Rivals: New Liège-Bastogne-Liège finish favors Sagan
The new finish for the Belgian monument could lead to a sprint showdown between Peter Sagan and others, other riders say. Read the full article at Rivals: New Liège-Bastogne-Liège finish favors Sagan on VeloNews.com .
New kid in town: Fabio Jakobsen is ready to join the sprinting elite
Joe Robinson 23 Jan 2019 The 22-year-old has Fernando Gaviria's boots to fill but Cyclist doesn't think this will be an issue Patrick Lefevere personally introduced each and every one of his riders at the Deceuninck-Quick Step team presentation earlier this month. When it came to 22-year-old Fabio Jakobsen, Lefevere regaled a quick anecdote from his neo-pro season last year. 'When Fabio won Scheldeprijs last year he came up to me in the team bus and told me how he was disappointed that Marcel Kittel punctured before the finish,' Lefevere said. 'He was upset because he knew he would have beaten Marcel that day and he wants to beat the best sprinters. I like that.' You could mistake this confidence for arrogance, wishing a 19-time Grand Tour stage winner had made it to the finish so you could beat him. You could also mistake this as arrogance considering the success ...
With a little luck, Bardet plans to break Tour drought
French star Romain Bardet likes the 2019 Tour route and feels his chance for a career-defining victory is coming soon. Read the full article at With a little luck, Bardet plans to break Tour drought on VeloNews.com .
The weekly spin: The intersection of American football and international cyclocross
In two weeks, international cyclocross and American football will hold the biggest events of their respective seasons on the same day. I’ll be watching both. Because I often find the lead up to the marquee event more interesting than the main event itself — thus explaining my unique affection for E3 Harelbeke and Dwars door Vlaanderen … The post The weekly spin: The intersection of American football and international cyclocross appeared first on CyclingTips .
How mechanics keep bikes running smooth at the Tour Down Under
Racing at the Tour Down Under presents a logistical challenge, but once there things generally run smoothly for the mechanics. Read the full article at How mechanics keep bikes running smooth at the Tour Down Under on VeloNews.com .
Science in Sport Go Electrolyte powder review
Pete Muir Tuesday, January 22, 2019 - 11:15 High quality energy drink that’s tasty and easy to digest 4.0 / 5 £11 for 500g (approx 12 x 500ml servings) I’ve always been a water person. Admittedly, it would be hard to find someone who wasn’t a water person – it’s fairly fundamental to life – but what I mean is that I generally prefer to ride with just water in my bottles, rather than flavoured energy drinks. The reason is that I often find the consistency of energy drinks to be too gloopy, and the flavour too sickly, such that I want to wash my mouth out afterwards. In which case, I usually feel it makes more sense to carry two bottles of pure water and a pocket full of gels and bars. However, despite my aversion to energy drinks, I have been pleasantly surprised by Science in Sport Go ...
Chris Froome to arrive a week before Colombia 2.1 stage race
Chris Froome and Team Sky are set to arrive in eastern Antioquia region of Colombia on Sunday to prepare for their season debut at the Colombia 2.1 stage race which will be held from February 12-17. Organisers made the announcement on the event website on Monday, while also revealing Team Sky’s preliminary seven-man line-up of Ivan Sosa, Jhonatan Narvaez, Jonathan Castroviejo, Sebastian Henao, Teo Geoghegan Hart and defending champion Egan Bernal. Only six riders will start the race. Bernal, Sosa and Narvaez are also set to arrive from Bogotá at 8p.m. on Sunday, while the rest of the staff, including Froome, will arrive from Europe an hour later. Froome has recently been training in South Africa with teammate Salvatore Puccio. Froome announced that he would start his 2019 season at the Colombia 2.1 race last November. During that time, he visited Colombia to take part in Rigoberto Uran's mass-participation ride ...
Phil Anderson, yellow jerseys, and an ’82 Peugeot
Phil Anderson is an icon of Australian cycling. His successes paved the way for several waves of Australian talent since he retired in 1994. His career peaked in the 1980s, in which years he became the first Australian and non-European, in 1981, to wear the Tour de France yellow jersey as a member of the … The post Phil Anderson, yellow jerseys, and an ’82 Peugeot appeared first on CyclingTips .
Santos continue Tour Down Under sponsorship for three more years
Energy company Santos has extended its sponsorship of the Tour Down Under for a further three years, the organisers have confirmed. The new deal sees Santos remain the title sponsor of the WorldTour opener until at least 2022. Santos has been the naming rights sponsor of the Tour Down Under, Australia's biggest race on the UCI calendar, since 2010. This year's edition marked a decade of the partnership and was won by Daryl Impey (Mitchelton-Scott) - who became the first rider to win back to back editions of the men's race - ahead of home rider Richie Porte (Trek-Segafredo) and Wout Poels (Team Sky). The company has also sponsored the Women's Tour Down Under , which was won by Amanda Spratt (Mitchelton-Scott) for the third time, since its inception in 2012. The women's race has grown dramatically since its first outing as a series of criteriums and this year saw ...
What groupsets, tyres and pedals do WorldTour teams use?
The demands and needs WorldTour pro racers place on their equipment are far removed from those of the vast majority of everyday riders, but that doesn’t stop us from enjoying ogling at the latest and greatest kit that the top-end of the sport uses. We’ve spent the last two weeks hassling mechanics at the 2019 edition of the Tour Down Under — the opening race of the season — and from our findings, we’re pleased to present a comprehensive illustrated breakdown of what groupsets, tyres and pedals each WorldTour team will use in 2019. We'll also reveal which teams will exclusively ride disc brakes this season. Best road bikes 2019: how to choose the right one for you WorldTour team bike guide 2019 Road disc brakes: everything you need to know What groupsets do WorldTour pro racers use? For the 2019 season, SRAM, Campagnolo and Shimano are the sole three ...
Castelli launches new Free Aero Race 4 Bib short
Italian sportswear brand Castelli has today released the latest version of its pro-level bib short, the Aero Race 4, to the general public. The Aero Race 4 is an update to the lightweight, minimalist, aero shorts worn to Tour de France and Giro d’Italia victory by Team Sky’s Geraint Thomas and Chris Froome. Castelli Spring/Summer 2019 range preview Castelli Aero Race 5.1 jersey review I’ll be honest, the updates feel pretty subtle, but that’s not surprising considering every iteration of the Free Aero shorts since the first in 2007 has performed well in our tests and, probably more importantly, under the backsides of pro race winners. Wearers of the previous model will notice a new strap construction — the stripe mesh used is super-thin and featherweight to aid breathability. These are the sort of straps that ruche up when you pull them out of the drawer, but they do lie ...
Hayman closes out career atop Old Willunga Hill
The 2016 Paris-Roubaix champion retires at age 40 at the end of his home race, the Santos Tour Down Under. Read the full article at Hayman closes out career atop Old Willunga Hill on VeloNews.com .
Analysis: Why the Tour Down Under works
Andrew Hood examines what has made this annual event in Australia so successful. Read the full article at Analysis: Why the Tour Down Under works on VeloNews.com .
Offseason Capsule: Sunweb
Sunweb, the team of extreme order, rules and structure if we are to believe reports. The perfect amalgamation of Dutch and German culture. Certainly one of the most interesting and distinct teams in the World Tour. What we said last year It was a tricky task last year to write about a team trying to follow up on a 2017 season where almost everything went right for Sunweb. Andrew didn’t make any bold predictions but got the basics right about Doom’s then unclear Giro/TdF-plans “In either race, he will be among the favorites.” although like everyone he sort of assumed TD would do either Giro or Tour and that it would most likely be the Tour. That Matthews “may struggle to match his results from 2017” was about right too. That “The rest of the squad will fill in around these two. “ turned out a little too optimistic depending ...
Terpstra's Direct Energie and Roompot Charles among Paris-Roubaix wildcards
Joe Robinson 21 Jan 2019 Five French teams and a return for Wanty-Gobert at this year's Paris-Roubaix Paris-Roubaix organiser ASO has confirmed the seven wildcard teams invited to this year's race as Niki Terpstra's Direct Energie headline a list dominated with home representation. Direct-Energie will be joined by four fellow French ProContinental teams who make the cut for the season's biggest one-day race. Those teams are Cofidis, Delko Marseille Provence, Arkea-Samsic and Vital Concept. This year's race takes place on Sunday 14th April and all you need to know about the race, including the route, can be found here . %u2B50 #ParisRoubaix 2019 Team Selection %u2B50 1%u20E38%u20E3 UCI WorldTeams 7%u20E3 WildCards / Invitations : %uD83C%uDDEB%uD83C%uDDF7 @TeamCOFIDIS %uD83C%uDDEB%uD83C%uDDF7 @TeamDelko_MP_ %uD83C%uDDEB%uD83C%uDDF7 @TeamDEN_fr %uD83C%uDDEB%uD83C%uDDF7 @Arkea_Samsic %uD83C%uDDEB%uD83C%uDDF7 @VitalConcept_BB %uD83C%uDDF3%uD83C%uDDF1 @roompot_charles %uD83C%uDDE7%uD83C%uDDEA @TeamWantyGobert Welcome to hell ! pic.twitter.com/bobeuwr8CW — Paris-Roubaix (@Paris_Roubaix) January 21, 2019 There could be hope for a high-placed finish for the ProContinental ...
Blue Monday be damned - here comes an incredible 2019
Joe Robinson 21 Jan 2019 Some pro racing reminders as to why you shouldn't be down about Blue Monday Today, January 21st, is officially Blue Monday. No, not a day dedicated to New Order's groundbreaking 1983 hit but the day in which it is claimed to be the most depressing of the year. Originally conceived by a tutor at the Cardiff University's Centre for Lifelong Learning, Cliff Arnall, in 2006, Blue Monday was derived from a formula which includes weather conditions, debt level, low motivation, time since Christmas, time since failing our new year's resolutions and the drive to take action. So considering this morning's sub-zero temperatures and the fact that Strava predicted we will have given up our new year's fitness resolutions last Thursday , it comes as no surprise that today is the year's most desolate day. However, it's not all doom and gloom, in fact far from ...
Castelli 2019: New Free Aero Race 4 bib shorts and Aero 6 Jersey launched
All-new bib shorts and jerseys developed with Team Sky now available to buy
Poels: Porte was too strong on Willunga Hill
Team Sky may have come away from the Tour Down Under without the victory they set out for, but it wasn’t for lack of trying. Sunday’s final stage to Willunga Hill saw the team race aggressively, with Wout Poels taking second place at the finish. Despite their efforts, it was Richie Porte (Trek-Segafredo) who took the stage win, his sixth in a row on Willunga, while Poels crossed the line just metres behind, securing third place overall. The Dutchman reflected on his efforts after the stage. "It was a good climb but unfortunately Richie [Porte] was too strong," he said. "It was a good ride but unfortunately not a win." Poels’ teammate Kenny Elissonde attacked with him on both ascents of Willunga, a fixture at the Tour Down Under. "Kenny? We didn’t really plan it, but sometimes you have to race on feeling. I think it was a good move ...
Frustration for Sanchez after slipping off Tour Down Under podium
Luis León Sánchez (Astana Pro Team) returned to the 2019 Tour Down Under having previously won the race back in 2005. The Spaniard finished in the top-10 three times - plus an 11th place - over the six stages this week but, despite the consistency, was unable to match the effort up Willunga Hill and fell off the podium on the final day . Sánchez crossed the line in a respectable fifth place, but, having started the day third overall, ended his week in fourth place, behind winner Daryl Impey (Mitchelton-Scott), Richie Porte (Trek-Segafredo) and Wout Poels (Team Sky). Despite the strong results and respectable overall finish, Sanchez was frustrated with the superior form of Australian riders and named Impey as another rider who has benefitted from missing the European winter. "Before today we had a good feeling but it's always the same, the Australian riders and also Impey are ...
Richie Porte: I've never had to chase like that
If you want to beat Trek-Segafredo 's Richie Porte on Willunga Hill, you need to give yourself a decent enough head start. However, even that didn't prove to be enough for two of Team Sky's best climbers after Wout Poels and Kenny Elissonde were brought back on the climb and beaten by the now six-time winner on the climb on the final stage of the Tour Down Under on Sunday. Porte, who had an outside chance of winning the overall title on the climb, responded when Poels and Elissonde attacked, bridging over to the Dutchman before going clear to take his first win in Trek-Segafredo colours. While Porte celebrated the stage win, it wasn't enough to nudge defending champion Daryl Impey (Mitchelton Scott) off the top step of the podium. The South African claimed back-to-back Tour Down Under crowns with Porte 13 seconds adrift. Poels rounded out the podium. "This ...