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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Netherlands tops medal count in home European Championships

The Netherlands win the inaugural Mixed Relay TTT at the European Championships

The UEC Road Championships wrapped up on Sunday, with Elia Viviani (Italy) taking his country's ninth medal of the event, but the absence of any Dutch riders on the elite men's road race podium did not stop the home country from taking the biggest haul of prizes of the event. The Netherlands came away with five gold, two silver and three bronze medals to top the medal table ahead of Italy and Germany, which claimed six podium spots. The home country kicked off the championships with a victory by Shirin van Anrooij in the junior women's time trial, then followed in the afternoon with the mixed relay victory. More wins came in the elite women's time trial with Ellen van Dijk, the junior women's road race with Ilse Pluimers and the elite women's road race with Amy Pieters. The Italian team won the junior men's time trial with Andrea Piccolo, ...

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Viviani wins men's European Champion's title

Elia Viviani (Italy) wins the European title

Elia Viviani (Italy) earned himself the title of European road race champion with a victory at the 2019 Champsionships that he recognised as "totally different" to his usual diet of bunch sprints, and indeed to his and his team's plans at the start of the day. Viviani, who finished a frustrated second place two years ago, beat his trade teammate Yves Lampaert (Belgium) in a two-up sprint in Alkmaar, with Pascal Ackermann (Germany) taking the bronze medal several seconds further back. As a sprinter, Viviani was among the pre-race favourites on the pan-flat course in northern Holland, but the race was more open and chaotic than anyone expected. The 45-kilometre opening loop out into the exposed countryside saw the peloton split to pieces in the crosswinds, while the 11.5km town-centre finishing circuit – covered 11 times – gave the finale the feel of a Kermesse. Viviani's victory was just reward ...

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Richeze signs for UAE Team Emirates

Argentina's Max Richeze (Deceuninck-QuickStep) can expect plenty of South American support in Colomb

Max Richeze , the last man in Deceuninck-Quickstep 's devastating lead-out train, will reunite with Fernando Gaviria in 2020 as the Argentine national champion signed for UAE Team Emirates . The 36-year-old helped to deliver Elia Viviani and Julian Alaphilippe to stage wins in the Tour de France this year and has played a key role in many of Deceuninck-Quickstep's 55 wins this season. Before this season, Richeze also helped Gaviria to a pair of Tour de France stage wins in 2018 and four stages and the overall points classification in the 2017 Giro d'Italia. He's known as one of the best in the business, with an uncanny knack for threading his way through the charging peloton to deliver his sprinter to the front at just the right moment. This season Gaviria has struggled with knee injuries and with finding success in the WorldTour. The Colombian has won just two ...

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Lefevere secures Evenepoel's stay at Deceuninck-QuickStep with a family handshake

Remco Evenepoel at the Children's Press Conference in Brussels

Deceuninck-QuickStep manager Patrick Lefevere has moved quickly to tie Remco Evenepoel to his team for the long-term future, claiming the prodigious young Belgian will likely stay with Lefevere’s team until 2023. The 19-year-old won the Clasica San Sebastian last Saturday and then the European time trial title on Thursday, surprising even his biggest admirers, who have compared him to Eddy Merckx. Lefevere has built the future of Deceuninck-QuickStep around Julian Alaphilippe, letting Elia Viviani and Philippe Gilbert go. He signed Evenepoel directly from the junior ranks, securing his signature last summer before Evenepoel won the junior time trial and road race titles. Now he is confident about securing Evenepoel for the long-term future. "He will stay with us until 2021 with an option until 2023," Lefevere told Het Nieuwsblad and Het Laatste Nieuws . "His father and I arranged that with a handshake. "To be clear: Remco had a contract ...

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Lefevere secures Evenepoel's stay at Deceuninck with a family handshake

Remco Evenepoel at the Children's Press Conference in Brussels

Deceuninck-QuickStep manager Patrick Lefevere has moved quickly to tie Remco Evenepoel to his team for the long-term future, claiming the prodigious young Belgian will likely stay with Lefevere’s team until 2023. The 19-year-old won the Clasica San Sebastian last Saturday and then the European time trial title on Thursday, surprising even his biggest admirers, who have compared him to Eddy Merckx. Lefevere has built the future of Deceuninck-QuickStep around Julian Alaphilippe, letting Elia Viviani and Philippe Gilbert go. He signed Evenepoel directly from the junior ranks, securing his signature last summer before Evenepoel won the junior time trial and road race titles. Now he is confident about securing Evenepoel for the long-term future. "He will stay with us until 2021 with an option until 2023," Lefevere told Het Nieuwsblad and Het Laatste Nieuws ."His father and I arranged that with a handshake. "To be clear: Remco had a contract until ...

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Movistar name Enric Mas as new Grand Tour leader for 2020

Enric Mas (Quick-Step Floors) on the Vuelta podium for best young rider

Movistar have confirmed that Enric Mas will leave Deceuninck-QuickStep to join the Spanish WorldTour squad and become their Grand Tour leader for the next three years. The 24-year-old from Mallorca finished second overall in the 2018 Vuelta a Espana and is considered Spain’s most promising rider for future Grand Tours. Mas will replace Mikel Landa, who has already confirmed he will move to Bahrain-Merida in 2020, Giro d’Italia winner Richard Carapaz, who is set to join Team Ineos, and Nairo Quintana, who is widely expected to move to French Professional Continental team Arkea Samsic. Mas will share leadership at Movistar with fellow Spaniard Alejandro Valverde, with Marc Soler also expected to have a bigger leadership role. Mas raced as an amateur with the Fundación Contador team and then stepped up to WorldTour level in 2017 with QuickStep. He won a stage at the 2018 Itzulia Basque Country and confirmed his ...

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Cofidis sign Guillaume Martin from Wanty-Gobert

Guillaume Martin (Wanty-Groupe Gobert) enjoying his podium time

After securing the services of world-class sprinter Elia Viviani , Cofidis have strengthened in the stage racing department with the signing of Guillaume Martin from Wanty-Gobert . Martin had a contract with the Belgian Pro Continental team until the end of 2020, having started his professional career there in 2016, but they came to an agreement with Cofidis to release him early. The 26-year-old won the under-23 Liège-Bastogne-Liège and a stage of the Tour de l'Avenir, both in 2015. This year, he finished 12th overall at the Tour de France, having placed 21st and 23rd in the two previous editions. He won the Giro della Toscana in 2017, the Circuit Sarthe in 2018, and a stage and second overall at the Giro di Sicilia this year. "I'm very motivated by the idea of joining Cofidis. There's a lot to discover: a new set-up, new teammates, and a new start in ...

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Vasseur: One-hour meeting convinced Viviani to join Cofidis - Transfer Mechanics

Elia Viviani gives thumbs up on stage at the Tour de France presentation in Brussels

Cedric Vasseur's Cofidis evolution has taken its biggest step yet with the announcement this week that Elia Viviani will join the team for 2020. The Italian signed a two-year contract with Vasseur's team and will bring lead-out man Fabio Sabatini with him, while his younger brother Attilo joins as a stagiaire for the remainder of 2019, with a view to signing a pro contract for the following season. For Vasseur, the recruitment of Viviani represents his most significant signing since taking over the management of the team in 2018. The Frenchman has tried and failed to kick-start Nacer Bouhanni ’s career, but in Viviani he has signed a consistent winner and marquee rider to fit with the squad’s plans of joining the WorldTour in 2020. The recruitment process goes back to last year. By then, Vasseur was already scouting for a replacement for Bouhanni, but his hands were tied until ...

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Viviani signs for Cofidis

Elia Viviani (Deceuninck-QuickStep) wins stage 4 at the Tour de France

Cofidis have completed the signing of Elia Viviani , taking the Italian sprinter from Deceuninck-QuickStep , where he has flourished in the past two seasons. The French team have also signed one of Viviani's lead-out men, Fabio Sabatini. Viviani confirmed during the Tour de France that he would leave Deceuninck-QuickStep at the end of the season, and was heavily linked with a move to Cofidis. The French team, managed by Cedric Vasseur, currently operate in the second-division Pro Continental ranks, but are determined to move up to WorldTour level, and Viviani represents a marquee signing and statement of intent. The 30-year-old Italian has established himself as one of the world's top sprinters since he left Team Sky for QuickStep in 2018. With a dedicated lead-out train, he won 18 races in 2018, including four stages at the Giro d'Italia and three at the Vuelta a España, and has won eight ...

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Elia Viviani and Fabio Sabatini move to Cofidis to lead 'ambitious project'

Elia Viviani and Fabio Sabatini move to Cofidis to lead 'ambitious project'

Joe Robinson 5 Aug 2019 Pair depart from Deceuninck-Quickstep as Cofidis edge closer to WorldTour licence Cofidis have strengthened their WorldTour ambitions with the signings of Italian sprint duo Elia Viviani and Fabio Sabatini from Decuninck-Quickstep . Both riders will switch to the French ProContinental team in 2020 who hope to step up from cycling's second division and be granted a WorldTour licence for next season. The UCI is set to increase the number of WorldTour teams from 18 to 20 at the end of the season with Cofidis, alongside fellow French team Direct Energie, believed to be in the driving seats for the final two spots. The signatures of Viviani and Sabatini will only further the team's case for WorldTour status considering the duo's prowess and win record. Viviani has morphed into one of, if not the world's best sprinter since joining Deceuninck-Quickstep in 2018 and will act as ...

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Leading out: Cycling’s fastest domestiques share their stories

Roger Kluge’s childhood dreams of racing on the Champs-Élysées might not have concluded with him finishing in 59th place, but the Lotto-Soudal rider enjoyed some raucous celebrations at the Paris finish line a week ago just the same. While some of the world’s fastest men were ruing what might have been, Kluge was soaking in … The post Leading out: Cycling’s fastest domestiques share their stories appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Elia Viviani continues Deceuninck-Quick-Step’s season of success at RideLondon

Viviani takes 75th career win after crash on two kilometers to go reduced the field. Read the full article at Elia Viviani continues Deceuninck-Quick-Step’s season of success at RideLondon on VeloNews.com .

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