Froome will face Movistar at his European debut in Catalunya

Froome will face Movistar at his European debut in Catalunya

Hot off a top-10 result in Milano-Sanremo, Alejandro Valverde looks to defend Catalunya title as Chris Froome kicks off his European schedule. Read the full article at Froome will face Movistar at his European debut in Catalunya on VeloNews.com .

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What’s Going on in Catalunya?

I examine one of my favourite races, about a day later than I intended. Ladies and gentlemen, March is coming to a close and Milano-Sanremo is out of the way, so you know what that means: Yes, it’s time for World Tour stage racing in what most people will tell you is Spain. In a fortnight it’s time for the Euskal Herriko Itzulia but for now we’re in Catalunya for the Volta. Both of these races are clearly the standout cycling events of the next month and I will not hear anything to the contrary. I’m not sure of the reasons behind this, but it seems that Catalunya occupies a strange spot in the form graphs of riders where they can’t be on form to win the race if they’re going to win the Tour — hence Chris Froome would win an early season race, take a short break, then ...

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Classics power play: How many watts did it take to win Milan-San Remo?

Classics power play: How many watts did it take to win Milan-San Remo?

Joe Robinson 25 Mar 2019 Some of Saturday's best riders posted their San Remo rides to Strava and the numbers are incredible The 2019 Milan-San Remo reverted to type; seven hours of anticipation with 20 minutes of electrifying entertainment. However as Strava shows, the race was as brutally hard as expected. For a third consecutive year, the winning move came on the slopes of the Poggio, the race's final climb just 5km from the Via Roma finish line, after a nervy, fast yet controlled first seven or so hours of racing. Eventual winner Julian Alaphilippe made the most of Deceuninck-Quick-Step's furious pace to force an eight-man who's who of Classics racing move when the Poggio was at its hardest. The move plus its protagonists were enough to go clear until the finish with Alaphilippe by far the strongest and smartest rider in the sprint finish. Alaphilippe's ability to sprint to ...

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Valverde not ruling out bid for Volta a Catalunya lead on stage one

Alejandro Valverde (Movistar).

Defending Volta a Catalunya champion Alejandro Valverde ( Movistar ) says he expects anything but a gentle start to the week-long race on Monday, adding that he could be in the hunt for the overall lead from stage one. Monday’s stage one starts and finishes in Calella, as it has done every year since 2012. But if the gently rising finish straight sometimes has produced splits in the peloton in the past, this time round Valverde is expecting a much earlier shredding of the field. Five classified climbs dot the route, and as a result, Valverde says he does not rule out going for the stage win himself. “It’s a much more mountainous course for stage one than usual, even if the run-in is identical to other years,” Valverde told reporters at a press conference on the Sunday evening. “They’ve put in three first category climbs before that finish, that ...

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Van Aert continues to impress with sixth at Milan-San Remo

Wout Van Aert (Jumbo-Visma)

The Via Roma in San Remo played host to cycling's superstars on Saturday afternoon, with the likes of Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe), Michal Kwiatkowski (Team Sky) and world champion Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) all bested by the indomitable Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep) at Milan-San Remo . And within that star-studded elite group was also Wout van Aert ( Team Jumbo-Visma ) – the 24-year-old three-time cyclo-cross world champion in only his third road race of the season. The Belgian finished sixth, taking another outstanding result after his third place at Strade Bianche two weeks ago. At 291km, Milan-San Remo was the longest race Van Aert had ever ridden, but he has already shown that he knows his way around these mammoth road races. Last year saw him debut at the Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix, finishing in ninth and 13th place, respectively. He was on the podium at the late-season European Championships road ...

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Valverde so near and yet so far at Milan-San Remo

Alejandro Valverde (Movistar)

Alejandro Valverde 's seventh place at Milan-San Remo , which came as having been part of the 12-man lead group, was the Movistar rider's best finish yet at La Classicissima – a race that continues to elude and frustrate the world champion. It was a case of so near, and yet so far: the 38-year-old Spaniard was right where he needed to be on the Via Roma, but was never really a challenger to 26-year-old winner Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep), whose greater concerns as the line approached were AG2R's Oliver Naesen, 2017 Milan-San Remo winner Michal Kwiatkowski (Team Sky) and former world champion Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe). "It's been a spectacular Milan-San Remo, both because of the high level of racing and the great weather," Valverde said on the Movistar website. "Being up there with the top contenders and finishing with the first group, after 20 days with no racing, is something ...

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Milan-San Remo highlights: Alaphilippe’s masterclass

Julian Alaphilippe shows off the new Deceuninck-Quick-Step jersey

The yearly seven-hour battle between the sprinters and puncheurs that is Milan-San Remo has once again come and gone, and for 2019 we can strike another one up to the latter – the third in a row for that most versatile of rider groupings. Julian Alaphilippe ( Deceuninck-Quick Step ) was the man to continue the mini-streak on Saturday afternoon, pulling off a masterful display in the finale. The Frenchman was ably aided by his powerful Quick Step team on the final climb of the day, the legendary Poggio, before launching over the top. He wasn’t alone though – far from it, in fact. The best of the best had joined him, with the last two winners Michał Kwiatkowski (Team Sky) and Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) up there, along with legends of the modern era Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) and Alejandro Valverde (Movistar), among others. After navigating the potential treachery of the ...

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Milan-San Remo: Fourth leaves Peter Sagan disappointed yet again

Peter Sagan waves to the crowds at the start

Peter Sagan ( Bora-Hansgrohe ) was called for anti-doping after finishing fourth at Milan-San Remo , giving him to time to reflect and analyse his race and his fourth place behind Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep) but his disappointment was still clear to see when he returned to the Bora-Hansgrohe team bus. Sagan had chased after Alaphilippe when the Frenchman attacked on the Poggio and was there as the sprint began in the Via Roma. But as he looked for Alejandro Valverde (Movistar), the sprint exploded on the left with Alaphilippe proving to be unbeatable. Sagan has raced Milan-San Remo nine times and finished in the top five on four occasions, but the first monument of the season continues to be out of reach. “I was close but again not first…” Sagan said, speaking to the media, including Cyclingnews , at the team bus. “The race just happened like that after the ...

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The weekly spin: Breaking down Alaphilippe’s perfect day at Milan-San Remo

It was a who’s who of professional cycling. Barreling down the Poggio, the final climb of Milan-San Remo, was a handful of the top riders in the sport, all in with a shot at winning the first Monument of the season. A few minutes later, that group had swelled to a dozen. There would be … The post The weekly spin: Breaking down Alaphilippe’s perfect day at Milan-San Remo appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Alaphilippe Wins Milan San Remo

Deceuninck Quick-Step Rider Bags His First Monument Julian Alaphilippe won Milan San-Remo on Saturday afternoon, comfortably winning a sprint from a group of ten that went clear over the top of the Poggio. He was joined on the podium by Olivier Naesen and Michal Kwiatkowski. This year’s first monument went according to the script, with a large break given plenty of room on the road and building up a sizable gap. The ten riders, including six Italians and four representatives of Novo Nordisk, were steadily reeled back in as the race hit the coast in perfect weather. Quick Step, UAE, Lotto Soudal and Groupama-FDJ were among the teams working at the front and by the foot of the Cipressa only Fausto Masnada was left in front. Getty Images Masnada was caught on the earliest slopes of the penultimate climb and there were few fireworks on the climb, though a daring ...

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Alaphilippe wins Milan-San Remo

Julian Alaphilippe lets out a roar

It may have been the first Monument of the season, but the story was the one we’ve seen so often already this year. Some 175 men fought for half the day to win a bike race, and Julian Alaphilippe ( Deceuninck-QuickStep ) ended up on the top step of the podium. Milan-San Remo is the seventh victory of the season for the Frenchman, and the 19th for his team - no doubt the sweetest yet. Part of an elite group contesting the win in San Remo, Alaphilippe beat Oliver Naesen ( AG2R La Mondiale ) and Michał Kwiatkowski ( Team Sky ) to the top spot after a tense sprint to the line. The Frenchman had played a major part in forming the elite group that made it to the finish, launching an attack over the top of Poggio and bringing a number of the strongest men in the sport ...

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Valverde, Quintana, Porte, Froome headline deep Catalunya field

Valverde, Quintana, Porte, Froome headline deep Catalunya field

Watch last year's winner Alejandro Valverde and team mate Nairo Quintana do battle with Richie Porte and Chris Froome at the 99th Volta Ciclista a Catalunya on SBS VICELAND, live from super early in the morning, Tuesday 26 March.

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Milan – San Remo: Race Preview

The year’s first monument is upon us The smell of cut grass. The days lengthening. The Masters from Augusta. The sound of [insert local fauna as appropriate] [insert distinctive sound] in/on/beside [insert recognisable local architecture or flora as appropriate]. Milan-San Remo. Yes, spring* is coming, folks, and so is the season’s first monument. Italian cycling, never without a poetic narrative, has the first big race of the year, starting in a corner of Europe where winter isn’t too far forgotten, and finishing in the glitz, colour and sunshine of the Mediterranean coastline. Well, that’s the theory, anyway – the weather doesn’t always align with the narrative. * In the Northern hemisphere. Chris has given us the colour and the history of the race. Conor feels confident that he can tell us all the winner. Which leaves me to look at how the race will unfold. It is a pretty familiar ...

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Valverde and Landa headline Movistar at Milan-San Remo

Alejandro Valverde (Movistar).

World champion Alejandro Valverde headlines Movistar ’s team for Milan-San Remo , while Mikel Landa will make his comeback from injury at La Classicissima on Saturday. Landa sustained a broken collarbone in a crash during his first race of the season, the Trofeo Ses Salines, Campos, Porreres, Felanitx at the Challenge Mallorca in January. He has been side-lined ever since, but will ride Milan-San Remo before staying in Italy to tackle next week’s Settimana Coppi e Bartali. The Basque rider is also expected to line out at the Tour of the Basque Country next month. Landa has stated his intention to ride both the Giro d’Italia and Tour de France in 2019. Milan-San Remo was a relatively late addition to Valverde’s racing programme, and he will then line out at the Volta a Catalunya, which gets underway 48 hours later. The Spaniard last appeared at Milan-San Remo in 2016, when ...

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Don’t miss Britain’s biggest and best bike exhibition (and save £5 with BikeRadar)

Don’t miss Britain’s biggest and best bike exhibition (and save £5 with BikeRadar)

With over 300 cycling and triathlon brands on show, special guests and speakers from across cycling and triathlon, and tons of demos and activities to take part in, this incredible event is definitely not to be missed. Save £5 on adult London Bike Show tickets using offer code BR11 All about the bikes As you’d expect, there will be hundreds of new bikes on display (many of which will be available for demo rides) from Argon, Cannondale, Canyon, Cervélo, Focus, GoCycle, GT, Marin, Orange, Orro, Ridgeback, Vitus and loads more. Making an appearance for the first time in the UK will be Alejandro Valverde’s World Championship winning Canyon CF SLX, as well as cutting-edge retail road bikes including Cannondale’s SystemSix Hi-Mod Red eTap AXS and Focus’ award winning Izalco Max Disc 9.9 . Highlights on the off-road side that you'll be able to inspect are the all-new and highly innovative ...

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Valverde says Milan-San Remo not yet ruled out

Alejandro Valverde (Movistar).

Alejandro Valverde ( Movistar ) has insisted that he may yet return to racing at Milan-San Remo after a spell of illness in the latter part of the UAE Tour caused part of his spring race programme to be abandoned. Valverde had scratched a possible start in Strade Bianche after going down with a cold and slight fever during the UAE Tour, which he nonetheless finished second overall in and won the toughest mountain stage. His chances of racing Milan-San Remo, the first Monument of the season, were widely reported to be non-existent. But a spell of rest and recuperation at home in Murcia, Spain has gone well and Valverde told Eurosport on Thursday that he is now eying a possible start in La Primavera, where his best performance to date has been 15th. "I had a bit of a cold and fever and didn't want to push myself too ...

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Cycling's worst-kept secret: Campagnolo's Super Record 12-speed EPS groupset launches

Cycling's worst-kept secret: Campagnolo's Super Record 12-speed EPS groupset launches

Less than a year after Campagnolo launched its Super Record 12-speed mechanical groupset, the inevitable EPS electronic version has landed. The groupset's arrival came as no surprise, having already been spotted on World Road Champion Alejandro Valverde’s bike in 2019’s early season races. All-new Campagnolo 12-speed EPS electronic groupset spotted Campagnolo Super Record 12-speed hydraulic brakes first ride review Improve ergonomics The new groupset shares a number of components with the mechanical version, but adds in EPS parts, which have been re-engineered for 12-speed, and some all-new or improved ones too. Externally similar, the Ergopower controls come in rim and hydraulic disc brake versions, and maintain the superb ergonomics of the mechanical system, but with, in my opinion, a superior thumb lever shape. Unlike the mechanical one, the downward sweep of the EPS inner lever requires little thumb or hand movement to operate from the hoods or drops, further accelerating ...

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Van Aert hoping to improve on last year's dramatic third place at Strade Bianche

Wout Van Aert makes his debut for Jumbo Visma

With the memories of third place at last year's Strade Bianche still fresh in his mind, Wout van Aert heads to this Saturday's race with the full backing of WorldTour team Jumbo-Visma – and hoping to go one or two places better. The Belgian's tumble from his bike on the final climb up to the finish in Siena's Piazza il Campo at the 2018 race, and his subsequent struggle to remount, had hearts in mouths all around the world, but with a good 30-second buffer back to fourth-placed Alejandro Valverde (Movistar), Van Aert's podium place was safe – even if he'd hoped to catch runner-up Romain Bardet (AG2R) before the finish. But in a video interview posted on Jumbo-Visma's website, Van Aert said that "giving up was not an option". "It's the race people have talked about most since I started cycling," he said. "It left an impression on many ...

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Valverde skips Strade Bianche to prepare for Tour of Flanders

Alejandro Valverde (Movistar).

The Movistar team have confirmed that Alejandro Valverde will not ride Strade Bianche or Tirreno-Adriatico, and will only return to racing at the Volta a Catalunya later this month. The world champion finished second overall at the recent UAE Tour and won the first mountain finish to Jebel Hafeet. However, he ended the race feeling unwell and, with the Tour of Flanders and the Giro d’Italia major goals in the coming months, he has opted to rest up and do a block of important training instead of racing. With Tuscan local Daniele Bennati also out due to a recent illness and Mikel Landa still recovering from a fractured collarbone, Movistar will field a young team for Strade Bianche. Richard Carapaz will make his European season debut after riding the Vuelta a San Juan and the Colombia 2.1 stage races in South America. Also in Movistar’s seven-rider roster are Nelson Oliveira, ...

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Adam Yates heads back to Tour de France to 'rectify disappointing 2018'

Adam Yates heads back to Tour de France to 'rectify disappointing 2018'

Joe Robinson 5 Mar 2019 After failing to impress in 2018, Yates and Mitchelton-Scott believe this year's route could suit his capabilities Adam Yates has confirmed that he will head to the Tour de France in July looking to 'rectify' mistakes from last year's race that saw him finish a disappointing 29th on general classification. The Mitchelton-Scott rider was unable to repeat his fourth-place and white young rider's jersey from 2016, eventually tumbling from ninth overall following two consecutive tough days in the Alps. The 26-year-old then returned to the Vuelta a Espana , acting as a key domestique towards twin brother Simon's eventual victory, but was unable to make an impact on GC himself. Yates has already opened his account with a powerful stage victory over World Champion Alejandro Valverde at the Volta a la Valenciana last month. Next up is Tirreno-Adriatico, which starts next week, and while Yates ...

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