Romain Bardet to skip Tour de France for Giro d'Italia

Romain Bardet to skip Tour de France for Giro d'Italia

Joe Robinson 13 Nov 2019 Frenchman searching for 'new horizons' in 2020 awat from Tour Romain Bardet will skip the Tour de France for the first since 2012 in order to target the Giro d'Italia and Tokyo Olympics road race. AG2R La Mondiale confirmed that Bardet's three main goals for the 2020 season would be the Giro in May, the Olympics in August and then the World Championships road race in Switzerland in September, but crucially not the Tour. This will see the 29-year-old break a seven-year streak of riding his home Grand Tour. Between 2014 and 2018, the Frenchman consistently finished in the top 10, with a best result of second in 2016. However, poor form in 2019 saw Bardet fall short of his previous best. While he managed to win the King of the Mountains polka dot jersey, he could only muster 15th on General Classification, 30 minutes ...

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Harry Tanfield signs for AG2R La Mondiale

Harry Tanfield signs for AG2R La Mondiale

Joe Robinson 12 Nov 2019 Young Brit earns second crack at the WorldTour with French team Young British rider Harry Tanfield has secured his future in the WorldTour by signing a one-year deal with AG2R La Mondiale . The Yorkshireman had been uncertain of his future after his current team Katusha-Alpecin sold their WorldTour licence to ProContinetal team Israel Cycling Academy. Tanfield was one of the few riders from the existing Katusha roster told by the team he was free to contact other teams about contracts as it was unlikely he would be kept on. Talking to Cyclist at the World Championships in September, he said he had spoken to other teams although had nothing set in stone. See related Harry Tanfield looking elsewhere amid uncertainty of Katusha and Israel merger Israel Cycling Academy confirm takeover of Katusha-Alpecin Best bike deals in the UK: All the best Black Friday deals.. ...

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Nairo Quintana's Arkea-Samsic miss out on 2020 WorldTour as Cofidis move up

Nairo Quintana's Arkea-Samsic miss out on 2020 WorldTour as Cofidis move up

Joe Robinson 24 Oct 2019 Cofidis only new team in WorldTour for 2020 as Dimension Data retain their spot Nairo Quintana 's new team Arkea-Samsic have missed out on a WorldTour licence for 2020 as Cofidis return to cycling's top flight for the first time since 2009. The UCI published the list of teams that have met the requirements to be part of the WorldTour and have therefore been offered a licence for the 2020 season. It was believed that the UCI would be upping the number of teams in the WorldTour for 2020 from 18 to 20 with Arkea-Samsic, Direct Energie, Israel Cycling Academy and Cofidis all competing for those two new spots. As it stands, only Cofidis and Israel Cycling Academy will be moving from ProContinental level to WorldTour for next season. French team Cofidis have been awarded the licence providing they meet the 'administrative, ethical, financial, organisational ...

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Mixed Team Time Trial Relay: A guide to the World Championships's newest event

Joe Robinson 19 Sep 2019 A complete guide to the World Championships' newest event: the Mixed Team Time Trial Relay This weekend sees the best road cyclists on the planet descend onto Harrogate, Yorkshire for the beginning of the UCI World Championships . Across nine days, 15 individual events will crown a host of World Champions who will be able to dress resplendent in rainbow for the next 12 months. Among those races is the introduction of a brand new event: the Team Time Trial Mixed Relay. Replacing the outgoing and utterly boring Team Time Trial event - which was ridden as trade teams, it is a brand new format that gets elite women and men racing together, going all out to bring home team gold for their respective nation. Below is a full guide to this new event and what we should expect. What is the Team Time Trial ...

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Mixed Team Time Trial Relay: A guide the the World Championships newest event

Joe Robinson 19 Sep 2019 A complete guide to the World Championships' newest event: the Mixed Team Time Trial Relay This weekend sees the best road cyclists on the planet descend onto Harrogate, Yorkshire for the beginning of the UCI World Championships . Across nine days, 15 individual events will crown a host of World Champions who will be able to dress resplendent in rainbow for the next 12 months. Among those races is the introduction of a brand new event: the Team Time Trial Mixed Relay. Replacing the outgoing and utterly boring Team Time Trial event - which was ridden as trade teams, it is a brand new format that gets elite women and men racing together, going all out to bring home team gold for their respective nation. Below is a full guide to this new event and what we should expect. What is the Team Time Trial ...

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Mathieu van der Poel wins Tour of Britain 2019 with final Stage 8 sprint victory

Mathieu van der Poel wins Tour of Britain 2019 with final Stage 8 sprint victory

Peter Stuart 14 Sep 2019 Mathieu van der Poel takes sprint victory for a perfect finish to his successful Tour of Britain campaign Mathieu van der Poel of Team Corendon-Circus won the final sprint of Stage 8 of the Tour of Britain, against Cees Bol, in a decisive finale that saw him take an emphatic overall general classification win. Having powered to victory on Stage 7 into Burton Dassett yesterday, van der Poel was defending a 12-second lead in the Tour of Britain general classification, and pressure was on to avoid any major breaks in the pack. Matteo Trentin (Team Mitchelton-Scott), who sat in second place, made several brave attacks in the final kilometres, and contested the sprint, but an animated sprint with a mild clash of bodies saw van der Poel win the stage in a photo finish, extending his overall lead to 17 seconds, and becoming the 2019 ...

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Tour of Britain 2019: Mathieu van der Poel wins the Tour of Britain as he takes Stage 8 sprint victory

Tour of Britain 2019: Mathieu van der Poel wins the Tour of Britain as he takes Stage 8 sprint victo

Peter Stuart 14 Sep 2019 Mathieu van der Poel takes sprint victory for a perfect finish to his successful Tour of Britain campaign Mathieu van der Poel of Team Corendon-Circus won the final sprint of Stage 8 of the Tour of Britain, against Cees Bol, in a decisive finale that saw him take an emphatic overall general classification win. Having powered to victory on Stage 7 into Burton Dassett yesterday, van der Poel was defending a 12-second lead in the Tour of Britain general classification, and pressure was on to avoid any major breaks in the pack. Matteo Trentin (Team Mitchelton-Scott), who sat in second place, made several brave attacks in the final kilometres, and contested the sprint, but an animated sprint with a mild clash of bodies saw van der Poel win the stage in a photo finish, extending his overall lead to 17 seconds, and becoming the 2019 ...

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Vuelta a Espana 2019: Fuglsang wins atop La Cubilla as Roglic defends red jersey

Vuelta a Espana 2019: Fuglsang wins atop La Cubilla as Roglic defends red jersey

George Smith 9 Sep 2019 Roglic stays strong, Valverde struggles and Pogacar closes in on second place Astana’s Jakob Fuglsang soloed to victory ahead of a depleted breakaway group on Stage 16 from Pravia to Alto de La Cubilla as Roglic moved one day closer to overall victory. The Dane rolled over the line comfortably ahead of Tao Geoghegan Hart (Team Ineos) in second and Luis Leon Sanchez (Astana) in third. James Knox (Deceuninck-Quickstep) crossed in 5th to hoist himself up the GC standings. The day’s biggest loser was Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) who couldn’t keep up with the attacking group of Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana) and Slovenian pair Tadej Pogacar and Primoz Roglic. The trio distanced the World Champion on the upper slopes of the climb, putting 25 seconds into the veteran Spaniard by the line. How the day happened Yet another gruelling day in the mountains, today's 144.4km stage ...

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Vuelta a Espana 2019: Tadej Pogacar wins Stage 13 in alliance with Primoz Roglic

Vuelta a Espana 2019: Tadej Pogacar wins Stage 13 in alliance with Primoz Roglic

Jack Elton-Walters 6 Sep 2019 An alliance based on nationality saw the two riders take huge strides in the GC on Stage 13 of the 2019 Vuelta a Espana. Image: Eurosport Tadej Pogacar ( UAE-Team Emirates ) won Stage 13 of the 2019 Vuelta a Espana as he and compatriot and overall leader Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) rode away from their rivals on the steep climbs of Los Machucos. They went early and rode together all the way to the finish line, spoiling the dreams of the breakaway riders and gaining valuable time on the rest of the top 10. None of the other riders could do anything when these two went away in what looked like a pre-planned move to work together. Pogacar did much of the work on the climb and was rewarded with a stage win and a bettering of his position overall, while Roglic took second for ...

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Eurobike product introductions: Muc-Off's mix tape; Onza brings back the Porcupine; more

FRIEDRICHSHAFEN, Germany (BRAIN) — Perhaps due to the absence of Interbike on this year's trade show calendar, Eurobike seems to have an extra long list of new product introductions this year. Here's a look at a few that have caught our eye so far this week. Muc-Off The UK's Muc-Off has greatly expanded its range of tubeless tire products, adding rim tape, inflaters and repair kits. The company continues to offer sealant and valves. Our favorite tidbit? The rim tape packaging that pays homage to a 1980s cassette tape (get it?) Muc-Off divides its tubeless product line into three: Prepare, Inflate and Maintain (P.I.M). Part of the Prepare range, Muc-Off's Tubeless Rim tape ($11.99 retail) is made from a own proprietary performance material with a pressure-sensitive adhesive. Semitransparent material makes locating the valve hole easy. Is is supplied with four Seal Patches. Available in a 10 meter and 50 meter ...

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Vuelta a Espana 2019: Jesus Herrada wins Stage 6, Dylan Teuns in red

Vuelta a Espana 2019: Jesus Herrada wins Stage 6, Dylan Teuns in red

Joseph Delves 29 Aug 2019 Cofidis rider wins from a breakaway with Dylan Teuns claiming the overall Jesus Herrada (Cofidis) won Stage 6 of the 2019 Vuelta a Espana after getting the better of Dylan Teuns ( Bahrain-Merida ). The two led up much of the final climb, with Herrada riding away easily in the final kilometre. With the day’s break having built a lead of over six minutes, Teuns was able to console himself by taking over the lead of the entire race. With no huge climbs, but a sizable 3,109 metres of ascent, today’s 198.9km stage from Mora De Rubielos to Ares Del Maestrat had alway looked set to favour a breakaway. As so it turned out. After Team Ineos ’s Wout Poels led over the first two climbs, a large and talented group eventually went clear, despite the surprisingly high pace of the bunch. This was made ...

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Vuelta a Espana: Jesus Herrada wins stage 6

Jesus Herrada celebrates his victory

It was a day of firsts at the Vuelta a España , Jesús Herrada (Cofidis) taking his debut success in a Grand Tour when he jumped clear of fellow breakaway Dylan Teuns (Bahrain-Merida) inside the final kilometre of the stage six finale on the Ares del Maestrat climb. Teuns, though, also pulled off a huge coup, moving into the red jersey thanks to Astana’s decision not to defend Miguel Ángel López’s lead and, just as significantly, to the Belgian’s power on the final ascent, which saw off his main rival for red, Ineos’s David De La Cruz. The stage was, unfortunately, also notable for a number of high-profile abandons as the result of a mid-stage crash. EF Education First were the team most affected. Their leader Rigoberto Urán and climber Hugh Carthy were forced out of the race, the Colombian suffering a broken collar-bone. The incident also resulted in the ...

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Vuelta a Espana 2019: Fabio Jakobsen pips Sam Bennett to Stage 4 win

Vuelta a Espana 2019: Fabio Jakobsen pips Sam Bennett to Stage 4 win

George Smith 27 Aug 2019 Bennett left it just too late to make it two stage wins in a row Dutch rider Fabio Jakobsen ( Decueninck-QuickStep ) narrowly beat Sam Bennett ( Bora-Hansgrohe ) to the line on Stage 4 to claim his first Grand Tour stage win at this year's Vuelta a España . Bennett, who was yesterday’s winner , left it too late to catch Jakobsen after being distanced when taking the wrong way around the last roundabout, though he ended the day in the green points jersey. Max Walscheid ( Team Sunweb ) finished up the day's podium, while behind the sprinters, Nicholas Roche (Team Sunweb) finished safely in the bunch, retaining his red jersey from Colombian rival Nairo Quintana (Movistar). See related Vuelta a Espana 2019: Route, stage previews, start list, TV guide and all you need to know A day to remain cautious All in ...

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Vuelta a Espana 2019: Late attack sees Nairo Quintana earn stage win

Vuelta a Espana 2019: Late attack sees Nairo Quintana earn stage win

Joe Robinson 25 Aug 2019 Colombian puts down GC marker as Nico Roche takes overall lead after exciting final 25km Nairo Quintana surprised a small breakaway group with a late attack to take victory on Stage 2 of the Vuelta a Espana which was tipped to be for the sprinters and ended up being for the General Classification men. The Movistar rider shot ahead of a small group that included Primoz Roglic, Nico Roche, Rigoberto Uran, Fabio Aru and Mikel Nieve in the final 3km to prize out a small gap and solo to the win. Roche game second, while Roglic took third. This select group came after fireworks occurred on the day's final climb of the Alto de Puig Llorenca. An initial attack by Hugh Carthy of Education First saw the peloton explode across the road and draw out the race's top General Classification riders towards its summit which ...

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Vuelta a Espana 2019: Late attack sees Nairo Quintana win Stage 2

Vuelta a Espana 2019: Late attack sees Nairo Quintana win Stage 2

Joe Robinson 25 Aug 2019 Colombian puts down GC marker as Nico Roche takes overall lead after exciting final 25km Nairo Quintana (Movistar) surprised a small breakaway group with a late attack to take victory on Stage 2 of the Vuelta a Espana which was tipped to be for the sprinters and ended up being for the General Classification men. The Movistar rider shot ahead of a small group that included Primoz Roglic, Nico Roche, Rigoberto Uran, Fabio Aru and Mikel Nieve in the final 3km to prize out a small gap and solo to the win. Roche game second, while Roglic took third. This select group came after fireworks occurred on the day's final climb of the Alto de Puig Llorenca. An initial attack by Hugh Carthy of Education First saw the peloton explode across the road and draw out the race's top General Classification riders towards its summit ...

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Tour of Britain 2019 team profiles | What teams are competing?

Tour of Britain Team Guide cycling jerseys

An in-depth look at the 20 teams lining up in Glasgow for the 2019 tour of Britain

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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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