The 8 most impressive performances in women’s road cycling in 2019

With the Women’s WorldTour (WWT) now complete for 2019, the road racing season is well and truly behind us. But before we turn our attention to next season, it seems fitting to pay tribute to the most impressive riders and rides of 2019. So without further ado, here are eight highlights from a terrific season … The post The 8 most impressive performances in women’s road cycling in 2019 appeared first on CyclingTips .

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The weekly spin: The great ‘Rider of the Year’ debate

Supported by With the 2019 road racing season effectively over, it’s time for the annual “Rider of the Year” debates. Yes, there’s still the six-stage Tour of Guangxi, which starts on Thursday. But none of the riders in the running for Rider of the Year honors are taking part. So with Il Lombardia in the rearview mirror, … The post The weekly spin: The great ‘Rider of the Year’ debate appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Mathieu van der Poel's World Championships Canyon Aeroad looks ready to win

Peter Stuart 27 Sep 2019 Van der Poel's Canyon Aeroad sports disc brakes and a 30-tooth rear sprocket, and could well help him win the Worlds Mathieu van der Poel has seemed unstoppable this season after dominant performances at the Tour of Britain, Amstel Gold Race and Dwars door Vlaanderen, and he's proved far and away the bookie's favourite for this weekend's World Championships Road Race. His bike also fits the bill. Riding for Canyon-sponsored UCI Continental team Corendon-Circus, it's no surpise to see the dutchan riding a Canyon, however the model and spec are a little intriguing. Van der Poel has sided for the aerodynamically focussed Canyon Aeroad CF SLX over the lightweight Canyon Ultimate, and even gone for a disc-brake equipped spec, suggesting he is favouring stopping power and all-out speed over excess grams when climbing. Image 3 of 14 Image 3 of 14 That's confirmed by the ...

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Who are the bookies backing for the World Championships men's race?

Joe Robinson 23 Sep 2019 A guide to the favourites for the men’s elite road race in Harrogate on Sunday 29th September The UCI World Championships is already underway in Harrogate, Yorkshire and the final event is the elite men’s road race on Sunday 29th September. At 285km, it will be the longest World Championships road race in recent history, almost matching the mammoth 298km tackled at Milan-San Remo , just with a mighty 3,645m of elevation. After a long 180km lap of the Yorkshire Dales - which includes ascents of Kidstones Pass, Buttertubs and Grinton Moor - the men will enter Harrogate for seven laps of a 14km finishing circuit. It’s technical, negotiating plenty of narrow roads, tight corners and a few rude gradients in a loop that will sap the energy reserves of every rider. Particularly watch out for the tight bridge on Penny Pot Lane followed by ...

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Frison signs on for two more years at Lotto Soudal

Frederik Frison (Lotto Soudal)

Frederik Frison has re-signed with Lotto Soudal for a further two years, which will keep him at the Belgian squad until at least the end of the 2021 season, the team has announced. Frison has been with the WorldTour outfit since 2016, but rode for the squad's under-23 feeder team prior to that. He's mainly been employed in a domestique role, riding all the major spring Classics this season, and last year rode the Giro d'Italia, which was his first Grand Tour. He's the nephew of former professional Herman Frison, who won a stage at the 1987 Tour de France and Gent-Wevelgem in 1990, and who now works as an assistant manager on the team. The younger Frison missed much of the 2017 season due to injury and glandular fever, but bounced back last season with third place at Belgian one-day race Dwars door West-Vlaanderen. "It was quite an easy ...

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Mathieu van der Poel: Alaphilippe is the favourite for World Championships

Mathieu van der Poel (Corendon-Circus)

Mathieu van der Poe l has named Julian Alaphilippe as the number favourite to become world road race champion next month, insisting the pressures of his own favourite status weigh lightly on his broad but young shoulders. Van der Poel is targeting the rainbow jersey on the road after a revelatory spring classics campaign this year in which he won Dwars door Vlaanderen and Amstel Gold Race. He also became cyclo-cross world champion in February and has won three mountain bike World Cups over the summer, but has made a successful return to the road this week at the Arctic Race of Norway as he begins his preparation for the Yorkshire Worlds at the end of September. Speaking to reporters in Norway about the Yorkshire World Championships , Van der Poel quickly reached for the name of Alaphilippe, who has won Milan-San Remo, Strade Bianche and La Fleche Wallonne this ...

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The Arctic Race of Norway kicks off today, with an in-form Van der Poel hunting stage wins

The Arctic Race of Norway kicks off today, with an in-form Van der Poel hunting stage wins

Joseph Delves 15 Aug 2019 Tough conditions could suit the Dutchman as he returns from a summer spent smashing the mountain bike scene After a break-out Classics season that saw him take wins at Amstel Gold, Dwars door Vlaanderen and Brabantse Pijl, Mathieu van der Poel spent his summer racing mountain bikes. Bagging a trio of wins at recent mountain bike World Cup rounds, he’s now returning to the road at the often rain-lashed Arctic Race of Norway. Looking to further hone his form ahead of a tilt at the World Championships in Yorkshire this September , he’ll be lining up beside French national champion Warren Barguil and Kazakhstan national champion Alexey Lutsenko. The 2.HC rated UCI Europe Tour race might not have a huge profile, but a tough route and stunning scenery often make it worth tuning in for. Returning having won the points competition last year, Van der ...

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Van der Poel back on the road in Arctic Norway with sights set on Yorkshire Worlds

Mathieu van der Poel (Corendon-Circus) racing at the Tour of Flanders

Mathieu van der Poel was celebrating victory in one of the biggest mountain bike races in the world on Sunday, but just a couple of days on the Dutchman finds himself back on the thin tyres and stiff carbon of his road bike, eyeing one of road cycling’s biggest prizes in just over a month’s time. Van der Poel, the cyclo-cross world champion who had a sensational debut Spring Classics campaign for Corendon-Circus on the road, has been racing his mountain bike over the summer, winning no fewer than three rounds of the World Cup. He has made a breakthrough in the discipline, to the extent that he feels he's finally on a par with Nino Schurter, yet he's bypassing the MTB Worlds in order to target the Road Worlds, with the Yorkshire course on September 29 representing too good an opportunity to pass up. Van der Poel arrived in ...

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Tiesj Benoot heading to Team Sunweb next season

Tiesj Benoot heading to Team Sunweb next season

Joseph Delves 14 Aug 2019 Young Belgian Classics rider formerly linked to Team Ineos will instead leave Lotto-Soudal to bolster Team Sunweb Winner of the 2018 Strade Bianche, Tiesj Benoot is off to Team Sunweb as the 25-year-old Lotto–Soudal rider is heading to the German squad on a two-year deal. Although Benoot has failed to gain a result as big as his previous win in Tuscany this season, he’s consistently performed at races including the Tour de Suisse, Dwars door Vlaanderen and Tour of Flanders . Despite having started his career with Lotto-Soudal back in 2014, Benoot has been reported as keen to leave since earlier this season. See related Professional cycling transfers 2019-2020: All the moves and shakes Vuelta a Espana 2019: Route, race reports, TV guide and all you need to know Tour of Britain 2019: Route, teams and all you need to know With his stock rising, ...

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Jungels to continue combining cobbled Classics with Grand Tour ambitions

Bob Jungels (Deceuninck-Quickstep)

Bob Jungels ( Deceunink-QuickStep ) will continue with his twin objectives of shining in the cobbled Classics and then aiming at the GC in Grand Tours at least for another year, despite his difficulties in the Giro d'Italia this May. Riders like Sean Kelly were able to meld the two specialities well in the 1980s, but since then few pros have followed the Irish star's footsteps and fewer still have succeeded. Double Tour of Flanders winner Stijn Devolder, who briefly claimed the leadership of the 2007 Vuelta a España, is a notable example of a Classics racer who tried and failed to combine rattling over the cobbles in April with racing the high mountains in summer. For Jungels, combining both is something he calls a "work in progress." Jungels has successfully combined the Ardennes with Grand Tour racing in the past, but he recognises that doing the cobbled Classics and ...

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Movistar women's team re-sign core four riders on a two-year deal

Sheyla Ruiz Gutierrez near the end of the final stage at Emakumeen Bira

Movistar have committed to an additional two years for four of their core riders; Alicia González , Sheyla Gutiérrez , Lourdes Oyarbide and Gloria Rodríguez , who will all stay with the team through 2021. The team's management aim to create a solid foundation as they head into their third season on the Women's WorldTour. "The contract extensions of these four riders are huge for us, being able to set such a strong foundation for our project in the next two years," said Sebastián Unzué, manager of the women's Movistar Team. "Lourdes, Gloria and Alicia have been with us since the very first year of the team, and re-signing them is a reward to the great job and notable progression they've all followed in the last two seasons." Rodríguez is one of the team's top rouleurs and González earned the team a podium at its first-ever race together at the ...

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The weekly spin: Is Mathieu van der Poel’s race schedule a recipe for burnout?

Mathieu van der Poel just keeps on winning. He’s currently the world cyclocross champion, winner of the Amstel Gold Race (and Dwars door Vlaanderen and Brabantse Pijl), the European mountain-bike champion, and as of Sunday, the winner of six mountain-bike World Cup races this season — four short-track events and two in the Olympic cross-country … The post The weekly spin: Is Mathieu van der Poel’s race schedule a recipe for burnout? appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Brand signs for Trek-Segafredo and Telenet Fidea Lions

Lucinda Brand (Sunweb) second on stage 5

Trek-Segafredo have bolstered their roster for 2020 with the signing of Lucinda Brand from Team Sunweb . The Dutchwoman will continue to combine road cycling with cyclo-cross, where she will race for Telenet Fidea Lions, the Belgian team who are also sponsored by Trek. Brand, who started her career with the Rabobank-Liv set-up, has spent the past three years with Sunbweb, winning Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and a stage of the Giro Rosa. This year, she finished 3rd at Dwars door Vlaanderen, 9th at the Tour of Flanders, 5th at Liège-Bastogne-Liège, 4th at La Course, and 6th overall at the Giro Rosa. Brand's move is the first since cycling's transfer window officially opened on August 1, and the first for Trek-Segafredo ahead of their second season. The team was created for the start of 2019 with a big budget and a host of high-profile riders – including Lizzie Deignan and Elisa ...

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Teunissen: The unexpected Jumbo-Visma man in yellow at the Tour de France

Mike Teunissen (Team Jumbo-Visma) wins stage 1 and takes the first yellow leader's jersey at the Tou

The Jumbo-Visma team had high hopes of getting the win in a bunch sprint at the end of the opening stage of the Tour de France in Brussels, Belgium. The yellow jersey would be the magnificent bonus that came with such a victory. Nobody expected that rider to be Mike Teunissen , who beat Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) in the stage 1 sprint after his go-to teammate Dylan Groenewegen crashed in the closing kilometres. Mike who? The 26-year-old from the Limburg region in the Netherlands is a Classics specialist with a good sprint, too. Just like Mathieu van der Poel, Wout van Aert, European champion Matteo Trentin and new Belgian champion Tim Merlier, Teunissen is a rider who raced all of cyclo-cross' youth categories, and he won the 2013 U23 cyclo-cross world title. In 2014, he won the U23 races of Paris-Roubaix and Paris-Tours. Last year, he was runner-up in Dwars ...

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Longo Borghini: a stage win would be nice at the Giro Rosa

Elisa Longo Borghini wins the final stage at Emakumeen Bira

Elisa Longo Borghini ( Trek-Segafredo ) is targeting a stage win at the Giro Rosa when it starts this Friday, after enjoying a confidence-boosting 2019 that saw her win her first race in nearly a year. Prior to this May, when Longo Borghini won a stage and the overall title at Emakumeen Bira, her last victory was at the Mediterranean Games the previous summer, and before that, it was at the National Championships in 2017. The 27-year-old joined the newly formed Trek-Segafredo women's programme at the start of this season, after four years at Wiggle-High5, and credits her new team with having a positive change on her approach to racing. Longo Borghini has steadily been building form throughout 2019. After finishing fifth at both the Women's Herald Sun Tour and Cadel Evans Road Race in January, she finished in the top 10 at Dwars door Vlaanderen and Liège-Bastogne-Liège before winning ...

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15 up-and-coming riders you need to know about

The depth of talent in the men’s and women’s professional pelotons continues to grow with each season’s new signings. From junior world champions, to multi-discipline riders, to multiple-time national champions to childhood prodigies — all the riders below are worthy of your attention. These are the riders we expect to be dominating the sport in … The post 15 up-and-coming riders you need to know about appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Mathieu Van der Poel to race World Championships after Tour of Britain

Mathieu Van der Poel to race World Championships after Tour of Britain

Joe Robinson 7 Jun 2019 The Dutchman decides to go for road rainbow opting away from mountain bike Mathieu van der Poel has announced he will ride the Tour of Britain this September before attempting to secure the road race World Championships in Yorkshire later that month. The talented Dutch rider has confirmed that he will compete for the Netherlands at the road World Championships despite if falling just a week before the Olympic cross country mountain bike test event in Tokyo, Japan. As a compromise, Van der Poel will miss the mountain bike World Championships in Mont-Sainte-Anne, Canada at the end of August. In a press release by his Corendon-Circus team, they confirmed that Van der Poel would continue to race mountain bike throughout the summer before switching back to the road at the Arctic Race of Norway in mid-August. From there, the 24-year-old will take part at the ...

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The weekly spin: A freewheeling interview with Peter Sagan

It’s a Friday afternoon in Sacramento. In 48 hours, Peter Sagan will take his second victory of the 2019 season, narrowly out-sprinting American Travis McCabe in front of the state capitol building. But that’s unknown in this moment. Right now, Sagan is fresh out of an Amgen Tour of California press conference, the same one … The post The weekly spin: A freewheeling interview with Peter Sagan appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Mathieu van der Poel wins duel with Nino Schurter to take first World Cup cross country win

Supported by Mathieu van der Poel broke the legs of world champion Nino Schurter in one searing 10-second attack on the last lap of Nové Mesto to win his first World Cup cross country race. The race was defined by van der Poel’s tight battle with Schurter, the reigning world champion. The two came into the final … The post Mathieu van der Poel wins duel with Nino Schurter to take first World Cup cross country win appeared first on CyclingTips .

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The weekly spin: Meet Tadej Pogacar, future Grand Tour champion

There’s a youth movement happening in pro cycling, and the Amgen Tour of California is the proving ground. Last year, 21-year-old Egan Bernal crowned as the youngest-ever winner of the Amgen Tour. This year, it was 20-year-old Tadej Pogacar, who is nearly a year younger than Bernal. At this rate, we’ll soon have a teenager … The post The weekly spin: Meet Tadej Pogacar, future Grand Tour champion appeared first on CyclingTips .

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