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Kittel: I'm not sure why I'm struggling at the moment
August 19, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Marcel Kittel abandoned the BinckBank Tour Saturday, adding another disappointment to his unsatisfactory 2018 season. In his first season with Team Katusha-Alpecin, the German has only two wins, taking stages in Tirreno-Adriatico. "I'm hugely disappointed that I had to abandon@binckbanktour," he wrote on Twitter and Instagram Saturday. "While I will be criticized once more, I'm looking for reasons behind all of this. It's been an incredibly difficult season so far and I was hoping to turn things around here with the team. It started promising with a close 2nd place on stage 1 but after that it didn't get any better.ADVERTISEMENT "I'm not sure with what I'm struggling at the moment. I'm trying hard to make it work but this seems to always end in a setback since April. For me the magic formula always has been to align my body and mind to be successful. I guess this is what I'm missing at the moment." Earlier in the week, he told Cyclingnews, "I don't really care what other people think about me. I'm just trying to concentrate on myself." He added, "Not everything has been perfect, that's for sure. I wanted to win more and that didn't happen. I was struggling also a little bit myself with health issues sometimes, so things haven't been perfect. I'm trying to finish my season well now." Kittel, 30, finished a close second on the opening stage of the BinckBank Tour, but was rarely seen in the other stages. He has come close a number of times, with numerous top-10 finishes, but has been unable otherwise to take victories. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Caja Rural, Burgos BH name Vuelta squads - News shorts
August 19, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Spanish Professional Continental outfits Caja Rural-Seguros RGA and Burgos BH have announced their line-ups for the Vuelta a Espana. The two teams,who received wild card invitations to the Vuelta, are both sending young squads to their home Grand Tour, which starts on Saturday, August 25. Caja Rural is riding its seventh consecutive Vuelta, and is sending a balanced team, which can go for sprint finishes as well as fighting on the mountain stages. Sergio Pardilla, Alex Aranburu, Lluis Mas, Nick Schultz, Nelson Soto, Cristian Rodriguez, Jonathan Lastra and Antonio Molina will represent the team. It is the Grand Tour debut for Aranburu, Soto, Lastra, and Molina, and it will be Rodriguez's first appearance at the Vuelta, having appeared twice in the Giro dItalia. Pardilla, at 34 years old, is the only veteran on the team, with all the others are 25 or less.ADVERTISEMENT Burgos BH is also sending five debutantes to the race. Jordi Simon, Jorge Cubero, Jesus Ezquerra, Pablo Torres, and neo-pro Oscar Cabedo will ride their first Grand Tour, while Jose Mendes, Diego Rubio and Jetse Bol round out the team. The team, with an average age of 27.5 years, will try to take the Burgos-BH brand as far as possible, in addition to responding to the confidence placed by the organization with the invitation. Campenaerts in for Marczynski for Lotto Soudal Victor Campenaerts will replace Tomasz Marczynski for Lotto Soudal in the Vuelta a Espana. The Polish rider, who won two stages of last year's Vuelta a Espana, has been ruled out of the race due to illness. The Belgian team will now appear at the race with an all-Belgian squad. It will be Campenaerts second appearance in the Vuelta, having finished 143rd in his Grand Tour debut in 2016 for LottoNL-Jumbo. He recently defended his European time trial title by less than a second over Spain's Jonathan Castroviejo and is currently riding the BinckBank Tour. He had been keen to ride the Spanish Grand Tour but was missed off the initial eight-man team. Planckaert out of BinckBank with concussion Vermote abandons BinckBank with wrist injury You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Lampaert battered, bruised but hopeful after BinckBank Tour crash
August 19, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Yves Lampaert (Quick-Step Floors) had to be nursed across the finish line by the race doctor in Saturdays penultimate stage of the BinckBank Tour. However, with the race on his favoured terrain, the Belgian champion remains hopeful that he can get into the mix on the final day of action. Starting the day just 43 seconds down on the overall leader Matej Mohoric (Bahrain-Merida), Lampaert rode aggressively and was one of the main protagonists. He had been in the move that formed the race-winning attack, though he and others had been unable to break Mohorics grasp on the race lead. Unseen by cameras, as Lampaert made his way through the final kilometre he was thrown over his handlebars and off his bike. The incident happened in front of Mohoric, but the Bahrain-Merida rider was able to negotiate the stricken Lampaert. Perhaps using his judo skills, Lampaert managed to roll through the fall but he was unable to eliminate the impact altogether. Helped by the medical car, Lampaert slowly made his way to the finish line and he remained hopeful that he could ride through the injuries on the final day of racing.ADVERTISEMENT "I fell flat on my back. I had no breath right after the fall. It was a pretty hard impact. I did not see how the crash was caused. I thought my chain skipped or my derailleur took a knock. The only thing I remember is that I went head-first, and luckily, I was able to make a good rolling movement, he told Het Nieuwsblad. "I hope to be able to start in the final stage. I have some minor abrasions on my arms and legs, but my back and chest have big bruises and are a bit sore. It is going to be a painful night. There are nicer things in life. It is a bit of a shame because I felt very good today and I really wanted to make something out of it in the final stage. I hope that the damage evolves favourably and I can still do my thing in the final stage. Though he passed the finish line quite some time after the rest of the contenders, Lampaert did not lose any time due to the three-kilometre rule and goes into the last day with a 43-second deficit to Mohoric. The final stage of the BinckBank Tour is a tough 225.6km Tour of Flanders-esque stage from Lacs de lEau dHeure to Geraardsbergen. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Pinot feeling fresh for Vuelta a Espana challenge
August 19, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Groupama-FDJ leader Thibaut Pinot will head to the Vuelta a Espaa having fully recovered from the pneumonia he suffered at May's Giro d'Italia, which forced him to abandon the race after stage 20, and then miss the Tour de France. The Frenchman recently returned to racing at the Tour de Pologne"where he finished third overall, and second to Simon Yates on the final stage"and will ride the Vuelta having rediscovered his climbing legs in Poland. "The Vuelta's quite different to the Giro or the Tour, but it's still a Grand Tour. There's just less stress," Pinot said on the Groupama-FDJ website.ADVERTISEMENT "Starting in southern Spain, I'm ready for it to be very hot, but that's something I've been working on." Since the Tour de Pologne, Pinot has been training at altitude, basing himself at the ski resort of Tignes, and using late summer in the French Alps to prepare for the Vuelta. "I was happy to do the Tour de Pologne, which is the ideal preparation race for the Vuelta," Pinot said. "I've got an opportunity to do the Vuelta with the kind of shape I wouldn't normally have at this time of year, and I'm going to use the race to get back into form for the rest of the season. I don't want to finish burned out in Madrid." You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Doull cleared of concussion after BinckBank crash " News Shorts
August 19, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Owain Doull (Team Sky) has abandoned the BinckBank Tour after suffering a heavy crash in the final 40 kilometres of stage 5 and being diagnosed with a suspected concussion. TeammatesLukasz Wisniowski and Dylan van Baarle were also both caught up in the incident, but Doull was by far the worst affected. Doull remounted his bike after the crash but complained of feeling "strange", and was immediately pulled from the race by the team's doctor. Further tests cleared him of any concussion, however. Doull was left disappointed, but believed that it was better to be safe than sorry. "Always gutting not to finish a race but when it comes to concussion it's not worth it," Doull said later on Twitter.ADVERTISEMENT Team doctor Richard Usher explained the incident further. "Owain crashed at around 50kph. He was initially assessed after the crash by the race doctor but within minutes of getting back on his bike he came to the team car feeling "very strange" and in shock. We immediately took him out of the race with a clear and suspected concussion," he said on the team website. "He has been subsequently seen and assessed in hospital, and thankfully all his scans are clear and he is improving. He will undergo a graduated return to riding under the team's medical policy. He will be out of hospital tonight and we will keep a close eye on him overnight. If everything is OK he will go home tomorrow." Doull's departure compounded a difficult day for Team Sky, with Diego Rosa also stepping off during the stage due to fatigue, while Chris Lawless didn't start the next stage after falling ill overnight. Pantano out of Vuelta a Espaa with toxoplasmosis Van Hooydonck extends contract with Continuum Sports Trentin wears European champ's jersey ahead of debut You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Vos waits for uphill sprint to take second stage win at Ladies Tour of Norway
August 18, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
It seems that whenever Marianne Vos puts a race number on these days, she triumphs. Stage 2 of the Ladies Tour of Norway was her third consecutive win in a mass-start race after stage 1 and the PostNord Vrgrda WestSweden Road Race. Vos looked exhausted after a difficult uphill sprint in the rain where she had to close a gap to Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Canyon-SRAM). And before that, Vos had to be attentive for four laps of the finishing circuit in Sarpsborg as Team Sunweb tried to break race apart. "The finishing laps were pretty hard with all the action. A lot of attacks, up and down. You had to be careful because of the rain, but you also had to sprint out of every corner. Sunweb did a really good job. They were strong yesterday already, and again today, so it was not easy to stay in control."ADVERTISEMENT Contrary to her wins on stage 1 and in Vrgrda where she opened up very early, Vos waited for a long time before she started her sprint today. This was a wise decision on the uphill finish. "Already at the bonus sprint, I noticed that if you go early, it is a long way up. So I knew I had to wait a little longer. Kasia Niewiadoma went quite early, I tried to get her wheel again and wait as long as possible. Then it was still 150 metres to go, but I could hold it to the line." For the second day in a row, it was Emilia Fahlin (Wiggle High5) who finished as runner-up to Vos. The Swedish champion admitted that she was not feeling great in the final, but a strong pull by her teammate Kirsten Wild put her in a position to contest the sprint. "I was hanging on for dear life on the circuit. Elisa Longo Borghini covered the groups that went, then Kirsten Wild brought me to the front for the sprint. In the rain, it was hard to see everything, and you did not want to be in the wind too early. I saw Marianne jumping to the wheel of Niewiadoma. They had a bit of a gap, and Kasia ended up giving Marianne a nice lead-out. I tried to close it, but it was not possible." You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Late crash ruins Kung's overall aspirations at BinckBank Tour
August 18, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
All week long, avoiding crashes was the order of the day. The BinckBank Tour was always likely to be decided on its final weekend, and for riders like Stefan Kng, the flat, fraught kilometres that led to this point were all about staying upright and remaining in contention. After winning the stage 2 time trial, Kng rode impeccably for the remainder of the week to reach the pivotal stages in third place overall. And then, just as a bike race was breaking out, the BMC riders hopes of overall victory were dashed on the punchy finishing circuit in Sittard-Geleen on Saturday afternoon, when he went down in a crash with a little over 15km remaining. By the time Kng mounted a replacement bike, there was little to be done, and he came home more than three minutes down on stage winner Gregor Muhlberger, dropping from third to 36th in general classification.ADVERTISEMENT "I'm not entirely sure what happened in the crash. We were on a downhill right-hand corner and I think my wheel slipped, its hard to explain, but suddenly I was on the ground and unfortunately my bike was broken so the race for me was over," Kng said afterwards. "Thankfully I am OK, but it was a pity to lose a chance like I had at this race especially when you are feeling good." Groupama-FDJ Already winner of two stages at the Tour de Suisse in June, Kng was looking to sign off on his tenure at BMC with a maiden stage race victory as a professional. He confirmed at the beginning of August that he will ride for Groupama-FDJ in 2018, bringing an end to a six-year spell with BMC, beginning with their now-defunct development squad in 2013 and continuing with the WorldTour set-up since 2015. "I needed a new challenge, I felt that since the beginning of the year," Kng told Cyclingnews earlier this week of his decision to move to Groupama-FDJ. "I think with Groupama, its a really nice fit. I speak the language really well, so that wasn't an issue. It's a great team, one that is growing with the arrival of the new sponsor, Groupama. They have good plans and Im excited to be a part of their future. Its a good move for me. Its going to be a new challenge, a new team, a new philosophy and Im looking forward to that next year." You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Wellens: It was difficult to make a difference
August 18, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
The absence of the Ardennes from the parcours of this years BinckBank Tour might have limited Tim Wellens prospects of final overall victory, but although the terrain wasnt exactly tailored to his measurements, the Belgian tried on a searing attack for size in the closing kilometres of stage 6 in Sittard-Geleen. The stage was billed as a sort of Amstel Gold Race-lite, with the road dipping and rising constantly as the peloton wound it way through the rippling hills of Limburg for the afternoon. Wellens first produced a sharp acceleration on the Schatsberg to pare down the front group, before he went clear alone on the Windraak with a little over 8km remaining, opening a lead of 13 seconds. Zdenek Stybar (Quick-Step) was the first to bridge across to Wellens, followed in time by Dylan van Baarle (Team Sky), Gregor Muhlberger (Bora-Hansgrohe) and Max Schachmann (Quick-Step). This quintet led the race into the final kilometre, where Muhlberger produced a canny attack to claim a surprising stage win. Wellens, the day's primary aggressor, had to settle for winning the sprint for second place, 3 seconds behind the Austrian.ADVERTISEMENT "When I was solo, it was looking good, I had a good advantage but then Stybar came back and we were looking a bit at each other. We were a little bit afraid of each other," Wellens told Cyclingnews as he sat on the steps of the Lotto Soudal bus afterwards. "The others came back and there we were five of us. Then the Bora got a little bit lucky and he got away. The feelings were very good, but it was difficult to get a big gap." Wellens won the BinckBank Tour " then known as the Eneco Tour " in 2014 and 2015, forging overall victory on each occasion with stage victory in the Ardennes, at La Redoute and Houffalize, respectively. For good measure, he won in Houffalize last year en route to second place overall, but this year's truncated route has rather complicated his task. "For me it's very difficult, because the stage I win every year isn't on the route anymore. It's hard to make the difference. I think if today was the Ardennes stage, I would have been close because I have really good legs," Wellens said. "But its like that, and you do what you can." Worlds and Canada You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Lefevere on Terpstra departure: If one goes away, another steps up
August 18, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Niki Terpstra was perhaps the perfect prototype of a Quick-Step Floors rider, a man whose obvious ambition never quite teetered into selfishness. He was, as manager Patrick Lefevere put it this spring, an individualist who doubled as a team player. During his eight-year tenure at Quick-Step, Terpstra, winner of Paris-Roubaix in 2014 and the Tour of Flanders this season, was rarely shy of suitors willing to make him an outright leader on another team, but he had always preferred to stay put " until now. On Thursday, Direct Energie announced that they had secured Terpstras services for 2019 and 2020. Terpstras departure from Quick-Step was perhaps less surprising than his final destination, but, as he told De Telegraaf, the contract offered by the French Continental team was simply one he could not turn down.ADVERTISEMENT Although Quick-Steps future is guaranteed for 2019, Lefeveres team is still searching for a title sponsor. The Belgian was unable to promise that could meet Terpstras salary expectations for next season, and he could understand the riders decision to take his talents to the Vende. Its life. When there is a budget, there is a budget. If we dont have enough money in the budget then we cant pay him, and its over, Lefevere told Cyclingnews in Riemst on Saturday. When Terpstra signed for Quick-Step from Milram at the end of 2010, he reportedly forsook the chance of a higher salary elsewhere because his mind was set on joining Tom Boonens cohort on the most successful Classics team of the era. As a 26-year-old rider, it was a punt worth taking. Now in the latter phase of his career, Terpstras decision-making was, understandably, driven more obviously by economics. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Van Avermaet downplays prospects of repeating Rio success at Innsbruck Worlds
August 17, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
All season long, it seems, Greg Van Avermaet is always up there. The Belgian may not have landed a Classic victory in 2018, but amid all the questions as to whether Gouden Greg's imperial phase had passed, his sheer consistency throughout the Spring was somewhat overlooked, as he knitted together top-five finishes at the Tour of Flanders, Paris-Roubaix and E3 Harelbeke. There was precious little respite thereafter, save for a couple of weeks of rest after overall victory at May's Tour de Yorkshire. At the Tour de France in July, Van Avermaet spent more than a week in the maillot jaune and came within inches of a stage win in Roubaix. The two weekends after La Grande Boucle saw him take 4th at the Clasica San Sebastian and then ride the European Championships in Glasgow. That same night, he caught a plane to the Netherlands to report for duty for the BinckBank Tour. It has been, by any measure, a most exacting schedule.ADVERTISEMENT "I tried to recover as good as possible in the days up to now. I did an OK time trial on Tuesday, I think, and that was the hardest stage because it was only two days after the European Championships," Van Avermaet told Cyclingnews in Sint-Pieters-Leeuw on Friday. "I hope to do a good final weekend here, that's the thing. Hopefully, I can move up on GC and maybe win a stage. I think the parcours is not really super good for me, but I'll try as best as possible." Van Avermaet enters the final two days of the BinckBank Tour in 24th place, some 58 seconds down on overall leader Matej Mohoric (Bahrain-Merida). A repeat of his podium finish of 2015 seems unlikely, but Sunday's final stage over the Muur and Bosberg is tailored perfectly to his talents. "The last day is maybe the hardest one so I'll try to have a good day there," Van Avermaet said. Worlds You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Sunweb take heart from Ladies Tour of Norway TTT ahead of Worlds defence
August 17, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
On Thursday evening, Team Sunweb were the fastest team over the 24.3-kilometre Ladies Tour of Norway team time trial, a stand-alone event before the three-day race starting Friday 17 August. Sports director Hans Timmermans was happy with the result and confident in his team's strength looking forward to the defence of their World Championships TTT title in September. The six-rider team - consisting ofLucinda Brand, Leah Kirchmann, Liane Lippert, Floortje Mackaij, Coryn Rivera and Ruth Winder - won convincingly, beating Mitchelton-Scott by 38 seconds and Cervlo-Bigla by 1:09. "The six riders made the difference, but we have 10 very strong riders who can come in and compete," said Timmermans. "The whole team works together like a machine. After doing the reconnaissance twice, we knew that it would be a difficult TTT. We executed it well, using the particular strengths of our riders."ADVERTISEMENT The Team Sunweb riders also received a special prize on the podium - one that is not unusual for Norwegian races. 15 kilograms of salmon were awarded to the winning team, and Team Sunweb got another 10kg on top of that as they were also the fastest up the finishing climb to the Fredriksten fortress. This will likely keep the team fuelled for a while. Amanda Spratt and her Mitchelton-Scott team finished second in the TTT, and the Australian took comfort from the team's progress in the discipline. "We wanted to challenge our pacing. We had lost 20 seconds to Sunweb at the first time check, but from there to the finish, we only lost another 17 seconds. That gives us some good points to work on," Spratt said. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Tour de France winner Geraint Thomas to return to racing at Deutschland Tour
August 17, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Tour de France winner Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) will return to racing at next week's Deutschland Tour (August 23-26), lining up alongside Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb), Romain Bardet (AG2R-La Mondiale) and Marcel Kittel (Katusha-Alpecin) as the German national tour returns after a 10-year hiatus sparked by doping scandals in the sport. Thomas rode a series of post-Tour de France criteriums after riding into Paris in yellow on July 29. He was given a public reception in Cardiff last week but recently began training, with Team Sky confirming that he will ride the Tour of Britain, which starts in Pembrey Country Park, Wales, on September 2. On Friday local officials announced that the Newport velodrome would be renamed the Geraint Thomas National Velodrome of Wales in recognition of Thomas becoming the first Welshman to win the Tour de France. Thomas is expected to sign a lucrative new contract with Team Sky despite receiving several offers from rival WorldTour teams keen to sign the Tour de France winner.ADVERTISEMENT Last year Thomas won the opening time trial at the Tour de France in Dusseldorf. The Deutschland Tour starts in Koblenz, with subsequent stages to Trier, Merzig and Stuttgart that are suited to sprint finishes and rouleurs. He is expected to be backed by German domestique Christian Knees, Wout Poels, Philipe Deignan, Kenny Elissonde, David Lopez and Pavel Sivakov. "Ive won Bayern-Rundfahrt twice and I really enjoy racing in Germany. Its a lovely country and I really enjoy going there. It will be great to race the Deutschland Tour. I went to see my coach Tim Kerrison after the Tour and we outlined the Deutschland Tour as a great race to make my comeback. Im looking forward to it,"Thomas said when race organisers ASO confirmed Thomas presence. 11 WorldTour teams will ride the Deutschland Tour, including Team Sunweb, Bora-Hansgrohe, BMC Racing, Lotto Soudal, Katusha-Alpecin, Bahrain-Merida and Dimension Data. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Trek-Segafredo plan comes together as Stuyven denies sprinters at BinckBank Tour
August 16, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Ardooie has a population of 9,161, and it felt as though most of their number were rushing along Stationstraat to offer their congratulations to Trek-Segafredo directeur sportif Dirk Demol after Jasper Stuyven won stage 4 of the BinckBank Tour. Demol is a resident of Ardooie, and the finish is a staple of the BinckBank (and formerly Eneco) Tour. Every year, the Belgian makes a point of having his team target victory in the stage but until Stuyven powered off the front of the peloton with a little over a kilometre to go here, the homecoming had always fallen flat. "I live here so of course for me it's almost like the World Championships if I go home with a nice result," a beaming Demol told Cyclingnews. "It's never easy because it's almost always a top sprinter who wins here. With the team we have here, we realised that if there was a pure sprint, we would have no chance. We talked about it for the last two or three days.ADVERTISEMENT "I try to be there for all the riders but I said, 'Boys, I want something special from you. I live here so please make sure I can come back home with a result.' I'm super happy." The Trek-Segafredo tactics were straightforward, but the simplest plans tend to be the most difficult to execute. Putting a mass of red jerseys on the front on the final lap of the finishing circuit was easier said than done, but Ryan Mullen and Mads Pedersen led the charge for Trek. When Stuyven made his acceleration, they sat up and allowed a gap to develop. "We talked about the chicane with one kilometre to go," Demol said. "We had to do it with four or five riders in front and then leave a gap. Then you just have to sprint all the way to the finish line and it worked. It's always nice when someone from the team wins, and it's even better when you make a plan and it works out. And it's my hometown, so it's super nice." Big future You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Ganna's 2020 vision for Tokyo expected to include a Team Sky focus
August 16, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Filippo Ganna has toggled between track and road in recent years, claiming a brace of world titles in the individual pursuit while finding his feet in the WorldTour ranks in the colours of UAE Team Emirates. It is a balancing act that will continue at least until the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, where Ganna hopes to strike gold as part of Italy's increasingly competitive team pursuit squad, while also racing on the road, probably with Team Sky, after La Gazzetta dello Sport said his move to the British team is a mere formality. "I think it's the number one objective for me in the coming years," Ganna told Cyclingnews, refusing to confirm a move to Team Sky. "We have targeted it and we're working to do what we can together. We're hoping that in the final build-up we'll be able to do a nice block of work to get there in form." Mixing the boards and the road is never straightforward but Ganna has something of a role model to follow in the shape of fellow countryman Elia Viviani, who claimed gold in the omnium at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games and who may very well be part of the Italian pursuit quartet in Japan, while bring a successful sprinter on the road.ADVERTISEMENT A year and a half before the 2016 Games, Viviani decided to sign for Team Sky, reasoning that it was the best environment in which to combine his track and road ambitions. Ganna seems set to follow a similar build-up to Tokyo 2020 by switching to Team Sky at the end of this season. Viviani has since moved from Team Sky to Quick-Step Floors to ensure more freedom in road races but has no regrets about dividing his career between the road and track. Ganna agreed that Viviani's commitment has served as something of an inspiration. "We've got two different styles, obviously, because he's a sprinter and I'm a passista, a rouleur, but he has managed to be competitive on the road and the track," Ganna said. "We'll just have to see how I develop over the coming years and how I work with my team." Overcoming the odds You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Alaphilippe, Bardet, Pinot, Barguil named in France's World Championships longlist
August 16, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
France will have one of the strongest line-ups for the UCI Road World Championshipswith Julian Alaphilippe, Romain Bardet, Thibaut Pinot, and Warren Barguil all named in the country's longlist for next month's event in Austria. With nearly 5,000 metres of elevation gain across the 265-kilometre road race course, the 2018 Worlds is widely considered one for the climbers, and France has them in abundance. Alaphilippe won two mountain stages of this year's Tour de France and won the polka-dot jersey for best climber, emulating Barguil's achievements in the previous edition. Alaphilippe is also a specialist in the hilly one-day classics, winning La Flche Wallonne and the Clsica San Sebastin this year.ADVERTISEMENT Bardet had a disappointing July, finishing sixth overall at the Tour de France after podiums in the two previous editions, but he remains France's leading Grand Tour rider. The 27-year-old also has one-day pedigree, finishing second at Strade Bianche and third at Lige-Bastogne-Lige this year, and fourth at Il Lombardia in 2016. Pinot, who has also finished on the podium of the Tour de France and Il Lombardia, won the Tour of the Alps this year, where one of the stages took in three laps of the circuit to be used in the Worlds, featuring the Olympia climb. Bardet has also been to recon the course since the Tour de France. With eight places up for grabs, 13 have been named in France's longlist. The others are: Lilian Calmejane, Kenny Elissonde, Tony Gallopin, Cyril Gautier, Guillaume Martin, Rudy Molard, Anthony Perez, Pierre Rolland, and French champion Anthony Roux. For the time trial, Alexis Gougeard has been named alongside Yoann Paillot. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Phinney and Martinez lead EF Education First-Drapac at Colorado Classic
August 15, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Taylor Phinney and Daniel Martinez will lead the EF Education First-Drapac squad at the second edition of the Colorado Classic. Stagiaire Jose Neves will make his debut in team colours with Nate Brown, Hugh Carthy and Joe Dombrowski completing the line-up. Based in Boulder, the four-day event is the team's home race. It begins on August 16 and is centred around Vail and Denver, with the high-altitude time trial in Vail one of the key stages. Both Phinney and Martinez have enjoyed a short break from racing following the Tour de France in July. It was a turbulent Tour that saw the team lose their general classification contender, Rigoberto Uran, in the second week. Martinez contested the Clasica San Sebastian before heading home to Colombia for some rest and recuperation.ADVERTISEMENT "I'm anticipating a competitive race," Martinez in a team press release. "The legs are feeling good, and I think the team can ride well this week." Phinney has not raced since the Tour while he recovered from a broken nose that he suffered when he crashed in the final kilometres of the penultimate stage. The injury was such that he was unable to fly with the team to the final stage in Paris. Phinney grew up in Colorado and is looking forward to racing at home, but is unsure how he'll fair with little training since completing the Tour de France. "I have a solid two days of training in the legs heading into this race, on top of three weeks of the Tour de France, so I'm not sure what to expect " but my face is fine. My nose has a bit of chicane in it but it's hardly noticeable," said Phinney. "I get a little nervous thinking about racing in Colorado, which is a good thing, I think. I'm excited. I'm happy to see the race branch out of Denver with two stages in Vail. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Mohoric: I respect the cobbles, but I don't fear them
August 15, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
After doing so much of the heavy lifting to ensure the surprise success of the break on stage 3 of the BinckBank Tour, fourth place initially felt like a scant reward for Matej Mohoric. As the Bahrain-Merida rider wheeled to a halt in Antwerp, however, it gradually became apparent that he would receive the considerable consolation of moving into the green jersey of race leader. "I always had the general classification in the back of my mind beside the stage victory. I still focused on the stage win, but I knew it was going to be quite hard as the other guys knew I was the strongest because I pulled the most to arrive to the finish with the biggest gap possible," Mohoric said just past the finish line on Desguinlei. Mohoric was the driving force behind the five-man break that upset the sprinters by coming in 1:11 clear of the peloton. The Slovenian attacked to pick up 9 seconds during the trio of 'Golden Kilometre' bonus sprints in the finale and then kicked three more times on the run-in. Taco van der Hoorn (Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij) would ultimately clip away for the stage victory, however, and Mohoric risked coming away empty-handed when Sean De Bie (Veranda's Willems-Crelan) pipped him to third place on the stage and the final bonus seconds.ADVERTISEMENT "In the final, I tried to go with the Roompot guy when he attacked but I couldn't close the gap," Mohoric said. "I thought that Sean De Bie would do a long sprint, but he decided to target me and sprint for second place afterwards, which is fine. But I think I might just still get the jersey." Indeed, as Mohoric spoke at the finish, his Bahrain-Merida entourage were performing the mental arithmetic to establish whether he or De Bie would be called to the podium. A discreet nod from a soigneur confirmed that he would take over from Stefan Kng (BMC) atop the overall standings. Mohoric starts stage 4 with a lead of one second over De Bie, with Kng a further 21 seconds back in third. The BinckBank Tour's first stage on Belgian roads was expected to finish in a bunch sprint, but when Kng's BMC team handed over the reins at the head of the peloton, there was a marked hesitancy among the sprinters' teams. On reaching the finishing circuit with 25km to go, Mohoric and company still had almost three minutes in hand, and the combined might of Quick-Step Floors, LottoNL-Jumbo and Mitchelton-Scott could not peg them back. GC and Classics You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Bronzini to retire, join Teutenberg as directeur sportif with Trek
August 15, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Italian Giorgia Bronzini has decided to call an end to her storied 16-year-long cycling career and will take up a position as directeur sportif with the new Trek women's team in 2019. She will work side by side with former German rival Ina Teutenberg in the team. Bronzini has amassed over 80 victories on the road and the track, including two UCI Road World Championship titles (2010 and 2011) and the Points Race World Championship in 2009. She has won stages of the Giro Rosa, Route de France, Tour of Qatar, the Amgen Women's Race and most recently the Tour of Chongming Island. The 35-year-old had contemplated retiring after the 2016 UCI Road World Championships, but renewed with Wiggle-High5 for 2017. But Bronzini said in the Trek press release that the time was right.ADVERTISEMENT "I am retiring from the races because I feel now is the time," Bronzini said. "I really still enjoy the racing, but what I am finding heavy is all the training." Bronzini moved from Wiggle-High5 to the Cylance team this season, but began her post-career planning earlier this year, signing up to take the UCI training to be a directeur sportif this December. In April, Bronzini told Cyclingnews she was still not fully decided on what to do after she stopped racing, saying that careers in the restaurant or hospitality industries were an option. Although Bronzini and Teutenberg often went head-to-head in sprints, Bronzini was looking forward to working with the German at the newly formed squad. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Lefevere: We have a team for 2019 but sponsor hunt continues
August 15, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
It speaks volumes that a team sitting on 54 wins this season is struggling to find a title sponsor for 2019, but thats exactly the position Patrick Lefevere and his Quick-Step Floors squad find themselves in. The Belgian outfit have been almost all-conquering in 2018, striking at an extraordinary rate of almost one win every four days throughout this calendar year. Not only have they demonstrated consistency, but they have also triumphed in the Tour of Flanders, La Flche Wallonne, Lige-Bastogne-Lige, the Tour de France, Giro dItalia, and, most recently, in San Sebastin. Theres quality within the quantity. At present, Lefevere has enough liquidity to keep the team going for at least another season, even if they dont find a new title sponsor for 2019. Quick-Step have invested three years of secondary sponsorship, while Lefevere is genuinely toying with the idea of putting his Wolfpack handle on the jersey in the aim of building a franchise not determined by the whim of sponsorship contracts.ADVERTISEMENT "That idea started as a joke but since then its become bigger and it seems that people like it," he toldCyclingnews after returning to work after a brief summer vacation. "The riders like it but to say that if we dont find a sponsor then well be called Wolfpack-QuickStep, then while it doesnt sound bad, I cant confirm it today." Lefevere has been managing teams for a period stretching through three decades. He has aligned himself with the Quick-Step brand since 2003 and has worked with a litany of cycling greats, including Tom Boonen, Mark Cavendish and most recently the young duo of Fernando Gaviria and Julian Alaphilippe. Contacts and deadlines You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Katie Hall signs with Boels Dolmans
August 14, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
The Boels Dolmans team announced the signing of American Katharine 'Katie' Hall, winner of this year's Amgen Women's Race, Tour of the Gila and Joe Martin Stage Race. The 31-year-old climber is joined by former speedskater Eva Buurman on the new additions list for the team. "I had a successful season in the US this year, and I am excited to make the jump to Europe with Boels-Dolmans," Hall said in the team's press release. "I know the transition to Europe can be challenging but this team's strength, support, and experience will set me up for success." Hall turned professional with UnitedHealthcare in 2014, having raced in the collegiate ranks while pursuing an advanced degree in Molecular Toxicology at UC Berkeley. She has steadily risen through the ranks, winning a stage of the Internationale Thringen Rundfahrt in 2015. Hall won the queen stage of the Tour Femenino de San Luis in 2015 and repeated in 2016 en route to the overall victory.ADVERTISEMENT She also won the mountains classification in the Aviva Women's Tour in 2016 and in the Tour de Feminin this season and looks to demonstrate her prowess on the climbs with the team and directeur sportif Danny Stam. "My ambitions are to be the best team member I can be and to meaningfully attack other teams' best climbers in the hills and mountains and to put them under real pressure," Hall said. "I want to create opportunities for my teammates and to capitalize on opportunities that arise for me." Buurman comes across from Trek-Drops. A former speed skater, Buurman won the best young rider classification of the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race and has earned six top-ten places throughout the season. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Vichot to Vital Concept - Transfer Shorts
August 14, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Vital Concept have continued to hoover up WorldTour talent with the signing of Arthur Vichot from Groupama-FDJ. The 29-year-old has penned a two-year deal with the Breton squad, who have already snapped up Pierre Rolland and Cyril Gautier from the top tier of cycling. Vital Concept was set up by former rider Jerome Pineau and made its debut this season. They had hoped to gain entry into the Tour de France at the first time of asking but failed to earn the necessary wildcard. Their approach to the transfer window appears to have the Tour in mind. Former French national champion, Vichot has been a regular in FDJ's Tour line-up since turning professional with the team in 2010. Vichot, 29, said that the team's youth attracted him, calling it a 'breath of fresh air'.ADVERTISEMENT ''The nature of the project and its youth appeal to me," he said. "As soon as it was born, the Vital Concept Cycling Club emitted a seductive image and the team was envied. In the peloton, their jersey stands out and everything that is built around brings a breath of fresh air. ''We've been in contact with Jrme for a while, and his vision of cycling is what I want. He trusts me and I want to give him back by continuing to win races, being successful all season long and bringing my experience to the group.' Tratnik to Bahrain-Merida Bahrain-Merida have signed Jan Tratnik from the CCC-Sprandi Polkowice team to bolster their engine room in time trials and the spring classics. Astana sign Ballerini Tiller turns pro with Dimension Data Anthony Turgis to ride for Direct Energie in 2019 You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Mark Cavendish to miss Arctic Race of Norway
August 14, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Dimension Data will head to the Arctic Race of Norway without sprinter Mark Cavendish, despite the Manxman being announced as a headliner by the race organisation last week. Cavendish missed the European Championships after being advised by his medical team to not race because of unspecified "unfortunate injuries". Dimension Data confirmed that Cavendish will skip Norway but gave no further details. "An update on Mark's return to racing will be given in due course," the team announced.ADVERTISEMENT Cavendish finished 12th in the Prudential RideLondon after being eliminated from the Tour de France on stage 11, missing the time cut on a brutal mountain stage along with teammate Mark Renshaw and Katusha-Alpecin's Marcel Kittel. Bernard Eisel will replace Cavendish, continuing his return from a subdural hematoma, having raced the Tour de Pologne last week. He is joined by Mekseb Debesay, Jacques Janse van Rensburg and two trainees Kent Main and Connor Swift. Main, 22, comes from the Dimension Data continental squad, while Swift, the British national champion, joins the squad from Madison Genesis. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Riding HiRide's semi-active suspension system for road bikes
August 13, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
This article first appeared on BikeRadar. With technologies such as disc brakes and tubeless tyres rapidly becoming the norm on road bikes, is it feasible that suspension could be the next big thing for those who stay on the road? BikeRadar recently headed across to Milan, Italy, to visit suspension experts HiRide and try out a road bike equipped with its ESAS semi-active suspension system.ADVERTISEMENT Full-suspension gravel bike breaks cover in Taipei Why the next-gen adventure road bike is a mountain bike in disguise HiRides ESAS suspension system in detail HiRide's ESAS system fitted to a Pinarello K10S frame With ESAS, HiRide claims to have launched the first electronic suspension system for road bikes. Pitched at the road, gravel and cyclocross market, the system is currently available exclusively through Pinarellos Dogma K10S road bike. Paris-Roubaix proven Do road bikes really need suspension? HiRide ESAS suspension system first ride impressions You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Tour of Utah hoping to move back another week next year
August 13, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
The Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah will return for 2019 with tentative dates of August 12-18, moving back another week on the calendar after a similar move this year. The race is still waiting for UCI approval of the date change. If approved, the change would also affect the Colorado Classic, which this year runs the week after Utah. "We're just looking at how the calendar is lining up, and those are the dates we were told are going to be open," Tour of Utah Executive Manager John Kimball told Cyclingnews following the final press conference on Sunday. "So, again, we'll wait to hear from them so we can make that an official call."ADVERTISEMENT The 2018 Tour of Utah moved back a week in the calendar in hopes of attracting more WorldTour teams after division 1 participation slipped to just one team in 2017 from a high of six in 2014. With new dates this year, the race attracted five WorldTour teams. More distance from the Tour de France might allow more teams to consider the race. "We really hope so," Kimball said. "We love having the race open like this and being in the division we're at because we love to see young riders from all the different categories competing against the top guys. As many WorldTour teams as we can attract is fantastic. "We hope the further away it makes it a little easier and it lets them prepare for the Vuelta and other things," Kimball said, "but it's fantastic to hear that they love to come to Utah." You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Adam Yates changes plans and heads to Vuelta a Espana
August 13, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
After a disappointing Tour de France, Adam Yates will seek redemption in Spain as he changes his plans to join his twin brother Simon at the Vuelta a Espaa later this month. While Simon had always been scheduled to ride the Giro d'Italia and Vuelta a Espaa this year, Adam was the designated leader for the Tour de France, with both set to play leading roles in the British team for the hilly World Championships road race in Austria in September. Adam Yates' hopes of bettering his fourth-place finish from the 2016 Tour went out of the window, however, as he fell out of contention on the second day in the Alps. He bounced back to hunt stages in the Pyrenees and was on course to win stage 16, only to crash on the descent of the Col de Portillon.ADVERTISEMENT On Monday, the Mitchelton-Scott team announced the 26-year-old, who hasn't raced since the Tour, would be sent to the Vuelta, insisting a "long-term focus" lay behind the decision. "We discussed post Tour de France the idea to race Adam as well. Obviously the Tour de France wasnt what wed hoped for Adam, but what it did highlight is that there are some things to work on, with him but also for the whole team in general," said sport director Julian Dean. "The idea is to continue the development of Adam and Simon by taking them both to the Vuelta, giving them another Grand Tour experience and trying to target the areas that we haven't got right, including getting some consistency across the three weeks." You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Van Aert disappointed with bronze in European Championships
August 12, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
World cyclo-cross champion Wout van Aert proved yet again he can compete in major road races at the European Championships, even though he was disappointed to take the bronze medal behind title winner Matteo Trentin (Italy) and cyclo-cross rival Mathieu van der Poel (Netherlands), after the rain-soaked 230km race in Glasgow. Van Aert was part of the decisive move that formed in the final 50km of racing but was unable to come around Trentin in the sprint. "I'm really disappointed. I really thought that I could win right up to a few metres before the finish, van Aert told Het Nieuwsblad soon after the race. "I didn't manage to get past him and that's why I'm disappointed. A medal is nice but Im still find it a disappointment."ADVERTISEMENT Van Aert shared leadership of the Belgian team with Greg van Avermaet and Jasper Stuyven. He was to go with the attacks in the finale after Belgian worked to make their rivals suffer, while van Avermaet waited for the final two laps. When Nico Denz of Germany kicked off the finale of the race with 50km to go, van Aert made sure he was there, with teammate Xandro Meurisse giving vital support. "We didnt have our fastest riders in the team and so we had to take on the race. None of the sprinters were there in the finale and so our tactics were right," van Aert argued. Back to cyclo-cross training You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Peter Sagan abandons road race at European Championships
August 12, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Peter Saganwas forced to pull out of the men's road race at the European Championships held on Sunday, August 12 in Glasgow. The world champion was hunting his second title, after winning the race two years ago, but told the press ahead of the race that he was feeling ill and then later said that he was still suffering from his injuries sustained in a crash at the Tour de France. "I was not in good shape and I still have a lot of pain from the crash at the Tour de France," said Sagan, who crashed on a descent during stage 17 of the French Grand Tour. "It was a very technical circuit [in Glasgow], and it was hard, and in the end, well, I still have a lot of pain in my back and my hip. I think I need more time to recover from that crash."ADVERTISEMENT Sagan started the race as a favourite for the sprinter-friendly event. The men competed 16 laps of an undulating 14.4-kilometre-long circuit, for a total of 230.4km. "The course was OK, it was wet roads and a very technical circuit, but if you have no legs, for that circuit, than you need to be in good shape." In Glasgow, Sagan was up against other favourites; Kristoff, Greg Van Avermaet, Elia Viviani and John Degenkolb, all racing for their respective national teams. Sagan was caught out behind a split in the field as Belgium accelerated over a rise. Norway set a quick pace to protect their defending champion Alexander Kristoff, however, Sagan eased up and then subsequently pulled out of the race with 86km, six laps to the finish. He had also suffered a flat tire earlier in the race but was able to get back on. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Boels Dolmans celebrate third Vargarda TTT success
August 12, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Boels Dolmans fought through the rain to win the PostNord Vrgrda West Sweden team time trial on Saturday, posting a time of 53:07 minutes for the 42.5 kilometre course, just 28 seconds slower than their victory in the sun in 2017. Road world champion Chantal Blaak was part of the winning team and explained how trust between the riders was one of the keys to victory. It was wet for sure. But everyone had the same conditions and had to deal with the wet circumstances. To be honest, I prefer the rain instead of the wind from Friday, because there we were almost blown off the road," she said.ADVERTISEMENT "It is always hard to ride a team time trial in the rain because you cannot see much, so it is important that you trust each other. The key in a TTT is to keep it smooth all the way, it was hard from the beginning to the end, but we never lost our rhythm. We also did the climb and the corners in the end pretty well. Leah Kirchmann was part of the Team Sunweb squad that finished 16 seconds slower than Boels Dolmans. She also did not mind the rain so much. We did not win, but we are happy with how we executed our race, the Canadian said. The conditions were pretty epic, you could not really see a lot, it was raining so hard. Personally, I was kind of happy to finally not be so hot after this heat wave in Europe. So the rain was a little bit welcome, but you definitely had to be more careful in the corners. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Van Avermaet ready to take on Sagan, Viviani and Kristoff at European Championships
August 11, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Greg van Avermaet(BMC) has named himself as leader of the Belgian team for Sunday's road race at the UEC European Championships in Glasgow, insisting he is not afraid to go mano a mano with Peter Sagan and ride aggressively to avoid a sprint finish that would favour defending champion Alexander Kristoff and Italy's Elia Viviani. "The jersey is a major goal," he told Het Nieuwsblad, promising to wear black shorts with the mostly white jersey if he manages to win the 16-lap 230km race in the Glasgow city centre circuit. "The shape is good. I have come out of the Tour de France and have recovered from the Clasica San Sebastian which is on a difficult course. My form can't have gone after just a week and I got a course that seems tailored made for me. I'm very motivated to make the best of it on Sunday."ADVERTISEMENT In 2016, again two weeks after the Tour de France, Van Avermaet was on form and won the gold medal at the Rio Olympic Games. "In the Tour you always go a bit deeper than you can go in training and that makes for a super compensation two weeks later. I hope the same scenario repeats itself, that's why the title European is a goal," he explained. With so many important WorldTour races in August, van Avermaet had to push hard to get permission from his BMC team to target the European Championships. Thanks to a special charter flight organised by the BinckBank Tour organisers, he and several other riders will fly to Netherlands on Sunday night, in time to ride Monday's opening stage to Bolsward north of Amsterdam and the remaining six stages in the weeklong WorldTour stage race. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Bouhanni set to ride Vuelta a Espana despite quitting the Tour de Pologne
August 11, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Nacer Bouhannis complicated season continued at the Tour de Pologne, with the French sprinter forced to abandon the WorldTour stage race after stage 5 due to gastroenteritis. Cofidis team management, however, are confident that he will be able to recover in time for the Vuelta a Espaa, his major objective for the final part of the 2018 season. Bouhanni's failure to secure a place in the Cofidis team for the Tour de France was enshrouded in controversy after a series of well-publicized disagreements. Bouhanni told Cyclingnews at the start of the Tour de Pologne that he was building his form steadily and was looking forward to the Vuelta a Espaa, where he had won stages in 2014. However he struggled to compete in the three bunch sprints at the Tour de Pologne, with his best result 13th on stage 1 in Krakow.ADVERTISEMENT Cofidis directeur sportif Roberto Damiani said that Bouhannis latest exit was in no way planned but should not affect his participation in the upcoming Vuelta a Espaa, which start on Saturday, August 25 in southern Spain. "It wasnt expected, but after the first couple of stages he could barely eat and he had real problems with gastro. So we decided not to take any risks because he was really not well and the Vuelta a Espaa is barely 15 days away," Damiani told Cyclingnews on the final day of the race. "The idea was to do these last two stages and work on his endurance. But if youre ill and you're working on your endurance, you can end up doing yourself a lot more damage. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Tour of Utah: Reijnen overcomes illness to fight in Salt Lake City sprint
August 11, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Kiel Reijnen (Trek-Segafredo) came to the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah with high hopes of adding to the stage wins he claimed here in 2015 and 2016, but his plans went awry when he was hit by sinus infection earlier in the week. The 32-year-old American won the opening stage of the race in 2015 with UnitedHealthcare and returned the following year with Trek-Segafredo to take stage 5 in Bountiful. Reijnen missed the race last year, so after a long spring of working hard for his teammates in Europe, he was looking forward to racing for stage wins in Utah this year. I put a lot into preparing for this race because its always one that suits me, Reijnen said. I definitely came here with intentions of winning a stage, but then I came down with a sinus infection somewhere between the prologue and the first stage. It was really poorly timed, but sometimes thats life, and I think I had to reset my expectations after that.ADVERTISEMENT Reijnen finished fifth in the stage 1 bunch kick in Cedar City on a finishing circuit that normally would have suited his skills. He finished 10th in the bunch kick at the end of stage 3 in Layton City as UnitedHealthcares Travis McCabe claimed his second stage win of the 2018 race and moved into the record books as the races most prolific winner. Reijnen kicked it up a couple of notches on Friday in Salt Lake City, finishing third to Jasper Philipsen (Hagens Berman Axeon) and McCabe on the difficult urban circuit with an uphill finish. Reijnen finished with the same time as Philipsen and McCabe, but the lead pair had pulled away from Reijnen and the bunch by the line and were clearly a peg above the rest of the sprinters in Utah. Today it was clear that I wasnt sprinting for the win, and thats really disappointing, Reijnen said.But I also wanted to do as much as I could because the guys were really good those first two days looking after me. They put a lot of faith in me even though I was sick, so I tried to pay that back a bit. A different stage dynamic Suffering before riding the Vuelta a Espana You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Kwiatkowski savours Tour de Pologne victory after courageous final defence
August 11, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
History turned full circle for Michal Kwiatkowski (Team Sky) at the Tour de Pologne after the Pole managed to secure overall success on the same finish where he lost the race six years ago. In 2012, Kwiatkowski lost to Italys Moreno Moser in Bukowina, eventually finishing second overall place. This time despite a dangerous late attack by Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott), the Pole limited any time loss, finishing sixth at the line and so kept the leaders yellow jersey by 14 seconds. It was a narrow margin, but enough of a gap to seal the Team Sky rider's first ever victory in his countrys biggest stage race, which also came with two stage wins at Szczyrk, where he took the lead, and Bielsko-Biala.ADVERTISEMENT The Tour de Pologne is Kwiatkowskis second WorldTour stage race win after taking Tirreno-Adriatico this spring. His success and his form bodes well for his upcoming participation in the Vuelta a Espaa, which he led in 2016, and in the World Road-Race Championships in Innsbruck. The Pole won the world title in Ponferrada, Spain in 2014. Thats the Tour of Pologne Youve got those emotions until the end of the race because everything is so close, Kwiatkowski said afterwards, savouring his victory. We didnt panic as a team; without the boys I wouldnt have been able to defend the jersey. They rode an amazing race; first Ian Stannard and Lukas Wisniowski, then Michal Golas and Salvatore Puccio, Pavel Sivakov and Sergio Henao at the end. They were incredibly strong. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Go behind the scenes during Quick-Step Floors' Tour de France with Cyclingnews Films
August 11, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
If you've ever wondered what it takes to keep a top-level professional cycling team on the road during the Tour de France, or indeed what it's like to be one of the riders in the world's biggest and best bike race, Cyclingnews Films' latest production, RUNNING WITH WOLVES, puts you right in the heart of the action. With unrivalled access to Quick-Step Floors' management team, riders, mechanics and soigneurs, RUNNING WITH WOLVES follows the self-styled 'Wolfpack' from the start of the Tour in Noirmoutier-en-l'Ile all the way to Paris, allowing you to experience the ups and downs of life on the road. Whether you want to know how team boss Patrick Lefevere feels when watching his riders race, or how Tom Steels and Brian Holm plan each stage as the team's directeurs sportifs, or what it's like to be one of the riders, such as Luxembourg champion Bob Jungels, who we see trying to crack the Tour's top 10, RUNNING WITH WOLVES takes you there.ADVERTISEMENT The film allows you to share in the team's triumphs " such as Fernando Gaviria's two stage wins and his stint in the famed yellow jersey, and Julian Alaphilippe's successful bid to win the polka-dot jersey as the Tour's best climber. RUNNING WITH WOLVES doesn't shy away when Quick-Step Floors have to cope with Philippe Gilbert's frightening crash on the descent of the Col du Portet d'Aspet on stage 16, and we're right there as the riders deal with the disappointment of losing the team time trial to BMC Racing by just seven seconds. If you've ever wanted to know what it feels like to be part of a top-level cycling team, and to be on the ground, inside the barriers, at the Tour de France, then RUNNING WITH WOLVES will take you there. It is available to rent for $3.99 USD or buy for $6.99 USD. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Pauwels signs with CCC-sponsored team for 2019
August 10, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Serge Pauwels is the latest rider to pen a deal with Jim Ochowiczs CCC-sponsored team for the 2019 season. The news comes on the same day that the team confirmed they had retained the services of Alessandro De Marchi. Pauwels also joins up with compatriots Greg Van Avermaet and Guillaume Van Keirsbulck, who is another new addition to the squad. Pauwels leaves Dimension Data (previously MTN-Qhubeka) after four seasons with the South African squad. He had looked set to stay with the team but that changed when he received an offer from Ochowicz and says hes looking forward to racing with Van Avermaet. "I was not really looking to change teams. I had four great years with MTN Quebeka and Team Dimension Data and the Qhubeka charity will always have a place in my heart, but then this opportunity came along and I felt like I had to grab it," said Pauwels.ADVERTISEMENT "I have only been teammates with Greg twice with the Belgian national team and of course, the most important one was the Rio Olympics where we were roommates so we both carry a really nice souvenir from that. Even though we have never raced on the same team we are good friends, so I'm excited to finally race together. Greg is not only a great rider because of his palmars but also the way he races." Pauwels is a good climber and is regularly seen in breakaways. Last season, he took his first general classification title when he won the Tour de Yorkshire after winning the final stage from a breakaway. He rode his fifth Tour de France this summer but was forced to abandon when he broke his elbow in a crash close to the finish of stage 16. "Of course, it's early to talk about my objectives for 2019 but from my discussions with the team I think we will stick to a similar race program," said Pauwels. "Ihope to line up at the races that have been part of my program in the last few years, like the Tour de France, and remain the kind of rider that I am. I want to continue racing aggressively, the way I have been racing already with Team Dimension Data, and I'm looking forward to doing that with Continuum Sports." General manager Ochowicz says that Pauwels will play a support role for Van Avermaet but will also get plenty of opportunities for his own success. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Mark Cavendish to ride Arctic Race of Norway
August 10, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Mark Cavendish will make his debut at the Arctic Race of Norway later this month, the organisers have announced. Cavendish will be joined by climber Mekseb Debesay and stagiaire, and British national champion, Connor Swift, with the rest of the DimensionData team for the race yet to be announced. Cavendish is the biggest confirmed name in the sprint field and is set to go up against Christophe Laporte (Cofidis), Andrea Pasqualon (Wanty-Groupe Gobert) and Sondre Holst Enger (Israel Cycling Academy). The Arctic Race of Norway will be only the second race back for Cavendish after he missed the time cut on stage 11 of the Tour de France. Cavendish returned to racing at the RideLondon-Surrey Classic at the end of last month, where he finished 12th. He was due to compete in the road race at the European Championships this weekend but was advised by doctors to rest.ADVERTISEMENT The 2018 season has been a particularly challenging one for Cavendish after a litany of early-season crashes. It started well with a stage win at the Dubai Tour, but he was forced to abandon the Abu Dhabi Tour on stage 1 when a faulty brake sensor caused one of the race vehicles to slow into the bunch during the neutral zone and sparking a crash. Cavendish was subsequently diagnosed with a concussion, though he was able to return to compete at Tirreno-Adriatico a few weeks later. However, he crashed heavily during the opening team time trial when he hit a pothole, leaving him with a broken rib. He broke a second rib in a huge crash at his next race, Milan-San Remo. The Manxman collided with a piece of road furniture with under 10 kilometres remaining and was dramatically catapulted from his bike. Following his third successive crash, Cavendish took a two-month break from racing before making his comeback at the Tour de Yorkshire at the start of May. He rode the Tour of California, Tour of Slovenia, Adriatica Ionica Race and the national championships ahead of the Tour de France. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Geraint Thomas edges closer to Team Sky deal, set to race Tour of Britain
August 10, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Geraint Thomas has given his biggest indication yet that he will re-sign at Team Sky, despite offers from rival teams. Thomas, who won the Tour de France in July, is out of contract this year and put off contract negotiations until after this year's race. Team Sky are keen on keeping their latest Tour winner but Thomas' increased value and pedigree has seen interest from other teams. Earlier this week, CCC confirmed that they had put an offer on the table and presented it to Thomas' agent. The Polish team are merging with the remnants of the BMC Racing team next year and lack a Grand Tour leader. They would be able to guarantee Thomas leadership status for the Tour de France - an issue that could prove problematic at Team Sky due to the presence of Chris Froome. Trek-Segafredo and several other squads had shown interest in Thomas earlier in the year.ADVERTISEMENT However, on Thursday Thomas told the BBC that a deal was close with Team Sky, a team he has been part of since 2010. "I know they [Team Sky] had a big meeting today, I'm obviously really happy there," he said. "I'm confident we'll get something sorted in the next few days. We're incredibly close and I'm happy where I am. It seems to be working well at the moment. So, I think in the very near future we'll have it all done." The Daily Telegraph have reported that the deal with Team Sky will be worth 3.5 million per-season. "I'm happy with the team and we are working very well together. I've grown up within the Sky system and I've known guys like Dave Brailsford since I was 17. Without them, I wouldn't be where I am now. There are lots of very good teams out there, I wanted to hear what they had to say, and it was nice to have a lot of great offers, but hopefully things will be done in the next day or so," Thomas said, according to The Telegraph. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Chaves to miss Vuelta a Espana after being diagnosed with mononucleosis
August 09, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Mitchelton-Scott have announced that Esteban Chaves has been diagnosed with mononucleosis and will not participate in the forthcoming Vuelta a Espaa. The Colombian has not raced since the Giro dItalia in May, where he won atop Mount Etna in the opening week but then abruptly dropped out of the general classification race on stage 10. Chaves struggled through the remainder of the Giro, reaching Rome in 72nd place overall. He has undergone a battery of tests in the intervening period, with Mitchelton-Scott revealing on Thursday that he had been diagnosed with a number of viruses, including Mononucleosis (also known as Epstein-Barr or Glandular Fever), along with sinus and allergy reactions. Although Chaves has been cleared to resume training after 10 weeks off the bike, it is unclear if he will return to competitive action in 2018. Mitchelton-Scott confirmed that he will not ride the Vuelta, where Simon Yates is slated to lead the line for the Australian team.ADVERTISEMENT Its been a hard period. Since 2012, I havent been off the bike this long, especially because I cant. It was not fast like you want. In this sport, we are used to answers and results coming fast and this process was slow and the time can make you crazy, Chaves said in a statement on Thursday. We discovered some sickness, the doctors can always explain better, we had a surgery as well, and after that it was just waiting and having confidence to overcome what was a weird case. Im happy to be back on the bike. It still hurts for sure, but I can already feel some differences; its a different suffering than I had before. Now its the normal suffering we get when starting again after such a long time off training. We are on the right path again and we have to keep patience and confidence like always. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games road race routes unveiled
August 09, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
With the next Olympic Games in Tokyo less than two years away, the routes for the mens and womens road races have been published by the UCI. As has been the case since 2004, the road races will form part of the opening weekend of action at the Olympics in 2020. The routes will favour the climbers, with the mens parcours tackling four climbs, including the outer slopes of the formidable Mt Fuji. As had previously been reported in the Japanese press, the womens course will be a watered down version of the mens and misses the Mt Fuji loop altogether. The womens race will feature a total elevation of 2,692 metres, while the men will tackle 4,865 metres of climbing. Both courses will start in Musashino no Mori Park on the outskirts of Tokyo and follow the same route southwest towards the Fuji International Speedway. That part of the course includes two climbs, Donushi Road and Kagosaka Pass, with the road beginning to rise after 40 kilometres.ADVERTISEMENT Doushi road is the tougher of the two ascents with a long ride up from the 40km mark before peaking out at 80km. Few details have been given of the climb but it is a gradual rise interrupted by a few short descents before reaching a maximum height of 1,121 metres. The steepest gradients appear to be closer to the top, which comes just before the riders arrive at Lake Yamanaka. From the top, there is a very short descent before the peloton goes around the lake. The second climb of Kagosaka Pass, which is slightly steeper, is much shorter than its predecessor. It is here that the two routes will diverge, with the womens race under 40 kilometres from its conclusion at the top of the climb. Following a lengthy descent, the womens peloton will enter the Fuji International Speedway and complete a lap and a half of an undulating 17.7km circuit. The riders enter the loop by the Fuji Oyama Golf Club and head straight for the Formula 1 track. After that, they will make their way around the surrounding area before coming back onto the track for the finale. The men will skip the motor racing circuit the first time and head immediately onto the Mount Fuji circuit. After a short ride through the valley, the road heads upwards again, as the riders take the Mt Fuji toll road. There will be no money spent here, just energy with the ascent topping out at 1,451 metres. The riders will not go onto the mountain proper, turning off when they reach Mizugatsuka Park and turning back down towards the motor racing circuit. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Kung signs for two years with Groupama-FDJ
August 09, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Groupama-FDJ has confirmed the signing of Swiss rider Stefan Kng on a two-year contract. Kng is the first confirmed signing for the French team, who have extended with a number of riders, including Arnaud Demare. Kng departs from BMC Racing after turning professional with them in 2015 and is the latest in a long line of riders to leave the team following their protracted search for a sponsor. He will be one of three Swiss riders on the team with Steve Morabito and Sebastian Reichenbach already in the line-up. The 24-year-old is a double Swiss national time trial champion and has world and European titles in the individual pursuit. He is also an experienced Classics campaigner, riding in support of Greg Van Avermaet during his time at BMC. He hopes to use his skills to help new teammate Thibaut Pinot in Grand Tours and Demare in the Classics.ADVERTISEMENT "I look forward to joining Groupama-FDJ. I always kept an eye on the results of the team, especially through the eyes of my compatriots Sebastien Reichenbach and Steve Morabito," he said in a team press release. "As soon as we spoke with Marc Madiot, we immediately understood each other. This team offers me the structure for an optimal personal development. Groupama-FDJ has seen my potential and offers me a role to match my ambitions. Around leaders like Arnaud Demare and Thibaut Pinot, my rider profile will be a plus. "I will be able to bring my experience on team time trials for example, especially on the Grand Tours with Thibaut. And then on the Classics of the beginning of the season, we will be perfectly complementary with Arnaud, which will allow us to adopt a much more offensive tactic in the race." Kng had been linked with a move to Groupama-FDJ since mid-July, despite Jim Ochowicz finding a sponsor to save the BMC Racing Team. In his fourth year as a professional rider, Kng has ridden four Grand Tours already and won the team time trial with BMC at this year's Tour de France. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Gilbert eyeing Paris-Tours comeback after early return to training
August 09, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Philippe Gilbert is training again, much sooner than expected, after his horror crash at the Tour de France, and is aiming to return to racing at Paris-Tours in October. The Belgian broke his kneecap when he crashed dramatically on the descent of the Col de Portet d'Aspet on stage 16 of the Tour, locking up on a left-hand bend and flying over a low wall into a ravine. Remarkably, he dragged himself back up and carried on, finishing the remaining 60 kilometres with blood running down his left leg and the knee swelling by the minute. As he hobbled out of the medical truck at the finish, it was clear Gilbert's Tour was over, and further medical checks conducted in Belgium at the end of July confirmed the patella fracture, with the doctor prescribing a period of four weeks off the bike.ADVERTISEMENT However, just under two weeks later, Gilbert posted an update on his social media accounts on Thursday, showing him riding his indoor training bike for the first time since the crash. The speedy recovery has hastened his ambitions for what's left of the season, and he hopes to make his comeback on October 7 at Paris-Tours, scene of his first big Classics victory in 2008. "I'm obviously disappointed to have left the Tour in that way, but nevertheless happy that it wasn't more serious," Gilbert said in a video message. "My dream would be to be at the start of Paris-Tours. This year it's 10 years since I won there for the first time. It was the first big race I'd won in my life. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Teuns laments second missed chance behind Kwiatkowski in Tour de Pologne
August 08, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
After losing twice to the same rider on two days in the Tour de Pologne, when he crossed the stage 5 finish line once more in the wake of Sky's Michal Kwiatkowski, Dylan Teuns'look of sheer frustration and hammering at the handlebars said it all. Stage 4's defeat at Szczyrk hit Teuns hard, given the BMC racer was the former winner on the uphill finish, but stage 5s bizarre bunch sprint finale, where Teuns was closing fast on Kwiatkowski, stung even more. Teuns later explained that a minor incident when he all but touched wheels with another rider 300 metres from the line had caused him to lose speed just before the final all-out battle against Kwiatkowski - in other words, just when it mattered the most and when the damage was impossible to repair.ADVERTISEMENT "Somebody moved a little bit and I didn't expect this, so I had to change positions, lost some speed," Teuns told reporters afterwards. "I only lost [to Kwiatkowski] by one wheel and when you lose speed like I did at that point, it's really crucial. It feels like a missed chance." The 2017 overall winner pointed out that Thursday's trek to the twin towns of Bielkso-Biala was not the toughest of Tour de Pologne's last quartet of hilly stages, but that after Mitchelton-Scott had upped the pace in the last 50 kilometres, the tension had increased notably. Furthermore, a long, uphill sprint finish was dangerous for losing time in last-second splits, so he had to be sure to stay ahead. "I was in the perfect position, I was very well-placed in the last three or four kilometres and I could stay there," Teuns recounted. "I came into the sprint well, but I lost speed with 300 metres to go. The best thing about today was that I didn't lose any time." You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Chris Froome 'feeling better' after tough Giro d'Italia stage
May 15, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
The scars and grazes on his right knee from two Giro d'Italia crashes remained clearly visible as Chris Froome warmed down after stage 10. But the Briton came through a fraught stage of racing unscathed and feeling "better" than he had done earlier in the Giro d'Italia. Froome was watched by an unusually large crowd of tifosi and an unusually small number of journalists as he did his usual post-stage warm down, with the unfolding story of Esteban Chaves (Mitchelton-Scott) plummet down the GC rankings attracting the bulk of the Giro media's attention.ADVERTISEMENT After his tough first nine stages, Froome felt that the Giro's longest day had gone well for him, despite the intensity of the racing. "Better, better," he said in Italian as he dismounted from his warm-down and headed for the team bus. Speaking briefly to reporters beforehand, Froome said: "It was a very hard stage, everybody was feeling fresh and there was a lot of action at the start of the day. "But I'm pleased that I was in the front group, and finally the only guy that lost time was Esteban [Chaves]. It was a tough day, and that's racing." You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Aru: What can I say, I'm only human
May 13, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
The verdict was already being written up in the sala stampa as Fabio Aru descended from the summit of Gran Sasso d'Italia in a cable car, where he was doubtless hoping to avoid the crew from RAI television who had secured passage in the same cabin. "Aru, the excuses are over: Think about the Tour," read the banner headline in Tuttobici on Sunday evening, summing up the general feeling that the Italian champion's Giro d'Italia may already be run even before the race has truly begun. There had been mitigating factors behind much of the time lost by general classification contenders in the opening week of racing in Israel and Sicily, but on the sparse and exposed slopes of Gran Sasso d'Italia, there was no longer any hiding place.ADVERTISEMENT The pace-making of Aru's former squad Astana and the Mitchelton-Scott team of maglia rosa Simon Yates had already whittled down the leading group by the time the race hit the snow-banked upper reaches of the climb, and Aru was already flagging even before he lost contact with the group with a little over two kilometres to race. It will be of scant consolation that Chris Froome was distanced at more or less the same point and conceded more or less the same kind of time: for now, at least, the Sky rider is not the Briton to follow on this Giro. Aru crested the summit in 24th place on the stage, some 1:14 down on the stage winner Yates. In the overall standings, he is now 2:36 off the pace in 15th place. "It didn't go very well," Aru said with considerable understatement after his cable car had reached its terminus in the village of Assergi at the base of the climb. "Today was obviously a negative day for me. My legs weren't turning over well, otherwise, I wouldn't have been dropped. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Giro d'Italia: Pinot continues strong showing in first week
May 13, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) could well be forgiven for any uncertainty over whether his glass is half full or half empty as the Giro d'Italia reaches its second rest day. After a solid but unremarkable opening time trial performance, the French champion has ridden a very strong first week, and as a result, he remains fourth overall on GC, 45 seconds down. But as Pinot pointed out after finishing second on the Gran Sasso, beaten in an uphill sprint by Giro d'Italia leader Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott): "That's my third podium stage finish this week without winning, and I'd love a stage win. But it was very windy and finally, it came down to a sprint." Third on Mount Etna, second on the Mercogliano climb and second again on the Gran Sasso, Pinot has been within sight of a repeat of his 2017 Giro stage win in Asiago ever since the race returned to Italy last Monday.ADVERTISEMENT "My aim of the podium remains intact, and that's great," Pinot told reporters after another frustrating near miss as he stood at the end of the fenced-off finishing area, a scarf already tucked into his jersey to keep him warm in the icy wind. "Froome? I'm more worried about myself. But it's evidently better to be ahead of him than behind. And the legs are there, and I can take encouragement from that." As the stage to Gran Sasso reached the decisive last two kilometres, Pinot moved into the leading position on the small group of favourites. Then when Domenico Pozzovivo (Bahrain-Merida) launched a blistering attack in the last 600 metres, the Frenchman was there alongside Richard Carapaz (Movistar), Yates and Esteban Chaves. In the last dash for the line, he ran Yates the closest, but the Briton was unstoppable. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Debris flow damage forces Tour of California to tweak Gibraltar stage
May 08, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Amgen Tour of California organisers today confirmed that they had to make changes to the Queen stage on the second day of the race because of road damage remaining from the deadly debris flows that claimed 21 lives in Montecito last January. The change comes toward the end of the 155km second stage that starts in Ventura and finishes near the top of Gibraltar Road just outside of Santa Barbara. Approaching Montecito from the southeast, the race will skip the original route on Highway 192 that passed through some of the affected hillside residential neighborhoods, choosing instead to take a road through the centre of Montecito near Highway 1 and meeting up with the original route on the other side of town. The area suffered two major natural disasters last winter. In December, the largest wildfire on record in Southern California swept through Ventura County where the race starts. In January, heavy rains battered the damaged landscape, causing massive mudslides in Montecito that washed away homes and damaged roadways in a deadly wake of destruction.ADVERTISEMENT "Once we saw the fire come through the whole route we knew we had a lot of work to do," said Eric Smith, the Tour of California's course director. Smith and his crew immediately drove the affected roads to check for any damage. Initially, everything on the route was OK. Then the rains came. "Once that happened we were checking with the county and checking with Caltrans and found all the damage and the roads that were closed," Smith said. "We quickly made an assessment that they wouldn't be reopening that road [Highway 192] until well after the race." You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
2018 Giro d'Italia - Rest Day 1 Recap
May 07, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
As the 2018 edition of the Giro d'Italia pauses to recover from a hecticGrande Partenza inIsrael, take a walk down the lanes of recent memory as Cyclingnews looks back at the three opening stages. Before the race even got underway, Kanstantsin Siutsou (Bahrain-Merida) was out due to a crash in the time trial course preview. Chris Froome (Team Sky), Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana) and Jack Haig (Mitchelton-Scott)also crashed on the first day. Tom Dumoulin (Sunweb), however, picked up where he left off in last year's race, pulling on the leader's maglia rosa after claiming a hard-fought win in the stage 1 individual time trial. But having won by two thin seconds overBMC's Rohan Dennis, his lead was vulnerable to attack.ADVERTISEMENT BMC made their intentions clear on the first road stage, pulling back the breakaway to set upDennis for the time bonus at the intermediate sprint. The plan was perfectly executed, and Dennis scored the three-second bonus in Caesarea to take the race lead. From there on out, it was the Elia Viviani show, with Quick-Step Floors delivering the Italian to back-to-back stage victories. Stage 1:Jerusalem (Individual time trial), 9.7km | Report &results Chris Froome crashes in Giro d'Italia time trial recon Siutsou out of Giro d'Italia after TT recon crash, Siutsou out for three months after vertebrae fracture in Giro d'Italia TT recon crash Chris Froome ready to battle on in Giro d'Italia despite crash and TT setback Tom Dumoulin: The victory was more important than the time gained Pinot underwhelmed by solid opening Giro d'Italia TT performance Dennis: I did everything I could but Dumoulin was better Giro d'Italia GC analysis: Dumoulin lays down marker, Froome concedes ground Simon Yates beats expectations in Giro d'Italia opener Viviani: My first goal is to win a stage Chris Froome: The Giro d'Italia isn't won in the prologue Stage 2:Haifa - Tel Aviv, 167km |Report &results Dennis nets Giro d'Italia lead with time-bonus sprint Giro d'Italia: Stage 2 finish line quotes Giro d'Italia: Loss of pink jersey is no hardship for Tom Dumoulin Viviani: Early Giro d'Italia win takes away a lot of the pressure Giro d'Italia: Betancur looks to key mountain stages after a strong early start Lopez suffers early setbacks at Giro d'Italia Stage 3: Be'er Sheva - Eilat, 229km | Report &results Giro d'Italia: Stage 3 finish line quotes Dennis: I'm going to race as if I'm trying to win the Giro d'Italia Viviani: I was looking to come of age at this Giro d'Italia Sam Bennett: If we keep knocking, the door will open at the Giro d'Italia Modolo rues near misses in Giro d'Italia sprints Giro d'Italia: Dumoulin and Froome endure stressful Eilat run-in Giro d'Italia: Opportunities for Simon Yates in first week in Italy Giro d'Italia: Boivin shows his colours with double breakaway efforts You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Giro d'Italia: Dumoulin and Froome endure stressful Eilat run-in
May 06, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Tom Dumoulin needed some time to himself to unwind after stage 3 of the Giro d'Italia. It was that kind of a day, and that kind of a finale. And so, after speaking to reporters on the finish line in Eilat, Dumoulin opted to warm down by soft-pedalling alone through the quiet streets in the hotel quarter of the Red Sea resort. "Tom, it's over there!" a Sunweb soigneur called out in surprise as Dumoulin glided past. "I know," he responded as he set out for another solo lap around the houses. For a defending Giro champion, such moments of solitude are rare over the three weeks of the corsa rosa. Once he reaches Italy on Monday, after all, Dumoulin knows he will scarcely be able to budge beyond the finish line without youthful bands of tifosi cheerfully attempting to sequester the bottles from his cages. The low density of the crowds in Eilat offered a chance to spin his legs on the road rather than on the rollers.ADVERTISEMENT "It was the most stressful sprint stage I've ever done," said Dumoulin, who remains second overall, a second behind Rohan Dennis (BMC), after finishing safely in the main peloton. "I looked at the weather beforehand and I saw there was a tailwind in the finale and slightly downhill, so we were riding at 70 kph like wild bulls coming into the town." The third and final instalment of the Giro's Israeli Grande Partenza brought the peloton on a seeming interminable trek from Beer Sheva through the haunting Negev desert to Eilat. At some 229 kilometres in length, it was the second longest stage of the entire Giro, and while the forecast of extreme temperatures of 40 degrees never quite materialised, the tailwind and slightly downhill run to the finish made for a most trying afternoon. "With all the roundabouts and corners, it was very dangerous, but you knew you had to be up there to avoid losing time," Dumoulin said. "I feel tired now like I would normally feel after a mountain stage, not a sprint stage." Froome's Giro d'Italia begins with a setback You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Modolo rues near misses in Giro d'Italia sprints
May 06, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Close but not close enough. EF Education First-Drapac sprinter Sacha Modolo put a brave face on defeat for a second day running in the Giro d'Italia, following up his fifth place in Tel Aviv on stage 2, with second in Eilat on stage 3. The winner of two stages in the Giro d'Italia back in 2015, Modolo said he was "more annoyed for the team than I am for myself, they've been doing a brilliant job for me, Tom Van Asbroeck put me in a great spot, but I couldn't quite finish it off. "I got blocked in," the 30-year-old explained to a small group of reporters at the finish line. "It was all going great, and then in the last 200 metres, it went terribly.ADVERTISEMENT "Yesterday [stage 2] I waited for too long in the sprint, this time I went for it just when I needed to. But then [Elia] Viviani (Quick-Step Floors) went left, and I got sandwiched by some guy from Lotto, and I had to stop short, or I would have lost it all. "I had to brake, accelerate again, and I was coming up fine afterwards. But you don't win after something happens like that. I got second, which was as good as it could get. That's how it goes." On the plus side, Viviani said, he leaves Israel convinced that he has shown that he can give Viviani, now a double stage winner, a run for his money. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Sam Bennett: If we keep knocking, the door will open at the Giro d'Italia
May 06, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Too soon. Sam Bennett shook his head glumly as a Bora-Hansgrohe soigneur helped beat a path for him through the bodies and bikes clogging up the finish area in Eilat after stage 3 of the Giro d'Italia. Too soon to talk about going too soon in the sprint. After swinging off the bustling Kamen Street and onto a quieter side street, Bennett was able to put some words on his disappointment at placing third for the second successive day in a bunch sprint won by Elia Viviani (Quick-Step Floors). "I went too early, I basically gave Viviani a free win, that's it," Bennett said softly as he pedalled gingerly towards his night's lodgings on the Red Sea coast.ADVERTISEMENT Bennett was sitting in fourth wheel when the peloton slowed to negotiate the final, sharp right-hander with a shade under 250 metres to go, and he opted to open his sprint immediately on emerging from the bend. Bennett opened an early gap, but Viviani quickly moved onto his rear wheel, and then squeezed between the Irishman and the barriers to come past inside the final 80 metres, while Sacha Modolo (EF-Drapac) powered through to claim second place. "It was just too early, especially when you're coming out of a corner that slow," Bennett said. "But I know that if we were coming in at speed, I had the power to hold off anyone there." Deviation While Bennett was making his way towards his hotel, the UCIs video commissaire was reviewing footage of the finishing sprint and, in particular, his deviation across the road in the final 100 metres. At one point, it appeared as though Bennett might close Viviani against the barriers, but the echoes of a fellow Carrick-on-Suir man's clashes with Eric Vanderaerden in the 1980s faded as he shifted his line in time to allow the maglia ciclamino to come by. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Giro d'Italia: Betancur looks to key mountain stages after a strong early start
May 05, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Not that he's complaining, but such was the strength of Carlos Betancur's performance in the opening time trial of the Giro d'Italia that the Colombian says it took even him by surprise. The 28-year-old, who rides for Movistar, clinched a strong 11th place in the hilly time trial, placing him amongst the front-runners in the early overall classification, and raising the question: what could he be capable of achieving when the race hits the terrain he normally shines on - the mountains? "I have to be very pleased, it all turned out much better than I expected," Betancur told Cyclingnews at the start of stage 2. At the end of the stage, he finished in the main pack, and held his 11th place in the overall classification. "It's very motivating for what's to come in this year's race.ADVERTISEMENT "It's true that a course as hilly as that suited me a lot, but at the same time, you had to be good to be ahead." Betancur was surprised, too, because he said he had done well in the training rides but that had not transferred over to the races. "In the training rides I'd been going well, but in the races, the results weren't as good as I wanted. I certainly wasn't where I wanted to be in the Ardennes Classics, but then in Romandie, I was up there a bit more, and that motivated me." He ended up leaving that race early on stage 4. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...

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