Keisse re-signs for a year with Deceuninck-QuickStep

Iljo Keisse chases for Deceuninck-Quickstep

It has been a difficult year for Iljo Keisse , but he has been rewarded for past services with a one-year contract extension with Deceuninck-QuickStep . 2020 will mark the Belgian rider's 11th year with Patrick Lefevere's Belgian team. Keisse's year got off to a bad start with a scandal in the Vuelta a San Juan in January. A woman accused him of grazing her with his genitals , as he feigned a sexual act when she leaned over slightly in front of him for a group photo. The Belgian apologized, but was interviewed by police after she filed a complaint, and he had to pay a fine. In addition, the r ace organizers expelled him from the race , for “behaviour that damaged the reputation and honour of the Vuelta a San Juan, the UCI and cycling in general”. After a full spring of racing, Keisse suffered a complex ...

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Peter Sagan tightens grip on green jersey at the Tour de France

Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe)

Peter Sagan ( Bora-Hansgrohe ) put a difficult start to the year behind him on stage 5 of the Tour de France , taking victory in Colmar to strengthen his grip on the green jersey and move up to tied-16th on the all-time stage victories list. The Slovak now lies with 12 wins, equal to Miguel Indurain as well as legendary sprinters Robbie McEwen and Erik Zabel. The Bora-Hansgrohe leader also moved past Sean Kelly into sixth place on the Tour's all-time top-three-finishes list with 44 in total. But beyond the statistics, the win also marks a turnaround from a spring that saw him suffer from illness in March and never quite hit 100 per cent during the Classics season. "I think we can't compare it," Sagan said, when asked about the difference in him between April and July. "At the start of the season I was sick. I think ...

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Ten riders with something to prove at the 2019 Tour de France

Pressure. The Tour de France presses down on everyone, but even more so if you have something to prove. From established veterans needing to prove they’ve still got the fire to riders making long-awaited Tour debuts, there are plenty of big names that head into this Tour de France with something to prove, for one … The post Ten riders with something to prove at the 2019 Tour de France appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Teunissen: The unexpected Jumbo-Visma man in yellow at the Tour de France

Mike Teunissen (Team Jumbo-Visma) wins stage 1 and takes the first yellow leader's jersey at the Tou

The Jumbo-Visma team had high hopes of getting the win in a bunch sprint at the end of the opening stage of the Tour de France in Brussels, Belgium. The yellow jersey would be the magnificent bonus that came with such a victory. Nobody expected that rider to be Mike Teunissen , who beat Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) in the stage 1 sprint after his go-to teammate Dylan Groenewegen crashed in the closing kilometres. Mike who? The 26-year-old from the Limburg region in the Netherlands is a Classics specialist with a good sprint, too. Just like Mathieu van der Poel, Wout van Aert, European champion Matteo Trentin and new Belgian champion Tim Merlier, Teunissen is a rider who raced all of cyclo-cross' youth categories, and he won the 2013 U23 cyclo-cross world title. In 2014, he won the U23 races of Paris-Roubaix and Paris-Tours. Last year, he was runner-up in Dwars ...

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Tales from the Tour: Whispers of Teunissen

Mike-Teunissen tour de france 2019 stage 1

And on the first day, a great hush befell the press room, leaving only the hiss of whispers, “who?” “Mike Teunissen,” someone whispered back. It was not Wout van Aert, and definitely not Dylan Groenewegen. Teunissen, the first yellow jersey of this Tour de France, took a phone call from his father as he moved … The post Tales from the Tour: Whispers of Teunissen appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Peter Sagan: The Tour de France sprints are always a big mess

Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) wins stage 3 at the Tour de Suisse

Peter Sagan is often considered the only rock star in the professional peloton, but as the hours counted down to Saturday's first stage of the Tour de France , where he could take the first yellow jersey and begin to score points towards a record-breaking seventh green points jersey, the Bora-Hansgrohe team leader was evasive about his chances of winning, and seemed slightly irritated about a lack of support in his eight-rider squad for this year's race. When asked about the chance of crashes at the Tour, Sagan and his entourage revealed their strong sense of superstition, closing down the question quickly in the hope it wouldn't carry any bad karma in the days to come. During the Bora-Hansgrohe press conference late on Friday afternoon, Sagan was one of four team leaders, rather than the only leader. Bora-Hansgrohe is no longer only the Peter Sagan show, even if he generates ...

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A ride down memory lane with Allan Peiper

Supported by Allan Peiper is a living link between Australian and Belgian cycling. Having resided in Belgium for the best part of 40 years, his is a link that was first forged when he arrived as a junior cyclist in 1977. Illness forced his return to Australia after three years, but after Peiper returned to Europe in … The post A ride down memory lane with Allan Peiper appeared first on CyclingTips .

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

Theuns and Dupont at Tour de France 2018

Who are the ones to watch?

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The Cannibal and the thief: Merckx’s legendary 1969 Tour de France, 50 years on

Cycling, famously, is a sport of stars and water-carriers. The stars win; the water-carriers never do. But the history of cycling is written in those rare, fleeting moments when an unknown name attempts to steal victory from an established hero. Those moments are unlikely and rarely fruitful, but they define the sport just as much … The post The Cannibal and the thief: Merckx’s legendary 1969 Tour de France, 50 years on appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Lotto-Soudal deny Campenaerts will be shifted for Gilbert and Degenkolb

Lotto-Soudal deny Campenaerts will be shifted for Gilbert and Degenkolb

Joe Robinson 1 Jul 2019 Team state contract negotiations are ongoing as Gilbert and Degenkolb linked with moves Reports in Belgium have suggested that Lotto-Soudal may release Hour Record holder Victor Campenaerts in order to bring in Monument winning duo Philippe Gilbert and John Degenkolb. Newspaper Het Nieuwsblad reported that Lotto-Soudal had offered Campenaerts a new contract but the rider had initially turned the deal in order to stay open to offers from other teams. It is then believed that Lotto-Soudal approached Campenaerts with a second offer that was less than the first after the team had put away a certain proportion of their budget to secure the signings of Gilbert and Degenkolb. Het Nieuwsblad then suggested that Campenaerts turned down the offer and will now look for a new team. Contrary to what was published in certain media today, the contract negotiations with @VCampenaerts are still ongoing. There have ...

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Zakarin, Dowsett and Politt form eclectic Katusha-Alpecin team for Tour de France

Ilnur Zakarin rides to the start

Ilnur Zakarin will lead the Katusha-Alpecin team at the Tour de France , with Alex Dowsett, Rick Zabel, Mads Würtz Schmidt, Nils Politt , José Gonçalves, Jens Debusschere and Marco Haller also in an eclectic line-up that will target stage victories. The Russian and German backed team has won just five races this season, including the recent British and Portuguese national time trial titles and their long-term future remains unclear. Marcel Kittel left the team in early May , with the German sprinter and the team agreeing to terminate their contract with immediate affect as Kittel reflected on his future in the sport. The Haller, Dowsett and Zabel lead out train built for Kittel will now likely support Debusschere, with Dowsett and Gonçalves targeting the stage 13 time trial in Pau. It will be the British rider's second Tour de France. He made his debut in 2015 but failed to ...

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Gilbert frustrated but philosophical after missing out on Tour de France place

Philippe Gilbert at the Deceuninck-QuickStep press conference ahead of Tour of Flanders

Philippe Gilbert has described the decision by his Deceuninck-QuickStep team not to select him for the Tour de France as 'incomprehensible', revealing it will play a part in any decision to leave the Belgian squad and end his prestigious career elsewhere. Gilbert finished third in the one-day Halle-Ingooigem race on Wednesday and vented his frustration before the start. The Paris-Roubaix winner revealed he was informed of his non-selection on Monday evening by directeur sportif Tom Steels. "I am very disappointed. The decision is incomprehensible," Gilbert told Belgian media at Halle-Ingooigem. "I worked hard to ride the Tour, I really wanted to ride this Tour, because it starts in Brussels and because I had to give up last year after a fall. It is a disappointment and a surprise. "This decision was imposed on me, that's not nice but apparently it's also part of the sport." Gilbert said of the lack ...

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RideLondon Classique removed from the UCI Women’s WorldTour calendar

Laura Trott RideLondon

Joseph Delves 26 Jun 2019 New date for the popular London event leads to calendar clash and loss of status Next year’s RideLondon event looks set to be held later than usual over the weekend of Friday 14th to Sunday 16th August. However, this new later date means that the women’s race will now clash with the Ladies Tour of Norway. The move in part comes from a desire not to compete with the Olympics, which take place earlier in July and August. However, the overlap with the Ladies Tour of Norway has led the UCI to downgrade the RideLondon Classique’s current WorldTour status. First run in 2013, the RideLondon Classique gained its spot on the top rung of the calendar in 2016. Over the years the race has attracted big name riders, in part thanks to boasting the highest ever value prize money for a women’s one-day event. Matching ...

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No room for Gilbert as Viviani and Alaphilippe lead Deceuninck-QuickStep at Tour de France

Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-Quick Step) on the Dauphine podium after winning stage 6

Elia Viviani, Julian Alaphilippe and Enric Mas all feature in the Deceuninck-QuickStep squad for the Tour de France but there is no place for Paris-Roubaix winner Philippe Gilbert , who misses out on selection for the eight-rider Belgian team. Viviani will have four riders dedicated to leading him out in the sprints: Yves Lampaert, Michael Mørkøv, Max Richeze and promising debutant Kasper Asgreen. Mas, who placed second at last year’s Vuelta a España, will have Dries Devenyns for support on his Tour debut. "He’s our GC guy, but at the same time, this is his Tour de France debut and while he proved in the Vuelta that he can maintain his condition for three weeks, this is the Tour and it’s about learning," directeur sportif Tom Steels said of Mas, who took ninth at the recent Tour de Suisse. "It is hard to explain what this race is until you ...

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Bjarne Riis's Virtu Cycling women's squad set to close

Bjarne Riis's Virtu Cycling women's squad set to close

Joseph Delves 26 Jun 2019 Outfit run by controversial manager Bjarne Riis to be wound up at the end of the season. Photo: Maria David Danish UCI women’s team Virtu Cycling is to cease racing at the end of this year. Founded in 2015, controversial former racer and CSC and Tinkoff manager Bjarne Riis took over the running of the squad in November 2016. Home to Italian rider Marta Bastianelli who currently sits third in the women's WorldTour rankings, her recent wins at the Tour of Flanders , Ronde van Drenthe and Omloop van het Hageland had contributed to a successful early season for the team. The surprise announcement also leaves notable riders including Sofia Bertizzolo, Trine Schmidt and Christina Siggaard looking for fresh contracts. Despite competing at the highest levels of the sport and securing solid results, it seems the team failed to attract sponsors. Instead, owners Bjarne Riis, ...

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Scott Addict RC 2020 first-ride review: Now aero’ized

Dave Everett testing the Scott Addict RC 2020

It was 2007 when Scott first revealed its 790g ultra-light Addict platform. With it, Scott set a new benchmark for light and stiff racing frames, and a number of competitors spent years trying (with some success) to beat it. Since then, the Addict RC, Scott’s answer to a lightweight all-around race machine, has been ridden … The post Scott Addict RC 2020 first-ride review: Now aero’ized appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Bernal holds lead through time trial, Lampaert takes stage: Tour de Suisse, stage 8

Supported by Paris, June 22, 2019 (AFP) – Egan Bernal survived a battle of nerves on Saturday to emerge from a tricky, 19.2km penultimate day time-trial around Goms with a firm grip on the Tour de Suisse yellow jersey. The 22-year-old, increasingly tipped for a tilt at victory in the Tour de France, is well placed to … The post Bernal holds lead through time trial, Lampaert takes stage: Tour de Suisse, stage 8 appeared first on CyclingTips .

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WorldTour pros, aero bars, empty podiums: What was the fuss at Dirty Kanza?

“This event put me to my limit. My eyes hurt, my toes were numb for three days, I was rationing water sips in the last hour. I view it as a survival race more than a bike race.” Those are the words of Trek-Segafredo’s Peter Stetina – a WorldTour pro who knows a thing or … The post WorldTour pros, aero bars, empty podiums: What was the fuss at Dirty Kanza? appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Hunt releases ‘world’s fastest’ disc wheel

Peter Stuart Friday, June 21, 2019 - 15:14 Hunt claims to have produced the fastest sub-50mm road disc wheel in the world with the new 48 Limitless Aero Disc £1289 British brand Hunt has officially released its much-anticipated 48 Limitless Aero Disc, which it claims is the world’s most aerodynamic road disc wheel with a depth of up to and including 50mm. The wheels and supporting data were revealed today in Sun Valley, Idaho, USA. The wheels have previously been teased at Eurobike 2018 and subsequently in a promotional video on the Arenberg Trench from the Paris-Roubaix course, but this is the first glimpse of the complete consumer-ready wheelset, which will be available for order today for shipping in late July. Image 2 of 14 Image 2 of 14 The wheel system has been engineered around considerable versatility in tyre width, and boasts a stunningly wide 34.5mm external width. That ...

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eBay treasure: A Supermercati Brianzoli–Chateau d'Ax vintage jacket

eBay treasure: A Supermercati Brianzoli–Chateau d'Ax vintage jacket

Joe Robinson 20 Jun 2019 It's now cool to wear you retro cycling gear down to the shops I spent some time in Brighton recently. It's really nice down there. Something to with the sea breeze and how everyone's really liberal. Walking around North Laine - a particularly chic area lined with vintage shops selling reclaimed Levi jeans and cafes selling vegan, gluten-free, superfood brownies - my eyes were drawn to it like a cocker spaniel chasing a piece of silver paper in the wind. Outside one of those quirky cafes, sipping down a warm soya milk, caffeine-free coconut latte were a man and a woman. The man was sitting, legs crossed, nonchalantly taking drags from his menthol cigarette probably talking Neitzche. On his feet were a pair of battered Dr Marten's boots, on his legs some acid wash light blue Levis - cropped at the bottom to show his ...

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