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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Giro Rosa: I don't care about the GC, I want to see what my level is, says Longo Borghini

Elisa Longo Borghini (Wiggle High5) in the mountain leader's jersey

Elisa Longo Borghini ( Wiggle High5 ) says that she's going into the forthcoming Giro Rosa with a clear mind and no pressure on her shoulders. Longo Borghini took a career best result when she finished second to Anna van der Breggen at last year's race but says she's not thinking about the general classification, at least not yet. The Italian had her spring campaign thwarted by illness for the second year running when a bout of flu was followed by bronchitis and further allergy problems. She had to spend a week away from her bike in a crucial part of the season, but following a victory in the mountains classification at the Ovo Energy Women's Tour and gold in the road race at the Mediterranean Games, she feels like things are moving in the right direction. "I think I'm OK. Maybe I'm not super, but I'm fine. I'm going ...

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Giro Rosa 2018 preview: Chasing pink on the Zoncolan at the biggest women’s tour

It’s nearly time again for the most prestigious tour on the women’s road calendar and this year’s Giro Rosa is shaping up as a big one. It features one of the toughest routes we’ve seen, with the second last stage finishing atop the brutal climb of the Monte Zoncolan. Plus there’s a strong contingent of … The post Giro Rosa 2018 preview: Chasing pink on the Zoncolan at the biggest women’s tour appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Van Dijk wins time trial title at Netherlands Road Championships

Ellen Van Dijk (Sunweb) wins final stage at Lotto Thuringen Ladies Tour

Ellen van Dijk ( Sunweb ) was crowned the new Dutch time trial champion on Wednesday at the Netherlands Road Championships after covering the 25.8-kilometre course with the fastest time of 33:15. She beat compatriots Anna van der Breggen (Boels Dolmans) by six seconds and Lucinda Brand, her Sunweb teammate, by 13 seconds. Time trial world champion Annemiek Van Vleuten (Mitchelton-Scott) was fourth at 19 seconds back. "I'm super happy to finally take the Dutch title again," Van Dijk said in a press statement. "I was very close for the last couple of years, but it's been five years since I last took it. "The competition in the Netherlands is super high and a podium at the Nationals can be the same as a podium at the Worlds as well. That's why this title means a lot to me." Van Dijk said the course suited her strengths because it had ...

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Van der Breggen extends with Boels-Dolmans through 2020

Van der Breggen extends with Boels-Dolmans through 2020

Anna van der Breggen re-ups with Boels Dolmans for a further two seasons Read the full article at Van der Breggen extends with Boels-Dolmans through 2020 on VeloNews.com .

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UCI announce 2019 Women's WorldTour calendar

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

The UCI's Management Committee announced the 23 events that make up the 2019 Women's WorldTour on Friday. The committee met in Arzon, France, from June 19 to 21, to deliberate on the Agenda 2022 and its role in bringing gender equality to women's professional cycling , where they also validated the events for world-class series next season. “The 2019 calendar for the UCI Women’s WorldTour confirms the excellent health of women’s cycling," said President of the UCI, David Lappartient. "This series holds a central position in the development strategy of the UCI and of our sport in general, notably concerning men-women equality. It’s a global competition, consolidated in terms of the number of events and days of competition which will facilitate, without race overlaps, the participation of teams in all events on the calendar. The increase in the media coverage confirms the commitment of organisers, the confidence of broadcasters, the ...

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National Championships Preview

A quick primer on the peloton getting patriotic with some intrastate conflict The best racing occurring in the middle doldrums of the cycling season is just about upon us, and I’m not talking about the Tour. It’s that time of the year when the FSA-DS owners of Ignatas Konovalovas and Gert Joeaar can finally celebrate. I’m of course talking about Nats. As a cycling fan, one of the most frustrating things for me is the inability to find a good central website that has information on all of these races. So, for once in my brief time writing here on PdC, I’m actually going to post something that is informative and not just a barrage of dad jokes, bad puns, and Betancur quips. So let’s get to it and preview some of the national championship courses this year. We’ll be taking a quick look at Belgium, Britain, France, Germany, Italy, ...

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Van der Breggen and Boels Dolmans remain in control of Women's WorldTour

Anna van der Breggen (Boels - Dolmans)

Anna van der Breggen and Boels Dolmans have held firm at the top of the Women’s WorldTour rankings after the Ovo Energy Women’s Tour. However, there have been plenty of changes below them with Coryn Rivera and Team Sunweb, and Marianne Vos and her WaowDeals team taking big leaps up the standings. Van der Breggen was not racing this week and will not be riding the next round of the Giro Rosa, but her dominant performance over the spring was enough to ensure her security in the leader’s jersey. She was helped too by her closest rival Amanda Spratt (Mitchelton-Scott) also choosing to sit out the week-long race. Meanwhile, it was the sprinters that came to the fore over the last week with Rivera coming out on top. The American rider had endured some bad luck on her previous appearance in 2015, but she more than made up for it ...

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OVO Energy Women's Tour: Rivera wins the overall

Coryn Rivera celebrates her overall victory at the OVO Energy Women's Tour

Lotta Lepistö ( Cervélo-Bigla ) took the honours in Colwyn Bay after an aggressively raced final stage of the OVO Energy Women's Tour , beating Giorgia Bronzini (Cylance) and Marta Bastianelli (Alé Cipollini) to the line. Coryn Rivera ( Team Sunweb ) finished the stage in eighth place to win the general classification. Although she didn't race, Anna van der Breggen (Boels Dolmans) continues to lead the UCI Women's WorldTour overall standings. Covering 122.6 km from Dolgellau to Colwyn Bay, stage 5 crossed the Snowdonia National Park in North West Wales. There were two intermediate sprints, and the main difficulties were the two climbs of Bwlch-y-Maen (category 2) and Nant Gwynant (category 1), though over 50 km remained from the top of the latter to the finish line. The first rider to get away was Maaike Boogaard (BTC City Ljubljana). The young Dutchwoman was reeled in after a few kilometres, ...

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Breakaway specialist van der Breggen is key to success for Boels

Breakaway specialist van der Breggen is key to success for Boels

A year after she dominated the Ardennes, Anna van der Breggen is winning classics again. Read the full article at Breakaway specialist van der Breggen is key to success for Boels on VeloNews.com .

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Van der Breggen to skip Giro Rosa defense

Anna van der Breggen celebrates in pink after stage 9 at the Giro Rosa

Anna van der Breggen ( Boels Dolmans ) has opted to skip her defense of the the Giro d'Italia Internazionale Femminile , also known as the Giro Rosa, in July in order to focus on other events during the second half of the season. The Dutch all-rounder told Cyclingnews earlier this year that she is targeting a first world title at the 2018 UCI Road World Championships in Austria in September. "I will not ride the Giro Rosa this year," Van der Breggen wrote in a statement on her website. "Since 2010, I have raced it every year so far and this time I choose a different path. "The Giro requires a specific preparation and is a tough race to do. I thought it would be nice to have a different program this year. Also with a view to the rest of the season. And the rest of the season ...

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A perfect day out for Mitchelton-Scott at Emakumeen Bira

Annemiek van Vleuten, Amanda Spratt and Georgia Williams (Mitchelton-Scott)

The Mitchelton-Scott team had an extremely successful Emakumeen Bira , winning two stages and putting three riders into the top four overall. Their greatest performance came on Tuesday's final stage 4 when Amanda Spratt went on a 54-kilometre solo break to win both the stage and the general classification. She took the leader's jersey off her teammate Annemiek van Vleuten , who finished second overall. "It's a victory for the whole team; we couldn't have hoped for a better day. We came here with some good GC options with Annemiek and Georgia [Williams]. And we were in an ideal position coming into the last stage with three riders in the top 10. I think I was the one that people were probably not looking at as much, and I could use that to my advantage," Spratt said. Spratt added that there was a split in the peloton in the run-up ...

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Van der Breggen's WorldTour lead cut as Spratt wins Emakumeen Bira

Anna van der Breggen (Boels - Dolmans)

Anna van der Breggen 's lead in the WorldTour classification has been trimmed down by a few points but the Olympic champion remains firmly in control of the contest. After the 12th round of the series at Emakumeen Bira , the Boels Dolmans rider still holds a commanding lead of 232 points, down slightly from her previous margin 250. The new challenger for the Dutchwoman is Amanda Spratt (Mitchelton-Scott), who climbed two places after a stunning win at the Basque race . Spratt had started the final stage in 10th place and seemingly out of contention at 1:37 behind her teammate and leader Annemiek van Vleuten . However, with nothing to lose, she took a punt with 50 kilometres to go and, with her team out of the chase, was able to cross the line more than two minutes ahead of most of the general classification contenders. Spratt has enjoyed ...

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Photo gallery: Amanda Spratt breaks through at Emakumeen Bira

It’s been a packed schedule for the Women’s WorldTour in the past week. Just as the Tour of California was drawing to a close the Emakumeen Bira was launching into four hilly days of hotly contested racing. All the top teams were at the start line of the long-running Basque race but one would take … The post Photo gallery: Amanda Spratt breaks through at Emakumeen Bira appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Spratt wins Emakumeen Bira

Amanda Spratt (Mitchelton-Scott) goes solo at Liege-Bastogne-Liege

Amanda Spratt ( Mitchelton-Scott ) won the final stage of the Emakumeen Bira, riding solo for more than 50 kilometres and taking the white leader's jersey off the shoulders of her teammate Annemiek van Vleuten, who finished second overall. Anna van der Breggen (Boels Dolmans) won the points classification in addition to her third place overall which means that she defended her lead in the UCI Women's WorldTour classification. Asja Paladin (Valcar PBM) took home the mountain jersey, Katarzyna Pawlowska (Team Virtu Cycling) won the jersey for intermediate sprints. Aafke Soet (WNT Rotor) was the best U23 rider, and Ane Santesteban (Alé Cipollini) was the best Basque. How it happened Containing three classified climbs, the 120-kilometre stage around Iurreta had the most challenging parcours of the four-day race. The ascent to Urkiola was the key point of the race. Although there remained almost 50km from its top to the finish, ...

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Van Vleuten takes control in Emakumeen Bira after time trial victory

Annemiek Van Vleuten (Mitchelton-Scott) wins stage 2 at Emakumeen Bira

Annemiek van Vleuten (Mitchelton-Scott) lived up to her status as pre-stage favourite, winning the stage 2 individual time trial at the Emakumeen Bira in the world champion's jersey and putting time into the rest of the field on the 26.6km course. Nine seconds slower than Anna van der Breggen (Boels Dolmans) at the intermediate time check, Van Vleuten gave it her all on the second half and won the test with a time 14 seconds faster than her rival. "I wanted to go as hard as possible to gain as much time as possible, just do an optimal time trial. I did a warm-up on stage 1 with a solo in the finale," Van Vleuten joked. "I put everything out there that I have at the moment. I know I can be slightly better, but it gives me a lot of confidence already to have this level. And winning in ...

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Base Layers For Any Season

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The Pamir Highway: A solo ride across the barren heart of Central Asia

When Daniel Weststeyn turned 30, he wanted to do something memorable; to usher in a new decade with a journey that he'd remember for the rest of his life. This is the story of that journey – a stunningly picturesque solo ride through Central Asia. The post The Pamir Highway: A solo ride across the barren heart of Central Asia appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Stultiens: I just went all-out in the last kilometre

Sabrina Stultiens wins stage 1 of the Emakumeen Bira

Sabrina Stultiens ( WaowDeals ) took the biggest victory of her career so far when she won stage 1 of the Emakumeen Bira on Saturday. Being part of a prestigious four-rider break in the final, the Dutch rider attacked inside the final kilometre and was able to hold off a chasing group by 17 seconds. "After the Kirtenberg I was completely dead. I tried to come back to Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio [Cervélo Bigla] and Anna van der Breggen [Boels Dolmans] who were up front. The downhill was really hard, but Annemiek van Vleuten [Mitchelton Scott] and I made it. I tried to work together with them and also save a bit of energy for the last kilometre. Anna and Annemiek were looking at each other a bit, and I thought 'I'll go all-out in the last kilometre, and then I will see where I finish'. I stuck to that plan and ...

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Emakumeen Bira: Van Vleuten wins stage 2 time trial

WOrld champion Annemiek van Vleuten of The Netherlands and Team Mitchelton-Scott

Annemiek van Vleuten ( Mitchelton-Scott ) put her mark on the stage 2 individual time trial at the Emakumeen Bira . The time trial world champion gained time on the rest of the field and took over the race lead. Anna van der Breggen (Boels Dolmans) was 14 seconds slower in second place, Lisa Brennauer (Wiggle High5) finished third 44 seconds slower. The 26.6-kilometre course was not completely flat; it featured two short climbs on the first half. On the second half, crosswinds on the open, exposed road could play a role. Mieke Kröger (Team Virtu Cycling) was the fifth rider to start and set the first benchmark when she finished in a time of 35 minutes and 32 seconds. Lotta Lepistö (Cervélo Bigla) could not reach this, finishing in 35:50 minutes. In 18:45 minutes, Hayley Simmonds (WNT Rotor) was 15 seconds slower than Lepistö at the time check halfway ...

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