Chris Froome handed red jersey from 2011 Vuelta a Espana win

Chris Froome handed red jersey from 2011 Vuelta a Espana win

Joe Robinson 22 Aug 2019 Rider eventually given jersey after original champion Juan Jose Cobo stripped for soping Chris Froome has been officially handed the red jersey from 2011 Vuelta a Espana after retrospectively being awarded the title. Original winner Juan Jose Cobo was stripped of the Grand Tour by the UCI last month after Biological Passport Data showed an 'anti-doping rule violation'. Cobo had finished 13 seconds ahead of Froome seven years ago to take a shock victory in the Spanish Grand Tour. However, the UCI found that abnormalities in his bio passport between 2009 and 2011 warranted a back-dated suspension and stripping of his results. "Even though it is being handed to me in hindsight, this will be something I treasure for the rest of my life." Ahead of the 2019 edition, @ChrisFroome has officially accepted his red jersey from the 2011 @lavuelta %u2764 pic.twitter.com/J9Uh9Lsr07 — Team INEOS ...

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Fuglsang opts to stay with Astana

Jakob Fuglsang with his first-placed trophy

Jakob Fuglsang has signed a new two-year contract with the Astana team, keen to continue as their Grand Tour leader despite considering his options elsewhere during the summer. The Dane turned 34 in March and has enjoyed his best ever season, winning Liège-Bastogne-Liège and the Critérium du Dauphiné and taking a sting of placings in tough Classics such as Strade Bianche, Amstel Gold Race and La Flèche Wallonne. Fuglsang's victory at the Critérium du Dauphiné and strong form made him a favourite for the Tour de France but he crashed hard on stage 1 and eventually crashed out of the race on stage 16 to Nimes, hurting his hand. That also hurt his contract options and meant he has still to truly confirm his Grand Tour credentials. Fuglsang has not raced since the Tour de France but was named in Astana's line-up for the Vuelta a España. He will support ...

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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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Geoghegan Hart and Poels lead Ineos at the Vuelta a Espana

Team Ineos during stage 2 of the Vuelta a Burgos

Team Ineos have announced their squad for the Vuelta a España , naming Tao Geoghegan Hart and Wout Poels as joint leaders for the final Grand Tour of the year. With none of the team's main Grand Tour stars, Egan Bernal, Chris Froome and Geraint Thomas, heading to Spain, the race presents an opportunity for the British squad to take a blend of youth and experience. Geoghegan Hart, 24, was co-leader at the Giro d'Italia along with Pavel Sivakov, but he crashed out on stage 13, sustaining a broken collarbone as a result. He returned to racing at the Tour de Pologne, finishing fifth overall. Earlier in the season he took second at the Tour of the Alps, winning two stages along the way. The 31-year-old Poels comes to the race with 13 Grand Tour starts in his career, including a sixth place at the 2017 Vuelta. The Dutchman finished ...

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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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Out of tragedy, new love: The cyclist’s widow and her second husband

Supported by On a descent at the 2016 Gent-Wevelgem, a four rider crash on the left hand side of the road turned tragic when Antoine Demoitié (Wanty-Groupe Gobert), was hit by a motorbike as he lay on the ground. Early the following morning, with his wife and family by his side, Antoine Demoitié passed away. His death … The post Out of tragedy, new love: The cyclist’s widow and her second husband appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Dumoulin on Sunweb departure: We couldn't make each other better

Tom Dumoulin takes questions ahead of the Giro

Tom Dumoulin has said that he had been considering his future at Team Sunweb for some time before asking to be extricated from his contract earlier this summer. On Monday morning, Sunweb confirmed that Dumoulin will leave the team at the end of this season, and it has since been announced that he will join Jumbo-Visma on a three-year contract . Dumoulin has endured a difficult 2019 season after he was forced out of the Giro d’Italia by a crash on stage 4 to Frascati. Although he returned to ride the Critérium du Dauphiné in June, he was subsequently ruled out of the Tour de France after undergoing surgery on his injured knee . In the days leading up to the Tour, it was reported in the Dutch press that Dumoulin was seeking to leave Sunweb two years before the expiry of his contract at the end of 2021, and ...

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Lopez leads strong Astana squad at Vuelta a Espana

Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana)

Astana have named a strong squad to start the Vuelta a España , with a number of experienced riders heading to Spain in support of team leader Miguel Ángel López . The eight-man team, with key riders including Jakob Fuglsang and Luis León Sánchez, boasts an impressive 93 Grand Tour starts, an average age of 31.25, and eight stage race victories between them in 2019. López, who finished third at the Vuelta last year, heads up the team. The Colombian won Colombia 2.1 and the Volta a Catalunya earlier in the season, and was the best young rider at the Giro d'Italia. With two podium and four top ten placings from five career Grand Tours, he'll be aiming for the podium at least. Fuglsang has been one of the riders of the season in 2019 and could mount a GC challenge of his own. He lay in ninth at the ...

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Tom Dumoulin to leave Sunweb at the end of 2019

Supported by Tom Dumoulin and Team Sunweb are set to part ways at the end of the 2019 season despite a contract binding the two through 2021. Sunweb today confirmed rumours that Dumoulin’s contract with the team had been dissolved, bringing to an end the Dutchman’s eight-year stint at the team. Dumoulin began his pro career with … The post Tom Dumoulin to leave Sunweb at the end of 2019 appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Dan Martin signs two-year deal with Israel Cycling Academy

Supported by A little over two weeks into August, the first big surprise of this year’s transfer season has emerged. Dan Martin will join Israel Cycling Academy on a two-year deal in 2020 after spending the last two seasons with UAE-Team Emirates. Unlike most of the other notable riders on the move this transfer season whose destinations have … The post Dan Martin signs two-year deal with Israel Cycling Academy appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Dan Martin joins Israel Cycling Academy on two-year deal

Dan Martin (UAE Team Emirates) stage 20 Tour de France

Israel Cycling Academy have announced that Dan Martin will join the team next season on a two-year deal. The Irishman joins after spending two seasons with UAE Team Emirates. Highlights of his time with the team include stage wins at the Tour de France and Critérium du Dauphiné in 2018. "By joining Israel Cycling Academy (ICA), our joint goal is to combine our huge appetite for success and to achieve our potential together," said Martin in a team press release. "I have so much respect for what ICA want to achieve. I just want to be part of it. "I have seen ICA grow as a team organisation from the outside and I am excited to be able to join it now. The belief and support shown to me by ICA is a great reason why I decided that this is a unique opportunity. Martin also indicated that he's looking ...

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Bardet brings curtain down early on 2019 season

Romain Bardet after the finish of stage 6 at the Tour de France

Romain Bardet ( AG2R La Mondiale ) has announced that he will not race again this year, citing a need to refresh himself "mentally and physically" after a largely disappointing season. The Frenchman salvaged the king of the mountains title and 15th place overall from a trying Tour de France in July and has since decided that the final stage on the Champs-Élysées would be the final act of his 2019 campaign. "Despite the joy of winning the polka-dot jersey as the best climber of the Tour de France, the 2019 season did not reach the goals I set for myself," Bardet said in a statement released by AG2R La Mondiale. "After a few days of personal reflection and discussions with the management of the AG2R La Mondiale team, it became clear to me that I needed to recharge myself physically and mentally to come back stronger next season. The ...

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Kelderman leads Sunweb at Vuelta a Espana in absence of Dumoulin

Wilco Kelderman (Team Sunweb) finished 16th in the Paris-Nice time trial

Wilco Kelderman will lead Sunweb ’s general classification challenge at the Vuelta a España in the absence of the injured Tom Dumoulin, who has not raced since abandoning the Critérium du Dauphiné in June. Dumoulin was forced out of the Giro d’Italia after injuring his knee in a crash on stage 4 to Frascati and the effects of that injury prevented him from participating in the Tour de France. The Dutchman has since been linked with a move away from Sunweb to Jumbo-Visma, and it is unclear if he will race again this season. Kelderman placed fourth overall at the 2017 Vuelta and reached Madrid in tenth a year ago, but he has endured injury woe of his own this season. The 28-year-old missed the Giro after breaking his collarbone and neck vertebrae in March, and he abandoned the Tour de France with lower back problems. Nicolas Roche and Australian ...

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Cummings back on front foot in Norway after being 'found out' at Tour de France

Steve Cummings (Dimension Data)

Dimension Data 's Steve Cummings saw the white blur out of the corner of his eye, and that was his cue to stop pedalling. Mathieu van der Poel's stunning sprint ended his hopes of victory 100 agonising metres from the finish line of the opening stage of the Arctic Race of Norway , but there was no real sense of disappointment from the British rider. "I wasn't really thinking – I was just thinking about going full, and that's it," Cummings told Cyclingnews in Svolvaer on Thursday. "But it's nice to be back in the front, trying, feeling good." That, indeed, hasn't happened for a while. Cummings enjoyed something of a mid-30's rejuvenation when he signed for Dimension Data in 2015 and proceeded to win two stages of the Tour de France among a string of eye-catching breakaway scalps. However, things have veered off track in the past two years. ...

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Dumoulin unlikely to return to racing in 2019

Tom Dumoulin in Bologna

After sitting out the Tour de France to a knee injury, it appears unlikely that Tom Dumoulin will see any more racing action this season. The Sunweb rider was forced to abandon the Giro d'Italia with knee pain and then returned to race the Critérium du Dauphiné despite knowing there was a small piece of road debris in his knee causing irritation. He abandoned the race after stage 6 and underwent surgery three weeks before the Tour de France. He was still having pain after the procedure and abandoned plans for an altitude camp and then ruled out racing at the Tour. An MRI scan on July 3 showed there was a tear in the tendon in his left knee that necessitated total rest. According to De Telegraaf , Dumoulin has returned to riding, but is unable to put full power into his left leg, so the Vuelta a España ...

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Chris Froome: Egan Bernal's life is about to change forever

Chris Froome during stage 3 at Criterium du Dauphine

Although he's said he plans to target the 2020 Tour de France , Chris Froome has also said that he expects 22-year-old teammate and 2019 champion Egan Bernal "to do amazing things in our sport", while admitting that he didn't quite expect a challenge from the young Colombian prodigy so soon. "I could see in the early days with Egan that he was a huge talent," Froome said in a video interview Team Ineos released late last week. "He's someone who is going to go on to do amazing things in our sport, but I didn't expect to have him down as the 2019 winner of the Tour de France." Froome, of course, missed the chance to win a record-tying fifth Tour this year when he crashed out of the Critérium du Dauphiné with multiple fractured bones. Team Ineos still had defending champion Geraint Thomas on the roster, but it ...

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Cofidis sign Guillaume Martin from Wanty-Gobert

Guillaume Martin (Wanty-Groupe Gobert) enjoying his podium time

After securing the services of world-class sprinter Elia Viviani , Cofidis have strengthened in the stage racing department with the signing of Guillaume Martin from Wanty-Gobert . Martin had a contract with the Belgian Pro Continental team until the end of 2020, having started his professional career there in 2016, but they came to an agreement with Cofidis to release him early. The 26-year-old won the under-23 Liège-Bastogne-Liège and a stage of the Tour de l'Avenir, both in 2015. This year, he finished 12th overall at the Tour de France, having placed 21st and 23rd in the two previous editions. He won the Giro della Toscana in 2017, the Circuit Sarthe in 2018, and a stage and second overall at the Giro di Sicilia this year. "I'm very motivated by the idea of joining Cofidis. There's a lot to discover: a new set-up, new teammates, and a new start in ...

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Vasseur: One-hour meeting convinced Viviani to join Cofidis - Transfer Mechanics

Elia Viviani gives thumbs up on stage at the Tour de France presentation in Brussels

Cedric Vasseur's Cofidis evolution has taken its biggest step yet with the announcement this week that Elia Viviani will join the team for 2020. The Italian signed a two-year contract with Vasseur's team and will bring lead-out man Fabio Sabatini with him, while his younger brother Attilo joins as a stagiaire for the remainder of 2019, with a view to signing a pro contract for the following season. For Vasseur, the recruitment of Viviani represents his most significant signing since taking over the management of the team in 2018. The Frenchman has tried and failed to kick-start Nacer Bouhanni ’s career, but in Viviani he has signed a consistent winner and marquee rider to fit with the squad’s plans of joining the WorldTour in 2020. The recruitment process goes back to last year. By then, Vasseur was already scouting for a replacement for Bouhanni, but his hands were tied until ...

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Lotto Soudal ride neutralised stage 4 of Tour de Pologne to commemorate Bjorg Lambrecht

The Lotto Soudal team remember Bjorg Lambrecht during a moment of silence before the start

The Lotto Soudal team have announced that they will start stage 4 of the Tour de Pologne on Tuesday as a tribute to 22-year-old Bjorg Lambrecht , who died after a crash during stage 3 . The six Lotto Soudal riders left in the race are in shock after the sudden loss of their teammate but will take part in the 133.7km neutralized stage between Jaworzno to Kocierz. The teams in the race are expected to lead the peloton for seven kilometres each, with Lotto Soudal then crossing the line first to commemorate their teammate. Lambrecht went off the road and crashed into a concrete culvert during stage 3 to Zabrze. He was resuscitated and taken to a hospital in critical condition. Michał Sieroń, spokesman for Provincial Specialist Hospital No. 3 in Rybnik confirmed to Sport.pl that Lambrecht died during emergency surgery. Lambrecht's death was later confirmed by the Lotto ...

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Organisers neutralise stage 4 of the Tour of Poland after Lambrecht’s tragic death

Supported by Warsaw, Aug 6, 2019 (AFP) – Organisers of the Tour of Poland have neutralised Tuesday’s scheduled fourth stage following the death of Belgian rider Bjorg Lambrecht. The stage route has been reduced to 133.7 km and the final laps have been cut to 1. Any further decisions regarding tomorrow’s stage will be communicated in agreement with Lotto … The post Organisers neutralise stage 4 of the Tour of Poland after Lambrecht’s tragic death appeared first on CyclingTips .

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