Oomen encouraged by early signs at Volta ao Algarve

Sam Oomen (Sunweb)

Before the Volta ao Algarve peloton left Portimão for the opening stage on Wednesday, Sam Oomen confessed that he didn’t know quite what to expect from his stint in Portugal. The 23-year-old Dutchman finished an impressive ninth at the 2018 Giro d'Italia but the five-day event is his first outing of 2019 and he views himself as a rider who needs to race his way into a new season. As he warmed down on the turbo trainer outside the Team Sunweb bus atop the Alto da Fóia on Thursday afternoon, Oomen acknowledged that his first major competitive effort of the campaign had been a promising one, even though he admitted to frustration at missing out on victory on stage 2. Oomen was among the handful of riders to withstand Team Sky’s pressure on the 8km climb to the finish but was unable to match the acceleration of stage winner Tadej ...

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Tour of Oman: Nizzolo nails final stage, Lutsenko takes overall

Tour of Oman: Nizzolo nails final stage, Lutsenko takes overall

Giacomo Nizzolo won the final stage of the Tour of Oman and his first with new team Dimension Data yesterday as Alexey Lutsenko secured a second consecutive race title.

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Copenhagen to host 2021 Tour de France depart

Copenhagen to host 2021 Tour de France depart

Copenhagen will host the opening three stages of the 2021 Tour de France making it the most northerly Grand Depart in the race's history, organizers confirmed on Thursday.

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Flanders Friday! Resurfacing Hell

The Great Arenberg Makeover

Trench warfare gets a makeover [Short programming note: I have pledged to write a weekly tidbits thing from now until the end of the Cobbled Classics. If you don’t know why, can I recommend a some light reading ?] “Hey, did you see they are resurfacing the Arenberg Trench?” is what I thought would be the last thing I would hear before things got all hazy and I floated off in the direction of a bright white light. Sure, the days of French mayors smoothing over the rough surfaces we have come to know and love are basically gone. You’d be taking your life in your hands if you tried to tarmac the Carrefour de L’Arbe nowadays. But the great surfaces of the Cobbled Classics are prone to upgrading, and the potential for their character to be diminished in the name of rider safety is very real. So it was ...

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11spd: this week's best new bikes and gear

11spd: this week's best new bikes and gear

Another Friday rolls around and suddely it's nearly the end of February – where did the month go? Road racing season is well underway and it's not long until the some major mountain bike racing action gets started too. Yeah, we're excited, as this also means a chance to spy new products. Canyon Endurace CF SL Disc 8.0 Pro review Top 5 most confusing topics in cycling In the meantime, there's plenty of new kit to get your teeth into, and we mean that quite literally with one of the items below. Ultix Outdoors Jupiter EX bike bag How to protect your precious bike while travelling is one of the questions of most concern to the jetsetting cyclist out there, and there are many options available. One new addition to the bike bag offering is Ultix Outdoors’s Jupiter EX, which boasts a whole load of features including a hard base, ...

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Winder overcomes puncture to win women’s Valenciana stage 1

Winder overcomes puncture to win women’s Valenciana stage 1

After a late-race flat tire, Winder uses her descending skills to bridge to the breakaway and attacks solo in the final kilometer to win. Read the full article at Winder overcomes puncture to win women’s Valenciana stage 1 on VeloNews.com .

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Race Analysis: 24 Hours in the Old Pueblo

In this episode of Race Analysis, the 24 Hours in the Old Pueblo team reviews their performance at the Epic Rides team relay MTB race, sharing what they did well, what they could do better, and specific tips for this wildly popular race. More show notes and discussion in the TrainerRoad Forum. Topics covered in…

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Lutsenko eyes Tirreno-Adriatico, Ardennes Classics, Worlds

Alexey Lutsenko (Astana) in the Tour of Oman red leader's jersey

Another year, another Tour of Oman title for Alexey Lutsenko ( Astana ), though this time he was utterly dominant, winning three of the six stages along the way. Lutsenko didn't win much else in 2018 but there's a sense that the 26-year-old might be on the verge of building a big palmarès, with stage races and Classics both on his agenda. Every rider in Oman was happy to admit Lutsenko was head and shoulders above the rest, as he helped himself to victories on the two punchy stages and then on Green Mountain to seal the title. Cofidis directeur sportif Roberto Damiani likened him to 1986 world champion Moreno Argentin. "I'm not surprised," Lutsenko told Cyclingnews of his dominance. "I did a lot of work in Tenerife at altitude before this. Now I'm more skinny. I'm two kilograms lighter. "That gives me more motivation for the important races like ...

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Winder sprints to first leader's jersey at Valenciana

Ruth Winder wins stage 1 at Setmana Ciclista Valenciana

Ruth Winder ( Trek-Segafredo ) judged her final sprint to perfection, launching herself into the final turn and coming out of it with a sizeable gap ahead of her breakaway companions, to win the opening stage at Setmana Ciclista Valenciana. The American's stage success brought with it the first leader's jersey of the four-day European opener. It was mixed emotions for the team as they lost Trixi Worrack to a broken collarbone sustained in a crash earlier in the stage. "We had reconned the course so I knew the finish really well and attacked full gas into the roundabout with 400 meters to go and I went as hard as I could to the line," said Winder, who led the breakaway across the line by just four seconds ahead of a charging main field. "It was that feeling that the finish line kept getting further and further away and I ...

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Poels: I went a little bit early but Volta ao Algarve GC still open

Wout Poels (Team Sky)

The hills of the Serra de Monchique are famed for the production of Aguardente de Medronhos, the fruit brandy known to the rest of the world as firewater, and there was a familiar burning sensation in the legs and lungs of those following the pace set by Team Sky as the Volta ao Algarve peloton climbed into the swirling clouds atop the Alto da Fóia on Thursday. The fruits of Tao Geoghegan Hart's pace-making labours packed a particular sting, and when he swung off with a shade under two kilometres to go, only seven riders remained in the front group, including his teammates Wout Poels and David De La Cruz. Already a strong performer at the Tour Down Under last month, Poels is perhaps the outstanding favourite for this Volta ao Algarve, and the Dutchman looked strongly placed to claim stage victory and the overall lead as the elite leading ...

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Pogacar lives up to billing with mountaintop victory at Volta ao Algarve

Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates)

Not so much a revelation as a confirmation. Victory at last year's Tour de l'Avenir meant that Tadej Pogacar was already touted as one of the most gifted neo-professionals in the WorldTour peloton even before he turned a pedal in anger for UAE Team Emirates . On Thursday, the Slovenian youngster simply lived up to that billing with an assured win atop the Alto da Fóia on stage 2 of the Volta ao Algarve . Pogacar, who only turned 20 in September, showed a physical and tactical maturity beyond his years on the windswept approach to the finish. He was among the happy few to hang tough under the weight of Team Sky's forcing on the haul to the line and he then bided his time when Amaro Antunes (CCC) attacked in the final kilometre, before uncorking a sparkling sprint to beat Wout Poels and Enric Mas (Deceuninck-QuickStep) to the ...

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McNulty: The improvement over the past year has been huge

Brandon Mcnulty (Rally)

What a difference a year can make, especially when you're barely out of your teens. Brandon McNulty remembers getting spat out of the peloton early in the 2018 Tour of Oman, and then abandoning the race entirely on Green Mountain. Twelve months on, the former junior time trial world champion rode along Muscat’s Mattrah Corniche on Thursday to sign and seal a top-10 overall finish. McNulty delayed a move to the WorldTour this year in order to continue his development with Rally UHC , who made the step up to Pro Continental level last year, and he described the improvement he and his team have made over the past 12 months as "huge". The American, tipped as a future Grand Tour contender, has finished up towards the front on every stage but the big test was always going to be Green Mountain on the penultimate stage on Wednesday. With the ...

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Algarve stage 2: Sky shreds summit finish; Pogacar wins

Algarve stage 2: Sky shreds summit finish; Pogacar wins

The 20-year-old Slovenian Tadej Pogacar out-sprints WorldTour heavies on stage 2's summit finish to take overall lead. Read the full article at Algarve stage 2: Sky shreds summit finish; Pogacar wins on VeloNews.com .

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Volta ao Algarve: Pogacar wins stage 2

Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates) takes his first WorldTour win in Algarve

Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates) won stage 2 at the Volta ao Algarve after attacking a select group of climbers with 200 metres to the mountaintop summit finish in Foia. The young Slovenian out-kicked a group of five to take the win ahead of Wout Poels (Team Sky), Enric Mas (Deceuninck-QuickStep) and Sam Oomen (Sunweb). Amaro Antunes (CCC) made the first searing attack near the top of the final climb but was caught by the chase group and hung on for fifth. "I feel like I'm dreaming," Pogacar said in a post-race flash interview. "It's my first victory in the WorldTour. I'm really happy." Pogacar took over the leader's jersey from stage 1 winner Fabio Jakobsen (Deceuninck-QuickStep). He will wear the yellow jersey into the stage 3 time trial, leading the race by a mere one second over Poels and three seconds to Mas. "Now that I have the yellow ...

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Ruta del Sol stage 2: Trentin wins gritty sprint

Ruta del Sol stage 2: Trentin wins gritty sprint

Matteo Trentin wins a tough sprint after a long day in the saddle, chasing down a surprise acceleration by Ivan Garcia. Read the full article at Ruta del Sol stage 2: Trentin wins gritty sprint on VeloNews.com .

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Ruta del Sol: Trentin wins stage 2

Matteo Trentin (Mitchelton-Scott) wins stage 2 at Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana

Matteo Trentin won after what he described as “probably the longest final kilometre ever” in stage two of the Vuelta a Andalucia on Thursday, claiming his second victory of the season and the ninth of 2019 for Mitchelton-Scott. Trentin narrowly but convincingly beat Danny Van Poppel (Jumbo-Visma) in a seemingly interminable slow-motion sprint in the town of Torredonjimeno in eastern Andalucia. Bahrain-Merida’s Ivan Cortina tried to spring a surprise late attack in a finish, where timing and energy levels counted for as much as technical ability and sprinting strength, and the Spaniard came within just a few metres of taking the win. He was swamped by the others sprinters at the line and although Van Poppel put in a powerful late surge for second, it was Trentin had the edge and who clinched the victory. "It was really hard, probably the longest final kilometre ever,” the reigning European Road-Race champion ...

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Shimano PD-ES600 Ultegra SPD pedal review: Lost opportunities

Shimano PD-ES600 pedals

I’ve been a pretty big fan of Shimano’s PD-A600 single-sided pedal for mixed-terrain riding, as it offers the sleek form factor and low weight of a proper road pedal, but with the walkability of mountain bike pedals. And so I was excited when I found out that Shimano had developed a successor in the PD-ES600, … The post Shimano PD-ES600 Ultegra SPD pedal review: Lost opportunities appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Nizzolo believes knee injury woes are behind him with Tour of Oman win

Giacomo Nizzolo (Dimension Data)

Giacomo Nizzolo hopes his injury woes are behind him after undergoing knee surgery in December, and victory on the final stage of the Tour of Oman on Thursday confirmed his belief that he can get back to his best. The Italian claimed seven victories times in 2016, including the Italian road race title, and went close to victory on several occasions at the Giro d'Italia. However, this was only his second victory since then. Nizzolo only raced for 28 days in 2017 as he battled tendinitis in his knee. Despite winning at the Vuelta a San Juan, the problems continued into 2018, which ended with a hip fracture. Ahead of his first outings with Dimension Data – having left Trek-Segafredo – the decision was made to go under the knife. "I had something under the kneecap that was rubbing all the time. They have taken it out, and now it ...

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The Dirt: Sadow explains why 24-hour racing endures

The Dirt: Sadow explains why 24-hour racing endures

The man behind the longest-running 24-hour race in the world explains why people keep coming back to 24 Hours in the Old Pueblo. Read the full article at The Dirt: Sadow explains why 24-hour racing endures on VeloNews.com .

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Oman: Lutsenko wins second straight title, Kristoff crashes out

Oman: Lutsenko wins second straight title, Kristoff crashes out

Alexey Lutsenko takes his second consecutive Tour of Oman title as Giacomo Nizzolo triumphs in stage 6. Read the full article at Oman: Lutsenko wins second straight title, Kristoff crashes out on VeloNews.com .

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