Alaphilippe: I raised the bar, but now it goes back to zero

Julian Alaphilippe wears the new Deceuninck-Quick-Step jersey

There's an old maxim in football that says if you go a goal up early on, you should pretend it's still nil-nil and try to continue playing with the mindset with which you started the game. Julian Alaphilippe seems to be tapping into that as he reflects on a breakthrough 2018 season and prepares to try and back it up in 2019. "Looking in the rearview mirror, let's say I raised the bar," Alaphilippe said in an interview at Deceunicnk-QuickStep 's team presentation in Calpe this week, before later adding: "Now the meter goes back to zero." Alaphilippe has been destined for big things ever since bursting onto the scene with podiums at La Flèche Wallonne and Liège-Bastogne-Liège in 2015, his second season as a professional. Yet, despite winning the Tour of California in 2016 and a stage at the Vuelta a España in 2017, the Frenchman hadn't quite done ...

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Preview: Your guide to the 2019 men’s Santos Tour Down Under

The Santos Tour Down Under is the biggest bike race in Australia and the first race on the 2019 men’s WorldTour calendar. It’s had a bit of a shake-up this year with the queen stage moving to the final day which should make for exciting racing until the very end. Read on for our preview … The post Preview: Your guide to the 2019 men’s Santos Tour Down Under appeared first on CyclingTips .

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The weekly spin: 15 reasons to be excited about the 2019 racing season

Mountain bikers on the road. The debut of a future star. Alternative events. Intra-squad rivalry. The return of a world champion. What follows is a 2019 season preview of sorts, exploring 15 different subjects, stories, and subplots of the upcoming mens’s and women’s racing calendars. The list could have been twice as long. I thought … The post The weekly spin: 15 reasons to be excited about the 2019 racing season appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Floyd’s lures strong lineup with the promise of off-road races

Floyd’s lures strong lineup with the promise of off-road races

Floyd's Pro Cycling attracts domestic heavy hitters with enthusiasm for "multi-surface events" and a solid infrastructure. Read the full article at Floyd’s lures strong lineup with the promise of off-road races on VeloNews.com .

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2018 Christmas Gift Guide

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2019 Tour of California route announced

2019 Tour of California route announced

The 2019 route for the Tour of California has been announced with the summit of Mt Baldy set to return as the queen stage of the race.

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Mt Baldy returns to 2019 Tour of California

Mt Baldy returns to 2019 Tour of California

The 2019 route for the Tour of California has been announced with the summit of Mt Baldy set to return as the queen stage of the race.

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Renaissance man: Taylor Phinney profile

Jeremy Whittle 29 Nov 2018 Musician, painter, adventurer… Taylor Phinney refuses to fit the standard mould of the pro cyclist This feature originally appeared in Issue 76 of Cyclist magazine There’s a striking moment in the second of the Thereabouts cycling movies that offers a refreshing antidote to the pro cycling scene’s complex web of intrigue and politics. The documentary follows a group of friends in 2015 as they ride their bikes from Boulder to Moab in the United States. They drift across the vast landscape, riding mainly dirt roads for a film that is both meandering and evocative. As twilight settles on the deserts of the American southwest, Taylor Phinney hunches over his machine, his long legs effortlessly speeding him along a seemingly endless road stretching towards the horizon. He’s wearing BMC team issue shorts, a hoodie and denim jacket. See related Rapha Festive 500 set to return for ...

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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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Vakoc could return to racing in 2019

Petr Vakoc (Quick-Step Floors)

Czech rider Petr Vakoč could make his return from injury to race with Quick-Step Floors in 2019, according to team boss Patrick Lefevere's comments in French sports newspaper L'Equipe . Vakoč was involved in an accident with a truck while training in the province of Mpumalanga, east of Johannesburg, South Africa, in January this year with Quick-Step teammates Bob Jungels and Laurens De Plus. While Jungels escaped injury , De Plus suffered a broken pelvis and sacrum – the latter connecting the base of the spine to the pelvis – and Vakoč broke several vertebrae, requiring a two-week stay in hospital in South Africa before the 26-year-old could return to his home in Prague. De Plus was able to return to competition at the Eschborn-Frankfurt one-day race at the start of May, before heading to the Tour of California. The Belgian was also part of the Quick-Step team that won ...

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2019 La Course by Le Tour de France favours the puncheurs in Pau

The La Course podium

Race organisers ASO revealed limited details of their Women’s WorldTour one-day race La Course by Le Tour de France . The race will shift away from the route that boasted a mountainous race from Annecy to Le Grand-Bornand this year to a hilly circuit race in Pau that is more suited to the puncheurs of the peloton. The UCI announced the 23 events that would make up the 2019 Women's WorldTour in June, where La Course by Le Tour de France was initially listed as "to be confirmed" on the July 23 date, but it seems likely that date could change given Thursday's announcement. The July 23 date does not currently align with the Tour de France stage 13 in Pau. The ASO revealed the men's Grand Tour route at the Palais des Congrès in Paris on Thursday, with the 27km individual time in Pau scheduled for July 19. On ...

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EF Education First-Drapac sign Sean Bennett

Hagens Berman Axeon's Sean Bennett

EF Education First-Drapac announced today the signing of 22-year-old American Sean Bennett from the Hagens Berman Axeon development team. Bennett won a stage of the Baby Giro in June and finished second on stage 3 of the Tour of California to Trek-Segafredo's Toms Skujins. “He won a stage of the Baby Giro,” said team CEO Jonathan Vaughters. "He almost won a stage in the Tour of California this year, finishing second to Toms Skujins, who I would say is the guy Sean reminds me of most. “When I called Sean up, my question was, ‘Are you a little pissed off that you’ve been looked over while other guys, like Neilson Powless and Brandon McNulty and some other high-profile U23s have been in the spotlight? Does that irk you?’ “And he said, ‘Yeah, it does.’ “I thought, ‘perfect.’” Bennett got his start in cycling as a high school freshman, following in ...

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The Outer Line: How Michael Aisner shaped U.S. cycling with the Coors Classic

Thirty years after the legendary Coors Classic ran its course, Michael Aisner's influence on American cycling is still prominent. Read the full article at The Outer Line: How Michael Aisner shaped U.S. cycling with the Coors Classic on VeloNews.com .

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Sky boosts roster with Rowe renewal, likely Sosa signing

Sky boosts roster with Rowe renewal, likely Sosa signing

The British squad continues to bolster its lineup for grand tours as it seeks to continue success in the calendar's major races. Read the full article at Sky boosts roster with Rowe renewal, likely Sosa signing on VeloNews.com .

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Bernal signs new five-year deal with Sky

Bernal signs new five-year deal with Sky

Egan Bernal extends with Sky through 2023 Read the full article at Bernal signs new five-year deal with Sky on VeloNews.com .

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Egan Bernal signs five-year mega contract with Team Sky

Egan Bernal signs five-year mega contract with Team Sky

Joe Robinson 5 Oct 2018 Colombian to race with British WorldTour team until 2023 season in big commitement Team Sky have made an almost unprecedented move in signing young Colombian talent Egan Bernal to a new five-year deal. The team announced that Bernal would be extending his stay until the 2023 season having experienced a 'meteoric rise up the cycling ladder in his first year with Team Sky , emerging as one of the brightest young talents in the sport'. At just 21-years-old, a five-year deal is quite the commitment from the British WorldTour team but they clearly see the potential in the rider to become the eventual replacement to Chris Froome and Geraint Thomas at the Grand Tours. In his first WorldTour season, Bernal took overall victory in the Colombia Oro y Paz and Tour of California before racing his first ever Grand Tour at the Tour de France ...

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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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UCI adds Classics Series as part of WorldTour reforms

Gianni Bugno, Christian Prudhomme, David Lappartient, Tom Van Damme and AIGCP representative Iwan Sp

UCI president David Lappartient has announced that all of cycling's so-called stakeholders – the UCI, teams, riders and race organisers – have unanimously approved reform to the structure of the men's WorldTour for the 2020 season and beyond. The news comes after a meeting of the UCI Management Committee during the UCI Road World Championships in Innsbruck. As revealed by Cyclingnews on Monday, the UCI has back-tracked on plans to reduce the number of WorldTour teams from 18 to 15, but the 18 WorldTour teams will be obliged to ride all the WorldTour races on the calendar. These will include the three Grand Tours, stage races and a series of one-day races that will be bundled together and called the UCI Classics Series. The new series will include the five Monuments and up to 15 so-called top-tier events, though the details have yet to be thrashed out by the stakeholders. ...

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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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