Out of contract 8: The best riders without a team for 2020

Joe Robinson 9 Oct 2019 If this team raced a Grand Tour, they would be leaving with plenty of stage wins and maybe the overall title The 2019 is all but finished, this Saturday's Il Lombardia being the last race of any significance, and there are still a whole host of world-class cyclists without a contract for next season. As things stand, Rohan Dennis, Sam Bennett, Esteban Chaves and Mark Cavendish are among the raft of talent yet to confirm their futures for 2020. Normally by now, all of your top-shelf talent would have announced their teams for the coming season but this year, things seem a little different. This could be down to the bizarre situation in which many of the best riders in the world have also found themselves on the move this winter already . Tom Dumoulin, Nairo Quintana, Philippe Gilbert, Richard Carapaz to name but a ...

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Men’s teams of 2020: Who’s moving up, who’s dropping down, and what it means

The teams applying for WorldTour and ProTeam licenses in the 2020 season, the implications for pro cycling, and how they sit in the UCI's new structural and regulatory landscape. The post Men’s teams of 2020: Who’s moving up, who’s dropping down, and what it means appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Bike Check: A full spectrum of gravel-ready bikes at Peacham Fall Fondo

There were mountain bikes, road bikes, old bikes and new bikes and everything in between. The only common denominator were the smiles of each pilot. The post Bike Check: A full spectrum of gravel-ready bikes at Peacham Fall Fondo appeared first on CyclingTips .

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New General Classification for the Classics to be introduced from next year

New General Classification for the Classics to be introduced from next year

Joseph Delves 3 Oct 2019 UCI keen on changes that will see collective GC for one-day races. However, riders say no thanks The Union Cycliste Internationale ( UCI ) has announced its renewed intent to introduce a General Classification system covering one-day races and beginning next year. After a meeting at the recent World Championships in Harrogate, the organisation announced it is pressing ahead with its plans for the Classics Series, despite objections from the teams involved. 'The establishment of the UCI Classics Series… will bring together all the UCI WorldTour’s one-day races,' explained a spokesperson. 'From next season, the UCI Classics Series will have its own overall classification, and common branding will be introduced for all the events featured in the series.' Uniting 21 one-day races, including all five Monuments, the series will run in tandem with their current standalone classifications. The changes will also mandate that race organisers ...

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Israel Cycling Academy confirm takeover of Katusha-Alpecin

Israel Cycling Academy confirm takeover of Katusha-Alpecin

Joe Robinson 3 Oct 2019 Futures of Alex Dowsett and Harry Tanfield still uncertain as Israel gets its first WorldTour team Israel Cycling Academy will be part of the WorldTour for 2020 having completed their takeover of Katusha-Alpecin . The Isreali-registered team purchased the existing Katusha licence, guaranteeing their spot in cycling's top flight for a further three seasons, as long as the sale is approved by the UCI . The team will continue under the name of Israel Cycling Academy while using Katusha clothing. Canyon, however, will not be associated with the new team and has already announced the end of its backing. Negotiations had been ongoing between Israel Cycling Academy's billionaire owner Sylvan Adams and Katusha's Russian owner Igor Makarov for several weeks. The pair made an agreement over the weekend and the sale has now taken place. 'We have several new riders, including some from the current ...

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After Israel Cycling Academy buyout, what happens to Katusha?

Supported by The management behind the Israel Cycling Academy team announced on its Facebook page Wednesday that it will buy the WorldTour license of Katusha-Alpecin, following talks that extended through the world championships last week. The deal involves a complete buyout of Katusha’s existing management company, which owns the team’s WorldTour license, but retains Katusha as a … The post After Israel Cycling Academy buyout, what happens to Katusha? appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Israel Cycling Academy, Katusha merger opens way to WorldTour

Details are still emerging and the UCI still needs to approve it, but Israel Cycling Academy confirmed that its merger with the Russian team Katusha-Alpecin is nearing completion. Read the full article at Israel Cycling Academy, Katusha merger opens way to WorldTour on VeloNews.com .

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Nacer Bouhanni signs for Arkea-Samsic as team aims to go WorldTour in 2020

Nacer Bouhanni signs for Arkea-Samsic as team aims to go WorldTour in 2020

Joe Robinson 2 Oct 2019 Brit Dan McLay also signs for Breton team building for cycling's top flight Nacer Bouhanni will look to resurrect his career as he is named among a raft of riders to have signed for Arkea-Samsic. The temperamental sprinter was named among six new signings for the French ProContinental side as he moves from fellow French team Cofidis for 2020. Bouhanni will be joined by Sport-Vlaanderen duo Benjamin Declercq and Christophe Noppe, Direct Energie's Thomas Boudat, CCC Team 's Lukasz Owsian and Brit Dan McLay who rejoins the team from Education First . Arkea-Samsic were long rumoured to be interested in acquiring Bouhanni, who had fallen out with his current team Cofidis. Originally joining Cofidis in 2015, Bouhanni was considered a coup for the ProContinental team considering his previous Grand Tour victories. However, with the implementation of Cedric Vasseur as team manager in 2017, Bouhanni has ...

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Harry Tanfield looking elsewhere amid uncertainty of Katusha and Israel merger

Harry Tanfield looking elsewhere amid uncertainty of Katusha and Israel merger

Joe Robinson 27 Sep 2019 One of 11 uncertain about there future, Tanfield is unsure of whether he will remain in the WorldTour Harry Tanfield is still in the dark as to whether he will be a WorldTour rider in 2020 as Katusha-Alpecin look set to merge with ProContinental team, Israel Cycling Academy . Speculation has long surrounded the future of the Swiss-registered, Russian-owned team but it now looks certain that the Israeli team will assume its WorldTour license for next season. If this happens, there will be 11 riders from Katusha, a team which includes Alex Dowsett and Tanfield, whose existing contracts will be assumed by Israel Cycling Academy. However, the ProContinental team already has a roster of 20 for next year and with the team unwilling to keep more than 28 riders on its books, it means some of the Katusha riders could be without a team. Tanfield ...

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UCI presses ahead with controversial track cycling calendar changes

UCI presses ahead with controversial track cycling calendar changes

Joseph Delves 27 Sep 2019 Governing body confirms plan to move and shorten the track season but will add second series of events to allay commercial fears The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) Management Committee has confirmed it is to press ahead with its formerly proposed changes to the track cycling calendar. These controversial updates will see the World Cup change its name to the UCI Track Cycling Nations’ Cup, and the season will be cut from six rounds to three, running over the summer from July to September rather than the winter between October to January as it is now. The current schedule means the track season clashes with the existing road calendar, while the changes will also see existing trade teams barred from the track events. 'The members of the Management Committee noted with satisfaction that the reform of track cycling announced earlier in the year was progressing to ...

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Mathieu van der Poel's World Championships Canyon Aeroad looks ready to win

Peter Stuart 27 Sep 2019 Van der Poel's Canyon Aeroad sports disc brakes and a 30-tooth rear sprocket, and could well help him win the Worlds Mathieu van der Poel has seemed unstoppable this season after dominant performances at the Tour of Britain, Amstel Gold Race and Dwars door Vlaanderen, and he's proved far and away the bookie's favourite for this weekend's World Championships Road Race. His bike also fits the bill. Riding for Canyon-sponsored UCI Continental team Corendon-Circus, it's no surpise to see the dutchan riding a Canyon, however the model and spec are a little intriguing. Van der Poel has sided for the aerodynamically focussed Canyon Aeroad CF SLX over the lightweight Canyon Ultimate, and even gone for a disc-brake equipped spec, suggesting he is favouring stopping power and all-out speed over excess grams when climbing. Image 3 of 14 Image 3 of 14 That's confirmed by the ...

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Preview: 18 things to know about the elite men’s Worlds road race

The 2019 Road World Championships conclude this Sunday with the elite men’s road race. It’s one of the biggest and most important days of racing on the men’s calendar and it’s the race that decides who will wear the rainbow bands for the next year. Ahead of Sunday’s race, here’s your guide to the course, … The post Preview: 18 things to know about the elite men’s Worlds road race appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Dowsett secures GB extra Tokyo Olympics spot with World Championships time trial ride

Dowsett secures GB extra Tokyo Olympics spot with World Championships time trial ride

Joe Robinson 26 Sep 2019 Despite career-best performance, Dowsett may still miss out on next year's Olympics Despite securing Great Britain an extra spot at next year's Olympic Games time trial with a career-best fifth in the time trial World Championships , Alex Dowsett may not be guaranteed his spot at Tokyo 2020. The Katusha-Alpecin rider finished 2:02 down on eventual winner Rohan Dennis who saw off competition from Belgium's Remco Evenepoel and Italy's Filippo Ganna, who completed the podium. Dowsett's ride was good enough, however, to see Great Britain awarded a second spot in the time trial at next summer's Olympics in Japan. The 30-year-old's performance in Harrogate would suggest he would be among the favourites to represent Great Britain in Tokyo, but strict rules around participation could see him miss out. 'That performance throws the Olympics in as a possibility but they have this ridiculous rule where you ...

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Israel Cycling Academy to go WorldTour with takeover of Katusha-Alpecin

Israel Cycling Academy to go WorldTour with takeover of Katusha-Alpecin

Joseph Delves 26 Sep 2019 Current ProContinental squad to absorb Katusha-Alpecin and their WorldTour licence Troubled squad Katusha-Alpecin will cease to exist in their current form next year, having been bought out by Israel Cycling Academy. The Swiss-Russian team have been the subject of speculation regarding their future for several months. Currently home to riders including Alex Dowsett, Enrico Battaglin, Nils Politt, Harry Tanfield and Ilnur Zakarin, the team have now been swallowed up by Israel Cycling Academy, who will be taking over 11 existing rider contracts. Founded in 2015 and based in Israel, the currently ProContinental squad have long expressed an intention to expand. In taking over from Katusha-Alpecin, and acquiring the WorldTour licence, those behind the Israeli project have found a speedy way to realise this ambition. See related The lowest road on Earth: Big Ride Israel Dan Martin joins Israel Cycling Academy on two-year contract Yorkshire 2019 ...

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Bigham hails 'nailbiting' Mixed TTT relay as Great Britain bag bronze

Bigham hails 'nailbiting' Mixed TTT relay as Great Britain bag bronze

Joe Robinson 22 Sep 2019 Great Britain pull off spirited ride for third as Dutch dominate inaugural Mixed Team Time Trial Relay Dan Bigham has praised the 'nailbiting nature' of the inaugural Mixed Team Time Trial Relay World Championships as Great Britain snatched a surprise bronze in the event. The Ribble Pro Cycling time trial specialist was part of the six-rider team to take third behind second-place Germany and eventual winners the Netherlands, as the event made its Worlds debut in Harrogate. Great Britain shipped 51 seconds to pre-race favourites the Netherlands, who dominated the 28km course, but benefited from an Elisa Longo Borghini puncture to finish nine seconds ahead of Italy to secure a podium soit. Criticism had been raised before the race about the format which saw teams divided into three male and three female athletes with each completing one lap of a 14km loop. Some, like Deceuninck-Quickstep ...

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Bigham hails 'nail biting' Mixed TTT relay as Great Britain bag bronze

Bigham hails 'nail biting' Mixed TTT relay as Great Britain bag bronze

Joe Robinson 22 Sep 2019 Great Britain pull off spirited ride for third as Dutch dominate inaugural Mixed Team Time Trial Relay Dan Bigham has praised the 'nailbiting nature' of the inaugural Mixed Team Time Trial Relay World Championships as Great Britain snatched a surprise bronze in the event. The Ribble Pro Cycling time trial specialist was part of the six-rider team to take third behind second-place Germany and eventual winners the Netherlands, as the event made its Worlds debut in Harrogate. Great Britain shipped 51 seconds to pre-race favourites the Netherlands, who dominated the 28km course, but benefited from an Elisa Longo Borghini puncture to finish nine seconds ahead of Italy to secure a podium spot. Criticism had been raised before the race about the format which saw teams divided into three male and three female athletes with each completing one lap of a 14km loop. Some, like Deceuninck-Quickstep ...

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Mixed Team Time Trial Relay: A guide to the World Championships's newest event

Joe Robinson 19 Sep 2019 A complete guide to the World Championships' newest event: the Mixed Team Time Trial Relay This weekend sees the best road cyclists on the planet descend onto Harrogate, Yorkshire for the beginning of the UCI World Championships . Across nine days, 15 individual events will crown a host of World Champions who will be able to dress resplendent in rainbow for the next 12 months. Among those races is the introduction of a brand new event: the Team Time Trial Mixed Relay. Replacing the outgoing and utterly boring Team Time Trial event - which was ridden as trade teams, it is a brand new format that gets elite women and men racing together, going all out to bring home team gold for their respective nation. Below is a full guide to this new event and what we should expect. What is the Team Time Trial ...

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Mixed Team Time Trial Relay: A guide the the World Championships newest event

Joe Robinson 19 Sep 2019 A complete guide to the World Championships' newest event: the Mixed Team Time Trial Relay This weekend sees the best road cyclists on the planet descend onto Harrogate, Yorkshire for the beginning of the UCI World Championships . Across nine days, 15 individual events will crown a host of World Champions who will be able to dress resplendent in rainbow for the next 12 months. Among those races is the introduction of a brand new event: the Team Time Trial Mixed Relay. Replacing the outgoing and utterly boring Team Time Trial event - which was ridden as trade teams, it is a brand new format that gets elite women and men racing together, going all out to bring home team gold for their respective nation. Below is a full guide to this new event and what we should expect. What is the Team Time Trial ...

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16 stitches and a life of pain: Willie Smit is cycling’s toughest rider

As Primoz Roglic rolled across the Madrid finish line of the 2019 Vuelta a España on Sunday, claiming his debut Grand Tour win in the process, there was a quieter moment of triumph taking place. In 31st place on the stage, 118th on the GC, was Willie Smit, a 26-year-old South African riding in the … The post 16 stitches and a life of pain: Willie Smit is cycling’s toughest rider appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Vuelta a Espana 2019: Cavanga produces trademark Quickstep ride for win as Movistar cause controversy

Vuelta a Espana 2019: Cavanga produces trademark Quickstep ride for win as Movistar cause controvers

Joe Robinson 13 Sep 2019 Three riders in top four for Deceuninck-Quickstep as they prove too strong for the rest Deceuninck-Quickstep finished with three riders in the top four on Stage 19 to Toledo as Remi Cavagna rode to an impressive solo victory at the Vuelta a Espana. The Frenchman nipped away from the breakaway in the final 20km, managing his effort on the steep finish to perfection to secure a first career Grand Tour stage win ahead of Sam Bennett (Bora-Hansgrohe) and teammate Zdenek Stybar. Philippe Gilbert rolled in fourth to complete a perfect day for the Belgian team. The day's major talking point, however, surrounded a crash to race leader Primoz Roglic earlier in the race. The Jumbo-Visma rider hit the deck with 65km to go alongside white jersey wearer Miguel Angel Lopez. For 15km, the race leader was forced into a mad chase of the Movistar-led peloton, ...

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