Vos waits for uphill sprint to take second stage win at Ladies Tour of Norway

It seems that whenever Marianne Vos puts a race number on these days, she triumphs. Stage 2 of the Ladies Tour of Norway was her third consecutive win in a mass-start race after stage 1 and the PostNord Vårgårda WestSweden Road Race. Related Articles Vos looked exhausted after a difficult uphill sprint in the rain where she had to close a gap to Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Canyon-SRAM). And before that, Vos had to be attentive for four laps of the finishing circuit in Sarpsborg as Team Sunweb tried to break race…

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Late crash ruins Kung’s overall aspirations at BinckBank Tour

All week long, avoiding crashes was the order of the day. The BinckBank Tour was always likely to be decided on its final weekend, and for riders like Stefan Küng, the flat, fraught kilometres that led to this point were all about staying upright and remaining in contention. Related Articles After winning the stage 2 time trial, Küng rode impeccably for the remainder of the week to reach the pivotal stages in third place overall. And then, just as a bike race was breaking out, the BMC rider’s hopes of…

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Wellens: It was difficult to make a difference

The absence of the Ardennes from the parcours of this year’s BinckBank Tour might have limited Tim Wellens’ prospects of final overall victory, but although the terrain wasn’t exactly tailored to his measurements, the Belgian tried on a searing attack for size in the closing kilometres of stage 6 in Sittard-Geleen. Related Articles The stage was billed as a sort of Amstel Gold Race-lite, with the road dipping and rising constantly as the peloton wound it way through the rippling hills of Limburg for the afternoon. Wellens first produced a…

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Lefevere on Terpstra departure: If one goes away, another steps up

Niki Terpstra was perhaps the perfect prototype of a Quick-Step Floors rider, a man whose obvious ambition never quite teetered into selfishness. He was, as manager Patrick Lefevere put it this spring, an individualist who doubled as a team player. Related Articles During his eight-year tenure at Quick-Step, Terpstra, winner of Paris-Roubaix in 2014 and the Tour of Flanders this season, was rarely shy of suitors willing to make him an outright leader on another team, but he had always preferred to stay put – until now. On Thursday, Direct…

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Mannion hits it big on Vail Pass

Gavin Mannion is a rider who has been knocking on the door of a big victory for a while. In April he took his first UCI win on the final day at the 2.2 Tour of the Gila, taming the Gila Monster in front of overall winner Rob Britton (Rally Cycling) and finishing second overall. Related Articles The win he took on Friday in the Vail Pass time trial at the 2.HC Colorado Classic, however, was in front of riders who have raced Grand Tours and competed in top races…

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Izagirre brothers considering offers from UAE Team Emirates and Astana

Ion and Gorka Izagirre will leave Bahrain-Merida at the end of the season, with UAE Team Emirates and Astana leading the bidding for their services. The brothers raced together at Movistar before Ion joined Bahrain in their debut season last year, and Gorka followed across at the start of this year. Gorka, 30, has had a strong year, becoming Spanish national champion as well as finishing on the podium of Paris-Nice and the Tour of Oman. Ion, 29, finished third at the Vuelta al País Vasco but his performances have…

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Zabelinskaya looking to change Russian nationality due to Olympic ban concerns

Russian rider Olga Zabelinskaya has announced her intentions to seek Uzbek nationality to ensure that she can race at the Tokyo Olympic Games in 2020. Zabelinskaya, who currently rides for the Coegas team, has said that it may be impossible to ride in Tokyo following the crackdown on Russian athletes in recent years. Related Articles Ahead of the 2016 Olympic Games, the IOC tried to ban Russian athletes that had previously served bans from competing in Rio. The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) ruled that the ban was unenforceable…

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George Bennett and Kruijswijk to lead LottoNL-Jumbo at Vuelta a Espana

George Bennett will lead the LottoNL-Jumbo team at the Vuelta a Espana later this month with Steven Kruijswijk also set to target the overall classification for the Dutch squad. While the main priority will be the GC, the team also brings Danny van Poppel as they hunt for stage wins in the sprints. Related Articles Tom Leezer, Lars Boom, Floris De Tier, Bert-Jan Lindeman and Sepp Kuss will complete the line-up. Kuss is making his Grand Tour debut after taking a commanding victory at the Tour of Utah earlier this…

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Blijlevens: That was pure class from Marianne Vos

Only four days after her victory at the PostNord Vårgårda WestSweden Road Race, Marianne Vos (WaowDeals) climbed the top step of the podium again on Friday after winning stage 1 of the Ladies Tour of Norway. Related Articles Again it was a long sprint that delivered Vos to victory. Opening up with 200 metres to go on the uphill finishing straight, the experienced Dutchwoman caught lone attacker Karol-Ann Canuel (Boels Dolmans) at the 100-metre mark and passed her on the right side of the road. Emilia Fahlin (Wiggle High5) came…

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Katie Hall’s string of wins continues at Colorado Classic

Katie Hall continued her extraordinary run of success on the 2018 US Calendar Friday at the Colorado Classic Women’s Race, taking out the Vail Pass time trial by 27 seconds over teammate Leah Thomas and by 49 seconds over Rally Cycling’s Gillian Ellsay. Related Articles The 31-year-old UnitedHealthcare leader is now in charge of the GC by 26 seconds over Thomas and by 1:22 over Rally’s Abby Mickey with just two flat stages remaining. Friday’s success continues a string of wins for Hall on the US circuit, starting with the…

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