Dimension Data confirm Valgren signing

Michael Valgren (Astana Pro Team)

Dimension Data have confirmed the signing of Amstel Gold winner Michael Valgren on a two-year deal. Cyclingnews revealed on Thursday that Dimension Data were leading the hunt for the Danish rider, who leaves Astana after a two-year spell with the team. The 26-year-old Valgren enjoyed a breakthrough season, with victories at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and the Amstel Gold Race. He also finished fourth at the Tour of Flanders, despite a heavy crash, missing out on the podium after he was out-sprinted by Philippe Gilbert. He rode his fourth Tour de France in July and played a part in setting up Magnus Cort for his victory in Carcassone on stage 15. Valgren will strengthen Dimension Data’s Classics line-up, which is currently spearheaded by Edvald Boasson Hagen on the cobbles and Tom-Jelte Slagter in the hilly races. Dimension Data endured a difficult Classics campaign this season with several riders forced to sit ...

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What will happen on Stage 17 of the Tour de France?

Joe Robinson 25 Jul 2018 A muse at the potential outcomes of Stage 17, the 65km, grid-start mountain race to the Col du Portet It could be fantastic, it could be a damp squib. Either way, it's something different. Stage 17 of the 2018 Tour de France has ripped up the usual rule book in more ways than one. Firstly, it is only 65km in length. While this is not completely unique, with the Tour including a 28km stage in 1988, it is uncommon and goes against the grain of Grand Tour racing in recent years. Within these 65km are three classified climbs, the Montee du Peyragudes (14.9km at 6.7%), Col de Val Louron-Azet (7.4% at. 8.3%) and finally the Col du Portet (16km at 8.7%). This means 58% of the stage will take the peloton uphill while the remaining 42% will be descent and valley floor. If that is ...

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Alaphilippe best on Tour de France stage 16 after Yates crashes on final descent

Having already taken a mountain stage in this year’s Tour de France and also holding the polka dot jersey for much of the race, Julian Alaphilippe continued his success on stage 16 of the race. The French QuickStep Floors rider was second over the summit of the day’s final climb, the Col du Portillon, swept … The post Alaphilippe best on Tour de France stage 16 after Yates crashes on final descent appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Tour de France: I had nothing to lose, says Stuyven

Jasper Stuyven attacks alone during stage 14 at the Tour de France

Trek-Segafredo 's Jasper Stuyven said that he had nothing to lose when he attacked from the breakaway on stage 14 of the Tour de France . Stuyven was caught by eventual stage winner Omar Fraile (Astana) just two kilometres from the finish in Mende, and less than a kilometre from the top of the final ascent. It was a hectic start to the stage with echelons breaking up the peloton, and Stuyven was part of a 32-man group that managed to get clear on what was widely expected to be a day for a breakaway. The 26-year-old Belgian later followed a move from Spanish national champion Gorka Izagirre (Bahrain-Merida) on the Col de la Croix de Berthel, and caught him – and Dimension Data's Tom-Jelte Slagter – with around 50 kilometres remaining. When Izagirre began talking with Slagter about working more, Stuyven seized his opportunity to go. "There were echelons ...

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Tour Stage 15: Breaking Away, Part Two

Millau to Carcassonne (181 kms) It’s an apropos finishing town name today for the riders, as what are they now besides vultures feasting on the dead and bloated carcass of the Tour. With the fight for overall victory at the Tour all but over except for three riders, it’s up to the many lesser teams and riders to pick over the scraps and aim for a stage victory. In theory, this stage could have been a good aperitif for the coming Pyreenean main course, but as it stands, the category 1 Pic de Nore climb is not quite hard enough and the stage doesn’t end on the descent from the climb but has over 10 kilometers of flat road before the finish, all but guaranteeing this will not be a day for the GC contenders as Sky should be able to easily control the race with only Rowe or Castroviejo ...

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Fraile blasts to solo victory on stage 14 of the Tour de France, GC gaps grow

Launching his big move on the day’s short, steep final climb, Omar Fraile (Astana) overhauled lone leader Jasper Stuyven (Trek-Segafredo) and sped to his first Tour de France stage win on Saturday. The Spaniard went over the summit several seconds clear of Stuyven and King of the Mountains Julian Alaphilippe (QuickStep Floors), then dropped down … The post Fraile blasts to solo victory on stage 14 of the Tour de France, GC gaps grow appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Tour de France: Fraile wins in Mende

Omar Fraile (Astana) wins stage 14 at the Tour de France

Omar Fraile ( Astana ) flew to victory on the Mende airstrip on stage 14 of the Tour de France , surviving from a large breakaway. The Spaniard beat out polka dot jersey wearer Julian Alaphilippe (Quick-Step Floors) and Jasper Stuyven (Trek-Segafredo) by six seconds in order to take his third victory of the season, the biggest of his career. In a day of two races, the breakaway contested the finish 18 minutes ahead of the peloton. Fraile's compatriot Gorka Izagirre (Bahrain-Merida) kicked off the attacking festivities 59km out, taking with him Stuyven and Tom-Jelte Slagter (Dimension Data). The Trek-Segafredo man soon went it alone, his fantastic effort coming to naught on the final climb. There, Fraile piggybacked a Thomas De Gendt (Lotto-Soudal) attack to launch his own. Catching Stuyven towards the top of the 'Montée Laurent Jalabert', he powered away to win solo despite the best efforts of Alaphilippe, ...

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Tour de France 2018: Astana's Omar Fraile wins hilly Stage 14

Tour de France 2018: Astana's Omar Fraile wins hilly Stage 14

James Spender 21 Jul 2018 Astana rider Omar Fraile takes biggest win of his career, no change in GC A hilly Stage 14 saw echelons, a massive 32-man break and the GC contenders content to duke it out in their own race some 20minutes back. But a savage last climb followed by a 1.6km flat sprint saw Omar Fraile (Astana) take the stage win. How the race unfolded Stage 14, two-thirds down, a third to go. The finish was flat – an airport runway no less – but the 188km from Saint-Paul-Trois-Chateaux to Mende was poised not for the sprinters but the breakaways and puncheurs, a hilly day bookended by the 3km Cat.2 Cote de la Croix Neuve: 10% average with a wicked 12-14% last kilometre before a 1.6km flat dash to the line. A stage all but made for Quick-Step Floor’s Julian Alaphilippe, one might think, and one that ...

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Tour de France 2018: Omar Fraile wins hilly Stage 14

Tour de France 2018: Omar Fraile wins hilly Stage 14

James Spender 21 Jul 2018 Tour de France 2018: Omar Fraile wins hilly Stage 14 A hilly Stage 14 saw echelons, a massive 32-man break and the GC contenders content to duke it out in their own race some 20minutes back. But a savage last climb followed by a 1.6km flat sprint saw Omar Fraile (Astana) take the stage win. How the race unfolded Stage 14, two-thirds down, a third to go. The finish was flat – an airport runway no less – but the 188km from Saint-Paul-Trois-Chateaux to Mende was poised not for the sprinters but the breakaways and puncheurs, a hilly day bookended by the 3km Cat.2 Cote de la Croix Neuve: 10% average with a wicked 12-14% last kilometre before a 1.6km flat dash to the line. A stage all but made for Quick-Step Floor’s Julian Alaphilippe, one might think, and one that Team Sky would surely ...

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Dimension Data all behind Mark Cavendish at Tour de France

Mark Cavendish takes his first win of 2018

Mark Cavendish will lead Dimension Data at the Tour de France this July as he looks to add to his tally of 30 stage wins. The team are giving Cavendish its full backing, with Tom-Jelte Slagter the only climber of note in the eight-man line-up announced in South Africa. Edvald Boasson Hagen will likely take over team leadership for uphill finishes after winning a stage and taking five top three placings in 2017. “We’re very focused on that. If you look at the Tour de France there are eight flat sprint stages, which is significant,” team manager Doug Ryder said at an event in South Africa. “We’re going to focus heavily on those and then be a bit opportunistic in the Alps and the Pyrenees. The first nine days of the 2018 Tour de France are critical for us and we’re going to go in strong and hard, and hopefully ...

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Ulissi turns attention to Tour de Suisse GC after stage win

Diego Ulissi (UAE Team Emirates) wins stage 5 at the Tour de Suisse

Diego Ulissi ( UAE Team Emirates ) claimed his first win of 2018 with victory on stage 5 of the Tour de Suisse . The Italian, who has lived in Switzerland for a number of years, capped off an exciting day’s racing by leading from the front and winning the first summit finish of this year’s race. Ulissi edged out Enric Mas (Quick-Step Floors) and Tom-Jelte Slagter (Dimension Data) but admitted that a top-10 position on GC was also an ambition for him and his team. UAE were hoping that three-time Tour de Suisse winner Rui Costa would lead them at the race, but he was struck with a knee injury before the start. “Before the race, the team asked me to go for a good place on GC, so I’ll be focused until Sunday. I’ll try to defend myself in the mountains and then do a good time trial. ...

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Richie Porte continues march towards Tour de France with yellow in Suisse

Richie Porte in yellow after stage 5 at Tour de Suisse

Richie Porte ( BMC Racing ) was given an armchair ride to the finish of stage 5 of the Tour de Suisse and moved into the race lead as a result. The Australian was shepherded by a superb BMC Racing Team during the first mountain stage of the race, and on the final climb Greg Van Avermaet, Stefan Küng and then Tejay van Garderen pulled on the front to ensure that the GC contenders finished on the same time. Diego Ullisi (UAE Team Emirates) won the stage, while the rest of the bonus seconds were taken by Enric Mas (Quick-Step Floors) and Tom-Jelte Slagter (Dimension Data). Porte finished eighth and now leads Sam Oomen and Wilco Kelderman (both Sunweb) by 20 seconds. Every stage bar one in the remaining few days will have a bearing on the GC, but Porte cut a content figure as he made his way from ...

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SSSRSSP World Tour Edition: Eschborn-Frankfurt

Yeah, I know that it’s a World Tour race. But just slapping the WT label on a race doesn’t change its actual SSR character. You’ve got only ten WT teams showing up, and some of them look to be only showing up to pick up a case of Apfelwein or do some banking (Bah Meh and Trek). At least the other German nominally-world-tour-but-probably-SSR-race has a funny sponsor-portmanteau moniker- Euroeyes Cyclassics - and a list of impressive sprinter victories. This race is all German efficiency- it starts in Eschborn and finishes in Frankfurt with a clockwork Alexander Kristoff victory. It didn’t always have such an efficient moniker. The race was originally named the Rund um den Henninger Turm for the Henninger Tower, which was tallest building in Frankfurt at the time- a 33-story tall grain silo, where the Henninger Brewery stored its barley. The tower was demolished in 2013, to make ...

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Morton: I've got unfinished business with the Tour of California

Best young rider Lachlan Morton (Dimension Data) was seventh

Lachlan Morton ( Dimension Data ) says he's got some unfinished business with the Tour of California . The Australian has centred the first part of his 2018 season around the week-long race as he looks to improve on his seventh-place finish from last year. It will be his fifth appearance at the American stage race, with his result last year far and away his best performance. The previous year saw him crash heavily and abandon after a strong showing on the third stage to Lake Tahoe, which was won by Julian Alaphilippe. "My big goal for the first part of the year is the Tour of California," Morton told Cyclingnews at the Tour of the Alps. "I had pretty good results there last year but I think that I could have been better so the start of the year has been about getting myself ready for that. I’ve had ...

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Thwaites undergoes back surgery after fracturing vertebrae

Scott Thwaites on a descent during stage 6 at Tirreno-Adriatico

Dimension Data rider Scott Thwaites has suffered ‘several fractures to his vertebral column’ following a training crash. In a statement released on the Dimension Data website, the team said that Thwaites had undergone successful surgery to stabilise the fractures on Tuesday night. He is in a stable condition and remains in hospital but is expected to be released in the coming days. The team gave no information as to the circumstances of the crash. Thwaites had recently competed at Milan-San Remo and was expected to be an important part of the team’s Classics line-up. Thwaites’ injury is another blow for Dimension Data, who have several riders out of action due to injury. Team leader Mark Cavendish broke a rib in a horrific crash during last weekend’s Milan-San Remo. The Manxman had already broken a rib when he crashed at speed during the opening team time trial at Tirreno-Adriatico. He also ...

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Mark Cavendish to race Milan-San Remo despite broken rib

Mark Cavendish to race Milan-San Remo despite broken rib

Joe Robinson 15 Mar 2018 Renshaw also returns for the African WorldTour team ahead of season's first Monument Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data) will ride Milan-San Remo on Saturday despite fracturing a rib at last week's Tirreno-Adriatico. The Manxman will also be joined by the return of leadout man Mark Renshaw as they form part of a strong Dimension Data team for the Monument. Announced today on the Dimension Data website, Cavendish has been cleared by the team's medical staff and will make a return to racing at the Italian one-day Classic, stating that he could not miss a race so 'close to his heart.' 'After crashing in Tirreno I’m obviously not in any sort of condition to win Milan-San Remo but having been able to train enough through the pain over the last few days I feel like I can go in support of my teammates,' Cavendish said. 'Milan-San Remo ...

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Ulissi wins GP de Montreal

Diego Ulissi wins GP de Montreal

Diego Ulissi ( UAE Emirates ) outsprinted his breakaway companions to win the GP de Montreal Sunday, crossing the line ahead of Jesus Herrada (Movistar) and Tom-Jelte Slagter (Cannondale-Drapac) for the victory. Ulissi joined the six-man move that got away late in the race and then countered a lead out by Tony Gallopin (Lotto Soudal) to take the win. "Last year I was third after two great champions, Peter Sagan and Greg Van Avermaet," Ulissi said. "This year, I tried to be a little bit braver. Trying to attack earlier, trying to go for the victory, and I got it." Ulissi was in the final move with Gallopin, Herrada, Slagter, Jan Bakelants (AG2R La Mondiale) an Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo) that escaped in the closing kilometres of the one-day WorldTour race. As Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) and Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing) watched each other in the first chase group, Ulissi et ...

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