Alaphilippe eyes Strade Bianche, Tirreno-Adriatico, Milan-San Remo hat-trick

Julian Alaphlippe says he wants to try and win Strade Bianche, Tirreno-Adriatico and Milan-San Remo

Buoyed by Deceuninck-QuickStep 's early season run of success and his own victory at Saturday’s Strade Bianche, Julian Alaphilippe has admitted that a hat-trick of victories at Strade Bianche , Tirreno-Adriatico and Milan-San Remo is possible. Davide Rebellin and Philippe Gilbert are the last two riders to win the Ardennes hat-trick – Liège-Bastogne-Liège, Amstel Gold and Flèche Wallonne – while Fabian Cancellara is the only rider to have won all three of the Italian March races, in 2008. Now, Alaphilippe is ready to give it a try, having built his early season around the March races, considering them more important than a second victory at Flèche, which he secured last season. "I don't know. I hope I can do it. I’ll certainly try my best," replied Alaphilippe when Cyclingnews asked about the chances of him completing the Italian Trittico . "Strade Bianche was my first big goal – maybe more ...

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The weekly spin: Alaphilippe, Van Vleuten conquer white roads of Strade Bianche

A pair of first-time champions emerged at Strade Bianche Saturday, though neither could be considered a surprise winner. After 184km of racing, including 63km across white gravel roads, Frenchman Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-Quick-Step) got the better of Dane Jakob Fuglsang (Astana) to take the victory in the historic Piazza del Campo in Siena. Former world cyclocross … The post The weekly spin: Alaphilippe, Van Vleuten conquer white roads of Strade Bianche appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Alaphilippe: I made a good move at a good moment and, voila, I won Strade Bianche

Julian Alaphilippe wins the 2019 Strade Bianche

Julian Alaphilippe rode his dust-covered bike into the Strade Bianche post-race press conference on the third floor of a building overlooking the Piazza del Campo in Siena, buzzing with joy and satisfaction after winning the new Italian Classic on his debut on the dirt roads of Tuscany. The Frenchman and his Deceuninck-QuickStep team rode a perfect race, and he out-manoeuvred Jakob Fuglsang (Astana) over the top of the steep Via Santa Caterina climb to the centre of Siena, riding down into the crowd-packed Piazza del Campo to win as if he had just won the Palio horserace that also finishes in the spectacular central square. "I'm just so happy. It was my first big goal of the season," he explained. "Even if the start of the season was good already, to win Strade Bianche is incredible. I made no mistakes." Alaphilippe is now 26 and maturing year-on-year. In 2018 he ...

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Alaphilippe wins Strade Bianche

Julian Alaphilippe wins the 2019 Strade Bianche ahead of Jakob Fuglsang

Julian Alaphilippe added to his rapidly growing palmarès and Deceuninck-QuickStep ’s Classics dominance with victory at the 2019 Strade Bianche . The Frenchman - who won La Flèche Wallonne, the Clásica San Sebastián, and two stages of the Tour de France last year - got the better of Jakob Fuglsang (Astana) in a dramatic tussle up the Via Santa Catarina and down into the Piazza del Campo in Siena. The duo emerged at the head of the race as the short-but-steep final three sectors of strade bianche - the eponymous Tuscan gravel tracks that charaterise the Italian race - split the elite lead group that formed on the longer earlier sectors. Wout Van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) was with them initially and, after being dropped on the 10th of the 11 sectors and spending half an hour on his own, dramatically made his way back for the final kilometre as they began ...

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Strade Bianche dependably delivers the drama – Gallery

Tiesj Benoot (Lotto Soudal) makes his winning move at Strade Bianche

Strade Bianche has quickly become a crowd favourite during its first 12 years on the UCI calendar. Is it the often-muddy conditions on the white gravel roads of Tuscany that draws the fans? Is it the epic finale over the series of gravel climbs leading back to Siena that's responsible for the race's quick ascent in the hearts and imaginations of the cycling public? Or is it the predictably frenetic excitement that only an important one-day race can conjure as the potential winners balance on a thin line of luck, preparation and stubborn resilience? The 2018 edition of Strade Bianche had all that and more as the inclement weather kicked the drama up several notches. The precipitation caused no shortage of Tuscany's slippery 'white' mud for riders to deal with, and the cold temperatures knocked the fight out of more than a few of the favourites. In the end, it ...

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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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How to watch the 2019 Spring Classics

How to watch the 2019 Spring Classics

The Spring Classics kick off this weekend, and it’s often one of the highlights of the year for many avid WorldTour followers. Here’s everything we currently know about where you can find live coverage and highlights in the UK, US and Australia. Paris-Roubaix 2018 tech gallery: 101 images from the Hell of the North Specialized claims 99g S-Works EXOS 99 is lightest production shoe ever made The Spring Classics 2019 overview The term ‘Classics’ acts as a bit of an umbrella that encompasses a range of events. Included in this are the two Opening Weekend races: Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and Kuurne–Brussel–Kuurne. These are followed by further one-day Classics races: Milan–San Remo, E3 Binckbank Classic, Gent–Wevelgem, Tour of Flanders, Scheldeprijs and Paris–Roubaix. After Paris-Roubaix, the Ardennes Classics kicks off including Amstel Gold Race, La Flèche Wallonne and Liège–Bastogne–Liège. The Monuments refers to the five oldest and most prestigious races in the ...

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Van der Breggen considers skipping Tour of Flanders

Anna van der Breggen with her gold medal

World champion Anna van der Breggen ( Boels Dolmans ) has considered skipping the Tour of Flanders held on April 7 in Belgium, reported Wielerflits . Van der Breggen suggested that there wouldn't be enough time to recover from Cape Epic held from March 18-25 in South Africa. "I think the Tour [of Flanders] does not fit in my program," said Van der Breggen, who won the Tour of Flanders last year. "That race is close to the Cape Epic and I expect that I need some time to recover from it." Van der Breggen introduced World Cup mountain bike racing into her calendar last year at Val di Sole. She announced in January that she would be racing Cape Epic with her teammate Annika Langvad, who races with Specialized during the mountain bike season and with Boels Dolmans on the road. They will both race in the Sunshine Cup ...

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‘I’ve got dreams of winning on mystical mountain stages’

‘I’ve got dreams of winning on mystical mountain stages’

George Scott 4 Feb 2019 British talent James Knox on surviving as a neo-pro at Deceuninck–QuickStep, riding for Julian Alaphilippe & targeting the Giro d’Italia James Knox established himself as one of cycling’s most prodigious climbing talents as an Under-23, finishing second at the Liege–Bastogne–Liege Espoirs and behind Egan Bernal on the Tour de l’Avenir’s queen stage in 2017. But after finding himself in the grupetto at the Tour of Romandie and Criterium du Dauphine in his first year as a professional with QuickStep, the Cumbrian began to wonder whether the WorldTour was a pedal stroke too far. ‘I was thinking, "Shit, if something doesn’t really change now, I don’t know what I’m going to do,’’ Knox tells Cyclist . ‘Those were the two hardest moments. I considered myself a climber but ended up in the grupetto for a week.’ Knox is reflecting on his neo-pro year and a rollercoaster ...

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Teuns handed Bahrain-Merida leadership at Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana

Dylan Teuns (BMC Racing) wins the sprint for third place

Dylan Teuns has been handed the Bahrain-Merida leadership ahead of next week's Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana . The 26-year-old only moved to the team in the off-season after spending four full seasons at BMC Racing. The Spanish race will mark Teuns' debut in his new team colours. "Due to Vuelta being the first European race in 2019, we are really excited. It will be a multi-field test for our cyclist. In the 1st stage's ITT we are counting on Jan Tratnik, who debuts in the team. Another young debutant is a Belgian Dylan Teuns as GC leader," said the team's sports director, Vladimir Miholjević. Bahrain-Merida have compiled a strong team for the five-day race with sprinter Sonny Colbrelli also making his season debut. He will be assisted by Kristijan Koren, Ivan Garcia Cortina, Hermann Pernsteiner, Tratnik, and Classics hopeful Matej Mohoric, who is gearing up for a season of ...

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Alaphilippe carries ‘maturity and confidence’ into 2019

Alaphilippe carries ‘maturity and confidence’ into 2019

French star Julian Alaphilippe is boosting his morale with success in the South American stage race, which he leads after four days. Read the full article at Alaphilippe carries ‘maturity and confidence’ into 2019 on VeloNews.com .

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Rivals: New Liège-Bastogne-Liège finish favors Sagan

Rivals: New Liège-Bastogne-Liège finish favors Sagan

The new finish for the Belgian monument could lead to a sprint showdown between Peter Sagan and others, other riders say. Read the full article at Rivals: New Liège-Bastogne-Liège finish favors Sagan on VeloNews.com .

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Rally UHC earn surprise invitation to La Fleche Wallonne

Svein Tuft joined Rally UHC from Mitchelton-Scott

The Rally UHC Pro Continental squad have scored a coveted wildcard invitation to La Flèche Wallonne , organisers ASO announced on Tuesday. The American team were surprised by the nod, which came alongside Belgian teams Wanty-Groupe Gobert, Wallonie-Bruxelles, and Sport Vlaanderen Baloise, and well-established European squads such as Cofidis, Euskadi-Murias and the ambitious Israel Cycling Academy squad. "We worked our tails off for 12 years to build this program and now we've received an invitation to one of the most prestigious races in the world," performance director Jonas Carney said. "It was a big surprise. We did not expect to receive this invitation but once it was confirmed, we were elated." The 83rd edition of La Flèche Wallonne will take place on April 24th, starting in Seraing, and finishing this year with an additional lap of the closing circuit that includes the Côte d'Ereffe, Côte de Cherave, and the final ...

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Rally-UHC invited to Suisse and Flèche, focused on European ‘big leagues’

Rally-UHC invited to Suisse and Flèche, focused on European ‘big leagues’

American team Rally-UHC continues its evolution toward WorldTour racing in Europe, cultivating young talent Brandon McNulty. Read the full article at Rally-UHC invited to Suisse and Flèche, focused on European ‘big leagues’ on VeloNews.com .

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Extra lap added to finale of 2019 La Fleche Wallonne

Julian Alaphilippe wins Fleche Wallonne 2018

La Flèche Wallonne has received another tweak for 2019, with the organisers extending the finale of the men's race for an extra lap of the finishing circuit that includes the Côte d'Ereffe, Côte de Cherave, and Mur de Huy. The women's course remains unchanged. The second of the three Ardennes Classics is traditionally decided on the Mur de Huy, with the finish line at the top of the short but searingly steep climb. Not since 2003 has the winning move in the men's race come ahead of the final ascent. In 2018, the status quo was maintained, with Julian Alaphilippe ending Alejandro Valverde's run on the Mur, but the race was more open and aggressive than previous years - perhaps due to the inclusion of extra climbs in the first half of the race, including the Côte de la Redoute of Liège-Bastogne-Liège fame. La Redoute doesn't feature in 2019, and ...

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Alaphilippe: I raised the bar, but now it goes back to zero

Julian Alaphilippe wears the new Deceuninck-Quick-Step jersey

There's an old maxim in football that says if you go a goal up early on, you should pretend it's still nil-nil and try to continue playing with the mindset with which you started the game. Julian Alaphilippe seems to be tapping into that as he reflects on a breakthrough 2018 season and prepares to try and back it up in 2019. "Looking in the rearview mirror, let's say I raised the bar," Alaphilippe said in an interview at Deceunicnk-QuickStep 's team presentation in Calpe this week, before later adding: "Now the meter goes back to zero." Alaphilippe has been destined for big things ever since bursting onto the scene with podiums at La Flèche Wallonne and Liège-Bastogne-Liège in 2015, his second season as a professional. Yet, despite winning the Tour of California in 2016 and a stage at the Vuelta a España in 2017, the Frenchman hadn't quite done ...

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Offseason Capsule: Quick Step

We didn’t see any Quick Step Flaws In 2018, Patrick Lefevre’s boys put together a season for the ages. What does 2019 have in store? Well, they can’t possibly match last year (can they?) but nothing says Christmas on Podium Café like looking back over the most dominant cobbles season we’ve seen in the modern era. What we said last year I’m reasonably pleased with this. I was optimistic about the team surviving the loss of Boonen and continuing to lead the peloton in wins and topping the VDS rankings. I talked up the sprint unit and was optimistic of increased success in the Ardennes, and I also enthused about the chances of many strong cobbles riders between them grabbing a cobbled monument. I was comparatively down on their GC chances and I didn’t see Enric Mas coming. I also missed the sheer onslaught of wins, but I used the ...

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Teuns: I think there's still room for progression

Dylan Teuns on the Il Lombardia podium for third

One of the first major victories of Dylan Teuns’ youth career came atop the Col du Rosier as a fifteen-year-old and in that moment, the Limburger’s predilection for Liège-Bastogne-Liège and the Ardennes Classics was confirmed. The summit finish provided a radically different challenge to the fare on offer in the Flanders region, and while Teuns had grown up venerating the cobbled Classics, he quickly realised that the forested hills of southern Belgium might prove a happy hunting ground. “My first big win as a 15-year-old came in the Ardennes, so it was already clear that those races were suiting me,” Teuns told Cyclingnews at the recent Bahrain-Merida training camp in Hvar, Croatia. “It was a climbing race, just loop over the Vecquée and the Rosier, and the race finished at the top of the Rosier too.” Since turning professional with BMC in 2015, Teuns has gradually established himself in the ...

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Lappartient pushes ASO to increase TV coverage of women's racing

The Liege podium with Anna van der Breggen in the centre

UCI president David Lappartient has asked Tour de France organisers ASO to work harder to broadcast their women's races on television, as well as stating his ambition to get more women’s racing as a whole on TV. His comments come as several leading women's team managers expressed their concerns about the ability to raise the finances required to adhere to the new minimum wage regulations set to come in for the 2020 season. As well as their vast network of men's races, ASO run a number of high-profile women’s races, including Flèche Wallonne, Liège-Bastogne-Liège, La Course and the Madrid Challenge, as well as working alongside Welcome to Yorkshire for the Women’s Tour de Yorkshire. While La Course and the Tour de Yorkshire receive extensive live broadcast (though Yorkshire is restricted to British television), the Ardennes races and Madrid receive minimal coverage on television. Lappartient has previously tried to convince ASO ...

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Julian Alaphilippe: Everyone expected me to win the Worlds

Julian Alaphilippe (Quick-Step Floors)

France's Julian Alaphilippe had nothing short of a fantastic season in 2018: a stage win at the Oro y Paz in Colombia, two stage wins at the Vuelta al Pais Vasco, followed two weeks later by victory at Flèche Wallonne , and then a stage at the Critérium du Dauphiné, and two more stage wins at the Tour de France , where he also won the polka-dot jersey. Just a week after the Tour, the 26-year-old won the Clasica San Sebastian , and then took a stage win and the overall title at both the Tour of Britain and the Tour of Slovakia in September. It was natural, therefore, that Alaphilippe's name should crop up among the top favourites for the UCI Road World Championships road race in Innsbruck, Austria, later that month: a punchy parcours, with a sting in the tail in the shape of the Höttinger Höll climb ...

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