The Art of Racing Over 7 Days

What does it mean to be a one-week specialist? From 2014 to 2017, Alberto Contador was the undaunted master of week-long stage races. Having finished on the podium of WT one-week stage races (see the races I used for this analysis below) a whopping 10 times, including 3 wins. It would be easy for you to rush to interpret that this means that Grand Tour excellence translates to week-long results, until I tell you that over that time frame, Alberto Contador finished on a Grand Tour podium just once. In the twilight of his career, Contador was a shell of himself when it came to the big 3 week races, but was simply unparalleled when it came to the week-longs. [Full disclosure: Contador was also a week-long asskicker when he was a great GT rider as well… but we’ll get to that later.] You often hear the adage: “Rider X ...

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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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3T launches full bike range equipped with SRAM 12-speed

3T launches full bike range equipped with SRAM 12-speed

The news has broken and details have been released about the new 12-speed SRAM Red eTap AXS groupsets, and boundary-pushing bike manufacturer 3T has announced all three of its frame models are available with the new groupset. The 3T Strada, Strada Due and Exploro are now all available to purchase as full builds with the SRAM Red eTap AXS HRD and all priced at £8,990. SRAM 12-speed RED eTap AXS HRD review SRAM X01 Eagle AXS wireless drivetrain first ride review RockShox Reverb AXS wireless dropper post first ride review 3T has made headlines with its bikes since the inception of its framesets. The first frameset from the brand was the gravel-focused Exploro , which addressed stiffness, weight, comfort and aerodynamics in a discipline where some aspects are overlooked. Next came the 1X-only, disc brake-only, road-focused 3T Strada , which caused controversy in professional cycling with a string of stories ...

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Thomas confirms he will skip Giro d'Italia for Tour de France defence

Thomas confirms he will skip Giro d'Italia for Tour de France defence

Joe Robinson 6 Feb 2019 Rider thinks Giro course is 'attractive' but is unwilling to 'jeopardise' Tour title defence Geraint Thomas has quashed all rumours that he will be on the start line of the Giro d'Italia and confirmed that his season will be built around his Tour de France defence. The Team Sky man confirmed to BBC Wales that while the Italian Grand Tour's time-trial heavy route was 'attractive' he would not be on the Bologna startline come May. It had been suggested that the Welshman would head for the Giro in pursuit of the pink jersey before then providing mountain support at the Tour for teammate Chris Froome , who is aiming at a record-equalling fifth yellow jersey. Thomas, however, does not want to 'jeopardise' his chances of defending his Tour title by racing the gruelling three-week Italian race just two months before. 'The Giro feels like unfinished ...

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Winter is the season for domestiques

Winter is the season for domestiques

Early season races in Australia and South America afford important opportunities for domestiques to win, and these results have a broader impact as well. Read the full article at Winter is the season for domestiques on VeloNews.com .

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Winter is the season for domestiques

Winter is the season for domestiques

Early season races in Australia and South America afford important opportunities for domestiques to win, and these results have a broader impact as well. Read the full article at Winter is the season for domestiques on VeloNews.com .

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Froome: Giro d'Italia route is 'perfect' for Geraint Thomas

Froome: Giro d'Italia route is 'perfect' for Geraint Thomas

Joe Robinson 1 Feb 2019 Speculation surrounding Thomas' Giro participation continue as Froome backs Bernal in Italy Chris Froome has labelled the 2019 Giro d'Italia course as 'perfect' for Tour de France champion and Team Sky teammate Geraint Thomas . Froome has also tipped young teammate Egan Bernal as a potential Giro winner this year at the first time of asking. Froome is the current defending champion of the Italian Grand Tour but will skip his title defence in order to focus on the Tour de France in the summer, aiming for a record-equalling fifth yellow jersey. Thomas has also marked his intentions to return to the Tour in 2019 but speculation has surrounded whether this will be with General Classification hopes. Instead, rumours have circulated that the Welshman may instead target the Giro in May and then race the Tour as a domestique for Froome. Even the Team Sky ...

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Rally-UHC invited to Suisse and Flèche, focused on European ‘big leagues’

Rally-UHC invited to Suisse and Flèche, focused on European ‘big leagues’

American team Rally-UHC continues its evolution toward WorldTour racing in Europe, cultivating young talent Brandon McNulty. Read the full article at Rally-UHC invited to Suisse and Flèche, focused on European ‘big leagues’ on VeloNews.com .

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Swiss national team receives Tour de Suisse wildcard

Marc Hirschi of Switzerland wins the 2018 U23 world title

The Swiss national team has been awarded a wildcard invitation to the 2019 Tour de Suisse thanks to a rule change approved by the UCI at last year’s World Championships in Innsbruck. The national selection joins Professional Continental outfits Rally UHC Cycling and Direct Energie as the three squads invited to participate in the Tour de Suisse alongside the 18 WorldTour teams. It is likely that the Swiss team at the nine-day Tour de Suisse will be composed primarily of under-23 riders, as well as elite riders who have not yet raced at the top level. The UCI rule change has angered the Professional Continental teams but Danilo Hondo, the Swiss national team coach for elite and under-23 men, has welcomed the decision to allow his selection to participate in their national tour. "It’s extremely valuable for us to be able to offer our young athletes the chance to see ...

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Phil Anderson, yellow jerseys, and an ’82 Peugeot

Phil Anderson is an icon of Australian cycling. His successes paved the way for several waves of Australian talent since he retired in 1994. His career peaked in the 1980s, in which years he became the first Australian and non-European, in 1981, to wear the Tour de France yellow jersey as a member of the … The post Phil Anderson, yellow jerseys, and an ’82 Peugeot appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Richie Porte: I've got my best team ever for Willunga Hill

Richie Porte in his new Trek-Segafredo training colours

Richie Porte ( Trek-Segafredo ) believes that he has the best team around him for the Willunga Hill stage at the Tour Down Under as he prepares to mount his GC bid at the 2019 edition of the race. Porte, a five-time winner of the queen stage of the race and overall champion in 2017, moved to Trek-Segafredo in the winter after three fruitful years at BMC Racing Team. Although Trek-Segafredo lack depth in other areas compared to BMC, the 2018 Tour de Suisse winner believes that two of his new Trek teammates in Jarlinson Pantano and Peter Stetina could make the difference on Willunga Hill this year. “I think that maybe the course was a bit better suited to me two years ago with the climb of Paracombe but it’s nice for me to come here in January. It’s a fantastic race and a great way to start the ...

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The weekly spin: 15 reasons to be excited about the 2019 racing season

Mountain bikers on the road. The debut of a future star. Alternative events. Intra-squad rivalry. The return of a world champion. What follows is a 2019 season preview of sorts, exploring 15 different subjects, stories, and subplots of the upcoming mens’s and women’s racing calendars. The list could have been twice as long. I thought … The post The weekly spin: 15 reasons to be excited about the 2019 racing season appeared first on CyclingTips .

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VeloNews Gear Awards 2018: 3T/Aqua Blue Sport, breakup of the year

VeloNews Gear Awards 2018: 3T/Aqua Blue Sport, breakup of the year

It looked like Aqua Blue Sport would continue its upward trajectory, but instead the team closed abruptly at the end of 2018. Read the full article at VeloNews Gear Awards 2018: 3T/Aqua Blue Sport, breakup of the year on VeloNews.com .

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Atapuma signs for Cofidis

Darwin Atapuma (UAE Team Emirates)

Darwin Atapuma will drop down to Professional Continental level in 2019, leaving UAE Team Emirates and joining the Cofidis Solutions Crédits team. The Colombian climber turned professional with the Colombia-Coldeportes team in 2012 and moved up to the WorldTour with BMC Racing Team in 2014 before moving to UAE Team Emirates in 2017 . The 30-year-old finished ninth overall at the Giro d'Italia in 2016, and won a stage of the Tour de Suisse a month later. He has become a regular fixture in breakaways on Grand Tour mountain stages, but has yet to land a stage win despite a string of near misses. "I'm both happy and proud to be able to wear the Cofidis colours from next January. I've already got back into training in order to be ready for the first team meetings," Atapuma said. "It's a great experience for me to be in a French team. ...

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Defiant Quintana says he’s not washed up

Defiant Quintana says he’s not washed up

The 28-year-old continues to strive for a yellow jersey despite a rough and tumble 2018. Read the full article at Defiant Quintana says he’s not washed up on VeloNews.com .

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Nairo Quintana: I didn't fulfill my objectives in 2018

Nairo Quintana (Movistar) at the Vuelta a España team presentation

Two years ago, when Nairo Quintana ( Movistar ) met the media immediately after winning the Vuelta a España , the Colombian’s outlook on the Tour de France, and Grand Tour racing, could not have been more upbeat. As the curtain on the 2019 season begins to twitch - with racing only just completed - Quintana faced another autumn press conference. He again looked ahead towards next July's Tour de France but things were understandably far more contained. Two difficult Tour de France , in 2017 and again in 2018, have undermined Quintana's GC hopes after he had finished on the podium in his previous three participations in 2016, 2015 and 2013. A poor Vuelta a España this autumn, with a three-week media soap opera featuring Movistar's leadership question as its main story line, further emphasised the question marks over what the Colombian can still achieve. Quintana preferred to pull ...

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Offseason Capsule: BMC

So long, and thanks for all the Wyss A note on programming The astute among you will have noticed that it isn’t quite the start of the offseason, and yet here we are with the first offseason capsule. This is, I think, good news for the reader. There are 19 Mondays between now and the UAE Tour. That means each Monday comes with an offseason capsule, and we will cover the whole World Tour, starting with a folding team and ending with a new team. These won’t all necessarily be written by me, but the once-a-week pattern will continue. But wait, there’s more! I’ll also be posting a column every Thursday. I have some ideas about a lot of these, but they’ll basically just be my musings on the cycling world, something to keep you thinking ahead to the new season through the cold days in the Northern hemisphere. With ...

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Porte signs off from BMC in Hammer Hong Kong and Tour of Guangxi

Richie Porte on stage at the 2018 Tour de France team presentation

Richie Porte will end his time with the BMC Racing Team at the Hammer Hong Kong race on October 14, and the following Tour of Guangxi (October 16-21). The US-based team will send reduced squads to the two final races of the season. Porte, who won the Tour de Suisse this year, will join Trek-Segafredo for 2019. BMC is merging with the CCC team in 2019 Jürgen Roelandts, Stefan Küng, Miles Scotson, and Nathan Van Hooydonck round out the Hong Kong Hammer squad. "I think we are all looking forward to racing in Hong Kong at the Hammer Series decider and it works well that we can combine this with the Tour of Guangxi, the final UCI WorldTour race of the season,”said Sports Director Jackson Stewart. Michael Schär will join the squad for the Tour of Guangxi, the last WorldTour race of the year. "In 2017 we had a very ...

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No more rainbow: Peter Sagan shows off new Bora-Hansgrohe jersey

Joe Robinson 3 Oct 2018 Pre-Brexit Britain and Bieber at the top of the charts: remembering a time before Sagan in rainbow It's almost impossible to remember what Peter Sagan looks like not draped in rainbow. That's because for the past three years cycling's biggest star has been our sport's World Champion. Granted there has been a few days in which the Bora-Hansgrohe man has swapped that jersey for green or even yellow, but since Sunday 27th September 2015 Sagan has been the man in the multi-coloured jersey. Until now, and with those pesky course designers at the UCI, the Ardennes-esque Innsbruck World Championships posed just too tough a test for the 28-year-old who found himself out the back, dropped like a stone last week proving that he really is mortal. Eventually, a man 10 years his senior and another veteran of the Worlds podium, Alejandro Valverde, took a maiden ...

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Clockers: The Men’s Time Trial World Championship Preview

What do you get when you strip all of the nuance and character out of cycling? A time trial, of course. I’m kidding (well, maybe only half kidding). Time trials are often derided as ‘boring’ by cycling aficionados, and such a position has a point. However, time trials are also the simplest form of a cycling competition to understand. The winner is the person that pedals the fastest between point A and point B. That’s it. No need to know about strategy, drafting, team dynamics, the informal rules of the peloton, poorly paved Belgian roads, the temperament of Italian cyclists, or any of the other minutiae that dictates the outcome of road races and which make this sport both interesting and often impenetrable for neophytes. Yet, Wednesday will be only the 25th time, since 1994, that we have a chance to see a rider get crowned the strongest cyclist in ...

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