Woods renews with EF Education First

Michael Woods (EF Education First) rode strongly on the way to his stage win

Michael Woods , runner-up at the 2018 Liege-Bastogne-Liege, has signed a "multi-year" contract renewal with EF Education First , the team announced today. Woods, 32, has scored three UCI wins with the team since signing in 2016, including a stage at the Vuelta a Espana last year along with stage wins at the Tour of Utah and the Herald Sun Tour. The former collegiate runner was also third at the UCI Road World Championships Road Race in Innsbruck last September. "The direction of the team, the idea of exploring the world – it all really meshes with what I believe in," said Woods. "I feel very fortunate to be on a team that values what I naturally value – education, exploration, community." Woods started his cycling career relatively late. He played hockey growing up before finding success in running. He set the Canadian junior record in the mile (3:57:48) and ...

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Porte could make Tour of California debut as preparation for Tour de France

Richie Porte (Trek-Segafredo) rode a good race to finish second on stage 2 of the 2019 Herald Sun To

Richie Porte ( Trek-Segafredo ) could ride the Tour of California for the first time in his career as part of his preparation for the Tour de France . Porte is riding a slimmer race programme this season with the hope of having fresher legs for the Grand Boucle. Porte told Cyclingnews that he might head stateside this May and hang around for a training camp before returning to Europe. "We'll see it how it all goes, but I'll probably race California and then stay there for a bit of altitude and then the next big goal is the Dauphine," Porte told Cyclingnews . "That's the race where I need to be going and then the Tour. It's a bit of an unprecedented run. Normally, I hit the Tour with more race days in the legs." Porte said that he is a bit behind where he'd like to be at ...

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Durbridge and Juul-Jensen spearhead Mitchelton-Scott squad for Strade Bianche

Luke Durbridge (Mitchelton-Scott) tries an attack

Mitchelton-Scott 's Luke Durbridge and Chris Juul-Jensen will lead their team on the gravel roads of the Strade Bianche on Saturday, with both riders taking the confidence into the race that previous top 10s there gives them. Durbridge finished sixth in 2017, while his Danish teammate, Juul-Jensen, was just a place behind him the same year in seventh. Decent results at the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad last weekend [23rd and 34th, respectively] also confirms them as protected riders for Strade Bianche, and they'll be backed up on the white roads by recent Herald Sun Tour stage winner Nick Schultz , veteran Brent Bookwalter, and youngsters Callum Scotson, Rob Stannard and Edoardo Affini. "I'm really looking forward to it, as it's a beautiful race, and one that I've gone well at in the past," Durbridge said on the Mitchelton-Scott website. "It's a new race that hasn't been around for very long, but ...

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Longo Borghini out of Strade Bianche with flu

Elisa Longo Borghini (Wiggle High5) wins 2017 Strade Bianche

Elisa Longo Borghini was slated to toe the start line at Strade Bianche in Siena on Saturday but was forced to pull out of the race, citing flu symptoms. Lauretta Hanson will replace Longo Borghini on the Trek-Segafredo team at the opening event of the Women's WorldTour . "No @StradeBianche for me this year due to the flu which put half part of my family KO. Really sad to miss my favourite race but I'll be cheering for the @TrekSegafredo squad from home!," Longo Borghini posted on Twitter Wednesday. Longo Borghini moved from Wiggle High5, after the team folded last year, to the newly launched Trek-Segafredo team for the 2019 season. She is a former winner at Strade Bianche and was preparing to have a strong performance on home soil. She started her season early, in Australia, at the Women's Tour Down Under, Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race and ...

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Mitchelton-Scott to send powerful women's team to Strade Bianche

Lucy Kennedy (Mitchelton-Scott) attacked on the final climb on stage 2 of the 2019 Women's Herald Su

Mitchelton-Scott will send an extremely strong team to contest the Strade Bianche women's race on Saturday, March 9, with Annemiek van Vleuten , Amanda Spratt and Lucy Kennedy all featuring in the Australian team's six-rider squad for the Italian one-day race. Van Vleuten successfully returned to racing at the women's Omloop Het Nieuwsblad last Saturday, where she finished fourth. It was her first event since sustaining a knee injury in a crash at the world championship road race in Austria last September. Spratt and Kennedy both started their 2019 seasons in Australia, where Spratt won her third-straight Tour Down Under in January and Kennedy came away with the Herald Sun Tour title . They were supported in Australia by Jess Allen, Tour Down Under stage winner Grace Brown, and Georgia Williams, who successfully defended her time trial national title while home in New Zealand, and those three riders will also ...

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Porte to miss Paris-Nice and ride Volta a Catalunya

Richie Porte (Trek-Segafredo) rode a good race to finish second on stage 2 of the 2019 Herald Sun To

Richie Porte has withdrawn from Paris-Nice and will instead line out at the Volta a Catalunya later this month. The Trek-Segafredo rider suffered a bout of bronchitis after starting his season in Australia and has decided to alter his race programme in the wake of a low-key performance at the recent UAE Tour. Porte started his 2019 season with second overall at the Tour Down Under, where he won atop Willunga Hill for the sixth year in a row. He then took fifth at the Jayco Herald Sun Tour but struggled in the UAE last week, placing 50th overall. "A bronchitis sustained after the Jayco Herald Sun Tour has caused a setback in Richie’s build-up to the spring races, and his performance in UAE Tour confirmed this. Given these circumstances, Paris-Nice unfortunately comes too early for Richie," Trek-Segafredo team doctor Scott Major said in a statement released by the team ...

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Doull left speechless after second in Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne

Owain Doull (Team Sky) second at Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne

Owain Doull ( Team Sky ) secured his best-ever result on the road with second place behind Bob Jungels in Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne . The British rider was aggressive throughout the one-day race and eventually broke away with three riders inside the final few kilometres. Although Jungles was already too far up the road and took a solo win, Doull launched a sprint from 350 metres out and held off Paris-Roubaix and Tour of Flanders winner Niki Terpstra for second place. "It's been a good day," Doull told Cyclingnews . "I'm speechless. You always want to step up and be in the active end of these races. You believe you can do it but until you do, you just don't know. I'm a bit in shock to be honest. It's the biggest result of my road career so far, without a doubt." Doull came into the Opening Weekend with decent form after ...

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Chris Froome to start season at Tour Colombia after training at altitude

Chris Froome to start season at Tour Colombia after training at altitude

Joe Robinson 12 Feb 2019 Froome to be joined by Bernal and Sosa for second edition of Tour Colombia Chris Froome will begin his 2019 season at the Tour Colombia later today as he begins preparations for a record-equalling fifth Tour de France title in July. The six-time Grand Tour winner will co-lead Team Sky at the South American stage race with Egan Bernal, who enters the race as defending champion. The race will also offer a team debut for young South Americans Jhonatan Narvaez and Ivan Sosa, while Jonathan Castroviejo and Sebastian Henao complete the team. The Tour Colombia takes place from 12th to 17th February and begins with a 14km team time trial around Medellin. The race, which is only in its second edition, offers a stern early season test with four mountain stages and multiple days at altitude. This is much different to Froome's usual season race ...

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Offseason Capsule: Trek - Segafredo

The Battle Action Richie Porte (tm) now comes with a pre-broken collarbone!

Desperately seeking a GC star after a season in which they couldn’t even manage a Zubeldia-esque placing at any of the grand tours, Trek’s signing of Richie Porte got most of the attention during the offseason. What really deserves the attention, however, is the reinvigorated and reinforced classics squad that should be the centerpiece of 2019 for Trek. What we said last year Andrew’s general predictions -- that development of the retained riders would lead to a better 2018, that Trek was weak in the stage races, and that they would rely on Stuyven and Degenkolb-- were on the money, but praising Andrew for being right is boring. Let’s see if he correctly answered the multiple choice question he posed to himself regarding John Degenkolb. That multiple choice question was what was going on with Dege and what will 2018 show us with the following possible answers: Degenkolb is: a) ...

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CyclingTips Podcast: Cyclocross worlds and a water bottle rant

This week’s episode opens with cyclocross worlds, including a dissection of Lucinda Brand’s odd pit crash. Then we have a dispatch from Australia and the Herald Sun Tour. Then, on Nerd Alert, James gets a bit ranty about water bottles that don’t use a regular water bottle cage, and we award the first CyclingTippy WHY?! … The post CyclingTips Podcast: Cyclocross worlds and a water bottle rant appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Donohoe riding high after Herald Sun Tour performance

Donohoe riding high after Herald Sun Tour performance

The Jayco Herald Sun Tour is an opportunity for the spotlight to shine on riders that have never competed at a higher level. Such was the case with Australian Paralympian Alistair Donohoe (Pro Racing Sunshine Coast) who shone in the breakaway in each of the final two stages.

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The Bunch, Ep 3: Junior racing is better, end of summer, fancy carbon

Welcome to episode three of The Bunch, where we catch you up on the week in cycling and what we’re up to here at CyclingTips. We’ve got a jam-packed episode for you. To kick things off, Neal takes us through all the excitement (well, exciting all the except the Elite men, perhaps) of the UCI … The post The Bunch, Ep 3: Junior racing is better, end of summer, fancy carbon appeared first on CyclingTips .

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'This could be the year' - Team Sky eye Classics Season with anticipation

'This could be the year' - Team Sky eye Classics Season with anticipation

Jamie Finch-Penninger 4 Feb 2019 Happy with how things have gone in Australia, Team Sky are looking to come away from the Classics with something to show for their efforts An aggressive series of performances on top of a long Australian training block has seen Team Sky reap big rewards in the final race of the Australian early season calendar, the Herald Sun Tour. Team Sky emerged with two stage wins from five, the overall win, the young rider's jersey and the mountains jersey after a series of Classics-like manoeuvres put them in positions to dominate the race. Arguably the biggest positive out of the tour has been the cohesion between the riders, many of whom will back up and form the core of the Team Sky squad at the Cobbled Classics . 'To win the last stage was really the icing on the cake,' said Team Sky sports director ...

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Cross Worlds and other new in brief

Van der Poel, Cant take cyclocross rainbows in Denmark We don’t normally do “news in brief” here, but there’s always a barrage of stories at this time of the year and a space to discuss them might prove popular. It’s also good to give some space to the weekend’s big stories, which came not on a road, but in a muddy field. Cyclocross Worlds The 2019 worlds course was in Denmark, for the first time since the 1998 championship in Middlefart (thank goodness I wasn’t writing for the café that year). The course was coastal, cold and exposed, and with a few steep climbs and descents at one end of an otherwise flat course. For all my jibes, the course wasn’t too muddy, though some of the entries to sharp turns and downhills, as you’d expect, were fairly cut up by the end of the week. The competitions began with ...

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Sky executes perfect Herald Sun Tour plan

Sky executes perfect Herald Sun Tour plan

Sky had a plan for the final stage of the Herald Sun Tour and nailed it by race end, with Kristoffer Halvorsen taking the sprint win and Dylan van Baarle easily holding on for overall victory. More to come.

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Herald Sun Tour: Victorious Van Baarle sets sights on Classics

Champagne time for Dylan van Baarle after winning the 2019 Jayco Herald Sun Tour

The overall winner of the 2019 Jayco Herald Sun Tour , Dylan van Baarle , will head home to Europe with his confidence boosted and his sights firmly set on the spring Classics, where he's targeting the Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix , in particular. The Team Sky rider took the Herald Sun Tour title in Melbourne on Sunday, having successfully defended the race lead that he took on Saturday's 'Queen stage' to the top of the Arthurs Seat climb. Although he was only second there on the stage – to Mitchelton-Scott's Nick Schultz – it was enough to wrest the yellow leader's jersey from the shoulders of EF Education First's Michael Woods. "It wasn't actually the plan that I was in the break [on Saturday]," Van Baarle explained. "The plan was that Christian [Knees] and Luke [Rowe] should be in it, but when I saw that EF were really ...

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Herald Sun Tour: Stage 5 race highlights - Video

Dylan van Baarle (Team Sky)

Team Sky closed out the Herald Sun Tour in style with Kristoffer Halvorsen winning the final stage in a bunch sprint, while Dylan van Baarle defended his race lead to secure the overall title. Team Sky came into the event on the back of Wout Poels finishing on the podium at the Tour Down Under, and the British team carried that form into the Herald Sun Tour. They took the leader's jersey on stage 4 after posting three riders in the day's main break - with Van Baarle finished the stage in second place. That was enough to move him into the leader's jersey with one stage to go. This year Van Baarle is targeting the spring Classics and has changed coach from Dario Cioni to Tim Kerrison - the man behind Tour de France wins for Chris Froome and Geraint Thomas. Van Baarle moved to Team Sky ahead of ...

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Aggressive Team Sky completes Sun Tour domination

Team Sky could have ridden conservatively. They could have just focused on getting Dylan van Baarle safely across the line on bunch time, to ensure overall victory at the Jayco Herald Sun Tour. They could have let a break stay away. But in the end Sky did none of those things. It would seem that … The post Aggressive Team Sky completes Sun Tour domination appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Van Baarle wins Jayco Herald Sun Tour

A delighted Dylan van Baarle with his Sky teammates after having won the 2019 Jayco Herald Sun Tour

Team Sky 's Dylan van Baarle took the overall title at the 2019 Jayco Herald Sun Tour in Melbourne on Sunday, finishing safely in the peloton as up at the front his teammate Kristoffer Halvorsen took the bunch sprint for victory on the final stage, capping off a wonder-week for the British WorldTour team in Australia, where they won two stages and every category bar the points competition. Sky came away from a month in Australia with almost a full house in their final race, where they won the overall classification with Van Baarle, two stages through Halvorsen and Owain Doull, and the mountains jersey through Christian Knees, with Pavel Sivakov as best young rider, and the overall teams prize. Only the sprints competition – won by Team BridgeLane's Ayden Toovey – eluded them. An early six-man breakaway, made up of Sapura's Jesse Ewart and Ben Dyball, Alistair Donohue (Pro ...

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Nick Schultz puts favourites to the sword at Herald Sun Tour

Nick Schultz (Mitchelton-Scott) is thrilled to win stage 4 of the 2019 Herald Sun Tour on Arthurs Se

Mitchelton-Scott 's Nick Schultz was somewhat of a surprise winner of stage 4 of the Herald Sun Tour on Saturday, winning the stage at the top of the climb of Arthurs Seat ahead of Team Sky's Dylan van Baarle, who in turn took over the race lead from overnight leader Michael Woods (EF Education First). Twenty-four-year-old Schultz, who moved into second place overall, only made the step up to the WorldTour this season, having joined Mitchelton-Scott from Spanish Pro Continental squad Caja Rural, but the Australian has quickly found his feet. "The whole team was really strong, and we put the GC teams under the pump right from kilometre 0, and I was the lucky one to sneak into the right move that was sort of given enough leeway," Schultz said. "It was a perfect scenario: Sky had numbers [in the front group], including Van Baarle, who was ahead of ...

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