Giro d'Italia 2019: A patient Ewan beats Demare on Stage 11 in Novi Ligure

Giro d'Italia 2019: A patient Ewan beats Demare on Stage 11 in Novi Ligure

Joe Robinson 22 May 2019 Caleb Ewan wins his second stage of the 2019 Giro d'Italia as Elia Viviani faces winless three weeks Caleb Ewan ( Lotto-Soudal ) proved patience is a virtue launching a late burst to beat Arnaud Demare ( Groupama-FDJ ) to take victory on Stage 11, the final flat stage of this year's Giro d'Italia in Novi Ligure. The Australian left it until the final 200 metres to launch his sprint, rounding a wounded Pascal Ackermann ( Bora-Hansgrohe ) who started his launch for the line too early. Ackermann eventually faded to third with Demare rolling in second. The result, along with intermediate points taken during the stage, was enough for Demare to take the purple jersey from Ackermann. Behind, Italian national champion Elia Viviani ( Deceuninck-QuickStep ) realised it was not his Giro as he failed to trouble the front three, eventually rolling in fourth. ...

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Lefevere: Keeping Alaphilippe comes down to money

Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep) attends a press conference on April 19 ahead of the Amstel

Patrick Lefevere has made Julian Alaphilippe a contract offer but the Belgian team boss is still none the wiser as to whether the French rider will stay with Deceuninck-QuickStep beyond 2019. Alaphilippe has been linked with a big-money transfer to Total Direct Energie for 2020, with the French team significantly increasing their budget after Total came on as a sponsor earlier this year. Lefevere has a fight on his hands to keep a number of high-profile riders, with Alaphilippe, Elia Viviani and Enric Mas among those on the transfer market for next year. Alaphilippe, in particular, has enjoyed a remarkable start to the season with eight wins already, including victories in La Flèche Wallonne, Milan-San Remo, Strade Bianche and two stages in Tirreno-Adriatico. He is currently training for the Critérium du Dauphiné and the Tour de France , where last year he won two stages and the King of the ...

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Giro d'Italia 2019: Caleb Ewan wins sprint at the end of a nervy Stage 8

Giro d'Italia 2019: Caleb Ewan wins sprint at the end of a nervy Stage 8

Pete Muir 18 May 2019 Lotto-Soudal's Australian sprinter denies Elia Viviani once again Lotto-Soudal's Australian sprinter, Caleb Ewan, managed to hold off Elia Viviani (Deceuninck-QuickStep) and Pascal Ackermann (Bora-Hansgrohe) in a fenzied sprint at the end of Stage 8 at the 2019 Giro d'Italia. After the win, the 24-year-old declared his victory was down to ‘determination and a committed team, and I'm just so happy to repay them with the win'. Meanwhile, despite a strong showing from his QuickStep team, Viviani had to once again settle for a disappointing loss. Most of the GC contenders arrived together in the bunch, meaning that Valerio Conti (UAE Emirates) retains the pink jersey of race leader going into Stage 9. See related Giro d'Italia 2019: Astana's Bilbao wins Stage 7 as Conti holds pink Giro d'Italia 2019: Route, riders, live TV guide and all you need to know Giro d'Italia 2019: Roglic hands ...

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Petacchi denies links to blood doping investigation

Some choice headgear by Alessandro Petacchi in 2005

Alessandro Petacchi has denied being involved in the German Aderlass blood doping investigation centred around Dr. Mark Schmidt, after a joint investigation by the French Le Monde and Italian Corriere della Sera newspapers alleged he was a client of the former Team Milram doctor who has worked with a number of cross-country skiers in recent years. On Sunday, Petacchi’s former teammate Danilo Hondo confessed to blood doping, saying he paid Dr. Schimdt €30,000 for his blood doping services in 2012 and 2013. He said he contacted Dr. Schmidt via a Slovenian or Croatian phone number to arrange for the blood transfusions. Hondo, who has lived in Switzerland for a number of years, was immediately sacked from his coaching role by the Swiss cycling Federation. Petacchi and Hondo rode together at Lampre-ISD from 2011-2012, with the German often acting as Petacchi’s leadout man in the sprints. Hondo retired in 2014, while ...

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Porte: Nibali moving to Trek-Segafredo ‘would be great for me’

Supported by Richie Porte said he would welcome the addition of Vincenzo Nibali to the Trek-Segafredo squad next year, adding that it would not change his role as a Grand Tour contender. Nibali, whose three-year contract with Bahrain-Merida ends this year, is rumored to have agreed to a two-year contract with the American squad beginning in 2020. … The post Porte: Nibali moving to Trek-Segafredo ‘would be great for me’ appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Peter Sagan finding Tour de France legs in California

Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) took the leader's jersey after winning the opening stage of the 2019 To

Peter Sagan 's struggle with an early-season illness that led to sub-par performances in the spring Classics could be turning around at the Tour of California . The former triple road race world champion is preparing to win a seventh green jersey at this year's Tour de France . Bora-Hansgrohe director Jan Valach says the team back Sagan entirely, and believe that his stage victory in Sacramento on Sunday was exactly the morale-boost that both he and the team needed. "Yes, we're very happy with that win because it was important for Peter and for Bora-Hansgrohe," Valach told Cyclingnews at the start of stage 2, a 214.5km mountain stage to South Lake Tahoe, on Monday. "I'm also happy for him that he has come back with this victory, and that he can continue on like this into the season. In the spring, he was sick, and then he found it ...

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Roger De Vlaeminck is still racing

Roger De Vlaeminck’s record speaks for itself. In a career spanning nearly two decades he notched up more than 160 victories, not least four Paris-Roubaix titles (the equal record), three wins at Milan-San Remo, six overall titles at Tirreno-Adriatico (with 15 stage wins), and a massive 22 stage victories at the Giro d’Italia. He won … The post Roger De Vlaeminck is still racing appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Photo essay: The Giro d'Italia - the most beautiful race in the world

Joe Robinson 10 May 2019 A gallery of images from the Giro d'Italia, the most beautiful race in professional cycling Words: Joe Robinson See related Giro d'Italia 2019: Who are the favourites and who should you be backing? Giro d'Italia 2019: Route, riders, live tv guide and all you need to know Visit the Cyclist Shop for magazines, gifts and more It has the drama of Paris-Roubaix , the prestige of the Tour de France , the brutality of the Vuelta a Espana . The weather can be worse than racing in Scandinavia and the peloton as erratic as the closing stages of Milan-San Remo . The brutally steep mountains. The screaming tifosi. The pink jersey . The crushing of dreams, the making of heroes. The food, the food! There's no race quite like the Giro d'Italia. It's the world's best race and it starts for the 102nd time this ...

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Nibali ready to shoulder hopes of a nation at Giro d'Italia

Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida)

Vincenzo Nibali felt the hopes and expectations of a nation weigh on his shoulders at the Giro d'Italia Grand Partenza began in Bologna on Thursday. The 33-year-old Sicilian is the only Italian contender for overall victory this year and the tifosi were already trying to sneak into the pre-race press conference, take a selfie with Nibali and wish him all the best for the three weeks of racing. Nibali smiled for the cameras and even posed with Tom Dumoulin, perhaps his biggest rival this year, as they crossed paths at the race headquarters outside of Bologna. He is chasing third maglia rosa after victories in 2013 and 2016 but seemed able to shoulder the hopes of a nation. Nibali has apparently agreed on terms with Trek-Segafredo for 2020 but is keen to honour his contract with Bahrain-Merida and give Italy another Giro d'Italia victory. "The Giro was the first biggest ...

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Lefevere hoping to hold on to Alaphilippe at Deceuninck-QuickStep

Julian Alaphilippe in Liège

Deceuninck-QuickStep team boss Patrick Lefevere says that he hopes he can hold on to star rider Julian Alaphilippe when the Frenchman's contract with the Belgian WorldTour team comes to an end after this season. Lefevere told the Belgian press that the pair have already talked, and that the feeling's mutual that both parties would like to continue to work together, although apparently "not at all costs". "Julian knows what he means to us, and we also know what we mean to him," Lefevere said on Belgian newspaper Het Nieuwsblad 's website, nieuwsblad.be . "But there's a difference between upgrading a contract by tens of thousands of euros versus hundreds of thousands." Over the years, Lefevere has regularly let his star riders leave for new teams if his team's budget won't stretch to a more expensive new contract. Rather than spend most of his money on one rider – as other ...

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Peter Sagan: Results don't tell you everything

Peter Sagan withdrew mid-race

Peter Sagan ( Bora-Hansgrohe ) will start his 10th consecutive Amgen Tour of California next week hoping to breathe new life into a season that has so far netted the three-time world champion just one win. The 29-year-old Slovakian pulled the plug on his Classics campaign early after failing to land a podium, and he travelled to the US earlier this month to prepare for the seven-day WorldTour race he won in 2015 and holds the race record of 16 stage wins. Despite Sagan's relative lack of success this season, the former winner of Gent-Wevelgem, Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix said he views his early season effort positively. "The results don't tell you everything," Sagan said in an interview published on HNonline.sk. "After being sick in the spring, I was rather weak, and when I was better I immediately returned to racing, which didn't do me any good. But it ...

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Bahrain-Merida name team to support Nibali at Giro d'Italia

Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida)

Bahrain-Merida have named the seven men that will ride in support of Vincenzo Nibali at the Giro d'Italia as the Italian looks to become the oldest rider to win the Italian Grand Tour. A win would be his third Giro d'Italia success, after victories in 2013 and 2016, and his fifth overall Grand Tour win with tiles at the Tour de France and Giro d'Italia. Nibali missed the Giro last season to focus on the Tour de France but he has shaped the first half of his year around the Italian race this spring. "The Giro is my great goal for the first part of the season and my preparation has been designed to be ready at the start of the Italian race. I feel ready to start this great adventure," he said. "The opponents are many, but I will be at start in Bologna with a lot of serenity ...

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Van Aert rules out participating in Yorkshire Worlds

Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) suffers

Wout van Aert ( Jumbo-Visma ) has confirmed that he will not participate in the UCI Road World Championships in Yorkshire in September, preferring instead to ride a full cyclo-cross programme next winter. The three-time cyclo-cross world champion began to segue onto the road in earnest last spring and moved up to WorldTour level with Jumbo-Visma this season. Van Aert placed second at the E3 BinckBank Classic, third at Strade Bianche and 6th at Milan-San Remo, while also catching the eye with a stirring but ill-starred display at Paris-Roubaix. His performances in the cobbled Classics prompted calls for Van Aert to be installed as Belgium’s team leader for the Worlds road race in Yorkshire, which takes place on September 29. Van Aert took the bronze medal in last year’s European Championships in Glasgow but has said that he will not line out for the Belgian national team at the Worlds. ...

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Alejandro Valverde forced out of Giro d'Italia with injury

Alejandro Valverde forced out of Giro d'Italia with injury

Joe Robinson 3 May 2019 Movistar to rely on Landa and Carapaz for General Classification hopes as Valverde unable to recover from crash World Champion Alejandro Valverde has been forced out racing the Giro d'Italia through an injury sustained before last weekend's Liege-Bastogne-Liege . In a press release, Movistar confirmed that the veteran rider suffered from swelling in the pelvis after crashing in a training ride in the run up to Liege and that it would not heal in time for the Giro, which starts a week on Saturday . 'The Movistar Team confirmed on Friday that Alejandro Valverde, one of its main references for the 102nd Giro d'Italia, which starts next Saturday in Bologna, will not be able to take the start of the first Grand Tour of the season,' read the press release. 'The Murcia native wasn't able to recover in time from bone edema in his sacrum ...

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Alberto Contador proves he's still got it at Mallorca 312

Joe Robinson 2 May 2019 The Spaniard average 33.6kmh for the day and took a big KOM en route too Alberto Contador proved he is not getting slow in retirement setting an extremely respectable 9 hour 15 minute time at the Mallorca 312 sportive . The 36-year-old retired at the end of the 2017 season but has yet to fully give up on riding almost as well as he did during his career. Taking on the Mallorcan sportive, the former Tinkoff and Astana rider officially finished 73rd on the day in a time of 10 hours and 14 minutes although his Strava file tells of a much faster ride. To cover the mammoth 312km in just over nine hours, the seven-time Grand Tour winner's Strava post shows he averaged a solid 33.6kmh despite the 4,968m of elevation. The Spaniard also topped out at 83.9kmh on the descent of the Puig ...

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The Classics might be over for another year, but for two 24-year-olds the best is yet to come

The Classics might be over for another year, but for two 24-year-olds the best is yet to come

Daniel Ostanek 2 May 2019 The battle of the Vans this year was just a glimpse of the rivalry we can expect for years to come. Everyone else will be fighting for third Sadly, the Spring Classics are over. The near two-month long jaunt from Merelbeke to Liege, via Siena, Antwerp and a host of other exotic locales, is done, another chapter in the history books as we move on to the stage races of the summer . Plenty of memories linger, of course – battles like Alaphilippe vs Fuglsang, Deceuninck-QuickStep vs the peloton, and Alberto Bettiol vs everybody’s betting slip. But another subplot has been running the whole time, continuing on from the dark days of winter, and only ending in the Ardennes. If you hadn’t guessed already, it’s that of the two young guns – the multi-disciplinarians and longstanding cyclocross rivals, Wout van Aert and Mathieu van der ...

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The weekly spin: Rating the winners and losers of the 2019 spring classics

It was late in the race, and Julian Alaphilippe, the most successful rider of the spring classics, knew he would not be defending his team’s title at Liège-Bastogne-Liège. Though his Deceuninck–Quick-Step teammates had spent the day keeping him sheltered from the wind and setting pace at the front of the peloton, the inclement weather had adversely … The post The weekly spin: Rating the winners and losers of the 2019 spring classics appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Winners and Losers from the Ardennes

In which I form an opinion from highlight reels So, I’m going to try something here. For reasons outside of my control, I really enjoy the Ardennes classics. For reasons outside of my control, I wasn’t able to watch a single one of them this season (hey, keepers of pro cycling: I have shit to do on Wednesday mornings, get your scheduling together). But, unfortunately, I am tasked with writing a Winners and Losers column for a sequence of races that I didn’t get to watch. Now, this has the potential to be the easiest task in the world. The winners were indeed Mathieu Van Der Poel, Julian Alaphilippe and Jakob Fuglsang and the losers were literally everyone else, and that should be the self-referential end of the column. But I do have to my advantage highlight reels, results sheets and a list of personal expectations and VDS-hopes-and-dreams that are ...

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Lessons learned from the 2019 Spring Classics

Joe Robinson 29 Apr 2019 Alaphilippe's the world's best rider not called Mathieu, Valverde's getting old and women's cycling coverage is still far behind the men's Jakob Fuglsang's solo victory at Liege-Bastogne-Liege marked the end of the Spring Classics and closed the first chapter of the 2019 season. The men's peloton saw 17 races produce seven winning teams and 11 winning riders. Deceuninck-QuickStep dominated with nine of those wins with six different riders. Mathieu van der Poel took four victories to Julian Alaphilippe's four while Zdenek Stybar notched two wins of his own. Dimension Data managed only two top 10s all spring while the second most successful team of the entire period hailed from the ProContinental ranks, in the shape of Van der Poel's Corendon-Circus. The racing at times was thrilling and at other times quite boring, however, it all came together to tell some interesting stories ahead of the ...

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Julian Alaphilippe could move to Total Direct Energie on €4m per year deal

Julian Alaphilippe could move to Total Direct Energie on €4m per year deal

Joe Robinson 29 Apr 2019 Frenchman subject to big money offer from ProContinental team in bid to bolster WorldTour bid Julian Alaphilippe's exceptional spring could have earned him a bumper payday as it was reported that French ProContinental team Total Direct Energie are willing to offer him a contract worth €4 million a year. Reported in both French and Italian press over the weekend, Total Direct Energie is in 'pole position' to acquire the talents of the recent winner of Fleche Wallonne who currently rides for Deceuninck-QuickStep . Both reports suggest that the deal would be worth around €4 million per year, among one of the highest yearly salaries in the sport. Alaphilippe has proved his worth as one of the world's best riders with 10 victories already this season. The Frenchman is also the only rider to have won three one-day WorldTour races this season, at Strade Bianche, Fleche ...

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