Bernal wins Paris-Nice

The final Paris-Nice podium (L-R) Nairo Quintana, Egan Bernal, Michal Kwiatkowski

Egan Bernal ( Team Sky ) secured overall victory at Paris-Nice after a tense final stage which saw his yellow jersey come under attack by Nairo Quintana (Movistar). Ion Izagirre (Astana) took the stage win in Nice, attacking on the final climb of the day to leave behind the remains of the elite break group led by Quintana. The Spaniard quickly built a stage-winning gap, staying upright on the descent to secure the win, 19 seconds ahead of Oliver Naesen (AG2R La Mondiale) and Wilco Kelderman (Team Sunweb). Quintana, meanwhile, attacked 50km out, echoing similar moves against Team Sky by Alberto Contador in 2016 and 2017. But like the legendary Spaniard, Quintana would fall short. He was the virtual leader at several points, but ended up only taking four seconds on Bernal at the finish. The Movistar man attacked on the Côte de Peille to link up with the remnants ...

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Sagan and Olympic champ van der Breggen to race Tour of California

Sagan and Olympic champ van der Breggen to race Tour of California

Three-time world champion Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) and reigning Olympic and world champion Anna van der Breggen have scheduled a trip to America this May to race the Amgen Tour of California, organizers confirmed Wednesday. Along with a provisional list of star riders, the race also named the 19 men’s teams and 16 women’s teams that […] Read the full article at Sagan and Olympic champ van der Breggen to race Tour of California on VeloNews.com .

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Tour of California announces 2019 teams

The Tour of California takes off from Pismo Beach in 2015

Organisers of the Amgen Tour of California men's and women's races released their 2019 team rosters today, with both races featuring multiple returning champions to battle it out past iconic California landmarks and up some of the state's most notorious climbs. The Amgen Tour of California men's race will feature the US national team for the first time this year when the race rolls out of Sacramento. USA Cycling will field a roster of riders whose trade teams aren't competing in the race, joining 18 other teams on the roads from the start in the Golden State's capitol on May 12 to the finish in Pasadena on May 18. Thirteen WorldTour teams have signed up for the men's race in its third year on the WorldTour calendar, joining five Pro Continental teams and the US national team to form the biggest men's field yet. Defending champion Egan Bernal (Team Sky) ...

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Tour of California confirms George Bennett, Kittel, van Garderen for 2019 race

Overall winner George Bennett punches the air

The Amgen Tour of California will release the complete list of teams for its 2019 men's and women's races on Thursday, but organisers of the US WorldTour race have used their local media accounts to leak a few of the teams and riders who will compete at the May races. Jumbo-Visma 's George Bennett, who won the race in 2017 but did not defend his title last year, will return with the Dutch team this year to try and claim another title. His American teammate Sepp Kuss previously told Cyclingnews that he will be joining Bennett on the start line May 12 in Sacramento. The race also revealed that Tejay van Garderen , who won the race in 2013 and was second last year to Team Sky's Egan Bernal, will return to California this year with his new team EF Education First . Van Garderen's new teammate Dani Martinez was ...

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The Art of Racing Over 7 Days

What does it mean to be a one-week specialist? From 2014 to 2017, Alberto Contador was the undaunted master of week-long stage races. Having finished on the podium of WT one-week stage races (see the races I used for this analysis below) a whopping 10 times, including 3 wins. It would be easy for you to rush to interpret that this means that Grand Tour excellence translates to week-long results, until I tell you that over that time frame, Alberto Contador finished on a Grand Tour podium just once. In the twilight of his career, Contador was a shell of himself when it came to the big 3 week races, but was simply unparalleled when it came to the week-longs. [Full disclosure: Contador was also a week-long asskicker when he was a great GT rider as well… but we’ll get to that later.] You often hear the adage: “Rider X ...

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Porte could make Tour of California debut as preparation for Tour de France

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

Richie Porte ( Trek-Segafredo ) could ride the Tour of California for the first time in his career as part of his preparation for the Tour de France . Porte is riding a slimmer race programme this season with the hope of having fresher legs for the Grand Boucle. Porte told Cyclingnews that he might head stateside this May and hang around for a training camp before returning to Europe. "We'll see it how it all goes, but I'll probably race California and then stay there for a bit of altitude and then the next big goal is the Dauphine," Porte told Cyclingnews . "That's the race where I need to be going and then the Tour. It's a bit of an unprecedented run. Normally, I hit the Tour with more race days in the legs." Porte said that he is a bit behind where he'd like to be at ...

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Flying Too Close to the Sun: Paris - Nice Preview

Race to the sun, my ass.

There’s always a discussion around this time about which is the better race-- Paris - Nice or Tirreno-Adriatico-- as the peloton gets split between the two races. The consensus view is usually that TA is the better race-- it gets the better riders and has the better route. Here’s the thing, though. Anyone that still believes that has not been watching PN during the last three years. Each of the last three years has been a barn burner of a race, easily in contention for best week long stage race of the year as well as race day of the year and probably only losing out on those honors due to its placement on the calendar-- before the spring classics and all of the grand tours cloud our collective memories. 2016 saw Geraint Thomas take the GC victory over Alberto Contador by a mere 4 seconds and saw a vintage ...

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Guarnier lured out of retirement by mentorship role at Tibco-SVB

The riders unite with Tibco and Silicon Valley Bank executives for a team photo

When Megan Guarnier decided to announce her retirement from professional cycling at the end of the 2018 season, she had every intention of hanging up her wheels for good to focus on her family and education. It wasn't until Tibco-SVB owner Linda Jackson presented her with an enticing offer to mentor the American team that Guarnier realised a change was all that was needed to keep her invested in the sport. "I still love the sport of cycling, and this was a perfect way for me to remain in women's cycling and pass on my knowledge and experience to the next generation of riders," Guarnier wrote to Cyclingnews in an email. Guarnier had spent a successful five seasons with the Europe-based programme Boels Dolmans, where she won the overall titles at the Giro Rosa, Tour of California, Ladies Tour of Norway and the Tour de Yorkshire, in addition to one-day ...

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The aspirations of Rohan Dennis

Rohan Dennis may be the reigning world champion in the time trial, but he still has aspirations beyond aero bars. The post The aspirations of Rohan Dennis appeared first on CyclingTips .

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VN Archives: The first Tour of California in 2006

VN Archives: The first Tour of California in 2006

Amid doubts about weather and long-term sustainability, the Amgen Tour of California kicked off in February 2006. Now, it's part of the WorldTour calendar. Read the full article at VN Archives: The first Tour of California in 2006 on VeloNews.com .

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Higuita's mid-season transfer to EF Education First brought forward to May

Sergio Andres Higuita (Euskadi) celebrates winning the white jersey at Volta a la Comunitat Valencia

When the favourites moved to the fore on the toughest stage of the Vuelta a Andalucia last weekend, it was hard to miss a figure in the bright orange colours of the Equipo Euskadi squad amongst their number. That rider was up-and-coming Colombian Sergio Higuita, who, at 21, held his own on the final ascent of Hazallanas and the long drop back to Granada in a select group of six chasers on stage 4. Not only that, Higuita was finally second on the stage, one of the best results in his pro career, as he took the small group sprint behind solo winner Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott). After beating WorldTour racers of the calibre of Jakob Fuglsang and Ion Izagirre (Mitchelton-Scott), Steven Kruijswijk (Jumbo-Visma) and Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) in the small group sprint on Saturday, Higuita then received a large hug of congratulations from the Equipo Euskadi team staff. But the ...

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Rohan Dennis sets his sights on California

Rohan Dennis sets his sights on California

The Bahrain-Merida rider is focused on winning the Tour of California and then helping Vincenzo Nibali at the Tour de France. Read the full article at Rohan Dennis sets his sights on California on VeloNews.com .

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The weekly spin: I used to be a bike racer

I used to be a bike racer. Not a very good one, mind you. But I was once someone who paid entry fees, pinned on numbers, and spent weekends suffering on two wheels. I’m not sure what I’d call myself now. I have a cyclocross bike hanging in the garage, covered in dust, with two … The post The weekly spin: I used to be a bike racer appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Sitting down with Egan Bernal: Lessons learned, and what lies ahead

Supported by Last August, Egan Bernal opened his eyes and realized he was in a hospital bed. He looked around, unable to remember what happened to him. He knew he had finished the Tour de France. He wasn’t not sure if he had raced, or crashed out of, the Vuelta a España. It was not the Vuelta. … The post Sitting down with Egan Bernal: Lessons learned, and what lies ahead appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Fighting gravity, and the ordinary, at the Red Bull Bay Climb

Supported by Back in September 2018, freelance journalist James Stout headed up to San Francisco to take part in the second edition of the Red Bull Bay Climb, a hill-climb race that pitted riders against the brutal Potrero Hill. At just 0.32 miles (515 metres), it’s not the longest climb around, but with an average gradient of … The post Fighting gravity, and the ordinary, at the Red Bull Bay Climb appeared first on CyclingTips .

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The weekly spin: The intersection of pro cycling and basic human rights

It’s always been difficult for me to embrace WorldTour racing in what amount to repressive, police states. And as the professional peloton heads to the Middle East this week, this annual conflict resurfaces anew. The tenth edition of the Tour of Oman begins Saturday and runs through February 21. A few days later, the six-stage … The post The weekly spin: The intersection of pro cycling and basic human rights appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Dani Martinez: The Tour de France is my dream

Daniel Martinez (EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale)

Fruit metaphors in sports can often be tricky, but EF Education First team CEO Jonathan Vaughters went there to describe the development of 22-year-old Dani Martínez – the Colombian climber who joined the team last year after two years on the Italian Pro Continental team Wilier Triestina. After spending an off-season working with his young rider's skills, especially his time-trialling ability, Vaughters saw Martínez go out on February 1 and beat Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana), Egan Bernal (Team Sky) and Rodrigo Contreras (Astana) to take the Colombian national time trial title. Martínez has now been given the reins at EF Education First for the Tour Colombia 2.1 – a race where teammate and compatriot Rigoberto Uran finished third last year and Martínez was fifth. With Uran starting a slower build-up for the Tour de France , Martínez will get his opportunity – and the full support of his team – ...

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Brailsford mum on Sky’s future, talks culture and Colombians

Supported by Standing in a packed stadium in Medellín, Colombia, Team Sky principal Dave Brailsford spoke of the development of young Colombian talents Ivan Sosa and Egan Bernal, the cycling culture in Colombia, and the success this nation has brought Sky. He would not comment, unsurprisingly, on his team’s uncertain future. Brailsford returned to South America for … The post Brailsford mum on Sky’s future, talks culture and Colombians appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Tour of California unveils ‘incredibly demanding’ 2019 route

Tour of California unveils ‘incredibly demanding’ 2019 route

The men's and women's races will both finish May 18 in Pasadena. Read the full article at Tour of California unveils ‘incredibly demanding’ 2019 route on VeloNews.com .

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Tour of California announces 2019 route details

2019 Tour of California men's and women's route map

The 2019 Amgen Tour of California will start in Sacramento with a day for the sprinters and end a week later in Pasadena in the shadow of the Rose Bowl. Race owners AEG today unveiled route details for the men's and women's WorldTour races, which start on May 12 with the men in Sacramento. The women's race starts three days later in Ventura on May 16, and both races conclude Sunday, May 18, with a lap around Pasadena's iconic Rose Bowl. This year will mark several firsts for the women's race, which will run concurrently with the final three men's stages and share similar courses and the same finishes. The women's race will skip Lake Tahoe and instead take on Mt. Baldy for the first time during their second stage on May 17. "The 2019 race course is incredibly demanding - there's more climbing and more long road days than ...

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