Author: CyclingTE

Rigoberto Urán may have cracked more than a few jokes in the EF Education-EasyPost press conference before O Gran Camiño, but it was also crystal clear that both he and teammate Richard Carapaz are taking their next racing challenge, which starts Thursday in A Coruña, very seriously indeed.Both Carapaz and Urán were in the thick of the action in the recently completed Tour Colombia, finishing second and fourth overall, with Carapaz’ solo victory on the Queen Stage at the Alto del Vino summit finish arguably one of the most memorable of his career to date.The duo recognised however, that O…

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Jonas Vingegaard (Visma-Lease A Bike) has suggested that he faces a tougher array of rivals than ever before at the Tour de France, with Tadej Pogačar, Primož Roglič and Remco Evenepoel all set to line out this year. “That will make it harder to win it,” Vingegaard said.The Danish rider was talking before O Gran Camiño, his first race of the 2023 season, a year in which he is aiming to become the first man to win three successive Tours since Chris Froome claimed the race in 2015, 2016 and 2017.Vingegaard won a duel against Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates)…

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William Junior Lecerf (Soudal-QuickStep) won the fourth stage at the Tour du Rwanda, winning the reduced group sprint into Rubavu. Lecerf crossed the line first ahead of previous day’s stage winner Jhonatan Restrepo (Team Polti Kometa) and Julien Simon (TotalEnergies).Pepijn Reinderink (Soudal-QuickStep) maintained his overall lead and will wear the leader’s jersey into stage 5 but is tied on time with both Lecerf and Restrepo.The fourth stage was 93km between Karongi and Rubavu, and included five categorised climbs, with the toughest, a 12km, category 1 climb over Kinhria located roughly 30km to go.Pierre Latour (TotalEnergies) emerged as an early breakaway…

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Tour de France Femmes director Marion Rousse has dismissed Patrick Lefevere’s claim that her partner Julian Alaphilippe’s struggles in recent seasons have been due to his lifestyle.In an interview with Belgian magazine Humo published on Wednesday, Lefevere claimed that Alaphilippe had lost focus since signing his current contract with Soudal-QuickStep in 2021. “Too much partying, too much alcohol…” Lefevere said. “Julian is seriously under the influence of Marion Rousse. Maybe too much.”Rousse responded to Lefevere’s comments with a post on Twitter in which she called on the Soudal-QuickStep manager to show “more class” and warned him not to speak again…

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For Safiya Al-Sayegh (UAE Team ADQ), the 2024 season will mark the highlight of her cycling career so far as she is preparing to race in the Olympic Games road race in Paris. Cyclingnews sat down with the 22-year-old Emirati to talk about her way into pro cycling, her goals for the future, and the development of women’s cycling in the Middle East.Even though she was not racing the UAE Tour Women herself, having made her season debut in the Australian races in January instead, Al-Sayegh was in high demand by local media and fans as she is the first Emirati…

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Lotte Kopecky has committed her long-term future to SD Worx-Protime after extending her contract until 2028.Her current deal was set to end in 2024 but the Dutch side negotiated a new contract, ending any speculation about the World Champion changing team anytime soon.Kopecky is one of the two best riders in women’s cycling alongside teammate Demi Vollering. In her past two seasons at the Dutch team, she has won Strade Bianche, two Tours of Flanders, Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, a stage and the green jersey at the Tour de France Femmes, alongside the world title in Glasgow.“I am very happy to…

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Thanks to an anonymous source, Cyclingnews understands that beleaguered multi-sport retail giant, WiggleCRC (comprising Wiggle and Chain Reaction Cycles) is to lay off its entire workforce.It appears that this is the final act before sale, with the new owner not wanting to take any staff onwards from the business as it currently stands. While a number of staff are currently remaining, the majority of the workforce has been made redundant immediately. An anonymous source says that “once the warehouse is clear, it’s game over. Wiggle and CR [Chain Reaction. ed.] will cease. The brands have been bought, but IP only –…

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Image 1 of 17Ben O’Connor (Decathlon AG2R La Mondiale) celebrates stage 3 victory at the 2024 UAE Tour(Image credit: Getty Images)O’Connor takes the plaudits on the stage after his win(Image credit: Getty Images)Jay Vine (UAE Team Emirates) was second on the stage and takes over the race lead(Image credit: Getty Images)The peloton during the early moments of the stage(Image credit: Getty Images)The peloton make their way through the desert(Image credit: Getty Images)Ineos Grenadiers in charge at the head of affairs(Image credit: Getty Images)The peloton massed together on stage 3(Image credit: Getty Images)There weren’t too many spectators out in UAE desert(Image…

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We are currently mid-way through the Six Nations rugby championship, and as a proud Wales rugby fan I must admit it’s not been the most enjoyable watching experience. Regardless, something very interesting has come out of the tournament that could well modernise pro cycling’s protocols when it comes to head injury management. A BBC Sport article has reported that rugby players are now using ‘smart’ gumshields, which allow support staff to monitor the g-forces experienced by the players’ heads in real time.Contrasting head injury protocolsWhile rugby doesn’t necessarily have the greatest history of head injury protocols – evidenced by an ongoing…

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