Adam Yates takes aim at Fleche Wallonne

Adam Yates with a fistpump as he crosses the line

Adam Yates will hope to carry his fine early-season form into the Ardennes Classics when he tackles Flèche Wallonne on Wednesday. The Briton has won stages at the Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana, Volta a Catalunya and Tour of the Basque Country so far in 2019, and he will lead the line for Mitchelton-Scott in Belgium this week. Yates has made just two previous appearances at Flèche Wallonne, placing 97th as a neo-professional in 2014 and abandoning the race two years later. He has also lined out on two occasions at Liège-Bastogne-Liège, placing 8th on his last attempt in 2017. "I'm in good condition but I've never quite mastered the Ardennes races. The terrain suits me generally and Flèche is a bit harder than usual which should suit me more," Yates said in a statement released by his Mitchelton-Scott team. While his brother Simon will eschew the Ardennes Classics as ...

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Bradley Wiggins predicts Simon Yates will win the Giro and that Britons will take all three Grand Tours

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Expresses surprise at Tom Dumoulin’s decision to ride both the Giro d’Italia and the Tour de France

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Chaves to support Simon Yates at Giro d'Italia

Esteban Chaves (Mitchelton-Scott)

Mitchelton-Scott have confirmed that Esteban Chaves will return to the Giro d’Italia this season. Chaves will be riding in support of Simon Yates , who is set to lead the team following his overall victory at the Vuelta a Espana last September. Chaves rode last year’s edition of the Corsa Rosa, along with Yates, and won stage 6 to Mt Etna. Yates moved into the leader’s maglia rosa on the same day and would take three stage victories in pink before cracking dramatically on the penultimate mountain stage, with Chris Froome going on to win in Rome. The Giro d'Italia was Chaves’ final race of the 2018 after he was diagnosed with mononucleosis and ordered to rest. The Colombian made his long-awaited return to racing at the Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana in February and has since completed 25 days of racing, with his most recent race the Volta a ...

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Lopez raises his GC game with Volta a Catalunya win

Miguel Angel Lopez on the Catalunta podium

If there had been any doubts as to whether Miguel Angel Lopez ( Astana ) will be a serious contender at the upcoming Giro d’Italia, the Colombian laid them to rest with a stunning victory at the Volta a Catalunya against some ferociously tough competition on Sunday. The Volta's line-up this year was exceptional – even for a race that traditionally garners a stellar start-list. There was Chris Froome (Team Sky) and double defending champion and pre-race favourite Alejandro Valverde (Movistar), along with recent Paris-Nice winner Egan Bernal (Team Sky) and Valverde's Movistar teammate Nairo Quintana, who were expected to be two key GC challengers, plus Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott), who arrived following his strong Tirreno-Adriatico performance. But Lopez managed to beat them all. While Valverde's aspirations took a major knock on the first day in the Pyrenees, Bernal and Quintana both proved to be major threats, and Yates looked ready ...

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Adam and Simon Yates attack Lopez in Catalunya but narrowly miss out

Adam Yates and Esteban Chaves chat in the peloton

So near yet so far. In one of the most nail-biting finales of recent editions of the Volta a Catalunya , a powerful late all-out attack by Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) saw the Briton come dangerously close to ousting Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana) from the overall lead. With around 20 kilometres to go on the multiple 6.8km laps of the hilly Montjuic circuit, first Adam’s brother and teammate Simon Yates , a former winner on the circuit, went up the road. Then Adam, 14 seconds back on GC and in second place behind López, attempted to break away as well. Ably supported by his brother, Adam Yates opened up a gap of around 40 seconds, forcing Astana’s Miguel Angel Lopez to come to the front of the main pack in person to try and chase down his move. Team Sky’s Pavel Sivakov, though, seemed to have more effect and finally, with ...

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Lopez secures Volta a Catalunya victory

Davide Formolo (Bora-Hansgrohe) takes the solo victory in Barcelona

Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana Pro Team) clinched one of the hardest-fought Volta a Catalunya races of recent years on Sunday after a tough final stage where the Colombian came under constant attacks but could finally cross the line victorious. In the lead since he won on Wednesday’s second summit finish of the Volta, at La Molina, López went into Sunday’s traditionally fraught stage around the Montjuic park in Barcelona with a slender 14 second GC advantage over Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott). Yates launched a devastating attack with 20 kilometres to go, opening up a margin of nearly 40 seconds, as he and his brother Simon, who worked ferociously alongside him, drove hard to stay clear. The GC challenge forced López and Astana to chase, with some support from Team Sky, riding for third-placed Egan Bernal, and the group finally reformed on the final lap despite a final attack by Bernal. The ...

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Adam Yates stays in second at Volta a Catalunya

Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott)

After winning the toughest stage of the Volta a Catalunya on Wednesday and moving into second place overall, Adam Yates ' hopes of moving into the lead on Thursday's stage 4 were dashed by Colombian Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana). The Mitchelton-Scott rider was able to respond far quicker on La Molina's uneven slopes when Egan Bernal (Team Sky) once again launched a driving attack almost at an identical distance to Tuesday at Vallter 2000. And it briefly looked as if Yates was on track to inherit the leader's jersey from Thomas De Gendt (Lotto-Soudal), dropped, as the Belgian had predicted, at the foot of the final climb. However, when Lopez went clear for good, the Mitchelton-Scott leader could not follow. Simon Yates then bridged across, giving his brother strong support in the final kilometres before Adam punched away again, this time with Bernal on his wheel. However, by then Lopez ...

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Riding happy: A Q&A with Aussie rising star Jack Haig

It’s been an impressive start to the year for Jack Haig (Mitchelton-Scott). The young Australian has finished inside the top seven in all three stage races he’s done so far this year, including a terrific fourth on GC in his recent Paris-Nice debut. His great start to the year is far from an anomaly though … The post Riding happy: A Q&A; with Aussie rising star Jack Haig appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Sicily confirmed as host of Giro d'Italia 2021 start

The route for the 2019 Giro di Sicilia

RCS Sport confirmed the island of Sicily will host the Grand Partenza of the 2021 Giro d'Italia , three stages of the 2020 Giro d'Italia and the returning Giro di Sicilia, having signed a three-year deal with the Sicilian Region. The island hosted stages 4 to 6 of the 2018 Giro d'Italia , where Tim Wellens won on a lumpy stage to Caltagirone, Enrico Battaglin in Santa Ninfa and the explosive stage to Mount Etna, where Simon Yates seized the race lead and his teammate Esteban Chaves won the day. While the island will have to wait until next season for the Giro d'Italia to return, the details of the Giro di Sicilia route for 2019 were announced, where Mount Etna will be the grand finale of the four-day stage race. The 18th running of the sporadically-held race was last held in 1977, 70 years after its first edition. Giuseppe ...

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Yates brothers and Chaves to lead Mitchelton-Scott at Volta a Catalunya

Simon and Adam Yates at the Vuelta a España team presentation

The star trio of Esteban Chaves , Adam Yates and Simon Yates will headline Mitchelton-Scott 's roster at the Volta a Catalunya , which starts on Monday, the team has announced. They spearhead a strong line-up for the Australian squad, who will surely be heading to Spain with ambitions to win the week-long stage race with three potential general classification contenders. Catalunya will be Chaves' second WorldTour stage race of the season, having also ridden Paris-Nice, and the race marks another step on the road back from what was an eight-month lay-off caused by the mononucleosis virus. The Colombian returned to racing in February at the Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana, which was his first event since the 2018 Giro d'Italia. Meanwhile, the Yates brothers have seen success already this season, with Adam winning a stage at the Volta a Valenciana and taking second place at last week's Tirreno-Adriatico, after ...

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The Pro-Conti and SSR Corner: The Cobbles and Crashes Edition

Ack! Cees Bol win

It’s been slow on the SSR front for the last few weeks, though we did get an exciting and rainy edition of Industry and Artichokes, as well as exciting (to different degrees) but crash-marred editions of Nokere Koerse and the Bredene Koksijde Classic. Max Schachmann took the big Artichoke, while Cees Bol and Pascal Ackermann respectively won the two Belgian SSRs. Too bad that Sunweb is SSR-phobic, or we may have had the chance to see Bol dominating more races. Ackermann’s victory in the-race-formerly-known-as-Handzame was dominant, and likely gave him some assurances against an Irish Giro takeover, but how does a single one day SSR victory compare to Sam Bennett’s 2 WT victories at Paris-Nice? It’s a good problem for Bora to have, though, as they now have three of the best sprinters in the peloton and the competition amongst them is resulting in some great performances. As the heart ...

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Winners and Losers From the Week in Stage Racing

Alright, the first week of (real) World Tour stage racing is in the can. Some riders saw their stock go up, while others were left searching for answers. Let’s have a look at who came out on top, who didn’t and what that means moving forward. Winner: Sam Bennett The Irish Fastman had a pretty good 2018 with 3 stage wins in the Giro and a smattering of other better than expected results. For his sins, he lost his spot on the Giro roster to Pascal Ackermann. And now he is pissed. While handling his displeasure through the media swimmingly, his 2019 is so far going even better, with a win at UAE and now two stage wins at Paris-Nice, including an extremely impressive navigation through traffic to take stage 6, that really showed his chutzpah. Maybe the better competition went to Italy, but it’s not exactly nobodies that he’s ...

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Paris-Nice highlights: A tale of two Colombians - Video

Daniel Martinez (EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale)

The seventh stage of Paris-Nice was a tale of two Colombians as Daniel Martinez ( EF Education First ) claimed the stage win on the Col de Turini and Egan Bernal ( Team Sky ) stepped into the yellow jersey of race leader. The battles for yellow and for the day’s victory were fought separately as a large 39-man breakaway, which included Martinez, escaped up the road over the stage’s early climbs. The peloton kept them at close quarters initially, holding them at around 2:30 for some time, before letting the rope slack. As the stage reached its denouement, the 39 became just four as Martinez went up against Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana), Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) and Nicolas Edet (Cofidis). Each took their turn to try and distance his companions, but it was Martinez’s attack under the flame rouge that did the intended damage. The Colombian took six seconds out ...

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Paris-Nice: Martinez wins on the Col de Turini

It's Daniel Martínez's (EF Education First) first stage victory for the American team

Daniel Martínez ( EF Education First ) won stage 7 of Paris-Nice, triumphing atop the Col de Turini ahead of his compatriot Miguel Ángel Lopez (Astana). Nicolas Edet (Cofidis) finished third, just edging out Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) after a ding-dong battle on the summit finish. The four were the strongest men from a 38-man breakaway, with the quartet forming after Yates and Lopez went on the early slopes of the climb. At various points, Edet, Lopez, Yates and Martínez were alone out front, with the Astana man looking at one point like he’d be on the way to a solo win before a regrouping three kilometres out. Bang under the flamme rouge it was Martínez who laid it all on the line one final time. Lopez went with him, while Yates didn’t have enough to make it across initially. The Brit looked to be making his way up to the ...

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Simon Yates bounces back in 'filthy' Paris-Nice TT

Simon Yates bounces back in 'filthy' Paris-Nice TT

Simon Yates rebounded frome a calamitous Paris-Nice start to claim a surprise 25.5km time trial win on the fifth stage in Barbentane.

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Simon Yates: I've been working on my time trial quite a lot

Tim Wellens (Lotto Soudal) and Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) at Ruta del Sol stage 4

Mitchelton-Scott 's Simon Yates scored his first-ever time trial victory on stage 5 of Paris-Nice on Thursday, beating Katusha-Alpecin's Nils Politt and Team Sky's Michal Kwiatkowski, who extended his overall lead at the race. Yates started the day down in 70th place on the GC, almost 20 minutes down on Kwiatkowski. And while the Briton's challenge for the overall is clearly over – in a race he finished second at 12 months ago – his focus remains on May's Giro d'Italia . The time trial win bodes well for the 26-year-old, who will face three individual time trial tests at this year's Giro: an 8.2km opening stage, with a tough uphill finish to the Santuario della Madonna di San Luca, followed on stage 9 by 34.7km effort, which again is mainly all uphill from the halfway mark, and then a final, flatter 15.6km test in Verona, which is also the ...

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Adam takes lead at Tirreno-Adriatico to complete a perfect day for Yates brothers

Adam Yates took the Tirreno-Adriatico race lead after stage 2

Adam Yates ( Mitchelton-Scott ) took the leader's jersey at Tirreno-Adriatico just a few minutes after Simon Yates ( Mitchelton-Scott ) won the time trial stage at Paris-Nice but played down any rivalry with his twin brother, happy to see their family name dominated the days racing. Adam Yates finished fifth in the uphill finish to Pomerance, deep in the Tuscany countryside, as Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep) won the stage ahead of (Greg Van Avermaet (CCC Team). Yates took the blue leader's jersey after Mitchelton-Scott won Wednesday's team time trial stage and first race leader and teammate Michael Hepburn finished six minutes down. "Fair plays to him. It's a good day for us," Adam said, happy to praise and tease his brother from a distance. "For sure it's good when he wins. It must be his first ever time trial win. It must have been a pretty hard TT if he's ...

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Paris-Nice stage 5 highlights - Video

Simon Yates in yellow at Paris-Nice

Simon Yates bid farewell to his Paris-Nice general classification hopes in the crosswinds that blew through the opening stages, but the Mitchelton-Scott rider stormed back on Thursday , taking the 25.5km individual time trial in Barbentane by seven seconds over Nils Politt (Katusha-Alpecin) and by 11 seconds over race leader Michal Kwiatkowski (Team Sky). Yates had a long wait on the hot seat, starting the day more than 18 minutes down halfway through the stage start list. His result held the test of time, however, as rider after rider failed to top his mark. Kwiatkowski's third-place finish extended his general classification lead over teammate Egan Bernal, although the Colombian's sixth-place performance looked dangerous as he was six seconds ahead of the Pole at the first time check. Kwiatkowski bounced back in the end, however, beating Bernal by four seconds and extending his lead. You can read more at

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Paris-Nice stage 5: Simon Yates wins TT

Paris-Nice stage 5: Simon Yates wins TT

Yates wins time trial by seven seconds. Kwiatkowski secure in overall lead with third-place result ahead of mountain stages. Read the full article at Paris-Nice stage 5: Simon Yates wins TT on .

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Simon Yates wins Paris-Nice time trial

Simon Yates en route to winning the Paris-Nice time trial

Simon Yates ( Mitchelton-Scott ) might have been 18:28 down on Paris-Nice race leader Michal Kwiatkowski ( Team Sky ) at the start of the stage 5 individual time trial, but he rode as if he was defending the yellow jersey to win the stage with a commanding performance. His GC hopes shot by losing time in the crosswind stages, Yates started midway through the 149-rider roster, and powered through the 25.5km test, climbing into the hot seat with a time of 30:26 that held through to the end. Nils Politt (Katusha-Alpecin) would be the only rider to come within 10 seconds of the mark, finishing seven seconds down. Race leader Michal Kwiatkowski (Team Sky) felt the threat from his young teammate Egan Bernal, who had put six seconds into Kwiatkowski at the first check, but the Pole paced himself perfectly to gain back some time to extend his lead ...

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