Harassment, racist fliers mar Aevolo's championship weekend

Aevolo riders and staff at the 2018 U23 Road Championships

Aevolo Cycling 's sweep of the U23 races last weekend at the USA Cycling Amateur Road Championships in Hagerstown, Maryland, marked a high-point for the second-year development team, but several incidents of harassment and the discovery of racist fliers near the team hotel in Clear Spring cast a pall over an otherwise successful weekend. Hagerstown, which has a population of more than 40,000 and is just over an hour's drive northwest of Baltimore, served as the hub for the championship weekend, which featured a time trial on July 26 in Boonsboro, road races in Clear Spring on July 27 and 28, and a final criterium on Sunday, July 29, in downtown Hagerstown. Team director Mike Creed told Cyclingnews the trouble occurred in Clear Spring, a town 12 miles west of Hagerstown with a population of about 350. Creed said that during the July 27 road race around Clear Spring, one ...

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The boss is back: Ina Teutenberg returns as Trek women’s team director

Five years ago the women’s peloton lost one of its most powerful voices when Ina-Yoko Teutenberg crashed hard at Drentse 8 and suffered a significant head injury. That forced the German into early retirement, bringing to an end a successful career that delivered 68 professional victories. Teutenberg is launching back into top-level racing, not as … The post The boss is back: Ina Teutenberg returns as Trek women’s team director appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Brailsford says Geraint Thomas should stay with Team Sky

Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) waves to the crowd after securing the yellow jersey at the Tour de France

Team Sky head Dave Brailsford believes that Geraint Thomas should remain with the British WorldTour team despite being courted by other teams following his recent Tour de France victory. In an interview with the BBC on Wednesday, Brailsford said, "I am pretty positive this is the best team for Geraint." Thomas, 32, became the first Welshman to win the Tour de France on Sunday in Paris, while his Team Sky teammate and former four-time Tour winner Chris Froome placed third. Thomas' contract with Team Sky expires at the end of this year , and as expected, other teams have expressed an interest in signing him for future seasons. He had intended to confirm his future plans in June, and said that he had offers from other teams but that he felt at home at Team Sky. Brailsford said that he understood that rival teams would be making offers to Thomas, ...

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Direct Energie to apply for WorldTour licence for 2019

The Direct Energie team are presented to the crowd

The Direct Energie team hope to return to the top tier of professional cycling and will submit a formal application to the UCI for a WorldTour licence for the 2019 season. The French team, run by Jean-René Bernaudeau, currently operates at Professional Continental level, making wildcard appearances at selected WorldTour races - primarily in France - such as Paris-Nice and the Tour de France . In announcing their WorldTour aspirations on Wednesday, Bernaudeau insisted it would be merited on sporting criteria. The team has 14 victories so far this season, the highlight being Jonathan Hivert and Jérôme Cousin's wins at Paris-Nice. Lilian Calmejane hasn't hit the heights of last year, when he won seven races including a stage on his Tour de France debut, but the 25-year-old is widely considered one of the top talents in French cycling. "I have always believed that candidature for the WorldTour should be based ...

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Cyclingnews Films presents: Running with Wolves — excerpt

Cyclingnews Films presents: Running with Wolves — excerpt

This article was first published on Cyclingnews Cyclingnews Films is proud to present Running with Wolves , a documentary that goes behind the scenes at the biggest bike race in the world, the 2018 Tour de France , with the most successful team this year, Quick-Step Floors . Tour de France 2018 bikes, gear and tech Top five custom Tour de France 2018 bikes The film follows the success of Cyclingnews ’ debut film, The Holy Week , which captured the emotions of the cobbled Classics, and its second production, Crescendo , which highlighted the final week of the Giro d'Italia. For its third production , Cyclingnews Films was granted access to Quick-Step Floors, a team that call themselves 'The Wolfpack', to follow riders and staff throughout the three weeks of the Tour, with interviews and behind the scenes footage as the team battled it out in the biggest and ...

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Van Aert to Aqua Blue as team acquires Veranda’s Willems

World cyclocross champ and emerging classics talent Wout Van Aert will ride for Aqua Blue Sport. Read the full article at Van Aert to Aqua Blue as team acquires Veranda’s Willems on VeloNews.com .

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Cummings: Even back at Barloworld I thought Thomas could win the Tour de France

Steve Cummings before the start of stage 3 at Volta a Catalunya

The sandwich isle at an ASDA supermarket isn't your typical location for picking out future Tour de France winners but that's where Stephen Cummings first caught sight of Geraint Thomas when the two riders were part of the track cycling programme at British Cycling. The pair would go on to win gold as part of the British Olympic team pursuit squad in Beijing 2008, then share a flat in Italy and ride for Barloworld, and eventually Team Sky, before Cummings would leave for BMC Racing in 2012. Cummings, who admits to not being easily impressed, told Cyclingnews that Thomas' talent was evident from an early stage and that he believed the Welshman could go on and win a Tour de France – a feat that he achieved last Sunday in Paris. "The first time we met was in an ASDA, in Manchester. It was the one by the velodrome because ...

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Imperfect preparation: Embracing the challenge of a mid-season setback

“Now that you don’t have to be perfect, you can be good.” — John Steinbeck, East of Eden Perfection is a tricky concept. I know inherently that it’s unachievable, yet again and again I find myself chasing that perfect preparation. For the last few years, I have taken much of my confidence from rolling up … The post Imperfect preparation: Embracing the challenge of a mid-season setback appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Van Aert to ride for Aqua Blue Sport as Irish team acquires Verandas Willems

Wout Van Aert competes at the Belgian Road Championships

Aqua Blue Sport announced today that they have acquired Sniper Cycling, the company behind the Verandas Willems-Crelan squad of cyclo-cross world champion Wout Van Aert . The budding Classics star will remain with the new structure through 2019, according to the press release. "Aqua Blue Sport, the company behind the www.aquabluesport.com e-commerce platform and the Irish-registered Pro Continental squad of the same name, have confirmed the purchase of Sniper Cycling team and all of its assets in a move designed to broaden the reach of its online cycling marketplace," the team announced. Van Aert, who placed third in Strade Bianche, ninth in his first Tour of Flanders, and 13th in Paris-Roubaix, was under contract with Verandas Willems-Crelan for one more season. However, with the Belgian squad's future uncertain, he was heavily courted by several WorldTour squads, including LottoNL-Jumbo, with whom he was reported to have agreed to a three-year deal ...

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Momentum Sports fights to keep UnitedHealthcare team afloat

UnitedHealthcare

The owner of UnitedHealthcare pro cycling team is struggling to find a sponsor for the coming season. Read the full article at Momentum Sports fights to keep UnitedHealthcare team afloat on VeloNews.com .

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Update: Sniper Cycling deny Aqua Blue Sport sale

Update: Sniper Cycling deny Aqua Blue Sport sale

Joe Robinson 30 Jul 2018 Contradicting press releases see Sniper Cycling deny sale to Aqua Blue Sport Aqua Blue Sport yesterday announced the acquisition of Sniper Cycling (Verandas Willems-Crelan) and marquee rider, multiple cyclocross World Champion, Wout van Aert via a press release and on its brand website. Yet in a bizarre turn, Sniper Cycling have released a conflicting statement saying that the deal has not happened. In a tweet last night, Sniper Cycling commented, 'We dissociate ourselves expressly from all communication that has been published today regarding the supposed acquisition of our team by Aqua Blue Sport.' The team then went on to confirm that both parties had been in conversation regarding the sale and collaboration but nothing had been confirmed. The Belgian ProContinental team ended their statement by writing, 'Out of respect to all parties involved, we will currently refrain from further comments.' Contradicting latest reports, the Irish ...

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Update: Sniper Cycling deny sale to Aqua Blue Sport

Update: Sniper Cycling deny sale to Aqua Blue Sport

Joe Robinson 2 Aug 2018 Contradicting press releases see Sniper Cycling deny sale to Aqua Blue Sport Aqua Blue Sport yesterday announced the acquisition of Sniper Cycling (Verandas Willems-Crelan) and marquee rider, multiple cyclocross World Champion, Wout van Aert via a press release and on its brand website. Yet in a bizarre turn, Sniper Cycling have released a conflicting statement saying that the deal has not happened. In a tweet last night, Sniper Cycling commented, 'We dissociate ourselves expressly from all communication that has been published today regarding the supposed acquisition of our team by Aqua Blue Sport.' The team then went on to confirm that both parties had been in conversation regarding the sale and collaboration but nothing had been confirmed. The Belgian ProContinental team ended their statement by writing, 'Out of respect to all parties involved, we will currently refrain from further comments.' Contradicting latest reports, the Irish ...

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Aqua Blue Sport sign Wout van Aert in purchase of his Sniper Cycling team

Aqua Blue Sport sign Wout van Aert in purchase of his Sniper Cycling team

Joe Robinson 1 Aug 2018 Van Aert will represent the Irish team in both cyclocross and road as team builds presence Multiple cyclocross World Champion Wout van Aert will ride for Aqua Blue Sport as of 2019 following the acquisition of his current team, Sniper Cycling (Verandas Willems-Crelan), by the Irish ProContinental team. This move will see Van Aert represent Aqua Blue Sport in both road and cyclocross from next season with current Sniper Cycling general manager Nick Nuyens also joining the team management. This quashes the rumours that Van Aert was on the move to LottoNl-Jumbo or Bahrain-Merida . The Belgian had caught the interest of almost every WorldTour team following a breakthrough Spring Classics campaign including ninth at the Tour of Flanders . However, he is now confirmed to be staying put. The Irish team confirmed its purchase today in a press release stating that the addition of ...

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Sniper Cycling deny Aqua Blue Sport sale

Sniper Cycling deny Aqua Blue Sport sale

Joe Robinson 30 Jul 2018 Contradicting press releases see Sniper Cycling deny sale to Aqua Blue Sport Aqua Blue Sport yesterday announced the acquisition of Sniper Cycling (Verandas Willems-Crelan) and marquee rider, multiple cyclocross World Champion, Wout van Aert via a press release and on its website. Yet in a bizarre turn, Sniper Cycling have released a conflicting release stating that the deal has not happened. In a tweet last night, Sniper Cycling commented, 'We dissociate ourselves expressly from all communication that has been published today regarding the supposed acquisition of our team by Aqua Blue Sport,' The team then went on to confirm that both parties had been in conversation regarding the sale and collaboration but nothing had been confirmed. The Belgian ProContinental team ended their statement by writing 'Out of respect to all. parties. involved, we will currently refrain from further comments'. Contradicting latest reports, the Irish team ...

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Pro riders criticise Lappartient over race reform ideas

Michal Kwiatkowski has a custom race suit, celebrating his recent Polish national road race champion

Several pro riders have publicly criticised David Lappartient after the UCI President set out his desire to loosen Team Sky 's stranglehold on the Tour de France . The British team won their sixth title in seven years in July through Geraint Thomas , with Chris Froome also finishing on the podium. The pair were well supported throughout as their teammates once again dictated proceedings in the mountains. "They win, and they'd be wrong to do otherwise, but the public sees things differently, they want a show. Sky are like a football team that plays very well but without exciting its fans," said Lappartient. "When the viewer sees eight riders of the team dictating the pace and locking down the race, they quickly change channels to watch a soap opera. The ball is in our court, it's up to the UCI to make sure that its races are attractive." Lappartient ...

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Israel Cycling Academy: Cycling’s most intriguing and controversial team

Israel Cycling Academy

The team says it isn't about politics, but instead using bikes to bridge the gap between different people. Read the full article at Israel Cycling Academy: Cycling’s most intriguing and controversial team on VeloNews.com .

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Geraint Thomas could be moving from Team Sky, but where to?

Geraint Thomas could be moving from Team Sky, but where to?

Joe Robinson 1 Aug 2018 Cyclist looks at the WorldTour teams that may go hunting for the recently crowned Tour de France champion Two Tour de France winners do not fit in one team. Just look at Bernard Hinault and Greg Le Mond riding for La Vie en Clare or even more recently at Chris Froome and Sir Bradley Wiggins at Team Sky. In fact, two Grand Tour winners seldom sit comfortably in the same jersey. Look most recently at Vincenzo Nibali and Fabio Aru while in the baby blue of Astana. So it comes as no surprise that recent Tour winner Geraint Thomas has already suggested an exit from Team Sky is on the table despite becoming just the third British rider to take the yellow jersey. With four-time Tour champion Froome committed to Team Sky until 2020, the chances of Thomas being allowed an unshared defence of his ...

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The Outer Line: Athletes have a right to a voice

Speaking to the Play the Game conference, Jens Sejer Andersen explains why elite athletes need to stay vocal and involved. Read the full article at The Outer Line: Athletes have a right to a voice on VeloNews.com .

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Drifting out of the city: Galena, the Midwest’s best kept secret

Three hours and a million miles from the bustle of Chicago, on the shores of the Mississippi, lies the hilly, gravelly cyclist's paradise of Galena. We drifted out of the city to discover the midwest's best kept riding secret. The post Drifting out of the city: Galena, the Midwest’s best kept secret appeared first on CyclingTips .

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After Tour win, Thomas’s future at Sky still unknown

After Tour win, Thomas’s future at Sky still unknown

The Welshman's Tour de France victory means he is in for a big payday — whether that's with Team Sky remains to be seen. Read the full article at After Tour win, Thomas’s future at Sky still unknown on VeloNews.com .

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