Clockers: The Men’s Time Trial World Championship Preview

What do you get when you strip all of the nuance and character out of cycling? A time trial, of course. I’m kidding (well, maybe only half kidding). Time trials are often derided as ‘boring’ by cycling aficionados, and such a position has a point. However, time trials are also the simplest form of a cycling competition to understand. The winner is the person that pedals the fastest between point A and point B. That’s it. No need to know about strategy, drafting, team dynamics, the informal rules of the peloton, poorly paved Belgian roads, the temperament of Italian cyclists, or any of the other minutiae that dictates the outcome of road races and which make this sport both interesting and often impenetrable for neophytes. Yet, Wednesday will be only the 25th time, since 1994, that we have a chance to see a rider get crowned the strongest cyclist in ...

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Tour of Israel added to 2019 UCI calendar

Fans flying the Israel flag during stage 2 at the Giro d'Italia

The success of this year's Giro d'Italia in Israel has sparked the creation of the Tour of Israel stage race in 2019, with the five-day event expected to be held in late April as final preparation for the Italian Grand Tour. Cyclingnews understands the race has been registered with the UCI and included on the 2019 race calendar that will be revealed on Friday. Five potential stages have been designed in the north and south of Israel, with mountain stages and well as flat stages chosen to show off the country. The 2018 Giro d'Italia started in Israel with three stages held in the country, including an opening time trial around the centre of Jerusalem. Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) won the opening time trial and went on to finish second overall behind Chris Froome (Team Sky). Sylvan Adams, the Canadian billionaire who backs the Israel Cycling Academy and helped secure ...

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Ammerlaan rides Van der Breggen's old bike to junior Worlds glory

Rozemarijn Ammerlaan (Netherlands) flanked by Camilla Alessio (Italy) and Elynor Backstedt (Great Br

Rozemarijn Ammerlaan (Netherlands) claimed the first rainbow jersey of the 2018 UCI Road World Championships in the junior women's individual time trial on Monday in Innsbruck. The 18-year-old said the best thing about her victory was that she won on an old bike that once belonged to her compatriot Anna van der Breggen. "I raced on an old bike that was Anna van der Breggen's, so that was great," Ammerlaan said in the post-race press conference. "It was her old Giant from a lot of years ago when she raced with the development team at Rabobank. They sold the bikes and so I bought it. Her name is still on it – that's really cool." Ammerlaan's gold-medal performance is the first in what is expected to be a series of wins by the Dutch national team at this World Championships. Her compatriots in the elite women's category – Van der ...

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With worlds TTT win, Quick-Step moves closer to Lefevere’s season record

With worlds TTT win, Quick-Step moves closer to Lefevere’s season record

The Belgium-based squad has recorded 69 victories this season, and that number could soon go up. Read the full article at With worlds TTT win, Quick-Step moves closer to Lefevere’s season record on VeloNews.com .

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Riders lament loss of trade-team TTT at future World Championships

Quick-Step on the top step of the team time trial podium

Quick-Step Floors and Canyon-SRAM secured victories in the elite men’s and women’s trade team time trial at the 2018 UCI Road World Championships in Innsbruck on Sunday. They were feats that marked the end of the discipline, as the sport’s governing body moves replace it with a team time trial for national teams next year. The team time trial was introduced as a World Championship event for the men in 1962 and the women in 1987, but at the time th even consisted of four riders representing their respective national teams. The discipline stopped after the 1994 edition and went on hiatus for 18 years before being reintroduced with six-rider trade teams in 2012. During that time, Quick-Step won the title on four occasions: 2012 in Valkenburg, 2013 in Florence, 2016 in Doha and on Sunday in Innsbruck. BMC won titles in 2014 in Ponferrada and 2015 in Richmond, and ...

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BMC Racing sign off with a fifth and final podium place in team time trial

Rohan Dennis on the front for BMC Racing

The BMC Racing team finished on the podium of the UCI Road World Championships team time trial championships for a fifth consecutive time but were unable to sign off with a final victory before the team becomes CCC in 2019 and many of its big-name riders move elsewhere. The BMC Racing riders won the world title in 2014 and 2015 and so were logically disappointed to finish third, 19 seconds slower than winners Quick-Step Floors and silver medalists Team Sunweb, who were a second faster. Patrick Bevin, Damiano Caruso, Rohan Dennis, Stefan Küng, Greg Van Avermaet, and Tejay van Garderen were second fastest behind Mitchelton-Scott after 22.8km but slipped to third fastest after the climb to Axams after 45km. They lost Küng at this point after the Swiss rouleur made a huge contribution during the 40km flat roads and were unable to match Quick-Step Floors’ finishing speed. “We did everything ...

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Team Sky crash out of the medals in Worlds TTT

Team Sky

Misfortune struck Team Sky in the team time trial at the UCI Road World Championships in Innsbruck on Sunday after Ian Stannard crashed in the opening kilometre. The team ended up finishing fourth place, just outside of the medals, and 44 seconds behind winners Quick-Step Floors. “The crash affected our chances of winning today,” Gianni Moscon told Cyclingnews at the finish line. “I don’t know if we would have won, but for sure we would have been on the podium without the crash.” The elite men raced 62.5km that was mostly flat in the first half and then hit a steep 4km climb at the 40km mark, followed by a fast descent and flat run-in into Innsbruck. Team Sky’s roster included Moscon and Stannard along with Michal Kwiatkowski, Owain Doull, Vasil Kiryienka and Jonathan Castroviejo. Moscon led the team over a short climb in the opening kilometre and through the ...

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Quick-Step Floors savour fourth team time trial world title

Niki Terpstra celebrates his team time trial gold medal

The Quick-Step Floors riders let out their wolf pack howl as they celebrated winning the men’s team time trial world title in Innsbruck . The Belgian team has now won the title four times in seven editions of the event – in 2012, 2013, 2016 and 2018 – and this latest victory is their 69th of the 2018 season. Niki Terpstra, Laurens de Plus, Yves Lampaert, Bob Jungles, neo-pro Kasper Asgreen and Maximilian Schachmann were obviously happy to have beaten major rivals Team Sunweb, BMC Racing and Team Sky. Celebrations were expected to go long into the night. Quick-Step Floors were only third and second fastest at the 22.8 and 44.8km time splits, but they were strongest in the finale, touching 111km/h on the descent and riding at their very limit on the final 10km to the finish in Innsbruck. “We were fastest from A to B," Terpstra said. "We ...

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World Championships: Quick-Step Floors win men's team time trial

Quick-Step Floors en route

Quick-Step Floors rounded off day one of the 2018 UCI Road World Championships in Innsbruck by taking victory in the men’s team time trial. Kasper Asgreen, Laurens De Plus, Bob Jungels, Yves Lampaert, Max Schachmann and Niki Terpstra blitzed the 62.8km course with a time of 1:07:26, beating Team Sunweb by 18 seconds while BMC finished third, 20 seconds down. Team Sky and Mitchelton-Scott finished fourth and fifth, the only other teams to get within a minute of Quick Step – they came home 45 and 57 seconds down, respectively. After Philippe Gilbert’s win at the GP d’Isbergues earlier in the day, it’s the 69th victory of the season for the Belgian team. Since 2000, they only lie behind the 2008 (70 wins) and 2009 (83 wins) vintages of Team Highroad. The win also marks a farewell for a number of their riders, with De Plus, Schachmann and Terpstra all ...

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World Championships: Team time trial start times

Team Sunweb 5th in the stage 3 team time trial at the tour de France

The 2018 UCI Road World Championships officially roll out of the start house with the elite men's and women's team time trials on Sunday, September 23, starting at 10:10 a.m. (UTC) for the women and 2:40 p.m. for the men. In the final year for the trade team configuration of the event, some of the top teams will be anxious to add their names to the final podium roll call. Bepink start things rolling as the first of 12 women's teams that will go off in three-minute intervals. The heavy hitters start with Wiggle High5 at 10:28, followed in quick succession by Ale Cipollini, Canyon-SRAM, Mitchelton-Scott, Boels Dolmans and defending champions Team Sunweb. The men's field is sprinkled with local Continental teams and hopeful Pro Continental outfits before the WorldTour teams start with Katusha Alpecin at 3:10. The favoured contenders for rainbow stripes start hitting the course at 3:28 with ...

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Wiggins: Yates wouldn’t have won Vuelta with Sky

Wiggins: Yates wouldn’t have won Vuelta with Sky

The British cycling legend admitted that Simon Yates is thriving better at Mitchelton-Scott than he would have on Sky. Read the full article at Wiggins: Yates wouldn’t have won Vuelta with Sky on VeloNews.com .

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Team Sky's budget grew to £34.5m last year, accounts reveal

Peter Stuart 19 Sep 2018 Team Sky releases its annual accounts for 2017, revealing an £3.4m increase in budget, but no longer details expenses Team Sky have once again published their annual accounts, revealing a considerable increase in the already substantial team budget, up to £34.5m for 2017, while the accounts have withheld information on the operating expenses divulged in previous years. The accounts, published through Companies House , reveal figures for the Tour Racing Limited (Team Sky’s trading name) for the full year of 2017 – revealing an increase in budget (total revenue) from £31,084,000 in 2016 to £34,496,000 in 2017. Very few teams reveal their finances to such detail, but Team Sky’s figures have been published now as it is a legal requirement for UK companies to publish accounts within nine months of the end of the financial year. Expenses unknown In previous years Tour Racing Ltd has ...

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Landa earns provisional spot on Spanish Worlds team

Mikel Landa (Movistar)

Mikel Landa ( Movistar ) has been provisionally named on the Spanish team for the UCI Road World Championships in Innsbruck, though a final decision on his selection will only be taken after he has gauged his condition in this week’s Giro della Toscana and Coppa Sabatini. Landa returns to competition on Thursday for the first time since he fractured a vertebra and a rib in a crash at the Clasica San Sebastian in early August. If Landa is unable to prove his fitness in Tuscany in the coming days, his place on Spain’s eight-rider team for the elite men’s road race will be taken by Omar Fraile (Astana). Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) will lead the Spanish team, which was announced by coach Javier Minguez on Tuesday. Enric Mas (Quick-Step Floors), fresh from finishing second overall at the Vuelta a España, is the other leading light in a Spanish squad laden ...

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The weekly spin: On rider representation, and David Millar’s protest candidacy

The weekly spin is a new column from our Editor at Large, offering commentary and analysis on topics ranging from racing to tech to industry to travel to simple observations from the saddle. David Millar is running to become president of the CPA, the professional riders’ union. He knows he won’t win. The Scottish former … The post The weekly spin: On rider representation, and David Millar’s protest candidacy appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Despite Trek announcing Sosa, talented Colombian still on the market

Ivan Ramiro Sosa (Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec) won the queen stage 3 at the Adriatica Ionica Race

Although Trek-Segafredo announced in August that they had signed talented young Colombian rider Ivan Sosa on a two-year deal, the rider's new agent has insisted that he is still on the market and talking to several teams, including Trek-Segafredo and Team Sky. Sosa changed his agent in the summer, switching from Paolo Alberati to Giuseppe Acquadro, who works with the likes of Nairo Quintana, Michal Kwiatkowski and another Colombian talent, Egan Bernal. Alberati helped bring Bernal to Europe when he turned professional with Androni Giocattoli in 2016 but does not represent high-profile riders. Acquadro confirmed to Cyclingnews that reports of Sosa's uncertain future were true but that a deal could be announced in the next five days. "It's not signed," Acquadro told Cyclingnews . "There was a misunderstanding before I was working with the rider but I am now looking after his interests. We are talking to Trek and other ...

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Is it time to forgive Lance Armstrong?

Is it time to forgive Lance Armstrong?

Richard Moore 18 Sep 2018 Lance Armstrong remains a pariah in the sport of cycling yet many other ex-dopers are still accepted. Is his punishment out of proportion? In 1999, when Lance Armstrong crushed the opposition to win his first Tour de France , David Gaudu was two years old. There could be no more stark symbol of how much time has elapsed since Armstrong began his domination of the Tour than the sight of Gaudu, the bespectacled young French prospect making his debut for Groupama-FDJ at the Tour’s Grand Départ in the Vendée this year. To Gaudu, Armstrong must seem almost as distant a figure as Eddy Merckx was to Armstrong. Yet the American, to an even greater extent than Merckx, continues to loom over the sport, his shadow still falling over the Tour de France in particular. It was, after all, the race that the American won – ...

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Peloton veteren Mathew Hayman announces retirement

Peloton veteren Mathew Hayman announces retirement

Joe Robinson 18 Sep 2018 Another of cycling's old guard hangs up their bike for good as 2016 Roubaix champion, Hayman, calls time on career After a career that has spanned 20 seasons, Mitchelton-Scott's Mathew Hayman has decided to hang up his bike in 2019. The Australian announced his decision in an emotional open letter that paid tribute to all those who supported him through his long career that spread across three teams. In the letter, Hayman said, 'The time has come for me to make a very difficult decision, one that I wrestled with for months, mainly out of fear of what my life would be like without being a professional athlete. 'I have long forgotten what it’s like to not have a race programme. Cycling has defined me for so long, but increasingly the other all-consuming constant in my life, my family, has been battling for my attention ...

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Peloton veteran Mathew Hayman announces retirement

Peloton veteran Mathew Hayman announces retirement

Joe Robinson 18 Sep 2018 Another of cycling's old guard hangs up their bike for good as 2016 Roubaix champion, Hayman, calls time on career After a career that has spanned 20 seasons, Mitchelton-Scott's Mathew Hayman has decided to hang up his bike in 2019. The Australian announced his decision in an emotional open letter that paid tribute to all those who supported him through his long career that spread across three teams. In the letter, Hayman said, 'The time has come for me to make a very difficult decision, one that I wrestled with for months, mainly out of fear of what my life would be like without being a professional athlete. 'I have long forgotten what it’s like to not have a race programme. Cycling has defined me for so long, but increasingly the other all-consuming constant in my life, my family, has been battling for my attention ...

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Does Yates’ Second Coming Herald New Era?

Simon Yates building toward his overall Vuelta victory

Grand tour victories tend to fall into two categories: Oh, him again? [Eye roll]; and A new guy! WHAT DOES IT MEAN?!?! This time it’s #2. So Simon Yates won the Vuelta over the weekend, or really about 12 days ago when he began taking control with a few high stage finishes, built on patient attacking for small gaps and time bonuses. I’d like to resist lumping him in with the rest of the British grand tour winners this year, except that’s exactly how they proceed too (plus time trialling, not a subject of much interest at the Vuelta). Really, the only distinction I can make among their respective wins this year is that Yates’ triumph is the lesser of the three, because Thomas won the Tour and Froome broke Yates, the very same Yates, to win the Giro. Anyway, the job of today is to kick around what we ...

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Gravel Dispatch: Happy solitude at Rebecca’s Private Idaho

Rebecca's Private Idaho

Rebecca's Private Idaho combines stunning mountain scenery with a tough route and plenty of celebration once the 92-mile gravel race is Read the full article at Gravel Dispatch: Happy solitude at Rebecca’s Private Idaho on VeloNews.com .

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