Martin validates leadership role with dramatic stage win

Martin validates leadership role with dramatic stage win

Martin's victory validated UAE Team Emirates's decision to hire Martin during the 2017 offseason to lead its efforts at the Tour. Read the full article at Martin validates leadership role with dramatic stage win on VeloNews.com .

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Today at the Tour: The Spring Classics in July

The Paris-Roubaix champion won, ahead of a recent winner of Brabantse Pijl. Former winners of Liège-Bastogne-Liège finished third, fourth, and sixth, with a Flèche Wallonne winner fifth, and a former Roubaix winner in seventh. The current Milan-San Remo champion finished 10th. Welcome to the Spring Classics in July. The west coast of France looked a … The post Today at the Tour: The Spring Classics in July appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Valverde builds for Tour de France with Route d'Occitanie stage win

Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) cramps at the end of Liege-Bastogne-Liege

Alejandro Valverde clocked up his 10th victory of 2018 when he emerged first from the mist atop Les Monts d’Olmes to claim stage 3 of the Route d’Occitanie , but the Spaniard downplayed his prospects of leading Movistar ’s Tour de France challenge next month. Valverde is set to line up alongside Mikel Landa and Nairo Quintana in a star-studded Tour selection, but despite his remarkable form, the 38-year-old suggested that his role in that triumvirate would primarily be a supporting one. “We’ll go there with other objectives since we’re going to be working for Landa and Nairo,” Valverde told Directvelo.com when asked if he could win the 2018 Tour. Valverde’s best displays at the Tour have come in the period since he served a ban following his implication in the Operacion Puerto blood doping inquiry. He placed third overall in 2015, 4th in in 2014 and rode strongly in ...

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Van der Breggen to skip Giro Rosa defense

Anna van der Breggen celebrates in pink after stage 9 at the Giro Rosa

Anna van der Breggen ( Boels Dolmans ) has opted to skip her defense of the the Giro d'Italia Internazionale Femminile , also known as the Giro Rosa, in July in order to focus on other events during the second half of the season. The Dutch all-rounder told Cyclingnews earlier this year that she is targeting a first world title at the 2018 UCI Road World Championships in Austria in September. "I will not ride the Giro Rosa this year," Van der Breggen wrote in a statement on her website. "Since 2010, I have raced it every year so far and this time I choose a different path. "The Giro requires a specific preparation and is a tough race to do. I thought it would be nice to have a different program this year. Also with a view to the rest of the season. And the rest of the season ...

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Litespeed Cherohala SE review

Stu Bowers Thursday, June 14, 2018 - 09:02 Can’t match the weight and punchy feel of carbon equivalents but comes into its own on the rough stuff 3.5 / 5 $3,315 (approx. £2,400) frame, fork, headset. As tested $5,850 (approx. £4,250) Litespeed has been making titanium race bikes for more than 30 years, and the family-run company can boast a client list that features some of cycling’s biggest names, including Greg LeMond and Lance Armstrong (although in the latter’s case you may not have known it at the time, as the bikes were rebadged to avoid upsetting sponsors). The American brand truly hit the mainstream in 2002 thanks to its sponsorship of pro team Lotto Adecco. Australian sprinter Robbie McEwen took no fewer than 17 victories on his Litespeed Vortex, a cold-worked 6Al/4V titanium masterpiece. He piloted it to multiple stage wins at both the Giro d’Italia and Tour de ...

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This spring saw Julian Alaphilippe secure the breakthrough Classics victory he’s long been promising, scoring a major scalp over Alejandro Valverde on the Mur de Huy to end the Spaniard’s four-year winning streak at La Flèche Wallonne. Procycling sat down with the energetic Frenchman, and its new cover star, days after his victory to talk about his path to the top. Along the way, the Quick-Step Floors rider enjoyed a stint working as a mechanic, a year plying his trade with an amateur squad run by the French army and has a penchant for playing the drums. “It’s taken me time to realise I have to stay calm, and that’s helped me get better,” Alaphilippe told Procycling . “But I’ve also learned that staying calm for too long costs me more energy than it would do if I was just letting off steam.” From one Frenchman on a high to ...

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Van der Breggen's WorldTour lead cut as Spratt wins Emakumeen Bira

Anna van der Breggen (Boels - Dolmans)

Anna van der Breggen 's lead in the WorldTour classification has been trimmed down by a few points but the Olympic champion remains firmly in control of the contest. After the 12th round of the series at Emakumeen Bira , the Boels Dolmans rider still holds a commanding lead of 232 points, down slightly from her previous margin 250. The new challenger for the Dutchwoman is Amanda Spratt (Mitchelton-Scott), who climbed two places after a stunning win at the Basque race . Spratt had started the final stage in 10th place and seemingly out of contention at 1:37 behind her teammate and leader Annemiek van Vleuten . However, with nothing to lose, she took a punt with 50 kilometres to go and, with her team out of the chase, was able to cross the line more than two minutes ahead of most of the general classification contenders. Spratt has enjoyed ...

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June issue of Procycling is out now

Julian Alaphilippe on the front cover of Procycling

This spring saw Julian Alaphilippe secure the breakthrough Classics victory he’s long been promising, scoring a major scalp over Alejandro Valverde on the Mur de Huy to end the Spaniard’s four-year winning streak at Flèche Wallonne. Buy the digital edition for £2.99, or subscribe for £28 Procycling sat down with the energetic Frenchman, and our new cover star, days after his victory to talk about his path to the top. Along the way, the Quick-Step Floors rider enjoyed a stint working as a mechanic, a year plying his trade with an amateur squad run by the French army and has a penchant for playing the drums. “It’s taken me time to realise I have to stay calm, and that’s helped me get better,” Alaphilippe told us. “But I’ve also learned that staying calm for too long costs me more energy than it would do if I was just letting off ...

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Van der Breggen dominates Women's WorldTour ranking

Anna van der Breggen leads the Women's WorldTour after Fleche Wallonne victory

Anna van der Breggen ( Boels Dolmans ) has kept hold of her lead in the Women's WorldTour after the three-day Tour of Chongming Island . Van der Breggen is the only rider to have won multiple rounds of the WorldTour this year, having claimed victory at Strade Bianche, the Tour of Flanders, Flèche Wallonne and Liège-Bastogne-Liège. Van der Breggen missed Tour of Chongming Island but her dominance means that she is 270 points clear of her closest rival, her teammate Chantal Blaak, at the moment. Amanda Spratt (Mitchelton-Scott), who scored two podium places during the Ardennes Classics at Amstel Gold and Liège-Bastogne-Liège, sits in third place. Jolien D'hoore may have missed out on defending her title at Chongming Island last week, but the Belgian champion won the inaugural Driedaagse De Panne in March and her runner-up place on the final stage in China, coupled with her top-10 GC finish, ...

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Quick-Step Floors target Giro d'Italia sprints with Viviani

Elia Viviani wins the 2018 Driedaagse De Panne-Koksijde

Quick-Step Floors have confirmed they focus on stages victories rather than the overall classification at the Giro d'Italia , with Elia Viviani confirmed as team leader, with the other riders selected to provide him with a strong lead-out train and target individual success. Bob Jungles led Quick-Step Floors at the 2016 and 2017 Giro d'Italia, finishing sixth and eighth overall and wearing the leader's pink jersey for five days last year. However, the Luxembourg national champion ended his spring campaign with victory at Liège-Bastogne-Liège and will focus on the Tour de France this summer. Joining Viviani at the Giro d'Italia is experienced riders Eros Capecchi, Michael Mørkøv, and Fabio Sabatini, Dwars door West-Vlaanderen winner Rémi Cavagna, talented young German Maximilian Schachmann, Florian Sénéchal and Classics veteran Zdenek Stybar. Davide Bramati is lead directeur sportif; he rode 12 editions of the Corsa Rosa during his own career. Several big-name sprinters have ...

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Fuglsang hangs tight in Romandie after punishing Ardennes campaign

Jakob Fuglsang (Astana) ahead of stage 1 at Ruta del Sol.

A few hours after finishing tenth in Liège-Bastogne-Liège, Jakob Fuglsang ( Astana ) began his second race of the day as he rushed from Belgium to Switzerland for the Tour de Romandie . Barely 48-hours separated the two races, with the Dane eventually finishing 60th in the prologue. Three days into the race, the 2017 Critérium du Dauphiné winner has started to find his race rhythm. On stage 2, he finished 20th in the main bunch behind Thomas de Gendt's solo win, and on Wednesday he made the first group on stage 1 and was part of the Astana team that helped set up Omar Fraile for the stage win. "Yesterday was a hard day. With the wind and the climbs, it wasn't easy, especially with Liège still in my legs. In the end, I felt a little bit better, so that's something and it was a nice victory for ...

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Liege-Bastogne-Liege finish confirmed to return to Liege from 2019

Bob Jungels (Quick-Step Floors) celebrates his victory on the podium at LIege-Bastogne-Liege

Liège-Bastogne-Liège is coming home. After 27 years in the suburb of Ans, the finish of La Doyenne will return to the centre of Liège from next year and remain there for at least five years after that. The news had been rumoured for some time but was made official on Thursday upon the signing of a new agreement between the Amaury Sport Organisation (ASO), the Province of Liège, and the Royal Cyclist Pesant Club de Liège. It was also announced that the Mur de Huy will continue to act as the finish of La Flèche Wallonne for the next six years. Despite starting and finishing in Spa in its early editions, Liège-Bastogne-Liège has traditionally finished in Liège itself, despite a one-off move to Verviers in 1972. In 1992, however, the Pesant Club partnered with ASO and the finished was moved to Ans, several kilometres outside the city centre. The race, ...

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By the numbers: What it takes to win at the men’s Ardennes Classics

With the Ardennes now behind us, the 2018 Spring Classics season has come to a close. Before we turn our attention to the Giro d’Italia, however, it’s worth looking back at the Ardennes Classics in some detail. In the following article, former pro Stephen Gallagher from Dig Deep Coaching breaks down each of the men’s … The post By the numbers: What it takes to win at the men’s Ardennes Classics appeared first on CyclingTips .

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A Classic Run

Serry and Jungels at La Flèche

In a middlin’ spring season, one name stands out The spring classics are a wrap! Before letting them go, I wanted to pause long enough for posterity. What was it we’ll remember in ten years? That’s easy... Quick Step. But that might not be all. We saw a few quasi-historic results. We saw some people we wanted to get excited about do exciting things. Let’s run through them. Getty Images Sagan alone on the Pavé A Bit of History in the Making Peter Sagan and Niki Terpstra both completed their career Flanders-Roubaix double, entering... not Nirvana, but at least the Sotapanna stream. The pair became the 11th and 12th riders since 1980 to notch wins in both Monuments, an illustrious list apart from maybe some EPO-soaked entries. Suffice to say, winning two fairly different monuments tends to say really good things about riders. In Terpstra’s case, he was just the ...

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Matthews: Romandie win has kick-started my season

Michael Matthews (Sunweb) wins the prologue at Tour de Romandie and takes the early lead

Less than a week after finishing fifth at La Flèche Wallonne , Michael Matthews ( Sunweb ) provided another testament to his versatility with a winning ride in the prologue at the Tour de Romandie . The Australian was left gasping for air and unable to initially stand when he crossed the line in Fribourg but was soon on his way to the podium to celebrate his first win of the season. Aside from his result in Flèche – and seventh in Milan-San Remo – Matthews had endured a difficult start to the season with a broken shoulder sustained in the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and sickness disrupting his spring. His one-second win over surprise package Tom Bohli (BMC Racing) was just the tonic. "I think that was the kick I needed to get my season back on track," Matthews said at his winner's press conference. "After Flèche I was happy ...

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Tour de Romandie: Matthews wins prologue

Michael Matthews (Sunweb) wins Tour de Romandie prologue

Michael Matthews ( Sunweb ) won stage 1 of the Tour de Romandie after pipping Tom Bohli (BMC Racing) and Primoz Roglic (LottoNL-Jumbo) in the testing 4km time trial in Fribourg. The surprising Bohli spent much of the afternoon in the hot seat after setting the quickest mark early on, and his closest challenger was his teammate Rohan Dennis, who finished just fractions of a second outside his time, good enough for fourth place come the end of the day. Bohli was ultimately denied the biggest win of his career by Matthews, who delivered a perfectly-timed effort on the stiff climb to the finish to come home a second inside the Swiss rider’s mark. “It was a little bit of a surprise because I didn’t have such a good day in Liege on Sunday,” said Matthews. “I had one easy day yesterday and then straight back into it today. I ...

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Photo Gallery: Ardennes week for the Women’s WorldTour

For a second year the Women’s WorldTour got to contest a full Ardennes week of racing and all eyes were on Anna van der Breggen (Boels-Dolmans). The Dutch rider took a clean sweep of all three races last year and with a powerful team full of possible winners, there was no question that she or … The post Photo Gallery: Ardennes week for the Women’s WorldTour appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Bardet celebrates first-ever Monument podium at Liege-Bastogne-Liege

Romain Bardet (AG2R la Mondiale) third at Liege-Bastogne-Liege

Romain Bardet ( AG2R La Mondiale ) has always called Liège-Bastogne-Liège his favourite one-day race on the calendar, and on Sunday the Frenchman could finally bring home a podium result in the Classic he likes the most. Bardet has had a string of top-20 finishes at Liège; 6th in 2017, 13th in 2016, 6th in 2015, 10th in 2014, and 13th in his first participation back 2013. And he has long been something of an outside favourite in La Doyenne, even though he has never managed to break into the top five, let alone the top three. This year, however, something clicked into place. Bardet's 9th place in La Flèche Wallonne seemed like a reliable sign of good form. Bardet's well-timed attack, coming late and at a point when many of the top names were either fast approaching burn-out or had already played their cards, placed him into a strong ...

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Valverde cramps up in the final at Liege-Bastogne-Liege

Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) cramps at the end of Liege-Bastogne-Liege

Alejandro Valverde ( Movistar ) once again had to admit defeat after cramping up in the final of Liege-Bastogne-Liege , after already losing Flèche Wallonne just days earlier. And for the second time this week, the Spaniard managed to put on a brave face despite his latest setback. He finished 13th in Liège-Bastogne-Liège having dropped out of the main group of top contenders. He initially weaved his way through the crowds at the finish to the Movistar team bus without talking to reporters. He quickly clambered on board and headed for a shower - but not before receiving a quick hug of commiseration for his defeat from team manager Eusebio Unzue. Losing Flèche Wallonne must have been tough to take. But failing to draw equal with Eddy Merckx's record of five wins in Liège-Bastogne-Liège, the race Valverde says he likes the most in the calendar, must have been an even ...

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Van der Breggen: I love to see the others take initiative

Liege-Bastogne-Liege podium: Anna van der Breggen (1st), Amanda Spratt (2nd) and Annemiek Van Vleute

Anna van der Breggen ( Boels Dolmans ) took her fourth UCI Women's WorldTour victory of the year at Liège-Bastogne-Liège on Sunday. She caught solo attacker Amanda Spratt (Mitchelton-Scott) in the final and powered away on the uphill finish. After the race, van der Breggen gave credit to Spratt's attack just after the Roche-aux-Faucons climb, breaking free just as two groups had come together. "It was a really good attack from Amanda. I was with Megan in the group, and of course you want to go across, but you don't want to go too early and spend too much energy. There were some attacks, but I knew the hard climb of Saint-Nicolas was still coming up and waited for that." Spratt was aware that there would be attacks on the Saint-Nicolas and said after the race that she tried to maximise her advantage ahead of the climb. "It was a ...

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