Il Lombardia: All you need to know including TV guide, favourites and route

Joe Robinson 10 Oct 2019 A complete guide to everything you need to know about Il Lombardia, taking place on Saturday 12th October Il Lombardia is the last big race of the season and one to savour. The final of the five Monuments of road cycling, 'the race of the falling leaves' takes place in early autumn across the picturesque landscape of Lombardy in northern Italy. Like all Italian Classics, the race takes place on a Saturday (12th October) as opposed to the usual slot of a Sunday. At 263km, it's a gruelling day in the saddle, covering six categorised climbs including the dreaded Colma di Surmano as the course takes the peloton from Bergamo to Como. Usually a race reserved for punchy climbers, recent winners have included Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ), Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) and Esteban Chaves (Mitchelton-Scott). While defending champion Pinot will be absent, a stacked start list will ...

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The weekly spin: A wet and wild week at the world championships

What a week in professional cycling. The UCI’s Road World Championships is an annual end-of-season gathering of national federations, sponsors, rider agents, and stakeholders that often delivers not only new world champions but also a flurry of announcements and controversies. The Yorkshire world championships was no exception. The eight-day event began with a new discipline, … The post The weekly spin: A wet and wild week at the world championships appeared first on CyclingTips .

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The weekly spin: The Grand Tour Domino Effect

A gust of wind in southeast France, a patch of slippery pavement in Andorra, a touch of wheels in Italy, and three grand tour winners who might never have been. The Vuelta a España is over and the 2019 Grand Tour season is finished. As I look back, I’ve been playing the what-if game. What … The post The weekly spin: The Grand Tour Domino Effect appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Bernal, Nibali and Kwiatkowski all set to skip World Championships due to poor form

Bernal, Nibali and Kwiatkowski all set to skip World Championships due to poor form

Joe Robinson 17 Sep 2019 Trio decide against racing Yorkshire Worlds after gruelling seasons and lack of form Tour de France champion Egan Bernal, Team Ineos teammate Michal Kwiatkowski and multiple Monument champion Vincenzo Nibali have all decided to skip the World Championships in Yorkshire next weekend. All three have decided against the gruelling 285km course finishing in Harrogate citing tough seasons and an inability to ride at their best as the reason for their absences. Bernal had been named on Monday by the Colombian National Federation as part of the eight-man roster for the road race, however the governing body was then forced into an embarrassing position less than a day later, confirming he would actually miss the race with Movistar 's Carlos Betancur taking his spot. 'Bernal had been included by coach Carlos Mario Jaramillo among the eight riders selected along with Nairo Quintana , Fernando Gaviria, Alvaro ...

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Transfer round-up: What do the comings and goings mean for the WorldTour teams?

Transfer round-up: What do the comings and goings mean for the WorldTour teams?

Joseph Delves 5 Sep 2019 Now well into the part of the season where riders get itchy feet, we recap who’s making moves ahead of next year Who’s staying put, who’s moving on, and what does it mean for the WorldTour teams? Team Ineos Only one transfer announced here. But it’s a big one. Adding to its three existing Grand Tour winners, Team Ineos have pinched Giro winner Richard Carapaz from rivals Movistar . Recruiting another sergeant in support of the reign without end, the team now has more GC winners than there are Grand Tours in the year. Movistar Despite doing well in the current Vuelta a Espana , there’s turbulence on the horizon for the Spanish team. Formerly accused of having too many leaders, it might soon have not nearly enough. First, Nairo Quintana is off to ProConti outfit Arkéa Samsic along with Winner Anacona. Perhaps even worse ...

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Transfers round-up: What do the comings and goings mean for the WorldTour teams?

Transfers round-up: What do the comings and goings mean for the WorldTour teams?

Joseph Delves 5 Sep 2019 Now well into the part of the season where riders get itchy feet, we recap who’s making moves ahead of next year Who’s staying put, who’s moving on, and what does it mean for the WorldTour teams? Team Ineos Only one transfer announced here. But it’s a big one. Adding to its three existing Grand Tour winners, Team Ineos have pinched Giro winner Richard Carapaz from rivals Movistar . Recruiting another sergeant in support of the reign without end, the team now has more GC winners than there are Grand Tours in the year. Movistar Despite doing well in the current Vuelta a Espana , there’s turbulence on the horizon for the Spanish team. Formerly accused of having too many leaders, it might soon have not nearly enough. First, Nairo Quintana is off to ProConti outfit Arkéa Samsic along with Winner Anacona. Perhaps even worse ...

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Last chance: Sportful offer and competition

Win a Bahrain Merida Sportful jersey signed by Vincenzo Nibali

At the end of August, two listeners of the Cyclingnews podcast have the chance to take home a Bahrain-Merida jersey signed by Vincenzo Nibali, courtesy of Sportful. All you need to do, to be in with a chance of winning, is head over to the Cyclingnews Podcast on iTunes and leave a review. Sportful has provided Cyclingnews with two of its Bodyfit Team jersey, a premium jersey that features temperature regulating DryPro fabric, an anatomic fit, and reflective detailing for extra safety on the roads. Both are signed by Vincenzo Nibali, who has seen three seasons of success at Bahrain-Merida, including a thrilling win at Milan-San Remo, three Grand Tour podiums and a win on the shortened penultimate stage of the 2019 Tour de France. In addition to this, Sportful is also kindly offering Cyclingnews readers 20 per cent off at sportful.com. Simply head over to Sportful , fill your ...

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UCI survey indicates dominance by big-budget teams curbs the enjoyment of cycling fans

New UCI president David Lappartient with 2014 Worlds winner Michał Kwiatkowski on the start line

A survey commissioned by the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) has given a snapshot of fans' opinions on professional cycling, with 50 per cent of those who completed the online survey agreeing that “the outcome of road cycling events is predictable nowadays.” Aspects selected during the survey that were said to reduce the appeal of road races were rider radios/earpieces (48 per cent), the use of power meters (40 per cent) and the variations in budgets between teams (39 per cent). The UCI created the survey as part of a consultation procedure involving cycling’s stakeholders with the aim to better understand and so improve the appeal of road racing. The survey was completed during the Tour de France by 22,364 fans from 134 countries, with many deciding to complete the survey after it was reported on Cyclingnews . 92 per cent were male, with 71 percent of them responding from Europe ...

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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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