Milan – San Remo: Race Preview

The year’s first monument is upon us The smell of cut grass. The days lengthening. The Masters from Augusta. The sound of [insert local fauna as appropriate] [insert distinctive sound] in/on/beside [insert recognisable local architecture or flora as appropriate]. Milan-San Remo. Yes, spring* is coming, folks, and so is the season’s first monument. Italian cycling, never without a poetic narrative, has the first big race of the year, starting in a corner of Europe where winter isn’t too far forgotten, and finishing in the glitz, colour and sunshine of the Mediterranean coastline. Well, that’s the theory, anyway – the weather doesn’t always align with the narrative. * In the Northern hemisphere. Chris has given us the colour and the history of the race. Conor feels confident that he can tell us all the winner. Which leaves me to look at how the race will unfold. It is a pretty familiar ...

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Sergio Henao to lead UAE Team Emirates at Paris-Nice

UAE Team Emirate's Sergio Henao

Fresh off his top-10 finish at the Tour Colombia 2.1, Sergio Henao will lead UAE Team Emirates at Paris-Nice next week, while teammate and late roster addition Fabio Aru continues to ease into his season after starting with the Mallorca Challenge in Spain before taking 29th overall at the Volta ao Algarve in Portugal. Henao, who won Paris-Nice in 2017, joined UAE Team Emirates this year after seven years with Team Sky, and is eager to prove himself as a GC contender. Aru is not in top shape, but will use Paris-Nice as a key stepping stone as he builds toward the Giro d'Italia in May. If Henao is in a good position overall, then Aru will work for his new teammate. With the absence from the roster of sprinter Fernando Gaviria, who's racing Strade Bianche on Saturday, Alexander Kristoff will also be eager to have free rein to go ...

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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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Preview: Your guide to the 2019 men’s Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race

The Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race (or just “Cadel’s Race” for short) is the first one-day event on the 2019 men’s WorldTour. This Sunday’s race is the fifth edition and if previous outings are anything to go by, it’s sure to be an intriguing and hard-fought contest. Here’s what you need to know about … The post Preview: Your guide to the 2019 men’s Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Diego Ullisi's Colnago C64 — gallery

Diego Ullisi's Colnago C64 — gallery

UAE Team Emirates rides the most Italian bikes in the whole WolrdTour, with the team using Campagnolo-equipped Colnagos that are fitted with a full complement of Italian-made components. 2019 WorldTour team pro bike guide All-new Campagnolo 12-speed EPS electronic groupset spotted 29-year-old Diego Ulissi has been with UAE Team Emirates since 2010 — when it was previously known as Lampre–Farnese Vini — and he continues his tenure with the squad for the 2019 season. Ulissi’s Colnago C64 — which was released in early 2018 — is built around a 12-speed Campagnolo Super Record EPS groupset alongside the Italian brand’s Bora Ultra wheels, which are fitted with Vittoria Corsa tyres. Colnago C64 first ride review All-new Campagnolo 12-speed EPS electronic groupset spotted The Italian theme continues with the finishing kit, with Deda supplying its Alanera one-piece cockpit and Prologo its Scratch saddle. Click through the gallery to have a closer look ...

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Tour Down Under: Porte takes sixth consecutive Willunga win, Impey seals overall victory

Tour Down Under: Porte takes sixth consecutive Willunga win, Impey seals overall victory

Bevin loses grip on GC to allow Impey to become first rider in race's history to retain title. Read the full article at Tour Down Under: Porte takes sixth consecutive Willunga win, Impey seals overall victory on VeloNews.com .

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Tour Down Under: Philipsen wins stage 5 after Ewan is relegated

Tour Down Under: Philipsen wins stage 5 after Ewan is relegated

Jasper Philipsen is declared the winner of the Tour Down Under's fifth stage after Caleb Ewan is relegated for irregular sprinting. Read the full article at Tour Down Under: Philipsen wins stage 5 after Ewan is relegated on VeloNews.com .

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Tour Down Under: Impey wins stage 4

Tour Down Under: Impey wins stage 4

2018 Tour Down Under winner Daryl Impey tops Patrick Bevin to win stage 4. Read the full article at Tour Down Under: Impey wins stage 4 on VeloNews.com .

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Tour Down Under: Sagan sprints to his first win of 2019

Tour Down Under: Sagan sprints to his first win of 2019

Peter Sagan sprints to victory in stage 3 of the Santos Tour Down Under. Read the full article at Tour Down Under: Sagan sprints to his first win of 2019 on VeloNews.com .

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Tour Down Under: Bevin snags first WorldTour win

Tour Down Under: Bevin snags first WorldTour win

The New Zealander capitalizes on a crash near the finish to surge ahead and sprint to victory in Wednesday's stage 2. Read the full article at Tour Down Under: Bevin snags first WorldTour win on VeloNews.com .

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Five things to watch at the TDU

Five things to watch at the TDU

GC clash expected to come down to closing-day finalse on Old Willunga Hill thanks to redesigned course. Read the full article at Five things to watch at the TDU on VeloNews.com .

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Preview: Your guide to the 2019 men’s Santos Tour Down Under

The Santos Tour Down Under is the biggest bike race in Australia and the first race on the 2019 men’s WorldTour calendar. It’s had a bit of a shake-up this year with the queen stage moving to the final day which should make for exciting racing until the very end. Read on for our preview … The post Preview: Your guide to the 2019 men’s Santos Tour Down Under appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Saronni steps back as new UAE Team Emirates medical, coaching staff revealed

Giuseppe Saronni was on hand at the team camp

Giuseppe Saronni has revealed he is stepping back from an important management role at UAE Team Emirates as the WorldTour team bring in a raft of changes to their medical and coaching staff. UAE Team Emirates signed Fernando Gaviria and have also brought in Allan Peiper and Neil Stephens as new directeurs sportif for 2019. Other new signings include Sergio Henao from Team Sky, Ivo and Rui Oliveira and Jasper Philipsen from Hagens Berman Axeon and Tour de L’Avenir winner Tadej Pogacar. Dan Martin, Fabio Aru, Diego Ulissi, Rui Costa and Alexander Kristoff remain as other team leaders. South Africa’s Jeroen Swart is the new medical director. New team doctors include Adriano Rotunno and Jarrad Van Zuydam from Dimension Data and Jason Suter. They will work with Italian doctor Michele De Grandi. Swart lead the physiological lab tests into Chris Froome’s ability following the intense scrutiny of his 2015 Tour ...

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Offseason Capsule: UAE

UAE’s 2018 was ordinary. 2019 could be much better. A reminder: this was written and scheduled before Lombardia. So if one of these guys wins a monument, or the team folds, or aliens invade… I’m sorry I didn’t cover it. When the UAE hegemony comes, and the history books are re-written, they’ll look back on 2018 as a bridging year. It was fine. Some good moments, but plenty of periods of irrelevance, too. What we said last year This was the boss’ contribution , and he looked at the big-picture move from a poor Italian team to a big-money squad with Italian roots and global interest. He also covered the arrival of Aru, Martin and Kristoff. Nothing was over the top, but there was broad short- and long-term enthusiasm for the project. There was also some justified concern in the post and the comments over the lack of “middle” to ...

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Still hungry: Dan Martin profile

James Witts 19 Oct 2018 Ireland’s Dan Martin talks to Cyclist about gastronomy, dope cheats and riding through the pain of that crash at last year’s Tour This article first appeared in Issue 75 of Cyclist Magazine Words James Witts Photography Sean Hardy Search online for Dan Martin and you may come across an Instagram image of his wife, Jess, eating what appears to be a miniature globe on the end of stick. It has been plucked from an ornate structure that looks more like a work of modern art than a meal. ‘That was at El Celler de Can Roca,’ Martin says of the three-Michelin-starred restaurant in Girona, voted world number one in 2013 and 2015. ‘It was from the taster menu. The Roca brothers [chefs Joan, Josep and Jordi] travel for two months each year to seek inspiration, and then create mouthfuls representing a destination they’ve been to. ...

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Turkey stage 6: Bennett claims hat-trick of wins, Prades grabs GC

Turkey stage 6: Bennett claims hat-trick of wins, Prades grabs GC

Bennet wins with powerful 1.5km jump, Lutsenko left in second place on GC after Prades grabs it on time bonuses Read the full article at Turkey stage 6: Bennett claims hat-trick of wins, Prades grabs GC on VeloNews.com .

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Turkey: Hodeg takes stage 5 sprint, Lutsenko retains overall lead

Turkey: Hodeg takes stage 5 sprint, Lutsenko retains overall lead

Hodeg secures fifth win of his neo-pro season, whilst double stage winner Bennett loses leadout man to finish fourth. Read the full article at Turkey: Hodeg takes stage 5 sprint, Lutsenko retains overall lead on VeloNews.com .

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Tour of Turkey: Hodeg wins stage 5

Alvaro Hodeg (QuickStep Floors) points to the winner

Alvaro Hodeg ( Quick-Step Floors ) took his fifth season win and his teams 71st victory, as he won the bunch sprint of the fifth stage at the Tour of Turkey . John Degenkolb (Trek-Segafredo) was second, with Katusha-Alpecin’s Nathan Haas third. Alexey Lutsenko of Astana retained his overall lead, while Haas moved up to second, only four seconds down. Diego Ulissi (UAE Team Emirates) dropped to third in the same time as Haas. There was much shoulder bumping in the lead in to the finish line, but Hodeg moved to the front after lead-out man Max Richeze, winner of the first stage, peeled off, and his win was never in doubt. Degenkolb pulled up strongly for second, with Haas also putting in a surge for third. Double stage winner Sam Bennett (Bora-hansgrohe) was a disappointing fourth. The 137.7km stage was another day for the sprinters. A five-man break group ...

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Turkey: Lutsenko climbs to stage 4 win and takes race lead

Turkey: Lutsenko climbs to stage 4 win and takes race lead

Alexey Lutsenko wins stage 4 and rides into the overall race lead at the Tour of Turkey. Read the full article at Turkey: Lutsenko climbs to stage 4 win and takes race lead on VeloNews.com .

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Tour of Turkey: Lutsenko wins stage 4

Alexey Lutsenko (Astana) wins stage 4 at Tour of Turkey and moves into overall lead

Alexey Lutsenko claimed victory on the hilltop finish at Selcuk on stage 4 of the 2018 Tour of Turkey, getting the better of Diego Ulissi (UAE Team Emirates) in the final dash to the line. Ulissi had triumphed on this very finish 12 months previously, and hit out with 150 metres to go, but Lutsenko came from behind and overhauled the Italian in the final 50 metres. Eduard Prades (Euskadi-Murias), who started to jump at the same time as Ulissi, took third place, Lutsenko having ripped past him. James Knox (Quick-Step Floors) was fourth, with a small gap back to the rest of what was a sizeable group of around 15 riders. "Today was a really long and hard day but this victory is important for me and my team. It's the last race of the season and my form is now coming back, but I'm very happy,” Lutsenko said. ...

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