The Invisible Man: The life of a domestique

Joe Robinson 16 Jan 2019 Cyclist chatted to Tim Declercq about life as a domestique, not finishing races and being scared of descending You know it's not all sunshine, rainbows and WorldTour victories at Deceuninck-Quick Step . Fair enough, they did win 77 times last year, over 20 times more than anyone else, but it doesn't come without the tireless work of a hidden few. Because for every singing race car there's a chugging diesel. For every Julian Alaphilippe or Elia Viviani dancing to yet another win, there is an Iljo Keisse or Rémi Cavagna churning along on the front, long before the television cameras have gone live. The peloton's invisible men. One of those invisible men is Tim Declercq. An imposing man of 6ft 3in (190.5cm), born in the Flandrien city of Leuven with a reverberating voice that could fill a room. Shuffling around the Deceuninck-Quick Step media day ...

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Commentary: Giro stars should race the Tour instead

Commentary: Giro stars should race the Tour instead

The Giro's impressive start list will make for a great race for pink, but it detracts from the Tour de France and Froome's bid for fifth yellow jersey. Read the full article at Commentary: Giro stars should race the Tour instead on VeloNews.com .

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Tour Down Under: Pozzovivo down but not out after 70kph training crash

Domenico Pozzovivo wears a bandage after a training crash in Australia

Domenico Pozzovivo ( Bahrain-Merida ) hit the deck at 75 kilometres an hour on Thursday during a training ride ahead of the Tour Down Under but came away with no serious injuries and will start the race in the coming days. The Italian was on a descent and motor-pacing when the incident occurred. He hit an uneven section of tarmac and came down hard on his left side. He lost skin on his left arm and leg but bravely soldiered on, finishing his training with an additional three hours on bike before returning the team hotel. “I was riding downhill at around 70kph. I went from 70kph to zero in just three seconds,” the bandaged Italian told Cyclingnews on Saturday morning before a group ride with his Bahrain-Merida teammates. “There was a bump in the road and I couldn’t do anything. I was motor-pacing and when I landed I took ...

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Quick Step boss Lefevere is rooting for Sky in sponsor search

Quick Step boss Lefevere is rooting for Sky in sponsor search

The Belgian said he would like Sky to stay afloat, but with a smaller budget to make the peloton more even. Read the full article at Quick Step boss Lefevere is rooting for Sky in sponsor search on VeloNews.com .

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Gallery: A selection of 2019 WordTour bikes at the Tour Down Under

Joe Robinson 10 Jan 2019 Photographer Chris Auld caught some of the bikes set to grace the WorldTour in 2019 The Tour Down Under gets the WorldTour circus up and running next Tuesday with a rolling 132.4km Stage 1 around the Australian city of Adelaide. It will be the first opportunity of 2019 to see some of the world's biggest and brightest stars pinning on a number and starting yet another season in the professional peloton. Among those will be Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) who begins a season focused around Milan-San Remo success and Richie Porte who will be looking for a change of fortunes at new team Trek-Segafredo . The Tour Down Under will also represent the first chance to see all of the new gear being used in the WorldTour in the same place. It will be the first chance to see the new Cervelo S5 in action, thanks ...

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The weekly spin: 15 reasons to be excited about the 2019 racing season

Mountain bikers on the road. The debut of a future star. Alternative events. Intra-squad rivalry. The return of a world champion. What follows is a 2019 season preview of sorts, exploring 15 different subjects, stories, and subplots of the upcoming mens’s and women’s racing calendars. The list could have been twice as long. I thought … The post The weekly spin: 15 reasons to be excited about the 2019 racing season appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Change of plans? Report says Thomas may race Giro

Change of plans? Report says Thomas may race Giro

The 32-year-old may race the Giro after all this year, according to an Italian newspaper report. Read the full article at Change of plans? Report says Thomas may race Giro on VeloNews.com .

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2020 vision – Vincenzo Nibali heading to Trek-Segafredo for swansong of career?

Vincenzo Nibali (Team Bahrain-Merida @BettiniPhoto)

Winner of all three Grand Tours reportedly met with potential new team yesterday, as well as existing employers Bahrain-Merida

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Classic Climbs: No. 1 Tre Cime di Lavaredo

Henry Catchpole 8 Jan 2019 Winding through the limestone spires of the Italian Dolomites, this climb is as fierce as it is beautiful Words Henry Catchpole Photography Alex Duffill This feature originally appeared in Issue 81 of Cyclist magazine Length. Average gradient. Maximum gradient. Summit height. Figures that frame a climb. In some ways they seem to tell you so much, but in reality they tell you so little. Standing in northern Italy, surrounded by the pale limestone peaks of the Sexten Dolomites, the task that lies ahead is as follows if expressed in those terms: 7.5km, averaging 7.5%, maxing out at 18% and finishing at 2,340m. On paper, then, the climb of the Tre Cime di Lavaredo (or Drei Zinnen in German, for this marks the linguistic boundary between Italian-speaking Veneto and the predominantly German-speaking South Tyrol that was until 1919 a part of Austria) sounds bearable. See related ...

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Report links Nibali to Trek-Segafredo

Report links Nibali to Trek-Segafredo

The Italian grand tour champion is reportedly considering switching teams for next year. Read the full article at Report links Nibali to Trek-Segafredo on VeloNews.com .

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Froome, Nibali, Valverde, and Dumoulin set to race inaugural UAE Tour

Froome, Nibali, Valverde, and Dumoulin set to race inaugural UAE Tour

New seven-day race will feature well-known climbs and an individual time trial for a sneak peak at the WorldTour's top GC riders. Read the full article at Froome, Nibali, Valverde, and Dumoulin set to race inaugural UAE Tour on VeloNews.com .

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Teuns: I think there's still room for progression

Dylan Teuns on the Il Lombardia podium for third

One of the first major victories of Dylan Teuns’ youth career came atop the Col du Rosier as a fifteen-year-old and in that moment, the Limburger’s predilection for Liège-Bastogne-Liège and the Ardennes Classics was confirmed. The summit finish provided a radically different challenge to the fare on offer in the Flanders region, and while Teuns had grown up venerating the cobbled Classics, he quickly realised that the forested hills of southern Belgium might prove a happy hunting ground. “My first big win as a 15-year-old came in the Ardennes, so it was already clear that those races were suiting me,” Teuns told Cyclingnews at the recent Bahrain-Merida training camp in Hvar, Croatia. “It was a climbing race, just loop over the Vecquée and the Rosier, and the race finished at the top of the Rosier too.” Since turning professional with BMC in 2015, Teuns has gradually established himself in the ...

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Froome, Valverde to headline new UAE Tour

The presentation of the UAE Tour

Organisers of the UAE Tour, the new event which combines the Dubai and Abu Dhabi tours, unveiled the route for the seven-day WorldTour race and announced that world champion Alejandro Valverde , Giro d'Italia winner Chris Froome , former Giro winners Tom Dumoulin and Vincenzo Nibali , and sprinters Elia Viviani and Marcel Kittel have signed on to compete in the race. The UAE Tour follows the 2.HC Tour of Oman, and will run from February 24 to March 2. The first three stages will take place in Abu Dhabi, with a 16km team time trial kicking off the race on Al Hudayriat Island. The sprinters will enjoy stage 2, which starts on Yas Island, passing through Halifa Port and finishing at the Big Flag for a pan-flat 184km. The climbers will come to the fore on the next stage when a flat start in Al Ain comes to an ...

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With Roglic, Mollema, 2019 Giro field just keeps getting better

With Roglic, Mollema, 2019 Giro field just keeps getting better

After wowing fans with his attacking style and fourth-place overall result at the Tour, Primoz Roglic will race for pink in 2019. Read the full article at With Roglic, Mollema, 2019 Giro field just keeps getting better on VeloNews.com .

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VeloNews Awards 2018: Giro stage 19, race of the year

VeloNews Awards 2018: Giro stage 19, race of the year

We interview the main protagonists to re-create the spectacular stage 19 of the Giro d’Italia when Chris Froome seized the GC lead. Read the full article at VeloNews Awards 2018: Giro stage 19, race of the year on VeloNews.com .

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McLaren power into cycling with Bahrain-Merida joint venture

Brent Copeland and Vincenzo Nibali welcome McLaren to the team

McLaren and Bahrain-Merida have announced an exciting joint venture from the start of the 2019 road season with the overall aim of becoming the most successful team in professional cycling. The deal has been in the making for roughly a year with shared interests from the owners of both companies. The news will be officially announced on Wednesday at the Bahrain-Merida training camp in Croatia, with the McLaren logo on the team kit. Merida will stay as the secondary sponsor of the team, but McLaren's experience in Formula 1 will be relied upon to improve the team in some specific areas. At an event at McLaren's Woking base in early December, the company's Chief Marketing Officer John Allert – a long time cycling fan who grew up just a stone's throw away from Willunga Hill in Adelaide – announced the plans in front of a small gathering of journalists. Bahrain-Merida's ...

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Bahrain-Merida gather in Croatia for training camp - Gallery

Vincenzo Nibali speaks with media at the Bahrain-Merida team camp

Following a day of medical tests at the IRR Rehabilitations Institute of Turin, riders for Bahrain-Merida are spending this week on the Croatian island of Hvar for a first full training camp with the 2019 roster. Star rider Vincenzo Nibali and new recruit Rohan Dennis were on hand and ready to greet their new teammates. Bahrain-Merida added eight new riders in 2019, including three from the former BMC Racing Team: Dennis, Damiano Caruso and Dylan Teuns. Also new to the team this year are Marcel Sieberg from Lotto Soudal, Jan Tratnik from CCC Sprandi Polkowice, Phil Bauhaus from Team Sunweb, Andrea Garosio from d'Amico-Utensilnord and Stephen Williams from SEG Racing Academy. The team are also breaking in rider-turned-director Franco Pellizotti in his new role. Click or swipe through the Bettini photo gallery above for a glimpse of this week's camp. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com

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Tour Colombia organisers name Vincenzo Nibali for 2019

Vincenzo Nibali gets ready to defend his title at Il Lombardia

After securing Chris Froome (Team Sky) and Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) for next season, the Tour Colombia organisers have said that Vincenzo Nibali ( Bahrain-Merida ) will also be on the start line, according to the Colombian media. The race, previously known as the Colombia Oro y Paz , is keen to have a more international roster after making its debut this season. Speaking at an event in Medellin, Colombia, where the race's headquarters was being inaugurated, the head of the Colombian Federation, Jorge Ovidio González, told the local press that Nibali would be in attendance. However, Cyclingnews spoke to Bahrain-Merida, which did not confirm his appearance and said that Nibali's current plans are to go to the team's January training camp in Catalonia before heading to Tenerife for a training camp on Mount Teide. Cyclingnews understands that Nibali has different plans for 2019 and will likely not race Tour Colombia. ...

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Offseason Capsule: Bahrain Merida

Lots of Meh, not much Bah, but a surprising amount of Wow One of cycling’s monied new projects had a relatively quiet second year but took a huge step in the right direction. There were a few glorious moments. What we said last year I pointed out that 2017 had been a team dominated by Nibali’s performance, without much spread of points. I wondered what we’d get from Sonni Colbrelli and outlined a range of possible outcomes, vowed never to underestimate Nibali again, and entirely missed the imminent emergence of Matej Mohoric. Fortunately, that error was rectified in the comments. What we got in 2018 The last win of 2017 was an unsurprising monument victory for the evergreen Nibali. The first win of 2018 (that I care about - for effect, I’m ignoring a Dubai stage and the GP of industry and artichokes) was another monument win for Nibali. This ...

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Marangoni ends 11-year career with first professional victory

Alan Marangoni celebrates his first ever professional victory

Italy's Alan Marangoni enjoyed an emotional, fairy-tale ending to his 11-year professional career, winning for the first time in his last ever race. The 34-year-old spent much of his career as a domestique with the Cannondale team, sacrificing his own chances to help teammates such as Peter Sagan, Vincenzo Nibali, Ivan Basso and Rigoberto Urán. He went close to victory in a stage of the 2015 Giro d’Italia near his home in Forli but seemed set - and content - to retire without ever winning a professional race. Destiny stepped in at the final hour, at the one-day Tour de Okinawa in Japan, with Marangoni - now riding for Nippo-Vini Fantini - winning alone after a late attack from the breakaway. He beat Australia’s Freddy Ovett, who was riding for BMC as a stagiaire, and Chun Kai Feng (Bahrain-Merida), finishing alone with his arms in the air for the first ...

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