. This is a unique opportunity for me to develop further and hopefully to be able to perform well later on in Grand Tours. The good atmosphere at Team LottoNL-Jumbo is also very important to me.ADVERTISEMENT De Plus turned professional with Quick-Step in 2016 after enjoying a fine under-23 career on Lotto Soudals development squad. He underlined his ability as a climber by placing second overall at both Ronde de lIsard and the Giro della Valle dAosta in 2015. As a 21-year-old neo-professional, De Plus impressed sufficiently to earn selection for the Belgian squad for the road race at the Rio 2016 Olympics. He made his Grand Tour debut in 2017, placing 24th overall at the Giro dItalia. De Plus progress has been hindered by crashes over the past year. He fractured his knee when he crashed on the descent of the Sormano at Il Lombardia last October, and suffered further ill fortune when he and teammate Petr Vakoc were hit by a truck while training in South Africa at the start of this year. You can read more at More...
Gaviria returns to racing at Great War Remembrance Race
August 22, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Fernando Gaviria will race for the first time since his exit from the Tour de France as he lines up for the inaugural Great War Remembrance Race in Belgium on Friday. The Colombian sprinter won two stages on his Tour debut and wore the yellow jersey but was one of the many sprinters to leave the race after missing the time cut in the Alps. He will lead Quick-Step Floors on home turf, with fellow sprinter Fabio Jakobsen another option for the Belgian outfit. Niki Terpstra and Yves Lampaerta add versatility to the seven-man line-up and can take up the reins in the event of a more selective race.ADVERTISEMENT The one-day race takes place in late August has a feel of spring about it as it plots a 193km route across West Flanders. The race was set up to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War, and will pass by many of the battlefields. The race starts in Nieuwpoort near the north coast and heads down to Ypres for a couple of circuits that will form the decisive sections of the race. After three early climbs, there are four more south of Ypres towards the end of the race, including Monteberg and Kemmelberg. Like Gent-Wevelgem, which carries the moniker 'In Flanders Fields' and has commemorated WW1 in recent years with the addition of the gravel 'plugstreets', the steep, cobbled climb is the final challenge before a lengthy run to the line. In this case, the race finishes in Ypres some 30km from the top of the Kemmelberg. "It's the inaugural edition of the race, but we know the roads quite well, and the same goes for the hills. It will be a typical Flemish race, with cobblestones, narrow roads, sharp turns and steep hills, including the Kemmelberg, which tops out 35 kilometers from the finish and where it will be important to be well-placed, especially with our fast guys, Fernando and Fabio," said Quick-Step directeur sportif Brian Holm You can read more at More...
No Chris Froome or Geraint Thomas but Team Sky send strong team to Vuelta a Espana
August 22, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
With Chris Froome and Geraint Thomas racing at the Tour of Britain next month, Michal Kwiatkowski and David de la Cruz will head up Team Skys general classification ambitions for the Vuelta a Espana. Alongside Kwiatkowski and De La Cruz, the team has opted for a blend of youth and experience. Tao Geoghegan Hart and Pavel Sivakov will make their Grand Tour debuts with Jonathan Castroviejo, Sergio Henao, Salvatore Puccio, and Dylan van Baarle completing the line-up. Kwiatkowski has shown promise as a Grand Tour rider in the past with his 11th place at the 2013 Tour de France. In recent years, however, he has turned his focus to the Classics and shorter stage races, while riding in a support role in three-week races. The Polish national champion has had a strong 2018 campaign with overall victories at the Volta ao Algarve and Tirreno-Adriatico at the start of the season.ADVERTISEMENT He played a key role in the mountains for team leaders Geraint Thomas and Chris Froome during the Tour de France and held his form to take victory at his home race, the Tour de Pologne. Kwiatkowski has only ridden the Vuelta a Espana once before, in 2016 during his debut season with Team Sky. It will be the first time that the 28-year-old has ridden two Grand Tours in the same season. Vuelta selection is another important step in my career. Ive never raced two Grand Tours in one season, so I am intrigued to see how my body will react to that challenge. But I dont feel any pressure " just excitement before a new experience, Kwiatkowski said in a team press release. Its been a busy summer for me. Just six days after the Tour de France I started in the Tour of Poland and was able to stay in top shape, winning my home race. This year Im trying to finish the season with a slightly different approach. I think that staying in a racing rhythm might just suit me. You can read more at More...
Nacer Bouhanni: I'm about to hit top form for the Vuelta a Espana
August 22, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Nacer Bouhanni has told French sports newspaper L'Equipethat, despite only having been given one Cofidis teammate to help him specifically for the sprints at the upcoming Vuelta a Espaa, he feels as though he's about to hit his best form, and is ready to win again at the Spanish Grand Tour. "When you have a team around you, and you feel part of the group, things are a lot easier," said Bouhanni, who will have only Belgian teammate Kenneth Van Bilsen assigned to leading him out for the sprints at the Vuelta, which starts in Mlaga on Saturday. "Against teams that have half of their riders helping out in the sprint, it's going to be difficult not having a sprint train, but there are still things that you can do. I just have to not make any mistakes. If I find myself in a good position to win, I know how to," he told L'Equipe.ADVERTISEMENT The 28-year-old Frenchman has had a difficult season due to a mixture of illness and not getting on well with new team manager Cdric Vasseur, who took over at the head of the team from Yvon Sanquer ahead of this season. Nevertheless, the sprinter has still racked up five victories, first winning in May at the Four Days of Dunkirk, followed by victory at the GP Marcel Kint and two stages at the Boucles de la Mayenne at the start of June. His last race win came on a stage of the Route d'Occitanie in mid-June, where he defied team orders and went up against designated sprinter Christophe Laporte. In the aftermath, Bouhanni was passed over for selection for the Tour de France, with Laporte instead sent to represent the team for the sprint finishes in France. You can read more at More...
AG2R on hunt for stage wins at Vuelta a Espana
August 22, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
AG2R La Mondiale's Alexandre Geniez will not be racing for a high GC position at this year's Vuelta a Espaa, which starts in Malaga on Saturday. Instead, the French WorldTour team will set its eight-man squad on the hunt for stage victories. Geniez finished in an impressive 11th place overall at the Giro d'Italia earlier this season, and was due to ride this year's Tour de France in support of Romain Bardet, but was replaced less than a week before the start by Mathias Frank, as Geniez hadn't recovered sufficiently from his Giro efforts. Now, AG2Rdirecteur sportif Julien Jurdie is looking for stage wins from the 30-year-old Frenchman, who has twice won stages at the Vuelta before " in 2013 and 2016.ADVERTISEMENT "Unlike when he raced the Giro, Alexandre will not be at the start of the Vuelta to aim for the overall classification," confirmed Jurdie on the team's website. "He has already shown in the past that he knows what to do when he is in a position to take a stage victory. He has prepared well in the mountains, and is capable of doing great things." If AG2R has to assign a leader for this year's Vuelta, then Tony Gallopin will take up the mantle. The Frenchman was forced to pull out of this year's Tour de France with illness mid-way through the race, and was unable to assist team leader Romain Bardet for the second half of the Tour. "Tony's participation in the Vuelta was not planned at the start of the season, but since he was forced to abandon the Tour, that changed the plans a little," said Jurdie. You can read more at More...
Vigilant cyclist averts danger after vandals place rock barrier on popular Auckland cycleway
August 21, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
A vigilant cyclist on Auckland's Northwestern Cycleway was able to avert danger after vandals created a lethal roadblock using rocks.The popular bike route was closed off by a row of small rocks behind a blind corner and on a... More...
First responder to cyclist's accident tells of desperate moments to help save him
August 21, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
A first person to the scene where a cyclist died during a race has detailed the desperate moments following the incident.Jordan, who teaches CPR to children for the Red Cross, was driving along Tauwhare Rd yesterday when he saw... More...
Drops women's team to continue in 2019 without Trek
August 21, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
British outfit Trek-Drops will continue as a UCI-ranked women's team in 2019 under a new title sponsor set to be announced later this week, owner Tom Varney confirmed to Cyclingnews in a phone interview on Monday. The new title sponsor has agreed to a one year deal, and the final negotiations could see that extended to three years, which wouldprovide the team with added stability. The team's current title sponsor Trek announced in July that it would be moving its funding toward launching a new women's team managed under the same organisation as the men's WorldTour team Trek-Segafredo. "The team will still be around," Varney told Cyclingnews. "We will come out the other end stronger with a new title sponsor coming on board for next year.ADVERTISEMENT "There are a few small things to finalise, but it will be a multiple-year deal. It's the first time we've had a multi-year deal, which gives us some security." Drops became a UCI-registered women's outfit in 2016. Trek extended its partnership with the program, announcing last December that it would take over as co-sponsor at the start of this season. The one-year deal backed the team financially while also supplying the bikes. Rumours that Trek would launch a new women's program, not affiliated with the current Trek-Drops program, began circulating early summer with Trek-Segafredo confirming the news at a press conference in Aix-les-Bains, during the first rest day at the Tour de France. At that time, the team also confirmed that they had signed former world champion Lizzie Deignan and have since confirmed signing Elisa Longo Borghini, along with two directors; Ina Teutenberg and Giorgia Bronzini. Varney said that Trek gave him plenty of notice, well before the announcement in July, but that he was disappointed because he had hoped to continue a sponsorship relationship with the American bike manufacture beyond this season. You can read more at More...
Pinot heading to Vuelta a Espana 'to erase Giro memories'
August 21, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Thibaut Pinot will lead the Groupama-FDJ squad at the Vuelta a Espaa, looking to put his bad memories from the Giro d'Italia behind him. The French climber all but collapsed at the end of stage 20 of the Giro while lying in third place overall, suffering a fever and pneumonia. He was hospitalised and did not start the next day, calling the experience "one of my worst days ever on the bike". Pinot's recovery was interrupted by a tick bite that required prophylactic antibiotics to prevent an infection with Lyme Disease, but finally he returned to racing after two months, taking third overall at the Tour de Pologne.ADVERTISEMENT He has been training at altitude, honing his form for the Vuelta, but said he is also building toward the World Championships and late-season classics. Pinot last raced the Vuelta in 2014 after finishing seventh there the year before, but dropped out with heatstroke. Directeur sportif Thierry Bricaud says Pinot is looking to "put the Giro behind him" in a team press release announcing the squad for the Vuelta a Espaa. "He wants to wipe away the Giro's bad memories and have fun, as he did on the Tour of Poland where he finished third at the overall classification. His goal will be to win a stage. Few riders can boast of having won on the three Grand Tours. Thibaut is strong and has the abilities. We will see an offensive rider determined to win," Bricaud said. You can read more at More...
Uran to lead EF Education First-Drapac at the Vuelta a Espana
August 21, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Rigoberto Uran will lead EF Education First-Drapac at the Vuelta a Espaa that starts in Malaga on Saturday. A crash at the Tour de France forced the Colombian to later abandon the race but he can now look to redeem his Grand Tour hopes this season at the Spanish Grand Tour. "Rigo is our leader and will contest the general classification," said the team's director Juan Manuel Garate. "We have the space to show how good he is and how good we are with this team at the Vuelta." After finishing second overall at the Tour de France last year, Uran had focussed his attentions on July's French Grand Tour with a goal of finishing one place better and winning the overall title. An unfortunate crash during the cobbled stage 9 caused injuries to his left leg and arm. He continued racing, but lost significant time in the Alps stage 11 to La Rosiere and then made the difficult decision to not start stage 12 to Alpe d'Huez.ADVERTISEMENT After a recovery period, Uran next lined up at the Clasica Ciclista San Sebastian where he finished sixth, among a chase group that finished 16 seconds behind breakaway riders; winner Julian Alaphilippe (Quick-Step Floors) and runner-up Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo). The result shows good form heading into the three week race in Spain where Uran will line up with Mike Woods, Dani Moreno, Pierre Rolland, Simon Clarke, Mitch Docker, Tom Van Asbroeck and Sebastian Langeveld. Uran has competed in the Vuelta a Espaa four times, with his last appearance in the 2014 edition. "This team is really strong for this Vuelta," Uran said. "I have strong guys for the climbing days, guys for the flat stages and guys for the wind. I'm really happy with the team for this Vuelta, and I believe we can do something special." You can read more at More...
Aru and Dan Martin headline UAE Team Emirates Vuelta a Espana line-up
August 21, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Fabio Aru and Dan Martin will headline the UAE Team Emirates line-up at the forthcoming Vuelta a Espaa. Aru will aim for the overall classification while Martin provides back-up and hunts for stage victories. The team will also have the Norwegian pairing of Vegard Stake Laengen and Sven Erik Bystrm for the flats. Simone Consonni, Simone Petilli and Edward Ravasi will all make their Vuelta a Espaa debut, with Valerio Conti completing the line-up. For Aru, the Vuelta a Espaa provides a chance for redemption after a difficult 2018 campaign. The Giro d'Italia had been the Italian's primary focus for the season. His build-up had been fairly low-key, but with sixth at the Tour of the Alps, it looked like he was moving in the right direction. However, from the start, Aru was off the pace at the Giro and he would eventually abandon on stage 19 due to illness.ADVERTISEMENT After two months off the bike, Aru returned at the Tour de Wallonie and would finish 10th overall. He repeated the achievement at the Tour de Pologne earlier this month and says that he's looking forward to racing at the Vuelta, which starts this weekend. "I really like the Vuelta for many reasons: the route, the climbs and especially the fans who have always shown great affection towards me," Aru said. "I approach it with great enthusiasm and a desire to do well, also to repay the affection and support shown to me by the team, the sponsors and the fans since the Giro d'Italia. "I arrive from a first part of the season in which I did not get the results I was looking for, but from the defeats you can learn important lessons and all this gives me great motivation. It will be a tactically open Vuelta; the nine summit finishes will lend themselves to attacks. And I must beware of the short stages, they will have a big impact on the general classification. The competition is spread wide and level, thinking of Lopez, the Yates brothers, Urn and the captains of Movistar. Without forgetting that Nibali is making his race return. You can read more at More...
Planning for the future: The Yates brothers and Mitchelton-Scott - Podcast
August 21, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
After a couple of weeks away the Cyclingnews Podcast is back. This week's episode features exclusive interviews with Mitchelton-Scott's Matt White, and both Adam and Simon Yates. Recorded on the final rest-day at the Tour de France, and just after the news of the brothers' re-signing with Mitchelton-Scott was announced, Cyclingnews editor Daniel Benson sat down with the two riders to talk about why they decided to stay with the Australian team, the steps that brought them to the WorldTour team in the first place and the next steps in their careers. With both riders set to take part in the Vuelta a Espaa later this week, there's no better time to hear what they have to say.ADVERTISEMENT White opens up about the pressures of keeping two of his team's best assets, the allocation of budgets, and what it's like to break the bond when riders do decide to take up challenges on other teams. These interviews were recorded before the news of Caleb Ewan's move from Mitchelton-Scott to Lotto Soudal was confirmed, but White and the Yates brothers also discuss the culture within Mitchelton-Scott and its importance in relation to rider development and building a competitive team. The Cyclingnews podcast is brought to you in association with Prendas Ciclismo, Pinarello and Floyd's of Leadville. You can read more at More...
Schachmann to lead Quick-Step Floors' GC hopes at Deutschland Tour
August 21, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Maximilian Schachmann will lead his Quick-Step Floors team at the four-day Deutschland Tour set to start on Thursday in Koblenz. The German rider carries top form into his home race after finishing fourth overall at the recent BinckBank Tour, and the team will support him in his bid for a top place in the general classification. "Max Schachmann comes out of a good BinckBank Tour, where he impressed on the climbs, so if he can continue where he left off, it will be exciting to see where that can take him in the general classification," said Quick-Step's director Davide Bramati. The Deutschland Tour returns to the calendar after a 10-year hiatus. The race starts with a sprinter-friendly stage 1 from Koblenz to Bonn, which will suit the team's Colombian Alvaro Hodeg.ADVERTISEMENT Hodeg joins the team in Germany after recently competing at the Tour de Pologne. Although he didn't finish that race, abandoning during the final stage, he started out strong placing second in the two opening stages and then won stage 3. The team also includes Remi Cavagna, Iljo Keisse, James Knox and Jhonnatan Narvaez. "It's good and well-deserved for all the German fans and current generation of talented and strong German riders to have the Deutschland Tour back on the calendar after ten years of absence," Bramati said. "We are happy to start with a young team, who we hope can be part of shaping this newly-launched tour. You can read more at More...
Mollema to lead Trek-Segafredo at Vuelta a Espana
August 20, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Dutchman Bauke Mollema will lead the Trek-Segafredo squad for the Vuelta a Espana, the team announced on Monday. The 31-year-old had his best Grand Tour result in the Spanish race in 2011 when he finished just off the podium behind Juan Jose Cobo and Sky duo Chris Froome and Bradley Wiggins. It will be the first time Mollema has competed in the Vuelta since 2013, and the team is going in with modest ambitions for the overall, with directeur sportif Yaroslav Popovych aiming for a top five.ADVERTISEMENT "We are coming to the Vuelta with big goals, but goals that we believe we have a very good chance of achieving," Popovych said in the team announcement. "On the one hand we will try to hunt for stage victories, in the flat stages with Giacomo Nizzolo, who has showed in the recent Tour of Poland that he his in good shape. Then, we also have Gianluca Brambilla and Fabio Felline who will show their full support to Bauke but who can also go for stage wins from a breakaway. And we have Matthias Brndle who can do really well in the prologue and the TT. "On the other hand we have Bauke Mollema, who came with great legs from the Tour de France, finishing 2nd in 'his' race, the Clsica Ciclista San Sebastin and who is aiming for the overall. The whole team will be there to protect him and to bring him to Madrid in the perfect position and as highly ranked as possible. We strongly believe he can attain a top five if all goes well." You can read more at More...
Bak signs with Dimension Data - Transfer news shorts
August 20, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
The Dimension Data team announced today the signing of Lars Bak, 38, on a one-year contract. The 38-year-old comes across from Lotto Soudal after seven seasons with the Belgian team. Before that, Bak rode for HTC-Highroad and Bjarne Riis' Saxo Bank team. The Danish rider has a Giro d'Italia stage win, stages of the Eneco Tour and Tour de Wallonie and three national titles to his name, but he is mostly known for clocking massive numbers of kilometres at the front of the peloton in a support role for his team. He hopes to continue to do so for fellow Dane Michael Valgren, whose own deal with Dimension Data was announced last week. "I'm going to support Michael Valgren a rider a lot," Bak said in the press release. "I hope that I can be a mentor, of sorts, to support him and everybody in the team. There are going to be new names in the team and with that comes motivation, fighting for your position and I'm really looking forward to that."ADVERTISEMENT Bak was convinced to spend his 18th season as a professional the South African squad by former teammate Rolf Aldag, who is head of performance for Dimension Data. "I really would like to perform the role that I've done in previous years as a helper, using my experience to help particularly the young guys in the team and everybody else too while of course giving of my best," Bak said. "I still feel motivated and I'm really looking forward to getting new glasses, new shoes, new bike, new kit so maybe I'm old; but I'm definitely still excited!" Majka, McCarthy and Poljanski renew with Bora-Hansgrohe Frankiny signs with Groupama-FDJ You can read more at More...
Lauren Hall retires from pro cycling after Colorado Classic
August 20, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Lauren Hall had a lot of reason to celebrate after the final stage of the Colorado Classic on Sunday. The 39-year-old UnitedHealthcare riders helped teammate Katie Hall secure her win streak of 2018 US stage races with the overall win, Leah Thomas take the mountains jersey and the team take the top GC prize. But the moment took on added significance for Hall, who rode her last race as a professional after announcing her retirement earlier this week. "I knew this was my last year," Hall told Cyclingnews before the start of stage 4 in Denver. "We were initially going to do Gateway Cup as our last race as a team, and that [the team's participation] got cancelled, so I got the call a couple of weeks ago with that information, and then it was suddenly real and right here in my face. But it's been great."ADVERTISEMENT A powerful sprinter with a knack for criteriums, Hall started her professional career in 2011 with Colavita-Forno d'Asolo before moving to Tibco in 2012. She rode with Optum for two years in 2013 and 2014, then switched to Nicola Cramner's Twenty16 team for two years from 2015 through 2016. She made the leap to UnitedHealthcare in 2017. Although she won three national titles on the track, Hall just missed earning a stars-and-stripes jersey on the road multiple times. "I was second to my teammates two years in a row in the road race," Hall said, recounting her near misses at nationals. "I was second to Theresa Cliff-Ryan in the crit one year, but it's been a glorious run, and I'm so thankful." You can read more at More...
Nibali: I'd love to win stages in Vuelta a Espana's final week
August 20, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
With defending champion Chris Froome (Team Sky) racing at the Tour of Britain in September, Vuelta a Espaa organisers have handed bib number one of their race to former winner Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida), though the Italian has played down his chances of overall success. Nibali crashed out of this year's Tour de France on the stage to Alpe d'Huez after a fan's camera strap appeared to take him down. He finished the stage and climbed to fourth on GC but was later diagnosed with a fractured vertebra. In recent weeks he has returned to health but his top form is still some way off, and he is expected to challenge for stage wins rather than target the red jersey he won back in 2010 as part of the Liquigas team. Instead, Ion Izaguirre will lead Bahrain-Merida's GC ambitions.ADVERTISEMENT "A successful Vuelta for me would mean being a protagonist in some nice stages as I'm still in a recovery process, it's hard for me to think of the overall classification with so few days of training behind me," the Italian said in a press release issued by the race organisers. "Ideally, for me personally, I'd love to win stages in the last week of racing", he added. Nibali is not the only defending champion heading to the Vuelta, with Nairo Quintana, Alejandro Valverde (both Movistar) and Fabio Aru (UAE Team Emirates) all lining up for the final Grand Tour of this year. Nibali, however will be using the race to build up towards the World Championships. The Innsbruck course suits a pure climber, and Nibali has already seen the course having trained on it earlier in the year. For now, the focus is on the Vuelta and picking the stages to target between the start of the race and the finish in Madrid. "I've always enjoyed racing in Spain. The courses are beautiful and I feel less pressure at La Vuelta than at the Giro and the Tour. The rhythm of a day in Spain reminds me of the south of Italy. Of course my best memory remains my overall win in 2010, the first Grand Tour I won. It's been a milestone in my career". Izaguirre You can read more at More...
Vos moves into Women's WorldTour lead after Ladies Tour of Norway victory
August 20, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Marianne Vos (WaowDeals) had won the Ladies Tour of Norway in 2017, so it was not a surprise when she came out on top again, but the manner in which she defended her title baffled even herself. The Dutchwoman won all three stages of the race, closing down moves in the finales every day and still having enough left to sprint to victory. "We came to Norway with confidence after the success in Sweden," Vos said. "Having won in Norway last year, I knew that the race suited me well. I wanted to go for the overall win again - but winning all three stages as well is something you hardly dare to dream of." Having been very visible herself, Vos thanked her team for the support throughout the race. "The work that my teammates do often remains unseen. They took control of the peloton, assisted me in tactical decisions, and also closed gaps in decisive moments. All three stages had a technical finish that invited attacks, and we always rose to the occasion."ADVERTISEMENT Neither did Vos expect another reward for her strong week in Scandinavia; she moved past Anna van der Breggen into first place in the UCI Women's WorldTour ranking, meaning that the purple jersey will not be on the shoulders of a Boels Dolmans rider for the first time since the Tour of Flanders. "It was a surprise for me," Vos said. "I had not looked at the standings before the Scandinavian races. And it is the first time I am leading this classification, too." Unlike 2017, the GP Plouay on 25 August is a part of Vos' race calendar this year. She will line up in purple next Saturday to defend her lead. Fahlin, Rivera on the podium You can read more at More...
Quintana, Valverde headline Movistar's team for Vuelta a Espana
August 20, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
After Movistar struggled to realize their Tour de France ambitions, Nairo Quintana and Alejandro Valverde will have another shot at a Grand Tour victory, with the Colombian and Spaniard set to headline the team for the Vuelta a Espaa. Quintana won the race in 2016, while Valverde was the overall winner in 2009 at a time when his participation was clouded by him being linked to Operacin Puerto blood bags by DNA evidence and banned in Italy. CAS would later impose a two-year ban but allowed his Vuelta title and other results to stand. Movistar manager Eusebio Unzu will look to improve upon the team's Tour de France performance, where Quintana won stage 18 to move into 5th place overall only to crash the next day and fade to 10th. Valverde, who sacrificed his race to set up his teammates in the Alps, finished 14th.ADVERTISEMENT The squad will not head to the Vuelta with the same triple-leader strategy, as Mikel Landa has been ruled out of racing due to injuries from a crash in the Clsica San Sebastin. Instead, the squad will rely on Andrey Amador, Imanol Erviti, Daniele Bennati - who also raced the Tour de France - Winner Anacona, Richard Carapaz and Nelson Oliveira to support Quintana and Valverde. The 2018 Vuelta a Espaa starts in Mlaga with an 8km individual time trial before a short uphill finish in Caminito del Rey the following day. The race's first summit finish comes on stage 4 with the category 1 Puerto de Alfacar, but the key stages come later in the race, with a trio of mountain finishes in La Camperona on stage 13, Les Praeres Nava on stage 14, and Lagos de Covadonga on stage 15, followed by the final week's stage to Balcn de Bizkaia in the Basque Country and then the finale in Andorra on stages 19 and 20. You can read more at More...
Cyclist suffers heart attack during Waikato cycle race
August 19, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
A man is in a critical condition after suffering a heart attack midway through a Hamilton cycle race.Waikato police Senior Sergeant Mike Henwood said the man, 73, was cycling along Tauwhare Rd, on the outskirts of Hamilton, in the... More...
Danny Pate announces retirement from cycling
August 19, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
After 19 years of plying the pro cycling trade in the US and Europe, 39-year-old Danny Pate has decided to bring down the curtains on his racing career. Pate signed his first pro contract in 2000 with the Italian Saeco team and is currently riding with Rally Cycling at the Colorado Classic. Today's last stage of the Colorado race marks Pate's final day of competition, but the veteran rider from Colorado was typically understated when contemplating the end of his career. "I feel like right now it's not really a big deal to me, but maybe it will be at some point," Pate told Cyclingnews Saturday evening at the team's hotel. "It will probably feel more strange come November and December when I don't have to train again, when I don't have to prepare for the next thing or the next season.ADVERTISEMENT "But right now, it doesn't feel much different. It's not something I've been planning for a long time or something I've been thinking about, so I'm not dreading it or rejoicing." Pate was one of the most promising talents emerging from the US when he signed with Saeco in 2000, but his tenure with the team was not productive, and he returned to the US to embark on a career that would eventually see him back in Europe on some of the world's top teams. After winning the US junior cyclo-cross title in 1997 and the U23 road race championship in 1998, Pate signed Saeco as a spry 20-year-old, returning to the US the following year with Prime Alliance and then going on to win the U23 World Championship time trial in 2001. Competing clean in a dirty peloton Mentoring the next generation You can read more at More...
Matthews: I showed that I am still capable of winning
August 19, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Even amid the ecstasy of cheering and applause at the end of the final stage of the BinckBank Tour in Geraardsbergen, Michael Matthews made himself heard. The Australians repeated, guttural cries of Yeah started as he crossed the finish line and continued as he slowed to a stop and unclipped from his bike. Lest any of his Sunweb teammates were still unsure of the result, Matthews held the microphone of his radio close to mouth to make one final exclamation, before he sat, exhausted, on the cobbles of Vesten, the thoroughfare through Geraardsbergen that serves as the anteroom to the Muur itself. Matthews 2018 season has been more endured than enjoyed to this point. A crash in his opening race, Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, rather tempered his Classics campaign. A puncture cost him dearly at Amstel Gold Race. A suspected bout of food poisoning forced him out of the Tour de France in the opening week.ADVERTISEMENT Come the BinckBank Tour, Matthews was a man in search of himself: earlier in the week, he confessed, I dont really know where Im at anymore. Sundays finale in the Flemish Ardennes provided a reassuring answer. After three fraught laps of circuit that included the Muur and the Bosberg, Matthews produced a rasping uphill sprint to overhaul Greg Van Avermaet and claim his second victory of the season, and his first in a road race. "I finally showed that I still am capable of winning with all the setbacks I've had with my shoulder and being sick and having crashes all through the season," Matthews said afterwards. "I had no results, but it wasn't because I had really bad legs, I was just unlucky. This week I've tried to switch my head around, stay focused and finish it off with a good result, whether it was me or Sren Kragh Andersen. To come out and win the sprint today after Sren sacrificed himself for me to bring that breakaway back is the icing of the cake. For the team to believe in me, to believe that I can still win, its really special." Matthews delivered a typically solid performance in Tuesday's 12km time trial " his other win this year was the prologue of the Tour de Romandie " and he entered the weekend within 30 seconds of Matej Mohoric's overall lead. He moved onto the podium following Saturday's hilly leg in Limburg. You can read more at More...
Kittel: I'm not sure why I'm struggling at the moment
August 19, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Marcel Kittel abandoned the BinckBank Tour Saturday, adding another disappointment to his unsatisfactory 2018 season. In his first season with Team Katusha-Alpecin, the German has only two wins, taking stages in Tirreno-Adriatico. "I'm hugely disappointed that I had to abandon@binckbanktour," he wrote on Twitter and Instagram Saturday. "While I will be criticized once more, I'm looking for reasons behind all of this. It's been an incredibly difficult season so far and I was hoping to turn things around here with the team. It started promising with a close 2nd place on stage 1 but after that it didn't get any better.ADVERTISEMENT "I'm not sure with what I'm struggling at the moment. I'm trying hard to make it work but this seems to always end in a setback since April. For me the magic formula always has been to align my body and mind to be successful. I guess this is what I'm missing at the moment." Earlier in the week, he told Cyclingnews, "I don't really care what other people think about me. I'm just trying to concentrate on myself." He added, "Not everything has been perfect, that's for sure. I wanted to win more and that didn't happen. I was struggling also a little bit myself with health issues sometimes, so things haven't been perfect. I'm trying to finish my season well now." Kittel, 30, finished a close second on the opening stage of the BinckBank Tour, but was rarely seen in the other stages. He has come close a number of times, with numerous top-10 finishes, but has been unable otherwise to take victories. You can read more at More...
Caja Rural, Burgos BH name Vuelta squads - News shorts
August 19, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Spanish Professional Continental outfits Caja Rural-Seguros RGA and Burgos BH have announced their line-ups for the Vuelta a Espana. The two teams,who received wild card invitations to the Vuelta, are both sending young squads to their home Grand Tour, which starts on Saturday, August 25. Caja Rural is riding its seventh consecutive Vuelta, and is sending a balanced team, which can go for sprint finishes as well as fighting on the mountain stages. Sergio Pardilla, Alex Aranburu, Lluis Mas, Nick Schultz, Nelson Soto, Cristian Rodriguez, Jonathan Lastra and Antonio Molina will represent the team. It is the Grand Tour debut for Aranburu, Soto, Lastra, and Molina, and it will be Rodriguez's first appearance at the Vuelta, having appeared twice in the Giro dItalia. Pardilla, at 34 years old, is the only veteran on the team, with all the others are 25 or less.ADVERTISEMENT Burgos BH is also sending five debutantes to the race. Jordi Simon, Jorge Cubero, Jesus Ezquerra, Pablo Torres, and neo-pro Oscar Cabedo will ride their first Grand Tour, while Jose Mendes, Diego Rubio and Jetse Bol round out the team. The team, with an average age of 27.5 years, will try to take the Burgos-BH brand as far as possible, in addition to responding to the confidence placed by the organization with the invitation. Campenaerts in for Marczynski for Lotto Soudal Victor Campenaerts will replace Tomasz Marczynski for Lotto Soudal in the Vuelta a Espana. The Polish rider, who won two stages of last year's Vuelta a Espana, has been ruled out of the race due to illness. The Belgian team will now appear at the race with an all-Belgian squad. It will be Campenaerts second appearance in the Vuelta, having finished 143rd in his Grand Tour debut in 2016 for LottoNL-Jumbo. He recently defended his European time trial title by less than a second over Spain's Jonathan Castroviejo and is currently riding the BinckBank Tour. He had been keen to ride the Spanish Grand Tour but was missed off the initial eight-man team. Planckaert out of BinckBank with concussion Vermote abandons BinckBank with wrist injury You can read more at More...
Lampaert battered, bruised but hopeful after BinckBank Tour crash
August 19, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Yves Lampaert (Quick-Step Floors) had to be nursed across the finish line by the race doctor in Saturdays penultimate stage of the BinckBank Tour. However, with the race on his favoured terrain, the Belgian champion remains hopeful that he can get into the mix on the final day of action. Starting the day just 43 seconds down on the overall leader Matej Mohoric (Bahrain-Merida), Lampaert rode aggressively and was one of the main protagonists. He had been in the move that formed the race-winning attack, though he and others had been unable to break Mohorics grasp on the race lead. Unseen by cameras, as Lampaert made his way through the final kilometre he was thrown over his handlebars and off his bike. The incident happened in front of Mohoric, but the Bahrain-Merida rider was able to negotiate the stricken Lampaert. Perhaps using his judo skills, Lampaert managed to roll through the fall but he was unable to eliminate the impact altogether. Helped by the medical car, Lampaert slowly made his way to the finish line and he remained hopeful that he could ride through the injuries on the final day of racing.ADVERTISEMENT "I fell flat on my back. I had no breath right after the fall. It was a pretty hard impact. I did not see how the crash was caused. I thought my chain skipped or my derailleur took a knock. The only thing I remember is that I went head-first, and luckily, I was able to make a good rolling movement, he told Het Nieuwsblad. "I hope to be able to start in the final stage. I have some minor abrasions on my arms and legs, but my back and chest have big bruises and are a bit sore. It is going to be a painful night. There are nicer things in life. It is a bit of a shame because I felt very good today and I really wanted to make something out of it in the final stage. I hope that the damage evolves favourably and I can still do my thing in the final stage. Though he passed the finish line quite some time after the rest of the contenders, Lampaert did not lose any time due to the three-kilometre rule and goes into the last day with a 43-second deficit to Mohoric. The final stage of the BinckBank Tour is a tough 225.6km Tour of Flanders-esque stage from Lacs de lEau dHeure to Geraardsbergen. You can read more at More...
Pinot feeling fresh for Vuelta a Espana challenge
August 19, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Groupama-FDJ leader Thibaut Pinot will head to the Vuelta a Espaa having fully recovered from the pneumonia he suffered at May's Giro d'Italia, which forced him to abandon the race after stage 20, and then miss the Tour de France. The Frenchman recently returned to racing at the Tour de Pologne"where he finished third overall, and second to Simon Yates on the final stage"and will ride the Vuelta having rediscovered his climbing legs in Poland. "The Vuelta's quite different to the Giro or the Tour, but it's still a Grand Tour. There's just less stress," Pinot said on the Groupama-FDJ website.ADVERTISEMENT "Starting in southern Spain, I'm ready for it to be very hot, but that's something I've been working on." Since the Tour de Pologne, Pinot has been training at altitude, basing himself at the ski resort of Tignes, and using late summer in the French Alps to prepare for the Vuelta. "I was happy to do the Tour de Pologne, which is the ideal preparation race for the Vuelta," Pinot said. "I've got an opportunity to do the Vuelta with the kind of shape I wouldn't normally have at this time of year, and I'm going to use the race to get back into form for the rest of the season. I don't want to finish burned out in Madrid." You can read more at More...
Doull cleared of concussion after BinckBank crash " News Shorts
August 19, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Owain Doull (Team Sky) has abandoned the BinckBank Tour after suffering a heavy crash in the final 40 kilometres of stage 5 and being diagnosed with a suspected concussion. TeammatesLukasz Wisniowski and Dylan van Baarle were also both caught up in the incident, but Doull was by far the worst affected. Doull remounted his bike after the crash but complained of feeling "strange", and was immediately pulled from the race by the team's doctor. Further tests cleared him of any concussion, however. Doull was left disappointed, but believed that it was better to be safe than sorry. "Always gutting not to finish a race but when it comes to concussion it's not worth it," Doull said later on Twitter.ADVERTISEMENT Team doctor Richard Usher explained the incident further. "Owain crashed at around 50kph. He was initially assessed after the crash by the race doctor but within minutes of getting back on his bike he came to the team car feeling "very strange" and in shock. We immediately took him out of the race with a clear and suspected concussion," he said on the team website. "He has been subsequently seen and assessed in hospital, and thankfully all his scans are clear and he is improving. He will undergo a graduated return to riding under the team's medical policy. He will be out of hospital tonight and we will keep a close eye on him overnight. If everything is OK he will go home tomorrow." Doull's departure compounded a difficult day for Team Sky, with Diego Rosa also stepping off during the stage due to fatigue, while Chris Lawless didn't start the next stage after falling ill overnight. Pantano out of Vuelta a Espaa with toxoplasmosis Van Hooydonck extends contract with Continuum Sports Trentin wears European champ's jersey ahead of debut You can read more at More...
Vos waits for uphill sprint to take second stage win at Ladies Tour of Norway
August 18, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
It seems that whenever Marianne Vos puts a race number on these days, she triumphs. Stage 2 of the Ladies Tour of Norway was her third consecutive win in a mass-start race after stage 1 and the PostNord Vrgrda WestSweden Road Race. Vos looked exhausted after a difficult uphill sprint in the rain where she had to close a gap to Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Canyon-SRAM). And before that, Vos had to be attentive for four laps of the finishing circuit in Sarpsborg as Team Sunweb tried to break race apart. "The finishing laps were pretty hard with all the action. A lot of attacks, up and down. You had to be careful because of the rain, but you also had to sprint out of every corner. Sunweb did a really good job. They were strong yesterday already, and again today, so it was not easy to stay in control."ADVERTISEMENT Contrary to her wins on stage 1 and in Vrgrda where she opened up very early, Vos waited for a long time before she started her sprint today. This was a wise decision on the uphill finish. "Already at the bonus sprint, I noticed that if you go early, it is a long way up. So I knew I had to wait a little longer. Kasia Niewiadoma went quite early, I tried to get her wheel again and wait as long as possible. Then it was still 150 metres to go, but I could hold it to the line." For the second day in a row, it was Emilia Fahlin (Wiggle High5) who finished as runner-up to Vos. The Swedish champion admitted that she was not feeling great in the final, but a strong pull by her teammate Kirsten Wild put her in a position to contest the sprint. "I was hanging on for dear life on the circuit. Elisa Longo Borghini covered the groups that went, then Kirsten Wild brought me to the front for the sprint. In the rain, it was hard to see everything, and you did not want to be in the wind too early. I saw Marianne jumping to the wheel of Niewiadoma. They had a bit of a gap, and Kasia ended up giving Marianne a nice lead-out. I tried to close it, but it was not possible." You can read more at More...
Late crash ruins Kung's overall aspirations at BinckBank Tour
August 18, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
All week long, avoiding crashes was the order of the day. The BinckBank Tour was always likely to be decided on its final weekend, and for riders like Stefan Kng, the flat, fraught kilometres that led to this point were all about staying upright and remaining in contention. After winning the stage 2 time trial, Kng rode impeccably for the remainder of the week to reach the pivotal stages in third place overall. And then, just as a bike race was breaking out, the BMC riders hopes of overall victory were dashed on the punchy finishing circuit in Sittard-Geleen on Saturday afternoon, when he went down in a crash with a little over 15km remaining. By the time Kng mounted a replacement bike, there was little to be done, and he came home more than three minutes down on stage winner Gregor Muhlberger, dropping from third to 36th in general classification.ADVERTISEMENT "I'm not entirely sure what happened in the crash. We were on a downhill right-hand corner and I think my wheel slipped, its hard to explain, but suddenly I was on the ground and unfortunately my bike was broken so the race for me was over," Kng said afterwards. "Thankfully I am OK, but it was a pity to lose a chance like I had at this race especially when you are feeling good." Groupama-FDJ Already winner of two stages at the Tour de Suisse in June, Kng was looking to sign off on his tenure at BMC with a maiden stage race victory as a professional. He confirmed at the beginning of August that he will ride for Groupama-FDJ in 2018, bringing an end to a six-year spell with BMC, beginning with their now-defunct development squad in 2013 and continuing with the WorldTour set-up since 2015. "I needed a new challenge, I felt that since the beginning of the year," Kng told Cyclingnews earlier this week of his decision to move to Groupama-FDJ. "I think with Groupama, its a really nice fit. I speak the language really well, so that wasn't an issue. It's a great team, one that is growing with the arrival of the new sponsor, Groupama. They have good plans and Im excited to be a part of their future. Its a good move for me. Its going to be a new challenge, a new team, a new philosophy and Im looking forward to that next year." You can read more at More...
Wellens: It was difficult to make a difference
August 18, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
The absence of the Ardennes from the parcours of this years BinckBank Tour might have limited Tim Wellens prospects of final overall victory, but although the terrain wasnt exactly tailored to his measurements, the Belgian tried on a searing attack for size in the closing kilometres of stage 6 in Sittard-Geleen. The stage was billed as a sort of Amstel Gold Race-lite, with the road dipping and rising constantly as the peloton wound it way through the rippling hills of Limburg for the afternoon. Wellens first produced a sharp acceleration on the Schatsberg to pare down the front group, before he went clear alone on the Windraak with a little over 8km remaining, opening a lead of 13 seconds. Zdenek Stybar (Quick-Step) was the first to bridge across to Wellens, followed in time by Dylan van Baarle (Team Sky), Gregor Muhlberger (Bora-Hansgrohe) and Max Schachmann (Quick-Step). This quintet led the race into the final kilometre, where Muhlberger produced a canny attack to claim a surprising stage win. Wellens, the day's primary aggressor, had to settle for winning the sprint for second place, 3 seconds behind the Austrian.ADVERTISEMENT "When I was solo, it was looking good, I had a good advantage but then Stybar came back and we were looking a bit at each other. We were a little bit afraid of each other," Wellens told Cyclingnews as he sat on the steps of the Lotto Soudal bus afterwards. "The others came back and there we were five of us. Then the Bora got a little bit lucky and he got away. The feelings were very good, but it was difficult to get a big gap." Wellens won the BinckBank Tour " then known as the Eneco Tour " in 2014 and 2015, forging overall victory on each occasion with stage victory in the Ardennes, at La Redoute and Houffalize, respectively. For good measure, he won in Houffalize last year en route to second place overall, but this year's truncated route has rather complicated his task. "For me it's very difficult, because the stage I win every year isn't on the route anymore. It's hard to make the difference. I think if today was the Ardennes stage, I would have been close because I have really good legs," Wellens said. "But its like that, and you do what you can." Worlds and Canada You can read more at More...
Lefevere on Terpstra departure: If one goes away, another steps up
August 18, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Niki Terpstra was perhaps the perfect prototype of a Quick-Step Floors rider, a man whose obvious ambition never quite teetered into selfishness. He was, as manager Patrick Lefevere put it this spring, an individualist who doubled as a team player. During his eight-year tenure at Quick-Step, Terpstra, winner of Paris-Roubaix in 2014 and the Tour of Flanders this season, was rarely shy of suitors willing to make him an outright leader on another team, but he had always preferred to stay put " until now. On Thursday, Direct Energie announced that they had secured Terpstras services for 2019 and 2020. Terpstras departure from Quick-Step was perhaps less surprising than his final destination, but, as he told De Telegraaf, the contract offered by the French Continental team was simply one he could not turn down.ADVERTISEMENT Although Quick-Steps future is guaranteed for 2019, Lefeveres team is still searching for a title sponsor. The Belgian was unable to promise that could meet Terpstras salary expectations for next season, and he could understand the riders decision to take his talents to the Vende. Its life. When there is a budget, there is a budget. If we dont have enough money in the budget then we cant pay him, and its over, Lefevere told Cyclingnews in Riemst on Saturday. When Terpstra signed for Quick-Step from Milram at the end of 2010, he reportedly forsook the chance of a higher salary elsewhere because his mind was set on joining Tom Boonens cohort on the most successful Classics team of the era. As a 26-year-old rider, it was a punt worth taking. Now in the latter phase of his career, Terpstras decision-making was, understandably, driven more obviously by economics. You can read more at More...
Crankworx Rotorua 2019 dates announced
August 17, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
The dates for Crankworx Rotorua 2019 have been set and will see the festival run for six days.The 2018 festival ran for nine days and the idea of a more compact festival was brought up at a Rotorua Lakes Council meeting earlier... More...
Van Avermaet downplays prospects of repeating Rio success at Innsbruck Worlds
August 17, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
All season long, it seems, Greg Van Avermaet is always up there. The Belgian may not have landed a Classic victory in 2018, but amid all the questions as to whether Gouden Greg's imperial phase had passed, his sheer consistency throughout the Spring was somewhat overlooked, as he knitted together top-five finishes at the Tour of Flanders, Paris-Roubaix and E3 Harelbeke. There was precious little respite thereafter, save for a couple of weeks of rest after overall victory at May's Tour de Yorkshire. At the Tour de France in July, Van Avermaet spent more than a week in the maillot jaune and came within inches of a stage win in Roubaix. The two weekends after La Grande Boucle saw him take 4th at the Clasica San Sebastian and then ride the European Championships in Glasgow. That same night, he caught a plane to the Netherlands to report for duty for the BinckBank Tour. It has been, by any measure, a most exacting schedule.ADVERTISEMENT "I tried to recover as good as possible in the days up to now. I did an OK time trial on Tuesday, I think, and that was the hardest stage because it was only two days after the European Championships," Van Avermaet told Cyclingnews in Sint-Pieters-Leeuw on Friday. "I hope to do a good final weekend here, that's the thing. Hopefully, I can move up on GC and maybe win a stage. I think the parcours is not really super good for me, but I'll try as best as possible." Van Avermaet enters the final two days of the BinckBank Tour in 24th place, some 58 seconds down on overall leader Matej Mohoric (Bahrain-Merida). A repeat of his podium finish of 2015 seems unlikely, but Sunday's final stage over the Muur and Bosberg is tailored perfectly to his talents. "The last day is maybe the hardest one so I'll try to have a good day there," Van Avermaet said. Worlds You can read more at More...
Sunweb take heart from Ladies Tour of Norway TTT ahead of Worlds defence
August 17, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
On Thursday evening, Team Sunweb were the fastest team over the 24.3-kilometre Ladies Tour of Norway team time trial, a stand-alone event before the three-day race starting Friday 17 August. Sports director Hans Timmermans was happy with the result and confident in his team's strength looking forward to the defence of their World Championships TTT title in September. The six-rider team - consisting ofLucinda Brand, Leah Kirchmann, Liane Lippert, Floortje Mackaij, Coryn Rivera and Ruth Winder - won convincingly, beating Mitchelton-Scott by 38 seconds and Cervlo-Bigla by 1:09. "The six riders made the difference, but we have 10 very strong riders who can come in and compete," said Timmermans. "The whole team works together like a machine. After doing the reconnaissance twice, we knew that it would be a difficult TTT. We executed it well, using the particular strengths of our riders."ADVERTISEMENT The Team Sunweb riders also received a special prize on the podium - one that is not unusual for Norwegian races. 15 kilograms of salmon were awarded to the winning team, and Team Sunweb got another 10kg on top of that as they were also the fastest up the finishing climb to the Fredriksten fortress. This will likely keep the team fuelled for a while. Amanda Spratt and her Mitchelton-Scott team finished second in the TTT, and the Australian took comfort from the team's progress in the discipline. "We wanted to challenge our pacing. We had lost 20 seconds to Sunweb at the first time check, but from there to the finish, we only lost another 17 seconds. That gives us some good points to work on," Spratt said. You can read more at More...
Tour de France winner Geraint Thomas to return to racing at Deutschland Tour
August 17, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Tour de France winner Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) will return to racing at next week's Deutschland Tour (August 23-26), lining up alongside Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb), Romain Bardet (AG2R-La Mondiale) and Marcel Kittel (Katusha-Alpecin) as the German national tour returns after a 10-year hiatus sparked by doping scandals in the sport. Thomas rode a series of post-Tour de France criteriums after riding into Paris in yellow on July 29. He was given a public reception in Cardiff last week but recently began training, with Team Sky confirming that he will ride the Tour of Britain, which starts in Pembrey Country Park, Wales, on September 2. On Friday local officials announced that the Newport velodrome would be renamed the Geraint Thomas National Velodrome of Wales in recognition of Thomas becoming the first Welshman to win the Tour de France. Thomas is expected to sign a lucrative new contract with Team Sky despite receiving several offers from rival WorldTour teams keen to sign the Tour de France winner.ADVERTISEMENT Last year Thomas won the opening time trial at the Tour de France in Dusseldorf. The Deutschland Tour starts in Koblenz, with subsequent stages to Trier, Merzig and Stuttgart that are suited to sprint finishes and rouleurs. He is expected to be backed by German domestique Christian Knees, Wout Poels, Philipe Deignan, Kenny Elissonde, David Lopez and Pavel Sivakov. "Ive won Bayern-Rundfahrt twice and I really enjoy racing in Germany. Its a lovely country and I really enjoy going there. It will be great to race the Deutschland Tour. I went to see my coach Tim Kerrison after the Tour and we outlined the Deutschland Tour as a great race to make my comeback. Im looking forward to it,"Thomas said when race organisers ASO confirmed Thomas presence. 11 WorldTour teams will ride the Deutschland Tour, including Team Sunweb, Bora-Hansgrohe, BMC Racing, Lotto Soudal, Katusha-Alpecin, Bahrain-Merida and Dimension Data. You can read more at More...
Proven winners on top again at Whangamata
August 16, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Multisport experiance told for the Whanganui team 'Chafing the Dream' as they were victorious in the Men's 4 Person category of the 12 Hour Duathlon at the 2018 Whangamata Adventure Race last Saturday.Leif Campbell and Nick Payne,... More...

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