Carapaz out of Vuelta a Espana after post-Tour crit crash

Carapaz out of Vuelta a Espana after post-Tour crit crash

Joe Robinson 22 Aug 2019 Giro d'Italia champion forced to miss Spanish Grand Tour after shoulder injury Giro d'Italia champion Richard Carapaz will miss the Vuelta a Espana after crashing at a post-Tour de France criterium. The Ecuadorian was participating in the processional Profronde van Etten-Leur criterium in the Netherlands when he crashed sustaining a 'significant contusion to his right shoulder'. Movistar then confirmed on Thursday afternoon that Carapaz would have to miss the Vuelta, which starts this Saturday , despite receiving treatment and there being a lack of fractures. Carapaz will now be replaced by Jose Joaquin Rojas who was the designated reserve rider. The 34-year-old will join up with the remaining Movistar team before the opening day's team time trial in Torrevieja. While it will be personally disappointing for Carapaz, it may simplify Movistar's approach to the race. See related Vuelta a Espana 2019: Route, stage previews, start ...

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Yes, you should watch the Vuelta a España – here’s why

Supported by It’s hard to blame anyone for seeing the Vuelta a España as the little brother of cycling’s Grand Tour family. It’s the newest of the trio, “only” in its 74th edition this year. The red winner’s jersey lacks the mystique of the maillot jaune or the maglia rosa, perhaps because it’s only been red since … The post Yes, you should watch the Vuelta a España – here’s why appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Valverde set to hunt stage victories at the Vuelta a Espana

Alejandro Valverde had a special helmet and sunglasses for his debut at the Tour of Flanders

Alejandro Valverde will take to the Vuelta a España start in Salinas de Torrevieja as a nominal co-leader of Movistar, but rather than mount an overall challenge, the 2009 winner will target stage victories at the year's final Grand Tour. With reigning champion Simon Yates absent from the start list, Valverde's status as world champion means he'll wear the number one on his back. There's no pressure for him to fight for the top places in the general classification, however, even if he might end up there or thereabouts. "The Vuelta is the race he likes the most, and if he gets results, great," Movistar directeur sportif José Luis Arrieta told Marca . "For Alejandro, what we would like is that he has a good time on the bike, especially this year with the [rainbow] jersey." Perhaps more than any other team, Movistar have become known for bringing multiple leaders ...

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Preview: 22 things you should know about the 2019 Vuelta a España

It’s time for the Vuelta a España, the third and final Grand Tour of the season. The race gets underway this Saturday in Torrevieja and will be contested over 21 stages and 3,272km. Here’s what you should know about the 2019 Tour of Spain. The 2019 Vuelta is the race’s 74th edition. The Vuelta is … The post Preview: 22 things you should know about the 2019 Vuelta a España appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Who is favourite for the Vuelta a Espana and who should you be backing?

Who is favourite for the Vuelta a Espana and who should you be backing?

Joe Robinson 20 Aug 2019 The favourites for the Vuelta a Espana and the best prices from the bookmakers The 74th Vuelta a Espana begins on Saturday 24th August as three weeks of racing around Spain commences to find the next winner of the famous red jersey. Keeping up appearances, this year’s race will be a brutal mix of high-altitude climbs, relentlessly steep gradients and pounding heat that often gives young General Classification riders and eternal nearly-men the chance to shine. Lancastrian Simon Yates of Mitchelton-Scott is current champion although absent in the defence of his title. Three back-to-back Grand Tours seem to have taken their toll on the Brit who has opted for some well-earned rest. Last year’s second-place finished Enric Mas ( Deceuninck-QuickStep ) will also be taking a rain check after racing the Tour de France in July, meaning the only present rider from last year’s podium ...

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Gilbert and Jakobsen headline Deceuninck-QuickStep at Vuelta a Espana

Philippe Gilbert celebrates as he wins Paris-Roubaix

Fabio Jakobsen will lead Deceneuninck-QuickStep ’s hunt for sprint victories at the 2019 Vuelta a España , while Philippe Gilbert makes his final Grand Tour appearance for the squad before switching to Lotto Soudal in 2020. Like Gilbert, Zdeněk Štybar will use the Vuelta to build towards the World Championships in Yorkshire. Maxi Richeze, also riding his last Grand Tour for the team before moving to UAE Team Emirates, will serve as Jakobsen’s lead-out man in Spain, while the squad also includes Rémi Cavagna, Tim Declercq, James Knox and Eros Capecchi. There is no place in the team for the Movistar-bound Enric Mas, who placed second overall a year ago. The Vuelta gets underway with a team time trial in Torrevieja on Saturday. "We have a nice mix of young and experienced riders, and our goal will be to go for stage victories. Fabio is making his first Grand Tour ...

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Vuelta a Espana: EF Education First to be led by Uran, van Garderen and Martinez

Rigoberto Uran (EF Education First)

EF Education First have confirmed their eight-man squad for the upcoming Vuelta a España , with Rigoberto Uran , Tejay van Garderen and Dani Martinez featuring as the US WorldTour team's marquee riders when the third and final Grand Tour of the year gets under way on Saturday. A three-pronged attack, then, à la Movistar? Not according to sports director Juanma Garate, who says that the team is fully behind Uran as their main GC hope. Indeed, not only does the Colombian have the luxury of van Garderen and Martinez to support him, but up-and-coming climbing specialists such as Hugh Carthy and Sergio Higuita, too. The team is rounded out by 24-year-old Logan Owen, Lawson Craddock – seventh overall at the recent Tour of Utah – and road captain Mitch Docker of Australia. "Ten or more years ago, the Vuelta was a nice opportunity for younger riders to be successful," ...

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Quintana, Carapaz and Valverde form Movistar trident at Vuelta a Espana

Richard Carapaz (Movistar)

Nairo Quintana , world champion Alejandro Valverde and Giro d’Italia winner Richard Carapaz have all been confirmed in the Movistar line-up for the Vuelta a España , which gets underway with a team time trial in Torrevieja on Saturday. The strong Movistar selection also features Marc Soler, Imanol Erviti, Nelson Oliveira, Jorge Arcas and Antonio Pedrero. As expected, there is no place for the Bahrain-Merida-bound Mikel Landa, who placed 6th overall at the Tour de France, having already finished 4th overall at the Giro. Quintana and Valverde both participated at the Tour de France, where Movistar placed three riders in the top 10 but fell some way short of challenging for final overall victory. Quintana won over the Galibier into Valloire on stage 18 but had to settle for 8th overall, one place ahead of Valverde. Winner of the Vuelta in 2016, Quintana missed the race a year ago but ...

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Tom Dumoulin confirms move to Jumbo-Visma

Tom Dumoulin confirms move to Jumbo-Visma

Jack Elton-Walters 19 Aug 2019 With the addition of Dumoulin, will Jumbo-Visma now be an unstoppable super team or a group of under-achievers like Movistar? Tom Dumoulin has confirmed that he will move from Team Sunweb to Jumbo-Visma from the end of this season. The tranfer had been rumoured for a while but only now has it been made official. Dumoulin, who counts a win and second place at the Giro-d'Italia , second overall at the Tour de France and stage wins at all three Grand Tours on his palmares, will join a team that already includes Grand Tour contenders Primoz Roglic and Steven Kruijswijk. So far this year, those two have taken a podium each at a three-week race with Roglic finishing third at the Giro and Kruijswijk on the same step at the Tour. It's been a less successful season for Dumoulin, who crashed at the Giro and ...

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Merino, Teruel and Biannic stay with Movistar in 2020

Aude Biannic (Movistar)

The Movistar women's team has announced that Spanish riders Eider Merino and Alba Teruel , along with French talent Aude Biannic , have extended their contracts with the squad into 2020. The trio has been with the team since its inception and will continue to play a valuable role on the Women's WorldTour as part of the squad's core group of riders. "These were three fundamental pieces for us to retain so that we could build a solid team for next season," said team manager Sebastián Unzué. "They are three ladies who have been a part of our team since the beginning, and we wanted to thank them for their great work and commitment since then." Biannic, 28, returns with valuable skills for all types of races. The all-rounder has had strong performances in the Classics and plays a domestique role in the stage races. She was the French road ...

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Ivan Sosa wins 2019 Vuelta a Burgos

Ivan Sosa (Team Ineos) at Vuelta a Burgos

Ivan Sosa ( Team Ineos ) secured overall victory for a second consecutive year at the Vuelta a Burgos in northern Spain, winning the final stage on the mountain finish of Lagunas de Neila to extend his winning margin. The 21-year-old Colombian won stage 3 to Picon Blanco and started the final stage in the purple race leader's jersey. The final climb to Lagunas de Neila was steep and sparked several late attacks but Sosa waited until the final 500 metres to attack himself, catch Rui Costa (UAE Team Emirates) and win alone. He finished eight seconds ahead of Costa, with Amanuel Ghebreigzabhier (Dimension Data) third at 14 seconds, just ahead of Giro d'Italia winner Richard Carapaz (Movistar) on his return to racing. In the final overall classification, Sosa beat Oscar Rodriguez (Euskadi Murias) by 31 seconds, with Carapaz third at 42 seconds. "In the final kilometres, the team helped ...

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Intxausti's Arctic Norway abandon not linked to mononucleosis, say Euskadi-Murias

Benat Intxausti Elorriaga finishes stage 5 at the Tour of Britain.

Beñat Intxausti abandoned the Arctic Race of Norway on the opening stage, unable to keep up with the high pace that lasted from start to finish. The Euskadi Basque Country-Murias team insisted it was not linked to the Spaniard's recent struggles with mononucleosis. Intxausti, a Giro d'Italia stage winner and top 10 overall finisher while at Movistar, joined his local Basque Pro Continental team after three years at Team Sky that were derailed by the long-lasting illness. At the start of this year, he insisted he was clear of the virus, which was diagnosed in early 2016, just a few months into his Sky career, and saw him line up fewer than 20 times over the course of three years. This year, Intxausti has done a lot more racing, with 37 days of competition so far, but he also has a string of DNFs to his name. The Arctic Race ...

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Vuelta a Burgos: Aranburu wins stage 4

Alex Aranburu (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA)

Alex Aranburu ( Caja Rural-Seguros RGA ) won stage 4 of Vuelta a Burgos , triumphing on the uphill finish in Ciudad Romana de Clunia to take the team’s second victory of the race. The UAE Team Emirates pair of Aleksandr Riabushenko and Rui Costa took second and third, trailing in Aranburu’s wake as the Basque rider celebrated across the line. Aranburu powered to the front in the closing 200 metres of the stage, leaving Jhonathan Narvaez (Team Ineos) and Richard Carapaz (Movistar) behind as the road flattened out after the climb. Once he got a gap, there was no catching him, and the 23-year-old took his second win of the season at the Roman colony in Clunia. "We completed a perfect stage," said Aranburu after the finish. "The whole team has supported me in the approach to Clunia. Cristián [Rodríguez] and Sergei [Chernetski] have been very close to protect ...

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BinckBank Tour: Hodeg wins stage 5 in Venray

Alvaro Hodeg (Deceuninck-QuickStep) wins stage 5 of the BinckBank Tour in Venray.

Alvaro Hodeg (Deceuninck-QuickStep) claimed stage 5 of the 2019 BinckBank Tour after edging out Sam Bennett (Bora-Hansgrohe) and Edward Theuns (Trek-Segafredo) on the line in Venray. Hodeg benefitted from an excellent lead-out from his Deceuninck - Quick Step team after they brought the young Colombian to the front of a messy sprint with just under 150m to go. Bennett, who had won the opening three stages, was forced to follow wheels in the closing stage after his Bora squad had chased down the earlier break and then planted the Irishman on Hodeg’s wheel with just over a kilometre to go. Bennett was forced to check his line after one rider almost forced him wide but despite coming to back to Hodeg’s rear wheel he was unable to overall the QuickStep rider before the line. Trek-Segafredo played a prominent role in the last kilometre as they looked to launch Theuns but ...

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Bertizzolo inks two-year deal with Movistar after Virtu folds

Sofia Bertizzolo kept hold of the under 23 WorldTour competition

Sofia Bertizzolo has signed a two-year contract with the Movistar women's team that will taking her through to the end of 2021. She currently races for Team Virtu Cycling, but was left without a team for next season when Bjarne Riis announced he would shut down the women's programme at the end of the year. "Sofia's signing was a priority for us coming into next season," said Movistar manager Sebastián Unzué. "She's a really exciting addition for us, with an enormous margin for progression, and arguably one of the biggest up-and-coming talents in the sport. "She is able to perform strongly at races as different as De Ronde, the Ardennes, sprint finishes, or becoming the best young rider in the Giro at just 20 – those are impressive results for her age, and we're so proud to have talents like her with us for next season. We just hope she ...

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Vuelta a Burgos: Sosa wins stage 3

Ivan Sosa (Team Ineos) takes the win

Iván Sosa ( Team Ineos ) took the win on stage 3 of the Vuelta a Burgos atop Picón Blanco, avenging his narrow loss to Miguel Ángel López on the same climb a year ago. The youngster attacked with 2km of the 8km climb remaining, soloing to victory and the race lead. Óscar Rodríguez (Euskadi Basque Country-Murias) put in a late charge to take second place, 17 seconds down, while Antonio Pedrero (Movistar) was third at 24 seconds. Team Ineos and Movistar made the pace up the climb, setting up a showdown between their South American climbers, Sosa and Richard Carapaz. It was a brutal pace that quickly blew the peloton apart despite the short length of the climb. Both teams had a plan but it was Ineos who had the strength, with David de la Cruz launching Sosa at the 2km mark. At first, Pedrero and his teammate Carapaz ...

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Cataldo and Villella join Movistar from Astana

Dario Cataldo celebrates his stage 15 win at the giro d'Italia

Movistar have announced the signing of experienced and trusted duo Dario Cataldo and Davide Villella from Astana. The Italian riders have agreed two-year contracts that will keep them at Movistar until the end of the 2021 season. 34-year-old Cataldo won the Baby Giro in 2006 and seemed destined to be one of the best Italian stage racers of his generation. Instead, after spells at Liquigas, QuickStep, Team Sky and Astana, he has largely sacrificed his own chances of success to help his team leaders, becoming a key Grand Tour domestique and occasional winner. A strong climber, the Lanciano native won a stage of the 2012 Vuelta a España atop Cuitu Negro and he out-sprinted Mattia Cattaneo to claim victory in Como on this year’s Giro d’Italia. Villella turned professional in 2014 with Cannondale after winning the prestigious Giro della Valle d’Aosta as an under-23 rider. He won the Japan Cup ...

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Your guide to notable 2019-2020 men’s WorldTour transfers

Supported by It’s transfer season in the world of professional cycling, and that means teams are announcing rider signings practically every day of the week. This year’s transfer cycle has already seen some very big names agree to don new kit for the coming season, and many more notables are expected to make their 2020 plans public … The post Your guide to notable 2019-2020 men’s WorldTour transfers appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Reasons to be cheerful: What to expect from the rest of the 2019 cycling season

Joe Robinson 13 Aug 2019 From a home Worlds to the return of Van der Poel, there's still plenty to expect from the 2019 cycling season The Tour de France may be over and the Spring Classics may be a distant memory but the 2019 cycling season still has plenty to offer. In fact, there are still eight men’s WorldTour and seven women’s WorldTour races still to be settled and the small issues of a World Championships in Yorkshire too. The final, and often most unpredictable, Grand Tour of the year, the Vuelta a Espana , is coming up soon and the last of the five Monuments, Il Lombardia, is still there to be settled. The latter half of the season can produce some of the very best racing. Top riders are often tired, some are battling for a new contract or team to carry them through the next season ...

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Movistar women's team re-sign core four riders on a two-year deal

Sheyla Ruiz Gutierrez near the end of the final stage at Emakumeen Bira

Movistar have committed to an additional two years for four of their core riders; Alicia González , Sheyla Gutiérrez , Lourdes Oyarbide and Gloria Rodríguez , who will all stay with the team through 2021. The team's management aim to create a solid foundation as they head into their third season on the Women's WorldTour. "The contract extensions of these four riders are huge for us, being able to set such a strong foundation for our project in the next two years," said Sebastián Unzué, manager of the women's Movistar Team. "Lourdes, Gloria and Alicia have been with us since the very first year of the team, and re-signing them is a reward to the great job and notable progression they've all followed in the last two seasons." Rodríguez is one of the team's top rouleurs and González earned the team a podium at its first-ever race together at the ...

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