Boels-Dolmans Extends European Champ Pieters, Up-And-Comer Uneken

Supported by A little over a week after announcing new contract arrangements with Anna van der Breggen and Chantal Blaak, the Boels-Dolmans squad has made further moves to secure its future, extending reigning European road champion Amy Pieters as well as up-and-comer Lonneke Uneken. Pieters, 28, is a versatile talent who can contend on a variety of … The post Boels-Dolmans extends European champ Pieters, up-and-comer Uneken appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Van Der Breggen Calling It Quits In 2021

Van der Breggen calling it quits in 2021

Reigning Olympic champion Anna van der Breggen will retire from racing next year after looking to defend her crown in Tokyo. Her team mate and former world champion Chantal Blaak will join her in retirement after the spring of 2022.

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Van Vleuten And Van Der Breggen On The Obstacles And Opportunities Of New 2020 Calendar

Dutch rivals on season-opener Strade Bianche, the importance of a first-ever Paris-Roubaix, and the difficulties of a Giro-worlds clash. Read the full article at Van Vleuten and Van der Breggen on the obstacles and opportunities of new 2020 calendar on VeloNews.com .

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Former World Champions Van Der Breggen And Blaak Announce Retirement Dates

Former World Champions Van der Breggen and Blaak announce retirement dates

Joe Robinson 11 May 2020 Dutch duo set to take up positions in team car as both call time on careers Former World Champions Anna Van der Breggen and Chantal Blaak have announced their retirement dates. The Boels-Dolmans duo confirmed that they would hang up their wheels at the end of 2021 and the Spring of 2022 respectively before taking up director sportif positions within the team, due to change name to SD Worx Cycling. The announcement of a retirement date comes as a surprise considering both Van der Breggen and Blaak are just 30 years old. This will see the pair stop racing aged just 31 and 32, relatively young compared to the likes of compatriot and rival Annemiek van Vleuten, 37, who is still racing. Van der Breggen will race through to the end of 2021 in an attempt to defend her Olympic road race title in Tokyo, ...

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Van Der Breggen Will Hang Up The Wheels In 2021, Blaak In 2022

Supported by Dutch stars and Boels-Dolmans teammates Anna van der Breggen and Chantal Blaak both revealed their future retirement plans on Sunday, announcing their shared intentions to move into sports director roles after they hang up their respective wheels. Van der Breggen, 30, has signed a contract extension to ride on with the team through the 2021 … The post Van der Breggen will hang up the wheels in 2021, Blaak in 2022 appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Preview: The Classics Continue At The Ronde Van Drenthe

While a bunch of European races have been cancelled as the region battles to contain the spread of coronavirus, the Ronde van Drenthe Women’s WorldTour race is going ahead as planned. Ahead of the Dutch one-dayer, here’s José Been with a preview of Sunday’s course, the riders to watch, and the significance of this year’s … The post Preview: The Classics continue at the Ronde van Drenthe appeared first on CyclingTips .

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The Just-In-Case Preview: Your Guide To The 2020 Women’S Strade Bianche

At the time of writing, it’s not clear whether Strade Bianche is even going ahead. The coronavirus outbreak in Italy has seen multiple teams pull out of the race, and the gran fondo cancelled, and the pro races could be called off at any moment. But assuming the race goes ahead, we want you to … The post The just-in-case preview: Your guide to the 2020 women’s Strade Bianche appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Best Cyclists In The World: Professional Cycling Team Of The Decade

Joe Robinson 7 Dec 2019 Check who made our eight rider team of the decade. Let us know if you agree with our choices or not With 2019 coming to an end and 2020 quickly approaching, one final question remains: who would be in the professional cycling team of the decade? It’s a tough task condensing the cream of this decade’s crop into eight riders but when you consider not only the results, but the context of those victories, some riders truly stand head and shoulders above the rest. We asked our Twitter followers for suggestions. Plenty of the same names popped up as well as some surprises, while some of you forgot that this decade is more than just the season just gone. Also, for all those suggesting Tom Boonen, yes, he was a great rider but only two of his seven Monument wins came this side of the ...

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Cyclist Magazine's Team Of The Decade

Joe Robinson 6 Dec 2019 Check who made our eight rider team of the decade. Let us know if you agree with our choices or not With 2019 coming to an end and 2020 quickly approaching, one final question remains: who would be in the professional cycling team of the decade? It’s a tough task condensing the cream of this decade’s crop into eight riders but when you consider not only the results, but the context of those victories, some riders truly stand head and shoulders above the rest. We asked our Twitter followers for suggestions. Plenty of the same names popped up as well as some surprises, while some of you forgot that this decade is more than just the season just gone. Also, for all those suggesting Tom Boonen, yes, he was a great rider but only two of his seven Monument wins came this side of the ...

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Smaller Teams For Great Britain In The Tokyo Olympics Road Race Next Summer

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, ...

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There Will Be No Tour Of California In 2020

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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 ...

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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 .

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Annemiek Van Vleuten Unhappy With 'Step Back' For Women's La Course Race

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 ...

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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 .

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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 .

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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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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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Worlds Bronze Fuels Spratt’S Olympic Dreams

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.

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