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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Trentin signs for CCC Team

Matteo Trentin (Mitchelton-Scott) wins stage 17 Tour de France

Matteo Trentin will ride for CCC Team next year, joining the former BMC Racing set-up after two seasons with Mitchelton-Scott. Cycling’s transfer window officially opened on August 1 and Trentin is the first major move at men’s WorldTour level. He also represents the first major signing for Jim Ochowicz’s team since BMC ended its sponsorship and Polish company CCC stepped in to save the team. They lost half their roster in the process and have relied heavily on Greg Van Avermaet in 2019, but the considerable funds available from CCC owner Dariusz Milek always meant they would be able to strengthen ahead of 2020. Having been linked with a number of riders this summer, Trentin, who recently won a stage of the Tour de France , is the first to sign. The 30-year-old will provide support, both physically and tactically, to Van Avermaet in the Classics, while also using his ...

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European champion Matteo Trentin leaves Mitchelton-Scott for CCC Team

European champion Matteo Trentin leaves Mitchelton-Scott for CCC Team

Joe Robinson 2 Aug 2019 Versatile Italian to improve firepower of CCC in Classics and Grand Tours The first major transfer of the season has been confirmed with European champion Matteo Trentin leaving Mitchelton-Scott for CCC Team . Confirmed by CCC this morning, the Italian will move across to bolster the team's Spring Classics roster in a two-year deal. The 29-year-old recently took his third career Tour de France victory on Stage 17 to Gap and will also provide his new team with options in Grand Tours. CCC Team General Manager Jim Ochowicz spoke on how Trentin's experience could help CCC receive a race-winning edge. 'Matteo Trentin is an exceptional cyclist so we are excited to welcome him to CCC Team for the next two years. Not only will Matteo add strength to our Classics team, where he will ride alongside Greg Van Avermaet, but his versatility as a rider ...

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Alaphilippe back in action at Clasica San Sebastian

Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep) in the yellow jersey at the Tour de France

The Deceuninck-QuickStep team have confirmed that Julian Alaphilippe will be back in action at the Clasica San Sesbatian on Saturday, looking to continue his run of incredible success and repeat his victory of a year ago. Also in the Deceuninck-QuickStep line-up at Enric Mas and 19-year-old Remco Evenepoel. Alaphilippe was the French hero of the Tour de France as he fought to hold onto the yellow jersey; he led the Tour de France for 14 days only to lose yellow to Egan Bernal (Team Ineos) in the Alps on the dramatic shortened stage to Tignes. He eventually finished fifth overall but was awarded the Super Combatif prize for his aggressive racing and so got to stand on the final podium in Paris. Alaphilippe has opted to miss the lucrative post-Tour de France criteriums in Belgium and the Netherlands this week but is expected to ride the Ronde d'Aix criterium in ...

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The Tour de France middle man’s modest dreams

Supported by There’s a yawning gap between the riders who think they can win the Tour de France and the riders who know they can’t. It contains the middle men, the new and the young and the hopeful and, at the moment, it contains Xandro Meurisse. Meurisse is 27, in his first Tour de France. Two weeks … The post The Tour de France middle man’s modest dreams appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Trentin scorches his breakaway companions to win stage 17 - Video

It was a hot day during stage 17 of the Tour de France

Stage 17 at the Tour de France was one for the breakaway, between the overall contenders saving their legs for the big stages ahead in the Alps and the heat. Of the 33 riders who escaped, only Matteo Trentin (Mitchelton-Scott) had the reserves to put in a winning move, and the European champion showed his class with an unmatched attack on the final climb and a 14km solo effort to take his team's fourth stage win. Kasper Asgreen (Deceuninck-Quickstep) and Greg Van Avermaet (CCC Team) rounded out the day's podium. The overall contenders remained largely in the same position, with the exception of Wanty-Gobert's Xandro Meurisse climbing six spots into 13th overall thanks to making the breakaway. Julian Alaphilippe continues to lead Geraint Thomas by 1:35, with Steven Kruijswijk, Thibaut Pinot, Egan Bernal and Emanuel Buchmann all within 40 seconds of the defending champion. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com

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Tour de France: Van Avermaet's stage win prospects expire in the Gap heat

Greg Van Avermaet (CCC) stage 17 Tour de France

Olympic road race champion Greg Van Avermaet ( CCC Team ) saw his last realistic opportunity to win a stage at this year's Tour de France disappear up the road on stage 17 when Matteo Trentin (Mitchelton-Scott) attacked just before the final climb of the Col de la Sentinelle. Van Avermaet, like the rest of the 30-plus strong break, were unable to go with the Italian when he attacked with 14km to go and duly took the victory in Gap to bring his team's tally in this year's race to four stage wins. Kasper Asgreen went after Trentin on the final climb but was forced to accept second place, while Van Avermaet's consolation came with third in the bunch sprint. With three back-to-back stages in the Alps and then the sprint finish on the Champs Elysees to come, stage 17 was the final chance for the opportunists to win a ...

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Tour de France 2019 stage 17 finish line quotes

Matteo Trentin (Mitchelton-Scott) wins stage 17 at the Tour de France

Matteo Trentin (Mitchelton-Scott) - stage 17 winner "I was scared of [Kasper] Asgreen and I was right because he finished second after getting a free ride in the break. There was a headwind on the climb but I got up it well. "I was always up there in this Tour but never got the results. This win makes up for it all. I had good legs but never finished it off. Today was: 'all in: everything or nothing'. I suffered like a dog but it was worth it all." (ITV) "It was actually a really emotional finish because I've only won two races this season and doing it here in the Tour de France, on this finish line with this group in front – it was a super string group and it was just an amazing ride. I don't think anybody would've predicted attacking before that climb on this stage ...

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Tour de France: Trentin solos to victory on stage 17 in Gap

Matteo Trentin (Mitchelton-Scott) wins stage 17 at the Tour de France

Matteo Trentin (Mitchelton-Scott) claimed victory on stage 17 of the Tour de France after soloing clear of the break on the road to Gap, while Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep) retained the yellow jersey after a day of relative truce among the general classification contenders. On a day of two races within a race, Trentin rode to his third stage victory at the Tour – he previously won in 2013 and 2014 – after punching his way clear of the breakaway group ahead of the final climb of the Col de la Sentinelle. Alaphilippe and the podium contenders, meanwhile, rolled home more than 20 minutes behind, content to spare themselves for the rigours to come in the Alps over the next three days. Trentin was part of a 33-strong break that amassed an unassailable lead over the peloton on yet another day of soaring temperatures, and he proved the strongest and savviest ...

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Tour de France 2019: Matteo Trentin goes solo to take Stage 17

Tour de France 2019: Matteo Trentin goes solo to take Stage 17

Jack Elton-Walters 24 Jul 2019 European Champion Matteo Trentin rode to a solo win on Stage 17 of the 2019 Tour de France Matteo Trentin ( Mitchelton-Scott ) won Sage 17 of the 2019 Tour de France after going solo on a day when the breakaway was allowed to become a stayaway. Trentin timed his attack well and went clear with around 14km to go to the finish line. Up the final climb and down the descent to the finish line, the European Champion was fully in control as he pushed on for a famous win. When the break's advantage crept up and up, peaking at over 18 minutes, it was clear that the General Classification teams were satisfied to let others contest the stage win. Thanks to the time gap back to the peloton, as Trentin was raising his arms in victory the bulk of the peloton was riding ...

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Van Avermaet looking for last chance in breakaway at Tour de France

Greg van Avermaet on the front during stage 12 at the Tour de France

Greg Van Avermaet and his CCC Team are still on the hunt for breakaway victories in the 2019 Tour de France , but the Belgian star recognises that with just one transition stage remaining, time is anything but on their side. "That is why we are here, we have no sprinters, no climbers, no GC riders, so we need to do something every day, and our guys keep trying," CCC Team manager Valerio Piva told Cyclingnews after stage 16. "Lukas [Wisniowski] was up there today, so I'm pleased because we tried. And Greg has not been at his best recently, but he'll keep trying." Wednesday's transition stage to Gap is the last opportunity for the stage hunters before the race is over, Piva recognised. With yet another win for Lotto Souda – one of the seven of the 22 Tour teams to take a stage so far along with Deceuninck-QuickStep, ...

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Tour de France 2019: Simon Yates wins Stage 12 from break as GC holds station

Tour de France 2019: Simon Yates wins Stage 12 from break as GC holds station

Joe Robinson 18 Jul 2019 Yates wins from a three-man break as big break nullifies GC attacks Mitchelton-Scott's Simon Yates became the latest rider to win stages of all three Grand Tours as the Mitchelton-Scott rider won a three-man sprint on Stage 12 of the Tour de France. The Lancastrian outfoxed fellow break riders Gregor Muhlberger of Bora-Hansgrohe and Pello Bilbao of Astana to take the final corner in the lead and hold out the sprint to the line. Yates becomes the second rider in as many days to win a stage in all three Grand Tours after Caleb Ewan's exploits yesterday and the third of the race after Elia Viviani's win on Stage 4. In terms of General Classification, it was another day of keeping the powder dry as Julian Alaphilippe rolled in with his closest rivals to defend his yellow jersey for a fourth consecutive day. Team Ineos ...

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Tour de France 2019: Simon Yates wins from break as GC holds station

Tour de France 2019: Simon Yates wins from break as GC holds station

Joe Robinson 18 Jul 2019 Yates wins from a three-man break as big break nullifies GC attacks Mitchelton-Scott's Simon Yates became the latest rider to win stages of all three Grand Tours as the Mitchelton-Scott rider won a three-man sprint on Stage 12 of the Tour de France. The Lancastrian outfoxed fellow break riders Gregor Muhlberger of Bora-Hansgrohe and Pello Bilbao of Astana to take the final corner in the lead and hold out the sprint to the line. Yates becomes the second rider in as many days to win a stage in all three Grand Tours after Caleb Ewan's exploits yesterday and the third of the race after Elia Viviani's win on Stage 4. In terms of General Classification, it was another day of keeping the powder dry as Julian Alaphilippe rolled in with his closest rivals to defend his yellow jersey for a fourth consecutive day. Team Ineos ...

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Visualising the 2019 Tour de France: The ups and downs of the first ‘week’

Throughout this year’s Tour de France CyclingTips VeloClub member Cameron Harris has been putting his data journalism skills to work to help us make sense of the race. He’s created a bunch of charts that illustrate various aspects of the Tour in a way that a results sheet simply can’t. Through Cameron’s work, we get … The post Visualising the 2019 Tour de France: The ups and downs of the first ‘week’ appeared first on CyclingTips .

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