6 things I’ve learned (so far) from racing the Women’s WorldTour

The past few seasons have been a whirlwind for Aussie racer Brodie Chapman. She’s gone from barely racing in Australia’s National Road Series (NRS) to being competitive in the Women’s WorldTour (WWT) — the highest level in the sport — and representing Australia at the Road World Championships in her first two seasons as a … The post 6 things I’ve learned (so far) from racing the Women’s WorldTour appeared first on CyclingTips .

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The weekly spin: A wet and wild week at the world championships

What a week in professional cycling. The UCI’s Road World Championships is an annual end-of-season gathering of national federations, sponsors, rider agents, and stakeholders that often delivers not only new world champions but also a flurry of announcements and controversies. The Yorkshire world championships was no exception. The eight-day event began with a new discipline, … The post The weekly spin: A wet and wild week at the world championships appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Geraint Thomas open to skipping Tour de France for Giro d'Italia in 2020

Geraint Thomas open to skipping Tour de France for Giro d'Italia in 2020

Joe Robinson 1 Oct 2019 With Bernal and Froome likely to be leading the charge, the 2018 winner may have to skip next year's Tour Geraint Thomas is considering switching his Grand Tour intentions to the Giro d'Italia as Team Ineos attempt to juggle three Tour de France champions for 2020. The Welshman won the Tour in 2018 and finished second in his defence earlier this year. However, with 2019 champion Egan Bernal likely to return for the number one bib next season and Chris Froome after a record-equalling fifth yellow jersey, Thomas has started to look towards other goals. 'You’d think Egan would want to ride the Tour again, obviously, being the defending champ. Froomey, it’s his big goal, he wants to win five,' said Thomas. 'Even if I did the Giro, it would still certainly excite me and get me out of bed in the morning.' Thomas added ...

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Could Elynor Backstedt win first gold for Great Britain at the 2019 World Champs?

Could Elynor Backstedt win first gold for Great Britain at the 2019 World Champs?

Joseph Delves 26 Sep 2019 Already a bronze medallist in the junior time trial, Backstedt will be riding for the win Friday's road race. Photo: SWPix.com The women’s junior road race which takes place on Friday may represent Britain's first, and possibly best, chance for a gold at our home World Championships . With both the men’s and women’s elite squads facing an uphill battle at the weekend, it’s been left to the youngsters to carry an outsize weight of expectation. Primarily this has fallen on ever-rising star Tom Pidcock , who’ll be competing in the men’s under-23 race on Saturday. With many people viewing him as the current favourite in his event, Team GB also has another less-heralded medal contender in the form of youngster Elynor Backstedt. Having already scored a bronze in the time trial this Tuesday, the 17-year-old has now made gold in the junior road race ...

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Who are the bookies backing for the World Championships men's race?

Joe Robinson 23 Sep 2019 A guide to the favourites for the men’s elite road race in Harrogate on Sunday 29th September The UCI World Championships is already underway in Harrogate, Yorkshire and the final event is the elite men’s road race on Sunday 29th September. At 285km, it will be the longest World Championships road race in recent history, almost matching the mammoth 298km tackled at Milan-San Remo , just with a mighty 3,645m of elevation. After a long 180km lap of the Yorkshire Dales - which includes ascents of Kidstones Pass, Buttertubs and Grinton Moor - the men will enter Harrogate for seven laps of a 14km finishing circuit. It’s technical, negotiating plenty of narrow roads, tight corners and a few rude gradients in a loop that will sap the energy reserves of every rider. Particularly watch out for the tight bridge on Penny Pot Lane followed by ...

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Gent-Wevelgem to start from Ypres from next year

Gent-Wevelgem to start from Ypres from next year

Joseph Delves 5 Sep 2019 Spring Classic to retain its name but ditch its current start point for a 50km shift to the southwest Flemish one-day Classic Gent-Wevelgem will start in Ypres rather than the now-familiar starting point of Deinze from next year. The move follows an agreement between the city and organisers of the WorldTour event that covers the next six years. 'We’re very proud of this collaboration,' said Emmily Talpe, mayor of the city of Ypres in response to the news. 'It puts Ypres on the international map after the previous WW1 commemorations. The media attention for such a race is immense.' Run by Flanders Classics, Flemish newspaper Het Nieuwsblad reported that the deal will see the town of Ypres pay 100,000 euros each year, an amount that will also increase annually by 10,000 euros. With the race passing several battlefields, the new route aims to reinforce its ...

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Vuelta a Espana 2019: Philippe Gilbert soloes to Stage 12 win

Vuelta a Espana 2019: Philippe Gilbert soloes to Stage 12 win

Joseph Delves 5 Sep 2019 Gilbert denies Aranburu and Barceló in an unexpectedly quiet day for the GC Philippe Gilbert (Deceuninck-QuickStep) won Stage 12 of the 2019 Vuelta a Espana ahead of fellow breakaway escapees Alexander Aranburu (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA) and Fernando Barceló (Euskadi-Murias), while behind them GC race stayed largely unaffected. Belgium's Gilbert won the 171km stage from Circuito de Navarra to Bilbao by just three seconds in the end, holding off the Spanish duo on the rapid descent to the finish after breaking clear towards the top of the late 3rd category climb of the Alto de Arraiz, which they crested inside 8km of the finish. Movistar's Marc Soler led the peloton in 3 minutes later, with all the main GC contenders safely together. How the stage unfolded With a climb towards the beginning of the stage, it wasn’t until afterwards that riders started getting away. Despite the ...

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Will tubeless take over in the pro peloton? Here’s what the experts say

Specialized S-Works Turbo RapidAir tubeless road tyre

Have tubulars had their day? Has tubeless for pro riders finally arrived? We asked key players in the industry

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Frison signs on for two more years at Lotto Soudal

Frederik Frison (Lotto Soudal)

Frederik Frison has re-signed with Lotto Soudal for a further two years, which will keep him at the Belgian squad until at least the end of the 2021 season, the team has announced. Frison has been with the WorldTour outfit since 2016, but rode for the squad's under-23 feeder team prior to that. He's mainly been employed in a domestique role, riding all the major spring Classics this season, and last year rode the Giro d'Italia, which was his first Grand Tour. He's the nephew of former professional Herman Frison, who won a stage at the 1987 Tour de France and Gent-Wevelgem in 1990, and who now works as an assistant manager on the team. The younger Frison missed much of the 2017 season due to injury and glandular fever, but bounced back last season with third place at Belgian one-day race Dwars door West-Vlaanderen. "It was quite an easy ...

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Out of tragedy, new love: The cyclist’s widow and her second husband

Supported by On a descent at the 2016 Gent-Wevelgem, a four rider crash on the left hand side of the road turned tragic when Antoine Demoitié (Wanty-Groupe Gobert), was hit by a motorbike as he lay on the ground. Early the following morning, with his wife and family by his side, Antoine Demoitié passed away. His death … The post Out of tragedy, new love: The cyclist’s widow and her second husband appeared first on CyclingTips .

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BinckBank organiser responds to safety complaints

The peloton during stage 3 at BinckBank Tour

The organisers of the BinckBank Tour have responded to safety complaints about the race, after numerous riders registered their concerns in the wake of stage 3. Among the dissenting voices was Tim Declercq ( Deceuninck-QuickStep ), who pointed out the hypocrisy of holding a minute's silence for Bjorg Lambrecht moments before racing on a "bike lane-wide parcours." Declercq's teammate Bob Jungels, Marcel Sieberg (Bahrain-Merida) and the Jumbo-Visma duo of Paul Martens and Jos Van Emden also took to Twitter with their complaints, with Van Emden likening the race to a kermesse. QuickStep team boss Patrick Lefevere responded to Van Emden, saying that the CPA [rider's union] should get to work, teams should refuse to pay fines, and that the UCI shouldn't have approved the final of stage 3. Race organiser Rob Discart responded to those concerns in an interview with Sporza , comparing the race route to those of the ...

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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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National titles for both Backstedt sisters at National Youth and Junior Track Championships

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Daughters of Paris-Roubaix winner Magnus Backstedt both won Gent-Wevelgem age group races earlier this year

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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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Cullaigh to turn pro with Movistar

Gabriel Cullaigh (Team Wiggins)

Movistar have made their first signing for 2020, handing a first professional contract to the British sprinter and Classics prospect Gabriel Cullaigh. Cullaigh, who won a stage of the Volta ao Alentejo earlier this year, joins on a two-year deal, becoming only the third British to ride for the Spanish squad in their 40-year history, after Jeremy Hunt and Alex Dowsett. Cullaigh finished third in the U23 Gent-Wevelgem in 2016 and joined SEG Racing, a well-established development team, in 2017. However, breathing problems, which were later corrected by surgery, disrupted his progress, and he returned to Britain with Team Wiggins. In 2018 he won two stages at Alentejo, along with the Rutland-Melton Classic in the UK, a race he might have won again this year had he not celebrated too early. "Over the moon to share the news that I have signed with Movistar for 2020 and 2021,” Cullaigh wrote ...

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Wiebes lands her first one-day WorldTour victory at RideLondon Classique

Lorena Wiebes

Lorena Wiebes ( Parkhotel Valkenburg ) is quickly making a name for herself as one of the best sprinters in the world. Saturday’s victory at the RideLondon Classique was Wiebes’ twelfth win of the 2019 season, and her first in a UCI Women’s WorldTour one-day race. In May, Wiebes completed a clean sweep of the Tour of Chongming Island in China, winning all three stages and the overall classification. Before this, she had already won the Nokere Koerse and Omloop van Borsele, as well as stage 1 of the Tour de Yorkshire Women’s Race and finished runner-up in Brugge-De Panne and Gent-Wevelgem, beaten only by Kirsten Wild (WNT-Rotor). June saw Wiebes win the SPAR Flanders Diamond Tour before sprinting to victory at the European Games in Minsk. This was then topped a week later when the 20-year-old won the Dutch road race championships. In the BeNe Ladies Tour, she won ...

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Photo gallery: Team bikes of the 2019 Tour de France, part three

There are still a few crucial days of racing left in this year’s Tour de France, and still bikes from several teams that we have yet to cover in any sort of detail. We’re rectifying that situation now, however, with a closer look at what the riders of Bahrain-Merida, Total-Direct Energie, EF-Education First, UAE-Emirates, and … The post Photo gallery: Team bikes of the 2019 Tour de France, part three appeared first on CyclingTips .

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The Tour tech of tomorrow | 3 predictions for the road bikes of the future

The road bike of the future

Suspension, tubeless tyres and live drag sensors are (probably) just around the corner

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Tour de France: EF Education First pay the price in crosswinds

EF Education First ride near the front during stage 10 at the Tour de France

The Tour de France lasts three weeks, but in an instant the race can turn upside down. As European riders like to say: one minute you're the hammer, the next you're the nail, taking the beating. The EF Education First team were both in the final 40km of stage 10 to Albi. They went on the attack with 43km to go, sparking a split in the peloton, only to then get caught out and distanced in the chaos when Team Ineos and Deceuninck-QuickStep joined in the attack. EF Education First team leader Rigoberto Urán and several teammates went from the front group to the second group and never saw the head of the race again as the Tour de France became more like Gent-Wevelgem than a transfer stage south towards the Pyrenees for the first rest day. Urán was with fellow overall contenders Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ), Richie Porte (Trek-Segafredo) and ...

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Tubeless tires gaining ground in road and TT stages at the Tour de France

Fans of tubeless road tires have been eagerly awaiting the adoption of the technology at the upper echelon of the sport, and only recently have there been glimmers of hope. Those fires will burn a little brighter yet this year, as tubeless is clearly being used by more riders and teams at this year’s Tour … The post Tubeless tires gaining ground in road and TT stages at the Tour de France appeared first on CyclingTips .

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