Viviani: Becoming European road race champion gives me immense joy

Elia Viviani (Italy)

Elia Viviani was thrilled to take the European road race champion's title at the UEC Road European Championships on Sunday, winning from a three-man breakaway as opposed to the bunch sprints the Italian's used to winning from. Belgium's Yves Lampaert took the silver medal, with Germany's Pascal Ackermann completing the podium. "It's absolutely amazing," said Viviani via his Deceuninck-QuickStep trade team's website. "I can't find the words to tell you what this means to me. I came out of the Tour de France with good condition, and was hoping to be in contention for the gold medal. To finally get it, two years after I finished runner-up, gives me immense joy." In 2017, when the championships were held in Herning, Denmark, Viviani finished second to Norway's Alexander Kristoff in a bunch sprint. On Sunday, however, Viviani soon found himself as part of a 13-rider breakaway on the flat and windy ...

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Leading out: Cycling’s fastest domestiques share their stories

Roger Kluge’s childhood dreams of racing on the Champs-Élysées might not have concluded with him finishing in 59th place, but the Lotto-Soudal rider enjoyed some raucous celebrations at the Paris finish line a week ago just the same. While some of the world’s fastest men were ruing what might have been, Kluge was soaking in … The post Leading out: Cycling’s fastest domestiques share their stories appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Caleb Ewan heads RideLondon-Surrey Classic line-up

Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal) wins the finale stage 21 at the Tour de France on the Champs-Elysees

Lotto Soudal 's Caleb Ewan will head a star-studded line-up for this year's Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic , just a week after having taken his third stage victory at his first Tour de France on the Champs-Elysées in Paris. The one-day RideLondon-Surrey Classic – Britain's only UCI WorldTour-level event – will also feature Irish sprint star Sam Bennett (Bora-Hansgrohe), Groupama-FDJ fast-man Arnaud Démare, who won the first edition of the race in 2013, and Deceuninck-QuickStep duo Philippe Gilbert and Elia Viviani, with the latter coming fresh from his stage win at what was also the Italian's first Tour de France. British fans will be happy to see Alex Dowsett (Katusha-Alpecin) back on British shores, with the Essex man having just completed his first Tour, while a young but talented Great Britain team boasts 2018 national road race champion Connor Swift. Team Ineos arrive on home roads fielding reigning Tour de Yorkshire ...

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Change in sports drink blamed for UAE's poor Tour de France performance

Fabio Aru chares a bottle with Alexander Kristoff during stage 5 at Tour de Suisse

A change in sports drinks before the Tour de France is being blamed for UAE Team Emirate 's lacklustre performance in the French Grand Tour , where general classification rider Fabio Aru finished nearly half an hour down, sprinter Alexander Kristoff failed to win a stage and Irishman Dan Martin never cracked the top 10. TV 2 Norway cycling expert and former pro Thor Hushovd reported that his sources say the team's new drink causes the body to absorb too much fluid, making it difficult to get the body to function 100 per cent. "If it is correct, it is very big," TV2 Norway cycling expert and coach Johan Kaggestad said in a report published on the TV2 website. "Going into this year's most important cycling race and starting with something new they haven't tried before is a total loss," Kaggestad said. "You have to use at what you are ...

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Tour de France: Second win for Ewan on stage 16 in Nimes

Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal) wins stage 16 at the Tour de France

Caleb Ewan ( Lotto Soudal ) came from behind to take his second stage victory of the 2019 Tour de France , beating Elia Viviani (Deceuninck-QuickStep) and Dylan Groenewegen (Jumbo-Visma) in a high-speed sprint in Nîmes. Deceuninck-QuickStep took control of the sprint in the final 500 metres just before a late roundabout, giving Viviani a clean run to the line. Ewan was further back but not concerned and clearly confident of his sprinting ability. He opted to start his sprint early, anticipating Groenewegen and Alexander Kristoff (UAE Team Emirates) to come up alongside Viviani. The Italian had the best line along the barriers, but Ewan had more speed in his aero tuck and came down the middle of the road to win by half a bike length. Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep) enjoyed a relatively quiet but hot day in the French canicule, where temperatures went up to 38°C. He finished safely ...

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The Tour tech of tomorrow | 3 predictions for the road bikes of the future

The road bike of the future

Suspension, tubeless tyres and live drag sensors are (probably) just around the corner

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Elia Viviani’s Specialized S-Works Venge from the 2019 Tour de France

Elia Viviani's Specialized S-Works Venge

Two-in-two for the Deceuninck-Quick-Step team

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Gallery: Elia Viviani's Tour de France stage winning Specialized S-Works Venge

Joe Robinson 10 Jul 2019 An in-depth look at the fastest bike in the Tour de France peloton* Deceuninck-Quickstep's Elia Viviani proved a class above the rest as he sprinted to Stage 4 victory in Nancy after a perfectly executed lead out by teammates Michael Morkov and Max Richeze. The combination of expert teamwork and explosive sprint propelled Viviani ahead of the likes of Alexander Kristoff and Caleb Ewan to a win that he ultimately took quite comfortably. The bike he rode to victory also played its part in the Belgian team's second win in as many days and Cyclist got to have a little look at this weapon of choice before the race began. Being an out-and-out fastman, it is of no surprise that Viviani opts for the Specialized S-Works Venge disc as his go-to bike considering it is the aerodynamic option in the American brand's range. Image 2 ...

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Kristoff loses to Viviani but discovers Philipsen's Tour de France lead-out talents

Alexander Kristoff goes head to head with Elia Viviani

Alexander Kristoff had an excellent lead out from young UAE Team Emirates teammate Jasper Philipsen Tuesday during stage 4 at the Tour de France and found the high-speed sprint sweet spot behind Elia Viviani (Deceuninck-QuickStep), with only a few extra watts, an extra gear and some extra road coming between victory in Nancy and second place behind the Italian. Kristoff powered down the centre of the road in his all-white colours as Viviani went along the barriers. They hit the line together, but Viviani won with a better bike throw. "I have to be happy with second, it was a close one. I've managed to beat a lot of good sprinters here today, Viviani was just a bit better but this gives me confidence for the sprints to come," Kristoff said. Viviani got an armchair ride from his Deceuninck-QuickStep lead-out riders Michael Morkov and Max Richeze but Kristoff also benefitted ...

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Tour de France stage 4 highlights - Video

Elia Viviani (Deceuninck-QuickStep) celebrates his stage 4 at the Tour de France

Stage 4 of the Tour de France gave the 176-rider peloton a bit of a breather, as a three-man escape dominated what was expected to be a bunch sprint. The trio of Frederik Backaert and Yoann Offredo (Wanty-Gobert) and Michael Schär (CCC Team) were kept at a reasonable distance all day before the field came together with 16km to go. Deceuninck-QuickStep made it two for two, following up race leader Julian Alaphilippe's victory with a finely tuned execution of the lead-out for Elia Viviani, who claimed the stage by a wheel over Alexander Kristoff (UAE Team Emirates). Alaphilippe kept the maillot jaune heading into what is expected to be one for attackers, with two tough climbs in the final 35km. It could be another day for Alaphilippe. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com

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Tour de France: Sagan, Groenewegen come up short in Nancy

Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) in the green jersey at the Tour de France

For the second day in a row at the Tour de France , it was all smiles at the Deceuninck-QuickStep team bus as the Belgian powerhouse took another victory. Elia Viviani delivered the goods on stage 4 in Nancy, leaving a host of sprinters, including Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) and Dylan Groenewegen (Jumbo-Visma), disappointed once again. But if Sagan was unhappy with his race so far, he didn't show it after the stage. The six-time green jersey winner, bidding for his seventh maillot vert this year, chose to focus on the positives instead, including the multiple chances at victory – maybe five or six – that remain. "I am OK," he said. "I didn't crash, I still have the green jersey. Why do I have to be disappointed? "It's only been three stages and one team time trial. There's a lot of stages left, you know?" Sagan took Alexander Kristoff's (UAE ...

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Today at the Tour: Breaking down Viviani’s perfect sprint lead-out

As the peloton barreled into Nancy Tuesday, the yellow jersey was at the front of the bunch with 1km remaining. Julian Alaphilippe wasn’t trying to again go clear and win the stage, as he’d done the previous day, but rather to set up Deceuninck–Quick-Step sprinter Elia Viviani. Stage 4 delivered the first clean field sprint … The post Today at the Tour: Breaking down Viviani’s perfect sprint lead-out appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Tour de France stage 4 finish line quotes

Overall leader Julian Alaphilippe and stage 4 winner Elia Vivani at the Tour de France

Elia Viviani ( Deceuninck-QuickStep ) - Stage 4 winner "It means a lot. Probably I can't believe it still. It was a big goal of the year. We missed the first chance to put the yellow on. But I think after Julian's phenomenal ride yesterday, it's a moment when you switch on the team. Today we did a perfect job, you saw how the lead-out did. I just need to thank the team; they were really unbelievable. I just had to in my job in the last 180m. It's what I can do better if they launch me like that. I'm pretty happy. I was missing this win; I won in the Giro and the Vuelta and now in the Tour de France, that means a lot to me. "I'm just really focussed on my lead-out. I lost the wheel of my lead-out on the first stage, and I was ...

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Tour de France stage 4: Viviani takes first career Tour stage in Nancy

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Elia Viviani out sprinted Alexander Kristoff in downtown Nancy to win the Tour's fourth stage Read the full article at Tour de France stage 4: Viviani takes first career Tour stage in Nancy on VeloNews.com .

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Tour de France 2019: Viviani takes sprint win on Stage 4 after perfect lead-out from Deceuninck-Quickstep

Tour de France 2019: Viviani takes sprint win on Stage 4 after perfect lead-out from Deceuninck-Quic

Joe Robinson 9 Jul 2019 Italian makes it two wins in two days fro his Belgian team as he proves the fastest sprinter in the race A perfect lead out from Deceuninck-QuickStep launched Elia Viviani to a career-first Tour de France stage win as he was the best of the sprinters on Stage 4. The Italian proved too quick for his rivals as he expertly followed the wheels of teammates Michael Morkov and Max Richeze into the final 150m to beat Alexander Kristoff ( UAE Team Emirates ) into second and Caleb Ewan ( Lotto-Soudal ) into third. Poor positioning saw pre-stage favourite Dylan Groenewegen settle for minor places while Ewan's late surge knocked Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) away from completing the podium. Victory for Viviani sees him become the latest rider to have taken victories in all three Grand Tours following his previous results at the Giro d'Italia and Vuelta ...

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Tour de France 2019: Jumbo's Mike Teunissen pips Sagan to win Stage 1

Tour de France 2019: Jumbo's Mike Teunissen pips Sagan to win Stage 1

Pete Muir 6 Jul 2019 The first yellow jersey goes to the surprise Dutch winner Jumbo-Visma’s Mike Teunissen won Stage 1 of the 2019 Tour de France to take the first yellow jersey of the race. While his teammate Dylan Groenewegen was caught up in a crash in the final few kilometres, Teunissen managed to out-sprint Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) by a tyre-width to take the stage. Sagan took second place (and will wear his favourite green jersey as a result of Teunissen being in yellow), followed by Caleb Ewan of Lotto-Soudal. On a mostly flat stage from Brussels to Brussels, there was little to challenge the GC contenders, all of whom made it safely across the line in the bunch. Astana’s Jakob Fuglsang was suffering from injuries caused by a crash earlier in the race, but still claimed the same time as his main rivals. The polka-dot jersey went to ...

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Tour de France 2019: Jumbo-Visma's Mike Teunissen pips Sagan to win Stage 1

Tour de France 2019: Jumbo-Visma's Mike Teunissen pips Sagan to win Stage 1

Pete Muir 6 Jul 2019 The first yellow jersey goes to the surprise Dutch winner Jumbo-Visma’s Mike Teunissen won Stage 1 of the 2019 Tour de France to take the first yellow jersey of the race. While his teammate Dylan Groenewegen was caught up in a crash in the final few kilometres, Teunissen managed to out-sprint Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) by a tyre-width to take the stage. Sagan took second place (and will wear his favourite green jersey as a result of Teunissen being in yellow), followed by Caleb Ewan of Lotto-Soudal. On a mostly flat stage from Brussels to Brussels, there was little to challenge the GC contenders, all of whom made it safely across the line in the bunch. Astana’s Jakob Fuglsang was suffering from injuries caused by a crash earlier in the race, but still claimed the same time as his main rivals. The polka-dot jersey went to ...

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Tubeless tires gaining ground in road and TT stages at the Tour de France

Fans of tubeless road tires have been eagerly awaiting the adoption of the technology at the upper echelon of the sport, and only recently have there been glimmers of hope. Those fires will burn a little brighter yet this year, as tubeless is clearly being used by more riders and teams at this year’s Tour … The post Tubeless tires gaining ground in road and TT stages at the Tour de France appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Tour de France stage 1 preview: Bernal, Moscon, Viviani – Podcast

Elia Viviani at QuickStep's pre-Tour press conference

In the latest Cyclingnews podcast, brought to you in association with Sportful, Pinarello and Floyd’s of Leadville, the CN team previews the first stage of this year’s Tour de France . We talk to stage 1 favourite Elia Viviani of Deceuninck-QuickStep , and rival sprinter Alexander Kristoff ( UAE Team Emirates ), who both have a very real chance of pulling on the coveted maillot jaune in Brussels on Saturday evening, with the yellow jersey going to whoever can win the opening stage, which is very likely to end in a bunch sprint. We also talk to GC contender Egan Bernal and Gianni Moscon – two young teammates at Team Ineos , which also boasts defending Tour champion Geraint Thomas. To subscribe to the Cyclingnews podcast, click here . Sponsor message You can read more at Cyclingnews.com

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Dan Martin: 'I think this could be the hardest Tour de France we have ever seen’

Dan Martin: 'I think this could be the hardest Tour de France we have ever seen’

Joe Robinson 5 Jul 2019 Irishman looks ahead to a tough final week of racing ahead of Grand Depart in Brussels With the lack of an outstanding favourite, Irishman Dan Martin will go into this year’s Tour de France as one of the many underdogs who could produce a surprise result. The absence of Chris Froome and Tom Dumoulin has led riders and pundits to believe a relative outsider could have a shot at the yellow jersey. However, Martin is keen to stress that no-one will win this year’s Tour because of the absence of a favourite, but the best riders will have to prove themselves over some of the most difficult terrain ever experienced at the race. Talking to Cyclist , the UAE-Team Emirates rider laid out the scale of the difficulties ahead. ‘I think this could be the hardest Tour de France we have ever seen. I think ...

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