Meyer to lead Mitchelton-Scott's title defence at Hammer Stavanger

Mitchelton-Scott en route to victory in Hammer Stavanger

Mitchelton-Scott will begin their defence of their 2018 Hammer Series title in Stavanger, Norway, on Friday, hoping to repeat the victory they also took in the opening round of the unique racing format last year. Introduced in 2017, the Hammer Series sees WorldTour teams compete in each round across three very different styles of racing over three days, with the best team – rather than an individual rider – crowned the winner. In the Hammer Sprint, points are scored by riders for their teams on specific laps of a circuit, and again at the finish, with the same system used on a hillier circuit for the following day's Hammer Climb. A final team time trial called the Hammer Chase on the third day – pursuit-style, with teams trying to catch the higher-placed teams, who set off before them – decides the winners. Riders can also be 'substituted' between races, so ...

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Van Hooydonck signs contract extension with CCC Team

Nathan Van Hooydonck leads the breakaway

One of Greg Van Avermaet's most-trusted Classics lieutenants, Nathan Van Hooydonck , has signed a contract extension with CCC Team , keeping the Belgian with the team until at least the end of the 2021 season. The 23-year-old joined the WorldTour team's previous guise as BMC in May 2017, having graduated from the BMC Development Team programme, which he'd been part of since 2015. When BMC became CCC Team for the 2019 season, Van Hooydonck continued his association with the Jim Ochowicz-run outfit, and has now been rewarded for his hard work and consistency – particularly as part of Van Avermaet's spring Classics line-up. Although Van Avermaet was unable to replicate his successful season of two years ago, when he won Paris-Roubaix, the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, Gent-Wevelgem and the E3 Harelbeke, Van Hooydonck rode strongly in support of the Olympic road race champion at this year's Classics, helping his team ...

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Porte’s dreams of a Tour de France podium bolstered by Thomas’s win

Supported by This past Friday afternoon, Richie Porte (Trek-Segafredo) climbed his way to fourth on the queen stage of the Amgen Tour of California. While perhaps a little off what some expected of the Tasmanian, it was a solid result, and one that saw Porte ride to fifth overall by tour’s end. As Dane Cash reports, 2019 … The post Porte’s dreams of a Tour de France podium bolstered by Thomas’s win appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Porte: Nibali moving to Trek-Segafredo ‘would be great for me’

Supported by Richie Porte said he would welcome the addition of Vincenzo Nibali to the Trek-Segafredo squad next year, adding that it would not change his role as a Grand Tour contender. Nibali, whose three-year contract with Bahrain-Merida ends this year, is rumored to have agreed to a two-year contract with the American squad beginning in 2020. … The post Porte: Nibali moving to Trek-Segafredo ‘would be great for me’ appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Samuel Sanchez handed two-year back-dated ban for doping positive

Samuel Sanchez handed two-year back-dated ban for doping positive

Joe Robinson 14 May 2019 Rider's ban will come to an end in August 2019 after positive for growth hormone Former Olympic road race champion Samuel Sanchez has been given a back-dated two-year ban for a positive test returned in 2017. The Spaniard returned a positive test in August 2017 which saw him provisionally suspended by the UCI while they investigated the anti-doping violation. He was also fired immediately by his BMC Racing team. After 18 months of investigation, the UCI confirmed in a statement on Monday 13th May that Sanchez has been handed a back-dated two-year ban that would end on 16th August 2019. 'The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) confirms that Samuel Sanchez has been sanctioned with a period of ineligibility of two years, following an anti-doping rule violation (ADRV) committed on 9th August 2017 (i.e. presence and use of the prohibited substance GHRP-2 and its Metabolite GHRP-2 M2),' ...

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Tour of California: Van Garderen sails into yellow at Lake Tahoe

EF Education First's Tejay van Garderen took the yellow leader's jersey after stage 2 of the 2019 To

EF Education First 's Tejay van Garderen crossed the line at the end of stage 2 of the Amgen Tour of California in second place after a great ride on a long day with nearly 4,500 metres of climbing. It was a good result that he thought would leave him in a good position for the rest of the week. But his position was even better than expected when he realised he'd taken the race lead. "It came as a bit of a surprise," he said at the post-race press conference while seated next to stage winner Kasper Asgreen (Deceuninck-QuickStep), who received a 10-second time bonus for the stage victory. "I just would have assumed that Kasper would have taken the jersey on the back of his stage win. I didn't realise that he… I don't know," he said, and then addressed Asgreen. "What happened yesterday? So it was quite ...

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Ochowicz: CCC Team didn't have the head count for the Classics

Greg Van Avermaet and Jim Ochowicz address assembled media at the CCC Team press conference

CCC Team general manager Jim Ochowicz said his team will look to bolster its Classics roster for next year in order to better support star rider Greg Van Avermaet , who netted just two Classics podium finishes this year after having previously won Paris-Roubaix, Gent-Wevelgem, the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and the E3 Harelbeke. "We didn't have the head count to fight the battle with other teams that had a little more ammunition than us," Ochowicz told Cyclingnews on Sunday in Sacramento after the finish of stage 1 of the Tour of California . "A one-rider shot at the Classics is a little tough. You can see it with other teams, too, that have the same thing we've got to fight with. But we still get our piece of the cake every once in awhile, and our plan is to really build up a little bit more for 2020, and probably ...

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Van Garderen: EF will have an open approach in California

Tejay van Garderen rolls to the start

Tejay van Garderen is back in California with a new team and a heightened motivation to repeat his 2013 win at the Tour of California after finishing second to Egan Bernal (Team Ineos) last year. In the offseason, van Garderen moved from the now-defunct BMC Racing Team after seven years to Jonathan Vaughters’ EF Education First squad, an outfit he described a “truly American”. He said that he’s been fitting in well. “It’s been a lot of fun,” van Garderen said of his new team at the pre-race press conference Friday in Sacramento. “It’s a great group of guys, and I think I’ve integrated really well with EF Education First. We have the coolest-looking kit in the bunch. It’s been a great transition. They’ve been super motivating, super supportive and I’m really enjoying my time with them.” Van Garderen, 30, has raced the Tour of California just once since his ...

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Van Garderen and Uran to lead EF Education First at Tour of California

Tejay van Garderen (EF Education First) in the breakaway

Rigoberto Urán and Tejay van Garderen will lead EF Education First at the 2019 Tour of California , which starts this weekend, with support coming from the likes of Taylor Phinney, Lachlan Morton and recent signing Sergio Higuita. The American WorldTour team can also expect to enjoy strong support from roadside fans at what is the only men's WorldTour event in the US, with the race also attracting some of the sport's biggest names, including former winners Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) and George Bennett (Jumbo-Visma), two-time runner-up Rohan Dennis (Bahrain-Merida), sprinter Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data) and Trek-Segafredo's Richie Porte. Van Garderen – who joined EF Education First this season from BMC – won the event in 2013 and finished second overall last season, and is looking forward to racing on home roads again. "It's not often that you get such a competitive field of world-class cyclists without having to travel overseas," ...

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Sarto Lampo Plus frameset review

Sarto is an Italian frame manufacturer with a massive 60 years of experience, but it wasn’t until 2010 that the company started putting its own name on its frames. This was well after Sarto had made the transition from working with steel to carbon composites, however the company has retained its traditional approach to the … The post Sarto Lampo Plus frameset review appeared first on CyclingTips .

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The weekly spin: Rating the winners and losers of the 2019 spring classics

It was late in the race, and Julian Alaphilippe, the most successful rider of the spring classics, knew he would not be defending his team’s title at Liège-Bastogne-Liège. Though his Deceuninck–Quick-Step teammates had spent the day keeping him sheltered from the wind and setting pace at the front of the peloton, the inclement weather had adversely … The post The weekly spin: Rating the winners and losers of the 2019 spring classics appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Sivakov confirms next generation pedigree with Tour of the Alps victory

Pavel Sivakov (Team Sky)

Pavel Sivakov always seemed destined for great things after winning so much and so well as an under-23 rider but he confirmed he can win as a professional at the Tour of the Alps . In doing so, he added his name alongside Mathieu van der Poel, Wout Van Aert, Egan Bernal, Bjorn Lambrecht and Tadej Pogacar in the list of next generation riders seemingly destined to dominate racing in the next decade. Sivakov stands out because of his height, his similarities to Chris Froome and his pedigree, and also because he is already successful even though he is still only 21 years old. He is three years younger than van der Poel and six months younger than Bernal. Only Ivan Sosa is a few months younger on the Team Sky roster. Sivakov is destined to go down in Team Sky's record book as their last stage race winner and ...

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Rick Vosper: OK, so we have 7,000 bike shops. Now what?

In BRAIN ’s April 1 issue, BPSA executive director Ray Keener wrote a pair of pieces, Just how many bike shops are there, anyway? and Is the number of shops shrinking? Both articles are based on conversations with industry consultant and self-described “data wizard” Christopher Georger and his company, Georger Data Services (GDS). GDS maintains a database of more than 7,000 U.S. bicycle retailers based on bike brands’ dealer lists. As it happens, I interviewed Georger around the same time as Keener had spoken to him, but my queries led in a different direction. I am less concerned with the total number of bike shops than I am with 1) what those seven thousand bike shops mean for the industry, 2) whose bikes are in those shops, and, ultimately, 3) what it means to be a shop in the Bike 3.0 era. All your base are belong to Tier One ...

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Tour of Utah announces 14 of 17 teams for 2019 race

Sepp Kuss wins the final stage and overall at the Tour of Utah

Organizers for the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah have released 14 of the 17 teams that will compete in the 2.HC race in August, with the Jumbo-Visma team of defending champion Sepp Kuss notably absent from the list. American-based WorldTour teams EF Education First and Trek-Segafredo represent cycling's top level, with the rest of the field comprised of six Pro Continental teams and six Continental outfits. Five WorldTour teams competed in the 14th edition of the race last year, including EF, Trek and Jumbo, along with BMC Racing and Mitchelton-Scott. Pro Continental teams Manzana Postobon from Colombia and Neri Sottoli-Selle Italia-KTM from Italy will compete in the race for the first time, while Hagens Berman Axeon, Israel Cycling Academy, Nippo-Vini Fantini-Faizanè and Rally UHC Cycling will be making return appearances. The Continental ranks are represented by five US teams and Team Bridgelane from Australia. The US teams include the ...

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Designed for speed: Going fast, changeable spring rides and the best new men’s kit for 2019

Mark Cohen Tuesday, April 23, 2019 - 11:28 Stay warm when it's cold and cool when it's warm with this look at some of the latest kit for speedy spring riding Most spring rides aren’t done until the dirt, grit and grime are completely washed off. Until cold numb toes and fingers are sat inside sipping warm coffee and index fingers are properly able to scroll through Strava . It’s the punctuation mark put on a ride - akin to binning the banana peel out your jersey pocket before doing the wash - when you get home and stand exhausted under hot running water, feet still frozen. That’s when you’re done. With so many spring miles ending that way, it’s no coincidence there’s tons of kit focused on mitigating the variability of cycling through unpredictable weather. Let’s sift through some of the best of this year’s cohort, specifically with aerodynamics ...

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16 of 2019’s hottest disc brake-equipped race bikes

14 of 2018 & 2019’s hottest disc brake-equipped race bikes Sept 2018

Starring Trek, Giant, Cannondale, Bianchi, Scott, Pinarello, Merida, BMC and more

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Specialized launch new Roubaix

The Specialized Roubaix S-Works Shimano Dura-Ace Di2

Specialized have launch a new Roubaix frameset system, featuring suspension at the front and rear of the bike through Future Shock 2.0 and the all-new, flexible S-Works Pavé seat post. The American brand say the new frameset is more aerodynamic than the Specialized Tarmac SL6, lighter than the latest Specialized Venge and is "the most technically advanced machine" the company has ever made. Eleven different framesets or full-build options are available from stores as of today, including a new Sagan Collection range. The original Specialized Roubaix was launched 15 years ago as a race-level endurance frameset and adopted the brand's strapline of 'smoother is faster' when Specialized first offered full suspension mountain bikes. Since the original Specialized Roubaix was launched, the frameset has been ridden to victory six times in Paris-Roubaix, more than any other brand, and will be used by all riders from Deceuninck-QuickStep and Bora-hansgrohe at Paris-Roubaix this ...

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Ronde sees Bettiol finally shake off weight of expectation

Ronde sees Bettiol finally shake off weight of expectation

Daniel Ostanek 8 Apr 2019 Tour of Flanders win caps happy homecoming to EF Education after ill-fated spell at BMC Racing Well, it was a long shot. Standing in Oudenaarde’s main square watching Alberto Bettiol’s solo ride to the finish on the big screen, I kept shaking my head in disbelief. Is he really holding off the likes of Sagan, Van Avermaet and Kristoff – a 16-strong group – to win this race? He did it, and it wasn’t even close at the line. What was, 15km ago, a 30-second lead had only been reduced to 14 at the finish, and the nervous tension in the air had dissipated to joy. The EF Education First bus was metres away, and was engulfed by the crowds as quickly as the celebratory beers came out. At the finish, EF soigneurs were crying tears of joy, while Bettiol himself could scarcely believe what ...

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Concussion, fractured vertebra for Drucker in Dwars door Vlaanderen crash

Bora-Hansgrohe's Jempy Drucker

Jempy Drucker ( Bora-Hansgrohe ) suffered a concussion and a fractured vertebra in his neck when he crashed in the final corner of Dwars door Vlaanderen on Wednesday, according to his team. Drucker was taken by ambulance to a local hospital, where doctors diagnosed the injuries. "The fracture looks stable and we hope no operation is needed, but he will be out for many weeks," Bora-Hansgrohe posted on their official Twitter account. Drucker, 32, joined Bora-Hansgrohe this season on a two-year deal after spending four years with the now-defunct BMC Racing Team. The veteran rider from Luxembourg was brought on board to strengthen the team's Classics roster and has already put in 25 race days this year, starting in Spain with the Mallorca Challenge and the Vuelta a Murcia, then moving to Portugal for the Volta ao Algarve. Drucker started the Classics on 'Opening Weekend' with Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, where ...

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SRAM Force eTap wireless electronic groupset arrives at last

Almost since the release of Red eTap in 2015, fans of SRAM’s innovative wireless electronic road groupset have been clamoring for a less-expensive Force edition. That day has finally come. As we expected, Force eTap AXS is virtually identical to Red eTap AXS in terms of function, with the same 12-speed gearing format, downsized chainrings, … The post SRAM Force eTap wireless electronic groupset arrives at last appeared first on CyclingTips .

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