Gilbert will join Lotto-Soudal on a three-year deal

Supported by Reigning Paris-Roubaix champion Philippe Gilbert will head to Lotto-Soudal next season after spending the last three years with the Deceuninck-Quick-Step organization. Gilbert will join Lotto-Soudal on a three-year deal. As the 37-year-old Belgian confirmed via his new team’s signing announcement, the length of the contract was a major factor in drawing Gilbert to Lotto-Soudal, a … The post Gilbert will join Lotto-Soudal on a three-year deal appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Philippe Gilbert to leave Deceuninck–QuickStep for Lotto-Soudal

Philippe Gilbert to leave Deceuninck–QuickStep for Lotto-Soudal

Joseph Delves 19 Aug 2019 Classics star returns to his former home at the rival Belgian outfit Philippe Gilbert has signed a three-year deal with Lotto-Soudal . Seeing the 37-year-old Classics racer and former World Champion swap one Belgian team for another, the move is a return to the squad for which he rode during the 2009-2011 seasons. Having joined the all-conquering Quick-Step team in 2017 following four years at BMC, his debut season racing for Patrick Lefevere saw Gilbert win both the Tour of Flanders and Amstel Gold. However, even having won this year’s Paris-Roubaix , the strength of the current team meant Gilbert has often had to fight it out with the rest of his squad for supremacy. Despite his advancing years, he’ll likely have a more protected role at Lotto-Soudal. The move forms part of a restocking exercise by the Belgian team which has recently seen promising ...

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Deceuninck-QuickStep announce signing of Mattia Cattaneo

Matteo Cattaneo (Androni Giocattoli) made the break of the day

Deceuninck-QuickStep have announced the signing of Italian rider Mattia Cattaneo , with the Italian returning to the WorldTour after three seasons at Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec . The 28-year-old, who began his career with four years at Lampre, has one win under his belt so far in 2019, at the Giro dell'Appennino. In May, he narrowly missed out on a Giro d'Italia stage victory, finishing second behind Dario Cataldo (Astana) in Como. "I am very, very happy to join the Wolfpack," said Cattaneo via a team press release. "For me it is a dream because I have raced with Androni Giocattoli for three years, but my objective was to come back to the WorldTour and with Deceuninck-QuickStep I am going to the best team in the world, in my opinion. "I am looking forward to helping the squad continue to be successful, as well as hopefully getting my own opportunities. Being an ...

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Bertizzolo inks two-year deal with Movistar after Virtu folds

Sofia Bertizzolo kept hold of the under 23 WorldTour competition

Sofia Bertizzolo has signed a two-year contract with the Movistar women's team that will taking her through to the end of 2021. She currently races for Team Virtu Cycling, but was left without a team for next season when Bjarne Riis announced he would shut down the women's programme at the end of the year. "Sofia's signing was a priority for us coming into next season," said Movistar manager Sebastián Unzué. "She's a really exciting addition for us, with an enormous margin for progression, and arguably one of the biggest up-and-coming talents in the sport. "She is able to perform strongly at races as different as De Ronde, the Ardennes, sprint finishes, or becoming the best young rider in the Giro at just 20 – those are impressive results for her age, and we're so proud to have talents like her with us for next season. We just hope she ...

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BinckBank organiser responds to safety complaints

The peloton during stage 3 at BinckBank Tour

The organisers of the BinckBank Tour have responded to safety complaints about the race, after numerous riders registered their concerns in the wake of stage 3. Among the dissenting voices was Tim Declercq ( Deceuninck-QuickStep ), who pointed out the hypocrisy of holding a minute's silence for Bjorg Lambrecht moments before racing on a "bike lane-wide parcours." Declercq's teammate Bob Jungels, Marcel Sieberg (Bahrain-Merida) and the Jumbo-Visma duo of Paul Martens and Jos Van Emden also took to Twitter with their complaints, with Van Emden likening the race to a kermesse. QuickStep team boss Patrick Lefevere responded to Van Emden, saying that the CPA [rider's union] should get to work, teams should refuse to pay fines, and that the UCI shouldn't have approved the final of stage 3. Race organiser Rob Discart responded to those concerns in an interview with Sporza , comparing the race route to those of the ...

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Van der Poel back on the road in Arctic Norway with sights set on Yorkshire Worlds

Mathieu van der Poel (Corendon-Circus) racing at the Tour of Flanders

Mathieu van der Poel was celebrating victory in one of the biggest mountain bike races in the world on Sunday, but just a couple of days on the Dutchman finds himself back on the thin tyres and stiff carbon of his road bike, eyeing one of road cycling’s biggest prizes in just over a month’s time. Van der Poel, the cyclo-cross world champion who had a sensational debut Spring Classics campaign for Corendon-Circus on the road, has been racing his mountain bike over the summer, winning no fewer than three rounds of the World Cup. He has made a breakthrough in the discipline, to the extent that he feels he's finally on a par with Nino Schurter, yet he's bypassing the MTB Worlds in order to target the Road Worlds, with the Yorkshire course on September 29 representing too good an opportunity to pass up. Van der Poel arrived in ...

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Tiesj Benoot heading to Team Sunweb next season

Tiesj Benoot heading to Team Sunweb next season

Joseph Delves 14 Aug 2019 Young Belgian Classics rider formerly linked to Team Ineos will instead leave Lotto-Soudal to bolster Team Sunweb Winner of the 2018 Strade Bianche, Tiesj Benoot is off to Team Sunweb as the 25-year-old Lotto–Soudal rider is heading to the German squad on a two-year deal. Although Benoot has failed to gain a result as big as his previous win in Tuscany this season, he’s consistently performed at races including the Tour de Suisse, Dwars door Vlaanderen and Tour of Flanders . Despite having started his career with Lotto-Soudal back in 2014, Benoot has been reported as keen to leave since earlier this season. See related Professional cycling transfers 2019-2020: All the moves and shakes Vuelta a Espana 2019: Route, race reports, TV guide and all you need to know Tour of Britain 2019: Route, teams and all you need to know With his stock rising, ...

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Team Sunweb confirm signing of Tiesj Benoot

Tiesj Benoot (Lotto Soudal)

Team Sunweb have announced the signing of Tiesj Benoot from Lotto Soudal, with the Belgian agreeing a contract that will see him stay at the team until the end of 2021. Benoot turned professional with Lotto Soudal in 2015 and has raced with them for the past five seasons. The 25-year-old has established himself as one of the peloton's premier classics riders, able to compete on the hills and over the cobbles alike. In his debut spring classics campaign, Benoot burst onto the scene with a fourth place at the Tour of Flanders, his best result yet at his home race. The 2018 edition of Strade Bianche is Benoot's sole career victory thus far, while fourth at Tirreno-Adriatico in 2018 and this year's Tour de Suisse count among his other career highlights. Benoot has raced two Tours de France, finishing 20th overall in 2017 and taking second place behind Daryl ...

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Jungels to continue combining cobbled Classics with Grand Tour ambitions

Bob Jungels (Deceuninck-Quickstep)

Bob Jungels ( Deceunink-QuickStep ) will continue with his twin objectives of shining in the cobbled Classics and then aiming at the GC in Grand Tours at least for another year, despite his difficulties in the Giro d'Italia this May. Riders like Sean Kelly were able to meld the two specialities well in the 1980s, but since then few pros have followed the Irish star's footsteps and fewer still have succeeded. Double Tour of Flanders winner Stijn Devolder, who briefly claimed the leadership of the 2007 Vuelta a España, is a notable example of a Classics racer who tried and failed to combine rattling over the cobbles in April with racing the high mountains in summer. For Jungels, combining both is something he calls a "work in progress." Jungels has successfully combined the Ardennes with Grand Tour racing in the past, but he recognises that doing the cobbled Classics and ...

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The weekly spin: It’s not just WorldTour men competing at gravel races

When the field lines up for the Steamboat Gravel event — okay, okay SBT GRVL — on August 18, there will be some recognizable faces from across professional road, mountain, and cyclocross racing. They won’t just be recognizable men’s faces. The inaugural SBT GRVL event is shaping up to offer one of the highest-profile women’s fields … The post The weekly spin: It’s not just WorldTour men competing at gravel races appeared first on CyclingTips .

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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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Reijnen renews with Trek-Segafredo

Kiejl Reijnen in the Trek-Segafredo line up

US rider Kiel Reijnen has re-signed with Trek-Segafredo , the team has announced, keeping him with the American-registered WorldTour team until at least the end of 2021. Reijnen joined Trek-Segafredo in 2016 from US Pro Continental team UnitedHealthcare, and has since been a regular at the world's biggest races, riding two Vueltas a Espana and continuing to take part in major one-day races, including the Tour of Flanders and Milan-San Remo. Four of his five pro victories came while he was still at UnitedHealthcare, and all were at US races: the Philadelphia Cycling Classic, a stage of the Tour of Utah and two stages of the USA Pro Challenge. The fact that only one victory has come since joining Trek-Segafredo – another stage of the Tour of Utah, in 2016 – is testament to the hard work the 33-year-old from Bainbridge Island, Washington, performs for his teammates. "I'm super happy ...

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Sutterlin and Denz sign for Team Sunweb

Jasha Sütterlin (Movistar)

Jasha Sütterlin and Nico Denz will ride for Team Sunweb in 2020 after the German riders agreed two-year contracts with the team. Sütterlin joins from Movistar , while Denz arrives from AG2R La Mondiale . “After six nice years with Movistar I think the time is now right to try something new,” Sütterlin said on Friday. “I’ve looked at Team Sunweb for a while and I really like how the team works. My goal for the future is to become a high-level Classics rider and finish with the team in the top positions in races such as Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix, as well as helping and working for the team leaders in the sprints and in the overall at the Grand Tours.” A professional since 2014, 26-year-old Sütterlin is a strong rouleur and has shown potential in the cobbled Classics, most notably in placing ninth at the E3 BinckBank ...

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Lawrence Naesen to join brother Oliver at AG2R in 2020

Lawrence Naesen and Oliver Naesen

Lawrence Naesen – brother of this year's Milan-San Remo runner-up Oliver Naesen – will make it a family affair at AG2R La Mondiale next season when he joins his older sibling at the French WorldTour team. Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec's Andrea Vendrame will also join AG2R La Mondiale from next year, as will Clément Champoussin, although not until midway through the 2020 season, when he'll step up from feeder team Chambéry Cyclisme Formation. Lawrence Naesen arrives after two seasons at WorldTour level with Lotto Soudal. While he might not yet have the same palmarès as Oliver, Lawrence, at 26, has two years up his sleeve to try to match the older Naesen's four pro victories, which include the 2017 Belgian road race championship and two wins in the Bretagne Classic-Ouest France. Like Oliver, Lawrence is most suited to the spring Classics and one-day races, and rode his first Monuments this season, although ...

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The weekly spin: Is Mathieu van der Poel’s race schedule a recipe for burnout?

Mathieu van der Poel just keeps on winning. He’s currently the world cyclocross champion, winner of the Amstel Gold Race (and Dwars door Vlaanderen and Brabantse Pijl), the European mountain-bike champion, and as of Sunday, the winner of six mountain-bike World Cup races this season — four short-track events and two in the Olympic cross-country … The post The weekly spin: Is Mathieu van der Poel’s race schedule a recipe for burnout? appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Brand signs for Trek-Segafredo and Telenet Fidea Lions

Lucinda Brand (Sunweb) second on stage 5

Trek-Segafredo have bolstered their roster for 2020 with the signing of Lucinda Brand from Team Sunweb . The Dutchwoman will continue to combine road cycling with cyclo-cross, where she will race for Telenet Fidea Lions, the Belgian team who are also sponsored by Trek. Brand, who started her career with the Rabobank-Liv set-up, has spent the past three years with Sunbweb, winning Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and a stage of the Giro Rosa. This year, she finished 3rd at Dwars door Vlaanderen, 9th at the Tour of Flanders, 5th at Liège-Bastogne-Liège, 4th at La Course, and 6th overall at the Giro Rosa. Brand's move is the first since cycling's transfer window officially opened on August 1, and the first for Trek-Segafredo ahead of their second season. The team was created for the start of 2019 with a big budget and a host of high-profile riders – including Lizzie Deignan and Elisa ...

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Tour de France 2019 in numbers | Can you guess the fastest recorded speed?

Tour de France 2019, Geraint Thomas and Egan Bernal

The key facts and figures from this year’s Tour de France, including Nils Politt's white-knuckle descent

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The weekly spin: What we can expect from the 2020 Tour de France

The days that follow the Tour de France always leave cyclings fans with a bout of melancholy. After three weeks of closely following the biggest event in the sport, the vacuum that follows is profound. Yes, there are other races, but none that demand the collective attention of the Tour. This year’s race was exceptionally … The post The weekly spin: What we can expect from the 2020 Tour de France appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Feel-good story of the Tour: Stig is back and Stig is beautiful

At the 2016 Tour of Belgium, Stig Broeckx was involved in a crash with two race motorcycles and nearly lost his life. The then-26-year-old Belgian was taken to hospital with serious head injuries, including a fractured skull and bleeding on the brain, and was in a coma for months. At the time doctors feared he … The post Feel-good story of the Tour: Stig is back and Stig is beautiful appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Terpstra out of Tour de France with fractured scapula

Total Direct Energie's Niki Terpstra

Niki Terpstra ( Total Direct Energie ) was forced to abandon the Tour de France Wednesday after fracturing his scapula in a crash with 30km to go during stage 11. The Dutch rider took a while getting up from a massive crash that also took down Sebastian Langeveld (EF Education First) and others. Terpstra's Total Direct Energie squad said that he suffered a double fracture to the scapula and tendon damage in the fall. "I fell on my head and shoulder," Terpstra said. "Honestly I didn't even know I was lying on the asphalt. I was a bit dizzy, but my shoulder hurt especially badly." Terpstra has had a difficult season since leaving Quickstep for Total Direct Energie. After a promising start with podium placings at Le Samyn and Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne, Terpstra crashed at the Tour of Flanders, where he was defending his title, and suffered a concussion that kept him ...

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