McNulty frustrated at missing medals in Worlds time trial

Brandon McNulty (USA)

For the first time in three years, Brandon McNulty (USA) missed the podium in the individual time trial at the UCI Road World Championships . The 2016 junior world champion and last year's silver medalist in the U23 ranks had no answers to the questions of journalists surprised to see him finish 53 seconds behind winner Mikkel Bjerg (Denmark) in seventh place on Monday. "It's pretty frustrating. Everything felt right, I just wasn't going fast I guess," McNulty dead-panned. One journalist suggested the wind might have changed for the later starters. "It's hard to say if the wind changed or not. If everyone at the end was struggling then maybe it did. I'm not sure though," McNulty said. Was it the matter of a heavier season of racing and fatigue? McNulty didn't think so. "I think the power was there, I just don't know where the speed was. Obviously, I've ...

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Day of the Dutchies - TT-edition

Tuesday already sees the women elite riders take on the Timetrial course in Innsbruck. After the kids warming up the roads this is the first big prestige event even though it feels really early in the week. With just one restday between TTT and TT you wonder if that isn’t in the back of some riders minds when they plan for this race? More on that later. The Course As often is the case this is the same course used by the U23 men. It takes us 27.8 kms from Hall-Wattens to Innsbruck. No city lap means no starting groups either which makes for a better chance of a fair race should weather act up. As we saw in the Monday races the course is fairly straightforward and one that works for the classic tempohorses. There is climbing but not the type that should cause a problem even for the ...

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Worlds: U23 time trial medallists not tempted to step up to WorldTour level in 2019

Mikkel Bjerg (Denmark)

Mikkel Bjerg of Denmark won his second consecutive under-23 time trial title at the UCI Road World Championships in Innsbruck but despite his success and huge talents, he is in no hurry to step up to WorldTour level. Fellow medallists Brent Van Moer (Belgium) and fellow Dane Mathias Norsgaard Jorgensen are a similar age and have also preferred to race at Professional Continental level in 2019 rather take the big step up to WorldTour level. Bjerg dominated the rolling but fast 27.7km course in Innsbruck, beating Van Moer by 33 seconds and Jorgensen by 38 seconds. He has raced with Axel Merckx's Hagens Berman Axeon team this season and intends to stay with the US-centric Professional Continental team in 2019. Bjerg revealed that he will also target the Danish Hour Record on October 4. He is a rider of many talents who bears a passing resemblance to former world champion ...

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Does Yates’ Second Coming Herald New Era?

Simon Yates building toward his overall Vuelta victory

Grand tour victories tend to fall into two categories: Oh, him again? [Eye roll]; and A new guy! WHAT DOES IT MEAN?!?! This time it’s #2. So Simon Yates won the Vuelta over the weekend, or really about 12 days ago when he began taking control with a few high stage finishes, built on patient attacking for small gaps and time bonuses. I’d like to resist lumping him in with the rest of the British grand tour winners this year, except that’s exactly how they proceed too (plus time trialling, not a subject of much interest at the Vuelta). Really, the only distinction I can make among their respective wins this year is that Yates’ triumph is the lesser of the three, because Thomas won the Tour and Froome broke Yates, the very same Yates, to win the Giro. Anyway, the job of today is to kick around what we ...

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October issue of Procycling out now

The October issue of Procycling is on sale now!

With just over a week to go until the UCI Road World Championships begin in Innsbruck, Peter Sagan could be in the final few days of his three-year streak in the rainbow jersey. Since the Slovak first held the road world title in 2015, he has become cycling's most bankable and most blockbuster star. He's the sport's rock star who always delivers, whether he's winning races or not. Procycling met with Sagan this summer, in one of the increasingly rare exclusive interviews the 28-year-old gives, in the middle of a season where he won a long-awaited Paris-Roubaix title and a record-equalling sixth green jersey at the Tour de France. But beneath all the jokes, the bike trickery and the videos posted, Sagan is becoming ever more elusive almost in equal trajectory to his increasing fame. As well as discussing his Bora-Hansgrohe team, which was set up almost entirely around him, ...

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Krista Doebel-Hickok signs with Rally Cycling

climber Kristabel Doebel-Hickok raced for Tibco the past two seasons.

The Rally Cycling Women's team has signed American climber Krista Doebel-Hickok in what will likely be the only 2019 addition to the US-based team's current roster. Doebel-Hickok spent the past three seasons racing with Cylance Pro Cycling in Europe, where she competed in the Giro d'Italia, La Flèche Wallonne, Strade Bianche and Liège-Bastogne-Liège. Her palmares include a stage victory at the Tour de Feminin in 2015 and third on stage 2 of the 2017 Amgen Tour of California. Doebel-Hickok was fourth overall at the 2017 Amgen Women's Race behind Anna van der Breggen (Boels Dolmans), Katie Hall (UnitedHealthcare) and Arlenis Sierra (Astana). The 29-year-old California native started her pro career with Tibco in 2014 before moving in 2016 to Cylance, where she raced mostly in Europe for the past three seasons. Returning to a team with a US-focused calendar for next season was a top priority. "I wanted to be ...

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Leah Thomas signs with Cervelo Bigla

Leah Thomas (UnitedHealthcare)

American Leah Thomas will move from UnitedHealthcare to Cervélo Bigla for 2019, the Swiss-based team announced today. Thomas, a time trial specialist who won the Tour de Feminine in the Czech Republic earlier this year before claiming the Chrono Champenois time trial in France on Sunday, will shift her focus from US racing to the UCI Women's WorldTour. "Signing a US rider is important for our partners, but she's also an important personality towards the Olympic Games," said Cervélo Bigla manager Thomas Campana. "The plan with Leah is to help her get a spot in the time trial in Tokyo. She's very focussed and keen to make her way in the European WorldTour races. That was a decisive factor for us, and her overall qualities are very good and we want to help her to reach her goals." Thomas, 29, started her pro career in 2015 with the Twenty16 team, ...

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Hincapie Racing misses deadline for Pro Continental license

Hincapie Racing misses deadline for Pro Continental license

It is unclear if Hincapie Racing will be able to continue in 2019 as the team searches for funding. Read the full article at Hincapie Racing misses deadline for Pro Continental license on VeloNews.com .

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Why Colombia keeps producing talented cyclists

Daniel Martinez

In the last decade, cycling's WorldTour has experienced a resurgence of Colombian talent. Why? Read the full article at Why Colombia keeps producing talented cyclists on VeloNews.com .

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King and Guarnier headline US road team for World Championships

Ben King climbs La Covatilla on the way to his stage 9 win at the Vuelta

Megan Guarnier and Ben King will lead the line for the US at the upcoming UCI Road World Championships in Innsbruck, Austria, as part of a 15-rider elite men's and women's roster. Guarnier (Boels Dolmans) will lead a women's road race team that also includes US road champion Coryn Rivera and Ruth Winder (Team Sunweb), Alexis Ryan (Canyon-SRAM), Tour of California winner Katie Hall and Leah Thomas (UnitedHealthcare), and Tayler Wiles (Trek Drops). US time trial champion and two-time world champion Amber Neben will join Wiles in contesting the Elite women's time trial. "We are fielding an amazing team of athletes that will be working cohesively for a medal finish," said Jack Seehafer, USA Cycling women's endurance program manager. "There will be benefit in having had the majority of our athletes on the ground for recon in Innsbruck. They already know first-hand how brutal the course will be and have ...

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Alaphilippe surprises himself with Tour of Britain victory

Julian Alaphilippe in the leader's green jersey

Julian Alaphilippe had looked like a probable winner from early on in the Tour of Britain due to his obvious climbing prowess, but after finishing the job with 13th place in the London circuit race, the Frenchman said he had been pleasantly surprised to land the second professional stage race victory of his career, the first since the Tour of California in 2016. “I was not expecting to win the overall in a stage race in the first event I participated in after the break following the Tour and San Sebastian,” said the Quick-Step Floors rider. “I have surprised myself with my shape. I did the criteriums after the Tour, then San Sebastian, then had a week on holiday and started training again before coming here.” “It was really fast today,” said Alaphilippe after the London circuit race. “We always tried to stay in the front to control the race, ...

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Julian Alaphilippe wins 2018 Tour of Britain

Julian Alaphilippe (Quick-Step Floors)

Until he roared up Lower Regent Street to take a decisive stage victory, Caleb Ewan had endured a frustrating final week to close an utterly frustrating season, so the joy on his face spoke volumes, as he continued celebrating most of the way up to Piccadilly Circus. The victory came in his final race with the Mitchelton-Scott team, ensuring that his time with them came to a happy conclusion. Not far behind, Julian Alaphilippe celebrated his first stag- race victory since the Tour of California in 2016 with a tap on the back of the rider next to him. The Frenchman wasn’t saying thanks to a team mate however, but apologising to Bardiani’s Paolo Simion for having leaned on him in the final gallop to the line just behind Ewan. But he did the necessary as expected, holding on to his 17-second lead ahead of Team Sky's Wout Poels. The ...

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Stetina fighting for 2019 contract in turbulent job market

Trek-Segafredo's Peter Stetina grabs a bottle during stage 5 at the Tour of Utah

Peter Stetina ( Trek Segafredo ) toed the start line at the Grand Prix Cycliste de Quebec on Friday in what could be one of the last road races of his professional cycling career. Affected by illness and injuries that have led to sub-par performances, and combined with a turbulent job market where several teams have folded, could force the American to retire earlier than expected. "I currently don't know," an emotional Stetina told Cyclingnews on Friday just moments ahead of the start of the race in Quebec City. "It's a forced retirement. "My agents are working on it and I'm trying to stay positive but I'm definitely stressed out about it. There are some potentials but nothing concrete. Things are still in discussions." Stetina, 31, is reaching the end of his tenth season competing on the highest level of professional bike racing. He started his career as a young ...

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USA CRITS team profile: A relaxed atmosphere with immense ambitions at Holowesko-Citadel

In just six years, under close guidance from brothers George and Rich Hincapie, the Holowesko-Citadel team has grown from a junior development program, to a feeder for the BMC Racing Team, to its current iteration as Pro Continental producer of WorldTour talent. The team has won stages at the Amgen Tour of California, Tour of the Gila, Tour … The post USA CRITS team profile: A relaxed atmosphere with immense ambitions at Holowesko-Citadel appeared first on CyclingTips .

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McNulty extends with Rally Cycling for 2019

Brandon McNulty was the last man standing in the breakaway

Rally Cycling ended speculation today about where up-and-coming American Brandon McNulty will race next year, announcing that the 20-year-old will return to the US Pro Continental team for at least one more season. McNulty – the 2016 junior time trial world champion – joined Rally in 2017, but suffered a broken hip in an early-season crash that derailed much of his season. He recovered in time to take silver in the U23 Worlds time trial in Bergen, Norway , and then turned his attention to this year. He started his season in the Middle East and immediately put the peloton on notice at the Dubai Tour, where he went on a solo fly near the end of the queen stage to Hatta Dam and came up 50 metres short of stealing the stage win. He went on to finish 14th overall. Back in Europe, McNulty took top-15 finishes at both ...

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Brandon McNulty, 20, turns down WorldTour offers to stay at Rally

Brandon McNulty, 20, turns down WorldTour offers to stay at Rally

The Phoenix native said he wants to continue developing his skills as a rider before joining a WorldTour team. Read the full article at Brandon McNulty, 20, turns down WorldTour offers to stay at Rally on VeloNews.com .

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Alaphilippe forces the pace at Tour of Britain

Julian Alaphilippe (Quick-Step Floors) on the podium as the winner of stage 16 at the leader of the

French star Julian Alaphilippe was the strongman of the first two days of the Tour of Britain , forcing the pace up the final short climb on stage 1 to escape with his Quick-Step Floors teammate Bob Jungels, and then staging a phenomenal effort to close a 30-second gap on Hugh Carthy on the closing ascent of stage 2 , the tough climb up Challacombe. Both Alaphilippe and Jungels figured in the eight-rider chase group that formed in the final kilometres, and which looked set to fight out the overall standings through the Bristol stage and on into the Lake District at the end of the week. "Yesterday [Sunday] we controlled the race all day, and today we gave some help to Lotto after the feed because we never know what’s going to happen in the final," Alaphilippe said. "I tried my chance on the last climb and finally it ...

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Brad Huff calling it a career: The retirement Q&A

Brad Huff is hanging up the wheels after more than a decade in the pro peloton Read the full article at Brad Huff calling it a career: The retirement Q&A; on VeloNews.com .

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High school MTB leagues rebuild U.S. cycling’s base

Sean Bennett

High School mountain bike leagues are pumping thousands of kids into the U.S. cycling scene. What impact has it had on bicycle racing? Read the full article at High school MTB leagues rebuild U.S. cycling’s base on VeloNews.com .

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King victory a salve for Dimension Data

King victory a salve for Dimension Data

King hits the jackpot, easing the disappointment and frustration for the Dimension Data team this season. Read the full article at King victory a salve for Dimension Data on VeloNews.com .

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