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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Quintana, Carapaz and Valverde form Movistar trident at Vuelta a Espana

Richard Carapaz (Movistar)

Nairo Quintana , world champion Alejandro Valverde and Giro d’Italia winner Richard Carapaz have all been confirmed in the Movistar line-up for the Vuelta a España , which gets underway with a team time trial in Torrevieja on Saturday. The strong Movistar selection also features Marc Soler, Imanol Erviti, Nelson Oliveira, Jorge Arcas and Antonio Pedrero. As expected, there is no place for the Bahrain-Merida-bound Mikel Landa, who placed 6th overall at the Tour de France, having already finished 4th overall at the Giro. Quintana and Valverde both participated at the Tour de France, where Movistar placed three riders in the top 10 but fell some way short of challenging for final overall victory. Quintana won over the Galibier into Valloire on stage 18 but had to settle for 8th overall, one place ahead of Valverde. Winner of the Vuelta in 2016, Quintana missed the race a year ago but ...

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BinckBank Tour: Hodeg wins stage 5 in Venray

Alvaro Hodeg (Deceuninck-QuickStep) wins stage 5 of the BinckBank Tour in Venray.

Alvaro Hodeg (Deceuninck-QuickStep) claimed stage 5 of the 2019 BinckBank Tour after edging out Sam Bennett (Bora-Hansgrohe) and Edward Theuns (Trek-Segafredo) on the line in Venray. Hodeg benefitted from an excellent lead-out from his Deceuninck - Quick Step team after they brought the young Colombian to the front of a messy sprint with just under 150m to go. Bennett, who had won the opening three stages, was forced to follow wheels in the closing stage after his Bora squad had chased down the earlier break and then planted the Irishman on Hodeg’s wheel with just over a kilometre to go. Bennett was forced to check his line after one rider almost forced him wide but despite coming to back to Hodeg’s rear wheel he was unable to overall the QuickStep rider before the line. Trek-Segafredo played a prominent role in the last kilometre as they looked to launch Theuns but ...

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Jonathan Vaughters' guide to building a WorldTour squad, Tour de l'Avenir preview - podcast

Garmin-Sharp manager Jonathan Vaughters was present in Milan for the unveiling of the new leaders' j

Hello and welcome to the Cyclingnews podcast. This week we have three exclusive interviews just for you with Jonathan Vaughters, Alex Howes and French journalist Pierre Carrey all featuring on the episode. First up, just to remind you, our friends at Sportful have come up with a 20% discount on all products at sportful.com . All you have to do is head to their website and use the code: cyclingnews20. This deal is in place throughout all of August. Sticking with Sportful, we still have two Bahrain-Merida jerseys signed by Vincenzo Nibali to give away. All you have to do to win is go to our iTunes page and give us a review. We'll pick the two lucky winners later this month. We start with Jonathan Vaughters and a similar theme to last week’s transfer special. In this interview, Vaughters talks about what he looks for in a rider, the ...

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BinckBank organiser responds to safety complaints

The peloton during stage 3 at BinckBank Tour

The organisers of the BinckBank Tour have responded to safety complaints about the race, after numerous riders registered their concerns in the wake of stage 3. Among the dissenting voices was Tim Declercq ( Deceuninck-QuickStep ), who pointed out the hypocrisy of holding a minute's silence for Bjorg Lambrecht moments before racing on a "bike lane-wide parcours." Declercq's teammate Bob Jungels, Marcel Sieberg (Bahrain-Merida) and the Jumbo-Visma duo of Paul Martens and Jos Van Emden also took to Twitter with their complaints, with Van Emden likening the race to a kermesse. QuickStep team boss Patrick Lefevere responded to Van Emden, saying that the CPA [rider's union] should get to work, teams should refuse to pay fines, and that the UCI shouldn't have approved the final of stage 3. Race organiser Rob Discart responded to those concerns in an interview with Sporza , comparing the race route to those of the ...

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BinckBank Tour: Wellens wins stage 4

Tim Wellens (Lotto Soudal) snatched victory from Marc Hirschi (Team Sunweb) on stage 4 of the BinckB

Tim Wellens ( Lotto Soudal ) snatched victory from Marc Hirschi (Team Sunweb) on stage 4 of the BinckBank Tour. The experienced Lotto Soudal rider allowed Hirschi to lead out the sprint to the line in Houffalize with over 150m to go before coming through to take the win by a matter of inches. Fellow breakaway companion Laurens De Plus (Jumbo Visma) finished a distant third on the stage. The win marked Lotto Soudal’s first victory since the tragic death of Bjorg Lambrecht earlier in the month. Wellens now leads Hirschi by four seconds in the general classification after overnight leader Sam Bennett (Bora-hansgrohe) was dropped earlier in the stage. Ivan Garcia Cortina (Bahrain Merida) had been in the final break but was unable to match the leading three riders on the last set of climbs, with the Spaniard bringing home a small chase group at 23 seconds. The trio ...

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Watch: Oblivious pedestrian wheels bike in front of peloton at BinckBank Tour

Watch: Oblivious pedestrian wheels bike in front of peloton at BinckBank Tour

Joseph Delves 15 Aug 2019 Both riders and pedestrian lucky to avoid injury Wheeling your bike across a pedestrian crossing would normally be considered a safe way to cross the road. However, expecting the entire peloton of the BinckBank Tour to stop and wait for you is a bit much; but that’s exactly what happened during yesterday’s stage. Having been racing during the day, Trek-Segafredo ’s Edward Theuns later posted a video of the incident to his twitter. In it, a man pauses before wandering obliviously into the path of the oncoming riders. Getting about halfway across before he’s swamped by bikes, remarkably no one was hurt. Ok... hij liep op 't zebrapad... Maar voir de rest was er nils veilig aan. #BinckBankTour pic.twitter.com/0JfHseOTzf — Edward Theuns (@EdwardTheuns) August 15, 2019 See related The Arctic Race of Norway kicks off today, with an in-form Van der Poel hunting stage wins ...

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Pozzovivo: My career can't end like this

Domenico Pozzovivo (Bahrain Merida)

Domenico Pozzovivo ( Bahrain-Merida ) has been transferred from a hospital in Cosenza to Lugano on Wednesday. The Italian was hit by the driver of a car on Monday while training in Cosenza in southern Italy. He has undergone initial surgery to stabilize a lower leg fracture but will require additional surgery to correct a complex fracture in his left elbow. Pozzovivo initially believed that his cycling career was over but after being transferred to Lugano, near his home in Switzerland, he has taken a more positive view of his recovery. "I was so scared, but now I think my career can't end like this. You will see that I will succeed," said according to Italian media. Pozzovivo described being fully conscious after the wreck to La Gazzetta dello Sport and recalling how it happend. "Our eyes met a moment before the crash. I realized the impact was inevitable and ...

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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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Pavel Sivakov: Russia's new star

Pavel Sivakov on the final Tour de Pologne overall podium

By winning the recent Tour de Pologne , Pavel Sivakov notched up his third win this year – and the second stage race victory of his young pro career with Team Ineos. Sivakov has admitted that his results have far outweighed his expectations. "To be honest, I didn't expect to have such a good season this year. Once more, I've surprised myself by winning the Tour de Pologne," admitted Sivakov via the Team Ineos website. "Winning the Tour of the Alps was a really big thing for me, in front of guys like Vincenzo Nibali [Bahrain-Merida] and Rafal Majka [Bora-Hansgrohe]. "I would never have expected to have my own chance to ride for the GC in the Giro or to finish in the top 10," he added. The now 22-year-old is considered one of the biggest future talents of the sport after winning the Under 23 Giro d'Italia and other ...

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Your guide to notable 2019-2020 men’s WorldTour transfers

Supported by It’s transfer season in the world of professional cycling, and that means teams are announcing rider signings practically every day of the week. This year’s transfer cycle has already seen some very big names agree to don new kit for the coming season, and many more notables are expected to make their 2020 plans public … The post Your guide to notable 2019-2020 men’s WorldTour transfers appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Pozzovivo: They've ended my career

Domenico Pozzovivo (Bahrain Merida)

Domenico Pozzovivo fears that his professional racing career may be over after colliding with car while training in the south of Italy. The 36-year-old Bahrain-Merida rider suffered multiple fractures in his leg, upper and lower arms and collarbone, including compound fractures to the tibia bone in his lower right leg and the humerus bone in his upper right arm. He also has several suspected fractured ribs and a bruised lung. "He's taken a big hit," Bahrain-Merida doctor Emilio Magni told La Gazzetta dello Sport . "The first goal, considering that Domenico is 36, is to make a full recovery, then we'll think about him as an athlete." Pozzovivo underwent surgery late on Monday, with orthopedic surgeons stabilizing the lower leg fracture with an external rod system. The complex elbow fracture has been cleaned and set. Because Pozzovivo was hit from the front, he also needed several stitches in a facial ...

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Pozzovivo suffers multiple fractures after colliding with a car

Pozzovivo suffers multiple fractures after colliding with a car

Domenico Pozzovivo has been seriously injured after being knocked down by a car, his Bahrain-Merida team said on Monday.

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Pozzovivo suffers multiple fractures after vehicle collision

Pozzovivo suffers multiple fractures after vehicle collision

Domenico Pozzovivo has been seriously injured after being knocked down by a car, his Bahrain-Merida team said on Monday.

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Win a Bahrain-Merida jersey signed by Vincenzo Nibali

Win a Bahrain Merida Sportful jersey signed by Vincenzo Nibali

This month, two listeners of the Cyclingnews podcast have the opportunity to walk away with a brand new Bahrain-Merida jersey, signed by Vincenzo Nibali . For your chance to win, all you need to do is head over to our iTunes page and review the Cyclingnews podcast. In addition, the lovely team over at Sportful have provided our listeners with a 20% discount on all products at Sportful.com. Throughout August, all you need to do is head to their website and use the code: cyclingnews20. Long-time friends of the podcast, Sportful, have kindly supplied us with two of their Bodyfit Team jersey, which features an anatomic, yet comfortable fit, temperature regulating DryPro fabric, and reflective detailing throughout. Both have been signed by three-time Grand Tour winner, and the winner of the penultimate stage of this year’s Tour de France into Val Thorens, Vincenzo Nibali. The Cyclingnews podcast is a great ...

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BinckBank Tour: Sam Bennett wins stage 1 in Hulst

Sam Bennett (Bora-Hansgrohe) wins the first stage of BinckBank Tour

Sam Bennett (Bora-Hansgrohe) won the opening stage of the BinckBank Tour, taking the race lead in a wet sprint finish in Hulst. Edward Theuns (Trek-Segafredo) took second, while Mike Teunissen (Jumbo-Visma) finished third. Bahrain-Merida and Trek-Segafredo led the way in the closing kilometres, and in the closing metres Theuns looked set for victory after a strong lead-out. On the line, however, it was Bennett who jumped from behind a boxed-in Dylan Groenewegen (Jumbo-Visma), hitting the wind at just the right time to speed past and take his ninth win of the season. “I’m really happy,” said Bennett after the stage. “It’s my first win in this [national champion’s] jersey and I’m happy that it’s come sooner rather than later. I’m delighted. “It was pretty dangerous. I was just trying to keep up front. The guys did a good job keeping me there and I kept in a good position in ...

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Domenico Pozzovivo sustains broken arm, leg and ribs in training crash involving car

Domenico Pozzovivo (picture credit RCS Sport, LaPresse)

Bahrain-Merida rider was involved in collision at crossroads in Calabria and will mis Vuelta

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Domenico Possovivo sustains broken arm, leg and ribs in training crash involving car

Domenico Pozzovivo (picture credit RCS Sport, LaPresse)

Bahrain-Merida rider was involved in collision at crossroads in Calabria and will mis Vuelta

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Domenico Pozzovivo breaks arm and leg in training crash

Domenico Pozzovivo (Bahrain-Merida)

Domenico Pozzovivo ( Bahrain-Merida ) has suffered a broken arm and leg after being hit by a car while out on a training ride near Cosenza in southern Italy. Local news website Qui Cosenza reported that the 36-year-old was riding through the hamlet of Laurignano when he was hit by a Fiat Grande Punto at a crossroads. After being stabilised on the scene by paramedics, Pozzovivo was taken to a hospital in Cosenza. Pozzovivo remained conscious throughout, and is in a stable condition in intensive care awaiting surgery to multiple bone fractures, according to a statement released by his Bahrain-Merida team. The Italian was preparing for the upcoming Vuelta a España, where he was expected to be the Bahrain-Merida GC leader. Earlier this month, he took 12th overall at the Tour de Pologne, and back in May helped Vincenzo Nibali to second overall at the Giro d'Italia. In August 2014, ...

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Youth and experience to combine for Mitchelton-Scott at BinckBank Tour

Jack Bauer (Mitchelton-Scott)

Mitchelton-Scott will take a squad that contains a mixture of youth and experience to WorldTour stage race the BinckBank Tour , which gets under way in Beveren, Belgium, on Monday. Veteran riders Michael Albasini, Jack Bauer and Cameron Meyer will line up alongside neo-pros Edoardo Affini and Callum Scotson, and second-year pro Rob Stannard, while 26-year-old New Zealander Dion Smith splits the difference, age-wise, to complete the seven-man squad. Smith's compatriot Bauer knows the Belgo-Dutch race well, and appears to be putting his hand up for a leadership role for this year's BinckBank Tour by taking aim at the importance of the short 8.4km individual time trial that takes place around The Hague, in the Netherlands, on Saturday. "If you want to have a good overall, or be up there for any of the stages, you've got to be on your toes in this race," Bauer said on the team's ...

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