Teams hope to revive TTT championship by next season

Teams hope to revive TTT championship by next season

Discussions are underway to somehow bring back the rider-favorite worlds TTT in some capacity. Read the full article at Teams hope to revive TTT championship by next season on VeloNews.com .

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World Championships: Evenepoel wins junior men's time trial

Remco Evenepoel wins the junior men's time trial title at the 2018 World Championships

Pre-race favourite Remco Evenepoel (Belgium) delivered a comprehensive win in the junior time trial at the UCI Road World Championships, putting over a minute into his nearest rivals over the 27.7km course in Innsbruck, Austria. The European road and time trial champion averaged 50kph over the rolling course and set a time off 33:15. The 18-year-old even had time to start his celebrations with over 50m to go before wheeling to a halt at the line and greeting his family. Lucas Plapp (Australia) had set the provisional fastest time but had to settle for second place and a well-deserved silver medal, after finishing 1:23 down on Evenepoel, with Italy's Andrea Piccolo securing the bronze medal, 1:37 down on the new world champion. Plapp, a world champion on the track, had blitzed through the course earlier, and set the fastest time by some 19 seconds at the 18km mark. Unlike many ...

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World Championships: Jungels, Dennis, Van der Breggen talk team time trial – Podcast

Quick-Step Floors en route to winning the 2018 team time trial world championship

The 2018 UCI Road World Championships have kicked off in Innsbruck, Austria, in the mountainous Tirol region of the Alps, with the elite women's and men's trade team time trails on Sunday. In this edition of the Cyclingnews podcast, brought to you in association with Prendas Ciclismo, Pinarello and Floyds of Leadville, Kirsten Frattini and Stephen Farrand discuss the winning performances from teams Quick-Step Floors and Canyon-SRAM . It was the final edition of the trade team event, after a seven-year run, before the UCI take steps toward a national team version of the discipline at next year's World Championships in Yorkshire. We hear from Quick-Step Floors' Bob Jungels , BMC Racing's Rohan Dennis and Boels-Dolmans' Anna van der Breggen on the official end of the trade team time trial, as they look ahead to the individual event. The World Championship shifts into the national team events on Monday; individual ...

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With worlds TTT win, Quick-Step moves closer to Lefevere’s season record

With worlds TTT win, Quick-Step moves closer to Lefevere’s season record

The Belgium-based squad has recorded 69 victories this season, and that number could soon go up. Read the full article at With worlds TTT win, Quick-Step moves closer to Lefevere’s season record on VeloNews.com .

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World Championships 2018: Who are the favourites and who should you be backing?

World Championships 2018: Who are the favourites and who should you be backing?

Joe Robinson 24 Sep 2018 A look at the favourites to take the rainbow jersey at the World Championships this Sunday This Sunday, almost all of the world's best climbers will battle it out for the chance to become the Elite Men's Road Race World Champion in Innsbruck, Austria. To do so, they will have to conquer a mammoth 265km route from Kufstein to Innsbruck that will contain over 5,000m of vertical elevation across nine tough climbs including the peak locally described as 'hell' for its 28% maximum gradient . Before this final climb, the peloton will negotiate seven loops of the 24km 'Olympic Circuit' which includes the 7.9km, 5.7% mountain pass of Igls, enough to soften the legs of even the most accomplished mountain goat . With such a demanding route, it looks unlikely that triple-defending champion Peter Sagan will be riding to a historic fourth consecutive rainbow jersey, ...

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Barguil replaces Rolland in French Worlds team

Pierre Rolland was never able to get on terms with the leading duo on the final climb

Pierre Rolland (EF Education First-Drapac) has withdrawn from the French team for the World Championships in Innsbruck and will be replaced by Warren Barguil (Fortuneo-Oscaro) in the line-up for the elite men's road race next Sunday. Rolland, who will ride for Vital Concept next season, was named in Cyrille Guimard’s eight-man team after an aggressive showing in the opening half of the Vuelta a España, but he was stricken by bronchitis in recent days and decided to hand back his selection, explaining his decision in a post on social media. "The state of my health would not have allowed me to represent the French team in a dignified way at the World Championships in Innsbruck," Rolland wrote. "This was obviously a difficult decision to take but I had to be honest with myself, my teammates, the national jersey and all that it represents. I wish all the best to the ...

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Gilbert makes winning return at GP d'Isbergues

Philippe Gilbert (Quick-Step Floors)

Quick-Step Floors ' Philippe Gilbert got back to winning ways at the Grand Prix d'Isbergues in France on Sunday, just two months after fracturing his kneecap in a crash at the Tour de France . Gilbert crashed on the descent of the infamous Col de Portet d'Aspet on stage 16 of the Tour, hitting a stone wall and plunging down the bank the other side. Although he remounted and finished the stage, Gilbert's knee had swollen considerably, and hospital examinations revealed the fracture, meaning that his Tour was over . The GP d'Isbergues – held halfway between Calais and Lille in northern France – was the 36-year-old Belgian's first race back having recovered from the injury . Gilbert out-sprinted breakaway companion Christophe Laporte (Cofidis) for the victory, with Gilbert's Quick-Step teammate Florian Sénéchel taking the third spot on the podium. "I've worked so hard to get back here today," Gilbert ...

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Riders lament loss of trade-team TTT at future World Championships

Quick-Step on the top step of the team time trial podium

Quick-Step Floors and Canyon-SRAM secured victories in the elite men’s and women’s trade team time trial at the 2018 UCI Road World Championships in Innsbruck on Sunday. They were feats that marked the end of the discipline, as the sport’s governing body moves replace it with a team time trial for national teams next year. The team time trial was introduced as a World Championship event for the men in 1962 and the women in 1987, but at the time th even consisted of four riders representing their respective national teams. The discipline stopped after the 1994 edition and went on hiatus for 18 years before being reintroduced with six-rider trade teams in 2012. During that time, Quick-Step won the title on four occasions: 2012 in Valkenburg, 2013 in Florence, 2016 in Doha and on Sunday in Innsbruck. BMC won titles in 2014 in Ponferrada and 2015 in Richmond, and ...

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BMC Racing sign off with a fifth and final podium place in team time trial

Rohan Dennis on the front for BMC Racing

The BMC Racing team finished on the podium of the UCI Road World Championships team time trial championships for a fifth consecutive time but were unable to sign off with a final victory before the team becomes CCC in 2019 and many of its big-name riders move elsewhere. The BMC Racing riders won the world title in 2014 and 2015 and so were logically disappointed to finish third, 19 seconds slower than winners Quick-Step Floors and silver medalists Team Sunweb, who were a second faster. Patrick Bevin, Damiano Caruso, Rohan Dennis, Stefan Küng, Greg Van Avermaet, and Tejay van Garderen were second fastest behind Mitchelton-Scott after 22.8km but slipped to third fastest after the climb to Axams after 45km. They lost Küng at this point after the Swiss rouleur made a huge contribution during the 40km flat roads and were unable to match Quick-Step Floors’ finishing speed. “We did everything ...

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Team Sky crash out of the medals in Worlds TTT

Team Sky

Misfortune struck Team Sky in the team time trial at the UCI Road World Championships in Innsbruck on Sunday after Ian Stannard crashed in the opening kilometre. The team ended up finishing fourth place, just outside of the medals, and 44 seconds behind winners Quick-Step Floors. “The crash affected our chances of winning today,” Gianni Moscon told Cyclingnews at the finish line. “I don’t know if we would have won, but for sure we would have been on the podium without the crash.” The elite men raced 62.5km that was mostly flat in the first half and then hit a steep 4km climb at the 40km mark, followed by a fast descent and flat run-in into Innsbruck. Team Sky’s roster included Moscon and Stannard along with Michal Kwiatkowski, Owain Doull, Vasil Kiryienka and Jonathan Castroviejo. Moscon led the team over a short climb in the opening kilometre and through the ...

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Dumoulin turns attention to individual time trial defense after Worlds TTT loss

Tom Dumoulin powers Team Sunweb

Tom Dumoulin spent only a short time expressing his disappointment after Team Sunweb lost the team time trial at the UCI Road World Championships in Innsbruck on Sunday, before he quickly turned his attention to the upcoming individual time trial on Wednesday. “It feels like a slight disappointment after winning gold last year but we did a really good team time trial, and we can be very proud of ourselves,” Dumoulin told the press in the mixed zone area following the podium ceremony. “Of course, when you are the world champions from last year, anything other than winning will always feel a bit disappointing." Sunweb had to settle for the silver medal after they crossed the finish line 18 seconds slower than the winning team Quick-Step Floors. The Belgian squad covered the course in 1:07:25 and secured their fourth team time trial world title after winning in 2012 in Valkenburg, ...

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Quick-Step Floors savour fourth team time trial world title

Niki Terpstra celebrates his team time trial gold medal

The Quick-Step Floors riders let out their wolf pack howl as they celebrated winning the men’s team time trial world title in Innsbruck . The Belgian team has now won the title four times in seven editions of the event – in 2012, 2013, 2016 and 2018 – and this latest victory is their 69th of the 2018 season. Niki Terpstra, Laurens de Plus, Yves Lampaert, Bob Jungles, neo-pro Kasper Asgreen and Maximilian Schachmann were obviously happy to have beaten major rivals Team Sunweb, BMC Racing and Team Sky. Celebrations were expected to go long into the night. Quick-Step Floors were only third and second fastest at the 22.8 and 44.8km time splits, but they were strongest in the finale, touching 111km/h on the descent and riding at their very limit on the final 10km to the finish in Innsbruck. “We were fastest from A to B," Terpstra said. "We ...

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Quick Step Floors win team time trial world championship for record fourth - and final - time

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Meanwhile Britain's Alice and Hannah Barnes help Canyon-SRAM take gold in women's event

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World Championships: Quick-Step Floors win men's team time trial

Quick-Step Floors en route

Quick-Step Floors rounded off day one of the 2018 UCI Road World Championships in Innsbruck by taking victory in the men’s team time trial. Kasper Asgreen, Laurens De Plus, Bob Jungels, Yves Lampaert, Max Schachmann and Niki Terpstra blitzed the 62.8km course with a time of 1:07:26, beating Team Sunweb by 18 seconds while BMC finished third, 20 seconds down. Team Sky and Mitchelton-Scott finished fourth and fifth, the only other teams to get within a minute of Quick Step – they came home 45 and 57 seconds down, respectively. After Philippe Gilbert’s win at the GP d’Isbergues earlier in the day, it’s the 69th victory of the season for the Belgian team. Since 2000, they only lie behind the 2008 (70 wins) and 2009 (83 wins) vintages of Team Highroad. The win also marks a farewell for a number of their riders, with De Plus, Schachmann and Terpstra all ...

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Men’s world championship TTT report: Quick-Step Floors prove their reputation to take the win

Men’s world championship TTT report: Quick-Step Floors prove their reputation to take the win

Quick-Step Floors prove their reputation by taking a convincing win over major rivals Sunweb and BMC Read the full article at Men’s world championship TTT report: Quick-Step Floors prove their reputation to take the win on VeloNews.com .

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Men’s world championship TTT report: Quick-Step Floors back to winning ways

Men’s world championship TTT report: Quick-Step Floors back to winning ways

Quick-Step Floors prove their reputation by taking a convincing win over major rivals Sunweb and BMC Read the full article at Men’s world championship TTT report: Quick-Step Floors back to winning ways on VeloNews.com .

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World Championships: Team time trial start times

Team Sunweb 5th in the stage 3 team time trial at the tour de France

The 2018 UCI Road World Championships officially roll out of the start house with the elite men's and women's team time trials on Sunday, September 23, starting at 10:10 a.m. (UTC) for the women and 2:40 p.m. for the men. In the final year for the trade team configuration of the event, some of the top teams will be anxious to add their names to the final podium roll call. Bepink start things rolling as the first of 12 women's teams that will go off in three-minute intervals. The heavy hitters start with Wiggle High5 at 10:28, followed in quick succession by Ale Cipollini, Canyon-SRAM, Mitchelton-Scott, Boels Dolmans and defending champions Team Sunweb. The men's field is sprinkled with local Continental teams and hopeful Pro Continental outfits before the WorldTour teams start with Katusha Alpecin at 3:10. The favoured contenders for rainbow stripes start hitting the course at 3:28 with ...

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Spain hails Enric Mas as next big thing after Vuelta performance

Spain hails Enric Mas as next big thing after Vuelta performance

The 23-year-old rode to second place overall at the recent Vuelta a Espana. Read the full article at Spain hails Enric Mas as next big thing after Vuelta performance on VeloNews.com .

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Landa earns provisional spot on Spanish Worlds team

Mikel Landa (Movistar)

Mikel Landa ( Movistar ) has been provisionally named on the Spanish team for the UCI Road World Championships in Innsbruck, though a final decision on his selection will only be taken after he has gauged his condition in this week’s Giro della Toscana and Coppa Sabatini. Landa returns to competition on Thursday for the first time since he fractured a vertebra and a rib in a crash at the Clasica San Sebastian in early August. If Landa is unable to prove his fitness in Tuscany in the coming days, his place on Spain’s eight-rider team for the elite men’s road race will be taken by Omar Fraile (Astana). Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) will lead the Spanish team, which was announced by coach Javier Minguez on Tuesday. Enric Mas (Quick-Step Floors), fresh from finishing second overall at the Vuelta a España, is the other leading light in a Spanish squad laden ...

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Simon Yates surpasses Peter Sagan to top UCI WorldTour rankings

Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) celebrates after stage 20

With his victory in the Vuelta a Espana , Mitchelton-Scott's Simon Yates overtook Peter Sagan to move into the lead of the UCI WorldTour rankings. The Briton racked up a whopping 1230 points thanks to his stage win on Les Praeres and his 10 days in the red leader's jersey. The results came on top of his tally from the Giro d'Italia, which he led for 13 days and won two stages, and his stage win and second place overall in the Tour de Pologne. Earlier in the season, Yates won a stage in Paris-Nice and in the Volta a Catalunya, and finished second and fourth overall, respectively. Although Yates pushed Sagan to second in the WorldTour rankings, with Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) in third, the world champion continues to lead the World rankings, which include all UCI-ranked results, over Quick-Step Floors' Julian Alaphilippe and Elia Viviani. Sagan failed to win ...

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