Tour de France: Degenkolb scared off by Gaviria in stage 8 sprint

John Degenkolb (Trek-Segafredo)

Trek-Segafredo 's John Degenkolb scored his best result of this year's Tour de France so far in a chaotic sprint at the end of stage 8 to Amiens , won by Dutch ace Dylan Groenewegen (LottoNL-Jumbo). But Degenkolb's third place behind Bora-Hansgrohe's Peter Sagan came at the expense of Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors) and André Greipel (Lotto Soudal), who were relegated from their podium positions for head-butting . Degenkolb told Cyclingnews that he was finding his sprinter's instinct again, which he didn't expect two months ago. But, that meant he had a front-row seat to witness the headbutting from Gaviria, and he wasn't liking what he saw. "It was a very fast approach again to the sprint. Behind Greipel was Gaviria, and he was trying to squeeze himself through a gap that… There was actually no gap. It was pretty dangerous and I was scared behind them, and couldn't really ...

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Today at the Tour: Okay, that was boring

Two hours before the finish of Stage 7, Daam Van Reeth, a Belgian professor of economics and business, shared some information on the TV ratings of the first six stages of the Tour de France. The numbers were not encouraging. Ratings are down across several major cycling markets compared to the first week of the … The post Today at the Tour: Okay, that was boring appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Van Avermaet running out of options for 2019

Van Avermaet running out of options for 2019

Though he is Olympic champion, a winner of Roubaix, and currently in yellow, Greg Van Avermaet is scrambling to find a team for 2019. Read the full article at Van Avermaet running out of options for 2019 on VeloNews.com .

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Peter Sagan and Majka to lead Bora-Hansgrohe at Tour de France

Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe)

Peter Sagan will have the backing of a solid Bora-Hansgrohe squad for the Tour de France , with Rafal Majka leading the German team's overall hopes. Sagan will target a record-equaling sixth green points jersey in July and further stage victories. He was disqualified from the 2017 Tour de France after tangling with Mark Cavendish in the stage 4 sprint but was later cleared of any wrongdoing by the UCI. The three-time world road race champion will be have the support of Marcus Burghardt, Maciej Bodnar and Daniel Oss for the sprints and flat stages but there is no place in the eight-rider squad for his brother Juraj, who Peter beat to take the recent Slovakian national championships. Bodnar will also lead Bora-Hansgrohe's hopes against the clock after winning the final time trial of the 2017 Tour de France in Marseille. Sagan is trying to equal Erik Zabel's record of ...

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D'hoore recovered from broken collarbone in time to start OVO Energy Women's Tour

Belgian champion Jolien D'Hoore (Mitchelton-Scott)

Jolien D'hoore will return to racing at the OVO Energy Women's Tour that starts on Wednesday in Great Britain. She was sidelined from racing after breaking her collarbone in May but says she that she has fully recovered and is ready to support her teammates at the 13th round of the Women's WorldTour. "I'm already happy and relieved to be back so quickly. I could do some long rides over the last week but no intensity yet so I'm a bit in the dark with where I am with my shape," D'hoore said. "For sure it will be hard for me racing such a high-level race with riders on form, but I have to realise that I need this to come back even stronger after my injury and I am looking forward to it." The Belgian road champion had a strong spring campaign, winning the inaugural Driedaagse de Panne, before ...

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Flanders Classics expands with control of Superprestige cyclocross

Flanders Classics expands with control of Superprestige cyclocross

Joe Robinson 30 May 2018 Dominant force in Belgian racing set to expand onto the mud Organisers of the Tour of Flanders , Flanders Classics, is set to take over the premium cyclocross series of the Superprestige from 2019, bringing the biggest cycling races in Belgium across both disciplines under one company. Announced today, Flanders Classics will assume control of the eight-race series that takes place in Belgium and the Netherlands, and includes the infamous Zonhoven circuit. This will help Flanders Classics take the next step in its push to become one of premier cycling race organisers alongisde the likes of ASO (Tour de France, Paris-Roubaix) and RCS (Giro d'Italia). Currently, the Flanders Classics runs Omloop Het Nieuwblad, Dwars Door Vlaanderen, Gent-Wevelgem, Schelderijs, De Brabantse Pijl and, of course, its marquee race the Tour of Flanders . However the absorption of these eight key cyclocross races could be more cause ...

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Cervelo Bigla squad enjoys sponsorship extension to end of 2020

Lotta Lepistö celebrates with her Cervelo Bigla teammates after winning the final stage of the Aviva

UCI Women's Team Cervelo Bigla has announced that co-sponsor Bigla has signed a contract extension that keeps the Swiss furniture company with the team until at least the end of the 2020 season. "For us, this is what a true partnership is. We are so inspired by Bigla's vision and long-term support," Cervelo Bigla team manager Thomas Campana said in a press release. "This is exactly what women's cycling needs: partners who are in it for the long-term as they look to create change. "Sustainability is how we will achieve success as we are a team passionate about the development of athletes from a young age through to maturity," he said. "We understand this doesn't happen overnight, and we're really pleased to work with partners like Bigla who've enabled this success over the years." The 2018 team includes current Swiss road-race champion Nicole Hanselmann , Finnish champion Lotta Lepistö – ...

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Tour of California abandons use of podium hostesses

The legs of the podium hostesses and race leader Tom Dumoulin

The Tour of California has joined the growing list of races that are eliminating female podium hostesses from their post-race awards ceremonies. Speaking at the pre-race press conference Friday in Long Beach, Tour of California Executive Director Kristen Klein said race owner AEG decided it as the right time to make the move. "It's just been something that people have been talking about, I feel like for years now," Klein said. "You've been reading about it and you've been hearing about it, and this year it was just the timing, it felt like it was the right time to actually make that decision." Australia's Tour Down Under was one of the first WorldTour races to do away with the traditional podium hostesses . The one-week race opted to use junior riders to hand out awards and jerseys. The Vuelta a Espana, which is owned by Tour de France organisers ASO ...

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Laid-back perfectionist: Davide Formolo’s path to Giro stardom

Tom Dumoulin and Chris Froome attracted the most media attention in the buildup to the Giro d’Italia but, as is the case with every Grand Tour, there are others who are dark horses for success. One of these is Davide Formolo, the Bora-hansgrohe rider who has been tipped as a future star of the event. … The post Laid-back perfectionist: Davide Formolo’s path to Giro stardom appeared first on CyclingTips .

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A chat with the champ: Peter Sagan has done just about everything. What’s next?

It’s good to be Peter Sagan. Over the past eight months the Slovakian star has become a father, won a third consecutive road world championship, launched his own line with Specialized, won Paris-Roubaix and Gent-Wevelgem, and put his name behind a pair of gran fondo events in California, the first of which was held over … The post A chat with the champ: Peter Sagan has done just about everything. What’s next? appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Week 11’s Team

Races of the week: Grand Tour season has begun! Eschborn-Frankfurt Tour de Yorkshire Giro d’Italia Team of the week: First named rider is the rider of the week and if a rider has a number in parentheses after their name it means the number of times they have made the select Team of the Week here. 1. Elia Viviani (3). Its not clear cut who was the rider of the week. It depends on your point of view. From my point of view its Viviani. The Giro is why he left Sky as he wanted to be supported in this race and it wasn't clear that they would even select him. Quickstep picked him up because, besides being available, he agreed to be their co-leader sprinter with Gaviria, something Kittel was not wanting to do. So far this year Viviani has had a good season though perhaps married a bit ...

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Viviani: Early Giro d'Italia win takes away a lot of the pressure

Elia Viviani (Quick-Step Floors) talks to the press ahead of the 2018 Giro d'Italia

When Elia Viviani claimed the maiden Giro d'Italia stage victory of his career on the opening weekend in Genoa in 2015, he could hardly have expected to have to wait another three years to add to his tally, but then the Italian, winner of stage 2 in Tel Aviv on Saturday, has followed roads less travelled in the period since. In 2016, Viviani raced the Corsa Rosa with one eye already firmly fixed on the Olympic Games, and he finished outside the time limit on stage 8, a setback long forgotten by the time he stood atop the podium in Rio with the Omnium gold medal around his neck three months later. Viviani's Giro disappointment from a year ago was rather more lasting, however, as he was deemed surplus to requirements in a Team Sky line-up built around the doomed overall aspirations of Mikel Landa and Geraint Thomas. Rumours soon ...

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Viviani: My first goal is to win a stage

Elia Viviani second at Gent-Wevelgem 2018

Elia Viviani ( Quick-Step Floors ) has tipped former teammate Chris Froome (Team Sky) as his favourite to win the Giro d'Italia , while the Italian sprinter's own objectives start as soon as Saturday's stage 2 to Tel Aviv. Viviani's last - and to date, only - stage win in the Giro d'Italia was in 2015. This year, after his move to Quick-Step Floors, he already has six victories on his palmares even if his last Classic, Gent-Wevelgem, ended in a disappointingly close defeat to Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe). Viviani's first goal at the Giro d'Italia is to get a stage win. He then wants to put aside his experience of not finishing the 2016 Giro d'Italia, when he finished outside the time limit after eight stages. This time, he says, he is determined to finish his home race for the first time since 2015. "I know it's very hard, but ...

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Who will succeed at this weekend's Tour de Yorkshire?

Joe Robinson 1 May 2018 Cyclist looks at the men and women likely to rise to the top in God's own country The men's and women's Tour de Yorkshire races kickstart this Thursday with both events departing the small market town of Beverley on their way to Doncaster for the stage finish. For the men, this will be the first of four testing stages with two days designed for the fast men and two days of unrelenting climbing to decide the General Classification. Of particular note for the men's race will be Stage 2 to Ikley and Stage 4 to Leeds. On the second day of racing, the TdY will see its first ever summit finish on the 1.8km, 8.2% Cote de Cow and Calf. Day four will then take the role of the 'Queen Stage' with no fewer than six categorised climbs within the 189.5km. Of those will be ...

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Hosking set to sprint at Tour of Chongming Island - Women's News Shorts

Chloe Hosking all smiles with the trophy

Ale Cipollini will be racing two events coming up at the Women's WorldTour Tour of Chongming Island in China from April 26-28 and the Gran Premio Liberazione Pink in Rome on April 25. Chloe Hosking , a former winner of the Tour of Chongming Island, will compete in the three-day event with support from Anna Trevisi, Soraya Paladin, Karlijn Swinkels and Martina Stefani. Marta Bastianelli , winner of Gent-Wevelgem and Brabantse Pijl, will lead the team racing in Rome with support from Daiva Tuslaite, Anisha Vekemans, Mayuko Hagiwara and Ane Santesteban Gonzalez. Bastianelli won the last two editions that take place on the Terme di Caracalla Circuit. The women race 16 laps of the six-kilometre circuit for a total of 96km. "We're going to be in two more races where we can fight for the highest result: Marta is the last winner of the GP Liberazione Pink and we all ...

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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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Greg Van Avermaet the latest rider confirmed for Tour de Yorkshire

Greg Van Avermaet the latest rider confirmed for Tour de Yorkshire

Joe Robinson 20 Apr 2018 Olympic champion to headline BMC line-up next month in Yorkshire Olympic champion Greg van Avermaet (BMC Racing) is the latest headline name to be confirmed for the Tour de Yorkshire in May. The Tour, which starts in Beverley on 3rd May, will see the 32-year-old looking to move on from a disappointing Spring Classics campaign that delivered zero victories – a far cry from his dominant 2017 form that saw him win Paris-Roubaix , the Omloop Het Niewsblad, E3 Harelbeke and Gent-Wevelgem. It will be the Belgian's second appearance at the Tour de Yorkshire, having finished seventh in the 2015 edition. Earlier this week it was also confirmed that Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data) would be making his return to racing in Yorkshire after having sustained a broken rib in a dramatic crash at Milan-San Remo in March. The draw of these two riders confirms the ...

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La Flèche Wallonne Preview: The inevitability of death, taxes, and Valverde

If Liege-Bastogne-Liege is known as La Doyenne, then its sister race, La Fleche Wallonne, should be properly known as La Dame Ennuyeuse as it has been as predictable as any race this side of Scheldeprijs. Also acceptable would be La Dame Espagnole as the last six years have all be won Spaniards: Joaquim Rodriguez, Dani Moreno, and Alejandro Valverde x 4. Only the most ascetic of fans would be clamoring for live coverage of the entire race, as it is often only the last three minutes of the race that are interesting. And those last three minutes of the sprint up the Mur de Huy are invariably fun to watch even if it’s more of the brute strength variety of entertainment rather than the intellectual, strategic delights of some of the other classics. (There’s also something to be said for the deluded optimism of holding out hope for the rider ...

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Blaak leads Women's WorldTour after Amstel Gold victory - Women's news shorts

Chantal Blaak (Boels Dolmans) wins Amstel Gold Race and leads Women's WorldTour

Chantal Blaak (Boels Dolmans) moved into the lead of the Women's WorldTour after winning Amstel Gold Race on Sunday. The Boels Dolmans rider leads the ranking with 538 points. Two teammates follow her in the rankings, with Amy Pieters in second at 455 points and Anna van der Breggen in third with 408 points. Amstel Gold Race marks Blaak's first win of the series this season, which Boels Dolmans has dominated so far. Pieters won Ronde van Drenthe and Van der Breggen won Strade Bianche and Tour of Flanders. As for the other rounds, Jolien D'hoore (Mitchelton-Scott) won Driedaagse de Panne, Kasia Niewiadoma (Canyon-SRAM) won Trofeo Alfredo Binda and Marta Bastianelli (Ale Cipollini) won Gent-Wevelgem. The Women's WorldTour will continue with Flèche Wallonne on April 18 and Liège-Bastogne-Liège on April 22. Amanda Spratt (Mitchelton-Scott) sprinted to third place at Amstel Gold Race after animating what turned out to be the ...

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Laporte wins Tro Bro Léon

Christophe Laporte during Dwars door Vlaanderen

Christophe Laporte (Cofidis) soloed to victory instead of gambling on his top end speed to claim his fourth victory of the season at the Tro Bro Leon. Winning the Breton event made it up for his lack of results at the Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix due to sickness after finishing a promising fourth in Gent-Wevelgem. The Frenchman fended off defending champion Damien Gaudin (Direct Energie) while Belgium's Jelle Mannaerts (Tarteletto-Isorex-SH) conquered a courageous third place in horrendous conditions. "It's was a terribly hard race," said Laporte of the Hell of the North Finistère (one of the nicknames of the Breton version of Paris-Roubaix). "I felt weak at one stage but my condition bounced back. I preferred to be alone at the front and give everything because it was my only way of winning. Had I not attacked, another guy would have done it. It's an absolutely beautiful race and ...

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