The weekly spin: Meet Tadej Pogacar, future Grand Tour champion

There’s a youth movement happening in pro cycling, and the Amgen Tour of California is the proving ground. Last year, 21-year-old Egan Bernal crowned as the youngest-ever winner of the Amgen Tour. This year, it was 20-year-old Tadej Pogacar, who is nearly a year younger than Bernal. At this rate, we’ll soon have a teenager … The post The weekly spin: Meet Tadej Pogacar, future Grand Tour champion appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Mann-splaining: How to tell the difference between Germany’s top male cyclists

Supported by I’ll be honest — I often get Pascal Ackermann, Max Schachmann and Emanuel Buchmann mixed up. I know they don’t look the same, but they all race for the same team (Bora-Hansgrohe) and their names are similar enough that when I try to remember who won what race, who’s racing where, and who’s good at … The post Mann-splaining: How to tell the difference between Germany’s top male cyclists appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Lizzie Deignan on an upward trajectory to Yorkshire World Championships

Lizzie Deignan (Trek-Segafredo) still smiling after climbing to the finish on Mt. Baldy, where she f

Lizzie Deignan (Trek-Segafredo) is on a steep, upward trajectory to being back at the top of her game after taking time off from the sport to give birth to her first baby. Upon the conclusion of the Tour of California , she told Cyclingnews that she felt optimistic about her form as she builds towards her goal of winning a second rainbow jersey at the UCI Road World Championships in Yorkshire in September. "I’m feeling good, positive and optimistic," Deignan said. "I’m finding myself in no man’s land a bit - not quite good enough in the sprints and not quite good enough on the climbs. I think my strength has always been as an all-rounder, so I need to get that little bit of level back again, and I’m confident that I can get that back." Deignan raced with Boels Dolmans for five seasons until she announced last March ...

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Team of the Week: Normal Service Is Resumed Edition

Anna van der Breggen

The week in women’s racing Races A WWT stage race in the USA ( Tour of California, WWT 11 ), and an aspirational Spanish one ( Vuelta a Burgos ). Coverage Highlights. With decent amounts of action. (Don’t worry ‘atmosphere in the team parking’ fans, there’s a bit of that too.) Cali . Burgos . Well-intentioned social media of varying degrees of usefulness/ hilarity . (TotW is harsh: it’s not entirely their fault connectivity in the California mountains isn’t up to Luxembourg standards.) Riders Anna van der Breggen [2]: To near universal cheers attacked lone leader Olga Zabelinskaya with 5km to go on stage one of the Tour of California , then soloed home into a stiff headwind for the win. It was no surprise when she (along with Katie Hall) emerged from the no-signal fog towards the top of Mount Baldy the next day. Back to dominance, and rider ...

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Amgen Women’s Race: Moolman-Pasio third overall after vertebral compression injury

Ashleigh Moolman Pasio wheels her bike away

Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (CCC-Liv) had targeted the Ardennes classics and the mountainous Tour of California Women’s Race – but a crash in the final sprint at Amstel Gold Race forced a change in priorities upon her. “I crashed hard in the sprint for eighth. I launched my sprint and got switched, so I went from full speed to nothing and hit my back hard. I tried not to make much of it because Flèche Wallonne was two days away and that was my goal. It started to materialise that it was more serious than what I wanted to accept, to be honest,” she told Cyclingnews . Flèche Wallonne is always a big goal for Moolman-Pasio , and after a second place in 2018 she was eager to line up and race. She finished seventh. Four days later she had to abandon Liège-Bastogne-Liège and finally went for a check-up of her injury. ...

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Astana's Bilbao wins Stage 7 of the Giro d'Italia as Conti holds pink

Astana's Bilbao wins Stage 7 of the Giro d'Italia as Conti holds pink

Joe Robinson 17 May 2019 The breakaway makes it for the second day in a row as the General Classification riders hold station Pello Bilbao took advantage of a napping breakaway to win Stage 7 of the Giro d'Italia to L'Aquila as the Valerio Conti held on to the Maglia Rosa. Bilbao attacked with 1.3km on the day's final climb managing to shake off his fellow breakaway riders. Tony Gallopin took the sprint for second ahead of Davide Formolo. It marked a second consecutive day in which the breakaway took the stage honours as the race's big General Classification favourites all finished together. UAE-Team Emirates rider Valerio Conti managed to hold onto the Maglia Rosa after a testing stage that saw his team riding at the front all day. The race will now head into its second weekend with Stage 8 taking the peloton on a lumpy 239km journey along ...

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Astana's Bilbao wins Stage 7 of the Giro as Conti holds pink

Astana's Bilbao wins Stage 7 of the Giro as Conti holds pink

Joe Robinson 17 May 2019 The breakaway makes it for the second day in a row as the General Classification riders hold station Pello Bilbao took advantage of a napping breakaway to win Stage 7 of the Giro d'Italia to L'Aquila as the Valerio Conti held on to the Maglia Rosa. Bilbao attacked with 1.3km on the day's final climb managing to shake off his fellow breakaway riders. Tony Gallopin took the sprint for second ahead of Davide Formolo. It marked a second consecutive day in which the breakaway took the stage honours as the race's big General Classification favourites all finished together. UAE-Team Emirates rider Valerio Conti managed to hold onto the Maglia Rosa after a testing stage that saw his team riding at the front all day. The race will now head into its second weekend with Stage 8 taking the peloton on a lumpy 239km journey along ...

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Giro d'Italia 2019: Astana's Bilbao wins Stage 7 as Conti holds pink

Giro d'Italia 2019: Astana's Bilbao wins Stage 7 as Conti holds pink

Joe Robinson 17 May 2019 The breakaway makes it for the second day in a row as the General Classification riders hold station Pello Bilbao took advantage of a napping breakaway to win Stage 7 of the Giro d'Italia to L'Aquila as the Valerio Conti held on to the Maglia Rosa. Bilbao attacked with 1.3km on the day's final climb managing to shake off his fellow breakaway riders. Tony Gallopin took the sprint for second ahead of Davide Formolo. It marked a second consecutive day in which the breakaway took the stage honours as the race's big General Classification favourites all finished together. UAE-Team Emirates rider Valerio Conti managed to hold onto the Maglia Rosa after a testing stage that saw his team riding at the front all day. The race will now head into its second weekend with Stage 8 taking the peloton on a lumpy 239km journey along ...

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Fernando Gaviria and Laurens De Plus abandon Giro d'Italia

Fernando Gaviria and Laurens De Plus abandon Giro d'Italia

Joe Robinson 17 May 2019 Riders victims of a war of attrition in a first week of illness and injury Stage 3 winner Fernando Gaviria and key Jumbo-Visma mountain domestique Laurens De Plus have both abandoned the Giro d'Italia in what has been an attritional first week of racing. Both riders stepped off half way through Stage 7 from Vasto to L'Aquila after a rapid first hour of racing that averaged 49.8kmh. UAE-Team Emirates confirmed in a tweet that its Colombian sprinter had abandoned the race writing, ' After a strong first week, @FndoGaviria has been forced to quit the race due to pain in his left knee which he's had for the last few days. Ánimo Fernando' Gaviria's Giro had gotten off to a modest start. He finished fourth on Stage 2 to Fucecchio before winning Stage 3 to Orbetello. However, the Colombian was second over the line and ...

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ASO pulls Flèche-Wallone and Liège-Bastogne-Liège out of Women’s World Tour, unwilling to provide live TV coverage

Fleche Wallonne Femmes 2019 (via YouTube)

New UCI rules require organisers to provide 45 minutes live coverage of all WWT races

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ASO bins Liège-Bastogne-Liège and Flèche Wallonne from Women's WorldTour after refusing TV coverage

ASO bins Liège-Bastogne-Liège and Flèche Wallonne from Women's WorldTour after refusing TV coverage

Joe Robinson 17 May 2019 Races will drop down to second-tier events in big blow for women's cycling Women's cycling took another blow yesterday as race organiser ASO confirmed it would be pulling Liège-Bastogne-Liège and Flèche Wallonne from the Women's WorldTour after refusing to provide live televised coverage of the events. According to reports by DirectVelo , ASO, which also looks after the men's Tour de France and Paris-Roubaix, is unwilling to provide the necessary 45 minutes of live television coverage. The UCI, cycling's governing body, demands this limited coverage in order for a women's race to qualify for WorldTour status as well as video highlights and online race information. However, as confirmed by the president of the UCI's Road Commission, Tom Van Damme, ASO and Walloon broadcaster RTBF are unable to meet these requirements. 'One of the conditions for being in the Women’s WorldTour is the guarantee of live ...

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Fleche Wallonne and Liege-Bastogne-Liege likely out of 2020 Women's WorldTour

Anna van der Breggen (Boels Dolmans) wins La Fleche Wallonne

La Flèche Wallonne Féminine and Liège-Bastogne-Liège Femmes could be missing from the Women's WorldTour in 2020, after the organisers and broadcasters of the two races, the ASO and RTBF, refused to provide the 45 minutes of live television coverage mandated under incoming UCI reforms. Reigning world champion and five-time Flèche Wallonne winner Anna van der Breggen told Cyclingnews that if race organisers like ASO aren't willing to be part of the development of women's cycling than they shouldn't be part of the Women's WorldTour. "There's still a chance to have a broadcast and if ASO don’t do it then they will take out their races [from the Women’s WorldTour]," van der Breggen told Cyclingnews at the start of stage 1 of the Tour of California Women's Race on Thursday. "I think that's a good thing because we would like to have our races broadcast. We deserve a broadcast and those ...

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Refusing to provide TV coverage, ASO pulls Flèche and Liège out of Women’s WorldTour

Supported by Flèche-Wallone and Liège-Bastogne-Liège will not be part of the Women’s WorldTour (WWT) in 2020, as race organizer ASO will not provide the required 45 minutes of live TV coverage from the two events, according to a report in DirectVelo. The President of the UCI’s Road Commission, Tom Van Damme, confirmed the move to DirectVelo on … The post Refusing to provide TV coverage, ASO pulls Flèche and Liège out of Women’s WorldTour appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Kuss has 'no complaints' over last-minute programme-switch to Giro from California

Sepp Kuss (Jumbo-Visma)

As long ago as February, Sepp Kuss ( Jumbo-Visma ) had described the Tour of California as one of his big objectives for the first half of the season. But a little over two weeks ago, all that changed in a single phone call. The day after teammate Robert Gesink crashed and was badly injured at Liège-Bastogne-Liège, the American climber was called up by Jumbo-Visma as a substitute for the Dutchman at the Giro d'Italia . Kuss is now deep into the first week of racing the Giro, where he is fully focused on helping team leader – and current race leader – Primoz Roglic, which Kuss tells Cyclingnews is "a big honour". And now, he says, his main goal will be honing his form to be ready for the Giro's third week, where the race will very likely be won and lost. "Honestly, I see racing the Giro as ...

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Peter Sagan finding Tour de France legs in California

Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) took the leader's jersey after winning the opening stage of the 2019 To

Peter Sagan 's struggle with an early-season illness that led to sub-par performances in the spring Classics could be turning around at the Tour of California . The former triple road race world champion is preparing to win a seventh green jersey at this year's Tour de France . Bora-Hansgrohe director Jan Valach says the team back Sagan entirely, and believe that his stage victory in Sacramento on Sunday was exactly the morale-boost that both he and the team needed. "Yes, we're very happy with that win because it was important for Peter and for Bora-Hansgrohe," Valach told Cyclingnews at the start of stage 2, a 214.5km mountain stage to South Lake Tahoe, on Monday. "I'm also happy for him that he has come back with this victory, and that he can continue on like this into the season. In the spring, he was sick, and then he found it ...

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Roger De Vlaeminck is still racing

Roger De Vlaeminck’s record speaks for itself. In a career spanning nearly two decades he notched up more than 160 victories, not least four Paris-Roubaix titles (the equal record), three wins at Milan-San Remo, six overall titles at Tirreno-Adriatico (with 15 stage wins), and a massive 22 stage victories at the Giro d’Italia. He won … The post Roger De Vlaeminck is still racing appeared first on CyclingTips .

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London Olympics, Tour de Yorkshire, next the Worlds? Vos eyes more success on British roads

London Olympics, Tour de Yorkshire, next the Worlds? Vos eyes more success on British roads

Maria David 10 May 2019 The multiple world champion and winner of the Women’s Tour de Yorkshire talks about getting back to her best form. Photo: CCC-Liv When Marianne Vos dropped her rivals and crossed the finish line ahead of the field in the howling gale and rain along Scarborough’s Marine Drive on Stage 2 of the Tour de Yorkshire something about the way she fist-pumped the air gave a sign to the world that said, I'm back. This was her way of putting down a mark to show that the Marianne Vos who dominated women’s cycling is again present and correct. Vos probably knew deep down that she could win the Tour de Yorkshire. However, a combination of pushing hard on the gale swept roads, the absence of an injured key helper Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio, and not knowing the roads as it was her first time in Yorkshire could have ...

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Bardet begins training block in lead-up to Tour de France

Romain Bardet heads to the start

Romain Bardet 's road to the Tour de France begins this week, with the French public's big hope for La Grande Boucle set to do a reconnaissance of the Tour's key Pyrenean mountain stages, followed by his annual training camp in Spain's Sierra Nevada mountains with a number of his AG2R La Mondiale teammates next week. According to L'Equipe , Bardet spent an entire week off the bike following Liège-Bastogne-Liège, which signalled the end of his spring campaign, but then returned to training this week, which included scouting out the last 30 kilometres of stage 9 of this year's Tour, which finishes in his hometown of Brioude in the Haute-Loire, south of Clermont-Ferrand. Keeping with the family theme, Bardet was then headed to recon some of this year's Tour stages in the Pyrenees with his father, before moving on to the Sierra Nevada mountains in southern Spain for a high-altitude ...

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Dumoulin: I'll race my heart out at the Giro d'Italia

Tom Dumoulin in the pre-race press conference

Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) is never one to beat about the bush, and the Dutch star made it very clear at Thursday's pre-race press conference at the Giro d'Italia that there is only one result that counts for him in Verona on June 2. When asked if he thought a Giro d'Italia-Tour de France double was still possible, Dumoulin stated categorically: "I don't know… I'm here to win the Giro." Beyond that, it seems, there is little more to add on the subject. Dumoulin showed no sign of doubt, either, when asked if he was worried that another top favourite, Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma), had won no fewer than three major races already this season. "Any race you win is beautiful and is good for confidence… I was not able to win so far, so, good for him," Dumoulin said. It's worth recalling at this point that Dumoulin came into the ...

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Giro Press Conferences: Quotes from the favourites

Supported by The grande partenza of the Giro d’Italia is days away. Riders are in Bologna, Italy, wandering around their team hotels in team-issue sweats, heading out for brief spins in the warm spring weather. It’s a week for press conferences, and handful of the favourites for the overall — Primoz Roglic, Tom Dumoulin, Miguel Angel Lopez, Vincenzo … The post Giro Press Conferences: Quotes from the favourites appeared first on CyclingTips .

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