Offseason Capsule: Sunweb

Sunweb, the team of extreme order, rules and structure if we are to believe reports. The perfect amalgamation of Dutch and German culture. Certainly one of the most interesting and distinct teams in the World Tour. What we said last year It was a tricky task last year to write about a team trying to follow up on a 2017 season where almost everything went right for Sunweb. Andrew didn’t make any bold predictions but got the basics right about Doom’s then unclear Giro/TdF-plans “In either race, he will be among the favorites.” although like everyone he sort of assumed TD would do either Giro or Tour and that it would most likely be the Tour. That Matthews “may struggle to match his results from 2017” was about right too. That “The rest of the squad will fill in around these two. “ turned out a little too optimistic depending ...

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Aru’s Giro planning includes Colorado training camp

Aru’s Giro planning includes Colorado training camp

Fabio Aru plans to spend a few weeks riding in and around Boulder before the Italian grand tour. Read the full article at Aru’s Giro planning includes Colorado training camp on VeloNews.com .

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Commentary: Giro stars should race the Tour instead

Commentary: Giro stars should race the Tour instead

The Giro's impressive start list will make for a great race for pink, but it detracts from the Tour de France and Froome's bid for fifth yellow jersey. Read the full article at Commentary: Giro stars should race the Tour instead on VeloNews.com .

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Offseason Capsule: Movistar

Not a cobbles juggernaut, but impressive uphill There aren’t many riders who’ve had as good a season aged 38 as Valverde put together. Whilst there were some positive signs for the future, this was another year where Movistar looked far too close to a one-man team. What we said last year Last year’s coverage was pretty down on the team’s performance in 2017 and concerned about the lack of “middle” to the squad, a concern amplified in the comments. I saw progress for Carapaz and Soler, and was optimistic about Landa’s chances in the Giro, though a little less positive about Quintana in the Tour. I mentioned the Ardennes and the Worlds for Valverde, which hardly took clairvoyance. All in all, a reasonable enough preview of a predictable enough season. Most of it was dedicated to discussing the team’s approach to grand tours, and you should prepare for more of ...

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A conversation with Wout Poels

He sits between two leaders on the bus of a team at once celebrated and reviled. This is what Wout Poels thinks of it all. The post A conversation with Wout Poels appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Quick Step boss Lefevere is rooting for Sky in sponsor search

Quick Step boss Lefevere is rooting for Sky in sponsor search

The Belgian said he would like Sky to stay afloat, but with a smaller budget to make the peloton more even. Read the full article at Quick Step boss Lefevere is rooting for Sky in sponsor search on VeloNews.com .

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Gallery: A selection of 2019 WordTour bikes at the Tour Down Under

Joe Robinson 10 Jan 2019 Photographer Chris Auld caught some of the bikes set to grace the WorldTour in 2019 The Tour Down Under gets the WorldTour circus up and running next Tuesday with a rolling 132.4km Stage 1 around the Australian city of Adelaide. It will be the first opportunity of 2019 to see some of the world's biggest and brightest stars pinning on a number and starting yet another season in the professional peloton. Among those will be Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) who begins a season focused around Milan-San Remo success and Richie Porte who will be looking for a change of fortunes at new team Trek-Segafredo . The Tour Down Under will also represent the first chance to see all of the new gear being used in the WorldTour in the same place. It will be the first chance to see the new Cervelo S5 in action, thanks ...

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The weekly spin: 15 reasons to be excited about the 2019 racing season

Mountain bikers on the road. The debut of a future star. Alternative events. Intra-squad rivalry. The return of a world champion. What follows is a 2019 season preview of sorts, exploring 15 different subjects, stories, and subplots of the upcoming mens’s and women’s racing calendars. The list could have been twice as long. I thought … The post The weekly spin: 15 reasons to be excited about the 2019 racing season appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Change of plans? Report says Thomas may race Giro

Change of plans? Report says Thomas may race Giro

The 32-year-old may race the Giro after all this year, according to an Italian newspaper report. Read the full article at Change of plans? Report says Thomas may race Giro on VeloNews.com .

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Tom Dumoulin's 2019 Team Sunweb Cervelo R5 — gallery

Tom Dumoulin's 2019 Team Sunweb Cervelo R5 — gallery

This article first appeared on Cyclingnews . Tom Dumoulin and his Team Sunweb teammates have switched from Giant to Cervélo framesets for the 2019 season, with Dumoulin staying on an all-round, lightweight race frameset by swapping the Giant TCR for the Cervélo R5. While the frameset has changed, the team retains Shimano Dura-Ace R9100 series groupsets. Giant also provided the team with wheels and the majority of finishing kit last season so Sunweb has now switched to Shimano Dura-Ace wheels, finishing kit from PRO and bottle cages from Elite. Michael Matthews' 2019 Team Sunweb Cervelo S5 — gallery WorldTour team bike guide 2019 Tour de France bikes: Tom Dumoulin's Giant TCR — gallery The team also moves from Vittoria tubular tyres to offerings from Continental, a popular choice in the WorldTour, as well as new computers from Sigma Sport. The 1.85m tall Dutchman rides a size 56 frame, in conjunction ...

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Roundtable: Five up-and-coming riders to watch in 2019

Roundtable: Five up-and-coming riders to watch in 2019

The pro peloton has a number of young up-and-comers who are in line to emerge as new superstars in 2019. Here are our five favorites. Read the full article at Roundtable: Five up-and-coming riders to watch in 2019 on VeloNews.com .

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Froome, Nibali, Valverde, and Dumoulin set to race inaugural UAE Tour

Froome, Nibali, Valverde, and Dumoulin set to race inaugural UAE Tour

New seven-day race will feature well-known climbs and an individual time trial for a sneak peak at the WorldTour's top GC riders. Read the full article at Froome, Nibali, Valverde, and Dumoulin set to race inaugural UAE Tour on VeloNews.com .

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Froome, Valverde to headline new UAE Tour

The presentation of the UAE Tour

Organisers of the UAE Tour, the new event which combines the Dubai and Abu Dhabi tours, unveiled the route for the seven-day WorldTour race and announced that world champion Alejandro Valverde , Giro d'Italia winner Chris Froome , former Giro winners Tom Dumoulin and Vincenzo Nibali , and sprinters Elia Viviani and Marcel Kittel have signed on to compete in the race. The UAE Tour follows the 2.HC Tour of Oman, and will run from February 24 to March 2. The first three stages will take place in Abu Dhabi, with a 16km team time trial kicking off the race on Al Hudayriat Island. The sprinters will enjoy stage 2, which starts on Yas Island, passing through Halifa Port and finishing at the Big Flag for a pan-flat 184km. The climbers will come to the fore on the next stage when a flat start in Al Ain comes to an ...

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With Roglic, Mollema, 2019 Giro field just keeps getting better

With Roglic, Mollema, 2019 Giro field just keeps getting better

After wowing fans with his attacking style and fourth-place overall result at the Tour, Primoz Roglic will race for pink in 2019. Read the full article at With Roglic, Mollema, 2019 Giro field just keeps getting better on VeloNews.com .

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VeloNews Awards 2018: Giro stage 19, race of the year

VeloNews Awards 2018: Giro stage 19, race of the year

We interview the main protagonists to re-create the spectacular stage 19 of the Giro d’Italia when Chris Froome seized the GC lead. Read the full article at VeloNews Awards 2018: Giro stage 19, race of the year on VeloNews.com .

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Sunweb: Giro d'Italia 'gets' how to create exciting racing - Tour de France doesn't

Tom Dumoulin wears the new Sunweb jersey

Tom Dumoulin ’s Sunweb team have criticized the Tour de France organisers, ASO, for encouraging unspectacular racing, arguing that the Giro d’Italia 'gets it' when it comes to designing an attractive parcours. After victory at the Giro d’Italia in 2017 and second place this year, logic suggested 2019 would be the year Dumoulin placed all his eggs in the Tour de France basket, but he and his team have made the decision to focus on the Giro once again given the contrasting nature of the two routes. There will be three time trials in Italy, totaling 58.5km against the clock, while in France there will be just one individual time trial of 27km, along with a team time trial. The number of time trialling kilometres in the Tour has dropped noticeably in recent years, just one tactic in ASO’s bid to break open the racing after several years of domination ...

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Tom Dumoulin to target Giro d'Italia over Tour de France in 2019

Tom Dumoulin (Sunweb) wins the stage 20 time trial at the Tour de France

Tom Dumoulin will target the Giro d'Italia again in 2019, choosing the Italian Grand Tour over the Tour de France due to the higher number of time trialling kilometres on the route. Dumoulin won the Giro in 2017 – his big breakthrough as a Grand Tour rider – and returned this year to finish second behind Chris Froome . He went on to finish second at the Tour de France, and many had expected him to focus squarely on July and France in 2019. However, after weighing up the routes for both races, which were revealed in October, the decision has been made to make the Giro the primary objective of the season once again. "After weeks of talking about it, we finally decided the main focus will be the Giro d'Italia in 2019. We had the Tour de France for a long time in our head but the Giro ...

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Offseason Capsule: Team Sky

Meet the new bots, better than the old bots Another year of glory in the high mountains, but 2018 came with some fresh new faces. Scarily for the rest of the peloton, the youth movement shows no signs of abating. What we said last year I spent a while on the youth movement (as I will this year) and a while on the off-bike stuff (which, pleasingly, I will brush past in this capsule) but did eventually make some predictions about the 2018 season. I predicted that Froome would win the Giro and pick up a podium in the Tour. We certainly went the scenic route, but that’s not bad, huh? I was too optimistic about their chances in the Vuelta and on the cobbles. Also, having not predicted the Quick Step juggernaut, I saw them ascending to the top of the pile in overall rankings. What we got in ...

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Team Sunweb confirm 2019 men's and women's rosters

Team Sunweb celebrate their victory

Team Sunweb has confirmed the rosters of their men's, women's and development teams for 2019, with Tom Dumoulin , Michael Matthews leading the men's WorldTour squad and Coryn Rivera , Lucinda Brand and Leah Kirchmann leading the women's team. The development programme includes 14 riders, who will be based in the teams so-called Keep Challenging Center in Sittard, near the Dutch-German border Team Sunweb won just 11 races but victories fail to tell the story of the team's season. Dumoulin confirmed his Grand Tour talents by finishing second in both the Giro d'Italia and the Tour de France, winning time trial stages in both races. He was second in the individual time trial at the World Championships in Innsbruck and was also second with Team Sunweb in the team time trial. Matthews fractured a bone in his shoulder at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and quit the Tour de France due to ...

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Froome uncertain of Giro d’Italia title defense

Froome uncertain of Giro d’Italia title defense

Defending champion Chris Froome says he likes the look of the Giro's tough time trial stages but remains undecided on 2019 plan. Read the full article at Froome uncertain of Giro d’Italia title defense on VeloNews.com .

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