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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Sunweb's problems mount as ill Oomen abandons Tour of the Basque Country

Tom Dumoulin leads his Team Sunweb teammates during the opening stage of Tirreno-Adriatico

Sam Oomen was not at the start of the fifth stage of Itzulia Basque Country on Friday, with the team saying he was not well. It is another unwelcome addition to the Team Sunweb sick-and-injured list, leading to questions as to which teammates will be able to support Tom Dumoulin in the Giro d'Italia. The team already lost Dumoulin's main lieutenant, Wilco Kelderman, to a fractured vertebra in his neck suffered in a crash in Catalunya. In addition, Martijn Tusveld, who was scheduled to make his debut, is out with a broken jaw. Dumoulin expressed his desire to have Oomen's focus changed from the Tour de France to the Giro. "The only rider who comes up near Kelderman in terms of level is Sam Oomen," Dumoulin told AD.nl . "But Sam is scheduled for the Tour and I don't know if the team will convert that. I also think that ...

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Kelderman ruled out of Giro d'Italia

Wilco Kelderman gets ready for the start of stage 7 at the 2018 Vuelta

A crash in the V olta Ciclista a Catalunya has taken Wilco Kelderman out of the Giro d'Italia for Team Sunweb . The Dutch rider broke his left collarbone and a neck vertebrae. He had successful surgery on the collarbone last week, but the neck problem remains a long-term issue. "On Monday he will have further checks with specialists at the hospital in Utrecht," team doctor Anko Boelens said on the team's website. "If the outcome is positive, then he will need to wear a cast for at least another five weeks, which rules him unfortunately out of Giro d’Italia participation." Kelderman called it, "a big challenge. I’m of course really disappointed that I will miss a big part of my season again but for now I have to take it one step at a time. Hopefully I can be back racing later this year but I don’t want to ...

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Matthews: I came here expecting to get my arse kicked

Michael Matthews on the Catalunya podium after winning stage 6

Michael Matthews ’ rapid rebound from his very difficult start to the season continued apace on Saturday as the Australian claimed his second Volta a Catalunya stage win in five days. The Team Sunweb rider captured his second victory in a drawn-out sprint against Phil Bauhaus (Bahrain-Merida) that finally went the former U23 world champion’s way. Matthews' victory comes less than three weeks after his bad crash in Paris-Nice saw him leave with two fractures in his orbital eye bone, a cut lip and a chipped tooth. Elsewhere it was reported he had suffered concussion. Although he returned to racing at Milan-San Remo and took a notable 12th, the combined effects of injuries, 300 kilometres of racing a major Monument Classic in Italy and a subsequent long transfer over from Nice to Catalunya, left the Australian feeling exhausted at the start of the Volta. “To put it in a few ...

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Kelderman set for collarbone surgery after Catalunya crash

Kelderman crosses the line on stage 4 of the Volta a Catalunya

Wilco Kelderman ( Team Sunweb ) is set for another spell on the sidelines after crashing out on stage 5 of the Volta a Catalunya . The Sunweb rider hit the deck as his team were chasing the day's early break, and medical checks later revealed that Kelderman has broken his left collarbone and suffered a neck vertebrae fracture. Last spring Kelderman broke his right collarbone in a fall during Tirreno-Adriatico. He returned to racing later in the year but another fall in the Dutch national championships dislodged the plate in his shoulder and he was forced to skip the Tour de France as a result. He returned once more and finished tenth overall in the Vuelta a España. This season Kelderman has been consistent, if not spectacular, GC force for Sunweb. He finished fifth in the inaugural UAE Tour in February and then followed that with 14th in Paris-Nice, ...

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Bernal wins Paris-Nice

The final Paris-Nice podium (L-R) Nairo Quintana, Egan Bernal, Michal Kwiatkowski

Egan Bernal ( Team Sky ) secured overall victory at Paris-Nice after a tense final stage which saw his yellow jersey come under attack by Nairo Quintana (Movistar). Ion Izagirre (Astana) took the stage win in Nice, attacking on the final climb of the day to leave behind the remains of the elite break group led by Quintana. The Spaniard quickly built a stage-winning gap, staying upright on the descent to secure the win, 19 seconds ahead of Oliver Naesen (AG2R La Mondiale) and Wilco Kelderman (Team Sunweb). Quintana, meanwhile, attacked 50km out, echoing similar moves against Team Sky by Alberto Contador in 2016 and 2017. But like the legendary Spaniard, Quintana would fall short. He was the virtual leader at several points, but ended up only taking four seconds on Bernal at the finish. The Movistar man attacked on the Côte de Peille to link up with the remnants ...

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Paris-Nice: Stage 5 time trial start times

Michal Kwiatkowski in yellow after stage 4 at Paris-Nice

Paris-Nice continues on Thursday with a 25.5km time trial around Barbentane that should provide greater definition to the overall standings ahead of the tough final three days in southern France. Michal Kwiatkowski (Team Sky) carries the yellow jersey into stage 5 and he lies 5 seconds ahead of 2009 winner Luis Leon Sanchez (Astana) in the overall standings. Philippe Gilbert (Deceuninck-QuickStep) is third, at 10 seconds, with Egan Bernal (Team Sky) a further second back in fourth place overall. 149 riders remain in Paris-Nice after its wind-buffeted opening half. Julien Vermote (Dimension Data) will be the first man down the start ramp on Thursday, setting off at 13:18 local time. Riders roll off at one-minute intervals thereafter, with the top ten riders on GC setting out at two-minute intervals. Start times to watch out for include Bob Jungels (15:27), Wilco Kelderman (15:31), Nairo Quintana (15:33) and Romain Bardet (15:44). Kwiatkowski ...

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Crashes and crosswinds batter Paris-Nice again

Crosswinds caused splits on the Paris-Nice peloton

The record books will state that Dylan Groenewegen won stage 2 of the 2019 Paris-Nice in a reduced bunch sprint with the remnants of the main field finishing just a few seconds behind but that one fact does not do the race justice after another epic day of crosswinds and echelon racing that saw the action never let up for even a single moment of the 165km stage. By the time Groenewegen made his way to the podium to collect his second bouquet of the race and the yellow jersey, stragglers were still crossing the line in ones and twos, some of them with the jerseys ripped from a day that saw numerous crashes and several abandons, including Mark Cavendish, Louis Meintjes, Rigoberto Uran, Warren Barguil and last year's third-place finisher Gorka Izagirre. The race has yet to reach a time trial or an uphill finish yet has seen back-to-back ...

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Flying Too Close to the Sun: Paris - Nice Preview

Race to the sun, my ass.

There’s always a discussion around this time about which is the better race-- Paris - Nice or Tirreno-Adriatico-- as the peloton gets split between the two races. The consensus view is usually that TA is the better race-- it gets the better riders and has the better route. Here’s the thing, though. Anyone that still believes that has not been watching PN during the last three years. Each of the last three years has been a barn burner of a race, easily in contention for best week long stage race of the year as well as race day of the year and probably only losing out on those honors due to its placement on the calendar-- before the spring classics and all of the grand tours cloud our collective memories. 2016 saw Geraint Thomas take the GC victory over Alberto Contador by a mere 4 seconds and saw a vintage ...

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Tom Dumoulin: The plan is to win UAE Tour so we need to attack Roglic

Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb)

Tom Dumoulin says that he's ready to go on the attack at the UAE Tour in an attempt to unseat Primoz Roglic from the race lead after Jumbo-Visma beat Team Sunweb in the opening team time trial . Dumoulin and co-leader Wilco Kelderman sit just seven seconds behind Roglic with two key mountain stages to come. "The plan is to try and win the race so we need to attack Roglic for sure," said Dumoulin. "We're in a good position, we’re in the position to attack, but it all depends on legs eventually. It’s definitely a good position for Wilco and me to build from there." Coming so close to the victory, it would be easy to see why the former team time trial world champions may have been disappointed with the result but that was not the case. There was plenty of back slapping and congratulating as the riders ...

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Roglic takes control of UAE Tour after Jumbo-Visma TTT victory

Primoz Roglic (JUmbo-Visma) in the UAE Tour leader's jersey

The opening stage of the UAE Tour was the first opportunity for teams to test their team time trial under race conditions in the relative comfort of long, wide roads and it was Jumbo-Visma that drew first blood, beating Team Sunweb by seven seconds, with Primoz Roglic taking the first leader's jersey of the race as the first to cross the line. Jumbo-Visma were in the middle of the start list, chasing down Bahrain-Merida who had started five minutes before them. Bahrain-Merida went fastest, but they would not have time to make it to the hot seat before Jumbo-Visma went nine seconds quicker. It was then a tense wait as the Dutch squad waited for the remaining teams to finish, particularly with rival Tom Dumoulin and his Team Sunweb team still to come. "We knew that it would be really close, and we were all quite nervous waiting until the ...

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The Agony and the Ex-Stani

Oh, Captain! My Captain!

One man’s battle to pick a VDS squad The final Thursday Thoughts piece of 2019 comes out, fittingly, on a Saturday/Sunday night. I didn’t want to run this before the deadline but so much of my offseason writing has been leading up to picking a team that I thought I’d show my workings, as it were, for the last exam on the 2018/19 offseason. I know it is a bit self-indulgent, but I’m sure you’ll all enjoy the chance to talk about your own, undoubtedly superior, teams. I’ve loved writing this series (especially the “ Team PdC ” column. Thanks for your company and bring on the season proper. My philosophy I know you’re all desperate to hear the approach to team-building that led me to finish 182 nd in 2018. To that, I’d say the following: Shut up. I finished 3 rd in the 2018 Ed’s draft league and ...

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Sunweb target UAE Tour title with Tom Dumoulin and Kelderman

Tom Dumoulin wears the new Sunweb kit at the 2019 team presentation in Berlin

Team Sunweb will take a dual-pronged approach to the inaugural UAE Tour as they target the general classification with Tom Dumoulin and Wilco Kelderman. The team also has their eyes set on early success with the team time trial on stage one, on top of the three opportunities for the sprinters. For both Kelderman and Dumoulin, it will their first competitive outings for the 2019 season. Unlike some of the races later this season, Dumoulin and Kelderman will have equal standing within the team for the seven-day race. After coming close to the Giro-Tour double last season Dumoulin is targeting it again in 2019, with Kelderman due to take the role of super domestique. The week-long race could be a rare opportunity for Kelderman, who finished second to Alejandro Valverde in last year’s Abu Dhabi Tour. Providing back-up for the pair will be Chad Haga and Rob Power, who is ...

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The weekly spin: 15 reasons to be excited about the 2019 racing season

Mountain bikers on the road. The debut of a future star. Alternative events. Intra-squad rivalry. The return of a world champion. What follows is a 2019 season preview of sorts, exploring 15 different subjects, stories, and subplots of the upcoming mens’s and women’s racing calendars. The list could have been twice as long. I thought … The post The weekly spin: 15 reasons to be excited about the 2019 racing season appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Team Sunweb confirm 2019 men's and women's rosters

Team Sunweb celebrate their victory

Team Sunweb has confirmed the rosters of their men's, women's and development teams for 2019, with Tom Dumoulin , Michael Matthews leading the men's WorldTour squad and Coryn Rivera , Lucinda Brand and Leah Kirchmann leading the women's team. The development programme includes 14 riders, who will be based in the teams so-called Keep Challenging Center in Sittard, near the Dutch-German border Team Sunweb won just 11 races but victories fail to tell the story of the team's season. Dumoulin confirmed his Grand Tour talents by finishing second in both the Giro d'Italia and the Tour de France, winning time trial stages in both races. He was second in the individual time trial at the World Championships in Innsbruck and was also second with Team Sunweb in the team time trial. Matthews fractured a bone in his shoulder at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and quit the Tour de France due to ...

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Pro Cycling Manager 2018 review: Become a pro cyclist, write your own story

Richie Porte drops the wheel and his rivals start to open a gap. Chris Froome, Alejandro Valverde, and Romain Bardet — they’re all there, riding away from Porte, just 5km from the summit of Alpe d’Huez. It’s not looking good for the Australian. He’s already more than three minutes behind the overall lead of Froome, … The post Pro Cycling Manager 2018 review: Become a pro cyclist, write your own story appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Lombardia: What Do You Think?

Autumn Awesome: Nibali in Como

It’s a non-preview preview. More like a conversation. What do you want me to say about the Giro di.. Oh sweet Jesus, Il Lombardia, that you didn’t already know? It’s back to closing out the season, with a few races in between that allow the fall specialists to hone their craft and turn this into a monumental battle. The course is pretty dialed in. Lots of top guys are around. This is all really good news. It’s probably going to be a great race. October Malaise So do you like Lombardia? Here’s my monument list. Well, here’s one. Flanders Lombardia Liege Roubaix MSR That’s the list of loveliness in monuments. Roubaix is hard to categorize, it doesn’t really even belong. You could move MSR up over Liege but my Belgiophilia sometimes surpasses my Italophilia so whatever. Anyway, here’s the list of Monuments in order of excitement. Flanders Roubaix (top two ...

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Dumoulin turns attention to individual time trial defense after Worlds TTT loss

Tom Dumoulin powers Team Sunweb

Tom Dumoulin spent only a short time expressing his disappointment after Team Sunweb lost the team time trial at the UCI Road World Championships in Innsbruck on Sunday, before he quickly turned his attention to the upcoming individual time trial on Wednesday. “It feels like a slight disappointment after winning gold last year but we did a really good team time trial, and we can be very proud of ourselves,” Dumoulin told the press in the mixed zone area following the podium ceremony. “Of course, when you are the world champions from last year, anything other than winning will always feel a bit disappointing." Sunweb had to settle for the silver medal after they crossed the finish line 18 seconds slower than the winning team Quick-Step Floors. The Belgian squad covered the course in 1:07:25 and secured their fourth team time trial world title after winning in 2012 in Valkenburg, ...

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Does Yates’ Second Coming Herald New Era?

Simon Yates building toward his overall Vuelta victory

Grand tour victories tend to fall into two categories: Oh, him again? [Eye roll]; and A new guy! WHAT DOES IT MEAN?!?! This time it’s #2. So Simon Yates won the Vuelta over the weekend, or really about 12 days ago when he began taking control with a few high stage finishes, built on patient attacking for small gaps and time bonuses. I’d like to resist lumping him in with the rest of the British grand tour winners this year, except that’s exactly how they proceed too (plus time trialling, not a subject of much interest at the Vuelta). Really, the only distinction I can make among their respective wins this year is that Yates’ triumph is the lesser of the three, because Thomas won the Tour and Froome broke Yates, the very same Yates, to win the Giro. Anyway, the job of today is to kick around what we ...

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Worlds: Tom Dumoulin and Ellen van Dijk lead Sunweb's team time trial defence

Tom Dumoulin (Sunweb) wins the time trial at the Tour de France

Team Sunweb have named the 12 riders that they hope will defend their double team time trial world titles in Innsbruck. Last year, Sunweb surprised when they won both the men’s and women’s competitions on a dream day for the German-registered squad. This year will be the final running of the trade team time trial World Championships , which began in 2012. Former individual time trial world champion and three-time European champion Ellen van Dijk will headline the women's team, while current individual champion Tom Dumoulin is the star name in the men's squad. The men’s line-up sees just one change from 12 months ago, while the women’s squad has two alterations. Canadian time trial champion Leah Kirchmann and US road champion Coryn Rivera both rode last year and will join Van Dijk, as will Amstel Gold runner-up Lucinda Brand. Former junior European road race champion Liane Lippert and, former ...

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