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Wiggins stops bid to make British 2020 Olympic team in rowing - News Shorts
Fri, 21 Sep 2018 19:52:00 +0000

Bradley Wiggins has stopped his efforts to make the British Olympic team for the 2020 Summer Games in Tokyo in rowing, telling Eurosport on his eponymous show that he has too much to do.

"I'm still training every day, most days, with it. But I've decided that I'm not going for the Olympics because I've got too much other stuff to do," Wiggins told show host Adam Green.

"I need to give myself a break. I just haven't got time to train three times a day. To the level I want to do it to it's a full-time job in itself..."

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After retiring from cycling in 2016, the former Tour de France and Olympic champion on the road and track took up rowing but struggled to match the power of athletes who were much larger. When Wiggins won the Tour in 2012 he was 67kg, but some of his competitors weigh in over 100kg.

When Wiggins debuted at the 2017 British Indoor Championships, he finished a distant 21st. In 2018, he joined the Tideway Scullers team in the Masters B eight, taking third place.

Dion Smith to Mitchelton-Scott

Mitchelton-Scott announced the signing of New Zealand's Dion Smith. The 25-year-old currently races with Wanty-Groupe Gobert and wore the mountains jersey in this year's Tour de France for three stages.

Maes renews with Lotto Soudal

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Carthy renews with EF Education First-Drapac
Fri, 21 Sep 2018 15:59:00 +0000

EF Education First-Drapac announced on Friday that Briton Hugh Carthy has extended his contract with the team for another two seasons. The 24-year-old feels he has made good progress with the team and hopes to continue on an upward trajectory.

"I made great progress last winter," Carthy said in a team press release. "I made some changes with my training and lifestyle and added that to the experiences I gained last season. Sometimes progress isn't always visible on TV. I've made steps forward all year and grown in confidence as a result."

Carthy came to the team in 2017 after two seasons with Caja Rural, with whom he claimed stage and overall victories in the Tour of Korea and Vuelta a Asturias. He was also the best young rider in the Volta a Catalunya in 2016 and completed his first Grand Tour, the Vuelta a España that year.

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With EF-Drapac, Carthy raced in the last two editions of the Giro d'Italia and this year landed on the podium of the Colorado Classic and won the mountains classification.

"I'm happy that I have been allowed to grow and develop without significant pressure," Carthy said. "The development process varies in length between different riders, so it's important to have belief and trust behind you."

Team CEO Jonathan Vaughters takes pride in developing young riders, and thinks the Carthy has been building a solid base for future success.

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Ten Dam signs for CCC team
Fri, 21 Sep 2018 12:00:00 +0000

The nascent CCC team, run by Continuum Sports, have confirmed the signing of Laurens ten Dam from Team Sunweb, with the Dutchman becoming the latest in a long list of signings. News of Ten Dam's move was first reported last month but was officially confirmed on Friday.

The 37-year-old brings 16 years of experience to the table, with 10 appearances at the Tour de France under his belt. He spent eight years at LottoNL-Jumbo - formerly Rabobank - before joining Sunweb in 2016, where he has helped Tom Dumoulin win the 2017 Giro d'Italia and then finish second at this year's Tour.

“I wasn’t necessarily looking to change teams but I’m not afraid to change, I’ve done it quite a few times in my career, and this was a good opportunity that presented itself. I really welcome the chance for a carte blanche, a clean slate, and to join Continuum Sports with some new goals and opportunities, as well as having some more freedom,” Ten Dam said.

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“Although we haven’t yet discussed my program, I really like racing in the United States so I hope to be able to race there next year and of course, line up at some of the Grand Tours. I want to get the best out of myself and help the team, especially with a leader like Greg Van Avermaet as I can help him in some of the hillier races. For now, the team doesn’t have a clear general classification rider but you never know how the team will develop in the coming seasons so I look forward to seeing the team grow and playing a part in this.”

Ten Dam's departure is something of a blow to Dumoulin, with another of his domestiques, Simon Geshcke, already signed for CCC as well.

The team is essentially a merger of the current BMC Racing and Pro Continental-level CCC Sprandi Polkowice outfits, which will race under the BMC team's WorldTour licence, owned by Jim Ochowicz's company Continuum Sports. The new team, which is headlined by current Olympic road race champion Greg Van Avermaet, has yet to name any Grand Tour-contender signings for next season, and may initially remain built around Van Avermaet's one-day Classics ambitions.

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Nairo Quintana to ride Memorial Marco Pantani ahead of World Championships
Fri, 21 Sep 2018 11:17:00 +0000

Nairo Quintana (Movistar) is set to make one more racing appearance ahead of the World Championships road race next week. The Colombian will ride the Italian one-day race Memorial Marco Pantani on Saturday along with recovering teammate Mikel Landa, who confirmed earlier this week that he will not be racing at the Worlds in Innsbruck.

The near-200-kilometre race will give Quintana a chance to test his legs after finishing the Vuelta a España last weekend.

Quintana rode the Vuelta having already contested the overall classification at the Tour de France in July. After showing some good signs towards the end of the second week of racing, he began to waver and would eventually be put to work as a super domestique for Alejandro Valverde. He would declare his Vuelta a disappointment after riding into Madrid last Sunday in eighth place overall.

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Landa was supposed to join Quintana and Valverde at the Vuelta but was forced to sit it out after fracturing a vertebra and a rib in a crash at the Clásica San Sebastián. He had also been tentatively named in Spain’s line-up for the World Championships but told selector Javier Minguez that he would not be fit enough to ride after pulling out of his return to racing at the Giro della Toscana earlier this week. Landa rode the Coppa Sabatini on Thursday, but would drop out of that too.

Quintana and Landa will be joined by Jorge Arcas, Rubén Fernández, Dayer Quintana, Jose Joaquin Rojas and Eduardo Sepúlveda. Of the seven riders named for the race, Sepúlveda is also set to ride the Worlds road race, while Arcas is in contention for a spot in the time trial.

The Memorial Marco Pantani is 199.8 kilometres long and a circuit that contains the classified climb, which the riders will take on three times. The peloton will then transition into a finishing circuit before the finish line Cesenatico. The flat circuit makes it hard for the climbers to win at the end of the day but the multiple climbs ensure that the race concludes in a reduced sprint or a breakaway. Amore & Vita-Selle SMP’s Marco Zampraella beat Diego Ulissi and Egan Bernal to take the win last season.

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Nizzolo signs for Dimension Data
Fri, 21 Sep 2018 10:38:00 +0000

As revealed by Cyclingnews this week, Giacomo Nizzolo will ride for Dimension Data next year, with the South African team confirming the Italian sprinter's arrival on Friday.

The signing of Nizzolo, on a two-year deal, comes as Dimension Data prepare to lose Mark Cavendish, who looks set to join Bahrain-Merida. 

Nizzolo has only ever known one team, having spent all of eight of his professional years at Trek-Segafredo, joining when the team was established in 2011.

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Although he didn't manage to win a Giro d'Italia stage - a feat that has narrowly eluded him over the past few years - he had a successful 2016 campaign, winning the points classification at the Giro, becoming Italian national champion, and taking six other race wins. In the past couple of years, however, he has struggled with illness and injury, in particular a lingering knee problem. 

“It’s an emotional moment for me, as I am changing teams for the first time in my pro career. Coming off two seasons in which physical issues have affected the chances to pursue my goals, I chose the project that showed me the greatest trust and that could put me in the best position to go for the big targets," Nizzolo said. 

“Since talking to the Head of Performance, Rolf Aldag, I was impressed with the ambitions and vision that drive Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka has and I was sure that I wanted this team to be the next exciting step in my career. One of the big motivations behind my choice is the fact that Team Dimension Data will put me in the ideal conditions to pursue my ambitions in the sprints, showing complete confidence in me and providing the backing of an impressive lead out squad, that will get even better in 2019.

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To Hell and back: A World Championships preview - Podcast
Fri, 21 Sep 2018 09:00:00 +0000

The UCI Road World Championships in Innsbruck are just around the corner with the team time trial due to bring up the curtain on the event this Sunday. There will be eight days of action in the Austrian city, which will feature some of the toughest World Championship courses in recent memory.

In this week's edition of the Cyclingnews Podcast, the team of Sadhbh O'Shea, Patrick Fletcher and Procycling editor Ed Pickering take a look at what's to come in Innsbruck. We talk about the demise of the team time trial, the dominance of the Dutch and we analyse the tough road race courses, including the so-called Hell Climb. Finally, the team lay their cards on the table and make their predictions for the road races. How many will they get right?

We also hear from former-journalist-turned-press-officer Philippe Maertens about his memories of the 1999 World Championships in Verona.

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OVO Energy Women's Tour grows to six stages for 2019
Fri, 21 Sep 2018 07:17:00 +0000

The OVO Energy Women's Tour will be made up of six stages in 2019, the race organisers announced on Friday morning.

The women's version of the Tour of Britain has steadily increased its reputation since its first edition in 2014, and can now look forward to attracting even more interest from teams, fans and the media for what is already a hugely popular and successful event, having already attracted 14 of the world's top 15 women's teams in 2018.

"We are delighted to have been granted a sixth day of racing for the OVO Energy Women's Tour to build upon the success of the first five editions," said race director Mick Bennett in a press release.

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"Teams and riders have been asking us to extend the event and to broaden the range of stages, which the flexibility of a sixth day will enable us to do."

Like at the Tour Down Under in Australia, which also has both a men's and women's race, this year's Women's Tour and the Tour of Britain both had equal prize money, underlining the organisers' wish to challenge gender inequality in sport.

"This is fantastic news, both for the event and for women's cycling as a whole," said Chief Executive of British Cycling, Julie Harrington, of the race's additional stage.

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Latest Worlds TTT line-ups: AG2R, Astana, Katusha, Movistar
Fri, 21 Sep 2018 02:05:00 +0000

While the likes of BMC Racing, Quick-Step Floors and defending champions Team Sunweb have to be considered the most likely candidates for the top placings at the team time trial event at the UCI World Championships in Innsbruck, Austria, this Sunday, a number of teams start the race with the hope of nabbing a podium spot.

Katusha-Alpecin have unveiled an extremely strong six-man line-up for this weekend's TTT, led by four-time individual world champion Tony Martin and five-time British TT champion Alex Dowsett.

They'll be well supported by Nathan Haas, Reto Hollenstein, Nils Politt and Mads Würtz Schmidt, and surely have to be considered a medal prospect.

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Movistar will field Andrey Amador, Winner Anacona, Imanol Erviti, Nelson Oliveira, Marc Soler and Jasha Sütterlin, and will be hoping to repeat – or better – their performance at the 2015 Worlds, held in Richmond, USA, where they took the bronze medal.

AG2R La Mondiale will be represented in the TTT by Silvan Dillier, François Bidard, Alexis Gougeard, Nico Denz, Gediminas Bagdonas and Alexandre Geniez.

Geniez was recently announced as the final member of the French national team for the Worlds road race, which takes place on the following Sunday – September 30 – so will be happy to use the team time trial event as somewhat of a warm-up.

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Trek announces new UCI cyclo-cross team
Thu, 20 Sep 2018 22:55:00 +0000

Trek is adding another arrow to its quiver of UCI teams to compliment the Trek-Segafredo men's WorldTour team and the Trek Factory Racing women's road team, announcing today the Trek Factory Racing Cyclocross team that will race a full calendar of UCI events during the 2018-19 season.

The new team will feature current Trek athletes Ellen Noble and U23 world champion Evie Richards in the elite category, as well as Trek Cyclocross Collective graduate Emma Swartz, who will focus on U23 events in the US and abroad.

“I am really excited to be kicking off the season with the new Trek Factory Racing Cyclocross squad,” said Noble, a three-time US national champion in the U23s and juniors. “I am so proud to be teammates with two amazing women, and I'm personally very excited to get the racing underway and see how the changes that I've implemented in my training and racing pays off. I have a great feeling about this season for the team as a whole, and I can't wait to see what we accomplish.”

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Noble finished second to 14-time US champion Katie Compton in the US nationals last year, and she was third in the Trek CXC Cup World Cup race in Waterloo, Wisconsin. She raced a full calendar of races in Europe, finishing second to World Champion Sanne Cant in DVV-Flandriencross. Noble is hoping to take another step in her development this year, and so far has claimed two second-place finishes at Rochester Cyclocross in New York.

Richards, from Great Britain, just finished a full World Cup mountain bike season and is looking forward to turning her attention to cyclo-cross.

“I can’t believe I'm starting the season off in America," Richards said. "It’s been something I've always wanted to do since I raced in Zolder, and it will be even more special that the kickoff event is Trek’s very own World Cup, where I'll be racing in the colors of their new cross team."

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WADA reinstates Russian Anti-Doping Agency to outcry
Thu, 20 Sep 2018 20:05:00 +0000

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) voted on Thursday to reinstate the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA), declaring that RUSADA had fulfilled all the conditions to be deemed compliant with the WADA code.

WADA's decision led to an outcry from other Anti-Doping bodies who argued that RUSADA had not fulfilled the terms of its 'roadmap' to compliance set down by WADA and that by declaring RUSADA 'compliant' and open for business, WADA had 'shifted the goalposts'.

United States Anti-Doping Agency CEO Travis Tygart called the decision "a devastating blow to the world's clean athletes".

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RUSADA has been out of business (declared non-compliant) since November 2015, when investigators unearthed a sweeping state-sponsored doping conspiracy that included wide-spread cover-ups of doping positives and even tampering with doping samples at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.

WADA laid out specific changes RUSADA would need to make in order to be reinstated, and while the agency had complied with many of the demands, the negotiations were stuck on two important points that could lead to athletes being sanctioned for Anti-Doping Rule Violations (ADRVs) and possibly stripped of their Olympic medals.

For years, Russia has refused to accept the findings of the McLaren report that detailed the conspiracy and to open up its doors to WADA, allowing full access to stored urine samples and the Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) that tracks and stores test results on athlete samples and the analytical findings of the tests.

Will the agreement lead to sanctions?

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