Pioneer: A candid discussion with one of pro cycling’s few black African riders

Grmay grew up in the small dusty Ethiopian town of Mek’ele, a town that has quadrupled in size since his birth, but still has few paved roads. As a child there was lots of football, running, but little cycling. His first hero was the marathon runner, Haile Gebrselassie, who not only competed in the Olympics barefoot but whose stride had a distinctive style came from carrying books to school. The post Pioneer: A candid discussion with one of pro cycling’s few black African riders appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Moscon punctuates rocky season with Guangxi stage win

Moscon punctuates rocky season with Guangxi stage win

The Sky rider climbed to victory in stage 4 of the race in southern China. Read the full article at Moscon punctuates rocky season with Guangxi stage win on VeloNews.com .

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Pro cycling power ranking: The top 10 riders of 2018

Joe Robinson 15 Oct 2018 From the Classics to the Grand Tours, Cyclist ranks the top 10 riders of 2018 With Thibaut Pinot's solo victory at Il Lombardia last Saturday came the end of the 2018 professional cycling season. Yes, there's the matter of the final of the Tour of Guangxi out in China still to be contested but for cycling's biggest and best talents, the season will be over and it will be time to consider the year just gone and the newest ambitions over the next 12 months. Unlike years previous, 2018 wasn't dominated by one rider. From Daryl Impey's win at the Tour Down Under back in January, the spread of riders gracing the top step has been fairly even, shared between riders used to victory and some finally breaking through to the upper echelons of the sport. While cycling's five Monuments presented five different winners from ...

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Sky boosts roster with Rowe renewal, likely Sosa signing

Sky boosts roster with Rowe renewal, likely Sosa signing

The British squad continues to bolster its lineup for grand tours as it seeks to continue success in the calendar's major races. Read the full article at Sky boosts roster with Rowe renewal, likely Sosa signing on VeloNews.com .

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Bernal signs new five-year contract with Team Sky

Egan Bernal (Team Sky)

Egan Bernal has signed a new five-year contract with Team Sky . The deal will keep the Colombian rider at Team Sky until the end of 2023. “I’m very happy to sign a new contract with Team Sky,” Bernal said in a statement released on Friday. “It feels like a new stage in my life. I know five years is a long time and that it’s not too common in cycling, but the team has been great for me. They offer me everything I could want and I’m excited about the future.” Still only 21, Bernal signed for Team Sky at the end of last season after two successful years with Androni Giocattoli and overall victory at the 2017 Tour de l’Avenir while riding for the Colombian national team. He made his debut in Team Sky colours at the Tour Down Under, where he finished sixth overall. In February, he ...

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De Gendt and Wellens to ride 1,000km home from Lombardy to Belgium

Thomas De Gendt rides to victory during stage 2 at Tour de Romandie

Thomas De Gendt may have ridden more than 12,000 kilometres this season across 87 days of racing, with a few more still to come, but the Belgian will be adding 1,000 more onto it as he plans to ride home to Belgium after Il Lombardia next week. De Gendt, who has not raced since the Vuelta a Espana, is set to head to Italy for three more races before he concludes his season, ending with Il Lombardia on Saturday, October 13. De Gendt will make this epic journey with Lotto Soudal teammate Tim Wellens , who will head to Lombardia after recently racing at the UCI Road World Championships in Innsbruck. According to a post on social media by De Gendt, all the logistics have been planned, hotels booked and luggage has been tested for the six-day ride. In the past, De Gendt has travelled home from the Tour de ...

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Americans Van Garderen, Rosskopf to fight for medals in Worlds time trial

Joey Rosskopf of the United States and the BMC Racing Team on August 6, 2018 in St. George, Utah.

Tejay van Garderen and Joey Rosskopf are each aiming to wrap up their seasons with a medal in the elite men's individual time trial at the 2018 UCI Road World Championships in Innsbruck on Wednesday. Although Tom Dumoulin and Rohan Dennis are outright favourites to take the top spots, both Americans are prepared to fight for the bronze. "I've prepared well," van Garderen told Cyclingnews following the trade team time trial, where his BMC Racing team secured the bronze medal. "I don't see myself as a favourite; I think those slots are reserved for Rohan and Dumoulin. But after those two, there's always people fighting for that last medal slot, and if I put myself in there, I think anything can happen." The elite men will race 52.5km that starts in Rattenberg and travels along flat valley roads for the first half. The course then forces riders over the four-kilometre ...

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Moscon felt 'sacrificed' by Team Sky following Tour de France ejection

Moscon felt 'sacrificed' by Team Sky following Tour de France ejection

Joe Robinson 14 Sep 2018 Italian believes he did nothing wrong following striking incident at Tour de France Gianni Moscon seems set to continue his role of pantomime villain of the professional peloton after telling Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport that he felt 'sacrificed' by Team Sky after being booted from the Tour de France . The Italian was immediately disqualified and handed a five-week ban by the UCI after striking Fortuneo-Samsic rider Elie Gesbert on Stage 15 of this year's Tour. Despite releasing a subsequent video apologising for the event, Moscon has now told Italian press that he 'was not at fault' and that his team 'sacrificed' his place in the race in order to defend the yellow jersey. In an interview with Gazzetta, Moscon commented: 'Straight after the Tour, I didn't like the attitude of the team too much. I had the impression that they had 'sacrificed' me ...

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October issue of Procycling out now

The October issue of Procycling is on sale now!

With just over a week to go until the UCI Road World Championships begin in Innsbruck, Peter Sagan could be in the final few days of his three-year streak in the rainbow jersey. Since the Slovak first held the road world title in 2015, he has become cycling's most bankable and most blockbuster star. He's the sport's rock star who always delivers, whether he's winning races or not. Procycling met with Sagan this summer, in one of the increasingly rare exclusive interviews the 28-year-old gives, in the middle of a season where he won a long-awaited Paris-Roubaix title and a record-equalling sixth green jersey at the Tour de France. But beneath all the jokes, the bike trickery and the videos posted, Sagan is becoming ever more elusive almost in equal trajectory to his increasing fame. As well as discussing his Bora-Hansgrohe team, which was set up almost entirely around him, ...

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Gianni Moscon: Let them think what they want

Gianni Moscon (Team Sky)

Gianni Moscon has said that he wants “to win and shut everybody up” when he returns to competition following his five-week suspension for hitting out at Elie Gesbert (Fortuneo-Oscaro) on stage 15 of this year’s Tour de France. In an interview with La Gazzetta dello Sport, on the day his ban ends, the Team Sky rider again denied punching Gesbert despite the existence of television footage demonstrating that he had turned and raised his arm towards the French rider. The Italian also claimed that he had once been punched during a race by Stefan Küng (BMC Racing) and he said that he initially felt as though he had been “sacrificed” by Team Sky in the immediate aftermath of his expulsion from the Tour. Moscon is scheduled to return to competition at the Coppa Agostoni and Coppa Bernocchi at the weekend as he prepares for the World Championships in Innsbruck. Italian ...

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Yates: It's not nice to lose red, but I have bigger ambitions

Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott)

Simon Yates said that he has bigger ambitions after losing the red leader's jersey on stage 12 of the Vuelta a Espana . The Mitchelton-Scott rider is now sitting second in the overall classification, 3:22 behind the new race leader Jesus Herrada (Cofidis). Yates has held the jersey since stage 9 and had a slim one-second lead over Alejandro Valverde (Movistar). With three tough mountain stages to come, and perhaps cautious after his Giro d'Italia crack in May, Yates is happy for the team to take a step back heading into the crucial weekend. "Of course it's not nice to lose it, but I have bigger ambitions. I hope to take it in Madrid, not here. It's still a long way to go," said Yates. "We don't have to control anything for the weekend, a really important part of the race." In recent days, Mitchelton-Scott have looked reluctant to take ...

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Tour of Britain: LottoNL-Jumbo win uphill TTT

LottoNl-Jumbo en route to winning the team time trial

Primoz Roglic took a strong option on overall victory in the Tour of Britain when his LottoNL-Jumbo team put in a stellar display of cohesion and power to win the challenging 14-kilometre team time trial on stage 5, finishing with the ascent of Whinlatter Pass, over 300m above sea level. The win gave Roglic a chance of adding a fourth stage race win to victories this season in the Tour de Romandie, Tour of the Basque Country and his home Tour of Slovenia. Starting third from last in the field of 20 teams, LottoNL-Jumbo finished with five of their six riders still together, with only Maarten Wynants unable to hold the pace set by Roglic, Jos Van Emden, Koen Bouwman, Pascal Eenkhorn and Neilson Powless; the latter did well to hang on after appearing to go through a bad patch in the final push to the line. LottoNL-Jumbo finished immediately ...

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Moscon on Tour de France expulsion: I didn't do anything

Gianni Moscon (Team Sky)

Gianni Moscon has revealed that he received no additional punishment from Team Sky following his expulsion from the Tour de France for striking Elie Gesbert (Fortuneo-Oscaro) in the opening kilometres of stage 15. He is currently serving a five-week ban from racing that was handed to him by the UCI and can return to competition on September 15 but continues to train hard, convinced he will be selected for the Italian team for the World Championships in Innsbruck, Austria. In an interview with Tuttosport published on Wednesday, Moscon denied that he had tried to hit Gesbert, despite television footage demonstrating that he had turned and raised his arm at the French rider. Team Sky released a video apology from Moscon in the immediate aftermath of his expulsion from the Tour, but the Italian has now said that he “didn’t do anything” and claimed that his disqualification from the Tour had ...

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Tour of Britain 2018: Who are the favourites?

Joe Robinson 30 Aug 2018 From Poels to Roglic and maybe Chavanel. Who are the favourites for the Tour of Britain title? The Tour of Britain starts this Sunday . Its 120-strong peloton, including recent Tour de France hero Geraint Thomas , will work their way through the narrow English and Welsh roads for eight stages, finishing in London a week later. It's a route that's suitably British with country lanes, sharp climbs and the inevitability of bad weather. The week-long stage race has a good habit of attracting some household names but it seems that 2018 could be a particularly tasty vintage. Thomas will be there, joined by his mountain domestique and Giro d'Italia champion Chris Froome and Wout Poels. Primoz Roglic (LottoNL-Jumbo) will also be there, to defend Lars Boom's 2017 title, meaning three of the four top riders from the Tour will be present. Fernando Gaviria is ...

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Richie Porte signs for Trek-Segafredo

Tour de Suisse 2018 podium (from left): Jakob Fuglsang, Richie Porte and Nairo Quintana

Richie Porte has signed a two-year contract with Trek-Segafredo . The Australian, 33, has spent the last three seasons at BMC Racing and has established himself as one the best week-long stage racers in the world, recently winning the Tour de Suisse in June. The move to Trek-Segafredo was first reported by Cyclingnews in July. With BMC Racing struggling to sign a new sponsor until late July, the former Tour de Romandie and Paris-Nice winner signed a contract with Trek-Segafredo and will lead the line in stage races, including the Tour de France, next season. Porte crashed out of this year's Tour de France on stage 9, but will now lead BMC Racing in their final Grand Tour, at the Vuelta a España . "I am thrilled to finally confirm that I will join Trek-Segafredo in 2019," Porte said. "I had a great time at BMC Racing Team, and I ...

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Primoz Roglic to race Tour of Britain after breakthrough Tour de France

Primoz Roglic to race Tour of Britain after breakthrough Tour de France

Joe Robinson 21 Aug 2018 Slovenian hoping to secure fourth one-week stage race of the season at Tour of Britain next month Primoz Roglic will lead LottoNL-Jumbo at the Tour of Britain this September looking to build upon his fourth-place finish at the Tour de France last month. Roglic will lead the Dutch squad, who claimed overall victory at last year's British race with Lars Boom. Roglic will enter the upcoming Tour of Britain as one of the outright favourites considering his breakout Tour de France performance and clinical strike rate in one-week stage races this season. The Slovenian exceeded expectations at the Tour, finishing fourth overall just 3 minutes 22 seconds adrift of eventual winner Geraint Thomas (Team Sky), while also winning Stage 19 from Lourdes to Laruns . This was after a prolific streak of three consecutive overall victories in one-week stage races in the lead up to ...

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Matthews: I showed that I am still capable of winning

Michael Matthews (Sunweb) wins the final stage at BinckBank Tour

Even amid the ecstasy of cheering and applause at the end of the final stage of the BinckBank Tour in Geraardsbergen, Michael Matthews made himself heard. The Australian’s repeated, guttural cries of ‘Yeah’ started as he crossed the finish line and continued as he slowed to a stop and unclipped from his bike. Lest any of his Sunweb teammates were still unsure of the result, Matthews held the microphone of his radio close to mouth to make one final exclamation, before he sat, exhausted, on the cobbles of Vesten, the thoroughfare through Geraardsbergen that serves as the anteroom to the Muur itself. Matthews’ 2018 season has been more endured than enjoyed to this point. A crash in his opening race, Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, rather tempered his Classics campaign. A puncture cost him dearly at Amstel Gold Race. A suspected bout of food poisoning forced him out of the Tour de ...

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Matthews: I'm racing with my heart and trying to get something out of the season

Michael Matthews (Team Sunweb)

All spring, Michael Matthews found himself playing catch-up after falling and breaking his shoulder at the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad. Come the Tour de France , the Australian had fought his way back into shape, only for a sudden bout of illness to force him out of the race ahead of stage 5 in Lorient. Twelve months on from wearing the green jersey on the Champs-Élysées, Matthews spent the final Sunday of the Tour thrashing his way around the RideLondon-Surrey Classic course in relative anonymity as he looked to right the ship for the final phase of the season. "The illness at the Tour was more of a one-day thing, actually. I was totally 'man down' that day, and then the next day I woke up feeling OK, but still not able to ride my bike," Matthews told Cyclingnews at the BinckBank Tour , where he lies fifth overall ahead of ...

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UCI suspends Moscon after Tour de France incident

UCI suspends Moscon after Tour de France incident

The Italian will sit out for five weeks following his expulsion from the Tour de France because of a mid-stage altercation. Read the full article at UCI suspends Moscon after Tour de France incident on VeloNews.com .

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Moscon banned for five weeks after disqualification from Tour de France

Gianni Moscon (Team Sky)

Gianni Moscon has been banned from racing for five weeks by the UCI for hitting Fortuneo-Samsic rider Elie Gesbert during stage 15 of the Tour de France , allowing him to return in time to be selected for the Italian team for the World Road Race Championships in Innsbruck, Austria at the end of September. The UCI confirmed that Moscon was disqualified from the Tour de France and was banned from competition between August 8 and September 12. In a statement from Team Sky, Moscon said he accepted the suspension. “I reacted in the heat of the moment and it was never my intention to hit the rider. As the footage shows I didn’t make contact, but I regret my actions and I have already apologised to both Elie Gesbert and Team Fortuneo Samsic for the incident," Moscon said. Cyclingnews understands that Team Sky do not intend to terminate the ...

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