Podcast: USAC’s new boss; how domestic pros survived 2018

Podcast: USAC’s new boss; how domestic pros survived 2018

USA Cycling's new CEO comes from an unconventional background. We discuss how he can address the organization's challenges. Read the full article at Podcast: USAC’s new boss; how domestic pros survived 2018 on VeloNews.com .

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Offseason Capsule: Lotto Soudal

Can the only Lotto left in town start cashing in some of their tickets? Lotto Soudal are the hipster cyclist’s favorite cycling team-- overwhelmingly Belgian, but not the most successful Belgian team, chock full of young talent, but not the most precocious of the neo pros, and boasting some of the most exciting, but not always successful, riders in the pro-ranks, while still trying to maintain the cycling team as a family but not a business feel (but perhaps not successfully), boasting (but perhaps not for long) Tom Boonen as an “advisor,” and repping the original Lotto before Rabobank thought it was cool. As of late, success has been secondary to style for Lotto, but perhaps that’s about to change. What we said last year Andrew was prescient in his prediction for Lotto’s 2018 season: [W]ith Gallopin leaving and Greipel aging, the odds of maintaining 8th place and matching the ...

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Paul Sherwen to be honoured at Tour Down Under

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The Santos Tour Down Under will honour late broadcaster Paul Sherwen with multiple events over the coming weeks. The former professional rider and longtime cycling commentator died of heart failure on December 2 at his home in Kampala, Uganda, giving rise to an outpouring of tributes and memorials from the cycling community. The 11-day Tour Down Under cycling festival starts January 10 with a four-day women's race and continues January 13 with the People's Choice Classic criterium and then the WorldTour-opening Tour Down Under from January 15-20. Organisers plan tributes to Sherwen at the official team presentation on January 12 and at the Legends’ Night Dinner on January 19. "He was a true professional, brought great insight to the fans, he was generous, always had a smile on his face and put one on yours," said Hitaf Rasheed, executive director of Events South Australia. "Paul had a deep passion and ...

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CCC Team name Tour Down Under roster

Jakub Mareczko steps up to WorldTour with CCC Team in 2019

The CCC Team will debut in their first stage race this month at the Santos Tour Down Under in Australia, where Jakub Mareczko and two-time New Zealand time trial champion Paddy Bevin will take the reins of leadership. “We have a lot of firsts coming into the opening races for our season in Adelaide," said team director Jackson Stewart, who added that the team will hunt stage wins while keeping an eye on the general classification. "We are a newly branded team, with some new staff and new riders, many of whom have not been to the Santos Tour Down Under before. But the objective is still to win. We will focus on each stage according to its challenges, and we will see how the general classification develops." Mareczko, who joined the team this year after four years on Wilier Triestina, will look to excel in the sprint finishes, while ...

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Offseason Capsule: Quick Step

We didn’t see any Quick Step Flaws In 2018, Patrick Lefevre’s boys put together a season for the ages. What does 2019 have in store? Well, they can’t possibly match last year (can they?) but nothing says Christmas on Podium Café like looking back over the most dominant cobbles season we’ve seen in the modern era. What we said last year I’m reasonably pleased with this. I was optimistic about the team surviving the loss of Boonen and continuing to lead the peloton in wins and topping the VDS rankings. I talked up the sprint unit and was optimistic of increased success in the Ardennes, and I also enthused about the chances of many strong cobbles riders between them grabbing a cobbled monument. I was comparatively down on their GC chances and I didn’t see Enric Mas coming. I also missed the sheer onslaught of wins, but I used the ...

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Uni-SA squad for TDU announced with heavy Bennelong-SwissWellness representation

Uni-SA squad for TDU announced with heavy Bennelong-SwissWellness representation

Six of the seven members of the Uni-SA squad for the Tour Down Under have been announced with the squad to feature four Bennelong-SwissWellness members after the Continental-registered team finished first in the National Road Series standings.

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Peter Sagan to race Classics through until Liege-Bastogne-Liege

Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) sported a thick beard at  Bora-Hansgrohe's training camp

Three-time world champion Peter Sagan ( Bora-Hansgrohe ) has announced that he will compete in a full spring Classics campaign in 2019, with plans for the 28-year-old to race from Milan-San Remo in March right through until Liege-Bastogne-Liege in late April. Speaking at the Bora-Hansgrohe team presentation in Mallorca on Monday, Sagan confirmed that he would once again begin his season at the Tour Down Under in January. He will add the Vuelta a San Juan in Argentina to his programme before returning to Europe for a spell of altitude training in February. "I'm happy be a part of this team. It's been two years already but it's felt like just a week. We're starting another season and we're getting older but I'd like to help pass on my experience to some of the younger riders," Sagan said. "We've decided that I'll do my kilometres in Australia and from there ...

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Blend of experience and youth in women's TDU national team

Blend of experience and youth in women's TDU national team

The selections for the women's Santos Tour Down have been announced, with the squad that will sport the now-traditional Uni-SA sponsorship to be balanced between providing opportunities for youngsters and more established riders.

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Mark Cavendish and Peter Sagan to ride Vuelta a San Juan

Bora-Hansgrohe's Peter Sagan puts on another green jersey at the Tour de France

Mark Cavendish and Peter Sagan will be headline names at the 2019 Vuelta a San Juan, it has been confirmed. It will be the first time that the pair have ridden the South American race, having previously ridden the now-defunct Tour de San Luis. "We are happy to confirm it,” San Juan sports minister Jorge Chica told Argentinian publication Diario de Cuyo. " The talks have been going on for some months and today, finally, we can confirm that Sagan will be here, giving more prestige to our Vuelta. “They are figures that will give [the race] an extraordinary level." Last month, Sagan told Cyclingnews that he intended on riding the South American race for the first time . He had already been confirmed to start the opening round of the WorldTour Tour Down Under, which he has ridden the past two years. Sagan has previously ridden the Tour de ...

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Jonathan Cantwell dies aged 36

Jonathan Cantwell (Drapac) preparing for Stage 6

Former professional rider Jonathan Cantwell , who retired at the end of 2014, having ridden for teams including WorldTour team Saxo-Tinkoff, Drapac and US Continental squad Jittery Joe's, has died. The Australian was just 36. Writing in a reaction to a post of condolence by the organisers of the Tour Down Under stage race on Wednesday, former Olympic and world champion track sprinter Anna Meares wrote: "My heart aches heavy to learn that Jonathan Cantwell has died. Love and thoughts with his family and friends and indeed community." Cantwell began his career with US Continental team Jittery Joe's in 2008, and went on to ride for the Fly V Australia Continental team, where he stayed for the next three seasons, competing on the Australian and US circuits. A sprinter, Cantwell won two stages of the Herald Sun Tour in 2009, and finished 14th in that year's Philadelphia International Championship one-day ...

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Q&A: Lachlan Morton on joining EF and racing gravel

Q&A: Lachlan Morton on joining EF and racing gravel

We sat down with Lachlan Morton to discuss his return to the Education First team, racing on gravel, and a tough 2018 season. Read the full article at Q&A;: Lachlan Morton on joining EF and racing gravel on VeloNews.com .

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Doull focusing on Classics with Team Sky in 2019

Team Sky's Owain Doull and Geraint Thomas

After signing with Team Sky for the 2017 season – joining from the Team Wiggins Continental outfit – Owain Doull has spent the past two seasons with the British WorldTour outfit gaining experience in the Classics and working for the team in shorter stage races. A year-long extension to his contract will see the 25-year-old Welshman continue to focus on one-day races, where he hopes to see further improvement, and possibly earn himself a start at his first Grand Tour . "My main aim is the Classics again," Doull said on his team's website on Tuesday. "I want to carry on making that progression. I was happy with the difference between my first and second years in the Classics and I think with an extra few per cent next year, being that bit better, will allow me to go that much further into the races. I hope that jump will ...

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Pro Cycling Manager 2018 review: Become a pro cyclist, write your own story

Richie Porte drops the wheel and his rivals start to open a gap. Chris Froome, Alejandro Valverde, and Romain Bardet — they’re all there, riding away from Porte, just 5km from the summit of Alpe d’Huez. It’s not looking good for the Australian. He’s already more than three minutes behind the overall lead of Froome, … The post Pro Cycling Manager 2018 review: Become a pro cyclist, write your own story appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Offseason Capsule: Mitchelton-Scott

Great Scott! A reminder: this was written and scheduled before Lombardia. So if Adam wins a monument, or the team folds, or aliens invade… I’m sorry I didn’t cover it. I bet Orica wish they’d hung on for another year. Mitchelton’s first season with the Australia-based outfit was a resounding success, with a first grand tour victory in Spain the culmination of a well-executed plan. What we said last year Yeah, I’d rather not link to this . I wasn’t totally down on the Yates boys, and I said that we could hope for GT podiums between them and Chaves. Still, my expectation was that they’d stop their development a rung or two below the vey best. That prediction has not aged well. Otherwise (how was the play, Mrs Lincoln?), I was happy enough with this. I liked the infrastructure and the support, and I had doubts about Ewan and ...

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Pro cycling power ranking: The top 10 riders of 2018

Joe Robinson 15 Oct 2018 From the Classics to the Grand Tours, Cyclist ranks the top 10 riders of 2018 With Thibaut Pinot's solo victory at Il Lombardia last Saturday came the end of the 2018 professional cycling season. Yes, there's the matter of the final of the Tour of Guangxi out in China still to be contested but for cycling's biggest and best talents, the season will be over and it will be time to consider the year just gone and the newest ambitions over the next 12 months. Unlike years previous, 2018 wasn't dominated by one rider. From Daryl Impey's win at the Tour Down Under back in January, the spread of riders gracing the top step has been fairly even, shared between riders used to victory and some finally breaking through to the upper echelons of the sport. While cycling's five Monuments presented five different winners from ...

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Specter of Puerto won’t go away

Specter of Puerto won’t go away

With Alejandro Valverde in the rainbow jersey, the lingering evidence from the Operacion Puerto doping scandal may get reexamined. Read the full article at Specter of Puerto won’t go away on VeloNews.com .

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Bernal signs new five-year contract with Team Sky

Egan Bernal (Team Sky)

Egan Bernal has signed a new five-year contract with Team Sky . The deal will keep the Colombian rider at Team Sky until the end of 2023. “I’m very happy to sign a new contract with Team Sky,” Bernal said in a statement released on Friday. “It feels like a new stage in my life. I know five years is a long time and that it’s not too common in cycling, but the team has been great for me. They offer me everything I could want and I’m excited about the future.” Still only 21, Bernal signed for Team Sky at the end of last season after two successful years with Androni Giocattoli and overall victory at the 2017 Tour de l’Avenir while riding for the Colombian national team. He made his debut in Team Sky colours at the Tour Down Under, where he finished sixth overall. In February, he ...

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The SHEcret Pro: On Worlds, minimum wages, and Grand Tours for women

The SHEcret Pro is back and she’s got a lot on her mind! In this post our anonymous insider gives us the goss from the Road World Championships, offers her thoughts on the newly announced minimum wage for top women’s teams, and explains her frustrations with calls for three-week women’s races. Well, here I am, … The post The SHEcret Pro: On Worlds, minimum wages, and Grand Tours for women appeared first on CyclingTips .

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De Gendt and Wellens to ride 1,000km home from Lombardy to Belgium

Thomas De Gendt rides to victory during stage 2 at Tour de Romandie

Thomas De Gendt may have ridden more than 12,000 kilometres this season across 87 days of racing, with a few more still to come, but the Belgian will be adding 1,000 more onto it as he plans to ride home to Belgium after Il Lombardia next week. De Gendt, who has not raced since the Vuelta a Espana, is set to head to Italy for three more races before he concludes his season, ending with Il Lombardia on Saturday, October 13. De Gendt will make this epic journey with Lotto Soudal teammate Tim Wellens , who will head to Lombardia after recently racing at the UCI Road World Championships in Innsbruck. According to a post on social media by De Gendt, all the logistics have been planned, hotels booked and luggage has been tested for the six-day ride. In the past, De Gendt has travelled home from the Tour de ...

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The weekly spin: The Alejandro Valverde conundrum

The joy on Alejandro Valverde’s face was unmistakable. Upon crossing the finish line as the new road world champion, he buried his head into the arms of a soigneur, and began to sob. This wasn’t just happiness, but rather an emotional release. After spending his entire career chasing a rainbow jersey, six times finishing on … The post The weekly spin: The Alejandro Valverde conundrum appeared first on CyclingTips .

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