Sliding doors: The legacy of Cobo’s delayed relegation

Toulouse, France (CT) – For most in the peloton, this morning’s stage start was much like any other. But for a couple of riders, there was a small but significant change. News quietly landed overnight that Juan Jose Cobo had been stripped of his 2011 Vuelta a Espana win – an outcome that left two … The post Sliding doors: The legacy of Cobo’s delayed relegation appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Tour de France 2019: Simon Yates wins from break as GC holds station

Tour de France 2019: Simon Yates wins from break as GC holds station

Joe Robinson 18 Jul 2019 Yates wins from a three-man break as big break nullifies GC attacks Mitchelton-Scott's Simon Yates became the latest rider to win stages of all three Grand Tours as the Mitchelton-Scott rider won a three-man sprint on Stage 12 of the Tour de France. The Lancastrian outfoxed fellow break riders Gregor Muhlberger of Bora-Hansgrohe and Pello Bilbao of Astana to take the final corner in the lead and hold out the sprint to the line. Yates becomes the second rider in as many days to win a stage in all three Grand Tours after Caleb Ewan's exploits yesterday and the third of the race after Elia Viviani's win on Stage 4. In terms of General Classification, it was another day of keeping the powder dry as Julian Alaphilippe rolled in with his closest rivals to defend his yellow jersey for a fourth consecutive day. Team Ineos ...

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Rohan Dennis abandons Tour under mysterious circumstances

Supported by Rohan Dennis (Bahrain-Merida) pulled out of the Tour de France in the middle of stage 12 without explanation, even to his own team. The reigning world time trial champion abandoned the race with approximately 80km remaining in Thursday’s stave, just a day ahead of the Tour’s first individual time trial. It remains unclear why he … The post Rohan Dennis abandons Tour under mysterious circumstances appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Rohan Dennis abandons Tour de France for unknown reason

Rohan Dennis abandons Tour de France for unknown reason

Joe Robinson 18 Jul 2019 Australian calls quit on Tour mid-stage although sport directors unsure why he has done so Rohan Dennis has abandoned the Tour de France midway through Stage 12 to Bagneres-de-Bigorre without telling his Bahrain-Merida team why. The Australian stepped off his bike with 80km from the finish line, deciding to pull out of the race. Dennis had not crashed and showed no notable signs of illness before leaving the race. According to reports from French television, Dennis was spotted arguing with his team car before the incident. Both Bahrain-Merida sport directors also confirmed they did not know why Dennis had abandoned the race with the team taking to its Twitter page to state ' Our priority is the welfare of all our riders so will launch an immediate investigation but will not be commenting further until we have established what has happened to @RohanDennis .' See ...

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5 key climbs from the 2019 Tour de France

Tour de France 2019, hairpin road

With the Tour de France entering the Pyrenees, here are the five climbs where the yellow jersey will be won and lost

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New bike alert: Colnago launches new V3Rs race bike

Sam Challis 18 Jul 2019 The V3Rs is the third iteration of Colnago’s monocoque race bike design Colnago will always be best known for its tube-and-lug C-series bikes but that doesn’t mean the brand has tied itself to one construction method. Spending time with the brand and its founder, Ernesto Colnago, it becomes clear that as much as Colnago celebrates its heritage it also embraces innovation. This was why the brand decided to tap into its long-standing relationship with Ferrari several years ago to explore monocoque frame design. Released in 2014, the V1-r was the result. Colnago says it improved upon that bike a couple of years later with the V2-r and has now released the final stage of the V-series project, the V3Rs. Available in both rim and disc versions, the new design brings with it the standard set of claims: it is apparently 70g lighter, 12% stiffer at ...

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New bike alert: Colnago launches the V3Rs race bike

Sam Challis 18 Jul 2019 The V3Rs is the third iteration of Colnago’s monocoque race bike design Colnago will always be best known for its tube-and-lug C-series bikes but that doesn’t mean the brand has tied itself to one construction method. Spending time with the brand and its founder, Ernesto Colnago, it becomes clear that as much as Colnago celebrates its heritage it also embraces innovation. This was why the brand decided to tap into its long-standing relationship with Ferrari several years ago to explore monocoque frame design. Released in 2014, the V1-r was the result. Colnago says it improved upon that bike a couple of years later with the V2-r and has now released the final stage of the V-series project, the V3Rs. Available in both rim and disc versions, the new design brings with it the standard set of claims: it is apparently 70g lighter, 12% stiffer at ...

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More than 22,300 respond to UCI survey on appeal of road cycling

Brian Cookson UCI headquarters

George Smith 18 Jul 2019 Huge response after UCI called for public say on some diverse matters of the sport Last week the Union Cycliste Internationale ( UCI ) announced a broad public consultation in the hope of gaining an insight into the appeal of road cycling. The survey closed after a week with more than 22,300 people having given their opinions. The online survey was only available between Wednesday 10th July and Tuesday 16th July, but in that time residents of 134 countries from five continents took part in the consultation. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the United States, France, Spain, Belgium and Italy were the best represented countries, with a high number of responders also coming from the United Kingdom, Germany, Colombia, Australia, Russia and Brazil. Perhaps only the Netherlands being a notable absentee. The goal of the survey was to gain some insight from the general public into what may ...

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First ride review: Colnago V3Rs

Sam Challis Thursday, July 18, 2019 - 10:44 A route over some challenging Tuscan terrain provided a nice opportunity to start getting to know Colnago’s latest monocoque race bike Colnago chose the rolling hills and sterrati roads of Tuscany to launch the new V3Rs - the latest iteration of its monocoque, do-everything race bike. You can find all the details on the new release in our launch article . An 80km loop of the area provided the perfect test conditions to get an initial feel for the bike’s performance. Over the gravelly, chalk roads Tuscany is famous for the V3Rs’s stability stood out. While it was no doubt ably supported by the bike’s capacity to run wide tyres (our test bikes were specced with 28mm tyres) our route immediately took us on to a 6km section of white gravel and I was able to navigate the unfamiliar, loose surface with ...

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Tour Down Under 2020 routes revealed: Willunga, Paracombe to decide men’s GC

Supported by Organisers of the Santos Tour Down Under have revealed the courses that will make up the men’s and women’s races in 2020. The 21st edition of the men’s race runs from January 19-26 and comprises the Down Under Classic criterium (which doesn’t contribute to the GC) and six road stages. Four of those stages are … The post Tour Down Under 2020 routes revealed: Willunga, Paracombe to decide men’s GC appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Gallopin and Gougeard extend contracts with AG2R La Mondiale – Transfer shorts

Tony Gallopin (AG2R La Mondiale) leads the break on stage 10 of the Tour de France

Tony Gallopin and Alexis Gougeard are just two of six riders who have extended their contracts with AG2R La Mondiale , the team has announced. Gallopin and Gougeard are currently taking part in the Tour de France , where they're riding in support of French GC hopeful Romain Bardet . Former Tour and Vuelta a Espana stage winner Gallopin and this year's Circuit Cycliste Sarthe winner Gougeard – who also won a stage at the Vuelta in 2015 – were joined on the French WorldTour team's list of riders re-signing for another two years by François Bidard, Julien Duval and Clément Venturini, while 35-year-old Belgian Stijn Vandenbergh has signed for one year. "It's vital for the stability of the team that we extend contracts with riders whose strengths and talent are very important to us," said team manager Vincent Lavenu in a press release. Eiking extends contract with Wanty-Gobert Norway's ...

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Chris Froome awarded 2011 Vuelta title, now Britain's first Grand Tour winner

Chris Froome awarded 2011 Vuelta title, now Britain's first Grand Tour winner

Jack Elton-Walters 18 Jul 2019 Original winner Juan Jose Cobo has been stripped of the 2011 Vuelta a Espana over doping irregularities Chris Froome is now Britain's first Grand Tour winner after being awarded the 2011 Vuelta a Espana title. Juan Jose Cobo, who stood on the top step of the podium at the end of the race, has been stripped of the win as a result of doping irregularities. Sir Bradley Wiggins moves up to second in the official standings for that year's Vuelta but loses his claim to being Britain's first Grand Tour champion. Victory in the 2012 Tour de France had made Wiggins the UK's first winner of a three-week race, but the retrospective awarding of the 2011 Vuelta to Froome changes that. The alterations to the standings of the 2011 Vuelta a Espana also give Bauke Mollema a Grand Tour podium finish by bumping him up ...

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Ewan: 'No other race I've dreamt of winning'

Ewan: 'No other race I've dreamt of winning'

After a handful of near-misses, Australian sprinter Caleb Ewan finally collects long-awaited Tour de France stage win in his race debut.

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Chris Froome to be handed 2011 Vuelta a España title, eight years later

Supported by The UCI has recognised Chris Froome as the winner of the 2011 Vuelta a España, retrospectively making him the first British rider to win a Grand Tour. Froome originally finished the Spanish Grand Tour in second place behind Spaniard Juan Jose Cobo. However in June 2019, nearly eight years after the race’s conclusion, the UCI … The post Chris Froome to be handed 2011 Vuelta a España title, eight years later appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Chris Froome to be named winner of 2011 Vuelta a Espana

Juan José Cobo shakes Braley Wiggins' hand on the podium

Chris Froome ( Team Ineos ) will now be named as the winner of the 2011 Vuelta a España , according to reports from Spanish newspaper AS , after Juan José Cobo – who was crowned the winner of the race in September 2011 – apparently chose not to appeal against cycling governing body the UCI's announcement last month that Cobo was "guilty of an anti-doping rule violation". The now-retired Spanish rider, riding then for Geox-TMC, beat Froome by just 13 seconds, with Froome's then Team Sky teammate Bradley Wiggins taking third place, 1:39 down on Cobo. But on June 13, 2019, the UCI announced that Cobo was "guilty of an anti-doping rule violation (use of a prohibited substance) based on abnormalities from 2009 and 2011 detected in his Biological Passport and [the UCI has] imposed a three-year period of ineligibility on the rider". Cobo was given a month to ...

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Cervelo Aspero first-ride review: The go-fast gravel bike

Gravel bikes these days fall somewhere on a spectrum that ranges from ultra-capable and adventure-ready, to pared-down and race-ready, and Cervelo is being very clear where its new Aspero gravel machine falls on that spectrum. The generous tire clearance and multi-diameter wheel compatibility are obvious nods to versatility, but whichever wheel and tire setup you … The post Cervelo Aspero first-ride review: The go-fast gravel bike appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Cervélo goes back to gravel racing with the A Series

Burgundy gravel road bike

Cervélo launches all-new Áspero gravel platform

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The ecstasy of a dream fulfilled: Caleb Ewan’s first Tour stage win in photos

As CyclingTips’ Iain Treloar wrote from Toulouse on Wednesday, there was a feeling of inevitability about Caleb Ewan’s maiden Tour de France stage win. He’d gone third, third, second and third in the four previous bunch sprints at this year’s race, and his second place was agonisingly close — mere centimetres separated his front tyre … The post The ecstasy of a dream fulfilled: Caleb Ewan’s first Tour stage win in photos appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Ewan: This shouldn't have been my first Tour de France

Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal) celebrates stage 11 victory at the Tour de France

The wait is over. Twelve months ago, Caleb Ewan watched the sprints of the Tour de France from his couch, mulling over his omission from Mitchelton-Scott's selection for the race. The Australian's entire season had been built around La Grande Boucle , but he found himself unceremoniously deemed surplus to requirements a little over a week before the race. Officially, at least, Ewan was left out because Mitchelton-Scott wanted to focus on the general classification ambitions of Adam Yates, but it seems likely that his impending transfer to Lotto Soudal for the 2019 campaign had weighed just as heavily on the decision. Even before he turned professional in 2015, Ewan had been touted as a Tour de France-calibre sprinter, but he had to bide his time patiently to fulfil that potential as the GreenEdge set-up steadily shifted its priorities towards the general classification at Grand Tours. Ewan won sprints at ...

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Matthews will no longer fight for the green jersey at the Tour de France

Supported by Sunweb’s Michael Matthews will no longer focus on racking up points for the green jersey battle at the Tour de France. As the 28-year-old Australian explained after stage 11, his team has decided to give up on the points classification to instead focus on scoring stage victories with both Matthews and teammates like Cees Bol, … The post Matthews will no longer fight for the green jersey at the Tour de France appeared first on CyclingTips .

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