'If Van der Poel’s there it’ll be the Van der Poel show'

Jack Elton-Walters 10 Oct 2019 He may be racing a reduced programme but at least one of Van der Poel's rivals is still expecting him to make headlines. Photo: Canyon/Ramon After a successful debut road season that included WorldTour wins at Dwaars door Vlaanderen and the Amstel Gold Race , plus the overall at the Tour of Britain , fatigue finally caught up with Mathieu van der Poel when he faded in the latter stages of the World Championships earlier this month. As such, his choice to take a break and race a reduced cyclocross season this winter is perfectly understandable. Even so, he's still expected to take the start line of the DVV Trofee series of races and will also defend his Cyclocross World Championship title in Switzerland next February. However much Van der Poel races, one of his new rivals – new after only just stepping up from ...

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The weekly spin: A wet and wild week at the world championships

What a week in professional cycling. The UCI’s Road World Championships is an annual end-of-season gathering of national federations, sponsors, rider agents, and stakeholders that often delivers not only new world champions but also a flurry of announcements and controversies. The Yorkshire world championships was no exception. The eight-day event began with a new discipline, … The post The weekly spin: A wet and wild week at the world championships appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Mathieu van der Poel's World Championships Canyon Aeroad looks ready to win

Peter Stuart 27 Sep 2019 Van der Poel's Canyon Aeroad sports disc brakes and a 30-tooth rear sprocket, and could well help him win the Worlds Mathieu van der Poel has seemed unstoppable this season after dominant performances at the Tour of Britain, Amstel Gold Race and Dwars door Vlaanderen, and he's proved far and away the bookie's favourite for this weekend's World Championships Road Race. His bike also fits the bill. Riding for Canyon-sponsored UCI Continental team Corendon-Circus, it's no surpise to see the dutchan riding a Canyon, however the model and spec are a little intriguing. Van der Poel has sided for the aerodynamically focussed Canyon Aeroad CF SLX over the lightweight Canyon Ultimate, and even gone for a disc-brake equipped spec, suggesting he is favouring stopping power and all-out speed over excess grams when climbing. Image 3 of 14 Image 3 of 14 That's confirmed by the ...

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Preview: 18 things to know about the elite men’s Worlds road race

The 2019 Road World Championships conclude this Sunday with the elite men’s road race. It’s one of the biggest and most important days of racing on the men’s calendar and it’s the race that decides who will wear the rainbow bands for the next year. Ahead of Sunday’s race, here’s your guide to the course, … The post Preview: 18 things to know about the elite men’s Worlds road race appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Preview: 18 things you should know about the women’s Worlds road race

This Saturday, in the Yorkshire town of Bradford, the best women in professional road cycling will compete in the 2019 World Championships road race. It’s one of the biggest races of the year and the race that will decide who gets to wear the rainbow jersey for the next 12 months. Here’s what you need … The post Preview: 18 things you should know about the women’s Worlds road race appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Who are the bookies backing for the World Championships men's race?

Joe Robinson 23 Sep 2019 A guide to the favourites for the men’s elite road race in Harrogate on Sunday 29th September The UCI World Championships is already underway in Harrogate, Yorkshire and the final event is the elite men’s road race on Sunday 29th September. At 285km, it will be the longest World Championships road race in recent history, almost matching the mammoth 298km tackled at Milan-San Remo , just with a mighty 3,645m of elevation. After a long 180km lap of the Yorkshire Dales - which includes ascents of Kidstones Pass, Buttertubs and Grinton Moor - the men will enter Harrogate for seven laps of a 14km finishing circuit. It’s technical, negotiating plenty of narrow roads, tight corners and a few rude gradients in a loop that will sap the energy reserves of every rider. Particularly watch out for the tight bridge on Penny Pot Lane followed by ...

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Deignan hoping 'home advantage' will propel her to rainbow jersey at Yorkshire Worlds

Lizzie Armitstead quest for Rio

Joe Robinson 19 Sep 2019 Local knowledge could be difference for Deignan as she races for second-career World Title Lizzie Deignan believes the pressure of being home favourite at the World Championships in Yorkshire next week can help spur her to a second-career rainbow jersey. The Otley-native will lead the Great Britain elite women’s team in the road race on Saturday 28th September. Starting in Bradford and finishing in with three laps of the circuit in Harrogate, the 149km race will pass through Otley and past Deignan’s childhood home. This home advantage has seen expectation placed on Deignan to put in a good performance, but she believes the biggest pressure will be self-imposed with the 30-year-old realising the unique opportunity Harrogate presents. ‘There’s definitely more pressure, no doubt about it, but it’s probably more for myself,’ Deignan told Cyclist . ‘It’s an amazing opportunity that not many athletes get in ...

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The weekly spin: Philosophy and perspective with Nathan Haas

Back in May, just prior to the Amgen Tour of California, I had a memorable conversation with Australian Nathan Haas about a number of topics. Some were timely, such as his season to that point, and teammate Marcel Kittel’s announcement that he was breaking his contract with Katusha-Alpecin. But Haas consistently delivered thoughtful, timeless answers that … The post The weekly spin: Philosophy and perspective with Nathan Haas appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Tour of Britain 2019: talking points

Tour of Britain 2016 Stage 8 Caleb Ewan

What to look out for in this year's race…

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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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