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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Medical investigation into former Team Sky Richard Freeman to be heard in October

Medical investigation into former Team Sky Richard Freeman to be heard in October

Joe Robinson 8 Oct 2019 Trial into Freeman's ordering of testosterone to Manchester velodrome had been adjourned in March The medical tribunal of former British Cycling and Team Sky doctor Richard Freeman into the use of banned substance testosterone on athletes will reconvene this month, having been postponed since March. The Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service, the body investigating the charges against Freeman, confirmed that the hearing had been relisted to start on Monday 28th October through to Friday 20th December. The hearing into Freeman will look into the allegation that he 'ordered for delivery from Fit4Sport Limited to the Manchester Velodrome 30 sachets of Testogel', a banned substance, in October 2011. It will also look into claimed false statements by Freeman who stated the order was for a non-athlete member of cycling and was subsequently returned to the Fit4Sport Limited company. The inquest is also alleging that Freeman attempted to ...

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Ellingworth targets Grand Tour success at Bahrain-Merida – with McLaren’s help

Rod Ellingworth (picture copyright Russell Ellis russellis.co_.uk via SWpix.com)

Former British Cycling and Team Sky coach has officially started team principal role

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World Championships 2019: Elite Men's Road Race Shortened

World Championships 2019: Elite Men's Road Race Shortened

James Spender 29 Sep 2019 World Championships 2019: Elite Men's route shortened by 21km after heavy rainfall The UCI has taken the decision to divert the route of the Elite Men’s Road Race after prolonged heavy rain in Yorkshire, which has seen climbs such as Buttertubs under several inches of water. Instead of the planned 285km, the race will now take place over 261km, bypassing the northern section of the route that included Bainbridge, Hawes, Buttertubs, Muker, Gunnerside, Reeth and Grinton Moor. The race will still start in Leeds, albeit 20mins later at 9am, however the route will be diverted at Bishopdale Beck, just outside Aysgarth, with riders directed to Temple Bank and along the A684 to Leyburn. From there the race will continue as planned, only riders will complete nine of the 14km finishing circuits in Harrogate as opposed to seven. UCI Statement ‘The decision was made after extensive ...

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I drove Skoda’s car for cyclists and it’s downright silly but well intentioned

Skoda crossover with bikes on roof

The Karoq Velo includes a washing machine, drone and more

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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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Team Ineos have lost the services of a key mountain domestique

Team Ineos have lost the services of a key mountain domestique

Joe Robinson 18 Sep 2019 Wout Poels will join Bahrian-Merida to rejoin forces with Rod Ellingworth in 2020 Team Ineos will lose one of their key Grand Tour domestiques as Wout Poels moves to Bahrain-Merida for 2020. It was expected that the Dutchman would move from the British WorldTour team at the end of the season in a bid to pursue his own Grand Tour ambitions in a two-year deal with the team. Talking to Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf , Poels confirmed his move to Bahrain-Merida citing former Team Ineos coach Rod Ellingworth as key in his decision, with the duo having worked together since 2015. Ellingworth announced earlier this season that he would be leaving Ineos for Bahrain to take on the role of team principal. Poels told De Telegraaf that Ellingworth 'is also the person who convinced me to ride for this team. I look forward to this ...

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The best lead-out man ever? A tribute to the career of Mark Renshaw

Last Saturday afternoon, in the English city of Manchester, Mark Renshaw rolled across the finish line to complete the final stage of the 2019 Tour of Britain. He was nowhere near winning the stage — in fact he was second-last across the line, 6:30 behind stage winner Mathieu Van der Poel — but the moment … The post The best lead-out man ever? A tribute to the career of Mark Renshaw appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Dave Brailsford reveals prostate cancer battle

Supported by LONDON (AFP) – Team Ineos general manager Dave Brailsford has revealed he has undergone surgery for prostate cancer. The 55-year-old who has masterminded Team Sky and Ineos’ domination of the Tour de France over the past decade and led Britain’s cycling success at the 2008 and 2012 Olympics, had surgery last month after the diagnosis … The post Dave Brailsford reveals prostate cancer battle appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Dave Brailsford recovering from prostate cancer surgery

Dave Brailsford recovering from prostate cancer surgery

Joe Robinson 13 Sep 2019 Team Ineos principal learned of illness earlier this year before undergoing surgery last month Sir Dave Brailsford has revealed he is recovering from prostate cancer having undergone surgery for the illness last month. The Team Ineos principal confirmed that scans revealed a tumour that scored 'four out of five' after a routine health check suggested Brailsford may have developed the cancer. Talking in an exclusive interview with The Times , the 55-year-old spoke of the five-hour open surgery he underwent last month and that he will return to hospital this weekend to discover whether the surgery has successfully removed all cancerous cells. Often credited as the mastermind behind Team Sky/Ineos's seven Tour de France triumphs, Brailsford admitted that his attitude to health check-ups had been 'ridiculous' and that even when learning of the illness his focus remained on Tour preparations. That was until the Team ...

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Strava insight: Philippe Gilbert's Vuelta a Espana stage win was record breaking

Joe Robinson 12 Sep 2019 Stage 17 of the Vuelta a Espana was the fastest race over 200km in cycling's history Deceuninck-QuickStep 's Philippe Gilbert made history yesterday. Crossing the finish line in Guadalajara to win Stage 17 , he took the record for the fastest average speed in a race over 200km. In a whirlwind day that saw the race battered by severe crosswinds, the veteran Belgian covered the 219km run from Aranda de Duero to Guadalajara with an average speed of 50.63kmh. That means the five-time Monument man covered the longest day of this year's Vuelta - a distance most amateurs would take all day to cover - in just 4 hours 20 minutes. It sees Gilbert take the prestigious Ruban Juane record from former teammate Matteo Trentin, whose average speed of 49.64kmh at the 2015 Paris-Tours was the previous best. Needless to say, riding at 50kmh for ...

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High-end cycling experience 'The Service Course' expands to UK

High-end cycling experience 'The Service Course' expands to UK

Joe Robinson 10 Sep 2019 Lavish bike rental, tour company and cafe run by former pro Christian Meier to extend from base in Girona. Photo: The Service Course Leading cycling experience company 'The Service Course' is to expand across Europe including a new site in the UK. With a funding round led by former professional rider Simon Gerrans and current professionals Kasia Niewiadoma, Michael Woods and Edvald Boasson Hagen, 'The Service Course' facilities will be opened in Tuscany and Oslo alongside Wilmslow, Cheshire in the coming months. Each site will offer a travel service, guided tours and indoor training facilities while also acting as a retailer for custom bike brands such as Argonaut and Bastion. All three of the new sites will also feature a La Fabrica cafe, offering speciality coffee and food developed by Henrik Orre, former Team Sky chef and new executive of the brand's cafe operations. See ...

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Jon Dibben rejoins WorldTour with Lotto-Soudal move

Jon Dibben rejoins WorldTour with Lotto-Soudal move

Joe Robinson 9 Sep 2019 Young Brit given second chance in cycling's top flight with one-year deal Jonathan Dibben will be afforded a second crack at the WorldTour after signing a one-year deal with Lotto-Soudal . The 25-year-old was confirmed as the latest signing for the Belgian team, and will join from British Continental squad Madison Genesis, who are set to fold at the end of 2019 . This will be Dibben's second stint in cycling's top flight having spent two seasons with Team Sky from 2017 to 2018. Despite a stage win at the Tour of California in 2017, the Southampton native was released by Team Sky at the end of last season and remained without a team until May of this year, when he returned to professional cycling with Madison Genesis. See related Madison Genesis to cease racing at end of 2019 Professional cycling transfers 2019-2020: All the ...

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Flying high: Jumbo-Visma’s ill-fated helicopter transfer

Supported by Sunday’s ninth stage of the Vuelta a España finished on gravel roads, in a thunderstorm, atop a mountain in Andorra, with Tadej Pogacar (UAE-Team Emirates) taking stage honours. The other winner on the day was self-pity: riders battered by hailstones, crashing in the treacherous conditions and shivering from the sudden temperature fluctuation. And with a … The post Flying high: Jumbo-Visma’s ill-fated helicopter transfer appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Richard Carapaz and Mikel Landa announced for Tour of Britain

Richard Carapaz and Mikel Landa announced for Tour of Britain

George Smith 5 Sep 2019 Two more big names for Britain’s most prestigious race Movistar have today revealed that reigning Giro d’Italia champion Richard Carapaz and multiple Grand Tour stage winner Mikel Landa will lead their team at the OVO Energy Tour of Britain . Both riders will be making their debut at the week long stage race, with the occasion marking 29-year-old Landa’s first time competing on British soil - despite formerly competing for Team Sky . The pair will add some grandeur to the already impressive list of riders set to take the start line this Saturday in Glasgow , boasting an extensive list of honours between them. Besides Carapaz’s Grand Tour triumph, the Ecuadorian has won the Vuelta a Asturias twice and Vuelta a Navarra once. Landa, moreover, claimed the overall title in the Giro del Trentino and Tour of Burgos. See related Vuelta a Espana 2019: ...

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The big lie: What it’s like to ride illegally as a woman in Iran

The freedom to ride a bicycle is a simple pleasure most of us take for granted. For some women, though, it isn’t quite so simple. Iran may have fielded a national women’s cycling team for many years now, but take to the streets on two wheels and life can quickly get complicated. Especially since leader … The post The big lie: What it’s like to ride illegally as a woman in Iran appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Five predictions for ‘week two’ of the Vuelta a España

The Vuelta a España has been so compelling to this point that it’s hard to believe we’re only nine days into the race. Full credit to the organizers for planning a route that has offered some thrilling stages, without leaving fans feeling like the race is already decided. Some big days await at the Spanish … The post Five predictions for ‘week two’ of the Vuelta a España appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Austin’s ATTO promises to be the perfect folder for roadies

Austin Cycles ATTO commuting bike

Austin’s second generation ATTO aims for simplicity, efficiency, lightness and speed

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9 reasons to attend The Cycle Show 2019

10 reasons to visit The Cycle Show

Cycling legends, demo bikes, product launches, exclusive discounts and VIP tickets up for grabs

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