Mann-splaining: How to tell the difference between Germany’s top male cyclists

Supported by I’ll be honest — I often get Pascal Ackermann, Max Schachmann and Emanuel Buchmann mixed up. I know they don’t look the same, but they all race for the same team (Bora-Hansgrohe) and their names are similar enough that when I try to remember who won what race, who’s racing where, and who’s good at … The post Mann-splaining: How to tell the difference between Germany’s top male cyclists appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Porte’s dreams of a Tour de France podium bolstered by Thomas’s win

Supported by This past Friday afternoon, Richie Porte (Trek-Segafredo) climbed his way to fourth on the queen stage of the Amgen Tour of California. While perhaps a little off what some expected of the Tasmanian, it was a solid result, and one that saw Porte ride to fifth overall by tour’s end. As Dane Cash reports, 2019 … The post Porte’s dreams of a Tour de France podium bolstered by Thomas’s win appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Richie Porte: This is not how I wanted to start the season

Richie Porte (Trek-Segafredo) rode a good race to finish second on stage 2 of the 2019 Herald Sun To

Richie Porte 's first season with Trek-Segafredo has not gone to plan so far after his early season was blown up with a bout of bronchitis, but the 34-year-old Australian is at the Tour of California this week looking to turn things around as he continues to build towards the Tour de France. Porte started his season on a high note, taking his sixth consecutive win on Willunga Hill at the Tour Down Under and finishing second overall to Mitchelton-Scott's Daryl Impey. He stayed at home in Australia for the Herald Sun Tour, where he placed fifth overall, but things quickly went downhill from there as bronchitis set in. He put in a lacklustre performance at the UAE Tour and then decided to skip Paris-Nice – a race he's won twice – in favour of racing at the Volta a Catalunya. Porte's performance there didn't grab any headlines, with his ...

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Giro Press Conferences: Quotes from the favourites

Supported by The grande partenza of the Giro d’Italia is days away. Riders are in Bologna, Italy, wandering around their team hotels in team-issue sweats, heading out for brief spins in the warm spring weather. It’s a week for press conferences, and handful of the favourites for the overall — Primoz Roglic, Tom Dumoulin, Miguel Angel Lopez, Vincenzo … The post Giro Press Conferences: Quotes from the favourites appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Preview: Everything you need to know about the 2019 Giro d’Italia

Classics season is behind us and the Tour de Romandie is now complete. That can only mean one thing — it’s time for the Giro d’Italia. The 102nd edition of the Giro starts in Bologna this Saturday and concludes in Verona on June 2. Ahead of the first Grand Tour of the season we take … The post Preview: Everything you need to know about the 2019 Giro d’Italia appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Wiggins backs Yates for the Giro and thinks Froome capable of doubling up at the Giro and Tour in future

Wiggins backs Yates for the Giro and thinks Froome capable of doubling up at the Giro and Tour in fu

Joseph Delves 8 May 2019 Sir Brad gives us his predictions for the upcoming Giro d’Italia, and claims he didn’t watch Victor Campenaerts claim the Hour Record Despite being a Grand Tour he was unable to win, Sir Bradley Wiggins seems to have retained some affection for the Giro d’Italia . 'The Giro is probably the hardest of all of them,' he said in a recent interview. 'The Tour is the same all the time you know. The Giro is one of the toughest races and nothing’s final until they finish. We saw last year that riders can come from behind in the final week and the last few days, and make big time gains. It’s an exciting race to watch.' Ahead of the Giro, which starts this weekend , he recently gave a wide-ranging interview including discussing who he expects to be on the podium come Stage 21's conclusion ...

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Oss, Schachmann to back Sagan at Tour of California

Peter Sagan shows off his new nameplate

Bora-Hansgrohe have revealed the six riders who will back Peter Sagan at the Amgen Tour of California from May 12-18, with strongman Daniel Oss and recent Ardennes revelation Max Schachmann leading the charge to back the 'King of California' as Sagan hopes to add to his record 16 stage wins. Also on Bora-Hansgrohe's roster for the seven-day WorldTour race are Juraj Sagan, Erik Baska, Oscar Gatto and recent Tour of Turkey overall winner Felix Grossschartner. Sagan has had a slow start to his season so far, with his only win coming during a stage at the season-opening Tour Down Under in January. Since then, the three-time world champion has come close in the spring Classics, but has just missed out on landing on the podium. Following a short break after abandoning Flèche Wallonne and choosing to skip Liège-Bastogne-Liège, Sagan travelled to California on May 4 to prepare for the race ...

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Porte to headline Trek-Segafredo roster at Tour of California

Richie Porte (Trek-Segafredo)

Richie Porte will headline the Trek-Segafredo men’s team at the upcoming Amgen Tour of California . Porte will be joined on the seven-rider roster by John Degenkolb , California resident Peter Stetina and last year’s mountains classification winner Toms Skujins . Porte told Cyclingnews in March that the Tour of California could be added to his programme as he looks to get ready for a tilt at the Tour de France over the summer. The Australian indicated his intentions to remain in the US following the race to train at altitude before riding the Criterium du Dauphine in June. The Tour of California will be Porte’s first race since the Volta a Catalunya at the end of March. He started his season at the Tour Down Under, where he once again won on Willunga Hill and went on to race the Herald Sun Tour. He fell ill with bronchitis at ...

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Lopez leads strong Astana team in Giro d'Italia

Miguel Angel Lopez celebrates winning the 2019 Volta a Catalunya

After finishing third last year, Miguel Angel Lopez ( Astana ) will look to take a few steps up on the final podium of the Giro d'Italia and claim the top position. The Colombian rider comes in as one of the major favourites and will be supported a strong team of climbers in the season's first Grand Tour. The 25-year-old made his first Grand Tour podium when he finished third in the Giro in 2018, and taking the young rider classification in the process. He confirmed his status as a serious contender with he repeated his podium place in the Vuelta a Espana later in the year. It was his second visit to the top 10 after finishing eighth in 2017, winning two stages and the young rider ranking. This year he already has two stage race titles under his belt, winning his first stage outing at the Tour Colombia ...

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Egan Bernal out of Giro d’Italia after collarbone break

Egan Bernal has grand plans for this coming May in Italy

Egan Bernal will miss this year’s Giro d’Italia after sustaining a broken collarbone on Saturday while training. He will undergo surgery on Sunday. The Colombian was set to lead Team Ineos at the Italian Grand Tour after an impressive debut season at WorldTour level in 2018. This spring he took his team’s only WorldTour win with overall victory at Paris-Nice. Team Ineos may now save the Colombian for a three-pronged attack at the Tour de France alongside Chris Froome and defending champion Geraint Thomas. Team Ineos confirmed the news on Twitter after Cyclingnews first broke the story earlier in the afternoon. Where this leaves Team Ineos ahead of the Giro is unclear. As well as winning Paris-Nice, Bernal had finished third in the Volta a Catalunya before running to his native Colombia. He has been there since March and was not set to race until the Giro d’Italia, which starts ...

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Team Sunweb name squad to back Dumoulin at Giro d'Italia

Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb)

Tom Dumoulin can count on the support of a young and talented Team Sunweb squad for the Giro d'Italia but will only have Sam Oomen to help him in the decisive high mountains of the Italian Grand Tour. Team Sunweb have selected Jan Bakelants, the USA's Chad Haga, Australia's Chris Hamilton, Jai Hindley and Robert Power, Sam Oomen and Louis Vervaeke for the first Grand Tour of the season that begins in Bologna on Saturday, May 11. Wilco Kelderman was expected to provide important support in the mountains but he crashed out of the Volta a Catalunya in late March, fracturing his left collarbone and a neck vertebrae. The 23-year-old Oomen was scheduled to ride the Tour de France this season after impressing and finishing ninth on his Grand Tour debut at last year's Giro d'Italia. After Kelderman's crash, Dumoulin pushed to have Oomen with him in Italy and so ...

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Formolo, Schachmann give Bora-Hansgrohe two on the podium at Liege-Bastogne-Liege

The final podium: Formolo in second, Fuglsang the winner and Schachmann in third (L-R)

Peter Sagan may have dropped out of Bora-Hansgrohe 's line up at Liège-Bastogne-Liège , but his teammates more than made up for the former world champion's absence, thanks to a second and third place with Davide Formolo and Max Schachmann . Formolo was dropped by Jakob Fuglsang (Astana Pro Team) on the final segment of the Cote de Roche aux Faucons, but still managed to fend off a small peloton of chasers for second. Then Schachmann continued his spectacularly good 2019 season by winning a small group sprint for third. At 26 and 25 respectively, nearly a decade younger than the 34-year-old Fugslang, in the process both Bora-Hansgrohe riders success confirmed that the next generation of potential Liège winners is fast closing in on the top spot overall. For Formolo, after his stage win in the last day of the Volta a Catalunya, the young Italian has now taken his ...

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Bouhanni to return to racing at Tour of California in mid-May

Nacer Bouhanni riding on his way to third on stage 1 at the Tour of Oman

French sprinter Nacer Bouhanni ( Cofidis ) won't race again until the Tour of California on May 12, citing a magnesium deficiency as the reason he had to quit the Circuit Cycliste Sarthe earlier this month, but that it's his team's decision to keep him away from competition for the next couple of weeks. The 28-year-old told L'Equipe that stopping racing for a full month was Cofidis's – rather than his – decision, but that he'd dropped out of the Circuit Cycliste Sarthe on the penultimate stage because he was "lacking power". "Subsequent tests revealed a magnesium deficiency," he explained, and said that tests last year had already shown that he was suffering from both physical and mental fatigue – which tallies with the symptoms of magnesium deficiency. With regards his lay-off from racing, Bouhanni said that it wasn't his choice, and that he's "wasting time" by not racing, as ...

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Adam Yates takes aim at Fleche Wallonne

Adam Yates with a fistpump as he crosses the line

Adam Yates will hope to carry his fine early-season form into the Ardennes Classics when he tackles Flèche Wallonne on Wednesday. The Briton has won stages at the Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana, Volta a Catalunya and Tour of the Basque Country so far in 2019, and he will lead the line for Mitchelton-Scott in Belgium this week. Yates has made just two previous appearances at Flèche Wallonne, placing 97th as a neo-professional in 2014 and abandoning the race two years later. He has also lined out on two occasions at Liège-Bastogne-Liège, placing 8th on his last attempt in 2017. "I'm in good condition but I've never quite mastered the Ardennes races. The terrain suits me generally and Flèche is a bit harder than usual which should suit me more," Yates said in a statement released by his Mitchelton-Scott team. While his brother Simon will eschew the Ardennes Classics as ...

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Pantano 'waiting, wishing' for doping case to be resolved

Jarlinson Pantano (Trek-Segafredo)

Jarlinson Pantano has made his first public statement about his doping case , thanking his fans for their support and saying he’s "waiting, wishing for everything to be resolved.” Pantano tested positive for the blood boosting drug Erythropoietin (EPO) in an out-of-competition anti-doping control on February 26. News of the case broke on April 15, and the Colombian rider was suspended by his Trek-Segafredo team. Pantano has remained silent in the past week but on Monday he posted a short statement on Twitter. “Hello, my people. I only have words of gratitude for the support in these moments,” he wrote, followed by four bicep emojis. “We are waiting, wishing for everything to be resolved. Truly, thanks a million for believing in me and trusting me. God bless you.” Pantano, a stage winner at the 2016 Tour de France, tested positive for EPO two days after the final stage of the ...

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Bardet bounces back with top-10 Amstel Gold finish

Romain Bardet (AG2R La Mondiale)

Romain Bardet continued his AG2R La Mondiale team's run of decent spring Classics finishes with ninth place at Amstel Gold on Sunday. The Frenchman only recently returned to racing having crashed out of the Volta Ciclista a Catalunya in late March, and must now be considered one of the favourites for Wednesday's Flèche Wallonne and Liège-Bastogne-Liège next weekend. Oliver Naesen has principally flown the flag for the French WorldTour team this spring, with second place at Milan-San Remo , third at Gent-Wevelgem and – in the Belgian's eyes, at least – a slightly disappointing seventh place at the Tour of Flanders and 13th at Paris-Roubaix. Naesen also took 28th at Amstel, which is a race that Bardet had said didn’t particularly suit him, either, and which he hadn't raced since 2014, when he finished 33rd. He then promptly rode to his top-10 finish there this weekend. "To tell the truth, ...

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Gilbert’s Roubaix win, a new Hour Record: Weekly News Digest

Supported by It’s okay to admit it – sometimes you’re just too busy to stay up to date on every bit of news from the world of cycling. Need a recap of the week’s biggest happenings? No problem. The final Daily News Digest of the week will be a Weekly News Digest, with highlights from the headlines of … The post Gilbert’s Roubaix win, a new Hour Record: Weekly News Digest appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Impey leads Mitchelton-Scott hopes for Amstel Gold

Daryl Impey (Mitchelton-Scott)

South African road race and time trial champion Daryl Impey will lead the Australian Mitchelton-Scott WorldTour team at the Amstel Gold Race in the Netherlands on Sunday, hoping that he can add to the team's already impressive haul of 17 victories so far this season. In 2019, only Deceuninck-QuickStep – with 24 wins – and Astana (22) have won in 2019 more often than Mitchelton, who currently share a win-tally with Bora-Hansgrohe. Impey – who successfully defended his national titles in February on the back of retaining his Tour Down Under crown in Australia in January – enjoyed a break from racing between finishing the Volta a Catalunya in late March and Wednesday's Brabantse Pijl, and is now raring to go for the hilly Dutch one-day race. "I've changed things around a bit this year, and I am trying a different approach by going to altitude before the Ardennes," he ...

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Chris Froome looking to build form at Tour of the Alps

Chris Froome (Team Sky) warming up for the TTT

Chris Froome says that the Tour of the Alps will be a good test of his form, and says that the five-day race provides the style of racing that he needs at this point in the season. The race organisers confirmed earlier this month that Froome would return to the race as he looks to develop his form ahead of the Tour de France this summer. Froome made his debut at the Tour of the Alps last season as he prepared for a tilt at the Giro d’Italia, finishing fourth in the general classification. The race’s short stages make for an aggressive style of riding right from the start, which is difficult to control. “I’m pleased to be returning to the Tour of the Alps this year,” Froome said. “I really enjoyed the race in 2018 and it was a big boost for me heading into the Giro d’Italia. It’s ...

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Bardet makes successful return to competition at Paris-Camembert

Romain Bardet looks comfortable in the peloton

Romain Bardet ( AG2R La Mondiale ) returned to competition at the Paris-Camembert one-day French Cup race in northern France on Tuesday, having been injured in a crash on the final stage of the Volta a Catalunya in late March. The French Tour de France hopeful hurt his ribs in the 70kph downhill crash but escaped without any fractures, and was able to train in the build-up to Tuesday's Paris-Camembert, which was won by AG2R teammate Benoît Cosnefroy after he attacked from a breakaway group in the final kilometre. "I'm back racing on my original programme with Paris-Camembert," Bardet said on his team's website. "I realise now how lucky I was with my Volta a Catalunya crash. It was a really violent impact, but I came away without any serious damage – and, most importantly, without any fractures. "The first few days afterwards were very painful," he admitted, "but I ...

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