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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Pidcock out of Tour de l'Avenir after crash

Thomas Pidcock (Great Britain) wins the U23 cyclo-cross world title

Great Britain's Tom Pidcock has been forced to abandon the Tour de l'Avenir following a hard crash in the final kilometre of stage 6 from Saint-Julien-Chapteuil to Privas on Tuesday. The winner of the recent Tour Alsace and the espoirs Paris-Roubaix earlier this season posted a photo of himself in the hospital with a bloody nose and swollen face, thanking his followers for the well wishes. "Just starting to come round. I don’t really remember much at the moment but I remember enough to know what Instagram is and was also told I was going to win, which is a bit shit. Anyway, I’ll live to fight another day," he wrote. Twenty-year-old Swiss rider Stefan Bissegger won the stage ahead of Kaden Groves (Australia), with American Matteo Jorgensen in third. Giovanni Aleotti (Italy) assumed the race lead. Pidcock was ranked seventh overall after the stage but will not start stage ...

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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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Gilbert will join Lotto-Soudal on a three-year deal

Supported by Reigning Paris-Roubaix champion Philippe Gilbert will head to Lotto-Soudal next season after spending the last three years with the Deceuninck-Quick-Step organization. Gilbert will join Lotto-Soudal on a three-year deal. As the 37-year-old Belgian confirmed via his new team’s signing announcement, the length of the contract was a major factor in drawing Gilbert to Lotto-Soudal, a … The post Gilbert will join Lotto-Soudal on a three-year deal appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Philippe Gilbert joins Lotto Soudal on three-year contract

Philippe Gilbert (Deceuninck-QuickStep) during the first stage of BinckBank Tour

Philippe Gilbert will leave Deceuninck-QuickStep at the end of this season to join Lotto Soudal , where he has signed a three-year contract. The 37-year-old Gilbert previously spent three seasons at Lotto between 2009 and 2011. Winner of Paris-Roubaix in April, Gilbert was left out of the Deceuninck-QuickStep team for the Tour de France and had been linked with a move to Lotto Soudal in recent weeks after it was reported in the Belgian press that he had not been offered a multi-year contract extension by Deceuninck-QuickStep. "I still wanted to race, without any doubt. When I learned that I could prolong at my current team for only one year, it was clear to me that I wanted to change," Gilbert said in a statement released by his new team on Monday. "The clearest interest and project was the one of Lotto Soudal. Of course, I know the team, a ...

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Philippe Gilbert to leave Deceuninck–QuickStep for Lotto-Soudal

Philippe Gilbert to leave Deceuninck–QuickStep for Lotto-Soudal

Joseph Delves 19 Aug 2019 Classics star returns to his former home at the rival Belgian outfit Philippe Gilbert has signed a three-year deal with Lotto-Soudal . Seeing the 37-year-old Classics racer and former World Champion swap one Belgian team for another, the move is a return to the squad for which he rode during the 2009-2011 seasons. Having joined the all-conquering Quick-Step team in 2017 following four years at BMC, his debut season racing for Patrick Lefevere saw Gilbert win both the Tour of Flanders and Amstel Gold. However, even having won this year’s Paris-Roubaix , the strength of the current team meant Gilbert has often had to fight it out with the rest of his squad for supremacy. Despite his advancing years, he’ll likely have a more protected role at Lotto-Soudal. The move forms part of a restocking exercise by the Belgian team which has recently seen promising ...

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‘Great man, great champion’: Five-time Grand Tour winner Gimondi dies at 76

Supported by Italy’s Felice Gimondi, who won five Grand Tours in his career, died on Friday at the age of 76 after suffering a heart attack while swimming in Sicily. “A great champion who made our sport more human has left us, a great man,” said the Italian cycling federation in a statement. Nicknamed ‘The Phoenix’, he … The post ‘Great man, great champion’: Five-time Grand Tour winner Gimondi dies at 76 appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Felice Gimondi dies aged 76

Felice Gimondi and Eddy Merckx

Felice Gimondi, three-time Giro d'Italia champion and winner of the 1965 Tour de France and 1968 Vuelta a España, died on Friday afternoon. The 76-year-old was swimming in the sea off the coast of Giardini Naxos in Sicily, southern Italy, when he suffered a heart attack. Gimondi took 14 stages across his five Grand Tour victories, and is one of only seven men to win all three races. He also counted multiple Classics among his glittering palmarès, including Milan-San Remo, Paris-Roubaix, and two editions of the Giro di Lombardia, as well as the 1973 World Championships in Barcelona. At the latter, he outsprinted Freddy Maertens, Luis Ocaña and Eddy Merckx to take the rainbow jersey. But it was in the Grand Tours where his greatest exploits came. Gimondi won the Tour de France on his debut, during his first professional season for Salvarani. After a last-minute call-up to the race, ...

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National titles for both Backstedt sisters at National Youth and Junior Track Championships

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Daughters of Paris-Roubaix winner Magnus Backstedt both won Gent-Wevelgem age group races earlier this year

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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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No plans for Pidcock to 'do an Evenepoel' and jump into 2020 WorldTour

Thomas Pidcock (Great Britain) wins the U23 cyclo-cross world title

Tom Pidcock is almost certain to remain at under-23 level for 2020 and will not ‘ do a Remco Evenepoel ' and jump straight into the WorldTour next season, according to his father, Giles. Pidcock, still just 20, has enjoyed another fruitful campaign so far in 2019, winning the under-23 Paris-Roubaix and recently a stage and the overall at the Tour Alsace. He only has three more events on his road calendar for the rest of the current season before switching back to cyclo-cross, with no plans to ride as a stagiaire for a WorldTour team this year. "The plan right now is for Tom to remain at U23," Giles Pidcock told Cyclingnews . "He will eventually go to the WorldTour and there are teams that want to sign him but he doesn't want that too soon. He wants to have fun and learn his trade. He doesn't want to ...

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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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The weekly spin: Is Mathieu van der Poel’s race schedule a recipe for burnout?

Mathieu van der Poel just keeps on winning. He’s currently the world cyclocross champion, winner of the Amstel Gold Race (and Dwars door Vlaanderen and Brabantse Pijl), the European mountain-bike champion, and as of Sunday, the winner of six mountain-bike World Cup races this season — four short-track events and two in the Olympic cross-country … The post The weekly spin: Is Mathieu van der Poel’s race schedule a recipe for burnout? appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Katusha and Arkea Samsic to merge for 2020, reports suggest

Katusha and Arkea Samsic to merge for 2020, reports suggest

Joe Robinson 31 Jul 2019 Katusha owner Igor Makarov is believed to have reached a deal to merge with the French ProContinental team WorldTour team Katusha-Alpecin 's and ProContinental setup Arkea-Samsic are set to merge for 2020, reports have suggested. It has been reported by Dutch website Wielerflits that the current owner of Katusha-Alpecin, Igor Makarov, has reached a deal with the French second division team combine the two teams for next season with the Russian retaining ownership of the WorldTour license. Makarov is said to have been in talks with various teams regarding over a potential merger before agreeing a deal with Arkea-Samsic. Sources suggest that the team would consist of 11 riders still under contract from each of the existing teams. The squad would then be completed with the signatures Arkea-Samsic already have in place for 2020 including Nairo Quintana and Nacer Bouhanni. It is also believed that ...

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Arkea Samsic deny Katusha-Alpecin merger for 2020

Arkea Samsic deny Katusha-Alpecin merger for 2020

Joe Robinson 31 Jul 2019 Katusha owner Igor Makarov was believed to have reached a deal to merge with the French ProContinental team ProContinental setup Arkea-Samsic have denied rumours they wil merge with WorldTour team Katusha-Alpecin for 2020. It was reported by Dutch website Wielerflits that the current owner of Katusha-Alpecin, Igor Makarov, had reached a deal with the French second division team to combine the two teams for next season with the Russian retaining ownership of the WorldTour licence. However, these rumours have since been denied by Arkea-Samsic team director Emmanual Hubert. Talking to French newspaper Le Telegram , Hubert said 'Like other teams considering WorldTour, we were surveyed by the Katusha team. But we did not respond to this proposal,' 'It’s out of the question for the Arkéa-Samsic team to make an alliance with Katusha.' The original rumours suggested Makarov had been in talks with various teams regarding ...

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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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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

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Eddy Merckx launches new line of premium steel bikes

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Riding the Women’s Tour de France – that doesn’t exist

Jamie Wilkins 26 Jul 2019 We spent a day with the InternationElles, a team of women riding the entire Tour route to campaign for the creation of a women’s version It’s the day before Stage 14 of the 2019 Tour de France . Tomorrow the pro peloton will take on a 111km route that includes the Category 1 Col du Soulor and finishes at the summit of the mighty Tourmalet in the Pyrenees. Today, however, these same mountains are the challenge facing the InternationElles. Formed this year, the InternationElles are a team of amateur women who are riding the entire route of the Tour de France to campaign for equality. Unlike with many other sports, they are not campaigning for equal prize money or parity of television coverage. Instead, they are highlighting that, when it comes to the biggest event in cycling, a women’s version doesn’t even exist. ‘So many ...

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