Defending champion Simon Yates to miss 2019 Vuelta a Espana

Defending champion Simon Yates to miss 2019 Vuelta a Espana

Jack Elton-Walters 16 Aug 2019 Simon Yates's absence from Mitchelton-Scott line-up is little surprise as he's already ridden the Giro and Tour this year Reigning Vuelta a Espana champion Simon Yates will not defend his title at the upcoming 2019 race, which starts next week , after being left out of Mitchelton-Scott 's eight-man team. This was not unexpected, however, as Yates has already ridden both the Giro d'Italia , where he targeted the overall title and finished eighth, and the Tour de France , where he rode in support of his twin brother Adam and took two stage wins of his own . Both Simon and brother Adam should be under consideration for inclusion in British Cycling 's selection for the men's elite road race at the World Championships , which takes place on Sunday 29th September in Yorkshire. The course is likely to suit a punchier rider such ...

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European champion Matteo Trentin leaves Mitchelton-Scott for CCC Team

European champion Matteo Trentin leaves Mitchelton-Scott for CCC Team

Joe Robinson 2 Aug 2019 Versatile Italian to improve firepower of CCC in Classics and Grand Tours The first major transfer of the season has been confirmed with European champion Matteo Trentin leaving Mitchelton-Scott for CCC Team . Confirmed by CCC this morning, the Italian will move across to bolster the team's Spring Classics roster in a two-year deal. The 29-year-old recently took his third career Tour de France victory on Stage 17 to Gap and will also provide his new team with options in Grand Tours. CCC Team General Manager Jim Ochowicz spoke on how Trentin's experience could help CCC receive a race-winning edge. 'Matteo Trentin is an exceptional cyclist so we are excited to welcome him to CCC Team for the next two years. Not only will Matteo add strength to our Classics team, where he will ride alongside Greg Van Avermaet, but his versatility as a rider ...

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Bernal to ride Clasica San Sebastian after string of Tour de France criteriums

Egan Bernal (Team Ineos) celebrates Tour de France victory on stage 21

Team Ineos have confirmed that Tour de France winner Egan Bernal will ride the Clásica San Sebastián WorldTour race on Saturday before he heads home to Colombia for official celebrations of him becoming the first ever Colombian Tour de France winner. Bernal will have support from Wout Poels, Ivan Sosa, Jonathan Castroviejo, Eddie Dunbar, Kenny Elissonde and David De la Cruz. Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep), Mikel Landa (Movistar) and Adam and Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) will all head to the Basque Country for the hilly one-day race. Bernal crashed out of the 2018 Clásica San Sebastián, suffering a serious facial trauma and a blow to the head which kept him out of action for two months. It is unclear if Bernal can fight for victory at the Clásica San Sebastián. He has raced every day since winning the Tour de France in Paris on Sunday and won the Criterium de Acht van ...

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Simon Yates and former winner Adam Yates bound for Clasica San Sebastian

Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) at the Tour de France

Double Tour de France stage winner Simon Yates and his brother Adam Yates will lead the Mitchelton-Scott team at this weekend's Clásica San Sebastián , the team has announced. Adam won the Spanish one-day race in 2015, but the pair will be up against French Tour star Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep), who will start as the defending champion and overwhelming favourite. Adam Yates' victory four years ago was the then 22-year-old's first WorldTour win, and he crossed the line solo – 15 seconds in front of a group led home by Philippe Gilbert, which also included Alaphilippe and Simon Yates – not knowing that he was first, having believed there was still a breakaway ahead of him. Since then, Adam has won stages at WorldTour events including the Critérium du Dauphiné, Tirreno-Adriatico and the Volta a Catalunya, while Simon has taken stage victories at all three Grand Tours, and won the ...

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Alaphilippe back in action at Clasica San Sebastian

Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep) in the yellow jersey at the Tour de France

The Deceuninck-QuickStep team have confirmed that Julian Alaphilippe will be back in action at the Clasica San Sesbatian on Saturday, looking to continue his run of incredible success and repeat his victory of a year ago. Also in the Deceuninck-QuickStep line-up at Enric Mas and 19-year-old Remco Evenepoel. Alaphilippe was the French hero of the Tour de France as he fought to hold onto the yellow jersey; he led the Tour de France for 14 days only to lose yellow to Egan Bernal (Team Ineos) in the Alps on the dramatic shortened stage to Tignes. He eventually finished fifth overall but was awarded the Super Combatif prize for his aggressive racing and so got to stand on the final podium in Paris. Alaphilippe has opted to miss the lucrative post-Tour de France criteriums in Belgium and the Netherlands this week but is expected to ride the Ronde d'Aix criterium in ...

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Mitchelton-Scott: Our most successful Tour de France ever

Simon Yates wins stage 12 at the Tour de France

For many teams targeting the general classification at the Tour de France , finding yourself out of the running for the yellow jersey can often be all it needs to consider the race a complete write-off and to head home with your tail between your legs. Not Mitchelton-Scott : despite the wheels having come off Adam Yates ' campaign this year, the Australian team regrouped and came away with an impressive four stage victories. Two-time Tour Down Under champion Daryl Impey got the ball rolling with his win on stage 9, before Simon Yates – at the race to support his brother and GC hopeful Adam – was afforded the opportunity to win stage 12 from a three-man breakaway. Both victories, it must be said, came before Adam fell out of the GC running entirely, but once the team was forced to change its focus – after the British climber ...

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Tour de France 2019: Nairo Quintana turns back the clock to win Stage 18

Tour de France 2019: Nairo Quintana turns back the clock to win Stage 18

Jack Elton-Walters 25 Jul 2019 Quintana was unrivalled on the Galibier and then uncatchable on the descent to take the stage & possibly put himself back in contention Nairo Quintana (Movistar) won Stage 18 of the 2019 Tour de France after going solo on the climb of the Col du Galibier and then retaining his advantage on the descent and flat run in to the finish line. He looked like the Quintana of old as he ascended the challenging slopes of the final climb. Romain Bardet (AG2R La Mondiale) crossed the line second and thanks to his efforts earlier in the stage will now wear the polka dot jersey into the closing mountain stages. The remnants of the early breakaway came over the line in ones and two before Egan Beral ( Team Ineos ) who had attacked on the final climb and kept clear to the finish line. This ...

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Tour de France 2019: Nairo Quintana tuns back the clock to win Stage 18

Tour de France 2019: Nairo Quintana tuns back the clock to win Stage 18

Jack Elton-Walters 25 Jul 2019 Quintana was unrivalled on the Galibier and then uncatchable on the descent to take the stage & possibly put himself back in contention Nairo Quintana (Movistar) won Stage 18 of the 2019 Tour de France after going solo on the climb of the Col du Galibier and then retaining his advantage on the descent and flat run in to the finish line. He looked like the Quintana of old as he climbed the challenging slopes of the final climb. See related Tour de France 2019: Route maps, riders, live TV guide and all you need to know A big day in the mountains The breakaway took a long time, and a good deal of energy from certain riders, to establish at the start of the day but once the composition was strong enough the riders grew the gap out to over eight minutes between the ...

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Tour de Furnace: how to win in the heat

It was hot today at the Tour. Too hot. Salt blooming across clothing hot. Can’t touch the steering wheel hot. Hot. Yesterday was hot, too. That’s all anyone was talking about, and all that was on anybody’s mind. The conditions forced an immediate primal kind of response – a desperation to get away from it, … The post Tour de Furnace: how to win in the heat appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Trentin claims third Tour de France stage win of his career

Matteo Trentin (Mitchelton-Scott) celebrates a solo victory on stage 17 at the Tour de France

Mitchelton-Scott 's comeback from the dashing of their general classification hopes in this year's Tour de France showed no sign of letting up on Wednesday as Matteo Trentin claimed the Australian team's fourth win of the race and third in a week on stage 17 with a solo break to Gap. Before the Pyrenees the team had already celebrated South African Daryl Impey's win from a break in Saint-Etienne. But the subsequent collapse of Adam Yates' GC bid was also preceded and followed by two stage victories for his brother and teammate Simon in the mountains. Then on Wednesday's stage 17 it was Trentin's turn to shine. The Italian had played an important role in softening up the opposition for Simon on his first Pyrenean stage. But in Gap, Trentin was able to claim his third Tour de France win after victories in 2014 and 2015 and his eighth Grand ...

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Jack Haig’s Tour de France Diary: Rest day legs and breakaway wins

We’re into the third week of the Tour de France and, to be honest, I feel the best I’ve ever felt at this point in a Grand Tour. Maybe it’s because I took a lot of time off with my knee injury so I was fresher coming into the race. Or maybe it was just … The post Jack Haig’s Tour de France Diary: Rest day legs and breakaway wins appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Adam Yates: It could be third time lucky for me at the Tour de France

Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) at the Tour de France

Despite seeing his GC chances in the last two editions of the Tour de France fall apart in the opening mountain stages, Adam Yates is keen on returning to the French Grand Tour in 2020 as he shows no signs of shying away from the challenge of racing for the general classification. Yates fell away on the stage finish on the Tourmalet and is now targeting stage wins for Mitchelton-Scott . The Australian squad has already taken three wins courtesy of Daryl Impey and Simon Yates – twice – and Adam Yates will head into the Alps with the chance of rescuing his Tour de France. At present, Adam Yates – who finished fourth in the 2016 Tour - has no explanation as to why he couldn't stay with the GC group on the Tourmalet stage. He told Cyclingnews that he had to use all of his attention on concentration ...

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Five predictions for ‘week three’ of the Tour de France

We’re headed into the final week at the 2019 Tour de France, and it’s shaping up to be a thriller. That’s saying something, considering how great the race has been already. This has been the most intriguing Tour in recent memory because it has been so unpredictable, but that’s not going to stop me from … The post Five predictions for ‘week three’ of the Tour de France appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Tour de France: Mitchelton-Scott bounce back to win third stage

Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) took another stage win

After seeing their GC hopes go up in smoke on stage 14 of the Tour de France on Saturday, the Mitchelton-Scott team bounced back in emphatic style to win stage 15 , with Simon Yates claiming his second stage win of the race, and his team's third. On the slopes of the Col du Tourmalet, on the first of the weekend's visit to the Pyrenees, the team's GC leader, Adam Yates, endured a disappointing day, and was dropped on both of the last two climbs before eventually seeing his hopes of a high overall place slip away for a second season in a row. With several mountain stages to go, the Australian WorldTour squad still had ample opportunities to salvage their second half of the race, and they did so through Adam Yates's brother Simon, who infiltrated the early break and then attacked with CCC Team's Simon Geschke on the ...

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Photo gallery: Misty rain and faces of pain on stage 15 of the Tour

Simon Yates made it look easy. He made it seem like winning a stage of the Tour de France is as simple as losing a bunch of time early in the race, getting in a break in the mountains, and then just riding away to victory. His expression as he crossed the line atop Prat … The post Photo gallery: Misty rain and faces of pain on stage 15 of the Tour appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Tour de France: Stage 15 finish line quotes

Pinot was the GC man of the day on stage 15

Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) – stage 15 winner "I'm very proud of what I did today. It was an extremely hard day, really from the start to the finish. I raced the way I like to, try to be aggressive, and I managed to pull it off. I'm really happy. "Today was the other day that I would have had a chance, so nothing really changed for me. I was just taking it with both hands. Adam was not really great yesterday, but he's a great rider and he'll be back. No worries about that. "I was worried that they were catching me. I was trying at the bottom of the climb - I had Simon [Geschke] with me, he was a really good companion all the way through the valley and on the descent. He did a really good job, but I really needed to go at that point. I ...

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Photo gallery: French Fireworks on the Tourmalet

French sporting fans had plenty to celebrate on stage 14 of the Tour de France. Frenchman Thibaut Pinot soared to the stage victory atop the Tourmalet, while his compatriot Julian Alaphilippe finished second and added to his overall lead ahead of defending champion Geraint Thomas. “Since the start of the Tour I’ve been targeting this … The post Photo gallery: French Fireworks on the Tourmalet appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Tour de France dream over for Adam Yates after Tourmalet stage

Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott)

The writing was on the wall for Adam Yates and his Mitchelton-Scott team when the British climber was unceremoniously dropped on the first major ascent of the day – the Col du Soulour – on stage 14 of the Tour de France on Saturday. Although he rallied with the help of his team and came back before the foot of the Tourmalet, the same scenario unfolded on the lower slopes before Yates eventually crossed the line 6:42 down on stage winner Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ). As a result, Yates's hopes of a podium place are over, with the 27-year-old now down in 26th place overall and over ten minutes down on race leader Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep). "It wasn't the best day, that's for sure. Everyone comes out of a time trial [Friday's stage 13] differently, and usually I come out pretty well, but today was a different story," he told reporters ...

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The Tour, transformed: 10 kilometres on the Tourmalet

COL DU TOURMALET, France (CT) – On the slopes of the Tourmalet, on the first serious mountain stage, the Tour de France was turned on its head. The 117.5km stage 14 route brought the race up from Tarbes, over the Col du Soulor, and finally, to a summit finish atop one of cycling’s great climbs. … The post The Tour, transformed: 10 kilometres on the Tourmalet appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Tour de France: Pinot wins stage 14 atop Tourmalet

Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) celebrates victory atop the Tourmalet

Thibaut Pinot ( Groupama-FDJ ) won stage 14 of the Tour de France atop the Col du Tourmalet, outsprinting a select GC group in the closing metres of the mythical climb to take his third career stage win at the race. Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep) took second, six seconds back, to defend his yellow jersey and extend his lead over Geraint Thomas (Team Ineos), who cracked in the final kilometre, finishing 36 seconds down. Steven Kruijswijk (Jumbo-Visma) rounded out the podium just behind Alaphilippe. It was a day of staggered GC surprises in the Pyrenees, as contenders dropped back throughout the day, starting with Romain Bardet (AG2R La Mondiale) and Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) on the Col du Soulour. Bardet would never return to the front, eventually losing 20 minutes. Later, the lower slopes of the Tourmalet saw Dan Martin (UAE Team Emirates), Nairo Quintana (Movistar) drop, along with Yates once again, ...

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