Jumbo-Visma were the WorldTour's second best team despite having the second lowest budget
Joe Robinson 15 Nov 2019 Dutch team had incredible year despite being one of the poorest in the WorldTour. Photo: Chris Auld Jumbo-Visma achieved their incredible 2019 season, which saw Primoz Roglic win the Vuelta a Espana , in spite of having the second-lowest budget in the WorldTour. In an interview with Belgian newspaper Het Nieuwsblad , team manager Merjin Zeeman confirmed that the Dutch team operated on the second-lowest operating costs thanks to efficient management and better incentives for their riders. 'Every WorldTour team receives a document from the UCI at the start of the year, which states the budgets of all teams. We were seventeenth,' said Zeeman. 'We have a leaner organisation and therefore lower costs. Our capital is on the bike. We are not large payers, but our riders have nice contracts. Only they earn less than they can with the richer teams.' With over 50 victories, ...
Jumbo-Visma’s three GC leaders ‘a challenge, but a great opportunity’
New signing Tom Dumoulin may provide Jumbo-Visma the 'extra card' they need to battle Ineos in next year's grand tours. Read the full article at Jumbo-Visma’s three GC leaders ‘a challenge, but a great opportunity’ on VeloNews.com .
Fabian Cancellara on life in retirement: 'I’m busier now than when I raced'
Joe Robinson 1 Nov 2019 The seven-time Monument winner on why he doesn't miss racing and how life has become busier off the bike Fabian Cancellara is now three years into retirement. Hanging up his wheels having won gold in the individual time trial at the Rio Olympics, the Swiss brought to a close one of the most dominant careers this century. Four time trial World Championships, three-time Tour of Flanders winner, three-time Paris-Roubaix victor, a Milan-San Remo and two Olympic gold medals, too. With a palmares like that, you could probably get away with not having to work another day in your life after retirement. But for the 38-year-old, his life after bike racing seems to just be getting started. If he is not running his Chasing Cancellara sportive series, he is helping brands like Suplest, BMC and Gore develop products. Cyclist caught up with Cancellara at Sigma Sports ...
Analysis: Five first impressions of the 2020 Giro d’Italia route
Organizers unveiled the 2020 Giro d’Italia route in Milan on Thursday, and the course they presented offered plenty of highlights to get people talking. There’s the start in Hungary, the climb up Mount Etna, the brutal final week in the mountains, and an individual time trial to close things out. All told, it should be … The post Analysis: Five first impressions of the 2020 Giro d’Italia route appeared first on CyclingTips .
Laurens ten Dam retires and switches to off-road adventure riding
Joe Robinson 18 Oct 2019 Dutchman concludes 17-year career to focus on endurance gravel racing Laurens ten Dam will be the latest pro road rider to turn his attention to gravel racing as he retires at the end of the season. In the same week that Taylor Phinney took early retirement from racing hinting he would turn to endurance gravel riding, Ten Dam stated he would pursue similar adventures after calling time on his 17-year career. 'I still really like being on the bike and, in the days immediately following Il Lombardia , I will be making a big trip towards the south of Italy. That will be an exciting moment for me as I will immediately be starting the change from pro cyclist to adventure rider,' Ten Dam wrote in an open letter on the CCC Team website . 'It's this kind of thing that I'm aiming to do ...
Analysis: Five first impressions of the 2020 Tour de France route
Tour de France organizers have a tall order to fill in following up a 2019 race that was widely seen as the best Tour in years. The route of this year’s Grand Boucle earned high marks from fans and commentators alike, and that had many eyeing this year’s Tour route reveal with even greater anticipation. … The post Analysis: Five first impressions of the 2020 Tour de France route appeared first on CyclingTips .
The weekly spin: The great ‘Rider of the Year’ debate
Supported by With the 2019 road racing season effectively over, it’s time for the annual “Rider of the Year” debates. Yes, there’s still the six-stage Tour of Guangxi, which starts on Thursday. But none of the riders in the running for Rider of the Year honors are taking part. So with Il Lombardia in the rearview mirror, … The post The weekly spin: The great ‘Rider of the Year’ debate appeared first on CyclingTips .
Out of contract 8: The best riders without a team for 2020
Joe Robinson 9 Oct 2019 If this team raced a Grand Tour, they would be leaving with plenty of stage wins and maybe the overall title The 2019 is all but finished, this Saturday's Il Lombardia being the last race of any significance, and there are still a whole host of world-class cyclists without a contract for next season. As things stand, Rohan Dennis, Sam Bennett, Esteban Chaves and Mark Cavendish are among the raft of talent yet to confirm their futures for 2020. Normally by now, all of your top-shelf talent would have announced their teams for the coming season but this year, things seem a little different. This could be down to the bizarre situation in which many of the best riders in the world have also found themselves on the move this winter already . Tom Dumoulin, Nairo Quintana, Philippe Gilbert, Richard Carapaz to name but a ...
Rohan Dennis untouchable in individual time trial win at the World Championships
Joseph Delves 25 Sep 2019 Despite Primoz Roglic ruining his finish line photo, Rohan Dennis was still able to celebrate an emphatic win Rohan Dennis won the men’s elite time trial at the 2019 World Championships in Yorkshire in dominant fashion. The Australian rider beat youngsters Remco Evenepoel (Belgium) and Filippo Ganna (Italiy) on a largely rain-free afternoon. Covering a lengthy 54 kilometres from Northallerton to Harrogate, Dennis got around in 1:05:05, one minute and nine seconds ahead of his nearest rival. Thankfully the terrible weather that had beset previous events was mostly absent. Setting off last, Dennis never looked in trouble, having been up at every split around the course. Riding a blacked-out BMC bike after falling out with his current Bahrain–Merida team, the result represents an emphatic return to form and a second consecutive title for the 29-year-old racer. With Geraint Thomas, Chris Froome and Tom Dumoulin all ...
Dumoulin on his role at Jumbo-Visma: “I don’t want to be the only leader”
Tom Dumoulin says he seeks co-leadership at Jumbo-Visma, where, as he says, "We are going to divide it and then see who is best." Read the full article at Dumoulin on his role at Jumbo-Visma: “I don’t want to be the only leader” on VeloNews.com .
Who to watch at the World Champs Men’s Elite Time Trial
Joseph Delves 25 Sep 2019 The contenders and home favourites at today’s race against the clock Following Chloe Dygert’s dominant ride in yesterday’s women’s race , today the elite men will get their chance against the clock. With conditions looking likely to be less diluvian, which riders are in the frame for the rainbow jersey? With the forecast prophesying rain, but the wind predicted to be low, the elite men should have an easier time of it than the under-23 men and elite women who rode yesterday. With the first rider off at 13:20BST, the somewhat lumpy 54 kilometre course from Northallerton to Harrogate should take them around an hour to complete. Due to Geraint Thomas, Chris Froome and Tom Dumoulin all being absent, the race might be a chance for a less established name to take the title. Yet with bookies divided as to who’s most likely to triumph, ...
Preview: Can Rohan Dennis win his second time trial world title?
Rohan Dennis goes into Wednesday’s World Championships time trial as the defending champ and, realistically, the rider to beat. But it’s been far from a smooth run-in for the enigmatic Australian, who left the Tour de France in mysterious circumstances and hasn’t raced since. In the past two seasons Dennis has raced the Vuelta in … The post Preview: Can Rohan Dennis win his second time trial world title? appeared first on CyclingTips .
Dumoulin labels teammate's doping past 'bitter pill to swallow'
Joe Robinson 19 Sep 2019 Georg Preidler accused of blood doping and HGH use during 2017 Giro d'Italia Tom Dumoulin has labelled the news former teammate Georg Preidler may have doped during the 2017 Giro d'Italia , which Dumoulin won, 'a bitter pill to swallow'. The Dutchman won his only Grand Tour to date at that Giro with Preidler providing his domestique duties for Team Sunweb in 2017 before departing for Groupama-FDJ at the end of the season. Preidler had admitted to conspiracy to blood dope in 2018 after being named in the 'Operation Alderlass' scandal . However, an Austrian court has now accused the rider of blood doping and using human growth hormone as far back as the spring of 2017. This prompted former teammate Dumoulin to respond to the news that one of his teammates may have doped during his Giro victory two years ago. 'Unfortunately, today I ...
The weekly spin: The Grand Tour Domino Effect
A gust of wind in southeast France, a patch of slippery pavement in Andorra, a touch of wheels in Italy, and three grand tour winners who might never have been. The Vuelta a España is over and the 2019 Grand Tour season is finished. As I look back, I’ve been playing the what-if game. What … The post The weekly spin: The Grand Tour Domino Effect appeared first on CyclingTips .
Was Movistar in the wrong on stage 19 of the Vuelta?
Vuelta a Espana race leader Primoz Roglic went down in a crash, and before he even had a chance to pick himself up Movistar hit the front and pinned it. In doing so, the Movistar team did not make many new friends on stage 19 of the Vuelta a España. But were they wrong? Some … The post Was Movistar in the wrong on stage 19 of the Vuelta? appeared first on CyclingTips .
Analysis: Wednesday’s Vuelta stage 18 is perfect for an ambush
Wednesday's climbing stage at the Vuelta is reminiscent of the decisive stage in 2015 when Tom Dumoulin crumbled. Could Primoz Roglic suffer a similar fate? Read the full article at Analysis: Wednesday’s Vuelta stage 18 is perfect for an ambush on VeloNews.com .
Analysis: Thursday’s Vuelta stage 18 is perfect for an ambush
Latest climbing stage at the Vuelta is reminiscent of the decisive stage in 2015 when Tom Dumoulin crumbled. Could Primoz Roglic suffer a similar fate? Read the full article at Analysis: Thursday’s Vuelta stage 18 is perfect for an ambush on VeloNews.com .
Primoz Roglic extends with Jumbo-Visma through 2023
Supported by Jumbo-Visma has announced a lengthy contract extension for Primoz Roglic. The 29-year-old Slovenian will ride on with the Dutch WorldTour outfit through the 2023 season. “We have now reached a nice level together and I really believe that we can achieve even more,” Roglic said. “I have won some races in recent years, but you always … The post Primoz Roglic extends with Jumbo-Visma through 2023 appeared first on CyclingTips .
The weekly spin: Jumbo-Visma’s investment in young talent on display at Vuelta
It was at the 2016 Redlands Cycling Classic that Americans Sepp Kuss and Neilson Powless first made their presence known at the elite level of road racing. It was there, in Southern California’s Inland Empire, that Kuss won the queen stage on Oak Glen, while Powless won the time trial and finished second overall. Forty-one … The post The weekly spin: Jumbo-Visma’s investment in young talent on display at Vuelta appeared first on CyclingTips .
Transfer round-up: What do the comings and goings mean for the WorldTour teams?
Joseph Delves 5 Sep 2019 Now well into the part of the season where riders get itchy feet, we recap who’s making moves ahead of next year Who’s staying put, who’s moving on, and what does it mean for the WorldTour teams? Team Ineos Only one transfer announced here. But it’s a big one. Adding to its three existing Grand Tour winners, Team Ineos have pinched Giro winner Richard Carapaz from rivals Movistar . Recruiting another sergeant in support of the reign without end, the team now has more GC winners than there are Grand Tours in the year. Movistar Despite doing well in the current Vuelta a Espana , there’s turbulence on the horizon for the Spanish team. Formerly accused of having too many leaders, it might soon have not nearly enough. First, Nairo Quintana is off to ProConti outfit Arkéa Samsic along with Winner Anacona. Perhaps even worse ...