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 .
Owain Doull takes win on stage 3 of Jayco Herald Sun Tour
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 ...
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 .
Magennis takes U23 Australian national time trial title
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
Rolland calls for Vital Concept to be given time to earn Tour de France selection
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 ...
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 .
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 .
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 .
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 .
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 .
Woods' Worlds bronze confirms Canadian's class
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 ...
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 ...
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 .
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 .
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 .
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 .
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 .
Woods returns to Utah with unfinished business
Michael Woods is returning to the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah after a two-year absence with some unfinished business left on the table. Woods won a stage here in 2015 and finished second overall to current EF Education First-Drapac teammate Joe Dombrowski, but the 31-year-old Canadian told Cyclingnews that he's a much different rider than the one who raced Utah in 2015. After the 2015 season, Woods jumped to the WorldTour with Cannondale, the precursor of his EF-Drapac team. Since then the rider who came to cycling relatively late after a collegiate running career has finished 5th overall at the 2016 Tour Down Under in his first race with the team, was seventh in the 2017 Vuelta a Espana, was second at Liege-Bastogne-Liege this year and second in a stage of the Giro d'Italia in May. "I'm definitely a different bike rider than when I came here in 2015," ...
Bettiol returns to Slipstream 'family' with EF Education First-Drapac
After a season on BMC Racing , Alberto Bettiol will return to the Slipstream-owned EF Education First-Drapac team where he previously raced from 2015 through 2017. The 24-year-old Italian joined Canondale in 2014 when he was just 19, then moved to the Slipstream team when the two programs merged. Bettiol signed with BMC a the end of last season when Slipstream's Cannondale team was in danger of folding. “Alberto showed great promise when he was with us,” said Slipstream CEO Jonathan Vaughters. “He was climbing near the best at the 2017 Tour de France, and he was a key part of our Classics team. He got a bit derailed in 2018, but we are going to get him back on track. “Alberto and his family were really a part of our family,” Vaughters added. “I understood when he left in the precarious situation we were in last year, but now ...
Dombrowski's secret to winning the Tour of Utah: 'climb fast'
Joe Dombrowski 's 2015 win at the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah marked the last time a WorldTour rider won the 2.HC race, as the number of division 1 teams participating since then dwindled down to a low of just one last year. But with a new date on the calendar and reinvigorated roster of five top-tier teams, Utah is once again a prime one-week plum to be picked, and Dombrowski is back with an EF Education First-Drapac team that also boasts 2015 stage winner Michael Woods , who, while riding for the US Continental team Optum, also led the race for a day in 2015. Dombrowski's win came on the heels of news that Cannondale teammate and defending champion Tom Danielson had returned a positive anti-doping test and had to withdraw from the race the night before stage 1. Dombrowski ably stepped in despite the psychological blow to ...