Atapuma signs for Cofidis

Darwin Atapuma (UAE Team Emirates)

Darwin Atapuma will drop down to Professional Continental level in 2019, leaving UAE Team Emirates and joining the Cofidis Solutions Crédits team. The Colombian climber turned professional with the Colombia-Coldeportes team in 2012 and moved up to the WorldTour with BMC Racing Team in 2014 before moving to UAE Team Emirates in 2017 . The 30-year-old finished ninth overall at the Giro d'Italia in 2016, and won a stage of the Tour de Suisse a month later. He has become a regular fixture in breakaways on Grand Tour mountain stages, but has yet to land a stage win despite a string of near misses. "I'm both happy and proud to be able to wear the Cofidis colours from next January. I've already got back into training in order to be ready for the first team meetings," Atapuma said. "It's a great experience for me to be in a French team. ...

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Defiant Quintana says he’s not washed up

Defiant Quintana says he’s not washed up

The 28-year-old continues to strive for a yellow jersey despite a rough and tumble 2018. Read the full article at Defiant Quintana says he’s not washed up on VeloNews.com .

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Nairo Quintana: I didn't fulfill my objectives in 2018

Nairo Quintana (Movistar) at the Vuelta a España team presentation

Two years ago, when Nairo Quintana ( Movistar ) met the media immediately after winning the Vuelta a España , the Colombian’s outlook on the Tour de France, and Grand Tour racing, could not have been more upbeat. As the curtain on the 2019 season begins to twitch - with racing only just completed - Quintana faced another autumn press conference. He again looked ahead towards next July's Tour de France but things were understandably far more contained. Two difficult Tour de France , in 2017 and again in 2018, have undermined Quintana's GC hopes after he had finished on the podium in his previous three participations in 2016, 2015 and 2013. A poor Vuelta a España this autumn, with a three-week media soap opera featuring Movistar's leadership question as its main story line, further emphasised the question marks over what the Colombian can still achieve. Quintana preferred to pull ...

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Offseason Capsule: BMC

So long, and thanks for all the Wyss A note on programming The astute among you will have noticed that it isn’t quite the start of the offseason, and yet here we are with the first offseason capsule. This is, I think, good news for the reader. There are 19 Mondays between now and the UAE Tour. That means each Monday comes with an offseason capsule, and we will cover the whole World Tour, starting with a folding team and ending with a new team. These won’t all necessarily be written by me, but the once-a-week pattern will continue. But wait, there’s more! I’ll also be posting a column every Thursday. I have some ideas about a lot of these, but they’ll basically just be my musings on the cycling world, something to keep you thinking ahead to the new season through the cold days in the Northern hemisphere. With ...

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Porte signs off from BMC in Hammer Hong Kong and Tour of Guangxi

Richie Porte on stage at the 2018 Tour de France team presentation

Richie Porte will end his time with the BMC Racing Team at the Hammer Hong Kong race on October 14, and the following Tour of Guangxi (October 16-21). The US-based team will send reduced squads to the two final races of the season. Porte, who won the Tour de Suisse this year, will join Trek-Segafredo for 2019. BMC is merging with the CCC team in 2019 Jürgen Roelandts, Stefan Küng, Miles Scotson, and Nathan Van Hooydonck round out the Hong Kong Hammer squad. "I think we are all looking forward to racing in Hong Kong at the Hammer Series decider and it works well that we can combine this with the Tour of Guangxi, the final UCI WorldTour race of the season,”said Sports Director Jackson Stewart. Michael Schär will join the squad for the Tour of Guangxi, the last WorldTour race of the year. "In 2017 we had a very ...

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No more rainbow: Peter Sagan shows off new Bora-Hansgrohe jersey

Joe Robinson 3 Oct 2018 Pre-Brexit Britain and Bieber at the top of the charts: remembering a time before Sagan in rainbow It's almost impossible to remember what Peter Sagan looks like not draped in rainbow. That's because for the past three years cycling's biggest star has been our sport's World Champion. Granted there has been a few days in which the Bora-Hansgrohe man has swapped that jersey for green or even yellow, but since Sunday 27th September 2015 Sagan has been the man in the multi-coloured jersey. Until now, and with those pesky course designers at the UCI, the Ardennes-esque Innsbruck World Championships posed just too tough a test for the 28-year-old who found himself out the back, dropped like a stone last week proving that he really is mortal. Eventually, a man 10 years his senior and another veteran of the Worlds podium, Alejandro Valverde, took a maiden ...

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Clockers: The Men’s Time Trial World Championship Preview

What do you get when you strip all of the nuance and character out of cycling? A time trial, of course. I’m kidding (well, maybe only half kidding). Time trials are often derided as ‘boring’ by cycling aficionados, and such a position has a point. However, time trials are also the simplest form of a cycling competition to understand. The winner is the person that pedals the fastest between point A and point B. That’s it. No need to know about strategy, drafting, team dynamics, the informal rules of the peloton, poorly paved Belgian roads, the temperament of Italian cyclists, or any of the other minutiae that dictates the outcome of road races and which make this sport both interesting and often impenetrable for neophytes. Yet, Wednesday will be only the 25th time, since 1994, that we have a chance to see a rider get crowned the strongest cyclist in ...

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Spain hails Enric Mas as next big thing after Vuelta performance

Spain hails Enric Mas as next big thing after Vuelta performance

The 23-year-old rode to second place overall at the recent Vuelta a Espana. Read the full article at Spain hails Enric Mas as next big thing after Vuelta performance on VeloNews.com .

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Doull looking for 2019 Grand Tour start

Owain Doull (Team Sky) wore the Kask Vallegro helmet for the hotter stages of the race

Owain Doull has set himself the goal of gatecrashing a Team Sky Grand Tour squad in 2019. The talented Welshman has been with the team for two seasons and is set to extend that stay for the foreseeable future after agreeing terms on a new contract, but he is yet to make his Grand Tour debut – a target now firmly in his sights. "I'm getting on a bit now. I'm 25 now so I'll be 26 next year, and to not have done a Grand Tour yet is quite a big thing for me and my development. Everyone talks about the difference it makes once you've done one, so obviously that's a big objective for me for next year," he recently told Cyclingnews at the Canadian WorldTour events in Quebec and then Montreal . "I have to keep pushing towards that, and keep proving to the team that I ...

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The Outer Line: Tour of China’s East meets West challenges, part 3

Tour of China

Editor’s Note: The 1995 Tour of China took place at the tipping point in China’s political and economic evolution into a global Read the full article at The Outer Line: Tour of China’s East meets West challenges, part 3 on VeloNews.com .

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The Outer Line: Tour of China’s East meets West challenges, part 3

Tour of China

Editor’s Note: The 1995 Tour of China took place at the tipping point in China’s political and economic evolution into a global Read the full article at The Outer Line: Tour of China’s East meets West challenges, part 3 on VeloNews.com .

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The Outer Line: Epic stories from Tour of China, part 2

The 1995 Tour of China took place at the tipping point in China’s political and economic evolution into a global superpower. Read the full article at The Outer Line: Epic stories from Tour of China, part 2 on VeloNews.com .

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The reinvention of Adam Hansen

Supported by Adam Hansen is born again. No, we aren’t talking about religion, or reincarnation. But the Australia hardman is starting the third major phase of his career, and he’s pretty psyched about it. Part one was his life as Mr Crocodile Trophy. He was twice winner of the legendary fat-tyre race in Australia, a multi-stage outback … The post The reinvention of Adam Hansen appeared first on CyclingTips .

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'It's just a track bike with gears': Adam Blythe criticises 3T Strada for Aqua Blue's demise

'It's just a track bike with gears': Adam Blythe criticises 3T Strada for Aqua Blue's demise

Joe Robinson 3 Sep 2018 Former national champion cites 1x bike as chief reason behind team's sudden decision to disband Less than a week from the sudden disbanding of Irish ProContinental team Aqua Blue Sport , one of the team's former riders, Adam Blythe, has pinpointed the team's use of the 1x-specific 3T Strada bike as the chief reason leading to the team's demise. Speaking on The Bradley Wiggins Show on why he thought the team had folded, Blythe left little to interpretation by answering, 'It was probably the 3T bikes, to be honest. '[3T] makes good handlebars but terrible bikes. We have been on one chainring all year ain't we? So, it's just terrible.' Aqua Blue Sport announced last week that it would not reapply for a ProContinental license in 2019 . However, things then went from bad to worse when it was confirmed that Aqua Blue would cease ...

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Connor Swift's custom-painted Genesis Zero SL — gallery

Connor Swift's custom-painted Genesis Zero SL — gallery

British Continental team Madison-Genesis has paired up with custom painters ColourBurn Studios to create a special paint design for the team's freshly crowned British national road race champion, Connor Swift. Tour de France 2018: massive race tech gallery Tour de Suisse massive race tech gallery Connor Swift won the national title in June and has since ridden as a stagiaire for Dimension Data at the Arctic Race of Norway. For the Tour of Britain , the Yorkshireman, who is Ben Swift 's cousin, will return to Madison-Genesis, albeit still clad in the red, white and blue — or rather white, red and blue — national champion's jersey. The frameset features the British colours with a white base coat covered in a splatter design of red and blue. Three-colour stripes also adorn the fork dropouts, down tube and top tube, which act as a separator between the splatter design and the ...

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An Obituary for Aqua Blue Sport

So it’s goodbye to the Irish representation among pro teams. Anyone who has seen my write for this website will not be exactly stunned to hear that from the moment Aqua Blue Sport’s arrival on the cycling scene was announced, I had no little amount of emotional investment in the project. I had plenty of hope, too. Rick Delaney, the Corkonian progenitor of the team, seemed to have more than just his chequebook backing up the boys in blue and gold and the team was announced amid a fanfare of hope and positivity. Delaney is quoted here: “The revenue from the website will go directly to this team. I, or any of the directors, won’t receive a penny. We’ve done projections for the next four years and it should be more than enough to finance the team. And that’s the sustainability factor... the case here is to create the first ...

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Gesink injured in training crash in Colorado, doubtful for worlds

Gesink injured in training crash in Colorado, doubtful for worlds

Robert Gesink breaks collarbone, two ribs in training ride crash Read the full article at Gesink injured in training crash in Colorado, doubtful for worlds on VeloNews.com .

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Aqua Blue Sport to fold after 2018 season

Aqua Blue Sport to fold after 2018 season

The Irish Pro Continental squad will end after just two seasons in the peloton. Read the full article at Aqua Blue Sport to fold after 2018 season on VeloNews.com .

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Aqua Blue Sport will not race in 2019

Larry Warbasse of Aqua Blue Sport at the Vuelta a Burgos

The Aqua Blue Sport team have said they will fold at the end of the season, citing difficulties in obtaining invitations from race organisers and a failed merger with the Veranda's Willems Crelan team . The Irish squad issued an announcement on Monday morning saying their "on road ambitions" had come to an "unfortunate end" but that they will continue to grow the Aqua Blue Sport online shop in a bid to return to the peloton "some time in the future". The Aqua Blue Sport team was created at the start of 2017, with the online shop designed to form the basis of ‘the world’s first self-sustained pro cycling team’. Funding for the team was meant to secure their future for four seasons with two-year rolling contracts offered to the riders. In their debut season, they earned an invite to the Vuelta a España and capitalised with a stage win ...

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Sky downplays expectations while Geoghegan Hart hopes to exceed them

Sky downplays expectations while Geoghegan Hart hopes to exceed them

While his Sky team is downplaying expectations, Tao Geoghegan Hart is hoping to exceed them at this year's Vuelta. Read the full article at Sky downplays expectations while Geoghegan Hart hopes to exceed them on VeloNews.com .

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