Revamped Castelli Gabba “more waterproof, more breathable and better fitting than ever”

Castelli Gabba RoS jersey

Italian firm updates Gabba and Perfetto range ready for winter

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Out of contract 8: The best riders without a team for 2020

Joe Robinson 9 Oct 2019 If this team raced a Grand Tour, they would be leaving with plenty of stage wins and maybe the overall title The 2019 is all but finished, this Saturday's Il Lombardia being the last race of any significance, and there are still a whole host of world-class cyclists without a contract for next season. As things stand, Rohan Dennis, Sam Bennett, Esteban Chaves and Mark Cavendish are among the raft of talent yet to confirm their futures for 2020. Normally by now, all of your top-shelf talent would have announced their teams for the coming season but this year, things seem a little different. This could be down to the bizarre situation in which many of the best riders in the world have also found themselves on the move this winter already . Tom Dumoulin, Nairo Quintana, Philippe Gilbert, Richard Carapaz to name but a ...

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Julian Alaphilippe to skip Il Lombardia bringing end to successful season

Julian Alaphilippe to skip Il Lombardia bringing end to successful season

Joe Robinson 8 Oct 2019 Frenchman skips final Monument of the year after being nominated for Velo d'Or Julian Alaphilippe will bring an end to a successful season after pulling out Il Lombardia this Saturday. The Frenchman has been the stand out rider for 2019 and was expected to line up at the Italian Monument at the weekend as one of the favourites. However, a taxing year of racing has seen Alaphillipe to call time on his year. 'I am really sad to tell you that I will not be racing Milano-Torino and Il Lombardia this week and that my incredible 2019 season has come to an end. You know that I always give everything and have done ever since my year started in Argentina,' said Alaphilippe. 'I’ve worked really hard to try and be at my peak for a third time this year, having raced hard at the Classics ...

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Castelli launches revamped Gabba and Perfetto ‘RoS’ range

Sam Challis Tuesday, October 1, 2019 - 14:55 For its 10th anniversary the Gabba gets revised for a fourth time and Castelli says it is more versatile than ever For AW19 Castelli has updated its famous Gabba jersey, which celebrates its 10th anniversary this year. The garment was released in 2009 and underwent a lengthy period of development with the Castelli-sponsored Cervélo Test Team, but remained a low profile addition to the Castelli catalogue until the rain-soaked 2013 edition of Milan-San Remo . Aware of the jersey’s attributes and wary of the weather, pro riders who were not sponsored by Castelli used their own money to buy the jersey in a bid to keep themselves and their teams protected in the torrential conditions. Image 2 of 11 Image 2 of 11 The jersey offered partial weather protection in a breathable, racey fit - a combination of features that no other ...

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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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Check out Bauke Mollema's incredible 1x Trek Madone for the World Championships

Joe Robinson 26 Sep 2019 The Dutchman backs himself to tackle 3,645m, 285km course on a 1x 52t chainring (Photos: Peter Stuart) Bauke Mollema’s Trek Madone proves the Dutch are coming to play at the World Championships in Harrogate, Yorkshire, his current setup suggesting the Dutchman will complete the course on a single chainring. The 32-year-old will be part of the Netherlands eight-man team trying to guide race favourite Mathieu van der Poel to elite men’s rainbow jersey. The current cyclocross World Champion, Van der Poel enters the race clear favourite, tipped by most to take the title at his first attempt. At 285km it will be the second-longest race day of the season after Milan-San Remo - only with a considerable amount more of climbing - and Mollema will be among Van der Poel’s seven domestiques, attempting to manipulate the race in his teammate's favour. Such a demanding day ...

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Who are the bookies backing for the World Championships men's race?

Joe Robinson 23 Sep 2019 A guide to the favourites for the men’s elite road race in Harrogate on Sunday 29th September The UCI World Championships is already underway in Harrogate, Yorkshire and the final event is the elite men’s road race on Sunday 29th September. At 285km, it will be the longest World Championships road race in recent history, almost matching the mammoth 298km tackled at Milan-San Remo , just with a mighty 3,645m of elevation. After a long 180km lap of the Yorkshire Dales - which includes ascents of Kidstones Pass, Buttertubs and Grinton Moor - the men will enter Harrogate for seven laps of a 14km finishing circuit. It’s technical, negotiating plenty of narrow roads, tight corners and a few rude gradients in a loop that will sap the energy reserves of every rider. Particularly watch out for the tight bridge on Penny Pot Lane followed by ...

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Castelli announces newly updated Gabba and Perfetto range

Amongst the e-bikes, indoor bikes, aero bikes and gravel bikes in the hangers of Eurobike last week, Italian clothing brand Castelli had something important to share – an update to its much-loved Gabba and Perfetto ranges. There are few items of clothing that can claim to have invented a category, but the Castelli Gabba is … The post Castelli announces newly updated Gabba and Perfetto range appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Last chance: Sportful offer and competition

Win a Bahrain Merida Sportful jersey signed by Vincenzo Nibali

At the end of August, two listeners of the Cyclingnews podcast have the chance to take home a Bahrain-Merida jersey signed by Vincenzo Nibali, courtesy of Sportful. All you need to do, to be in with a chance of winning, is head over to the Cyclingnews Podcast on iTunes and leave a review. Sportful has provided Cyclingnews with two of its Bodyfit Team jersey, a premium jersey that features temperature regulating DryPro fabric, an anatomic fit, and reflective detailing for extra safety on the roads. Both are signed by Vincenzo Nibali, who has seen three seasons of success at Bahrain-Merida, including a thrilling win at Milan-San Remo, three Grand Tour podiums and a win on the shortened penultimate stage of the 2019 Tour de France. In addition to this, Sportful is also kindly offering Cyclingnews readers 20 per cent off at sportful.com. Simply head over to Sportful , fill your ...

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Alaphilippe and Evenepoel lead Deceuninck-QuickStep at Deutschland Tour

Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep) is back in blue team colours on stage 20 at the Tour de Fr

A month on from his memorable performance at the Tour de France, Julian Alaphilippe begins his build-up to the World Championships at the Deutschland Tour on Thursday, where he leads Deceuninck-QuickStep alongside Remco Evenepoel. Alaphilippe won two stages and finished fifth overall at the Tour de France, leading the race two days from Paris, in a season in which he has also won Milan-San Remo, La Fleche Wallonne, and Strade Bianche. One week after the end of the Tour, he rode the Clasica San Sebastian but abandoned early on, and has not raced since, aside from one appearance at a post-Tour criterium. Alaphillipe will be joined at the four-day Deutschland Tour by the winner of San Sebastian, Remco Evenepoel. The 19-year-old has had an extraordinary debut season as a professional after skipping the U23 ranks, winning the Belgium Tour and the elite European time trial title this summer. The Deutschland ...

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Alaphilippe sacrificing races for freshness ahead of Yorkshire Worlds

Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep) speaks to the press on the second rest day at the Tour de

Nearing the end of a dream 2019 season, few would blame Julian Alaphilippe ( Deceuninck-QuickStep ) for being satisfied with his lot. With 12 new additions to his palmarès including wins at Strade Bianche, Milan-San Remo and two stages of the Tour de France – not to mention fifth overall there after spending two weeks in the yellow jersey – the Frenchman has packed more success into a single year than most riders see in their entire careers. But despite his astounding successes from January to July, there could yet be more to come as Alaphilippe and his inner circle plan a third act to his phenomenal 2019. The World Championships road race in Yorkshire is the final goal of his season, after the spring Classics and Tour de France. Getting there in top form, for a third peak in five months, will take some managing though. It was a ...

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John Degenkolb joins Lotto Soudal on a two-year deal

John Degenkolb joins Lotto Soudal on a two-year deal

Joe Robinson 22 Aug 2019 Double Monument winner joins Philippe Gilbert in move across to Belgian WorldTour team Two-time Monument winner John Degenkolb will move from Trek-Segafredo to Lotto Soudal in a bid to revitalise his Spring Classics career. The German will join on a two-year deal taking him through to the 2021 season and join fellow Monument champion Philippe Gilbert as the latest signing for the Belgian WorldTour team . The 30-year-old was one of the world's leading one-day classics riders in 2015, winning both Milan-San Remo and Paris-Roubaix. It looked as if the German would push on to add to that haul until he was involved in a serious collision with a car while on a training ride in Spain in early 2016. The subsequent injuries were severe and pegged Degenkolb back into a long rehabilitation period which saw him miss the Spring Classics campaign. While he has ...

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Lotto Soudal add John Degenkolb on a two-year deal

John Degenkolb on the Gent-Wevelgem podium after finishing second

Lotto Soudal have announced the signing of John Degenkolb , who will join Philippe Gilbert to lead the Belgian team's Classics squad next season. Degenkolb won Paris-Roubaix and Milan-San Remo in 2015 and joins Lotto Soudal after spending three seasons with Trek-Segafredo. "The talks with Lotto Soudal have revealed that there are many similarities between the team's goals and mine," said Degenkolb. "It makes sense that a Belgian team with a long history in cycling wants to excel during the Classics. "That will be the aim for the first part of the season. In addition, I'm not slow at the finish, especially after a tough race. Of course, I also look forward to working with Caleb Ewan, who will undoubtedly be our number-one sprinter for his specific goals. But with my experience, I can provide added value for him and for Lotto Soudal." Degenkolb also talked about an intriguing dynamic ...

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John Degenkolb signs with Lotto Soudal on 2 year contract

Supported by Lotto Soudal has announced that John Degenkolb will be joining the Belgian team next year. The 30-year-old German trades Trek-Segafredo for Lotto Soudal and signed an agreement until the end of 2021. Degenkolb turned pro in 2011 and evolved into an excellent Classics rider, whose strong sprint is an extra trump card at the end … The post John Degenkolb signs with Lotto Soudal on 2 year contract appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Bora-Hansgrohe sign Lennard Kamna from Team Sunweb

Lennard Kamna (Teram Sunweb)

Bora-Hansgrohe have confirmed the signing of talented young German stage race rider Lennard Kämna from Team Sunweb as they further strengthen their German-oriented roster and become less reliant on the success of Peter Sagan. The 22-year-old Kämna is a former junior time trial world champion and was second in the under-23 road race World Championships in 2017 in Bergen. He joined Team Sunweb for the 2017 season and rode much of the Vuelta a España before focusing on the Worlds. Kämna is considered one of Germany’s best young stage racers but took time away from the sport in 2018 to reflect on his future and cycling career. He stopped racing after Milan-San Remo but returned last summer at the Tour of Denmark. He has raced a full calendar so far in 2019 and made an impressive Tour de France debut, finishing fourth on stage 18 to Valloire after being in ...

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Philippe Gilbert to leave Deceuninck–QuickStep for Lotto-Soudal

Philippe Gilbert to leave Deceuninck–QuickStep for Lotto-Soudal

Joseph Delves 19 Aug 2019 Classics star returns to his former home at the rival Belgian outfit Philippe Gilbert has signed a three-year deal with Lotto-Soudal . Seeing the 37-year-old Classics racer and former World Champion swap one Belgian team for another, the move is a return to the squad for which he rode during the 2009-2011 seasons. Having joined the all-conquering Quick-Step team in 2017 following four years at BMC, his debut season racing for Patrick Lefevere saw Gilbert win both the Tour of Flanders and Amstel Gold. However, even having won this year’s Paris-Roubaix , the strength of the current team meant Gilbert has often had to fight it out with the rest of his squad for supremacy. Despite his advancing years, he’ll likely have a more protected role at Lotto-Soudal. The move forms part of a restocking exercise by the Belgian team which has recently seen promising ...

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Mathieu van der Poel: Alaphilippe is the favourite for World Championships

Mathieu van der Poel (Corendon-Circus)

Mathieu van der Poe l has named Julian Alaphilippe as the number favourite to become world road race champion next month, insisting the pressures of his own favourite status weigh lightly on his broad but young shoulders. Van der Poel is targeting the rainbow jersey on the road after a revelatory spring classics campaign this year in which he won Dwars door Vlaanderen and Amstel Gold Race. He also became cyclo-cross world champion in February and has won three mountain bike World Cups over the summer, but has made a successful return to the road this week at the Arctic Race of Norway as he begins his preparation for the Yorkshire Worlds at the end of September. Speaking to reporters in Norway about the Yorkshire World Championships , Van der Poel quickly reached for the name of Alaphilippe, who has won Milan-San Remo, Strade Bianche and La Fleche Wallonne this ...

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Felice Gimondi dies aged 76

Felice Gimondi and Eddy Merckx

Felice Gimondi, three-time Giro d'Italia champion and winner of the 1965 Tour de France and 1968 Vuelta a España, died on Friday afternoon. The 76-year-old was swimming in the sea off the coast of Giardini Naxos in Sicily, southern Italy, when he suffered a heart attack. Gimondi took 14 stages across his five Grand Tour victories, and is one of only seven men to win all three races. He also counted multiple Classics among his glittering palmarès, including Milan-San Remo, Paris-Roubaix, and two editions of the Giro di Lombardia, as well as the 1973 World Championships in Barcelona. At the latter, he outsprinted Freddy Maertens, Luis Ocaña and Eddy Merckx to take the rainbow jersey. But it was in the Grand Tours where his greatest exploits came. Gimondi won the Tour de France on his debut, during his first professional season for Salvarani. After a last-minute call-up to the race, ...

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Reijnen renews with Trek-Segafredo

Kiejl Reijnen in the Trek-Segafredo line up

US rider Kiel Reijnen has re-signed with Trek-Segafredo , the team has announced, keeping him with the American-registered WorldTour team until at least the end of 2021. Reijnen joined Trek-Segafredo in 2016 from US Pro Continental team UnitedHealthcare, and has since been a regular at the world's biggest races, riding two Vueltas a Espana and continuing to take part in major one-day races, including the Tour of Flanders and Milan-San Remo. Four of his five pro victories came while he was still at UnitedHealthcare, and all were at US races: the Philadelphia Cycling Classic, a stage of the Tour of Utah and two stages of the USA Pro Challenge. The fact that only one victory has come since joining Trek-Segafredo – another stage of the Tour of Utah, in 2016 – is testament to the hard work the 33-year-old from Bainbridge Island, Washington, performs for his teammates. "I'm super happy ...

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Vincenzo Nibali signs two-year contract with Trek-Segafredo

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

Trek-Segafredo have at last confirmed that Vincenzo Nibali will ride in their colours in 2020 after agreeing a two-year contract with the team. The Italian joins Trek-Segafredo after three years at Bahrain-Merida, and he will be joined on his new team by his brother Antonio. "I followed my heart and chose for this team, knowing that their project is very serious and competitive," Vincenzo Nibali said in a statement released by Trek-Segafredo on Thursday afternoon. "The great confidence Trek and Segafredo and all the other sponsors are showing in me is very motivating. I am really happy to continue my cycling career at Trek-Segafredo and look forward to 2020." Trek's interest in Nibali dates back to late 2015, when Italian coffee company Segafredo came on board as co-sponsor. Nibali was heavily linked with a move to Trek-Segafredo in early 2016, when he was in the final year of his tenure ...

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