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Boonen set for another year at Etixx-QuickStep

Tom Boonen and Etixx-QuickStep have come to an agreement that will keep the Belgian rider at the team for another year, according to Belgian newspaper Het Nieuwsblad. Boonen, 34, has a longstanding association with the Belgian team but with his current contract set to expire at the end of 2015, there has been uncertainty hanging over his future since the transfer window opened on...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

Report: Tinkoff-Saxo drop Julich and Healey from coaching staff

French newspaper l’Equipe has reported that the Tinkoff-Saxo team has decided to shake up its training staff with Head Coach Bobby Julich and Head of Sports Science Daniel Healey losing their positions in the Russian team. Both Julich and the Tinkoff-Saxo team refused to comment on the report in l’Equipe but Cyclingnews understands that Julich’s and Healey’s contracts will...
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News shorts: Uran to Cannondale-Garmin? Bouhanni keen to bounce back

Vaughters hints Urán will join Cannondale-Garmin for 2016 Rigoberto Urán (Etixx-QuickStep) is expected to join the Cannondale-Garmin team for 2016 after a strong hint via Twitter from team manager Jonathan Vaughters. The Colombian Grand Tour rider has been linked to both Team Sky and Cannondale-Garmin in recent months but seems set to join the US-registered team after Dan Martin...
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Crash injuries slow Valverde on Vuelta a Espana summit finish

The climb of the Alto de Puig Llorença didn’t quite have Alejandro Valverde’s name written all over it – that honour belonged to Joaquim Rodriguez, whose father painted the road in his honour the night before – but his Movistar team certainly had earmarked stage 9 of the Vuelta a España as a major rendezvous in the race for final overall honours. The men in navy blue were...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

New pre-World's program for Gilbert due to time difference with America

Philippe Gilbert (BMC Racing Team) returned to Plouay to take part in the French World Tour race for the first time since 2011. Apart from that year, when the World Championship course in Copenhagen didn't suit him (he finished 17th), he usually opts for the Vuelta a España to gear up for the race to the rainbow jersey. "It's a special feeling to come back to Plouay because of...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Tour de l'Avenir: Rider profiles

The Tour de l’Avenir is often referred to as the mini-Tour de France and is a proving ground for young talent. Former winners of the race include Felice Gimondi, Greg LeMond, Maguel Indurain, Laurent Fignon, Nairo Quintana and current Vuelta a Espana leader Esteban Chaves. During this year’s Tour de l’Avenir, Cyclingnews reporter and DirectVelo founder Pierre Carrey has been...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Stephen Roche: Nibali and Astana got what they deserved

Former Tour de France winner Stephen Roche has condemned Vincenzo Nibali and his Astana team for the towing incident that saw the Italian thrown from the Vuelta a Espana on stage 2. In a blog post for Sky Sports, Roche went on to say that the moment, when Nibali took a tow from his team car after being held up by a crash, should be a watershed for cycling. “It was a disgrace not...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Quintana, Valverde upbeat after Vuelta a Espana's first mountain stage

Movistar’s Alejandro Valverde and Nairo Quintana could have suffered from the classic dilemma of a half-empty or half-full pint glass after stage 7 of the Vuelta a Espana, where they gained time on arch-rival Chris Froome (Team Sky) but were gapped by an inspired-looking Fabio Aru (Astana). But instead the two Movistar leaders both preferred to take away some positive conclusions...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Wiggins set to ride Tour of Britain

Former champion Bradley Wiggins is set to headline Team WIGGINS at the Tour of Britain next month. The team are due to announce their line-up next week but Cyclingnews understands that Wiggins is on the provisional line-up, which must be submitted to the organisers two weeks in advance. He will join his Revolution Madison partner Mark Cavendish (Etixx-QuickStep) as one of the leading...
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BMC name strong team for GP Ouest France-Plouay

BMC Racing Team head to the French WorldTour one-day GP Ouest France-Plouay race with numerous avenues to success in its eight-rider team with Philippe Gilbert and Greg Van Avermaet as its two leaders. Having won stages at the Arctic Race of Norway, Eneco Tour, USA Pro Challenge and Vuelta a Espana in recent weeks, BMC turns its attention to the 229.1km one day event. Gilbert...
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Valverde: Chaves is a key rival

Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) has recognised that after two wins in five days on the Vuelta a Espana’s two key summit finishes to date and a return to the leader’s jersey to boot, Esteban Chaves (Orica-GreenEdge) has become a key rival in the battle for the overall. A stage winner himself at Vejer de la Frontera, Valverde and his co-leader Nairo Quintana finished fifth and ninth...
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Wiggins to ride British national track championships

British Cycling have confirmed that Bradley Wiggins will ride the British National Track Championships at the end of September. It is Wiggins’ second appearance on the boards since setting his UCI Hour Record in June and it will be the first time in more than a decade that the four-time Olympic Champion will attend the competition. Despite his prowess on the track, Wiggins only...
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Cavendish and Stybar to lead Etixx-QuickStep at Tour of Britain

Mark Cavendish will return to the Tour of Britain for the fifth time in five years to lead the Etixx-QuickStep team. Zdenek Stybar, who is making his debut at the eight-day race, has also been named in the Belgian team’s line-up. Cavendish has competed at the race every year since 2011 – plus several more in his early days as a professional – when he successfully used it as...
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Nike fights subpoena in federal lawsuit against Lance Armstrong

  Athletic apparel giant Nike Inc. is fighting subpoenas for financial documents and witness depositions in the federal government's lawsuit against former cyclist Lance Armstrong, arguing they are irrelevant to the case and could compromise trade secrets. Armstrong and the government both have subpoenaed Nike, which was one of Armstrong's major sponsors until it dropped him in...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Cavendish, Froome head British long team for Worlds

British Cycling announced today its long team for the UCI Road World Championships in Richmond, Virginia. The federation named 13 riders for the elite men, nine of which will be chosen for the road race, with two spots for the time trial. Tour de France winner Chris Froome and 2011 road race world champion Mark Cavendish top the list. Lizzie Armitstead, who won two World Cup rounds...
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Nike fights subpoena in federal lawsuit against Armstrong

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) Athletic apparel giant Nike Inc. is fighting subpoenas for documents and witness depositions in the federal government's lawsuit against former cyclist Lance Armstrong. Armstrong and the government both have subpoenaed Nike, which was one of Armstrong's major sponsors until dropping him in 2012 after his use of performance enhancing drugs was exposed. The government...
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Valverde lays down Vuelta a Espana credentials with stage win

Four weeks after taking his best ever Tour de France performance, Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) became the first of the top overall contenders to triumph in this year’s Vuelta a Espana with a powerful uphill stage win at Vejer de la Frontera. Often criticised for miscalculating his manouvres, Valverde has barely missed a beat this year in uphill finishes, taking a superb double...
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Vuelta a Espana stage 4: finish line quotes

Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) "Sometimes it’s our team that sets the tempo like we did on the first road stage. Today we stayed calm and we know it’s a long race and we need to keep some strength in the bank. We sat with Katusha who were good but so were we. We sat on and didn’t need to accelerate too hard and then in the last 200m I just flew. "I knew it was Sagan on my...
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Valverde wins 4th Vuelta stage, Chaves keeps lead

VEJER DE LA FRONTERA, Spain (AP) Former champion Alejandro Valverde won the fourth stage of the Spanish Vuelta on Tuesday, while Colombian Esteban Chaves protected the leader's jersey for a third day. The 35-year-old Spanish veteran perfectly timed his late charge on the final uphill push and held off Peter Sagan to keep the Slovak from claiming a second straight stage before winning...
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Cavendish misses Vattenfall Cyclassics sprint after late crash

Mark Cavendish missed out on a chance for victory at the Vattenfall Cyclassics race on Sunday after crashing just two kilometres from the finish. The Etixx-QuickStep rider had survived the final climbs and attacks in the one-day WorldTour race and looked set to take on sprint rivals Andre Greipel (Lotto Soudal) and Alexander Kristoff (Katusha) for victory. However, as the different...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

Boonen contemplating retirement in next few years

Tom Boonen is looking at retiring sometime in the near future, he has told the Belgian press. Not this year or next year, and “probably” not the next year, but it won’t be much longer. In an interview with Belgian De Zondag newspaper, he denied Etixx-QuickStep team manager Patrick Lefevere’s earlier statement that he would have retired this year if he had won one of the...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

Video: Phinney eying off home World Championships

Taylor Phinney stormed back into the spotlight on Monday with his win at the first stage of the USA Pro Challenge. Phinney's BMC squad went on to win the next several stages and hold the yellow jersey from start to finish. Phinney finished in 9th place at the Breckenridge time trial on Friday and felt his progress was an encouraging sign as he looked forward towards the World Championships...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

Thomas hoping for 'chilled' Vuelta a España with eye on future Grand Tours

If Geraint Thomas has been harbouring nascent ambitions of becoming a Grand Tour leader, he could be forgiven had his resolve weakened at the Tour de France, where he saw Sky teammate Chris Froome forced to deal with a cocktail of doping innuendo and urine on his way to overall victory. Yet the Tour has had quite the opposite effect; the Welshman's determination to be up there in...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

Movistar: Valverde and Quintana are joint leaders for Vuelta a España

After taking second and third in the Tour de France, Movistar’s Alejandro Valverde and Nairo Quintana are due to repeat their double act as co-leaders in the Vuelta a España, Movistar sports director José Luis Arrieta tells Cyclingnews. The Vuelta is a race in which the Movistar duo have had mixed fortunes in the past, ranging from victory to injuries and abandons. Valverde...
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11 days ago  |  Discuss

Video: Kristin Armstrong previews the 2015 Women's USA Pro Challenge

The Women’s USA Pro Challenge gets underway on Friday with a 13.5km time trail in Breckenridge, Colorado. The women will ride the same route and distance as the men for stage 1, creating an interesting benchmark on the initial day of racing. Cyclingnews caught up with several of the professional women prior to Friday’s start. “It’s really cool to ride the same course as...
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11 days ago  |  Discuss
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