Paris-Nice highlights: A tale of two Colombians - Video

Daniel Martinez (EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale)

The seventh stage of Paris-Nice was a tale of two Colombians as Daniel Martinez ( EF Education First ) claimed the stage win on the Col de Turini and Egan Bernal ( Team Sky ) stepped into the yellow jersey of race leader. The battles for yellow and for the day’s victory were fought separately as a large 39-man breakaway, which included Martinez, escaped up the road over the stage’s early climbs. The peloton kept them at close quarters initially, holding them at around 2:30 for some time, before letting the rope slack. As the stage reached its denouement, the 39 became just four as Martinez went up against Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana), Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) and Nicolas Edet (Cofidis). Each took their turn to try and distance his companions, but it was Martinez’s attack under the flame rouge that did the intended damage. The Colombian took six seconds out ...

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Paris-Nice: Martinez wins on the Col de Turini

It's Daniel Martínez's (EF Education First) first stage victory for the American team

Daniel Martínez ( EF Education First ) won stage 7 of Paris-Nice, triumphing atop the Col de Turini ahead of his compatriot Miguel Ángel Lopez (Astana). Nicolas Edet (Cofidis) finished third, just edging out Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) after a ding-dong battle on the summit finish. The four were the strongest men from a 38-man breakaway, with the quartet forming after Yates and Lopez went on the early slopes of the climb. At various points, Edet, Lopez, Yates and Martínez were alone out front, with the Astana man looking at one point like he’d be on the way to a solo win before a regrouping three kilometres out. Bang under the flamme rouge it was Martínez who laid it all on the line one final time. Lopez went with him, while Yates didn’t have enough to make it across initially. The Brit looked to be making his way up to the ...

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Simon Yates bounces back in 'filthy' Paris-Nice TT

Simon Yates bounces back in 'filthy' Paris-Nice TT

Simon Yates rebounded frome a calamitous Paris-Nice start to claim a surprise 25.5km time trial win on the fifth stage in Barbentane.

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Simon Yates: I've been working on my time trial quite a lot

Tim Wellens (Lotto Soudal) and Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) at Ruta del Sol stage 4

Mitchelton-Scott 's Simon Yates scored his first-ever time trial victory on stage 5 of Paris-Nice on Thursday, beating Katusha-Alpecin's Nils Politt and Team Sky's Michal Kwiatkowski, who extended his overall lead at the race. Yates started the day down in 70th place on the GC, almost 20 minutes down on Kwiatkowski. And while the Briton's challenge for the overall is clearly over – in a race he finished second at 12 months ago – his focus remains on May's Giro d'Italia . The time trial win bodes well for the 26-year-old, who will face three individual time trial tests at this year's Giro: an 8.2km opening stage, with a tough uphill finish to the Santuario della Madonna di San Luca, followed on stage 9 by 34.7km effort, which again is mainly all uphill from the halfway mark, and then a final, flatter 15.6km test in Verona, which is also the ...

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Adam takes lead at Tirreno-Adriatico to complete a perfect day for Yates brothers

Adam Yates took the Tirreno-Adriatico race lead after stage 2

Adam Yates ( Mitchelton-Scott ) took the leader's jersey at Tirreno-Adriatico just a few minutes after Simon Yates ( Mitchelton-Scott ) won the time trial stage at Paris-Nice but played down any rivalry with his twin brother, happy to see their family name dominated the days racing. Adam Yates finished fifth in the uphill finish to Pomerance, deep in the Tuscany countryside, as Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep) won the stage ahead of (Greg Van Avermaet (CCC Team). Yates took the blue leader's jersey after Mitchelton-Scott won Wednesday's team time trial stage and first race leader and teammate Michael Hepburn finished six minutes down. "Fair plays to him. It's a good day for us," Adam said, happy to praise and tease his brother from a distance. "For sure it's good when he wins. It must be his first ever time trial win. It must have been a pretty hard TT if he's ...

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Paris-Nice stage 5 highlights - Video

Simon Yates in yellow at Paris-Nice

Simon Yates bid farewell to his Paris-Nice general classification hopes in the crosswinds that blew through the opening stages, but the Mitchelton-Scott rider stormed back on Thursday , taking the 25.5km individual time trial in Barbentane by seven seconds over Nils Politt (Katusha-Alpecin) and by 11 seconds over race leader Michal Kwiatkowski (Team Sky). Yates had a long wait on the hot seat, starting the day more than 18 minutes down halfway through the stage start list. His result held the test of time, however, as rider after rider failed to top his mark. Kwiatkowski's third-place finish extended his general classification lead over teammate Egan Bernal, although the Colombian's sixth-place performance looked dangerous as he was six seconds ahead of the Pole at the first time check. Kwiatkowski bounced back in the end, however, beating Bernal by four seconds and extending his lead. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com

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Paris-Nice stage 5: Simon Yates wins TT

Paris-Nice stage 5: Simon Yates wins TT

Yates wins time trial by seven seconds. Kwiatkowski secure in overall lead with third-place result ahead of mountain stages. Read the full article at Paris-Nice stage 5: Simon Yates wins TT on VeloNews.com .

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Simon Yates wins Paris-Nice time trial

Simon Yates en route to winning the Paris-Nice time trial

Simon Yates ( Mitchelton-Scott ) might have been 18:28 down on Paris-Nice race leader Michal Kwiatkowski ( Team Sky ) at the start of the stage 5 individual time trial, but he rode as if he was defending the yellow jersey to win the stage with a commanding performance. His GC hopes shot by losing time in the crosswind stages, Yates started midway through the 149-rider roster, and powered through the 25.5km test, climbing into the hot seat with a time of 30:26 that held through to the end. Nils Politt (Katusha-Alpecin) would be the only rider to come within 10 seconds of the mark, finishing seven seconds down. Race leader Michal Kwiatkowski (Team Sky) felt the threat from his young teammate Egan Bernal, who had put six seconds into Kwiatkowski at the first check, but the Pole paced himself perfectly to gain back some time to extend his lead ...

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Daily News Digest: More details on Kelly Catlin, a standard for Road Tubeless

Supported by Welcome to your Daily News Digest. Here’s what’s happening today: Crosswinds blow apart Paris-Nice; Rigoberto Uran breaks his collarbone; more details on Kelly Catlin’s tragic passing; and the industry finally establishes a proper standard for Road Tubeless rims and wheels. Those stories and more in today’s Daily News Digest. Story of the Day: Crosswind triangle … The post Daily News Digest: More details on Kelly Catlin, a standard for Road Tubeless appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Simon Yates promises stage wins at Paris-Nice

Simon Yates promises stage wins at Paris-Nice

Yates says he won't vie for the overall win in Paris-Nice, instead using the French one-week race to tune up for the Giro d'Italia. Read the full article at Simon Yates promises stage wins at Paris-Nice on VeloNews.com .

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Paris-Nice 2019: Who are the favourites and who will win?

Joe Robinson 8 Mar 2019 From Colombian talent to Northern grit, here are the riders to watch at Paris-Nice Paris-Nice has had a stroke of luck this year. With rival Italian stage race Tirreno-Adriatico deciding to ignore the Apennine mountain range in favour of a mixture of flat and rolling stages, any climber looking to get some early-season miles in their legs has opted to race in France. As a result, the field for the 2019 edition of the 'Race to the Sun' is one of the strongest for years, with plenty of punchy, one-week experts and high-ticket Grand Tour performers all fancying their chances of taking victory on the French Rivera in just over a week's time. It's no secret that the two most explosive days of racing should come on Stages 6 and 7. Stage 6 is the race's only true mountain-top finish as the peloton heads to ...

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Yates set to light up tasty Paris-Nice field

Yates set to light up tasty Paris-Nice field

Mitchelton-Scott will take a strong team to Paris-Nice, with Simon Yates for the overall classification and Matteo Trentin targeting the faster stuff. They're just two of the tantalising options on offer at this year's 2019 Paris-Nice, broadcast right here on SBS, live, free and in HD.

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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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Adam Yates confirms participation in 2019 Tour de France

Adam Yates wins stage 4 of the Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana

Adam Yates has confirmed that he will return to the Tour de France this season with the aim of challenging for a place on the final podium in Paris. The Mitchelton-Scott rider finished fourth overall and won the white jersey of best young rider in 2016 but endured a disappointing race last year, reaching Paris in 29th place overall. He later revealed to Cyclingnews that he and the Mitchelton-Scott team "messed up a little bit with nutritional stuff". He is keen to put things right come July. "I’m super excited to go back to the Tour this year. Last year we made some mistakes that cost us and it was a big disappointment, so it’ll be good to go back and rectify that," Yates said in a statement released by Mitchelton-Scott on Tuesday. "Even though I’ve got earlier races/targets coming up, in the back of my mind everything I’m doing ...

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Adam Yates heads back to Tour de France to 'rectify disappointing 2018'

Adam Yates heads back to Tour de France to 'rectify disappointing 2018'

Joe Robinson 5 Mar 2019 After failing to impress in 2018, Yates and Mitchelton-Scott believe this year's route could suit his capabilities Adam Yates has confirmed that he will head to the Tour de France in July looking to 'rectify' mistakes from last year's race that saw him finish a disappointing 29th on general classification. The Mitchelton-Scott rider was unable to repeat his fourth-place and white young rider's jersey from 2016, eventually tumbling from ninth overall following two consecutive tough days in the Alps. The 26-year-old then returned to the Vuelta a Espana , acting as a key domestique towards twin brother Simon's eventual victory, but was unable to make an impact on GC himself. Yates has already opened his account with a powerful stage victory over World Champion Alejandro Valverde at the Volta a la Valenciana last month. Next up is Tirreno-Adriatico, which starts next week, and while Yates ...

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The weekly spin: The Giro d’Italia is better than the Tour de France

Leave it to Simon Yates to say out loud what many in the cycling community have quietly believed for years now — the Giro d’Italia is better than the Tour de France. How is it better? Let us count the ways. It’s harder. It’s more beautiful. It’s more complicated. It’s more festive, less corporate, more beloved … The post The weekly spin: The Giro d’Italia is better than the Tour de France appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Meintjes targeting Tour de France in 2019

Louis Meintjes in Dimension Data's new jersey

After targeting the Giro d’Italia in 2018 , Louis Meintjes ( Dimension Data ) will return to the Tour de France this season. Meintjes has twice previously finished in the top 10 at the Grand Boucle and is hoping to get a top result there again after a difficult last 12 months. "I think that the plan will be to go for the Tour. We have to see how things go before then, but I think that will be the main thing," Meintjes told Cyclingnews . "To have a good Tour de France would definitely be a highlight." Meintjes is starting his journey towards the Tour de France at the UAE Tour this week. The South African raced the national championships earlier in February but this is the first proper test of how his winter went. It was a long off-season for Meintjes, who stopped his 2018 campaign after finishing ...

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Higuita's mid-season transfer to EF Education First brought forward to May

Sergio Andres Higuita (Euskadi) celebrates winning the white jersey at Volta a la Comunitat Valencia

When the favourites moved to the fore on the toughest stage of the Vuelta a Andalucia last weekend, it was hard to miss a figure in the bright orange colours of the Equipo Euskadi squad amongst their number. That rider was up-and-coming Colombian Sergio Higuita, who, at 21, held his own on the final ascent of Hazallanas and the long drop back to Granada in a select group of six chasers on stage 4. Not only that, Higuita was finally second on the stage, one of the best results in his pro career, as he took the small group sprint behind solo winner Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott). After beating WorldTour racers of the calibre of Jakob Fuglsang and Ion Izagirre (Mitchelton-Scott), Steven Kruijswijk (Jumbo-Visma) and Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) in the small group sprint on Saturday, Higuita then received a large hug of congratulations from the Equipo Euskadi team staff. But the ...

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Fuglsang wins 2019 Ruta del Sol

Matteo Trentin (Mitchelton-Scott) wins the final stage at Ruta del Sol

Jakob Fuglsang (Astana) won the Vuelta a Andalucia Ruta del Sol , finishing safely in the peloton on the final stage won by Matteo Trentin (Mitchelton-Scott). Fuglsang took the race leader’s yellow and black jersey after Saturday’s Queen stage through the Sierra Nevada mountains to Granada and his Astana team was never challenged during the final stage to Alhaurín de la Torre on the coast. Fuglsang is the first Danish winner of the early-season Spanish stage race and took yet another victory for Astana. His teammate Ion Izaguirre finished second overall at seven seconds, with Steven Kruijswijk (Jumbo-Visma) third at 11 seconds. Britain’s Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) was fifth overall at 57 seconds. Trentin was given a high-speed lead out by Mitchelton-Scott and then kicked away on the right of the road with 150 metres to race. He had the power and speed to beat Enrique Sanz (Euskadi-Murias) and Carlos Barbero ...

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Wellens rues tough day at the office in Vuelta a Andalucia

Tim Wellens (Lotto Soudal) and Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) at Ruta del Sol stage 4

After two wins in three days and with the overall leader’s jersey on his back, Tim Wellens' path to overall victory in the Vuelta a Andalucia looked on track on Friday. But 24 hours later, after a tough mountain stage where he was dropped at the foot of the toughest climb, the Lotto Soudal rider had slumped ninth place overall. Wellens finished 19th on the stage, over three minutes down on stage winner Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott), but refused to blame the multiple race incidents, including an early crash and so problems with his saddle on the final descent, for his losing the lead. But the Belgian recognised that it had been a brutally difficult day. “I had a problem with my radio at the beginning of the race, and when I was coming back from the car I slipped on a corner,” a visibly tired Wellens told Cyclingnews afterwards. “It ...

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