Preview: Your guide to the 2018 Giro d’Italia

The Spring Classics are done and the Tour de Romandie is in the books. It’s time now for the first Grand Tour of the season, the Giro d’Italia. It’s a race that’s sure to attract plenty of attention in 2018, not just for the racing but because of the twin controversies of Chris Froome’s appearance, … The post Preview: Your guide to the 2018 Giro d’Italia appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Dempster ready for Giro d'Italia debut

Zak Dempster (Israel Cycling Academy) competes in the Herald Sun Tour earlier this year

Zak Dempster is ready to make his Giro d'Italia debut next week in Jerusalem with the Israel Cycling Academ y after a tight team selection that saw 12 riders battling for the final five spots. With just one Grand Tour on the second-year Pro Continental team's schedule, all 24 riders on the 2018 roster were initially vying for selection to the team's first Grand Tour - one that begins with an historic start in the team's home country. "We have the roster now to do maybe two Grand Tours in one year, but we're only doing one, so that makes it a bit harder for selections," Dempster told Cyclingnews earlier this month at a pre-Giro training camp in Sierra Nevada, Spain. Dempster signed with the team in 2017 after four years with NetApp and then Bora-Argon18. The 30-year-old Australian immediately assumed an elder-statesman role along with Dutch WorldTour veteran Dennis ...

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A future great? Haig impressing in Spring Classics as Giro debut beckons

Chirpy, animated and happily giving interviews, Jack Haig looks like he has just ridden to the shops. Around him are shattered riders, professionals who have dragged themselves to the top of the Mur de Huy and show all the signs of a tough Flèche Wallonne with its exhausting final climb. But, other than some dirt … The post A future great? Haig impressing in Spring Classics as Giro debut beckons appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Alex Evans continues upward tilt at Tour of the Gila

Alex Evans (Mobius)

Australian Alex Evans ( Mobius-Bridgelane ) has been making a name for himself at home, finishing second to Esteban Chaves (Mitchelton-Scott) on the Queen stage of the Herald Sun Tour and eventually placing eighth overall in his first-ever UCI race. With his team Mobius-Bridgelane currently competing in the US at the Tour of the Gila this week, the Joe Martin Stage Race last week and the Redlands Bicycle Classic to come, the 21-year-old from Victoria is continuing to impress. Evans finished third on the opening stage to Mogollon, which finishes with an 11km climb. Evans came in behind stage winner Oscar Sanchez (Canel's Specialized) and 2015 Tour of the Gila winner Rob Britton (Rally Cycling). Evans' third-place finish was all the more impressive because he started the second, more difficult part of the climb after White Horse Mesa in poor position after slipping backing the crosswinds "They went pretty hard ...

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Nathan Haas interview: Amstel Gold is my ‘Holy Grail’ event

Nathan Haas wins stage 2 of Tour of Oman

It’s six and a half kilometres to go in the 2017 Amstel Gold Race, and Philippe Gilbert is about to play his hand. He is part of a select group of riders still in contention, and signals the end of their cooperation by moving to the front on the Bemelerberg climb and upping the pace. … The post Nathan Haas interview: Amstel Gold is my ‘Holy Grail’ event appeared first on CyclingTips .

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‘His numbers are ridiculous’ – Aussie climber Alex Evans primed for US racing

In early February this year, Colombian climber Esteban Chaves (Mitchelton-Scott) rode solo into the Lake Mountain Alpine Resort to win the queen stage of the Jayco Herald Sun Tour. It wasn’t a huge surprise — the best climber in the race on the race’s best team had won on the tour’s big uphill finish, setting … The post ‘His numbers are ridiculous’ – Aussie climber Alex Evans primed for US racing appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Pedersen extends with Trek-Segafredo through 2020

Mads Pedersen (Trek-Segafredo) in Flanders

Mads Pedersen , 22, has extended his contract with Trek-Segafredo taking him through 2020, the team announced Monday. The extension comes as little surprise after the Dane put forth a powerful performance to finish second at the Tour of Flanders . "I am really thrilled to renew my contract with Trek-Segafredo," Pedersen said in a press release. "I feel at home in this team; the confidence they have put in me has made me grow a lot and I am pretty sure that with Trek-Segafredo I am at the best spot to continue to develop and gain experience, especially in the classics." Pedersen, the Danish national champion, made his debut a the Tour of Flanders on Sunday and emerged in a three-man breakaway over the Koppenberg with Dylan van Baarle (Team Sky) and Sebastian Langeveld (EF-Drapac. The trio held a 30-second margin until eventual winner Niki Terpstra stormed past them ...

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Travis McCabe diary: Colombian heat, Belgian mud, and a surprise proposal

First, a disclaimer. This first rider diary of mine for CyclingTips is going to be long. I want to applaud anyone who reads it all the way through. [It’s actually 1500 words, a nice target length. — Ed.] I’ll start out by saying I want it my column to be different from what most pro cyclists … The post Travis McCabe diary: Colombian heat, Belgian mud, and a surprise proposal appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Should Chris Froome be worried about form ahead of Giro-Tour double attempt?

Should Chris Froome be worried about form ahead of Giro-Tour double attempt?

Joe Robinson 12 Mar 2018 As he continues to lose time at Tirreno-Adriatico, the sheer size of Froome's 2018 season could be At 31st on General Classification and 9 minutes adrift of race leader and teammate Michal Kwiatkowski with two stages remaining, the 2018 Tirreno-Adriatico has been one to forget for Chris Froome (Team Sky). Whether it be bad form, a matter of pacing himself or the mental fatigue of an ongoing doping investigation, Froome has looked far from his world-beating best rolling around Italy. This would not have been a worry for the Froome of yesteryear. Tirreno sits a whole four months before the big goal, the Tour de France , which leaves ample time to refine form at subsequent races such as the Criterium du Dauphine, get his team in to order and find the legs that have taken him to four yellow jerseys in five years. However, ...

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Demol vows Trek-Segafredo will return to form at the Classics

Gianluca Brambilla (Trek-Segafredo)

After a promising start to the season, Trek-Segafredo have seen a significant downturn in results, with little reward from either Paris-Nice or Tirreno-Adriatico. GC prospect Bauke Mollema , who almost won a stage in the Volta ao Algarve and finished fourth overall, was off the pace in Paris-Nice, while John Degenkolb was forced out through illness . Other than Giacomo Nizzolo's third place on stage 2 at Tirreno-Adriatico, the team have been virtually invisible over the last two weeks save for appearing in early breaks. Following six victories in January and the start the February, the team have failed to win since Mads Pedersen’s stage victory at the Herald Sun Tour. "It’s difficult to explain but we're all trying to do our best," Dirk Demol told Cyclingnews at Tirreno-Adriatico. "We had a successful start with six wins and that was unexpected. Then afterwards we had some good results, but no ...

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Tirreno-Adriatico: Bevin celebrates first WorldTour leader's jersey

Patrick Bevin (BMC) leads the overall after stage 2 of Tirreno-Adriatico

By finishing fifth in the stage 2 bunch sprint at Tirreno-Adriatico , Paddy Bevin moved into the blue leader's jersey. The New Zealander took the jersey off the shoulders of BMC Racing teammate Damiano Caruso and moved into the lead of a WorldTour race for the first time in his career. In the opening team time trial , BMC delivered Caruso over the line first for the second year running to ensure the Italian would pull on the first leader's jersey of the race. On Stage 2 of the race, the finale was better suited to the capabilities of Bevin than Caruso. However, Bevin explained that it was only mid-stage that the potential to ride for blue became open. A late crash almost derailed the opportunity for the New Zealander, who was held up by the mass fall. "It wasn't the plan coming into the stage for me to go ...

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Paris-Nice: Chaves rides into top-ten overall

Johan Esteban Chaves (Mitchelton - Scott)

Colombian Esteban Chaves delivered his first top-ten time trial result since 2016 on stage 4 of Paris-Nice to move into the top-ten overall. Chaves' tenth place, 33 seconds to stage winner Wout Poels (Team Sky), was the same time as teammate Simon Yates with the duo now tied overall at tenth and 11th overall. Paris-Nice is Chaves' first race on European soil in 2018 and first outing since winning the Herald Sun Tour overall last month. A strong climber, Chaves had previously only placed top-ten once before against the clock when he was sixth at the 2016 Giro d'Italia. "It was the first time I have caught someone in a time trial so it was a good feeling. This was really good today, I am happy and I felt really good. I think this is the second time trial I have done well in, in my life, the other was ...

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Trek-Segafredo name strong Strade Bianche squad

Jasper Stuyven and Daniel Oss

American WorldTour team Trek-Segafredo has named its team for the one-day Strade Bianche race with a number of riders capable of challenging for victory. The team won the race in 2016 with Fabian Cancellara and starts Saturday's race confident of further success. The team enjoyed a fluster of early season wins in late-January and early-February with six victories. Having animated the 'opening weekend' in Belgium with fourth place at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad a highlight, Jasper Stuyven will be a leader for the race. The Belgian's capabilities suited to the parcours. New signing Gianluca Brambilla was third in 2016 at Strade Bianche and will look to again animate the finale. Fabio Felline is aiming for a strong classics campaign in 2018 with Strade Bianche a key spring race for the Italian. Dane Mads Pedersen is another rider Trek-Segafredo can look to for a leadership role. The Danish national champion won a ...

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Steele von Hoff Q&A: On breaking his back, recovering for Comm Games and more

On Tuesday afternoon Cycling Australia announced that Steele von Hoff would represent his country at the upcoming Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast. By that evening, von Hoff’s Comm Games debut was in jeopardy, thanks to a crash at Melbourne’s Sandown Raceway. The 30-year-old was involved in a pile-up in the early stages of a … The post Steele von Hoff Q&A;: On breaking his back, recovering for Comm Games and more appeared first on CyclingTips .

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