John Degenkolb joins Lotto Soudal on a two-year deal

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 ...

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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 .

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Out of tragedy, new love: The cyclist’s widow and her second husband

Supported by On a descent at the 2016 Gent-Wevelgem, a four rider crash on the left hand side of the road turned tragic when Antoine Demoitié (Wanty-Groupe Gobert), was hit by a motorbike as he lay on the ground. Early the following morning, with his wife and family by his side, Antoine Demoitié passed away. His death … The post Out of tragedy, new love: The cyclist’s widow and her second husband appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Lopez leads strong Astana squad at Vuelta a Espana

Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana)

Astana have named a strong squad to start the Vuelta a España , with a number of experienced riders heading to Spain in support of team leader Miguel Ángel López . The eight-man team, with key riders including Jakob Fuglsang and Luis León Sánchez, boasts an impressive 93 Grand Tour starts, an average age of 31.25, and eight stage race victories between them in 2019. López, who finished third at the Vuelta last year, heads up the team. The Colombian won Colombia 2.1 and the Volta a Catalunya earlier in the season, and was the best young rider at the Giro d'Italia. With two podium and four top ten placings from five career Grand Tours, he'll be aiming for the podium at least. Fuglsang has been one of the riders of the season in 2019 and could mount a GC challenge of his own. He lay in ninth at the ...

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Barguil declares himself 'back on track' after taking Arctic Race of Norway lead

Warren Barguil (Arkea-Samsic) leads the overall after stage 3 at the Arctic Race of Norway

After a terrible 18 months, in which he considered walking away from the sport, Warren Barguil declared himself 'back on track' as he claimed the overall lead of the Arctic Race of Norway on Saturday. The French champion was unable to take stage honours at the summit of the searingly steep Storheia climb, but his second place finish was enough to take him into the yellow-and-orange jersey after Mathieu van der Poel fell away. Barguil signed for Arkea-Samsic on the back of two stage wins and the mountains classification at the 2017 Tour de France, but the move to his 'native' Brittany team was slow to work out. The complete lack of results and form from 2018 had continued into 2019, but Saturday's result in Norway continued something of a summer turnaround after victory in the French nationals and a top-10 overall finish at the Tour de France. "It's already ...

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Bardet brings curtain down early on 2019 season

Romain Bardet after the finish of stage 6 at the Tour de France

Romain Bardet ( AG2R La Mondiale ) has announced that he will not race again this year, citing a need to refresh himself "mentally and physically" after a largely disappointing season. The Frenchman salvaged the king of the mountains title and 15th place overall from a trying Tour de France in July and has since decided that the final stage on the Champs-Élysées would be the final act of his 2019 campaign. "Despite the joy of winning the polka-dot jersey as the best climber of the Tour de France, the 2019 season did not reach the goals I set for myself," Bardet said in a statement released by AG2R La Mondiale. "After a few days of personal reflection and discussions with the management of the AG2R La Mondiale team, it became clear to me that I needed to recharge myself physically and mentally to come back stronger next season. The ...

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Kelderman leads Sunweb at Vuelta a Espana in absence of Dumoulin

Wilco Kelderman (Team Sunweb) finished 16th in the Paris-Nice time trial

Wilco Kelderman will lead Sunweb ’s general classification challenge at the Vuelta a España in the absence of the injured Tom Dumoulin, who has not raced since abandoning the Critérium du Dauphiné in June. Dumoulin was forced out of the Giro d’Italia after injuring his knee in a crash on stage 4 to Frascati and the effects of that injury prevented him from participating in the Tour de France. The Dutchman has since been linked with a move away from Sunweb to Jumbo-Visma, and it is unclear if he will race again this season. Kelderman placed fourth overall at the 2017 Vuelta and reached Madrid in tenth a year ago, but he has endured injury woe of his own this season. The 28-year-old missed the Giro after breaking his collarbone and neck vertebrae in March, and he abandoned the Tour de France with lower back problems. Nicolas Roche and Australian ...

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Bent border gates and swing sleeps: Chatting with Transcontinental winner Fiona Kolbinger

Supported by From crashing into a Serbian border barrier to sleeping on a swing set, Fiona Kolbinger's ride across Europe was anything but smooth sailing. The post Bent border gates and swing sleeps: Chatting with Transcontinental winner Fiona Kolbinger appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Sutterlin and Denz sign for Team Sunweb

Jasha Sütterlin (Movistar)

Jasha Sütterlin and Nico Denz will ride for Team Sunweb in 2020 after the German riders agreed two-year contracts with the team. Sütterlin joins from Movistar , while Denz arrives from AG2R La Mondiale . “After six nice years with Movistar I think the time is now right to try something new,” Sütterlin said on Friday. “I’ve looked at Team Sunweb for a while and I really like how the team works. My goal for the future is to become a high-level Classics rider and finish with the team in the top positions in races such as Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix, as well as helping and working for the team leaders in the sprints and in the overall at the Grand Tours.” A professional since 2014, 26-year-old Sütterlin is a strong rouleur and has shown potential in the cobbled Classics, most notably in placing ninth at the E3 BinckBank ...

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Jack Haig’s Tour de France Diary: life back to normal

Entering the Champs d’Elysee on Sunday made me realise that this wasn’t just another bike race. The first time when we entered the circuit we passed by the Louvre and on the circuit at about 2.5km to go rode past the finish line up the hill to the Arc de Triomphe with the afternoon sun … The post Jack Haig’s Tour de France Diary: life back to normal appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Kwiatkowski to miss Tour de Pologne after difficult Tour de France

Michal Kwiatkowski on the podium at Milan-San Remo.

Michal Kwiatkowski has withdrawn from the Tour de Pologne , which gets underway in Krakow on Saturday. He won his home race a year ago but announced on Tuesday that he would miss this year's race due to the need to recover from the efforts of the Tour de France. Kwiatkowski was part of the Ineos team that helped Egan Bernal to final overall victory at the Tour, though the Pole appeared to be some way short of the form he displayed in his previous two Grande Boucle appearances for Team Sky. After a sparkling 2018 season that yielded nine victories, Kwiatkowski has had a more subdued 2019 campaign. The 29-year-old has yet to rack up a victory this season, though he rode well to finish third at Paris-Nice and Milan-San Remo in March. “I'm not a guy who likes to change his plans but unfortunately this is one of ...

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

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Green jersey winner gets amazing two-tone custom paint

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The weekly spin: What we can expect from the 2020 Tour de France

The days that follow the Tour de France always leave cyclings fans with a bout of melancholy. After three weeks of closely following the biggest event in the sport, the vacuum that follows is profound. Yes, there are other races, but none that demand the collective attention of the Tour. This year’s race was exceptionally … The post The weekly spin: What we can expect from the 2020 Tour de France appeared first on CyclingTips .

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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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Chris Froome's recovery 'ahead of schedule', states Dave Brailsford

Chris Froome's recovery 'ahead of schedule', states Dave Brailsford

Joe Robinson 29 Jul 2019 Injured rider now pedalling with both legs a month after Dauphine crash Chris Froome 's recovery from multiple career-threatening injuries sustained during a recon ride at the Criterium du Dauphine is ahead of schedule, according to Team Ineos manager Dave Brailsford. Brailsford confirmed to the BBC at the Tour de France that Froome was recovering well from his injuries and was looking ahead to racing next year's Tour. Talking to Sportsweek , Brailsford referred to a clip on social media of Froome riding on a turbo trainer saying, ' He's managed to turn a pedal now with his other leg. 'He's well ahead of where he was hoping to be. In typical Chris Froome fashion, he's putting everything into his recovery. Hopefully, we'll see him back at the Tour de France next year.' It was reported that a high-speed crash during a recon of the ...

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Dan Martin raises questions over team prep after disappointing Tour de France

Dan Martin (UAE Team Emirates) stage 20 Tour de France

UAE Team Emirates ' Dan Martin has admitted that his form, both coming into the Tour de France and during it, was good enough, but that certain as-yet public reasons held him back at this year's race. The Irishman, who has placed inside the top 10 several times, and has won two stages at the Tour during his career, was never truly in contention this year, and heads to Paris in 18th place overall. He had been as high as ninth after the 'crosswinds stage' – stage 10 from Saint Flour to Albi – but consistently lost time in both the Pyrenees and the Alps. "It's been a bit strange, really. Obviously I came in with really excellent condition, and, for whatever reason, it just didn't happen. I think the team's got to look at why the performance wasn't there, but obviously today it was nice to finish on what ...

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Bernal poised for breakthrough Tour de France win for Colombia

Egan Bernal (Team Ineos) wearing the yellow jersey stage 20 at the Tour de France

Just 24 hours and some victory laps of the Champs-Élysées now stand between Egan Bernal ( Team Ineos ) and his breakthrough overall victory for Colombia and South America in the Tour de France . Taking his first triumph in cycling's biggest bike race at 22 makes Bernal the youngest winner in post-war Tour de France history. It also sets him up as a critical reference point in the race for the foreseeable future. Bernal is also the fourth rider to win the Tour for Team Sky/Ineos formation since 2012, after Brad Wiggins, Chris Froome and Geraint Thomas. The British team stretches their record of domination of the Tour even further - to seven triumphs in eight years. Bernal's Tour de France triumph is the jewel in the crown of what has already been a massively successful year for the young Colombian, who also won Paris-Nice and the Tour de ...

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Geraint Thomas: I believe I can win another Tour de France

Geraint Thomas (Team Ineos)

Geraint Thomas ( Team Ineos ) cut a disappointed but proud figure as he faced the media in Val Thorens after sealing second place in this year's Tour de France . The Welshman could have few complaints with his final GC position after being outclassed in the mountains by his young teammate Egan Bernal, but the 2018 winner vowed to return and try and win a second title in the future. Thomas and Bernal came into this year's race as joint leaders after contrasting seasons on the road. While Bernal stormed to wins in Paris-Nice and the Tour de Suisse, Thomas had stalled at several turns and his Tour form was plunged into question after a heavy fall in Switzerland. As this Tour wore on both Team Ineos riders were given their chances to win but while Thomas' attacks lacked the verve and vigor of twelve months ago, Bernal's rides ...

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Bernal makes Tour history backed by teammate Thomas

Bernal puts a cap on a stellar season after winning Paris-Nice and Tour de Suisse, and at only 22 years old, has a long career ahead of him. Read the full article at Bernal makes Tour history backed by teammate Thomas on VeloNews.com .

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