Julian Alaphilippe to skip Il Lombardia bringing end to successful season

Julian Alaphilippe to skip Il Lombardia bringing end to successful season

Joe Robinson 8 Oct 2019 Frenchman skips final Monument of the year after being nominated for Velo d'Or Julian Alaphilippe will bring an end to a successful season after pulling out Il Lombardia this Saturday. The Frenchman has been the stand out rider for 2019 and was expected to line up at the Italian Monument at the weekend as one of the favourites. However, a taxing year of racing has seen Alaphillipe to call time on his year. 'I am really sad to tell you that I will not be racing Milano-Torino and Il Lombardia this week and that my incredible 2019 season has come to an end. You know that I always give everything and have done ever since my year started in Argentina,' said Alaphilippe. 'I’ve worked really hard to try and be at my peak for a third time this year, having raced hard at the Classics ...

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Men’s teams of 2020: Who’s moving up, who’s dropping down, and what it means

The teams applying for WorldTour and ProTeam licenses in the 2020 season, the implications for pro cycling, and how they sit in the UCI's new structural and regulatory landscape. The post Men’s teams of 2020: Who’s moving up, who’s dropping down, and what it means appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Caleb Ewan and Owain Doull join Mark Cavendish at the London Six Day

Caleb Ewan and Owain Doull join Mark Cavendish at the London Six Day

Joe Robinson 16 Sep 2019 Doull to partner Cavendish for track event at Lee Valley Velodrome next month Olympic champion and Team Ineos rider Owain Doull will partner Mark Cavendish at the London Six Day next month. The Welshman, fresh off of his Grand Tour debut at the Vuelta a Espana , joins Lotto Soudal sprinter Caleb Ewan as the latest big name to be confirmed for the Lee Valley Velodrome event. Doull's track pedigree could easily be forgotten with the 26-year-old having raced as part of the British WorldTour team on the road for the past two seasons. However, Doull is an Olympic champion having been part of the 2016 Rio team pursuit line-up that also saw Bradley Wiggins , Steve Burke and Ed Clancy take gold. Doull will ride alongside fellow Olympic track medallist Cavendish as the pair headline the six days of racing. Talking on his partnership ...

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Caleb Ewan’s sprint position is the best. So why isn’t everyone using it?

It’s pretty obvious: if you can get down low in a sprint, you’re going to be more aerodynamic than if you’d stayed upright. You don’t need to do a bunch of research to realise that the ultra-low sprint position employed by Caleb Ewan is pretty effective. But hey, if research is what you’re after, that … The post Caleb Ewan’s sprint position is the best. So why isn’t everyone using it? appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Katie Archibald and Elinor Barker lead London Six Day women’s line up

Katie Archibald and Elinor Barker lead London Six Day women’s line up

George Smith 10 Sep 2019 Olympic gold medallists and world record holders join strong field Two of the biggest names in British women’s cycling, Katie Archibald and Elinor Barker, have been announced for the upcoming London Six Day event at the Lee Valley VeloPark. The pair shot to fame with their dominant display at the 2016 Rio Olympics, forming half the team that won Team Pursuit gold, setting the fastest time in every round on the way. No strangers to Six Day events though, Archibald returns this October as reigning champion, having won the Six Day Final in Brisbane this April to complement her long list of previous victories. ‘Six Day events are like nothing else on the calendar and I can’t wait to get back to London’s iconic Lee Valley VeloPark,’ said Archibald, MBE. ‘I’ve got some amazing memories of winning at Six Day London from 2016 and 2017.’ ...

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Transfer round-up: What do the comings and goings mean for the WorldTour teams?

Transfer round-up: What do the comings and goings mean for the WorldTour teams?

Joseph Delves 5 Sep 2019 Now well into the part of the season where riders get itchy feet, we recap who’s making moves ahead of next year Who’s staying put, who’s moving on, and what does it mean for the WorldTour teams? Team Ineos Only one transfer announced here. But it’s a big one. Adding to its three existing Grand Tour winners, Team Ineos have pinched Giro winner Richard Carapaz from rivals Movistar . Recruiting another sergeant in support of the reign without end, the team now has more GC winners than there are Grand Tours in the year. Movistar Despite doing well in the current Vuelta a Espana , there’s turbulence on the horizon for the Spanish team. Formerly accused of having too many leaders, it might soon have not nearly enough. First, Nairo Quintana is off to ProConti outfit Arkéa Samsic along with Winner Anacona. Perhaps even worse ...

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Transfers round-up: What do the comings and goings mean for the WorldTour teams?

Transfers round-up: What do the comings and goings mean for the WorldTour teams?

Joseph Delves 5 Sep 2019 Now well into the part of the season where riders get itchy feet, we recap who’s making moves ahead of next year Who’s staying put, who’s moving on, and what does it mean for the WorldTour teams? Team Ineos Only one transfer announced here. But it’s a big one. Adding to its three existing Grand Tour winners, Team Ineos have pinched Giro winner Richard Carapaz from rivals Movistar . Recruiting another sergeant in support of the reign without end, the team now has more GC winners than there are Grand Tours in the year. Movistar Despite doing well in the current Vuelta a Espana , there’s turbulence on the horizon for the Spanish team. Formerly accused of having too many leaders, it might soon have not nearly enough. First, Nairo Quintana is off to ProConti outfit Arkéa Samsic along with Winner Anacona. Perhaps even worse ...

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Mark Cavendish to ride Six Day London

Mark Cavendish of Great Britain waves as he is introduced to the crowd on day four of the London Six

Mark Cavendish will take to the boards again this autumn when he lines out at Six Day London , which takes place at Lee Valley VeloPark from October 22-27. The Manxman has participated in the event on two previous occasions, in 2016 and 2017. "I am incredibly excited to announce that I’ll be back competing at Phynova Six Day London in October at the iconic velodrome," Cavendish said in a statement on Wednesday. "Six Day London is one of the UK’s leading track cycling events, and from previous experience I know how competitive the field will be. It’s a great event for elite cyclists and it allows another opportunity to prepare for 2020 in the most competitive arena, against some of the best riders in the world." Cavendish will share top billing at the event with Olympic omnium champion Elia Viviani , who last week confirmed his participation in London. ...

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Mark Cavendish returns to track at London Six Day

Mark Cavendish returns to track at London Six Day

Joe Robinson 28 Aug 2019 Manxman returns to London for third time in career Mark Cavendish will look to put a disappointing road season behind him by returning to the track and the London Six Day this October. The 48-time Grand Tour stage winner will return to the boards for the track competition taking place at the Lee Valley velodrome from 22nd to 27th October. This will be the third occasion in which the Manxman has taken part in the London Six Day having competed in 2016 and 2017. Cavendish finished second on both previous occasions, losing out to Moreno De Pauw and Kenny de Ketele with Bradley Wiggins in 2016 and then to Cameron Meyer and Calum Scotson with Pete Kennaugh the next year. 'Six Day London is one of the UK’s leading track cycling events, and from previous experience, I know how competitive the field will be,' said ...

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Evenepoel shows off European champion's skinsuit

Remco Evenepoel in the new European time trial champion's colours

Remco Evenepoel has unveiled the new skinsuit that he'll wear as the European time trial champion, opting for black shorts to go with the customary white and blue jersey. Evenepoel claimed the title in Alkmaar earlier this month with a commanding ride at the age of just 19. It was the latest feat in an extraordinary debut pro season that has also seen victories at the Clásica San Sebastián and the Belgium Tour. His victory preceded that of his Deceuninck-QuickStep teammate Elia Viviani in the road race, meaning the Belgian team have two European champions in their ranks. After unveiling Viviani's jersey last week, the team showed off the time trial skinsuit that had been made for Evenepoel by clothing provider Vermarc. Evenepoel inherited the title from his compatriot Victor Campenaerts, and has gone with a similar design of black legs with white and blue trim. Alexander Kristoff, the former ...

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Attilio Viviani wins Schaal Sels as a stagiaire

Cofidis stagiaire Attilio Viviani enjoys the spoils of victory at Schaal Sels

Attilio Viviani sprinted to his first professional victory at Belgian one-day race Schaal Sels on Sunday, while riding as a stagiaire for Pro Continental team Cofidis. Meanwhile, some 500 kilometres away, his older and more well-known brother, European road race champion Elia Viviani (Deceuninck-QuickStep), was busy winning the EuroEyes Cyclassics Hamburg for the third year in a row. It's unusual for stagiaires to be afforded the opportunity to race to win, as they're normally put to work fetching bottles and generally learning the ropes of life as a professional rider. The fact that the team rode to set up their young sprinter for the finish of the UCI 1.1-ranked race demonstrated considerable confidence in 22-year-old Attilio's abilities. "The team worked brilliantly for me at the end of the race," Viviani said on the Cofidis website. "I really appreciate everything they did for me. I also want to thank [team manager] ...

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Viviani wins EuroEyes Cyclassics Hamburg

Elia Viviani (Deceuninck-Quickstep) wins his third straight EuroEyes Cyclassics

Elia Viviani ( Deceuninck-QuickStep ) claimed his third straight EuroEyes Cyclassics victory in Hamburg on Sunday, taking out the bunch sprint ahead of Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal) and Giacomo Nizzolo (Dimension Data). The European champion timed his surge to perfection, waiting patiently as teammate Michael Morkov set a blistering pace into the final 200m then surged with such force that no one could come around. A hot and sunny late summer day welcomed the peloton to the 216km with a start and finish in Hamburg. In the relatively flat lands of northern Germany, decent climbs are hard to find, but this race always includes four times up the Waseberg - a 700m climb but with a gradient up to 9.7 per cent gradient. All four climbs come in roughly the last third of the race, with the final one only 8 km before finish. However, the race traditionally ends in ...

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The make-pretend races of Etten-Leur

I wonder what one of the Tour de France’s founders and cycling’s greatest writers, Henri Desgrange, would think about the make-pretend time-trial and criterium, hosting the top riders in the world, held in the small Dutch town of Etten-Leur in the weeks after the Tour de France. Would Desgrange channel Emile Zola, his working-class hero … The post The make-pretend races of Etten-Leur appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Laporte to balance own ambitions with Viviani support in 2020

Christophe Laporte in the 2019 Cofidis jersey

Christophe Laporte has welcomed the arrival of Elia Viviani and a new lead-out train to the Cofidis team for the 2020 season, saying he’ll be happy to work for the Italian in the biggest races while chasing his own ambitions elsewhere. Laporte has become the lead sprinter at Cofidis since Cedric Vasseur took the reins of team management in 2018 and pushed Nacer Bouhanni down the pecking order. The 26-year-old has made big strides since then, winning 11 races and becoming the team’s chief breadwinner. However, the arrival of Viviani, the European champion and a stage winner in all three Grand Tours, sees a new leading figure and a new direction at Cofidis as the French teams steps up to WorldTour level. “For sure it’s a good signing. He’s one of the best sprinters in the world, so it’s great news for the team,” Laporte told Cyclingnews at the Arctic ...

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Viviani shows off new European champion's jersey

Elia Viviani in the 2019 European road race champion's jersey

Elia Viviani and his Deceuninck-QuickStep team have unveiled the Italian's new European champion's jersey, confirming that he will target the EuroEyes Cyclassics Hamburg in the new colours next Sunday. Viviani beat his Deceuninck-QuickStep teammate Yves Lampaert – representing Belgium – for the road-race title in a two-up sprint in Alkmaar, with Pascal Ackermann (Germany) taking the bronze medal several seconds further back after the three went on the attack. Viviani is known for his bunch-sprinting skills but earned the distinctive European champion's jersey with an aggressive ride along with the rest of his Italian national team in the crosswinds on the roads of the Netherlands. The 30-year-old has already confirmed that he will leave Deceuninck-QuickStep and join Cofidis for 2020 , but has enjoyed a successful two years with the Belgian WorldTour team thanks to their strength in depth and experienced lead-out squad. "When I came to Deceuninck-Quick-Step two years ...

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Your guide to notable 2019-2020 men’s WorldTour transfers

Supported by It’s transfer season in the world of professional cycling, and that means teams are announcing rider signings practically every day of the week. This year’s transfer cycle has already seen some very big names agree to don new kit for the coming season, and many more notables are expected to make their 2020 plans public … The post Your guide to notable 2019-2020 men’s WorldTour transfers appeared first on CyclingTips .

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New European champion Viviani rules himself out of Yorkshire Worlds

Yves Lampaert, Elia Viviani and Pascal Ackermann on the podium

Elia Viviani has ruled out the prospect of riding the World Championships in Yorkshire despite his impressive victory in Sunday's European Championships road race in Alkmaar. Rather than bide his time for a possible bunch sprint, the Italian was part of a three-man move that went clear on the penultimate lap and decided the medals. Viviani then out-sprinted his Deceuninck-QuickStep teammate Yves Lampaert (Belgium) after Pascal Ackermann (Germany) was distanced just before the finish. Monday’s edition of La Gazzetta dello Sport compared Viviani's breakaway victory to Mario Cipollini's triumph in similar circumstances at Gent-Wevelgem in 2002. That same year, Cipollini went to on to win the rainbow jersey in a bunch finish in Zolder, but, barring a late change of heart, Viviani has ruled himself out of Davide Cassani's squadra azzurra and will not be on the startline in Yorkshire on September 29. "That’s a different story. The leader of ...

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Cofidis sign Consonni to strengthen Viviani's 2020 sprint squad

Italians Simon Consonni and Elia Viviani

Cofidis have confirmed that Simone Consonni will join the French team for 2020, further boosting Elia Viviani 's lead-out train as the French team steps up to WorldTour level and targets major sprint success. The 24-year-old Italian is Viviani's usual Madison partner on the track and a talented Omnium rider. Both are expected to target the Tokyo Olympics in 2020 after riding together on the road. Viviani confirmed his move from Deceuninck-QuickStep to Cofidis a few days after the transfer window officially opened on August 1. His long-standing lead-out man Fabio Sabatini will also join him at the French squad. Cofidis are working to secure WorldTour status for 2020 and have also confirmed the arrival of French stage race rider and climber Guillaume Martin from Wanty-Groupe Gobert. "We’ll have a really strong lead-out but what I want to build is a team that works together,” Cofidis team manager Cedric Vasseur ...

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Richeze takes Pan-Am Games road race title

Argentinian road race champion Maximilian Richeze (Deceuninck-QuickStep)

Maximiliano Richeze won gold at the Pan American Games road race in Lima, Peru, at the weekend, becoming the first Argentinian rider to take the title since 1959. Richeze, who was riding at the Pan-Am Games for his national team, is best known for his lead-out roles for sprinters such as Elia Viviani at Belgian WorldTour team Deceuninck-QuickStep , and is also the current Argentinian road race champion. According to the Deceuninck-QuickStep website, Richeze went solo to close a 1:30 time gap to a front group of six riders that were still away late in the race, and then out-sprinted Mexico's Ignacio de Jesus Prado and Bryan Gomez of Colombia to win the 177km based around the Circuito de Playas de Costa Verde alongside the beach in Lima. "I'm very happy about this victory, and to bring the medal home for Argentina," Richeze said. "It was difficult after a hard ...

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Viviani: Becoming European road race champion gives me immense joy

Elia Viviani (Italy)

Elia Viviani was thrilled to take the European road race champion's title at the UEC Road European Championships on Sunday, winning from a three-man breakaway as opposed to the bunch sprints the Italian's used to winning from. Belgium's Yves Lampaert took the silver medal, with Germany's Pascal Ackermann completing the podium. "It's absolutely amazing," said Viviani via his Deceuninck-QuickStep trade team's website. "I can't find the words to tell you what this means to me. I came out of the Tour de France with good condition, and was hoping to be in contention for the gold medal. To finally get it, two years after I finished runner-up, gives me immense joy." In 2017, when the championships were held in Herning, Denmark, Viviani finished second to Norway's Alexander Kristoff in a bunch sprint. On Sunday, however, Viviani soon found himself as part of a 13-rider breakaway on the flat and windy ...

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