Preview: 22 things you should know about the 2019 Vuelta a España

It’s time for the Vuelta a España, the third and final Grand Tour of the season. The race gets underway this Saturday in Torrevieja and will be contested over 21 stages and 3,272km. Here’s what you should know about the 2019 Tour of Spain. The 2019 Vuelta is the race’s 74th edition. The Vuelta is … The post Preview: 22 things you should know about the 2019 Vuelta a España appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Lopez leads strong Astana squad at Vuelta a Espana

Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana)

Astana have named a strong squad to start the Vuelta a España , with a number of experienced riders heading to Spain in support of team leader Miguel Ángel López . The eight-man team, with key riders including Jakob Fuglsang and Luis León Sánchez, boasts an impressive 93 Grand Tour starts, an average age of 31.25, and eight stage race victories between them in 2019. López, who finished third at the Vuelta last year, heads up the team. The Colombian won Colombia 2.1 and the Volta a Catalunya earlier in the season, and was the best young rider at the Giro d'Italia. With two podium and four top ten placings from five career Grand Tours, he'll be aiming for the podium at least. Fuglsang has been one of the riders of the season in 2019 and could mount a GC challenge of his own. He lay in ninth at the ...

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The weekly spin: Jakob Fuglsang’s last, best chance to win the Tour de France

Can a veteran rider well into his thirties who has never stood on a Grand Tour podium win the Tour de France? It happened last year with Geraint Thomas — another rider who had not historically been the strongest climber nor time trialist, but was always capable at both — and it could well happen … The post The weekly spin: Jakob Fuglsang’s last, best chance to win the Tour de France appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Giro Stage 15 Preview: Giro di Lombardia

Stage 15: Ivrea to Como (232 kilometers) Many race organizers throw mini-versions of classic races into their stage races-- most notably recently with the ASO including mini-Roubaixs in the Tour. Earlier this race, there was even a stage that resembled a mini-Milano-Sanremo, though on the opposite coast of Italy. Well, this stage is that, but cranked up to 11-- otherwise known as going the full Vegni-- transposing the full Il Lombardia into a Giro stage-- length and climbs and all. In fact, the last 60+ kilometers of the stage follow the route of last year’s Il Lombardia almost exactly. Here’s the profile of stage 15 and the profile of last year’s Il Lombardia: Stage 15 profile 2018 Il Lombardia profile Let’s try to spot the differences. Stage 15 is 9 kilometers shorter at 232 kilometers to the Lombardia’s 241 kilometers (don’t totally believe the above profile for Stage 15, which ...

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Giro d'Italia 2019: Carapaz wins Stage 14 to take over pink jersey

Giro d'Italia 2019: Carapaz wins Stage 14 to take over pink jersey

Martin James 25 May 2019 Movistar make the numbers game count as key rivals trip over themselves Movistar's Richard Carapaz took his second win of the 2019 Giro d'Italia, conquering a mountainous Stage 14 to cross the line alone and take over the race leader's pink jersey for his troubles. Carapaz attacked on the penultimate climb of the day and made the most of his advantage as those behind started watching each other. Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) took second, recovering after again looking suspect in the mountains to break clear of those who had ridden away from him earlier in the day for a morale-boosting result. Italy's Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) got the consolation of third place and a time bonus, finishing with fellow favourites Primoz Roglic (Jumbo Visma) and Carapaz's Movistar teammate Mikel Landa. Roglic had looked nailed on to take over the race lead from Jan Polanc (UAE Team Emirates), ...

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Giro d'Italia 2019: Zakarin wins Stage 13 on the Nivolet as Yates drops out of overall contention

Giro d'Italia 2019: Zakarin wins Stage 13 on the Nivolet as Yates drops out of overall contention

Joe Robinson 24 May 2019 Mikel Landa takes time out of Roglic and Nibali as Simon Yates's hopes of pinks end as he concedes minutes on the General Classification Katusha-Alpecin's Ilnur Zakarin took an impressive victory on the Colle del Nivolet to win Stage 13 of the Giro d'Italia and re-enter the fight for the Maglia Rosa as Simon Yates' General Classification hopes all but ended. Zakarin proved the strongest rider from the day's breakaway dropping Mikel Nieve in the final 2km to take the first summit finish of the race on a destructive day in the Alps that saw plenty make up time and just as many lose it. For the General Classification riders, Mikel Landa made the biggest gains, attacking early on the climb to claw time back from the likes of Primoz Roglic and Vincenzo Nibali, who were content to watch each other to the finish. The ...

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The weekly spin: Meet Tadej Pogacar, future Grand Tour champion

There’s a youth movement happening in pro cycling, and the Amgen Tour of California is the proving ground. Last year, 21-year-old Egan Bernal crowned as the youngest-ever winner of the Amgen Tour. This year, it was 20-year-old Tadej Pogacar, who is nearly a year younger than Bernal. At this rate, we’ll soon have a teenager … The post The weekly spin: Meet Tadej Pogacar, future Grand Tour champion appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Giro Stage 9 Preview: The Prime Minister Stage

I love the mountains as much as - wait no, more than the next guy but I will always be a staunch defender of stages like this: a reasonably long time-trial with plenty of climbing. What mountain stage can guarantee minutes worth of time gaps between overall contenders, can guarantee a huge GC shakeup and vouchsafe that the best rider will win? After eight days in which we’ve been starved of GC battles, this is where a rider can put himself on the road to wearing pink in Verona. Hence, I am dubbing it the Prime Minister stage. It will be as decisive as any queen stage, in fact it probably has more power. However, it lacks the romance and mysticism of an Alpine battle. The route is a classic formula for causing pain — part flat, part climbing, with the climbing probably just-about doable on a TT bike, though ...

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Giro Stage 8 Preview - Rainy Day at the Beach

The Giro’s east coast answer to the west coast’s Milano-Sanremo, the longest stage of this year’s race at 239 kilometers takes the riders up the Adriatic coastline from Tortoreto Lido to Pesaro with a tricky finish reminiscent of the descent off the Poggio onto the Via Roma. THE COURSE Stage 8 will take the peloton up the north-east coast of Italy on a tour of the beaches in that region, with the beautiful scenery likely to be obscured by predicted rain and thunderstorms. The stage is an allegorical microcosm for what the Giro has felt like so far— a beach vacation where you’re holed up inside your Airbnb the entire time with several bored children due to the constant downpour outside. It’s semi-pleasurable as it’s better than work but damn if you can’t wait until the sun comes out so you can get outside. Luckily, I’ve seen the forecast and ...

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Giro Stage One Preview: Early Fireworks

If you’re planning to win this year’s Giro, you’d better be ready from the gun Saturday sees the start of the Giro, the start of the 2019 grand tour season, and the start of all things mountainous for the year. We’ve had the classics, hope you enjoyed them. Now it is time for the long races, and we are starting with fireworks. Getty Images/iStockphoto Bologna. Fireworks. Oh, shut up. As we’ve said in several of our previews, the first week is pretty quiet. Except, that is, for stage one. Stage one is lively. I’ve talked about it a reasonable amount in my look at the TTs . It even got a mention from Will , as the 27 th toughest mountain in the race – he was ranking on difficulty, not significance. On significance it finishes much higher. A reminder of the course: Also, a reminder of that closing climb: ...

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Mamma Mia! Who’s Gonna Win this Giro?

Italy and mothers go together like pasta and meatballs, and it is fitting that this Giro will start the day prior to Mother’s Day (at least for the US and Italy). This year, having an Italian mother got some good press after Alberto “Mamma di Pasti” Bettiol won the Tour of Flanders. Bettiol earned that nickname from Jonathan Vaughters because like a good Italian son, he still lives with his mother and “suffers” on the bike from her pasta cooking and offering tendencies. I appreciate that, having a mamma di pasti of my own (what part of Italy is my mother from, you ask— well, Northern New Jersey). Embarrassingly, my two younger brothers lived with my mamma di pasti until their early 30s. My mamma di pasti still cried when they moved out. Anyway, I digress. Let’s bring this mother back to the Giro. Perhaps my favorite chapter of Dino ...

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Preview: Everything you need to know about the 2019 Giro d’Italia

Classics season is behind us and the Tour de Romandie is now complete. That can only mean one thing — it’s time for the Giro d’Italia. The 102nd edition of the Giro starts in Bologna this Saturday and concludes in Verona on June 2. Ahead of the first Grand Tour of the season we take … The post Preview: Everything you need to know about the 2019 Giro d’Italia appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Lopez leads strong Astana team in Giro d'Italia

Miguel Angel Lopez celebrates winning the 2019 Volta a Catalunya

After finishing third last year, Miguel Angel Lopez ( Astana ) will look to take a few steps up on the final podium of the Giro d'Italia and claim the top position. The Colombian rider comes in as one of the major favourites and will be supported a strong team of climbers in the season's first Grand Tour. The 25-year-old made his first Grand Tour podium when he finished third in the Giro in 2018, and taking the young rider classification in the process. He confirmed his status as a serious contender with he repeated his podium place in the Vuelta a Espana later in the year. It was his second visit to the top 10 after finishing eighth in 2017, winning two stages and the young rider ranking. This year he already has two stage race titles under his belt, winning his first stage outing at the Tour Colombia ...

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Geraint Thomas 'on track' for Tour de France defense

Geraint Thomas (Team Sky)

Geraint Thomas ( Team Sky ) says he is on track to defend his 2018 Tour de France title when the race rolls out of Brussels on July 6 despite a relative lack of race days so far this season and his high-speed crash last week at Tour of the Basque Country. In an interview with the BBC 's BeSpoke podcast , Thomas said he's not far off the form he had last year at this time, and he knows what he's got to do to reach Tour de France fitness. Thomas has raced rather anonymously in the peloton over his 16 race days of far this season, starting the Volta a Valenciana in February. He finished 12th in Strade Bianche, but a stomach bug forced him out of Tirreno-Adriatico on stage 4 last month. Thomas most recently rode Tour of the Basque Country, where he emerged relatively unscathed from ...

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Fuglsang reacts after losing Basque Country podium spot

The final podium: Ion Izagirre, Dan Martin and Jakob Fuglsang

A fascinating week of racing at the Tour of the Basque Country came to a controversial end on Sunday, after Astana 's Jakob Fuglsang found himself first racing to a podium spot and even standing on the final podium, before being retroactively demoted due to a decision by the race organisers. Over a minute after the Dane had finished, and unbeknownst to him, race leader Emanuel Buchmann (Bora-Hansgrohe) had taken a wrong turn in the closing metres of stage 6, losing vital seconds as he sought to hang on to third overall. One of the six men from the chase group to suffer the impromptu detour – due to either rider or marshal error – Buchmann was later given the same time as those riders who stayed on course. That meant that he gained 12 seconds on Fuglsang, who ultimately finished five seconds down in fourth. Fuglsang, who had stood ...

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Ion Izagirre wins the Tour of the Basque Country

Ion Izagirre celebrates on the podium with his daughter

Ion Izagirre ( Astana ) claimed overall victory at the Tour of the Basque Country after he placed fourth behind stage winner Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) on a breathless final leg around Eibar. Overnight leader Emanuel Buchmann (Bora-Hansgrohe) was distanced on the category 1 ascent of Azurki by a five-man group featuring Izagirre, Yates, Jakob Fuglsang (Astana), Dan Martin and Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates). Although there were more than 65km to go, this move had the firepower to hold off a disorganised chase, where Buchmann had to shoulder the bulk of the pace-making on the remaining climbs. Up front, Martin tried to distance Izagirre on the final classified ascent of Asensio, but was unable to break the Astana man's resistance. On the run-in to the finish, Yates took advantage of a short, unclassified ascent with 3km to go to punch his way clear, and he held off his fellow escapees ...

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Tour of the Basque Country: Buchmann wins stage 5

Emanuel Buchmann (Bora-Hansgrohe) wins stage 5 at Pais Vasco

Emanuel Buchmann continued Bora-Hansgrohe 's string of success with a brilliant solo victory during stage 5 at the Tour of the Basque Country on Friday. The German rider attacked on the penultimate ascent and held his gap up the slopes of Usartza before descending into the city of Arrate to take the win by a minute over the chase: runner-up Jon Izagirre (Astana), third-placed Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) and fourth-placed Jakob Fuglsang (Astana). Buchmann's dominant performance meant that he took the overall race lead from teammate Max Schachmann, who was distanced on the final climb. Buchmann now leads the race by 54 seconds over Ion Izagirre, while Schachmann, who won three stages, dropped to third place at 1:04 back. "It's incredible. It's already the fourth stage win for us, and on the queen stage, and now with the leader's jersey, it's really cool," Buchmann said in a post-race flash interview. "We ...

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Tour of the Basque Country: Schachmann wins another on stage 4

Maximilian Schachmann (Bora-Hansgrohe) and Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates) finish first and second

Max Schachmann ( Bora-Hansgrohe ) secured a third stage victory and retained his overall lead at the Tour of the Basque Country in Arrigorriaga on Thursday. The German all-rounder was part of a late-race breakaway of four, ignited by Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) over the final Zaratoma climb, and then sprinted to the stage 4 win ahead of Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates) and Jakob Fuglsang (Astana). Yates finished fourth. The four-kilometre climb over Zaratoma had a max grade of 11 per cent and peaked with just five kilometres to the finish line. Mitchelton-Scott led the reduced peloton up the climb, setting up Yates for a searing attack over the top. He cleared the field but was joined by Schachmann, Fuglsang and Pogacar on the wet-and-twisty descent. Once onto the city streets of Arrigorriaga, Pogacar made the first attack, but Schachmann was quick to respond and connected with his back wheel. ...

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Tour of the Basque Country: Schachmann wins stage 3 in Estibaliz

Maximilian Schachmann (Bora-Hansgrohe) wins stage 3 at Tour of the Basque Country

Maximilian Schachmann ( Bora-Hansgrohe ) claimed a second stage victory and added to his overall lead in the Tour of the Basque Country on stage 3, sprinting up the final climb in Estibaliz to top Diego Ulissi (UAE Team Emirates) and Enrico Battaglin (Katusha-Alpecin). A crash with 6km to go took down a large portion of the front of the peloton, including green jersey holder, stage 2 winner and second-placed overall Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-Quickstep) and third-placed Michal Kwiatkowski (Team Sky). As a result, Schachmann’s lead ballooned to 33 seconds over Ion Izagirre (Astana), with teammate Patrick Konrad now third on the same time. Now with more comfortable buffer in the rankings, Schachmann thanked his team but acknowledged that there are still some difficult stages to come. “I don’t know what to say. I have to say thank you to my team. I knew I didn’t come to the team as ...

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Bernal wins Paris-Nice, Izagirre takes the finale

Bernal wins Paris-Nice, Izagirre takes the finale

Team Sky's Egan Bernal resisted Nairo Quintana to claim the Paris-Nice title after Astana's Ion Izagirre won the final stage in Nice.

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