Simon Yates and Annemiek van Vleuten secure 2018 WorldTour titles

Van der Breggen, Van Vleuten and Van Dijk on the 2018 UCI Road World championships time trial podium

Mitchelton-Scott 's Simon Yates and Annemiek Van Vleuten secured the 2018 UCI WorldTour overall titles in their respective elite men's and women's categories following the season's conclusion at the Tour of Guangxi on Sunday. They each won a Grand Tour, along with 16 other WorldTour victories between them this year, and they were awarded as the series winners at the UCI Gala Dinner in China. Neither rider competed in the Guangxi finale, which offered a six-day race for the men and a one-day race for the women. However, both had accumulated enough points throughout the season to boast healthy leads in the standings. "After a week or so off the bike to reflect, it's been an amazing year and one I will always remember," Yates said in a team press release. "The results have been special, but also results that I feel I have been working towards and getting closer ...

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Simon Yates is first British winner of UCI WorldTour Classification

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Vuelta champion also led Giro d'Italia for a fortnight earlier this season

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Pro cycling power ranking: The top 10 riders of 2018

Joe Robinson 15 Oct 2018 From the Classics to the Grand Tours, Cyclist ranks the top 10 riders of 2018 With Thibaut Pinot's solo victory at Il Lombardia last Saturday came the end of the 2018 professional cycling season. Yes, there's the matter of the final of the Tour of Guangxi out in China still to be contested but for cycling's biggest and best talents, the season will be over and it will be time to consider the year just gone and the newest ambitions over the next 12 months. Unlike years previous, 2018 wasn't dominated by one rider. From Daryl Impey's win at the Tour Down Under back in January, the spread of riders gracing the top step has been fairly even, shared between riders used to victory and some finally breaking through to the upper echelons of the sport. While cycling's five Monuments presented five different winners from ...

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World champ Valverde eyes maiden Lombardia triumph

World champ Valverde eyes maiden Lombardia triumph

The new world champion has twice finished second at Il Lombardia. Will this be the year that Alejandro Valverde wins the hilly monument? Read the full article at World champ Valverde eyes maiden Lombardia triumph on VeloNews.com .

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November issue of Procycling is out now

November's issue of Procycling takes an in-depth look at the Vuelta a Espana

The Vuelta a España saw Simon Yates complete a British hat-trick of grand tour wins in 2018. The victory was a debut at a Grand Tour for the young British climber and his Mitchelton-Scott team, and came just months after Yates fell agonisingly short at the Giro d'Italia despite holding the race lead for most of the three weeks. Yates and his twin brother Adam have long been tipped for success in Grand Tours and like to race aggressively - a tactic in the Giro which saw Simon attacking off the front at every opportunity possible. Yet the disappointment of losing the race lead on stage 19 in Italy proved a big lesson for Yates. Procycling was in Spain throughout all three weeks of the Vuelta, and watched as Mitchelton reined Yates in while still giving him the freedom to race in the style that suits him best, a tactic ...

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Facing budget crunch, Quick-Step may drop Gaviria a year early

Facing budget crunch, Quick-Step may drop Gaviria a year early

The Belgian squad is trying to free up money as it seeks a new sponsor to continue racing in the WorldTour. Read the full article at Facing budget crunch, Quick-Step may drop Gaviria a year early on VeloNews.com .

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Coming Full Circle: The Giro Dell’Emilia Story

Prominent Italian Classic Is Prominent (Again) In my personal pantheon of races I can’t help but talk too much about, the Giro dell’Emilia has ranked pretty high for a while. Sometime into my PdC career I not only discovered the race but got a little tired of the Giro di Lombardia and decided that this warm-up event was more or less equal in beauty and excitement. The race was an ancient fixture on the cycling calendar (it hit 100 editions in 2017), and the backdrop of the Madonna di San Luca with its 666 arches along the portico made for an unforgettable, authentically Italian road race. Its honor roll was and remains a tribute to Italian cycling, and even the recent mondialisation of the race has seen respectable wins by riders like Nairo Quintana, Robert Gesink and Esteban Chaves. Getty Images The 2016 race But it’s been a decade since ...

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Adam Yates still dreams of winning a Grand Tour

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Despite a disappointing ride in this year's Tour de France , Adam Yates believes that he has it in him to follow his brother’s lead and take a Grand Tour victory in the future. Simon Yates became Mitchelton-Scott’s first Grand Tour winner in September, taking overall victory at the Vuelta a Espana. “It’s hard to say but, why not? I’ve been up there in Grand Tours before. I go toe-to-toe with some of the best guys in the world on my day,” Yates told Cyclingnews . “It’s all a learning process, little things add up and if you do everything right then you can win some big races. You just have to keep plugging away, keep working hard and hope that it comes off.” This season, Adam Yates’ own general classification ambitions centred around the Tour de France. It appeared to be going to plan as was in the top ...

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25 cycling tips from the pros

BikesEtc 3 Oct 2018 We get the inside line from the best in the business to help improve your riding This feature first appeared in Issue 47 of BikesEtc magazine PART ONE - NUTRITION 1. Choose high-carb, low-fat for more power ‘I recommend a high-carbohydrate, low-fat, vegan diet. It’s going to send your performance through the roof. You should be eating whole plant foods. ‘Make sure you have no oils in the diet, not even a little bit when you’re cooking. Cut that out. Any fats that you have should come from whole foods, and moderate protein from plant sources only. ‘No eggs. No dairy. No meat. Cut all that filth out. Seriously, your power will go through the roof. It really helps my performance, I can really put down the power, put down the watts.’ Peter Sagan, Bora-Hansgrohe 2. Eat little and often ‘The importance of maintaining a healthy ...

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Valverde's Worlds win was anything but a surprise, says coach

Alejandro Valverde (Spain) expresses genuine shock at winning the world title after being forced to

At 38, Alejandro Valverde is the second oldest winner in history of the World Championships elite men’s road race. The Spaniard had looked to be on the back foot in the final week of the Vuelta a España and until Sunday in Innsbruck he held the all-time record for podium finishes in the Worlds without actually netting gold. But Mikel Zabala, the Movistar coach overseeing Valverde’s training throughout the season, believes that the victory in Innsbruck , which saw the veteran finally break through a glass ceiling that has been resisting him for 15 years, was definitely on the cards before Sunday. "He’s had an exceptional season this year and the Vuelta a España this year was very good for him too," Zabala told Cyclingnews . "It was an exceptionally fast Vuelta in the high mountains, this year, as hotly disputed as the Tour de France. Even so, he was ...

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Kennaugh is Great Britain's best in Worlds as Yates brothers fade

Peter Kennaugh (Great Britain) on the attack

Peter Kennaugh was Great Britain's top finisher in the elite men's road race at the World Championships on Sunday after both Simon and Adam Yates struggled on a tough Innsbruck course. Kennaugh finished 16th after trying to set his teammates up with an attack on the penultimate climb of the day. The Manxman went clear with 22 kilometres to go but was caught by Michael Valgren (Denmark) who led the race into the final ascent of the Höll . He held on over the steep climb and came home 1:21 after the winning group, just behind Nairo Quintana. Kennaugh's attack had been an attempt to set up teammate Simon Yates , but the lack of race radios meant that he wasn't aware of his teammate's departure from the race. "It was way harder than I expected. It was just raced full gas from the start, and the pace was just ...

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World Championships 2018: Who are the favourites and who should you be backing?

World Championships 2018: Who are the favourites and who should you be backing?

Joe Robinson 24 Sep 2018 A look at the favourites to take the rainbow jersey at the World Championships this Sunday This Sunday, almost all of the world's best climbers will battle it out for the chance to become the Elite Men's Road Race World Champion in Innsbruck, Austria. To do so, they will have to conquer a mammoth 265km route from Kufstein to Innsbruck that will contain over 5,000m of vertical elevation across nine tough climbs including the peak locally described as 'hell' for its 28% maximum gradient . Before this final climb, the peloton will negotiate seven loops of the 24km 'Olympic Circuit' which includes the 7.9km, 5.7% mountain pass of Igls, enough to soften the legs of even the most accomplished mountain goat . With such a demanding route, it looks unlikely that triple-defending champion Peter Sagan will be riding to a historic fourth consecutive rainbow jersey, ...

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Vincenzo Nibali abdicates Italian team leadership to Moscon

Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida)

Vincenzo Nibali rode aggressively at the Memorial Pantani race on Saturday but has admitted he is still not at his very best after fracturing a vertebrae at the Tour de France and has suggest that Italy should back Gianni Moscon as team leader for next Sunday’s UCI Road World Championships road race. Nibali rode the Vuelta a Espana to try find a peak of form after undergoing surgery on the vertebrae he fractured at the Tour de France. However he was unable to compete for the overall classification and was not able to fight for a stage win. That left him discouraged about his chances for the testing 258.5km world championships race that includes the steep final Höll climb and his role as leader of the Italian team. Saturday’s Memorial Pantani was Nibali’s first race since the Vuelta a Espana and the last before the Italian team gather in Trentino ...

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Wiggins: Yates wouldn’t have won Vuelta with Sky

Wiggins: Yates wouldn’t have won Vuelta with Sky

The British cycling legend admitted that Simon Yates is thriving better at Mitchelton-Scott than he would have on Sky. Read the full article at Wiggins: Yates wouldn’t have won Vuelta with Sky on VeloNews.com .

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Simon Yates surpasses Peter Sagan to top UCI WorldTour rankings

Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) celebrates after stage 20

With his victory in the Vuelta a Espana , Mitchelton-Scott's Simon Yates overtook Peter Sagan to move into the lead of the UCI WorldTour rankings. The Briton racked up a whopping 1230 points thanks to his stage win on Les Praeres and his 10 days in the red leader's jersey. The results came on top of his tally from the Giro d'Italia, which he led for 13 days and won two stages, and his stage win and second place overall in the Tour de Pologne. Earlier in the season, Yates won a stage in Paris-Nice and in the Volta a Catalunya, and finished second and fourth overall, respectively. Although Yates pushed Sagan to second in the WorldTour rankings, with Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) in third, the world champion continues to lead the World rankings, which include all UCI-ranked results, over Quick-Step Floors' Julian Alaphilippe and Elia Viviani. Sagan failed to win ...

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Does Yates’ Second Coming Herald New Era?

Simon Yates building toward his overall Vuelta victory

Grand tour victories tend to fall into two categories: Oh, him again? [Eye roll]; and A new guy! WHAT DOES IT MEAN?!?! This time it’s #2. So Simon Yates won the Vuelta over the weekend, or really about 12 days ago when he began taking control with a few high stage finishes, built on patient attacking for small gaps and time bonuses. I’d like to resist lumping him in with the rest of the British grand tour winners this year, except that’s exactly how they proceed too (plus time trialling, not a subject of much interest at the Vuelta). Really, the only distinction I can make among their respective wins this year is that Yates’ triumph is the lesser of the three, because Thomas won the Tour and Froome broke Yates, the very same Yates, to win the Giro. Anyway, the job of today is to kick around what we ...

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Dreaming big: How one woman rode the Vuelta route before the pros

There is no three-week Grand Tour for female cyclists, yet it’s a challenge many have found a way to take on. We can look right back to 1924 when the “devil in a dress” Alfonsina Strada, entered under a man’s name and rode the Giro d’Italia. Just a couple of months ago 13 women rode … The post Dreaming big: How one woman rode the Vuelta route before the pros appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Porte on track for Worlds despite quiet Vuelta a Espana

Richie Porte on stage at the 2018 Tour de France team presentation

Despite having a relatively quiet Vuelta a España for a rider of his stature, Richie Porte believes he’s still on track for a serious crack at the rainbow jersey at the World Championships in Innsbruck, Austria , later this month. The Australian's primary objective for the season, the Tour de France, once again ended in disappointment as he crashed out of the race with a broken collarbone, but he has been finding his feet again on the roads of Spain. While many assumed he'd be in contention for the overall title, it quickly became clear it was the last thing on his mind as the BMC Racing leader began to lose time as early as the first few stages. Barring a couple of innocuous breakaways, he had little impact on the race, even in the final week. "It's been nice to come here and not be stressed with the GC ...

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On the scene for stages 12 and 13 of the Vuelta

Stage 12 of the Vuelta finished at Faro de Estaca de Bares, a lighthouse station on a spit of land on the Galicia coast of northern Spain. The finish was on a road so narrow that for the last few hundred meters of drive up, I felt like I was threading the needle through the barricades, and I was driving a Fiat 500. Luckily, a break stayed away, so that a group of just six riders, rather than a mass bunch, contested the stage win. Unluckily for Dylan Van Baarle, who took the brunt of it, there was still a crash at a pinch point next to the photographers after the finish line, when someone from the race organization got in the way of the riders. Alexandre Geniez won the small-group sprint just ahead of Van Baarle. The black blur in the lower left corner of my photo is the ...

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Vuelta champ Yates still thinking about Giro

Vuelta champ Yates still thinking about Giro

Simon Yates won the Vuelta a Espana, his first grand tour victory, but he's still bitter about losing the Giro d'Italia. Read the full article at Vuelta champ Yates still thinking about Giro on VeloNews.com .

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