Tour de France teams for 2019 — Complete startlist plus the favourites

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Van Avermaet: Milan-San Remo is easy to finish but hard to win

Greg Van Avermaet of CCC Team attends a press conference ahead of the 74th Omloop Het Nieuwsblad

Greg Van Avermaet ( CCC Team ) is ready to take another crack at Milan-San Remo on Saturday after having twice finished inside the top 10, including fifth in the 2016 race won by Arnaud Démare in a large bunch sprint. The first Monument race of 2019 is a 291km test that finishes in San Remo along the Via Roma. Van Avermaet has so far this season taken just one win, stage 3 at the Volta a Valenciana in Spain, but he's shown he's on form for the Classics with second at Omloop het Nieuwsblad and sixth at Strade Bianche. Van Avermaet is hoping a week of racing in Italy at Tirreno-Adriatico has sharpened the form for the long day ahead on Saturday. "I felt really good at Tirreno-Adriatico and I take a lot of confidence from the legs I had at the end of those long stages we did ...

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Van Avermaet: Strade Bianche is one of the most beautiful races of the season

Greg Van Avermaet of CCC Team attends a press conference ahead of the 74th Omloop Het Nieuwsblad

Since he first raced Strade Bianche in 2010, Greg Van Avermaet has rarely finished outside the top 10. The CCC Team leader has twice finished second – in 2015 and 2017 – but his worst result in the race came last year when the cold, wet weather sapped his body of the power needed to conquer the sloppy dirt tracks through the rolling hills of Tuscany. Van Avermaet is anxious to return to the race this year for another crack at the white gravel roads, and his strong performance last weekend at the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, where he finished second to Deceuninck-QuickStep's Zdenek Stybar, shows he's got the form to once again contest the win in Siena's Piazza del Campo. “We saw at the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad that Greg Van Avermaet is really strong at the moment," said CCC Team sports director Valerio Piva. "He had a great race, and, ...

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Pre-Classics Season Power Rankings

Ladies and gentlemen, congratulations. You have made it. We have all made it. We have braved the offseason, the 4am Tour Down Under, piecing together tweets to form a picture of what happened in Oman and watching Amaro Antunes having his annual peak in the Algarve to arrive here, bare days before the joy of Omloop het Nieuwsblad. [The box on Conor’s desk wrapped in four whole rolls of packaging tape, hitherto motionless like all good packages, begins to move, almost imperceptibly] Ahem, anyway, as is customary here at the Café, before clip meets pedal and wheel meets cobble, it’s time to look at where all the teams stand ahead of the Omloop. Ah, the Omloop- [Tape rips suddenly. A mighty groan emerges from the box as it bursts open, revealing...] Ta flippin’ da, bitchez. Cuddles! How have you been? You bastard, I’ve been in Edinburgh for nearly two years. ...

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CCC sports director confirms Geraint Thomas contract offer

CCC sports director confirms Geraint Thomas contract offer

Joe Robinson 8 Aug 2018 New Polish WorldTour team target Tour champion as well as some home talent CCC sports director Piotr Wadecki has confirmed that his team have made an offer for Geraint Thomas (Team Sky), as they prepare to take BMC Racing's place in the WorldTour . Recent Tour de France winner Thomas is out of contract at the end of the season with Team Sky and in a recent interview with the BBC , suggested that he could be open to offers elsewhere . While the Welshman would most likely be offered a substantial pay rise after his Tour exploits, it is uncertain how the British WorldTour team would manage the Tour ambitions of both current winner Thomas and four-time champion Chris Froome . Speculation as to where Thomas could end up began to surface but the first team to show concrete interest in the 32-year-old has ...

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Surprise second place for Wisniowski at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad

Lukasz Wisniowski of Team Sky raced his Pinarello Dogma K10 to second place

Team Sky turned up for opening weekend with three debutants for Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and despite four of the seven riders for the team not finishing the race in the freezing conditions, the British squad will be satisfied with second place on the day. Łukasz Wiśniowski chased back to a select group following Sep Vanmarcke ’s ( EF Education First-Drapac ) attack on the Muur van Gerardsbergen, and managed to win the bunch sprint to take second place to Michael Valgren ( Astana Pro Team ), whose late attack won the Dane the race. Owain Doull , who endured a far tougher start to the 2017 campaign following surgery on a burst appendix, sprinted to 11th in the finale and the result gives the Welshman promise for the upcoming season. “It was alright, I suffered a bit all day,” Owain Doull told Cyclingnews while cooling down after the race, “I ...

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Valgren wins Omloop Het Nieuwsblad

Michael Valgren (Astana) wins Omloop Het Nieuwsblad Elite

Astana might be in trouble behind the scenes , but on the road they have been pitch perfect this month. Michael Valgren added to their February success with victory at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad after a late solo attack. Łukasz Wiśniowski (Team Sky) had been distanced on the Muur van Gerardsbergen but fought back to take second place ahead of Sep Vanmarcke (EF Education First-Drapac). "After the Muur we got away in a big group," Valgren said. "We had three guys and we needed to do something because we had some fast riders. We had Oscar there and Lutsenko who is also fast, so it was up to me to attack. I counter attacked Sep Vanmarcke and they were looking at each other for just five seconds and I was away. "It was bloody hard and I am super happy. I would like to be up there in the big ones ...

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