Bettiol to miss Giro d'Italia after collarbone fracture at Liege-Bastogne-Liege

Alberto Bettiol (BMC Racing) signs on

Alberto Bettiol has been ruled out of the Giro d'Italia after crashing at Liège-Bastogne-Liège and suffering multiple injuries, including a fractured left clavicle. The Italian rider slipped out on a corner with 100km left to race, and BMC Racing's head doctor Max Testa said he will likely be out of action for six weeks. "Alberto Bettiol sustained a displaced fracture of the left clavicle, a left rib fracture, and a bruised lung. He will remain in hospital overnight and tomorrow (Monday) we will reassess his condition," Testa explained in a statement issued by the team on Sunday evening. "Alberto will be discharged in 24-48 hours and then transfer home to Italy. He will have surgery in the next five to seven days to fixate the clavicle fracture. Unfortunately, he will miss the Giro d'Italia and will likely be back on the bike in two to three weeks with an expected ...

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Photo Gallery: Ardennes week for the Women’s WorldTour

For a second year the Women’s WorldTour got to contest a full Ardennes week of racing and all eyes were on Anna van der Breggen (Boels-Dolmans). The Dutch rider took a clean sweep of all three races last year and with a powerful team full of possible winners, there was no question that she or … The post Photo Gallery: Ardennes week for the Women’s WorldTour appeared first on CyclingTips .

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No. 9, No. 9, No. 9 Team of the Week No. 9 No. 9 No. 9...

Races of the week: Four tasty races: Liege-Bastogne-Liege, the 4th Monument, a grand lady a bit down on her luck La Fleche Wallone, the George W Bush of the spring classics Tour of the Alps, a star is born Tour of Croatia, spunky Team of the week: First named rider is the rider of the week and if a rider has a number in parentheses after their name it means the number of times they have made the select Team of the Week here. First, the four winners 1. Julian Alaphilippe. Normally I put the Monument winner first but this time, its got to be Ala. Won La Fleche Wallone over Valverde and it was his presence that caused the final pack to hesitate when his teammate Jungels attacked, never to be seen again. Still got 4th at LBL. In addition for the whole Ardennes week he finished the best: ...

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Bardet celebrates first-ever Monument podium at Liege-Bastogne-Liege

Romain Bardet (AG2R la Mondiale) third at Liege-Bastogne-Liege

Romain Bardet ( AG2R La Mondiale ) has always called Liège-Bastogne-Liège his favourite one-day race on the calendar, and on Sunday the Frenchman could finally bring home a podium result in the Classic he likes the most. Bardet has had a string of top-20 finishes at Liège; 6th in 2017, 13th in 2016, 6th in 2015, 10th in 2014, and 13th in his first participation back 2013. And he has long been something of an outside favourite in La Doyenne, even though he has never managed to break into the top five, let alone the top three. This year, however, something clicked into place. Bardet's 9th place in La Flèche Wallonne seemed like a reliable sign of good form. Bardet's well-timed attack, coming late and at a point when many of the top names were either fast approaching burn-out or had already played their cards, placed him into a strong ...

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Valverde cramps up in the final at Liege-Bastogne-Liege

Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) cramps at the end of Liege-Bastogne-Liege

Alejandro Valverde ( Movistar ) once again had to admit defeat after cramping up in the final of Liege-Bastogne-Liege , after already losing Flèche Wallonne just days earlier. And for the second time this week, the Spaniard managed to put on a brave face despite his latest setback. He finished 13th in Liège-Bastogne-Liège having dropped out of the main group of top contenders. He initially weaved his way through the crowds at the finish to the Movistar team bus without talking to reporters. He quickly clambered on board and headed for a shower - but not before receiving a quick hug of commiseration for his defeat from team manager Eusebio Unzue. Losing Flèche Wallonne must have been tough to take. But failing to draw equal with Eddy Merckx's record of five wins in Liège-Bastogne-Liège, the race Valverde says he likes the most in the calendar, must have been an even ...

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Van der Breggen: I love to see the others take initiative

Liege-Bastogne-Liege podium: Anna van der Breggen (1st), Amanda Spratt (2nd) and Annemiek Van Vleute

Anna van der Breggen ( Boels Dolmans ) took her fourth UCI Women's WorldTour victory of the year at Liège-Bastogne-Liège on Sunday. She caught solo attacker Amanda Spratt (Mitchelton-Scott) in the final and powered away on the uphill finish. After the race, van der Breggen gave credit to Spratt's attack just after the Roche-aux-Faucons climb, breaking free just as two groups had come together. "It was a really good attack from Amanda. I was with Megan in the group, and of course you want to go across, but you don't want to go too early and spend too much energy. There were some attacks, but I knew the hard climb of Saint-Nicolas was still coming up and waited for that." Spratt was aware that there would be attacks on the Saint-Nicolas and said after the race that she tried to maximise her advantage ahead of the climb. "It was a ...

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Britton takes his second Tour of the Gila overall victory

Murphy, Mannion and Britton o the stae 5 podium at Tour of the Gila.

Rob Britton ( Rally Cycling ) claimed his second Tour of the Gila victory on Sunday to go with his win there in 2015. Britton finished second on the final Gila Monster stage to Gavin Mannion (UnitedHeathcare) after the duo distanced the select lead group on the second-to-last climb of the day. Britton's teammate Kyle Murphy finished third on the stage. In the general classification, Britton topped Mannion by 52 seconds, with Murphy climbing into third at 2:14. Mannion and Britton bridged to a late move by stage 1 winner Oscar Sanchez (Canel's Specialized) and James Piccoli (Elevate-KHS) after a day of hard racing on the hilly course decimated the peloton. Britton and Mannion caught the lead pair just before the top of the second-to-last climb and then quickly dispatched them as they set out of the finish at Pinos Altos. "I knew he would ride to the line, and ...

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Jungels follows Andy Schleck's wheel tracks for victory in Liege-Bastogne-Liege

Bob Jungels (Quick-Step Floors) wins Liege-Bastogne-Liege

History repeated itself in the best way possible for Bob Jungels on Sunday as the Quick-Step Floors racer netted Liège-Bastogne-Liège . It was his first Monument victory, but in an almost identical fashion to Luxembourg's previous win in La Doyenne with Andy Schleck nine years ago. In one of Liège-Bastogne-Liège's most exciting finales in years, Jungels stormed away over the top of the Cote de la Roche aux Faucons, the same climb where Schleck launched his winning, lone attack, nine years ago, 19 kilometres from the finish. Clad in the Luxemburg's national champion’s jersey, Jungels slowly but steadily carved out a winning margin that reached nearly a minute at one point. The advantage sagged dramatically to a third of that on the Cote de Saint-Nicolas, but then expanded again on the long draggy ascent to Ans, and which allowed him to celebrate his first-ever Monument win. "I'm a bit tired, ...

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Woods: This is the best result I've ever had in my life

Michael Woods (EF Education First-Drapac) was second at Liege-Bastogne-Liege

Michael Woods ( EF Education First-Drapac ) clinched a breakthrough result in Liège-Bastogne-Liège by taking his first ever podium in a Monument Classic, a performance which bodes well for the future. After turning professional at 29, the Canadian has faced a steep learning curve to catch up with his rivals. But at the finale in Ans, Woods proved that he was more than capable of taking on some of the top Classics racers of his generation as he etched out a remarkable second place at La Doyenne. Already very active in the closing kilometres, Woods darted onto Romain Bardet’s wheel as soon as the Frenchman moved away after the Côte de Saint-Nicolas. The two caught and passed Jelle Vanendert (Lotto-Soudal) when they reached the crest of the Ans climb, having combined well on the run-in. "We worked well together," Woods later told Cyclingnews . "We talked a bit, Bardet was ...

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Dan Martin rues bad luck with a late puncture in Liege-Bastogne-Liege

Dan Martin (UAE Team Emirates) at Liege-Bastogne-Liege 2018

A late front wheel puncture wrecked Dan Martin 's chances in Liège-Bastogne-Lièg e on Sunday, just when the UAE Team Emirates racer was in the thick of the race action and with only eight kilometres left to go. All this in the first Ardennes Classics where he felt he was back at a top racing level, too. "You couldn't make it up," Martin told Cyclingnews with a wry smile as he warmed down outside the team bus. "In fact, the way this year's gone in general you couldn't make it up." Martin had been on the attack with Tim Wellens (Lotto-Soudal), and at the point where he punctured, there were only 15 riders left in the front group. It was another round of bad luck for the Irishman in a race where he has taken one of his most significant victories, in 2013, but also where he crashed on the ...

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Jungels’ Attack Dethrones Valverde

What was going to stop Quickstep this spring? Whatever could do so wasn’t to be seen on the roads of Wallonia today, as Bob Jungels defied recent history to take a solo win in Ans. Before his attack, on the Côte de la Roche-aux-Faucons with nineteen kilometres to go, the race had been going much to the script we have come to expect for La Doyenne, in which the non-threatening break (in this case, composing Mark Christian and Casper Pedersen of Aqua Blue, Jerome Baugnies of Wanty, Paul Ourselin of Direct Energie, Mathias van Gompel of Sport-Vlaanderen, Fortuneo’s Florian Vachon, Loic Vliegen representing BMC, Anthony Perez of Cofidis and Antoine Warnier of Veranclassic) got a reasonable gap before splitting up and being inevitably pulled back, mainly thanks to the concerted effort of Quickstep and UAE Emirates. Baugnies it was who proved the strongest, but even he never looked capable of ...

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Quick-Step wins again as Jungels solos to Liège-Bastogne-Liège victory

With a successful solo attack 18km from the finish Luxembourg national champion Bob Jungels (Quick-Step Floors) took the biggest victory of his career Sunday, winning the 104th edition of Liège-Bastogne-Liège. The victory gave Quick-Step Floors a second Monument win of the 2018 Spring Classics season, won in very similar fashion as Niki Terpstra at the … The post Quick-Step wins again as Jungels solos to Liège-Bastogne-Liège victory appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Quick-Step’s Bob Jungels solos to victory at Liège-Bastogne-Liège

Quick-Step’s Bob Jungels solos to victory at Liège-Bastogne-Liège

Pete Muir 22 Apr 2018 Jungels makes it 27 wins for Quick-Step this season Quick-Step’s Bob Jungels pulled off a 20km solo breakaway to win the 2018 Liège-Bastogne-Liège. The Luxembourger attacked on the Roche-aux-Faucons climb and managed to hold off a chasing pack of big names to clinch the 27 th win of the season for the Belgian squad. The story of the race The 104 th Liège-Bastogne-Liège set off from the Belgian town in blazing sunshine to take on the course’s 260km and almost 5,000m of climbing. Ahead of them were 11 punchy climbs, most of them in the second half of the race, with the highest point at around 500m. After several attempts to form a break, eventually nine riders got away, including two from Aqua Blue. The only representatives from the WorldTour were from Cofidis and BMC. The breakaway managed to pull out a gap of around ...

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Jungels wins Liege-Bastogne-Liege

Bob Jungels (Quick-Step Floors) wins 2018 Liege-Bastogne-Liege

Bob Jungels capped Quick-Step Floors ’ remarkable Classics campaign by soloing to victory at Liège-Bastogne-Liège after forging clear over the top of the Côte de la Roche-aux-Faucons with some 18 kilometre still to race. From there, the Luxembourg champion time trialled his way to the finish, dosing his effort carefully on the Côte de Saint-Nicolas and then making light work of the Côte de Ans to claim the honours, 37 seconds clear of Michael Woods (EF-Drapac) and Romain Bardet (AG2R La Mondiale), who escaped a fragmented chasing group in the closing kilometres. "I made the most of my rouleur abilities in the finale. I needed to be very careful with how I used my strength, especially when we got to Saint-Nicolas," Jungels said. "I couldn't push too deep. And then I still feared being caught in the finale. It was the longest kilometre in my life. I only saw I ...

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Anna van der Breggen solos to Liege-Bastogne-Liege victory

Anna van der Breggen (Boels Dolmans) wins a second consecutive Liege-Bastogne-Liege

Anna van der Breggen ( Boels Dolmans ) continues to dominate the Ardennes classics, winning Liège-Bastogne-Liège and defending her lead in the UCI Women's WorldTour. Amanda Spratt (Mitchelton-Scott) finished second after her daring solo was ended by van der Breggen with 5km to go, Annemiek van Vleuten (Mitchelton-Scott) rounded out the podium, winning a two-up sprint against Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (Cervélo Bigla). Starting in Bastogne, the women raced 136km through the Ardennes to the finish in the Liège suburb of Ans. There were four classified climbs, but the whole parcours was a continuous up-and-down. As was the case with the Flèche Wallonne, almost none of the race was televised live. Only the very last 200 metres were spliced into the men's broadcast with no prior notice given even to the commentators. A breakaway of three riders formed early in the race. They held an advantage of just over a minute until ...

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Dumoulin tunes up for Giro d'Italia at Liege-Bastogne-Liege

Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb)

As he builds towards the Giro d’Italia, Tom Dumoulin ( Team Sunweb ) has returned to Liège-Bastogne-Liège for what is a last test of race condition prior to the first main goal of his season, which gets underway in Israel on May 4. Talking to journalists on Saturday afternoon, Dumoulin seemed laid back and cheerful, as well as looking in good shape. But given that his last race was at Milano-San Remo, in which he finished 31st, Dumoulin was understandably non-committal about his chances in a race as demanding as Liège-Bastogne-Liège. Although determined to do his best on Sunday and shine if he has a chance, the Dutch racer, who hails from nearby Maastricht, is far from being the first Grand Tour specialist to be parachuted into the Ardennes as at least a partial test of his form prior to the summer. Recent participations by Chris Froome (Team Sky) in ...

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Sky staff resuscitate Boels-Dolmans mechanic after heart attack

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Women's WorldTour team than Sir Dave Brailsford and Sky medical staff who were staying in same hotel after Amstel Gold Race

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Emma White wins Silver City criterium at Tour of the Gila (women)

Emma White (Rally Cycling) wins the downtown criterium at Tour of the Gila

Emma White ( Rally Cycling ) got her revenge Saturday on Twenty20-Sho Air's Chloe Dygert during the stage 4 Tour of the Gila criterium, taking the sprint win in front of Dygert's late charge. During the stage 2 bunch kick in Fort Bayard on Thursday, White had the early lead but wasn't able to hold off Dygert's come-from-behind effort at the line. On Saturday, a stellar lead out from Rally's Kirsti Lay set up White perfectly at the front of the field in the slightly uphill drag to the line. More to come! You can read more at Cyclingnews.com

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Tour of the Gila: Rice wins downtown criterium

Michael Rice (Hagens Berman Axeon) wins stage 4 at Tour of the Gila.

Hagens Berman Axeon 's Michael Rice took out the stage 4 downtown Silver City criterium at the Tour of the Gila on Saturday, finishing off the work his team put in over the final laps, setting up the 22-year-old Australian to unleash his sprint. UnitedHelthcare's Lucas Sebastian Haedo finished second, with H&R; Block's Marc-Antoine Nadon in third. Race leader Rob Britton (Rally Cycling) finished safely in the bunch to maintain his overall lead going into the final stage. This is Rice's second shot at the downtown criterium after he finished seventh behind teammate Christopher Blevins last year. The roles were reversed on Saturday as Blevins provide the final lead out for Rice and then finished fifth. "We had a clear plan going into the day, and we executed it perfectly," Rice told Cycoingnews in the finishing straight. "The team took control the last two, two-and-a-half laps, and everyone really pulled ...

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Creed finds his niche at Aevolo

Aevolo director Mike Creed is thriving in his unique opportunity with the team

Michael Creed has found his happy place. The 37-year-old former pro jumped straight from racing into directing the SmartStop team in 2014, but when the Continental team imploded under a cloud of financial mismanagement during the 2015 season, it took a big chunk of him with it. Creed rebounded with a well-paying head coaching job on the US Olympic Committee's Paralympic cycling team, but deep down his heart was always in professional road racing. Now he's found a unique opportunity to build a program from the ground up with the Aevolo development team, a second-year U23 program whose primary mission is to develop well-rounded young men who occasionally win bike races. Creed was still with the USOC when the team owner approached him about leading his new project. The owner made several offers to Creed and even flew from New York to Manitou Springs to recruit him, but with the ...

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