Anti-fracking group to protest at Tour de Yorkshire over Team Ineos 'greenwashing'

Anti-fracking group to protest at Tour de Yorkshire over Team Ineos 'greenwashing'

Joe Robinson 21 Mar 2019 Ineos holds the rights to frack for shale gas across multiple sites in Yorkshire The introduction of Team Ineos into the professional peloton at the Tour de Yorkshire is set to be greeted with protests by anti-fracking campaigners. Ineos announced its purchase of Tour Racing Limited , the holding company of Team Sky, on Tuesday with the team to appear in its new guise for the first time at Stage 1 of the Tour de Yorkshire on May 2nd. The multi-billion pound chemical company, headed by Britain's richest man Sir Jim Ratcliffe, currently has a license to frack for shale gas across multiple sites in the county of Yorkshire. Ratcliffe is an ardent supporter of fracking and has vocally criticised government efforst to regulate the method of drilling for oil. Ineos is yet to start fracking operations due to planning disputes and protests. Anti-fracking group ...

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UCI backtracks on fines after riders threaten to protest

The riders are presented in Dubai

The UCI has backtracked on applying stiff fines and ranking point penalties if riders arrive late at race sign-on after the peloton threatened to go on strike before the final stage of the UAE Tour . The UCI changed the rules of the sign-on protocol for the 2019 season because riders often stayed on their team buses and arrived en-masse in the final minutes before the start of races. That offered little interest to the local crowds and left race organisers embarrassed. Riders were previously obliged to sign on at a specific time on the opening stage of a race. Now race organisers can force teams to respect a time slot on every stage in the 70 minutes before a stage start. UAE Tour organiser RCS Sport issued a daily schedule for the new WorldTour race but several failed to respect their time slots, sparking a strong reaction from the ...

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Racing Analysis: An early look at the state of the world’s best sprinters

The early season is always full of fast finishes. Where do the sport's top sprinters stand? The post Racing Analysis: An early look at the state of the world’s best sprinters appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Simon Yates: I've been working on my time trial quite a lot

Tim Wellens (Lotto Soudal) and Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) at Ruta del Sol stage 4

Mitchelton-Scott 's Simon Yates scored his first-ever time trial victory on stage 5 of Paris-Nice on Thursday, beating Katusha-Alpecin's Nils Politt and Team Sky's Michal Kwiatkowski, who extended his overall lead at the race. Yates started the day down in 70th place on the GC, almost 20 minutes down on Kwiatkowski. And while the Briton's challenge for the overall is clearly over – in a race he finished second at 12 months ago – his focus remains on May's Giro d'Italia . The time trial win bodes well for the 26-year-old, who will face three individual time trial tests at this year's Giro: an 8.2km opening stage, with a tough uphill finish to the Santuario della Madonna di San Luca, followed on stage 9 by 34.7km effort, which again is mainly all uphill from the halfway mark, and then a final, flatter 15.6km test in Verona, which is also the ...

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Paris-Nice stage 5 highlights - Video

Simon Yates in yellow at Paris-Nice

Simon Yates bid farewell to his Paris-Nice general classification hopes in the crosswinds that blew through the opening stages, but the Mitchelton-Scott rider stormed back on Thursday , taking the 25.5km individual time trial in Barbentane by seven seconds over Nils Politt (Katusha-Alpecin) and by 11 seconds over race leader Michal Kwiatkowski (Team Sky). Yates had a long wait on the hot seat, starting the day more than 18 minutes down halfway through the stage start list. His result held the test of time, however, as rider after rider failed to top his mark. Kwiatkowski's third-place finish extended his general classification lead over teammate Egan Bernal, although the Colombian's sixth-place performance looked dangerous as he was six seconds ahead of the Pole at the first time check. Kwiatkowski bounced back in the end, however, beating Bernal by four seconds and extending his lead. You can read more at

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Tour of California announces 2019 teams

The Tour of California takes off from Pismo Beach in 2015

Organisers of the Amgen Tour of California men's and women's races released their 2019 team rosters today, with both races featuring multiple returning champions to battle it out past iconic California landmarks and up some of the state's most notorious climbs. The Amgen Tour of California men's race will feature the US national team for the first time this year when the race rolls out of Sacramento. USA Cycling will field a roster of riders whose trade teams aren't competing in the race, joining 18 other teams on the roads from the start in the Golden State's capitol on May 12 to the finish in Pasadena on May 18. Thirteen WorldTour teams have signed up for the men's race in its third year on the WorldTour calendar, joining five Pro Continental teams and the US national team to form the biggest men's field yet. Defending champion Egan Bernal (Team Sky) ...

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Simon Yates wins Paris-Nice time trial

Simon Yates en route to winning the Paris-Nice time trial

Simon Yates ( Mitchelton-Scott ) might have been 18:28 down on Paris-Nice race leader Michal Kwiatkowski ( Team Sky ) at the start of the stage 5 individual time trial, but he rode as if he was defending the yellow jersey to win the stage with a commanding performance. His GC hopes shot by losing time in the crosswind stages, Yates started midway through the 149-rider roster, and powered through the 25.5km test, climbing into the hot seat with a time of 30:26 that held through to the end. Nils Politt (Katusha-Alpecin) would be the only rider to come within 10 seconds of the mark, finishing seven seconds down. Race leader Michal Kwiatkowski (Team Sky) felt the threat from his young teammate Egan Bernal, who had put six seconds into Kwiatkowski at the first check, but the Pole paced himself perfectly to gain back some time to extend his lead ...

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Tour of California confirms George Bennett, Kittel, van Garderen for 2019 race

Overall winner George Bennett punches the air

The Amgen Tour of California will release the complete list of teams for its 2019 men's and women's races on Thursday, but organisers of the US WorldTour race have used their local media accounts to leak a few of the teams and riders who will compete at the May races. Jumbo-Visma 's George Bennett, who won the race in 2017 but did not defend his title last year, will return with the Dutch team this year to try and claim another title. His American teammate Sepp Kuss previously told Cyclingnews that he will be joining Bennett on the start line May 12 in Sacramento. The race also revealed that Tejay van Garderen , who won the race in 2013 and was second last year to Team Sky's Egan Bernal, will return to California this year with his new team EF Education First . Van Garderen's new teammate Dani Martinez was ...

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Kittel switches Tirreno-Adriatico for Paris-Nice

Marcel Kittel (Katusha-Alpecin) wins the Trofeo Palma

Marcel Kittel ( Katusha-Alpecin ) will swap Tirreno-Adriatico for Paris-Nice this month as he looks to get his sprint firing again this season. Kittel had been penned in for the Italian race but made a late decision to ride Paris-Nice due to its higher number of sprint stages. After a difficult 2018 campaign, which brought in just two wins, Kittel got his year off to a strong start with victory at the Trofeo Palma, his second race of the year. He has come close to adding a second with a runner-up spot at the Clasica de Almeria and third in a blanket bunch finish on stage 5 of the UAE Tour. Kittel is expected to line-up alongside Ilnur Zakarin at Paris-Nice, but the Russian is an uncertainty after he fell sick following the penultimate stage of the UAE Tour. Paris-Nice will offer up three more clear-cut opportunities for Kittel, compared ...

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Katusha Sports: Introducing K Illusion

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1X drivetrains come to the WorldTour at cobbled Classics

Only one chainring means now front derailleur is needed

Mads Pedersen ( Trek-Segafredo ) lined up in Gent, Belgium for Omloop Het Nieuwsblad equipped with a 1X drivetrain setup. The Danish rider - who finished second at last year's Tour of Flanders - started the first cobbled Classic of 2019 aboard a Trek Madone Disc. The bike was running the new SRAM RED eTap AXS 12-speed groupset , with Pedersen opting to race without a front derailleur and a single 48-tooth chainring. Pedersen's Trek-Segafredo teammates, Katusha-Alpecin, CCC-Liv and Canyon-SRAM were all using the new 12-speed groupset from SRAM, however, on the start line it appeared that just Pedersen was running the 1X setup. The extra cog on the rear cassette from the 12-speed groupset allows for a similar gear range as traditional double chainring combination of 53/11 using just a single chainring and with less extreme jumps than previous 1X drivetrains. Pedersen told Cyclingnews on the start line in ...

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Kittel takes confidence from third in UAE Tour sprint

Marcel Kittel (Katusha-Alpecin) looking relaxed at the start of stage 4

Marcel Kittel (Katusha-Alpecin) says that things are heading in the right direction for him, despite missing out on victory on stage 5 of the UAE Tour . The German sprinter endured a difficult 2018 campaign but is happy with the way things are progressing early in the 2019 season, especially given the competition he is facing in the Middle East. Kittel finished eighth on the opening sprint stage after finding himself out of position, so on Thursday in Khor Fakkan he chose to go early to avoid the same problem. He was beaten by Elia Viviani and Fernando Gaviria but was not far from victory. After initially seeming frustrated with the result, he later said he was pleased with how he felt. "I had to start my sprint pretty early today, because I knew if I don’t start there then I will be boxed in and I wouldn’t end up ...

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UAE Tour: Viviani wins sprint in Khor Fakkan

Elia Viviani (Deceuninck-QuickStep) wins stage 5 of the UAE Tour

Elia Viviani ( Deceuninck-QuickStep ) won stage 5 of the UAE Tour to Khor Fakkan, coming from behind to find a way past his rivals and beat Fernando Gaviria (UAE Team Emirates), Marcel Kittel (Katusha-Alpecin) and Sam Bennett (Bora-Hansgrohe) in the high-speed sprint finish. Alexander Kristoff again gave Gaviria a superb lead-out but perhaps left him out front a little early into the headwind. Viviani was stuck behind but used his sprinting and bike skills to find a way through and then came up between Gaviria and the barriers. The four sprinters were spread across the road as they hit the line, but Viviani won it by a half a bike length. Viviani made a superb piece of technical sprinting look easy and was proud to have beaten most of his big-name sprint rivals in the peloton. It was his 70th career victory and his third win of the 2019 ...

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The weekly spin: The Giro d’Italia is better than the Tour de France

Leave it to Simon Yates to say out loud what many in the cycling community have quietly believed for years now — the Giro d’Italia is better than the Tour de France. How is it better? Let us count the ways. It’s harder. It’s more beautiful. It’s more complicated. It’s more festive, less corporate, more beloved … The post The weekly spin: The Giro d’Italia is better than the Tour de France appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Latour out of UAE Tour after training crash

Pierre Latour after his crash in the UAE

Pierre Latour will miss the UAE Tour after crashing in training after arriving in the UAE. The French rider had been named as the AG2R La Mondiale team leader for the WorldTour race but is set to return to France for surgery, with 22-year-old neo-pro Aurelien Paret-Peintre travelling out to the UAE to take Latour’s place in Sunday’s opening team time trial. "He has a fractured left wrist (scaphoid and lower radius). He will be operated on his return to France and should be unavailable for at least six weeks,” Dr. Eric Bouvat, the medical director of the AG2R La Mondiale team said in a brief statement. Latour posted a photograph of him in the Abu Dhabi hospital after receiving treatment, explaining he crashed after hitting a hole in the road. He had started his 2019 season at the Tour Down Under in Australia but had hoped to shine in ...

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Erik Zabel: Disc brakes can be the difference between winning and losing

New performance manager Erik Zabel meets the press

Disc brakes can make the difference between winning and losing, according to Erik Zabel , and the German is doing his best to make sure that Katusha-Alpecin is on the winning side. Zabel joined the team as their performance manager over the winter, having previously worked with them as a sprint coach before he was suspended after he confessed to doping during his career. With disc brakes, a rider can brake both easier and later. Rim brakes require the use of the full hand, he said, and disc brakes only one finger, which is also an advantage in a dangerous situation. Being able to slow down later, allows a rider to hold their speed longer. "If you can brake later, you can have an advantage of a few hundredths of a second. In the end, that makes the difference," Zabel said in an interview with . The German knows ...

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Colbrelli wins Tour of Oman stage 4

Sonny Colbrelli wins stage 4 of the Tour of Oman

Sonny Colbrelli (Bahrain Merida) won the mass sprint on the fourth stage of the Tour of Oman, beating Greg van Avermaet (CCC Team) and Clement Venturini (AG2R La Mondiale). It was the first win of the season for both Colbreli and Bahrain Merida. Alexey Lutsenko, finishing within the field, easily retained his overall lead. Van Avermaet moved up a place to second at 14 seconds, while Jesus Herrada (Cofidis) dropped to third at 19 seconds. The shortest stage at 131km, which had a slightly uphill finish, was marked by a long break with the last three riders riders caught in only the final kilometres. How it happened The race got off to a tough start as teams fought to be in the day's breakaway, but after 16km Nathan van Hooydonck (CCC Team), Ian Boswell (Katusha-Alpecin) and Darwin Atapuma (Cofidis) finally got away. They were then joined by Damian Gaudin (Direct ...

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Kittel shows further signs of improvement at Clasica de Almeria

Pascal Ackermann wins Clasica de Almeria

Marcel Kittel ( Katusha-Alpecin ) has already bagged what was his first race victory for 11 months at the Trofeo Palma earlier this month, and came very close to taking a second win at the Clasica de Almeria on Sunday , where he was just beaten by Bora-Hansgrohe's Pascal Ackermann. Kittel ended his 2018 season after the opening stage of the Deutschland Tour in August, having suffered a season in which he felt fatigued and unable to perform at his best. While he'd taken two stage wins at Tirreno-Adriatico last March, the 30-year-old failed to fire for the rest of the season. It was in stark contrast to his 2017 season, when he'd taken 14 wins, including five stage victories at the Tour de France. But while tests revealed no medical reasons for his fatigue, Kittel's Katusha-Alpecin team allowed him to finish his 2018 season early in order to rest ...

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Ackermann wins Clasica de Almeria

Pascal Ackermann wins Clasica de Almeria

Pascal Ackermann ( Bora-Hansgrohe ) edged out Marcel Kittel (Katusha-Alpecin) and Luka Mezgec (Mitchelton-Scott) to win the 34th edition of the Clasica de Almeria on Sunday. The German national champion timed his sprint perfectly, coming off Mezgec's wheel with just over 125m to the line and powering clear of the opposition. Kittel came from further back but gave himself too much to do. In the end, the Katusha rider narrowly missed out on the win, with Ackermann taking his first win of the 2019 season. Mitchelton-Scott had done the majority of the pace setting throughout the day and many predicted that Mezgec would lead out European Champion Matteo Trentin. However, it was the Italian who hit the front with just over 200m to go with Mezgec tucked in on his wheel. However, the Mitchelton pair had no answer when Ackermann opened his sprint. The 25-year-old German has already picked up ...

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Haas to undergo medical tests after Tour of Oman exit

Nathan Haas (Team Katusha) signs on

Nathan Haas ( Katusha-Alpecin ) has left the Tour of Oman after one stage and will now travel back to his home in Spain to undergo medical tests to try and get to the bottom of the health problems that have held him back since the start of the season. The Australian finished the opening stage in Oman on Saturday but did not take to the start of stage 2 on Sunday morning. After a strong start to 2019, with fourth in the time trial at the Australian national championships, Haas struggled through the Tour Down Under, finishing fifth last, and ruled himself out of Race Melbourne and the Cadel Evans Road Race. He was soon prescribed antibiotics for a chest infection and told to take almost two weeks completely off the bike. He came to Oman, where he won a stage last year, hoping to move back up through ...

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