Tour Colombia: Alaphilippe wins stage 5

Julian Alaphilippe wins stage 5 at Tour Colombia

Julian Alaphilippe ( Deceuninck-QuickStep ) won stage 5 of the Tour Colombia 2.1 with a powerful sprint to beat Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana) and Richard Carapaz (Movistar). The stage looked to be heading towards a two-man battle after Daniel Martinez (EF Education First) and Ivan Sosa (Team Sky) had attacked and gone clear inside the final 10 kilometres. At that point, Alaphilippe was unable to hold the pace set by the Colombian riders, but he came back to the duo, alongside Carapaz and Lopez inside the final kilometre. The Frenchman immediately hit the front once the juncture was made and showed no hesitation as he rounded the final corners and jumped a set of speed bumps as the line approached. His kick for the line was definitive, allowing him plenty of time to savour the win. Earlier in the stage Chris Froome (Team Sky) was held up in crash and ...

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Oman: Kristoff wins stage 1

Oman: Kristoff wins stage 1

Kristoff takes the sprint after wind-swept opening stage. Read the full article at Oman: Kristoff wins stage 1 on .

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Bart De Clercq becomes first rider to race with artificial hip

Bart De Clercq (Want-Gobert) at Tour of Oman

The opening stage of the Tour of Oman might have seen Alexander Kristoff extend his record victory tally with a rapid sprint on the Suhar Corniche, but away from the headlines there was another story, and another slice of history being made, as Bart De Clercq ( Wanty-Gobert ) became the first professional cyclist to race with an artificial hip. The 32-year-old Belgian went through the old pre-race rituals on Al Sawadi Beach on Saturday morning, applying sun lotion and pinning on his numbers, with a childlike grin on his face. It was the first time he’d done that in almost 18 months. In the intervening period, he'd struggled with an injury that threatened to ruin not just his career but his quality of life. The crash that fractured his hip, he recalls, was a 'silly' one. Having just transferred from Lotto Soudal to Wanty Groupe Gobert, he was out ...

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Video: Furious cyclist dresses down Aberdeen police officer who ran red light – but does he just have it in for the police?

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Officer admits that he “accidentally went too far forward”

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High intensity intervals better for weight loss concludes study

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Thought to result in either greater energy expenditure after exercise or suppression of appetite

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Coquard comes close in Tour of Oman opener

Alexander Kristoff (UAE Team Emirates) beats Coquard and Bouhanni to the line on stage 1 of the 2019

Bryan Coquard ( Vital Concept-B&B; Hotels ) came close to taking his second win in as many stage races in 2019, surging past Nacer Bouhanni (Cofidis) but unable to squeeze ahead of Alexander Kristoff (UAE Team Emirates) on the opening stage of the Tour of Oman . The Frenchman, who endured a difficult first campaign with Vital Concept in 2018 following his acrimonious split from Direct Energie, had already won on the opening day of the Etoile de Bessèges. The finishing stretch on the Suhar Corniche ran arrow-straight for 1,300 metres, but a technical section just before that saw Coquard have to fight back and perhaps sap his legs for the final sprint. "There were riders who mis-stepped in front of me and Kris Boeckmans with two kilometres to go, at the start of the series of bends, so we lost some places. We tried to come back but maybe ...

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Raleigh Molli 16

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A fun and easy-to-ride young kids' bike thanks to the low weight and decent performing kit 7/10

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Vuelta Murcia: Luis Leon Sanchez wins stage 2 ahead of Valverde

Luis Leon Sanchez (Astana) wins Vuelta Murcia 2019

Luis Leon Sanchez ( Astana ) took the overall victory at the Vuelta Ciclista a la Region Murcia , with his win in the second and final stage. He beat world champion Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) in a two-man sprint, with Mitchelton-Scott's Matteo Trentin coming in third. Sanchez continued Astana's domination of the race, after the Kazakh team had finished first, second and third on stage 1. Valverde claimed second in GC, and Pello Bilbao, Sanchez' teammate and winner of the first stage, was third overall. Sanchez and Valverde had broken from the lead group on the final climb, with some 15km to go. Valverde went solo from the top of the climb, before Sanchez caught him again. As Sanchez crossed the finish line with a sizable gap, Valverde applauded his countryman and embraced him after crossing the finish line. The Queen stage featured four ranked climbs, and it was destined ...

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How to tell when your wheel rims have worn out — and how to make them last longer

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Avoid catastrophe by regularly checking your wheels for worn rims from braking

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Van Vleuten to return to racing at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and Strade Bianche

Annemiek Van Vleuten celebrates her second consecutive time trial world title

Annemiek van Vleuten ( MIthcelton-Scott ) has recovered from a debilitating knee injury sustained in a crash at the World Championships last year and will return to racing at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad on March 3 in Belgium followed by the Women's WorldTour kick off at Strade Bianche on March 9 in Italy. "I will race Omloop Het Neiuwsblad and Strade Bianche," Van Vleuten told Cyclingnews from her training camp in Tenerife. "I will be doing them in a domestique role and support my team. I think it's good to support my team and to get a little bit of racing in my legs to see where my fitness is and how much longer I will need to be at a level where I can race the finals again." Van Vleuten secured top honours in the overall standings of both the Women's WorldTour and the UCI World Ranking in 2018 after ...

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Gilbert wins Tour de la Provence stage 2

Philippe Gilbert (Deceuninck - Quick-Step Team)

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Kristoff: Gaviria is faster so I'll work for him

Alexander Kristoff (UAE Team Emirates) kicks hard

Towards the end of last season, when Fernando Gaviria was announced as a UAE Team Emirates rider, Alexander Kristoff came out and said he hoped his paymasters didn't see him as simply as a lead-out man for the Colombian, otherwise he'd be a rather expensive support rider. With the new season underway, and with a customary win at the Tour of Oman in the bag, Kristoff appears resigned to working for Gaviria in bunch sprints, but has staked his own quiet claim to leadership in the spring classics. Kristoff opened his season at the Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana last week and won the opening stage in Oman on Saturday, while Gaviria has started in South America, winning a stage at the Vuelta a San Juan but abandoning the Tour Colombia through illness. The pair, however, are set to race together for the first time at the UAE Tour later ...

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Carlisle driver who hit cyclist on roundabout and fled scene dodges driving ban

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Said he needed his car to see his aunt and get to work

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Terpstra: So far I'm satisfied at Direct Energie

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Niki Terpstra made something of a leap of faith in leaving QuickStep, the most victorious team in the WorldTour, and joining Direct Energie , but he insisted he is perfectly satisfied with the way things are turning out at the second-division French team. Terpstra enjoyed his best classics campaign to date in 2018, winning Le Samyn, E3-Harelbeke, and the Tour of Flanders, as well as finishing on the podium at Paris-Roubaix. Consequently, his market value shot up and Direct Energie, with money to invest in a push for WorldTour status, were a ble to pry him away from Patrick Lefevere’s team , where he’d been for eight years. Terpstra has been open about the fact that money was a major factor in his decision – this being, at 34, perhaps his last big contract – but also insisted he was keen for a new challenge. He raced in the black ...

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Movistar's Jaime Roson banned for four years

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Adverse analytical finding dates back to his time with Caja Rural

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EF Education First loses Tour Colombia jersey but keep hope alive

Rigoberto Uran (EF Education First)

Astana's Miguel Angel Lopez was the main protagonist of stage 4 at the Tour Colombia 2.1 on Friday, jumping into a breakaway on the first lap of a six-lap circuit race in Medellin and gobbling up eight seconds worth of time bonuses on his general classification rivals. But it was the successful late attack of stage 4 winner Bob Jungels (Deceuninck-QuickStep) that upended the applecart, with the time bonuses for the winner and his third-placed teammate Julian Alaphilippe pushing the pair into first and second overall, respectively. The QuickStep duo now sit ahead of three riders from EF Education First: overnight leader Rigoberto Uran , Dani Martinez and Lawson Craddock. The finish of stage 4 in Medellin was chaotic, to say the least, as the race's top sprinters were dropped from contention, leaving a bevy of climbers and all-rounders to fight out the sprint finish. "That was definitely a difficult ...

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Tour of Oman: Kristoff wins stage 1

On cloud nine: Alexander Kristoff (UAE Team Emirates) takes his ninth stage win at the Tour of Oman

Alexander Kristoff (Team UAE Emirate) cruised to victory on stage 1 of the Tour of Oman on Saturday. The Norwegian sprinter took the first leader's jersey of the race as a result. Kristoff came home ahead of French sprinters Bryan Coquard (Vital Concept-B&B; Hotels) and Nacer Bouhanni (Cofidis Solutions Credits). Andre Greipel suffered a late puncture with less than 10km to go, and although he was able to return to the peloton he was unable to break into the top ten. "It was a tailwind and very fast. It was difficult to come from far behind because it was really stretched out, but it was also hard to time it because you can’t go too early with this tailwind - you need some draft," Kristoff said at the finish. "Actually, I never took my ass off the saddle, I was seated the whole sprint. It was mostly about leg speed, ...

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Greipel adjusts to new life with Arkea-Samsic

Greipel adjusts to new life with Arkea-Samsic

German sprinter Andre Greipel has outlined stage wins at the Tour de France as his main objective of the season -- if new team Arkea-Samsic can score one of two remaining wild card entries.

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Astana takes 1,2,3 in Vuelta Murcia opening stage

Pello Bilbao (Astana)

Astana hogged the top three spots on stage 1 of the Vuelta Ciclista a la Región de Murcia with Pello Bibao taking the honours after a late attack, and teammates Omar Fraile and Luis Leon Sanchez completing the set. World champion, Alejandro Valverde (Movistar), finished fourth in the bunch sprint to the line, while Bilbao leads the race with one stage to go. The day belonged to Astana, who caught the early break, set a furious pace on the final incline and then launched attacks, first through Leon Sanchez, then Danish rider Jakob Fuglsang, and finally through stage winner Bilbao, who came into the race with strong form after a recent third place overall in Valenciana. It was the 28-year-old's first win since the penultimate stage of last year's Criterium du Dauphine. "It is a very nice victory for me! Honestly, it was not easy to do the decisive move ...

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