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2018 season will be the last for Jeremy Roy - News Shorts

Loyal to FDJ for 16 years, Jérémy Roy announced today that 2018 will be his last season in the pro cycling peloton, according to a press release from the team. "It never is a simple choice, but I've decided 2018 will be my last season," Roy said. "I am proud to belong to the category of the 'One-team men' since team FDJ accompanied me throughout my whole career." Roy, 34, has raced...
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13 hours ago  |  Discuss

Gilbert points to Molenberg as key climb in new Omloop het Nieuwsblad course

"Time flies…time flies." Philippe Gilbert (Quick-Step Floors) wondered where a decade had gone as he looked ahead to Saturday's Omloop Het Nieuwsblad. The race holds a special place in the Belgian's heart as his first Classics victory, way back in 2006. He won it again in 2008 and, after his spectacular re-emergence as a cobbled Classics rider last year, he has the chance to take...
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15 hours ago  |  Discuss

Viviani consolidates points lead as Abu Dhabi summit finish looms

Sprinters hold the top-seven general classification spots after three stages at the Abu Dhabi Tour, with Elia Viviani (Quick-Step Floors) leading Alexander Kristoff (UAE Team Emirates) and Phil Bauhaus (Team Sunweb) by three seconds, and the rest grouped in ones and twos behind. Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) breaks up the sprint party in eighth place, 10 seconds back, and Saturday...
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16 hours ago  |  Discuss

Van Avermaet: It's more difficult for me without Sagan

While almost all the world's top Classics riders are in Belgium this weekend for Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne, there's one glaring absentee in Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe). Some might breathe a sigh of relief at not having to work out how to beat the three-time world champion, but for Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing) it's the opposite. Sagan won Kuurne last year...
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17 hours ago  |  Discuss

Dowsett settles into new role in Kittel lead-out train

During his time at Movistar, Alex Dowsett’s strengths as a rouleur meant that he was often placed on bodyguard duty on flat stages, shielding and shepherding men like Nairo Quintana in the body of the peloton. At Katusha-Alpecin, the Briton’s characteristics are proving just as useful, albeit deployed in a rather different manner, as part of the lead-out train of fellow new arrival...
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18 hours ago  |  Discuss

Bauhaus lays foundations with Abu Dhabi Tour victory

Phil Bauhaus wasn't being rude when he gazed off over the heads of the journalists who gathered around him in the press tent after stage 3 of the Abu Dhabi Tour, he simply wanted to get a proper look at his win on the television screen positioned over their shoulders. The Sunweb sprinter had every reason to squint carefully at the images, given that his victory was by the tightest...
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19 hours ago  |  Discuss

Kittel: Today was the first day where I felt normal again

Marcel Kittel’s broad smile was already growing a little more uneasy by the time a group of reporters gathered around the German sprinter in the moments after stage 3 of the Abu Dhabi Tour. After a frustrating start to life in the red and white of Katusha-Alpecin, Kittel was convinced that his fortunes had turned in the most dramatic fashion thanks to a breathless comeback in the...
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19 hours ago  |  Discuss

Abu Dhabi Tour: Stage 3 highlights - Video

Phil Bauhaus (Team Sunweb) took some big scalps with a surprise victory on stage 3 of the Abu Dhabi Tour. The German had to be separated from compatriot Marcel Kittel (Katusha-Alpecin) by a photo finish, but was eventually declared the winner. That makes it three different winners from the first three stages in Abu Dhabi and Bauhaus’ victory was his and his team’s first of the season...
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21 hours ago  |  Discuss

Klier: Omloop Het Nieuwsblad is all about suffering

On Saturday, February 24 and Sunday 25, Cyclingnews will have full live coverage of the men’s races at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne, from start to finish, here. Sep Vanmarcke will lead the line for EF Education First-Drapac into the opening weekend of Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne. The 29-year-old Classics specialist won the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad...
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Mark Cavendish on course for Tirreno-Adriatico and Milan-San Remo despite Abu Dhabi crash

Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data) remains likely to participate at both Tirreno-Adriatico and Milan-San Remo despite suffering a concussion when he crashed in the neutralised zone of stage 1 of the Abu Dhabi Tour. Although Cavendish remounted and returned to the peloton, his injuries were such that he was forced to abandon after five kilometres and travel directly to hospital, where...
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Sergeant: Opening weekend is the real start of the new season

On Saturday, February 24 and Sunday 25, Cyclingnews will have full live coverage of the men’s races at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne, from start to finish, here. Lotto Soudal head into the ‘opening weekend’ of Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne with the team brimming with confidence after a strong start to the 2018 season. The Belgian team lead with...
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Lobato given second chance by Nippo-Vini Fantini

Juan Jose Lobato has been given the chance to rescue his cycling career after signing an agreement with Italian squad Nippo Vini Fantini. The Spaniard was fired from LottoNL-Jumbo in December after taking sleep medication at a training camp without the team’s knowledge. Two other riders Antwan Tolhoek and Pascal Eenkhoorn, who also took the Noctamid and Stilnox, were suspended by...
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Kwiatkowski shrugs off Grand Tour talk to focus on one-day targets

When it comes to Michal Kwiatkowski (Team Sky) targeting Grand Tours and stage races the question appears to have always been a matter of ‘when rather than if’ but the Team Sky all-rounder remains firmly focused on achieving his one-day ambitions for the time being. The Polish rider has forged a career as one of the most multi-talented riders in the current peloton, with an eclectic...
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Pedersen rediscovers love of cycling with Aqua Blue Sport

At 20, life could hardly get any better for Casper Pedersen with the Dane fast-tracked into the Olympic track programme and selected for the 2016 Rio games. The 2014 Paris–Roubaix Juniors runner-up had cemented his place in the team pursuit squad and was to be the first reserve. A phone call from the national coach the night before the race brought Pedersen's world crashing down...
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Mitchelton-Scott name opening weekend squad

Australian WorldTour team Mitchelton-Scott has named its team for the 'opening weekend' combo of Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne. Italian Matteo Trentin will take on a leadership role in his first classics campaign with the team with Sunday's race the major target. Australian Luke Durbridge has recovered from the broken collarbone he sustained in January at the...
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Paris-Nice attracts strong start list for 2018

The 74th edition of Paris-Nice will feature a strong start list of general classification riders, stage hunters and sprinters. Race organisers ASO have confirmed team leaders for the 18 WorldTour and four Pro Continental squads that will contest the March 4-11 race. Defending champion Sergio Henao will lead the charge for Team Sky, who have dominated the general classification since...
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Moschetti scores Polartec-Kometa's first win

Italian U23 road champion Matteo Moschetti scored Polartec-Kometa's first win of the season Thursday at the Tour of Antalya, outsprinitng Jakub Mareczko (Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia) and Konrad Gessner (Leopard Pro Cycling) on the rain-soaked finishing straight. The 21-year-old now leads the overall in the four-stage 2.2. race in Turkey by four seconds over Mareczko and five seconds...
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Blaak to debut rainbow jersey at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad

Chantal Blaak will begin her season as the new world champion at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad on Saturday. The Dutchwoman will lead a always-strong Boels Dolmans team in an attempt to win the classics opener. "I love the spring races and I think the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad is especially nice," said Blaak, who has never won the event. "I have performed well here before and I am looking forward...
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Tom Boonen signs on as advisor with Lotto Soudal

After spending nearly his entire career with Patrick Lefevere's Quick-Step squad, Tom Boonen has signed on to work with the rival Belgian squad Lotto Soudal as an advisor and ambassador to its "Captains of Cycling" supporters programme, which also serves as a fundraiser for Belgian cycling. Boonen, 37, who retired after the 2017 edition of Paris-Roubaix, is not planning to be in...
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Schmidt ready to win in 2018 with Katusha-Alpecin

A talented and successful rider in the junior and U23 ranks, Mads Wurtz Schmidt already had two professional wins prior to joining the WorldTour ranks via Katusha-Alpecin in 2017. Now into his second year with the Swiss squad, the 23-year-old Dane wants to enjoy the feeling of winning again after a number of close calls last year. A junior world time trial champion in 2011, Paris...
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Balancing the big names at Boels Dolmans

With the world's best team beginning their season in Belgium this Saturday, Boels Dolmans manager Danny Stam talks to Cyclingnews about balancing the ambitions of big-name riders while also developing talent. Ranked the top women's team for the last two years, Boels-Dolmans will make their season debut at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad this Saturday. Having finished on the podium in the...
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Tom Dumoulin's Abu Dhabi Tour challenge intact despite crash and crosswinds

Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) endured a couple of fleeting scares on stage 2 of the Abu Dhabi Tour, but the Dutchman remains safely in position to challenge for overall victory when the race reaches Saturday's pivotal time trial and the following day's concluding summit finish at Jebel Hafeet. The Dutchman came down in a crash with 60 kilometres of the stage remaining, and had only...
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Rowe returns to the fray at the Abu Dhabi Tour

Luke Rowe (Team Sky) could scarcely have asked for a more gentle re-introduction to competitive action than the low-key opening stage of the Abu Dhabi Tour, where the peloton ambled along desert roads towards the oasis at Lima and then had to soft-pedal into a headwind for most of the way back to the finish in Madinat Zayed. There may have been some mild grumbles from other quarters...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

Viviani: Quick-Step Floors primed for all scenarios at Milan-San Remo

When an Italian rider is winning sprints seemingly at will in the month of February, it's difficult not to cast the mind forward to that most evocative of finish lines on the Via Roma in March. Elia Viviani duly buttressed his standing as a Milan-San Remo contender by notching up his fifth win of the season on stage 2 of the Abu Dhabi Tour, but he insisted afterwards that he is just...
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Abu Dhabi Tour: Stage 2 highlights - Video

Elia Viviani won the second stage of the Abu Dhabi Tour in a sprint to the finish line in Yas Beach ahead of Danny van Poppel (LottoNL-Jumbo) and Pascal Ackermann (Bora-Hansgrohe). Viviani now leads the overall classification, with the same time as second placed Alexander Kristoff (UAE Team Emirates) while van Poppel is four seconds back. A five-rider breakaway was caught with...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss
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