Lopez takes his first Grand Tour leader's jersey in the Vuelta a España

Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana)

In a year where South American cycling is ruling the roost in the Grand Tours, Miguel Angel Lopez ( Astana ) continued the trend by taking the first leader's jersey of the Vuelta a España . It has been a rollercoaster season for Lopez with victories in the Colombia Tour and Volta a Catalunya before a tumultuous Giro d'Italia, culminating in a scuffle with a fan on the side of the road . However, his return to the Vuelta a España, a race where he has already taken two mountain-top stage wins in 2017 and finished third overall in 2018, has now seen him claim a career-first overall lead in a Grand Tour. On a day when teams like Ineos did not perform as well as expected and others like Jumbo-Visma and UAE Team Emirates had tough stages with major falls, Astana delivered their leader to the line without any ...

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Lopez leads strong Astana squad at Vuelta a Espana

Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana)

Astana have named a strong squad to start the Vuelta a España , with a number of experienced riders heading to Spain in support of team leader Miguel Ángel López . The eight-man team, with key riders including Jakob Fuglsang and Luis León Sánchez, boasts an impressive 93 Grand Tour starts, an average age of 31.25, and eight stage race victories between them in 2019. López, who finished third at the Vuelta last year, heads up the team. The Colombian won Colombia 2.1 and the Volta a Catalunya earlier in the season, and was the best young rider at the Giro d'Italia. With two podium and four top ten placings from five career Grand Tours, he'll be aiming for the podium at least. Fuglsang has been one of the riders of the season in 2019 and could mount a GC challenge of his own. He lay in ninth at the ...

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Formolo predicts relentlessly tough Olympic road race in Tokyo

Davide Formolo and his Bora-Hansgrohe teammates in San Sebastian

Italian road champion Davide Formolo ( Bora-Hansgrohe ) is not one to be easily daunted by a tough climbing circuit, but after clinching second in July at the Olympic road-race test event for Tokyo's Olympic Games, Formolo has one very straightforward prediction about next summer in Japan: "It's going to be a very hard race indeed." Second at Liège-Bastogne-Liège in April, and the winner of the difficult Montjuic circuit at the Volta a Catalunya in March, Formolo has succeeded more often than not in hilly climbing races, and is therefore in a good position to compare the tough Tokyo event with similar professional events. And when asked by Cyclingnews this weekend if the Tokyo course was as hard as the notoriously tough 2016 Olympic road race circuit in Brazil, Formolo answered simply: 'Yes.' Brazil featured 40 kilometres of climbing, and was won by Greg Van Avermaet for Belgium. Four years ...

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Tour de Pologne: Mezgec wins stage 2

Luka Mezgec (Mitchelton-Scott) wins stage 2 at the Tour de Pologne

Luka Mezgec ( Mitchelton-Scott ) produced a powerful sprint on the downhill finishing straight in Katowice to claim victory on stage 2 of the Tour de Pologne ahead of Fernando Gaviria (UAE Team Emirates). Pascal Ackermann (Bora-Hansgrohe) placed third to retain the yellow jersey of race leader. The win was Mezgec’s first at WorldTour level since 2014, when he enjoyed a purple patch that yielded stage wins at the Volta a Catalunya, Tour of Beijing and on the final day of the Giro d’Italia in Trieste. Mezgec has fulfilled a primarily supporting role since joining Mitchelton-Scott in 2016 but he proved in June that the muscle memory of his sprint days still remains when he claimed a stage win at the Tour of Slovenia. The finale in Katowice is by now a staple of the Tour de Pologne and one of the most particular on the calendar. The final kilometre ...

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Simon Yates and former winner Adam Yates bound for Clasica San Sebastian

Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) at the Tour de France

Double Tour de France stage winner Simon Yates and his brother Adam Yates will lead the Mitchelton-Scott team at this weekend's Clásica San Sebastián , the team has announced. Adam won the Spanish one-day race in 2015, but the pair will be up against French Tour star Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep), who will start as the defending champion and overwhelming favourite. Adam Yates' victory four years ago was the then 22-year-old's first WorldTour win, and he crossed the line solo – 15 seconds in front of a group led home by Philippe Gilbert, which also included Alaphilippe and Simon Yates – not knowing that he was first, having believed there was still a breakaway ahead of him. Since then, Adam has won stages at WorldTour events including the Critérium du Dauphiné, Tirreno-Adriatico and the Volta a Catalunya, while Simon has taken stage victories at all three Grand Tours, and won the ...

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Barguil to stay at Arkea-Samsic after top-10 Tour de France finish

Arkea-Samsic's Warren Barguil

Warren Barguil will stay with his Arkéa-Samsic team, despite offers from other teams, including his former squad, Sunweb, according to the French press. The 27-year-old forced his way into the top 10 overall at this year's Tour de France just a day ahead of the finish in Paris, and appears revitalised by both his performance and the experience of having raced in the French road race champion's jersey at a Tour in which French riders collectively performed better than they have in some years. Barguil told Le Télégramme that he will stay with his current team, despite interest from the likes of EF Education First, Cofidis and Barguil's former team Sunweb, the French newspaper reported. "I've found stability in this team, and didn't see myself going anywhere else," Barguil said. "If I hadn't extended my contract with Arkéa-Samsic, I would have gone back to Sunweb," he added, with Le Télégramme ...

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16 Tour de France riders you should be following on Strava

As fans of professional cycling, we now have more ways of engaging with the sport than ever before. Behind the scenes videos from teams, social media updates direct from riders, footage from on-board cameras, rich data overlays during TV broadcasts — it all helps paint a rich and detailed picture of the sport we love. … The post 16 Tour de France riders you should be following on Strava appeared first on CyclingTips .

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How to pick the best Tour de France fantasy team

Supported by Tips and tricks for picking a fantasy Tour team that will leave your friends in the dust The post How to pick the best Tour de France fantasy team appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Matthews extends with Sunweb through to 2021

Australian Michael Matthews (Team Sunweb) takes part in a press conference in Waregem prior to the s

Michael Matthews has signed a two-year contract extension with Team Sunweb , staying with the team until the end of the 2021 season. Chad Haga and Cees Bol have both also put pen to paper on similar deals. News of the renewals was revealed at Team Sunweb's pre- Tour de France press conference in the Netherlands on Wednesday. Matthews is going into the race with something of a free role, and last week reacted to team leader Tom Dumoulin's absence by saying he was "totally confused" and didn't know "where to go from here". Matthews appeared to question the team's approach, noting the manager had "told us from the start of the year that we shouldn’t have any ambitions ourselves – it's just everything for the yellow", leading to question marks over his future, but he signed a new deal ahead of the Tour. "I'm very happy to be with ...

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New French road race champion Barguil: I thought about quitting cycling

Arkea-Samsic's Warren Barguil

Warren Barguil won the French road race championships on Sunday, and admitted that he had thought about quitting the sport after a difficult last couple of seasons. Now, the 27-year-old leader of the Arkéa-Samsic squad will wear his national champion's jersey at the Tour de France when the race kicks off in Brussels, Belgium, on Saturday. Barguil said after his win that there was no feeling of 'revenge' at having found success again. "I think there are cycles in cycling. I'm not superhuman. I've just been through a tough period, but it's not revenge. I've always had these legs; I just had to find them again, just like I had to find my morale again. I'm very happy with myself," he said on his team's website after his Nationals road race win. While riding for Team Sunweb, Barguil won the 'king of the mountains' jersey and two stages, as well ...

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15 up-and-coming riders you need to know about

The depth of talent in the men’s and women’s professional pelotons continues to grow with each season’s new signings. From junior world champions, to multi-discipline riders, to multiple-time national champions to childhood prodigies — all the riders below are worthy of your attention. These are the riders we expect to be dominating the sport in … The post 15 up-and-coming riders you need to know about appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Thomas and Bernal will lead Team Ineos at Tour de Suisse

Geraint Thomas on the way to second overall

Geraint Thomas and Egan Bernal will lead Team Ineos at next week’s Tour de Suisse as part of their final preparations for the Tour de France. With Chris Froome out of contention for a possible fifth Tour de France victory due to his crash at the Criterium du Dauphine on Wednesday, Thomas and Bernal will use the Tour de Suisse to ensure Team Ineos have the best possible chance of yet another victory in this year’s Tour de France. Thomas won the 2018 Tour de France and has opted for an alternative race programme to Froome. The Welshman celebrated his 2018 victory for several months but worked hard to get back to his best and finished third overall at the Tour de Romandie. The nine-day Tour de Suisse will reveal Thomas' true form. Bernal has not raced since the Volta a Catalunya in late March and is also looking for ...

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Daniel Martinez out of Tour de France

Daniel Martínez (EF Education First) leads Miguel Ángel López (Astana) in the final kilometre of sta

EF Education First confirmed today that Daniel Martínez will miss the year's Tour de France as he recovers from injuries suffered in a training crash Monday in Colombia. The team reported that Martínez was riding downhill during the recovery time between training intervals when his wheels slid out on an oil slick, causing him to crash and land on his hands. "Dani’s crash unfortunately resulted in broken bones in both hands," said EF Education First head of medical Kevin Sprouse. "He underwent surgery to repair the fractures. The surgery and subsequent healing will require that he miss the Tour de France this year." The 23-year-old Colombian joined the American WorldTour team last year and quickly impressed, taking fifth at the Colombia Oro y Paz – the Tour Colombia 2.1's former name – and then seventh at the Volta a Catalunya. Martinez followed those results with12th at the Tour de Romandie ...

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Barguil battles back to race fitness in readiness for Tour de France

Arkea-Samsic's Warren Barguil at the 2019 Challenge Mallorca

Former Tour de France polka-dot jersey winner Warren Barguil (Arkea-Samsic) made a successful return to competition at the weekend, racing to 13th place at Saturday's Grand Prix de Plumelec-Morbihan and finishing 66th at the Boucles de l'Aulne on Sunday. The two French UCI 1.1 events were the French climber's first races since breaking his pelvis in a crash on the final stage of the Volta a Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain, at the end of March. He hopes that he's now on track for making his team's eight-rider squad for the Tour de France, which starts in Brussels, Belgium, on July 6. Barguil crashed at over 70kph with a number of other riders, including Romain Bardet (AG2R La Mondiale) and Simon Geschke (CCC Team), on a descent on the famous Montjuic circuit in Barcelona at the Spanish stage race in March. "I couldn't have done anything – even if I'd had ...

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GP Lugano first race for Aru since sugery

Fabio Aru (UAE Team Emirates) was back in action in the Algarve

Fabio Aru ( UAE Team Emirates ) will test his legs out at the GP Lugano this weekend, racing for the first time since undergoing an operation on his iliac artery. Aru will be joined by rising star and Tour of California winner, Tadej Pogacar and maglia rosa wearer Jan Polanc. Aru says that the one-day race will give him an opportunity see how his recovery has gone and plan the next stage in his training. "I've followed the prescribed rehabilitation program to recuperate physical strength after the surgery. I've had nothing but good sensations and I haven't encountered any problems," said Aru. "In light of this and in agreement with the medical and technical staff, we have decided that it will be useful to participate in the GP Lugano to try out my racing rhythm. After that we will evaluate the situation to see what our next step should ...

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How to tell Adam and Simon Yates apart

Last week we looked at how to tell Germany’s top male cyclists apart. In some ways that was an easy task — Pascal Ackermann, Max Schachmann and Emanuel Buchmann all look different, and their names aren’t all that similar. Today, we’ve got a bigger task ahead of us: separating the Yates twins. To even the … The post How to tell Adam and Simon Yates apart appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Pinot on track for Tour de France after Tour de l'Ain victory

Thibaut Pinot solos to victory at Il Lombardia

Thibaut Pinot ( Groupama-FDJ ) signalled that he's on track for the Tour de France , winning the Tour de l'Ain at the weekend on his comeback from a two-month absence from racing. The Frenchman, who won Il Lombardia at the end of last year, hadn't raced since ending his early season block with 11th overall at the Volta a Catalunya at the end of March. However, he confirmed the quality of the training he'd done in the interim with a stage win on the Grand Colombier on the final day that handed him the overall victory. After an opening stage for the sprinters, Pinot finished second on the Col de la Faucille on stage 2 but was left with a bitter taste as former teammate Alexandre Geniez (AG2R La Mondiale) refused to do any turns and survived his attacks before beating him to the line. On the altogether more ...

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Giro d'Italia: Majka still in the mix in fourth place overall

Rafal Majka finishes stage 14 at the Giro

While all eyes are on the now three riders who at least on paper look likely to battle it out for the overall honours at the 2019 Giro d'Italia , Bora-Hansgrohe's Rafal Majka is sitting pretty in fourth place overall, 2:35 behind race leader Richard Carapaz (Movistar), 1:48 down on second-placed Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) and just 48 seconds behind Bahrain-Merida's Vincenzo Nibali. While Carapaz has put the cat among the pigeons by first gaining time on his rivals on Friday's stage to the Colle del Nivolet , and then winning Saturday's stage to Courmayeur with an advantage of almost two minutes to his main rivals, Majka, too, came to the fore on Friday and Saturday, finishing sixth on the Nivolet stage and fourth the next day, leaping from seventh to fourth on the GC after the latter. It leaves Majka in a strong position, and with plenty of opportunities still ...

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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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