Martin aiming for racing consistency in 2019

Martin aiming for racing consistency in 2019

One Tour de France stage win can make a man’s career let alone season, but not for Dan Martin who is aiming for more “consistency” in his second year with UAE Team Emirates.

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Organisers announce 'new challenges' for 2019 Criterium du Dauphine

Adam Yates, Geraint Thomas and Romain Bardet on the podium in the Criterium du Dauphine

Organisers of the Critérium du Dauphiné , ASO, announced the details of this year's route at a presentation in Lyon on Monday. The race will start on June 9 in Cantal for the first time and follow a 1,200km course to the June 16 finale at the Swiss ski resort Champery. In addition to the route, organisers announced wildcard invitations for four teams: Cofidis Solutions Credits , Arkea-Samsic , Vital Concept-B&B; Hotels and Wanty-Groupe Gobert, that will race alongside the 18 WorldTour teams. Tour de France Director Christian Prudhomme and President of Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes regional council Laurent Wauquiez were on hand to present the route, noting that the 71st edition of the Critérium du Dauphiné will take on a host of new roads and visit new locations. In a press statement, ASO emphasised that Tour de France favourites will "ride on somewhat unaccustomed mountain roads to test themselves against each other ...

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Sir Bradley Wiggins rejects talk of salary cap

Geraint Thomas and Chris Froome during Tour de France Stage 15 (TV still via LeTour on YouTube).JPG

2012 Tour de France winner reacts to Ineos takeover of Team Sky in latest podcast episode

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Lefevere: Alaphilippe can win almost anywhere

Patrick Lefevere announces his new multi-year deal with Deceuninck

Julian Alaphilippe ’s triumph at Milan-San Remo may have been the biggest of his career, and the biggest of Deceuninck-Quick Step ’s season so far, but team boss Patrick Lefevere sees much more in the Frenchman’s future. After seeing his team’s plan carried out to perfection on the Poggio on Saturday afternoon, the veteran manager insisted that Alaphilippe can win almost anywhere, ruling out just one race, Paris-Roubaix. "We knew he was strong, but the great thing is that he makes good progress every year," Lefevere said in an interview with Sporza . "Julian wins a bunch sprint in Tirreno-Adriatico – you could call that a surprise, but not in San Remo. And he beats the strongest riders. "It’s become difficult to choose. Julian wins Milan-San Remo, he can compete in the Walloon [Ardennes] classics, and he was king of the mountains at the Tour de France. I think the ...

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Fabio Aru to miss Giro d'Italia due to iliac artery operation

Fabio Aru (UAE Team Emirates) was back in action in the Algarve

UAE Team Emirates ' Fabio Aru will now miss the upcoming Volta Ciclista a Catalunya , as well as May's Giro d'Italia , in order to have an operation on a constriction of the iliac artery in his left leg, his team has reported. Aru was due to return to racing at next week's Spanish stage race having abandoned Paris-Nice in early March, but could now be away from racing for a number of months, until at least this summer. The winner of the 2015 Vuelta a España's last victory came at La Planche des Belles Filles on stage 5 of the Tour de France in 2017, with the 28-year-old having since struggled to perform at the level he's used to. Aru's iliac artery problem has meant that he has lacked "an adequate blood supply when trying to make a maximum effort. This problem, and resulting drop in power, during ...

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Alaphilippe Wins Milan San Remo

Deceuninck Quick-Step Rider Bags His First Monument Julian Alaphilippe won Milan San-Remo on Saturday afternoon, comfortably winning a sprint from a group of ten that went clear over the top of the Poggio. He was joined on the podium by Olivier Naesen and Michal Kwiatkowski. This year’s first monument went according to the script, with a large break given plenty of room on the road and building up a sizable gap. The ten riders, including six Italians and four representatives of Novo Nordisk, were steadily reeled back in as the race hit the coast in perfect weather. Quick Step, UAE, Lotto Soudal and Groupama-FDJ were among the teams working at the front and by the foot of the Cipressa only Fausto Masnada was left in front. Getty Images Masnada was caught on the earliest slopes of the penultimate climb and there were few fireworks on the climb, though a daring ...

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Greipel returns to the Tour with Arkea Samsic

Greipel returns to the Tour with Arkea Samsic

French teams Arkea-Samsic and Direct Energie have been selected for the final two 2019 Tour de France wildcard slots joining Cofidis, Wanty-Groupe Gobert and the 18 WorldTour outfits.

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Sir Gary Verity resigns from Welcome to Yorkshire after investigation

Gary Verity talks about the Tour de Yorkshire

Sir Gary Verity has resigned his position as chief executive at Welcome to Yorkshire on health grounds after an investigation into his expenses and his behaviour toward staff, according to a statement from Welcome Yorkshire that C yclingnews obtained on Friday. Verity’s resignation was taken with immediate effect. "Although not directly linked to Sir Gary’s resignation, concerns have been raised in relation to his behaviour toward staff and his expenses," the Welcome to Yorkshire statement read. "As a responsible organisation Welcome to Yorkshire takes all allegations very seriously." Welcome to Yorkshire has completed its investigations into the concerns and has closed the case, concluding that Verity made "errors of judgement" in relation to his expenses. "The Board has investigated these and concluded that Sir Gary made errors of judgement regarding his expenses at a very difficult time for him and his family." Welcome to Yorkshire, an official tourism agency for ...

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The Gorilla’s new habitat

Supported by For 2019, André Greipel stepped out of the WorldTour and into a team with a loyal leadout man and an invite to the Tour de France. The post The Gorilla’s new habitat appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Under-the-radar Degenkolb at his 2015 Milan-San Remo level

John Degenkolb (Trek-Segafredo) wins the final stage of the 2019 Tour de la Provence

While the majority of the Milan-San Remo pre-race circus has focused on the array of options at Deceuninck-QuickStep and the uncertain form of former three-time world champion Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe), one former winner of the La Classicissima has gone virtually unnoticed. At Trek-Segafredo 's hotel on the outskirts of Milan, riders almost outnumbered journalists, but John Degenkolb is experienced enough to know that if he wins on Saturday the media and their limelight will come flooding back. Those with short memories perhaps need reminding that Degenkolb won Milan-San Remo back in 2015, during a purple patch that also saw him claim Paris-Roubaix. He was, for a spring campaign at least, the man of the moment. A lot of water has passed under the bridge since then, but Degenkolb's dramatic stage win during last year's Tour de France suggested that the German was finally back to something like his best. Another ...

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Milano-Sanremo: The ‘Who Will Win’ Piece

Milano-Sanremo is at the same time the most and least predictable race on the calendar. It’s not every race you can work through every single scenario in which the race can be won and coming up with a manageable number - go on, try doing it with E3 Harelbeke - but then again it’s not every race that can be won by Mark Cavendish, then a few years later undergo alterations that make it notably easier, following which it is won by Vincenzo Nibali. I’m not going to go through all the scenarios in which any given rider can win, Andrew did that expertly last year and much of it is still relevant. What I aim to achieve with this preview is to come up with one name and a set of very plausible reasons why they will be the first person to win a Monument classic in 2019. This ...

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Peter Sagan and Specialized's latest collaboration is Chasing Rainbows

Peter Sagan and Specialized's latest collaboration is Chasing Rainbows

Specialized and three-time UCI World Road Race Champion Peter Sagan have announced the third run of top-of-the range bikes, helmets and shoes in the Sagan Collection. The latest limited-edition collection is entitled Chasing Rainbows and, says Specialized, the colour schemes reflect the two sides of the six-time Tour de France green jersey winner. Specialized founder Mike Sinyard on the power of the bicycle How to watch the Spring Classics Specialized and Sagan team up again According to Specialized, the Overexposed side of the collection shows the Bora-Hansgrohe rider's "…star of the show side, with loud silvers and rainbows. Underexposed represents his 'below the radar' side with blacks, greys and rainbows." The Chasing Rainbows collection follows on from the first Sagan Collection — launched just before the Tour of Flanders in March 2018 — and the follow up which arrived at the start of last year's Tour de France . Specialized ...

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Cornwall to host 2020 Tour of Britain start

Cornwall to host 2020 Tour of Britain start

Joe Robinson 22 Mar 2019 County to be visited for first time by race with expected £3 million economic boost Cornwall will get its first ever taste of the Tour of Britain as it was announced the county would host the race's Grand Depart in 2020. The first stage of the race will tackle 170km of Cornish countryside starting in the coastal town of Penzance before finishing in the moorland of Bodmin. While the exact details of the route are yet to be approved, race organiser Sweetspot confirmed that the race will also visit St Ives, Pool, Truro, Newquay and the Eden Project on course. In a statement, race director Mike Bennett spoke of the hard work that had been done to bring the race to Great Britain's most southerly county. 'We are today delighted to be formally agreeing the Grand Depart of the 2020 Tour of Britain in Cornwall ...

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Direct Energie and Arkea-Samsic handed final Tour de France wildcards

Warren Barguil and André Greipel in their 2019 Arkéa Samsic kit

Bryan Coquard, Pierre Rolland and the rest of the Vital Concept-B&B; Hotels team will have to make other plans for July, as the final two wildcard invitations to the 2019 Tour de France went to Direct Energie and Arkea-Samsic . Having unveiled the first two of the four wildcard spots in January to Cofidis and Wanty-Gobert, Tour organisers ASO delayed a decision on the remaining two. It looked like a three-horse race between the remaining top French Pro Continental teams, with Vital Concept, established in 2018, going up against the longer-standing Direct Energie and Arkea-Samsic teams. On Friday, ASO announced that the latter two had been given the nod. In terms of personnel, Jean-René Bernaudeau's Direct Energie team, who used to be home to Thomas Voeckler and are eyeing a move to WorldTour level, bolstered their line-up considerably with the signing of former Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix champion Niki ...

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Terpstra's Direct Energie and Greipel's Arkea-Samsic complete 2019 Tour de France roster

Terpstra's Direct Energie and Greipel's Arkea-Samsic complete 2019 Tour de France roster

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Welcome to Graubünden: Epic ascents and perfect asphalt

The Rhine is one of the most important waterways in Europe. Its two sources are connected by perfect asphalt. Over three days we will discover monumental alpine passes, culinary highlights and breathtaking scenery on quiet roads. The post Welcome to Graubünden: Epic ascents and perfect asphalt appeared first on CyclingTips .

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The CyclingTips Weekly Quiz: #3

Another week, another test of wits… It’s been a big one for CyclingTips this week. Among other things: We’ve published the first two galleries from Global Tech Editor James Huang’s recent visit to NAHBS: see #1 here, #2 here. Also racking up the air-miles, Neal Rogers reported back from his trip to a gravel e-bike … The post The CyclingTips Weekly Quiz: #3 appeared first on CyclingTips .

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EF Education First extend with Martinez

Daniel Martínez (EF Education First) celebrates his victory on stage 7 of Paris-Nice 2019

Recent Paris-Nice stage winner Dani Martinez has signed a three-year contract extension with EF Education First , taking the 22-year-old Colombian time trial champion though the 2022 season. "I have really big goals, and I only want to keep discovering the potential I have," Martínez said in a statement the team released with the contract announcement. "The environment in this team is the best place for me to grow." Martínez started at the Pro Continental level in 2015 with Team Colombia, then moved to the Italian squad Wilier Triestina for two years before joining Jonathan Vaughters' Slipstream programme last season. He quickly proved his worth with fifth at the Colombia Oro y Paz – the Tour Colombia 2.1's former name – and then seventh at the Volta a Catalunya. He followed those results with 12th at the Tour de Romandie and third at the Tour of California behind compatriot Egan ...

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Valverde and Landa headline Movistar at Milan-San Remo

Alejandro Valverde (Movistar).

World champion Alejandro Valverde headlines Movistar ’s team for Milan-San Remo , while Mikel Landa will make his comeback from injury at La Classicissima on Saturday. Landa sustained a broken collarbone in a crash during his first race of the season, the Trofeo Ses Salines, Campos, Porreres, Felanitx at the Challenge Mallorca in January. He has been side-lined ever since, but will ride Milan-San Remo before staying in Italy to tackle next week’s Settimana Coppi e Bartali. The Basque rider is also expected to line out at the Tour of the Basque Country next month. Landa has stated his intention to ride both the Giro d’Italia and Tour de France in 2019. Milan-San Remo was a relatively late addition to Valverde’s racing programme, and he will then line out at the Volta a Catalunya, which gets underway 48 hours later. The Spaniard last appeared at Milan-San Remo in 2016, when ...

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Anti-fracking group to protest at Tour de Yorkshire over Team Ineos 'greenwashing'

Anti-fracking group to protest at Tour de Yorkshire over Team Ineos 'greenwashing'

Joe Robinson 21 Mar 2019 Ineos holds the rights to frack for shale gas across multiple sites in Yorkshire The introduction of Team Ineos into the professional peloton at the Tour de Yorkshire is set to be greeted with protests by anti-fracking campaigners. Ineos announced its purchase of Tour Racing Limited , the holding company of Team Sky, on Tuesday with the team to appear in its new guise for the first time at Stage 1 of the Tour de Yorkshire on May 2nd. The multi-billion pound chemical company, headed by Britain's richest man Sir Jim Ratcliffe, currently has a license to frack for shale gas across multiple sites in the county of Yorkshire. Ratcliffe is an ardent supporter of fracking and has vocally criticised government efforst to regulate the method of drilling for oil. Ineos is yet to start fracking operations due to planning disputes and protests. Anti-fracking group ...

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