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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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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Vuelta a Espana 2019: Philippe Gilbert soloes to Stage 12 win

Vuelta a Espana 2019: Philippe Gilbert soloes to Stage 12 win

Joseph Delves 5 Sep 2019 Gilbert denies Aranburu and Barceló in an unexpectedly quiet day for the GC Philippe Gilbert (Deceuninck-QuickStep) won Stage 12 of the 2019 Vuelta a Espana ahead of fellow breakaway escapees Alexander Aranburu (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA) and Fernando Barceló (Euskadi-Murias), while behind them GC race stayed largely unaffected. Belgium's Gilbert won the 171km stage from Circuito de Navarra to Bilbao by just three seconds in the end, holding off the Spanish duo on the rapid descent to the finish after breaking clear towards the top of the late 3rd category climb of the Alto de Arraiz, which they crested inside 8km of the finish. Movistar's Marc Soler led the peloton in 3 minutes later, with all the main GC contenders safely together. How the stage unfolded With a climb towards the beginning of the stage, it wasn’t until afterwards that riders started getting away. Despite the ...

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Movistar presents united front after stage 9 tension

Movistar rallied around Quintana's GC run a day after Marc Soler showed frustration with team tactics. Read the full article at Movistar presents united front after stage 9 tension on VeloNews.com .

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Vuelta a Espana 2019: Tadej Pogacar wins explosive Stage 9 summit finish; Quintana the day's biggest winner

Vuelta a Espana 2019: Tadej Pogacar wins explosive Stage 9 summit finish; Quintana the day's biggest

Jack Elton-Walters 1 Sep 2019 Tadej Pogacar took a strong stage win but Nairo Quintana was the day's biggest winner on Stage 9 of the 2019 Vuelta a Espana Tadej Pogacar (UAE-Team Emirates) won Stage 9 of the 2019 Vuelta a Espana , taking the summit finish win on what is seen by many as the queen stage of this year's race. Behind him, Nairo Quintana (Movistar) crossed the line in second to gain time, and bonus seconds, on the rest of the top 10. The six second time bonus was enough to put Quintana into the overall lead, where he now leads Primoz Roglic ( Jumbo-Visma ) by that margin. Roglic had looked in trouble but fought his way back to finish third on the stage, for a four second bonus, while not losing much actual time to Quintana. Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana) had looked like he'd be the ...

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Quintana, Carapaz and Valverde form Movistar trident at Vuelta a Espana

Richard Carapaz (Movistar)

Nairo Quintana , world champion Alejandro Valverde and Giro d’Italia winner Richard Carapaz have all been confirmed in the Movistar line-up for the Vuelta a España , which gets underway with a team time trial in Torrevieja on Saturday. The strong Movistar selection also features Marc Soler, Imanol Erviti, Nelson Oliveira, Jorge Arcas and Antonio Pedrero. As expected, there is no place for the Bahrain-Merida-bound Mikel Landa, who placed 6th overall at the Tour de France, having already finished 4th overall at the Giro. Quintana and Valverde both participated at the Tour de France, where Movistar placed three riders in the top 10 but fell some way short of challenging for final overall victory. Quintana won over the Galibier into Valloire on stage 18 but had to settle for 8th overall, one place ahead of Valverde. Winner of the Vuelta in 2016, Quintana missed the race a year ago but ...

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Quintana hopes for 'team that can support him 100 per cent' in move to Arkea-Samsic

Quintana hopes for 'team that can support him 100 per cent' in move to Arkea-Samsic

Joe Robinson 12 Aug 2019 Colombian will be forced into joint leadership role at Vuelta a Espana Nairo Quintana is hoping his move to ProContinental team Arkea-Samsic will give him '100 per cent support' when targetting the yellow jersey at the Tour de France next season. The 29-year-old struggled to shine at this year's race finishing eighth overall following the decision of his current team, Movistar , to back three team leaders on General Classification. While Quintana did win a stage, he rode into Paris over five minutes adrift of eventual winner Egan Bernal of Team Ineos and a minute down on teammate Mikel Landa, who finished sixth. The Colombian will now depart the Spanish team, yet told home radio station BLU Station that the yellow jersey remained his ultimate goal and that his move away from Movistar should further his chances of winning the only Grand Tour missing from ...

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Movistar name Enric Mas as new Grand Tour leader for 2020

Enric Mas (Quick-Step Floors) on the Vuelta podium for best young rider

Movistar have confirmed that Enric Mas will leave Deceuninck-QuickStep to join the Spanish WorldTour squad and become their Grand Tour leader for the next three years. The 24-year-old from Mallorca finished second overall in the 2018 Vuelta a Espana and is considered Spain’s most promising rider for future Grand Tours. Mas will replace Mikel Landa, who has already confirmed he will move to Bahrain-Merida in 2020, Giro d’Italia winner Richard Carapaz, who is set to join Team Ineos, and Nairo Quintana, who is widely expected to move to French Professional Continental team Arkea Samsic. Mas will share leadership at Movistar with fellow Spaniard Alejandro Valverde, with Marc Soler also expected to have a bigger leadership role. Mas raced as an amateur with the Fundación Contador team and then stepped up to WorldTour level in 2017 with QuickStep. He won a stage at the 2018 Itzulia Basque Country and confirmed his ...

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Tour de France 2019: Vincenzo Nibali wins Stage 20 while Egan Bernal confirms overall victory

Tour de France 2019: Vincenzo Nibali wins Stage 20 while Egan Bernal confirms overall victory

Jack Elton-Walters 27 Jul 2019 Vincenzo Nibali held off the advances of the GC group to cross the line first on Stage 20 of the 2019 Tour de France Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) won Stage 20 of the 2019 Tour de France after going solo on the slopes of the climb to Val Thorens. Behind him, Egan Bernal ( Team Ienos ) did all he needed to, which wasn't much, to ensure overall victory. The stage was drastically reduced from three categorised climbs over 135km to just the final climb and a total distance of 59km due to adverse weather in the mountains . Despite the shortening of the stage, it was still an entertaining day watching the virtual top 10 change - except the yellow jersey which never looked like changing hands. Julian Alaphilippe ( Deceuninck-QuickStep ) was distanced a long way from the finish line and tumbled down the ...

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What is Movistar doing?

Nairo Quintana won Friday’s stage to Valloire, but it’s not entirely clear that he was supposed to. Movistar is fractured, privately and publicly. Two of its three stars have been tied to other teams, or at the very least tied to leaving Movistar. None has performed to expectations this Tour de France. They sit in … The post What is Movistar doing? appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Landa regains Tour de France momentum with long-distance attack

Mikel Landa (Movistar)

Miguel Indurain once described Mikel Landa as "an old-school racer capable of the best and the worst of performances", but if he watched Sunday's stage of the Tour de France , Indurain might well have added "and the most unpredictable." Landa was the only one of the GC favourites in the yellow jersey group willing to launch a long-distance attack on the Mur de Péguère, and at the finish 40 kilometres further on at the finish, only a climber of the calibre of Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) proved able to regain contact with the fast-moving Basque. Having attacked along on the Mur de Péguère's steepest slopes, chapter two of Landa's audacious challenge came when he managed to regain contact with two of Movistar 's three men from the early break of the day, Marc Soler and Andrey Amador. After Soler and Amador had then given Landa an armchair ride to the ...

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Tour de France 2019: Simon Yates wins Stage 15 as Alaphillipe keeps yellow

Tour de France 2019: Simon Yates wins Stage 15 as Alaphillipe keeps yellow

Peter Stuart 21 Jul 2019 Simon Yates took a decisive solo victory in a dramatic mountainous stage 15 which fractured the leading riders in the general classification, but in which Alaphillipe managed to fight hard to keep his yellow jersey. Yates broke clear of the remnants of a large breakaway group with 9kms to go on the final climb of Foix Prat d'Albis, and rode an excellent ascent to take his second stage victory of the race. Behind him, Thibault Pinot made a fantastic attack on the main yellow jersey group, and finished the stage second ahead of Mikel Landa. Behind him, each of the major contenders looked in trouble at times and there was a small reschuffle in the time gaps of the general classification. At one point Geraint Thomas found himself dropped from a group of Pinot, Buchman, Bernal and other GC contenders, edging away at his GC ...

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Tour de France 2019: Simon Yates wins Stage 15 as Alaphilippe keeps yellow

Peter Stuart 21 Jul 2019 Simon Yates rode to solo victory as the GC contenders attacked one-another on the final climbs of Stage 15 Simon Yates of Mitchelton-Scott took a decisive solo victory in a dramatic mountainous Stage 15 of the Tour de France which fractured the leading riders in the general classification, but in which Julian Alaphilippe ( Deceuninck–Quick-Step ) managed to fight hard to keep his yellow jersey. Yates broke clear of the remnants of a large breakaway group with 9kms to go on the final climb of Foix Prat d'Albis, and rode an excellent ascent to take his second stage victory of the race. Behind him, Thibault Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) made a fantastic attack on the main yellow jersey group, and finished the stage second ahead of Mikel Landa. Each of the major contenders looked in trouble at times and there was a small reshuffle in the general ...

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Where Movistar went wrong on stage 14 of the Tour de France

Supported by Nairo Quintana’s yellow jersey dreams faded on the slopes of the Tourmalet on Saturday. The two-time overall runner-up was dropped from the GC group well before the summit finish of stage 14 of the Tour de France, unable to stay with a hard tempo set by his own Movistar team. “Nairo was not at his … The post Where Movistar went wrong on stage 14 of the Tour de France appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Tour de France: Movistar miscues sink Quintana's GC bid

Nairo Quintana (Movistar) and Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep) on the Soulour

One of the strangest episodes of the whole of stage 14 in this year’s Tour de France was the sight of Movistar driving at the front of the bunch on the Tourmalet, only for their leader, Nairo Quintana , to wind up dropped, at least partly as a result of their own pace. Movistar had begun their hard, and ultimately self-destructive, work on the Col du Soulor, and their domestiques, spearheaded by Andrey Amador and Marc Soler, continued to power away on the lower slopes of the Tourmalet. However, with 10 kilometres to go, Quintana suddenly begun to swing across the back part of the peloton, and although he managed to stay in contention for another kilometre or so, after that he suddenly cracked for good. As the Movistar domestiques suddenly eased up, with Soler being sent back to support Quintana whilst Valverde and Landa remained in the leader’s group, ...

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Tour de France 2019: Daryl Impey takes Stage 9 while Alaphilippe hangs on to the yellow jersey

Tour de France 2019: Daryl Impey takes Stage 9 while Alaphilippe hangs on to the yellow jersey

Pete Muir 14 Jul 2019 The South African gives Mitchelton-Scott a much-needed win on Bastille Day After a long day in the break, South African national champion Daryl Impey (Mitchelton-Scott) outsprinted Tiesj Benoot (Lotto-Soudal) to give Mitchelton-Scott their first Tour de France stage win in three years. The pair had been in a break of around 15 riders since early in the race, but managed to escape from their fellow breakaway riders on the final climb. With a downhill run-in, Benoot was unable to shake his rival, who proved to be easily the stronger sprinter at the line. Bahrain-Merida’s Jan Tratnik came in third to take the final spot on the podium. The main peloton had a comparatively relaxing day, rolling home more than 15 minutes later. On Bastille Day, France’s Julian Alaphilippe did his nation proud by holding on to the yellow jersey, while none of the GC contenders ...

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Quintana and Landa concede early ground in Tour de France team time trial

Nairo Quintana leads Movistar in the team time trial at the Tour de France

The leadership question at Movistar was moot on stage 2 of the Tour de France in Brussels. In Sunday's team time trial, Nairo Quintana and Mikel Landa 's fates were tethered to one another, and both men suffered a setback in their respective bids for final overall victory in Paris, as Movistar finished a lacklustre 17th, 1:05 behind winners Jumbo-Visma and 45 seconds down on Team Ineos. The 27.6km course allowed little margin for error – Jumbo-Visma averaged some 57.2kph – but it could be argued that Movistar's principal mistake came before the race began at all. As the Vuelta a España demonstrates, they have a reasonable pedigree in the team time trial, but relatively few of their most noted rouleurs were selected for the Tour. With that as context, Landa maintained that their display had effectively matched their expectations. "We finished with an acceptable margin. With the team we ...

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Tour de France teams for 2019 — Complete startlist plus the favourites

Theuns and Dupont at Tour de France 2018

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The weekly spin: Why Nibali and Valverde shouldn’t be counted out at Tour de France

Two of the most successful riders in professional cycling are headed to the Tour de France flying under the radar. My advice: Don’t sleep on Vincenzo Nibali or Alejandro Valverde as GC threats. While most lists of pre-race favorites look to Egan Bernal, Geraint Thomas, Jakob Fuglsang, Adam Yates, and Richie Porte, there’s exactly one … The post The weekly spin: Why Nibali and Valverde shouldn’t be counted out at Tour de France appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Movistar confirm Quintana, Landa and Valverde triumvirate for Tour de France

Alejandro Valverde, Nairo Quintana and Mikel Landa

Nairo Quintana , Mikel Landa and Alejandro Valverde headline Movistar’s line-up at the Tour de France , which was formally announced on Monday. It marks the second year in succession that the Spanish squad has fielded this triumvirate at the Tour. As expected, Giro d’Italia winner Richard Carapaz will not line out at La Grande Boucle and is instead likely to ride the Vuelta a España in August. The Movistar Tour de France team does include two of the riders who helped Carapaz to Giro victory, namely Landa and Andrey Aamador. The roster is completed by Marc Soler, Carlos Verona, Imanol Erviti and Nelson Oliveira. Landa was Movistar’s best finisher a year ago, placing seventh overall, while Quintana finished 10th and Valverde reached Paris in 14th place. While Valverde has downplayed any GC ambitions, both Landa and Quintana intend to target the maillot jaune in July. While Ineos made a ...

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