Week 10’s Team of the Week + More

Races of the week: Just one race this week, the Tour of Romandie Team of the week: And because there was just one race, there’s just three riders on this week’s team. First named rider is the rider of the week and if a rider has a number in parentheses after their name it means the number of times they have made the select Team of the Week here. 1. Primoz Roglic. Wins Romandie almost wire to wire. Second on points. Masterful defense since stage 2 and especially on stage 3 : wouldn't let Bernal go and then pipped him at the finish line for second on the stage. serious competitor. Now we get to watch him sandbag prior to the Tour-which he could win. Next race for him is the Tour of Slovenia. 2. Egan Bernal. 2nd at Romandie, winner of the youth jersey, 2nd on KOM, 3rd on ...

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Brits at the Giro d'Italia: Who's on the start list?

Joe Robinson 27 Apr 2018 A look at the homegrown talent taking to the start line of the Giro in Jerusalem next week The 101st Giro d'Italia will kick off this time next week with a short individual time trial around the streets of Jerusalem, Isreal, making history as the first Grand Tour stage to take place outside of the shores of Europe. The 176 man field will roll off the start ramp one by one, pitting themselves against the technical course in search of the first pink jersey in the race. Among those riding the Grande Partenza will just four British riders, all of whom will be racing for completely varying goals. Chief among those will be Chris Froome (Team Sky), who despite the mountain of controversy surrounding his presence, will be looking to make history with three consecutive Grand Tour victories. While four riders may seem like a ...

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Chaves and Simon Yates form two-pronged Mitchelton-Scott approach at Giro d'Italia

Maglia rosa Esteban Chaves (Orica-GreenEdge) waves to the crowd at the start of stage 20 Giro d'Ital

Esteban Chaves and Simon Yates will form a two-pronged approach at the upcoming Giro d'Italia , with the Mitchelton-Scott naming what it describes as "one of the strongest line-ups possible" to support their two leaders. Chaves finished runner-up at the Giro in 2016, losing the pink jersey to Vincenzo Nibali on the penultimate day, and he went on to finish on the podium of the Vuelta a España and then win Il Lombardia later that year. Things didn't go so smoothly last year as injury and personal problems derailed his Tour de France debut, but the Colombian is confident he can return to Grand Tour contention. "I'm really happy to be going back to Italy. When I became professional, I lived in Italy and it has been the place for my toughest moments, but also the most beautiful moments of my career," said Chaves, who suffered a career-threatening crash at ...

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Adam Yates to return to racing at Tour of California after Catalunya crash

Adam Yates celebrates his stage 5 win at Tirreno-Adriatico

Two months after he crashed out of the Volta a Catalunya, fracturing his pelvis, Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) will make his return to racing at the Tour of California. “He’s missed Catalunya, of course, and Pais Vasco, but California was where he was supposed to get back to racing anyway for the Tour, so it’s good news,” Mitchelton-Scot t directeur sportif Matt White told Cyclingnews. Yates crashed heavily at the end of stage 3 of the Volta a Catalunya, leaving the race in an ambulance and heading to a nearby hospital for a check-up. He was diagnosed with a fractured pelvis, although the fracture was later reported to be stable. His team said after the accident he would spend 10 days off the bike before getting back to training. Meanwhile, Yates’ brother and teammate Simon won the final stage of the Volta a Catalunya and took fourth overall. As April comes ...

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A future great? Haig impressing in Spring Classics as Giro debut beckons

Chirpy, animated and happily giving interviews, Jack Haig looks like he has just ridden to the shops. Around him are shattered riders, professionals who have dragged themselves to the top of the Mur de Huy and show all the signs of a tough Flèche Wallonne with its exhausting final climb. But, other than some dirt … The post A future great? Haig impressing in Spring Classics as Giro debut beckons appeared first on CyclingTips .

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How to attack a punchy climb like… Peter Sagan

How to attack a punchy climb like… Peter Sagan

The key components to attacking on a climb are explosive power, positioning, and the ability to preserve energy. Depending on how long the climb is, there are finishing climbs where sprinters such as Peter Sagan can win. How to climb like Simon Yates Wahoo Kickr Climb first ride review Can one gear really work for hill climbs? Good out-of-the-saddle power, where the rider flows with the bike, at the same time as transferring all power to the pedals is not unlike a sprint. This skill cannot be utilised from the back of the bunch, or when the rider is fatigued… Peter Sagan is good at everything. He can follow accelerations in the saddle or out of it. He is a master of positioning himself in the right place with the least energy expenditure. If you have the right physical attributes, you also need bunch positioning skills, as well as knowledge ...

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Youthful Mitchelton-Scott squad for Vuelta al Pais Vasco

Michael Albasini (Mitchelton - Scott)

Mitchelton-Scott has announced a youthful team for Vuelta al Pais Vasco with all bar Michael Albasini under 30 years of age. The 37-year-old Albasini will an important road captain for the team of youthful climbers and the versatile Chris Juul-Jensen . The Australian trio of Jack Haig , Lucas Hamilton and Rob Power round out the team. Carlos Verona completes the seven-rider roster and will be on home roads during the six-stage race starting Monday in Zarautz. Despite the team losing Adam Yates to injury , 25-year-old Verona is expecting a strong showing from Mitchelton-Scott. "I have done Pais Vasco every year since I became pro in 2013, so this will be my sixth participation and it is always a challenging race. I think it is the WorldTour race where the climbing level is higher as there's hardly any opportunities for the sprinters. The steep and short climbs, the narrow ...

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SSSSRSSP - GP Big Mig

SSSRSSP has gone to Italy, France, and Belgium. While the rest of the cycling world is focused on Belgium this week, we’re taking a trip to Spain and can add an extra “S” to the name. Welcome to Shawn’s Shit Small Spanish Race Shit Small Preview. Often times races named after riders have very little relation to the titular cyclist. You’ve got the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race *FN 1 (usually won by a sprinter), the Settimana Internazionale Coppi e Bartali (short stages, no climbs, and no cigarettes?) the Memorial Marco Pantani (Italian SSR sprinter territory), the Davide Rebellin Young Guns Challenge, the Bo Hamburger, Taco Van der Hoorn, and Davide Malacarne Vegan-Olympics, and the Odd Christian Eiking Totally Normal and Secular Road Race. *FN 2 The Gran Premio Miguel Indurain defies that trend. Miguel Indurain is much like his eponymous race-- not flashy, but reliably good. Big Mig ...

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Peter Sagan and Valverde climb WorldTour rankings

Peter Sagan wins Gent-Wevelgem 2018

After a busy week of WorldTour racing, it is all change at the top of the men’s standings. Alejandro Valverde ( Movistar ) has jumped from sixth to the top of the individual men's WorldTour rankings after claiming his third Volta a Catalunya title, while Peter Sagan ( Bora-Hansgrohe ) also surged up the rankings from 14th to second thanks to his win at Gent-Wevelgem . Valverde won two stages on his way to overall success at Catalunya, putting him to the top of the unofficial victory list too, with eight to his name already. Valverde went into the final stage with a slim 16-second advantage over Team Sky’s Egan Bernal, but his victory was all but sealed when Bernal crashed in the final kilometres. Movistar went on to dominate the podium, with Nairo Quintana taking second, while Pierre Latour (AG2R La Mondiale) edged out Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) for the ...

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Volta a Catalunya: Yates solos to stage glory, Valverde wins again

Volta a Catalunya: Yates solos to stage glory, Valverde wins again

Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) busted out a late move to win the final stage of the Volta a Catalunya and improve his standing from fifth to fourth overall. Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) won the race overall for the second year in a row.

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Persistence pays off for Simon Yates at Volta a Catalunya

Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) wins the final stage of Volta a Catalunya

A gutsy series of late attacks by Simon Yates ( Michelton-Scott ) in the Volta a Catalunya was rewarded with a fine lone stage 7 win for the British climber. Yates could not quite make the overall podium, however, finishing behind overall winner Alejandro Valverde and runner-up Nairo Quintana (both Movistar), while Pierre Latour (AG2R La Mondiale) was third overall. Yates finished in fourth with the same time as Latour. Yates said he was still delighted to have got a stage win after tenacious racing by Michelton-Scott in the teeth of Movistar's domination of the entire Volta a Catalunya. His first late-race move was when he bridged across to a break of nine on the hilly Montjuic circuit, shortly after teammate Daryl Impey had already made his own move across to the lead attack. When that nine-rider break was brought back, Yates dug deep and went again, managing to drop ...

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Catalunya: Yates wins final stage, Valverde takes third career GC title

Catalunya: Yates wins final stage, Valverde takes third career GC title

Simon Yates won the final stage of the Volta a Catalunya in solo fashion, as Alejandro Valverde took the overall title for the third time. Read the full article at Catalunya: Yates wins final stage, Valverde takes third career GC title on VeloNews.com .

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Volta a Catalunya: Simon Yates wins final stage, Valverde takes overall

Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) wins the final stage of Volta a Catalunya

Alejandro Valverde ( Movistar ) had to fight every metre of the way to win his third Volta a Catalunya in a dramatic, crash-ridden finale that saw second-placed Egan Bernal (Team Sky) abandon the race injured, and Simon Yates (Michelton-Scott) take the stage win. The defending champion responded personally to several attacks by Bernal and Yates on a tumultuous series of multiple 6.6-kilometre laps of the slippery, hilly final circuit through the Montjuic Park in Barcelona. Yates went clear first with teammate Daryl Impey, then formed a four-rider attack with another Michelton-Scott rider, Carlos Verona. He finally dropped Valverde’s teammate Marc Soler - who had beaten the Briton recently in Paris-Nice - to claim the stage win alone. Valverde, however, remained the overall leader, taking the Volta a Catalunya ahead of Nairo Quintana - the overall winner in 2016 - and Pierre LaTour (AG2R La Mondiale). It was Valverde’s third ...

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Transfer Mechanics: The lay of the land in 2018

2018 Transfer Mechanics

It’s only March but shoots of spring are already visible in the transfer market, and this year looks set to be just as intriguing, complex and fraught as previous seasons. Although there are no new WorldTour projects on the horizon, at least two teams face uncertain futures, while a raft of squads have space and funds to reinvest with new riders. The main storylines in 2018: • BMC Racing’s long-term future • The situation surrounding Chris Froome • Question marks over Astana’s stability • A raft of sprinters on the market There are also a number of important subplots: Bahrain-Merida and Trek-Segafredo have significant wiggle room in the market, with both teams only holding five or fewer riders with contracts for 2019. Mitchelton-Scott have more riders under contract for 2019, but three of their biggest stars – Adam and Simon Yates, and Caleb Ewan are all on the market. There ...

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Soler sacrifices own chance of success for Valverde in Volta a Catalunya

Marc Soler (Movistar)

Recent Paris-Nice winner and local favourite Marc Soler ( Movistar ) saw his own chances of repeating last year’s breakthrough podium finish in the Volta a Catalunya go up in smoke on Thursday as teammate Alejandro Valverde took a commanding victory - but the young Catalan says he has no regrets. Speaking before the Volta a Catalunya, Soler said that he would sacrifice his own chances if needed for teammates Valverde or Nairo Quintana, and that his ideal race would be "to set things up for Nairo and Alejandro, and then let one of them finish it off." Soler duly kept his word on the ascent to La Molina, driving away at the head of a rapidly shrinking lead group in what was clearly a previously planned tactic. "The team did exactly as planned today," Soler said later, "it was all about Valverde and that's how it worked out." Valverde ...

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Adam Yates out with pelvis fracture following Volta a Catalunya crash

Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott)

Adam Yates ( Mitchelton-Scott ) was diagnosed with a fractured pelvis in scans taken after his crash on Wednesday's stage 3 of the Volta a Catalunya . The 25-year-old was in the front group in the closing kilometre of the modified stage to Camprondon when there was a stack-up in the bunch. He crashed heavily along with Jordi Simon (Burgos BH) and Daniel Navarro (Cofidis). According to the Mitchelton-Scott team, Yates consultated with an orthopedic specialist today in Girona and received confirmation that the fracture was stable and no surgery would be required. "He will take 10 days of complete rest before we conduct another x-ray to confirm the healing process," Team doctor Robbart van Linschoten said in a press release. "At this point, pending results and pain levels, Adam can begin to ride again on the home trainer." Yates was supporting his brother Simon in Catalunya with both twins ...

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Volta a Catalunya: Valverde wins stage 4 in La Molina

Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) wins on La Molina

The Movistar team dominated the mountain stage up to the ski resort of La Molina in the Volta a Catalunya, with Alejandro Valverde winning the stage and taking back the overall race lead. Egan Bernal (Team Sky) and Pierre Latour (AG2R La Mondiale) were the only two able to respond when Valverde, Nairo Quintana and Marc Soler forced the selection in the final seven kilometres of the stage. Bernal bravely tried to attack the trio and eventually distanced Soler but then Quintana and Valverde worked him over, with the veteran Spaniard jumping past his younger rival to win the stage. Quintana finished six seconds back with Latour fighting to hold on for fourth place at 23 seconds. Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) brought home the chase but was 53 seconds behind. Valverde now leads Bernal by 19 seconds in the general classification, with Quintana moving up to third at 26 seconds after ...

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Quintana keeps breakaways under control for Valverde in Volta a Catalunya

Nairo Quintana (Movistar)

Nairo Quintana reminded fans and rivals alike why Movistar have been tipped as top favourites in the Volta a Catalunya on Wednesday's stage 3 as he followed a dangerous late breakaway up the road. The move contained heavyweights of the calibre of Mathias Frank (AG2R La Mondiale), Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) and Simon Yates (Michelton-Scott), all of them serious threats to Alejandro Valverde's overall lead. But in a flurry of attacks and counter-moves that largely took place in a tunnel less than 15 kilometres from the finish, Quintana - riding only his second stage race of the season - was able to follow the trio. The Colombian then largely sat on the back of the quartet as it forged a maximum gap of 30 seconds on the peloton before Sky and, much later, Bahrain-Merida, worked hard to bring back their rivals. Quintana did try a brief dig close to the finish ...

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Pinot finds unexpected strength at Volta a Catalunya

Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ)

Groupama-FDJ 's Thibaut Pinot surprised both himself and his rivals when he surged into a dangerous late breakaway during stage 3 of the Volta a Catalunya , culminating in a third place on the day. Although the four-man attack with Nairo Quintana (Movistar), Mathias Frank (AG2R La Mondiale) and Simon Yates (Michelton-Scott) was caught at the line, Pinot still managed to make third on the stage. As a result of the time bonus, the French star is now sixth overall. Pinot was visibly pleased with his performance at the finish, talking to journalists for some time as he wheeled round after the line despite the freezing temperatures. The Volta a Catalunya is only his second race of the season, and the Giro d’Italia and Tour de France, his main goals of the year, are still a good few weeks away. Even so, on a day which was supposedly a transition ...

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De Gendt sees hard work pay off with Volta a Catalunya stage win

Thomas De Gendt on the stage 3 podium at Volta a Catalunya

One season rolls by and then another, but Thomas De Gendt 's ability to snatch prestigious stage wins remains undiminished. In the Volta a Catalunya 's stage 3 on Wednesday, the Lotto-Soudal rider pulled off one of his most spectacular victories to date. De Gendt's success, his third stage win in the Volta, came after a day-long breakaway, first in the company of four other riders and then alone with 28 kilometres to go, finishing on the line with 20 seconds over the main pack. A dangerous late four-rider attack with Simon Yates (Michelton-Scott) and Nairo Quintana (Movistar) meant that rather than allowing De Gendt to open up a decent margin, the Belgian came within a whisker of being caught up in the GC battle behind. After his wins in Port Ainé and Barcelona in previous years, De Gendt now has a third Volta stage win in his palmarès. As ...

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