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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Bora-Hansgrohe sign Lennard Kamna from Team Sunweb

Lennard Kamna (Teram Sunweb)

Bora-Hansgrohe have confirmed the signing of talented young German stage race rider Lennard Kämna from Team Sunweb as they further strengthen their German-oriented roster and become less reliant on the success of Peter Sagan. The 22-year-old Kämna is a former junior time trial world champion and was second in the under-23 road race World Championships in 2017 in Bergen. He joined Team Sunweb for the 2017 season and rode much of the Vuelta a España before focusing on the Worlds. Kämna is considered one of Germany’s best young stage racers but took time away from the sport in 2018 to reflect on his future and cycling career. He stopped racing after Milan-San Remo but returned last summer at the Tour of Denmark. He has raced a full calendar so far in 2019 and made an impressive Tour de France debut, finishing fourth on stage 18 to Valloire after being in ...

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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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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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Dayer Quintana hopes to make mark in Utah, ready to race with Nairo in 2020

Often overshadowed by his older brother, Dayer looks forward to racing alongside Nairo in 2020. Read the full article at Dayer Quintana hopes to make mark in Utah, ready to race with Nairo in 2020 on VeloNews.com .

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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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Quintana hopes for 'team that can support him 100 per cent' in move to Arkea-Samsic

Quintana hopes for 'team that can support him 100 per cent' in move to Arkea-Samsic

Joe Robinson 12 Aug 2019 Colombian will be forced into joint leadership role at Vuelta a Espana Nairo Quintana is hoping his move to ProContinental team Arkea-Samsic will give him '100 per cent support' when targetting the yellow jersey at the Tour de France next season. The 29-year-old struggled to shine at this year's race finishing eighth overall following the decision of his current team, Movistar , to back three team leaders on General Classification. While Quintana did win a stage, he rode into Paris over five minutes adrift of eventual winner Egan Bernal of Team Ineos and a minute down on teammate Mikel Landa, who finished sixth. The Colombian will now depart the Spanish team, yet told home radio station BLU Station that the yellow jersey remained his ultimate goal and that his move away from Movistar should further his chances of winning the only Grand Tour missing from ...

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Nairo Quintana: I want a team that can support me 100 per cent

Nairo Quintana (Movistar)

Nairo Quintana has confirmed his departure from the Movistar team at the end of the season. Although he stopped short of announcing Arkea-Samsic as his new destination, he said in an interview with Colombian radio station BLU Radio that he wants a team where he has '100 per cent support'. Quintana turned pro with Movistar in 2012 but the relationship has become increasingly strained in the past couple of years. There was debate over his race programme in 2017 and then team leadership in the past two seasons. At the recent Tour de France , there was a seemingly total breakdown in communication that saw he and teammates Mikel Landa and Alejandro Valverde effectively racing against each other. Quintana, who finished on the podium in Paris three times between 2013 and 2016, placed eighth overall, although that was mitigated by a stage win the in the Alps. Cyclingnews reported during ...

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Movistar name Enric Mas as new Grand Tour leader for 2020

Enric Mas (Quick-Step Floors) on the Vuelta podium for best young rider

Movistar have confirmed that Enric Mas will leave Deceuninck-QuickStep to join the Spanish WorldTour squad and become their Grand Tour leader for the next three years. The 24-year-old from Mallorca finished second overall in the 2018 Vuelta a Espana and is considered Spain’s most promising rider for future Grand Tours. Mas will replace Mikel Landa, who has already confirmed he will move to Bahrain-Merida in 2020, Giro d’Italia winner Richard Carapaz, who is set to join Team Ineos, and Nairo Quintana, who is widely expected to move to French Professional Continental team Arkea Samsic. Mas will share leadership at Movistar with fellow Spaniard Alejandro Valverde, with Marc Soler also expected to have a bigger leadership role. Mas raced as an amateur with the Fundación Contador team and then stepped up to WorldTour level in 2017 with QuickStep. He won a stage at the 2018 Itzulia Basque Country and confirmed his ...

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Bahrain-Merida confirm Mikel Landa signing from Movistar

Bahrain-Merida confirm Mikel Landa signing from Movistar

Joe Robinson 5 Aug 2019 Rider will move across to lead team's Grand Tour hopes as Vincenzo Nibali departs Bahrain-Merida have announced their signing of Basque Grand Tour contender Mikel Landa from Movistar . The deal had been common knowledge for a while with Landa coming across to head the team's Grand Tour hopes as Vincenzo Nibali leaves for Trek-Segafredo . Bahrain confirmed the move today in a press release stating Landa 'will be a major contributor to our stage race objectives' with team general manager Brent Copeland labelling Landa as one of the most 'competitive riders for the Grand Tours'. 'It is with immense pleasure that we welcome Mikel to our team, he is a rider who brings excitement to racing with his incredible climbing skills which makes him one of the most competitive riders for the grand tours,' said Copeland. 'His consistent results speak for themselves and his ...

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Young British sprinter Gabriel Culliagh earns WorldTour move to Movistar

Young British sprinter Gabriel Culliagh earns WorldTour move to Movistar

Joe Robinson 5 Aug 2019 23-year-old set to move across from Team Wiggins at the end of the season on a two-year-deal Young British sprinter Gabriel Culliagh has made a surprise move up to WorldTour level by signing with Spanish team Movistar . The team confirmed that 23-year-old Culliagh will move across from the Continental outfit Team Wiggins at the end of the year on a two-year deal. A press release issued today stated, 'The Movistar Team confirmed Monday that Gabriel Cullaigh has signed a two-year contract with Eusebio Unzué's outfit, thus becoming the Telefónica-backed squad's first confirmed addition to its roster for the 2020 season.' 'Cullaigh's signing helps the Movistar Team increase its aspirations at sprint finishes, a speciality the Brit, a great rouleur, has steadily improved at during the last few years. 'In 2019, the current Team Wiggins rider notched up one stage victory in the Volta ao ...

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Nieve confident of teammate Chaves' chances for Vuelta a Espana

Michel Nieve and Esteban Chaves set the pace

Mikel Nieve ( Mitchelton-Scott ) is confident that teammate and leader Esteban Chaves will be in the thick of the action in the upcoming Vuelta a España, where the Colombian will be tackling his second Grand Tour of the 2019 season. Third overall in the 2016 Vuelta behind compatriot Nairo Quintana (Movistar), Chaves had a prolonged battle against illness after last year’s Giro d’Italia, where he faded badly in the second part of the race. But Chaves was moving in the opposite direction in this year’s Giro, starting quietly but then building towards a fine mountain stage win in the third week at San Martino de Castrozzo. After placing 40th overall in the final GC at the Giro, Chaves then went on to the Tour of Slovenia, where he finished in 6th. Nieve was part of the Mitchelton-Scott line-up at the Giro and is currently taking part in the Tour ...

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Cycling’s transfer season kicks off as Nibali, Dumoulin, and Quintana all slated to switch teams

Nairo Quintana, Vincenzo Nibali, and Tom Dumoulin are just a few of the big names that will switch teams after 2019. Read the full article at Cycling’s transfer season kicks off as Nibali, Dumoulin, and Quintana all slated to switch teams on VeloNews.com .

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Katusha and Arkea Samsic to merge for 2020, reports suggest

Katusha and Arkea Samsic to merge for 2020, reports suggest

Joe Robinson 31 Jul 2019 Katusha owner Igor Makarov is believed to have reached a deal to merge with the French ProContinental team WorldTour team Katusha-Alpecin 's and ProContinental setup Arkea-Samsic are set to merge for 2020, reports have suggested. It has been reported by Dutch website Wielerflits that the current owner of Katusha-Alpecin, Igor Makarov, has reached a deal with the French second division team combine the two teams for next season with the Russian retaining ownership of the WorldTour license. Makarov is said to have been in talks with various teams regarding over a potential merger before agreeing a deal with Arkea-Samsic. Sources suggest that the team would consist of 11 riders still under contract from each of the existing teams. The squad would then be completed with the signatures Arkea-Samsic already have in place for 2020 including Nairo Quintana and Nacer Bouhanni. It is also believed that ...

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Arkea Samsic deny Katusha-Alpecin merger for 2020

Arkea Samsic deny Katusha-Alpecin merger for 2020

Joe Robinson 31 Jul 2019 Katusha owner Igor Makarov was believed to have reached a deal to merge with the French ProContinental team ProContinental setup Arkea-Samsic have denied rumours they wil merge with WorldTour team Katusha-Alpecin for 2020. It was reported by Dutch website Wielerflits that the current owner of Katusha-Alpecin, Igor Makarov, had reached a deal with the French second division team to combine the two teams for next season with the Russian retaining ownership of the WorldTour licence. However, these rumours have since been denied by Arkea-Samsic team director Emmanual Hubert. Talking to French newspaper Le Telegram , Hubert said 'Like other teams considering WorldTour, we were surveyed by the Katusha team. But we did not respond to this proposal,' 'It’s out of the question for the Arkéa-Samsic team to make an alliance with Katusha.' The original rumours suggested Makarov had been in talks with various teams regarding ...

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