Key moments at the 2018 Giro Rosa: Crashes, the Zoncolan and Grandma’s slippers

It was one of the toughest editions of the Giro Rosa we’ve seen. From those early days in pink for Team Sunweb, to the emergence of a new general classification powerhouse in Mitchelton-Scott, the most important women’s tour kept the excitement high throughout its 10 days. In this article we look back at some of … The post Key moments at the 2018 Giro Rosa: Crashes, the Zoncolan and Grandma’s slippers appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Martin validates leadership role with dramatic stage win

Martin validates leadership role with dramatic stage win

Martin's victory validated UAE Team Emirates's decision to hire Martin during the 2017 offseason to lead its efforts at the Tour. Read the full article at Martin validates leadership role with dramatic stage win on VeloNews.com .

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How Mitchelton-Scott put themselves into prime position for Giro Rosa pink

Heading into the crucial climbing stages of the 2018 Giro Rosa, there is no question which team is in the strongest position in the battle for overall victory. Mitchelton-Scott’s Amanda Spratt has just ridden herself into the leader’s pink jersey and teammate Annemiek van Vleuten is sitting close behind, in third overall. On just its … The post How Mitchelton-Scott put themselves into prime position for Giro Rosa pink appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Tour de France: Craddock's gutsy TTT earns him Zwift Rider of the Day

2018 Tour de France Rider of the Day

After crashing in the feed zone midway through the first stage of this year's Tour de France , nobody would have blamed EF Education First-Drapac rider Lawson Craddock if he had climbed off at the end of the day and headed home. Having persevered through the remaining 100km of the stage in clear difficulty, it later emerged that along with cuts to his left eyebrow, he also suffered a fracture of his left scapula [shoulder blade]. "It was really painful out on the road just trying to manage it as best I could," he said on the EF Education First-Drapac website after the finish. "I'll try to stay positive, manage the pain as hard as I can. I'm not just going home at the first sign of adversity." And so Craddock, our Zwift Rider of the Day for stage 3 , continued. Last place, 7:50 down, on stage 1 was ...

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The suffering of Lawson Craddock

Lawson Craddock Tour de France 2018 crash

Supported by “F---------ck,” Lawson Craddock screamed, or cried maybe, every time the pack slowed and a fistful of brake threw his weight forward onto a scapula that screamed back. The post The suffering of Lawson Craddock appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Astana name team to support Fuglsang at Tour de France

Jakob Fuglsang finished second overall at Tour de Suisse

The Astana team have named their eight-rider squad for the Tour de France with Jakob Fuglsang confirmed as team leader, with Magnus Cort targeting the sprint finishes. The line-up includes several Classics riders and rouleurs to protect Fuglsang in the opening nine stages in Brittany and across northern France, especially on the key stage across the cobbles to Roubaix. Fuglsang finished second behind Richie Porte (BMC Racing) at the recent Tour de Suisse and seems on track for the Tour de France. The Dane won the Criterium du Dauphine in 2017, but then crashed hard on stage 11 of the Tour de France and eventually quit the race on two days later. He finished seventh in the 2013 Tour de France and believes this year’s route, including the testing first week in Brittany on the on the Roubaix cobbles, suits him. “It looks interesting, it looks hard. For me, I ...

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Quick-Step Floors announce Tour de France team

Quick-Step Floors' Fernando Gaviria wins stage 5 of the 2018 Tour of California in Elk Grove

Fernando Gaviria , Julian Alaphilippe and Philippe Gilbert will headline a strong squad for Quick-Step Floors at the Tour de France this July. Liege-Bastogne-Liege winner, Bob Jungels has been named as the team’s general classification leader, while newly crowned Belgian champion Yves Lampaert will get to show off his national colours at his debut Grand Boucle. Former Paris-Roubaix winner, and third place this year, Niki Terpstra has also earned a spot while lead-out man Max Richeze will be there to help guide Gaviria in the sprint finishes. Powerful workhorse, Tim Declercq completes the line-up for the Belgian squad. Between them, the eight-man team have already taken 20 victories in what has been another strong year for the Quick-Step squad. Quick-Step Floors dominated the sprint competition at the Tour last season with Marcel Kittel claiming five stages. He also looked set to seal the green jersey competition before abandoning in the ...

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Analysis: Can an American win the 2018 Amgen Tour of California?

LONG BEACH, CA (CT) — It’s the biggest bike race in the United States — but can an American rider win the Amgen Tour of California? Short answer: Sure. Maybe. Now in its 13th edition, the history of the Amgen Tour can be divided into two halves — the era dominated by American riders, and, as … The post Analysis: Can an American win the 2018 Amgen Tour of California? appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Going back to Cali: Deepest field ever for 13th Amgen Tour

LONG BEACH, CA (CT) — The Golden State will see fierce race action beginning Sunday as the Amgen Tour of California hosts its most competitive field to date. Now in its 13th year — and its second as a UCI WorldTour event — the Amgen Tour has drawn deep fields for both the overall classification and field sprints, … The post Going back to Cali: Deepest field ever for 13th Amgen Tour appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Vinokourov says Astana's future is secure until 2020

Astana GM Alexander Vinokourov answering questions

Astana team manager Alexander Vinokourov was in Israel for the Grande Partenza of the Giro d’Italia and confirmed that he has secured the future of his Astana team until at least 2020. The WorldTour team was reportedly struggling to secure funding for daily operations at the start of the season after the Kazakh government failed to make any contract payments in the first part of 2018. Vinokourov revealed the financial problems in an interview with the Kazakh publication Vesti.kz , published in late February, in an attempt to force the government’s arm. His actions appeared to have worked, with the Astana riders also showing their worth with a series of victories in the first few months of the season. Alexey Lutsenko won the Tour of Oman , Michael Valgren won Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and the Amstel Gold Race , while Astana won three out of five stages at the Tour ...

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Van der Breggen dominates Women's WorldTour ranking

Anna van der Breggen leads the Women's WorldTour after Fleche Wallonne victory

Anna van der Breggen ( Boels Dolmans ) has kept hold of her lead in the Women's WorldTour after the three-day Tour of Chongming Island . Van der Breggen is the only rider to have won multiple rounds of the WorldTour this year, having claimed victory at Strade Bianche, the Tour of Flanders, Flèche Wallonne and Liège-Bastogne-Liège. Van der Breggen missed Tour of Chongming Island but her dominance means that she is 270 points clear of her closest rival, her teammate Chantal Blaak, at the moment. Amanda Spratt (Mitchelton-Scott), who scored two podium places during the Ardennes Classics at Amstel Gold and Liège-Bastogne-Liège, sits in third place. Jolien D'hoore may have missed out on defending her title at Chongming Island last week, but the Belgian champion won the inaugural Driedaagse De Panne in March and her runner-up place on the final stage in China, coupled with her top-10 GC finish, ...

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Who will succeed at this weekend's Tour de Yorkshire?

Joe Robinson 1 May 2018 Cyclist looks at the men and women likely to rise to the top in God's own country The men's and women's Tour de Yorkshire races kickstart this Thursday with both events departing the small market town of Beverley on their way to Doncaster for the stage finish. For the men, this will be the first of four testing stages with two days designed for the fast men and two days of unrelenting climbing to decide the General Classification. Of particular note for the men's race will be Stage 2 to Ikley and Stage 4 to Leeds. On the second day of racing, the TdY will see its first ever summit finish on the 1.8km, 8.2% Cote de Cow and Calf. Day four will then take the role of the 'Queen Stage' with no fewer than six categorised climbs within the 189.5km. Of those will be ...

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Roglic wins Tour de Romandie

Primoz Roglic wins the overall title at the Tour de Romandie

Primoz Roglic ( LottoNL-Jumbo ) has won the overall classification at the Tour de Romandie, beating Team Sky ’s Egan Bernal to take the title. Meanwhile, Pascal Ackermann (Bora-Hansgrohe) took victory ahead of Michael Morkov (Quick-Step Floors) in a sprint finish in Geneva on the final day of racing. Roglic had all but sealed his overall success on Saturday’s queen stage when he eked out a couple of extra seconds over Bernal by beating him in the sprint to the line. The final stage did not have the terrain to really test the general classification riders, but the LottoNL-Jumbo rider still had to keep an eye on his rival, particularly in the final when it looked like Bernal might try something before moving off in the final kilometre. As the sprinters battled it out for victory, Roglic eased over the line to take the title by eight seconds over Bernal. ...

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Fuglsang hangs tight in Romandie after punishing Ardennes campaign

Jakob Fuglsang (Astana) ahead of stage 1 at Ruta del Sol.

A few hours after finishing tenth in Liège-Bastogne-Liège, Jakob Fuglsang ( Astana ) began his second race of the day as he rushed from Belgium to Switzerland for the Tour de Romandie . Barely 48-hours separated the two races, with the Dane eventually finishing 60th in the prologue. Three days into the race, the 2017 Critérium du Dauphiné winner has started to find his race rhythm. On stage 2, he finished 20th in the main bunch behind Thomas de Gendt's solo win, and on Wednesday he made the first group on stage 1 and was part of the Astana team that helped set up Omar Fraile for the stage win. "Yesterday was a hard day. With the wind and the climbs, it wasn't easy, especially with Liège still in my legs. In the end, I felt a little bit better, so that's something and it was a nice victory for ...

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By the numbers: What it takes to win at the men’s Ardennes Classics

With the Ardennes now behind us, the 2018 Spring Classics season has come to a close. Before we turn our attention to the Giro d’Italia, however, it’s worth looking back at the Ardennes Classics in some detail. In the following article, former pro Stephen Gallagher from Dig Deep Coaching breaks down each of the men’s … The post By the numbers: What it takes to win at the men’s Ardennes Classics appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Fraile relies on Astana's strength to collect Romandie win

Omar Fraile (Astana) wins stage 1 at the 2018 Tour de Romandie

Omar Fraile picked up his second win in Astana team colours on Wednesday after claiming a surprise victory on stage 1 of the Tour of Romandie . The Spaniard out-foxed and out-kicked Sonny Colbrelli (Bahrain-Merida) in the reduced-bunch sprint to win and extend Astana’s season tally to 14 races. “This morning, I said to be myself that I was going to try. I knew that. It was always going to come down to a small group. It’s possible to win from there and Lotto Jumbo set a good pace on the final climb that helped drop all the main sprinters. That created the chance for me,” Fraile told Cyclingnews as he left his post-stage press conference. The 28-year-old moved to Astana from Dimension Data over the winter, and after a relatively quiet start to life on the Kazakh team, he came to life with a strong second place on the ...

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Kroon confesses to doping after Dutch newspaper exposure

Karsten Kroon (Team Saxo-Tinkoff)

Former rider Karsten Kroon has confessed to doping during his career after it emerged he first planned to confess last spring via Dutch newspaper Algemeen Dagblad , only to change his mind and stay silent. Early on Tuesday morning, Thijs Zonneveld, the ghost writer of Thomas Dekker 's autobiography, revealed details of several conversations and emails with Kroon over the last 12 months as he considered working on a new video project with Algemeen Dagblad . The discussion included plans to make a doping confession. However, when Kroon opted not to work on the project, he subsequently decided not to disclose his past, continuing to work with Eurosport as an expert commentator. Kroon eventually confessed after Algemeen Dagblad and Zonneveld revealed the full back story . "Today, 24 april, the Dutch newspaper Algemeen Dagblad (AD) published an article revealing my use of doping during a short period in my professional ...

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Tour de Romandie: Matthews wins prologue

Michael Matthews (Sunweb) wins Tour de Romandie prologue

Michael Matthews ( Sunweb ) won stage 1 of the Tour de Romandie after pipping Tom Bohli (BMC Racing) and Primoz Roglic (LottoNL-Jumbo) in the testing 4km time trial in Fribourg. The surprising Bohli spent much of the afternoon in the hot seat after setting the quickest mark early on, and his closest challenger was his teammate Rohan Dennis, who finished just fractions of a second outside his time, good enough for fourth place come the end of the day. Bohli was ultimately denied the biggest win of his career by Matthews, who delivered a perfectly-timed effort on the stiff climb to the finish to come home a second inside the Swiss rider’s mark. “It was a little bit of a surprise because I didn’t have such a good day in Liege on Sunday,” said Matthews. “I had one easy day yesterday and then straight back into it today. I ...

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Anna van der Breggen and Chantal Blaak set to ride Tour de Yorkshire

Anna van der Breggen and Chantal Blaak set to ride Tour de Yorkshire

Joe Robinson 23 Apr 2018 World's best women racers set for start line as women's Tour de Yorkshire adds a day Fresh from yet another dominant spring, Anna van der Breggen (Boels-Dolmans) will head to the Tour de Yorkshire on 3rd May as she looks to win the first multi-stage edition of the race. The recent Liege-Bastogne-Liege and Tour of Flanders champion will be joined by compatriot, teammate and road race World Champion Chantal Blaak who has also been in a fine vein of form. The Dutch duo will be joined by the likes of former Tour de Yorkshire winner Kristen Wild (Wiggle High5), Ellen Van Dijk ( Team Sunweb ) and Chloe Hosking (Ale-Cipollini). Van der Breggen stormed the Spring Classics this year with victories at Liege and Flanders as well as Strade Bianche, crossing the line solo on each occasion. Added to these three race wins was also ...

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The 2018 Spring Classics by numbers: Domination for Quick-Step Floors

Joe Robinson 23 Apr 2018 This Spring proved an annus mirabilis for Quick-Step Floors but one to forget for Team Sky Sunday's Liege-Bastogne-Liege brought an end to the 2018 Spring Classics, which while by no means a vintage campaign, did produce some memorable moments with a few surprises along the way. The undeniable winners of the past eight weeks of racing were Quick-Step Floors , who have proved the dominant force in one-day racing yet again. They were near-unstoppable at points but their tally of results, while impressive, still only speaks for half of their racing prowess so far in 2018. Firstly, just assess the sheer amount of victories for a testament to their grip on the Spring of 2018. No fewer than 10 of the one-day classics, starting at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad in late February and finishing at Liege last weekend, were won by Patrick Lefevere's men. These 10 ...

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