VeloNews Gear Awards 2018: 3T/Aqua Blue Sport, breakup of the year

VeloNews Gear Awards 2018: 3T/Aqua Blue Sport, breakup of the year

It looked like Aqua Blue Sport would continue its upward trajectory, but instead the team closed abruptly at the end of 2018. Read the full article at VeloNews Gear Awards 2018: 3T/Aqua Blue Sport, breakup of the year on VeloNews.com .

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Iconic Arthurs Seat climb returns to Jayco Herald Sun Tour

Iconic Arthurs Seat climb returns to Jayco Herald Sun Tour

One of Australia’s sharpest and toughest climbs returns to the country’s oldest stage race for 2019.

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Arthurs Seat returns to Herald Sun Tour in 2019

Chris Froome wins the final stage up Arthurs Seat at the Jayco Herald Sun Tour

The classic climb of Arthurs Seat on Victoria's Mornington Peninsula makes a welcome return to the route of the Jayco Herald Sun Tour in 2019, having last featured in the race in 2016 . New race director Scott McGrory, who takes over from long-time director John Trevorrow for 2019, is ensuring that the riders will know all about how tough the climb is by increasing the number of times the race will go up it in February. "This particular stage will include the riders travelling five times up Arthurs Seat," said McGrory in a press release. "On previous occasions, it's been three times, which has been tough enough, but five times... Well, the riders are going to be shocked when they hear that, and certainly more shocked when they're riding up it." Spectators will have easy access to the top of Arthurs Seat thanks to the new Eagle gondola, which ...

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Former pro Jonathan Cantwell dies at 36

Former pro Jonathan Cantwell dies at 36

The world of cycling mourns Jonathan Cantwell who died Tuesday night aged 36. He raced professionally from 2008-2014. Read the full article at Former pro Jonathan Cantwell dies at 36 on VeloNews.com .

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Jonathan Cantwell dies aged 36

Jonathan Cantwell (Drapac) preparing for Stage 6

Former professional rider Jonathan Cantwell , who retired at the end of 2014, having ridden for teams including WorldTour team Saxo-Tinkoff, Drapac and US Continental squad Jittery Joe's, has died. The Australian was just 36. Writing in a reaction to a post of condolence by the organisers of the Tour Down Under stage race on Wednesday, former Olympic and world champion track sprinter Anna Meares wrote: "My heart aches heavy to learn that Jonathan Cantwell has died. Love and thoughts with his family and friends and indeed community." Cantwell began his career with US Continental team Jittery Joe's in 2008, and went on to ride for the Fly V Australia Continental team, where he stayed for the next three seasons, competing on the Australian and US circuits. A sprinter, Cantwell won two stages of the Herald Sun Tour in 2009, and finished 14th in that year's Philadelphia International Championship one-day ...

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Howson extends with Mitchelton-Scott

Damien Howson (Mitchelton-Scott)

Damien Howson will remain at the Mitchelton-Scott team until at least the end of the 2020 season after signing a two-year contract extension. The 26-year-old Australian turned professional with the team in 2014 after coming through the Australian Jayco-AIS development set-up and will now take the association to a sixth and seventh year. "I am very happy, I have been with the team now for five years and I think we have a good relationship together and I am learning a lot from what I am capable of doing and also what the team expects in the direction the team has been heading," said Howson. "I am really happy of being a part of the development of the team and I hope to improve on that in the years to come. I've built a lot of friendships within the team with the staff and riders and I feel that the ...

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Pro Cycling Manager 2018 review: Become a pro cyclist, write your own story

Richie Porte drops the wheel and his rivals start to open a gap. Chris Froome, Alejandro Valverde, and Romain Bardet — they’re all there, riding away from Porte, just 5km from the summit of Alpe d’Huez. It’s not looking good for the Australian. He’s already more than three minutes behind the overall lead of Froome, … The post Pro Cycling Manager 2018 review: Become a pro cyclist, write your own story appeared first on CyclingTips .

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World Championships: Dutch fab four rival for women's time trial title in Innsbruck

Annemiek van Vleuten (Netherlands)

The elite women will contest the individual time trial at the 2018 UCI Road World Championships in Innsbruck on Tuesday. The Netherlands will field the team to beat with defending champion Annemiek van Vleuten , Anna van der Breggen , Ellen van Dijk and Lucinda Brand . The women will race 27.8km from Hall-Wattens to Innsbruck. The route is entirely flat for the first 10km to Baumkirchen before kicking up over the short climb. The second half of the circuit is hillier with a climb up to Absam at roughly 18km, followed by a descent and then a rolling section before a fast run-in to the finish line. Van Vleuten won the individual time trial title in Bergen last year and lines up as the defending champion in Innsbruck. She is the overwhelming favourite to repeat as champion, having won time trials at the Women's Herald Sun Tour, Emakumeen Bira, ...

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Trek-Segafredo sign Kirsch and Will Clarke through 2020

William Clarke of Australia and Team EF Education First-Drapac

Trek-Segafredo announced on Monday that they have signed Australia's Will Clarke and Luxembourg's Alex Kirsch for the 2019 and 2020 seasons. Clarke joins the team from EF Education First-Drapac, while Kirsch moves up to the WorldTour ranks after spending the last two seasons with WB Aqua Protect Veranclassic. "Obviously we know Will and Alex already, and we know they are both very powerful riders," said team manager Luca Guercilena. "We are convinced they will be valuable assets for the team. Will will reinforce our team time trial squad, and Alex will be of great help in the Classics. With them, we have a solid base for our Classics team and our group for the stage races." Clarke was a member of the Leopard-Trek squad in 2011, and will likely know some of the sponsors, staff and riders already. Known for his hard work in breakaways, his top results include winning ...

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Evans eyes opened in Arctic Race as stagiaire stint with BMC rolls on

Evans eyes opened in Arctic Race as stagiaire stint with BMC rolls on

Just six months removed from finishing second to Esteban Chaves on the Herald Sun Tour queen stage in February, former NRS rider Alexander Evans finds himself racing and learning amongst the WorldTour elite.

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From inline skating to pro cycling: A chat with Aussie climber Lionel Mawditt

In less than two-and-a-half years, Melbourne’s Lionel Mawditt has gone from riding his very first road race, to riding some of the biggest road races in the U.S. It’s been a rapid rise through the cycling ranks for a man who represented Australia at three inline speed skating world championships between 2013 and 2015. In … The post From inline skating to pro cycling: A chat with Aussie climber Lionel Mawditt appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Could Meiyin Wang be the one to lead China to the WorldTour?

Meiyin Wang

For years, China has tried to graduate pro cyclists to the WorldTour. Could Meiyin Wang be the man to open the door for his country? Read the full article at Could Meiyin Wang be the one to lead China to the WorldTour? on VeloNews.com .

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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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