Vos a contender for rainbow jersey at Yorkshire Worlds after dominant Giro Rosa

Marianne Vos (CCC-Liv) has won three stages so far at the Giro Rosa

Last year's runner-up, Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio ( CCC-Liv ) was one of the favourites for an overall podium place at the Giro d'Italia Internazionale Femminile . But as the South African climber struggles on the lower end of the top-10, her teammate Marianne Vos has given the team three stage wins so far during the 10-day race. Her success indicates that she is on track toward being a serious contender for another rainbow jersey at the Yorkshire World Championships in September. "The pure joy of a stage victory," Vos wrote in a post on social media after her stage 7 victory. "Thanks CCC-Liv for the trust and support. A win from all of us. Had to dig deep until the end, but definitely worth it." Moolman-Pasio had a solid start to this year's race and moved into third place overall after the first real mountain stage to Lago di Cancano. She ...

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Photo gallery: Four exciting days to open the 2019 Tour de France

Let’s be honest: the start of the Tour de France can tend to be a little dull. Long and flat stages, sprint finishes — the opening days often feel like the entree before the main course that is the Alps and the Pyrenees. But the start of the 2019 Tour has been a little different. … The post Photo gallery: Four exciting days to open the 2019 Tour de France appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Preview: 21 things you need to know about the 2019 Giro Rosa

While the best riders in the men’s peloton are currently readying themselves for the Tour de France, the best in the women’s peloton are doing likewise for the Giro Rosa. The “Giro d’Italia Internazionale Femminile” is the biggest and most prestigious race on the Women’s WorldTour and it’s just around the corner. Ahead of the … The post Preview: 21 things you need to know about the 2019 Giro Rosa appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Lacking a Tour de France GC threat, CCC Team will hunt stage wins

Greg van Avermaet and the CCC Team recon paris-Roubaix

Without a proper GC rider like his team's previous iteration, BMC Racing, Jim Ochowicz will send his CCC Team into their inaugural Tour de France with a roster of opportunists hoping to land a stage win for the first Polish-registered team to participate in the French Grand Tour. Reigning Olympic champion Greg Van Avermaet will lead the eight-rider roster, which will also feature fellow Belgian Serge Pauwels, Kiwi Patrick Bevin, Italian Alessandro De Marchi, German Simon Geschke, American Joey Rosskopf, Swiss Michael Schär and Polish rider Lukasz Wisniowski. “We are lining up at the Tour de France with a fresh approach and new objectives," Ochowicz said in the team's roster announcement. "This may be the team’s 10th Tour de France, but it will be the first year in that time that we line up without a general classification contender, so this is new terrain for us." Ochowicz said the team ...

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Race motorbikes can give cyclists 48% less drag, new research shows

Joe Robinson 28 Jun 2019 True effect of race motorbikes uncovered in latest research from the Netherlands New research from Eindhoven University has worked out just how much help a cyclist can get by riding behind a motorbike. The analysis found that a cyclist would experience 48 per cent less drag while riding 2.5 metres behind a motorbike. If that cyclist was travelling at 54kmh without a motorcycle, the presence of the motorcycle would allow the cyclist to travel at a staggering 67kmh for the same effort. Over a minute, this would also translate to 14.1 seconds gained. Even when the motorbike is not as close, there is still a tangible effect. A cyclist riding at 30m behind a motorbike will still experience 12 per cent less drag which is around 2.6 seconds every minute. Increase the distance to 50m and cyclists will still receive a 7 per cent reduction ...

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ASO's Fleche Wallonne and Liege-Bastogne-Liege included in 2020 Women's WorldTour

UCI Women's Teams racing on the 2019 Women's WorldTour

The UCI announced the 22 races that will make up the 2020 Women's WorldTour that will include Flèche Wallonne and Liège-Bastogne-Liège, despite ASO's recent threat to pull the two races from the top-tier calendar if they were forced to provide the 45 minutes of live TV coverage mandated by the UCI. The UCI confirmed in its announcement, however, that all organisers had accepted the new criteria for the Women's WorldTour reforms. That would suggest that ASO is now onboard with the 45 minutes of live TV coverage, but a representative of ASO told Cyclingnews earlier this month that the issue surrounding mandatory live TV coverage was still a 'work-in-progress'. The UCI also told Cyclingnews earlier this month that the discussion over mandatory TV coverage is on-going but that mandatory live TV coverage would remain part of the criteria for being a Women's WorldTour event. "In line with our strategy to ...

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Tour de France 2019: route and stage analysis

Tour de France 2019 stages written in black and white text on a yellow background

A stage by stage breakdown of the official Tour de France route for 2019, including profiles, detailed descriptions and which riders to watch

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Cadel’s Race promoted to Women’s WorldTour

Supported by The women’s Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race has been promoted to WorldTour level for 2020. The one-day race, officially the Deakin University Elite Women’s Road Race, is the first event in the Southern Hemisphere to join the top tier of women’s road cycling since the Women’s WorldTour began in 2016. The UCI confirmed the … The post Cadel’s Race promoted to Women’s WorldTour appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Fuglsang backed by 'strong and experienced' Astana team at Tour de France

Jakob Fuglsang on the final Dauphine podium

Critérium du Dauphiné winner Jakob Fuglsang will lead a strong Astana team at the Tour de France, with Alexey Lutsensko, Pello Bilbao and Gorka Izagirre among the supporting cast. The eight-man roster is completed by Canada's Hugo Houle, Omar Fraile, Magnus Cort and Luis Leon Sanchez, giving the Kazakhstani team options for stage victories. "With this strong and experienced team, we are ready to fight for the best possible result," Astana manager Dmitriy Fofonov said in a statement released by the team. Although Fuglsang’s best-ever placing in a Grand Tour remains his 7th place on the 2013 Tour de France, he has added his name to the list of favourites for this year’s race after a remarkable sequence of performances and results so far in 2019. Fuglsang soloed to victory at Liège-Bastogne-Liège in April and finished on the podium at Strade Bianche, Amstel Gold Race, Flèche Wallonne and Tirreno-Adriatico. The ...

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Van Vleuten hoping to shine in home Dutch championships

Annemiek Van Vleuten celebrates her second consecutive time trial world title

World time trial champion Annemiek van Vleuten ( Mitchelton-Scott ) is aiming to add a fourth national time trial title in the Dutch Road Championships this weekend and has extra motivation because the event is being held close to her home in Wageningen. Van Vleuten will debut her rainbow jersey in the 31.8km women's race on Wednesday in Ede. The 36-year-old wrote on her personal website, "I think it's super nice to be able to ride this Dutch time trial in my own 'backyard' and also in my rainbow jersey. That will also be the first time this season because the Dutch Championship will be my first time trial of the year." "I have ridden the road that we are travelling on at least a hundred times. The course is not technical. We are actually racing back and forth on the same road," she added. Van Vleuten will head down ...

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The weekly spin: Jakob Fuglsang’s last, best chance to win the Tour de France

Can a veteran rider well into his thirties who has never stood on a Grand Tour podium win the Tour de France? It happened last year with Geraint Thomas — another rider who had not historically been the strongest climber nor time trialist, but was always capable at both — and it could well happen … The post The weekly spin: Jakob Fuglsang’s last, best chance to win the Tour de France appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Van Vleuten trains on Passo Gavia ahead of Giro Rosa

Annemiek Van Vleuten (Mitchelton-Scott) is the leader of the Giro Rosa after stage 7

Annemiek van Vleuten ( Mitchelton-Scott ) has finished putting the final touches on her form ahead of the Giro d'Italia Internazionale Femminile held from July 5-14. The defending champion just completed a mountainous training block that included a preview of the Passo di Gavia. "Giro Gavia-Mortirolo with Dutch-Ozzie bunch," van Vleuten wrote in a post on Twitter, which included images of her training companions Amanda Spratt and Lucy Kennedy (both MItchelton-Scott) and Lucinda Brand (Sunweb). "Cool to train together. All preparing for @GiroRosaIccrea at altitude around Livigno/Trepalle." Giro Gavia-Mortirolo with Dutch-Ozzie bunch. Cool to train together. All preparing for @GiroRosaIccrea at altitude around Livigno/Trepalle. pic.twitter.com/lKCwK6DdSu — Annemiek van Vleuten (@AvVleuten) June 19, 2019 This year's race will be one of the toughest editions because it features summit finishes on the Passo di Gavia (stage 5) and at Malga Montasio (stage 9), while there will also be a tough hilltop finale ...

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15 up-and-coming riders you need to know about

The depth of talent in the men’s and women’s professional pelotons continues to grow with each season’s new signings. From junior world champions, to multi-discipline riders, to multiple-time national champions to childhood prodigies — all the riders below are worthy of your attention. These are the riders we expect to be dominating the sport in … The post 15 up-and-coming riders you need to know about appeared first on CyclingTips .

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The weekly spin: Kate Courtney and the joy of wearing rainbow stripes

Joyful. That’s the word Kate Courtney chooses to describe her experience thus far wearing the rainbow jersey of world champion. It helps, of course, that she’s been winning while wearing the rainbow jersey. Winning a world title, as Courtney did in Switzerland in September, can be a career-defining accomplishment. Winning in the rainbow jersey, as Courtney … The post The weekly spin: Kate Courtney and the joy of wearing rainbow stripes appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Lambrecht hunting stage success at the Criterium du Dauphine

Bjorg Lambrecht (Lotto Soudal) was part of the breakaway at the opening stage of Criterium du Dauphi

At the opening stage of the 2019 Critérium du Dauphiné , Bjorg Lambrecht ( Lotto Soudal ) attacked the main general classification group on the final ascent of Cote de Roquenatou, bridging across to the remaining duo of the day's breakaway, Magnus Cort (Astana) and compatriot Oliver Naesen (AG2R La Mondiale). The three riders worked well together on the descent and rolling run-in to Jussac, before being caught in the final kilometre, where Edvald Boasson Hagen took a fifth career stage win at the race. Lotto Soudal announced on Thursday that the WorldTour team had extended the contract of 22-year-old Belgian for another two seasons and with top-ten finishes at Brabantse Pijl, Amstel Gold Race and Flèche Wallonne, Lambrecht continues to show his pedigree. "In the beginning, I wasn't feeling really good," Lambrecht told Cyclingnews as he warmed down on a turbo trainer outside his team bus. "In the final, ...

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Canyon-SRAM to wear special edition kit at Ovo Energy Women's Tour

Elena Cecchini shows off the new Canyon-SRAM special edition kit for the Ovo Energy Women's Tour

For one week only, the Canyon-SRAM team will have a new look as they wear a special-edition kit for the Ovo Energy Women’s Tour . The German-registered squad will move away from their usual black and rainbow design in favour of an orange and purple striped look. The redesign is a nod towards the kit sponsor’s Rapha Women’s 100, which is an annual one-day event that aims to get as many women as possible to ride 100km on the same day. It is the second year that the team has ridden with a special edition kit for the Ovo Energy Women’s Tour, and like last year , they will get a newly decorated Canyon bike, pedals, gloves, bidons, glasses, helmet and shoes "Many teams are looking to this week on the calendar, and targeting it to get big results. The stage is big: exposure, support, media coverage, fans, atmosphere. I ...

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Women's Tour favourites: Our pick of the riders to watch

Maria David 7 Jun 2019 Our picks for the racers who could make their mark at the Ovo Energy Women’s Tour Scenic Suffolk will be the setting on Monday for the start of the 6th Ovo Energy Women’s Tour . The first stage will see the 96 competitors roll out for a 157.6km race from Beccles to finish with a sprint into Stowmarket. This year’s event has been lengthened to six stages and deemed to be the toughest edition yet, with riders covering 790km and climbing a total of 8,400m over the six days. Two of the stages will be around 160km, while other stages will be similar at 142km. There will be a 64km 'respite' for a circuit race at the Cyclopark, Gravesend, and the final stage will be a mere 125km, culminating in an unprecedented summit finish in Pembrey Country Park, Wales, a week on Saturday. This Women’s ...

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Mathieu van der Poel to target Yorkshire Road World Championships

Mathieu van der Poel wins Brabantse Pijl

Mathieu van der Poel will take part in the UCI World Championships in Yorkshire in September, opting to focus on the road race title instead of the Mountain Bike World Championships. Van der Poel confirmed his huge talent on the road this spring, finishing fourth at the Tour of Flanders and winning the Amstel Gold Race . He continues to race across different disciplines, recently winning the Nove Mesto Mountain Bike World Cup race, with the goal of targeting Olympic Gold in Tokyo in 2020. However, his range of talents makes for difficult decisions. The 24-year-old Dutchman will ride the European Mountain Bike Championships in Brno and then two World Cup events in Val di Sole and Lenzerheide. Road racing will take the lead in September, with Van der Poel opting to miss the Mountain Bike Worlds in Mont-Saint-Anne, Canada and instead ride the Tour of Britain (Sept 8-15). He ...

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Mathieu Van der Poel to race World Championships after Tour of Britain

Mathieu Van der Poel to race World Championships after Tour of Britain

Joe Robinson 7 Jun 2019 The Dutchman decides to go for road rainbow opting away from mountain bike Mathieu van der Poel has announced he will ride the Tour of Britain this September before attempting to secure the road race World Championships in Yorkshire later that month. The talented Dutch rider has confirmed that he will compete for the Netherlands at the road World Championships despite if falling just a week before the Olympic cross country mountain bike test event in Tokyo, Japan. As a compromise, Van der Poel will miss the mountain bike World Championships in Mont-Sainte-Anne, Canada at the end of August. In a press release by his Corendon-Circus team, they confirmed that Van der Poel would continue to race mountain bike throughout the summer before switching back to the road at the Arctic Race of Norway in mid-August. From there, the 24-year-old will take part at the ...

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Lotto Soudal secure up-and-coming star Lambrecht for another two seasons

Lotto Soudal's Bjorg Lambrecht tells the press how he climbed to fourth place at the 2019 Flèche Wal

Bjorg Lambrecht has signed for a further two years with Lotto Soudal , which will keep the 22-year-old at the Belgian WorldTour team until at least the end of 2021. The Belgian youngster only turned pro with the squad last season, having moved up from their under-23 feeder team, but a string of good results – including fourth at Flèche Wallonne and sixth at Amstel Gold earlier this season – have led the management team to move quickly to secure his services for a further two years. Lambrecht won a stage at the Tour des Fjords last May in his debut season in the pro ranks, and went on to start his first Grand Tour at the Vuelta a España. He then took the silver medal at the under-23 world championship road race in Austria in September, behind Switzerland's Marc Hirschi, to cap off an extremely productive first year. "It ...

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