Raymond Poulidor dies aged 83
Joe Robinson 13 Nov 2019 The iconic French cyclist dies in the early hours of Wednesday morning French cycling legend Raymond Poulidor has died at the age of 83. He passed away in the early hours of Wednesday morning after an extended stay in hospital in Saint-Leonard-de-Noblat. In a long 18-year career that spanned from 1960 to 1977, the Frenchman played out some of the sport's greatest rivalries with riders such as Jacques Anquetil and a young Eddy Merckx, affectionately remembered as 'PouPou' to his fans. Poulidor was an icon of the Tour de France despite never winning the race or even wearing the race's yellow jersey. In 14 participations at the race, he finished on the podium on seven occasions, three times in second place, results that earned him the nickname 'The Eternal Second'. Beyond the Tour, Poulidor had a successful racing career, taking 72 wins including the 1964 ...
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 .
Fabian Cancellara on life in retirement: 'I’m busier now than when I raced'
Joe Robinson 1 Nov 2019 The seven-time Monument winner on why he doesn't miss racing and how life has become busier off the bike Fabian Cancellara is now three years into retirement. Hanging up his wheels having won gold in the individual time trial at the Rio Olympics, the Swiss brought to a close one of the most dominant careers this century. Four time trial World Championships, three-time Tour of Flanders winner, three-time Paris-Roubaix victor, a Milan-San Remo and two Olympic gold medals, too. With a palmares like that, you could probably get away with not having to work another day in your life after retirement. But for the 38-year-old, his life after bike racing seems to just be getting started. If he is not running his Chasing Cancellara sportive series, he is helping brands like Suplest, BMC and Gore develop products. Cyclist caught up with Cancellara at Sigma Sports ...
The 10 most impressive performances in men’s road cycling in 2019
The WorldTour is over for another year and the pros are off enjoying a well-earned break. The 2020 season will be here before we know it but before it is, let’s look back at the season that just finished. In this post we dive into the most impressive performance in men’s road cycling in 2019. … The post The 10 most impressive performances in men’s road cycling in 2019 appeared first on CyclingTips .
First Saudi Tour confirmed for 2020
Joe Robinson 29 Oct 2019 New race certain to raise further sportswashing questions Saudi Arabia will host its first major cycling event in 2020 as Tour de France organiser ASO announced a new five-day stage race for next season. The oil-rich Middle Eastern state will host the 2.1 category race between 4th and 8th February with the race set to take place around the capital, Riyadh, and its surrounding desert hills. Announcing the race, CEO of ASO Yann Le Moenner claimed this new race would further develop the growing racing scene in the Middle East. 'We are involved in the emergence of a new racing scene in the Middle East, which corresponds to the riders’ demands at the beginning of the year. The creation of the Saudi Tour and its sustainable installation in the calendar is part of this movement,' said Le Moenner. 'This new race both represents an exciting ...
Laurens ten Dam retires and switches to off-road adventure riding
Joe Robinson 18 Oct 2019 Dutchman concludes 17-year career to focus on endurance gravel racing Laurens ten Dam will be the latest pro road rider to turn his attention to gravel racing as he retires at the end of the season. In the same week that Taylor Phinney took early retirement from racing hinting he would turn to endurance gravel riding, Ten Dam stated he would pursue similar adventures after calling time on his 17-year career. 'I still really like being on the bike and, in the days immediately following Il Lombardia , I will be making a big trip towards the south of Italy. That will be an exciting moment for me as I will immediately be starting the change from pro cyclist to adventure rider,' Ten Dam wrote in an open letter on the CCC Team website . 'It's this kind of thing that I'm aiming to do ...
Annemiek van Vleuten unhappy with 'step back' for women's La Course race
Joe Robinson 18 Oct 2019 Next year's edition returns to Paris for a criterium which is far from pleasing for the current road race World Champion World Champion Annemiek van Vleuten has hit out at next year's edition of La Course as it returns the city streets of Paris. Among the fanfare of the Tour de France 2020 route announcement at Palais des Congres in Paris earlier this week, a slight footnote confirmed that the accompanying women's one-day race would shadow the final stage of the men's Tour. ASO revealed that the race would cover nine laps of the flat Parisian circuit with a sprint finish on the Champs-Elysees. It would also take place on Sunday 19th July, hours before the men conclude the Tour on the same course. Van Vleuten has labelled this move back to Paris as a 'step back' for women's cycling after three years of alternative ...
Rain or shine: Castelli’s evolving philosophy on apparel for all elements
Usually, cyclists hope it won’t rain before a bike ride. At a recent media event, Castelli product managers were hoping for the opposite. It’s why they chose to host it in the Ötztal Valley of Tyrol, Austria, 250 kilometers north of their headquarters in Fonzaso, Italy. And though it didn’t rain, the question of variable weather perfectly encapsulates … The post Rain or shine: Castelli’s evolving philosophy on apparel for all elements appeared first on CyclingTips .
The weekly spin: The great ‘Rider of the Year’ debate
Supported by With the 2019 road racing season effectively over, it’s time for the annual “Rider of the Year” debates. Yes, there’s still the six-stage Tour of Guangxi, which starts on Thursday. But none of the riders in the running for Rider of the Year honors are taking part. So with Il Lombardia in the rearview mirror, … The post The weekly spin: The great ‘Rider of the Year’ debate appeared first on CyclingTips .
Route for the 2020 Tour de France revealed
Joe Robinson 15 Oct 2019 Lots of new mountains, hardly any time trials and no room for classics Alpe d'Huez and Mont Ventoux Legendary Tour de France mountains Alpe d'Huez and Mont Ventoux will be skipped for new climbs as the 2020 edition is set to be 'identical in difficulty' to 2019 with the race scheduling only one individual time trial. At the route presentation in the Palais des Congres Paris, the full route for the 2020 Tour de France was revealed with the race set to visit five different mountain ranges. Like last year's edition, it will be particularly sparse of time trial kilometres with only one on the penultimate stage, an individual mountain time trial to the summit of La Planche des Belles Filles. Usual climbs like Alpe d'Huez, the Col du Galibier and Mont Ventoux will all be avoided too with race organisers preferring to take the ...
2020 Tour de France route revealed
Mountain time trial on La Planche des Belles Filles is set to be the definitive stage of the 2020 Tour de France
Report: Mountains galore again for 2020 Tour de France
Supported by PARIS (AFP) – The 2020 Tour de France will be as mountainous and open to attacks as this year’s vintage edition, the race designer hinted to AFP a day ahead of the official Grande Boucle route unveiling. If what Thierry Gouvenou suggested to AFP on Monday is accurate, the course would suit defending champion Egan … The post Report: Mountains galore again for 2020 Tour de France appeared first on CyclingTips .
Etape du Tour 2020 route announced | Sportive to start in Nice and tackle three climbs in Southern Alps
The 2020 edition of the Tour de France sportive will take place on Sunday 5 July
Route and date for L'Etape du Tour 2020 revealed
Joe Robinson 3 Oct 2019 Find out where next year's L'Etape du Tour will be taking place The route and date for the L'Etape du Tour 2020 have been released with it centring around the French Riviera city of Nice. The popular sportive that runs alongside the Tour de France will take place on Sunday 5th July and capitalise on the race's Grand Depart in Nice with a 177km loop starting and finishing in the city. The route will largely mirror Stage 2 of next year's Tour, departing the famous Promenade des Anglais, the route heads west along the coastline before turning north through the Gorges de la Mescla. After 55km, the sportive hits its first major climb, the 16.3km Col de la Colmaine at an average of 6.3%. After descending into La Bollene-Vesubie, riders will then get the chance to climb the Col de Turini. A beautiful climb with ...
Quiz: Can you name every World Champion and podium since 1927?
Joe Robinson 20 Sep 2019 With the World Championships about to start in Yorkshire, Cyclist wants to put your knowledge to the test It's Friday, the World Championships are just about to start in Yorkshire, so let's celebrate with a quiz. Everyone loves a cycling-related quiz, showing off that useless knowledge you've picked up from years of listening to Sherwin, Liggett and Kirby, absorbing like a sponge who came second on Stage 3 of Paris-Nice in 1992. But can you name the riders who made the podium of every elite men's road race World Championships since the inaugural race in 1927 hosted in Nurburgring? It's tough, actually, it's nearly impossible, especially when you start going back to the pre-Merckx days. We will be impressed if you manage to name 150 of the 255 riders. See related Yorkshire 2019 World Championships: Race timings, routes and all you need to know Join ...
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 ...
Sam Bennett wins stage 3 at Vuelta a Espana – Video highlights
Sam Bennett ( Bora-Hansgrohe ) took a career-first victory at the Vuelta a España on Monday, winning stage 3 in a bunch sprint from Edward Theuns (Trek-Segafredo) and Mitchelton-Scott's Luka Mezgec. While it was Bennett's first Vuelta win, it was the Irish road race champion's fourth victory this month, following three wins at the BinckBank Tour ahead of the Spanish Grand Tour, and his 12th win in 2019, after stage victories at races including the UAE Tour, Paris-Nice, the Tour of Turkey and the Critérium du Dauphiné. "It means a lot to get another Grand Tour victory," said the 28-year-old, having also won three stages at last year's Giro d'Italia, "especially in the Irish champion's jersey. I'm very proud to wear it and win in this jersey." Watch how Bennett won his Vuelta stage in the video highlights below. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com
Cort Nielsen signs with EF Education First
The EF Education First team announced it has signed Danish rider Magnus Cort Nielsen for the 2020 season. The 26-year-old will move across to the American squad after two seasons with Astana after getting a positive recommendation from compatriot Matti Breschel, who has been with the team for two seasons. "I've heard great things about the team, especially from Matti Breschel," said Cort Nielsen. "The most important thing for me in selecting a team is its people, and it's clear that this is a group where I'll fit in well. As a bonus, the team is located in Girona, where I spend a lot of time training, and speaks English as its main language, which is important to me." Cort began his WorldTour career with Orica-GreenEdge after a stint as a trainee in 2014. A versatile rider, he won four stages of the Tour of Denmark before finding success at ...
John Degenkolb joins Lotto Soudal on a two-year deal
Joe Robinson 22 Aug 2019 Double Monument winner joins Philippe Gilbert in move across to Belgian WorldTour team Two-time Monument winner John Degenkolb will move from Trek-Segafredo to Lotto Soudal in a bid to revitalise his Spring Classics career. The German will join on a two-year deal taking him through to the 2021 season and join fellow Monument champion Philippe Gilbert as the latest signing for the Belgian WorldTour team . The 30-year-old was one of the world's leading one-day classics riders in 2015, winning both Milan-San Remo and Paris-Roubaix. It looked as if the German would push on to add to that haul until he was involved in a serious collision with a car while on a training ride in Spain in early 2016. The subsequent injuries were severe and pegged Degenkolb back into a long rehabilitation period which saw him miss the Spring Classics campaign. While he has ...
John Degenkolb signs with Lotto Soudal on 2 year contract
Supported by Lotto Soudal has announced that John Degenkolb will be joining the Belgian team next year. The 30-year-old German trades Trek-Segafredo for Lotto Soudal and signed an agreement until the end of 2021. Degenkolb turned pro in 2011 and evolved into an excellent Classics rider, whose strong sprint is an extra trump card at the end … The post John Degenkolb signs with Lotto Soudal on 2 year contract appeared first on CyclingTips .