Breschel announces retirement due to struggle with psoriatic arthritis

Matti Breschel (EF Education First)

Matti Breschel will retire from professional cycling after a career that spanned nearly two decades at the highest level of the sport. He cited an ongoing struggle with psoriatic arthritis as the reason he will not continue racing beyond 2019, according to a press release from his EF Education First team. "It was a big relief to finally take the decision to retire, because I was struggling a lot to find good form, and the medicine I was taking really knocked me out. I was sleeping for 15 hours a day, it was super tiring, especially for the head," Breschel said. "For me, it didn't make sense to have a disease like that and keep on going as a professional bike rider. Especially the last two stages of the Giro d'Italia I rode. I was in a lot of pain and I thought to myself, 'If I have to stop ...

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Drapac Cycling to close its doors after 16 years

Supported by Drapac Cycling has announced that it will cease operations at the end of 2019. Team founder, owner and financer, Michael Drapac, created the team in 2004 as a holistic development program for young athletes, with a focus on education and careers beyond bike racing. Since then, Drapac-backed teams have raced at all levels of the … The post Drapac Cycling to close its doors after 16 years appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Woods excited to make Tour de France debut

Michael Woods (EF Education First)

Canada's Michael Woods will make his Tour de France debut when the race kicks off in Brussels on Saturday, having been selected as part of EF Education First 's eight-man squad alongside Colombia's Rigoberto Uran and US rider Tejay van Garderen. While Woods has ridden both the Giro d'Italia and the Vuelta a Espana twice, with best finishes of seventh overall at the 2017 Vuelta and 19th at last year's Giro, Woods said that he's both excited and nervous about taking the start of the world's biggest bike race in Belgium this weekend. "It's really special for me, especially having got into cycling at such a late age," said 32-year-old Woods at the team's pre-Tour press conference on Wednesday, having only started riding at WorldTour level with his team in its previous guise as Cannondale-Drapac in 2016. "I followed the sport as a runner, and, watching the Tour every summer, ...

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Anatomy of a breakaway victory: Behind Owain Doull’s Sun Tour success

Breakaway riders know the deal. You get out front and slog away for hours on end, all in the faint hope you’ll be able (or allowed) to survive to the finish. Most of the time it doesn’t work — the breakaway gets caught. But sometimes, when the conditions are just right, the breakaway manages to … The post Anatomy of a breakaway victory: Behind Owain Doull’s Sun Tour success appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Owain Doull takes win on stage 3 of Jayco Herald Sun Tour

Team Sky's Owain Doull wins stage 4 of the 2019 Herald Sun Tour from teammate and breakaway companio

It was a Team Sky – and a Welsh – one-two at the finish of stage 3 of the 2019 Jayco Herald Sun Tour on Friday when Owain Doull and Luke Rowe crossed the line together after the two riders escaped in the final five kilometres from a group of nine riders, with Doull taking the victory. Overall race leader Michael Woods (EF Education First) kept his powder dry in the safety of the peloton, with the race set to be decided on four ascents of the climb of Arthurs Seat on Saturday's penultimate stage. A crash just 35 kilometres into the stage brought down a number of riders, and the two riders who came off worst were Carter Turnbull of the KordaMentha Australian Team, who was knocked unconscious, and was to be kept in hospital overnight for observation after recovering consciousness, and Australian road race champion Michael Freiberg (Pro ...

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The natural: Jimmy Whelan isn’t riding like a WorldTour rookie

The stitches came out of Jimmy Whelan’s chin two days ago. You can still see where the chainring lodged itself in his face at the Aussie Road Nationals earlier this month but the wounds seem to be healing well. It’s looking like he won’t have a scar which, as Whelan notes with a smile, is … The post The natural: Jimmy Whelan isn’t riding like a WorldTour rookie appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Magennis takes U23 Australian national time trial title

Liam Magennis won the u23 time trial title at the Australian national championships

Liam Magennis was able to get the better of junior 2018 World Championship time trial silver medallist Lucas Plapp to win the under-23 Australian national time trial title in Buninyong, Victoria, on Tuesday, with Samuel Jenner taking third place. Magennis, of the Drapac Cannondale Holistic Development Team – the feeder team to the WorldTour squad EF Education First Pro Cycling – was the second-to-last rider to leave the start house, with Jenner (Team Wiggins Le Col) setting off a minute behind him. Plapp (InForm TM-Insight Make) had come in with a new best time, but none of the six riders to set off after him could beat it until Magennis streaked home to better it by 20 seconds, with Jenner's time – another 16 seconds back on Plapp – good enough for third on the 29.5km course. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com

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Rolland calls for Vital Concept to be given time to earn Tour de France selection

Pierre Rolland (EF-Drapac) joking around

Pierre Rolland has called for his new squad Vital Concept to be given a chance to earn Tour de France selection in the early part of the 2019 season. The Frenchman joins the Pro Continental squad from EF Education First-Drapac and is aiming to make his 11th consecutive Tour appearance. In 2018, ASO announced the Tour’s four wildcard invitations in the first week of January, before Vital Concept had raced competitively, and the new squad was overlooked for one of the four wildcard places. Manager Jerome Pineau has looked to buttress the roster for their second campaign. Sprinter Bryan Coquard remains in situ, while the new arrivals include Rolland, Cyril Gautier and former French champion Arthur Vichot. “I’ve done ten Tours de France in a row, which is something quite difficult to imagine,” Rolland told Ouest France . “But every year, whether you’re in a WorldTour team or not, you’re ...

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Guangxi stage 6: Jakobsen wins another wet sprint

Guangxi stage 6: Jakobsen wins another wet sprint

Moscon finishes in the bunch to seal the final race of the season Read the full article at Guangxi stage 6: Jakobsen wins another wet sprint on VeloNews.com .

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Tour of Guangxi: Moscon climbs to stage 4 win

Tour of Guangxi: Moscon climbs to stage 4 win

The Italian now leads the overall standings with two days remaining in the WorldTour finale. Read the full article at Tour of Guangxi: Moscon climbs to stage 4 win on VeloNews.com .

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Guangxi stage 2: Ackermann wins in pouring rain

Guangxi stage 2: Ackermann wins in pouring rain

German Pascal Ackermann wins the second stage of the Tour de Guangxi in southern China on Wednesday. Read the full article at Guangxi stage 2: Ackermann wins in pouring rain on VeloNews.com .

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Pinot: “to win ahead of Nibali is something very special”

Pinot: “to win ahead of Nibali is something very special”

Frenchman caps a rollercoaster season with his "most beautiful victory" Read the full article at Pinot: “to win ahead of Nibali is something very special” on VeloNews.com .

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Lombardia: Pinot wins with late attack to claim maiden monument

Lombardia: Pinot wins with late attack to claim maiden monument

Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) took an impressive victory in the final monument of the year, dropping fellow leader Vicenzo Nibali Read the full article at Lombardia: Pinot wins with late attack to claim maiden monument on VeloNews.com .

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Woods' Worlds bronze confirms Canadian's class

Michael Woods (Canada) with the bronze medal

Canadian Mike Woods ' bronze medal in the elite men's road race at the UCI Road World Championships on Sunday confirmed the 31-year-old former runner as one of professional cycling's most exciting riders. But what was initial disappointment at having missed out on the rainbow jersey to Spain's Alejandro Valverde after 258.5km in the saddle turned to joy at having finished third in arguably the world's most prestigious one-day race, and Woods admits that he's had difficulty sleeping now that the magnitude of what he achieved has sunk in. "I was disappointed in the immediate aftermath," Woods said on his EF Education First-Drapac team website. "I can't believe that I'm saying that now, but that's how I truly felt when I crossed the line. At 200 metres to go, I thought I was going to beat Valverde, but once I started to cramp , my chances faded away. "No matter ...

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Vuelta a Espana 2018: Thibaut Pinot wins Stage 15 atop Covadonga

Vuelta a Espana 2018: Thibaut Pinot wins Stage 15 atop Covadonga

Peter Stuart 9 Sep 2018 Thibaut Pinot wins Stage 15 on the summit finish of Lagos de Covadonga, as Yates holds onto the red jersey Thibaut Pinot took an impressive victory atop the Lagos de Covadonga today in a dramatic showdown with all the Vuelta GC contenders, which saw Miguel Angel Lopez coming in second, as Simon Yates managed to limit his losses and retain the red jersey. The battle was fought between an elite selection of climbers, including Quintana, Valverde, Yates and Pinot on the extremely steep slopes of Covadonga de Lagos, the queen climb of the stage, Yates repeatedly neutralised some of the most decisive moves of the climb, showing strong form as Lopez repeatedly made a bid for victory and GC time gains. At 6km to go, Pinot broke clear and established nearly a 30-second lead over the British rider. With a strong bid for the red ...

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Tech trend: Snub-nose saddles at Colorado Classic

We notice a growing trend in the Colorado Classic peloton: saddles with short noses and more hip-bone support. Read the full article at Tech trend: Snub-nose saddles at Colorado Classic on VeloNews.com .

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Colorado Classic: UHC goes one-two in Vail TT

Colorado Classic: UHC goes one-two in Vail TT

With Gavin Mannion posting the fastest time and Serghei Tvetcov second, the UnitedHealthcare team delivers on stage 2. Read the full article at Colorado Classic: UHC goes one-two in Vail TT on VeloNews.com .

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Colorado Classic: Gage Hecht fends off the sprinters in stage 1

Colorado Classic: Gage Hecht fends off the sprinters in stage 1

With a stunning long-range attack, young Gage Hecht wins the opening stage of the Colorado Classic. Read the full article at Colorado Classic: Gage Hecht fends off the sprinters in stage 1 on VeloNews.com .

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Utah: McCabe out-sprints field to win stage 1

Utah: McCabe out-sprints field to win stage 1

After a long, hot day in the saddle, on a route that featured two categorized climbs, Travis McCabe easily out-sprinted the peloton to win Read the full article at Utah: McCabe out-sprints field to win stage 1 on VeloNews.com .

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Van Garderen leads BMC podium sweep in Tour of Utah prologue

Van Garderen leads BMC podium sweep in Tour of Utah prologue

Tejay van Garderen took the Tour of Utah prologue win, and with it the lead in the stage race. Read the full article at Van Garderen leads BMC podium sweep in Tour of Utah prologue on VeloNews.com .

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