Musical Saddles: Making Sense Of Pro Team Rider Changes For 2021

Felix Lowe 17 Mar 2021 Riders have been swapping teams and teams have been changing names and kit. Felix Lowe tries to makes sense of it all Riders have been swapping teams and teams have been changing names and kit. Felix Lowe tries to makes sense of it all Words : Felix Lowe Photography : Veloimages; KBMB UAE Team Emirates missed a trick when they failed to announce their latest recruit with the accompaniment of Bonnie Tyler’s song ‘Here She Comes’. Geddit – Hirschi comes? Never mind. Marc Hirschi’s controversial arrival from Sunweb raised eyebrows, coming as it did after a mysterious contract severance that required a non-disclosure agreement. We can only speculate, but a hefty pay hike may have played a part. And so the man who made ripples on his Tour de France debut last year will join the man who won it on his own debut, with ...

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Miguel Ángel López At Movistar: A Future Triumph Or One Of A Doomed ‘Trident’?

Miguel Ángel López at Movistar: A future triumph or one of a doomed 'trident'?

López is following the path of countryman Nairo Quintana in joining Movistar. Will he repeat Quintana's grand tour glories or just fill his place as a tactical pawn? Read the full article at Miguel Ángel López at Movistar: A future triumph or one of a doomed ‘trident’? on VeloNews.com .

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Miguel Ángel López Sits Out Movistar Camp With Covid As Peloton Braces For Season Start

Miguel Ángel López sits out Movistar camp with COVID as peloton braces for season start

López to miss team camp as tensions rise ahead of season already suffering effects of coronavirus cancelations. Read the full article at Miguel Ángel López sits out Movistar camp with COVID as peloton braces for season start on VeloNews.com .

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What The Biggest Transfers Mean For The Men’S Peloton In 2021

These are the moves that matter ahead of the 2021 men's racing season. The post What the biggest transfers mean for the men’s peloton in 2021 appeared first on CyclingTips .

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New Challenges And New Jerseys For Chris Froome, Miguel Ángel López

New challenges and new jerseys for Chris Froome, Miguel Ángel López

Chris Froome and Miguel Ángel López begin new chapters in their respective careers in 2021. Read the full article at New challenges and new jerseys for Chris Froome, Miguel Ángel López on VeloNews.com .

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Twelve Breakthrough Riders Of 2020

As the year comes to a close, we’re taking stock of the racing season that was while looking ahead to 2021. Among the many, many unconventional things that stood out from the year in cycling was just how many up-and-comers exploded onto the scene this year with breakthrough performances, performances that will potentially clue us … The post Twelve breakthrough riders of 2020 appeared first on CyclingTips .

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What Do You Think: Can Pogacar Overhaul Roglic In The Tour’S Final Week?

As the final week of the 2020 Tour de France is about to get underway, we’ve been pondering some of the big questions that have emerged over the course of the race. There’s been quite a few such storylines during a Tour that has featured no shortage of compelling storylines. For the first time in … The post What do you think: Can Pogacar overhaul Roglic in the Tour’s final week? appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Coronavirus Travel Ban Could See Colombian Pros Miss Tour De France

Coronavirus travel ban could see Colombian pros miss Tour de France

Joe Robinson 22 May 2020 Suspension of international flights until 31st August could curb Egan Bernal's Tour defence Team Ineos 's Egan Bernal and Arkea-Samsic's Nairo Quintana are among a raft of Colombian cyclists who could potentially miss the Tour de France after the South American country grounded all flights until 31st August. Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic , race organiser ASO was forced to reschedule the three-week race and it is now planned to start on Saturday 29th August . This latest announcement from Colombian authorities to suspend international air travel would technically mean those cyclists currently in the country are unable to travel back to Europe. However, it is worth stressing that with the popularity of cycling in Colombia, the national government could allow special dispensation for the likes of Bernal to travel back to Europe. See related Nairo Quintana convinces Colombian government to allow pro cyclists ...

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Was Movistar In The Wrong On Stage 19 Of The Vuelta?

Vuelta a Espana race leader Primoz Roglic went down in a crash, and before he even had a chance to pick himself up Movistar hit the front and pinned it. In doing so, the Movistar team did not make many new friends on stage 19 of the Vuelta a España. But were they wrong? Some … The post Was Movistar in the wrong on stage 19 of the Vuelta? appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Five Predictions For ‘Week Three’ Of The Vuelta A España

It may sound crazy, but just one week of Grand Tour racing remains in the 2019 season. Week three of the Vuelta a España is all that’s left between us and eight long months without Grand Tour action. Hopefully this final week in Spain delivers enough excitement to hold us over until next year’s Giro … The post Five predictions for ‘week three’ of the Vuelta a España appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Five Predictions For ‘Week Two’ Of The Vuelta A España

The Vuelta a España has been so compelling to this point that it’s hard to believe we’re only nine days into the race. Full credit to the organizers for planning a route that has offered some thrilling stages, without leaving fans feeling like the race is already decided. Some big days await at the Spanish … The post Five predictions for ‘week two’ of the Vuelta a España appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Movistar Learn To Work Together And Deliver Valverde To An Emphatic Stage Win

Movistar learn to work together and deliver Valverde to an emphatic stage win

Joseph Delves 30 Aug 2019 Quintana proves to be a perfect domestique at the sometimes fractious team Given their sizeable budget, Movistar are often accused of under-delivering. With several riders frequently sharing leadership, the multiheaded approach hasn’t provided many Grand Tour wins. However, on a day the team declared they were transferring leadership in the race from Nairo Quintana to Alejandro Valverde, the pair finally got it together to snatch a fantastic win. Having worked as a team to chase down the breakaway, on the slopes of the final climb Quintana drew out a select group of four, including himself and Valverde, along with Primož Roglič ( Jumbo-Visma ) and Miguel Ángel López ( Astana ). As the two non-Movistar riders tried to settle into a rhythm, Quintana did a great job of upsetting any equilibrium by launching repeated digs. With Valverde able to wait behind, when he finally attacked ...

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Vuelta A Espana: Jesus Herrada Wins Stage 6

Jesus Herrada celebrates his victory

It was a day of firsts at the Vuelta a España , Jesús Herrada (Cofidis) taking his debut success in a Grand Tour when he jumped clear of fellow breakaway Dylan Teuns (Bahrain-Merida) inside the final kilometre of the stage six finale on the Ares del Maestrat climb. Teuns, though, also pulled off a huge coup, moving into the red jersey thanks to Astana’s decision not to defend Miguel Ángel López’s lead and, just as significantly, to the Belgian’s power on the final ascent, which saw off his main rival for red, Ineos’s David De La Cruz. The stage was, unfortunately, also notable for a number of high-profile abandons as the result of a mid-stage crash. EF Education First were the team most affected. Their leader Rigoberto Urán and climber Hugh Carthy were forced out of the race, the Colombian suffering a broken collar-bone. The incident also resulted in the ...

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Valverde Punches Way Back Into Contention At Vuelta A Espana

Alejandro Valverde on the attack

Alejandro Valverde may be approaching 40, but the Movistar racer continues to deliver his trademark top-level performances at the Vuelta a España , moving up to fourth overall on the Alto de Javalambre with an aggressive performance. On this occasion shortly after Astana and Team EF’s Hugh Carthy had shredded the field, Valverde blasted out of the pack of shrinking favourites on the upper slopes of the Javalambre summit finish on Wednesday. Although he could not follow Miguel Ángel López when the Astana rider attacked to take the lead, Valverde rode steadily behind, with only Primož Roglič (Jumbo-Visma) able to match the Spaniard’s pace. The two did well to lose only 12 seconds, pushing Valverde back up to fourth overall, whilst his teammate Nairo Quintana – whom Valverde insists is "still the leader" – remains in third, five seconds up on the veteran. "'Superman' [López] was very fast, but I ...

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Lopez Returns To Vuelta A Espana Lead After Savage Mountain Attack

Miguel Angel Lopez is the new overall race leader

Four days after he gained the race lead of the Vuelta a España on its opening stage, Miguel Ángel López ( Astana ) is back in red again. The Colombian climber could not win on the summit finish at the observatory atop the Alto de Javalambre, but he revealed himself to be, for now at least, the strongest of the GC climbers. López powered up the final four kilometres after he crowned a blistering attack by Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) with an equally savage move of his own. Riding solo and without any sign of weakening, the Colombian climber crossed the line with a 12-second advantage over Valverde and Primož Roglič (Jumbo-Visma), the latter the rider he – logically – fears most, given the stage 10 time trial in Pau. "Today was important because the time trial is getting close," López told reporters afterwards. "I knew that the start of the ...

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Vuelta A España Stage 5: Lopez Storms Back Into The Lead

Miguel Ángel López stormed back into the Vuelta's lead on the summit finish on stage 5. Read the full article at Vuelta a España stage 5: Lopez storms back into the lead on VeloNews.com .

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Jan Hirt Joins Ccc Team After Two Years At Astana

Jan Hirt and Giulio Ciccone in the late breakaway during stage 16 at the Giro

CCC Team have announced the signing of Jan Hirt , who joins the Polish team after spending two years with Astana . The Czech climber turned pro with the CCC Sprandi Polkowice team in 2015, so will be heading to a familiar environment after the Pro Continental team merged with the old BMC Racing team at the end of last year to form CCC Team. Highlights of his first stint in orange included a win and a podium at the Tour of Austria, and 12th overall at the 2017 Giro d'Italia. Hirt's climbing prowess secured him a move to Astana last season, where he has played a support role for Miguel Ángel López at the Giro d'Italia and Vuelta a España. At this year's Giro, Hirt narrowly missed out on taking a stage win on stage 16, with Giulio Ciccone outsprinting the 28-year-old in Ponte di Legno. This season has ...

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Yes, You Should Watch The Vuelta A España – Here’S Why

Supported by It’s hard to blame anyone for seeing the Vuelta a España as the little brother of cycling’s Grand Tour family. It’s the newest of the trio, “only” in its 74th edition this year. The red winner’s jersey lacks the mystique of the maillot jaune or the maglia rosa, perhaps because it’s only been red since … The post Yes, you should watch the Vuelta a España – here’s why appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Lopez Leads Strong Astana Squad At Vuelta A Espana

Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana)

Astana have named a strong squad to start the Vuelta a España , with a number of experienced riders heading to Spain in support of team leader Miguel Ángel López . The eight-man team, with key riders including Jakob Fuglsang and Luis León Sánchez, boasts an impressive 93 Grand Tour starts, an average age of 31.25, and eight stage race victories between them in 2019. López, who finished third at the Vuelta last year, heads up the team. The Colombian won Colombia 2.1 and the Volta a Catalunya earlier in the season, and was the best young rider at the Giro d'Italia. With two podium and four top ten placings from five career Grand Tours, he'll be aiming for the podium at least. Fuglsang has been one of the riders of the season in 2019 and could mount a GC challenge of his own. He lay in ninth at the ...

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Vuelta A Burgos: Sosa Wins Stage 3

Ivan Sosa (Team Ineos) takes the win

Iván Sosa ( Team Ineos ) took the win on stage 3 of the Vuelta a Burgos atop Picón Blanco, avenging his narrow loss to Miguel Ángel López on the same climb a year ago. The youngster attacked with 2km of the 8km climb remaining, soloing to victory and the race lead. Óscar Rodríguez (Euskadi Basque Country-Murias) put in a late charge to take second place, 17 seconds down, while Antonio Pedrero (Movistar) was third at 24 seconds. Team Ineos and Movistar made the pace up the climb, setting up a showdown between their South American climbers, Sosa and Richard Carapaz. It was a brutal pace that quickly blew the peloton apart despite the short length of the climb. Both teams had a plan but it was Ineos who had the strength, with David de la Cruz launching Sosa at the 2km mark. At first, Pedrero and his teammate Carapaz ...

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