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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Breaking: Professional cyclist Jason Lowndes dies after being hit by a passing car in Bendigo

 

Australian cycling is in total shock after hearing the devastating news of the tragic death of one of its brightest, most talented young cycling stars, Jason Lowndes who passed away after being hit by a passing vehicle while riding near Bendigo.

 

 

 

 

A lost talent

 

Pro rider, Lowndes, had just turned 23 a week ago and everyone was convinced he was going to be record breaker in the near future. The young talent who was able to finish sixth in the under-23 road race at 2016’s UCI world championships, was known to be an emerging sprinter who had also raced for the Australian-registered Drapac Professional Cycling team.

 

He spent the last season in the Israel Cycling Academy right before signing with JLT-Condor, British Continental team for 2018.

 

 

 

Even though, the young driver, a 20-year old woman who was coming from Kangaroo Flat, immediately stopped at the scene to give the first help and call the police, there was nothing doctors and anyone else could do to save the talented rider…

 

A thief stole Kristian Sbaragli’s bike during a routine training ride

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Israel Cycling Academy recruit, Kristian Sbaragli was a victim of an unexpected theft when his team issue, De Rosa, was suddenly stolen a couple of days ago when the rider had stopped for a coffee break in Italy.

 

It seems the Italian rider who has just signed with the Pro Continental squad, didn’t mind leaving his team issue unmonitored when training in Ventimiglia near the French border. His fellow, Trek-Segafredo rider, Fabio Felline was accompanying the rider when the incident took place.

 

“I was out for a five-hour rider and on my way back home it was just little bit wet. So I decided with my mate of training, Felline from Trek-Segafredo, to quickly have a coffee before riding the last hour of training,” the 27-year-old rider said.

 

“We put the two bikes one of over the other by the door of the coffee shop, which was see-though, so we could check them. And in a moment, the bike was gone.”

 

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A police matter

 

Sbaragli, who has finally signed with the new team after five seasons with Dimension Data, claimed that there were no witnesses. The local police are already notified about the incident and hope to get the valuable machine back ASAP.

 

“I called the police and I made all the formal procedure,” he stated. “They are working In terms to find my bike. But they told me that in the car were professional people, that they stole bike as a job; gonna be really hard to find it. But I’m still hoping to get a call say we found it.”

 

“After this happened a friend of mine gave me his bike to not lose the next day of training. Then the team worked really hard to provide another bike for me,” Sbaragli added.

 

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Cameron Scott claims U23 gold at the criterium as Sunderland takes second

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Cameron Scott gave an impressive performance in the Under-23 men’s criterium surpassing Dylan Sunderland who took silver. Scott’s ideal debut for his new Continental Squad Australian Cycling Academy was definitely a hard punch for his teammate, Sam Welsford who was only able to take bronze.

 

Scott, 20, has been working really hard to follow the footsteps of Alex Porter and Caleb Ewan as he’s continuing the trend of emerging talented, new track riders.

“I saw we had a pretty good gap over the bunch and I was taking hard turns up the straight and recovering on the downhill,” Scott said.

 

“I was always watching for Dylan Sunderland, I know he’s a dangerous rider, and I was waiting for him to make a dangerous move. We have a couple of strong riders for the finish with Toby Orchard and Sam Welsford as well and a few other guys who are climbers and can mix it up a bit in the breakaways. We’re initially looking for a sprint finish but I found myself off the front with a few guys and had a teammate with me so we rode with that and changed our plan a little. We just had to be smart about it.”

 

 

Final results

 

Cameron Scott (Aus) Australian Cycling Academy: 0:47:07

Dylan Sunderland (Aus) Bennelong SwissWellness

Sam Welsford (Aus) Australian Cycling Academy: 0:00:04

Toby Orchard (Aus) Australian Cycling Academy: 0:00:05

Lachlan Holliday (Aus) PMR

Bryce Lanigan (Aus) Satalyst Verve Racing

Daniel Luke (Aus)

Harrison Bailey (Aus) GPM

Mathew Ross (Aus): 0:00:07

Aidan Kampers (Aus) Australian Cycling Academy

Craig Wiggins (Aus) mobius BridgeLane

Julian Thomson (Aus): 0:00:09

Braden O’Shea (Aus) SASI

Tom Chester (Aus)

Joshua Corcoran (Aus) GPM:  0:00:12

Joshua Beikoff (Aus)

Nicholas White (Aus) Oliver’s Real Food Racing

Bailey Walters (Aus)

Liam Lawlor (Aus) Van D’am Racing

David Randall (Aus) Van D’am Racing

Dylan Teuns gets the victory at the 2017 Arctic Race in Norway (Video)

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Belgian cyclist, Dylan Teuns has officially recorded his eighth win in just two weeks after being able to get the stage and overall victory at the general classification in 2017’s Arctic Race of Norway.

 

And while many, along with race’s ambassador and Norawy’s Prime Minister Erna Soberg, who cut the ribbon, were cheering for their local favorite and stage three winner August Jensen from Team Coop, things didn’t go as they wished.

 

It was stage one winner and the overall race leader, Belgian Dylan Teuns from BMC Racing team the one able to race under the authentic Scandinavian summer weather the one to win the Sunday’s 160.5-km stage around the island of Kvaløya, and then the overall race.

 

“It was the best defence I think,”- Teuns told during an interview for Eurosport after launching a solo attack in the final 3 kilometers. Otherwise, I needed to do really good sprint and I think my strength is going on the climb.”

 

Only three seconds behind…

 

Teuns, 25, who was able to win by only three seconds over Jensen into the final 3 kilometers, admitted to be aware of this fact.

 

“I was trying to keep [Jensen] under pressure,” he added “I was also keeping in mind that somebody could go with me, but in the end I was alone and it was quite perfect situation for me.”

 

Both, Teun’s stage and race victories marked his seventh and eighth victories respectively during the last two weeks

 

“I’m just in great shape. I can’t explain how it happened. But its good it doesn’t stop because it’s good for my morale.”- added Teuns who was able to get the point’s classification victory, as well as the white best young rider jersey.

 

Ironman champion, Dean Mercer, dies after cardiac arrest and car crash

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Former Ironman Dean Mercer has just died after suffering a terrible cardiac arrest and then crashing with his car on Gold Coast, today in the morning.

 
He crashed his car into the fence at Mermaid Waters at about 7 in the morning and despite the paramedics tried to save him through CPR, it was too late for the triathlete to be saved.

 
According to an official statement Mercer’s family gave, the cause of his death was considered to be a sudden cardiac arrest.

 
“It is with great sadness and grief that we advise that our beloved Dean — loving husband of Reen and devoted father to their four boys Brayden, 13, Rory, 11, Lachlan, 9, and Joshua, 6, passed away earlier today,” the statement said.

 


“Dean had been returning home from his regular earlier morning training session with a Masters group at Kurrawa Surf Club, where he is the director of surf sports and nippers coach”

 

 

A long, fruitful career as Ironman

 

 

Among many victories and successful performances, Mercer won two national championships and five New South Wales championships. He also won the World Oceanman series.

 
He started to compete in Ironman events in 1987 when he was only 15 years old, and his last competition took place in 2010 in Coolangatta Gold when he was 40.

 

 

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.”