Bora-Hansgrohe sign Lennard Kamna from Team Sunweb

Lennard Kamna (Teram Sunweb)

Bora-Hansgrohe have confirmed the signing of talented young German stage race rider Lennard Kämna from Team Sunweb as they further strengthen their German-oriented roster and become less reliant on the success of Peter Sagan. The 22-year-old Kämna is a former junior time trial world champion and was second in the under-23 road race World Championships in 2017 in Bergen. He joined Team Sunweb for the 2017 season and rode much of the Vuelta a España before focusing on the Worlds. Kämna is considered one of Germany’s best young stage racers but took time away from the sport in 2018 to reflect on his future and cycling career. He stopped racing after Milan-San Remo but returned last summer at the Tour of Denmark. He has raced a full calendar so far in 2019 and made an impressive Tour de France debut, finishing fourth on stage 18 to Valloire after being in ...

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Preview: 22 things you should know about the 2019 Vuelta a España

It’s time for the Vuelta a España, the third and final Grand Tour of the season. The race gets underway this Saturday in Torrevieja and will be contested over 21 stages and 3,272km. Here’s what you should know about the 2019 Tour of Spain. The 2019 Vuelta is the race’s 74th edition. The Vuelta is … The post Preview: 22 things you should know about the 2019 Vuelta a España appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Who is favourite for the Vuelta a Espana and who should you be backing?

Who is favourite for the Vuelta a Espana and who should you be backing?

Joe Robinson 20 Aug 2019 The favourites for the Vuelta a Espana and the best prices from the bookmakers The 74th Vuelta a Espana begins on Saturday 24th August as three weeks of racing around Spain commences to find the next winner of the famous red jersey. Keeping up appearances, this year’s race will be a brutal mix of high-altitude climbs, relentlessly steep gradients and pounding heat that often gives young General Classification riders and eternal nearly-men the chance to shine. Lancastrian Simon Yates of Mitchelton-Scott is current champion although absent in the defence of his title. Three back-to-back Grand Tours seem to have taken their toll on the Brit who has opted for some well-earned rest. Last year’s second-place finished Enric Mas ( Deceuninck-QuickStep ) will also be taking a rain check after racing the Tour de France in July, meaning the only present rider from last year’s podium ...

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CPA rider association critical of safety standards at BinckBank Tour

The peloton during stage 3 at BinckBank Tour

The CPA International rider association has criticised the BinckBank Tour and the UCI, suggesting the race does not deserve a place in the UCI WorldTour after a series of safety concerns and issues during this year's race. Riders took to social media to complain about course design and safety after stage 2, with Deceuninck-QuickStep domestique Tim Declerq writing: "Hypocrisy of the cycling world. First we have a really touching minute of silence # ForBjorg, 5' later we have to destroy each other again on a bike-wide course with a million corners." Three-time stage winner Sam Bennett of Bora-Hansgrohe doing the same after Friday's stage, highlighting the dangers of the extruding feet of the barriers in the final 200 metres of the stage. "I'd love to know the thought process behind those barriers before 200m to go!" the Irish national champion wrote on Twitter. "This sport is dangerous enough, we race ...

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BinckBank Tour: Hodeg wins stage 5 in Venray

Alvaro Hodeg (Deceuninck-QuickStep) wins stage 5 of the BinckBank Tour in Venray.

Alvaro Hodeg (Deceuninck-QuickStep) claimed stage 5 of the 2019 BinckBank Tour after edging out Sam Bennett (Bora-Hansgrohe) and Edward Theuns (Trek-Segafredo) on the line in Venray. Hodeg benefitted from an excellent lead-out from his Deceuninck - Quick Step team after they brought the young Colombian to the front of a messy sprint with just under 150m to go. Bennett, who had won the opening three stages, was forced to follow wheels in the closing stage after his Bora squad had chased down the earlier break and then planted the Irishman on Hodeg’s wheel with just over a kilometre to go. Bennett was forced to check his line after one rider almost forced him wide but despite coming to back to Hodeg’s rear wheel he was unable to overall the QuickStep rider before the line. Trek-Segafredo played a prominent role in the last kilometre as they looked to launch Theuns but ...

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BinckBank Tour: Wellens wins stage 4

Tim Wellens (Lotto Soudal) snatched victory from Marc Hirschi (Team Sunweb) on stage 4 of the BinckB

Tim Wellens ( Lotto Soudal ) snatched victory from Marc Hirschi (Team Sunweb) on stage 4 of the BinckBank Tour. The experienced Lotto Soudal rider allowed Hirschi to lead out the sprint to the line in Houffalize with over 150m to go before coming through to take the win by a matter of inches. Fellow breakaway companion Laurens De Plus (Jumbo Visma) finished a distant third on the stage. The win marked Lotto Soudal’s first victory since the tragic death of Bjorg Lambrecht earlier in the month. Wellens now leads Hirschi by four seconds in the general classification after overnight leader Sam Bennett (Bora-hansgrohe) was dropped earlier in the stage. Ivan Garcia Cortina (Bahrain Merida) had been in the final break but was unable to match the leading three riders on the last set of climbs, with the Spaniard bringing home a small chase group at 23 seconds. The trio ...

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Watch: Oblivious pedestrian wheels bike in front of peloton at BinckBank Tour

Watch: Oblivious pedestrian wheels bike in front of peloton at BinckBank Tour

Joseph Delves 15 Aug 2019 Both riders and pedestrian lucky to avoid injury Wheeling your bike across a pedestrian crossing would normally be considered a safe way to cross the road. However, expecting the entire peloton of the BinckBank Tour to stop and wait for you is a bit much; but that’s exactly what happened during yesterday’s stage. Having been racing during the day, Trek-Segafredo ’s Edward Theuns later posted a video of the incident to his twitter. In it, a man pauses before wandering obliviously into the path of the oncoming riders. Getting about halfway across before he’s swamped by bikes, remarkably no one was hurt. Ok... hij liep op 't zebrapad... Maar voir de rest was er nils veilig aan. #BinckBankTour pic.twitter.com/0JfHseOTzf — Edward Theuns (@EdwardTheuns) August 15, 2019 See related The Arctic Race of Norway kicks off today, with an in-form Van der Poel hunting stage wins ...

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Sam Bennett just can't stop winning - when he's given the chance

Sam Bennett just can't stop winning - when he's given the chance

When Sam Bennett is on a tear it's a sight to behold with the BORA-hansgrohe sprinter currently doing all the damage at the BinckBank Tour with a three from three record so far.

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BinckBank Tour: Sam Bennett wins stage 3

Sam Bennett (Bora-Hansgrohe) wins stage 1 at BinckBank Tour

Sam Bennett ( Bora-Hansgrohe ) took his third consecutive victory at the BinckBank Tour in Aalter, beating Dylan Groenewegen (Jumbo-Visma) by a tyre-width, with the photo finish needed to confirm the Irish national champion was the winner. Jasper Philipsen (UAE Team Emirates) finished third. A crash just before the final corner saw several riders go down or delayed, including Kristoffer Halvorsen (Team Ineos). That left just a handful of sprinters up front to fight for victory. Philipsen started the sprint but acted as a lead-out for Bennett and Groenewegen, who went around him on the left and right of the road. Bennett threw his bike at the line early and so lost some speed in the final metres, allowing Groenewegen to close the gap as he dived at the line. However, the Irishman again had the edge on his Dutch rival. "I wasn't sure at all [of having won]," Bennett ...

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Pavel Sivakov: Russia's new star

Pavel Sivakov on the final Tour de Pologne overall podium

By winning the recent Tour de Pologne , Pavel Sivakov notched up his third win this year – and the second stage race victory of his young pro career with Team Ineos. Sivakov has admitted that his results have far outweighed his expectations. "To be honest, I didn't expect to have such a good season this year. Once more, I've surprised myself by winning the Tour de Pologne," admitted Sivakov via the Team Ineos website. "Winning the Tour of the Alps was a really big thing for me, in front of guys like Vincenzo Nibali [Bahrain-Merida] and Rafal Majka [Bora-Hansgrohe]. "I would never have expected to have my own chance to ride for the GC in the Giro or to finish in the top 10," he added. The now 22-year-old is considered one of the biggest future talents of the sport after winning the Under 23 Giro d'Italia and other ...

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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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BinckBank Tour: Sam Bennett wins stage 2

Sam Bennett (Bora-Hansgrohe) was relieved to win again

Sam Bennett ( Bora-Hansgrohe ) notched up his second victory in as many days when he claimed stage 2 of the BinckBank Tour in Ardooie. The Irish champion beat Jasper Philipsen (UAE Team Emirates) and Dylan Groenewegen (Jumbo-Visma) to the line and thus retains the overall lead. The surfeit of sprint options at Bora-Hansgrohe meant that Bennett missed selection for both the Giro d'Italia and Tour de France this year, but he has responded to that disappointment in exemplary fashion, and has now amassed ten victories in 2019, eight of them at WorldTour level. Bennett's positioning, decision-making and finishing speed meant that his victory in Ardooie brooked no argument. Mindful of the strength of the Jumbo-Visma lead-out, he parked himself on Groenewegen's wheel on the run-in, but then had the nous to respond promptly when Philipsen streaked past in the finishing straight. In the final 100 metres, Bennett pulled away ...

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BinckBank Tour: Sam Bennett wins stage 1 in Hulst

Sam Bennett (Bora-Hansgrohe) wins the first stage of BinckBank Tour

Sam Bennett (Bora-Hansgrohe) won the opening stage of the BinckBank Tour, taking the race lead in a wet sprint finish in Hulst. Edward Theuns (Trek-Segafredo) took second, while Mike Teunissen (Jumbo-Visma) finished third. Bahrain-Merida and Trek-Segafredo led the way in the closing kilometres, and in the closing metres Theuns looked set for victory after a strong lead-out. On the line, however, it was Bennett who jumped from behind a boxed-in Dylan Groenewegen (Jumbo-Visma), hitting the wind at just the right time to speed past and take his ninth win of the season. “I’m really happy,” said Bennett after the stage. “It’s my first win in this [national champion’s] jersey and I’m happy that it’s come sooner rather than later. I’m delighted. “It was pretty dangerous. I was just trying to keep up front. The guys did a good job keeping me there and I kept in a good position in ...

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Formolo signs for UAE Team Emirates

Davide Formolo and his Bora-Hansgrohe teammates in San Sebastian

Davide Formolo will ride for UAE Team Emirates in 2020 after signing a two-year contract with the team. The Italian champion arrives at UAE Team Emirates after two seasons with Bora-Hansgrohe . Formolo placed 10th and 14th overall in the past two editions of the Giro d'Italia but said that he will emphasis one-day racing at UAE Team Emirates. He placed second at this year's Liège-Bastogne-Liège behind Jakob Fuglsang and also took second at the recent test event for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. "For the next few years I want to mainly focus on the hilly one-day classics on the UCI WorldTour," Formolo said in a statement released by UAE Team Emirates on Monday. "For me, the move to a team like UAE Team Emirates means a lot. I spent two wonderful years with my current team, but I felt my goals and the plan laid out by UAE Team ...

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Tour de Pologne: Jonas Vingegaard wins stage 6

Jonas Vingegaard (Jumbo-Visma)

Jonas Vingegaard ( Jumbo-Visma ) won a three-way breakaway sprint that secured him the stage 6 victory and moved him into the overall lead at the Tour de Pologne . The 22-year-old Dane launched his sprint first with roughly 300 metres to go to beat Pavel Sivakov (Team Ineos) and Jai Hindley (Team Sunweb) in Kościelisko. The three riders broke clear of the reduced group on the final climb to Gubałówka that peaked roughly 2.5km from the finish line in Kościelisko. Hindley led the breakaway down the tricky descent and onto the city streets, through the last corners and into the final 500 metres. Vingegaard used Hindley's effort as a springboard to launch his winning sprint with 300 metres to go, leaving his two companions to race in for minor places on the podium. Sergio Higuita (EF Education First) crossed the line eight seconds in arrears. A third group that ...

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Tour de Pologne: Ackermann struggles in uphill sprint but keeps yellow

Pascal Ackermann gets another day in yellow at Tour de Pologne

Pascal Ackermann didn't find the uphill sprint at the end of stage 5 at the Tour de Pologne to his liking, but the double-stage winner was able to finish in the main bunch and keep his race lead. Racing resumed on Wednesday after the neutralisation of the race on stage 4 as the race honoured Bjorg Lambrecht. Ackermann's Bora-Hansgrohe teammate Rafal Majka , meanwhile, picked up the team flag and placed sixth in the stage finale, moving up to 15th overall in a large group that sits 24 seconds behind the leader and positioning himself well for the general classification battle in the upcoming mountains. "I have recovered well after the Giro, and my legs get better day by day," Majka said of his home tour. "Today, our main goal was to go for Pascal, to defend the yellow jersey, but also keep an eye on the GC contenders." The ...

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Tour de Pologne: Mezgec wins stage 5

Luka Mezgec (Mitchelton-Scott) wins stage 5 at the Tour de Pologne

Luka Mezgec ( Mitchelton-Scott ) won stage 5 of the Tour de Pologne with a powerful uphill sprint in Bielsko-Biala. The Slovenian beat Eduard Prades (Movistar) into second place, while Ben Swift (Ineos) took third. Pascal Ackermann (Bora-Hansgrohe) finished in the reduced peloton to retain the yellow jersey of race leader, while Mezgec's second stage win of the week moves him up to second place overall, just 4 seconds behind the German. Swift lies third overall, 16 seconds down. After Tuesday's stage was neutralised as the peloton paid a moving tribute to the late Bjorg Lambrecht , racing resumed on the road to Bielsko-Biala. Lambrecht's Lotto Soudal teammates all elected to continue in the race , and they played a prominent role throughout the afternoon. Jelle Wallays was part of the day's early break, in the company of Charles Planet (Novo Nordisk), Kamil Gradek (CCC Team) and Szymon Rekita (Poland). ...

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Peter Sagan's road to Yorkshire Worlds runs through Germany, Canada and Belgium

Peter Sagan rides the new Specialized Creo e-bike

Peter Sagan will miss the Vuelta a España as he prepares for the World Championships in Yorkshire, where he is bidding to win a record fourth rainbow jersey. The Slovakian will instead ride five one-day races over the coming weeks, though he is an absentee from this week’s European Championships in Alkmaar. Slovak national coach and Bora-Hansgrohe directeur sportif Jan Valach told Pravda.sk that Sagan’s first race after the Tour de France will come at the EuroEyes Cyclassics Hamburg on August 25. He will then travel to Canada in mid-September for the Grand Prix de Québec and Grand Prix de Montréal, before riding the Primus Classic and Gooikse Pijl in Belgium on the weekend preceding the Worlds road race. "After the Tour de France, Peter took part in a major promotional and exhibition cycling event in Panama," Valach told Pravda , when asked about Sagan’s absence from the European Championships, ...

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Cycling community pays tribute to Bjorg Lambrecht

Bjorg Lambrecht celebrates winning stage 3 of the Tour des Fjords in 2018

The cycling community has paid tribute to the sudden loss of one of its own, Bjorg Lambrecht , who tragically died following a crash during stage 3 at the Tour de Pologne on Monday. Lambrecht was just 22 years old. Lambrecht, who raced for the WorldTour team Lotto Soudal, crashed into a concrete culvert partway through the 150km stage, although it is unclear why he fell. Race doctors provided medical treatment to Lambrecht at the side of the road but his condition didn't allow him to be transported to hospital by helicopter. He was taken to hospital by ambulance where he later died during surgery. Race organisers cancelled the post-race ceremonies as the cycling community mourns the loss of Lambrecht. Pascal Ackermann (Bora-Hansgrohe), who won the stage, expressed his condolences to Lambrecht's family and teammates at Lotto Soudal. "Today, the result of the race doesn't matter. I was devastated to ...

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How to watch the 2019 BinckBank Tour

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Our complete guide to this year's BinckBank Tour in The Netherlands

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