Your guide to notable 2019-2020 men’s WorldTour transfers

Supported by It’s transfer season in the world of professional cycling, and that means teams are announcing rider signings practically every day of the week. This year’s transfer cycle has already seen some very big names agree to don new kit for the coming season, and many more notables are expected to make their 2020 plans public … The post Your guide to notable 2019-2020 men’s WorldTour transfers appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Riis plays down rumours of Katusha purchase

Tinkoff-Saxo owner Oleg Tinkov and manager Bjarne Riis were thrilled with Majka's stage win

Bjarne Riis has told a Danish television channel that rumours in the French press that he's interested in buying the Swiss Katusha-Alpecin WorldTour team are "new to me". L'Equipe reported on Tuesday that the former Tinkoff and CSC manager was looking for a way back into the UCI WorldTour by purchasing Katusha from Russian owner Igor Makarov. The French newspaper also suggested that Riis had shown interest in buying Patrick Lefevere's shares in the Deceuninck-QuickStep team – home to the likes of Julian Alaphilippe and Remco Evenepoel – which was also batted away by Lefevere on social media. Riis, who won the 1996 Tour de France – and officially still holds the Tour title, despite admitting in 2007 that he doped to win that year's race – currently owns and runs the men's UCI Continental squad Team Waoo and women's outfit Team Virtu Cycling, although the latter may fold at ...

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Team Ineos, EF Education First and Dimension Data headline the 20-team Tour of Britain start list

Mathieu van der Poel wins Brabantse Pijl

Team Ineos , Jumbo-Visma and Team Sunweb headline the 20-team Tour of Britain start list, with Mathieu van der Poel 's Corendon-Circus team also invited to the weeklong stage race as the Dutchman heads to Britain early to prepare for the road World Championships in Yorkshire. Ten WorldTour teams have been invited, with French squad AG2R La Mondiale back in Britain for the first time since 2009. The ten WorldTour teams are Dimension Data, EF Education First, Lotto Soudal, Mitchelton-Scott, Katusha-Alpecin and Movistar. Joining them are Professional Continental teams Corendon-Circus, Israel Cycling Academy, Wanty-Gobert, Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise and the Danish Riwal Readynez team. The British Continental teams Canyon dhb, Madison Genesis, Wiggins Le Col, SwiftCarbon all get a place after qualifying via the Tour Series criteriums, and a Great Britain team will complete the start list. The Tour of Britain gets underway in George Square in Glasgow on Saturday, September 7 ...

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The weekly spin: Is Mathieu van der Poel’s race schedule a recipe for burnout?

Mathieu van der Poel just keeps on winning. He’s currently the world cyclocross champion, winner of the Amstel Gold Race (and Dwars door Vlaanderen and Brabantse Pijl), the European mountain-bike champion, and as of Sunday, the winner of six mountain-bike World Cup races this season — four short-track events and two in the Olympic cross-country … The post The weekly spin: Is Mathieu van der Poel’s race schedule a recipe for burnout? appeared first on CyclingTips .

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AG2R La Mondiale join Team Ineos and Jumbo-Visma at Tour of Britain

AG2R La Mondiale join Team Ineos and Jumbo-Visma at Tour of Britain

Joe Robinson 6 Aug 2019 A totlal of 10 WorldTour teams to race Britain's biggest stage race along with Mathieu van der Poel's Corendon-Circus AG2R La Mondiale will line up at the Tour of Britain for the first time in a decade as they join the likes of Team Ineos and Jumbo-Visma as the headline acts at the week-long stage race. They will be joined by a further seven WorldTour teams lining up just a week prior to the UCI World Championships in Yorkshire. Mark Cavendish is expected to be back racing on home soil as part of his Dimension Data team while Education First, Lotto-Soudal, Mitchelton-Scott, Katusha-Alpecin, Team Sunweb and Movistar complete the complement of 10. Beyond the top-tier, five ProContinental squads will also be on the invite list with a Mathieu van der Poel-led Corendon Circus being chief among those . Also there will be Israel Cycling Academy, ...

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How to watch the 2019 BinckBank Tour

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Our complete guide to this year's BinckBank Tour in The Netherlands

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Leading out: Cycling’s fastest domestiques share their stories

Roger Kluge’s childhood dreams of racing on the Champs-Élysées might not have concluded with him finishing in 59th place, but the Lotto-Soudal rider enjoyed some raucous celebrations at the Paris finish line a week ago just the same. While some of the world’s fastest men were ruing what might have been, Kluge was soaking in … The post Leading out: Cycling’s fastest domestiques share their stories appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Caleb Ewan heads RideLondon-Surrey Classic line-up

Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal) wins the finale stage 21 at the Tour de France on the Champs-Elysees

Lotto Soudal 's Caleb Ewan will head a star-studded line-up for this year's Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic , just a week after having taken his third stage victory at his first Tour de France on the Champs-Elysées in Paris. The one-day RideLondon-Surrey Classic – Britain's only UCI WorldTour-level event – will also feature Irish sprint star Sam Bennett (Bora-Hansgrohe), Groupama-FDJ fast-man Arnaud Démare, who won the first edition of the race in 2013, and Deceuninck-QuickStep duo Philippe Gilbert and Elia Viviani, with the latter coming fresh from his stage win at what was also the Italian's first Tour de France. British fans will be happy to see Alex Dowsett (Katusha-Alpecin) back on British shores, with the Essex man having just completed his first Tour, while a young but talented Great Britain team boasts 2018 national road race champion Connor Swift. Team Ineos arrive on home roads fielding reigning Tour de Yorkshire ...

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Katusha and Arkea Samsic to merge for 2020, reports suggest

Katusha and Arkea Samsic to merge for 2020, reports suggest

Joe Robinson 31 Jul 2019 Katusha owner Igor Makarov is believed to have reached a deal to merge with the French ProContinental team WorldTour team Katusha-Alpecin 's and ProContinental setup Arkea-Samsic are set to merge for 2020, reports have suggested. It has been reported by Dutch website Wielerflits that the current owner of Katusha-Alpecin, Igor Makarov, has reached a deal with the French second division team combine the two teams for next season with the Russian retaining ownership of the WorldTour license. Makarov is said to have been in talks with various teams regarding over a potential merger before agreeing a deal with Arkea-Samsic. Sources suggest that the team would consist of 11 riders still under contract from each of the existing teams. The squad would then be completed with the signatures Arkea-Samsic already have in place for 2020 including Nairo Quintana and Nacer Bouhanni. It is also believed that ...

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Arkea Samsic deny Katusha-Alpecin merger for 2020

Arkea Samsic deny Katusha-Alpecin merger for 2020

Joe Robinson 31 Jul 2019 Katusha owner Igor Makarov was believed to have reached a deal to merge with the French ProContinental team ProContinental setup Arkea-Samsic have denied rumours they wil merge with WorldTour team Katusha-Alpecin for 2020. It was reported by Dutch website Wielerflits that the current owner of Katusha-Alpecin, Igor Makarov, had reached a deal with the French second division team to combine the two teams for next season with the Russian retaining ownership of the WorldTour licence. However, these rumours have since been denied by Arkea-Samsic team director Emmanual Hubert. Talking to French newspaper Le Telegram , Hubert said 'Like other teams considering WorldTour, we were surveyed by the Katusha team. But we did not respond to this proposal,' 'It’s out of the question for the Arkéa-Samsic team to make an alliance with Katusha.' The original rumours suggested Makarov had been in talks with various teams regarding ...

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Tour de France 2019 in numbers | Can you guess the fastest recorded speed?

Tour de France 2019, Geraint Thomas and Egan Bernal

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Ewan wins in Paris as Bernal secures overall Tour de France victory – Video

Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal) wins final stage of the Tour de France

Caleb Ewan ( Lotto Soudal ) streaked to his third stage victory at this year's Tour de France , beating Dylan Groenewegen (Jumbo-Visma) on the Champs-Elysées in Paris to win stage 21 on Sunday. At the same time, Egan Bernal ( Team Ineos ) sewed up the overall victory at the race, making it the first time that a Colombian rider has won the Tour. Bernal crossed the finish line in the French capital hand-in-hand with his Ineos teammate – and the 2018 Tour champion – Geraint Thomas, and thanked 'G' in his victory speech on the podium. "Thank you to G for the opportunity, and to all the team for believing in me," Bernal said in front of a huge crowd on the Champs-Elysées. "I think that today I am the happiest guy in the world. I just won the Tour de France, and I can't believe it." The ...

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Tour de France 2019: Vincenzo Nibali wins Stage 20 while Egan Bernal confirms overall victory

Tour de France 2019: Vincenzo Nibali wins Stage 20 while Egan Bernal confirms overall victory

Jack Elton-Walters 27 Jul 2019 Vincenzo Nibali held off the advances of the GC group to cross the line first on Stage 20 of the 2019 Tour de France Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) won Stage 20 of the 2019 Tour de France after going solo on the slopes of the climb to Val Thorens. Behind him, Egan Bernal ( Team Ienos ) did all he needed to, which wasn't much, to ensure overall victory. The stage was drastically reduced from three categorised climbs over 135km to just the final climb and a total distance of 59km due to adverse weather in the mountains . Despite the shortening of the stage, it was still an entertaining day watching the virtual top 10 change - except the yellow jersey which never looked like changing hands. Julian Alaphilippe ( Deceuninck-QuickStep ) was distanced a long way from the finish line and tumbled down the ...

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Tour de France transfers: Zakarin tells Katusha he is leaving for another team

Ilnur Zakarin (Katusha-Alpecin)

Ilnur Zakarin has told Katusha-Alpecin that he is leaving at the end of the season. The Russian has been heavily linked with a move to CCC Team for 2020. "I think it's no secret that he's going to leave," Katusha-Alpecin General Manager Jose Azevedo told Cyclingnews . "No contract was offered. I don't know where he goes, but he's taken the decision. We've talked and we don't have secrets. I know that he's not going to stay, but I don't know where he is going." Zakarin has been with the team since moving through the ranks from the team's Itera-Katusha Continental team. Even if the 29-year-old had wanted to stay, he would have had to wait until the squad's future had been secured. Azevedo cannot offer contracts beyond this year due to a shortfall in sponsorship. Alpecin and bike supplier Canyon are set to depart at the end of the ...

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How much do riders and teams make at the Tour de France?

The Tour de France is one of sport’s most gruelling events; a polished production held in front of a transfixed global audience. But does the pay match the prestige? The post How much do riders and teams make at the Tour de France? appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Tour de France 2019: Simon Yates wins Stage 15 as Alaphillipe keeps yellow

Tour de France 2019: Simon Yates wins Stage 15 as Alaphillipe keeps yellow

Peter Stuart 21 Jul 2019 Simon Yates took a decisive solo victory in a dramatic mountainous stage 15 which fractured the leading riders in the general classification, but in which Alaphillipe managed to fight hard to keep his yellow jersey. Yates broke clear of the remnants of a large breakaway group with 9kms to go on the final climb of Foix Prat d'Albis, and rode an excellent ascent to take his second stage victory of the race. Behind him, Thibault Pinot made a fantastic attack on the main yellow jersey group, and finished the stage second ahead of Mikel Landa. Behind him, each of the major contenders looked in trouble at times and there was a small reschuffle in the time gaps of the general classification. At one point Geraint Thomas found himself dropped from a group of Pinot, Buchman, Bernal and other GC contenders, edging away at his GC ...

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Tour de France 2019: Simon Yates wins Stage 15 as Alaphilippe keeps yellow

Peter Stuart 21 Jul 2019 Simon Yates rode to solo victory as the GC contenders attacked one-another on the final climbs of Stage 15 Simon Yates of Mitchelton-Scott took a decisive solo victory in a dramatic mountainous Stage 15 of the Tour de France which fractured the leading riders in the general classification, but in which Julian Alaphilippe ( Deceuninck–Quick-Step ) managed to fight hard to keep his yellow jersey. Yates broke clear of the remnants of a large breakaway group with 9kms to go on the final climb of Foix Prat d'Albis, and rode an excellent ascent to take his second stage victory of the race. Behind him, Thibault Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) made a fantastic attack on the main yellow jersey group, and finished the stage second ahead of Mikel Landa. Each of the major contenders looked in trouble at times and there was a small reshuffle in the general ...

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Tour de France 2019 stage 13 finish line quotes

Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep) in the yellow jersey at the Tour de France

Julian Alaphilippe ( Deceuninck-QuickStep ) - Stage 13 winner, overall race leader "I knew that I really could do a good performance on this parcours. I just gave everything, especially in the first part was really good for me. I went full gas and I see what I can go to the line. At the end, my sport director said I was first time, 10 seconds or whatever. I gave everything I have and I won the stage. "I'm just so happy. With a parcours like this and my shape, I just did everything that I can. I just want to enjoy. "I think to do something like I did, with my confidence and my shape and my team around me. OK, we don't have the team to win the Tour de France. We don't have a lot of climbers in Deceuninck-Quickstep for the Tour, but we ride, we are ...

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Jumbo-Visma manager admits interest in signing Kittel at Tour de France

Marcel Kittel paid a visit to the Tour before stage 10

Jumbo-Visma team manager Richard Plugge has indicated that his team would be interested in signing Marcel Kittel in comments to Dutch television during the first rest day of the Tour de France . Kittel has been strongly linked with the team after terminating his contract with Katusha-Alpecin earlier in the season. Speaking to Dutch broadcaster NOS, Plugge said that his team would be interested in signing the German sprinter, should he want to return to professional ranks. Kittel, who visited the Tour on the morning of stage 10, has said that he will decide his future after the race. "First he has to think very carefully about what he wants," said Plugge. "If he is interested, then we want to talk to him. He's a great rider, of course. When he's out on his own we can start talking, but that's still a long way off. "It starts with him," ...

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Katusha owner Makarov could partially self-fund team in 2020

Team Katusha on stage in Turkey

The Katusha-Alpecin saga has taken another turn, as reports suggest that team owner Igor Makarov is determined to keep the Swiss team running next season even if no co-sponsor is found. French website VeloPro has reported that the businessman would be prepared to part-fund the team with his own money should the team fail to find a replacement for co-sponsor Alpecin. Both the German shampoo company and bike sponsor Canyon are leaving the team at the end of 2019 to focus their attentions on Mathieu van der Poel. In that scenario, the team would honour the contracts of 11 riders already contracted for 2020, thoguh 13 others have been encouraged to seek deals elsewhere. Last week, team manager José Azevedo stated that riders already under contract have not been freed from their contracts with the team. Notable riders with deals in place for next season include Enrico Battaglin, Jens Debusschere, ...

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