Stomach virus hits Peter Sagan's return to racing at Tirreno-Adriatico

Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe)

Peter Sagan ’s return to racing at Tirreno-Adriatico has been hit by a stomach virus, with the former world champion unable to train properly for the last five days. Cyclingnews understands Sagan has travelled to Tuscany and intends to start the week-long stage race but the condition of the three-time world champion has been seriously affected by a stomach virus. He has suffered with diarrhoea and has struggled to eat normally for the last five days. Sagan will not attend the pre-race Tirreno-Adriatico press conference on Tuesday afternoon or study the team time trial course. Instead he and some Bora-Hansgrohe teammates will do a short ride from the hotel the team used for the GP Industria & Artigianato race in Montecatini Terme, near Florence to Lido di Camaiore. Fortunately, Tirreno-Adriatico begins with a 21.5km team time trial around Lido di Camaiore on Wednesday, giving Sagan an extra day to recover ...

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The Agony and the Ex-Stani

Oh, Captain! My Captain!

One man’s battle to pick a VDS squad The final Thursday Thoughts piece of 2019 comes out, fittingly, on a Saturday/Sunday night. I didn’t want to run this before the deadline but so much of my offseason writing has been leading up to picking a team that I thought I’d show my workings, as it were, for the last exam on the 2018/19 offseason. I know it is a bit self-indulgent, but I’m sure you’ll all enjoy the chance to talk about your own, undoubtedly superior, teams. I’ve loved writing this series (especially the “ Team PdC ” column. Thanks for your company and bring on the season proper. My philosophy I know you’re all desperate to hear the approach to team-building that led me to finish 182 nd in 2018. To that, I’d say the following: Shut up. I finished 3 rd in the 2018 Ed’s draft league and ...

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Nibali and Moscon confirmed for Italian Worlds team

Vincenzo Nibali climbs to Balcón de Bizkaia during stage 17 at the Vuelta

Vincenzo Nibali and Gianni Moscon are set to lead the Italian elite men’s team at the Road World Championships in Innbsruck. National coach Davide Cassani confirmed seven of the eight-man squad at a press conference in Milan on Monday, with four riders in a short list for the final spot. Nibali and Moscon will be joined on the team by Fabio Aru (UAE Team Emirates), Franco Pellizotti, Domenico Pozzovivo (Bahrain-Merida), Damiano Caruso and Alessandro De Marchi (BMC). Gianluca Brambilla (Trek-Segafred), Dario Cataldo (Astana Pro Team), Davide Formolo (Bora-Hansgrohe) and Giovanni Visconti (Bahrain-Merida) are in contention for the final berth, with a decision to be taken following this week’s series of four one-day races in Italy. The Giro di Toscana is on Wednesday, with the Coppa Sabatini the following day, while the Memorial Pantani and Trofeo Matteotti take place at the weekend. An Italian selection will compete in each race. The ...

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Vuelta a Espana 2018 Stage 12: Alexander Geniez wins from the day's breakaway

Vuelta a Espana 2018 Stage 12: Alexander Geniez wins from the day's breakaway

Sam Challis 6 Sep 2018 Simon Yates cedes the red jersey to a breakaway rider, Cofidis' Jesus Herrada Alexander Geniez prevails from a select group that accelerated off the day's original breakaway with 20km to go. He rode strongly over the rolling final kilometres and outpowered his fellow breakaway companions near the line to take Stage 12 of the 2018 Vuelta a Espana. Despite not being billed as such, Stage 12 turned into a hard day out for peloton - lumpy terrain and fast speeds combined with gusting winds and rain as the Vuelta wound up from Mondonedo to Faro de Estaca de Bares in the Iberian Peninsula. A large break formed early on the first categorized climb of the day and built a considerable lead over the peloton, which was policed by red jersey wearer Simon Yates' Mitchelton-Scott team. With the team seemingly content to maintain a big disadvantage ...

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Seeing red: A Vuelta Preview

A countdown of the top eleven contenders for overall glory Here, in my mind, is how a grand tour season should go. At the start of the season, all the big riders pick between the Giro and the Tour. They ride a couple of prep races, then their main target. They have a rest, then they come back for the Vuelta. The Giro guys ride a prep, the Tour guys don’t. We get to watch a race between the winner of the Giro and the winner of the Tour, and decide who’s best. Reader, it doesn’t work like that. Cycling, it turns out, is complicated, and planning an entire season with the assumption that injuries and illnesses won’t happen, that form is predictable and constant, that teammate support is unvarying, and that everyone recovers at the same speed… that’s pretty dumb. On the other hand: whilst it is more complicated ...

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Peter Sagan to race Vuelta a Espana as preparation for World Championships

Peter Sagan to race Vuelta a Espana as preparation for World Championships

Joe Robinson 17 Aug 2018 Buchamnn will look for GC top 10 while Majka and Sagan will hunt for stage victories Peter Sagan will form part of a strong Bora-Hansgrohe team for the Vuelta a Espana as the three-time World Champion prepares his assault for a fourth consecutive rainbow jersey in Innsbruck, Austria next month. Bora-Hansgrohe announced that Sagan would head to the Spanish Grand Tour at the end of the month in search of stage wins alongside Polish climber Rafal Majka, while teammate Emanuel Buchmann will enter the race as the team leader. Beyond racing for stage success, Sagan confirmed he will use the tough parcour of the Vuelta as a final preparation before the World Championships , which take place on Sunday 30th September. The Slovakian is chasing an unprecedented fourth-consecutive World title and despite the course not suiting his riding style, he believes the Vuelta could help ...

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Peter Sagan confirmed for Vuelta a Espana

World Champion Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe)

The Bora-Hansgrohe team have confirmed that Peter Sagan will ride the Vuelta a España as part of a strong team that also includes Rafal Majka, Davide Formolo, Emanuel Buchmann, and Jay McCarthy. Sagan had been dropping hints that he would ride the final Grand Tour of the season but pulled out of the European Championships road race in Glasgow on Sunday, explaining he was still suffering with pain in his hip and back after his crash on a descent of stage 17 at the Tour de France. He is expected to ride Sunday’s EuroEyes Cyclassics Hamburg and then head to Málaga, where the Vuelta starts on Saturday August 25. Sagan has confirmed he will ride the World Championships road race in Innsbruck, Austria at the end of September despite having little chance of taking a fourth consecutive victory on the hilly circuit. "I will try to fight for my best ...

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Tour de Pologne: Redemption

Conor has a hit piece out against the month of August (as related to cycling, I assume he’s not one of those monsters that likes winter better than summer). This may be a very hipstery position to take- but I think August is great, and you should too! First, the Tour is finally over. To mix metaphors, all of the fair weather fans have gone back into the woodwork. We no longer have to read and rehash the same arguments about Froome, and cheating, and Team Sky’s domination. We no longer have to rely upon stories that don’t happen on the road to keep us interested. We actually get to watch racing that does not feel predetermined. Sure, the tv cameras may fail at San Sebastian, but the racing is still usually great. Binck Bank, nee Eneco, nee Benelux is always entertaining and gives us some spring classics action in ...

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Peter Sagan is naked in a shower, you're welcome

Peter Sagan is naked in a shower, you're welcome

Shower maker Hansgrohe, sponsor of WorldTour team Bora-Hansgrohe, is teasing a new ad campaign that reveals quite a lot of Peter Sagan and his teammates. Peter Sagan and Specialized launch 'Sagan Collection' - Gallery Peter Sagan’s S-Works Tarmac SL6 gallery The press release release announcing the campaign reads as follows: "Less than a month before the launch of the 2018 Tour de France, hansgrohe presents its campaign: "Your daily dose of energy", in which champions are showcased in an original and unprecedented way." "Peter Sagan, sole ambassador of the 2017 campaign, will be joined by 3 riders from the BORA-hansgrohe cycling team: the young Italian Davide Formolo, the German National Champion Marcus Burghardt, and Rafal Majka, former King of the Mountains in the Tour de France." "In a communication campaign, riders are seen enjoying a fresh shower, as they usually do after an intense athletic competition." p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px ...

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Team of the Week for Week 16

Races of the week: Time to get ready to begin to get into some serious Tour prep: Critérium du Dauphiné GP Kanton Aargau-Gippingen Tour de Suisse, first two stages Rund um Koln We also had our first national Championship event with the Slovenian ITT. Team of the week: Geraint Thomas. Won Dauphine. Adam Righty Yates (2). 2nd overall at Dauphine. Romain Bardet (2). Completes the Dauphine podium. Darryl Impey. Points winner at Dauphine. Sam Bennett (3) . Rund um Köln winner. Alexander Kristoff (2). champion of the GP Kanton Aargau-Gippingen. Dario Cataldo. The 2006 Baby Giro winner follows through with the KOM prize at the Dauphine. Pierre Latour. Winner of the youth comp. at the Dauphine. Daniel Martin. If only he had a decent time trialing team behind him. Team Team of the Week- Sky Drilling the TTT at the Dauphine made for a very different race than if the ...

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Italian cycling struggles to compete at the Giro d'Italia

Elia Viviani was the top sprinter at the 2018 Giro d'Italia

The British national anthem rang out across the Eternal city of Rome on Sunday evening, signalling the first-ever British win at the Giro d’Italia . Chris Froome ( Team Sky ) stood centre on the final podium with second-placed Tom Dumoulin ( Team Sunweb ) on his left and third-placed Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana) on his right as Dutch and Colombian fans celebrated a successful Giro d'Italia. This 101st edition of the Giro d'Italia was yet again a superb three weeks of racing, yet there was little for the Italian tifosi to enjoy on Sunday or during the rest of the three-week race. Elia Viviani (Quick-Step Floors) won four sprint stages and took the ciclamino points jersey, but Enrico Battaglin (LottoNL-Jumbo) was the only other Italian stage winner. The Azzurri failed to make an impact in the overall classification, with Fabio Aru's sufferance and eventual retirement an embarrassment similar to ...

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Nieve solos to Stage 20 win as Froome locks up Giro d’Italia victory

The general classification of the 101st Giro d’Italia has been decided, and Chris Froome is the overall winner. While it’s a short list of riders who have won all three of professional cycling’s Grand Tours during their career, Froome holds a much more elite distinction — he now holds the title of all three Grand … The post Nieve solos to Stage 20 win as Froome locks up Giro d’Italia victory appeared first on CyclingTips .

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UCI confirms Chris Froome's bike X-rayed for mechanical doping after Giro d'Italia solo win

Chris Froome (Team Sky)

The UCI has confirmed that Chris Froome ’s bike was X-rayed after his solo stage victory in Bardonecchia on stage 19 of the Giro d'Italia , as part of the governing body’s fight against mechanical doping. Cyclingnews understands that the bikes of the top eight riders on the stage were tested using the mobile X-ray machine that was introduced this spring and used for the first time in the Ardennes Classics. Bikes are immediately tagged when riders cross the finish line and then taken to the X-ray cabinet in the anti-doping area. The bike is loaded into the mobile unit, with the X-ray images of the bottom bracket, wheels and frame seen on a laptop. The whole process only takes a few minutes. The eight bikes tested after stage 19 to Bardonecchia belonged to Chris Froome (Team Sky), Richard Carapaz (Movistar), Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ), Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana), Tom Dumoulin ...

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Giro stage 20: I just don’t know anymore

Susa – Cervina (214km) Time to empty the tanks, leave it all on the road, give it 110% and go into the red. After all of the fireworks on Friday, hard to believe there’s anything left in this race, but there is, and it is another mountain stage, with the overall title on the line. What’s It About? I suppose something could happen in Rome during Sunday’s crit, but if it does, it is bound to be bad news. Saturday, though, is the stage designed to settle the general classification once and for all. We saw extraordinary activity on Friday and there is some rapid mental arithmetic being done as teams and riders work out what is now at stake. A quick summary: KoM: Froome leads, with XX over Yates and XX over Pinot. White jersey: Lopez is 47 seconds ahead of Carapaz, and the latter looked better on Friday. ...

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FROOME GOES LONG TO SEIZE CONTROL OF GIRO D’ITALIA

Kenyan star rewrites his legend with 80km attack; Yates crumbles; Doom not finished Chris Froome of Sky was always one of the favorites to win the Giro d’Italia. He’s the greatest grand tour rider of his time, riding with the best team and coming off wins of the Tour de France and Vuelta a España. It all seemed simple enough. But nobody saw a day like today coming. Facing more than a three-minute deficit coming into today’s 19th stage to Bardonecchia, Froome escaped the entire peloton on the ascent of the Colle delle Finestre, 80km from the line, and steadily increased his advantage over a chasing quintet of Tom Dumoulin of Sunweb, FDJ teammates Thibaut Pinot and Sebastian Reichenbach, and the two best young rider combatants Miguel Angel Lopez of Astana and Richard Carapaz of Movistar. His attack came as overnight leader Simon Yates of Mitchelton-Scott faded dramatically out of ...

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Giro upended, Froome leads, Yates De-Finestre-ated

I’ll replace when I get a victory photo!

Picking through the wreckage of a historic Giro stage Friday’s Giro stage was billed as the Queen stage, but few could have anticipated the size of the gaps or the significance that the stage would have on the overall title. Chris Froome is now wearing pink, having closed a 3.22 gap and climbed from fourth place. Simon Yates has entirely dropped from contention and we’ll enter Saturday with the race that we talked about back in the winter now back on the cards - Froome vs Doom. Getty Images Today’s winner in splendid isolation The result: Froome Carapaz +3.00 Pinot +3.07 Lopez +3.12 Dumoulin +3.23 Reichenbach +6.13 Formolo +8.22 Oomen +8.23 Konrad +8.23 Bilbao +8.23 Pozzovivo +8.29 Bennett +8.38 Froome Goes Long, Wins Big Some of the great moves in cycling are subtle and depend of timing and subterfuge. Not this one. Team Sky abandoned the rapier in favour of ...

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Giro d'Italia Stage 19: Froome goes long to take stage and pink jersey

Giro d'Italia Stage 19: Froome goes long to take stage and pink jersey

Joe Robinson 25 May 2018 A spectacular solo effort sees the top 10 completely change as pink hands over from one Brit to another Chris Froome (Team Sky) rode a stage that will go down into history as he attacked solo with over 70km to go, taking Stage 19 of the Giro d'Italia to the Jafferau and overturning a 3 minute deficit to ride into the pink jersey. After his chances of victory were discounted by many, Froome turned around a difficult first two weeks, taking the race by the scruff of the neck on the lower slopes of the Colle delle Finestre, leaving all of his General Classification rivals behind. Going solo, he built a 3 minute gap at Sestriere and never looked back. With just one stage left before Rome, Froome now finds himself in the race lead for the first time leading second placed Tom Dumoulin (Team ...

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Chasing the Giro: A ride in Bora’s TT team car

We take a ride in the Bora-Hansgrohe team car for a first-hand experience of Davide Formolo's time trial race at the Giro d'Italia. Read the full article at Chasing the Giro: A ride in Bora’s TT team car on VeloNews.com .

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Giro stage 18: The final chapter begins

Abbiategrasso – Prato Nevoso (196km) What’s that? You’ve missed the mountains? Well, don’t worry. What’s It About? We’re deep into the final stages of the Giro, but this race has a sting in the tail. Three stings, to be precise, with consecutive mountain stages on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Stage 18 is the first, and it features the Grand Tour staple; a mountaintop finish in a ski resort. Stage Details Planimetria Altimetria I know there’s politics and money involved in route planning, not just the rider and fan experience, but it would be lovely if this stage was 30-50km shorter. It is a long way without much happening before we get to the finish, but then things get interesting. This is the finale: A typical road to a busy ski resort, this climb is well-paved and with a pretty steady gradient. It’ll be about grinding and riders making breaks, rather ...

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Giro d'Italia: Yates wins again in Osimo

Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) wins stage 11 of the Giro d'Italia

Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) extended his overall race lead and took his second stage win at this year's Giro d'Italia with a strong solo victory in Osimo on stage 11. Defending champion Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) put in a concerted chase but could not bring back the maglia rosa and had to settle for second place, two seconds back, with Davide Formolo (Bora-Hansgrohe) taking third. Even before the Giro d'Italia had started, Yates had pinpointed the 156-kilometre stage 11 to Osimo as a potential place to take victory but he had to bide his time. Zdenek Stybar (Quick-Step Floors) and Tim Wellens (Lotto Fix All) would be the first to land a blow with just under five kilometres to go, while Esteban Chaves (Mitchelton-Scott) slipped off the back. Yates and the other contenders remained calm in this twisting and frenetic finale. With Stybar and Wellens in sight just inside the final ...

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