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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BinckBank organiser responds to safety complaints

The peloton during stage 3 at BinckBank Tour

The organisers of the BinckBank Tour have responded to safety complaints about the race, after numerous riders registered their concerns in the wake of stage 3. Among the dissenting voices was Tim Declercq ( Deceuninck-QuickStep ), who pointed out the hypocrisy of holding a minute's silence for Bjorg Lambrecht moments before racing on a "bike lane-wide parcours." Declercq's teammate Bob Jungels, Marcel Sieberg (Bahrain-Merida) and the Jumbo-Visma duo of Paul Martens and Jos Van Emden also took to Twitter with their complaints, with Van Emden likening the race to a kermesse. QuickStep team boss Patrick Lefevere responded to Van Emden, saying that the CPA [rider's union] should get to work, teams should refuse to pay fines, and that the UCI shouldn't have approved the final of stage 3. Race organiser Rob Discart responded to those concerns in an interview with Sporza , comparing the race route to those of the ...

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Analysing the 2019 transfer market with teams and agents – Podcast Special

Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) wins stage 20 at the Tour de France

In this week's episode of the Cyclingnews podcast – brought to you in association with Sportful, Pinarello and Floyd's of Leadville – we analyse the transfer market, and we have three special guests, with Matt White from Mitchelton-Scott joined by rider agents Martijn Berkhout from SEG and Joao Correira from Corso. First up, we have some exciting news for our readers. Our lovely friends at Sportful have come up with a 20% discount on all products at sportful.com . All you have to do is head to their website and use the code: cyclingnews20. This deal is in place throughout all of August. Sticking with Sportful, we have two signed Bahrain-Merida jerseys from Vincenzo Nibali to give away. All you have to do to win is go to our iTunes page and give us a review. We'll pick the two lucky winners later this month. Finally, on jerseys, our signed ...

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Tour de France bikes 2019: who’s riding what?

Katusha Alpecin Canyon Aeroad

Frames, groupsets, wheels and finishing kit

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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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Cavendish not selected for Dimension Data’s Tour de France lineup

Supported by Mark Cavendish will not start the Tour de France for the first time since he made his debut at the race in 2007. Dimension Data unveiled its Tour de France roster on Tuesday, and Cavendish was not included in the selection. The team’s star sprinter was not mentioned in the announcement. Cavendish has struggled to … The post Cavendish not selected for Dimension Data’s Tour de France lineup appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Mark Cavendish left out of Tour de France by Dimension Data

Mark Cavendish left out of Tour de France by Dimension Data

Joe Robinson 2 Jul 2019 Manxman overlooked by team for team dedicated to hunting stage wins Mark Cavendish will miss the 2019 Tour de France after being left out of the Dimension Data squad. The African WorldTour team announced their team to tackle the French Grand Tour on Monday morning, opting to back Italian sprinter Giacomo Nizzolo and Norwegian all-rounder Edvald Boasson Hagen over Cavendish. Cavendish had been hoping to earn selection for the race, having run a reduced race schedule in order to be in shape for the Tour, which starts on Saturday 6th July in Brussels. Last year, the 34-year-old was forced to abandon the race after missing the time cut of Stage 11 to La Rosiere. The Manxman was then diagnosed with the Epstein-Barr syndrome which forced him to take an extended break during the latter half of the 2018 season before returning to racing in January ...

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Mark Cavendish not selected for Tour de France

Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data)

Mark Cavendish will not come any closer to Eddy Merckx's record tally of 34 Tour de France stage wins this year, as the British sprinter has been left out of Dimension Data 's squad for La Grande Boucle. Cavendish, who has 30 Tour stages to his name, has been hampered by Epstein Barr Virus in recent years and although he declared he was clear of the threshold in May, he has struggled for form in 2019. Dimension Data were one of the last teams to name their eight-rider roster for the Tour, which begins in Brussels on Saturday. They did so on Tuesday morning, naming a squad that is set up for stage wins, from the likes of Edvald Boasson Hagen, Michael Valgren, and Steve Cummings. In Cavendish's absence, they have a pure sprinter in the form of Giacomo Nizzolo, who won a stage of the recent Tour of Slovenia, ...

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Flèche Wallonne: Kreuziger looking to improve on fourth place finish from last year's race

Roman Kreuziger (Dimension Data)

Dimension Data 's Roman Kreuziger will race Wednesday's Flèche Wallonne hoping that he can improve on the fourth place he took at last year's race, and hoping, too, that his team's fortunes soon change. The Czech rider will lead the African WorldTour team with Enrico Gasparotto and Michael Valgren , with all three riders left disappointed with their performances at last weekend's Amstel Gold Race, where they had made up the entire podium in 2018, with Valgren having won from Kreuziger and Gasparotto 12 months ago before they all joined Dimension Data for this season. On Sunday, Kreuziger was the team's highest-placed finisher at Amstel in 18th place, with Gasparotto and Valgren taking 41st and 52nd, respectively. Kreuziger now heads to Flèche on Wednesday searching for a podium place at the Belgian one-day race – the second of the three Ardennes Classics – which takes the riders over the famous ...

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Gilbert’s Roubaix win, a new Hour Record: Weekly News Digest

Supported by It’s okay to admit it – sometimes you’re just too busy to stay up to date on every bit of news from the world of cycling. Need a recap of the week’s biggest happenings? No problem. The final Daily News Digest of the week will be a Weekly News Digest, with highlights from the headlines of … The post Gilbert’s Roubaix win, a new Hour Record: Weekly News Digest appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Impey leads Mitchelton-Scott hopes for Amstel Gold

Daryl Impey (Mitchelton-Scott)

South African road race and time trial champion Daryl Impey will lead the Australian Mitchelton-Scott WorldTour team at the Amstel Gold Race in the Netherlands on Sunday, hoping that he can add to the team's already impressive haul of 17 victories so far this season. In 2019, only Deceuninck-QuickStep – with 24 wins – and Astana (22) have won in 2019 more often than Mitchelton, who currently share a win-tally with Bora-Hansgrohe. Impey – who successfully defended his national titles in February on the back of retaining his Tour Down Under crown in Australia in January – enjoyed a break from racing between finishing the Volta a Catalunya in late March and Wednesday's Brabantse Pijl, and is now raring to go for the hilly Dutch one-day race. "I've changed things around a bit this year, and I am trying a different approach by going to altitude before the Ardennes," he ...

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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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Aldag: Valgren's talent hasn't just gone

Michael Valgren (Dimension Data) shows off the new Assos jersey

It has been a punishing spring for the Dimension Data team with just two wins this season and sickness wrecking their chances in the spring Classics. Marquee signing Michael Valgren has been unable to showcase his talent but Dimension Data's head of performance Rolf Aldag believes that the Danish rider hasn't become a bad rider overnight and that the team's fortunes and results will improve. "We know why it's been difficult. They were sick and then when everyone else is super good it's just really difficult to catch up again. That's what you have to live with," Aldag told Cyclingnews during the weekend of Paris-Roubaix. Dimension Data signed the entire 2018 Amstel Gold Race podium over the winter with Valgren joined by Roman Kreuziger and the experienced Enrico Gasparotto. Their remaining Classics season will very much depend on those three riders performing at their very best. "The Ardennes are coming. ...

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Valverde back in action at Amstel Gold Race

Alejandro Valverde (Movistar)

Alejandro Valverde ( Movistar Team ) will return to racing, following a brief break after his Tour of Flanders debut, at this weekend’s Amstel Gold Race . Valverde will lead the Movistar team’s ambitions at the one-day race on Sunday. Having tested out the cobbles a few times in recent years, primarily as preparation for the Tour de France, Valverde made his Tour of Flanders debut at the start of April and finished eighth. The world champion took a short break from racing after De Ronde as he prepared for the main goal of his spring, the Ardennes Classics. Since his first Ardennes campaign in 2005, Valverde has won Liege-Bastogne-Liege four times and Fleche Wallonne on five occasions. The Amstel Gold Race is one that has eluded him so far in his career, however. Valverde has finished on the podium three times in 10 appearances, once taking third and two ...

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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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Boasson Hagen gives Dimension Data hope for Paris-Roubaix

Edvald Boasson Hagen (Dimension Data) attacks at Scheldeprijs

Dimension Data have spent the past two off-seasons adding to their squad with the respected riders of Julien Vermote, Michael Valgren and Lars Bak in an attempt to bulk up their Classics squad and support Edvald Boasson Hagen . Boasson Hagen kicked off the 2019 season with a victory on his first race day in Volta Comunitat Valenciana and, alongside the new signings, gave Dimension Data plenty of promise for the spring. Sickness struck down the Classics squad at Volta ao Algarve, however, and the team has only managed a single top-ten during the entire Classics campaign through Giacomo Nizzolo – another new signing for the team – at De Panne. After Boasson Hagen's setbacks, a respectable 32nd place at the Tour of Flanders last Sunday is nothing to be sniffed at. The Norwegian showed his improved form further on Wednesday with a strong 10-kilometre attack in the finale at ...

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Tour of Flanders: Rating the top contenders - Podcast

Bob Jungels (Deceuninck-QuickStep), Wout Van Aert (Jumbo-Visma), Alberto Bettiol (EF Education First

In the latest episode of the Cyclingnews podcast, brought to you by Sportful , Pinarello and Floyd's of Leadville , we hear from John Degenkolb, Michael Valgren and Adri van der Poel. On the eve of the Tour of Flanders we look at the form of the pre-race favourites and take on the challenge of rating Peter Sagan , Niki Terpstra and Wout van Aert . The race is the second Monument of the season, and Cyclingnews will have complete live coverage on Sunday. You can follow the action throughout the day, right here . To subscribe to the Cyclingnews podcast, click here . 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 who have gone onto win Grand Tours, one-day classics, and the World Championships. Sportful ...

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Valgren bemoans 'stupid bike riders' after neutralisation chaos at Dwars door Vlaanderen

Michael Valgren (Dimension Data)

The neutralisation of Dwars Door Vlaanderen on Wednesday certainly looked chaotic, and that was confirmed from within the peloton as Michael Valgren ( Dimension Data ) hit out at "stupid bike riders" who kept fighting for position even though the race had been stopped. The breakaway and peloton were waved to a halt with 76 kilometres remaining to allow for ambulances to access riders who'd crashed in the women's race, which was behind schedule and set to use the same section of the course over the Kluisberg and Knokteberg. Though Valgren finished with the main peloton, 20 or so seconds down on winner Mathieu van der Poel, he found himself chasing for the best part of 20 kilometres when the race resumed. The reason, he explained, was riders jostling to be near the front, even when the race was being slowed and indeed when it was at a standstill, as ...

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Gent-Wevelgem Preview

You always remember your first time. Whether it be your first kiss, your first job, your first love, or the first time you had Richie Porte on your vds team. Well, the first time I watched Gent-Wevelgem, I witnessed a Welshman and future Tour winner being blown off his bike by a gust of wind and a coked up pirate escaping for victory, so please excuse me if I have fond memories and perhaps too high of expectations for this race. Tim de Waele/Corbis via Getty Images Geraint Thomas, taking a flyer Gent-Wevelgem gets a bad rap as ostensibly the sprinter’s cobbled classic. However, a pure sprinter has not won in Wevelgem since Cipollini in 2002. Elia Viviani almost pulled it off last year, but was left sobbing in the fetal position on the side of the road after Peter Sagan pipped him on the line. Quick Step men also ...

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