Bol powers to victory on final stage of Tour of California – Video

Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates) extended his race lead

Tadej Pogacar ( UAE Team Emirates ) sewed up the overall victory at the 2019 Tour of California on Saturday, getting through the final stage from Santa Clarita to Pasadena unscathed, having taken the race lead the previous day on Mount Baldy. Stage 7 was won by Team Sunweb's Cees Bol , who outsprinted Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) and Pogacar's UAE Team Emirates teammate Jasper Philipsen, topping off a tough week of racing that saw Dimension Data's Mark Cavendish retire from the race on the final stage. Twenty-year-old Pogacar's overall win by 16 seconds over EF Education First's Sergio Higuita – with Deceuninck-QuickStep's Kasper Asgreen only a single second further back in third – was never truly in doubt, although Bora-Hansgrohe's Max Schachmann, who started the day 11th overall, 1:28 down on Pogacar, featured in the day's early breakaway, and at one point held the virtual race lead, and was later ...

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Tour of California: Bol wins final stage in Pasadena ahead of Sagan

Team Sunweb's Cees Bol sprints to victory on the final stage of the 2019 Tour of California in Pasad

Cees Bol ( Team Sunweb ) sprinted to victory on the final stage of the Tour of California in Pasadena on Saturday. The Dutchman beat three-time road race world champion Peter Sagan ( Bora-Hansgrohe ) and Jasper Philipsen (UAE Team Emirates) to the line after an unexpectedly active day that saw big names going on the attack mid-stage. Tadej Pogačar ( UAE Team Emirates ) finished safely in the peloton to claim his first WorldTour stage-race victory ahead of Sergio Higuita (EF Education First) and Kasper Asgreen (Deceuninck-QuickStep). "This race was my main goal this year," said the Slovenian in the post-race press conference. "I knew that I was well prepared, but I surprised myself a bit that I took the overall win. I'm really happy and looking forward to returning next year." Max Schachmann (Bora-Hansgrohe), who's been active all week, was nevertheless a surprise face in the break of ...

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Caleb Ewan wins: Giro d’Italia, stage 8

Australia’s Caleb Ewan celebrated wildly after storming a bunch sprint to win stage eight of the Giro d’Italia on Saturday after coming close to victory three times already in the opening week. Chief contenders for overall Giro victory, Britain’s Simon Yates, form favourite Primoz Roglic, Italy’s Vincenzo Nibali and Colombian climber Miguel Angel Lopez all … The post Caleb Ewan wins: Giro d’Italia, stage 8 appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Mark Cavendish sees signs of improvement after hard week at Tour of California

Bernie Eisel looks after Dimension Data team leader Mark Cavendish during stage 6 of the 2019 Tour o

Mark Cavendish ( Dimension Data ) was a man of few words at the stage 6 summit finish on Mt. Baldy at the Amgen Tour of California on Friday. Shivering from the cold as he wrestled with putting on warmer layers, surrounded by riders that finished in the gruppetto and standing at a dead end road full of journalists, he offered a few remarks about his performance at the seven-day race set to conclude in Pasadena on Saturday. "Yes, I feel OK, thank you. I've gotten through it," Cavendish told Cyclingnews , referring to his recovery from a lengthy struggle with the Epstein-Barr Virus. "It's been a hard week," he added. To say that Cavendish has had a challenge at this edition of the Tour of California would be an understatement, and not just for him, but for many riders. It was considered one of the more challenging editions of ...

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Giro d'Italia 2019: Stage 7 finish line quotes

Bilbao celebrates on the podium

Pello Bilbao ( Astana Pro Team ) – stage winner "[Making the breakaway] was a little bit improvised. At first Dario [Cataldo] was the man that had to go in the break, but today was really complicated to go in the break. In the end I also started to go in the big groups because we saw that dangerous groups were going. I tried, I had the legs until the end. "It was a really big advantage [to have Zeits in the breakaway] because Andrey was pulling really hard. That's why we kept a gap to be more relaxed and to only think of the victory. He did impressive. “I knew I could attack my rivals. Formolo was the rider to beat but I sensed he was feeling the pressure to win. I waited for my DS to tell me when to go and went. It was a long final ...

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Meintjes out of Tour of California with fractured wrist

Dimensiom Data's Louis Meintjes at the 2019 Tour of California

Dimension Data 's Louis Meintjes was a non-starter for stage 5 of the Tour of California in Pismo Beach on Thursday, having been a victim of the now infamous crash that happened just over 3km from the finish of stage 4 in Morro Bay. The South African fractured his wrist in the crash, which delayed race leader Tejay van Garderen and his EF Education First teammates in their efforts to return to the front of the race after van Garderen had crashed earlier on. Despite the crash in which Meintjes was involved having taken place with more than 3km to go to the finish, van Garderen was awarded the same finish time as the front group, as is the UCI ruling for crashes that happen inside the final 3km of a stage. "Meintjes bravely completed the stage in obvious discomfort and was immediately seen to by our medical team at ...

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Tour of California 2019: Stage 3 highlights – Video

Remi Cavagna (Quick Step Floors) was the last to be caught

Remi Cavagna went solo to take his first WorldTour victory and give his Deceuninck-QuickStep team a second win in a row, on stage 3 of the Tour of California between Stockton and Morgan Hill. Cavagna went on the attack with Alex Hoehn of the USA National Team but the Frenchman distanced him and pushed on alone with 75km of the 208km stage still to go. Hoehn was rewarded for his efforts at the end of the day with the 'king of the mountains' jersey, while Cavagna rode hard to ensure he won alone. He also finished a huge 7:11 margin ahead of chasers Ben King (Dimension Data) and Simon Geschke (CCC Team), who had caught and passed Hoehn before the finish. Cavagna struggled on descents to the finish after going deep with his solo attack but was overjoyed to win. "It was really hard. Not on the climb, but on ...

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Rigoberto Uran entertains 'loudest and craziest' Colombian fans at Tour of California

Rigoberto Uran (EF Education First) signs autographs for his Colombian fans at the 2019 Tour of Cali

After 208km of racing, a shower and some food, Rigoberto Urán stepped off his EF Education First team bus to an awaiting crowd of fans – all from his home country of Colombia. Waving the horizontal tricolour of the yellow, blue and red flag, chanting, 'Rigo, Rigo, Rigo,' and still singing, laughing and dancing even after all the other teams had packed up and gone, they were undoubtedly the most lively bunch at the finish of stage 3 of the Tour of California in Morgan Hill on Tuesday. "My fans are amazing. They make me happy," Urán told Cyclingnews when asked about the wildly happy following of compatriots that he encounters at every bike race in every corner of the world. Urán finished the stage in 29th place, in the main field that finished nearly eight minutes behind stage winner Remi Cavagna (Deceuninck-QuickStep), who was followed home by the two ...

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Remi Cavagna wins stage 3 of the Tour of California

Deceuninck-QuickStep's Remi Cavagna wins stage 3 of the 2019 Tour of California

Rémi Cavagna ( Deceuninck-QuickStep ) won stage 3 of the Tour of California in Morgan Hill on Tuesday, striking out from a two-man break to ride solo for 75km to the finish. Ben King (Dimension Data) and Simon Geschke (CCC Team), who both attacked 22km out, took second and third, 7:11 back. Cavagna quickly built a lead of a minute over his former companion – Alex Hoehn of the USA National Team – and with no impetus to chase in the peloton, the stage result became clear some way before the end. In the final 20km, Hoehn, who now leads the mountains classification, hit the wall, and was eventually caught by the attacking duo of Geschke and King with 3.5km to go. Cavagna calmly soloed the final kilometres to take the second victory of his career, leaving King to beat Geschke in the sprint for second place. "It was really ...

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Mark Cavendish battles uphill to make time cut at Tour of California

Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data) in the bunch during stage 4 in San Juan

Dimension Data 's Mark Cavendish lives to fight another day at the 2019 Tour of California , despite having lost contact with the back of the race with 80km of the 214.5km-long stage 2 still to go on Monday. While he may ordinarily have been in danger of finishing outside the time limit, the long nature of the stage meant that the cut-off time was set at 60 minutes after the stage winner, and the British sprinter was able to make it to the finish 36:09 behind the day's victor, Kasper Asgreen of Deceuninck-QuickStep . The second stage's unrelenting climbing from Rancho Cordova to South Lake Tahoe, which peaks out at 2,627 metres of elevation, proved too much for Cavendish, and he lost contact with the race with around 80km to go, struggling to regain contact with the peloton despite teammate Bernie Eisel 's efforts to help. The day's climbs ...

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British National Champion Connor Swift joins Arkea-Samsic

British National Champion Connor Swift joins Arkea-Samsic

Joseph Delves 13 May 2019 Mid-season move sees the champ edge further towards his WorldTour dream British National Road Race Champion Connor Swift has signed up with ProContinental cycling team Arkea-Samsic. With the squad based in Rennes, France the 23-year-old rider’s contract will initially run until the end of 2020. Now moving to Arkea-Samsic, his role will initially be to form up with the other fast riders to help lead out Andre Greipel in the sprint. Having hoped to make the jump to WorldTour level in 2019, Swift had previously gained a late-season stagiaire position with Dimension Data . However, uncertainty over the future of their sprinter Mark Cavendish made it difficult for a position for Swift to be found in the team. Since then, despite his National Champion’s jersey and the support of big-hitting agents Trinity Sports Management, his progress had looked to have stalled. This led to Swift ...

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Connor Swift makes mid-season switch to Arkea-Samsic

Connor Swift (Madison Genesis)

British national road race champion Connor Swift has moved to Arkéa-Samsic with immediate effect, the French squad announced today. He will make his debut for the team at Tuesday's Four Days of Dunkerque. The 23-year-old has raced for British Continental team Madison Genesis since 2017, winning the British National Championships with a solo move last year. His final race for the team was the Tour de Yorkshire, where he finished ninth overall. Arkea-Samsic boss Emmanuel Hubert noted that Swift will form part of the lead-out train for the team's star rider, André Greipel, who joined over the winter. "He is a rider with a lot of potential; he is very fast in the sprints and he knows how to fight for position," said Hubert on the Arkéa-Samsic website. "Robert Wagner, who was supposed to be André's lead-out man, has unfortunately been out of action for several weeks. We had to ...

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4 major talking points from Tour of California press conference

Peter Sagan at the race start

Pre-race press conferences can be notoriously stale as riders answer questions similar to those they’ve answered at numerous previous gatherings with reporters. The names and kits change, but the questions about form, rivals, targets and ambitions rarely do. Riders’ attitudes can sometimes reflect the monotonous nature of the events, and those answers can be less than revealing or insightful. That was the tone at the Tour of California press conference on Friday, with a few notable exceptions. The team hotel on Sacramento’s west side was buzzing with activity on Friday as teams, riders and staff mingled with agents, race personnel, media and the hundreds and hundreds of people who hold the infrastructure of the race together. Tucked into a banquet room on the hotel’s ground floor, Friday’s press conference was a true California event, as it came in waves. The first round featured the usual pre-race speakers, including representatives from ...

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Mark Cavendish clears Epstein-Barr threshold for first time in two years

Alejandro Valverde and Mark Cavendish greet each other ahead of the stage

Mark Cavendish said in California on Friday that a blood test two weeks ago showed he is below the threshold for being sick with Epstein-Barr, the virus that has plagued the Dimension Data sprinter for the past two years. Speaking at the press conference ahead of the Amgen Tour of California , which starts Sunday in Sacramento, Cavendish said his body has been responding well to training and he will be challenging for race wins once again. Cavendish has just 26 race days in his legs so far this season after lackluster performances at Vuelta a San Juan and the UAE Tour and then abandoning Paris-Nice. The 33-year-old returned to racing at the Tour of Turkey last month and most recently competed in the Tour de Yorkshire, where his best result was eighth on stage 1. “Normally I would have had a lot of racing by now, but the last ...

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Van Garderen and Uran to lead EF Education First at Tour of California

Tejay van Garderen (EF Education First) in the breakaway

Rigoberto Urán and Tejay van Garderen will lead EF Education First at the 2019 Tour of California , which starts this weekend, with support coming from the likes of Taylor Phinney, Lachlan Morton and recent signing Sergio Higuita. The American WorldTour team can also expect to enjoy strong support from roadside fans at what is the only men's WorldTour event in the US, with the race also attracting some of the sport's biggest names, including former winners Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) and George Bennett (Jumbo-Visma), two-time runner-up Rohan Dennis (Bahrain-Merida), sprinter Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data) and Trek-Segafredo's Richie Porte. Van Garderen – who joined EF Education First this season from BMC – won the event in 2013 and finished second overall last season, and is looking forward to racing on home roads again. "It's not often that you get such a competitive field of world-class cyclists without having to travel overseas," ...

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Preview: Everything you need to know about the 2019 Giro d’Italia

Classics season is behind us and the Tour de Romandie is now complete. That can only mean one thing — it’s time for the Giro d’Italia. The 102nd edition of the Giro starts in Bologna this Saturday and concludes in Verona on June 2. Ahead of the first Grand Tour of the season we take … The post Preview: Everything you need to know about the 2019 Giro d’Italia appeared first on CyclingTips .

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O'Connor and Nizzolo to lead Dimension Data at Giro d'Italia

Ben O'Connor and Nicholas Dlamini in action during stage 2 at the Tour Down Under

Ben O’Connor and Giacomo Nizzolo will headline the Dimension Data team at this year’s Giro d’Italia . O’Connor will be heading the team’s GC bid, while Nizzolo is targeting stage victories in the sprint. The team will also include Mark Renshaw, who has been on the comeback trail since breaking his pelvis during a training crash in the off-season. Renshaw made his return at the Driedaagse De Panne-Brugge in March and has since raced Scheldeprijs and the Tour de Yorkshire. Having started the race as a support rider for Louis Meintjes, O’Connor was one of the star performers at last year’s Giro d’Italia. His performance was a ray of light in a difficult season for Dimension Data, but his race ended abruptly when he crashed on stage 19. He had been sitting just outside the top 10 at that point. The Australian has taken a slightly different approach to the ...

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Oss, Schachmann to back Sagan at Tour of California

Peter Sagan shows off his new nameplate

Bora-Hansgrohe have revealed the six riders who will back Peter Sagan at the Amgen Tour of California from May 12-18, with strongman Daniel Oss and recent Ardennes revelation Max Schachmann leading the charge to back the 'King of California' as Sagan hopes to add to his record 16 stage wins. Also on Bora-Hansgrohe's roster for the seven-day WorldTour race are Juraj Sagan, Erik Baska, Oscar Gatto and recent Tour of Turkey overall winner Felix Grossschartner. Sagan has had a slow start to his season so far, with his only win coming during a stage at the season-opening Tour Down Under in January. Since then, the three-time world champion has come close in the spring Classics, but has just missed out on landing on the podium. Following a short break after abandoning Flèche Wallonne and choosing to skip Liège-Bastogne-Liège, Sagan travelled to California on May 4 to prepare for the race ...

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Mark Cavendish: Yorkshire Worlds are too hard for me

Mark Cavendish rides in the peloton

2011 world champion Mark Cavendish ( Dimension Data ) has ruled himself out of contention for this year’s Worlds after racing on the finishing circuit at the Tour de Yorkshire. The four-day event raced over the finishing circuit that will be used for the Worlds later this year on stage 2, with Rick Zabel (Katusha-Alpecin) coming out on top. Cavendish finished 18th on the stage and admitted later that he ‘bottled it’ in the finale. However, this was also an opportunity for the 33-year-old to test his legs on the 16.5km course that will be used multiple times in the men’s elite race come September. “That circuit is hard, I did it in the winter and thought it’s not for me but thought maybe here at Tour de Yorkshire at race pace maybe it would be easier. It wasn’t, it’s still hard at race pace. If anything, it was harder,” ...

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Tour de Yorkshire: Rick Zabel wins stage 2

Rick Zabel (Katusha-Alpecin)

Rick Zabel gave Katusha-Alpecin their second victory of the 2019 season, breaking his own four-year long dry spell in a chaotic finale to a fast 132km stage in Tour de Yorkshire to Bedale. Boy van Poppel (Roompot-Charles) was next best ahead of Chris Lawless (Team Ineos), with Jesper Asselman continuing in the race lead by one second over Zabel. Thanks to his time bonus for second place, Van Poppel moved into third overall at five seconds behind his teammate. "I'm just so happy I can win a race. It's also really important for the team because we haven't won so much this year. To get a win here is really amazing," Zabel said. Zabel profited from the work of Dimension Data, who pulled for Cavendish into the final 500m only for the Manxman to get washed away in a messy, physical push to the line. The German sensed an opening ...

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