Yates brothers and Chaves to lead Mitchelton-Scott at Volta a Catalunya

Simon and Adam Yates at the Vuelta a España team presentation

The star trio of Esteban Chaves , Adam Yates and Simon Yates will headline Mitchelton-Scott 's roster at the Volta a Catalunya , which starts on Monday, the team has announced. They spearhead a strong line-up for the Australian squad, who will surely be heading to Spain with ambitions to win the week-long stage race with three potential general classification contenders. Catalunya will be Chaves' second WorldTour stage race of the season, having also ridden Paris-Nice, and the race marks another step on the road back from what was an eight-month lay-off caused by the mononucleosis virus. The Colombian returned to racing in February at the Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana, which was his first event since the 2018 Giro d'Italia. Meanwhile, the Yates brothers have seen success already this season, with Adam winning a stage at the Volta a Valenciana and taking second place at last week's Tirreno-Adriatico, after ...

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Milan-San Remo preview and Ineos' Team Sky takeover - Podcast

Caleb Ewan, Vincenzo Nibali and Arnaud Demare on the Milan-San Remo podium

In this week's edition of the Cyclingnews podcast, brought to you in association with Sportful, Pinarello, and Floyd's of Leadville, we look back at the action from Paris-Nice and Tirreno-Adriatico . We look ahead to this weekend's first Monument of the season, Milan-San Remo , and debate the merits and issues arising from the controversial takeover of Team Sky by Ineos . We also hear from Tirreno-Adriatico winner Primoz Roglic about his victory and his form ahead of the Giro d'Italia; Julian Alaphilippe and Elia Viviani ahead of Milan-San Remo, and Mitchelton-Scott's Adam Yates and directeur sportif Matt White. There's also time for us to check in with our very own Stephen Farrand, who picks out the key talking points from Tirreno-Adriatico, discusses the pressure on Vincenzo Nibali's shoulders, and highlights just what Milan-San Remo means to the Italian cycling. Sponsor message Born in the Italian Dolomites, Sportful has been ...

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Winners and Losers From the Week in Stage Racing

Alright, the first week of (real) World Tour stage racing is in the can. Some riders saw their stock go up, while others were left searching for answers. Let’s have a look at who came out on top, who didn’t and what that means moving forward. Winner: Sam Bennett The Irish Fastman had a pretty good 2018 with 3 stage wins in the Giro and a smattering of other better than expected results. For his sins, he lost his spot on the Giro roster to Pascal Ackermann. And now he is pissed. While handling his displeasure through the media swimmingly, his 2019 is so far going even better, with a win at UAE and now two stage wins at Paris-Nice, including an extremely impressive navigation through traffic to take stage 6, that really showed his chutzpah. Maybe the better competition went to Italy, but it’s not exactly nobodies that he’s ...

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Tirreno stage 7: Roglic wins GC by a whisker in final TT

Tirreno stage 7: Roglic wins GC by a whisker in final TT

The final time trial proves decisive as Primoz Roglic pulls back a 25-second deficit on Adam Yates to win the overall. Read the full article at Tirreno stage 7: Roglic wins GC by a whisker in final TT on VeloNews.com .

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Tirreno-Adriatico: Can Adam Yates stop Roglic time trialling to overall victory?

Adam Yates is ready to start stage 6 at Tirreno-Adriatico

After 1,038.5km of racing across six days, this year’s Tirreno-Adriatico will be decided in Tuesday’s final 10km time trial on the out-and-back course in San Benedetto del Tronto. Adam Yates ( Mitchelton-Scott ) will start last as race leader, 25 seconds better than Primoz Roglic ( Jumbo-Visma ) in the general classification, but knows he will have ride the time trial of is life if he is to limit his losses and lift the race winner’s trident trophy. Yates lost 36 seconds to Roglic in the same time trial in last year’s Tirreno-Adriatico, when he was fighting for fifth place overall and Roglic the stage victory. He has perhaps improved his time trialing ability since then, but Roglic is now riding for a second overall victory in a WorldTour stage race and seems on superb form. Both are aware of the most likely outcome, but both are cautious about the ...

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Fuglsang dedicates impressive Tirreno-Adriatico win to Scarponi

Fuglsang dedicates impressive Tirreno-Adriatico win to Scarponi

Jakob Fuglsang soloed to a classy victory on stage 5 of Tirreno-Adriatico, taking Astana's second win in a row at the race, and the team's 19th this season. Mitchelton-Scott's Adam Yates extended his overall lead with a couple of plucky attacks of his own.

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Roglic anticipates final Tirreno time trial after limiting losses in Recanati

Primoz Roglic leads Alexey Lutsenko, Simon Clarke and Tom Dumouln near the end of stage 2 at Tirreno

Primož Roglič ( Jumbo-Visma ) may have lost more time to his Tirreno-Adriatico GC rival Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) on Sunday's stage 5 , but he was in a philosophical mood afterwards, happy with his effort and looking forward to the challenge of Tuesday's closing time trial. The steep climbs of Italy's eastern Marche region played host to the 'queen stage' of the race, and to Adam Yates bolstering his advantage over the Jumbo-Visma leader by another 18 seconds. Roglič could only watch as the flyweight Yorkshireman sprung away on the double-digit gradients leading to the finish in Recanati. The usually taciturn Slovenian, who already has the UAE Tour to his name this season, was laid back about Sunday's result, satisfied that he gave his best. "At the end, it's just a number in front of your name," he said while warming down after the stage. "I think we gave it ...

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Adam Yates plays down his chances of winning Tirreno-Adriatico

Yates and Roglič battle on the climb to the finish

Adam Yates gained time on Primož Roglič on stage 5 of Tirreno-Adriatico, extending his race lead from 7 to 25 seconds. The Mitchelton-Scott man played down his of securing overall victory though, saying it was simply “not enough” “In the back of my head I’d have liked 45 seconds to be safe. In my mind, it’s not enough,” he said, pragmatically. “We all know Roglič is a super time trialist and on a course like this one, he’ll take a lot of time out of me. I can only try my best and see what happens. I’ll try my best but I can’t do more.” Yates attacked with two of the steep Marche climbs left to race, including the tough 7 per cent climb to the finish in Recanati. Roglič went with him before Yates attacked again with two kilometres to go. The Briton opened a 16-second gap on the ...

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Vincenzo Nibali: This is the suffering I need

Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain Merida)

Vincenzo Nibali ( Bahrain-Merida ) has had a fairly quiet start to the season, but the Italian said that his opening races were providing him with 'the suffering I need'. He admitted that he would like to be going better at this point in the season, but with the Giro d'Italia and Tour de France double on his programme this season, it has been difficult. Nibali was one of a number of overall contenders that lost time on stage 4 of Tirreno-Adriatico , finishing 23 seconds down on the race leader Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott). He is now almost two minutes down in the general classification with a podium position a far-flung dream. Nibali said that it has been difficult to see his rivals go up the road, but he is trying to keep a positive perspective on it. "This is the suffering I need," he told Gazzetta dello Sport . ...

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Tirreno-Adriatico: Fuglsang solos to victory on stage 5

Jakob Fuglsang celebrates his stage victory

Jakob Fuglsang made it two in a row for Astana at Tirreno-Adriatico, winning the fifth stage. Race leader Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) came in second, with Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) third on the day. Fuglsang jumped from a group of favourites with around 24km to go and worked his way up through the remaining riders from the day’s breakaway. He joined Davide Gaburro (Neri Sottoli) and Nico Denz (AG2R La Mondiale) and eventually dropped them, taking on the final 10 kilometres alone. “We basically planned to try something similar to yesterday. We knew that we had a strong team and we saw yesterday that many other teams were suffering once we really put the pressure on. To wait until the final, it would probably be difficult for us to win so we tried to do the same as yesterday and today it was my turn to go from distance. Luckily it worked ...

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Tirreno-Adriatico: Adam Yates not focused on overall victory as time trial looms

Adam Yates took the Tirreno-Adriatico race lead after stage 2

Adam Yates ( Mitchelton-Scott ) may have narrowly missed out on the victory on stage 4 of Tirreno-Adriatico , but he came away satisfied with his efforts, taking third place behind miraculous victor Alexey Lutsenko (Astana), while also holding on to the race lead. Sunday’s stage 5 promises another stern test, with seven tough climbs spread out over three laps of a finishing circuit in Recanati. The final hilly stage of the race promises another fierce battle between the top GC contenders, including Primož Roglič (Jumbo-Visma), who finished second in Fossombrone and lies seven seconds back. "I came to Tirreno-Adriatico to win stages," he said at the finish of stage 4. "With no big mountain stages and two time trials, the only chances to gain time are on the steep climbs, but you can never gain a lot on short climbs. "I’m riding Tirreno, Catalunya and País Vasco with the ...

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Tirreno-Adriatico: Lutsenko gets up from two crashes to win sprint

Alexey Lutsenko (Astana) goes on the attack

Alexey Lutsenko ( Astana ) got back up from two crashes during a solo breakaway to beat Primož Roglič and Adam Yates and win stage 4 of Tirreno-Adriatico to Fossombrone. The Kazakh understandably dedicated his victory to himself, laughing about how he crashed on the slippy roads of Le Marche - the second time at just 1.5km from the finish – but some how got going again and found the speed to win the four-rider sprint. “I was thinking I just had a win. The last 200 metres were a fight, so I'm happy to be able to pull it off,” Lutsenko explained. “After the first crash I felt pretty bad but got going again, then after the second one, I didn’t understand why I went down but knew I just had to keep fighting. When they passed me at 600 metres to go, I got on Roglič’s wheel. I ...

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Tirreno-Adriatico: Contrasting emotions for Roglic and Dumoulin after steep climbs spark time gaps

Primož Roglič (Jumbo-Visma) during stage 4 of Tirreno-Adriatico

Primoz Roglic ( Jumbo-Visma ) and Tom Dumoulin ( Team Sunweb ) post-stage warm down after stage 4 of Tirreno-Adriatico may have been similar but their sentiments were of stark contrast. The Jumbo-Visma rider was happy to have extended his lead on almost all of his overall rivals, while the Dutchman was clearly disappointed to have lost precious seconds and virtually any chance of overall victory. Roglic finished a close second behind Alexey Lutsenko (Astana) and ahead of race leader Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott), but gained 23 seconds on Dumoulin and the other overall contenders. A six-second time bonus narrowed his deficit on Yates to just seven seconds and he extended his overall lead on Dumoulin to 43 seconds, with only Sunday’s stage in the steep Le Marche hills and then Tuesday’s final 10km time trial in San Benedetto del Tronto opportunities to make time back. Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep) is fourth ...

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Tirreno-Adriatico: Lutsenko takes dramatic stage 4 win

Alexey Lutsenko wins stage 4 of Tirreno-Adriatico

Alexey Lutsenko ( Astana ) won the fourth stage of Tirreno-Adriatico in dramatic fashion after crashing twice in the final 20 kilometres. The Kazakh rider won from a four-rider sprint but had been almost a minute up the road after attacking solo. He was caught following his second crash inside the final two kilometres, but had just enough left to win the sprint to the line, beating Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) and Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott). Yates kept hold of his overall race lead and has a seven-second advantage over Roglic with Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) now 50 seconds down. “I crashed twice in the last 20km. It made it very difficult for me. Fortunately, there was my teammate, Jakob Fuglsang, in the three-man group behind. I crashed again so I'm really happy that I made up with a stage win for this very bad day. It gives me more motivation for ...

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Geraint Thomas abandons Tirreno-Adriatico

Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) riding stage 2 at Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana

Geraint Thomas abandoned Tirreno-Adriatico after 133km of stage 4 to Fossombrone, with Team Sky explaining that the Welshman had not been feeling 100 per cent due to stomach issues. The Tour de France winner had said he was looking forward to the weekend of hilly racing in Italy when he commented on Team Sky potentially being sponsored by Ineos in 2020 . He seemed relaxed at the start in Foligno, but the stage started fast on the ride to Fossombrone thanks to a tailwind, with an average speed of 45.700km/h for the first two hours of racing. Thomas eased up on a short steep climb in the Le Marche hills, stopped at the side of the road and then climbed into the front seat of a Team Sky race car. Team Sky confirmed that he had been struggling with stomach issues. Team Sky finished fifth in the opening team time ...

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Viviani defeats resurgent Sagan in chaotic Tirreno finale

Viviani defeats resurgent Sagan in chaotic Tirreno finale

Elia Viviani (Deceuninck-Quick Step) imposed himself for a maiden win at Tirreno-Adriatico, winning the bunch sprint in Foligno, beating triple world champion Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) and Fernando Gaviria (UAE Team Emirates). Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) came safely home to retain the lead in the overall classification.

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Tirreno-Adriatico: Viviani wins stage 3

Elia Viviani wins stage 3 at Tirreno-Adriatico

Elia Viviani ( Deceuninck-QuickStep ) claimed a tightly contested stage 3 at Tirreno-Adriatico, beating sprint rivals Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) and Fernando Gaviria (UAE Team Emirates). Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) had a relatively quiet day and retained his race lead. The technical finish contained a number of tight corners and Viviani's class, timing and expert support paid off with the Italian coming around Sagan's wheel with the line in sight. Sagan had been caught at the front from too far out, and intelligently eased off to allow Viviani's team to close an important gap. The former world champion would eventually open the sprint using Viviani's leadout but the Italian national champion had too much speed. Gaviria looked to be out of contention inside the final kilometre but delivered a brave sprint before closing in on Sagan just before the line. The win marked Viviani's fourth of the season after triumphs at the ...

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Alaphilippe sashays his way to Tirreno-Adriatico stage victory, Yates leads

Alaphilippe sashays his way to Tirreno-Adriatico stage victory, Yates leads

Just five days ago, Julian Alaphilippe reigned supreme at his first ever Strade Bianche. Now the Frenchman adds a first ever Tirreno-Adriatico stage victory to his bow after out sprinting CCC's Greg Van Avermaet on the final kick to the line. Mitchelton-Scott's Adam Yates moved into the race lead.

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Adam takes lead at Tirreno-Adriatico to complete a perfect day for Yates brothers

Adam Yates took the Tirreno-Adriatico race lead after stage 2

Adam Yates ( Mitchelton-Scott ) took the leader's jersey at Tirreno-Adriatico just a few minutes after Simon Yates ( Mitchelton-Scott ) won the time trial stage at Paris-Nice but played down any rivalry with his twin brother, happy to see their family name dominated the days racing. Adam Yates finished fifth in the uphill finish to Pomerance, deep in the Tuscany countryside, as Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep) won the stage ahead of (Greg Van Avermaet (CCC Team). Yates took the blue leader's jersey after Mitchelton-Scott won Wednesday's team time trial stage and first race leader and teammate Michael Hepburn finished six minutes down. "Fair plays to him. It's a good day for us," Adam said, happy to praise and tease his brother from a distance. "For sure it's good when he wins. It must be his first ever time trial win. It must have been a pretty hard TT if he's ...

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Tirreno-Adriatico: Alaphilippe wins stage 2 in Pomarance

Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep) wins stage 2 of Tirreno-Adriatico

It had to be him. Julian Alaphilippe ( Deceuninck-QuickStep ) has seemingly forgotten how to lose in these opening weeks of the season and the Frenchman duly chalked up his fifth win of the campaign when he claimed the uphill sprint in Pomarance on stage 2 of Tirreno-Adriatico . Alaphilippe was well-positioned throughout a breathless finale that saw a volley of attacks, most notably from Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma), and he produced a powerful sprint to take the spoils ahead of Greg Van Avermaet (CCC) and Alberto Bettiol (EF-Education First). Adam Yates ( Mitchelton-Scott ) placed fifth in the reduced group sprint, just behind Tiesj Benoot (Lotto Soudal), and the Briton inherits the blue jersey of race leader from his teammate Michael Hepburn. All eyes were on a different blue jersey in the finale at Pomarance, however, and from the moment Alaphilippe moved across to track the last of Roglic's attacks ...

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