Zak Dempster on the end of one journey and the start of another
In late October, Aussie Zak Dempster announced that the 2019 season would be his last as a professional road racer. The Victorian started racing at the Continental level back in 2006 and joined the pro ranks with NetApp-Endura in 2013. He’s ridden with the Israel Cycling Academy for the past three seasons and will remain … The post Zak Dempster on the end of one journey and the start of another appeared first on CyclingTips .
The weekly spin: A wet and wild week at the world championships
What a week in professional cycling. The UCI’s Road World Championships is an annual end-of-season gathering of national federations, sponsors, rider agents, and stakeholders that often delivers not only new world champions but also a flurry of announcements and controversies. The Yorkshire world championships was no exception. The eight-day event began with a new discipline, … The post The weekly spin: A wet and wild week at the world championships appeared first on CyclingTips .
Belgium and the Netherlands bring stacked squads to World Championships
George Smith 10 Sep 2019 As more names are announced it’s hard to look past the two cycling giants Last week Mathieu van der Poel admitted that he will arrive in Yorkshire as one of the favourites to win the coveted rainbow jersey at the UCI Road World Championships , with the 284.5km route tipped to be dominated by Classics specialists . That will come as a challenge to not only his Dutch teammate Bauke Mollema, but also the rival Belgians, whose panoply of riding talent borders on being a hindrance rather than a benefit. Leading their charge will be Olympic champion and Paris-Roubaix winner Greg Van Avermaet and former World Champion and multiple Monument winner Philippe Gilbert ; though it may do the pair a disservice, their honours are too exhaustive to list here. Behind them, rising star and junior World Champion Remco Evenepoel may even fancy his chances ...
The weekly spin: For Rissveds and Ferrand-Prévot, the circle is complete
The narrative arc of a professional cyclist’s existence is often a rollercoaster of circumstance, heartbreak, and resurgence — a constant balancing act of physical and mental health. That has never been more clear than over the past few months in elite women’s mountain-bike racing. Across the UCI’s World Cup series and World Championship, the return to … The post The weekly spin: For Rissveds and Ferrand-Prévot, the circle is complete appeared first on CyclingTips .
Dan Martin joins Israel Cycling Academy on two-year contract
Jack Elton-Walters 16 Aug 2019 Dan Martin will leave UAE Team Emirates at the end of the season and his move could indicate the ambitions of his new team Daniel Martin will leave UAE Team Emirates at the end of this season to join the Israel Cycling Academy on a two-year contract. Martin will be looking to take sole leadership at his new team after often finding himself forced to share duties within his current squad. The rider will also be hoping to recapture the form that in the past has seen him win Monuments and liven up Grand Tour stages. The secondary element to this announcement could be an indication of the team's wider ambitions. Stories have cropped up in the past about Israel Cycling Academy's desire to enter cycling's WorldTour, with mergers and licence buy-outs mooted in the previously. We are proud to announce that @DanMartin86 has signed ...
Rissveds: Two years ago, I didn't want to be alive
After a two-year absence from cycling to focus on her mental health, Jenny Rissveds has made a remarkable comeback with a victory at the MTB World Cup in Lenzerheide . The Olympic champion returned to competition this spring with her new outfit Team 31 named after the United Nations' Universal Declaration of Human Rights article 31 that promotes child rights. "Two years ago, I didn't want to be alive. I just want to say that it is possible," Rissveds said in a post-race interview with the UCI after winning the series round ahead of Anne Terpstra and Pauline Ferrand-Prévot, who also made a return to the sport after recovering from double Iliac artery surgery . "Never give up. Like Pauline said last week when she won her first World Cup in a very long time, 'never give up,' and I just want to say 'never give up.' Never. "In Swedish, ...
Rissveds dominates in Lenzerheide World Cup
Olympic champion Jenny Rissveds completed her return to the highest level of mountain biking with a win at the seventh round of the Mountain Bike World Cup in Lenzerheide, Switzerland, on Sunday. Rissveds had retired the season after winning the Olympic title, publicly discussing her mental health issues, and only returned to the sport this season. The 4.8 kilometre course was the same one used for last year's world championships, with the altitude - 1500-plus metres - and rough, technical track taking it's toll in crashes and flat tires. Rissveds bridged up after crashing in the first lap to a lead group of Jolanda Neff (Trek Factory), Anne Terpstra (Ghost Factory), Pauline Ferrand Prevot (Canyon Factory), Sina Frei (Ghost Factory) and Catharine Pendrel (Clif Pro). Pendrel lost contact after a crash, and Frei was dropped first, followed by Ferrand Prevot and Neff. Rissveds and Terpstra rode together until the last ...
Terpstra crashes out of Tour de France
Cobbled-classics champion Niki Terpstra's woes continue this season as Dutchman fractures scapula in Stage 11 crash.
Tour de France: Quintana and Porte emerge without losses from late crash
Nairo Quintana 's right elbow was bloodied, but his broad smile told its own story as he climbed back onto his bike to warm down after stage 11 of the Tour de France in Toulouse. A knot of television and radio journalists from his native Colombia had followed him from the finish line to the Movistar team bus not far from the Canal de Brienne, and as a cameraman zoomed in on his wounded elbow, Quintana jokingly called out an admonishment. "Don't make too big a deal out of it," Quintana laughed. "They'll only get worried back home." It could have been a whole lot worse. Quintana was among the fallers in the crash that ended Niki Terpstra's Tour with a little under 30 kilometres to go, but he remounted quickly and gave chase. Quintana and Movistar found a useful ally of circumstance in Richie Porte (Trek-Segafredo), and they regained ...
Caleb Ewans sprints to his first Tour de France win - Video
Lotto Soudal 's 'pocket rocket' Caleb Ewan sprinted to his first-ever stage win at the Tour de France Wednesday, out-kicking stage 7 winner Dylan Groenewegen (Jumbo-Visma) in a photo finish at the line in Toulouse for the stage 11 victory . Deceuninck-QuickStep's Elia Viviani was third, followed by Bora-Hansgrohe's Peter Sagan. Ewan was the 11th stage winner in the first 11 stages of the 2019 race. The overall battle remained unaffected after stage 11, with Frenchman Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep) maintaining his 1:12 lead over defending champion Geraint Thomas and 1:16 over Egan Bernal, both of Team Ineos. Niki Terpstra (Total Direct Energie) crashed during the stage and was forced to abandon with a broken clavicle from a day marred by multiple crashes. Ewan himself was caught behind a crash in the closing kilometres and had to fight back with the help of teammate Roger Kluge to contest the win. You ...
Terpstra out of Tour de France with fractured scapula
Niki Terpstra ( Total Direct Energie ) was forced to abandon the Tour de France Wednesday after fracturing his scapula in a crash with 30km to go during stage 11. The Dutch rider took a while getting up from a massive crash that also took down Sebastian Langeveld (EF Education First) and others. Terpstra's Total Direct Energie squad said that he suffered a double fracture to the scapula and tendon damage in the fall. "I fell on my head and shoulder," Terpstra said. "Honestly I didn't even know I was lying on the asphalt. I was a bit dizzy, but my shoulder hurt especially badly." Terpstra has had a difficult season since leaving Quickstep for Total Direct Energie. After a promising start with podium placings at Le Samyn and Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne, Terpstra crashed at the Tour of Flanders, where he was defending his title, and suffered a concussion that kept him ...
Richie Porte: “I hit my head pretty hard”
Supported by TOULOUSE, France (CT) — Richie Porte will be checked for a concussion, his team confirmed Wednesday, following a high-speed crash some 30 kilometers from the finish of Wednesday’s stage that also took out the majority of his Trek-Segafredo team. “I hit my head pretty hard, so I guess we’ll see how that is,” Porte told … The post Richie Porte: “I hit my head pretty hard” appeared first on CyclingTips .
Tour de France: Ewan pips Groenewegen in photo finish on Stage 11
Joe Robinson 17 Jul 2019 Australian sprinter takes close call against Gronewegen into Toulouse Caleb Ewan produced an electrifying sprint into to Toulouse to beat Dylan Groenewegen in a photo finish and take the first Tour de France stage win of his career. The Australian held his nerve sitting in the wheel of Groenewegen before pipping the Dutchman into second on the line. Elia Viviani managed to roll in third but never really figured in the fight for the stage that was one through the sheer will and power of Ewan, who was visibly ecstatic at the finish. It was an impressive victory for the 24-year-old who was left to chase back onto the front of the race in the final 8km after being caught out in a minor crash and ride to the finish without a lead-out. As for the race lead, Julian Alaphilippe surfed the wheels into the ...
Tour de France power play: How many watts did it take for Thomas De Gendt to take that epic solo win?
Joe Robinson 15 Jul 2019 A snapshot of the big numbers produced by the Belgian breakaway king en route to Stage 8 victory Stage 8 of the Tour de France will go down as one for the ages. Not only because Gallic duo Julian Alaphilippe and Thibaut Pinot shot French cycling into life with a swashbuckling attack 12km from the finish but thanks to Thomas de Gendt producing a masterclass in how to win from a breakaway. The Belgian breakaway connoisseur was the first rider to attack on the stage, carving out a gap with fellow break regulars Ben King ( Dimension Data ), Niki Terpstra (Total Direct Energie) and Alessandro De Marchi ( CCC Team ). Throughout the day, he systematically whittled away his rivals, first dropping Terpstra and King before then popping De Marchi less than 15km from the finish. While Alaphilippe and Pinot did their best to ...
Tour de France: De Gendt goes guts to glory in Saint-Etienne
Through seven stages of the Tour de France , Lotto Soudal had been one of the most active teams in the race. Up to the start of stage 8 in Mâcon, five days in the polka dot jersey for Tim Wellens and three podium places for sprinter Caleb Ewan was the sum of their efforts. It's more than most teams have achieved, but in Saint-Étienne it was Thomas De Gendt who delivered what the team were aiming for – a stage victory. Attacking from the gun, the Belgian was joined by three other breakaway specialists on the tough 200-kilometre stage through the Massif Central. One-by-one, Ben King (Dimension Data), Niki Terpstra (Total Direct Énergie) and Alessandro De Marchi (CCC Team) dropped away, leaving De Gendt, who led over all seven categorised climbs, to hold off late attackers Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep) and Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) and take the fourth Grand Tour ...
The secrets to a Thomas De Gendt breakaway
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Tour de France 2019: Thomas De Gendt goes long to win Stage 8 while the French take time on GC
Jack Elton-Walters 13 Jul 2019 Thomas De Gendt won the stage but Thibaut Pinot arguably had the best day on Stage 8 of the 2019 Tour de France Thomas De Gendt ( Lotto-Soudal ) won Stage 8 of the 2019 Tour de France after getting away in the day's breakaway and then going solo late in the stage. Despite the power of the chase, the Belgian maintained enough of a time advantage to cross the line first. Finishing not long after the day's winner were Thibaut Pinot ( Groupama-FDJ ) and Julian Alaphilippe ( Deceuninck-QuickStep ) who had got clear of the group of favourites; Pinot looking to take time and Alaphilippe aiming to recover the yellow jersey - both objectives were achieved. Despite a crash and bike change, Geraint Thomas (Team Ineos) minimised his time loss. See related Tour de France 2019: Route maps, riders, live TV guide and ...
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Preview: What you need to know about the 2019 Tour de France
It’s time for the biggest race of them all: Le Tour de France. Ahead of the Grand Depart this Saturday, get yourself up to speed on the riders to watch, the stages to watch, and more. This is CyclingTips’ preview of the 2019 Tour de France. The route After two days in the Belgian capital … The post Preview: What you need to know about the 2019 Tour de France appeared first on CyclingTips .