Steve Cummings looking for a new team as Dimension Data rebrand to NTT

Steve Cummings looking for a new team as Dimension Data rebrand to NTT

Joe Robinson 12 Nov 2019 The veteran rider is yet to confirm his future as Dimension Data changes to NTT for 2020 The future of Steve Cummings's professional cycling career is unknown after NTT Pro Cycling confirmed their roster for 2020, with the British rider's name absent from the list. South African team Dimension Data will rebrand to NTT Pro Cycling from 1st January, with the Japanese telecommunications company coming on board as primary sponsor. The team confirmed their roster for next season with the noticeable exception of Cummings and veteran Austrian rider Bernie Eisel. Eisel is likely to follow fellow Dimension Data departee Mark Cavendish to Bahrain-Merida , with the duo having ridden together for most of their careers. Cummings, however, has yet to confirm his future. Now 38 years old, the Liverpudlian struggled with injury in 2019. In April, Cummings suffered a broken collarbone at the Tour of ...

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Adam Blythe retires from professional cycling

Adam Blythe

Joe Robinson 31 Oct 2019 The 30-year-old hangs up his wheels to focus on other areas in pro cycling Adam Blythe has announced his retirement from professional cycling citing the mounting sacrifices needed to compete at the top level. The 30-year-old took to his Instagram page to make the announcement on Thursday morning. 'It's time for me to hang up my wheels as a professional bike racer,' Blythe wrote on his Instagram. 'I have seen the sport change a lot over the past decade, with the sacrifices getting greater and greater for a pro to keep competing at the top level. 'With this in mind, the time is now right for me to step away from racing, spend more time with my beautiful Mrs and three beautiful children while focusing on what else I can do in the sport.' View this post on Instagram Its time for me to hang ...

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The 10 most impressive performances in men’s road cycling in 2019

The WorldTour is over for another year and the pros are off enjoying a well-earned break. The 2020 season will be here before we know it but before it is, let’s look back at the season that just finished. In this post we dive into the most impressive performance in men’s road cycling in 2019. … The post The 10 most impressive performances in men’s road cycling in 2019 appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Young Brit Matt Holmes makes jump to WorldTour with Lotto-Soudal

Young Brit Matt Holmes makes jump to WorldTour with Lotto-Soudal

Joe Robinson 28 Oct 2019 Moving from Madison Genesis, Holmes has earned the right to ride in cycling's highest tier Young British rider Matt Holmes has earned the right to race in the WorldTour after signing with Lotto-Soudal . The 25-year-old will join the Belgian team on a one-year deal after impressing at Continental level with Madison Genesis. Holmes finished sixth overall at the Tour de Yorkshire and 15th overall at the Tour of Britain . The Lancastrian also claimed fourth at the Tokyo Olympics test event in July, finishing 2 minutes 29 seconds behind winner Diego Ulissi, a result that convinced Lotto-Soudal we was a good enough rider to make the step up. 'After Tokyo, Lotto-Soudal contacted me. I thought I was dreaming until I could finally sign my contract yesterday. It will be a big step from racing in Britain to racing all over the world but I ...

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Nairo Quintana's Arkea-Samsic miss out on 2020 WorldTour as Cofidis move up

Nairo Quintana's Arkea-Samsic miss out on 2020 WorldTour as Cofidis move up

Joe Robinson 24 Oct 2019 Cofidis only new team in WorldTour for 2020 as Dimension Data retain their spot Nairo Quintana 's new team Arkea-Samsic have missed out on a WorldTour licence for 2020 as Cofidis return to cycling's top flight for the first time since 2009. The UCI published the list of teams that have met the requirements to be part of the WorldTour and have therefore been offered a licence for the 2020 season. It was believed that the UCI would be upping the number of teams in the WorldTour for 2020 from 18 to 20 with Arkea-Samsic, Direct Energie, Israel Cycling Academy and Cofidis all competing for those two new spots. As it stands, only Cofidis and Israel Cycling Academy will be moving from ProContinental level to WorldTour for next season. French team Cofidis have been awarded the licence providing they meet the 'administrative, ethical, financial, organisational ...

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New Ridley Helium SLX Disc adds disc brakes and internally routes all cables

2020 Ridley Helium SLX Disc

Jelle Wallays of Lotto-Soudal takes the win at Paris-Tours aboard new model

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‘Time to change’ – John Degenkolb on transfer to Lotto-Soudal

Degenkolb feels he still has more to give and relishes the opportunity to race with Philippe Gilbert in 'a real Belgian team.' Read the full article at ‘Time to change’ – John Degenkolb on transfer to Lotto-Soudal on VeloNews.com .

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Adam Blythe parts ways with Lotto-Soudal

Adam Blythe parts ways with Lotto-Soudal

Joe Robinson 17 Oct 2019 British rider yet to confirm future after team confirms departure on social media Adam Blythe will part ways with Lotto-Soudal at the end of the 2019 season with his future yet to be confirmed. The British rider will end his stint with the Belgian WorldTour team after only one year. The team confirmed Blythe would be departing on their Twitter page, while Blythe is yet to comment on his future. Thank you Adam Blythe! :hugging_face: Some recollections of the past season in @Lotto_Soudal colours. Wishing you all the best for what comes next! pic.twitter.com/Y5TnvVLCln — Lotto Soudal (@Lotto_Soudal) October 17, 2019 The 30-year-old had made the jump back up to cycling's top tier having spent two seasons with the now-defunct Aqua Blue Sport team. Blythe was lucky to have earned a move to Lotto-Soudal with many of his Aqua Blue teammates struggling to find contracts ...

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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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