Valverde’s road to Tokyo goes through the Tour

Bucking a trend among some of the top riders, Alejandro Valverde will race in July ahead of the Olympic Games in August. Read the full article at Valverde’s road to Tokyo goes through the Tour on VeloNews.com .

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The weekly spin: The great ‘Rider of the Year’ debate

Supported by With the 2019 road racing season effectively over, it’s time for the annual “Rider of the Year” debates. Yes, there’s still the six-stage Tour of Guangxi, which starts on Thursday. But none of the riders in the running for Rider of the Year honors are taking part. So with Il Lombardia in the rearview mirror, … The post The weekly spin: The great ‘Rider of the Year’ debate appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Il Lombardia: All you need to know including TV guide, favourites and route

Joe Robinson 10 Oct 2019 A complete guide to everything you need to know about Il Lombardia, taking place on Saturday 12th October Il Lombardia is the last big race of the season and one to savour. The final of the five Monuments of road cycling, 'the race of the falling leaves' takes place in early autumn across the picturesque landscape of Lombardy in northern Italy. Like all Italian Classics, the race takes place on a Saturday (12th October) as opposed to the usual slot of a Sunday. At 263km, it's a gruelling day in the saddle, covering six categorised climbs including the dreaded Colma di Surmano as the course takes the peloton from Bergamo to Como. Usually a race reserved for punchy climbers, recent winners have included Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ), Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) and Esteban Chaves (Mitchelton-Scott). While defending champion Pinot will be absent, a stacked start list will ...

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The weekly spin: A wet and wild week at the world championships

What a week in professional cycling. The UCI’s Road World Championships is an annual end-of-season gathering of national federations, sponsors, rider agents, and stakeholders that often delivers not only new world champions but also a flurry of announcements and controversies. The Yorkshire world championships was no exception. The eight-day event began with a new discipline, … The post The weekly spin: A wet and wild week at the world championships appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Mathieu van der Poel's World Championships Canyon Aeroad looks ready to win

Peter Stuart 27 Sep 2019 Van der Poel's Canyon Aeroad sports disc brakes and a 30-tooth rear sprocket, and could well help him win the Worlds Mathieu van der Poel has seemed unstoppable this season after dominant performances at the Tour of Britain, Amstel Gold Race and Dwars door Vlaanderen, and he's proved far and away the bookie's favourite for this weekend's World Championships Road Race. His bike also fits the bill. Riding for Canyon-sponsored UCI Continental team Corendon-Circus, it's no surpise to see the dutchan riding a Canyon, however the model and spec are a little intriguing. Van der Poel has sided for the aerodynamically focussed Canyon Aeroad CF SLX over the lightweight Canyon Ultimate, and even gone for a disc-brake equipped spec, suggesting he is favouring stopping power and all-out speed over excess grams when climbing. Image 3 of 14 Image 3 of 14 That's confirmed by the ...

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Preview: 18 things to know about the elite men’s Worlds road race

The 2019 Road World Championships conclude this Sunday with the elite men’s road race. It’s one of the biggest and most important days of racing on the men’s calendar and it’s the race that decides who will wear the rainbow bands for the next year. Ahead of Sunday’s race, here’s your guide to the course, … The post Preview: 18 things to know about the elite men’s Worlds road race appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Who are the bookies backing for the World Championships men's race?

Joe Robinson 23 Sep 2019 A guide to the favourites for the men’s elite road race in Harrogate on Sunday 29th September The UCI World Championships is already underway in Harrogate, Yorkshire and the final event is the elite men’s road race on Sunday 29th September. At 285km, it will be the longest World Championships road race in recent history, almost matching the mammoth 298km tackled at Milan-San Remo , just with a mighty 3,645m of elevation. After a long 180km lap of the Yorkshire Dales - which includes ascents of Kidstones Pass, Buttertubs and Grinton Moor - the men will enter Harrogate for seven laps of a 14km finishing circuit. It’s technical, negotiating plenty of narrow roads, tight corners and a few rude gradients in a loop that will sap the energy reserves of every rider. Particularly watch out for the tight bridge on Penny Pot Lane followed by ...

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The weekly spin: The Grand Tour Domino Effect

A gust of wind in southeast France, a patch of slippery pavement in Andorra, a touch of wheels in Italy, and three grand tour winners who might never have been. The Vuelta a España is over and the 2019 Grand Tour season is finished. As I look back, I’ve been playing the what-if game. What … The post The weekly spin: The Grand Tour Domino Effect appeared first on CyclingTips .

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It was a different Worlds back then: How things have changed since 1982

Felix Lowe 18 Sep 2019 It has been 37 years since the World Championships last came to Britain. How times have changed With the 2019 UCI World Championships soon to start in Yorkshire, Cyclist columnist Felix Lowe looks back at the men's race - and the wider world - the last time it visited British shores, when the best riders did laps of Goodwood in 1982. This article is in the current issue of Cyclist magazine - on sale now Words Felix Lowe Illustration Clear As Mud When Beppe Saronni motored to the rainbow stripes at glorious Goodwood, ‘Eye Of The Tiger’ was top of the charts, having dethroned ‘Come On Eileen’ the day before. Yes, it really has been that long since the UCI World Championships have been held in Britain. In the 37 years since then, Italy has had the honour of hosting the Worlds six times, Spain ...

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Valverde looks ahead to worlds defense after seventh Vuelta podium

Valverde looks ahead to worlds defense after seventh Vuelta podium

There isn't much left to say about Alejandro Valverde after the Movistar rider strode on to his seventh Vuelta a España podium.

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Vuelta a Espana 2019: Fabio Jakobsen wins Stage 21 as Primoz Roglic confirmed as champion

Vuelta a Espana 2019: Fabio Jakobsen wins Stage 21 as Primoz Roglic confirmed as champion

Jack Elton-Walters 15 Sep 2019 Fabio Jakobsen won Stage 21 of the 2019 Vuelta a Espana to top off what's been an excellent three weeks for his Deceuninck-QuickStep team Fabio Jakobsen ( Deceuninck-QuickStep ) won Stage 21 of the 2019 Vuelta a Espana , pipping a fast finishing Sam Bennet ( Bora-Hansgrohe ) to the line. Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) stayed upright and with the peloton to be confirmed as the overall champion. As with the Tour de France , the final stage of the Vuelta is now a procession into its home nation's capital. This essentially means it's irrelevant to the overall General Classification as no one in the top 10 attacks, the stage is left to the sprinters. However, the red jersey must still finish and that's what Roglic did. Job done. Next to Roglic, Alejandro Valverde ( Movistar ) stood on the second step of the podium and ...

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Vuelta a Espana 2019: Slovenia celebrates as Pogacar wins stage and Roglic secures overall title

Vuelta a Espana 2019: Slovenia celebrates as Pogacar wins stage and Roglic secures overall title

Joe Robinson 14 Sep 2019 A mighty solo performance see 20-year-old Slovenian take third stage win, white young rider's jersey and final podium spot Jumbo-Visma's Primoz Roglic will take a maiden Grand Tour victory at the 2019 Vuelta a Espana after successfully defending the red jersey on the penultimate stage of the race. Meanwhile, 20-year-old compatriot Tadej Pogacar secured a third stage win of the race and a spot on the podium after an impressive solo ride. Roglic was unfazed by a difficult final mountain stage into Plataforma de Gredos, finishing alongside rival Alejandro Valverde to all but secure the overall win. Tomorrow's processional route into Madrid will be a day of celebration for Roglic as he confirms his status as one of the world's best Grand Tour riders. He takes the title by a margin of almost three minutes from Movistar's Alejandro Valverde, who rides to a seventh career ...

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Was Movistar in the wrong on stage 19 of the Vuelta?

Vuelta a Espana race leader Primoz Roglic went down in a crash, and before he even had a chance to pick himself up Movistar hit the front and pinned it. In doing so, the Movistar team did not make many new friends on stage 19 of the Vuelta a España. But were they wrong? Some … The post Was Movistar in the wrong on stage 19 of the Vuelta? appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Vuelta a Espana 2019: Cavanga produces trademark Quickstep ride for win as Movistar cause controversy

Vuelta a Espana 2019: Cavanga produces trademark Quickstep ride for win as Movistar cause controvers

Joe Robinson 13 Sep 2019 Three riders in top four for Deceuninck-Quickstep as they prove too strong for the rest Deceuninck-Quickstep finished with three riders in the top four on Stage 19 to Toledo as Remi Cavagna rode to an impressive solo victory at the Vuelta a Espana. The Frenchman nipped away from the breakaway in the final 20km, managing his effort on the steep finish to perfection to secure a first career Grand Tour stage win ahead of Sam Bennett (Bora-Hansgrohe) and teammate Zdenek Stybar. Philippe Gilbert rolled in fourth to complete a perfect day for the Belgian team. The day's major talking point, however, surrounded a crash to race leader Primoz Roglic earlier in the race. The Jumbo-Visma rider hit the deck with 65km to go alongside white jersey wearer Miguel Angel Lopez. For 15km, the race leader was forced into a mad chase of the Movistar-led peloton, ...

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Vuelta a Espana 2019: Cavagna produces trademark Quickstep ride for win as Movistar cause controversy

Vuelta a Espana 2019: Cavagna produces trademark Quickstep ride for win as Movistar cause controvers

Joe Robinson 13 Sep 2019 Three riders in top four for Deceuninck-Quickstep as they prove too strong for the rest Deceuninck-Quickstep finished with three riders in the top four on Stage 19 to Toledo as Remi Cavagna rode to an impressive solo victory at the Vuelta a Espana. The Frenchman nipped away from the breakaway in the final 20km, managing his effort on the steep finish to perfection to secure a first career Grand Tour stage win ahead of Sam Bennett (Bora-Hansgrohe) and teammate Zdenek Stybar. Philippe Gilbert rolled in fourth to complete a perfect day for the Belgian team. The day's major talking point, however, surrounded a crash to race leader Primoz Roglic earlier in the race. The Jumbo-Visma rider hit the deck with 65km to go alongside white jersey wearer Miguel Angel Lopez. For 15km, the race leader was forced into a mad chase of the Movistar-led peloton, ...

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Vuelta a Espana 2019 Stage 18: Primoz Roglic holds firm in red jersey

Vuelta a Espana 2019 Stage 18: Primoz Roglic holds firm in red jersey

Joe Robinson 12 Sep 2019 Sergio Higuita wins the stage as Primoz Roglic marches one step closer to overall victory Education First's Sergio Higuita took his maiden Grand Tour victory in impressive fashion on Stage 18 to Becerril de la Sierra as Jumbo-Visma's Primoz Roglic moved one step closer to overall victory at the 2019 Vuelta a Espana. Higuita rode alone for over 40km, holding off the chasing group of General Classification riders to win the stage by 15 seconds and salvage some success for Education First, whose Vuelta had been blighted by injury. Red jersey wearer Roglic won the sprint for second to extend his overall lead on General Classification over Alejandro Valverde who leapfrogged Movistar teammate Nairo Quintana into second place. Astana's Miguel Angel Lopez was also a big winner on the day after his persistent attacks saw his usurp UAE-Team Emirates's Tadej Pogacar into the white jersey ...

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Vuelta a Espana 2019: Philippe Gilbert wins Stage 17 while Nairo Quintana gains over 5 minutes on GC

Vuelta a Espana 2019: Philippe Gilbert wins Stage 17 while Nairo Quintana gains over 5 minutes on GC

Jack Elton-Walters 11 Sep 2019 Stage 17 of the 2019 Vuelta a Espana was expected to be a quiet day but ended up being anything but Philippe Gilbert (Deceuninck-QuickStep) won Stage 17 of the 2019 Vuelta a Espana on a day that saw an unexpected shake-up in the overall General Classification. Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) retained the red jersey and the same margin over second place Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) but after that there were significant changes. The day's win came from a breakaway which had originally contained over 40 riders. Key among the front group was Nairo Quintana (Movistar), whose ride helped him gain time and position on the GC. This jump up the standings would have been even greater had his own teammates not taken up the chase behind. Even so, Quintana did something similar to Chris Froome in 2016, so could this be the start of a race winning ...

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Five predictions for ‘week three’ of the Vuelta a España

It may sound crazy, but just one week of Grand Tour racing remains in the 2019 season. Week three of the Vuelta a España is all that’s left between us and eight long months without Grand Tour action. Hopefully this final week in Spain delivers enough excitement to hold us over until next year’s Giro … The post Five predictions for ‘week three’ of the Vuelta a España appeared first on CyclingTips .

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The weekly spin: Jumbo-Visma’s investment in young talent on display at Vuelta

It was at the 2016 Redlands Cycling Classic that Americans Sepp Kuss and Neilson Powless first made their presence known at the elite level of road racing. It was there, in Southern California’s Inland Empire, that Kuss won the queen stage on Oak Glen, while Powless won the time trial and finished second overall. Forty-one … The post The weekly spin: Jumbo-Visma’s investment in young talent on display at Vuelta appeared first on CyclingTips .

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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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