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Cameron Vandenbroucke has signed a contract to join the Lotto Soudal Ladies development team that will begin her cycling career in January 2019. It is the same programme that saw her late father Frank Vandenbroucke launch his cycling career back in 1994. "People say that I look like my father when I'm on the bike," Cameron said in a report on Sporza. "Our positions are similar, which is nice to hear, because I'm still very proud of my father." Vandenbroucke, 19, will be one of three riders joining the development programme alongside Emke De Keyser and Julie Roelandts next year. She raced in her first bike race in August this year, and won. She has a history in sports as a junior middle-distance runner, but a fractured foot forced her to switch sports.ADVERTISEMENT "We won't throw Cameron in front of the lions," Lotto Soudal director Dany Schoonbaert said in a report on "During the first months of the season she won't participate in big races. She'll only ride [small races]. She still has a lot to learn. "We provide a framework in which they can further learn the tricks of the cycling profession. She'll also be accompanied by her own trainer. Depending on the progress she makes, we'll eventually select her for the UCI races. But there's no rush." Vandenbroucke will be joining the Belgian team Lotto Soudal Ladies, which has an elite women's programme that will include 13 riders. The team announced their elite women’s roster on Monday, which includes Belgian champion Annelies Dom and track specialist Lotte Kopecky, along with Alana Castrique, Demi de Jong, Chantal Hoffmann, Puck Moonen, Julie Van De Velde, Kelly Van den Steen and Fenna Vanhoutte. New to the team are Danique Braam, Thi That Nguyen, Marie Dessart and Dani Christmas.
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Rachel McKinnon became the first transgender woman to win a world title at the 2018 UCI Masters Track Cycling World Championships at the VELO Sports Center in Los Angeles, California, on Sunday. Representing Canada, McKinnon beat Carolien Van Herrikhuyzen (Netherlands) in the gold-medal round of the women’s 35-44 sprint. "First transgender woman world champion…ever," McKinnon posted on Twitter following the event. McKinnon, who competes in both road and track cycling, was born biological male and identifies as being a transgender woman. She is a professor and PhD in philosophy at the College of Charleston in South Carolina, teaching on the subjects of philosophy and ethics, and with a focus on gender studies.ADVERTISEMENT The UCI Masters Track World Championships was held from October 6- 13 with events open to men and women riders 35 years of age and older. There included three sprint events: match sprints, 500-750-1000m time trial, team sprint. There were four endurance events: pursuit, scratch race points race. McKinnon set a new World Record during the women’s 34-39 Sprint Qualifying Flying 200m, with a time of 0:00:11.92, which was broken during the subsequent heats. During the women’s 35-44 sprint gold-medal final against Van Herrikhuyzen, McKinnon won the first two rounds to take the world title. Jennifer Wagner (USA), won the final for bronze against fourth-placed Linsey Hamilton (USA). Policies concerning transgender women in sports have changed drastically over the years. As of 2015, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) currently rules that transgender women competing in women's events must test below a specified level of testosterone (10 nanomoles per litre) for more than one year before they are permitted to compete. The UCI abides by the sae policy. — Dr. Rachel McKinnon (@rachelvmckinnon) October 14, 2018
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Joe Dombrowski will ride on with EF Education First-Drapac into 2019, according to a team announcement on Tuesday.
He wants to return to top form in 2019 after two winless seasons, and he has also expressed interest in EF’s plans to dabble in mass-participation off-road events, such as gravel and mountain biking.
“It’s not a secret that the last couple of seasons have not been what I wanted results-wise,” Dombrowski said via the team release.
“I’m focused on doing what I need to do to get back to the level that I know I’m capable of in races.”
The coming year will mark Dombrowski’s fifth season with team. The 27-year-old American joined the squad at the start of 2015 after two years with Team Sky. He won the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah in his first year with the team. Since then, however, he hasn’t reached the top step of the podium.
A natural climber, Dombrowski has been the team’s designated leader in several one-week stage races and is also a card to play in the grand tours. He counts six grand tour starts on his resume, three each at the Giro d’Italia and the Vuelta a España.
“The last couple years have been a bit of a struggle for him, but in the end, talent doesn’t just go away,” team CEO Jonathan Vaughters said. “We want to give that talent an opportunity to rebuild.”
Dombrowski has dabbled in off-road races over the years. He pointed to the team’s commitment to participating in “alternative” cycling events, such as gravel and mountain biking, as a draw for him, provided he stays focused on conventional pro road races.
“My first focus is, of course, on the traditional road calendar, but the alternative race program is also quite interesting,” he said.
“I got my start racing mountain bike and cyclocross. I still jump in the odd cyclocross race in the off-season and in 2016 I raced Leadville with this team.”
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Vincenzo Nibali will be questioned by French police on November 10 about the incident with roadside spectators at the Tour de France that left him with a fractured vertebra, with the Italian confirming to Cyclingnews that both he and the Bahrain-Merida team intend to continue their legal action for possible damages. Nibali's chances of winning the Tour de France ended on stage 12 on the slopes of L’Alpe d’Huez when a spectator's camera strap seemingly caught his handlebars, causing him to crash on his back. Nibali got up to finish the stage but was later diagnosed with a fractured vertebra. He underwent vertebroplasty surgery to stabilise the fracture and ease the pain, but despite riding the Vuelta a España, he was unable to return to his best in time for the UCI Road World Championships and could only fight for second place behind Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) at Saturday’s Il Lombardia.ADVERTISEMENT Nibali is due to head to Zanzibar later this week after attending Bahrain-Merida’s first off-season get together in Como on Monday. On his return he will travel to the Tour de France Saitama Criterium in Japan and then, according to La Gazzetta dello Sport, will meet with French police from Grenoble, who are investigating the incident on the slopes of L’Alpe d’Huez. Tour de France organiser ASO could ultimately be held responsible for the damage caused by the incident, but they could argue that it was caused by the reckless behaviour of the roadside fans. According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, several Italian spectators who were present near the incident have given evidence. Police are also likely to study social media video content that captured the moment of the incident. Nibali confirmed to Cyclingnews that both he and the Bahrain-Merida team are fighting for compensation, even if the case could be drawn out and costly. Nibali’s trusted lawyer Fausto Malucchi has already filed a formal complaint with French police, sparking the investigation. Planning for 2019 with Bahrain-Merida
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Urs Huber and Sarah White took over the elite leads with stage victories in the stage 4 time trial. The multiple Swiss National Champion and four-time Crocodile Trophy winner Huber claimed stage 4 in 1:23:49 and takes over the overall lead by 1:11 in the men’s. Sarah White, who won before in 2015, takes over the women’s lead after a strong 2-hour race. Lucy Coldwell is now in second with a gap of 1:53. For the 16th time in the 24-year history of the event, this small mining town with a population of 85 residents is hosting a Crocodile Trophy stage. "We feel very welcome here and all the residents have been so supportive," said Race Founder Gerhard Schönbacher.ADVERTISEMENT Of Huber fellow riders said, that he had been a "man on a mission" and "hungry for the win" on the 38 km time trial course from Herberton to Irvinebank. With an elevation change of only 525 meters, it was a fast and determined race by Huber and it all went to plan for the 33-year-old. He added that a few long and flat stages were coming up and that those should suit his style of racing. An endurance specialist and with years of Outback racing experience, he was confident for the next few days he concluded. Swiss elite racer Konny Looser says he was happy about two stage wins this year but also very realistic. He had taken notice of the extremely strong form by Huber and that he wasn’t surprised by Huber’s win in the time trial. "I saw yesterday that Urs is very strong and two minutes is not a big gap. There are still four days to go and a lot of long and flat stages coming up where a lot of things can happen like technical problems and then two minutes is nothing," he said. Sarah White overtakes Lucy Coldwell At the halfway mark, Croc rests in Irvinebank
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Dear Lennard,
Years back when I raced road, I ran 172.5mm cranks and did so for several seasons. When my focus changed to MTB racing, I decided to go with 175mm for all my cranks and have stuck with that for 30+ years. I should note also that I am 5-foot-8. I had been going back to 172.5mm for the road. However, over the summer I used a loaner bike with 172.5mm, and they felt super-short and inefficient, particularly climbing.
In your view, is it worth it to make the change now? Or should I just stick with 175mm, to which it seems I’ve fully adapted?— BruceDear Bruce,
In my view, it’s worth it to change your road bike to 175mm. In my experience, it doesn’t take very long to adapt to a 2.5mm change in crank length. And if it feels better to you, then I see no reason not to do it. Or if you want to go the other way around and switch both to 172.5mm, that also will be an adjustment you’ll make quickly.― LennardDear Lennard,That’s a lot of words, and a lot of measurements and a lot of pics  … to not give us the one and only important fact and figure: What does your saddle weigh?!— BrianDear Brian,
I would have loved to have provided the saddle’s weight and was slapping my head about it while writing the article. However, I forgot to weigh it before putting it on the bike, and I wasn’t about to take it off just for that. On Meld’s site, it gives weight estimates with various configurations. I had hoped that was enough. My guess is that my saddle weighs around 250 grams.― LennardDear Lennard,
I had a very similar injury as you described in your article about your custom Meld saddle. I am interested in looking at the saddle.
I had huge pain at the insertion point of the hamstring to the hip. My cure ended up being given to me by an orthopedic surgeon who told me that I had high hamstring tendonitis. He had me do negative leg curls on the hamstring machine. I started with very low weight and a lot of reps and built up. You can also do with a Swiss ball, but I think the machine is better for control.
From your article, you are already trying some things that I didn’t have available to me, such as the platelets.
When you can, I recommend that you consider doing negative (eccentric) weight lifting with your hamstring on a hamstring machine. See youtube video link below.
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Once I started these, I was cured in a few weeks. I started with low weight but moved up to moderate weights and I still do them today for hamstring protection etc.
The key to recovery is eccentric weights which you can do with the Swiss ball. I went to the gym twice per day to use the hamstring machine, and it did work for me. The machine at the gym allows more weight than you can get with the ball.
Good luck, as I know how painful this can be. I was able to recover nearly 100 percent, so keep at it.— AlanDear Alan,
Thanks for that. I have been doing these hamstring curls with slow, eccentric return daily on the Swiss ball since receiving your letter, and my pain is decreasing.― LennardDear Lennard,
In your latest VelonNews column, you mentioned PRP therapy as a treatment for a torn triceps. I was curious as to whether your treatment also involved surgery, as I was under the impression that surgery was required for the proper healing of a torn triceps. Can you elaborate on your treatment experience?— JohnDear John,
Mine was not a complete tear, which probably would have required surgery. Rather, I had a partial tear and an enormous amount of inflammation that had been plaguing me for over a month.
The pain in my upper arm and elbow were initially misdiagnosed as tendinitis. I felt the need to treat it aggressively, as I was about to fly off to race the Finlandia Hiihto 50K classic- and 50K freestyle-technique cross-country ski races in Lahti, Finland, and the 90K classic Vasaloppet classic ski race in Mora, Sweden.
I went right away to an orthopedist, and, for the misdiagnosed tendinitis, I was prescribed a month-long increasing, then decreasing regimen of oral steroids. I started the steroids just before flying to Scandinavia, and they made no difference, even during the week gap between the races in Finland and the one in Sweden.
I suffered mightily in all three races. By the finish of the Vasaloppet, which is 90 kilometers of almost constant double-poling, my left arm was swollen like a sausage from shoulder to hand. I could no longer grasp my pole grip, and I could hardly lift it anymore. I slowed to a crawl and was pipped at the line by Pippa Middleton, Prince William’s sister-in-law, and was then bashed into by one of the clamoring cameramen in the scrum surrounding her immediately past the finish line.
Ultrasound imagery when I returned home showed tearing in my triceps was the actual culprit and explained why the steroids had not worked. I received one PRP injection directly into the inflamed area of my triceps, and it cleared up quickly. PRP is a critical part of the quick recovery of many pro riders after crashes and overuse injuries. I was able to cross-country ski again within a couple of weeks.― LennardDear Lennard,
I just read about your relief from ischial tuberosity bursitis with a new custom saddle made especially to fit your butt contours. I had the same diagnosis after a slip and fall on our wet deck and had a two-month recovery before being comfortable riding again.
My saving grace was found nine years ago with the Hobson Easy Seat II, since at 72, I have spinal stenosis, lumbar arthritis, and a history of compression fractures and osteoporosis. At $65 it was a very inexpensive fix to order the initial seat through our bike shop. I love the ability to dial apart the pads to fit my sit bones perfectly. It also has the open space so there is no contact with my tailbone and no front horn touching tender anatomy. I just replaced my original one, since I wore out the cover. I called the company direct, dealing with the inventor, who trusted me to mail a check when the seat arrived. It may help someone who doesn’t have the budget for your perfect saddle and an option worth considering. Happy riding. Life is too short to stay indoors even for this rider who usually does 15 miles several times per week.— Cheryl
Read the full article at Technical FAQ: Adapting to crank changes; healing hamstrings on

On the face of it, six days in early August changed a great many things for Sepp Kuss, though the foundations for his sparkling run of victories at the Tour of Utah had already been laid during the unforgiving opening six months of his time at LottoNL-Jumbo. The 24-year-old stepped up from Rally Cycling in 2018 and was given sustained exposure to some top-level racing in the first half of the season, lining out at the Tour of the Basque Country, Tour of the Alps and Critérium du Dauphiné. Results, understandably, were thin on the ground, but the opportunity to gauge himself against some of the climbing grandees of the peloton proved a useful one.ADVERTISEMENT "It was a huge learning experience and I just kept at it. For a neo-pro, you know you're not likely to get results at those kinds of races so for me there was no pressure - it was just learning and trying to have fun in those races and soak in all the experience," Kuss told Cyclingnews at the Tour of Guagnxi. "Then, halfway through the season, I found my legs, and once you have that it makes it easier to get results in those kinds of races." After a block of rest in late June and July, Kuss returned to action in what appeared to be the form of his life, claiming three stage wins and overall victory at the Tour of Utah. The sheer effervescence of his climbing was striking, and the former mountain biker immediately found himself being hailed as the next great hope of American bike racing. The tag is one he neither solicits nor rejects; it simply comes with the territory. Fatigue
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BEIJING (AFP) — Dutchman Dylan Groenewegen won the first stage of the Tour de Guangxi in southern China on Tuesday.
The 25-year-old Team LottoNL-Jumbo rider crossed the line in 2:21:45, ahead of Max Walscheid (Team Sunweb) and Fabio Jakobsen (Quick-Step Floors). Groenewegen now leads the overall standings at the race.
Tuesday’s stage was a 107-kilometer route that entailed making two loops around the mostly flat coastal city of Beihai.
“It was a hectic final,” said Groenewegen, who now has 14 wins on the season. “At the end, a rider escaped on a small climb, but the team closed the gap. We did a good job in the final. I’m very happy that I’ve won the first stage. Big thanks to the team.
“Tomorrow, there will be another flat stage. Then we’ll try to win again.”
Riders are expected to face their biggest challenge on stage 5, a 212km route from Liuzhou to Guilin that will take in some rugged roads and three climbs.
The six-stage Tour of Guangxi, in an autonomous region bordering Vietnam, is the final stop on this year’s UCI World Tour.
Gree-Tour of Guangxi Stage 1 ResultsStage
RankNameTeamTime1GROENEWEGEN DylanTeam LottoNL-Jumbo2:21:452WALSCHEID MaxTeam Sunweb ,,3JAKOBSEN FabioQuick-Step Floors,,4ACKERMANN PascalBORA - hansgrohe,,5TRENTIN MatteoMitchelton-Scott,,6JANSE VAN RENSBURG ReinardtTeam Dimension Data,,7DÉMARE ArnaudGroupama - FDJ,,8STUYVEN JasperTrek - Segafredo,,9WOUTERS EnzoLotto Soudal,,10VENTURINI ClémentAG2R La Mondiale,,11MINALI RiccardoAstana Pro Team,,12VUILLERMOZ AlexisAG2R La Mondiale,,13BARBERO CarlosMovistar Team,,14KUZNETSOV VyacheslavTeam Katusha - Alpecin,,15ROELANDTS JürgenBMC Racing Team,,16BASSO LeonardoTeam Sky,,17DUVAL JulienAG2R La Mondiale,,18BIERMANS JentheTeam Katusha - Alpecin,,19BRAMBILLA GianlucaTrek - Segafredo,,20SÜTTERLIN JashaMovistar Team,,21POLANC JanUAE-Team Emirates,,22MOSCON GianniTeam Sky,,23VAN DEN BERG JuliusTeam EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale,,24BERHANE NatnaelTeam Dimension Data,,25HOULE HugoAstana Pro Team,,26BERNARD JulienTrek - Segafredo,,27CHERNETSKI SergeiAstana Pro Team,,28MCLAY DanielTeam EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale,,29RIABUSHENKO AlexandrUAE-Team Emirates,,30DUNBAR EddieTeam Sky,,31DOULL OwainTeam Sky,,32GRIVKO AndreyAstana Pro Team,,33DILLIER SilvanAG2R La Mondiale,,34MEZGEC LukaMitchelton-Scott,,35SCHACHMANN MaximilianQuick-Step Floors,,36ARASHIRO YukiyaBahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team,,37KÜNG StefanBMC Racing Team,,38BOARO ManueleBahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team,,39DE VREESE LaurensAstana Pro Team,,40FENG Chun KaiBahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team,,41SELIG RüdigerBORA - hansgrohe,,42SEIGLE RomainGroupama - FDJ,,43GILBERT PhilippeQuick-Step Floors,,44DOWSETT AlexTeam Katusha - Alpecin,,45GROßSCHARTNER FelixBORA - hansgrohe,,46VAN DER SANDE ToshLotto Soudal,,47EISEL BernhardTeam Dimension Data,,48SINKELDAM RamonGroupama - FDJ,,49MERTZ RémyLotto Soudal,,50HAMILTON LucasMitchelton-Scott,,51SÁNCHEZ Luis LeónAstana Pro Team,,52QUINTANA DayerMovistar Team,,53FERNÁNDEZ RubénMovistar Team,,54KRAGH ANDERSEN SørenTeam Sunweb ,,55SIVAKOV PavelTeam Sky,,56GONÇALVES JoséTeam Katusha - Alpecin,,57DEVENYNS DriesQuick-Step Floors,,58VILLELLA DavideAstana Pro Team,,59ARCAS JorgeMovistar Team,,60ARMÉE SanderLotto Soudal,,61MARTIN TonyTeam Katusha - Alpecin,,62NAESEN LawrenceLotto Soudal,,63DOMONT AxelAG2R La Mondiale,,64URÁN RigobertoTeam EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale,,65ARU FabioUAE-Team Emirates,,66CARTHY HughTeam EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale,,67AGNOLI ValerioBahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team,,68SCHILLINGER AndreasBORA - hansgrohe,,69SWIFT BenUAE-Team Emirates,,70ANACONA WinnerMovistar Team,,71WANG MeiyinBahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team,,72VERONA CarlosMitchelton-Scott,,73GESCHKE SimonTeam Sunweb ,,74VISCONTI GiovanniBahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team,,75PARET-PEINTRE AurélienAG2R La Mondiale,,76PERNSTEINER HermannBahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team,,77VAN HOECKE GijsTeam LottoNL-Jumbo,,78VANDENBERGH StijnAG2R La Mondiale,,79THOMSON Jay RobertTeam Dimension Data,,80MAGNUSSON KimTeam EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale,,81DLAMINI NicTeam Dimension Data,,82HANSEN AdamLotto Soudal,,83TUSVELD MartijnTeam Sunweb ,,84MEYER CameronMitchelton-Scott,,85MULLEN RyanTrek - Segafredo,,86POWLESS NeilsonTeam LottoNL-Jumbo,,87VANHOUCKE HarmLotto Soudal,,88KUSS SeppTeam LottoNL-Jumbo,,89KENNAUGH PeterBORA - hansgrohe,,90NARVÁEZ JhonatanQuick-Step Floors,,91VAN HOOYDONCK NathanBMC Racing Team,,92CAVAGNA RémiQuick-Step Floors,,93FRAME AlexTrek - Segafredo,,94HALLER MarcoTeam Katusha - Alpecin,,95MARTINELLI DavideQuick-Step Floors,,96BONO MatteoUAE-Team Emirates,,97LÓPEZ DavidTeam Sky,,98DANIEL GregoryTrek - Segafredo,,99BETANCUR CarlosMovistar Team,,100SCHWARZMANN MichaelBORA - hansgrohe,,101SCOTSON MilesBMC Racing Team,,102DOUGALL NicTeam Dimension Data,,103DEBESAY MeksebTeam Dimension Data,,104HOFSTEDE LennardTeam Sunweb ,,105SCHÄR MichaelBMC Racing Team,,106PLANCKAERT BaptisteTeam Katusha - Alpecin,,107HAGA ChadTeam Sunweb ,,108KÄMNA LennardTeam Sunweb ,,109ROOSEN TimoTeam LottoNL-Jumbo,,110RAST GrégoryTrek - Segafredo0:16111KLUGE RogerMitchelton-Scott,,112VANMARCKE SepTeam EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale0:22113JANSEN Amund GrøndahlTeam LottoNL-Jumbo0:26114BAŠKA ErikBORA - hansgrohe,,115TROIA OlivieroUAE-Team Emirates0:29116BEWLEY SamMitchelton-Scott0:38117DELAGE MickaëlGroupama - FDJ0:41118LE GAC OlivierGroupama - FDJ0:42119PORTE RichieBMC Racing Team1:13120CLARKE WillTeam EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale,,121EENKHOORN PascalTeam LottoNL-Jumbo1:34122ARMIRAIL BrunoGroupama - FDJ1:41123MIRZA YousifUAE-Team Emirates,,124DIBBEN JonathanTeam Sky6:31RankNameTeamTime1GROENEWEGEN DylanTeam LottoNL-Jumbo2:21:352DILLIER SilvanAG2R La Mondiale0:023WALSCHEID MaxTeam Sunweb 0:044JAKOBSEN FabioQuick-Step Floors0:065GRIVKO AndreyAstana Pro Team,,6HALLER MarcoTeam Katusha - Alpecin0:077THOMSON Jay RobertTeam Dimension Data0:098ACKERMANN PascalBORA - hansgrohe0:109TRENTIN MatteoMitchelton-Scott,,10JANSE VAN RENSBURG ReinardtTeam Dimension Data,,11DÉMARE ArnaudGroupama - FDJ,,12STUYVEN JasperTrek - Segafredo,,13WOUTERS EnzoLotto Soudal,,14VENTURINI ClémentAG2R La Mondiale,,15MINALI RiccardoAstana Pro Team,,16VUILLERMOZ AlexisAG2R La Mondiale,,17BARBERO CarlosMovistar Team,,18KUZNETSOV VyacheslavTeam Katusha - Alpecin,,19ROELANDTS JürgenBMC Racing Team,,20BASSO LeonardoTeam Sky,,21DUVAL JulienAG2R La Mondiale,,22BIERMANS JentheTeam Katusha - Alpecin,,23BRAMBILLA GianlucaTrek - Segafredo,,24SÜTTERLIN JashaMovistar Team,,25POLANC JanUAE-Team Emirates,,26MOSCON GianniTeam Sky,,27VAN DEN BERG JuliusTeam EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale,,28BERHANE NatnaelTeam Dimension Data,,29HOULE HugoAstana Pro Team,,30BERNARD JulienTrek - Segafredo,,31CHERNETSKI SergeiAstana Pro Team,,32MCLAY DanielTeam EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale,,33RIABUSHENKO AlexandrUAE-Team Emirates,,34DUNBAR EddieTeam Sky,,35DOULL OwainTeam Sky,,36MEZGEC LukaMitchelton-Scott,,37SCHACHMANN MaximilianQuick-Step Floors,,38ARASHIRO YukiyaBahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team,,39KÜNG StefanBMC Racing Team,,40BOARO ManueleBahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team,,41DE VREESE LaurensAstana Pro Team,,42FENG Chun KaiBahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team,,43SELIG RüdigerBORA - hansgrohe,,44SEIGLE RomainGroupama - FDJ,,45GILBERT PhilippeQuick-Step Floors,,46DOWSETT AlexTeam Katusha - Alpecin,,47GROßSCHARTNER FelixBORA - hansgrohe,,48VAN DER SANDE ToshLotto Soudal,,49EISEL BernhardTeam Dimension Data,,50SINKELDAM RamonGroupama - FDJ,,51MERTZ RémyLotto Soudal,,52HAMILTON LucasMitchelton-Scott,,53SÁNCHEZ Luis LeónAstana Pro Team,,54QUINTANA DayerMovistar Team,,55FERNÁNDEZ RubénMovistar Team,,56KRAGH ANDERSEN SørenTeam Sunweb ,,57SIVAKOV PavelTeam Sky,,58GONÇALVES JoséTeam Katusha - Alpecin,,59DEVENYNS DriesQuick-Step Floors,,60VILLELLA DavideAstana Pro Team,,61ARCAS JorgeMovistar Team,,62ARMÉE SanderLotto Soudal,,63MARTIN TonyTeam Katusha - Alpecin,,64NAESEN LawrenceLotto Soudal,,65DOMONT AxelAG2R La Mondiale,,66URÁN RigobertoTeam EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale,,67ARU FabioUAE-Team Emirates,,68CARTHY HughTeam EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale,,69AGNOLI ValerioBahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team,,70SCHILLINGER AndreasBORA - hansgrohe,,71SWIFT BenUAE-Team Emirates,,72ANACONA WinnerMovistar Team,,73WANG MeiyinBahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team,,74VERONA CarlosMitchelton-Scott,,75GESCHKE SimonTeam Sunweb ,,76VISCONTI GiovanniBahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team,,77PARET-PEINTRE AurélienAG2R La Mondiale,,78PERNSTEINER HermannBahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team,,79VAN HOECKE GijsTeam LottoNL-Jumbo,,80VANDENBERGH StijnAG2R La Mondiale,,81MAGNUSSON KimTeam EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale,,82DLAMINI NicTeam Dimension Data,,83HANSEN AdamLotto Soudal,,84TUSVELD MartijnTeam Sunweb ,,85MEYER CameronMitchelton-Scott,,86MULLEN RyanTrek - Segafredo,,87POWLESS NeilsonTeam LottoNL-Jumbo,,88VANHOUCKE HarmLotto Soudal,,89KUSS SeppTeam LottoNL-Jumbo,,90KENNAUGH PeterBORA - hansgrohe,,91NARVÁEZ JhonatanQuick-Step Floors,,92VAN HOOYDONCK NathanBMC Racing Team,,93CAVAGNA RémiQuick-Step Floors,,94FRAME AlexTrek - Segafredo,,95MARTINELLI DavideQuick-Step Floors,,96BONO MatteoUAE-Team Emirates,,97LÓPEZ DavidTeam Sky,,98DANIEL GregoryTrek - Segafredo,,99BETANCUR CarlosMovistar Team,,100SCHWARZMANN MichaelBORA - hansgrohe,,101SCOTSON MilesBMC Racing Team,,102DOUGALL NicTeam Dimension Data,,103DEBESAY MeksebTeam Dimension Data,,104HOFSTEDE LennardTeam Sunweb ,,105SCHÄR MichaelBMC Racing Team,,106PLANCKAERT BaptisteTeam Katusha - Alpecin,,107HAGA ChadTeam Sunweb ,,108KÄMNA LennardTeam Sunweb ,,109ROOSEN TimoTeam LottoNL-Jumbo,,110RAST GrégoryTrek - Segafredo0:26111KLUGE RogerMitchelton-Scott,,112VANMARCKE SepTeam EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale0:32113JANSEN Amund GrøndahlTeam LottoNL-Jumbo0:36114BAŠKA ErikBORA - hansgrohe,,115TROIA OlivieroUAE-Team Emirates0:39116BEWLEY SamMitchelton-Scott0:48117DELAGE MickaëlGroupama - 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Segafredo,,35MARTINELLI DavideQuick-Step Floors,,36DANIEL GregoryTrek - Segafredo,,37SCOTSON MilesBMC Racing Team,,38HOFSTEDE LennardTeam Sunweb ,,39KÄMNA LennardTeam Sunweb ,,40ROOSEN TimoTeam LottoNL-Jumbo,,41JANSEN Amund GrøndahlTeam LottoNL-Jumbo0:3642BAŠKA ErikBORA - hansgrohe,,43TROIA OlivieroUAE-Team Emirates0:3944LE GAC OlivierGroupama - FDJ0:5245EENKHOORN PascalTeam LottoNL-Jumbo1:4446ARMIRAIL BrunoGroupama - FDJ1:5147DIBBEN JonathanTeam Sky6:41RankNameTime1AG2R La Mondiale7:05:152Trek - Segafredo,,3Astana Pro Team,,4Team Sky,,5Team Katusha - Alpecin,,6Team Dimension Data,,7Quick-Step Floors,,8Movistar Team,,9Mitchelton-Scott,,10BORA - hansgrohe,,11Groupama - FDJ,,12Lotto Soudal,,13Bahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team,,14UAE-Team Emirates,,15Team EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale,,16Team Sunweb ,,17BMC Racing Team,,18Team LottoNL-Jumbo,,Results provided by ProCyclingStats.
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BEIHAI, China (VN) — Philippe Gilbert (Quick-Step Floors) says quitting was not an option for him this summer when he broke his kneecap in the Tour de France.
The Belgian star instead returned two months later and won his first race, the GP d’Isbergues. He now ends his season in the south of China at the Tour of Guangxi.
“Why should I think about quitting? When you like your job, there’s no reason to stop,” Gilbert told VeloNews.
“When you think it’s time to do something different, then it’s just time to stop. For me, the time is not there yet. I still enjoy it. I like to ride my bike and race.”
Gilbert crashed on a descent in the Tour’s stage 16. He finished the stage but had to abandon that night. It appeared that the 36-year-old former world champion and Tour of Flanders winner would not return until 2019, if at all.
“Crashes happen all over the year, sometimes you have less luck when you break a bone, and that was my case,” he added. “I was working hard to come back and I’m happy to be racing again.”
Gilbert showed in his fight to return that same grit that led to his many wins. And when he did pin on a number again at d’Isbergues, he rode clear.
“You always dream of a comeback like that, it’s hard to accomplish it, but I did it, and I’m glad that I did it. It was a good way to be racing again. I was happy about it,” said Gilbert.
“It’s never the same exactly, I lost something, but I’m going to work a lot this winter to get back next season and hopefully I can find the same shape again.”
Gilbert won all three Ardennes classics in the same season, 2011. He won the world championship in 2012 on the Cauberg. He rode solo to win Flanders in 2017. And this year, even though winning only once, he added to Quick-Step’s massive victory haul of 71.
window.iad_1 = googletag.defineSlot('/21732621108/velonews', [300, 250], 'ad-iad-1').defineSizeMapping(szmp_3x2).addService(googletag.pubads());googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display('ad-iad-1'); });“There are many races I still want to win. And some I want to win for a second or third time, some races are really nice. I will want to give it a try and do my best,” Gilbert continued.
“We had a strong collective this year, a lot of time situations where you protect your teammate who was going for the win, and sometimes second or third was the best I could do because the team was winning in front of me. That’s the game.
“It’s still a sport where team spirit is still really important and it plays a role in the tactics. Sometimes you’re the guy protected and racing for the win, sometimes you have to protect others. That’s cycling.”
Gilbert skipped the recent world championships in Innsbruck, but commentated on it for French television. He saw one of his rivals, 38-year-old Spaniard Alejandro Valverde, finally win the title.
“Valverde is a good winner because I think it was his seventh podium, that’s really impressive,” added Gilbert. “He’s been there for many years, and he’s survived everything. I think he deserved this one.”
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Vincenzo Nibali’s bid for a dream ending to erase his nightmare summer of 2018 simply ran out of gas Saturday.
The 34-year-old Italian star gave everything to try to defend his Giro di Lombardia title and end the season the way he started it, with an Italian monument victory. While his audaciousness paid off with victory at Milano-Sanremo, he ran into a superior Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) in the steep hills of northern Italy in Lombardia.
“I raced more with my head than my legs,” Nibali said. “In the end, I didn’t have much energy left. I didn’t even have water in my bottle.”
Even seeing Nibali in the mix over the weekend says much about his character and determination.
Italy’s self-styled shark suffered a terrible back injury on Alpe d’Huez in July. A return at the Vuelta a España put him in decent shape for the world championships, but it was only Saturday that a near-fully recovered Nibali was back in fighting form.
“The worlds were too soon for me,” Nibali said. “It’s a shame but I didn’t have the form to win the rainbow jersey.”
Nibali ends his 2018 campaign with question marks about his future. He shrugged off reports that he’s on the market — “the fruit market or meat market?” he said with a laugh to Italian reporters — and insisted that he will stay with Bahrain-Merida in 2019.
“Joking aside, I’m already on an important team,” he said. “The offers are there but I have not been looking.”
At 34, Nibali is among the few active riders who have won a grand tour. He’s the only rider to win a Tour de France since the emergence of Team Sky as the Tour dominator in 2012, winning in 2014 — the year Chris Froome crashed out.
Can Nibali still be a factor at the Tour? This year, he went all in for yellow and skipped the Giro in part to arrive in July in optimal condition. Despite some early hiccups, Nibali seemed to be in pole position when disaster struck on the Alpe. He crashed hard on his back and endured a painfully long transfer off the mountain in an ambulance. He luckily avoided more serious injury, but his back was fractured and his Tour dreams shattered in an instant.
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“After what happened to me at the Tour, I can only be happy,” he said. “Next week I will undergo other checks and they will tell me if I have fully recovered from the accident.”
Perhaps more than any rider in the bunch, Nibali has the ability to pull something magical out of his hat. He did it in the 2016 Giro and again on the Via Roma to beat the pack at Milano-Sanremo this spring.
Bahrain-Merida is bringing on Rohan Dennis and Dylan Teus, but Nibali remains the gravitational center of the team. One team insider said staffers have full confidence that Nibali can win at least one more grand tour in his career.
For next year, Nibali hinted that he’s putting the Giro back on his radar.
“The Giro seems very interesting,” Nibali said. “Other goals? Unfortunately, the world championship has faded, but I knew I had some limitations. The classic that I miss is the Liege. A very complicated race.”
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Thomas De Gendt and Tim Wellens are almost halfway through their 1000km journey home from Il Lombardia. The ride, which the Lotto Soudal riders have dubbed #TheFinalBreakaway has taken them through northern Italy, and Switzerland thus far with day three due to bring them through France. Having stopped off in Saint-Louis, just beyond the border with Switzerland, the two Belgian riders will continue northwards on a 191km route through the Vosges and over Le Grand Ballon. The climb has featured seven times in the Tour de France, first in 1969 and then most recently in 2014. The ride home from Il Lombardia follows in the footsteps of Aqua Blue Sport riders Conor Dunne and Larry Warbasse, who did their own #NoGoTour after their team pulled out of the Tour of Britain. Bora-Hansgrohe’s Daniel Oss has also done similar adventure rides in Italy as an alternative way of keeping fit but enjoying the ride. ADVERTISEMENT The whole trip will take Wellens and De Gendt six days and they are travelling as normal cyclo-tourists and carrying all their equipment and supplies on their bikes. There has been no need for grabbing musettes from the side of the road or hurriedly scoffing down a gel at a pertinent moment. After riding Il Lombardia on Sunday, where Wellens finished fifth, the duo set off on Monday morning. Day three is the longest so far having ridden 186 kilometres from Como on the opening day, and 150km the following day. The length of the journey chosen is to allow De Gendt and Wellens to take their own time and avoid going above 200km on a single day. From Thursday, the routes will be 156km, 120km with the final ride home the longest at 200km. Both Wellens and De Gendt have been dutifully capturing their ride with photos and videos, capturing the beauty of the mountains in autumn and their lunches and dinners along the way. — Lotto Soudal (@Lotto_Soudal) October 12, 2018
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