Cycling stars pay tribute to the late Raymond Poulidor
Joe Robinson 13 Nov 2019 Merckx, Van der Poel and President Macron among those to pay their respects The cycling world has paid tribute to Raymond Poulidor who died in the early hours of Wednesday morning at a hospital in Saint-Leonard-de-Noblat, near Limoges in central France. Finishing second at the Tour de France on three occasions and on the podium a total of seven times, Poulidor earned himself the nickname 'the eternal second' after never managing to win the race nor wear the leader's yellow jersey. His career was defined by two great rivalries. Firstly with the late Jaques Anquetil which saw the French duo splitting the loyalty of entire households throughout the late 1950s and early 1960s. His second great rivalry came with Eddy Merckx in the mid- to late-1960s with Poulidor the older, more experienced rider. Merckx was among the first to pay tribute to his once rival-turned ...
Raymond Poulidor dies aged 83
Joe Robinson 13 Nov 2019 The iconic French cyclist dies in the early hours of Wednesday morning French cycling legend Raymond Poulidor has died at the age of 83. He passed away in the early hours of Wednesday morning after an extended stay in hospital in Saint-Leonard-de-Noblat. In a long 18-year career that spanned from 1960 to 1977, the Frenchman played out some of the sport's greatest rivalries with riders such as Jacques Anquetil and a young Eddy Merckx, affectionately remembered as 'PouPou' to his fans. Poulidor was an icon of the Tour de France despite never winning the race or even wearing the race's yellow jersey. In 14 participations at the race, he finished on the podium on seven occasions, three times in second place, results that earned him the nickname 'The Eternal Second'. Beyond the Tour, Poulidor had a successful racing career, taking 72 wins including the 1964 ...
Fabian Cancellara on life in retirement: 'I’m busier now than when I raced'
Joe Robinson 1 Nov 2019 The seven-time Monument winner on why he doesn't miss racing and how life has become busier off the bike Fabian Cancellara is now three years into retirement. Hanging up his wheels having won gold in the individual time trial at the Rio Olympics, the Swiss brought to a close one of the most dominant careers this century. Four time trial World Championships, three-time Tour of Flanders winner, three-time Paris-Roubaix victor, a Milan-San Remo and two Olympic gold medals, too. With a palmares like that, you could probably get away with not having to work another day in your life after retirement. But for the 38-year-old, his life after bike racing seems to just be getting started. If he is not running his Chasing Cancellara sportive series, he is helping brands like Suplest, BMC and Gore develop products. Cyclist caught up with Cancellara at Sigma Sports ...
Exept Allroad long-term review: Custom Italian modular monocoque
I’ve always had an appreciation for alloy or steel frames. Recently I’ve even come around on the merits of titanium after getting to play with a hand-built Caminarde gravel bike. Borrowing a Specialized Allez built with Shimano’s mid-range 105 groupset got me more excited than many of the superbikes I’ve played on in recent times. … The post Exept Allroad long-term review: Custom Italian modular monocoque appeared first on CyclingTips .
The 10 most impressive performances in men’s road cycling in 2019
The WorldTour is over for another year and the pros are off enjoying a well-earned break. The 2020 season will be here before we know it but before it is, let’s look back at the season that just finished. In this post we dive into the most impressive performance in men’s road cycling in 2019. … The post The 10 most impressive performances in men’s road cycling in 2019 appeared first on CyclingTips .
Rain or shine: Castelli’s evolving philosophy on apparel for all elements
Usually, cyclists hope it won’t rain before a bike ride. At a recent media event, Castelli product managers were hoping for the opposite. It’s why they chose to host it in the Ötztal Valley of Tyrol, Austria, 250 kilometers north of their headquarters in Fonzaso, Italy. And though it didn’t rain, the question of variable weather perfectly encapsulates … The post Rain or shine: Castelli’s evolving philosophy on apparel for all elements appeared first on CyclingTips .
Scott 2020 road bikes: which model should you choose?
From the lightweight Addict RC to the aero Foil and women’s specific Contessa, we pick the most interesting road bikes from the 2020 Scott road and gravel range
The weekly spin: The great ‘Rider of the Year’ debate
Supported by With the 2019 road racing season effectively over, it’s time for the annual “Rider of the Year” debates. Yes, there’s still the six-stage Tour of Guangxi, which starts on Thursday. But none of the riders in the running for Rider of the Year honors are taking part. So with Il Lombardia in the rearview mirror, … The post The weekly spin: The great ‘Rider of the Year’ debate appeared first on CyclingTips .
Revamped Castelli Gabba “more waterproof, more breathable and better fitting than ever”
Italian firm updates Gabba and Perfetto range ready for winter
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 .
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 ...
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 ...
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 .
Last chance: Sportful offer and competition
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Alaphilippe and Evenepoel lead Deceuninck-QuickStep at Deutschland Tour
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 ...
Alaphilippe sacrificing races for freshness ahead of Yorkshire Worlds
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 ...
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 ...