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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Kruijswijk slips to fourth at Vuelta as Lopez and Mas attack

Steven Kruijswijk climbs through the fog during stage 17 at the Vuelta

Off, on, off, on and then finally off. Such has been Steven Kruijswijk ’s rollercoaster relationship with the podium in the 2018 Vuelta a España , where the LottoNL-Jumbo racer came agonisingly close to taking his first top three in a Grand Tour. Ninth in the 2017 Vuelta a España, following his great Tour de France and fifth place in Paris, Kruijswijk’s result is the best of any rider doing the Tour and Vuelta this year, and in terms of his country’s performances in the Vuelta, it equals Wilco Kelderman’s fourth last year. But just as Kelderman fell at the final post last year when Ilnur Zakarin (Katusha) pushed him down a spot on GC with a stunning performance on the Angliru, so Kruijswijk was pushed off the podium on the last all-out racing day of the 2018 Vuelta. After a strong performance on the first day in the Pyrenees, ...

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Vuelta a España: Simon Yates seals overall win

Enric Mas (Quick-Step Floors)

Enric Mas (Quick Step Floors) won the final mountain stage of the Vuelta a Espana , outsprinting Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana) to the top of the Coll de la Gallina in Andorra. Race leader Simon Yates (Mitchelton Scott) put his final stamp on the race, coming in third at 23 seconds to effectively seal the overall win. Yates confirmed his domination of the race, staying near the front of affairs and making sure he was never in danger. The rest of the GC saw a major reshuffle, as Mas and Lopez moved up to claim second and third, replacing Kruijswijk (LottoNL-Jumbo) and Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) and Steven. The GC saw Yates extend his lead with Mas at 1:46, and Lopez third at 2:04. Kruijswijk and Valverde were fourth and fifth. Nairo Quintana (Movistar) lost more time but hung on for 8th place, while Wilco Kelderman (Sunweb) clawed his way up ...

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Vuelta a Espana 2018 Stage 19: Pinot wins but Yates takes massive stride towards overall glory

Vuelta a Espana 2018 Stage 19: Pinot wins but Yates takes massive stride towards overall glory

Martin James 14 Sep 2018 Yates survives Movistar onslaught to extend lead as Valverde is left floundering in rivals' wake Thibaut Pinot won Stage 19 of the 2018 Vuelta a Espana high in the Andorran mountains, but it was Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) who was standing tallest after taking a huge stride towards overall victory in Madrid on Sunday. Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) and Yates had attacked on the lower slopes of the 17km Coll de la Rabassa that finished an otherwise flat 154km stage to join Stephen Kruijswijk (Lotto-NL Jumbo) in a lead group of three ahead of the other main favourites. And with Yates having countered the threat of second man overall Alejandro Valverde (Movistar), whose team had set a high pace throughout the stage then sent Nairo Quintana on the attack earlier on the climb, instead it was Yates who looked strongest, extending his lead over Valverde by more than ...

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Dutch rider Mollema aims for worlds breakout

Dutch rider Mollema aims for worlds breakout

Bauke Mollema is an outsider on the Dutch team because Tom Dumoulin will headline the squad, but he has a shot at winning gold. Read the full article at Dutch rider Mollema aims for worlds breakout on VeloNews.com .

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A wiser Simon Yates going for first grand tour win

A wiser Simon Yates going for first grand tour win

Yates is racing with a more calm approach than in May's Giro d'Italia thanks to less pressure on stage 16's time trial Read the full article at A wiser Simon Yates going for first grand tour win on VeloNews.com .

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