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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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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Vuelta a Espana 2019: Fabio Jakobsen wins Stage 21 as Primoz Roglic confirmed as champion

Vuelta a Espana 2019: Fabio Jakobsen wins Stage 21 as Primoz Roglic confirmed as champion

Jack Elton-Walters 15 Sep 2019 Fabio Jakobsen won Stage 21 of the 2019 Vuelta a Espana to top off what's been an excellent three weeks for his Deceuninck-QuickStep team Fabio Jakobsen ( Deceuninck-QuickStep ) won Stage 21 of the 2019 Vuelta a Espana , pipping a fast finishing Sam Bennet ( Bora-Hansgrohe ) to the line. Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) stayed upright and with the peloton to be confirmed as the overall champion. As with the Tour de France , the final stage of the Vuelta is now a procession into its home nation's capital. This essentially means it's irrelevant to the overall General Classification as no one in the top 10 attacks, the stage is left to the sprinters. However, the red jersey must still finish and that's what Roglic did. Job done. Next to Roglic, Alejandro Valverde ( Movistar ) stood on the second step of the podium and ...

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Vuelta a Espana 2019: Cavanga produces trademark Quickstep ride for win as Movistar cause controversy

Vuelta a Espana 2019: Cavanga produces trademark Quickstep ride for win as Movistar cause controvers

Joe Robinson 13 Sep 2019 Three riders in top four for Deceuninck-Quickstep as they prove too strong for the rest Deceuninck-Quickstep finished with three riders in the top four on Stage 19 to Toledo as Remi Cavagna rode to an impressive solo victory at the Vuelta a Espana. The Frenchman nipped away from the breakaway in the final 20km, managing his effort on the steep finish to perfection to secure a first career Grand Tour stage win ahead of Sam Bennett (Bora-Hansgrohe) and teammate Zdenek Stybar. Philippe Gilbert rolled in fourth to complete a perfect day for the Belgian team. The day's major talking point, however, surrounded a crash to race leader Primoz Roglic earlier in the race. The Jumbo-Visma rider hit the deck with 65km to go alongside white jersey wearer Miguel Angel Lopez. For 15km, the race leader was forced into a mad chase of the Movistar-led peloton, ...

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Vuelta a Espana 2019: Cavagna produces trademark Quickstep ride for win as Movistar cause controversy

Vuelta a Espana 2019: Cavagna produces trademark Quickstep ride for win as Movistar cause controvers

Joe Robinson 13 Sep 2019 Three riders in top four for Deceuninck-Quickstep as they prove too strong for the rest Deceuninck-Quickstep finished with three riders in the top four on Stage 19 to Toledo as Remi Cavagna rode to an impressive solo victory at the Vuelta a Espana. The Frenchman nipped away from the breakaway in the final 20km, managing his effort on the steep finish to perfection to secure a first career Grand Tour stage win ahead of Sam Bennett (Bora-Hansgrohe) and teammate Zdenek Stybar. Philippe Gilbert rolled in fourth to complete a perfect day for the Belgian team. The day's major talking point, however, surrounded a crash to race leader Primoz Roglic earlier in the race. The Jumbo-Visma rider hit the deck with 65km to go alongside white jersey wearer Miguel Angel Lopez. For 15km, the race leader was forced into a mad chase of the Movistar-led peloton, ...

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Vuelta a Espana 2019 Stage 18: Primoz Roglic holds firm in red jersey

Vuelta a Espana 2019 Stage 18: Primoz Roglic holds firm in red jersey

Joe Robinson 12 Sep 2019 Sergio Higuita wins the stage as Primoz Roglic marches one step closer to overall victory Education First's Sergio Higuita took his maiden Grand Tour victory in impressive fashion on Stage 18 to Becerril de la Sierra as Jumbo-Visma's Primoz Roglic moved one step closer to overall victory at the 2019 Vuelta a Espana. Higuita rode alone for over 40km, holding off the chasing group of General Classification riders to win the stage by 15 seconds and salvage some success for Education First, whose Vuelta had been blighted by injury. Red jersey wearer Roglic won the sprint for second to extend his overall lead on General Classification over Alejandro Valverde who leapfrogged Movistar teammate Nairo Quintana into second place. Astana's Miguel Angel Lopez was also a big winner on the day after his persistent attacks saw his usurp UAE-Team Emirates's Tadej Pogacar into the white jersey ...

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Strava insight: Philippe Gilbert's Vuelta a Espana stage win was record breaking

Joe Robinson 12 Sep 2019 Stage 17 of the Vuelta a Espana was the fastest race over 200km in cycling's history Deceuninck-QuickStep 's Philippe Gilbert made history yesterday. Crossing the finish line in Guadalajara to win Stage 17 , he took the record for the fastest average speed in a race over 200km. In a whirlwind day that saw the race battered by severe crosswinds, the veteran Belgian covered the 219km run from Aranda de Duero to Guadalajara with an average speed of 50.63kmh. That means the five-time Monument man covered the longest day of this year's Vuelta - a distance most amateurs would take all day to cover - in just 4 hours 20 minutes. It sees Gilbert take the prestigious Ruban Juane record from former teammate Matteo Trentin, whose average speed of 49.64kmh at the 2015 Paris-Tours was the previous best. Needless to say, riding at 50kmh for ...

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Vuelta a Espana 2019: Philippe Gilbert wins Stage 17 while Nairo Quintana gains over 5 minutes on GC

Vuelta a Espana 2019: Philippe Gilbert wins Stage 17 while Nairo Quintana gains over 5 minutes on GC

Jack Elton-Walters 11 Sep 2019 Stage 17 of the 2019 Vuelta a Espana was expected to be a quiet day but ended up being anything but Philippe Gilbert (Deceuninck-QuickStep) won Stage 17 of the 2019 Vuelta a Espana on a day that saw an unexpected shake-up in the overall General Classification. Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) retained the red jersey and the same margin over second place Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) but after that there were significant changes. The day's win came from a breakaway which had originally contained over 40 riders. Key among the front group was Nairo Quintana (Movistar), whose ride helped him gain time and position on the GC. This jump up the standings would have been even greater had his own teammates not taken up the chase behind. Even so, Quintana did something similar to Chris Froome in 2016, so could this be the start of a race winning ...

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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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Vuelta a Espana 2019 Stage 15: Jumbo-Visma's Sepp Kuss triumphs, Roglic preserves lead

Vuelta a Espana 2019 Stage 15: Jumbo-Visma's Sepp Kuss triumphs, Roglic preserves lead

James Spender 8 Sep 2019 Vuelta a Espana 2019 Stage 15: American Sepp Kuss, of Jumbo-Visma, announced himself today with a terrific stage win up an incredibly steep stage finish, with Team Ineos's Tao Geoghegan Hart putting in a fine display to finish second. But ultimately the real winner on Stage 15 was Primoz Roglic, who rode with imperious fashion to preserve his 2:25 lead at the top of GC. How the race unfolded Another morning, another day pulling on the maillot rojo for Jumbo-Visma’s Primoz Roglic, who took a commanding 2:25 lead over Movistar’s Alejandro Valverde into Stage 15, which took riders deep into north-west Spain’s Asturias mountains. With four category 1 climbs on the menu including a stinging 7.9km, 10% ascent to the finish in Santuario del Acebo, the 154.4km route out of Tineo promised to deliver some GC-hustling action. Useful time bonuses were on offer, 10, 6 ...

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Vuelta a Espana 2019 Stage 15: Jumbo-Visma's Sepp Kuss triumphs, Roglic preserves

Vuelta a Espana 2019 Stage 15: Jumbo-Visma's Sepp Kuss triumphs, Roglic preserves

James Spender 8 Sep 2019 Vuelta a Espana 2019 Stage 15: American Sepp Kuss, of Jumbo-Visma, announced himself today with a terrific stage win up an incredibly steep stage finish, with Team Ineos's Tao Geoghegan Hart putting in a fine display to finish second. But ultimately the real winner on Stage 15 was Primoz Roglic, who rode in imperious fashion to preserve his 2:25 lead at the top of GC. How the race unfolded Another morning, another day pulling on the maillot rojo for Jumbo-Visma’s Primoz Roglic, who took a commanding 2:25 lead over Movistar’s Alejandro Valverde into Stage 15, which took riders deep into north-west Spain’s Asturias mountains. With four category 1 climbs on the menu including a stinging 7.9km, 10% ascent to the finish in Santuario del Acebo, the 154.4km route out of Tineo promised to deliver some GC-hustling action. Useful time bonuses were on offer, 10, 6 ...

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Bennett claims second win in crash-marred Vuelta sprint

Bennett claims second win in crash-marred Vuelta sprint

Sam Bennett (BORA-hansgrohe) claimed his second win of La Vuelta a Espana, taking the uphill sprint out after a late crash took out a number of sprinters and their leadout trains.

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Vuelta a Espana 2019 Stage 14: peloton pileup leaves Bennett to sprint for easy win

Vuelta a Espana 2019 Stage 14: peloton pileup leaves Bennett to sprint for easy win

Martin James 7 Sep 2019 Massive crash right under the 1km banner leaves barely 20 riders to contest the sprint in Oviedo Ireland’s Sam Bennett (Bora-Hansgrohe) took his second stage win of the 2019 Vuelta a Espana as a huge crash near the front of the peloton decimated the field at the 1km mark. Barely 20 riders were left in contact as a mass pileup left those behind with nowhere to go, including overall leader Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma). With the incident happening inside the final 3km, there will be no time penalties affecting the GC positions. It remains to be seen, however, whether the full field will start tomorrow after taking a tumble. Those that had remained upright then hit the long drag up to the line. Tosh van der Sande (Lotto Soudal) went long, and distanced most of the small group quickly before Max Richeze (Deceuninck-QuickStep) and then Bennett ...

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Vuelta a Espana 2019: Tadej Pogacar wins Stage 13 in alliance with Primoz Roglic

Vuelta a Espana 2019: Tadej Pogacar wins Stage 13 in alliance with Primoz Roglic

Jack Elton-Walters 6 Sep 2019 An alliance based on nationality saw the two riders take huge strides in the GC on Stage 13 of the 2019 Vuelta a Espana. Image: Eurosport Tadej Pogacar ( UAE-Team Emirates ) won Stage 13 of the 2019 Vuelta a Espana as he and compatriot and overall leader Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) rode away from their rivals on the steep climbs of Los Machucos. They went early and rode together all the way to the finish line, spoiling the dreams of the breakaway riders and gaining valuable time on the rest of the top 10. None of the other riders could do anything when these two went away in what looked like a pre-planned move to work together. Pogacar did much of the work on the climb and was rewarded with a stage win and a bettering of his position overall, while Roglic took second for ...

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Vuelta a Espana 2019: Philippe Gilbert soloes to Stage 12 win

Vuelta a Espana 2019: Philippe Gilbert soloes to Stage 12 win

Joseph Delves 5 Sep 2019 Gilbert denies Aranburu and Barceló in an unexpectedly quiet day for the GC Philippe Gilbert (Deceuninck-QuickStep) won Stage 12 of the 2019 Vuelta a Espana ahead of fellow breakaway escapees Alexander Aranburu (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA) and Fernando Barceló (Euskadi-Murias), while behind them GC race stayed largely unaffected. Belgium's Gilbert won the 171km stage from Circuito de Navarra to Bilbao by just three seconds in the end, holding off the Spanish duo on the rapid descent to the finish after breaking clear towards the top of the late 3rd category climb of the Alto de Arraiz, which they crested inside 8km of the finish. Movistar's Marc Soler led the peloton in 3 minutes later, with all the main GC contenders safely together. How the stage unfolded With a climb towards the beginning of the stage, it wasn’t until afterwards that riders started getting away. Despite the ...

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Italian champion Davide Formolo abandons Vuelta a Espana

Italian champion Davide Formolo abandons Vuelta a Espana

Joseph Delves 30 Aug 2019 Crash yesterday claims another victim, as Bora-Hansgrohe won’t start today’s stage The nasty crash that blighted yesterday’s stage at the Vuelta a Espana has forced another retirement. Having fallen hard on his pelvis, Bora-Hansgrohe ’s Davide Formolo has been unable to start today’s stage. UPDATE #LaVuelta19 Unfortunately @davideformolo won%u2019t start @lavuelta today. Davide was able to finish yesterday%u2019s stage after the crash, but was suffering from pain in the right side of his pelvis & this did not improve overnight. Speedy recovery Formolino! We will miss you! pic.twitter.com/4CF0bqBVJW — BORA %u2013 hansgrohe (@BORAhansgrohe) August 30, 2019 Before Stage 6, he had been sitting in 12th place overall, 1:58' behind the current race leader, Dylan Teuns . Following the crash, Formolo lost over 12 minutes struggling in behind the main bunch. He now joins Rigoberto Urán and Hugh Carthy of Education First , both of whom ...

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Vuelta a Espana 2019: Jesus Herrada wins Stage 6, Dylan Teuns in red

Vuelta a Espana 2019: Jesus Herrada wins Stage 6, Dylan Teuns in red

Joseph Delves 29 Aug 2019 Cofidis rider wins from a breakaway with Dylan Teuns claiming the overall Jesus Herrada (Cofidis) won Stage 6 of the 2019 Vuelta a Espana after getting the better of Dylan Teuns ( Bahrain-Merida ). The two led up much of the final climb, with Herrada riding away easily in the final kilometre. With the day’s break having built a lead of over six minutes, Teuns was able to console himself by taking over the lead of the entire race. With no huge climbs, but a sizable 3,109 metres of ascent, today’s 198.9km stage from Mora De Rubielos to Ares Del Maestrat had alway looked set to favour a breakaway. As so it turned out. After Team Ineos ’s Wout Poels led over the first two climbs, a large and talented group eventually went clear, despite the surprisingly high pace of the bunch. This was made ...

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Vuelta a Espana: Jesus Herrada wins stage 6

Jesus Herrada celebrates his victory

It was a day of firsts at the Vuelta a España , Jesús Herrada (Cofidis) taking his debut success in a Grand Tour when he jumped clear of fellow breakaway Dylan Teuns (Bahrain-Merida) inside the final kilometre of the stage six finale on the Ares del Maestrat climb. Teuns, though, also pulled off a huge coup, moving into the red jersey thanks to Astana’s decision not to defend Miguel Ángel López’s lead and, just as significantly, to the Belgian’s power on the final ascent, which saw off his main rival for red, Ineos’s David De La Cruz. The stage was, unfortunately, also notable for a number of high-profile abandons as the result of a mid-stage crash. EF Education First were the team most affected. Their leader Rigoberto Urán and climber Hugh Carthy were forced out of the race, the Colombian suffering a broken collar-bone. The incident also resulted in the ...

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Vuelta a Espana 2019: Valverde wins Stage 7, Lopez back in red

Vuelta a Espana 2019: Valverde wins Stage 7, Lopez back in red

Joseph Delves 30 Aug 2019 Movistar rider wins from a select group of four. Lopez takes the overall lead Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) won the Stage 7 of the 2019 Vuelta a España. However, finishing six seconds behind him, it was third-placed Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana) who claimed the overall lead. Today’s 182km Stage 7 from Onda again ended with an uphill finish for the bruised peloton, this time in the form of the taxing first category Alto mas de la Costa. Following a brutal series of crashes yesterday, Bora-Hansgrohe’s Davide Formolo was unable to start. The early part of the race also saw both Tejay van Garderen (EF Education First) and James Knox (Deceuninck–Quick-Step) abandoned following injuries sustained the previous day. Flat for the first part, nine teams managed to get riders into the early break, with the remaining squads initially unwilling to chase. However, once it became clear that ...

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