The CyclingTips Weekly Quiz #10: How well do you know the Giro d’Italia?

The season’s first (and arguably, best) Grand Tour kicks off this weekend, but before the cycling world’s attention turns to Italy, we’ve covered a broad spectrum this week. Highlights have included: Another insightful missive from The Secret Pro. A moving interview with Michael Drapac on the loss of his son Damion, his philosophy of cycling and … The post The CyclingTips Weekly Quiz #10: How well do you know the Giro d’Italia? appeared first on CyclingTips .

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The weekly spin: Rating the winners and losers of the 2019 spring classics

It was late in the race, and Julian Alaphilippe, the most successful rider of the spring classics, knew he would not be defending his team’s title at Liège-Bastogne-Liège. Though his Deceuninck–Quick-Step teammates had spent the day keeping him sheltered from the wind and setting pace at the front of the peloton, the inclement weather had adversely … The post The weekly spin: Rating the winners and losers of the 2019 spring classics appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Cheese Chocolate Clocks Neutrality Race Number One


Because Switzerland, innit. I’ve had the thought that if I were running a cycling-based venture capital firm, I would probably be taken in by the Tour de Romandie’s pitch. A stage race in Switzerland you say? No sprint stages? Two months before the Tour? Seems like a wonderful idea. In practice, the Tour de Romandie has not always been the greatest race on the calendar. It for some reason saw the surge into form of Simon Spilak, like a metronome, once a year for like, a while. It gave Ilnur Zakarin his big break, gave the peloton a recurring view of Aigle and gave a cold to, um, everyone. All the time. It is always raining, or at least that’s my perception of it. So there’s your top quality analysis. Rules for Romandie are that you don’t usually ride it if you want to win the Giro, you can’t really ...

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Winners and Losers from the Ardennes

In which I form an opinion from highlight reels So, I’m going to try something here. For reasons outside of my control, I really enjoy the Ardennes classics. For reasons outside of my control, I wasn’t able to watch a single one of them this season (hey, keepers of pro cycling: I have shit to do on Wednesday mornings, get your scheduling together). But, unfortunately, I am tasked with writing a Winners and Losers column for a sequence of races that I didn’t get to watch. Now, this has the potential to be the easiest task in the world. The winners were indeed Mathieu Van Der Poel, Julian Alaphilippe and Jakob Fuglsang and the losers were literally everyone else, and that should be the self-referential end of the column. But I do have to my advantage highlight reels, results sheets and a list of personal expectations and VDS-hopes-and-dreams that are ...

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Tour de Romandie prologue start times

Primoz Roglic (LottoNL-Jumbo) in green during stage 1 at Romandie

The 2019 Tour de Romandie gets underway on Tuesday with a 3.7km time trial prologue in Neuchâtel, where Swiss mountain biker Mathias Flückiger will be the first man down the start ramp late in the afternoon. New Hour Record holder Victor Campenaerts (Lotto Soudal) will be the sixth man to set off, but the short, intense effort is perhaps better suited to some of the punchier riders in the bunch. Last year it was Michael Matthews (Team Sunweb) who took the first leader's jersey, but with the Australian heading to Eschborn-Frankfurt, the honour could fall to last year's runner-up Tom Bohli, now racing for UAE Team Emirates. The field is wide open, with 2018 overall winner Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma), Stefan Küng (Groupama-FDJ), Remco Evenepoel (Deceuninck-Quickstep) and of course Tour de France winner Geraint Thomas (Team Sky/Ineos) in the last wave of riders to start. The racing begins at 15:06 CET, ...

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Gesink sustains broken collarbone and pelvis in Liege-Bastogne-Liege crash

Robert Gesink rides in the peloton

Robert Gesink ( Jumbo-Visma ) sustained a broken collarbone and pelvis during a crash at Liège-Bastogne-Liège on Sunday. The injury will force the 32-year-old Dutchman to have to skip the upcoming Giro d'Italia held from May 11 to June 2. "That is very bad news," team manager Addy Engels told NOS . "I didn't see what happened. It was falling apart and we had the 22nd car. Robert's name was mentioned at the fall and he stood in the bend, but could not lean on his right leg. The ambulance stopped, but he could not do without support. They confirmed it in the hospital. If all goes well, he will now go to the hospital in Maastricht." Gesink crashed on the descent of the Côte de Wanne, along with Greg Van Avermaet (CCC-Liv) and Michael Matthews (Sunweb). Van Avermaet and Matthews sustained road rash injuries, according to their respective teams. ...

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Liege-Bastogne-Liege Preview

La Doyenne of all monument previews Well, it has been an interesting week to be more or less entirely away from the cycling world. I saw and enjoyed the last few minutes of the men’s Amstel Gold, which was special (and entirely bonkers). I’ve been keeping a bit of an eye on the Tour of the Alps, which has done wonders to maintain my faith in the future stars of Team Sky/Ineos, and in Fausto Masnada. I didn’t see a minute of Fleche Wallone, which is fine by me. On Sunday, though, I’ll be back to paying attention. With the year’s fourth monument coming up, I’ve picked a good day. Let’s get right into it. Routes and practical information Easter weekend was spectacularly warm and sunny across the UK, and clearly across the Netherlands too. The forecast for Sunday is less good, both in Edinburgh (you don’t care) and Liege ...

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A guide to everything you need to know about the 2019 Liege-Bastogne-Liege

Joe Robinson 26 Apr 2019 On Sunday, the 2019 Spring Classics come to an end with Liege-Bastogne-Liege. Here's all you need to know about the Old Lady's 2019 outing Words Joe Robinson This Sunday will see the close of the 2019 pro cycling calendar's first chapter. Liege-Bastogne-Liege is the last of the Spring Classics and tailends a scintillating period of racing that started all the way back in early March on the cobbles of Omloop Het Nieuwsblad. Like all exciting moments in your life, the Spring Classics campaign goes quickly. In six weeks we have rattled through 11 one-day WorldTour races across four different countries with even more semi-Classics sprinkled in between. It's not long now till all of our focus will be turning to the beautiful chaos of the Giro d'Italia but before then its La Doyenne , the Old Lady that is Liege-Bastogne-Liege. The oldest Monument there is, ...

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24 things you need to know about the 2019 Liege-Bastogne-Liege

The Spring Classics come to a close this Sunday with Liege-Bastogne-Liege. It’s one of the oldest and most prestigious one-day races on the planet, and a race that’s had quite a shake-up in 2019. In the following preview we tell you everything you need to know about both the men’s and women’s Liege-Bastogne-Liege. The men’s … The post 24 things you need to know about the 2019 Liege-Bastogne-Liege appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Fleche Wallonne recap and Liege-Bastogne-Liege preview - Podcast

Anna van der Breggen (Boels Dolmans) and Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep) win women's and m

In this episode of the Cyclingnews Podcast, the team takes a look back at the men's and women's Fleche Wallonne races. In the men's, Julian Alaphilippe claimed his second title , while Anna van der Breggen stormed to a record-equalling fifth win in the women's event . We hear from Van der Breggen on her win, Jakob Fuglsang on taking second in the men's race and Michael Matthews on his eighth place after a difficult start to the season. As well as the winning rides, we discuss some of the standout performances and some of those that didn't hit the mark, and look ahead to La Doyenne, the Monument that closes out the Spring Classics season, Liège-Bastogne-Liège . Sponsor message Born in the Italian Dolomites, Sportful has been making athletes faster, more efficient and better protected since 1972. Sportful has a rich and successful racing history; optimising performance for athletes ...

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Matthews: I'm not where I need to be, but top 10 is good

Michael Matthews and Dylan Van Baarle in the peloton

Michael Matthews ( Team Sunweb ) said that he is not where he would like to be in terms of form, despite finishing eighth at Fleche Wallonne on Wednesday. Matthews looked in trouble on the lower slopes of the Mur de Huy, but clawed his way back up the group to make it into the top 10 – distancing climbers such as Romain Bardet and five-time winner Alejandro Valverde in the process. It was clear that the effort had taken a lot out of Matthews, and after taking some time to catch his breath, he said that he had still been feeling the impact of a tough Amstel Gold Race at the weekend. “In the end, I have to be happy with that. I want to win every race that I start, but sometimes you have to be realistic,” Matthews told Cyclingnews as he rode back towards the team’s bus. ...

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Matthews racing off 'pure heart' after Paris-Nice crash

Matthews racing off 'pure heart' after Paris-Nice crash

Michael Matthews continues to race without fear through the spring classics despite an isolated crash at Paris-Nice in which he was concussed after landing hard on his face at speeds of up to 45km/h.

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Italian men's national team recons 2019 Yorkshire road Worlds course

Sonny Colbrelli of Italy suffers in the rain

Members of the Italian men's national road squad performed a reconnaissance ride of parts of September's 2019 UCI Road World Championships course in Yorkshire , in the UK, on Monday, with recent Tour of Flanders winner Alberto Bettiol ( EF Education First ) declaring it "more difficult than the Bergen Worlds course in 2017". While that year's race in Norway was considered to be too hilly for the pure sprinters, and ended with race favourite Peter Sagan of Slovakia taking his third straight Worlds road race win, ahead of home rider Alexander Kristoff and Australia's Michael Matthews, the Yorkshire course is set to be more selective again, with the men taking on a tough 285km route between Leeds and Harrogate. The rider who finished fourth behind Sagan in Bergen a year-and-a-half ago, Matteo Trentin ( Mitchelton-Scott ), was another one of four Italian riders who took a closer look at ...

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How Do We Even Talk About Mathieu van der Poel?

Mathieu van der Poel wins Brabantse Pijl

This is a difficult column to write. I don’t know where to start. Maybe with a confession: I am a huge fan of Mathieu van der Poel, whom I first encountered in Louisville in 2013, and adopted as my favorite rider sometime around the time when he stormed on to the elite CX scene the following year, capped with an utterly premature world title. I don’t know why I decided to root for him, but it happens a lot with young Dutch riders. I can’t really explain it. Getty Images Van der Poel in Louisville On that day, van der Poel won his second world junior cyclocross title. By that summer, he added the Dutch and World road titles. I think basically at that point it became clear he was going to be someone special. And so he has. But what? Yesterday van der Poel won De Brabantse Pijl, his ...

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There’s gold in them there hills!

A look to Sunday’s first parts of the Ardennes trilogies Something that reliably winds me up is the very notion of a guilty pleasure. It is, as we say nowadays, signalling. The message is, “I like [x] but I consider myself better than the people who like [x]. I’m more of a [y] person, but by some fluke I just happen to like [x] more than [y].” Nope. You like what you like, and so long as you aren’t harming anyone, crack on. Me, I’ve got no guilt. I like watching property shows, listening to Kenny Rogers, and eating donner kebabs when sober ( though not for £60 ). I like other things, too, but I feel no guilt about any of those choices. In related news, I like the Ardennes races. I don’t think I’m supposed to, as a cycling fan. I think I’m supposed to have more sophisticated ...

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Going for gold: Where your money should be for the Amstel Gold Race

Joe Robinson 18 Apr 2019 Cyclist picks out the best bets for Amstel Gold Race this Sunday The Amstel Gold Race is a different beast these days to what it once was. Until 2017, the entire day centred around the Cauberg. For 260km, the peloton would tour the rolling Limburg countryside, heading up climbs, turning into narrow roads – left, right, left, before hitting the Cauberg. It's a climb that's less than a mile long, not overly steep either, but swamped with local support on race day – mostly Dutch fans packing the roadside, urging the day's strongest riders on to the summit in pursuit of ultimate victory. To win Amstel Gold required you to keep some bullets in the gun for the base of the Cauberg. If you had something left, you could wind it up, put down the hammer and sprint to victory. Just ask Philippe Gilbert, who ...

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In the velodrome: the final Power poll

It’s time to leave the cobbles behind and wrap things up with a final entry in our series of power polls of the cobbles season. People are always looking for narratives in the cycling season and for me the classics campaign, the cobbles bit in particular, is the most obvious example of a natural narrative there is. No one in ever Aigle sat down to set down rules and jerseys etc. for it, but the logic and progression from Omloop to Roubaix is undeniable and riveting to follow. For me even more so than a Grand Tour which has too many distractions and sideplots, plus it goes by too fast to really allow you to enjoy it to the full. Cobbles season is like following a good TV series with an episode every week and anticipation in between. Grand Tours is like binge watching the whole thing in one sleepless ...

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28 things you need to know about the 2019 Amstel Gold Race

The cobbled classics are done and it’s time now for the Ardennes Classics, starting with the Amstel Gold Race this Sunday. Ahead of this Dutch one-day race, we bring you up to speed on all you need to know about both the men’s WorldTour event and the Women’s WorldTour event. The basics Amstel Gold is … The post 28 things you need to know about the 2019 Amstel Gold Race appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Van der Poel: I think this victory is very important

Mathieu van der Poel and Tim Wellens on the Brabantse Pijl podium

Mathieu van der Poel ( Correndon-Circus ) took his fourth win of 2019 and checked off another box on his rapidly growing road resume Wednesday at Brabantse Pijl , beating recent Monument winner Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep) in a four-up sprint in Overijse, Belgium. "I knew I had a chance in the sprint, but you're never sure," Van der Poel said. "I chose to turn on from the front, so I wouldn't get trapped and be able to ride my own sprint. When I started, I felt that I would be able to continue to the finish line. "The region is familiar territory to me," he said. "As a young rider, I have ridden here a few times already. So I knew that I could manage the Schavei. The rest of the race was harder than expected. My race was already successful when I could slip along with the favourites. That ...

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Alaphilippe misses the win but takes confidence from Brabantse Pijl

Julian Alaphilippe attacks

Julian Alaphilippe ( Deceuninck-QuickStep ) missed out on this seventh win of the season Wednesday at Brabantnse Pijl , finishing second in a four-up sprint at the end of the race to Matthieu van der Poel (Corendon-Circus), but the winner of Milan-San Remo and Strade Bianche will take confidence from his aggressive racing heading into the Ardennes Classics next week. “My team did a superb job, and on the last lap I decided to attack," said Alaphlippe, who abandoned the Tour of the Basque Country last week after being involved in a high-speed crash ion stage 4. "Over the top of the climb we were five riders, and I rode full gas to help this move go all the way to the line." Alaphilippe helped form the winning breakaway when he, Van der Poel, Tim Wellens (Lotto Souydal) and Michael Matthews (Team Sunweb), bridged across to solo escapee Daryl Impey ...

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