Il Lombardia: All you need to know including TV guide, favourites and route

Joe Robinson 10 Oct 2019 A complete guide to everything you need to know about Il Lombardia, taking place on Saturday 12th October Il Lombardia is the last big race of the season and one to savour. The final of the five Monuments of road cycling, 'the race of the falling leaves' takes place in early autumn across the picturesque landscape of Lombardy in northern Italy. Like all Italian Classics, the race takes place on a Saturday (12th October) as opposed to the usual slot of a Sunday. At 263km, it's a gruelling day in the saddle, covering six categorised climbs including the dreaded Colma di Surmano as the course takes the peloton from Bergamo to Como. Usually a race reserved for punchy climbers, recent winners have included Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ), Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) and Esteban Chaves (Mitchelton-Scott). While defending champion Pinot will be absent, a stacked start list will ...

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Primoz Roglic extends with Jumbo-Visma through 2023

Supported by Jumbo-Visma has announced a lengthy contract extension for Primoz Roglic. The 29-year-old Slovenian will ride on with the Dutch WorldTour outfit through the 2023 season. “We have now reached a nice level together and I really believe that we can achieve even more,” Roglic said. “I have won some races in recent years, but you always … The post Primoz Roglic extends with Jumbo-Visma through 2023 appeared first on CyclingTips .

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The weekly spin: Jumbo-Visma’s investment in young talent on display at Vuelta

It was at the 2016 Redlands Cycling Classic that Americans Sepp Kuss and Neilson Powless first made their presence known at the elite level of road racing. It was there, in Southern California’s Inland Empire, that Kuss won the queen stage on Oak Glen, while Powless won the time trial and finished second overall. Forty-one … The post The weekly spin: Jumbo-Visma’s investment in young talent on display at Vuelta appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Lotto Soudal suspend performance manager De Weert 'with immediate effect'

Frederik Willems and Kevin De Weert talk about camp.

Lotto Soudal 's performance manager, Kevin De Weert , has been "temporarily suspended with immediate effect" following an as-yet unnamed incident that occurred last Friday, the day before the start of the Vuelta a España , which De Weert was attending, the team has announced. "Following an incident on the eve of La Vuelta, and after an earlier warning, the management of the Lotto Soudal cycling team has decided to temporarily suspend its performance manager, Kevin De Weert, with immediate effect, for the remainder of the duration of the race," a press statement from the team, released on Tuesday evening, read. "The team management will not make any further comments until a conversation between general manager John Lelangue and Kevin De Weert takes place, after his return to Belgium," it added. Thirty-seven-year-old De Weert only joined the WorldTour team in his role at the start of this season, after having ...

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Jumbo-Visma announce new development team

LottoNL - Jumbo controlling the race on stage 3 of the 2018 Tour of Utah

Jumbo-Visma have announced the formation of Development Team Jumbo-Visma for 2020, which will be made up of 13 riders from around the world, all under the age of 20. The WorldTour team manager Richard Plugge said that it was a dream come true to establish such a squad following the closure of the Rabobank Development Team at the end of 2016. Rabobank was the original sponsor of the WorldTour outfit that Plugge took the reins of at the end of the 2012 season, becoming Blanco, then Belkin, LottoNL-Jumbo, and now Jumbo-Visma. "I am very proud that, after the disappearance of the Rabobank Development Team, that we've been able to set up a development team with the help of Jumbo and Visma," Plugge said on the team's website. "Together with, among other things, a school plan [education programme], we want to create growth for Dutch cycling." While nine of the riders ...

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Tour de France stage winner Teunissen weighing return to cyclo-cross

Mike Teunissen (Jumbo-Visma) leads the Tour de France

Mike Teunissen , the first stage winner and first leader of this year's Tour de France said he is considering a return to his roots and race a few cyclo-cross events this winter. According to Limburger.nl , Teunissen, the 2013 Cyclo-cross World Champion in the U23 ranks could tackle his first off-road race in three years. "I still have to put together my winter program, but I like it," Teunissen said after taking 18th at the UEC Road Championships on Sunday. His trainer Tim Heemskerk thinks it will be good for Teunissen. "I think cyclo-cross riding is an ideal training incentive in the run-up to the Spring Classics. We still need to coordinate the exact period in which we will do that, but it seems like a very good idea." Teunissen mixed road and cyclo-cross throughout his early career but leaned more toward the road after joining the Rabobank Development ...

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Brailsford: We'll do all we can for Chris Froome's fifth Tour de France quest

Chris Froome interatcs with fans at Criterium du Dauphine

Dave Brailsford has strongly hinted that Team Ineos will line up behind Chris Froome and the British rider's quest to win a fifth Tour de France . Last year the team won the Tour through Geraint Thomas, while Froome finished third after winning the Giro d'Italia. The pair have not raced together this year, with Froome currently taking part at the Critérium du Dauphiné and Thomas set to lead Team Ineos at the Tour de Suisse later this month. Although Thomas will start the Tour de France with dossard number one on his back as the reigning champion, Froome seemingly has an advantage in terms of leadership. Brailsford stopped short of declaring Froome as the official team leader, but stated that the goal of helping Froome join an illustrious group of five-time Tour de France winners was a major goal. "We're going to do all we can to support Chris ...

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Victor Campenaerts strikes back at Bradley Wiggins's claims he should join Team Ineos

Victor Campenaerts strikes back at Bradley Wiggins's claims he should join Team Ineos

Joe Robinson 23 May 2019 Belgian Hour Record holder gives a frank response to Wiggins after he claims Lotto-Soudal are stuck in the 1970s Recent Hour Record breaker Victor Campenaerts had a choice response for Bradley Wiggins after the retired rider suggested he join Team Ineos to further his career. Talking on his Eurosport podcast 'The Bradley Wiggins Show', Wiggins was asked about Campenaerts's poor bike change in the individual time trial during the Stage 9 of the ongoing Giro d'Italia. It appeared that the spare bike had been left in too big a gear, costing Campenaerts precious seconds which ultimately cost him the stage victory as Primoz Roglic bettered the Belgian by 11 seconds. This caused Wiggins to say: 'He's in a Belgian team - the biggest Belgian team - Lotto-Soudal , that's still acting like it's 1974,' 'If he went to Sky [ Team Ineos ], he'd see ...

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Jumbo-Visma's Daan Olivier forced into retirement due to knee injury

Daan Olivier (LottoNL-Jumbo) takes a pull on the front during stage 6 of the 2018 Tour of Utah

Jumbo-Visma 's Daan Olivier has been forced to retire from racing at the age of just 26 due to a knee injury sustained in a training crash in Colorado, USA, in May 2018. The Dutch rider returned to racing last season, and has ridden both the Ruta del Sol and the Tour of the Basque Country this year, but after struggling at his first race and then being forced to dismount and walk on a climb during the opening time-trial stage of the Basque stage race – and then getting dropped a few days later and having to abandon the race – Olivier has now had to admit that his pro career is over. "The team took care of me and my injury very well, and gave me the opportunity each day to pull out of the race, but I wanted to fight till the bitter end," Olivier wrote in ...

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The Gorilla’s new habitat

Supported by For 2019, André Greipel stepped out of the WorldTour and into a team with a loyal leadout man and an invite to the Tour de France. The post The Gorilla’s new habitat appeared first on CyclingTips .

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The changing face of pro cycling team sponsorship

The changing face of pro cycling team sponsorship

Nick Busca 8 Mar 2019 Name changes and early closures are common occurrences for cycling teams, but some are looking at better ways of retaining key sponsors When Team Sky announced the termination of its team sponsorship in December, it was only half-newsworthy. There had already been plenty of rumours around the impending end of the most successful team of the decade. Besides, cycling history is full of 'now-defunct teams'; teams change names and investors as often as snakes shed their skin. The real news and most urgent questions at the time were: Will they be able to secure a new backer before the end of season? And will they be able to match their previous budget of £35 million per year? It now seems that Team Sky may have found a new sponsor for next year . But how hard is it actually to secure a sponsorship in cycling ...

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Paris-Nice 2019: Who are the favourites and who will win?

Joe Robinson 8 Mar 2019 From Colombian talent to Northern grit, here are the riders to watch at Paris-Nice Paris-Nice has had a stroke of luck this year. With rival Italian stage race Tirreno-Adriatico deciding to ignore the Apennine mountain range in favour of a mixture of flat and rolling stages, any climber looking to get some early-season miles in their legs has opted to race in France. As a result, the field for the 2019 edition of the 'Race to the Sun' is one of the strongest for years, with plenty of punchy, one-week experts and high-ticket Grand Tour performers all fancying their chances of taking victory on the French Rivera in just over a week's time. It's no secret that the two most explosive days of racing should come on Stages 6 and 7. Stage 6 is the race's only true mountain-top finish as the peloton heads to ...

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House of the Lion: Johan Museeuw's new cafe in Bruges, Belgium

Jack Elton-Walters 8 Mar 2019 A must-visit location for cycling fans heading to Flanders, grab a beer or coffee and look at some memorabilia from Museeuw's career Better known for chocolates, a bell tower and a fantastic film starring Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson, Bruges isn't a magnet for cyclists and professional cycling fans in the same way as places like Oudenaarde and Gent, and that's despite hosting the start of the Tour of Flanders until recently. But that all looks set to change thanks to retired Classics superstar Johan Museeuw . The multiple-Monuments winner has teamed up with cycling experiences company Velusso to open Huis van de Leeuw in the heart of Bruges. The House of the Lion – following Museeuw's nickname of 'the Lion of Flanders' – is part cafe, part shop, part museum. Currently in situ are bikes from some of the Lion's most famous wins, including ...

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Velusso House of the Lion: Johan Museeuw's new cafe in Bruges, Belgium

Jack Elton-Walters 8 Mar 2019 A must-visit location for cycling fans heading to Flanders, grab a beer or coffee and look at some memorabilia from Museeuw's career Better known for chocolates, a bell tower and a fantastic film starring Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson, Bruges isn't a magnet for cyclists and professional cycling fans in the same way as places like Oudenaarde and Gent, and that's despite hosting the start of the Tour of Flanders until recently. But that all looks set to change thanks to retired Classics superstar Johan Museeuw . The multiple-Monuments winner has teamed up with cycling experiences company Velusso to open Huis van de Leeuw in the heart of Bruges. The Velusso House of the Lion – following Museeuw's nickname of 'the Lion of Flanders' – is part cafe, part shop, part museum. Currently in situ are bikes from some of the Lion's most famous wins, ...

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Nibali, Bernal expected for pre-Giro showdown at Tour of the Alps

Reporters gather around Vincenzo Nibali at the Bahrain-Merida media event in Catalunya

Before Vincenzo Nibali and Egan Bernal get a chance to square off at the 2019 Giro d'Italia in May, the pair of overall contenders will get a chance test each others' legs at the Tour of the Alps , a rigorous five-day race in the Tirol region of Italy and Austria that has proved itself to be a proper tune-up for the Italian Grand Tour. Nibali's Bahrain-Merida and Bernal's Team Sky were among the teams unveiled Tuesday for the 2019 race, with the WorldTour ranks also being represented by AG2R La Mondiale , Astana and Bora-Hansgrohe . The five WorldTour squads were among the nine Pro Continental teams, two Continental teams and one national team the race named as part of its initial team announcement. Three more team, completing a field of 20, will be released in the coming days, according to the race. Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) beat Domenico Pozzovivo ...

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Offseason Capsule: Jumbo-Visma

It doesn’t take any Dutch courage to predict a big year Let’s take Andrew’s earlier premise about building a PdC cycling team but instead of having a bespoke team, let’s say you have the choice of buying any team roster in the World Tour with the parameters being you want a versatile, young, international, and winning team. And let’s add one more parameter-- you want a cohesive team, i.e. ruling out UAE. For my money, there is only one team that hits all of those marks. Sky is too focused on grand tours and don’t have a winning sprinter or deep classics squad. Mitchelton-Scott is the Five Below version of Sky. Movistar is the dime store version of Sky. UAE is the dumpster fire version of Sky. AG2R are strong in the mountains and in classics, but lacking a sprinter. Quick-Step have the sprinting and classics on lockdown, but only ...

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2018 Mark Gunter Photographer of the Year Awards: winners announced

For the third year running, we’ve been privileged to receive so many amazing entries in the 2018 Mark Gunter Photographer of the Year Awards. In total, we received just under one thousand images from photographers in 32 countries, across four categories, including our new category Proud Cycling Moment. The competition ramped up significantly in its … The post 2018 Mark Gunter Photographer of the Year Awards: winners announced appeared first on CyclingTips .

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The weekly spin: 15 reasons to be excited about the 2019 racing season

Mountain bikers on the road. The debut of a future star. Alternative events. Intra-squad rivalry. The return of a world champion. What follows is a 2019 season preview of sorts, exploring 15 different subjects, stories, and subplots of the upcoming mens’s and women’s racing calendars. The list could have been twice as long. I thought … The post The weekly spin: 15 reasons to be excited about the 2019 racing season appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Offseason Capsule: Quick Step

We didn’t see any Quick Step Flaws In 2018, Patrick Lefevre’s boys put together a season for the ages. What does 2019 have in store? Well, they can’t possibly match last year (can they?) but nothing says Christmas on Podium Café like looking back over the most dominant cobbles season we’ve seen in the modern era. What we said last year I’m reasonably pleased with this. I was optimistic about the team surviving the loss of Boonen and continuing to lead the peloton in wins and topping the VDS rankings. I talked up the sprint unit and was optimistic of increased success in the Ardennes, and I also enthused about the chances of many strong cobbles riders between them grabbing a cobbled monument. I was comparatively down on their GC chances and I didn’t see Enric Mas coming. I also missed the sheer onslaught of wins, but I used the ...

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VeloNews Awards 2018: LottoNL’s ‘Dutch’ renaissance

VeloNews Awards 2018: LottoNL’s ‘Dutch’ renaissance

Between Primoz Roglic and Sepp Kuss's breakthrough rides, 2018 was a breakthrough year for the LottoNL-Jumbo team. Read the full article at VeloNews Awards 2018: LottoNL’s ‘Dutch’ renaissance on VeloNews.com .

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