De Gendt clinches fourth Volta a Catalunya win

Thomas De Gendt solos to the stage 1 win at Volta a Catalunya

On the opening stage of the 2019 Volta a Catalunya , only one name really counted as Thomas De Gendt ( Lotto-Soudal ) powered to a hugely impressive solo victory, simultaneously netting the overall lead as well as almost all the secondary classifications. De Gendt's victory came thanks to a faultlessly calculated estimate on how much time he would need on the rolling run-in to the finish, which saw the 32-year-old with ample margin to raise his arms in victory well before the line - and then again, as he crossed it. "Yesterday [Sunday] evening, my team bosses asked me what the plan was, and I said if I had three minutes at the top of the final first category" - the Col de Formic, 56 kilometres from the finish - "then I'd be in with a good chance," De Gendt said. He would have 3:13 at that point in ...

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High-speed racing on the Poggio means sprinters miss out at Milan-San Remo

Caleb Ewan during Milan-San Remo 2019

The warm spring weather and steady pace for much of Milan-San Remo seemed set to help the sprinters dominate this year’s La Classicissima , but in truth, it led to their downfall. The attackers were still strong and confident on the Poggio, and so able to blow the race apart and share the spoils on the Via Roma. Eventual winner, Julian Alaphilippe ( Deceuninck-QuickStep ) sparked the decisive selection of seven riders in the final kilometre of the Poggio, with only Vincenzo Nibali and Matej Mohoric (Bahrain-Merida), Simon Clarke (EF Education First) and Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) able to get on during the descent and the final flat roads in San Remo. The pure sprinters and their teammates were distanced and dropped, leaving just 11 riders to fight for victory. Few noticed but Alexander Kristoff ( UAE Team Emirates ) won the bunch sprint for 14th place on the Via ...

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Alaphilippe Wins Milan San Remo

Deceuninck Quick-Step Rider Bags His First Monument Julian Alaphilippe won Milan San-Remo on Saturday afternoon, comfortably winning a sprint from a group of ten that went clear over the top of the Poggio. He was joined on the podium by Olivier Naesen and Michal Kwiatkowski. This year’s first monument went according to the script, with a large break given plenty of room on the road and building up a sizable gap. The ten riders, including six Italians and four representatives of Novo Nordisk, were steadily reeled back in as the race hit the coast in perfect weather. Quick Step, UAE, Lotto Soudal and Groupama-FDJ were among the teams working at the front and by the foot of the Cipressa only Fausto Masnada was left in front. Getty Images Masnada was caught on the earliest slopes of the penultimate climb and there were few fireworks on the climb, though a daring ...

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Follow Milan-San Remo on Saturday live with Cyclingnews

The Milan-San Remo podium

The 110th running of Milan-San Remo is set to roll Saturday morning in Italy, and you can follow all of the action here on Cyclingnews with our live report . The first Monument of the 2019 season is another wide-open affair, with even the pre-race favourites like Greg Van Avermaet (CCC Team), Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) and defending champion Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) admitting 'La Primavera' is a race that just about any type of rider can win in any manner of ways, from a bunch sprint, a small group or a solo breakaway. This year's start list includes former champions Nibali, Michal Kwiatkowski (Team Sky), Arnaud Demare (Groupama-FDJ), John Degenkolb (Trek-Segafredo) and Alexander Kristoff (UAE Team Emirates). Also among the expected favourites are Julian Alaphilippe and Elia Viviani from Deceuninck-QuickStep, Caleb Ewan from Lotto Soudal, Matteo Trentin from Mitchelton-Scott, Dylan Groenewegen from Jumbo-Visma and Fernando Gaviria from UAE Team Emirates. The ...

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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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Are the routes of the Monuments growing stale?

Daniel Ostanek 22 Mar 2019 With Liège-Bastogne-Liège changing its route, Cyclist asks whether it is time for the other Classics races to follow suit? Let’s talk about race routes, shall we? They’re the bread and butter of pro cycling – the roads, hills and cobbles which make the races we all love. From Alpe d'Huez and the Arenberg to the Mur de Huy and the Stelvio, the sacred routes that the calendar visits year after year are where legends have been built and memories made, over decades of racing. Take Paris-Roubaix . The Hell of the North follows a tried-and-tested formula, heading north from Compiègne to the velodrome in Roubaix. Along the way, the famous cobbles of the Trouee d’Arenberg , Mons-en-Pevele and the Carrefour de l'Arbre are always there – the main attractions and biggest tests on the road to glory. The route announcement for this year’s edition – ...

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Are the Monuments going stale?

Daniel Ostanek 22 Mar 2019 With Liège-Bastogne-Liège changing its route, Cyclist asks whether it is time for the other Classics races to follow suit? Let’s talk about race routes, shall we? They’re the bread and butter of pro cycling – the roads, hills and cobbles which make the races we all love. From Alpe d'Huez and the Arenberg to the Mur de Huy and the Stelvio, the sacred routes that the calendar visits year after year are where legends have been built and memories made, over decades of racing. Take Paris-Roubaix . The Hell of the North follows a tried-and-tested formula, heading north from Compiègne to the velodrome in Roubaix. Along the way, the famous cobbles of the Trouee d’Arenberg , Mons-en-Pevele and the Carrefour de l'Arbre are always there – the main attractions and biggest tests on the road to glory. The route announcement for this year’s edition – ...

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Are the routes of the Monuments going stale?

Daniel Ostanek 22 Mar 2019 With Liège-Bastogne-Liège changing its route, Cyclist asks whether it is time for the other Classics races to follow suit? Let’s talk about race routes, shall we? They’re the bread and butter of pro cycling – the roads, hills and cobbles which make the races we all love. From Alpe d'Huez and the Arenberg to the Mur de Huy and the Stelvio, the sacred routes that the calendar visits year after year are where legends have been built and memories made, over decades of racing. Take Paris-Roubaix . The Hell of the North follows a tried-and-tested formula, heading north from Compiègne to the velodrome in Roubaix. Along the way, the famous cobbles of the Trouee d’Arenberg , Mons-en-Pevele and the Carrefour de l'Arbre are always there – the main attractions and biggest tests on the road to glory. The route announcement for this year’s edition – ...

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Balancing tradition and change: Are the routes of the Monuments going stale?

Daniel Ostanek 22 Mar 2019 With Liège-Bastogne-Liège changing its route, Cyclist asks whether it is time for the other Classics races to follow suit? Let’s talk about race routes, shall we? They’re the bread and butter of pro cycling – the roads, hills and cobbles which make the races we all love. From Alpe d'Huez and the Arenberg to the Mur de Huy and the Stelvio, the sacred routes that the calendar visits year after year are where legends have been built and memories made, over decades of racing. Take Paris-Roubaix . The Hell of the North follows a tried-and-tested formula, heading north from Compiègne to the velodrome in Roubaix. Along the way, the famous cobbles of the Trouee d’Arenberg , Mons-en-Pevele and the Carrefour de l'Arbre are always there – the main attractions and biggest tests on the road to glory. The route announcement for this year’s edition – ...

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Ewan confident he can match Viviani, Gaviria at Milano-Sanremo

Ewan confident he can match Viviani, Gaviria at Milano-Sanremo

Sprinter Caleb Ewan's sole focus is Milano-Sanremo, and his new team Lotto-Soudal is dedicated to backing him in "La Primavera." Read the full article at Ewan confident he can match Viviani, Gaviria at Milano-Sanremo on VeloNews.com .

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19-year-old Stef Loos dies in Belgian elite race incident

Stef Loos

A promising young Belgian cyclist, 19-year-old Stef Loos, was killed in a collision with a van during an elite race in Belgium on Sunday after he and two other riders mistakenly went off course. According to hln.be , Loos, his Acrog-Pauwelssauzen-Balen teammate Jonas Bresseleers, and Ruben Apers of the Lotto Soudal under-23 team were behind the front of the race when they went straight on at a junction where they should have taken a right turn during the Mémorial Alfred Gadenne elite amateur race in Melles, near Tournai in western Belgium, close to the French border. Further on – after racing for a further 1.5km off course – they were hit by a van, with all three riders suffering injuries and subsequently taken to hospitals in nearby Tournai and Ronse. Loos later died of his injuries. Talking on Belgian radio, according to hln.be , Bresseleers said that he felt guilty ...

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Racing Analysis: An early look at the state of the world’s best sprinters

The early season is always full of fast finishes. Where do the sport's top sprinters stand? The post Racing Analysis: An early look at the state of the world’s best sprinters appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Tirreno-Adriatico: Alaphilippe wins stage 2 in Pomarance

Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep) wins stage 2 of Tirreno-Adriatico

It had to be him. Julian Alaphilippe ( Deceuninck-QuickStep ) has seemingly forgotten how to lose in these opening weeks of the season and the Frenchman duly chalked up his fifth win of the campaign when he claimed the uphill sprint in Pomarance on stage 2 of Tirreno-Adriatico . Alaphilippe was well-positioned throughout a breathless finale that saw a volley of attacks, most notably from Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma), and he produced a powerful sprint to take the spoils ahead of Greg Van Avermaet (CCC) and Alberto Bettiol (EF-Education First). Adam Yates ( Mitchelton-Scott ) placed fifth in the reduced group sprint, just behind Tiesj Benoot (Lotto Soudal), and the Briton inherits the blue jersey of race leader from his teammate Michael Hepburn. All eyes were on a different blue jersey in the finale at Pomarance, however, and from the moment Alaphilippe moved across to track the last of Roglic's attacks ...

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Campagnolo launches Super Record 12-speed EPS electronic groupset

Campagnolo has today announced an electronic version of the Campagnolo Super Record 12-speed groupset – in both rim and disc brake versions – is now available following the launch of the mechanical version last year. The iconic Italian brand has also announced a new wheelset to their Wind Tunnel Optimised Campagnolo Bora WTO range, claiming "a new era in terms of aerodynamic carbon wheels", which is available as a rim or disc-brake option. Cyclingnews first spotted electronic versions of the Campagnolo Super Record EPS groupsets at the WorldTour opener of the Tour Down Under in January. Movistar , Lotto Soudal and UAE Team Emirates have all been using the groupsets throughout the season so far. The new Campagnolo Bora WTO 45 wheels are focused on all-round racing and sit alongside the deeper-rim Bora WTO 60 and Bora WTO 77 wheels, which were launched alongside the mechanical 12-speed groupset last year. ...

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Paris-Nice: Cort wins stage 4 in Pélussin

Magnus Cort wins stage 4 at Paris-Nice

Magnus Cort ( Astana Pro Team ) stole the show to claim stage 4 at Paris-Nice , first surviving from the day's main break before attacking his companions inside the closing stages. Thomas De Gendt (Lotto Soudal) set off in pursuit of the Astana rider, but he was unable to match the Dane on the long drag to the line in Pélussin and would eventually finish second. Giulio Ciccone (Trek-Segafredo) claimed third, while overnight race leader Dylan Groenewegen (Jumbo Visma) cracked during the stage and slipped out of the yellow jersey. "Paris-Nice is one of the biggest stage races we have and it's amazing to win a stage here," Cort said at the finish. "It was not the official plan [to go in the break] but I went and I was feeling good in the first kilometres so I thought why not go in the break. I went in and ...

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Paris-Nice: Stage 3 race highlights – Video

Sam Bennett celebrates on the podium

Sam Bennett ( Bora-Hansgrohe ) stole the show on stage 3 of Paris-Nice with a dominant sprint win over Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal) and Fabio Jakobsen (Deceuninck-QuickStep). The win marked Bennett's third victory of the season after a day in which the main field covered 200km from Cepoy to Moulins. Bennett timed his dash to the line perfectly, with Ewan once again missing out after finishing second on the first stage of the race. Despite the win, Bennett was unable to trouble Dylan Groenewegen's (Jumbo Visma) lead. The Dutchman's closest rival remains Michal Kwiatkowski (Team Sky), who picked up time bonuses during the stage and now sits just six seconds off the yellow jersey. Team Sky once again tried to break up the race in the finale, with a section of crosswinds providing the perfect terrain. They managed to string the peloton out but were unable to drop the likes ...

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Paris-Nice: Sam Bennett wins stage 3

Sam Bennett (Bora-Hansgrohe)

After crosswinds caused chaos on the opening two stages of Paris-Nice, stage 3 was a more straightforward affair, with Sam Bennett ( Bora-Hansgrohe ) taking victory in a bunch sprint. A headwind was blowing for much of the southerly 200km journey from Cepoy to Moulins and, though Team Sky briefly split the race in the closing kilometres, it was a more traditional bunch finish that saw Bennett claim his third win of the season. The Irishman beat Caleb Ewan ( Lotto Soudal ) and Fabio Jakobsen ( Deceuninck-QuickStep ) to the line, while Dylan Groenewegen (Jumbo-Visma), the race leader and winner of the opening two stages, faded fast. Groupama-FDJ led out the sprint for Arnaud Démare, and Bennett hijacked the wheel of Groenewegen’s lead-out man, Mike Teunissen, before opening the taps. Ewan was in the slipstream and attempted to come around, but to no avail, while Jakobsen made up ground ...

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Daily News Digest: More details on Kelly Catlin, a standard for Road Tubeless

Supported by Welcome to your Daily News Digest. Here’s what’s happening today: Crosswinds blow apart Paris-Nice; Rigoberto Uran breaks his collarbone; more details on Kelly Catlin’s tragic passing; and the industry finally establishes a proper standard for Road Tubeless rims and wheels. Those stories and more in today’s Daily News Digest. Story of the Day: Crosswind triangle … The post Daily News Digest: More details on Kelly Catlin, a standard for Road Tubeless appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Paris-Nice: Groenewegen wins opening sprint

Dylan Groenewegen wins the Paris-Nice opening stage

Dylan Groenewegen ( Jumbo-Visma ) came out on top in a pulsating opening stage at Paris-Nice with a win ahead of Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal) and Fabio Jakobsen (Deceuninck-QuickStep). Last year's overall winner Marc Soler (Movistar) lost time, finishing in a second group, while other potential GC rivals also finished well down after the race was peppered with cross winds and crashes. Groenewegen and his Jumbo-Visma team were well-placed throughout the race, and the Dutchman was too strong in the finale, taking his third win of the season. He came around Sonny Colbrelli (Bahrain Merida) in the final 100 meters, after the Italian had opened his sprint far too early. Matteo Trentin (Mitchelton-Scott) looked to be in the mix, but he had no response when Groenewegen hit the front. Ewan started his sprint further back, and although he came through the field, he was unable to challenge Groenewegen, who now ...

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Simon Clarke: 'I hesitated when Fuglsang went, and I should have just gone'

Simon Clarke tries to bridge to the leaders near the end of Strade Bianche

Simon Clarke ( EF Education First ) came close to cracking the podium at the Strade Bianche on Saturday, but a moment's hesitation when the winning move went from a select group cost him his chance. The 32-year-old Australian hung on to finish a career-best eighth in the Italian Classic, but at the finish he rued the missed opportunity for an even better result. "I hesitated when Fuglsang went, and I should have just - I should have gone," Clarke told Cyclingnews , referring to the winning move Astana's Jakob Fuglsang launched with about 20km remaining that also drew out eventual winner Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep) and Wout Van Aert (Jumbo-Visma), who finished third. "I should have tried to go," Clarke said. "Whether I could have gotten across or not I don't know, but I felt good and I hesitated a second and that was it, and then I was on ...

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