Niewiadoma: Anyone can win Trofeo Alfredo Binda

Kasia Niewiadoma at stage 3 at OVO Energy Women's Tour

Kasia Niewiadoma (Canyon-SRAM) had one of her career-best performances at the Trofeo Alfredo Binda-Comune di Cittiglio last year with a solo victory in the pouring rain. She will return to the event, marked as the third round of the Women's WorldTour , to defend her title. "Last year's victory for me was a great moment with my teammates and I was super, super happy," Niewiadoma said in a team statement. "We were in control of the race no matter what other teams were doing and when I attacked solo, I just put my head down and pushed hard all the way to the finish line, and I never looked back.” Even though she aims to win the race for a second consecutive season, she is aware of how unpredictable Trofeo Alfredo Binda has been in the past. The women will race 131.1km from Taino to Cittiglio and because the race ...

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Women’s Team of the Week: Windswept Edition

Yes, it’s back, by semi-popular demand and with its customary cavalier attitude to lengths of time. Races Sweeping up the entire first three weeks of the [VDS] season in one tremendous gust, this edition buffets Strade Bianche and a muddy Ronde van Drenthe (UCI Women’s World Tour rounds 1 and 2), breezes past SSRs at Le Samyn and Drentse 8, and lightly ruffles VDS opening weekend. Coverage Reasonable. Images of a muddy peloton riding up the VAMberg and across tree-lined stretches of cobbles at Drenthe were particularly memorable . Riders Marta Bastianelli : Yes, yes, at Drenthe you can say she got lucky. Chantal Blaak practically ferried her across to form a three rider group with solo leader Ellen van Dijk from which she was always likely to win, especially when Blaak ended up doing much of the work. (Bastianelli summed it up in a classic sorry-not-sorry post-race interview ). ...

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The weekly spin: Alaphilippe, Van Vleuten conquer white roads of Strade Bianche

A pair of first-time champions emerged at Strade Bianche Saturday, though neither could be considered a surprise winner. After 184km of racing, including 63km across white gravel roads, Frenchman Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-Quick-Step) got the better of Dane Jakob Fuglsang (Astana) to take the victory in the historic Piazza del Campo in Siena. Former world cyclocross … The post The weekly spin: Alaphilippe, Van Vleuten conquer white roads of Strade Bianche appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Van Vleuten surprises herself with Strade Bianche victory

2019 Strade Bianche podium: Annika Langvad (Boels Dolmans), Annemiek van Vleuten (Mitchelton-Scott)

Annemiek van Vleuten ( Mitchelton-Scott ) won the UCI Women's WorldTour classification in 2018, and she put on the purple leader's jersey again on Saturday after winning Strade Bianche , the opening round of the 2019 series. This success came as something of a surprise for Van Vleuten herself, as she had fractured her knee at the World Championships Road Race in late September. "I thought it was maybe a bit too early because I have done only 10 weeks of training. But I worked very, very hard because this race was on my wish list to win one time. It is one of my favourite races," Van Vleuten said in the TV interview after her win. "I was waiting for a good moment to attack. There was only one teammate with me for a long time, and it was good to have Lucy Kennedy there, but we were a ...

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Annemiek van Vleuten wins Strade Bianche

Supported by Annemiek van Vleuten attacked on the final gravel section of Strade Bianche and rode into Siena alone to take her first victory since a serious knee injury at the world championships last year. Annika Langvad (Boels Dolmans) crossed the line in second, 37 seconds back, and Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Canyon-SRAM) finished third at 40 seconds. As … The post Annemiek van Vleuten wins Strade Bianche appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Van Vleuten wins women's Strade Bianche

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Annemiek van Vleuten (Mitchelton-Scott) ended the 2018 season with a fractured knee cap but confirmed she is already back to her best with a solo victory at Strade Bianche, the first race of the UCI Women's WorldTour, on Saturday. The time trial world champion attacked alone on the final, steep section of dirt road and time trialled to victory as her rivals hesitated in their chase. She opened a 45-second lead and held it on the steep final climb of Via Santa Caterina up to central Siena, celebrating her solo win in the Piazza il Campo. Annika Langvad (Boels Dolmans) finished second at 37 seconds, with Katarzyna Niewiadoma Canyon-SRAM third at 40 seconds. World champion Anna van der Breggen was distanced from the big-name group that tried to chase van Vleuten on the final climb and finished ninth at 1:28. 125 riders from 21 teams set out on the 136km ...

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Van der Breggen expects a more tactical Strade Bianche

Anna van der Breggen with her gold medal

It would be hard for anyone for forget Anna van der Breggen ’s victory at last year’s Strade Bianche ; her solo attack to claim glory under the treacherously cold and wet weather conditions, and covered in sticky mud from head to toe. The new world champion is set to race the kick-off to the Women's WorldTour in Siena on Saturday, but she said the dry conditions will make the race more tactical, and so tougher for her to defend her title. "I don't like the cold but nice weather makes the race less hard," Van der Breggen said at the opening press conference on the eve of the race. "If the bunch is bigger, you face different challenges and a more tactical race. You have to attack at different places and use different strategies." Van der Breggen attacked a small lead group with roughly 20km and the steepest climbs ...

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Strade Bianche: Tuscan delicacy

Is it possible that Strade Bianche is the most anticipated race of all on the calendar save for one or two that the Flemish hype machine have managed to elevate to almost God-like status? I think it probably is. Last year we engaged in a debate over whether it is in fact the sixth monument already and the opposition to such an outrageous claim was surprisingly mellow. It may not be but it’s probably not far off in many people’s minds. That said, it’s still pretty early days and Strade is really just the opening salvo in perhaps the most intense period of the year, Paris-Nice, Tirreno, Sanremo all follow like a string of pearls and the coming weeks promise to be a blur of high caliber World Tour racing. The race also suffers from rubbing up against Paris-Nice this weekend. Like always some riders you’d desperately want to see ...

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Niewiadoma hoping fourth time's the charm at Strade Bianche

Katarzyna Niewiadoma and Anna van der Breggen share a drink on the Strade Bianche podium

Kasia Niewiadoma has only once missed out on the podium at Strade Bianche but the Polish rider has never paid a visit to the top step. After three second places across the last three editions of the race, Niewiadoma is looking to finally go one better this weekend as she leads the Canyon-SRAM squad at the first Women's WorldTour race of the year. The only time that Niewiadoma has missed the rostrum at Strade Bianche was in the first edition in 2015, when she finished sixth. The following year saw her take second behind Lizzie Deignan, who has also enjoyed three visits to the podium in Siena. Last year saw her biggest losing margin but possibly her strongest performance as she tried to chase down Anna van der Breggen in torrid conditions. Despite a hard chase, Niewiadoma could not reel in a dominant Van der Breggen. It would have been ...

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Strade Bianche dependably delivers the drama – Gallery

Tiesj Benoot (Lotto Soudal) makes his winning move at Strade Bianche

Strade Bianche has quickly become a crowd favourite during its first 12 years on the UCI calendar. Is it the often-muddy conditions on the white gravel roads of Tuscany that draws the fans? Is it the epic finale over the series of gravel climbs leading back to Siena that's responsible for the race's quick ascent in the hearts and imaginations of the cycling public? Or is it the predictably frenetic excitement that only an important one-day race can conjure as the potential winners balance on a thin line of luck, preparation and stubborn resilience? The 2018 edition of Strade Bianche had all that and more as the inclement weather kicked the drama up several notches. The precipitation caused no shortage of Tuscany's slippery 'white' mud for riders to deal with, and the cold temperatures knocked the fight out of more than a few of the favourites. In the end, it ...

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Moolman-Pasio: Maybe I'm crazy but I love Strade Bianche

Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio on the attack

Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio ( CCC-Liv ) believes she might be a little bit crazy for loving a race like Strade Bianche . The event opens the Women's WorldTour on March 9 and is famed for being held along the white gravel roads and steep pitches in Tuscany. "Maybe I am a little crazy," Moolman-Pasio told Cyclingnews . "But I love a challenging race like Strade Bianche, and I'm looking forward to testing my form this weekend." It's easy to understand why Moolman-Pasio might question her sanity after a glimpse back to last year's rain-soaked and unseasonably cold Strade Bianche. Anna van der Breggen (Boels Dolmans) won the race after a long-range solo attack in the unimaginable conditions. It was surely an unforgettable victory for the current world champion. Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Canyon-SRAM) finished second, and Elisa Longo Borghini (now Trek-Segafredo) finished third. Moolman-Pasio finished eighth. Almost all of the riders were bundled ...

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Chantal Blaak wins Omloop Het Nieuwsblad

Supported by Chantal Blaak took a solo victory at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, attacking between the Muur and the Bosberg to come into Ninove alone, giving her Boels-Dolmans team its first win of 2019. The Bosberg sits shortly after the Muur van Geraardsbergen, and Dutch champion took advantage of a strung-out field to create a gap that nobody … The post Chantal Blaak wins Omloop Het Nieuwsblad appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Blaak wins women's Omloop Het Nieuwsblad

Chantal Blaak (Boels Dolmans) wins Omloop Het Nieuwsblad

Chantal Blaak brought her Boels-Dolmans team their first victory of the season with a solo victory at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad. Marta Basitanelli (Team Virtu Cycling) was among the large chase group behind Blaak, and she sprinted to second place ahead of Jip van den Bos in third, which gave Boels-Dolmans two spots on the podium. Blaak went solo off the front and raced over the final summit of the Bosberg with a 28-second advantage over a chase group that appeared to lack the organisation needed to catch the current Dutch champion and former world champion. Among the large chase group were Black’s teammates; world champion Anna van der Breggen and van den Bos (Boels-Dolmans), along with Marta Bastianelli (Virtu Cycling), Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (CCC Liv), Kasia Niewiadoma (Canyon-SRAM), Annemiek van Vleuten (Mitchelton-Scott), Floortje Mackaij (Sunweb), and Trek-Segafredo teammates Elisa Longo Borghini and Ellen van Dijk. As the race stretched into the ...

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Cromwell, Ryan head Canyon-Sram for Omloop Het Nieuwsblad

Tiffany Cromwell celebrates teammate Alexis Ryan's podium finish at Ronde van Drenthe

Canyon-Sram Racing are taking aim at the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad with former winner Tiffany Cromwell and last year's runner-up Alexis Ryan. The first of the Belgian cobbled classics will run on Saturday, the first race of the Opening Weekend. This year's edition of the race features 10 climbs, three more than last year, and five cobblestone sections, also more than last year. In 2018, a large group went for the sprint victory on a windy day. A different ending is expected this year. "Omloop Het Nieuwsblad is an exciting race," Cromwell said. "For me this race holds a special place in my heart as it was one of the first big victories that I had in my career and I’ve had a number of good results over the years here. "It can be a race with many different outcomes, from opportunistic breakaways to reduced bunch sprints. We can be battling ...

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Watch: Omloop Het Nieuwsblad women’s race to be streamed live

Watch: Omloop Het Nieuwsblad women’s race to be streamed live

Jack Elton-Walters 1 Mar 2019 Omloop Het Nieuwsblad women’s race, which takes place this Saturday 2nd March can be viewed live on Proximus Sports's Facebook The Omloop Het Nieuwsblad women’s race and the team presentations for that and the men's edition will be streamed live this Saturday on the Facebook page of Proximus Sports. Race organiser Flanders Classics and Proximus have teamed up so fans can watch a livestream of the riders signing on followed by a broadcast of the women’s race. This means that fans can watch the action from the opening Classic before watching the men's race on Eurosport. As with the battle between print and online in journalism, internet-based streams of races may be seen as the lesser when compared to television but such a stream could easily reach a much wider audience. The stream will be live here on Saturday : facebook.com/ProximusSports See related Is it ...

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Inside Canyon-Sram at the Women's Tour

Hannah Troop 9 Jan 2019 Canyon-Sram are not only ambitious for race wins, but hope to shape the development of women’s cycling This article was originally published in issue 77 of Cyclist magazine Words Hannah Troop Photography Lisa Stonehouse There are rumours of hauntings in the Brownsover Hall Hotel in Warwickshire. It’s the evening before the third stage of the 2018 Women’s Tour – 151km from Atherstone to Royal Leamington Spa – and when I mention the spooky reputation of the grand Victorian mansion hotel to Beth Duryea, co-owner of women’s racing team Canyon-Sram, she raises an eyebrow. ‘Really?’ she responds, before requesting that I don’t mention it to the riders on the team. The night is needed for sleep and recovery, she says, not for anxiety over unwanted ghostly visitors. See related Tom Pidcock talks unfriendly rivalries, this weekend's Cyclocross Nationals and chasing another cobblestone Junior women’s cyclocross race ...

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Majka, Kwiatkowski and Niewiadoma give Poland options at Innsbruck Worlds

Rafal Majka climbs toward Balcón de Bizkaia during stage 17 at the Vuelta

The Polish national team is heading to Innsbruck, Austria, with six spots for both the elite women’s and men’s road race, and with cards to play on what some call the toughest World Championships route in over two decades. In trying not to put too much pressure on country’s best athletes, the officials and riders themselves are shying away from discussing leadership and roles on the national teams. However, given the route and preparations, Rafał Majka (Bora-hansgrohe) and Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Canyon-SRAM) will most likely lead the teams in the road races on the mountainous route in Tirol next weekend. In elite women’s road race, Niewiadoma will join forces with double national champion Małgorzata Jasińska (Movistar Team) and hope to cover big moves in the final of the 156km road race. The duo is coming to Tirol on form – Niewiadoma recently bagged the overall at the Tour de l'Ardeche (2.1), ...

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Niewiadoma takes Tour de l'Ardeche lead from breakaway

Kasia Niewiadoma at the start of stage 2 of the OVO Energy Women's Tour

Kasia Niewiadoma ( Canyon-Sram ) continues to make the most of her good form after Sunday's stage win at the Tour de l'Ardeche, joining stage 3 winner Ruth Winder ( Team Sunweb ) in a two-rider move that got away on the descent off the final climb during Monday's stage 6 and finishing 46 seconds ahead of the field. Winder took her second stage win of the race in the two-up sprint, while Niewiadoma claimed the overall lead by 41 seconds over previous leader Margarita Victoria Garcia (Movistar Team) and Eider Merino (Spain). Niewiadoma moved into second overall after stage 3 by joining Winder and Garcia in a late-race move that found success, with Winder taking the win ahead of Niewiadoma and Garcia, who took the leader's pink jersey from Winder the next day. Garcia held the jersey until Niewiadoma's daring downhill raid on Monday. "Today's stage wasn't as hard ...

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Tour de l'Ardeche: Niewiadoma wins stage 5

Kasia Niewiadoma (Canyon-SRAM) in the bunch

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Winder on track for worlds with Ardèche stage win

Winder on track for worlds with Ardèche stage win

Ruth Winder wins stage 3 from the breakaway and takes overall lead, showing strong form ahead of world road championships. Read the full article at Winder on track for worlds with Ardèche stage win on VeloNews.com .

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