Kevin Rivera the next young talent unearthed by Gianni Savio

Gianni Savio with his Colombian climbers Egan Bernal and Ivan Sosa

The Tour de Langkawi has long been an important race for his Androni-Giocattoli squad - Gianni Savio's team has won the race overall six times - but it has also been Savio's place to test the credentials of his young Latin American talents. In 2017, Egan Bernal was Savio's star attraction in Langkawi and, while the Colombian was unable to win the overall, he nevertheless went on to have a breakout season and ended the year by signing with Team Sky. In 2018, 19-year-old Kevin Rivera is the latest joven promesa to line out in Malaysia but Savio is not placing any pressure on the Costa Rican to perform, even though Rivera won a stage and the overall at the Tour of China last year and started 2018 with a stage win at the 2.2 Vuelta al Táchira. With seven of the eight stages suited to bunch sprints in Langkawi, ...

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Kwiatkowski: When Nibali went, we fell asleep

Michal Kwiatkowski (Team Sky)

Michal Kwiatkowski won Milan-San Remo in 2017 with a perfect tactical performance against faster finisher Peter Sagan. This year the tables turned, with the Pole and Team Sky the victims of other teams' tactics and a lack of riders in the final kilometres. Team Sky tried to take control of the race on the Cipressa but were then swamped on the run-in to the Poggio, with Kwiatkowski starting the final climb from too far back. He never got back into the thick of the action and was not well placed when Nibali made his surge mid-way up the testing climb. Kwiatkowski hoped that other teams would chase the down Italian and give him a final throw of the dice. However, the chase failed to materialise until it was too late to catch Nibali. Kwiatkowski finished 11th in the sprint with Gianni Moscon in 29th a few seconds behind and no ...

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Sagan praises Nibali after Italian dominates Milan-San Remo

Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe)

Peter Sagan ( Bora-Hansgrohe ) was the big favourite to win Milan-San Remo but the world champion could only finish sixth in the sprint behind solo winner Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida), beaten by several of his big-name sprint rivals. Sagan rolled to the Bora-Hansgrohe team bus in silence after the sprint in the Via Roma, tired after a huge effort in the rain, disappointed in defeat but happy for his former Liquigas teammate and good friend. Nibali admitted he talked to Sagan before the race hit the Poggio, trying to understand his plans for the final climb. Last year Sagan made the decisive attack on the Poggio only to lose the three-rider sprint to Michal Kwiatkowski. This time he seemed to ride a more race and didn't move when Nibali jumped across to Krijs Neilands (Israel Cycling Academy) and then kicked clear alone. Sagan seemed happy to see a close friend ...

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Milan-San Remo 2018 reactions

Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) wins

Across Twitter, riders, teams and fans celebrated the conclusion of the 2018 Milan-San Remo , won with a spectacular late solo attack by Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida). Below is a series of curated Tweets from teams and riders reacting to the action of the first Monument of the season, including notices of injured riders. Lotto Soudal fear André Greipel has fractured his collarbone in a crash on the Poggio descent. It was his second wreck of the race: Lukasz Wisniowski (Team Sky) abandoned in another crash also involving Greipel in the feed zone. EF Education First-Drapac lost three riders to crashes - Docker went out in the feedzone crash with Wisniowski, while Simon Clarke and Dan McLay fell together on a descent with about 40km to go. Milan-San Remo 2018 reactions You can read more at Cyclingnews.com

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An Italian champion: Nibali solos to thrilling victory at Milan-San Remo

With a perfectly timed attack on the Poggio climb, followed by a daredevil descent, Italian Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) soloed to victory to win the 109th edition of Milano-Sanremo, the first Monument of the 2018 season. Nibali became the first Italian to win since Filippo Pozzato, in 2006. It was the third Monument victory for Nibali — … The post An Italian champion: Nibali solos to thrilling victory at Milan-San Remo appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Vincenzo Nibali wins 2018 Milan-San Remo

Vincenzo Nibali wins 2018 Milan-San Remo

Pete Muir 17 Mar 2018 The Italian rider for Bahrain-Merida takes his first win at the Monument Bahrain-Merida’s Vincenzo Nibali won the 2018 edition of Milan-San Remo after attacking on the Poggio with 6km to go. He created a gap of around eight seconds over the top of the Poggio, which he increased on the descent, and he then managed to hold on to cross the line on the Via Roma just ahead of the charging pack. Mitchelton-Scott’s Caleb Ewan took second place in his first attempt at the race, with FDJ’s Arnaud Démare taking the third spot on the podium. Last year’s winner Michal Kwiatkowski finished in the bunch sprint alongside favourite Peter Sagan. Nibali’s victory gives Italy its first winner of the Monument in over a decade. How the race panned out The 109 th edition of ‘The Primavera’ got off to a damp start in Milan, with ...

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A ‘staggering report’ and the future of Sky

Last week’s publication of the parliamentary committee inquiry into Bradley Wiggins and Team Sky created a media firestorm. The furore has quietened down, but with Chris Froome’s anti-doping rule violation for salbutamol still in the works, as well as an ongoing General Medical Council investigation into Team Sky, the brushfire around the team could spark … The post A ‘staggering report’ and the future of Sky appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Stuyven takes Milan-San Remo leadership reins for Trek-Segafredo

Jasper Stuyven and Daniel Oss

With 2015 Milan-San Remo winner John Degenkolb and Trek-Segafredo back-up plan Giacomo Nizzolo both out of this year's race due to illness and injury, leadership duties for the season's first Monument fall on Jasper Stuyven , whose biggest Spring win to date came in 2016 at Kuurne-Brussell-Kuurne. The 25-year-old Belgian was 39th in Milan-San Remo last year, finishing in the field behind the three-rider move of winner Michal Kwiatkowski (Team Sky), runner-up Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) and third-placed Julian Alaphilippe (Quick-Step Floors), but the reigns of team leadership are his this year despite only starting the race once before. "I don’t think it’s a disadvantage that this is only my second participation in Milan-San Remo," Stuyven said at the Trek-Segafredo press conefence on the eve of the race. "I did it last year, we did a recon earlier this week, so I have the final again fresh in my mind. It ...

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Gilbert: I could win Milan-San Remo this year or maybe never

Philippe Gilbert and former Quick-Step rider Tom Boonen talk to the media

Philippe Gilbert ( Quick-Step Floors ) has reached the Milan-San Remo podium twice and animated the closing kilometres multiple other times, but the 35-year-old Belgian Classics specialist has never won the Italian Monument that rolls out Saturday for 294km of racing. He'd like to change that this year. Gilbert will line up with a strong seven-rider Quick-Step team that has multiple ways of winning, including with sprinter Elia Viviani if the bunch comes onto the Via Roma in downtown San Remo together. If history is a guide, however, Gilbert will try to make something happen before the sprinters get a chance to have their day. "It's always hard to know and to understand this race," Gilbert said when asked last week at Tirreno-Adriatico what was the secret to winning Milan-San Remo. "Of course I was close a few times, but it never happened to win. I was twice on the ...

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Cyclist Track Day Focus: Your chance to ride the Look 785 Huez RS

Cyclist magazine 16 Mar 2018 One of the world's lightest bikes off of the peg will be on offer for you to ride at the Cyclist Track Days The best climber at the 2017 Tour de France was not Chris Froome (Team Sky). It wasn't his teammate Mikel Landa either or Romain Bardet (AG2R La Mondiale) or Rigoberto Uran (EF-Drapac). It was in fact Warren Barguil (Fortuneo-Oscaro). Victory in two mountain stages and the King of the Mountain jersey proved that. He was unmatched at times. What's more, if he'd have been racing on his new team bike, the Look 785 Huez RS, he would have probably climbed even faster. Why? Well the Look Huez 785 Huez RS is one of the lightest bikes in the world. So light, it's actually not even legal in the professional peloton, and this is your chance to ride one. Buy Cyclist Track Days ...

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Discovering Switzerland: Valais

In Switzerland's southwestern corner, bordering Italy and France, lies the sparsely-populated canton of Valais. With 50 peaks over 4,000m and an enormous diversity of riding, we discovered a treasure-trove of incredible road cycling. The post Discovering Switzerland: Valais appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Milan-San Remo: Ewan looking to improve on 10th place in debut last year

Caleb Ewan (Mitchelton-Scott)

In a show of confidence for their 23-year-old sprinter who finished 10th in his first appearance in Milan-San Remo last year, Mitchelton-Scott are sending Caleb Ewan back to La Primavera with his full three-man lead-out train intact. Tour Down Under winner Daryl Impey, Roger Kluge, Luka Mezgec will join Ewan on the start line in Milan on Saturday, along with Jack Bauer, Mathew Hayman and Matteo Trentin. The team are hoping the experienced roster backing their young sprinter can recreate the day that saw them win the race in 2012 with Simon Gerrans. "Milan-San Remo will always be a special race for us; it was the first monument we won back in 2012 and a race that really put the team on the map," said Micthelton-Scott director Matt White. "We have a really versatile and experienced group of riders lining up on Saturday," White said, "and I am quietly confident ...

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The March 2018 edition of Procycling is now available to buy in UK shops. The issue features Sky rider Michał Kwiatkowski , one of the strongest riders of 2017 and already one of the most successful riders of 2018, on the cover and we travel to his native Poland for an in-depth interview. Michal Kwiatkowski's Strade Bianche Pinarello Dogma F10 Gallery: the weird and wonderful bikes of NAHBS 2018 Last year, Kwiatkowski won Strade Bianche and his debut monument at Milan-San Remo, and as the cobbled Classics get underway and the first monument of 2018 rapidly approaches, the Team Sky rider goes into this season's spring campaign brimming with confidence. After becoming world champion in 2014 aged 24, Kwiatkowski is arguably now in the form of his life. Fresh from a win in Volta ao Algarve earlier in February, the Pole heads into the season aiming to go even better ...

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Rowe named in Team Sky squad for Milan-San Remo

Luke Rowe back to racing after breaking his leg

In August of last year, doctors told Luke Rowe he might never ride a bike again after they worked to repair his shattered lower right leg . Now, just seven months later, he has been selected to support Team Sky's defending champion in Milan-San Remo, Michal Kwiatkowski. Rowe was on a rafting trip as part of his brother Matt's pre-wedding celebrations when he jumped into shallow water and suffered some 20 fractures to his right tibia and fibula. Doctors inserted a metal rod to stabilize the breaks, and after months of physical therapy, he rode a bike for the first time on the velodrome in Newport last November, but thought he would miss all of the 2018 Spring Classics. Although he was warned that one more serious crash affecting that leg might end his career, Rowe has decided not to 'wrap himself in cotton wool.' "If I was to crash ...

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Team Sky/Wiggins case could bring welcome – and powerful – changes to UK law

Buried in last week’s scathing report into Bradley Wiggins’s use of triamcinolone and the so-called ‘jiffy bag affair’ was a recommendation that could have a broad-reaching effect on UK Sport and, in theory, potentially act as a catalyst for change elsewhere: Criminalise the supply of banned substances to athletes. The World Anti Doping Agency has … The post Team Sky/Wiggins case could bring welcome – and powerful – changes to UK law appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Preview: Your guide to the 2018 Milan-San Remo

With Tirreno-Adriatico and Paris-Nice now behind us, it’s time for the first Monument of the season: Milan-San Remo. At nearly 300km long it’s the longest one-day race of the year and a true test of early season fitness. In this preview we bring you up to speed on the course, the riders to watch, and … The post Preview: Your guide to the 2018 Milan-San Remo appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Lizzie Deignan pregnancy puts cycling career on hold

Lizzie Deignan (Boels Dolmans)

Former world champion Lizzie Deignan announced on Wednesday that she is expecting her first child in September with husband and Team Sky pro Philip Deignan. The Boels Dolmans rider had already declined a spot on Great Britain's team for the Commonwealth Games, where she won the road race four years ago, and had not yet started racing this season. She made the announcement of her pregnancy via Instagram. "Philip and I are delighted to announce that we are expecting our first child in September," Lizzie Deignan said. "We both feel incredibly lucky and grateful that we are going to become parents. We are excited and full of anticipation for how our lives are going to change." Deignan aims to follow in the footsteps of numerous fellow professionals who have returned to the top level of the sport after becoming parents, with an aim at the 2019 World Championships in Yorkshire ...

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Kristoff takes aim at Milan-San Remo repeat

Alexander Kristoff celebrates with his UAE Team Emirates teammates

With all eyes on Tirreno-Adriatico winner Michal Kwiatkowski (Team Sky) ahead of his Milan-San Remo defence, and on another top contender Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe), betting types could well be kicking themselves on Sunday if they hadn't put a wager on Alexander Kristoff . The European champion made history in Milan-San Remo in 2014 as the first Norwegian winner. Kristoff also came a close second to John Degenkolb the following year after a somewhat premature lead-out. The 30-year-old has a passion for the race, and aiming to be a "major player" on Saturday. "I've always really liked the Milano-Sanremo and this appeal only increased once I'd won it," Kristoff said in a team press release. The UAE Team Emirates sprinter has showed himself to be back to his best during his trio of races in the Middle East, where he racked up two wins including one at the end of a ...

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Kwiatkowski: It doesn't matter if I'm the favourite or not

Michal Kwiatkowski (Team Sky) in the leader's jersey in Tirreno-Adriatico

Milan-San Remo is the easiest Monument to finish, but the hardest to win, so said Mark Cavendish. But what about winning it twice? After beating Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) in a dramatic finale last year, Michal Kwiatkowski (Team Sky) is targeting a second this weekend. Only 14 riders have won the Italian Monument on more than one occasion – Eddy Merckx is the undoubted champion with seven wins. The number of those that have won the race in consecutive seasons is even fewer - eight to be exact – and the Polish former world champion is also looking to become the first back to back winner since Erik Zabel in 1998. Kwiatkowski has shown that he is in great form heading into the race by winning Tirreno-Adriatico ahead of Damiano Caruso (BMC Racing), but says that he's not putting pressure on himself as he looks to defend his La Primavera title. ...

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Tirreno time trial win stokes Dennis' confidence for May

Rohan Dennis celebrates his win in the final time trial at Tirreno-Adriatico

Despite finishing well below his second place overall at Tirreno-Adriatico last year, Rohan Dennis ( BMC Racing ) said his win in the final time trial will give him a confidence boost as he makes his final preparations for a general classification run at the Giro d'Italia in May. Dennis was never supposed to be BMC's go-to GC guy at Tirreno this year, choosing instead to tailor his training toward the Italian Grand Tour in less than two months. The leadership role at Tirreno started with Richie Porte, who then had to withdraw before the start due to illness. "Once he was out, obviously, Damiano [Caruso] was called up as the leader for GC," Dennis said during the post-race press conference. "I was hopeful that I could try and repeat what I did last year or go a little bit better, but sometimes it just doesn't happen like that." Dennis ...

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