Photo gallery: 2018 Amgen Tour of California

The Amgen Tour of California has settled comfortably into its place on the calendar, used by classics men as a sunny, warm return to racing and by GC riders as an early test before their final run into the Tour de France. This year’s edition was dominated by Colombians as Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors) and … The post Photo gallery: 2018 Amgen Tour of California appeared first on CyclingTips .

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The future is now: Colombian phenom Egan Bernal really is that good

They put Egan Bernal in a shiny new Lexus parked at a fetching angle underneath a big blue finish-line banner and told him to pop his head out the sunroof, where he held up his stuffed California bear and his tiny surfboard trophy and smiled for flashbulbs that blasted the happy, embarrassed, slightly overwhelmed smile … The post The future is now: Colombian phenom Egan Bernal really is that good appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Sportful lets you dress like Peter Sagan this summer

This article first appeared on BikeRadar . Sportful continues its intrinsic and successful relationship with the top-level of the sport in 2018 with two of the 18 WorldTour teams racing in Sportful apparel, including the likes of three-time world champion Peter Sagan ( Bora-Hansgrohe ) and five-time Grand Tour winner Vincenzo Nibali ( Bahrain-Merida ). Launched as part of the company's Spring/Summer 2018 collection, Sportful is celebrating its relationship with the Bora-Hansgrohe and Bahrain-Merida teams by adding three new jerseys to its extensive range. The three Bodyfit Pro 2.0 jerseys offer professional standard pieces that are identical to the team issue kit for pro WorldTour riders, with the only notable difference being the lack of sponsor logos. Sportful Stelvio jacket review Bioracer Speedwear: One of cycling's best kept secrets Sportful Bodyfit Pro Light jersey The Sportful Bodyfit Pro Light jersey does exactly what it says on the tin. The size ...

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Bernal climbs WorldTour rankings as Peter Sagan remains in control

The final podium for the 2018 Tour of California: winner Egan Bernal (Team Sky) with BMC's Tejay van

Egan Bernal (Team Sky) has soared up the WorldTour rankings after claiming overall victory at the Tour of California last week. Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) failed to win a stage in California, for the first time in his career, but maintained a healthy lead in the standings with his closest rivals not racing at present. The top six remain the same, but Bernal enjoyed an 18-place jump up the standings into seventh place thanks to his win over home favourite Tejay van Garderen (BMC Racing) in California. Despite Van Garderen taking the race lead in the stage 4 time trial, Bernal beat the American rider by 1:25 thanks to a triumphant solo victory at South Lake Tahoe. The Tour of California is Bernal’s first overall WorldTour win and adds to the neo-pro’s time trial success at the Tour de Romandie last month, where he finished second overall. He also took a ...

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Insiders say it’s time for Sagan to race the Giro

Insiders say it’s time for Sagan to race the Giro

With Sagan struggling to snag a win at California, Giro d'Italia insiders say it is time for him to race Italy's grand tour. Read the full article at Insiders say it’s time for Sagan to race the Giro on VeloNews.com .

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Viviani: I don't like to be judged so easily

Elia Viviani wins stage 13

What a difference a day makes. Elia Viviani 's hold on the maglia ciclamino was suddenly starting to loosen when he was dropped ahead of the sprint in Imola on Thursday, but the Quick-Step Floors rider responded by claiming his third victory of the Giro d'Italia in Nervesa della Battaglia on Friday afternoon. Viviani hardly needed any additional motivation ahead of stage 13, but a quick perusal of the morning newspaper headlines seemed to add further fuel to his fire after a disappointing outing the previous day. One otherwise sober and clearheaded inquest, for instance, was given a rather blunt title: "Where did you end up, Viviani?" "I don't like to be judged so easily. Everything is always exaggerated. For two days I wasn't up there, and people were already asking 'where's Elia gone?'" Viviani said on Friday. "This morning I read the headlines in the newspapers. They were nonsense, ...

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Peter Sagan: I did my best but it wasn't possible to overtake Gaviria

Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe)

Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) knew the wheel he needed to follow in the finale of stage 5 of the Tour of California . The world champion was rooted to the back of Fernando Gaviria’s wheel as they approached the line, but when the Colombian opened his sprint, Sagan didn't have the speed to overhaul him. The Tour of California has been a happy hunting ground for Sagan over the years, with 16 stage wins, but he had to settle for third as Caleb Ewan (Mitchelton-Scott) moved past him in the final few metres. "It was another fast stage at the Tour of California, quite [a bit] hotter than the other days," Sagan said in a team press release. "The squad again worked hard to close the gap with the breakaway – they have been putting such an effort this week. In the final kilometres, my brother Juraj, Daniel Oss and Michael ...

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Tour of California: Gaviria makes it two in Elk Grove

Fernando Gaviria ches the air in delight after taking the win on stage 1 at the 2018 Tour of Califor

It was a day for the sprinters on stage 5 of the 2018 Tour of California, and it was Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors) who came out on top for his second stage win at this year's race, besting Caleb Ewan (Mitchelton-Scott) and world champion Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe). Although there was no change in the overall classification – Tejay van Garderen (BMC) retains his lead ahead of Team Sky's Egan Bernal – it was a dramatic final 10km of the stage, with mechanical problems and punctures for Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data) and Katusha-Alpecin's Marcel Kittel, and then a crash in the peloton with 3km to go before the remnants of the day's breakaway were reeled in with 2km to go. Gaviria's Quick-Step Floors team took over at the front and easily delivered the Colombian to stage victory in Elk Grove ahead of Ewan and Sagan. "The guys on the team did ...

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Tour of California 2018: Stage 5 highlights – Video

Marcel Kittel (Katusha-Alpecin)

While Kendall Ryan (Team Tibco) won the opening stage of the Amgen Women's Race , that man Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step) was at it again in the men's event, winning his second stage in this 2018 Tour Of California, again relegating Caleb Ewan (Mitchelton-Scott) and Bora-Hansgrohe's Peter Sagan to the lower steps of the podium. Stage 5 was animated yet again by an early breakaway, which this time included a bona fide WorldTour rider in Stijn Vandenbergh of AG2R La Mondiale, who joined Tanner Putt (UnitedHealthcare), Michael Rice (Hagens Berman Axeon), Ruben Companioni and Holowesko-Citadel teammate Fabian Lienhard in the five-man escape. Inevitably, it was all over for the break in the closing kilometres as Quick-Step and the other sprinters' teams wound things up, but not before Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data) and Marcel Kittel (Katusha-Alpecin) succumbed to a mechanical problem and a puncture, respectively, inside the final 10km. And while neither ...

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California stage 5: Gaviria takes second win in Elk Grove

California stage 5: Gaviria takes second win in Elk Grove

Fernando Gaviria sprinted to his second stage win at the 2018 Amgen Tour of California stage win over Caleb Ewan and Peter Sagan. Read the full article at California stage 5: Gaviria takes second win in Elk Grove on VeloNews.com .

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Sagan running out of time in California

Sagan running out of time in California

With lumpy Laguna Seca stage in the rearview mirror, Peter Sagan is running out of chances to take a stage victory at the 2018 Amgen Tour Read the full article at Sagan running out of time in California on VeloNews.com .

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Giro Second Rest Day Roundup

Finally, a chance for the riders to relax, and for us to take stock. Stage 9 is in the books, and it is a well-earned rest day for the Giro d’Italia field. We at the café don’t deserve a break, so we’ll use this time to check in on the overall state of the race before the live action returns on Tuesday. When I say well-earned, what do I mean? Racing nine stages in two countries, with two sea-crossing transfers thrown into the mix; Three sprint stages; Three mountain finishes; Two hilly finishes; One short individual time trial; and By my count, 1,517km of riding. I haven’t calculated the cumulative climbing, but it is, in metric, a shit tonne. Which means it is 0.98 British shit tons and 1.10 American shit tons. I’m embarrassed that I worked that out. That’s a fairly well balanced race, so far, and the standings ...

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Tour of California 2018: Stage 1 highlights – Video

Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors) celebrates his fourth win

Colombia's Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors) showed Mitchelton-Scott's Caleb Ewan and world champion Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) a clean pair of heels to win the opening stage of the 2018 Tour of California in Long Beach on Sunday. The 133km-long stage was made up of repeated 12km circuits around downtown Long Beach, and it was UnitedHealthcare’s Tanner Putt and Holowesko-Citadel's Andrei Krasilnikau who escaped the clutches of the peloton from the gun. The duo were never allowed a gap much bigger than two minutes, however, and the inevitable catch was made with a lap to go. Going under the kilometre-to-go banner, it was Gaviria's Quick-Step Floors squad at the head of affairs, and when Gaviria started his final sprint he never looked like being beaten. The Colombian will now wear the leader's yellow jersey for Monday second stage between Ventura and Gibraltar Road. Watch how it all unfolded in the highlights video ...

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Gaviria dominates high octane Tour of California opener

Gaviria dominates high octane Tour of California opener

Australian Caleb Ewan appeared to come from nowhere to pull off a close second, Peter Sagan doing the same for third.

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Gaviria wins high octane Tour of California opener

Gaviria wins high octane Tour of California opener

But Australian Caleb Ewan appeared to come from nowhere to pull off a close second, Peter Sagan doing the same for third.

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Tour of California: Ewan comes close in Long Beach

Caleb Ewan (Mitchelton-Scott)

Caleb Ewan ( Mitchelton-Scott ) came close to taking his first Tour of California stage win on Sunday, finishing just behind Quick-Step Floors ' Fernando Gaviria in the opening-stage bunch kick in Long Beach . Ewan finished a bike length behind Gaviria and ahead of Peter Sagan ( Bora-Hansgrohe ) in a hectic finale that saw a few bumps and elbows fly. "It was a pretty straightforward race today on the circuits," the 23-year-old Australian said at the post-race press conference. "It was a pretty hectic finish because it wasn't too hard during the day, and it's the first stage so there's a lot up for grabs, but my team did a great job to get me to where I needed to be to do the sprint. "Congrats to Fernando," Ewan said. "He did a great sprint. It was a good day." The 134.5km opening stage took place on a ...

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Tour of California stage 1 – Race debrief

Fernando Gaviria receives the leader's jersey after stage 1 of the Tour of California

Race: Amgen Tour of California Stage 1 (WorldTour) Date: May 13, 2018 Distance: 134.5km Weather: Overcast, 18-20°C Podium: 1st Fernando Gaviria ( Quick-Step Floors ) 2nd Caleb Ewan ( Mitchelton-Scott ) 3rd Peter Sagan ( Bora-Hansgrohe ) Winner's quote: "I felt pretty good during the race and had pretty good legs. I'm really happy with the really good job from my team, and we are happy to win the stage," said Gaviria, who is in his third race since returning from an injury suffered at Tirreno-Adriatico . "I don't know if I'm surprised. I've been training at home for this, and I think it's good to come back and win. I tried to come back really strong at Romandie, but it was difficult because of the climbs. After that I went to Eschborn-Frankfurt, and the legs were better, and now I've come back to win here, which I'm really happy ...

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Tour of California: Gaviria wins stage 1 in Long Beach

Fernando Gaviria ches the air in delight after taking the win on stage 1 at the 2018 Tour of Califor

Fernando Gaviria ( Quick-Step Floors ) won the opening stage at the Amgen Tour of California in Long Beach on Sunday. The Colombian won the bunch sprint ahead of Caleb Ewan ( Mitchelton-Scott ) and world champion Peter Sagan ( Bora-Hansgrohe ). The 23-year-old claimed the 30th win of his career, which was also his team's 30th win this season. Pre-stage favourite Marcel Kittel (Katusha-Alpecin) placed fourth, and Alexander Kristoff (UAE Team Emirates) was fifth. Gaviria, who won four stages at last year's Giro d'Italia , moved into position but was bumped several times by Jasper Philipsen, the 20-year-old Hagens Berman Axeon rider from Belgium. Gaviria wasn't pleased and briefly expressed his anger with Philipsen. But the two riders quickly reconciled with a sporting embrace a few moments after the finish. In the post-race press conference, Gaviria said one bump might have been OK, but when Philipsen repeatedly tried to ...

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Tour of California: Kristoff on his own in bunch kicks

Alexander Kristoff at 2018 Paris Roubaix

With a new team and a kit showing off his European champion status, Alexander Kristoff ( UAE Team Emirates ) is back at the Amgen Tour of California hoping to add to his 2016 stage win. Kristoff's quest is complicated somewhat by the fact that injuries and conflicts with other events mean he's at the race without a dedicated lead-out train, going up against a sprint field that includes most of the best in the world. "I don't really have a lead-out here," Kristoff told Cyclingnews Saturday evening. "I have Sven [Erik Bystrom] and [Filippo] Ganna, which can help me until the last kilometre maybe, but the last K I will be by myself. "I don't really know why we don't have a lead-out man here, because I thought I would have one or two," Kristoff continued. "But when I saw the team, in the list we had some replacements. ...

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How to take on the cobbles like… Tom Boonen

How to take on the cobbles like… Tom Boonen

The recently retired Tom Boonen was king of the cobbled Classics for years with four Paris-Roubaix wins and three Tour of Flanders wins. Greg Van Avermaet has picked up the baton proving to be a champion over the Roman roads, but there’s a whole lot more to riding the rougher terrain than simply fitting a pair of 28mm tyres and crossing your fingers. How to attack a punchy climb like… Peter Sagan How to climb like… Simon Yates The robust requirements of the pavé call for a bike and a body prepared to take a bit of a pounding. For many this means bagging a bike that’s built for the job, with suspension adaptations. But for others it’s a case of adapting the bike and the technique to overcome the cobbles. Here are some tips… Pick your line and stick to it Take a look at images from the Classics ...

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