Richie Porte’s ride for redemption: La Vuelta, Worlds and the road ahead

On Sunday September 30, in the Austrian town of Kufstein, Richie Porte (BMC) will roll up to the startline of the World Championship road race. Decked out in green and gold, he’ll be leading a strong squad of Australian climbers; a squad assembled to give the Tasmanian his best possible chance of becoming world champion. … The post Richie Porte’s ride for redemption: La Vuelta, Worlds and the road ahead appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Adam Yates changes plans and heads to Vuelta a Espana

Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) during stage 16

After a disappointing Tour de France, Adam Yates will seek redemption in Spain as he changes his plans to join his twin brother Simon at the Vuelta a España later this month. While Simon had always been scheduled to ride the Giro d'Italia and Vuelta a España this year, Adam was the designated leader for the Tour de France, with both set to play leading roles in the British team for the hilly World Championships road race in Austria in September. Adam Yates' hopes of bettering his fourth-place finish from the 2016 Tour went out of the window, however, as he fell out of contention on the second day in the Alps. He bounced back to hunt stages in the Pyrenees and was on course to win stage 16, only to crash on the descent of the Col de Portillon. On Monday, the Mitchelton-Scott team announced the 26-year-old, who hasn't ...

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Adam Yates to join brother Simon at Vuelta a Espana as 'super domestique'

Adam Yates to join brother Simon at Vuelta a Espana as 'super domestique'

Joe Robinson 13 Aug 2018 After disappointing Tour de France campaign, Adam looks to help brother Simon towards Vuelta podium Adam Yates ( Mitchelton-Scott ) will attempt to recover from a disappointing Tour de France campaign by joining twin brother Simon at the Vuelta a Espana later this month. Despite entering the Tour with ambitions of the podium, Adam Yates struggled once the race hit the mountains, routinely losing time in the Alps and Pyrenees, eventually finishing 29th overall over an hour adrift of winner Geraint Thomas. Yates had been confident that he would challenge for the podium and potentially improve on his fourth-place finish from 2016 but this proved not to be the case. This has caused Yates to reassess the latter part of his season subsequently coming to the decision to support his brother Simon at the final Grand Tour of the season. Mitchelton-Scott has stated that Adam ...

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Kreuziger signs with Dimension Data for 2019

Roman Kreuziger at the Tour de France

Roman Kreuziger has signed a contract with Team Dimension Data for two years, with the goal of strengthen the South African team’s Classics performance. This season the Czech rider impressed in the Ardennes Classics, finished second at the Amstel Gold Race, fourth in La Fleche Wallonne and eighth at Liege-Bastogne-Liege. He also rode the Giro d'Italia in support of his Mitchelton-Scott team captain Simon Yates. “Joining Team Dimension Data provides a new motivation for me, a fresh start in some ways. Wherever I’ve ridden it’s been with success and this challenge is absolutely no different,” said Kreuziger, 32. Kreuziger turned professional in 2006 with Liquigas, rode for Astana for two years, and then was with the Saxo Bank/Tinkoff team for four years before joining Mitchelton-Scott in 2017. In 2014, he was provisionally suspended for a suspected biological passport violation relating to 2011-2012, but the case was ultimately dismissed. “I believe ...

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Kwiatkowski savours Tour de Pologne victory after courageous final defence

Michal Kwiatkowski (Team Sky)

History turned full circle for Michal Kwiatkowski (Team Sky) at the Tour de Pologne after the Pole managed to secure overall success on the same finish where he lost the race six years ago. In 2012, Kwiatkowski lost to Italy’s Moreno Moser in Bukowina, eventually finishing second overall place. This time despite a dangerous late attack by Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott), the Pole limited any time loss, finishing sixth at the line and so kept the leader’s yellow jersey by 14 seconds. It was a narrow margin, but enough of a gap to seal the Team Sky rider's first ever victory in his country’s biggest stage race, which also came with two stage wins at Szczyrk, where he took the lead, and Bielsko-Biala. The Tour de Pologne is Kwiatkowski’s second WorldTour stage race win after taking Tirreno-Adriatico this spring. His success and his form bodes well for his upcoming participation in ...

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Tour de Pologne: Yates tests Kwiatkowski with stunning late breakaway and stage win

Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott)

The dead silence that fell in the Tour de Pologne 's miniscule pressroom as Simon Yates ( Mitchelton-Scott ) blasted clear ten kilometres from the line on stage 7 said it all as the Briton came far closer than the home media liked to snatching away overall victory from Michal Kwiatkowski. Finally, Kwiatkowski, sixth on the line, held onto the overall victory after losing 12 seconds to Yates, who soloed to the stage win, and the Polish media could breathe a collective sigh of relief. But the last-minute near-upset not only allowed Yates to challenge for GC and propelled him into second overall, it also confirms his steadily rising form for the upcoming Vuelta a España and beyond that, the UCI Road World Championships. 17th at Szczyrk, sixth at Bielo-Bielska, and then fourth on stage 6, stage 7 was Yates' first win since the Giro stage to Sappada, and as ...

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Tour de Pologne: Simon Yates solos to stage victory

Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) won the final stage

Michal Kwiatkowski ( Team Sky ) survived a gutsy late attack by Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) to take the overall victory in the Tour de Pologne, with the Briton forced to settle for the stage win and a second place on the final podium. In a thrilling finale on a short but hilly stage, Yates launched an attack 10 kilometres from the line that saw him cut deep into his 39-second deficit to Kwiatkowski. With Yates briefly the leader on the road, Kwiatkowski burned out the last of his Sky domestiques and then was forced to defend his yellow jersey in person at the front of a group of some 20 chasers. But a flurry of late counter-attacks, most notably by George Bennett (LottoNL-Jumbo), combined with Kwiatkowski's late solo effort to ensure the reigning Polish National Road Champion finally captured his biggest home race for good. A huge cheer went up ...

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Chaves to miss Vuelta a Espana after being diagnosed with mononucleosis

Mitchelton-Scott's Esteban Chaves is all smiles on the second rest day, but the Colombian would lose

Mitchelton-Scott have announced that Esteban Chaves has been diagnosed with mononucleosis and will not participate in the forthcoming Vuelta a España . The Colombian has not raced since the Giro d’Italia in May, where he won atop Mount Etna in the opening week but then abruptly dropped out of the general classification race on stage 10. Chaves struggled through the remainder of the Giro, reaching Rome in 72nd place overall. He has undergone a battery of tests in the intervening period, with Mitchelton-Scott revealing on Thursday that he had been “diagnosed with a number of viruses, including Mononucleosis (also known as Epstein-Barr or Glandular Fever), along with sinus and allergy reactions.” Although Chaves has been cleared to resume training after 10 weeks off the bike, it is unclear if he will return to competitive action in 2018. Mitchelton-Scott confirmed that he will not ride the Vuelta, where Simon Yates is ...

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Health issues identified as reason for Chaves’ Giro woes

Supported by Almost three months after Esteban Chaves’ dramatic form collapse in the Giro d’Italia, the Mitchelton-Scott team has indicated that unspecified health issues lay behind the rider’s changing fortunes. Chaves was one of the strongest climbers in the race early on, winning the stage to Mount Etna, netting seventh on stage eight and third on stage … The post Health issues identified as reason for Chaves’ Giro woes appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Health issues identified as being behind Chaves’ Giro woes

Supported by Almost three months after Esteban Chaves’ dramatic form collapse in the Giro d’Italia, the Mitchelton-Scott team has indicated that unspecified health issues lay behind the rider’s changing fortunes. Chaves was one of the strongest climbers in the race early on, winning the stage to Mount Etna, netting seventh on stage eight and third on stage … The post Health issues identified as being behind Chaves’ Giro woes appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Caleb Ewan confirms move to Lotto-Soudal from Mitchelton-Scott

Caleb Ewan confirms move to Lotto-Soudal from Mitchelton-Scott

Joe Robinson 8 Aug 2018 Young Australian sprinter moves team for better opportunities at Grand Tours The rumours have been confirmed as Lotto-Soudal officially announce the signing of Caleb Ewan from Mitchelton-Scott on a two-year contract that will take him through to the 2021 season. The young Australian sprinter will move away from his home team in a bid to win bigger races with a team less focused on riding for General Classification. It was long rumoured that Ewan would be jumping ship from Mitchelton-Scott to Lotto-Soudal as the Australian team continued its bid to focus on General Classification talents Esteban Chaves and Yates twins, Simon and Adam. It then became almost inevitable as the 24-year-old was omitted from the team's Tour de France squad despite being previously told he would race. At the time, team sports director Matt White commented that the decision to leave Ewan at home was ...

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Simon Yates keen to get to grips with Tour de Pologne climbs

Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott)

Simon Yates ( Mitchelton-Scott ) will head into the hills of the Tour de Pologne on Tuesday ready to test his climbing legs at WorldTour level for the first time since his rollercoaster Giro d'Italia . "I'm looking forward to getting stuck in," Yates, who will turn 26 on Tuesday, told Cyclingnews at the start of stage 3. He finished the stage safely to remain in 28th overall, in the same time as all the top names. "I'm feeling good, relatively. We won't see how I'm really going today [ on stage 3, won by sprinter Quick-Step's Alvaro Hodeg ] but we will tomorrow [stage 4]." Yates was referring, of course, to the Tour de Pologne's first summit finish on Tuesday – the short, but intense, climb through Silesia's Beskid mountains to the ski centre of Szczyrk. Stage 4 features four longer and tougher categorised ascents earlier in the stage, ...

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Tour de Pologne: Redemption

Conor has a hit piece out against the month of August (as related to cycling, I assume he’s not one of those monsters that likes winter better than summer). This may be a very hipstery position to take- but I think August is great, and you should too! First, the Tour is finally over. To mix metaphors, all of the fair weather fans have gone back into the woodwork. We no longer have to read and rehash the same arguments about Froome, and cheating, and Team Sky’s domination. We no longer have to rely upon stories that don’t happen on the road to keep us interested. We actually get to watch racing that does not feel predetermined. Sure, the tv cameras may fail at San Sebastian, but the racing is still usually great. Binck Bank, nee Eneco, nee Benelux is always entertaining and gives us some spring classics action in ...

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Simon Yates continues Vuelta a Espana preparation in Poland

Simon Yates stands behind Fernando Alonso's car at the French Grand Prix

Simon Yates will continue his preparations for the Vuelta a España at the forthcoming Tour de Pologne . Yates will headline Mitchelton-Scott 's overall ambitions at the one-week race with riders such as Matteo Trentin, Roman Kreuziger and Michael Albasini providing back up. Yates enjoyed a lengthy summer break following his title bid at the Giro d'Italia, where he spent almost two weeks in the maglia rosa and won three stages – he would eventually finish 21st after cracking on the Colle delle Finestre. He returned to racing early last week at the Prueba Villafranca-Ordizia Klasika and finished second behind his teammate Rob Power. Yates' next major target will be the Vuelta a España, which begins later this month. "I'm looking forward to racing at the Tour of Poland again and it continues my build up to the final part of the season," Yates said. "The sensations in Prueba Villafranca ...

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Tour setbacks help bolster Vuelta start list

Tour setbacks help bolster Vuelta start list

Several top riders will compete in the Spanish grand tour that kicks off August 25 in Malaga. Read the full article at Tour setbacks help bolster Vuelta start list on VeloNews.com .

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Today at the Tour: Top 10 most significant moments of the 2018 Tour de France

After 21 stages and 3,351 kilometres, the 2018 Tour de France is over, with 145 of the race’s 176 starters finishing Sunday in Paris. For the sixth time in seven years Team Sky has won the race, and now with a new champion in Welshman Geraint Thomas. The 105th edition of the Tour de France saw breakthrough … The post Today at the Tour: Top 10 most significant moments of the 2018 Tour de France appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Tour de France: Tom Dumoulin and Sunweb looking to go one step further

Tom Dumoulin (Sunwe) second overall at the Tour de France behind Geraint Thomas (Team Sky)

Second overall at the Tour de France , as he was at the Giro d'Italia, Tom Dumoulin ( Sunweb ) will end the 2018 season without a Grand Tour title to his name, but one statistic from the summer illustrates his ongoing progress in the discipline. After 6 weeks and almost 7,000 kilometres of racing across this year's Giro d'Italia and Tour de France, only 13 seconds separated Dumoulin's aggregate time from that of Chris Froome. Overall victory at last year's Giro remains – for now, at least – the signature victory of Dumoulin's career, but there is a strong case to be made that the 27-year-old’s athletic feat these past three months exceeded his striking string of displays in May 2017. Another statistic puts the feat in context: before Dumoulin and Froome – winner of the Giro and 3rd on this Tour – no rider had finished on the ...

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Tom Dumoulin downplays prospects of unseating Thomas ahead of final mountain stage

Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb)

Tom Dumoulin 's situation as the Tour de France reaches its closing chapters was neatly summarised by a headline in De Telegraaf on Thursday: "Dumoulin hopes for Yates scenario." Sunweb's leader lies second overall, 1:59 behind Geraint Thomas (Team Sky), but with one mountain stage and a time trial to go, the Dutchman knows that his chances of winning the race depend on the yellow jersey suffering a late collapse on the final stage in the Pyrenees on Friday. "We don't know what will happen tomorrow, but you'd think that he'd normally be pretty safe with this gap," Dumoulin told reporters in Trie-sur-Baïse on Thursday morning. "You never know what might happen, but it'll be very difficult to change things too much tomorrow." At the Giro d'Italia in May, Dumoulin reached the final Friday in a broadly similar situation: second overall behind a British race leader who had appeared impregnable ...

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Rigoberto Uran confirmed for Vuelta a España

Supported by Rigoberto Uran will race the 2018 Vuelta a España, EF Education First-Drapac boss Jonathan Vaughters confirmed with CyclingTips Thursday. The second-place finisher of the 2017 Tour de France, Uran abandoned the Tour de France prior to Stage 12 due to injuries sustained when he hit the deck on Stage 9. Uran was sitting sixth overall … The post Rigoberto Uran confirmed for Vuelta a España appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Rob Power, Simon Yates make it Mitchelton-Scott 1-2 in Prueba Villafranca

Simon Yates, Rob Power and Krists Neilands on the podium

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