Tour de France: Jumbo-Visma undergo anti-doping blood tests on team bus 45 minutes before stage 18

George Bennett (Jumbo-Visma)

Jumbo-Visma GC riders Steven Kruijswijk , Laurens De Plus and George Bennett underwent anti-doping blood tests on their team bus just 45 minutes before the start of stage 18 of the Tour de France after a late surprise visit from CADF (Cycling Anti-Doping Foundation) officials. Deceuninck-QuickStep directeur sportif Geert Van Bondt confirmed to Sporza that Julian Alaphilippe, Kasper Asgreen and Dries Devenyns underwent similar pre-race tests at around 6:30 on Thursday morning. Other reports suggest that several riders from Team Ineos were also tested after the Belgian squad. Tuttobiciweb suggested that the CADF officials subsequently went to the Jumbo-Visma hotel but the team had already left for the start, forcing the tests to be done on the bus. Jumbo-Visma directeur sportif Frans Maassen was surprised to see the test done on the team bus so close to the start. "This is my 23rd Tour and I have never experienced this ...

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Tour de France teams for 2019 — Complete startlist plus the favourites

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Gilbert frustrated but philosophical after missing out on Tour de France place

Philippe Gilbert at the Deceuninck-QuickStep press conference ahead of Tour of Flanders

Philippe Gilbert has described the decision by his Deceuninck-QuickStep team not to select him for the Tour de France as 'incomprehensible', revealing it will play a part in any decision to leave the Belgian squad and end his prestigious career elsewhere. Gilbert finished third in the one-day Halle-Ingooigem race on Wednesday and vented his frustration before the start. The Paris-Roubaix winner revealed he was informed of his non-selection on Monday evening by directeur sportif Tom Steels. "I am very disappointed. The decision is incomprehensible," Gilbert told Belgian media at Halle-Ingooigem. "I worked hard to ride the Tour, I really wanted to ride this Tour, because it starts in Brussels and because I had to give up last year after a fall. It is a disappointment and a surprise. "This decision was imposed on me, that's not nice but apparently it's also part of the sport." Gilbert said of the lack ...

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No room for Gilbert as Viviani and Alaphilippe lead Deceuninck-QuickStep at Tour de France

Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-Quick Step) on the Dauphine podium after winning stage 6

Elia Viviani, Julian Alaphilippe and Enric Mas all feature in the Deceuninck-QuickStep squad for the Tour de France but there is no place for Paris-Roubaix winner Philippe Gilbert , who misses out on selection for the eight-rider Belgian team. Viviani will have four riders dedicated to leading him out in the sprints: Yves Lampaert, Michael Mørkøv, Max Richeze and promising debutant Kasper Asgreen. Mas, who placed second at last year’s Vuelta a España, will have Dries Devenyns for support on his Tour debut. "He’s our GC guy, but at the same time, this is his Tour de France debut and while he proved in the Vuelta that he can maintain his condition for three weeks, this is the Tour and it’s about learning," directeur sportif Tom Steels said of Mas, who took ninth at the recent Tour de Suisse. "It is hard to explain what this race is until you ...

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The weekly spin: Deconstructing Mathieu van der Poel’s improbable Amstel Gold victory

It was one of the most thrilling finishes of a spring classic in modern history. After trailing by one minute with three kilometers remaining, cyclocross world champion Mathieu van der Poel, in his Amstel Gold Race debut, towed a chase group back into contention and improbably caught and passed the leaders with 125 meters remaining. … The post The weekly spin: Deconstructing Mathieu van der Poel’s improbable Amstel Gold victory appeared first on CyclingTips .

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EASTER RISING: VAN DER POEL TAKES SHOCKING AMSTEL GOLD VICTORY

van der Poel in disbelief

First Dutch winner comes from nowhere to take sprint In the most shocking finish at a northern classic in ages, Corendon’s Mathieu van der Poel came from nearly a minute behind race leaders Jakob Fuglsang and Julian Alaphilippe with three kilometers remaining, only to regroup in the final 300 meters as the race leaders played cat-and-mouse, and then punishing them for their tactics with a powerful sprint to the line that sent the home crowd into complete delirium. Van der Poel and his small group came into sight of the leaders just as Sky’s Michal Kwiatkowski had joined the Fuglsang-Alaphilippe break, which moments earlier seemed absolutely assured of victory. But two became three, and with everyone on his wheel at the 600 meter sign van der Poel simply pounded the pedals to close on the leaders, disregarding the group glued to his wheel, and powered his way to the line ...

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Deceuninck-QuickStep take flush hand into Amstel Gold Race

Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep) attends a press conference on April 19 ahead of the Amstel

Deceuninck-QuickStep will once again head into a weekend Classic with a stacked hand on Sunday at Amstel Gold Race , where the Belgian team will ride in support of Julian Alaphilippe and four-time winner Philippe Gilbert in search of the team's 10th one-day race win this year. Alaphilippe has had a phenomenal season so far with eight wins, including Strade Bianche and Milan-San Remo. Gilbert, who won Amstel previously in 2010, 2011, 2014 and 2017, has two wins so far this year, including Paris-Roubaix last week. “We come here with two leaders," said Deceuninck-QuickStep director Geert Van Bondt, "Julian, who tested his legs on Wednesday at Brabantse , and Philippe, who skipped the race to recover after Paris-Roubaix and feels good, so we can look to Amstel with confidence." Alaphilippe and Gilbert will be backed in the 265.7km race by a proven Classics roster that includes Rémi Cavagna, Dries Devenyns, ...

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Alaphilippe leads Deceuninck-QuickStep in Itzulia Basque Country

Julian Alaphilippe takes a look at his new trophy

Julian Alaphilippe will lead Deceuninck-QuickStep in the Iztulia Basque Country race, where he won the two opening stage in 2018. He will be joined by Spaniard Enric Mas, who was the best young rider last year, and Mikkel Honore, who won the race's closing state. Alaphilippe, who has taken a break since winning Milan-San Remo, was the first French rider to win back-to-back stages in the race. He will again be going for stage wins. The six-stage race opens with an 11km individual time trial and includes two uphill finishes, followed by two high mountain stages. The final stage also features six ranked climbs. Alaphilippe and Mas will be supported by Honore, Remi Cavagna, Dries Devenyns, Pieter Serry and Petr Vakoc. Sport Director Klaas Lodewyck called it "a well-balanced team." Mas will go for GC, and "will take it day by day, while Alaphilippe, who has had a great season ...

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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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