ASO bins Liège-Bastogne-Liège and Flèche Wallonne from Women's WorldTour after refusing TV coverage

ASO bins Liège-Bastogne-Liège and Flèche Wallonne from Women's WorldTour after refusing TV coverage

Joe Robinson 17 May 2019 Races will drop down to second-tier events in big blow for women's cycling Women's cycling took another blow yesterday as race organiser ASO confirmed it would be pulling Liège-Bastogne-Liège and Flèche Wallonne from the Women's WorldTour after refusing to provide live televised coverage of the events. According to reports by DirectVelo , ASO, which also looks after the men's Tour de France and Paris-Roubaix, is unwilling to provide the necessary 45 minutes of live television coverage. The UCI, cycling's governing body, demands this limited coverage in order for a women's race to qualify for WorldTour status as well as video highlights and online race information. However, as confirmed by the president of the UCI's Road Commission, Tom Van Damme, ASO and Walloon broadcaster RTBF are unable to meet these requirements. 'One of the conditions for being in the Women’s WorldTour is the guarantee of live ...

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Less resistance: With each WorldTour win, tubeless tires gain acceptance

Fabio Jakobsen’s (Deceuninck–Quick-Step) Stage four win on tubeless

It was just a couple of months ago that Josh Poertner, owner of Silca, made the bold prediction that tubeless tires will be the norm in professional racing within five years. And now, in the wake of Fabio Jakobsen’s win on Stage 4 of the Amgen Tour of California, Specialized has announced that it holds … The post Less resistance: With each WorldTour win, tubeless tires gain acceptance appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Jakobsen wins Tour of California stage on tubeless tyres

Deceuninck-QuickStep's Fabio Jakobsen wins stage 4 of the 2019 Tour of California, while third-place

Fabio Jakobsen ( Deceuninck-QuickStep ) took the second WorldTour race victory of the season on tubeless tyres at the Tour of California on Wednesday, as teams and brands continue to test the technology in the professional peloton. Alexander Kristoff (UAE Team Emirates) was the first WorldTour race winner on tubeless wheels and tyres when he won Gent-Wevelgem in March. Deceuninck-QuickStep’s technical partner and tyre provider Specialized revealed that Jakobsen's win followed an earlier puncture, which was subsequently sealed using latex sealant inside the tyre. Tubeless tyres are used in conjunction with a tubeless-ready wheelset, where the bead of the tyre locks into the rim, removing the need for an inner tube and offering a simpler setup and similar weight to tubular tyres. Tubular tyres have been used in cycling for around 100 years and see the tube glued to the rim of the wheel. The setup can be time consuming ...

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Peter Sagan finding Tour de France legs in California

Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) took the leader's jersey after winning the opening stage of the 2019 To

Peter Sagan 's struggle with an early-season illness that led to sub-par performances in the spring Classics could be turning around at the Tour of California . The former triple road race world champion is preparing to win a seventh green jersey at this year's Tour de France . Bora-Hansgrohe director Jan Valach says the team back Sagan entirely, and believe that his stage victory in Sacramento on Sunday was exactly the morale-boost that both he and the team needed. "Yes, we're very happy with that win because it was important for Peter and for Bora-Hansgrohe," Valach told Cyclingnews at the start of stage 2, a 214.5km mountain stage to South Lake Tahoe, on Monday. "I'm also happy for him that he has come back with this victory, and that he can continue on like this into the season. In the spring, he was sick, and then he found it ...

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Moscon looks ahead to Tour de France after missing Giro d'Italia

Gianni Moscon (Team Ineos) manages a smile after having taken third place on stage 2 of the 2019 Tou

Gianni Moscon (Team Ineos) is enjoying a surge of good form at the Tour of California that he is hoping to build on as he looks to race the Tour de France in July. The Italian was initially slated to race the Giro d'Italia but told Cyclingnews that he revised his plans because he wasn't in good enough shape to race a Grand Tour in May. "I'm in good shape but I'm not in my best shape, and it would be nice to be at the Giro d'Italia but as the best Gianni that I can be," Moscon told Cyclingnews at the finish line of stage 2 in South Lake Tahoe. "It's because my numbers are still not the best, but they will come for sure." 25 year-old Moscon is one of Italy's fastest-rising talents in professional cycling. He joined Team Sky in 2016 when he was an under-23 rider ...

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Roger De Vlaeminck is still racing

Roger De Vlaeminck’s record speaks for itself. In a career spanning nearly two decades he notched up more than 160 victories, not least four Paris-Roubaix titles (the equal record), three wins at Milan-San Remo, six overall titles at Tirreno-Adriatico (with 15 stage wins), and a massive 22 stage victories at the Giro d’Italia. He won … The post Roger De Vlaeminck is still racing appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Ochowicz: CCC Team didn't have the head count for the Classics

Greg Van Avermaet and Jim Ochowicz address assembled media at the CCC Team press conference

CCC Team general manager Jim Ochowicz said his team will look to bolster its Classics roster for next year in order to better support star rider Greg Van Avermaet , who netted just two Classics podium finishes this year after having previously won Paris-Roubaix, Gent-Wevelgem, the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and the E3 Harelbeke. "We didn't have the head count to fight the battle with other teams that had a little more ammunition than us," Ochowicz told Cyclingnews on Sunday in Sacramento after the finish of stage 1 of the Tour of California . "A one-rider shot at the Classics is a little tough. You can see it with other teams, too, that have the same thing we've got to fight with. But we still get our piece of the cake every once in awhile, and our plan is to really build up a little bit more for 2020, and probably ...

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Photo essay: The Giro d'Italia - the most beautiful race in the world

Joe Robinson 10 May 2019 A gallery of images from the Giro d'Italia, the most beautiful race in professional cycling Words: Joe Robinson See related Giro d'Italia 2019: Who are the favourites and who should you be backing? Giro d'Italia 2019: Route, riders, live tv guide and all you need to know Visit the Cyclist Shop for magazines, gifts and more It has the drama of Paris-Roubaix , the prestige of the Tour de France , the brutality of the Vuelta a Espana . The weather can be worse than racing in Scandinavia and the peloton as erratic as the closing stages of Milan-San Remo . The brutally steep mountains. The screaming tifosi. The pink jersey . The crushing of dreams, the making of heroes. The food, the food! There's no race quite like the Giro d'Italia. It's the world's best race and it starts for the 102nd time this ...

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Bahrain-Merida back Dennis for Tour of California

Rohan Dennis (Bahrain Merida)

Rohan Dennis will lead a strong Bahrain-Merida line-up for the 2019 Tour of California , which gets under way in Sacramento this weekend, and the time trial world champion hopes that the lack of any race against the clock won't upset his hopes of a high overall placing. Sprint duo Phil Bauhaus and Marcel Sieberg will be expected to combine for the bunch gallops on the flatter stages, where Sieberg will likely act as lead-out man for his younger German compatriot, and otherwise assist with keeping the race together for Dennis's GC aspirations. When chances present themselves, Ivan Cortina and Heinrich Haussler will be able to look for stage victories, but will otherwise look to stick close to Dennis. Haussler arrives in the US from a consistent spring Classics campaign in Europe where he rode strongly at Paris-Roubaix, in particular, but only came away with 14th place after suffering two ...

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Peter Sagan: Results don't tell you everything

Peter Sagan withdrew mid-race

Peter Sagan ( Bora-Hansgrohe ) will start his 10th consecutive Amgen Tour of California next week hoping to breathe new life into a season that has so far netted the three-time world champion just one win. The 29-year-old Slovakian pulled the plug on his Classics campaign early after failing to land a podium, and he travelled to the US earlier this month to prepare for the seven-day WorldTour race he won in 2015 and holds the race record of 16 stage wins. Despite Sagan's relative lack of success this season, the former winner of Gent-Wevelgem, Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix said he views his early season effort positively. "The results don't tell you everything," Sagan said in an interview published on HNonline.sk. "After being sick in the spring, I was rather weak, and when I was better I immediately returned to racing, which didn't do me any good. But it ...

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Britain’s greatest Paralympian Dame Sarah Storey launches cycling academy for female riders

Joseph Delves 8 May 2019 Place on the Storey Racing team up for grabs along with the chance to join Donnons Des Elles au Vélo J-1 on the route of the Tour de France Multiple National Track Champion and Paralympic gold medalist Dame Sarah Storey is to launch a cycling academy for female riders. Currently the team captain of the eponymous Storey Racing, Dame Sarah intends the academy to provide a route to young amateur cyclists who want to break through to the professional level. Initially offering five places, recruitment will be by open invitation meaning anyone can apply. Find out more here: skoda.co.uk/cycling-academy Open until 24th May, riders will initially be asked to log their training rides via a dedicated Strava club. Stand-out performers will then be invited to a trial at the Lee Valley Velo Park. The venue where Storey claimed several of her Olympic golds, riders who ...

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Crashes, rain jackets and words of wisdom: Riding with Total Direct Energie at the Tour de Yorkshire

Maria David 8 May 2019 Sitting in the team car on Stage 3 of the Tour de Yorkshire the aspiring French team The bikes are all set, thanks to Nicholas and Vincent, the mechanics who have set everything in place for what is likely to be a challenging 132km ride from Bridlington to Scarborough. With five categorised climbs on Yorkshire roads the stage will be testing, to say the least. Things are further compounded by the meteorological conditions. Gale force winds and driving rain have been the order of the day, and the wind shows no sign of relenting as we line up in the convoy ready to follow the race. An oil slick on the route at Silpho has led to a 15 minute delay to the start time, while the surface is being cleaned up. The same incident earlier saw the women's race neutralised and re-routed. I join ...

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Crashes, rain jackets and words of wisdom: Riding with Total Direct Energie at the Tour de Yorkshire

Maria David 8 May 2019 Sitting in the team car on Stage 3 of the Tour de Yorkshire the aspiring French team The bikes are all set, thanks to Nicholas and Vincent, the mechanics who have set everything in place for what is likely to be a challenging 132km ride from Bridlington to Scarborough. With five categorised climbs on Yorkshire roads the stage will be testing, to say the least. Things are further compounded by the meteorological conditions. Gale force winds and driving rain have been the order of the day, and the wind shows no sign of relenting as we line up in the convoy ready to follow the race. An oil slick on the route at Silpho has led to a 15 minute delay to the start time, while the surface is being cleaned up. The same incident earlier saw the women's race neutralised and re-routed. I join ...

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Porte to headline Trek-Segafredo roster at Tour of California

Richie Porte (Trek-Segafredo)

Richie Porte will headline the Trek-Segafredo men’s team at the upcoming Amgen Tour of California . Porte will be joined on the seven-rider roster by John Degenkolb , California resident Peter Stetina and last year’s mountains classification winner Toms Skujins . Porte told Cyclingnews in March that the Tour of California could be added to his programme as he looks to get ready for a tilt at the Tour de France over the summer. The Australian indicated his intentions to remain in the US following the race to train at altitude before riding the Criterium du Dauphine in June. The Tour of California will be Porte’s first race since the Volta a Catalunya at the end of March. He started his season at the Tour Down Under, where he once again won on Willunga Hill and went on to race the Herald Sun Tour. He fell ill with bronchitis at ...

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Van Avermaet ends spring with Tour de Yorkshire stage win

Van Avermaet celebrates victory

Greg Van Avermaet ( CCC Team ) came into the season with lofty goals of adding to his collection of one-day wins but the former Paris-Roubaix winner ended his Classics campaign with just two podiums after missing out on a second Monument. However, the Olympic road race champion at least managed to end his spring with the consolation of a victory on the final day of the Tour de Yorkshire . Van Avermaet may not have been able to defend his 2018 crown in Yorkshire but he rallied with a late attack before outsprinting overall race winner Chris Lawless and his Ineos teammate Eddie Dunbar in Leeds. “That’s the maximum I could have taken out of the stage, with Ineos really strong,” Van Avermaet confirmed at the finish. “I think that I did the race that I had to do and I’m really happy to win a stage. "I followed ...

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Van Aert rules out participating in Yorkshire Worlds

Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) suffers

Wout van Aert ( Jumbo-Visma ) has confirmed that he will not participate in the UCI Road World Championships in Yorkshire in September, preferring instead to ride a full cyclo-cross programme next winter. The three-time cyclo-cross world champion began to segue onto the road in earnest last spring and moved up to WorldTour level with Jumbo-Visma this season. Van Aert placed second at the E3 BinckBank Classic, third at Strade Bianche and 6th at Milan-San Remo, while also catching the eye with a stirring but ill-starred display at Paris-Roubaix. His performances in the cobbled Classics prompted calls for Van Aert to be installed as Belgium’s team leader for the Worlds road race in Yorkshire, which takes place on September 29. Van Aert took the bronze medal in last year’s European Championships in Glasgow but has said that he will not line out for the Belgian national team at the Worlds. ...

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Van Avermaet: Yorkshire Worlds could be my last chance

Greg Van Avermaet during the race's early stages

Greg Van Avermaet ( CCC Team ) had his first taste of the 2019 UCI Road World Championships circuit on Friday as stage 2 of the Tour de Yorkshire navigated the 16.5km finishing circuit for the event, which will take place in September. Stage 2 between Barnsley and Bedale was won by Katusha-Alpecin’s Rick Zabel, but for Van Avermaet an element of focus was on testing his legs on the Worlds finishing circuit, which came roughly half-way through the stage. Belgium will only announce their Worlds team closer to the event, and while a number of riders will come to Yorkshire in the coming weeks and months to recon the course, it’s highly likely that Van Avermaet will spearhead the Belgian challenge. The Olympic road race champion has never won a road world title and at almost 34 years of age the number of opportunities are disappearing. However, the former ...

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Zabel steps in for Kittel and saves Katusha at Tour de Yorkshire

Rick Zabel (Katusha-Alpecin)

Rick Zabel scored his first in almost four years to relieve the pressure on his Katusha-Alpecin team. The German took stage 2 at the Tour de Yorkshire in Bedale with Boy Van Poppel and Chris Lawless rounding out the top three. The win was Katusha-Alpecin’s second victory of the year. "That's a big relief. It's just the second win for me as a professional. It feels very good and I almost forgot how it feels to win. It's a good feeling to win again," Zabel said after his win. Katusha-Alpecin has struggled for results all year with Marcel Kittel unable to find his groove. The team put in a rousing performance in Paris-Roubaix through Nils Politt's second place but on the eve of the Tour de Yorkshire Kittel pulled out of the race. Zabel, who typically rides as a lead-out man for Kittel, stepped up in Bedale and the relief ...

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The Classics might be over for another year, but for two 24-year-olds the best is yet to come

The Classics might be over for another year, but for two 24-year-olds the best is yet to come

Daniel Ostanek 2 May 2019 The battle of the Vans this year was just a glimpse of the rivalry we can expect for years to come. Everyone else will be fighting for third Sadly, the Spring Classics are over. The near two-month long jaunt from Merelbeke to Liege, via Siena, Antwerp and a host of other exotic locales, is done, another chapter in the history books as we move on to the stage races of the summer . Plenty of memories linger, of course – battles like Alaphilippe vs Fuglsang, Deceuninck-QuickStep vs the peloton, and Alberto Bettiol vs everybody’s betting slip. But another subplot has been running the whole time, continuing on from the dark days of winter, and only ending in the Ardennes. If you hadn’t guessed already, it’s that of the two young guns – the multi-disciplinarians and longstanding cyclocross rivals, Wout van Aert and Mathieu van der ...

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The weekly spin: Rating the winners and losers of the 2019 spring classics

It was late in the race, and Julian Alaphilippe, the most successful rider of the spring classics, knew he would not be defending his team’s title at Liège-Bastogne-Liège. Though his Deceuninck–Quick-Step teammates had spent the day keeping him sheltered from the wind and setting pace at the front of the peloton, the inclement weather had adversely … The post The weekly spin: Rating the winners and losers of the 2019 spring classics appeared first on CyclingTips .

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