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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Poels and Halvorsen move on from Ineos

Poels and Halvorsen move on from Ineos

The reshaping of Team Ineos continues with longtime high mountains wingman Wout Poels transferring to Bahrain-Merida as it bolsters its forces for 2020.

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Wout Poels’s exit reveals continuing shakeup at Team Ineos

Wout Poels's departure to Bahrain-Merida for 2020 reveal a deeper reshuffling at cycling’s richest team. Read the full article at Wout Poels’s exit reveals continuing shakeup at Team Ineos on VeloNews.com .

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Wou Poels’s exit reveals continuing shakeup at Team Ineos

Wout Poels's departure to Bahrain-Merida for 2020 reveal a deeper reshuffling at cycling’s richest team. Read the full article at Wou Poels’s exit reveals continuing shakeup at Team Ineos on VeloNews.com .

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Team Ineos have lost the services of a key mountain domestique

Team Ineos have lost the services of a key mountain domestique

Joe Robinson 18 Sep 2019 Wout Poels will join Bahrian-Merida to rejoin forces with Rod Ellingworth in 2020 Team Ineos will lose one of their key Grand Tour domestiques as Wout Poels moves to Bahrain-Merida for 2020. It was expected that the Dutchman would move from the British WorldTour team at the end of the season in a bid to pursue his own Grand Tour ambitions in a two-year deal with the team. Talking to Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf , Poels confirmed his move to Bahrain-Merida citing former Team Ineos coach Rod Ellingworth as key in his decision, with the duo having worked together since 2015. Ellingworth announced earlier this season that he would be leaving Ineos for Bahrain to take on the role of team principal. Poels told De Telegraaf that Ellingworth 'is also the person who convinced me to ride for this team. I look forward to this ...

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Bernal, Nibali and Kwiatkowski all set to skip World Championships due to poor form

Bernal, Nibali and Kwiatkowski all set to skip World Championships due to poor form

Joe Robinson 17 Sep 2019 Trio decide against racing Yorkshire Worlds after gruelling seasons and lack of form Tour de France champion Egan Bernal, Team Ineos teammate Michal Kwiatkowski and multiple Monument champion Vincenzo Nibali have all decided to skip the World Championships in Yorkshire next weekend. All three have decided against the gruelling 285km course finishing in Harrogate citing tough seasons and an inability to ride at their best as the reason for their absences. Bernal had been named on Monday by the Colombian National Federation as part of the eight-man roster for the road race, however the governing body was then forced into an embarrassing position less than a day later, confirming he would actually miss the race with Movistar 's Carlos Betancur taking his spot. 'Bernal had been included by coach Carlos Mario Jaramillo among the eight riders selected along with Nairo Quintana , Fernando Gaviria, Alvaro ...

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Dennis calls Tour de France mystery exit as 'toughest period' of his career

Dennis calls Tour de France mystery exit as 'toughest period' of his career

Joe Robinson 11 Sep 2019 Australian hoping to defend time trial World title in Yorkshire despite lack of racing Rohan Dennis has spoken for the first time since his mysterious exit from the Tour de France this summer calling it the 'toughest period' of his career. The Australian abandoned the Tour on Stage 12 to Bagneres-de-Bigorre mid-stage without a clear reason 80km into the stage. The time trial World Champion then travelled back to the race finish in a team car before leaving the race that evening without confirming why he had abandoned. Rumours immediately circulated that the time trial specialist left the race due to an ongoing dispute with his Bahrain-Merida team regarding the bike, wheels and kit he was set to use on Stage 13's individual TT in Pau. However, talking to Australian newspaper The Advertiser , Dennis spoke of how incorrect speculation around his abandonment saw him ...

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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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