Road tubeless finally comes of age | Redesigned Schwalbe Pro One released

Schwalbe Pro One Tubeless Easy tyre

Revamped tubeless tyre said to faster and lighter, with improved puncture protection and durability

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Fuglsang opts to stay with Astana

Jakob Fuglsang with his first-placed trophy

Jakob Fuglsang has signed a new two-year contract with the Astana team, keen to continue as their Grand Tour leader despite considering his options elsewhere during the summer. The Dane turned 34 in March and has enjoyed his best ever season, winning Liège-Bastogne-Liège and the Critérium du Dauphiné and taking a sting of placings in tough Classics such as Strade Bianche, Amstel Gold Race and La Flèche Wallonne. Fuglsang's victory at the Critérium du Dauphiné and strong form made him a favourite for the Tour de France but he crashed hard on stage 1 and eventually crashed out of the race on stage 16 to Nimes, hurting his hand. That also hurt his contract options and meant he has still to truly confirm his Grand Tour credentials. Fuglsang has not raced since the Tour de France but was named in Astana's line-up for the Vuelta a España. He will support ...

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Gravel time trial to 2,850m summit of Mount Etna reported for 2020 Giro d'Italia

Gravel time trial to 2,850m summit of Mount Etna reported for 2020 Giro d'Italia

Joe Robinson 20 Aug 2019 Race to reach altitude with added bonus of gravel and potential volcanic eruptions The Giro d'Italia is looking to turn up the heat in 2020 with a gravel time trial on Mount Etna that finishes 2,850m above sea level. It has already been confirmed that the race will visit the southern Italian island of Sicily once the race has left the Grande Partenza in Budapest, Hungary, but it is now expected to visit altitude on the famous volcano. According to reports in the Italian press, rather than climbing the usual tarmac ascent, the proposed route for next year will take the race along a finely-packed gravel road that finishes at 2,850m. Volcanic expert Marco Neri helped pen a nine-page document for the Catania region which was sent to race organiser RCS arguing for the inclusion of this new route, according to Meridio News . 'From ...

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Lopez leads strong Astana squad at Vuelta a Espana

Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana)

Astana have named a strong squad to start the Vuelta a España , with a number of experienced riders heading to Spain in support of team leader Miguel Ángel López . The eight-man team, with key riders including Jakob Fuglsang and Luis León Sánchez, boasts an impressive 93 Grand Tour starts, an average age of 31.25, and eight stage race victories between them in 2019. López, who finished third at the Vuelta last year, heads up the team. The Colombian won Colombia 2.1 and the Volta a Catalunya earlier in the season, and was the best young rider at the Giro d'Italia. With two podium and four top ten placings from five career Grand Tours, he'll be aiming for the podium at least. Fuglsang has been one of the riders of the season in 2019 and could mount a GC challenge of his own. He lay in ninth at the ...

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Mathieu van der Poel: Alaphilippe is the favourite for World Championships

Mathieu van der Poel (Corendon-Circus)

Mathieu van der Poe l has named Julian Alaphilippe as the number favourite to become world road race champion next month, insisting the pressures of his own favourite status weigh lightly on his broad but young shoulders. Van der Poel is targeting the rainbow jersey on the road after a revelatory spring classics campaign this year in which he won Dwars door Vlaanderen and Amstel Gold Race. He also became cyclo-cross world champion in February and has won three mountain bike World Cups over the summer, but has made a successful return to the road this week at the Arctic Race of Norway as he begins his preparation for the Yorkshire Worlds at the end of September. Speaking to reporters in Norway about the Yorkshire World Championships , Van der Poel quickly reached for the name of Alaphilippe, who has won Milan-San Remo, Strade Bianche and La Fleche Wallonne this ...

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Tiesj Benoot heading to Team Sunweb next season

Tiesj Benoot heading to Team Sunweb next season

Joseph Delves 14 Aug 2019 Young Belgian Classics rider formerly linked to Team Ineos will instead leave Lotto-Soudal to bolster Team Sunweb Winner of the 2018 Strade Bianche, Tiesj Benoot is off to Team Sunweb as the 25-year-old Lotto–Soudal rider is heading to the German squad on a two-year deal. Although Benoot has failed to gain a result as big as his previous win in Tuscany this season, he’s consistently performed at races including the Tour de Suisse, Dwars door Vlaanderen and Tour of Flanders . Despite having started his career with Lotto-Soudal back in 2014, Benoot has been reported as keen to leave since earlier this season. See related Professional cycling transfers 2019-2020: All the moves and shakes Vuelta a Espana 2019: Route, race reports, TV guide and all you need to know Tour of Britain 2019: Route, teams and all you need to know With his stock rising, ...

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Team Sunweb confirm signing of Tiesj Benoot

Tiesj Benoot (Lotto Soudal)

Team Sunweb have announced the signing of Tiesj Benoot from Lotto Soudal, with the Belgian agreeing a contract that will see him stay at the team until the end of 2021. Benoot turned professional with Lotto Soudal in 2015 and has raced with them for the past five seasons. The 25-year-old has established himself as one of the peloton's premier classics riders, able to compete on the hills and over the cobbles alike. In his debut spring classics campaign, Benoot burst onto the scene with a fourth place at the Tour of Flanders, his best result yet at his home race. The 2018 edition of Strade Bianche is Benoot's sole career victory thus far, while fourth at Tirreno-Adriatico in 2018 and this year's Tour de Suisse count among his other career highlights. Benoot has raced two Tours de France, finishing 20th overall in 2017 and taking second place behind Daryl ...

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The weekly spin: It’s not just WorldTour men competing at gravel races

When the field lines up for the Steamboat Gravel event — okay, okay SBT GRVL — on August 18, there will be some recognizable faces from across professional road, mountain, and cyclocross racing. They won’t just be recognizable men’s faces. The inaugural SBT GRVL event is shaping up to offer one of the highest-profile women’s fields … The post The weekly spin: It’s not just WorldTour men competing at gravel races appeared first on CyclingTips .

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The weekly spin: What we can expect from the 2020 Tour de France

The days that follow the Tour de France always leave cyclings fans with a bout of melancholy. After three weeks of closely following the biggest event in the sport, the vacuum that follows is profound. Yes, there are other races, but none that demand the collective attention of the Tour. This year’s race was exceptionally … The post The weekly spin: What we can expect from the 2020 Tour de France appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Dimension Data to become Team NTT in 2020

Dimension Data to become Team NTT in 2020

George Smith 17 Jul 2019 Currently having a lacklustre Tour de France after making the mistake of leaving Mark Cavendish at home, Dimension Data announce a rebrand South African-registered WorldTour team Dimension Data are to be rebranded as Team NTT for the 2020 season and have announced that Matteo Sobrero, 22, and Samuele Battistella, 20, will step up from their Continental feeder team to the WorldTour. Nippon Telegraph and Telephone (NTT), a large telecommunications company, has been the parent company of Dimension Data since 2010, with all Dimension Data operations excluding those in South Africa and the Middle East becoming a full part of NTT at the start of July 2019. The change in name is only being billed as a rebranding, with senior figures and operations at the team likely to remain unchanged into the new season. The announcement of the change was dominated by the news that young ...

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The audacity of Julian Alaphilippe

Julian Alaphilippe rose over the penultimate pitch of La Planche des Belles Filles, through a cloud of churned dust and headlights, alone in the frame. Inside the slim gap between his arrival and that of Geraint Thomas lived a moment where anything seemed possible. Even Julian Alaphilippe winning the Tour de France. Julian Alaphilippe will … The post The audacity of Julian Alaphilippe appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Julian Alaphilippe’s stage-winning Specialized S-Works Tarmac Disc from the 2019 Tour de France

Julian Alaphilippe's Specialized S-Works Tarmac Disc

Deceuninck-Quick-Step rider solos into the yellow jersey on Specialized's lightweight all-rounder

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Tour de France: 'He races on emotion' says Lefevere of Alaphilippe

Julain Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep) solos to victory during stage 3 at the Tour de France

"Cycling wouldn't be what it is if we didn't have riders like Julian, who race on emotion," said Deceuninck-QuickStep manager Patrick Lefevere following Julian Alaphilippe 's win on stage 3 of the Tour de France in Epernay on Monday – which was enough to also take the yellow jersey. Alaphilippe is enjoying his best season yet – already, at this point of the year, more successful than his breakout 2018 season, when his wins included Flèche Wallonne, the Clasica San Sebastian and two stages at the Tour. This year, the Frenchman's victories already include Strade Bianche, Milan-San Remo and a second Flèche. Now, just three days into the 2019 Tour, he has another stage win, and cycling's ultimate prize on his shoulders. Additionally, Lefevere recently persuaded the 27-year-old to re-sign for another two years with the team he joined in 2014. With interest from a number of other WorldTour teams, ...

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Van Aert sets aside personal ambition in Tour de France debut

Wout van Aert talks to media ahead of the 2019 Tour de France

As Belgium prepares for the Tour de France Grand Depart in Brussels, where cycling legend Eddy Merckx will be feted on the 50th anniversary of his first maillot jaune, there is ample attention surrounding another Belgian star of the present day, Wout van Aert ( Jumbo-Visma ), the winner of two stages - the individual time trial and the next day's bunch sprint - and the points jersey in the Critérium du Dauphiné and, more recently, the new Belgian national time trial champion. It's been a whirlwind year for the 24-year-old, who was nearly jobless after a heated contract dispute with his former Verandas Willems team, but once that was resolved Van Aert was swept into the WorldTour a season early with Jumbo-Visma. Van Aert quickly turned his year around after a disappointing cyclo-cross season, landing on the podium in Strade Bianche and the E3 BinckBank Classic before his stand-out ...

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ASO's Fleche Wallonne and Liege-Bastogne-Liege included in 2020 Women's WorldTour

UCI Women's Teams racing on the 2019 Women's WorldTour

The UCI announced the 22 races that will make up the 2020 Women's WorldTour that will include Flèche Wallonne and Liège-Bastogne-Liège, despite ASO's recent threat to pull the two races from the top-tier calendar if they were forced to provide the 45 minutes of live TV coverage mandated by the UCI. The UCI confirmed in its announcement, however, that all organisers had accepted the new criteria for the Women's WorldTour reforms. That would suggest that ASO is now onboard with the 45 minutes of live TV coverage, but a representative of ASO told Cyclingnews earlier this month that the issue surrounding mandatory live TV coverage was still a 'work-in-progress'. The UCI also told Cyclingnews earlier this month that the discussion over mandatory TV coverage is on-going but that mandatory live TV coverage would remain part of the criteria for being a Women's WorldTour event. "In line with our strategy to ...

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Cadel’s Race promoted to Women’s WorldTour

Supported by The women’s Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race has been promoted to WorldTour level for 2020. The one-day race, officially the Deakin University Elite Women’s Road Race, is the first event in the Southern Hemisphere to join the top tier of women’s road cycling since the Women’s WorldTour began in 2016. The UCI confirmed the … The post Cadel’s Race promoted to Women’s WorldTour appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Fuglsang backed by 'strong and experienced' Astana team at Tour de France

Jakob Fuglsang on the final Dauphine podium

Critérium du Dauphiné winner Jakob Fuglsang will lead a strong Astana team at the Tour de France, with Alexey Lutsensko, Pello Bilbao and Gorka Izagirre among the supporting cast. The eight-man roster is completed by Canada's Hugo Houle, Omar Fraile, Magnus Cort and Luis Leon Sanchez, giving the Kazakhstani team options for stage victories. "With this strong and experienced team, we are ready to fight for the best possible result," Astana manager Dmitriy Fofonov said in a statement released by the team. Although Fuglsang’s best-ever placing in a Grand Tour remains his 7th place on the 2013 Tour de France, he has added his name to the list of favourites for this year’s race after a remarkable sequence of performances and results so far in 2019. Fuglsang soloed to victory at Liège-Bastogne-Liège in April and finished on the podium at Strade Bianche, Amstel Gold Race, Flèche Wallonne and Tirreno-Adriatico. The ...

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Van Vleuten hoping to shine in home Dutch championships

Annemiek Van Vleuten celebrates her second consecutive time trial world title

World time trial champion Annemiek van Vleuten ( Mitchelton-Scott ) is aiming to add a fourth national time trial title in the Dutch Road Championships this weekend and has extra motivation because the event is being held close to her home in Wageningen. Van Vleuten will debut her rainbow jersey in the 31.8km women's race on Wednesday in Ede. The 36-year-old wrote on her personal website, "I think it's super nice to be able to ride this Dutch time trial in my own 'backyard' and also in my rainbow jersey. That will also be the first time this season because the Dutch Championship will be my first time trial of the year." "I have ridden the road that we are travelling on at least a hundred times. The course is not technical. We are actually racing back and forth on the same road," she added. Van Vleuten will head down ...

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The weekly spin: Jakob Fuglsang’s last, best chance to win the Tour de France

Can a veteran rider well into his thirties who has never stood on a Grand Tour podium win the Tour de France? It happened last year with Geraint Thomas — another rider who had not historically been the strongest climber nor time trialist, but was always capable at both — and it could well happen … The post The weekly spin: Jakob Fuglsang’s last, best chance to win the Tour de France appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Stybar extends with Deceuninck–QuickStep as Belgian squad build for the future

Zdenek Stybar (Deceuninck-QuickStep) wins Omloop Het Nieuwsblad

Zdenek Stybar has signed a new two-year contract with Deceuninck–QuickStep , continuing his role in the Belgian team's Classics squad while also helping and mentoring the team’s younger talents. Stybar will be 34 in December but won Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and E3 Harelbeke this spring and helped his teammates to success in others races, confirming his own ability and his generosity as a teammate. Deceuninck–QuickStep won 77 races in 2018 and have already won 41 races this season. Stybar is a former world cyclo-cross champion but successfully transferred to road racing in 2011 when he joined Patrick Lefevere’s set-up. The Czech rider has also won Strade Bianche and a stage at the Tour de France. He is on Deceuninck–QuickStep’s long list for this year’s Grande Boucle. "Extending my contract means a lot to me. I have a great relationship with everybody in the team and I’m happy that they always ...

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