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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Androni Giocattoli add sprinter Pelucchi to 2019 roster

Matteo Pelucchi with Androni Giocattoli team manager Gianni Savio

Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec have added an extra rider to their 2019 roster, signing sprinter Matteo Pelucchi . Most teams have completed their line-ups for 2019 and registered riders with the UCI. However, a number of riders remain without a place after the demise of several high-profile teams and reduction in roster sizes. Pelucchi, 29, joins Gianni Savio's Professional Continental team after two seasons at Bora-Hansgrohe where he scored a series of solid placings in sprints but failed to win. Bora-Hansgrohe can count on Peter Sagan, Sam Bennett and Pascal Ackermann for sprint finishes and have also signed Max Schachmann, Oscar Gatto and Jempy Drucker. Pelucchi won two stages at the 2015 Tour de Pologne, a stage at the 2014 Tirreno-Adriatico, and will hope to get his career back on track by stepping down a level. He won a stage at the Okolo Slovenska stage race in September, beating Fabio Jakobsen (Quick-Step ...

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BMW to become Deceuninck-QuickStep car supplier - News shorts

Patrick Lefevere with his new ride

After finally securing a title sponsor for his team last month, Patrick Lefevere has added BMW as a car supplier for his Deceuninck-QuickStep team. In recent years, Quick-Step Floors have been working with French manufacturer Peugeot. The team will be supplied with 15 vehicles in total, three fewer than their current store of cars. The fleet will consist of nine X1s Drive 18i and six 520i Touring, while they will also use one of the new X7 models in March to use for VIPs. "We are really pleased to have BMW join us as our new official car partner,” Lefevere said in a team press release. “We are always looking for innovative ways to improve our set-up and support the team. We believe that having an official car partner like BMW, that is as passionate about innovation as we are, can help to deliver even more success and satisfaction." Quick-Step ...

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CPA criticises anti-doping testers for 'intolerable' timing of tests

Gianni Bugno, CPA President

The professional riders' association, the CPA, has criticised anti-doping testers for what it deems the disrespect of riders' privacy. A statement issued by the CPA on Wednesday afternoon called the timing of some recent anti-doping controls 'intolerable'. The statement comes after Quick-Step Floors rider Pieter Serry was tested during Het Nieuwsblad 's Flandrian Gala on Tuesday evening. WADA's whereabouts system, ADAMS, requires athletes to supply their location for all times of the day, every day, and denote an hour in the day when they are guaranteed to be at home. Despite Serry specifying between 7-8 a.m., testers turned up to his house in the evening before driving to Ostend after contacting Serry on the phone. In the end, Serry had to undergo the anti-doping control in the bathroom of the event's venue and missed half of the ceremony. He reportedly quipped to the testers, "You're spoiling my evening." The CPA ...

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Evenepoel reveals schedule for debut with Deceuninck-QuickStep

Remco Evenepoel (Belgium)

Remco Evenepoel has drawn up the plans for his first season as a professional, opting for a light schedule that will see him complete no more than 55 days of racing with WorldTour outfit Deceuninck-QuickStep in 2019. The Belgian is widely regarded as the most promising young talent in the sport, not least after he won both the junior time trial and road race titles at the recent UCI Road World Championships . Formerly a promising footballer, Evenepoel only switched to cycling a couple of years ago and, after taking the junior ranks by storm, he has signed for one of the world's top teams, Quick-Step Floors , from 2019, choosing to skip the U23 ranks entirely. Team owner Patrick Lefevere announced in October that he had signed a multi-year deal with window manufacturer Deceuninck as title sponsor for 2019 and beyond. Quick-Step are exercising caution and easing Evenepoel in ...

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Simon Yates maximum heart rate at Vuelta a Espana revealed

Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott)

Mitchelton-Scott have revealed Simon Yates ’ maximum heart rate during the Vuelta a Espana . Yates won his and the team’s first Grand Tour at the Spanish race, beating Enric Mas (Quick-Step Floors) and Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana) to the title. Yates’ maximum was a massive 201bpm and came on stage 2, from Marbella to Caminito del Rey. As the riders rolled out of Marbella, Yates’ heart rate hovered between 80 and 90, but it quickly rose as the bunch hit the opening second category climb of the day. The graph showing his heart rate looks fairly similar to the day’s parcours, rising on the climbs and decreasing on the descents. Unsurprisingly, Yates' highest heart rate came on the final ascent of the day towards the Caminito del Rey. The riders hit gradients of up to 15 per cent as they battled it out for victory. Yates hit 201bpm for ...

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Patrick Lefevere: It hurt to let Niki Terpstra go

Patrick Lefevere enjoying the sunshine

Patrick Lefevere was happy to preside over another successful season for his Quick-Step Floors team, during which the Belgian WorldTour squad chalked up no fewer than 73 victories , including the Tour of Flanders and Liège-Bastogne-Liège. Lefevere has had to wave goodbye to a couple of his star riders in the shape of Flanders winner Niki Terpstra, who will ride for Direct Energie next year, and double Tour de France stage winner Fernando Gaviria, who has joined UAE Team Emirates for 2019. But the team is in as rude a health as ever, having secured the services of junior time trial and road race world champion Remco Evenepoel and, perhaps most importantly, a new title sponsor in the shape of window manufacturer Deceuninck, with the team to be called Deceuninck-QuickStep next year. Lefevere spends a lot of his time talking about money: money to pay his riders and staff, and ...

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Vakoc could return to racing in 2019

Petr Vakoc (Quick-Step Floors)

Czech rider Petr Vakoč could make his return from injury to race with Quick-Step Floors in 2019, according to team boss Patrick Lefevere's comments in French sports newspaper L'Equipe . Vakoč was involved in an accident with a truck while training in the province of Mpumalanga, east of Johannesburg, South Africa, in January this year with Quick-Step teammates Bob Jungels and Laurens De Plus. While Jungels escaped injury , De Plus suffered a broken pelvis and sacrum – the latter connecting the base of the spine to the pelvis – and Vakoč broke several vertebrae, requiring a two-week stay in hospital in South Africa before the 26-year-old could return to his home in Prague. De Plus was able to return to competition at the Eschborn-Frankfurt one-day race at the start of May, before heading to the Tour of California. The Belgian was also part of the Quick-Step team that won ...

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Best moments of the 2018 Tour de France - Video

Geraint Thomas in yellow after his Tour de France opening stage victory

Climbs, dramatic crashes, tearfully joyful winners – the 2018 Tour de France had them all. The 'Best Moments' video of the Tour shows all the highlights of this year’s race. Featuring a slightly unexpected overall winner in Geraint Thomas (Team Sky), the video follows the race across all its stages, starting with Thomas breaking down in tears after being assured of the final win. From John Degenkolb (Trek-Segafredo) in tears after winning that stage, to Thomas dashing out to win mountain stages, Laurens ten Dam (Sunweb) having fun on the way up Alpe d'Huez, and of course that grid start – the biggest moments are shown. As so are, sadly, the many crashes and serious injuries, including Richie Porte (BMC), Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain Merida), and the still-horrifying scene of Philippe Gilbert (Quick-Step Floors) flying over a stone wall and down the mountainside. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com

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Moscon secures Tour of Guangxi victory

Moscon secures Tour of Guangxi victory

Team Sky's Gianni Moscon secured overall victory on the final stage of the Tour of Guangxi in Guilin, China with Fabio Jakobsen notching up Quick-Step Floors' 73rd win for the season in the stage finale.

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Guangxi stage 6: Jakobsen wins another wet sprint

Guangxi stage 6: Jakobsen wins another wet sprint

Moscon finishes in the bunch to seal the final race of the season Read the full article at Guangxi stage 6: Jakobsen wins another wet sprint on VeloNews.com .

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Moscon wins Tour of Guangxi

Gianni Moscon, winner of the Tour of Guangxi 2018

Gianni Moscon ( Team Sky ) finished safely within the peloton to secure overall victory at the second edition of the Tour of Guangxi . Moscon beat Bora-Hansgrohe's Felix Grossschartner with Sergei Chernetski taking the final spot on the podium. Fabio Jakobsen (Quick-Step Floors) took his second sprint victory of the week beating Pascal Ackermann (Bora-Hansgrohe) to the line in Guilin. Moscon went into the final stage with a nine-second lead over Grossshcartner after winning the uphill finish on stage 4. The Italian enjoyed a reasonably comfortable day on the relatively flat final 164-kilometre effort to maintain that advantage over the Austrian. Stage six proved to be a wet end to what was already a particularly wet week for the peloton. With the conditions, a number of riders chose not to take the start, including Arnaud Demare (Groupama-FDJ) and Luka Mezgec (Mitchelton-Scott) who had both been involved in the finish ...

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Tour of Guangxi stage 4 highlights - Video

Gianni Moscon (Sky)

Controversial Italian rider Gianni Moscon ( Team Sky ) took out the Queen stage at the Tour of Guangxi on Friday, soloing to victory at the Mashan Nongla summit and claiming the race lead for his troubles. Moscon jumped away from a select group on the 3km final climb, finishing the 152.2km stage from Nanning to the Mashan Nongla Scenic Spot five seconds ahead of Felix Grossschartner (Bora-Hansgrohe) and eight seconds ahed of Sergei Chernetski (Astana). Carlos Verona (Mitchelton-Scott) was 11 seconds back in fourth, with Rigoberto Uran (EF Education First-Drapac) in fifth with the same time as Verona. Stefan Küng (BMC Racing), Pascal Eenkhoorn (LottoNL-Jumbo) and Roger Kluge (Mitchelton-Scott) eventually broke away from the bunch after a contentious first hour of racing, and the lead trio built maximum advantage of 3:20 as the peloton and overall contenders waited for the 3km climb to the finish. EF-Drapac led the chase ...

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Gilbert: If the riders are united, we can make things change

Philippe Gilbert (Quick-Step Floors) gets back on his bike after a crash

David Millar’s attempt to take on Gianni Bugno for the presidency of the CPA rider’s association may have ended in defeat, but Philippe Gilbert (Quick-Step Floors) believes the furor over the voting process may have the collateral effect of leading to greater engagement between professional riders and their representative union. Bugno was elected president for a third consecutive term during the UCI Road World Championships in Innsbruck amid vocal calls from the likes of Team Sky's Geraint Thomas and Chris Froome for a reform of the current voting system in which some rider unions – those of France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Switzerland and North America – vote en bloc, while individual riders from other nations can only vote in person on the day of the election. The Belgian and Dutch riders’ associations withdrew from the CPA earlier this year. In the aftermath of the vote, Gilbert’s name was quietly mentioned ...

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Tour of Guangxi: Moscon climbs to stage 4 win

Tour of Guangxi: Moscon climbs to stage 4 win

The Italian now leads the overall standings with two days remaining in the WorldTour finale. Read the full article at Tour of Guangxi: Moscon climbs to stage 4 win on VeloNews.com .

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