Milano-Sanremo: The ‘Who Will Win’ Piece

Milano-Sanremo is at the same time the most and least predictable race on the calendar. It’s not every race you can work through every single scenario in which the race can be won and coming up with a manageable number - go on, try doing it with E3 Harelbeke - but then again it’s not every race that can be won by Mark Cavendish, then a few years later undergo alterations that make it notably easier, following which it is won by Vincenzo Nibali. I’m not going to go through all the scenarios in which any given rider can win, Andrew did that expertly last year and much of it is still relevant. What I aim to achieve with this preview is to come up with one name and a set of very plausible reasons why they will be the first person to win a Monument classic in 2019. This ...

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E3 Binckbank replaces 'sexist' poster with new design

E3 Binckbank replaces 'sexist' poster with new design

Joe Robinson 13 Mar 2019 UCI threat of legal action forces E3 organisers into promotional material change Organisers of the E3 Binckbank Classic, formerly the E3 Harelbeke, have binned their divisive promotional poster featuring two naked women wearing only body paint, replacing it with a new design showing a sick frog laying on its back. The poster retains the 'Who will crown himself prince in Harelbeke?' tagline but replaces the visual of two women with an animated frog looking the worse for wear. In releasing the new poster, organisers commented, ' Due to "unforeseen circumstances" our frog fell from his throne… But keep our frog in view on Friday March 29th!' The change comes after widespread backlash on social media that claimed the original poster was 'sexist' and outdated. Cycling's governing body, the UCI, then intervened asking for the withdrawal of the poster from all channels with non-compliance being threatened ...

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CyclingTips Podcast: Semi-classics, blood bags, and Zwift racing

This week’s episode opens with an analysis of last weekend’s Belgian opener weekend, including Deceuninck-Quick Step’s domination and a look at the two young names that impressed at Le Samyn. Then we chat with Dane Cash about Rohan Dennis’ general classification ambitions, and find out why Dennis wants to test himself at a stage race … The post CyclingTips Podcast: Semi-classics, blood bags, and Zwift racing appeared first on CyclingTips .

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The weekly spin: A conversation with E3 organizers about that poster

Two women, nearly nude, covered in body paint and wrapped around one another to form the figure of a frog. The tagline: “Who shall crown himself prince in Harelbeke?” What is this, you ask? What does it mean? And what does it have to do with bike racing? It was the visual campaign for the … The post The weekly spin: A conversation with E3 organizers about that poster appeared first on CyclingTips .

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UCI orders E3 Harelbeke to withdraw controversial advert

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Not the first time the Belgian race has been accused of sexism

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UCI tells E3 organizer to remove controversial promotion

UCI tells E3 organizer to remove controversial promotion

E3 Harelbeke organizers again stir up controversy with race promotion materials, and the UCI steps in threatening legal action. Read the full article at UCI tells E3 organizer to remove controversial promotion on VeloNews.com .

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Gaudin: Terpstra is a born leader

Niki Terpstra in his new Direct Energie kit during the reconnaissance

Niki Terpstra has insisted he is very satisfied with how things are going at Direct Energie , and it seems the feeling's mutual, with Damien Gaudin describing the Dutchman as a "born leader" who has breathed new life into the second-division French team in the build-up to the spring classics and especially this weekend's Omloop Het Nieuwsblad. Terpstra won the Tour of Flanders, E3-Harelbeke and Le Samyn in a glittering spring campaign last year, but raised eyebrows when he left the all-conquering QuickStep for the Professional Continental outfit. Formerly only one 'option' in a star-studded line-up, Terpstra is now the leader and talisman at a team that has little pedigree in the Classics of northern Belgium and France. Many have questioned what Direct Energie can give him, and whether they are capable of supporting him adequately, but it's also worth looking at what he brings to them. "For sure this ...

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Flanders Friday: Frogs and Wolves Edition

A daring poster, and a baffling Omloop squad This week in the minutiae of the classics... I know everyone is saying it’s Omloop/KBK Weekend, and of course it is. Everybody likes to start geeking out on the Cobbles as of Saturday morning. But there’s geeking out on the cobbles, and then there’s looking past the Omloop because it’s Le Samyn Tuesday coming up! Le Samyn happens just south of Ronse in the quiet, lovely spaces of northern Wallonia , where the languages meet but really you’re still more or less in the Flemish Ardennes. It’s the third act of the early-season trilogy of cobbled races, separate from Nokere Koerse, Driedaagse De Panne and the Ham Sandwich. You can draw conclusions from Saturday’s results, but personally I’d give it til Tuesday before we can say that things are really shaping up. Le Samyn went to Niki Terpstra last year, so as ...

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CyclingTips Podcast: When will pros ride tubeless?

Supported by We open this week’s episode of the CyclingTips Podcast with a recap of recent racing, from the UAE Tour to Algarve, and then ring in our reporter in the Middle East, Dane Cash. Then James, Neal, and Caley discuss the very strange E3 Harelbeke poster, which appears to show two body painted women turning themselves … The post CyclingTips Podcast: When will pros ride tubeless? appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Is it time to switch off in protest against sexism?

Joe Robinson 27 Feb 2019 As the E3 Harelbeke spits in the face of equality again, is it time we take an extreme approach? Words: Joe Robinson Professional cycling has a big problem and we need to talk about it. No, it's not the 'sportswashing' of rich Emirati states to divert attention from their human rights records, nor the suspicion of motorised doping or even the rumours of micro-dosing and anti-doping law manipulation. We are just 58 days into 2019 and yet I find myself penning a second story this year about professional cycling and its problem with misogyny and sexism. In other words the sport is currently working on an average of one issue per month, and that’s just counting the overt problems such as posters with naked women and lewd photo gestures. Last month, it was a 36-year-old Iljo Keisse of Deceuninck-QuickStep pushing his genitals against an 18-year-old ...

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Is it time to switch off in protest of sexism?

Joe Robinson 27 Feb 2019 As the E3 Harelbeke spits in the face of equality again, is it time we take an extreme approach? Words: Joe Robinson Professional cycling has a big problem and we need to talk about it. No, it's not the 'sportswashing' of rich Emirati states to divert attention from their human rights records, nor the suspicion of motorised doping or even the rumours of micro-dosing and anti-doping law manipulation. We are just 58 days into 2019 and yet I find myself penning a second story this year about professional cycling and its problem with misogyny and sexism. In other words the sport is currently working on an average of one issue per month, and that’s just counting the overt problems such as posters with naked women and lewd photo gestures. Last month, it was a 36-year-old Iljo Keisse of Deceuninck-QuickStep pushing his genitals against an 18-year-old ...

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Stybar: I was never really lucky at the right moment

Zdenek Stybar was back on the cyclo-cross circuit fro Zolder

Sometimes the game just doesn't break your way. On 72 different occasions last year, a Quick-Step Floors rider mounted the podium as a race winner, but somehow the honour evaded Zdenek Stybar . A clutch of third-place finishes at the tail end of the season were the closest he came to a winner's bouquet, though the Czech's most notable body of work came in two very different supporting roles in April and May, when he helped to tee up Niki Terpstra at the cobbles and then guide Elia Viviani at the Giro d'Italia. "I really had a lot of pleasure in the wins of my teammates, and I helped a lot of them to win their races, like at the Giro and the Classics," Stybar told Cyclingnews in Portimão ahead of the opening stage of the Volta ao Algarve . "Of course, for me, it was a bit of a ...

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Terpstra: So far I'm satisfied at Direct Energie

Niki Terpstra with his new kit and bike for 2019

Niki Terpstra made something of a leap of faith in leaving QuickStep, the most victorious team in the WorldTour, and joining Direct Energie , but he insisted he is perfectly satisfied with the way things are turning out at the second-division French team. Terpstra enjoyed his best classics campaign to date in 2018, winning Le Samyn, E3-Harelbeke, and the Tour of Flanders, as well as finishing on the podium at Paris-Roubaix. Consequently, his market value shot up and Direct Energie, with money to invest in a push for WorldTour status, were a ble to pry him away from Patrick Lefevere’s team , where he’d been for eight years. Terpstra has been open about the fact that money was a major factor in his decision – this being, at 34, perhaps his last big contract – but also insisted he was keen for a new challenge. He raced in the black ...

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Stannard: I want to be a lot more consistent this year

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If Ian Stannard wants two things for his 2019 season, it’s a bit more luck than in 2018, a lot more consistency, and “trying not to puncture.” If all those factors come good, then the Team Sky rider could well be on track for some more top results in the Classics. A former double winner of Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, Stannard’s Paris-Roubaix rides in the last two years – a race in which he has taken a podium finish, back in 2016 when he also notched up a third place in E3 Harelbeke – have been blighted by punctures. But on the plus side for 2019, the 31-year-old is already feeling in good shape, he tells Cyclingnews at the Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana , and on track for the Het Nieuwsblad. He won this race in 2014, too, ahead of Greg Van Avermaet (CCC Team), and in 2015, ahead of ...

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Naesen starting 2019 Classics tilt in Valencia

Oliver Naesen of Belgium and Team AG2R La Mondiale during stage 7 at BinckBank Tour

Oliver Naesen ( AG2R La Mondiale ) will start his 2019 campaign this week at the Vuelta a la Comunitat Valenciana with an aim toward the Classics and scoring his first win in one of the big spring races. Naesen started his 2018 season at the Spanish stage race and had a solid run at the Classics, but the big wins have continued to elude him. He came closest at Eschborn-Frankfurt, where he was third, and scored top-10 finishes at Gent-Wevelgem and E3 Harelbeke, but bad luck and untimely crashes have kept him off the podium of the big Belgian races. "I had a very good winter, but now I'm looking forward to racing again. That way you can quickly erase any questions about your form because the training is never the same as competition," Naesen said in a statement released with his team's Valencia roster announcement. "The goal of ...

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The Keisse crisis: dumb mistakes and a sport that needs to grow up

As the furore surrounding Iljo Keisse and Deceuninck-QuickStep begins to abate, it's time to consider whether this "stupid moment" actually highlights a much bigger problem. The post The Keisse crisis: dumb mistakes and a sport that needs to grow up appeared first on CyclingTips .

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The weekly spin: The intersection of American football and international cyclocross

In two weeks, international cyclocross and American football will hold the biggest events of their respective seasons on the same day. I’ll be watching both. Because I often find the lead up to the marquee event more interesting than the main event itself — thus explaining my unique affection for E3 Harelbeke and Dwars door Vlaanderen … The post The weekly spin: The intersection of American football and international cyclocross appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Terpstra's Direct Energie and Roompot Charles among Paris-Roubaix wildcards

Terpstra's Direct Energie and Roompot Charles among Paris-Roubaix wildcards

Joe Robinson 21 Jan 2019 Five French teams and a return for Wanty-Gobert at this year's Paris-Roubaix Paris-Roubaix organiser ASO has confirmed the seven wildcard teams invited to this year's race as Niki Terpstra's Direct Energie headline a list dominated with home representation. Direct-Energie will be joined by four fellow French ProContinental teams who make the cut for the season's biggest one-day race. Those teams are Cofidis, Delko Marseille Provence, Arkea-Samsic and Vital Concept. This year's race takes place on Sunday 14th April and all you need to know about the race, including the route, can be found here . %u2B50 #ParisRoubaix 2019 Team Selection %u2B50 1%u20E38%u20E3 UCI WorldTeams 7%u20E3 WildCards / Invitations : %uD83C%uDDEB%uD83C%uDDF7 @TeamCOFIDIS %uD83C%uDDEB%uD83C%uDDF7 @TeamDelko_MP_ %uD83C%uDDEB%uD83C%uDDF7 @TeamDEN_fr %uD83C%uDDEB%uD83C%uDDF7 @Arkea_Samsic %uD83C%uDDEB%uD83C%uDDF7 @VitalConcept_BB %uD83C%uDDF3%uD83C%uDDF1 @roompot_charles %uD83C%uDDE7%uD83C%uDDEA @TeamWantyGobert Welcome to hell ! pic.twitter.com/bobeuwr8CW — Paris-Roubaix (@Paris_Roubaix) January 21, 2019 There could be hope for a high-placed finish for the ProContinental ...

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The Invisible Man: The life of a domestique

Joe Robinson 16 Jan 2019 Cyclist chatted to Tim Declercq about life as a domestique, not finishing races and being scared of descending You know it's not all sunshine, rainbows and WorldTour victories at Deceuninck-Quick Step . Fair enough, they did win 77 times last year, over 20 times more than anyone else, but it doesn't come without the tireless work of a hidden few. Because for every singing race car there's a chugging diesel. For every Julian Alaphilippe or Elia Viviani dancing to yet another win, there is an Iljo Keisse or Rémi Cavagna churning along on the front, long before the television cameras have gone live. The peloton's invisible men. One of those invisible men is Tim Declercq. An imposing man of 6ft 3in (190.5cm), born in the Flandrien city of Leuven with a reverberating voice that could fill a room. Shuffling around the Deceuninck-Quick Step media day ...

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The weekly spin: 15 reasons to be excited about the 2019 racing season

Mountain bikers on the road. The debut of a future star. Alternative events. Intra-squad rivalry. The return of a world champion. What follows is a 2019 season preview of sorts, exploring 15 different subjects, stories, and subplots of the upcoming mens’s and women’s racing calendars. The list could have been twice as long. I thought … The post The weekly spin: 15 reasons to be excited about the 2019 racing season appeared first on CyclingTips .

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