Simon Yates promises stage wins at Paris-Nice

Simon Yates promises stage wins at Paris-Nice

Yates says he won't vie for the overall win in Paris-Nice, instead using the French one-week race to tune up for the Giro d'Italia. Read the full article at Simon Yates promises stage wins at Paris-Nice on VeloNews.com .

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Paris-Nice 2019: Who are the favourites and who will win?

Joe Robinson 8 Mar 2019 From Colombian talent to Northern grit, here are the riders to watch at Paris-Nice Paris-Nice has had a stroke of luck this year. With rival Italian stage race Tirreno-Adriatico deciding to ignore the Apennine mountain range in favour of a mixture of flat and rolling stages, any climber looking to get some early-season miles in their legs has opted to race in France. As a result, the field for the 2019 edition of the 'Race to the Sun' is one of the strongest for years, with plenty of punchy, one-week experts and high-ticket Grand Tour performers all fancying their chances of taking victory on the French Rivera in just over a week's time. It's no secret that the two most explosive days of racing should come on Stages 6 and 7. Stage 6 is the race's only true mountain-top finish as the peloton heads to ...

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Yates set to light up tasty Paris-Nice field

Yates set to light up tasty Paris-Nice field

Mitchelton-Scott will take a strong team to Paris-Nice, with Simon Yates for the overall classification and Matteo Trentin targeting the faster stuff. They're just two of the tantalising options on offer at this year's 2019 Paris-Nice, broadcast right here on SBS, live, free and in HD.

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Flying Too Close to the Sun: Paris - Nice Preview

Race to the sun, my ass.

There’s always a discussion around this time about which is the better race-- Paris - Nice or Tirreno-Adriatico-- as the peloton gets split between the two races. The consensus view is usually that TA is the better race-- it gets the better riders and has the better route. Here’s the thing, though. Anyone that still believes that has not been watching PN during the last three years. Each of the last three years has been a barn burner of a race, easily in contention for best week long stage race of the year as well as race day of the year and probably only losing out on those honors due to its placement on the calendar-- before the spring classics and all of the grand tours cloud our collective memories. 2016 saw Geraint Thomas take the GC victory over Alberto Contador by a mere 4 seconds and saw a vintage ...

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Adam Yates confirms participation in 2019 Tour de France

Adam Yates wins stage 4 of the Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana

Adam Yates has confirmed that he will return to the Tour de France this season with the aim of challenging for a place on the final podium in Paris. The Mitchelton-Scott rider finished fourth overall and won the white jersey of best young rider in 2016 but endured a disappointing race last year, reaching Paris in 29th place overall. He later revealed to Cyclingnews that he and the Mitchelton-Scott team "messed up a little bit with nutritional stuff". He is keen to put things right come July. "I’m super excited to go back to the Tour this year. Last year we made some mistakes that cost us and it was a big disappointment, so it’ll be good to go back and rectify that," Yates said in a statement released by Mitchelton-Scott on Tuesday. "Even though I’ve got earlier races/targets coming up, in the back of my mind everything I’m doing ...

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Adam Yates heads back to Tour de France to 'rectify disappointing 2018'

Adam Yates heads back to Tour de France to 'rectify disappointing 2018'

Joe Robinson 5 Mar 2019 After failing to impress in 2018, Yates and Mitchelton-Scott believe this year's route could suit his capabilities Adam Yates has confirmed that he will head to the Tour de France in July looking to 'rectify' mistakes from last year's race that saw him finish a disappointing 29th on general classification. The Mitchelton-Scott rider was unable to repeat his fourth-place and white young rider's jersey from 2016, eventually tumbling from ninth overall following two consecutive tough days in the Alps. The 26-year-old then returned to the Vuelta a Espana , acting as a key domestique towards twin brother Simon's eventual victory, but was unable to make an impact on GC himself. Yates has already opened his account with a powerful stage victory over World Champion Alejandro Valverde at the Volta a la Valenciana last month. Next up is Tirreno-Adriatico, which starts next week, and while Yates ...

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The weekly spin: The Giro d’Italia is better than the Tour de France

Leave it to Simon Yates to say out loud what many in the cycling community have quietly believed for years now — the Giro d’Italia is better than the Tour de France. How is it better? Let us count the ways. It’s harder. It’s more beautiful. It’s more complicated. It’s more festive, less corporate, more beloved … The post The weekly spin: The Giro d’Italia is better than the Tour de France appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Meintjes targeting Tour de France in 2019

Louis Meintjes in Dimension Data's new jersey

After targeting the Giro d’Italia in 2018 , Louis Meintjes ( Dimension Data ) will return to the Tour de France this season. Meintjes has twice previously finished in the top 10 at the Grand Boucle and is hoping to get a top result there again after a difficult last 12 months. "I think that the plan will be to go for the Tour. We have to see how things go before then, but I think that will be the main thing," Meintjes told Cyclingnews . "To have a good Tour de France would definitely be a highlight." Meintjes is starting his journey towards the Tour de France at the UAE Tour this week. The South African raced the national championships earlier in February but this is the first proper test of how his winter went. It was a long off-season for Meintjes, who stopped his 2018 campaign after finishing ...

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Higuita's mid-season transfer to EF Education First brought forward to May

Sergio Andres Higuita (Euskadi) celebrates winning the white jersey at Volta a la Comunitat Valencia

When the favourites moved to the fore on the toughest stage of the Vuelta a Andalucia last weekend, it was hard to miss a figure in the bright orange colours of the Equipo Euskadi squad amongst their number. That rider was up-and-coming Colombian Sergio Higuita, who, at 21, held his own on the final ascent of Hazallanas and the long drop back to Granada in a select group of six chasers on stage 4. Not only that, Higuita was finally second on the stage, one of the best results in his pro career, as he took the small group sprint behind solo winner Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott). After beating WorldTour racers of the calibre of Jakob Fuglsang and Ion Izagirre (Mitchelton-Scott), Steven Kruijswijk (Jumbo-Visma) and Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) in the small group sprint on Saturday, Higuita then received a large hug of congratulations from the Equipo Euskadi team staff. But the ...

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Fuglsang wins 2019 Ruta del Sol

Matteo Trentin (Mitchelton-Scott) wins the final stage at Ruta del Sol

Jakob Fuglsang (Astana) won the Vuelta a Andalucia Ruta del Sol , finishing safely in the peloton on the final stage won by Matteo Trentin (Mitchelton-Scott). Fuglsang took the race leader’s yellow and black jersey after Saturday’s Queen stage through the Sierra Nevada mountains to Granada and his Astana team was never challenged during the final stage to Alhaurín de la Torre on the coast. Fuglsang is the first Danish winner of the early-season Spanish stage race and took yet another victory for Astana. His teammate Ion Izaguirre finished second overall at seven seconds, with Steven Kruijswijk (Jumbo-Visma) third at 11 seconds. Britain’s Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) was fifth overall at 57 seconds. Trentin was given a high-speed lead out by Mitchelton-Scott and then kicked away on the right of the road with 150 metres to race. He had the power and speed to beat Enrique Sanz (Euskadi-Murias) and Carlos Barbero ...

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Wellens rues tough day at the office in Vuelta a Andalucia

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

After two wins in three days and with the overall leader’s jersey on his back, Tim Wellens' path to overall victory in the Vuelta a Andalucia looked on track on Friday. But 24 hours later, after a tough mountain stage where he was dropped at the foot of the toughest climb, the Lotto Soudal rider had slumped ninth place overall. Wellens finished 19th on the stage, over three minutes down on stage winner Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott), but refused to blame the multiple race incidents, including an early crash and so problems with his saddle on the final descent, for his losing the lead. But the Belgian recognised that it had been a brutally difficult day. “I had a problem with my radio at the beginning of the race, and when I was coming back from the car I slipped on a corner,” a visibly tired Wellens told Cyclingnews afterwards. “It ...

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The Agony and the Ex-Stani

Oh, Captain! My Captain!

One man’s battle to pick a VDS squad The final Thursday Thoughts piece of 2019 comes out, fittingly, on a Saturday/Sunday night. I didn’t want to run this before the deadline but so much of my offseason writing has been leading up to picking a team that I thought I’d show my workings, as it were, for the last exam on the 2018/19 offseason. I know it is a bit self-indulgent, but I’m sure you’ll all enjoy the chance to talk about your own, undoubtedly superior, teams. I’ve loved writing this series (especially the “ Team PdC ” column. Thanks for your company and bring on the season proper. My philosophy I know you’re all desperate to hear the approach to team-building that led me to finish 182 nd in 2018. To that, I’d say the following: Shut up. I finished 3 rd in the 2018 Ed’s draft league and ...

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Simon Yates gets off to spectacular start with Ruta del Sol stage win

Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) attacks to take solo win at Ruta del Sol

When Simon Yates was seen dropping back through the peloton, shortly before the ascent to Alcala de los Gazules on stage 1 of the Ruta del Sol, it looked as if the Mitchelton-Scott rider might well be taking something of a back seat in his opening stage race of the season. A long turn on the front of the bunch on stage 2's interminable grind across central Andalucia close to the final suggested otherwise, though. And on Friday, a more than respectable eighth place on the time trial, with a brief spell in the provisional lead til he was ousted from there by his brother Adam, provided further evidence to the contrary. However, the terrain catered to Yates' strengths, the high mountains, where the 2018 Vuelta a España winner made it clearest of all that he was doing anything but getting in the miles. He launched a devastating double attack ...

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Fuglsang just 24 hours away from victory at Ruta del Sol

Jakob Fuglsang (Astana) moves into the overall lead at Ruta del Sol

Jakob Fuglsang ( Astana ) looks all but certain to take overall victory in the Ruta del Sol after a strong showing on the three toughest stages of the race have propelled him into the overall lead following stage 4 on Saturday. Second overall before the crucial stage 4, Fuglsang's long chase, almost unaided, at the head of the little group of GC favourites on the crunch climb of Hazallanas did not succeed in bringing back Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott). But with overnight race leader Tim Wellens dropped and rapidly shedding time, Fuglsang pushed to maintain his goal of taking the overall lead. The Dane was second on the Alcala de los Gazules uphill finish, second in the time trial and finally third on the toughest mountain stage in Granada on Saturday. Consistency has brought Fugslang within sight of what would be his first stage race victory since the Critérium du ...

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Ruta del Sol: Simon Yates solos to stage 4 win in the Sierra Nevada

Ruta del Sol: Simon Yates solos to stage 4 win in the Sierra Nevada

Fuglsang takes the overall from defending champion Wellens in Ruta's big climbing test. Read the full article at Ruta del Sol: Simon Yates solos to stage 4 win in the Sierra Nevada on VeloNews.com .

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Ruta del Sol: Simon Yates wins stage 4

Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) wins stage 4 at Ruta del Sol

Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) has hit the ground running in his first race of the 2019 season, winning stage the toughest mountain stage of the 2019 Vuelta a Andalucia , as the aggressive racing in the Sierra Nevada mountains cracked Tim Wellens (Lotto Soudal) and Jakob Fuglsang (Astana) took the race lead. The 2018 Vuelta a España winner stormed out of a rapidly fragmenting lead group roughly five kilometres from the summit of the brutally difficult Hazallanas climb, crossing the top of the last ascent of the stage with 44 seconds advantage. Yates then managed to keep the chasing group, led by an Astana trio of Fuglsang, Ion Izagirre and Pello Bilbao and also containing his brother Adam, at a distance on the long, fast descent back into Granada and the finish. Former race leader Tim Wellens (Lotto-Soudal) had a tough day, crashing early on, getting dropped at the foot of ...

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Ruta del Sol: Wellens wins individual time trial

Tim Wellens (Lotto Soudal) tries to stay aero during the time trial

Tim Wellens (Lotto Soudal) won the individual time trial of the Vuelta a Andalucia Ruta Ciclista del Sol, confirming that he has been working hard on his time trialing skills and giving him a shot at overall victory in the early-season Spanish stage race. Wellens stopped the clock with a time of 22:25 for the rolling course. He was two-second faster than Jakob Fuglsang, with his Astana teammate Ion Izagirre third at nine seconds. Wellens' second consecutive stage win cemented his overall lead, with the top of the GC board reflected the stage results. Fuglsang is now second overall at seven seconds, and Izagirre third at 14 seconds. Steven Kruijswijk (Jumbo-Visma) is fourth overall at 18 seconds and so still an overall contender. The stage looked set to be dominated by twins Adam and Simon Yates, who took turns in the hot seat after setting the fastest times. However they ...

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2020 Vuelta a Espana opens with team time trial in Utrecht

Simon Yates passed the first test in Andorra with his Vuelta leader's jersey intact

The 75th edition of the Vuelta a Espana will start in the Netherlands with a team time trial in Utrecht with organisers revealing the details of two other stages in the Utrecht and North Brabant provinces before the peloton flies to Spain on an early rest day. Utrecht thus becomes the first city to host stages of all three Grand Tours, having hosted the start of the Tour de France in 2015 and the finish of a stage of the Giro d'Italia in 2010. It is the second time that the Vuelta has started in the Netherlands, with the previous start being in 2009. Britain's Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) won the 2018 Vuelta a Espana . Javier Guillen, CEO of the Vuelta, said that the city was selected for a special reason. “La Vuelta 20 will be the 75th edition of our cycling Tour so we wanted a special start. We ...

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Thursday Thoughts: Lessons from the Drafts

Number One... but not for Pablo

Looking across the four men’s FSA-DS drafts This is the last Thursday Thoughts to come out on a Thursday, but there’s a bonus final edition coming this weekend. Expect something shortly after the (men’s) FSA-DS deadline. Many of us have found the pressure of not submitting teams too much to cope with and have pushed the fateful button. Others are hanging on hoping to avoid injury to their chosen crew. However, some of you are still out there, paralysed with indecision and crippled by choice. Today, I’m joined by Shawn as the two of us try to make your lives even harder. What lessons can we take from the various draft leagues to inform the selection of our main teams? For those of you who haven’t been paying attention, Shawn is running three draft leagues this year, as well as a young rider’s draft and a women’s draft. Thanks, Shawn! ...

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Simon Yates to kick off season at Ruta del Sol

Race leader Simon Yates (Mitchelton Scott) follows his teammates

Mitchelton-Scott 's Simon Yates will begin his season at the 2019 Vuelta a Andalucia Ruta Ciclista del Sol – also known simply as the Ruta del Sol – on Wednesday, and will be joined by his brother Adam, Esteban Chaves and Jack Haig at the mountainous five-day Spanish stage race. While Adam Yates started his season in early February at the Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana, where he took victory on the race's 'queen stage', Simon – winner of the 2018 Vuelta a España – will begin his build-up for May's Giro d'Italia at the Ruta del Sol, which his Mitchelton-Scott team have never participated at before. Simon Yates' last completed race was that overall Vuelta victory in Madrid last September, as he didn't finish at either the Worlds road race or the Giro dell'Emilia, which was his last race in early October. It's for that reason that Simon says ...

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