Sunweb’s van Dijk and Rivera go 1-2 in Madrid Challenge GC

Sunweb’s van Dijk and Rivera go 1-2 in Madrid Challenge GC

Thanks to a winning performance in Saturday's team time trial, Sunweb took first and second place in the Madrid Challenge. Read the full article at Sunweb’s van Dijk and Rivera go 1-2 in Madrid Challenge GC on VeloNews.com .

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The next Contador? Enric Mas’ bright future is here already

Supported by At the summit of Monte Oiz, the finish of stage 17 of the 2018 Vuelta a España, the riders found themselves climbing into the fog. With the sun hiding behind clouds, it was hard to see even a handful of metres before you. The people standing behind the finish line were expecting the red shadow … The post The next Contador? Enric Mas’ bright future is here already appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Kate Courtney Q&A: ‘Anything is possible’

Kate Courtney

To Kate Courtney, the rainbow jersey is a reminder that she can beat the best in the world — it is motivation, not pressure to perform. Read the full article at Kate Courtney Q&A;: ‘Anything is possible’ on VeloNews.com .

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Kate Courtney Q&A: ‘Anything is possible’

Kate Courtney

To Kate Courtney, the rainbow jersey is a reminder that she can beat the best in the world — it is motivation, not pressure to perform. Read the full article at Kate Courtney Q&A;: ‘Anything is possible’ on VeloNews.com .

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A farmhouse in Flanders: How Staf Boone makes and breaks young pros

James Stout spent a few years drifting around the kermis scene in Flanders under the watchful eye of Staf Boone — one of those names that everyone in the know knows, but many readers will never have heard. We asked him to dig into to the gritty reality of “living the dream” in Boone’s farmhouse … The post A farmhouse in Flanders: How Staf Boone makes and breaks young pros appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Short-handed Boels Dolmans win in Plouay with Amy Pieters

Marianne Vos, Amy PIeters and Coryn Rivera on the podium

Amy Pieters ( Boels Dolmans ) was all smiles on the GP de Plouay podium Saturday afternoon after sprinting to victory against Marianne Vos (WaowDeals) and Coryn Rivera (Team Sunweb). Normally one of the strongest teams in a race, the Boels Dolmans squad was short-handed from the get-go in Plouay. Due to illness, world champion Chantal Blaak and Anna Plichta could not take the start, leaving the orange-clad team with only four riders.Things seemed to go from bad to worse when Karol-Ann Canuel, one of the team's designated leaders, had to abandon on the first of five laps. But the remaining three riders were strong enough to still leave their mark on the race and eventually take the victory. "We had a small team, but we said to each other 'we have to win today'," Pieters said after the finish. "Skylar [Schneider], Megan [Guarnier] and I raced really well together. ...

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Schneider and Canuel extend for two years with Boels Dolmans

Skylar Schneider at the Boels Dolmans team presentation

Boels Dolmans announced the next pair of riders to extend contracts with the team on Thursday, adding Karol-Ann Canuel and Skylar Schneider to the growing list of riders who have signed contracts with the team through 2020. From Canada, Canuel joined Boels Dolmans in 2016 and has been a key support rider for the team in the last three seasons. She has also had success with being part of the team that won the team time trial world title in 2016 , and this year joined them for the team time trial victory in Vargarda . She has also worn the pink jersey at the Giro Rosa after the team won the opening TTT in 2017 . "I'm super-excited about staying with Boels-Dolmans for two more years," Canuel said. "I just really like this team and I feel at home here. I think we have the best sponsors and I ...

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Five questions with British off-road phenom Evie Richards

Imagine discovering a sport and becoming a world champion three years later. Then imagine repeating that feat. Imagine coming off the first real injury of your life to take the biggest result of your career a few months later. Imagine accomplishing your wildest sporting dream at age 21. Imagine all this, and then imagine admitting … The post Five questions with British off-road phenom Evie Richards appeared first on CyclingTips .

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USA CRITS, San Rafael: Clif Bar, ISCorp put on dominant performances

With all its glitz and glamour, the San Rafael Sunset Criterium did not disappoint. Zach Allison (Clif Bar) and Samantha Schneider (ISCorp) finished off tremendous performances by their respective teams. Schneider captured her fourth USA CRITS win in seven events this season, while Clif Bar finally came away victorious after knocking on the door of … The post USA CRITS, San Rafael: Clif Bar, ISCorp put on dominant performances appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Froome: ‘Podium is secondary thought’

Chris Froome likely won't be on the final Tour de France podium — a first since the very first time he finished the race in 2008. Read the full article at Froome: ‘Podium is secondary thought’ on VeloNews.com .

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USA CRITS team profile: It’s a family affair at ISCorp

On a hot and steamy night in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the ladies of the ISCorp Pro Cycling team weren’t racing, but instead putting their feet up, eating hot dogs, and enjoying America’s greatest pastime — a Major League Baseball game — in one of the box suites. “It’s pretty cool because [teammate] Caroline [Baur] has no … The post USA CRITS team profile: It’s a family affair at ISCorp appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Moolman-Pasio: I really gave it everything, but van Vleuten was too strong

Ashleigh Moolman Pasio (Cervelo-Bigla)

Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio ( Cervélo-Bigla ) finished second in the Giro d'Italia Femminile that finished in Cividale del Friuli on Sunday, becoming the first African rider to podium in a Grand Tour. The 32-year-old finished on the podium on three of the 10 stages as well, and was the last rider to be dropped by race winner Annemiek van Vleuten (Mitchelton-Scott) on the climb of the Monte Zoncolan. Finishing a whole 4:12 behind Van Vleuten, a hint of disappointment could have been expected in Moolman-Pasio's voice. But the South African was upbeat when she spoke to Cyclingnews after the podium ceremony and said that she had no regrets looking back at the race as she had tried everything. "I really gave it everything, even on the last day," Moolman-Pasio said. "I tried many times on the climb. I wanted a stage win at least, but unfortunately it was not to be. ...

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Inside the UCI’s plan to combat motorized cheating

The UCI hopes to prevent mechanical fraud, and new technology allows it to leave no bike unscanned. Read the full article at Inside the UCI’s plan to combat motorized cheating on VeloNews.com .

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UCI commits to fight against motor cheating

The UCI hopes to prevent mechanical fraud, and new technology allows it to leave no bike unscanned. Read the full article at UCI commits to fight against motor cheating on VeloNews.com .

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Tales from the Tour: Fifth wheel to first

Supported by Today’s Tale from the Tour is not from the Tour. It’s from the Giro Rosa. And from Rio de Janeiro, and a few other places. To Rio first. Two years ago I stood in the infield of the Olympic velodrome, three flags hoisted, hundreds of fanned out faces pointing in toward the podium. Three team … The post Tales from the Tour: Fifth wheel to first appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Winder: I did not expect to stay away

Ruth Winder (Sunweb) on the podium as the stage 5 winner at the Giro Rosa

Ruth Winder (Team Sunweb) won stage 5 of the Giro Rosa on Tuesday, riding into the maglia rosa in the process. After the stage, the US rider was happy about this birthday present she gave herself one day after turning 25, but she also gave credit to her teammates and her fellow escapees, Alice Maria Arzuffi (Bizkaia Durango-Euskadi Murias) and Tayler Wiles (Trek-Drops). "The team did a really good job setting us up before the climb, and we came to the top with about 25 girls," Winder said. "I felt good, so I just put in an attack in order to make it a hard day. I did not expect to stay away, but then I was joined by two really strong riders, and we worked really well together." Over the final kilometres, the break still had over a minute, and after an attack by Arzuffi was closed down they ...

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Team Sunweb had a plan to win the Giro Rosa TTT

Team Sunweb riders celebrate on the podium after stage 1 at Giro Rosa

The opening team time trial in the Giro Rosa came down to the wire as the two top teams, Team Sunweb and Mitchelton-Scott , were separated by only one second. While Mitchelton-Scott and third-placed Boels Dolmans were quickly down to their four strongest time triallists, Sunweb chose to keep all seven starters together for as long as possible - a strategy that paid off. The team time trial was run in the afternoon heat. After winning the stage with her Sunweb teammates, van Dijk commented on this with a smile. "It was really hot! Before the stage we joked that we would jump straight into the lake, but now we have to do the podium ceremony first. I am super happy to have won, but it feels a little weird to get the jersey alone when it is a team effort." Team Sunweb had done their homework, checking out the ...

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The Battle for Green: A preview of the Tour points competition

How to win a points race when you’re really trying In which your narrator reads the small print, so you don’t have to For those of you who have never bothered to learn (me, until two years ago) or who forget every year (me, still) a quick recap of the scoring system. Points are for places 1 - 15 on each of the different scales. No points available in the team time trial (thank goodness). There’s one intermediate sprint per stage – excluding the two time trials and, I think, the Alpe d’Huez stage (although that seems odd). An intermediate sprint is worth 20 points to the winner, 17 and 15 for the podium, and 1 point for finishing 15 th . The individual time trial has the same points as the intermediate. Road stages are classified as “flat,” “hilly” or “mountainous.” Points are awarded accordingly, with first place worth ...

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Dideriksen puts her stage win down to team's lead-out

Amalie Dideriksen (Boels Dolmans) wins stage 4 of the OVO Energy Women's Tour

Amalie Dideriksen ( Boels Dolmans ) was the fastest woman in Worcester on Saturday, winning stage 4 of the OVO Energy Women's Tour ahead of Lotta Lepistö (Cervélo-Bigla) and Marianne Vos (WaowDeals). Dideriksen credits her team with leading her out well in the finale after a challenging day. "Today was a very difficult stage with a lot of wind," she said. "We knew everyone was going to be a little tired coming into the sprint but with about 30 km to go we decided that it would be me we'd ride for. The final was very technical, and the girls did an amazing lead-out. You have to be patient in the end but still go before everyone else comes from behind." In the sprint, Dideriksen took the lead early on. She said that she almost expected to be passed from behind. "I knew that we had to go through the ...

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Froome-(under)dog

The curious case of my transformation from Froome-hater to Froome-fan This post has been extremely hard to write. It’s just so difficult to type out those three words. I…. Like…. Froome…. Phew. While that hard part is over, let’s get down to brass tacks. Sports fandom is a weird and arbitrary thing. Case in point, my grandparents gifted my uncle with a lifetime of misery for his eighth birthday. He was given that electric vibrating football game , which I’m assuming was as ubiquitous in the 60’s for children growing up in the US as it was as a hand-me-down for a child, like myself, growing up in the 80’s. If you’ve never seen the game, it involves a metal football field that vibrates and two football teams that you set up on the field to run plays, and the vibration ostensibly makes them move and play football but instead ...

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