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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Altitude is star of Tour Colombia 2020 route

South America's fast-growing stage race will trace the home regions of Nairo Quintana and Egan Bernal with a route ending at nearly 11,000 feet Read the full article at Altitude is star of Tour Colombia 2020 route on VeloNews.com .

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Men’s teams of 2020: Who’s moving up, who’s dropping down, and what it means

The teams applying for WorldTour and ProTeam licenses in the 2020 season, the implications for pro cycling, and how they sit in the UCI's new structural and regulatory landscape. The post Men’s teams of 2020: Who’s moving up, who’s dropping down, and what it means appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Nacer Bouhanni signs for Arkea-Samsic as team aims to go WorldTour in 2020

Nacer Bouhanni signs for Arkea-Samsic as team aims to go WorldTour in 2020

Joe Robinson 2 Oct 2019 Brit Dan McLay also signs for Breton team building for cycling's top flight Nacer Bouhanni will look to resurrect his career as he is named among a raft of riders to have signed for Arkea-Samsic. The temperamental sprinter was named among six new signings for the French ProContinental side as he moves from fellow French team Cofidis for 2020. Bouhanni will be joined by Sport-Vlaanderen duo Benjamin Declercq and Christophe Noppe, Direct Energie's Thomas Boudat, CCC Team 's Lukasz Owsian and Brit Dan McLay who rejoins the team from Education First . Arkea-Samsic were long rumoured to be interested in acquiring Bouhanni, who had fallen out with his current team Cofidis. Originally joining Cofidis in 2015, Bouhanni was considered a coup for the ProContinental team considering his previous Grand Tour victories. However, with the implementation of Cedric Vasseur as team manager in 2017, Bouhanni has ...

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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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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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Egan Bernal to skip world championships

Supported by Tour de France winner Egan Bernal will skip this month’s Road World Championships, the cycling federation in his native Colombia said on Tuesday, without indicating the reason. “The talented cyclist of Team Ineos decided to turn down the call-up” for the race in Harrogate, England, the Colombian Cycling Federation said in a statement. On Monday … The post Egan Bernal to skip world championships appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Vuelta a Espana 2019: Slovenia celebrates as Pogacar wins stage and Roglic secures overall title

Vuelta a Espana 2019: Slovenia celebrates as Pogacar wins stage and Roglic secures overall title

Joe Robinson 14 Sep 2019 A mighty solo performance see 20-year-old Slovenian take third stage win, white young rider's jersey and final podium spot Jumbo-Visma's Primoz Roglic will take a maiden Grand Tour victory at the 2019 Vuelta a Espana after successfully defending the red jersey on the penultimate stage of the race. Meanwhile, 20-year-old compatriot Tadej Pogacar secured a third stage win of the race and a spot on the podium after an impressive solo ride. Roglic was unfazed by a difficult final mountain stage into Plataforma de Gredos, finishing alongside rival Alejandro Valverde to all but secure the overall win. Tomorrow's processional route into Madrid will be a day of celebration for Roglic as he confirms his status as one of the world's best Grand Tour riders. He takes the title by a margin of almost three minutes from Movistar's Alejandro Valverde, who rides to a seventh career ...

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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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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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Strava insight: Philippe Gilbert's Vuelta a Espana stage win was record breaking

Joe Robinson 12 Sep 2019 Stage 17 of the Vuelta a Espana was the fastest race over 200km in cycling's history Deceuninck-QuickStep 's Philippe Gilbert made history yesterday. Crossing the finish line in Guadalajara to win Stage 17 , he took the record for the fastest average speed in a race over 200km. In a whirlwind day that saw the race battered by severe crosswinds, the veteran Belgian covered the 219km run from Aranda de Duero to Guadalajara with an average speed of 50.63kmh. That means the five-time Monument man covered the longest day of this year's Vuelta - a distance most amateurs would take all day to cover - in just 4 hours 20 minutes. It sees Gilbert take the prestigious Ruban Juane record from former teammate Matteo Trentin, whose average speed of 49.64kmh at the 2015 Paris-Tours was the previous best. Needless to say, riding at 50kmh for ...

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Quintana and Movistar deliver on an 'anti-Nairo' Vuelta stage

Quintana and Movistar deliver on an 'anti-Nairo' Vuelta stage

Stage 17 of the Vuelta was a tactical affair with the wind, high speed and Deceuninck-Quick Step blowing the peloton apart to the ultimate advantage of Nairo Quintana.

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Quintana back in Vuelta GC picture after Gilbert wins Stage 17

Quintana back in Vuelta GC picture after Gilbert wins Stage 17

Philippe Gilbert claimed a second stage victory at this year’s Vuelta a España as Nairo Quintana rode himself back into overall contention with a fine performance in the breakaway on stage 17.

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Gallery: The weird and wonderful of Eurobike

Peter Stuart 12 Sep 2019 Eurobike showcases some of the most exciting new bikes, but also some of the quirkiest sides of the industry Eurobike is the world’s biggest cycling trade show, and a showcase of some of the best new products from big brands, but the show also hosts manufacturers from the Far East touting their wares, alongside startups from all over the world. We weren’t on the lookout for oddities from the show, or really anything outside new road bike releases, we certainly happened upon a few intriguing sections of the show, and were piqued by some unexpected innovations. Brompton upgrades With folding bikes becoming an ever-larger part of urban mobility, and an increasingly popular fashion throughout the Far East, it should be no surprise that brands are investing in upgrades. What comes as a surprise, though, is how impressive and shiny some of these upgrades appear to ...

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Vuelta a España stage 17: Gilbert wins as Quintana battles back

Crosswinds wrecked havoc on the Vuelta a España peloton as a 50-man breakaway gained valuable time, vaulting Nairo Quintana back into contention. Read the full article at Vuelta a España stage 17: Gilbert wins as Quintana battles back on VeloNews.com .

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Vuelta a Espana 2019: Philippe Gilbert wins Stage 17 while Nairo Quintana gains over 5 minutes on GC

Vuelta a Espana 2019: Philippe Gilbert wins Stage 17 while Nairo Quintana gains over 5 minutes on GC

Jack Elton-Walters 11 Sep 2019 Stage 17 of the 2019 Vuelta a Espana was expected to be a quiet day but ended up being anything but Philippe Gilbert (Deceuninck-QuickStep) won Stage 17 of the 2019 Vuelta a Espana on a day that saw an unexpected shake-up in the overall General Classification. Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) retained the red jersey and the same margin over second place Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) but after that there were significant changes. The day's win came from a breakaway which had originally contained over 40 riders. Key among the front group was Nairo Quintana (Movistar), whose ride helped him gain time and position on the GC. This jump up the standings would have been even greater had his own teammates not taken up the chase behind. Even so, Quintana did something similar to Chris Froome in 2016, so could this be the start of a race winning ...

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Five predictions for ‘week three’ of the Vuelta a España

It may sound crazy, but just one week of Grand Tour racing remains in the 2019 season. Week three of the Vuelta a España is all that’s left between us and eight long months without Grand Tour action. Hopefully this final week in Spain delivers enough excitement to hold us over until next year’s Giro … The post Five predictions for ‘week three’ of the Vuelta a España appeared first on CyclingTips .

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