Fuglsang opts to stay with Astana

Jakob Fuglsang with his first-placed trophy

Jakob Fuglsang has signed a new two-year contract with the Astana team, keen to continue as their Grand Tour leader despite considering his options elsewhere during the summer. The Dane turned 34 in March and has enjoyed his best ever season, winning Liège-Bastogne-Liège and the Critérium du Dauphiné and taking a sting of placings in tough Classics such as Strade Bianche, Amstel Gold Race and La Flèche Wallonne. Fuglsang's victory at the Critérium du Dauphiné and strong form made him a favourite for the Tour de France but he crashed hard on stage 1 and eventually crashed out of the race on stage 16 to Nimes, hurting his hand. That also hurt his contract options and meant he has still to truly confirm his Grand Tour credentials. Fuglsang has not raced since the Tour de France but was named in Astana's line-up for the Vuelta a España. He will support ...

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Philippe Gilbert to leave Deceuninck–QuickStep for Lotto-Soudal

Philippe Gilbert to leave Deceuninck–QuickStep for Lotto-Soudal

Joseph Delves 19 Aug 2019 Classics star returns to his former home at the rival Belgian outfit Philippe Gilbert has signed a three-year deal with Lotto-Soudal . Seeing the 37-year-old Classics racer and former World Champion swap one Belgian team for another, the move is a return to the squad for which he rode during the 2009-2011 seasons. Having joined the all-conquering Quick-Step team in 2017 following four years at BMC, his debut season racing for Patrick Lefevere saw Gilbert win both the Tour of Flanders and Amstel Gold. However, even having won this year’s Paris-Roubaix , the strength of the current team meant Gilbert has often had to fight it out with the rest of his squad for supremacy. Despite his advancing years, he’ll likely have a more protected role at Lotto-Soudal. The move forms part of a restocking exercise by the Belgian team which has recently seen promising ...

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Mathieu van der Poel: Alaphilippe is the favourite for World Championships

Mathieu van der Poel (Corendon-Circus)

Mathieu van der Poe l has named Julian Alaphilippe as the number favourite to become world road race champion next month, insisting the pressures of his own favourite status weigh lightly on his broad but young shoulders. Van der Poel is targeting the rainbow jersey on the road after a revelatory spring classics campaign this year in which he won Dwars door Vlaanderen and Amstel Gold Race. He also became cyclo-cross world champion in February and has won three mountain bike World Cups over the summer, but has made a successful return to the road this week at the Arctic Race of Norway as he begins his preparation for the Yorkshire Worlds at the end of September. Speaking to reporters in Norway about the Yorkshire World Championships , Van der Poel quickly reached for the name of Alaphilippe, who has won Milan-San Remo, Strade Bianche and La Fleche Wallonne this ...

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Hushovd: Mathieu Van der Poel is one of a kind

Mathieu van der Poel (Corendon-Circus) pushes the pace

Thor Hushovd could only smile as he watched Mathieu van der Poel rip to victory on the opening stage of the Arctic Race of Norway . The former world champion is now an ambassador for cycling’s ‘northernmost race’, and a hugely entertaining day’s racing was capped with a special moment from a rider he describes as “one of a kind.” Hushovd, who became world champion in 2010, won the first edition of the Arctic Race of Norway back in 2013, before joining the organisation team in retirement. Van der Poel, the 24-year-old Dutchman who has been prolific in three disciplines – road, cyclo-cross, mountain bike – this year, won the opening stage in Leknes on Thursday with an emphatic long-range sprint from a group of 30 that went away with more than 100km remaining. It was his first road race since his sensational Amstel Gold Race victory nearly four months ...

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Van der Poel: I don't know why sprinters wait so long

Mathieu van der Poel (Corendon-Circus)

We shouldn't be surprised. Mathieu van der Poel ( Corendon-Circus ) seemingly deprived us of that emotion with his Amstel Gold Race victory back in April. Yet jaws hit the floor once again on Thursday as the Dutch phenom won the opening stage of the Arctic Race of Norway . The victory in and of itself was impressive – a rip-roarer of a long-range sprint that took him past late attacker Steve Cummings and convincingly away from the rest of the 33-rider breakaway. What made it so special was that he had barely ridden a road bike in the best part of four months. After Amstel capped an extraordinary debut spring classics campaign on the road for the rider, Van der Poel – who had become world cyclo-cross champion that winter – switched to his mountain bike, and carried on winning. He claimed three rounds of the prestigious cross-country World ...

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Arctic Race of Norway: Mathieu van der Poel wins stage 1

Mathieu van der Poel (Corendon-Circus)

Mathieu van der Poel (Corenden-Circus) picked up where he left off four months ago when he sprinted to victory on the opening stage of the Arctic Race of Norway. The Dutchman hadn't raced on the road since winning Amstel Gold Race in April, but he hit his stride immediately, beating his fellow countryman Danny van Poppel (Jumbo-Visma) to the line in Leknes to take the stage honours and the overall lead. Just days after victory at the mountain bike World Cup in Lenzerheide , this was the umpteenth demonstration of Van der Poel's remarkable versatility. The 24-year-old toggles between road, mountain bike and cyclo-cross with remarkable ease, winning on all terrains. This was his sixth win on the road in 2019, and in just 16 days of racing. Despite his relative inexperience, Van der Poel is, with ample justification, among the very top tier of favourites for next month's road ...

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The Arctic Race of Norway kicks off today, with an in-form Van der Poel hunting stage wins

The Arctic Race of Norway kicks off today, with an in-form Van der Poel hunting stage wins

Joseph Delves 15 Aug 2019 Tough conditions could suit the Dutchman as he returns from a summer spent smashing the mountain bike scene After a break-out Classics season that saw him take wins at Amstel Gold, Dwars door Vlaanderen and Brabantse Pijl, Mathieu van der Poel spent his summer racing mountain bikes. Bagging a trio of wins at recent mountain bike World Cup rounds, he’s now returning to the road at the often rain-lashed Arctic Race of Norway. Looking to further hone his form ahead of a tilt at the World Championships in Yorkshire this September , he’ll be lining up beside French national champion Warren Barguil and Kazakhstan national champion Alexey Lutsenko. The 2.HC rated UCI Europe Tour race might not have a huge profile, but a tough route and stunning scenery often make it worth tuning in for. Returning having won the points competition last year, Van der ...

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Van der Poel back on the road in Arctic Norway with sights set on Yorkshire Worlds

Mathieu van der Poel (Corendon-Circus) racing at the Tour of Flanders

Mathieu van der Poel was celebrating victory in one of the biggest mountain bike races in the world on Sunday, but just a couple of days on the Dutchman finds himself back on the thin tyres and stiff carbon of his road bike, eyeing one of road cycling’s biggest prizes in just over a month’s time. Van der Poel, the cyclo-cross world champion who had a sensational debut Spring Classics campaign for Corendon-Circus on the road, has been racing his mountain bike over the summer, winning no fewer than three rounds of the World Cup. He has made a breakthrough in the discipline, to the extent that he feels he's finally on a par with Nino Schurter, yet he's bypassing the MTB Worlds in order to target the Road Worlds, with the Yorkshire course on September 29 representing too good an opportunity to pass up. Van der Poel arrived in ...

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The weekly spin: Is Mathieu van der Poel’s race schedule a recipe for burnout?

Mathieu van der Poel just keeps on winning. He’s currently the world cyclocross champion, winner of the Amstel Gold Race (and Dwars door Vlaanderen and Brabantse Pijl), the European mountain-bike champion, and as of Sunday, the winner of six mountain-bike World Cup races this season — four short-track events and two in the Olympic cross-country … The post The weekly spin: Is Mathieu van der Poel’s race schedule a recipe for burnout? appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Lotto Soudal ride neutralised stage 4 of Tour de Pologne to commemorate Bjorg Lambrecht

The Lotto Soudal team remember Bjorg Lambrecht during a moment of silence before the start

The Lotto Soudal team have announced that they will start stage 4 of the Tour de Pologne on Tuesday as a tribute to 22-year-old Bjorg Lambrecht , who died after a crash during stage 3 . The six Lotto Soudal riders left in the race are in shock after the sudden loss of their teammate but will take part in the 133.7km neutralized stage between Jaworzno to Kocierz. The teams in the race are expected to lead the peloton for seven kilometres each, with Lotto Soudal then crossing the line first to commemorate their teammate. Lambrecht went off the road and crashed into a concrete culvert during stage 3 to Zabrze. He was resuscitated and taken to a hospital in critical condition. Michał Sieroń, spokesman for Provincial Specialist Hospital No. 3 in Rybnik confirmed to Sport.pl that Lambrecht died during emergency surgery. Lambrecht's death was later confirmed by the Lotto ...

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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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Bjorg Lambrecht dies at age 22

Bjorg Lambrecht during the Tour de Pologne teams presentation

The Lotto Soudal team confirmed that promising young Belgian Bjorg Lambrecht has died following a crash during stage 3 of the Tour de Pologne . According to reports, the 22-year-old crashed into a concrete culvert with just over 50km to go in the 150.5km stage from Chorzów to Zabrze. Lambrecht was resuscitated and taken to a hospital in critical condition. Michał Sieroń, spokesman for Provincial Specialist Hospital No. 3 in Rybnik confirmed to Sport.pl that Lambrecht did not survive the surgery. Lambrecht's death was later confirmed by the Lotto Soudal team. There were conflicting reports of the seriousness of his condition following the crash, with the official race Twitter announcing that Lambrecht "needed helicopter transport to a hospital following emergency reanimaton", while the race's live feed cited "unofficial information" that "doctors managed to bring life functions back to Bjorg Lambrecht (Lotto-Soudal), but his condition didn't allow for transportation by helicopter. ...

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Bjorg Lambrecht dead after fatal crash at Tour of Poland

Supported by Belgian Bjorg Lambrecht died Monday following a crash at the Tour of Poland. The second-year pro with Lotto-Soudal was 22 years old. The biggest tragedy possible that could happen to the family, friends and teammates of Bjorg has happened… Rest in peace Bjorg… ?? pic.twitter.com/9u9LZkp2Rt — Lotto Soudal (@Lotto_Soudal) August 5, 2019 Lambrecht went down … The post Bjorg Lambrecht dead after fatal crash at Tour of Poland appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Lambrecht eyes Vuelta a Espana and strong GC ride at Tour de Pologne

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

Bjorg Lambrecht ( Lotto Soudal ) may only be 22, and in only his second year in the WorldTour, but if he's somewhere in the running for the overall of the Tour de Pologne by the end of this week, don't be too surprised. The similarities between Pologne's short, punchy, wooded climbs and those of the Ardennes are often commented on, and the young Belgian has already put in a hugely promising series of rides in Belgium's hilly Classics this spring. Fifth at the Brabantse Pijl, sixth at Amstel Gold and fourth at Flèche Wallonne this April, as well as being a former under-23 Liège-Bastogne-Liège winner, Lambrecht's climbing talents may well come to the fore on Tuesday's ultra-steep, unprecedented ascent of Kocierz in Poland. And after that, who knows? "I had a good first stage, and I hope I can keep that going today [Sunday] and tomorrow," Lambrecht told Cyclingnews ...

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Soraya Paladin adds depth to CCC-Liv in 2020

Soraya Paladin (Ale Cipollini)

CCC-Liv announced Wednesday that they signed Soraya Paladin to their roster for the 2020 season. The Italian all-rounder is eighth in the world ranking and hopes to develop her strengths in both one-day races and stage races with guidance from Marianne Vos and Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio . "I am extremely pleased with the contract with CCC-Liv," Paladin said in a press release. "For me it is a big step and I just can't wait to race with the women who already achieved many successes in the big races. "Undoubtedly, I can still learn a lot from top-ranking riders like Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio and Marianne Vos. The manner of racing at CCC-Liv appeals to me. There is always a close-knit team that launches the attack as one block. In my opinion that's the key for success. "The ambitions appeal to me and I am happy that I may be part of this team ...

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Katusha and Arkea Samsic to merge for 2020, reports suggest

Katusha and Arkea Samsic to merge for 2020, reports suggest

Joe Robinson 31 Jul 2019 Katusha owner Igor Makarov is believed to have reached a deal to merge with the French ProContinental team WorldTour team Katusha-Alpecin 's and ProContinental setup Arkea-Samsic are set to merge for 2020, reports have suggested. It has been reported by Dutch website Wielerflits that the current owner of Katusha-Alpecin, Igor Makarov, has reached a deal with the French second division team combine the two teams for next season with the Russian retaining ownership of the WorldTour license. Makarov is said to have been in talks with various teams regarding over a potential merger before agreeing a deal with Arkea-Samsic. Sources suggest that the team would consist of 11 riders still under contract from each of the existing teams. The squad would then be completed with the signatures Arkea-Samsic already have in place for 2020 including Nairo Quintana and Nacer Bouhanni. It is also believed that ...

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Arkea Samsic deny Katusha-Alpecin merger for 2020

Arkea Samsic deny Katusha-Alpecin merger for 2020

Joe Robinson 31 Jul 2019 Katusha owner Igor Makarov was believed to have reached a deal to merge with the French ProContinental team ProContinental setup Arkea-Samsic have denied rumours they wil merge with WorldTour team Katusha-Alpecin for 2020. It was reported by Dutch website Wielerflits that the current owner of Katusha-Alpecin, Igor Makarov, had reached a deal with the French second division team to combine the two teams for next season with the Russian retaining ownership of the WorldTour licence. However, these rumours have since been denied by Arkea-Samsic team director Emmanual Hubert. Talking to French newspaper Le Telegram , Hubert said 'Like other teams considering WorldTour, we were surveyed by the Katusha team. But we did not respond to this proposal,' 'It’s out of the question for the Arkéa-Samsic team to make an alliance with Katusha.' The original rumours suggested Makarov had been in talks with various teams regarding ...

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Trentin claims third Tour de France stage win of his career

Matteo Trentin (Mitchelton-Scott) celebrates a solo victory on stage 17 at the Tour de France

Mitchelton-Scott 's comeback from the dashing of their general classification hopes in this year's Tour de France showed no sign of letting up on Wednesday as Matteo Trentin claimed the Australian team's fourth win of the race and third in a week on stage 17 with a solo break to Gap. Before the Pyrenees the team had already celebrated South African Daryl Impey's win from a break in Saint-Etienne. But the subsequent collapse of Adam Yates' GC bid was also preceded and followed by two stage victories for his brother and teammate Simon in the mountains. Then on Wednesday's stage 17 it was Trentin's turn to shine. The Italian had played an important role in softening up the opposition for Simon on his first Pyrenean stage. But in Gap, Trentin was able to claim his third Tour de France win after victories in 2014 and 2015 and his eighth Grand ...

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Preview: 13 things to know about the 2019 La Course by Le Tour de France

This year’s edition of La Course is being held in Pau to coincide with stage 13 of the Tour de France. Ahead of the race, here are 13 things you need to know about this important stop on the Women’s WorldTour. This is the sixth edition of La Course. The first three editions were held … The post Preview: 13 things to know about the 2019 La Course by Le Tour de France appeared first on CyclingTips .

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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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