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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Dan Martin joins Israel Cycling Academy on two-year contract

Dan Martin joins Israel Cycling Academy on two-year contract

Jack Elton-Walters 16 Aug 2019 Dan Martin will leave UAE Team Emirates at the end of the season and his move could indicate the ambitions of his new team Daniel Martin will leave UAE Team Emirates at the end of this season to join the Israel Cycling Academy on a two-year contract. Martin will be looking to take sole leadership at his new team after often finding himself forced to share duties within his current squad. The rider will also be hoping to recapture the form that in the past has seen him win Monuments and liven up Grand Tour stages. The secondary element to this announcement could be an indication of the team's wider ambitions. Stories have cropped up in the past about Israel Cycling Academy's desire to enter cycling's WorldTour, with mergers and licence buy-outs mooted in the previously. We are proud to announce that @DanMartin86 has signed ...

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Deceuninck-QuickStep announce signing of Mattia Cattaneo

Matteo Cattaneo (Androni Giocattoli) made the break of the day

Deceuninck-QuickStep have announced the signing of Italian rider Mattia Cattaneo , with the Italian returning to the WorldTour after three seasons at Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec . The 28-year-old, who began his career with four years at Lampre, has one win under his belt so far in 2019, at the Giro dell'Appennino. In May, he narrowly missed out on a Giro d'Italia stage victory, finishing second behind Dario Cataldo (Astana) in Como. "I am very, very happy to join the Wolfpack," said Cattaneo via a team press release. "For me it is a dream because I have raced with Androni Giocattoli for three years, but my objective was to come back to the WorldTour and with Deceuninck-QuickStep I am going to the best team in the world, in my opinion. "I am looking forward to helping the squad continue to be successful, as well as hopefully getting my own opportunities. Being an ...

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Your guide to notable 2019-2020 men’s WorldTour transfers

Supported by It’s transfer season in the world of professional cycling, and that means teams are announcing rider signings practically every day of the week. This year’s transfer cycle has already seen some very big names agree to don new kit for the coming season, and many more notables are expected to make their 2020 plans public … The post Your guide to notable 2019-2020 men’s WorldTour transfers appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Reasons to be cheerful: What to expect from the rest of the 2019 cycling season

Joe Robinson 13 Aug 2019 From a home Worlds to the return of Van der Poel, there's still plenty to expect from the 2019 cycling season The Tour de France may be over and the Spring Classics may be a distant memory but the 2019 cycling season still has plenty to offer. In fact, there are still eight men’s WorldTour and seven women’s WorldTour races still to be settled and the small issues of a World Championships in Yorkshire too. The final, and often most unpredictable, Grand Tour of the year, the Vuelta a Espana , is coming up soon and the last of the five Monuments, Il Lombardia, is still there to be settled. The latter half of the season can produce some of the very best racing. Top riders are often tired, some are battling for a new contract or team to carry them through the next season ...

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Domenico Pozzovivo breaks arm and leg in training crash

Domenico Pozzovivo (Bahrain-Merida)

Domenico Pozzovivo ( Bahrain-Merida ) has suffered a broken arm and leg after being hit by a car while out on a training ride near Cosenza in southern Italy. Local news website Qui Cosenza reported that the 36-year-old was riding through the hamlet of Laurignano when he was hit by a Fiat Grande Punto at a crossroads. After being stabilised on the scene by paramedics, Pozzovivo was taken to a hospital in Cosenza. Pozzovivo remained conscious throughout, and is in a stable condition in intensive care awaiting surgery to multiple bone fractures, according to a statement released by his Bahrain-Merida team. The Italian was preparing for the upcoming Vuelta a España, where he was expected to be the Bahrain-Merida GC leader. Earlier this month, he took 12th overall at the Tour de Pologne, and back in May helped Vincenzo Nibali to second overall at the Giro d'Italia. In August 2014, ...

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Vincenzo Nibali signs two-year deal with Trek-Segafredo

Supported by Vincenzo Nibali will leave Bahrain-Merida to join Trek-Segafredo for 2020 on a two-year contract. Trek-Segafredo announced the official signing on Thursday after months of rumors and reports linking the Italian star with the team. “I followed my heart and chose for this team, knowing that their project is very serious and competitive,” Nibali said via … The post Vincenzo Nibali signs two-year deal with Trek-Segafredo appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Vincenzo Nibali signs two-year contract with Trek-Segafredo

Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) wins stage 20 at the Tour de France

Trek-Segafredo have at last confirmed that Vincenzo Nibali will ride in their colours in 2020 after agreeing a two-year contract with the team. The Italian joins Trek-Segafredo after three years at Bahrain-Merida, and he will be joined on his new team by his brother Antonio. "I followed my heart and chose for this team, knowing that their project is very serious and competitive," Vincenzo Nibali said in a statement released by Trek-Segafredo on Thursday afternoon. "The great confidence Trek and Segafredo and all the other sponsors are showing in me is very motivating. I am really happy to continue my cycling career at Trek-Segafredo and look forward to 2020." Trek's interest in Nibali dates back to late 2015, when Italian coffee company Segafredo came on board as co-sponsor. Nibali was heavily linked with a move to Trek-Segafredo in early 2016, when he was in the final year of his tenure ...

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'I will need to win the Tour': Pinot on how to repair his Tour de France heartbreak

'I will need to win the Tour': Pinot on how to repair his Tour de France heartbreak

Joe Robinson 30 Jul 2019 The 29-year-old is still unsure what led to his heartbreaking Tour de France exit The pictures of Thibaut Pinot in floods of tears barely able to pedal his bike before abandoning the Tour de France on Stage 19 did not leave a dry eye in the house. The 29-year-old was riding the Tour of his life. Despite losing 1 minute 40 seconds in the crosswinds of Stage 10 to Albi, the Groupama-FDJ leader had battled back to recover the deficit. He was unmatchable when taking victory on the Tourmalet on Stage 14 and a day later, on the road to Foix, he dropped all of his rivals to the summit. By that point, he had made back those 100 seconds he had lost. Yet by the time the race had reached the Alps, Pinot was suffering from a knee injury that left him barely able ...

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Pinot: I was convinced I was going to win the Tour de France

Thibaut Pinot consoled by Matthieu Ladagnous (Groupama-FDJ)

It was hard to watch but impossible to take your eyes off. Thibaut Pinot 's exit from the Tour de France during stage 19 on Friday was sport at its cruellest, but also its most visceral. The Frenchman had soared in the Pyrenees last weekend and cried tears of joy. In the Alps, he collapsed and cried tears of distress . The two extremes of emotion, and the inextricable link between them, are why we keep tuning in. "Thibaut has big highs and big lows," Pinot's brother and coach, Julien, had said somewhat portentously that very morning. These were new depths. "It's the biggest disappointment of my career," Pinot said, having arrived at his team's hotel in Tignes by car. Understanding the nature of Pinot's pain requires context beyond the confines of these past three weeks. The Groupama-FDJ leader's relationship with the Tour is a complicated one, stretching back to ...

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Bikes of the Tour de France: Vincenzo Nibali's custom Merida Reacto

Joe Robinson 17 Jul 2019 Glitter paint job, a shark sticker, grip tape on the bottle cages and his name in gold Vincenzo Nibali is one of the very few riders good enough to warrant a custom edition bike thanks to victories at all three Grand Tours and two Monument wins. In a long and memorable career, that's still in full swing, the 34-year-old has won the Tour de France , Vuelta a Espana and two editions of the Giro d'Italia , while also winning Il Lombardia and Milan-San Remo to morph into the most rounded rider of his generation. The Bahrain-Merida rider is currently at the Tour hunting stage wins and the polka dot climber's jersey, a change of pace to his usual General Classification quest, but he is still one of the biggest names on the start list. Big enough to lead the Cyclist team to the Bahrain-Merida ...

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Pinot: I want to show the real me in the Tour de France

Thibaut Pinot at the Groupama-FDJ press conference ahead of the 2019 Tour de France

Thibaut Pinot leads the Groupama-FDJ team of manager Marc Madiot for the 100th edition of the Tour de France . After a few difficult years, Pinot, 29, is hoping to regain the form that earned him stage wins and a podium in 2014. The team decided in December to focus solely on Pinot by leaving their sprinter Arnaud Démare at home. In the absence of Christopher Froome and Tom Dumoulin, it's 'l'année ou jamais' (now or never) for Pinot, as French media stated during the team's press conference in Brussels Expo on Wednesday evening. Pinot was asked if he wasn't fed up with the question. "No, I'm not bored about the question but I don't understand it, really. I'm 29 years old so I've still got quite a few years ahead of me. On the other hand, this is a year in which I'm hitting peak form, I'm keen to ...

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Carthy's 11th overall at Giro d'Italia 'just a good sign of potential' says rider

Hugh Carthy (EF Education First) recovers from his efforts at the end of stage 12 of the 2019 Giro d

While happy with his performance, EF Education First 's Hugh Carthy played down any notion of getting carried away after finishing 11th overall at the Giro d'Italia in Verona on Sunday. The British climber said that every race he does well in is simply a "stepping stone" to the next stage of his young career, and that his Giro result was "a good step, at the right time, and at the right age to show this kind of potential". The 24-year-old never dropped outside the top 25 on the general classification throughout the race, and led the white jersey competition as best young rider for a day on stage 13 from Pinerolo to Ceresole Reale before first Pavel Sivakov (Team Ineos) and then Astana's Miguel Angel Lopez came to the fore, with Carthy eventually finishing third in the competition. As well as finishing only just outside the top 10 on ...

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Alaphilippe renews with Deceuninck-Quickstep for two more years

Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep) attends a press conference on April 19 ahead of the Amstel

Julian Alaphilippe announced on Saturday he has renewed with Patrick Lefevere's Deceuninck-Quickstep squad for two more years in a post on Instagram. The winner of Milan-San Remo, Strade Bianche and La Flèche Wallonne was one of the hottest riders at the end of his contract this season, and was rumored to be in negotiations with Total-Direct Energie. Last month, Lefevere said he hoped he could keep Alaphilippe, telling Cyclingnews he sent an offer to the Frenchman's agent. "I don’t know if he will stay, but of course I hope it. It’s all about money ," Lefevere said at the time. Alaphilippe has been one of the cornerstones of the Belgian squad's Classics team, taking wins in the 2018 Flèche Wallonne and Clasica San Sebastian in addition to this year's victories, and a podium in Il Lombardia in 2017. The 26-year-old has been with Lefevere since turning professional in 2014. View ...

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Pinot on track for Tour de France after Tour de l'Ain victory

Thibaut Pinot solos to victory at Il Lombardia

Thibaut Pinot ( Groupama-FDJ ) signalled that he's on track for the Tour de France , winning the Tour de l'Ain at the weekend on his comeback from a two-month absence from racing. The Frenchman, who won Il Lombardia at the end of last year, hadn't raced since ending his early season block with 11th overall at the Volta a Catalunya at the end of March. However, he confirmed the quality of the training he'd done in the interim with a stage win on the Grand Colombier on the final day that handed him the overall victory. After an opening stage for the sprinters, Pinot finished second on the Col de la Faucille on stage 2 but was left with a bitter taste as former teammate Alexandre Geniez (AG2R La Mondiale) refused to do any turns and survived his attacks before beating him to the line. On the altogether more ...

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Sivakov: Movistar accelerated after Roglic's Giro d'Italia mechanical

Pavel Sivakov (Team Ineos)

Pavel Sivakov ( Team Ineos ) – the leader in the Giro d'Italia 's best young rider competition – says that current race leader Richard Carapaz's Movistar team started racing à bloc after Jumbo-Visma's leader Primoz Roglic had a mechanical problem during Sunday's stage 15 from Ivrea to Como. Speaking in a video interview with L'Equipe , the Russian told the French sports newspaper that he'd only heard about Roglic's crash, but that he'd seen that the Slovenian was having trouble with his gears. "I heard on my radio that he'd crashed," Sivakov told L'Equipe . "But before that he'd had a mechanical problem. I saw that he'd broken his derailleur, so when Movistar started racing à bloc after that, I didn't think that was very fair, and a bit strange." Asked to confirm that Movistar had accelerated after Roglic had got into trouble, Sivakov replied: "Yes – absolutely. Yes." ...

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Giro d'Italia: Majka still in the mix in fourth place overall

Rafal Majka finishes stage 14 at the Giro

While all eyes are on the now three riders who at least on paper look likely to battle it out for the overall honours at the 2019 Giro d'Italia , Bora-Hansgrohe's Rafal Majka is sitting pretty in fourth place overall, 2:35 behind race leader Richard Carapaz (Movistar), 1:48 down on second-placed Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) and just 48 seconds behind Bahrain-Merida's Vincenzo Nibali. While Carapaz has put the cat among the pigeons by first gaining time on his rivals on Friday's stage to the Colle del Nivolet , and then winning Saturday's stage to Courmayeur with an advantage of almost two minutes to his main rivals, Majka, too, came to the fore on Friday and Saturday, finishing sixth on the Nivolet stage and fourth the next day, leaping from seventh to fourth on the GC after the latter. It leaves Majka in a strong position, and with plenty of opportunities still ...

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Carapaz and Movistar enjoy another fruitful day as Giro d'Italia leaders

Richard Carapaz and Movistar enjoy some podium time after stage 15 at the Giro

In Italy an often-used phrase says: Fra I due litigant il terzo gode – When there are two people arguing, someone else takes advantage. At the Giro d’Italia , Richard Carapaz ( Movistar ) is taking advantage of the duel between Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) and Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) and building his race lead whenever he can. On Sunday, the 25 year-old Ecuadorian extended his overall lead to 47 seconds after Roglic and his Jumbo-Visma directeur sportif sparked a comedy of errors in a high-speed hectic finale on the roads of the Il Lombardia classic. As the riders enjoy the second rest day in and around Bergamo on Monday, Carapaz is now a feared overall contender, with his rivals regretting every second they have lost to him. Carapaz started the Giro d’Italia mountains in 20th place overall. He moved up to eighth in Pinerolo and sixth after the first mountain finish ...

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