Il Lombardia: All you need to know including TV guide, favourites and route

Joe Robinson 10 Oct 2019 A complete guide to everything you need to know about Il Lombardia, taking place on Saturday 12th October Il Lombardia is the last big race of the season and one to savour. The final of the five Monuments of road cycling, 'the race of the falling leaves' takes place in early autumn across the picturesque landscape of Lombardy in northern Italy. Like all Italian Classics, the race takes place on a Saturday (12th October) as opposed to the usual slot of a Sunday. At 263km, it's a gruelling day in the saddle, covering six categorised climbs including the dreaded Colma di Surmano as the course takes the peloton from Bergamo to Como. Usually a race reserved for punchy climbers, recent winners have included Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ), Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) and Esteban Chaves (Mitchelton-Scott). While defending champion Pinot will be absent, a stacked start list will ...

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Out of contract 8: The best riders without a team for 2020

Joe Robinson 9 Oct 2019 If this team raced a Grand Tour, they would be leaving with plenty of stage wins and maybe the overall title The 2019 is all but finished, this Saturday's Il Lombardia being the last race of any significance, and there are still a whole host of world-class cyclists without a contract for next season. As things stand, Rohan Dennis, Sam Bennett, Esteban Chaves and Mark Cavendish are among the raft of talent yet to confirm their futures for 2020. Normally by now, all of your top-shelf talent would have announced their teams for the coming season but this year, things seem a little different. This could be down to the bizarre situation in which many of the best riders in the world have also found themselves on the move this winter already . Tom Dumoulin, Nairo Quintana, Philippe Gilbert, Richard Carapaz to name but a ...

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The weekly spin: The Grand Tour Domino Effect

A gust of wind in southeast France, a patch of slippery pavement in Andorra, a touch of wheels in Italy, and three grand tour winners who might never have been. The Vuelta a España is over and the 2019 Grand Tour season is finished. As I look back, I’ve been playing the what-if game. What … The post The weekly spin: The Grand Tour Domino Effect appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Vuelta a Espana 2019: Fabio Jakobsen wins Stage 21 as Primoz Roglic confirmed as champion

Vuelta a Espana 2019: Fabio Jakobsen wins Stage 21 as Primoz Roglic confirmed as champion

Jack Elton-Walters 15 Sep 2019 Fabio Jakobsen won Stage 21 of the 2019 Vuelta a Espana to top off what's been an excellent three weeks for his Deceuninck-QuickStep team Fabio Jakobsen ( Deceuninck-QuickStep ) won Stage 21 of the 2019 Vuelta a Espana , pipping a fast finishing Sam Bennet ( Bora-Hansgrohe ) to the line. Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) stayed upright and with the peloton to be confirmed as the overall champion. As with the Tour de France , the final stage of the Vuelta is now a procession into its home nation's capital. This essentially means it's irrelevant to the overall General Classification as no one in the top 10 attacks, the stage is left to the sprinters. However, the red jersey must still finish and that's what Roglic did. Job done. Next to Roglic, Alejandro Valverde ( Movistar ) stood on the second step of the podium and ...

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Vuelta a Espana 2019 Stage 18: Primoz Roglic holds firm in red jersey

Vuelta a Espana 2019 Stage 18: Primoz Roglic holds firm in red jersey

Joe Robinson 12 Sep 2019 Sergio Higuita wins the stage as Primoz Roglic marches one step closer to overall victory Education First's Sergio Higuita took his maiden Grand Tour victory in impressive fashion on Stage 18 to Becerril de la Sierra as Jumbo-Visma's Primoz Roglic moved one step closer to overall victory at the 2019 Vuelta a Espana. Higuita rode alone for over 40km, holding off the chasing group of General Classification riders to win the stage by 15 seconds and salvage some success for Education First, whose Vuelta had been blighted by injury. Red jersey wearer Roglic won the sprint for second to extend his overall lead on General Classification over Alejandro Valverde who leapfrogged Movistar teammate Nairo Quintana into second place. Astana's Miguel Angel Lopez was also a big winner on the day after his persistent attacks saw his usurp UAE-Team Emirates's Tadej Pogacar into the white jersey ...

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Vuelta a Espana 2019: Philippe Gilbert wins Stage 17 while Nairo Quintana gains over 5 minutes on GC

Vuelta a Espana 2019: Philippe Gilbert wins Stage 17 while Nairo Quintana gains over 5 minutes on GC

Jack Elton-Walters 11 Sep 2019 Stage 17 of the 2019 Vuelta a Espana was expected to be a quiet day but ended up being anything but Philippe Gilbert (Deceuninck-QuickStep) won Stage 17 of the 2019 Vuelta a Espana on a day that saw an unexpected shake-up in the overall General Classification. Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) retained the red jersey and the same margin over second place Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) but after that there were significant changes. The day's win came from a breakaway which had originally contained over 40 riders. Key among the front group was Nairo Quintana (Movistar), whose ride helped him gain time and position on the GC. This jump up the standings would have been even greater had his own teammates not taken up the chase behind. Even so, Quintana did something similar to Chris Froome in 2016, so could this be the start of a race winning ...

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Five predictions for ‘week three’ of the Vuelta a España

It may sound crazy, but just one week of Grand Tour racing remains in the 2019 season. Week three of the Vuelta a España is all that’s left between us and eight long months without Grand Tour action. Hopefully this final week in Spain delivers enough excitement to hold us over until next year’s Giro … The post Five predictions for ‘week three’ of the Vuelta a España appeared first on CyclingTips .

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The weekly spin: Jumbo-Visma’s investment in young talent on display at Vuelta

It was at the 2016 Redlands Cycling Classic that Americans Sepp Kuss and Neilson Powless first made their presence known at the elite level of road racing. It was there, in Southern California’s Inland Empire, that Kuss won the queen stage on Oak Glen, while Powless won the time trial and finished second overall. Forty-one … The post The weekly spin: Jumbo-Visma’s investment in young talent on display at Vuelta appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Dombrowski headed to UAE-Team Emirates

American Joe Dombrowski is headed to UAE-Team Emirates after signing a two-year deal. Read the full article at Dombrowski headed to UAE-Team Emirates on VeloNews.com .

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Vuelta a Espana 2019 Stage 15: Jumbo-Visma's Sepp Kuss triumphs, Roglic preserves lead

Vuelta a Espana 2019 Stage 15: Jumbo-Visma's Sepp Kuss triumphs, Roglic preserves lead

James Spender 8 Sep 2019 Vuelta a Espana 2019 Stage 15: American Sepp Kuss, of Jumbo-Visma, announced himself today with a terrific stage win up an incredibly steep stage finish, with Team Ineos's Tao Geoghegan Hart putting in a fine display to finish second. But ultimately the real winner on Stage 15 was Primoz Roglic, who rode with imperious fashion to preserve his 2:25 lead at the top of GC. How the race unfolded Another morning, another day pulling on the maillot rojo for Jumbo-Visma’s Primoz Roglic, who took a commanding 2:25 lead over Movistar’s Alejandro Valverde into Stage 15, which took riders deep into north-west Spain’s Asturias mountains. With four category 1 climbs on the menu including a stinging 7.9km, 10% ascent to the finish in Santuario del Acebo, the 154.4km route out of Tineo promised to deliver some GC-hustling action. Useful time bonuses were on offer, 10, 6 ...

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Vuelta a Espana 2019 Stage 15: Jumbo-Visma's Sepp Kuss triumphs, Roglic preserves

Vuelta a Espana 2019 Stage 15: Jumbo-Visma's Sepp Kuss triumphs, Roglic preserves

James Spender 8 Sep 2019 Vuelta a Espana 2019 Stage 15: American Sepp Kuss, of Jumbo-Visma, announced himself today with a terrific stage win up an incredibly steep stage finish, with Team Ineos's Tao Geoghegan Hart putting in a fine display to finish second. But ultimately the real winner on Stage 15 was Primoz Roglic, who rode in imperious fashion to preserve his 2:25 lead at the top of GC. How the race unfolded Another morning, another day pulling on the maillot rojo for Jumbo-Visma’s Primoz Roglic, who took a commanding 2:25 lead over Movistar’s Alejandro Valverde into Stage 15, which took riders deep into north-west Spain’s Asturias mountains. With four category 1 climbs on the menu including a stinging 7.9km, 10% ascent to the finish in Santuario del Acebo, the 154.4km route out of Tineo promised to deliver some GC-hustling action. Useful time bonuses were on offer, 10, 6 ...

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La Vuelta: Roglič extends lead to take control of GC

La Vuelta: Roglič extends lead to take control of GC

Primož Roglič (Jumbo-Visma) pushed out his lead in the red jersey on Stage 13 of La Vuelta, dropping everyone except stage-winner Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates) with a vicious acceleration on the steep gradients of the final climb of Los Machucos.

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La Vuelta: Contenders react as Roglič extends lead on GC

La Vuelta: Contenders react as Roglič extends lead on GC

Primož Roglič (Jumbo-Visma) pushed out his lead in the red jersey on Stage 13 of La Vuelta, dropping everyone except stage-winner Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates) with a vicious acceleration on the steep gradients of the final climb of Los Machucos.

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Pogačar wins atop Los Machucos as Roglič extends lead

Pogačar wins atop Los Machucos as Roglič extends lead

Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates) was the last man standing after the impressive accelerations of Primož Roglič (Jumbo-Visma) on the final climb saw the Slovenian pair leave the rest of the general classification contenders behind.

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Vuelta a Espana 2019: Tadej Pogacar wins Stage 13 in alliance with Primoz Roglic

Vuelta a Espana 2019: Tadej Pogacar wins Stage 13 in alliance with Primoz Roglic

Jack Elton-Walters 6 Sep 2019 An alliance based on nationality saw the two riders take huge strides in the GC on Stage 13 of the 2019 Vuelta a Espana. Image: Eurosport Tadej Pogacar ( UAE-Team Emirates ) won Stage 13 of the 2019 Vuelta a Espana as he and compatriot and overall leader Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) rode away from their rivals on the steep climbs of Los Machucos. They went early and rode together all the way to the finish line, spoiling the dreams of the breakaway riders and gaining valuable time on the rest of the top 10. None of the other riders could do anything when these two went away in what looked like a pre-planned move to work together. Pogacar did much of the work on the climb and was rewarded with a stage win and a bettering of his position overall, while Roglic took second for ...

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Gent-Wevelgem to start from Ypres from next year

Gent-Wevelgem to start from Ypres from next year

Joseph Delves 5 Sep 2019 Spring Classic to retain its name but ditch its current start point for a 50km shift to the southwest Flemish one-day Classic Gent-Wevelgem will start in Ypres rather than the now-familiar starting point of Deinze from next year. The move follows an agreement between the city and organisers of the WorldTour event that covers the next six years. 'We’re very proud of this collaboration,' said Emmily Talpe, mayor of the city of Ypres in response to the news. 'It puts Ypres on the international map after the previous WW1 commemorations. The media attention for such a race is immense.' Run by Flanders Classics, Flemish newspaper Het Nieuwsblad reported that the deal will see the town of Ypres pay 100,000 euros each year, an amount that will also increase annually by 10,000 euros. With the race passing several battlefields, the new route aims to reinforce its ...

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Flying high: Jumbo-Visma’s ill-fated helicopter transfer

Supported by Sunday’s ninth stage of the Vuelta a España finished on gravel roads, in a thunderstorm, atop a mountain in Andorra, with Tadej Pogacar (UAE-Team Emirates) taking stage honours. The other winner on the day was self-pity: riders battered by hailstones, crashing in the treacherous conditions and shivering from the sudden temperature fluctuation. And with a … The post Flying high: Jumbo-Visma’s ill-fated helicopter transfer appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Vuelta a Espana 2019: Philippe Gilbert soloes to Stage 12 win

Vuelta a Espana 2019: Philippe Gilbert soloes to Stage 12 win

Joseph Delves 5 Sep 2019 Gilbert denies Aranburu and Barceló in an unexpectedly quiet day for the GC Philippe Gilbert (Deceuninck-QuickStep) won Stage 12 of the 2019 Vuelta a Espana ahead of fellow breakaway escapees Alexander Aranburu (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA) and Fernando Barceló (Euskadi-Murias), while behind them GC race stayed largely unaffected. Belgium's Gilbert won the 171km stage from Circuito de Navarra to Bilbao by just three seconds in the end, holding off the Spanish duo on the rapid descent to the finish after breaking clear towards the top of the late 3rd category climb of the Alto de Arraiz, which they crested inside 8km of the finish. Movistar's Marc Soler led the peloton in 3 minutes later, with all the main GC contenders safely together. How the stage unfolded With a climb towards the beginning of the stage, it wasn’t until afterwards that riders started getting away. Despite the ...

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Vuelta a Espana 2019: Roglic wins Stage 10 TT to take race lead with barnstorming performance

Vuelta a Espana 2019: Roglic wins Stage 10 TT to take race lead with barnstorming performance

George Smith 3 Sep 2019 Slovene puts rivals to the sword in dominant display on Stage 10 Primoz Roglic proved irresistible as the Jumbo-Visma rider smashed his rivals to take the stage win and move himself into the race lead, earning the red jersey with a blistering time of 47:05. The Slovenian former ski jumper leapfrogged the GC leader at the start of the day, Nairo Quintana (Movistar), who expectedly ceded major time to his rivals that he will now have to try and recoup in the mountains. It was a mixed bag for the other favourites for the third and final Grand Tour of the season. Roglic’s countryman Tadej Podacar (UAE-Emirates), Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) and Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana) all limited their losses, up to a point. Although Roglic actually caught Lopez for two minutes and they crossed the line in quick succession. Conversely, Carl Frederik Hagen (Lotto-Soudal), and ...

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Five predictions for ‘week two’ of the Vuelta a España

The Vuelta a España has been so compelling to this point that it’s hard to believe we’re only nine days into the race. Full credit to the organizers for planning a route that has offered some thrilling stages, without leaving fans feeling like the race is already decided. Some big days await at the Spanish … The post Five predictions for ‘week two’ of the Vuelta a España appeared first on CyclingTips .

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