Tirreno-Adriatico: Alaphilippe wins bunch sprint on stage 6

Julain Alaphilippe wins stage 6 at Tirreno-Adriatico

Sometimes, the plan doesn't quite come together, yet still, Deceuninck-QuickStep go on winning. It's that kind of year. The penultimate stage of Tirreno-Adriatico seemed to lend itself to Elia Viviani's sprinting talents, but instead, it was Julian Alaphilippe who claimed victory for the Belgian squad in Jesi. Deceuninck-QuickStep spent much of the afternoon working to peg back the day's early break and when the men in blue massed on the front of the peloton in the final kilometre, the scene looked set for Viviani to land his second stage victory of the week. The Italian champion seemed to lose his way somewhat in a chaotic finale, however, and opted to latch onto Peter Sagan's rear wheel as the sprint unfolded. Up ahead, meanwhile, his teammate Max Richeze was delivering a pitch-perfect lead-out for the irrepressible Alaphilippe, and the Frenchman, though hardly on his preferred terrain, produced a scorching acceleration to ...

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Viviani defeats resurgent Sagan in chaotic Tirreno finale

Viviani defeats resurgent Sagan in chaotic Tirreno finale

Elia Viviani (Deceuninck-Quick Step) imposed himself for a maiden win at Tirreno-Adriatico, winning the bunch sprint in Foligno, beating triple world champion Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) and Fernando Gaviria (UAE Team Emirates). Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) came safely home to retain the lead in the overall classification.

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Nizzolo sprints to fourth at Tirreno-Adriatico despite early crash

Giacomo Nizzolo crashed early in stage 3 at Tirreno-Adriatico but still finished fourth in the sprin

Giacomo Nizzolo 's day at Tirreno-Adriatico didn't get off to a great start on Friday during the 224km third stage from Pomerance to Foligno when he crashed in the opening half of the race. The 2016 Italian champion recovered well, however, finishing fourth in a bunch sprint won by countryman Elia Viviani (Deceuninck-QuickStep) as his torn jersey revealed the damage from earlier in the day. Nizzolo ( Dimension Data ) fell hard on his left shoulder and side, temporarily stopping alongside the road to gather himself before determining he could go on. Once he made contact with the peloton, his teammate Ben King helped to guide him back to the front of the peloton before Reinardt Janse van Rensburg dug deep in the final three kilometres to set up the team's chances. The technical finale suited Viviani and runner-up Sagan, however, as the duo fought for the win ahead of ...

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Racing Analysis: An early look at the state of the world’s best sprinters

The early season is always full of fast finishes. Where do the sport's top sprinters stand? The post Racing Analysis: An early look at the state of the world’s best sprinters appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Viviani scared that some riders still think about doping

Elia Viviani wins stage 3 at Tirreno-Adriatico

Elia Viviani ( Deceuninck-QuickStep ) has admitted that the idea that some riders could still be doping despite the Biological Passport leaves him ‘scared’ and worried that everyone in a team could lose their jobs due to one person’s actions. Viviani beat Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) and Fernando Gaviria (UAE Team Emirates) in a highly technical sprint in Foligno on Friday at Tirreno-Adriatico but as Italian national champion and an Olympic champion on the track, he is considered a flag bearer and spokesman for Italian cycling. There have been suggestions that more cyclists may be involved in the Operation Aderlass blood doping investigation in Austria and Germany after Stefan Denifl and Georg Preidler confessed soon after police raids. The investigation is allegedly centred around Dr. Mark Schmidt, who worked in cycling with the Gerolsteiner team in the late 1990s, with between 40 and 70 blood bags reportedly found in a garage. ...

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Tirreno-Adriatico: Gaviria accepts Viviani beat him fair and square

Fernando Gaviria (UAE Team Emirates)

Fernando Gaviria ( UAE Team Emirates ) was disappointed to have a mistake lead to a third place finish in the sprint on stage 3 of Tirreno-Adriatico but sportingly accepted defeat and congratulated his good friend and respected rival Elia Viviani (Deceuninck-QuickStep) on his victory in Foligno. "I tried to set up the sprint as best I could, but I made a mistake and so Elia won. I can only congratulate him," Gaviria said. "I was in the wrong position and started my sprint a little late. Elia jumped before me and got it just right. I'm still happy but know I could have done better." Gaviria was ahead of Viviani going into the testing final kilometres but the high-speed shuffle in the series of corners left him on Viviani's wheel on the exit of the last sweeping last corner. When the Italian champion accelerated out of the saddle in ...

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Peter Sagan shows he is back on form with second in Tirreno-Adriatico sprint

Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe)

Peter Sagan ( Bora-Hansgrohe ) showed he has recovered from a nasty bout of gastroenteritis by finishing second behind Elia Viviani (Deceuninck-QuickStep) but ahead of Fernando Gaviria (UAE Team Emirates) in the high-speed sprint finish on day three of Tirreno-Adriatico in Foligno. Sagan revealed he lost four kilograms and missed five days of training at the end of his altitude training camp in Sierra Nevada before travelling to Tirreno-Adriatico. He was unsure what impact the illness would have on his form and was just glad to be able to start his final stage race before Milan-San Remo and the cobbled Classics. The former world champion dropped out of the peloton on the climb up to Pomerance on stage 2 but handled the long 226km ride across southern Tuscany and Umbria on Friday and was able to contest the sprint finish. "Although my form is still not at the level it ...

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Tirreno-Adriatico: Viviani wins stage 3

Elia Viviani wins stage 3 at Tirreno-Adriatico

Elia Viviani ( Deceuninck-QuickStep ) claimed a tightly contested stage 3 at Tirreno-Adriatico, beating sprint rivals Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) and Fernando Gaviria (UAE Team Emirates). Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) had a relatively quiet day and retained his race lead. The technical finish contained a number of tight corners and Viviani's class, timing and expert support paid off with the Italian coming around Sagan's wheel with the line in sight. Sagan had been caught at the front from too far out, and intelligently eased off to allow Viviani's team to close an important gap. The former world champion would eventually open the sprint using Viviani's leadout but the Italian national champion had too much speed. Gaviria looked to be out of contention inside the final kilometre but delivered a brave sprint before closing in on Sagan just before the line. The win marked Viviani's fourth of the season after triumphs at the ...

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Peter Sagan soldiers on in Tirreno-Adriatico as his health improves

Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe)

Peter Sagan (Bora- Hansgrohe ) may have suffered an untimely puncture on stage 2 of Tirreno-Adriatico but the three-time world champion believes that he's back on track after a recent bout of illness threatened to scupper his early spring classics campaign. Sagan came into Tirreno-Adriatico on the back of a stint of altitude training in Sierra Nevada. However, a stomach virus left him unable to train for several days, and he was forced to remain in his hotel room as his body recovered. He skipped Bora-Hansgrohe's team time trial recon on Tuesday and escaped a fall when a spectator walked out in front of the German team during their race effort a day later. On stage 2 Sagan lost contact with the lead group with 22 kilometers remaining, while Milan-San Remo rival Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep) powered clear to take the stage and extend his incredible run that started in January ...

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Viviani eyes up sprint finish at Tirreno on Friday

Elia Viviani (Deceuninck-QuickStep) leads bunch on stage 2 of Tirreno

Tirreno-Adriatico can expect its first bunch sprint at this year's race when stage 3 finishes in Foligno on Friday, where Elia Viviani is hoping to take his fourth victory of the season, and his Deceuninck-QuickStep team's 17th. While most of the world's best sprinters are currently racing in France at Paris-Nice, arguably the world's best sprinter is plying his trade in Italy – and Viviani is going to take every opportunity he gets to add to his and his team's win-tally. "When there aren't many chances, you can't it mess up," he told reporters at Tirreno on Thursday. "You've got to get it right, and Friday is the first chance we've got, and we'll give it a go – even if we saw at the UAE Tour that Fernando Gaviria is the rider to beat." The Italian road race champion is racing on home soil for the first time this ...

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Flanders Friday: Looking for Clues

Dylan Groenewegen wins in Paris-Nice

Are we learning anything about what’s to come in a couple weeks? Was there any news of the Cobbled Classics this week? I didn’t see any. Most of the reporters are in France or Italy, fussing over the events in front of them. You can read Sporza and get your daily update on Wout Van Aert (was his Strade Bianche ok? Will he owe his old team a bunch of money?) but even I have my limits there. No, there’s nothing. Les Amis are scrubbing the horrible pavé in France and that’s about it. So now is a moment to poke around and see what there is to learn about the individual riders who will contest the great classics around the corner. Does Paris-Nice or Tirreno-Adriatico tell us anything about what’s to come? Backing up, the two early spring stage races are must-rides for all the classics guys, from Milano-Sanremo ...

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Sagan having a rough ride at Tirreno

Sagan having a rough ride at Tirreno

Sagan says he was bedridden for days at the end of his Sierra Nevada training camp, and now he's just trying to make it through Tirreno-Adriatico. Read the full article at Sagan having a rough ride at Tirreno on VeloNews.com .

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Sagan and Olympic champ van der Breggen to race Tour of California

Sagan and Olympic champ van der Breggen to race Tour of California

Three-time world champion Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) and reigning Olympic and world champion Anna van der Breggen have scheduled a trip to America this May to race the Amgen Tour of California, organizers confirmed Wednesday. Along with a provisional list of star riders, the race also named the 19 men’s teams and 16 women’s teams that […] Read the full article at Sagan and Olympic champ van der Breggen to race Tour of California on VeloNews.com .

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“I was on my hands and knees” — The pro’s most miserable days on a bike

To try to make sense of cycling's suffering, we asked a handful of pros about their hardest day on the bike, and what kept them pushing through. The post “I was on my hands and knees” — The pro’s most miserable days on a bike appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Tour of California announces 2019 teams

The Tour of California takes off from Pismo Beach in 2015

Organisers of the Amgen Tour of California men's and women's races released their 2019 team rosters today, with both races featuring multiple returning champions to battle it out past iconic California landmarks and up some of the state's most notorious climbs. The Amgen Tour of California men's race will feature the US national team for the first time this year when the race rolls out of Sacramento. USA Cycling will field a roster of riders whose trade teams aren't competing in the race, joining 18 other teams on the roads from the start in the Golden State's capitol on May 12 to the finish in Pasadena on May 18. Thirteen WorldTour teams have signed up for the men's race in its third year on the WorldTour calendar, joining five Pro Continental teams and the US national team to form the biggest men's field yet. Defending champion Egan Bernal (Team Sky) ...

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Peter Sagan: Nobody's beaten on the start line

Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe)

On Wednesday evening, after his first race day in over a month, Peter Sagan ( Bora-Hansgrohe ) sat down with reporters, including Cyclingnews, and spoke at length about his return from illness, about targeting Milan-San Remo, and about the new generation of riders who are coming through and ready to usurp him. It was a baptism of fire for the three-time world champion as he returned to action at Tirreno-Adriatico, his first outing since the Vuelta a San Juan. Having spent much of last month training at altitude at Sierra Nevada before getting sick for a week – and losing four kilos, he told reporters – the opening team time trial stage at Tirreno saw Sagan having to avoid an errant spectator on the course, who took down his teammates Rafal Majka and Oscar Gatto. "Today I survived – despite what happened during the race," said Sagan. "I was pretty ...

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Tour of California confirms George Bennett, Kittel, van Garderen for 2019 race

Overall winner George Bennett punches the air

The Amgen Tour of California will release the complete list of teams for its 2019 men's and women's races on Thursday, but organisers of the US WorldTour race have used their local media accounts to leak a few of the teams and riders who will compete at the May races. Jumbo-Visma 's George Bennett, who won the race in 2017 but did not defend his title last year, will return with the Dutch team this year to try and claim another title. His American teammate Sepp Kuss previously told Cyclingnews that he will be joining Bennett on the start line May 12 in Sacramento. The race also revealed that Tejay van Garderen , who won the race in 2013 and was second last year to Team Sky's Egan Bernal, will return to California this year with his new team EF Education First . Van Garderen's new teammate Dani Martinez was ...

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Bora-Hansgrohe in high-speed collision with pedestrian at Tirreno-Adriatico

Bora-Hansgrohe in high-speed collision with pedestrian at Tirreno-Adriatico

Joe Robinson 13 Mar 2019 Team unable to avoid pedestrian who was crossing road during team time-trial Peter Sagan and his Bora-Hansgrohe team have been involved in a high-speed collision with a spectator during the opening day's team time-trial. Bora riders Oscar Gatto and Rafal Majka collided with the pedestrian, who was crossing the course at the time, just 3km into the team's effort. A combination of the speed of the riders, the lack of manoeuvrability of time-trial bikes and the wet conditions made the crash unavoidable despite the lead rider at the time trying to warn his teammates. Both riders and the pedestrian hit the floor hard, and the remaining five Bora-Hansgrohe riders were lucky to avoid the crash. Gatto and Majka managed to finish the stage although behind the rest of the team who finished the 21.5km course in a time of 24:22, almost two minutes slower than ...

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Pedestrian takes out Majka, Gatto in Tirreno-Adriatico TTT

Rafal Majka bloodied after team time trial crash

The opening time trial in Tirreno-Adriatico , already rain-soaked and treacherous, turned disastrous for Bora-Hansgrohe when a pedestrian crossing the course at a marked crosswalk stepped directly in front of the oncoming riders. The first riders swerved to avoid the man, but a mid-pack Rafal Majka plowed into him, taking down Oscar Gatto who was directly behind him. The remaining riders continued on without the pair, who eventually re-mounted, but their momentum had been lost and they finished down on the quickest teams, led to the line by Peter Sagan 23 seconds down on then-leaders Dimension Data. Daniel Oss was at the front of the Bora-Hansgrohe train when the incident happened. Still sounding shocked from what had happened, he said that he saw the man on the other side of the road but did not see what happened behind him. "I saw [the pedestrian] on the other side, he was ...

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The Race of the Two Cs

Will we see Greg stand atop the podium once more?

Ordinarily I’d start this piece with a wistful opening paragraph, maybe calling to mind editions of Tirreno-Adriatico from years past. This case is an exception, however, as obviously my first priority needs to be explaining that travesty of a headline. See, this is not only the race of the two seas, the Tyrrhenian and the Adriatic, but this year also the two ‘c’s, which will be explained presently. C numero uno: Classics racing. Okay, don’t get me wrong. As year after year has gone by I have come to hate the formulaic coastside TTT and the equally predictable ITT when the race hits the Adriatic. I’d say that even the residents of the always-willing San Benedetto del Tronto have lost their enthusiasm by this point. The race has turned up there without fail since 1967. The Tirreno permacourse involves these two, two flat stages, an uphill sprint, a hilly stage ...

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