Dumoulin on Sunweb departure: We couldn't make each other better

Tom Dumoulin takes questions ahead of the Giro

Tom Dumoulin has said that he had been considering his future at Team Sunweb for some time before asking to be extricated from his contract earlier this summer. On Monday morning, Sunweb confirmed that Dumoulin will leave the team at the end of this season, and it has since been announced that he will join Jumbo-Visma on a three-year contract . Dumoulin has endured a difficult 2019 season after he was forced out of the Giro d’Italia by a crash on stage 4 to Frascati. Although he returned to ride the Critérium du Dauphiné in June, he was subsequently ruled out of the Tour de France after undergoing surgery on his injured knee . In the days leading up to the Tour, it was reported in the Dutch press that Dumoulin was seeking to leave Sunweb two years before the expiry of his contract at the end of 2021, and ...

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Your guide to notable 2019-2020 men’s WorldTour transfers

Supported by It’s transfer season in the world of professional cycling, and that means teams are announcing rider signings practically every day of the week. This year’s transfer cycle has already seen some very big names agree to don new kit for the coming season, and many more notables are expected to make their 2020 plans public … The post Your guide to notable 2019-2020 men’s WorldTour transfers appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Elia Viviani and Fabio Sabatini move to Cofidis to lead 'ambitious project'

Elia Viviani and Fabio Sabatini move to Cofidis to lead 'ambitious project'

Joe Robinson 5 Aug 2019 Pair depart from Deceuninck-Quickstep as Cofidis edge closer to WorldTour licence Cofidis have strengthened their WorldTour ambitions with the signings of Italian sprint duo Elia Viviani and Fabio Sabatini from Decuninck-Quickstep . Both riders will switch to the French ProContinental team in 2020 who hope to step up from cycling's second division and be granted a WorldTour licence for next season. The UCI is set to increase the number of WorldTour teams from 18 to 20 at the end of the season with Cofidis, alongside fellow French team Direct Energie, believed to be in the driving seats for the final two spots. The signatures of Viviani and Sabatini will only further the team's case for WorldTour status considering the duo's prowess and win record. Viviani has morphed into one of, if not the world's best sprinter since joining Deceuninck-Quickstep in 2018 and will act as ...

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Mezgec takes 'fastest-ever' WorldTour bunch sprint in Tour de Pologne

Luka Mezgec on the stage 2 podium at Tour de Pologne

Mitchelton-Scott 's Luka Mezgec has become the unofficial record-holder of what could well be the fastest-ever WorldTour bunch sprint finish in Katowice in the Tour of Pologne on Sunday . Katowice is a unique finale in the WorldTour because it features a kilometre long straight downhill finish, where riders regularly record speeds of well over 70 km/h in the bunch gallops for the line. Although official records do not exist for high-speed sprints in WorldTour events, Mezgec, 31, said he was told by the race, which organised a competition for the fastest rider with 200 metres to go, that he had clocked more than 82 km/h on his downhill blast to victory. Mezgec’s time is 1.2 km/h faster than the previous best time for Katowice, which reports say was recorded by Jonas Van Genechten in 2014. Marcel Kittel's speed in 2010 was the previous fastest at 78.3 km/h. "This sprint ...

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Jumbo-Visma manager admits interest in signing Kittel at Tour de France

Marcel Kittel paid a visit to the Tour before stage 10

Jumbo-Visma team manager Richard Plugge has indicated that his team would be interested in signing Marcel Kittel in comments to Dutch television during the first rest day of the Tour de France . Kittel has been strongly linked with the team after terminating his contract with Katusha-Alpecin earlier in the season. Speaking to Dutch broadcaster NOS, Plugge said that his team would be interested in signing the German sprinter, should he want to return to professional ranks. Kittel, who visited the Tour on the morning of stage 10, has said that he will decide his future after the race. "First he has to think very carefully about what he wants," said Plugge. "If he is interested, then we want to talk to him. He's a great rider, of course. When he's out on his own we can start talking, but that's still a long way off. "It starts with him," ...

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Kittel to decide his future after the Tour de France

Marcel Kittel speaks on stage

When Marcel Kittel signed with Katusha for the 2018 season, it was to be a fresh start and a 'new challenge' for the German sprinter. However, less than17 months later, the joy was gone. From 13 sprint wins in 2017 with Quick Step, Kittel had brought in only three wins with Katusha. That led both sides to agree to terminate his contract in May 2019. "Simply put, the collaboration with Katusha didn't run smoothly. Both sides had envisioned it otherwise," Kittel told the German tv Sportschau . “I simply no longer felt good there, because the situation brought me to a point where I said: "This is not what I imagine a pro cyclist to be. That is why it was important to me to free myself." The important factor for Kittel "is whether I actually have what I need in order to be successful." And what he needs, indeed, ...

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Viviani to leave Deceuninck-QuickStep despite Tour de France success

Elia Viviani greets team manager Patrick Lefevere at the Gent Six Day

Elia Viviani has confirmed he will leave Deceuninck-QuickStep in 2020 despite his sprint success at the Tour de France , with team manager Patrick Lefevere admitting he does not have the budget to match the offers of other teams keen to sign the Italian. Viviani told Cyclingnews on Monday that the Tour de France would decide his future, with further sprint success only raising the vale of his next contract. Under UCI rules, Viviani cannot announce his future team until August 1 but Cyclingnews understands he has reached a deal with Cofidis, who are set to step-up to WorldTour level in 2020 and have the backing of the French loan maker until 2021. Lefevere, who has also confirmed that Viviani will move on, is keen to sign Sam Bennett from Bora-Hansgrohe. He also has Alvaro Hodeg and Fabio Jakobsen already on his books but is likely to lose lead-out man ...

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Ten riders with something to prove at the 2019 Tour de France

Pressure. The Tour de France presses down on everyone, but even more so if you have something to prove. From established veterans needing to prove they’ve still got the fire to riders making long-awaited Tour debuts, there are plenty of big names that head into this Tour de France with something to prove, for one … The post Ten riders with something to prove at the 2019 Tour de France appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Tour de France 2019: Jumbo's Mike Teunissen pips Sagan to win Stage 1

Tour de France 2019: Jumbo's Mike Teunissen pips Sagan to win Stage 1

Pete Muir 6 Jul 2019 The first yellow jersey goes to the surprise Dutch winner Jumbo-Visma’s Mike Teunissen won Stage 1 of the 2019 Tour de France to take the first yellow jersey of the race. While his teammate Dylan Groenewegen was caught up in a crash in the final few kilometres, Teunissen managed to out-sprint Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) by a tyre-width to take the stage. Sagan took second place (and will wear his favourite green jersey as a result of Teunissen being in yellow), followed by Caleb Ewan of Lotto-Soudal. On a mostly flat stage from Brussels to Brussels, there was little to challenge the GC contenders, all of whom made it safely across the line in the bunch. Astana’s Jakob Fuglsang was suffering from injuries caused by a crash earlier in the race, but still claimed the same time as his main rivals. The polka-dot jersey went to ...

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Tour de France 2019: Jumbo-Visma's Mike Teunissen pips Sagan to win Stage 1

Tour de France 2019: Jumbo-Visma's Mike Teunissen pips Sagan to win Stage 1

Pete Muir 6 Jul 2019 The first yellow jersey goes to the surprise Dutch winner Jumbo-Visma’s Mike Teunissen won Stage 1 of the 2019 Tour de France to take the first yellow jersey of the race. While his teammate Dylan Groenewegen was caught up in a crash in the final few kilometres, Teunissen managed to out-sprint Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) by a tyre-width to take the stage. Sagan took second place (and will wear his favourite green jersey as a result of Teunissen being in yellow), followed by Caleb Ewan of Lotto-Soudal. On a mostly flat stage from Brussels to Brussels, there was little to challenge the GC contenders, all of whom made it safely across the line in the bunch. Astana’s Jakob Fuglsang was suffering from injuries caused by a crash earlier in the race, but still claimed the same time as his main rivals. The polka-dot jersey went to ...

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Groenewegen on Kittel: He's a great man and every team needs a second sprinter

Dylan Groenewegen (Jumbo-Visma)

Tour de France sprinter Dylan Groenewegen has opened the door for Marcel Kittel to join him at Jumbo-Visma , but made it clear that if the German does arrive at the team at the start of the 2020 season, he fully expects the former Katusha-Alpecin rider to act as a secondary sprinter. Kittel agreed to have his contract torn up at Katusha-Alpecin earlier this year after a dreadful 18-month period with the team that netted just a handful of wins. He is currently taking a sabbatical from professional cycling, but in June Cyclingnews confirmed that Jumbo-Visma had talked to the German about a possible return next season. The team made it clear during that time that Groenewegen would remain as their top-tier sprinter but that Kittel could become a second option either at alternative WorldTour events or at slightly smaller races. At the teams' presentation at the Tour de France ...

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Deceuninck-QuickStep hungry to continue winning streak at Tour de France

Julian Alaphilippe is the team's star rider

The Deceuninck-QuickStep team have won 46 races so far this season and are hungry to continue their winning streak at the Tour de France , targeting the opening stage - and with it the first race leader's yellow jersey - on Saturday through Elia Viviani and also Sunday’s team time trial. Both stages take place in Brussels, and if the Belgian team can win on home roads, they hope the momentum will help Julian Alaphilippe win other stages and inspire Enric Mas to perform well in the general classification. Team manager Patrick Lefevere is always hungry for success but also knows how to avoid putting hid riders under too much pressure. "I’ll be happy if we keep winning. We're ambitious, especially for the opening stages. We've also got Enric for the GC in his first Tour and let's have some fun with Julian Alaphilippe like last year," Lefevere said on ...

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

Theuns and Dupont at Tour de France 2018

Who are the ones to watch?

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Dumoulin says Sunweb departure is 'currently out of the question'

Tom Dumoulin (Sunweb)

Tom Dumoulin has told De Telegraaf that a move away from Team Sunweb is "currently out of the question" amid reports in the Dutch press linking the 2017 Giro d’Italia winner with a transfer to Jumbo-Visma before his current contract expires. "For years I have been part of a fantastic team where I can proudly work with extremely passionate colleagues," Dumoulin said in a statement to De Telegraaf . "A change is currently out of the question." Dumoulin is under contract with Sunweb until the end of the 2021 season but AD has suggested that some "hairline cracks" have opened in his relationship with the team over the past two seasons. The Dutch newspaper reports that Dumoulin was unhappy with Sunweb’s transfer policy and their handling of the knee injury that has ruled him out of the forthcoming Tour de France . With two and a half years remaining on ...

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Pro riders and teams open up about mental health issues

Pro riders and teams open up about mental health issues

Michael Donlevy 3 Jul 2019 How pro cycling is addressing mental health and learning to support its athletes There is no hiding place in elite sport. From the outside we see professional athletes as almost superhuman – not just fit but incredibly strong, mentally and physically, and resilient. Battle-hardened, totally dedicated and focused only on success. And while anyone can ride a bike, our own limitations give us a deeper appreciation for those who can do it at a level beyond anything we can dream of. Suffering is part of cycling, almost a badge of honour, so it comes as a shock when we learn that those superhuman athletes are actually human after all. Athletes are under more pressure than ever. Sport is big business, and the rise of social media means those at the top of the game are a target when things don’t go right. ‘The money is ...

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Tour de France teams: Katusha-Alpecin

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Without Marcel Kittel for the sprints, Katusha-Alpecin is chasing sprint and stage wins, with Ilnur Zakarin hoping to do well in the mountains Read the full article at Tour de France teams: Katusha-Alpecin on VeloNews.com .

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Zakarin, Dowsett and Politt form eclectic Katusha-Alpecin team for Tour de France

Ilnur Zakarin rides to the start

Ilnur Zakarin will lead the Katusha-Alpecin team at the Tour de France , with Alex Dowsett, Rick Zabel, Mads Würtz Schmidt, Nils Politt , José Gonçalves, Jens Debusschere and Marco Haller also in an eclectic line-up that will target stage victories. The Russian and German backed team has won just five races this season, including the recent British and Portuguese national time trial titles and their long-term future remains unclear. Marcel Kittel left the team in early May , with the German sprinter and the team agreeing to terminate their contract with immediate affect as Kittel reflected on his future in the sport. The Haller, Dowsett and Zabel lead out train built for Kittel will now likely support Debusschere, with Dowsett and Gonçalves targeting the stage 13 time trial in Pau. It will be the British rider's second Tour de France. He made his debut in 2015 but failed to ...

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Podcast: Has Bernal done enough to lead at the Tour de France?

Egan Bernal attacks on the final climb during stage 7 at Tour de Suisse

In the last episode of the Cyclingnews podcast – brought to you by Sportful, Pinarello and Floyd’s of Leadville – we look at latest action from the Tour de Suisse , where Egan Bernal put in a dominant performance to win stage 7 and extend his overall lead. We debate the Tour de France leadership dilemma facing Team Ineos , and hear from Dirk Demol on Katusha’s rebuilding. After Jumbo-Visma confirmed that they were interested in bringing in Marcel Kittel, we discuss the merits of the move, as well as the news that Tom Dumoulin will miss this year’s Tour de France due to injury. Finally, we hear from Charly Wegelius on how he fell in love with cycling at a young age, and his first memories from the Tour de France. The Cyclingnews podcast is brought to you in association with Sportful, Pinarello and Floyds of Leadville. To subscribe ...

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Demol's desire to build Katusha's future around Politt

Nils Politt (Katusha-Alpecin)

With just three wins this season and their lead sprinter nullifying his contract in order to take a sabbatical from professional cycling, it's fair to say that 2019 has been a hugely disappointing season for Katusha-Alpecin . With a number of riders unable to reach their full potential this season, it looks as though the squad will undergo a significant overhaul, and sports director Dirk Demol is planning on strengthening the team's Classics core around Nils Politt . The 25-year-old has been a rare beacon of hope for the team with second place in Paris-Roubaix capping an excellent spring. Although the German hasn't won a race in 2019, he has picked up top 10s consistently this year, and with the majority of Katusha riders out of contract, Demol is looking to build around Politt. "We have a lot of space to change riders and not so many have contracts for ...

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Marcel Kittel offered path back to cycling by Jumbo-Visma

Marcel Kittel speaks on stage

Could Marcel Kittel return to the WorldTour in 2020 with Jumbo-Visma ? That is a question first posed by the Dutch press last week, with the team now confirming that they have held early talks with the German sprinter. Kittel had his 2019 contract with Katusha-Alpecin terminated in May after a difficult 18 months that saw him fail to reach his potential. On the back of the Katusha split, the 14-time Tour de France stage winner announced he would take a break from professional cycling, but Jumbo-Visma have already talked to him about a possible return. Kittel worked with Jumbo-Visma director Merijn Zeeman during their time together at Team Giant-Alpecin and recently began a dialogue with his former colleague. "I’ve always remained in contact with him over the last few years because we’ve always had a relationship," Zeeman told Cyclingnews . "Most of the time the contact isn’t about cycling ...

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