Martin validates leadership role with dramatic stage win

Martin validates leadership role with dramatic stage win

Martin's victory validated UAE Team Emirates's decision to hire Martin during the 2017 offseason to lead its efforts at the Tour. Read the full article at Martin validates leadership role with dramatic stage win on .

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Q&A: Esteban Chaves

Laura Meseguer 10 Jul 2018 The popular Colombian climber talks about his difficult Giro and where his season goes from here Just over a month ago, Mitchelton-Scott’s Esteban Chaves finished the Giro d’Italia in 72 nd place, more than three hours down on winner Chris Froome. Considering he won Stage 6 at the summit of Mount Etna to sit third overall at the end of the opening week, it was a massively disappointing result for Chaves and he admits he is still recovering from what he says was a ‘brutal’ race. Chaves isn’t at the Tour de France, and will instead use the Tour of Utah at the end of the month to rebuild his form and fitness ahead of next month’s Vuelta a Espana and the World Championships later this year in Innsbruck. We caught up with the ever-smiling Colombian as he reflects on glory and defeat, the Yates ...

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Valverde: Chris Froome is the Tour de France favourite but he has weaknesses

Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) signals his fifth Fleche Wallonne win in 2017

Alejandro Valverde ( Movistar ) has picked Chris Froome (Team Sky) as the headline favourite for this year’s Tour de France but stressed that the four-time winner has possible weaknesses after a super-tough Giro d’Italia. Valverde returns to the Tour de France twelve months after crashing out in the opening time trial in Germany. He has enjoyed another exceptional start to the season with wins in Valencia, the Abu Dhabi Tour and Catalunya. He recently came out on top in the La Route d'Occitanie, and has remarkably won every stage race that he has entered in 2018. He will lead the line at the Tour de France for Movistar alongside Nairo Quintana and Mikel Landa. “Of course, the top favourite will be Froome,” Valverde recently said at a team press event. “He's won the Giro and certainly he's spent a lot of energy, yet he's got great potential and is ...

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De Gendt extends with Lotto Soudal through 2020 - News Shorts

Thomas De Gendt took the overall combativity prize

Thomas De Gendt has extended his contract for one season and will remain at Lotto Soudal at least till the end of 2020, the team announced on Wednesday. The 31-year-old Belgian still had a contract until the end of 2019, but the team decided to adjust the deal and add one more year. The contract extension is a sign of appreciation for the performances of De Gendt during the past few years, the team said in the statement. "I still had a contract till the end of next year, but both the team and I were interested in extending the contract. That way, I don't have to worry about getting a new contract at Lotto Soudal or at another team next year. Having the certainty till the end of 2020 gives me some peace of mind," De Gendt said. "I feel good within the team. Lotto Soudal gives me the ...

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Barguil: This season has been rubbish

Warren Barguil (Fortuneo-Samsic)

"Rubbish." Warren Barguil ( Fortuneo-Samsic ) makes no attempt to soften his assessment of his 2018 season so far. "It's just been rubbish, right from the beginning – not what I'd hoped for at all." After starting out with minor placings in a trio of small French races, he only managed 17th at Paris-Nice and 14th at the Volta a Catalunya. A spell of one-day racing followed, but he was unable to make an impact, least of all in the Ardennes Classics. Such results might have gone relatively unnoticed 12 months ago, but Barguil’s storming success at last year’s Tour de France – where he won two stages, was king of the mountains, and finished 10th overall – and his contract-breaking move from WorldTour-level Team Sunweb to the second-division Fortuneo-Samsic amount to a considerable weight of expectation and scrutiny. Barguil hasn’t been injured and – barring a bacterial infection in ...

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Dauphine: Adam Yates at 85 per cent with Tour de France in mind

Best young rider, Adam Yates (Orica-Scott)

Adam Yates ( Mitchelton-Scott ) says he is some way off his best shape at the Critérium du Dauphiné and proceeding cautiously with a month still to go until the Tour de France . The British rider put in a decent ride in the opening day prologue – not his speciality – to finish ahead of fellow yellow jersey hopefuls Romain Bardet and Vincenzo Nibali. He then came home safely in the reduced peloton after a chaotic finale to the opening road stage on Monday. “I’m happy with that,” Yates said of his ride on Sunday. “Prologues are never nice, no matter how short they are. They’re always tough. It’s going to be a tough week, there are a few mountaintop finishes towards the end of the week so we’ll see what we can do.” Yates enjoyed a strong first half of the season, finishing fourth at the Volta a ...

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O'Connor extends contract with Dimension Data

Ben O'Connor (Dimension Data)

Ben O’Connor has signed a contract extension with Team Dimension Data until 2020. The 22-year-old’s current deal two-year deal was due to expire at the end of this season but after a highly impressive start to this campaign he has put pen to paper on a new deal. O’Connor was riding well at the Giro d’Italia earlier in May and sitting 12th overall in just his first Grand Tour. However, a crash on stage 19 took him out of the race. His overall performance, in which he climbed with some of the best riders in the world was enough to impress the Dimension Data management. “I am excited to have signed a new contract with Team Dimension Data. I have made some good friends here, with the riders and staff, and I really get along well with everyone. When you already have that trust established, I don't think it's a ...

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Bernal set to make Tour de France debut after California victory

Team Sky's Egan Bernal is all smiles in Sacramento after winning the 2018 Tour of California title

After a hugely successful spring, Egan Bernal is set to make his Grand Tour debut at the Tour de France this year, Cyclingnews understands. The hugely talented 21-year-old Colombian joined Team Sky for the start of the 2018 season from Androni Giocattoli and has produced a string of superb performances, fast tracking his WorldTour career. He won the Colombia Oro y Paz in February and last week claimed his first WorldTour stage race victory at the Tour of California . In between, he won a stage and finished second overall at the Tour de Romandie, and was second overall at the Volta a Catalunya before crashing out on the final day. At the start of the season, it was thought Bernal would make his Grand Tour debut in his first year with Team Sky but that the opportunity was expected to come at the Vuelta a España later in the ...

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Yates in control of his own destiny at Giro d'Italia

Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott)

Simon Yates was perhaps considered an outsider for the overall victory at the start of the 2018 Giro d'Italia but a few hours before the hugely important Trento time trial , where he will fight to limit his losses to Tom Dumoulin in the hope of retaining the maglia rosa, the 25-year-old continues to exude self-confidence, giving the impression that he is in control of his own destiny and even enjoying trying to win his first Grand Tour. "This is what I wanted to do when I turned professional, it's what I've been working toward from the beginning," the Mitchelton-Scott rider said calmly and simply, during the final rest day of the race in Trento after studying the time trial course in the morning. Yates has followed a careful training plan and race calendar to be at his very best at the Giro d'Italia. He was already on form at ...

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Bernal climbs WorldTour rankings as Peter Sagan remains in control

The final podium for the 2018 Tour of California: winner Egan Bernal (Team Sky) with BMC's Tejay van

Egan Bernal (Team Sky) has soared up the WorldTour rankings after claiming overall victory at the Tour of California last week. Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) failed to win a stage in California, for the first time in his career, but maintained a healthy lead in the standings with his closest rivals not racing at present. The top six remain the same, but Bernal enjoyed an 18-place jump up the standings into seventh place thanks to his win over home favourite Tejay van Garderen (BMC Racing) in California. Despite Van Garderen taking the race lead in the stage 4 time trial, Bernal beat the American rider by 1:25 thanks to a triumphant solo victory at South Lake Tahoe. The Tour of California is Bernal’s first overall WorldTour win and adds to the neo-pro’s time trial success at the Tour de Romandie last month, where he finished second overall. He also took a ...

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Adam Yates hoping to put injury woes behind him at Tour of California

Adam Yates celebrates his stage 5 win at Tirreno-Adriatico

Speaking in Long Beach at the Tour of California 's pre-race press conference, Mitchelton-Scott 's Adam Yates said that the crash he had at the Volta a Catalunya in March is now but a distant, if painful, memory. "It's been almost six weeks now since my crash," said Yates. "But I've been training well – training hard in Lake Tahoe with the team. "It was a pretty serious crash. I had 10 days off the bike, so it was a pretty long stint of not training," Yates continued. "But as soon as I started riding again it all started to come back pretty quickly. Things are coming together, and I'm excited to be here. But we'll have to see out on the road how I am. Hopefully, the fitness is good and we can try to win some stages." Under any other circumstances, the 25-year-old British rider would be a ...

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Going back to Cali: Deepest field ever for 13th Amgen Tour

LONG BEACH, CA (CT) — The Golden State will see fierce race action beginning Sunday as the Amgen Tour of California hosts its most competitive field to date. Now in its 13th year — and its second as a UCI WorldTour event — the Amgen Tour has drawn deep fields for both the overall classification and field sprints, … The post Going back to Cali: Deepest field ever for 13th Amgen Tour appeared first on CyclingTips .

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'A big relief' - Bouhanni bags first win of the season

Nacer Bouhanni returns to racing after a month off

A couple of years ago you wouldn't have predicted a stage win at the 4 Jours de Dunkerque would hold such significance for Nacer Bouhanni 's ( Cofidis ) career, but the Frenchman put his torrid season back on the rails with victory on stage 3 on Thursday. It was Bouhanni's first win of 2018, a statistic that doesn't quite tell the story of just how miserable these last few months have been. Under new management, with Cedric Vasseur replacing Yvon Sanquer at the helm, Bouhanni has seen his leadership status diminish, with a stripped-back lead-out train and opportunities offered to teammates. The management had seemingly lost faith in Bouhanni's abilities after he abandoned Paris-Nice, the Volta a Catalunya, Circuit Sarthe, and Eschborn-Frankfurt. It was in Frankfurt that tensions flared, with a heated altercation reported between Bouhanni and new DS Roberto Damiani, who made the call not to send riders ...

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Laid-back perfectionist: Davide Formolo’s path to Giro stardom

Tom Dumoulin and Chris Froome attracted the most media attention in the buildup to the Giro d’Italia but, as is the case with every Grand Tour, there are others who are dark horses for success. One of these is Davide Formolo, the Bora-hansgrohe rider who has been tipped as a future star of the event. … The post Laid-back perfectionist: Davide Formolo’s path to Giro stardom appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Peter Sagan holds firm atop WorldTour rankings

Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe)

Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) remains the clear leader at the top of the WorldTour rankings after the Tour de Romandie and Tuesday's Eschborn-Frankfurt one-day race, with Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) and Niki Terpstra (Quick-Step Floors) rounding out the top three. Quick-Step Floors is still rooted to the top of the team standings thanks to a dominant start to the 2018 season. Below that there has been plenty of change with Primoz Roglic (LottoNL-Jumbo) surging 18 places to fourth in the WorldTour standings, thanks to his overall win at the Tour de Romandie. Roglic assumed control of the race on stage 1 after a strong performance in the prologue. Egan Bernal (Team Sky) closed the gap to six seconds after taking victory in the mountain time trial. However, Roglic withstood a barrage of attacks from the Colombian on the queen stage to win the overall classification by eight seconds. Bernal jumped 49 places ...

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Week 10’s Team of the Week + More

Races of the week: Just one race this week, the Tour of Romandie Team of the week: And because there was just one race, there’s just three riders on this week’s team. First named rider is the rider of the week and if a rider has a number in parentheses after their name it means the number of times they have made the select Team of the Week here. 1. Primoz Roglic. Wins Romandie almost wire to wire. Second on points. Masterful defense since stage 2 and especially on stage 3 : wouldn't let Bernal go and then pipped him at the finish line for second on the stage. serious competitor. Now we get to watch him sandbag prior to the Tour-which he could win. Next race for him is the Tour of Slovenia. 2. Egan Bernal. 2nd at Romandie, winner of the youth jersey, 2nd on KOM, 3rd on ...

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Brits at the Giro d'Italia: Who's on the start list?

Joe Robinson 27 Apr 2018 A look at the homegrown talent taking to the start line of the Giro in Jerusalem next week The 101st Giro d'Italia will kick off this time next week with a short individual time trial around the streets of Jerusalem, Isreal, making history as the first Grand Tour stage to take place outside of the shores of Europe. The 176 man field will roll off the start ramp one by one, pitting themselves against the technical course in search of the first pink jersey in the race. Among those riding the Grande Partenza will just four British riders, all of whom will be racing for completely varying goals. Chief among those will be Chris Froome (Team Sky), who despite the mountain of controversy surrounding his presence, will be looking to make history with three consecutive Grand Tour victories. While four riders may seem like a ...

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Nieve returns at Romandie as Giro d’Italia responsibilities loom

Mikel Nieve Ituralde of Spain and Team Mitchelton-Scott

Mikel Nieve made his long-awaited stage racing debut for Mitchelton-Scott at the Tour de Romandie on Tuesday, as he looks to rediscover his climbing legs before the Giro d’Italia. The former Team Sky rider moved to Mitchelton-Scott for 2018 and was due to race in March. However, a training crash left him with two hairline fractures in his hip. He missed both the Volta a Catalunya and the Vuelta al Pais Vasco as a result, before finally making his season debut at Liege-Bastogne-Liege on Sunday. The Tour de Romandie, with its varied terrain, will be Nieve’s first stage race since last year’s Vuelta a Espana, and his continued recovery is centred around finding form for the Giro d’Italia, where he will line up as Esteban Chaves’ key mountain domestique. “I had a bad crash. I was in Sierra Nevada, preparing for Catalunya and Pais Basque, but I had two fissures ...

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Adam Yates to return to racing at Tour of California after Catalunya crash

Adam Yates celebrates his stage 5 win at Tirreno-Adriatico

Two months after he crashed out of the Volta a Catalunya, fracturing his pelvis, Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) will make his return to racing at the Tour of California. “He’s missed Catalunya, of course, and Pais Vasco, but California was where he was supposed to get back to racing anyway for the Tour, so it’s good news,” Mitchelton-Scot t directeur sportif Matt White told Cyclingnews. Yates crashed heavily at the end of stage 3 of the Volta a Catalunya, leaving the race in an ambulance and heading to a nearby hospital for a check-up. He was diagnosed with a fractured pelvis, although the fracture was later reported to be stable. His team said after the accident he would spend 10 days off the bike before getting back to training. Meanwhile, Yates’ brother and teammate Simon won the final stage of the Volta a Catalunya and took fourth overall. As April comes ...

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The next Belgian Classics star? Tim Wellens inches closer to greatness

Tom Boonen. Philippe Gilbert. Greg Van Avermaet. These are the names that have dominated headlines in Belgium in recent years. And now, who comes next? Looking at career progression, it may well be Tim Wellens. The Belgian has been banging on the door for a long time. He’s already a proven winner: take races such … The post The next Belgian Classics star? Tim Wellens inches closer to greatness appeared first on CyclingTips .

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