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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Van Vleuten trains on Passo Gavia ahead of Giro Rosa

Annemiek Van Vleuten (Mitchelton-Scott) is the leader of the Giro Rosa after stage 7

Annemiek van Vleuten ( Mitchelton-Scott ) has finished putting the final touches on her form ahead of the Giro d'Italia Internazionale Femminile held from July 5-14. The defending champion just completed a mountainous training block that included a preview of the Passo di Gavia. "Giro Gavia-Mortirolo with Dutch-Ozzie bunch," van Vleuten wrote in a post on Twitter, which included images of her training companions Amanda Spratt and Lucy Kennedy (both MItchelton-Scott) and Lucinda Brand (Sunweb). "Cool to train together. All preparing for @GiroRosaIccrea at altitude around Livigno/Trepalle." Giro Gavia-Mortirolo with Dutch-Ozzie bunch. Cool to train together. All preparing for @GiroRosaIccrea at altitude around Livigno/Trepalle. pic.twitter.com/lKCwK6DdSu — Annemiek van Vleuten (@AvVleuten) June 19, 2019 This year's race will be one of the toughest editions because it features summit finishes on the Passo di Gavia (stage 5) and at Malga Montasio (stage 9), while there will also be a tough hilltop finale ...

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15 up-and-coming riders you need to know about

The depth of talent in the men’s and women’s professional pelotons continues to grow with each season’s new signings. From junior world champions, to multi-discipline riders, to multiple-time national champions to childhood prodigies — all the riders below are worthy of your attention. These are the riders we expect to be dominating the sport in … The post 15 up-and-coming riders you need to know about appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Alaphilippe wins Dauphine stage 6 as Yates keeps overall lead

Supported by Saint-Michel-de-Maurienne, France, June 14, 2019 (AFP) – Frenchman Julian Alaphilippe powered to victory in the sixth stage of the Criterium du Dauphine on Friday, edging out Gregor Muehlberger in a photo finish after a long breakaway. The 27-year-old claimed his 10th victory of the season, having also won the one-day Milan-San Remo, Fleche Wallonne and … The post Alaphilippe wins Dauphine stage 6 as Yates keeps overall lead appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Criterium du Dauphine: Van Aert wins stage 4

Wout Van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) in green after stage 3 at Dauphine

Wout Van Aert ( Jumbo-Visma ) took a surprise but resounding victory in the 26.1km individual time trial west of Roanne, stage 4 at the Critérium du Dauphiné , confirming yet again that he is far more than a cyclo-cross and Classics rider. The racing was overshadowed by the news of Chris Froome 's high-speed crash during his late-morning recon ride on the course, with riders in shock to hear that the Team Ineos leader suffered a suspected fractured femur and so was out of the Tour de France. Van Aert rider set a time of 33:38 for the out and back course that included a climb mid-way, beating Tejay van Garderen by 31 seconds, with Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) third at 47 seconds as the Dutchman continued to recover from the knee injury he suffered on stage 4 of the Giro d'Italia. Van Aert rode the time trial in ...

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The weekly spin: Kate Courtney and the joy of wearing rainbow stripes

Joyful. That’s the word Kate Courtney chooses to describe her experience thus far wearing the rainbow jersey of world champion. It helps, of course, that she’s been winning while wearing the rainbow jersey. Winning a world title, as Courtney did in Switzerland in September, can be a career-defining accomplishment. Winning in the rainbow jersey, as Courtney … The post The weekly spin: Kate Courtney and the joy of wearing rainbow stripes appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Jumbo-Visma confirm Van Aert, Groenewegen and Kruijswijk for Tour de France

Wout Van Aert (Jumbo-Visma)

With just under a month until the Tour de France, Jumbo-Visma have unveiled their line-up. Wout van Aert is set to make his Grand Tour debut, alongside the team’s experienced leaders Dylan Groenewegen and Steven Kruijswijk . The team will be looking to Groenewegen for stage wins, while Kruijswijk is their general classification hope. Groenewegen has three Tour de France stage wins in his pocket after winning on the Champs Elysees in 2017 as well as taking two victories last season, before he abandoned due to injuries sustained in a crash. Groenewegen has been one of the dominant sprinters this season with seven victories already. Kruijswijk finished fifth overall at last year’s Tour just behind his teammate Primoz Roglic, who won’t be racing the Tour de France after he took third place at last month’s Giro d’Italia. Kruijswijk has had a solid season so far with top 10 finishes in ...

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Alaphilippe lights up Criterium du Dauphine

Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep) at the opening stage at the Criterium du Dauphine

Julian Alaphlippe ( Deceuninck-QuickStep ) blew the cobwebs away with a familiar attacking approach on stage 1 of the Critérium du Dauphiné . The Frenchman had not raced since Liège-Bastogne-Liège in late April and a phenomenal spring campaign that included wins in Flèche Wallonne, Strade Bianche, and Milan-San Remo. However, he was on the attack on home soil as he and his team looked to split the race on the opening stage between Aurillac and Jussac. Deceuninck lifted the pace on the final climb of the day with Zdenek Stybar putting in a ferocious turn of speed on the lower slopes of the Cote de Roquenatou. On his wheel was Alaphilippe, who took over once the former cyclo-cross rider emptied the tank. The Frenchman's following assault strung out the remnants of the peloton, with Team Ineos' Chris Froome and Michal Kwiatkowski among the first to make contact. Although the pace ...

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Canyon-SRAM to wear special edition kit at Ovo Energy Women's Tour

Elena Cecchini shows off the new Canyon-SRAM special edition kit for the Ovo Energy Women's Tour

For one week only, the Canyon-SRAM team will have a new look as they wear a special-edition kit for the Ovo Energy Women’s Tour . The German-registered squad will move away from their usual black and rainbow design in favour of an orange and purple striped look. The redesign is a nod towards the kit sponsor’s Rapha Women’s 100, which is an annual one-day event that aims to get as many women as possible to ride 100km on the same day. It is the second year that the team has ridden with a special edition kit for the Ovo Energy Women’s Tour, and like last year , they will get a newly decorated Canyon bike, pedals, gloves, bidons, glasses, helmet and shoes "Many teams are looking to this week on the calendar, and targeting it to get big results. The stage is big: exposure, support, media coverage, fans, atmosphere. I ...

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Transfer talk: Tiesj Benoot to bolster Team Ineos's Spring Classics squad

Transfer talk: Tiesj Benoot to bolster Team Ineos's Spring Classics squad

Joe Robinson 7 Jun 2019 Talented Belgian linked with move to Team Ineos as Lotto-Soudal admit they are worried about his future Team Ineos could poach the services of one of Belgium's most promising Spring Classics specialists. It is believed that team manager Dave Brailsford is keen to bolster his squad for the one-day races and could turn to the versatile talents of Teisj Benoot. The Lotto-Soudal rider is out of contract this year and is yet to sign an extension. Team manager Marc Sergeant is keen to keep hold of Benoot but is worried that he could be lured away by a big money deal. Benoot has also admitted that he will look at his options before deciding on his future, something that concerns Sergeant. 'The point of departure is that we want to keep Tiesj, but there are hijackers on the coast,' Sergeant told Het Laatste Nieuws. 'I ...

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