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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Preview: 21 things you need to know about the 2019 Giro Rosa

While the best riders in the men’s peloton are currently readying themselves for the Tour de France, the best in the women’s peloton are doing likewise for the Giro Rosa. The “Giro d’Italia Internazionale Femminile” is the biggest and most prestigious race on the Women’s WorldTour and it’s just around the corner. Ahead of the … The post Preview: 21 things you need to know about the 2019 Giro Rosa appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Gaviria misses Tour de France but Aru included in UAE Team Emirates squad

Dan Martin, Fabio Aru and Alexander Kristoff in the 2019 UAE Team Emirates jersey

Fernando Gaviria has been left out of the UAE Team Emirates squad for the 2019 Tour de France , as the Colombian sprinter continues to struggle with a knee injury. Dan Martin will lead the team’s overall challenge, while Fabio Aru has also earned selection after completing the Tour de Suisse last week. Winner of two stages on last year’s Tour, Gaviria abandoned the Giro d’Italia in the opening week citing a knee problem and has not raced since. The Colombian’s participation in the Tour de France has been in doubt for several weeks and his absence was confirmed on Thursday, when UAE TEam Emirates confirmed their final eight rider for the Tour de France. Alexander Kristoff will instead serve as UAE Team Emirates’ lead sprinter, while young fast man Jasper Philipsen has also been handed a debut in La Grande Boucle in what is his first season at WorldTour ...

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ASO's Fleche Wallonne and Liege-Bastogne-Liege included in 2020 Women's WorldTour

UCI Women's Teams racing on the 2019 Women's WorldTour

The UCI announced the 22 races that will make up the 2020 Women's WorldTour that will include Flèche Wallonne and Liège-Bastogne-Liège, despite ASO's recent threat to pull the two races from the top-tier calendar if they were forced to provide the 45 minutes of live TV coverage mandated by the UCI. The UCI confirmed in its announcement, however, that all organisers had accepted the new criteria for the Women's WorldTour reforms. That would suggest that ASO is now onboard with the 45 minutes of live TV coverage, but a representative of ASO told Cyclingnews earlier this month that the issue surrounding mandatory live TV coverage was still a 'work-in-progress'. The UCI also told Cyclingnews earlier this month that the discussion over mandatory TV coverage is on-going but that mandatory live TV coverage would remain part of the criteria for being a Women's WorldTour event. "In line with our strategy to ...

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Cadel’s Race promoted to Women’s WorldTour

Supported by The women’s Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race has been promoted to WorldTour level for 2020. The one-day race, officially the Deakin University Elite Women’s Road Race, is the first event in the Southern Hemisphere to join the top tier of women’s road cycling since the Women’s WorldTour began in 2016. The UCI confirmed the … The post Cadel’s Race promoted to Women’s WorldTour appeared first on CyclingTips .

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EF Education First sign German 'machine' Rutsch for 2020

Jonas Rutsch, second from right, alongside Alexander Kristoff on the Gent-Wevelgem podium.

Jonathan Vaughters’ EF Education First team have moved to sign U23 Gent-Wevelgem winner Jonas Rutsch for the start of the 2020 season. Rutsch, 21, currently rides for the Team Lotto – Kern Haus Continental outfit, which helped Max Walscheid through the ranks before he made the step up to the WorldTour with Team Sunweb. Along with winning Gent-Wevelgem, Rutsch has built a solid reputation as a dependable stage racer. He was eighth overall in the recent Tour of Luxembourg after finishing ninth on a key stage won by Jesus Herrada (Cofidis). “The rise to the WorldTour means that I have reached a career goal already,” said Rutsch in a press release issued by his 2020 team. “I have worked towards this since I was a little boy. It was always my dream to become a professional cyclist. I have invested a lot of time and hard work, and I’m really ...

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Bernal extends Suisse lead with stage 7 victory

Supported by Welcome to your Daily News Digest. Here’s what’s happening today: Egan Bernal wins stage 7 at the Tour de Suisse and pads his overall lead, Alexander Kristoff renews with UAE-Team Emirates, UCI announces track World Cup changes. Those stories and more in today’s Daily News Digest. Story of the Day: Bernal extends Suisse lead with … The post Bernal extends Suisse lead with stage 7 victory appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Kristoff extends contract with UAE Team Emirates

Former winner Alexander Kristoff waves to the crowd at the start of Milan-San Remo

Alexander Kristoff has put pen to paper on a new contract at UAE Team Emirates , keeping him there until the end of the 2021 season. Fellow Norwegian Sven Erik Bystrom has also signed a two-year extension. Kristoff, 31, joined UAE in 2018 after six seasons at Katusha, and has won 10 races with them so far, including Gent-Wevelgem and a stage of the Tour de France, arguably the biggest victories in the team's two-and-a-half year existence. "I’m happy to have renewed for two years,” says Kristoff, “I feel at home here and the atmosphere in the team is great. I hope that the next two years will bring good things both for me and for the team." There were question marks over how Kristoff and new signing Fernando Gaviria would combine this year, but the Norwegian has sacrificed himself for the Colombian in bunch sprints while enjoying his own ...

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15 up-and-coming riders you need to know about

The depth of talent in the men’s and women’s professional pelotons continues to grow with each season’s new signings. From junior world champions, to multi-discipline riders, to multiple-time national champions to childhood prodigies — all the riders below are worthy of your attention. These are the riders we expect to be dominating the sport in … The post 15 up-and-coming riders you need to know about appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Brennauer in the green jersey at OVO Energy Women's Tour

Lisa Brennauer (WNT-Rotor) wears the green leader's jersey

Lisa Brennauer ( WNT-Rotor ) is the new leader of the OVO Energy Women’s Tour . Having won the race overall in 2015, the German allrounder moved into the green jersey due to time bonifications for her second place on Wednesday’s stage 3 as the overnight race leader Marianne Vos (CCC-Liv) crashed out of the race . Brennauer has had a successful season so far after moving to WNT-Rotor in the off-season. After piloting Kirsten Wild to sprint victories in Brugge-De Panne and Gent-Wevelgem, Brennauer herself won a stage of the wind-swept Healthy Ageing Tour from a breakaway. In May, Brennauer performed well at the Tour de Yorkshire to finish sixth overall. The following weekend she did even better in the hilly Festival Elsy Jacobs, winning the final stage and the general classification of the prestigious race held in memory of the first-ever women’s road world champion. At Blenheim Palace, ...

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