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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Belgium and the Netherlands bring stacked squads to World Championships

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 ...

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Eddy Merckx 525 and Ridley Helium SLX Disc road bikes unveiled

One Belgian cycling company, two distinct racing brands – Eddy Merckx and Ridley were at Eurobike showing off new disc versions of their all-round road racing machines. Here we take a look at the new Eddy Merckx 525 and Ridley Helium SLX Disc. Eddy Merckx 525 and 525 Disc New for 2020 are the Eddy … The post Eddy Merckx 525 and Ridley Helium SLX Disc road bikes unveiled appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Laurens De Plus wins 2019 BinckBank Tour

Oliver Naesen (AG2R La Mondiale) wins finale stage 7 at BinckBank Tour

Laurens De Plus ( Jumbo-Visma ) snatched overall victory at the BinckBank Tour from Tim Wellens (Lotto Soudal) after going on the attack in the final circuit of the Muur of Geraardsbergen. De Plus surged away with Greg Van Avermaet (CCC Team) and Oliver Naesen (AG2R La Mondiale) just before the cobbled Bosberg climb after the Muur had made a first selection. Wellens was isolated and unable to go with the move, with De Plus also sweeping up seven bonus seconds in the late Golden Kilometre sprints. De Plus started the stage just 12 seconds down on Wellens and then gave his all in the final, hectic pursuit match to the finish, gaining enough time to win the WorldTour stage race. Naesen was the strongest on the climb up to the finish on the lower slopes of the Muur, coming past van Avermaet close to the line after his close ...

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Lawrence Naesen to join brother Oliver at AG2R in 2020

Lawrence Naesen and Oliver Naesen

Lawrence Naesen – brother of this year's Milan-San Remo runner-up Oliver Naesen – will make it a family affair at AG2R La Mondiale next season when he joins his older sibling at the French WorldTour team. Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec's Andrea Vendrame will also join AG2R La Mondiale from next year, as will Clément Champoussin, although not until midway through the 2020 season, when he'll step up from feeder team Chambéry Cyclisme Formation. Lawrence Naesen arrives after two seasons at WorldTour level with Lotto Soudal. While he might not yet have the same palmarès as Oliver, Lawrence, at 26, has two years up his sleeve to try to match the older Naesen's four pro victories, which include the 2017 Belgian road race championship and two wins in the Bretagne Classic-Ouest France. Like Oliver, Lawrence is most suited to the spring Classics and one-day races, and rode his first Monuments this season, although ...

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Tour de France 2019 in numbers | Can you guess the fastest recorded speed?

Tour de France 2019, Geraint Thomas and Egan Bernal

The key facts and figures from this year’s Tour de France, including Nils Politt's white-knuckle descent

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Peter Sagan’s stunning S-Works Venge for the 2019 Tour de France

Green Custom Venge 2

Green jersey winner gets amazing two-tone custom paint

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Oliver Naesen’s steel Eddy Merckx Corsa for the Tour de France 2019

Pro cyclist riding fancy steel road bike

Eddy Merckx launches new line of premium steel bikes

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Oliver Naesen’s steel Eddy Merckx Corsa for the Tour de France 2019

Pro cyclist riding fancy steel road bike

Eddy Merckx launches new line of premium steel bikes

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De Gendt and Wellens attacked at the Tour de France just for the photos

De Gendt and Wellens attacked at the Tour de France just for the photos

Joe Robinson 28 Jul 2019 The Belgian pair escaped off the front on the slopes of Val Thorens, all to get a new profile picture Lotto-Soudal duo Thomas De Gendt and Tim Wellens lit up yesterday's Tour de France penultimate stage with a two-up attack on the lower slopes of Val Thorens. Both managed to carve out a small gap to the fast-moving peloton before being swallowed up further along the climb as Vincenzo Nibali took stage honours and Egan Bernal wrapped up the yellow jersey . The Belgian pair are no strangers to going on the attack, De Gendt having already won a stage solo and Wellens having worn the polka dot jersey for large stages of the race, however, yesterday's attack did not have their usual intentions. See related Tour de France 2019: Thomas De Gendt goes long to win Stage 8 while the French take time on ...

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Oliver Naesen rides steel Eddy Merckx bike on the Champs Elysees

Oliver Naesen rides steel Eddy Merckx bike on the Champs Elysees

What do The Cannibal and the AG2R La Mondiale rider have in common?

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Oliver Naesen to ride steel bike on the Champs Elysees

Oliver Naesen to ride steel bike on the Champs Elysees

What do Eddy Merckx and Oliver Naesen have in common?

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Tour de France 2019: Egan Bernal becomes first Colombian to win yellow jersey; Ewan takes final stage

Tour de France 2019: Egan Bernal becomes first Colombian to win yellow jersey; Ewan takes final stag

Joe Robinson 28 Jul 2019 Bernal makes Colombian history as Ewan takes impressive win on Champs-Elysees Egan Bernal ( Team Ineos ) safely crossed the Champs-Elysees finish line to make history and become the first Colombian to win the Tour de France as Caleb Ewan ( Lotto-Soudal ) completed a hat-trick of stage wins in Paris. The 22-year-old secured the first yellow jersey for South America after a dominant display in a weather-effected Alps that saw him snatch the race lead from Julian Alaphilippe ( Deceuninck-QuickStep ) on Stage 19 before guiding it to the finish. Bernal stood on the race's final podium joined by Team Ineos teammate and defending champion Geraint Thomas and Jumbo-Visma's Steven Kruiswijk who took second and third respectively. As for the final stage on the Champs-Elysees, Ewan launched an incredible sprint in a messy finale beating Dylan Groenewegen (Jumbo-Visma) and Niccolo Bonifazio (Total Direct Energie) ...

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Tour de France 2019: Egan Bernal becomes first Colombian to win yellow jersey

Tour de France 2019: Egan Bernal becomes first Colombian to win yellow jersey

Joe Robinson 28 Jul 2019 Bernal makes Colombian history as Ewan takes impressive win on Champs-Elysees Egan Bernal safely crossed the Champs-Elysees finish line to make history and become the first Colombian to win the Tour de France as Caleb Ewan completed a hat-trick of stage wins in Paris. The 22-year-old secured the first yellow jersey for South America after a dominant display in a weather-effected Alps that saw him snatch the race lead from Julian Alaphilippe on Stage 19 before guiding it to the finish. Bernal stood on the race's final podium joined by Team Ineos teammate and defending champion Geraint Thomas and Jumbo-Visma's Steven Kruiswijk who took second and third respectively. As for the final stage finishing on the Champs-Elysees, Ewan launched an incredible sprint in a messy finale beating Dylan Groenewegen and Niccolo Bonifazio to the win. The Australian closed a sizeable gap in the final 100 ...

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Check out Oliver Naesen's steel Eddy Merckx to be ridden on stage 21 of the Tour de France

Joe Robinson 28 Jul 2019 Belgian classics star to prove steel is real on run to the Champs-Elysees AG2R La Mondiale's Oliver Naesen will become a fully signed-up member of the 'steel is real' club as he rides the Champs-Elysees later today thanks to the Belgian racing stage 21 of the Tour de France on a special edition steel Eddy Merckx bike. The 28-year-old will swap his carbon fibre race bike for a new Eddy Merckx Corsa steel bike to cover the 127km stage into Paris as the brand named after cycling's most successful rider ever relaunches its high-end steel bike range. Naesen will compete on what quite the stunning custom-painted white and gold frame, designed to look the very bikes that Merckx himself would have raced in 50-years-ago in 1969 when he won his first Tour de France yellow jersey. Image 3 of 11 Image 3 of 11 However, ...

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Tour de France: Stage 9 finish line quotes

Daryl Impey (Mitchelton-Scott) wins stage 9

Daryl Impey (Mitchelton-Scott) - stage winner It's pretty much for me, from the Tour de France perspective, it's something that I was really missing. It's the seventh time I'm riding the Tour de France and have been in a number of breakaways, to finally nail it today - it's a dream come true. I really don't have any words. It was a stage I'd kind of marked for a breakaway. Yesterday, also obviously, but unfortunately the break went away straightaway. Today we were pretty active - Luke and them were active in the start. I just kind of found the lucky move. I didn't have to do too much to get in there. We all worked really well together. I just believed in myself. Played it quite smart there in the end, I think. I knew I had to get to Tiesj [Benoot] and them on the final climb. I've ...

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Tour de France 2019: Dylan Groenewegen wins Stage 7 sprint ahead of Ewan and Sagan

Tour de France 2019: Dylan Groenewegen wins Stage 7 sprint ahead of Ewan and Sagan

George Smith 12 Jul 2019 The Dutchman makes it three wins for Jumbo-Visma after opening up his sprint first to surge ahead of rivals Dylan Groenewegen (Jumbo-Visma) won Stage 7 of the 2019 Tour de France thanks to a strong sprint that meant his rivals could not get on terms before the finish line. Caleb Ewan (Lotto-Soudal) - with a skipped rear wheel - crossed the line for second with Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) and his green jersey crossing for third. After yesterday’s first proper General Classification test in the mountains the Tour returned to flatter ground for Stage 7, with the sprinters looking for a chance to shine. The longest stage of this year’s edition at 230km, today’s ride saw each team make their way from Belfort to Chalon-sur-Saône. Belfort was last seen in the Tour back in 2012, again as a departure place, when a young Thibaut Pinot went ...

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Tour de France teams for 2019 — Complete startlist plus the favourites

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Alaphilippe continues to lead UCI World Rankings after Dauphine and Suisse

Julian Alaphilippe and Gregor Muhlberger fight for victory during stage 6 at the Criterium du Dauphi

Julian Alaphilippe ( Deceuninck-QuickStep ) continues to lead the UCI's 'World Rankings' on the strength of his 10 wins so far this season, most recently taking stage 6 at the Criterium du Dauphine in a thrilling two-up sprint with Gregor Mühlberger (Bora-Hansgrohe) after spending 216km in the day's breakaway. Dauphine overall winner Jakob Fuglsang (Astana) wasn't able to hold off the charge by Primož Roglič (Jumbo-Visma), however, as the Slovenian's podium finish at the Giro d'Italia pushed him past the Dane into second on the World rankings. Fuglsang slipped to third ahead of Alejandro Valverde (Movistar), Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ), Greg Van Avermaet (CCC Team) and Pascal Ackermann (Bora-Hansgrohe), all of whom maintained their ranking positions. Alexander Kristoff (UAE team Emirates), jumped up three places to eighth, followed by Michael Matthews (Team Sunweb)n in ninth and Oliver Naesen (Lotto Soudal) rounding out the top 10. Benefitting from 41 wins so far ...

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Lambrecht hunting stage success at the Criterium du Dauphine

Bjorg Lambrecht (Lotto Soudal) was part of the breakaway at the opening stage of Criterium du Dauphi

At the opening stage of the 2019 Critérium du Dauphiné , Bjorg Lambrecht ( Lotto Soudal ) attacked the main general classification group on the final ascent of Cote de Roquenatou, bridging across to the remaining duo of the day's breakaway, Magnus Cort (Astana) and compatriot Oliver Naesen (AG2R La Mondiale). The three riders worked well together on the descent and rolling run-in to Jussac, before being caught in the final kilometre, where Edvald Boasson Hagen took a fifth career stage win at the race. Lotto Soudal announced on Thursday that the WorldTour team had extended the contract of 22-year-old Belgian for another two seasons and with top-ten finishes at Brabantse Pijl, Amstel Gold Race and Flèche Wallonne, Lambrecht continues to show his pedigree. "In the beginning, I wasn't feeling really good," Lambrecht told Cyclingnews as he warmed down on a turbo trainer outside his team bus. "In the final, ...

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