Smaller teams for Great Britain in the Tokyo Olympics road race next summer

Smaller teams for Great Britain in the Tokyo Olympics road race next summer

Joe Robinson 18 Nov 2019 A poor year sees GB head to Tokyo with smaller teams next summer A lacklustre 2019 for British riders means that Great Britain will only be handed four men's and two women's spots at next summer's Olympic road races. The UCI confirmed the allocation of team places for next year's road and time trial events in Tokyo on Monday afternoon. For the men's road race, the British team miss out on being able to field the maximum of five riders, as they had in Rio 2016 and London 2012, instead being awarded a team of fou for Tokyo. For the first year since 2014, a Grand Tour went without a British winner while British riders only took six WorldTour wins all year. Instead of Great Britain, the six nations allocated a five-man squad are Belgium - team of defending champion Greg van Avermaet , Colombia, ...

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Zak Dempster on the end of one journey and the start of another

In late October, Aussie Zak Dempster announced that the 2019 season would be his last as a professional road racer. The Victorian started racing at the Continental level back in 2006 and joined the pro ranks with NetApp-Endura in 2013. He’s ridden with the Israel Cycling Academy for the past three seasons and will remain … The post Zak Dempster on the end of one journey and the start of another appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Trentin’s CCC Team move – ‘More opportunities to get better results’

Trentin relishing opportunity to team up with Greg van Avermaet in hunt for classics victories and grand tour stage wins Read the full article at Trentin’s CCC Team move – ‘More opportunities to get better results’ on VeloNews.com .

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Analysis: Five first impressions of the 2020 Tour de France route

Tour de France organizers have a tall order to fill in following up a 2019 race that was widely seen as the best Tour in years. The route of this year’s Grand Boucle earned high marks from fans and commentators alike, and that had many eyeing this year’s Tour route reveal with even greater anticipation. … The post Analysis: Five first impressions of the 2020 Tour de France route appeared first on CyclingTips .

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The weekly spin: A wet and wild week at the world championships

What a week in professional cycling. The UCI’s Road World Championships is an annual end-of-season gathering of national federations, sponsors, rider agents, and stakeholders that often delivers not only new world champions but also a flurry of announcements and controversies. The Yorkshire world championships was no exception. The eight-day event began with a new discipline, … The post The weekly spin: A wet and wild week at the world championships appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Preview: 18 things to know about the elite men’s Worlds road race

The 2019 Road World Championships conclude this Sunday with the elite men’s road race. It’s one of the biggest and most important days of racing on the men’s calendar and it’s the race that decides who will wear the rainbow bands for the next year. Ahead of Sunday’s race, here’s your guide to the course, … The post Preview: 18 things to know about the elite men’s Worlds road race appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Cyclist predictions: Who we're backing in the 2019 UCI World Championships Road Races

Cyclist predictions: Who we're backing in the 2019 UCI World Championships Road Races

Cyclist magazine 26 Sep 2019 Our predicted winners for the big three road races at the 2019 World Championships Cyclist staffers reveal who they're tipping to claim rainbow jerseys in the three main road races at the 2019 UCI World Championships. Starting with the men’s under-23, followed by the elite women on Saturday and concluding with the elite men on Sunday, here are our picks for the three road race events at the Yorkshire World Championship. Cyclist 's predictions: The 2019 World Championships road races Peter Muir, Editor Under-23 Men : Tom Pidcock – he's on home soil and his cyclocross skills will come in handy when the Yorkshire rain turns the course into a skidpad Elite Women : Marianne Vos – or one of several other Dutch women. In tough conditions she'll have the beating of compatriots Anna van der Breggen and Annemiek van Vleuten Elite Men : Julian ...

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Who are the bookies backing for the World Championships men's race?

Joe Robinson 23 Sep 2019 A guide to the favourites for the men’s elite road race in Harrogate on Sunday 29th September The UCI World Championships is already underway in Harrogate, Yorkshire and the final event is the elite men’s road race on Sunday 29th September. At 285km, it will be the longest World Championships road race in recent history, almost matching the mammoth 298km tackled at Milan-San Remo , just with a mighty 3,645m of elevation. After a long 180km lap of the Yorkshire Dales - which includes ascents of Kidstones Pass, Buttertubs and Grinton Moor - the men will enter Harrogate for seven laps of a 14km finishing circuit. It’s technical, negotiating plenty of narrow roads, tight corners and a few rude gradients in a loop that will sap the energy reserves of every rider. Particularly watch out for the tight bridge on Penny Pot Lane followed by ...

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Van Avermaet's Montreal win sets up exciting worlds

Van Avermaet's Montreal win sets up exciting worlds

Canada's weekend of one-day WorldTour races delivered another thriller with Greg van Avermaet this time producing the goods but all the big stars set to shine at the road worlds in a fortnight showed off their form over the 220km and 4000 metres of climbing in Montreal.

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Van Avermaet wins GP Montreal

Greg van Avermaet out sprinted Diego Ulissi and Ivan Garcia Cortina to win the Grand Prix de Montreal Read the full article at Van Avermaet wins GP Montreal on VeloNews.com .

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Matthews defeats worlds rivals at Grand Prix Cycliste de Quebec

Matthews defeats worlds rivals at Grand Prix Cycliste de Quebec

Australian Michael Matthews' took back-to-back victories at the Grand Prix Cycliste de Quebec, crossing the line ahead of Peter Sagan, Greg van Avermaet, and Julian Alaphilippe, all likely rivals at the UCI Road World Championships at the end of this month.

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Belgium and the Netherlands bring stacked squads to World Championships

Belgium and the Netherlands bring stacked squads to World Championships

George Smith 10 Sep 2019 As more names are announced it’s hard to look past the two cycling giants Last week Mathieu van der Poel admitted that he will arrive in Yorkshire as one of the favourites to win the coveted rainbow jersey at the UCI Road World Championships , with the 284.5km route tipped to be dominated by Classics specialists . That will come as a challenge to not only his Dutch teammate Bauke Mollema, but also the rival Belgians, whose panoply of riding talent borders on being a hindrance rather than a benefit. Leading their charge will be Olympic champion and Paris-Roubaix winner Greg Van Avermaet and former World Champion and multiple Monument winner Philippe Gilbert ; though it may do the pair a disservice, their honours are too exhaustive to list here. Behind them, rising star and junior World Champion Remco Evenepoel may even fancy his chances ...

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The weekly spin: Philosophy and perspective with Nathan Haas

Back in May, just prior to the Amgen Tour of California, I had a memorable conversation with Australian Nathan Haas about a number of topics. Some were timely, such as his season to that point, and teammate Marcel Kittel’s announcement that he was breaking his contract with Katusha-Alpecin. But Haas consistently delivered thoughtful, timeless answers that … The post The weekly spin: Philosophy and perspective with Nathan Haas appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Yes, you should watch the Vuelta a España – here’s why

Supported by It’s hard to blame anyone for seeing the Vuelta a España as the little brother of cycling’s Grand Tour family. It’s the newest of the trio, “only” in its 74th edition this year. The red winner’s jersey lacks the mystique of the maillot jaune or the maglia rosa, perhaps because it’s only been red since … The post Yes, you should watch the Vuelta a España – here’s why appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Laurens De Plus wins 2019 BinckBank Tour

Oliver Naesen (AG2R La Mondiale) wins finale stage 7 at BinckBank Tour

Laurens De Plus ( Jumbo-Visma ) snatched overall victory at the BinckBank Tour from Tim Wellens (Lotto Soudal) after going on the attack in the final circuit of the Muur of Geraardsbergen. De Plus surged away with Greg Van Avermaet (CCC Team) and Oliver Naesen (AG2R La Mondiale) just before the cobbled Bosberg climb after the Muur had made a first selection. Wellens was isolated and unable to go with the move, with De Plus also sweeping up seven bonus seconds in the late Golden Kilometre sprints. De Plus started the stage just 12 seconds down on Wellens and then gave his all in the final, hectic pursuit match to the finish, gaining enough time to win the WorldTour stage race. Naesen was the strongest on the climb up to the finish on the lower slopes of the Muur, coming past van Avermaet close to the line after his close ...

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BinckBank Tour: Wellens wins stage 4

Tim Wellens (Lotto Soudal) snatched victory from Marc Hirschi (Team Sunweb) on stage 4 of the BinckB

Tim Wellens ( Lotto Soudal ) snatched victory from Marc Hirschi (Team Sunweb) on stage 4 of the BinckBank Tour. The experienced Lotto Soudal rider allowed Hirschi to lead out the sprint to the line in Houffalize with over 150m to go before coming through to take the win by a matter of inches. Fellow breakaway companion Laurens De Plus (Jumbo Visma) finished a distant third on the stage. The win marked Lotto Soudal’s first victory since the tragic death of Bjorg Lambrecht earlier in the month. Wellens now leads Hirschi by four seconds in the general classification after overnight leader Sam Bennett (Bora-hansgrohe) was dropped earlier in the stage. Ivan Garcia Cortina (Bahrain Merida) had been in the final break but was unable to match the leading three riders on the last set of climbs, with the Spaniard bringing home a small chase group at 23 seconds. The trio ...

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Van Avermaet leads CCC Team at BinckBank Tour

Greg Van Avermaet (CCC)

Greg Van Avermaet will once again lead the line for CCC Team at next week's BinckBank Tour , hoping to turn the embers of his Tour de France form into a third victory of the season. The Olympic road race champion was unable to win a stage in France but came close to winning the Clásica San Sebastián last weekend, finishing in second place behind solo winner Remco Evenepoel. The BinckBank Tour - formerly the Eneco Tour - represents a familiar post-Tour de France outing for Van Avermaet, who has done the Belgium-Holland-Luxembourg-based race for the past five years. He has finished in the top six on each occasion but has never won the overall title. "Binck Bank Tour is a race that has always suited me in the past and it's one that I always like coming back to. I was happy with my performance in San Sebastián and ...

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Formolo predicts relentlessly tough Olympic road race in Tokyo

Davide Formolo and his Bora-Hansgrohe teammates in San Sebastian

Italian road champion Davide Formolo ( Bora-Hansgrohe ) is not one to be easily daunted by a tough climbing circuit, but after clinching second in July at the Olympic road-race test event for Tokyo's Olympic Games, Formolo has one very straightforward prediction about next summer in Japan: "It's going to be a very hard race indeed." Second at Liège-Bastogne-Liège in April, and the winner of the difficult Montjuic circuit at the Volta a Catalunya in March, Formolo has succeeded more often than not in hilly climbing races, and is therefore in a good position to compare the tough Tokyo event with similar professional events. And when asked by Cyclingnews this weekend if the Tokyo course was as hard as the notoriously tough 2016 Olympic road race circuit in Brazil, Formolo answered simply: 'Yes.' Brazil featured 40 kilometres of climbing, and was won by Greg Van Avermaet for Belgium. Four years ...

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The future is now: 19-year-old Evenepoel solos to win Clásica San Sebastián

First-year professional Remco Evenepoel won the Clásica San Sebastián Saturday with a solo escape on the final climb to take his first WorldTour victory at just 19 years old. The Belgian becomes the youngest-ever winner of a WorldTour race at 19 years and 190 days of age, and added to his Tour of Belgium win … The post The future is now: 19-year-old Evenepoel solos to win Clásica San Sebastián appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Evenepoel wins Clasica San Sebastian

Remco Evenepoel wins the 2019 Clasica San Sebastian

Remco Evenepoel ( Deceuninck-QuickStep ) took his first WorldTour one-day race victory Saturday in Spain, soloing over the final 8km at Clásica San Sebastián to win alone. The 19-year-old dropped Toms Skujinš (Trek-Segafredo) on the final climb and then held off the chase over the closing 7km to secure the win. "I really did not feel good today for most of the race," said Evenepoel, who was dropped form the bunch on the penultimate climb. "I did not to go so early, but I knew with power I could take [Skujinš] in the climb, and this is incredible. I really cannot believe this. It's unbelievable. I'll be honest, it was really a dream to once win this race in my career, and now I've done it already. It's incredible. I really didn't expect this. It's incredible." Evenepoel joined Skujinš in an attack before the final climb, which topped out 7km ...

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