The make-pretend races of Etten-Leur

I wonder what one of the Tour de France’s founders and cycling’s greatest writers, Henri Desgrange, would think about the make-pretend time-trial and criterium, hosting the top riders in the world, held in the small Dutch town of Etten-Leur in the weeks after the Tour de France. Would Desgrange channel Emile Zola, his working-class hero … The post The make-pretend races of Etten-Leur appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Gilbert will join Lotto-Soudal on a three-year deal

Supported by Reigning Paris-Roubaix champion Philippe Gilbert will head to Lotto-Soudal next season after spending the last three years with the Deceuninck-Quick-Step organization. Gilbert will join Lotto-Soudal on a three-year deal. As the 37-year-old Belgian confirmed via his new team’s signing announcement, the length of the contract was a major factor in drawing Gilbert to Lotto-Soudal, a … The post Gilbert will join Lotto-Soudal on a three-year deal appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Philippe Gilbert joins Lotto Soudal on three-year contract

Philippe Gilbert (Deceuninck-QuickStep) during the first stage of BinckBank Tour

Philippe Gilbert will leave Deceuninck-QuickStep at the end of this season to join Lotto Soudal , where he has signed a three-year contract. The 37-year-old Gilbert previously spent three seasons at Lotto between 2009 and 2011. Winner of Paris-Roubaix in April, Gilbert was left out of the Deceuninck-QuickStep team for the Tour de France and had been linked with a move to Lotto Soudal in recent weeks after it was reported in the Belgian press that he had not been offered a multi-year contract extension by Deceuninck-QuickStep. "I still wanted to race, without any doubt. When I learned that I could prolong at my current team for only one year, it was clear to me that I wanted to change," Gilbert said in a statement released by his new team on Monday. "The clearest interest and project was the one of Lotto Soudal. Of course, I know the team, a ...

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Philippe Gilbert to leave Deceuninck–QuickStep for Lotto-Soudal

Philippe Gilbert to leave Deceuninck–QuickStep for Lotto-Soudal

Joseph Delves 19 Aug 2019 Classics star returns to his former home at the rival Belgian outfit Philippe Gilbert has signed a three-year deal with Lotto-Soudal . Seeing the 37-year-old Classics racer and former World Champion swap one Belgian team for another, the move is a return to the squad for which he rode during the 2009-2011 seasons. Having joined the all-conquering Quick-Step team in 2017 following four years at BMC, his debut season racing for Patrick Lefevere saw Gilbert win both the Tour of Flanders and Amstel Gold. However, even having won this year’s Paris-Roubaix , the strength of the current team meant Gilbert has often had to fight it out with the rest of his squad for supremacy. Despite his advancing years, he’ll likely have a more protected role at Lotto-Soudal. The move forms part of a restocking exercise by the Belgian team which has recently seen promising ...

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Tour of Utah: Hermans discusses Danielson's 2014 win

Ben Hermans (Israel Cycling Academy) puts on the yellow leader's jersey after winning stage 2 of the

Ben Hermans ' winning ride Wednesday to the top of Powder Mountain on stage 2 of the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah was not the first time the Israel Cycling Academy raced up the climb outside of Ogden, Utah. In 2014, Hermans finished second to Tom Danielson, who was riding for Garmin-Sharp at the time, crossing the line next to Chris Horner 57 seconds behind the winner. Danielson went on the win the overall race for the second time in 2014, finishing 52 seconds ahead of Horner (Lampre-Merida) and 1:43 ahead of Horner’s teammate Winner Anacona. Hermans, Who was riding for BMC Racing at the time, was fourth overall at 1:46. When Danielson returned to Utah to defend his title in 2015, however, he announced on the eve of the race that he had tested positive for a exogenous testosterone. It was Danielson’s second violation after he admitted to ...

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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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Reijnen renews with Trek-Segafredo

Kiejl Reijnen in the Trek-Segafredo line up

US rider Kiel Reijnen has re-signed with Trek-Segafredo , the team has announced, keeping him with the American-registered WorldTour team until at least the end of 2021. Reijnen joined Trek-Segafredo in 2016 from US Pro Continental team UnitedHealthcare, and has since been a regular at the world's biggest races, riding two Vueltas a Espana and continuing to take part in major one-day races, including the Tour of Flanders and Milan-San Remo. Four of his five pro victories came while he was still at UnitedHealthcare, and all were at US races: the Philadelphia Cycling Classic, a stage of the Tour of Utah and two stages of the USA Pro Challenge. The fact that only one victory has come since joining Trek-Segafredo – another stage of the Tour of Utah, in 2016 – is testament to the hard work the 33-year-old from Bainbridge Island, Washington, performs for his teammates. "I'm super happy ...

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CT Recommends: Cycling rain jackets that work

Supported by Whether you’re a fair-weather rider or the no-day-off type, a rain jacket is sure to come in handy at some point. Personally, I’m very much in the former camp, and if I’m riding in the rain, it’s either because I grossly misjudged the weather or I’m forced to ride at a bike launch. Yeah, I’m … The post CT Recommends: Cycling rain jackets that work appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Tour of Utah: Everything to play for on Powder Mountain

Tom Danielson (Garmin-Sharp) wins solo atop Powder Mountain

For most of its 15 years, especially since 2012, two years after the race gained UCI status, the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah has relied on the penultimate stage to Snowbird Resort for its "queen" stage to help decide the overall winner. When you add Powder Mountain to the stage mix, however, things change quickly. Organisers this year nixed the traditional queen stage to Snowbird and instead are starting the race there with a prologue time trial, once again ceding what will likely be the most important general classification stage to the mountain-top ski area about 85km north of Salt Lake City. Since 2010, the Powder Mountain climb has featured in the race just once, in 2014 when Tom Danielson, racing for Garmin-Sharp, won the stage by 57 seconds over BMC Racing's Ben Hermans and Lampre-Merida's Chris Horner. Danielson went on to win the overall by nearly the same ...

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Gerts fired by Tarteletto-Isorex and considering legal action

Floris Gerts (BMC)

Former BMC Racing rider Floris Gerts has been fired from the Tarteletto-Isorex team and is currently looking at mounting a legal challenge, according to a report on the Dutch website Wielerflits . Gerts, who won the Volta Limburg Classic as a neo-pro with BMC in 2016, joined the Belgian Continental team this year after a season at Pro Continental level with Roompot. Things quickly turned sour, with arguments over equipment, but the trigger for the dismissal came at the recent Tour de Wallonnie, where Gerts allegedly threatened a member of staff via a text message. "They were big words. I have not experienced something like that in 16 years," team manager Peter Bauwens told Wielerflits. "We were so decent to let him finish the Tour de Wallonie. In our decision to fire him, we didn't rush in, but all the team directors indicated that they no longer wanted to work ...

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Tech trends of 2020: Rome’s Rants and Raves

The past few months have seemed busier than usual as far as new product goes. Sure, the Tour de France is always busy, but the burst-dam of newly released bikes across road, gravel and cross-country has been hard for anyone to keep up with. In a bigger-picture sense, it’s clear that the industry takes steps … The post Tech trends of 2020: Rome’s Rants and Raves appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Lambrecht eyes Vuelta a Espana and strong GC ride at Tour de Pologne

Bjorg Lambrecht (Lotto Soudal) was part of the breakaway at the opening stage of Criterium du Dauphi

Bjorg Lambrecht ( Lotto Soudal ) may only be 22, and in only his second year in the WorldTour, but if he's somewhere in the running for the overall of the Tour de Pologne by the end of this week, don't be too surprised. The similarities between Pologne's short, punchy, wooded climbs and those of the Ardennes are often commented on, and the young Belgian has already put in a hugely promising series of rides in Belgium's hilly Classics this spring. Fifth at the Brabantse Pijl, sixth at Amstel Gold and fourth at Flèche Wallonne this April, as well as being a former under-23 Liège-Bastogne-Liège winner, Lambrecht's climbing talents may well come to the fore on Tuesday's ultra-steep, unprecedented ascent of Kocierz in Poland. And after that, who knows? "I had a good first stage, and I hope I can keep that going today [Sunday] and tomorrow," Lambrecht told Cyclingnews ...

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Trentin signs for CCC Team

Matteo Trentin (Mitchelton-Scott) wins stage 17 Tour de France

Matteo Trentin will ride for CCC Team next year, joining the former BMC Racing set-up after two seasons with Mitchelton-Scott. Cycling’s transfer window officially opened on August 1 and Trentin is the first major move at men’s WorldTour level. He also represents the first major signing for Jim Ochowicz’s team since BMC ended its sponsorship and Polish company CCC stepped in to save the team. They lost half their roster in the process and have relied heavily on Greg Van Avermaet in 2019, but the considerable funds available from CCC owner Dariusz Milek always meant they would be able to strengthen ahead of 2020. Having been linked with a number of riders this summer, Trentin, who recently won a stage of the Tour de France , is the first to sign. The 30-year-old will provide support, both physically and tactically, to Van Avermaet in the Classics, while also using his ...

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Katusha and Arkea Samsic to merge for 2020, reports suggest

Katusha and Arkea Samsic to merge for 2020, reports suggest

Joe Robinson 31 Jul 2019 Katusha owner Igor Makarov is believed to have reached a deal to merge with the French ProContinental team WorldTour team Katusha-Alpecin 's and ProContinental setup Arkea-Samsic are set to merge for 2020, reports have suggested. It has been reported by Dutch website Wielerflits that the current owner of Katusha-Alpecin, Igor Makarov, has reached a deal with the French second division team combine the two teams for next season with the Russian retaining ownership of the WorldTour license. Makarov is said to have been in talks with various teams regarding over a potential merger before agreeing a deal with Arkea-Samsic. Sources suggest that the team would consist of 11 riders still under contract from each of the existing teams. The squad would then be completed with the signatures Arkea-Samsic already have in place for 2020 including Nairo Quintana and Nacer Bouhanni. It is also believed that ...

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Arkea Samsic deny Katusha-Alpecin merger for 2020

Arkea Samsic deny Katusha-Alpecin merger for 2020

Joe Robinson 31 Jul 2019 Katusha owner Igor Makarov was believed to have reached a deal to merge with the French ProContinental team ProContinental setup Arkea-Samsic have denied rumours they wil merge with WorldTour team Katusha-Alpecin for 2020. It was reported by Dutch website Wielerflits that the current owner of Katusha-Alpecin, Igor Makarov, had reached a deal with the French second division team to combine the two teams for next season with the Russian retaining ownership of the WorldTour licence. However, these rumours have since been denied by Arkea-Samsic team director Emmanual Hubert. Talking to French newspaper Le Telegram , Hubert said 'Like other teams considering WorldTour, we were surveyed by the Katusha team. But we did not respond to this proposal,' 'It’s out of the question for the Arkéa-Samsic team to make an alliance with Katusha.' The original rumours suggested Makarov had been in talks with various teams regarding ...

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Jim Ochowicz: I'd have no problem working with Rohan Dennis again

Rohan Dennis (Bahrain-Merida) waits for the start of stage 10 at the Tour de France

The future of Rohan Dennis and Bahrain-Merida could take a dramatic twist in the coming days, with speculation that the team has offered the Australian the chance to buy out his contract and leave when the UCI transfer window opens for a brief period between August 1-15. Dennis' agent has dismissed the idea that Bahrain-Merida have put forward the option of Dennis buying out his own contract with almost 18 months of it still to run, but Cyclingnews has learned from one party close to the team that following Dennis' shock departure from the Tour de France that the option is now on the table. At the same time, CCC Team manager Jim Ochowicz, who managed Dennis for several years at BMC Racing, has told Cyclingnews that he would have "no problem working with him" in the future. Ochowicz has a history of signing Dennis via mid-season moves, having brought ...

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Photo gallery: Team bikes of the 2019 Tour de France, part two

In part one of this series, we showed you the road bikes of the Ineos, Deceuninck-Quicktep, CCC, Jumbo-Visma, and Trek-Segafredo teams, which obviously left an awful lot of lovely two-wheeled machinery still to cover. We’re now deep into the Tour de France, and in this round of tech coverage, we bring you the team bikes … The post Photo gallery: Team bikes of the 2019 Tour de France, part two appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Disc brakes and impact drivers: Dissecting a modern Tour de France wheel change

Deconstruct a world-class wheel change in the age of discs, thru-axles, and battery-powered impact drivers, second-by-second. The post Disc brakes and impact drivers: Dissecting a modern Tour de France wheel change appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Van Garderen out of Tour with fractured hand

Supported by Tejay van Garderen is out of the 2019 Tour de France after fracturing his hand in a crash. The 30-year-old American hit the deck in the early goings of Friday’s stage. Seven kilometers into the day, van Garderen hit a traffic island and went down along with Jumbo-Visma’s Mike Teunissen. ???? Crash for @TejayVan and … The post Van Garderen out of Tour with fractured hand appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Manitou’s new Mezzer enduro fork and a butt-hugging seat by BiSaddle

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