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EF Education First sign German 'machine' Rutsch for 2020
June 24, 2019 (06:00) [ Indexed from ]
Jonathan Vaughters EF Education First team have moved to sign U23 Gent-Wevelgem winner Jonas Rutsch for the start of the 2020 season. Rutsch, 21, currently rides for the Team Lotto " Kern Haus Continental outfit, which helped Max Walscheid through the ranks before he made the step up to the WorldTour with Team Sunweb. Along with winning Gent-Wevelgem, Rutsch has built a solid reputation as a dependable stage racer. He was eighth overall in the recent Tour of Luxembourg after finishing ninth on a key stage won by Jesus Herrada (Cofidis).ADVERTISEMENT The rise to the WorldTour means that I have reached a career goal already, said Rutsch in a press release issued by his 2020 team. I have worked towards this since I was a little boy. It was always my dream to become a professional cyclist. I have invested a lot of time and hard work, and Im really happy to make it to the top level. Vaughters is no stranger to picking up young and gifted riders and he took the opportunity of the press release to compare his new signing to a fictional character sent from the future to destroy mankind. You can read more at More...
Podcast: Has Bernal done enough to lead at the Tour de France?
June 24, 2019 (06:00) [ Indexed from ]
In the last episode of the Cyclingnews podcast " brought to you by Sportful, Pinarello and Floyds of Leadville " we look at latest action from the Tour de Suisse, where Egan Bernal put in a dominant performance to win stage 7 and extend his overall lead. We debate the Tour de France leadership dilemma facing Team Ineos, and hear from Dirk Demol on Katushas rebuilding. After Jumbo-Visma confirmed that they were interested in bringing in Marcel Kittel, we discuss the merits of the move, as well as the news that Tom Dumoulin will miss this years Tour de France due to injury. Finally, we hear from Charly Wegelius on how he fell in love with cycling at a young age, and his first memories from the Tour de France.ADVERTISEMENT The Cyclingnews podcast is brought to you in association with Sportful, Pinarello and Floyds of Leadville. To subscribe to the Cyclingnews podcast, click here. You can read more at More...
Dennis surprises himself with second overall at Tour de Suisse
June 24, 2019 (05:45) [ Indexed from ]
Rohan Dennis (Bahrain-Merida) surprised himself with a second place overall, behind winner Egan Bernal (Team Ineos), at the Tour de Suisse that ended on Sunday in Goms. Dennis said that standing on the overall podium and winning the opening time trial gives him confidence ahead of the Tour de France that starts on July 5. "It's been a good Tour de Suisse," Dennis said. "I really didn't expect to come here and get second overall and a stage win. With the queen stage today getting second on the stage after going off the front with Bernal was more than I ever thought I'd be able to do. But honestly a lot of work was done behind the scenes. "As you saw just even today, when the team rode with Ineos it looked like we were working with them but we had our little plan to try to take the win and do everything we possibly could but unfortunately Bernal was just a little too strong this week. But second overall, we can be really proud of that."ADVERTISEMENT Dennis took two other stage podiums during the Tour de Suisse, third on stage 7 intoSt. Gotthard and second on the queen stage 9 in to Goms behind stage winner Hugh Carthy (EF Education First). "We were going to the stage win but Hugh Carthy was a little bit too strong," Dennis said. Dennis said that he has hopes for stage wins at the Tour de France and that there are other riders, including Bernal, that will be higher up on the favourites list for the overall classification. "It's the Tour de France and it's a whole other level," Dennis said. "I'm not sure why I've got good form here ... it just happened. Sometimes you can't put for finger on why you're going so well. I'm going to take it as it is, be happy with this result and look towards the Tour for stages." You can read more at More...
Bernal: I will try to help Geraint Thomas at the Tour de France
June 24, 2019 (05:45) [ Indexed from ]
Egan Bernal's assured victory at the Tour de Suisse has marked him out among the favourites for next month's Tour de France but the Colombian has said that he is prepared to ride in the service of defending champion Geraint Thomas if the Welshman proves stronger than him. "I don't know. I don't choose to say that I'm the favourite. In any case, I will go with G [Thomas] " he will be our leader," Bernal said in a flash interview after sealing overall victory at the Tour de Suisse on Sunday. "I will try to help him. If he's better than me, for sure I will help him. I don't have any problems to help him; I'm just 22 years old so I think that I have a lot of Tours in front of me." Team Ineos will be without four-time Tour winner Chris Froome in July after he sustained a broken femur in a training crash on last week's Critrium du Dauphin, while Thomas' own Tour preparation suffered a setback when he was forced to abandon the Tour de Suisse after crash in the finale of stage 4.ADVERTISEMENT Bernal, who placed 15th overall on his Tour debut in 2018, was initially slated to lead Ineos at the Giro d'Italia, but he was ruled out of the corsa rosa after breaking his collarbone in a training crash of his own a week before the race. The Colombian showed few lingering effects of that setback at the Tour de Suisse, where he stepped seamlessly into the role of team leader following Thomas' abandon. He moved into the yellow jersey on stage 6 to Flumserberg, won the following day at San Gottardo and then defended his lead in Saturday's individual time trial. "I think that things changed when Thomas crashed because he was our leader when we came here," Bernal said on Sunday. "So after his crash I became the leader and it changed a lot for me." You can read more at More...
Kelsey Erickson to lead SafeSport at USA Cycling
June 24, 2019 (05:45) [ Indexed from ]
USA Cycling announced on Friday that it has hired Kelsey Erickson to oversee the organization's SafeSport program. Erickson's main role will be tomonitor, enforce and refine the program while also providing resources to athletes and members seeking education, services and advice to address possible violations of policies and Code of Conduct. In addition, she will oversee USA Cycling's anti-doping efforts, including the RaceClean Program. "USA Cycling is happy to announce the appointment of Kelsey Erickson as SafeSport Director. Kelsey will be responsible for strengthening the USA Cycling culture that supports a safe and respectful cycling environment," said Rob DeMartini, President and CEO of USA Cycling. Erickson joins USA Cycling after nearly a decade of work in international anti-doping. As a student and professional at Leeds Beckett University (UK), Erickson led and supported multiple global anti-doping research projects, receiving funding from such organizations as the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the International Athletics Foundation (IAF).ADVERTISEMENT Her research focused primarily on developing evidence-based anti-doping education interventions and whistleblowing policies and procedures; a combination that will serve her in her new role at USA Cycling. "I am grateful and excited for the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead. My goal is to ensure that every individual who engages with USA Cycling " regardless of their title or role " has the most positive experience possible," Erickson said. "Creating a culture where speaking up and reporting suspected misconduct becomes the expectation rather than the exception is a critical part of this. We all have a role to play in keeping cycling safe and I am excited and honored to be able to play a role in facilitating these efforts." SafeSport USA Cycling's announcement comes after Cyclingnews reported that three riders; Esther Miesels, Sara Mustonen and the father of Chlo Turblin, separately, filed abusecomplaints with the UCI Ethics Commissionagainst Health Mate Ladies team manager Patrick Van Gansen. Their complaints centre around the UCI Code of Ethics: Appendix 1, which covers protection of physical and mental integrity, sexual harassment and abuse. You can read more at More...
ZLM Tour stage 3 stopped a lap early due to traffic on finishing circuit
June 24, 2019 (05:45) [ Indexed from ]
Stage 3 of the ZLM Tour finished amid confusion in Landgraaf on Saturday after the race jury decided to finish the race a lap early after the police raised concerns about the level of traffic on the finishing circuit. Jumbo-Visma continued their domination of the ZLM Tour as Amund Grndahl Jansen won the 10-man sprint for stage victory while Mike Teunissen retained the overall lead, but the on-the-hoof decision to remove the final 10km lap was met with annoyance by the Lotto Soudal duo of Jasper De Buyst and Jelle Wallays, who were both part of the leading group in the finale. Wallays showed his displeasure with the situation by raising both middle fingers as he crossed the finish line in 6th place on the stage, while his teammate De Buyst took to social media to vent his frustration at the situation, though he later deleted the post.ADVERTISEMENT @ZLM_TOUR really? This is so b * llshit! You call yourself a tour preparation race ?! You want to have final laps but it's full of traffic and then you start changing the final so we know from nothing! So dangerous, De Buyst wrote on Twitter, according to Sporza. Race director Jean-Paul van Poppel expressed disappointment that the route had to be altered at such short notice but explained that the organisers had no option but to do so. As an organization we find it annoying that this decision had to be made, but the safety of the riders comes first," Van Poppel said. "We are going to evaluate this with the organization, so that hopefully this will no longer happen in the future." A police motorcycle outrider had to be taken to hospital after crashing into a car that had turned onto the race circuit, though De Telegraaf reports that he did not sustain serious injury in the incident. You can read more at More...
Van Vleuten trains on Passo Gavia ahead of Giro Rosa
June 24, 2019 (05:45) [ Indexed from ]
Annemiek van Vleuten(Mitchelton-Scott) has finished putting the final touches on her form ahead of the Giro d'Italia Internazionale Femminile held from July 5-14. The defending champion just completed a mountainous training block that included a preview of the Passo di Gavia. "Giro Gavia-Mortirolo with Dutch-Ozzie bunch," van Vleuten wrote in a post on Twitter, which included images of her training companions Amanda Spratt and Lucy Kennedy (both MItchelton-Scott) and Lucinda Brand (Sunweb). "Cool to train together. All preparing for @GiroRosaIccrea at altitude around Livigno/Trepalle." Giro Gavia-Mortirolo with Dutch-Ozzie bunch. Cool to train together. All preparing for @GiroRosaIccrea at altitude around Livigno/Trepalle. " Annemiek van Vleuten (@AvVleuten) June 19, 2019 This year's race will be one of the toughest editions because it features summit finishes on the Passo di Gavia (stage 5) and at Malga Montasio (stage 9), while there will also be a tough hilltop finale to the concluding stage in Udine. Last year, Van Vleuten won the Giro Rosa ahead of runner-up Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio and teammate Spratt in third. Van Vleuten not only won the overall title but three stages and the points classification. Spratt won one stage and the mountain classification. Van Vleuten started the year unsure of her form after spending the off-season recovering from a significant knee injury sustained in a crash at the Innsbruck World Championships last September. She had an outstanding spring, however, winning Strade Bianche and Lige-Bastogne-Lige, along with a series of second places at Tour of Flanders, Amstel Gold Race, and Flche Wallonne. " Mitchelton-SCOTT (@MitcheltonSCOTT) June 21, 2019 You can read more at More...
Wiebes, Vos secure 1-2 for Netherlands at European Games
June 24, 2019 (05:45) [ Indexed from ]
Lorena Wiebes continued her out-standing season winning the gold medal in the elite women's road race title at the European Games in Minsk. It was 1-2 for the Dutch as her teammate Marianne Vos placed second. Belarussian Tatsiana Sharakova was third. The European Games come around every four years and the last to win the title was AlenaAmialiusik from Belarus ahead of Kasia Niewiadoma from Poland and Anna van der Breggen (Netherlands). This year's race hosted 72 riders from 26 nations. The race was 120km in the city of Minsk where the women completed 8 laps of a 15km circuit that included a cobbled climb.ADVERTISEMENT An early breakaway emerged to include Hannah Ludwig (Germany), Omer Shapira (Israel) and Hanna Tserakh (Belarus) but the move was brought back by the strong Dutch team. The field was back together for the last lap where Anna van der Breggen (Netherlands) attacked on the climb, which served to reduce the main field to roughly 30 riders. Wiebes' teammates set her up for a perfectly-timed sprint victory with Vos crossing the line just behind her in second place, but already celebrating her teammate's victory. Wiebes has had one of her most successful seasons to date since turning professional last year. She started her career with the Parkhotel Valkenburg team and has signed a contract to remain with that team until the end of 2021. You can read more at More...
Chris Horner joins NBC's Tour de France broadcast team
June 24, 2019 (05:45) [ Indexed from ]
Chris Horner will move from the bicycle seat to the broadcaster's chair this July for the Tour de France, joining the on-air team for the American NBC Sports television network during the French Grand Tour. "I'm going back to the Tour," a typically upbeat Horner told Cyclingnews Friday evening from his home in Bend, Oregon, where he had just completed a 144km ride earlier in the day. Horner will be part of NBC Sports' daily 'traveling studio' for the three-week race, providing analysis and interviews before and after each stage. Paul Burmeister will return to host the studio segments, with retired US pro Christian Vande Velde also reprising his analyst role, according to an announcement published on the NBC Sports website. Vande Velde and Horner will also be called upon to add to the the play-by-play coverage fromBob Roll, who will move from the studio to call the action with Phil Liggett after Liggett's longtime broadcast partner Paul Sherwen died in December.ADVERTISEMENT Horner said he will fly to Europe on July 2 to start preparing for the three-week race that starts July 6 in Brussels, Belgium. "They have some new material that they want us to learn for the show, so well go over and learn a little bit of that, practice on it, and then well shoot from the hip," he said. "They throw you in the deep water, the deep end of the pool, and hopefully it all works out well." Horner got an introduction to race commentary this year with NBC Sports at the Ardennes Classics Flche Wallonne and Lige-Bastogne-Lige. He said he sat in and watched Vande Velde for Flche and then picked up the live microphone for Lige with the understanding that it would also serve as an on-the-job tryout for this year's Tour de France. 'Regardless of what I do in life, I'm still riding the bike' You can read more at More...
Tour de Suisse stage 8 time trial start times
June 24, 2019 (05:45) [ Indexed from ]
After the mighty San Gottardo on Friday, the Tour de Suisse contenders face a different test on stage 8 with a 19.2km individual time trial starting and finishing in Goms. Egan Bernal (Ineos) wears the yellow jersey and he carries an overall lead of 41 seconds on world time trial champion Rohan Dennis (Bahrain-Merid). Patrick Konrad (Bora-Hansgrohe) lies third overall at 1:13. Enzo Wouters (Lotto Soudal) will be the first of 138 starters on Saturdays stage, with the Belgian rolling down the start ramp at 14:31 CET. The early starters set off at one-minute intervals, while the top 10 on GC will set off at two-minute intervals.ADVERTISEMENT Dennis begins his effort at 16:56 local time, with Bernal setting out two minutes later. You can read more at More...
Madison Genesis team set to fold at end of season
June 24, 2019 (05:45) [ Indexed from ]
British Continental squad Madison Genesis confirmed on Friday that the team would end at the end of this year. The team had established itself as one of the respected and consistent domestic teams since it was formed in 2012. The likes of Andrew Tennant, Tom Scully, Ian Bibby, Martyn Irvine, Connor Swift and John Dibben have all passed through its ranks. It is with a great regret that we are announcing Madison Genesis will cease racing at the end of this season. In this open letter to everyone that has supported us over the last seven years, we want to offer an explanation and use it as an opportunity to show our gratitude to our fans and sponsors that made the dream a reality, the team announced on Friday. Who would have thought back in 2012, that an unknown team could go on to create so many incredible, lasting memories? We started out with a recently retired Roger Hammond at the helm in 2012 and achieved everything we wanted and more. With too many highlights to mention, a nod must be given to winning the Tour Series in 2015 and of course helping Connor Swift to his National Road Race title in July last year.ADVERTISEMENT The British team currenty have a 13-strong roster after Swift departed for Arkea earlier in the year. I am immensely proud of what we have achieved and the team is very personal to me. We created a UK road cycle team brand loved by so many people, with a highly desirable image. We have worked incredibly hard to create a team ethos of good sportsmanship with a high level of fan base engagement which delivered some fantastic results and over the last seven years we helped some talented riders achieve their full potential, said CEO at Madison and Sportline, Dominic Langan. However, the market is constantly evolving and whilst I would be lying if I said we didnt have frustrations with certain aspects of the UK race scene, I feel, more importantly, that now is the right time to bring the team to an end so we can invest in other market segments which are now showing much more significant growth potential. You can read more at More...
Groenewegen continues Tour de France build-up with a birthday present ZLM win
June 24, 2019 (05:45) [ Indexed from ]
Dylan Groenewegen (Jumbo-Visma) continued his highly impressive build-up to the Tour de France with his second win in as many days at the ZLM Tour. The Dutchman won stage 1 and then backed that up with a second victory 24 hours later ahead of Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal) and his own leadout man Mike Teunissen. The victory came on Groenewegens 26th birthday. Groenewegen, who won two stages at last years Tour de France, has now won nine races this year and will head to the Tour de France in two weeks time full of confidence. Jumbo-Visma controlled the peloton for much of the 168.1km stage, reeling in a four-man break before setting up Groenewegen for the victory.ADVERTISEMENT Winning is always nice. After my crash yesterday, I was not feeling great. The team did a perfect job and brought me in a good position for the sprint. They had the stage perfectly under control. The lead-out was perfect and that gives me confidence for the Tour. The goal is to fine-tune the lead-out and this is the ideal race for that, Groenewegen said. Third place was enough to put Teunissen into the race lead at the five-day race. Jumbo Visma have won all three stages so far, including the opening time trial through Jos van Emden, but their domination is not as easy as it looks, according to Teunissen. People might say that this race is not of WorldTour level, but that is what makes it so difficult. The whole peloton wants to surprise you, Teunissen said. Therefore, you have to make sure that you dont get boxed in. We constantly stayed together as a team. I started the sprint and I saw that there was a big gap, so I continued the sprint myself. Of course, I would like to win the ZLM Tour, but the most important thing is that someone of the team wins. You can read more at More...
Chris Froome in surgery to repair fractures from Dauphine crash
June 13, 2019 (10:15) [ Indexed from ]
Chris Froome (Team Ineos) is undergoing surgery to repair fractures he suffered in a crash during reconnaissance of the Criterium du Dauphine's stage 4 time trial route. A message posted on the four-time Tour de France winner's official Twitter account said Froome was undergoing surgery "torepair the multiple fractures", asking readers to keep Froome in their thoughts and saying they hoped to share more information on Thursday. Froome was previewing the stage 4 time trial course in Roanne on Wednesday with teammate Wout Poels when he apparently took his hands off the bars to clear his nose on a 60kph descent, and a gust of wind took out his front wheel, according to Team Ineos Principal Dave Brailsford.ADVERTISEMENT Team Ineos confirmed Wednesday evening that Froome suffered a fractured femur in the crash. In addition to the broken leg, Froome also fractured his elbow and ribs in the wreck, effectively ending his hopes of adding a record-tying fifth Tour de France title in July. In a statement released by the team previously, Brailsford said the team would turn their focus to Froome's future as he readjusts his goals. "Our primary focus now is obviously on ensuring Chris gets the very best possible care, which he will do, so he can recover as soon as possible," Brailsford said. "Even though we all recognise the risks involved in our sport, it's always traumatic when a rider crashes and sustains serious injuries." " Chris Froome (@chrisfroome) June 12, 2019 You can read more at More...
Chris Froome out of the Tour de France " Podcast Special
June 13, 2019 (10:15) [ Indexed from ]
Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) won the stage, Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) pulled on yellow, but the major talking point on stage 4 of the Critrium du Dauphin was the news that Chris Froome(Team Ineos) hadcrashed out with several fractures and will miss the Tour de France in July. Froome fell heavily and at high-speed during a recon of the time trial around Roanne, and after several hours of roadside treatment he was airlifted to hospital in Saint Etienne for further treatment. It's not yet known if surgery is required, but what's clear is that Froome's hopes of winning a fifth Tour de France are over. We hear from a shocked and upset Dave Brailsford, and also from Wout Poels, who was with Frooome when the crash occurred. Generasl classification riders Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) and Richie Porte (Trek-Segafredo) also comment.ADVERTISEMENT As throughout this year's Dauphin, expert analysis is provided by Philippa York. The Cyclingnews podcast is brought to you in association with Sportful, Pinarello and Floyds of Leadville. To subscribe to the Cyclingnews podcast, click here. You can read more at More...
Wout van Aert: Cyclo-cross and time trials are both full gas start to finish
June 13, 2019 (10:15) [ Indexed from ]
Wout van Aert's two podium finishes on the opening three stages of the Critrium du Dauphin for Jumbo-Visma were bettered on Wednesday with the Belgian's first WorldTour stage victory on the stage 4 time trial, putting 31 seconds into Tejay van Garderen (EF Education First) and 47 seconds into former time trial world champion Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb). The victory is the icing on the cake for the three-time cycle-cross world champion in his debut stage race for a WorldTour team, where a third-place finish on stage 1 and a second place finish on stage 3 saw van Aert in both the green sprinter's jersey and the white best young rider's jersey at the halfway point of the race. Van Aert has previously won a prologue time trial at the Baloise Belgium Tour in 2016, beating another former time trial world champion in Tony Martin. At only six kilometres in length, the prologue was a very different beast to today's 26.1-kilometre time trial, which featured a climb with around 200 metres of ascent at the midway point of the course.ADVERTISEMENT "I think it was a prologue that I won in Belgium a few years ago but this is a longer TT and at WorldTour level so of course, it's a bigger result," van Aert said in the stage winner's press conference in Roanne. "Obviously it's a surprise because I don't have too much WorldTour level time trials before and actually, we trained quite a bit over the last few weeks and worked on my position but not longer than a month so I didn't think that would be enough to compete on this level. It worked though, so I'm very happy." Van Aert's stellar week comes off the back of the Jumbo-Visma team announcement that van Aert will also be riding the Tour de France next month. The Belgian's consistent results during the past two Classics campaign have marked him as a serious contender during the spring but whether the performances could be replicated in a serious stage race was an unknown. Cyclo-cross star to time trialling talent You can read more at More...
Chris Froome: Team Ineos confirm fractured femur and elbow
June 13, 2019 (10:15) [ Indexed from ]
Team Ineos confirmed Wednesday evening that Chris Froome suffered a fractured femur in a crash during reconnaissance of the Criterium du Dauphinetime trial. In addition to the broken leg, Froome also fractured his elbow and ribs in the wreck. "Chris was taken to Roanne Hospital, where initial examinations confirmed multiple injuries, most notably a fractured right femur and right elbow," Team Doctor Richard Usher said in a team press release. "He has also suffered fractured ribs. He is now being airlifted to St Etienne University Hospital for further treatment. "On behalf of the team, I would like to commend the treatment he received from the emergency services and all at Roanne Hospital in assessing and stabilising him. We will now turn our focus towards supporting him in his recovery," Usher said.ADVERTISEMENT Team Principal Dave Brailsford, who earlier ruled Froome out of the Tour deFrance before the fracture was confirmed, turned his focus to Froome's future. "Our primary focus now is obviously on ensuring Chris gets the very best possible care, which he will do, so he can recover as soon as possible,"Brailsford said. "Even though we all recognise the risks involved in our sport, it's always traumatic when a rider crashes and sustains serious injuries." Froome was previewing the stage 4 time trial course in Roanne on Wednesday with teammate Wout Poels when he apparently took his hands off the bars to clear his nose on a 60kph descent, and a gust of wind took out his front wheel, according to Brailsford. You can read more at More...
Adam Yates: Everyone tells me how bad I am at time trialling
June 13, 2019 (10:15) [ Indexed from ]
At the end of stage 3, around the back of the Mitchelton-Scott team bus, Adam Yates quietly warmed down on the rollers. Deep in thought, his mind was already focused on the stage 4 time trial and what he labelled as the pivotal stage in this year's Critrium du Dauphin before the final days in the mountains. Twenty-four hours later and Yates' focus was rewarded as he strode into the media centre in Roanne with a fresh yellow jersey on his shoulders. He may have finished sixth on the stage " a respectable performance in itself " but he had also done enough to wrestle the race lead from Dylan Teuns. A deeper analysis only made Yates' ride look even more impressive, with time gained on Richie Porte, Jakob Fuglsang, Thibaut Pinot and a number of pure time triallists. But for Chris Froome's shocking leg break in recon and Wout Van Aert's surprise stage win, Yates was the story of the day. "I knew that on a course like this I could do a good time but to take the leader's jersey was a bit of a surprise," he admitted as he sat down to greet the press.ADVERTISEMENT "Everyone tells me how bad I am at time trialling, they do the same with my brother so it feels good to take the lead in a TT." Yates has a slender lead over Teuns and Tejay van Garderen but Fuglsang and a resurgent Steven Kruijswijk are within seven and 24 seconds respectively. French hope Pinot is just a further second down, while Nairo Quintana is poised at 40 seconds. This race is far from settled and Yates is well aware that although the time trial was important in terms of laying down a marker both here and for the Tour de France, the Dauphin is far from over. "It's hard to say if I'm the favourite yet. We've not had a proper mountain stage. Stage 2 was really hard and selective but it wasn't a true mountain stage. I'm in half-decent condition and I said before, everyone is in the same boat and wants to test themselves and see where they are before the Tour and I'll do the same. Tomorrow is a sprint stage so hopefully, the sprinters will help us control things. Then we're into the real mountains and we can have the second real battle." You can read more at More...
Poels: Hopefully Chris Froome can come back stronger
June 13, 2019 (10:15) [ Indexed from ]
During stage 4 of the Criterium du Dauphine in Roanne, Wout van Aert's emphatic time trial victory for Jumbo-Visma was overshadowed by the news earlier in the day that three-time race winner Chris Froome (Team Ineos) had crashed during his recon and was out of the race on his way to the hospital. An hour or so later, team principal Dave Brailsford confirmed to a large group of reporters at the race, including Cyclingnews, that Froome had a suspected fracture of the femur and it was clear he was out of the Tour de France. Froome was mounting a challenge for a record-equalling fifth Tour de France title. Froome's teammate Wout Poels was riding just ahead of Froome on the recon of the course when the incident happened and described the crash to a group of journalists just after finishing his time trial, where the Dutchman finished in 19th place.ADVERTISEMENT "We were after the climb on the downhill and the wind took Chris Froome's wheel and he went down like really, really hard on the floor, and I think we were going 66 or 65kph. It was really bad," Poels said. "It was pretty windy out there and especially on a TT bike. I mean especially with the high wheels and you're also in a little bit of a less comfortable position of course. Yeah, it can happen. If you go down at 65kph, and he went down really, really hard, then you know it's not really good." Poels himself suffered serious injuries during the 2012 Tour de France, where a mass pile-up at high speeds saw Poels rupture his spleen and kidneys, bruise his lungs, break three ribs and end up in intensive care. The crash forced Poels off the bike for three months, but he has since gone from strength to strength, becoming one of Chris Froome's most important Grand Tour lieutenants, alongside winning a Monument in Liege-Bastogne-Liege. You can read more at More...
Tom Dumoulin: Chris Froome's broken leg is bad for cycling
June 13, 2019 (10:15) [ Indexed from ]
A shock stage winner and a new race leader, but unsurprisingly the stage 4 time trial at the Criterium du Dauphine was overshadowed by the high-speed crash that left Chris Froome with a suspected broken femur and his Tour de France dreams over for this year at least. Even the post-race interviews from the remaining Tour de France rivals were dominated by talk of the incident that took place during the Team Ineos riders recon of the 26.1km course around Roanne. Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) finished the stage in third place behind winner Wout Van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) and Tejay van Garderen (EF Education First), and the Dutchman had his own story to tell of a day in the saddle that offered signs of his improvement since abandoning the Giro dItalia, but his comments regarding Froome and the British riders certainty in missing the Tour de France were the most pertinent on such a day. "Thats devastating for him and for cycling in general," Dumoulin told Cyclingnews after Van Aert had nudged him off the hot seat with an amazingly fast ride.ADVERTISEMENT "Froomes the main character in the Tour de France that everyone looks to. Ineos still have a great team with Thomas and Bernal even without Froome, but normally he would be number one leader so its bad for him and its bad for cycling." As for Dumoulin, the signs are encouraging, despite the nagging injury he still holds from his Giro dItalia crash. He told Cyclingnews on the eve of the time trial that he would go all out on his favourite terrain, even with the shard of metal that is still lodged in his left knee. "My ride was alright. Not great, if you look at the times. I definitely have some improvements to make in the next few weeks, but I knew that already," Dumoulin said. You can read more at More...
Pinot on track for Tour de France after Tour de l'Ain victory
May 28, 2019 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) signalled that he's on track for the Tour de France, winning the Tour de l'Ain at the weekend on his comeback from a two-month absence from racing. The Frenchman, who won Il Lombardia at the end of last year, hadn't raced since ending his early season block with 11th overall at the Volta a Catalunya at the end of March. However, he confirmed the quality of the training he'd done in the interim with a stage win on the Grand Colombier on the final day that handed him the overall victory. After an opening stage for the sprinters, Pinot finished second on the Col de la Faucille on stage 2 but was left with a bitter taste as former teammate Alexandre Geniez (AG2R La Mondiale) refused to do any turns and survived his attacks before beating him to the line.ADVERTISEMENT On the altogether more difficult Grand Colombier on the third and final day, Pinot chose to strike out early, reaching the top some 52 seconds ahead of Elie Gesbert (Arkea-Samsic). "On the Grand Colombier I wanted to go on my own from early in order to climb at my own rhythm and manage my effort," Pinot said. "It's the second time I've won here, on this col that intimidates all riders." Pinot walked off with the overall title, in which he finished 1:08 clear of Mathias Frank (AG2R La Mondiale) and 1:25 clear of Rein Taaramae (Total Direct Energie) in third. You can read more at More...
Valverde to ride Tour de France and Vuelta a Espana
May 28, 2019 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) is set to ride both the Tour de France and Vuelta a Espaa this season. According to a report in the Spanish sports daily Marca, the world champion will return to racing at the Route dOccitanie on June 20. Valverde was due to ride the Giro dItalia this May, which would have been just his second appearance after making his debut in 2016, but was forced to miss it due to injury. The Movistar rider crashed during a training ride in the build-up to Lige-Bastogne-Lige at the end of April and suffered a bone edema - a build-up of fluid in the bone marrow - in his sacrum as a result. Valverde was unaware of the injury and would go onto ride the monument but eventually abandoned the race, the first time he has done so in his career.ADVERTISEMENT Following further checks, the team decided to pull him from the Giro dItalia to give him time to recover from his injuries. It was the latest in a series of unfortunate incidents for Valverde, who also swallowed a bee during La Flche Wallonne. Valverde has been out of action since his early departure from Lige and the report on the Marca website states that Valverdes comeback will be at the four-day Route dOccitanie, which takes place between June 20 and 23. Valverde rode the race - formerly known as the Route du Sud - last season as part of his preparation for the Tour de France, winning one stage and taking the overall title. Following the Route dOccitanie, Valderde will ride the national championships in his home region of Murcia, where hell be hoping to win the national road race title for the third time in his career. After the Vuelta a Espaa in August and September, Valverde is also due to defend his rainbow jersey at the World Championships in Yorkshire. You can read more at More...
Sivakov pushes on into uncharted territory of Giro d'Italia's third week
May 28, 2019 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Pavel Sivakov (Team Ineos) starts the Giro d'Italia's final week, following Monday's rest day, in ninth place on the general classification, with a seven-second lead in the white jersey competition as the race's best young rider. The Russian takes a step into the unknown on Tuesday's stage 16, having only gone two weeks into his only other Grand Tour " the 2018 Vuelta a Espaa " before being forced to leave on stage 14 due to injuries sustained in an earlier crash. Sivakov came into this year's Giro in a loosely defined leader's role, alongside British rider Tao Geoghegan Hart, with a brief to try to enjoy himself and "try crazy things", to quote Ineos team manager Dave Brailsford.ADVERTISEMENT But when Geoghegan Hart crashed out of the race on stage 13 last week, heading home with a broken collarbone, Sivakov found himself in the certainly 'crazy' position that he's still in now: in the top 10 of the Giro, clad in the white jersey as best young rider. With just six stages remaining, the 21-year-old could be heading for the sort of result that many pro riders only dream about. "When I came into the race, I didn't expect to be in this position heading into the last week," he said on the Team Ineos website, speaking on the race's second rest day. "It's good for me and I hope to maintain this performance, and why not try to do even better? "If you look at the top 10, the guys up there are all established riders who have done top 10s in Grand Tours before," he continued. "So it's a bit of a surprise for me, and I think for everybody a little bit. It feels a bit weird to see myself up there, but when I'm racing, you're just there in your own bubble, doing your own thing. In that sense it's normal, and you just make the best of it." You can read more at More...
Giro d'Italia: 'He needed us and we weren't there' says Roglic's Jumbo-Visma DS
May 28, 2019 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
You've no doubt seen the TV footage by now: The Jumbo-Vismateam car had stopped for a nature break during the final 20km ofstage 15 of the Giro d'Italia on Sunday, but suddenly get the message on the radio that race favourite Primoz Roglic needs a new bike. Cue some seriously frenetic driving. Speaking to Cyclingnews on thesecond rest day of the Giro d'Italia on Monday, lead directeur sportif Addy Engels explained the sequence of events that led to Roglic having to take teammate Antwan Tolhoek's bike, which Roglic then crashed on coming down the Civiglio, eventually losing 40 seconds to main rivals Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) and race leader Richard Carapaz (Movistar). With the opportunity for teams to still 'feed' their riders until the top of the climb of the Civiglio, with just under 20km of the stage still to go, teams were trying to give out bottles on the approach to the climb.ADVERTISEMENT "At that moment, each team was asked [over race radio] to give out drinks," Engels argued, keen to put the record straight withCyclingnews. Roglic was on his own in the group of favourites at that point, with no teammates, and the Slovenian had missed a bottle from a staff member standing at the side of the road on the Ghisallo earlier on the course, Engels explained. "Sometimes these things happen," he said. "But after the descent [of the Sormano], things calmed down in the group. The pace was steady, but everyone started calling for drinks. The only disadvantage we had was that Primoz was on his own. What happended to Roglic's broken bike? " Eurosport Nederland (@Eurosport_NL) May 27, 2019 You can read more at More...
Deceuninck-QuickStep ink new two-year deal with Specialized
May 28, 2019 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
American bike manufacturer Specialized announced on Monday that it has renewed its contract with the WorldTour team Deceuninck-QuickStep for another two years, supporting the team until at least the end of 2021. The team and its riders will also continue to provide feedback about the high-end bike brand's performance in top-level racing to help further develop its bikes and equipment. "We are very happy to announce that we have signed for two more years with Specialized," team owner Patrick Lefevere said in a press release. "Deceuninck-QuickStep and Specialized have had a long and beautiful history together." Specialized has sponsored versions of Lefevere's team for the last 11 years. The team, riding on Specialized bikes, has won the biggest races in professional cycling. Last year its riders secured a total of 73 victories, and this year, while it is only May, they have won 30 races, including Strade Bianche, Milan-San Remo, Paris-Roubaix and Flche Wallonne.ADVERTISEMENT "Having a company which listens to, embraces, and builds bikes and equipment to the needs of us and our riders is one of the keys to our success," Lefevere said. "We have no doubt we are racing the best bikes in the world, and the support that we continually receive from them is unrivalled. They always take on board our thoughts and feedback and use it to develop equipment that is at the cutting edge of cycling technology. We look forward to enjoying many more memorable victories together!" Scott Jackson, Specialized Road Sports Marketing Manager, added to the history behind the collaboration between Deceuninck-QuickStep and Specialized. "We have been very honored to be partners with Deceuninck-Quick-Step and Patrick Lefevere for so many years," he said. "Not only has the team achieved iconic victories on Specialized bikes, they have also been a key part of our development process for our bikes and equipment. You can read more at More...
O'Connor champing at bit for Giro d'Italia climbs to start
May 23, 2019 (07:30) [ Indexed from ]
After 11 stressful days, amidst a flurry of crashes, rain and fraught bunch sprint finishes at this year's Giro d'Italia, Ben O'Connor (Dimension Data) finally reaches his favourite terrain of the mountains on Thursday. And for the 23-year-old, who rode strongly at last year's Giro d'Italia " his rookie Grand Tour " before crashing out late in the third week, the climbs can't come a moment too soon. On the plus side of the Giro so far, in San Marino, O'Connor rode what he calls "the best time trial of my WorldTour races" " finishing 17th, well ahead of many of the top climbers.ADVERTISEMENT On the negative side was a bad day into Frascati on stage 4 when his front wheel broke in a crash, culminating in a time loss of nearly two minutes. Then he was entangled in another pile-up on Tuesday's stage 10, which left O'Connor on the tarmac with a banged-up knee, but without losing any more time. With a privileged perspective on the ongoing GC battle from inside the peloton, O'Connor feels that whilst top favourite Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) could well be the man to watch between here and Verona, the climbers will have a lot to say on the Giro's 26 classified ascents between now and a week on Saturday. So far, the Australian has come through the Giro relatively unscathed, but it's certainly not been a smooth ride, either, with the latest incident coming with O'Connor in Tuesday's big pile-up in the last kilometre. You can read more at More...
Ewan leaves Giro d'Italia early to prepare for Tour de France
May 23, 2019 (07:30) [ Indexed from ]
Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal) has decided to take an early leave from the Giro d'Italia, on a high note after securing two stage wins, in order to adequately prepare for the Tour de France in July. It was a successful Grand Tour for the Australian who captured his first victory on stage 8 in Pesaro on Saturday and his second on stage 11 in Novi Ligure on Wednesday. "I am happy that I came to the Giro, the succession of the long and sometimes challenging stages will have done me good, condition-wise." Ewan said in a team press release. "Of course, I am going home with a great feeling. I came into the Giro and I really wanted to win one stage. To get two is more than I expected, so I am really satisfied with that and I am happy with how the team rode as well. Outside of his two stage wins, Ewan was also third on stage 2 in Fucecchio, second on stage 4 in Frascati, and was twice fourth on stage 5 in Terracina and stage 10 in Modena.ADVERTISEMENT "I finished inside the top four on seven occasions," Ewan said. "On day two, our lead-out was perfect, two days later I was beaten by a strong Carapaz in Frascati and on day eight, I could raise my arms in the air for the first time." Ewan came to the Giro d'Italia with a strong support team that included Victor Campenaerts, Jasper De Buyst, Thomas De Gendt, Adam Hansen, Roger Kluge, Jelle Vanendert and Tosh van der Sande. "This Giro was also very important to optimize the collaboration with Jasper De Buyst and Roger Kluge and we certainly got the chance to do so," Ewan said. "Besides, the rest of the team also cooperated very well." Tour de France You can read more at More...
Giro d'Italia: Stage 11 highlights - Video
May 23, 2019 (07:30) [ Indexed from ]
The 221 flat kilometres from Capri to Novi Ligure did not exactly make for a scintillating stage - at least for the general classification - but Caleb Ewan(Lotto Soudal) made the most of a headwind sprint to take his second stage victory of the Giro d'Italia on stage 11. Behind Ewan, the fight for the points classification heated up as stage 10 winner Arnaud Dmare snuck in two points in an intermediate sprint before muscling past maglia cicliamino holder PascalAckermann (Bora-Hansgrohe) in the finale.The resulting 12 point differential moved the Groupama-FDJ sprinter ahead of Ackermann in the competition, by 11 points.ADVERTISEMENT The race now swings back in the favour of the opportunists and climbers as the race heads into the Piemonte, with the category 1 climb of Montoso interrupting an otherwise tame 146 course on stage 12 before the first summit finale on Friday to CeresoleReale. You can read more at More...
Calm before the storm: Roglic stays a step ahead of GC rivals as Giro d'Italia heads for mountains
May 23, 2019 (07:30) [ Indexed from ]
Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) clutches the keys of power on this Giro d'Italia without holding formal office. His performances in the time trials that bookended the race's opening week left the Slovenian with a commanding lead on his rivals for final overall victory, but the pink jersey remains on the shoulders of Valerio Conti (UAE Team Emirates), while he lies second overall, 1:50 down. Life as de facto race leader has its benefits. At the finish of stage 11 in Novi Ligure on Wednesday, Conti was immediately ushered towards the podium to collect a fresh maglia rosa. Roglic, by contrast, was able to freewheel unimpeded to the Jumbo-Visma bus, parked near the gates of the late Fausto Coppi's villa on the edge of town. By the time Conti had completed his media and anti-doping duties almost two hours later, Roglic was already on the massage table at his hotel. On the road, too, Roglic and his Jumbo-Visma team have enjoyed two relatively sedate stages since Monday's rest day on the Adriatic, as the Giro reached its somnambulant spot: the nervous energy of the first week has dissipated but the high mountains have not yet appeared on the horizon.ADVERTISEMENT "UAE didn't need to pull today or yesterday, because the sprint teams took control immediately, so even if Primoz had the jersey today, it wouldn't have changed much for us," Jumbo-Visma directeur sportif Addy Engels told Cyclingnews. "But it's still easier, because you don't have the anti-doping control, the press conference and things like that. It's been quiet, and these two days have been good. But now the way of racing will change for the next seven stages." On the eve of the Giro's belated entry into the mountains, Roglic holds a lead of 1:44 over Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida), 1:55 over Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo), 3:46 over Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) and 4:29 over Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana). Thursday's 158km leg from Cuneo to Pinerolo naturally evokes the poetry of the day Fausto Coppi soloed to victory on the 1949 Giro, though the parcours of stage 12 is rather more prosaic. The lone category 1 ascent, the Montoso, is a pop quiz rather than final exam, though it might provide some pointers as to the strength-in-depth of Roglic's supporting cast after he lost his key mountain gregario Laurens De Plus in the opening week. Clement You can read more at More...
Viviani quits the Giro d'Italia after another sprint defeat
May 23, 2019 (07:30) [ Indexed from ]
Elia Viviani quit the Giro d'Italia after again missing out on victory in Novi Ligure, admitting he needs a time-out to find the peace of mind and self-confidence that helps him win sprints. Viviani finished fourth behind Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal), Arnaud Dmare (Groupama-FDJ) and Pascal Ackermann (Bora-Hansgrohe) on stage 11 in Novi Ligure, after again failing to connect with his Deceuninck-QuickStep lead-out train. He won four stages and the points jersey in last year's race but has frustratingly finished second three times this year and was relegated from victory on stage 3 to Orbetello after race judges ruled he move across the road.ADVERTISEMENT Viviani was hoping to finish the Giro d'Italia in his hometown of Verona but bravely went on Italian television to confirm he was heading home early. "My Giro ends today," Viviani said, his team soon confirming his departure. "I'm not at my best and lack the self-belief that I need. I'll head home and soon start working for the second half of the season. There's no point in carrying on in the hope of finding something that never seems to arrive." You can read more at More...
Bahrain-Merida's Milan Erzen under UCI investigation for doping links
May 23, 2019 (07:30) [ Indexed from ]
The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) is investigating a Slovenian cycling connection to the Operation Aderlass blood doping ring, with Milan Eren, the current managing director at Bahrain-Merida, at the centre of their attention. The UCI has confirmed to Cyclingnews that since 2015 it has been carefully following the activities of several Slovenian individuals, including riders, rider support personnel and team management staff for potential roles in a number of different investigations, even before Operation Aderlass emerged. According to a recent profile by the Corriere della Sera newspaper in Italy, Eren is considered the Dominus of Slovenian cycling. Cyclingnews approached Bahrain-Merida for a comment from Eren, who responded through the team saying, "All and any implications regarding my involvement in Aderlass are absolutely false and unfounded."ADVERTISEMENT Eren, who has yet to receive any notification from the UCI, helped create the Bahrain-Merida team for Prince Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa of Bahrain after helping him train for an Ironman triathlon in 2013. In an interview with Slovenian website, Eren boasts how he went on to introduce modern training methods to the princes horse racing stable, including the use of altitude chambers. He then helped developed a triathlon team and organise an Ironman event in Bahrain and responded to the princes desire for a WorldTour team by signing Vincenzo Nibali and creating the Bahrain-Merida team for the 2016 season. Eren keeps a low profile and has changed his job title at Bahrain-Merida several times after the UCI insisted he hold a team staff licence. He currently has a class 8 UCI staff licence " the lowest of the UCI categories - but he is the de facto boss of the team due to his close links to Prince Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa. He is known within the current team as the managing director. Slovenian cycling is small compared to other nations but has risen to 10th place in the UCI World nations ranking, thanks to the success of Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma), Simon Spilak (Katusha-Alpecin), Matej Mohoric (Bahrain-Merida) and, most recently, 20-year-old Tadej Pogaar (UAE Team Emirates), who won the Tour of California last week. Operation Aderlass and Dr. Schmidt You can read more at More...
Giro d'Italia 2019: Stage 11 finish line quotes
May 23, 2019 (07:30) [ Indexed from ]
Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal) " Stage winner (On getting Ackermann's wheel) "I think he's proven he's one of the quickest here, and to be honest he was the first sprinter who came past me with a good train. So I decided to jump on him. My guys got me into a really good position where I didn't have to fight for the wheels too much. That just made my run a whole lot easier. He went quite early so I could just sit there and time my sprint to perfection. "I think my team's done a great job all week. I think I was a little more relaxed going into this stage because I already had the one win. When you're a bit relaxed you save more energy and everything seems to fall into place a little easier. "I think this is the most successful Grand Tour I've ever done. It just shows my progression as a rider. In the past, I've won one stage in the Vuelta and in the Giro the last time I did it. Now, I've won two and I'm just happy with how I'm progressing."ADVERTISEMENT Arnaud Demare (Groupama-FDJ) - Points classification leader "The difference was a headwind today, and there was a narrowing of the road with 750m to go. That is where it became difficult for my lead-out men to take me to the line. "The jersey is a consolation prize. Now we will start another Giro. In the mountains it will be a different task to defend the jersey." Valerio Conti (UAETeamEmirates) - Race leader "It was a long and sunny stage. So I enjoyed it very much. Tomorrow it'll be harder to keep the jersey because the main climb is a hard one. But I want to keep the Maglia Rosa tomorrow also." James Knox (Deceuninck-QuickStep) Adam Hansen (Lotto Soudal) You can read more at More...
Evenepoel: I still have a lot of work to do
May 23, 2019 (07:30) [ Indexed from ]
Remco Evenepoel (Deceuninck-QuickStep) stepped into the WorldTour this season seemingly without missing a beat. The 19-year-old Evenepoel has looked at home with impressive performances in the first half of the season, but the Belgian says that he's still got plenty of work to do as he continues to learn the ropes at the top of the sport. Though he entered the professional ranks with plenty of hype, Evenepoel would have been forgiven for having a slow start to his pro career given that he missed the under-23 ranks altogether. However, he came out all guns blazing with an impressive third-place finish in the time trial at the Vuelta a San Juan " his first race with Deceuninck-QuickStep " and a ninth place finish overall. It was a big confidence boost, but he is trying to keep his feet on the ground. "It was a big moment to start out like that in Argentina. Especially in the time trial [third place]," Evenepoel said in an interview on the Hammer Series website. "When I got in the hot seat, I thought to myself: 'Wow, maybe I can win this'. Unfortunately, the wind direction then changed and the late starting riders had a big advantage. I'm still happy for my podium place though. This was the first time that I felt I could really go hard at this level. However, I also know I still have a lot of work to do."ADVERTISEMENT Evenepoel first came to the attention of many when he won the junior road and time trial titles at the European Championships in Brno last July. He then went onto do the double again at the World Championships in Innsbruck, but by then he had already secured a contract with Patrick Lefevere's Deceuninck-QuickStep squad. On the bike, there has obviously been a massive change for the young rider but there has been a big culture shock for him off the bike, too. "The life of a pro is very different to what I was used to. Last year, I was still in school and busy the whole day. Now, I have so much time on my hands. I wake up, maybe go for a little ride on the bike before breakfast, then I eat something and then I go for another ride," he said. "In my school days, my day would be over after my afternoon ride but now, I'm back already at 3 or 4 pm and that's it. I have nothing more to do. This is when you have to be smart about recovery and I feel " maybe because I'm still young " that I have some difficulties adjusting to this part of my new life. In the first months of the season, I probably made a few mistakes in this area, not getting enough rest." You can read more at More...
Giro dItalia: Nibali looks to limit losses to Roglic in San Marino time trial
May 18, 2019 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Pesaro may have been festooned in pink to celebrate the visit of the Giro d'Italiabut, by the time Vincenzo Nibali emerged from anti-doping following stage 8,it was beginning to have the air of the coastal town they forgot to close down. Grey waves were crashing onto wet sand on the seafront, while leaden drops of rain were falling steadily over the finishing straight, where the podium and television area were already being dismantled. The boisterous crowds that had lined the final kilometres had long since dissipated in search of shelter. As Nibali soft-pedalled towards the Bahrain-Merida bus, he slowed to offer a perfunctory account of the Giro's longest day. The 239km leg along the Adriatic coast had passed off without incident " "Nothing to report," he said " and thoughts were already turning to Sunday's pivotal time trial to San Marino.ADVERTISEMENT So far on the Giro, few days have been like Sunday, where the overall favourites will face off on the 34km course from the Adriatic coast to the mountaintop republic. Nibali and his rivals have been eyeing one another closely all week. Sunday will confirm or rebut their impressions. "Tomorrow we'll take stock of the situation," Nibali said. Nibali reaches the final act of the Giro's opening week in 16th place overall, 6:03 down on maglia rosa Valerio Conti (UAE Emirates), though the gaps of greater concern the Sicilian are to Primo Rogli (Jumbo-Visma) and Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott). He will set off from Riccione 39 seconds down on Rogli and just 4 behind Yates. Rogli, an emphatic winner of the opening time trial in Bologna, is the overwhelming favourite to triumph again here. Nibali's coach Paolo Slongo acknowledged that a successful outing for Nibali would entail limiting his losses to the Slovenian and roughly breaking even with Yates, whose improvements against the clock carried him to time trial victory at Paris-Nice earlier this season. A real time trial You can read more at More...
Yates: Roglic is the big favourite for Giro d'Italia time trial
May 18, 2019 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) remained in defiant mood prior to Sunday's time trial amidst widespread predictions that rival Primo Rogli (Jumbo-Visma) could once again rule the roost in the Giro d'Italia's second 'race of truth'. Yates has improved notably his time trial ability over the last 12 months, and even last year in the Giro d'Italia, the widely predicted big differences between himself and Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) did not materialise,although he did lose time. Second to Rogli in this year's opening TT in Bologna, on Saturday Yates was convinced he had a solid chance of defending his options.ADVERTISEMENT "I showed I was going well in the Bologna time trial and I've felt the same in these last few days," Yates told reporters. "I hope I'll be able to do well against Rogli, who's the big favourite " as we could see was the case in Bologna where he won. I wouldn't say anyone here [of the favourites] is really bad, but I think it just depends on the day." Yates added that his sensations were good, although his left leg, which he hurt when he crashed on stage four, was "a bit banged up, but hopefully that won't cause me too much pain." Yates said that his unexpected Paris-Nice time trial win this March had given him "great confidence" although he recognised he would never be as good as Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb), who has already quit the Giro, "and those guys." Climb suits Yates You can read more at More...
Ewan overcomes increasing pressure to win second career Giro d'Italia stage
May 18, 2019 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Third. Fifteenth. Second. Fourth. With each near miss in this year's Giro d'Italia bunch sprints, Caleb Ewan's disappointment at not being able to net a stage victory had been steadily growing. And so, too, was the pressure to win. But finally at Pesaro on stage 8 the Lotto Soudal sprinter captured the second Giro d'Italia victory of his career, just four days after a deeply frustrating near-miss when he mistimed his attempt to chase down Movistar's Richard Carapaz on the uphill finish in Orbetello. It was also Ewan's biggest win to date with his new team, Lotto-Soudal, for which he signed after a year of missing out on Grand Tours completely with Mitchelton-Scott.ADVERTISEMENT Once back on the bigger race stage, though, Ewan has proved again he can take on the world's other top sprinters. And even as he completed his Giro d'Italia winner's press conference, the 24-year-old confirmed he is already eying a debut in the Tour de France this July. "Last year was pretty average, so another average year would have been bad," Ewan added. "This time, for the first part of the season, this win is the icing on the cake. This one means a lot. "The pressure was building every time I didn't win a stage here, and it's disappointing when I can't win a stage after all the work the team has been doing for me. So I'm happy I could get this one and it means a lot to be back at a Grand Tour, too." You can read more at More...
Roglic fighting against himself as Giro d'Italia reaches moment of truth
May 18, 2019 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
"The main opponent for me tomorrow will be myself," Primo Rogli said in Pesaro on the eve of the Giro dItalia's stage 9 time trial to San Marino. The Slovenian's subdued interview persona could never be mistaken for Muhammad Ali's pre-fight proclamations of greatness, but he carefully clarified his statement lest there be any misinterpretation. "It's because I will be alone, and I will be fighting against myself to do as good as possible." If the San Marino time trial has loomed large over the opening week of this Giro, then so too has Rogli's presumed supremacy on the stage. His resounding victory in the opening time trial in Bologna last weekend installed him as the favourite for Sunday's longer, sea-to-sky test, a status that has only been burnished further following Tom Dumoulin's unfortunate abandon on stage 5. While Valerio Conti (UAE Team Emirates) wears the maglia rosa, Rogli reaches the end of the Giro's opening phase atop the virtual rankings of the pre-race favourites. Thanks to his victory in Bologna and his deft side-stepping of the late frissons in Frascati, he holds a buffer of 35 seconds over Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott), 39 over Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida), 44 over Miguel ngel Lpez (Astana) and 1:49 over Mikel Landa (Movistar). Rogli is 5:24 down on Conti, and surely will not regain the pink jersey from him in San Marino but, come Sunday evening, he might well have placed a hefty down payment on wearing the precious garment in the Arena in Verona in two weeks' time. Jumbo-Visma directeur sportif Addy Engels acknowledged that Rogli will expect to gain ground on all of his GC rivals on the 34km-long road from Riccione to San Marino, though he warned against extrapolating too much from the 8km opening time trial in Bologna. Rogli gained 2.3 seconds per kilometre on Yates and 2.8 per kilometre on Nibali there, but Engels would not be drawn into making predictions for Sunday. "We would like to gain time, that's the main thing, but I can't say how much. It's not mathematical," Engels told Cyclingnews. "It's not like because he gained 19 seconds in 8km in Bologna that we can multiply that gap by almost five here " it doesn't work like that. "It's a different kind of effort, of course. The profile is more or less the same as Bologna, with the flat start and then uphill, but last Saturday was only 13 minutes. This is going to be an effort of 45 or maybe 50 minutes, so that's totally different. It's less explosive, but it's also something that suits Primo really well." If anything, Rogliseems more comfortable over longer distances. He claimed the corresponding stage in Chianti on his Giro debut in 2016 and he warmed up for this year's race with a decisive victory over Victor Campenaerts (Lotto Soudal) in the 17km-long final time trial at the Tour de Romandie. Small wonder then, that Campenaerts himself has picked Rogli as the unbackable favourite for Sunday's time trial.ADVERTISEMENT Into the mountains While the Giro's three individual time trials provided the three compelling reasons that convinced Jumbo-Visma's to deploy him in Italy rather than at the Tour de France this season, Engels maintained that his tilt at overall victory here does not depend wholly on the gains he makes against the watch. Indeed, Rogli lost his place on the podium of last year's Tour in the final time trial, while his climbing has been the equal of his time trialling through his remarkable sequence of three stage race victories so far this season. "Primo has shown so far this year that he's really strong in the big mountains," Engels said. In that case does he really need to gain time tomorrow? Maybe not. But is it more comfortable if he gains time? Of course. "Every day is going to be tricky, but if we can go into the mountains with a bigger gap, it's always better. Though at the end, you have to stay at your level for the whole Giro. If you collapse, you collapse, and then it doesn't matter if you have a gap a half a minute gap or of five minutes." Even so, Jumbo-Visma would appreciate any additional breathing room given the loss of Rogli's key climbing domestique Laurens De Plus, but the impact of the Belgian's abandon will not be felt until the race hits the Alps at the end of next week. For now, the onus is on Rogli in the race of truth. "There's no playing, no tactics. It's just a case of doing it as well as possible," said Engels, who added that Rogli had no ill effects from his crash on stage 6. "He's really good, he doesn't feel any pain." Earlier in the spring, Rogli reconnoitred the stage 9 time trial and came away pleased with what he saw. The route tackles a long false flat for the first 22km before climbing more sharply into San Marino in the finale. It is, in short, a strongman's course, even if the softly-spoken Rogli would never go so far as to trumpet himself as such. "A recon is one thing, but after these eight hard stages it will be different," Roglic said on Saturday. "We will see tomorrow after the finish line." You can read more at More...
Watch Caleb Ewan win his first Giro d'Italia stage in Lotto Soudal colours " Video
May 18, 2019 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Caleb Ewan stormed to the second Giro dItalia stage win of his career with a perfectly timed sprint on stage 8. The Australian came around Pascal Ackermann (Bora-Hansgrohe) in the final 100 meters with Elia Viviani taking second, just ahead of the fading German. The win was a huge relief for Ewan, who moved from Mitchelton-Scott in the winter after missing out on selection for last years Tour de France. Ewan replaced Andr Greipel at Lotto Soudal in the process and came into this years Giro looking for his first Grand Tour stage win since 2017. On stage 8 he had his team work on the front and, although he was alone in the sprint, he followed Ackermann perfectly before kicking for the line and taking the win.ADVERTISEMENT Watch highlights of stage 8 below. You can read more at More...
Giro d'Italia 2019: Stage 8 finish line quotes
May 18, 2019 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal) - stage winner "We've been trying pretty much all seven days now that we've been here, and i'm just so happy to repay them with the win now. I thought if I was feeling good that I'd go first through the last corner, but it was still a long way to go and I wasn't feeling that good. It was quite a hard final - harder than I thought it would be. I just waited, I knew I had a good kick so I just waited til he (Ackermann) went then I came around him. It means a lot. I have a lot of pressure on me to win races now. The difference now is I'm expected to win. I had an alright start to the year, but not a great one. To win here means the world to me." Pascal Ackermann (Bora-hansgrohe) - second on the stage "I think he had the most reserves today. He looked really strong. You can see how strong he accelerated in the sprint. I was just on the limit and Caleb was the strongest today. Maybe we were too far in the front because all the others came from the back. Now we have to analyze the final and then we see what we did wrong. I still have my jersey and tomorrow is hopefully is easy, and then there are two more chances for us."ADVERTISEMENT Valerio Conti (UAE Team Emirates)- race leader "It was a hard stage today in the final. In the downhill it was dangerous, but I have a big team, and they were super today. It was for the sprinters today. I stayed in the group, no problem. I hope tomorrow to keep the maglia rosa." Giulio Ciccone (Trek Segafredo) - leader of the mountains classification "Sometimes in the Giro there are occasions to foil the sprinters, I was of course looking for the KOM points, but we were off the front and I thought I could go for the win. Unfortunately one of the riders at the front was not very concerned about making this breakaway a success and we got caught. Anyway, I will try again." Adam Hansen (Lotto Soudal) - teammate of Caleb Ewan "It was spectacular. The last 40km were very technical with twists and turns so the idea was to protect him in the hope that he could come to the finish feeling fresh and that he could finish it off. We came here with one goal with Caleb. Now we have that first win so we can relax." You can read more at More...
Tour de France celebrates 100 years of yellow jersey with new designs
May 15, 2019 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
To celebrate the centenary of the yellow jersey, Tour de France organiser Amaury Sports Organisation (ASO) and the races jersey sponsor Le Coq Sportif have announced 20 individual yellow jerseys to be worn during the 2019 Tour de France. As there is no race leader until the end of the Stage 1, the winner of the opening stage will be then presented with the specially designed stage 2 jersey to wear the following day. Unique images of significant buildings, locations and riders are faintly overlaid onto each of the yellow jerseys so as not to detract from the iconic colour with the first jersey presented featuring The Atomium building in Brussels. Eugne Christophe was the first rider to wear the jersey at the Tour de France in 1919 and since its inception, the yellow jersey of the Tour de France has become one of the most iconic symbols in all of sport.ADVERTISEMENT In a press release from ASO, race director Christian Prudhomme said: "The jerseys are unique this year because each jersey is different and features either the race routes or the champions that have contributed to the history of the Tour de France. "We will leave from Brussels where the first Yellow Jersey will feature the Atomium, the last will feature the Arc de Triomphe and the Champs-Elyses, while others will feature a portrait of Bernard Hinault, Eddy Merckx, Jacques Anquetil and Miguel Indurain for example. "t will be something really special for the 100th anniversary of the Yellow Jersey. In a few years time, we will be able to say: the yellow jersey was on this stage because it features Eugne Christophe, the first rider to wear the Yellow Jersey in the history of the Tour de France " 19 July 1919-19 July 2019, in Pau." The 20 Yellow Jersey designs for the 2019 Tour de France You can read more at More...
Navarro suffers perforated lung in Giro d'Italia crash
May 15, 2019 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Daniel Navarro (Katusha-Alpecin) suffered a litany of injuries after getting caught up in the mass pile-up at the end of stage 4 of the Giro dItalia, which also forced Tom Dumoulin to abandon. The Spaniard was left with a perforated lung, three broken ribs, a broken collarbone, as well as further injuries to his lung. Navarro was one of four Katusha-Alpecin riders to be involved in the crash, with Marco Haller, Reto Hollenstein and Vyacheslav Kuznetsov also coming down. Haller injured his hand in the incident, but a subsequent x-ray showed that he had not fractured any bones. All three of the other Katusha-Alpecin riders were able to complete the stage, though the same couldnt be said for Navarro, who abandoned the race immediately. He was taken to hospital, where he underwent scans and stayed overnight.ADVERTISEMENT The crash occurred with just over six kilometres to go of stage 4 when Salvatore Puccio (Team Ineos) touched wheels with a rider in front. The accident occurred close to the front of the peloton, which meant that most of the bunch were either involved in it or caught behind it. Katusha-Alpecin were to the right of the bunch, on the opposite side to Puccio, but the ricochet effect meant that half their team was wiped out. Navarro was meant to be a key support rider for Ilnur Zakarin when the race hit the high mountains. The Spaniard, who spent several years supporting Alberto Contador at Astana and Saxo Bank, joined the team over the winter from Cofidis as they looked to shore up their squad around Zakarin. The loss of Navarro will be a blow to the Russian. Fortunately for the team, Zakarin avoided too much trouble in the incident and finished in the main group of general classification riders that crossed the line 18 seconds behind the winner Richard Carapaz. Zakarin still has work to do in the mountains as he sits 18th, 1:36 down on race leader Primo Rogli, after a poor start in the opening time trial. You can read more at More...
Tour of California 2019: Stage 3 highlights " Video
May 15, 2019 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Remi Cavagna went solo to take his first WorldTour victory and give his Deceuninck-QuickStep team a second win in a row, on stage 3 of the Tour of California between Stockton and Morgan Hill. Cavagna went on the attack with Alex Hoehn of the USA National Team but the Frenchman distanced him and pushed on alone with 75km of the 208km stage still to go. Hoehn was rewarded for his efforts at the end of the day with the 'king of the mountains' jersey, while Cavagna rode hard to ensure he won alone. He also finished a huge 7:11 margin ahead of chasers Ben King (Dimension Data) and Simon Geschke (CCC Team), who had caught and passed Hoehn before the finish.ADVERTISEMENT Cavagna struggled on descents to the finish after going deep with his solo attack but was overjoyed to win. "It was really hard. Not on the climb, but on the downhill I was a little bit scared because it was really tricky, although I tried not to take too many risks, and I did it," a delighted Cavagna said. Hoehn was caught by what was left of the bunch, which included all of the main favourites, including race leader Tejay van Garderen (EF Education First) who retained his six-second lead over Gianni Moscon (Team Ineos) You can read more at More...
Peter Sagan finding Tour de France legs in California
May 14, 2019 (09:15) [ Indexed from ]
Peter Sagan's struggle with an early-season illness that led to sub-par performances in the spring Classics could be turning around at the Tour of California. The former triple road race world champion is preparing to win a seventh green jersey at this year's Tour de France. Bora-Hansgrohe director Jan Valach saysthe team back Sagan entirely, and believe that his stage victory in Sacramento on Sunday was exactly the morale-boost that both he and the team needed. "Yes, we're very happy with that win because it was important for Peter and for Bora-Hansgrohe," Valach told Cyclingnews at the start of stage 2, a 214.5km mountain stage to South Lake Tahoe, on Monday. "I'm also happy for him that he has come back with this victory, and that he can continue on like this into the season. In the spring, he was sick, and then he found it hard to win at the Classics, even though he was there, but something was missing. So now I'm happy that he can start the second part of his season with a victory."ADVERTISEMENT Sagan's last victory was a stage at the Santos Tour Down Under in January, although it was followed by podium performances in stages at the Vuelta a San Juan and Tirreno-Adriatico. His spring Classics campaign left something to be desired. Even though fourth at Milan-San Remo and fifth at Paris-Roubaix are good results in and of themselves, the cycling world has become accustomed to seeing Sagan win. He recommitted to the Ardennes Classics but didn't finish the Amstel Gold Race or Flche Wallonne, and he didn't start Lige-Bastogne-Lige, announcing that he needed more time to recover and train properly for the Tour of California and other summer targets like the Tour de France. The last time Sagan faced similar scrutiny was during his first season with Tinkoff-Saxo in 2015, when his only early-season victory was a stage at Tirreno-Adriatico. The working relationship between Sagan and team owner Oleg Tinkov soured and, even though he won the overall title at the Tour of California that May, Tinkov had sought legal advice to try to reduce Sagan's salary, citing poor performances. Green jersey You can read more at More...
Moscon looks ahead to Tour de France after missing Giro d'Italia
May 14, 2019 (09:15) [ Indexed from ]
Gianni Moscon (Team Ineos) is enjoying a surge of good form at the Tour of California that he is hoping to build on as he looks to race the Tour de France in July. The Italian was initially slated to race the Giro d'Italia but told Cyclingnews that he revised his plans because he wasn't in good enough shape to race a Grand Tour in May. "I'm in good shape but I'm not in my best shape, and it would be nice to be at the Giro d'Italia but as the best Gianni that I can be," Moscon told Cyclingnews at the finish line of stage 2 in South Lake Tahoe. "It's because my numbers are still not the best, but they will come for sure." 25 year-old Moscon is one of Italy's fastest-rising talents in professional cycling. He joined Team Sky in 2016 when he was an under-23 rider and has excelled with overall wins at the Tour of Guangxi and the Arctic Race of Norway. He has also won the Coppa Agostoni and the Giro della Toscana, and was third at Il Lombardia and fifth at Paris-Roubaix. But his career has also been rife with controversy after he racially abused Kevin Reza in 2017, and he was then disqualified from the Tour de France for throwing a punch at Elie Gesbert last year. He was suspended after both incidents.ADVERTISEMENT Moscon had a strong start to this season in training but then struggled after a crash at the UAE Tour in March. He criticised the team's decision to send him to a training camp in Colombia earlier in February, venting his frustrations in an interview with the Italian Bicisport magazine. He was supposed to ride the Giro d'Italia in support of Egan Bernal. The Colombian was forced to the sidelines, however, with a broken collarbone sustained in training. Team Ineos later announced the Giro d'Italia team to include Pavel Sivakov, Tao Geoghegan Hart, Sebastian Henao, Christian Knees, Salvatore Puccio, Jhonathan Narvarez, Eddie Dunbar and Ivan Sosa, but not Moscon. Moscon told Cyclingnews that he'd decided to race the Tour of California. You can read more at More...
Mark Cavendish battles uphill to make time cut at Tour of California
May 14, 2019 (09:15) [ Indexed from ]
Dimension Data's Mark Cavendish lives to fight another day at the 2019 Tour of California, despite having lost contact with the back of the race with 80km of the 214.5km-long stage 2 still to go on Monday. While he may ordinarily have been in danger of finishing outside the time limit, the long nature of the stage meant that the cut-off time was set at 60 minutes after the stage winner, and the British sprinter was able to make it to the finish 36:09 behind the day's victor, Kasper Asgreen of Deceuninck-QuickStep. The second stage's unrelenting climbing from Rancho Cordova to South Lake Tahoe, which peaks out at2,627 metres of elevation, proved too much for Cavendish, and he lost contact with the race with around 80km to go, struggling to regain contact with the peloton despite teammate Bernie Eisel's efforts to help.ADVERTISEMENT The day's climbs were not especially steep, but more than 4,500 metres of climbing at altitude made for a long day for everyone, and Cavendish was left with Eisel to try to battle through the stage, and the pair were already more than 12 minutes off the pace with 70km remaining. Photographers at the race told Cyclingnews that Cavendish at one point shouted at Eisel to go back up the road to try to rejoin the race, but the ever-faithful Austrian stuck by his friend and team leader to shepherd him through the stage. Indeed, Eisel and Cavendish are no strangers to battling through mountain stages together to try to get home inside the time limit. A seemingly upbeat Cavendish tweeted after Monday's stage that he was glad to have ticked the Lake Tahoe stage off this year's race route, and that it was "like a re-run of our day in 2016" " presumably referring to the eighth stage from Pau toBagnres-de-Luchon at the 2016 Tour de France, when Cavendish and Eisel were left to fend for themselves on what was a boiling hot day in the Pyrenees, but eventually made it back into the gruppetto, and finished 39:24 behind the day's winner, Chris Froome. " Mark Cavendish (@MarkCavendish) May 14, 2019 You can read more at More...
Asgreen claims first pro win at Tour of California
May 14, 2019 (09:15) [ Indexed from ]
Kasper Asgreen (Deceuninck-QuickStep) had a rough day on stage 1 of the Tour of California, losing 15 seconds at the end of pancake-flat stage that ended in a bunch sprint after three closing circuits in downtown Sacramento. But on Monday he won the epic stage 2 climbing fest to South Lake Tahoe, where he beat Tejay van Garderen (EF Education First) and Gianni Moscon (Team Ineos) in a three-up sprint and earned himself a 10-second time bonus. Asgreen's 15-second deficit from Sunday, however, meant that he could only claim third overall, as van Garderen's six-second bonus for second place and Moscon's four seconds lifted them past the Deceuninck-QuickStep rider and into first and second overall, respectively. Nevertheless, the stage victory " Asgreen's first professional win " was a huge accomplishment for the 24-year-old Dane.ADVERTISEMENT "It's my first pro win, so I'm really, really happy right now," Asgreen said at the post-stage press conference. "It's huge for me, and to take it on a stage like this, a really hard stage, means that I'm really happy with that." Asgreen had tried several attacks and finally made it into the select lead group that climbed to the parking lot of the Heavenly Resort in Tahoe to battle for the win and the race lead. Astana launched Davide Ballerini off the front with 2km to go, but van Garderen led the group back to the front. The pace of the EF rider shattered the group as the road reared up, leaving just him, Moscon, Asgreen and UAE Team Emirates' Tadej Pogaar in the lead. You can read more at More...
Tour of California: Van Garderen sails into yellow at Lake Tahoe
May 14, 2019 (09:15) [ Indexed from ]
EF Education First's Tejay van Garderen crossed the line at the end of stage 2 of the Amgen Tour of California in second place after a great ride on a long day with nearly 4,500 metres of climbing. It was a good result that he thought would leave him in a good position for the rest of the week. But his position was even better than expected when he realised he'd taken the race lead. "It came as a bit of a surprise," he said at the post-race press conference while seated next to stage winner Kasper Asgreen (Deceuninck-QuickStep), who received a 10-second time bonus for the stage victory. "I just would have assumed that Kasper would have taken the jersey on the back of his stage win. I didn't realise that he I don't know," he said, and then addressed Asgreen. "What happened yesterday? So it was quite a surprise, but I'm super happy and thrilled and honoured to represent yellow."ADVERTISEMENT Asgreen somehow lost 15 seconds on the opening stage " a pancake-flat route near Sacramento that ended with three short downtown circuits. With his time bonus from Monday, he moved into third overall, seven seconds behind van Garderen and one second behind overall runner-up Gianni Moscon (Team Ineos), who was third on stage 2. Monday's result " and the yellow jersey that came with it " is van Garderen's best performance yet for EF Education First after moving to the programme following seven years with BMC Racing. The 30-year-old Colorado resident is familiar with the US-based WorldTour team, having raced against them for years, especially at the Tour of California, where the Slipstream-run programmes have put 10 riders on the final podiums but have never claimed the top step. Now van Garderen is embracing the team's ethos while trying to give the programme the California result it's come close to but never attained. You can read more at More...
Rohan Dennis: Potential for big changes at Bahrain-Merida
May 14, 2019 (09:15) [ Indexed from ]
Rohan Dennis has hinted that there could be some significant changes coming for Bahrain-Merida. In light of hiring former Team Sky coach Rod Ellingworth and speculation surrounding Vincenzo Nibali leaving the team, Dennis told Cyclingnews that such decisions are better left to management while he focuses on his performances at the Tour of California. "It's not really up to me to say, but, honestly, I'm pretty sure [Vincenzo Nibali] is leaving. It's just speculation, obviously, but with Rod Ellingworth coming on board, there will potentially be some big changes," Dennis told Cyclingnews when asked if the team will consider replacing Vincenzo Nibali with another outright team leader. "But that's management's job to handle all that stuff."ADVERTISEMENT Teams and riders are not permitted to discuss potential negotiations or signings for the next season until August 1, but it was reported earlier this year that contract negotiations had broken down between Nibali and Bahrain-Merida, and that he will move to Trek-Segafredo. He joined Bahrain-Merida in 2017 on a three-year deal, set to end this year. It was reported that he had requested a contract extension for two years, but the team did not commit to those terms. It has been reported that Mikel Landa will move from Movistar to Bahrain-Merida next year; however, Dennis did not want to speculate on who the replacement might be, if anyone at all. He elaborated on the team's decision to bring Ellingworth into a senior management role at Bahrain-Merida as being a positive change for the team. Cyclingnews reported in April that the team's new partner, McLaren, had been courting Ellingworth, who has been part of Team Sky's (now Team Ineos) coaching staff since 2010. Team Sky later announced that Ellingworth would part ways with the team at the end of this season. All goals point to the Tour de France You can read more at More...
A day of two crashes sees Geoghegan Hart lose ground at Giro d'Italia
May 14, 2019 (09:15) [ Indexed from ]
A tale of two crashes for Tao Geoghegan Hart (Team Ineos) on stage 3 of the Giro d'Italia. The first, with around 50 kilometres remaining, left him with a cut to his right knee and short but wholehearted chase to regain the peloton. The second, with a little over four kilometres to go, proved rather more costly, leaving the Briton with further abrasions, a shredded jersey and a deficit of 1:28 at day's end. After catching the eye with a fine display to take seventh in Saturday's opening time trial in Bologna, Geoghegan Hart drops 50 places to 57th on general classification, 2:03 off maglia rosa Primo Rogli (Jumbo-Visma). Geoghegan Hart's wounds prevented him from warming down with his teammates outside the Ineos bus after the stage, but team doctor Derick Macleod later confirmed that the 24-year-old had not sustained serious injury. "There's no head injury and nothing to indicate anything is broken. It could have been a lot worse," Macleod said in a statement issued later on Monday evening.ADVERTISEMENT As ever on fraught and fast finales such as this, the team car offers a limited vantage point. On arriving at the Ineos team bus after the finish, directeur sportif Nicolas Portal was aware that Geoghegan Hart had been held up in two separate incidents in the final hour of racing, but the Frenchman admitted that was still trying to piece together the story of the day when he spoke to reporters. "In the first crash, I don't know what happened because we didn't talk about it as it was quite fast. He changed his bike there," Portal said. "Then in the second one, we still don't know what happened. "The first one was definitely a crash because we could see his knee and everything. "In the second one he was already on the bike when we saw him, but I know that he put his foot on the ground at least. Sometimes you avoid it and go in the field and sometimes you end up crashing, two times. It's part of the game and part of the things they need to learn. He's going to be quite disappointed." You can read more at More...
Tour of California 2019: Watch Peter Sagan win stage 1 - Video
May 13, 2019 (06:30) [ Indexed from ]
The 2019 Tour of California kicked off on Sunday, withPeter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) producing a searing sprint in Sacramento to claim his second victory of the season. The route for this Tour of California is one of the toughest in the race's history but it began with a pan-flat stage that featured three laps of a finishing circuit in downtown Sacramento, making it akin to a criterium race. In an aggressive finale, in which Geroge Bennett (Jumnbo-Visma) nabbed a bonus second at an intermediate sprint, the bunch started to split under the force of the lead-out. Team Ineos took control for Kristoffer Halvorsen but Sagan was on his wheel and surged clear on the right-hand side of the road. He was pushed all the way to the line by the USA's Travis McCabe, with Max Walscheid (Sunweb) taking the final podium position ahead of a fading Havlorsen.ADVERTISEMENT For Sagan it was his 17th stage win at California, and he takes the first leaders' jersey of the race. Watch how it all unfolded in the highlights video above. You can read more at More...
Peter Sagan adds another stage win to his Tour of California record
May 13, 2019 (06:30) [ Indexed from ]
Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) added another win to his record number of stage victories at the Tour of California on Sunday, increasing his all-time haul to 17 wins and bolstering his 'King of California' nickname " although it was only his second win of the 2019 season. In the press conference following the race's opening stage, Sagan launched into his familiar refrain after wins, thanking his teammates their hard work and saying he was "very happy" to win. "They kept me at the front, and in the end we stayed with a few riders in the sprint, and I won today," the three-time road race world champion said. "I'm very happy, and also congrats to my teammate Pascal Ackermann. He also won today [Sunday] at the Giro d'Italia, so we've had a double win for the team today, which is very nice."ADVERTISEMENT This is obviously not the first time the King of California has worn the race leader's yellow jersey, but Sagan said his fans shouldn't look for him to be wearing it after Monday's second stage to South Lake Tahoe. "It's important to have the yellow jersey [later on] with maybe Felix Groshartner or Max Schachmann, but it's not necessary for tomorrow, so we'll see," he said. "For sure, we're not going to hold onto it with me, so we'll see how it goes tomorrow." No matter what happens over the rest of the race, Sagan can be pleased to once again see signs of the form that has led him to six green points jerseys at the Tour de France. But he's not reading too much into Sunday's win and what it means for his chances of success in France this July. You can read more at More...

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