Photo gallery: The best gear of the 2019 Sea Otter Classic, Part Five

Driving on to the grounds of the Laguna Seca racetrack on the last day of Sea Otter had the wheels in my head turning. I felt like I needed one more day at the event, which rarely would I ever say. The venue was buzzing all weekend between the vendors, racers, and general attendees. Also, … The post Photo gallery: The best gear of the 2019 Sea Otter Classic, Part Five appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Mark Cavendish delighted to be in the mix again at Tour of Turkey

Mark Cavendish on the podium after stage 3 of the Tour of Turkey

Mark Cavendish may not have won stage 3 of the Tour of Turkey but his third-place finish behind Fabio Jakobsen (Deceuninck-QuickStep) and Sam Bennett (Bora-Hansgrohe) felt like a victory for the Manxman. The result was the first time that Cavendish has featured in the top-three of a stage or one-day race since the final stage of the Adriatica Ionica Race last June. The past two seasons have been difficult for Cavendish with the Epstein Barr Virus forcing him to spend large swathes of time sitting on the sidelines. Having called time on his 2018 campaign in August, Cavendish’s return to racing has been fairly quiet. He had a setback in March when he abandoned Paris-Nice on stage 2, but Cavendish was delighted to be back in the mix for the first time in months. “It was good. I think it was the first time that I’ve sprinted with the chance ...

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Tour of Turkey: Caleb Ewan wins stage 4

Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal) wins in Bursa at the Tour of Turkey.

Caleb Ewan ( Lotto Soudal ) made use of his small frame to take victory on the uphill finish on stage 4 of the Tour of Turkey . The Australian dug deep to catch and pass Juan Jose Lobato (Nippo Vini Fantini), who had launched his sprint early. Lobato would hold on to take second place while Sam Bennett (Bora-Hansgrohe) claimed third to hold onto his race lead for yet another day. The uphill drag towards the finish line in Bursa made for a very aggressive finale that put most of the sprinters to the sword. A late attack from Mauro Finetto (Delko Marseille Provence) was brought back inside the final kilometre and the peloton was strung out under the force of the chase. Lobato was the first of the sprint contenders to blink, launching his move from around 10 riders back soon after the final turn. Bennett looked in ...

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Two-time Swiss road race champion says she was pressured to ride with concussion

2015 Giro Rosa (via YouTube)

Doris Schweizer first spoke out in November but says team sponsor still hasn’t been in touch

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Jumbo-Visma name Giro d'Italia team to support Roglic

Primož Roglič (Jumbo-Visma) during stage 4 of Tirreno-Adriatico

Jumbo-Visma have named the riders who will support Primoz Roglic at the 2019 Giro d’Italia . The Dutch squad are the first to confirm their line-up for the corsa rosa, which gets underway in Bologna on May 12. Roglic will be able to rely on strong backing in the high mountains of the Giro, thanks to Robert Gesink, Laurens De Plus and Antwan Tolhoek. Jos van Emden, Tom Leezer, Paul Martens and Koen Bouwman completing a formidable squad. The core of the Giro team is the same as the one that helped Roglic to overall victory at the UAE Tour and Tirreno-Adriatico so far this season. The eight-man roster has been training together at altitude in Sierra Nevada in recent weeks. "We find it very important that everyone has the same preparation. But it’s also about the group being together already so that they won’t see each other for the ...

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The CyclingTips Weekly Quiz: #7

Another week, another riveting classic – and plenty more besides. So here’s what we’ve been up to at CyclingTips this week: Neal Rogers’ ‘Weekly Spin’ column this week took a look at Philippe Gilbert’s impressive Paris–Roubaix win, while Dane Cash gave a post-race assessment of how the pre-race favourites fared. photo gallery of Paris–Roubaix. Caley … The post The CyclingTips Weekly Quiz: #7 appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Impey leads Mitchelton-Scott hopes for Amstel Gold

Daryl Impey (Mitchelton-Scott)

South African road race and time trial champion Daryl Impey will lead the Australian Mitchelton-Scott WorldTour team at the Amstel Gold Race in the Netherlands on Sunday, hoping that he can add to the team's already impressive haul of 17 victories so far this season. In 2019, only Deceuninck-QuickStep – with 24 wins – and Astana (22) have won in 2019 more often than Mitchelton, who currently share a win-tally with Bora-Hansgrohe. Impey – who successfully defended his national titles in February on the back of retaining his Tour Down Under crown in Australia in January – enjoyed a break from racing between finishing the Volta a Catalunya in late March and Wednesday's Brabantse Pijl, and is now raring to go for the hilly Dutch one-day race. "I've changed things around a bit this year, and I am trying a different approach by going to altitude before the Ardennes," he ...

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Van der Poel courted by major teams but says 'they will have to wait'

Mathieu van der Poel denies Anthony Turgis, takes his first WorldTour win at Dwars door Vlaanderen

After winning Dwars door Vlaanderen and Brabantse Pijl and impressing in his first Tour of Flanders, Mathieu van der Poel is understandably getting a lot of interest from the sport's top teams. But the Dutch champion says those teams will have to wait since he is under contract with Corendon-Circus through 2023. "There are indeed a few teams that have contacted me," Van der Poel admitted to Sporza.be on Thursday. "A few big teams, although I won't mention names." Deceuninck-QuickStep boss Patrick Lefevere appears to have expressed interest in both Van der Poel and his cyclo-cross rival Wout Van Aert. "Patrick knows our dad a little, too. So it makes sense that there has been contact," Van der Poel said of his father Adri. "But I have let all the teams know that they have to wait for the time being. I am still under contract until 2023." After a ...

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Van Vleuten and Spratt give Mitchelton-Scott two favourites at Amstel Gold

Annemiek van Vleuten (Mitchelton-Scott) second at Tour of Flanders

The Ardennes Classics kick off with Amstel Gold Race on Sunday, and Mitchelton-Scott will line up with two heavy-hitters in Annemiek van Vleuten and Amanda Spratt , both of whom want to win. "It's no secret that my big target for the first half of the season are the Ardennes races, so I just feel excited and ready for these races to start," Spratt said in a team press release. In her latest Cyclingnews blog, Van Vleuten also took aim at the Ardennes Classics as one of her biggest targets post-knee injury, and with a special eye on Amstel Gold Race because it's in the Netherlands. "I think that Flèche Wallonne and Liège-Bastogne-Liège will probably suit me the best, but Amstel Gold is in the Netherlands, and so it's my 'home' race," Van Vleuten wrote after winning the Women’s WorldTour opener at Strade Bianche. "Winning there would be extra special. ...

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Video: Moto swerves towards Trek-Sunweb’s Liane Lippert during race, almost causing her to crash

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Incident happened as German rider attacked during yesterday's women's edition of De Brabantse Pijl

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Video: Moto swerves towards Team Sunweb’s Liane Lippert during race, almost causing her to crash

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Incident happened as German rider attacked during yesterday's women's edition of De Brabantse Pijl

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Tour of Utah announces 14 of 17 teams for 2019 race

Sepp Kuss wins the final stage and overall at the Tour of Utah

Organizers for the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah have released 14 of the 17 teams that will compete in the 2.HC race in August, with the Jumbo-Visma team of defending champion Sepp Kuss notably absent from the list. American-based WorldTour teams EF Education First and Trek-Segafredo represent cycling's top level, with the rest of the field comprised of six Pro Continental teams and six Continental outfits. Five WorldTour teams competed in the 14th edition of the race last year, including EF, Trek and Jumbo, along with BMC Racing and Mitchelton-Scott. Pro Continental teams Manzana Postobon from Colombia and Neri Sottoli-Selle Italia-KTM from Italy will compete in the race for the first time, while Hagens Berman Axeon, Israel Cycling Academy, Nippo-Vini Fantini-Faizanè and Rally UHC Cycling will be making return appearances. The Continental ranks are represented by five US teams and Team Bridgelane from Australia. The US teams include the ...

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Q&A: The state of women’s pro racing with Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio

Q&A: The state of women’s pro racing with Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio

The South African national champion says women's pro cycling shouldn't always follow the lead of the men's side of the sport, that it should be free to experiment. Read the full article at Q&A;: The state of women’s pro racing with Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio on VeloNews.com .

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How Do We Even Talk About Mathieu van der Poel?

Mathieu van der Poel wins Brabantse Pijl

This is a difficult column to write. I don’t know where to start. Maybe with a confession: I am a huge fan of Mathieu van der Poel, whom I first encountered in Louisville in 2013, and adopted as my favorite rider sometime around the time when he stormed on to the elite CX scene the following year, capped with an utterly premature world title. I don’t know why I decided to root for him, but it happens a lot with young Dutch riders. I can’t really explain it. Getty Images Van der Poel in Louisville On that day, van der Poel won his second world junior cyclocross title. By that summer, he added the Dutch and World road titles. I think basically at that point it became clear he was going to be someone special. And so he has. But what? Yesterday van der Poel won De Brabantse Pijl, his ...

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Sea Otter XC short on fans, but Olympic chase takes priority

Sea Otter XC short on fans, but Olympic chase takes priority

Fans had few convenient opportunities to watch the pros race at Sea Otter due to a busy event schedule and an all-out Olympic chase that's underway. Read the full article at Sea Otter XC short on fans, but Olympic chase takes priority on VeloNews.com .

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Athlete Interviews: Sofia Gomez Villafane – Stan’s Pivot Pro Team

Sofía Gomez Villafañe is the current XCO and STXC National Champion of Argentina and a rising star in the sport of Cross-Country mountain biking. She's a relative newcomer to the sport and still maintains a part-time job while training and racing full-time for the Stans-Pivot Pro Team p/b Maxxis.

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Chris Froome looking to build form at Tour of the Alps

Chris Froome (Team Sky) warming up for the TTT

Chris Froome says that the Tour of the Alps will be a good test of his form, and says that the five-day race provides the style of racing that he needs at this point in the season. The race organisers confirmed earlier this month that Froome would return to the race as he looks to develop his form ahead of the Tour de France this summer. Froome made his debut at the Tour of the Alps last season as he prepared for a tilt at the Giro d’Italia, finishing fourth in the general classification. The race’s short stages make for an aggressive style of riding right from the start, which is difficult to control. “I’m pleased to be returning to the Tour of the Alps this year,” Froome said. “I really enjoyed the race in 2018 and it was a big boost for me heading into the Giro d’Italia. It’s ...

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There’s gold in them there hills!

A look to Sunday’s first parts of the Ardennes trilogies Something that reliably winds me up is the very notion of a guilty pleasure. It is, as we say nowadays, signalling. The message is, “I like [x] but I consider myself better than the people who like [x]. I’m more of a [y] person, but by some fluke I just happen to like [x] more than [y].” Nope. You like what you like, and so long as you aren’t harming anyone, crack on. Me, I’ve got no guilt. I like watching property shows, listening to Kenny Rogers, and eating donner kebabs when sober ( though not for £60 ). I like other things, too, but I feel no guilt about any of those choices. In related news, I like the Ardennes races. I don’t think I’m supposed to, as a cycling fan. I think I’m supposed to have more sophisticated ...

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Going for gold: Where your money should be for the Amstel Gold Race

Joe Robinson 18 Apr 2019 Cyclist picks out the best bets for Amstel Gold Race this Sunday The Amstel Gold Race is a different beast these days to what it once was. Until 2017, the entire day centred around the Cauberg. For 260km, the peloton would tour the rolling Limburg countryside, heading up climbs, turning into narrow roads – left, right, left, before hitting the Cauberg. It's a climb that's less than a mile long, not overly steep either, but swamped with local support on race day – mostly Dutch fans packing the roadside, urging the day's strongest riders on to the summit in pursuit of ultimate victory. To win Amstel Gold required you to keep some bullets in the gun for the base of the Cauberg. If you had something left, you could wind it up, put down the hammer and sprint to victory. Just ask Philippe Gilbert, who ...

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Raw talent: A conversation with Annika Langvad

Annika Langvad can’t stop winning. Last weekend the Danish cross-country champion closed out the Sea Otter Classic in Monterey, California, with a pair of XC victories to add to her overall wins this year at the Sunshine Cup, in Cyprus, and Absa Cape Epic, in South Africa, riding alongside partner Anna van der Breggen. This … The post Raw talent: A conversation with Annika Langvad appeared first on CyclingTips .

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