Tour Colombia organisers name Vincenzo Nibali for 2019

Vincenzo Nibali gets ready to defend his title at Il Lombardia

After securing Chris Froome (Team Sky) and Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) for next season, the Tour Colombia organisers have said that Vincenzo Nibali ( Bahrain-Merida ) will also be on the start line, according to the Colombian media. The race, previously known as the Colombia Oro y Paz , is keen to have a more international roster after making its debut this season. Speaking at an event in Medellin, Colombia, where the race's headquarters was being inaugurated, the head of the Colombian Federation, Jorge Ovidio González, told the local press that Nibali would be in attendance. However, Cyclingnews spoke to Bahrain-Merida, which did not confirm his appearance and said that Nibali's current plans are to go to the team's January training camp in Catalonia before heading to Tenerife for a training camp on Mount Teide. Cyclingnews understands that Nibali has different plans for 2019 and will likely not race Tour Colombia. ...

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Cofidis sign Berhane and release Teklehaimanot

Natnael Berhane enjoying the 'day off'

Cofidis have signed another WorldTour rider, picking up Natnael Berhane from Dimension Data for the 2019 season. The Eritrean replaces his compatriot and former teammate Daniel Teklehaimanot, who has not received a contract extension. It will be the second spell at a French team for Berhane, who turned pro with Europcar in 2013 and immediately won the Tour of Turkey. In 2015 he joined the South African Dimension Data team - then MTN-Qhubeka - and has ridden the three Grand Tours with the team but hasn't managed to add to his win tally since landing the Eritrean national title in 2015. "I am the happiest of men because I really wanted to come back and race in France after those two great years with Europcar. Cofidis were on my radar and I didn't hesitate before signing my contract. The team performed strongly throughout the season and finished very strongly, notably ...

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Simon Yates maximum heart rate at Vuelta a Espana revealed

Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott)

Mitchelton-Scott have revealed Simon Yates ’ maximum heart rate during the Vuelta a Espana . Yates won his and the team’s first Grand Tour at the Spanish race, beating Enric Mas (Quick-Step Floors) and Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana) to the title. Yates’ maximum was a massive 201bpm and came on stage 2, from Marbella to Caminito del Rey. As the riders rolled out of Marbella, Yates’ heart rate hovered between 80 and 90, but it quickly rose as the bunch hit the opening second category climb of the day. The graph showing his heart rate looks fairly similar to the day’s parcours, rising on the climbs and decreasing on the descents. Unsurprisingly, Yates' highest heart rate came on the final ascent of the day towards the Caminito del Rey. The riders hit gradients of up to 15 per cent as they battled it out for victory. Yates hit 201bpm for ...

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Atapuma signs for Cofidis

Darwin Atapuma (UAE Team Emirates)

Darwin Atapuma will drop down to Professional Continental level in 2019, leaving UAE Team Emirates and joining the Cofidis Solutions Crédits team. The Colombian climber turned professional with the Colombia-Coldeportes team in 2012 and moved up to the WorldTour with BMC Racing Team in 2014 before moving to UAE Team Emirates in 2017 . The 30-year-old finished ninth overall at the Giro d'Italia in 2016, and won a stage of the Tour de Suisse a month later. He has become a regular fixture in breakaways on Grand Tour mountain stages, but has yet to land a stage win despite a string of near misses. "I'm both happy and proud to be able to wear the Cofidis colours from next January. I've already got back into training in order to be ready for the first team meetings," Atapuma said. "It's a great experience for me to be in a French team. ...

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Defiant Quintana says he’s not washed up

Defiant Quintana says he’s not washed up

The 28-year-old continues to strive for a yellow jersey despite a rough and tumble 2018. Read the full article at Defiant Quintana says he’s not washed up on VeloNews.com .

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Unzue: You can't write off Nairo Quintana

Movistar boss Eusebio Unzué with Nairo Quintana

Movistar team manager Eusebio Unzué has recognised that 2018 has been a difficult season for Spain's only WorldTour squad, but insisted that "apart from in the Grand Tours, the team have raced well". In terms of wins, Movistar have had four fewer victories than in 2017, dropping from 31 to 27. Alejandro Valverde 's World Championships victory - albeit with the Spanish national squad - has, however, helped considerably to put a shine on the year. As Unzué put it, "it kind of saved the season for us." On another plus side, there was a big win in Paris-Nice for Marc Soler and a repeat victory in the Volta a Catalunya with Valverde. His failure to win two races he has dominated in recent years, Liège-Bastogne-Liège or Flèche Wallonne this spring, was another setback. But as Valverde himself pointed out, those defeats have to be placed in the context of ...

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Valverde awarded 2018 Velo d'Or by Indurain

Miguel Indurain hands Alejandro Valverde the 2018 Vélo d'Or

Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) has been awarded the prestigious Vélo d'Or as the rider of the year, with Miguel Indurain, who won the first edition of the award in 1992, presenting him with the trophy on Friday. The Vélo d'Or is awarded by French magazine Vélo to the rider their panel deems to have had the best season. Another trophy, the Vélo d'Or Français, is awarded to the best French rider of the season, and this year it went to Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ). Valverde wins the award after becoming world champion last month. The Spaniard had finished on the podium on six occasions but he finally reached the top step in Innsbruck as he came over the Höll climb with Romain Bardet and Michael Woods and out-sprinted them in the run to the line. Valverde didn't win either La Flèche Wallonne or Liège-Bastogne-Liège this year - the first time he's gone ...

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Nairo Quintana: I didn't fulfill my objectives in 2018

Nairo Quintana (Movistar) at the Vuelta a España team presentation

Two years ago, when Nairo Quintana ( Movistar ) met the media immediately after winning the Vuelta a España , the Colombian’s outlook on the Tour de France, and Grand Tour racing, could not have been more upbeat. As the curtain on the 2019 season begins to twitch - with racing only just completed - Quintana faced another autumn press conference. He again looked ahead towards next July's Tour de France but things were understandably far more contained. Two difficult Tour de France , in 2017 and again in 2018, have undermined Quintana's GC hopes after he had finished on the podium in his previous three participations in 2016, 2015 and 2013. A poor Vuelta a España this autumn, with a three-week media soap opera featuring Movistar's leadership question as its main story line, further emphasised the question marks over what the Colombian can still achieve. Quintana preferred to pull ...

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Team Sky 'vortex' speed suit now illegal under latest UCI regulations

Team Sky 'vortex' speed suit now illegal under latest UCI regulations

This article first appeared on Cyclingnews . Updated UCI equipment regulations for 2019 now render the Castelli Body Paint 4.0 speed suit non-compliant. The speed suit features 'vortex dimples' on the sleeves and was controversially used by Team Sky during the 2017 Tour de France opening stage. Tour de France time trial clothing — photo gallery Lotto Soudal queries UCI decision to ban 'speed gel' New Bioracer speed suit dominates at World Championship time trial events The updated rules also affect Endura's Drag2Zero speed suit as used by Movistar Team, which also features a textured material on the sleeves to improve aerodynamics in time trials. Bioracer's speed suits, which recently dominated at the world championship time trials , feature ribbed sleeves aiming for the same aerodynamic effects as Castelli and Endura's offerings. However, Bioracer says it was involved in the meetings with the UCI leading to the regulations, and its ...

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Offseason Capsule: Mitchelton-Scott

Great Scott! A reminder: this was written and scheduled before Lombardia. So if Adam wins a monument, or the team folds, or aliens invade… I’m sorry I didn’t cover it. I bet Orica wish they’d hung on for another year. Mitchelton’s first season with the Australia-based outfit was a resounding success, with a first grand tour victory in Spain the culmination of a well-executed plan. What we said last year Yeah, I’d rather not link to this . I wasn’t totally down on the Yates boys, and I said that we could hope for GT podiums between them and Chaves. Still, my expectation was that they’d stop their development a rung or two below the vey best. That prediction has not aged well. Otherwise (how was the play, Mrs Lincoln?), I was happy enough with this. I liked the infrastructure and the support, and I had doubts about Ewan and ...

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Guangxi stage 6: Jakobsen wins another wet sprint

Guangxi stage 6: Jakobsen wins another wet sprint

Moscon finishes in the bunch to seal the final race of the season Read the full article at Guangxi stage 6: Jakobsen wins another wet sprint on VeloNews.com .

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Team Sky 'vortex' speed suit now illegal under latest UCI regulations

Laurens De Plus of Belgium wore the new speed suit with an external seat pad

Updated UCI equipment regulations for 2019 now render the Castelli Body Paint 4.0 speed suit non-compliant. The speed suit featured 'vortex dimples' on the sleeves and was controversially used by Team Sky during the 2017 Tour de France opening stage. The updated rules also affect Endura's Drag2Zero speed suit as used by Movistar Team, that also features a textured material on the sleeves to improve aerodynamics in time trials. Bioracer's speed suits, which recently dominated at the world championship time trials , feature ribbed sleeves aiming for the same aerodynamic effects as Castelli and Endura's offerings. It is thought the ribbed sleeve design will also become non-compliant. The full update to the UCI rule, in the chapter for Equipment - Section 3: riders' clothing states: "Items of clothing may not modify the morphology of the rider and any non-essential element or device, of which the purpose is not exclusively that ...

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Tour of Guangxi: Moscon climbs to stage 4 win

Tour of Guangxi: Moscon climbs to stage 4 win

The Italian now leads the overall standings with two days remaining in the WorldTour finale. Read the full article at Tour of Guangxi: Moscon climbs to stage 4 win on VeloNews.com .

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Is the Tour de France in trouble?

Christian Prudhomme

Reckless fans, disappointing TV ratings, and controversy marred the 2018 Tour. We go inside the challenges facing cycling's biggest race. Read the full article at Is the Tour de France in trouble? on VeloNews.com .

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Eduard Prades signs for Movistar after Tour of Turkey success

Eduard Prades (Euskadi-Murias) wins Tour of Norway

Eduard Prades will move up to the WorldTour in 2019, signing for Spanish team Movistar. The 31-year-old Spaniard, who turned pro with Caja Rural in 2015 after several years at Continental level, has been in the form of his life in 2018 while riding for the Euskadi-Murias team based in the Basque Country. In the spring he won the overall title at the Tour of Norway, finished second behind Greg Van Avermaet at the Tour de Yorkshire, and finished fourth at the Tour of Luxembourg. He then rode the Vuelta a España, where his best stage finish was fourth, before winning the overall classification at the Tour of Turkey, which is part of the WorldTour calendar and so awards valuable ranking points. Prades possesses a fast finish but proved in Turkey and Yorkshire that he also has the ability to survive tough climbs, making him a threat both in selective ...

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Still hungry: Dan Martin profile

James Witts 19 Oct 2018 Ireland’s Dan Martin talks to Cyclist about gastronomy, dope cheats and riding through the pain of that crash at last year’s Tour This article first appeared in Issue 75 of Cyclist Magazine Words James Witts Photography Sean Hardy Search online for Dan Martin and you may come across an Instagram image of his wife, Jess, eating what appears to be a miniature globe on the end of stick. It has been plucked from an ornate structure that looks more like a work of modern art than a meal. ‘That was at El Celler de Can Roca,’ Martin says of the three-Michelin-starred restaurant in Girona, voted world number one in 2013 and 2015. ‘It was from the taster menu. The Roca brothers [chefs Joan, Josep and Jordi] travel for two months each year to seek inspiration, and then create mouthfuls representing a destination they’ve been to. ...

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Tour of Guangxi stage 3 highlights - Video

Fabio Jakobsen (Quick Step Floors) on the podium

Stage 3 at the Tour of Guangxi on Thursday played out like the first two days with a furious bunch sprint on th wide-open roads, this time won by Quick-Step Floors ' Fabio Jakobsen ahead of stage 2 winner Pascal Ackermann (Bora-Hansgrohe) and Max Walscheid (Team Sunweb). The 22-year-old Dutchman took a different line down the centre of the road as his rivals fought along the barriers, besting them by less than a bike length at the line. Jakobsen now leads Ackermann by four seconds in the overall after stage 1 winner Dylan Groenewegen (LottoNL-Jumbo) could only finish fourth and so lost the race leader’s red jersey. Groenewegen is third, six seconds back. The breakaway once again formed early on in the day, with Owain Doull (Team Sky), Manuele Boaro (Bahrain-Merida), Jasha Sütterlin (Movistar) and Nathan van Hooydonck (BMC Racing) going clear and building a gap of no more than ...

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Canyon revamps Aeroad range including new 105 model

Joe Robinson Monday, October 22, 2018 - 11:36 Canyon also releases Aeroad and Ultimate in blue fade Movistar colour scheme German direct-to-market giant Canyon has revamped its Aeroad range for 2019 including a new entry-level model that introduces Shimano 105 to the aerodynamic road bike. The new range will be branded under the Canyon Aeroad CF SL banner and will consist of nine new bikes. It will sit underneath the Aeroad CF SLX models, which continue as Canyon's top-of-the-range options. Despite being second-tier, Canyon argues that 'the Aeroad CF SL bikes feature the same watt-saving tube shapes and race-ready design as our flagship Aeroad CF SLX frames, just with slight changes in their stiffness to weight ratios.' Image 9 of 10 Image 9 of 10 Across the new nine bikes, punters will have the option of either rim or disc brakes, which is against the grain of some of Canyon's ...

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Thursday Thoughts: Transfers I loved

Three guys in new digs that make a lot of sense Welcome to the first of my offseason Thursday columns. I’ve got a few ideas swirling around that’ll make for good winter chatter, I hope. Sometimes, there’ll be guest co-writers, which I’m looking forward to. For now, a reminder that I’m out of the country and away from my computer, so this may not be the most up to date column I ever write. Hopefully nothing too much will change. There are lots of lists of transfers out there. This one is particularly comprehensive. whilst this one is a bit easier to follow. There’s even a podium café thread on the subject. Why, then, another column? Well, this makes no attempt to be comprehensive, or even fair. It is simply me picking a few of the transfers that made me nod my head approvingly. Obviously, it is great to sign ...

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Guangxi stage 2: Ackermann wins in pouring rain

Guangxi stage 2: Ackermann wins in pouring rain

German Pascal Ackermann wins the second stage of the Tour de Guangxi in southern China on Wednesday. Read the full article at Guangxi stage 2: Ackermann wins in pouring rain on VeloNews.com .

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