Photo gallery: The best gear of the 2019 Sea Otter Classic, part three

The Sea Otter Classic has long been regarded as more of a mountain bike event, at least as far as the expo is concerned. However, these days, it’d be more accurate to say that it focuses more on dirt than tarmac, and gravel gear now features almost as prominently. In addition to a wealth of … The post Photo gallery: The best gear of the 2019 Sea Otter Classic, part three appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Richie Porte: We'll see if these guys can hold their form for the Giro and Tour

Richie Porte (Trek-Segafredo) rode a good race to finish second on stage 2 of the 2019 Herald Sun To

Richie Porte (Trek Segafredo) has endured a difficult start to his European season, with illness a consistent theme since his return from Australia. The 34-year-old has been forced to modify his campaign as a result but with the Tour of California , and the Tour de France on the horizon the Trek-Segafredo leader is determined to put the last few months behind him. Porte began his season in customary fashion at the Tour Down Under. A stage win and second overall were followed by fifth in the Herald Sun Tour but he left his native Australia with a cold and struggled to make an impression at the UAE Tour and Tour of Catalunya after skipping Pars-Nice. Another bug followed at the end of March but after a brief training block in Girona, Spain he is back on the schedule. "The team changed my programme, which was nice but then things ...

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Van Vleuten to lead strong Mitchelton-Scott squad at women's Dwars door Vlaanderen

Annemiek Van Vleuten rides solo to the finish of Strade Bianche

The time trial world champion, Annemiek van Vleuten , will line up at the women's Dwars door Vlaanderen on Wednesday at the head of a strong Mitchelton-Scott team that's using the race as a warm-up event ahead of Sunday's Tour of Flanders. Van Vleuten finished fifth at last year's Dwars door Vlaanderen as part of a chasing group that came home almost a minute behind solo winner Ellen van Dijk (Sunweb), and will be joined on this year's race by 2017 runner-up Gracie Elvin and Herald Sun Tour winner Lucy Kennedy, who also returns to racing after a short lay-off, having not ridden the Driedaagse Brugge-De Panne or Gent-Wevelgem. Van Vleuten last raced – and won – at Strade Bianche on March 9, and since then has been at an altitude training camp on the Spanish island of Tenerife, but is now keen to get back to competition. "I went ...

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Woods ramps up Ardennes preparation at Volta a Catalunya

Michael Woods checks over his shoulder before going on the attack on the final climb

If the cycling world needed a reminder that Michael Woods was back after a lengthy spell without racing, he provided it with exactly that via a brief late attack on stage 2 of the Volta a Catalunya. The EF Education First rider is still finding his form after not racing since his stage win and third place in the Herald Sun Tour in Australia in early February. Later this spring the Canadian will target the Ardennes Classics, where he took a breakthrough podium finish in Liege-Bastogne-Liege last year. “Life’s good,” Woods told Cyclingnews , “I had some time off after the SunTour, and then I’ve been in Catalonia and Andorra for the last six weeks enjoying the amazing weather and starting preparations for the season. “I had an intense start and needed a bit of a break. Coming into here, I’m probably not going to be at my best, I’m ...

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Spratt returns to racing at Trofeo Alfredo Binda after head injury

Amanda Spratt savours her stage victory

Amanda Spratt has recovered from a head injury suffered in a crash at Strade Bianche in early March and will return to racing on Sunday for the third round of the Women's WorldTour Trofeo Alfredo Binda-Comune di Cittiglio . "My European racing season didn't start well at Strade Bianche with the crash and hitting my head quite hard, but I think I was very lucky," Spratt said in a team statement. "In the end I needed some easy days, but I don't think I lost a lot. I've been able to have some better training days over the last days so I feel ready and excited for Binda now." Spratt started her season in January in Australia where she won a stage and the overall title at the Women's Tour Down Under. She was also second, behind teammate Lucy Kennedy, at the Herald Sun Tour. She had hoped to make ...

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Woods renews with EF Education First

Michael Woods (EF Education First) rode strongly on the way to his stage win

Michael Woods , runner-up at the 2018 Liege-Bastogne-Liege, has signed a "multi-year" contract renewal with EF Education First , the team announced today. Woods, 32, has scored three UCI wins with the team since signing in 2016, including a stage at the Vuelta a Espana last year along with stage wins at the Tour of Utah and the Herald Sun Tour. The former collegiate runner was also third at the UCI Road World Championships Road Race in Innsbruck last September. "The direction of the team, the idea of exploring the world – it all really meshes with what I believe in," said Woods. "I feel very fortunate to be on a team that values what I naturally value – education, exploration, community." Woods started his cycling career relatively late. He played hockey growing up before finding success in running. He set the Canadian junior record in the mile (3:57:48) and ...

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Porte could make Tour of California debut as preparation for Tour de France

Richie Porte (Trek-Segafredo) rode a good race to finish second on stage 2 of the 2019 Herald Sun To

Richie Porte ( Trek-Segafredo ) could ride the Tour of California for the first time in his career as part of his preparation for the Tour de France . Porte is riding a slimmer race programme this season with the hope of having fresher legs for the Grand Boucle. Porte told Cyclingnews that he might head stateside this May and hang around for a training camp before returning to Europe. "We'll see it how it all goes, but I'll probably race California and then stay there for a bit of altitude and then the next big goal is the Dauphine," Porte told Cyclingnews . "That's the race where I need to be going and then the Tour. It's a bit of an unprecedented run. Normally, I hit the Tour with more race days in the legs." Porte said that he is a bit behind where he'd like to be at ...

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Durbridge and Juul-Jensen spearhead Mitchelton-Scott squad for Strade Bianche

Luke Durbridge (Mitchelton-Scott) tries an attack

Mitchelton-Scott 's Luke Durbridge and Chris Juul-Jensen will lead their team on the gravel roads of the Strade Bianche on Saturday, with both riders taking the confidence into the race that previous top 10s there gives them. Durbridge finished sixth in 2017, while his Danish teammate, Juul-Jensen, was just a place behind him the same year in seventh. Decent results at the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad last weekend [23rd and 34th, respectively] also confirms them as protected riders for Strade Bianche, and they'll be backed up on the white roads by recent Herald Sun Tour stage winner Nick Schultz , veteran Brent Bookwalter, and youngsters Callum Scotson, Rob Stannard and Edoardo Affini. "I'm really looking forward to it, as it's a beautiful race, and one that I've gone well at in the past," Durbridge said on the Mitchelton-Scott website. "It's a new race that hasn't been around for very long, but ...

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Longo Borghini out of Strade Bianche with flu

Elisa Longo Borghini (Wiggle High5) wins 2017 Strade Bianche

Elisa Longo Borghini was slated to toe the start line at Strade Bianche in Siena on Saturday but was forced to pull out of the race, citing flu symptoms. Lauretta Hanson will replace Longo Borghini on the Trek-Segafredo team at the opening event of the Women's WorldTour . "No @StradeBianche for me this year due to the flu which put half part of my family KO. Really sad to miss my favourite race but I'll be cheering for the @TrekSegafredo squad from home!," Longo Borghini posted on Twitter Wednesday. Longo Borghini moved from Wiggle High5, after the team folded last year, to the newly launched Trek-Segafredo team for the 2019 season. She is a former winner at Strade Bianche and was preparing to have a strong performance on home soil. She started her season early, in Australia, at the Women's Tour Down Under, Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race and ...

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Mitchelton-Scott to send powerful women's team to Strade Bianche

Lucy Kennedy (Mitchelton-Scott) attacked on the final climb on stage 2 of the 2019 Women's Herald Su

Mitchelton-Scott will send an extremely strong team to contest the Strade Bianche women's race on Saturday, March 9, with Annemiek van Vleuten , Amanda Spratt and Lucy Kennedy all featuring in the Australian team's six-rider squad for the Italian one-day race. Van Vleuten successfully returned to racing at the women's Omloop Het Nieuwsblad last Saturday, where she finished fourth. It was her first event since sustaining a knee injury in a crash at the world championship road race in Austria last September. Spratt and Kennedy both started their 2019 seasons in Australia, where Spratt won her third-straight Tour Down Under in January and Kennedy came away with the Herald Sun Tour title . They were supported in Australia by Jess Allen, Tour Down Under stage winner Grace Brown, and Georgia Williams, who successfully defended her time trial national title while home in New Zealand, and those three riders will also ...

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Porte to miss Paris-Nice and ride Volta a Catalunya

Richie Porte (Trek-Segafredo) rode a good race to finish second on stage 2 of the 2019 Herald Sun To

Richie Porte has withdrawn from Paris-Nice and will instead line out at the Volta a Catalunya later this month. The Trek-Segafredo rider suffered a bout of bronchitis after starting his season in Australia and has decided to alter his race programme in the wake of a low-key performance at the recent UAE Tour. Porte started his 2019 season with second overall at the Tour Down Under, where he won atop Willunga Hill for the sixth year in a row. He then took fifth at the Jayco Herald Sun Tour but struggled in the UAE last week, placing 50th overall. "A bronchitis sustained after the Jayco Herald Sun Tour has caused a setback in Richie’s build-up to the spring races, and his performance in UAE Tour confirmed this. Given these circumstances, Paris-Nice unfortunately comes too early for Richie," Trek-Segafredo team doctor Scott Major said in a statement released by the team ...

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Doull left speechless after second in Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne

Owain Doull (Team Sky) second at Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne

Owain Doull ( Team Sky ) secured his best-ever result on the road with second place behind Bob Jungels in Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne . The British rider was aggressive throughout the one-day race and eventually broke away with three riders inside the final few kilometres. Although Jungles was already too far up the road and took a solo win, Doull launched a sprint from 350 metres out and held off Paris-Roubaix and Tour of Flanders winner Niki Terpstra for second place. "It's been a good day," Doull told Cyclingnews . "I'm speechless. You always want to step up and be in the active end of these races. You believe you can do it but until you do, you just don't know. I'm a bit in shock to be honest. It's the biggest result of my road career so far, without a doubt." Doull came into the Opening Weekend with decent form after ...

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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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