Mechanical on Poggio ruins Degenkolb's chances at Milan-San Remo

John Degenkolb rides Milan-San Remo 2019

You could almost feel the frustration coming through the television camera as John Degenkolb ( Trek-Segafredo ) jumped – still riding his bike – up and down in anger on the descent of the Poggio. Degenkolb had done all he could to keep close to the climbers on the final climb of Milan-San Remo but a mechanical problem scuppered any chance he might have of getting back to the leading group. After putting in a deep effort at the bottom of the Poggio to move up the main peloton, Degenkolb had lost contact with the front as the group split under pressure of the high pace set by the likes of Deceuninck-QuickStep. However, Degenkolb – whose bike was equipped with SRAM’s 1x 12-speed eTap groupset - dropped a chain on the descent of the climb. Despite Degankolb’s best efforts, he could not get the chain back on, and with no ...

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High-speed racing on the Poggio means sprinters miss out at Milan-San Remo

Caleb Ewan during Milan-San Remo 2019

The warm spring weather and steady pace for much of Milan-San Remo seemed set to help the sprinters dominate this year’s La Classicissima , but in truth, it led to their downfall. The attackers were still strong and confident on the Poggio, and so able to blow the race apart and share the spoils on the Via Roma. Eventual winner, Julian Alaphilippe ( Deceuninck-QuickStep ) sparked the decisive selection of seven riders in the final kilometre of the Poggio, with only Vincenzo Nibali and Matej Mohoric (Bahrain-Merida), Simon Clarke (EF Education First) and Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) able to get on during the descent and the final flat roads in San Remo. The pure sprinters and their teammates were distanced and dropped, leaving just 11 riders to fight for victory. Few noticed but Alexander Kristoff ( UAE Team Emirates ) won the bunch sprint for 14th place on the Via ...

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Sagan left unsure how to win Milano-Sanremo after another near miss

Sagan left unsure how to win Milano-Sanremo after another near miss

Sagan hoping to bounce back from early-season illness and Sanremo disappointment in time for cobbled monuments. Read the full article at Sagan left unsure how to win Milano-Sanremo after another near miss on VeloNews.com .

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Alaphilippe wins Milan-San Remo

Julian Alaphilippe lets out a roar

It may have been the first Monument of the season, but the story was the one we’ve seen so often already this year. Some 175 men fought for half the day to win a bike race, and Julian Alaphilippe ( Deceuninck-QuickStep ) ended up on the top step of the podium. Milan-San Remo is the seventh victory of the season for the Frenchman, and the 19th for his team - no doubt the sweetest yet. Part of an elite group contesting the win in San Remo, Alaphilippe beat Oliver Naesen ( AG2R La Mondiale ) and Michał Kwiatkowski ( Team Sky ) to the top spot after a tense sprint to the line. The Frenchman had played a major part in forming the elite group that made it to the finish, launching an attack over the top of Poggio and bringing a number of the strongest men in the sport ...

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The Pro-Conti and SSR Corner: The Cobbles and Crashes Edition

Ack! Cees Bol win

It’s been slow on the SSR front for the last few weeks, though we did get an exciting and rainy edition of Industry and Artichokes, as well as exciting (to different degrees) but crash-marred editions of Nokere Koerse and the Bredene Koksijde Classic. Max Schachmann took the big Artichoke, while Cees Bol and Pascal Ackermann respectively won the two Belgian SSRs. Too bad that Sunweb is SSR-phobic, or we may have had the chance to see Bol dominating more races. Ackermann’s victory in the-race-formerly-known-as-Handzame was dominant, and likely gave him some assurances against an Irish Giro takeover, but how does a single one day SSR victory compare to Sam Bennett’s 2 WT victories at Paris-Nice? It’s a good problem for Bora to have, though, as they now have three of the best sprinters in the peloton and the competition amongst them is resulting in some great performances. As the heart ...

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Katie Hall to 'go for it' at Trofeo Alfredo Binda

UnitedHealthcare's Katie Hall celebrates winning the 2018 Amgen Women's Race

Katie Hall was one of Boels Dolmans ' biggest new signings for the 2019 season and the American plans to live up to those expectations at Trofeo Alfredo Binda-Comune di Cittiglio on Sunday. "I do have ambitions for this race – to go for it, leave it all out on the road, and see how the chips fall," Hall told Cyclingnews . The event is the third round of the Women's WorldTour , after Strade Bianche and Ronde van Drenthe, but Hall has only competed at the Semtana Ciclista Valenciana in February. Competing at Trofeo Alfredo Binda will mark her first race with the powerful Dutch team on the Women’s WorldTour. Hall has spent much of her career so far focused on American stage racing, and was a member of the UnitedHealthcare team for the five previous seasons. Last year, she won the Tour of California Women's Race. She has ...

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The Gorilla’s new habitat

Supported by For 2019, André Greipel stepped out of the WorldTour and into a team with a loyal leadout man and an invite to the Tour de France. The post The Gorilla’s new habitat appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Peter Sagan plays it cool before Milan-San Remo

Peter Sagan with his new Specialized for Milan-San Remo

Peter Sagan ( Bora-Hansgrohe ) played down any pressure and expectation 24 hours before Milan-San Remo , suggesting that he was actually looking forward to the long day in the saddle and that again missing out on victory in the Italian Monument would not be a problem. Sagan has twice finished second in the Via Roma, in 2013 and 2017, and has yet to add La Classicissima to his rich palmares. But he shrugged any suggestion he was some how under pressure. "Maybe for somebody it’s a problem. But well, I think in general, in the world, we have much bigger problems than winning or losing a race," Sagan said, suggesting patience is a virtue when it comes to winning Milan-San Remo. "Milan-San Remo is a special race, perhaps you need to wait to win it. Maybe it's not this year, then you have to try next year, and if ...

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Niewiadoma: Anyone can win Trofeo Alfredo Binda

Kasia Niewiadoma at stage 3 at OVO Energy Women's Tour

Kasia Niewiadoma (Canyon-SRAM) had one of her career-best performances at the Trofeo Alfredo Binda-Comune di Cittiglio last year with a solo victory in the pouring rain. She will return to the event, marked as the third round of the Women's WorldTour , to defend her title. "Last year's victory for me was a great moment with my teammates and I was super, super happy," Niewiadoma said in a team statement. "We were in control of the race no matter what other teams were doing and when I attacked solo, I just put my head down and pushed hard all the way to the finish line, and I never looked back.” Even though she aims to win the race for a second consecutive season, she is aware of how unpredictable Trofeo Alfredo Binda has been in the past. The women will race 131.1km from Taino to Cittiglio and because the race ...

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Milano-Sanremo: The ‘Who Will Win’ Piece

Milano-Sanremo is at the same time the most and least predictable race on the calendar. It’s not every race you can work through every single scenario in which the race can be won and coming up with a manageable number - go on, try doing it with E3 Harelbeke - but then again it’s not every race that can be won by Mark Cavendish, then a few years later undergo alterations that make it notably easier, following which it is won by Vincenzo Nibali. I’m not going to go through all the scenarios in which any given rider can win, Andrew did that expertly last year and much of it is still relevant. What I aim to achieve with this preview is to come up with one name and a set of very plausible reasons why they will be the first person to win a Monument classic in 2019. This ...

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Peter Sagan and Specialized's latest collaboration is Chasing Rainbows

Peter Sagan and Specialized's latest collaboration is Chasing Rainbows

Specialized and three-time UCI World Road Race Champion Peter Sagan have announced the third run of top-of-the range bikes, helmets and shoes in the Sagan Collection. The latest limited-edition collection is entitled Chasing Rainbows and, says Specialized, the colour schemes reflect the two sides of the six-time Tour de France green jersey winner. Specialized founder Mike Sinyard on the power of the bicycle How to watch the Spring Classics Specialized and Sagan team up again According to Specialized, the Overexposed side of the collection shows the Bora-Hansgrohe rider's "…star of the show side, with loud silvers and rainbows. Underexposed represents his 'below the radar' side with blacks, greys and rainbows." The Chasing Rainbows collection follows on from the first Sagan Collection — launched just before the Tour of Flanders in March 2018 — and the follow up which arrived at the start of last year's Tour de France . Specialized ...

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Are the routes of the Monuments growing stale?

Daniel Ostanek 22 Mar 2019 With Liège-Bastogne-Liège changing its route, Cyclist asks whether it is time for the other Classics races to follow suit? Let’s talk about race routes, shall we? They’re the bread and butter of pro cycling – the roads, hills and cobbles which make the races we all love. From Alpe d'Huez and the Arenberg to the Mur de Huy and the Stelvio, the sacred routes that the calendar visits year after year are where legends have been built and memories made, over decades of racing. Take Paris-Roubaix . The Hell of the North follows a tried-and-tested formula, heading north from Compiègne to the velodrome in Roubaix. Along the way, the famous cobbles of the Trouee d’Arenberg , Mons-en-Pevele and the Carrefour de l'Arbre are always there – the main attractions and biggest tests on the road to glory. The route announcement for this year’s edition – ...

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Are the Monuments going stale?

Daniel Ostanek 22 Mar 2019 With Liège-Bastogne-Liège changing its route, Cyclist asks whether it is time for the other Classics races to follow suit? Let’s talk about race routes, shall we? They’re the bread and butter of pro cycling – the roads, hills and cobbles which make the races we all love. From Alpe d'Huez and the Arenberg to the Mur de Huy and the Stelvio, the sacred routes that the calendar visits year after year are where legends have been built and memories made, over decades of racing. Take Paris-Roubaix . The Hell of the North follows a tried-and-tested formula, heading north from Compiègne to the velodrome in Roubaix. Along the way, the famous cobbles of the Trouee d’Arenberg , Mons-en-Pevele and the Carrefour de l'Arbre are always there – the main attractions and biggest tests on the road to glory. The route announcement for this year’s edition – ...

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Are the routes of the Monuments going stale?

Daniel Ostanek 22 Mar 2019 With Liège-Bastogne-Liège changing its route, Cyclist asks whether it is time for the other Classics races to follow suit? Let’s talk about race routes, shall we? They’re the bread and butter of pro cycling – the roads, hills and cobbles which make the races we all love. From Alpe d'Huez and the Arenberg to the Mur de Huy and the Stelvio, the sacred routes that the calendar visits year after year are where legends have been built and memories made, over decades of racing. Take Paris-Roubaix . The Hell of the North follows a tried-and-tested formula, heading north from Compiègne to the velodrome in Roubaix. Along the way, the famous cobbles of the Trouee d’Arenberg , Mons-en-Pevele and the Carrefour de l'Arbre are always there – the main attractions and biggest tests on the road to glory. The route announcement for this year’s edition – ...

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Balancing tradition and change: Are the routes of the Monuments going stale?

Daniel Ostanek 22 Mar 2019 With Liège-Bastogne-Liège changing its route, Cyclist asks whether it is time for the other Classics races to follow suit? Let’s talk about race routes, shall we? They’re the bread and butter of pro cycling – the roads, hills and cobbles which make the races we all love. From Alpe d'Huez and the Arenberg to the Mur de Huy and the Stelvio, the sacred routes that the calendar visits year after year are where legends have been built and memories made, over decades of racing. Take Paris-Roubaix . The Hell of the North follows a tried-and-tested formula, heading north from Compiègne to the velodrome in Roubaix. Along the way, the famous cobbles of the Trouee d’Arenberg , Mons-en-Pevele and the Carrefour de l'Arbre are always there – the main attractions and biggest tests on the road to glory. The route announcement for this year’s edition – ...

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Q&A: How Payson McElveen won Land Run with boredom and a track stand sprint

Q&A: How Payson McElveen won Land Run with boredom and a track stand sprint

The last time Payson McElveen started a gravel race he was sick. That was at Rebecca’s Private Idaho last fall. Earlier in 2018, he abandoned Dirty Kanza 200, when flat tires knocked him out of the lead group. Despite his minimal experience in long gravel races, the pro mountain biker pulled off an impressive win […] Read the full article at Q&A;: How Payson McElveen won Land Run with boredom and a track stand sprint on VeloNews.com .

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Cannondale Habit Carbon 3 review

Cannondale Habit Carbon 3 review

Cannondale’s Habit had a refresh in 2018 , losing flexy chainstays and gaining a regular four-bar suspension linkage. The Carbon 3 comes with a BallisTec carbon front triangle — Cannondale's proprietary method of high-strength, high-stiffness carbon construction that enables it to build very strong, light bikes — linked to an alloy rear end. Best mountain bike: how to choose the right one for you BikeRadar's 2019 Bike of the Year awards The Cannondale Habit Carbon 3 is one of our Bike of the Year bikes for 2019. To read reviews of the other contenders and the categories tested across road, mountain and women's bikes, visit our Bike of the Year hub page . Cannondale hasn’t gone crazy with the 130mm travel Habit. Looking at the spec on paper you can see it’s a traditional — though still up-to-date — trail bike. In its low setting, the Habit has a 66-degree ...

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Striking a Gigante balance

Striking a Gigante balance

Sarah Gigante's feats from hospital to perfect VCE score to epic RoadNats win are already firmly etched into Australian cycling folklore. But we won't tire of telling them especially here as the AIS High Performance team provides a different perspective from Sarah's mum about those dark days of recovery and how Sarah strikes an all-important life balance.

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