Katie Hall to 'go for it' at Trofeo Alfredo Binda

UnitedHealthcare's Katie Hall celebrates winning the 2018 Amgen Women's Race

Katie Hall was one of Boels Dolmans ' biggest new signings for the 2019 season and the American plans to live up to those expectations at Trofeo Alfredo Binda-Comune di Cittiglio on Sunday. "I do have ambitions for this race – to go for it, leave it all out on the road, and see how the chips fall," Hall told Cyclingnews . The event is the third round of the Women's WorldTour , after Strade Bianche and Ronde van Drenthe, but Hall has only competed at the Semtana Ciclista Valenciana in February. Competing at Trofeo Alfredo Binda will mark her first race with the powerful Dutch team on the Women’s WorldTour. Hall has spent much of her career so far focused on American stage racing, and was a member of the UnitedHealthcare team for the five previous seasons. Last year, she won the Tour of California Women's Race. She has ...

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EF Education First extend with Martinez

Daniel Martínez (EF Education First) celebrates his victory on stage 7 of Paris-Nice 2019

Recent Paris-Nice stage winner Dani Martinez has signed a three-year contract extension with EF Education First , taking the 22-year-old Colombian time trial champion though the 2022 season. "I have really big goals, and I only want to keep discovering the potential I have," Martínez said in a statement the team released with the contract announcement. "The environment in this team is the best place for me to grow." Martínez started at the Pro Continental level in 2015 with Team Colombia, then moved to the Italian squad Wilier Triestina for two years before joining Jonathan Vaughters' Slipstream programme last season. He quickly proved his worth with fifth at the Colombia Oro y Paz – the Tour Colombia 2.1's former name – and then seventh at the Volta a Catalunya. He followed those results with 12th at the Tour de Romandie and third at the Tour of California behind compatriot Egan ...

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Jonny Clarke wraps up GC win at Tour de Taiwan

Floyd's Pro Cycling's Jonny Clarke in yellow on the Tour de Taiwan podium

Jonny Clarke 's debut with the new Floyd's Pro Cycling team got off to the best possible start this week when the Australian won a stage and the general classification at the Tour de Taiwan, a five-day UCI 2.1 race that finished Thursday in Pingtung. Clarke won the 118.9km second stage from Taoyuan to Jiaobanshan Park, a relatively flat day of racing that included some altitude gain at the end. Clarke won from a reduced bunch sprint after out-pacing Giovanni Lonardi ( Nippo Vini Fantini Faizanè ) and Nathan Earle (Israel Cycling Academy) up the final ramp. Clarke's win came days after the team's Noah Granigan won the team's first US calendar race at the Redlands Bicycle Classic in California. Granigan took the USA Cycling Pro Road Tour stage win by infiltrating a successful breakaway during the stage 4 downtown Redlands criterium and outfoxing his rivals in the final sprint. ...

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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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“I was on my hands and knees” — The pro’s most miserable days on a bike

To try to make sense of cycling's suffering, we asked a handful of pros about their hardest day on the bike, and what kept them pushing through. The post “I was on my hands and knees” — The pro’s most miserable days on a bike appeared first on CyclingTips .

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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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Neben wins Redlands Bicycle Classic time trial

Lauren Stephens, Amber Neben and Emily Newsom on the Redlands Bicycle Classic stage 1 podium

Reigning US time trial champion Amber Neben , riding for the Canadian Trek Red Truck Racing team, took out the opening time trial at the Redlands Bicycle Classic on Wednesday during the opening race of the USA Cycling Pro Road Tour. Neben covered the 11.3km course outside of Redlands in southern California in a time of 17:28. Her time was 23 seconds better than runner-up Lauren Stephens (Tibco-SVB). Stephens' teammate, Emily Newsom, was third. Neben now leads the race heading into Thursday's second stage – a 66.5km circuit race in the city of Highland. "One thing about getting older is I that have to manage when I'm coming on form a little bit better, which is hard for me because I'm so used to wanting to be good all year," 44-year-old Neben said. "I think I have good form and fitness generally, so today was a good indicator of where ...

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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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US Pro Road Tour starts Wednesday at Redlands Bicycle Classic

The Silber Pro Cycling Team celebrates after winning the overall at the Redlands Bicycle Classic.

The US domestic road season will begin in earnest this week in California when USA Cycling's 2019 Pro Road Tour rolls out at the Redlands Bicycle Classic , a five-stage race that starts Wednesday with a brand-new 11.3km opening time trial. Moving back to its traditional opening spot on the US national calendar after a move to May last year, Redlands is celebrating its 36th year on the calendar and is the longest continuously running pro stage race in the US. Former winners include Davis Phinney, Alexi Grewal, Jonathan Vaughters, Kristin Armstrong, Megan Guarnier and Ina-Yoko Teutenberg, among others. This year's men's roster includes seven UCI teams led by the Hagens Berman Axeon Pro Continental team of defending champion Thomas Revard. Also on the start line for the opening time trial will be the new Floyd’s Pro Cycling team, which features Serghei Tvetcov and previous Redlands stage winner Travis McCabe. ...

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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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A mythical pro tool reborn: Knipex Pliers (Cone) Wrench

Knipex Pliers Wrench Mod - Cone Wrench tool

Take a peek through the toolboxes of professional mountain bike, cyclocross and road race mechanics and you’ll likely find one common specific tool – the Knipex Pliers Wrench. This tool combines the flat and parallel jaws of an adjustable spanner (aka, crescent wrench) with the leverage, secure holding and easy adjustment of a multi-grip plier. … The post A mythical pro tool reborn: Knipex Pliers (Cone) Wrench appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Rupert Guinness’ ‘Adelong Go Slow Tour’: Riding Adelaide to Geelong in 5 days

Not many cycling journalists are better known or more popular than Rupert Guinness. With 30 Tours de France under his belt, few have a longer or more detailed knowledge of our great sport. But Rupe’s not just a journalist — he’s an impressive ultra-endurance cyclist in his own right. Last year he completed the Indian … The post Rupert Guinness’ ‘Adelong Go Slow Tour’: Riding Adelaide to Geelong in 5 days appeared first on CyclingTips .

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303 Project prepares for 2019 at Bay Area camp - Gallery

303 Project riders train in the California sun

Colorado-based Continental team 303 Project recently completed a training camp ahead of the 2019 season in the Bay Area east of San Francisco. The 13-rider roster includes newcomer Johann Van Zyl, who rode the past six seasons with the South African team most recently known as Dimension Data. The 2019 season marks the third year for the 303 Project and the second at the UCI Continental level. The team reportedly lost a major sponsor heading into this year, forcing the Boulder program to curtail expansion plans and focus on the US domestic calendar. The team will open the season at the first race of the USA Cycling Pro Road Tour, the Redlands Bicycle Classic in California March 13-17. The team will follow the USAC Pro Road Tour to Fayetteville, Arkansas, for the Joe Martin Stage Race April 4-7 and then the Tour of the Gila in New Mexico May 1-5. ...

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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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