Chaves on the comeback trail at Vuelta a Espana

Esteban Chaves

Rumour mills about riders being in top condition traditionally go into overdrive before the start of a Grand Tour, but when Esteban Chaves was asked on Thursday if it was true, as some were saying, that he is in form for this Vuelta a Espana as strong as when he finished third in the 2016, he fired back straight, with his typically friendly smile: "I hope so". It looks increasingly evident that the Mitchelton-Scott leader's tough second half of 2018 after falling ill in the Giro d'Italia, which saw his career put on hold for over six months, is now definitively behind him. Certainly, a stage win in the Italian Grand Tour's third week this May strongly suggested the Colombian racer is moving back on track. So at the Vuelta, four months further on where - in the absence of defending champion Simon Yates and his brother Adam - he ...

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Valverde set to hunt stage victories at the Vuelta a Espana

Alejandro Valverde had a special helmet and sunglasses for his debut at the Tour of Flanders

Alejandro Valverde will take to the Vuelta a España start in Salinas de Torrevieja as a nominal co-leader of Movistar, but rather than mount an overall challenge, the 2009 winner will target stage victories at the year's final Grand Tour. With reigning champion Simon Yates absent from the start list, Valverde's status as world champion means he'll wear the number one on his back. There's no pressure for him to fight for the top places in the general classification, however, even if he might end up there or thereabouts. "The Vuelta is the race he likes the most, and if he gets results, great," Movistar directeur sportif José Luis Arrieta told Marca . "For Alejandro, what we would like is that he has a good time on the bike, especially this year with the [rainbow] jersey." Perhaps more than any other team, Movistar have become known for bringing multiple leaders ...

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Who is favourite for the Vuelta a Espana and who should you be backing?

Who is favourite for the Vuelta a Espana and who should you be backing?

Joe Robinson 20 Aug 2019 The favourites for the Vuelta a Espana and the best prices from the bookmakers The 74th Vuelta a Espana begins on Saturday 24th August as three weeks of racing around Spain commences to find the next winner of the famous red jersey. Keeping up appearances, this year’s race will be a brutal mix of high-altitude climbs, relentlessly steep gradients and pounding heat that often gives young General Classification riders and eternal nearly-men the chance to shine. Lancastrian Simon Yates of Mitchelton-Scott is current champion although absent in the defence of his title. Three back-to-back Grand Tours seem to have taken their toll on the Brit who has opted for some well-earned rest. Last year’s second-place finished Enric Mas ( Deceuninck-QuickStep ) will also be taking a rain check after racing the Tour de France in July, meaning the only present rider from last year’s podium ...

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Quintana, Carapaz and Valverde form Movistar trident at Vuelta a Espana

Richard Carapaz (Movistar)

Nairo Quintana , world champion Alejandro Valverde and Giro d’Italia winner Richard Carapaz have all been confirmed in the Movistar line-up for the Vuelta a España , which gets underway with a team time trial in Torrevieja on Saturday. The strong Movistar selection also features Marc Soler, Imanol Erviti, Nelson Oliveira, Jorge Arcas and Antonio Pedrero. As expected, there is no place for the Bahrain-Merida-bound Mikel Landa, who placed 6th overall at the Tour de France, having already finished 4th overall at the Giro. Quintana and Valverde both participated at the Tour de France, where Movistar placed three riders in the top 10 but fell some way short of challenging for final overall victory. Quintana won over the Galibier into Valloire on stage 18 but had to settle for 8th overall, one place ahead of Valverde. Winner of the Vuelta in 2016, Quintana missed the race a year ago but ...

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Yates brothers to skip Vuelta; Chaves to lead Mitchelton-Scott

The Australian team will race for the podium with Chaves; defending champion Simon Yates decides to miss the Spanish grand tour. Read the full article at Yates brothers to skip Vuelta; Chaves to lead Mitchelton-Scott on VeloNews.com .

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Dan Martin joins Israel Cycling Academy on two-year contract

Dan Martin joins Israel Cycling Academy on two-year contract

Jack Elton-Walters 16 Aug 2019 Dan Martin will leave UAE Team Emirates at the end of the season and his move could indicate the ambitions of his new team Daniel Martin will leave UAE Team Emirates at the end of this season to join the Israel Cycling Academy on a two-year contract. Martin will be looking to take sole leadership at his new team after often finding himself forced to share duties within his current squad. The rider will also be hoping to recapture the form that in the past has seen him win Monuments and liven up Grand Tour stages. The secondary element to this announcement could be an indication of the team's wider ambitions. Stories have cropped up in the past about Israel Cycling Academy's desire to enter cycling's WorldTour, with mergers and licence buy-outs mooted in the previously. We are proud to announce that @DanMartin86 has signed ...

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Chaves headlines Mitchelton-Scott at Vuelta a Espana

Mitchelton-Scott's Esteban Chaves attacks near the end of stage 17 at the Giro

Mitchelton-Scott have announced their squad for the Vuelta a España , with Esteban Chaves taking a leadership role on his return to the Spanish Grand Tour after two years away. Basque rider Mikel Nieve, who won a stage at the race in 2010, will be the primary support rider for Chaves, along with Damien Howson, while Slovenian sprinter Luka Mezgec comes to the race in strong form having won two stages at the Tour de Pologne. Reigning champion Simon Yates was rumoured to be considering a return to the race, what would have been his third Grand Tour of the season, but has not been included in Mitchelton-Scott's lineup. Chaves was forced to miss last year's edition of the race after struggling with mononucleosis through the second half of 2018. Chaves returned to racing in February, building his way up to the Giro d'Italia, where he took a stage win ...

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Defending champion Simon Yates to miss 2019 Vuelta a Espana

Defending champion Simon Yates to miss 2019 Vuelta a Espana

Jack Elton-Walters 16 Aug 2019 Simon Yates's absence from Mitchelton-Scott line-up is little surprise as he's already ridden the Giro and Tour this year Reigning Vuelta a Espana champion Simon Yates will not defend his title at the upcoming 2019 race, which starts next week , after being left out of Mitchelton-Scott 's eight-man team. This was not unexpected, however, as Yates has already ridden both the Giro d'Italia , where he targeted the overall title and finished eighth, and the Tour de France , where he rode in support of his twin brother Adam and took two stage wins of his own . Both Simon and brother Adam should be under consideration for inclusion in British Cycling 's selection for the men's elite road race at the World Championships , which takes place on Sunday 29th September in Yorkshire. The course is likely to suit a punchier rider such ...

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Battling the slump: Adding intensity back into your training to speed up summer rides

Battling the slump: Adding intensity back into your training to speed up summer rides

Mark Cohen 9 Aug 2019 A lack of intensity training - specifically in the middle of a summer ride with mates - is easy to spot Broadly speaking, intensity means working at or just above lactate threshold, most easily defined by functional threshold power or FTP. Measure yours and you’ve found the theoretical limit for how long you can push a big gear. Come summer, 'at your limit' isn’t always in the diary, especially on trips, descending mountain passes or just out enjoying the heat. Sometimes turning the pedals is enough. But a lack of intensity training, say researchers and the industry, can definitely impact your ability to keep up. 'Someone who has the ability to pull the peloton along has a very high aerobic capacity and can tolerate a higher workload - those are are products of intensity,' explains Dr. Steve Faulkner, a lecturer in the Department of Sports ...

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Movistar name Enric Mas as new Grand Tour leader for 2020

Enric Mas (Quick-Step Floors) on the Vuelta podium for best young rider

Movistar have confirmed that Enric Mas will leave Deceuninck-QuickStep to join the Spanish WorldTour squad and become their Grand Tour leader for the next three years. The 24-year-old from Mallorca finished second overall in the 2018 Vuelta a Espana and is considered Spain’s most promising rider for future Grand Tours. Mas will replace Mikel Landa, who has already confirmed he will move to Bahrain-Merida in 2020, Giro d’Italia winner Richard Carapaz, who is set to join Team Ineos, and Nairo Quintana, who is widely expected to move to French Professional Continental team Arkea Samsic. Mas will share leadership at Movistar with fellow Spaniard Alejandro Valverde, with Marc Soler also expected to have a bigger leadership role. Mas raced as an amateur with the Fundación Contador team and then stepped up to WorldTour level in 2017 with QuickStep. He won a stage at the 2018 Itzulia Basque Country and confirmed his ...

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How to watch the Tour de Pologne: Free live streams from anywhere

Pascal Ackermann edges out Alvaro Hodeg on Stage 1 of the Tour de Pologne

The WorldTour continues this weekend with the 76th edition of the Tour de Pologne , and we know you won't want to miss a minute of the race. What better way to cure your Tour de France hangover than to watch some high-powered, full-on cycling action? Cyclingnews has the keys to finding the best live stream in your location – and if you are OK with Polish, the TVPsport.pl stream is absolutely free in just about every country. The race is sure to have a new winner this year as defending champion Michal Kwiatkowski (Team Ineos) needed rest after helping his team take the top two spots at the Tour de France in July, while runner-up Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) heads to the Clasica San Sebastian and third-placed Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) is out with an injury that knocked him out of the Tour while sitting in fourth place overall. The Tour ...

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Bernal to ride Clasica San Sebastian after string of Tour de France criteriums

Egan Bernal (Team Ineos) celebrates Tour de France victory on stage 21

Team Ineos have confirmed that Tour de France winner Egan Bernal will ride the Clásica San Sebastián WorldTour race on Saturday before he heads home to Colombia for official celebrations of him becoming the first ever Colombian Tour de France winner. Bernal will have support from Wout Poels, Ivan Sosa, Jonathan Castroviejo, Eddie Dunbar, Kenny Elissonde and David De la Cruz. Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep), Mikel Landa (Movistar) and Adam and Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) will all head to the Basque Country for the hilly one-day race. Bernal crashed out of the 2018 Clásica San Sebastián, suffering a serious facial trauma and a blow to the head which kept him out of action for two months. It is unclear if Bernal can fight for victory at the Clásica San Sebastián. He has raced every day since winning the Tour de France in Paris on Sunday and won the Criterium de Acht van ...

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Simon Yates and former winner Adam Yates bound for Clasica San Sebastian

Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) at the Tour de France

Double Tour de France stage winner Simon Yates and his brother Adam Yates will lead the Mitchelton-Scott team at this weekend's Clásica San Sebastián , the team has announced. Adam won the Spanish one-day race in 2015, but the pair will be up against French Tour star Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep), who will start as the defending champion and overwhelming favourite. Adam Yates' victory four years ago was the then 22-year-old's first WorldTour win, and he crossed the line solo – 15 seconds in front of a group led home by Philippe Gilbert, which also included Alaphilippe and Simon Yates – not knowing that he was first, having believed there was still a breakaway ahead of him. Since then, Adam has won stages at WorldTour events including the Critérium du Dauphiné, Tirreno-Adriatico and the Volta a Catalunya, while Simon has taken stage victories at all three Grand Tours, and won the ...

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Mitchelton-Scott: Our most successful Tour de France ever

Simon Yates wins stage 12 at the Tour de France

For many teams targeting the general classification at the Tour de France , finding yourself out of the running for the yellow jersey can often be all it needs to consider the race a complete write-off and to head home with your tail between your legs. Not Mitchelton-Scott : despite the wheels having come off Adam Yates ' campaign this year, the Australian team regrouped and came away with an impressive four stage victories. Two-time Tour Down Under champion Daryl Impey got the ball rolling with his win on stage 9, before Simon Yates – at the race to support his brother and GC hopeful Adam – was afforded the opportunity to win stage 12 from a three-man breakaway. Both victories, it must be said, came before Adam fell out of the GC running entirely, but once the team was forced to change its focus – after the British climber ...

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Tour de France 2019 in numbers | Can you guess the fastest recorded speed?

Tour de France 2019, Geraint Thomas and Egan Bernal

The key facts and figures from this year’s Tour de France, including Nils Politt's white-knuckle descent

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Tour de France 2019: Vincenzo Nibali wins Stage 20 while Egan Bernal confirms overall victory

Tour de France 2019: Vincenzo Nibali wins Stage 20 while Egan Bernal confirms overall victory

Jack Elton-Walters 27 Jul 2019 Vincenzo Nibali held off the advances of the GC group to cross the line first on Stage 20 of the 2019 Tour de France Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) won Stage 20 of the 2019 Tour de France after going solo on the slopes of the climb to Val Thorens. Behind him, Egan Bernal ( Team Ienos ) did all he needed to, which wasn't much, to ensure overall victory. The stage was drastically reduced from three categorised climbs over 135km to just the final climb and a total distance of 59km due to adverse weather in the mountains . Despite the shortening of the stage, it was still an entertaining day watching the virtual top 10 change - except the yellow jersey which never looked like changing hands. Julian Alaphilippe ( Deceuninck-QuickStep ) was distanced a long way from the finish line and tumbled down the ...

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Today at the Tour: Bernal into yellow after a surreal day in the Alps

The biggest day of Egan Bernal’s young career coincided with one of the most surreal moments in modern Tour de France history. Stage 19 of the 2019 Tour de France, a route with five categorized climbs across the French Alps and a planned summit finish at Tignes, will go down as the day the Colombian phenom … The post Today at the Tour: Bernal into yellow after a surreal day in the Alps appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Snow forces mid-race cancellation of Tour de France stage 19

Supported by Stage 19 of the Tour de France has ended in dramatic fashion with racing called to a halt due to ice and snow on the road. With roughly 30km to go in the stage, as race leaders Egan Bernal and Simon Yates descended off the Col de l’Iseran towards the final climb of the day, … The post Snow forces mid-race cancellation of Tour de France stage 19 appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Tour de France 2019: Stage 19 cancelled due to hail, snow and mudslides

Tour de France 2019: Stage 19 cancelled due to hail, snow and mudslides

Jack Elton-Walters 26 Jul 2019 Stage 19 dramatically cut short due to extreme weather, leaving Egan Bernal the stage winner and new race leader Stage 19 of the 2019 Tour de France was cancelled mid-stage after a severe hailstorm led to a part of the road being blocked by partially frozen water, and entirely covered by a mudslide near the start of the final climb to Tignes in the high mountains of the Alps. The localised extreme weather struck the race with the leaders having already come over the top of the 2,770m Col de l'Iseran and descending at high speed towards the final climb. The decision meant the summit of the Iseran became the official finish line, since that was the last point at which timing information was taken. It meant Team Ineos rider Egan Bernal was declared the stage winner, and takes over the yellow jersey from Julian ...

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Tour de Furnace: how to win in the heat

It was hot today at the Tour. Too hot. Salt blooming across clothing hot. Can’t touch the steering wheel hot. Hot. Yesterday was hot, too. That’s all anyone was talking about, and all that was on anybody’s mind. The conditions forced an immediate primal kind of response – a desperation to get away from it, … The post Tour de Furnace: how to win in the heat appeared first on CyclingTips .

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