Tour of Slovenia: Cavendish and Pogacar headline 2.HC race

Tadej Pogacar with the 2019 Tour of Slovenia trophy he hopes to win

The Tour of Slovenia is marking its jump to 2.HC level this year with a line up that includes five WorldTour teams and a roster that includes Mark Cavendish , recent Tour of California winner Tadej Pogacar , double Giro d'Italia stage winner Pascal Ackermann and Esteban Chaves , who also won a stage of the Giro last month as he continues to return from the Epstein-Barr virus. Bora-Hansgrohe, Mitchelton-Scott, Bahrain-Merida, Dimension Data and UAE Team Emirates will represent the WorldTour ranks among the 19 teams that will take the start line in Ljubljana on Wednesday for five days of racing that conclude Sunday, June 23. Cavendish will find this route more to his liking than the Tour of California courses, which included more than 20,000 metres of climbing and a high-altitude finish at South Lake Tahoe. The Manxman will have some talented competition to get past as well if ...

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Giro d'Italia stage 18 finish line quotes

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Damiano Cima (Nippo-Vini Fantini) - stage 18 winner "I can't believe what just happened. I've spent so many kilometres in breakaways during this Giro. I thought I'd never make it, but I've won today. It's insane. It's the dream of a lifetime.” Pascal Ackermann (Bora-Hansgrohe) - second on stage, retook points jersey "For sure I'm a little disappointed I did not win. If you saw how the breakaway went, for sure he's a lucky winner today. He was the strongest today. They were fighting really hard against our team when they were pulling. For sure I am happy for him that he won, and I'm happy to get this jersey back. "It's still a fight to keep [the jersey] in the mountains, because it's not easy the next two stages. I'm just happy to wear it every day that I can. I was really disappointed after my crash to lose ...

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Giro d'Italia: Demare takes sprints jersey from Ackermann on stage 11

Arnaud Demare (Fra) Groupama-FDJ in the points jersey at the Giro d'Italia

Arnaud Démare will swap his red, white and blue Groupama-FDJ kit for the arguably slightly less tasteful maglia ciclamino for Thursday's stage 12 from Cuneo to Pinerolo , having taken over the lead in the Giro d'Italia 's points competition from Bora-Hansgrohe's Pascal Ackermann on Wednesday. Démare had gone into stage 11 a single point behind the German road race champion, but took two points and the competition-lead at the stage's first intermediate sprint, while at the finish – although Démare couldn't overhaul stage winner Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal) in the finishing sprint for the line – he took second place, one place ahead of Ackermann, to finish the day with an 11-point lead in the points competition. "The turning point really came with my win on Tuesday," Démare told L'Equipe , "after I'd started to become… not more aggressive, but a bit more insistent about what I wanted to ...

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Giro d'Italia 2019: Stage 5 finish line quotes

Pascal Ackermann (Bora-Hansgrohe) comes out on top

Pascal Ackermann ( Bora-Hansgrohe ) – stage winner "It was a crazy finale, it was really difficult in the rain. In the sprint I trusted my teammate Rudi Selig and I was happy he found a gap and that Gaviria did a good lead out for me too. I’m strong but I was lucky too. I did two sprints: I had to break with 250 metres and then go again. I’m really happy with today. "All the stage was scary and sprint was scary because you can’t see much. It was cold all day. But I’m ‘heavier’ than most other guys and so that perhaps helped too." Tom Dumoulin ( Team Sunweb ) "I came here for a three week adventure and I wanted to finish it and I'm not ready to go home yet. I didn't want to be home and in two days time, be able to ride ...

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Volta a Catalunya: Valverde ready to pounce after second place on stage 2

Alejandro Valverde (Movistar)

At 38 years old – and turning 39 next month – Movistar 's Alejandro Valverde continues to demonstrate his diversity, sprinting to second place behind winner Michael Matthews (Sunweb) on the uphill finish to Tuesday's second stage at the Volta a Catalunya before now turning his attention to Wednesday's summit finish on the Vallter 2000 climb. Valverde also only narrowly missed the crash that brought down Team Sky's Chris Froome and Bora-Hansgrohe pair Jay McCarthy and Andreas Schillinger with 40km left of stage 2 to go. "It was a very dangerous, twisty finale," Valverde said of Tuesday's stage in a team press release. "After the first passage through the finish line, into a small descent before the final kilometre and the last straight, there was a crash with Froome and a Bora rider. "I was riding just behind Froome, and even though I didn't touch either him or the Bora ...

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Chris Froome loses time after Volta a Catalunya crash

Chris Froome (Team Sky) ahead of the final stage at Tour Colombia

Chris Froome ( Team Sky ) has lost a considerable amount of time in the overall classification at the Volta a Catalunya , after crashing hard during stage 2 from Mataro to Sant Feliu De Guixols. Froome crossed the line over 13 minutes down on the stage winner Michael Matthews (Team Sunweb), ending any hopes he had in the GC. Froome crashed along with Bora-Hansgrohe riders Andres Schillinger and Jay McCarthy inside the final 40 kilometres of the stage. All three were quickly back on their bikes but they lost over a minute as the peloton drove hard to catch the day’s breakaway. Despite Froome trying to use his time trialling skills to make the juncture back to the main group. However, the gap only got larger and with 20 kilometres remaining Froome was already more than four minutes behind the peloton and the gap only continued to grow. Froome ...

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Viviani takes 70th career win at Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race

Elia Viviani (Deceuninck-QuickStep) with his trophy after winning the 2019 Cadel Evans Great Ocean R

After a short lull following his stage 1 victory at the Tour Down Under, Elia Viviani got back to winning ways at the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race . The win was his 20th with Patrick Lefevere’s Deceuninck-QuickStep team and the 70th of his career. Viviani finished runner-up to Jay McCarthy in last year’s race and he was determined to rectify that, beating Caleb Ewan and Daryl Impey by a clear margin to take his second victory of the season so far. “There were two second places [from] last year that I wanted to improve in 2019, and this was one of them,” Viviani explained. “I like this race a lot, I like the course because it gives a chance to every type of riders, so I was really keen on winning here. We were in four riders going into the final kilometres, which was very important. “Also, having ...

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Viviani evens score in Australia

Viviani evens score in Australia

Victory at Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race silences demon from 2018 and marks a "perfect" start to Viviani's season. Read the full article at Viviani evens score in Australia on VeloNews.com .

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Follow Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race live on Cyclingnews

Jay McCarthy with his winners trophy

After the Tour Down Under last week, the men’s WorldTour will continue this Sunday with the fifth edition of the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race and Cyclingnews will have full live coverage of the race. The Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race is the second event on the WorldTour calendar after earning a promotion in 2017. Last year’s winner and home rider, Jay McCarthy is back to defend his title for the Bora-Hansgrohe team. He will face some tough competition in the form of last year’s runner up Elia Viviani, while Tour Down Under winner Daryl Impey is on flying form coming into this weekend. The race has generally been one for the sprinters, but this year’s women’s race, where Arlenis Sierra soloed to victory, was a reminder that a bunch finish is not a foregone conclusion. You can read a full preview of the course and the contenders ...

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Teams arrive at the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race – Gallery

Cadel Evans ready to present men's and women's teams on stage at the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Ra

The winner of the 2011 Tour de France, Cadel Evans, stood on stage at an official presentation on Friday to greet the men's and women's teams that will participate in the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race this weekend. The women's race , categorised as a UCI 1.1 race, is held on Saturday, while the men will participate in a WorldTour race on Sunday. Defending champion Jay McCarthy will lead his Bora-Hansgrohe team, but will once again face Elia Viviani (Deceuninck-QuickStep) and Daryl Impey (Mitchelton-Scott), who were both on the podium last year. Chloe Hosking will lead her Ale Cipollini team in a title defence but will have tough competition from the event's former winner Amanda Spratt (Mitchelton-Scott), who recently won the Women's Tour Down Under, along with the newly formed Trek-Segafredo Women's Team that recently won the Race Melbourne criterium. The women will race 113km from Melbourne to Geelong ...

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Sprinters vs. puncheurs as Aussie week continues

Sprinters vs. puncheurs as Aussie week continues

With the tough Challambra climb at nine kilometers to go, Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race pits pure sprinters against those who can kick on the climbs. Read the full article at Sprinters vs. puncheurs as Aussie week continues on VeloNews.com .

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Preview: Your guide to the 2019 men’s Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race

The Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race (or just “Cadel’s Race” for short) is the first one-day event on the 2019 men’s WorldTour. This Sunday’s race is the fifth edition and if previous outings are anything to go by, it’s sure to be an intriguing and hard-fought contest. Here’s what you need to know about … The post Preview: Your guide to the 2019 men’s Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Tour Down Under: Porte takes sixth consecutive Willunga win, Impey seals overall victory

Tour Down Under: Porte takes sixth consecutive Willunga win, Impey seals overall victory

Bevin loses grip on GC to allow Impey to become first rider in race's history to retain title. Read the full article at Tour Down Under: Porte takes sixth consecutive Willunga win, Impey seals overall victory on VeloNews.com .

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Tour Down Under: Philipsen wins stage 5 after Ewan is relegated

Tour Down Under: Philipsen wins stage 5 after Ewan is relegated

Jasper Philipsen is declared the winner of the Tour Down Under's fifth stage after Caleb Ewan is relegated for irregular sprinting. Read the full article at Tour Down Under: Philipsen wins stage 5 after Ewan is relegated on VeloNews.com .

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Tour Down Under: Impey wins stage 4

Tour Down Under: Impey wins stage 4

2018 Tour Down Under winner Daryl Impey tops Patrick Bevin to win stage 4. Read the full article at Tour Down Under: Impey wins stage 4 on VeloNews.com .

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Tour Down Under: Sagan sprints to his first win of 2019

Tour Down Under: Sagan sprints to his first win of 2019

Peter Sagan sprints to victory in stage 3 of the Santos Tour Down Under. Read the full article at Tour Down Under: Sagan sprints to his first win of 2019 on VeloNews.com .

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New lids, kicks and gear from the 2019 WorldTour

While it’s often the new bikes of the WorldTour that garner the most attention, it’s the shoes and accessories that offer the most variance and opportunity for personalisation. With a handful of new helmets, shoes and small items seen in use for the start of the season, this gallery wraps up many of the tech … The post New lids, kicks and gear from the 2019 WorldTour appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Tour Down Under: Bevin snags first WorldTour win

Tour Down Under: Bevin snags first WorldTour win

The New Zealander capitalizes on a crash near the finish to surge ahead and sprint to victory in Wednesday's stage 2. Read the full article at Tour Down Under: Bevin snags first WorldTour win on VeloNews.com .

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Pro bikes of the 2019 men’s WorldTour

And just like that, the WorldTour season has restarted. Adelaide once again plays host to the Santos Tour Down Under, providing a great place to see all the new gear and team outfits in one sunny place. When it comes to equipment, the 2019 men’s WorldTour is a story of trading places. The BMC team … The post Pro bikes of the 2019 men’s WorldTour appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Five things to watch at the TDU

Five things to watch at the TDU

GC clash expected to come down to closing-day finalse on Old Willunga Hill thanks to redesigned course. Read the full article at Five things to watch at the TDU on VeloNews.com .

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