Matthews extends with Sunweb through to 2021

Australian Michael Matthews (Team Sunweb) takes part in a press conference in Waregem prior to the s

Michael Matthews has signed a two-year contract extension with Team Sunweb , staying with the team until the end of the 2021 season. Chad Haga and Cees Bol have both also put pen to paper on similar deals. News of the renewals was revealed at Team Sunweb's pre- Tour de France press conference in the Netherlands on Wednesday. Matthews is going into the race with something of a free role, and last week reacted to team leader Tom Dumoulin's absence by saying he was "totally confused" and didn't know "where to go from here". Matthews appeared to question the team's approach, noting the manager had "told us from the start of the year that we shouldn’t have any ambitions ourselves – it's just everything for the yellow", leading to question marks over his future, but he signed a new deal ahead of the Tour. "I'm very happy to be with ...

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Lambrecht hunting stage success at the Criterium du Dauphine

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

At the opening stage of the 2019 Critérium du Dauphiné , Bjorg Lambrecht ( Lotto Soudal ) attacked the main general classification group on the final ascent of Cote de Roquenatou, bridging across to the remaining duo of the day's breakaway, Magnus Cort (Astana) and compatriot Oliver Naesen (AG2R La Mondiale). The three riders worked well together on the descent and rolling run-in to Jussac, before being caught in the final kilometre, where Edvald Boasson Hagen took a fifth career stage win at the race. Lotto Soudal announced on Thursday that the WorldTour team had extended the contract of 22-year-old Belgian for another two seasons and with top-ten finishes at Brabantse Pijl, Amstel Gold Race and Flèche Wallonne, Lambrecht continues to show his pedigree. "In the beginning, I wasn't feeling really good," Lambrecht told Cyclingnews as he warmed down on a turbo trainer outside his team bus. "In the final, ...

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Women's Tour favourites: Our pick of the riders to watch

Maria David 7 Jun 2019 Our picks for the racers who could make their mark at the Ovo Energy Women’s Tour Scenic Suffolk will be the setting on Monday for the start of the 6th Ovo Energy Women’s Tour . The first stage will see the 96 competitors roll out for a 157.6km race from Beccles to finish with a sprint into Stowmarket. This year’s event has been lengthened to six stages and deemed to be the toughest edition yet, with riders covering 790km and climbing a total of 8,400m over the six days. Two of the stages will be around 160km, while other stages will be similar at 142km. There will be a 64km 'respite' for a circuit race at the Cyclopark, Gravesend, and the final stage will be a mere 125km, culminating in an unprecedented summit finish in Pembrey Country Park, Wales, a week on Saturday. This Women’s ...

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The weekly spin: A freewheeling interview with Peter Sagan

It’s a Friday afternoon in Sacramento. In 48 hours, Peter Sagan will take his second victory of the 2019 season, narrowly out-sprinting American Travis McCabe in front of the state capitol building. But that’s unknown in this moment. Right now, Sagan is fresh out of an Amgen Tour of California press conference, the same one … The post The weekly spin: A freewheeling interview with Peter Sagan appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Mathieu van der Poel wins duel with Nino Schurter to take first World Cup cross country win

Supported by Mathieu van der Poel broke the legs of world champion Nino Schurter in one searing 10-second attack on the last lap of Nové Mesto to win his first World Cup cross country race. The race was defined by van der Poel’s tight battle with Schurter, the reigning world champion. The two came into the final … The post Mathieu van der Poel wins duel with Nino Schurter to take first World Cup cross country win appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Roger De Vlaeminck is still racing

Roger De Vlaeminck’s record speaks for itself. In a career spanning nearly two decades he notched up more than 160 victories, not least four Paris-Roubaix titles (the equal record), three wins at Milan-San Remo, six overall titles at Tirreno-Adriatico (with 15 stage wins), and a massive 22 stage victories at the Giro d’Italia. He won … The post Roger De Vlaeminck is still racing appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Poulidor: Mathieu van der Poel better than his father and grandfather

Raymond Poulidor proud of his grandson Mathieu van der Poel

Much has been said and written about Mathieu van der Poel as he romped through his first Classics campaign and even his grandfather, former rider, Raymond Poulidor has been impressed. The eight-time Tour de France podium finisher says that Van der Poel is even better than himself and his father Adrie. "He has the genes of his father and his grandfather. He is better than we are when you see his palmares," Poulidor told NOS.nl. After dominating the cyclo-cross circuit this past season, and winning his second elite World Championship title, the 24-year-old Dutchman went on to be one of the top spring riders. He has won six times on the road so far this season, including Dwars door Vlaanderen, Brabantse Pijl and the Amstel Gold Race . He was fourth in his Tour of Flanders debut, after coming back from a crash that seemed to rule him out. He ...

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Lawless ‘gutted’ despite taking race lead at Tour de Yorkshire

Chris Lawless (Team Ineos) took over the race lead

Chris Lawless almost capped a flawless display for Team Ineos at the Tour de Yorkshire but the British WorldTour team eventually had their pocket picked by Alexander Kamp and his Continental Riwal Readynez Cycling Team in Scarborough on stage 3. Kamp and his team went toe-to-toe with Team Ineos to take much deserved win in the seaside spring, although Lawless was left with some consolation. His second place finish saw him move into both the leader’s and points jerseys with one stage to go. “It was a real good job by the boys all day. It was us and the Riwal team that took the initiative to split the race in the crosswinds at the top of the climb. And that worked out,” Lawless said at the finish in Scarborough. Coming into the finish, Team Ineos still had numbers to play with. Chris Froome, Owain Doull and Lawless were among ...

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The Classics might be over for another year, but for two 24-year-olds the best is yet to come

The Classics might be over for another year, but for two 24-year-olds the best is yet to come

Daniel Ostanek 2 May 2019 The battle of the Vans this year was just a glimpse of the rivalry we can expect for years to come. Everyone else will be fighting for third Sadly, the Spring Classics are over. The near two-month long jaunt from Merelbeke to Liege, via Siena, Antwerp and a host of other exotic locales, is done, another chapter in the history books as we move on to the stage races of the summer . Plenty of memories linger, of course – battles like Alaphilippe vs Fuglsang, Deceuninck-QuickStep vs the peloton, and Alberto Bettiol vs everybody’s betting slip. But another subplot has been running the whole time, continuing on from the dark days of winter, and only ending in the Ardennes. If you hadn’t guessed already, it’s that of the two young guns – the multi-disciplinarians and longstanding cyclocross rivals, Wout van Aert and Mathieu van der ...

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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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Winners and Losers from the Ardennes

In which I form an opinion from highlight reels So, I’m going to try something here. For reasons outside of my control, I really enjoy the Ardennes classics. For reasons outside of my control, I wasn’t able to watch a single one of them this season (hey, keepers of pro cycling: I have shit to do on Wednesday mornings, get your scheduling together). But, unfortunately, I am tasked with writing a Winners and Losers column for a sequence of races that I didn’t get to watch. Now, this has the potential to be the easiest task in the world. The winners were indeed Mathieu Van Der Poel, Julian Alaphilippe and Jakob Fuglsang and the losers were literally everyone else, and that should be the self-referential end of the column. But I do have to my advantage highlight reels, results sheets and a list of personal expectations and VDS-hopes-and-dreams that are ...

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Women’s Team of the Week: Bumper Ardennes Edition

Races Stretching out a week to the best part of a fortnight, we have Amstel Gold Race (WWT7), Brabantse Pijl and EPZ Omloop van Borsele . Oh, and two minor untelevised races somewhere in Belgium ( WWT8 and WWT9 ). Coverage Do we have to? Yes, yes, we do. Due credit to Amstel Gold Race and Brabantse Pijl for providing the kind of coverage we’ve come to expect so far this season. As for ASO , their blank refusal to show Flèche Wallonne and Liège-Bastogne-Liège—two WWT races—live, despite evidently having the resources to do so, is, in TotW’s view, embarrassing , out of touch , chauvinistic , sad and increasingly inexplicable . Which is probably why ASO seem to have no explanation to offer . Riders Annemiek van Vleuten [2]: TotW is reluctant to award Rider of the Week for a performance no one actually saw, but thanks, ironically enough, ...

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Lessons learned from the 2019 Spring Classics

Joe Robinson 29 Apr 2019 Alaphilippe's the world's best rider not called Mathieu, Valverde's getting old and women's cycling coverage is still far behind the men's Jakob Fuglsang's solo victory at Liege-Bastogne-Liege marked the end of the Spring Classics and closed the first chapter of the 2019 season. The men's peloton saw 17 races produce seven winning teams and 11 winning riders. Deceuninck-QuickStep dominated with nine of those wins with six different riders. Mathieu van der Poel took four victories to Julian Alaphilippe's four while Zdenek Stybar notched two wins of his own. Dimension Data managed only two top 10s all spring while the second most successful team of the entire period hailed from the ProContinental ranks, in the shape of Van der Poel's Corendon-Circus. The racing at times was thrilling and at other times quite boring, however, it all came together to tell some interesting stories ahead of the ...

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Dates confirmed for 2020 Flanders Classics

Dates confirmed for 2020 Flanders Classics

Jack Elton-Walters 26 Apr 2019 The Classics season is almost over, so we're already looking ahead to 2020 Flanders Classics, the company behind most of the one-day Classics in Flanders, has confirmed the dates of its 2020 races. This year's races may still be fresh in the memory, but with what for many is the best part of the year – that is, the Classics season – coming to a close, it's already time to look ahead to next year's dose of cobbles and bergs. Grand Tours are fine but nothing beats the excitement and drama of the one day races, especially anything involving inappropriate road surfaces . With the overarching control of the racing calendar lying with the UCI and tradition dictating such things as Paris-Roubaix coming one week after the Tour of Flanders, and Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne being the second part of an opening weekend kicked off by Omloop Het ...

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A guide to everything you need to know about the 2019 Liege-Bastogne-Liege

Joe Robinson 26 Apr 2019 On Sunday, the 2019 Spring Classics come to an end with Liege-Bastogne-Liege. Here's all you need to know about the Old Lady's 2019 outing Words Joe Robinson This Sunday will see the close of the 2019 pro cycling calendar's first chapter. Liege-Bastogne-Liege is the last of the Spring Classics and tailends a scintillating period of racing that started all the way back in early March on the cobbles of Omloop Het Nieuwsblad. Like all exciting moments in your life, the Spring Classics campaign goes quickly. In six weeks we have rattled through 11 one-day WorldTour races across four different countries with even more semi-Classics sprinkled in between. It's not long now till all of our focus will be turning to the beautiful chaos of the Giro d'Italia but before then its La Doyenne , the Old Lady that is Liege-Bastogne-Liege. The oldest Monument there is, ...

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24 things you need to know about the 2019 Liege-Bastogne-Liege

The Spring Classics come to a close this Sunday with Liege-Bastogne-Liege. It’s one of the oldest and most prestigious one-day races on the planet, and a race that’s had quite a shake-up in 2019. In the following preview we tell you everything you need to know about both the men’s and women’s Liege-Bastogne-Liege. The men’s … The post 24 things you need to know about the 2019 Liege-Bastogne-Liege appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Lambrecht close to breakthrough podium finish at Fleche Wallonne

Bjorg Lambrecht (Lotto Soudal) during stage 8 at Tour de Suisse

So near and so far. Second-year pro Bjorg Lambrecht ( Lotto Soudal ) made another big step up the unofficial pro cycling hierarchy on Wednesday as he clinched a fourth place at Fleche Wallonne , hot on the heels of sixth place in Amstel Gold and fifth place in Brabantse Pijl. And it could have been better if Lambrecht, still only 22, had not run out of legs on the final third of the Mur de Huy. But his fourth place, two seconds behind third-placed Diego Ullissi (UAE) after he began closing the gap - and this despite his ebbing strength - bodes more than well for the future. A silver medallist in the U23 road race at the UCI World Championships last year in Innsbruck, Lambrecht is not just about Classics either. A winner of a stage of the Tour des Fjords, he already took a second place in ...

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2019 Fleche Wallonne highlights - Video

Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep) triumphs atop Mur de Huy for the second year in a row.

For the second consecutive year, Julian Alaphilippe is king of the Mur de Huy, with the Deceuninck-Quickstep rider overhauling a promising surge by Jakob Fuglsang (Astana) in the closing metres to win La Flèche Wallonne. Alaphilippe has now won three major one-day races this season: Strade Bianche, also over Fuglsang, and Milan-San Remo ahead of Oliver Naesen (AG2R La Mondiale). It seems that only young Mathieu van der Poel (Corendon-Circus) has Alaphilippe's number when it comes to short, uphill finales, with the Dutch champion the only rider to best Alaphilippe in the Amstel Gold Race and in de Brabantse Pijl. One cannot help but notice the effort of Diego Ulissi (UAE Team Emirates), who climbed to third on the Mur de Huy, or that of Bjorn Lambrecht (Lotto Soudal), who made a career-best fourth on Wednesday after a sixth in Amstel and fifth in Brabantse Pijl. You can read more ...

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Door open for Mathieu van der Poel to lead Netherlands at World Championships

Door open for Mathieu van der Poel to lead Netherlands at World Championships

Joe Robinson 24 Apr 2019 A packed schedule of cross-country mountain biking and cyclocross may hamper Van der Poel riding in Yorkshire Mathieu van der Poel could continue his multi-discipline dominance as the Dutch national team opened the door for him to race the 2019 road race World Championships in Yorkshire . It is yet to be confirmed whether the recent Amstel Gold Race winner would take to the Harrogate startline in September, with Van der Poel scheduled to return to the cross-country mountain bike circuit this summer, ending his road season in the spring. However, Dutch national coach Koos Moerenhout has confirmed to Dutch newspaper AD that the Netherlands would happily pick him despite his lack of road miles due to the course suiting the rider 'perfectly'. 'It’s a course that suits Van der Poel perfectly. It should come as no surprise that I would like to have him ...

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Dutch coach wants Van der Poel at Road World Championships in Yorkshire

Van der Poel collapsed on the ground after his victorious effort

After his stunning Amstel Gold Race victory – and stunning debut spring Classics campaign in general – there's a lot of talk about what Mathieu van der Poel ( Corendon-Circus ) can achieve in his career. In the long-term, there seem to be few limits, but in the short term, there's already a growing suspicion that he could take part in the 2019 UCI Road World Championships in Yorkshire in September and contend for the rainbow jersey. A former world champion on the road as a junior, Van der Poel has focused on cyclo-cross and mountain biking in the early years of his career. With Amstel signalling the end of his first top-level spring on the road, those disciplines form the primary focus of the remainder of his 2019 plans. However, such have been the 24-year-old's performances over the past few weeks – he also won Brabantse Pijl, Dwars door ...

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