Contract talks between Nibali and Bahrain stall

Vuincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida)

Negotiations between Vincenzo Nibali and Bahrain-Merida show no signs of re-opening with both parties still at loggerheads over the terms of a possible contract extension. The 34-year-old is out of contract at the end of 2019, and although an offer was put on the table by the Bahrain Merida management last season it remains unsigned as Nibali waits for improved terms. Meanwhile, speculation linking the 2018 Milan-San Remo winner with Trek-Segafedo continues to grow, with Bahrain Merida believing that the star GC rider met with the Italian team during Tirreno-Adriatico. Segafredo are reported to be keen on signing Nibali and made an approach to discuss a move several months ago. That interest has only intensified in recent weeks . "There hasn't been any further negotiations and we're still sitting where we were about a month ago," Bahrain Merida's Brent Copeland told Cyclingnews on Monday, during a brief visit to McLaren ...

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Photo gallery: Strade Bianche, road cycling’s sixth Monument?

Is it time we added Strade Bianche to the exclusive list of road cycling’s Monuments? Is it time we put it on the same lofty pedestal occupied by Milan-San Remo, the Tour of Flanders, Paris-Roubaix, Liege-Bastogne-Liege and Il Lombardia? There’s little doubt Strade Bianche has grown to become one of cycling’s most loved races, and … The post Photo gallery: Strade Bianche, road cycling’s sixth Monument? appeared first on CyclingTips .

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De Plus: Crashes changed me as a person

Laurens De Plus (Jumbo-Visma) set an infernal pace on the climb

Laurens De Plus has had to endure more than most in his young career after two major crashes in quick succession tested his resilience to the maximum. Now embarking on his first season with the Jumbo-Visma team, De Plus says that recovering from the injuries he sustained have changed him as a person. De Plus always has a wide smile on his face, except when he’s in the midst of a race, but the last two years have been trying for the 23-year-old. He was the first of four riders to crash on a bend on the descent of the Sormano during the 2017 Il Lombardia and go over the guardrail onto the steep slope beyond. The Belgian fractured his knee in the incident and spent much of the off-season recovering from the injury. With the knee fracture firmly put behind him, De Plus was then training in South Africa ...

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The weekly spin: Alaphilippe, Van Vleuten conquer white roads of Strade Bianche

A pair of first-time champions emerged at Strade Bianche Saturday, though neither could be considered a surprise winner. After 184km of racing, including 63km across white gravel roads, Frenchman Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-Quick-Step) got the better of Dane Jakob Fuglsang (Astana) to take the victory in the historic Piazza del Campo in Siena. Former world cyclocross … The post The weekly spin: Alaphilippe, Van Vleuten conquer white roads of Strade Bianche appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Ochowicz: No red flags in Denifl's biological passport

Stefan Denifl (Aqua Blue Sport) wins stage 17 at the Vuelta a Espana

CCC Team general manager Jim Ochowicz has told Cyclingnews that the team's medical assessment of Stefan Denifl 's UCI biological passport showed 'no red flags.' According to reports in the Austrian media, Denifl confessed to blood doping in a police interview and could face prosecution through the country's legal system. A jail sentence for sporting fraud could carry a sentence of three years. Denifl has not made a public statement to date and it's unclear from the reports in Kronen Zeitung as to which years the rider is alleged to have broken anti-doping rules. His career lasted over a decade with contracts at Leopard Trek, Vacansoleil, IAM Cycilng and most recently Aqua Blue Sport between 2017 and 2018. At the end of 2018, following the demise of Aqua Blue Sport, Denifl agreed terms with Ochowicz's CCC Team. A press release was issued on October 24 with Ochowicz stating: "Stefan Denifl ...

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Primoz Roglic: I still have work to do before the Giro d'Italia

Primoz Roglic (JUmbo-Visma) in the leader's red jersey

Primoz Roglic ( Jumbo-Visma ) said that he still has work to do ahead of the Giro d’Italia in just over two months time, despite looking on superb form and winning the penultimate stage and all-but sealing up the UAE Tour overall classification. Roglic will go into the Giro d’Italia as the sole leader of the Jumbo-Visma team for the first time in his career and will take four of the six teammates he has with him at the UAE this week. “In a Grand Tour, hopefully, we will show the same things. It’s still 70 days until the start of the Giro, so I still have some work to do,” Roglic said in his post-stage press conference at the top of Jebel Jais. “I think five guys that are here will go also with me to the Giro. We have mostly the team that will do races with me ...

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How to watch the 2019 Spring Classics

How to watch the 2019 Spring Classics

The Spring Classics kick off this weekend, and it’s often one of the highlights of the year for many avid WorldTour followers. Here’s everything we currently know about where you can find live coverage and highlights in the UK, US and Australia. Paris-Roubaix 2018 tech gallery: 101 images from the Hell of the North Specialized claims 99g S-Works EXOS 99 is lightest production shoe ever made The Spring Classics 2019 overview The term ‘Classics’ acts as a bit of an umbrella that encompasses a range of events. Included in this are the two Opening Weekend races: Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and Kuurne–Brussel–Kuurne. These are followed by further one-day Classics races: Milan–San Remo, E3 Binckbank Classic, Gent–Wevelgem, Tour of Flanders, Scheldeprijs and Paris–Roubaix. After Paris-Roubaix, the Ardennes Classics kicks off including Amstel Gold Race, La Flèche Wallonne and Liège–Bastogne–Liège. The Monuments refers to the five oldest and most prestigious races in the ...

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Bardet to begin season at Tour du Haut Var

Romain Bardet (AG2R La Mondiale) stage 21 Tour de France

AG2R La Mondiale 's Romain Bardet will set his season in motion at the three-day Tour du Haut Var, which begins in Vence, near Nice, in southern France, on Friday. Bardet brought the curtain down on his 2018 season when he was a non-finisher at Il Lombardia in mid-October, and so is now champing at the bit to get racing again after four months away from competition. "I'm happy to get back to racing. Since turning professional in 2012, I've never started a season so late," Bardet said on his team's website. "It gave me the opportunity to indulge in some other sports and lay a solid foundation of preparation," he said, "and I'll be using these races in February as a way to prepare for my first UCI WorldTour goals that come in March. But it's a real pleasure to start racing in France, especially when it's a race ...

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Team Sky's Brailsford meets Colombian government to discuss team's future

Team Sky's Brailsford meets Colombian government to discuss team's future

Joe Robinson 13 Feb 2019 Local reports suggest Colombian government could offer sponsorship for team The government of Colombia is the latest in a long line of rumoured saviours to Team Sky as reports suggest Sir Dave Brailsford has recently met the country's president Ivan Duque to discuss potential sponsorship. Reported by Colombian newspaper El Espectador , the Team Sky boss travelled to Colombia ahead of the ongoing Tour Colombia stage race to explore potential sponsorship with President Duque and director of Coldeportes - the government department for sport and recreation - Ernesto Lucena. The meeting is believed to have been facilitated by Colombian former Team Sky rider Rigoberto Uran. The current team budget is £34 million, the highest in the WorldTour, with a rumoured 10 riders on contracts worth more than £1 million per year. Team Sky have recently been on a public relations offensive in Colombia ahead of ...

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Colombian petrol company latest to be linked with Team Sky

Colombian petrol company latest to be linked with Team Sky

Joe Robinson 14 Feb 2019 Ecopetrol latest rumoured saviour of Team Sky as Colombian WorldTour team looks increasingly likely Rumours of Team Sky being backed by Colombian investment have been pushed further as reports suggest major state-backed oil company Ecopetrol will step in as the main financier. Gazzetta dello Sport has reported that the oil company will come on board as a major sponsor although is unlikely to cover the team's £34million annual budget, with the option for secondary sponsors. Ecopetrol would certainly have the capital to cover the demands of Dave Brailsford's team considering its estimated $27 billion revenue. This sees it ranked 346th from 500 in the Fortune Global 500 list and as one of the world's 25 biggest petroleum exporters. The company is also partially funded by the state which links to rumours yesterday that Brailsford met with Colombian president Ivan Duque in regards to sponsorship for ...

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Teuns handed Bahrain-Merida leadership at Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana

Dylan Teuns (BMC Racing) wins the sprint for third place

Dylan Teuns has been handed the Bahrain-Merida leadership ahead of next week's Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana . The 26-year-old only moved to the team in the off-season after spending four full seasons at BMC Racing. The Spanish race will mark Teuns' debut in his new team colours. "Due to Vuelta being the first European race in 2019, we are really excited. It will be a multi-field test for our cyclist. In the 1st stage's ITT we are counting on Jan Tratnik, who debuts in the team. Another young debutant is a Belgian Dylan Teuns as GC leader," said the team's sports director, Vladimir Miholjević. Bahrain-Merida have compiled a strong team for the five-day race with sprinter Sonny Colbrelli also making his season debut. He will be assisted by Kristijan Koren, Ivan Garcia Cortina, Hermann Pernsteiner, Tratnik, and Classics hopeful Matej Mohoric, who is gearing up for a season of ...

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Thursday Thoughts: 2019 Race Predictions

Your Roubaix winner? We think so...

In which we pick winners, and have arguments If you didn’t see my piece a fortnight ago , I teed up this column by inviting you all to send in your predictions for the season to come. Many of you did and the full list can be found here . There’s a lot of possible avenues for argument and some potentially interesting thoughts with the unveiling of the FSA-DS price list coming up fast. Next week comes the second half of this predictions game, where we look at the season-long award predictions. To remind you, the races that we predicted, together with the most popular picks from across the fifteen entries, are as follows: We now turn to the editors, and what follows is a lightly edited chat between the brave souls who answered my initial email chain of prediction questions. I hope that the volume of opinion makes up ...

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February issue of Procycling out now

Vincenzo Nibali on the cover of the Procycling February issue

The 2019 season will see Vincenzo Nibali take on one of his most ambitious targets to date, as he attempts to win a third Giro d’Italia title before riding the Tour de France this summer. The Italian has previously contested both races in the same year, the first time back in 2008 before he had won any grand tour titles, and again in 2016 when he rode the Tour to prepare for the Olympic Games in Rio. But this will be the first time he has thrown a concerted effort into targeting both races for the GC. As well as being one of just two riders in the current peloton to have won all three grand tours during his career, the Italian is also one of the most versatile racers, too. His victory at Milan-San Remo last season, to add to his two wins at Il Lombardia previously, means he ...

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Bakelants revels in new opportunities at Team Sunweb

Jan Bakelants wearing Sunweb team jersey

Jan Bakelants had taken several strides toward returning to be the rider he once was before a crash at Il Lombardia in 2017 derailed his career and left him recovering from series injuries. The Belgian heads into the 2019 season healthy and excited about his prospects with Team Sunweb where he will bring expertise to the younger riders, and versatility in one-day races and Grand Tours. "I look forward to 2019," Bakelants said in an interview with Sporza . "I am happy with this move and glad that I ended up here, and I'm hopeful about 2019." Bakelants started his career with Topsport Vlaanderen in 2008 and then joined the WorldTour ranks with Omega Pharma-Lotto two years later. He spent two years at RadioShack, went back to Omega Pharma for one season before signing on with AG2R La Mondiale, where he had raced for the last four seasons. His crash ...

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Gilbert targets Sanremo, Roubaix in monuments pursuit

Gilbert targets Sanremo, Roubaix in monuments pursuit

The 36-year-old Belgian has won three of cycling's five monuments. Read the full article at Gilbert targets Sanremo, Roubaix in monuments pursuit on VeloNews.com .

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Gallery: The Bradley Wiggins collection

Joe Robinson 15 Jan 2019 Bradley Wiggins gives Cyclist an exclusive look at the most prized items from his extensive collection of memorabilia This article was originally published in Issue 81 of Cyclist Magazine Words Joe Robinson Photography Mike Massaro 'The only other sportsperson I’m aware of who has a similar collection to me is Roger Federer with his tennis memorabilia, but there is no one else with something like this in cycling,’ says Bradley Wiggins as he neatly folds Fausto Coppi’s 1949 Tour de France yellow jersey back into a plastic container. It sits next to Jacques Anquetil’s France Ford Hutchinson jersey from the 1966 Tour and Francesco Moser’s Supermercati Brianzoli skinsuit. Considering the controversy that has surrounded him over the past 18 months, it would be easy to understand if Wiggins no longer wanted to talk about cycling, but his enthusiasm for the sport remains undiminished. At heart ...

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Kwiatkowski sets sights on Liege, worlds

Kwiatkowski sets sights on Liege, worlds

The Sky rider says he wants to win Liège-Bastogne-Liège this season. Read the full article at Kwiatkowski sets sights on Liege, worlds on VeloNews.com .

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The pros (and cons) of social media

The pros (and cons) of social media

Felix Lowe 7 Jan 2019 Media exposure is how teams secure sponsors, so could we see a time when social media following is as valuable as actual race wins? Something rum happens this winter: Tejay van Garderen joins Education First-Drapac from BMC . That a US rider should join a US team is hardly unusual. It’s also not that team manager Jonathan Vaughters is recruiting a cyclist whose last good three weeks came a good three years ago. It’s that he’s taking a punt on someone with zero social media presence. Education First-Drapac is a team that owes its continued existence to a Twitter-led crowd-sourcing campaign ; a team whose rider Lawson Craddock battled through the Tour with a fractured scapula while asking his followers to help save his local velodrome – raising around $280,000 in the process . With more characters now available in a single tweet than an ...

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Report links Nibali to Trek-Segafredo

Report links Nibali to Trek-Segafredo

The Italian grand tour champion is reportedly considering switching teams for next year. Read the full article at Report links Nibali to Trek-Segafredo on VeloNews.com .

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Teuns: I think there's still room for progression

Dylan Teuns on the Il Lombardia podium for third

One of the first major victories of Dylan Teuns’ youth career came atop the Col du Rosier as a fifteen-year-old and in that moment, the Limburger’s predilection for Liège-Bastogne-Liège and the Ardennes Classics was confirmed. The summit finish provided a radically different challenge to the fare on offer in the Flanders region, and while Teuns had grown up venerating the cobbled Classics, he quickly realised that the forested hills of southern Belgium might prove a happy hunting ground. “My first big win as a 15-year-old came in the Ardennes, so it was already clear that those races were suiting me,” Teuns told Cyclingnews at the recent Bahrain-Merida training camp in Hvar, Croatia. “It was a climbing race, just loop over the Vecquée and the Rosier, and the race finished at the top of the Rosier too.” Since turning professional with BMC in 2015, Teuns has gradually established himself in the ...

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