Porte: Nibali moving to Trek-Segafredo ‘would be great for me’

Supported by Richie Porte said he would welcome the addition of Vincenzo Nibali to the Trek-Segafredo squad next year, adding that it would not change his role as a Grand Tour contender. Nibali, whose three-year contract with Bahrain-Merida ends this year, is rumored to have agreed to a two-year contract with the American squad beginning in 2020. … The post Porte: Nibali moving to Trek-Segafredo ‘would be great for me’ appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Sivakov and Geoghegan Hart have freedom to try 'crazy things' at Giro d'Italia

Tao Geoghegan Hart and Pavel Sivakov celebrate

Team Ineos are hoping to turn the challenge of riding the Giro d'Italia without expected leader Egan Bernal into an opportunity for their next generation of young riders, with Tao Geoghegan Hart , Pavel Sivakov, Ivan Sosa, Eddie Dunbar and Jhonatan Narváez given the freedom to race and learn over the next three weeks. Bernal crashed on Saturday and fractured his left collarbone in one of his last big training rides. He underwent surgery and will soon start training indoors. He is expected to ride the Critérium du Dauphiné or the Tour de Suisse before being part of the Tour de France team. Team Ineos decided against bringing another experienced team leader to the Giro d'Italia, preferring to give their young guns the freedom to race for themselves. "They're young for sure but I think the expectation is to have fun. There's no expectation but to try to learn," team ...

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How to watch the Giro d'Italia: live stream for free and from anywhere

The Giro d'Italia trophy with the Frecce Tricolori plane

The first Grand Tour of 2019 kicks off on May 11 when the Grande Partenza of the Giro d'Italia leaves from Bologna with a stacked field vying for the first maglia rosa in an 8.2km individual time trial. You won't want to miss a moment of the race, and Cyclingnews has the keys to finding the best live stream in your location - many of them for free! If live streaming is not an option as you try to sneak a peek at the action in at work, Cyclingnews will have its unique insights into the race action, packed with insider information, quotes, analysis, photos and more on our text-based live blog for every stage. It's a perfect companion to any live stream, with constant up-to-the minute race action and unlimited rewinds - just scroll down! The Giro d'Italia will be broadcast live in many locations, but if you can't ...

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Gallopin and Vuillermoz headline AG2R La Mondiale for Giro d'Italia

Tony Gallopin (AG2R La Mondiale)

Tony Gallopin and Alexis Vuillermoz will be the protected riders for AG2R La Mondiale when the Giro d'Italia kicks off for three weeks of racing this weekend. Gallopin will ride his first Giro, and hopes to take a stage win to add to the stage victories he has from the Tour de France (2014) and last year's Vuelta a Espana, where he also finished 11th overall. Vuillermoz, meanwhile, returns to the Giro for the first time since 2014 – when he, too, finished 11th overall – and is eyeing a top-10 finish overall at the Corsa Rosa . "Alexis wanted to change his programme this season and return to the Giro, five years after his last participation," said sports director Laurent Biondi on the team's website. "After a victory in March at the Royale Bernard Drôme Classic, his progress was slowed by a crash at Tirreno-Adriatico. But during the Tour ...

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Chris Froome leaves Tour de Yorkshire on track for Tour de France

Chris Froome (Team Ineos).

Chris Froome ( Team Ineos ) started the week defending his new team sponsor after petrochemical company Ineos were unveiled as Sky’s replacement, but at the end of the Tour de Yorkshire the four-time Tour de France winner was rather more upbeat. On the final stage of the Tour de Yorkshire, it was Froome, alongside the superb Eddie Dunbar, who set up teammate Chris Lawless for the overall win with a stinging attack on the final climb. Froome rode the four-day event as a super-domestique, but made the podium after Team Ineos took victory in the team classification. Lawless ceded the stage to 2018 winner Greg Van Avermaet, but took the overall plaudits ahead of the Belgian and teammate Dunbar. "I’m feeling good for early May. I’ve still got some work to do but that’s natural with two month’s to go," Froome told Cyclingnews when asked about his form ahead ...

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How to watch the Tour de Suisse 2019

The Tour de Suisse will be here from 9 June to 17 June

Our complete guide to this year's Tour de Suisse coverage

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Kuss to replace Gesink in Jumbo-Visma's Giro d'Italia squad

Sepp Kuss (LottoNL-Jumbo) launches a solo attack on stage 6 of the 2018 Tour of Utah

Sepp Kuss will replace the injured Robert Gesink in Jumbo-Visma ’s line-up at this month’s Giro d’Italia , the team have confirmed. Gesink was originally slated as one of the seven men to support Primoz Roglic at the Corsa Rosa , but the Dutchman suffered a broken collarbone and pelvis in a crash during Sunday's Liège-Bastogne-Liège. Kuss has been training at altitude recently ahead of the Tour of California, so the American should be able to slot into the team with relative ease. The Giro will be Kuss’ second Grand Tour and his first appearance at the Italian race. The 24-year-old Kuss turned professional with Jumbo-Visma last year, having previously raced with the US Rally team. He made a big impression in the latter half of the year, winning the Tour of Utah before going on to debut at the Vuelta a España. At the Spanish Grand Tour, Kuss was ...

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Rui Costa leads charge for UAE Team Emirates at Tour de Romandie

Rui Costa (UAE Team Emirates)

Former road race world champion Rui Costa will lead the UAE Team Emirates squad for the Tour de Romandie , hoping he can repeat – or better – the three third places he's taken at the race. The Portuguese rider is nothing short of consistent at the Swiss stage race, having finished third overall in 2012, 2013 and 2014, and fifth last year. However, he has never taken a stage win at the race that he says sits in the perfect position for him once the spring Classics are finished. Despite not finishing last weekend's Liège-Bastogne-Liège, which was held in wet and near-freezing conditions, the 32-year-old says that he's ready for the short, but mainly mountainous, stage race, which is this year bookended by two individual time trials. "The Tour de Romandie is a race that I've always liked, especially due to its spot on the calendar at the end ...

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Team Sky begin transition to Team Ineos at Tour de Romandie

The one-off Ineos kit for the 2019 Tour de Romandie.

Team Sky ’s transition to Team Ineos begins at the Tour de Romandie on Tuesday, with the British WorldTour team confirming it will race under the Ineos banner in Switzerland, albeit in a one-off black and blue kit that resembles their existing Team Sky livery. 2018 Tour de France winner Geraint Thomas will lead the squad, with veteran Vasil Kiryienka back in action after his treatment for a cardiac anomaly. UCI rules forbid a team from changing its name and kit midway through a race and Team Sky's official metamorphosis into Team Ineos is slated to take place on May 1. The rebranding – including a new black and crimson kit – will be unveiled on Wednesday ahead of the 2019 Tour de Yorkshire at a special presentation. The sponsorship of Ineos has drawn criticism from environmental groups due to the petrochemical company’s involvement in fracking, with Steve Mason from ...

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McNulty relishing WorldTour racing opportunities

Brandon McNulty is starting his third season with Rally

In their second season at Pro Continental level, the Rally UHC team have been earning some big-ticket race invitations, with last Wednesday's Flèche Wallonne and June's Tour de Suisse. The race invitations are an opportunity for their riders to push themselves further out of their comfort zone and test themselves against the best the peloton has to offer. It is a chance that their rising star Brandon McNulty is relishing. McNulty made his WorldTour debut at the Tour of California last season and subsequently rode the Canadian one-day races, but Flèche Wallonne and Suisse are a step further into the top level. "I think it's huge," McNulty told Cyclingnews ahead of Flèche Wallonne. "The team has been building since it started, but particularly over the last couple of years. I think that this is a huge turning point as we continue. We have more WorldTour races later in the year ...

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The next best thing to roadside viewing: See all the biggest races live at Look Mum No Hands

Jack Elton-Walters 26 Apr 2019 Popular London cycling cafe and bike shop Look Mum No Hands is the ideal location to while away the hours watching professional cycling Watching cycling by the roadside is a fantastic experience and a must-do for any serious cycling fan but for most of us it's not practical to take the whole season off work to follow the WorldTour around the roads of Europe and further afield. Not that we're complaining, as sitting down to watch a full day's coverage of a Giro d'Italia stage or catching all the action from the World Championships on the television is a pretty good alternative. To make the experience even better many of us will watch on a big screen in a fanzone or cycling cafe, beer (or soft drink) in hand and lunch within reach. One such place to settle down for a full afternoon in front ...

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Rally UHC continues growth with Fleche Wallonne start

Gavin Mannion and Colin Joyce talk about the view during the Rally UHC training camp in California

Rally UHC Cycling will take another step in its continuing growth Wednesday when the US Pro Continental team starts Flèche Wallonne – the midweek WorldTour Ardennes Classic that is the transition race between Amstel Gold Race and Liège-Bastogne-Liège. The Minnesota-based team jumped to the Pro Continental ranks last season after 11 years at Continental level, and Flèche Wallonne marks the team's biggest European race to date. Rally has also secured invitations to the Tour de Suisse in June and has thrown its hat in the ring for a Grand Tour nod at the Vuelta a España in September. "You know, it's all kind of part of the plan," Rally UHC Performance Manager Jonas Carney told Cyclingnews earlier this spring. "We're trying to grow things at a sustainable rate. Last year was kind of our first transition year to Europe, and this is kind of our second transition year, and we ...

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Pantano suspended after EPO positive

Supported by Trek-Segafredo has suspended Jarlinson Pantano after the 30-year-old Colombian was notified of an adverse analytical finding in an out-of-competition test. According to the UCI’s list of provisional suspensions, Pantano tested positive for EPO on February 26 of this year. Pantano won stage 15 at the 2016 Tour de France amid a career season with IAM … The post Pantano suspended after EPO positive appeared first on CyclingTips .

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BBC to release documentary on Thomas's Tour de France defence

BBC to release documentary on Thomas's Tour de France defence

Joe Robinson 3 Apr 2019 Hour-long show to be released later this year and will follow Geraint Thomas in lead up to Tour de France this July The BBC has announced an hour-long documentary on Tour de France champion Geraint Thomas's title defence preparations will be shown later this year. BBC Two and BBC Cymru Wales confirmed the documentary will be called ' Geraint Thomas: Easy Rider' and will look partly at his journey to Tour de France victory, upbringing in Cardiff while also following Thomas as he prepares to defend his Tour title this July. The documentary will follow Thomas to Tenerife as he undertakes altitude camps while also joining him and Team Sky - soon to be Team Ineos - at the Tour de Romandie and Tour de Suisse in his final preparations ahead of July. Part of the documentary will also be self-shot by the Welshman to ...

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Soren Kragh Andersen extends with Sunweb through 2022

Søren Kragh Andersen (Sunweb)

Sunweb announced Monday at their Cobblestone Classics Press Meeting that they have come to an agreement to extend Søren Kragh Andersen 's contract for an additional two seasons. Kragh Andersen was already under contract with the team until 2020 and so the two-year extension will take him through the end of 2022. "I'm super happy to extend my contract with the team," Kragh Andersen said in a team press release. "Team Sunweb and I are a good match – they really believe in me and I think this is a good place for me to develop in the future. "There is still lots of space for me to see where my capabilities can take us together. When I got the offer from the team I was really happy to continue working with them for a few more years and become a long-term Team Sunweb member." Kragh Andersen joined the team ...

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Lopez raises his GC game with Volta a Catalunya win

Miguel Angel Lopez on the Catalunta podium

If there had been any doubts as to whether Miguel Angel Lopez ( Astana ) will be a serious contender at the upcoming Giro d’Italia, the Colombian laid them to rest with a stunning victory at the Volta a Catalunya against some ferociously tough competition on Sunday. The Volta's line-up this year was exceptional – even for a race that traditionally garners a stellar start-list. There was Chris Froome (Team Sky) and double defending champion and pre-race favourite Alejandro Valverde (Movistar), along with recent Paris-Nice winner Egan Bernal (Team Sky) and Valverde's Movistar teammate Nairo Quintana, who were expected to be two key GC challengers, plus Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott), who arrived following his strong Tirreno-Adriatico performance. But Lopez managed to beat them all. While Valverde's aspirations took a major knock on the first day in the Pyrenees, Bernal and Quintana both proved to be major threats, and Yates looked ready ...

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Degenkolb ditches 1x drivetrain for E3 BinckBank Classic

Two chainrings for Degenkolb at E3

John Degenkolb has ditched SRAM's 1x drivetrain and returned to a standard double chainring crankset for the E3 BinckBank Classic. The Trek-Segafredo rider suffered a mechanical on the descent of the Poggio at Milan-San Remo last Saturday, and bashed his bike in frustration as the front of the race escaped him. The problem was an apparent dropped chain, an issue that has been linked with 1x systems in the past, notably when the Aqua Blue Sport first introduced them to the professional peloton in 2018. On Friday morning, Degenkolb lined up for E3-Harelbeke in Belgium with SRAM's RED e-Tap AXS groupset, with a standard double chainring crankset. Trek-Segafredo denied the switch indicated Degenkolb was unhappy with the 1x drivetrain. "He needs a wider range of gears to handle the climbs here," a mechanic told Cyclingnews . "At Milan-San Remo you don't need two chainrings, but here you have steep climbs ...

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Riding happy: A Q&A with Aussie rising star Jack Haig

It’s been an impressive start to the year for Jack Haig (Mitchelton-Scott). The young Australian has finished inside the top seven in all three stage races he’s done so far this year, including a terrific fourth on GC in his recent Paris-Nice debut. His great start to the year is far from an anomaly though … The post Riding happy: A Q&A; with Aussie rising star Jack Haig appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Kruijswijk looking for climbing consistency at Volta a Catalunya

Jumbo-Visma's Steven Kruijswijk at the 2019 Ruta del Sol

While the sprinters and Classics specialists focus on this Saturday's Milan-San Remo, many of the pro peloton's very best climbers, including Jumbo-Visma 's Steven Kruijswijk , ready themselves for the Volta Ciclista a Catalunya , which starts on Monday. Kruijswijk can expect the full support of his teammates, as it was announced in recent days that the team's main sprinter, Dylan Groenewegen, would forego Catalunya in favour of riding his first Milan-San Remo, in order to gain experience. "It's a very nice race," Kruijswijk said of Catalunya in a video posted on their site by Jumbo-Visma. "I think I've raced there almost every year since I turned pro. "It's a course purely for climbers, with two uphill finishes [on stages 3 and 4]. I know the race well, and the goal is to be as close to the podium as possible – or actually get onto it." If that sounds ...

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The Art of Racing Over 7 Days

What does it mean to be a one-week specialist? From 2014 to 2017, Alberto Contador was the undaunted master of week-long stage races. Having finished on the podium of WT one-week stage races (see the races I used for this analysis below) a whopping 10 times, including 3 wins. It would be easy for you to rush to interpret that this means that Grand Tour excellence translates to week-long results, until I tell you that over that time frame, Alberto Contador finished on a Grand Tour podium just once. In the twilight of his career, Contador was a shell of himself when it came to the big 3 week races, but was simply unparalleled when it came to the week-longs. [Full disclosure: Contador was also a week-long asskicker when he was a great GT rider as well… but we’ll get to that later.] You often hear the adage: “Rider X ...

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