Commentary: Takeaways from the 2019 Tour of California

Commentary: Takeaways from the 2019 Tour of California

What did we learn from the 2019 Amgen Tour of California? Youngsters are fast, Anna van der Breggen still dominates, and EF's unfortunate streak continues Read the full article at Commentary: Takeaways from the 2019 Tour of California on VeloNews.com .

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Lizzie Deignan on an upward trajectory to Yorkshire World Championships

Lizzie Deignan (Trek-Segafredo) still smiling after climbing to the finish on Mt. Baldy, where she f

Lizzie Deignan (Trek-Segafredo) is on a steep, upward trajectory to being back at the top of her game after taking time off from the sport to give birth to her first baby. Upon the conclusion of the Tour of California , she told Cyclingnews that she felt optimistic about her form as she builds towards her goal of winning a second rainbow jersey at the UCI Road World Championships in Yorkshire in September. "I’m feeling good, positive and optimistic," Deignan said. "I’m finding myself in no man’s land a bit - not quite good enough in the sprints and not quite good enough on the climbs. I think my strength has always been as an all-rounder, so I need to get that little bit of level back again, and I’m confident that I can get that back." Deignan raced with Boels Dolmans for five seasons until she announced last March ...

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Team of the Week: Normal Service Is Resumed Edition

Anna van der Breggen

The week in women’s racing Races A WWT stage race in the USA ( Tour of California, WWT 11 ), and an aspirational Spanish one ( Vuelta a Burgos ). Coverage Highlights. With decent amounts of action. (Don’t worry ‘atmosphere in the team parking’ fans, there’s a bit of that too.) Cali . Burgos . Well-intentioned social media of varying degrees of usefulness/ hilarity . (TotW is harsh: it’s not entirely their fault connectivity in the California mountains isn’t up to Luxembourg standards.) Riders Anna van der Breggen [2]: To near universal cheers attacked lone leader Olga Zabelinskaya with 5km to go on stage one of the Tour of California , then soloed home into a stiff headwind for the win. It was no surprise when she (along with Katie Hall) emerged from the no-signal fog towards the top of Mount Baldy the next day. Back to dominance, and rider ...

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Jubilant Balsamo claims final stage as van der Breggen takes California overall

Jubilant Balsamo claims final stage as van der Breggen takes California overall

Elisa Balsamo (Valcar Cylance) proved the quickest in the bunch finish to the final stage of the women's Tour of California in Pasadena.

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Tour of California: Pogacar, van der Breggen clinch overall

Tour of California: Pogacar, van der Breggen clinch overall

Tadej Pogačar and Anna van der Breggen defended their overnight leads to win the Amgen Tour of California Read the full article at Tour of California: Pogacar, van der Breggen clinch overall on VeloNews.com .

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Tour of California Women's Race: Van der Breggen seals overall

Race leader Anna van der Breggen (Boels Dolmans) in full flight on stage 3 of the 2019 Tour of Calif

Elisa Balsamo ( Valcar-Cylance Cycling ) won the final stage of the Women's Tour of California , outsprinting Arlenis Sierra (Astana Women's Team) and Leigh Ann Ganzar (Hagens Berman-Supermint) in Pasadena on Saturday. With a bunch sprint to finish the race, yellow jersey Anna van der Breggen (Boels Dolmans) secured the overall victory – her third of the season. "I have no words," said Balsamo after the stage. "This is my first WorldTour win and I'm so happy. I have to thank my teammates. I'm very happy. "Yesterday was very hard, but we knew that today would be easier. It wasn't that easy, but I could stay with the first group on the climb and my team did a great job." How it happened Stage 3 took the peloton from Santa Clarita to Pasadena, covering 126 kilometres through the mountainous Angeles National Forest and finishing with three laps of a ...

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Hall and van der Breggen go 1-2 on Mt Baldy

Hall and van der Breggen go 1-2 on Mt Baldy

It was another dominant performance from Boels-Dolmans as they took an seemingly unbreakable grip on the Tour of California with a 1-2 finish for Katie Hall and Anna van der Breggen atop the infamous climb of Mt Baldy.

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Van der Breggen on Hall's California stage win: It wasn't a difficult choice

Katie Hall leads Boels Dolmans teammate and race leader Anna van der Breggen on the way to the finis

With the winners of both the 2017 and 2018 editions in their ranks, Boels Dolmans had two of the big favourites for the 2019 Tour of California Women's Race in its line-up. Anna van der Breggen and Katie Hall more than lived up to expectations, taking a one-two at the Mount Baldy summit finish to stage 2 of the Tour of California Women's Race on Friday. Van der Breggen had soloed to victory on Thursday's stage 1, in great part due to Hall's earlier work. In turn, Van der Breggen was happy to yield to Hall on stage 2 after the two had ridden the rest of the peloton off their wheels. The stage victory carried special significance for Hall: "As a California resident, it's a special race for me, and I've won a stage in four of the last five years. It's my home race and always has good, ...

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Tour of California: Hall wins on Mt. Baldy as van der Breggen holds lead

Tour of California: Hall wins on Mt. Baldy as van der Breggen holds lead

American Katie Hall won the second stage of the Amgen Tour of California to Mt. Baldy Read the full article at Tour of California: Hall wins on Mt. Baldy as van der Breggen holds lead on VeloNews.com .

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Tour of California Women's Race: Hall wins on Mt. Baldy

Katie Hall (Boels Dolmans) wins ahead of teammate and race leader Anna van der Breggen

Katie Hall ( Boels Dolmans ) won stage 2 of the Tour of California Women's Race . The defending champion climbed strongly on the slopes of Mount Baldy. Only her teammate in the yellow jersey, Anna van der Breggen , was able to keep up, and the two agreed to let Hall win the stage as Van der Breggen defended her GC lead, with Hall now second overall. A late surge by Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (CCC-Liv) brought the South African climber to third place on the stage and overall. The second stage of the three-day race was the queen stage, with two big ascents during the 74 kilometres, with the road climbing almost continuously from the intermediate sprint after 30km. With the mountains looming in the distance, the peloton cruised along on the first part of the stage that started in Ontario. Several riders from Valcar Cylance tried to get a ...

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Tour of California: It was a good start but Mount Baldy will be different, says Van der Breggen

The podium after the opening stage of the 2019 Tour of California Women's Race: winner Anna van der

World and Olympic champion Anna van der Breggen ( Boels-Dolmans ) took the spoils on stage 1 of the Tour of California Women’s Rac e on Thursday. What was expected to be a stage for the sprinters was made hard by high winds and a committed Boels-Dolmans team that pushed hard on the climbs, setting their leader up for victory. Van der Breggen attacked on the final climb with five kilometers to go, passing the lone attacker Olga Zabelinskaya (Cogeas Mettler Look Pro Cycling) and soloing to the finish at the Ventura beachfront alone. "It was a beautiful climb in the final part of the race, a good place to attack,” Van der Breggen explained. "The stage was tough with some climbing, but none of it really steep; that final climb was quite steep, so we tried it and it worked out." The Boels-Dolmans team includes the defending champion Katie ...

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Van der Breggen: It was a good start, but Mount Baldy will be different

The podium after the opening stage of the 2019 Tour of California Women's Race: winner Anna van der

World and Olympic champion Anna van der Breggen ( Boels-Dolmans ) took the spoils on stage 1 of the Tour of California Women’s Rac e on Thursday. What was expected to be a stage for the sprinters was made hard by high winds and a committed Boels-Dolmans team that pushed hard on the climbs, setting their leader up for victory. Van der Breggen attacked on the final climb with five kilometers to go, passing the lone attacker Olga Zabelinskaya (Cogeas Mettler Look Pro Cycling) and soloing to the finish at the Ventura beachfront alone. "It was a beautiful climb in the final part of the race, a good place to attack,” Van der Breggen explained. "The stage was tough with some climbing, but none of it really steep; that final climb was quite steep, so we tried it and it worked out." The Boels-Dolmans team includes the defending champion Katie ...

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Van der Breggen claims solo win to open women's Tour of California

Van der Breggen claims solo win to open women's Tour of California

Anna van der Breggen was in impressive form as she won the opening stage of the 2019 Tour of California which started and finished today in Ventura.

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Tour of California: Van der Breggen wins stage 1 in Ventura

Tour of California: Van der Breggen wins stage 1 in Ventura

VENTURA, California (VN) — Anna van der Breggen won the opening stage of the Amgen Tour of California women’s race empowered by SRAM with a blistering attack on the final hill with 5km remaining. Van der Breggen (Boels-Dolmans) bolted out of the diminished group of favorites and caught and passed breakaway rider Olga Zabelinskaya (Cogeas […] Read the full article at Tour of California: Van der Breggen wins stage 1 in Ventura on VeloNews.com .

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Tour of California Women's Race: Van der Breggen wins stage 1

Anna van der Breggen (Boels Dolmans) wins stage 1 of the 2019 Tour of California Women's Race

Anna van der Breggen ( Boels Dolmans ) won stage 1 of the Tour of California Women's Race in Ventura on Thursday. The world and Olympic road race champion attacked on the last climb of the day with 5km to go, passing lone leader Olga Zabelinskaya (Cogeas Mettler Look) and going solo on the descent. Racing into a strong headwind on the finishing straight, Van der Breggen held a gap of 18 seconds to a chase group of 16 riders where Elisa Balsamo (Valcar-Cylance) sprinted to second place ahead of Arlenis Sierra (Astana Women's Team). Starting and finishing in Ventura, stage 1 was effectively a 96.5km out-and-back course. It included five 'Queen of the Mountains' climbs on Casitas Pass Road and Gobernador Canyon Road, as well as an intermediate sprint at the top of a final short climb on the outskirts of Ventura. Strong westerly winds influenced the race as ...

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Fleche Wallonne and Liege-Bastogne-Liege likely out of 2020 Women's WorldTour

Anna van der Breggen (Boels Dolmans) wins La Fleche Wallonne

La Flèche Wallonne Féminine and Liège-Bastogne-Liège Femmes could be missing from the Women's WorldTour in 2020, after the organisers and broadcasters of the two races, the ASO and RTBF, refused to provide the 45 minutes of live television coverage mandated under incoming UCI reforms. Reigning world champion and five-time Flèche Wallonne winner Anna van der Breggen told Cyclingnews that if race organisers like ASO aren't willing to be part of the development of women's cycling than they shouldn't be part of the Women's WorldTour. "There's still a chance to have a broadcast and if ASO don’t do it then they will take out their races [from the Women’s WorldTour]," van der Breggen told Cyclingnews at the start of stage 1 of the Tour of California Women's Race on Thursday. "I think that's a good thing because we would like to have our races broadcast. We deserve a broadcast and those ...

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Van der Breggen and Hall form powerful alliance at Tour of California

Anna van der Breggen in rainbow stripes after winning the road race in Innsbruck

Back-to-back Tour of California Women's Race winners Anna van der Breggen and Katie Hall , who both race for Boels Dolmans , are the favourites to take repeat victories at the three-day race, set to begin on Thursday in Ventura. Van der Breggen is confident that having two cards to play will increase Boels Dolmans' chances of winning the overall title in what is considered the toughest edition yet. "We need to see how the race develops," Van der Breggen told Cyclingnews in an interview at the team presentation on Wednesday. "Katie won it last year, and this is her kind of racing. It's also her home race. It's fair racing, so you need to be good and have good legs to win it. "But we have to see how we are in the race. Sometimes it's better not to gamble on one person, and try to play a bit. ...

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London Olympics, Tour de Yorkshire, next the Worlds? Vos eyes more success on British roads

London Olympics, Tour de Yorkshire, next the Worlds? Vos eyes more success on British roads

Maria David 10 May 2019 The multiple world champion and winner of the Women’s Tour de Yorkshire talks about getting back to her best form. Photo: CCC-Liv When Marianne Vos dropped her rivals and crossed the finish line ahead of the field in the howling gale and rain along Scarborough’s Marine Drive on Stage 2 of the Tour de Yorkshire something about the way she fist-pumped the air gave a sign to the world that said, I'm back. This was her way of putting down a mark to show that the Marianne Vos who dominated women’s cycling is again present and correct. Vos probably knew deep down that she could win the Tour de Yorkshire. However, a combination of pushing hard on the gale swept roads, the absence of an injured key helper Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio, and not knowing the roads as it was her first time in Yorkshire could have ...

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Vos surfs 'crazy day' along Yorkshire coast to seal win

Vos with the winner's trophy

On a day that saw the peloton battered by hail, rain and blustering winds, it was always going to take a special ride to tame the difficult conditions at the Women's Tour de Yorkshire . Step forward Marianne Vos ( CCC-Liv ), who once again showed her class with a sumptuous ride through the Yorkshire Dales to take both the second stage and the overall honours. “I have to watch it back to see what happened because there were so many things that happened all day,” Vos told Cyclingnews and the rest of the media as they huddled together on the picturesque Scarborough seafront. A few hours earlier, Vos had shown her experience before stamping her authority on the race with a powerful attack and later well-timed sprint to take the win ahead of Mavi Garcia (Movistar) and Soraya Paladin (Ale Cipollini). The 31-year-old watched on as several riders burnt ...

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Tour de Yorkshire 2019: Riders to watch

Joe Robinson 1 May 2019 Seven riders to watch at the 2019 Tour de Yorkshire In just five years, the Tour de Yorkshire has proven itself to bea one of the toughest and most exciting stage races in the calendar. Using the hilly Yorkshire Moors and Dales as its canvas, the four-day men's and two-day women's races tour some of the UK's toughest terrain and most spectacular scenery. This year will also have extra spice on Friday as both the men's and women's pelotons take a detour to the city of Harrogate to sample the 15km finishing loop of the UCI World Championships road race this September. With this preview, Yorkshire has managed to attract some of the best riders across both pelotons who not only want to sample the rainbow route but also try some of Yorkshire's world-famous puddings too. Below, Cyclist looks at some of the riders you ...

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