Vuelta a Espana: Quintana wins stage 2

Nairo Quintana (Movistar) wins stage 2 of the Vuelta a Espana

Nairo Quintana (Movistar) laid down a huge marker on stage 2 of the Vuelta a Espana with a fine solo stage win in Calpe. The Movistar leader attacked with just over 3km to go from an elite group of six and held off a late charge to win ahead of Nicholas Roche (Team Sunweb) and Primoz Roglic (Jumbo Visma). The six-man group formed with around 20km remaining on a stage that many predicted would end in a bunch sprint. The key move was sparked by a joint attack from Roche and Mikel Nieve (Mitchelton Scott) with the pair quickly joined by Quintana, Rigoberto Uran (EF Education First), Roglic, and Fabio Aru (UAE Team Emirates). The group of six was too strong for a chase that was lead by race leader Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana) who was left isolated after a punishing stage. As the leaders slowly built on their advantage ...

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Preview: 22 things you should know about the 2019 Vuelta a España

It’s time for the Vuelta a España, the third and final Grand Tour of the season. The race gets underway this Saturday in Torrevieja and will be contested over 21 stages and 3,272km. Here’s what you should know about the 2019 Tour of Spain. The 2019 Vuelta is the race’s 74th edition. The Vuelta is … The post Preview: 22 things you should know about the 2019 Vuelta a España appeared first on CyclingTips .

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How to watch the Vuelta a Espana - Live streams from anywhere

The 2019 Vuelta a Espana route

The final Grand Tour of the 2019 season, the Vuelta a España , is about to get underway, and you won't want to miss a single moment of the action as riders who have been denied success in the Tour de France and Giro d'Italia have one final shot at glory. It's another stacked field for the Spanish Grand Tour, despite a no-go for Tour de France runner-up Geraint Thomas (Team Ineos). The Tour's third place finisher, Steven Kruijswijk (Jumbo-Visma) is on the provisional start list with teammate George Bennett a possible contender. Rigoberto Urán (EF Education First), the Giro's best young rider Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana) and 2017's fourth place overall finisher Wilco Kelderman (Sunweb) can all be considered favourites. Cyclingnews will have full live reports, with news and photos from inside of the race as it happens, along with extensive reporting on the stage and its players throughout ...

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Kelderman leads Sunweb at Vuelta a Espana in absence of Dumoulin

Wilco Kelderman (Team Sunweb) finished 16th in the Paris-Nice time trial

Wilco Kelderman will lead Sunweb ’s general classification challenge at the Vuelta a España in the absence of the injured Tom Dumoulin, who has not raced since abandoning the Critérium du Dauphiné in June. Dumoulin was forced out of the Giro d’Italia after injuring his knee in a crash on stage 4 to Frascati and the effects of that injury prevented him from participating in the Tour de France. The Dutchman has since been linked with a move away from Sunweb to Jumbo-Visma, and it is unclear if he will race again this season. Kelderman placed fourth overall at the 2017 Vuelta and reached Madrid in tenth a year ago, but he has endured injury woe of his own this season. The 28-year-old missed the Giro after breaking his collarbone and neck vertebrae in March, and he abandoned the Tour de France with lower back problems. Nicolas Roche and Australian ...

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Aussie duo set for Vuelta a España with Sunweb

Aussie duo set for Vuelta a España with Sunweb

Team Sunweb announced a squad for the Vuelta a España which includes young Australians Robert Power and Michael Storer riding in support of team leader Wilco Kelderman.

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Tour de France teams for 2019 — Complete startlist plus the favourites

Theuns and Dupont at Tour de France 2018

Who are the ones to watch?

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Matthews and Kelderman headline Sunweb at Tour de France in Dumoulin's absence

Michael Matthews (Sunweb) at stage 3 Tour de Suisse

Michael Matthews and Wilco Kelderman will headline Team Sunweb at the Tour de France in the absence of the injured Tom Dumoulin. Giro d'Italia stage winner Chad Haga has also been selected, together with new arrival Nicolas Roche. Youngsters Lennard Kämna and Cees Bol make their Tour debuts, while Nikias Arndt and Søren Kragh Andersen also feature in the squad. Sunweb's Tour planning had centred around Dumoulin's GC challenge, but the Dutchman had to rule himself out of the race last week after he failed to recover from the knee injury that he sustained in a crash on stage 4 of the Giro d'Italia. After abandoning the Giro, Dumoulin returned to action in time to line out at the Critérium du Dauphiné, but he left the race ahead of the final weekend in the mountains in order to undergo surgery to remove a shard of gravel from his injured knee. ...

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Oomen ends season to undergo iliac artery surgery

Sam Oomen (Sunweb)

Sam Oomen ( Team Sunweb ) has been forced to end his season due to an iliac artery problem that will require surgery. The 23-year-old Dutchman, who finished ninth overall at last year's Giro d'Italia while supporting Tom Dumoulin , has been struggling with pain and loss of power in his left leg for a number of months and was recently diagnosed with iliac artery flow limitation. Despite posting some strong results, such as fifth at the Volta ao Algarve and ninth at Tirreno-Adriatico, physiotherapy was deemed unsuccessful and it was decided an operation would be required to fully rectify the problem. After crashes brought a premature end to his Giro d'Italia - where he'd been drafted in late to cover for the injured Wilco Kelderman - Oomen has been booked in for surgery in six weeks' time. "In an attempt to solve the issues we tried numerous treatments such ...

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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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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 . "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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