Anna Van der Breggen's World Champs S-Works Tarmac and its rainbow chain

Joe Robinson 27 Sep 2019 A custom rainbow chain and cassette for the defending women's road race World Champion. Photos: Peter Stuart When you are as good at riding bikes as Anna Van der Breggen, you can get away with having cool stuff on your bike. The 29-year-old will take to the Bradford start line on Saturday as the defending road race World Champion and as part of a Dutch team that is stacked with a host of favourites for the 2019 title in Yorkshire. Van der Breggen, Vos, Van Vleuten, Majerus – it's honestly frightening. Van der Breggen has been one of the best riders, if not the best, in the world for almost half a decade. She has won all three editions of Liege-Bastogne-Liege Femmines, the previous five Fleche Wallonne titles, two Giro Rosas and one World Championships. This Sunday that roll call could get one race longer ...

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Preview: 18 things to know about the elite men’s Worlds road race

The 2019 Road World Championships conclude this Sunday with the elite men’s road race. It’s one of the biggest and most important days of racing on the men’s calendar and it’s the race that decides who will wear the rainbow bands for the next year. Ahead of Sunday’s race, here’s your guide to the course, … The post Preview: 18 things to know about the elite men’s Worlds road race appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Future of Boels-Dolmans in balance as sponsors pull out from end of 2020

Future of Boels-Dolmans in balance as sponsors pull out from end of 2020

Joe Robinson 26 Sep 2019 Both sponsors announce decision to leave sport meaning Dutch team are searching for new backers The future of the world’s most successful women’s cycling team Boels-Dolmans is in the balance as both primary sponsors announced they will leave the sport at the end of 2020. At a press conference during the World Championships in Harrogate, Yorkshire, the team announced it has begun the search for a new primary sponsor as Boels rental service and Dolmans Landscaping would be pulling out from women’s cycling. Dolmans had been part of the team’s inception in 2010 while Boels Rentals came onboard as co-sponsor two years later in 2012. The team’s management stated that the plan is for the team to continue on through 2020 but, as of yet, no replacement has been found. Rumours surrounding the future of the Dutch team began last month when the team of ...

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Who are the bookies backing for the World Championships men's race?

Joe Robinson 23 Sep 2019 A guide to the favourites for the men’s elite road race in Harrogate on Sunday 29th September The UCI World Championships is already underway in Harrogate, Yorkshire and the final event is the elite men’s road race on Sunday 29th September. At 285km, it will be the longest World Championships road race in recent history, almost matching the mammoth 298km tackled at Milan-San Remo , just with a mighty 3,645m of elevation. After a long 180km lap of the Yorkshire Dales - which includes ascents of Kidstones Pass, Buttertubs and Grinton Moor - the men will enter Harrogate for seven laps of a 14km finishing circuit. It’s technical, negotiating plenty of narrow roads, tight corners and a few rude gradients in a loop that will sap the energy reserves of every rider. Particularly watch out for the tight bridge on Penny Pot Lane followed by ...

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Team Ineos have lost the services of a key mountain domestique

Team Ineos have lost the services of a key mountain domestique

Joe Robinson 18 Sep 2019 Wout Poels will join Bahrian-Merida to rejoin forces with Rod Ellingworth in 2020 Team Ineos will lose one of their key Grand Tour domestiques as Wout Poels moves to Bahrain-Merida for 2020. It was expected that the Dutchman would move from the British WorldTour team at the end of the season in a bid to pursue his own Grand Tour ambitions in a two-year deal with the team. Talking to Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf , Poels confirmed his move to Bahrain-Merida citing former Team Ineos coach Rod Ellingworth as key in his decision, with the duo having worked together since 2015. Ellingworth announced earlier this season that he would be leaving Ineos for Bahrain to take on the role of team principal. Poels told De Telegraaf that Ellingworth 'is also the person who convinced me to ride for this team. I look forward to this ...

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The weekly spin: The Grand Tour Domino Effect

A gust of wind in southeast France, a patch of slippery pavement in Andorra, a touch of wheels in Italy, and three grand tour winners who might never have been. The Vuelta a España is over and the 2019 Grand Tour season is finished. As I look back, I’ve been playing the what-if game. What … The post The weekly spin: The Grand Tour Domino Effect appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Alexandre Vinokourov could be jailed for 'fixing' 2010 Liege-Bastogne-Liege win

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Belgian prosecutors also seek prison term for Alexander Kolobnev - and hefty fines for both riders

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Vinokourov potentially looking at six-month prison sentence for Liege-Bastogne-Liege corruption case

Vinokourov potentially looking at six-month prison sentence for Liege-Bastogne-Liege corruption case

Joe Robinson 10 Sep 2019 Prosecutors request prison sentence and large fine for role in Liege-Bastogne-Liege corruption case Alexandre Vinokourov and Alexander Kolobonev are looking at being handed six-month prison sentences for corruption if both are found guilty of fixing the 2010 Liege-Bastogne-Liege . The case is currently being heard at the Liege Criminal Court in Belgium and the prosecution has requested that both be handed a six-month jail sentence for passive and active corruption in which Vinokourov is alleged to have paid Kolobnev in order to win the one-day race. The prosecutor's office is also requesting that Vinokourov be handed a €100,000 fine and Kolobonev a €50,000 penalty. It is alleged that Vinokourov, who was riding for Astana at the time, retrospectively paid Kolobonev €150,000 for letting him win the 2010 edition of Liege. These claims first came to light in 2011 when Swiss newspaper L'Illustre claimed Vinokourov had ...

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The weekly spin: Jumbo-Visma’s investment in young talent on display at Vuelta

It was at the 2016 Redlands Cycling Classic that Americans Sepp Kuss and Neilson Powless first made their presence known at the elite level of road racing. It was there, in Southern California’s Inland Empire, that Kuss won the queen stage on Oak Glen, while Powless won the time trial and finished second overall. Forty-one … The post The weekly spin: Jumbo-Visma’s investment in young talent on display at Vuelta appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Alexandre Vinokouruv becomes Ironman 70.3 World Champion

Alexandre Vinokouruv becomes Ironman 70.3 World Champion

Joe Robinson 9 Sep 2019 Astana team boss takes age-group title in Ironman 70.3 competition Astana team boss and one of cycling's greatest pantomime villains, Alexandre Vinokourov has been crowned age-group Ironman World Champion. The former professional cyclist took the Ironman 70.3 World title for the 45 to 49 age group in Nice, France. The Kazakh won in a time of 4:28:47, beating Laurent Lambert of France by 15 seconds. The former Vuelta a Espana champion posted some respectable times en-course to the win. Covering the swim in a mediocre 33 minutes 55 seconds, Vinokourov made his real gains on the 90km bike ride in 2 hours 24 seconds, almost 10 minutes faster than his closest competitor. With that buffer, it was no problem that the 45-year-old lost 5-minutes on the 21.1km run five to Lambert, in 1 hour 25 minutes, as he had done enough on the bike to ...

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Alexandre Vinokourov becomes Ironman 70.3 World Champion

Alexandre Vinokourov becomes Ironman 70.3 World Champion

Joe Robinson 9 Sep 2019 Astana team boss takes age-group title in Ironman 70.3 competition Astana team boss and one of cycling's greatest pantomime villains, Alexandre Vinokourov, has been crowned age-group Ironman World Champion. The former professional cyclist took the Ironman 70.3 World title for the 45 to 49 age group in Nice, France. The Kazakh won in a time of 4:28:47, beating Laurent Lambert of France by 15 seconds. The former Vuelta a Espana champion posted some respectable times on course to the win. Covering the swim in a mediocre 33 minutes 55 seconds, Vinokourov made his real gains on the 90km bike ride in 2 hours 24 seconds, almost 10 minutes faster than his closest competitor. With that buffer, it was no problem that the 45-year-old lost five minutes on the 21.1km run five to Lambert, in 1 hour 25 minutes, as he had done enough on the ...

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The weekly spin: Philosophy and perspective with Nathan Haas

Back in May, just prior to the Amgen Tour of California, I had a memorable conversation with Australian Nathan Haas about a number of topics. Some were timely, such as his season to that point, and teammate Marcel Kittel’s announcement that he was breaking his contract with Katusha-Alpecin. But Haas consistently delivered thoughtful, timeless answers that … The post The weekly spin: Philosophy and perspective with Nathan Haas appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Where are they now: A Tyler Hamilton Interview

Tyler Hamilton was a loyal lieutenant within cycling’s most notorious team, and Olympic champion who gave his medal back, and the author of a tell-all doping book. What's he doing now? The post Where are they now: A Tyler Hamilton Interview appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Fuglsang opts to stay with Astana

Jakob Fuglsang with his first-placed trophy

Jakob Fuglsang has signed a new two-year contract with the Astana team, keen to continue as their Grand Tour leader despite considering his options elsewhere during the summer. The Dane turned 34 in March and has enjoyed his best ever season, winning Liège-Bastogne-Liège and the Critérium du Dauphiné and taking a sting of placings in tough Classics such as Strade Bianche, Amstel Gold Race and La Flèche Wallonne. Fuglsang's victory at the Critérium du Dauphiné and strong form made him a favourite for the Tour de France but he crashed hard on stage 1 and eventually crashed out of the race on stage 16 to Nimes, hurting his hand. That also hurt his contract options and meant he has still to truly confirm his Grand Tour credentials. Fuglsang has not raced since the Tour de France but was named in Astana's line-up for the Vuelta a España. He will support ...

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Out of tragedy, new love: The cyclist’s widow and her second husband

Supported by On a descent at the 2016 Gent-Wevelgem, a four rider crash on the left hand side of the road turned tragic when Antoine Demoitié (Wanty-Groupe Gobert), was hit by a motorbike as he lay on the ground. Early the following morning, with his wife and family by his side, Antoine Demoitié passed away. His death … The post Out of tragedy, new love: The cyclist’s widow and her second husband appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Gilbert will join Lotto-Soudal on a three-year deal

Supported by Reigning Paris-Roubaix champion Philippe Gilbert will head to Lotto-Soudal next season after spending the last three years with the Deceuninck-Quick-Step organization. Gilbert will join Lotto-Soudal on a three-year deal. As the 37-year-old Belgian confirmed via his new team’s signing announcement, the length of the contract was a major factor in drawing Gilbert to Lotto-Soudal, a … The post Gilbert will join Lotto-Soudal on a three-year deal appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Philippe Gilbert to leave Deceuninck–QuickStep for Lotto-Soudal

Philippe Gilbert to leave Deceuninck–QuickStep for Lotto-Soudal

Joseph Delves 19 Aug 2019 Classics star returns to his former home at the rival Belgian outfit Philippe Gilbert has signed a three-year deal with Lotto-Soudal . Seeing the 37-year-old Classics racer and former World Champion swap one Belgian team for another, the move is a return to the squad for which he rode during the 2009-2011 seasons. Having joined the all-conquering Quick-Step team in 2017 following four years at BMC, his debut season racing for Patrick Lefevere saw Gilbert win both the Tour of Flanders and Amstel Gold. However, even having won this year’s Paris-Roubaix , the strength of the current team meant Gilbert has often had to fight it out with the rest of his squad for supremacy. Despite his advancing years, he’ll likely have a more protected role at Lotto-Soudal. The move forms part of a restocking exercise by the Belgian team which has recently seen promising ...

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Lopez leads strong Astana squad at Vuelta a Espana

Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana)

Astana have named a strong squad to start the Vuelta a España , with a number of experienced riders heading to Spain in support of team leader Miguel Ángel López . The eight-man team, with key riders including Jakob Fuglsang and Luis León Sánchez, boasts an impressive 93 Grand Tour starts, an average age of 31.25, and eight stage race victories between them in 2019. López, who finished third at the Vuelta last year, heads up the team. The Colombian won Colombia 2.1 and the Volta a Catalunya earlier in the season, and was the best young rider at the Giro d'Italia. With two podium and four top ten placings from five career Grand Tours, he'll be aiming for the podium at least. Fuglsang has been one of the riders of the season in 2019 and could mount a GC challenge of his own. He lay in ninth at the ...

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Dan Martin signs two-year deal with Israel Cycling Academy

Supported by A little over two weeks into August, the first big surprise of this year’s transfer season has emerged. Dan Martin will join Israel Cycling Academy on a two-year deal in 2020 after spending the last two seasons with UAE-Team Emirates. Unlike most of the other notable riders on the move this transfer season whose destinations have … The post Dan Martin signs two-year deal with Israel Cycling Academy appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Dan Martin joins Israel Cycling Academy on two-year contract

Dan Martin joins Israel Cycling Academy on two-year contract

Jack Elton-Walters 16 Aug 2019 Dan Martin will leave UAE Team Emirates at the end of the season and his move could indicate the ambitions of his new team Daniel Martin will leave UAE Team Emirates at the end of this season to join the Israel Cycling Academy on a two-year contract. Martin will be looking to take sole leadership at his new team after often finding himself forced to share duties within his current squad. The rider will also be hoping to recapture the form that in the past has seen him win Monuments and liven up Grand Tour stages. The secondary element to this announcement could be an indication of the team's wider ambitions. Stories have cropped up in the past about Israel Cycling Academy's desire to enter cycling's WorldTour, with mergers and licence buy-outs mooted in the previously. We are proud to announce that @DanMartin86 has signed ...

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