Carapaz out of Vuelta a Espana after post-Tour crit crash

Carapaz out of Vuelta a Espana after post-Tour crit crash

Joe Robinson 22 Aug 2019 Giro d'Italia champion forced to miss Spanish Grand Tour after shoulder injury Giro d'Italia champion Richard Carapaz will miss the Vuelta a Espana after crashing at a post-Tour de France criterium. The Ecuadorian was participating in the processional Profronde van Etten-Leur criterium in the Netherlands when he crashed sustaining a 'significant contusion to his right shoulder'. Movistar then confirmed on Thursday afternoon that Carapaz would have to miss the Vuelta, which starts this Saturday , despite receiving treatment and there being a lack of fractures. Carapaz will now be replaced by Jose Joaquin Rojas who was the designated reserve rider. The 34-year-old will join up with the remaining Movistar team before the opening day's team time trial in Torrevieja. While it will be personally disappointing for Carapaz, it may simplify Movistar's approach to the race. See related Vuelta a Espana 2019: Route, stage previews, start ...

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Chris Froome handed red jersey from 2011 Vuelta a Espana win

Chris Froome handed red jersey from 2011 Vuelta a Espana win

Joe Robinson 22 Aug 2019 Rider eventually given jersey after original champion Juan Jose Cobo stripped for soping Chris Froome has been officially handed the red jersey from 2011 Vuelta a Espana after retrospectively being awarded the title. Original winner Juan Jose Cobo was stripped of the Grand Tour by the UCI last month after Biological Passport Data showed an 'anti-doping rule violation'. Cobo had finished 13 seconds ahead of Froome seven years ago to take a shock victory in the Spanish Grand Tour. However, the UCI found that abnormalities in his bio passport between 2009 and 2011 warranted a back-dated suspension and stripping of his results. "Even though it is being handed to me in hindsight, this will be something I treasure for the rest of my life." Ahead of the 2019 edition, @ChrisFroome has officially accepted his red jersey from the 2011 @lavuelta %u2764 pic.twitter.com/J9Uh9Lsr07 — Team INEOS ...

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Team budgets have negative impact on fans enjoyment, survery suggest

Team budgets have negative impact on fans enjoyment, survery suggest

Joe Robinson 22 Aug 2019 UCI find that team budgets and power metres biggest concerns for fans when considering exciting racing The gulf in team budgets is having a negative impact on fans' enjoyment of cycling, according to the results of a survey conducted by the sport's governing body the UCI. The UCI survey was completed by 22,300 fans from 134 countries as part of an effort to identify ways of improving the viewability of cycling around the globe. A full 76% of respondents agreed with the view that 'the difference in budget between teams can make races less interesting'. It also found that 71% of respondents believe that the concentration of the best riders in a select number of teams also negatively impacts the quality of entertainment. Over half said they agreed with the statement that 'the outcome of races is predictable', although 84% said they nonetheless felt road ...

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Team budgets have negative impact on fans enjoyment, survey suggests

Team budgets have negative impact on fans enjoyment, survey suggests

Joe Robinson 22 Aug 2019 UCI find that team budgets and power metres biggest concerns for fans when considering exciting racing The gulf in team budgets is having a negative impact on fans' enjoyment of cycling, according to the results of a survey conducted by the sport's governing body the UCI . The UCI survey was completed by 22,300 fans from 134 countries as part of an effort to identify ways of improving the viewability of cycling around the globe. A full 76% of respondents agreed with the view that 'the difference in budget between teams can make races less interesting'. It also found that 71% of respondents believe that the concentration of the best riders in a select number of teams also negatively impacts the quality of entertainment. Over half said they agreed with the statement that 'the outcome of races is predictable', although 84% said they nonetheless felt ...

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John Degenkolb joins Lotto Soudal on a two-year deal

John Degenkolb joins Lotto Soudal on a two-year deal

Joe Robinson 22 Aug 2019 Double Monument winner joins Philippe Gilbert in move across to Belgian WorldTour team Two-time Monument winner John Degenkolb will move from Trek-Segafredo to Lotto Soudal in a bid to revitalise his Spring Classics career. The German will join on a two-year deal taking him through to the 2021 season and join fellow Monument champion Philippe Gilbert as the latest signing for the Belgian WorldTour team . The 30-year-old was one of the world's leading one-day classics riders in 2015, winning both Milan-San Remo and Paris-Roubaix. It looked as if the German would push on to add to that haul until he was involved in a serious collision with a car while on a training ride in Spain in early 2016. The subsequent injuries were severe and pegged Degenkolb back into a long rehabilitation period which saw him miss the Spring Classics campaign. While he has ...

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John Degenkolb signs with Lotto Soudal on 2 year contract

Supported by Lotto Soudal has announced that John Degenkolb will be joining the Belgian team next year. The 30-year-old German trades Trek-Segafredo for Lotto Soudal and signed an agreement until the end of 2021. Degenkolb turned pro in 2011 and evolved into an excellent Classics rider, whose strong sprint is an extra trump card at the end … The post John Degenkolb signs with Lotto Soudal on 2 year contract appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Yes, you should watch the Vuelta a España – here’s why

Supported by It’s hard to blame anyone for seeing the Vuelta a España as the little brother of cycling’s Grand Tour family. It’s the newest of the trio, “only” in its 74th edition this year. The red winner’s jersey lacks the mystique of the maillot jaune or the maglia rosa, perhaps because it’s only been red since … The post Yes, you should watch the Vuelta a España – here’s why appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Mountain biker gaps Tour of Utah

Supported by As the Tour of Utah raced up Empire pass in Park City for the final stage last weekend, freerider Danny Fendler aimed his bike in a different direction. The 21 year old Fendler said, “I landed it and it was like by far the most adrenaline I have had in my whole life. It was … The post Mountain biker gaps Tour of Utah appeared first on CyclingTips .

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The make-pretend races of Etten-Leur

I wonder what one of the Tour de France’s founders and cycling’s greatest writers, Henri Desgrange, would think about the make-pretend time-trial and criterium, hosting the top riders in the world, held in the small Dutch town of Etten-Leur in the weeks after the Tour de France. Would Desgrange channel Emile Zola, his working-class hero … The post The make-pretend races of Etten-Leur appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Valverde set to hunt stage victories at the Vuelta a Espana

Alejandro Valverde had a special helmet and sunglasses for his debut at the Tour of Flanders

Alejandro Valverde will take to the Vuelta a España start in Salinas de Torrevieja as a nominal co-leader of Movistar, but rather than mount an overall challenge, the 2009 winner will target stage victories at the year's final Grand Tour. With reigning champion Simon Yates absent from the start list, Valverde's status as world champion means he'll wear the number one on his back. There's no pressure for him to fight for the top places in the general classification, however, even if he might end up there or thereabouts. "The Vuelta is the race he likes the most, and if he gets results, great," Movistar directeur sportif José Luis Arrieta told Marca . "For Alejandro, what we would like is that he has a good time on the bike, especially this year with the [rainbow] jersey." Perhaps more than any other team, Movistar have become known for bringing multiple leaders ...

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McNulty: Success of young riders suggests cycling is cleaner

Brandon McNulty (Rally UHC) leads the peloton during stage 5 at Tour de Suisse

Brandon McNulty believes the recent string of successes from young riders suggests professional cycling is cleaner than ever. The 21-year-old American will move from Rally UHC to WorldTour level next year but is resisting the pressure to keep pace with his contemporaries. Egan Bernal won the Tour de France this year at the age of 22, the youngest winner in more than 100 years. Elsewhere, 20-year-old Tadej Pogačar has won the Tour of California and Volta ao Algarve in his neo-pro season, and Remco Evenepoel has won the Clásica San Sebastián and elite European time trial title at the age of 19. Meanwhile, 24-year-olds Mathieu van der Poel and Wout Van Aert have taken the road by storm after spending their early 20s dominating the cyclo-cross scene. "It's really cool, seeing young guys thrive. I think it's maybe also a sign the sport is cleaner," McNulty told Cyclingnews at the ...

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Fuglsang opts to stay with Astana

Jakob Fuglsang with his first-placed trophy

Jakob Fuglsang has signed a new two-year contract with the Astana team, keen to continue as their Grand Tour leader despite considering his options elsewhere during the summer. The Dane turned 34 in March and has enjoyed his best ever season, winning Liège-Bastogne-Liège and the Critérium du Dauphiné and taking a sting of placings in tough Classics such as Strade Bianche, Amstel Gold Race and La Flèche Wallonne. Fuglsang's victory at the Critérium du Dauphiné and strong form made him a favourite for the Tour de France but he crashed hard on stage 1 and eventually crashed out of the race on stage 16 to Nimes, hurting his hand. That also hurt his contract options and meant he has still to truly confirm his Grand Tour credentials. Fuglsang has not raced since the Tour de France but was named in Astana's line-up for the Vuelta a España. He will support ...

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Dutch sprinter Dylan Groenewegen latest rider confirmed for Tour of Britain

Dutch sprinter Dylan Groenewegen latest rider confirmed for Tour of Britain

Joe Robinson 21 Aug 2019 Jumbo-Visma rider joins compatriot Mathieu van der Poel as latest rider confirmed for British stage race Four-time Tour de France stage winner Dylan Groenewegen will lead a talented Jumbo-Visma team at the Tour of Britain next month . The Dutch sprinter has been confirmed for the week-long stage race which starts in Glasgow on Saturday 7th September and will look to build upon his two stage wins at the race from his two previous visits. Gronenwegen made his debut at the Tour of Britain in 2016, winning the stage into Builth Wells, before returning in 2017 to win the stage into Cheltenham as well as the points classification. It will continue a successful season for the sprinter from Amsterdam who already has 14 wins including Stage 2 (TTT) and Stage 7 of the Tour de France last month. While the 26-year-old will focus on the ...

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'Michael Rogers would make a much better prime minister than Boris'

Joe Robinson 21 Aug 2019 Cyclist caught up with the 2012 Tour de France champion ahead of his 'An Evening With' tour starting next month. Photo: Peter Stuart Bradley Wiggins was a card at the recent Tour de France , wasn’t he? Hanging off the back of a TV motorbike, joking about Boris Johnson, making friends with Maxime Bouet and getting a little loose on champagne. In fact, he proved quite the popular revelation of a finely dialled Eurosport team that outshone itself covering the Tour this July. But that's not all Wiggins is up to at the moment, no. In fact, he seems to be the busiest man in show business preparing for a new comedy TV show called 'Gods of the Game' , set to air in 2020, keeping an eye on his collaborative clothing range with Le Col and hashing out the content of his 'An Evening ...

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How to watch Tour of Britain 2019 TV coverage | full schedule for live TV, streaming and highlights

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Bora-Hansgrohe sign Lennard Kamna from Team Sunweb

Lennard Kamna (Teram Sunweb)

Bora-Hansgrohe have confirmed the signing of talented young German stage race rider Lennard Kämna from Team Sunweb as they further strengthen their German-oriented roster and become less reliant on the success of Peter Sagan. The 22-year-old Kämna is a former junior time trial world champion and was second in the under-23 road race World Championships in 2017 in Bergen. He joined Team Sunweb for the 2017 season and rode much of the Vuelta a España before focusing on the Worlds. Kämna is considered one of Germany’s best young stage racers but took time away from the sport in 2018 to reflect on his future and cycling career. He stopped racing after Milan-San Remo but returned last summer at the Tour of Denmark. He has raced a full calendar so far in 2019 and made an impressive Tour de France debut, finishing fourth on stage 18 to Valloire after being in ...

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Davide Ballerini signs for Deceuninck-QuickStep

Davide Ballerini (Astana) on the attack at the 2019 Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race

Davide Ballerini will ride for Deceuninck-QuickStep in 2020 after signing a two-year contract with the Belgian squad. The 24-year-old joins the team after spending the 2019 campaign in the colours of Astana and two seasons with Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec. "For me, joining this team is a dream. When I spoke to Deceuninck-QuickStep and heard that they wanted me to ride for them it was special, because when I was younger the first time I watched Lombardia it was when Paolo Bettini won it for QuickStep, and I said to myself 'Ok, now I go on my bike and I want to ride for that team!'" Ballerini said on Wednesday. Ballerini turned professional with Androni in 2017 and spent two seasons at Pro Continental level. The Italian won the Memorial Marco Pantani and the Trofeo Matteotti in 2018 before moving up to WorldTour level with Astana this season. After forming part of ...

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Geoghegan Hart and Poels lead Ineos at Vuelta

Geoghegan Hart and Poels lead Ineos at Vuelta

Tao Geoghegan Hart and Wout Poels will be co-leaders for Team Ineos at the Vuelta a España which starts on Sunday on SBS, with Tour de France winner Egan Bernal and Geraint Thomas sitting the three-week race out, the team announced.

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Preview: 22 things you should know about the 2019 Vuelta a España

It’s time for the Vuelta a España, the third and final Grand Tour of the season. The race gets underway this Saturday in Torrevieja and will be contested over 21 stages and 3,272km. Here’s what you should know about the 2019 Tour of Spain. The 2019 Vuelta is the race’s 74th edition. The Vuelta is … The post Preview: 22 things you should know about the 2019 Vuelta a España appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Van Aert's cyclo-cross season uncertain after Tour de France crash

Wout Van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) on stage at the Tour de France presentation in Brussels

Wout Van Aert 's cyclo-cross season is looking more and more uncertain as he continues his recovery from a serious leg injury sustained in a crash during the time trial at the Tour de France in July. According to a report in Het Nieuwsbald , he still requires crutches to walk and an additional three weeks before he can consider training. "I have to rest for another three weeks before I can really recover," Van Aert told Het Nieuwsbald . Van Aert had a dream start to the Tour de France as part of the Jumbo-Visma team that won the stage 2 team time trial in Brussels before going on to win stage 10 victory in Albi. He was a favourite to win the stage 13 time trial but crashed a kilometre from the finish line. He clipped the road-side fencing through a righthand corner, which caught his hip and ...

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