Team budgets have negative impact on fans enjoyment, survery suggest

Team budgets have negative impact on fans enjoyment, survery suggest

Joe Robinson 22 Aug 2019 UCI find that team budgets and power metres biggest concerns for fans when considering exciting racing The gulf in team budgets is having a negative impact on fans' enjoyment of cycling, according to the results of a survey conducted by the sport's governing body the UCI. The UCI survey was completed by 22,300 fans from 134 countries as part of an effort to identify ways of improving the viewability of cycling around the globe. A full 76% of respondents agreed with the view that 'the difference in budget between teams can make races less interesting'. It also found that 71% of respondents believe that the concentration of the best riders in a select number of teams also negatively impacts the quality of entertainment. Over half said they agreed with the statement that 'the outcome of races is predictable', although 84% said they nonetheless felt road ...

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Team budgets have negative impact on fans enjoyment, survey suggests

Team budgets have negative impact on fans enjoyment, survey suggests

Joe Robinson 22 Aug 2019 UCI find that team budgets and power metres biggest concerns for fans when considering exciting racing The gulf in team budgets is having a negative impact on fans' enjoyment of cycling, according to the results of a survey conducted by the sport's governing body the UCI . The UCI survey was completed by 22,300 fans from 134 countries as part of an effort to identify ways of improving the viewability of cycling around the globe. A full 76% of respondents agreed with the view that 'the difference in budget between teams can make races less interesting'. It also found that 71% of respondents believe that the concentration of the best riders in a select number of teams also negatively impacts the quality of entertainment. Over half said they agreed with the statement that 'the outcome of races is predictable', although 84% said they nonetheless felt ...

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Yes, you should watch the Vuelta a España – here’s why

Supported by It’s hard to blame anyone for seeing the Vuelta a España as the little brother of cycling’s Grand Tour family. It’s the newest of the trio, “only” in its 74th edition this year. The red winner’s jersey lacks the mystique of the maillot jaune or the maglia rosa, perhaps because it’s only been red since … The post Yes, you should watch the Vuelta a España – here’s why appeared first on CyclingTips .

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The make-pretend races of Etten-Leur

I wonder what one of the Tour de France’s founders and cycling’s greatest writers, Henri Desgrange, would think about the make-pretend time-trial and criterium, hosting the top riders in the world, held in the small Dutch town of Etten-Leur in the weeks after the Tour de France. Would Desgrange channel Emile Zola, his working-class hero … The post The make-pretend races of Etten-Leur appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Jonathan Vaughters' guide to building a WorldTour squad, Tour de l'Avenir preview - podcast

Garmin-Sharp manager Jonathan Vaughters was present in Milan for the unveiling of the new leaders' j

Hello and welcome to the Cyclingnews podcast. This week we have three exclusive interviews just for you with Jonathan Vaughters, Alex Howes and French journalist Pierre Carrey all featuring on the episode. First up, just to remind you, our friends at Sportful have come up with a 20% discount on all products at sportful.com . All you have to do is head to their website and use the code: cyclingnews20. This deal is in place throughout all of August. Sticking with Sportful, we still have two Bahrain-Merida jerseys signed by Vincenzo Nibali to give away. All you have to do to win is go to our iTunes page and give us a review. We'll pick the two lucky winners later this month. We start with Jonathan Vaughters and a similar theme to last week’s transfer special. In this interview, Vaughters talks about what he looks for in a rider, the ...

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Zeits signs for Mitchelton-Scott after twelve years with Astana

Andrey Zeits leading Tony Martin in the Tour de France peloton on stage 10

Andrey Zeits will join Mitchelton-Scott for the 2020 season, bringing the curtain down on a twelve-year spell with Astana . The Kazakhstani rider turned professional in 2008 and has started and finished 18 Grand Tours during his tenure at Astana. A strong all-rounder, Zeits established himself as one of Astana's key domestiques during his time with the team. He helped Vincenzo Nibali to Giro d’Italia victory in 2013 and 2016, and was also in the Astana team that supported Fabio Aru when he won the Vuelta a España in 2015. The 32-year-old has one victory as a professional, a stage win on the 2015 Tour of Hainan. "I have spent 12 years in Astana from the first year I became a professional and have worked with a lot of great Grand Tour riders, including Contador, Nibali, Aru, Landa and López," Zeits said in a statement on Wednesday. "My speciality is ...

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Pavel Sivakov: Russia's new star

Pavel Sivakov on the final Tour de Pologne overall podium

By winning the recent Tour de Pologne , Pavel Sivakov notched up his third win this year – and the second stage race victory of his young pro career with Team Ineos. Sivakov has admitted that his results have far outweighed his expectations. "To be honest, I didn't expect to have such a good season this year. Once more, I've surprised myself by winning the Tour de Pologne," admitted Sivakov via the Team Ineos website. "Winning the Tour of the Alps was a really big thing for me, in front of guys like Vincenzo Nibali [Bahrain-Merida] and Rafal Majka [Bora-Hansgrohe]. "I would never have expected to have my own chance to ride for the GC in the Giro or to finish in the top 10," he added. The now 22-year-old is considered one of the biggest future talents of the sport after winning the Under 23 Giro d'Italia and other ...

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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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Reasons to be cheerful: What to expect from the rest of the 2019 cycling season

Joe Robinson 13 Aug 2019 From a home Worlds to the return of Van der Poel, there's still plenty to expect from the 2019 cycling season The Tour de France may be over and the Spring Classics may be a distant memory but the 2019 cycling season still has plenty to offer. In fact, there are still eight men’s WorldTour and seven women’s WorldTour races still to be settled and the small issues of a World Championships in Yorkshire too. The final, and often most unpredictable, Grand Tour of the year, the Vuelta a Espana , is coming up soon and the last of the five Monuments, Il Lombardia, is still there to be settled. The latter half of the season can produce some of the very best racing. Top riders are often tired, some are battling for a new contract or team to carry them through the next season ...

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Win a Bahrain-Merida jersey signed by Vincenzo Nibali

Win a Bahrain Merida Sportful jersey signed by Vincenzo Nibali

This month, two listeners of the Cyclingnews podcast have the opportunity to walk away with a brand new Bahrain-Merida jersey, signed by Vincenzo Nibali . For your chance to win, all you need to do is head over to our iTunes page and review the Cyclingnews podcast. In addition, the lovely team over at Sportful have provided our listeners with a 20% discount on all products at Sportful.com. Throughout August, all you need to do is head to their website and use the code: cyclingnews20. Long-time friends of the podcast, Sportful, have kindly supplied us with two of their Bodyfit Team jersey, which features an anatomic, yet comfortable fit, temperature regulating DryPro fabric, and reflective detailing throughout. Both have been signed by three-time Grand Tour winner, and the winner of the penultimate stage of this year’s Tour de France into Val Thorens, Vincenzo Nibali. The Cyclingnews podcast is a great ...

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Reijnen renews with Trek-Segafredo

Kiejl Reijnen in the Trek-Segafredo line up

US rider Kiel Reijnen has re-signed with Trek-Segafredo , the team has announced, keeping him with the American-registered WorldTour team until at least the end of 2021. Reijnen joined Trek-Segafredo in 2016 from US Pro Continental team UnitedHealthcare, and has since been a regular at the world's biggest races, riding two Vueltas a Espana and continuing to take part in major one-day races, including the Tour of Flanders and Milan-San Remo. Four of his five pro victories came while he was still at UnitedHealthcare, and all were at US races: the Philadelphia Cycling Classic, a stage of the Tour of Utah and two stages of the USA Pro Challenge. The fact that only one victory has come since joining Trek-Segafredo – another stage of the Tour of Utah, in 2016 – is testament to the hard work the 33-year-old from Bainbridge Island, Washington, performs for his teammates. "I'm super happy ...

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Domenico Pozzovivo breaks arm and leg in training crash

Domenico Pozzovivo (Bahrain-Merida)

Domenico Pozzovivo ( Bahrain-Merida ) has suffered a broken arm and leg after being hit by a car while out on a training ride near Cosenza in southern Italy. Local news website Qui Cosenza reported that the 36-year-old was riding through the hamlet of Laurignano when he was hit by a Fiat Grande Punto at a crossroads. After being stabilised on the scene by paramedics, Pozzovivo was taken to a hospital in Cosenza. Pozzovivo remained conscious throughout, and is in a stable condition in intensive care awaiting surgery to multiple bone fractures, according to a statement released by his Bahrain-Merida team. The Italian was preparing for the upcoming Vuelta a España, where he was expected to be the Bahrain-Merida GC leader. Earlier this month, he took 12th overall at the Tour de Pologne, and back in May helped Vincenzo Nibali to second overall at the Giro d'Italia. In August 2014, ...

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Ilnur Zakarin signs two-year contract at CCC Team

Ilnur Zakarin at the Vuelta a España team presentation

Russian Grand Tour specialist Ilnur Zakarin has signed a two-year deal with CCC Team. The 29-year-old has spent his entire WorldTour career with Katusha but the move to CCC Team has been on the cards for several months. Zakarin has been looking for a fresh start for some time and with Katusha unable to sign riders beyond this year due to their uncertain future, CCC Team have stepped in to take the former Vuelta a Espana podium finisher. The news of Zakarin’s arrival comes on the back of Matteo Trentin’s switch from Mitchelton-Scott to the Polish team. “This new contract with CCC Team is a new chapter in my life. Regardless of the fact that this season has been very intense, I am very excited and looking forward to the next one,” Zakarin said in a statement released by his team for 2020. “I really want to prove myself and ...

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Analysing the 2019 transfer market with teams and agents – Podcast Special

Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) wins stage 20 at the Tour de France

In this week's episode of the Cyclingnews podcast – brought to you in association with Sportful, Pinarello and Floyd's of Leadville – we analyse the transfer market, and we have three special guests, with Matt White from Mitchelton-Scott joined by rider agents Martijn Berkhout from SEG and Joao Correira from Corso. First up, we have some exciting news for our readers. Our lovely friends at Sportful have come up with a 20% discount on all products at sportful.com . All you have to do is head to their website and use the code: cyclingnews20. This deal is in place throughout all of August. Sticking with Sportful, we have two signed Bahrain-Merida jerseys from Vincenzo Nibali to give away. All you have to do to win is go to our iTunes page and give us a review. We'll pick the two lucky winners later this month. Finally, on jerseys, our signed ...

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Vincenzo Nibali signs for Trek-Segafredo; New cycleway in Paris being heavily used – and it’s not even finished yet; Ex-pro Brajkovic on eating disorders and mental health in the peloton + more on the live blog

Vincenzo Nibali at the 2019 Giro d'Italia (picture RCS Sport, LaPresse)

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Vincenzo Nibali signs two-year deal with Trek-Segafredo

Supported by Vincenzo Nibali will leave Bahrain-Merida to join Trek-Segafredo for 2020 on a two-year contract. Trek-Segafredo announced the official signing on Thursday after months of rumors and reports linking the Italian star with the team. “I followed my heart and chose for this team, knowing that their project is very serious and competitive,” Nibali said via … The post Vincenzo Nibali signs two-year deal with Trek-Segafredo appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Vincenzo Nibali lands at Trek-Segafredo

The U.S.-registered WorldTour team confirmed the highly anticipated transfer of Italian star Vincenzo Nibali along with his younger brother in two-year deals. Read the full article at Vincenzo Nibali lands at Trek-Segafredo on VeloNews.com .

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Vincenzo Nibali signs two-year contract with Trek-Segafredo

Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) wins stage 20 at the Tour de France

Trek-Segafredo have at last confirmed that Vincenzo Nibali will ride in their colours in 2020 after agreeing a two-year contract with the team. The Italian joins Trek-Segafredo after three years at Bahrain-Merida, and he will be joined on his new team by his brother Antonio. "I followed my heart and chose for this team, knowing that their project is very serious and competitive," Vincenzo Nibali said in a statement released by Trek-Segafredo on Thursday afternoon. "The great confidence Trek and Segafredo and all the other sponsors are showing in me is very motivating. I am really happy to continue my cycling career at Trek-Segafredo and look forward to 2020." Trek's interest in Nibali dates back to late 2015, when Italian coffee company Segafredo came on board as co-sponsor. Nibali was heavily linked with a move to Trek-Segafredo in early 2016, when he was in the final year of his tenure ...

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Bahrain-Merida confirm Mikel Landa signing from Movistar

Bahrain-Merida confirm Mikel Landa signing from Movistar

Joe Robinson 5 Aug 2019 Rider will move across to lead team's Grand Tour hopes as Vincenzo Nibali departs Bahrain-Merida have announced their signing of Basque Grand Tour contender Mikel Landa from Movistar . The deal had been common knowledge for a while with Landa coming across to head the team's Grand Tour hopes as Vincenzo Nibali leaves for Trek-Segafredo . Bahrain confirmed the move today in a press release stating Landa 'will be a major contributor to our stage race objectives' with team general manager Brent Copeland labelling Landa as one of the most 'competitive riders for the Grand Tours'. 'It is with immense pleasure that we welcome Mikel to our team, he is a rider who brings excitement to racing with his incredible climbing skills which makes him one of the most competitive riders for the grand tours,' said Copeland. 'His consistent results speak for themselves and his ...

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Mikel Landa signs for Bahrain Merida

Mikel Landa (Movistar) stage 18 Tour de France

Bahrain-Merida will be led by Mikel Landa in 2020, with the team confirming on Monday the signing of the Basque climber from Movistar , as reported by Cyclingnews in April . Bahrain-Merida have been led by Vincenzo Nibali since their inception in 2017 but the Italian is leaving for Trek-Segafredo next year. Landa, therefore, who has spent two disappointing years at Movistar, steps in to head up the team’s Grand Tour ambitions. Landa, who turned pro in 2011, finished third overall at the 2015 Giro d’Italia, winning two stages along the way, but has been unable to improve on that showing in the years since. After finding himself stuck behind Fabio Aru at Astana at that Giro, he encountered similar leadership issues at Team Sky in 2016 and 2017, and again at Movistar in 2018 and 2019. Still, he has showcased his underlying class with his run of four consecutive ...

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