Colorado Classic 2019 - Preview

Katie Hall (UnitedHealthcare) takes over the leader's jersey after stage 2 of the 2018 Colorado Clas

The cycling community is waiting with anticipation to watch on live TV the women's-only Colorado Classic unfold between August 22-25. Organisers did away with their men's race in favour of strengthening their corresponding women's event. So far, they've lived up to their promise of offering harder stages, more prize money, and live streaming. You can watch live streaming of all four stage on Cyclingnews . Our coverage of the event will also include race reports, news, results, and galleries. Katie Hall will return to defend her title. Instead of competing with her trade team Boels Dolmans, who are competing at the Women's WorldTour Ladies Tour of Norway, she will be leading Team USA. Her teammates, mostly development riders, include Madeline Bemis, Anna Christian, Emma Edwards, Cara O'Neill and Samantha Runnels. Hall has a strong chance of securing the overall title, given her palmares as one of America's strongest climbers. Last ...

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McNulty: Success of young riders suggests cycling is cleaner

Brandon McNulty (Rally UHC) leads the peloton during stage 5 at Tour de Suisse

Brandon McNulty believes the recent string of successes from young riders suggests professional cycling is cleaner than ever. The 21-year-old American will move from Rally UHC to WorldTour level next year but is resisting the pressure to keep pace with his contemporaries. Egan Bernal won the Tour de France this year at the age of 22, the youngest winner in more than 100 years. Elsewhere, 20-year-old Tadej Pogačar has won the Tour of California and Volta ao Algarve in his neo-pro season, and Remco Evenepoel has won the Clásica San Sebastián and elite European time trial title at the age of 19. Meanwhile, 24-year-olds Mathieu van der Poel and Wout Van Aert have taken the road by storm after spending their early 20s dominating the cyclo-cross scene. "It's really cool, seeing young guys thrive. I think it's maybe also a sign the sport is cleaner," McNulty told Cyclingnews at the ...

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Davide Ballerini signs for Deceuninck-QuickStep

Davide Ballerini (Astana) on the attack at the 2019 Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race

Davide Ballerini will ride for Deceuninck-QuickStep in 2020 after signing a two-year contract with the Belgian squad. The 24-year-old joins the team after spending the 2019 campaign in the colours of Astana and two seasons with Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec. "For me, joining this team is a dream. When I spoke to Deceuninck-QuickStep and heard that they wanted me to ride for them it was special, because when I was younger the first time I watched Lombardia it was when Paolo Bettini won it for QuickStep, and I said to myself 'Ok, now I go on my bike and I want to ride for that team!'" Ballerini said on Wednesday. Ballerini turned professional with Androni in 2017 and spent two seasons at Pro Continental level. The Italian won the Memorial Marco Pantani and the Trofeo Matteotti in 2018 before moving up to WorldTour level with Astana this season. After forming part of ...

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Preview: 22 things you should know about the 2019 Vuelta a España

It’s time for the Vuelta a España, the third and final Grand Tour of the season. The race gets underway this Saturday in Torrevieja and will be contested over 21 stages and 3,272km. Here’s what you should know about the 2019 Tour of Spain. The 2019 Vuelta is the race’s 74th edition. The Vuelta is … The post Preview: 22 things you should know about the 2019 Vuelta a España appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Chapman, Stephens dominate SBT GRVL for Tibco-SVB

Brodie Chapman (Tibco-SVB) wins the SBT GRVL

Tibco-SVB teammates Brodie Chapman and Lauren Stephens dominated the SBT GRVL, placing first and second, respectively, in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, on Sunday. The two riders covered the 225.6km route, which included 2,743 metres of climbing, in under seven hours. They will both be racing in the upcoming Colorado Classic , held from August 22-25. "The SBT GRVL Race was an awesome opportunity," Chapman said. "It's really cool that we as professional road cyclists get to mix up our programme with something as challenging and different as gravel racing. "This was my first 'official' gravel race, and I'll admit I was a bit apprehensive about what to expect out of myself, at altitude, coming from a block of European racing – not to mention the stacked and experienced gravel field here in the USA." Chapman won the Gravel and Tar La Femme in January in Australia and then joined Tibco-SVB for ...

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Aru and Pogacar head UAE Team Emirates for Vuelta a Espana

Fabio Aru finishes stage 10 at the Tour de France

UAE Team Emirates have announced 2015 Vuelta a España champion Fabio Aru and this year's winner of the Tour of California, Tadej Pogačar , as their leaders for the 2019 Vuelta a España , which starts on Saturday. Colombia's Fernando Gaviria will be their main man for bunch sprints, and the eight-man team will be completed with a trio of Italians – Valerio Conti, Marco Marcato and Oliviero Troia – and two more Colombians in Sergio Henao and Sebastian Molano. "As always, the Vuelta a España represents an important and stimulating challenge, both in terms of the route and the quality of the start list," said Aru in a team press release. "I'm excited and ready to race, especially since the operation I had four months ago," he added, with the Italian having had to undergo surgery earlier in the season for a constriction of the iliac artery in his ...

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Evan Huffman retiring after final Tour of Utah stage

Evan Huffman (Rally Cycling) waits for the start on August 8, 2018 in Cedar City, Utah.

Evan Huffman ( Rally UHC Cycling ) will be pulling down the curtains on his professional cycling career after Sunday's final stage at the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah . The 29-year-old American, who is best known for a 2017 season that included two stage wins at the Tour of California as well as overall wins at the Tour of the Gila and Tour of Alberta, told Cyclingnews earlier this week that the rigours of travel and his plans to start a family drove his decision to retire following the 2.HC race. "By a lot of accounts it seems too soon," Huffman said. "When I first told my coach, he was very surprised. He said, 'Well, physiologically there's still more to give and maybe room to improve.' But for me, it was just getting burned out on the lifestyle, travelling so much. "Getting married two years ago changed a ...

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Morton making the most of EF Education First's 'alternative calendar'

Lachlan Morton (EF Education First) after Dirty Kanza

More than any other rider on EF Education First , Lachlan Morton has availed himself of the team's “alternative calendar” of off-road ultra-endurance events and gravel grinders, as the American WorldTour team works to expand its portfolio. The 27-year-old Australian is at the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah this week, his first road tour and only second road race since the Amgen Tour of California in May. Morton has been focusing on the mass-start events where he competes against a handful of pros and sometimes thousands of citizen riders. “They’re all events I’ve always wanted to do,” Morton told Cyclingnews Saturday before the start of stage 5 in Utah. “So to be able to have a team that backs you to go do it and to be able to race professionally, for me it’s kind of a dream situation. I really want to race any of them, because they’re ...

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What women’s cycling can learn from the US women’s soccer team

On the same day as the Tour de France began last month, in a stadium in Lyon, the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup came to a close, with the US women’s team taking a commanding victory over the Netherlands. It wasn’t a win that went unnoticed – the US women’s team was catapulted to global attention, … The post What women’s cycling can learn from the US women’s soccer team appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Tour of Utah: Polemics over motorpacing spill over from California with Piccoli's penalty

James Piccoli (Elevate-KHS) lost the jersey on stage 1

The UCI commissaires at the Tour of Utah denied the protest Elevate-KHS filed over the 20-second time penalty given to James Piccoli for motorpacing behind his team car to regain the race caravan after suffering a puncture inside 10km to go. Piccoli, who was in yellow at the time, lost the jersey to Lawson Craddock (EF Education First) by six seconds on the stage and sat second overall until the commissaires added a 20-second penalty, knocking him to 13th at 26 seconds back. After puncturing, Piccoli motorpaced behind the Elevate-KHS vehicle to the back of the caravan, where team manager Paul Abram dropped him off to work his way back to the field. Piccoli regained the field before the finish, but he was unable to cover a late attack from Craddock. Elevate-KHS protested the penalty, saying their actions to get Piccoli back to the caravan were not out of the ...

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Reasons to be cheerful: What to expect from the rest of the 2019 cycling season

Joe Robinson 13 Aug 2019 From a home Worlds to the return of Van der Poel, there's still plenty to expect from the 2019 cycling season The Tour de France may be over and the Spring Classics may be a distant memory but the 2019 cycling season still has plenty to offer. In fact, there are still eight men’s WorldTour and seven women’s WorldTour races still to be settled and the small issues of a World Championships in Yorkshire too. The final, and often most unpredictable, Grand Tour of the year, the Vuelta a Espana , is coming up soon and the last of the five Monuments, Il Lombardia, is still there to be settled. The latter half of the season can produce some of the very best racing. Top riders are often tired, some are battling for a new contract or team to carry them through the next season ...

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Landslide nearly scuttles Tour of Utah prologue

Sepp Kuss (LottoNL-Jumbo) wins the final stage of the 2018 Tour of Utah on his way to the overall ti

The Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah almost had to scrap plans for the team presentation Saturday after two massive mudslides closed the only road to Snowbird Resort where the presentation was located and where Monday's prologue time trial is set to open the race. Torrential rain in the Salt Lake City area on Thursday caused flash flooding and two debris flows that blocked the Little Cottonwood Canyon Road to the resort. Some local residents and tourists were stuck at Snowbird until crews cleared the road Saturday just before noon, only four hours before the team presentation took place. About 35 cars were trapped on the road between the two mudslides Thursday evening, but crews were able to clear enough of a path through the slides to allow them to leave by Friday morning. "[There were] boulders the size of hoods of cars right in the middle of the road," ...

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Zwift expands Watopia with rolling roads of Titan’s Grove

Zwift, Titan's Grove

Virtual cycling behemoth launches new area that aims to be a treat for both the legs and eyes

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Vincenzo Nibali signs two-year deal with Trek-Segafredo

Supported by Vincenzo Nibali will leave Bahrain-Merida to join Trek-Segafredo for 2020 on a two-year contract. Trek-Segafredo announced the official signing on Thursday after months of rumors and reports linking the Italian star with the team. “I followed my heart and chose for this team, knowing that their project is very serious and competitive,” Nibali said via … The post Vincenzo Nibali signs two-year deal with Trek-Segafredo appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Late crash knocks Mark Cavendish from Tour de Pologne sprint

Mark Cavendish works on his bike after crashing near the finish of stage 1 at Tour de Pologne

Mark Cavendish 's run of bad luck continued Saturday at the Tour de Pologne when the Manxman went down in a corner about 4km from the finish and was unable to contest the final sprint. The Dimension Data rider was positioned well in the bunch as the group started the final finishing circuit, but a touch of wheels in a slow-but-sharp left turn caused a crash that knocked Cavendish to the ground. He and teammate Jaco Venter were able to remount and finish the stage, with Cavendish coming in as the lantern rouge at 3:38. "Unfortunately, luck was not on our side today," said team director Alex Sans Vega. "Cav was our card for the final, but he couldn’t contest the sprint after being caught up in that tricky corner. It was more than a 90-degree corner and quite narrow. With everyone fighting for position, there wasn’t a lot of ...

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McNulty signs three-year contract with UAE Team Emirates

Brandon McNulty (Rally UHC Cycling) solos to the win during stage 3 at Giro di Sicilia

Brandon McNulty will move up to WorldTour level in 2020 after agreeing a three-year contract with UAE Team Emirates . The 21-year-old has spent the past three seasons at Rally Cycling, and he claimed a fine victory at the Giro di Sicilia earlier this season. “My initial feelings about joining the WorldTour are pure excitement. I’ve been patient with my development over the last few years, and now I can say that I feel I am ready to make the jump and I’m excited for the challenges to come,” McNulty said in a statement released by UAE Team Emirates. “I’d like to thank to my current team, Rally Cycling.” A native of Phoenix, Arizona, McNulty highlighted his potential as a junior, when he raced for the Lux-Stradling team, managed by the former La Vie Claire and 7-Eleven rider Roy Knickman. McNulty took bronze in the junior time trial at the ...

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The craziest 48 hours of Egan Bernal’s life

Egan Bernal looked down at the stuffed lion in his hand, the bouquet of yellow flowers cradled in his arm, and shook his head gently. In that moment, he realised – or began to realise, or maybe didn't quite realise yet at all – that he was about to win the Tour de France. The post The craziest 48 hours of Egan Bernal’s life appeared first on CyclingTips .

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George Bennett’s crash highlights cycling’s brutality

Cycling as a sport demands unnatural risks of its participants. On the descent of the Col de Vars, midway through the Tour de France’s punishing 18th stage, George Bennett showed just how. The post George Bennett’s crash highlights cycling’s brutality appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Asgreen hopes he has energy for Alaphilippe and the Alps after unplanned breakaway

Kasper Asgreen (Deceuninck-QuickStep) second on stage 17 at the Tour de France

A breakaway of 33 always brings a concoction of disparate types of rider, and among the most interesting on stage 17 of the Tour de France was Kasper Asgreen , who went on to finish second. The Dane’s presence up the road was slightly unusual given he is a key domestique for Deceuninck-QuickStep , who currently lead the race through Julian Alaphilippe. Asgreen is not a mountain domestique but can climb – he won an uphill finishto Lake Tahoe at the Tour of California in May – and, in a team largely built around sprinter Elia Viviani, will be relied upon as Alaphilippe fights to defend his jersey in the Alps. On the long stage to Gap on the eve of the Alpine trio of stages, Asgreen wasn’t resting up in a peloton that coasted in 20 minutes behind the break. He was up front and made a play for ...

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Tour ready: Specialized S-Works Turbo Rapid Air tubeless tire unveiled

Specialized Rapidair Turbo

“The tubular predates the rear derailleur. It’s outlived steel and alloy — it’s reigned supreme in the era of carbon and aerodynamics. No more. 100 years at the top is long enough.” That’s a line from Specialized’s latest product press release and one that says a lot about where the American company sees tubeless road … The post Tour ready: Specialized S-Works Turbo Rapid Air tubeless tire unveiled appeared first on CyclingTips .

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