Steve Cummings looking for a new team as Dimension Data rebrand to NTT

Steve Cummings looking for a new team as Dimension Data rebrand to NTT

Joe Robinson 12 Nov 2019 The veteran rider is yet to confirm his future as Dimension Data changes to NTT for 2020 The future of Steve Cummings's professional cycling career is unknown after NTT Pro Cycling confirmed their roster for 2020, with the British rider's name absent from the list. South African team Dimension Data will rebrand to NTT Pro Cycling from 1st January, with the Japanese telecommunications company coming on board as primary sponsor. The team confirmed their roster for next season with the noticeable exception of Cummings and veteran Austrian rider Bernie Eisel. Eisel is likely to follow fellow Dimension Data departee Mark Cavendish to Bahrain-Merida , with the duo having ridden together for most of their careers. Cummings, however, has yet to confirm his future. Now 38 years old, the Liverpudlian struggled with injury in 2019. In April, Cummings suffered a broken collarbone at the Tour of ...

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First Saudi Tour confirmed for 2020

First Saudi Tour confirmed for 2020

Joe Robinson 29 Oct 2019 New race certain to raise further sportswashing questions Saudi Arabia will host its first major cycling event in 2020 as Tour de France organiser ASO announced a new five-day stage race for next season. The oil-rich Middle Eastern state will host the 2.1 category race between 4th and 8th February with the race set to take place around the capital, Riyadh, and its surrounding desert hills. Announcing the race, CEO of ASO Yann Le Moenner claimed this new race would further develop the growing racing scene in the Middle East. 'We are involved in the emergence of a new racing scene in the Middle East, which corresponds to the riders’ demands at the beginning of the year. The creation of the Saudi Tour and its sustainable installation in the calendar is part of this movement,' said Le Moenner. 'This new race both represents an exciting ...

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Young Brit Matt Holmes makes jump to WorldTour with Lotto-Soudal

Young Brit Matt Holmes makes jump to WorldTour with Lotto-Soudal

Joe Robinson 28 Oct 2019 Moving from Madison Genesis, Holmes has earned the right to ride in cycling's highest tier Young British rider Matt Holmes has earned the right to race in the WorldTour after signing with Lotto-Soudal . The 25-year-old will join the Belgian team on a one-year deal after impressing at Continental level with Madison Genesis. Holmes finished sixth overall at the Tour de Yorkshire and 15th overall at the Tour of Britain . The Lancastrian also claimed fourth at the Tokyo Olympics test event in July, finishing 2 minutes 29 seconds behind winner Diego Ulissi, a result that convinced Lotto-Soudal we was a good enough rider to make the step up. 'After Tokyo, Lotto-Soudal contacted me. I thought I was dreaming until I could finally sign my contract yesterday. It will be a big step from racing in Britain to racing all over the world but I ...

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Cavendish joins Bahrain Merida

Cavendish joins Bahrain Merida

Next year, sprinter Mark Cavendish will race for Bahrain Merida, a joint venture between the kingdom of Bahrain and the McLaren Group of which the F1 team is a part.

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Cavendish joins Bahrain Merida team for 2020 season

Cavendish joins Bahrain Merida team for 2020 season

In 2020, sprinter Mark Cavendish will race for Bahrain Merida, a joint venture between the kingdom of Bahrain and the McLaren Group of which the F1 team is a part.

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Mark Cavendish joins Bahrain-Merida

Mark Cavendish joins Bahrain-Merida

Joe Robinson 25 Oct 2019 Rod Ellingworth and McLaren draw Cavendish on a one-year deal Mark Cavendish will ride for Bahrain-Merida in 2020 it has been confirmed. The sprinter will join on a one-year deal hoping to kickstart his career after a spate of injury and illness. The Middle Eastern team confirmed the signing of Cavendish on Friday afternoon, however it had been long rumoured that the 34-year-old would be making the switch. British motoring company McLaren will be a key sponsor for Bahrain-Merida in 2020 and the brand has previously worked closely with Cavendish, most notably on the development of the Specialized S-Works Venge bike. This close relationship was also boosted by the fact Rod Ellingworth will be the team's manager for next season. Ellingworth has long worked with Cavendish in the past in both the national team and at Team Sky, a relationship that helped Cavendish make up ...

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Nairo Quintana's Arkea-Samsic miss out on 2020 WorldTour as Cofidis move up

Nairo Quintana's Arkea-Samsic miss out on 2020 WorldTour as Cofidis move up

Joe Robinson 24 Oct 2019 Cofidis only new team in WorldTour for 2020 as Dimension Data retain their spot Nairo Quintana 's new team Arkea-Samsic have missed out on a WorldTour licence for 2020 as Cofidis return to cycling's top flight for the first time since 2009. The UCI published the list of teams that have met the requirements to be part of the WorldTour and have therefore been offered a licence for the 2020 season. It was believed that the UCI would be upping the number of teams in the WorldTour for 2020 from 18 to 20 with Arkea-Samsic, Direct Energie, Israel Cycling Academy and Cofidis all competing for those two new spots. As it stands, only Cofidis and Israel Cycling Academy will be moving from ProContinental level to WorldTour for next season. French team Cofidis have been awarded the licence providing they meet the 'administrative, ethical, financial, organisational ...

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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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Out of contract 8: The best riders without a team for 2020

Joe Robinson 9 Oct 2019 If this team raced a Grand Tour, they would be leaving with plenty of stage wins and maybe the overall title The 2019 is all but finished, this Saturday's Il Lombardia being the last race of any significance, and there are still a whole host of world-class cyclists without a contract for next season. As things stand, Rohan Dennis, Sam Bennett, Esteban Chaves and Mark Cavendish are among the raft of talent yet to confirm their futures for 2020. Normally by now, all of your top-shelf talent would have announced their teams for the coming season but this year, things seem a little different. This could be down to the bizarre situation in which many of the best riders in the world have also found themselves on the move this winter already . Tom Dumoulin, Nairo Quintana, Philippe Gilbert, Richard Carapaz to name but a ...

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Ellingworth targets Grand Tour success at Bahrain-Merida – with McLaren’s help

Rod Ellingworth (picture copyright Russell Ellis russellis.co_.uk via SWpix.com)

Former British Cycling and Team Sky coach has officially started team principal role

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Greipel leaves Arkea, Cavendish linked to Bahrain-Merida

Former teammates and longtime sprint rivals André Greipel and Mark Cavendish are heading in new directions for the upcoming seasons Read the full article at Greipel leaves Arkea, Cavendish linked to Bahrain-Merida on VeloNews.com .

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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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Bahrain-Merida announce termination of Dennis' contract

Bahrain-Merida announce termination of Dennis' contract

The turmoil surrounding Rohan Dennis' departure during Stage 12 of the Tour de France has seen a new wrinkle added, the termination of the two-time time trial world champion's contract by Bahrain-Merida.

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Bahrain-Merida terminates contract with Rohan Dennis

Bahrain-Merida terminates contract with Rohan Dennis

Joe Robinson 30 Sep 2019 Austrlian parts way with team following season of sponsor controversy Bahrain-Merida have terminated their contract with elite men's time trial World Championships Rohan Dennis with immediate effect. In a short press release, the team confirmed the two-deal had been brought to an end and that the decision had been made prior to last week's World Championships in Yorkshire . 'The team terminated its contract with Mr Dennis on 13th September 2019. This termination has not previously been made public to allow Mr Dennis an undisturbed preparation for the UCI 2019 Road World Championships,' read the statment. 'Mr Dennis has referred the termination to the UCI Arbitral Board. Against this background, no further comment will be made at this time.' The dispute between the two parties began during the Tour de France when Dennis abandoned the race on Stage 12 without a publicly stated reason. It ...

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Bahrain-Merida terminate contract with Rohan Dennis

Bahrain-Merida terminate contract with Rohan Dennis

Joe Robinson 30 Sep 2019 Australian parts ways with team following season of sponsor controversy Bahrain-Merida have terminated their contract with elite men's time trial World Championships Rohan Dennis with immediate effect. In a short press release, the team confirmed the two-deal had been brought to an end and that the decision had been made prior to last week's World Championships in Yorkshire . 'The team terminated its contract with Mr Dennis on 13th September 2019. This termination has not previously been made public to allow Mr Dennis an undisturbed preparation for the UCI 2019 Road World Championships,' read the statment. 'Mr Dennis has referred the termination to the UCI Arbitral Board. Against this background, no further comment will be made at this time.' The dispute between the two parties began during the Tour de France when Dennis abandoned the race on Stage 12 without a publicly stated reason. It ...

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Bahrain-Merida terminates Rohan Dennis’s contract

Supported by Bahrain-Merida has terminated the contract of world time trial champion Rohan Dennis. The team announced on Sunday that it had cut ties with Dennis just over two weeks ago on September 13, waiting to make the news public “to allow Mr Dennis an undisturbed preparation for the UCI 2019 Road World Championships.” Dennis secured his … The post Bahrain-Merida terminates Rohan Dennis’s contract appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Bahrain-Merida terminates contract with Dennis

A contract dispute is heading to UCI arbitration, but Bahrain-Merida says it's fired new world time trial champion Rohan Dennis Read the full article at Bahrain-Merida terminates contract with Dennis on VeloNews.com .

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Dennis calls World Championships time trial defence 'biggest win' of career

Dennis calls World Championships time trial defence 'biggest win' of career

Joe Robinson 25 Sep 2019 Australian dominates field to defend title after difficult season off of the bike Rohan Dennis labelled his time trial World Championships defence as the ' biggest win of my career' after a difficult season on and off the bike. The Australian beat 19-year-old Remco Evenepoel by 1 minute 9 seconds across the 54km course in Harrogate in his first competitive race since mysteriously abandoning the Tour de France in July. It was rumoured Dennis fell into dispute with his Bahrain-Merida team over the use of their bikes and kit, which forced the Australian to leave the Tour. Dennis only returned to racing today riding an unmarked BMC bike and Kask helmet. Crossing the line, Dennis celebrated by pointing towards his head, something he later explained was in reference to the mental battle he has faced since abandoning the Tour early this season. ' This is ...

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Rohan Dennis untouchable in individual time trial win at the World Championships

Rohan Dennis untouchable in individual time trial win at the World Championships

Joseph Delves 25 Sep 2019 Despite Primoz Roglic ruining his finish line photo, Rohan Dennis was still able to celebrate an emphatic win Rohan Dennis won the men’s elite time trial at the 2019 World Championships in Yorkshire in dominant fashion. The Australian rider beat youngsters Remco Evenepoel (Belgium) and Filippo Ganna (Italiy) on a largely rain-free afternoon. Covering a lengthy 54 kilometres from Northallerton to Harrogate, Dennis got around in 1:05:05, one minute and nine seconds ahead of his nearest rival. Thankfully the terrible weather that had beset previous events was mostly absent. Setting off last, Dennis never looked in trouble, having been up at every split around the course. Riding a blacked-out BMC bike after falling out with his current Bahrain–Merida team, the result represents an emphatic return to form and a second consecutive title for the 29-year-old racer. With Geraint Thomas, Chris Froome and Tom Dumoulin all ...

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Who to watch at the World Champs Men’s Elite Time Trial

Who to watch at the World Champs Men’s Elite Time Trial

Joseph Delves 25 Sep 2019 The contenders and home favourites at today’s race against the clock Following Chloe Dygert’s dominant ride in yesterday’s women’s race , today the elite men will get their chance against the clock. With conditions looking likely to be less diluvian, which riders are in the frame for the rainbow jersey? With the forecast prophesying rain, but the wind predicted to be low, the elite men should have an easier time of it than the under-23 men and elite women who rode yesterday. With the first rider off at 13:20BST, the somewhat lumpy 54 kilometre course from Northallerton to Harrogate should take them around an hour to complete. Due to Geraint Thomas, Chris Froome and Tom Dumoulin all being absent, the race might be a chance for a less established name to take the title. Yet with bookies divided as to who’s most likely to triumph, ...

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