Milan-San Remo highlights: Alaphilippe’s masterclass

Julian Alaphilippe shows off the new Deceuninck-Quick-Step jersey

The yearly seven-hour battle between the sprinters and puncheurs that is Milan-San Remo has once again come and gone, and for 2019 we can strike another one up to the latter – the third in a row for that most versatile of rider groupings. Julian Alaphilippe ( Deceuninck-Quick Step ) was the man to continue the mini-streak on Saturday afternoon, pulling off a masterful display in the finale. The Frenchman was ably aided by his powerful Quick Step team on the final climb of the day, the legendary Poggio, before launching over the top. He wasn’t alone though – far from it, in fact. The best of the best had joined him, with the last two winners Michał Kwiatkowski (Team Sky) and Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) up there, along with legends of the modern era Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) and Alejandro Valverde (Movistar), among others. After navigating the potential treachery of the ...

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Mohoric: I thought Colbrelli was with me but it was Nibali

Slovenian champion Matej Mohoric will be back for a second year with Bahrain-Merida in 2019.

Confusion and disappointment were the two overriding feelings for Matej Mohorič ( Bahrain-Merida ) as he ground to a halt on the Via Roma after an almost seven-hour effort in Milan-San Remo . On the face of it, fifth on the line – his best result in three attempts – was a fine result for the 24-year-old, but after confusion in the finale the Slovenian powerhouse only saw the race as a missed opportunity. Mohorič had done everything right for most of the day. He was there or thereabouts when Julian Alaphilippe and his Deceuninck-Quick Step team blew the race to pieces on the Poggio, and then regained contact with the elite lead group on the descent before the flat-run in. When there was a general regrouping with just over a kilometer remaining, Mohorič even began to ghost off the front of the lead group. He was quickly caught but ...

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The weekly spin: Breaking down Alaphilippe’s perfect day at Milan-San Remo

It was a who’s who of professional cycling. Barreling down the Poggio, the final climb of Milan-San Remo, was a handful of the top riders in the sport, all in with a shot at winning the first Monument of the season. A few minutes later, that group had swelled to a dozen. There would be … The post The weekly spin: Breaking down Alaphilippe’s perfect day at Milan-San Remo appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Alaphilippe Wins Milan San Remo

Deceuninck Quick-Step Rider Bags His First Monument Julian Alaphilippe won Milan San-Remo on Saturday afternoon, comfortably winning a sprint from a group of ten that went clear over the top of the Poggio. He was joined on the podium by Olivier Naesen and Michal Kwiatkowski. This year’s first monument went according to the script, with a large break given plenty of room on the road and building up a sizable gap. The ten riders, including six Italians and four representatives of Novo Nordisk, were steadily reeled back in as the race hit the coast in perfect weather. Quick Step, UAE, Lotto Soudal and Groupama-FDJ were among the teams working at the front and by the foot of the Cipressa only Fausto Masnada was left in front. Getty Images Masnada was caught on the earliest slopes of the penultimate climb and there were few fireworks on the climb, though a daring ...

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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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Milano-Sanremo: The ‘Who Will Win’ Piece

Milano-Sanremo is at the same time the most and least predictable race on the calendar. It’s not every race you can work through every single scenario in which the race can be won and coming up with a manageable number - go on, try doing it with E3 Harelbeke - but then again it’s not every race that can be won by Mark Cavendish, then a few years later undergo alterations that make it notably easier, following which it is won by Vincenzo Nibali. I’m not going to go through all the scenarios in which any given rider can win, Andrew did that expertly last year and much of it is still relevant. What I aim to achieve with this preview is to come up with one name and a set of very plausible reasons why they will be the first person to win a Monument classic in 2019. This ...

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Nibali feeling ‘better and better’ ahead of Milano-Sanremo defense

Nibali feeling ‘better and better’ ahead of Milano-Sanremo defense

Despite a winless drought dating back to last year's Milano-Sanremo, Vincenzo Nibali hopes that building form will carry him in Saturday's classic. Read the full article at Nibali feeling ‘better and better’ ahead of Milano-Sanremo defense on VeloNews.com .

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Demare: I will win Milan-San Remo again someday

Arnaud Demare wins stage 18 at the Tour de France

In the past three seasons before Milan-San Remo , Arnaud Démare has won a stage in Paris-Nice, gaining an important confidence boost ahead of the year's first Monument. In 2016, the Frenchman was the unlikely winner in Sanremo, unleashing his powerful sprint to claim the biggest victory of his career over Ben Swift and Jurgen Roelandts. He backed up that result with a sixth place in 2017 and third last season behind Caleb Ewan and the impressive solo victory from Vincenzo Nibali. This season, Démare has yet to climb onto the highest step of a podium, having missed out on the early semi-Classics with the flu before recovering to race Paris-Nice. He narrowly missed out on a win on stage 6 to Brignoles when he jumped a bit too soon into a headwind and was overtaken by Sam Bennett (Bora-Hansgrohe) . Despite going into Milan-San Remo winless, Démare says he ...

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Milan-San Remo preview and Ineos' Team Sky takeover - Podcast

Caleb Ewan, Vincenzo Nibali and Arnaud Demare on the Milan-San Remo podium

In this week's edition of the Cyclingnews podcast, brought to you in association with Sportful, Pinarello, and Floyd's of Leadville, we look back at the action from Paris-Nice and Tirreno-Adriatico . We look ahead to this weekend's first Monument of the season, Milan-San Remo , and debate the merits and issues arising from the controversial takeover of Team Sky by Ineos . We also hear from Tirreno-Adriatico winner Primoz Roglic about his victory and his form ahead of the Giro d'Italia; Julian Alaphilippe and Elia Viviani ahead of Milan-San Remo, and Mitchelton-Scott's Adam Yates and directeur sportif Matt White. There's also time for us to check in with our very own Stephen Farrand, who picks out the key talking points from Tirreno-Adriatico, discusses the pressure on Vincenzo Nibali's shoulders, and highlights just what Milan-San Remo means to the Italian cycling. Sponsor message Born in the Italian Dolomites, Sportful has been ...

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Milan – San Remo: Race Preview

The year’s first monument is upon us The smell of cut grass. The days lengthening. The Masters from Augusta. The sound of [insert local fauna as appropriate] [insert distinctive sound] in/on/beside [insert recognisable local architecture or flora as appropriate]. Milan-San Remo. Yes, spring* is coming, folks, and so is the season’s first monument. Italian cycling, never without a poetic narrative, has the first big race of the year, starting in a corner of Europe where winter isn’t too far forgotten, and finishing in the glitz, colour and sunshine of the Mediterranean coastline. Well, that’s the theory, anyway – the weather doesn’t always align with the narrative. * In the Northern hemisphere. Chris has given us the colour and the history of the race. Conor feels confident that he can tell us all the winner. Which leaves me to look at how the race will unfold. It is a pretty familiar ...

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Defending Milan-San Remo champion Nibali leads strong Bahrain-Merida team

Caleb Ewan, Vincenzo Nibali and Arnaud Demare on the Milan-San Remo podium

The winner of last year's Milan-San Remo , Vincenzo Nibali , will lead a strong Bahrain-Merida squad at this year's race on Saturday, and says that he's feeling his form is getting better all the time. The Italian's last race was Tirreno-Adriatico – the traditional build-up race for Milan-San Remo – where he finished 15th overall, and clearly not yet at his best this season. "I'm happy with the 'signals' I got from Tirreno-Adriatico because they showed that my condition is improving," Nibali said on his team's website. Nibali attacked with six kilometres to go at last year's race, soloing to a memorable victory as the bunch bore down on him, with runner-up Caleb Ewan and third-placed Arnaud Démare not quite able to catch him on the line. Nibali will be supported by a strong team that includes Sonny Colbrelli, Matej Mohoric, Marcel Sieberg, and Heinrich Haussler, who finished second ...

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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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Contract talks between Nibali and Bahrain stall

Vuincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida)

Negotiations between Vincenzo Nibali and Bahrain-Merida show no signs of re-opening with both parties still at loggerheads over the terms of a possible contract extension. The 34-year-old is out of contract at the end of 2019, and although an offer was put on the table by the Bahrain Merida management last season it remains unsigned as Nibali waits for improved terms. Meanwhile, speculation linking the 2018 Milan-San Remo winner with Trek-Segafedo continues to grow, with Bahrain Merida believing that the star GC rider met with the Italian team during Tirreno-Adriatico. Segafredo are reported to be keen on signing Nibali and made an approach to discuss a move several months ago. That interest has only intensified in recent weeks . "There hasn't been any further negotiations and we're still sitting where we were about a month ago," Bahrain Merida's Brent Copeland told Cyclingnews on Monday, during a brief visit to McLaren ...

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Vincenzo Nibali: This is the suffering I need

Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain Merida)

Vincenzo Nibali ( Bahrain-Merida ) has had a fairly quiet start to the season, but the Italian said that his opening races were providing him with 'the suffering I need'. He admitted that he would like to be going better at this point in the season, but with the Giro d'Italia and Tour de France double on his programme this season, it has been difficult. Nibali was one of a number of overall contenders that lost time on stage 4 of Tirreno-Adriatico , finishing 23 seconds down on the race leader Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott). He is now almost two minutes down in the general classification with a podium position a far-flung dream. Nibali said that it has been difficult to see his rivals go up the road, but he is trying to keep a positive perspective on it. "This is the suffering I need," he told Gazzetta dello Sport . ...

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Tirreno-Adriatico: Dumoulin stays in overall contention after TTT

Tom Dumoulin on the front for Team Sunweb at Tirreno-Adriatico

Tom Dumoulin admitted before Tirreno-Adriatico that losing 25 seconds or more in the opening team time trial would probably end his chance of overall victory in the week-long stage race. While not happy with Team Sunweb 's third place, 22 seconds behind Mitchelton-Scott and 15 down on Jumbo-Visma, the Dutchman was pleased to still be in contention and ready to race aggressively in the number of steep uphill finishes later in the race. "Third, it's good, not perfect. It's a good start and we're, I won't say happy with it, but satisfied," Dumoulin said as he warmed down on the rollers, seeing Team Sunweb's glass half full rather than half empty. As team leader and former world time trial champion, Dumoulin took on extra responsibility during Team Sunweb's ride. He did longer turns on the front, leading and inspiring his teammates. Chad Haga brought Team Sunweb home, with Dumoulin second, ...

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Tirreno-Adriatico stars gather on eve of race – Gallery

Julian Alaphilippe pokes fun at Geraint Thomas with the Tirreno-Adriatico trident

Tirreno-Adriatico rolls off the starting blocks on Wednesday with a 21.5km team time trial in Lido di Camaiore, and some of the top riders gathered on Tuesday to talk about their own ambitions in the seven-day WorldTour race that finishes on March 19 with an individual time trial in San Benedetto del Tronto. The favourites for the overall, including Geraint Thomas (Team Sky), Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida), Jumbo-Visma's Primoz Roglic, Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) and recent Strade Bianche winner Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep), gathered on Tuesday to speak with the media and give the race a proper set-up. Defending champion Michal Kwiatkowski (Team Sky) is currently battling the crosswinds at Paris-Nice, leaving the race open for a brand-new winner or a potential third victory for Nibali. The race lacks any true mountains this year, eschewing summit finishes in favour of a number of short, steep Classics-like climbs that will measure gradients in ...

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The weekly spin: Alaphilippe, Van Vleuten conquer white roads of Strade Bianche

A pair of first-time champions emerged at Strade Bianche Saturday, though neither could be considered a surprise winner. After 184km of racing, including 63km across white gravel roads, Frenchman Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-Quick-Step) got the better of Dane Jakob Fuglsang (Astana) to take the victory in the historic Piazza del Campo in Siena. Former world cyclocross … The post The weekly spin: Alaphilippe, Van Vleuten conquer white roads of Strade Bianche appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Geraint Thomas joins Moscon in Team Sky’s Strade Bianche line-up

Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) riding stage 2 at Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana

Team Sky have confirmed that Tour de France winner Geraint Thomas will ride Strade Bianche on Saturday, with the Welshman likely to stay in Italy and ride next week’s Tirreno-Adriatico . Thomas will line-up alongside Gianni Moscon, Owain Doull, Diego Rosa, Michal Golas, Salvatore Puccio and Leonardo Basso, with Moscon likely to be the protected team leader on the dirt roads and climbs of the Tuscan one-day race. Michal Kwiatkowski, who won the 2017 edition of Strade Bianche, will not ride his year because he is part of Team Sky’s Paris-Nice squad. The French race starts on Sunday. Thomas raced on the dirt roads of Tuscany when part of the Great Britain U23 Academy, but has never raced Strade Bianche before. Thomas and Moscon will face many of the best classics riders and even some Grand Tour climbers on Saturday. The 2018 winner Tiesj Benoot and Tim Wellens lead Lotto ...

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Adidas x Colnago Trimm Star review

Sam Challis Tuesday, March 5, 2019 - 13:59 UK shoe retailer size? brings together two heavyweights in their respective fields for a discerning collaboration 4.0 / 5 £90 Adidas and Colnago are brands with equally impressive heritage in their respective fields. Recently they decided to combine and celebrate their histories in two pairs of shoes, which are being sold exclusively through UK shoe retailer size?. Each are based on a well-known Adidas design - the classic Trimm Star and the more alternative Kamanda - and both contain several nods to Colnago and bike racing. Cyclist’s review pair of Trimm Star’s feature the iconic three-stripe logo of Adidas in Colnago’s equally iconic Saronni Red colour, and the heel tab reads ‘Colnago’ instead of Adidas. The same bike-racer motif that adorns the top tube of Colnago’s Master frame - the first to feature the crimped tubing that is a defining feature of ...

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The aspirations of Rohan Dennis

Rohan Dennis may be the reigning world champion in the time trial, but he still has aspirations beyond aero bars. The post The aspirations of Rohan Dennis appeared first on CyclingTips .

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