The weekly spin: Meet Tadej Pogacar, future Grand Tour champion

There’s a youth movement happening in pro cycling, and the Amgen Tour of California is the proving ground. Last year, 21-year-old Egan Bernal crowned as the youngest-ever winner of the Amgen Tour. This year, it was 20-year-old Tadej Pogacar, who is nearly a year younger than Bernal. At this rate, we’ll soon have a teenager … The post The weekly spin: Meet Tadej Pogacar, future Grand Tour champion appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Team Sky's budget grew 10% in final year, accounts reveal

Team Sky's budget grew 10% in final year, accounts reveal

Joe Robinson 21 May 2019 Accounts show that Team Sky's budget grew from £34.5m in 2017 to £38m in 2018 Team Sky have published their accounts from their final full year in professional cycling, disclosing a 10% increase in the team's budget to £38.016m for 2018. The team's accounts, published on Companies House , revealed that Tour Racing Limited (the holding company of Team Sky) increased its budget from £34,496,000 in 2017 to £38,016,000 in 2018, the highest in the team's 10-year history. The in-depth details of Team Sky's finances are unique in cycling. While many other WorldTour teams' budgets are taken through estimation and claims from the team, Team Sky are required by UK law to fully disclose the company's accounts within nine months of the end of the financial year. The 10% increase in the budget came predominantly down to an increase in sponsorship money from Sky, the ...

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Porte’s dreams of a Tour de France podium bolstered by Thomas’s win

Supported by This past Friday afternoon, Richie Porte (Trek-Segafredo) climbed his way to fourth on the queen stage of the Amgen Tour of California. While perhaps a little off what some expected of the Tasmanian, it was a solid result, and one that saw Porte ride to fifth overall by tour’s end. As Dane Cash reports, 2019 … The post Porte’s dreams of a Tour de France podium bolstered by Thomas’s win appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Tom Dumoulin abandons Giro d’Italia

Supported by Tom Dumoulin is out of the Giro d’Italia. Dumoulin (Sunweb) gave it a try on Wednesday, rolling across the start line in Frascati with a bandage on his left leg that covered the string of slices made by a chainring a day before. His knee was swollen and painful, and he visibly limped. He didn’t … The post Tom Dumoulin abandons Giro d’Italia appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Giro Stage One Preview: Early Fireworks

If you’re planning to win this year’s Giro, you’d better be ready from the gun Saturday sees the start of the Giro, the start of the 2019 grand tour season, and the start of all things mountainous for the year. We’ve had the classics, hope you enjoyed them. Now it is time for the long races, and we are starting with fireworks. Getty Images/iStockphoto Bologna. Fireworks. Oh, shut up. As we’ve said in several of our previews, the first week is pretty quiet. Except, that is, for stage one. Stage one is lively. I’ve talked about it a reasonable amount in my look at the TTs . It even got a mention from Will , as the 27 th toughest mountain in the race – he was ranking on difficulty, not significance. On significance it finishes much higher. A reminder of the course: Also, a reminder of that closing climb: ...

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Wiggins backs Yates for the Giro and thinks Froome capable of doubling up at the Giro and Tour in future

Wiggins backs Yates for the Giro and thinks Froome capable of doubling up at the Giro and Tour in fu

Joseph Delves 8 May 2019 Sir Brad gives us his predictions for the upcoming Giro d’Italia, and claims he didn’t watch Victor Campenaerts claim the Hour Record Despite being a Grand Tour he was unable to win, Sir Bradley Wiggins seems to have retained some affection for the Giro d’Italia . 'The Giro is probably the hardest of all of them,' he said in a recent interview. 'The Tour is the same all the time you know. The Giro is one of the toughest races and nothing’s final until they finish. We saw last year that riders can come from behind in the final week and the last few days, and make big time gains. It’s an exciting race to watch.' Ahead of the Giro, which starts this weekend , he recently gave a wide-ranging interview including discussing who he expects to be on the podium come Stage 21's conclusion ...

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Team Ineos announce Giro d’Italia squad after Bernal's injury

Champagne for Tao Geoghegan Hart on the podium

Team Ineos have announced their Giro d’Italia team 72 hours after it was confirmed that Egan Bernal would not race due to a broken collarbone sustained in training. The team have decided not to derail the Tour de France preparations of either Geraint Thomas or Chris Froome and, as Cyclingnews reported on Monday, have awarded Eddie Dunbar with his Grand Tour debut. The Irishman impressed at the recent Tour de Yorkshire and will add an attacking element to the team as they hunt stage wins and develop their next crop of stage racing talent. Pavel Sivakov and Tao Geoghegan Hart, who both recently tasted success at the Tour of the Alps, have both been announced as part of the eight-man Giro d’Italia team. Sebastian Henao, Christian Knees, Salvatore Puccio, Jhonathan Narvarez and Ivan Sosa have also been named within the squad. Gianni Moscon, who was originally down to ride the ...

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Landa, Carapaz and Amador to lead Movistar at Giro d'Italia

Mikel Landa (Movistar)

Not chastened by their experiences at last year’s Tour de France, Movistar are taking a three-pronged approach to the Giro d’Italia this May. The Spanish team will look to Mikel Landa , Andrey Amador and Richard Carapaz for their general classification ambitions. One notable omission from the team is Alejandro Valverde, who was meant to be riding the Corsa Rosa but had to pull out after a training crash ahead of Liege-Bastogne-Liege. Given their previous performances, Landa – who is expected to leave the team at the end of the season - is likely to be the team’s best hope for the overall classification. Though, Carapaz has been on fine form recently and will be looking to improve on last year’s performance. Landa took his first Grand Tour podium at the 2015 Giro d’Italia, after duking it out with his Astana teammate Fabio Aru and eventual winner Alberto Contador. In ...

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Dunbar set to make Giro d'Italia debut after Yorkshire showing

Eddie Dunbar on the attack at the Tour de Yorkshire.

Eddie Dunbar is set to make his Grand Tour debut at the Giro d’Italia with the Irishman expected to replace Egan Bernal in the Team Ineos line-up. Bernal was meant to lead the British team at the three-week race but on Saturday the Colombian broke his collarbone in a training accident. With Chris Froome and Geraint Thomas still on course for the Tour de France, the Team Ineos management have decided to give Dunbar a shot, less than a year after joining the team. The 22-year-old spoke to Cyclingnews at the conclusion of the Tour de Yorkshire on Sunday, where he confirmed that he was in the mix to head to the Giro and take the spot left vacant by Bernal. Cyclingnews understands that the decision has now been taken and that Team Ineos will announce their eight-rider roster late on Monday. "I’d love to go to the Giro," Dunbar ...

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Roglic: Romandie victory was 'perfect preparation for the Giro'

Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) on the Tour de Romandie podium.

Primož Roglič ( Team Jumbo-Visma ) triumphed at the Tour de Romandie on Sunday afternoon, sealing his third stage race victory from three so far in 2019. The Slovenian's dominant performance in Switzerland has only cemented his position as a top favourite for the Giro d’Italia , which starts next weekend. Roglič won three of six stages in Romandie, also finishing second in the prologue and third on another stage. The comprehensive victory, which saw him beat Rui Costa (UAE Team Emirates) and Geraint Thomas (Team Ineos) by 49 seconds and 1:12, respectively, is surely the perfect lead-in to the Italian race, which Roglič returns to after two years spent targeting the Tour de France. "I'm very happy with my third stage victory and my overall victory," said Roglič in a post-race team statement. "This victory Is a team achievement; the entire team was fantastic this week. "It shows how ...

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Chris Froome leaves Tour de Yorkshire on track for Tour de France

Chris Froome (Team Ineos).

Chris Froome ( Team Ineos ) started the week defending his new team sponsor after petrochemical company Ineos were unveiled as Sky’s replacement, but at the end of the Tour de Yorkshire the four-time Tour de France winner was rather more upbeat. On the final stage of the Tour de Yorkshire, it was Froome, alongside the superb Eddie Dunbar, who set up teammate Chris Lawless for the overall win with a stinging attack on the final climb. Froome rode the four-day event as a super-domestique, but made the podium after Team Ineos took victory in the team classification. Lawless ceded the stage to 2018 winner Greg Van Avermaet, but took the overall plaudits ahead of the Belgian and teammate Dunbar. "I’m feeling good for early May. I’ve still got some work to do but that’s natural with two month’s to go," Froome told Cyclingnews when asked about his form ahead ...

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Tough decisions for Team Ineos after Bernal’s Giro d’Italia miss

Egan Bernal has grand plans for this coming May in Italy

According to Chris Froome , the spot once occupied by Egan Bernal at this year’s Giro d’Italia has already been filled by the team, but at the Team Ineos bus at the Tour de Yorkshire, the squad’s management were not giving anything away. On Saturday afternoon, Cyclingnews broke the news that Bernal had crashed in training in his native Colombia, breaking his collarbone. The Paris-Nice winner was set to lead Team Ineos at a Grand Tour for the first time, but his absence – just a week out from the race – has put the team’s Giro d’Italia plans under serious consideration. Chris Froome and Geraint Thomas have been plotting their trajectory towards the Tour de France for several months, and Froome ruled himself out of consideration for the Giro spot when questioned in Yorkshire on Sunday morning. Thomas is currently riding the Tour de Romandie, and although his form ...

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Roglic wins Tour de Romandie

Roglic wins the Tour de Romandie

Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) secured final overall victory at the Tour de Romandie after he delivered a dominant display to win the concluding time trial in Geneva. It was the Slovenian’s third stage race victory of the season after triumphs at the UAE Tour and Tirreno-Adriatico, and the win further underscored his credentials ahead of the Giro d’Italia, which gets underway next Saturday. The last man down the start ramp in Geneva, Roglic racked up his third stage win of the Tour de Romandie with an assured and smooth performance on the 16.8km course, beating European time trial champion Victor Campenaerts (Lotto Soudal) by 13 seconds. Rui Costa (UAE Team Emirates) delivered a solid display to take 7th on the stage, a performance that sufficed for him to retain second place overall, 49 seconds down on Roglic. Geraint Thomas (Team Ineos) availed of the final time trial to move up to ...

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Tour de Romandie: Stage 5 time trial start times

Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) claims his second stage win at the 2019 Tour de Romandie.

Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) will look to seal a second successive overall win at the Tour de Romandie in Sunday's concluding time trial in Geneva. The Slovenian carries a 12-second lead over Rui Costa (UAE Team Emirates) into the 16.85km test, with David Gaudu (Groupama-FDJ) a further 4 seconds back. Geraint Thomas (Team Ineos) begins the stage in 4th overall, 26 seconds behind Roglic. Rasmus Iversen (Lotto Soudal) will be the day's first starter, at 12:24 local time, with riders setting off at one-minute intervals in the first part of the afternoon. The top 20 overall will set out at two-minute intervals. Thomas rolls down the start ramp at 14:34 local time, with Roglic beginning his effort at 14:40. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com

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Egan Bernal out of Giro d’Italia after collarbone break

Egan Bernal has grand plans for this coming May in Italy

Egan Bernal will miss this year’s Giro d’Italia after sustaining a broken collarbone on Saturday while training. He will undergo surgery on Sunday. The Colombian was set to lead Team Ineos at the Italian Grand Tour after an impressive debut season at WorldTour level in 2018. This spring he took his team’s only WorldTour win with overall victory at Paris-Nice. Team Ineos may now save the Colombian for a three-pronged attack at the Tour de France alongside Chris Froome and defending champion Geraint Thomas. Team Ineos confirmed the news on Twitter after Cyclingnews first broke the story earlier in the afternoon. Where this leaves Team Ineos ahead of the Giro is unclear. As well as winning Paris-Nice, Bernal had finished third in the Volta a Catalunya before running to his native Colombia. He has been there since March and was not set to race until the Giro d’Italia, which starts ...

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Tour de Romandie: Roglic wins stage 4

Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) is in fine form as the Giro d'Italia approaches.

Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) cemented his overall lead at the Tour de Romandie after he sprinted to victory on the mountaintop finish at Torgon on stage 4. Just a week out from the Giro d’Italia, the Slovenian offered another indication of his form as he proved the strongest of the reduced group that contested the honours amid dismal conditions. Roglic had the strength to shut down a late attack from Hugh Carthy (EF Education First) in the final kilometre and the confidence to lead out the sprint from distance. His powerful effort saw him rip clear of his rivals to claim stage honours ahead of Rui Costa (UAE Team Emirates). Geraint Thomas (Team Ineos) placed third ahead of David Gaudu (Groupama-FDJ) and Michael Woods (EF Education First), but, like Costa the Welshman never looked like overhauling the flying Roglic, who claimed his second stage win of the race. Plummeting temperatures, wind ...

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Tour de Romandie: Gaudu claims victory on stage 3

David Gaudu gave Groupama-FDJ its second consecutive stage victory at the Tour de Romandie

David Gaudu gave Groupama-FDJ its second consecutive stage victory at the Tour de Romandie . A day after Stefan Küng soloed to the stage 2 win, Gaudu showed off his rapidly improving climbing talents by beating Rui Costa (UAE Team Emirates) and Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) on the steep finish to Chateau de Romont. Michael Woods (EF Education First) was fourth after tangling with Geraint Thomas (Team Ineos) but Gaudu stole the limelight, struggling to understand how he had beaten some of the best Grand Tour riders in the peloton. The 22-year-old Breton timed his acceleration perfectly, avoiding a late crash and poor positioning before dancing on the pedals to won by several bike lengths as his bigger-name rivals could only chase him and fight for the remaining time bonuses. Gaudu won the 2016 Tour de L'Avenir, indicating his stage race talents. He took his first professional victory at the Tour ...

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Team Sunweb name squad to back Dumoulin at Giro d'Italia

Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb)

Tom Dumoulin can count on the support of a young and talented Team Sunweb squad for the Giro d'Italia but will only have Sam Oomen to help him in the decisive high mountains of the Italian Grand Tour. Team Sunweb have selected Jan Bakelants, the USA's Chad Haga, Australia's Chris Hamilton, Jai Hindley and Robert Power, Sam Oomen and Louis Vervaeke for the first Grand Tour of the season that begins in Bologna on Saturday, May 11. Wilco Kelderman was expected to provide important support in the mountains but he crashed out of the Volta a Catalunya in late March, fracturing his left collarbone and a neck vertebrae. The 23-year-old Oomen was scheduled to ride the Tour de France this season after impressing and finishing ninth on his Grand Tour debut at last year's Giro d'Italia. After Kelderman's crash, Dumoulin pushed to have Oomen with him in Italy and so ...

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Roglic shows sparkling form with Tour de Romandie lead

Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) takes the stage win

After coming second in the Tour de Romandie prologue to fellow Slovenian Jan Tratnik, Primoz Roglic ( Jumbo-Visma ) showed impeccable form and timing to take the victory on stage 1 in La Chaux de Fonds and move into the race lead. Though his lead stands at just 10 seconds over UAE Team Emirates' Rui Costa and 12 seconds on David Gaudu (Groupama-FDJ) with Tour de France champion Geraint Thomas (Team Ineos) one second further adrift, one cannot discount Roglic as a contender to take home the overall victory. He won both stage races he's started this season - beginning at the UAE Tour where he led from start to finish, and on to Tirreno-Adriatico where he snatched the overall win on the final day's time trial from Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott). The Slovenian is now looking ahead to the Giro d'Italia where he will throw his hat into the ring ...

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Red and Black: Team Ineos unveil new team kit

Red and Black: Team Ineos unveil new team kit

Joe Robinson 1 May 2019 The team will first wear the new jersey at the Tour de Yorkshire, starting tomorrow Team Ineos have unveiled their much-anticipated kit ahead of the team's launch at the Tour de Yorkshire starting tomorrow . For the first time in the British WorldTour team's history, the likes of Geraint Thomas and Chris Froome will change from the usual mix of sky blue and black and instead be kitted out in red and black. The kit, still made by Italian manufacturers Castelli, retains the colour fade that was introduced at the beginning of the season but the navy has been replaced by a burgundy red. The design remains simple with just the sole chest sponsor of Ineos, replacing the outgoing Sky, plus two Ineos logos on each shoulder. For the design geeks among you, the new primary sponsor's logo design may be slightly offputting considering its ...

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