Lizzie Deignan on returning from pregnant pause to new Trek team

It is far from an everyday occurrence to sign up for a new cycling team while in your final trimester of pregnancy. However, the fact that Trek saw Lizzie Deignan’s impending motherhood as an opportunity, rather than a risk, spoke volumes to the former world champion about exactly why joining the new women’s cycling team … The post Lizzie Deignan on returning from pregnant pause to new Trek team appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Today at the Tour: The Spring Classics in July

The Paris-Roubaix champion won, ahead of a recent winner of Brabantse Pijl. Former winners of Liège-Bastogne-Liège finished third, fourth, and sixth, with a Flèche Wallonne winner fifth, and a former Roubaix winner in seventh. The current Milan-San Remo champion finished 10th. Welcome to the Spring Classics in July. The west coast of France looked a … The post Today at the Tour: The Spring Classics in July appeared first on CyclingTips .

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An enigma wrapped in rainbow stripes: Understanding Peter Sagan

I am sure as hell not going to pretend that I understand Peter Sagan. He’s a massively talented enigma to me, and I know that many journalists who cover pro cycling feel the same way. The last time I lobbed a question Sagan’s way was 18 months ago in a modest hotel conference room in … The post An enigma wrapped in rainbow stripes: Understanding Peter Sagan appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Bardet to approach the Tour de France with 'humility'

Romain Bardet (AG2R La Mondiale) at stage 4 of the Criterium du Dauphine

Romain Bardet heads into this Tour de France as the host nation's favourite for overall success. Twice on the podium in last two editions of the French Grand Tour, his AG2R La Mondiale team fields a roster expected to fully support his bid for another podium finish in Paris. "I have had the honor of climbing on the final podium twice before, so I will be ambitious again, and am surrounded by a great team," Bardet said in a team press release three days ahead of the Grand Depart. "The Tour is the race for which we prepare all year long, and we approach it with humility. It is a sporting and human adventure that validates a year of work." In the last two editions of the Tour de France, both won by Chris Froome (Team Sky), Bardet has placed second in 2016 and third in 2017. He has also ...

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The Fight for White: A Preview of the Young Guns at the Tour

It’s that time of the year again-- time for one of the most anticipated and most-likely-to-be-underwhelming events in the cycling world-- the Tour. While everyone else is caught up in the “Will she, won’t she?” romantic saga between the UCI and Chris Froome or the Three’s Company hijinx of the three Movistar leaders (Unzue is definitely Mr. Roper in this analogy, having been tricked into allowing Landa in), let’s take a look at the portion of the race that may just be the most exciting of this year’s Tour- the young riders’ competition. When it comes to the white jersey classification, I feel like David Wooderson from Dazed and Confused- What I love about these young rider competitions, man, is that I keep getting older, they stay the same age. That age of course, is 25 years old or younger, or more specifically any rider born after January 1, 1993. ...

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UCI announce 2019 Women's WorldTour calendar

Anna van der Breggen leads the Women's WorldTour after Fleche Wallonne victory

The UCI's Management Committee announced the 23 events that make up the 2019 Women's WorldTour on Friday. The committee met in Arzon, France, from June 19 to 21, to deliberate on the Agenda 2022 and its role in bringing gender equality to women's professional cycling , where they also validated the events for world-class series next season. “The 2019 calendar for the UCI Women’s WorldTour confirms the excellent health of women’s cycling," said President of the UCI, David Lappartient. "This series holds a central position in the development strategy of the UCI and of our sport in general, notably concerning men-women equality. It’s a global competition, consolidated in terms of the number of events and days of competition which will facilitate, without race overlaps, the participation of teams in all events on the calendar. The increase in the media coverage confirms the commitment of organisers, the confidence of broadcasters, the ...

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Greipel, De Gendt spearhead Lotto Soudal's Tour de France team

Andre Greipel wins stage 1 at the 2018 Tour Down Under

Lotto Soudal will head into the Tour de France with a team dedicated to winning stages. Spearheaded by veteran sprinter Andre Greipel and breakaway specialists Thomas de Gendt, the eight-man squad also includes one-day revelation Tiesj Benoot. As already announced, there is no place for Adam Hansen, who completed his 20th straight Grand Tour recently at the Giro d'Italia. Jasper De Buyst, Jens Keukeleire, Marcel Sieberg, Tomasz Marczynski and Jelle Vanendert make up the rest of the team. In a video posted on social media, the Tour de France team are selected by Marc Sergeant – although we only see his hands, and he sets up a Whatsapp group chat with the riders included. He then posts a congratulatory message before the video draws to a close. The video concludes before the two blue Whatsapp ticks appear, but it’s safe to assume that the riders already know whether they are ...

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Van der Breggen to skip Giro Rosa defense

Anna van der Breggen celebrates in pink after stage 9 at the Giro Rosa

Anna van der Breggen ( Boels Dolmans ) has opted to skip her defense of the the Giro d'Italia Internazionale Femminile , also known as the Giro Rosa, in July in order to focus on other events during the second half of the season. The Dutch all-rounder told Cyclingnews earlier this year that she is targeting a first world title at the 2018 UCI Road World Championships in Austria in September. "I will not ride the Giro Rosa this year," Van der Breggen wrote in a statement on her website. "Since 2010, I have raced it every year so far and this time I choose a different path. "The Giro requires a specific preparation and is a tough race to do. I thought it would be nice to have a different program this year. Also with a view to the rest of the season. And the rest of the season ...

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A chat with the champ: Peter Sagan has done just about everything. What’s next?

It’s good to be Peter Sagan. Over the past eight months the Slovakian star has become a father, won a third consecutive road world championship, launched his own line with Specialized, won Paris-Roubaix and Gent-Wevelgem, and put his name behind a pair of gran fondo events in California, the first of which was held over … The post A chat with the champ: Peter Sagan has done just about everything. What’s next? appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Van der Breggen dominates Women's WorldTour ranking

Anna van der Breggen leads the Women's WorldTour after Fleche Wallonne victory

Anna van der Breggen ( Boels Dolmans ) has kept hold of her lead in the Women's WorldTour after the three-day Tour of Chongming Island . Van der Breggen is the only rider to have won multiple rounds of the WorldTour this year, having claimed victory at Strade Bianche, the Tour of Flanders, Flèche Wallonne and Liège-Bastogne-Liège. Van der Breggen missed Tour of Chongming Island but her dominance means that she is 270 points clear of her closest rival, her teammate Chantal Blaak, at the moment. Amanda Spratt (Mitchelton-Scott), who scored two podium places during the Ardennes Classics at Amstel Gold and Liège-Bastogne-Liège, sits in third place. Jolien D'hoore may have missed out on defending her title at Chongming Island last week, but the Belgian champion won the inaugural Driedaagse De Panne in March and her runner-up place on the final stage in China, coupled with her top-10 GC finish, ...

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A Classic Run

Serry and Jungels at La Flèche

In a middlin’ spring season, one name stands out The spring classics are a wrap! Before letting them go, I wanted to pause long enough for posterity. What was it we’ll remember in ten years? That’s easy... Quick Step. But that might not be all. We saw a few quasi-historic results. We saw some people we wanted to get excited about do exciting things. Let’s run through them. Getty Images Sagan alone on the Pavé A Bit of History in the Making Peter Sagan and Niki Terpstra both completed their career Flanders-Roubaix double, entering... not Nirvana, but at least the Sotapanna stream. The pair became the 11th and 12th riders since 1980 to notch wins in both Monuments, an illustrious list apart from maybe some EPO-soaked entries. Suffice to say, winning two fairly different monuments tends to say really good things about riders. In Terpstra’s case, he was just the ...

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Peter Sagan’s $330,000 Facebook post and the value of cyclists’ social media

Atop the recent Paris-Roubaix podium, Peter Sagan appeared wearing a now-familiar pair of motocross goggles draped around his neck. Nothing to do with the cobbles’ mud and dust, the goggles are pure cross-promotion, for eyewear sponsor 100%. Some laugh, stylistas howl. Others shrug — hey, if anyone can pull it off, the charismatic world champion … The post Peter Sagan’s $330,000 Facebook post and the value of cyclists’ social media appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Anna van der Breggen and Chantal Blaak set to ride Tour de Yorkshire

Anna van der Breggen and Chantal Blaak set to ride Tour de Yorkshire

Joe Robinson 23 Apr 2018 World's best women racers set for start line as women's Tour de Yorkshire adds a day Fresh from yet another dominant spring, Anna van der Breggen (Boels-Dolmans) will head to the Tour de Yorkshire on 3rd May as she looks to win the first multi-stage edition of the race. The recent Liege-Bastogne-Liege and Tour of Flanders champion will be joined by compatriot, teammate and road race World Champion Chantal Blaak who has also been in a fine vein of form. The Dutch duo will be joined by the likes of former Tour de Yorkshire winner Kristen Wild (Wiggle High5), Ellen Van Dijk ( Team Sunweb ) and Chloe Hosking (Ale-Cipollini). Van der Breggen stormed the Spring Classics this year with victories at Liege and Flanders as well as Strade Bianche, crossing the line solo on each occasion. Added to these three race wins was also ...

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The next Belgian Classics star? Tim Wellens inches closer to greatness

Tom Boonen. Philippe Gilbert. Greg Van Avermaet. These are the names that have dominated headlines in Belgium in recent years. And now, who comes next? Looking at career progression, it may well be Tim Wellens. The Belgian has been banging on the door for a long time. He’s already a proven winner: take races such … The post The next Belgian Classics star? Tim Wellens inches closer to greatness appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Morton: I've got unfinished business with the Tour of California

Best young rider Lachlan Morton (Dimension Data) was seventh

Lachlan Morton ( Dimension Data ) says he's got some unfinished business with the Tour of California . The Australian has centred the first part of his 2018 season around the week-long race as he looks to improve on his seventh-place finish from last year. It will be his fifth appearance at the American stage race, with his result last year far and away his best performance. The previous year saw him crash heavily and abandon after a strong showing on the third stage to Lake Tahoe, which was won by Julian Alaphilippe. "My big goal for the first part of the year is the Tour of California," Morton told Cyclingnews at the Tour of the Alps. "I had pretty good results there last year but I think that I could have been better so the start of the year has been about getting myself ready for that. I’ve had ...

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Liège: A Farewell to Ans

La Doyenne makes its final appearance in the ‘burbs When was the last time you truly loved an edition of Liège-Bastogne-Liège? On some level it will always be a beautiful race, winding around the Ardennes, past the farms, on skinny Belgian roads, some of which go uphill for quite a while. The concept of an out-and-back, two vastly different legs connecting the same poles, is brilliance. The history of the race can’t be forgotten. We love it, it’s a monument. But when have we loved the race on race day itself? That’s a subjective matter — I was fond of the Poels and Gilbert wins of the last decade, and the Hamilton victory in 2003 and Di Luca win in 2007, until I finally accepted the underlying reality. That’s about it. I can describe and rank the enjoyability of the last 13 or 14 Tours of Flanders without looking up ...

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Liege-Bastogne-Liege 2018: Who are the favourites and who should you be backing?

Joe Robinson 17 Apr 2018 A look at the favourites for victory at 'La Doyenne' this weekend Liege-Bastogne-Liege is the third Monument of the cycling calendar and takes place this Sunday in the French-speaking Ardennes region of Belgium. It traditionally ends the Spring Classics season and pits the punchiest climbers in the professional peloton against one another. The oldest of the five Monuments, Liege's defining characteristic has always been its hilly parcours. The climbs are leg-sapping and ever-present with 11 categorised ascents sprawled across the out-and-back 258km course, nine of which are in the second half of the race. While 'La Doyenne' has been subject to route changes - with one scheduled for the 2019 race - the epicentre of the race has forever been that of the Cote de La Redoute, a 2.1km climb in the small Wallonian town of Aywaille. At an average of 8.4% with pitches of ...

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La Flèche Wallonne Preview: The inevitability of death, taxes, and Valverde

If Liege-Bastogne-Liege is known as La Doyenne, then its sister race, La Fleche Wallonne, should be properly known as La Dame Ennuyeuse as it has been as predictable as any race this side of Scheldeprijs. Also acceptable would be La Dame Espagnole as the last six years have all be won Spaniards: Joaquim Rodriguez, Dani Moreno, and Alejandro Valverde x 4. Only the most ascetic of fans would be clamoring for live coverage of the entire race, as it is often only the last three minutes of the race that are interesting. And those last three minutes of the sprint up the Mur de Huy are invariably fun to watch even if it’s more of the brute strength variety of entertainment rather than the intellectual, strategic delights of some of the other classics. (There’s also something to be said for the deluded optimism of holding out hope for the rider ...

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Blaak leads Women's WorldTour after Amstel Gold victory - Women's news shorts

Chantal Blaak (Boels Dolmans) wins Amstel Gold Race and leads Women's WorldTour

Chantal Blaak (Boels Dolmans) moved into the lead of the Women's WorldTour after winning Amstel Gold Race on Sunday. The Boels Dolmans rider leads the ranking with 538 points. Two teammates follow her in the rankings, with Amy Pieters in second at 455 points and Anna van der Breggen in third with 408 points. Amstel Gold Race marks Blaak's first win of the series this season, which Boels Dolmans has dominated so far. Pieters won Ronde van Drenthe and Van der Breggen won Strade Bianche and Tour of Flanders. As for the other rounds, Jolien D'hoore (Mitchelton-Scott) won Driedaagse de Panne, Kasia Niewiadoma (Canyon-SRAM) won Trofeo Alfredo Binda and Marta Bastianelli (Ale Cipollini) won Gent-Wevelgem. The Women's WorldTour will continue with Flèche Wallonne on April 18 and Liège-Bastogne-Liège on April 22. Amanda Spratt (Mitchelton-Scott) sprinted to third place at Amstel Gold Race after animating what turned out to be the ...

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Niewiadoma and Ferrand-Prevot form two-pronged approach at Amstel Gold Race

Kasia Niewiadoma and Pauline Ferrand-Prevot (Canyon-SRAM)

Canyon-SRAM announced their line-up at the Amstel Gold Race to include two potential winners in Kasia Niewiadoma and Pauline Ferrand-Prévot . The Polish rider says that focus will be the key to winning on Sunday. "You have to fight with your own weaknesses from the start until the finish line," Niewiadoma said. "You need to be alert and attentive all the time. If you lose your focus, even for a few minutes, there is no place inside the race for you anymore." Niewiadoma has targeted the three Ardennes Classics, which begin with Amstel Gold Race on Sunday and also include Flèche Wallonne and Liège-Bastogne-Liège. Last year she placed thid in all three events behind winner Anna van der Breggen and runner-up Lizzie Deignan. She's will likely play the leading role for Canyon-SRAM at Amstel Gold Race given her top performances this season: second at Strade Bianche and a victory at ...

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