Hundreds of mourners gather for funeral of Raymond Poulidor
Christian Prudhomme, Mathieu van der Poel, former Tour de France winners among those that gathered to pay last respects to 'an inter-generational champion'. Read the full article at Hundreds of mourners gather for funeral of Raymond Poulidor on VeloNews.com .
Froome taking nothing for granted in race to return for the 2020 Tour and Olympics
Four-time Tour de France winner using cupping therapy and cryotherapy as he works toward returning to full strength after career-threatening crash in June. Read the full article at Froome taking nothing for granted in race to return for the 2020 Tour and Olympics on VeloNews.com .
Ewan's lead-out man Kluge reveals he suffered stroke
Roger Kluge who piloted Aussie Caleb Ewan to victories at the Tour de France and the Giro d'Italia this season has revealed he suffered a stroke in 2018 and had heart surgery last month to reduce further risk, he told German publication Moz.
Tour of Flanders champion Alberto Bettiol reveals what he bought with his winnings
Joe Robinson 18 Nov 2019 With €20k, likely shared with the whole team, flashy cars and watches w Surprise Tour of Flanders winner Alberto Bettiol has revealed what he bought with his prize money. The Education First rider pocketed €20,000 for winning the Belgian Monument back in April, with that total likely being divided among his six teammates as well as staff. On what he spent his winning, the Italian told Gazzetta dello Sport :'My gift to myself? I changed my car's wheels for €500.' The jokey comment came while the Tuscany-native was making a more pertinent point about prize money and particularly the disparity for the women's peloton. 'The money has an effect, but you shouldn’t think about it. If you stop and watch how much you earn, maybe you don’t even go out and ride,' said Bettiol. 'The fact is that you earn with the contracts, not with ...
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, ...
Check out the Canyon bike Arkea-Samsic will be riding in 2020
Joe Robinson 14 Nov 2019 The French ProContinental team have made some high profile signings for next season Nairo Quintana will continue riding on Canyon bikes in 2020 as his new team Arkea-Samsic confirmed it would be partnering with the German manufacturer. The French ProContinental team will end their one-year relationship with Spanish bike brand BH in order to switch across to Canyon from 1st January. While Arkea-Samsic were not granted a WorldTour licence for 2020 , the high profile signings of Quintana and Nacer Bouhanni suggest they could be granted an invite to the Tour de France in July. This means Canyon should have its bikes present with two teams on the Nice start line next summer with Movistar also using the German brand. With Katusha-Alpecin being replaced in the WorldTour by Israel Cycling Academy , Canyon will drop down to just one top tier sponsorship for next season. ...
Arkéa-Samsic to ride Canyon in 2020
French Pro Continental team Arkéa-Samsic will be sponsored by Canyon Bicycles next season, Canyon has announced today. The team will ride the Canyon Ultimate in the mountains, the Aeroad on fast stages and the Speedmax in time trials. Canyon released imagery of the 2020 team bike of Warren Barguil, which follows a rather fetching – and … The post Arkéa-Samsic to ride Canyon in 2020 appeared first on CyclingTips .
Harrogate says no to Tour de Yorkshire to give town 'rest' from cycling
Joe Robinson 14 Nov 2019 Council looking at ways to diversify away from cycling after World Championships. Photo: Sean Hardy Harrogate has decided to take a break from hosting professional cycling events in order to give the town 'a rest' after the UCI World Championships in September. The town has been a key component in Yorkshire's cycling boom since 2014, hosting stages of the Tour de France and Tour de Yorkshire before holding the Worlds this autumn. However, the local council confirmed Harrogate would turn down the chance to host a Tour de Yorkshire stage in 2020 with leader of Harrogate Borough Council Richard Cooper confirming the town had turned down offers from race organisers. 'The council was asked some time ago by Welcome to Yorkshire about whether it would be interested in hosting any elements of the Tour de Yorkshire in 2020. We declined the offer,' said Cooper. 'I ...
Cycling stars pay tribute to the late Raymond Poulidor
Joe Robinson 13 Nov 2019 Merckx, Van der Poel and President Macron among those to pay their respects The cycling world has paid tribute to Raymond Poulidor who died in the early hours of Wednesday morning at a hospital in Saint-Leonard-de-Noblat, near Limoges in central France. Finishing second at the Tour de France on three occasions and on the podium a total of seven times, Poulidor earned himself the nickname 'the eternal second' after never managing to win the race nor wear the leader's yellow jersey. His career was defined by two great rivalries. Firstly with the late Jaques Anquetil which saw the French duo splitting the loyalty of entire households throughout the late 1950s and early 1960s. His second great rivalry came with Eddy Merckx in the mid- to late-1960s with Poulidor the older, more experienced rider. Merckx was among the first to pay tribute to his once rival-turned ...
Romain Bardet chooses Giro d’Italia and Tokyo Olympics over 2020 Tour de France
The Giro, worlds and Olympics will be at the center of the calendar for the French star weary of the pressures of July . Read the full article at Romain Bardet chooses Giro d’Italia and Tokyo Olympics over 2020 Tour de France on VeloNews.com .
Romain Bardet to skip Tour de France for Giro d'Italia
Joe Robinson 13 Nov 2019 Frenchman searching for 'new horizons' in 2020 awat from Tour Romain Bardet will skip the Tour de France for the first since 2012 in order to target the Giro d'Italia and Tokyo Olympics road race. AG2R La Mondiale confirmed that Bardet's three main goals for the 2020 season would be the Giro in May, the Olympics in August and then the World Championships road race in Switzerland in September, but crucially not the Tour. This will see the 29-year-old break a seven-year streak of riding his home Grand Tour. Between 2014 and 2018, the Frenchman consistently finished in the top 10, with a best result of second in 2016. However, poor form in 2019 saw Bardet fall short of his previous best. While he managed to win the King of the Mountains polka dot jersey, he could only muster 15th on General Classification, 30 minutes ...
Raymond Poulidor dies aged 83
Joe Robinson 13 Nov 2019 The iconic French cyclist dies in the early hours of Wednesday morning French cycling legend Raymond Poulidor has died at the age of 83. He passed away in the early hours of Wednesday morning after an extended stay in hospital in Saint-Leonard-de-Noblat. In a long 18-year career that spanned from 1960 to 1977, the Frenchman played out some of the sport's greatest rivalries with riders such as Jacques Anquetil and a young Eddy Merckx, affectionately remembered as 'PouPou' to his fans. Poulidor was an icon of the Tour de France despite never winning the race or even wearing the race's yellow jersey. In 14 participations at the race, he finished on the podium on seven occasions, three times in second place, results that earned him the nickname 'The Eternal Second'. Beyond the Tour, Poulidor had a successful racing career, taking 72 wins including the 1964 ...
French cycling’s eternal runner-up Raymond Poulidor dies at 83
Supported by Bordeaux, Nov 13, 2019 (AFP) – French cyclist Raymond Poulidor, who gained huge affection as an eternal runner-up in the Tour de France, has died at the age of 83, his wife told AFP on Wednesday. Poulidor had been hospitalised since early October and “he left us this morning,” his wife Gisele told AFP from … The post French cycling’s eternal runner-up Raymond Poulidor dies at 83 appeared first on CyclingTips .
Steve Cummings looking for a new team as Dimension Data rebrand to NTT
Joe Robinson 12 Nov 2019 The veteran rider is yet to confirm his future as Dimension Data changes to NTT for 2020 The future of Steve Cummings's professional cycling career is unknown after NTT Pro Cycling confirmed their roster for 2020, with the British rider's name absent from the list. South African team Dimension Data will rebrand to NTT Pro Cycling from 1st January, with the Japanese telecommunications company coming on board as primary sponsor. The team confirmed their roster for next season with the noticeable exception of Cummings and veteran Austrian rider Bernie Eisel. Eisel is likely to follow fellow Dimension Data departee Mark Cavendish to Bahrain-Merida , with the duo having ridden together for most of their careers. Cummings, however, has yet to confirm his future. Now 38 years old, the Liverpudlian struggled with injury in 2019. In April, Cummings suffered a broken collarbone at the Tour of ...
Chris Froome hoping to be back on the bike next month after latest surgery
Four-time Tour de France winner has had metal plate removed from his hip
The enduring presence of Cadel
Cadel Evans retired from professional racing in 2015 but his name still commands respect and draws the crowds, his 2011 Tour de France winning legacy lives on, writes Jamie Finch-Penninger.
Froome takes one step closer to recovery
Froome undergoes surgery to remove plates from hip and elbow as he continues his bid to take fifth Tour de France title. Read the full article at Froome takes one step closer to recovery on VeloNews.com .
Bennett cleared to leave Bora, likely to join Quick-Step
The Irish sprinter cleared up a contract dispute and is hoping to find a team that will allow him to race the Tour de France Read the full article at Bennett cleared to leave Bora, likely to join Quick-Step on VeloNews.com .
The Outer Line: The 2020 Tour de France will be won in the ITT, not the climbs
The 2020 Tour de France route boasts nine mountain stages, and plenty of climbing. The Outer Line says the race will be won during the sole individual time trial on stage 20. Read the full article at The Outer Line: The 2020 Tour de France will be won in the ITT, not the climbs on VeloNews.com .
How psychologist David Spindler helped Rohan Dennis win his second world title
Dr David Spindler is an Andorra-based sports psychologist who works almost exclusively with professional cyclists. In the first part in this two-part series, Spindler spoke about what it’s like to work with elite athletes, what makes pro cyclists stand out, and what he enjoys most about his role. In this second and final part, he … The post How psychologist David Spindler helped Rohan Dennis win his second world title appeared first on CyclingTips .