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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Nibali: I could target Giro d'Italia, Tour de France, or perhaps even both

Vincenzo Nibali gets ready to defend his title at Il Lombardia

Vincenzo Nibali ended his 2018 season at the Saitama Tour de France criterium in Japan on Sunday, but has yet to think about his goals and ambitions for 2019 and his team for 2020 and beyond, preferring to enjoy his end of season without worrying about the future. Nibali travelled to Japan with his wife and agent and spent Monday visiting Tokyo before flying home via London for other meetings and events. He is due to be questioned by French police at the weekend as both he and Bahrain-Merida push on with legal action for possible damages and loss of earnings after the incident with roadside spectators at the Tour de France that left him with a fractured vertebra. He will gradually begin riding again at home in Lugano, Switzerland in November before attending a Bahrain-Merida training camp in mid-December to prepare for the 2019 season. Nibali was relaxed and ...

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Powless: You never know when you'll have a break-out moment

Neilson Powless (LottoNL-Jumbo)

Young riders tend to get handed their share of harsh lessons in their debut season at WorldTour level, but Neilson Powless had all the appearances of a very quick learner when he emerged at the head of the peloton on the Cipressa at Milan-San Remo in March. Just three races into his professional career – and more than six hours into his first-ever Monument Classic – the American cut an assured figure as he piloted LottoNL-Jumbo teammate Danny van Poppel towards the front. A puncture on the Poggio would see Powless come home almost three minutes down on lone winner Vincenzo Nibali, but it was an auspicious start nonetheless. A neo-professional will invariably face peaks and troughs over the course of the year, but moments like that cameo on the Riviera would sustain Powless over the course of his first season with LottoNL-Jumbo, which he brought to a close at ...

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Commentary: The 2019 Giro d’Italia’s five must-watch stages

Commentary: The 2019 Giro d’Italia’s five must-watch stages

Now that the route of the 2019 Giro d'Italia has been revealed, we can start getting excited about some of the big stages on tap. Read the full article at Commentary: The 2019 Giro d’Italia’s five must-watch stages on VeloNews.com .

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Best moments of the 2018 Tour de France - Video

Geraint Thomas in yellow after his Tour de France opening stage victory

Climbs, dramatic crashes, tearfully joyful winners – the 2018 Tour de France had them all. The 'Best Moments' video of the Tour shows all the highlights of this year’s race. Featuring a slightly unexpected overall winner in Geraint Thomas (Team Sky), the video follows the race across all its stages, starting with Thomas breaking down in tears after being assured of the final win. From John Degenkolb (Trek-Segafredo) in tears after winning that stage, to Thomas dashing out to win mountain stages, Laurens ten Dam (Sunweb) having fun on the way up Alpe d'Huez, and of course that grid start – the biggest moments are shown. As so are, sadly, the many crashes and serious injuries, including Richie Porte (BMC), Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain Merida), and the still-horrifying scene of Philippe Gilbert (Quick-Step Floors) flying over a stone wall and down the mountainside. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com

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The weekly spin: 2019 Tour de France route tilts Skyward

It starts in Brussels, paying homage to the 50th anniversary of Eddy Merckx’s first of five Tour de France victories. In the space of one week, it dishes up three summit finishes over 2,000 metres elevation. It features two time trials, a 27km Stage 2 team time trial in Belgium, and a 27km Stage 13 … The post The weekly spin: 2019 Tour de France route tilts Skyward appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Pro Cycling Manager 2018 review: Become a pro cyclist, write your own story

Richie Porte drops the wheel and his rivals start to open a gap. Chris Froome, Alejandro Valverde, and Romain Bardet — they’re all there, riding away from Porte, just 5km from the summit of Alpe d’Huez. It’s not looking good for the Australian. He’s already more than three minutes behind the overall lead of Froome, … The post Pro Cycling Manager 2018 review: Become a pro cyclist, write your own story appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Is the Tour de France in trouble?

Christian Prudhomme

Reckless fans, disappointing TV ratings, and controversy marred the 2018 Tour. We go inside the challenges facing cycling's biggest race. Read the full article at Is the Tour de France in trouble? on VeloNews.com .

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Lombardia champ Pinot, a Frenchman who loves Italy

Lombardia champ Pinot, a Frenchman who loves Italy

The 28-year-old raced to victory in the season's final monument over the weekend. Read the full article at Lombardia champ Pinot, a Frenchman who loves Italy on VeloNews.com .

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Teuns ends BMC tenure with Il Lombardia podium

Dylan Teuns on the Il Lombardia podium for third

Dylan Teuns brought down the curtain on his four-year tenure at BMC Racing Saturday with a podium finish in Il Lombardia, the season's final Monument. The 26-year-old Belgian will move to Bahrain-Merida next year and capped a season of near-misses with another close result. Teuns was in the lead group battling for the win in the final 50km when Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) attacked on the final climb and soloed the final 14km to victory. Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) chased Pinot for second, 32 seconds back. Teuns won the sprint for third another 11 seconds later from a six-rider group that also included Rigoberto Uran (EF Education First-Drapac), Tim Wellens (Lotto Soudal), Ion Izagirre (Bahrain-Merida), Rafal Majka (Bora-Hansgrohe) and Domenico Pozzovivo (Bahrain-Merida). "I had really good legs today, and in the end I couldn't gamble for the win because Pinot was really strong on the Sormano and we never saw him again," ...

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The emotions and drama of Il Lombardia 2018 - Gallery

Thibaut Pinot solos to victory at Il Lombardia

Il Lombardia has brought down the curtain on the long 2018 European season, with Thibaut Pinot ( Groupama-FDJ ) riding into the history books with panache on Saturday. The Frenchman jumped away from defending champion Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) at the top of the Civiglio climb with 14km remaining and soloed to a career-defining victory. He won alone in Como with a 32-second gap on Nibali to take his first-ever Monument, while Dylan Teuns (BMC Racing) took the sprint from a select chasing group 43 seconds behind Pinot to claim the final podium spot. The 112th running of the Italian Classic once again took place with Lake Como as the backdrop, providing stunning scenery for the spectators to enjoy as the riders battled over 241km.The race started in Bergamo under sunny skies and concluded nearly six hours later as the autumn leaves fell and the sun set in Como, making for ...

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Pinot: Il Lombardia reflects who I am as rider

Thibaut Pinot sprays the victor's champagne at Il Lombardia

Thibaut Pinot ( Groupama-FDJ ) often seems to be racing against himself, against his demons and against his own weaknesses and tactical errors. But his victory at Il Lombardia and the way he won the final Monument of the season swept away all Pinot’s doubts, rewarding his panache, aggression and desire to win. “I have a tattoo that says 'Solo la vittoria e’ bella', and this is the most beautiful victory for me,” Pinot explained as he tried to understand what he had achieved by winning Il Lombardia. “Il Lombardia is the most beautiful race of all for me. It’s a magnifique race. I think Il Lombardia reflects who I am as rider. It’s my favourite race, and to win it alone after a duel with [Vincenzo] Nibali is incredible. I think it was good to watch as it was to ride. “I showed what I can do today. We ...

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Valverde ends season with 11th in Il Lombardia

Alejandro Valverde finished 11th in Il Lombardia

Alejandro Valverde ( Movistar ) closed out his season with 11th place at Il Lombardia on Saturday, sticking with the best until the final attacks fromPrimož Roglič (LottoNL-Jumbo), Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) and Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) relegated him to the role of chaser. The reigning world champion finished 1:31 down on winner Pinot in a five-man group that also included Egan Bernal (Team Sky), Michael Woods (EF Education First-Drapac), Sébastien Reichenbach (Groupama-FDJ) and Mikel Nieve (Mitchelton-Scott). “I felt the tiredness of this long season a bit today," Valverde said in a post on his team's website. "I didn’t really feel bad and was able to stay close to the top contenders all day, struggling but fighting into those final climbs. However, you’ve got to be honest: there were some of the best in the world in this race, and they might have come to this race in better condition." Valverde was ...

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Nibali proud of second place at Il Lombardia after three months of suffering

Vincenzo Nibali chases for second at Il Lombradia

Vincenzo Nibali ( Bahrain-Merida ) smiled on the podium of Il Lombardia as if he had won. His second place behind an untouchable Thibaut Pinot ( Groupama-FDJ ) was a personal victory and a source of huge satisfaction, coming just three months since a spectator-caused crash on stage 12 of the Tour de France to L’Alpe d’Huez left him with a fractured vertebrae. Nibali wanted a third victory at Il Lombardia; he wanted to dedicate victory to his wife on their wedding anniversary and remember his grandfather who died this year. He wanted to prove that he was back to his best and that the pain and suffering of the last three months was worth it. His daughter, Emma, stood proudly with her dad on the podium, thinking he had won. The many Italian tifosi also cheered Nibali as if he had won Il Lombardia too. “I’d hoped to win ...

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Pinot: “to win ahead of Nibali is something very special”

Pinot: “to win ahead of Nibali is something very special”

Frenchman caps a rollercoaster season with his "most beautiful victory" Read the full article at Pinot: “to win ahead of Nibali is something very special” on VeloNews.com .

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Thibaut Pinot wins 2018 Il Lombardia after besting defending champion Nibali

Thibaut Pinot wins 2018 Il Lombardia after besting defending champion Nibali

Martin James 13 Oct 2018 Groupama-FdJ rider makes decisive move 20km from home but late Nibali rally sees Italian secure hard-earned second place Frenchman Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FdJ) claimed the final Monument of the year and the biggest win of his career by winning the 2018 Il Lombardia with a peerless performance over the roads of Lombardy on Saturday. Pinot made his move on the toughest climb of the day, the Muro di Sormano, going clear in a select group but always looking the most likely winner. Defending champion Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) finished second, 32 seconds down on the winner, having had no answer to Pinot’s aggressive pace on the penultimate climb of the Civiglio inside the final 20km. BMC’s Dylan Teuns finished third, heading in a select group of contenders 11 seconds later despite the group having briefly caught Nibali as they crested the small final climb just under 3km ...

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Pinot wins Il Lombardia

Thibaut Pinot wins the 2018 Il Lombardia

Thibaut Pinot ( Groupama-FDJ ) won the 2018 Il Lombardia with a solo attack on the penultimate climb of Civiglio, leaving defending champion Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) in his wake. Nibali took second place, 32 seconds behind the Frenchman, having been part of the elite attacking group from the top of the Muro di Sormano onwards. Dylan Teuns (BMC Racing) rounded off the podium with a sprint from the chasing group, 43 seconds down. Primož Roglič (LottoNL-Jumbo) kicked off the days' festivities with a long-range attack on the Sormano. His attack provoked Nibali and Pinot into going, with the trio leaving the remains of the peloton behind as they crested the top of the climb. Egan Bernal (Team Sky) joined them after a fearless descent, and the four men enjoyed a 40-second lead as they hit the climb of Civiglio with 19km to race. Roglič and Bernal fell back on the ...

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Nibali focused on Il Lombardia but considering his options beyond 2019

Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida)

Vincenzo Nibali is focused on ending his season with a strong performance at Il Lombardia and possibly even a third victory but he is also looking much further down the road, to the final phase of his career, as he decides if he will stay beyond 2019 with Bahrain-Merida or look for a new challenge elsewhere, perhaps even with Team Sky . Nibali will start Il Lombardia wearing the number 1 as the 2017 winner. He also won the event known as, Race of the Falling Leaves, in 2015 and has won either a Grand Tour or a Monument Classic for the last six seasons. Nibali won Milan-San Remo in March and so considers his 2018 season a success despite the pain and suffering he endured after being knocked off his bike by a spectator on stage 12 of the Tour de France on Alpe d'Huez. He underwent vertebroplasty surgery ...

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