Porte’s dreams of a Tour de France podium bolstered by Thomas’s win

Supported by This past Friday afternoon, Richie Porte (Trek-Segafredo) climbed his way to fourth on the queen stage of the Amgen Tour of California. While perhaps a little off what some expected of the Tasmanian, it was a solid result, and one that saw Porte ride to fifth overall by tour’s end. As Dane Cash reports, 2019 … The post Porte’s dreams of a Tour de France podium bolstered by Thomas’s win appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Seven riders dreaming the WorldTour dream, wrapped in stars and stripes

Supported by SANTA CLARITA, CA (CT) — When the Amgen Tour of California went WorldTour and cut the pile of third-tier Continental teams out of its invite list, it also cut off an important venue for young talent to prove itself. This year, the dreamers are back. The Tour of California no longer has a place for … The post Seven riders dreaming the WorldTour dream, wrapped in stars and stripes appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Bilbao says all out for Lopez in Giro d'Italia despite stage win

Pello Bilbao (Astana) wins the stage

Any hopes that Spain might have had of a second overall challenger in this year's Giro d'Italia in the shape of stage 7 winner Pello Bilbao ( Astana Pro Team ) have been quickly dispelled by the man himself. Bilbao has a sixth place overall in the 2018 Giro d'Italia on his palmares, and the time gained in his breakaway on Friday moved him up to 11th overall on this year's current ranking, just ahead of leading time trial favourite and overall contender Primož Roglič (Jumbo-Visma). But even when flushed with his first ever Grand Tour stage win, taken against riders as experienced as Tony Gallopin (AG2R La Mondiale) and José Joaquín Rojas (Movistar), Bilbao brushed aside suggestions that he might become a co-leader in Astana alongside their pre-race contender, Miguel Angel López . "I'm not thinking about GC, even if it was important for the team to have somebody ...

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Bardet begins training block in lead-up to Tour de France

Romain Bardet heads to the start

Romain Bardet 's road to the Tour de France begins this week, with the French public's big hope for La Grande Boucle set to do a reconnaissance of the Tour's key Pyrenean mountain stages, followed by his annual training camp in Spain's Sierra Nevada mountains with a number of his AG2R La Mondiale teammates next week. According to L'Equipe , Bardet spent an entire week off the bike following Liège-Bastogne-Liège, which signalled the end of his spring campaign, but then returned to training this week, which included scouting out the last 30 kilometres of stage 9 of this year's Tour, which finishes in his hometown of Brioude in the Haute-Loire, south of Clermont-Ferrand. Keeping with the family theme, Bardet was then headed to recon some of this year's Tour stages in the Pyrenees with his father, before moving on to the Sierra Nevada mountains in southern Spain for a high-altitude ...

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Sivakov and Geoghegan Hart have freedom to try 'crazy things' at Giro d'Italia

Tao Geoghegan Hart and Pavel Sivakov celebrate

Team Ineos are hoping to turn the challenge of riding the Giro d'Italia without expected leader Egan Bernal into an opportunity for their next generation of young riders, with Tao Geoghegan Hart , Pavel Sivakov, Ivan Sosa, Eddie Dunbar and Jhonatan Narváez given the freedom to race and learn over the next three weeks. Bernal crashed on Saturday and fractured his left collarbone in one of his last big training rides. He underwent surgery and will soon start training indoors. He is expected to ride the Critérium du Dauphiné or the Tour de Suisse before being part of the Tour de France team. Team Ineos decided against bringing another experienced team leader to the Giro d'Italia, preferring to give their young guns the freedom to race for themselves. "They're young for sure but I think the expectation is to have fun. There's no expectation but to try to learn," team ...

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Porte to headline Trek-Segafredo roster at Tour of California

Richie Porte (Trek-Segafredo)

Richie Porte will headline the Trek-Segafredo men’s team at the upcoming Amgen Tour of California . Porte will be joined on the seven-rider roster by John Degenkolb , California resident Peter Stetina and last year’s mountains classification winner Toms Skujins . Porte told Cyclingnews in March that the Tour of California could be added to his programme as he looks to get ready for a tilt at the Tour de France over the summer. The Australian indicated his intentions to remain in the US following the race to train at altitude before riding the Criterium du Dauphine in June. The Tour of California will be Porte’s first race since the Volta a Catalunya at the end of March. He started his season at the Tour Down Under, where he once again won on Willunga Hill and went on to race the Herald Sun Tour. He fell ill with bronchitis at ...

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Chris Froome leaves Tour de Yorkshire on track for Tour de France

Chris Froome (Team Ineos).

Chris Froome ( Team Ineos ) started the week defending his new team sponsor after petrochemical company Ineos were unveiled as Sky’s replacement, but at the end of the Tour de Yorkshire the four-time Tour de France winner was rather more upbeat. On the final stage of the Tour de Yorkshire, it was Froome, alongside the superb Eddie Dunbar, who set up teammate Chris Lawless for the overall win with a stinging attack on the final climb. Froome rode the four-day event as a super-domestique, but made the podium after Team Ineos took victory in the team classification. Lawless ceded the stage to 2018 winner Greg Van Avermaet, but took the overall plaudits ahead of the Belgian and teammate Dunbar. "I’m feeling good for early May. I’ve still got some work to do but that’s natural with two month’s to go," Froome told Cyclingnews when asked about his form ahead ...

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How to watch the Tour de Suisse 2019

The Tour de Suisse will be here from 9 June to 17 June

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Jim Ratcliffe: Ineos will leave cycling if team caught doping

Jim Ratcliffe answers questions from the press

Jim Ratcliffe has told the BBC that Ineos will pull its backing of Dave Braislford's squad if they are ever caught cheating or doping. Ratcliffe, who acquired the team from Sky and unveiled the new kit on Wednesday in Yorkshire , stated that he and Ineos had done their due diligence before investing in cycling’s biggest and most successful team in recent years. "We did our due diligence. I have absolutely no interest in cheating or drugs," Ratcliffe told BBC Sport . "The day that any of that enters our world, we’ll be exiting that world." Ratcliffe has invested heavily in sport in recent months, first moving into sailing and now cycling. There are reports he has looked at buying English Premier League club Chelsea, while there has also been speculation of a possible takeover of Nice football club. On Wednesday, Ratcliffe was asked by the media whether he was ...

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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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Persistence pays off for Fuglsang, a route change pays off for Liège-Bastogne-Liège

It’s not easy to hold form from Strade Bianche to Liège-Bastogne-Liège. Seven long weeks of racing run between the two marquee one-dayers. Astana’s Jakob Fuglsang was up for the challenge. His victory at “La Doyenne” on Sunday is a story of perseverance, the result of a perennial Grand Tour hopeful finally rewarded for his endurance … The post Persistence pays off for Fuglsang, a route change pays off for Liège-Bastogne-Liège appeared first on CyclingTips .

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The next best thing to roadside viewing: See all the biggest races live at Look Mum No Hands

Jack Elton-Walters 26 Apr 2019 Popular London cycling cafe and bike shop Look Mum No Hands is the ideal location to while away the hours watching professional cycling Watching cycling by the roadside is a fantastic experience and a must-do for any serious cycling fan but for most of us it's not practical to take the whole season off work to follow the WorldTour around the roads of Europe and further afield. Not that we're complaining, as sitting down to watch a full day's coverage of a Giro d'Italia stage or catching all the action from the World Championships on the television is a pretty good alternative. To make the experience even better many of us will watch on a big screen in a fanzone or cycling cafe, beer (or soft drink) in hand and lunch within reach. One such place to settle down for a full afternoon in front ...

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Bouhanni to return to racing at Tour of California in mid-May

Nacer Bouhanni riding on his way to third on stage 1 at the Tour of Oman

French sprinter Nacer Bouhanni ( Cofidis ) won't race again until the Tour of California on May 12, citing a magnesium deficiency as the reason he had to quit the Circuit Cycliste Sarthe earlier this month, but that it's his team's decision to keep him away from competition for the next couple of weeks. The 28-year-old told L'Equipe that stopping racing for a full month was Cofidis's – rather than his – decision, but that he'd dropped out of the Circuit Cycliste Sarthe on the penultimate stage because he was "lacking power". "Subsequent tests revealed a magnesium deficiency," he explained, and said that tests last year had already shown that he was suffering from both physical and mental fatigue – which tallies with the symptoms of magnesium deficiency. With regards his lay-off from racing, Bouhanni said that it wasn't his choice, and that he's "wasting time" by not racing, as ...

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Froome and Team Sky celebrate Geoghegan Hart's first victory at Tour of the Alps

Chris Froome (Team Sky) in action at the Tour of the Alps.

Team Sky celebrated Tao Geoghegan Hart 's stage win at the Tour of the Alps , with everyone happy to see the young British rider land his first professional victory and take the first leader's jersey. Team Sky has four potential leaders for the five-day race, including Chris Froome , and seem determined to win as much as possible in the countdown to the end of Team Sky and the transformation into Team Ineos on May 1 next week. Geoghegan Hart, Froome, Kenny Elissonde and Pavel Sivakov celebrated together just beyond the finish line in Kufstein, Austria. They all finished in the select group of 21 riders that formed on the last climb and now have a numerical advantage in the four remaining stages. "It's a super good first victory for Tao. That's a big deal for a young rider," directeur sportif Nicolas Portal explained, careful to praise all his ...

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Geoghegan Hart savours first professional victory at Tour of the Alps

Tao Geoghegan Hart (Team Sky) in the leader's jersey after stage 1 of the Tour of the Alps.

Tao Geoghegan Hart had been trying to win his first professional race for two-and-a-half years, and so he savoured every moment of his stage victory at the Tour of the Alps and the subsequent podium ceremony, where he pulled on the cyclamen-coloured race leader’s jersey. Geoghegan Hart was part of the Team Sky squad that won the first-ever Hammer series event in Limburg in 2017 and was in the line-up that won the team time trial at last year’s Critérium du Dauphiné. However, a first road race win was a breakthrough moment for the 24-year-old from London. “I’m just so happy to take the win,” Geoghegan Hart explained after the stage. “I’ve been trying for two-and-a-half years as a pro, so it’s nice to take the opportunity today. I’m happy but already thinking of next stages and about making the most of this week. “I jumped a moment or two ...

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Lefevere highly impressed by Amstel Gold winner Van der Poel

Mathieu van der Poel (Corendon-Circus) racing at the Tour of Flanders

Deceuninck-QuickStep team manager Patrick Lefevere says that his riders don't need to change anything when it comes to preparing for the spring Classics – despite having been impressed by this year's Amstel Gold , Brabantse Pijl and Dwars door Vlaanderen winner Mathieu van der Poel , who he calls "a phenomenon". "We don't feel as though we need to do anything differently," Lefevere told Het Nieuwsblad when asked if he and his riders needed a new approach to deal with the likes of Van der Poel and Jumbo-Visma star Wout van Aert, who both came to the spring Classics from a winter racing cyclo-cross at the highest level, and have been two of road cycling's biggest stars so far this season. "They're cyclo-cross riders, and have a specific approach. But today, their road season ends," he said after Amstel Gold on Sunday – although Van Aert is also scheduled to ...

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How to watch the Tour de Yorkshire 2019 live

The Men's Tour de Yorkshire takes in all four corners of the county, over 617.5km

Our complete guide to this year’s Tour de Yorkshire coverage and how you can follow it

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How to watch the Tour de Yorkshire 2019 live

How to watch the Tour de Yorkshire 2019 live

The 2019 Tour de Yorkshire kicks off on Thursday 2 May in Doncaster, with a two-stage women’s race and a four-stage men’s race, culminating on Sunday 5 May in Leeds. Here’s everything we know about how you can follow it as it unfolds. How to watch the Critérium du Dauphiné 2019 How to watch the 2019 Spring Classics Tour de Yorkshire 2019 The fifth edition of the Tour de Yorkshire starts in Doncaster and takes place over four stages to finish in Leeds. It takes in all four corners of the county, including 150 villages, towns and cities along the way. The Asda Tour de Yorkshire Women’s Race is a two-stage event that will take place over Friday 3 and Saturday 4 May. Tour de Yorkshire 2019 route The men’s race covers a total of 617.5km over four days, taking the peloton from Doncaster to Selby, through Barnsley, Bedale, Bridlington, ...

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Chris Froome adds Tour of the Alps to pre-Tour de France race programme

Chris Froome working for Sky teammate Bernal

Chris Froome will ride the Tour of the Alps (April 22-26) as he works to find his best form in the countdown to the Tour de France. The organisers of the Tour of the Alps confirmed the presence of Froome and Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) in this year’s race at a presentation in Kufstein, Austria, where the race will begin on Easter Monday. The Austrian-Italian stage race will almost certainly be Froome’s final race in Team Sky colours before the British WorldTour squad become Team Ineos on May 1 and races for the first time in their new black and burgundy colours at the Tour de Yorkshire (May 2-5). Froome rode the Tour of the Alps in 2018 as he prepared to target the Giro d’Italia-Tour de France double, finishing fourth behind winner Thibaut Pinot. This year Froome will race against Nibali, Rafal Majka (Bora-Hansgrohe), with five WorldTour teams and a ...

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Organisers announce 'new challenges' for 2019 Criterium du Dauphine

Adam Yates, Geraint Thomas and Romain Bardet on the podium in the Criterium du Dauphine

Organisers of the Critérium du Dauphiné , ASO, announced the details of this year's route at a presentation in Lyon on Monday. The race will start on June 9 in Cantal for the first time and follow a 1,200km course to the June 16 finale at the Swiss ski resort Champery. In addition to the route, organisers announced wildcard invitations for four teams: Cofidis Solutions Credits , Arkea-Samsic , Vital Concept-B&B; Hotels and Wanty-Groupe Gobert, that will race alongside the 18 WorldTour teams. Tour de France Director Christian Prudhomme and President of Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes regional council Laurent Wauquiez were on hand to present the route, noting that the 71st edition of the Critérium du Dauphiné will take on a host of new roads and visit new locations. In a press statement, ASO emphasised that Tour de France favourites will "ride on somewhat unaccustomed mountain roads to test themselves against each other ...

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