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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Porte to headline Trek-Segafredo roster at Tour of California

Richie Porte (Trek-Segafredo)

Richie Porte will headline the Trek-Segafredo men’s team at the upcoming Amgen Tour of California . Porte will be joined on the seven-rider roster by John Degenkolb , California resident Peter Stetina and last year’s mountains classification winner Toms Skujins . Porte told Cyclingnews in March that the Tour of California could be added to his programme as he looks to get ready for a tilt at the Tour de France over the summer. The Australian indicated his intentions to remain in the US following the race to train at altitude before riding the Criterium du Dauphine in June. The Tour of California will be Porte’s first race since the Volta a Catalunya at the end of March. He started his season at the Tour Down Under, where he once again won on Willunga Hill and went on to race the Herald Sun Tour. He fell ill with bronchitis at ...

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USA Cycling selects team for Tour of California

Travis Mccabe talks with reporters after winning stage 3 in Langkawi

USA Cycling has chosen the riders who will represent the US national team at the upcoming Amgen Tour of California , with veteran sprinter Travis McCabe (Floyd's Pro Cycling) leading the seven-rider roster. Lining up with McCabe when the seven-day race starts May 12 in Sacremento will be Aevolo's Tyler Stites, Alex Hoen and Michael Hernandez, McCabe's Floy'd Pro Cycling teammate Keegan Swirbul, Wildlife Generation-Maxxis' Sam Boardman and Arapahoe-Hincapie's Miguel Bryon. This year marks the first time since the inaugural race in 2006 that Tour of California organisers AEG have invited a US national team, which is allowed under UCI regulations that provide host countries of WorldTour races the opportunity to give a spot to the home team. Riders whose WorldTour trade teams or Pro Continental trade teams are competing in the race are not eligible for the national team, limiting the USA Cycling roster options to mostly riders from ...

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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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