Less resistance: With each WorldTour win, tubeless tires gain acceptance

Fabio Jakobsen’s (Deceuninck–Quick-Step) Stage four win on tubeless

It was just a couple of months ago that Josh Poertner, owner of Silca, made the bold prediction that tubeless tires will be the norm in professional racing within five years. And now, in the wake of Fabio Jakobsen’s win on Stage 4 of the Amgen Tour of California, Specialized has announced that it holds … The post Less resistance: With each WorldTour win, tubeless tires gain acceptance appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Jakobsen wins Tour of California stage on tubeless tyres

Deceuninck-QuickStep's Fabio Jakobsen wins stage 4 of the 2019 Tour of California, while third-place

Fabio Jakobsen ( Deceuninck-QuickStep ) took the second WorldTour race victory of the season on tubeless tyres at the Tour of California on Wednesday, as teams and brands continue to test the technology in the professional peloton. Alexander Kristoff (UAE Team Emirates) was the first WorldTour race winner on tubeless wheels and tyres when he won Gent-Wevelgem in March. Deceuninck-QuickStep’s technical partner and tyre provider Specialized revealed that Jakobsen's win followed an earlier puncture, which was subsequently sealed using latex sealant inside the tyre. Tubeless tyres are used in conjunction with a tubeless-ready wheelset, where the bead of the tyre locks into the rim, removing the need for an inner tube and offering a simpler setup and similar weight to tubular tyres. Tubular tyres have been used in cycling for around 100 years and see the tube glued to the rim of the wheel. The setup can be time consuming ...

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Ackermann wins Eschborn-Frankfurt

Pascal Ackermann wins Clasica de Almeria

Bora-Hansgrohe's Pascal Ackermann broke Alexander Kristoff's four-time winning streak in the Eschborn-Frankfurt, taking out a chaotic bunch sprint over John Degenkolb (Trek-Segafredo) with Kristoff slipping in for third. An ecstatic Ackermann punched the air as he crossed the line, thrilled to tack win number three for the 2019 season on his palmares. "We came here to Frankfurt with a goal, and that was to take the win. It’s a great feeling to have finished it off," Ackermann said. "The guys rode at the front of the peloton the whole day, and in the end it was nice to be able to win." Bora-Hansgrohe worked to reel in a five-man breakaway in the final 10km, then pulled back a few dangerous attacks before leading Ackermann through the last corner. Israel Cycling Academy, battling Bora-Hansgrohe the whole way, dropped Vuelta a Castilla y Leon winner Davide Cimolai at the front, but the ...

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UAE Team Emirates sprinter Kristoff talking to other teams for 2020 season

Alexander Kristoff (UAE Team Emirates) wins Gent-Wevelgem

With his contract set to end after the 2019 season, UAE Team Emirates ' Alexander Kristoff is weighing up his options for 2020, and has been talking to other teams, despite having been offered a contract extension by his current team. "There's interest from a number of other teams," Kristoff told Norwegian website procycling.no , "so I'm sure that it'll work out. I haven't come to an agreement with anyone, but I have had an offer from UAE, which I don't think is good enough yet. "That's why we [he and agent Joona Laukka] are talking to other teams – to see whether there are any better offers, which we can then go back to UAE with. I have a figure in mind, so we're trying to see if we can get it," he said. The Norwegian sprinter told procycling.no that UAE's current offer is better than his current salary, ...

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The weekly spin: Rating the winners and losers of the 2019 spring classics

It was late in the race, and Julian Alaphilippe, the most successful rider of the spring classics, knew he would not be defending his team’s title at Liège-Bastogne-Liège. Though his Deceuninck–Quick-Step teammates had spent the day keeping him sheltered from the wind and setting pace at the front of the peloton, the inclement weather had adversely … The post The weekly spin: Rating the winners and losers of the 2019 spring classics appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Italian men's national team recons 2019 Yorkshire road Worlds course

Sonny Colbrelli of Italy suffers in the rain

Members of the Italian men's national road squad performed a reconnaissance ride of parts of September's 2019 UCI Road World Championships course in Yorkshire , in the UK, on Monday, with recent Tour of Flanders winner Alberto Bettiol ( EF Education First ) declaring it "more difficult than the Bergen Worlds course in 2017". While that year's race in Norway was considered to be too hilly for the pure sprinters, and ended with race favourite Peter Sagan of Slovakia taking his third straight Worlds road race win, ahead of home rider Alexander Kristoff and Australia's Michael Matthews, the Yorkshire course is set to be more selective again, with the men taking on a tough 285km route between Leeds and Harrogate. The rider who finished fourth behind Sagan in Bergen a year-and-a-half ago, Matteo Trentin ( Mitchelton-Scott ), was another one of four Italian riders who took a closer look at ...

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Van Avermaet: Amstel Gold Race is my last chance to get a good result this spring

CCC Team's Greg van Avermaet looks ready for Paris-Roubaix

Greg Van Avermaet ( CCC Team ) has ridden consistently well so far through the Spring Classics, but the two-time winner at Omloop Het Niewsblad, 2017 Paris-Roubaix, Gent-Wevelgem and E3 Harelbeke has come up empty so far in 2019 with just one chance remaining to put a check in the win column at a Classic. The 33-year-old Belgian will line up Sunday for Amstel Gold Race with a strong squad backing him and a high motivation to improve on his Amstel-best of fifth in 2015. "Amstel Gold Race is my last chance to get a good result this spring," he said. "I was really disappointed after Paris-Roubaix, knowing that I had the legs for a better result so, I am motivated to line up at Amstel Gold Race and turn things around. I have had good legs throughout the classics, and although I am missing a big result, I think ...

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Sam Bennett overcomes Giro snub with multiple wins in Turkey

Sam Bennett (Bora-Hansgrohe) wins the first stage of Tour of Turkey and wears the green sprint jerse

The Giro d’Italia is just three weeks away, and Sam Bennett is the most prolific sprinter of the professional ranks in the 2019 season so far, raising questions over Bora-Hansgrohe ’s choice not to select the Irishman for the corsa rosa, where he won three stages last year, including the grand finale in Rome. Only Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep) has won more races [8] than Bennett in the current season. The fast man from Carrick-on-Suir told Cyclingnews that he is proud to have crossed the line first at least once in each stage race he has taken part in this season: the Vuelta a San Juan [stage 7], the UAE Tour [stage 7], Paris-Nice [stages 3 and 6] and now stages 1 and 2 of the Presidential Tour of Turkey . Beating Fernando Gaviria, Caleb Ewan, Alexander Kristoff and Elia Viviani in Dubai was a masterpiece. In Turkey, he managed to ...

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Paris-Roubaix review - Podcast

The final podium – Lampaert, Gilbert and Politt (L-R)

In the latest episode of the Cyclingnews podcast we bring you analysis from the 2019 edition of Paris-Roubaix in which Philippe Gilbert ( Deceuninck-QuickStep ) claimed his second Monument in three years ahead of Nils Politt (Katusha-Alpecin) and teammate Yves Lampaert. As well as debating the efforts of the riders on the podium, we hear from Alexander Kristoff, Greg Van Avermaet, Luke Rowe, Marco Haller, Dirk Demol and Heinrich Haussler. The key move was made by Politt after the second feed zone and he was joined by Gilbert and a group contained Wout Van Aert, Peter Sagan, Sep Vanmarcke and Lampaert. By the time the race hit the final sectors of cobbles, there were just five riders left before Politt attacked at Gruson with just under 15km to go, and only Gilbert could follow. Sponsor message You can read more at Cyclingnews.com

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Kristoff regrets 'big risk' after using tubeless tyres in Paris-Roubaix

Alexander Kristoff had a tough day, suffering multiple punctures

Alexander Kristoff barely needed any prompting when he stepped off the UAE Team Emirates bus at the end of Paris-Roubaix . Having won Gent-Wevelgem and finished third in the Tour of Flanders, he lined up for 'The Hell of the North' as one of the favourites but a costly tyre choice effectively ended his race before it really began. Far from angry - more disappointed - the Norwegian admitted that his mistake in equipment scuppered his chances of competing for the win. Kristoff chose to stick with Vittoria Corsa Graphene 2.0 25mm tubeless tyres in conjunction with Campagnolo Bora WTO tubeless-ready wheels that he had raced on throughout the spring. However, on the brutal cobbles of Paris-Roubaix the Norwegian felt that the combination had let him down and that he had made a mistake in selecting them. The Gent-Wevelgem winner suffered three punctures before finally switching to normal tyres but ...

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Analysis: How the favourites fared at Paris-Roubaix

Supported by Philippe Gilbert and Deceuninck-Quick-Step teammate Yves Lampaert played the Paris-Roubaix finale perfectly on Sunday to give the Belgian team its second Monument of the season. Twenty-five-year-old Nils Politt delivered a sensational ride for Katusha-Alpecin, a team many have been sleeping on at the Classics since Alexander Kristoff departed. But what about everyone else? What will … The post Analysis: How the favourites fared at Paris-Roubaix appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Christian Prudhomme: There are a dozen riders who can win Paris-Roubaix

Christian Prudhomme

Tour de France and Paris-Roubaix race director Christian Prudhomme says that he thinks that there are up to a dozen riders who have the ability to win Roubaix on Sunday, underlining that this weekend's 'Hell of the North' could be the most open race for some years. "There are a lot of favourites this year, and probably a dozen of riders who can actually win the race," Prudhomme told reporters on Saturday. "Among them is the Norwegian rider Alexander Kristoff [UAE Team Emirates], who's a former winner of Milan-San Remo, and has shown great form this year. "There's also title defender Peter Sagan [Bora-Hansgrohe], Greg Van Avermaet [CCC] and also Oliver Naesen [AG2R], who's great in the wind and on the pavé ," he said. "Then you also have those who've come from a cyclo-cross background, and among them, most notably, is Wout van Aert [Jumbo-Visma], who is a three-time ...

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Kristoff changes bike position and sticks with tubeless for Paris-Roubaix

Alexander Kristoff (UAE) finished third at the Tour of Flanders

Alexander Kristoff ( UAE Team Emirates ) has adopted a new bike position and new tyre technology as he looks to add a third Monument to his palmarès on Sunday at Paris-Roubaix . Kristoff's best result at 'The Hell of the North' is a ninth-place finish in 2013, with a 10th-place finish two years later. Since 2013, Kristoff has won Milan-San Remo, the Tour of Flanders and not finished outside of the top 10 in the four world championship road races he has competed in, showcasing his ability in long and hard races of attrition. For 2019, UAE Team Emirates brought in respected directeur sportif Allan Peiper, who prescribed Kristoff with extra cobbles-training in January. Alongside the new management and training, Kristoff has looked at his position on the bike as a potential detriment to his past Paris-Roubaix performances, shifting his weight further back in an attempt to keep the ...

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Hell’s Bells! The Paris-Roubaix Preview

The best race day of the season is upon us. I’m of course talking about the Hell on the Schelde [looks at calendar, then looks at assignment.] Oh, never mind, it looks like the best race day of the season is already behind us. So, I guess we’ll talk about Roubaix, instead. I don’t think I’d be exaggerating in calling Roubaix the most anticipated race day of the season. Sure, it might not have the prestige of the Tour de France or the beer-soaked reverence of Flanders, but what it does have is a penchant for bringing the pain to the peloton like no other race. Its currency is suffering, and we are the sadists that are buying. And the riders are the masochists that enjoy it. I don’t have to remind most of you about the interview that Theo de Rooij gave to John Tesh (who knows a thing ...

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Van Avermaet, Degenkolb and QuickStep prepare for Paris-Roubaix – Gallery

Trek-Segafredo riders recon the Paris-Roubaix route

With the 2019 Paris-Roubaix inching another day closer, teams took advantage of more clear, dry weather on Friday to reconnoitre some of the cobbled sectors they'll face on Sunday. Greg van Avermaet was out with his CCC Team as the Olympic road race champion hopes to add a second 'Hell of the North' title to his palmarès, having also won in 2017 . John Degenkolb , winner of the race in 2015 , was out on the course with the Trek-Segafredo roster, which includes Jasper Stuyven , who finished fourth at Roubaix in 2017, and fifth last year. And UAE team Emirates ' Alexander Kristoff and newcomer Jasper Philipsen were out previewing the cobbles, with Kristoff having been showing some good form of late. He'll be looking to score a first Roubaix win on Sunday, which would be his third Monument, having won Milan-San Remo and the Tour of Flanders ...

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Paris-Roubaix preview – Podcast

Philippe Gilbert negotiates the Roubaix cobbles

The cobbled Classics are almost at their end, with Paris-Roubaix set to close the curtain on the pavé for this season. 'The Hell of the North' is one of the most unpredictable races on the calendar, but on this week's podcast, the Cyclingnews team will have a go at predicting what will happen. The team discusses the wide variety of contenders, while also daring to pick who we think will make the podium, and we take a look at some of the tech on show for this weekend's race. We also hear from a few of the contenders themselves after they completed their recons of the course, including Wout van Aert ( Jumbo-Visma ), UAE Team Emirates ' Alexander Kristoff and former winner Philippe Gilbert ( Deceuninck-QuickStep ). The Cyclingnews Podcast is brought to you by Sportful, Pinarello and Floyd's of Leadville. Sponsor message Born in the Italian Dolomites, Sportful ...

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Kristoff: If I can hold onto the strongest then I'm dangerous at Paris-Roubaix

Alexander Kristoff hoists the 2019 Gent-Wevelgem trophy

There is no one rider that has been a standout during the 2019 Classics season, but Alexander Kristoff ( UAE Team Emirates ) is a name that has been put forward by many of his rivals as one of the big threats going into Paris-Roubaix this weekend. Kristoff took a commanding win at Gent-Wevelgem two weeks ago and held onto the favourites at the Tour of Flanders last weekend, before beating them in a sprint to take third place. Kristoff has never really found affinity with Paris-Roubaix over his nine previous appearances, but he believes that if he makes it to the velodrome in the front group then he will be a serious threat. With a headwind predicted in sections of the race, the conditions could be in his favour this time. "I have never had a really good feeling in this race, but I know if I manage to ...

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Preview: Your guide to the 2019 Paris-Roubaix

Paris-Roubaix. The Hell of the North. Arguably the biggest and most exciting one-day race of the year. The cobbles, the dust, the crashes, the legendary Roubaix velodrome — for the invested bike fan, Paris-Roubaix stands apart from all others. Ahead of Sunday’s 117th edition, we walk you through the Paris-Roubaix course, the cobbles, the contenders … The post Preview: Your guide to the 2019 Paris-Roubaix appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Young guns will lead UAE Team Emirates at Scheldeprijs

Simone Consonni (UAE Team Emirates) wins

After a strong run of Classics results that culminated with Alexander Kristoff's win at Gent-Wevelgem and third-place at Tour of Flanders, UAE Team Emirates will give their young guns a chance to shine at the Belgian cobbled race Scheldeprijs on Wednesday. Simone Consonni, 24, and Jasper Philipsen, 21, will take the the reins for UAE Team Emirates in the mid-week race hoping to emulate Kristoff's success over the past two weekends. "The Scheldeprijs will be a hard race Wednesday because of the predicted wind. Even though this race is usually decided in a bunch sprint, this year could be different because of the wind," said team director Allan Peiper. "We have Consonni and Philipsen as leaders, and the rest of the team will work for them." Joining Consonni and Philipsen on the start line Wednesday in Ellewoutsdijk will be Tom Bohli, Roberto Ferrari, Ivo Oliveira and Rui Oliveira. The average ...

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Industry predictions: What will WorldTour tech look like five years from now?

Sunweb 2019 team bike Cervelo S5 Disc

Predictions are notoriously tricky to get right, as evident by my last attempt. However, when it comes to the WorldTour, with its often old-school mentality, we know that trends or even emerging technologies we see today are likely to become commonplace in pro racing in years to come. Inspired by predictions from the likes of … The post Industry predictions: What will WorldTour tech look like five years from now? appeared first on CyclingTips .

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