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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It's back to the future for Gilbert in 2020 with Lotto Soudal

It's back to the future for Gilbert in 2020 with Lotto Soudal

There is very little Philippe Gilbert has not given to pro cycling and at 37, the Belgian feels he still has a lot more competitive juice left in the tank signing a three-year contract with Lotto Soudal from 2020.

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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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Preview: 22 things you should know about the 2019 Vuelta a España

It’s time for the Vuelta a España, the third and final Grand Tour of the season. The race gets underway this Saturday in Torrevieja and will be contested over 21 stages and 3,272km. Here’s what you should know about the 2019 Tour of Spain. The 2019 Vuelta is the race’s 74th edition. The Vuelta is … The post Preview: 22 things you should know about the 2019 Vuelta a España appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Gilbert and Jakobsen headline Deceuninck-QuickStep at Vuelta a Espana

Philippe Gilbert celebrates as he wins Paris-Roubaix

Fabio Jakobsen will lead Deceneuninck-QuickStep ’s hunt for sprint victories at the 2019 Vuelta a España , while Philippe Gilbert makes his final Grand Tour appearance for the squad before switching to Lotto Soudal in 2020. Like Gilbert, Zdeněk Štybar will use the Vuelta to build towards the World Championships in Yorkshire. Maxi Richeze, also riding his last Grand Tour for the team before moving to UAE Team Emirates, will serve as Jakobsen’s lead-out man in Spain, while the squad also includes Rémi Cavagna, Tim Declercq, James Knox and Eros Capecchi. There is no place in the team for the Movistar-bound Enric Mas, who placed second overall a year ago. The Vuelta gets underway with a team time trial in Torrevieja on Saturday. "We have a nice mix of young and experienced riders, and our goal will be to go for stage victories. Fabio is making his first Grand Tour ...

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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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Reasons to be cheerful: What to expect from the rest of the 2019 cycling season

Joe Robinson 13 Aug 2019 From a home Worlds to the return of Van der Poel, there's still plenty to expect from the 2019 cycling season The Tour de France may be over and the Spring Classics may be a distant memory but the 2019 cycling season still has plenty to offer. In fact, there are still eight men’s WorldTour and seven women’s WorldTour races still to be settled and the small issues of a World Championships in Yorkshire too. The final, and often most unpredictable, Grand Tour of the year, the Vuelta a Espana , is coming up soon and the last of the five Monuments, Il Lombardia, is still there to be settled. The latter half of the season can produce some of the very best racing. Top riders are often tired, some are battling for a new contract or team to carry them through the next season ...

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Lefevere secures Evenepoel's stay at Deceuninck-QuickStep with a family handshake

Remco Evenepoel at the Children's Press Conference in Brussels

Deceuninck-QuickStep manager Patrick Lefevere has moved quickly to tie Remco Evenepoel to his team for the long-term future, claiming the prodigious young Belgian will likely stay with Lefevere’s team until 2023. The 19-year-old won the Clasica San Sebastian last Saturday and then the European time trial title on Thursday, surprising even his biggest admirers, who have compared him to Eddy Merckx. Lefevere has built the future of Deceuninck-QuickStep around Julian Alaphilippe, letting Elia Viviani and Philippe Gilbert go. He signed Evenepoel directly from the junior ranks, securing his signature last summer before Evenepoel won the junior time trial and road race titles. Now he is confident about securing Evenepoel for the long-term future. "He will stay with us until 2021 with an option until 2023," Lefevere told Het Nieuwsblad and Het Laatste Nieuws . "His father and I arranged that with a handshake. "To be clear: Remco had a contract ...

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Lefevere secures Evenepoel's stay at Deceuninck with a family handshake

Remco Evenepoel at the Children's Press Conference in Brussels

Deceuninck-QuickStep manager Patrick Lefevere has moved quickly to tie Remco Evenepoel to his team for the long-term future, claiming the prodigious young Belgian will likely stay with Lefevere’s team until 2023. The 19-year-old won the Clasica San Sebastian last Saturday and then the European time trial title on Thursday, surprising even his biggest admirers, who have compared him to Eddy Merckx. Lefevere has built the future of Deceuninck-QuickStep around Julian Alaphilippe, letting Elia Viviani and Philippe Gilbert go. He signed Evenepoel directly from the junior ranks, securing his signature last summer before Evenepoel won the junior time trial and road race titles. Now he is confident about securing Evenepoel for the long-term future. "He will stay with us until 2021 with an option until 2023," Lefevere told Het Nieuwsblad and Het Laatste Nieuws ."His father and I arranged that with a handshake. "To be clear: Remco had a contract until ...

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Movistar name Enric Mas as new Grand Tour leader for 2020

Enric Mas (Quick-Step Floors) on the Vuelta podium for best young rider

Movistar have confirmed that Enric Mas will leave Deceuninck-QuickStep to join the Spanish WorldTour squad and become their Grand Tour leader for the next three years. The 24-year-old from Mallorca finished second overall in the 2018 Vuelta a Espana and is considered Spain’s most promising rider for future Grand Tours. Mas will replace Mikel Landa, who has already confirmed he will move to Bahrain-Merida in 2020, Giro d’Italia winner Richard Carapaz, who is set to join Team Ineos, and Nairo Quintana, who is widely expected to move to French Professional Continental team Arkea Samsic. Mas will share leadership at Movistar with fellow Spaniard Alejandro Valverde, with Marc Soler also expected to have a bigger leadership role. Mas raced as an amateur with the Fundación Contador team and then stepped up to WorldTour level in 2017 with QuickStep. He won a stage at the 2018 Itzulia Basque Country and confirmed his ...

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How to watch the 2019 BinckBank Tour

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Our complete guide to this year's BinckBank Tour in The Netherlands

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Deceuninck-QuickStep bringing strong Classics team to RideLondon-Surrey Classic

Alvaro Hodeg, Florian Senechal and Philippe Gilbert took the top three spots

After finishing second last year with Elia Viviani , Deceuninck-QuickStep are heading into the 2019 RideLondon-Surrey Classic on Sunday with a roster that is ready for any outcome, with potential winners coming from a breakaway or the expected bunch sprint. Viviani, who recently won a stage at the Tour de France, will return to the race again this year, joined on the start line by fellow sprinter Alvaro Hodeg, who is coming off two stage win of his own at the Adriatica Ionica Race in Italy. The sprinters will be supported in the finale by Michael Mørkøv, if the race plays out in their favour, while the team will also have Philippe Gilbert and Zdenek Stybar to play their cards in the early moves. Iljo Kiesse and Davide Martinelli will be on hand to patrol the front and keep the race under control. The eighth edition of the RideLondon-Surrey Classic ...

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Caleb Ewan heads RideLondon-Surrey Classic line-up

Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal) wins the finale stage 21 at the Tour de France on the Champs-Elysees

Lotto Soudal 's Caleb Ewan will head a star-studded line-up for this year's Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic , just a week after having taken his third stage victory at his first Tour de France on the Champs-Elysées in Paris. The one-day RideLondon-Surrey Classic – Britain's only UCI WorldTour-level event – will also feature Irish sprint star Sam Bennett (Bora-Hansgrohe), Groupama-FDJ fast-man Arnaud Démare, who won the first edition of the race in 2013, and Deceuninck-QuickStep duo Philippe Gilbert and Elia Viviani, with the latter coming fresh from his stage win at what was also the Italian's first Tour de France. British fans will be happy to see Alex Dowsett (Katusha-Alpecin) back on British shores, with the Essex man having just completed his first Tour, while a young but talented Great Britain team boasts 2018 national road race champion Connor Swift. Team Ineos arrive on home roads fielding reigning Tour de Yorkshire ...

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Simon Yates and former winner Adam Yates bound for Clasica San Sebastian

Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) at the Tour de France

Double Tour de France stage winner Simon Yates and his brother Adam Yates will lead the Mitchelton-Scott team at this weekend's Clásica San Sebastián , the team has announced. Adam won the Spanish one-day race in 2015, but the pair will be up against French Tour star Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep), who will start as the defending champion and overwhelming favourite. Adam Yates' victory four years ago was the then 22-year-old's first WorldTour win, and he crossed the line solo – 15 seconds in front of a group led home by Philippe Gilbert, which also included Alaphilippe and Simon Yates – not knowing that he was first, having believed there was still a breakaway ahead of him. Since then, Adam has won stages at WorldTour events including the Critérium du Dauphiné, Tirreno-Adriatico and the Volta a Catalunya, while Simon has taken stage victories at all three Grand Tours, and won the ...

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Evenepoel wins stage 3 of Adriatica Ionica Race

Remco Evenepoel (Deceuninck-QuickStep) wins stage 3 of the Adriatica Ionica Race

Young Belgian star Remco Evenepoel ( Deceuninck-QuickStep ) won stage 3 of the Adriatica Ionica stage race in Cormons, Italy, on Saturday. It was the 19-year-old neo-pro's third victory of the season, having won a stage and the overall title at the Baloise Belgium Tour in June. Although he won the stage solo, by just over two minutes back to teammate Philippe Gilbert, it wasn't enough to wrest the overall leader's jersey from the winner of stage 2, Mark Padun ( Bahrain-Merida ). Evenepoel's time gain did, however, push him up to fifth place overall, 46 seconds down on Padun, who still leads Israel Cycling Academy's Ben Hermans by six seconds. Evenepoel's Deceuninck teammate James Knox is third, 15 seconds off the pace, while Jonathan Caicedo (EF Education First) is another five seconds back in fourth, with just one stage of the race remaining on Sunday. You can read more ...

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Hodeg leads Deceuninck-Quickstep sweep

Alvaro Hodeg, Florian Senechal and Philippe Gilbert took the top three spots

Deceuninck-Quick Step claimed the opening stage of the Adriatica Ionica Race, with Colombian Alvaro Hodeg sprinting to victory with Florian Senechal and Philippe Gilbert at his side for second and third. The Belgian team made its presence known on the 23km of gravel roads in the 189km stage. "I want to share this win with all my teammates," Hodeg said. "We controlled the front of the peloton for the whole day. I even crashed twice today, at the beginning of the stage and then with 25 kilometres to go, together with Gilbert, Honoré and Evenepoel. Nevertheless, we managed to win". A five-man breakaway made waves in the first part of the stage, with Mauricio Moreira (CajaRural-Seguros RGA), Guy Niv (Israel Cycling Academy), Etienne Van Empel (Neri Sottoli-Selle Italia-KTM), Thimo Willems (Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise) and Umberto Poli (Team Novo Nordisk) getting up to five minutes on the peloton. But with five gravel ...

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George Bennett’s crash highlights cycling’s brutality

Cycling as a sport demands unnatural risks of its participants. On the descent of the Col de Vars, midway through the Tour de France’s punishing 18th stage, George Bennett showed just how. The post George Bennett’s crash highlights cycling’s brutality appeared first on CyclingTips .

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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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