Brave solo move sees Wallays take memorable Paris-Tours win

Brave solo move sees Wallays take memorable Paris-Tours win

Jelle Wallays (Lotto Soudal) won Paris-Tours for the second time after a solo effort of 52 kilometres across the gravel sectors and short hills that form the key back section of the end of season classic.

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Il Lombardia: All you need to know including TV guide, favourites and route

Joe Robinson 10 Oct 2019 A complete guide to everything you need to know about Il Lombardia, taking place on Saturday 12th October Il Lombardia is the last big race of the season and one to savour. The final of the five Monuments of road cycling, 'the race of the falling leaves' takes place in early autumn across the picturesque landscape of Lombardy in northern Italy. Like all Italian Classics, the race takes place on a Saturday (12th October) as opposed to the usual slot of a Sunday. At 263km, it's a gruelling day in the saddle, covering six categorised climbs including the dreaded Colma di Surmano as the course takes the peloton from Bergamo to Como. Usually a race reserved for punchy climbers, recent winners have included Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ), Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) and Esteban Chaves (Mitchelton-Scott). While defending champion Pinot will be absent, a stacked start list will ...

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Andre Greipel terminates contract with Arkea-Samsic

Andre Greipel terminates contract with Arkea-Samsic

Joe Robinson 2 Oct 2019 Could this be the end of the road for the German sprinter? Andre Greipel could be the next high-profile sprinter to retire from the sport after the German terminated his contract with Arkea-Samsic. The 37-year-old made a request to team manager Emmanuel Hubert to end his two-year deal a season early which the team agreed to. Greipel said he will announce his next steps in November after taking a holiday and time away from his social media accounts. 'About four weeks ago I asked the management of the team to terminate the contract towards the end of the year. Emmanuel Hubert and the team management have agreed to this request,' said Greipel. 'I am very grateful for the cooperation we had in 2019. I would have liked to have extended the season’s results, but I was not optimally prepared for my season highlights.' Greipel then ...

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Caleb Ewan and Owain Doull join Mark Cavendish at the London Six Day

Caleb Ewan and Owain Doull join Mark Cavendish at the London Six Day

Joe Robinson 16 Sep 2019 Doull to partner Cavendish for track event at Lee Valley Velodrome next month Olympic champion and Team Ineos rider Owain Doull will partner Mark Cavendish at the London Six Day next month. The Welshman, fresh off of his Grand Tour debut at the Vuelta a Espana , joins Lotto Soudal sprinter Caleb Ewan as the latest big name to be confirmed for the Lee Valley Velodrome event. Doull's track pedigree could easily be forgotten with the 26-year-old having raced as part of the British WorldTour team on the road for the past two seasons. However, Doull is an Olympic champion having been part of the 2016 Rio team pursuit line-up that also saw Bradley Wiggins , Steve Burke and Ed Clancy take gold. Doull will ride alongside fellow Olympic track medallist Cavendish as the pair headline the six days of racing. Talking on his partnership ...

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Tour of Britain 2019: Mathieu van der Poel wins again on Stage 7

Tour of Britain 2019: Mathieu van der Poel wins again on Stage 7

Jack Elton-Walters 13 Sep 2019 An entertaining day at the Tour of Britain with riders not yet ready to give up on the overall win, but none could match Van der Poel Mathieu van der Poel (Correndon-Circus) won Stage 7 of the 2019 Tour of Britain by beating his nearest rival Matteo Trentin (Mitchelton-Scott) on the final steep ascent into Burton Dassett Country Park. The exciting finish came after a stage that started rapidly as the riders battled for the bonus seconds at the early intermeidate sprint and ended just as quickly as the strongest riders at the race contested the stage win. See related Tour of Britain 2019: Mathieu van der Poel in a league of his own on Stage 4 Tour of Britain 2019: Race reports, route, teams and all you need to know Yorkshire 2019 World Championships: Race schedule, routes and all you need to know Frenetic ...

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New gear from Castelli, Enve, Sidi, Moots, HJC and more teased at Saddleback’s 2019 House Show

Sam Challis 13 Sep 2019 Cyclist takes a look at the highlights from the UK cycling distributor’s range going into 2020 UK cycling distributor Saddleback recently hosted its House Show, an annual event where it presents all the latest and greatest products from the brands it manages. Saddleback boasts a strong portfolio containing several desirable, premium brands - Castelli, Enve, 3T and Silca to name but a few - and recently it has made a couple of important acquisitions that have bolstered its range even further. Korean helmet manufacturer HJC, sponsor of WorldTour team Lotto-Soudal , has come on board, as has the US titanium frame wizard Moots, which is important because UK consumers are now likely to find the brands far more accessible than before. Cyclist toured the showrooms at Saddleback’s HQ and picked out a few highlights. Read on to discover the exciting new products in the pipeline ...

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Tour of Britain 2019: Van der Poel loses race lead as Groenewegen takes Stage 5 win

Tour of Britain 2019: Van der Poel loses race lead as Groenewegen takes Stage 5 win

Joe Robinson 11 Sep 2019 Groenewegen completes hat-trick of stage wins as Matteo Trentin regains race lead Dylan Groenewegen ( Jumbo-Visma ) completed a hat-trick of stage wins on Stage 5 of the Tour of Britain into Birkenhead while Matteo Trentin ( Mitchelton-Scott ) leapfrogged Mathieu Van der Poel (Correndon-Circus) into the leader's jersey thanks to taking third on the stage. Jumbo-Visma launched a late lead-out train into Birkenhead Park to give Groenewegen a clear sprint to the line with the Dutchman eventually crossing the line comfortably ahead of 21-year-old Matt Walls (Team GB) who took an impressive second. Trentin managed to take four bonus seconds with third on the stage which was enough to regain the race lead from Van der Poel who finished in the main group. It gives the Italian a three-second lead heading into Stage 5's 14.5km time trial in Pershore, Worcestershire. See related Tour of ...

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Tour of Britain 2019: Van der Poel loses race lead as Groenewegen takes Stage 4 win

Tour of Britain 2019: Van der Poel loses race lead as Groenewegen takes Stage 4 win

Joe Robinson 11 Sep 2019 Groenewegen completes hattrick of stage wins as Matteo Trentin regains race lead Dylan Groenewegen completed a hattrick of stage wins on Stage 4 of the Tour of Britain into Birkenhead while Matteo Trentin leapfrogged Mathieu Van der Poel into the leader's jersey thanks to taking third on the stage. Jumbo-Visma launched a late lead-out train into Birkenhead Park to give Groenewegen a clear sprint to the line with the Dutchman eventually crossing the line comfortably ahead of 21-year-old Matt Walls who took an impressive second. Trentin managed to take four bonus seconds with third on the stage which was enough to regain the race lead from Van der Poel who finished in the main group. It gives the Italian a three-second lead heading into Stage 5's 14.5km time trial in Pershore, Worcestershire. The Liverpool leg Mathieu van der Poel stamped his mark on the Tour ...

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Five predictions for ‘week three’ of the Vuelta a España

It may sound crazy, but just one week of Grand Tour racing remains in the 2019 season. Week three of the Vuelta a España is all that’s left between us and eight long months without Grand Tour action. Hopefully this final week in Spain delivers enough excitement to hold us over until next year’s Giro … The post Five predictions for ‘week three’ of the Vuelta a España appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Tour of Britain 2019: Mathieu van der Poel in a league of his own on Stage 4

Tour of Britain 2019: Mathieu van der Poel in a league of his own on Stage 4

George Smith 10 Sep 2019 Cycling prodigy comes good following yesterday’s disappointing second place. Photo: SWPix Mathieu van der Poel (Correndon-Circus) picked his moment perfectly to launch an attack on the final climb into Kendal to pass the breakaway and take the win on Stage 4 of the 2019 Tour of Britain. The Corendon-Circus rider went from a long way out, dropping all his rivals to comfortably cross the line fists aloft ahead of Jasper De Buyst (Lotto-Soudal) and Simon Clarke (Education First). The stage win moves Van der Poel into the overall lead by a single second. See related Classics power play: The numbers needed to ride in the wake of Van der Poel Tour of Britain 2019: Route, teams and all you need to know Yorkshire 2019 World Championships: Race schedule, routes and all you need to know A rolling day in the dales Following three consecutive days ...

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Jon Dibben rejoins WorldTour with Lotto-Soudal move

Jon Dibben rejoins WorldTour with Lotto-Soudal move

Joe Robinson 9 Sep 2019 Young Brit given second chance in cycling's top flight with one-year deal Jonathan Dibben will be afforded a second crack at the WorldTour after signing a one-year deal with Lotto-Soudal . The 25-year-old was confirmed as the latest signing for the Belgian team, and will join from British Continental squad Madison Genesis, who are set to fold at the end of 2019 . This will be Dibben's second stint in cycling's top flight having spent two seasons with Team Sky from 2017 to 2018. Despite a stage win at the Tour of California in 2017, the Southampton native was released by Team Sky at the end of last season and remained without a team until May of this year, when he returned to professional cycling with Madison Genesis. See related Madison Genesis to cease racing at end of 2019 Professional cycling transfers 2019-2020: All the ...

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Tour of Britain 2019 Stage 2: Matteo Trentin wins the sprint and takes GC

Tour of Britain 2019 Stage 2: Matteo Trentin wins the sprint and takes GC

James Spender 8 Sep 2019 Matteo Trentin takes GC, narrowly catching Alex Dowsett on the line Matteo Trentin (Katusha-Alpecin) takes the stage and the green jersey, narrowly catching a last-dicth Alex Dowsett breakaway just metres from the finish. How the stage unfolded Saturday was a memorable day for the Jumbo-Visma team, Dylan Groenewegen taking victory in Stage 1 of the Tour of Britain while teammate Primoz Roglic was busy riding high in the red jersey – and avoiding major crashes – some 2,000km away at the Vuelta a Espana. The Tour of Britain’s Stage 2 began and finished in the town of Kelso in the Scottish Borders, comprising a 165.9km anticlockwise loop taking riders over three category 2 climbs, Harden’s Hill, Scott’s View and Dingleton, before culminating in a technical finish over Kelso’s cobbles streets. The breakaway took to its heels at 10km, and midway Pete Williams (SwiftProCycling), Gediminas Bagdonas ...

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Vuelta a Espana 2019 Stage 14: peloton pileup leaves Bennett to sprint for easy win

Vuelta a Espana 2019 Stage 14: peloton pileup leaves Bennett to sprint for easy win

Martin James 7 Sep 2019 Massive crash right under the 1km banner leaves barely 20 riders to contest the sprint in Oviedo Ireland’s Sam Bennett (Bora-Hansgrohe) took his second stage win of the 2019 Vuelta a Espana as a huge crash near the front of the peloton decimated the field at the 1km mark. Barely 20 riders were left in contact as a mass pileup left those behind with nowhere to go, including overall leader Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma). With the incident happening inside the final 3km, there will be no time penalties affecting the GC positions. It remains to be seen, however, whether the full field will start tomorrow after taking a tumble. Those that had remained upright then hit the long drag up to the line. Tosh van der Sande (Lotto Soudal) went long, and distanced most of the small group quickly before Max Richeze (Deceuninck-QuickStep) and then Bennett ...

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Transfer round-up: What do the comings and goings mean for the WorldTour teams?

Transfer round-up: What do the comings and goings mean for the WorldTour teams?

Joseph Delves 5 Sep 2019 Now well into the part of the season where riders get itchy feet, we recap who’s making moves ahead of next year Who’s staying put, who’s moving on, and what does it mean for the WorldTour teams? Team Ineos Only one transfer announced here. But it’s a big one. Adding to its three existing Grand Tour winners, Team Ineos have pinched Giro winner Richard Carapaz from rivals Movistar . Recruiting another sergeant in support of the reign without end, the team now has more GC winners than there are Grand Tours in the year. Movistar Despite doing well in the current Vuelta a Espana , there’s turbulence on the horizon for the Spanish team. Formerly accused of having too many leaders, it might soon have not nearly enough. First, Nairo Quintana is off to ProConti outfit Arkéa Samsic along with Winner Anacona. Perhaps even worse ...

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Transfers round-up: What do the comings and goings mean for the WorldTour teams?

Transfers round-up: What do the comings and goings mean for the WorldTour teams?

Joseph Delves 5 Sep 2019 Now well into the part of the season where riders get itchy feet, we recap who’s making moves ahead of next year Who’s staying put, who’s moving on, and what does it mean for the WorldTour teams? Team Ineos Only one transfer announced here. But it’s a big one. Adding to its three existing Grand Tour winners, Team Ineos have pinched Giro winner Richard Carapaz from rivals Movistar . Recruiting another sergeant in support of the reign without end, the team now has more GC winners than there are Grand Tours in the year. Movistar Despite doing well in the current Vuelta a Espana , there’s turbulence on the horizon for the Spanish team. Formerly accused of having too many leaders, it might soon have not nearly enough. First, Nairo Quintana is off to ProConti outfit Arkéa Samsic along with Winner Anacona. Perhaps even worse ...

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Vuelta a Espana 2019: Roglic wins Stage 10 TT to take race lead with barnstorming performance

Vuelta a Espana 2019: Roglic wins Stage 10 TT to take race lead with barnstorming performance

George Smith 3 Sep 2019 Slovene puts rivals to the sword in dominant display on Stage 10 Primoz Roglic proved irresistible as the Jumbo-Visma rider smashed his rivals to take the stage win and move himself into the race lead, earning the red jersey with a blistering time of 47:05. The Slovenian former ski jumper leapfrogged the GC leader at the start of the day, Nairo Quintana (Movistar), who expectedly ceded major time to his rivals that he will now have to try and recoup in the mountains. It was a mixed bag for the other favourites for the third and final Grand Tour of the season. Roglic’s countryman Tadej Podacar (UAE-Emirates), Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) and Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana) all limited their losses, up to a point. Although Roglic actually caught Lopez for two minutes and they crossed the line in quick succession. Conversely, Carl Frederik Hagen (Lotto-Soudal), and ...

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Distributor Saddleback partners with Lotto-Soudal's helmet supplier HJC

Distributor Saddleback partners with Lotto-Soudal's helmet supplier HJC

George Smith 1 Sep 2019 UK cycling company now in position to supply a head-to-toe getup at WorldTour level Saddleback has announced a new partnership with Korean helmet brand HJC, which will launch with an all new line-up, looking to lead advances in safety, aerodynamics and ventilation. This venture marks a turn for HJC’s direction, with the company having made a name for itself primarily manufacturing motorcycling helmets since the company's inception in 1971. However, the recent partnership with professional cycling team Lotto-Soudal highlights its commitment to the sport, and it was its Adwatt helmet that was worn by Victor Campanaerts when the Belgian set a new UCI Hour Record earlier this year. 'HJC has a long history of making quality motorcycle helmets which involved helmet technology, experience in sales, production capability and promotional expertise,’ said HJC sports division director, Mr Choi. ‘However, as HJC is relatively new in the ...

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Vuelta a Espana 2019: Nikias Arndt wins Stage 8 as Lopez loses his red jersey again

Vuelta a Espana 2019: Nikias Arndt wins Stage 8 as Lopez loses his red jersey again

Pete Muir 31 Aug 2019 A rain-soaked stage suits the breakaway, with Subweb getting a much-needed win Nikias Arndt (Sunweb) won Stage 8 of the 2019 Vuelta a Espana with a sprint win after staying in a day-long breakaway. Second place went to Alex Aranburu (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA), with the last spot on the podium going to Tosh Van der Sande (Lotto Soudal). Heavy rain affected the race, meaning that the peloton was not able to control the gap to the 21-strong break, and by the end of the day Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana) had lost his red jersey – again – to Nicolas Edet (Cofidis). Dylan Teuns (Bahrain-Merida) was also in te break, and he now sits in second place on GC, 2min 21sec behind Arndt. Lopez is now in third place, at 3min 01sec. The main GC contenders all came home at the same time, meaning that Lopez ...

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9 reasons to attend The Cycle Show 2019

10 reasons to visit The Cycle Show

Cycling legends, demo bikes, product launches, exclusive discounts and VIP tickets up for grabs

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Multiple high-profile riders forced to retire after crash at the Vuelta a Espana

Multiple high-profile riders forced to retire after crash at the Vuelta a Espana

Joseph Delves 29 Aug 2019 Rigoberto Urán, Nicolas Roche and Hugh Carthy are all headed to hospital A nasty crash during the sixth stage of the Vuelta a Espana has seen several riders forced to abandon. Chief among these were sixth-placed rider Rigoberto Urán ( Education First ) and former race leader Nicolas Roche ( Team Sunweb ). The incident also put paid to the hopes of Hugh Carthy, also of Education First, and CCC Team ’s Victor de la Parte. Unfortunately as a result of that crash, @nicholasroche has been forced to abandon #LaVuelta19 %uD83C%uDDEA%uD83C%uDDF8. Updates to follow as we have them. pic.twitter.com/poNiTK2y0i — Team Sunweb (@TeamSunweb) August 29, 2019 With 11 riders having escaped off the front, the crash in the bunch came around 100 kilometres into the stage. Primarily involving riders from Lotto-Soudal, Deceuninck-QuickStep, Jumbo-Visma and Education First, the accident contributed to the success of the break, ...

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