Millar: ‘The expectation is that I go to Austria and get beaten’

Millar: ‘The expectation is that I go to Austria and get beaten’

David Millar says he does not expect to win upcoming election for rider union president Read the full article at Millar: ‘The expectation is that I go to Austria and get beaten’ on VeloNews.com .

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UCI reforms provide pathway to grand tours

UCI reforms provide pathway to grand tours

The UCI's slate of reforms won't reduce number of WorldTour teams and will offer ProTeams a clear pathway to the Tour de France. Read the full article at UCI reforms provide pathway to grand tours on VeloNews.com .

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The weekly spin: The ageless Katerina Nash

The weekly spin is a new column from our Editor at Large, offering commentary and analysis on topics ranging from racing to tech to industry to travel to simple observations from the saddle. It wasn’t a win. It was a podium finish, behind one of the greatest cyclists of all time and one of the … The post The weekly spin: The ageless Katerina Nash appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Worlds: Belgian Remco Evenepoel triumphs in men’s junior TT

Worlds: Belgian Remco Evenepoel triumphs in men’s junior TT

The former soccer player switched to cycling in 2017 and has quickly found success. Read the full article at Worlds: Belgian Remco Evenepoel triumphs in men’s junior TT on VeloNews.com .

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Teams hope to revive TTT championship by next season

Teams hope to revive TTT championship by next season

Discussions are underway to somehow bring back the rider-favorite worlds TTT in some capacity. Read the full article at Teams hope to revive TTT championship by next season on VeloNews.com .

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Riders revolt with protest letter ahead of union election

Riders revolt with protest letter ahead of union election

The peloton disagrees with the process laid out by the CPA for its presidential vote on Thursday in Austria. Read the full article at Riders revolt with protest letter ahead of union election on VeloNews.com .

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World Championships: Evenepoel wins junior men's time trial

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

Pre-race favourite Remco Evenepoel (Belgium) delivered a comprehensive win in the junior time trial at the UCI Road World Championships, putting over a minute into his nearest rivals over the 27.7km course in Innsbruck, Austria. The European road and time trial champion averaged 50kph over the rolling course and set a time off 33:15. The 18-year-old even had time to start his celebrations with over 50m to go before wheeling to a halt at the line and greeting his family. Lucas Plapp (Australia) had set the provisional fastest time but had to settle for second place and a well-deserved silver medal, after finishing 1:23 down on Evenepoel, with Italy's Andrea Piccolo securing the bronze medal, 1:37 down on the new world champion. Plapp, a world champion on the track, had blitzed through the course earlier, and set the fastest time by some 19 seconds at the 18km mark. Unlike many ...

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On Loving Worlds

I’d say Niki Terpstra loves worlds by this point.

We enjoyed Ponferrada. We loved Richmond. We tolerated Qatar. We pined for Bergen. This time, it’s different. Welcome, one and all, to climbers’ Worlds. As an aficionado of the mountains for as long as I’ve been watching this sport, I have been waiting for this. It’s been a couple of years since Innsbruck was confirmed as the host of the upcoming championships, but from the very start the promise was of enough altitude metres to make Tenzing Norgay sit up and take notice. It has not disappointed. For the record, the exact number of altitude metres is 4,670. Which is the rough equivalent of climbing Alpe d’Huez five times. Wow, Conor, what a relatable and clever comparison. It’s not just the road race that’s exciting me, however. We’ve already had the team time-trials, two acceptably good warm-ups, and now we’re heading into the races that, y’know, people actually care about. ...

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World Championships: Dutch fab four rival for women's time trial title in Innsbruck

Annemiek van Vleuten (Netherlands)

The elite women will contest the individual time trial at the 2018 UCI Road World Championships in Innsbruck on Tuesday. The Netherlands will field the team to beat with defending champion Annemiek van Vleuten , Anna van der Breggen , Ellen van Dijk and Lucinda Brand . The women will race 27.8km from Hall-Wattens to Innsbruck. The route is entirely flat for the first 10km to Baumkirchen before kicking up over the short climb. The second half of the circuit is hillier with a climb up to Absam at roughly 18km, followed by a descent and then a rolling section before a fast run-in to the finish line. Van Vleuten won the individual time trial title in Bergen last year and lines up as the defending champion in Innsbruck. She is the overwhelming favourite to repeat as champion, having won time trials at the Women's Herald Sun Tour, Emakumeen Bira, ...

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World Championships: Jungels, Dennis, Van der Breggen talk team time trial – Podcast

Quick-Step Floors en route to winning the 2018 team time trial world championship

The 2018 UCI Road World Championships have kicked off in Innsbruck, Austria, in the mountainous Tirol region of the Alps, with the elite women's and men's trade team time trails on Sunday. In this edition of the Cyclingnews podcast, brought to you in association with Prendas Ciclismo, Pinarello and Floyds of Leadville, Kirsten Frattini and Stephen Farrand discuss the winning performances from teams Quick-Step Floors and Canyon-SRAM . It was the final edition of the trade team event, after a seven-year run, before the UCI take steps toward a national team version of the discipline at next year's World Championships in Yorkshire. We hear from Quick-Step Floors' Bob Jungels , BMC Racing's Rohan Dennis and Boels-Dolmans' Anna van der Breggen on the official end of the trade team time trial, as they look ahead to the individual event. The World Championship shifts into the national team events on Monday; individual ...

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Commentary: Jan Ullrich’s journey from spotlight to shadow

Commentary: Jan Ullrich’s journey from spotlight to shadow

Once heralded as cycling's wunderkind, Jan Ullrich never got accustomed to the glare of the media spotlight. Read the full article at Commentary: Jan Ullrich’s journey from spotlight to shadow on VeloNews.com .

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Israel Cycling Academy sign sprinter Rudy Barbier from AG2R La Mondiale

Rudy Barbier (AG2R La Mondiale)

Israel Cycling Academy are continuing their push toward a future invitation to the Tour de France, adding another French rider to the 2019 roster in the form of sprinter Rudy Barbier from AG2R La Mondiale . The 25-year-old has ridden with AG2R for the past two seasons following four seasons on French Continental team Roubaix Lille Metropole. Barbier has two professional wins to his credit at the 2016 Cholet-Pays de Loire and the 2017 Paris-Bourges. "Rudy has a great potential as a sprinter and in helping out in races," said the team manager Kjell Carlstrom. "We believe he can improve from where he is now with getting more possibilities in races. He can add to the strengths we have in races and add some valuable experience in others." The signing is the second former WorldTour rider to join the team for 2019 after Israel Cycling Academy signed Matthias Brandle from ...

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Clockers: The Men’s Time Trial World Championship Preview

What do you get when you strip all of the nuance and character out of cycling? A time trial, of course. I’m kidding (well, maybe only half kidding). Time trials are often derided as ‘boring’ by cycling aficionados, and such a position has a point. However, time trials are also the simplest form of a cycling competition to understand. The winner is the person that pedals the fastest between point A and point B. That’s it. No need to know about strategy, drafting, team dynamics, the informal rules of the peloton, poorly paved Belgian roads, the temperament of Italian cyclists, or any of the other minutiae that dictates the outcome of road races and which make this sport both interesting and often impenetrable for neophytes. Yet, Wednesday will be only the 25th time, since 1994, that we have a chance to see a rider get crowned the strongest cyclist in ...

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Day of the Dutchies - TT-edition

Tuesday already sees the women elite riders take on the Timetrial course in Innsbruck. After the kids warming up the roads this is the first big prestige event even though it feels really early in the week. With just one restday between TTT and TT you wonder if that isn’t in the back of some riders minds when they plan for this race? More on that later. The Course As often is the case this is the same course used by the U23 men. It takes us 27.8 kms from Hall-Wattens to Innsbruck. No city lap means no starting groups either which makes for a better chance of a fair race should weather act up. As we saw in the Monday races the course is fairly straightforward and one that works for the classic tempohorses. There is climbing but not the type that should cause a problem even for the ...

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Worlds: U23 time trial medallists not tempted to step up to WorldTour level in 2019

Mikkel Bjerg (Denmark)

Mikkel Bjerg of Denmark won his second consecutive under-23 time trial title at the UCI Road World Championships in Innsbruck but despite his success and huge talents, he is in no hurry to step up to WorldTour level. Fellow medallists Brent Van Moer (Belgium) and fellow Dane Mathias Norsgaard Jorgensen are a similar age and have also preferred to race at Professional Continental level in 2019 rather take the big step up to WorldTour level. Bjerg dominated the rolling but fast 27.7km course in Innsbruck, beating Van Moer by 33 seconds and Jorgensen by 38 seconds. He has raced with Axel Merckx's Hagens Berman Axeon team this season and intends to stay with the US-centric Professional Continental team in 2019. Bjerg revealed that he will also target the Danish Hour Record on October 4. He is a rider of many talents who bears a passing resemblance to former world champion ...

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Tour of Israel added to 2019 UCI calendar

Fans flying the Israel flag during stage 2 at the Giro d'Italia

The success of this year's Giro d'Italia in Israel has sparked the creation of the Tour of Israel stage race in 2019, with the five-day event expected to be held in late April as final preparation for the Italian Grand Tour. Cyclingnews understands the race has been registered with the UCI and included on the 2019 race calendar that will be revealed on Friday. Five potential stages have been designed in the north and south of Israel, with mountain stages and well as flat stages chosen to show off the country. The 2018 Giro d'Italia started in Israel with three stages held in the country, including an opening time trial around the centre of Jerusalem. Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) won the opening time trial and went on to finish second overall behind Chris Froome (Team Sky). Sylvan Adams, the Canadian billionaire who backs the Israel Cycling Academy and helped secure ...

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Ammerlaan rides Van der Breggen's old bike to junior Worlds glory

Rozemarijn Ammerlaan (Netherlands) flanked by Camilla Alessio (Italy) and Elynor Backstedt (Great Br

Rozemarijn Ammerlaan (Netherlands) claimed the first rainbow jersey of the 2018 UCI Road World Championships in the junior women's individual time trial on Monday in Innsbruck. The 18-year-old said the best thing about her victory was that she won on an old bike that once belonged to her compatriot Anna van der Breggen. "I raced on an old bike that was Anna van der Breggen's, so that was great," Ammerlaan said in the post-race press conference. "It was her old Giant from a lot of years ago when she raced with the development team at Rabobank. They sold the bikes and so I bought it. Her name is still on it – that's really cool." Ammerlaan's gold-medal performance is the first in what is expected to be a series of wins by the Dutch national team at this World Championships. Her compatriots in the elite women's category – Van der ...

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With worlds TTT win, Quick-Step moves closer to Lefevere’s season record

With worlds TTT win, Quick-Step moves closer to Lefevere’s season record

The Belgium-based squad has recorded 69 victories this season, and that number could soon go up. Read the full article at With worlds TTT win, Quick-Step moves closer to Lefevere’s season record on VeloNews.com .

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UCI set to backtrack on 2020 WorldTour reforms

Frenchman David Lappartient in the new UCI president

After months of negotiations between key stakeholders, Cyclingnews understands that the UCI is set to backtrack on reforms to the structure of the men's WorldTour for 2020, delaying any development in the business model of professional cycling and so leaving teams dependent on sponsorship for survival. UCI president David Lappartient promised a new reform of the WorldTour when he was elected in Bergen last year, with UCI documents suggesting "the reform approved in 2016 did not meet the expected objectives and does not satisfy the Stakeholders' interests." The Frenchman led a series of meetings and said he would listen to everyone in the sport. However, the teams strongly suspect Lappartient is happy to follow indications from Tour de France organiser ASO, who have always fought to defend their dominant position and the profits generated by the sport's biggest races. The UCI's Professional Cycling Council met at the World Championships in ...

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World Championships 2018: Who are the favourites and who should you be backing?

World Championships 2018: Who are the favourites and who should you be backing?

Joe Robinson 24 Sep 2018 A look at the favourites to take the rainbow jersey at the World Championships this Sunday This Sunday, almost all of the world's best climbers will battle it out for the chance to become the Elite Men's Road Race World Champion in Innsbruck, Austria. To do so, they will have to conquer a mammoth 265km route from Kufstein to Innsbruck that will contain over 5,000m of vertical elevation across nine tough climbs including the peak locally described as 'hell' for its 28% maximum gradient . Before this final climb, the peloton will negotiate seven loops of the 24km 'Olympic Circuit' which includes the 7.9km, 5.7% mountain pass of Igls, enough to soften the legs of even the most accomplished mountain goat . With such a demanding route, it looks unlikely that triple-defending champion Peter Sagan will be riding to a historic fourth consecutive rainbow jersey, ...

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