Bauke Mollema solos to surprise win at Il Lombardia

Dutchman attacked on the penultimate climb of the day and capitalized on the chase group's indecision to win by 16 seconds. Read the full article at Bauke Mollema solos to surprise win at Il Lombardia on VeloNews.com .

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Bauke Mollema solos his way to victory at il Lombardia

Il Lombardia winner's jersey 2019 (picture LaPresse)

Trek-Segafredo rider wins season's final Monument riding last 18 kilometres alone

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Bauke Mollema solos his way to victory at il Lombardia (+ video)

Bauke Mollema wins 2019 il Lombardia (picture credit LaPresse)

Trek-Segafredo rider wins season's final Monument riding last 18 kilometres alone

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Commentary: Roglic and Bernal battle at Il Lombardia for rider of the year honors

Who has had a better season: Egan Bernal or Primoz Roglic? Il Lombardia could feature a showdown between the two stars of 2019. Read the full article at Commentary: Roglic and Bernal battle at Il Lombardia for rider of the year honors on VeloNews.com .

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Analysis: Egan Bernal, Primoz Roglic, and the other Il Lombardia favorites

A showdown between Roglic and Bernal highlights what should be a thrilling finale to cycling's monument season Read the full article at Analysis: Egan Bernal, Primoz Roglic, and the other Il Lombardia favorites on VeloNews.com .

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CyclingTips Weekly Quiz #31: Il Lombar-dia know the answers?

As the season winds down, a big month of Italian races also comes to an end with the final monument of the year, Il Lombardia. Have you been paying attention in the lead up? This week, thanks to The Sufferfest, one lucky reader will win a year’s subscription to The Sufferfest app and a customized … The post CyclingTips Weekly Quiz #31: Il Lombar-dia know the answers? appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Il Lombardia: All you need to know including TV guide, favourites and route

Joe Robinson 10 Oct 2019 A complete guide to everything you need to know about Il Lombardia, taking place on Saturday 12th October Il Lombardia is the last big race of the season and one to savour. The final of the five Monuments of road cycling, 'the race of the falling leaves' takes place in early autumn across the picturesque landscape of Lombardy in northern Italy. Like all Italian Classics, the race takes place on a Saturday (12th October) as opposed to the usual slot of a Sunday. At 263km, it's a gruelling day in the saddle, covering six categorised climbs including the dreaded Colma di Surmano as the course takes the peloton from Bergamo to Como. Usually a race reserved for punchy climbers, recent winners have included Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ), Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) and Esteban Chaves (Mitchelton-Scott). While defending champion Pinot will be absent, a stacked start list will ...

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Out of contract 8: The best riders without a team for 2020

Joe Robinson 9 Oct 2019 If this team raced a Grand Tour, they would be leaving with plenty of stage wins and maybe the overall title The 2019 is all but finished, this Saturday's Il Lombardia being the last race of any significance, and there are still a whole host of world-class cyclists without a contract for next season. As things stand, Rohan Dennis, Sam Bennett, Esteban Chaves and Mark Cavendish are among the raft of talent yet to confirm their futures for 2020. Normally by now, all of your top-shelf talent would have announced their teams for the coming season but this year, things seem a little different. This could be down to the bizarre situation in which many of the best riders in the world have also found themselves on the move this winter already . Tom Dumoulin, Nairo Quintana, Philippe Gilbert, Richard Carapaz to name but a ...

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'If Van der Poel’s there it’ll be the Van der Poel show'

Jack Elton-Walters 10 Oct 2019 He may be racing a reduced programme but at least one of Van der Poel's rivals is still expecting him to make headlines. Photo: Canyon/Ramon After a successful debut road season that included WorldTour wins at Dwaars door Vlaanderen and the Amstel Gold Race , plus the overall at the Tour of Britain , fatigue finally caught up with Mathieu van der Poel when he faded in the latter stages of the World Championships earlier this month. As such, his choice to take a break and race a reduced cyclocross season this winter is perfectly understandable. Even so, he's still expected to take the start line of the DVV Trofee series of races and will also defend his Cyclocross World Championship title in Switzerland next February. However much Van der Poel races, one of his new rivals – new after only just stepping up from ...

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Commentary: Il Lombardia and the Italian fall classics deserve our love

Italy's fall classics don't get the attention they deserve, but a new project could help revive some of cycling's most prestigious races Read the full article at Commentary: Il Lombardia and the Italian fall classics deserve our love on VeloNews.com .

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Alaphilippe ends stellar season early

Frenchman pulls out of scheduled starts at Milano-Torino and Il Lombardia as he draws a long season to a close. Read the full article at Alaphilippe ends stellar season early on VeloNews.com .

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Julian Alaphilippe to skip Il Lombardia bringing end to successful season

Julian Alaphilippe to skip Il Lombardia bringing end to successful season

Joe Robinson 8 Oct 2019 Frenchman skips final Monument of the year after being nominated for Velo d'Or Julian Alaphilippe will bring an end to a successful season after pulling out Il Lombardia this Saturday. The Frenchman has been the stand out rider for 2019 and was expected to line up at the Italian Monument at the weekend as one of the favourites. However, a taxing year of racing has seen Alaphillipe to call time on his year. 'I am really sad to tell you that I will not be racing Milano-Torino and Il Lombardia this week and that my incredible 2019 season has come to an end. You know that I always give everything and have done ever since my year started in Argentina,' said Alaphilippe. 'I’ve worked really hard to try and be at my peak for a third time this year, having raced hard at the Classics ...

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Sunweb rider injured in crash with car during Under-23 Lombardia

Dutch rider Edo Maas sustained serious injuries after crashing into a car that had driven onto the course of the Under-23 version of Il Lombardia. Read the full article at Sunweb rider injured in crash with car during Under-23 Lombardia on VeloNews.com .

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Moscon reveals 10kg weight gain at Tour de France after difficult season

Moscon reveals 10kg weight gain at Tour de France after difficult season

Joe Robinson 3 Oct 2019 Italian rider has struggled after 'overtraining' during the off-season Gianni Moscon claims to have put on 10kg during the Tour de France in a season he believes was blighted by 'overtraining'. In an interview with Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport , the Team Ineos rider explained how he had to reset himself after a difficult Tour. Although Moscon was eventually part of the winning team thanks to the exploits of Egan Bernal, he was largely anonymous throughout the race, lacking the impact of previous seasons and also struggling with significant weight gain during the race. 'I weighed myself when I got home [from the Tour] and I was almost 80 kilos, while I started the race at around 70. At least eight kilos more. I didn't recognise myself,' said Moscon. This surprise weight gain came after an underwhelming start to the season for the Italian. ...

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Watch: ‘Behind the Smile’ – the Esteban Chaves documentary

Esteban Chaves is undoubtedly one of the most popular riders in the pro peloton. Since joining the WorldTour with Orica GreenEDGE (now Mitchelon-SCOTT), the charismatic Colombian has developed a cult following – as much for his climbing as his cheerful demeanour and near-constant smile. He’s also produced some excellent results, including podium finishes and stage … The post Watch: ‘Behind the Smile’ – the Esteban Chaves documentary appeared first on CyclingTips .

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The weekly spin: Jumbo-Visma’s investment in young talent on display at Vuelta

It was at the 2016 Redlands Cycling Classic that Americans Sepp Kuss and Neilson Powless first made their presence known at the elite level of road racing. It was there, in Southern California’s Inland Empire, that Kuss won the queen stage on Oak Glen, while Powless won the time trial and finished second overall. Forty-one … The post The weekly spin: Jumbo-Visma’s investment in young talent on display at Vuelta appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Gallery: Colnago Owners' Day 2019

Joseph Delves 23 Aug 2019 Owners assemble for riding and promenading at their annual get-together The weather in Milano was 30-degrees and sunny. In the Cotswolds, conditions were a little more mixed. Not that that stopped UK fans of Italian bike maker Colnago from rolling out down the lanes beside the stately pile of Chavenage House. Getting dirty a collection of bikes, some of which were sporting no fewer than six coats of wax, luckily by the time drinks were served on the lawn, the sun had popped back out. Founded in 1952 by Ernesto Colnago, his bikes have not only won a mind-bendingly large number of races but remains the only brand officially endorsed by the Pope. To say the brand has a following would be an understatement. Showing off bikes both old and new, we caught up with the devotees. Colango Owners' Day 2019: Our top picks Image ...

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Masnada signs two-year deal with CCC Team

Fausto Masnada (Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec) celebrates his win

Fausto Masnada will move up to WorldTour level in 2020 after he signed a two-year contract with CCC Team . The Italian has spent all his professional career at Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec, and he has enjoyed a breakout season in 2019, capped by a stage victory on the Giro d’Italia. "Moving up to a WorldTour team was my goal since the beginning of the season, so I am really happy to join CCC Team next year," Masnada said on Tuesday. "The years I have spent in Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec helped me to grow professionally and obtain the necessary results to be noticed by a big team. To join CCC Team is my opportunity to reach the top level of cycling and I am ready and really excited for the new challenges that lie ahead." A native of Bergamo, Masnada raced with Colpack as an amateur and won Il Piccolo Lombardia in 2015. ...

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Gilbert will join Lotto-Soudal on a three-year deal

Supported by Reigning Paris-Roubaix champion Philippe Gilbert will head to Lotto-Soudal next season after spending the last three years with the Deceuninck-Quick-Step organization. Gilbert will join Lotto-Soudal on a three-year deal. As the 37-year-old Belgian confirmed via his new team’s signing announcement, the length of the contract was a major factor in drawing Gilbert to Lotto-Soudal, a … The post Gilbert will join Lotto-Soudal on a three-year deal appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Dan Martin signs two-year deal with Israel Cycling Academy

Supported by A little over two weeks into August, the first big surprise of this year’s transfer season has emerged. Dan Martin will join Israel Cycling Academy on a two-year deal in 2020 after spending the last two seasons with UAE-Team Emirates. Unlike most of the other notable riders on the move this transfer season whose destinations have … The post Dan Martin signs two-year deal with Israel Cycling Academy appeared first on CyclingTips .

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