Oss, Schachmann to back Sagan at Tour of California

Peter Sagan shows off his new nameplate

Bora-Hansgrohe have revealed the six riders who will back Peter Sagan at the Amgen Tour of California from May 12-18, with strongman Daniel Oss and recent Ardennes revelation Max Schachmann leading the charge to back the 'King of California' as Sagan hopes to add to his record 16 stage wins. Also on Bora-Hansgrohe's roster for the seven-day WorldTour race are Juraj Sagan, Erik Baska, Oscar Gatto and recent Tour of Turkey overall winner Felix Grossschartner. Sagan has had a slow start to his season so far, with his only win coming during a stage at the season-opening Tour Down Under in January. Since then, the three-time world champion has come close in the spring Classics, but has just missed out on landing on the podium. Following a short break after abandoning Flèche Wallonne and choosing to skip Liège-Bastogne-Liège, Sagan travelled to California on May 4 to prepare for the race ...

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Thomas claims money 'can't buy success' in cycling

Thomas claims money 'can't buy success' in cycling

Joe Robinson 18 Apr 2019 Tour de France champion claims Team Sky has simply spent its money wiser than rivals Geraint Thomas has claimed ' you can’t buy success' in cycling, saying Team Sky's superior budget is not the main reason for the team's dominance in the sport. Writing in his monthly GQ column , the Welshman put the team's success down to its sole focus of winning the Tour de France adding that other teams in the sport operate on similar budgets to Sky but fail to spend the money as effectively. 'In cycling, you can’t buy success, which is how Team Sky’s sponsorship is portrayed a lot of the time. Of course money helps sign good riders, but it all depends on how you run the team and what you do with it,' said Thomas in GQ. 'The main reason we are successful, I think, is the fact ...

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Changing of the guard: Is it all over for sprinters Kittel and Greipel?

Changing of the guard: Is it all over for sprinters Kittel and Greipel?

Joe Robinson 11 Apr 2019 Greipel contemplates being 'too old' while Kittel faces 'crisis talks' with Katusha-Alpcein The changing of the sprinting guard seems complete as various reports suggest German duo Andre Greipel and Marcel Kittel have begun to admit they are past their best. Both riders have been the subject of reports in the Belgian press centred around the struggles both have been experiencing in the opening months of the season. Despite 44 race days between them this season, Greipel and Kittel have only managed a single victory each so far in 2019 – Stage 6 of La Tropicale Amissa Bongo for the former, and the Trofeo Palma for the latter. Hardly the sort of spoils the pair are used to fighting over. By this point of the 2017 season, the German duo had registered 10 wins between them. When young Australian sprinter Caleb Ewan agreed a move from ...

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Questions and answers on pregnancy, childbirth, and postpartum for endurance athletes

Lindsay Goldman, rider and general manager of the Hagens Berman-Supermint Pro Cycling team, found very little information targeted towards athletes while she was going through pregnancy, childbirth, and postpartum. So she decided to share everything she could about all of the questions she had. “I’d have killed for this sort of insight a year ago,” … The post Questions and answers on pregnancy, childbirth, and postpartum for endurance athletes appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Stretching, Yoga, Base Phase Racing, Commuting and More – Ask a Cycling Coach 197

Join us for Episode 197 of the Ask a Cycling Coach Podcast! We'll be covering stretching, strength, yoga and their unique effects on cycling, race selection and tactics during the Base Phase, how your commute can make you a faster cyclist, and taking your live questions.

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Astana take 15th win of 2019 at Tour du Rwanda

Eritrean road race champion Merhawi Kudus is happy to have joined Astana for 2019

Astana took their win tally to 15 after claiming the final stage and scoring the overall victory at the Tour du Rwanda this weekend, putting them two victories ahead of fellow WorldTour team Deceuninck-QuickStep , who took their 13th win of the year at Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne on Sunday. Last season, Patrick Lefevere's Belgian squad – riding as Quick-Step Floors – were the most successful WorldTour team, winning 73 races in total , versus Astana's still-impressive 30. However, the team from Kazakhstan have started 2019 with a bang, and, having already reached half of their 2018 total by early March, look set to give Deceuninck-QuickStep a run for their money this season. But while Deceuninck-QuickStep tend to thrive in the one-day Classics and on stages at Grand Tours, Astana have bigger ambitions, with overall victories at the Giro d'Italia, the Tour de France and the Vuelta a España foremost in their minds ...

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Bob Jungels wins Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne solo to crown perfect weekend for Deceuninck-QuickStep

Bob Jungels wins Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne solo to crown perfect weekend for Deceuninck-QuickStep

Joe Robinson 3 Mar 2019 A powerful performance from Jungels who used time trialling ability to win solo in Kuurne Deceuninck-QuickStep doubled up on the opening weekend of the Spring Classics as Bob Jungels produced an extraordinary solo performance to win Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne. Jungels was the race's strongest rider, escaping a small group 16km away from the line, holding off a rampaging peloton to an impressive win. Britain's Owain Doull impressed to win the sprint for second as Niki Terpstra (Direct Energie) rolled over the line in third. Jungels victory came as a result of the QuickStep team lacking a sprinter. With this in mind, their powerful team used the early climbs and crosswinds to cause havoc in the peloton, with Jungels eventually finishing off the work of his team in style, alone. This sees the Deceuninck-QuickStep team finish the opening weekend of the Classics with victory in both Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne and ...

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Chantal Blaak wins women's Omloop Het Nieuwsblad after solo attack

Chantal Blaak wins women's Omloop Het Nieuwsblad after solo attack

Martin James 2 Mar 2019 Dutch champion uses the Muur as a springboard to victory after absorbing day of racing Image credit: Boels-Dolmans Dutch champion Chantal Blaak produced a perfectly timed attack on the Muur van Geraardsbergen to ride away from her rivals to win the women’s Omloop Het Nieuwsblad on Saturday. Blaak’s powerful ride up the cobbled climb in the closing stages of the race left only a handful of riders clinging to her back wheel, then she simply rode away from them ahead of the final climb of the day, crossing the finish line a full minute clear. Italy’s Marta Bastianelli (Team Virtu) won the sprint for second, ahead of a second Boels-Dolmans rider, Jip Van den Bos. Another Boels-Dolmans rider, world champion Anna Van der Breggen also finished in the chase group, having disrupted efforts to go after teammate Blaak in the closing stages of the race. ...

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UAE Tour: Gaviria takes 'special victory' at team's home race

Fernando Gaviria celebrates his stage victory on the podium

It did not take long for the partnership of Fernando Gaviria and Alexander Kristoff to reap rewards for UAE Team Emirates . At the first time of asking, the latter led out the former to victory on a tricky second stage of the UAE Tour . Kristoff was the team's main sprinter in 2018 but has had to share his ambitions with Gaviria, who joined from Quick-Step Floors over the winter. On Monday's stage, Kristoff was the last man for Gaviria, dropping him off with 200 metres to go before swinging off and slowing down rival Caleb Ewan for good measure. Gaviria made the most of the effort, edging out former teammate Elia Viviani to take his third win of the season, showing that the respiratory illness that forced him out of the Tour Colombia 2.1 had not held him back. "Kristoff did a really good job. He's also one ...

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Gaviria fully recovered from respiratory illness ahead of UAE Tour

Fernando Gaviria has made a full recovery after quitting the Colombia 2.1 race with illness

Fernando Gaviria ( UAE Team Emirates ) says that he's fully recovered from the illness that forced him to abandon his home Tour Colombia 2.1 last month. After a strong start to the season at the Vuelta a San Juan, Gaviria left the Colombian race early after developing a respiratory illness. "I am feeling a lot better a lot has changed and after one week things were a lot easier. I'm OK, I'm ready for the race. We will see what happens," Gaviria told Cyclingnews . After the small set-back, Gaviria is now in the UAE to test his legs at the first edition of the UAE Tour . There are three sprint stages up for grabs but there is plenty of competition, not least from within his own team. Alexander Kristoff will also be an option for the sprint while Dan Martin is also in the line-up for the ...

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Stybar: I was never really lucky at the right moment

Zdenek Stybar was back on the cyclo-cross circuit fro Zolder

Sometimes the game just doesn't break your way. On 72 different occasions last year, a Quick-Step Floors rider mounted the podium as a race winner, but somehow the honour evaded Zdenek Stybar . A clutch of third-place finishes at the tail end of the season were the closest he came to a winner's bouquet, though the Czech's most notable body of work came in two very different supporting roles in April and May, when he helped to tee up Niki Terpstra at the cobbles and then guide Elia Viviani at the Giro d'Italia. "I really had a lot of pleasure in the wins of my teammates, and I helped a lot of them to win their races, like at the Giro and the Classics," Stybar told Cyclingnews in Portimão ahead of the opening stage of the Volta ao Algarve . "Of course, for me, it was a bit of a ...

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The weekly spin: The intersection of pro cycling and basic human rights

It’s always been difficult for me to embrace WorldTour racing in what amount to repressive, police states. And as the professional peloton heads to the Middle East this week, this annual conflict resurfaces anew. The tenth edition of the Tour of Oman begins Saturday and runs through February 21. A few days later, the six-stage … The post The weekly spin: The intersection of pro cycling and basic human rights appeared first on CyclingTips .

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New riders, new teams: The transfers you may have forgotten about

Joe Robinson 7 Feb 2019 Six riders who have joined new teams that you may have escaped your notice Stage 2 of the Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana finished earlier today. About 25km from the finish, crosswinds split the bunch leaving a large group of riders adrift from the main peloton. Thankfully, that group had the familiar dropping bottom lip of Tony Martin at its disposal. He went to the front, put down the hammer, bridged the gap, typical Panzerwagen stuff. Although, if it wasn't for his distinctive riding style you would have likely not recognised him as in the winter he moved from Katusha-Alpecin to Jumbo-Visma. A move that we at Cyclist had completely forgotten about and is going take some time to sink in. Below are six riders that switched teams in the winter and who will take a while to get used to in their new colours. ...

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Hodeg inks two-year extension with Deceuninck-QuickStep

Alvaro Hodeg (QuickStep Floors)

Alvaro Hodeg has signed a contract extension with Deceuninck-QuickStep for an additional two years, taking him through the end of 2021, the team announced Saturday. "I am very happy to have extended my contract with Deceuninck – Quick-Step," Hodeg said. "I am proud to be part of this team which gave me the opportunity to turn pro and who put their trust in me. It's a dream to stay here and continue my development and I hope to be able to repay the confidence of the team with victories and help them remain one of the best in the world. Deceuninck – Quick-Step is the perfect team for a rider like me, because sprinting is in their DNA and they know how to help me become better." Hodeg signed with the team, then called QuickStep-Floors, as a trainee partway through 2017. Last year, he won Handzame Classic along with stages ...

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Gaviria's San Juan double confirms development of UAE's lead out

UAE Team Emirates ride around Fernando Gaviria during stage 4 in San Juan

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 ...

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Gallery: Core Bike 2019 best bits

Joe Robinson 30 Jan 2019 Some of the best tech and kit from Core Bike 2019. Photos: Rob Milton Cyclist 's recent trip to Core Bike produced more than just the gallery of new bikes for us to feast our eyes upon. There was also a whole host of kit, components and accessories on show that we managed to capture too. For those who are unaware, Core Bike is one of the UK's biggest trade shows giving the opportunity to over 250 brands to showcase 1,000s of products to bike retailers and the cycling media alike. Chief among the products on show was a clear market drive towards riding off-road. It seems with every week a brand most known for its work in road cycling starts to dabble in the world of gravel and adventure. For example, Catlike which now produces a peaked helmet for those off-road rambles. It was ...

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Offseason Capsule: Jumbo-Visma

It doesn’t take any Dutch courage to predict a big year Let’s take Andrew’s earlier premise about building a PdC cycling team but instead of having a bespoke team, let’s say you have the choice of buying any team roster in the World Tour with the parameters being you want a versatile, young, international, and winning team. And let’s add one more parameter-- you want a cohesive team, i.e. ruling out UAE. For my money, there is only one team that hits all of those marks. Sky is too focused on grand tours and don’t have a winning sprinter or deep classics squad. Mitchelton-Scott is the Five Below version of Sky. Movistar is the dime store version of Sky. UAE is the dumpster fire version of Sky. AG2R are strong in the mountains and in classics, but lacking a sprinter. Quick-Step have the sprinting and classics on lockdown, but only ...

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Terpstra's Direct Energie and Roompot Charles among Paris-Roubaix wildcards

Terpstra's Direct Energie and Roompot Charles among Paris-Roubaix wildcards

Joe Robinson 21 Jan 2019 Five French teams and a return for Wanty-Gobert at this year's Paris-Roubaix Paris-Roubaix organiser ASO has confirmed the seven wildcard teams invited to this year's race as Niki Terpstra's Direct Energie headline a list dominated with home representation. Direct-Energie will be joined by four fellow French ProContinental teams who make the cut for the season's biggest one-day race. Those teams are Cofidis, Delko Marseille Provence, Arkea-Samsic and Vital Concept. This year's race takes place on Sunday 14th April and all you need to know about the race, including the route, can be found here . %u2B50 #ParisRoubaix 2019 Team Selection %u2B50 1%u20E38%u20E3 UCI WorldTeams 7%u20E3 WildCards / Invitations : %uD83C%uDDEB%uD83C%uDDF7 @TeamCOFIDIS %uD83C%uDDEB%uD83C%uDDF7 @TeamDelko_MP_ %uD83C%uDDEB%uD83C%uDDF7 @TeamDEN_fr %uD83C%uDDEB%uD83C%uDDF7 @Arkea_Samsic %uD83C%uDDEB%uD83C%uDDF7 @VitalConcept_BB %uD83C%uDDF3%uD83C%uDDF1 @roompot_charles %uD83C%uDDE7%uD83C%uDDEA @TeamWantyGobert Welcome to hell ! pic.twitter.com/bobeuwr8CW — Paris-Roubaix (@Paris_Roubaix) January 21, 2019 There could be hope for a high-placed finish for the ProContinental ...

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What's up at CABDA West Bike Show

CABDA West 2019

We check out CABDA's new West Coast Expo and Education Series seminars. See what this regional bike show and exhibitors have to offer and if it might fill the industry's Interbike gap.

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Use these exercises to ride stronger and stay injury-free in 2019

Use these exercises to ride stronger and stay injury-free in 2019

Don’t let injury set you back on your cycling plans, especially if you’ve just signed up for a big event this year. Many of us are guilty of happily hammering out training sessions without giving any thought to strength and conditioning work, which can prevent injury and improve performance. 10 steps to becoming a fitter, faster, better cyclist How to lose belly fat by cycling Desk jobs and sedentary lifestyles can lead to shortened muscles and poor posture, which in turn can cause our muscle output to weaken and increase the chances of overuse injuries. Why do cyclists need strength and conditioning? Regular strength and conditioning exercises can help you prevent the most common injuries, and you don’t need to splash out on a gym membership or expensive equipment. You can do these exercises pretty much anywhere. For the best results, do them regularly, and gradually build up the number ...

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