Preview: 22 things you should know about the 2019 Vuelta a España
It’s time for the Vuelta a España, the third and final Grand Tour of the season. The race gets underway this Saturday in Torrevieja and will be contested over 21 stages and 3,272km. Here’s what you should know about the 2019 Tour of Spain. The 2019 Vuelta is the race’s 74th edition. The Vuelta is … The post Preview: 22 things you should know about the 2019 Vuelta a España appeared first on CyclingTips .
Your guide to notable 2019-2020 men’s WorldTour transfers
Supported by It’s transfer season in the world of professional cycling, and that means teams are announcing rider signings practically every day of the week. This year’s transfer cycle has already seen some very big names agree to don new kit for the coming season, and many more notables are expected to make their 2020 plans public … The post Your guide to notable 2019-2020 men’s WorldTour transfers appeared first on CyclingTips .
Formolo signs for UAE Team Emirates
Davide Formolo will ride for UAE Team Emirates in 2020 after signing a two-year contract with the team. The Italian champion arrives at UAE Team Emirates after two seasons with Bora-Hansgrohe . Formolo placed 10th and 14th overall in the past two editions of the Giro d'Italia but said that he will emphasis one-day racing at UAE Team Emirates. He placed second at this year's Liège-Bastogne-Liège behind Jakob Fuglsang and also took second at the recent test event for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. "For the next few years I want to mainly focus on the hilly one-day classics on the UCI WorldTour," Formolo said in a statement released by UAE Team Emirates on Monday. "For me, the move to a team like UAE Team Emirates means a lot. I spent two wonderful years with my current team, but I felt my goals and the plan laid out by UAE Team ...
Tour de Pologne: Ackermann struggles in uphill sprint but keeps yellow
Pascal Ackermann didn't find the uphill sprint at the end of stage 5 at the Tour de Pologne to his liking, but the double-stage winner was able to finish in the main bunch and keep his race lead. Racing resumed on Wednesday after the neutralisation of the race on stage 4 as the race honoured Bjorg Lambrecht. Ackermann's Bora-Hansgrohe teammate Rafal Majka , meanwhile, picked up the team flag and placed sixth in the stage finale, moving up to 15th overall in a large group that sits 24 seconds behind the leader and positioning himself well for the general classification battle in the upcoming mountains. "I have recovered well after the Giro, and my legs get better day by day," Majka said of his home tour. "Today, our main goal was to go for Pascal, to defend the yellow jersey, but also keep an eye on the GC contenders." The ...
Tour de Pologne: Mezgec wins stage 5
Luka Mezgec ( Mitchelton-Scott ) won stage 5 of the Tour de Pologne with a powerful uphill sprint in Bielsko-Biala. The Slovenian beat Eduard Prades (Movistar) into second place, while Ben Swift (Ineos) took third. Pascal Ackermann (Bora-Hansgrohe) finished in the reduced peloton to retain the yellow jersey of race leader, while Mezgec's second stage win of the week moves him up to second place overall, just 4 seconds behind the German. Swift lies third overall, 16 seconds down. After Tuesday's stage was neutralised as the peloton paid a moving tribute to the late Bjorg Lambrecht , racing resumed on the road to Bielsko-Biala. Lambrecht's Lotto Soudal teammates all elected to continue in the race , and they played a prominent role throughout the afternoon. Jelle Wallays was part of the day's early break, in the company of Charles Planet (Novo Nordisk), Kamil Gradek (CCC Team) and Szymon Rekita (Poland). ...
Formolo predicts relentlessly tough Olympic road race in Tokyo
Italian road champion Davide Formolo ( Bora-Hansgrohe ) is not one to be easily daunted by a tough climbing circuit, but after clinching second in July at the Olympic road-race test event for Tokyo's Olympic Games, Formolo has one very straightforward prediction about next summer in Japan: "It's going to be a very hard race indeed." Second at Liège-Bastogne-Liège in April, and the winner of the difficult Montjuic circuit at the Volta a Catalunya in March, Formolo has succeeded more often than not in hilly climbing races, and is therefore in a good position to compare the tough Tokyo event with similar professional events. And when asked by Cyclingnews this weekend if the Tokyo course was as hard as the notoriously tough 2016 Olympic road race circuit in Brazil, Formolo answered simply: 'Yes.' Brazil featured 40 kilometres of climbing, and was won by Greg Van Avermaet for Belgium. Four years ...
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 .
Nibali coy on Tour de France ambitions despite being named as Bahrain-Merida leader
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 ...
Formolo goes long to win Italian road title
Davide Formolo (Bora-Hansgrohe) claimed a spectacular victory in the Italian road race championship on Sunday, attacking from range before going it alone on the final three laps in Borgo Val di Taro. The reduced peloton came down 27 seconds later, led by Sonny Colbrelli (Bahrain-Merida), with Alberto Bettiol (EF Education First) grabbing the final podium spot. Formolo began his offensive some 60km from the finish, with five laps of the finishing circuit - punctuated by the climb to Strela - still to cover. Initially away with six others, he dominated the front of the race and left them behind on the descent of Strela with three laps still remaining. Formolo's lead was never great, but he never gave up, and there were question marks in the chase group. With a lead of 30 seconds heading into the last lap, the inevitable attacks came on the climb to Strela but nothing ...
A punch-up on the final climb: Giro d’Italia, stage 20
Supported by CROCE D’AUNE, Italy (AFP) — Ecuador’s Richard Carapaz of Movistar has a firm grip on the pink jersey after defending attacks on the 20th and penultimate stage of the Giro d’Italia, won by Spaniard Pello Bilbao on Saturday. Behind the battle for pink, a different sort of fight was taking place. Colombian rider Miguel Angel Lopez … The post A punch-up on the final climb: Giro d’Italia, stage 20 appeared first on CyclingTips .
Carapaz still in pink as Chaves wins Giro 19th stage
Supported by Ecuador’s Richard Carapaz tightened his grip on the leader’s pink jersey as Colombia’s Esteban Chaves claimed victory in the 19th stage of the Giro d’Italia on Friday. Chaves (Mitchelton-Scott), edged clear of a breakaway that battled up a gruelling final 13.6km climb with a 5.6% gradient. Chaves, who finished second in the Giro and third … The post Carapaz still in pink as Chaves wins Giro 19th stage appeared first on CyclingTips .
Team Ineos save Sivakov's ninth place after rivals' aggression at Giro d'Italia
Team Ineos were forced into a pursuit on stage 17 of the Giro d'Italia on Thursday to ensure that Pavel Sivakov retained his ninth place in the general classification, while Astana's Miguel Angel Lopez put more daylight between him and Sivakov in the white jersey competition by attacking in the final 3km. The British team seemed content to initially let Bora-Hansgrohe's Davide Formolo form part of the day's main 18-rider breakaway , which mid-way through the 181km stage from Commezzadura to Anterselva had over six minutes' advantage over the peloton. But once it was clear that the Italian – who'd started the day in 12th place overall – posed a threat to Sivakov's ninth place on the GC, Ineos came to the front to assist race leader Richard Carapaz's Movistar team in ensuring that the gap remained reasonable, with Ineos riders Salvatore Puccio and Christian Knees particularly active. While the ...
Giro d'Italia stage 17 highlights - Video
Nans Peters ended an eight-year drought for his AG2R La Mondiale team at the Giro d'Italia by winning stage 17 on Wednesday. He soloed to the victory after attacking his breakaway companions with 16km to go of the 181km stage from Commezzadura (Val di Sol) to Anterselva. The 18-man breakaway was only given roughly six minutes to play with as the race for the overall classification remained behind among the main field between the likes of Richard Carapaz (Movistar), Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) and Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma). Peters sensed his moment to attack and ended up winning by a margin of 1:34 over runner-up on the stage Esteban Chaves (Mitchelton-Scott), while Davide Formolo (Bora-Hansgrohe) finished third another 17 seconds back. Back in the field, fourth place overall Mikel Landa (Movistar) tested Nibali and Roglic by making an attack of his own over the last climb with 3km to go. He was ...
Giro d'Italia 2019: Carapaz extends overall lead as Peters wins Stage 17
Joe Robinson 29 May 2019 Carapaz extends pink jersey lead by seven seconds as Nans Peters proves strongest in breakaway to win stage Movistar 's Richard Carapaz extended his lead at the top of the General Classification on Stage 17 of the 2019 Giro d'Italia to Anterselva as AG2R La Mondiale took their first Giro d'Italia stage since 2011 thanks to a clever attack by Nans Peters. Carapaz attacked in the final kilometres of the stage to drop Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) and Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) and take further seven seconds on his closest rivals with only four stages reamaining. Meanwhile, Carapaz's teammate Mikel Landa also went on the attack, scrounging 19 seconds back from Roglic in his own pursuit of a podium finish. As for the stage, Peters attacked before the final climb with 16km. Managing the fatigue better than the rest, he held off the chase of Esteban Chaves ...
Giro d'Italia: Nans Peters wins stage 17
Nans Peters ( AG2R La Mondiale ) took his first professional win with victory at stage 17 of the Giro d'Italia in Anterselva. The Frenchman attacked from the day's break with some 16 kilometres remaining and finished more than a minute behind the second placed Esteban Chaves (Mitchelton-Scott). Davide Formolo (Bora-Hansgrohe) won the sprint from a three-man group to take third place close to two minutes further back, taking a few bonus seconds for his efforts. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com
Giro d'Italia: Majka still in the mix in fourth place overall
While all eyes are on the now three riders who at least on paper look likely to battle it out for the overall honours at the 2019 Giro d'Italia , Bora-Hansgrohe's Rafal Majka is sitting pretty in fourth place overall, 2:35 behind race leader Richard Carapaz (Movistar), 1:48 down on second-placed Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) and just 48 seconds behind Bahrain-Merida's Vincenzo Nibali. While Carapaz has put the cat among the pigeons by first gaining time on his rivals on Friday's stage to the Colle del Nivolet , and then winning Saturday's stage to Courmayeur with an advantage of almost two minutes to his main rivals, Majka, too, came to the fore on Friday and Saturday, finishing sixth on the Nivolet stage and fourth the next day, leaping from seventh to fourth on the GC after the latter. It leaves Majka in a strong position, and with plenty of opportunities still ...
Giro Rest Day Winners and Losers
Is the Giro over? As the peloton spend a day on recovery rides, massages, and plenty of calories, we at the café think back over the first nine days of the Giro. This post gives a space to do just that, and provides a few winners and losers. Feel free to add your own, but there can be no doubt at all about where we start. Winner: Primoz Roglic I think the only way we could be any more impressed would be if the Slovenian had some kind of a back story. Maybe he used to compete in some other sport, or something like that. Is this a surprise? No, probably not. He’s certainly benefitted from the misfortunes of his primary opponents (more on that story later) and we knew he was coming in with superb form. Still, he’s riding like a champion, taking time in chunks when he needs ...
Bilbao takes the win after aggressive day at the Giro
Pello Bilbao (Astana) made the most of his opportunity from the breakaway in Stage 7 of the Giro d'Italia, attacking with 1.5 kilometres to go and holding off the chase to take the win ahead of Tony Gallopin (AG2R La Mondiale) and Davide Formolo (BORA-hansgrohe).
Giro d'Italia highlights: Bilbao wins from the break on frantic stage 7 – Video
Stage 7 of the 2019 Giro d'Italia was another day for the breakaway, with Pello Bilbao ( Astana Pro Team ) triumphing to take his team's victory tally for the season to 26. It was a frantically fast stage , raced at an average of 45kph, and the Spaniard timed his attack to perfection in the finale. He jumped away from a group including Davide Formolo (Bora-Hansgrohe) 1.5km from the line to win solo. AG2R La Mondiale rider Tony Gallopin took second place, five seconds down on Bilbao. For his part, Formolo, who has twice finished tenth at the Giro, jumped up over a minute on GC and now lies 13th, equal on time with Primož Roglič (Jumbo-Visma). The pink jersey is still on the shoulders of Valerio Conti (UAE Team Emirates), though his team suffered a further loss after Juan Molano's suspension with Fernando Gaviria calling it quits during ...
Pello Bilbao from the break: Giro d’Italia, stage 7
Supported by Pello Bilbao (Astana) took the win into L’Aquila with a well-timed escape from his breakaway companions with 1.5km remaining in the Giro d’Italia’s seventh stage. Bilbao was part of a 12-man move that went clear across the 185-km stage. He countered an attack from Jose Rojas (Movistar) and held his gap ahead of a charging … The post Pello Bilbao from the break: Giro d’Italia, stage 7 appeared first on CyclingTips .