Race Torquay awarded UCI 1.1 ranking, course revealed

Supported by Towards Zero Race Torquay, the one-day precursor to the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race, is taking a step up in its first year on the Surf Coast. The race was held at Melbourne’s Albert Park Formula 1 circuit for its first three years — known then as Race Melbourne — but in 2020 it … The post Race Torquay awarded UCI 1.1 ranking, course revealed appeared first on CyclingTips .

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6 things I’ve learned (so far) from racing the Women’s WorldTour

The past few seasons have been a whirlwind for Aussie racer Brodie Chapman. She’s gone from barely racing in Australia’s National Road Series (NRS) to being competitive in the Women’s WorldTour (WWT) — the highest level in the sport — and representing Australia at the Road World Championships in her first two seasons as a … The post 6 things I’ve learned (so far) from racing the Women’s WorldTour appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Brodie Chapman signs with FDJ for 2020

Supported by After two seasons with American team Tibco-SVB, Aussie racer Brodie Chapman will join French outfit FDJ Nouvelle Aquitaine Futuroscope in 2020. “From the moment [general manager] Stephen Delcourt reached out to me about joining FDJ Nouvelle Aquitaine Futuroscope, I have been encouraged and motivated as an athlete and a person,” Chapman said. “I look forward … The post Brodie Chapman signs with FDJ for 2020 appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Gallery: A Mads week of racing at the Yorkshire World Championships

Joe Robinson 30 Sep 2019 With biblical rain, UCI controversy and memorable racing, Yorkshire produced a proper World Champs Words: Joe Robinson Photography: Chris Auld What a week, Yorkshire, what a week. The rain came, and devastation reigned as favourites Mathieu van der Poel, Lizzie Deignan, Tom Pidcock and Anna van der Breggen saw their chances dripping down the drain. It was instead a week for the likes of Mads Pedersen, Rohan Dennis, young Americans and Annemiek van Vleuten, cheered on by an army of fans lining the streets, determined no matter how bad the weather got. It all started as we all expected. On a wet Sunday in Harrogate, a time trial won by the Dutch, this time the inaugural Mixed Relay Team Time Trial . Three men, three women, those draped in orange were just too fast for the rest. Great Britain managed a brave third as Elisa ...

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Owain Doull extends contract with Team Ineos

Owain Doull extends contract with Team Ineos

George Smith 4 Sep 2019 Welshmen signs contract while riding his first Grand Tour Team Ineos rider Owain Doull has put pen to paper on a two year contract extension, tying him to Britain’s most successful cycling team into 2021. The Welsh rider, who is currently in Spain competing in his first Grand Tour, has enjoyed his strongest year on the road to date in 2019. In February he rode to his first professional win at the Herald Sun Tour, before getting a podium spot at Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne during the Classics season . 'Progression is probably the key word for me,' the 26-year-old said. 'I want to carry on learning from the best people in the best team in the world. ‘My first year with the team was up and down, the second was better, and then this year has surpassed my expectations, to be honest. Starting my first Grand Tour ...

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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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Brodie Chapman continues rise through road ranks at Colorado Classic

Brodie Chapman (Tibco-SVB) is called to the start line on stage 4 of the 2019 Colorado Classic

In just two years of professional road racing, Brodie Chapman ( Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank ) has compiled a palmarès that belies her relatively late entry into the women's peloton. To date, the 28-year-old Australian has won the women's Herald Sun Tour and finished third overall there, won the Gravel and Tar La Femme, won a stage and the overall at the Tour of the Gila, finished sixth at the Women's WorldTour Amgen Tour of California, taken a stage at the Tour de Feminin-O cenu Českého Švýcarska and finished second – last week – to Chloe Dygert-Owen at the Colorado Classic . Chapman raced mountain bikes and dabbled on the road in local criteriums and other races, but her road career didn't take off in earnest until she won the Herald Sun Tour in January 2018 with the Australian national team. "The team scouted me out after I won the Herald ...

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Chapman, Stephens dominate SBT GRVL for Tibco-SVB

Brodie Chapman (Tibco-SVB) wins the SBT GRVL

Tibco-SVB teammates Brodie Chapman and Lauren Stephens dominated the SBT GRVL, placing first and second, respectively, in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, on Sunday. The two riders covered the 225.6km route, which included 2,743 metres of climbing, in under seven hours. They will both be racing in the upcoming Colorado Classic , held from August 22-25. "The SBT GRVL Race was an awesome opportunity," Chapman said. "It's really cool that we as professional road cyclists get to mix up our programme with something as challenging and different as gravel racing. "This was my first 'official' gravel race, and I'll admit I was a bit apprehensive about what to expect out of myself, at altitude, coming from a block of European racing – not to mention the stacked and experienced gravel field here in the USA." Chapman won the Gravel and Tar La Femme in January in Australia and then joined Tibco-SVB for ...

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The weekly spin: It’s not just WorldTour men competing at gravel races

When the field lines up for the Steamboat Gravel event — okay, okay SBT GRVL — on August 18, there will be some recognizable faces from across professional road, mountain, and cyclocross racing. They won’t just be recognizable men’s faces. The inaugural SBT GRVL event is shaping up to offer one of the highest-profile women’s fields … The post The weekly spin: It’s not just WorldTour men competing at gravel races appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Dennis, Matthews, Spratt and Kennedy selected by Australia for Yorkshire road Worlds

Rohan Dennis (Australia)

Cycling Australia have announced their elite men's and women's squads for this year's UCI Road World Championships , which take place in Yorkshire, in the UK, from September 22-29. Among them are defending time trial world champion Rohan Dennis ( Bahrain-Merida ) and 2015 Worlds road-race silver medallist Michael Matthews ( Sunweb ), while Mitchelton-Scott 's Amanda Spratt – second at last year's Worlds road race – and last Saturday's Clasica San Sebastian winner Lucy Kennedy headline the women's squad. Dennis is yet to race again since quitting the Tour de France last month, a day ahead of the Tour's only individual time trial, for which he would have been one of the favourites, while Matthews was controversially overlooked for selection for last year's Worlds. Spratt and Kennedy, meanwhile, are just two of four Mitchelton-Scott riders selected for the seven-rider elite women's squad, which also includes Canyon-SRAM's Tiffany Cromwell and ...

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Clarke: 'Gave my heart out there'

Clarke: 'Gave my heart out there'

Former Herald Sun Tour winner Simon Clarke continues to 'chip away' as the EF-Education First road captain vies for a result at the Tour de France.

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Le Tour: Woods loses 14 minutes after Stage 8 crash

Le Tour: Woods loses 14 minutes after Stage 8 crash

Herald Sun Tour stage winner Michael Woods drops 26 places on general classification following Stage 8 crash with Team Ineos as EF Education First woes continue during early days of the 106th Tour de France.

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‘Lesson learnt’: Vos wins again at the Giro Rosa as Kennedy celebrates early

Supported by The heartbreak is clear on Lucy Kennedy’s face. As her front wheel crosses the finish-line tape, her mouth hangs agape in something akin to surprise mixed with horror. A metre ahead of her, and about the same distance to her left, is Marianne Vos, the greatest of all time, doing what Vos does: win big … The post ‘Lesson learnt’: Vos wins again at the Giro Rosa as Kennedy celebrates early appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Longo Borghini: a stage win would be nice at the Giro Rosa

Elisa Longo Borghini wins the final stage at Emakumeen Bira

Elisa Longo Borghini ( Trek-Segafredo ) is targeting a stage win at the Giro Rosa when it starts this Friday, after enjoying a confidence-boosting 2019 that saw her win her first race in nearly a year. Prior to this May, when Longo Borghini won a stage and the overall title at Emakumeen Bira, her last victory was at the Mediterranean Games the previous summer, and before that, it was at the National Championships in 2017. The 27-year-old joined the newly formed Trek-Segafredo women's programme at the start of this season, after four years at Wiggle-High5, and credits her new team with having a positive change on her approach to racing. Longo Borghini has steadily been building form throughout 2019. After finishing fifth at both the Women's Herald Sun Tour and Cadel Evans Road Race in January, she finished in the top 10 at Dwars door Vlaanderen and Liège-Bastogne-Liège before winning ...

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Tour de France 2019: route and stage analysis

Tour de France 2019 stages written in black and white text on a yellow background

A stage by stage breakdown of the official Tour de France route for 2019, including profiles, detailed descriptions and which riders to watch

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The birth and death of a bike company: What happened to SpeedX?

From a record-breaking Kickstarter campaign to 800,000 bikes dumped in fields across China, this is the strange, sad story of SpeedX's monumental rise and fall. The post The birth and death of a bike company: What happened to SpeedX? appeared first on CyclingTips .

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A chat with Tour of Japan winner Chris Harper

Chris Harper (BridgeLane) is arguably Australia’s best climber not racing on the WorldTour. The 24-year-old has risen to prominence these past few years courtesy of impressive back-to-back podium finishes at the Australian Road Nationals and it would seem he’s only just getting started. The 2019 season started well — Harper was second at Road Nationals, … The post A chat with Tour of Japan winner Chris Harper appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Porte’s dreams of a Tour de France podium bolstered by Thomas’s win

Supported by This past Friday afternoon, Richie Porte (Trek-Segafredo) climbed his way to fourth on the queen stage of the Amgen Tour of California. While perhaps a little off what some expected of the Tasmanian, it was a solid result, and one that saw Porte ride to fifth overall by tour’s end. As Dane Cash reports, 2019 … The post Porte’s dreams of a Tour de France podium bolstered by Thomas’s win appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Porte: Nibali moving to Trek-Segafredo ‘would be great for me’

Supported by Richie Porte said he would welcome the addition of Vincenzo Nibali to the Trek-Segafredo squad next year, adding that it would not change his role as a Grand Tour contender. Nibali, whose three-year contract with Bahrain-Merida ends this year, is rumored to have agreed to a two-year contract with the American squad beginning in 2020. … The post Porte: Nibali moving to Trek-Segafredo ‘would be great for me’ appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Richie Porte: This is not how I wanted to start the season

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

Richie Porte 's first season with Trek-Segafredo has not gone to plan so far after his early season was blown up with a bout of bronchitis, but the 34-year-old Australian is at the Tour of California this week looking to turn things around as he continues to build towards the Tour de France. Porte started his season on a high note, taking his sixth consecutive win on Willunga Hill at the Tour Down Under and finishing second overall to Mitchelton-Scott's Daryl Impey. He stayed at home in Australia for the Herald Sun Tour, where he placed fifth overall, but things quickly went downhill from there as bronchitis set in. He put in a lacklustre performance at the UAE Tour and then decided to skip Paris-Nice – a race he's won twice – in favour of racing at the Volta a Catalunya. Porte's performance there didn't grab any headlines, with his ...

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