Fuglsang extends with Astana, confirms Vuelta start

Astana extends two seasons with the Danish star, snuffing out rumors he would be leaving the team Read the full article at Fuglsang extends with Astana, confirms Vuelta start on VeloNews.com .

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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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Davide Ballerini signs for Deceuninck-QuickStep

Davide Ballerini (Astana) on the attack at the 2019 Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race

Davide Ballerini will ride for Deceuninck-QuickStep in 2020 after signing a two-year contract with the Belgian squad. The 24-year-old joins the team after spending the 2019 campaign in the colours of Astana and two seasons with Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec. "For me, joining this team is a dream. When I spoke to Deceuninck-QuickStep and heard that they wanted me to ride for them it was special, because when I was younger the first time I watched Lombardia it was when Paolo Bettini won it for QuickStep, and I said to myself 'Ok, now I go on my bike and I want to ride for that team!'" Ballerini said on Wednesday. Ballerini turned professional with Androni in 2017 and spent two seasons at Pro Continental level. The Italian won the Memorial Marco Pantani and the Trofeo Matteotti in 2018 before moving up to WorldTour level with Astana this season. After forming part of ...

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Preview: 22 things you should know about the 2019 Vuelta a España

It’s time for the Vuelta a España, the third and final Grand Tour of the season. The race gets underway this Saturday in Torrevieja and will be contested over 21 stages and 3,272km. Here’s what you should know about the 2019 Tour of Spain. The 2019 Vuelta is the race’s 74th edition. The Vuelta is … The post Preview: 22 things you should know about the 2019 Vuelta a España appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Who is favourite for the Vuelta a Espana and who should you be backing?

Who is favourite for the Vuelta a Espana and who should you be backing?

Joe Robinson 20 Aug 2019 The favourites for the Vuelta a Espana and the best prices from the bookmakers The 74th Vuelta a Espana begins on Saturday 24th August as three weeks of racing around Spain commences to find the next winner of the famous red jersey. Keeping up appearances, this year’s race will be a brutal mix of high-altitude climbs, relentlessly steep gradients and pounding heat that often gives young General Classification riders and eternal nearly-men the chance to shine. Lancastrian Simon Yates of Mitchelton-Scott is current champion although absent in the defence of his title. Three back-to-back Grand Tours seem to have taken their toll on the Brit who has opted for some well-earned rest. Last year’s second-place finished Enric Mas ( Deceuninck-QuickStep ) will also be taking a rain check after racing the Tour de France in July, meaning the only present rider from last year’s podium ...

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Barguil apologises for remarks about Gasparotto

Warren Barguil (Arkea-Samsic) leads the overall after stage 3 at the Arctic Race of Norway

Arkéa-Samsic leader Warren Barguil has apologised to Dimension Data 's Enrico Gasparotto , both privately and publicly on social media, after having called the veteran Italian rider an idiot for 'allowing' eventual Arctic Race of Norway winner Alexey Lutsenko (Astana) to get a gap in the sprint to the line of the final stage , which meant that Barguil lost the leader's jersey by a single second. Barguil had accused Gasparotto of 'flicking' him: of intentionally letting the gap to Lutsenko go so that Barguil – stuck behind Gasparotto – couldn't follow the Kazakh rider's initial surge. It meant that Lutsenko was able to take the remaining four bonus seconds available for taking third place on the stage, and also allowed a further second's gap to form between Lutsenko and Barguil on the finish line, giving the Astana rider the win. "It's really shit. Lutsenko was strong, but if I'd ...

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Lopez leads strong Astana squad at Vuelta a Espana

Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana)

Astana have named a strong squad to start the Vuelta a España , with a number of experienced riders heading to Spain in support of team leader Miguel Ángel López . The eight-man team, with key riders including Jakob Fuglsang and Luis León Sánchez, boasts an impressive 93 Grand Tour starts, an average age of 31.25, and eight stage race victories between them in 2019. López, who finished third at the Vuelta last year, heads up the team. The Colombian won Colombia 2.1 and the Volta a Catalunya earlier in the season, and was the best young rider at the Giro d'Italia. With two podium and four top ten placings from five career Grand Tours, he'll be aiming for the podium at least. Fuglsang has been one of the riders of the season in 2019 and could mount a GC challenge of his own. He lay in ninth at the ...

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Alexey Lutsenko wins thrilling finale at the Arctic Race of Norway thanks to final time bonus

Alexey Lutsenko wins thrilling finale at the Arctic Race of Norway thanks to final time bonus

Joseph Delves 19 Aug 2019 Kazakh champion Alexey Lutsenko trades bonus seconds with Warren Barguil before overhauling him on tough final stage Alexey Lutsenko ( Astana ) has won the 2019 Arctic Race of Norway, repeatedly attacking on the final stage to take victory by a single second. Following the penultimate Queen Stage, French rider Warren Barguil (Arkéa–Samsic) had built himself a three-second lead coming into the final day, and this set up a contest which looked likely to be settled by who could steal the most bonus seconds at the intermediate sprints. Barguil started well, extending his lead by gaining two seconds at the first. Yet in the final intermediate sprint, the positions were reversed, with the Kazakh champion outsprinting Barguil to pick up three bonus seconds to the Frenchman’s two. With Lutsenko unable to shake his rival over the last few punchy climbs, this left Barguil with a ...

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Lutsenko: I believe I can win the world championships

Alexey Lutsenko (Astana) in the break

Astana 's Alexey Lutsenko issued a statement of intent ahead of next month's UCI Road World Championships in Yorkshire with a dramatic final-day victory at the Arctic Race of Norway on Sunday. The Kazakh champion toppled Warren Barguil (Arkea-Samsic) in a nail-biting battle on the finishing circuit in Narvik that came down to bonus seconds. Lutsenko had built his victory by making a 33-rider split on the frenetic rolling opening stage on the Lofoten islands and then limiting his losses to Barguil on the short-but-steep Storheia summit finish on Saturday, before snatching it at the very last. The Norway parcours , Lutsenko noted, bears a lot of similarities to the terrain on which he'll be racing at the Worlds in Yorkshire in a bid for the rainbow jersey on September 29. As such, his ambitions are high. "I think Yorkshire will be a really good Worlds for me," Lutsenko told ...

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Alexey Lutsenko wins 2019 Arctic Race of Norway

Markus Hoelgaard of the Uno-X Norwegian Development Team won the final stage in Narvik at the Arctic

Alexey Lutsenko ( Astana ) snatched overall victory at the Arctic Race of Norway , sprinting to take third on the final stage in Narvik, and finishing one second ahead of race leader Warren Barguil (Arkea Samsic). Lutsenko started the stage three seconds behind the Frenchman but won the four-day stage race by a single second thanks to a better total of bonus seconds secured during the stage. Local rider Markus Hoelgaard of the Uno-X Norwegian Development Team won the final stage in Narvik with a perfectly timed late attack in the final kilometre. Fellow Norwegian Amund Grøndahl Jansen (Jumbo-Visma) was second. Lutsenko tried an attack with six kilometres to go on the hilly finishing circuit around Narvik but Barguil and other riders were able to close him down. Instead of trying again, he let Hoelgaard and then Grøndahl go and then fought for the final time bonus. Barguil tried ...

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Arctic Race of Norway: Eiking wins stage 3 to Storheia Summit

Odd Christian Eiking (Wanty Gobert) wins stage 3 at the Arctic Race of Norway

Odd Christian Eiking ( Wanty Gobert ) gave Norway a home win at the Arctic Race of Norway, winning atop the steep 3.5km climb to Storheia Summit on the Queen stage 3 of this year's race. Eiking managed to edge clear of Warren Barguil (Arkea Samsic) and Alexey Lutsenko (Astana) in the final 400 metres to win alone. Mathieu van der Poel (Corendon-Circus) tried to stay with the leaders on the 11.8 per cent climb but cracked half-way up and eventually eased up, losing more than a minute and any chance of overall victory. Barguil limited his losses to Eiking to five seconds, with Lutsenko losing 13 seconds. The time bonuses meant Barguil took the race lead, with Lutsenko second art just three seconds. Krists Neilands (Israel Cycling Academy) is third at 15 seconds, with only Sunday's fourth and final hilly stage to Narvik left to race. "I have mixed ...

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How to watch the Vuelta a Espana - Live streams from anywhere

The 2019 Vuelta a Espana route

The final Grand Tour of the 2019 season, the Vuelta a España , is about to get underway, and you won't want to miss a single moment of the action as riders who have been denied success in the Tour de France and Giro d'Italia have one final shot at glory. It's another stacked field for the Spanish Grand Tour, despite a no-go for Tour de France runner-up Geraint Thomas (Team Ineos). The Tour's third place finisher, Steven Kruijswijk (Jumbo-Visma) is on the provisional start list with teammate George Bennett a possible contender. Rigoberto Urán (EF Education First), the Giro's best young rider Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana) and 2017's fourth place overall finisher Wilco Kelderman (Sunweb) can all be considered favourites. Cyclingnews will have full live reports, with news and photos from inside of the race as it happens, along with extensive reporting on the stage and its players throughout ...

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Arctic Race of Norway: Coquard wins stage 2

Bryan Coquard takes victory on stage 2

Bryan Coquard ( Vital Concept-B&B; Hotels ) won stage 2 of the Arctic Race of Norway , beating overall leader Mathieu van der Poel (Corendon-Circus) into second place in a bunch finish in Svolvær. Mindful of the headwind in the finishing straight, Coquard parked himself on the wheel of Christophe Laporte (Cofidis) ahead of the final corner and allowed his fellow countryman to open his effort from distance before careering past him in the final 100 metres. Van der Poel, such an impressive winner of Thursday's opening stage, tried gamely to get back on terms, but the Dutchman was unable to overhaul Coquard, who claimed his eighth victory of the season. Laporte held on for third ahead of August Jensen (Israel Cycling Academy), while Louis Bendixen (Team Coop) took fifth. "For the finale, we had only Kevin Reza and Jeremy Lecroq, but Kevin is amazing for the lead-out. He put ...

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Deceuninck-QuickStep announce signing of Mattia Cattaneo

Matteo Cattaneo (Androni Giocattoli) made the break of the day

Deceuninck-QuickStep have announced the signing of Italian rider Mattia Cattaneo , with the Italian returning to the WorldTour after three seasons at Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec . The 28-year-old, who began his career with four years at Lampre, has one win under his belt so far in 2019, at the Giro dell'Appennino. In May, he narrowly missed out on a Giro d'Italia stage victory, finishing second behind Dario Cataldo (Astana) in Como. "I am very, very happy to join the Wolfpack," said Cattaneo via a team press release. "For me it is a dream because I have raced with Androni Giocattoli for three years, but my objective was to come back to the WorldTour and with Deceuninck-QuickStep I am going to the best team in the world, in my opinion. "I am looking forward to helping the squad continue to be successful, as well as hopefully getting my own opportunities. Being an ...

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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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Zeits signs for Mitchelton-Scott after twelve years with Astana

Andrey Zeits leading Tony Martin in the Tour de France peloton on stage 10

Andrey Zeits will join Mitchelton-Scott for the 2020 season, bringing the curtain down on a twelve-year spell with Astana . The Kazakhstani rider turned professional in 2008 and has started and finished 18 Grand Tours during his tenure at Astana. A strong all-rounder, Zeits established himself as one of Astana's key domestiques during his time with the team. He helped Vincenzo Nibali to Giro d’Italia victory in 2013 and 2016, and was also in the Astana team that supported Fabio Aru when he won the Vuelta a España in 2015. The 32-year-old has one victory as a professional, a stage win on the 2015 Tour of Hainan. "I have spent 12 years in Astana from the first year I became a professional and have worked with a lot of great Grand Tour riders, including Contador, Nibali, Aru, Landa and López," Zeits said in a statement on Wednesday. "My speciality is ...

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Cataldo and Villella join Movistar from Astana

Dario Cataldo celebrates his stage 15 win at the giro d'Italia

Movistar have announced the signing of experienced and trusted duo Dario Cataldo and Davide Villella from Astana. The Italian riders have agreed two-year contracts that will keep them at Movistar until the end of the 2021 season. 34-year-old Cataldo won the Baby Giro in 2006 and seemed destined to be one of the best Italian stage racers of his generation. Instead, after spells at Liquigas, QuickStep, Team Sky and Astana, he has largely sacrificed his own chances of success to help his team leaders, becoming a key Grand Tour domestique and occasional winner. A strong climber, the Lanciano native won a stage of the 2012 Vuelta a España atop Cuitu Negro and he out-sprinted Mattia Cattaneo to claim victory in Como on this year’s Giro d’Italia. Villella turned professional in 2014 with Cannondale after winning the prestigious Giro della Valle d’Aosta as an under-23 rider. He won the Japan Cup ...

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Breschel announces retirement due to struggle with psoriatic arthritis

Matti Breschel (EF Education First)

Matti Breschel will retire from professional cycling after a career that spanned nearly two decades at the highest level of the sport. He cited an ongoing struggle with psoriatic arthritis as the reason he will not continue racing beyond 2019, according to a press release from his EF Education First team. "It was a big relief to finally take the decision to retire, because I was struggling a lot to find good form, and the medicine I was taking really knocked me out. I was sleeping for 15 hours a day, it was super tiring, especially for the head," Breschel said. "For me, it didn't make sense to have a disease like that and keep on going as a professional bike rider. Especially the last two stages of the Giro d'Italia I rode. I was in a lot of pain and I thought to myself, 'If I have to stop ...

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Bikes of the Bunch: Argon 18 Nitrogen Pro Gran Fondo Racer

Argon 18 Nitrogen Pro custom

In this Bikes of the Bunch, reader Lachlan Brown shares his custom painted and custom equipped Argon 18 Nitrogen Pro. It’s a bike that Brown rides in competitive Grand Fondos and on his local roads of Batemans Bay of New South Wales’ South Coast, Australia. It was thirteen years ago when I found cycling. I … The post Bikes of the Bunch: Argon 18 Nitrogen Pro Gran Fondo Racer appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Vincenzo Nibali signs two-year contract with Trek-Segafredo

Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) wins stage 20 at the Tour de France

Trek-Segafredo have at last confirmed that Vincenzo Nibali will ride in their colours in 2020 after agreeing a two-year contract with the team. The Italian joins Trek-Segafredo after three years at Bahrain-Merida, and he will be joined on his new team by his brother Antonio. "I followed my heart and chose for this team, knowing that their project is very serious and competitive," Vincenzo Nibali said in a statement released by Trek-Segafredo on Thursday afternoon. "The great confidence Trek and Segafredo and all the other sponsors are showing in me is very motivating. I am really happy to continue my cycling career at Trek-Segafredo and look forward to 2020." Trek's interest in Nibali dates back to late 2015, when Italian coffee company Segafredo came on board as co-sponsor. Nibali was heavily linked with a move to Trek-Segafredo in early 2016, when he was in the final year of his tenure ...

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