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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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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Lawless claims Yorkshire GC after van Avermaet stage victory

Lawless claims Yorkshire GC after van Avermaet stage victory

Chris Lawless handed Team INEOS its first victory as he won the Tour de Yorkshire in Leeds ahead of 2018 winner Greg van Avermaet

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Tour de Yorkshire finale with Froome, Lawless and Van Avermaet – Podcast

The scenic route through the Yorkshire Dales

In the latest episode of the Cyclingnews podcast brought to you in association with Sportful, Pinarello and Floyd's of Leadville, Daniel Benson and Philippa York wrap up the final day's action from the Tour de Yorkshire . The stage finished in Leeds with Greg Van Avermaet (CCC Team) winning ahead of the Team Ineos duo of Chris Lawless and Eddie Dunbar . Lawless' second place on the stage was enough for the British rider to win his first stage race, and take Team Ineos' first win since their launch earlier in the week. We hear from Lawless on his victory, and from Van Avermaet after the Olympic road champion took his second win of the season. We catch up with Chris Froome after the four-time Tour de France winner's attack set up Dunbar and Lawless on the road to Leeds. Froome talks about his form and the Tour de Yorkshire, ...

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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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Van Avermaet ends spring with Tour de Yorkshire stage win

Van Avermaet celebrates victory

Greg Van Avermaet ( CCC Team ) came into the season with lofty goals of adding to his collection of one-day wins but the former Paris-Roubaix winner ended his Classics campaign with just two podiums after missing out on a second Monument. However, the Olympic road race champion at least managed to end his spring with the consolation of a victory on the final day of the Tour de Yorkshire . Van Avermaet may not have been able to defend his 2018 crown in Yorkshire but he rallied with a late attack before outsprinting overall race winner Chris Lawless and his Ineos teammate Eddie Dunbar in Leeds. “That’s the maximum I could have taken out of the stage, with Ineos really strong,” Van Avermaet confirmed at the finish. “I think that I did the race that I had to do and I’m really happy to win a stage. "I followed ...

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Yorkshire: Van Avermaet takes final stage while Lawless wins overall

Yorkshire: Van Avermaet takes final stage while Lawless wins overall

Team Ineos win their opening race, placing first and third on the podium Read the full article at Yorkshire: Van Avermaet takes final stage while Lawless wins overall on VeloNews.com .

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Lawless wins Tour de Yorkshire

Lawless kisses his trophy as winner of the 2019 Tour de Yorkshire

Chris Lawless ( Team Ineos ) won the Tour de Yorkshire , surviving over the climbs of the final stage, the race’s toughest, between Halifax and Leeds. Greg Van Avermaet (CCC Team) took the stage win, but with Lawless taking second ahead of his teammate Eddie Dunbar, the bonus seconds weren’t enough to overhaul the Briton. Alexander Kamp’s team Riwal Readynez put on pressure in the final 50 kilometres of the stage, but things really kicked off when Chris Froome (Team Ineos) accelerated on the final climb of the day, 20km out. His teammate Eddie Dunbar went on the attack on the descent, forcing Van Avermaet’s CCC Team and a lone Kamp to give chase. Van Avermaet went for it 5km from the line, bridging to Dunbar but taking Lawless with him, while further back Kamp formed a chase group. Kamp’s group couldn’t close the gap though, and with Ineos ...

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Chris Lawless wins Tour de Yorkshire for Team Ineos, Greg van Avermaet takes final stage

Chris Lawless at start of Stage 4 of 2019 Tour de Yorkshire (picture credit Alex Whiehead, SWPix.com

Thrilling final stage caps four days of racing in region that will host UCI Road World Championships

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Tour de Yorkshire: Alexander Kamp wins stage 3

Kamp sprinting to victory in Scarborough

Alexander Kamp ( Riwal Readynez ) won stage 3 of the Tour de Yorkshire in Scarborough, prevailing in a sprint finish over a large break group that escaped mid-race. Chris Lawless (Team Ineos) and Greg Van Avermaet (CCC Team) rounded out the podium after a close-run sprint on the seafront, where the finish had been moved by 800 metres after high tides saw waves wash across the road. The trio were part of a 20-strong group that broke away from the peloton under pressure from Ineos and CCC with around 50km to race. In the end, the stage came down to a spring between the riders who made the split, with Kamp prevailing in the closing metres, just edging out Lawless, who had launched first. Lawless takes over the race lead, while Van Avermaet lurks in third ahead of a tougher final stage on Sunday. “It was hard in the ...

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Van Avermaet: Yorkshire Worlds could be my last chance

Greg Van Avermaet during the race's early stages

Greg Van Avermaet ( CCC Team ) had his first taste of the 2019 UCI Road World Championships circuit on Friday as stage 2 of the Tour de Yorkshire navigated the 16.5km finishing circuit for the event, which will take place in September. Stage 2 between Barnsley and Bedale was won by Katusha-Alpecin’s Rick Zabel, but for Van Avermaet an element of focus was on testing his legs on the Worlds finishing circuit, which came roughly half-way through the stage. Belgium will only announce their Worlds team closer to the event, and while a number of riders will come to Yorkshire in the coming weeks and months to recon the course, it’s highly likely that Van Avermaet will spearhead the Belgian challenge. The Olympic road race champion has never won a road world title and at almost 34 years of age the number of opportunities are disappearing. However, the former ...

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The Classics might be over for another year, but for two 24-year-olds the best is yet to come

The Classics might be over for another year, but for two 24-year-olds the best is yet to come

Daniel Ostanek 2 May 2019 The battle of the Vans this year was just a glimpse of the rivalry we can expect for years to come. Everyone else will be fighting for third Sadly, the Spring Classics are over. The near two-month long jaunt from Merelbeke to Liege, via Siena, Antwerp and a host of other exotic locales, is done, another chapter in the history books as we move on to the stage races of the summer . Plenty of memories linger, of course – battles like Alaphilippe vs Fuglsang, Deceuninck-QuickStep vs the peloton, and Alberto Bettiol vs everybody’s betting slip. But another subplot has been running the whole time, continuing on from the dark days of winter, and only ending in the Ardennes. If you hadn’t guessed already, it’s that of the two young guns – the multi-disciplinarians and longstanding cyclocross rivals, Wout van Aert and Mathieu van der ...

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Tour de Yorkshire 2019: Riders to watch

Joe Robinson 1 May 2019 Seven riders to watch at the 2019 Tour de Yorkshire In just five years, the Tour de Yorkshire has proven itself to bea one of the toughest and most exciting stage races in the calendar. Using the hilly Yorkshire Moors and Dales as its canvas, the four-day men's and two-day women's races tour some of the UK's toughest terrain and most spectacular scenery. This year will also have extra spice on Friday as both the men's and women's pelotons take a detour to the city of Harrogate to sample the 15km finishing loop of the UCI World Championships road race this September. With this preview, Yorkshire has managed to attract some of the best riders across both pelotons who not only want to sample the rainbow route but also try some of Yorkshire's world-famous puddings too. Below, Cyclist looks at some of the riders you ...

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Nowt to be ‘appy about

Tour de Yorkshire preview As a teenager, I moved from Yorkshire to British Columbia. Imagine my surprise when, if asked how people were doing, they said “good,” “really well”, or even “great.” Not in Yorkshire. “Fair to middling,” “mustn’t grumble,” and “not so bad.” That’s what I grew up with. You could see that as miserable, dour and stand-offish, and many do. Or you could see it as a cautious realism, and a desire to see what happens before getting too enthusiastic. Either way, Yorkshire is not a place where people whoop with joy. I mention this because “fair to middling” is about my level of enthusiasm for this year’s Tour de Yorkshire. I’ve written about the last two editions and I have been very proud of the emergence of this race. It has served as a bridge between the Grand Depart of 2015 and the World Championships of the ...

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The weekly spin: Rating the winners and losers of the 2019 spring classics

It was late in the race, and Julian Alaphilippe, the most successful rider of the spring classics, knew he would not be defending his team’s title at Liège-Bastogne-Liège. Though his Deceuninck–Quick-Step teammates had spent the day keeping him sheltered from the wind and setting pace at the front of the peloton, the inclement weather had adversely … The post The weekly spin: Rating the winners and losers of the 2019 spring classics appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Greg Van Avermaet returns to Tour de Yorkshire in chance to see Worlds course

Greg Van Avermaet returns to Tour de Yorkshire in chance to see Worlds course

Joe Robinson 30 Apr 2019 Stage 2 will detour to Harrogate to take in the final 15km of this year's World Championships course Greg van Avermaet is relishing the chance to defend his Tour de Yorkshire title to make up for a disappointing spring and also assess the World Championships course ahead of this September. The Belgian will lead his CCC Team at the four-day stage race, starting in Doncaster on Thursday, looking to retain the title he took in 2018 . With its rolling parcours and lack of mountains, it is one of the few stage races that Van Avermaet can target and he, alongside teammate and former Tour de Yorkshire winner Serge Pauwels , will look to repeat their past successes. 'I'm looking forward to returning to the race and trying to defend my title,' Van Avermaet said. 'It's not an easy race by any means but I ...

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Tour de Yorkshire: Defending champion Van Avermaet and Pauwels to lead CCC

CCC Team's Greg van Avermaet looks ready for Paris-Roubaix

Defending Tour de Yorkshire champion Greg Van Avermaet will line up for the British stage race in Doncaster on May 2 alongside the winner of the 2017 edition, Serge Pauwels , making their CCC Team the one to beat on paper. Van Avermaet hasn't enjoyed as successful a spring Classics season as he would have liked, with his second place at the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad his best result, versus an early 2017 campaign when he won the Omloop, the E3 Harelbeke, Gent Wevelgem and Paris-Roubaix. He now hopes for a change of fortune in time for a race that he'll also use to scout out the course for this year's road world championships , which also take place in Yorkshire, in September. "It's always a nice feeling to line up at a race with the number one on your back as defending champion," said Van Avermaet on his team's website. ...

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'A disappointing end' to Van Avermaet's Classics campaign at Liege-Bastogne-Liege

Greg Van Avermaet riding to the start

Greg Van Avermaet 's hopes of finishing his spring Classics campaign on a high came crashing down when the CCC Team leader fell on the final descent of Liège-Bastogne-Liège on Sunday, less than 15 kilometres from the finish. The Belgian had only decided to add the race to his programme after last weekend's Amstel Gold, where he said he had felt good after finishing in 14th place. The decision came after what has been a relatively disappointing 2019 Classics campaign for the 33-year-old, and deciding to prolong his spring racing programme gave him an additional opportunity to score a top result. "Of course, it's a disappointing end to my Classics season," Van Avermaet said on his team's website after the crash. "I was expecting more from this race, and I was happy with how I was feeling, but in the end we didn't get the result I think the team ...

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Fuglsang Lights Up Lukewarm Liège

Strongest rider wins in La Doyenne. I’m going to start this review by saying something I feel is kind of obvious: it is insane that this Ardennes classics season, and indeed spring, went the way it did. Who among us can truly say we thought Jakob Fuglsang, who has always been good but in an unspectacular manner, easier to associate with consistency than any other quality, would, at the age of thirty-four, tear through pre-season before finishing at the pointy end of some big stage races and finish, in ascending order, on each step of the podium in the three Ardennes races. He’s not a Greg Van Avermaet type, where you always knew the big win was around the corner, but instead has taken a giant leap this season. Now to deal with something else obvious: it wasn’t a great Liège. The flatter finish was not a panacea, with doomed ...

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Gesink sustains broken collarbone and pelvis in Liege-Bastogne-Liege crash

Robert Gesink rides in the peloton

Robert Gesink ( Jumbo-Visma ) sustained a broken collarbone and pelvis during a crash at Liège-Bastogne-Liège on Sunday. The injury will force the 32-year-old Dutchman to have to skip the upcoming Giro d'Italia held from May 11 to June 2. "That is very bad news," team manager Addy Engels told NOS . "I didn't see what happened. It was falling apart and we had the 22nd car. Robert's name was mentioned at the fall and he stood in the bend, but could not lean on his right leg. The ambulance stopped, but he could not do without support. They confirmed it in the hospital. If all goes well, he will now go to the hospital in Maastricht." Gesink crashed on the descent of the Côte de Wanne, along with Greg Van Avermaet (CCC-Liv) and Michael Matthews (Sunweb). Van Avermaet and Matthews sustained road rash injuries, according to their respective teams. ...

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