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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Is the Tour de France in trouble?

Christian Prudhomme

Reckless fans, disappointing TV ratings, and controversy marred the 2018 Tour. We go inside the challenges facing cycling's biggest race. Read the full article at Is the Tour de France in trouble? on VeloNews.com .

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Still hungry: Dan Martin profile

James Witts 19 Oct 2018 Ireland’s Dan Martin talks to Cyclist about gastronomy, dope cheats and riding through the pain of that crash at last year’s Tour This article first appeared in Issue 75 of Cyclist Magazine Words James Witts Photography Sean Hardy Search online for Dan Martin and you may come across an Instagram image of his wife, Jess, eating what appears to be a miniature globe on the end of stick. It has been plucked from an ornate structure that looks more like a work of modern art than a meal. ‘That was at El Celler de Can Roca,’ Martin says of the three-Michelin-starred restaurant in Girona, voted world number one in 2013 and 2015. ‘It was from the taster menu. The Roca brothers [chefs Joan, Josep and Jordi] travel for two months each year to seek inspiration, and then create mouthfuls representing a destination they’ve been to. ...

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Italy's Filippo Ganna joins Team Sky for 2019

Filippo Ganna (Italy) hoists his machine after winning the Individual Pursuit world championship

Team Sky have confirmed that Italy's Filippo Ganna will be part of the British WorldTour team for 2019, boosting their squad for the cobbled Classics and time trials. 22-year-old Ganna has ridden for UAE Team Emirates for the last two seasons. He won the under 23 Paris-Roubaix in 2016 and won the Individual Pursuit world title on the track in 2016 and 2018. He recently finished second to Gianni Moscon in the Italian national time trial championships and is currently competing with Italy in the track World Cup in Paris. "It’s a dream to sign for Team Sky. It’s a very impressive team and everyone in cycling is used to seeing them winning the big races," Ganna said. "I hope I can continue to develop and improve on my first two years on the road. I’m excited to meet up with the team for the first training camp and to ...

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Tour of Guangxi stage 3 highlights - Video

Fabio Jakobsen (Quick Step Floors) on the podium

Stage 3 at the Tour of Guangxi on Thursday played out like the first two days with a furious bunch sprint on th wide-open roads, this time won by Quick-Step Floors ' Fabio Jakobsen ahead of stage 2 winner Pascal Ackermann (Bora-Hansgrohe) and Max Walscheid (Team Sunweb). The 22-year-old Dutchman took a different line down the centre of the road as his rivals fought along the barriers, besting them by less than a bike length at the line. Jakobsen now leads Ackermann by four seconds in the overall after stage 1 winner Dylan Groenewegen (LottoNL-Jumbo) could only finish fourth and so lost the race leader’s red jersey. Groenewegen is third, six seconds back. The breakaway once again formed early on in the day, with Owain Doull (Team Sky), Manuele Boaro (Bahrain-Merida), Jasha Sütterlin (Movistar) and Nathan van Hooydonck (BMC Racing) going clear and building a gap of no more than ...

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Guangxi stage 2: Ackermann wins in pouring rain

Guangxi stage 2: Ackermann wins in pouring rain

German Pascal Ackermann wins the second stage of the Tour de Guangxi in southern China on Wednesday. Read the full article at Guangxi stage 2: Ackermann wins in pouring rain on VeloNews.com .

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Pro cycling power ranking: The top 10 riders of 2018

Joe Robinson 15 Oct 2018 From the Classics to the Grand Tours, Cyclist ranks the top 10 riders of 2018 With Thibaut Pinot's solo victory at Il Lombardia last Saturday came the end of the 2018 professional cycling season. Yes, there's the matter of the final of the Tour of Guangxi out in China still to be contested but for cycling's biggest and best talents, the season will be over and it will be time to consider the year just gone and the newest ambitions over the next 12 months. Unlike years previous, 2018 wasn't dominated by one rider. From Daryl Impey's win at the Tour Down Under back in January, the spread of riders gracing the top step has been fairly even, shared between riders used to victory and some finally breaking through to the upper echelons of the sport. While cycling's five Monuments presented five different winners from ...

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Evenepoel dominates at junior men's Chrono des Nations

Remco Evenepoel with his gold medal

Belgium's Remco Evenepoel won the junior edition of the Chrono des Nations time trial on Sunday, and will next race as a member of the WorldTour-level Deceuninck-Quick Step team in 2019. While most eyes were on the elite men's Chrono des Nations – in which Danish youngsters Martin Toft Madsen (BHS-Almeborg Bornholm) and under-23 time trial world champion Mikkel Berg (Hagens Berman Axeon) took the top two places, and Direct Energie's Sylvain Chavanel's fifth place was his last as a professional rider – Evenepoel was busy cleaning up in the junior edition, covering the 26.5km TT in 32:48, 1:10 ahead of Frenchman Donavan Grondin and 1:39 in front of Great Britain's Joshua Sandman in third place. The 18-year-old Evenepoel won both the junior men's road race and time trial at the recent UCI Road World Championships in Innsbruck, Austria, in a similarly dominant fashion, but had already signed to ride ...

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Turkey stage 6: Bennett claims hat-trick of wins, Prades grabs GC

Turkey stage 6: Bennett claims hat-trick of wins, Prades grabs GC

Bennet wins with powerful 1.5km jump, Lutsenko left in second place on GC after Prades grabs it on time bonuses Read the full article at Turkey stage 6: Bennett claims hat-trick of wins, Prades grabs GC on VeloNews.com .

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Mitchelton-Scott win the Hammer Series 2018

Peter Stuart 14 Oct 2018 Mitchelton-Scott secured the overall title with a win at the final event at the Hammer Hong Kong Australian team Mitchelton-Scott took the overall title in the 2018 Hammer Series event, with a decisive win at Hammer Hong Kong following a penalty for Quick-Step Floors in the Hammer Sprint event. Having won the second event of the Series, the Hammer Stavanger, and placed second in Limburg, Mitchelton-Scott entered the event in the overall lead. They had only a slim lead over Quick-Step Floors, which could have been overturned by a win in the final event, Hammer Hong Kong, for the Belgian team. In order to be in contention for the top few places in the event, Mitchelton-Scott needed to win a high number of points in the criterium style Sprint stage in order to begin the final team time-trial Chase in pole position. The Australian team ...

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