John Degenkolb joins Lotto Soudal on a two-year deal

John Degenkolb joins Lotto Soudal on a two-year deal

Joe Robinson 22 Aug 2019 Double Monument winner joins Philippe Gilbert in move across to Belgian WorldTour team Two-time Monument winner John Degenkolb will move from Trek-Segafredo to Lotto Soudal in a bid to revitalise his Spring Classics career. The German will join on a two-year deal taking him through to the 2021 season and join fellow Monument champion Philippe Gilbert as the latest signing for the Belgian WorldTour team . The 30-year-old was one of the world's leading one-day classics riders in 2015, winning both Milan-San Remo and Paris-Roubaix. It looked as if the German would push on to add to that haul until he was involved in a serious collision with a car while on a training ride in Spain in early 2016. The subsequent injuries were severe and pegged Degenkolb back into a long rehabilitation period which saw him miss the Spring Classics campaign. While he has ...

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Kirchmann praises Team Sunweb's 'MeToo' protocol

Leah Kirchmann (Sunweb)

Team Sunweb , together with their riders, have developed a #MeToo protocol that is meant to help create awareness surrounding sexual abuse and harassment in the workplace. Canadian time trial champion Leah Kirchmann told Cyclingnews that she feels safer knowing that there are clear behaviour and ethical expectations, and step-by-step instructions for reporting sexual abuse. "We came up with it last year in the wake of all of the #MeToo stories coming out in the mainstream news," said Kirchmann referring to the #MeToo movement against sexual assault and harassment that went viral in 2017 as a hashtag on social media. The movement was a response to the widespread prevalence of sexual assault and harassment, especially in the workplace, and particularly after multiple sexual abuse allegations were levelled against American film producer Harvey Weinstein. Cycling has not been immune to reports of abuse. Ten riders filed abuse allegations with the UCI ...

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Bora-Hansgrohe sign Lennard Kamna from Team Sunweb

Lennard Kamna (Teram Sunweb)

Bora-Hansgrohe have confirmed the signing of talented young German stage race rider Lennard Kämna from Team Sunweb as they further strengthen their German-oriented roster and become less reliant on the success of Peter Sagan. The 22-year-old Kämna is a former junior time trial world champion and was second in the under-23 road race World Championships in 2017 in Bergen. He joined Team Sunweb for the 2017 season and rode much of the Vuelta a España before focusing on the Worlds. Kämna is considered one of Germany’s best young stage racers but took time away from the sport in 2018 to reflect on his future and cycling career. He stopped racing after Milan-San Remo but returned last summer at the Tour of Denmark. He has raced a full calendar so far in 2019 and made an impressive Tour de France debut, finishing fourth on stage 18 to Valloire after being in ...

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Dumoulin ends Sunweb relationship shacks up with Jumbo-Visma

Dumoulin ends Sunweb relationship shacks up with Jumbo-Visma

Former world champion Tom Dumoulin is transferring to the yellow and black of Jumbo-Visma after eight years in the red and black of Team Sunweb.

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Preview: 22 things you should know about the 2019 Vuelta a España

It’s time for the Vuelta a España, the third and final Grand Tour of the season. The race gets underway this Saturday in Torrevieja and will be contested over 21 stages and 3,272km. Here’s what you should know about the 2019 Tour of Spain. The 2019 Vuelta is the race’s 74th edition. The Vuelta is … The post Preview: 22 things you should know about the 2019 Vuelta a España appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Jumbo-Visma ready to challenge Team Ineos at Tour de France after signing Tom Dumoulin

Jumbo-Visma celebrate winning the team time trial at the Tour de France

Jumbo-Visma team manager Richard Plugge has suggested the arrival of Tom Dumoulin as a new Grand Tour team leader will allow the Dutch team to challenge Team Ineos at the 2020 Tour de France . Jumbo-Visma announced the signing of Dumoulin from Team Sunweb on Monday, stating in a video announcement: "We have one dream – winning the biggest race in the world. Welcome Tom. Together, we will compete for our dream." Jumbo-Visma already have Primož Roglič and Steven Kruijswijk in their ranks, plus sprinter Dylan Groenewegen and Classics rider Wout van Aert, but Plugge is convinced he can find a way for them to work together and take on Team Ineos next season. "We can now put together the strongest team possible in the fight against a team like Ineos," Plugge said when Dumoulin's transfer was revealed. "Realizing our dreams and ambitions is getting closer. We have grown step ...

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Out of tragedy, new love: The cyclist’s widow and her second husband

Supported by On a descent at the 2016 Gent-Wevelgem, a four rider crash on the left hand side of the road turned tragic when Antoine Demoitié (Wanty-Groupe Gobert), was hit by a motorbike as he lay on the ground. Early the following morning, with his wife and family by his side, Antoine Demoitié passed away. His death … The post Out of tragedy, new love: The cyclist’s widow and her second husband appeared first on CyclingTips .

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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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Dumoulin begins new chapter with move to Jumbo-Visma

Dutch superstar breaks his contract with Sunweb to move to rival Jumbo-Visma that has implications across the peloton Read the full article at Dumoulin begins new chapter with move to Jumbo-Visma on VeloNews.com .

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Dumoulin on Sunweb departure: We couldn't make each other better

Tom Dumoulin takes questions ahead of the Giro

Tom Dumoulin has said that he had been considering his future at Team Sunweb for some time before asking to be extricated from his contract earlier this summer. On Monday morning, Sunweb confirmed that Dumoulin will leave the team at the end of this season, and it has since been announced that he will join Jumbo-Visma on a three-year contract . Dumoulin has endured a difficult 2019 season after he was forced out of the Giro d’Italia by a crash on stage 4 to Frascati. Although he returned to ride the Critérium du Dauphiné in June, he was subsequently ruled out of the Tour de France after undergoing surgery on his injured knee . In the days leading up to the Tour, it was reported in the Dutch press that Dumoulin was seeking to leave Sunweb two years before the expiry of his contract at the end of 2021, and ...

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Tom Dumoulin signs for Jumbo-Visma

Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) rides onto the stage at the Giro presentation

Jumbo-Visma have announced the signing of Tom Dumoulin from Team Sunweb , with the Dutchman joining his new team for the 2020 season. Dumoulin has signed a three-year contract with his new team. The Dutch team announced the long-rumoured move in a video posted to social media. The confirmation of the signing came shortly after Sunweb, Dumoulin’s team of eight years, released a statement confirming that he would be leaving at the end of the current season. “We have one dream – winning the biggest race in the world,” stated the narration in the announcement video. “Welcome Tom. Together, we will compete for our dream.” Dumoulin will join what is already one of the strongest Grand Tour outfits in the sport. Primož Roglič and Steven Kruijswijk are established GC contenders and will both race at this month’s Vuelta a España, while the likes of George Bennett, Laurens De Plus and ...

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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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Tom Dumoulin leaves Sunweb

Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) tried to fight on in the Giro d'Italia but his knee injury proved to be t

Tom Dumoulin will leave his Sunweb team at the end of the season, the team has officially confirmed. The Dutchman spent eight years with the team, winning the Giro d'Italia in 2017 and finishing second at the Giro in 2018 and as runner-up at the Tour de France the same year. "It really does hurt to leave," Dumoulin said in a statement. "My heart is here and together we have achieved great things that I'm very proud of. I've proven with Team Sunweb that winning a Grand Tour is possible with this team and I have no doubt that I could do it again with them. "I know that the grass will not always be greener than at Team Sunweb and I want to emphasise that, without them, I could never have got to where I am today," he continued. "I will always remain grateful for the opportunities that I ...

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Tom Dumoulin to leave Sunweb at the end of 2019

Supported by Tom Dumoulin and Team Sunweb are set to part ways at the end of the 2019 season despite a contract binding the two through 2021. Sunweb today confirmed rumours that Dumoulin’s contract with the team had been dissolved, bringing to an end the Dutchman’s eight-year stint at the team. Dumoulin began his pro career with … The post Tom Dumoulin to leave Sunweb at the end of 2019 appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Laurens De Plus wins 2019 BinckBank Tour

Oliver Naesen (AG2R La Mondiale) wins finale stage 7 at BinckBank Tour

Laurens De Plus ( Jumbo-Visma ) snatched overall victory at the BinckBank Tour from Tim Wellens (Lotto Soudal) after going on the attack in the final circuit of the Muur of Geraardsbergen. De Plus surged away with Greg Van Avermaet (CCC Team) and Oliver Naesen (AG2R La Mondiale) just before the cobbled Bosberg climb after the Muur had made a first selection. Wellens was isolated and unable to go with the move, with De Plus also sweeping up seven bonus seconds in the late Golden Kilometre sprints. De Plus started the stage just 12 seconds down on Wellens and then gave his all in the final, hectic pursuit match to the finish, gaining enough time to win the WorldTour stage race. Naesen was the strongest on the climb up to the finish on the lower slopes of the Muur, coming past van Avermaet close to the line after his close ...

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Trek-Segafredo win Postnord Vargarda WestSweden TTT

Trek-Segafredo win the Postnord Vargarda WestSweden TTT

Trek-Segafredo has won the Postnord Vårgårda WestSweden TTT on Saturday. Having set the best time every intermediate check, the team including Audrey Cordon-Ragot, Elisa Longo Borghini, Ellen van Dijk, Tayler Wiles, Ruth Winder, and Trixi Worrack finished the TTT in 43:53 minutes, beating Canyon-SRAM by 25 seconds and Team Sunweb by 46 seconds. "It feels good to get a win as a team," said Ruth Winder in a TV interview after the race. "Every bike race is a team game, and to stand on the podium together is really, really cool. It was our first time together, but we have such an experienced group of girls. Everybody on the team really knows how to do a team time trial, and we had a lot of trust and confidence in each other and came together as one cohesive unit. We will celebrate a little, but we are already excited for the ...

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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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BinckBank Tour: Hodeg wins stage 5 in Venray

Alvaro Hodeg (Deceuninck-QuickStep) wins stage 5 of the BinckBank Tour in Venray.

Alvaro Hodeg (Deceuninck-QuickStep) claimed stage 5 of the 2019 BinckBank Tour after edging out Sam Bennett (Bora-Hansgrohe) and Edward Theuns (Trek-Segafredo) on the line in Venray. Hodeg benefitted from an excellent lead-out from his Deceuninck - Quick Step team after they brought the young Colombian to the front of a messy sprint with just under 150m to go. Bennett, who had won the opening three stages, was forced to follow wheels in the closing stage after his Bora squad had chased down the earlier break and then planted the Irishman on Hodeg’s wheel with just over a kilometre to go. Bennett was forced to check his line after one rider almost forced him wide but despite coming to back to Hodeg’s rear wheel he was unable to overall the QuickStep rider before the line. Trek-Segafredo played a prominent role in the last kilometre as they looked to launch Theuns but ...

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Kelderman leads Sunweb at Vuelta a Espana in absence of Dumoulin

Wilco Kelderman (Team Sunweb) finished 16th in the Paris-Nice time trial

Wilco Kelderman will lead Sunweb ’s general classification challenge at the Vuelta a España in the absence of the injured Tom Dumoulin, who has not raced since abandoning the Critérium du Dauphiné in June. Dumoulin was forced out of the Giro d’Italia after injuring his knee in a crash on stage 4 to Frascati and the effects of that injury prevented him from participating in the Tour de France. The Dutchman has since been linked with a move away from Sunweb to Jumbo-Visma, and it is unclear if he will race again this season. Kelderman placed fourth overall at the 2017 Vuelta and reached Madrid in tenth a year ago, but he has endured injury woe of his own this season. The 28-year-old missed the Giro after breaking his collarbone and neck vertebrae in March, and he abandoned the Tour de France with lower back problems. Nicolas Roche and Australian ...

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Aussie duo set for Vuelta a España with Sunweb

Aussie duo set for Vuelta a España with Sunweb

Team Sunweb announced a squad for the Vuelta a España which includes young Australians Robert Power and Michael Storer riding in support of team leader Wilco Kelderman.

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