Adam Hansen brings record Grand Tour run to an end at Giro d'Italia

Lotto's Adam Hansen is congratulated by Giro boss Mauro Vegni and former pro Alberto Contador having

As Adam Hansen ( Lotto Soudal ) rode into Rome on Sunday for the conclusion of the 2018 Giro d'Italia , the Australian was bringing to an end a record-breaking run that began in August 2011. Hansen has started and completed in a whopping 20 consecutive Grand Tours, more than any other rider. It almost came to an end last season when he wasn't selected for the Vuelta a España, but an injury for Rafael Valls resulted in a late call-up. It gave him the chance to end his run on his own terms. In October, he announced the Giro d'Italia would be his last of the historic run, though he'd previously hoped that he could make it to 23 – which would have been the 2019 Giro d'Italia. "It is a wonderful city, where I've come as a tourist several times,” Hansen told Gazzetta dello Sport on his arrival ...

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How to watch the Critérium du Dauphiné 2018 on TV

How to watch the Critérium du Dauphiné 2018 on TV

With the Giro d’Italia just over, June provides a bit of respite before the Tour de France rolls in. Arguably the Critérium du Dauphiné (and Tour de Suisse) will give us some indication of who’s in the running for the yellow jersey in July, so find out how to watch the action live here. Top 5 2018 pro bikes Shimano Ultegra RX Di2 rear derailleur review The 2018 Critérium du Dauphiné The 2018 Critérium du Daupiné will cover 958.6km of riding over a prologue and seven stages between 3–10 June. This year the race includes two time trials and plenty of mountainous stages with punchy climbs. The Dauphiné has always pitched itself as a litmus test for who is in contention for the Tour de France , so it will be interesting to see how riders perform over the course of this year’s race. For more information about the race ...

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Astana thrilled with Giro d'Italia podium place and white jersey

Best young rider Miguel Angel Lopez was third overall

In the aftermath of the 2018 Giro d'Italia , teams and riders have taken stock of how the race went for them, and Kazakh squad Astana are no exception – especially as their Colombian youngster Miguel Angel Lopez scored an impressive podium place, finishing third, as well as taking the white jersey as best young rider. "This is a big result for me and, I think, for the whole Astana team," 24-year-old Lopez said in Rome having completed his second Grand Tour, following eighth place overall at last year's Vuelta a Espana , where he also won two stages . Lopez, who also won the 2016 Tour de Suisse at just 22, headed into Friday's 19th stage , which included the climb of the Colle delle Finestre and a summit finish on Monte Jafferau, in sixth place overall with a 4:54 deficit to then race leader Simon Yates. What unfolded ...

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Giro stage 16: Cronometro individuale!

In Ingelese? Individual Time Trial. Business Time. Tuesday sees the second and longer of the Giro’s two time trials. This sets the table for the last three days in the mountains and will go a long way to clearing up who’ll be in pink on Sunday. Stage Details Planimetria Altimetria Slightly rolling, but definitely not a climbing time trial, in other words. There’s a few bends – see below for a technical finish – so there will be some advantage in acceleration as well as pure power, but this is a typical grand tour time trial. You won’t see bike changes or anything else to swing this away from the chrono men. The key statistic is length – at 34.2km, this won’t produce huge gaps, but it is definitely far enough to matter. For comparison, the longest time trials at the grand tours last year were 40km (Giro), 22km (Tour) ...

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Wellens abandons Giro d’Italia due to illness

Tim Wellens wins stage 4 at the Giro d'Italia

Lotto Soudal’s Tim Wellens has left the Giro d’Italia ahead of stage 14. The Belgian, who won stage 4 of the race, has shown signs of illness and the early stages of bronchitis in the last few days. According to his team, the 27-year-old was suffering from a fever after Friday’s stage 13. Stage 14 will finish up the punishing climb of the Monte Zoncolan. “It’s never fun to abandon a Grand Tour,” Wellens said in a statement released by his team. “Thanks to my stage win I can say my Giro has been a success, but I would have loved to have aimed for a second victory. The past days I had a go, but I could not take enough advantage. Already after the move from Israel to Sicily I felt as if I couldn’t catch up on sleep, and that didn’t improve with the move to the mainland. ...

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Stetina expects good karma to start trending at Tour of California

Pete Stetina and Bauke Mollema wait to roll our in the 2018 kit

There's no place like home, and for Peter Stetina , home is at the Tour of California . After skipping last year's race in favour of expanding his Grand Tour horizons to include a double at the Giro d'Italia and later at the Vuelta a España, the American is back on more familiar ground, stateside, as he prepares to lead Trek-Segafredo to a top overall place at the seven-day race. "California is my home race, one of few US races for me to compete in, and it was tough to miss it last year, but it was fun to try something different," Stetina told Cyclingnews . "This year, I'm back on track with California, which is a big target for me, ahead of Tour de Suisse, Tour de France and then back to the US for Colorado." Stetina owns a cabin in South Lake Tahoe, a city that hosts the ...

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Greipel makes racing return at the 4 Jours de Dunkerque

Stage 6 winner André Greipel (Lotto Soudal)

After seven weeks on the sidelines, Andre Greipel will make his racing comeback at the 4 Jours de Dunkerque this week. The German, who was forced to sit out the spring Classics after he crashed and broke his collarbone at Milan-San Remo, will be Lotto Soudal's leader in a race that suits the sprinters. "Here we go again after 7 weeks no races I will do the #4joursdedunkerque together with my @lotto_soudal team to find back the race mode," Greipel wrote on Twitter, with a picture of him training with members of his team. "Looking forward to the goals ahead. Thanks for all the support in the last weeks from everyone in my family." Prior to his crash at Milan-San Remo, Greipel had been enjoying a strong start to the season, with two stage wins at the Tour Down Under in January and consistent showings at the Abu Dhabi Tour ...

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Going for 20: Adam Hansen speaks ahead of the Giro d'Italia

Mark Bailey 2 May 2018 We talk strength, science and psychology with Adam Hansen as he prepares to start an incredible 20th consecutive Grand Tour Words Mark Bailey | Photography Chris Blott Adam Hansen is not like other cyclists. This is, in one respect, a simple statement of fact: at last year’s Vuelta a Espana the Australian completed a record-breaking 19th back-to-back Grand Tour – a uniquely demanding athletic accomplishment involving over 60,000km of racing in the Giro, Tour and Vuelta over the course of seven years. And he's not done yet, either: when he rolls down the ramp at the start of the 2018 Giro d'Italia's opening stage time-trial in Jerusalem on Friday, he'll be looking to extend that record to a remarkable 20. However, the statement could equally be made about Hansen's life off the bike. He is a talented computer programmer who has lectured at Queensland’s James ...

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Richie Porte: It’s crunch time to find a sponsor

Richie Porte (BMC)

Richie Porte has reiterated that it’s now ‘crunch time’ as BMC Racing look to secure their future beyond this year. Porte, who finished third overall at the Tour de Romandie on Sunday, is out of contract at the end of the season, with BMC yet to confirm if they will support a WorldTour team in 2019. In February, Porte told Cyclingnews that the team had until May to finalise their plans before he began looking at other team options for next year. After wrapping up third at Romandie, Porte also confirmed that he is unlikely to return to the Tour Down Under in 2019. The Australian has made that race his season-opener over the last few years, winning the overall in 2017, and six stages over the years. The immediate future, however, will revolve around his contractual situation with BMC Racing. “I don’t want to lie, it is a little ...

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Fuglsang: I wasn't the strongest, but I played my tactics

Jakob Fuglsang wins stage 4 at the Tour de Romandie

In a performance that echoed similarities to his 2017 Criterium du Dauhpine win, Jakob Fuglsang ( Astana ) took a fine mountain stage at this year’s Tour de Romandie . The Dane attacked with roughly 15km to go on stage 4 into Sion and held off a late chase from the GC contenders to take his first victory of the season. However, as impressive as Fuglsang’s late attack was, his ride until that point was just as crucial, and after crossing the finish line the Dane admitted to Cyclingnews that his tactics had been his strongest ally. The Astana leader came into the key mountain stage over two minutes down on the race lead, and in 15th place overall. With yellow jersey Primoz Roglic (LottoNL-Jumbo) and second place Egan Bernal (Team Sky) locked in their own battle for the yellow jersey, Fuglsang looked to exploit an opening. His first move ...

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Is this the coolest bike in the professional peloton?

Is this the coolest bike in the professional peloton?

Joe Robinson 17 Apr 2018 Miguel Angel Lopez wins the summit finish at the Tour of the Alps but we are more interested in his bike Miguel Angel Lopez ( Astana ) raced to victory on Stage 2 of the Tour of the Alps leaving the likes of Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) and Chris Froome (Team Sky) in his wake. It was an impressive performance from the man they call Superman as he asserts his presence as a hot prospect in General Classification riding. However, here at Cyclist HQ it was not his performance that caught our eye but rather his stunning custom-painted bike. The Colombian is currently riding the Tour of the Alps upon his Argon 18 Gallium Pro team bike which has been finished in a space age blue glitter fade complete with silver branding on the downtube. The unique paintwork came thanks to Argon 18's very own Alexandre ...

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Tour du Finistere points to Sagan, Van Avermaet for stage 5 of the Tour de France

Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) wins 2018 Paris-Roubaix

Paris-Nice stage 3 winner Jonathan Hivert of Direct Energie won the Tour de Finistère in a punchy way, hinting that Peter Sagan will be the hot favourite for stage 5 of the Tour de France following three standard sprints and a team time trial. In Saturday's French Cup race, Romain Bardet was second and Guillaume Martin, showing good form ahead of the Ardennes classics, while BMC duo Richie Porte and Tejay van Garderen enjoyed the pre-Tour de France recon in racing conditions. Eighth in Quimper, Van Garderen claimed his first top 10 since he finished third overall at the Volta ao Algarve in mid-February. "This result shows that I still have good form," the American told Cyclingnews. "I have a good schedule up ahead with the Tour de Romandie, the Tour of California, the Tour de Suisse and the Tour de France. In every race I line up, I want ...

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Despite unfulfilled potential, Van Garderen still keeping the faith

Six years ago, Tejay van Garderen won the Tour de France’s white jersey as best young rider, and finished fifth overall. Amid ups and downs, he’s yet to fully deliver on that early potential. But he – and his team – are convinced that more is to come. For anyone who has ever raced a … The post Despite unfulfilled potential, Van Garderen still keeping the faith appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Discovering Switzerland: Lake Geneva Region

With mountain passes through the Jura range, quality local produce and stylish Swiss living – not to mention Europe's largest freshwater lake – Lake Geneva Region is well worth a stop on your cycling journey through Switzerland. The post Discovering Switzerland: Lake Geneva Region appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Team time trial features on 2018 Criterium du Dauphine route

2018 Criterium du Dauphine

The Critérium du Dauphiné has always positioned itself as a dress rehearsal for the Tour de France and the 2018 edition of the race continues that tradition with a team time trial and short, explosive mountain stages that provide a taste of what will follow in July. Stage 3 of the 2018 Dauphiné is a 35km team time trial, which is precisely the same distance as the Cholet team time trial on stage 3 of the Tour de France. The 110km penultimate stage, meanwhile, is a virtual replica of stage 11 of this year’s Tour de France to La Rosière, and is the prelude to a tough final leg to Saint-Gervais, where Romain Bardet soloed to victory in La Grande Boucle two years ago. Jakub Fuglsang (Astana) won the Dauphiné in 2017, taking the lead from Richie Porte (BMC Racing) on the final day of racing by soloing to victory ...

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Tour de Suisse 2018 to open with team time trial

Simon Spilak (Katusha-Alpecin) with the Tour de Suisse trophy

The route of the 2018 Tour de Suisse has been announced and will feature 1,194 kilometres of racing, 16,797 metres of altitude gain and an opening team time trial. After detailing the start and finish towns last September, the Tour de Suisse organisers have unveiled the complete route of the nine-day race. The route will take a largely anti-clockwise route around Switzerland, as has been the case in the past seasons, with the opening two stages taking place in Frauenfeld in the northeast of the country, and the final two in Bellinzona in the Ticino canton in the south of the country. There will be little on offer for the pure sprinters with rolling terrain throughout the entire race. Since 2009, the Tour de Suisse has opened with an individual time trial, which often proved a chance for home hero Fabian Cancellara to earn an early stint in the leader's ...

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Kruijswijk to remain with LottoNL-Jumbo until the end of 2021 season

Steven Kruijswijk (Team LottoNL - Jumbo)

Steven Kruijswijk will remain with LottoNL-Jumbo until the end of the 2021 season after signing a contract extension with the team. The news follows the announcement that Dutch supermarket chain Jumbo will take over as lead sponsor of the team, which has existed in various guises since 1984, and was most notably sponsored by Rabobank between 1996 and 2012. "The team has hugely improved in terms of professionalism, guidance, innovation and collaboration in recent years. We really are a team together and I'm happy to be part of it", Kruijswijk said in a statement released on Friday. "Jumbo's commitment gives confidence and peace and that stability is reflected in our team." The 30-year-old Kruijswijk has spent his entire professional career with the team, graduating to WorldTour level in 2010 after three years with the Rabobank Continental team. Kruijswijk was on the brink of a surprise Giro d'Italia victory in 2016 ...

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Ride like Michael Matthews

BikesEtc 28 Feb 2018 The versatile and talented Aussie showman who’s as stylish on the bike as he is off it Exciting Australian Michael Matthews has been competing at the highest level of the sport since the start of his career. In his first season as a pro in 2010, he finished 8th at the Tour de l’Avenir – a kind of mini-Tour de France for young riders – competing well against other young hopefuls including Nairo Quintana, Mikel Landa and Romain Bardet. Even more impressively, he followed this up by winning the under-23 World Road Race Championship. Joining WorldTour team Rabobank the following season, he took his first major victory at senior level, pipping veteran sprinter Andre Greipel to the line on the third stage of the Tour Down Under, Australia’s most prestigious stage race. See related Regent's Park safe cycling plans take step forward Public consultation shows support ...

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Sprinting with Sagan

Peter Sagan sprints to win the Tour Down Under’s People’s Choice Classic

World champion Peter Sagan answers BikeRoar's questions about the season, his keys to success, and he gives his tips and advice to aspiring cyclists and sprinters.

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