Race Analysis: 24 Hours in the Old Pueblo

In this episode of Race Analysis, the 24 Hours in the Old Pueblo team reviews their performance at the Epic Rides team relay MTB race, sharing what they did well, what they could do better, and specific tips for this wildly popular race. More show notes and discussion in the TrainerRoad Forum. Topics covered in…

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Lutsenko eyes Tirreno-Adriatico, Ardennes Classics, Worlds

Alexey Lutsenko (Astana) in the Tour of Oman red leader's jersey

Another year, another Tour of Oman title for Alexey Lutsenko ( Astana ), though this time he was utterly dominant, winning three of the six stages along the way. Lutsenko didn't win much else in 2018 but there's a sense that the 26-year-old might be on the verge of building a big palmarès, with stage races and Classics both on his agenda. Every rider in Oman was happy to admit Lutsenko was head and shoulders above the rest, as he helped himself to victories on the two punchy stages and then on Green Mountain to seal the title. Cofidis directeur sportif Roberto Damiani likened him to 1986 world champion Moreno Argentin. "I'm not surprised," Lutsenko told Cyclingnews of his dominance. "I did a lot of work in Tenerife at altitude before this. Now I'm more skinny. I'm two kilograms lighter. "That gives me more motivation for the important races like ...

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VN Archives: Kiefel’s breakthrough Italian win from 1985

VN Archives: Kiefel’s breakthrough Italian win from 1985

The famous 7-Eleven team's debut European season got off to a hot start in 1985 when Ron Kiefel stunned the Italian champion at Trofeo Laigueglia. Read the full article at VN Archives: Kiefel’s breakthrough Italian win from 1985 on VeloNews.com .

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Winder sprints to first leader's jersey at Valenciana

Ruth Winder wins stage 1 at Setmana Ciclista Valenciana

Ruth Winder ( Trek-Segafredo ) judged her final sprint to perfection, launching herself into the final turn and coming out of it with a sizeable gap ahead of her breakaway companions, to win the opening stage at Setmana Ciclista Valenciana. The American's stage success brought with it the first leader's jersey of the four-day European opener. It was mixed emotions for the team as they lost Trixi Worrack to a broken collarbone sustained in a crash earlier in the stage. "We had reconned the course so I knew the finish really well and attacked full gas into the roundabout with 400 meters to go and I went as hard as I could to the line," said Winder, who led the breakaway across the line by just four seconds ahead of a charging main field. "It was that feeling that the finish line kept getting further and further away and I ...

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Poels: I went a little bit early but Volta ao Algarve GC still open

Wout Poels (Team Sky)

The hills of the Serra de Monchique are famed for the production of Aguardente de Medronhos, the fruit brandy known to the rest of the world as firewater, and there was a familiar burning sensation in the legs and lungs of those following the pace set by Team Sky as the Volta ao Algarve peloton climbed into the swirling clouds atop the Alto da Fóia on Thursday. The fruits of Tao Geoghegan Hart's pace-making labours packed a particular sting, and when he swung off with a shade under two kilometres to go, only seven riders remained in the front group, including his teammates Wout Poels and David De La Cruz. Already a strong performer at the Tour Down Under last month, Poels is perhaps the outstanding favourite for this Volta ao Algarve, and the Dutchman looked strongly placed to claim stage victory and the overall lead as the elite leading ...

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Pogacar lives up to billing with mountaintop victory at Volta ao Algarve

Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates)

Not so much a revelation as a confirmation. Victory at last year's Tour de l'Avenir meant that Tadej Pogacar was already touted as one of the most gifted neo-professionals in the WorldTour peloton even before he turned a pedal in anger for UAE Team Emirates . On Thursday, the Slovenian youngster simply lived up to that billing with an assured win atop the Alto da Fóia on stage 2 of the Volta ao Algarve . Pogacar, who only turned 20 in September, showed a physical and tactical maturity beyond his years on the windswept approach to the finish. He was among the happy few to hang tough under the weight of Team Sky's forcing on the haul to the line and he then bided his time when Amaro Antunes (CCC) attacked in the final kilometre, before uncorking a sparkling sprint to beat Wout Poels and Enric Mas (Deceuninck-QuickStep) to the ...

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McNulty: The improvement over the past year has been huge

Brandon Mcnulty (Rally)

What a difference a year can make, especially when you're barely out of your teens. Brandon McNulty remembers getting spat out of the peloton early in the 2018 Tour of Oman, and then abandoning the race entirely on Green Mountain. Twelve months on, the former junior time trial world champion rode along Muscat’s Mattrah Corniche on Thursday to sign and seal a top-10 overall finish. McNulty delayed a move to the WorldTour this year in order to continue his development with Rally UHC , who made the step up to Pro Continental level last year, and he described the improvement he and his team have made over the past 12 months as "huge". The American, tipped as a future Grand Tour contender, has finished up towards the front on every stage but the big test was always going to be Green Mountain on the penultimate stage on Wednesday. With the ...

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Volta ao Algarve: Pogacar wins stage 2

Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates) takes his first WorldTour win in Algarve

Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates) won stage 2 at the Volta ao Algarve after attacking a select group of climbers with 200 metres to the mountaintop summit finish in Foia. The young Slovenian out-kicked a group of five to take the win ahead of Wout Poels (Team Sky), Enric Mas (Deceuninck-QuickStep) and Sam Oomen (Sunweb). Amaro Antunes (CCC) made the first searing attack near the top of the final climb but was caught by the chase group and hung on for fifth. "I feel like I'm dreaming," Pogacar said in a post-race flash interview. "It's my first victory in the WorldTour. I'm really happy." Pogacar took over the leader's jersey from stage 1 winner Fabio Jakobsen (Deceuninck-QuickStep). He will wear the yellow jersey into the stage 3 time trial, leading the race by a mere one second over Poels and three seconds to Mas. "Now that I have the yellow ...

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Ruta del Sol: Trentin wins stage 2

Matteo Trentin (Mitchelton-Scott) wins stage 2 at Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana

Matteo Trentin won after what he described as “probably the longest final kilometre ever” in stage two of the Vuelta a Andalucia on Thursday, claiming his second victory of the season and the ninth of 2019 for Mitchelton-Scott. Trentin narrowly but convincingly beat Danny Van Poppel (Jumbo-Visma) in a seemingly interminable slow-motion sprint in the town of Torredonjimeno in eastern Andalucia. Bahrain-Merida’s Ivan Cortina tried to spring a surprise late attack in a finish, where timing and energy levels counted for as much as technical ability and sprinting strength, and the Spaniard came within just a few metres of taking the win. He was swamped by the others sprinters at the line and although Van Poppel put in a powerful late surge for second, it was Trentin had the edge and who clinched the victory. "It was really hard, probably the longest final kilometre ever,” the reigning European Road-Race champion ...

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Nizzolo believes knee injury woes are behind him with Tour of Oman win

Giacomo Nizzolo (Dimension Data)

Giacomo Nizzolo hopes his injury woes are behind him after undergoing knee surgery in December, and victory on the final stage of the Tour of Oman on Thursday confirmed his belief that he can get back to his best. The Italian claimed seven victories times in 2016, including the Italian road race title, and went close to victory on several occasions at the Giro d'Italia. However, this was only his second victory since then. Nizzolo only raced for 28 days in 2017 as he battled tendinitis in his knee. Despite winning at the Vuelta a San Juan, the problems continued into 2018, which ended with a hip fracture. Ahead of his first outings with Dimension Data – having left Trek-Segafredo – the decision was made to go under the knife. "I had something under the kneecap that was rubbing all the time. They have taken it out, and now it ...

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Bike thieves strike Vital Concept-B&B Hotels at Ruta del Sol

French Pro Continental outfit Vital Concept Cycling Club used the aerodynamic Orbea Orca Aero frames

Vital Concept-B&B; Hotels were the victim of bike thieves overnight at the Ruta del Sol . Twelve of their road bikes were stolen, but the team was able to get replacements from their supplier, and other teams, and was at the start of stage 2 on Thursday. The bikes were stolen overnight, with just two not being taken. The team's time trial bikes, which will be needed on Friday, were not taken, apparently being stored at a different location. Lotto Soudal is staying at the same hotel, but were not affected. The French Professional Continental team were able to get replacement bikes from their supplier Orbea, a local bike store Cicloscabelo, and also from rival teams Euskadi Basque Country-Murias and Fundacion Euskadi, which also ride Orbea. Bike thefts at race are sadly not unusual. In 2017, Bahrain-Merida lost 10 bikes to thieves at the Hammer Series Limburg. That same year, ...

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Setmana Ciclista Valenciana: Winder wins stage 1

Trek-Segafredo's Ruth Winder spent most of the day in a solo breakaway

Ruth Winder ( Trek-Segafredo ) won the opening stage of the Setmana Ciclista Valenciana . The American was part of a five-rider breakaway that emerged over the day's late-race climbs, and attacked the group through the final corner of the race to take the victory ahead of Soraya Paladin (Ale Cipollini) and Karol-Ann Canuel (Boels Dolmans). Mavi Garcia (Movistar) finished fourth. The opening stage of Setmana Ciclista Valenciana marked one of the toughest with two climbs near the end of the 120km race; Barxet (90km) and Barx (105km), that would ultimately decide who would take the first leader's jersey of the race. A breakaway of five riders emerged over the two climbs that included Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig (Bigla), Mavi Garcia (Movistar), Soraya Paladin (Ale Cipollini), Ruth Winder (Trek-Segafredo) and Karol-Ann Canuel (Boels Dolmans). The gap stretched out to nearly one minute with 10km to go, but the group was reduced ...

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Greipel complains to Tour of Oman jury about final sprint

Andre Greipel in his new Team Arkea-Samsic kit

Andre Greipel ( Arkea-Samsic ) ended the Tour of Oman on the same note he started it: frustration. After a late puncture ruined his plans on the opening stage, he was prevented from sprinting on the Mattrah Corniche on the final day by what he felt was a dangerous sprint by the winner Giacomo Nizzolo (Dimension Data). There was some confusion, however, as Nacer Bouhanni (Cofidis) was caught up in the same incident and blamed Niccolo Bonifazio (Direct Energie). Greipel finished 28th on the stage but felt he was lucky to stay on his bike. He went to the race jury to complain and ask them to review the footage of the sprint, but the result was upheld. "Normally, in my opinion, he must be disqualified, because he went inside us, on the barrier, and you have Bouhanni and me, and we nearly crashed behind him," Greipel said of Nizzolo. ...

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Kristoff crashes out of Tour of Oman finale with deep arm wound

Alexander Kristoff (UAE Team Emirates) suffered deep cuts on his arm and knee after landing on other

Alexander Kristoff was targeting a second successive win on the Mattrah Corniche on the final stage of the Tour of Oman, and hoping to book-end his 2019 race on a winning note. However the UAE Team Emirates sprinter was unable to finish the race after a heavy crash left him with deep lacerations on his arm and knee. The crash occurred with just over 50km of the largely flat stage remaining, and affected a chunk of the peloton, including second-placed Domenico Pozzovivo (Bahrain-Merida), who was able to remount and finish despite significant road rash. Kristoff didn't get off so lightly and immediately exited the race with blood flowing from his left arm and knee. "We went through a big town before and there was a big fight. I don’t really know why there was a such a big fight because it was still quite far to the finish," Kristoff told ...

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Lutsenko wins the Tour of Oman

Alexey Lutsenko (Astana) celebrates winning the 2019 Tour of Oman

Alexey Lutsenko (Astana) won his second consecutive Tour of Oman , dominating the race after winning three of the six stages. Second overall was Domenico Pozzovivo (Bahrain-Merida), with third going to Jesus Herrada (Cofidis). Giacomo Nizzolo (Dimension Data) won the final sprint stage on the Matrah Corniche, beating Sonny Colbrelli (Bahrain-Merida) and Davide Ballerini (Astana). Alexander Kristoff (UAE Team Emirates) crashed during the stage and was unable to finish. Lutsenko set up his repeat victory by winning three of the four climbing stages. It was an emotional victory for the Kazakhstani national champion after he revealed his wife suffered a miscarriage in December. He moved up to second in overall classification on stage 2, soloing in to win by a few seconds. The Kazakh rider took control the next day, attacking again on the final climb. The win was enough to put him in the race lead by 18 seconds. ...

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2020 Vuelta a Espana opens with team time trial in Utrecht

Simon Yates passed the first test in Andorra with his Vuelta leader's jersey intact

The 75th edition of the Vuelta a Espana will start in the Netherlands with a team time trial in Utrecht with organisers revealing the details of two other stages in the Utrecht and North Brabant provinces before the peloton flies to Spain on an early rest day. Utrecht thus becomes the first city to host stages of all three Grand Tours, having hosted the start of the Tour de France in 2015 and the finish of a stage of the Giro d'Italia in 2010. It is the second time that the Vuelta has started in the Netherlands, with the previous start being in 2009. Britain's Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) won the 2018 Vuelta a Espana . Javier Guillen, CEO of the Vuelta, said that the city was selected for a special reason. “La Vuelta 20 will be the 75th edition of our cycling Tour so we wanted a special start. We ...

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Thursday Thoughts: Lessons from the Drafts

Number One... but not for Pablo

Looking across the four men’s FSA-DS drafts This is the last Thursday Thoughts to come out on a Thursday, but there’s a bonus final edition coming this weekend. Expect something shortly after the (men’s) FSA-DS deadline. Many of us have found the pressure of not submitting teams too much to cope with and have pushed the fateful button. Others are hanging on hoping to avoid injury to their chosen crew. However, some of you are still out there, paralysed with indecision and crippled by choice. Today, I’m joined by Shawn as the two of us try to make your lives even harder. What lessons can we take from the various draft leagues to inform the selection of our main teams? For those of you who haven’t been paying attention, Shawn is running three draft leagues this year, as well as a young rider’s draft and a women’s draft. Thanks, Shawn! ...

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Dunbar forced to abandon Volta ao Algarve after stage 1 crash

Eddie Dunbar (Team Sky)

It hardly needs saying, but cycling is a cruel business. Three days ago, Eddie Dunbar animated the final stage of the Tour de la Provence with a determined attack that was only snuffed out in the closing kilometre, a promising harbinger for the season ahead. On Wednesday afternoon, the Irishman was forced to abandon the Volta ao Algarve after crashing heavily in finale of stage 1 . Dunbar was one of many riders to come down in the mass crash that took place a little over seven kilometres from the finish in Lagos. The Banteer native was unable to continue after sustaining a suspected dislocated shoulder and a head injury, and he was taken directly to hospital. "Eddie went down with all the others in a large crash, he reckoned there could have been up to 80 riders in there, and four of our riders went down," Team Sky doctor ...

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Behind the scenes with Trek-Segafredo – Women's Edition Podcast

Trek-Segafredo's new women's team in 2019

Welcome to the second episode of Cyclingnews Podcast Women's Edition , brought to you by Sportful, Pinarello and Floyd's of Leadville. In this episode, we take a behind the scenes look at the new Trek-Segafredo women's team. We will hear from team manager Luca Guercilena, directeur sportifs Ina Yoko Teutenberg and Giorgia Bronzini and star rider Lizzie Deignan . Trek-Segafredo are part of a growing trend of WorldTour teams running men's and women's squads under the same umbrella, with Movistar, FDJ, Astana, Mitchelton-Scott, CCC, Sunweb and Lotto Soudal all running concurrent programmes. Trek have been involved in women's road cycling with the Trek-Drops team for the past few years, but they announced last July that they would set up their own programme. In the months since the announcement, they have built up a roster of 14 riders, led by former world champion Deignan, with support from former riders Teutenberg and ...

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Jakobsen shows winter work with Volta ao Algarve victory

Fabio Jakobsen (Deceuninck-Quickstep) celebrates his leader's jersey

The evocatively-titled Avenida dos Descobrimentos in Lagos owes its name to the town's past as a shipbuilding hub during the Portuguese Age of Discovery, and the harbourfront boulevard hosted the finish of stage 1 of the Volta ao Algarve , where Fabio Jakobsen ( Deceuninck-QuickStep ) suggested that his winter preparation has been watertight by winning on his first race day of the new season. A reduced leading group contested the sprint finish in Lagos after a crash split the peloton with a shade over seven kilometres remaining, but Jakobsen never gave the impression of navigating troubled waters. In the finishing straight, he watched as Simone Consonni (UAE Team Emirates) floundered after opening the sprint from distance, and then cruised past at a considerable rate of knots to claim the honours. Arnaud Démare (Groupama-FDJ) took second on the stage ahead of Pascal Ackermann (Bora-Hansgrohe), but neither man ever looked like ...

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