Less resistance: With each WorldTour win, tubeless tires gain acceptance

Fabio Jakobsen’s (Deceuninck–Quick-Step) Stage four win on tubeless

It was just a couple of months ago that Josh Poertner, owner of Silca, made the bold prediction that tubeless tires will be the norm in professional racing within five years. And now, in the wake of Fabio Jakobsen’s win on Stage 4 of the Amgen Tour of California, Specialized has announced that it holds … The post Less resistance: With each WorldTour win, tubeless tires gain acceptance appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Roger De Vlaeminck is still racing

Roger De Vlaeminck’s record speaks for itself. In a career spanning nearly two decades he notched up more than 160 victories, not least four Paris-Roubaix titles (the equal record), three wins at Milan-San Remo, six overall titles at Tirreno-Adriatico (with 15 stage wins), and a massive 22 stage victories at the Giro d’Italia. He won … The post Roger De Vlaeminck is still racing appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Mamma Mia! Who’s Gonna Win this Giro?

Italy and mothers go together like pasta and meatballs, and it is fitting that this Giro will start the day prior to Mother’s Day (at least for the US and Italy). This year, having an Italian mother got some good press after Alberto “Mamma di Pasti” Bettiol won the Tour of Flanders. Bettiol earned that nickname from Jonathan Vaughters because like a good Italian son, he still lives with his mother and “suffers” on the bike from her pasta cooking and offering tendencies. I appreciate that, having a mamma di pasti of my own (what part of Italy is my mother from, you ask— well, Northern New Jersey). Embarrassingly, my two younger brothers lived with my mamma di pasti until their early 30s. My mamma di pasti still cried when they moved out. Anyway, I digress. Let’s bring this mother back to the Giro. Perhaps my favorite chapter of Dino ...

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How to watch the Giro d’Italia 2019 live

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Our complete guide to this year's Giro d'Italia coverage

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Lefevere hoping to hold on to Alaphilippe at Deceuninck-QuickStep

Julian Alaphilippe in Liège

Deceuninck-QuickStep team boss Patrick Lefevere says that he hopes he can hold on to star rider Julian Alaphilippe when the Frenchman's contract with the Belgian WorldTour team comes to an end after this season. Lefevere told the Belgian press that the pair have already talked, and that the feeling's mutual that both parties would like to continue to work together, although apparently "not at all costs". "Julian knows what he means to us, and we also know what we mean to him," Lefevere said on Belgian newspaper Het Nieuwsblad 's website, nieuwsblad.be . "But there's a difference between upgrading a contract by tens of thousands of euros versus hundreds of thousands." Over the years, Lefevere has regularly let his star riders leave for new teams if his team's budget won't stretch to a more expensive new contract. Rather than spend most of his money on one rider – as other ...

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Peter Sagan: Results don't tell you everything

Peter Sagan withdrew mid-race

Peter Sagan ( Bora-Hansgrohe ) will start his 10th consecutive Amgen Tour of California next week hoping to breathe new life into a season that has so far netted the three-time world champion just one win. The 29-year-old Slovakian pulled the plug on his Classics campaign early after failing to land a podium, and he travelled to the US earlier this month to prepare for the seven-day WorldTour race he won in 2015 and holds the race record of 16 stage wins. Despite Sagan's relative lack of success this season, the former winner of Gent-Wevelgem, Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix said he views his early season effort positively. "The results don't tell you everything," Sagan said in an interview published on HNonline.sk. "After being sick in the spring, I was rather weak, and when I was better I immediately returned to racing, which didn't do me any good. But it ...

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How Kiel Reijnen found solace on the cobblestones

How Kiel Reijnen found solace on the cobblestones

Kiel Reijnen lost his brother on the eve of the 2019 classics, and found solace in suffering at the Tour of Flanders Read the full article at How Kiel Reijnen found solace on the cobblestones on VeloNews.com .

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Crashes, rain jackets and words of wisdom: Riding with Total Direct Energie at the Tour de Yorkshire

Maria David 8 May 2019 Sitting in the team car on Stage 3 of the Tour de Yorkshire the aspiring French team The bikes are all set, thanks to Nicholas and Vincent, the mechanics who have set everything in place for what is likely to be a challenging 132km ride from Bridlington to Scarborough. With five categorised climbs on Yorkshire roads the stage will be testing, to say the least. Things are further compounded by the meteorological conditions. Gale force winds and driving rain have been the order of the day, and the wind shows no sign of relenting as we line up in the convoy ready to follow the race. An oil slick on the route at Silpho has led to a 15 minute delay to the start time, while the surface is being cleaned up. The same incident earlier saw the women's race neutralised and re-routed. I join ...

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Crashes, rain jackets and words of wisdom: Riding with Total Direct Energie at the Tour de Yorkshire

Maria David 8 May 2019 Sitting in the team car on Stage 3 of the Tour de Yorkshire the aspiring French team The bikes are all set, thanks to Nicholas and Vincent, the mechanics who have set everything in place for what is likely to be a challenging 132km ride from Bridlington to Scarborough. With five categorised climbs on Yorkshire roads the stage will be testing, to say the least. Things are further compounded by the meteorological conditions. Gale force winds and driving rain have been the order of the day, and the wind shows no sign of relenting as we line up in the convoy ready to follow the race. An oil slick on the route at Silpho has led to a 15 minute delay to the start time, while the surface is being cleaned up. The same incident earlier saw the women's race neutralised and re-routed. I join ...

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The price of my sanity, it turns out, is one hundred and seventy-seven euros

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“One hundred and seventy-seven euros, please.” She says this quietly, her face rumpled in apology. I mourn the loss of cash that could have been used for a plane ticket elsewhere, a beautiful dinner with my wife, house cleaning supplies … anything other than giving it to United Airlines. One hundred and seventy-seven euros. The … The post The price of my sanity, it turns out, is one hundred and seventy-seven euros appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Jungels and Viviani lead Deceuninck-QuickStep at Giro d’Italia

Bob Jungels (Deceuninck-Quickstep)

Elia Viviani and Bob Jungels will lead a Deceuninck-QuickStep team chasing stage wins and the general classification at the Giro d’Italia . Jungels, who finished in the top 10 and won the white jersey for best young rider in 2016 and 2017, spearheads the Belgian team’s GC ambitions, while Viviani will look to repeat his haul of four sprint victories last year. Viviani is also set to ride the Tour de France in July and, with the vast majority of sprint stages concentrated in the first half of the 2019 Giro, it is uncertain whether he will trek through the mountains to finish the race. That would rule out a defense of the maglia cicliamino , the purple points classification jersey he won last year. Viviani, motivated to race the Giro in the Italian's national champion's jersey, only has one member of his normal lead-out train, Fabio Sabatini, with him ...

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Deceuninck-QuickStep looking to sprints, breakaways at Tour of California

Zdenek Stybar is a favourite for the 2019 Paris-Roubaix

With 26 wins already accumulated so far in 2019, Belgian powerhouse team Deceuninck-QuickStep will head into the upcoming Amgen Tour of California carrying a roster stacked with riders who can add several more victories to the tally. Fabio Jakobsen will take the reins on the sprint stages, starting with the opener in Sacramento on May 12. The 22-year-old Belgian, who has three wins so far this season, will be joined in the race by Tour of Flanders runner-up Kasper Asgreen, Danish champion Michael Mørkøv, Argentine champion Max Richeze, Rémi Cavagna, Tim Declercq and Zdenek Stybar. "Fabio will be our main man for the bunch sprints, where he’ll be guided by Michael and Max, with Tim and Kasper the guys in charge of controlling the peloton," said Deceuniunck-QuickStep director Wilfried Peeters. The seven-day WorldTour race will throw more than 20,000 metres of climbing at the peloton, including a difficult day on ...

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Poulidor: Mathieu van der Poel better than his father and grandfather

Raymond Poulidor proud of his grandson Mathieu van der Poel

Much has been said and written about Mathieu van der Poel as he romped through his first Classics campaign and even his grandfather, former rider, Raymond Poulidor has been impressed. The eight-time Tour de France podium finisher says that Van der Poel is even better than himself and his father Adrie. "He has the genes of his father and his grandfather. He is better than we are when you see his palmares," Poulidor told NOS.nl. After dominating the cyclo-cross circuit this past season, and winning his second elite World Championship title, the 24-year-old Dutchman went on to be one of the top spring riders. He has won six times on the road so far this season, including Dwars door Vlaanderen, Brabantse Pijl and the Amstel Gold Race . He was fourth in his Tour of Flanders debut, after coming back from a crash that seemed to rule him out. He ...

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Van Avermaet ends spring with Tour de Yorkshire stage win

Van Avermaet celebrates victory

Greg Van Avermaet ( CCC Team ) came into the season with lofty goals of adding to his collection of one-day wins but the former Paris-Roubaix winner ended his Classics campaign with just two podiums after missing out on a second Monument. However, the Olympic road race champion at least managed to end his spring with the consolation of a victory on the final day of the Tour de Yorkshire . Van Avermaet may not have been able to defend his 2018 crown in Yorkshire but he rallied with a late attack before outsprinting overall race winner Chris Lawless and his Ineos teammate Eddie Dunbar in Leeds. “That’s the maximum I could have taken out of the stage, with Ineos really strong,” Van Avermaet confirmed at the finish. “I think that I did the race that I had to do and I’m really happy to win a stage. "I followed ...

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Alejandro Valverde out of Giro d'Italia

Alejandro Valverde wrapped up warm

The Movistar team have confirmed that Alejandro Valverde will not be able to take in the Giro d’Italia after failing to recover from a bone edema in his sacrum. The world champion crashed last Thursday while training in Belgium for Liège-Bastogne-Liège and failed to finish the final Classic of the spring, sparking concerns about his presence at the Giro d’Italia. Movistar said Valverde will now make a careful recovery before working on his form “to get back to his best form in the upcoming weeks and start building up for the second half of his 2019 season”. Valverde commented on the decision on social media. “It is a shame not to finally go to a great race like the Giro but | have to listen to my body and recover 100 per cent to face the rest of the year in the best possible way. Good luck to my Movistar ...

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Alejandro Valverde forced out of Giro d'Italia with injury

Alejandro Valverde forced out of Giro d'Italia with injury

Joe Robinson 3 May 2019 Movistar to rely on Landa and Carapaz for General Classification hopes as Valverde unable to recover from crash World Champion Alejandro Valverde has been forced out racing the Giro d'Italia through an injury sustained before last weekend's Liege-Bastogne-Liege . In a press release, Movistar confirmed that the veteran rider suffered from swelling in the pelvis after crashing in a training ride in the run up to Liege and that it would not heal in time for the Giro, which starts a week on Saturday . 'The Movistar Team confirmed on Friday that Alejandro Valverde, one of its main references for the 102nd Giro d'Italia, which starts next Saturday in Bologna, will not be able to take the start of the first Grand Tour of the season,' read the press release. 'The Murcia native wasn't able to recover in time from bone edema in his sacrum ...

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The Classics might be over for another year, but for two 24-year-olds the best is yet to come

The Classics might be over for another year, but for two 24-year-olds the best is yet to come

Daniel Ostanek 2 May 2019 The battle of the Vans this year was just a glimpse of the rivalry we can expect for years to come. Everyone else will be fighting for third Sadly, the Spring Classics are over. The near two-month long jaunt from Merelbeke to Liege, via Siena, Antwerp and a host of other exotic locales, is done, another chapter in the history books as we move on to the stage races of the summer . Plenty of memories linger, of course – battles like Alaphilippe vs Fuglsang, Deceuninck-QuickStep vs the peloton, and Alberto Bettiol vs everybody’s betting slip. But another subplot has been running the whole time, continuing on from the dark days of winter, and only ending in the Ardennes. If you hadn’t guessed already, it’s that of the two young guns – the multi-disciplinarians and longstanding cyclocross rivals, Wout van Aert and Mathieu van der ...

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VelonLive to boost live data tracking at races with backing from EY

Feeling pretty good about your power numbers? Think you can hang with Van der Poel? Much of the credit for why we even have access to those numbers lies with Velon, which has now officially announced a formal partnership with digital services specialist EY (formerly known as Ernst & Young) to bring an enhanced suite … The post VelonLive to boost live data tracking at races with backing from EY appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Tour de Yorkshire 2019: Riders to watch

Joe Robinson 1 May 2019 Seven riders to watch at the 2019 Tour de Yorkshire In just five years, the Tour de Yorkshire has proven itself to bea one of the toughest and most exciting stage races in the calendar. Using the hilly Yorkshire Moors and Dales as its canvas, the four-day men's and two-day women's races tour some of the UK's toughest terrain and most spectacular scenery. This year will also have extra spice on Friday as both the men's and women's pelotons take a detour to the city of Harrogate to sample the 15km finishing loop of the UCI World Championships road race this September. With this preview, Yorkshire has managed to attract some of the best riders across both pelotons who not only want to sample the rainbow route but also try some of Yorkshire's world-famous puddings too. Below, Cyclist looks at some of the riders you ...

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UAE Team Emirates sprinter Kristoff talking to other teams for 2020 season

Alexander Kristoff (UAE Team Emirates) wins Gent-Wevelgem

With his contract set to end after the 2019 season, UAE Team Emirates ' Alexander Kristoff is weighing up his options for 2020, and has been talking to other teams, despite having been offered a contract extension by his current team. "There's interest from a number of other teams," Kristoff told Norwegian website procycling.no , "so I'm sure that it'll work out. I haven't come to an agreement with anyone, but I have had an offer from UAE, which I don't think is good enough yet. "That's why we [he and agent Joona Laukka] are talking to other teams – to see whether there are any better offers, which we can then go back to UAE with. I have a figure in mind, so we're trying to see if we can get it," he said. The Norwegian sprinter told procycling.no that UAE's current offer is better than his current salary, ...

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