Two German riders linked to blood-doping ring

Supported by Operation Aderlass looks set to net a further two riders, with reports that two German WorldTour riders are being investigated over their involvement in a blood-doping ring. The investigations, which began with raids at the World Ski Championships in February of this year, have snowballed through 2019 to reveal a blood-doping network operating across multiple … The post Two German riders linked to blood-doping ring appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Riding home for Christmas: How pros approach the festive period

Maria David 11 Dec 2019 Riders reflect on their racing season and tell us how they spend Christmas Christmas is just around the corner and after team presentations and training camps riders can look forward to relaxing with their families before starting the next racing season. Apart from those hardy souls who race cyclocross over the Christmas holidays, many pro riders use the festive week to let their hair down just a little. Some liquid refreshments will be enjoyed – and we’re not talking energy drinks. There will be turkey, Christmas pudding, mince pies, chocolates, cheese... Even when there is celebrating, the pedals still keep turning, and the pros will be out on their bikes – whether it’s on long rides to see family, local social rides or even the Festive 500 . Team Sunweb 's Nicolas Roche and Canyon-Sram 's Alice and Hannah Barnes took time out of their ...

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Mark Gunter Photographer of the Year Awards: the best of week 1

Supported by The 2019 Mark Gunter Photographer of the Year Awards opened just seven days ago and already, we’ve seen some amazing shots come through. We’ll be showcasing a selection of each week’s entries in weekly galleries; this showcase is the first, and we hope you enjoy it. The Awards are an annual event held in honour of Mark … The post Mark Gunter Photographer of the Year Awards: the best of week 1 appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Ratcliffe warns Team Ineos: If you break the rules, we'll leave

Ratcliffe warns Team Ineos: If you break the rules, we'll leave

Joe Robinson 25 Nov 2019 Billionaire threatens to leave sport if cycling operation turns out to have broken rules. Photo: Offside Team Ineos financier Sir Jim Ratcliffe has reiterated his point that he would pull out of sponsoring the team if they were found to be breaking rules. The billionaire previously made this statement in May when the takeover from Sky Broadcasting was announced and repeated his point again in a recent interview with The Times . It comes in light of the ongoing medical tribunal hearing into former Team Sky and British Cycling doctor Richard Freeman who is accused of ordering testosterone to the Manchester Velodrome in 2011 , with the intention of 'enhancing an athlete's performance'. Brailsford was head of both Team Sky and British Cycling at the time of the Testogel order, and while Ratcliffe is not fully concerned about the actions of the past, would have ...

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The Departed: the best eight riders retiring in 2019

Joe Robinson 20 Nov 2019 A Grand Tour team composed of those hanging up their wheels at the end of the year With every season in professional cycling comes the ending of careers. Retirements of the peloton’s old guard, hanging up their wheels to make space for the next generation below them. This year’s crop of retirees seems to be a particular vintage as some of cycling’s most loved sons decide to explore their next adventures. Among them are the likes of superstar sprinter Marcel Kittel, cycling hardman Laurens Ten Dam and underrated Flanders supremo Stijn Devolder. With such talent departing cycling for 2020, Cyclist thought the obvious thing to do would be to create a Grand Tour team of this year’s retiring riders. If you think we have missed someone out, let us know! Laurens Ten Dam The wolfman from the very north of the Netherlands is ending a ...

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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 .

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Education First has released a 2019 annual and we are feeling a bit nostalgic

Education First has released a 2019 annual and we are feeling a bit nostalgic

Joe Robinson 12 Nov 2019 The Christmas gift that has us feeling like kids again The annual was a guarantee every Christmas. Regardless of what you were into, there would be a thin hardback A4 summing up the past 12 months of stories into a series of comic strips, word searches and spot the differences, and it would be neatly wrapped under the tree. West Ham United, Britney Spears, Strictly Come Dancing all had annuals. But there seemed to be one exception: cycling. That’s until this Christmas because thankfully tye-dye hipsters Education First have collaborated with their kit manufacturer Rapha to release the 2019 ‘Gone Racing’ annual. 'A nod to the teenage annuals of the 1960s, ʻ70s and ʻ80s’, Rapha calls this a ‘lighthearted yet insightful’ book to be enjoyed by cycling fans of all ages and Cyclist can confirm this is a proper annual. Inside there’s all a cycling ...

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Education First have released a 2019 annual and we are feeling a bit nostalgic

Education First have released a 2019 annual and we are feeling a bit nostalgic

Joe Robinson 12 Nov 2019 The Christmas gift that has us feeling like kids again The annual was a guarantee every Christmas. Regardless of what you were into, there would be a thin hardback A4 summing up the past 12 months of stories into a series of comic strips, word searches and spot the differences, and it would be neatly wrapped under the tree. West Ham United, Britney Spears, Strictly Come Dancing all had annuals. But there seemed to be one exception: cycling. That’s until this Christmas because thankfully tye-dye hipsters Education First have collaborated with their kit manufacturer Rapha to release the 2019 ‘Gone Racing’ annual. 'A nod to the teenage annuals of the 1960s, ʻ70s and ʻ80s’, Rapha calls this a ‘lighthearted yet insightful’ book to be enjoyed by cycling fans of all ages and Cyclist can confirm this is a proper annual. Inside there’s all a cycling ...

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Education First has realeased a 2019 annual and we are feeling a bit nostalgic

Education First has realeased a 2019 annual and we are feeling a bit nostalgic

Joe Robinson 12 Nov 2019 The Christmas gift that has us feeling like kids again The annual was a guarantee every Christmas. Regardless of what you were into, there would be a thin hardback A4 summing up the past 12 months of stories into a series of comic strips, word searches and spot the differences, and it would be neatly wrapped under the tree. West Ham United, Britney Spears, Strictly Come Dancing all had annuals. But there seemed to be one exception: cycling. That’s until this Christmas because thankfully tye-dye hipsters Education First have collaborated with their kit manufacturer Rapha to release the 2019 ‘Gone Racing’ annual. 'A nod to the teenage annuals of the 1960s, ʻ70s and ʻ80s’, Rapha calls this a ‘lighthearted yet insightful’ book to be enjoyed by cycling fans of all ages and Cyclist can confirm this is a proper annual. Inside there’s all a cycling ...

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Michael Albasini to retire in 2020

Albasini to retire after 2020 Tour de Suisse, which will be his 16th start at the race. Read the full article at Michael Albasini to retire in 2020 on VeloNews.com .

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The 10 most impressive performances in men’s road cycling in 2019

The WorldTour is over for another year and the pros are off enjoying a well-earned break. The 2020 season will be here before we know it but before it is, let’s look back at the season that just finished. In this post we dive into the most impressive performance in men’s road cycling in 2019. … The post The 10 most impressive performances in men’s road cycling in 2019 appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Hugh Carthy extends with Education First through to 2021

Hugh Carthy extends with Education First through to 2021

Joe Robinson 25 Oct 2019 Lancastrian enjoyed a breakthrough season including his first WorldTour win Hugh Cathy's breakthrough 2019 season has earned him a contract extension with Education First . The Lancastrian signed a contract extension through to the end of 2021, a reward for a year in which he bagged his first WorldTour victory and 11th overall at a Grand Tour. Showing a willingness to attack, Carthy finished 11th at the Giro d'Italia in May , particularly impressing on Stage 15 to Como where he triggered the stage winning attack. The 25-year-old then backed this up by winning the queen stage of the Tour de Suisse in June solo, a day that climbed the Nufenenpass, San Gottardo and Furkapass, crossing the line a minute ahead of Egan Bernal and Rohan Dennis. Impressive solo wins like at the Tour de Suisse were the reason why team manager Jonathan Vaughters was ...

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The weekly spin: The great ‘Rider of the Year’ debate

Supported by With the 2019 road racing season effectively over, it’s time for the annual “Rider of the Year” debates. Yes, there’s still the six-stage Tour of Guangxi, which starts on Thursday. But none of the riders in the running for Rider of the Year honors are taking part. So with Il Lombardia in the rearview mirror, … The post The weekly spin: The great ‘Rider of the Year’ debate appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Out of contract 8: The best riders without a team for 2020

Joe Robinson 9 Oct 2019 If this team raced a Grand Tour, they would be leaving with plenty of stage wins and maybe the overall title The 2019 is all but finished, this Saturday's Il Lombardia being the last race of any significance, and there are still a whole host of world-class cyclists without a contract for next season. As things stand, Rohan Dennis, Sam Bennett, Esteban Chaves and Mark Cavendish are among the raft of talent yet to confirm their futures for 2020. Normally by now, all of your top-shelf talent would have announced their teams for the coming season but this year, things seem a little different. This could be down to the bizarre situation in which many of the best riders in the world have also found themselves on the move this winter already . Tom Dumoulin, Nairo Quintana, Philippe Gilbert, Richard Carapaz to name but a ...

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Preview: Can Rohan Dennis win his second time trial world title?

Rohan Dennis goes into Wednesday’s World Championships time trial as the defending champ and, realistically, the rider to beat. But it’s been far from a smooth run-in for the enigmatic Australian, who left the Tour de France in mysterious circumstances and hasn’t raced since. In the past two seasons Dennis has raced the Vuelta in … The post Preview: Can Rohan Dennis win his second time trial world title? appeared first on CyclingTips .

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The weekly spin: The Grand Tour Domino Effect

A gust of wind in southeast France, a patch of slippery pavement in Andorra, a touch of wheels in Italy, and three grand tour winners who might never have been. The Vuelta a España is over and the 2019 Grand Tour season is finished. As I look back, I’ve been playing the what-if game. What … The post The weekly spin: The Grand Tour Domino Effect appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Jan Hirt joins CCC Team after two years at Astana

Jan Hirt and Giulio Ciccone in the late breakaway during stage 16 at the Giro

CCC Team have announced the signing of Jan Hirt , who joins the Polish team after spending two years with Astana . The Czech climber turned pro with the CCC Sprandi Polkowice team in 2015, so will be heading to a familiar environment after the Pro Continental team merged with the old BMC Racing team at the end of last year to form CCC Team. Highlights of his first stint in orange included a win and a podium at the Tour of Austria, and 12th overall at the 2017 Giro d'Italia. Hirt's climbing prowess secured him a move to Astana last season, where he has played a support role for Miguel Ángel López at the Giro d'Italia and Vuelta a España. At this year's Giro, Hirt narrowly missed out on taking a stage win on stage 16, with Giulio Ciccone outsprinting the 28-year-old in Ponte di Legno. This season has ...

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Brits abroad: The five British riders at the 2019 Vuelta a Espana

Joe Robinson 27 Aug 2019 A look at the five Brits racing this year's Vuelta and what to expect from them Brits descending on Spain in August is nothing new. Most have been doing so for their two week holidays since the mid-1980s. It's usually for a fortnight of fry ups, sunbathing and cabaret acts but for five professional cyclists, it's going to be a scorching three weeks of chomping around the gruelling terrain of Spain for the 74th Vuelta a Espana . Spain usually brings out the best in us Brits and has definitely done so over the past two years. In fact, it has been nothing but utter domination with Chris Froome taking the overall Vuelta victory in 2017 before Simon Yates achieved the same feat 12 months later. Victory in 2019 would secure a hattrick of overall titles for Great Britain but with no Chris Froome , ...

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Lopez leads strong Astana squad at Vuelta a Espana

Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana)

Astana have named a strong squad to start the Vuelta a España , with a number of experienced riders heading to Spain in support of team leader Miguel Ángel López . The eight-man team, with key riders including Jakob Fuglsang and Luis León Sánchez, boasts an impressive 93 Grand Tour starts, an average age of 31.25, and eight stage race victories between them in 2019. López, who finished third at the Vuelta last year, heads up the team. The Colombian won Colombia 2.1 and the Volta a Catalunya earlier in the season, and was the best young rider at the Giro d'Italia. With two podium and four top ten placings from five career Grand Tours, he'll be aiming for the podium at least. Fuglsang has been one of the riders of the season in 2019 and could mount a GC challenge of his own. He lay in ninth at the ...

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Aru takes heart from comeback and aims high at Vuelta a Espana

Fabio Aru in the Tour de Suisse peloton during stage 5

Fabio Aru will target the Vuelta a España after enjoying a solid return to Grand Tour racing at the Tour de France. The UAE Team Emirates rider missed the Giro d'Italia after undergoing surgery in April to repair a constriction of the iliac artery in his left leg, but he returned to action ahead of schedule in June and then placed 14th overall at the Tour. "I can be great again," Aru told La Gazzetta dello Sport . "I know this, I realised it at the Tour. Am I wrong? I'm aware that I need time. I don't know when, but I'll get back to the top. I'm betting on it." Aru won the Vuelta in 2015 after placing on the podium of the two previous editions of the Giro, but his Grand Tour record has been more mixed in the intervening period, with 5th place overall on the 2017 ...

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