Raymond Poulidor dies aged 83
Joe Robinson 13 Nov 2019 The iconic French cyclist dies in the early hours of Wednesday morning French cycling legend Raymond Poulidor has died at the age of 83. He passed away in the early hours of Wednesday morning after an extended stay in hospital in Saint-Leonard-de-Noblat. In a long 18-year career that spanned from 1960 to 1977, the Frenchman played out some of the sport's greatest rivalries with riders such as Jacques Anquetil and a young Eddy Merckx, affectionately remembered as 'PouPou' to his fans. Poulidor was an icon of the Tour de France despite never winning the race or even wearing the race's yellow jersey. In 14 participations at the race, he finished on the podium on seven occasions, three times in second place, results that earned him the nickname 'The Eternal Second'. Beyond the Tour, Poulidor had a successful racing career, taking 72 wins including the 1964 ...
Steve Cummings looking for a new team as Dimension Data rebrand to NTT
Joe Robinson 12 Nov 2019 The veteran rider is yet to confirm his future as Dimension Data changes to NTT for 2020 The future of Steve Cummings's professional cycling career is unknown after NTT Pro Cycling confirmed their roster for 2020, with the British rider's name absent from the list. South African team Dimension Data will rebrand to NTT Pro Cycling from 1st January, with the Japanese telecommunications company coming on board as primary sponsor. The team confirmed their roster for next season with the noticeable exception of Cummings and veteran Austrian rider Bernie Eisel. Eisel is likely to follow fellow Dimension Data departee Mark Cavendish to Bahrain-Merida , with the duo having ridden together for most of their careers. Cummings, however, has yet to confirm his future. Now 38 years old, the Liverpudlian struggled with injury in 2019. In April, Cummings suffered a broken collarbone at the Tour of ...
The 10 most impressive performances in men’s road cycling in 2019
The WorldTour is over for another year and the pros are off enjoying a well-earned break. The 2020 season will be here before we know it but before it is, let’s look back at the season that just finished. In this post we dive into the most impressive performance in men’s road cycling in 2019. … The post The 10 most impressive performances in men’s road cycling in 2019 appeared first on CyclingTips .
Chris Froome to race custom-painted Pinarello Dogma F12 X-Light this weekend
Froome to race custom-painted Dogma F12 X-Light at the Saitama Criterium this weekend.
The weekly spin: The great ‘Rider of the Year’ debate
Supported by With the 2019 road racing season effectively over, it’s time for the annual “Rider of the Year” debates. Yes, there’s still the six-stage Tour of Guangxi, which starts on Thursday. But none of the riders in the running for Rider of the Year honors are taking part. So with Il Lombardia in the rearview mirror, … The post The weekly spin: The great ‘Rider of the Year’ debate appeared first on CyclingTips .
Froome believes Bernal will work for him at 2020 Tour de France
Joe Robinson 14 Oct 2019 Team Ineos looking likely to back Froome in pursuit of yellow jersey number five Egan Bernal has pledged to support Chris Froome at next year's Tour de France, according to the four-time yellow jersey winner. Froome will target a record-equalling fifth Tour title in 2020 in his long comeback from serious injuries sustained at the Criterium du Dauphine in June. In his absence, Bernal went on to win the race beating teammate and last year's champion Geraint Thomas to a career-first Grand Tour. However, rather than line up to defend his title, Froome has suggested Bernal will sacrifice his own chances to act as a super-domestique in July. Talking to France Televisions , Froome said '[Bernal] has said he is' ready to act as support. 'I need to be the strongest. If he’s the strongest, then I’ll be happy if he wins, because that’s how ...
Medical investigation into former Team Sky Richard Freeman to be heard in October
Joe Robinson 8 Oct 2019 Trial into Freeman's ordering of testosterone to Manchester velodrome had been adjourned in March The medical tribunal of former British Cycling and Team Sky doctor Richard Freeman into the use of banned substance testosterone on athletes will reconvene this month, having been postponed since March. The Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service, the body investigating the charges against Freeman, confirmed that the hearing had been relisted to start on Monday 28th October through to Friday 20th December. The hearing into Freeman will look into the allegation that he 'ordered for delivery from Fit4Sport Limited to the Manchester Velodrome 30 sachets of Testogel', a banned substance, in October 2011. It will also look into claimed false statements by Freeman who stated the order was for a non-athlete member of cycling and was subsequently returned to the Fit4Sport Limited company. The inquest is also alleging that Freeman attempted to ...
Julian Alaphilippe to skip Il Lombardia bringing end to successful season
Joe Robinson 8 Oct 2019 Frenchman skips final Monument of the year after being nominated for Velo d'Or Julian Alaphilippe will bring an end to a successful season after pulling out Il Lombardia this Saturday. The Frenchman has been the stand out rider for 2019 and was expected to line up at the Italian Monument at the weekend as one of the favourites. However, a taxing year of racing has seen Alaphillipe to call time on his year. 'I am really sad to tell you that I will not be racing Milano-Torino and Il Lombardia this week and that my incredible 2019 season has come to an end. You know that I always give everything and have done ever since my year started in Argentina,' said Alaphilippe. 'I’ve worked really hard to try and be at my peak for a third time this year, having raced hard at the Classics ...
Chris Froome on the road again
Chris Froome is back out on the road again after his horror crash in recon at the Criterium du Dauphine in June.
Froome will return to racing in at the Saitama Criterium
Supported by Four-time Tour de France champion Chris Froome will take part in one of the events surrounding the Saitama Criterium in Japan in October, which would be his first race since a horror crash in June. Froome, who won the 2013 Saitama Criterium, had not been expected to be back in any sort of event until … The post Froome will return to racing in at the Saitama Criterium appeared first on CyclingTips .
Preview: 18 things to know about the elite men’s Worlds road race
The 2019 Road World Championships conclude this Sunday with the elite men’s road race. It’s one of the biggest and most important days of racing on the men’s calendar and it’s the race that decides who will wear the rainbow bands for the next year. Ahead of Sunday’s race, here’s your guide to the course, … The post Preview: 18 things to know about the elite men’s Worlds road race appeared first on CyclingTips .
Who are the bookies backing for the World Championships men's race?
Joe Robinson 23 Sep 2019 A guide to the favourites for the men’s elite road race in Harrogate on Sunday 29th September The UCI World Championships is already underway in Harrogate, Yorkshire and the final event is the elite men’s road race on Sunday 29th September. At 285km, it will be the longest World Championships road race in recent history, almost matching the mammoth 298km tackled at Milan-San Remo , just with a mighty 3,645m of elevation. After a long 180km lap of the Yorkshire Dales - which includes ascents of Kidstones Pass, Buttertubs and Grinton Moor - the men will enter Harrogate for seven laps of a 14km finishing circuit. It’s technical, negotiating plenty of narrow roads, tight corners and a few rude gradients in a loop that will sap the energy reserves of every rider. Particularly watch out for the tight bridge on Penny Pot Lane followed by ...
The weekly spin: The Grand Tour Domino Effect
A gust of wind in southeast France, a patch of slippery pavement in Andorra, a touch of wheels in Italy, and three grand tour winners who might never have been. The Vuelta a España is over and the 2019 Grand Tour season is finished. As I look back, I’ve been playing the what-if game. What … The post The weekly spin: The Grand Tour Domino Effect appeared first on CyclingTips .
Chris Froome targetting 2019 return to racing despite still walking on crutches
Joe Robinson 13 Sep 2019 Fifth Tour de France remains main goal for Froome as he continues recovery from horror crash Chris Froome plans to return to bike racing by the end of 2019 despite still being unable to walk without crutches. The Team Ineos rider is on a long road to recovery following a major crash at the Criterium du Dauphine in June. Froome crashed while riding a recon of the Stage 4 individual time trial in Roanne leaving him with major breaks to his femur, elbow, ribs and neck . After a significant amount of time in intensive care, Froome then returned to him home in Monaco to begin his recovery with surgeons speculating a six-month recovery process. However, last month Team Ineos boss Dave Brailsford confirmed Froome's recovery was ahead of schedule and now in an interview with The Telegraph , Froome confirmed his aspirations of racing ...
Froome happy to be alive as he targets fifth Tour title
Supported by Chris Froome admits he is “grateful to be alive” after a horrific high speed crash into a wall in June that left the four-time Tour de France winner with multiple fractures. However, despite still needing crutches to walk, Froome is targeting a record-equalling fifth Tour title and Olympic gold in Tokyo next year. The 34-year-old … The post Froome happy to be alive as he targets fifth Tour title appeared first on CyclingTips .
The weekly spin: Jumbo-Visma’s investment in young talent on display at Vuelta
It was at the 2016 Redlands Cycling Classic that Americans Sepp Kuss and Neilson Powless first made their presence known at the elite level of road racing. It was there, in Southern California’s Inland Empire, that Kuss won the queen stage on Oak Glen, while Powless won the time trial and finished second overall. Forty-one … The post The weekly spin: Jumbo-Visma’s investment in young talent on display at Vuelta appeared first on CyclingTips .
More surgery for Chris Froome after kitchen knife accident
"This is not my year," says 34-year-old who is still recovering from Dauphiné crash
Bradley Wiggins enrols in degree to train as social worker
Joe Robinson 27 Aug 2019 Tour de France hero takes up degree Open University to move away from cycling achievements Bradley Wiggins has announced his next venture outside of cycling, deciding to enrol for a degree in social care. In an extensive interview with The Big Issue , the 2012 Tour de France champion cited the want to be known for something beyond his sporting success as the reason for pursuing a career as a social worker. The 39-year-old stated he no longer wanted to 'live off the back of' his cycling career before adding that 'when people say, "Oh, you're that cyclist", I'll say, 'No, that was a few years ago. I'm a social worker now.' The five-time Olympic champion also suggested the 'mental toughness' gained during his childhood growing up in North London would help with this new venture. 'Those horrific things I saw when I was growing ...
Bradley Wiggins to train as social worker as he 'detaches' from cycling career
Former Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins says that he doesn't "give a shit about my cycling career now" and is moving on with a new phase in his life, instead enjoying watching bike racing "as a fan now" and training as a social worker. In an interview published in this week's Big Issue , Wiggins also addresses the scrutiny he was put under following the 'Fancy Bears' hack that revealed his use of therapeutic use exemptions (TUEs) to allow intramuscular injections of the corticosteroid Triamcinolone Acetonide to treat his allergies ahead of the 2011 and 2012 Tours de France – the latter won by Wiggins – and the 2013 Giro d'Italia. The contents of a Jiffy bag delivered to his Team Sky bus at the conclusion of the 2011 Critérium du Dauphiné, later said by team manager Dave Brailsford to contain the decongestant Fluimucil, was also a key part ...
Bradley Wiggins: “I don’t give a shit about my cycling career now”
Supported by London, Aug 26, 2019 (AFP) – Bradley Wiggins has revealed plans to become a social worker, as the 2012 Tour de France winner moves onto a new life after his remarkable cycling career. Wiggins was the first Briton to win the Tour de France, a memorable feat he followed with an Olympic time trial gold medal at … The post Bradley Wiggins: “I don’t give a shit about my cycling career now” appeared first on CyclingTips .