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Mixed Team Relay to be included in 2019 Road European Championships
November 08, 2018 (12:15) [ Indexed from ]
The European Cycling Union (UEC) has announced plans to include the new mixed team time trial relay in next year's Road European Championships. The body says it is looking to put a 'greater emphasis on gender equality' in the coming season. The event will work as an unofficial test event and allow riders and organisers to see it in action ahead of the World Championships in Yorkshire. It was announced in September during a ceremony to unveil the 2019 Road World Championships routes that next years Worlds would feature a team time trial mixed relay. Following the original announcement, UCI president David Lappartient said that they would look into adding the event to the European Championships programme, before adding that he hoped it would be included in future Olympic Games.ADVERTISEMENT The event will replace the current trade team time trial, which was added to the Worlds programme in 2012. It is to be contested by nations and will see a team of three men ride a lap of the 14-kilometre course before passing the metaphorical baton over to a team of three women. The times on the first and second laps will be taken on the second rider to cross the line. However, the exact details of how the handover will happen are yet to be confirmed. The European Championships will take place from August 7th to 11th next year, though a venue has not been announced. The decision to add the mixed team relay to the programme was made during last weekends Cyclo-cross European Championships in s-Hertogenbosch. It is one of a number of new initiatives the UEC hopes to implement over the next four years. "The success of European events over the last few seasons and the UECs active presence alongside its 50 member National Federations confirm that the direction taken is without a doubt the right one," read the statement. "In this respect, on Saturday the board launched a series of initiatives aimed at strengthening cyclings role with a 360-degree approach on the international sports scene." You can read more at More...
Durbridge extends with Mitchelton-Scott until 2020
November 08, 2018 (12:15) [ Indexed from ]
Luke Durbridge is the latest rider to extend his contract with Mitchelton-Scott after penning a new deal with the Australian squad. Mitchelton-Scotts mens team have announced extensions with Sam Bewley, Jack Haig, Damien Howson, and Alex Edmondson in recent weeks. Durbridge has been with the team since their inception in 2012, having been part of owner Gerry Ryans previous venture, Jayco-AIS. "I am really excited to re-sign with Mitchelton-Scott. Our team has changed a lot over the years, we started out with a core group of Australians alongside some Europeans and we were more of a one-day race/Classics style team and we had some great success with that formula," said Durbridge.ADVERTISEMENT "Now were transitioning into a GC team as we saw with the win in the Vuelta and for me I think it really suits my role as a rider, especially in the back end of the season, to support our GC guys to what I hope will be more victories and Grand Tour success." Durbridge started his career on the track and won junior world titles in the Madison and Team Pursuit. His pursuit skills transferred out onto the road and he has twice won Australias national time trial title, in 2012 and 2013. In 2013, he backed that up with the road race title to become the first rider in over a decade to do the double. He has also helped Mitchelton-Scott to four medals in the team time trial at the World Championships. In recent years, the 27-year-old has primarily worked as a support rider for Adam and Simon Yates, and Esteban Chaves. The cobbled Classics have also been a big focus for him and he believes that Mitchelton-Scott have a line-up that can work well in the spring. You can read more at More...
Chris Froome to begin 2019 season in Colombia
November 08, 2018 (12:15) [ Indexed from ]
Chris Froome will begin his 2019 season in Colombia, confirming his presence in the Tour Colombia, which was run for the first time this year under the name Colombia Oro y Paz. New world champion Alejandro Valverde is also provisionally down to ride the six-stage mid-February race. Froome's participation has been on the cards for a number of months, and even during this year's race the Colombian Cycling Federation were talking up their hopes of landing the four-time Tour de France winner for the race's second edition. Froome recently visited Colombia to take part in Rigoberto Urn's mass-participation ride 'Giro de Rigo', and while he was there he paid a visit to the Federation to confirm his presence.ADVERTISEMENT "Hello friends," Froome said in Spanish in a video message. "I'm very happy to confirm my participation in the Tour Colombia, where I'll begin my 2019 season. Many thanks to the Colombian Cycling Federation for the invitation. See you soon." Froome has traditionally opted for a February start to his seasons. This year he began at the Ruta del Sol in Spain, as he did in 2016, while in the two intervening years he was in Australia for the Herald Sun Tour. Froome won the Giro d'Italia this year before finishing third at the Tour behind teammate Geraint Thomas, but he's expected to focus squarely on the Tour in 2019 in a bid to land a record-equalling fifth title. The inaugural edition of the Tour Colombia - the first international professional race in the country - was considered a big success. While the likes of Fernando Gaviria, Nairo Quintana, Egan Bernal, Rigoberto Urn put on a dramatic show in front of huge crowds, the organisers are hoping to attract more big names from outside of Colombia for the second edition. You can read more at More...
Limited transfer movement among cycling's top stars
November 08, 2018 (12:15) [ Indexed from ]
In an article published by L'Equipe on Wednesday about the relatively quiet transfer market among the world's top riders this year, riders' agent Joona Laukka says that it's due to today's UCI WorldTour teams being "more and more structured" and that team leaders are enjoying increased salaries. While the majority of the WorldTour teams play it safe " and L'Equipe points out that Denmark's Michael Valgren is the only rider inside the top 20 of the UCI ranking making a move, transferring from Astana to Dimension Data for next year " a number of French Pro Continental teams, on the other hand, have made big-name signings in preparation for the sweeping changes to come in 2020 in the guise of the UCI reforms. The big exception among WorldTour teams is BMC Racing, who, with their new main sponsor, become CCC Team next season, and lost a number of riders during the time of the team's uncertain future, but have now secured a number of new riders to support team leader Greg Van Avermaet.ADVERTISEMENT The smaller French teams, meanwhile, says Laukka, have been actively trying to bring in big-name riders "such as sprinter Andr Greipel with his move to Fortuneo-Samsic for next year, and Tour of Flanders winner Niki Terpstra, who leaves Quick-Step Floors to join Direct Energie in 2019 "in readiness for the changes that will be introduced by the UCI for 2020. Up for tender in the summer of 2019 will be the 18 WorldTour places for 2020, which the UCI will re-assign to teams based on ethical, administrative, financial, organisational and sporting criteria. That latter criterion will ostensibly mean that teams need some big, winning names on their roster to qualify for WorldTour status, and the popularity of those riders within their ranks will be even more important for the non-WorldTour teams that won't earn an automatic place for the Tour de France, for example, and will have to fight over the remaining wildcard places. You can read more at More...
Cycling: Whanganui's Glenn Haden does well at Tour of Southland
November 08, 2018 (12:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Whanganui cyclist Glenn Haden is very satisfied with his first attempt at New Zealand's preeminent cycling race tour.Haden completed the SBS Bank Tour of Southland last Saturday after six days and over 850km of gruelling road racing.Racing... More...
Cyclist allegedly shoved car door against woman in road rage incident
November 08, 2018 (12:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Witnesses are shaken after a "disgusting" road rage incident in which a cyclist allegedly hurt a woman by jamming her in a car door.But police say accounts from the scene contradict each other and no charges are being laid.The... More...
Mark Cavendish and Peter Sagan to ride Vuelta a San Juan
November 07, 2018 (12:15) [ Indexed from ]
Mark Cavendish and Peter Sagan will be headline names at the 2019 Vuelta a San Juan, it has been confirmed. It will be the first time that the pair have ridden the South American race, having previously ridden the now-defunct Tour de San Luis. "We are happy to confirm it, San Juan sports minister Jorge Chica told Argentinian publication Diario de Cuyo. "The talks have been going on for some months and today, finally, we can confirm that Sagan will be here, giving more prestige to our Vuelta. They are figures that will give [the race] an extraordinary level."ADVERTISEMENT Last month, Sagan told Cyclingnews that he intended on riding the South American race for the first time. He had already been confirmed to start the opening round of the WorldTour Tour Down Under, which he has ridden the past two years. Sagan has previously ridden the Tour de San Luis, most recently in 2016 [the final edition of the race -ed], but it and the Vuelta a San Juan have traditionally clashed with the Tour Down Under. However, there will be no such issues for the Slovakian next year with San Juan set to start a few days later. While the Tour Down Under will take place between January 15 to 20, the Vuelta a San Juan is slated for January 27 to February 3. Cavendish last started his season in South America in 2015, where he won the final stage of the Tour de San Luis. In recent years, the Manxman has opted to begin his year at the Dubai Tour and this will also be the first time in two years that he has begun racing in January. You can read more at More...
Cofidis sign Berhane and release Teklehaimanot
November 07, 2018 (12:15) [ Indexed from ]
Cofidis have signed another WorldTour rider, picking up Natnael Berhane from Dimension Data for the 2019 season. The Eritrean replaces his compatriot and former teammate Daniel Teklehaimanot, who has not received a contract extension. It will be the second spell at a French team for Berhane, who turned pro with Europcar in 2013 and immediately won the Tour of Turkey. In 2015 he joined the South African Dimension Data team - then MTN-Qhubeka - and has ridden the three Grand Tours with the team but hasn't managed to add to his win tally since landing the Eritrean national title in 2015.ADVERTISEMENT "I am the happiest of men because I really wanted to come back and race in France after those two great years with Europcar. Cofidis were on my radar and I didn't hesitate before signing my contract. The team performed strongly throughout the season and finished very strongly, notably at the Vuelta," Berhane said in an announcement from the team. "As I'm an all-rounder, I will have the chance to work for team leaders in the different races, but I will also be able to show myself in the stage races where I have achieved my best results. One thing's for sure, I'm going to give my all for the team and I'm confident about what we can achieve." With the signing of Berhane, Cofidis finalised their 2019 roster with 28 riders. After signing the Herrada brothers from Movistar last year, Berhane joins Darwin Atapuma (UAE Team Emirates), Jesper Hansen (Astana), and Marco Mathis (Katusha-Alpecin) as the latest recruits from WorldTour outfits. Former Sunweb rider Zico Waeytens has also joined from Veranda's Willems-Crelan, while Damien Touz, Filippo Fortin, and Victor Lafay will all turn pro with the team next year. You can read more at More...
Jonathan Cantwell dies aged 36
November 07, 2018 (12:15) [ Indexed from ]
Former professional rider Jonathan Cantwell, who retired at the end of 2014, having ridden for teams including WorldTour team Saxo-Tinkoff, Drapac and US Continental squad Jittery Joe's, has died. The Australian was just 36. Writing in a reaction to a post of condolence by the organisers of the Tour Down Under stage race on Wednesday, former Olympic and world champion track sprinter Anna Meares wrote: "My heart aches heavy to learn that Jonathan Cantwell has died. Love and thoughts with his family and friends and indeed community." Cantwell began his career with US Continental team Jittery Joe's in 2008, and went on to ride for the Fly V Australia Continental team, where he stayed for the next three seasons, competing on the Australian and US circuits.ADVERTISEMENT A sprinter, Cantwell won two stages of the Herald Sun Tour in 2009, and finished 14th in that year's Philadelphia International Championship one-day race in Pennsylvania, in the US, which was won by German sprint star Andr Greipel. Cantwell's true breakthrough came when he signed for Bjarne Riis' Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank outfit for 2012, joining up with Alberto Contador and Rafal Majka, and Australians Luke Roberts and David Tanner. Early in the 2012 season, Cantwell sprinted to two stage victories at the Tour de Taiwan, and was picked to ride that season's Tour de France " the only Grand Tour that he would ride during his career " where he made the most of the opportunity, making it to Paris in 137th place overall, and taking sixth place on stage 4 between Abbeville and Rouen in the bunch sprint, which was again won by Greipel. You can read more at More...
Israel Cycling Academy sign Davide Cimolai from Groupama-FDJ
November 07, 2018 (12:15) [ Indexed from ]
TheIsrael Cycling Academy continue to bolster their 2019 roster with another addition to the sprint train, announcing on Wednesday that they've signed Italian lead-out man Davide Cimolai from Groupama-FDJ. The 29-year-old has five UCI wins to his credit since turning pro in 2010 with Liquigas-Doimo, but he has flourished in the WorldTour most recently as a lead-out man for the likes of Arnaud Demare at FDJand Italian teammate Matteo Trentin, who Cimolai helped deliver to the European Championship road race victory in August. Two of Cimolai's own wins came in Spain at the Volta a Catalunya in 2015 and 2017, and he also took stages at the Tour of Japan in 2016, Paris-Nice in 2015 and the Italian one-dayTrofeo Laigueglia in 2015.ADVERTISEMENT "This is exactly what we need from Davide," team manager Kjell Carlstrom said, adding that the Israel Cycling Academy believe signing Cimolai is a big step in fulfilling their goal of improving the team's sprint results. "Davide is a strong rider who has shown that he can get results himself, but can also support other sprinters," Carlstrom said. "What we like most is that he can do it in hard races "those races when the terrain orthe level of the race and the intensity is very high, like the Classics. It's no secret that we lacked a bit in those races this past season." The Israel Cycling Academy took 15 wins in 2018, in what was the team's second season in thePro Continental ranks. Colombian sprinter Edwin vila started things off with a stage win at the Tour de Taiwan in March, but was then shut out for the rest of the season. You can read more at More...
Lampaert, Cant named top Belgian cyclists for 2018
November 07, 2018 (12:15) [ Indexed from ]
Two-time UCI Cyclo-Cross World Champion Sanne Cant (Corendon-Circus) and Belgian road race champion Yves Lampaert (Quick-Step Floors) took top honours on Tuesday atHet Nieuwsblad's Flandrien awards, naming Belgium's top cyclists for 2018. Despite the name, the awards celebrate the entire nation's riders, and not only those hailing from Flanders, although this year both winners of the two top awards do come from Flanders. Cant won the Flandrienne award for the second consecutive year, having takenher second rainbow jersey in February at the World Championships in Valkenburg, topping a 2017-18 'cross season that saw her also win the European and Belgian championships, the UCI World Cup and the Superprestige series.ADVERTISEMENT Cant topped mountain biker Githa Michiels, track world champion Nicky Degrendele, and road racers Lotte Kopecky and Jolien D'hoore to win this year. "I stood here last year, and I'm super happy that I've succeeded again," Cant said in her acceptance speech, according to Het Nieuwsblad."It was a great year. I'm very proud to have been able to win those three champions' jerseys. I should mention all the people I want to thank, but I can't remember them all. This is the ultimate recognition for cyclo-cross that I'm here winning the Flandrienne tonight." So far in the 2018-19 season, Cant has brought home only two victories among a handful of lesser results. But the reigning world champion said she plans to be back in top form once the World Cup fires up again for round 3 inTabor, in the Czech Republic, on November 17. You can read more at More...
Pro riders union upset by doping control during cycling gala
November 07, 2018 (12:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
PARIS (AP) " The professional cyclists' union is urging anti-doping authorities to treat athletes in a more respectful manner after a Belgian rider was forced to leave a cycling gala to follow anti-doping inspectors for an out-of-competition... More...
Andrea Manfredi dead: Italian cyclist among 189 victims of Indonesia plane crash
November 06, 2018 (12:15) [ Indexed from ]
The Italian was among 189 people killed when a Lion Air plane crashed in Indonesia soon after taking off More...
Howson extends with Mitchelton-Scott
November 06, 2018 (12:15) [ Indexed from ]
Damien Howson will remain at the Mitchelton-Scott team until at least the end of the 2020 season after signing a two-year contract extension. The 26-year-old Australian turned professional with the team in 2014 after coming through the Australian Jayco-AIS development set-up and will now take the association to a sixth and seventh year. "I am very happy, I have been with the team now for five years and I think we have a good relationship together and I am learning a lot from what I am capable of doing and also what the team expects in the direction the team has been heading," said Howson.ADVERTISEMENT "I am really happy of being a part of the development of the team and I hope to improve on that in the years to come. I've built a lot of friendships within the team with the staff and riders and I feel that the relationship between every rider is ultimately the importance of having a great team. We are all aiming to achieve our best and grow so over the next two years I am hoping to be a part of the many more successes I am expecting the team to have." Howson won the Herald Sun Tour in 2017 but has found his feet working in the service of others. Mitchelton-Scott have undergone a transformation into a Grand Tour-winning squad, and Howson is developing into an important domestique for the Yates twins and Esteban Chaves. He supported Chaves to podium finishes at the Giro d'Italia and Vuelta a Espaa in 2016 - putting in a noteworthy shift to help unseat Alberto Contador on the final day of the Vuelta - and was part of the squad that won the recent Vuelta with Simon Yates. On top of that he has ridden the Tour de France in the past two seasons. You can read more at More...
Helleland's candidacy for WADA president could be blocked
November 06, 2018 (12:15) [ Indexed from ]
The World Anti-Doping Agency's vice-president, Linda Hofstad Helleland, 41, could be prevented from running for president of WADA by a new proposal that would require candidates to be at least 45 years old. Current WADA president Craig Reedie will step down from his position next year, but has defended the agency's decision to allow the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) to be reinstated to the international sporting arena, having been deemed compliant with the WADA code. Helleland was one of just two members on the WADA executive committee who voted against Russia being reinstated, versus nine members who voted for.ADVERTISEMENT Investigative sports journalist for German broadcaster ARD, Nick Butler tweeted an image of a proposal sent by the Africa Union " the current Chair of WADA's Public Authorities' representatives " to introduce the age limit of 45, among other proposals (published below). In a WADA statement, also published by Butler, WADA confirmed that the proposal had been made, but that it had not been proposed by WADA leadership or management - though they hadn't rejected it. It would, however, be discussed at a meeting of the Public Authorities' representatives on November 13 in Baku, Azerbaijan, the day before the WADA Executive Committee and Foundation Board meetings that take place in Baku on November 14 and 15, where "WADA's requirements concerning the election of the President and Vice-President by the Foundation Board... will be presented to, and discussed by, the Foundation Board on 15 November". Helleland " who is also Norway's Minister of Children and Equality " attended a meeting to discuss the future of anti-doping at the White House in Washington, DC, on October 31, where she joined CEO of the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) Travis Tygart and a number of national anti-doping agencies and athletes. WADA had allegedly not been invited, and Helleland's attendance was seen by some as defying WADA's wishes. " Nick Butler (@NickJMButler) November 2, 2018 You can read more at More...
Sven Vanthourenhout and Axel Merckx rumoured frontrunners for Belgian coaching job
November 06, 2018 (12:15) [ Indexed from ]
Axel Merckx and current Belgian cyclo-cross national team coach Sven Vanthourenhout may share the vacant national road coach role, according to reports in the Belgian press. Het Laatste Nieuws reported on their website on Monday that an arrangement may be made whereby Merckx would look after the pro riders and Vanthourenhout would take care of the amateur and younger riders. The available part-time role as national coach is essentially one of national selector, choosing the riders to represent the nation at road events such as the World or European Championships, and sharing the role might allow both Merckx and Vanthourenhout to continue in their other roles as boss of the Hagens Berman Axeon Pro Continental team in North America and as the national cyclo-cross coach, respectively.ADVERTISEMENT As reported last month, Axel Merckx had said he was "honoured" to be considered for the job, but had reportedly tried to assure the Belgian federation that he'd be capable of continuing to run Hagens Berman Axeon at the same time. Director of Belgian Cycling, Jos Smets, confirmed to Dutch website in October that both Merckx and fellow former pro Peter Van Petegem were "two names on a list of 20" " a long list that may also have included former cyclo-cross pro Vanthourenhout. While talks are still ongoing, according to, Vanthourenhout would continue as the Belgian cyclo-cross coach while also coaching on the road, and would act as an assistant to Merckx when it came to the pro riders. You can read more at More...
Jess Allen: I want to be the best domestique in the world
November 06, 2018 (12:15) [ Indexed from ]
Jess Allen says that she wants to be "the best domestique in the world" for her Mitchelton-Scott teammates in 2019, while continuing to learn and gain experience so that she can one day put herself in a position to win the world's biggest races. Allen will continue with the Australian outfit in 2019, and is looking forward to being of even further help to her teammates later on in races, having already contributed to the team's overall victory at the Giro Rosa in July, along with a number of other WorldTour events this season. "My role in the team the last two seasons has been as a 'worker', and I've loved it," Allen said on the team's website. "We have some of the best riders in the world at Mitchelton-Scott, and I want to be the best domestique in the world for them until I'm strong enough to win races myself.ADVERTISEMENT "I know I may fly under the radar to people who just look at the race results,but I know how hard I workfor the team, and I am proud of that," she continued. "All ofmy teammates are humble winners and always acknowledge me for my hard work after every race, so that's what most important to me." Allen may be waiting for the day that she can take her own chances to win, but her small number of victories so far have been hugely significant. She was the junior time trial world champion in 2011, winning the title in Copenhagen, Denmark, and then won the road race at the 2014 Oceania Championships, while riding for the Jayco/Apollo Victoria Institute of Sport team. She joined what was then Orica-AIS midway through the 2016 season, and continued with the team " then as Orica-Scott " in 2017, when she took a solo victory at the national criterium championshipsat the start of the season. You can read more at More...
Froome coy about Giro defense as 2019 route revealed
November 01, 2018 (13:15) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
MILAN (AP) " Chris Froome could have another attempt at winning both the Giro d'Italia and the Tour de France as the British rider has not ruled out the possibility of defending the title he secured in Rome this year.Next year's... More...
Wanganui Collegiate School's Kyle Hoskin impressing on the cycle track
October 29, 2018 (03:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Kyle Hoskin hopped on a mountain bike at the age of 10 and has never looked back.The Wanganui Collegiate School student is now 16 and pedals around New Zealand competing in all sorts of cycle races."The most recent was one of... More...
2019 La Course changes dates to align with Tour de France stage in Pau
October 28, 2018 (15:30) [ Indexed from ]
La Course by Le Tour de France will change dates from its original July 23 place on the 2019 Women's WorldTour calendar to July 19, so that it aligns with the Tour de France stage held in Pau on the same day. The women will race a hilly circuit race, designed for the puncheurs of the peloton, using the same course as the men's stage 13 individual time trial. "Yes, La Course by Le Tour will take place on July 19th in Pau," a representative of ASO told Cyclingnews on Friday. "It's a classic race (mass-start) not an ITT, and the riders will complete five times the ITT [mens circuit]." The new date will not conflict with the Giro Rosa held from July 5-14, but it will, however, overlap with the UCI 2.1-ranked BeNe Ladies Tour held from July 18-21 in Belgium.ADVERTISEMENT ASO provided limited details about next years La Course race during the presentation of the 2019 Tour de France route at the Palais des Congrs in Paris on Thursday. The women will race along a circuit, the same course as the men's 27km time trial on stage 13, and they will complete five laps for a total of 120km. The route will include a climb over the Cte dEsquillot, making the circuit a challenge but one that could suit the one-day Classics specialists and possibly even the sprinters. You can read more at More...
Nairo Quintana: I didn't fulfill my objectives in 2018
October 28, 2018 (15:30) [ Indexed from ]
Two years ago, when Nairo Quintana(Movistar) met the media immediately after winning the Vuelta a Espaa, the Colombians outlook on the Tour de France, and Grand Tour racing, could not have been more upbeat. As the curtain on the 2019 season begins to twitch - with racing only just completed - Quintana faced another autumn press conference. He again looked ahead towards next July's Tour de France but things were understandably far more contained. Two difficult Tour de France, in 2017 and again in 2018, have undermined Quintana's GC hopes after he had finished on the podium in his previous three participations in 2016, 2015 and 2013. A poor Vuelta a Espaa this autumn, with a three-week media soap opera featuring Movistar's leadership question as its main story line, further emphasised the question marks over what the Colombian can still achieve. Quintana preferred to pull no punches when it came to talking to the media in Movistar's team meeting in Pamplona this Friday.ADVERTISEMENT "I havent fulfilled all my objectives this year, and if that doesnt work out, it seems like youve done nothing all season," Quintana, who won stages in the Tour de France and Tour de Suisse this season said. "But I wasnt missing in action, I was there, fighting away, sometimes better and sometimes worse. What's clear is that this was not my best year and not what we hoped for. "I lacked that spark in the Tour and Vuelta. I had a crash in the Tour, which affected me, and I still have some lasting effects of that, but we were always thinking about the Tour." Against power metre racing You can read more at More...
CCC Team to target stage wins at the 2019 Tour de France says Van Avermaet
October 28, 2018 (15:30) [ Indexed from ]
Greg Van Avermaet says that CCC Teams main priority at next years Tour de France will be to secure stage victories. The Belgian also believes that the lack of a general classification leader will allow the team to race more attractively. With Polish shoe and bag manufacturer CCC taking over as title sponsor from BMC for the 2019 season, there has been an abundance of changes in the team's roster. At present, only seven of the 23 confirmed riders come from this years crop at BMC Racing. Despite an offer sent to Geraint Thomas, the team wont have a Grand Tour contender. Richie Porte has signed with Trek-Segafredo, while Rohan Dennis is joining Bahrain-Merida and Tejay van Garderen will ride for EF Education First.New signings include Dutch veteran Laurens ten Dam, Stefan Denifl, Serge Pauwels and sprinter Jakub Mareczko.ADVERTISEMENT Van Avermaet said that he enjoyed riding for the teams leader Richie Porte in the past but believes the new team can step up to the plate even without an overall contender at the Tour de France. He was part of the BMC Racing team that won the team time trial in this year's Tour de France, going on to defend the yellow jersey for seven days. I think that we'll be able to go more on the attack and being attractive in the race but it can also be good for me to have a different strategy, Van Avermaet said in Paris following the unveiling of the 2019 Tour de France route. In the Classics, I have no problem with [being the leader] but in the Tour it is different, I cannot perform over three weeks like a GC guy. I think that it is important to win stages to support the team and to win by myself. Eyeing more stage victories You can read more at More...
Bewley stays with Mitchelton-Scott for two more years
October 28, 2018 (15:30) [ Indexed from ]
Sam Bewley has signed with Mitchelton-Scott for another two years, staying with the team through 2020. The New Zealand domestique has been with the Australian WorldTour team since it was established in 2012. Ive been a part of this team since the beginning when we were a team just trying to find our feet all the way through to monument victories and Grand Tour podiums, the 31-year-old said when the team confirmed his contract extension. The way this team operates and has progressed together as group is something that is close to my heart.ADVERTISEMENT Mitchelton-Scott currently has 22 riders signed for the coming year and will again target the Grand Tours with Simon and Adam Yates and Esteban Chaves, while European champion Matteo Trentin leads the Classics squad. Newcomers including Brent Bookwalter and Tsgabu Grmay, young Italian sprinter Edoardo Affini, Rob Stannard and Callum Scotson from the Mitchelton-Bike Exchange development team, plus Dion Smith and Nick Schultz from Wanty- Groupe Gobert and Caja Rural. Riders leaving the team include sprinter Caleb Ewan and Roger Kluge, both of whom are joining Lotto-Soudal. You can read more at More...
Doping: Former Armstrong doctor's sanction lifted after team manager banned
October 28, 2018 (15:30) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
A former doctor for Lance Armstrong's U.S. Postal Service (USPS) cycling team has had his lifetime ban lifted following his testimony against Armstrong team manager Johan Bruyneel, the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) said on Friday. Luis Garcia del Moral, a Spanish physician who worked with the More...
Tireless 106-year-old French cyclist hops back in the saddle
October 28, 2018 (15:30) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
He's closing in on his 107th birthday and Frenchman Robert Marchand is still in the saddle training at an indoor cycling track, despite hvaing announced his retirement from cycling More...
Froome wants Tour win for Sky's 10th birthday gift
October 28, 2018 (15:30) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
Four-time Tour de France winner Chris Froome was coy Thursday over whether he or Geraint Thomas would lead Sky at the 2019 edition, but said it would make a great 10th birthday gift for the British team. Froome came third at the 2018 Tour de France as teammate Thomas emerged from his shadow to secure More...
2019 Tour de France celebrates century of yellow jerseys
October 28, 2018 (15:30) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
Next year's Tour de France will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the showcase race's iconic yellow jersey. With France emerging from the carnage of World War I, the Tour offered its beacon of hope to the war-ravaged nation. In 1919, the race leader's yellow jersey - which has become cycling More...
Mountains galore as 2019 Tour de France route unveiled
October 28, 2018 (15:30) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
Tour de France organisers threw down the gauntlet to the climbing specialists when they unveiled the "the highest Tour in history" for a 2019 edition featuring a record 30 mountain passes and five summit finishes on Thursday. With a nod to Belgian legend Eddy Merckx, the 2019 Tour begins in More...
Former Armstrong team manager, doctor get lifetime cycling bans
October 28, 2018 (15:30) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
The 54-year-old Belgian was initially banned for 10 years in 2014 by the American Arbitration Association North American Court of Arbitration for Sport (AAA) for helping orchestrate an elaborate doping program that helped Armstrong to seven Tour de France titles. In its ruling, CAS also said doctor More...
Armstrong manager Bruyneel banned from cycling for life
October 28, 2018 (15:30) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
Lance Armstrong's former US Postal team manager Johan Bruyneel has been handed a life ban from cycling by the Court of Arbitration for Sport. Bruyneel, 54, was the team manager for all of Armstrong's seven Tour de France victories from 1999-2005 -- triumphs that were erased in the US superstar More...
Former Armstrong team manager gets lifetime ban from cycling
October 28, 2018 (15:30) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
Lance Armstrong's former team manager has been given a lifetime ban from cycling for his role in a doping program that helped Armstrong win the Tour de France seven times. Johan Bruyneel had been serving a 10-year ban. In a letter posted on social media Wednesday, Bruyneel announced the Switzerland-based More...
Mountains galore as 2019 Tour de France route unveiled
October 28, 2018 (15:30) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
Tour de France organisers threw down the gauntlet to the climbing specialists when they unveiled the most mountainous edition in the 106-year history of the event, the 2019 edition featuring a record 30 mountain passes and five summit finishes, on Thursday. With a nod to Belgian legend Eddy Merckx, More...
Cavendish extends contract with Dimension Data
October 28, 2018 (15:30) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
British cycling star Mark Cavendish has extended his contract with Dimension Data, despite currently being out of action with the Epstein-Barr virus, the South African team announced on Wednesday. Cavendish has only won twice in the last two years with stage victories on the Abu Dhabi and Dubai Tours More...
Tour de France bad boy Moscon wins Guangxi race
October 28, 2018 (15:30) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
Shanghai (AFP) - Italy's Gianni Moscon of Team Sky won the Tour of Guangxi on Sunday after Dutchman Fabio Jakobsen triumphed in the sixth and final stage in a bunch sprint. More...
CEO Derek Bouchard-Hall to leave USA Cycling at year's end
October 28, 2018 (15:30) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
USA Cycling is once again on the hunt for another chief executive. Derek Bouchard-Hall announced Friday he is resigning as president and CEO at the end of the year, opening a job he assumed in 2015 amid uncertain times. The sport was still getting over doping stains from the Lance Armstrong era, and More...
Italy's Moscon takes Guangxi lead after stage win
October 28, 2018 (15:30) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
Shanghai (AFP) - Italy's Gianni Moscon won the gruelling fourth stage of the Tour of Guangxi on Friday in China and with it took the overall lead. More...
Tennis: Serena coach makes plea for honest and open on-court coaching
October 28, 2018 (15:30) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
Patrick Mouratoglou admitted gesturing to Williams from the stands during her match with Japan's Naomi Osaka -- in contravention of U.S. Open and other grand slam tournament rules -- but the American was left incensed at the umpire's strict interpretation of the rule. The debate was fueled by More...
Nibali to meet French prosecutors over Tour de France crash
October 28, 2018 (15:30) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
Vincenzo Nibali will return to France on November 10 to speak with prosecutors over a complaint he filed after fracturing his back in a crash which ruled him out of this year's Tour de France, reports in Italy said Tuesday. The 33-year-old Bahrain-Merida team rider was in front of Sky's Geraint More...
Member of US cycling team found after going missing in Spain
October 28, 2018 (15:30) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
A member of American cycling team Trek-Segafredo was hospitalized with a concussion after going missing for several hours in northeastern Spain on Monday. Director Steven De Jongh ''did not sustain more serious injuries'' after crashing in a training ride near the city of Girona, the More...
France's Pinot dethrones Nibali to win Tour of Lombardy
October 28, 2018 (15:30) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
France's Thibaut Pinot dethroned two-time winner Vincenzo Nibali to finish his season on a high in the Tour of Lombardy, the fifth and final 'Monument' of the one-day classics season on Saturday. Pinot, of the Groupama-FDJ team, soloed over the finish line at Lake Como to win the 241 km-long More...
French rider Pinot wins Tour of Lombardy
October 28, 2018 (15:30) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
COMO, Italy (AP) -- French rider Thibaut Pinot won the Tour of Lombardy on Saturday for the first single-day classic victory of his career. More...
France's Pinot dethrones Nibali to win Tour of Lombardy
October 28, 2018 (15:30) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
France's Thibaut Pinot dethroned two-time winner Vincenzo Nibali to finish his season on a high in the Tour of Lombardy, the fifth and final 'Monument' of the one-day classics season on Saturday. Pinot, of the Groupama-FDJ team, soloed over the finish line at Lake Como to win the 241 km-long More...
Valverde off menu as Chrono des Nations waves Chavanel goodbye
October 28, 2018 (15:30) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
Newly-crowned world champion Alejandro Valverde will not participate in the prestigious French time-trialling event the Chrono des Nations, organisers said ahead of Sunday's event. Instead, Italian Vincenzo Nibali, the 2014 Tour de France champion, is the headline act -- although not necessarily More...
World champ Valverde eyes maiden Tour of Lombardy triumph
October 28, 2018 (15:30) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
Newly-crowned world champion Alejandro Valverde headlines the season-finale Tour of Lombardy on Saturday looking for his first win in a race where he has twice finished runner-up. Movistar rider Valverde will be challenged by the same rivals who were beaten for the world championships road race crown More...
Italy's Colbrelli defies wind, rain to win Gran Piemonte
October 28, 2018 (15:30) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
Milan (AFP) - Italian Sonny Colbrelli of the Bahrain-Merida team defied the wind and rainy conditions to win a sprint finish for the Gran Piemonte semi-classic in northern Italy on Thursday. More...
Luke Rowe commits future to Team Sky
October 28, 2018 (15:30) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
Luke Rowe has agreed a new deal to stay at Team Sky, admitting he feels "part of the furniture" at the British-based outfit alongside Geraint Thomas and Chris Froome. The 28-year-old Welshman has spent his entire professional career with Sky, joining in 2012, and his new three-year contract More...
Olympics: Mount Fuji to serve as backdrop for 2020 time trials
October 28, 2018 (15:30) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
The foothills of Mount Fuji will be the setting for the individual time trial events at the Tokyo Olympics, 2020 organizers and world cycling's governing body (UCI) announced on Wednesday. The course would start and finish at the Fuji Speedway circuit at the base of the mountain, they said in a More...
Geraint Thomas' Tour de France trophy stolen at cycling show
October 28, 2018 (15:30) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
Team Sky says the Tour de France trophy won by Geraint Thomas has been stolen from a cycling show in Britain. The team says police are investigating after the trophy disappeared during an event in Birmingham, where Team Sky displayed the three Grand Tour trophies won by its riders. In addition to this More...
Geraint Thomas's Tour de France trophy stolen
October 28, 2018 (15:30) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
Geraint Thomas's Tour de France trophy has been stolen after being displayed at a cycle show, Team Sky said on Wednesday. Sky have been displaying all three Grand Tour trophies -- which were won by Thomas and fellow British rider Chris Froome between September last year and July 2018 - at various More...
Tour de France trophy stolen at cycle show: Team Sky
October 28, 2018 (15:30) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
The Tour de France trophy won by Team Sky's Geraint Thomas earlier this year has been stolen during a cycle show in Birmingham, the British team said on Wednesday. The trophy, loaned to bike manufacturer Pinarello, had been on display at venues across the UK along with the team's other grand More...

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