Tour de France teams for 2019 — Complete startlist plus the favourites

Theuns and Dupont at Tour de France 2018

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The weekly spin: Why Nibali and Valverde shouldn’t be counted out at Tour de France

Two of the most successful riders in professional cycling are headed to the Tour de France flying under the radar. My advice: Don’t sleep on Vincenzo Nibali or Alejandro Valverde as GC threats. While most lists of pre-race favorites look to Egan Bernal, Geraint Thomas, Jakob Fuglsang, Adam Yates, and Richie Porte, there’s exactly one … The post The weekly spin: Why Nibali and Valverde shouldn’t be counted out at Tour de France appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Nibali coy on Tour de France ambitions despite being named as Bahrain-Merida leader

Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida)

Bahrain-Merida have confirmed Vincenzo Nibali as their team leader for the Tour de France , with senior directeur sportif Gorazd Stangelj saying Nibali would “aim for the GC”. However, the Sicilian reiterated at the Italian national championships over the weekend that he will take things day to day, with the first mountain at La Planche des Belles Filles on stage 6 giving an indication of his form and true chances. World time trial champion Rohan Dennis, sprinter Sonny Colbrelli, Dylan Teuns and Matej Mohoric are also part of the Bahrain-Merida squad, with Spain’s Ivan Cortina, Damiano Caruso and Jan Tratnik completing their balanced and eclectic line-up. Nibali finished second in the Giro d’Italia behind Richard Carapaz (Movistar) and has only raced the Gran Premio Città di Lugano and Sunday’s Italian national championships since the corsa rosa . He focused on recovery for two weeks and then spent time with Caruso ...

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Vincenzo Nibali’s Tour de France ambitions to become clear on first mountain finish

Vincenzo Nibali finishes stage 14 at the Giro

Vincenzo Nibali ’s Tour de France ambitions will become clear on the first mountain finish at La Planche des Belles Filles on stage 6, with his coach Paolo Slongo describing the Sicilian as a potential “loose cannon” who could shake up the race if he can rediscover the form that helped him finish second overall at the Giro d’Italia behind Richard Carapaz. Nibali won the Tour de France in 2014, completing a rare collection of all three Grand Tours. He opted to target the Giro d’Italia this year but agreed to ride the Tour de France on request of his Bahrain-Merida team. The 34-year-old Sicilian has always played down any suggestions he will target overall victory, saying stage victories are his goal, but with both Chris Froome and Tom Dumoulin out of the race due to injury, Nibali and Slongo know there could be a chance to win a second ...

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Giro d'Italia 2019: Carapaz holds Maglia Rosa as Bilbao takes impressive Stage 20 summit win

Giro d'Italia 2019: Carapaz holds Maglia Rosa as Bilbao takes impressive Stage 20 summit win

Peter Stuart 1 Jun 2019 Pello Bilbao of Team Astana takes second win of this year's Giro, as a dramatic final climb kept the Nibali and Carapaz together Pello Bilbao of Team Astana took a brave summit win of stage 20 as Richard Carapaz (Movistar) came in fourth place, holding his time gap and the maglia rosa going into tomorrow's final stage. The last 2km of the saw an elite group of Nibali, Carapaz and Mikel Landa (Movistar) bridge up to the leading group of the stage and a decisive sprint ensued in the final 200m, with Bilbao and Landa sprinting for first and second place. It means Basque rider Bilbao has taken a second stage win at this year's Giro. Primoz Roglic ( Team Jumbo–Visma) lost time to Landa and Nibali, finishing 54 second behind the leading duo, securing Landa's chances of taking a podium spot. How the race ...

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Pros dominate Mortirolo Strava leaderboard despite bad weather on Stage 16 of Giro d'Italia

Joe Robinson 29 May 2019 Jan Hirt lost out on stage win but got real victory of Mortirolo KOM. Photo: RCS/Giro d'Italia With freezing temperatures and heavy rain , conditions on the slopes of the Mortirolo for Stage 16 of the 2019 Giro d'Italia certainly were not ideal for a Strava King of the Mountain attempt. But that clearly doesn't matter when the Giro d'Italia comes to town as the peloton obliterated the Strava leaderboard on the fearsome climb. Breakaway rider and stage runner-up Jan Hirt (Astana) took the day's real victory as he gained the Mortirolo KOM in a time of 46 minutes and 20 seconds, one second quicker (redemption?) than eventual stage winner Guilio Ciccone of Trek-Segafredo . That meant that Hirt averaged 14.8kmh up the brutal 11.42km segment that averages a knee-crushing 11%. The Czech climber also sat at a steady 351w for the entire climb, 15w ...

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Giro d'Italia 2019: Ciccone wins Stage 16 as the Mortirolo shakes up the GC

Giro d'Italia 2019: Ciccone wins Stage 16 as the Mortirolo shakes up the GC

Jack Elton-Walters 28 May 2019 Giulio Ciccone won Stage 16 of the 2019 Giro d'Italia but it was in the General Classification that the biggest changes took place Giulio Ciccone ( Trek-Segafredo ) won Stage 16 of the 2019 Giro d'Italia, pipping his breakaway companion Jan Hirt ( Astana ) on the line. Ciccone led from the front and did enough to hold on for the win, likely spurred on by the idea of getting in a warm shower as soon as possible after some torrential rain earlier in the stage. Behind them, the group of favourites came over the line mostly together but with some big names absent. Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana) lost the wheel and a bit of time, but much further back were Primoz Roglic (Jumba-Visma), Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) and Bauke Mollema ( Trek-Segafredo ) who lost almost a minute and a half. See related Giro d'Italia ...

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Giro d'Italia 2019: Ciccone wins Stage 15 as the Mortirolo shakes up the GC

Giro d'Italia 2019: Ciccone wins Stage 15 as the Mortirolo shakes up the GC

Jack Elton-Walters 28 May 2019 Giulio Ciccone won Stage 16 of the 2019 Giro d'Italia but it was in the General Classification that the biggest changes took place Giulio Ciccone ( Trek-Segafredo ) won Stage 15 of the 2019 Giro d'Italia , pipping his breakaway companion Jan Hirt ( Astana ) on the line. Ciccone led from the front and did enough to hold on for the win, likely spurred on by the idea of getting in a warm shower as soon as possible after some torrential rain earlier in the stage. Behind them, the group of favourites came over the line mostly together but with some big names absent. Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana) lost the wheel and a bit of time, but much further back were Primoz Roglic (Jumba-Visma), Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) and Bauke Mollema ( Trek-Segafredo ) who lost almost a minute and a half. The next few ...

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Carapaz in pink, and the favourites reshuffle: Giro d’Italia, stage 14

Supported by COURMAYEUR, Italy (AFP) – Movistar’s Ecuadorian climber Richard Carapaz shot to the top of the Giro d’Italia overall standings on Saturday when he soloed to victory at the stage 14 summit finish. The 25-year-old edged ahead of Primoz Roglic in the standings after breaking from the chief contenders on the Giro’s toughest hill yet, while … The post Carapaz in pink, and the favourites reshuffle: Giro d’Italia, stage 14 appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Giro d'Italia 2019: Carapaz wins Stage 14 to take over pink jersey

Giro d'Italia 2019: Carapaz wins Stage 14 to take over pink jersey

Martin James 25 May 2019 Movistar make the numbers game count as key rivals trip over themselves Movistar's Richard Carapaz took his second win of the 2019 Giro d'Italia, conquering a mountainous Stage 14 to cross the line alone and take over the race leader's pink jersey for his troubles. Carapaz attacked on the penultimate climb of the day and made the most of his advantage as those behind started watching each other. Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) took second, recovering after again looking suspect in the mountains to break clear of those who had ridden away from him earlier in the day for a morale-boosting result. Italy's Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) got the consolation of third place and a time bonus, finishing with fellow favourites Primoz Roglic (Jumbo Visma) and Carapaz's Movistar teammate Mikel Landa. Roglic had looked nailed on to take over the race lead from Jan Polanc (UAE Team Emirates), ...

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Giro d'Italia: Benedetti wins stage 12

Cesare Benedetti wins stage 12 at the 2019 Giro d'Italia

Cesare Benedetti (Bora-Hansgrohe) has spent his career helping others, but the Italian finally took his first professional victory in Pinerolo on stage 12 of the Giro d’Italia . Benedetti had to chase back several times but made it into the leading group inside the final kilometre to beat Damiano Caruso (Bahrain-Merida) and Eddie Dunbar (Team Ineos) to the line. Jan Polanc (UAE Team Emirates), who was also in the day’s break and was dropped in the final kilometres, crossed the line shortly after Benedetti to take the race lead and pink jersey from his teammate Valerio Conti. The Italian was distanced on the main climb, and while he worked hard to chase back on afterwards, he was safe in the knowledge that Polanc would be the new race leader when all was said and done. After everything shook out, Polanc would end the day with a 4:07 over Primoz Roglic ...

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Roglic leads after Giro d’Italia Stage 1

Supported by Bologna (Italy) (AFP) – Slovenian Primoz Roglic won the first stage of the Giro d’Italia on Saturday ahead of Britain’s Simon Yates, pulling on the leader’s pink jersey after an eight kilometre individual time-trial. The three-week race got underway in Bologna and finished with an uphill ride to the Sanctuary of the Madonna di San … The post Roglic leads after Giro d’Italia Stage 1 appeared first on CyclingTips .

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The aspirations of Rohan Dennis

Rohan Dennis may be the reigning world champion in the time trial, but he still has aspirations beyond aero bars. The post The aspirations of Rohan Dennis appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Nibali pays the price in UAE Tour

Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida)

Jumbo-Visma's punishing pace on Jebel Hafeet had many victims, not least Vincenzo Nibali ( Bahrain-Merida ). Nibali was shown the backdoor of the lead group on the summit finish of stage 3 of the UAE Tour with 5.7 kilometres remaining, saying later that he "paid for the rhythm" set by the Dutch squad. Jabel Hafeet was the first opportunity this season for Nibali to test his legs on a climb under racing conditions. The UAE Tour is his opening race of the season having come straight from a high-altitude training camp in Tenerife. Prior to the race, Nibali had been tentative about his chances and it proved rightly so. The Italian tapped away at his own rhythm, crossing the line 1:17 behind the stage winner Alejandro Valverde (Movistar), in a group containing Tejay van Garderen (EF Education First) and Kenny Elissonde (Team Sky). With some months until his primary goal ...

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Dennis to play support role at UAE Tour

Rohan Dennis joined Bahrain-Merida in the off-season

Rohan Dennis ( Bahrain-Merida ) says that he will play the team game at the UAE Tour this week. Dennis is lying just eight seconds off the race lead after helping his team to third place in the opening team time trial, but the 28-year-old is leaving the GC battle up to his new teammates Vincenzo Nibali and Damiano Caruso. "That's up to the two Italians, Caruso and Nibali, I'm here as support. I had my chance at the Tour Down Under and now it's time to back off a bit until the Tour de France," said Dennis, as he warmed down following the ride. Bahrain-Merida were the 10th team to leave the start ramp on Al Hudayriat and it was quickly apparent that they were in strong form as they smoothly exchanged positions and set the fastest intermediate time. Like many of the teams, they dropped down to the ...

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Vincenzo Nibali's Merida Reacto Disc — gallery

Vincenzo Nibali's Merida Reacto Disc — gallery

This article first appeared on Cyclingnews . Vincenzo Nibali ( Bahrain-Merida ) begins his 2019 season at the UAE Tour later this month, and like all of his Bahrain-Merida teammates, will likely race on a disc-equipped Merida Reacto or Scultura. Unlike Nibali's teammates, however, the Italian — along with Bahrain-Merida leaders Domenico Pozzovivo, Rohan Dennis and Damiano Caruso — has the option to opt out of racing discs for specific races. The remainder of the squad will race with disc brakes throughout, joining the likes of Trek-Segafredo, Katusha-Alpecin, Bora-Hansgrohe and Deceuninck-QuickStep who have all committed to racing on discs for the entire season. Nibali has a reputation for a racing style from a bygone era, attacking on impulse and feeling, rather than the more calculated approaches that focus on watts seen in recent years. During Nibali's foray into the cobbled Classics early last season — and again during the Roubaix ...

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Bahrain-Merida gather in Croatia for training camp - Gallery

Vincenzo Nibali speaks with media at the Bahrain-Merida team camp

Following a day of medical tests at the IRR Rehabilitations Institute of Turin, riders for Bahrain-Merida are spending this week on the Croatian island of Hvar for a first full training camp with the 2019 roster. Star rider Vincenzo Nibali and new recruit Rohan Dennis were on hand and ready to greet their new teammates. Bahrain-Merida added eight new riders in 2019, including three from the former BMC Racing Team: Dennis, Damiano Caruso and Dylan Teuns. Also new to the team this year are Marcel Sieberg from Lotto Soudal, Jan Tratnik from CCC Sprandi Polkowice, Phil Bauhaus from Team Sunweb, Andrea Garosio from d'Amico-Utensilnord and Stephen Williams from SEG Racing Academy. The team are also breaking in rider-turned-director Franco Pellizotti in his new role. Click or swipe through the Bettini photo gallery above for a glimpse of this week's camp. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com

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Offseason Capsule: Bahrain Merida

Lots of Meh, not much Bah, but a surprising amount of Wow One of cycling’s monied new projects had a relatively quiet second year but took a huge step in the right direction. There were a few glorious moments. What we said last year I pointed out that 2017 had been a team dominated by Nibali’s performance, without much spread of points. I wondered what we’d get from Sonni Colbrelli and outlined a range of possible outcomes, vowed never to underestimate Nibali again, and entirely missed the imminent emergence of Matej Mohoric. Fortunately, that error was rectified in the comments. What we got in 2018 The last win of 2017 was an unsurprising monument victory for the evergreen Nibali. The first win of 2018 (that I care about - for effect, I’m ignoring a Dubai stage and the GP of industry and artichokes) was another monument win for Nibali. This ...

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De Marchi vows to help Teuns seal a victory in Italian classics

Alessandro De Marchi on the podium

Alessandro De Marchi ( BMC Racing ) captured the victory at the Giro dell’Emilia on Saturday in Bologna. Instead of basking in his own glory, however, the Italian said he aims to help his teammate Dylan Teuns secure a victory, too, before the late-season classics come to an end at Il Lombardia next weekend. "I think after today, I have to use the final races of the season to say thank you to Dylan, especially because today, he was really helpful and he did an amazing job for me. I know he wants to race for the win and I would like to help him to do that," De Marchi said in a team press release. "I have shown that I am in good shape and you never know what can happen but now is the time to do something for him and also maybe for Damiano [Caruso] as he ...

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BMC Racing sign off with a fifth and final podium place in team time trial

Rohan Dennis on the front for BMC Racing

The BMC Racing team finished on the podium of the UCI Road World Championships team time trial championships for a fifth consecutive time but were unable to sign off with a final victory before the team becomes CCC in 2019 and many of its big-name riders move elsewhere. The BMC Racing riders won the world title in 2014 and 2015 and so were logically disappointed to finish third, 19 seconds slower than winners Quick-Step Floors and silver medalists Team Sunweb, who were a second faster. Patrick Bevin, Damiano Caruso, Rohan Dennis, Stefan Küng, Greg Van Avermaet, and Tejay van Garderen were second fastest behind Mitchelton-Scott after 22.8km but slipped to third fastest after the climb to Axams after 45km. They lost Küng at this point after the Swiss rouleur made a huge contribution during the 40km flat roads and were unable to match Quick-Step Floors’ finishing speed. “We did everything ...

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