Il Lombardia: All you need to know including TV guide, favourites and route

Joe Robinson 10 Oct 2019 A complete guide to everything you need to know about Il Lombardia, taking place on Saturday 12th October Il Lombardia is the last big race of the season and one to savour. The final of the five Monuments of road cycling, 'the race of the falling leaves' takes place in early autumn across the picturesque landscape of Lombardy in northern Italy. Like all Italian Classics, the race takes place on a Saturday (12th October) as opposed to the usual slot of a Sunday. At 263km, it's a gruelling day in the saddle, covering six categorised climbs including the dreaded Colma di Surmano as the course takes the peloton from Bergamo to Como. Usually a race reserved for punchy climbers, recent winners have included Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ), Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) and Esteban Chaves (Mitchelton-Scott). While defending champion Pinot will be absent, a stacked start list will ...

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Dumoulin labels teammate's doping past 'bitter pill to swallow'

Dumoulin labels teammate's doping past 'bitter pill to swallow'

Joe Robinson 19 Sep 2019 Georg Preidler accused of blood doping and HGH use during 2017 Giro d'Italia Tom Dumoulin has labelled the news former teammate Georg Preidler may have doped during the 2017 Giro d'Italia , which Dumoulin won, 'a bitter pill to swallow'. The Dutchman won his only Grand Tour to date at that Giro with Preidler providing his domestique duties for Team Sunweb in 2017 before departing for Groupama-FDJ at the end of the season. Preidler had admitted to conspiracy to blood dope in 2018 after being named in the 'Operation Alderlass' scandal . However, an Austrian court has now accused the rider of blood doping and using human growth hormone as far back as the spring of 2017. This prompted former teammate Dumoulin to respond to the news that one of his teammates may have doped during his Giro victory two years ago. 'Unfortunately, today I ...

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16 stitches and a life of pain: Willie Smit is cycling’s toughest rider

As Primoz Roglic rolled across the Madrid finish line of the 2019 Vuelta a España on Sunday, claiming his debut Grand Tour win in the process, there was a quieter moment of triumph taking place. In 31st place on the stage, 118th on the GC, was Willie Smit, a 26-year-old South African riding in the … The post 16 stitches and a life of pain: Willie Smit is cycling’s toughest rider appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Vuelta a Espana 2019: Tadej Pogacar wins Stage 13 in alliance with Primoz Roglic

Vuelta a Espana 2019: Tadej Pogacar wins Stage 13 in alliance with Primoz Roglic

Jack Elton-Walters 6 Sep 2019 An alliance based on nationality saw the two riders take huge strides in the GC on Stage 13 of the 2019 Vuelta a Espana. Image: Eurosport Tadej Pogacar ( UAE-Team Emirates ) won Stage 13 of the 2019 Vuelta a Espana as he and compatriot and overall leader Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) rode away from their rivals on the steep climbs of Los Machucos. They went early and rode together all the way to the finish line, spoiling the dreams of the breakaway riders and gaining valuable time on the rest of the top 10. None of the other riders could do anything when these two went away in what looked like a pre-planned move to work together. Pogacar did much of the work on the climb and was rewarded with a stage win and a bettering of his position overall, while Roglic took second for ...

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Vuelta a Espana 2019: Roglic wins Stage 10 TT to take race lead with barnstorming performance

Vuelta a Espana 2019: Roglic wins Stage 10 TT to take race lead with barnstorming performance

George Smith 3 Sep 2019 Slovene puts rivals to the sword in dominant display on Stage 10 Primoz Roglic proved irresistible as the Jumbo-Visma rider smashed his rivals to take the stage win and move himself into the race lead, earning the red jersey with a blistering time of 47:05. The Slovenian former ski jumper leapfrogged the GC leader at the start of the day, Nairo Quintana (Movistar), who expectedly ceded major time to his rivals that he will now have to try and recoup in the mountains. It was a mixed bag for the other favourites for the third and final Grand Tour of the season. Roglic’s countryman Tadej Podacar (UAE-Emirates), Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) and Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana) all limited their losses, up to a point. Although Roglic actually caught Lopez for two minutes and they crossed the line in quick succession. Conversely, Carl Frederik Hagen (Lotto-Soudal), and ...

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Vuelta a Espana 2019: Jesus Herrada wins Stage 6, Dylan Teuns in red

Vuelta a Espana 2019: Jesus Herrada wins Stage 6, Dylan Teuns in red

Joseph Delves 29 Aug 2019 Cofidis rider wins from a breakaway with Dylan Teuns claiming the overall Jesus Herrada (Cofidis) won Stage 6 of the 2019 Vuelta a Espana after getting the better of Dylan Teuns ( Bahrain-Merida ). The two led up much of the final climb, with Herrada riding away easily in the final kilometre. With the day’s break having built a lead of over six minutes, Teuns was able to console himself by taking over the lead of the entire race. With no huge climbs, but a sizable 3,109 metres of ascent, today’s 198.9km stage from Mora De Rubielos to Ares Del Maestrat had alway looked set to favour a breakaway. As so it turned out. After Team Ineos ’s Wout Poels led over the first two climbs, a large and talented group eventually went clear, despite the surprisingly high pace of the bunch. This was made ...

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Vuelta a Espana: Jesus Herrada wins stage 6

Jesus Herrada celebrates his victory

It was a day of firsts at the Vuelta a España , Jesús Herrada (Cofidis) taking his debut success in a Grand Tour when he jumped clear of fellow breakaway Dylan Teuns (Bahrain-Merida) inside the final kilometre of the stage six finale on the Ares del Maestrat climb. Teuns, though, also pulled off a huge coup, moving into the red jersey thanks to Astana’s decision not to defend Miguel Ángel López’s lead and, just as significantly, to the Belgian’s power on the final ascent, which saw off his main rival for red, Ineos’s David De La Cruz. The stage was, unfortunately, also notable for a number of high-profile abandons as the result of a mid-stage crash. EF Education First were the team most affected. Their leader Rigoberto Urán and climber Hugh Carthy were forced out of the race, the Colombian suffering a broken collar-bone. The incident also resulted in the ...

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Vuelta a Espana: Astana win team time trial

Astana on the podium after winning the TTT

Astana put in a thoroughly dominant and mistake-free ride to win the opening team time trial at the Vuelta a Espana . The men in black and blue finished the 13.4km course in a time of 14:51 to win ahead of Deceuninck-QuickStep and Team Sunweb. The win put Miguel Angel Lopez in the first leader’s jersey of this year’s race after he crossed the line ahead of his teammates. Deceuninck-QuickStep pushed Astana all the way and may have edged the win had it not been for a poorly parked Jumbo-Visma car. The Belgian team were forced to check their line and then lost two riders on the final corner as they looked to keep their rhythm. They crossed the line just two seconds down on Astana. Jumbo-Visma’s terrible day didn’t stop there. The Dutch team were the favourites to win the stage and they were in contention until a crash ...

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Vuelta a Espana 2019: Astana win the Stage 1 TTT to put Miguel Angel Lopez into red

Vuelta a Espana 2019: Astana win the Stage 1 TTT to put Miguel Angel Lopez into red

Stu Bowers 24 Aug 2019 A drama filled first stage of the 2019 Vuelta a Espana, but there's a long way to go. Astana won the Stage 1 team time trial at the 2019 Vuelta a Espana to put Miguel Angel Lopez into the first red leader's jersey. The 2019 and 74th Vuelta a Espana got underway today in the beautiful Spanish town of Torrevieja on Spain’s Costa Blanca. The evening conditions were near perfect, warm, dry and sunny with only a slight breeze, for an opening stage that was always likely to be a speed fest and one for the powerhouses to flex their muscles, with no significant elevation change, and only 13.4km to cover. First team down the start ramp (which rather interestingly was made of salt) and therefore setting the benchmark time was Team Dimension Data, who covered the course in 15min25sec. Education First were expected to ...

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BinckBank Tour: Hodeg wins stage 5 in Venray

Alvaro Hodeg (Deceuninck-QuickStep) wins stage 5 of the BinckBank Tour in Venray.

Alvaro Hodeg (Deceuninck-QuickStep) claimed stage 5 of the 2019 BinckBank Tour after edging out Sam Bennett (Bora-Hansgrohe) and Edward Theuns (Trek-Segafredo) on the line in Venray. Hodeg benefitted from an excellent lead-out from his Deceuninck - Quick Step team after they brought the young Colombian to the front of a messy sprint with just under 150m to go. Bennett, who had won the opening three stages, was forced to follow wheels in the closing stage after his Bora squad had chased down the earlier break and then planted the Irishman on Hodeg’s wheel with just over a kilometre to go. Bennett was forced to check his line after one rider almost forced him wide but despite coming to back to Hodeg’s rear wheel he was unable to overall the QuickStep rider before the line. Trek-Segafredo played a prominent role in the last kilometre as they looked to launch Theuns but ...

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Movistar name Enric Mas as new Grand Tour leader for 2020

Enric Mas (Quick-Step Floors) on the Vuelta podium for best young rider

Movistar have confirmed that Enric Mas will leave Deceuninck-QuickStep to join the Spanish WorldTour squad and become their Grand Tour leader for the next three years. The 24-year-old from Mallorca finished second overall in the 2018 Vuelta a Espana and is considered Spain’s most promising rider for future Grand Tours. Mas will replace Mikel Landa, who has already confirmed he will move to Bahrain-Merida in 2020, Giro d’Italia winner Richard Carapaz, who is set to join Team Ineos, and Nairo Quintana, who is widely expected to move to French Professional Continental team Arkea Samsic. Mas will share leadership at Movistar with fellow Spaniard Alejandro Valverde, with Marc Soler also expected to have a bigger leadership role. Mas raced as an amateur with the Fundación Contador team and then stepped up to WorldTour level in 2017 with QuickStep. He won a stage at the 2018 Itzulia Basque Country and confirmed his ...

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How to watch the 2019 BinckBank Tour

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Our complete guide to this year's BinckBank Tour in The Netherlands

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How to watch the Tour de Pologne: Free live streams from anywhere

Pascal Ackermann edges out Alvaro Hodeg on Stage 1 of the Tour de Pologne

The WorldTour continues this weekend with the 76th edition of the Tour de Pologne , and we know you won't want to miss a minute of the race. What better way to cure your Tour de France hangover than to watch some high-powered, full-on cycling action? Cyclingnews has the keys to finding the best live stream in your location – and if you are OK with Polish, the TVPsport.pl stream is absolutely free in just about every country. The race is sure to have a new winner this year as defending champion Michal Kwiatkowski (Team Ineos) needed rest after helping his team take the top two spots at the Tour de France in July, while runner-up Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) heads to the Clasica San Sebastian and third-placed Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) is out with an injury that knocked him out of the Tour while sitting in fourth place overall. The Tour ...

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Caleb Ewan heads RideLondon-Surrey Classic line-up

Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal) wins the finale stage 21 at the Tour de France on the Champs-Elysees

Lotto Soudal 's Caleb Ewan will head a star-studded line-up for this year's Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic , just a week after having taken his third stage victory at his first Tour de France on the Champs-Elysées in Paris. The one-day RideLondon-Surrey Classic – Britain's only UCI WorldTour-level event – will also feature Irish sprint star Sam Bennett (Bora-Hansgrohe), Groupama-FDJ fast-man Arnaud Démare, who won the first edition of the race in 2013, and Deceuninck-QuickStep duo Philippe Gilbert and Elia Viviani, with the latter coming fresh from his stage win at what was also the Italian's first Tour de France. British fans will be happy to see Alex Dowsett (Katusha-Alpecin) back on British shores, with the Essex man having just completed his first Tour, while a young but talented Great Britain team boasts 2018 national road race champion Connor Swift. Team Ineos arrive on home roads fielding reigning Tour de Yorkshire ...

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How do teams carry so many bikes at the Tour de France?

Every team at the Tour de France has an elaborate network of equipment support for each of its eight riders in the event of a mechanical or crash during the race. Within the race caravan are two cars for every team, and each vehicle carries a spare bike for every rider (or even more, in … The post How do teams carry so many bikes at the Tour de France? appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Demare wins stage 4 in Tour de Wallonie

Arnaud Demare wins the sprint on stage 4 of Tour de Wallonie

Arnaud Demare (Groupama-FDJ) took out the victory on the second to last Tour de Wallonie stage in Lierneux, prevailing from the bunch sprint after taking part in the early breakaway on the undulating 178km stage. Demare timed his sprint perfectly after an early surge by Bryan Coquard (Vital Concept), and held off Szymon Sajnok (CCC Team) and Stijn Steels (Roompot-Charles). The stage from Villers-Le-Bouillet featured five categorized climbs, with the category 2 Cote de Chera coming 14km into the stage. Demare made a five-man breakaway with Thomas Boudat (Total Direct Energie), Toon Aerts (Telenet-Fidea), Floris Gerts (Tarteletto-Isorex) and Elmar Reinders (Roompot-Charles) with the idea that there would be no bunch sprint. Demare lost contact with the escapees with around 50km to go, with Team Ineos' Eddie Dunbar scrambling across to the move to replace him. The move never gained much more than a minute, and with 12km to go, Dunbar ...

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'I will need to win the Tour': Pinot on how to repair his Tour de France heartbreak

'I will need to win the Tour': Pinot on how to repair his Tour de France heartbreak

Joe Robinson 30 Jul 2019 The 29-year-old is still unsure what led to his heartbreaking Tour de France exit The pictures of Thibaut Pinot in floods of tears barely able to pedal his bike before abandoning the Tour de France on Stage 19 did not leave a dry eye in the house. The 29-year-old was riding the Tour of his life. Despite losing 1 minute 40 seconds in the crosswinds of Stage 10 to Albi, the Groupama-FDJ leader had battled back to recover the deficit. He was unmatchable when taking victory on the Tourmalet on Stage 14 and a day later, on the road to Foix, he dropped all of his rivals to the summit. By that point, he had made back those 100 seconds he had lost. Yet by the time the race had reached the Alps, Pinot was suffering from a knee injury that left him barely able ...

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Pinot: To forget all this, I'll need to win the Tour de France

Thibaut Pinot consoled by Matthieu Ladagnous (Groupama-FDJ)

Thibaut Pinot has said that he will need to win the Tour de France in order to get over the disappointment of abandoning this year’s race. The Frenchman was still firmly in contention for final overall victory when he was forced out of the race with a thigh injury on stage 19. It was Pinot’s fourth abandon in seven Tour participations, and he also abandoned the 2018 Giro d’Italia through illness on the penultimate stage when a place on the podium seemed all but assured. The rawness of this latest disappointment was captured in a compelling fly-on-the-wall documentary – Avec Thibaut – broadcast on France Télévisions on Sunday. Click here to watch the French documentary. In one memorable scene, a disconsolate Pinot sits on the end of his bed as Groupama-FDJ manager Marc Madiot attempts to comfort him. “What did I do to deserve this?” Pinot asks, and he touched ...

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The weekly spin: What we can expect from the 2020 Tour de France

The days that follow the Tour de France always leave cyclings fans with a bout of melancholy. After three weeks of closely following the biggest event in the sport, the vacuum that follows is profound. Yes, there are other races, but none that demand the collective attention of the Tour. This year’s race was exceptionally … The post The weekly spin: What we can expect from the 2020 Tour de France appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Race director Christian Prudhomme: My most beautiful Tour de France

Tour de France race director Christian Prudhomme talks to Geraint Thomas

Tour de France race director Christian Prudhomme has described this year's race as "three extraordinary and unforgettable weeks", and admitted that it was "the most beautiful Tour" he'd witnessed since taking the reins of La Grande Boucle in 2007. It was indeed the Tour that had it all, inviting comparisons by many to the 1989 race , which was eventually decided by just eight seconds. This year, the top four riders on the GC were separated by less than two minutes, with a 22-year-old climber from Colombia crowned king in Paris on Sunday. Along the way, there were the expected beautiful stage victories, and the usual tears and crashes, but also landslides and shortened stages, and the emergence of new stars of the future. There was even, it seemed for a while at one point, the possibility of a French winner – for the first time since 1985. Prudhomme said ...

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