Bikes of the Tour de France: Vincenzo Nibali's custom Merida Reacto

Joe Robinson 17 Jul 2019 Glitter paint job, a shark sticker, grip tape on the bottle cages and his name in gold Vincenzo Nibali is one of the very few riders good enough to warrant a custom edition bike thanks to victories at all three Grand Tours and two Monument wins. In a long and memorable career, that's still in full swing, the 34-year-old has won the Tour de France , Vuelta a Espana and two editions of the Giro d'Italia , while also winning Il Lombardia and Milan-San Remo to morph into the most rounded rider of his generation. The Bahrain-Merida rider is currently at the Tour hunting stage wins and the polka dot climber's jersey, a change of pace to his usual General Classification quest, but he is still one of the biggest names on the start list. Big enough to lead the Cyclist team to the Bahrain-Merida ...

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Peter Sagan tightens grip on green jersey at the Tour de France

Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe)

Peter Sagan ( Bora-Hansgrohe ) put a difficult start to the year behind him on stage 5 of the Tour de France , taking victory in Colmar to strengthen his grip on the green jersey and move up to tied-16th on the all-time stage victories list. The Slovak now lies with 12 wins, equal to Miguel Indurain as well as legendary sprinters Robbie McEwen and Erik Zabel. The Bora-Hansgrohe leader also moved past Sean Kelly into sixth place on the Tour's all-time top-three-finishes list with 44 in total. But beyond the statistics, the win also marks a turnaround from a spring that saw him suffer from illness in March and never quite hit 100 per cent during the Classics season. "I think we can't compare it," Sagan said, when asked about the difference in him between April and July. "At the start of the season I was sick. I think ...

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Julian Alaphilippe’s stage-winning Specialized S-Works Tarmac Disc from the 2019 Tour de France

Julian Alaphilippe's Specialized S-Works Tarmac Disc

Deceuninck-Quick-Step rider solos into the yellow jersey on Specialized's lightweight all-rounder

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Tour de France: 'He races on emotion' says Lefevere of Alaphilippe

Julain Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep) solos to victory during stage 3 at the Tour de France

"Cycling wouldn't be what it is if we didn't have riders like Julian, who race on emotion," said Deceuninck-QuickStep manager Patrick Lefevere following Julian Alaphilippe 's win on stage 3 of the Tour de France in Epernay on Monday – which was enough to also take the yellow jersey. Alaphilippe is enjoying his best season yet – already, at this point of the year, more successful than his breakout 2018 season, when his wins included Flèche Wallonne, the Clasica San Sebastian and two stages at the Tour. This year, the Frenchman's victories already include Strade Bianche, Milan-San Remo and a second Flèche. Now, just three days into the 2019 Tour, he has another stage win, and cycling's ultimate prize on his shoulders. Additionally, Lefevere recently persuaded the 27-year-old to re-sign for another two years with the team he joined in 2014. With interest from a number of other WorldTour teams, ...

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Peter Sagan: The Tour de France sprints are always a big mess

Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) wins stage 3 at the Tour de Suisse

Peter Sagan is often considered the only rock star in the professional peloton, but as the hours counted down to Saturday's first stage of the Tour de France , where he could take the first yellow jersey and begin to score points towards a record-breaking seventh green points jersey, the Bora-Hansgrohe team leader was evasive about his chances of winning, and seemed slightly irritated about a lack of support in his eight-rider squad for this year's race. When asked about the chance of crashes at the Tour, Sagan and his entourage revealed their strong sense of superstition, closing down the question quickly in the hope it wouldn't carry any bad karma in the days to come. During the Bora-Hansgrohe press conference late on Friday afternoon, Sagan was one of four team leaders, rather than the only leader. Bora-Hansgrohe is no longer only the Peter Sagan show, even if he generates ...

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The Cannibal and the thief: Merckx’s legendary 1969 Tour de France, 50 years on

Cycling, famously, is a sport of stars and water-carriers. The stars win; the water-carriers never do. But the history of cycling is written in those rare, fleeting moments when an unknown name attempts to steal victory from an established hero. Those moments are unlikely and rarely fruitful, but they define the sport just as much … The post The Cannibal and the thief: Merckx’s legendary 1969 Tour de France, 50 years on appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Mark Cavendish left out of Tour de France by Dimension Data

Mark Cavendish left out of Tour de France by Dimension Data

Joe Robinson 2 Jul 2019 Manxman overlooked by team for team dedicated to hunting stage wins Mark Cavendish will miss the 2019 Tour de France after being left out of the Dimension Data squad. The African WorldTour team announced their team to tackle the French Grand Tour on Monday morning, opting to back Italian sprinter Giacomo Nizzolo and Norwegian all-rounder Edvald Boasson Hagen over Cavendish. Cavendish had been hoping to earn selection for the race, having run a reduced race schedule in order to be in shape for the Tour, which starts on Saturday 6th July in Brussels. Last year, the 34-year-old was forced to abandon the race after missing the time cut of Stage 11 to La Rosiere. The Manxman was then diagnosed with the Epstein-Barr syndrome which forced him to take an extended break during the latter half of the 2018 season before returning to racing in January ...

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Lotto-Soudal deny Campenaerts will be shifted for Gilbert and Degenkolb

Lotto-Soudal deny Campenaerts will be shifted for Gilbert and Degenkolb

Joe Robinson 1 Jul 2019 Team state contract negotiations are ongoing as Gilbert and Degenkolb linked with moves Reports in Belgium have suggested that Lotto-Soudal may release Hour Record holder Victor Campenaerts in order to bring in Monument winning duo Philippe Gilbert and John Degenkolb. Newspaper Het Nieuwsblad reported that Lotto-Soudal had offered Campenaerts a new contract but the rider had initially turned the deal in order to stay open to offers from other teams. It is then believed that Lotto-Soudal approached Campenaerts with a second offer that was less than the first after the team had put away a certain proportion of their budget to secure the signings of Gilbert and Degenkolb. Het Nieuwsblad then suggested that Campenaerts turned down the offer and will now look for a new team. Contrary to what was published in certain media today, the contract negotiations with @VCampenaerts are still ongoing. There have ...

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Transfer rumours: Elia Viviani to join Cofidis while Mas also leaves Deceuninck-Quickstep

Transfer rumours: Elia Viviani to join Cofidis while Mas also leaves Deceuninck-Quickstep

Joe Robinson 18 Jun 2019 Lefevere forced into axing stars to make budget work as Viviani and Mas look to depart Elia Viviani could be the subject of a shock move to ProContinental team Cofidis as Deceuninck-Quickstep look set to also lose Enric Mas to Movistar . Reports in Belgian newspaper Het Laatste Nieuws suggest team manager Patrick Lefevere will let the Italian national champion switch to Cofidis in order to keep Paris-Roubaix champion Philippe Gilbert. The move would see Viviani drop from the WorldTour into cycling's second division. While Cofidis are often invited to the biggest races in the calendar, notably the Tour de France and Milan-San Remo, the move would not guarantee Viviani the freedom to race a full calendar of his choice. Most importantly for the 30-year-old's sake is that the move to Cofidis would likely see him miss out the Giro d'Italia , with Cofidis unlikely ...

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15 up-and-coming riders you need to know about

The depth of talent in the men’s and women’s professional pelotons continues to grow with each season’s new signings. From junior world champions, to multi-discipline riders, to multiple-time national champions to childhood prodigies — all the riders below are worthy of your attention. These are the riders we expect to be dominating the sport in … The post 15 up-and-coming riders you need to know about appeared first on CyclingTips .

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No Tour de France for Degenkolb as Trek-Segafredo focus on Richie Porte

John Degenkolb on the Gent-Wevelgem podium after finishing second

German sprinter John Degenkolb has said he will not start the Tour de France this year as Trek-Segafredo focus their efforts on the general classification with Richie Porte. Trek-Segafredo have to still finalise and name their eight-rider roster for the Tour de France but Degenkolb appears resigned to a different goals for summer, with a move to Lotto Soudal for 2020 a possibility. "As it stands now, I will not be riding the Tour de France this year," Radsport-News.com reported Degenkolb as saying. Degenkolb saved Trek-Segafredo's Tour de France effort last year in the absence of an overall contender, taking an emotional win over some of the same cobbles where he won Paris-Roubaix in 2015 before his training crash the following winter. Leaving Degenkolb - who has also won MIlan-San Remo and 10 stages at the Vuelta a Espana, at home during July shows the seriousness with which Trek-Segafredo are ...

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Alaphilippe wins Dauphine stage 6 as Yates keeps overall lead

Supported by Saint-Michel-de-Maurienne, France, June 14, 2019 (AFP) – Frenchman Julian Alaphilippe powered to victory in the sixth stage of the Criterium du Dauphine on Friday, edging out Gregor Muehlberger in a photo finish after a long breakaway. The 27-year-old claimed his 10th victory of the season, having also won the one-day Milan-San Remo, Fleche Wallonne and … The post Alaphilippe wins Dauphine stage 6 as Yates keeps overall lead appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Jumbo-Visma confirm Van Aert, Groenewegen and Kruijswijk for Tour de France

Wout Van Aert (Jumbo-Visma)

With just under a month until the Tour de France, Jumbo-Visma have unveiled their line-up. Wout van Aert is set to make his Grand Tour debut, alongside the team’s experienced leaders Dylan Groenewegen and Steven Kruijswijk . The team will be looking to Groenewegen for stage wins, while Kruijswijk is their general classification hope. Groenewegen has three Tour de France stage wins in his pocket after winning on the Champs Elysees in 2017 as well as taking two victories last season, before he abandoned due to injuries sustained in a crash. Groenewegen has been one of the dominant sprinters this season with seven victories already. Kruijswijk finished fifth overall at last year’s Tour just behind his teammate Primoz Roglic, who won’t be racing the Tour de France after he took third place at last month’s Giro d’Italia. Kruijswijk has had a solid season so far with top 10 finishes in ...

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Alaphilippe lights up Criterium du Dauphine

Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep) at the opening stage at the Criterium du Dauphine

Julian Alaphlippe ( Deceuninck-QuickStep ) blew the cobwebs away with a familiar attacking approach on stage 1 of the Critérium du Dauphiné . The Frenchman had not raced since Liège-Bastogne-Liège in late April and a phenomenal spring campaign that included wins in Flèche Wallonne, Strade Bianche, and Milan-San Remo. However, he was on the attack on home soil as he and his team looked to split the race on the opening stage between Aurillac and Jussac. Deceuninck lifted the pace on the final climb of the day with Zdenek Stybar putting in a ferocious turn of speed on the lower slopes of the Cote de Roquenatou. On his wheel was Alaphilippe, who took over once the former cyclo-cross rider emptied the tank. The Frenchman's following assault strung out the remnants of the peloton, with Team Ineos' Chris Froome and Michal Kwiatkowski among the first to make contact. Although the pace ...

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Alaphilippe and Gilbert return to action at Criterium du Dauphine

Julian Alaphilippe thumps the air after winning Milan-San Remo 2019

Deceuninck-QuickStep 's Julian Alaphilippe and Philippe Gilbert will return to racing action on Sunday for the start of the Critérium du Dauphiné stage race in France – one of the two traditional routes to the Tour de France. While the team's Tour de France GC hopeful Enric Mas will head to the Tour de Suisse, which starts the day before the end of the Dauphiné, Alaphilippe and Gilbert head to this year's Grande Boucle on the hunt for stage wins, with the Dauphiné signalling the start of the second half of both riders' seasons. The pair last raced at Liège-Bastogne-Liège in April, having both won races earlier that month: Paris-Roubaix in Gilbert's case, while Alaphilippe won Flèche Wallonne. Gilbert has also won a stage of the Tour de la Provence this season, while Alaphilippe's nine victories already this year include Milan-San Remo and Strade Bianche. They will have similar roles ...

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Gallery: Check out this Team Ineos Pinarello Dogma F12

Joe Robinson 4 Jun 2019 Chris Froome and Geraint Thomas's new rig is looking mean and we've got hold of one A workman never blames his tools but he sure as hell should praise them. The Pinarello Dogma is one of the world's most successful bikes guiding Team Sky to Grand Tour glory in Italy, France and Spain with Bradley Wiggins , Geraint Thomas and Chris Froome . It also took a Milan-San Remo with Michal Kwiatkowski and Liege-Bastogne-Liege with Wout Poels as well as a boat-load of other races, too. It was also the bike of a generation. The bike that helped revolutionise cycling into the new golf on Britain's shores, with them two-a-penny every Sunday at any Surrey coffee stop, such was their popularity with the consumer. See related Gallery: Protests and new Pinarellos as Team Ineos take on the Tour de Yorkshire Pinarello launches new F12 and ...

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Julian Alaphilippe sticks with Deceuninck-Quickstep until 2021

Julian Alaphilippe sticks with Deceuninck-Quickstep until 2021

Joe Robinson 3 Jun 2019 Frenchman turns down lucrative offers to remain at Belgian WorldTour team Deceuninck-Quickstep have secured the services of Milan-San Remo champion Julian Alaphilippe for a further two years ending speculation of a big money move. The team confirmed that Alaphilippe had signed a two-year contract extension which will see him ride for the Belgian WorldTour squad through to 2021. The 26-year-old confirmed the rumours that other teams had attempted to sign him, in a statement, but that his priority was always to remain at Deceuninck-Quickstep. 'This is the team which gave me the chance to turn pro six years ago and where I feel at home,' Alaphilippe said. 'It’s my second family and I am very grateful for all the support I have received over the years as part of the amazing Wolfpack. 'I had also other offers, but my priority was always to ink a ...

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Alaphilippe renews with Deceuninck-Quickstep for two more years

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

Julian Alaphilippe announced on Saturday he has renewed with Patrick Lefevere's Deceuninck-Quickstep squad for two more years in a post on Instagram. The winner of Milan-San Remo, Strade Bianche and La Flèche Wallonne was one of the hottest riders at the end of his contract this season, and was rumored to be in negotiations with Total-Direct Energie. Last month, Lefevere said he hoped he could keep Alaphilippe, telling Cyclingnews he sent an offer to the Frenchman's agent. "I don’t know if he will stay, but of course I hope it. It’s all about money ," Lefevere said at the time. Alaphilippe has been one of the cornerstones of the Belgian squad's Classics team, taking wins in the 2018 Flèche Wallonne and Clasica San Sebastian in addition to this year's victories, and a podium in Il Lombardia in 2017. The 26-year-old has been with Lefevere since turning professional in 2014. View ...

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Specialized to supply Deceuninck-QuickStep for two more years

Specialized to supply Deceuninck-QuickStep for two more years

Joe Robinson 28 May 2019 American bike brand to remain present in peloton with most successful team Specialized will remain in WorldTour for at least another two years after signing a new deal with Deceuninck-QuickStep through to 2021. The American bike manufacturer will remain on board as the Belgian team's bike supplier while also supplying the team's wheels, helmets and shoes. In a statement, team manager Patrick Lefevere praised Specialized's willingness to work with the team's riders in developing its products. 'We are very happy to announce that we have signed for two more years with Specialized,' he said. 'Deceuninck-QuickStep and Specialized have had a long and beautiful history together, and having a company which listens to, embraces, and builds bikes and equipment to the needs of us and our riders is one of the keys to our success. 'We have no doubt we are racing the best bikes in ...

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Deceuninck-QuickStep ink new two-year deal with Specialized

Patrick Lefevere and Mike Sinyard shake hands after signing new two-year deal

American bike manufacturer Specialized announced on Monday that it has renewed its contract with the WorldTour team Deceuninck-QuickStep for another two years, supporting the team until at least the end of 2021. The team and its riders will also continue to provide feedback about the high-end bike brand's performance in top-level racing to help further develop its bikes and equipment. "We are very happy to announce that we have signed for two more years with Specialized," team owner Patrick Lefevere said in a press release. "Deceuninck-QuickStep and Specialized have had a long and beautiful history together." Specialized has sponsored versions of Lefevere's team for the last 11 years. The team, riding on Specialized bikes, has won the biggest races in professional cycling. Last year its riders secured a total of 73 victories , and this year, while it is only May, they have won 30 races, including Strade Bianche, Milan-San ...

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