Gent-Wevelgem to start from Ypres from next year
Joseph Delves 5 Sep 2019 Spring Classic to retain its name but ditch its current start point for a 50km shift to the southwest Flemish one-day Classic Gent-Wevelgem will start in Ypres rather than the now-familiar starting point of Deinze from next year. The move follows an agreement between the city and organisers of the WorldTour event that covers the next six years. 'We’re very proud of this collaboration,' said Emmily Talpe, mayor of the city of Ypres in response to the news. 'It puts Ypres on the international map after the previous WW1 commemorations. The media attention for such a race is immense.' Run by Flanders Classics, Flemish newspaper Het Nieuwsblad reported that the deal will see the town of Ypres pay 100,000 euros each year, an amount that will also increase annually by 10,000 euros. With the race passing several battlefields, the new route aims to reinforce its ...
Vuelta a Espana 2019: Philippe Gilbert soloes to Stage 12 win
Joseph Delves 5 Sep 2019 Gilbert denies Aranburu and Barceló in an unexpectedly quiet day for the GC Philippe Gilbert (Deceuninck-QuickStep) won Stage 12 of the 2019 Vuelta a Espana ahead of fellow breakaway escapees Alexander Aranburu (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA) and Fernando Barceló (Euskadi-Murias), while behind them GC race stayed largely unaffected. Belgium's Gilbert won the 171km stage from Circuito de Navarra to Bilbao by just three seconds in the end, holding off the Spanish duo on the rapid descent to the finish after breaking clear towards the top of the late 3rd category climb of the Alto de Arraiz, which they crested inside 8km of the finish. Movistar's Marc Soler led the peloton in 3 minutes later, with all the main GC contenders safely together. How the stage unfolded With a climb towards the beginning of the stage, it wasn’t until afterwards that riders started getting away. Despite the ...
Spomenik hunters in the land of the Macedons
Across the lands that once belonged to Yugoslavia lie hundreds of strange, brutalist monuments to nationhood. CyclingTips contributor Tom Owen set out on a journey through the wilds of North Macedonia to hunt these haunting ‘spomeniks’ and explore Europe’s ragged fringes. The post Spomenik hunters in the land of the Macedons appeared first on CyclingTips .
Photo gallery: The fastest (and slowest) 2019 Tour de France time trial tech
Sunday’s team trial wasn’t very technical, and mostly flat, which meant that everything was geared toward all-out speed — quite literally, in fact. The average speed of the winning team was a whopping 57.2 kilometers per hour. Whereas 56T and 58T outer chainrings are often the norm, 60T ones weren’t entirely uncommon today, plus heaps … The post Photo gallery: The fastest (and slowest) 2019 Tour de France time trial tech appeared first on CyclingTips .
Cannondale Topstone Carbon first-ride review: Innovation that actually works
Cannondale’s aluminum Topstone gravel bike has proven to be quite popular since its debut last August, and the company is now following up with a higher-performance Topstone Carbon version. It’s hardly just the same frame made out of carbon fiber composite, though; it’s a totally different bike, with a radical pseudo-suspension design out back called … The post Cannondale Topstone Carbon first-ride review: Innovation that actually works appeared first on CyclingTips .
The weekly spin: Putting Chris Froome crash conspiracy theories into context
Chris Froome’s accident was staged. The details surrounding his treatment in the hours that followed his crash at the Critérium du Dauphiné don’t add up. No photos or videos exist from the moments following the crash. The fact that an ambulance was parked so close to the crash site is a little too convenient. The … The post The weekly spin: Putting Chris Froome crash conspiracy theories into context appeared first on CyclingTips .
The birth and death of a bike company: What happened to SpeedX?
From a record-breaking Kickstarter campaign to 800,000 bikes dumped in fields across China, this is the strange, sad story of SpeedX's monumental rise and fall. The post The birth and death of a bike company: What happened to SpeedX? appeared first on CyclingTips .
The seriously tough gravel race that I didn’t want to end
A sweaty, sea-level Scotsman has his mind blown by Roll Massif's gravel sportive
The seriously tough gravel race that I didn’t wanted to end
A sweaty, sea-level Scotsman has his mind blown by Roll Massif's gravel sportive
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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 ...
Meyer to lead Mitchelton-Scott's title defence at Hammer Stavanger
Mitchelton-Scott will begin their defence of their 2018 Hammer Series title in Stavanger, Norway, on Friday, hoping to repeat the victory they also took in the opening round of the unique racing format last year. Introduced in 2017, the Hammer Series sees WorldTour teams compete in each round across three very different styles of racing over three days, with the best team – rather than an individual rider – crowned the winner. In the Hammer Sprint, points are scored by riders for their teams on specific laps of a circuit, and again at the finish, with the same system used on a hillier circuit for the following day's Hammer Climb. A final team time trial called the Hammer Chase on the third day – pursuit-style, with teams trying to catch the higher-placed teams, who set off before them – decides the winners. Riders can also be 'substituted' between races, so ...
Oss, Schachmann to back Sagan at Tour of California
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 .
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.
Astana take 15th win of 2019 at Tour du Rwanda
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 ...
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 ...
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. ...