Il Lombardia: All you need to know including TV guide, favourites and route

Joe Robinson 10 Oct 2019 A complete guide to everything you need to know about Il Lombardia, taking place on Saturday 12th October Il Lombardia is the last big race of the season and one to savour. The final of the five Monuments of road cycling, 'the race of the falling leaves' takes place in early autumn across the picturesque landscape of Lombardy in northern Italy. Like all Italian Classics, the race takes place on a Saturday (12th October) as opposed to the usual slot of a Sunday. At 263km, it's a gruelling day in the saddle, covering six categorised climbs including the dreaded Colma di Surmano as the course takes the peloton from Bergamo to Como. Usually a race reserved for punchy climbers, recent winners have included Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ), Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) and Esteban Chaves (Mitchelton-Scott). While defending champion Pinot will be absent, a stacked start list will ...

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Kump wins CRO Race opening stage by centimetres

Kump wins CRO Race opening stage by centimetres

Marko Kump (Adria Mobil) won the 200km opening stage of the 2019 CRO Race defeating Yevgeniy Gidich (Astana) and Eduard Grosu (Delko Marseille Provence) by centimetres.

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Rodríguez signs with Astana as agent Acquadro defends deals

A growing rift between super-agent Giuseppe Acquadro and Movistar is playing out across the peloton going into 2020 Read the full article at Rodríguez signs with Astana as agent Acquadro defends deals on VeloNews.com .

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Who are the bookies backing for the World Championships men's race?

Joe Robinson 23 Sep 2019 A guide to the favourites for the men’s elite road race in Harrogate on Sunday 29th September The UCI World Championships is already underway in Harrogate, Yorkshire and the final event is the elite men’s road race on Sunday 29th September. At 285km, it will be the longest World Championships road race in recent history, almost matching the mammoth 298km tackled at Milan-San Remo , just with a mighty 3,645m of elevation. After a long 180km lap of the Yorkshire Dales - which includes ascents of Kidstones Pass, Buttertubs and Grinton Moor - the men will enter Harrogate for seven laps of a 14km finishing circuit. It’s technical, negotiating plenty of narrow roads, tight corners and a few rude gradients in a loop that will sap the energy reserves of every rider. Particularly watch out for the tight bridge on Penny Pot Lane followed by ...

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The weekly spin: The Grand Tour Domino Effect

A gust of wind in southeast France, a patch of slippery pavement in Andorra, a touch of wheels in Italy, and three grand tour winners who might never have been. The Vuelta a España is over and the 2019 Grand Tour season is finished. As I look back, I’ve been playing the what-if game. What … The post The weekly spin: The Grand Tour Domino Effect appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Vuelta a Espana 2019: Fabio Jakobsen wins Stage 21 as Primoz Roglic confirmed as champion

Vuelta a Espana 2019: Fabio Jakobsen wins Stage 21 as Primoz Roglic confirmed as champion

Jack Elton-Walters 15 Sep 2019 Fabio Jakobsen won Stage 21 of the 2019 Vuelta a Espana to top off what's been an excellent three weeks for his Deceuninck-QuickStep team Fabio Jakobsen ( Deceuninck-QuickStep ) won Stage 21 of the 2019 Vuelta a Espana , pipping a fast finishing Sam Bennet ( Bora-Hansgrohe ) to the line. Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) stayed upright and with the peloton to be confirmed as the overall champion. As with the Tour de France , the final stage of the Vuelta is now a procession into its home nation's capital. This essentially means it's irrelevant to the overall General Classification as no one in the top 10 attacks, the stage is left to the sprinters. However, the red jersey must still finish and that's what Roglic did. Job done. Next to Roglic, Alejandro Valverde ( Movistar ) stood on the second step of the podium and ...

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Lopez leaves it all on the road chasing Vuelta podium

Lopez leaves it all on the road chasing Vuelta podium

On the final day of GC racing at the 2019 Vuelta a Espana, Miguel Angel Lopez and his Astana team mates threw everything they had at putting the Colombian on the final podium in Madrid on Sunday. While his attempts were unfruitful, we loved watching him try.

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Vuelta a Espana 2019: Slovenia celebrates as Pogacar wins stage and Roglic secures overall title

Vuelta a Espana 2019: Slovenia celebrates as Pogacar wins stage and Roglic secures overall title

Joe Robinson 14 Sep 2019 A mighty solo performance see 20-year-old Slovenian take third stage win, white young rider's jersey and final podium spot Jumbo-Visma's Primoz Roglic will take a maiden Grand Tour victory at the 2019 Vuelta a Espana after successfully defending the red jersey on the penultimate stage of the race. Meanwhile, 20-year-old compatriot Tadej Pogacar secured a third stage win of the race and a spot on the podium after an impressive solo ride. Roglic was unfazed by a difficult final mountain stage into Plataforma de Gredos, finishing alongside rival Alejandro Valverde to all but secure the overall win. Tomorrow's processional route into Madrid will be a day of celebration for Roglic as he confirms his status as one of the world's best Grand Tour riders. He takes the title by a margin of almost three minutes from Movistar's Alejandro Valverde, who rides to a seventh career ...

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Was Movistar in the wrong on stage 19 of the Vuelta?

Vuelta a Espana race leader Primoz Roglic went down in a crash, and before he even had a chance to pick himself up Movistar hit the front and pinned it. In doing so, the Movistar team did not make many new friends on stage 19 of the Vuelta a España. But were they wrong? Some … The post Was Movistar in the wrong on stage 19 of the Vuelta? appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Vuelta a Espana 2019: Cavanga produces trademark Quickstep ride for win as Movistar cause controversy

Vuelta a Espana 2019: Cavanga produces trademark Quickstep ride for win as Movistar cause controvers

Joe Robinson 13 Sep 2019 Three riders in top four for Deceuninck-Quickstep as they prove too strong for the rest Deceuninck-Quickstep finished with three riders in the top four on Stage 19 to Toledo as Remi Cavagna rode to an impressive solo victory at the Vuelta a Espana. The Frenchman nipped away from the breakaway in the final 20km, managing his effort on the steep finish to perfection to secure a first career Grand Tour stage win ahead of Sam Bennett (Bora-Hansgrohe) and teammate Zdenek Stybar. Philippe Gilbert rolled in fourth to complete a perfect day for the Belgian team. The day's major talking point, however, surrounded a crash to race leader Primoz Roglic earlier in the race. The Jumbo-Visma rider hit the deck with 65km to go alongside white jersey wearer Miguel Angel Lopez. For 15km, the race leader was forced into a mad chase of the Movistar-led peloton, ...

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Vuelta a Espana 2019: Cavagna produces trademark Quickstep ride for win as Movistar cause controversy

Vuelta a Espana 2019: Cavagna produces trademark Quickstep ride for win as Movistar cause controvers

Joe Robinson 13 Sep 2019 Three riders in top four for Deceuninck-Quickstep as they prove too strong for the rest Deceuninck-Quickstep finished with three riders in the top four on Stage 19 to Toledo as Remi Cavagna rode to an impressive solo victory at the Vuelta a Espana. The Frenchman nipped away from the breakaway in the final 20km, managing his effort on the steep finish to perfection to secure a first career Grand Tour stage win ahead of Sam Bennett (Bora-Hansgrohe) and teammate Zdenek Stybar. Philippe Gilbert rolled in fourth to complete a perfect day for the Belgian team. The day's major talking point, however, surrounded a crash to race leader Primoz Roglic earlier in the race. The Jumbo-Visma rider hit the deck with 65km to go alongside white jersey wearer Miguel Angel Lopez. For 15km, the race leader was forced into a mad chase of the Movistar-led peloton, ...

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Vuelta a Espana 2019 Stage 18: Primoz Roglic holds firm in red jersey

Vuelta a Espana 2019 Stage 18: Primoz Roglic holds firm in red jersey

Joe Robinson 12 Sep 2019 Sergio Higuita wins the stage as Primoz Roglic marches one step closer to overall victory Education First's Sergio Higuita took his maiden Grand Tour victory in impressive fashion on Stage 18 to Becerril de la Sierra as Jumbo-Visma's Primoz Roglic moved one step closer to overall victory at the 2019 Vuelta a Espana. Higuita rode alone for over 40km, holding off the chasing group of General Classification riders to win the stage by 15 seconds and salvage some success for Education First, whose Vuelta had been blighted by injury. Red jersey wearer Roglic won the sprint for second to extend his overall lead on General Classification over Alejandro Valverde who leapfrogged Movistar teammate Nairo Quintana into second place. Astana's Miguel Angel Lopez was also a big winner on the day after his persistent attacks saw his usurp UAE-Team Emirates's Tadej Pogacar into the white jersey ...

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Rwanda is bidding for the World Championships. Here’s why it matters

Supported by Rwanda’s unlikely journey as a cycling nation took a significant leap this week, with the tiny central African nation applying to host the 2025 Road World Championships. Cycling has been on the rise in Rwanda over the past decade, with the Tour du Rwanda steadily gaining international recognition since it first became a UCI-classified race … The post Rwanda is bidding for the World Championships. Here’s why it matters appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Vuelta a Espana 2019: Philippe Gilbert wins Stage 17 while Nairo Quintana gains over 5 minutes on GC

Vuelta a Espana 2019: Philippe Gilbert wins Stage 17 while Nairo Quintana gains over 5 minutes on GC

Jack Elton-Walters 11 Sep 2019 Stage 17 of the 2019 Vuelta a Espana was expected to be a quiet day but ended up being anything but Philippe Gilbert (Deceuninck-QuickStep) won Stage 17 of the 2019 Vuelta a Espana on a day that saw an unexpected shake-up in the overall General Classification. Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) retained the red jersey and the same margin over second place Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) but after that there were significant changes. The day's win came from a breakaway which had originally contained over 40 riders. Key among the front group was Nairo Quintana (Movistar), whose ride helped him gain time and position on the GC. This jump up the standings would have been even greater had his own teammates not taken up the chase behind. Even so, Quintana did something similar to Chris Froome in 2016, so could this be the start of a race winning ...

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Five predictions for ‘week three’ of the Vuelta a España

It may sound crazy, but just one week of Grand Tour racing remains in the 2019 season. Week three of the Vuelta a España is all that’s left between us and eight long months without Grand Tour action. Hopefully this final week in Spain delivers enough excitement to hold us over until next year’s Giro … The post Five predictions for ‘week three’ of the Vuelta a España appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Vinokourov potentially looking at six-month prison sentence for Liege-Bastogne-Liege corruption case

Vinokourov potentially looking at six-month prison sentence for Liege-Bastogne-Liege corruption case

Joe Robinson 10 Sep 2019 Prosecutors request prison sentence and large fine for role in Liege-Bastogne-Liege corruption case Alexandre Vinokourov and Alexander Kolobonev are looking at being handed six-month prison sentences for corruption if both are found guilty of fixing the 2010 Liege-Bastogne-Liege . The case is currently being heard at the Liege Criminal Court in Belgium and the prosecution has requested that both be handed a six-month jail sentence for passive and active corruption in which Vinokourov is alleged to have paid Kolobnev in order to win the one-day race. The prosecutor's office is also requesting that Vinokourov be handed a €100,000 fine and Kolobonev a €50,000 penalty. It is alleged that Vinokourov, who was riding for Astana at the time, retrospectively paid Kolobonev €150,000 for letting him win the 2010 edition of Liege. These claims first came to light in 2011 when Swiss newspaper L'Illustre claimed Vinokourov had ...

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The weekly spin: Jumbo-Visma’s investment in young talent on display at Vuelta

It was at the 2016 Redlands Cycling Classic that Americans Sepp Kuss and Neilson Powless first made their presence known at the elite level of road racing. It was there, in Southern California’s Inland Empire, that Kuss won the queen stage on Oak Glen, while Powless won the time trial and finished second overall. Forty-one … The post The weekly spin: Jumbo-Visma’s investment in young talent on display at Vuelta appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Vuelta a Espana 2019: Fuglsang wins atop La Cubilla as Roglic defends red jersey

Vuelta a Espana 2019: Fuglsang wins atop La Cubilla as Roglic defends red jersey

George Smith 9 Sep 2019 Roglic stays strong, Valverde struggles and Pogacar closes in on second place Astana’s Jakob Fuglsang soloed to victory ahead of a depleted breakaway group on Stage 16 from Pravia to Alto de La Cubilla as Roglic moved one day closer to overall victory. The Dane rolled over the line comfortably ahead of Tao Geoghegan Hart (Team Ineos) in second and Luis Leon Sanchez (Astana) in third. James Knox (Deceuninck-Quickstep) crossed in 5th to hoist himself up the GC standings. The day’s biggest loser was Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) who couldn’t keep up with the attacking group of Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana) and Slovenian pair Tadej Pogacar and Primoz Roglic. The trio distanced the World Champion on the upper slopes of the climb, putting 25 seconds into the veteran Spaniard by the line. How the day happened Yet another gruelling day in the mountains, today's 144.4km stage ...

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Alexandre Vinokouruv becomes Ironman 70.3 World Champion

Alexandre Vinokouruv becomes Ironman 70.3 World Champion

Joe Robinson 9 Sep 2019 Astana team boss takes age-group title in Ironman 70.3 competition Astana team boss and one of cycling's greatest pantomime villains, Alexandre Vinokourov has been crowned age-group Ironman World Champion. The former professional cyclist took the Ironman 70.3 World title for the 45 to 49 age group in Nice, France. The Kazakh won in a time of 4:28:47, beating Laurent Lambert of France by 15 seconds. The former Vuelta a Espana champion posted some respectable times en-course to the win. Covering the swim in a mediocre 33 minutes 55 seconds, Vinokourov made his real gains on the 90km bike ride in 2 hours 24 seconds, almost 10 minutes faster than his closest competitor. With that buffer, it was no problem that the 45-year-old lost 5-minutes on the 21.1km run five to Lambert, in 1 hour 25 minutes, as he had done enough on the bike to ...

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Alexandre Vinokourov becomes Ironman 70.3 World Champion

Alexandre Vinokourov becomes Ironman 70.3 World Champion

Joe Robinson 9 Sep 2019 Astana team boss takes age-group title in Ironman 70.3 competition Astana team boss and one of cycling's greatest pantomime villains, Alexandre Vinokourov, has been crowned age-group Ironman World Champion. The former professional cyclist took the Ironman 70.3 World title for the 45 to 49 age group in Nice, France. The Kazakh won in a time of 4:28:47, beating Laurent Lambert of France by 15 seconds. The former Vuelta a Espana champion posted some respectable times on course to the win. Covering the swim in a mediocre 33 minutes 55 seconds, Vinokourov made his real gains on the 90km bike ride in 2 hours 24 seconds, almost 10 minutes faster than his closest competitor. With that buffer, it was no problem that the 45-year-old lost five minutes on the 21.1km run five to Lambert, in 1 hour 25 minutes, as he had done enough on the ...

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