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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Aru continues comeback at Tour de Suisse

Fabio Aru racing Gran Premio Citta di Lugano

Fabio Aru (UAE Team Emirates) will line out at the Tour de Suisse as he continues his comeback to competitive action following the iliac artery surgery that forced him to miss the Giro d’Italia. The Sardinian made his return to the peloton at the Gran Premio Città di Lugano on Sunday, finishing 22nd in a race won by teammate Diego Ulissi. It was Aru’s first race since he abandoned Paris-Nice in March. He was diagnosed with a constriction of the iliac artery in his left leg shortly afterwards and underwent surgery on April 1. Aru was initially slated to line out at next week’s Tour of Slovenia but after a promising outing in Lugano he will instead take on the nine-day Tour de Suisse as he looks to rebuild his condition. At one point in Sunday’s race, Aru was on the offensive with UAE Team Emirates teammate Tadej Pogacar and ...

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The weekly spin: A freewheeling interview with Peter Sagan

It’s a Friday afternoon in Sacramento. In 48 hours, Peter Sagan will take his second victory of the 2019 season, narrowly out-sprinting American Travis McCabe in front of the state capitol building. But that’s unknown in this moment. Right now, Sagan is fresh out of an Amgen Tour of California press conference, the same one … The post The weekly spin: A freewheeling interview with Peter Sagan appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Van Hooydonck signs contract extension with CCC Team

Nathan Van Hooydonck leads the breakaway

One of Greg Van Avermaet's most-trusted Classics lieutenants, Nathan Van Hooydonck , has signed a contract extension with CCC Team , keeping the Belgian with the team until at least the end of the 2021 season. The 23-year-old joined the WorldTour team's previous guise as BMC in May 2017, having graduated from the BMC Development Team programme, which he'd been part of since 2015. When BMC became CCC Team for the 2019 season, Van Hooydonck continued his association with the Jim Ochowicz-run outfit, and has now been rewarded for his hard work and consistency – particularly as part of Van Avermaet's spring Classics line-up. Although Van Avermaet was unable to replicate his successful season of two years ago, when he won Paris-Roubaix, the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, Gent-Wevelgem and the E3 Harelbeke, Van Hooydonck rode strongly in support of the Olympic road race champion at this year's Classics, helping his team ...

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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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