Triathlon Mixed Relay Cup: Nottingham, Leed team takes the victory in the inaugural event

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It was the Leeds team the one that beat 16 other international and domestic quarters and finally won the today’s inaugural British Triathlon Mixed Relay Cup race that was held in Nottingham.

 

Tom Bishop was the one to anchor the Leeds one team, as they fully completed their four-people relay over a super sprint distance in only 1 hour, 18 minutes and 58 seconds. Loughborough 1 took the second place as Canada third.

 

Part of Leeds 1 was also Georgia Taylor-Brown, Aaron Royle and Jess Learmonth. This mixed relay format is expected to have its Olympic debut in the 2020’s Games.

 

 

How it unfolded

In total, there were 17 teams that entered the competition that had two women and two men, making a team of four.  Women were the first to complete a super-sprint triathlon that included a 300 m swim, 7.5 km bike ride and 1.5 km run right before activating their team-mate to take over.

 

When asked by BBC, about today’s event, double Olympic triathlon champion Alastair Brownlee, who is currently resting following hip surgery, stated: “The initial analogy in the idea for the Mixed Relay Cup was of the FA Cup – your local team could go through the rounds to have the chance to compete against the best. Hopefully it will go up to three or four events a year.”


On the other hand, Bishop, a crucial member of the Great Britain’s squad who competes on the ITU World Series circuit, when asked by BBC Sport, said:

“I thought I can’t leave it down to a sprint finish. I’m not known for that. It was still not 100% sure after the bike but I made sure.

 

“From the start of my leg I was nervous but by the end I was just so proud to compete for Leeds.”

Chris Froome on brink to pack an historic victory of Vuelta a Espana

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One of the biggest bike events of 2017, Vuelta a Espana, will soon crown his new British king. Chris Froome will officially become the first ever British rider to win one of the biggest bike racing events of the year.

 

He will also be the first man in history to ever win Spain’s biggest bike event of 2017 straight after winning the world’s other grand Tour; Tour de France.


The 32-year old cyclist challenged his nearest rival, Italian Vincenzo Nibali and broke into tears after crossing the finish line of the yesterday’s stage. He admitted this grand tour to have been the most challenging and difficult he has ever ridden.

 

The best team

 

So far, team Sky’s riders were the strongest and made the best team of the Spain’s tour. The same thing they did at Le Tour a couple of months ago. However, their extraordinary and consecutive performances have raised some serious questions. Team Sky had an outstanding Anti-Doping investigation history that involved the usage of painkillers and the famous jiffy bag part of the 2011 Criterium du Dauphine tour.

 

Sadly, they lost many of their fans following their last year’s exposure by a few Russian hackers that suggested Bradley Wiggins’ use of Therapeutic Use Exemptions.

 

However, these unfortunate events should never fade away Froome and the team Sky’s other amazing riders’ performances, work and talent.


“I think he deserves not only to win Sports Personality of the Year, but he deserves a knighthood,” former Vuelta a Espana winner, Sean Kelly told Eurosport.

 

“I think Froome, at the moment, is getting very close to being at the top of the rankings all-time. Alongside the likes of Bernard Hinault and Miguel Indurain, the guys who won five Tour de France titles as well as Giros and Vueltas.”

 

Chantal Blaak just got women’s World Championship road race victory

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Chantal Blaak wins women’s World Championships Road race as Gardfoot and Dideriksen took silver and bronze respectively.

 

Blaak soloed to today’s race victory in the elite women’s World Championships road race that is currently taking place in Bergen. First place comes right after Blaak’s Dutch team had an outstanding numerical advantage count in the victory.

 

Unfortunately, today’s race saw no British winner despite the efforts made. Tomorrow, is men’s turn to perform with Peter Sagan being the main part of the group of cyclists that are closest to victory, trying to get three rainbow jerseys in a row.

 


During her post-race interview, Blaak admitted that she went hard on Salmon Hill because she knew a very strong group would definitely come across.

 

“It was so hard with three Dutch riders at the end. Britain really bonded as a team this week. We can be really proud, we really raced it today.”

 

On the other side, Lizzie Deignan admitted to be very happy for Blaak and not disappointed at all since her efforts made her part of every move trying hard to lead the race. “My team kept me going. If they weren’t there I might have pulled out,”- she said.

 

 

Today’s race classification

 

Chantal Blaak (Netherlands / Netherlands) 4:06:30″

 

Katrin Garfoot (Australia) +28″

 

Amalie Dideriksen (Denmark)

 

Annemiek van Vleuten (Netherlands)

 

Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Poland)

 

Christine Majerus (Luxembourg)

 

Susanne Andersen (Norway)

 

Anna van der Breggen (Netherlands)

 

Emilia Fahlin (Sweden)

 

Elena Cecchini (Italy

 

 

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Tour de Yorkshire 2018: Unveil the 8 hosting locations for next season’s tour now

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Tour de Yorkshire’s fourth edition has now listed the 8 hosting locations for next season’s tour. They are as follows:

 

1- Scarborough (North Yorkshire)

2- Barnsley (South Yorkshire)

3- Beverley (East Yorkshire)

4- Ilkley (Bradford)

5- Doncaster (South Yorkshire)

6- Leeds (West Yorkshire)

7- Richmond (North Yorkshire)

8- Halifax (Calderdale)

 

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These are the locations published by the Welcome To Yorkshire and Amaury Sport Organization organizers revealed to host the now-expanded four-day men’s cycling race which is planned to take place between 3 and 6 of May.

 

On the other hand, the Asda Women’s Tour de Yorkshire is also doubling in size going from a one-day race to a two-day race. It will take place in 3 and 4 May next year.

 

Chief Executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, Sir Gary Verity, said: “The Tour de Yorkshire is a true success story and in just three years it has grown to become one of the best attended and most dramatic races on the cycling calendar.”

 

“Of course, with the men’s race being extended to four days and the women’s race now being held over two, it means we can visit more parts of the county and I know our eight starts and finish locations will put on a real show.”

 

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A successful season

 


This year, the third edition of Tour de Yorkshire took place in April. It clearly showcased an increased interest among fans, sponsors and cyclists returning once again stronger than ever while doubled in size.

 

A record of 2.2 million spectators lined the route able to generate more than 64 million pounds for the economy of Yorkshire showing once again the success of this year’s Tour de Yorkshire.

 

The tour had also a live streaming in around 180 countries attracting up to 9.8 million global viewers.

 

Christian Prudhomme, Director of the Tour de France at the A.S.O, during an official interview, declared: “The Tour de Yorkshire has gone from strength to strength over the last three years and we are delighted to be working in partnership with such a great team at Welcome to Yorkshire.

 

“The way people get behind the race in Yorkshire is incredible. We are looking forward to another fantastic edition in 2018.”

 

Asian city of Weihai ready to welcome world’s best triathletes for the first ITU World Cup event

 

One of the most famous and beautiful coastal Chinese cities; Weihai is now ready to welcome some of the world’s elite triathletes. They will all compete for the first time at the ITU 2017 Weihai World Cup competition.

 

Weihai, located right on the coast of China’s north-east Shandong province, features some truly breathtaking views with lush forests and picturesque sea-side areas and islands.

 

Finally, after many years welcoming Long Distance ITU events, the city of Weihai will have the chance to debut in the World Cup format with its own Olympic-distance race.


Triathletes will have to swim for 1.5 kilometers before facing six total 6,7-km laps while cycling. Finally, the race will end with a 10- kilometer run.

 

 

Keeping up with…

 

It is expected a total of 34 men triathletes to compete and claim the first ever World Cup victory.  Uxio Abuin Ares from Spain who won two World Cups last year in Japan and Korea is part of this group just like Spanish Antonio Serrat Seoane. After an impressive performance, he was able to take fifth place in the U23 World Championships around two weeks ago.

 

Fans should also prepare themselves to see Jolanda Annen, among others. The Swiss triathlete is considered to be one of the biggest rising stars today. She finished in the 10th place in the Word Championships this season right after getting her first ever top-five finish in the WTS Edmontong event and her first ever victory at Cagliari at the World Cup competition.

 

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Team Sky’s Gianni Moscon in big trouble after accused of causing FDJ cyclist to crash

 

Team Sky’s rider, Gianni Moscon, is once again facing troubles with the police after being accused of deliberately causing his rival to crash during a race on Tuesday.

 

The police are now investigating this case while team Sky faces another embarrassment situation involving its 23-year old rider. Apparently, Sebastien Reichenbach has claimed Moscon intentionally made the him crash when racing in Tre Valli Varesine in Italy.

 


Reichenbach, who rides for French team FDJ, filed a complaint against his rival with the UCI governing body and the police. The crash left him with a fractured elbow.

 

“Moscon intentionally put me on the ground,” Reichenbach said during an interview on Wednesday. “He deliberately threw himself against me. On a descent, the accident could have had even more serious consequences.”

 

 

Denying any responsibility

 

While on the other hand, Moscon has completely denied any type of responsibility on this matter. “It’s not true. It’s nothing to do with me,” the 23-year-old said. “We were on a section of rough road and Reichenbach’s hands slipped from his handlebars. I’ve never spoken to him in my life.”

 

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Unfortunately, this isn’t the first time Moscon has made it to the headlines. Earlier this year, FDJ accused the 23-year old rider for racially abusing with Kevin Reza. Later, Team Sky’s rider admitted the guilt and received a six-week ban from any competition.

 

On Tuesday, Moscon tweeted that he was “very sorry” to hear that the incident had caused Reichenbach an injury and wished him “the best recovery”.

 


Apparently, team Sky took the incident more seriously than that.  On Wednesday, they issued a statement saying: “First and foremost, we wish Sébastien a quick recovery from his injuries.

 

“With regards to the circumstances around the crash, it is right and fair that the full facts are established and that those involved first have the opportunity to provide their own view through the proper channels.

 

 

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Tour of Guangxi: Tim Wellens takes victory at the Queen stage

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Lotto-Soudal’s rider, Tim Wellens has just taken the victory at the Tour of Guangxi’s Queen Stage. The Belgian pro rider was able to give an impressive uphill performance crossing the finish line right before Nicolas Roche and Bauke Mollema.

 

The fourth stage started in Nanning and finished in Mashan Nongla. The 151-km stage featured a first category climb right before the finish line. Since in the beginning, the first riders to create a breakaway were Sunweb’s rider, Lennard Hofstede, LottoNL-Jumbo’r rider, Victor Campenaerts, Pavel Kochetkov (Katusha-Alpecin) and Antonio Molina (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA).


Since the first half of the stage, the riders were able to create a seven-minute advantage from the pack which reeled back during the last 5 kilometers.

 

“I didn’t feel super good at the start of the stage but the team gave me confidence,” Belgian rider said. “My teammates helped me all day and kept me out of the wind. As we approached the finale I felt better and better and I had great legs on the final climb.

 

“Roche was the first to make his move, and I came back a bit later with Mollema. Then it was my turn to attack and I managed to go clear. Of course, it gives a very good feeling, everyone wanted to win today and it was not easy. It’s a special experience to race here. I have to say that the organization is super good, with nice hotels and beautiful roads. It is also good to show our team in such fashion in China. Our co-sponsor Soudal is also active here!”

 

He also admitted to now be in a great position that allows his to defend the leader’s jersey despite the fact it won’t be an easy task to do so. He added that his team is his strongest point and he knows he can count on them any time.


Wellens now leads the General Classification of the tour and has a 4-secopnd advantage from Mollema, and 9 from Roche with another two stages to go.

‘Are there cookies?’, Gaimon replies to Cancellara’s invitation to beat him to a race

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Fabian Cancellara has taken Giamon’s accusations about having used mechanical doping to win Tour of Flanders and also Paris-Roubaix in 2010, very seriously. That is why, he has decided to challenge American pro rider to a race.

 

The war of words between two cyclists has just started. However, it is intense and aims to be used as a great tactic to promote his (Cancellara) post-career commercial activities.

 

He used Twitter to invite Gaimon to race together at one of the eight Chasing Cancellara events planned for next season.

 

These VIP events offer anyone the chance to take on Cancellara on a limited-time route. The ones who beat him are automatically awarded a ‘Fabian Cancellara Conqueror Certificate’.

 

 

Gaimon better start training

 

Cancellara finished his direct offer by admitting to be curious to see how much watt can Gaimon push. He advised him to start training if he wants to win the race ironically adding the #nomotorneeded hashtag to seal the offer.

 

However, Gaimon didn’t seem impressed quickly giving his own respond.  He wrote:  “Are there cookies? Bike rides should have cookies”, not saying if he would take up Cancellara’s offer or not.

 

Soon after the book came out, the Swiss riders’ lawyers demanded Gaimon to apologize and also remove the book from sale. However Gaimon didn’t seem to care about these requests. He claimed that he was simply “repeating a rumor that’s well-documented and many years old.”

 

“Put a gun to my head and that’s what I believe so I’d be a liar if I left it out. But I claim no revelations or proof, so I don’t see it being ‘taken off the shelves’. Except by the folks buying it”, he added.

 

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Breaking news: Holowesko-Citadel gets Pro Continental status for 2018

 

The American team, Holowesko-Citadel, has now finally earned the Pro Continental status and will use it starting from 2018 after six years being a Continental outfit.

 

Besides the move to the second division of Pro cycling, the team has planned on bringing some new riders and also team directors to use for the upcoming season.

 

Until now, the team’s performance director is found. Bobby Julich, the winner of Criterium International and Paris-Nice, will be the one to hold this challenging and demanding position. His 16-year old career will certainly come in handy.

 

 

On the other hand, Serbian Olympian Radisa Cubric is set to be the team’s second director while the new riders are as follows:

 

Fabian Lienhard

Evan Bybee

Bryan Gomez

Dane Nicolai Broechner

Grant Koontz

Brayan Sanchez

Andrew Dahlheim

Morgan Schmitt

 

“Fabian is going to fit perfectly with our team; he’s already friends with a few of our returning riders, and he’s one of those guys who is dependable in a variety of conditions,” Bobby Julich said.

 

“As for Nicolai — he has great past experience racing in the United States, and I believe he has a lot of potential in the one-day races. I look forward to passing along my experience in time trialing with him.”

 

While chief sport director, Thomas Craven, added:  “I’m excited to have this great group of guys return for another year on the team. TJ is a great climber, and Miguel has shown great skill in delivering Murphy to the front at the perfect time. The team will be even stronger this coming year with the addition of some other key players.”

 

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Holowesko-Citadel full 2018 team

 

Miguel Bryon (US)

Andrew Dahlheim (US)

Evan Bybee (US)

Ruben Companioni (Cub)

Nicolai Broechner (Dk)

Bryan Gomez (Col)

Joe Lewis (Aus)

TJ Eisenhart (US)

Andrei Krasilnikau (Blr)

Andzs Flaksis (Lat)

Fabian Lienhard (Swi)

Grant Koontz (US)

John Murphy (US)

Brendan Rhim (US)

Brayan Sanchez (Col)

Morgan Schmitt (US)

 

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World Triathlon Series 2019; Bidding is Now Opened

 

There has been only one day since the International Triathlon Union has officially opened the bidding process for the World Triathlon Series 2019.

 

Every interested city in hosting one of the world’s biggest triathlon races, now has the chance to become part of it. They can submit their official candidacy by 20th of February, 2018. The winners will be announced on April 29.

 

“Every season, the World Triathlon Series brings the world’s best triathletes to the world’s greatest cities. Offering them global exposure and a worldwide audience…As well as the thrill and live atmosphere of elite-level racing,” ITU President and IOC Member, Marisol Casado, said.

 

“Each year, the WTS attracts thousands of triathletes and spectators to our events. And by hosting one of these exciting races, we offer your city the perfect way to promote the enormous positive benefits of sport. And also, to bring comprehensive international attention to your city”.

 

 A special year

 

Kris Gemmell, Manager of ITU World Triathlon Series, admitted that the 2019’s season will be extra special. This is because most of the athletes will also compete to qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

 

“The 2019 season will see a particularly amazing series of races. This is becuase athletes also compete to qualify for the Olympic Games in Tokyo. Both as individuals and as teams. As such, we want to produce the very best stages on which these remarkable men and women can show their talents to the world. The interest from cities wishing to host our top-tier events has never been greater. Over the past five years, we have consistently grown and expanded. We consider it a huge honour to see more and more venues, National Federations and local governments willing to work in close cooperation with us to deliver these world-class events”, he added.

 

The WTS features the best triathletes in the world competing in more than ten events each year. Including the major event; the Grand Final. Each World Triathlon Series event contains Olympic Distance races (1.5km swim, 40km bike and 10km run), 2-day semi-final/final formats, Mixed Relay events and also sprint distance events (750m swim, 20km bike and 5km run).

 

2019 will be the second year that the ITU will hold the Mixed Relay Series. This means every selected city will also have the chance to host an event with both, the individual and team races, or even one.

 

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