Vuelta a San Juan: Bennett takes final stage, Anacona secures overall
Bennett sprints to first win of the season in circuit race around San Juan. Read the full article at Vuelta a San Juan: Bennett takes final stage, Anacona secures overall on VeloNews.com .
Sam Bennett comes up short despite help from Peter Sagan in San Juan
Sam Bennett ( Bora-Hansgrohe ) beat Fernando Gaviria (UAE Team Emirates) at the end stage 6 of the Vuelta a San Juan but with the peloton failing to catch the three-rider break of local riders, Bennett's strong finish only netted him fourth place in the results. Germán Tivani (Agrupacion Virgen De Fatima) won the sprint on the San Juan Villicum motor racing circuit, earning the cheers of the huge local crowed, who celebrated a defeat of the big-name WorldTour riders in a battle of David versus Goliath. Bennett finished 12 seconds behind Tivani, Daniel Diaz (Municipalidad de Pocito) and Daniel Zamora (Agrupacion Virgen De Fatima) despite a furious but late chase on the flat roads on San Juan. Bennett could see the three as he exited the final curve of the motor racing circuit but the WorldTour teams had left it too late to catch them. "I seem to have ...
Tivani defies WorldTour teams to win San Juan stage 6
Day-long breakaway survive frantic final chase from the peloton to deny the big-name sprinters. Read the full article at Tivani defies WorldTour teams to win San Juan stage 6 on VeloNews.com .
Peter Sagan’s motivation? Riding the big races
Sagan selective with schedule in order to remain focused for season spanning from Sanremo to the worlds. Read the full article at Peter Sagan’s motivation? Riding the big races on VeloNews.com .
Tivani steals the glory from WorldTour sprinters at Vuelta a San Juan
As Germán Tivani (Agrupacion Virgen De Fatima) celebrated his surprise win at the Vuelta a San Juan on the podium, with the thousands of local spectators cheering his name, the big-name WorldTour sprinters who had failed to catch him could only bow their heads, let their disappoint fade and try to gracefully accept defeat. Bora-Hansgrohe, UAE Team Emirates, Dimension Data, Movistar, Oscar Sevilla's Medellin team and even Deceuninck-QuickStep worked hard in the chase of Tivani, his teammate Daniel Zamora, Dyer Quintana (Neri Sottoli-Selle Italia) and fellow local rider Daniel Diaz. But they motored to the finish on the San Juan Villicum Autodromo and held off the peloton by 12 seconds. Tivani grabbed the glory as the WorldTour giant killer. Several of the biggest sprinters in the world could only sprint for fourth place and were understandably not too happy about it. Fernando Gaviria (UAE) seemed the most upset. He missed ...
Vuelta a San Juan: Tivani wins breakaway sprint at Autodromo El Villicum
Germán Tivani (Agrupacion Virgen De Fatima) pulled off a shock win on stage 6 of the Vuelta a San Juan in a three-up sprint to deny the WorldTour teams. The 23-year-old was part of the day's early break and managed to hold off the entire peloton that contained the likes of Peter Sagan and Mark Cavendish to take a huge win for the third tier team from Argentina on a day that everyone expected to be decided by the bunch sprinters. Tivani escaped with his teammate Daniel Zamora, Dayer Quintana (Neri Sottoli - Selle Italia), and Daniel Diaz (Municipalidad de Pocito) and built up a lead of over five minutes in the early phase of the race. It looked as though the sprinters had the move under control but in the second half of the stage, as the wind changed to a strong tailwind the break began to turn the ...
Classics-bound Van Avermaet making season debut in Spain
Several of CCC Team's key classics riders head to Volta a Valenciana to build form and team cohesion. Read the full article at Classics-bound Van Avermaet making season debut in Spain on VeloNews.com .
The Keisse crisis: dumb mistakes and a sport that needs to grow up
As the furore surrounding Iljo Keisse and Deceuninck-QuickStep begins to abate, it's time to consider whether this "stupid moment" actually highlights a much bigger problem. The post The Keisse crisis: dumb mistakes and a sport that needs to grow up appeared first on CyclingTips .
CyclingTips Podcast: QuickStep’s missteps and slowing down your fast friends
This week’s episode opens with the sordid tale of Iljo Keisse’s disrespectful act toward a woman in Argentina, his subsequent apology, and then his team’s utter failure to properly address the issue. James, Neal, and Caley discuss Peter Sagan’s years-old bum pinching incident, and how Keisse could learn a thing or two from how Sagan changed … The post CyclingTips Podcast: QuickStep’s missteps and slowing down your fast friends appeared first on CyclingTips .
Sportful's gravel-specific kit gets even more gravel-specific
Sportful's debut gravel-specific line 'Giara' was first introduced two years ago, and after including the range in every season's collection since, the Italian clothing brand has now updated the line and launched its Super Giara range. Gravel specific clothing is now a thing, thanks to Sportful Sportful Autumn/Winter 2018 range overview Specialized S-Works Venge for the Sagan Fondo in California Sportful Super Giara continues the gravel trend from earlier Giara pieces and combines the gravel-specific features with the brand's WorldTour-proven technical racing design — think gravel races such as Dirty Kanza. The Sportful Super Giara range also has a toned-down aesthetic, which the brand says follows market trends for more subtle designs. Sportful Super Giara jersey Earlier versions of the Sportful Giara jersey focused on comfort and a relaxed fit, but the Sportful Super Giara turns its back on this initial ethos, with the brand opting to take advantage of ...
Thursday Thoughts: 2019 Race Predictions
In which we pick winners, and have arguments If you didn’t see my piece a fortnight ago , I teed up this column by inviting you all to send in your predictions for the season to come. Many of you did and the full list can be found here . There’s a lot of possible avenues for argument and some potentially interesting thoughts with the unveiling of the FSA-DS price list coming up fast. Next week comes the second half of this predictions game, where we look at the season-long award predictions. To remind you, the races that we predicted, together with the most popular picks from across the fifteen entries, are as follows: We now turn to the editors, and what follows is a lightly edited chat between the brave souls who answered my initial email chain of prediction questions. I hope that the volume of opinion makes up ...
Gaviria's San Juan double confirms development of UAE's lead out
Fernando Gaviria 's successful debut with UAE Team Emirates continued at the Vuelta a San Juan , with his newly-constructed lead-out train giving the Colombian a textbook ride to the finish of stage 4 and showing how much they have developed and improved in just a few weeks together. Gaviria was piloted by Italian pursuiter Simone Consonni after Roberto Ferrari had dragged his teammates out of the pack before the final kilometre, again executing a carefully planned lead out. Consonni and Gaviria went shoulder to shoulder with Deceuninck-QuickStep pair Max Richeze and Alvaro Hodeg, but Consonni was stronger, faster and won the lead-out battle. Gaviria then surged down the barriers, with Consonni keeping going too close in Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) and finishing fourth. He rightly celebrated Gaviria’s victory, as much of it was thanks to him. “I think it was a perfect stage for us," said Gaviria, who also won ...
Sagan rues missed chance after finishing fast in Vuelta a San Juan sprint
Peter Sagan ( Bora-Hansgrohe ) finished on the podium yet again at the Vuelta a San Juan on Wednesday but had to settle for second place behind Fernando Gaviria ( UAE Team Emirates ) despite arguably being the fastest in the final 200 metres. Sagan was behind the UAE Team Emirates and Deceuninck-QuickStep lead outs in the finishing straight and had to move around his Bora-Hansgrohe teammate to get on their wheels. When Gaviria kicked along the barriers, Sagan had to commit to following him and was momentarily blocked in by Simone Consonni, who had set up Gaviria perfectly. Sagan hesitated and then kicked when a gap opened, he moved up alongside Gaviria and was travelling fast, but the finish line appeared before he could get past him. “Nobody really closed me in. Every sprint is different, and I was a bit far back. That’s all. What else could I ...
Alaphilippe carries ‘maturity and confidence’ into 2019
French star Julian Alaphilippe is boosting his morale with success in the South American stage race, which he leads after four days. Read the full article at Alaphilippe carries ‘maturity and confidence’ into 2019 on VeloNews.com .
San Juan stage 4: Gaviria nips Sagan for second victory
Colombian sprint star Fernando Gaviria nets his second stage win of Vuelta a San Juan, besting Peter Sagan again. Read the full article at San Juan stage 4: Gaviria nips Sagan for second victory on VeloNews.com .
Vuelta a San Juan: Gaviria wins stage 4 in Villa San Agustin
Fernando Gaviria ( UAE Team Emirates ) won his second Vuelta a San Juan stage in four days on Wednesday, beating Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) with a bike throw across the line at the end of stage 4 in Villa San Agustín. Race leader Julian Alaphilippe (Decenuninck-QuickStep) led the peloton onto the finishing straight in the tiny village 250km from San Juan, dropping Max Richeze and sprinter Alvaro Hodeg in the front position, but it was the superior speed from UAE's Simone Consonni and Gaviria that won the day. Sagan once again freelanced his way through the traffic to challenge Gaviria at the line for second, with Hodeg grabbing third. The peloton caught the remnants of the day's breakaway with just 2.5km remaining after Israel Cycling Academy and Lotto Soudal came forward to finish off the chase. QuickStep and Bora-Hansgrohe then came forward as the peloton negotiated three tight right-hand turns ...
Five riders starting the season under the radar
Andrew Hood takes a look at the results sheets from the year's first races in Australia and discovered five riders who showed big promise for the season. Read the full article at Five riders starting the season under the radar on VeloNews.com .
WorldTour stars find success in Argentina
The Vuelta a San Juan kicked off Sunday, and Fernando Gaviria and Julian Alaphilippe won the first two stages. Read the full article at WorldTour stars find success in Argentina on VeloNews.com .
Peter Sagan shows class to claim third in San Juan
Peter Sagan ( Bora-Hansgrohe ) took third place on stage 2 of the Vuelta a San Juan on a day where the UCI shortened the race due to extreme heat . The stage was originally a 160km route finishing with four 28km laps but was changed to just three laps due to the sweltering Argentinian heat. Julian Alaphilippe won the day ahead of Simone Consonni and Sagan following four ascents of the 8.3 per cent Alto Punta Negra and the climb to the finish, with the Slovak National Champion proving he can climb with the very best. Sagan said in a press release issued by his team: "Again, the whole team did an excellent job, they set a strong pace at the front and controlled the race. "In the final kilometres when Alaphilippe attacked there wasn't a lot of cooperation in the chasing group and we weren't able to close ...
Alaphilippe takes stage 2 at Vuelta a San Juan with solo attack
Julian Alaphilippe ( Deceuninck-QuickStep ) used his attacking skills, aggression and speed to win stage 2 of the Vuelta a San Juan in Argentina, making a late solo attack and holding off his chasers. The Frenchman made the decisive attack over the top of the Alto Punta Negra dam, dragging Nairo Quintana (Movistar) and Tiesj Benoot (Lotto Soudal) with him. When the chasers closed them down on the fast final two kilometres, Alaphilippe surged away again and powered his way through the finish. He eased up before the line to celebrate, leaving his rivals to watch in disappointment behind. Simone Consonni (UAE Team Emirates) won the reduced sprint to take second place, beating Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) and Jens Keukeleire (Lotto Soudal). Fernando Gaviria (UAE Team Emirates) finished just behind in 12th place and so kept the race leader’s white jersey. Due to time bonuses, Gaviria now leads Alaphilippe by three ...