Young Brit Matt Holmes makes jump to WorldTour with Lotto-Soudal

Young Brit Matt Holmes makes jump to WorldTour with Lotto-Soudal

Joe Robinson 28 Oct 2019 Moving from Madison Genesis, Holmes has earned the right to ride in cycling's highest tier Young British rider Matt Holmes has earned the right to race in the WorldTour after signing with Lotto-Soudal . The 25-year-old will join the Belgian team on a one-year deal after impressing at Continental level with Madison Genesis. Holmes finished sixth overall at the Tour de Yorkshire and 15th overall at the Tour of Britain . The Lancastrian also claimed fourth at the Tokyo Olympics test event in July, finishing 2 minutes 29 seconds behind winner Diego Ulissi, a result that convinced Lotto-Soudal we was a good enough rider to make the step up. 'After Tokyo, Lotto-Soudal contacted me. I thought I was dreaming until I could finally sign my contract yesterday. It will be a big step from racing in Britain to racing all over the world but I ...

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Van Avermaet wins GP Montreal

Greg van Avermaet out sprinted Diego Ulissi and Ivan Garcia Cortina to win the Grand Prix de Montreal Read the full article at Van Avermaet wins GP Montreal on .

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Sivakov dedicates Tour de Pologne win to Bjorg Lambrecht

Pavel Sivakov (Team Ineos) at Tour de Pologne

Pavel Sivakov has captured the biggest victory of his career to date at the Tour de Pologne after he and his Team Ineos squad played a hugely successful defensive game on the final stage. Second on stage 6 and second overall prior to Friday's short-but-intense trek through the foothills of Poland's Tatras mountains, Sivakov inherited the title of virtual race leader when yellow jersey holder Jonas Vingegaard (Jumbo-Visma) faded badly mid-stage and was dropped. Sivakov's rivals – and with another 16 riders at 61 seconds or less on GC – tried hard, if sporadically, to test the young Russian. But they found Team Ineos in general and Sivakov and teammate Tao Geoghegan Hart in particular more than up to the task of defending Sivakov's newly assumed provisional race lead. Although the stage win was long gone to Matej Mohoric (Bahrain-Merida), Sivakov rode across the finish line in Bukowina with one ...

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Sivakov wins 2019 Tour de Pologne

Pavel Sivakov on the final Tour de Pologne overall podium

Pavel Sivakov secured overall victory at the Tour de Pologne after his Team Ineos teammates distanced race leader Jonas Vingegaard (Jumbo-Visma) during the hilly final stage around Bukowina Tatrzańska and then controlled every challenge from his nearest overall rivals. Matej Mohoric (Bahrain-Merida) won the final hilly stage after launching a brave solo attack with 57km to race. He pointed to the sky as he crossed the line, dedicating his victory to Bjorg Lambrecht, who tragically died after crashing on stage 3 of the race. The USA's Neilson Powless (Jumbo-Visma) finished 55 seconds behind Mohoric, with Gianluca Brambilla (Trek-Segafredo) third at on the stage at 1:07. The 22-year-old Sivakov finished in the front group, 2:15 behind. In the final overall classification he finished two seconds ahead of fellow young talent Jai Hindley (Team Sunweb), with Diego Ulissi (UAE Team Emirates) third at 12 seconds. Eleven riders finished within 20 seconds. Talented ...

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Pogacar extends with UAE Team Emirates until end of 2023

Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates) wins Volta ao Algarve

Tadej Pogačar has signed a contract extension that will keep him at UAE Team Emirates until the end of the 2023 season. Still only 20 years old, the Slovenian has enjoyed a sparkling debut season in the professional ranks, winning the Volta ao Algarve and Tour of California. "I am very happy to have had the opportunity to sign an agreement that will keep me with UAE Team Emirates for the foreseeable future," Pogačar said in a statement on Friday. "I hope we can develop and progress together in the years ahead. I thank the team for the trust they have placed in me going forward as a cyclist." Pogačar won the Tour de l'Avenir in his final season at under-23 level before stepping up to WorldTour level with UAE Team Emirates this year. After placing a solid 13th at the Tour Down Under in January, he proceeded to claim ...

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Tour of Slovenia: Visconti wins stage 4

Giovanni Visconti (Neri) wins stage 4 at Tour of Slovenia

Giovanni Visconti (Neri Sottoli-Selle Italia) won the penultimate stage of the Tour of Slovenia, beating overall leader Diego Ulissi (UAE Team Emirates) to the line in a four-up sprint in Ajdovščina. Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates) placed third after playing a pivotal role in aiding Ulissi on the decisive climb of Predmeja, while Aleksandr Vlasov (Gazprom-Rusvelo) took fourth place. After surviving the toughest stage of the race, the 2011 winner Ulissi will expect to pick up his second overall victory at the Tour of Slovenia on Sunday. The stage was animated by an early break featuring Luka Mezgec (Mitchelton-Scott) but the move was pegged back ahead of the 9km ascent of Predmeja. Vlasov kicked off the attacking on the climb after his Gazprom teammates set a fearsome tempo on the lower slopes. He was joined immediately by Pogacar who marked the move and waited for Visconti and Ulissi to bridge ...

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Tour of Slovenia: Mezgec wins stage 2

Luka Mezgec wins stage 2 in Slovenia

Luka Mezgec ( Mitchelton-Scott ) surprised himself with the stage 2 victory at the Tour of Slovenia , after catching what looked like the winning breakaway in the closing metres of the race. Mezgec planned his sprint perfectly, taking the faster line toward the finish line and the reduced-group sprint victory ahead of Grega Bole (Bahrain Merida) and Andrea Vendrame (Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec) in Celje. "I was not sure we were going to catch the breakaway on the last climb," said Mezgec, who was part of the chase group. "But when I saw 400 metres to go, I went full gas and I was hoping the front group would go left and take the shorter line into the finish, and they did, so I could take double-speed around on the right, and that was it. "They were always 20 or 25 seconds ahead on the flat and then I was trying ...

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Aru continues comeback at Tour de Suisse

Fabio Aru racing Gran Premio Citta di Lugano

Fabio Aru (UAE Team Emirates) will line out at the Tour de Suisse as he continues his comeback to competitive action following the iliac artery surgery that forced him to miss the Giro d’Italia. The Sardinian made his return to the peloton at the Gran Premio Città di Lugano on Sunday, finishing 22nd in a race won by teammate Diego Ulissi. It was Aru’s first race since he abandoned Paris-Nice in March. He was diagnosed with a constriction of the iliac artery in his left leg shortly afterwards and underwent surgery on April 1. Aru was initially slated to line out at next week’s Tour of Slovenia but after a promising outing in Lugano he will instead take on the nine-day Tour de Suisse as he looks to rebuild his condition. At one point in Sunday’s race, Aru was on the offensive with UAE Team Emirates teammate Tadej Pogacar and ...

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Giro Stage Twelve Preview - Uphill At Last!

Cuneo - Pinerolo, 158km It feels like it has been a long time until someone can say this, but here we are at last: Tomorrow sees the Giro field take on a stage with a first category mountain for the first time this year! For those of you keeping score at home, it has taken 11 stages, 1,871km and goodness knows how many bloody Go Compare adverts (your irritating commercial may be different) before we’ve got here, but we are properly getting some climbing tomorrow. Oh, and in case you’re wondering, I don’t have any compromising videos of Conor being rude about Spanish weeklong races or anything – he chose to preview stage 11 when offered this one. Anyway, let’s get into it. The stage First, take a look at the parcours: Now, if you haven’t seen the details of the stage anywhere else, and you haven’t read about the ...

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The weekly spin: Meet Tadej Pogacar, future Grand Tour champion

There’s a youth movement happening in pro cycling, and the Amgen Tour of California is the proving ground. Last year, 21-year-old Egan Bernal crowned as the youngest-ever winner of the Amgen Tour. This year, it was 20-year-old Tadej Pogacar, who is nearly a year younger than Bernal. At this rate, we’ll soon have a teenager … The post The weekly spin: Meet Tadej Pogacar, future Grand Tour champion appeared first on CyclingTips .

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The hardest day so far: Attrition rate rises on the Giro d’Italia

Valerio Conti (UAE Team Emirates), the new pink jersey

If the thousand-yard stares on the faces ghosting their way up Viale Crispi in the heart of L'Aquila already told much of the story, then the reading on the screen near the finish line confirmed it. Stage 7 of the Giro d’Italia, which brought the gruppo into the rugged hills of the Apennines, was run off at an average speed of 45.040kph. It was, by any metric, a brutally tough day of racing. Pello Bilbao ( Astana Pro Team ) emerged victorious in the capital of the Abruzzo region, clipping clear of the break as they began the final rise towards the line, but this was a day of races within races. While the escapees squabbled over the stage honours, Valerio Conti's UAE Team Emirates squad chased grimly to retain his maglia rosa. Earlier, teams with an eye to final overall victory battled to shut down moves by their rivals. ...

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Giro Stage 6 Preview: Time for a Test

Another long stage, but this is different. A late climb means that this is the most testing road stage so far this Giro, with two hundred and thirty-eight kilometres between the start in Cassino (this is the first time it’s been visited by the Giro, and personally I think it’s a big risk) to the finish in San Giovanni Rotondo (which I will translate, using my non-existent Italian, to Fat Saint John). Given the drought of mountain stages in the early part of this Giro, the GC contenders are going to have to view this as an opportunity to attack. Aren’t they? Please? There’s a little bit of early, uncategorised climbing in what will be a leg-sapping first two hundred kilometres, but it’s the final thirty that will count, a slight crosswind notwithstanding. This is a category two climb but it is by no means a huge test. Fifteen kilometres ...

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Giro d'Italia: Carapaz wins stage 4 as crash crushes Dumoulin's GC hopes – Video

Richard Carapaz sprays the champagne on the podium

Ecuador's Richard Carapaz ( Movistar ) won stage 4 of the 2019 Giro d'Italia on Wednesday, getting the better of Australian sprinter Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal) and UAE Team Emirates' Diego Ulissi in a reduced-group sprint finish, as chaos reigned behind them, with several GC contenders losing time. One of a number of crashes in the run-in to the finish brought down 2017 Giro champion Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb), who said afterwards that he believes his challenge for the GC this year is now over , having lost over four minutes to current race leader, and title contender, Primoz Roglic (Jumb-Visma). Carapaz's Movistar teammate Mikel Landa was also a faller, and later apologised to Mitchelton-Scott's Simon Yates for initially blaming him for the crash. Yates also fell, but was able to quickly remount, losing only a handful of seconds to Roglic, and is still second overall, 35 seconds down. Bahrain-Merida's ...

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Giro d'Italia 2019: Stage 4 finish line quotes

Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) gets to the line on stage 4 of the 2019 Giro d'Italia having lost 18

Mauro Vegni - Giro d’Italia race director "I’m really sorry to see Tom [Dumoulin] crash . We’d brought a lot big names to the Giro d'Italia and we’d already lost [Alejandro] Valverde and [Egan] Bernal before the start. Now after four stages Dumoulin has crashed hard and lost a chunk of time. Let's just hope he can carry on and fight for a stage and perhaps fight back. "We’re all sad about what has happened. It’s difficult to avoid a lot of the crashes. I’ve seen the video of today’s crash sand it was caused by a moment of distraction, like most crashes, when riders look around and touch wheels." Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) - overall leader "It was pretty easy for most of the stage but when the race started, it was really nervous. At the Giro d’Italia everything changes every day, and we're just on stage 4. I asked ...

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Giro d'Italia: Carapaz wins stage 4 after GC riders hit the deck

Richard Carapaz (Movistar) wins stage 4 of the Giro d'Italia

The first 228 kilometres of stage 4 of the Giro d’Italia to Frascati near Rome passed without incident but chaos broke loose once again in the final seven kilometres as crashes altered not only the complexion of the stage but of the Giro d’Italia as a whole. Richard Carapaz (Movistar) claimed the spoils, producing a powerful acceleration on the uphill finish in Frascati, while 2017 winner Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) crashed hard and saw his hopes of overall victory dealt a near-fatal blow. The peloton was split into pieces by two crashes in quick succession with just over six kilometres to go. Salvatore Puccio (Team Ineos) touched wheels to spark the first crash, before another spill, involving Dumoulin and Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott), occurred at a roundabout less than a kilometre later. That left Carapaz in a front group of 15 riders that contained, crucially, maglia rosa Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma). The ...

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Dumoulin injured in Stage 4 pileup at Giro d’Italia, loses four minutes on GC

The general classification of the Giro d’Italia was thrown into disarray Tuesday when a large crash in the peloton with 6km remaining on Stage 4 split the bunch and left 2017 champion Tom Dumoulin (Sunweb) injured and down four minutes on race leader Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma). The crash, after nearly 230km of racing, caused a … The post Dumoulin injured in Stage 4 pileup at Giro d’Italia, loses four minutes on GC appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Giro Dello Ciclismo

Passo Gavia

No more gimmicks in this year’s parcours, just bike racing Sometimes we get a little too caught up in narratives, and nobody pumps out more narratives than the Giro d’Italia. Whether it’s paying tribute to Marco Pantani, Fausto Coppi, or Giuseppe Garibaldi, or maybe tracing Garibaldi’s route in the unification of Italy, or tracing the 1949 Giro route which traced Garibaldi’s route, or... you get the point. The Giro loves telling stories, and frankly, who are we to argue? So that’s what’s noteworthy about this year’s route: the lack of narratives. It’s like that scene in Singles where Kyra Sedgwick calling out Campbell Scott for having no game being his game. This year, the Giro’s game is its apparent lack of a game. This year’s course is the creative white space around other Giri. It’s the amuse bouches between courses. Or... is it something more? Here’s a brief description of ...

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Time for the Party at Mauro Vegni’s Place

In which I ramble about the Giro (as we cycling writers are wont to do) until I decide this post is long enough. In cycling there’s a good few maxims you can pretty much take for granted. Scheldeprijs will always be flat. Nobody will ever really target the Vuelta. Gianni Savio will always be there. You may think he’s gone, but he’s always there. I’m talking to you, Colombia. And finally, the Giro is every cycling fan’s favourite Grand Tour. Nobody prefers the Vuelta, for obvious reasons. Nobody likes the Tour because it’s too mainstream and less romantic. Well, there’s me. As you might have noticed from my body of work on this website over the last few years, I’ve prioritised it but as well as that, I’m a pragmatist. To me, Andy Schleck won the 2010 Tour because that’s what the records say. Alejandro Valverde is one of my ...

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Dan Martin pessimistic about Liege-Bastogne-Liege chances after illness

Dan Martin (UAE Team Emirates)

After a tough Flèche Wallonne which saw him abandon the race, Dan Martin ( UAE Team Emirates ) had hoped that he might be able to turn things around in time for Liège-Bastogne-Liège . But at the team presentation on Saturday afternoon, the Irish all-rounder recognised that things had scarcely improved, and he was decidedly downbeat about his chances of fighting for a second victory in La Doyenne . Instead, Martin told reporters he hopes he can play a support role for riders like teammate Diego Ulissi, who finished third in Flèche Wallonne earlier this week. Martin revealed that he had been sick since the Vuelta al País Vasco, and that despite a small improvement in his condition before Flèche Wallonne, he was still far from 100 per cent condition. Asked if he was ready to go on Sunday – let alone go for a top performance – Martin answered ...

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Liege-Bastogne-Liege Preview

La Doyenne of all monument previews Well, it has been an interesting week to be more or less entirely away from the cycling world. I saw and enjoyed the last few minutes of the men’s Amstel Gold, which was special (and entirely bonkers). I’ve been keeping a bit of an eye on the Tour of the Alps, which has done wonders to maintain my faith in the future stars of Team Sky/Ineos, and in Fausto Masnada. I didn’t see a minute of Fleche Wallone, which is fine by me. On Sunday, though, I’ll be back to paying attention. With the year’s fourth monument coming up, I’ve picked a good day. Let’s get right into it. Routes and practical information Easter weekend was spectacularly warm and sunny across the UK, and clearly across the Netherlands too. The forecast for Sunday is less good, both in Edinburgh (you don’t care) and Liege ...

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