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Pro riders union upset by doping control during cycling gala
November 11, 2018 (02:00) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
The professional cyclists' union is urging anti-doping authorities to treat athletes in a more respectful manner after a Belgian rider was forced to leave a cycling gala to follow anti-doping inspectors for an out-of-competition test. Pieter Serry, who rides for the Quick Step team, missed the Gala More...
Fancy Bear hacking fallout nearly killed my wife: Wiggins
November 11, 2018 (02:00) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
The fallout and rumours after British cycling great Bradley Wiggins medical records were revealed by the Russia-based Fancy Bears computer hacking group came close to killing his wife, he told The Guardian. Wiggins says he would have preferred to be tried for murder than the trial by media he underwent More...
Cycling: Sky face dilemma keeping Froome and Thomas happy - Kelly
November 11, 2018 (02:00) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
Froome will have his sights set on a record-equaling fifth Tour de France victory next July having had his domination ended by team mate and fellow Britain Thomas this year. Thomas burst out of Froome's shadow to claim a superb first Grand Tour title and the 32-year-old Welshman is unlikely to be More...
UCI boss condemns Wiggins for calling Armstrong an 'icon'
November 11, 2018 (02:00) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
The president of world cycling's governing body the UCI has said it is "unacceptable" that former Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins still regards disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong as one of his icons. More...
Giro route revealed, Froome calls course 'brutal'
November 11, 2018 (02:00) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
Giro d'Italia champion Chris Froome says he is still undecided about riding in next year's edition but says 102nd route looks explosive More...
Froome tempted but uncertain of Giro d'Italia title defence
November 11, 2018 (02:00) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
Defending champion Chris Froome said Wednesday he was still uncertain whether he will defend his Giro d'Italia title despite being tempted by the "explosive and interesting" nature of the 102nd edition of the race which was unveiled in Milan. Froome, 33, became the first British rider More...
Armstrong in Costa Rica for gruelling mountain bike race
November 11, 2018 (02:00) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
San Jos (AFP) - Disgraced cycling great Lance Armstrong said on Wednesday he was looking forward to competing in a mountain bike race in Costa Rica. The 47-year-old is serving a lifetime ban from all sports that follow the World Anti-doping Agency's (WADA) code after he was found to have doped More...
Froome coy about Giro defense as 2019 route revealed
November 11, 2018 (02:00) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
Chris Froome could have another attempt at winning both the Giro d'Italia and the Tour de France as the British rider has not ruled out the possibility of defending the title he secured in Rome this year. Froome was present at a televised ceremony in Milan on Wednesday as organizers unveiled the More...
Key stages on the 2019 Giro d'Italia
November 11, 2018 (02:00) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
Seven summit finishes and three individual time trials, for defending champion Chris Froome the 2019 Giro d'Italia offers a "balanced" but testing challenge for riders. Britain's Froome is in doubt to compete in next year's race which includes a record 46,500 metres in climbs - More...
Froome uncertain of Giro d'Italia title defence
November 11, 2018 (02:00) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
Defending champion Chris Froome said Wednesday he was still uncertain whether he will defend his Giro d'Italia title as the 102nd edition of the race was presented in Milan. Froome, 33, became the first British rider to win the Giro last May to complete a 'grand slam' after his Tour de France More...
Chris Froome believes he can race for five more years
November 09, 2018 (07:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Chris Froome feels he can continue to race for at least five more years, by which point he would be 38. In an interview with Italian newspaperLa Gazzetta dello Sport, the Team Sky rider also claimed that very few riders - "maybe no one" - would be able to handle his training regime. I am convinced that I can keep going for another five years - so up to 38 years old," Froome said. The assertion did, however, come with a condition: "It must be at top level."ADVERTISEMENT Five more years would see Froome compete until then end of 2023 and would give him a career span of 16 years after turning professional in 2008. Froome's current contract with Team Sky runs out at the end of 2020. If he were to continue riding for five more seasons, he would likely have to battle rising star Egan Bernal for the leadership role within Team Sky, the Colombian having recently signed a five-year deal. Froome has already seen his position as sole Tour de France leader toppled by Geraint Thomas this season after the Welshman took his maiden Grand Tour victory at the French race. Froome has been the dominant Grand Tour rider in recent years, having won four Tours de France, a Vuelta a Espana and the Giro d'Italia. This season, he attempted to do the Giro-Tour double. He won the Giro in dramatic style with a long-range attack on the Colle delle Finestre on stage 19. However, he was unable to take a record-equalling fifth Tour de France and finished third overall. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Fuglsang and coach part ways " News shorts
November 09, 2018 (07:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Astana's Jakob Fuglsang will be on the lookout for a new coach after long-time trainer Rune Larsen parted ways with the Kazakh WorldTour team. According to Danish news site ekstrabladet.dk, former mountain biker Fuglsang, who goes into his 13th season as a professional road rider in 2019, has worked with Larsen for his whole career, but will face next season without him. "There are some things that the team's management and I don't agree on," Larsen told the website by way of explanation. "I'm annoyed that they want to go in one direction, whereas they're annoyed that I want to go in another. It's therefore best that we part ways, and that it happens without there being any bad blood between us.ADVERTISEMENT "Most teams these days want their riders to use trainers from within the team, which is the case with Astana," continued Larsen. "I think that I could still get some good results out of Jakob, but there are probably others who can, too. And maybe it'll be good for Jakob to try something new, but we won't lose touch. We're still friends, and we'll stay in contact." Fuglsang told Danish broadcaster TV2 yesterday that he intends on targeting the Tour de France next season. 'Safer' course announced for Gent-Wevelgem Tour Down Under director Mike Turtur joins Cycling Australia Hall of Fame New name for Roubaix-Lille Mtropole team You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Verbrugghe: It's a great honour to be the Belgian national coach
November 09, 2018 (07:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Belgian Cycling's new men's road coach, Rik Verbrugghe, described being given his new role as "a great honour" at a press conference held at the federation's headquarters in Forest, just outside Brussels, on Thursday. The former professional rider for teams such as Cofidis, Lotto and Quick-Step was announced as the new men's road coach by the Belgian cycling federation on Wednesday, and will take over the coaching of the elite and under-23 riders from December 1. He'll also continue as a sports director with WorldTour team Bahrain-Merida. "As a country, Belgium has always been a leader in the international cycling world," said Verbrugghe, "and that's why I see it as a great honour to be here as the head coach at Belgian Cycling."ADVERTISEMENT He'll be assisted in his role by current national cyclo-cross coach Sven Vanthourenhout, who will work principally with the U23 riders, but will be ready to lend a hand whenever Verbrugghe needs it. "I see this as a great opportunity to broaden my experience as a coach," Vanthourenhout, who attended the recent UCI Road World Championships in Innsbruck, Austria, where the Belgian men's team was led by outgoing national coach Kevin De Weert, told the press. "In Innsbruck, I could see that an extra coach is certainly not a luxury," he said, "and because Rik will still be quite busy in the coming months, I'm ready to help wherever necessary." You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Jolanda Neff and Nino Schurter scoop Swiss awards
November 09, 2018 (07:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Jolanda Neff and Nino Schurter were named Swiss Cycling's women's and men's riders of the year at the national federation's gala evening in Zurich on Thursday night. Neff's successful 2018 season included victory in the cross-country at the European Mountain Bike Championships in Glasgow, Scotland, in August " her third European title, having also won in 2015 and 2016 " and the overall UCI Mountain Bike World Cup title, which was also her third overall series win, with titles in 2014 and 2015. Schurter also won the overall World Cup " for the sixth time " and was crowned cross-country mountain bike world champion for the seventh time during his career, and the fourth time in a row, on home soil in Lenzerheide in September.ADVERTISEMENT For both riders, it was their fifth consecutive win at the Swiss Cycling awards, and evidence that Switzerland's cycling strength sits principally off-road for now, with four-time world time trial champion Fabian Cancellara having left a gaping hole in the nation's road cycling success following his retirement at the end of 2016, despite the best efforts of riders such as Groupama-FDJ's Steve Morabito, AG2R La Mondiale's Mathias Frank and BMC duo Michael Schr and Stefan Kng. However, that might all be about to change with the rise and rise of Marc Hirschi on the road, who won both the under-23 World Championship road race title and took victory at the European Championship road race this season. The 20-year-old will step up from the Development Team Sunweb to the elite WorldTour Team Sunweb for 2019, and won the 'up-and-coming' prize at the gala on Thursday evening, with all six members of the successful U23 Worlds team being given an honourable mention for their teamwork in Innsbruck, Austria, that delivered Hirschi to the win. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Mamykin takes job hunt to social media
November 09, 2018 (07:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Former Katusha and Burgos-BH rider Matvey Mamykin has turned to social media in his search for a new team. The 24-year-old Russian spread word by Twitter this week that he's still looking for a team for next season. "Hey everyone! Unfortunately havent find a team yet, but still looking," Mamykin wrote in the post. "Better to try it here than surrender. So, if anyone is interested, please contact me. Will be grateful for any help or repost, guys!" Mamykin broke his pelvis in a crash during stage 19 of the 2017 Vuelta a Espaa while riding for Katusha-Alpecin. He spent four days in hospital, with the injury and subsequent long recovery ending his season.ADVERTISEMENT He returned with Spanish Pro Continental team Burgos-BH for 2018, but theseason was a bust for the young Russian. He managed just 11 race days, dropping out of every event he entered, the last being theVuelta Asturias Julio Alvarez Mendo in Spain on April 24. In an email to Cyclingnews, Mamykin said that although he had recovered enough from his 2017 Vuelta crash to train hard this season, the pain in his pelvis would return each time he tried to race. "When I first got on my bike after the fall, I had pain, but over time the pain went away and I began to train more powerfully.But when I returned to the races, the injury again started to make discomfort,"Mamykin said. " Matvey Mamykin (@MatveyMamykin) November 6, 2018 You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Tafi says he's found a team for 2019
November 09, 2018 (07:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Italian Andrea Tafi has taken another step toward fulfilling his goal of competing in Paris-Roubaix 20 years after his victory there in 1999. The 52-year-old said this week that he has signed with a team that could gain entry into the French spring Monument. Tafi told Het Laaste Nieuwshe was not yet able to name which team he had signed with, but the announcement should follow in the coming weeks. Tafi went public with his plan last month and initially approached Patrick Lefevere, general manger of the Quick-Step Floors team where Tafi rode during the most successful part of his career, about a ride for the 2019 season. Lefevere encouraged Tafi's idea, which he called "beautiful," but he didn't offer the Italian a spot on his team.Tafi now says he found a team that offered him the opportunity.ADVERTISEMENT "But I still cannot say which team it is," Tafi said, according to Het Laatste Nieuws. "Everyone says I'm crazy, but I do not think I am in my heart. I know how hard it is, I'm training and I'm going to see what's going to happen. It will be difficult, but it's something I absolutely want to do - it's something no one has ever done in cycling history." Tafi retired after the 2005 Paris-Roubaix having notched 30 career victories, including the Tour of Flanders, Il Lombardia and Paris-Roubaix. He still competesin masters events in Tuscany, and he said he's looking for a unique way to turn back the clock and celebrate the 20th anniversary of his Paris-Roubaix win. Tafi runs a cycling clothing business and a holiday rental business 'Il Borghetto' with apartments named after the races he won. It leaves him with time to train and take his 20th anniversary celebrations seriously. He has ridden a number of masters races and gran fondos this year, even taking part in a UCI-sanctioned road race in Hungary in July. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Mortensen, Carbel reportedly sign with Riis' Team Waoo
November 09, 2018 (07:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
The Virtu Cycling organisation is set to announce the renewal of the title sponsor of its men's Continental Team Waoo and new signings, according to the Danish news site ekstrabladet.dk According to the report, the team will announce next week that internet providers Waoo have extended their title sponsorship, and the squad will have 10 riders, bringing in Martin Mortensen from the Riwal CeramicSpeed squad and Michael Carbel from Fortuneo-Samsic.They also plan to announce renewals with Rasmus Guldhammer, Andreas Hyldgaard Jeppesen, Johan Langballe and Jesper Schultz. The Virtu Cycling Group was started in 2017 by Bjarne Riis, Lars Seier and Jan Bech Andersen with the aim of developing the team into a feeder squad for a future Danish WorldTour team. In July, the Virtu men's team gained a new title sponsor in Waoo.ADVERTISEMENT The team lost Kasper Asgreen to Quick-Step Floors in a mid-season transfer in April, while Asbjrn Kragh Andersen has signed with Team Sunweb, junior world champion Jakob Egholm went to Hagens Berman Axeon, Mikkel Honore to Quick-Step, Alexander Kamp and Torkil Veyhe to Riwal, and Niklas Larsen and Mathias Krigbaum to ColoQuick. The women's WorldTour squad is not covered by the Waoo sponsorship agreement. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Fundraiser for family set up after death of Jonathan Cantwell
November 09, 2018 (07:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
A fundraiser has been established to benefit the children of Jonathan Cantwell, who died this week at the age of 36. The effort aims to raise $50,00 to support Cantwell's two children. Cantwell, who raced with the Jittery Joe's, FlyVAustralia, Saxo Bank and Drapac teams during his career, "lost his battle to mental illness", according to the Go FundMe page,on November 6. "We would like to ask you for your generosity to help us secure some financial stability to his kids during this period of adaptation and mourning. This money will go towards rent, utility bills, education and some much needed psychological support treatment for the kids,"the page states.ADVERTISEMENT In 2017,Cantwell wrote about surviving testicular cancer on his Facebook page, revealing that he had undergone surgery to remove a 4.5cm tumour and went through rounds of chemotherapy before being declared cancer free. Last month, Cantwell recalled the death of his brother on his page: "A year ago today I lost my only brother to mental illness as he followed in my father's footstep. I'm so so sorry I was not there or did not know the pain you were going through for you to make this decision. Your smile, guidance and love is missed more than you could ever imagine. The hole that I and the rest of your family have to live with now is almost unbearable." The GoFundMe post says that part of the funds raised will go to support suicide prevention. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Former pro Gunnewijk named Dutch women's coach
November 09, 2018 (07:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Former Dutch road race and time trial champion Loes Gunnewijk will be national coach of the Dutch national women's team from the start of 2019. Gunnewijk will be the first to hold the position as the Dutch Federation (KNWU) seeks to divide responsibilities for the national squad. Gunnewijk, who took a silver medal in the team time trial at the 2012 World Championships, retired from racing in 2015. She has since completed the UCI's Directeur Sportive diploma course and had a stint with Mitchelton-Scott as a trainee DS. Since 2017, Gunnewijk has been the lead coach for the junior women's team and the assistant para-cycling coach. This new role will allow her to follow her riders from the bottom right to the top of the sport as it will encompass the full age range of riders. "It is great that I am responsible for the entire selection," Gunnewijk said. "This way I can follow the talents even better, I can coach them longer and I can see how they develop. You know what is going on and can continue the talent development through the cooperation with the teams.ADVERTISEMENT "This certainly applies to the junior women, because we have to ensure new growth towards the elite women. At the elite level, we currently have a very nice and strong group and we continue to do what we have been doing for a long time; keep on driving and performing at the championships." The Dutch women's team have been a particularly strong force in cycling over the years with 2018 no difference. While a mistake at the European Championships put paid to a shot at victory, they still came home with a silver medal. There were no such errors at the UCIRoad World Championships as Annemiek van Vleuten claimed her second time trial title and Anna van der Breggen ensured another Dutch clean sweep with her first road race victory. In the past, both the Dutch men's and women's teams have been looked after by the same person. Former rider Thorwald Veneberg was the most recent incumbent, but he has recently stepped up to become the general manager of the KNWU, leaving the position vacant. The men's coach is yet to be confirmed but former Sunweb coach Adriaan Helmantel is rumoured to be taking over the position. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Mixed Team Relay to be included in 2019 Road European Championships
November 08, 2018 (12:15) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
The European Cycling Union (UEC) has announced plans to include the new mixed team time trial relay in next year's Road European Championships. The body says it is looking to put a 'greater emphasis on gender equality' in the coming season. The event will work as an unofficial test event and allow riders and organisers to see it in action ahead of the World Championships in Yorkshire. It was announced in September during a ceremony to unveil the 2019 Road World Championships routes that next years Worlds would feature a team time trial mixed relay. Following the original announcement, UCI president David Lappartient said that they would look into adding the event to the European Championships programme, before adding that he hoped it would be included in future Olympic Games.ADVERTISEMENT The event will replace the current trade team time trial, which was added to the Worlds programme in 2012. It is to be contested by nations and will see a team of three men ride a lap of the 14-kilometre course before passing the metaphorical baton over to a team of three women. The times on the first and second laps will be taken on the second rider to cross the line. However, the exact details of how the handover will happen are yet to be confirmed. The European Championships will take place from August 7th to 11th next year, though a venue has not been announced. The decision to add the mixed team relay to the programme was made during last weekends Cyclo-cross European Championships in s-Hertogenbosch. It is one of a number of new initiatives the UEC hopes to implement over the next four years. "The success of European events over the last few seasons and the UECs active presence alongside its 50 member National Federations confirm that the direction taken is without a doubt the right one," read the statement. "In this respect, on Saturday the board launched a series of initiatives aimed at strengthening cyclings role with a 360-degree approach on the international sports scene." You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Durbridge extends with Mitchelton-Scott until 2020
November 08, 2018 (12:15) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Luke Durbridge is the latest rider to extend his contract with Mitchelton-Scott after penning a new deal with the Australian squad. Mitchelton-Scotts mens team have announced extensions with Sam Bewley, Jack Haig, Damien Howson, and Alex Edmondson in recent weeks. Durbridge has been with the team since their inception in 2012, having been part of owner Gerry Ryans previous venture, Jayco-AIS. "I am really excited to re-sign with Mitchelton-Scott. Our team has changed a lot over the years, we started out with a core group of Australians alongside some Europeans and we were more of a one-day race/Classics style team and we had some great success with that formula," said Durbridge.ADVERTISEMENT "Now were transitioning into a GC team as we saw with the win in the Vuelta and for me I think it really suits my role as a rider, especially in the back end of the season, to support our GC guys to what I hope will be more victories and Grand Tour success." Durbridge started his career on the track and won junior world titles in the Madison and Team Pursuit. His pursuit skills transferred out onto the road and he has twice won Australias national time trial title, in 2012 and 2013. In 2013, he backed that up with the road race title to become the first rider in over a decade to do the double. He has also helped Mitchelton-Scott to four medals in the team time trial at the World Championships. In recent years, the 27-year-old has primarily worked as a support rider for Adam and Simon Yates, and Esteban Chaves. The cobbled Classics have also been a big focus for him and he believes that Mitchelton-Scott have a line-up that can work well in the spring. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Chris Froome to begin 2019 season in Colombia
November 08, 2018 (12:15) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Chris Froome will begin his 2019 season in Colombia, confirming his presence in the Tour Colombia, which was run for the first time this year under the name Colombia Oro y Paz. New world champion Alejandro Valverde is also provisionally down to ride the six-stage mid-February race. Froome's participation has been on the cards for a number of months, and even during this year's race the Colombian Cycling Federation were talking up their hopes of landing the four-time Tour de France winner for the race's second edition. Froome recently visited Colombia to take part in Rigoberto Urn's mass-participation ride 'Giro de Rigo', and while he was there he paid a visit to the Federation to confirm his presence.ADVERTISEMENT "Hello friends," Froome said in Spanish in a video message. "I'm very happy to confirm my participation in the Tour Colombia, where I'll begin my 2019 season. Many thanks to the Colombian Cycling Federation for the invitation. See you soon." Froome has traditionally opted for a February start to his seasons. This year he began at the Ruta del Sol in Spain, as he did in 2016, while in the two intervening years he was in Australia for the Herald Sun Tour. Froome won the Giro d'Italia this year before finishing third at the Tour behind teammate Geraint Thomas, but he's expected to focus squarely on the Tour in 2019 in a bid to land a record-equalling fifth title. The inaugural edition of the Tour Colombia - the first international professional race in the country - was considered a big success. While the likes of Fernando Gaviria, Nairo Quintana, Egan Bernal, Rigoberto Urn put on a dramatic show in front of huge crowds, the organisers are hoping to attract more big names from outside of Colombia for the second edition. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Limited transfer movement among cycling's top stars
November 08, 2018 (12:15) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
In an article published by L'Equipe on Wednesday about the relatively quiet transfer market among the world's top riders this year, riders' agent Joona Laukka says that it's due to today's UCI WorldTour teams being "more and more structured" and that team leaders are enjoying increased salaries. While the majority of the WorldTour teams play it safe " and L'Equipe points out that Denmark's Michael Valgren is the only rider inside the top 20 of the UCI ranking making a move, transferring from Astana to Dimension Data for next year " a number of French Pro Continental teams, on the other hand, have made big-name signings in preparation for the sweeping changes to come in 2020 in the guise of the UCI reforms. The big exception among WorldTour teams is BMC Racing, who, with their new main sponsor, become CCC Team next season, and lost a number of riders during the time of the team's uncertain future, but have now secured a number of new riders to support team leader Greg Van Avermaet.ADVERTISEMENT The smaller French teams, meanwhile, says Laukka, have been actively trying to bring in big-name riders "such as sprinter Andr Greipel with his move to Fortuneo-Samsic for next year, and Tour of Flanders winner Niki Terpstra, who leaves Quick-Step Floors to join Direct Energie in 2019 "in readiness for the changes that will be introduced by the UCI for 2020. Up for tender in the summer of 2019 will be the 18 WorldTour places for 2020, which the UCI will re-assign to teams based on ethical, administrative, financial, organisational and sporting criteria. That latter criterion will ostensibly mean that teams need some big, winning names on their roster to qualify for WorldTour status, and the popularity of those riders within their ranks will be even more important for the non-WorldTour teams that won't earn an automatic place for the Tour de France, for example, and will have to fight over the remaining wildcard places. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Cycling: Whanganui's Glenn Haden does well at Tour of Southland
November 08, 2018 (12:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Whanganui cyclist Glenn Haden is very satisfied with his first attempt at New Zealand's preeminent cycling race tour.Haden completed the SBS Bank Tour of Southland last Saturday after six days and over 850km of gruelling road racing.Racing... More...
Cyclist allegedly shoved car door against woman in road rage incident
November 08, 2018 (12:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Witnesses are shaken after a "disgusting" road rage incident in which a cyclist allegedly hurt a woman by jamming her in a car door.But police say accounts from the scene contradict each other and no charges are being laid.The... More...
Mark Cavendish and Peter Sagan to ride Vuelta a San Juan
November 07, 2018 (12:15) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Mark Cavendish and Peter Sagan will be headline names at the 2019 Vuelta a San Juan, it has been confirmed. It will be the first time that the pair have ridden the South American race, having previously ridden the now-defunct Tour de San Luis. "We are happy to confirm it, San Juan sports minister Jorge Chica told Argentinian publication Diario de Cuyo. "The talks have been going on for some months and today, finally, we can confirm that Sagan will be here, giving more prestige to our Vuelta. They are figures that will give [the race] an extraordinary level."ADVERTISEMENT Last month, Sagan told Cyclingnews that he intended on riding the South American race for the first time. He had already been confirmed to start the opening round of the WorldTour Tour Down Under, which he has ridden the past two years. Sagan has previously ridden the Tour de San Luis, most recently in 2016 [the final edition of the race -ed], but it and the Vuelta a San Juan have traditionally clashed with the Tour Down Under. However, there will be no such issues for the Slovakian next year with San Juan set to start a few days later. While the Tour Down Under will take place between January 15 to 20, the Vuelta a San Juan is slated for January 27 to February 3. Cavendish last started his season in South America in 2015, where he won the final stage of the Tour de San Luis. In recent years, the Manxman has opted to begin his year at the Dubai Tour and this will also be the first time in two years that he has begun racing in January. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Cofidis sign Berhane and release Teklehaimanot
November 07, 2018 (12:15) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Cofidis have signed another WorldTour rider, picking up Natnael Berhane from Dimension Data for the 2019 season. The Eritrean replaces his compatriot and former teammate Daniel Teklehaimanot, who has not received a contract extension. It will be the second spell at a French team for Berhane, who turned pro with Europcar in 2013 and immediately won the Tour of Turkey. In 2015 he joined the South African Dimension Data team - then MTN-Qhubeka - and has ridden the three Grand Tours with the team but hasn't managed to add to his win tally since landing the Eritrean national title in 2015.ADVERTISEMENT "I am the happiest of men because I really wanted to come back and race in France after those two great years with Europcar. Cofidis were on my radar and I didn't hesitate before signing my contract. The team performed strongly throughout the season and finished very strongly, notably at the Vuelta," Berhane said in an announcement from the team. "As I'm an all-rounder, I will have the chance to work for team leaders in the different races, but I will also be able to show myself in the stage races where I have achieved my best results. One thing's for sure, I'm going to give my all for the team and I'm confident about what we can achieve." With the signing of Berhane, Cofidis finalised their 2019 roster with 28 riders. After signing the Herrada brothers from Movistar last year, Berhane joins Darwin Atapuma (UAE Team Emirates), Jesper Hansen (Astana), and Marco Mathis (Katusha-Alpecin) as the latest recruits from WorldTour outfits. Former Sunweb rider Zico Waeytens has also joined from Veranda's Willems-Crelan, while Damien Touz, Filippo Fortin, and Victor Lafay will all turn pro with the team next year. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Jonathan Cantwell dies aged 36
November 07, 2018 (12:15) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Former professional rider Jonathan Cantwell, who retired at the end of 2014, having ridden for teams including WorldTour team Saxo-Tinkoff, Drapac and US Continental squad Jittery Joe's, has died. The Australian was just 36. Writing in a reaction to a post of condolence by the organisers of the Tour Down Under stage race on Wednesday, former Olympic and world champion track sprinter Anna Meares wrote: "My heart aches heavy to learn that Jonathan Cantwell has died. Love and thoughts with his family and friends and indeed community." Cantwell began his career with US Continental team Jittery Joe's in 2008, and went on to ride for the Fly V Australia Continental team, where he stayed for the next three seasons, competing on the Australian and US circuits.ADVERTISEMENT A sprinter, Cantwell won two stages of the Herald Sun Tour in 2009, and finished 14th in that year's Philadelphia International Championship one-day race in Pennsylvania, in the US, which was won by German sprint star Andr Greipel. Cantwell's true breakthrough came when he signed for Bjarne Riis' Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank outfit for 2012, joining up with Alberto Contador and Rafal Majka, and Australians Luke Roberts and David Tanner. Early in the 2012 season, Cantwell sprinted to two stage victories at the Tour de Taiwan, and was picked to ride that season's Tour de France " the only Grand Tour that he would ride during his career " where he made the most of the opportunity, making it to Paris in 137th place overall, and taking sixth place on stage 4 between Abbeville and Rouen in the bunch sprint, which was again won by Greipel. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Israel Cycling Academy sign Davide Cimolai from Groupama-FDJ
November 07, 2018 (12:15) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
TheIsrael Cycling Academy continue to bolster their 2019 roster with another addition to the sprint train, announcing on Wednesday that they've signed Italian lead-out man Davide Cimolai from Groupama-FDJ. The 29-year-old has five UCI wins to his credit since turning pro in 2010 with Liquigas-Doimo, but he has flourished in the WorldTour most recently as a lead-out man for the likes of Arnaud Demare at FDJand Italian teammate Matteo Trentin, who Cimolai helped deliver to the European Championship road race victory in August. Two of Cimolai's own wins came in Spain at the Volta a Catalunya in 2015 and 2017, and he also took stages at the Tour of Japan in 2016, Paris-Nice in 2015 and the Italian one-dayTrofeo Laigueglia in 2015.ADVERTISEMENT "This is exactly what we need from Davide," team manager Kjell Carlstrom said, adding that the Israel Cycling Academy believe signing Cimolai is a big step in fulfilling their goal of improving the team's sprint results. "Davide is a strong rider who has shown that he can get results himself, but can also support other sprinters," Carlstrom said. "What we like most is that he can do it in hard races "those races when the terrain orthe level of the race and the intensity is very high, like the Classics. It's no secret that we lacked a bit in those races this past season." The Israel Cycling Academy took 15 wins in 2018, in what was the team's second season in thePro Continental ranks. Colombian sprinter Edwin vila started things off with a stage win at the Tour de Taiwan in March, but was then shut out for the rest of the season. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Lampaert, Cant named top Belgian cyclists for 2018
November 07, 2018 (12:15) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Two-time UCI Cyclo-Cross World Champion Sanne Cant (Corendon-Circus) and Belgian road race champion Yves Lampaert (Quick-Step Floors) took top honours on Tuesday atHet Nieuwsblad's Flandrien awards, naming Belgium's top cyclists for 2018. Despite the name, the awards celebrate the entire nation's riders, and not only those hailing from Flanders, although this year both winners of the two top awards do come from Flanders. Cant won the Flandrienne award for the second consecutive year, having takenher second rainbow jersey in February at the World Championships in Valkenburg, topping a 2017-18 'cross season that saw her also win the European and Belgian championships, the UCI World Cup and the Superprestige series.ADVERTISEMENT Cant topped mountain biker Githa Michiels, track world champion Nicky Degrendele, and road racers Lotte Kopecky and Jolien D'hoore to win this year. "I stood here last year, and I'm super happy that I've succeeded again," Cant said in her acceptance speech, according to Het Nieuwsblad."It was a great year. I'm very proud to have been able to win those three champions' jerseys. I should mention all the people I want to thank, but I can't remember them all. This is the ultimate recognition for cyclo-cross that I'm here winning the Flandrienne tonight." So far in the 2018-19 season, Cant has brought home only two victories among a handful of lesser results. But the reigning world champion said she plans to be back in top form once the World Cup fires up again for round 3 inTabor, in the Czech Republic, on November 17. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Pro riders union upset by doping control during cycling gala
November 07, 2018 (12:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
PARIS (AP) " The professional cyclists' union is urging anti-doping authorities to treat athletes in a more respectful manner after a Belgian rider was forced to leave a cycling gala to follow anti-doping inspectors for an out-of-competition... More...
Andrea Manfredi dead: Italian cyclist among 189 victims of Indonesia plane crash
November 06, 2018 (12:15) [ Indexed from Mirror.co.uk ]
The Italian was among 189 people killed when a Lion Air plane crashed in Indonesia soon after taking off More...
Howson extends with Mitchelton-Scott
November 06, 2018 (12:15) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Damien Howson will remain at the Mitchelton-Scott team until at least the end of the 2020 season after signing a two-year contract extension. The 26-year-old Australian turned professional with the team in 2014 after coming through the Australian Jayco-AIS development set-up and will now take the association to a sixth and seventh year. "I am very happy, I have been with the team now for five years and I think we have a good relationship together and I am learning a lot from what I am capable of doing and also what the team expects in the direction the team has been heading," said Howson.ADVERTISEMENT "I am really happy of being a part of the development of the team and I hope to improve on that in the years to come. I've built a lot of friendships within the team with the staff and riders and I feel that the relationship between every rider is ultimately the importance of having a great team. We are all aiming to achieve our best and grow so over the next two years I am hoping to be a part of the many more successes I am expecting the team to have." Howson won the Herald Sun Tour in 2017 but has found his feet working in the service of others. Mitchelton-Scott have undergone a transformation into a Grand Tour-winning squad, and Howson is developing into an important domestique for the Yates twins and Esteban Chaves. He supported Chaves to podium finishes at the Giro d'Italia and Vuelta a Espaa in 2016 - putting in a noteworthy shift to help unseat Alberto Contador on the final day of the Vuelta - and was part of the squad that won the recent Vuelta with Simon Yates. On top of that he has ridden the Tour de France in the past two seasons. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Helleland's candidacy for WADA president could be blocked
November 06, 2018 (12:15) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
The World Anti-Doping Agency's vice-president, Linda Hofstad Helleland, 41, could be prevented from running for president of WADA by a new proposal that would require candidates to be at least 45 years old. Current WADA president Craig Reedie will step down from his position next year, but has defended the agency's decision to allow the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) to be reinstated to the international sporting arena, having been deemed compliant with the WADA code. Helleland was one of just two members on the WADA executive committee who voted against Russia being reinstated, versus nine members who voted for.ADVERTISEMENT Investigative sports journalist for German broadcaster ARD, Nick Butler tweeted an image of a proposal sent by the Africa Union " the current Chair of WADA's Public Authorities' representatives " to introduce the age limit of 45, among other proposals (published below). In a WADA statement, also published by Butler, WADA confirmed that the proposal had been made, but that it had not been proposed by WADA leadership or management - though they hadn't rejected it. It would, however, be discussed at a meeting of the Public Authorities' representatives on November 13 in Baku, Azerbaijan, the day before the WADA Executive Committee and Foundation Board meetings that take place in Baku on November 14 and 15, where "WADA's requirements concerning the election of the President and Vice-President by the Foundation Board... will be presented to, and discussed by, the Foundation Board on 15 November". Helleland " who is also Norway's Minister of Children and Equality " attended a meeting to discuss the future of anti-doping at the White House in Washington, DC, on October 31, where she joined CEO of the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) Travis Tygart and a number of national anti-doping agencies and athletes. WADA had allegedly not been invited, and Helleland's attendance was seen by some as defying WADA's wishes. " Nick Butler (@NickJMButler) November 2, 2018 You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Sven Vanthourenhout and Axel Merckx rumoured frontrunners for Belgian coaching job
November 06, 2018 (12:15) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Axel Merckx and current Belgian cyclo-cross national team coach Sven Vanthourenhout may share the vacant national road coach role, according to reports in the Belgian press. Het Laatste Nieuws reported on their website on Monday that an arrangement may be made whereby Merckx would look after the pro riders and Vanthourenhout would take care of the amateur and younger riders. The available part-time role as national coach is essentially one of national selector, choosing the riders to represent the nation at road events such as the World or European Championships, and sharing the role might allow both Merckx and Vanthourenhout to continue in their other roles as boss of the Hagens Berman Axeon Pro Continental team in North America and as the national cyclo-cross coach, respectively.ADVERTISEMENT As reported last month, Axel Merckx had said he was "honoured" to be considered for the job, but had reportedly tried to assure the Belgian federation that he'd be capable of continuing to run Hagens Berman Axeon at the same time. Director of Belgian Cycling, Jos Smets, confirmed to Dutch website Wielerflits.nl in October that both Merckx and fellow former pro Peter Van Petegem were "two names on a list of 20" " a long list that may also have included former cyclo-cross pro Vanthourenhout. While talks are still ongoing, according to hln.be, Vanthourenhout would continue as the Belgian cyclo-cross coach while also coaching on the road, and would act as an assistant to Merckx when it came to the pro riders. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Jess Allen: I want to be the best domestique in the world
November 06, 2018 (12:15) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Jess Allen says that she wants to be "the best domestique in the world" for her Mitchelton-Scott teammates in 2019, while continuing to learn and gain experience so that she can one day put herself in a position to win the world's biggest races. Allen will continue with the Australian outfit in 2019, and is looking forward to being of even further help to her teammates later on in races, having already contributed to the team's overall victory at the Giro Rosa in July, along with a number of other WorldTour events this season. "My role in the team the last two seasons has been as a 'worker', and I've loved it," Allen said on the team's website. "We have some of the best riders in the world at Mitchelton-Scott, and I want to be the best domestique in the world for them until I'm strong enough to win races myself.ADVERTISEMENT "I know I may fly under the radar to people who just look at the race results,but I know how hard I workfor the team, and I am proud of that," she continued. "All ofmy teammates are humble winners and always acknowledge me for my hard work after every race, so that's what most important to me." Allen may be waiting for the day that she can take her own chances to win, but her small number of victories so far have been hugely significant. She was the junior time trial world champion in 2011, winning the title in Copenhagen, Denmark, and then won the road race at the 2014 Oceania Championships, while riding for the Jayco/Apollo Victoria Institute of Sport team. She joined what was then Orica-AIS midway through the 2016 season, and continued with the team " then as Orica-Scott " in 2017, when she took a solo victory at the national criterium championshipsat the start of the season. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Froome coy about Giro defense as 2019 route revealed
November 01, 2018 (13:15) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
MILAN (AP) " Chris Froome could have another attempt at winning both the Giro d'Italia and the Tour de France as the British rider has not ruled out the possibility of defending the title he secured in Rome this year.Next year's... More...
Wanganui Collegiate School's Kyle Hoskin impressing on the cycle track
October 29, 2018 (03:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Kyle Hoskin hopped on a mountain bike at the age of 10 and has never looked back.The Wanganui Collegiate School student is now 16 and pedals around New Zealand competing in all sorts of cycle races."The most recent was one of... More...
2019 La Course changes dates to align with Tour de France stage in Pau
October 28, 2018 (15:30) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
La Course by Le Tour de France will change dates from its original July 23 place on the 2019 Women's WorldTour calendar to July 19, so that it aligns with the Tour de France stage held in Pau on the same day. The women will race a hilly circuit race, designed for the puncheurs of the peloton, using the same course as the men's stage 13 individual time trial. "Yes, La Course by Le Tour will take place on July 19th in Pau," a representative of ASO told Cyclingnews on Friday. "It's a classic race (mass-start) not an ITT, and the riders will complete five times the ITT [mens circuit]." The new date will not conflict with the Giro Rosa held from July 5-14, but it will, however, overlap with the UCI 2.1-ranked BeNe Ladies Tour held from July 18-21 in Belgium.ADVERTISEMENT ASO provided limited details about next years La Course race during the presentation of the 2019 Tour de France route at the Palais des Congrs in Paris on Thursday. The women will race along a circuit, the same course as the men's 27km time trial on stage 13, and they will complete five laps for a total of 120km. The route will include a climb over the Cte dEsquillot, making the circuit a challenge but one that could suit the one-day Classics specialists and possibly even the sprinters. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Nairo Quintana: I didn't fulfill my objectives in 2018
October 28, 2018 (15:30) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Two years ago, when Nairo Quintana(Movistar) met the media immediately after winning the Vuelta a Espaa, the Colombians outlook on the Tour de France, and Grand Tour racing, could not have been more upbeat. As the curtain on the 2019 season begins to twitch - with racing only just completed - Quintana faced another autumn press conference. He again looked ahead towards next July's Tour de France but things were understandably far more contained. Two difficult Tour de France, in 2017 and again in 2018, have undermined Quintana's GC hopes after he had finished on the podium in his previous three participations in 2016, 2015 and 2013. A poor Vuelta a Espaa this autumn, with a three-week media soap opera featuring Movistar's leadership question as its main story line, further emphasised the question marks over what the Colombian can still achieve. Quintana preferred to pull no punches when it came to talking to the media in Movistar's team meeting in Pamplona this Friday.ADVERTISEMENT "I havent fulfilled all my objectives this year, and if that doesnt work out, it seems like youve done nothing all season," Quintana, who won stages in the Tour de France and Tour de Suisse this season said. "But I wasnt missing in action, I was there, fighting away, sometimes better and sometimes worse. What's clear is that this was not my best year and not what we hoped for. "I lacked that spark in the Tour and Vuelta. I had a crash in the Tour, which affected me, and I still have some lasting effects of that, but we were always thinking about the Tour." Against power metre racing You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
CCC Team to target stage wins at the 2019 Tour de France says Van Avermaet
October 28, 2018 (15:30) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Greg Van Avermaet says that CCC Teams main priority at next years Tour de France will be to secure stage victories. The Belgian also believes that the lack of a general classification leader will allow the team to race more attractively. With Polish shoe and bag manufacturer CCC taking over as title sponsor from BMC for the 2019 season, there has been an abundance of changes in the team's roster. At present, only seven of the 23 confirmed riders come from this years crop at BMC Racing. Despite an offer sent to Geraint Thomas, the team wont have a Grand Tour contender. Richie Porte has signed with Trek-Segafredo, while Rohan Dennis is joining Bahrain-Merida and Tejay van Garderen will ride for EF Education First.New signings include Dutch veteran Laurens ten Dam, Stefan Denifl, Serge Pauwels and sprinter Jakub Mareczko.ADVERTISEMENT Van Avermaet said that he enjoyed riding for the teams leader Richie Porte in the past but believes the new team can step up to the plate even without an overall contender at the Tour de France. He was part of the BMC Racing team that won the team time trial in this year's Tour de France, going on to defend the yellow jersey for seven days. I think that we'll be able to go more on the attack and being attractive in the race but it can also be good for me to have a different strategy, Van Avermaet said in Paris following the unveiling of the 2019 Tour de France route. In the Classics, I have no problem with [being the leader] but in the Tour it is different, I cannot perform over three weeks like a GC guy. I think that it is important to win stages to support the team and to win by myself. Eyeing more stage victories You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Bewley stays with Mitchelton-Scott for two more years
October 28, 2018 (15:30) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Sam Bewley has signed with Mitchelton-Scott for another two years, staying with the team through 2020. The New Zealand domestique has been with the Australian WorldTour team since it was established in 2012. Ive been a part of this team since the beginning when we were a team just trying to find our feet all the way through to monument victories and Grand Tour podiums, the 31-year-old said when the team confirmed his contract extension. The way this team operates and has progressed together as group is something that is close to my heart.ADVERTISEMENT Mitchelton-Scott currently has 22 riders signed for the coming year and will again target the Grand Tours with Simon and Adam Yates and Esteban Chaves, while European champion Matteo Trentin leads the Classics squad. Newcomers including Brent Bookwalter and Tsgabu Grmay, young Italian sprinter Edoardo Affini, Rob Stannard and Callum Scotson from the Mitchelton-Bike Exchange development team, plus Dion Smith and Nick Schultz from Wanty- Groupe Gobert and Caja Rural. Riders leaving the team include sprinter Caleb Ewan and Roger Kluge, both of whom are joining Lotto-Soudal. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Doping: Former Armstrong doctor's sanction lifted after team manager banned
October 28, 2018 (15:30) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
A former doctor for Lance Armstrong's U.S. Postal Service (USPS) cycling team has had his lifetime ban lifted following his testimony against Armstrong team manager Johan Bruyneel, the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) said on Friday. Luis Garcia del Moral, a Spanish physician who worked with the More...
Tireless 106-year-old French cyclist hops back in the saddle
October 28, 2018 (15:30) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
He's closing in on his 107th birthday and Frenchman Robert Marchand is still in the saddle training at an indoor cycling track, despite hvaing announced his retirement from cycling More...
Froome wants Tour win for Sky's 10th birthday gift
October 28, 2018 (15:30) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
Four-time Tour de France winner Chris Froome was coy Thursday over whether he or Geraint Thomas would lead Sky at the 2019 edition, but said it would make a great 10th birthday gift for the British team. Froome came third at the 2018 Tour de France as teammate Thomas emerged from his shadow to secure More...
2019 Tour de France celebrates century of yellow jerseys
October 28, 2018 (15:30) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
Next year's Tour de France will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the showcase race's iconic yellow jersey. With France emerging from the carnage of World War I, the Tour offered its beacon of hope to the war-ravaged nation. In 1919, the race leader's yellow jersey - which has become cycling More...
Mountains galore as 2019 Tour de France route unveiled
October 28, 2018 (15:30) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
Tour de France organisers threw down the gauntlet to the climbing specialists when they unveiled the "the highest Tour in history" for a 2019 edition featuring a record 30 mountain passes and five summit finishes on Thursday. With a nod to Belgian legend Eddy Merckx, the 2019 Tour begins in More...
Former Armstrong team manager, doctor get lifetime cycling bans
October 28, 2018 (15:30) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
The 54-year-old Belgian was initially banned for 10 years in 2014 by the American Arbitration Association North American Court of Arbitration for Sport (AAA) for helping orchestrate an elaborate doping program that helped Armstrong to seven Tour de France titles. In its ruling, CAS also said doctor More...
Armstrong manager Bruyneel banned from cycling for life
October 28, 2018 (15:30) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
Lance Armstrong's former US Postal team manager Johan Bruyneel has been handed a life ban from cycling by the Court of Arbitration for Sport. Bruyneel, 54, was the team manager for all of Armstrong's seven Tour de France victories from 1999-2005 -- triumphs that were erased in the US superstar More...
Former Armstrong team manager gets lifetime ban from cycling
October 28, 2018 (15:30) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
Lance Armstrong's former team manager has been given a lifetime ban from cycling for his role in a doping program that helped Armstrong win the Tour de France seven times. Johan Bruyneel had been serving a 10-year ban. In a letter posted on social media Wednesday, Bruyneel announced the Switzerland-based More...

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