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World Championship: Controversy in the U23 men’s race

World Championship: Controversy in the U23 men’s race

September 28, 2019

It’s the morning after the U23 race at the World Championships and there’s only one place to start and that’s with the disqualification of Nils Eekhoff from the Netherlands and the decision from the UCI jury to award Samuele Battistella (Italy) with the rainbow jersey.

Eekhoff had crossed the line first in Harrogate after a seven-man sprint but an hour after the finish it was announced that the UCI jury were investigating the result.

Another hour went by before Eekhoff was seen leaving the race in tears. His crime, drafting after crashing with around 120km to race. The UCI only checked the footage after the race, which of course led to huge uproar from fans, journalists and fellow riders. It’s fair to say that this has been the biggest talking point of the race so far.

We hear from Eekhoff, his national coach, Tom Pidcock, who was bumped from fourth to third as a result, and the UCI.

 

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World Championships: Dennis storms to TT win

World Championships: Dennis storms to TT win

September 25, 2019

Rohan Dennis (Australia) stepped up when it mattered most to deliver a resounding win in the men’s elite time trial at the World Championships on Wednesday.

The Australian decimated the field to defend his 2018 title and answered many of his critics after his controversial walkout from the Tour de France in July.

Dennis beat starlets Remco Evenepoel and Filippo Ganna and we hear from all three riders in our podcast.

We debate where this win leaves Dennis’s career and if this opens the door for a return to Bahrain Merida or if his decision to snub trade team equipment was the nail in the coffin.

 

We analyse a number of other key performances, including several riders who underperformed and we hear from Vuelta a Espana winner Primoz Roglic.

 

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World Championships: Dygert Owen, Van Vleuten, Dennis and Evenepoel

World Championships: Dygert Owen, Van Vleuten, Dennis and Evenepoel

September 24, 2019

In the latest edition of the Cyclingnews podcast, brought to you in association with Sportful, Pinarello, Floyds of Leadville and Wattbike, we hear from Chloe Dygert Owen after she put in a mezermersing performance, demolishing the Dutch pair of Anna van der Breggen and Annemiek van Vleuten to win the women’s elite time trial world title in Yorkshire.

The American covered the 30.4km course in a time of 42.11and put 1:32 into Van der Breggen and 1:52 into Van Vleuten.  We hear from both Dygert Owen and Van Vleuten on their performances.

We also head to press conferences ahead of Wednesday’s elite men's time trial to talk to defending champion Rohan Dennis and Remco Evenepoel, and we preview a number of other favourites for the 54km test.

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World Championships: Team time trial mixed relay

World Championships: Team time trial mixed relay

September 22, 2019

It’s the first day of time trials at the UCI World Championships in Yorkshire and the Cyclingnews team analyse all the action from today’s team time trial mixed relay in which the dominant Dutch brushed aside the challenge from Germany and hosts Great Britain to win the gold.

We hear from Elisa Longo Borghini, Dan Bingham, Jan Bakelants and Lucinda Brand, while we also debate whether the inaugural mixed TTT was a startling success or if the UCI need to go back to the drawing board.

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Did the Colorado Classic make the right decision? – Podcast Women’s Edition

Did the Colorado Classic make the right decision? – Podcast Women’s Edition

September 17, 2019
Find out what Katie Hall, Allie Dragoo, Lindsay Goldman, Omer Shapira, BePink's Walter Zini and race director Sean Petty thought of the inaugural women's-only edition of the race Organisers of the Colorado Classic haven't been shy about trying new ways to make bicycle racing work in the Centennial State, first pairing their 2.HC men's race and US national calendar women's race with a concert in a 'Velorama' with big-named stars they hoped would attract cross-over fans.
 
For this year, however, the Velorama was gone and organisers made the unorthodox move of shedding the men's event and investing their funds in a women's-only UCI 2.1 race. Four stages took the international peloton from Steamboat to Avon and Golden before the finale in downtown Denver in the shadow of Coors Stadium.
 
Chloe Dygert-Owen (Sho-Air Twenty20) swept all four stages, all the jerseys and the overall, but the real winner may have been US women's racing in general as presenting Sponsor VF Corporation decided to return for at least one more year in 2020.
 
The women raced for a total prize purse of $75,000 this year – $5,000 more than the men did in 2018 – and the race crowdfunded tens of thousands more for primes and local charities during the live video coverage that was broadcast for the entirety of each stage.
 
In this edition of the Cyclingnews podcast, Kirsten Frattini and Pat Malach discuss impressions of the race and its potential moving forward. We also hear from Sho-Air Twenty20's Allie Dragoo, who retired after the final stage, Boels Dolman's Katie Hall, Israeli champion Omer Shapira, Hagens Berman-Supermint rider/owner Lindsay Goldman, BePink directeur sportif Walter Zini and Colorado Classic race director Sean Petty.
Can van der Poel win the World Championships, Landa on Bahrain switch and Azevedo on Katusha

Can van der Poel win the World Championships, Landa on Bahrain switch and Azevedo on Katusha

September 13, 2019

Not for the first time in this year’s Tour of Britain Mathieu van der Poel showed a clean pair of heels to his rivals for a convincing stage win that extended his lead.

And not for the first time the Cyclingnews team of Philippa York and Daniel Benson were left debating whether the young Dutchman can take the rainbow jersey later this month in Yorkshire. Joined by author and journalist William Fortheringham, the team look back at the stage and consider whether van der Poel has perhaps played his cards too early ahead of Worlds, while we hear from the rider himself during his stage-winner’s press conference.

 Fotheringham gives us his expert view on the Worlds course having ridden it earlier this year, while York puts to bed the notion that riding on home roads offers any form of advantage. The pair then talk about the similarities between Yorkshire’s course and the one raced in Oslo in 1993. 

There’s also time to check in with Jose Azevedo and the latest problems at Katusha-Alpecin where the riders are still waiting on news over the team’s future, and we catch up with Mikel Landa on whether the move to Bahrain-Merida will finally offer him the chance of sole leadership at a team.

 

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Van der Poel, Trentin and Swift talk World Championships

Van der Poel, Trentin and Swift talk World Championships

September 11, 2019

In the latest episode of the Cyclingnews podcast we catch up with some of the leading contenders for the World Championships who are currently finessing their form at the Tour of Britain.

We speak to young Dutch sensation Mathieu van der Poel about his chances in Yorkshire and growing level of expectancy he has on his shoulders.

We also hear from Italian leader Matteo Trentin on his nations chances, a generation of riders now at their peak, and the merits of racing on British roads ahead of Yorkshire.

There’s a catch up with the British national champion Ben Swift on his time at UAE Team Emirates and how he is hoping to galvanize a team around him despite only having six spots on the start line.

Finally, time trial specialist and super domestique Luke Durbridge gives us his take on the Australian team, Rohan Dennis’ chances on defending his time trial title, and the merits of announcing squads as early as possible.

What’s more Philippa York is on hand to give her expert opinion on an array of topics with the Worlds just over a week away.

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Oscar Freire: The rise of a legend at the 1999 World Championships

Oscar Freire: The rise of a legend at the 1999 World Championships

September 9, 2019

1999 had its highs and lows. For every No Scrubs by TLC there was a Mambo Number 5 or virtually anything from the Backstreet Boys’ back catalogue. Bluetooth came about, we all played Snake on our Nokia 3210s, and a Texan shocked the world by winning the Tour de France. Whatever happened to him?

But when it came to professional cycling, maybe the best thing about the sport was just how inaccessible it was. If you wanted to keep up with European racing, your options were either the four lines of text posted on Ceefax, loading up Cyclingnews on your parents’ dodgy modem, or waiting a week for your favourite cycling magazine to hit the shelves.

However you managed to follow cycling back then, the fact that you had work for it only added to the romance. And the final UCI World Championships of the 1990s were arguably the most romantic and beautiful of the entire decade. The setting was perfect, the line-up stellar, even the race-winning break was filled with a mouthwatering array of talent. And, to top it all, we had a shock winner.

This is the story of Oscar Friere’s 1999 Worlds win and how a complete unknown stormed to victory in one of the biggest upsets the sport had ever seen.

Join us as we re-tell the race on its 20th anniversary, and head to meet with Friere at his home in Northern Spain.

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A special thanks to everyone who was interviewed: Oscar Freire, Hugo Coorevits, Servais Knaven, Rolf Aldag, Scott Moninger, Sven Montgomery, Dirk Demol and Dimitri Konyshev.

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