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MTN ends Qhubeka team sponsorship

African mobile communications brand MTN has announced that it will ends its sponsorship of the MTN-Qhubeka team despite its huge success in the Tour de France. Citing tough market conditions‚ MTN said it had to reassess‚ not just the Qhubeka sponsorship‚ but a number of other engagements. “We feel we don’t have a return on that investment at the levels of comfort to us‚”...
Via Cycling News
13 hours ago  |  Discuss

Cavendish contract discussions on-going with Etixx after Tour de France

Mark Cavendish’s agent, Simon Bayliff, met with Etixx-QuickStep manager Patrick Lefevere in Paris on Sunday as the Tour de France concluded but contract negotiations between the rider and his current team are still on-going. Although discussions are at an early stage, Lefevere is keen to keep the negotiations moving forward as he seeks to build a team for 2016. The Belgian squad...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

Tour of Britain announces 2015 teams

The Aviva Tour of Britain today announced the 20 teams that will compete in the eight-day race that runs from September 6 through September 13. Nine WorldTour teams will headline the biggest line-up to race in the UK this year, including Cannondale-Garmin, which won the 2014 Tour of Britain with Dylan Van Baarle, and the Etixx Quick-Step team of Mark Cavendish and World Champion...
Via Cycling News
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Lefevere tight-lipped on Cavendish contract negotiations

With the Tour de France over and done with, it’s time to get down to business for Mark Cavendish and his agent Simon Bayliff. They are due to sit down with Etixx-QuickStep manager Patrick Lefevere to decide his future at the team. Cavendish’s contract is up at the end of the season but he is yet to pen a new deal with the Belgian squad, where he has been since 2013. MTN-Qhubeka...
Via Cycling News
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Tour de France: Illness hampers Cavendish's and Kristoff's chances in Paris

If you had been asked to pick your favourites for the final stage of the Tour de France at the start of July, two men high on that list would have been Mark Cavendish (Etixx-QuickStep) and Alexander Kristoff (Katusha). Illness took its toll on the two riders, however, and they were no match for a charging André Greipel (Lotto-Soudal) on Sunday. Cavendish has the record for most...
Via Cycling News
3 days ago  |  Discuss

MTN-Qhubeka express interest in signing Cavendish

After making waves at the Tour de France, MTN-Qhubeka have set their sights on bigger successes next season. The team have been looking into signing sprinter Mark Cavendish, who is out of contract with Etixx-QuickStep at the end of the season. The Manxman has been linked with a number of moves, however, including a move to Trek Factory Racing. “We had some discussions with Mark’s...
Via Cycling News
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Cavendish looking for final Tour de France success in Paris

Mark Cavendish loves a challenge and the Manxman faces one of the biggest of his career in Paris as he tries to win the final stage of the Tour de France on the Champs Elysees and convince Etixx-QuickStep team manager Patrick Lefevere to give him a contract extension and invest in a dedicated lead out train fro 2016. Lefevere is expected to sit down with Cavendish’s agent in Paris...
Via Cycling News
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Tour de France: Lotto-Soudal confident of Greipel victory on Champs-Élysées

After days on end of battling it through in the gruppetto, a shot at victory in stage 21 on the Champs-Élysées is the reward for the sprinters at the Tour de France. Lotto Soudal's André Greipel will be looking to add his name to the list of winners on the fabled cobbled road for the first time in his career. It’s been a particularly challenging Tour for the sprinters with very...
Via Cycling News
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Tour de France: Renshaw abandons during second day in the Alps

If Etixx-QuickStep sprinter Mark Cavendish wants to win the final stage of this year’s Tour de France on the Champs Elysees Sunday, he’ll have to figure out a way to do it without the services of ace lead-out man Mark Renshaw. The 32-year-old Australian abandoned the race during Thursday’s 18th stage to Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne after suffering the ill-effects of a migraine...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Tour de France: Illness ends Cavendish's hopes for a win in Valence

Mark Cavendish said illness sidetracked his hopes for a 27th Tour de France stage win Sunday in Valence. The Manx Missile was off the back, fighting to make the time cut, when the predicted bunch sprint materialised and Andre Greipel took his third victory of the 2015 race. The Etixx-QuickStep sprinter, who was dropped on the first climb and forced to chase for the rest of the stage...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

Greipel celebrates his third sprint win at the Tour de France

Andre Greipel (Lotto Soudal) won his third sprint victory in Valence, confirming he is the best sprinter in the 2015 Tour de France. Greipel has often been the bridesmaid to Mark Cavendish (Etixx-QuickStep), Alexander Kristoff (Katusha) and Peter Sagan (Tinkoff-Saxo) as they won the most important sprints in professional cycling, but now he seems to have the best finishing sprint...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

Tour de France stage 15 quotes: Greipel takes a hat trick in Valence

Stage 15 of the Tour de France was billed as a day for the sprinters but the fast men would have to make it over a tough second category climb if they wanted to contest the bunch gallop at the end. Mark Cavendish was dropped but André Greipel (Lotto-Soudal) made it through and beat John Degenkolb (Giant-Alpecin) in the sprint. Peter Sagan (Tinkoff-Saxo) came fourth after already...
Via Cycling News
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Tour de France: Cavendish hoping for a sprint victory in Valence

Mark Cavendish, like all of his sprint rivals at the Tour de France, is tired after two intense weeks of racing but he is hoping for a shot at victory on Sunday’s stage to Valence. The 183km comes after two uphill finishes in Rodez and Mende and for the sprinters will fear like a welcome rain shower after two days in the French canicule. They will have to fight for a chance of...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

Froome calls out 'irresponsible' Tour de France reporting

What should have been a successful day on the lumpy transitional stage 14 from Rodez to Mende for Team Sky and the Tour de France maillot jaune Chris Froome was anything but. The overall race leader was hit with a cup of urine that was thrown by a spectator early in the stage. "I saw the guy appear on a drag with 50-60km to go," Froome said of the incident. "I had teammates around...
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11 days ago  |  Discuss

Tour de France: Etixx-Quickstep suffer in the heat on stage 13

Zdenêk Štybar was the top finisher on stage 13 at the Tour de France for Etixx-Quickstep on what was a scorching day for the peloton. Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing) had gained an early lead in the sprint for the win with Štybar coming home in the second group to the uphill finish, 17 seconds down on the winner. His teammate Rigoberto Uran struggled even more in the heat, losing...
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11 days ago  |  Discuss

Bennett settles into survival mode at Tour de France

Before the start of stage 6 in Abbeville, Tour de France neophyte Sam Bennett (Bora-Argon 18) was already wondering quite how much longer his debut might last. Laid low by illness in June, the Irishman had to race against time just to earn selection and after more than a month without competitive action in the build-up, it was hardly surprising that the transition to life on the...
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12 days ago  |  Discuss

Tour de France podcast episode 8: Cavendish delivers stage 7 win

Stage 7 saw Mark Cavendish (Etixx-QuickStep) get his first win at the Tour in two years, while the day provided a chance to relax for the peloton and the GC contenders as the sprinters' teams took control. MTN-Qhubeka's Daniel Teklehaimanot made the day's breakaway again and added to his lead in the mountains classification before the peloton pulled him and his fellow escapees back...
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19 days ago  |  Discuss

Tour de France: Cavendish's timing was better than mine, says Greipel

For the first time at this year’s Tour de France, André Greipel (Lotto Soudal) found himself having to settle for second place after he was bested Mark Cavendish (Etixx-QuickStep) in the bunch sprint to Fougères. Greipel has been far and away the strongest sprinter thus far but the German had to admit that he got it wrong. "I died too early. The timing of Cav was better than...
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19 days ago  |  Discuss

Cavendish wins 7th stage of Tour de France; Froome keeps overall lead

  British rider Mark Cavendish won a sprint finish Friday for the 26th Tour de France stage victory of his career, while countryman Chris Froome retained the overall lead as he bids to win the race for a second time. This time there was no crash near the finish, like the one on Thursday's sixth stage that cost Tony Martin a broken collarbone, forcing him to withdraw while wearing...
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19 days ago  |  Discuss

Tour de France: Etixx director Tom Steels analyses Cavendish win

After the 26th Tour de France stage win from Mark Cavendish, Etixx-QuickStep sports director and trainer Tom Steels provided Cyclingnews with expert insight. The former Belgian top sprinter won nine Tour de France stages and is most famous for his bidon-throwing at the 1997 Tour. After the win from Cavendish in the stage from Livarot to Fougères, Steels analysed Cavendish’s performance...
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19 days ago  |  Discuss

Cavendish finds reason to smile as he opens Tour de France account

When you win, the world looks a rather different place. Following victory on stage 7 of the Tour de France in Fougères, his first of this race after two unsuccessful sprints, Mark Cavendish (Etixx-QuickStep) found mirth in unexpected places Post-stage press conferences at the Tour are held via a two-way video link, to spare the winner and yellow jersey a long trudge to the press...
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19 days ago  |  Discuss

Tour de France stage 7 quotes: Joy for Cavendish and Etixx-QuickStep

Mark Cavendish sprinted to his 26th Tour de France victory on stage 7, ending a two-year drought. For Etixx-QuickStep it is a third stage win in this year's Tour and comes after a bittersweet stage 6, which was won by Zdenek Stybar but which saw yellow jersey holder Tony Martin crash out with a broken collarbone.  Cavendish started his sprint late and came from behind André Greipel...
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19 days ago  |  Discuss

Cavendish wins 7th stage of Tour; Froome keeps overall lead

FOUGERES, France -- British rider Mark Cavendish won the sun-soaked seventh stage of the Tour de France in a sprint finish on Friday, while compatriot Chris Froome retained the overall lead as he bids to win the race for a second time. This time there was no crash near the finish, like the one on Thursday's sixth stage that cost German rider Tony Martin a broken collarbone, forcing...
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19 days ago  |  Discuss

Leader Tony Martin out of Tour de France after breaking collarbone in crash

  Tour de France leader Tony Martin had to pull out of the race after breaking his collarbone in a crash that he caused late in Thursday's sixth stage. The crash also dragged down defending champion Vincenzo Nibali and fellow Tour contender Nairo Quintana, but they escaped with cuts and bruises. A spokesman for the Etixx-Quick Step team said Martin, who was not considered a contender...
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20 days ago  |  Discuss

Stybar's Tour de France triumph tinged with melancholy for Martin

As Zdenek Stybar (Etixx-QuickStep) did the media rounds following his first ever Tour de France stage win, his teammate and yellow jersey wearer Tony Martin was climbing into an ambulance by the foot of the podium. It was a strange situation for the two-time world cyclo-cross champion to be in, as he tried to come to terms with the two conflicting emotions. “I’ve never won a...
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20 days ago  |  Discuss
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