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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Who is favourite for the Vuelta a Espana and who should you be backing?

Who is favourite for the Vuelta a Espana and who should you be backing?

Joe Robinson 20 Aug 2019 The favourites for the Vuelta a Espana and the best prices from the bookmakers The 74th Vuelta a Espana begins on Saturday 24th August as three weeks of racing around Spain commences to find the next winner of the famous red jersey. Keeping up appearances, this year’s race will be a brutal mix of high-altitude climbs, relentlessly steep gradients and pounding heat that often gives young General Classification riders and eternal nearly-men the chance to shine. Lancastrian Simon Yates of Mitchelton-Scott is current champion although absent in the defence of his title. Three back-to-back Grand Tours seem to have taken their toll on the Brit who has opted for some well-earned rest. Last year’s second-place finished Enric Mas ( Deceuninck-QuickStep ) will also be taking a rain check after racing the Tour de France in July, meaning the only present rider from last year’s podium ...

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Hagens Berman Axeon confirm return to Continental level for 2020

Kevin Vermaerke wins stage 2 at the Redlands Bicycle Classic

After two seasons at Professional Continental level, Hagens Berman Axeon will return to the Continental level for 2020, but team owner Axel Merckx told Cyclingnews he doesn’t believe it will have a major effect on his U23 development program. "So far, that's the way things are looking," Merckx said before the final stage at the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah . "The investment was quite substantial to go Pro Conti, and it was very difficult. The UCI announced the reforms – not confirmed yet – but it would require 20-rider rosters, and if that's the case that's another $200,000, and you haven't even started racing yet. "It's not realistic for us to do that, so we will regroup and continue our mission, continue what we are doing. Just a couple of races probably are not going to be the same, but that's OK because we can maybe increase some ...

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Gilbert and Jakobsen headline Deceuninck-QuickStep at Vuelta a Espana

Philippe Gilbert celebrates as he wins Paris-Roubaix

Fabio Jakobsen will lead Deceneuninck-QuickStep ’s hunt for sprint victories at the 2019 Vuelta a España , while Philippe Gilbert makes his final Grand Tour appearance for the squad before switching to Lotto Soudal in 2020. Like Gilbert, Zdeněk Štybar will use the Vuelta to build towards the World Championships in Yorkshire. Maxi Richeze, also riding his last Grand Tour for the team before moving to UAE Team Emirates, will serve as Jakobsen’s lead-out man in Spain, while the squad also includes Rémi Cavagna, Tim Declercq, James Knox and Eros Capecchi. There is no place in the team for the Movistar-bound Enric Mas, who placed second overall a year ago. The Vuelta gets underway with a team time trial in Torrevieja on Saturday. "We have a nice mix of young and experienced riders, and our goal will be to go for stage victories. Fabio is making his first Grand Tour ...

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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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Ivan Sosa wins 2019 Vuelta a Burgos

Ivan Sosa (Team Ineos) at Vuelta a Burgos

Ivan Sosa ( Team Ineos ) secured overall victory for a second consecutive year at the Vuelta a Burgos in northern Spain, winning the final stage on the mountain finish of Lagunas de Neila to extend his winning margin. The 21-year-old Colombian won stage 3 to Picon Blanco and started the final stage in the purple race leader's jersey. The final climb to Lagunas de Neila was steep and sparked several late attacks but Sosa waited until the final 500 metres to attack himself, catch Rui Costa (UAE Team Emirates) and win alone. He finished eight seconds ahead of Costa, with Amanuel Ghebreigzabhier (Dimension Data) third at 14 seconds, just ahead of Giro d'Italia winner Richard Carapaz (Movistar) on his return to racing. In the final overall classification, Sosa beat Oscar Rodriguez (Euskadi Murias) by 31 seconds, with Carapaz third at 42 seconds. "In the final kilometres, the team helped ...

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Dan Martin signs two-year deal with Israel Cycling Academy

Supported by A little over two weeks into August, the first big surprise of this year’s transfer season has emerged. Dan Martin will join Israel Cycling Academy on a two-year deal in 2020 after spending the last two seasons with UAE-Team Emirates. Unlike most of the other notable riders on the move this transfer season whose destinations have … The post Dan Martin signs two-year deal with Israel Cycling Academy appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Dan Martin joins Israel Cycling Academy on two-year deal

Dan Martin (UAE Team Emirates) stage 20 Tour de France

Israel Cycling Academy have announced that Dan Martin will join the team next season on a two-year deal. The Irishman joins after spending two seasons with UAE Team Emirates. Highlights of his time with the team include stage wins at the Tour de France and Critérium du Dauphiné in 2018. "By joining Israel Cycling Academy (ICA), our joint goal is to combine our huge appetite for success and to achieve our potential together," said Martin in a team press release. "I have so much respect for what ICA want to achieve. I just want to be part of it. "I have seen ICA grow as a team organisation from the outside and I am excited to be able to join it now. The belief and support shown to me by ICA is a great reason why I decided that this is a unique opportunity. Martin also indicated that he's looking ...

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Dan Martin joins Israel Cycling Academy on two-year contract

Dan Martin joins Israel Cycling Academy on two-year contract

Jack Elton-Walters 16 Aug 2019 Dan Martin will leave UAE Team Emirates at the end of the season and his move could indicate the ambitions of his new team Daniel Martin will leave UAE Team Emirates at the end of this season to join the Israel Cycling Academy on a two-year contract. Martin will be looking to take sole leadership at his new team after often finding himself forced to share duties within his current squad. The rider will also be hoping to recapture the form that in the past has seen him win Monuments and liven up Grand Tour stages. The secondary element to this announcement could be an indication of the team's wider ambitions. Stories have cropped up in the past about Israel Cycling Academy's desire to enter cycling's WorldTour, with mergers and licence buy-outs mooted in the previously. We are proud to announce that @DanMartin86 has signed ...

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Vuelta a Burgos: Aranburu wins stage 4

Alex Aranburu (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA)

Alex Aranburu ( Caja Rural-Seguros RGA ) won stage 4 of Vuelta a Burgos , triumphing on the uphill finish in Ciudad Romana de Clunia to take the team’s second victory of the race. The UAE Team Emirates pair of Aleksandr Riabushenko and Rui Costa took second and third, trailing in Aranburu’s wake as the Basque rider celebrated across the line. Aranburu powered to the front in the closing 200 metres of the stage, leaving Jhonathan Narvaez (Team Ineos) and Richard Carapaz (Movistar) behind as the road flattened out after the climb. Once he got a gap, there was no catching him, and the 23-year-old took his second win of the season at the Roman colony in Clunia. "We completed a perfect stage," said Aranburu after the finish. "The whole team has supported me in the approach to Clunia. Cristián [Rodríguez] and Sergei [Chernetski] have been very close to protect ...

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Almeida signs for Deceuninck-QuickStep

Joao Almeida (Axeon Hagens Berman)

Double U23 Portuguese champion João Almeida is the latest rider to sign for the Deceuninck-QuickStep squad. The 21-year-old inked a two-year deal with the WorldTour team. Almeida is currently racing with Hagens Berman Axeon at the Tour of Utah , where he holds the best young rider's jersey and seventh place overall after the high summit finish at Powder Mountain. CEO Patrick Lefevere has had his eye on Almeida for some time, and Almeida has visited with the team during their winter training camps twice. Having impressed the team with his work ethic and with a solid string of results in 2018 including second overall and best young rider at the Baby Giro a win at the U23 Liège-Bastogne-Liège, it was time to give Almeida a spot in the major leagues. "We are known for our knack of spotting young guys, promoting them on the WorldTour and developing them into ...

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Aru takes heart from comeback and aims high at Vuelta a Espana

Fabio Aru in the Tour de Suisse peloton during stage 5

Fabio Aru will target the Vuelta a España after enjoying a solid return to Grand Tour racing at the Tour de France. The UAE Team Emirates rider missed the Giro d'Italia after undergoing surgery in April to repair a constriction of the iliac artery in his left leg, but he returned to action ahead of schedule in June and then placed 14th overall at the Tour. "I can be great again," Aru told La Gazzetta dello Sport . "I know this, I realised it at the Tour. Am I wrong? I'm aware that I need time. I don't know when, but I'll get back to the top. I'm betting on it." Aru won the Vuelta in 2015 after placing on the podium of the two previous editions of the Giro, but his Grand Tour record has been more mixed in the intervening period, with 5th place overall on the 2017 ...

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BinckBank Tour: Sam Bennett wins stage 3

Sam Bennett (Bora-Hansgrohe) wins stage 1 at BinckBank Tour

Sam Bennett ( Bora-Hansgrohe ) took his third consecutive victory at the BinckBank Tour in Aalter, beating Dylan Groenewegen (Jumbo-Visma) by a tyre-width, with the photo finish needed to confirm the Irish national champion was the winner. Jasper Philipsen (UAE Team Emirates) finished third. A crash just before the final corner saw several riders go down or delayed, including Kristoffer Halvorsen (Team Ineos). That left just a handful of sprinters up front to fight for victory. Philipsen started the sprint but acted as a lead-out for Bennett and Groenewegen, who went around him on the left and right of the road. Bennett threw his bike at the line early and so lost some speed in the final metres, allowing Groenewegen to close the gap as he dived at the line. However, the Irishman again had the edge on his Dutch rival. "I wasn't sure at all [of having won]," Bennett ...

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Your guide to notable 2019-2020 men’s WorldTour transfers

Supported by It’s transfer season in the world of professional cycling, and that means teams are announcing rider signings practically every day of the week. This year’s transfer cycle has already seen some very big names agree to don new kit for the coming season, and many more notables are expected to make their 2020 plans public … The post Your guide to notable 2019-2020 men’s WorldTour transfers appeared first on CyclingTips .

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BinckBank Tour: Sam Bennett wins stage 2

Sam Bennett (Bora-Hansgrohe) was relieved to win again

Sam Bennett ( Bora-Hansgrohe ) notched up his second victory in as many days when he claimed stage 2 of the BinckBank Tour in Ardooie. The Irish champion beat Jasper Philipsen (UAE Team Emirates) and Dylan Groenewegen (Jumbo-Visma) to the line and thus retains the overall lead. The surfeit of sprint options at Bora-Hansgrohe meant that Bennett missed selection for both the Giro d'Italia and Tour de France this year, but he has responded to that disappointment in exemplary fashion, and has now amassed ten victories in 2019, eight of them at WorldTour level. Bennett's positioning, decision-making and finishing speed meant that his victory in Ardooie brooked no argument. Mindful of the strength of the Jumbo-Visma lead-out, he parked himself on Groenewegen's wheel on the run-in, but then had the nous to respond promptly when Philipsen streaked past in the finishing straight. In the final 100 metres, Bennett pulled away ...

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Formolo signs for UAE Team Emirates

Davide Formolo and his Bora-Hansgrohe teammates in San Sebastian

Davide Formolo will ride for UAE Team Emirates in 2020 after signing a two-year contract with the team. The Italian champion arrives at UAE Team Emirates after two seasons with Bora-Hansgrohe . Formolo placed 10th and 14th overall in the past two editions of the Giro d'Italia but said that he will emphasis one-day racing at UAE Team Emirates. He placed second at this year's Liège-Bastogne-Liège behind Jakob Fuglsang and also took second at the recent test event for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. "For the next few years I want to mainly focus on the hilly one-day classics on the UCI WorldTour," Formolo said in a statement released by UAE Team Emirates on Monday. "For me, the move to a team like UAE Team Emirates means a lot. I spent two wonderful years with my current team, but I felt my goals and the plan laid out by UAE Team ...

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Richeze signs for UAE Team Emirates

Argentina's Max Richeze (Deceuninck-QuickStep) can expect plenty of South American support in Colomb

Max Richeze , the last man in Deceuninck-Quickstep 's devastating lead-out train, will reunite with Fernando Gaviria in 2020 as the Argentine national champion signed for UAE Team Emirates . The 36-year-old helped to deliver Elia Viviani and Julian Alaphilippe to stage wins in the Tour de France this year and has played a key role in many of Deceuninck-Quickstep's 55 wins this season. Before this season, Richeze also helped Gaviria to a pair of Tour de France stage wins in 2018 and four stages and the overall points classification in the 2017 Giro d'Italia. He's known as one of the best in the business, with an uncanny knack for threading his way through the charging peloton to deliver his sprinter to the front at just the right moment. This season Gaviria has struggled with knee injuries and with finding success in the WorldTour. The Colombian has won just two ...

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Sivakov dedicates Tour de Pologne win to Bjorg Lambrecht

Pavel Sivakov (Team Ineos) at Tour de Pologne

Pavel Sivakov has captured the biggest victory of his career to date at the Tour de Pologne after he and his Team Ineos squad played a hugely successful defensive game on the final stage. Second on stage 6 and second overall prior to Friday's short-but-intense trek through the foothills of Poland's Tatras mountains, Sivakov inherited the title of virtual race leader when yellow jersey holder Jonas Vingegaard (Jumbo-Visma) faded badly mid-stage and was dropped. Sivakov's rivals – and with another 16 riders at 61 seconds or less on GC – tried hard, if sporadically, to test the young Russian. But they found Team Ineos in general and Sivakov and teammate Tao Geoghegan Hart in particular more than up to the task of defending Sivakov's newly assumed provisional race lead. Although the stage win was long gone to Matej Mohoric (Bahrain-Merida), Sivakov rode across the finish line in Bukowina with one ...

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Sivakov wins 2019 Tour de Pologne

Pavel Sivakov on the final Tour de Pologne overall podium

Pavel Sivakov secured overall victory at the Tour de Pologne after his Team Ineos teammates distanced race leader Jonas Vingegaard (Jumbo-Visma) during the hilly final stage around Bukowina Tatrzańska and then controlled every challenge from his nearest overall rivals. Matej Mohoric (Bahrain-Merida) won the final hilly stage after launching a brave solo attack with 57km to race. He pointed to the sky as he crossed the line, dedicating his victory to Bjorg Lambrecht, who tragically died after crashing on stage 3 of the race. The USA's Neilson Powless (Jumbo-Visma) finished 55 seconds behind Mohoric, with Gianluca Brambilla (Trek-Segafredo) third at on the stage at 1:07. The 22-year-old Sivakov finished in the front group, 2:15 behind. In the final overall classification he finished two seconds ahead of fellow young talent Jai Hindley (Team Sunweb), with Diego Ulissi (UAE Team Emirates) third at 12 seconds. Eleven riders finished within 20 seconds. Talented ...

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Tour de Pologne: 'I had Bjorg Lambrecht in my thoughts today' says Mezgec

Ben Swift, Luka Mezgec and Eduard Prades on a subdued stage 5 podium ceremony at tour de Pologne

Normal racing has resumed in the Tour de Pologne following Monday’s death of Bjorg Lambrecht ( Lotto-Soudal ) and Tuesday’s homage, but stage 5 winner Luka Mezgec ( Mitchelton-Scott ) said that the Belgian remains uppermost in the peloton’s thoughts – including his own. "It was a hard day; it still is," Mezgec told reporters after taking his second bunch sprint in four days in Pologne. "I had Bjorg many times in my mind today. It’s a tragedy. We will never forget him." On Sunday during Katowice’s downhill finish, Mezgec said he had been able to use Fernando Gaviria (UAE Team Emirates) to "give me a slingshot" to victory. In Bielsko-Biala on Wednesday, he employed a similar tactic with Team Ineos' Ben Swift, saying he was "in a perfect position" behind the Briton to move ahead in the last 100 metres for a convincing victory. "It was much harder than ...

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