Confirmed: Ineos completes purchase of Team Sky

Confirmed: Ineos completes purchase of Team Sky

Joe Robinson 19 Mar 2019 Team will change name before Tour de Yorkshire in May Team Sky have confirmed their sale to major British chemical company Ineos with the team set to become known as Team Ineos as of 1st May. It was no secret that Britain's richest man Sir Jim Ratcliffe was in advanced talks over the purchase of the WorldTour team, although it comes as some surprise that Sky will leave its post as main sponsor before the end of the season. In a statement released by the team today, it said 'Sky and 21st Century Fox have agreed the sale of Team Sky to Ineos. Ineos will become the sole owners of Tour Racing Limited (the team’s holding company) from 1 May this year and will continue to fund the current team in full, honouring all existing commitments to riders, staff and partners,' 'The launch of Team ...

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Santa Cruz Megatower first ride review

Santa Cruz Megatower first ride review

Santa Cruz's Megatower is an aggressive-sounding name for an aggressive-riding bike. It’s clearly a reference to the brand’s Hightower platform, which also sports 29-inch wheels and has thus far been the race bike of choice for Santa Cruz’s EWS racers, Iago Garay and Mark Scott. But really, the new bike is better thought of as a 29er version of the Nomad. Best mountain bike: how to choose the right one for you Santa Cruz Bronson CC X01+ Reserve review When Santa Cruz launched the Nomad version 4 back in 2017 , many of us were wondering why, with the Santa Cruz Syndicate already racing 29er downhill bikes, the Nomad wasn’t available as a 29er. EWS racers underlined our point by largely choosing to race on an over-shocked version of the Hightower. These bikes then evolved into the Hightower LT, which uses a longer stroke shock and a different swing arm ...

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Belgian cyclist killed as riders "sent wrong way" during race

Stef Loos

Stef Loos, 19, was one of three riders involved in collision with van at “unsecured” crossroads

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First Look: Zipp 303 Firecrest carbon clincher tubeless wheels

First Look: Zipp 303 Firecrest carbon clincher tubeless wheels

The 303 Firecrest wheels are designed to take on gravel's toughest races — which is what we will be doing in 2019. Read the full article at First Look: Zipp 303 Firecrest carbon clincher tubeless wheels on VeloNews.com .

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Langvad and Van der Breggen dominate Cape Epic opener

2019 Cape Epic stage 1

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Lockwood, Neben win Redlands overall in dramatic Sunset RR finale

Lockwood, Neben win Redlands overall in dramatic Sunset RR finale

An all-day exploit earns Cory Lockwood the overall title, while Amber Neben defends yellow on final stage. Simmons and Clevenger win stage 5. Read the full article at Lockwood, Neben win Redlands overall in dramatic Sunset RR finale on VeloNews.com .

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An abrupt (too abrupt?) start to the 2020 Tour de France

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Christian Prudhomme, director of the Tour de France, does not want us sleeping anymore. The post An abrupt (too abrupt?) start to the 2020 Tour de France appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Evenepoel to resume racing at Nokere Koerse and Bredene Koksijde Classic

Remco Evenepoel (Deceuninck-QuickStep)

Remco Evenepoel will reunite with Deceuninck-QuickStep teammates at Nokere Koerse and Bredene Koksijde Classic on Wednesday and Friday in Belgium. Despite crashing out of the UAE Tour in February, the 19-year-old has otherwise had a strong start to his debut season with Deceuninck-QuickStep in his two opening stage races, and the team's management is eager to see how he performs in the one-day Classics. Deceuninck-QuickStep have already won four of the opening Classics; Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne, Le Samyn and Strade Bianche, among their total of 16 victories so far this season. At Nokere Koerse, Evenepoel will join the team's sprinter Alvaro Hodeg, who won a stage at the Colombia Tour, Rémi Cavagna, Iljo Keisse, Davide Martinelli, Le Samyn winner Florian Sénéchal and Pieter Serry, during the 195.6km race. "Nokere, with its narrow roads and legendary cobbled uphill finish, was already going to be tough, but the wind and rain ...

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The weekly spin: Trends collide as Yamaha launches Wabash, a gravel e-bike

How the hell do I record an e-bike ride on Strava? Will these miles count toward my annual total? How do I figure out what my power output was during the ride? What happens if I get a KOM? These were the primary concerns swirling around in my mind while riding the Wabash, Yamaha’s new … The post The weekly spin: Trends collide as Yamaha launches Wabash, a gravel e-bike appeared first on CyclingTips .

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2020 Tour de France to head into mountains on second day as Nice Grand Depart stages unveiled

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Opening day of next year's race designed for the sprinters - but following stage is for the climbers

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Tirreno stage 6: Alaphilippe takes surprise sprint win

Tirreno stage 6: Alaphilippe takes surprise sprint win

French climber Julian Alaphilippe stuns Tirreno-Adriatico's sprinters with a win in stage 6 drag race. Yates unsure if he can hold GC lead in final TT. Read the full article at Tirreno stage 6: Alaphilippe takes surprise sprint win on VeloNews.com .

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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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Fulcrum Racing Zero Carbon DB wheelset review

Sam Challis Monday, March 18, 2019 - 15:38 Fulcrum has broken new ground with its Racing Zero Carbon DB wheelset, with great effect 4.5 / 5 £1,899.99 Fulcrum has a vast offering of wheelsets to suit many budgets and riding applications, but its new Racing Zero Carbon DB wheelset is ostensibly the most intriguing design it currently offers. For starters, the Racing Zero Carbon DB is Fulcrum’s first tubeless-compatible carbon rim. The Italian brand has long sold its carbon rims with undrilled rim beds, citing the increased stiffness and structural integrity this imbues the rim with, but this is the first time the rim bed and sidewalls have been specifically designed to seat tubeless tyres. The Racing Zero Carbon DB’s rim is also wider internally, with Fulcrum suggesting the 19mm diameter will pair well with 25mm and 28mm tyres. The wheelset is the only disc-brake design on the market to ...

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Ligthart wins Ronde van Drenthe

Pim Ligthart (Direct Energie)

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Dyball and Gigante double-up at the Oceania Road Championships

Dyball and Gigante double-up at the Oceania Road Championships

Ben Dyball and Sara Gigante pocketed road race wins to go with their TT titles at the 2019 Oceania Road Championships in Tasmania.

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Astana’s incredible spring hits crescendo with weekend double-whammy

Astana’s incredible spring hits crescendo with weekend double-whammy

Team Astana has already matched its 2017 win tally in less than three months of racing, finding its groove with young talents and now-healthy veterans. Read the full article at Astana’s incredible spring hits crescendo with weekend double-whammy on VeloNews.com .

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2020 Tour de France will begin with two road stages in Nice

Christian Prudhomme presents the 2017 Tour de France route

Details have been announced of the opening two stages of the 2020 Tour de France , which gets underway in Nice on June 27 of next year. ASO confirmed on Monday that the opening weekend of the 2020 Tour will feature two road stages, both beginning and ending in Nice. While stage 1 offers the sprinters a chance to race for the first yellow jersey of the Tour on the Promenade des Anglais, stages 2 sees the Tour make a very early entry into the Alps. The Col de la Colmiane and the Col de Turini will both feature ahead of a testing finale that includes the Col d'Èze and the Col des Quatre Chemins ahead of a fast drop into Nice. It will be the second time that Nice hosts the Grand Départ. In 1981, the race began with a prologue in Nice, won by Bernard Hinault, before a ...

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Wiggins: Ineos sponsorship “an ideal situation” for Brailsford and Sky

Dave Brailsford faces the press, Paris, October 2012 (copyright Simon MacMichael)

2012 Tour de France winner says rumoured deal will also help riders focus on racing if confirmed

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Wiggins: Ineos sponsorship would be “an ideal situation” for Brailsford and Sky

Dave Brailsford faces the press, Paris, October 2012 (copyright Simon MacMichael)

2012 Tour de France winner says rumoured deal will also help riders focus on racing if confirmed

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Total to replace Direct Energie as title sponsor ahead of Paris-Roubaix

Niki Terpstra in his new Direct Energie kit during the reconnaissance

Total is set to replace Direct Energie as the title sponsor of Jean-René Bernaudeau’s ahead of Paris-Roubaix , according to a report in L’Équipe . The French petrochemical giant purchased the Direct Energie company last year, and it is anticipated that its branding will appear on the team’s kit from next month. Although Bernaudeau declined to discuss the matter at Paris-Nice last week, L’Équipe reports that the team’s new identity will be formally unveiled ahead of Paris-Roubaix, which takes place on April 14. In the immediate term, the switch from Direct Energie to Total would see a change in team kit, with Bernaudeau’s squad swapping their current black and yellow garb for a blue jersey with red details. In the longer term, L’Équipe anticipates that the arrival of Total as title sponsor will lead to a significant increase in the team’s budget, which currently stands below €10 million per year. ...

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