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Cassani predicts heat and climbs will produce a selective Tokyo 2020 Olympics
December 11, 2018 (03:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Italian national coach Davide Cassani has predicted that heat and humidity will be a decisive factor in deciding the men's road race event at the 2020 Olympics Games in Tokyo, with the climbs on the 234km course expected to reduce the race to final "head to head" battle. Cassani is in Japan to see the course and decide on logistics, confirming that his squad will stay near Mount Fuji rather than in the Olympic village so they can be train on the course at the foot of the snow-covered mountain. The routes of both the men's and women's races will favour the climbers, with the men's parcours tackling four climbs, including the outer slopes of Mount Fuji. As had previously been reported in the Japanese press, the women's course will be a watered-down version of the men's and misses the Mount Fuji loop altogether. The women's race will feature a total elevation of 2,692 metres during 137km of racing, while the men will tackle 4,865 metres of climbing.ADVERTISEMENT A shorter men's test event will be held next July. The race profile includes five key climbs as the 234km race heads towards Mount Fuji and the finish in Fuji International Speedway circuit, from the start in Tokyo's Musashinonomori Park. The climbs start after 40km of racing. The decisive point in the men's race is likely to be the Mikuni Pass. The 6.8km climb averages 10.2 per cent and touches and ends 34 kilometres from the finish. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Peter Sagan to race Classics through until Liege-Bastogne-Liege
December 11, 2018 (03:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Three-time world champion Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) has announced that he will compete in a full spring Classics campaign in 2019, with plans for the 28-year-old to race from Milan-San Remo in March right through until Liege-Bastogne-Liege in late April. Speaking at the Bora-Hansgrohe team presentation in Mallorca on Monday, Sagan confirmed that he would once again begin his season at the Tour Down Under in January. He will add the Vuelta a San Juan in Argentina to his programme before returning to Europe for a spell of altitude training in February. "I'm happy be a part of this team. It's been two years already but it's felt like just a week. We're starting another season and we're getting older but I'd like to help pass on my experience to some of the younger riders," Sagan said.ADVERTISEMENT "We've decided that I'll do my kilometres in Australia and from there go to Argentina to do the Tour de San Juan. Then I'll have some rest before going up to Sierra Nevada." Sagan will miss the opening weekend in Belgium at the start of March and also forgo Strade Bianche. "After that I'll come back for Tirreno-Adriatico and the plan is then to carry on until Liege-Bastogne-Liege. We'll see how that goes with such a hard period but that's the first plan." You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Varnish's sex discrimination case heads to employment tribunal
December 11, 2018 (03:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Jess Varnish's case against British Cycling and UK Sport is set to take a significant step forward at Manchester Employment Tribunal this week, as the former track sprinter fights for compensation after she alleged sex discrimination against Shane Sutton, then the technical director of British Cycling. The employment tribunal will consider if Varnishs UK Sport funding means she was self-employed or an employee. Varnish and her lawyers argue funded athletes should be classed as "employees" or "workers" rather than "self-employed." In Britain employees and workers are protected against discrimination, have the right to minimum wage, paid holidays, whistleblowing protection, maternity pay and a pension. Athlete Performance Awards that are paid to athletes are currently considered as grants rather than a salary. The significance of the Varnish case has been compared to the Bosman ruling in European professional football, which allowed footballers to become free agents after their contracts expired. Employment status has come under the microscope in recent years as workers in many fields fight for better rights. However the case has sparked debate about the best status for funded athletes and could spark serious implications for sport funding in Britain and elsewhere.ADVERTISEMENT Varnish now runs a coffee shop with several former teammates, but her accusations have rocked British Cycling and lifted the lid on the atmosphere at the so-called Medals Factory. It is understood that UK Sport acted aggressively in its defence, even applying for a strike-out order to dismiss the case, along with a costs order and deposit order. This could have meant Varnish's assets would have been seized pending the case, forcing her to drop her claim. Sky News suggested that UK Sport and British Cycling have already spent more than 500,000 on preparing for the tribunal, including 75,000 for the two barristers that will represent them in the seven-day trial in Manchester. Varnish was dropped from the Great Britain elite track programme in 2016 and so missed out on the Rio Olympics. She has claimed she was subject to discrimination and had been told by former technical director Shane Sutton to "go and have a baby. He denied those claims but then resigned. A British Cycling internal investigation later cleared him of eight out of the nine accusations. Varnishs case has sparked a duty of care debate in British sport which has spread to several other Olympic and Paralympic sports. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Evenepoel will not ride cobbled Classics in 2019
December 11, 2018 (03:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Junior world champion Remco Evenepoel has confirmed that he will not line out in any cobbled Classics during his debut professional season with Deceuninck-QuickStep. Evenepoel claimed both the road and time trial world titles in Innsbruck in September at the end of a remarkable season that saw him dominate the junior peloton at international level. The Belgian youngster will bypass the under-23 ranks in 2019, moving directly from junior racing to WorldTour level withDeceuninck-QuickStep. Last month, the Belgian team revealed that the teenager would ride a light programme of 55 race days in 2019. At a gathering of his supporters club in Geraardsbergen at the weekend, Evenepoel confirmed that he will not tackle the Muur in competition in 2019.ADVERTISEMENT No Tour of Flanders or Omloop Het Nieuwsblad for me, Evenepoel said, according to Het Nieuwsblad. Im focusing on the Walloon Classics and short stage races. You cannot compare the professional Flemish Classics with those of the juniors. They are completely different. I wont pass by here in a race. Evenepoel only turned to cycling in 2017 after previously playing football in the youth structures of Anderlecht and PSV Eindhoven. The son of 1990s professional rider Patrick, Evenepoel compiled a stunning sequence of wins as a junior in 2018, including Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne, the Giro della Lunigiana stage race, the Peace Race, the Belgian Championships and a double at the European Championships, where he won the road race by a margin of almost ten minutes. His performances have earned the admiration of Eddy Merckx, who told Het Laatste Nieuws: "What else could I teach him? Nothing. He can do it all. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Van Loy hospitalised after Vlaamse Druivencross crash
December 11, 2018 (03:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Ellen Van Loy was taken to hospital in Herentals, Belgium, on Sundayafter crashing hard at theVlaamse Druivencross. Her Telenet Fidea Lions team reported on Twitter that Van Loy suffered bruising to the ligaments in her knee and would spend the night in the hospital before undergoing more tests on Monday to determine the extent of her injuries. Van Loy, who was coming off a win at GP Hasselt on December 1,went down on the muddy course inOverijse and had to abandon. Lucinda Brand (Team Sunweb) went on to win after battling Nikki Brammeier (Mudiita) throughout the race. The victory at Hasselt at the beginning of the month was the first win of the 2018-19 season for Van Loy, who started out in September with third at the first UCI World Cup of the season in Wisconsin. From there, Van Loy hit the podium at Berencross, Kermiscross, Kiremko Nacht van Woerden, DVV verzekeringen trofee-Jaarmarktcross andDVV verzekeringen trofee-Flandriencross.Van Loy's win at GP Hasselt in front of Denise Betsema (Marlux-Bingoal) and world champion Sanne Cant (Corendon-Cricus) was a positive sign for the upcoming races.ADVERTISEMENT The team did not say how long they expect Van Loy to remain out of action. Uit onderzoek in het ziekenhuis blijkt dat @Ellenvanloy een kneuzing van de gewrichtsbanden van de knie heeft. Morgen volgt er een echo om de ernst te bepalen. " Telenet Fidea Lions (@TFLions) December 9, 2018 You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Snow stops second day at North Carolina Grand Prix
December 11, 2018 (03:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
The second day of the North Carolina Grand Prix has fallen victim to winter storm 'Diego', as organisers were forced to cancel the racing in the face of heavy snow that covered the course and crippled the area. "Due to main roads not being cleared, the advisement of Emergency Management Services, completely unrideable course conditions, and concern for the safety (and fun) of everyone involved, we've decided that it is in everyone's best interest and safety to cancel," organisers of the UCI C2 races posted on Facebook early Sunday morning. "This event is covered by USAC insurance, so refunds for pre-registered riders for Sunday's race will be covered," organisers wrote. "Series overall awards will be calculated and distributed shortly! Stay safe, stay warm, be smart!"ADVERTISEMENT The North Carolina Grand Prix, which featured two C2 races over Saturday and Sunday, was one of the final rounds of USA Cycling's Pro CX calendar, which concludes this weekend at the Ruts 'n' Guts race in Tulsa Oklahoma. Winter storm Diego has hit the eastern seaboard of the US hard, forcing airlines to cancel more than 1,000 flights. It is expected to continue through Monday, with schools already announcing cancellations. More than 50,000 people are without power. Saturday's races in North Carolina were also hit by snow and cold weather, but they were able to go forward. Kerry Werner (Kona Maxxis Shimano)took the Elite men's win ahead ofCooper Willsey (Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com) and Gunnar Holmgren (Hardwood Next Wave Cycling). In the women's race, Lily Williams (The Pony Shop) beatErica Zaveta (Garneau-Easton) and Emma Swartz (Trek Factory Racing CX). View this post on Instagram You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Rally Cycling joins NFL's Melvin Gordon for charity bike build - Gallery
December 08, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Rally Cycling's Brad Huff, Jesse Anthony, Megan Jastrab, Robin Carpenter and Ty Magner recently joined the NFL's Melvin Gordon of the Los Angeles Chargers for their third-annual Holiday Bike Build at StubHub Center in Los Angeles, where 100 kids from Gardena-based Falcons Youth and Family Services received brand-new bicycles and Bell helmets. Gordon and the pro cyclists led the children, ages 5-12,in a series of health-and-fitness-inspired activities, including football drills and potato-sack races before leading the kids for a ride on their new bikes around the StubHub Center concourse. The goal was to inspire the childrento adopt healthy habits and focus on their education.ADVERTISEMENT Its incredibly rewarding to be able to draw from my own experience and Rallys message of healthy living to inspire these kids to stay healthy and stay in school, and now with their new bikes, to get plenty of fun exercise, Gordon said. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Aigle and Lausanne pitch Prudhomme on Swiss Tour de France stage
December 08, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Local officials from Swiss towns Aigle and Lausanne met with Tour de France Director Christian Prudhomme earlier this week to hand deliver their application to host a stage of the Tour in 2021, 2022 or 2023. The group presented Prudhomme with a detailed stage route, course profile and profiles of each the the potential climbs. The proposed route wouldstart at the UCI headquarters in Aigle and finish along Lake Genevea in Lausanne, taking in the Vaud and Friborg Prealps as well as the vineyards of Lavaux, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Lausanne hosted its first Tour de France stage in 1948, when Gino Bartali won after 256km from Aix-les-Bains. Although Lausanne has hosted a Tour stage five times - in 1948, 1949, 1952, 1978 and 2000 - it would be a first for Aigle.Organisers believe the proposed route would showcase two strong sports and tourism symbols, linking the UCI headquartersto the Olympic Capital.ADVERTISEMENT The proposed172.9km stage would not be a parade day by any means, with3,800 metres of climbing and an almost equal amount of downhill. The route would take in four major climbs, including the first category Col de la Croix (1,776 m), the second category Col du Pillon (1,546 m), the third category Col du Saanenmser (1,279) and the first category Col du Jaun (1,509 m). After the mountains, the race would take in the vineyards of Lavaux and then Lake Geneva. After about 4 hours 20 of racing and a final 3.7km climb at 6 per cent gradient, the peloton would cross the finish line in the Olympic stadium of Pontaise. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Cervelo-Bigla implement welfare measures after abuse allegations
December 08, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
After recent allegations of abuse, Cervelo-Bigla will implement measures that go beyond the UCI's Code of Ethics, including an anonymous conflict resolution service from a qualified lawyer. The team was struck by controversy just over two weeks ago when several former riders went public with complaints over the conduct of team manager Thomas Campana, who was said to have bullied, intimidated, and fat-shamed riders. Campana denies the allegations. The UCI recently made updates to its Code of Ethics, effective from 1 November 2018, including 'anonymity of plaintiff' to protect victims, and dedicated reporting channels for filing complaints.ADVERTISEMENT Iris Slappendel and nine other former Bigla riders had originally taken their complaints about Campana to the UCI in 2016 but half withdrew when they found out that their names would not be anonymous and that they would be public knowledge to Campana. The Bigla team issued a statement on Saturday welcoming the changes to the UCI's Code of Ethics and announcing their own new measures. "From 1 January 2019, the team will be offering a mediation and conflict management service provided by an independent Swiss Bar Association-accredited party. A trained female lawyer will be available to all riders and staff to provide advice and conflict resolution services if the need arises," read the statement. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Freire eyes Spanish national coach vacancy
December 08, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Oscar Freire has thrown his hat into the ring for the vacancy as head coach of Spain's elite men's road cycling team following the resignation of Javier Minguez last month. The 42-year-old won the World Championships for Spain on a record-equalling three occasions (1999, 2001, 2001) and is keen to use his experience to help the current crop of riders. Minguez, head coach since 2013, left his role last month after a salary dispute, in the wake of Alejandro Valverde winning the world title. The role is said to have been offered to his deputy, Pascual Momparler, but Freire is waiting in the wings.ADVERTISEMENT "My intention is to be the coach - if it's not this year then in the future," he said in an interview with Spanish news agency EFE. "It's something I'd like to do and something I believe I could do well, because the Worlds was the race that marked my career. "After spending my whole life in cycling and having been a pro, you know you can bring something else to the table. Many riders who turn pro are very good but because of one single error they can lose a World Championships. That can't happen. "A lot of the time, when I've gone to watch a race, from the sidelines you see when a rider is going badly and it's sad because without having anyone to give them advice things can't be any different." You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Erik Zabel joins Katusha-Alpecin as performance director
December 07, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Katusha-Alpecin revealed their new kit for the 2019 season, and introduced their new performance director Erik Zabel and director sportif Dirk Demol, at an official presentation in at the Canyon headquarters in Koblenz, Germany. Sprinter Marcel Kittel, who says he has found extra motivation ahead of a new season, modelled the new baby blue jersey along with the team's traditional red shorts on stage. "When things go wrong, it forces you to look at how you do things and where you focus your energy," said Kittel, who had a subpar season with only two victories, both at Tirreno-Adriatico in March. Kittel was time-cut from the Tour de France and didn't finish the BinckBank Tour or Deutschland Tour. In agreement with his team, he ended his season earlier than scheduled in August. He has already kick-started the upcoming season by riding the Saitama and Shanghai Tour de France criteriums in November, and says that he is training and looking forward to 2019.ADVERTISEMENT "I am at a point where I am focusing 100% on my training and my races " I realize I need to focus on the basics. I started training early now for next season, I am feeling fresh and motivated to win again," he said. Zabel back with Katusha The team will mark its 11th season on the WorldTour with 24 riders presented on stage in Koblenz, along with Zabel, as the team's new performance director, and Demol as the team's new director sportif. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Pinarello partners with Hagens Berman Axeon
December 07, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
The Hagens Berman Axeon team will race on Pinarello bikes for the next two seasons, the Italian manufacturer announced on Friday. The Pro Continental squad raced on Specialized bikes since Axel Merckx's team transitioned from Trek in 2015. Cicli Pinarello SRL said it has been "overly impressed" by the team and promised, "maximum support to try to collect numerous and prestigious successes even at a youth level". The Hagens Berman Axeon riders will compete on the Dogma F10 disc version for road races and the Bolide for time trials. Merckx's teams have been prolific feeders of talent to the WorldTour. Since he began the programme as Trek-Livestrong in 2009, 31 of Merckx's riders have earned WorldTour contracts.ADVERTISEMENT "We have always supported the new generations, so the proposal made by Axel Merckx was welcomed with great pleasure, as we will always offer our maximum technology and experience to help them achieve their goals," said Fausto Pinarello, the CEO and son of founder Giovani Pinarello. The team has retained U23 world time trial champion Mikkel Bjerg and replaced five riders who graduated to the WorldTour with fresh talent in the form of Americans Sean Quinn, Kevin Vermaertke, and Liam Holoewsko, in addition to Karel Vacek, Jakob Egholm and Andre Carvalho. "We are very excited to work with Pinarello, one of the most legendary brands in the rich history of cycling," Merckx said. "They bring so much to the table, and will allow our team to utilize the very best equipment and technology needed to develop the best young riders in the world while continuing to win races." You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Colour explosion for Van der Breggen's world champion Tarmac SL6 Disc
December 07, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Specialized unveiled the new paint scheme for world champion Anna van der Breggen's Tarmac SL6 Disc onFriday, and announced that it would offer a limited run of 250 replica frames for sale to the public. It will be the bike she riders during the 2019 season with her trade team Boels Dolmans. The design is a modern explosion of colours and shapes, a big departure from the more conservative black and gold paint job of the Olympic champion's Tarmac upon which she won the world title at the UCI Road World Championships in Innsbruck in September. "The design we created for Anna pays tribute to the colors of her new jersey in a loud and exciting way " just like her race victory,"designer Ron Jones said. "We combined several elements from years past to put a new spin on what a World Champion's bike could look like. An energetic explosion of color in an all-over frame application draws the eye from front to back, giving the frame an element of speed while maintaining its brash 'In Your Face' style.ADVERTISEMENT "Just like in years past, we kept the design a secret until it was time to unveil it to Anna, leaving her with no idea of what to expect. As always, a big thanks goes to Anna for giving us the opportunity to create another World Champion's bike." Van der Breggen attacked on a climb with over 40km to go in Innsbruck and then soloed to victory a massive 3:42 ahead of Amanda Spratt, with Tatiana Guderzo taking third over five minutes back. Van der Breggen rode a TarmacDisc bike in the race for more reliable stopping power. Van der Breggen said, "I decided to ride the Tarmac Disc because you can always count on your braking system. The Tarmac is honestly perfect for the hilly races and this was the case. From the first climb, I felt that my legs were good. The breakaway went away pretty early, and I didn't have a choice, so I had to continue while remaining focused on nutrition and hydration. I also knew I had strong teammates backing me up. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Laura Kenny to perform for home crowd at London Track World Cup
December 06, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Laura Kenny is set to return to the Lee Valley VeloPark for the next round of the UCI Track World Cup, and she is relishing in the thought of competing in front of home fans. "You know that the crowds are going to be there and that the atmosphere is going to be amazing. It excites me, and I really do look forward to going there," Kenny said in a press release. The four-time Olympic champion has had a successful return to the Track World Cup series after taking a time off during pregnancy and to give birth to her first child.ADVERTISEMENT She has competed in the second round in Milton where she earned gold medals in the Team Pursuit and Omnium. In the third round inBerlin last weekend, she secured gold medals in the Team Pursuit and Madison. The team will be building toward qualifying for the next Olympic Games in Tokyo in 2020. Kenny won both the Team Pursuit and the Omnium at both the 2012 and 2016 Olympic Games. "This is the qualification period now for the Olympics, and as a womens endurance squad were definitely heading in the right direction. For me personally, this year has gone really well," Kenny said. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Enve's new Carbon Road Hubs are the subtlest way to burn $1,000
December 06, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
This article originally appeared on BikeRadar Enve has launched an all-new version of its delightfully excessive (but actually rather stealthy) Carbon Road Hubs for 2019. While theyre still expensive, theyre a good deal cheaper than their predecessors at $1,000 and they feature a number of updates and refinements. Enves original Carbon Road Hubs used DT Swiss internals but the latest version drops these in favour of an unnamed 40t ratchet system with 9 degree engagement.ADVERTISEMENT The rear hub uses pawl-less ratchet system The hubs roll on stainless steel bearings which Enve reckons are actually better suited to the task than the ceramic hybrid bearings found in some high-end hubs. Enve claims that in simulated wet weather testing, its stainless bearings continued to run smoothly well after industry leading ceramic offerings had become crunchy. Outwardly, the hubs havent changed a great deal but the flange design has been updated with a move to a paired-spoke configuration. Enve touts the benefits of running the spokes closer to tangent to the flange, a more mechanically elegant design. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
British Cycling announces eSports national championship for 2019
December 06, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
British Cycling has agreed a two-year partnership with virtual racing and training app Zwift, which will include an 'eRacing' national championship next year, open to everyone. Both women's team Canyon-SRAM and men's WorldTour team Dimension Data have used Zwift competitions to 'talent spot' riders in the last two years. In 2016, Leah Thorvilson earned herself a contract with Canyon-SRAM, while Tanja Erath did the same last year. Ollie Jones also won a contract with Dimension Data's under-23 development team last year, and British Cycling will use their 'indoor national championships' to help find any potential future stars, too.ADVERTISEMENT "The eSports market is particularly exciting for cycling as it enables so many more people to participate and be active," Jonathan Rigby, British Cycling's commercial director, said on the federation's website. "We're thrilled to be exploring this new territory with Zwift to innovate in cycle sport. Their technology and our cycling expertise will together allow communities of cyclists to get more out of riding bikes for competition and for fun. "We're also excited about what this could mean for identifying talent," Rigby continued. "We're proud to have a wealth of gifted riders competing on the world stage and are confident that Zwift technology will enable us to unearth more future stars." You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Baldy is back for 2019 Tour of California
December 05, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Mt. Baldy will return to the Amgen Tour of California in 2019, with both men's and women's WorldTour races tackling the iconic climb about 70km east of Los Angeles. Race organizers today announced the 13 host cities for the 2019 race following a three-week delay due to wildfires that scorched California, including the area around the title sponsor's headquarters in Thousand Oaks. The 2019 race will visit Ventura County, which was the site of the 2017 Thomas Fire, one of the largest fires in the state's history. This year's event will avoid the hardest-hit areas of the more recent Woolsey Fire, with the men starting in Sacramento on Sunday, May 12, and finishing seven days later in Pasadena on Saturday, May 18. In between, the men's race will visit Rancho Cordova, South Lake Tahoe, Stockton, Morgan Hill, Laguna Seca Raceway, Morro Bay, Pismo Beach, Ontario and Santa Clarita.ADVERTISEMENT The women's race will begin Thursday, May 16, with a stage that starts and finishes in Ventura on the same day the men's stage finishes there. Both races remain in in sync from that point, with the women taking on Mt. Baldy for stage 2 and then finishing in Pasadena on May 18. Although organisers did not reveal specific route details with today's announcement, the inclusion of Rancho Cordova as the only new host venue suggests the race will cover a lot of familiar terrain. Organisers, however, said the 2019 race will boast seven new courses between the men's and women's events. With the men's schedule featuring only one day that starts and finishes in the same host city - stage 1 in Sacramento - organisers could be planning to reprise the prologue time trials that started the race in Sacramento in 2009, in Palo Alto in 2008, and in San Francisco in 2007 and 2006. 2019 Amgen Tour of California You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Dani Rowe announces retirement
December 05, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Multiple Olympic champion Dani Rowe (ne King) has announced her retirement from cycling with immediate effect. Rowe announced her decision to hang up her racing wheels in a post on the website of her coaching company, which she runs with her husband, Matt, brother-in-law Luke Rowe, and their father. Still just 28, Rowes career has spanned a decade, starting on the track and moving over to the road full-time in recent seasons. Most of her major success came on the track, with an Olympic Gold medal, three world titles and two European titles, all in the Team Pursuit. She also has a bronze medal from the Worlds in the Scratch race in 2011, a silver at European level in the Points race, and this season she took bronze in the road race at the Commonwealth Games.ADVERTISEMENT "Today marks both the end of one chapter in my career, and the start of a new one. As from today, Im announcing my retirement from professional cycling," Rowe wrote. "Skipping a maths lesson at school in 2004 when British Cycling visited ultimately led me to achieve my childhood dream of becoming World and Olympic champion. After 14 years of dedicating my life to a bike Ive decided to go out on a high after the satisfaction of achieving everything and more in the sport than I ever set out to." Rowe spent most of her early years on the track as part of an extremely successful Great Britain team. She rode a few road races during that time but began testing herself more on the road in 2013 when she signed for Wiggle-Honda. For several years she continued to mix her ambitions but in 2016 she decided to leave the track altogether to focus on selection for the road race team at the Olympic Games in Rio later that year. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Geraint Thomas crowned Wales Sports Personality of the Year
December 05, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Geraint Thomas was crowned Welsh Sports Personality of the Year on Tuesday night, collecting the prize for a second time after his victory in 2014. Thomas became the first Welshman" and the third Briton" to win the Tour de France in July, making him pretty much a shoo-in for the award. In the public vote, he beat Mark Williams, who won the World Snooker Championship, and Laura Deas, who won the bronze medal in the skeleton at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang.ADVERTISEMENT "It's massive, it's something I always grew up watching when I was younger," Thomas said on BBC Sport Wales. "Just to be nominated shows you've done something special in that year, so to win it and have everyone vote for me is really nice, and it's a lovely way to finish off the year." Thomas last won the award in 2014 after winning the Commonwealth Games road race for Wales in Glasgow. This year he also won the Critrium du Dauphin. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Dumoulin and Van der Breggen crowned Dutch riders of the year
December 05, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Tom Dumoulin was named Dutch men's cyclist of the year for a fifth consecutive time Monday evening, while world champion Anna van der Breggen was crowned women's cyclist of the year for the third time. The annual wielergala - cycling gala - in Den Bosch sees awards handed out to the stand-out Dutch riders from the past season, based on a combination of votes from fellow professionals past and present, along with the general public. Dumoulin was unable to attend after coming down with illness, instead appearing via a video message to express his thanks - and surprise. His Team Sunweb manager Iwan Spekenbrink accepted the award on his behalf.ADVERTISEMENT "I find it a bit unexpected, especially considering I was up against Mathieu van der Poel and Niki Terpstra," Dumoulin said. "It was a great year for Dutch cycling, and it's nice to be chosen as the best rider." While 23-year-old Van der Poel became the first ever Dutchman to hold the 'triple crown' of national titles, across road, cyclo-cross and mountain bike, Terpstra won the Tour of Flanders, E3-Harelbeke, and Le Samyn in a storming spring Classics campaign that also included a podium finish at Paris-Roubaix. Dumoulin, however, despite only tasting victory twice in 2018, won the award thanks to a string of near misses in the biggest races. He was runner up at both the Giro d'Italia and Tour de France, while at the World Championships he finished second in the time trial and fourth in the road race. Van der Breggen crowned women's cyclist of the year head of van Vleuten You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Navardauskas signs with Delko Marseille Provence for 2019 - News Shorts
December 05, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Ramnas Navardauskas will return to his roots in 2019, signing with French Pro Continental teamDelko Marseille Provence. The 30-year-old Lithuanian rode for the team's precursor,Vlo Club La Pomme Marseille, as an amateur in 2010 when he took10 victories, including Lige-Bastogne-Lige Espoirs. Navardauskas, who has won stages in the Tour de France and Giro d'Italia, rode for Bahrain-Merida the past two seasons. After his stint withVlo Club La Pomme Marseille in 2010, he signed with Jonathan Vaughters' Garmin and Connadonale teams, where he rode for eight seasons through 2016. "I am very happy to join the Team Delko Marseille Provence, which is the natural continuation to the Vlo Club La Pomme Marseille that I started eight years ago, just before going professional," Navardauskas said in a statement released by the team. "The team led by Frdric Rostaing has now evolved well since I left it.I have seen them grow and I am looking forward to taking part in this great project.ADVERTISEMENT Despite his impressive palmares, the former 'Pommier' often assumed the role of domestique, something that that will change in 2019, when he will be given the opportunity to rode for his own results. "I am very glad that Ramunas has chosen our project," said Frdric Rostaing, Delko Marseille Provence team manager. "This is a real pride, double with the satisfaction of finding a rider who has gone through our training course.He represents the archetype of the rider we were looking for: his experience, his multi-skilling, his ability to express himself on all fields but mainly all his fierce desire to succeed in this challenge with us, must bring this little extra that make the difference at the highest level and raise the degree of performance of the Team Delko Marseille Provence on the major races of our calendar." Pellaud moves to Swiss Continental squad IAM-Excelsior Novo Nordisk signs former Hungarian champion British Cycling introduces pre-participation cardiac screening You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Chaves to return to racing in Volta a Valenciana
December 05, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Colombian Esteban Chaves(Mitchelton-Scott) will make his return to racing following eight months of recovery from mononucleosis at the Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana in February, the team announced this week. The 28-year-old has been away from competition since the 2018 Giro d'Italia, which he entered into as a co-leader with Simon Yates and won a stage on Mount Etna before cracking in the second week and slipping from second to 39th.He fell to 72nd overall at the finish.ADVERTISEMENT Chaves was diagnosed with several viral infections, including glandular fever, a sinus infection and allergies. He spent 10 weeks off the bike before being cleared to resume training. A podium finisher in the Giro d'Italia and Vuelta a Espaa in 2016, Chaves said last month that he was back to normal and hoping to compete in his home Tour Colombia, but said his programme had not yet been confirmed. Mitchelton-Scott clarified to Cyclingnews that the Colombian race was never on his programme and that the Volta a Valenciana would be his first race back. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Drops women's team saved after crowdfunding campaign
December 05, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
The British-registered Drops womens team have been saved thanks to a fundraising campaign, support from offline donors and new team partners. The team announced the news on Tuesday morning, promising further details of its 2019 sponsors and team name later in the week. "We want to thank everyone that funded, shared and made noise about our recent crowdfunding campaign, the amount of love that we received was very humbling and meant so much to everyone involved in the team," the team said in three posts on Twitter.ADVERTISEMENT "We're over the moon to say that through the crowdfunding campaign we achieved our goal of saving the team. This is down to 199 crowdfund backers who now form our new members club, private 'offline' donations and some new team partners." "The Drops team will continue to #ColourTheRoad in 2019! More team news to follow later this week. If you backed our Crowdfund Campaign, you'll receive an email in your inbox later this week." Through the online fundraising campaign, Drops raised 10 per cent of their overall target, with 199 people donating a total of 25,312. However, like the mens EF Education First-Drapac team, the buzz around the campaign attracted other backers. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Israel Cycling Academy finalises 2019 roster, adds Sorensen as DS
December 05, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
The Israel Cycling Academy finalised its 2019 roster with contract extensions for three current riders and the addition of Nicki Srensen as director sportif. Srensen, a former pro who retired from Saxo Bank in 2014 and then worked as a director with that team in 2015, will return to the Israel Cycling Academy after being a director there in 2016. Srensen left for Aqua Blue Sport in 2017, but will return next year after the Irish Pro Continental team folded this season. "It feels great to come back in ICA," Srensen said in a statement released by the team. "I had some really nice experiences with the team in 2016 that I will never forget. Back then the team was a smaller Continental team and now it has grown to a big Pro Conti team. I cannot wait to meet the riders and everyone involved.I have followed the team closely over the last two years, and I see a healthy and well-working team that has potential to take a step further up the ladder to successful WorldTour events."ADVERTISEMENT The team also announced contract extensions forDutchman Dennis Van Winden, Kiwi Hamish Schreurs and Czech Daniel Turek, who is the only rider at ICA that has been with with the team since its inception in 2015. The final signings bring the 2019 roster to 30 riders representing 18 countries. The team added nine new riders for the 2019 season, including Tom Van Aesbroeck, Matthias Brandle, Davide Cimolai, Rudy Barbier, Riccardo Minali, Alexander Cataford, Conor Dunner, Matteo Badiliatti nd Clemet Carisey. Changes at the top You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Teuber smashes C1 Hour Record
December 02, 2018 (13:30) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Some 13 years after setting the C1 Hour Record, German paracyclist Michael Teuber smashed his benchmark by over three kilometres to set a new record for the C1 class. Teuber set his original record of 39.326km in May 2005 at the Augsburg velodrome near Munich. He made his new attempt on the opening day of action at the third round of the World Cup in Berlin, midway through the opening session, and soared past the 40km mark to set a new benchmark of 42.583km. Teuber said afterwards that he had paced himself well enough to speed up in the latter stages of the effort. "Of course, I'm overjoyed I was able to pace myself throughout the race and could accelerate slightly in the last 10 minutes," said Teuber. "It was also a sign of inclusion. I am very grateful to be able to make this attempt here in Berlin at the UCI World Cup."ADVERTISEMENT The 50-year-old Teuber was left semi-paralysed as a result of a car accident at the age of 19, in 1987, and spent three years in a wheelchair afterwards. He began cycling in 1998 and has since won five Olympic gold medals and two world titles " most of which have come in time trial events. He is able to walk with the help of orthopaedic splits and in 2010, he climbed up Mt Kilimanjaro. Teubers ride was the first time that a UCI-approved paracycling event has been held in conjunction with an able-bodied event. The next round in London in two weeks time will also feature a paracycling programme. The past two editions of the Commonwealth Games have run a combined track programme. "Congratulations to Michael, who has produced a fantastic performance in breaking through the 40-kilometre barrier," said UCI president David Lappartient. "Two years on from Colin Lynch in the C3 class, he has provided another demonstration of the renewed popularity that the UCI Hour Record timed by Tissot has enjoyed since we updated our Regulations. I am delighted with his display, not least because it came at our Track Cycling World Cup event, bringing him even more visibility and some very special recognition." You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Renshaw fractures pelvis after being hit by car
December 02, 2018 (13:30) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Mark Renshaw (Dimension Data) will have to sit out the start of the season after fracturing pelvis when he was hit by a car while out training near his home in Bathurst, Australia. Renshaw was back at home in Australia after Dimension Datas training camp in South Africa late last month. He was scheduled to start his season at the Australian National Championships in Ballarat at the beginning of next month. However, his injury is such that he will be sidelined for three-four months. I was heading back out on the road for the final two hours of my five-hour training ride and as I entered the roundabout the car looked like it was going to stop, I assume the driver didnt see me and I hit the front right of the car and flew over the bonnet, landing heavily on my pelvis, Renshaw explained on Dimension Datas website. Im not sure if the impact with the car or the ground caused my injurys but it was definitely a scary moment as you now realize it could have been much worse.ADVERTISEMENT Im devastated that my pre-season training will be hampered as I was planning a big start to 2019. I returned from our training camp super motivated for next season and I was already into serious training for Januarys racing. Its gutting to have another set-back but as hospital staff have told me, it could have been much worse then what it was. Renshaw had his 2018 spring campaign disrupted after he had to have surgery to treat chronic sinusitis. It resulted in him spending four days in hospital in the build-up to the Tour de Yorkshire, which he abandoned on the final day. The 2018 season was a hugely challenging one in terms of injuries and illness for the Dimension Data team. Their star rider Mark Cavendish suffered a series of high-speed accidents in February and March, which saw him fracture two ribs and suffer a concussion. Following his abandon at the Tour de France, Cavendish was diagnosed with Epstein Barr Virus for the second time and was forced to sit out the remainder of the season. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Guarnier signs for Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank
December 02, 2018 (13:30) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Team Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank have announced that newly-retired Megan Guarnier will be rejoining the team for the 2019 season. The American, who raced for the team for three years, joins as a rider despite announcing that she would retire after the World Championships. "Im looking forward to returning to Team Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank in a mentorship capacity," said Guarnier. "I have a lot of experience that I will enjoy passing on to the next generation of cyclists, and it is a natural fit for me to return to the team in which I kicked off my professional career." Guarnier turned professional with Tibco back in 2010 won her first of three US National road race titles with the team in her final season in 2012. She went on to race for Rabobank-Liv and Boels-Dolmans during an eight-year career that saw her win Strade Bianche in 2015 and the Giro dItalia Femminile a year later. She announced her retirement in August with the World Championships in Innsbruck set to be her final event.ADVERTISEMENT "Im delighted to have Megan on board for next season, said general manager Linda Jackson. "Megan had so much raw potential when she first joined our team in 2010, and she went on to become one of the top female racers in the world. Our riders will benefit tremendously from her mentorship." As well as announcing Guarnier, Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank confirmed their line-up for next year. The team will kick off their 2019 season at the Santos Womens Tour Down Under, which begins on January 10. Alice Cobb, Alison Jackson, Brodie Chapman, Shannon Malseed and new signing Sharlotte Lucas will take the start there, as will Lauren Stephens, who returns to the team after a year at Cylance Pro Cycling. Guarnier and the squads two new Dutch signings will join up with the team after the race at the teams US training camp. Rozanne Slik joins from Team Sunweb, while Nina Kessler comes off a two-year spell at Hitec Products. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Philip Deignan: Becoming a father changed my perspective
December 02, 2018 (13:30) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
After announcing his retirement from professional cycling earlier this week, Philip Deignan has said that becoming a father changed his perspective. The Irishman drew his 14-year career to a close on Tuesday, adding that it was something hed been considering since the birth of his child, Orla. Having spent the last five seasons with Team Sky, Deignan said it was the right time to hang up the bike with his wife Lizzie Deignan set to return to the pro ranks next year with the newly-formed Trek-Segafredo Women's team. "Its something Ive been considering for the last few months and it wasnt a decision I took lightly, he told teamsky.com. Becoming a father two months ago definitely added a different perspective to things. I had to factor that in when considering whether to continue racing next year, especially with Lizzie making a comeback now."ADVERTISEMENT The 2015 road world champion has raced for Boels-Dolmans from 2013 until her departure at the start of this season. She took the 2018 season off due to her pregnancy. She is aiming to return to racing next year and is likely to continue racing until the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. "I didnt want to continue half-heartedly so Im happy to give my full support to Lizzie now to work towards some great things. Things that I would never have been able to achieve," he said. "Theres plenty of fathers out there racing and its a fantastic thing if you can continue racing as a father. But I think in our unique position where were both racing it would have been really hard with the amount of days wed both be away. "The unpredictable nature of race programmes is another thing I had to factor in. It would have been really hard, but we would never have compromised Orla, so it would have been the bike and the training that would have suffered." You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Belgian Cycling introduce certificate of fitness to drive for directeur sportifs
December 02, 2018 (13:30) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
The Belgian Federation has abandoned its upper age limit for directeur sportifs driving in a race caravan, opting to introduce a certificate of fitness for anyone hoping to get behind the wheel of a team or race vehicle. At present, anyone over the age of 70 and registered with Belgian Cycling is barred from driving a vehicle in a race caravan. However, this week the federation confirmed that this would change and the new rules would apply from January. Safety during cycling races remains one of the main concerns of Belgian Cycling. Once again the federation takes additional measures to ensure that the motorised traffic in the caravan continues to lead in good and safe tracks, a statement on the Belgian Cycling website read. For example, the age limit of 70 years is set for drivers of a vehicle in the racing caravan on the national or international calendar (exception is made for the opening vehicle, the closing vehicle and the vehicles of police and emergency services).ADVERTISEMENT This measure will be replaced by the introduction of a certificate of fitness to drive. This certificate must be attached to the license application. This measure will take effect from 2019 and will also apply to all sports directors and team leaders from UCI teams and club teams, including those who apply for a license for the first time. New team leaders are also subjected to a theoretical test and a compulsory internship period. The changes in the regulations come after complaints from Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise directeur sportif, who turned 70 this season. Wanty-Group Goberts Hilaire Van der Schueren would have also been prevented from driving the team vehicle with this regulation. "When you are 70 years old, many people think you are an old man, but most of all it is about your richness, and I have never caused an accident in 33 years as a team leader," Planckaert told Sporza last week. "There are 50-year-old drivers who drive worse than a 70-year-old driver." You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Nairo Quintana: I don't like there being three leaders
December 02, 2018 (13:30) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Nairo Quintana has said that he doesnt like the idea of Movistar taking three leaders to a Grand Tour as they did this years Tour de France. The Colombian also confirmed that his 2019 season would centre around the Tour de France. Movistar brought Quintana, Mikel Landa and Alejandro Valverde to the Tour de France this year, but had a disappointing race with Landa their best-placed rider in seventh place and Quintana in 10th. They were set to apply the same tactic to the Vuelta a Espana but were unable to as Landa crashed and broke two vertebrae at the Clasica San Sebastian. I dont like there being three leaders, Quintana told France 24 at a press event ahead of his Gran Fondo Nairo Quintana. "It is a way, but personally I dont like it."He later added that his team manager Eusebio Unzue is adamant that it can bear fruit he is convinced that this is the way.ADVERTISEMENT The team is yet to confirm their racing plans for 2019, with the team's first meet-up set for later this month, but it is still possible that we could see all three of Movistars Grand Tour contenders come together. Although, it might not be at the Tour as Valverde has hinted at his intentions to go to the Giro dItalia and the Vuelta a Espana next season. During the event on Friday, Quintana confirmed his intentions to focus his season on the Tour de France once again. Since finishing third in the 2016 event, Quintana has suffered two disappointing appearances. Last years difficulties were put down to the exhaustion of attempting to ride the Giro dItalia and the Tour de France back to back. However, he believes that he was much stronger season but things just didnt pan out. At the Tour, we arrived really well. I had problems on the first day and I lost a bit of time. I had a really good level, but things just didnt go how we wanted, said Quintana. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Stybar makes brief return to his first love " cyclo-cross
November 29, 2018 (10:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Quick-Step Floors Classics specialist Zdenek Stybar will return to cyclo-cross racing in December with a string of appearances in several high profile races. The former three-time cyclo-cross world champion will race the Zolder World Cup on December 26, and then race the DVV Trophy in Loenhout and Diegem on December 26 and 28, respectively. He will the race in Baal on New Year's Day. "I am really looking forward to my return to cyclo-cross, a beautiful discipline that I love taking part in," Zdenek said. "It will be some really hard and competitive racing and hopefully I can have some good form and try to have some fun. It is also a great chance for me to mix with my Czech teammates and to help some of the younger riders who are coming through, which is something that I am very passionate about." The 32-year-old was a prominent cyclo-cross rider earlier in his career and was a three-time world champion between 2010 and 2014. He moved onto the road and WorldTour scene in 2011 with Quick-Step and has remained within the Belgian team's ranks ever since.ADVERTISEMENT Stybar often returns to cyclo-cross in the road off-season, and in 2016 he raced the C1 DVV Trophy in Loenhout and the C2 Versluys Cyclo-cross in Bredene. This year Stybar raced a full quota of Classics, and picked up top-ten finishes in several races, including Paris-Roubaix and Gent-Wevelgem. He was a consistent figure for his team during the campaign, but he did not win any races in 2018. After the slate of cyclo-cross races, Zdenek will travel to Calpe, where he will continue his build-up for next season with the Quick-Step Floors Cycling Team. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Landa still keen on riding Giro d'Italia and Tour de France in 2019
November 29, 2018 (10:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Mikel Landa has reiterated his desire to ride both the Giro dItalia and Tour de France in 2019, though the Basque rider acknowledged that his preferred race schedule for next season will require the assent of Movistar manager Eusebio Unzue. Landa had already expressed his wish even before the route of the 2019 Giro was presented, and the parcours has not dissuaded him. World champion Alejandro Valverde has already signalled his intention to ride the Giro, while Nairo Quintana has stated that he will again target the Tour in 2019. In 2018, Landa skipped the Giro in order to focus exclusively on the Tour, where he reached Paris in 7th place overall. I want to do the Giro and the Tour. I'll talk with Eusebio and then we'll see what happens, Landa said, according to AS.ADVERTISEMENT No rider has managed to win the Giro and Tour in the same year since Marco Pantani in 1998. This season, Tom Dumoulin placed second overall at both the Giro and Tour, while Chris Froome won the Giro and took third overall on the Tour. In 2017, however, Quintana placed a subdued 12th at the Tour after taking second on the Giro, which prompted Movistar to save its three leading Grand Tour riders " Landa, Quintana and Valverde " for the Tour this season. In their absence, Richard Carapaz finished a fine fourth at the Giro. Despite the difficulty of the 2019 Giro route, Landa rejects the idea that riding the corsa rosa would leave him with nothing in reserve for July. I dont think so, said Landa, who finished third overall at the 2015 Giro. In recent years, there have often been many mountains in the last week in Italy and there have still been people who have then gone well on the Tour. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Dimension Data 'guarantee' Tafi will not race Paris-Roubaix with them
November 29, 2018 (10:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Dimension Data head of performance Rolf Aldag has stated that there is no chance of Andrea Tafi riding Paris-Roubaix with the African team in 2019. The former professional won the Classic in 1999 and has made plans to return to the sport at the age of 52 next season. He has been linked to a number of teams, with UCI President David Lappartient recently suggesting that Dimension Data were in the mix. However, the team announced their 2019 roster at the conclusion of their training camp in South Africa and, somewhat predictably, Tafi's name was not among the list of riders. "He's not with us, I can guarantee you that," Rolf Aldag told Cyclingnews.ADVERTISEMENT Aldag, 50, added: "Bernie Eisel suggested I could try and do it, as I'm a bit younger than Tafi but honestly if I can make our seven for Paris-Roubaix then we've got big problems. "To be honest I think he called every team a couple of times but if you look into our team for the Spring Classics with Edvald Boasson Hagen and Michael Valgren, I think we have some pretty good riders. "When I first read about Tafi coming back, I found it interesting. Guys who train with him seem to think that he's really fit but what's the point? He won Paris-Roubaix twenty years ago but he's never ever going to win it again." You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Bardet calls for ban on race radios
November 29, 2018 (10:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Romain Bardet has come out in support of taking away team race radios, arguing the measure would help make racing more unpredictable by 'elevating the rider as an athlete.' Acknowledging that his stance on the matter had changed, the Frenchman said he would support a ban on the earpieces through which riders are fed in-race information from their directors, such as alerts to key junctures of the route and updates on who is where on the road. It's just one aspect of a wider debate that is currently raging over how to make the sport more exciting, with Bardet himself making reference to the sense of frustration at the way Team Sky have come to dominate the Tour de France with an ever-tightening stranglehold.ADVERTISEMENT "The true concern, in the minds of certain people, is the predictability of the race. That's the greatest thing at stake," Bardet told reporters in a long interview at the AG2R La Mondiale team's training camp in the French Alps this week. "That notion that Sky could almost win the Tour with any of their riders " that's what race organisers want to tackle, to try to create more unpredictable scenarios." Tour de France organisers ASO have indeed tried to do just that. The amount of time trialling has dropped markedly in the last few years, while race director Christian Prudhomme has openly voiced his desire for a more open race, proposing a ban on power-meters and successfully pushing for a reduction in team sizes. 'I'm not in cycling to be Sky's enemy number one' You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Richie Porte set to ride Herald Sun Tour
November 29, 2018 (10:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Richie Porte will be aiming to win the Jayco Herald Sun Tour when he lines up at the Australian stage race for his new Trek-Segafredo team at the end of January next year. The 33-year-old, who'll leave BMC Racing at the end of this year after three seasons with the team, has ridden the event three times before. He rode in 2008, 2009, and for the last time in 2011, when he was forced to pull out on the opening stage while still recovering from having had surgery on a deviated septum the week before. This time, though, Porte will head to the start on Phillip Island, just south of Melbourne, on January 30 with every intention of taking overall victory.ADVERTISEMENT "If I'm there, I'm there to win it," Porte told the Herald Sun on Thursday. "I've wanted to do it for years, but it just never really fit, or I was riding for teams that weren't going to do it," he said of his absence from the race while riding for the likes of Team Sky and BMC in the interim. "But next year with Trek-Segafredo, it just worked." It's still uncertainwhether Porte will ride the Tour Down Under earlier in the month " a race that he won overall in 2017, and where he's made the famous Old Willunga Hill stage his own, winning it for the past five years in a row. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Track event to run in conjunction with 2019 Tour Down Under
November 19, 2018 (12:15) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
A one-day track event will be run alongside the 2019 Tour Down Under and its related events, organisers have confirmed. Sprint world champion Matt Glaetzer and multiple Commonwealth Games gold medallist Steph Morton have already been confirmed as event headliners. The event has been developed by Tour Down Under race director Mike Turtur, who believes that it will hark back to the 1990s when the Adelaide track first opened its doors. These days, it is the home of the Australian Institute of Sports track programme, the track is often used as a site for training and held the Oceania Track Championships in 2011. [The event] is going back to the old days during the 90s when we had those terrific years of international cycling at the SuperDrome, Turtur told Australian publication The Advertiser. We should be very proud as South Australians that the centre of Australian track cycling is here in Adelaide. We have the best road event in the country, so we need to celebrate that this is all happening.ADVERTISEMENT The event will be called The Advertiser Track Down Under and will take place on January 11. The Santos Womens Race will be held from January 10-13, while the Down Under Classic criterium takes place on the January 13 before the mens Tour Down Under begins two days later. All of the events are based in and around Adelaide. This season, Amanda Spratt took her second consecutive victory at the Santos Womens Tour, while Peter Sagan won the criterium and Daryl Impey took the overall title at the Tour Down Under. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
2019 Vuelta a Espana to visit Andorra and France
November 19, 2018 (12:15) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
The Vuelta a Espaa will return to Andorra in 2019, while the race could also cross the Pyrenees for a stage on French roads. The 2019 Vuelta route will be presented in Alicante on December 19. Olga Gelebert, Andorras Minister for Culture, Sport and Youth, confirmed to El Peridic d'Andorra over the weekend that the principality will host a stage finish during the 2019 Vuelta, though she did not divulge the details. "This is very good news," said Gelebert, who hinted that Andorra would also seek to host the Tour de France again in the coming years. "It has been shown that when the Tour arrives, the impact is a bit bigger, but La Vuelta is well known."ADVERTISEMENT Andorra was the site of the final two mountain stages of the 2018 Vuelta, with Thibaut Pinot winning at on the Coll de la Rabassa and Enric Mas triumphing on the Coll de Gallina. El Peridic d'Andorra suggested that Cortals dEncamp " where Mikel Landa won on the 2015 Vuelta " could be in line to host the Andorran stage finish in 2019, though no details have yet been confirmed. Speaking to the EFE news agency at the end of this years Vuelta, race director Javier Guillen hinted that the race would visit France in 2019, citing the success of last year's start in Nmes. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Tom Dumoulin still undecided between Tour de France and Giro d'Italia
November 19, 2018 (12:15) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Tom Dumoulin has previously stated his desire to target the Tour de France in 2019, but since the route was announced last month, the Dutchman is torn on whether he should keep to that plan or go back to the Giro dItalia. Having previously said that the Tour route was not ideal for him, Dumoulin was more explicit when speaking at an Amstel Gold Race Xperience event on Saturday. Dumoulin said that the 2019 Tour route was the least suited to him in recent years. However, he sees the Grand Boucle as the biggest challenge for him after already winning the Giro dItalia in 2017. Dumoulin rode both the Giro dItalia and the Tour de France this season, and took second to Chris Froome at the former. He went on to finish second overall to Geraint Thomas at this years Tour de France, the first time that he had seriously targeted the general classification at the race.ADVERTISEMENT "The route of the Tour de France is far from ideal for me. I do not think that there has been a Grand Tour in recent years that fits my profile so badly, Dumoulin said according to De Telegraaf. "In all respects, the Giro is much better for me. "On the other hand, I won the Giro once, while after the second place behind Geraint Thomas last summer, my big challenge is to win the Tour. At the end of July, I clearly stated that this Tour would become my big goal. I wonder now if I should put everything on the Tour in 2019. Dumoulin will have to make a decision soon so that he can start planning the rest of his racing programme around it. The team are set to meet for their first off-season training camp in December, when Dumoulin expects the final call to be made. He says that hes happy to let the team decide where he goes, but plays down the idea of attempting both the Giro and the Tour once again. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Chaves eyes racing return at the Tour Colombia in February
November 19, 2018 (12:15) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Mitchelton-Scott's Esteban Chaves is hoping to return to racing early in the new season, once he's recovered from mononucleosis, and is eyeing his national Tour, the Tour Colombia, as a possible place to begin racing again, which new world champion Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) and four-time Tour de France champion Chris Froome (Team Sky) are also set to ride. Chaves has been out of action since finishing the 2018 Giro d'Italia in May in an unusually lowly 72nd place overall. The 28-year-old fell dramatically out of contention on stage 10 of the Giro, losing 25 minutes to his main rivals and slipping from second place overall to 39th, before falling further down the classification as the race went on, while riding to assist his teammate Simon Yates. "Now everything's fine, although it has been a difficult time," Chaves said on Spanish website ciclo21.com. "Once we found out that it was mononucleosis, we could treat it, and we're continuing to control it, and then it's just a case of believing and continuing to dream, as always."ADVERTISEMENT Following a number of tests following the Giro, Mitchelton-Scott revealed that, besides the mononucleosis, Chaves had also been suffering with allergy reactions and sinus problems, with the Colombian undergoing surgery for the latter. When asked whether he may race at the Tour Colombia " the new name for what was run as the Colombia Oro y Paz this season, won by Sky's Egan Bernal " Chaves appeared enthusiastic to race in front of a home crowd. "I'd like to be able to race with Mitchelton-Scott or to be part of a Colombian national team. We hope to be able to put it on my race programme in some way," Chaves said, and will likely know more at hisAustralian WorldTour team'sDecember get-together, where the riders will map out their 2019 race programmes. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
New era for Lotto Soudal as Lelangue takes charge
November 19, 2018 (12:15) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
John Lelangue has officially begun his new job as Lotto Soudal's general manager. The team announced that the Belgian started in his new role on November 15, and the 48-year-old has set forth his plans for the coming few months. He replaces former team manager Paul De Geyter, who left the team in October "by mutual agreement" after just a season heading Lotto Soudal. The incoming Lelangue has identified four 'pillars' to the team, which will be where he focuses his energy: the structural/organisational aspect, the team's Belgian identity, its relationship with its partners/sponsors, and the sporting side of things, which he says will principally remain sports manager Marc Sergeant's domain.ADVERTISEMENT "I've never worked with Marc before, but we've known each other for several years," Lelangue said in a press release. "I'm therefore very satisfied that I'll be able to work well with someone who has such an impressive record. "It goes without saying that Marc will be the one who takes the sporting decisions," he continued. "Of course, we'll consult with each other, but, within Lotto Soudal, Marc is best placed to decide on that topic. "Marc has a team of directeurs sportifs around him who each have their own responsibilities, and Kevin De Weert will join that team. As a performance manager, he'll have some specific tasks. With his background, he'll certainly be a major asset to Lotto Soudal," Lelangue said of the incoming De Weert, who left his position as the Belgian men's national road coach after the world championships to join the team. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Nibali shows off gravel skills as he tests disc brakes for 2019 - Video
November 18, 2018 (23:45) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Vincenzo Nibali showed off his descending and gravel riding skills as he tested a disc brake bike in preparation for swapping caliper brakes for discs for the 2019 road season. Nibali posted several on-board videos on his Instagram account made with his brother and fellow Bahrain-Merida rider Antonio. His younger brother struggled to stay with Vincenzo while the older rider dived down a long descent of the San Baronto hill in Tuscany, as the track switched from single-track to farm track, olive groves and narrow country lanes. Nibali showed off his bike skills by riding at over 40km/h, carefully but comfortably modulating his speed with the disc brakes.ADVERTISEMENT The Shark of Messina celebrated his 34th birthday last week and revealed that Merida sent him the disc-brake bike as a birthday present. Cyclingnews understands that Nibali will use a disc-brake in some races in 2019. I took two days off social media, but I want to thank everyone for the birthday wishes I was sent, Nibali said in the video. View this post on Instagram You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Keisse and Viviani win Gent Six - Gallery
November 18, 2018 (23:45) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Elia Viviani and local hero Iljo Keisse won the Gent Six Day on Sunday after taking the final sprint in the final Madison of the day. Keisse set a new record by winning the Gent Six seven times in the t Kuipke velodrome. Gent is the most beautiful six-day race in the world," Keisse said after the finish. "Ask every rider and youll get the same response: they all love the public and the incredible atmosphere. Its been three years since my previous win, and I was super motivated to get the job done together with the amazing rider that Elia is. We gave everything day after day and to be rewarded with the trophy, and the fans applause and cheers makes us very happy and proud. Keisse and Viviani beat Baloise Insurance team of Robbe Ghys and Kenny de Ketele. They were behind on points going into the final Madison and Ghys made a late attack to try to take a lap or stay away. However, Viviani hunted him down and then Keisse sprinted to take maximum points in the finale.ADVERTISEMENT Keisse and Viviani scored a total of 382 points during the six days of racing, with Ghys and de Ketele second with 374 points. Lotto pair Jasper De Buyst and Tosh Van der Sande were third with 348 points. Roger Kluge and Theo Reinhardt, riding for Callant, finished off the podium in fourth place with 233 points at one lap. The Gent velodrome was packed with cycling fans, with the beer flowing freely. The crowd was on its feet and singing Keisses name after the Quick-Step Floors duo secured overall victory. Keisse emotionally thanked the Gent fans and Viviani on the podium, sparking more cheers of Iljo! Iljo! Iljo! You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Thomas hits back at Wiggins comments on Armstrong
November 18, 2018 (23:45) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Geraint Thomas has hit back at Bradley Wiggins recent comments and emotively-driven support for Lance Armstrong, suggesting that his former Team Sky teammate is simply seeking publicity to help sell his latest book. Wiggins described Armstrong as the perfect Tour de France winner in his book called Icons, explaining that the Texan was perhaps the sort of winner that Tour de France founder Henri Desgrange had in mind 120 years ago when he created the race. Wiggins suggested that a Tour de France winner is on occasion, borderline sociopathic and always a very special, very driven human being. "I'm not saying he's an icon. He's iconic, for good and bad reasons now. I can't change the way it made me feel when I was 13. It changed my life," Wiggins explained in subsequent interviews revealing there was a "mutual respect in terms of what we've been through, racing against each other.ADVERTISEMENT Thomas " speaking in China while riding the Shanghai Tour de France criterium, made it clear to the AFP news agency that he did not agree with Wiggins. "Brad's got a book to sell," AFP reported Thomas as saying. "He does not have to worry about anything, either. He does not have to race his bike and deal with journalists. "He can just say what he wants and do any interview he wants so he can say something like that and get a load of publicity." Getting back into training camp Going for a second consecutive Tour de France victory You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Is Lyu Xianjing the real 'big thing' from China?
November 18, 2018 (23:45) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Fifth overall in the Tour of Hainan and currently third in the Tour of Fuzhou after winning stage 1, Chinas Lyu Xianjing is the big revelation of the final races of 2018. Has the world of cycling finally discovered the much anticipated talent from China? It has been 15 years since the Dutch-based Marco Polo organization started scouting cycling talents in China. Li Fuyu emerged as the first Chinese WorldTour rider with Discovery Channel in 2007, and Pro Continental team Skil-Shimano welcomed Jin Long as their first Chinese rider in 2006. Under the colours of Argos-Shimano and Giant-Alpecin, Ji Cheng completed the three Grand Tours during his 10-year pro career (from 2007 to 2016). Xing Yandong (with Argos-Shimano in 2013), Xu Gang (with Lampre-Merida from 2014 to 2016) and Wang Meiyin (with Bahrain-Merida since 2017) have also been registered in the highest category without achieving major results in the WorldTour so far.ADVERTISEMENT While international races have popped up in different Chinese provinces since the inception of the Tour of Qinghai Lake in 2002, the only Chinese winner of a stage race overall in that period remains En Huang, who claimed the UCI 2.2 Tour of Vietnam in 2012. Wangs victory in stage 3 of the 2013 Le Tour de Langkawi and his fifth overall, is the best result obtained by a Chinese road cyclist so far. For several reasons, including bureaucracy, it took him four years to join a WorldTour team and hell turn 30 next month. It would be an understatement to say that the promise from start-up organisation GCP (Global Cycling Project) to produce a first Chinese winner of the Tour de France by 2024, according to a press release last month, has been welcomed in China with scepticism. But since then, a huge potential has emerged. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Redant will direct Dimension Data in 2019
November 18, 2018 (23:45) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Former UnitedHealthcare director Hendrick Redant will move to Dimension Data next year as the South African WorldTour team look to bolster their Performance Department. Redant is part of an influx of new faces that includePerformance Innovation Manager & Head CoachDr. Daniel Green; Performance Coach & Head of Sports Science Dr. Dajo Sanders; Physiological Scientist & Athlete Welfare ConsultantDr. David Splinder; andPerformance CoachesCiaran O'Grady and Mattia Michelusi. Redant, a former Belgian pro who wonKuurne-Brussel-Kuurne twice among his 22 pro victories, worked asdirecteur sportif with Omega Pharma-Lotto until the end of the 2010 season.ADVERTISEMENT He took a position with the Pegasus team for 2011, but the program folded before the season started. Redant then went to work with UnitedHealthcare in 2012 and has been with the US Pro Continentalteam through the end of this year.Redant's association with South Africa goes back to 1992 when he won a stage of the Boland Bank Tour. Green, who worked at the WorldTour level previously with BMC Racing and Trek-Segafredo,spent 10 years at the Australian Institute of Sport and completed PhDs in Muscle Physiology and Performance Physiology. I am thrilled about these new additions to our team for 2019 and beyond," Team Principle Doug Ryder said in a statement released to media. "The range of expertise that these individuals will bring into our set-up is a huge boost and were thrilled. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Ale Cipollini complete 2019 roster
November 18, 2018 (23:45) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Al Cipollini presented their 2019 roster Saturday night at the 'Gran Gal Al' in the Theatre of Palazzo della Gran Guardia in Verona, officially announcing the 12 riders who will compete next season for the UCI women's team. Team president Alessia Piccolo also presented the 2019 management team, includingTeam Manager Fortunato Lacquaniti and new Sports Director Giuseppe Lanzoni. The team won 15 races in 2018 and are hoping to keep the momentum rolling next year. To that end, the 2019 roster includes a host of newcomers and some key returning riders, including 2018 Commonwealth Games champion Chloe Hosking, who will be the team's sprinter and road captain.ADVERTISEMENT "Next season will be a very important year," Hosking said in a statement released by the team. "The target is to win as many races as possible with all my teammates." Italian riders Soraya Paladin and Anna Trevisi will return to the team, as well as German Romy Kasper and young Dutchwoman Karlijn Swinkels. The newcomers for next year are Diana Peuela from UnitedHealthcare, Eri Yonamine from Wiggle High 5, Marjolein Van't Geloof from Lotto Soudal Ladies, Jelena Eric from Cylance and Nadia Quagliotto from Top Girls Fassa Bortolo. The 2019 team will also include 19-year-old ItalianJessica Raimondi and 17-year-old Giorgia Bariani, who will debut with the elites this season after taking the silver medal in the road race and individual time trial of the Italian Junior National Championships. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Marangoni ends 11-year career with first professional victory
November 12, 2018 (09:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Italy's Alan Marangoni enjoyed an emotional, fairy-tale ending to his 11-year professional career, winning for the first time in his last ever race. The 34-year-old spent much of his career as a domestique with the Cannondale team, sacrificing his own chances to help teammates such as Peter Sagan, Vincenzo Nibali, Ivan Basso and Rigoberto Urn. He went close to victory in a stage of the 2015 Giro dItalia near his home in Forli but seemed set - and content - to retire without ever winning a professional race.ADVERTISEMENT Destiny stepped in at the final hour, at the one-day Tour de Okinawa in Japan, with Marangoni - now riding for Nippo-Vini Fantini - winning alone after a late attack from the breakaway. He beat Australias Freddy Ovett, who was riding for BMC as a stagiaire, and Chun Kai Feng (Bahrain-Merida), finishing alone with his arms in the air for the first time in his professional career. "It was the perfect day Ive always looked for in my career and I found it today," Marangoni said emotionally after shedding a few tears immediately after crossing the line. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Mauduit joins Groupama-FDJ as directeur sportif
November 12, 2018 (09:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Philippe Mauduit will leave his position as a directeur sportif at UAE Team Emirates to take up the same role with Groupama-FDJ in 2019, his new team has announced. Mauduit, 50, has played the sports director role with a number of teams since his retirement as a professional after a year in the pro ranks with Besson Chaussures in 1999. The Frenchman has worked at Bouygues Telecom, the Cervlo TestTeam, Saxo Bank, Lampre-Merida and Bahrain Merida, and then for UAE Team Emirates this season. "I really like what the team stands for, and have spoken regularly with [team boss] Marc Madiot over the years, realising that everything he says tallies with my way of working. The offer was too good to refuse," said Mauduit of his new role with Groupama-FDJ, which is home to French sprint star Arnaud Dmare and one of France's big Grand Tour hopes, and this year's Il Lombardia winner,Thibaut Pinot.ADVERTISEMENT "I've worked for foreign teams for 10 years, and so it's nice to come back to a French squad. Now I need to get to know the team and learn how things work, as everyone needs to be on board to ensure that this team continues to head in the right direction," Mauduit said. Groupama-FDJ started life as La Franaise des Jeux in 1997, and have gone through a raft of subtle name changes, although Madiot's team always retained the French national lottery as its main sponsor, until the Groupama insurance company came on board as the title sponsor for the 2018 season You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Kennedy extends with Mitchelton-Scott
November 12, 2018 (09:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Australian Lucy Kennedy has extended her contract with the Mitchelton-Scott team for another year, the team has announced. Kennedy joined the squad at the start of 2018, but, after an extremely promising start to the season, when she took second place at the national time trial championships and then ninth place in the road race, followed by fourth overall at the Santos Women's Tour and, over in Europe, fifth place at Strade Bianche at the start of March, her season was derailed by multiple crashes. Having taken ninth place at the Trofeo Alfredo Binda two weeks after Strade Bianche, Kennedy crashed out of the following month's Amstel Gold Race, fracturing her eye socket, shoulder and collar bone.ADVERTISEMENT After having fought back from her injuries to be fit for the start of the Giro Rosa in July, Kennedy crashed there on stage 3, and again broke her collar bone. "It has been particularly frustrating because it was a race that I was really targeting, and it was such a motivation for me after that crash at Amstel Gold in April," Kennedy told Cyclingnews in September. "The Giro was three months away, but it was a reasonable time-frame to get back in form, and it was a race that really suited me. It was a huge drive in that recovery, so the disappointment of not being able to do the race was huge," she said of having to leave the 10-day race so early on. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Arthurs Seat returns to Herald Sun Tour in 2019
November 12, 2018 (09:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
The classic climb of Arthurs Seat on Victoria's Mornington Peninsula makes a welcome return to the route of the Jayco Herald Sun Tour in 2019, having last featured in the race in 2016. New race director Scott McGrory, who takes over from long-time director John Trevorrow for 2019, is ensuring that the riders will know all about how tough the climb is by increasing the number of times the race will go up it in February. "This particular stage willinclude the riders travellingfive times up Arthurs Seat," said McGrory in a press release. "On previous occasions, it's been three times, which has been tough enough, but five times... Well, the riders are going to be shocked when they hearthat, and certainly moreshockedwhen they're riding upit."ADVERTISEMENT Spectators will have easy access to the top of Arthurs Seat thanks to the new Eagle gondola, which goes from the start of the climb in Dromana to the summit. "It'll be great for the public with the roads covered with spectators," added McGrory, "with plenty of activity on the hairpin corners and a real festival of cycling at Arthurs Seat to showcase the best riders in the world." The stage that finished on the three-kilometre-long climb in 2016 was won by Team Sky's Chris Froome, 17 seconds ahead of Damien Howson of Orica-Greenedge (now Mitchelton-Scott). The victory on what was the final stage of that year's race was enough for Froome to take the overall race victory, having taken the leader's jersey from teammate Peter Kennaugh. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...

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