Victor Campenaerts strikes back at Bradley Wiggins's claims he should join Team Ineos

Victor Campenaerts strikes back at Bradley Wiggins's claims he should join Team Ineos

Joe Robinson 23 May 2019 Belgian Hour Record holder gives a frank response to Wiggins after he claims Lotto-Soudal are stuck in the 1970s Recent Hour Record breaker Victor Campenaerts had a choice response for Bradley Wiggins after the retired rider suggested he join Team Ineos to further his career. Talking on his Eurosport podcast 'The Bradley Wiggins Show', Wiggins was asked about Campenaerts's poor bike change in the individual time trial during the Stage 9 of the ongoing Giro d'Italia. It appeared that the spare bike had been left in too big a gear, costing Campenaerts precious seconds which ultimately cost him the stage victory as Primoz Roglic bettered the Belgian by 11 seconds. This caused Wiggins to say: 'He's in a Belgian team - the biggest Belgian team - Lotto-Soudal , that's still acting like it's 1974,' 'If he went to Sky [ Team Ineos ], he'd see ...

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Campenaerts hits back at Wiggins' suggestion that he should swap teams

Victor Campenaerts (Lotto Soudal) gets going after a bike change

Lotto Soudal 's Victor Campenaerts has responded to former pro Bradley Wiggins' comments that he should change teams to one with a more modern approach, telling Cyclingnews at the Giro d'Italia that he's perfectly happy where he is. Speaking on the latest edition of Eurosport 's The Bradley Wiggins Show, in reference to Campenaerts' botched bike change during Sunday's stage 9 time trial at the Giro – where the Belgian's spare bike appeared to have been left in too high a gear for him to get going again on the climb to the stage finish, effectively causing him to lose the stage to Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) – Wiggins had suggested that Lotto Soudal were "still acting like it's 1974". "He's in a Belgian team – the biggest Belgian team – Lotto [Soudal], that's still acting like it's 1974," said the former Hour Record holder, whose record was beaten by Campenaerts ...

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Cyclist magazine issue 88: on sale now!

Cyclist magazine 22 May 2019 In the July 2019 issue: The Giro's savage climb, Swiss ride vintage-style, QuickStep's secret weapon Photography: Juan Trujillo Andrades [1], Benedict Campbell [2], Alex Duffill [3], Geoff Waugh [4] The Grossglockner Alpine High Road has it all: punishing gradients, high-altitude summit, great views, tunnels... it even throws in a section of cobbles for good measure. In the latest issue of Cyclist magazine, we head for the Central Eastern Alps south of Salzburg to put ourselves against Austria's highest paved mountain pass. The Mortirolo in Italy, meanwhile, may not be as long or take you quite as high, but more than makes up for that in difficulty. We get a closer look at a climb whose very name strikes fear into the hearts of even the toughest pros. Our July issue also sees the debut of an entirely new section focused on training, packed with valuable ...

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Cyclist magazine issue 88: on sale now!

Cyclist magazine 22 May 2019 In the July 2019 issue: The Giro's savage climb, Swiss ride vintage-style, QuickStep's secret weapon Photography: Juan Trujillo Andrades [1], Benedict Campbell [2], Alex Duffill [3], Geoff Waugh [4] The Grossglockner Alpine High Road has it all: punishing gradients, high-altitude summit, great views, tunnels... it even throws in a section of cobbles for good measure. In the latest issue of Cyclist magazine, we head for the Central Eastern Alps south of Salzburg to put ourselves against Austria's highest paved mountain pass. The Mortirolo in Italy, meanwhile, may not be as long or take you quite as high, but more than makes up for that in difficulty. We get a closer look at a climb whose very name strikes fear into the hearts of even the toughest pros. Our July issue also sees the debut of an entirely new section focused on training, packed with valuable ...

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The weekly spin: Meet Tadej Pogacar, future Grand Tour champion

There’s a youth movement happening in pro cycling, and the Amgen Tour of California is the proving ground. Last year, 21-year-old Egan Bernal crowned as the youngest-ever winner of the Amgen Tour. This year, it was 20-year-old Tadej Pogacar, who is nearly a year younger than Bernal. At this rate, we’ll soon have a teenager … The post The weekly spin: Meet Tadej Pogacar, future Grand Tour champion appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Heavy snow on Passo Gavia likely to see Queen Stage of Giro d'Italia changed

Joe Robinson 21 May 2019 Local authorities have a week to clear pass of snow as further adverse weather throw Queen Stage into doubt Heavy snow looks almost certain to prevent the Gavia from featuring in this year's Giro d'Italia as local authorities battle to clear snow off the pass just one week away from the race's Queen stage. The Passo Gavia is supposed to feature at the halfway point of the 226km Stage 16 from Lovere to Ponte di Legno a week from today. The passing of the Alpine mountain would have also been this year's Cima Coppi (the highest point of the race) at 2,618m above sea-level. However, continuous snowfall in the area has jeopardised the planned route despite the best efforts of local authorities to clear the road. The Bormio tourist board has already commented on the 'impressive snow walls' and stated that a further 23cm of ...

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Team Sky's budget grew 10% in final year, accounts reveal

Team Sky's budget grew 10% in final year, accounts reveal

Joe Robinson 21 May 2019 Accounts show that Team Sky's budget grew from £34.5m in 2017 to £38m in 2018 Team Sky have published their accounts from their final full year in professional cycling, disclosing a 10% increase in the team's budget to £38.016m for 2018. The team's accounts, published on Companies House , revealed that Tour Racing Limited (the holding company of Team Sky) increased its budget from £34,496,000 in 2017 to £38,016,000 in 2018, the highest in the team's 10-year history. The in-depth details of Team Sky's finances are unique in cycling. While many other WorldTour teams' budgets are taken through estimation and claims from the team, Team Sky are required by UK law to fully disclose the company's accounts within nine months of the end of the financial year. The 10% increase in the budget came predominantly down to an increase in sponsorship money from Sky, the ...

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Giro Rest Day Winners and Losers

Is the Giro over? As the peloton spend a day on recovery rides, massages, and plenty of calories, we at the café think back over the first nine days of the Giro. This post gives a space to do just that, and provides a few winners and losers. Feel free to add your own, but there can be no doubt at all about where we start. Winner: Primoz Roglic I think the only way we could be any more impressed would be if the Slovenian had some kind of a back story. Maybe he used to compete in some other sport, or something like that. Is this a surprise? No, probably not. He’s certainly benefitted from the misfortunes of his primary opponents (more on that story later) and we knew he was coming in with superb form. Still, he’s riding like a champion, taking time in chunks when he needs ...

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Roglic fighting against himself as Giro d'Italia reaches moment of truth

Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) before the start of stage 8

"The main opponent for me tomorrow will be myself," Primož Roglič said in Pesaro on the eve of the Giro d’Italia 's stage 9 time trial to San Marino. The Slovenian's subdued interview persona could never be mistaken for Muhammad Ali's pre-fight proclamations of greatness, but he carefully clarified his statement lest there be any misinterpretation. "It's because I will be alone, and I will be fighting against myself to do as good as possible." If the San Marino time trial has loomed large over the opening week of this Giro, then so too has Roglič's presumed supremacy on the stage. His resounding victory in the opening time trial in Bologna last weekend installed him as the favourite for Sunday's longer, sea-to-sky test, a status that has only been burnished further following Tom Dumoulin's unfortunate abandon on stage 5. While Valerio Conti (UAE Team Emirates) wears the maglia rosa, Roglič ...

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Giro d'Italia: Masnada wins stage 6

Fausto Masnada (Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec) celebrates his win

Fausto Masnada ( Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec ) and Valerio Conti ( UAE Team Emirates ) gave Italy a "doppio successo" on stage 6 of the Giro d'Italia in San Giovanni Rotondo, with Masnada winning the stage and Conti pulling on the maglia rosa after riding hard for 200km in the break of the day. The two Italians were part of a 13-rider attack that was allowed to stay away by the peloton after Primoz Roglic was caught up in a big crash and suffered some road rash to his right buttock. He was not hurt but reined in his Jumbo-Visma team on the long ride south into Puglia, allowing the break a moment of glory. Masnada and Conti attacked on the last and only real climb of the stage with 28km to go, working together all the way to the finish. Masnada kicked hard to win the stage, with Conti finishing ...

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Jon Dibben signs for Madison Genesis after seven months away from road racing

Jon Dibben signs for Madison Genesis after seven months away from road racing

Joe Robinson 16 May 2019 Rider was consider surplus to requirements by Team Sky at end of 2018 Madison Genesis have offered talented youngster Jonathan Dibben a professional cycling lifeline as he joins the Continental team with immediate effect. The former Track World Champion found himself without a team after British WorldTour setup Team Sky decided not to extend his contract through to 2019. With the decision coming late in the season, Dibben saw himself join a number of WorldTour riders to end 2018 without a team for the following season. The 25-year-old then spent the first half of the season racing multiple Six Day events on the track in London, Hong Kong and Australia before signing for Madison Genesis. The move has come after current national champion Connor Swift left to join ProContinental team Arkea-Samsic last week . Dibben last competed on the road at the Tour of Guangxi ...

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Porte: Nibali moving to Trek-Segafredo ‘would be great for me’

Supported by Richie Porte said he would welcome the addition of Vincenzo Nibali to the Trek-Segafredo squad next year, adding that it would not change his role as a Grand Tour contender. Nibali, whose three-year contract with Bahrain-Merida ends this year, is rumored to have agreed to a two-year contract with the American squad beginning in 2020. … The post Porte: Nibali moving to Trek-Segafredo ‘would be great for me’ appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Moscon looks ahead to Tour de France after missing Giro d'Italia

Gianni Moscon (Team Ineos) manages a smile after having taken third place on stage 2 of the 2019 Tou

Gianni Moscon (Team Ineos) is enjoying a surge of good form at the Tour of California that he is hoping to build on as he looks to race the Tour de France in July. The Italian was initially slated to race the Giro d'Italia but told Cyclingnews that he revised his plans because he wasn't in good enough shape to race a Grand Tour in May. "I'm in good shape but I'm not in my best shape, and it would be nice to be at the Giro d'Italia but as the best Gianni that I can be," Moscon told Cyclingnews at the finish line of stage 2 in South Lake Tahoe. "It's because my numbers are still not the best, but they will come for sure." 25 year-old Moscon is one of Italy's fastest-rising talents in professional cycling. He joined Team Sky in 2016 when he was an under-23 rider ...

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Rohan Dennis: Potential for big changes at Bahrain-Merida

Rohan Dennis (Bahrain-Merida) at the 2019 Tour of California

Rohan Dennis has hinted that there could be some significant changes coming for Bahrain-Merida . In light of hiring former Team Sky coach Rod Ellingworth and speculation surrounding Vincenzo Nibali leaving the team, Dennis told Cyclingnews that such decisions are better left to management while he focuses on his performances at the Tour of California . "It's not really up to me to say, but, honestly, I'm pretty sure [Vincenzo Nibali] is leaving. It's just speculation, obviously, but with Rod Ellingworth coming on board, there will potentially be some big changes," Dennis told Cyclingnews when asked if the team will consider replacing Vincenzo Nibali with another outright team leader. "But that's management's job to handle all that stuff." Teams and riders are not permitted to discuss potential negotiations or signings for the next season until August 1, but it was reported earlier this year that contract negotiations had broken down ...

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Tour of California: Asgreen wins stage 2 as van Garderen takes race lead

Deceuninck-QuickStep's Kasper Asgreen wins stage 2 of the 2019 Tour of California

Kasper Asgreen ( Deceuninck-QuickStep ) claimed stage 2 of the Tour of California after beating Tejay van Garderen (EF Education First) and Gianni Moscon (Team Ineos) to the line in the first mountain stage of this year's race. The young Danish rider was an attacking presence throughout the second half of the stage and made it into the winning break that included van Garderen, Moscon and several overall contenders. It was van Garderen who attacked on the final climb from a reduced group with 1.6km to go but he was marked by Asgreen, Moscon and UAE Team Emirates' Tadej Pogačar. With the line in sight, Asgreen kicked for home and his acceleration was enough to hold off van Garderen, with Moscon fading to third. The victory marked Asgreen's first individual triumph on the WorldTour stage, while van Garderen's second place was enough to see the former race winner move into ...

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Wiggins: 'I think Tao can get a top 10 at the Giro'

Wiggins: 'I think Tao can get a top 10 at the Giro'

Joseph Delves 13 May 2019 Head of a band of young hopefuls, how far can Tao Geoghegan Hart go at the Giro? A squad not previously known for giving its young riders much free rein, Team Ineos had intended to send a precocious yet relatively green set of riders to this year’s Giro d'Italia . Based around supporting superstar Egan Bernal in the General Classification, this plan was wrecked when the 22-year-old Colombian was forced out just before the race courtesy of a broken collarbone. Instead, British rider Tao Geoghegan Hart and Russain Pavel Sivakov now find themselves carrying the team’s hopes in Italy. Aged 24 and 21 respectively, both riders’ sole experience of riding a Grand Tour came at last year’s Vuelta a Espana . Backed by a similarly youthful team, including Edward Dunbar (age 22), Jhonatan Narvaez (age 22), and Ivan Sosa (age 21), despite having to reconfigure ...

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Geoghegan Hart takes seventh place on Giro's opening time trial

Tao Geoghegan Hart (Team Ineos) put in a strong time

Team Ineos ' Tao Geoghegan Hart was the British WorldTour team's best-placed finisher on the opening time trial stage of the 2019 Giro d'Italia , which got under way in Bologna on Saturday, taking seventh place, 35 seconds down on stage winner Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma). With Egan Bernal having had to forfeit the Giro following a training crash just a week before the start of the Italian Grand Tour, the team formerly known as Team Sky was forced to send a largely inexperienced squad to the race, with 24-year-old Geoghegan Hart and recent Tour of the Alps winner, 21-year-old Russian Pavel Sivakov, the two riders most likely to perform in the mountains, and therefore the team's best hopes for the general classification, despite their youth. Ahead of the race, team manager Dave Brailsford reiterated that the two youngsters would be free to enjoy their Giro without now needing to work ...

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Dave Brailsford: We had four or five options to replace Sky

Dave Brailsford is managing a very young team at the Giro

Dave Brailsford has revealed he had four or five different sponsorship options as he worked to save Team Sky , eventually opting to go with petrochemical multinational Inoes because they would be part of a multi-sport project and would still retain their British identity. Brailsford, speaking ahead of the Giro d'Italia admitted he went through a moment of reflection when Sky announced it would leave professional cycling last December but he now seems as enthusiastic and determined to win as ever before, despite criticism of Inoes’ environmental record and its plans to use the controversial fracking technique in parts of Britain to extract natural gas. Brailsford attended the Team Ineos pre-Giro d’Italia press conference with Pavel Sivakov and Tao Geoghegan Hart, who will lead the team in the absence of Egan Bernal . He also answered questions about the absence of Gianni Moscon from the Giro squad after his poor ...

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What does Ineos have to gain by sponsoring a cycling team?

Supported by It’s been a little over a week now since multinational chemicals company Ineos took over from Sky as title sponsor of the world’s richest cycling team. It hasn’t been the smoothest of sailing so far — so worried about environmentalist protestors was Ineos that the location of the team launch wasn’t revealed until the last … The post What does Ineos have to gain by sponsoring a cycling team? appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Mamma Mia! Who’s Gonna Win this Giro?

Italy and mothers go together like pasta and meatballs, and it is fitting that this Giro will start the day prior to Mother’s Day (at least for the US and Italy). This year, having an Italian mother got some good press after Alberto “Mamma di Pasti” Bettiol won the Tour of Flanders. Bettiol earned that nickname from Jonathan Vaughters because like a good Italian son, he still lives with his mother and “suffers” on the bike from her pasta cooking and offering tendencies. I appreciate that, having a mamma di pasti of my own (what part of Italy is my mother from, you ask— well, Northern New Jersey). Embarrassingly, my two younger brothers lived with my mamma di pasti until their early 30s. My mamma di pasti still cried when they moved out. Anyway, I digress. Let’s bring this mother back to the Giro. Perhaps my favorite chapter of Dino ...

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