With a little luck, Bardet plans to break Tour drought

With a little luck, Bardet plans to break Tour drought

French star Romain Bardet likes the 2019 Tour route and feels his chance for a career-defining victory is coming soon. Read the full article at With a little luck, Bardet plans to break Tour drought on VeloNews.com .

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The weekly spin: The intersection of American football and international cyclocross

In two weeks, international cyclocross and American football will hold the biggest events of their respective seasons on the same day. I’ll be watching both. Because I often find the lead up to the marquee event more interesting than the main event itself — thus explaining my unique affection for E3 Harelbeke and Dwars door Vlaanderen … The post The weekly spin: The intersection of American football and international cyclocross appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Contador: I think Froome can win the Tour and Bernal the Giro

Alberto Contador poses with Chris Froome and Elia Viviani

Alberto Contador has tipped Chris Froome to win a fifth Tour de France and Egan Bernal to land the Giro d’Italia , but has warned Vincenzo Nibali and Tom Dumoulin about the fatigue of the Giro-Tour double and suggested that no current Grand Tour rider races with the aggression and panache that he did. Contador was known for his attacking and tactically astute racing skills, as well as his strength of character. He overcame a cerebral cavernoma early in his career and stood up to Lance Armstrong during their time together at the Astana team in 2009. He rode 18 Grand Tours during his career, winning seven: the Tour de France in 2007 and 2009, the Giro d’Italia in 2008 and 2015 and the Vuelta a Espana in 2008, 2012 and 2014. His victories at the 2010 Tour and 2011 Giro were revoked after he tested positive for Clenbuterol and ...

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Chris Froome to arrive a week before Colombia 2.1 stage race

Chris Froome with teammates Egan Bernal and Sebastian Henao during the Giro de Rigo

Chris Froome and Team Sky are set to arrive in eastern Antioquia region of Colombia on Sunday to prepare for their season debut at the Colombia 2.1 stage race which will be held from February 12-17. Organisers made the announcement on the event website on Monday, while also revealing Team Sky’s preliminary seven-man line-up of Ivan Sosa, Jhonatan Narvaez, Jonathan Castroviejo, Sebastian Henao, Teo Geoghegan Hart and defending champion Egan Bernal. Only six riders will start the race. Bernal, Sosa and Narvaez are also set to arrive from Bogotá at 8p.m. on Sunday, while the rest of the staff, including Froome, will arrive from Europe an hour later. Froome has recently been training in South Africa with teammate Salvatore Puccio. Froome announced that he would start his 2019 season at the Colombia 2.1 race last November. During that time, he visited Colombia to take part in Rigoberto Uran's mass-participation ride ...

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Phil Anderson, yellow jerseys, and an ’82 Peugeot

Phil Anderson is an icon of Australian cycling. His successes paved the way for several waves of Australian talent since he retired in 1994. His career peaked in the 1980s, in which years he became the first Australian and non-European, in 1981, to wear the Tour de France yellow jersey as a member of the … The post Phil Anderson, yellow jerseys, and an ’82 Peugeot appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Castelli launches new Free Aero Race 4 Bib short

Castelli launches new Free Aero Race 4 Bib short

Italian sportswear brand Castelli has today released the latest version of its pro-level bib short, the Aero Race 4, to the general public. The Aero Race 4 is an update to the lightweight, minimalist, aero shorts worn to Tour de France and Giro d’Italia victory by Team Sky’s Geraint Thomas and Chris Froome. Castelli Spring/Summer 2019 range preview Castelli Aero Race 5.1 jersey review I’ll be honest, the updates feel pretty subtle, but that’s not surprising considering every iteration of the Free Aero shorts since the first in 2007 has performed well in our tests and, probably more importantly, under the backsides of pro race winners. Wearers of the previous model will notice a new strap construction — the stripe mesh used is super-thin and featherweight to aid breathability. These are the sort of straps that ruche up when you pull them out of the drawer, but they do lie ...

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Offseason Capsule: Sunweb

Sunweb, the team of extreme order, rules and structure if we are to believe reports. The perfect amalgamation of Dutch and German culture. Certainly one of the most interesting and distinct teams in the World Tour. What we said last year It was a tricky task last year to write about a team trying to follow up on a 2017 season where almost everything went right for Sunweb. Andrew didn’t make any bold predictions but got the basics right about Doom’s then unclear Giro/TdF-plans “In either race, he will be among the favorites.” although like everyone he sort of assumed TD would do either Giro or Tour and that it would most likely be the Tour. That Matthews “may struggle to match his results from 2017” was about right too. That “The rest of the squad will fill in around these two. “ turned out a little too optimistic depending ...

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Blue Monday be damned - here comes an incredible 2019

Joe Robinson 21 Jan 2019 Some pro racing reminders as to why you shouldn't be down about Blue Monday Today, January 21st, is officially Blue Monday. No, not a day dedicated to New Order's groundbreaking 1983 hit but the day in which it is claimed to be the most depressing of the year. Originally conceived by a tutor at the Cardiff University's Centre for Lifelong Learning, Cliff Arnall, in 2006, Blue Monday was derived from a formula which includes weather conditions, debt level, low motivation, time since Christmas, time since failing our new year's resolutions and the drive to take action. So considering this morning's sub-zero temperatures and the fact that Strava predicted we will have given up our new year's fitness resolutions last Thursday , it comes as no surprise that today is the year's most desolate day. However, it's not all doom and gloom, in fact far from ...

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Chris Froome returns to Strava with yet another mega ride

Joe Robinson 17 Jan 2019 Training in South Africa, Froome is preparing towards for his attempt at a record-equalling fifth Tour de France Gearing up for a tilt at a record-equalling fifth Tour de France title, Chris Froome has returned to Strava as he yet again posts a huge training ride. The Team Sky rider posted a 225km ride earlier in the week called 'African Experience for Salva' as he prepares for the upcoming season with a training camp in South Africa. The ride, that brushed past some of South Africa's Game Reserves, saw the six-time Grand Tour champion out on the road for six and half hours, likely to be longer than any race he will tackle this season. Luckily, he was not alone, with Italian teammate Salvatore Puccio tagging along for the ride, although he was not enjoying it as much as Froome. Also posting to Strava, the ...

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Commentary: Giro stars should race the Tour instead

Commentary: Giro stars should race the Tour instead

The Giro's impressive start list will make for a great race for pink, but it detracts from the Tour de France and Froome's bid for fifth yellow jersey. Read the full article at Commentary: Giro stars should race the Tour instead on VeloNews.com .

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In praise of hill climbs

Trevor Ward 15 Jan 2019 The most painful and perverse form of bike racing, hill climbs are also an ingrained part of British cycling history This article was originally published in issue 80 of Cyclist magazine Words Trevor Ward There is a certain time of the year, around the end of the summer, when certain cyclists start acting a little strangely. They will stop consuming cakes, crisps, beer and anything else containing more calorific content than a pea. They won’t be happy with their body shape until they make Chris Froome look lardy. They will obsess over the weight of their kit. They will opt for thin, single layers even though there’s a distinct autumn chill in the air. They won’t carry anything in their jersey pockets. They may even unstitch and remove their jersey pockets. Their shoes will be fastened so tight their toes will go numb. When it ...

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Pidcock and Donovan to lead Team Wiggins in 2019

Pidcock and Donovan to lead Team Wiggins in 2019

Joe Robinson 15 Jan 2019 Domestic team hoping to build on impressive 2018 results and continue reputation of feeding WorldTour With the addition of a new named sponsor, Team Wiggins-Le Col have confirmed their rider roster for the 2019 season building the team around Tom Pidcock , Mark Donovan and Robert Scott. The young trio will lead the team through an international and domestic race schedule as they look to build on a season that included a British national championship and a leader's jersey at the baby Giro d'Italia . The youthful team will also be one of the few to carry over as a British-based Continental team from 2018 with the closing of both JLT-Condor and One Pro Cycling. Pidcock returns to the team as the headline name after another successful season in both cyclocross and road racing. The 19-year-old secured a maiden elite men's Cyclocross National Championships last ...

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Tom Pidcock: 'Yorkshire Worlds will be once in a lifetime opportunity'

Tom Pidcock: 'Yorkshire Worlds will be once in a lifetime opportunity'

Jack Elton-Walters 15 Jan 2019 Before his unrivalled performance at the Cyclocross National Championships, Pidcock was already looking ahead to the rest of the season Speaking to Cyclist ahead of the Cyclocross National Championships, Tom Pidcock already had one eye on the rest of his year, where he will be racing on the road once the cyclocross season comes to a close. He was victorious at the Cyclocross Nationals , riding away from the field to finish over a minute up on second place, and with that win he became both the Under 23 and Elite National Champion. In fact, there was only one podium presentation for both classifications as the entire top three came from the U23 ranks. As well as discussing his hopes ahead of that race and his 'cross rivals on the Continent , the 19-year-old also talked about what could prove to be a big year ...

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The bay and beyond: Melbourne, Australia’s cycling capital

With roads tracing the coastline, lush hills to conquer and Australia's strongest cycling culture, Melbourne offers something for riders of all types. The post The bay and beyond: Melbourne, Australia’s cycling capital appeared first on CyclingTips .

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A conversation with Wout Poels

He sits between two leaders on the bus of a team at once celebrated and reviled. This is what Wout Poels thinks of it all. The post A conversation with Wout Poels appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Sosa will debut with Team Sky at Tour Colombia

Ivan Sosa is riding for Sky after protracted contract negotiations

Team Sky 's new recruit Ivan Sosa will make his debut with the British team at the Tour Colombia 2.1 in February, saying in an interview published on the team's website that he is excited to start his first season with Team Sky and begin learning from "the best". The talented 21-year-old climber was the subject of a transfer tug of war last summer after he was initially set to join Trek-Segafredo . He eventually signed with Dave Brailsford's team on a three-year deal and met his new teammates during a recent training camp in Mallorca. Sosa is now back home training in Colombia, where he'll join Chris Froome , Tao Geoghegan Hart and defending champion Egan Bernal in the six-day stage race that starts February 12 in Medellin. "I think it's a team where I can learn a lot," Sosa said. "There is a high level here - I ...

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Urán: ‘The Tour Colombia is going to be better than the Tour de France’

Urán: ‘The Tour Colombia is going to be better than the Tour de France’

One of Colombia's most recognizable pro cyclists, Urán expects a deep field and avid fans at the second edition of his country's home race. Read the full article at Urán: ‘The Tour Colombia is going to be better than the Tour de France’ on VeloNews.com .

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2018 Mark Gunter Photographer of the Year Awards: winners announced

For the third year running, we’ve been privileged to receive so many amazing entries in the 2018 Mark Gunter Photographer of the Year Awards. In total, we received just under one thousand images from photographers in 32 countries, across four categories, including our new category Proud Cycling Moment. The competition ramped up significantly in its … The post 2018 Mark Gunter Photographer of the Year Awards: winners announced appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Quick Step boss Lefevere is rooting for Sky in sponsor search

Quick Step boss Lefevere is rooting for Sky in sponsor search

The Belgian said he would like Sky to stay afloat, but with a smaller budget to make the peloton more even. Read the full article at Quick Step boss Lefevere is rooting for Sky in sponsor search on VeloNews.com .

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VeloNews Show: Five big stories to follow in 2019

VeloNews Show: Five big stories to follow in 2019

The new season of cycling is dawning, and there are plenty of intriguing storylines to follow as 2019 gets underway. Read the full article at VeloNews Show: Five big stories to follow in 2019 on VeloNews.com .

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