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 .
Cyclist predictions: Who we're backing in the 2019 UCI World Championships Road Races
Cyclist magazine 26 Sep 2019 Our predicted winners for the big three road races at the 2019 World Championships Cyclist staffers reveal who they're tipping to claim rainbow jerseys in the three main road races at the 2019 UCI World Championships. Starting with the men’s under-23, followed by the elite women on Saturday and concluding with the elite men on Sunday, here are our picks for the three road race events at the Yorkshire World Championship. Cyclist 's predictions: The 2019 World Championships road races Peter Muir, Editor Under-23 Men : Tom Pidcock – he's on home soil and his cyclocross skills will come in handy when the Yorkshire rain turns the course into a skidpad Elite Women : Marianne Vos – or one of several other Dutch women. In tough conditions she'll have the beating of compatriots Anna van der Breggen and Annemiek van Vleuten Elite Men : Julian ...
Preview: 18 things you should know about the women’s Worlds road race
This Saturday, in the Yorkshire town of Bradford, the best women in professional road cycling will compete in the 2019 World Championships road race. It’s one of the biggest races of the year and the race that will decide who gets to wear the rainbow jersey for the next 12 months. Here’s what you need … The post Preview: 18 things you should know about the women’s Worlds road race appeared first on CyclingTips .
High-end cycling experience 'The Service Course' expands to UK
Joe Robinson 10 Sep 2019 Lavish bike rental, tour company and cafe run by former pro Christian Meier to extend from base in Girona. Photo: The Service Course Leading cycling experience company 'The Service Course' is to expand across Europe including a new site in the UK. With a funding round led by former professional rider Simon Gerrans and current professionals Kasia Niewiadoma, Michael Woods and Edvald Boasson Hagen, 'The Service Course' facilities will be opened in Tuscany and Oslo alongside Wilmslow, Cheshire in the coming months. Each site will offer a travel service, guided tours and indoor training facilities while also acting as a retailer for custom bike brands such as Argonaut and Bastion. All three of the new sites will also feature a La Fabrica cafe, offering speciality coffee and food developed by Henrik Orre, former Team Sky chef and new executive of the brand's cafe operations. See ...
What women’s cycling can learn from the US women’s soccer team
On the same day as the Tour de France began last month, in a stadium in Lyon, the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup came to a close, with the US women’s team taking a commanding victory over the Netherlands. It wasn’t a win that went unnoticed – the US women’s team was catapulted to global attention, … The post What women’s cycling can learn from the US women’s soccer team appeared first on CyclingTips .
The weekly spin: It’s not just WorldTour men competing at gravel races
When the field lines up for the Steamboat Gravel event — okay, okay SBT GRVL — on August 18, there will be some recognizable faces from across professional road, mountain, and cyclocross racing. They won’t just be recognizable men’s faces. The inaugural SBT GRVL event is shaping up to offer one of the highest-profile women’s fields … The post The weekly spin: It’s not just WorldTour men competing at gravel races appeared first on CyclingTips .
Preview: 13 things to know about the 2019 La Course by Le Tour de France
This year’s edition of La Course is being held in Pau to coincide with stage 13 of the Tour de France. Ahead of the race, here are 13 things you need to know about this important stop on the Women’s WorldTour. This is the sixth edition of La Course. The first three editions were held … The post Preview: 13 things to know about the 2019 La Course by Le Tour de France appeared first on CyclingTips .
Giro Rosa 2019: Dominant Annemiek van Vleuten retains title
George Smith 15 Jul 2019 Dutchwoman makes it two wins from two years in women’s most prestigious stage race After 10 gruelling stages across Northern Italy, Annemiek van Vleuten ( Mitchelton-Scott ) became the first back-to-back winner of the Giro Rosa since 2012, adding the mountains jersey to her palmaires while retaining the race’s overall and points classifications that she won in 2018. Two-time winner Anna van der Breggen (Boels-Dolmans) came second while Amanda Spratt (Mitchelton-Scott) battled hard to join her teammate on the podium in third. Juliette Labous ( Team Sunweb ) came in 11th, 9 minutes 51 seconds down on the winner to claim the young rider’s classification. Former runner up Elisa Longo Borghini ( Trek-Segafredo ) took the fifth and final blue jersey as best Italian rider. The race opened in the north-west of Italy with an 18km team time-trial which was won comfortably by Canyon-Sram ahead ...
Van Vleuten helps Spratt onto Giro Rosa podium on final mountain stage
With a 4:11 lead on the GC after stage 8, Annemiek van Vleuten ( Mitchelton-Scott ) didn't really have to worry about her maglia rosa on the final mountain stage of the Giro d'Italia Internazionale Femminile on Saturday. Instead, the race leader lent a hand to her teammate Amanda Spratt . Spratt has been an excellent lieutenant for Van Vleuten throughout the race, reprising the role she had played in the 36-year-old's 2018 Giro Rosa victory. In recognition of her effort and that of the whole team, Mitchelton-Scott's tactic for stage 9 centred around getting Spratt from fifth place overall onto the GC podium. Spratt was seven seconds behind Lucinda Brand (Team Sunweb) in fourth place and 1:07 behind third-placed Kasia Niewiadoma (Canyon-SRAM) before the stage. The steep finishing climb to Malga Montasio was ideal for the Australian climber, and Van Vleuten put the pressure on early. "I went with ...
Giro Rosa: Banks wins stage 8 in Maniago
Elizabeth Banks ( Bigla ) won stage 8 of the Giro d'Italia Internazionale Femminile in Maniago Friday. Part of a breakaway of ten riders that formed on the second climb of the day with 40km to go, Banks attacked in the final and held off the rest of the group to win solo. Her teammate Leah Thomas made it a 1-2 for Bigla by beating Soraya Paladin (Alé Cipollini) in the sprint for second place. "I think this won't sink in for quite a few days," said Banks after celebrating her first UCI victory. "I really can't quite believe it. The group wasn't working really well. We had to keep it rolling, and I was fully on the limit, but that’s the moment when you have to go. We were all tired. Leah was just killing herself to cover everything. I'm so excited, I love racing with her and the ...
Giro Rosa: Marianne Vos wins stage 7
Marianne Vos ( CCC-Liv ) won her third stage of this Giro d'Italia Internazionale Femminile - and her 24th overall. The Dutch veteran was fastest on the uphill finish of stage 7 in Fara Vicentino after a nervous hilly stage with lots of attacks. Anna van der Breggen (Boels Dolmans) finished second ahead of Elisa Longo Borghini (Trek-Segafredo). "I had to really dig deep today," said Vos after the stage. "It was a beautiful stage, hard from the beginning, with constant attacks in the final. I tried to cruise with some of them, and then on the last climb, I just tried to do the right things. I made the right move, and actually couldn't believe I had it." Annemiek van Vleuten (Mitchelton-Scott) continues to wear the maglia rosa but lost a few seconds to Van der Breggen who is now 4:08 minutes behind, with Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Canyon-SRAM) in third ...
Canyon unveils its lightest disc road model, the Ultimate CF Evo Disc
German-based Canyon Bicycles has unveiled its lightest disc-brake road model to date, the Ultimate CF Evo Disc. It’s a bike made for the mountains — feather-light for climbing, and equipped with disc brakes for fast or harrowing descents. The Ultimate CF Evo Disc weighs 5.95kg (13.11 pounds) without pedals. The light weight was made possible … The post Canyon unveils its lightest disc road model, the Ultimate CF Evo Disc appeared first on CyclingTips .
Dominance displayed: Annemiek van Vleuten’s Giro Rosa masterclass, in graphs
During this year’s Giro d’Italia, VeloClub member Cameron Harris pulled together some nifty visualisations that helped to illustrate the race in an interesting and engaging way. Now Cameron is back with similar coverage for both the Tour de France and the Giro Rosa. In this post we dive into Cameron’s visualisations from the 2019 Giro … The post Dominance displayed: Annemiek van Vleuten’s Giro Rosa masterclass, in graphs appeared first on CyclingTips .
Can anyone challenge Van Vleuten at the Giro Rosa?
Ahead of the Giro d’Italia Internazionale Femminile , many expected a head-to-head fight for the win between the two strongest riders in the women’s peloton – defending champion Annemiek van Vleuten ( Mitchelton-Scott ) and 2017 winner Anna van der Breggen ( Boels Dolmans ). Van der Breggen had consciously opted out of a defence at the 2018 edition to focus on mountain biking and preparation for the Innsbruck World Championships, where she lined up as the big favourite and duly won the road race. A few days earlier, Van Vleuten had won the individual time trial world title for the second time in her career. But like last year, Van Vleuten has so far been on a level of her own. After six of ten stages, the time gap to her nearest competitors is huge: Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Canyon-SRAM), the previous race leader from the stage 1 team time trial, ...
Giro Rosa: Van Vleuten wins stage 6 time trial
Time trial world champion Annemiek van Vleuten ( Mitchelton-Scott ) lived up to her role as favourite for the stage 6 individual time trial at the Giro d'Italia Internazionale Femminile . Having taken the overall lead with a solo victory on the previous stage, Van Vleuten extended her advantage by winning the 12.1-kilometre uphill time trial in 24:31 minutes, 52 seconds faster than Anna van der Breggen (Boels Dolmans) in second place. Elisa Longo Borghini (Trek-Segafredo) finished third, 1:48 minutes slower than Van Vleuten. In the general classification, Van Vleuten now enjoys an advantage of 4:17 minutes on Kasia Niewiadoma (Canyon-SRAM), who held on to second place overall by less than a second to Van der Breggen. The time gap between first and second place is bigger than that between second and 14th. Warming down on the rollers after the stage, Van Vleuten said: "I worked so hard for this, ...
Watch: Annemiek van Vleuten takes the Maglia Rosa after 'epic suffering' on Passo Fraele
George Smith 10 Jul 2019 A mammoth attack that has rivals labelling the Dutchwoman an 'alien' Dutch rider and reigning Giro Rosa champion Annemiek van Vleuten raced clear on the final climb of Stage 5 - the Queen stage - to take the leader’s jersey in epic style after cresting the summit of the Passo Fraele 2 minutes 57 seconds ahead of her nearest rival, Team Sunweb ’s Lucinda Brand. According to the Mitchelton-Scott rider’s Strava profile, Van Vleuten averaged 19.6kmh over the 7km climb which has an average gradient of 7%. Most impressive, however, was the max speed of 57.6kmh which the 36-year-old briefly sustained at the foot of the segment. Speaking after the stage she said: 'I know the roads here very well and knew I had to attack from the bottom to gain as much time as possible,' before adding that it was '10km of epic suffering.' ...
Van Vleuten turns GC upside down at Giro Rosa
It was the day for Annemiek van Vleuten ( Mitchelton-Scott ) on Tuesday's stage 5 of the Giro d'Italia Internazionale Femminile . When the defending Giro Rosa champion and current leader of the UCI Women's WorldTour crested the first climb of the day in first position, this was a sign of things to come. On the finishing climb of the Passo Fraele, she took the race by the horns, attacking solo to finish 2:57 minutes ahead of her nearest competitors. "It was epic suffering," Van Vleuten said. "Gavia would have been great but [Passo Fraele] was a beautiful climb if you go full-gas from the bottom - really hard. I was very prepared for the Gavia by training at altitude, and I am in good shape, so I had to take as much time as I could. This was my opportunity and I grabbed it." Van Vleuten came to this ...
Calm before the storm for GC riders at Giro Rosa
Monday’s stage 4 of the Giro d’Italia Internazionale Femminile was a quiet affair for the overall favourites. With one eye already on the mountains to come starting from Tuesday’s stage 5, they were happy to let a breakaway of three Italians go up the road and fight for the stage win. There was a frantic first hour of racing before the break, which included eventual stage winner Letizia Borghesi (Aromitalia-Basso Bikes-Vaiano), went away and things settled down in the peloton. But that is business as usual at the Giro Rosa, according to Katarzyna Niewiadoma , who defended her general classification lead. "There are so many teams that want to show themselves and get a result, it is always like this," the Canyon-SRAM leader said. "You have to be switched on and ready for the battle from the start. When the break went away, it was a perfect situation for us ...
Giro Rosa: Borghesi wins stage 4 from the breakaway
Letizia Borghesi (Aromitalia-Basso Bikes-Vaiano) won stage 4 of the Giro d'Italia Internazionale Femminile. Having attacked at km 38, Borghesi was the quickest in the sprint of a three-rider breakaway, beating Nadia Quagliotto (Alé Cipollini) and Chiara Perini (BePink). Marianne Vos (CCC-Liv) brought home the peloton 42 seconds later, meaning that Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Canyon-SRAM) defended her maglia rosa ahead of tomorrow's mountain stage to the Lago di Cancano. "I had a difficult season last year, changing the team gave me new motivation," said Borghesi after the finish. "It is a hard race with many difficult days, you have to make many sacrifices, so it is important to stay fresh mentally. I never gave up today. It is incredible to win like that." How it happened Stage 4, 100.1 km from Lissone to Carate Brianza, was the flattest stage of the Giro Rosa so far. The rolling hills north of Milan still ...
Vos doubles up at Giro Rosa stage 3
The Dutchwoman left it late to chase down and overhaul second-place Lucy Kennedy in the final meters of the race, while Katarzyna Niewiadoma retains the maglia rosa. Read the full article at Vos doubles up at Giro Rosa stage 3 on VeloNews.com .