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Mollema to lead Trek-Segafredo at Vuelta a Espana
August 20, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
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 Cyclingnews.com More...
Bak signs with Dimension Data - Transfer news shorts
August 20, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
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 Cyclingnews.com More...
Lauren Hall retires from pro cycling after Colorado Classic
August 20, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
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 Cyclingnews.com More...
Nibali: I'd love to win stages in Vuelta a Espana's final week
August 20, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
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 Cyclingnews.com More...
Vos moves into Women's WorldTour lead after Ladies Tour of Norway victory
August 20, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
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 Cyclingnews.com More...
Quintana, Valverde headline Movistar's team for Vuelta a Espana
August 20, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
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 Cyclingnews.com 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 Cyclingnews.com ]
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 Cyclingnews.com More...
Matthews: I showed that I am still capable of winning
August 19, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
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 Cyclingnews.com More...
Kittel: I'm not sure why I'm struggling at the moment
August 19, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
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 Cyclingnews.com More...
Caja Rural, Burgos BH name Vuelta squads - News shorts
August 19, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
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 Cyclingnews.com More...
Lampaert battered, bruised but hopeful after BinckBank Tour crash
August 19, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
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 Cyclingnews.com More...
Pinot feeling fresh for Vuelta a Espana challenge
August 19, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
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 Cyclingnews.com More...
Doull cleared of concussion after BinckBank crash " News Shorts
August 19, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
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 Cyclingnews.com More...
Vos waits for uphill sprint to take second stage win at Ladies Tour of Norway
August 18, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
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 Cyclingnews.com More...
Late crash ruins Kung's overall aspirations at BinckBank Tour
August 18, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
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 Cyclingnews.com More...
Wellens: It was difficult to make a difference
August 18, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
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 Cyclingnews.com More...
Lefevere on Terpstra departure: If one goes away, another steps up
August 18, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
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 Cyclingnews.com 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 Cyclingnews.com ]
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 Cyclingnews.com More...

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