What it’s like to be a sports psychologist for professional cyclists

Dr David Spindler is a sports psychologist who works almost exclusively with professional cyclists. You might recognise his name — Rohan Dennis publicly thanked Spindler after winning his second world time trial title back in September, after what was a tumultuous few months for the Aussie pro. In addition to working with individual pro cyclists, … The post What it’s like to be a sports psychologist for professional cyclists appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Analysis: Five first impressions of the 2020 Giro d’Italia route

Organizers unveiled the 2020 Giro d’Italia route in Milan on Thursday, and the course they presented offered plenty of highlights to get people talking. There’s the start in Hungary, the climb up Mount Etna, the brutal final week in the mountains, and an individual time trial to close things out. All told, it should be … The post Analysis: Five first impressions of the 2020 Giro d’Italia route appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Sastre, Vos, O’Grady and Tenniglo to ride the 2019 Giro della Donna

Supported by We may be biased but we think the Giro della Donna is something special. It was born from wanting to create an event we would want to ride. As a result it is one of the most beautiful rides in one of the country’s most beautiful places. And it seems the word is spreading … … The post Sastre, Vos, O’Grady and Tenniglo to ride the 2019 Giro della Donna appeared first on CyclingTips .

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White: ‘It will hard to eclipse Tour performance in future’

Mitchelton-Scott enjoyed a banner season in 2019, with four stage wins in the Tour de France that sport directors admit will be hard to match. Read the full article at White: ‘It will hard to eclipse Tour performance in future’ on VeloNews.com .

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Nairo Quintana's Arkea-Samsic miss out on 2020 WorldTour as Cofidis move up

Nairo Quintana's Arkea-Samsic miss out on 2020 WorldTour as Cofidis move up

Joe Robinson 24 Oct 2019 Cofidis only new team in WorldTour for 2020 as Dimension Data retain their spot Nairo Quintana 's new team Arkea-Samsic have missed out on a WorldTour licence for 2020 as Cofidis return to cycling's top flight for the first time since 2009. The UCI published the list of teams that have met the requirements to be part of the WorldTour and have therefore been offered a licence for the 2020 season. It was believed that the UCI would be upping the number of teams in the WorldTour for 2020 from 18 to 20 with Arkea-Samsic, Direct Energie, Israel Cycling Academy and Cofidis all competing for those two new spots. As it stands, only Cofidis and Israel Cycling Academy will be moving from ProContinental level to WorldTour for next season. French team Cofidis have been awarded the licence providing they meet the 'administrative, ethical, financial, organisational ...

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Bookwalter extends with Mitchelton-Scott

The veteran American earns a contract extension with the Aussie outfit despite a season marred by injuries and illness. Read the full article at Bookwalter extends with Mitchelton-Scott on VeloNews.com .

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Adam Blythe parts ways with Lotto-Soudal

Adam Blythe parts ways with Lotto-Soudal

Joe Robinson 17 Oct 2019 British rider yet to confirm future after team confirms departure on social media Adam Blythe will part ways with Lotto-Soudal at the end of the 2019 season with his future yet to be confirmed. The British rider will end his stint with the Belgian WorldTour team after only one year. The team confirmed Blythe would be departing on their Twitter page, while Blythe is yet to comment on his future. Thank you Adam Blythe! :hugging_face: Some recollections of the past season in @Lotto_Soudal colours. Wishing you all the best for what comes next! pic.twitter.com/Y5TnvVLCln — Lotto Soudal (@Lotto_Soudal) October 17, 2019 The 30-year-old had made the jump back up to cycling's top tier having spent two seasons with the now-defunct Aqua Blue Sport team. Blythe was lucky to have earned a move to Lotto-Soudal with many of his Aqua Blue teammates struggling to find contracts ...

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Dave Rayner Fund awarded charity status

Dave Rayner Fund awarded charity status

Joe Robinson 17 Oct 2019 Vital organisation for budding pro cyclists to receive 'massive boost' from change The Dave Rayner Fund has been awarded charitable status, a move the organisation is labelling a 'massive boost'. The fund named after the late professional rider of the 1980s and 1990s was established in 1995 to help fund and support young riders attempting to race in Europe in the quest to make it as a pro. In the 24 years the fund has been running, it has been incredibly successful with riders such as Adam Yates ( Mitchelton-Scott ), Tao Geoghegan Hart ( Team Ineos ) and Hannah Barnes ( Canyon-Sram ) all being products of the system. Its move to becoming a charitable organisation will see the fund's name change to The Rayner Foundation as it becomes legible for benefits such as Gift Aid, tax exemptions and government funding, something committee member ...

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White: 2020 Tour de France will favor aggressive racing

Mitchelton-Scott sport director sees 2020 Tour providing fireworks throughout. Read the full article at White: 2020 Tour de France will favor aggressive racing on VeloNews.com .

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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 .

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The bike race that never happened

A territory torn in two. A bike race through the centre of a stricken city. This is the story of the cancelled Hong Kong Hammer Series finale. The post The bike race that never happened appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Chaves stays put with Mitchelton-Scott

After a rough 2018 suffering through illness, Chaves bounced back this season, and was rewarded with a contract extension. Read the full article at Chaves stays put with Mitchelton-Scott on VeloNews.com .

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Il Lombardia: All you need to know including TV guide, favourites and route

Joe Robinson 10 Oct 2019 A complete guide to everything you need to know about Il Lombardia, taking place on Saturday 12th October Il Lombardia is the last big race of the season and one to savour. The final of the five Monuments of road cycling, 'the race of the falling leaves' takes place in early autumn across the picturesque landscape of Lombardy in northern Italy. Like all Italian Classics, the race takes place on a Saturday (12th October) as opposed to the usual slot of a Sunday. At 263km, it's a gruelling day in the saddle, covering six categorised climbs including the dreaded Colma di Surmano as the course takes the peloton from Bergamo to Como. Usually a race reserved for punchy climbers, recent winners have included Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ), Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) and Esteban Chaves (Mitchelton-Scott). While defending champion Pinot will be absent, a stacked start list will ...

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Women’s teams of 2020: Who’s committing to the UCI’s new guidelines, who’s not, and why

In early October, in the final weeks of the cycling season, the UCI announces the teams that have filed applications to compete at the different levels of the sport for the coming year. Earlier this week we covered the men’s WorldTour and ProTeam moves for 2020, and now it’s time to take a closer look … The post Women’s teams of 2020: Who’s committing to the UCI’s new guidelines, who’s not, and why appeared first on CyclingTips .

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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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Yates wins fruitful CRO Race for Mitchelton-Scott

Yates wins fruitful CRO Race for Mitchelton-Scott

Mitchelton-Scott kept things tight on the circuits of the final stage in Zagreb to defend Adam Yates' lead after he won the race's queen stage on Saturday. The Aussie outfit also took out the KOM and points jersey as Alessandro Fedeli (Delko Marseille Provence) just held on from the break to take the stage win on the cobbled finish.

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"That finishing circuit was bonkers!" Edmondson finishes second to Grosu at CRO Race

"That finishing circuit was bonkers!" Edmondson finishes second to Grosu at CRO Race

Eduard-Michael Grosu (Delko Marseille Provence) defied the expected sprint finale in Zadar, unhooking from the peloton with around a kilometre remaining to claim victory on Stage 2 of the 2019 CRO Race. Australia's Alex Edmondson (Mitchelton-Scott) beat home the reduced bunch before he and a number of riders was taken out by a race official.

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"That finishing ciruit was bonkers!" Edmondson finishes second to Grosu at CRO Race

"That finishing ciruit was bonkers!" Edmondson finishes second to Grosu at CRO Race

Eduard-Michael Grosu (Delko Marseille Provence) defied the expected sprint finale in Zadar, unhooking from the peloton with around a kilometre remaining to claim victory on Stage 2 of the 2019 CRO Race. Australia's Alex Edmondson (Mitchelton-Scott) beat home the reduced bunch before he and a number of riders was taken out by a race official.

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Van Vleuten posts incredible 105km solo World Championships victory to Strava

Joe Robinson 30 Sep 2019 The all-conquering Dutchwoman bagged a lot of QoMs this weekend. Photo: SWPix.com Annemiek van Vleuten's 105km solo ride to her first elite women's World Championships road race title was one of the greatest rides - not only in Worlds history but professional cycling. Hitting the slopes of Lofthouse, just 40km into the 148km course, the Dutchwoman gambled. She rolled the dice with an attack intended to suss out the competition, not as a shot for victory as she later admitted. By the summit, however, she had dropped the entire field. The gap was sizeable enough that her coach back in the team car told her to push on. Before long, she had two minutes on the likes of Lizzie Deignan , Elisa Longo-Borghini and Chloe Dygert-Owen. They chased and chased but Van Vleuten had their measure. She never let up and never looked like getting ...

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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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