The Gorilla’s new habitat

Supported by For 2019, André Greipel stepped out of the WorldTour and into a team with a loyal leadout man and an invite to the Tour de France. The post The Gorilla’s new habitat appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Relive the 2018 Spring Classics with THE HOLY WEEK

Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) wins 2018 Paris-Roubaix in the Roubaix Velodrome

The Spring Classics are in full swing after 'opening weekend' in February and with the first of the five Monuments, Milan-San Remo , just around the corner. Why not relive last year's cobbled Classics with Cyclingnews ' premier film THE HOLY WEEK, which is on special offer until Paris-Roubaix held on April 14. You can now download to buy for just $2.49, while 72-hour rentals are available at $1.99. The Holy Week details two iconic Monuments beginning with the 2018 Tour of Flanders won by Niki Terpstra and culminating at the 2018 Paris-Roubaix won by Peter Sagan in the Roubaix velodrome. The film is not just a highlight of the race winners but is developed through the eyes of the riders, team staff and the devoted roadside fans. Cyclingnews went behind the scenes to capture the essence of the cobbled classics, and the emotions of one of the most compelling ...

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Direct Energie and Arkea-Samsic handed final Tour de France wildcards

Warren Barguil and André Greipel in their 2019 Arkéa Samsic kit

Bryan Coquard, Pierre Rolland and the rest of the Vital Concept-B&B; Hotels team will have to make other plans for July, as the final two wildcard invitations to the 2019 Tour de France went to Direct Energie and Arkea-Samsic . Having unveiled the first two of the four wildcard spots in January to Cofidis and Wanty-Gobert, Tour organisers ASO delayed a decision on the remaining two. It looked like a three-horse race between the remaining top French Pro Continental teams, with Vital Concept, established in 2018, going up against the longer-standing Direct Energie and Arkea-Samsic teams. On Friday, ASO announced that the latter two had been given the nod. In terms of personnel, Jean-René Bernaudeau's Direct Energie team, who used to be home to Thomas Voeckler and are eyeing a move to WorldTour level, bolstered their line-up considerably with the signing of former Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix champion Niki ...

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Groenewegen added to Jumbo-Visma line-up for Saturday's Milan-San Remo

Dylan Groenewegen (LottoNL-Jumbo) celebrates his win

Jumbo-Visma sprinter Dylan Groenewegen will ride his first Milan-San Remo in Italy on Saturday, having been added to the Dutch WorldTour team's seven-rider squad as a replacement for injured teammate Timo Roosen. Groenewegen was set to ride the following week's Volta a Catalunya, but has been drafted in to replace Roosen, who injured his knee in a crash at Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne at the start of March and won't be ready for this weekend's race. Groenewegen has already had a strong start to his season, taking stages at both the Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana and the Volta ao Algarve in February. He then went on to last week's Paris-Nice, where he sprinted to wins on the first two stages, holding the race lead until the end of stage 3. The 25-year-old will now start in Milan on Saturday with a view to potentially targeting La Classicissima next season. "That's why I'm ...

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Evenepoel to resume racing at Nokere Koerse and Bredene Koksijde Classic

Remco Evenepoel (Deceuninck-QuickStep)

Remco Evenepoel will reunite with Deceuninck-QuickStep teammates at Nokere Koerse and Bredene Koksijde Classic on Wednesday and Friday in Belgium. Despite crashing out of the UAE Tour in February, the 19-year-old has otherwise had a strong start to his debut season with Deceuninck-QuickStep in his two opening stage races, and the team's management is eager to see how he performs in the one-day Classics. Deceuninck-QuickStep have already won four of the opening Classics; Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne, Le Samyn and Strade Bianche, among their total of 16 victories so far this season. At Nokere Koerse, Evenepoel will join the team's sprinter Alvaro Hodeg, who won a stage at the Colombia Tour, Rémi Cavagna, Iljo Keisse, Davide Martinelli, Le Samyn winner Florian Sénéchal and Pieter Serry, during the 195.6km race. "Nokere, with its narrow roads and legendary cobbled uphill finish, was already going to be tough, but the wind and rain ...

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Flanders Friday: Looking for Clues

Dylan Groenewegen wins in Paris-Nice

Are we learning anything about what’s to come in a couple weeks? Was there any news of the Cobbled Classics this week? I didn’t see any. Most of the reporters are in France or Italy, fussing over the events in front of them. You can read Sporza and get your daily update on Wout Van Aert (was his Strade Bianche ok? Will he owe his old team a bunch of money?) but even I have my limits there. No, there’s nothing. Les Amis are scrubbing the horrible pavé in France and that’s about it. So now is a moment to poke around and see what there is to learn about the individual riders who will contest the great classics around the corner. Does Paris-Nice or Tirreno-Adriatico tell us anything about what’s to come? Backing up, the two early spring stage races are must-rides for all the classics guys, from Milano-Sanremo ...

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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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Alaphilippe wins Strade Bianche

Julian Alaphilippe wins the 2019 Strade Bianche ahead of Jakob Fuglsang

Julian Alaphilippe added to his rapidly growing palmarès and Deceuninck-QuickStep ’s Classics dominance with victory at the 2019 Strade Bianche . The Frenchman - who won La Flèche Wallonne, the Clásica San Sebastián, and two stages of the Tour de France last year - got the better of Jakob Fuglsang (Astana) in a dramatic tussle up the Via Santa Catarina and down into the Piazza del Campo in Siena. The duo emerged at the head of the race as the short-but-steep final three sectors of strade bianche - the eponymous Tuscan gravel tracks that charaterise the Italian race - split the elite lead group that formed on the longer earlier sectors. Wout Van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) was with them initially and, after being dropped on the 10th of the 11 sectors and spending half an hour on his own, dramatically made his way back for the final kilometre as they began ...

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Paris-Nice 2019: Who are the favourites and who will win?

Joe Robinson 8 Mar 2019 From Colombian talent to Northern grit, here are the riders to watch at Paris-Nice Paris-Nice has had a stroke of luck this year. With rival Italian stage race Tirreno-Adriatico deciding to ignore the Apennine mountain range in favour of a mixture of flat and rolling stages, any climber looking to get some early-season miles in their legs has opted to race in France. As a result, the field for the 2019 edition of the 'Race to the Sun' is one of the strongest for years, with plenty of punchy, one-week experts and high-ticket Grand Tour performers all fancying their chances of taking victory on the French Rivera in just over a week's time. It's no secret that the two most explosive days of racing should come on Stages 6 and 7. Stage 6 is the race's only true mountain-top finish as the peloton heads to ...

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Durbridge and Juul-Jensen spearhead Mitchelton-Scott squad for Strade Bianche

Luke Durbridge (Mitchelton-Scott) tries an attack

Mitchelton-Scott 's Luke Durbridge and Chris Juul-Jensen will lead their team on the gravel roads of the Strade Bianche on Saturday, with both riders taking the confidence into the race that previous top 10s there gives them. Durbridge finished sixth in 2017, while his Danish teammate, Juul-Jensen, was just a place behind him the same year in seventh. Decent results at the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad last weekend [23rd and 34th, respectively] also confirms them as protected riders for Strade Bianche, and they'll be backed up on the white roads by recent Herald Sun Tour stage winner Nick Schultz , veteran Brent Bookwalter, and youngsters Callum Scotson, Rob Stannard and Edoardo Affini. "I'm really looking forward to it, as it's a beautiful race, and one that I've gone well at in the past," Durbridge said on the Mitchelton-Scott website. "It's a new race that hasn't been around for very long, but ...

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Benoot will return for Strade Bianche title defence

Tiesj Benoot (Lotto Soudal) on the move at Strade Bianche

The knee injury he suffered in a crash at Omloop het Nieuwsblad will not prevent Tiesj Benoot from defending his Strade Bianche title Saturday in Italy, according to a Twitter post today from Lotto Soudal . "Good news!@TiesjBenoot is ready to defend his @StradeBianche title next Saturday; his knee injury is healed after his crash @OmloopHNB!" the team wrote. Benoot's participation in the Italian one-day race was called into question after a fall in Omloop re-opened a wound in his knee that had not properly healed since a crash on stage 7 of the Vuelta a España last year. The 24-year-old Belgian was riding well at the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad after returning from a two-week altitude training camp at Sierra Nevada. Benoot made the first major selection on the Molenberg climb in a group of 18 riders at 40km from the finish, but just 10 kilometres later his race was ...

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Time to draw breath

A rare day without racing allows us to take stock of the year so far A midweek pot-luck today, as we draw breath after a start to the FSA-DS season that took in the inaugural UAE Tour, two hilly races in France, Opening Weekend and Le Samyn. There’s no attempt below to be comprehensive, just a few of my thoughts coming out of the first bout of races, with a few diversions for other matters arising. The Joy of Teammates My wish for all of you is that you have someone who’ll do for you in life what Tim Declercq will do for the Deceuninck Quick-Step team in a bike race. Namely, put everything they have on the line in pursuit of your success. His ride in the finale of Le Samyn was the most visible part of Quick Step’s tactical success in the opening three classics, but it was ...

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From sexist to understandable, mixed reactions to neutralisation of Women's Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and what it means for women's cycling

From sexist to understandable, mixed reactions to neutralisation of Women's Omloop Het Nieuwsblad an

Laura Laker 6 Mar 2019 Poor planning, unfortunate circumstances or disregard for women's cycling? Key figures have their say. Photo: Masselis, Flanders Classics This weekend’s Omloop Het Nieuwsblad hit headlines in perhaps unexpected ways when Nicole Hanselmann, on a solo breakaway in Saturday’s women’s race, caught up a slow moving men’s field after 30km, causing officials to temporarily neutralise the women’s race, until the gap had widened. Dutch champion Chantal Blaak later put in a powerful, and perfectly-timed attack on the Muur van Geraardsbergen to win the women’s race , and although Hanselmann was philosophical over finishing in 74th place, some questioned the race organisation's decision in that moment, while others called it 'sexist'. Hanselmann, a Swiss rider who races for Team Bigla, wrote on Instagram: View this post on Instagram Today was the first spring classic in Belgium. I attacked after 7km, and was alone in the break for ...

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Alaphilippe takes aim at Strade Bianche

Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep) at stage 5 of Tour Colombia

Deceuninck-QuickStep 's Julian Alaphilippe says that he'd dearly love to add the Strade Bianche to what his burgeoning palmares, and victory at the Italian one-day race on Saturday would continue his team's rich run of success over this past week. After Zdenek Stybar's win at the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and Bob Jungels' victory the next day at Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne at Opening Weekend last Saturday and Sunday, followed two days later by Florian Sénéchal's first pro victory at Le Samyn on Tuesday, Deceuninck-QuickStep are backing Alaphilippe on the Tuscan gravel roads of Strade Bianche. And Alaphilippe is a favourite for victory despite never having taken part in the race before. "It will be my first time at Strade Bianche – a race I have always followed on TV, and a race that I'm very glad to be starting the year," the 26-year-old Frenchman said when Deceuninck-QuickStep confirmed its line-up for the race. ...

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Senechal wins Le Samyn

Florian Sénéchal (Deceuninck-QuickStep) wins Le Samyn 2019

Florian Sénéchal continued Deceuninck-QuickStep’s streak of success in the early Belgian races, winning the Le Samyn race with a well-executed sprint finish after a tactical and aggressive race. It was the Frenchman’s first professional victory and the 14th victory of the 2019 season for Deceuninck-QuickStep. Sénéchal was part of the decisive 10-rider attack that formed on the last lap and then won the sprint after teammate Tim Declercq was pulled back in sight of the line. Lars Boom (Roompot-Charles) stated the sprint early but Sénéchal was able to match his speed and come past him before the finish line. Aimé De Gendt (Wanty-Groupe-Gobert) finished second, with Niki Terpstra (Direct Energie) third after trying to split the group in the final kilometres. Zdenek Stybar won Omloop Het Nieuwsblad on Saturday and then Bob Jungels won Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne on Sunday. Deceuninck-QuickStep opted to rest its bigger name riders during the week, giving Sénéchal ...

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Live coverage of Le Samyn and Strade Bianche this week on Cyclingnews

Florian Senechal works the front of Le Samyn for Quick-Step

After the so-called 'Opening Weekend' of Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne , the 2019 Classics campaign continues this week with Le Samyn on Tuesday and Strade Bianche on Saturday. Cyclingnews will have full live coverage of both races. Following the opening weekend in the Flanders region of northern Belgium, Le Samyn takes us south into the Wallonia region but features similar terrain, with plenty of cobblestones and short climbs on offer. Le Samyn does not have the same stature as the opening weekend or the bigger one-day races later in the spring but still serves up the same style of unpredictable racing, often in tough weather conditions. Strong winds and rain are indeed expected. This year there are just three WorldTour teams on the start line, with AG2R La Mondiale joining the two big Belgian teams Deceuninck-QuickStep and Lotto Soudal. Deceuninck-QuickStep dominated here last year with a one-two with Niki ...

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What we learned from the opening weekend of the Spring Classics

Joe Robinson 4 Mar 2019 QuickStep and Boels-Dolmans to win all the Classics, why a crosswind is the best weather for racing and a goodbye to desert racing According to some, last weekend was better than those days between Christmas and New Year's Eve when all you do is eat chocolate and leftover cold cuts. That's because it was the opening weekend of the Cobbled Classics campaign, what the purists would consider the true start of the season. For the men, Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne and for the women, Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and Omloop van het Hageland, each providing their own spectacle, teaching us some interesting lessons for the next few weeks ahead. Unfortunately, it'll be all over far too soon as Paris-Roubaix , the Queen of the Classics, is under five weeks away. Deceuninck-QuickStep are here to party Turns out that Deceuninck-QuickStep are pretty good at racing the ...

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Deceuninck-QuickStep rest big names for Le Samyn

Remi Cavagna (Quick Step Floors) was the last to be caught

After winning both races during the so-called 'opening weekend' of the Classics season in Belgium, Deceuninck-QuickStep are resting their biggest names for Tuesday's Le Samy n race. Niki Terpstra won the cobbled semi-classic for Patrick Lefevere's team 12 months ago, with Philippe Gilbert finishing second, after they'd come away from the opening weekend empty-handed. However, with Zdenek Stybar winning Omloop Het Nieuwsblad on Saturday and Bob Jungels claiming Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne on Sunday, Tuesday will be a chance for the younger riders to show what they can do. Florian Sénéchal, who was sixth at Kuurne on Sunday and third at Le Samyn three years ago, is set to lead the line. The 25-year-old, who is becoming an important part of QuickStep's Classics arsenal, is the only rider in the seven-man line-up to have ridden both races at the weekend. Belgian domestique Tim Declercq, who often puts in the hard yards in the ...

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Time re-enters shoe market with high-end Osmos range

Joe Robinson Tuesday, March 5, 2019 - 08:59 Carbon soles and one-piece uppers, the French brand has left no expense spared €399-249 Those of you with a long memory can probably recall a time when Time was known for its shoes just as much as for its pedals and bikes. After all, it dominated the market back in the 1990s alongside the likes of Sidi and Northwave. For example, did you know at the 2000 Tour de France , 100 of the 180 in that year’s peloton wore Time shoes? But with times changing and after falling behind giants such as Specialized, Giro and Fizik, Time suspended its footwear branch of the business in 2013 deciding to concentrate on bikes and pedals. But now, five years on, Time has relocated part of its operation to Trento, northern Italy, partnered with ski-boot experts Rossignol Lange and relaunched the shoe side of ...

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Classics power play: The watts needed to ride Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne

Joe Robinson 4 Mar 2019 Naesen provides his power data from the opening Classics weekend to prove just how hard racing is Just in case you were under any illusions that you could have kept pace with the professionals at the opening weekend of the Spring Classics, AG2R La Mondiale rider Oliver Naesen has uploaded his rides to Strava proving just how average us amateurs are. Former Belgian road race champion Naesen had a solid opening weekend finishing 10th at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad on Saturday and 43rd at Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne on Sunday having been part of the five-man break that launched Bob Jungels to his eventual race victory . To do this, Naesen produced some exceptionally high numbers which he has since shared on Strava . Across 4 hours 45 minutes of racing at Omloop , Naesen recorded an average weighted power of 322w as he formed part of a chase ...

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