Martin aiming for racing consistency in 2019

Martin aiming for racing consistency in 2019

One Tour de France stage win can make a man’s career let alone season, but not for Dan Martin who is aiming for more “consistency” in his second year with UAE Team Emirates.

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Fabio Aru: When the iliac artery problem was diagnosed, I cried

Fabio Aru (UAE Team Emirates)

Fabio Aru has admitted that he cried due to the frustration and suffering of recent months and cried again last week when specialists finally diagnosed a constriction of the iliac artery as the reason why he was unable to race successfully. The UAE Team Emirates rider will soon undergo surgery and will miss the Giro d’Italia and much of the 2019 season but he was happy to have finally found an explanation why he was unable to perform at the level that allowed him to win the 2015 Vuelta a Espana. “There were days when I felt dead on the bike. I was devastated. I felt terrible and even worse because I didn’t know why,” Aru explained to La Gazzetta dello Sport after UAE Team Emirates confirmed Aru’s problem on Sunday. “The hair stands up on my arms as I talk about it but when the iliac artery problem was ...

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Surgery to force Fabio Aru to miss Giro d'Italia

Fabio Aru (licensed CC BY 2.0 on Wikimedia Commons by Pedro Semitiel)

Constricted iliac artery is being blamed for underperformance of UAE Team Emirates rider

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High-speed racing on the Poggio means sprinters miss out at Milan-San Remo

Caleb Ewan during Milan-San Remo 2019

The warm spring weather and steady pace for much of Milan-San Remo seemed set to help the sprinters dominate this year’s La Classicissima , but in truth, it led to their downfall. The attackers were still strong and confident on the Poggio, and so able to blow the race apart and share the spoils on the Via Roma. Eventual winner, Julian Alaphilippe ( Deceuninck-QuickStep ) sparked the decisive selection of seven riders in the final kilometre of the Poggio, with only Vincenzo Nibali and Matej Mohoric (Bahrain-Merida), Simon Clarke (EF Education First) and Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) able to get on during the descent and the final flat roads in San Remo. The pure sprinters and their teammates were distanced and dropped, leaving just 11 riders to fight for victory. Few noticed but Alexander Kristoff ( UAE Team Emirates ) won the bunch sprint for 14th place on the Via ...

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Fabio Aru to miss Giro d'Italia due to iliac artery operation

Fabio Aru (UAE Team Emirates) was back in action in the Algarve

UAE Team Emirates ' Fabio Aru will now miss the upcoming Volta Ciclista a Catalunya , as well as May's Giro d'Italia , in order to have an operation on a constriction of the iliac artery in his left leg, his team has reported. Aru was due to return to racing at next week's Spanish stage race having abandoned Paris-Nice in early March, but could now be away from racing for a number of months, until at least this summer. The winner of the 2015 Vuelta a España's last victory came at La Planche des Belles Filles on stage 5 of the Tour de France in 2017, with the 28-year-old having since struggled to perform at the level he's used to. Aru's iliac artery problem has meant that he has lacked "an adequate blood supply when trying to make a maximum effort. This problem, and resulting drop in power, during ...

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Follow Milan-San Remo on Saturday live with Cyclingnews

The Milan-San Remo podium

The 110th running of Milan-San Remo is set to roll Saturday morning in Italy, and you can follow all of the action here on Cyclingnews with our live report . The first Monument of the 2019 season is another wide-open affair, with even the pre-race favourites like Greg Van Avermaet (CCC Team), Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) and defending champion Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) admitting 'La Primavera' is a race that just about any type of rider can win in any manner of ways, from a bunch sprint, a small group or a solo breakaway. This year's start list includes former champions Nibali, Michal Kwiatkowski (Team Sky), Arnaud Demare (Groupama-FDJ), John Degenkolb (Trek-Segafredo) and Alexander Kristoff (UAE Team Emirates). Also among the expected favourites are Julian Alaphilippe and Elia Viviani from Deceuninck-QuickStep, Caleb Ewan from Lotto Soudal, Matteo Trentin from Mitchelton-Scott, Dylan Groenewegen from Jumbo-Visma and Fernando Gaviria from UAE Team Emirates. The ...

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Fabio Aru to return to racing at Volta a Catalunya

Fabio Aru (UAE Team Emirates) was back in action in the Algarve

Following his abandon at Paris-Nice earlier this month, Fabio Aru will jump back into the peloton next week at the Volta a Catalunya in Spain. Aru will be joined in the WorldTour race, which runs from March 25-31, by UAE Team Emirates teammate Dan Martin , who won the overall there in 2013 and has claimed stage wins in both 2013 and 2016. "The Volta a Catalunya is always a race I look forward to – even more so this year with my family being roadside for a number of the stages," Martin said in a team press release. "I know the course well since I live in the region, and, having raced the Volta a Catalunya nearly every year of my career, I know the roads well." Supporting Martin and Aru on the climber-heavy UAE roster are Cristian Muñoz, Rui Oliveira, Simone Petilli, Edward Ravasi and Rory Sutherland. Martin ...

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Anti-fracking group to protest at Tour de Yorkshire over Team Ineos 'greenwashing'

Anti-fracking group to protest at Tour de Yorkshire over Team Ineos 'greenwashing'

Joe Robinson 21 Mar 2019 Ineos holds the rights to frack for shale gas across multiple sites in Yorkshire The introduction of Team Ineos into the professional peloton at the Tour de Yorkshire is set to be greeted with protests by anti-fracking campaigners. Ineos announced its purchase of Tour Racing Limited , the holding company of Team Sky, on Tuesday with the team to appear in its new guise for the first time at Stage 1 of the Tour de Yorkshire on May 2nd. The multi-billion pound chemical company, headed by Britain's richest man Sir Jim Ratcliffe, currently has a license to frack for shale gas across multiple sites in the county of Yorkshire. Ratcliffe is an ardent supporter of fracking and has vocally criticised government efforst to regulate the method of drilling for oil. Ineos is yet to start fracking operations due to planning disputes and protests. Anti-fracking group ...

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Cees Bol wins crash-marred Nokere Koerse

Cees Bol (Team Sunweb) wins the 2019 Nokere Koerse

Cees Bol ( Team Sunweb ) sprinted to victory at Nokere Koerse after a crash-marred final along the cobbled incline to the finish line took down his teammate Max Walscheid and cyclo-cross world champion Mathieu van der Poel (Corendon-Circus). Bol was the fastest to the line ahead of Pascal Ackermann (Bora-Hansgrohe) and Jasper Philipsen (UAE Team Emirates). Bora-Hansgrohe led the initial sprint into the bottom of hill and onto the cobbles with Ackermann positioned in second wheel, and although the German road champion looked as though he would hold off his rivals, Bol proved fastest with a late surge to the line that netted him the day's victory. How it unfolded The peloton returned to the cobbles at the mid-week Nokere Koerse on Wednesday in Belgium with a 195.6km race between Deinze and Nokere. A quarter of the way in saw a five-man break clear the field and build a ...

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Peter Sagan: Things will be totally different on Saturday at Milan-San Remo

Peter Sagan (Bora - Hansgrohe) in San Juan

The Deceuninck-QuickStep riders and team staff hugged each other and celebrated at the team bus after Julian Alaphilippe's surprise sprint victory at Tirreno-Adriatico , happy to have taken win number 18 of the season and to have outwitted their sprint rivals. The mood was not so celebrated at the other buses, with an air of embarrassment and frustration that Deceuninck-QuickStep had won again. Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) and Fernando Gaviria (UAE Team Emirates) are expected to be Deceuninck-QuickStep's biggest rivals for Milan-San Remo, but they were caught out by Elia Viviani's decision to let Alaphilippe contest the sprint. The 195km stage to Jesi was the last chance for the sprinters and their teams to test their form and tactics before Saturday's Milan-San Remo. Deceuninck-QuickStep showed they are ready for any scenario and able to change tactics on the go. Their rivals can only learn from their mistakes and hope the fatigue ...

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UCI backtracks on fines after riders threaten to protest

The riders are presented in Dubai

The UCI has backtracked on applying stiff fines and ranking point penalties if riders arrive late at race sign-on after the peloton threatened to go on strike before the final stage of the UAE Tour . The UCI changed the rules of the sign-on protocol for the 2019 season because riders often stayed on their team buses and arrived en-masse in the final minutes before the start of races. That offered little interest to the local crowds and left race organisers embarrassed. Riders were previously obliged to sign on at a specific time on the opening stage of a race. Now race organisers can force teams to respect a time slot on every stage in the 70 minutes before a stage start. UAE Tour organiser RCS Sport issued a daily schedule for the new WorldTour race but several failed to respect their time slots, sparking a strong reaction from the ...

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Viviani defeats resurgent Sagan in chaotic Tirreno finale

Viviani defeats resurgent Sagan in chaotic Tirreno finale

Elia Viviani (Deceuninck-Quick Step) imposed himself for a maiden win at Tirreno-Adriatico, winning the bunch sprint in Foligno, beating triple world champion Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) and Fernando Gaviria (UAE Team Emirates). Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) came safely home to retain the lead in the overall classification.

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Nizzolo sprints to fourth at Tirreno-Adriatico despite early crash

Giacomo Nizzolo crashed early in stage 3 at Tirreno-Adriatico but still finished fourth in the sprin

Giacomo Nizzolo 's day at Tirreno-Adriatico didn't get off to a great start on Friday during the 224km third stage from Pomerance to Foligno when he crashed in the opening half of the race. The 2016 Italian champion recovered well, however, finishing fourth in a bunch sprint won by countryman Elia Viviani (Deceuninck-QuickStep) as his torn jersey revealed the damage from earlier in the day. Nizzolo ( Dimension Data ) fell hard on his left shoulder and side, temporarily stopping alongside the road to gather himself before determining he could go on. Once he made contact with the peloton, his teammate Ben King helped to guide him back to the front of the peloton before Reinardt Janse van Rensburg dug deep in the final three kilometres to set up the team's chances. The technical finale suited Viviani and runner-up Sagan, however, as the duo fought for the win ahead of ...

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Racing Analysis: An early look at the state of the world’s best sprinters

The early season is always full of fast finishes. Where do the sport's top sprinters stand? The post Racing Analysis: An early look at the state of the world’s best sprinters appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Viviani scared that some riders still think about doping

Elia Viviani wins stage 3 at Tirreno-Adriatico

Elia Viviani ( Deceuninck-QuickStep ) has admitted that the idea that some riders could still be doping despite the Biological Passport leaves him ‘scared’ and worried that everyone in a team could lose their jobs due to one person’s actions. Viviani beat Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) and Fernando Gaviria (UAE Team Emirates) in a highly technical sprint in Foligno on Friday at Tirreno-Adriatico but as Italian national champion and an Olympic champion on the track, he is considered a flag bearer and spokesman for Italian cycling. There have been suggestions that more cyclists may be involved in the Operation Aderlass blood doping investigation in Austria and Germany after Stefan Denifl and Georg Preidler confessed soon after police raids. The investigation is allegedly centred around Dr. Mark Schmidt, who worked in cycling with the Gerolsteiner team in the late 1990s, with between 40 and 70 blood bags reportedly found in a garage. ...

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Tirreno-Adriatico: Gaviria accepts Viviani beat him fair and square

Fernando Gaviria (UAE Team Emirates)

Fernando Gaviria ( UAE Team Emirates ) was disappointed to have a mistake lead to a third place finish in the sprint on stage 3 of Tirreno-Adriatico but sportingly accepted defeat and congratulated his good friend and respected rival Elia Viviani (Deceuninck-QuickStep) on his victory in Foligno. "I tried to set up the sprint as best I could, but I made a mistake and so Elia won. I can only congratulate him," Gaviria said. "I was in the wrong position and started my sprint a little late. Elia jumped before me and got it just right. I'm still happy but know I could have done better." Gaviria was ahead of Viviani going into the testing final kilometres but the high-speed shuffle in the series of corners left him on Viviani's wheel on the exit of the last sweeping last corner. When the Italian champion accelerated out of the saddle in ...

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Peter Sagan shows he is back on form with second in Tirreno-Adriatico sprint

Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe)

Peter Sagan ( Bora-Hansgrohe ) showed he has recovered from a nasty bout of gastroenteritis by finishing second behind Elia Viviani (Deceuninck-QuickStep) but ahead of Fernando Gaviria (UAE Team Emirates) in the high-speed sprint finish on day three of Tirreno-Adriatico in Foligno. Sagan revealed he lost four kilograms and missed five days of training at the end of his altitude training camp in Sierra Nevada before travelling to Tirreno-Adriatico. He was unsure what impact the illness would have on his form and was just glad to be able to start his final stage race before Milan-San Remo and the cobbled Classics. The former world champion dropped out of the peloton on the climb up to Pomerance on stage 2 but handled the long 226km ride across southern Tuscany and Umbria on Friday and was able to contest the sprint finish. "Although my form is still not at the level it ...

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Tirreno-Adriatico: Viviani wins stage 3

Elia Viviani wins stage 3 at Tirreno-Adriatico

Elia Viviani ( Deceuninck-QuickStep ) claimed a tightly contested stage 3 at Tirreno-Adriatico, beating sprint rivals Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) and Fernando Gaviria (UAE Team Emirates). Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) had a relatively quiet day and retained his race lead. The technical finish contained a number of tight corners and Viviani's class, timing and expert support paid off with the Italian coming around Sagan's wheel with the line in sight. Sagan had been caught at the front from too far out, and intelligently eased off to allow Viviani's team to close an important gap. The former world champion would eventually open the sprint using Viviani's leadout but the Italian national champion had too much speed. Gaviria looked to be out of contention inside the final kilometre but delivered a brave sprint before closing in on Sagan just before the line. The win marked Viviani's fourth of the season after triumphs at the ...

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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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Campagnolo launches Super Record 12-speed EPS electronic groupset

Campagnolo has today announced an electronic version of the Campagnolo Super Record 12-speed groupset – in both rim and disc brake versions – is now available following the launch of the mechanical version last year. The iconic Italian brand has also announced a new wheelset to their Wind Tunnel Optimised Campagnolo Bora WTO range, claiming "a new era in terms of aerodynamic carbon wheels", which is available as a rim or disc-brake option. Cyclingnews first spotted electronic versions of the Campagnolo Super Record EPS groupsets at the WorldTour opener of the Tour Down Under in January. Movistar , Lotto Soudal and UAE Team Emirates have all been using the groupsets throughout the season so far. The new Campagnolo Bora WTO 45 wheels are focused on all-round racing and sit alongside the deeper-rim Bora WTO 60 and Bora WTO 77 wheels, which were launched alongside the mechanical 12-speed groupset last year. ...

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