Cycling Australia makes last-minute changes to World's squad.

Cycling Australia makes last-minute changes to World's squad.

Injury and illness have forced Grace Brown (Mitchelton-Scott) and Sarah Roy (Mitchelton-Scott) out of the Australia team for the 2019 UCI Road World Championships which will be held in Yorkshire, United Kingdom.

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Australian World Championships Road squad announced

Supported by Cycling Australia has announced the twenty athletes selected to the Australian Team that will contest the 2019 UCI Road World Championships in Yorkshire on September 21-29. The 2019 UCI Road World Championships features eleven races over eight days in the junior (U19), under 23 and elite categories, and will include the road race, individual time … The post Australian World Championships Road squad announced appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Van Vleuten all-in to defend Giro Rosa title

Annemiek van Vleuten (Mitchelton-Scott)

Annemiek van Vleuten will line-up as the sole leader of the Mitchelton-Scott team as she attempts to defend her title at the Giro Rosa from July 5-15. The time trial world champion is expecting the tough edition for this year's parcours with two summit finishes – Passo Gavia and Montasio – along with an uphill time trial, but said she feels confident she can win for the second year in a row. "I feel really strong and feel confident going to the Giro," said Van Vleuten, who recently won the time trial title at the Dutch championships. "I know the power is still there and I am super prepared for the climbing, too, and that combination can work out very well. "With two summit finishes it is epic, also with an uphill team time trial and individual time trial and a few more stage finishes slightly uphill, they designed a ...

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OVO Energy Women's Tour: D'hoore wins stage 3

Jolien D'Hoore wins stage 1 at the Ovo Energy Women's Tour

Jolien D'hoore ( Boels-Dolmans ) won stage 3 of the OVO Energy Women's Tour . The racing was overshadowed by a mass crash that took out overall leader Marianne Vos (CCC-Liv), who was forced to abandon the race , and caused a neutralisation while the race doctor was attending to the crashed riders. In the sprint finish at Blenheim Palace, D'hoore beat Lisa Brennauer (WNT-Rotor) and Demi Vollering (Parkhotel Valkenburg) to the win. With Vos out of the race, Brennauer is the new GC leader. Starting in Henley-on-Thames, the peloton faced 145.1 kilometres to the finish on the grounds of Blenheim Palace. The first 21km included two mountain sprints at the second category Pishill and first category Britwell Hill before the terrain flattened out somewhat. Christine Majerus (Boels-Dolmans) was first over Pishill, adding to her lead in the QOM classification. Anna Plichta (Trek-Segafredo) attacked soon after that and crested Britwell ...

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Women's Tour favourites: Our pick of the riders to watch

Maria David 7 Jun 2019 Our picks for the racers who could make their mark at the Ovo Energy Women’s Tour Scenic Suffolk will be the setting on Monday for the start of the 6th Ovo Energy Women’s Tour . The first stage will see the 96 competitors roll out for a 157.6km race from Beccles to finish with a sprint into Stowmarket. This year’s event has been lengthened to six stages and deemed to be the toughest edition yet, with riders covering 790km and climbing a total of 8,400m over the six days. Two of the stages will be around 160km, while other stages will be similar at 142km. There will be a 64km 'respite' for a circuit race at the Cyclopark, Gravesend, and the final stage will be a mere 125km, culminating in an unprecedented summit finish in Pembrey Country Park, Wales, a week on Saturday. This Women’s ...

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Tour of Chongming Island: Mitchelton-Scott field strong squad for women's WorldTour race

Sarah Roy (Mitchelton-Scott)

Mitchelton-Scott will send a strong five-rider squad that includes Tour Down Under stage winner Grace Brown , super-domestique Jess Allen and sprinter Sarah Roy to the three-day Tour of Chongming Island , which is part of the women's WorldTour. The Chinese stage race, which starts on Thursday, is mainly flat – and therefore one for the sprinters and their lead-out trains – but there are nevertheless opportunities for breakaways to stay away on each of the three road stages, and Mitchelton-Scott will field a squad that is ready for all scenarios. "I'm looking forward to China," said Allen in a team press release. "I raced Chongming two years ago, and I'm looking forward to going back with the team to try to get some results. "The race is typically a sprinters' race, with wide and fast roads. I do prefer the gnarly types of races like the Classics, but it's ...

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Van Vleuten falls short in thrilling finale at Amstel Gold Ladies Edition

Annemiek Van Vleuten and Katarzyna Niewiadoma battle it out in the finale

The Netherlands' Annemiek van Vleuten ( Mitchelton-Scott ) came close, gaining on eventual winner Kasia Niewiadoma (Canyon-SRAM) all the time in the final couple of kilometres, but the world time trial champion wasn't able to better her second place of 2015 at the women's edition of the Amstel Gold Race on Sunday. Niewiadoma made her move on the final climb of the Cauberg, with just 1.8km from the top of the climb to the finish of the race in Valkenburg. CCC-Liv's Marianne Vos was the first rider to respond to the move, but as the Dutchwoman faded, her compatriot, Van Vleuten, came to the fore in an attempt to close down the gap to the Polish rider. "I had a flashback to La Course," Van Vleuten admitted, remembering last July's one-day race run by the Tour de France organisers, when the Dutchwoman was able to catch Boels Dolmans rival Anna ...

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Tenniglo to debut with Mitchelton-Scott at Driedaagse Brugge-De Panne

Moniek Tenniglo (WM3 Pro Cycling)

Moniek Tenniglo will make her debut with Mitchelton-Scott at the Driedaagse Brugge-De Panne on Thursday. The Dutchwoman has recovered from an injury and will be one of the team's main support riders as they aim to secure victory at the fourth round of the Women's WorldTour that kicks off the cobbled Classics in Belgium. "The whole team is in great form and building confidence after each race," said Classics specialist Gracie Elvin . "We're all really excited for this block of racing in Belgium, and also for our new teammate Moniek to join us after her break from injury." Tenniglo joined Mitchelton-Scott after spending one season with FDJ, and before that she raced with Marianne Vos' WM3 Energie and Rabobank teams, where she was also teammates with Annemiek van Vleuten. Upon signing with the Australian team, director Martin Vestby said that her strongest value for the team was in her ...

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Women’s Team of the Week: Windswept Edition

Yes, it’s back, by semi-popular demand and with its customary cavalier attitude to lengths of time. Races Sweeping up the entire first three weeks of the [VDS] season in one tremendous gust, this edition buffets Strade Bianche and a muddy Ronde van Drenthe (UCI Women’s World Tour rounds 1 and 2), breezes past SSRs at Le Samyn and Drentse 8, and lightly ruffles VDS opening weekend. Coverage Reasonable. Images of a muddy peloton riding up the VAMberg and across tree-lined stretches of cobbles at Drenthe were particularly memorable . Riders Marta Bastianelli : Yes, yes, at Drenthe you can say she got lucky. Chantal Blaak practically ferried her across to form a three rider group with solo leader Ellen van Dijk from which she was always likely to win, especially when Blaak ended up doing much of the work. (Bastianelli summed it up in a classic sorry-not-sorry post-race interview ). ...

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Mitchelton-Scott to send powerful women's team to Strade Bianche

Lucy Kennedy (Mitchelton-Scott) attacked on the final climb on stage 2 of the 2019 Women's Herald Su

Mitchelton-Scott will send an extremely strong team to contest the Strade Bianche women's race on Saturday, March 9, with Annemiek van Vleuten , Amanda Spratt and Lucy Kennedy all featuring in the Australian team's six-rider squad for the Italian one-day race. Van Vleuten successfully returned to racing at the women's Omloop Het Nieuwsblad last Saturday, where she finished fourth. It was her first event since sustaining a knee injury in a crash at the world championship road race in Austria last September. Spratt and Kennedy both started their 2019 seasons in Australia, where Spratt won her third-straight Tour Down Under in January and Kennedy came away with the Herald Sun Tour title . They were supported in Australia by Jess Allen, Tour Down Under stage winner Grace Brown, and Georgia Williams, who successfully defended her time trial national title while home in New Zealand, and those three riders will also ...

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Bastianelli wins Omloop van het Hageland

Marta Bastianelli (Virtu Cycling) wins Omloop van het Hageland

Marta Bastianelli brought her new team Virtu Cycling their first victory of the season at Omloop van het Hageland on Sunday. The European champion sprinted for the win ahead of Lotta Lepistö (Trek-Segafredo), while Leah Kirchmann (Sunweb) finished third. Omloop van het Hageland formed part of the opening weekend for the elite women's peloton, held the day after the kick-off Omloop Het Nieuwsbald in Belgium. The women raced 131km that starts in Tienen with one larger 52km loop before six smaller 13km loops in Tielt-Winge. There were slight variations to the loops, however, removing a section of cobbles and a revision of the final stretch back to the finish line. The riders faced five climbs and a series of intermediate sprint, but the race was regarded as one for the sprinters, making Bastianelli one of the clear favourites. The race started with a breakaway within the first 30km that included ...

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Hosking wins opening stage of Women's Herald Sun Tour

Chloe Hosking (Ale Cipollini) wins stage 1 of the 2019 Women's Herald Sun Tour

Ale Cipollini 's Chloe Hosking won the opening stage of the Women's Herald Sun Tour on Wednesday, winning a reduced-bunch sprint at the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit in Victoria, Australia, and relegating BePink's Rachele Barbieri to second place, with Lotta Lepistö (Trek-Segafredo) finishing third. Lepistö's Trek-Segafredo teammate – British-born American rider, Ruth Winder – animated the stage, breaking away on lap six of the 22-lap, 97km first stage, on the same circuit and over the same distance as the opening stage of the men's race later in the afternoon. She built up a maximum lead of 2:45, and Winder's day out at the head of affairs only came to an end with a lap-and-a-half to go, following pressure from first Mitchelton-Scott and later Tibco-SVB. With the race back together, and Tibco continuing in control, it looked as though it would come down to a bunch sprint. But with Tibco ...

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Sierra’s aggressive performance rewarded with victory at Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race

Sierra’s aggressive performance rewarded with victory at Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race

Cuban holds off late chase from Mitchelton-Scott duo Kennedy and Spratt in stunning solo victory. Read the full article at Sierra’s aggressive performance rewarded with victory at Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race on VeloNews.com .

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Preview: Your guide to the 2019 women’s Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race

This Saturday the elite women’s peloton takes to Geelong for the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race. This one-day race — officially called the Deakin University Elite Women’s Road Race — is now in its fifth year and its fourth at UCI level. Read on for our preview of the race, including the riders to … The post Preview: Your guide to the 2019 women’s Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Brown on a winning roll with Mitchelton-Scott

A delighted Grace Brown (Mitchelton-Scott) after winning stage 3

Grace Brown is having an impressive start to the 2019 season with her new Mitchelton-Scott outfit. She secured the Australian time trial title last week and went on to claim the stage 3 victory at the Women's Tour Down Under . The 26-year-old launched her sprint early at the end of stage 3 in Stirling, and held off the rest of the field, crossing the finish line two seconds ahead of Trek-Segafredo's Ruth Winder and Rachel Neylan (UniSA-Australia). Teammates Gracie Elvin and Amanda Spratt finished fourth and fifth respectively, with Spratt holding her overall race lead of 49 seconds over her teammate Lucy Kennedy as the race heads into the finale stage 4 in Adelaide on Sunday. Brown said it was the plan to have Elvin and herself go for the final of stage 3 in Stirling because the uphill drag to the line suited their characteristics as riders. "I ...

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Long range run gives Brown a women's TDU stage victory

Long range run gives Brown a women's TDU stage victory

Grace Brown continued Mitchelton-Scott’s good run at the Tour Down Under, winning the uphill sprint finish of Stage 3 with a big acceleration in the final 600 metres.

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Women’s Tour Down Under Stage 3: Mitchelton-Scott’s dominance continues as Brown takes stage.

Women’s Tour Down Under Stage 3: Mitchelton-Scott’s dominance continues as Brown takes stage.

Defending Tour Down Under champion Amanda Spratt retains race lead with only one stage remaining. Read the full article at Women’s Tour Down Under Stage 3: Mitchelton-Scott’s dominance continues as Brown takes stage. on VeloNews.com .

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Women’s Tour Down Under Stage 3: Mitchelton-Scott’s dominance continues as Brown takes stage.

Women’s Tour Down Under Stage 3: Mitchelton-Scott’s dominance continues as Brown takes stage.

Defending Tour Down Under champion Amanda Spratt retains race lead with only one stage remaining. Read the full article at Women’s Tour Down Under Stage 3: Mitchelton-Scott’s dominance continues as Brown takes stage. on VeloNews.com .

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Grace Brown takes stage 3 of the Women's Tour Down Under

Grace Brown (Mitchelton-Scott) wins stage 3 of the 2019 Women's Tour Down Under

Mitchelton-Scott 's Grace Brown won stage 3 of the 2019 Santos Women's Tour Down Under in Stirling, in the Adelaide Hills, on Saturday, getting the better of Trek-Segafredo's Ruth Winder and Rachel Neylan (UniSA-Australia) on the uphill drag to the finish. The race had been briefly neutralised with 10km to go after the riders were directed the wrong way, but Mitchelton-Scott were soon at the head of affairs once the race recommenced, delivering Brown to the stage win, while her teammate Amanda Spratt finished fifth to retain the overall race lead. The peloton left Nairne for the 104.5-kilometre stage with wind and high speed a feature of the entire day. The fast pace meant attack after attack was unable to gain more than a handful of seconds with Tetiana Riabchenko's (Doltcini-Van Eyck Sport) breaking away just after the 60-kilometre mark. "I am really happy actually. Coming in to my pre-season ...

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Women’s Tour Down Under stage 2: Spratt climbs into overall lead

Women’s Tour Down Under stage 2: Spratt climbs into overall lead

Two-time defending Tour Down Under champion Amanda Spratt takes control on Mengler Hill. Read the full article at Women’s Tour Down Under stage 2: Spratt climbs into overall lead on VeloNews.com .

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