Preview: 22 things you should know about the 2019 Vuelta a España

It’s time for the Vuelta a España, the third and final Grand Tour of the season. The race gets underway this Saturday in Torrevieja and will be contested over 21 stages and 3,272km. Here’s what you should know about the 2019 Tour of Spain. The 2019 Vuelta is the race’s 74th edition. The Vuelta is … The post Preview: 22 things you should know about the 2019 Vuelta a España appeared first on CyclingTips .

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King returns to scene of Vuelta breakout, Cavendish left at home

Dimension Data brings stage hunters to Spanish grand tour, but leave Cavendish at home raising more questions about his future. Read the full article at King returns to scene of Vuelta breakout, Cavendish left at home on .

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Barguil apologises for remarks about Gasparotto

Warren Barguil (Arkea-Samsic) leads the overall after stage 3 at the Arctic Race of Norway

Arkéa-Samsic leader Warren Barguil has apologised to Dimension Data 's Enrico Gasparotto , both privately and publicly on social media, after having called the veteran Italian rider an idiot for 'allowing' eventual Arctic Race of Norway winner Alexey Lutsenko (Astana) to get a gap in the sprint to the line of the final stage , which meant that Barguil lost the leader's jersey by a single second. Barguil had accused Gasparotto of 'flicking' him: of intentionally letting the gap to Lutsenko go so that Barguil – stuck behind Gasparotto – couldn't follow the Kazakh rider's initial surge. It meant that Lutsenko was able to take the remaining four bonus seconds available for taking third place on the stage, and also allowed a further second's gap to form between Lutsenko and Barguil on the finish line, giving the Astana rider the win. "It's really shit. Lutsenko was strong, but if I'd ...

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Eisel keen to race on in 2020 and bring up 20 years as a pro

Bernhard Eisel (Dimension Data)

Bernhard Eisel is set to continue racing for another year, expressing his desire to take his career into a 20th season, although it would not be with his current team, Dimension Data . The Austrian turned pro with Mapei in 2001, before going on to ride for T-Mobile, HTC-Highroad, Team Sky, and Dimension Data from 2016. He had seemed set to retire at the end of the 2018 season after being diagnosed with a serious brain injury, but set off on the comeback trail and signed up for another year at Dimension Data. With the end of the year now in sight, the 38-year-old is now likely to go one more. "It would just be for my own thinking, to do 20 years a pro - not many have done that," Eisel told Cyclingnews at the recent Arctic Race of Norway . "I think I can still contribute a lot ...

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Dimension Data announce signing of Victor Campenaerts

Victor Campenaerts (Lotto Soudal)

Team Dimension Data have announced the signing of Belgian time triallist Victor Campenaerts . The 27-year-old will join for 2020 as the team rebrands to Team NTT. Campenaerts has won two races this season, the final time trial at Tirreno-Adriatico and stage 4 of the Baloise Belgium Tour. He narrowly missed out on victory at the San Marino time trial at the Giro d'Italia after suffering a mechanical in the closing metres. His biggest achievement to date, however, came in April of this year. After months of preparation at altitude, Campenaerts broke the World Hour Record, recording a distance of 55.089km at the Aguascalientes Velodrome in Mexico. Campenaerts has been a professional since 2014, first for Sport Vlaanderen, then Jumbo-Visma, before spending the last two seasons at Lotto Soudal. "I'm really looking forward to my new adventure with Team NTT next year," said Campenaerts in a statement on Monday. "The ...

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Alexey Lutsenko wins thrilling finale at the Arctic Race of Norway thanks to final time bonus

Alexey Lutsenko wins thrilling finale at the Arctic Race of Norway thanks to final time bonus

Joseph Delves 19 Aug 2019 Kazakh champion Alexey Lutsenko trades bonus seconds with Warren Barguil before overhauling him on tough final stage Alexey Lutsenko ( Astana ) has won the 2019 Arctic Race of Norway, repeatedly attacking on the final stage to take victory by a single second. Following the penultimate Queen Stage, French rider Warren Barguil (Arkéa–Samsic) had built himself a three-second lead coming into the final day, and this set up a contest which looked likely to be settled by who could steal the most bonus seconds at the intermediate sprints. Barguil started well, extending his lead by gaining two seconds at the first. Yet in the final intermediate sprint, the positions were reversed, with the Kazakh champion outsprinting Barguil to pick up three bonus seconds to the Frenchman’s two. With Lutsenko unable to shake his rival over the last few punchy climbs, this left Barguil with a ...

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Barguil furious at 'idiot' Gasparotto as Arctic Race of Norway victory 'unfairly' slips away

French Champion Warren Barguil (Arkea-Samsic) at the Tour de France presentation

Warren Barguil ( Arkea-Samsic ) saw overall victory at the Arctic Race of Norway slip agonisingly through his fingers on the final stage 4 in Narvik. The taste of disappointment was made all the more bitter by what he felt was an 'unfair' move from another rider that prevented him following eventual winner Alexey Lutsenko at the end of the stage. Enrico Gasparotto was the rider in question, and Barguil remonstrated vigorously with the Dimension Data rider beyond the finish line. "I told him he is an idiot - I can't say more," Barguil revealed to reporters after the podium ceremony. Barguil was on the wheel of Gasparotto, with the Italian himself behind Lutsenko, as they came into the home straight with the race balanced on a knife edge. Barguil had started the final day in the overall lead with an advantage of three seconds over Lutsenko, which grew to ...

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Ivan Sosa wins 2019 Vuelta a Burgos

Ivan Sosa (Team Ineos) at Vuelta a Burgos

Ivan Sosa ( Team Ineos ) secured overall victory for a second consecutive year at the Vuelta a Burgos in northern Spain, winning the final stage on the mountain finish of Lagunas de Neila to extend his winning margin. The 21-year-old Colombian won stage 3 to Picon Blanco and started the final stage in the purple race leader's jersey. The final climb to Lagunas de Neila was steep and sparked several late attacks but Sosa waited until the final 500 metres to attack himself, catch Rui Costa (UAE Team Emirates) and win alone. He finished eight seconds ahead of Costa, with Amanuel Ghebreigzabhier (Dimension Data) third at 14 seconds, just ahead of Giro d'Italia winner Richard Carapaz (Movistar) on his return to racing. In the final overall classification, Sosa beat Oscar Rodriguez (Euskadi Murias) by 31 seconds, with Carapaz third at 42 seconds. "In the final kilometres, the team helped ...

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Cummings back on front foot in Norway after being 'found out' at Tour de France

Steve Cummings (Dimension Data)

Dimension Data 's Steve Cummings saw the white blur out of the corner of his eye, and that was his cue to stop pedalling. Mathieu van der Poel's stunning sprint ended his hopes of victory 100 agonising metres from the finish line of the opening stage of the Arctic Race of Norway , but there was no real sense of disappointment from the British rider. "I wasn't really thinking – I was just thinking about going full, and that's it," Cummings told Cyclingnews in Svolvaer on Thursday. "But it's nice to be back in the front, trying, feeling good." That, indeed, hasn't happened for a while. Cummings enjoyed something of a mid-30's rejuvenation when he signed for Dimension Data in 2015 and proceeded to win two stages of the Tour de France among a string of eye-catching breakaway scalps. However, things have veered off track in the past two years. ...

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Arctic Race of Norway: Mathieu van der Poel wins stage 1

Mathieu van der Poel (Corendon-Circus)

Mathieu van der Poel (Corenden-Circus) picked up where he left off four months ago when he sprinted to victory on the opening stage of the Arctic Race of Norway. The Dutchman hadn't raced on the road since winning Amstel Gold Race in April, but he hit his stride immediately, beating his fellow countryman Danny van Poppel (Jumbo-Visma) to the line in Leknes to take the stage honours and the overall lead. Just days after victory at the mountain bike World Cup in Lenzerheide , this was the umpteenth demonstration of Van der Poel's remarkable versatility. The 24-year-old toggles between road, mountain bike and cyclo-cross with remarkable ease, winning on all terrains. This was his sixth win on the road in 2019, and in just 16 days of racing. Despite his relative inexperience, Van der Poel is, with ample justification, among the very top tier of favourites for next month's road ...

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Vuelta a Burgos: Aberasturi wins stage 2

Jon Aberasturi (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA) won stage 2 of the Vuelta a Burgos

Jon Aberasturi ( Caja Rural-Seguros RGA ) won stage 2 of the Vuelta a Burgos , beating stage 1 winner Giacomo Nizzolo (Dimension Data) by two seconds on the uphill finish in Lerma. Jhonathan Narvaez (Team Ineos) took third place just behind Nizzolo. For the second day in a row, the stage finale saw a showdown between the Italian sprinter and a Caja Rural rider. It was the Basque Country-based team who prevailed as Aberasturi's strength on the hill gave him a gap too large for Nizzolo to take back on the short flat section to the line. The victory is Aberasturi's third of the season, and second in recent weeks after the Circuito de Getxo. Nizzolo retains the race lead, however, as Aberasturi rider finished over a minute down on the opening stage. "I placed myself the best I could before the final climb," Aberasturi said. "Lastra did an ...

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Nizzolo dedicates Vuelta a Burgos victory to Bjorg Lambrecht

Dimension Data's Giacomo Nizzolo is happy to win the opening stage of the 2019 Vuelta a Burgos, whic

Dimension Data 's Giacomo Nizzolo dedicated his victory on the opening stage of the Vuelta a Burgos on Tuesday to Lotto Soudal's Bjorg Lambrecht, who died after crashing at last week's Tour de Pologne. It was only Dimension Data team's seventh win of the season, but Nizzolo's third – and a relatively unusual one for the Italian sprinter in that it was far from a bunch sprint in the finale to the opening leg of the five-day Spanish stage race, with the stage instead finishing in Burgos on a kilometre-long, six per cent climb, which included a 200-metre stretch of cobblestones. However, Nizzolo was able to get the better of Caja Rural-Seguros RGA's Mikel Aranburu and Eduard Grosu (Delko Marseille Provence) on the uphill finish, and takes the race's first leader's jersey into stage 2 from Gumiel de Izan to Lerma on Wednesday. "I wasn't that confident in the beginning, ...

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Vuelta a Burgos: Nizzolo wins stage 1

Giacomo Nizzolo (Dimension Data) wins the final stage at Tour of Slovenia

Giacomo Nizzolo ( Dimension Data ) took victory on stage 1 of the Vuelta a Burgos , edging out Mikel Aranburu (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA) on the hilltop finish in Burgos. Eduard Grosu (Delko Marseille Provence) took third place, five seconds back. The trio had jumped away from the peloton on the 0.9km, 6.1 per cent climb to the medieval castle overlooking the town, with Nizzolo demonstrating his climbing chops on the punchy hill. A 200-metre stretch of cobblestones on the climb didn't faze him either, and he stuck with Aranburu before coming past just before the line. After the stage, the Italian dedicated his victory to Bjorg Lambrecht. How it unfolded The opening stage of the race was a largely flat day, with two third-category climbs of the Alto del Castillo packed into the final 15km. For much of the day, it was standard sprint stage fare, though the finale ...

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Reasons to be cheerful: What to expect from the rest of the 2019 cycling season

Joe Robinson 13 Aug 2019 From a home Worlds to the return of Van der Poel, there's still plenty to expect from the 2019 cycling season The Tour de France may be over and the Spring Classics may be a distant memory but the 2019 cycling season still has plenty to offer. In fact, there are still eight men’s WorldTour and seven women’s WorldTour races still to be settled and the small issues of a World Championships in Yorkshire too. The final, and often most unpredictable, Grand Tour of the year, the Vuelta a Espana , is coming up soon and the last of the five Monuments, Il Lombardia, is still there to be settled. The latter half of the season can produce some of the very best racing. Top riders are often tired, some are battling for a new contract or team to carry them through the next season ...

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BinckBank Tour: Sam Bennett wins stage 1 in Hulst

Sam Bennett (Bora-Hansgrohe) wins the first stage of BinckBank Tour

Sam Bennett (Bora-Hansgrohe) won the opening stage of the BinckBank Tour, taking the race lead in a wet sprint finish in Hulst. Edward Theuns (Trek-Segafredo) took second, while Mike Teunissen (Jumbo-Visma) finished third. Bahrain-Merida and Trek-Segafredo led the way in the closing kilometres, and in the closing metres Theuns looked set for victory after a strong lead-out. On the line, however, it was Bennett who jumped from behind a boxed-in Dylan Groenewegen (Jumbo-Visma), hitting the wind at just the right time to speed past and take his ninth win of the season. “I’m really happy,” said Bennett after the stage. “It’s my first win in this [national champion’s] jersey and I’m happy that it’s come sooner rather than later. I’m delighted. “It was pretty dangerous. I was just trying to keep up front. The guys did a good job keeping me there and I kept in a good position in ...

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Cavendish quits Tour de Pologne for European Road Race Championships

Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data)

Mark Cavendish has made what the Dimension Data team staff called a “50 per cent planned abandon” from the Tour de Pologne , failing to start Thursday’s sixth stage of the seven-day race. The Isle of Man sprinter is riding the European Road Race Championships for Great Britain on Sunday ,and after five days in the Tour de Pologne and with two very hilly stages remaining, Cavendish has opted to focus on this weekend’s event. “It was 50 per cent planned, with the Europeans in mind,” Dimension Data’s Alex Sans Vega told Cyclingnews at the start of stage 6 in Zakopane. “What was 100 per cent certain was that he would do the first three stages [all almost completely flat - ed.] and then, depending on how he felt, perhaps go through to the fifth, which is finally what he did.” Cavendish crashed late on stage one in Krakow but ...

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Team Ineos, EF Education First and Dimension Data headline the 20-team Tour of Britain start list

Mathieu van der Poel wins Brabantse Pijl

Team Ineos , Jumbo-Visma and Team Sunweb headline the 20-team Tour of Britain start list, with Mathieu van der Poel 's Corendon-Circus team also invited to the weeklong stage race as the Dutchman heads to Britain early to prepare for the road World Championships in Yorkshire. Ten WorldTour teams have been invited, with French squad AG2R La Mondiale back in Britain for the first time since 2009. The ten WorldTour teams are Dimension Data, EF Education First, Lotto Soudal, Mitchelton-Scott, Katusha-Alpecin and Movistar. Joining them are Professional Continental teams Corendon-Circus, Israel Cycling Academy, Wanty-Gobert, Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise and the Danish Riwal Readynez team. The British Continental teams Canyon dhb, Madison Genesis, Wiggins Le Col, SwiftCarbon all get a place after qualifying via the Tour Series criteriums, and a Great Britain team will complete the start list. The Tour of Britain gets underway in George Square in Glasgow on Saturday, September 7 ...

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AG2R La Mondiale join Team Ineos and Jumbo-Visma at Tour of Britain

AG2R La Mondiale join Team Ineos and Jumbo-Visma at Tour of Britain

Joe Robinson 6 Aug 2019 A totlal of 10 WorldTour teams to race Britain's biggest stage race along with Mathieu van der Poel's Corendon-Circus AG2R La Mondiale will line up at the Tour of Britain for the first time in a decade as they join the likes of Team Ineos and Jumbo-Visma as the headline acts at the week-long stage race. They will be joined by a further seven WorldTour teams lining up just a week prior to the UCI World Championships in Yorkshire. Mark Cavendish is expected to be back racing on home soil as part of his Dimension Data team while Education First, Lotto-Soudal, Mitchelton-Scott, Katusha-Alpecin, Team Sunweb and Movistar complete the complement of 10. Beyond the top-tier, five ProContinental squads will also be on the invite list with a Mathieu van der Poel-led Corendon Circus being chief among those . Also there will be Israel Cycling Academy, ...

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How to watch the 2019 BinckBank Tour

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Our complete guide to this year's BinckBank Tour in The Netherlands

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Late crash knocks Mark Cavendish from Tour de Pologne sprint

Mark Cavendish works on his bike after crashing near the finish of stage 1 at Tour de Pologne

Mark Cavendish 's run of bad luck continued Saturday at the Tour de Pologne when the Manxman went down in a corner about 4km from the finish and was unable to contest the final sprint. The Dimension Data rider was positioned well in the bunch as the group started the final finishing circuit, but a touch of wheels in a slow-but-sharp left turn caused a crash that knocked Cavendish to the ground. He and teammate Jaco Venter were able to remount and finish the stage, with Cavendish coming in as the lantern rouge at 3:38. "Unfortunately, luck was not on our side today," said team director Alex Sans Vega. "Cav was our card for the final, but he couldn’t contest the sprint after being caught up in that tricky corner. It was more than a 90-degree corner and quite narrow. With everyone fighting for position, there wasn’t a lot of ...

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