Willunga Hill finish for 2019 Santos Tour Down Under

Willunga Hill finish for 2019 Santos Tour Down Under

Organisers have shapen up the Santos Tour Down Under order with a much-needed mountain finish at Willunga Hill.

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Route unveiled for 2019 Tour Down Under

Daryl Impey (Mitchelton-Scott) celebrates his Tour Down Under win

The climb of Willunga Hill will feature as the climax to the 2019 Tour Down Under , as the Australian UCI WorldTour event eschews its final 'Champs-Elysées-like' processional stage in favour of a 'queen stage' that should keep things exciting right to the very end. Willunga Hill has traditionally featured as a summit finish on the penultimate day of the Tour Down Under – a stage won by BMC's Richie Porte for the past five years in a row. Porte's fifth win on the climb in 2018 was not quite enough for the Australian to repeat his overall win of 2017, and the race was won by Mitchelton-Scott's Daryl Impey on 'countback', after the two riders were left equal on time after the Willunga stage. Despite there still being one more stage remaining last year – the usual affair on an Adelaide street circuit – Porte conceded defeat, knowing that ...

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Willunga Hill stage to conclude the 2019 Tour Down Under

Supported by The Santos Tour Down Under is set for a shake-up in 2019 with the event’s iconic Willunga Hill queen stage being moved to the final day of racing. In recent years, the Willunga summit finish has fallen on the penultimate day of the Tour followed by a circuit race in central Adelaide. The 2019 change … The post Willunga Hill stage to conclude the 2019 Tour Down Under appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Rigoberto Uran confirmed for Vuelta a España

Supported by Rigoberto Uran will race the 2018 Vuelta a España, EF Education First-Drapac boss Jonathan Vaughters confirmed with CyclingTips Thursday. The second-place finisher of the 2017 Tour de France, Uran abandoned the Tour de France prior to Stage 12 due to injuries sustained when he hit the deck on Stage 9. Uran was sitting sixth overall … The post Rigoberto Uran confirmed for Vuelta a España appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Caleb Ewan: The waiting game

Kieran Pender 23 Jul 2018 He's barely 24 but sprint prodigy Caleb Ewan is impatient for success, especially after his surprise Tour de France omission Words Kieran Pender Photography Wouter Roosenboom Four years ago he was hailed as ‘the most promising young talent in the land’. Since then he has cemented his position as Australia’s best sprinter, but Caleb Ewan displays none of the bravado or cockiness common among his rivals. Standing just 5ft 6in tall, Ewan has a Colgate smile, carefully styled hair and a tattoo with his name in Korean, the birthplace of his mother Kassandra. While he could swagger with the best of them, he’s reflective and self-aware beyond his years. Perhaps it’s because the sprinter has had to grow up fast. Ewan was beating highly fancied riders at 17 and signed a professional contract before his 20th birthday. See related Yates twins extend contract with Mitchelton-Scott ...

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Tour de France 2018: Rest day (video) roundup

On Sunday the Tour de France peloton rolled into Carcassonne to finish stage 15, and the 150 remaining riders get to put their feet up for a well deserved day off from racing on Monday. But let’s be honest, it’s selfish of them. We have to deal with two Mondays each July where everyone’s favourite … The post Tour de France 2018: Rest day (video) roundup appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Tour de France 2018: The winners and losers from the first week

Joe Robinson 16 Jul 2018 Cyclist take a look at which riders have had a smashing first week and those who have fallen below par The 2018 Tour de France is already a third of the way through and after nine intriguing stages the lay of the land has finally been set. Fernando Gaviria, Dylan Groenewegen and Peter Sagan have shared the spoils on the flatter days taking two stages while the first uphill finish went to an aggressive Dan Martin . BMC Racing did what you would expect them to do in the team time trial as John Degenkolb got us all crying with joy in Roubaix . The race for General Classification has been interesting too. Tom Dumoulin was docked some time for drafting a car while Chris Froome lost seconds after crashing on Stage 1. Geraint Thomas is currently sitting pretty above them all while down the ...

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The Fight for White: A Preview of the Young Guns at the Tour

It’s that time of the year again-- time for one of the most anticipated and most-likely-to-be-underwhelming events in the cycling world-- the Tour. While everyone else is caught up in the “Will she, won’t she?” romantic saga between the UCI and Chris Froome or the Three’s Company hijinx of the three Movistar leaders (Unzue is definitely Mr. Roper in this analogy, having been tricked into allowing Landa in), let’s take a look at the portion of the race that may just be the most exciting of this year’s Tour- the young riders’ competition. When it comes to the white jersey classification, I feel like David Wooderson from Dazed and Confused- What I love about these young rider competitions, man, is that I keep getting older, they stay the same age. That age of course, is 25 years old or younger, or more specifically any rider born after January 1, 1993. ...

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Richie Porte Q&A: On fatherhood, Tour de Suisse, Le Tour, and BMC’s future

It’s been a big few weeks for Richie Porte (BMC). His wife Gemma recently gave birth to the couple’s first child — a boy, Luca — and this past weekend the Tasmanian took what he has described as the biggest win of his career: the Tour de Suisse. Porte’s BMC team smashed the stage 1 … The post Richie Porte Q&A;: On fatherhood, Tour de Suisse, Le Tour, and BMC’s future appeared first on CyclingTips .

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UCI reveal WorldTour calendar for 2019

The final podium of the 2018 Giro d'Italia: winner Chris Froome (Team Sky) is flanked by Sunweb's To

The UCI has revealed the dates of the 2019 WorldTour races, with 37 races in 18 countries spread between the Tour Down Under in January and the Tour of Turkey in late October. The full race calendar for 2019 that includes the different continental calendars will be released in September. The biggest change to the calendar for next season is the merger of the Dubai Tour and the Abu Dhabi Tour in February to create the six-day UAE Tour (February 25-March 2). The Giro d’Italia has moved back a week and will be held between May 11 and June 2, with the Tour de France staying in the same slot as 2018 and held between July 6-28. These dates give riders targeting the Giro-Tour double five weeks of recovery. New races were added to the UCI WorldTour calendar under the presidency of Brian Cookson. However, the development compounded an already ...

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Kask Valegro helmet review: Feathery and airy

Kask Valegro

With so many new helmets boasting aero benefits, it’s easy to forget that most cyclists don’t give a damn about such marginal gains. Instead, it’s safety, comfort, cooling ability, and low weight that most people look for in a helmet. First seen at the 2017 Tour de France, Kask’s latest helmet, the Valegro, is the … The post Kask Valegro helmet review: Feathery and airy appeared first on CyclingTips .

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No Tour de France for Kennaugh after Dauphine exit

Pete Kennaugh (Bora-Hansgrohe).

Peter Kennaugh abandoned the Critérium du Dauphiné on Saturday and with it abandoned any hope of riding the Tour de France in his first season with Bora-Hansgrohe . The Manx rider will now look to target the Tour of Poland and Vuelta a España. Kennaugh came into the Dauphiné with renewed hope after a difficult start to life at Bora. He raced the Tour Down Under and Cadel Evans race in Australia in January but did not appear again until the Tour de Romandie in late April, with no apparent injury or illness problems. “I came back from Australia and I just really struggled,” Kennaugh told Cyclingnews in Moutiers on the morning of the final stage of the Dauphiné. “I felt really low, training wasn’t going well, I felt terrible on the bike, and it just got to the point where each day in training it felt so bad that ...

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Criterium du Dauphine: Impey wins stage 1

Darryl Impey (Mitchelton-Scott) wins stage 1 at Criterium du Dauphine

Daryl Impey ( Mitchelton-Scott ) won the high-speed finish into Saint-Just-Saint-Rambert after several late attacks on the climb above the spectacular Granget dam reduced the peloton to just 65 riders and eliminated the pure sprinters. The South African national champion followed the right wheels in the run-in to the finish, jumping past race leader Michel Kwiatkowski (Team Sky) before sprinting along the barriers to beat Julian Alaphilippe (Quick-Step Floors) and Patrick Ackermann (Bora-Hansgrohe) by several bike lengths. Kwiatkowski finished fifth in the same time as Impey and retained the leader's yellow jersey after winning Sunday's prologue time trial. However, Impey is now just two seconds down in the overall classification. All the expected overall contenders finished in the front group. It was Impey's fourth victory of the 2018 season. He won the overall classification of the Tour Down Under in January and the road race and time trial titles in ...

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EF-Drapac sign U23 Tour of Flanders winner Whelan

Silver medallist James Whelan (InForm Tineli)

EF Education First-Drapac announced on Friday that they have signed U23 Tour of Flanders winner James Whelan for three years beginning with the 2019 season. The Australian will start with the squad as a trainee in August. Whelan, who transitioned from running to cycling just two years ago, currently races with the Drapac-EF Development Team . "If someone had told me six months ago that I would be signing a three-year WorldTour contract now, I wouldn't have believed it," Whelan said in a team press release. "I would have been delighted, but I would have thought, 'Well for that to happen, everything is going to have to go perfectly.' And I'm fortunate enough to have had the right people around me and the right form to get the right results at the right time." Whelan's meteoric rise in cycling began after he suffered an injury to his Achilles tendon in ...

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USA CRITS team profile: Meteor-Intelligentsia, racing on caffeinated watts

This is the second installment of our ongoing stories of the 19 teams racing the 2018 USA CRITS series that have committed to the USA CRITS series — all dubbed D1 Teams. The D1 designation has no relation to the old UCI tier system, which called WorldTour teams D1 teams. In cycling, there are happiness … The post USA CRITS team profile: Meteor-Intelligentsia, racing on caffeinated watts appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Australian Road Nationals to run Friday-Tuesday in 2019, Bay Crits to return

Supported by Australia’s Road National Championships have been restructured for 2019 with the summer carnival set to run from Friday January 4 to Tuesday January 8. This represents a departure from the traditional schedule which had the Nationals start on the first Wednesday of the year and conclude that Sunday with the elite road races. The change … The post Australian Road Nationals to run Friday-Tuesday in 2019, Bay Crits to return appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Ridley commemorates Adam Hansen's 20th Grand Tour with custom frame

Ridley commemorates Adam Hansen's 20th Grand Tour with custom frame

This article first appeared on Cyclingnews . Adam Hansen 's record-breaking Grand Tour streak continues at the 101st Giro d'Italia . To commemorate Hansen's 20th consecutive Grand Tour start, Belgian frame manufacturer Ridley produced custom-painted frames for the Lotto Soudal rider to use during this year's Giro. Adam Hansen's Ridley Helium SLX gallery How to watch the Giro d'Italia 2018 on TV Ridley Bikes' and custom paint specialists Color-Monkey's design is dubbed 'Round 20' and is inspired by Marvel Comics' character Iron Man — the nickname Ridley says Hansen is known by in the WorldTour peloton. Hansen is also known for his homemade carbon shoes , unique bike setups and spare-time computer-software development, so it seems a fitting nickname for the Australian. A white base-coat is overlaid with red, black and gold artwork with the Round 20 roundels located around the head-tube cluster. Perhaps the only rider in the WorldTour ...

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The future is now: Colombian phenom Egan Bernal really is that good

They put Egan Bernal in a shiny new Lexus parked at a fetching angle underneath a big blue finish-line banner and told him to pop his head out the sunroof, where he held up his stuffed California bear and his tiny surfboard trophy and smiled for flashbulbs that blasted the happy, embarrassed, slightly overwhelmed smile … The post The future is now: Colombian phenom Egan Bernal really is that good appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Van der Breggen's WorldTour lead cut as Spratt wins Emakumeen Bira

Anna van der Breggen (Boels - Dolmans)

Anna van der Breggen 's lead in the WorldTour classification has been trimmed down by a few points but the Olympic champion remains firmly in control of the contest. After the 12th round of the series at Emakumeen Bira , the Boels Dolmans rider still holds a commanding lead of 232 points, down slightly from her previous margin 250. The new challenger for the Dutchwoman is Amanda Spratt (Mitchelton-Scott), who climbed two places after a stunning win at the Basque race . Spratt had started the final stage in 10th place and seemingly out of contention at 1:37 behind her teammate and leader Annemiek van Vleuten . However, with nothing to lose, she took a punt with 50 kilometres to go and, with her team out of the chase, was able to cross the line more than two minutes ahead of most of the general classification contenders. Spratt has enjoyed ...

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Bernal climbs WorldTour rankings as Peter Sagan remains in control

The final podium for the 2018 Tour of California: winner Egan Bernal (Team Sky) with BMC's Tejay van

Egan Bernal (Team Sky) has soared up the WorldTour rankings after claiming overall victory at the Tour of California last week. Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) failed to win a stage in California, for the first time in his career, but maintained a healthy lead in the standings with his closest rivals not racing at present. The top six remain the same, but Bernal enjoyed an 18-place jump up the standings into seventh place thanks to his win over home favourite Tejay van Garderen (BMC Racing) in California. Despite Van Garderen taking the race lead in the stage 4 time trial, Bernal beat the American rider by 1:25 thanks to a triumphant solo victory at South Lake Tahoe. The Tour of California is Bernal’s first overall WorldTour win and adds to the neo-pro’s time trial success at the Tour de Romandie last month, where he finished second overall. He also took a ...

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