Philippe Gilbert to leave Deceuninck–QuickStep for Lotto-Soudal

Philippe Gilbert to leave Deceuninck–QuickStep for Lotto-Soudal

Joseph Delves 19 Aug 2019 Classics star returns to his former home at the rival Belgian outfit Philippe Gilbert has signed a three-year deal with Lotto-Soudal . Seeing the 37-year-old Classics racer and former World Champion swap one Belgian team for another, the move is a return to the squad for which he rode during the 2009-2011 seasons. Having joined the all-conquering Quick-Step team in 2017 following four years at BMC, his debut season racing for Patrick Lefevere saw Gilbert win both the Tour of Flanders and Amstel Gold. However, even having won this year’s Paris-Roubaix , the strength of the current team meant Gilbert has often had to fight it out with the rest of his squad for supremacy. Despite his advancing years, he’ll likely have a more protected role at Lotto-Soudal. The move forms part of a restocking exercise by the Belgian team which has recently seen promising ...

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Laurens De Plus wins 2019 BinckBank Tour

Oliver Naesen (AG2R La Mondiale) wins finale stage 7 at BinckBank Tour

Laurens De Plus ( Jumbo-Visma ) snatched overall victory at the BinckBank Tour from Tim Wellens (Lotto Soudal) after going on the attack in the final circuit of the Muur of Geraardsbergen. De Plus surged away with Greg Van Avermaet (CCC Team) and Oliver Naesen (AG2R La Mondiale) just before the cobbled Bosberg climb after the Muur had made a first selection. Wellens was isolated and unable to go with the move, with De Plus also sweeping up seven bonus seconds in the late Golden Kilometre sprints. De Plus started the stage just 12 seconds down on Wellens and then gave his all in the final, hectic pursuit match to the finish, gaining enough time to win the WorldTour stage race. Naesen was the strongest on the climb up to the finish on the lower slopes of the Muur, coming past van Avermaet close to the line after his close ...

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BinckBank Tour: Ganna wins stage 6 time trial

Filippo Ganna (Team INeos) wins the stage 6 time trial at BinckBank Tour

Filippo Ganna ( Team Ineos ) won the BinckBank Tour 's 8.4km time trial around Den Haag in the Netherlands on Saturday as Tim Wellens (Lotto Soudal) extended his overall race lead before Sunday's final stage on the Muur van Geraardsbergen. Ganna is the current Italian national time trial champion and used his power and bike skills on the city centre circuit to set a time of 9:16. Fellow Italian rouleur Eduardo Affini (Mitchelton-Scott) was five seconds slower, with Netherlands national time trial champion Jos Van Emden (Jumbo-Visma) third at eight seconds. It was Ganna's third time trial win of the 2019 season after success at the Tour de Provence and the Italian national time trial championships. "It was my first victory in the Italian national jersey and I was very happy with my performance and my time, too," Ganna said. "I'm feeling better after a small crash two days ...

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BinckBank Tour: Hodeg wins stage 5 in Venray

Alvaro Hodeg (Deceuninck-QuickStep) wins stage 5 of the BinckBank Tour in Venray.

Alvaro Hodeg (Deceuninck-QuickStep) claimed stage 5 of the 2019 BinckBank Tour after edging out Sam Bennett (Bora-Hansgrohe) and Edward Theuns (Trek-Segafredo) on the line in Venray. Hodeg benefitted from an excellent lead-out from his Deceuninck - Quick Step team after they brought the young Colombian to the front of a messy sprint with just under 150m to go. Bennett, who had won the opening three stages, was forced to follow wheels in the closing stage after his Bora squad had chased down the earlier break and then planted the Irishman on Hodeg’s wheel with just over a kilometre to go. Bennett was forced to check his line after one rider almost forced him wide but despite coming to back to Hodeg’s rear wheel he was unable to overall the QuickStep rider before the line. Trek-Segafredo played a prominent role in the last kilometre as they looked to launch Theuns but ...

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BinckBank Tour: Wellens wins stage 4

Tim Wellens (Lotto Soudal) snatched victory from Marc Hirschi (Team Sunweb) on stage 4 of the BinckB

Tim Wellens ( Lotto Soudal ) snatched victory from Marc Hirschi (Team Sunweb) on stage 4 of the BinckBank Tour. The experienced Lotto Soudal rider allowed Hirschi to lead out the sprint to the line in Houffalize with over 150m to go before coming through to take the win by a matter of inches. Fellow breakaway companion Laurens De Plus (Jumbo Visma) finished a distant third on the stage. The win marked Lotto Soudal’s first victory since the tragic death of Bjorg Lambrecht earlier in the month. Wellens now leads Hirschi by four seconds in the general classification after overnight leader Sam Bennett (Bora-hansgrohe) was dropped earlier in the stage. Ivan Garcia Cortina (Bahrain Merida) had been in the final break but was unable to match the leading three riders on the last set of climbs, with the Spaniard bringing home a small chase group at 23 seconds. The trio ...

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Bjorg Lambrecht's funeral to be held on Tuesday

Bjorg Lambrecht won silver in the U23 Men's Road Race at the UCI Road World Championships 2018

The funeral of Lotto Soudal rider Bjorg Lambrecht will be held on Tuesday morning in his home village of Knesselare, between Bruges and Ghent, with a large outdoor screen broadcasting the ceremony for the hundreds of people expected to attend. 22-year-old Lambrecht tragically died after crashing during stage 3 of the tour de Pologne last Monday. He apparently lost control of his bike and hit a concrete culvert, suffering severe laceration to his liver that caused an internal hemorrhage and a cardiac arrest. Lambrecht was in only his second year as a professional with Lotto Soudal, but was widely considered to be one of Belgium's future stars of the sport, having finished second to recent Tour de France winner Egan Bernal at the 2017 Tour de L’Avenir and fourth at this year's Flèche Wallonne. His death left the Tour de Pologne and the wider sport in shock. Stage 4 of ...

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The weekly spin: Is Mathieu van der Poel’s race schedule a recipe for burnout?

Mathieu van der Poel just keeps on winning. He’s currently the world cyclocross champion, winner of the Amstel Gold Race (and Dwars door Vlaanderen and Brabantse Pijl), the European mountain-bike champion, and as of Sunday, the winner of six mountain-bike World Cup races this season — four short-track events and two in the Olympic cross-country … The post The weekly spin: Is Mathieu van der Poel’s race schedule a recipe for burnout? appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Alaphilippe back in action at Clasica San Sebastian

Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep) in the yellow jersey at the Tour de France

The Deceuninck-QuickStep team have confirmed that Julian Alaphilippe will be back in action at the Clasica San Sesbatian on Saturday, looking to continue his run of incredible success and repeat his victory of a year ago. Also in the Deceuninck-QuickStep line-up at Enric Mas and 19-year-old Remco Evenepoel. Alaphilippe was the French hero of the Tour de France as he fought to hold onto the yellow jersey; he led the Tour de France for 14 days only to lose yellow to Egan Bernal (Team Ineos) in the Alps on the dramatic shortened stage to Tignes. He eventually finished fifth overall but was awarded the Super Combatif prize for his aggressive racing and so got to stand on the final podium in Paris. Alaphilippe has opted to miss the lucrative post-Tour de France criteriums in Belgium and the Netherlands this week but is expected to ride the Ronde d'Aix criterium in ...

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De Gendt and Wellens attacked at the Tour de France just for the photos

De Gendt and Wellens attacked at the Tour de France just for the photos

Joe Robinson 28 Jul 2019 The Belgian pair escaped off the front on the slopes of Val Thorens, all to get a new profile picture Lotto-Soudal duo Thomas De Gendt and Tim Wellens lit up yesterday's Tour de France penultimate stage with a two-up attack on the lower slopes of Val Thorens. Both managed to carve out a small gap to the fast-moving peloton before being swallowed up further along the climb as Vincenzo Nibali took stage honours and Egan Bernal wrapped up the yellow jersey . The Belgian pair are no strangers to going on the attack, De Gendt having already won a stage solo and Wellens having worn the polka dot jersey for large stages of the race, however, yesterday's attack did not have their usual intentions. See related Tour de France 2019: Thomas De Gendt goes long to win Stage 8 while the French take time on ...

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Tour de France 2019: Vincenzo Nibali wins Stage 20 while Egan Bernal confirms overall victory

Tour de France 2019: Vincenzo Nibali wins Stage 20 while Egan Bernal confirms overall victory

Jack Elton-Walters 27 Jul 2019 Vincenzo Nibali held off the advances of the GC group to cross the line first on Stage 20 of the 2019 Tour de France Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) won Stage 20 of the 2019 Tour de France after going solo on the slopes of the climb to Val Thorens. Behind him, Egan Bernal ( Team Ienos ) did all he needed to, which wasn't much, to ensure overall victory. The stage was drastically reduced from three categorised climbs over 135km to just the final climb and a total distance of 59km due to adverse weather in the mountains . Despite the shortening of the stage, it was still an entertaining day watching the virtual top 10 change - except the yellow jersey which never looked like changing hands. Julian Alaphilippe ( Deceuninck-QuickStep ) was distanced a long way from the finish line and tumbled down the ...

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Polka-dot jersey a way for Bardet to 'save' his Tour de France

AG2R's Romain Bardet took the polka-dot jersey after stage 18 of the 2019 Tour de France

When Romain Bardet took out his earpiece and started to make his way sorrily up the Col du Tourmalet last weekend, AG2R La Mondiale manager Vincent Lavenu feared his star rider's Tour de France might end there. Five days on, the Frenchman has found new meaning in the race, infiltrating another breakaway on stage 18 on Thursday to take the polka-dot jersey. Bardet was in a sorry state five days ago. He described his Tourmalet meltdown – in which he lost 20 minutes and any hope of finishing on the podium again – as "torment", and spoke of a need to "reinvent" himself. The big, soul-searching questions will come in the off-season but, within this Tour, Bardet has already reinvented himself. With the general classification no longer on the agenda, he has taken the opportunity to get into breaks on the two mountain stages that have followed the Tourmalet. A ...

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Alaphilippe defends yellow with daredevil descent as Quintana wins stage 18 - Video

Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep) descending off the Col du Galibier

Not even the high mountain passes of the Col d'Izoard and Col du Galibier could pry the maillot jaune from the shoulders of Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-Quickstep) during stage 18 at the Tour de France . Although Egan Bernal (Team Ineos) launched an attack on the Galibier and clawed back 32 seconds of his deficit to the Frenchman, Alaphilippe nullified an attack from defending champion Geraint Thomas by taking a daredevil descent from the hors categorie climb. Nairo Quintana helped save Movistar's Tour de France with a stage win from the breakaway, chopping a solid five minutes from his gap to rest of the favourites to move into seventh place overall. Quintana was chased by Romain Bardet (AG2R La Mondiale) and Alexey Lutsenko (Astana) but did enough on the Galibier and the tricky descent and run into Valloire to handily claim victory, while Bardet unseated Tim Wellens (Lotto Soudal) in the ...

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Tour de France 2019: Nairo Quintana turns back the clock to win Stage 18

Tour de France 2019: Nairo Quintana turns back the clock to win Stage 18

Jack Elton-Walters 25 Jul 2019 Quintana was unrivalled on the Galibier and then uncatchable on the descent to take the stage & possibly put himself back in contention Nairo Quintana (Movistar) won Stage 18 of the 2019 Tour de France after going solo on the climb of the Col du Galibier and then retaining his advantage on the descent and flat run in to the finish line. He looked like the Quintana of old as he ascended the challenging slopes of the final climb. Romain Bardet (AG2R La Mondiale) crossed the line second and thanks to his efforts earlier in the stage will now wear the polka dot jersey into the closing mountain stages. The remnants of the early breakaway came over the line in ones and two before Egan Beral ( Team Ineos ) who had attacked on the final climb and kept clear to the finish line. This ...

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Tour de France 2019: Nairo Quintana tuns back the clock to win Stage 18

Tour de France 2019: Nairo Quintana tuns back the clock to win Stage 18

Jack Elton-Walters 25 Jul 2019 Quintana was unrivalled on the Galibier and then uncatchable on the descent to take the stage & possibly put himself back in contention Nairo Quintana (Movistar) won Stage 18 of the 2019 Tour de France after going solo on the climb of the Col du Galibier and then retaining his advantage on the descent and flat run in to the finish line. He looked like the Quintana of old as he climbed the challenging slopes of the final climb. See related Tour de France 2019: Route maps, riders, live TV guide and all you need to know A big day in the mountains The breakaway took a long time, and a good deal of energy from certain riders, to establish at the start of the day but once the composition was strong enough the riders grew the gap out to over eight minutes between the ...

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Tour de France 2019: Thomas loses time to Alaphilippe as Pinot wins Stage 14 on the Tourmalet

Tour de France 2019: Thomas loses time to Alaphilippe as Pinot wins Stage 14 on the Tourmalet

Joe Robinson 20 Jul 2019 French hopes stay alive as Alaphilippe proves genuine contender for yellow jersey Geraint Thomas (Team Ineos) lost 35 seconds to Julian Alaphilippe ( Deceuninck-QuickStep ) in the race for yellow as the Frenchman silenced his critics on an explosive stage finishing atop the mighty Col du Tourmalet as Thibaut Pinot ( Groupama-FDJ ) won Stage 14 of the 2019 Tour de France . Defending champion Thomas was dropped in the final kilometre of the race as Alaphilippe proved he is a genuine contender for the overall title, defending his lead in a performance that will lead the French public to dream of victory in Paris. Home celebrations will not just be reserved for Alaphilippe as Pinot took the stage win and clawed back more time on his General Classification rivals to put the French duo in a strong position looking forward to a tough final ...

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Tour de France 2019: Thomas loses time to Alaphilippe as Pinot wins on the Tourmalet

Tour de France 2019: Thomas loses time to Alaphilippe as Pinot wins on the Tourmalet

Joe Robinson 20 Jul 2019 French hopes stay alive as Alaphilippe proves genuine contender for yellow jersey Geraint Thomas lost 35 seconds to Julian Alaphilippe in the race for yellow as the Frenchman silenced his critics on an explosive stage finishing atop the mighty Col du Tourmalet won by Thibaut Pinot. Defending champion Thomas was dropped in the final kilometre of the race as Alaphilippe proved he is a genuine contender for the overall title, defending his lead in a performance that will lead the French public to dream of victory in Paris. Home celebrations will not just be reserved for Alaphilippe as Pinot took the stage win and clawed back more time on his General Classification rivals to put the French duo in a strong position looking forward to a tough final week. It was also a good time for Steven Kruisjwijk, Egan Bernal and Emmanual Buchmann who all ...

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Today at the Tour: As ever, the Tour de France is predictably unpredictable

On Thursday, there were questions about whether Julian Alaphilippe could defend his maillot jaune against Geraint Thomas in a 27km time trial. A day later, Alaphilippe has extended his GC lead by 14 seconds. On Thursday, Rohan Dennis and Wout van Aert topped the list of Stage 13 favorites. A day later, they’re both out … The post Today at the Tour: As ever, the Tour de France is predictably unpredictable appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Five predictions for ‘week two’ of the Tour de France

With 10 stages in the rearview mirror at what has already been a compelling Tour de France, the action should heat up even more as the race rolls on this week. The Tour is bound for the Pyrenees over the next few days, and that will mean fireworks out on the road during ‘week two’ … The post Five predictions for ‘week two’ of the Tour de France appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Tour de France 2019: Wout van Aert sprints to victory on Stage 10 as many GC riders lose time

Tour de France 2019: Wout van Aert sprints to victory on Stage 10 as many GC riders lose time

George Smith 15 Jul 2019 Some teams take advantage of the crosswinds to gain time on rivals as Wout van Aert springs to Stage 10 victory at the 2019 Tour de France Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) outsprinted the likes of Elia Viviani (Deceuninck-QuickStep) and Caleb Ewan (Lotto-Soudal) to take the win on Stage 10 of the 2019 Tour de France. Despite a cyclocross riders beating the best sprinters in the world being big news, the main story was happening behind where many riders saw their hopes of overall win disappearing up the road as splits in the peloton saw riders such as Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) lose over a minute. After a tame day for the riders, attacks in the wind led to large gaps opening up splits in the peloton separating the GC riders, while Van Aert timed his sprint to perfection beating out Viviani on the uphill drag into ...

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Tour de France 2019: Wout van Aert sprints to victory on Stage 10 as key GC riders lose time

Tour de France 2019: Wout van Aert sprints to victory on Stage 10 as key GC riders lose time

George Smith 15 Jul 2019 Some teams take advantage of the crosswinds to gain time on rivals as Wout van Aert springs to Stage 10 victory at the 2019 Tour de France Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) outsprinted the likes of Elia Viviani ( Deceuninck-QuickStep ) and Caleb Ewan ( Lotto-Soudal ) to take the win on Stage 10 of the 2019 Tour de France . A cyclocross rider beating the best sprinters in the world should really have been the day's biggest news, the main story was happening behind where many riders saw their hopes of overall victory disappearing up the road as splits in the peloton saw riders such as Thibaut Pinot ( Groupama-FDJ ) lose over a minute. After a tame day for the riders, attacks in the wind led to large gaps opening up splits in the peloton separating the GC riders, while Van Aert timed his ...

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