Laurens ten Dam retires and switches to off-road adventure riding

Joe Robinson 18 Oct 2019 Dutchman concludes 17-year career to focus on endurance gravel racing Laurens ten Dam will be the latest pro road rider to turn his attention to gravel racing as he retires at the end of the season. In the same week that Taylor Phinney took early retirement from racing hinting he would turn to endurance gravel riding, Ten Dam stated he would pursue similar adventures after calling time on his 17-year career. 'I still really like being on the bike and, in the days immediately following Il Lombardia , I will be making a big trip towards the south of Italy. That will be an exciting moment for me as I will immediately be starting the change from pro cyclist to adventure rider,' Ten Dam wrote in an open letter on the CCC Team website . 'It's this kind of thing that I'm aiming to do ...

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Edo Maas unlikely to walk again after U23 Lombardia crash

Edo Maas unlikely to walk again after U23 Lombardia crash

Joe Robinson 17 Oct 2019 Team Sunweb call upon UCI to prioritise safety of riders after Maas hit by car on course Team Sunweb Development rider Edo Maas has been left paraplegic after colliding with a car at the junior Tour of Lombardy and his team have called on the UCI to prioritise rider safety. The 19-year-old Dutch rider was racing the U23 Il Lombardia on 6th October when he collided with a car that had entered the course on the descent of the Madonna dell Ghisallo. Maas was immediately taken to hospital in Milan to undergo multiple emergency surgeries for fractures to his back and injuries to his face, all of which his team say were successful. 'Edo is now fully conscious and has been awake for a couple of days, and responds well to family and visiting teammates,' the team's statement explained. 'The fractures to his back and ...

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VN Podcast: The significance of Bauke Mollema’s Il Lombardia win

On this week's episode, the guys break down Bauke Mollema's career-defining win at Il Lombardia. Read the full article at VN Podcast: The significance of Bauke Mollema’s Il Lombardia win on VeloNews.com .

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The weekly spin: The great ‘Rider of the Year’ debate

Supported by With the 2019 road racing season effectively over, it’s time for the annual “Rider of the Year” debates. Yes, there’s still the six-stage Tour of Guangxi, which starts on Thursday. But none of the riders in the running for Rider of the Year honors are taking part. So with Il Lombardia in the rearview mirror, … The post The weekly spin: The great ‘Rider of the Year’ debate appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Deceuninck–Quick-Step’s massively successful season, painted on a frame

Specialized has announced the release of a frame celebrating Deceuninck–Quick-Step’s impressive 2019 season, incorporating all of the team’s wins into the design. Based on the livery of this year’s team bike, the S-Works Tarmac Disc frameset celebrating each of Deceuninck–Quick-Step’s 2019 successes and riders. Limited to 200 individually-numbered framesets, the Deceuninck–Quick-Step LTD Tarmac Disc has … The post Deceuninck–Quick-Step’s massively successful season, painted on a frame appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Specialized unveils $5,500 limited-edition Deceuninck–Quick-Step frameset

Specialized limited-edition version of its S-Works Tarmac Disc frameset

200 unique S-Works Tarmac Disc framesets created to celebrate Deceuninck–Quick-Step’s all-conquering 2019 season

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The bike race that never happened

A territory torn in two. A bike race through the centre of a stricken city. This is the story of the cancelled Hong Kong Hammer Series finale. The post The bike race that never happened appeared first on CyclingTips .

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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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