Carapaz out of Vuelta a Espana after post-Tour crit crash

Carapaz out of Vuelta a Espana after post-Tour crit crash

Joe Robinson 22 Aug 2019 Giro d'Italia champion forced to miss Spanish Grand Tour after shoulder injury Giro d'Italia champion Richard Carapaz will miss the Vuelta a Espana after crashing at a post-Tour de France criterium. The Ecuadorian was participating in the processional Profronde van Etten-Leur criterium in the Netherlands when he crashed sustaining a 'significant contusion to his right shoulder'. Movistar then confirmed on Thursday afternoon that Carapaz would have to miss the Vuelta, which starts this Saturday , despite receiving treatment and there being a lack of fractures. Carapaz will now be replaced by Jose Joaquin Rojas who was the designated reserve rider. The 34-year-old will join up with the remaining Movistar team before the opening day's team time trial in Torrevieja. While it will be personally disappointing for Carapaz, it may simplify Movistar's approach to the race. See related Vuelta a Espana 2019: Route, stage previews, start ...

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Yes, you should watch the Vuelta a España – here’s why

Supported by It’s hard to blame anyone for seeing the Vuelta a España as the little brother of cycling’s Grand Tour family. It’s the newest of the trio, “only” in its 74th edition this year. The red winner’s jersey lacks the mystique of the maillot jaune or the maglia rosa, perhaps because it’s only been red since … The post Yes, you should watch the Vuelta a España – here’s why appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Valverde set to hunt stage victories at the Vuelta a Espana

Alejandro Valverde had a special helmet and sunglasses for his debut at the Tour of Flanders

Alejandro Valverde will take to the Vuelta a España start in Salinas de Torrevieja as a nominal co-leader of Movistar, but rather than mount an overall challenge, the 2009 winner will target stage victories at the year's final Grand Tour. With reigning champion Simon Yates absent from the start list, Valverde's status as world champion means he'll wear the number one on his back. There's no pressure for him to fight for the top places in the general classification, however, even if he might end up there or thereabouts. "The Vuelta is the race he likes the most, and if he gets results, great," Movistar directeur sportif José Luis Arrieta told Marca . "For Alejandro, what we would like is that he has a good time on the bike, especially this year with the [rainbow] jersey." Perhaps more than any other team, Movistar have become known for bringing multiple leaders ...

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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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Who is favourite for the Vuelta a Espana and who should you be backing?

Who is favourite for the Vuelta a Espana and who should you be backing?

Joe Robinson 20 Aug 2019 The favourites for the Vuelta a Espana and the best prices from the bookmakers The 74th Vuelta a Espana begins on Saturday 24th August as three weeks of racing around Spain commences to find the next winner of the famous red jersey. Keeping up appearances, this year’s race will be a brutal mix of high-altitude climbs, relentlessly steep gradients and pounding heat that often gives young General Classification riders and eternal nearly-men the chance to shine. Lancastrian Simon Yates of Mitchelton-Scott is current champion although absent in the defence of his title. Three back-to-back Grand Tours seem to have taken their toll on the Brit who has opted for some well-earned rest. Last year’s second-place finished Enric Mas ( Deceuninck-QuickStep ) will also be taking a rain check after racing the Tour de France in July, meaning the only present rider from last year’s podium ...

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Quintana, Carapaz and Valverde form Movistar trident at Vuelta a Espana

Richard Carapaz (Movistar)

Nairo Quintana , world champion Alejandro Valverde and Giro d’Italia winner Richard Carapaz have all been confirmed in the Movistar line-up for the Vuelta a España , which gets underway with a team time trial in Torrevieja on Saturday. The strong Movistar selection also features Marc Soler, Imanol Erviti, Nelson Oliveira, Jorge Arcas and Antonio Pedrero. As expected, there is no place for the Bahrain-Merida-bound Mikel Landa, who placed 6th overall at the Tour de France, having already finished 4th overall at the Giro. Quintana and Valverde both participated at the Tour de France, where Movistar placed three riders in the top 10 but fell some way short of challenging for final overall victory. Quintana won over the Galibier into Valloire on stage 18 but had to settle for 8th overall, one place ahead of Valverde. Winner of the Vuelta in 2016, Quintana missed the race a year ago but ...

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Cataldo and Villella join Movistar from Astana

Dario Cataldo celebrates his stage 15 win at the giro d'Italia

Movistar have announced the signing of experienced and trusted duo Dario Cataldo and Davide Villella from Astana. The Italian riders have agreed two-year contracts that will keep them at Movistar until the end of the 2021 season. 34-year-old Cataldo won the Baby Giro in 2006 and seemed destined to be one of the best Italian stage racers of his generation. Instead, after spells at Liquigas, QuickStep, Team Sky and Astana, he has largely sacrificed his own chances of success to help his team leaders, becoming a key Grand Tour domestique and occasional winner. A strong climber, the Lanciano native won a stage of the 2012 Vuelta a España atop Cuitu Negro and he out-sprinted Mattia Cattaneo to claim victory in Como on this year’s Giro d’Italia. Villella turned professional in 2014 with Cannondale after winning the prestigious Giro della Valle d’Aosta as an under-23 rider. He won the Japan Cup ...

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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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Quintana hopes for 'team that can support him 100 per cent' in move to Arkea-Samsic

Quintana hopes for 'team that can support him 100 per cent' in move to Arkea-Samsic

Joe Robinson 12 Aug 2019 Colombian will be forced into joint leadership role at Vuelta a Espana Nairo Quintana is hoping his move to ProContinental team Arkea-Samsic will give him '100 per cent support' when targetting the yellow jersey at the Tour de France next season. The 29-year-old struggled to shine at this year's race finishing eighth overall following the decision of his current team, Movistar , to back three team leaders on General Classification. While Quintana did win a stage, he rode into Paris over five minutes adrift of eventual winner Egan Bernal of Team Ineos and a minute down on teammate Mikel Landa, who finished sixth. The Colombian will now depart the Spanish team, yet told home radio station BLU Station that the yellow jersey remained his ultimate goal and that his move away from Movistar should further his chances of winning the only Grand Tour missing from ...

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Nairo Quintana: I want a team that can support me 100 per cent

Nairo Quintana (Movistar)

Nairo Quintana has confirmed his departure from the Movistar team at the end of the season. Although he stopped short of announcing Arkea-Samsic as his new destination, he said in an interview with Colombian radio station BLU Radio that he wants a team where he has '100 per cent support'. Quintana turned pro with Movistar in 2012 but the relationship has become increasingly strained in the past couple of years. There was debate over his race programme in 2017 and then team leadership in the past two seasons. At the recent Tour de France , there was a seemingly total breakdown in communication that saw he and teammates Mikel Landa and Alejandro Valverde effectively racing against each other. Quintana, who finished on the podium in Paris three times between 2013 and 2016, placed eighth overall, although that was mitigated by a stage win the in the Alps. Cyclingnews reported during ...

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Movistar name Enric Mas as new Grand Tour leader for 2020

Enric Mas (Quick-Step Floors) on the Vuelta podium for best young rider

Movistar have confirmed that Enric Mas will leave Deceuninck-QuickStep to join the Spanish WorldTour squad and become their Grand Tour leader for the next three years. The 24-year-old from Mallorca finished second overall in the 2018 Vuelta a Espana and is considered Spain’s most promising rider for future Grand Tours. Mas will replace Mikel Landa, who has already confirmed he will move to Bahrain-Merida in 2020, Giro d’Italia winner Richard Carapaz, who is set to join Team Ineos, and Nairo Quintana, who is widely expected to move to French Professional Continental team Arkea Samsic. Mas will share leadership at Movistar with fellow Spaniard Alejandro Valverde, with Marc Soler also expected to have a bigger leadership role. Mas raced as an amateur with the Fundación Contador team and then stepped up to WorldTour level in 2017 with QuickStep. He won a stage at the 2018 Itzulia Basque Country and confirmed his ...

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Organisers neutralise stage 4 of the Tour of Poland after Lambrecht’s tragic death

Supported by Warsaw, Aug 6, 2019 (AFP) – Organisers of the Tour of Poland have neutralised Tuesday’s scheduled fourth stage following the death of Belgian rider Bjorg Lambrecht. The stage route has been reduced to 133.7 km and the final laps have been cut to 1. Any further decisions regarding tomorrow’s stage will be communicated in agreement with Lotto … The post Organisers neutralise stage 4 of the Tour of Poland after Lambrecht’s tragic death appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Cycling community pays tribute to Bjorg Lambrecht

Bjorg Lambrecht celebrates winning stage 3 of the Tour des Fjords in 2018

The cycling community has paid tribute to the sudden loss of one of its own, Bjorg Lambrecht , who tragically died following a crash during stage 3 at the Tour de Pologne on Monday. Lambrecht was just 22 years old. Lambrecht, who raced for the WorldTour team Lotto Soudal, crashed into a concrete culvert partway through the 150km stage, although it is unclear why he fell. Race doctors provided medical treatment to Lambrecht at the side of the road but his condition didn't allow him to be transported to hospital by helicopter. He was taken to hospital by ambulance where he later died during surgery. Race organisers cancelled the post-race ceremonies as the cycling community mourns the loss of Lambrecht. Pascal Ackermann (Bora-Hansgrohe), who won the stage, expressed his condolences to Lambrecht's family and teammates at Lotto Soudal. "Today, the result of the race doesn't matter. I was devastated to ...

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Bahrain-Merida confirm Mikel Landa signing from Movistar

Bahrain-Merida confirm Mikel Landa signing from Movistar

Joe Robinson 5 Aug 2019 Rider will move across to lead team's Grand Tour hopes as Vincenzo Nibali departs Bahrain-Merida have announced their signing of Basque Grand Tour contender Mikel Landa from Movistar . The deal had been common knowledge for a while with Landa coming across to head the team's Grand Tour hopes as Vincenzo Nibali leaves for Trek-Segafredo . Bahrain confirmed the move today in a press release stating Landa 'will be a major contributor to our stage race objectives' with team general manager Brent Copeland labelling Landa as one of the most 'competitive riders for the Grand Tours'. 'It is with immense pleasure that we welcome Mikel to our team, he is a rider who brings excitement to racing with his incredible climbing skills which makes him one of the most competitive riders for the grand tours,' said Copeland. 'His consistent results speak for themselves and his ...

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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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The weekly spin: What we can expect from the 2020 Tour de France

The days that follow the Tour de France always leave cyclings fans with a bout of melancholy. After three weeks of closely following the biggest event in the sport, the vacuum that follows is profound. Yes, there are other races, but none that demand the collective attention of the Tour. This year’s race was exceptionally … The post The weekly spin: What we can expect from the 2020 Tour de France appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Carapaz to return to stage racing action at Vuelta a Burgos

Richard Carapaz (Movistar)

Giro d'Italia winner Richard Carapaz will return to stage racing action at next month's Vuelta a Burgos, the race organisation announced on Monday. The five-day event takes place from August 13-17. The Ecuadorian will use the race as preparation for the Vuelta a España, where the Movistar team is also expected to include Alejandro Valverde and Nairo Quintana, who signalled his participation on the final day of the Tour de France on Sunday. Carapaz has not raced since he sealed Giro victory in the final time trial in Verona on June 2. He has also been included in Movistar's provisional line-up for the one-day Circuit de Getxo, which takes place on Wednesday. Last week, Movistar manager Eusebio Unzue confirmed that both Carapaz and Quintana would leave Movistar at the end of this season. Carapaz is understood to be moving to Team Ineos, home of Tour winner Egan Bernal, while Quintana ...

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Quintana set to ride Vuelta a Espana

Nairo Quintana (Movistar) celebrates winning stage 18 at the Tour de France

Nairo Quintana has confirmed that he will line out at the Vuelta a España , which gets underway in Torrevieja on August 24. The Colombian will look to sign off on his time at Movistar on a high note after a largely disappointing Tour de France. Although Quintana claimed a fine solo victory win over the Col du Galibier to Valloire on stage 18, he made little impression in the battle for final victory, eventually placing 8th overall in Paris, 5:30 behind the Tour champion, his fellow countryman Egan Bernal (Ineos). “We’ll continue with the Vuelta a España,” Quintana told ESPN on Sunday. “I’ll rest for a little bit in Colombia, then I’ll come back here.” Quintana beat Chris Froome to win the Vuelta in 2016, while he placed 8th overall in Madrid last season. He is set to be part of a strong Movistar team in Spain, with world ...

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Tour de France: Bernal one stage from overall victory, Nibali wins atop Val Thorens

Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) wins stage 20 on Val Thorens at the Tour de France

Egan Bernal ( Team Ineos ) is one stage away from sealing the overall victory at the Tour de France , crossing the stage 20 finish line at Val Thorens hand-in-hand with teammate and reigning champion Geraint Thomas as the pair finished safely among the lead group on the shortened stage 20. Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) took the stage win as the last man standing from the early break, holding off the peloton and redeeming what has been a tough campaign for the 2014 Tour champion. Movistar duo Alejandro Valverde and Mikel Landa launched late bids for victory, but had to settle for second and third, 10 and 14 seconds down. Bernal and Thomas rolled in three seconds after Landa, while Steven Kruijswijk (Jumbo-Visma) moved up into third overall after former race leader Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep) was dropped 13km from the finish of the micro-stage. For the most part, the 33-kilometre ...

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Tour de France 2019: Stage 19 cancelled due to hail, snow and mudslides

Tour de France 2019: Stage 19 cancelled due to hail, snow and mudslides

Jack Elton-Walters 26 Jul 2019 Stage 19 dramatically cut short due to extreme weather, leaving Egan Bernal the stage winner and new race leader Stage 19 of the 2019 Tour de France was cancelled mid-stage after a severe hailstorm led to a part of the road being blocked by partially frozen water, and entirely covered by a mudslide near the start of the final climb to Tignes in the high mountains of the Alps. The localised extreme weather struck the race with the leaders having already come over the top of the 2,770m Col de l'Iseran and descending at high speed towards the final climb. The decision meant the summit of the Iseran became the official finish line, since that was the last point at which timing information was taken. It meant Team Ineos rider Egan Bernal was declared the stage winner, and takes over the yellow jersey from Julian ...

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