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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Endura ends Movistar sponsorship due to UCI limitations

Endura ends Movistar sponsorship due to UCI limitations

Joe Robinson 22 Oct 2019 Scottish brand reach 'dead-end' with UCI's rules on technical advancements in apparel Endura has pulled out of its sponsorship of Movistar blaming the UCI for the limitations it puts on technical advancements in clothing. The Scottish-based brand confirmed it would end its six-year association with the Spanish team stating that the UCI had enforced a 'dead-end' in the development of apparel designed to give improved performance. 'Why are Endura choosing to step back from the WorldTour stage?' asked the statement. 'The escalation route to the top level in road cycling sees Continental and ProContinental teams hit glass ceilings where access to higher-level races is limited and so too the WorldTour where progress in technical apparel is limited by the governing body and the prize for innovation is seeing technological advances banned. 'Endura reached a fork in the road and have chosen to avoid the developmental ...

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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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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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Andre Greipel terminates contract with Arkea-Samsic

Andre Greipel terminates contract with Arkea-Samsic

Joe Robinson 2 Oct 2019 Could this be the end of the road for the German sprinter? Andre Greipel could be the next high-profile sprinter to retire from the sport after the German terminated his contract with Arkea-Samsic. The 37-year-old made a request to team manager Emmanuel Hubert to end his two-year deal a season early which the team agreed to. Greipel said he will announce his next steps in November after taking a holiday and time away from his social media accounts. 'About four weeks ago I asked the management of the team to terminate the contract towards the end of the year. Emmanuel Hubert and the team management have agreed to this request,' said Greipel. 'I am very grateful for the cooperation we had in 2019. I would have liked to have extended the season’s results, but I was not optimally prepared for my season highlights.' Greipel then ...

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Geraint Thomas open to skipping Tour de France for Giro d'Italia in 2020

Geraint Thomas open to skipping Tour de France for Giro d'Italia in 2020

Joe Robinson 1 Oct 2019 With Bernal and Froome likely to be leading the charge, the 2018 winner may have to skip next year's Tour Geraint Thomas is considering switching his Grand Tour intentions to the Giro d'Italia as Team Ineos attempt to juggle three Tour de France champions for 2020. The Welshman won the Tour in 2018 and finished second in his defence earlier this year. However, with 2019 champion Egan Bernal likely to return for the number one bib next season and Chris Froome after a record-equalling fifth yellow jersey, Thomas has started to look towards other goals. 'You’d think Egan would want to ride the Tour again, obviously, being the defending champ. Froomey, it’s his big goal, he wants to win five,' said Thomas. 'Even if I did the Giro, it would still certainly excite me and get me out of bed in the morning.' Thomas added ...

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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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Mixed Team Time Trial Relay: A guide to the World Championships's newest event

Joe Robinson 19 Sep 2019 A complete guide to the World Championships' newest event: the Mixed Team Time Trial Relay This weekend sees the best road cyclists on the planet descend onto Harrogate, Yorkshire for the beginning of the UCI World Championships . Across nine days, 15 individual events will crown a host of World Champions who will be able to dress resplendent in rainbow for the next 12 months. Among those races is the introduction of a brand new event: the Team Time Trial Mixed Relay. Replacing the outgoing and utterly boring Team Time Trial event - which was ridden as trade teams, it is a brand new format that gets elite women and men racing together, going all out to bring home team gold for their respective nation. Below is a full guide to this new event and what we should expect. What is the Team Time Trial ...

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Mixed Team Time Trial Relay: A guide the the World Championships newest event

Joe Robinson 19 Sep 2019 A complete guide to the World Championships' newest event: the Mixed Team Time Trial Relay This weekend sees the best road cyclists on the planet descend onto Harrogate, Yorkshire for the beginning of the UCI World Championships . Across nine days, 15 individual events will crown a host of World Champions who will be able to dress resplendent in rainbow for the next 12 months. Among those races is the introduction of a brand new event: the Team Time Trial Mixed Relay. Replacing the outgoing and utterly boring Team Time Trial event - which was ridden as trade teams, it is a brand new format that gets elite women and men racing together, going all out to bring home team gold for their respective nation. Below is a full guide to this new event and what we should expect. What is the Team Time Trial ...

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Team Ineos have lost the services of a key mountain domestique

Team Ineos have lost the services of a key mountain domestique

Joe Robinson 18 Sep 2019 Wout Poels will join Bahrian-Merida to rejoin forces with Rod Ellingworth in 2020 Team Ineos will lose one of their key Grand Tour domestiques as Wout Poels moves to Bahrain-Merida for 2020. It was expected that the Dutchman would move from the British WorldTour team at the end of the season in a bid to pursue his own Grand Tour ambitions in a two-year deal with the team. Talking to Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf , Poels confirmed his move to Bahrain-Merida citing former Team Ineos coach Rod Ellingworth as key in his decision, with the duo having worked together since 2015. Ellingworth announced earlier this season that he would be leaving Ineos for Bahrain to take on the role of team principal. Poels told De Telegraaf that Ellingworth 'is also the person who convinced me to ride for this team. I look forward to this ...

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The weekly spin: The Grand Tour Domino Effect

A gust of wind in southeast France, a patch of slippery pavement in Andorra, a touch of wheels in Italy, and three grand tour winners who might never have been. The Vuelta a España is over and the 2019 Grand Tour season is finished. As I look back, I’ve been playing the what-if game. What … The post The weekly spin: The Grand Tour Domino Effect appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Bernal, Nibali and Kwiatkowski all set to skip World Championships due to poor form

Bernal, Nibali and Kwiatkowski all set to skip World Championships due to poor form

Joe Robinson 17 Sep 2019 Trio decide against racing Yorkshire Worlds after gruelling seasons and lack of form Tour de France champion Egan Bernal, Team Ineos teammate Michal Kwiatkowski and multiple Monument champion Vincenzo Nibali have all decided to skip the World Championships in Yorkshire next weekend. All three have decided against the gruelling 285km course finishing in Harrogate citing tough seasons and an inability to ride at their best as the reason for their absences. Bernal had been named on Monday by the Colombian National Federation as part of the eight-man roster for the road race, however the governing body was then forced into an embarrassing position less than a day later, confirming he would actually miss the race with Movistar 's Carlos Betancur taking his spot. 'Bernal had been included by coach Carlos Mario Jaramillo among the eight riders selected along with Nairo Quintana , Fernando Gaviria, Alvaro ...

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Vuelta a Espana 2019: Fabio Jakobsen wins Stage 21 as Primoz Roglic confirmed as champion

Vuelta a Espana 2019: Fabio Jakobsen wins Stage 21 as Primoz Roglic confirmed as champion

Jack Elton-Walters 15 Sep 2019 Fabio Jakobsen won Stage 21 of the 2019 Vuelta a Espana to top off what's been an excellent three weeks for his Deceuninck-QuickStep team Fabio Jakobsen ( Deceuninck-QuickStep ) won Stage 21 of the 2019 Vuelta a Espana , pipping a fast finishing Sam Bennet ( Bora-Hansgrohe ) to the line. Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) stayed upright and with the peloton to be confirmed as the overall champion. As with the Tour de France , the final stage of the Vuelta is now a procession into its home nation's capital. This essentially means it's irrelevant to the overall General Classification as no one in the top 10 attacks, the stage is left to the sprinters. However, the red jersey must still finish and that's what Roglic did. Job done. Next to Roglic, Alejandro Valverde ( Movistar ) stood on the second step of the podium and ...

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Was Movistar in the wrong on stage 19 of the Vuelta?

Vuelta a Espana race leader Primoz Roglic went down in a crash, and before he even had a chance to pick himself up Movistar hit the front and pinned it. In doing so, the Movistar team did not make many new friends on stage 19 of the Vuelta a España. But were they wrong? Some … The post Was Movistar in the wrong on stage 19 of the Vuelta? appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Vuelta a Espana 2019: Cavanga produces trademark Quickstep ride for win as Movistar cause controversy

Vuelta a Espana 2019: Cavanga produces trademark Quickstep ride for win as Movistar cause controvers

Joe Robinson 13 Sep 2019 Three riders in top four for Deceuninck-Quickstep as they prove too strong for the rest Deceuninck-Quickstep finished with three riders in the top four on Stage 19 to Toledo as Remi Cavagna rode to an impressive solo victory at the Vuelta a Espana. The Frenchman nipped away from the breakaway in the final 20km, managing his effort on the steep finish to perfection to secure a first career Grand Tour stage win ahead of Sam Bennett (Bora-Hansgrohe) and teammate Zdenek Stybar. Philippe Gilbert rolled in fourth to complete a perfect day for the Belgian team. The day's major talking point, however, surrounded a crash to race leader Primoz Roglic earlier in the race. The Jumbo-Visma rider hit the deck with 65km to go alongside white jersey wearer Miguel Angel Lopez. For 15km, the race leader was forced into a mad chase of the Movistar-led peloton, ...

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Vuelta a Espana 2019: Cavagna produces trademark Quickstep ride for win as Movistar cause controversy

Vuelta a Espana 2019: Cavagna produces trademark Quickstep ride for win as Movistar cause controvers

Joe Robinson 13 Sep 2019 Three riders in top four for Deceuninck-Quickstep as they prove too strong for the rest Deceuninck-Quickstep finished with three riders in the top four on Stage 19 to Toledo as Remi Cavagna rode to an impressive solo victory at the Vuelta a Espana. The Frenchman nipped away from the breakaway in the final 20km, managing his effort on the steep finish to perfection to secure a first career Grand Tour stage win ahead of Sam Bennett (Bora-Hansgrohe) and teammate Zdenek Stybar. Philippe Gilbert rolled in fourth to complete a perfect day for the Belgian team. The day's major talking point, however, surrounded a crash to race leader Primoz Roglic earlier in the race. The Jumbo-Visma rider hit the deck with 65km to go alongside white jersey wearer Miguel Angel Lopez. For 15km, the race leader was forced into a mad chase of the Movistar-led peloton, ...

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Tour of Britain 2019: Mathieu van der Poel wins again on Stage 7

Tour of Britain 2019: Mathieu van der Poel wins again on Stage 7

Jack Elton-Walters 13 Sep 2019 An entertaining day at the Tour of Britain with riders not yet ready to give up on the overall win, but none could match Van der Poel Mathieu van der Poel (Correndon-Circus) won Stage 7 of the 2019 Tour of Britain by beating his nearest rival Matteo Trentin (Mitchelton-Scott) on the final steep ascent into Burton Dassett Country Park. The exciting finish came after a stage that started rapidly as the riders battled for the bonus seconds at the early intermeidate sprint and ended just as quickly as the strongest riders at the race contested the stage win. See related Tour of Britain 2019: Mathieu van der Poel in a league of his own on Stage 4 Tour of Britain 2019: Race reports, route, teams and all you need to know Yorkshire 2019 World Championships: Race schedule, routes and all you need to know Frenetic ...

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Vuelta a Espana 2019 Stage 18: Primoz Roglic holds firm in red jersey

Vuelta a Espana 2019 Stage 18: Primoz Roglic holds firm in red jersey

Joe Robinson 12 Sep 2019 Sergio Higuita wins the stage as Primoz Roglic marches one step closer to overall victory Education First's Sergio Higuita took his maiden Grand Tour victory in impressive fashion on Stage 18 to Becerril de la Sierra as Jumbo-Visma's Primoz Roglic moved one step closer to overall victory at the 2019 Vuelta a Espana. Higuita rode alone for over 40km, holding off the chasing group of General Classification riders to win the stage by 15 seconds and salvage some success for Education First, whose Vuelta had been blighted by injury. Red jersey wearer Roglic won the sprint for second to extend his overall lead on General Classification over Alejandro Valverde who leapfrogged Movistar teammate Nairo Quintana into second place. Astana's Miguel Angel Lopez was also a big winner on the day after his persistent attacks saw his usurp UAE-Team Emirates's Tadej Pogacar into the white jersey ...

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