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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Bardet begins training block in lead-up to Tour de France

Romain Bardet heads to the start

Romain Bardet 's road to the Tour de France begins this week, with the French public's big hope for La Grande Boucle set to do a reconnaissance of the Tour's key Pyrenean mountain stages, followed by his annual training camp in Spain's Sierra Nevada mountains with a number of his AG2R La Mondiale teammates next week. According to L'Equipe , Bardet spent an entire week off the bike following Liège-Bastogne-Liège, which signalled the end of his spring campaign, but then returned to training this week, which included scouting out the last 30 kilometres of stage 9 of this year's Tour, which finishes in his hometown of Brioude in the Haute-Loire, south of Clermont-Ferrand. Keeping with the family theme, Bardet was then headed to recon some of this year's Tour stages in the Pyrenees with his father, before moving on to the Sierra Nevada mountains in southern Spain for a high-altitude ...

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The 2019 Giro d’Italia Time Trial Preview

A look at the three races of truth that could determine the Giro winner There are two things to bear in mind when it comes to the time trial stages of the Giro. The first is that there are fewer and fewer time trial kilometres in modern grand tours (as Inrng demonstrates for the Tour, but something similar is true for the Giro). The second is that time trials remain absolutely critical in determining overall success in general classification As we gear up for a 2019 Giro with not one, not two, but three individual time trials, it is worth spending some time thinking about what that means for the corsa rosa ahead of us. There are a bunch of possible theores, but here’s the one that I would espouse: ITTs remain significant as they get rarer, because pure climbers begin to be considered as GC hopefuls, and even a ...

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The case for wearing pro team kit

A peloton of posers we may be, but really, what's wrong with that? The post The case for wearing pro team kit appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Teams recon Liege-Bastogne-Liege climbs - Gallery

Greg Van Avermaet and the CCC Team on the Liege route

With the final Monument of the Spring Classics up for grabs Sunday at Liege-Bastogne-Liege , the top teams and riders were out on course taking the opportunity for one last chance to recon the most important and iconic parts of the course. Julian Alaphilippe and Philippe Gilbert were on course with their Deceuninck-QuickStep teammates, as were Jakob Fuglsang and Astana , the foils for Alaphilippe so far during the Frenchman's phenomenal spring. Greg Van Avermaet and his CCC Team were taking in the route on Friday, alongside Tour of Flanders winner Alberto Bettiol and the EF Education First team. Four-time Liege-Bastogne-Liege winner and world champion Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) took in parts of the course, while Frenchman Romain Bardet (AG2R La Mondiale) put in several good digs on the prominent climbs. Adam Yates was also on hand with Mitchelton-Scott. Other teams out on Friday reconnoitering the route included Jumbo-Visma, Dimension Data, ...

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Liege-Bastogne-Liege Preview

La Doyenne of all monument previews Well, it has been an interesting week to be more or less entirely away from the cycling world. I saw and enjoyed the last few minutes of the men’s Amstel Gold, which was special (and entirely bonkers). I’ve been keeping a bit of an eye on the Tour of the Alps, which has done wonders to maintain my faith in the future stars of Team Sky/Ineos, and in Fausto Masnada. I didn’t see a minute of Fleche Wallone, which is fine by me. On Sunday, though, I’ll be back to paying attention. With the year’s fourth monument coming up, I’ve picked a good day. Let’s get right into it. Routes and practical information Easter weekend was spectacularly warm and sunny across the UK, and clearly across the Netherlands too. The forecast for Sunday is less good, both in Edinburgh (you don’t care) and Liege ...

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A guide to everything you need to know about the 2019 Liege-Bastogne-Liege

Joe Robinson 26 Apr 2019 On Sunday, the 2019 Spring Classics come to an end with Liege-Bastogne-Liege. Here's all you need to know about the Old Lady's 2019 outing Words Joe Robinson This Sunday will see the close of the 2019 pro cycling calendar's first chapter. Liege-Bastogne-Liege is the last of the Spring Classics and tailends a scintillating period of racing that started all the way back in early March on the cobbles of Omloop Het Nieuwsblad. Like all exciting moments in your life, the Spring Classics campaign goes quickly. In six weeks we have rattled through 11 one-day WorldTour races across four different countries with even more semi-Classics sprinkled in between. It's not long now till all of our focus will be turning to the beautiful chaos of the Giro d'Italia but before then its La Doyenne , the Old Lady that is Liege-Bastogne-Liege. The oldest Monument there is, ...

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24 things you need to know about the 2019 Liege-Bastogne-Liege

The Spring Classics come to a close this Sunday with Liege-Bastogne-Liege. It’s one of the oldest and most prestigious one-day races on the planet, and a race that’s had quite a shake-up in 2019. In the following preview we tell you everything you need to know about both the men’s and women’s Liege-Bastogne-Liege. The men’s … The post 24 things you need to know about the 2019 Liege-Bastogne-Liege appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Matthews: I'm not where I need to be, but top 10 is good

Michael Matthews and Dylan Van Baarle in the peloton

Michael Matthews ( Team Sunweb ) said that he is not where he would like to be in terms of form, despite finishing eighth at Fleche Wallonne on Wednesday. Matthews looked in trouble on the lower slopes of the Mur de Huy, but clawed his way back up the group to make it into the top 10 – distancing climbers such as Romain Bardet and five-time winner Alejandro Valverde in the process. It was clear that the effort had taken a lot out of Matthews, and after taking some time to catch his breath, he said that he had still been feeling the impact of a tough Amstel Gold Race at the weekend. “In the end, I have to be happy with that. I want to win every race that I start, but sometimes you have to be realistic,” Matthews told Cyclingnews as he rode back towards the team’s bus. ...

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The weekly spin: Deconstructing Mathieu van der Poel’s improbable Amstel Gold victory

It was one of the most thrilling finishes of a spring classic in modern history. After trailing by one minute with three kilometers remaining, cyclocross world champion Mathieu van der Poel, in his Amstel Gold Race debut, towed a chase group back into contention and improbably caught and passed the leaders with 125 meters remaining. … The post The weekly spin: Deconstructing Mathieu van der Poel’s improbable Amstel Gold victory appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Bardet bounces back with top-10 Amstel Gold finish

Romain Bardet (AG2R La Mondiale)

Romain Bardet continued his AG2R La Mondiale team's run of decent spring Classics finishes with ninth place at Amstel Gold on Sunday. The Frenchman only recently returned to racing having crashed out of the Volta Ciclista a Catalunya in late March, and must now be considered one of the favourites for Wednesday's Flèche Wallonne and Liège-Bastogne-Liège next weekend. Oliver Naesen has principally flown the flag for the French WorldTour team this spring, with second place at Milan-San Remo , third at Gent-Wevelgem and – in the Belgian's eyes, at least – a slightly disappointing seventh place at the Tour of Flanders and 13th at Paris-Roubaix. Naesen also took 28th at Amstel, which is a race that Bardet had said didn’t particularly suit him, either, and which he hadn't raced since 2014, when he finished 33rd. He then promptly rode to his top-10 finish there this weekend. "To tell the truth, ...

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EASTER RISING: VAN DER POEL TAKES SHOCKING AMSTEL GOLD VICTORY

van der Poel in disbelief

First Dutch winner comes from nowhere to take sprint In the most shocking finish at a northern classic in ages, Corendon’s Mathieu van der Poel came from nearly a minute behind race leaders Jakob Fuglsang and Julian Alaphilippe with three kilometers remaining, only to regroup in the final 300 meters as the race leaders played cat-and-mouse, and then punishing them for their tactics with a powerful sprint to the line that sent the home crowd into complete delirium. Van der Poel and his small group came into sight of the leaders just as Sky’s Michal Kwiatkowski had joined the Fuglsang-Alaphilippe break, which moments earlier seemed absolutely assured of victory. But two became three, and with everyone on his wheel at the 600 meter sign van der Poel simply pounded the pedals to close on the leaders, disregarding the group glued to his wheel, and powered his way to the line ...

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Bardet makes successful return to competition at Paris-Camembert

Romain Bardet looks comfortable in the peloton

Romain Bardet ( AG2R La Mondiale ) returned to competition at the Paris-Camembert one-day French Cup race in northern France on Tuesday, having been injured in a crash on the final stage of the Volta a Catalunya in late March. The French Tour de France hopeful hurt his ribs in the 70kph downhill crash but escaped without any fractures, and was able to train in the build-up to Tuesday's Paris-Camembert, which was won by AG2R teammate Benoît Cosnefroy after he attacked from a breakaway group in the final kilometre. "I'm back racing on my original programme with Paris-Camembert," Bardet said on his team's website. "I realise now how lucky I was with my Volta a Catalunya crash. It was a really violent impact, but I came away without any serious damage – and, most importantly, without any fractures. "The first few days afterwards were very painful," he admitted, "but I ...

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Barguil diagnosed with fractured pelvis following Catalunya crash

Warren Barguil (Arkea-Samsic) is all smiles during stage 2 of the 2019 Volta a Catalunya

Arkea-Samsic 's Warren Barguil has been forced off his bike for at least 14 days, having been diagnosed with a fractured pelvis following a crash on the final stage of the Volta a Catalunya on Sunday. Barguil was one of a number of riders to crash on a fast, 70kph descent on the Montjuic circuit in Barcelona, with AG2R's Romain Bardet and CCC Team's Simon Geschke also hitting the deck, with the latter sustaining a broken collarbone and fractured ribs . "I couldn't have done anything – even if I'd had stabilisers [training wheels] on my bike," Barguil said on his Instagram page. "I had an x-ray on Monday, and then a CT scan this morning [Tuesday], which revealed a non-displaced fracture of my iliac bone [in the pelvis]," he said, explaining his injury. "I was surprised, as, although I was in pain after the crash, it wasn't too bad. ...

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Broken ribs for Geschke after Catalunya crash

CCC Team's Simon Geschke

Simon Geschke ( CCC Team ) got some more bad news on Tuesday after x-rays revealed that he had suffered four broken ribs in the crash that fractured his collarbone on Sunday during the final stage of the Volta a Catalunya . Geschke had successful surgery on Monday to repair his broken shoulder, but further x-rays revealed the broken ribs. The 33-year-old German announced the news on his Twitter account. "Collarbone surgery successfully done and back home tomorrow," he wrote. "Bad news: another x-ray showed that four of my ribs are also broken. Good news: technically it can only get better from now on." Geschke was originally expected to be back on the bike five days after surgery, and back in the peloton five weeks after that. There is no word from his team on how the broken ribs will affect that timeline. Geschke is in the first year of ...

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Winners and Losers from the Pre-Cobbled Monuments Cobbled Classics

Besides Dwars on Wednesday, all the big lead up cobbled races to Flanders and Roubaix are finished. If you haven’t made your mark on the cobbled classics yet, there are only two more chances at the big shows during the next two weekends to try to make something out of your spring season. At the same time, it’s not all about the big two. Winning the lead up races is a huge mark on the palmares of the riders in its own right. Let’s take a look at who has won and lost the cobbled season thus far. WINNERS 1. Alexander Kristoff Even though we often call Kristoff the White Whale and make quips about his girth, the truth of the matter is that Kristoff has a physique that most if not all of the men reading this site would die for. Just take a look at his Instagram here ...

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Bardet and Martin fall foul to thieves after Catalunya crash

Bardet and Martin fall foul to thieves after Catalunya crash

Joe Robinson 2 Apr 2019 Both riders have items stolen from bike after high-speed crash on final Volta a Catalunya stage Dan Martin and Romain Bardet both appear to have been the victims of light-fingered thieves after a major crash on the final stage of the Volta a Catalunya in Barcelona last weekend. Both riders fell victim to high-speed collisions on a descent within the 7km Montjuic suburban circuit that played host to the final stage of the race. While trying to remount their bikes and finish the race, they noticed they had been relieved of items of on-bike tech by opportunistic thieves within the crowd. UAE-Team Emirate's Martin took to Twitter after the race to announced his Garmin GPS computer had been stolen from his bike while he was trying to remount following the crash. The Irishman tried to make light of the situation, commenting 'To the guy who ...

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Panini to release Tour de France sticker album

Panini to release Tour de France sticker album

Joe Robinson 2 Apr 2019 Reports suggest the sticker album could be available outside of France It was one of the joys of childhood. Rushing to the local corner shop after school. Spending the pocket money you had squirrelled away all week on three packs of stickers. Settling down after tea and sticking Patrick Viera and the Everton badge shiny within those four straight lines. Going into school the next day shouting 'got, got, need' as you try and swap your Harry Kewell double for a Joe Cole. That pinnacle of childhood happiness is now set to return to us adult cycling fans this summer after the Kings of the sticker album Panini announced it is to release its first ever Tour de France sticker album. The news was reported by French newspaper Le Journal du Dimanche, which revealed promotional posters adorned with a picture of defending champion Geraint Thomas ...

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Injury-hit AG2R look to Naesen to lighten mood at Classics

Oliver Naesen (AG2R La Mondiale)

An unusually unlucky period of crashes that has decimated the AG2R La Mondiale team elicited a medical report from the team doctor summarising the team's injuries on Monday. Of most concern was Tour de France contender Romain Bardet 's crash at the Volta a Catalunya on Sunday, while, on the bright side, Oliver Naesen continues to perform well for the team at the spring Classics. Bardet was one of the victims of a 70kph downhill crash on the final stage of the Volta a Catalunya on Sunday, and is still waiting to find out whether he may have fractured any ribs, although that likelihood appears to have decreased in the past 24 hours. "Romain is suffering from chest contusions and many areas of road rash," the team's medical director, Doctor Eric Bouvat, said on Monday. "He will likely perform an exam on the bike within the next 72 hours, and ...

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Bardet left with suspected rib fractures following Volta a Catalunya crash

Romain Bardet (AG2R La Mondiale)

AG2R La Mondiale 's Romain Bardet was left waiting for the results of hospital scans on Monday after crashing on the final stage of the Volta a Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain, on Sunday afternoon. Various riders came down in the crash, including Bardet's teammate Tony Gallopin , who injured his shoulder, CCC Team 's Simon Gesche – who was left with a broken collarbone less than six weeks after having broken his elbow at the Vuelta Ciclista a la Region Murcia – and Movistar 's Marc Soler , who left the race with a fractured wrist. The crash happened on a descent with six circuits left of stage 7 when the riders were said to be travelling at around 70kph, according to Gallopin. "It happened very quickly, and I found myself thrown to the pavement and flew over my bike. Considering the violence of the fall, it could have been ...

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