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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Pro bikes of the 2019 men’s WorldTour

And just like that, the WorldTour season has restarted. Adelaide once again plays host to the Santos Tour Down Under, providing a great place to see all the new gear and team outfits in one sunny place. When it comes to equipment, the 2019 men’s WorldTour is a story of trading places. The BMC team … The post Pro bikes of the 2019 men’s WorldTour appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Quick Step boss Lefevere is rooting for Sky in sponsor search

Quick Step boss Lefevere is rooting for Sky in sponsor search

The Belgian said he would like Sky to stay afloat, but with a smaller budget to make the peloton more even. Read the full article at Quick Step boss Lefevere is rooting for Sky in sponsor search on VeloNews.com .

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Gallery: A selection of 2019 WordTour bikes at the Tour Down Under

Joe Robinson 10 Jan 2019 Photographer Chris Auld caught some of the bikes set to grace the WorldTour in 2019 The Tour Down Under gets the WorldTour circus up and running next Tuesday with a rolling 132.4km Stage 1 around the Australian city of Adelaide. It will be the first opportunity of 2019 to see some of the world's biggest and brightest stars pinning on a number and starting yet another season in the professional peloton. Among those will be Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) who begins a season focused around Milan-San Remo success and Richie Porte who will be looking for a change of fortunes at new team Trek-Segafredo . The Tour Down Under will also represent the first chance to see all of the new gear being used in the WorldTour in the same place. It will be the first chance to see the new Cervelo S5 in action, thanks ...

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The weekly spin: 15 reasons to be excited about the 2019 racing season

Mountain bikers on the road. The debut of a future star. Alternative events. Intra-squad rivalry. The return of a world champion. What follows is a 2019 season preview of sorts, exploring 15 different subjects, stories, and subplots of the upcoming mens’s and women’s racing calendars. The list could have been twice as long. I thought … The post The weekly spin: 15 reasons to be excited about the 2019 racing season appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Lefevere wants Team Sky and Brailsford to continue but with budget that means he can no longer 'think with his wallet'

Lefevere wants Team Sky and Brailsford to continue but with budget that means he can no longer 'thin

Joe Robinson 9 Jan 2019 Deceuninck-Quick Step boss has sympathy for Brailsford's search for sponsorship although hopes for levelling of playing field Deceuninck-Quick Step team manager Patrick Lefevere is hoping that Team Sky and opposite number Dave Brailsford find a replacement sponsor to Sky for 2020 , although only with a budget that will mean he can no longer 'think with his wallet instead his head'. Some drew conclusions that the announcement of Sky's withdrawal from cycling could have been met with church bells by the remaining 17 WorldTour teams considering the British team's financial dominance over the last decade. The TV broadcaster confirmed it would no longer provide sponsorship as of 2020 meaning that the sport's wealthiest team would have to look for a replacement. Lefevere, who recently turned 64, is hoping they will continue to be a fixture in pro cycling albeit on a much more equal playing ...

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An endless FAQ to tubeless bicycle tyres

Schwalbe Pro One tubeless

Regardless of your chosen cycling discipline, tubeless tyres have benefits to offer over standard tube-type setups. Those benefits are certainly more obvious with wider tyres and rougher surfaces, but even skinny road racing rubber can gain from losing the inner tube. However, tubeless isn’t just a matter of removing the tube and riding blissfully into … The post An endless FAQ to tubeless bicycle tyres appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Froome, Nibali, Valverde, and Dumoulin set to race inaugural UAE Tour

Froome, Nibali, Valverde, and Dumoulin set to race inaugural UAE Tour

New seven-day race will feature well-known climbs and an individual time trial for a sneak peak at the WorldTour's top GC riders. Read the full article at Froome, Nibali, Valverde, and Dumoulin set to race inaugural UAE Tour on VeloNews.com .

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