Terpstra's Direct Energie and Roompot Charles among Paris-Roubaix wildcards

Terpstra's Direct Energie and Roompot Charles among Paris-Roubaix wildcards

Joe Robinson 21 Jan 2019 Five French teams and a return for Wanty-Gobert at this year's Paris-Roubaix Paris-Roubaix organiser ASO has confirmed the seven wildcard teams invited to this year's race as Niki Terpstra's Direct Energie headline a list dominated with home representation. Direct-Energie will be joined by four fellow French ProContinental teams who make the cut for the season's biggest one-day race. Those teams are Cofidis, Delko Marseille Provence, Arkea-Samsic and Vital Concept. This year's race takes place on Sunday 14th April and all you need to know about the race, including the route, can be found here . %u2B50 #ParisRoubaix 2019 Team Selection %u2B50 1%u20E38%u20E3 UCI WorldTeams 7%u20E3 WildCards / Invitations : %uD83C%uDDEB%uD83C%uDDF7 @TeamCOFIDIS %uD83C%uDDEB%uD83C%uDDF7 @TeamDelko_MP_ %uD83C%uDDEB%uD83C%uDDF7 @TeamDEN_fr %uD83C%uDDEB%uD83C%uDDF7 @Arkea_Samsic %uD83C%uDDEB%uD83C%uDDF7 @VitalConcept_BB %uD83C%uDDF3%uD83C%uDDF1 @roompot_charles %uD83C%uDDE7%uD83C%uDDEA @TeamWantyGobert Welcome to hell ! pic.twitter.com/bobeuwr8CW — Paris-Roubaix (@Paris_Roubaix) January 21, 2019 There could be hope for a high-placed finish for the ProContinental ...

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Tools, bits and tips from the WorldTour pits

If you’re looking for unsung heroes of the travelling circus that is the WorldTour, take a walk in the pits. Pro mechanics are up earlier and into bed later than the riders, and their jobs are often without compliment, only complaint in the rare case things do go wrong. Still, the team mechanics are truly … The post Tools, bits and tips from the WorldTour pits appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Tour Down Under: Porte takes sixth consecutive Willunga win, Impey seals overall victory

Tour Down Under: Porte takes sixth consecutive Willunga win, Impey seals overall victory

Bevin loses grip on GC to allow Impey to become first rider in race's history to retain title. Read the full article at Tour Down Under: Porte takes sixth consecutive Willunga win, Impey seals overall victory on VeloNews.com .

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Tour Down Under: Philipsen wins stage 5 after Ewan is relegated

Tour Down Under: Philipsen wins stage 5 after Ewan is relegated

Jasper Philipsen is declared the winner of the Tour Down Under's fifth stage after Caleb Ewan is relegated for irregular sprinting. Read the full article at Tour Down Under: Philipsen wins stage 5 after Ewan is relegated on VeloNews.com .

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Tour Down Under: Impey wins stage 4

Tour Down Under: Impey wins stage 4

2018 Tour Down Under winner Daryl Impey tops Patrick Bevin to win stage 4. Read the full article at Tour Down Under: Impey wins stage 4 on VeloNews.com .

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Rafael Valls' Canyon Ultimate CF SLX — gallery

Rafael Valls' Canyon Ultimate CF SLX — gallery

German direct-sale giant Canyon will supply both Katusha-Alpecin and Movistar Team in 2019, with the latter riding on a mix of Aeroad CF SLX and Ultimate CF SLX framesets built with groupsets from Campagnolo. In the run up to the 2019 Tour Down Under , we took a closer look at the build on Rafael Valls' Ultimate CF SLX, who is into his second season with Movistar Team. Latest Tour Down Under news and tech WorldTour team bike guide 2019 Valls’ bike is built around Campagnolo’s as yet unreleased EPS version of its 12-speed generation Super Record groupset. Bahrain-Merida and Lotto-Soudal are also running the new groupset. All-new Campagnolo 12-speed EPS electronic groupset spotted Campagnolo also supplies its Bora Ultra wheels and the crankset is fitted with a Power2Max power meter. The bike is built with Canyon’s own finishing kit, including its one-piece H36 Aerocockpit. Rafael Valls' Canyon Ultimate CF ...

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Tour Down Under: Sagan sprints to his first win of 2019

Tour Down Under: Sagan sprints to his first win of 2019

Peter Sagan sprints to victory in stage 3 of the Santos Tour Down Under. Read the full article at Tour Down Under: Sagan sprints to his first win of 2019 on VeloNews.com .

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New lids, kicks and gear from the 2019 WorldTour

While it’s often the new bikes of the WorldTour that garner the most attention, it’s the shoes and accessories that offer the most variance and opportunity for personalisation. With a handful of new helmets, shoes and small items seen in use for the start of the season, this gallery wraps up many of the tech … The post New lids, kicks and gear from the 2019 WorldTour appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Tour Down Under: Bevin snags first WorldTour win

Tour Down Under: Bevin snags first WorldTour win

The New Zealander capitalizes on a crash near the finish to surge ahead and sprint to victory in Wednesday's stage 2. Read the full article at Tour Down Under: Bevin snags first WorldTour win on VeloNews.com .

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Offseason Capsule: Movistar

Not a cobbles juggernaut, but impressive uphill There aren’t many riders who’ve had as good a season aged 38 as Valverde put together. Whilst there were some positive signs for the future, this was another year where Movistar looked far too close to a one-man team. What we said last year Last year’s coverage was pretty down on the team’s performance in 2017 and concerned about the lack of “middle” to the squad, a concern amplified in the comments. I saw progress for Carapaz and Soler, and was optimistic about Landa’s chances in the Giro, though a little less positive about Quintana in the Tour. I mentioned the Ardennes and the Worlds for Valverde, which hardly took clairvoyance. All in all, a reasonable enough preview of a predictable enough season. Most of it was dedicated to discussing the team’s approach to grand tours, and you should prepare for more of ...

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Pro bikes of the 2019 men’s WorldTour

And just like that, the WorldTour season has restarted. Adelaide once again plays host to the Santos Tour Down Under, providing a great place to see all the new gear and team outfits in one sunny place. When it comes to equipment, the 2019 men’s WorldTour is a story of trading places. The BMC team … The post Pro bikes of the 2019 men’s WorldTour appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Intxausti targets WorldTour return

Benat Intxausti (Movistar) celebrates as he crosses the finish line to win the 8th stage of the Giro

Beñat Intxausti stepped down to Pro Continental level to join Euskadi-Murias in 2019 , but the Spaniard aims to eventually work his way back up to the WorldTour. In an interview with Marca , Intxausti said he is fully recovered from a long-term spell of mononucleosis, which set him back over the previous three years, and that he will start his season at the Mallorca Challenge. "Since July I am finding myself very well," said Intxausti, who was diagnosed with the illness in 2016. "When I signed with the team, I had some good time off to get strong and now I'm good, practically normal, with no problems. I'm improving every day." Intxausti spent three seasons at Team Sky, where a series of health issues left him with sub-par performances and nearly unable to race. He was not offered a contract renewal from Team Sky and instead found a deal ...

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Campagnolo Super Record EPS 12-speed is race-ready

Campagnolo Super Record EPS 12-speed cassette

Sitting on the 2019 team bikes of Lotto-Soudal, Movistar and UAE Team Emirates is what looks to be a production-ready fourth generation of Campagnolo’s EPS electronic groupset – now in 12-speed. Campagnolo became the first to offer a 12-Speed groupset on the road with its latest Super Record and Record mechanical groupsets which launched last … The post Campagnolo Super Record EPS 12-speed is race-ready appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Urán: ‘The Tour Colombia is going to be better than the Tour de France’

Urán: ‘The Tour Colombia is going to be better than the Tour de France’

One of Colombia's most recognizable pro cyclists, Urán expects a deep field and avid fans at the second edition of his country's home race. Read the full article at Urán: ‘The Tour Colombia is going to be better than the Tour de France’ on VeloNews.com .

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Gallery: A selection of 2019 WordTour bikes at the Tour Down Under

Joe Robinson 10 Jan 2019 Photographer Chris Auld caught some of the bikes set to grace the WorldTour in 2019 The Tour Down Under gets the WorldTour circus up and running next Tuesday with a rolling 132.4km Stage 1 around the Australian city of Adelaide. It will be the first opportunity of 2019 to see some of the world's biggest and brightest stars pinning on a number and starting yet another season in the professional peloton. Among those will be Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) who begins a season focused around Milan-San Remo success and Richie Porte who will be looking for a change of fortunes at new team Trek-Segafredo . The Tour Down Under will also represent the first chance to see all of the new gear being used in the WorldTour in the same place. It will be the first chance to see the new Cervelo S5 in action, thanks ...

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The weekly spin: 15 reasons to be excited about the 2019 racing season

Mountain bikers on the road. The debut of a future star. Alternative events. Intra-squad rivalry. The return of a world champion. What follows is a 2019 season preview of sorts, exploring 15 different subjects, stories, and subplots of the upcoming mens’s and women’s racing calendars. The list could have been twice as long. I thought … The post The weekly spin: 15 reasons to be excited about the 2019 racing season appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Change of plans? Report says Thomas may race Giro

Change of plans? Report says Thomas may race Giro

The 32-year-old may race the Giro after all this year, according to an Italian newspaper report. Read the full article at Change of plans? Report says Thomas may race Giro on VeloNews.com .

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All-new Campagnolo 12-speed EPS electronic groupset spotted

All-new Campagnolo 12-speed EPS electronic groupset spotted

Campagnolo Super Record 12-Speed EPS electronic groupsets have been spotted at the Tour Down Under in Australia, the first WorldTour race of the 2019 season. The new groupset follows on from the release of its 12-speed mechanical equivalent last spring and comes at the same time as a 12-speed wireless electronic groupset from SRAM . A close look at SRAMs new 12-speed eTap groupset Campagnolo 12-speed Record and Super Record groupsets launch WorldTour team bike guide 2019 Campagnolo’s 12-speed mechanical groupset was available for a large period of last season after being launched in April, but excluding some isolated testing, none of the Italian brand’s sponsored teams raced with the new groupset on a wider level. Electronic shifting has been used almost exclusively at the top level of cycling for several seasons now and this is likely the reason the new groupset hasn’t yet been seen being raced. For 2019, ...

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The pros (and cons) of social media

The pros (and cons) of social media

Felix Lowe 7 Jan 2019 Media exposure is how teams secure sponsors, so could we see a time when social media following is as valuable as actual race wins? Something rum happens this winter: Tejay van Garderen joins Education First-Drapac from BMC . That a US rider should join a US team is hardly unusual. It’s also not that team manager Jonathan Vaughters is recruiting a cyclist whose last good three weeks came a good three years ago. It’s that he’s taking a punt on someone with zero social media presence. Education First-Drapac is a team that owes its continued existence to a Twitter-led crowd-sourcing campaign ; a team whose rider Lawson Craddock battled through the Tour with a fractured scapula while asking his followers to help save his local velodrome – raising around $280,000 in the process . With more characters now available in a single tweet than an ...

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Jungels, Hodeg on tap for Tour Colombia 2.1

Bob Jungels (Quick-Step Floors)

Organisers of the Tour Colombia 2.1 revealed that Bob Jungels and sprinter Alvaro Hodeg will join Julian Alaphilppe on the Deceuninck-QuickStep roster for the six-stage race that runs February 12-17. The Belgian team will be among eight WorldTour teams at the race, which will also feature Astana, Bahrain-Merida, Bora-Hansgrohe, EF Education First, Movistar, Team Sky and UAE Team Emirates on the start line in Medellin. Jungels will be firing the first rounds of a 2019 season that is aimed squarely at the Giro d'Italia for the 26-year-old from Luxembourg. Jungels finished sixth and eighth in the Italian race in 2016 and 2017, respectively. He skipped the Giro in 2018 in favour of the Tour de France, where he finished 11th overall, but he's retuning this year with the general classification in mind. Hodeg, the 22-year-old Colombian who signed with QuickStep last year, will start his season at the Vuelta a ...

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