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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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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Campagnolo launches Super Record 12-speed EPS electronic groupset

Campagnolo has today announced an electronic version of the Campagnolo Super Record 12-speed groupset – in both rim and disc brake versions – is now available following the launch of the mechanical version last year. The iconic Italian brand has also announced a new wheelset to their Wind Tunnel Optimised Campagnolo Bora WTO range, claiming "a new era in terms of aerodynamic carbon wheels", which is available as a rim or disc-brake option. Cyclingnews first spotted electronic versions of the Campagnolo Super Record EPS groupsets at the WorldTour opener of the Tour Down Under in January. Movistar , Lotto Soudal and UAE Team Emirates have all been using the groupsets throughout the season so far. The new Campagnolo Bora WTO 45 wheels are focused on all-round racing and sit alongside the deeper-rim Bora WTO 60 and Bora WTO 77 wheels, which were launched alongside the mechanical 12-speed groupset last year. ...

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Poels shares leadership with Thomas for Team Sky at Tirreno

Wout Poels (Team Sky)

Team Sky 's Wout Poels starts Tirreno-Adriatico on Wednesday in a joint leadership role with Geraint Thomas , and is relishing racing there again for the first time since 2016. The previous year, at the 2015 Tirreno, Poels won a stage, which was his first win for Sky having joined them that season, and the Dutchman hopes that this year's 'punchier' route – which only takes in central Italy's muri , rather than any high mountains – will suit him as the winner of the 2016 Liège-Bastogne-Liège. "They say it's more for the Classics guys, but I won a Classic," Poels said of this year's Tirreno route and his victory at Liège. "I really like Tirreno. I've done it quite a lot of times, and at Vaconsoleil I won the white jersey as best young rider [in 2012]. "I've been in the top 10 three times" – eighth in 2012, ...

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The sins of Mario Cipollini

Mario Cipollini is one of cycling's most beloved and enduring characters of professional cycling. But in the wake of serious allegations of violence against female family members, the colourful Italian's darker side can no longer be ignored. The post The sins of Mario Cipollini appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Hayman: We're using my experience to connect with the riders

Mathew Hayman gets ready to start his final race

Two months after hanging up his wheels as a professional bike rider, Mathew Hayman has immersed himself in his new role as a sports director. The Australian retired at the conclusion of the Tour Down Under in January, bringing down the curtain on a career that spanned two decades. Last weekend he was back in action for his Mitchelton-Scott team – but as a director during Opening Weekend in Belgium. "I did a recon with the boys the other day and I got dropped, which I probably should have been seeing as I've not ridden much for over a month. It confirms you need to train to ride these races," he told Cyclingnews . Hayman's retirement was as well planned and orchestrated as they come. He announced the news last year and used his home WorldTour race as a farewell tour. That said, little can prepare an athlete for the ...

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Stomach virus hits Peter Sagan's return to racing at Tirreno-Adriatico

Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe)

Peter Sagan ’s return to racing at Tirreno-Adriatico has been hit by a stomach virus, with the former world champion unable to train properly for the last five days. Cyclingnews understands Sagan has travelled to Tuscany and intends to start the week-long stage race but the condition of the three-time world champion has been seriously affected by a stomach virus. He has suffered with diarrhoea and has struggled to eat normally for the last five days. Sagan will not attend the pre-race Tirreno-Adriatico press conference on Tuesday afternoon or study the team time trial course. Instead he and some Bora-Hansgrohe teammates will do a short ride from the hotel the team used for the GP Industria & Artigianato race in Montecatini Terme, near Florence to Lido di Camaiore. Fortunately, Tirreno-Adriatico begins with a 21.5km team time trial around Lido di Camaiore on Wednesday, giving Sagan an extra day to recover ...

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Strade Bianche still awards women a fraction of men's prize purse

Anna van der Breggen (Boels-Dolmans) donned the points jersey

Men and women will race on the same dirt roads of Tuscany during Strade Bianche but their prize money remains significantly different, with race director Mauro Vegni and 2018 winner Anna van der Breggen believing the size of the prize pot is the lesser of evils when it comes to the stark inequality that remains between men's and women's cycling. The winner of the men's Strade Bianche will share €16,000 with his teammates, with a total prize pot of €40,000. The winner of the women's race takes home just €2,256, with a total prize pot of €10,260. Some women's races, including the Women's Tour in Britain, the Tour Down Under and the UCI World Championships offer equal prize money but Vegni believes he is awarding as much as is possible. "It's true the Strade Bianche prize money is still very different but it's a lot better than it was. We've ...

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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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Longo Borghini out of Strade Bianche with flu

Elisa Longo Borghini (Wiggle High5) wins 2017 Strade Bianche

Elisa Longo Borghini was slated to toe the start line at Strade Bianche in Siena on Saturday but was forced to pull out of the race, citing flu symptoms. Lauretta Hanson will replace Longo Borghini on the Trek-Segafredo team at the opening event of the Women's WorldTour . "No @StradeBianche for me this year due to the flu which put half part of my family KO. Really sad to miss my favourite race but I'll be cheering for the @TrekSegafredo squad from home!," Longo Borghini posted on Twitter Wednesday. Longo Borghini moved from Wiggle High5, after the team folded last year, to the newly launched Trek-Segafredo team for the 2019 season. She is a former winner at Strade Bianche and was preparing to have a strong performance on home soil. She started her season early, in Australia, at the Women's Tour Down Under, Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race and ...

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Mitchelton-Scott to send powerful women's team to Strade Bianche

Lucy Kennedy (Mitchelton-Scott) attacked on the final climb on stage 2 of the 2019 Women's Herald Su

Mitchelton-Scott will send an extremely strong team to contest the Strade Bianche women's race on Saturday, March 9, with Annemiek van Vleuten , Amanda Spratt and Lucy Kennedy all featuring in the Australian team's six-rider squad for the Italian one-day race. Van Vleuten successfully returned to racing at the women's Omloop Het Nieuwsblad last Saturday, where she finished fourth. It was her first event since sustaining a knee injury in a crash at the world championship road race in Austria last September. Spratt and Kennedy both started their 2019 seasons in Australia, where Spratt won her third-straight Tour Down Under in January and Kennedy came away with the Herald Sun Tour title . They were supported in Australia by Jess Allen, Tour Down Under stage winner Grace Brown, and Georgia Williams, who successfully defended her time trial national title while home in New Zealand, and those three riders will also ...

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Porte to miss Paris-Nice and ride Volta a Catalunya

Richie Porte (Trek-Segafredo) rode a good race to finish second on stage 2 of the 2019 Herald Sun To

Richie Porte has withdrawn from Paris-Nice and will instead line out at the Volta a Catalunya later this month. The Trek-Segafredo rider suffered a bout of bronchitis after starting his season in Australia and has decided to alter his race programme in the wake of a low-key performance at the recent UAE Tour. Porte started his 2019 season with second overall at the Tour Down Under, where he won atop Willunga Hill for the sixth year in a row. He then took fifth at the Jayco Herald Sun Tour but struggled in the UAE last week, placing 50th overall. "A bronchitis sustained after the Jayco Herald Sun Tour has caused a setback in Richie’s build-up to the spring races, and his performance in UAE Tour confirmed this. Given these circumstances, Paris-Nice unfortunately comes too early for Richie," Trek-Segafredo team doctor Scott Major said in a statement released by the team ...

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Durbridge: Everyone has to raise their game to be like Deceuninck-QuickStep

Mitchelton-Scott's Luke Durbridge at the 2019 Omloop Het Nieuwsblad

Mitchelton-Scott battled throughout Opening Weekend but only had Matteo Trentin 's top 10 place in Saturday's Omloop Het Nieuwsblad to show for it after the Italian crashed both there and at Sunday's Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne . The European road champion failed to finish the latter race as his former team Deceuninck-QuickStep dominated both races with wins for Zdenek Stybar and Bob Jungels , respectively. Alongside Trentin for the WorldTour team at both races was Luke Durbridge . The Australian made the front groups on both days, and looked to set up Trentin at every possibility. "We've had some bad luck this weekend," Durbridge told Cyclingnews at the conclusion of Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne. "Matteo has had two crashes. He came in with really good form, and even when we brought it back to 30 seconds for him today, he crashed. We've made some really good splits, but have just been really unlucky. "For me personally, ...

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Pre-Classics Season Power Rankings

Ladies and gentlemen, congratulations. You have made it. We have all made it. We have braved the offseason, the 4am Tour Down Under, piecing together tweets to form a picture of what happened in Oman and watching Amaro Antunes having his annual peak in the Algarve to arrive here, bare days before the joy of Omloop het Nieuwsblad. [The box on Conor’s desk wrapped in four whole rolls of packaging tape, hitherto motionless like all good packages, begins to move, almost imperceptibly] Ahem, anyway, as is customary here at the Café, before clip meets pedal and wheel meets cobble, it’s time to look at where all the teams stand ahead of the Omloop. Ah, the Omloop- [Tape rips suddenly. A mighty groan emerges from the box as it bursts open, revealing...] Ta flippin’ da, bitchez. Cuddles! How have you been? You bastard, I’ve been in Edinburgh for nearly two years. ...

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UAE Team Emirates test young guns in Opening Weekend

Sebastian Molano (UAE Team Emirates) wins stage 3 in Tour Colombia

With Fernando Gaviria and Alexander Kristoff focused elsewhere, UAE Team Emirates have turned to their next generation of riders for Opening Weekend. Belgian neo-pro Jasper Philipsen - who won a stage at the Tour Down Under in January - will lead the line in both Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne . "It will be good to have top 10s on both days," team director Allan Peiper told Cyclingnews in Gent on Friday. "Firstly, Philipsen is a young guy but he knows how to handle himself in these races. He knows all the climbs and he knows how to position himself. Sven Erik Bystrom is always in the role of a helper, so it would be good for him to try and have his own race. They're our two for Omloop. If one of them can ride top 10 that would be great." Philipsen has one of the most sought after ...

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Knox hoping to make Grand Tour debut at Giro d'Italia

James Knox (Deceuninck-QuickStep) dug deep

Deceuninck-QuickStep neo-pro James Knox is hoping to make his Grand Tour debut at the Giro d’Italia in May. At the moment, nothing is set in stone for the 23-year-old Brit who is in just his second year as a professional, but he’s working hard to make it onto the start line in Bologna. "It’s not 100 per cent at the moment; things can change, but I’m going to keep working towards that and we’ll see what happens," Knox told Cyclingnews and Het Nieuwsblad . "I’m not going to cry about it if I don’t go. I’m hoping that I’m going to be good, though." Knox is already making a case for himself this week at the UAE Tour , his third race of the season after the Tour Down Under and the Cadel Evans Road Race. The team have come focused on the sprints with Elia Viviani, but Knox has ...

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11spd: this week's best new bikes and gear

11spd: this week's best new bikes and gear

It’s Friday and that means new bikes and kit for your perusal. This week we’ve marvelled at Specialized’s insane 99g road shoe , gawped at 2019 bits and bobs things at IceBike and got full details of Rotor’s incredible 13-speed groupset . 5 reasons you need a fixie in your life (it's not the ones you think) This prototype drop bar dropper remote could be coming to your next gravel bike The unseasonably warm weather in the UK might have gone to our heads because we tried to convince you to get a fixie and started banging on about onesies, again . Sorry about that. Giant Trance E+ 2 Pro e-MTB E-MTBs have evolved rapidly in the last few years and the integration of batteries and motors has got progressively neater. Giant’s latest range includes four electrified versions of the Trance trail bike and this one is the second most ...

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