Preview: 22 things you should know about the 2019 Vuelta a España

It’s time for the Vuelta a España, the third and final Grand Tour of the season. The race gets underway this Saturday in Torrevieja and will be contested over 21 stages and 3,272km. Here’s what you should know about the 2019 Tour of Spain. The 2019 Vuelta is the race’s 74th edition. The Vuelta is … The post Preview: 22 things you should know about the 2019 Vuelta a España appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Laurens De Plus wins 2019 BinckBank Tour

Oliver Naesen (AG2R La Mondiale) wins finale stage 7 at BinckBank Tour

Laurens De Plus ( Jumbo-Visma ) snatched overall victory at the BinckBank Tour from Tim Wellens (Lotto Soudal) after going on the attack in the final circuit of the Muur of Geraardsbergen. De Plus surged away with Greg Van Avermaet (CCC Team) and Oliver Naesen (AG2R La Mondiale) just before the cobbled Bosberg climb after the Muur had made a first selection. Wellens was isolated and unable to go with the move, with De Plus also sweeping up seven bonus seconds in the late Golden Kilometre sprints. De Plus started the stage just 12 seconds down on Wellens and then gave his all in the final, hectic pursuit match to the finish, gaining enough time to win the WorldTour stage race. Naesen was the strongest on the climb up to the finish on the lower slopes of the Muur, coming past van Avermaet close to the line after his close ...

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Bardet brings curtain down early on 2019 season

Romain Bardet after the finish of stage 6 at the Tour de France

Romain Bardet ( AG2R La Mondiale ) has announced that he will not race again this year, citing a need to refresh himself "mentally and physically" after a largely disappointing season. The Frenchman salvaged the king of the mountains title and 15th place overall from a trying Tour de France in July and has since decided that the final stage on the Champs-Élysées would be the final act of his 2019 campaign. "Despite the joy of winning the polka-dot jersey as the best climber of the Tour de France, the 2019 season did not reach the goals I set for myself," Bardet said in a statement released by AG2R La Mondiale. "After a few days of personal reflection and discussions with the management of the AG2R La Mondiale team, it became clear to me that I needed to recharge myself physically and mentally to come back stronger next season. The ...

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Reasons to be cheerful: What to expect from the rest of the 2019 cycling season

Joe Robinson 13 Aug 2019 From a home Worlds to the return of Van der Poel, there's still plenty to expect from the 2019 cycling season The Tour de France may be over and the Spring Classics may be a distant memory but the 2019 cycling season still has plenty to offer. In fact, there are still eight men’s WorldTour and seven women’s WorldTour races still to be settled and the small issues of a World Championships in Yorkshire too. The final, and often most unpredictable, Grand Tour of the year, the Vuelta a Espana , is coming up soon and the last of the five Monuments, Il Lombardia, is still there to be settled. The latter half of the season can produce some of the very best racing. Top riders are often tired, some are battling for a new contract or team to carry them through the next season ...

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Sutterlin and Denz sign for Team Sunweb

Jasha Sütterlin (Movistar)

Jasha Sütterlin and Nico Denz will ride for Team Sunweb in 2020 after the German riders agreed two-year contracts with the team. Sütterlin joins from Movistar , while Denz arrives from AG2R La Mondiale . “After six nice years with Movistar I think the time is now right to try something new,” Sütterlin said on Friday. “I’ve looked at Team Sunweb for a while and I really like how the team works. My goal for the future is to become a high-level Classics rider and finish with the team in the top positions in races such as Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix, as well as helping and working for the team leaders in the sprints and in the overall at the Grand Tours.” A professional since 2014, 26-year-old Sütterlin is a strong rouleur and has shown potential in the cobbled Classics, most notably in placing ninth at the E3 BinckBank ...

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Van Rysel’s value-packed £2k bike, dazzling kit from Alé, Endura’s packable jacket and summer sunglasses from Smith

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Marczynski nets KOM lead in Tour de Pologne for Lambrecht

Tomasz Marczynski of Poland and Team Lotto Soudal Pink Mountain Jersey

Local racer Tomasz Marczynski ( Lotto Soudal ) took an emotionally charged lead in the Tour of Pologne 's King of the Mountains competition on Thursday, as the Belgian squad battles to honour teammate Bjorg Lambrecht , who died earlier in the race. Marczynski, 35, made it into a four-rider breakaway of the day early on, along with Simon Geschke (CCC Team), Petr Vakoc (Deceuninck-QuickStep), and Geoffrey Bouchard (AG2R La Mondiale), and then focused hard on snatching as many KOM points as possible. Urged on by enthusiastic local fans, the Polish racer clawed his way over the ultra-steep first category Pitoniowka climb for a final time with 45 kilometres to go. Having claimed maximum points on the ascent, he weaved across the road, clearly on the verge of exhaustion, before falling back amongst the rest of the peloton, finishing 54th and more than 15 minutes down. But Marczynski's mission of ...

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Tour de Pologne: Jonas Vingegaard wins stage 6

Jonas Vingegaard (Jumbo-Visma)

Jonas Vingegaard ( Jumbo-Visma ) won a three-way breakaway sprint that secured him the stage 6 victory and moved him into the overall lead at the Tour de Pologne . The 22-year-old Dane launched his sprint first with roughly 300 metres to go to beat Pavel Sivakov (Team Ineos) and Jai Hindley (Team Sunweb) in Kościelisko. The three riders broke clear of the reduced group on the final climb to Gubałówka that peaked roughly 2.5km from the finish line in Kościelisko. Hindley led the breakaway down the tricky descent and onto the city streets, through the last corners and into the final 500 metres. Vingegaard used Hindley's effort as a springboard to launch his winning sprint with 300 metres to go, leaving his two companions to race in for minor places on the podium. Sergio Higuita (EF Education First) crossed the line eight seconds in arrears. A third group that ...

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Lawrence Naesen to join brother Oliver at AG2R in 2020

Lawrence Naesen and Oliver Naesen

Lawrence Naesen – brother of this year's Milan-San Remo runner-up Oliver Naesen – will make it a family affair at AG2R La Mondiale next season when he joins his older sibling at the French WorldTour team. Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec's Andrea Vendrame will also join AG2R La Mondiale from next year, as will Clément Champoussin, although not until midway through the 2020 season, when he'll step up from feeder team Chambéry Cyclisme Formation. Lawrence Naesen arrives after two seasons at WorldTour level with Lotto Soudal. While he might not yet have the same palmarès as Oliver, Lawrence, at 26, has two years up his sleeve to try to match the older Naesen's four pro victories, which include the 2017 Belgian road race championship and two wins in the Bretagne Classic-Ouest France. Like Oliver, Lawrence is most suited to the spring Classics and one-day races, and rode his first Monuments this season, although ...

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Team Ineos, EF Education First and Dimension Data headline the 20-team Tour of Britain start list

Mathieu van der Poel wins Brabantse Pijl

Team Ineos , Jumbo-Visma and Team Sunweb headline the 20-team Tour of Britain start list, with Mathieu van der Poel 's Corendon-Circus team also invited to the weeklong stage race as the Dutchman heads to Britain early to prepare for the road World Championships in Yorkshire. Ten WorldTour teams have been invited, with French squad AG2R La Mondiale back in Britain for the first time since 2009. The ten WorldTour teams are Dimension Data, EF Education First, Lotto Soudal, Mitchelton-Scott, Katusha-Alpecin and Movistar. Joining them are Professional Continental teams Corendon-Circus, Israel Cycling Academy, Wanty-Gobert, Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise and the Danish Riwal Readynez team. The British Continental teams Canyon dhb, Madison Genesis, Wiggins Le Col, SwiftCarbon all get a place after qualifying via the Tour Series criteriums, and a Great Britain team will complete the start list. The Tour of Britain gets underway in George Square in Glasgow on Saturday, September 7 ...

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AG2R La Mondiale join Team Ineos and Jumbo-Visma at Tour of Britain

AG2R La Mondiale join Team Ineos and Jumbo-Visma at Tour of Britain

Joe Robinson 6 Aug 2019 A totlal of 10 WorldTour teams to race Britain's biggest stage race along with Mathieu van der Poel's Corendon-Circus AG2R La Mondiale will line up at the Tour of Britain for the first time in a decade as they join the likes of Team Ineos and Jumbo-Visma as the headline acts at the week-long stage race. They will be joined by a further seven WorldTour teams lining up just a week prior to the UCI World Championships in Yorkshire. Mark Cavendish is expected to be back racing on home soil as part of his Dimension Data team while Education First, Lotto-Soudal, Mitchelton-Scott, Katusha-Alpecin, Team Sunweb and Movistar complete the complement of 10. Beyond the top-tier, five ProContinental squads will also be on the invite list with a Mathieu van der Poel-led Corendon Circus being chief among those . Also there will be Israel Cycling Academy, ...

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How to watch the 2019 BinckBank Tour

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Our complete guide to this year's BinckBank Tour in The Netherlands

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Davide Appollonio wins in Portugal on return from four-year EPO ban

Davide Appollonio (AG2R-La Mondiale) stretches it out

Davide Appollonio made a successful return to professional cycling after a four-year doping ban , winning the opening road stage of the Volta a Portugal on Thursday. Appollonio, a former Cervelo, Team Sky and AG2R La Mondiale rider, tested positive for EPO while riding for Androni-Giocattoli in June 2015. His ban ended in mid-June 2019, and the Italian Continental team Amore e Vita offered him a contract as he turned 30 just before the end of his ban. His first race back was slated to be the Sibiu Tour in early July, but paperwork issues meant he had to wait until August and the Volta a Portugal. It didn't take him long to get back into the swing of things. After the race opened with a prologue on Wednesday, he won stage 1, beating Daniel Mestre (W52 Porto) and Matteo Malucelli (Caja Rural) in a bunch sprint in Leiria. "I'm ...

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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 team prize list

Egan Bernal (Team Ineos) and Geraint Thomas toast to victory at the Tour de France

As one would expect, overall winner Egan Bernal and Team Ineos topped the 2019 Tour de France prize list that was announced after the race finished Sunday in Paris. The 22-year-old Colombian earned slightly more than €520,000 for his work during the Tour, counting his prizes for the overall victory, best young rider jersey and two days in yellow. His total and overall runner-up Geraint Thomas' €200,000 purse drove the Team Ineos take for the three weeks to €799,200, well above runner-up Jumbo-Visma at €203,400. Bernal won €500,00 for the overall victory, plus €500 for each of the two days he wore the yellow jersey. All other wearers of the yellow jersey got €300 for each day, with Julian's Alaphilippe taking the lion's share of that load at 14 days. The Frenchman also earned €20,000 as the overall most combative rider. Stage winners at the 2019 Tour de France got ...

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Oliver Naesen’s steel Eddy Merckx Corsa for the Tour de France 2019

Pro cyclist riding fancy steel road bike

Eddy Merckx launches new line of premium steel bikes

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Oliver Naesen’s steel Eddy Merckx Corsa for the Tour de France 2019

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Eddy Merckx launches new line of premium steel bikes

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Alaphilippe awarded Tour de France's most-combative rider award

Deceuninck-QuickStep's Julian Alaphilippe is awarded the 2019 Tour de France's 'Super Combatif' priz

Deceuninck-QuickStep 's Julian Alaphilippe has been awarded the 'most-combative rider' award at this year's Tour de France , following his 14 days wearing the yellow jersey, with the Frenchman only losing the race lead two days before the finish in Paris. The 2019 race will likely be remembered as France's most successful Tour de France since Bernard Hinault's victory in 1985. And although neither Alaphilippe, Romain Bardet (AG2R La Mondiale), Groupama-FDJ's Thibaut Pinot nor Warren Barguil (Arkéa-Samsic) were able to pull off the ultimate achievement of victory, the nation was nevertheless hugely entertained by its home riders this year. Alaphilippe, who finished fifth overall, had fans believing that he might just be able to pull off the seemingly impossible for much of the race, while Pinot was arguably an even more likely candidate for overall glory – but had to pull out through injury on the same day that Alaphilippe's ...

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Oliver Naesen rides steel Eddy Merckx bike on the Champs Elysees

Oliver Naesen rides steel Eddy Merckx bike on the Champs Elysees

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Bardet rumoured to be looking at Giro d'Italia start in 2020

Romain Bardet (AG2R La Mondiale) polkadot jersey

Romain Bardet ( AG2R La Mondiale ) may opt to ride the Giro d'Italia in 2020 after struggling through this year's Tour de France where he won the polka-dot mountains jersey but only finished 15th overall. "We're going to wait until the Tour route is published to decide if he'll be there next year," AG2R La Mondiale's sports director Vincent Lavenu told Le Dauphiné Libéré newspaper on Sunday. "Romain's certainly keen to try other things. He's often expressed his wish to take part in the Giro." Competing in the Tour de France afterward the Giro d'Italia in 2020, in any case, would not be ruled out. Bardet has finished twice on the overall podium at the Tour de France, in 2016 and 2017, but wasn't in contention this year, struggling on the climbs earl on but bouncing back to go on the attack on stage 18 to Valloire, where he ...

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