Smaller teams for Great Britain in the Tokyo Olympics road race next summer
Joe Robinson 18 Nov 2019 A poor year sees GB head to Tokyo with smaller teams next summer A lacklustre 2019 for British riders means that Great Britain will only be handed four men's and two women's spots at next summer's Olympic road races. The UCI confirmed the allocation of team places for next year's road and time trial events in Tokyo on Monday afternoon. For the men's road race, the British team miss out on being able to field the maximum of five riders, as they had in Rio 2016 and London 2012, instead being awarded a team of fou for Tokyo. For the first year since 2014, a Grand Tour went without a British winner while British riders only took six WorldTour wins all year. Instead of Great Britain, the six nations allocated a five-man squad are Belgium - team of defending champion Greg van Avermaet , Colombia, ...
There will be no Tour of California in 2020
Joe Robinson 30 Oct 2019 The USA's only WorldTour race will be put on hiatus for next season Race organisers have announced that the USA's biggest cycling race, the Tour of California, will not run in 2020. AEG Sports confirmed that the men's and women's WorldTour races would be put on hiatus for next season due to mounting financial challenges, but hope to relaunch in 2022 under a new business model. In a statement, president of the Tour of California Kristin Klein said: 'This has been a very difficult decision to make, but the business fundamentals of the Amgen Tour of California have changed since we launched the race 14 years ago. 'While professional cycling globally continues to grow and we are very proud of the work we have done to increase the relevance of professional cycling, particularly in the United States, it has become more challenging each year to ...
Tour of California will not run in 2020
Supported by The biggest American road race for men and women, the Amgen Tour of California, will not run in 2020. Citing financial pressures, race organisers announced on Tuesday that the race would go “on hiatus” next season. Thank you, fans. It’s been an amazing 14 years. “AEG, the world’s leading sports and live entertainment company, today … The post Tour of California will not run in 2020 appeared first on CyclingTips .
Annemiek van Vleuten unhappy with 'step back' for women's La Course race
Joe Robinson 18 Oct 2019 Next year's edition returns to Paris for a criterium which is far from pleasing for the current road race World Champion World Champion Annemiek van Vleuten has hit out at next year's edition of La Course as it returns the city streets of Paris. Among the fanfare of the Tour de France 2020 route announcement at Palais des Congres in Paris earlier this week, a slight footnote confirmed that the accompanying women's one-day race would shadow the final stage of the men's Tour. ASO revealed that the race would cover nine laps of the flat Parisian circuit with a sprint finish on the Champs-Elysees. It would also take place on Sunday 19th July, hours before the men conclude the Tour on the same course. Van Vleuten has labelled this move back to Paris as a 'step back' for women's cycling after three years of alternative ...
The weekly spin: The great ‘Rider of the Year’ debate
Supported by With the 2019 road racing season effectively over, it’s time for the annual “Rider of the Year” debates. Yes, there’s still the six-stage Tour of Guangxi, which starts on Thursday. But none of the riders in the running for Rider of the Year honors are taking part. So with Il Lombardia in the rearview mirror, … The post The weekly spin: The great ‘Rider of the Year’ debate appeared first on CyclingTips .
Women’s teams of 2020: Who’s committing to the UCI’s new guidelines, who’s not, and why
In early October, in the final weeks of the cycling season, the UCI announces the teams that have filed applications to compete at the different levels of the sport for the coming year. Earlier this week we covered the men’s WorldTour and ProTeam moves for 2020, and now it’s time to take a closer look … The post Women’s teams of 2020: Who’s committing to the UCI’s new guidelines, who’s not, and why appeared first on CyclingTips .
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 .
Check out Lizzie Deignan's World Championships Trek Emonda
Joe Robinson 1 Oct 2019 Racing on home roads, Deignan put in a spirited ride but eventually fell up short Lizzie Deignan did all the right things just in the wrong order when trying to win the elite women's World Championships last weekend. A once in a lifetime opportunity, the race passed her Otley family home. She was even afforded the chance to ride through the town ahead of the peloton, passing her Nan who had erected a huge sign saying 'Lizzie'. It gave her the motivation to follow Annemiek Van Vleuten's race-winning attack on Lofthouse , it gave the determination to force the chase group for almost 60km in pursuit and to chase down every attack that followed. But eventually, motivation and determination were not enough for Deignan on the day. She faded, understandably so, eventually finishing 31st, 5 minutes 20 seconds adrift of Van Vleuten. Image 3 of ...
Gallery: A Mads week of racing at the Yorkshire World Championships
Joe Robinson 30 Sep 2019 With biblical rain, UCI controversy and memorable racing, Yorkshire produced a proper World Champs Words: Joe Robinson Photography: Chris Auld What a week, Yorkshire, what a week. The rain came, and devastation reigned as favourites Mathieu van der Poel, Lizzie Deignan, Tom Pidcock and Anna van der Breggen saw their chances dripping down the drain. It was instead a week for the likes of Mads Pedersen, Rohan Dennis, young Americans and Annemiek van Vleuten, cheered on by an army of fans lining the streets, determined no matter how bad the weather got. It all started as we all expected. On a wet Sunday in Harrogate, a time trial won by the Dutch, this time the inaugural Mixed Relay Team Time Trial . Three men, three women, those draped in orange were just too fast for the rest. Great Britain managed a brave third as Elisa ...
Van Vleuten posts incredible 105km solo World Championships victory to Strava
Joe Robinson 30 Sep 2019 The all-conquering Dutchwoman bagged a lot of QoMs this weekend. Photo: SWPix.com Annemiek van Vleuten's 105km solo ride to her first elite women's World Championships road race title was one of the greatest rides - not only in Worlds history but professional cycling. Hitting the slopes of Lofthouse, just 40km into the 148km course, the Dutchwoman gambled. She rolled the dice with an attack intended to suss out the competition, not as a shot for victory as she later admitted. By the summit, however, she had dropped the entire field. The gap was sizeable enough that her coach back in the team car told her to push on. Before long, she had two minutes on the likes of Lizzie Deignan , Elisa Longo-Borghini and Chloe Dygert-Owen. They chased and chased but Van Vleuten had their measure. She never let up and never looked like getting ...
Worlds bronze fuels Spratt’s Olympic dreams
Amanda Spratt produced a superb performance to take the bronze medal behind the Dutch powerhouse pair of Annemiek van Vleuten and Anna van der Breggen in the world championships road race in Yorkshire. Kieran Pender caught up with the Aussie star after the race.
Van Vleuten stuns peloton with 100km solo to win world championships
Annemiek van Vleuten attacked with 105 kilometres remaining in the 149.4-kilometre world championships road race, holding off an elite group of chasers and the peloton to claim one of the most outrageous wins in recent memory. Australian Amanda Spratt showed she was one of the best of the rest, taking the bronze medal behind Anna van der Breggen (Netherlands).
Annamiek van Vleuten wins World Championship with 100km solo attack
Dutch get 1-2 as Anna van der Breggen grabs silver, Ausralia's Amanda Spratt takes bronze
Annemiek van Vleuten wins World Championship with 100km solo attack
Dutch get 1-2 as Anna van der Breggen grabs silver, Ausralia's Amanda Spratt takes bronze
Van Vleuten romps to world championship victory with 100km solo move
Van Vleuten led home a Dutch one-two with van der Breggen in second and Australian Spratt taking third. U.S. rider Dygert Owen's attacking ride left her unrewarded in fourth place. Read the full article at Van Vleuten romps to world championship victory with 100km solo move on VeloNews.com .
World Championships: Van Vleuten takes elite women's title with incredible 105km solo attack
Joe Robinson 28 Sep 2019 The Dutch make it three World titles in a row as Van Vleuten produces perfect performance Annemiek Van Vleuten executed one of the greatest performances in modern World Championships history with a 105km solo attack to win the women's elite road race in Harrogate. The Dutchwoman made her move on the slopes of Lofthouse after just 45km of racing, crossing the line for her first-ever road race rainbow jersey on the 148km course. Van Vleuten eventually finished an emphatic 2 minutes 15 seconds ahead of compatriot and defending champion Anna van der Breggen to complete a 1-2 for the Netherlands. Australia's Amanda Spratt took third. Chloe Dygert Owen of the USA made the best attempt at chasing Van Vleuten down in the final 35km but eventually ran out of steam, eventually finishing just off the podium in fourth. Victory saw Van Vleuten add a World ...
Anna Van der Breggen's World Champs S-Works Tarmac and its rainbow chain
Joe Robinson 27 Sep 2019 A custom rainbow chain and cassette for the defending women's road race World Champion. Photos: Peter Stuart When you are as good at riding bikes as Anna Van der Breggen, you can get away with having cool stuff on your bike. The 29-year-old will take to the Bradford start line on Saturday as the defending road race World Champion and as part of a Dutch team that is stacked with a host of favourites for the 2019 title in Yorkshire. Van der Breggen, Vos, Van Vleuten, Majerus – it's honestly frightening. Van der Breggen has been one of the best riders, if not the best, in the world for almost half a decade. She has won all three editions of Liege-Bastogne-Liege Femmines, the previous five Fleche Wallonne titles, two Giro Rosas and one World Championships. This Sunday that roll call could get one race longer ...
Cyclist predictions: Who we're backing in the 2019 UCI World Championships Road Races
Cyclist magazine 26 Sep 2019 Our predicted winners for the big three road races at the 2019 World Championships Cyclist staffers reveal who they're tipping to claim rainbow jerseys in the three main road races at the 2019 UCI World Championships. Starting with the men’s under-23, followed by the elite women on Saturday and concluding with the elite men on Sunday, here are our picks for the three road race events at the Yorkshire World Championship. Cyclist 's predictions: The 2019 World Championships road races Peter Muir, Editor Under-23 Men : Tom Pidcock – he's on home soil and his cyclocross skills will come in handy when the Yorkshire rain turns the course into a skidpad Elite Women : Marianne Vos – or one of several other Dutch women. In tough conditions she'll have the beating of compatriots Anna van der Breggen and Annemiek van Vleuten Elite Men : Julian ...
Future of Boels-Dolmans in balance as sponsors pull out from end of 2020
Joe Robinson 26 Sep 2019 Both sponsors announce decision to leave sport meaning Dutch team are searching for new backers The future of the world’s most successful women’s cycling team Boels-Dolmans is in the balance as both primary sponsors announced they will leave the sport at the end of 2020. At a press conference during the World Championships in Harrogate, Yorkshire, the team announced it has begun the search for a new primary sponsor as Boels rental service and Dolmans Landscaping would be pulling out from women’s cycling. Dolmans had been part of the team’s inception in 2010 while Boels Rentals came onboard as co-sponsor two years later in 2012. The team’s management stated that the plan is for the team to continue on through 2020 but, as of yet, no replacement has been found. Rumours surrounding the future of the Dutch team began last month when the team of ...
Check out Chloé Dygert’s all-conquering time trial performance on Strava
Joseph Delves 26 Sep 2019 Enough to finish a minute and a half ahead of Dutch star Anna van der Breggen, could she now double-up in the road race? On Tuesday American racer Chloé Dygert put in a dominant ride to take a win in the Women’s Individual Time Trial at the World Championships . Completing the 32 kilometre route from Ripon to Harrogate in 42:11, this was enough to finish a whole 1:32 ahead of Anna van der Breggen and 1:52 ahead of Annemiek van Vleuten. Something of a surprise result, 22-year-old Dygert is predominantly known as a track rider having won five gold medals at the UCI Track Cycling World Championships and a silver medal at the Olympic Games. Yet she managed to somehow leave two of the most dominant riders of recent years trailing by an unbridgeable margin. Following her victory, she uploaded her ride to Strava ...