Viviani: The Tour de France will decide my future

Elia Viviani gives thumbs up on stage at the Tour de France presentation in Brussels

Elia Viviani has confirmed to Cyclingnews that Cofidis are among his suitors for the 2020 season though he has not ruled out the prospect of remaining at Deceuninck-QuickStep when his contract expires at the end of this year. A report in L'Equipe on Monday linked Viviani with a move to Cofidis, who are set to step up to an expanded WorldTour in 2020. Cedric Vasseur's team are in the market for a sprinter due to the impending departure of Nacer Bouhanni, who was left out of the Tour selection for the second year in succession. Viviani feels that his market value was boosted by his fine debut season at QuickStep in 2018, though he acknowledged that his performance at the Tour de France would ultimately determine his destination for next season. Viviani is riding La Grande Boucle for the first time since 2014. "We haven't signed with anyone. My desire, ...

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Sam Bennett to join Deceuninck-Quickstep as replacement for Viviani, reports suggest

Sam Bennett to join Deceuninck-Quickstep as replacement for Viviani, reports suggest

Joe Robinson 8 Jul 2019 Irishman set to leave Bora-Hansgrohe as Viviani offered big money deal with Cofidis Sam Bennett could have found a new team in Deceuninck-Quickstep as reports suggest he will act as a replacement for Elia Viviani, who has been tempted to second-tier ProContinental team Cofidis in a lucrative contract deal. Bennett is expected to leave his current Bora-Hansgrohe team at the end of the season after being demoted to third-choice sprinter behind Peter Sagan and Pascal Ackermann. This saw the Irishman miss out on selection for both the Giro d'Italia and Tour de France , with the 28-year-old eventually settling for a place at the Vuelta a Espana in August. The inability to forge a place in Bora's Giro or Tour teams sparked Bennett's interest in a move, and L'Equipe are reporting that it is Patrick Lefevere's Deceuninck-Quickstep who are said to be leading the chase. ...

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Van Aert sets aside personal ambition in Tour de France debut

Wout van Aert talks to media ahead of the 2019 Tour de France

As Belgium prepares for the Tour de France Grand Depart in Brussels, where cycling legend Eddy Merckx will be feted on the 50th anniversary of his first maillot jaune, there is ample attention surrounding another Belgian star of the present day, Wout van Aert ( Jumbo-Visma ), the winner of two stages - the individual time trial and the next day's bunch sprint - and the points jersey in the Critérium du Dauphiné and, more recently, the new Belgian national time trial champion. It's been a whirlwind year for the 24-year-old, who was nearly jobless after a heated contract dispute with his former Verandas Willems team, but once that was resolved Van Aert was swept into the WorldTour a season early with Jumbo-Visma. Van Aert quickly turned his year around after a disappointing cyclo-cross season, landing on the podium in Strade Bianche and the E3 BinckBank Classic before his stand-out ...

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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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Asgreen excited for Tour de France debut after Danish TT win

Kasper Asgreen competes in the Tour de Suisse time trial

Kasper Asgreen ( Deceuninck-QuickStep ) will take another confidence boost into his debut Tour de France next week after winning the Danish time trial title Thursday in Esbjerg. The 24-year-old's early season results during his first full year with the Belgian super team, including second at the Tour of Flanders and third overall at the Tour of California, paved his way to the Grand Boucle as Quickstep opted to leave a rider of Philippe Gilbert's caliber at home . "It’s been a great period, with a strong nine days in [Tour de] Suisse, getting selected for Le Tour and now becoming national champion," Asgreen said. "I am taking advantage of a great shape at the moment, and I hope it continues through the Tour." Asgreen's surprise runner-up result in Flanders led to a run of form that saw him win the high-altitude stage to South Lake Tahoe at the Tour ...

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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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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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Transfer rumours: Elia Viviani to join Cofidis while Mas also leaves Deceuninck-Quickstep

Transfer rumours: Elia Viviani to join Cofidis while Mas also leaves Deceuninck-Quickstep

Joe Robinson 18 Jun 2019 Lefevere forced into axing stars to make budget work as Viviani and Mas look to depart Elia Viviani could be the subject of a shock move to ProContinental team Cofidis as Deceuninck-Quickstep look set to also lose Enric Mas to Movistar . Reports in Belgian newspaper Het Laatste Nieuws suggest team manager Patrick Lefevere will let the Italian national champion switch to Cofidis in order to keep Paris-Roubaix champion Philippe Gilbert. The move would see Viviani drop from the WorldTour into cycling's second division. While Cofidis are often invited to the biggest races in the calendar, notably the Tour de France and Milan-San Remo, the move would not guarantee Viviani the freedom to race a full calendar of his choice. Most importantly for the 30-year-old's sake is that the move to Cofidis would likely see him miss out the Giro d'Italia , with Cofidis unlikely ...

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Alaphilippe wins Dauphine stage 6 as Yates keeps overall lead

Supported by Saint-Michel-de-Maurienne, France, June 14, 2019 (AFP) – Frenchman Julian Alaphilippe powered to victory in the sixth stage of the Criterium du Dauphine on Friday, edging out Gregor Muehlberger in a photo finish after a long breakaway. The 27-year-old claimed his 10th victory of the season, having also won the one-day Milan-San Remo, Fleche Wallonne and … The post Alaphilippe wins Dauphine stage 6 as Yates keeps overall lead appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Criterium du Dauphine: Van Aert wins stage 5 in Voiron

Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma)

Wout van Aert ( Jumbo-Visma ) claimed his second win in as many days on the Critérium du Dauphiné when he emerged victorious from a chaotic bunch sprint in Voiron on stage 5. Already a surprise winner of the time trial in Roanne on Wednesday, the Belgian produced another remarkable display to hold off Sam Bennett (Bora-Hansgrohe) and Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep) to take the honours. Despite the game efforts of early escapees Alessandro De Marchi (CCC Team), Yoann Bagot (Vital Concept) and Stéphane Rossetto (Cofidis), the stage was always likely to finish in a bunch sprint, though the finale that ensued was rather more confused than anyone might have anticipated. When De Marchi, the last survivor from the break, was caught with a shade over a kilometre to go, Edvald Boasson Hagen (Dimension Data) and Philippe Gilbert (Deceuninck-QuickStep) accelerated viciously from the peloton. The high speeds on the long false ...

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Criterium du Dauphine: Boasson Hagen revives Dimension Data's troubled season

Edvald Boasson Hagen (Dimension Data) wins the opening stage and takes the leader's jersey at the Cr

Where would Dimension Data be without Edvald Boasson Hagen ? With just one win all season, that's where, and on stage 1 of the Critérium du Dauphiné the Norwegian provided a timely reminder of his importance within a team that has struggled for consistency and wins for over 18 months. In the French town of Jussac, Boasson Hagen was at his best, first surviving the undulating terrain and then the accelerations from Julian Alaphilippe and his Deceuninck-QuickStep team when the road hit the final climb before the finish. That Boasson Hagen had to navigate at least the final 600m on his own, and fight from the back just to make it into contention said it all. When he came around Philippe Gilbert to take the stage and the opening yellow jersey of the race, one could feel the relief emanating from those inside the Dimension Data bus. After all, the ...

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Alaphilippe lights up Criterium du Dauphine

Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep) at the opening stage at the Criterium du Dauphine

Julian Alaphlippe ( Deceuninck-QuickStep ) blew the cobwebs away with a familiar attacking approach on stage 1 of the Critérium du Dauphiné . The Frenchman had not raced since Liège-Bastogne-Liège in late April and a phenomenal spring campaign that included wins in Flèche Wallonne, Strade Bianche, and Milan-San Remo. However, he was on the attack on home soil as he and his team looked to split the race on the opening stage between Aurillac and Jussac. Deceuninck lifted the pace on the final climb of the day with Zdenek Stybar putting in a ferocious turn of speed on the lower slopes of the Cote de Roquenatou. On his wheel was Alaphilippe, who took over once the former cyclo-cross rider emptied the tank. The Frenchman's following assault strung out the remnants of the peloton, with Team Ineos' Chris Froome and Michal Kwiatkowski among the first to make contact. Although the pace ...

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Boasson Hagen wins opening stage of the Criterium du Dauphine

Edvald Boasson Hagen (Dimension Data) wins the opening stage at Criterium du Dauphine

Edvald Boasson Hagen ( Dimension Data ) took victory on the opening stage of the Critérium du Dauphiné, beating Philippe Gilbert (Deceuninck-QuickStep) and Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) in a reduced bunch sprint. Thanks to the bonus seconds he earned for his win, Boasson Hagen now leads the overall classification by four seconds over Gilbert. "I'm really happy I could manage to take this victory, I was really suffering on these last few climbs. I managed to make it to the sprint and I had a good sprint. I got the victory and I'm happy. It's a long time since I had a victory," said Boasson Hagen. "I hope there is more to come, but it's good for me and it's good for Dimension Data to get this win." Boasson Hagen didn't have any team around to help him in the final kilometres of the hilly stage, but he was able ...

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Alaphilippe and Gilbert return to action at Criterium du Dauphine

Julian Alaphilippe thumps the air after winning Milan-San Remo 2019

Deceuninck-QuickStep 's Julian Alaphilippe and Philippe Gilbert will return to racing action on Sunday for the start of the Critérium du Dauphiné stage race in France – one of the two traditional routes to the Tour de France. While the team's Tour de France GC hopeful Enric Mas will head to the Tour de Suisse, which starts the day before the end of the Dauphiné, Alaphilippe and Gilbert head to this year's Grande Boucle on the hunt for stage wins, with the Dauphiné signalling the start of the second half of both riders' seasons. The pair last raced at Liège-Bastogne-Liège in April, having both won races earlier that month: Paris-Roubaix in Gilbert's case, while Alaphilippe won Flèche Wallonne. Gilbert has also won a stage of the Tour de la Provence this season, while Alaphilippe's nine victories already this year include Milan-San Remo and Strade Bianche. They will have similar roles ...

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Falling in love with cycling again

Do you remember how you first caught the cycling bug? Was it by watching a race on TV? Did a family member or friend get you hooked? Or has it always been a part of your life? Ben Berend remembers how cycling first got its claws into him. It was something of an accident, years … The post Falling in love with cycling again appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Analysis: How did each team do at the 2019 Giro d'Italia?

Joe Robinson 4 Jun 2019 A breakdown of how the big teams faired over the last three weeks in Italy Miguel Angel Lopez landing more punches than Antony Joshua on an overzealous spectator while Marco Haller used every name under the sun on an opportunistic bidon bandit. Tom Dumoulin crashing out , Simon Yates talking bowel movements and Vincenzo Nibali's Primoz Roglic beef. A first week of racing that made this weekend's Champions League look exciting. Gianni Savio proving he was born to run. Any epic day on the Mortirolo. Esteban Chaves's smile , Chad Haga's tears. Richard Carapaz providing Ecuador with its greatest ever sporting achievement while Mikel Landa was left thinking what could have been for yet another Grand Tour. Plenty happened at this year's Giro d'Italia but how will the 22 teams remember their past three weeks of racing around Italy. Here is our assessment of how ...

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Specialized to supply Deceuninck-QuickStep for two more years

Specialized to supply Deceuninck-QuickStep for two more years

Joe Robinson 28 May 2019 American bike brand to remain present in peloton with most successful team Specialized will remain in WorldTour for at least another two years after signing a new deal with Deceuninck-QuickStep through to 2021. The American bike manufacturer will remain on board as the Belgian team's bike supplier while also supplying the team's wheels, helmets and shoes. In a statement, team manager Patrick Lefevere praised Specialized's willingness to work with the team's riders in developing its products. 'We are very happy to announce that we have signed for two more years with Specialized,' he said. 'Deceuninck-QuickStep and Specialized have had a long and beautiful history together, and having a company which listens to, embraces, and builds bikes and equipment to the needs of us and our riders is one of the keys to our success. 'We have no doubt we are racing the best bikes in ...

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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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