Niewiadoma wins Amstel Gold Race Ladies Edition

A joyous Niewiadoma crosses the line

Katarzyna Niewiadoma ( Canyon-SRAM ) won the 2019 Amstel Gold Race Ladies Edition , attacking on the final climb of the Cauberg and holding off Annemiek Van Vleuten (Mitchelton-Scott) in a dramatic pursuit. The Pole had looked strong on previous ascents of the Cauberg and surged away from an elite group of 15 as the race hit the famous climb for the final time. Van Vleuten was late to respond but made her way up past Marianne Vos (CCC-Liv) to crest in second place, leaving a nail-biting 1.8 km run-in to the line. The time trial world champion gained and gained time on the duo, but ran out of road. Niewiadoma could sit up and celebrate in the final 15 metres, with Van Vleuten now right on her back but the victory secure. “To be honest, I still cannot believe what happened,” Niewiadoma said. “I’m filled with so many different ...

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Mathieu Van der Poel wins Amstel Gold Race

Mathieu van der Poel in disbelief as he crosses the line

Mathieu Van der Poel ( Corendon-Circus ) shook his head in disbelief as he crossed the finish line, and so did everyone watching. The simple fact is that the Dutchman won the Amstel Gold Race on Sunday. Quite how he did so is another matter entirely. Van der Poel, wearing the Dutch national champion’s jersey on his Amstel debut, was dead and buried with seven kilometers to go. He’d attacked from the main chase group with a handful of others but, a minute down on leaders Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep) and Jakob Fuglsang (Astana), it looked like any chance of victory had sailed. However, in a remarkable finale - surely the most thrilling in the race’s 54-year history - the Dutchman dragged that small group back up to those chasing in between and then to the front of the race with just 300 metres to go. He hadn’t quite made the ...

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Wellens amazed by Van der Poel but confident for Amstel Gold Race

Tim Wellens puts in a move

With Tim Wellens in good form to start the season, Lotto-Soudal are among the teams looking for a strong result at Amstel Gold Race . The Belgian took third at Brabantse Pijl on Wednesday, and named the men he finished with as the main favourites for the first in the Ardennes trilogy, picking out Corendon-Circus phenom Mathieu van der Poel for particular analysis. Wellens finished behind the 24-year-old and Julian Alaphilippe at Wednesday’s race. The duo are among most people’s favourites at Amstel, with Wellens saying that even his own grandmother sees the Dutchman as near-unbeatable. "A few days ago I was with my grandmother, just before Brabantse Pijl," Wellens said in an interview with Het Nieuwsblad . "She asked ‘is Van der Poel riding? Yes? Oh, then it’s for second place.’ "I had to laugh a lot about that, but it will be true every now and then; every ...

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Evenepoel impresses on Tour of Turkey summit finish

Remco Evenepoel crosses the line

Remco Evenepoel may be just four months into his pro career, but the 19-year-old sensation is already showing the talent and aggression that saw him jump straight from the juniors to the big show. The Deceuninck-Quick Step rider put in his most impressive performance yet on stage 5 of the Tour of Turkey . Five kilometres from the top of the snow-capped summit finish at Kartepe, he was on the attack, eventually taking fourth at the finish. “It was a very hard day and and an extremely tough and steep climb with punishing double-digit gradients,” said Evenepoel in a post-race team statement. “Add to this also the cold temperatures, the headwind and the snow, and you get a really, really hard stage. “Actually, it was the first time in my career that I raced in such terrible conditions, and I’m happy with how I managed to overcome this day of ...

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Alaphilippe: Mathieu van der Poel is a phenomenon

Julian Alaphilippe, Mathieu van der Poel and Tim Wellens on the Brabantse Pijl

Everyone is talking about Mathieu van der Poel , and Julian Alaphilippe is the latest to praise the young Dutchman, describing him as "a phenomenon". Alaphilippe has been the outstanding rider this season with eight victories, including Milan-San Remo, but Van der Poel, the 24-year-old cyclo-cross world champion, has stormed onto the road in his first spring classics campaign, with victory at Dwars door Vlaanderen and fourth place at the Tour of Flanders and Gent-Wevelgem. The pair went head-to-head at Brabantse Pijl on Wednesday, where Van der Poel left the more experienced Alaphilippe to win the sprint from the select four-man group. They will lock horns again at Amstel Gold Race on Sunday. "I was happy for him," Alaphilippe said ahead of the Dutch Classic. "I do not know him personally, we have not ridden against one another much, but I have followed him a bit because I like cyclo-cross. ...

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Athlete Interviews: Rose Grant – Stan’s Pivot Pro Team

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Tour of Turkey: Großschartner takes victory and leader's jersey on stage 5

Felix Großschartner wins stage 5 of the Tour of Turkey

Felix Großschartner ( Bora-Hansgrohe ) claimed victory on the summit finish at Kartepe on stage 5 of the Tour of Turkey , taking the overall lead of the race with just one stage remaining. The Austrian, who started the day second overall, took the sky blue jersey from his teammate Sam Bennett after kicking away from Merhawi Kudus (Astana) 200 metres from the finish line, which had to be moved 4km down the mountain due to heavy snowfall further up. A fading Kudus, who had led solo going into the final kilometre before being caught and passed by Großschartner, was pipped to second place by Valerio Conti (UAE Team Emirates), nine seconds behind the winner. They had emerged in a select four-man group just under 5km from the top, with neo-pro Remo Evenepoel (Deceuninck-QuickStep) finishing fourth, 16 seconds down. Großschartner now leads the general classification, with Conti second overall at ...

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Rod Ellingworth to leave Team Sky for Bahrain-Merida at the end of the season

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Dan Martin skips Amstel to focus on Fleche Wallonne and Liege-Bastogne-Liege

Dan Martin (UAE Team Emirates) at the finish, in fifth place, of stage 3 UAE Tour

Dan Martin will skip Amstel Gold Race on Sunday before returning to lead the line for UAE Team Emirates at La Flèche Wallonne and Liège-Bastogne-Liège . Martin, a former winner of Liège and a multiple podium finisher at Flèche, has never fared quite so well at Amstel. In seven participations, he has finished the race just twice. This year, he will skip the Dutch Classic to focus on the races the following Wednesday and Sunday. After a disappointing Ardennes Classics campaign in his first season with UAE Team Emirates , the Irishman will be out to put that right. Martin, who won Liège in 2013, has never cracked Flèche, finishing on the podium three times behind Alejandro Valverde, and a further two times in the top six. Prior to his difficult start to life at UAE, he finished runner-up at both Flèche and Liège - after a DNF at Amstel ...

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Tour of Turkey queen stage shortened due to snow

Sam Bennett (Bora-Hansgrohe) wins the first stage of Tour of Turkey and wears the blue leader's  jer

The final climb on the queen stage of the 2019 Tour of Turkey has been shortened due to heavy snowfall in Kartepe, where stage 5 is set to conclude on Saturday. Kartepe literally means 'snowy hill' in Turkish, and there has been significant snowfall in the area in recent days, making it impossible to scale the full 16-kilometre final climb. After doing their best to clear the roads, the organisers have decided to cut the final four kilometres to the top, reducing the climb to 12 kilometres. The steepest gradients, which enter the double digits, will still feature. The decision was made alongside team and rider representatives under the UCI's Extreme Weather Protocol. Decueninck-QuickStep's Brian Holm and Eros Capecchi were representing the teams and riders, respectively, and had a hand in deciding the best course of action. "The uphill finish to Kartepe today has been cut by 4km due to ...

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Deceuninck-QuickStep take flush hand into Amstel Gold Race

Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep) attends a press conference on April 19 ahead of the Amstel

Deceuninck-QuickStep will once again head into a weekend Classic with a stacked hand on Sunday at Amstel Gold Race , where the Belgian team will ride in support of Julian Alaphilippe and four-time winner Philippe Gilbert in search of the team's 10th one-day race win this year. Alaphilippe has had a phenomenal season so far with eight wins, including Strade Bianche and Milan-San Remo. Gilbert, who won Amstel previously in 2010, 2011, 2014 and 2017, has two wins so far this year, including Paris-Roubaix last week. “We come here with two leaders," said Deceuninck-QuickStep director Geert Van Bondt, "Julian, who tested his legs on Wednesday at Brabantse , and Philippe, who skipped the race to recover after Paris-Roubaix and feels good, so we can look to Amstel with confidence." Alaphilippe and Gilbert will be backed in the 265.7km race by a proven Classics roster that includes Rémi Cavagna, Dries Devenyns, ...

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Van Avermaet: Amstel Gold Race is my last chance to get a good result this spring

CCC Team's Greg van Avermaet looks ready for Paris-Roubaix

Greg Van Avermaet ( CCC Team ) has ridden consistently well so far through the Spring Classics, but the two-time winner at Omloop Het Niewsblad, 2017 Paris-Roubaix, Gent-Wevelgem and E3 Harelbeke has come up empty so far in 2019 with just one chance remaining to put a check in the win column at a Classic. The 33-year-old Belgian will line up Sunday for Amstel Gold Race with a strong squad backing him and a high motivation to improve on his Amstel-best of fifth in 2015. "Amstel Gold Race is my last chance to get a good result this spring," he said. "I was really disappointed after Paris-Roubaix, knowing that I had the legs for a better result so, I am motivated to line up at Amstel Gold Race and turn things around. I have had good legs throughout the classics, and although I am missing a big result, I think ...

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Alexis Ryan: Back for the podium at Amstel Gold Race

Alexis Ryan (CANYON//SRAM Racing) attacks on the climbs on the road back to Moorslede at the 121 km

Alexis Ryan ( Canyon-SRAM ) put forth a valiant performance at last year's Amstel Gold Race , after joining the day's decisive breakaway and then placing fifth in Valkenburg. The American rider wants more this time around, aiming for the podium in a race that she says embodies everything she loves about cycling. "I had a great race at Amstel last year. I was in the break for 70km and crossed the line in 5th place, completely spent. I’ve been aiming for this race since I crossed the line last year," Ryan said in a team press release. Ryan will line up with a strong team that includes Alena Amialiusik, Elena Cecchini, Tiffany Cromwell, Lisa Klein, Kasia Niewiadoma. Cecchini noted the challenges of the hilly route and what riders are best suited to it. "Amstel is an open race that demands a strong, powerful rider from start to finish," Cecchini ...

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Nibali comes down from altitude for Tour of the Alps test

Vincenzo Nibali rides into the Piazza del Campo in Siena

Vincenzo Nibali ( Bahrain-Merida ) has come down from altitude training and will continue his Giro d'Italia preparation at the Tour of the Alps next week. The 34-year-old Italian, who most recently raced to eighth place at Milan-San Remo, has been training on the Teide volcano in Spain with trainer Paolo Slongo before jumping into the hilly five-day race that starts April 22 in Kufstein and concludes April 26 in Bolzano. "The work has been intense, and I will need to find race rhythm, but there's still time before the Giro begins Nibali said in a statement released by the race. "I feel confident." Nibali has won the race twice under its previous name of Giro del Trentino, but he missed the race last year as he was skipping the Giro and aiming for the Tour de France. With he Giro and the Tour on his menu this year, the ...

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USA Cycling names long list for Tour of California team

Travis McCabe (Floyd's Pro Cycling) wins stage 3 at the Tour de Langkawi

USA Cycling has released the list of riders under consideration for the national team that will compete at the Amgen Tour of California May 12-18. This year marks the first time since the inaugural race in 2006 that Tour of California organisers have invited a US national team, which is allowed under UCI regulations that provide host countries of WorldTour races the opportunity to give a spot to the home team. The national team will join 13 WorldTour and five Pro Continental squads in the 2019 edition. At 29, sprinters Travis McCabe (Floyd's Pro Cycling) and Justin Williams (Legion of Los Angeles) are the oldest riders on the relatively young roster, while Aevolo 21-year-olds Tyler Stites, Alex Hoehn and Michael Hernandez are the youngest riders on the long list for the final composite squad that will line up at the start in Sacramento. Also on the list released Friday are ...

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Athlete Interviews: Keegan Swenson – Stan’s Pivot Pro Team

Keegan Swenson is one of the best cross-country MTB racers in the USA, and is currently focused on earning a spot to the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan. I've never met anybody who approaches the training process with so much enthusiasm and optimism, and I think we can all learn from that in this interview. Enjoy the podcast, and be more like Keegan!

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Gilbert’s Roubaix win, a new Hour Record: Weekly News Digest

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USA Cycing names long list for Tour of California national team

USA Cycing names long list for Tour of California national team

The composite national team representing USA Cycling at Tour of California will be composed of seven riders picked from the 10-rider long-list. Read the full article at USA Cycing names long list for Tour of California national team on .

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Track legend Patrick Sercu dies at 74

Patrick Sercu at the 2009 Gent Six Day

Belgian cycling legend Patrick Sercu has died at the age of 74, VTM reported on Friday. Sercu is considered the greatest track cyclist of the past century, racking up 1,206 victories, including 168 on the road. He won Olympic gold in the flying-start kilometre at the 1964 Tokyo Games. Sercu's son Christophe explained, "His health had been unstable for several years and had deteriorated sharply in recent weeks. The funeral will take place in a very limited circle." Sercu is an icon in Belgium, where he has been a director of the Six Days of Gent, a race he won eleven times. He was a patron of track cycling, having won 83 different Six Day races, pairing with the likes of Eddy Merckx, with whom he won 15, Peter Post, Roger de Vlaeminck, and Francesco Moser, among others. In addition to three track world titles, Sercu won the green jersey ...

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Team Sky confirm that Ellingworth will join Bahrain-Merida in 2020

Rod Ellingworth of Team Sky

Team Sky have confirmed that performance director Rod Ellingworth will leave the team at the end of the season to take up a new position at Bahrain-Merida . Cyclingnews reported on Thursday that Ellingworth had been approached by McLaren, which became a 50 per cent partner in the Bahrain-Merida team last December. McLaren, Bahrain-Merida, Ellingworth, and Team Sky manager Dave Brailsford all declined to comment when contacted by Cyclingnews on Thursday, but Team Sky announced on Friday morning that Ellingworth will part company with the team at the end of this season. "Rod Ellingworth will be leaving Team Sky to join Bahrain-Merida from next season," read the statement. "Ellingworth, who was a founder member of the team upon our formation in 2010, informed senior management of his decision earlier this season. "He will remain with the team for the immediate future to ensure an amicable and smooth transition. Everyone at ...

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