The weekly spin: Meet Tadej Pogacar, future Grand Tour champion

There’s a youth movement happening in pro cycling, and the Amgen Tour of California is the proving ground. Last year, 21-year-old Egan Bernal crowned as the youngest-ever winner of the Amgen Tour. This year, it was 20-year-old Tadej Pogacar, who is nearly a year younger than Bernal. At this rate, we’ll soon have a teenager … The post The weekly spin: Meet Tadej Pogacar, future Grand Tour champion appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Power Analysis: 20-year-old Pogacar sets a new record on Mt. Baldy

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It seems the winner of the Amgen Tour of California gets younger and younger every year. This year we were treated to the youngest-ever overall winner of a UCI WorldTour race – 20-year-old Tadej Pogacar. Just like Mathieu van der Poel at Amstel Gold, Pogacar posted all his California race days on Strava, including power … The post Power Analysis: 20-year-old Pogacar sets a new record on Mt. Baldy appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Interview: Gareth Cartman

The first ‘maillot jaune’

Gareth Cartman’s novel We Rode All Day tells a story of the 1919 Tour de France, how it was lost by Eugène Christophe and won by Firmin Lambot, using the imagined voices of some of the race’s key protagonists to tell the tale. Here he talks to us about the race and the book. Podium Café: I’d like, if we could, to quickly tell the story of the 1919 Tour, for those unfamiliar with it. Let’s start with Henri Pélissier: he had been a close second in the Tour, in 1914, beaten by Philippe Thys. He came into the 1919 Tour on the back of victory in Paris-Roubaix – where, I think, L’Auto ’s headline compared him to a well-bred greyhound – and he gets off to a good start, especially when Thys abandons. Then...? Gareth Cartman: Pélissier really should have won this Tour. As other riders point out in ...

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Porte’s dreams of a Tour de France podium bolstered by Thomas’s win

Supported by This past Friday afternoon, Richie Porte (Trek-Segafredo) climbed his way to fourth on the queen stage of the Amgen Tour of California. While perhaps a little off what some expected of the Tasmanian, it was a solid result, and one that saw Porte ride to fifth overall by tour’s end. As Dane Cash reports, 2019 … The post Porte’s dreams of a Tour de France podium bolstered by Thomas’s win appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Tadej Pogacar: Tour of California was my main goal

Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates) takes the spoils for having won the overall classification at the

Tadej Pogacar ( UAE Team Emirates ) may not have the grizzled demeanor of a well-seasoned GC rider, but the 20-year-old put away some of the top riders in the world this week on his way to winning the 2019 Tour of California . Pogacar climbed the general classification with fourth place on the high-altitude climbing leg to South Lake Tahoe on stage 2, and then weathered the storms and attacks over the next three days to set himself up for victory with a winning ride on Mt. Baldy ahead of Sergio Higuita (EF Education First), George Bennett (Jumbo Visma) and Richie Porte (Trek-Segafredo) on stage 6 on Friday. It has been the culmination of a neo-pro season with UAE Team Emirates that saw Pogacar take both a stage and the overall victory earlier this year at the Volta ao Algarve in Portugal. "This race was my main goal this ...

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Porte back in the game despite shifty business

Porte back in the game despite shifty business

Richie Porte has recovered from initial disappointment at the Tour of California today, where a mechanical interrupted his strong shot at taming the decisive Mt Baldy, to confirm he is back.

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Tour of California: Richie Porte suffers ill-timed mechanical on Mt. Baldy

Trek-Segafredo leader Richie Porte is all smiles on the morning of stage 5 of the 2019 Tour of Calif

A dropped chain hampered Trek-Segafredo leader Richie Porte 's efforts to be among the select climbers racing for the stage 6 victory at the Tour of California in the last kilometre of the summit finish on Mt. Baldy on Friday. The Australian was forced to settle for fourth place but said that he was pleased to have been part of the final mix. "The mechanical in the last kilometres was obviously ill-timed, but I don't know if I could have won today," Porte said. "Regardless of that mechanical and the result of today, it was nice to be back at the front of a bike race again." The penultimate stage of the Tour of California was a 127.5km race from Ontario to the summit of Mt. Baldy, but it arrived after a challenging week of racing, covering almost 21,000 metres of elevation gain and where more than half of the ...

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Tour of California: Tadej Pogacar wins stage 6 on Mt. Baldy

UAE Team Emirates' Tadej Pogacar wins stage 6 of the 2019 Tour of California

Tadej Pogačar ( UAE Team Emirates ) took control at the Tour of California with victory on stage 6 of the race on the summit of Mt. Baldy on Friday. The Slovenian matched several attacks from Sergio Higuita (EF Education First) on the final climb, catching the Colombian's final assault with one kilometre to go, before taking a better line through the final corner and edging the pint-sized climber on the line. George Bennett (Jumbo-Visma) finished third, while Richie Porte (Trek-Segafredo) took fourth. Overnight leader Tejay van Garderen (EF Education First) cracked with 4.2km to go on the final climb as the pure climbers began to make their moves. He was joined out of the back by Gianni Moscon (Team Ineos) and several other pre-race favourites. Kasper Asgreen (Deceuninck-QuickStep) began the day in second overall and set his own pace on the final climb as he strung out the yellow-jersey ...

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Porte keen for Mt Baldy test

Porte keen for Mt Baldy test

Richie Porte is taking confidence from his showing at the Tour of California as he continues to find form following a disruptive early season.

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Tom Dumoulin abandons Giro d’Italia

Supported by Tom Dumoulin is out of the Giro d’Italia. Dumoulin (Sunweb) gave it a try on Wednesday, rolling across the start line in Frascati with a bandage on his left leg that covered the string of slices made by a chainring a day before. His knee was swollen and painful, and he visibly limped. He didn’t … The post Tom Dumoulin abandons Giro d’Italia appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Porte: Nibali moving to Trek-Segafredo ‘would be great for me’

Supported by Richie Porte said he would welcome the addition of Vincenzo Nibali to the Trek-Segafredo squad next year, adding that it would not change his role as a Grand Tour contender. Nibali, whose three-year contract with Bahrain-Merida ends this year, is rumored to have agreed to a two-year contract with the American squad beginning in 2020. … The post Porte: Nibali moving to Trek-Segafredo ‘would be great for me’ appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Degenkolb unsure of TDF start for Trek-Segafredo

Degenkolb unsure of TDF start for Trek-Segafredo

John Degenkolb is keen but reluctant to fully commit in words to competing at the Tour de France this year due to the arrival of Trek-Segafredo recruit Richie Porte.

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The weekly spin: George Bennett talks California, Kittel, and Game of Thrones

The last time George Bennett started the Amgen Tour of California, he won the race. He didn’t win any stages at the 2017 edition, but on the strength of several high placings in the mountains and a strong time trial, the 29-year-old Kiwi took the first (and only) pro victory of his career, ahead of … The post The weekly spin: George Bennett talks California, Kittel, and Game of Thrones appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Richie Porte: This is not how I wanted to start the season

Richie Porte (Trek-Segafredo) rode a good race to finish second on stage 2 of the 2019 Herald Sun To

Richie Porte 's first season with Trek-Segafredo has not gone to plan so far after his early season was blown up with a bout of bronchitis, but the 34-year-old Australian is at the Tour of California this week looking to turn things around as he continues to build towards the Tour de France. Porte started his season on a high note, taking his sixth consecutive win on Willunga Hill at the Tour Down Under and finishing second overall to Mitchelton-Scott's Daryl Impey. He stayed at home in Australia for the Herald Sun Tour, where he placed fifth overall, but things quickly went downhill from there as bronchitis set in. He put in a lacklustre performance at the UAE Tour and then decided to skip Paris-Nice – a race he's won twice – in favour of racing at the Volta a Catalunya. Porte's performance there didn't grab any headlines, with his ...

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Amgen Tour of California: No switching off for Australia's Porte

Amgen Tour of California: No switching off for Australia's Porte

Richie Porte says he is “motivated” to start a mountainous edition of the Amgen Tour of California following an encumbered start to the season with new team Trek-Segafredo.

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4 major talking points from Tour of California press conference

Peter Sagan at the race start

Pre-race press conferences can be notoriously stale as riders answer questions similar to those they’ve answered at numerous previous gatherings with reporters. The names and kits change, but the questions about form, rivals, targets and ambitions rarely do. Riders’ attitudes can sometimes reflect the monotonous nature of the events, and those answers can be less than revealing or insightful. That was the tone at the Tour of California press conference on Friday, with a few notable exceptions. The team hotel on Sacramento’s west side was buzzing with activity on Friday as teams, riders and staff mingled with agents, race personnel, media and the hundreds and hundreds of people who hold the infrastructure of the race together. Tucked into a banquet room on the hotel’s ground floor, Friday’s press conference was a true California event, as it came in waves. The first round featured the usual pre-race speakers, including representatives from ...

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Mamma Mia! Who’s Gonna Win this Giro?

Italy and mothers go together like pasta and meatballs, and it is fitting that this Giro will start the day prior to Mother’s Day (at least for the US and Italy). This year, having an Italian mother got some good press after Alberto “Mamma di Pasti” Bettiol won the Tour of Flanders. Bettiol earned that nickname from Jonathan Vaughters because like a good Italian son, he still lives with his mother and “suffers” on the bike from her pasta cooking and offering tendencies. I appreciate that, having a mamma di pasti of my own (what part of Italy is my mother from, you ask— well, Northern New Jersey). Embarrassingly, my two younger brothers lived with my mamma di pasti until their early 30s. My mamma di pasti still cried when they moved out. Anyway, I digress. Let’s bring this mother back to the Giro. Perhaps my favorite chapter of Dino ...

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Van Garderen and Uran to lead EF Education First at Tour of California

Tejay van Garderen (EF Education First) in the breakaway

Rigoberto Urán and Tejay van Garderen will lead EF Education First at the 2019 Tour of California , which starts this weekend, with support coming from the likes of Taylor Phinney, Lachlan Morton and recent signing Sergio Higuita. The American WorldTour team can also expect to enjoy strong support from roadside fans at what is the only men's WorldTour event in the US, with the race also attracting some of the sport's biggest names, including former winners Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) and George Bennett (Jumbo-Visma), two-time runner-up Rohan Dennis (Bahrain-Merida), sprinter Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data) and Trek-Segafredo's Richie Porte. Van Garderen – who joined EF Education First this season from BMC – won the event in 2013 and finished second overall last season, and is looking forward to racing on home roads again. "It's not often that you get such a competitive field of world-class cyclists without having to travel overseas," ...

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The weekly spin: California memories

It’s cold and raining in Colorado as I take a pause from packing my suitcase to turn some thoughts into pixels. Though I’ve lived in Boulder for almost 20 years, in a sense, I’m headed home. I’m headed to warmer climes — Sacramento, to be exact — for my 14th consecutive trip to the Amgen Tour … The post The weekly spin: California memories appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Porte to headline Trek-Segafredo roster at Tour of California

Richie Porte (Trek-Segafredo)

Richie Porte will headline the Trek-Segafredo men’s team at the upcoming Amgen Tour of California . Porte will be joined on the seven-rider roster by John Degenkolb , California resident Peter Stetina and last year’s mountains classification winner Toms Skujins . Porte told Cyclingnews in March that the Tour of California could be added to his programme as he looks to get ready for a tilt at the Tour de France over the summer. The Australian indicated his intentions to remain in the US following the race to train at altitude before riding the Criterium du Dauphine in June. The Tour of California will be Porte’s first race since the Volta a Catalunya at the end of March. He started his season at the Tour Down Under, where he once again won on Willunga Hill and went on to race the Herald Sun Tour. He fell ill with bronchitis at ...

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