Chris Froome handed red jersey from 2011 Vuelta a Espana win

Chris Froome handed red jersey from 2011 Vuelta a Espana win

Joe Robinson 22 Aug 2019 Rider eventually given jersey after original champion Juan Jose Cobo stripped for soping Chris Froome has been officially handed the red jersey from 2011 Vuelta a Espana after retrospectively being awarded the title. Original winner Juan Jose Cobo was stripped of the Grand Tour by the UCI last month after Biological Passport Data showed an 'anti-doping rule violation'. Cobo had finished 13 seconds ahead of Froome seven years ago to take a shock victory in the Spanish Grand Tour. However, the UCI found that abnormalities in his bio passport between 2009 and 2011 warranted a back-dated suspension and stripping of his results. "Even though it is being handed to me in hindsight, this will be something I treasure for the rest of my life." Ahead of the 2019 edition, @ChrisFroome has officially accepted his red jersey from the 2011 @lavuelta %u2764 pic.twitter.com/J9Uh9Lsr07 — Team INEOS ...

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Chris Froome officially accepts 2011 Vuelta a Espana winner's jersey

Juan Jose Cobo with Brad Wiggins and Chris Froome on the 2011 Vuelta a Espana podium

Chris Froome has shown off the 2011 Vuelta España champion's red jersey he was awarded after being retrospectively declared the winner of the Spanish Grand Tour. Juan José Cobo – crowned the winner of the race in September 2011 – chose not to appeal against the UCI ruling last month that he was "guilty of an anti-doping rule violation" related to Biological Passport data. Cobo, riding then for Geox-TMC, beat Froome by just 13 seconds, with his Team Sky teammate Bradley Wiggins taking third place, 1:39 down on Cobo. In June, the UCI announced that Cobo was guilty of an anti-doping rule violation based on abnormalities from 2009 and 2011 detected in his Biological Passport. He was banned for three years and lost his Vuelta victory. Froome is currently recovering from his serious Critérium du Dauphiné crash after spending a total of 22 days in hospital. He suffered a fractured ...

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'Michael Rogers would make a much better prime minister than Boris'

Joe Robinson 21 Aug 2019 Cyclist caught up with the 2012 Tour de France champion ahead of his 'An Evening With' tour starting next month. Photo: Peter Stuart Bradley Wiggins was a card at the recent Tour de France , wasn’t he? Hanging off the back of a TV motorbike, joking about Boris Johnson, making friends with Maxime Bouet and getting a little loose on champagne. In fact, he proved quite the popular revelation of a finely dialled Eurosport team that outshone itself covering the Tour this July. But that's not all Wiggins is up to at the moment, no. In fact, he seems to be the busiest man in show business preparing for a new comedy TV show called 'Gods of the Game' , set to air in 2020, keeping an eye on his collaborative clothing range with Le Col and hashing out the content of his 'An Evening ...

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Who is favourite for the Vuelta a Espana and who should you be backing?

Who is favourite for the Vuelta a Espana and who should you be backing?

Joe Robinson 20 Aug 2019 The favourites for the Vuelta a Espana and the best prices from the bookmakers The 74th Vuelta a Espana begins on Saturday 24th August as three weeks of racing around Spain commences to find the next winner of the famous red jersey. Keeping up appearances, this year’s race will be a brutal mix of high-altitude climbs, relentlessly steep gradients and pounding heat that often gives young General Classification riders and eternal nearly-men the chance to shine. Lancastrian Simon Yates of Mitchelton-Scott is current champion although absent in the defence of his title. Three back-to-back Grand Tours seem to have taken their toll on the Brit who has opted for some well-earned rest. Last year’s second-place finished Enric Mas ( Deceuninck-QuickStep ) will also be taking a rain check after racing the Tour de France in July, meaning the only present rider from last year’s podium ...

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Spomenik hunters in the land of the Macedons

Across the lands that once belonged to Yugoslavia lie hundreds of strange, brutalist monuments to nationhood. CyclingTips contributor Tom Owen set out on a journey through the wilds of North Macedonia to hunt these haunting ‘spomeniks’ and explore Europe’s ragged fringes. The post Spomenik hunters in the land of the Macedons appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Eisel keen to race on in 2020 and bring up 20 years as a pro

Bernhard Eisel (Dimension Data)

Bernhard Eisel is set to continue racing for another year, expressing his desire to take his career into a 20th season, although it would not be with his current team, Dimension Data . The Austrian turned pro with Mapei in 2001, before going on to ride for T-Mobile, HTC-Highroad, Team Sky, and Dimension Data from 2016. He had seemed set to retire at the end of the 2018 season after being diagnosed with a serious brain injury, but set off on the comeback trail and signed up for another year at Dimension Data. With the end of the year now in sight, the 38-year-old is now likely to go one more. "It would just be for my own thinking, to do 20 years a pro - not many have done that," Eisel told Cyclingnews at the recent Arctic Race of Norway . "I think I can still contribute a lot ...

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Tom Dumoulin confirms move to Jumbo-Visma

Tom Dumoulin confirms move to Jumbo-Visma

Jack Elton-Walters 19 Aug 2019 With the addition of Dumoulin, will Jumbo-Visma now be an unstoppable super team or a group of under-achievers like Movistar? Tom Dumoulin has confirmed that he will move from Team Sunweb to Jumbo-Visma from the end of this season. The tranfer had been rumoured for a while but only now has it been made official. Dumoulin, who counts a win and second place at the Giro-d'Italia , second overall at the Tour de France and stage wins at all three Grand Tours on his palmares, will join a team that already includes Grand Tour contenders Primoz Roglic and Steven Kruijswijk. So far this year, those two have taken a podium each at a three-week race with Roglic finishing third at the Giro and Kruijswijk on the same step at the Tour. It's been a less successful season for Dumoulin, who crashed at the Giro and ...

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Intxausti's Arctic Norway abandon not linked to mononucleosis, say Euskadi-Murias

Benat Intxausti Elorriaga finishes stage 5 at the Tour of Britain.

Beñat Intxausti abandoned the Arctic Race of Norway on the opening stage, unable to keep up with the high pace that lasted from start to finish. The Euskadi Basque Country-Murias team insisted it was not linked to the Spaniard's recent struggles with mononucleosis. Intxausti, a Giro d'Italia stage winner and top 10 overall finisher while at Movistar, joined his local Basque Pro Continental team after three years at Team Sky that were derailed by the long-lasting illness. At the start of this year, he insisted he was clear of the virus, which was diagnosed in early 2016, just a few months into his Sky career, and saw him line up fewer than 20 times over the course of three years. This year, Intxausti has done a lot more racing, with 37 days of competition so far, but he also has a string of DNFs to his name. The Arctic Race ...

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How to watch the Vuelta a Espana - Live streams from anywhere

The 2019 Vuelta a Espana route

The final Grand Tour of the 2019 season, the Vuelta a España , is about to get underway, and you won't want to miss a single moment of the action as riders who have been denied success in the Tour de France and Giro d'Italia have one final shot at glory. It's another stacked field for the Spanish Grand Tour, despite a no-go for Tour de France runner-up Geraint Thomas (Team Ineos). The Tour's third place finisher, Steven Kruijswijk (Jumbo-Visma) is on the provisional start list with teammate George Bennett a possible contender. Rigoberto Urán (EF Education First), the Giro's best young rider Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana) and 2017's fourth place overall finisher Wilco Kelderman (Sunweb) can all be considered favourites. Cyclingnews will have full live reports, with news and photos from inside of the race as it happens, along with extensive reporting on the stage and its players throughout ...

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Cataldo and Villella join Movistar from Astana

Dario Cataldo celebrates his stage 15 win at the giro d'Italia

Movistar have announced the signing of experienced and trusted duo Dario Cataldo and Davide Villella from Astana. The Italian riders have agreed two-year contracts that will keep them at Movistar until the end of the 2021 season. 34-year-old Cataldo won the Baby Giro in 2006 and seemed destined to be one of the best Italian stage racers of his generation. Instead, after spells at Liquigas, QuickStep, Team Sky and Astana, he has largely sacrificed his own chances of success to help his team leaders, becoming a key Grand Tour domestique and occasional winner. A strong climber, the Lanciano native won a stage of the 2012 Vuelta a España atop Cuitu Negro and he out-sprinted Mattia Cattaneo to claim victory in Como on this year’s Giro d’Italia. Villella turned professional in 2014 with Cannondale after winning the prestigious Giro della Valle d’Aosta as an under-23 rider. He won the Japan Cup ...

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Pavel Sivakov: Russia's new star

Pavel Sivakov on the final Tour de Pologne overall podium

By winning the recent Tour de Pologne , Pavel Sivakov notched up his third win this year – and the second stage race victory of his young pro career with Team Ineos. Sivakov has admitted that his results have far outweighed his expectations. "To be honest, I didn't expect to have such a good season this year. Once more, I've surprised myself by winning the Tour de Pologne," admitted Sivakov via the Team Ineos website. "Winning the Tour of the Alps was a really big thing for me, in front of guys like Vincenzo Nibali [Bahrain-Merida] and Rafal Majka [Bora-Hansgrohe]. "I would never have expected to have my own chance to ride for the GC in the Giro or to finish in the top 10," he added. The now 22-year-old is considered one of the biggest future talents of the sport after winning the Under 23 Giro d'Italia and other ...

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CT Recommends: Cycling rain jackets that work

Supported by Whether you’re a fair-weather rider or the no-day-off type, a rain jacket is sure to come in handy at some point. Personally, I’m very much in the former camp, and if I’m riding in the rain, it’s either because I grossly misjudged the weather or I’m forced to ride at a bike launch. Yeah, I’m … The post CT Recommends: Cycling rain jackets that work appeared first on CyclingTips .

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BikeRadar Awards launched ahead of 2019 Cycle Show

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Sivakov wins 2019 Tour de Pologne

Pavel Sivakov on the final Tour de Pologne overall podium

Pavel Sivakov secured overall victory at the Tour de Pologne after his Team Ineos teammates distanced race leader Jonas Vingegaard (Jumbo-Visma) during the hilly final stage around Bukowina Tatrzańska and then controlled every challenge from his nearest overall rivals. Matej Mohoric (Bahrain-Merida) won the final hilly stage after launching a brave solo attack with 57km to race. He pointed to the sky as he crossed the line, dedicating his victory to Bjorg Lambrecht, who tragically died after crashing on stage 3 of the race. The USA's Neilson Powless (Jumbo-Visma) finished 55 seconds behind Mohoric, with Gianluca Brambilla (Trek-Segafredo) third at on the stage at 1:07. The 22-year-old Sivakov finished in the front group, 2:15 behind. In the final overall classification he finished two seconds ahead of fellow young talent Jai Hindley (Team Sunweb), with Diego Ulissi (UAE Team Emirates) third at 12 seconds. Eleven riders finished within 20 seconds. Talented ...

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European TT champ Evenepoel: I gave it everything for Bjorg Lambrecht and Stef Loos

New elite men's European time trial champion Remco Evenepoel points to the sky in remembrance of Bel

New European time trial champion Remco Evenepoel – who on Thursday took the title in Alkmaar, in the Netherlands – has dedicated his win to Belgian compatriots Bjorg Lambrecht , who died following a crash on Monday, and Stef Loos, who passed away following an accident in March this year. Lotto Soudal rider Lambrecht was killed after crashing during stage 3 of the Tour de Pologne three days ago. Loos lost his life during the Mémorial Alfred Gadenne elite amateur race in spring, after going off course and colliding with a van. Nineteen-year-old Evenepoel said ahead of his ride on Thursday that he was trying to win the stars – referring to the stars on the European champion's jersey – for the stars of his colleagues in the sky. "I gave everything that I had to try to win for Bjorg and Stef," said Evenepoel on his Deceuninck-QuickStep team's website. ...

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Evenepoel wins time trial title at European Championships

Remco Evenepoel wins the junior men's time trial title at the 2018 World Championships

Remco Evenepoel won the elite men's individual time trial at the UEC European Championships in Alkmaar, the Netherlands, on Thursday. The 19-year-old Belgian sat in the hot seat overcome with emotions after securing the victory in 24:55 to beat Kasper Asgreen (Denmark) by 18 seconds and Edoardo Affini (Italy) by an additional two seconds. Evenepoel dedicated the victory to his compatriots Bjorg Lambrecht, who died following a crash at the Tour de Pologne on Monday, and Stef Loos, who was killed in a collision with a van during a race in March. "I talked to everyone in the Belgian cycling team and told them I'm taking the start today for some stars in the sky, I did it so, this is not my victory," Evenepoel said in a post-race interview. "This is a victory for Bjorg and Stef, and my teammates." Evenepoel raced in the junior ranks last year, winning ...

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Viviani signs for Cofidis

Elia Viviani (Deceuninck-QuickStep) wins stage 4 at the Tour de France

Cofidis have completed the signing of Elia Viviani , taking the Italian sprinter from Deceuninck-QuickStep , where he has flourished in the past two seasons. The French team have also signed one of Viviani's lead-out men, Fabio Sabatini. Viviani confirmed during the Tour de France that he would leave Deceuninck-QuickStep at the end of the season, and was heavily linked with a move to Cofidis. The French team, managed by Cedric Vasseur, currently operate in the second-division Pro Continental ranks, but are determined to move up to WorldTour level, and Viviani represents a marquee signing and statement of intent. The 30-year-old Italian has established himself as one of the world's top sprinters since he left Team Sky for QuickStep in 2018. With a dedicated lead-out train, he won 18 races in 2018, including four stages at the Giro d'Italia and three at the Vuelta a España, and has won eight ...

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Bahrain-Merida confirm Mikel Landa signing from Movistar

Bahrain-Merida confirm Mikel Landa signing from Movistar

Joe Robinson 5 Aug 2019 Rider will move across to lead team's Grand Tour hopes as Vincenzo Nibali departs Bahrain-Merida have announced their signing of Basque Grand Tour contender Mikel Landa from Movistar . The deal had been common knowledge for a while with Landa coming across to head the team's Grand Tour hopes as Vincenzo Nibali leaves for Trek-Segafredo . Bahrain confirmed the move today in a press release stating Landa 'will be a major contributor to our stage race objectives' with team general manager Brent Copeland labelling Landa as one of the most 'competitive riders for the Grand Tours'. 'It is with immense pleasure that we welcome Mikel to our team, he is a rider who brings excitement to racing with his incredible climbing skills which makes him one of the most competitive riders for the grand tours,' said Copeland. 'His consistent results speak for themselves and his ...

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Mikel Landa signs for Bahrain Merida

Mikel Landa (Movistar) stage 18 Tour de France

Bahrain-Merida will be led by Mikel Landa in 2020, with the team confirming on Monday the signing of the Basque climber from Movistar , as reported by Cyclingnews in April . Bahrain-Merida have been led by Vincenzo Nibali since their inception in 2017 but the Italian is leaving for Trek-Segafredo next year. Landa, therefore, who has spent two disappointing years at Movistar, steps in to head up the team’s Grand Tour ambitions. Landa, who turned pro in 2011, finished third overall at the 2015 Giro d’Italia, winning two stages along the way, but has been unable to improve on that showing in the years since. After finding himself stuck behind Fabio Aru at Astana at that Giro, he encountered similar leadership issues at Team Sky in 2016 and 2017, and again at Movistar in 2018 and 2019. Still, he has showcased his underlying class with his run of four consecutive ...

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Davide Appollonio wins in Portugal on return from four-year EPO ban

Davide Appollonio (AG2R-La Mondiale) stretches it out

Davide Appollonio made a successful return to professional cycling after a four-year doping ban , winning the opening road stage of the Volta a Portugal on Thursday. Appollonio, a former Cervelo, Team Sky and AG2R La Mondiale rider, tested positive for EPO while riding for Androni-Giocattoli in June 2015. His ban ended in mid-June 2019, and the Italian Continental team Amore e Vita offered him a contract as he turned 30 just before the end of his ban. His first race back was slated to be the Sibiu Tour in early July, but paperwork issues meant he had to wait until August and the Volta a Portugal. It didn't take him long to get back into the swing of things. After the race opened with a prologue on Wednesday, he won stage 1, beating Daniel Mestre (W52 Porto) and Matteo Malucelli (Caja Rural) in a bunch sprint in Leiria. "I'm ...

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