Dennis takes Abu Dhabi lead after time trial victory

Rohan Dennis rides to victory

Rohan Dennis ( BMC Racing ) surged into the overall lead at the Abu Dhabi Tour after taking victory in the key time trial on stage 4. The Australian completed the 12.6km course in a time of 14:21, some 14 seconds quicker than his closest rival Jonathan Castroviejo (Team Sky), while his teammate Miles Scotson finished third a further two seconds back. Dennis now leads Castroviejo in the overall standings by the same margin he beat him by in the time trial. World champion Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) was one of the favourites going into the stage but suffered a mechanical, which was fatal to his chances of victory. After three straight days for the sprinters, the overall classification was game for almost anyone with a decent time trial in their arsenal. Elia Viviani (Quick-Step Floors) would roll out last as the race leader, but his advantage over much of ...

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Quick-Step Floors meet the press ahead of Belgian opening weekend - Gallery

Philippe Gilbert hands off to Fernando Gaviria as Iljo Keisse looks on

On Saturday, February 24 and Sunday 25, Cyclingnews will have full live coverage of the men’s races at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne , from start to finish, here . Quick-Step Floors used the occasion of the team's press conference preceding Belgium's 'opening weekend' to announce the team's latest initiative: the grand opening of the Quick-Step Pop-Up Store in the Ring Shopping Centre in Kortrijk, about two hours southwest of Gent. With just Dries Devenyns missing, the riders who will take on Omloop and its revised finish - Fernando Gaviria, Philippe Gilbert, Iljo Keisse, Yves Lampaert, Zdenek Stybar and Niki Terpstra - assumed their spots centre stage with director Tom Steels and manager Patrick Lefevere, taking questions from the assembled media before breaking off for one-on-one interviews. Gilbert, who could tie with Ernest Sterckx ('52, '53, '56), Joseph Bruyère ('74, '75, '80) and Peter Van Petegem ('97, '98, '02) as ...

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2018 season will be the last for Jeremy Roy - News Shorts

After securing his first pro win Jérémy Roy was all smiles.

Loyal to FDJ for 16 years, Jérémy Roy announced today that 2018 will be his last season in the pro cycling peloton, according to a press release from the team. "It never is a simple choice, but I've decided 2018 will be my last season," Roy said. "I am proud to belong to the category of the 'One-team men' since team FDJ accompanied me throughout my whole career." Roy, 34, has raced with the French team since 2003. In his career he has won wages at Paris-Nice and Tour du Limousin, as well as one-day races Grand Prix D'ouverture La Marseillaise and Tro-bro Léon, all in France. Roy has competed in nine Tours de France going back to 2008. He did not compete in the Tour last year, racing his second Giro d'Italia instead. "It is not time now to speak of career-change plans or to schedule any 'last day' ...

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Gilbert points to Molenberg as key climb in new Omloop het Nieuwsblad course

Philippe Gilbert shares a laugh at the Quick-Step press conference ahead of the Belgian 'opening wee

"Time flies…time flies." Philippe Gilbert ( Quick-Step Floors ) wondered where a decade had gone as he looked ahead to Saturday's Omloop Het Nieuwsblad . The race holds a special place in the Belgian's heart as his first Classics victory, way back in 2006. He won it again in 2008 and, after his spectacular re-emergence as a cobbled Classics rider last year, he has the chance to take a record-tying third on Saturday. Since then, Gilbert has built a mighty palmarès, with two titles at Il Lombardia and one each at Liège-Bastogne-Liège and the Tour of Flanders, to mention just the Monuments. It also contains Amstel Gold Race times four, La Flèche Wallonne, Paris-Tours and, of course, the World Championships. It's the missing Monuments that Gilbert now covets most; Milan-San Remo and Paris-Roubaix are needed for the complete set. Given they are still a few weeks down the line, he ...

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Viviani consolidates points lead as Abu Dhabi summit finish looms

Elia Viviani leads the points classification too

Sprinters hold the top-seven general classification spots after three stages at the Abu Dhabi Tour , with Elia Viviani ( Quick-Step Floors ) leading Alexander Kristoff (UAE Team Emirates) and Phil Bauhaus (Team Sunweb) by three seconds, and the rest grouped in ones and twos behind. Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) breaks up the sprint party in eighth place, 10 seconds back, and Saturday's time trial should shine even more light on the final general classification outcome and provide a buffer for the specialists. The big test will be Sunday's climb to Jebel Hafeet, an 11km ascent that averages 6.6 percent gradient and reaches 11 percent in spots. Kristoff won the opening sprint and held the lead for a day before Viviani won stage 2 in Yas Beach and seized the leader's jersey. The Italian finished fourth to Bauhaus on stage 3 to keep the overall lead, but more importantly, Viviani won ...

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Bauhaus lays foundations with Abu Dhabi Tour victory

Phil Bauhaus took the win after a photo finish

Phil Bauhaus wasn't being rude when he gazed off over the heads of the journalists who gathered around him in the press tent after stage 3 of the Abu Dhabi Tour , he simply wanted to get a proper look at his win on the television screen positioned over their shoulders. The Sunweb sprinter had every reason to squint carefully at the images, given that his victory was by the tightest of margins in a blanket finish against his fellow Germans Marcel Kittel (Katusha-Alpecin) and Pascal Ackermann (Bora-Hansgrohe), and race leader Elia Viviani (Quick-Step Floors). It took a careful examination of the photo finish before the race jury ruled that Bauhaus had won the stage by mere millimetres from Kittel. Both men had celebrated cautiously past the line without knowing for sure, and Bauhaus had then been whisked off for the podium ceremonies without having a chance to review the ...

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Abu Dhabi Tour: Bauhaus edges out Kittel on stage 3

Phil Bauhaus giving it all he's got in the finish of stage 3

Phil Bauhaus ( Team Sunweb ) took a photo finish win on stage 3 of the Abu Dhabi Tour . Marcel Kittel (Katusha-Alpecin) took second, and Pascal Ackerman (Bora-hansgrohe) repeated his third place of the previous stage. Elia Viviani (Quick-Step Floors) finished fourth on the stage, and retained his overall lead. "To expect to win is difficult. I knew that I was going well at home and my goal was to take a podium or a win and I am super happy that I was able to do it. It’s really nice. We have a super strong team and I am really happy that it worked out here," Bauhaus said. With five riders crossing the finish line almost simultaneously, a photo finish was required, with the decision finally falling in Bauhaus’ favour. It was Team Sunweb’s first win of the season, making them the last WorldTour team to claim a ...

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Tom Boonen returns to cycling with role at career-long rivals

Tom Boonen returns to cycling with role at career-long rivals

Joe Robinson 22 Feb 2018 A role as shareholder and advisor to the Lotto-Soudal team awaits for the Spring Classics legend Tom Boonen is set to make his return to cycling less than a year after retiring as it was announced that the Belgian would joing forces with Lotto-Soudal as a shareholder and advisor to the team. The four-time Paris-Roubaix champion will join the WorldTour team as a 'captain of cycling', looking to secure funding for the team and the Belgian national team, while also advising on the technology used by the riders. It is said Boonen will also be expected to offer his vast experience to the team throughout the year. This move initially comes as a surprise considering the Lotto-Soudal team were the arch rivals of Boonen throughout his illustrious career as he rode for the fellow Belgian WorldTour team Quick-Step Floors . While the Lotto-Soudal team did ...

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Photo gallery: 2018 Hagens Berman Axeon team camp

Over the past nine years, Hagens Berman Axeon has earned a reputation as the sport’s top development team. Since its debut in 2009, the program has advanced 25 riders to the WorldTour ranks, including Taylor Phinney, Joe Dombrowski, George Bennett, Alex Dowsett, Jasper Stuyven, Ian Boswell, Greg Daniel, and Tao Geoghegan Hart. Four riders from … The post Photo gallery: 2018 Hagens Berman Axeon team camp appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Abu Dhabi Tour: Viviani wins stage 2 and takes race lead

Elia Viviani (Quick-Step Floors)

Elia Viviani (Quick-Step Floors) won an easy sprint on the second stage of the Abu Dhabi Tour , also taking the race lead. Second on the day went to Danny van Poppel (LottoNL-Jumbo) with Pascal Ackermann (Bora-hansgrohe) third. The win moved Viviani to the top of the GC, tied on time with now-second-ranked Alexander Kristoff (UAE Team Emirates), with van Poppel in third at four seconds. "I need to break the ice on the first day of a stage race. Usually, I don't win the first sprint. It's been the case again but I was very confident today. Also in the echelons, I felt strong and I was willing to pull. We had Julian Alaphilippe and Enric Mas in the front group," Viviani said. "It was good for our GC but we also wanted to win the stage, so I asked the guys to wait for me and close the ...

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Blue is the new black: rating 2018's pro team kits

Blue is the new black: rating 2018's pro team kits

Felix Lowe 22 Feb 2018 Eurosport’s Felix Lowe casts his eye over the season’s new pro kits Do you remember when Team Sky first started warming down on rollers and colour co-ordinating their hydration strategies? Every other team was soon at marginal pains to copy the new coolest kids in the playground and overnight there were more black kits on display than in a teenage goth’s wardrobe. In 2018 that has all changed. The only team swimming with the black tide – offset with questionable bogey green – is Mitchelton-Scott. (Mitchelton replaces mining giant Orica as the Aussie squad’s main sponsor, and its owner, Gerry Ryan, is digging deep into his own pockets via his wine business, hotel and spa. Think Oleg Tinkov’s La Datcha chalets, but with less vodka.) Sky have ditched black for a translucent kit that will make rainy races look like a wet T-shirt competition. Dare ...

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Omloop Het Nieuwsblad 2018: Route, riders and all you need to know

Joe Robinson 23 Feb 2018 Key information about the 2018 Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, which takes place on Saturday 24th February Omloop Het Nieuwsblad is the first Cobbled Classic of the year and for many marks the true start of the cycling season despite races in Australia and the Middle East. Previously called Omloop Het Volk, the heritage of this one-day race gives it the kind of prestige usually reserved for the bigger Monument races. Some of the biggest names in the sport have taken victory at the season opener down the years, including Eddy Merckx, Johan Museeuw and Roger De Vlaeminck. However, the Omloop was one of very few cobbles races that Belgian Tom Boonen was unable to take victory in before his retirement last year. The two most recent editions have been dominated by Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing), and his win in last year's Omloop marked the start ...

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Volta ao Algarve: Kwiatkowski wins the overall

Michal Kwiatkowski wins the final stage and the overall at Volta ao Algarve

Michał Kwiatwkowski ( Team Sky ) took victory on the final stage of the Volta ao Algarve , sealing the general classification at the same time. Ruben Guerreiro (Trek-Segafredo) and Serge Pauwels (Team Dimension Data) completed the podium on the tough hilltop finish at Malhão. The trio had made the day's early break, and with Kwiatkowski the only man in GC contention out front, the Pole comfortably sealed the overall win - repeating his 2014 feat. What remained of the Sky-controlled peloton crossed the line almost two minutes later, having never looked like catching the break. The British team clearly had a gameplan, with Kwiatkowski biding his time until the final climb of the day before making his move. Attacks came and went throughout the day, but Kwiatkowski was patient before showing his strength with 2km left to run, simply leaving the rest of the break behind as he rode ...

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Chris Froome completes Tour de France - Vuelta a Espana double

Chris Froome on the final Vuelta podium in Madrid

Chris Froome ( Team Sky ) sealed the Tour de France - Vuelta a Espana double, finishing the final stage of the Spanish Grand Tour safely in the back. The stage was won by Matteo Trentin (Quick-Step Floors), who held off late challenges from Lorrenzo Manzin (FDJ) and Søren Kragh Andersen (Team Sunweb) to take the spoils in Madrid. Froome finished 11th on the stage, doing enough to also secure the points jersey ahead of Trentin. In wining, Froome becomes the first rider since Bernard Hinault to win the Tour and the Vuelta, and the first British rider to win the Spanish Grand Tour. The Team Sky leader has now won five Grand Tours in a remarkable five-year spell. The stage in Madrid also marked Alberto Contador 's (Trek Segafredo) final outing. The winner on the Angliru stage led the race into Madrid to take the applause from the home ...

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Tour of Britain: Lars Boom wins overall

Lars Boom (LottoNl-Jumbo)

Edvald Boasson Hagen ( Dimension Data ) won a rain-soaked final stage of the Tour of Britain , taking off in the final kilometres to hold off a reduced peloton. Maximiliano Richeze (Quick Step Floors) and Alexander Kristoff (Katusha-Alpecin) rounded out the podium, while Lars Boom (LottoNL-Jumbo) defended his overall lead to take his second Tour of Britain title. It was, surprisingly enough given the profile, another action-packed day of racing, as an early split in the peloton saw many of the GC favourites and top sprinters break away from the bulk of the riders. The intermediate sprints would be the location of much of the day's action as riders - nine within 20 seconds of the race lead - would squabble over the time bonuses on offer. Through the course of the stage Boasson Hagen, Boom, Michał Kwiatkowski (Team Sky) and Stefan Küng (BMC) hoovered up the bonuses. Boasson ...

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