Chris Froome to start season at Tour Colombia after training at altitude

Chris Froome to start season at Tour Colombia after training at altitude

Joe Robinson 12 Feb 2019 Froome to be joined by Bernal and Sosa for second edition of Tour Colombia Chris Froome will begin his 2019 season at the Tour Colombia later today as he begins preparations for a record-equalling fifth Tour de France title in July. The six-time Grand Tour winner will co-lead Team Sky at the South American stage race with Egan Bernal, who enters the race as defending champion. The race will also offer a team debut for young South Americans Jhonatan Narvaez and Ivan Sosa, while Jonathan Castroviejo and Sebastian Henao complete the team. The Tour Colombia takes place from 12th to 17th February and begins with a 14km team time trial around Medellin. The race, which is only in its second edition, offers a stern early season test with four mountain stages and multiple days at altitude. This is much different to Froome's usual season race ...

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Offseason Capsule: Trek - Segafredo

The Battle Action Richie Porte (tm) now comes with a pre-broken collarbone!

Desperately seeking a GC star after a season in which they couldn’t even manage a Zubeldia-esque placing at any of the grand tours, Trek’s signing of Richie Porte got most of the attention during the offseason. What really deserves the attention, however, is the reinvigorated and reinforced classics squad that should be the centerpiece of 2019 for Trek. What we said last year Andrew’s general predictions -- that development of the retained riders would lead to a better 2018, that Trek was weak in the stage races, and that they would rely on Stuyven and Degenkolb-- were on the money, but praising Andrew for being right is boring. Let’s see if he correctly answered the multiple choice question he posed to himself regarding John Degenkolb. That multiple choice question was what was going on with Dege and what will 2018 show us with the following possible answers: Degenkolb is: a) ...

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CyclingTips Podcast: Cyclocross worlds and a water bottle rant

This week’s episode opens with cyclocross worlds, including a dissection of Lucinda Brand’s odd pit crash. Then we have a dispatch from Australia and the Herald Sun Tour. Then, on Nerd Alert, James gets a bit ranty about water bottles that don’t use a regular water bottle cage, and we award the first CyclingTippy WHY?! … The post CyclingTips Podcast: Cyclocross worlds and a water bottle rant appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Donohoe riding high after Herald Sun Tour performance

Donohoe riding high after Herald Sun Tour performance

The Jayco Herald Sun Tour is an opportunity for the spotlight to shine on riders that have never competed at a higher level. Such was the case with Australian Paralympian Alistair Donohoe (Pro Racing Sunshine Coast) who shone in the breakaway in each of the final two stages.

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The Bunch, Ep 3: Junior racing is better, end of summer, fancy carbon

Welcome to episode three of The Bunch, where we catch you up on the week in cycling and what we’re up to here at CyclingTips. We’ve got a jam-packed episode for you. To kick things off, Neal takes us through all the excitement (well, exciting all the except the Elite men, perhaps) of the UCI … The post The Bunch, Ep 3: Junior racing is better, end of summer, fancy carbon appeared first on CyclingTips .

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'This could be the year' - Team Sky eye Classics Season with anticipation

'This could be the year' - Team Sky eye Classics Season with anticipation

Jamie Finch-Penninger 4 Feb 2019 Happy with how things have gone in Australia, Team Sky are looking to come away from the Classics with something to show for their efforts An aggressive series of performances on top of a long Australian training block has seen Team Sky reap big rewards in the final race of the Australian early season calendar, the Herald Sun Tour. Team Sky emerged with two stage wins from five, the overall win, the young rider's jersey and the mountains jersey after a series of Classics-like manoeuvres put them in positions to dominate the race. Arguably the biggest positive out of the tour has been the cohesion between the riders, many of whom will back up and form the core of the Team Sky squad at the Cobbled Classics . 'To win the last stage was really the icing on the cake,' said Team Sky sports director ...

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Cross Worlds and other new in brief

Van der Poel, Cant take cyclocross rainbows in Denmark We don’t normally do “news in brief” here, but there’s always a barrage of stories at this time of the year and a space to discuss them might prove popular. It’s also good to give some space to the weekend’s big stories, which came not on a road, but in a muddy field. Cyclocross Worlds The 2019 worlds course was in Denmark, for the first time since the 1998 championship in Middlefart (thank goodness I wasn’t writing for the café that year). The course was coastal, cold and exposed, and with a few steep climbs and descents at one end of an otherwise flat course. For all my jibes, the course wasn’t too muddy, though some of the entries to sharp turns and downhills, as you’d expect, were fairly cut up by the end of the week. The competitions began with ...

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Sky executes perfect Herald Sun Tour plan

Sky executes perfect Herald Sun Tour plan

Sky had a plan for the final stage of the Herald Sun Tour and nailed it by race end, with Kristoffer Halvorsen taking the sprint win and Dylan van Baarle easily holding on for overall victory. More to come.

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Herald Sun Tour: Victorious Van Baarle sets sights on Classics

Champagne time for Dylan van Baarle after winning the 2019 Jayco Herald Sun Tour

The overall winner of the 2019 Jayco Herald Sun Tour , Dylan van Baarle , will head home to Europe with his confidence boosted and his sights firmly set on the spring Classics, where he's targeting the Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix , in particular. The Team Sky rider took the Herald Sun Tour title in Melbourne on Sunday, having successfully defended the race lead that he took on Saturday's 'Queen stage' to the top of the Arthurs Seat climb. Although he was only second there on the stage – to Mitchelton-Scott's Nick Schultz – it was enough to wrest the yellow leader's jersey from the shoulders of EF Education First's Michael Woods. "It wasn't actually the plan that I was in the break [on Saturday]," Van Baarle explained. "The plan was that Christian [Knees] and Luke [Rowe] should be in it, but when I saw that EF were really ...

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Herald Sun Tour: Stage 5 race highlights - Video

Dylan van Baarle (Team Sky)

Team Sky closed out the Herald Sun Tour in style with Kristoffer Halvorsen winning the final stage in a bunch sprint, while Dylan van Baarle defended his race lead to secure the overall title. Team Sky came into the event on the back of Wout Poels finishing on the podium at the Tour Down Under, and the British team carried that form into the Herald Sun Tour. They took the leader's jersey on stage 4 after posting three riders in the day's main break - with Van Baarle finished the stage in second place. That was enough to move him into the leader's jersey with one stage to go. This year Van Baarle is targeting the spring Classics and has changed coach from Dario Cioni to Tim Kerrison - the man behind Tour de France wins for Chris Froome and Geraint Thomas. Van Baarle moved to Team Sky ahead of ...

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Aggressive Team Sky completes Sun Tour domination

Team Sky could have ridden conservatively. They could have just focused on getting Dylan van Baarle safely across the line on bunch time, to ensure overall victory at the Jayco Herald Sun Tour. They could have let a break stay away. But in the end Sky did none of those things. It would seem that … The post Aggressive Team Sky completes Sun Tour domination appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Van Baarle wins Jayco Herald Sun Tour

A delighted Dylan van Baarle with his Sky teammates after having won the 2019 Jayco Herald Sun Tour

Team Sky 's Dylan van Baarle took the overall title at the 2019 Jayco Herald Sun Tour in Melbourne on Sunday, finishing safely in the peloton as up at the front his teammate Kristoffer Halvorsen took the bunch sprint for victory on the final stage, capping off a wonder-week for the British WorldTour team in Australia, where they won two stages and every category bar the points competition. Sky came away from a month in Australia with almost a full house in their final race, where they won the overall classification with Van Baarle, two stages through Halvorsen and Owain Doull, and the mountains jersey through Christian Knees, with Pavel Sivakov as best young rider, and the overall teams prize. Only the sprints competition – won by Team BridgeLane's Ayden Toovey – eluded them. An early six-man breakaway, made up of Sapura's Jesse Ewart and Ben Dyball, Alistair Donohue (Pro ...

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Nick Schultz puts favourites to the sword at Herald Sun Tour

Nick Schultz (Mitchelton-Scott) is thrilled to win stage 4 of the 2019 Herald Sun Tour on Arthurs Se

Mitchelton-Scott 's Nick Schultz was somewhat of a surprise winner of stage 4 of the Herald Sun Tour on Saturday, winning the stage at the top of the climb of Arthurs Seat ahead of Team Sky's Dylan van Baarle, who in turn took over the race lead from overnight leader Michael Woods (EF Education First). Twenty-four-year-old Schultz, who moved into second place overall, only made the step up to the WorldTour this season, having joined Mitchelton-Scott from Spanish Pro Continental squad Caja Rural, but the Australian has quickly found his feet. "The whole team was really strong, and we put the GC teams under the pump right from kilometre 0, and I was the lucky one to sneak into the right move that was sort of given enough leeway," Schultz said. "It was a perfect scenario: Sky had numbers [in the front group], including Van Baarle, who was ahead of ...

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Schultz wins on Arthurs Seat as van Baarle takes Herald Sun Tour lead

Schultz wins on Arthurs Seat as van Baarle takes Herald Sun Tour lead

An audacious attack by Team Sky quickly turned into a real threat for the general classification and by the summit finish became one of the most successful examples of how to turn a race on its head.

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Richie Porte: I'm not here to win the race for Woods

Richie Porte (Trek-Segafredo) proved to be strong on the gravel

Richie Porte ( Trek-Segafredo ) slipped down the standings at the Herald Sun Tour after stage 4 , dropping from second overall to fourth after Team Sky's Dylan van Baarle claimed second on the stage and leader's jersey with one stage remaining. Porte and overnight leader Michael Woods (EF Education First) were expected to battle it out for the stage and the GC on the final climb of Arthurs Seat on Saturday but Team Sky put three men - including van Baarle - into the day's break. The move stretched EF Education First to breaking point, while Porte's team were unwilling to simply help the American team defend their lead, especially while their Australian leader was suffering with a minor health problem. "I haven't been healthy coming into this race," Porte told reporters at the conclusion of the stage, which was won by Mitchelton-Scott's Nick Shultz, while van Baarle crossed ...

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Herald Sun Tour: Stage 4 race highlights - Video

 Nick Schultz (Caja Rural - Seguros RGA) finishes third at GP Miguel Indurain

Nick Schultz ( Mitchelton-Scott' s) claimed his first win for his new team on stage 4 of the 2019 Jayco Herald Sun Tour on Saturday, beating Team Sky's Dylan van Baarle on the final climb to Arthurs Seat, with Van Baarle taking the overall race lead. The pair were part of an early break and held off the peloton with overnight leader Michael Woods (EF Education First) slipping to third overall. Van Baarle now leads Schultz overall by 24 seconds, Woods and Richie Porte sit in third and fourth place on the GC, 1:52 and 2:09 down, respectively. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com

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Sun Tour stand-off: Why Porte and Woods surrendered on stage 4

It caught everyone off guard when the peloton sat up. With 11km to go in stage 4 of the Jayco Herald Sun Tour, with one ascent of Arthurs Seat still to come, the long chase was over. The white flag was up. The break would again win the day. It was surprising for several reasons. … The post Sun Tour stand-off: Why Porte and Woods surrendered on stage 4 appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Schultz wins Herald Sun Tour stage 4 on Arthurs Seat

Mitchelton-Scott's Nick Schultz won stage 4 of the 2019 Jayco Herald Sun Tour on the climb of Arthur

Mitchelton-Scott 's Nick Schultz beat some of the world's best climbers at their own game to win stage 4 of the 2019 Jayco Herald Sun Tour on Saturday, beating Team Sky's Dylan van Baarle on the final climb to Arthurs Seat, with Van Baarle taking the overall race lead. Van Baarle and Schultz were part of an eight-rider breakaway that established itself early on the stage, and the pair were left at the head of affairs on the attritional stage as the finish laps over the three-kilometre climb ticked down. The chase group that included overnight leader Michael Woods (EF Education First) and race favourite Richie Porte (Trek-Segafredo) was never able to get back on terms, with both riders having been left without any teammates to assist them in the latter stages, and Woods finished sixth on the stage, 2:14 down, while Porte finished another 13 seconds down in eighth ...

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Hardest day of racing expected as Woods, Porte square off on Arthur’s Seat

Hardest day of racing expected as Woods, Porte square off on Arthur’s Seat

The favourites for the Jayco Herald Sun Tour general classification kept their cards close to their chest on a long, hot stage into Warragul, with fireworks expected on the four ascents of Arthur’s Seat on Saturday.

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Sky pair engineer a Herald Sun Tour one-two finish

Sky pair engineer a Herald Sun Tour one-two finish

Team Sky took a proactive role in Stage 3 of the Jayco Herald Sun Tour and ended up with a memorable 1-2 for their efforts, with Owain Doull and Luke Rowe crossing the finish together after a tough day in the breakaway into Warragul.

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