Steve Cummings looking for a new team as Dimension Data rebrand to NTT

Steve Cummings looking for a new team as Dimension Data rebrand to NTT

Joe Robinson 12 Nov 2019 The veteran rider is yet to confirm his future as Dimension Data changes to NTT for 2020 The future of Steve Cummings's professional cycling career is unknown after NTT Pro Cycling confirmed their roster for 2020, with the British rider's name absent from the list. South African team Dimension Data will rebrand to NTT Pro Cycling from 1st January, with the Japanese telecommunications company coming on board as primary sponsor. The team confirmed their roster for next season with the noticeable exception of Cummings and veteran Austrian rider Bernie Eisel. Eisel is likely to follow fellow Dimension Data departee Mark Cavendish to Bahrain-Merida , with the duo having ridden together for most of their careers. Cummings, however, has yet to confirm his future. Now 38 years old, the Liverpudlian struggled with injury in 2019. In April, Cummings suffered a broken collarbone at the Tour of ...

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What it’s like to be a sports psychologist for professional cyclists

Dr David Spindler is a sports psychologist who works almost exclusively with professional cyclists. You might recognise his name — Rohan Dennis publicly thanked Spindler after winning his second world time trial title back in September, after what was a tumultuous few months for the Aussie pro. In addition to working with individual pro cyclists, … The post What it’s like to be a sports psychologist for professional cyclists appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Exept Allroad long-term review: Custom Italian modular monocoque

I’ve always had an appreciation for alloy or steel frames. Recently I’ve even come around on the merits of titanium after getting to play with a hand-built Caminarde gravel bike. Borrowing a Specialized Allez built with Shimano’s mid-range 105 groupset got me more excited than many of the superbikes I’ve played on in recent times. … The post Exept Allroad long-term review: Custom Italian modular monocoque appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Mark Cavendish joins Bahrain-Merida

Mark Cavendish joins Bahrain-Merida

Joe Robinson 25 Oct 2019 Rod Ellingworth and McLaren draw Cavendish on a one-year deal Mark Cavendish will ride for Bahrain-Merida in 2020 it has been confirmed. The sprinter will join on a one-year deal hoping to kickstart his career after a spate of injury and illness. The Middle Eastern team confirmed the signing of Cavendish on Friday afternoon, however it had been long rumoured that the 34-year-old would be making the switch. British motoring company McLaren will be a key sponsor for Bahrain-Merida in 2020 and the brand has previously worked closely with Cavendish, most notably on the development of the Specialized S-Works Venge bike. This close relationship was also boosted by the fact Rod Ellingworth will be the team's manager for next season. Ellingworth has long worked with Cavendish in the past in both the national team and at Team Sky, a relationship that helped Cavendish make up ...

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Nairo Quintana's Arkea-Samsic miss out on 2020 WorldTour as Cofidis move up

Nairo Quintana's Arkea-Samsic miss out on 2020 WorldTour as Cofidis move up

Joe Robinson 24 Oct 2019 Cofidis only new team in WorldTour for 2020 as Dimension Data retain their spot Nairo Quintana 's new team Arkea-Samsic have missed out on a WorldTour licence for 2020 as Cofidis return to cycling's top flight for the first time since 2009. The UCI published the list of teams that have met the requirements to be part of the WorldTour and have therefore been offered a licence for the 2020 season. It was believed that the UCI would be upping the number of teams in the WorldTour for 2020 from 18 to 20 with Arkea-Samsic, Direct Energie, Israel Cycling Academy and Cofidis all competing for those two new spots. As it stands, only Cofidis and Israel Cycling Academy will be moving from ProContinental level to WorldTour for next season. French team Cofidis have been awarded the licence providing they meet the 'administrative, ethical, financial, organisational ...

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Where have all the women’s bikes gone? A look inside an ever-changing market

I had my first experience with the women’s specific movement in 2002. “I ride a Trek 6700 WSD,” my 12-year old self would say, smugly, to my friends. They didn’t know what on earth I was talking about, and neither did I. But I was hooked on clarifying to all who would listen that my … The post Where have all the women’s bikes gone? A look inside an ever-changing market appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Out of contract 8: The best riders without a team for 2020

Joe Robinson 9 Oct 2019 If this team raced a Grand Tour, they would be leaving with plenty of stage wins and maybe the overall title The 2019 is all but finished, this Saturday's Il Lombardia being the last race of any significance, and there are still a whole host of world-class cyclists without a contract for next season. As things stand, Rohan Dennis, Sam Bennett, Esteban Chaves and Mark Cavendish are among the raft of talent yet to confirm their futures for 2020. Normally by now, all of your top-shelf talent would have announced their teams for the coming season but this year, things seem a little different. This could be down to the bizarre situation in which many of the best riders in the world have also found themselves on the move this winter already . Tom Dumoulin, Nairo Quintana, Philippe Gilbert, Richard Carapaz to name but a ...

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New Roval Terra gravel and all-road wheelsets are super wide, wicked light

It’s now been nearly three years since I reviewed the Enve Composites SES 4.5 AR Disc wheelset, and I’ve been wondering aloud in that time why a competitor hasn’t stepped in with a similarly wide concept given that model’s obvious (at least to me) performance advantages. It’s light and aero, yes, but also stupendously comfortable … The post New Roval Terra gravel and all-road wheelsets are super wide, wicked light appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Men’s teams of 2020: Who’s moving up, who’s dropping down, and what it means

The teams applying for WorldTour and ProTeam licenses in the 2020 season, the implications for pro cycling, and how they sit in the UCI's new structural and regulatory landscape. The post Men’s teams of 2020: Who’s moving up, who’s dropping down, and what it means appeared first on CyclingTips .

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The weekly spin: A wet and wild week at the world championships

What a week in professional cycling. The UCI’s Road World Championships is an annual end-of-season gathering of national federations, sponsors, rider agents, and stakeholders that often delivers not only new world champions but also a flurry of announcements and controversies. The Yorkshire world championships was no exception. The eight-day event began with a new discipline, … The post The weekly spin: A wet and wild week at the world championships appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Bahrain-Merida terminates contract with Rohan Dennis

Bahrain-Merida terminates contract with Rohan Dennis

Joe Robinson 30 Sep 2019 Austrlian parts way with team following season of sponsor controversy Bahrain-Merida have terminated their contract with elite men's time trial World Championships Rohan Dennis with immediate effect. In a short press release, the team confirmed the two-deal had been brought to an end and that the decision had been made prior to last week's World Championships in Yorkshire . 'The team terminated its contract with Mr Dennis on 13th September 2019. This termination has not previously been made public to allow Mr Dennis an undisturbed preparation for the UCI 2019 Road World Championships,' read the statment. 'Mr Dennis has referred the termination to the UCI Arbitral Board. Against this background, no further comment will be made at this time.' The dispute between the two parties began during the Tour de France when Dennis abandoned the race on Stage 12 without a publicly stated reason. It ...

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Bahrain-Merida terminate contract with Rohan Dennis

Bahrain-Merida terminate contract with Rohan Dennis

Joe Robinson 30 Sep 2019 Australian parts ways with team following season of sponsor controversy Bahrain-Merida have terminated their contract with elite men's time trial World Championships Rohan Dennis with immediate effect. In a short press release, the team confirmed the two-deal had been brought to an end and that the decision had been made prior to last week's World Championships in Yorkshire . 'The team terminated its contract with Mr Dennis on 13th September 2019. This termination has not previously been made public to allow Mr Dennis an undisturbed preparation for the UCI 2019 Road World Championships,' read the statment. 'Mr Dennis has referred the termination to the UCI Arbitral Board. Against this background, no further comment will be made at this time.' The dispute between the two parties began during the Tour de France when Dennis abandoned the race on Stage 12 without a publicly stated reason. It ...

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‘I won’t let it go to waste’: Ben Dyball on finally making it to the WorldTour

Ben Dyball had given up on the WorldTour. For years he’d slogged away in the minor leagues, achieving the occasional promising result, but never doing enough to catch the eye of a top-tier outfit. Poor health and bad luck didn’t help. A stagiaire ride with French Pro Continental team Delko Marseille Provence KTM in late … The post ‘I won’t let it go to waste’: Ben Dyball on finally making it to the WorldTour appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Emily Batty, POC’s digital helmet, and women’s kits tested: Pinkbike Digest

Supported by What’s going on in the mountain bike world? The Pinkbike Digest showcases the top dirt articles from our mountain bike sister-site, Pinkbike.com. You’ll get coverage from racing, tech, and some fun storytelling along the way. 5 Things We Learned at Snowshoe XC World Cup 2019 By: Edd Spratt The final World Cup in Snowshoe provided … The post Emily Batty, POC’s digital helmet, and women’s kits tested: Pinkbike Digest appeared first on CyclingTips .

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The best lead-out man ever? A tribute to the career of Mark Renshaw

Last Saturday afternoon, in the English city of Manchester, Mark Renshaw rolled across the finish line to complete the final stage of the 2019 Tour of Britain. He was nowhere near winning the stage — in fact he was second-last across the line, 6:30 behind stage winner Mathieu Van der Poel — but the moment … The post The best lead-out man ever? A tribute to the career of Mark Renshaw appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Rwanda is bidding for the World Championships. Here’s why it matters

Supported by Rwanda’s unlikely journey as a cycling nation took a significant leap this week, with the tiny central African nation applying to host the 2025 Road World Championships. Cycling has been on the rise in Rwanda over the past decade, with the Tour du Rwanda steadily gaining international recognition since it first became a UCI-classified race … The post Rwanda is bidding for the World Championships. Here’s why it matters appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Aussie O'Connor 'stoked' with top 10 Vuelta stage finish

Aussie O'Connor 'stoked' with top 10 Vuelta stage finish

Team Dimension Data's Ben O'Connor finished sixth on the punishing 154km Stage 15 of the 2019 La Vuelta a Esapana from Tineo to Santuario del Acebo, throwing everything he had at a top result.

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Tour of Britain 2019 Stage 2: Matteo Trentin wins the sprint and takes GC

Tour of Britain 2019 Stage 2: Matteo Trentin wins the sprint and takes GC

James Spender 8 Sep 2019 Matteo Trentin takes GC, narrowly catching Alex Dowsett on the line Matteo Trentin (Katusha-Alpecin) takes the stage and the green jersey, narrowly catching a last-dicth Alex Dowsett breakaway just metres from the finish. How the stage unfolded Saturday was a memorable day for the Jumbo-Visma team, Dylan Groenewegen taking victory in Stage 1 of the Tour of Britain while teammate Primoz Roglic was busy riding high in the red jersey – and avoiding major crashes – some 2,000km away at the Vuelta a Espana. The Tour of Britain’s Stage 2 began and finished in the town of Kelso in the Scottish Borders, comprising a 165.9km anticlockwise loop taking riders over three category 2 climbs, Harden’s Hill, Scott’s View and Dingleton, before culminating in a technical finish over Kelso’s cobbles streets. The breakaway took to its heels at 10km, and midway Pete Williams (SwiftProCycling), Gediminas Bagdonas ...

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Vuelta a Espana 2019 Stage 15: Jumbo-Visma's Sepp Kuss triumphs, Roglic preserves lead

Vuelta a Espana 2019 Stage 15: Jumbo-Visma's Sepp Kuss triumphs, Roglic preserves lead

James Spender 8 Sep 2019 Vuelta a Espana 2019 Stage 15: American Sepp Kuss, of Jumbo-Visma, announced himself today with a terrific stage win up an incredibly steep stage finish, with Team Ineos's Tao Geoghegan Hart putting in a fine display to finish second. But ultimately the real winner on Stage 15 was Primoz Roglic, who rode with imperious fashion to preserve his 2:25 lead at the top of GC. How the race unfolded Another morning, another day pulling on the maillot rojo for Jumbo-Visma’s Primoz Roglic, who took a commanding 2:25 lead over Movistar’s Alejandro Valverde into Stage 15, which took riders deep into north-west Spain’s Asturias mountains. With four category 1 climbs on the menu including a stinging 7.9km, 10% ascent to the finish in Santuario del Acebo, the 154.4km route out of Tineo promised to deliver some GC-hustling action. Useful time bonuses were on offer, 10, 6 ...

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Vuelta a Espana 2019 Stage 15: Jumbo-Visma's Sepp Kuss triumphs, Roglic preserves

Vuelta a Espana 2019 Stage 15: Jumbo-Visma's Sepp Kuss triumphs, Roglic preserves

James Spender 8 Sep 2019 Vuelta a Espana 2019 Stage 15: American Sepp Kuss, of Jumbo-Visma, announced himself today with a terrific stage win up an incredibly steep stage finish, with Team Ineos's Tao Geoghegan Hart putting in a fine display to finish second. But ultimately the real winner on Stage 15 was Primoz Roglic, who rode in imperious fashion to preserve his 2:25 lead at the top of GC. How the race unfolded Another morning, another day pulling on the maillot rojo for Jumbo-Visma’s Primoz Roglic, who took a commanding 2:25 lead over Movistar’s Alejandro Valverde into Stage 15, which took riders deep into north-west Spain’s Asturias mountains. With four category 1 climbs on the menu including a stinging 7.9km, 10% ascent to the finish in Santuario del Acebo, the 154.4km route out of Tineo promised to deliver some GC-hustling action. Useful time bonuses were on offer, 10, 6 ...

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