Alaphilippe takes aim at Strade Bianche

Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep) at stage 5 of Tour Colombia

Deceuninck-QuickStep 's Julian Alaphilippe says that he'd dearly love to add the Strade Bianche to what his burgeoning palmares, and victory at the Italian one-day race on Saturday would continue his team's rich run of success over this past week. After Zdenek Stybar's win at the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and Bob Jungels' victory the next day at Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne at Opening Weekend last Saturday and Sunday, followed two days later by Florian Sénéchal's first pro victory at Le Samyn on Tuesday, Deceuninck-QuickStep are backing Alaphilippe on the Tuscan gravel roads of Strade Bianche. And Alaphilippe is a favourite for victory despite never having taken part in the race before. "It will be my first time at Strade Bianche – a race I have always followed on TV, and a race that I'm very glad to be starting the year," the 26-year-old Frenchman said when Deceuninck-QuickStep confirmed its line-up for the race. ...

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Viviani changes tactic to win at UAE Tour

Elia Viviani (Deceuninck-QuickStep) wins stage 5 at UAE Tour

After being beaten by Fernando Gaviria ( UAE Team Emirates ) on stage 2 of the UAE Tour , Elia Viviani ( Deceuninck-QuickStep ) was able to turn the tables three days later on the seafront in Khor Fakkan and beat his former teammate and track racing rival. The win is Viviani’s 70th of his professional career and the third of the 2019 season after victories at the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race and Tour Down Under last month. Deceuninck-QuickStep used their leadout train to full effect on Thursday afternoon in Khor Fakkan before Viviani made his late run to the line. Viviani had to navigate around his slower rivals, with sprinters all across the road, but came through to take the win by a similar margin to what he had lost by only a few days ago. “[Fabio] Sabatini and [Michael] Morkov did a really amazing job so ...

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Viviani leads Deceuninck-QuickStep in UAE Tour

A delighted Elia Viviani (Deceuninck-QuickStep) after having won the sprint

Elia Viviani will look to add to his list of eight wins in the United Arab Emirates, leading Deceuninck-QuickStep as captain in the UAE Tour. Viviani has been named as the leader of the Belgian team but he will share attention with 19-year-old Remco Evenepoel , who is making his WorldTour race debut. Viviani has wrapped up sprint stages in the Dubai Tour and the Abu Dhabi Tour, taking overall victory in Dubai in 2018. The two races have combined for this year's UAE Tour and the race is no part of the WorldTour calendar. Viviani will look to Michael Mørkøv and Fabio Sabatini to provide a lead-out on the three stages expected to end in mass sprints. Two of the seven stages are geared more to climbers, with mountaintop finishes on Jebel Hafeet and Jebel Jais. Those climbs and the whole race will be an interesting test for Evenepoel. ...

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Victory from defeat: How Elia Viviani won the 2019 men’s Cadel’s Race

The first loser. The nearly-was. They say that second is the worst spot to finish. You’re close enough to victory that you can taste it; close enough that you feel the pain of defeat more keenly than anyone else. It’s a feeling Elia Viviani (Deceuninck-QuickStep) is familiar with. Not that you’d know it from looking … The post Victory from defeat: How Elia Viviani won the 2019 men’s Cadel’s Race appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Deceuninck-QuickStep win new-look Race Melbourne

Deceuninck-QuickStep are crowned victorious

Deceuninck-QuickStep claimed victory in the Towards Zero Race Melbourne on Thursday, with the criterium event adopting a new team-based format in its third edition. Race Melbourne runs prior to the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race, and QuickStep stated their intentions for Sunday as Elia Viviani helped them to victory by topping the individual sprint classification. The new format borrowed from the Hammer Series in staging intermediate sprints on certain laps of the Melbourne Grand Prix circuit, and using a points-based system to decide the winner. The riders covered 14 laps of the 5.3km motor racing circuit around Albert Park, with sprints on laps 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, and 14. Points were on offer for the top eight riders across the line, extending to the top 10 on the final sprint. Max Walscheid (Sunweb) beat Viviani to the line in the first sprint, but Deceuninck-QuickStep showed their strength in ...

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Thursday Thoughts: Overreacting to the Tour Down Under

In which the “buckets of water” measure returns Those of you with long and oddly specific memories may recall that two years ago, I posted my thoughts on the Tour Down Under, through the medium of making wild predictions for 2017 based on the first WT race of the year. I then threw buckets of cold water on each idea in an attempt to get a proper sense of whether we can actually read anything into what we’ve seen so far. So, here we go again. The 2019 race is in the books, with Daryl Impey the first man to win in consecutive years. What kind of overreaction can we generate, and just how much of an overreaction is it? Overreaction Alert: Richie Porte, Tour de France winner! You all saw him winning the mountain stage with ease, powering uphill like peak Mark Cavendish on the flat. He’s primed, ready, ...

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Tour Down Under: Porte takes sixth consecutive Willunga win, Impey seals overall victory

Tour Down Under: Porte takes sixth consecutive Willunga win, Impey seals overall victory

Bevin loses grip on GC to allow Impey to become first rider in race's history to retain title. Read the full article at Tour Down Under: Porte takes sixth consecutive Willunga win, Impey seals overall victory on VeloNews.com .

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Tour Down Under: Philipsen wins stage 5 after Ewan is relegated

Tour Down Under: Philipsen wins stage 5 after Ewan is relegated

Jasper Philipsen is declared the winner of the Tour Down Under's fifth stage after Caleb Ewan is relegated for irregular sprinting. Read the full article at Tour Down Under: Philipsen wins stage 5 after Ewan is relegated on VeloNews.com .

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Tour Down Under: Impey wins stage 4

Tour Down Under: Impey wins stage 4

2018 Tour Down Under winner Daryl Impey tops Patrick Bevin to win stage 4. Read the full article at Tour Down Under: Impey wins stage 4 on VeloNews.com .

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Woods and Porte name each other as the Tour Down Under's favourite

Woods and Porte name each other as the Tour Down Under's favourite

Jamie Finch-Penninger 17 Jan 2019 The GC defining days are yet to come, but two riders are already marking each other out as threats for the title The two favourites for the Tour Down Under , Michael Woods ( Education First ) and Richie Porte ( Trek-Segafredo ) were at pains to distance themselves from the tag of favourite going into decisive General Classification days on Corkscrew Hill and on top of Willunga Hill. Sparks flew briefly at the Tour Down Under as Woods attacked on the final climb into Uraidla, only to be hauled back in just before the final sprint to the line, which was won by Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe). Stage 3 of the Tour Down Under proved to be a very trying day for the riders, with hot temperatures and over 3000 metres of climbing taking their toll on a peloton already on the ropes from the ...

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Tour Down Under: Sagan sprints to his first win of 2019

Tour Down Under: Sagan sprints to his first win of 2019

Peter Sagan sprints to victory in stage 3 of the Santos Tour Down Under. Read the full article at Tour Down Under: Sagan sprints to his first win of 2019 on VeloNews.com .

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Tour Down Under: Bevin snags first WorldTour win

Tour Down Under: Bevin snags first WorldTour win

The New Zealander capitalizes on a crash near the finish to surge ahead and sprint to victory in Wednesday's stage 2. Read the full article at Tour Down Under: Bevin snags first WorldTour win on VeloNews.com .

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Preview: Your guide to the 2019 men’s Santos Tour Down Under

The Santos Tour Down Under is the biggest bike race in Australia and the first race on the 2019 men’s WorldTour calendar. It’s had a bit of a shake-up this year with the queen stage moving to the final day which should make for exciting racing until the very end. Read on for our preview … The post Preview: Your guide to the 2019 men’s Santos Tour Down Under appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Guangxi stage 6: Jakobsen wins another wet sprint

Guangxi stage 6: Jakobsen wins another wet sprint

Moscon finishes in the bunch to seal the final race of the season Read the full article at Guangxi stage 6: Jakobsen wins another wet sprint on VeloNews.com .

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Tour of Guangxi: Moscon climbs to stage 4 win

Tour of Guangxi: Moscon climbs to stage 4 win

The Italian now leads the overall standings with two days remaining in the WorldTour finale. Read the full article at Tour of Guangxi: Moscon climbs to stage 4 win on VeloNews.com .

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Guangxi stage 2: Ackermann wins in pouring rain

Guangxi stage 2: Ackermann wins in pouring rain

German Pascal Ackermann wins the second stage of the Tour de Guangxi in southern China on Wednesday. Read the full article at Guangxi stage 2: Ackermann wins in pouring rain on VeloNews.com .

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Geniez seals hat-trick of stages in the Vuelta a Espana

Alexandre Geniez (AG2R La Mondiale) on the podium after winning stage 12 at the 2018 Vuelta a Espana

Alexandre Geniez ( AG2R La Mondiale ) added another breakaway stage win in the Vuelta a España to his already hefty palmares on Thursday during stage 12 - and this on a day he said that he had not expected any kind of long-distance move to stick. Although Geniez has three top 15 placings in the Giro d’Italia GC, all three of Geniez Grand Tour stage wins to date have come in the Vuelta a España. This time round, the Frenchman managed to outpace Dylan Van Baarle (Team Sky) in a finale he described as extremely tactical for the 13th win of his career. After Tony Gallopin’s stage win in Pozo Alcon, this was the second victory of the Vuelta a España for AG2R La Mondiale, on a stage which Geniez said was “not one I thought would end in a breakaway victory.” But, he recounted, after Quick Step Floors ...

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Vuelta a Espana 2018 Stage 12: Alexander Geniez wins from the day's breakaway

Vuelta a Espana 2018 Stage 12: Alexander Geniez wins from the day's breakaway

Sam Challis 6 Sep 2018 Simon Yates cedes the red jersey to a breakaway rider, Cofidis' Jesus Herrada Alexander Geniez prevails from a select group that accelerated off the day's original breakaway with 20km to go. He rode strongly over the rolling final kilometres and outpowered his fellow breakaway companions near the line to take Stage 12 of the 2018 Vuelta a Espana. Despite not being billed as such, Stage 12 turned into a hard day out for peloton - lumpy terrain and fast speeds combined with gusting winds and rain as the Vuelta wound up from Mondonedo to Faro de Estaca de Bares in the Iberian Peninsula. A large break formed early on the first categorized climb of the day and built a considerable lead over the peloton, which was policed by red jersey wearer Simon Yates' Mitchelton-Scott team. With the team seemingly content to maintain a big disadvantage ...

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Quick-Step Floors still searching for sponsor as riders leave

Quick-Step Floors still searching for sponsor as riders leave

Cycling's top team Quick-Step Floors is struggling to find sponsorship to continue at the top level in 2019. Read the full article at Quick-Step Floors still searching for sponsor as riders leave on VeloNews.com .

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Viviani leads Quick-Step Floors at Vuelta a Espana

Elia Viviani celebrates his victory

Quick-Step Floors have announced their eight-man squad for the 2018 Vuelta a España , which starts in Malaga on August 25. The Belgian team's star turn will be Italian sprinter Elia Viviani , who heads to Spain having missed the Tour de France, and should be firing on all cylinders if his Giro d'Italia performance in May is anything to go by. The 29-year-old won four stages and came away with the purple sprinter's jersey at the Giro, and went on to win three stages at the Adriatica Ionica and then the Italian national championships road race. Denmark's Michael Mørkøv and Italian Fabio Sabatini have been tasked as being Viviani's principal lead-out men, but the entire team will be expected to lend a hand to ensure that the team continues its run of having won stages in the last eight Grand Tours. "Elia has had a tremendous season, and will ...

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