Winter is the season for domestiques

Winter is the season for domestiques

Early season races in Australia and South America afford important opportunities for domestiques to win, and these results have a broader impact as well. Read the full article at Winter is the season for domestiques on VeloNews.com .

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Winter is the season for domestiques

Winter is the season for domestiques

Early season races in Australia and South America afford important opportunities for domestiques to win, and these results have a broader impact as well. Read the full article at Winter is the season for domestiques on VeloNews.com .

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Astana arrive in Colombia for 2.1 race

Jan Hirt, Nikita Stalnov, Davide Villella, Hernando Bohórquez, Rodrigo Contreras and Miguel Ángel Ló

Astana 's six-rider contingent for the upcoming Tour Colombia 2.1 got their first taste of Colombian roads as a group Saturday as they toured the countryside around Boyacá, a training spot for the European teams ahead of the race. Director Stefano Zanini joined Jan Hirt, Nikita Stalnov, Davide Villella and Colombians Hernando Bohórquez, Rodrigo Contreras and Miguel Ángel López on the short trip around the center of Boyacá. Astana is the first of the race's six WorldTour teams to arrive in the country, with Team Sky and Chris Froome expected to arrive today (Sunday). The Team Sky roster will also feature 2018 Oro y Paz champion Egan Bernal, Iván Sosa, Sebastián Henao, Jonathan Castroviejo and Jhonatan Narváez. Tour Colombia 2.1 starts February 12 with a 14km time trial in Medellin. Stage 2 sees the peloton take on a 150.5km circuit race in Le Ceja, followed by the 167km stage 3 ...

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Commentary: Giro stars should race the Tour instead

Commentary: Giro stars should race the Tour instead

The Giro's impressive start list will make for a great race for pink, but it detracts from the Tour de France and Froome's bid for fifth yellow jersey. Read the full article at Commentary: Giro stars should race the Tour instead on VeloNews.com .

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Roundtable: Five up-and-coming riders to watch in 2019

Roundtable: Five up-and-coming riders to watch in 2019

The pro peloton has a number of young up-and-comers who are in line to emerge as new superstars in 2019. Here are our five favorites. Read the full article at Roundtable: Five up-and-coming riders to watch in 2019 on VeloNews.com .

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‘Superman’ Lopez will skip Il Lombardia

‘Superman’ Lopez will skip Il Lombardia

Despite showing strong late-season form, Colombian climber Miguel Ángel López won't start the season's final monument race. Read the full article at ‘Superman’ Lopez will skip Il Lombardia on VeloNews.com .

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What happened to the Colombians at worlds?

Colombia

Despite bringing a strong cast of climbers to Innsbruck world championships, the Colombians cannot crack the top-10 on a mountainous course. Read the full article at What happened to the Colombians at worlds? on VeloNews.com .

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Is Yates being set up for another fall?

Alejandro Valverde

With two decisive mountain stages left, the Vuelta's GC scenario is eerily similar to that of the Giro. Can Simon Yates hang on? Read the full article at Is Yates being set up for another fall? on VeloNews.com .

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Superman López circles Vuelta podium

Superman López circles Vuelta podium

Miguel Ángel López, nicknamed after the man of steel, shook off yesterday's late mechanical to finish just two seconds behind Yates on Stage 14 of the 2018 Vuelta a Espana and now circles Movistar's dynamic duo and the Brit for a place on the podium.

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Lopez holding steady until final week

Lopez holding steady until final week

Lopez feeling confident about demanding final week after racing to second in stage 14, and aims to stay consistent to ensure success. Read the full article at Lopez holding steady until final week on VeloNews.com .

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Vuelta Roundtable: Will the battle for red heat up this weekend?

Movistar

What are the big takeaways from the Vuelta a España so far? Will the battle for red kick into high gear this weekend? Roundtable time! Read the full article at Vuelta Roundtable: Will the battle for red heat up this weekend? on VeloNews.com .

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Yates a surprise Vuelta leader after stage 9

Yates a surprise Vuelta leader after stage 9

Simon Yates is in red after the Vuelta's summit finish at La Covatilla Read the full article at Yates a surprise Vuelta leader after stage 9 on VeloNews.com .

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Commentary: Why the Vuelta a España is one to watch

It seems like it’s a cycling tradition these days: Every August, fans are surprised by the high caliber of riders racing at the Read the full article at Commentary: Why the Vuelta a España is one to watch on VeloNews.com .

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Commentary: Why the Vuelta a España is one to watch

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Better than Bernal? The rapid rise of Colombian climber Iván Sosa

When the 2018 Tour de l’Avenir gets underway on Friday August 17, it will do so with Colombia’s Iván Sosa as the rider to beat. The 20-year-old has had a monster of a year, winning four of his last five stage races and beating some big-name rivals along the way. His trajectory in the sport … The post Better than Bernal? The rapid rise of Colombian climber Iván Sosa appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Giro d'Italia: Chris Froome secures overall victory at Cervinia

Chris Froome in his first maglia rosa

Team Sky 's Chris Froome clinched his first Giro d'Italia victory on Saturday, holding off attacks from his rival Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) on the final summit finish of the race at Cervinia on stage 20. Mikel Nieve (Mitchelton-Scott) took the stage victory from the breakaway on his 34th birthday, his third career win at the Giro d'Italia, salvaging something from a miserable closing weekend for his team. Robert Gesink (LottoNL-Jumbo) recovered from a mechanical to finish second, 2:16 behind, while Felix Grosschartner (Bora-Hansgrohe) rounded off the podium in third, 2:42 down. Miguel Ángel López (Astana) moved up to third overall, benefitting from an Alpine implosion from Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ), who cracked in a similar manner to Nieve's teammate Simon Yates on the Colle delle Finestre 24 hours previously. Pinot aside, there was a wait for the day's GC action - in contrast to Friday. Dumoulin, the 2017 champion, made ...

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Giro Stage 19: High Times

The Queen Stage of the Giro, and the slopes of the majestic Finestre, beckon Stage 19: Venaria Reale — Bardonecchia, 185km Holy hell, it seems like forever since I’ve written a stage preview! This is a good one to come out of my slumber for. I pegged this as THE stage before the Giro, so of course it’ll be a boring march of negativity. What’s It About? Deciding the Giro d’Italia. This is the queen stage. No more archaeology tours, no more beach vistas, just pure, devastating grinding away on the pedals. Stage Details Mappa: Giro stage 19 map And the profile: Giro stage 19 profile The sequencing of these mountains is nothing too unusual but a bit interesting nevertheless. The Finestre is the highest point in the entire Giro as well as the consensus hardest single climb of the race, and although it occurs far from the finish it ...

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Chris Froome: I can't see anyone taking the jersey off Yates' shoulders

Chris Froome (Team Sky)

Chris Froome ( Team Sky ) moved to within striking distance of a podium position in the 2018 Giro d'Italia after posting a par performance in the key Rovereto time trial during stage 16 . He insisted it's "still all to race for" as the corsa rosa prepares for three important stages in the mountains, which start with the steady ascent to Pratonevoso on Thursday. The Briton finished fifth, 35 seconds down on Rohan Dennis' (BMC Racing) winning time and 13 seconds behind Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb). "After the rest day I felt a bit better, a bit more recovered," Froome acknowledged. "I rode that stage the way I wanted to. I didn't take any risks out on the course today especially given what happened in Jerusalem. Maybe I'm lacking a little bit of confidence in the corners, but in terms of power and feelings I was pretty happy about ...

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Giro d'Italia: Simon Yates takes his third stage win in Sappada

Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) wins stage 15 at the Giro d'Italia

Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) became the first man since Gilberto Simoni in 2003 to win three stages while wearing the maglia rosa at the Giro d'Italia , riding into Sappada solo to extend his overall race lead. Miguel Ángel López (Astana) took second, 41 seconds behind, while Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) rounded off the top three and salvaged four bonus seconds. After a fast-paced day it was Yates who once again took the initiative in the finale, attacking on the final classified climb of day, 17km from the line. As Chris Froome (Team Sky) dropped away - eventually losing 1:32 after yesterday’s efforts on Monte Zoncolan - nobody had an answer for Yates as he rode away with apparent ease. A disorganised chase among the select GC group only meant that Yates piled on the seconds out front. Meanwhile, his main rival Dumoulin was dropped before working his back for the ...

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Feeling Gloom @ Froome and Doom? Fight For Pink = More Than U Think

Aru ready for some GIROOOOOO???? At some point the Giro d’Italia stops being a collection of cool roadside stories, fables, hyperbole and assorted nonsense, Italian-style. At some point it’s a race, even a battle of titans. This is where that starts: the Fight for Pink. But first... Corbis via Getty Images La Corsa Rosa As you probably noticed, we are switching up our course preview this year. I’ve blogged about the Israel start enough already, so we’ve put it to the Editors to pick out their favorite three stages, which has been done. Left out of that are some other stages that aren’t super interesting to discuss as part of the GC competition, apart from the usual thing about how you never know when exactly the Giro will be won or lost. But I’ll say this: it’s clearly a climbers’ course. The Giro almost always is, but even by Giro ...

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