Richie Porte: This is not how I wanted to start the season

Richie Porte (Trek-Segafredo) rode a good race to finish second on stage 2 of the 2019 Herald Sun To

Richie Porte 's first season with Trek-Segafredo has not gone to plan so far after his early season was blown up with a bout of bronchitis, but the 34-year-old Australian is at the Tour of California this week looking to turn things around as he continues to build towards the Tour de France. Porte started his season on a high note, taking his sixth consecutive win on Willunga Hill at the Tour Down Under and finishing second overall to Mitchelton-Scott's Daryl Impey. He stayed at home in Australia for the Herald Sun Tour, where he placed fifth overall, but things quickly went downhill from there as bronchitis set in. He put in a lacklustre performance at the UAE Tour and then decided to skip Paris-Nice – a race he's won twice – in favour of racing at the Volta a Catalunya. Porte's performance there didn't grab any headlines, with his ...

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Q&A: Daryl Impey talks Froome, Thomas, and his long pro career

Q&A: Daryl Impey talks Froome, Thomas, and his long pro career

Daryl Impey's 12-year career has been filled with odds-defying success and career-threatening injuries. Now, he's got his sights set on delivering the Yates brothers to WorldTour dominance. Read the full article at Q&A;: Daryl Impey talks Froome, Thomas, and his long pro career on VeloNews.com .

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Catalogue of crashes wrecks Mitchelton-Scott's Fleche Wallonne

Mitchelton-Scott's Adam Yates finishes stage 2 at Tour of the Basque Country

Adam Yates and his Mitchelton-Scott teammates saw their chances of a successful Flèche Wallonne disappear on Wednesday after all but one of their number were involved in crashes. Yates, who came into the race as a potential podium candidate, crashed just before the second ascent of the Mur de Huy and was forced out of the race as a result. Of the team's entire seven-rider roster, only Damien Howson came through unscathed, finishing in 28th place, as Julian Alaphilppe romped home to take the win ahead of Astana's Jakob Fuglsang. Michael Albasini, a perennial top-10 finisher in Flèche Wallonne, and Daryl Impey were also involved in falls and failed to finish the race. "Today flipped on its head pretty quickly, unfortunately, with many crashes throughout the race and most of the team went down or had been involved one way or another," Howson said in a press release issued by ...

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The weekly spin: Deconstructing Mathieu van der Poel’s improbable Amstel Gold victory

It was one of the most thrilling finishes of a spring classic in modern history. After trailing by one minute with three kilometers remaining, cyclocross world champion Mathieu van der Poel, in his Amstel Gold Race debut, towed a chase group back into contention and improbably caught and passed the leaders with 125 meters remaining. … The post The weekly spin: Deconstructing Mathieu van der Poel’s improbable Amstel Gold victory appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Impey leads Mitchelton-Scott hopes for Amstel Gold

Daryl Impey (Mitchelton-Scott)

South African road race and time trial champion Daryl Impey will lead the Australian Mitchelton-Scott WorldTour team at the Amstel Gold Race in the Netherlands on Sunday, hoping that he can add to the team's already impressive haul of 17 victories so far this season. In 2019, only Deceuninck-QuickStep – with 24 wins – and Astana (22) have won in 2019 more often than Mitchelton, who currently share a win-tally with Bora-Hansgrohe. Impey – who successfully defended his national titles in February on the back of retaining his Tour Down Under crown in Australia in January – enjoyed a break from racing between finishing the Volta a Catalunya in late March and Wednesday's Brabantse Pijl, and is now raring to go for the hilly Dutch one-day race. "I've changed things around a bit this year, and I am trying a different approach by going to altitude before the Ardennes," he ...

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Van der Poel: I think this victory is very important

Mathieu van der Poel and Tim Wellens on the Brabantse Pijl podium

Mathieu van der Poel ( Correndon-Circus ) took his fourth win of 2019 and checked off another box on his rapidly growing road resume Wednesday at Brabantse Pijl , beating recent Monument winner Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep) in a four-up sprint in Overijse, Belgium. "I knew I had a chance in the sprint, but you're never sure," Van der Poel said. "I chose to turn on from the front, so I wouldn't get trapped and be able to ride my own sprint. When I started, I felt that I would be able to continue to the finish line. "The region is familiar territory to me," he said. "As a young rider, I have ridden here a few times already. So I knew that I could manage the Schavei. The rest of the race was harder than expected. My race was already successful when I could slip along with the favourites. That ...

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Alaphilippe misses the win but takes confidence from Brabantse Pijl

Julian Alaphilippe attacks

Julian Alaphilippe ( Deceuninck-QuickStep ) missed out on this seventh win of the season Wednesday at Brabantnse Pijl , finishing second in a four-up sprint at the end of the race to Matthieu van der Poel (Corendon-Circus), but the winner of Milan-San Remo and Strade Bianche will take confidence from his aggressive racing heading into the Ardennes Classics next week. “My team did a superb job, and on the last lap I decided to attack," said Alaphlippe, who abandoned the Tour of the Basque Country last week after being involved in a high-speed crash ion stage 4. "Over the top of the climb we were five riders, and I rode full gas to help this move go all the way to the line." Alaphilippe helped form the winning breakaway when he, Van der Poel, Tim Wellens (Lotto Souydal) and Michael Matthews (Team Sunweb), bridged across to solo escapee Daryl Impey ...

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Van der Poel wins De Brabantse Pijl

Mathieu van der Poel (Corendon-Circus) wins Brabantse Pijl

Mathieu van der Poel (Corendon-Circus) proved strongest in the final sprint between his breakaway companions to win Brabantse Pijl on Wednesday. The Dutch champion led the race onto the final section of the Schavei climb and then launched an unmatched early sprint to take the win ahead of Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep) in second, Tim Wellens (Lotto Soudal) third and Michael Matthews (Sunweb) fourth. "I'm very happy and also proud to be there with three big names in front, and to finish it off like this is kind of like a dream," Van der Poel said in a post-race flash interview. "I'm really happy and I said before this Classics season that this race suits me the best and I'm glad I could prove that." Van der Poel, who had been one of the most active during the race, formed part of the winning breakaway when he, along with Alaphilippe, Wellens ...

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Volta a Catalunya: Matthews wins stage 2

Michael Matthews wins stage 2 at Volta a Catalunya

Michael Matthews ( Team Sunweb ) claimed the uphill bunch kick on stage 2 of the Volta a Catalunya , topping world champion Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) and Mitchelton-Scott's Daryl Impey. Overall race leader Thomas De Gendt (Lotto Soudal) was tucked in the reduced peloton to hold onto the first position in the overall standings, even adding to his mountains classification lead with an attack on the final climb. With his time bonus at the finish, Valverde moved into second overall at 2:47 behind De Gendt, but one second ahead of Matthews. Best young rider Maximilian Schachmann (Bora-Hansgrohe) dropped down to fourth. The stage win was a confirmation for Matthews, who had to pull out of Paris-Nice after a crash, his second of the season after Omloop Het Nieuwsblad. "It was really hard but I was pretty confident in an uphill sprint like this," Matthews said. "But after my bad luck ...

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Yates twins lead strong Mitchelton-Scott team for Catalunya

Yates twins lead strong Mitchelton-Scott team for Catalunya

After a hard earned rest, Daryl Impey returns to racing with Mitchelton-Scott at Catalunya while Team Sunweb will let four Aussies have at it. Watch it on SBS VICELAND from early morning Tuesday 26 March.

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How Well Do Early Season Results Predict Full Season Performance?

Just walk away.

How can dispatches from January help our VDS choices? Every year it’s the same thing. With stars in my eyes, I fall head over feels in love with a rider who is toeing the antipodean line in the Southern Hemisphere, cleaning up in the Silly Season: those weird early season races that follow the endless summer or just simply brave the dead of winter, which always seem to attract just enough big names to make you think they’re worth your time and effort and attention. Often times those big names win it. But you notice a guy who finished 4th in the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race and Upside Down Beer Drinking Extravaganza, and then he heads to San Juan and finishes maybe 5th, before nabbing a runner-up at one of the Trofeos and then the VDS price list comes out and he’s only 4 points! and he becomes ...

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Impey back-to-back South African national road race champion

Impey back-to-back South African national road race champion

Fresh from his historic back-to-back Tour Down Under win in January, Daryl Impey has been crowned South African national road race champion for a second consecutive year.

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Impey defends South African road race title

Daryl Impey (Mitchelton-Scott)

Mitchelton-Scott 's Daryl Impey defended his title at the South African road race championships in Tshwane on Sunday, having also taken an eighth-straight time trial title a couple of days before. The 34-year-old took what was his fourth victory of the season by overcoming a strong Dimension Data squad at the 162km race. Impey set off alone in pursuit of Nic Dlamini on the final lap of the race, catching and dropping the Dimension Data rider to solo home for the win 25 seconds ahead of Dlamini's teammates Ryan Gibbons and Stefan de Bod, who took third, another six seconds back. "I just wanted to fight for it," Impey said on his team's website of his numerical disadvantage. "Win, lose or draw, I wanted to go all in. "Even though they threw everything at me, I rode intelligently and used my experience because I have been in this situation many ...

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Winter is the season for domestiques

Winter is the season for domestiques

Early season races in Australia and South America afford important opportunities for domestiques to win, and these results have a broader impact as well. Read the full article at Winter is the season for domestiques on VeloNews.com .

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Winter is the season for domestiques

Winter is the season for domestiques

Early season races in Australia and South America afford important opportunities for domestiques to win, and these results have a broader impact as well. Read the full article at Winter is the season for domestiques on VeloNews.com .

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Five riders starting the season under the radar

Five riders starting the season under the radar

Andrew Hood takes a look at the results sheets from the year's first races in Australia and discovered five riders who showed big promise for the season. Read the full article at Five riders starting the season under the radar on VeloNews.com .

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Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race finds its groove

Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race finds its groove

After five editions, the one-day race is marketing itself as an 'Australian classic' and is drawing more and more top riders. Read the full article at Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race finds its groove on VeloNews.com .

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Viviani takes 70th career win at Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race

Elia Viviani (Deceuninck-QuickStep) with his trophy after winning the 2019 Cadel Evans Great Ocean R

After a short lull following his stage 1 victory at the Tour Down Under, Elia Viviani got back to winning ways at the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race . The win was his 20th with Patrick Lefevere’s Deceuninck-QuickStep team and the 70th of his career. Viviani finished runner-up to Jay McCarthy in last year’s race and he was determined to rectify that, beating Caleb Ewan and Daryl Impey by a clear margin to take his second victory of the season so far. “There were two second places [from] last year that I wanted to improve in 2019, and this was one of them,” Viviani explained. “I like this race a lot, I like the course because it gives a chance to every type of riders, so I was really keen on winning here. We were in four riders going into the final kilometres, which was very important. “Also, having ...

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Victory from defeat: How Elia Viviani won the 2019 men’s Cadel’s Race

The first loser. The nearly-was. They say that second is the worst spot to finish. You’re close enough to victory that you can taste it; close enough that you feel the pain of defeat more keenly than anyone else. It’s a feeling Elia Viviani (Deceuninck-QuickStep) is familiar with. Not that you’d know it from looking … The post Victory from defeat: How Elia Viviani won the 2019 men’s Cadel’s Race appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Viviani evens score in Australia

Viviani evens score in Australia

Victory at Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race silences demon from 2018 and marks a "perfect" start to Viviani's season. Read the full article at Viviani evens score in Australia on VeloNews.com .

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