The weekly spin: Meet Tadej Pogacar, future Grand Tour champion

There’s a youth movement happening in pro cycling, and the Amgen Tour of California is the proving ground. Last year, 21-year-old Egan Bernal crowned as the youngest-ever winner of the Amgen Tour. This year, it was 20-year-old Tadej Pogacar, who is nearly a year younger than Bernal. At this rate, we’ll soon have a teenager … The post The weekly spin: Meet Tadej Pogacar, future Grand Tour champion appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Tom Dumoulin abandons Giro d’Italia

Supported by Tom Dumoulin is out of the Giro d’Italia. Dumoulin (Sunweb) gave it a try on Wednesday, rolling across the start line in Frascati with a bandage on his left leg that covered the string of slices made by a chainring a day before. His knee was swollen and painful, and he visibly limped. He didn’t … The post Tom Dumoulin abandons Giro d’Italia appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Mamma Mia! Who’s Gonna Win this Giro?

Italy and mothers go together like pasta and meatballs, and it is fitting that this Giro will start the day prior to Mother’s Day (at least for the US and Italy). This year, having an Italian mother got some good press after Alberto “Mamma di Pasti” Bettiol won the Tour of Flanders. Bettiol earned that nickname from Jonathan Vaughters because like a good Italian son, he still lives with his mother and “suffers” on the bike from her pasta cooking and offering tendencies. I appreciate that, having a mamma di pasti of my own (what part of Italy is my mother from, you ask— well, Northern New Jersey). Embarrassingly, my two younger brothers lived with my mamma di pasti until their early 30s. My mamma di pasti still cried when they moved out. Anyway, I digress. Let’s bring this mother back to the Giro. Perhaps my favorite chapter of Dino ...

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Roglic: Romandie victory was 'perfect preparation for the Giro'

Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) on the Tour de Romandie podium.

Primož Roglič ( Team Jumbo-Visma ) triumphed at the Tour de Romandie on Sunday afternoon, sealing his third stage race victory from three so far in 2019. The Slovenian's dominant performance in Switzerland has only cemented his position as a top favourite for the Giro d’Italia , which starts next weekend. Roglič won three of six stages in Romandie, also finishing second in the prologue and third on another stage. The comprehensive victory, which saw him beat Rui Costa (UAE Team Emirates) and Geraint Thomas (Team Ineos) by 49 seconds and 1:12, respectively, is surely the perfect lead-in to the Italian race, which Roglič returns to after two years spent targeting the Tour de France. "I'm very happy with my third stage victory and my overall victory," said Roglič in a post-race team statement. "This victory Is a team achievement; the entire team was fantastic this week. "It shows how ...

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Roglic shows sparkling form with Tour de Romandie lead

Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) takes the stage win

After coming second in the Tour de Romandie prologue to fellow Slovenian Jan Tratnik, Primoz Roglic ( Jumbo-Visma ) showed impeccable form and timing to take the victory on stage 1 in La Chaux de Fonds and move into the race lead. Though his lead stands at just 10 seconds over UAE Team Emirates' Rui Costa and 12 seconds on David Gaudu (Groupama-FDJ) with Tour de France champion Geraint Thomas (Team Ineos) one second further adrift, one cannot discount Roglic as a contender to take home the overall victory. He won both stage races he's started this season - beginning at the UAE Tour where he led from start to finish, and on to Tirreno-Adriatico where he snatched the overall win on the final day's time trial from Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott). The Slovenian is now looking ahead to the Giro d'Italia where he will throw his hat into the ring ...

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Gaudu grabs sixth-place finish at Liege-Bastogne-Liege

Groupama-FDJ's David Gaudu finishes sixth at the 2019 Liège-Bastogne-Liège behind Mitchelton's Adam

Groupama-FDJ 's David Gaudu took a well-earned sixth place at what was only his second participation at Liège-Bastogne-Liège on Sunday, only just missing out on a podium spot after finding himself in the lead group on the final climb of the Côte de la Roche-aux-Faucons. Gaudu was unable to follow winner Jakob Fuglsang's (Astana) decisive move over the top of the climb, nor runner-up Davide Formolo (Bora-Hansgrohe), but was in the mix in the final sprint for third place, missing out to Formolo's Bora teammate Max Schachmann, Mitchelton-Scott's Adam Yates and Michael Woods (EF Education First). It was an illustrious group to finish as part of, and Gaudu was happy with his own performance, and content to have left everything out on the road. "When you're sprinting and you're having to stay in the saddle, it's because you've given it everything you've got," Gaudu said on his team's Twitter page. ...

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Adam Yates comes close to first Liege-Bastogne-Liege podium

Mitchelton-Scott's Adam Yates finishes stage 2 at Tour of the Basque Country

Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) came extremely close to his first Monument podium at Liege-Bastogne-Liege but just missed out, finishing in fourth place on the Rue d'Avroy just under a minute behind the winner Jakob Fuglsang . Though he came so close, Yates was not disappointed and was instead satisfied that he had managed to better his previous best result of eighth in 2017. "It was a tough day. All day in the rain and then in the final I was feeling ok, but stronger guys were up ahead of me. I improved on my eighth of a couple of years ago, fourth now. Maybe in the future I can go better, but right now fourth is good for me," he said at the finish. Yates says that fourth place was the best that he could have hoped for at given the way the race played out. Yates found himself in a ...

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Fuglsang wins Liège-Bastogne-Liège

Fuglsang wins Liège-Bastogne-Liège

Jakob Fuglsang ( Team Astana ) took the biggest win of his career at Liège-Bastogne-Liège, soloing to victory from the top of the Côte de Roche-aux-Faucons. Davide Formolo (Bora-Hansgrohe), one of the men he left behind, took second, while Formolo's teammate Max Schachmann sprinted to third from an elite chase group. The win caps a wonderful spring for Fuglsang and his Astana team. It's his third win of the season and Astana's 23rd, but the Dane has so often been a nearly man in the classics with three podium places so far. Victory at the final classic of the spring is just reward for his efforts. In a race which fizzled at times but never really detonated, the main action once again came on the day's final climb – despite the route revamp. Michael Woods (EF Education First) kicked off the action on the Côte de la Roche-aux-Faucons after an ...

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Adam Yates upbeat for Liege-Bastogne-Liege despite route changes

Mitchelton-Scott's Adam Yates during stage 2 at Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana

For many riders in the peloton, the 2019 change to the Liege-Bastogne-Liege finale could not come soon enough. But, Adam Yates ( Mitchelton-Scott ) is not one of them. Asked by Cyclingnews earlier this week if he wished the switch in the finale from Ans to the Liege city centre had taken place a year later rather than in 2019, Yates grins and says "pretty much, yeah." Climbing and fast, late accelerations on tough courses are two of Yates' biggest talents, so the Liege finish in Ans suited him down to the ground. But the Briton remains optimistic about his chances. And after his best spring, in terms of results, to date Yates says he will be determined to make his presence known once again on Sunday, and in the process pull down the curtain on the first part of his season in the best way possible. It’s also true ...

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Teams recon Liege-Bastogne-Liege climbs - Gallery

Greg Van Avermaet and the CCC Team on the Liege route

With the final Monument of the Spring Classics up for grabs Sunday at Liege-Bastogne-Liege , the top teams and riders were out on course taking the opportunity for one last chance to recon the most important and iconic parts of the course. Julian Alaphilippe and Philippe Gilbert were on course with their Deceuninck-QuickStep teammates, as were Jakob Fuglsang and Astana , the foils for Alaphilippe so far during the Frenchman's phenomenal spring. Greg Van Avermaet and his CCC Team were taking in the route on Friday, alongside Tour of Flanders winner Alberto Bettiol and the EF Education First team. Four-time Liege-Bastogne-Liege winner and world champion Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) took in parts of the course, while Frenchman Romain Bardet (AG2R La Mondiale) put in several good digs on the prominent climbs. Adam Yates was also on hand with Mitchelton-Scott. Other teams out on Friday reconnoitering the route included Jumbo-Visma, Dimension Data, ...

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Liege-Bastogne-Liege Preview

La Doyenne of all monument previews Well, it has been an interesting week to be more or less entirely away from the cycling world. I saw and enjoyed the last few minutes of the men’s Amstel Gold, which was special (and entirely bonkers). I’ve been keeping a bit of an eye on the Tour of the Alps, which has done wonders to maintain my faith in the future stars of Team Sky/Ineos, and in Fausto Masnada. I didn’t see a minute of Fleche Wallone, which is fine by me. On Sunday, though, I’ll be back to paying attention. With the year’s fourth monument coming up, I’ve picked a good day. Let’s get right into it. Routes and practical information Easter weekend was spectacularly warm and sunny across the UK, and clearly across the Netherlands too. The forecast for Sunday is less good, both in Edinburgh (you don’t care) and Liege ...

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Riders turn focus to Yorkshire as leading pros reflect on Spring Classics

Maria David 26 Apr 2019 As we gear up to the climax of Ardennes Classics week in Liege, we look at a few of the on-form riders of the Women’s WorldTour With three tough Classics to tackle – Amstel Gold, Fleche Wallone and the upcoming Liege-Bastogne-Liege – this week has been a key moment for the top female professional racers to show their true form and for us to know who to look out for when the women race on the streets of Yorkshire next week, and later this year. In previous seasons there have been clear favourites at the races. Notably two seasons ago Boels-Dolmans was the team to beat, with Anna van der Breggen and then teammate Lizzie Deignan regularly doing a one-two at the Spring Classics . However, this year has seen a changing of the guard, with the UCI Women’s WorldTour rankings and youth rankings being ...

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'Yorkshire roads are like nowhere else' Deignan looks ahead to World Championships

Maria David 26 Apr 2019 Before the climax of Ardennes Classics in Liege, we look at on-form riders Deignan, Bastianelli and Van Vleuten and ahead to Yorkshire 2019 With three tough Classics to tackle – Amstel Gold, Fleche Wallone and the upcoming Liege-Bastogne-Liege – this week has been a key moment for the top female professional racers to show their true form and for us to know who to look out for when the women race on the roads of Yorkshire next week, and later this year at the UCI World Championships . In previous seasons there have been clear favourites at the races. Notably two seasons ago, Boels-Dolmans was the team to beat with Anna van der Breggen and then teammate Lizzie Deignan regularly doing a one-two at the Spring Classics . However, this year has seen a changing of the guard, with the UCI Women’s WorldTour rankings and ...

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24 things you need to know about the 2019 Liege-Bastogne-Liege

The Spring Classics come to a close this Sunday with Liege-Bastogne-Liege. It’s one of the oldest and most prestigious one-day races on the planet, and a race that’s had quite a shake-up in 2019. In the following preview we tell you everything you need to know about both the men’s and women’s Liege-Bastogne-Liege. The men’s … The post 24 things you need to know about the 2019 Liege-Bastogne-Liege appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Catalogue of crashes wrecks Mitchelton-Scott's Fleche Wallonne

Mitchelton-Scott's Adam Yates finishes stage 2 at Tour of the Basque Country

Adam Yates and his Mitchelton-Scott teammates saw their chances of a successful Flèche Wallonne disappear on Wednesday after all but one of their number were involved in crashes. Yates, who came into the race as a potential podium candidate, crashed just before the second ascent of the Mur de Huy and was forced out of the race as a result. Of the team's entire seven-rider roster, only Damien Howson came through unscathed, finishing in 28th place, as Julian Alaphilppe romped home to take the win ahead of Astana's Jakob Fuglsang. Michael Albasini, a perennial top-10 finisher in Flèche Wallonne, and Daryl Impey were also involved in falls and failed to finish the race. "Today flipped on its head pretty quickly, unfortunately, with many crashes throughout the race and most of the team went down or had been involved one way or another," Howson said in a press release issued by ...

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Pozzovivo suffers concussion in Fleche Wallonne crash

Domenico Pozzovivo wears a bandage after a training crash in Australia

Domenico Pozzovivo ( Bahrain-Merida ) crashed heavily in the closing stages of La Flèche Wallonne , suffering facial trauma and a concussion, his team Bahrain-Merida announced Wednesday. The Italian was transported to a nearby hospital in Huy, where doctors ruled out fractures to his head or vertebra but confirmed a head injury along with multiple abrasions. The team will evaluate his condition before making a final decision on his participation at Liège-Bastogne-Liège on Sunday. "Unfortunately we had again bad luck with the crash of [Grega] Bole and in particular Pozzovivo," Sports Director Rik Verbrugghe said. "Pozzovivo will join us at the team hotel and then we will evaluate his condition ahead of the Liège." MEDICAL UPDATE @pozzovivod crashed badly on today's @flechewallonne and he was transported in ambulance to Huy hospital. Luckily he had any skull and vertebral fractures. He suffered facial trauma and concussion. Multiple abrasions on shoulder, elbow, ...

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Adam Yates takes aim at Fleche Wallonne

Adam Yates with a fistpump as he crosses the line

Adam Yates will hope to carry his fine early-season form into the Ardennes Classics when he tackles Flèche Wallonne on Wednesday. The Briton has won stages at the Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana, Volta a Catalunya and Tour of the Basque Country so far in 2019, and he will lead the line for Mitchelton-Scott in Belgium this week. Yates has made just two previous appearances at Flèche Wallonne, placing 97th as a neo-professional in 2014 and abandoning the race two years later. He has also lined out on two occasions at Liège-Bastogne-Liège, placing 8th on his last attempt in 2017. "I'm in good condition but I've never quite mastered the Ardennes races. The terrain suits me generally and Flèche is a bit harder than usual which should suit me more," Yates said in a statement released by his Mitchelton-Scott team. While his brother Simon will eschew the Ardennes Classics as ...

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Ion Izagirre wins the Tour of the Basque Country

Ion Izagirre celebrates on the podium with his daughter

Ion Izagirre ( Astana ) claimed overall victory at the Tour of the Basque Country after he placed fourth behind stage winner Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) on a breathless final leg around Eibar. Overnight leader Emanuel Buchmann (Bora-Hansgrohe) was distanced on the category 1 ascent of Azurki by a five-man group featuring Izagirre, Yates, Jakob Fuglsang (Astana), Dan Martin and Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates). Although there were more than 65km to go, this move had the firepower to hold off a disorganised chase, where Buchmann had to shoulder the bulk of the pace-making on the remaining climbs. Up front, Martin tried to distance Izagirre on the final classified ascent of Asensio, but was unable to break the Astana man's resistance. On the run-in to the finish, Yates took advantage of a short, unclassified ascent with 3km to go to punch his way clear, and he held off his fellow escapees ...

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Tour of the Basque Country: Buchmann wins stage 5

Emanuel Buchmann (Bora-Hansgrohe) wins stage 5 at Pais Vasco

Emanuel Buchmann continued Bora-Hansgrohe 's string of success with a brilliant solo victory during stage 5 at the Tour of the Basque Country on Friday. The German rider attacked on the penultimate ascent and held his gap up the slopes of Usartza before descending into the city of Arrate to take the win by a minute over the chase: runner-up Jon Izagirre (Astana), third-placed Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) and fourth-placed Jakob Fuglsang (Astana). Buchmann's dominant performance meant that he took the overall race lead from teammate Max Schachmann, who was distanced on the final climb. Buchmann now leads the race by 54 seconds over Ion Izagirre, while Schachmann, who won three stages, dropped to third place at 1:04 back. "It's incredible. It's already the fourth stage win for us, and on the queen stage, and now with the leader's jersey, it's really cool," Buchmann said in a post-race flash interview. "We ...

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Tour of the Basque Country: Schachmann wins another on stage 4

Maximilian Schachmann (Bora-Hansgrohe) and Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates) finish first and second

Max Schachmann ( Bora-Hansgrohe ) secured a third stage victory and retained his overall lead at the Tour of the Basque Country in Arrigorriaga on Thursday. The German all-rounder was part of a late-race breakaway of four, ignited by Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) over the final Zaratoma climb, and then sprinted to the stage 4 win ahead of Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates) and Jakob Fuglsang (Astana). Yates finished fourth. The four-kilometre climb over Zaratoma had a max grade of 11 per cent and peaked with just five kilometres to the finish line. Mitchelton-Scott led the reduced peloton up the climb, setting up Yates for a searing attack over the top. He cleared the field but was joined by Schachmann, Fuglsang and Pogacar on the wet-and-twisty descent. Once onto the city streets of Arrigorriaga, Pogacar made the first attack, but Schachmann was quick to respond and connected with his back wheel. ...

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