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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Turkey: Bennett strikes again in stage 3

Turkey: Bennett strikes again in stage 3

Sam Bennett sprints to victory again in stage 3 of the Tour of Turkey. Read the full article at Turkey: Bennett strikes again in stage 3 on VeloNews.com .

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Tour of Turkey team presentation - Gallery

Team Wb-Veranclassic Aqua Protect remember teammate Jimmy Duquennoy, who died last week.

With the 54th Presidential Tour of Turkey set to start Tuesday in Konya, Central Anatolia, the riders and teams gathered on stage Monday evening for the annual team presentation, where the race honoured Jimmy Duquennoy, who sadly passed away on Friday at the age of 23, and his WB Aqua Protect Veranclassic team dedicated a moment of silence to his memory. The Tour of Turkey, the penultimate stage race on the 2018 WorldTour calendar, appears to be back on solid footing with nine top-tier teams in attendance after a low of only four last year. This year's WorldTour teams are Astana, Bahrain-Merida, BMC Racing, Bora-Hansgrohe, Katusha-Alpecin, Quick-Step Floors, Team Sunweb, Trek-Segafredo and UAE Team Emirates. Some of the star attractions on the line include Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors) and Sam Bennett (Bora-Hansgrohe), who are set to face off repeatedly in a race with numerous bunch finishes. John Degenkolb (Trek-Segafredo) is ...

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Van Avermaet, Matthews headline Grands Prix Cyclistes de Quebec and Montreal

Greg Van Avermaet added to his overall lead on stage 10 of the Tour de France

Organisers of the Grands Prix Cyclistes de Quebec and Montreal have announced the headliners of this year's double Canadian WorldTour races will include Olympic Champion Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing), Michael Matthews (Sunweb), John Degenkolb (Trek-Segafredo), Alexander Kristoff (UAE Team Emirates) and Tim Wellens (Lotto Soudal). "I love these two races; every year they're among my main end-of-season challenges," Van Avermaet said in a press statement issued on Thursday. Van Avermaet won the GP de Montreal in 2016, and has thrice placed second at the GP de Quebec; in 2012 behind Simon Gerrans and in the 2016 and 2017 editions, losing both races to Peter Sagan. Sagan will not be returning to the two one-day races as he will instead be racing the Vuelta a España, which starts on Saturday in Malaga. Van Avermaet has had another strong season highlighted by the eight days he spent in the yellow jersey ...

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‘Banning TUEs could be a good idea:’ Kennaugh speaks his mind

British rider Peter Kennaugh is no longer part of Team Sky, but has nevertheless seen the scrutiny the team has been under in the media over the Bradley Wiggins TUE investigation and the Chris Froome salbutamol case. The Manxman believes there is a simple solution: get rid of therapeutic use exemptions altogether. “If I need … The post ‘Banning TUEs could be a good idea:’ Kennaugh speaks his mind appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Clásica San Sebastián: A Movable Feast

Bahia de la Concha, Donostia

The Clásica San Sebástian, aka Klasikoa Donostia, is happening Saturday, and it’s a good thing because I just don’t know what else it would take to get me up at dawn again to watch another bike race right now. There aren’t a lot of exceptions to the twin rules of “I need rest” and “the riders need rest” following the Tour. Nothing short of a charismatic setting, beautiful scenery and virtual guarantee of a fun race will do. The Klasikoa checks all the boxes. How do I know this? One, I watch a lot of cycling. And 2, Mrs. PdC just returned from a week by the shores of the Bahia de la Concha, and has much wisdom to impart as we approach this venerable race. So I am asking for her help in filling in any of the blanks. The Basics The course is a lot like last year, ...

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Chris Froome hits back at suggestions wealth secured his acquittal

Chris Froome (Team Sky) speaks to the press at the start of stage 2

A day after the World Anti-Doping Agency released an extensive rebuttal to Chris Froome 's call to release the scientific studies that led to his anti-doping case being closed, the Team Sky rider says he's happy that WADA has given more information, even if he has yet to review it. "I'm happy that they have released more," said Froome. "I can't say I've read the whole thing. I've understood they've released more data and as I've said from the beginning I'm happy for them to do that." WADA, in its press release, noted that it had recommended a controlled pharmacokinetic study (CPKS) in Froome's case until it received his defense case and explanations of his salbutamol intake. Other athletes have undergone the CPKS only to lose their cases, like Diego Ulissi did in 2015. "I can't speak for Diego's case, but I know in my case it stopped at the ...

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Dan Martin’s Tour jersey is missing one small detail

Dan Martin’s Tour jersey is missing one small detail

Have a close look at Dan Martin's Champion System jersey at the Tour de France and you'll notice something unusual. Read the full article at Dan Martin’s Tour jersey is missing one small detail on VeloNews.com .

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Vincenzo Nibali calls Froome's salbutamol verdict 'a case of double standards'

Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida)

Vincenzo Nibali has hit out at Chris Froome and the WADA and UCI verdict that closed his salbutamol case, suggesting in his pre- Tour de France press conference that double standards were used when compared to similar cases in the past. Nibali and Froome have clashed in the past, both in races and verbally. The Sicilian had said he respected Froome's right to race on while his salbutamol case was under consideration but his opinion has now changed dramatically after Froome was cleared of any wrongdoing. Nibali revealed he was in his garage at home fixing his bike when his wife came to tell him the news that Froome had been cleared. If Froome had eventually been found guilty of doping, Nibali would have been crowned the winner of the 2017 Vuelta a Espana and might not have to face Froome at this year's Tour de France. "We knew it ...

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UCI says no reasoned decision will be released for Froome case, elaborates on related topics

Supported by Addressing the outcome of the Chris Froome case and also responding to related criticism and debate arising from that, the UCI has said that it doesn’t envisage the reasoned decision being released in relation to the matter. On Monday, the World Anti-Doping Agency and cycling’s governing body both announced the dropping of the case against … The post UCI says no reasoned decision will be released for Froome case, elaborates on related topics appeared first on CyclingTips .

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UCI responds to criticism surrounding Chris Froome judgement

UCI responds to criticism surrounding Chris Froome judgement

Joe Robinson 6 Jul 2018 The issue of Petacchi and Ulissi plus the reasons for Froome's acquittal have been divulged by the UCI The UCI has responded in length to the criticism it has received for the decision to acquit Chris Froome of his adverse analytical finding for salbutamol just days before the start of the Tour de France. The sport's governing body announced on Monday that it would close its investigations into Froome stating that 'based on the specific facts of the case, that Mr Froome’s sample results, taken at the 2017 Vuelta a Espana , do not constitute an AAF.' This opened up the path for Froome to defend his Tour title with race organiser's ASO threatening to block his participation if the investigation remained without conclusion. The UCI 's somewhat sudden decision raised many questions in the public domain such as what evidence did the UCI and ...

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Opinion: Why WADA and the UCI’s handling of the Froome case is damaging to sport

It was the final paragraph that really jarred. “The UCI understands that there will be significant discussion of this decision, but wishes to reassure all those involved in or interested in cycling that its decision is based on expert opinions, WADA’s advice, and a full assessment of the facts of the case. The UCI hopes … The post Opinion: Why WADA and the UCI’s handling of the Froome case is damaging to sport appeared first on CyclingTips .

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WADA will not appeal UCI verdict on Chris Froome salbutamol case

Chris Froome celebrates on the stage 20 podium at tge Giro

The World Anti-Doping Agency announced on Monday that it will not appeal the UCI's decision to clear Chris Froome of any anti-doping rule violations from the 2017 Vuelta a Espana. The agency's press release confirmed that Froome did not undergo the controlled pharmacokinetic study (CPKS) allowed under WADA rules to prove that the level of salbutamol in his Vuelta urine sample that exceeded the allowed threshold was a normal consequence of his physiology. "In Mr. Froome's case, WADA accepts that a CPKS would not have been practicable as it would not have been possible to adequately recreate the unique circumstances that preceded the 7 September doping control," the press release stated. WADA arrived at the decision "based on a number of factors that are specific to the case of Mr. Froome – including, in particular, a significant increase in dose, over a short period prior to the doping control, in ...

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WADA decides against Froome anti-doping appeal

WADA decides against Froome anti-doping appeal

Joe Robinson 2 Jul 2018 WADA will not appeal Froome decision as road opens up for defence of Tour de France title A firm line could have just been drawn underneath the Chris Froome salbutamol investigation as the World Anti-Doping Agency announced that it would not appeal the UCI's decision the close the case . In its own statement WADA confirmed that it would no longer pursue Froome's adverse analytical finding for salbutamol (AAF) at the 2017 Vuelta a Espana, going as far as saying that the original test results did not comprise an AAF. 'WADA’s announcement follows that of the UCI earlier today, which announced that the anti-doping proceedings involving Mr Froome have now been closed,' its statement read. 'Based on careful consideration of the facts, the Agency accepts that the analytical result of Mr Froome’s sample from 7th September 2017 during the Vuelta a Espana, which identified the ...

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