Matthews back on track after Milan-San Remo

Michael Matthews is starting his third season with Team Sunweb in 2019

Despite starting Milan-San Remo with just a day and a half of racing in his legs Michael Matthews ( Team Sunweb ) delivered a dogged, if not successful, performance to finish 12th on the Via Roma. Earlier in the month, the Australian crashed during Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, soldiering on to the finish, but he was forced to abandon Paris-Nice after crashing on the first stage. In fact, Matthews was expected to miss several months of the campaign due his injuries but after another scan of an injured wrist he was given the all-clear on Wednesday to race Milan-San Remo. He was still in contention on the Poggio – despite his lack of race miles – but when Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep) unleashed an attacked that formed the winning move, Matthews was forced onto the back foot. A valiant chase saw him come within a few seconds of the lead group, and ...

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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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Matthews back in the saddle in time for Sanremo

Matthews back in the saddle in time for Sanremo

Australian Michael Matthews had written off Milano-Sanremo after a hard crash in Paris-Nice, but he has recovered quicker than expected. Read the full article at Matthews back in the saddle in time for Sanremo on VeloNews.com .

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Matthews realistic over Milan-San Remo after injury-hit season

Michael Matthews is starting his third season with Team Sunweb in 2019

Michael Matthews ( Team Sunweb ) is under no illusions as he heads towards the start line of Milan-San Remo on Saturday. During the winter, the versatile Australian had selected the first Monument of the season as a major spring goal but a crash in Paris-Nice robbed him of vital racing and, with just one day of racing in his legs, the 28-year-old is not among the favourites. In fact, Matthews only made the selection for Milan-San Remo on Wednesday after a last-minute medical confirmed that his Paris-Nice injuries were not as serious as first thought. "The recovery has gone surprisingly well, and faster than I ever imagined," Matthews told Cyclingnews from Milan on Thursday evening. "Last week I was told that I would be off for three months, and now it's Thursday and I'm here for Milan-San Remo. It's been a fast turnaround. There are two or three fractures ...

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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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Matthews casualty of Paris-Nice Stage 1 carnage

Matthews casualty of Paris-Nice Stage 1 carnage

Crosswinds, chaos and carnage characterised the opening stage of the 2019 Paris-Nice which saw Aussie Michael Matthews abandon and last year's race winner lose time.

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Crosswinds, crashes catch out GC contenders at Paris-Nice

Team Sunweb's Martjin Tusveld fell hard during stage 1 at Paris-Nice

Crosswinds, crashes and a fast opening stage combined to knock nearly a dozen potential general classification contenders down the rankings after stage 1 at Paris-Nice . Pre-race sprint favourite Michael Matthews (Team Sunweb) suffered the biggest blow, going down in a crash 65km into the 138.5km stage and having to abandon . Riders losing the largest amount of time among the GC men were Colombians Sergio Henao (UAE Team Emirates) and Ivan Sosa (Team Sky), both of whom hit the ground during the stage and finished 4:31 and 4:32, respectively, behind stage winner Dylan Groenewegen (Jumbo-Visma). Other GC riders who fell victim to the conditions and racing included Tejay van Garderen (EF Education First) at 2:51, Domenico Pozzovio (Bahrain-Merida) at 2:48, Louis Meintjes (Dimension Data) at 2:44, Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana) at 1:04, defending champion Marc Soler (Movistar) at 1:03 and Esteban Chaves (Mitchelton-Scott) at 1:02. Sosa, who was runner-up ...

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Michael Matthews crashes out of Paris-Nice

Michael Matthews trains with Team Sunweb in Calpe, Spain

Michael Matthews (Team Sunweb) was an early victim at Paris-Nice, crashing out on stage 1 to Saint-Germain-en-Laye on Sunday. The Australian came into the French race looking to improve his form ahead of Milan-San Remo but was left on the deck on the first stage. Matthews made his season debut in Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and, despite a fall in the Belgian one-day race, was able finish 12th. Team Sunweb confirmed the news of Matthews' fall and subsequent departure from the race on Twitter. Full details are expected to be released later today. Matthews had a winning record in Paris-Nice, winning three stages between 2015 and 2016. More to follow... You can read more at Cyclingnews.com

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Flying Too Close to the Sun: Paris - Nice Preview

Race to the sun, my ass.

There’s always a discussion around this time about which is the better race-- Paris - Nice or Tirreno-Adriatico-- as the peloton gets split between the two races. The consensus view is usually that TA is the better race-- it gets the better riders and has the better route. Here’s the thing, though. Anyone that still believes that has not been watching PN during the last three years. Each of the last three years has been a barn burner of a race, easily in contention for best week long stage race of the year as well as race day of the year and probably only losing out on those honors due to its placement on the calendar-- before the spring classics and all of the grand tours cloud our collective memories. 2016 saw Geraint Thomas take the GC victory over Alberto Contador by a mere 4 seconds and saw a vintage ...

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Matthews cut down by crash in Omloop Het Nieuwsblad

Michael Matthews is starting his third season with Team Sunweb in 2019

When you're on the backfoot in a spring Classic, it's almost impossible to come back. For proof, just ask Michael Matthews ( Team Sunweb ), who saw any realistic chances of success slip away after a fall on the Molenberg in the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad on Saturday. Despite a desperate chase, Matthews was only able to pull himself back to the first chase group, but by then the winning move had already pushed clear with Zdenek Stybar (Deceuninck-QuickStep) taking a solo win ahead of Greg Van Avermaet (CCC Team) and Tim Wellens (Lotto Soudal). Matthews would come over the line in a larger group, taking 12th in his first race of the 2019 season. It wasn't the result that the Australian had been hoping for, but it was far from a disaster considering the position the Sunweb rider found himself in during one of the key moments of the race. ...

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Thursday Thoughts: Lessons from the Drafts

Number One... but not for Pablo

Looking across the four men’s FSA-DS drafts This is the last Thursday Thoughts to come out on a Thursday, but there’s a bonus final edition coming this weekend. Expect something shortly after the (men’s) FSA-DS deadline. Many of us have found the pressure of not submitting teams too much to cope with and have pushed the fateful button. Others are hanging on hoping to avoid injury to their chosen crew. However, some of you are still out there, paralysed with indecision and crippled by choice. Today, I’m joined by Shawn as the two of us try to make your lives even harder. What lessons can we take from the various draft leagues to inform the selection of our main teams? For those of you who haven’t been paying attention, Shawn is running three draft leagues this year, as well as a young rider’s draft and a women’s draft. Thanks, Shawn! ...

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One-day races catch McNulty’s eye as 20-year-old develops

One-day races catch McNulty’s eye as 20-year-old develops

Although he's known for his talents on the climbs and time trial bike, American Brandon McNulty now has a taste for one-day racing. Read the full article at One-day races catch McNulty’s eye as 20-year-old develops on VeloNews.com .

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Rivals: New Liège-Bastogne-Liège finish favors Sagan

Rivals: New Liège-Bastogne-Liège finish favors Sagan

The new finish for the Belgian monument could lead to a sprint showdown between Peter Sagan and others, other riders say. Read the full article at Rivals: New Liège-Bastogne-Liège finish favors Sagan on VeloNews.com .

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Offseason Capsule: Sunweb

Sunweb, the team of extreme order, rules and structure if we are to believe reports. The perfect amalgamation of Dutch and German culture. Certainly one of the most interesting and distinct teams in the World Tour. What we said last year It was a tricky task last year to write about a team trying to follow up on a 2017 season where almost everything went right for Sunweb. Andrew didn’t make any bold predictions but got the basics right about Doom’s then unclear Giro/TdF-plans “In either race, he will be among the favorites.” although like everyone he sort of assumed TD would do either Giro or Tour and that it would most likely be the Tour. That Matthews “may struggle to match his results from 2017” was about right too. That “The rest of the squad will fill in around these two. “ turned out a little too optimistic depending ...

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Haussler backs Matthews to upset Sagan at Worlds

Haussler backs Matthews to upset Sagan at Worlds

Heinrich Haussler has backed Michael Matthews to become Australia’s second ever road world champion this year.

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Gallery: A selection of 2019 WordTour bikes at the Tour Down Under

Joe Robinson 10 Jan 2019 Photographer Chris Auld caught some of the bikes set to grace the WorldTour in 2019 The Tour Down Under gets the WorldTour circus up and running next Tuesday with a rolling 132.4km Stage 1 around the Australian city of Adelaide. It will be the first opportunity of 2019 to see some of the world's biggest and brightest stars pinning on a number and starting yet another season in the professional peloton. Among those will be Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) who begins a season focused around Milan-San Remo success and Richie Porte who will be looking for a change of fortunes at new team Trek-Segafredo . The Tour Down Under will also represent the first chance to see all of the new gear being used in the WorldTour in the same place. It will be the first chance to see the new Cervelo S5 in action, thanks ...

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Tom Dumoulin's 2019 Team Sunweb Cervelo R5 — gallery

Tom Dumoulin's 2019 Team Sunweb Cervelo R5 — gallery

This article first appeared on Cyclingnews . Tom Dumoulin and his Team Sunweb teammates have switched from Giant to Cervélo framesets for the 2019 season, with Dumoulin staying on an all-round, lightweight race frameset by swapping the Giant TCR for the Cervélo R5. While the frameset has changed, the team retains Shimano Dura-Ace R9100 series groupsets. Giant also provided the team with wheels and the majority of finishing kit last season so Sunweb has now switched to Shimano Dura-Ace wheels, finishing kit from PRO and bottle cages from Elite. Michael Matthews' 2019 Team Sunweb Cervelo S5 — gallery WorldTour team bike guide 2019 Tour de France bikes: Tom Dumoulin's Giant TCR — gallery The team also moves from Vittoria tubular tyres to offerings from Continental, a popular choice in the WorldTour, as well as new computers from Sigma Sport. The 1.85m tall Dutchman rides a size 56 frame, in conjunction ...

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Team Sunweb confirm 2019 men's and women's rosters

Team Sunweb celebrate their victory

Team Sunweb has confirmed the rosters of their men's, women's and development teams for 2019, with Tom Dumoulin , Michael Matthews leading the men's WorldTour squad and Coryn Rivera , Lucinda Brand and Leah Kirchmann leading the women's team. The development programme includes 14 riders, who will be based in the teams so-called Keep Challenging Center in Sittard, near the Dutch-German border Team Sunweb won just 11 races but victories fail to tell the story of the team's season. Dumoulin confirmed his Grand Tour talents by finishing second in both the Giro d'Italia and the Tour de France, winning time trial stages in both races. He was second in the individual time trial at the World Championships in Innsbruck and was also second with Team Sunweb in the team time trial. Matthews fractured a bone in his shoulder at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and quit the Tour de France due to ...

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Offseason Capsule: AG2R

What next for the over-achieving brown shorts? After taking big steps forward over the last few years, 2018 was a season of consolidation, marked by regular prominence but few major wins What we said last year I was in optimistic mood . On reflection, perhaps too optimistic. I’m pleased I put Bardet up as a contender for the World Champs and pumped the brakes on his Tour chances, but I may have oversold his chances of repeating a productive couple of years in ’16 and ’17. Olivier Naesen didn’t quite get the results I hoped for though at least I threw in a positive note for Dillier. As for the climbers not named after lettuce (thanks, Brad’s son!) there was a big gap between my hopes and reality. What we got in 2018 Romain Bardet turned in a strong spring, with second in a tough Strade Bianche and third in ...

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Theuns and Sunweb terminate contract early

Edward Theuns (Team Sunweb)

Edward Theuns will leave Team Sunweb at the end of 2018 after mutually agreeing to terminate his contract with the German-registered squad. The Belgian has only been with the team for one year but cited differing approaches as the reason for the decision to leave. Theuns was brought into Sunweb for the spring Classics and as a support rider for Michael Matthews . He took sixth at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, where Matthews broke his shoulder in a crash, but struggled throughout many of the subsequent races. He ended his season quietly with a number of top 10 placings at the Tour of Turkey, and without a win all year. "It has been a tough year for me, both physically and mentally with some crashes and bad luck," Theuns said in a press release issued by the team. "I tried to adapt to the team’s way of working, but it didn't ...

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