Jungels to continue combining cobbled Classics with Grand Tour ambitions

Bob Jungels (Deceuninck-Quickstep)

Bob Jungels ( Deceunink-QuickStep ) will continue with his twin objectives of shining in the cobbled Classics and then aiming at the GC in Grand Tours at least for another year, despite his difficulties in the Giro d'Italia this May. Riders like Sean Kelly were able to meld the two specialities well in the 1980s, but since then few pros have followed the Irish star's footsteps and fewer still have succeeded. Double Tour of Flanders winner Stijn Devolder, who briefly claimed the leadership of the 2007 Vuelta a España, is a notable example of a Classics racer who tried and failed to combine rattling over the cobbles in April with racing the high mountains in summer. For Jungels, combining both is something he calls a "work in progress." Jungels has successfully combined the Ardennes with Grand Tour racing in the past, but he recognises that doing the cobbled Classics and ...

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Terpstra out of Tour de France with fractured scapula

Total Direct Energie's Niki Terpstra

Niki Terpstra ( Total Direct Energie ) was forced to abandon the Tour de France Wednesday after fracturing his scapula in a crash with 30km to go during stage 11. The Dutch rider took a while getting up from a massive crash that also took down Sebastian Langeveld (EF Education First) and others. Terpstra's Total Direct Energie squad said that he suffered a double fracture to the scapula and tendon damage in the fall. "I fell on my head and shoulder," Terpstra said. "Honestly I didn't even know I was lying on the asphalt. I was a bit dizzy, but my shoulder hurt especially badly." Terpstra has had a difficult season since leaving Quickstep for Total Direct Energie. After a promising start with podium placings at Le Samyn and Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne, Terpstra crashed at the Tour of Flanders, where he was defending his title, and suffered a concussion that kept him ...

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Mark Cavendish left out of Tour de France by Dimension Data

Mark Cavendish left out of Tour de France by Dimension Data

Joe Robinson 2 Jul 2019 Manxman overlooked by team for team dedicated to hunting stage wins Mark Cavendish will miss the 2019 Tour de France after being left out of the Dimension Data squad. The African WorldTour team announced their team to tackle the French Grand Tour on Monday morning, opting to back Italian sprinter Giacomo Nizzolo and Norwegian all-rounder Edvald Boasson Hagen over Cavendish. Cavendish had been hoping to earn selection for the race, having run a reduced race schedule in order to be in shape for the Tour, which starts on Saturday 6th July in Brussels. Last year, the 34-year-old was forced to abandon the race after missing the time cut of Stage 11 to La Rosiere. The Manxman was then diagnosed with the Epstein-Barr syndrome which forced him to take an extended break during the latter half of the 2018 season before returning to racing in January ...

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15 up-and-coming riders you need to know about

The depth of talent in the men’s and women’s professional pelotons continues to grow with each season’s new signings. From junior world champions, to multi-discipline riders, to multiple-time national champions to childhood prodigies — all the riders below are worthy of your attention. These are the riders we expect to be dominating the sport in … The post 15 up-and-coming riders you need to know about appeared first on CyclingTips .

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The weekly spin: Rating the winners and losers of the 2019 spring classics

It was late in the race, and Julian Alaphilippe, the most successful rider of the spring classics, knew he would not be defending his team’s title at Liège-Bastogne-Liège. Though his Deceuninck–Quick-Step teammates had spent the day keeping him sheltered from the wind and setting pace at the front of the peloton, the inclement weather had adversely … The post The weekly spin: Rating the winners and losers of the 2019 spring classics appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Dates confirmed for 2020 Flanders Classics

Dates confirmed for 2020 Flanders Classics

Jack Elton-Walters 26 Apr 2019 The Classics season is almost over, so we're already looking ahead to 2020 Flanders Classics, the company behind most of the one-day Classics in Flanders, has confirmed the dates of its 2020 races. This year's races may still be fresh in the memory, but with what for many is the best part of the year – that is, the Classics season – coming to a close, it's already time to look ahead to next year's dose of cobbles and bergs. Grand Tours are fine but nothing beats the excitement and drama of the one day races, especially anything involving inappropriate road surfaces . With the overarching control of the racing calendar lying with the UCI and tradition dictating such things as Paris-Roubaix coming one week after the Tour of Flanders, and Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne being the second part of an opening weekend kicked off by Omloop Het ...

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Tour de Yorkshire: McLay leads Great Britain team

Dan McLay (EF Education First) salutes the crowd after having won stage 1 of the 2019 Jayco Herald S

Dan McLay will lead the Great Britain men’s team at next week's Tour de Yorkshire , British Cycling has announced. McLay, who rides for EF Education First , will race in national colours over the four-day event in England and will be joined a young squad that includes Jim Brown, Ethan Hayter, and Joe Nally. British Cycling also announced their team for the Asda Tour de Yorkshire Women’s Race, which runs on May 3-4, with national road race champion Jess Roberts leading the line. "The Tour de Yorkshire and the Asda Tour de Yorkshire Women’s Race are both important races on our endurance squads’ calendars as it allows our senior academy riders to race alongside and against the world’s best which is essential for their development,” said British Cycling’s performance director Stephen Park. "For the men, this year’s event coincides with L’Etoile d’Or round of the Nations’ Cup, in which ...

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24 things you need to know about the 2019 Liege-Bastogne-Liege

The Spring Classics come to a close this Sunday with Liege-Bastogne-Liege. It’s one of the oldest and most prestigious one-day races on the planet, and a race that’s had quite a shake-up in 2019. In the following preview we tell you everything you need to know about both the men’s and women’s Liege-Bastogne-Liege. The men’s … The post 24 things you need to know about the 2019 Liege-Bastogne-Liege appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Analysis: How the favourites fared at Paris-Roubaix

Supported by Philippe Gilbert and Deceuninck-Quick-Step teammate Yves Lampaert played the Paris-Roubaix finale perfectly on Sunday to give the Belgian team its second Monument of the season. Twenty-five-year-old Nils Politt delivered a sensational ride for Katusha-Alpecin, a team many have been sleeping on at the Classics since Alexander Kristoff departed. But what about everyone else? What will … The post Analysis: How the favourites fared at Paris-Roubaix appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Lampaert: The most important thing is that the team wins Paris-Roubaix

Yves Lampaert resplendent in his Belgian champions jersey

Yves Lampaert would love to walk onto the top step of the podium at Paris-Roubaix on Sunday afternoon, but the Belgian champion says that it doesn't matter who wins – provided that it's a Deceuninck-QuickStep rider. Unusually, QuickStep is going into the race without a former champion in their line-up, but they're still not short of contenders. Alongside Lampaert is Zdenek Stybar , who has twice been on the podium, and Philippe Gilbert . They also have last weekend's Tour of Flanders runner-up Kasper Asgreen , who is making his debut at 'The Hell of the North'. "We have good morale and we'll definitely try to win on Sunday. We're motivated," Lampaert said at the team's pre-race press conference. "We can all ride for each other, and the most important thing is that the team wins , and it doesn't matter who it is. "Of course, if I can win, ...

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Tour of Flanders a race too far for Jungels

Bob Jungels (Deceuninck-QuickStep) at the Tour of Flanders

In the end, it was a race too far, and Bob Jungels ' sunken eyes told their own story when he emerged from the Deceuninck-QuickStep team bus an hour or so after placing 16th at the Tour of Flanders . "I'm dead," he smiled wanly. Although a Ronde debutant, the Luxembourg champion had set out from Antwerp among the favourites for victory after an assured maiden cobbled Classics campaign that yielded victory at Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne. All-action displays at the E3 BinckBank Classic and Dwars door Vlaanderen this past week were enough to convince men like Tom Boonen and Johan Museeuw of his credentials as a possible winner, but Jungels' efforts to this point told in the final hour of racing. "I'm really very, very happy that it's over," Jungels admitted. "It was a very hard and very long period. I started in Colombia and I've ridden almost every race for victory, ...

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Jungels: Confidence is high - I hope I can unleash it at Flanders

Bob Jungels (Deceuninck-QuickStep) takes a solo victory at Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne

Some riders spend years trying to make it to the top of the Deceuninck-QuickStep hierarchy but Bob Jungels has stormed straight to the front of the line. The Luxembourg champion is a winner of Liège-Bastogne-Liège but this spring he has been deployed in the cobbled classics of northern Belgium for the first time in his career. After just five races, he’s being talked about as the leading light for Patrick Lefevere’s team at the Tour of Flanders . None other than Tom Boonen, QuickStep legend and three-time winner of De Ronde, has named the 26-year-old as his favourite for Sunday. Jungels cut a relaxed figure at Deceuninck-Quick-Step’s pre-Tour of Flanders press conference on Friday, held at the headquarters of new sponsor Deceuninck. He wore his leadership status lightly. “All week long there’s a lot of discussion in the media, on TV channels, but, in the end, it’s going to come ...

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Gilbert: It's never ideal to fall ill before a big objective

Phlippe Gilbert put in a final attack before the sprinters took over at Paris-Nice

The stomach problems that forced Philippe Gilbert ( Deceuninck-QuickStep ) to abandon Dwars door Vlaanderen will not prevent him from lining out the Tour of Flanders on Sunday, but the Belgian conceded the illness is likely to impinge on his performance at the Ronde. “It’s ok, but it’s never ideal to fall ill before a big objective,” Gilbert told reporters in Hooglede on Friday. “It’s not a big illness either, but personally I’ve never done a result in a big race when I’ve been ill in the days leading up to it. I don’t know, we’ll see. I’m not putting pressure on myself. There are two nights still to go, and a whole day, so we’ll see.” Gilbert withdrew from Dwars door Vlaanderen with 40 kilometres or so remaining, having been stricken with a gastric issue on the eve of the race. The 36-year-old said that he was not concerned ...

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Tour of Flanders Preview

A look at the big races on Sunday You can keep your Tours de France and your World Championships. For those of us in the know, there’s no better race than the Tour of Flanders. We’ve got a Sunday in the sun coming up, with two superb races over the cobbles to Oudenaarde. More detail and some predictions below. The Men’s Route There’s really very little I can add to what was outlined last year by Chris. The course is, insofar as it’ll matter, the same as last year. The gory details are here – 17 helligen and 5 sections of “flat” cobbles, 270km from Antwerp to Oudenaarde. What maters? Well, the first named obstacle is the Lippenhovestraat after 87km, and the first hellig is the initial passage of the Oude Kwaremont after 119km. We hit the Muur after 171km, and that’s always fun and is arguably where the race ...

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Stuyven: I'm an underdog for Tour of Flanders

Jasper Stuyven attacks near the end of Gent-Wevelgem

Last spring, Trek-Segafredo 's Jasper Stuyven was up there in pretty much every spring Classic, without winning one or claiming a podium finish. It was expected that the 2016 Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne winner might kick on in 2019 and start truly challenging for titles, but he has endured a difficult campaign, with time running out to salvage something from it. Stuyven finished 40th at the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, 79th at Milan-San Remo, and 58th at the E3 BinckBank Classic. Part of a Trek-Segafredo team that misfired badly for those first few races, he and his teammates started to turn things around with John Degenkolb's second place at Gent-Wevelgem last weekend, and, after another solid display at Dwars door Vlaanderen, there's a sense of cautious optimism ahead of the Tour of Flanders . Stuyven's preparation for the Classics campaign was disrupted by illness, but he still feels he's in the shape needed to ...

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Peter Sagan follows his own path to the Tour of Flanders

Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe)

The emergence of cyclo-cross stars Wout van Aert and Mathieu van der Poel and the collective might of Deceuninck-QuickStep are the storylines that dominate in the build-up to the Tour of Flanders , leaving Peter Sagan in an unusual position ahead of the Ronde: out of the direct glare of the spotlight. One senses that the three-time world champion will not be altogether upset at ceding column inches to some new names this week. Being Peter Sagan – the brand as well as the bike rider – is a heavy burden, after all, and anything that lightens the load, even temporarily, can only be welcomed. For the second successive year, Sagan has elected to stay in Belgium for the week leading up to the Ronde rather than return to his Monaco base. As in 2018, he opted not to line out at Dwars door Vlaanderen on Wednesday, preferring to put ...

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Tom Boonen backs Bob Jungels for Tour of Flanders glory

Tom Boonen backs Bob Jungels for Tour of Flanders glory

Joe Robinson 4 Apr 2019 Three-time winner expects Jumbo-Visma and Deceuninck-QuickStep to dictate race Three-time Tour of Flanders winner Tom Boonen has backed Deceuninck-QuickStep's Bob Jungels as his tip to cross the finish line in Oudenaarde first this Sunday. Speaking on Belgian radio, Boonen highlighted four riders that he believes will shine at Flanders this weekend, and ultimately picked Jungels, the recent winner of Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne , as the favourite for the race. 'I expect a lot from Wout van Aert, who can count on the support of his Jumbo-Visma team this year,' Booned said. 'That naturally brings a little more pressure. I am convinced that he can do it and that he can do it now, but whether it is already a prize this year, remains to be seen.' Mathieu [van der Poel] is very busy, but he has to compete as an individual against the strong block of Deceuninck-QuickStep. ...

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Preview: What you should know about the 2019 men’s Tour of Flanders

It’s time for the second Monument of the year and the biggest bike race in cycling-mad Belgium: the Ronde van Vlaanderen. Ahead of Sunday’s 103rd edition of the men’s Tour of Flanders, we bring you up to speed on the course, the climbs and the contenders for what is one of the world’s most important … The post Preview: What you should know about the 2019 men’s Tour of Flanders appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Concussion, fractured vertebra for Drucker in Dwars door Vlaanderen crash

Bora-Hansgrohe's Jempy Drucker

Jempy Drucker ( Bora-Hansgrohe ) suffered a concussion and a fractured vertebra in his neck when he crashed in the final corner of Dwars door Vlaanderen on Wednesday, according to his team. Drucker was taken by ambulance to a local hospital, where doctors diagnosed the injuries. "The fracture looks stable and we hope no operation is needed, but he will be out for many weeks," Bora-Hansgrohe posted on their official Twitter account. Drucker, 32, joined Bora-Hansgrohe this season on a two-year deal after spending four years with the now-defunct BMC Racing Team. The veteran rider from Luxembourg was brought on board to strengthen the team's Classics roster and has already put in 25 race days this year, starting in Spain with the Mallorca Challenge and the Vuelta a Murcia, then moving to Portugal for the Volta ao Algarve. Drucker started the Classics on 'Opening Weekend' with Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, where ...

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The weekly spin: Flanders into Roubaix, pro cycling’s holiest of weeks

It’s the most wonderful time of the year. It’s often referred to as Holy Week, the span between the start of the Ronde van Vlaanderen in the port city of Antwerp and the finish of Paris-Roubaix in the arena of the Parc Municipal de Sports velodrome in Roubaix. Officially, it’s called Holy Week because these … The post The weekly spin: Flanders into Roubaix, pro cycling’s holiest of weeks appeared first on CyclingTips .

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