Less resistance: With each WorldTour win, tubeless tires gain acceptance

Fabio Jakobsen’s (Deceuninck–Quick-Step) Stage four win on tubeless

It was just a couple of months ago that Josh Poertner, owner of Silca, made the bold prediction that tubeless tires will be the norm in professional racing within five years. And now, in the wake of Fabio Jakobsen’s win on Stage 4 of the Amgen Tour of California, Specialized has announced that it holds … The post Less resistance: With each WorldTour win, tubeless tires gain acceptance appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Jakobsen wins Tour of California stage on tubeless tyres

Deceuninck-QuickStep's Fabio Jakobsen wins stage 4 of the 2019 Tour of California, while third-place

Fabio Jakobsen ( Deceuninck-QuickStep ) took the second WorldTour race victory of the season on tubeless tyres at the Tour of California on Wednesday, as teams and brands continue to test the technology in the professional peloton. Alexander Kristoff (UAE Team Emirates) was the first WorldTour race winner on tubeless wheels and tyres when he won Gent-Wevelgem in March. Deceuninck-QuickStep’s technical partner and tyre provider Specialized revealed that Jakobsen's win followed an earlier puncture, which was subsequently sealed using latex sealant inside the tyre. Tubeless tyres are used in conjunction with a tubeless-ready wheelset, where the bead of the tyre locks into the rim, removing the need for an inner tube and offering a simpler setup and similar weight to tubular tyres. Tubular tyres have been used in cycling for around 100 years and see the tube glued to the rim of the wheel. The setup can be time consuming ...

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Alessandro Petacchi among four more riders to be suspended in Austrian blood doping scandal

Alessandro Petacchi among four more riders to be suspended in Austrian blood doping scandal

Joe Robinson 15 May 2019 UCI suspend riders involved in Operation Aderlass investigation following investigation The UCI has notified four further riders, including 22-time Giro d'Italia stage winner Alessandro Petacchi, of potential Anti-Doping Rules Violations based on information received from the ongoing Austrian blood doping investigation. Current WorldTour riders Kristijan Durasek ( UAE-Team Emirates ) and Koren Kristijan ( Bahrain-Merida ), alongside former pro-turned-Bahrain Merida sports director Bozic Borut, join Pettachi as the latest names to be tied to Operation Aderlass. All four riders have been provisionally suspended with immediate effect, with the UCI confirming this in a statement on Wednesday 15th May. 'Based on information received from the law enforcement authorities of Austria, the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) has notified the following individuals of potential Anti-Doping Rules Violations (ADRV): Bozic Borut, Kristijan Durasek, Kristijan Korean and Alessandro Petacchi,' read the statement. 'The UCI has also provisionally suspended the above-mentioned ...

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Ochowicz: CCC Team didn't have the head count for the Classics

Greg Van Avermaet and Jim Ochowicz address assembled media at the CCC Team press conference

CCC Team general manager Jim Ochowicz said his team will look to bolster its Classics roster for next year in order to better support star rider Greg Van Avermaet , who netted just two Classics podium finishes this year after having previously won Paris-Roubaix, Gent-Wevelgem, the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and the E3 Harelbeke. "We didn't have the head count to fight the battle with other teams that had a little more ammunition than us," Ochowicz told Cyclingnews on Sunday in Sacramento after the finish of stage 1 of the Tour of California . "A one-rider shot at the Classics is a little tough. You can see it with other teams, too, that have the same thing we've got to fight with. But we still get our piece of the cake every once in awhile, and our plan is to really build up a little bit more for 2020, and probably ...

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Lorena Wiebes sprints by instinct, says team manager

Lorena Wiebes of Team Parkhotel Valkenburg wins stage 1.

Stage 3 of the Tour of Chongming Island saw another sprint victory by Lorena Wiebes ( Parkhotel Valkenburg ), completing a clean sweep of wins in China. The young Dutch rider has dominated the race from start to finish in what has been a breakthrough season for her. The 20-year-old has quickly become a hot favourite in the sprints, where her team manager says that she races on pure instinct. In all three sprints, Wiebes had no teammates left on the finishing straight that could lead her out. The young Dutchwoman showed her talent in utilising other teams’ sprint trains, jumping from wheel to wheel and launching three stage-winning sprints. Wiebes had already shown this skill earlier in the season at Brugge-De Panne and Gent-Wevelgem where she finished second, and her team manager confirmed that this is by design. “Lorena is a rider who needs to go her own way ...

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Wiebes breaks through with first Women’s WorldTour victory

Lorena Wiebes of Team Parkhotel Valkenburg on the podium in the blue jersey after winning stage 1.

Lorena Wiebes ( Parkhotel Valkenburg ) is the up-and-coming sprinter in the women’s peloton, and she is now winning at the highest level. After strong performances all spring that included three UCI victories, she won her first UCI Women’s WorldTour race on Thursday when she was first across the line in stage 1 of the Tour of Chongming Island . When Wiebes won the Dutch junior road race championships as a first-year junior in 2016, it was clear that she was a rider to watch. In the spring of 2017, she confirmed this by winning Junior Nations Cup races such as the Trofeo Da Moreno, the junior edition of the Trofeo Binda, two stages and the overall classification at the Healthy Ageing Tour, and a stage of the Omloop van Borsele. Later that year, she won the European junior road race championships on a flat course in Herning, Denmark, that ...

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Peter Sagan: Results don't tell you everything

Peter Sagan withdrew mid-race

Peter Sagan ( Bora-Hansgrohe ) will start his 10th consecutive Amgen Tour of California next week hoping to breathe new life into a season that has so far netted the three-time world champion just one win. The 29-year-old Slovakian pulled the plug on his Classics campaign early after failing to land a podium, and he travelled to the US earlier this month to prepare for the seven-day WorldTour race he won in 2015 and holds the race record of 16 stage wins. Despite Sagan's relative lack of success this season, the former winner of Gent-Wevelgem, Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix said he views his early season effort positively. "The results don't tell you everything," Sagan said in an interview published on HNonline.sk. "After being sick in the spring, I was rather weak, and when I was better I immediately returned to racing, which didn't do me any good. But it ...

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Viviani confident he will be ready for Giro d'Italia

Elia Viviani wins stage 3 at Tirreno-Adriatico

Elia Viviani ( Deceuninck-QuickStep ) abandoned the Tour de Romandie ahead of stage 4 due to the effects of influenza but the Italian champion has confirmed that he will line out as planned at the Giro d’Italia, which gets underway in Bologna next Saturday. The Tour de Romandie was Viviani’s first race in over a month, as he had not pinned on a race number since bringing the curtain down on his early-season campaign at Gent-Wevelgem. Viviani betrayed signs of suffering on the first road stage but was keen to rack up racing miles in Switzerland ahead of the Giro. “I carried on for a few days because it was important to do a good block of work,” Viviani told La Gazzetta dello Sport . “I’m on antibiotics. My nose is blocked but the coughing has passed.” Saturday’s stage 4 was shortened by 70km due to the threat of snow ...

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Women's Tour de Yorkshire: Lorena Wiebes wins stage 1

Lorena Wiebes of The Netherlands and Team Parkhotel Valkenburg

Lorena Wiebes (Parkhotel Valkenberg) won the first stage of the Women's Tour de Yorkshire , dominating the sprint after the break of the stage was caught with three kilometres remaining. Wiebes, who finished second in last month’s Gent-Wevelgem In Flanders Fields race, ensured she was on the wheel of Christine Majerus (Boels-Dolmans) and when her Dutch compatriot hit out early, she waited before launching her own sprint with two hundred metres to go. Majerus finished second, with Canada's Alison Jackson (Team Tibco-SVB) was third. Thanks to winning the sprint, 20-year-old Wiebes also took the race leader’s blue jersey. She and her Parkhotel Valkenberg will now try to defend her lead on Saturday’s second and final 132km stage from Bridlington to Scarborough. "My teammates did as really good job in bringing me up to the front, then Demi (Vollering) put me in a perfect position, so I was behind Majerus, and ...

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The Classics might be over for another year, but for two 24-year-olds the best is yet to come

The Classics might be over for another year, but for two 24-year-olds the best is yet to come

Daniel Ostanek 2 May 2019 The battle of the Vans this year was just a glimpse of the rivalry we can expect for years to come. Everyone else will be fighting for third Sadly, the Spring Classics are over. The near two-month long jaunt from Merelbeke to Liege, via Siena, Antwerp and a host of other exotic locales, is done, another chapter in the history books as we move on to the stage races of the summer . Plenty of memories linger, of course – battles like Alaphilippe vs Fuglsang, Deceuninck-QuickStep vs the peloton, and Alberto Bettiol vs everybody’s betting slip. But another subplot has been running the whole time, continuing on from the dark days of winter, and only ending in the Ardennes. If you hadn’t guessed already, it’s that of the two young guns – the multi-disciplinarians and longstanding cyclocross rivals, Wout van Aert and Mathieu van der ...

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UAE Team Emirates sprinter Kristoff talking to other teams for 2020 season

Alexander Kristoff (UAE Team Emirates) wins Gent-Wevelgem

With his contract set to end after the 2019 season, UAE Team Emirates ' Alexander Kristoff is weighing up his options for 2020, and has been talking to other teams, despite having been offered a contract extension by his current team. "There's interest from a number of other teams," Kristoff told Norwegian website procycling.no , "so I'm sure that it'll work out. I haven't come to an agreement with anyone, but I have had an offer from UAE, which I don't think is good enough yet. "That's why we [he and agent Joona Laukka] are talking to other teams – to see whether there are any better offers, which we can then go back to UAE with. I have a figure in mind, so we're trying to see if we can get it," he said. The Norwegian sprinter told procycling.no that UAE's current offer is better than his current salary, ...

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The weekly spin: Rating the winners and losers of the 2019 spring classics

It was late in the race, and Julian Alaphilippe, the most successful rider of the spring classics, knew he would not be defending his team’s title at Liège-Bastogne-Liège. Though his Deceuninck–Quick-Step teammates had spent the day keeping him sheltered from the wind and setting pace at the front of the peloton, the inclement weather had adversely … The post The weekly spin: Rating the winners and losers of the 2019 spring classics appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Tour de Yorkshire: Defending champion Van Avermaet and Pauwels to lead CCC

CCC Team's Greg van Avermaet looks ready for Paris-Roubaix

Defending Tour de Yorkshire champion Greg Van Avermaet will line up for the British stage race in Doncaster on May 2 alongside the winner of the 2017 edition, Serge Pauwels , making their CCC Team the one to beat on paper. Van Avermaet hasn't enjoyed as successful a spring Classics season as he would have liked, with his second place at the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad his best result, versus an early 2017 campaign when he won the Omloop, the E3 Harelbeke, Gent Wevelgem and Paris-Roubaix. He now hopes for a change of fortune in time for a race that he'll also use to scout out the course for this year's road world championships , which also take place in Yorkshire, in September. "It's always a nice feeling to line up at a race with the number one on your back as defending champion," said Van Avermaet on his team's website. ...

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Lessons learned from the 2019 Spring Classics

Joe Robinson 29 Apr 2019 Alaphilippe's the world's best rider not called Mathieu, Valverde's getting old and women's cycling coverage is still far behind the men's Jakob Fuglsang's solo victory at Liege-Bastogne-Liege marked the end of the Spring Classics and closed the first chapter of the 2019 season. The men's peloton saw 17 races produce seven winning teams and 11 winning riders. Deceuninck-QuickStep dominated with nine of those wins with six different riders. Mathieu van der Poel took four victories to Julian Alaphilippe's four while Zdenek Stybar notched two wins of his own. Dimension Data managed only two top 10s all spring while the second most successful team of the entire period hailed from the ProContinental ranks, in the shape of Van der Poel's Corendon-Circus. The racing at times was thrilling and at other times quite boring, however, it all came together to tell some interesting stories ahead of the ...

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What we can learn from how the pros eat during the Spring Classics

For many WorldTour riders, the Spring Classics period is the pinnacle of their season. Months of training, attention to detail with equipment selection, and knowing the race routes back-to-front have the riders as ready as they can be. But nutrition isn’t something that gets talked about a lot around the Classics season. For all the … The post What we can learn from how the pros eat during the Spring Classics appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Dates confirmed for 2020 Flanders Classics

Dates confirmed for 2020 Flanders Classics

Jack Elton-Walters 26 Apr 2019 The Classics season is almost over, so we're already looking ahead to 2020 Flanders Classics, the company behind most of the one-day Classics in Flanders, has confirmed the dates of its 2020 races. This year's races may still be fresh in the memory, but with what for many is the best part of the year – that is, the Classics season – coming to a close, it's already time to look ahead to next year's dose of cobbles and bergs. Grand Tours are fine but nothing beats the excitement and drama of the one day races, especially anything involving inappropriate road surfaces . With the overarching control of the racing calendar lying with the UCI and tradition dictating such things as Paris-Roubaix coming one week after the Tour of Flanders, and Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne being the second part of an opening weekend kicked off by Omloop Het ...

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Dutch coach wants Van der Poel at Road World Championships in Yorkshire

Van der Poel collapsed on the ground after his victorious effort

After his stunning Amstel Gold Race victory – and stunning debut spring Classics campaign in general – there's a lot of talk about what Mathieu van der Poel ( Corendon-Circus ) can achieve in his career. In the long-term, there seem to be few limits, but in the short term, there's already a growing suspicion that he could take part in the 2019 UCI Road World Championships in Yorkshire in September and contend for the rainbow jersey. A former world champion on the road as a junior, Van der Poel has focused on cyclo-cross and mountain biking in the early years of his career. With Amstel signalling the end of his first top-level spring on the road, those disciplines form the primary focus of the remainder of his 2019 plans. However, such have been the 24-year-old's performances over the past few weeks – he also won Brabantse Pijl, Dwars door ...

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Patrick Verhoest’s Mega-Flanders Galleries!

Bettiol on the Loose

Our Man Patrick on-site at GW, Dwars and De Ronde Our Man Patrick Verhoest was doing his usual thing this spring, attending all of the greatest events on the Classics calendar, and sending us his photos to pass along to you. It wasn’t the greatest season for me in terms of the logistics of posting, but now that the dust has settled on the Flemish races, now is a good time to look back on them thru Patrick’s sharp-eyed view. Gent-Wevelgem Dwars door Vlaanderen Ronde van Vlaanderen All photos by Patrick Verhoest for the Podium Cafe.

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Like father, like son: Mathieu van der Poel's Amstel Gold Race win mirrors Adrie's 1990 triumph

Mathieu van der Poel in disbelief as he crosses the line

The finishing straight of Amstel Gold Race . Two riders in front ready themselves to sprint for the victory, but a group is closing quickly from behind. In the closing metres, the chasers are suddenly upon them, and Van der Poel flashes past to claim the win at the death. Sound familiar? Mathieu van der Poel ’s last-gasp victory at Amstel Gold Race on Sunday was not entirely without precedent. In 1990, his father Adrie triumphed in the Dutch Classic in remarkably similar circumstances. On that occasion, Luc Roosen and Jan Goessens carried a seemingly unassailable lead into the finale in Meerssen but were overhauled at the last by Adrie van der Poel. That triumph proved to be the final Classic victory of the 31-year-old’s career, to sit alongside earlier wins at the Tour of Flanders (1986) and Liège-Bastogne-Liège (1988). On Sunday, his son Mathieu – still only 24 – ...

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Bardet bounces back with top-10 Amstel Gold finish

Romain Bardet (AG2R La Mondiale)

Romain Bardet continued his AG2R La Mondiale team's run of decent spring Classics finishes with ninth place at Amstel Gold on Sunday. The Frenchman only recently returned to racing having crashed out of the Volta Ciclista a Catalunya in late March, and must now be considered one of the favourites for Wednesday's Flèche Wallonne and Liège-Bastogne-Liège next weekend. Oliver Naesen has principally flown the flag for the French WorldTour team this spring, with second place at Milan-San Remo , third at Gent-Wevelgem and – in the Belgian's eyes, at least – a slightly disappointing seventh place at the Tour of Flanders and 13th at Paris-Roubaix. Naesen also took 28th at Amstel, which is a race that Bardet had said didn’t particularly suit him, either, and which he hadn't raced since 2014, when he finished 33rd. He then promptly rode to his top-10 finish there this weekend. "To tell the truth, ...

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