Porte’s dreams of a Tour de France podium bolstered by Thomas’s win

Supported by This past Friday afternoon, Richie Porte (Trek-Segafredo) climbed his way to fourth on the queen stage of the Amgen Tour of California. While perhaps a little off what some expected of the Tasmanian, it was a solid result, and one that saw Porte ride to fifth overall by tour’s end. As Dane Cash reports, 2019 … The post Porte’s dreams of a Tour de France podium bolstered by Thomas’s win appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Less resistance: With each WorldTour win, tubeless tires gain acceptance

Fabio Jakobsen’s (Deceuninck–Quick-Step) Stage four win on tubeless

It was just a couple of months ago that Josh Poertner, owner of Silca, made the bold prediction that tubeless tires will be the norm in professional racing within five years. And now, in the wake of Fabio Jakobsen’s win on Stage 4 of the Amgen Tour of California, Specialized has announced that it holds … The post Less resistance: With each WorldTour win, tubeless tires gain acceptance appeared first on CyclingTips .

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UAE Team Emirates: Pogacar is trying to win the whole Tour of California

UAE Team Emirates' Tadej Pogacar leads the best young rider competition after stage 3 of the 2019 To

Tadej Pogačar is one of the biggest up-and-coming talents in pro cycling, and upper management at UAE Team Emirates want to keep him within their grasp. He's currently competing for the title at the Tour of California , and although some would like to see what he could do at a Grand Tour, the team's director, Neil Stephens, told Cyclingnews that won't be happening for another two years. "We've got a great medical and training staff, and, together with the directors, we've created a good calendar for him," Stephens told Cyclingnews at the finish of stage 3 in Morgan Hill, California. "He's not doing too many races. We decided to race him less, even though he might be able to do more. The few races that he does do, he'll race hard, and he's doing well, and that's probably the best way for him. We're already starting to think about ...

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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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Peter Sagan finding Tour de France legs in California

Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) took the leader's jersey after winning the opening stage of the 2019 To

Peter Sagan 's struggle with an early-season illness that led to sub-par performances in the spring Classics could be turning around at the Tour of California . The former triple road race world champion is preparing to win a seventh green jersey at this year's Tour de France . Bora-Hansgrohe director Jan Valach says the team back Sagan entirely, and believe that his stage victory in Sacramento on Sunday was exactly the morale-boost that both he and the team needed. "Yes, we're very happy with that win because it was important for Peter and for Bora-Hansgrohe," Valach told Cyclingnews at the start of stage 2, a 214.5km mountain stage to South Lake Tahoe, on Monday. "I'm also happy for him that he has come back with this victory, and that he can continue on like this into the season. In the spring, he was sick, and then he found it ...

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Ochowicz: CCC Team didn't have the head count for the Classics

Greg Van Avermaet and Jim Ochowicz address assembled media at the CCC Team press conference

CCC Team general manager Jim Ochowicz said his team will look to bolster its Classics roster for next year in order to better support star rider Greg Van Avermaet , who netted just two Classics podium finishes this year after having previously won Paris-Roubaix, Gent-Wevelgem, the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and the E3 Harelbeke. "We didn't have the head count to fight the battle with other teams that had a little more ammunition than us," Ochowicz told Cyclingnews on Sunday in Sacramento after the finish of stage 1 of the Tour of California . "A one-rider shot at the Classics is a little tough. You can see it with other teams, too, that have the same thing we've got to fight with. But we still get our piece of the cake every once in awhile, and our plan is to really build up a little bit more for 2020, and probably ...

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The weekly spin: George Bennett talks California, Kittel, and Game of Thrones

The last time George Bennett started the Amgen Tour of California, he won the race. He didn’t win any stages at the 2017 edition, but on the strength of several high placings in the mountains and a strong time trial, the 29-year-old Kiwi took the first (and only) pro victory of his career, ahead of … The post The weekly spin: George Bennett talks California, Kittel, and Game of Thrones appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Tour of California: Peter Sagan wins stage 1

Peter Sagan at the race start

Peter Sagan ( Bora-Hansgrohe ) roared back into form with victory on stage 1 of the Tour of California in Sacramento. The three-time world champion had not won since the Tour Down Under in January, and was off the boil during the spring Classics before taking a break and preparing for this race. His sprint on stage 1 was near faultless, especially given the lack of teammates he had around him in the final before the Bora team leader beat Travis McCabe (USA National Team) and Max Walscheid (Team Sunweb) to the line. The win marked Sagan's 17th stage victory at the Tour of Califiornia, and rewarded him with the leader's jersey ahead of stage 2. Sagan used his bike-handling skills in a tense but wide-open sprint, first latching onto his rivals' sprint trains, and ensuring that he made the cut after the bunch had split just after the final ...

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Richie Porte: This is not how I wanted to start the season

Richie Porte (Trek-Segafredo) rode a good race to finish second on stage 2 of the 2019 Herald Sun To

Richie Porte 's first season with Trek-Segafredo has not gone to plan so far after his early season was blown up with a bout of bronchitis, but the 34-year-old Australian is at the Tour of California this week looking to turn things around as he continues to build towards the Tour de France. Porte started his season on a high note, taking his sixth consecutive win on Willunga Hill at the Tour Down Under and finishing second overall to Mitchelton-Scott's Daryl Impey. He stayed at home in Australia for the Herald Sun Tour, where he placed fifth overall, but things quickly went downhill from there as bronchitis set in. He put in a lacklustre performance at the UAE Tour and then decided to skip Paris-Nice – a race he's won twice – in favour of racing at the Volta a Catalunya. Porte's performance there didn't grab any headlines, with his ...

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Tour of Chongming Island: Mitchelton-Scott field strong squad for women's WorldTour race

Sarah Roy (Mitchelton-Scott)

Mitchelton-Scott will send a strong five-rider squad that includes Tour Down Under stage winner Grace Brown , super-domestique Jess Allen and sprinter Sarah Roy to the three-day Tour of Chongming Island , which is part of the women's WorldTour. The Chinese stage race, which starts on Thursday, is mainly flat – and therefore one for the sprinters and their lead-out trains – but there are nevertheless opportunities for breakaways to stay away on each of the three road stages, and Mitchelton-Scott will field a squad that is ready for all scenarios. "I'm looking forward to China," said Allen in a team press release. "I raced Chongming two years ago, and I'm looking forward to going back with the team to try to get some results. "The race is typically a sprinters' race, with wide and fast roads. I do prefer the gnarly types of races like the Classics, but it's ...

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Pogacar leads young UAE Team Emirates roster in California

Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates) wins Volta ao Algarve

Tadej Pogačar will lead a young UAE Team Emirates roster at the upcoming Amgen Tour of California , which starts Sunday in Sacramento and concludes in Pasadena on May 18 after seven days of racing. Pogačar will be joined in the US WorldTour race by Kristijan Durasek, Roberto Ferrari, Vegard Stake Laengen, Cristian Muñoz, Rui Oliveira and up-and-coming sprinter Jasper Philipsen. Muñoz, Oliveira, Philipsen and Pogačar are all under-23, but the youngsters can lean on the experience of Ferrari, 36, Durasek, 31, and Laengen, 30. The 20-year-old Pogačar will look to continue the stellar start to his first season on the WorldTour after riding for Slovenian Continental teams for two years. The Slovenian started his season with 13th overall at the Tour Down Under in January before winning a stage and the overall at the Volta ao Algarve in Portugal. He was second in the Arrigorriaga stage at Pais Vasco ...

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Oss, Schachmann to back Sagan at Tour of California

Peter Sagan shows off his new nameplate

Bora-Hansgrohe have revealed the six riders who will back Peter Sagan at the Amgen Tour of California from May 12-18, with strongman Daniel Oss and recent Ardennes revelation Max Schachmann leading the charge to back the 'King of California' as Sagan hopes to add to his record 16 stage wins. Also on Bora-Hansgrohe's roster for the seven-day WorldTour race are Juraj Sagan, Erik Baska, Oscar Gatto and recent Tour of Turkey overall winner Felix Grossschartner. Sagan has had a slow start to his season so far, with his only win coming during a stage at the season-opening Tour Down Under in January. Since then, the three-time world champion has come close in the spring Classics, but has just missed out on landing on the podium. Following a short break after abandoning Flèche Wallonne and choosing to skip Liège-Bastogne-Liège, Sagan travelled to California on May 4 to prepare for the race ...

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Porte to headline Trek-Segafredo roster at Tour of California

Richie Porte (Trek-Segafredo)

Richie Porte will headline the Trek-Segafredo men’s team at the upcoming Amgen Tour of California . Porte will be joined on the seven-rider roster by John Degenkolb , California resident Peter Stetina and last year’s mountains classification winner Toms Skujins . Porte told Cyclingnews in March that the Tour of California could be added to his programme as he looks to get ready for a tilt at the Tour de France over the summer. The Australian indicated his intentions to remain in the US following the race to train at altitude before riding the Criterium du Dauphine in June. The Tour of California will be Porte’s first race since the Volta a Catalunya at the end of March. He started his season at the Tour Down Under, where he once again won on Willunga Hill and went on to race the Herald Sun Tour. He fell ill with bronchitis at ...

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Riders turn focus to Yorkshire as leading pros reflect on Spring Classics

Maria David 26 Apr 2019 As we gear up to the climax of Ardennes Classics week in Liege, we look at a few of the on-form riders of the Women’s WorldTour With three tough Classics to tackle – Amstel Gold, Fleche Wallone and the upcoming Liege-Bastogne-Liege – this week has been a key moment for the top female professional racers to show their true form and for us to know who to look out for when the women race on the streets of Yorkshire next week, and later this year. In previous seasons there have been clear favourites at the races. Notably two seasons ago Boels-Dolmans was the team to beat, with Anna van der Breggen and then teammate Lizzie Deignan regularly doing a one-two at the Spring Classics . However, this year has seen a changing of the guard, with the UCI Women’s WorldTour rankings and youth rankings being ...

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'Yorkshire roads are like nowhere else' Deignan looks ahead to World Championships

Maria David 26 Apr 2019 Before the climax of Ardennes Classics in Liege, we look at on-form riders Deignan, Bastianelli and Van Vleuten and ahead to Yorkshire 2019 With three tough Classics to tackle – Amstel Gold, Fleche Wallone and the upcoming Liege-Bastogne-Liege – this week has been a key moment for the top female professional racers to show their true form and for us to know who to look out for when the women race on the roads of Yorkshire next week, and later this year at the UCI World Championships . In previous seasons there have been clear favourites at the races. Notably two seasons ago, Boels-Dolmans was the team to beat with Anna van der Breggen and then teammate Lizzie Deignan regularly doing a one-two at the Spring Classics . However, this year has seen a changing of the guard, with the UCI Women’s WorldTour rankings and ...

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Peter Sagan to race Fleche Wallonne

Peter Sagan at the race start

Peter Sagan ( Bora-Hansgrohe ) will line up to start La Flèche Wallonne on Wednesday. The three-time world champion was not initially scheduled to race the mid-week segment of the Ardennes Classics, instead opting to focus on Amstel Gold Race and Liège-Bastogne-Liège, but he was a late addition to the start list on the eve of the race. Sagan has not won a Classic so far this season, and his sole victory came during a stage of the Tour Down Under in January. He started the European season with an illness in March that required some additional recovery time, and so he placed a more realistic target on the Ardennes Classics, specifically Amstel Gold and Liège. He was fourth at Milan-San Remo, and although he wasn't able to defend his title at Paris-Roubaix, he was part of the late-race breakaway and finished fifth. The result at Hell of the North ...

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Impey leads Mitchelton-Scott hopes for Amstel Gold

Daryl Impey (Mitchelton-Scott)

South African road race and time trial champion Daryl Impey will lead the Australian Mitchelton-Scott WorldTour team at the Amstel Gold Race in the Netherlands on Sunday, hoping that he can add to the team's already impressive haul of 17 victories so far this season. In 2019, only Deceuninck-QuickStep – with 24 wins – and Astana (22) have won in 2019 more often than Mitchelton, who currently share a win-tally with Bora-Hansgrohe. Impey – who successfully defended his national titles in February on the back of retaining his Tour Down Under crown in Australia in January – enjoyed a break from racing between finishing the Volta a Catalunya in late March and Wednesday's Brabantse Pijl, and is now raring to go for the hilly Dutch one-day race. "I've changed things around a bit this year, and I am trying a different approach by going to altitude before the Ardennes," he ...

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28 things you need to know about the 2019 Amstel Gold Race

The cobbled classics are done and it’s time now for the Ardennes Classics, starting with the Amstel Gold Race this Sunday. Ahead of this Dutch one-day race, we bring you up to speed on all you need to know about both the men’s WorldTour event and the Women’s WorldTour event. The basics Amstel Gold is … The post 28 things you need to know about the 2019 Amstel Gold Race appeared first on CyclingTips .

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POC wins two design awards for its 2019 range

POC wins two design awards for its 2019 range

Since Swedish brand POC entered the cycling space it's created a range of some of the techiest road and mountain bike gear on the market. And continuing with this trend, the brand has bagged two more designed and innovation awards. POC Ventral Spin aero helmet review POC launches new Ventral Air helmet OMNE Air Spin helmet It wasn’t all that long ago that POC launched its top of the range Ventral Air helmet, and now the brand has debuted a new mid-range road lid the, OMNE Air Spin. Looking eerily similar to the Oakley ARO3 road lid, POC says the OMNE features an ‘optimal liner density’ where certain zones on the helmet have been beefed up to keep your brain happy and healthy in case of an impact. Unreleased POC helmet at Tour Down Under In a similar vein, the OMNE Air will come with POC’s Spin pads. Short for ...

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Renshaw thrown in at the deep end at the Classics

Mark Renshaw back in action at Scheldeprijs

Mark Renshaw ( Dimension Data ) says that getting his 2019 season under way at the Classics has been a difficult task, but that he's happy to be racing again and is looking forward to clocking up the miles. Renshaw missed the start of the season after he broke his pelvis when he was hit by a car during training in December. The delay, combined with the reduced programme that his team is riding this season, meant that there were fewer options for his comeback. In the end, he has been thrown into the deep end in Belgium, with the Classics well under way. Wednesday's Scheldeprijs was just his second race day of the year, and it just happens to be one of the most chaotic races on the Belgian calendar. "My first race, the Driedaagse Brugge-De Panne, was even worse," Renshaw told Cyclingnews . "It was a big shock ...

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