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Tom Pidcock confirms his shape is on point with view to Paris as he dominates the World Cup race in Nove Mesto

Tom Pidcock made it a perfect day in Czechia for the INEOS Grenadiers with an emphatic victory in the World Cup XCO race at Nove Mesto. Second place Nino Schurter arrived 32 seconds later while Marcel Guerrini completed the podium."Once I got going I got to the front and was able to find my own pace...

Lorena Wiebes does unthinkable and wins all stages at RideLondon Classique: "I'm very happy that I'm still unbeatable here at RideLondon"

Lorena Wiebes has successfully completed her quest for hat-trick at the RideLondon Classique by winning all three stages plus the general and points classifications. Nothing new for Wiebes who has already done this two years ago at the British stage race."It is very nice to win on completely flat te...

"At least then I have more victories than last year, so that's good" -Alexander Kristoff proud to win in front of home crowds

Third place on the third stage of home Tour of Norway was not what Alexander Kristoff and whole Uno-X Mobility came for and that provided them with the extra motivation towards the final day of racing. However those unhappy with the overall standings were not going to make it easy for the sprinters...

Jury & Fines Giro d'Italia 2024 Update Stage 21

Throughout the Giro d'Italia, the race jury attributes fines to some of the riders and sporting directors. Ultimately the fines can come in the form of money, time penalties or even UCI points, depending on the rule breaking. Here we present what has happened during the Giro. Martin Marcellusi & DS...

Medical Report and withdrawals Giro d'Italia 2024 | Final Update

Throughout the Giro d'Italia, there will be many riders to withdraw from the race, for several different reasons. We make a list of all riders who leave the Corsa Rosa, as well as list out a few of the main crashes that take place during the race. Stage 1No riders have abandoned the race on it's fir...

Five things we learned from the 2024 Giro d'Italia

The opening Grand Tour of the season has almost been completed and although Tadej Pogacar was utterly dominant in the Maglia Rosa fight at the 2024 Giro d'Italia, there were plenty of other interesting stories that developed throughout. Here are five things we learned from the 2024 Giro d'Italia. Al...

"This a fine end to a fine Giro for me" - Tim van Dijke once again impressive in a sprint with a fifth place in Rome

Tim van Dijke can look back at a solid Giro d'Italia, despite the race was originally not even in his plans. Entering the Visma | Lease a Bike selection as a substitute for injured Wout Van Aert, his task was to prepare sprints for Olav Kooij and Christophe Laporte. Yet the 24-year-old Dutchman grew...

Kaden Groves for the fourth time on the podium but now leaves Giro d'Italia without stage victory: "In the end it just wasn't good enough"

Kaden Groves had the idea of adding more marks to his stage victory tally at Giro d'Italia, where he had already won in 2023. However Tim Merlier and Jonathan Milan were in a league of their own and the Alpecin-Deceuninck sprinter was left with 'just' few podium results."Who is the sprint king of th...

VIDEO: Highlights of stage 21 of 2024 Giro d'Italia as Tim Merlier's third week brings Grand Tour to a thrilling conclusion

The 2024 Giro d'Italia will mostly be remembered for the dominance of Tadej Pogacar in the fight for the Maglia Rosa but there were also a number of standout sprint performances, just as was the case on the final stage in Rome. After all the traditional procession and celebration of the final stage...

"A highlight of my career so far" - Daniel Martinez secures first Grand Tour podium with 2nd at 2024 Giro d'Italia

For the first time in his career, Daniel Martinez gets to finish a Grand Tour on the final podium. The Colombian of BORA - hansgrohe finished best of the rest behind Tadej Pogacar at the 2024 Giro d'Italia, nearly ten minutes down in second place. “Securing my first podium finish in a Grand Tour is...

"He still came second!" - Lidl-Trek teammates blown away by Jonathan Milan's immense recovery on stage 21 of Giro d'Italia in Rome

Heading into the final sprint of the 2024 Giro d'Italia in the iconic and picturesque city of Rome, Lidl-Trek's Maglia Ciclamino winning Jonathan Milan was the pre-stage favourite. Sadly for the Italian, he was forced to settle for second in the final sprint. Possibly the main reason for this was th...

Possible fight between Tadej Pogacar and Jonas Vingegaard at Giro d'Italia next year? Maglia Rosa wants to return in 2025

After the conclusion of the Giro d'Italia 2024, where Tadej Pogacar swept to victory in his debut with a dominant overall win, including six stage victories, a bombshell has gone off. According to RAI's Beppe Conti, the UAE Team Emirates star has expressed to him off-microphone a desire to return in...

"Overall it was a beautiful Giro d'Italia" - Tadej Pogacar romps to dominant Grand Tour victory

In recent memory, it's barely ever been seen the complete and utter dominance of Tadej Pogacar at the 2024 Giro d'Italia. After his first Grand Tour win in nearly three years was confirmed following stage 21 in Rome, the Slovenian took a moment to reflect on his last three weeks.“I am speechless. It...

VIDEO: Jonathan Milan hilariously messes up Giro d'Italia podium celebration

Having worn the Maglia Ciclamino for almost the entirety of the 2024 Giro d'Italia, you would have thought that Jonathan Milan would have mastered the art of a podium celebration by now. Looking at the evidence in Rome however, that's the case.Celebrating his overall victory in the points classifica...

"I'm actually looking forward to the Tour de France now!" - Geraint Thomas immediately switches focus after history making Giro d'Italia podium

With the 2024 Giro d'Italia now completed, Geraint Thomas' second straight podium finish has now been confirmed. Having successfully navigated the first of two Grand Tours the INEOS Grenadiers leader will be taking on this year however, there won't be much time to relax."I've really enjoyed it and i...

"This is a really big win for myself" - Tim Merlier takes third stage win of 2024 Giro d'Italia on Rome cobbles

Taking his third stage win at the 2024 Giro d'Italia, Soudal - Quick-Step's Tim Merlier powered across the Roman cobbles to victory on the final stage in a dramatic sprint finish."I need to say sorry to the guys, I just could not follow them today. It was so hectic," the Belgian, who matches the Mag...

Hat-trick for Lorena Wiebes as Team SD Worx - Protime superstar secures overall victory at RideLondon Classique

Lorena Wiebes has taken overall victory at RideLondon Classique 2024 and in some style too, making it a hat-trick of stage wins in the iconic London setting of The Mall. Although the duo of Kaja Rysz and Scarlett Souren attacked clear of the peloton with just over 40km to go, their likelihood of den...

Tadej Pogacar wins 2024 Giro d'Italia! Tim Merlier sprints to dramatic victory on final stage in Rome

It's official. Tadej Pogacar has won the 2024 Giro d'Italia. Although that fact was never in doubt, stage 21 in Rome did have one more victory to give away and after a frantic final sprint in Rome, Tim Merlier was the man who prevailed.After all the traditional procession and celebration of the fina...

"My manager is going to have a lot of work" - Jhonatan Narvaez aware of transfer interest after positive Giro d'Italia

With the Giro d'Italia 2024 coming to an end this Sunday, May 26, the race will end with only two riders having worn the Maglia Rosa: Tadej Pogacar, who has done so since stage 3 and won the overall classification by almost 10 minutes and Jhonatan Narvaez, who was able to wear it on stage 2 after be...

VIDEO: Geraint Thomas asks UAE Team Emirates to slow down during usually processional part of final stage at Giro d'Italia

The 2024 Giro d'Italia is nearing its final conclusion and the riders are enjoying champagne and using opportunities to take photos with their team mates. Just as has been the case throughout the Giro this year however, Tadej Pogacar can't help himself from riding.During the usual processional part...

OPINION | Without Tadej Pogacar the Giro d'Italia 2024 would have been a disappointment

Gone is a Giro d'Italia 2024 that has been completely conditioned by the investment of 2 million euros that the organization decided to spend to attract Tadej Pogacar. Without that investment, the race would have been a real disappointment, having seen the weeks that Daniel Martinez, Geraint Thomas,...

"Confidence has grown” - Wout van Aert buoyed by encouraging showing at Tour of Norway with podium in final sprint

It's a long road back to the front end of a bike race for Wout van Aert since his disastrous, spring-ending crash at Dwars door Vlaanderen earlier this year. Over the last couple of days at the Tour of Norway however, there have been encouraging signs for the Belgian. "Confidence has grown,” reflect...

VIDEO: UAE Team Emirates celebrate Tadej Pogacar's Giro d'Italia win with special pink jersey

Tadej Pogacar was a clear and dominant winner at the 2024 Giro d'Italia. The Slovenian conquered the third Grand Tour of his career by a mammoth margin of nearly ten minutes. Although his victory has long been all but officially secured, with the 21st stage taking the riders on a processional and ce...

Axel Laurance secures GC win at 2024 Tour of Norway as Alexander Kristoff delights home crowd with final stage win

Axel Laurance has secured himself overall victory at the 2024 Tour of Norway on a frantic final stage as Alexander Kristoff delighted the Norwegian crowd by taking the stage win.After seven riders formed the day's breakaway, including notable names such as the INEOS Grenadiers Kim Heiduk and Lidl-Tr...

Hometown of Tadej Pogacar turned pink in celebration of Slovenian hero's Giro d'Italia win

Tadej Pogacar has conquered the 2024 Giro d'Italia and by some margin too. Taking overall victory by nearly ten minutes from his nearest rival, Daniel Martinez, the UAE Team Emirates leader also secured back-to-back Slovenian wins of the Maglia Rosa.In celebration of their hometown hero's latest fea...

VIDEO: Elderly lady almost completely wiped out by breakaway at Rund um Koln

The 106th edition of Rund um Köln is taking place in Germany this afternoon. With an eight-man breakaway up the road, the group were almost brought to disaster with just over 115km to go.As the break looked to increase the distance themselves and the peloton, the group were forced into evasive actio...

"He doesn't need a push! He's going more than fast enough" - Nathan van Hooydonck understands Tadej Pogacar's frustration at fans on Monte Grappa at Giro d'Italia

Whilst Tadej Pogacar was again the star of the show on stage 20 of the 2024 Giro d'Italia as he raced to his sixth stage win of the race in the now typically dominant fashion, there were some unsavoury scenes on the Monte Grappa climb as fans repeatedly got a little too close for comfort to the Magl...

"This might be the last time I race for GC" - Geraint Thomas honest about future after securing Giro d'Italia podium on 38th birthday

With 20 Grand Tours now under his belt since making his debut all the way back at the 2007 Tour de France, the now 38-year-old Geraint Thomas has secured the fifth podium of his career at the 2024 Giro d'Italia. The Welshman knows though, he can't continue challenging for much longer. “I think this...

2024 Giro d'Italia Prize Money Distribution - How over €1.600.000 will be distributed between the riders

The Giro d'Italia - taking place from the 4th to the 26th of May - is every year one of the best and most exciting races in the calendar. We will find out what the 2024 edition has in store for us, in a route that is brutal, a startlist packed with strong sprinters and Tadej Pogacar as the main favo...

PREVIEW | Giro d'Italia 2024 stage 21 - Sprint battle between Jonathan Milan and Tim Merlier, or can someone surprise?

All the mountain are now behind us. The rider have flown to Rome for the last day of the Giro d'Italia, where Tadej Pogacar will celebrate his dominant overall victory. We preview the final stage where the sprinters are expected to fight for the win. The riders fly into Rome for the final day of the...

PREVIEW | Tour of Norway 2024 stage 4 - Can Wout van Aert take his first win since brutal crash?

The Tour of Norway will take place from the 23rd to the 26th of May. Coinciding with the Giro d'Italia, it brings a secondary field of riders however it will provide exciting racing nevertheless over four days of racing. We preview the stage ahead. The final day of racing starts and finishes in the...

“Higher than Snoop Dogg” - Remco Evenepoel posts monster Sierra Nevada ride to his Strava as build up to Tour de France intensifies

Having recently been confirmed to be making his much-anticipated return to racing at the 2024 Critérium du Dauphiné on the 2nd of June, Remco Evenepoel is intensifying his preparations for an upcoming Tour de France debut with some altitude training in the Sierra Nevada.Now fully recovered from his...

"Where I deserve to be" - Ben O'Connor misses out on first Grand Tour podium but content with 4th overall

Returning to the Giro d'Italia for the first time since 2020, Ben O'Connor was determined to secure himself a first Grand Tour podium. Although that proved just out of reach, the Australian was left content with his 4th overall finish. “I feel like I’m sitting where I deserve to be, to be honest," a...

“I didn’t win the stage as I’d hoped but I think time is on my side” - Giulio Pellizzari impresses again on stage 20 of debut Giro d'Italia

Although he was relatively quiet over the first two weeks, Giulio Pellizzari has been one of the stars of the third week at the 2024 Giro d'Italia. Again on stage 20, the Italian was incredibly impressive, but again was denied a stage win by Tadej Pogacar. “I didn’t win the stage as I’d hoped but I...

"I’m so desperate to win that maybe I’m overthinking" - Caleb Ewan left confused by disappointing sprint performances at the 2024 Giro d'Italia

With Caleb Ewan set to complete a Grand Tour for just the fourth time in his career, the Australian would have hoped for at least one stage win over the last three weeks at the 2024 Giro d'Italia. Sadly though, something has been missing for Ewan, although the Team Jayco AlUla sprinter can't put his...

Jan Hirt moves up two places to conclude Giro d'Italia as number 8: "I am content with how things went for me"

Sixth at the 2022 Giro d'Italia, Jan Hirt returned to his favourite Grand tour to give it another go at the final standings. Coming into the Italian race, his team Soudal - Quick-Step had multiple goals to chase after and Hirt's GC ambition didn't have the highest priority among them. However Hirt q...

“This year I made another step” - Tadej Pogacar warns there is still room for improvement as he takes first Grand Tour win in 3 years

Although Tadej Pogacar has long been regarded as probably the most complete and well-rounded rider of this generation, it was coming up to nearly three years since his last Grand Tour win. That was at least, before his three-week domination at the 2024 Giro d'Italia. “This year I made another step,”...

"It's insane how talented he is" - Geraint Thomas lauds Tadej Pogacar as the best he's ever raced with

Although he perhaps wasn't at his very best on stage 20 of the 2024 Giro d'Italia, Geraint Thomas used all his experience to manage his efforts and secure himself third position in the general classification. "I've had better days!" an exhausted Thomas laughs in his post-stage interview. "But no, it...

VIDEO: Tadej Pogacar fumes at fan who gets a little too close on packed Monte Grappa at Giro d'Italia

Tadej Pogacar is powering towards yet another stage win at the 2024 Giro d'Italia and a thunderous Maglia Rosa victory. Sadly though, some of the fans on the packed-out Monte Grappa are getting a little too close for the Slovenian's comfort.Just moments after the UAE Team Emirates leader launched ye...

PREVIEW | RideLondon Classique2024 stage 3 - Lorena Wiebes could make hattrick in the heart of London

From the 24th to the 26th of May the women's peloton returns to the Great Britain! The RideLondon Classique is one of the most important Women's World Tour events for the sprinters of the peloton and will provide a few golden opportunities to take key victories. We preview the stage ahead. The race...

"Everyone in the team is surprised and so is Thibau himself" - Lidl-Trek sports director impressed by Thibau Nys climbing performances

Within just a month of road racing, Thibau Nys already has five victories to his name. Only his star teammates Mads Pedersen and Jonathan Milan have more wins in 2024, but they have both been racing since January. Lidl-Trek knows they've got a gem in their hands and the plan is to gradually put mor...

22nd overall doesn't mean much for Attila Valter: "I would immediately like to trade some places in order to still have Cian in the race"

Team Visma | Lease a Bike got through the penultimate Giro stage without any problems. Attila Valter managed to hold on in the group of favourites for some time. He eventually finished eighteenth which slightly improves his final GC position to 22nd."On the first ascent, I felt surprisingly good," V...

"The timing for the sprint was perfect" - Jordi Meeus enthusiastic about his first win of 2024 at Tour of Norway

Jordi Meeus had to wait until Tour of Norway to open his winning account with a stage victory in the sprint of Saturday's stage 3 with finish in Egersund, where he proved to be faster than Pavel Bittner, Alexander Kristoff and Wout Van Aert."Winning is always nice. It was a pretty hectic finale – no...

VIDEO: Tadej Pogacar spares time to make young fan's day en route to another Giro stage win

The unstoppable Tadej Pogacar continues to ruthlessly dominate the 2024 Giro d'Italia. Not for the first time at this Grand Tour however, the UAE Team Emirates has again spared time to show his class as a human being also. So considerable was Pogacar's advantage following another brutal attack on th...

6 fun facts about Tadej Pogacar - Not only is he good at cycling, but he is also a unicycle specialist

Tadej Pogacar is one of the most talented and unique riders in the history of pro cycling and at only 25 years of age, he has already achieved more than 99% cyclists and continues to add to his palmarès, whilst also being one of the most charismatic and loved riders in the entire peloton. This is hi...

Michael Storer ends Giro d'Italia on high as he enters the final top 10: "The stage went super well indeed"

Stage 20 was the last chance to either gain or lose time. To the satisfaction of Tudor Pro Cycling, Michael Storer belonged to those who had a good day on Monte Grappa and the Australian moved into the top 10 at the very last opportunity to do so."The stage went super well indeed," Storer told Cycli...

Romain Bardet has another worse day on Monte Grappa and loses two positions in GC: "It’s not what we had hoped for today but that’s cycling"

Stage 20 saw the Giro d’Italia take on the final mountains of the race, with a double passage of the Monte Grappa climb in the final 100 kilometres of the day. Unluckily for Team dsm-firmenich PostNL, it was also a day where Romain Bardet lost his solid 7th place in the standings, having cracked ear...

Filippo Zana is defeated on Monte Grappa and loses his top 10 spot in the GC: "I simply did not have good legs"

While there absolutely no changes at the top ranks of the general classification, the battle for last few spots in the top 10 was in full motion and Filippo Zana fell victim to the Monte Grappa, losing more than 9 minutes to winner Pogacar and dropping from 9th to the final 11th spot overall as a co...

VIDEO: Highlights of 2024 Giro d'Italia stage 20 as Tadej Pogacar caps off three weeks domination with another stage win

Six stage wins, a near ten-minute time gap to second place and more outfit changes than a runway model at Milan Fashion Week, Tadej Pogacar has been front and centre of everything at the 2024 Giro d'Italia. This was again the case on stage 20.The final 'proper' stage of the 2024 Giro d'Italia before...

"The two long time-trials hurt me a lot" - Einer Rubio secures first Grand Tour top-10 after attacking final week at the Giro d'Italia

Refusing to settle for what he had, Movistar Team's Einer Rubio has been one of the most attacking and vibrant general classification riders in the last few stages. On the last day of GC action on stage 20, the Colombian again took an aggressive tactic to the Monte Grappa."We leave with excellent fe...

"Over the next few years I will try to win the Maglia Rosa" - Antonio Tiberi makes Italian fans dream after securing White Jersey on Giro debut

Only getting stronger at the 2024 Giro d'Italia, Bahrain - Victorious' Antonio Tiberi has been one of the most impressive riders at the opening Grand Tour of the year. On the final general classification challenge on stage 20, the Italian finished 4th and secured a 5th overall finish. For a while, o...

“It was nice to be at the front again” - Wout van Aert fights 'without fear' to 4th in first sprint since returning from injury

Back in the peloton and back contesting for victories. After a quiet first two stages at the 2024 Tour of Norway, Wout van Aert was much more heavily involved on stage 3, sprinting to 4th place.His first bunch sprint since suffering numerous injuries in a sprint-ending horror crash at Dwars door Vla...

"I was thinking all day about my kids" - Daniel Martinez filled with pride after securing 2nd at 2024 Giro d'Italia behind Tadej Pogacar

Daniel Martinez was the best of the rest at the 2024 Giro d'Italia. He is the only one to finish less than 10 minutes behind Tadej Pogacar (9:56) and, thanks to this second place in the general classification, he achieves a career-best Grand Tour finish."Yes, actually today, maybe the biggest projec...

Jordi Meeus takes first win since Champs Elysees on stage 3 of Tour of Norway; Wout van Aert 4th on sprint return

Jordi Meeus has taken his first win since the biggest victory of his career on the Champs Elysees at the 2023 Tour de France ahead of Pavel Bittner and Alexander Kristoff with Wout van Aert 4th on his first sprint since returning from injury.Although four riders got themselves into the breakaway on...

Giro d'Italia stage 20 GC Update: Tadej Pogacar confirms victory as Daniel Martinez & Geraint Thomas complete podium

Although there was never any doubt, Tadej Pogacar dotted the i's and crossed the t's with another stunning performance on stage 20 of the 2024 Giro d'Italia, confirming his overall victory at the 107th Giro d'Italia in style.Attacking the second time up the Monte Grappa, Pogacar left no scraps for h...

"I wanted to finish the Giro with a good mentality, good shape and I think I achieved that" - Tadej Pogacar asserts dominance again with sixth Giro stage win

Just to confirm how far superior he was to everyone else at the 2024 Giro d'Italia, Tadej Pogacar put multiple minutes into everyone again on stage 20, securing himself overall victory and adding a sixth stage win to his race of complete and utter dominance.In truth, the writing was on the wall for...

Perfect in pink! Tadej Pogacar takes scintillating sixth stage win at 2024 Giro d'Italia to cap off epic Grand Tour performance

The final 'proper' stage of the 2024 Giro d'Italia before the processional finale in Rome, stage 20 has seen Tadej Pogacar make it a scintillating sixth stage win with yet another performance for the ages on the Monte Grappa climb.In the fight for the breakaway on the final mountainous stage of the...

VIDEO: Tadej Pogacar attacks on the Monte Grappa with another Giro d'Italia stage win in his sights

Having been very vocal in the press about his desire to win stage 20, everyone was waiting for the inevitable Tadej Pogacar attack at the Giro d'Italia. That move has now come.When Rafal Majka took over though, the GC group exploded with even the likes of Geraint Thomas, Thymen Arensman and Ben O'Co...

"Lotte did a great job in the final” - Lorena Wiebes continues RideLondon Classique domination with victory on stage 2

For the second successive day, Team SD Worx - Protime's sprint superstar, Lorena Wiebes has powered to victory at the 2024 RideLondon Classique, thanks in part once again to an expert leadout from world champion Lotte Kopecky. “I had a good day. I was able to take full advantage twice during the bon...

Lorena Wiebes doubles up at RideLondon Classique 2024 after another expert leadout from Lotte Kopecky

Similarly to the opening day, stage 2 of the 2024 has also gone to Team SD Worx - Protime's Lorena Wiebes with another comfortable sprint win.With no riders attacking and forming a breakaway, a full peloton entered the final 50km packed together. Despite a number of accelerations over the next kilom...

Tadej Pogacar praised for reaction to Geraint Thomas' late crash on stage 19 of Giro d'Italia: "Just going to the front saying 'we're waiting for G to come back'"

Although stage 19 of the 2024 Giro d'Italia was a mostly calm and relaxed day for the general classification riders, coming home over ten minutes down on the stage winner, a late crash for INEOS Grenadiers leader Geraint Thomas saw a moment of stress in the final few kilometres. "It was just a stupi...

"We’re looking at how we can go into the Tour de France with the best team possible" - Visma keeping close eye on progress of Jonas Vingegaard & Wout van Aert

After their dominant season in 2023, winning all three Grand Tours, Team Visma | Lease a Bike have suffered much worse luck this year. Both leaders at the Giro d'Italia (Olav Kooij and Cian Uijtdebroeks) abandoned through illness and the Tour de France plans are very much up in the air after crashes...

Monte Grappa a talisman for Nairo Quintana, 10 years after he won Giro d'Italia: "It was one of the most wonderful and beautiful days of my life"

Nairo Quintana is facing his last chance to win a stage in the Giro d'Italia 2024 on a climb that he knows perfectly and that brings back great memories, since in a time trial on Monte Grappa (which is climbed twice today) he won the Corsa Rosa in 2014. The Movistar Team's Colombian recalled it with...

VIDEO: Tadej Pogacar drops back to medical car early on stage 20 of 2024 Giro d'Italia

Barring any disaster for himself or a miraculous ride from an opponent, Tadej Pogacar seems to have the Maglia Rosa all sewn up at the 2024 Giro d'Italia. Early on stage 20 however, the UAE Team Emirates leader has been spotted back at the medical car.Seeming a little agitated, Pogacar was in deep c...

No-one's safe at Monte Grappa, Alberto Contador warns: "It's one of the hardest I've ever climbed in my life, you can lose everything you've fought for"

Alberto Contador is clear that the Monte Grappa can do a lot of damage in the penultimate stage of the Giro d'Italia 2024 and that whoever has a bad day can lose places in the overall and everything they had fought for so far. In addition, he is clear that Tadej Pogacar is the favorite to win.The Sp...

Top 10 Colombian cyclists in cycling history - Nairo Quintana and Egan Bernal took the South-American nation to the top of the world

Colombia is one of the great powers in the world of cycling. Especially as far as climbers are concerned, although below you will see that they also have riders who stand out in other modalities of the sport. The first big wave of stars of the country came in the 80s, where they achieved numerous To...

Tadej Pogacar's diet at the Giro d'Italia in detail: 'Oatmeal, rice, jams, juices, waffles...'

We know that in 2024 nutrition is key to the performance of an elite athlete and in a sport where physique is absolutely everything like cycling, nutrition is especially essential. Thus, Tadej Pogacar's performance in the current Giro d'Italia and in his career in general is partly due to his attent...

Patrick Lefevere backs Tim Merlier on proving critics wrong: "That idea was only entertained by a few sour keyboard heroes"

Although he was never very controversial, Tim Merlier took personally the comments regarding his inability to win late into Grand Tours or difficult races. The Belgian rider is a brilliant sprinter who frequently wins early on in the races he participates, and so for him it was extra important to wi...

"This year the double Giro-Tour. Next year maybe Tour-Vuelta" - Tadej Pogacar and his team fully believe in the need for new challenges, amongst them Paris-Roubaix

Tadej Pogacar is certainly an unique rider in the peloton and this year he is taking on a new challenge of racing two consecutive Grand Tours. He is on the verge of winning the Giro d'Italia and at this rate, he may be considered the main favourite for the Tour de France as well. He and UAE Team Emi...

Team Visma CEO Richard Plugge on Tadej Pogacar: "We will only see in the Tour de France what the real level is"

Tadej Pogacar is currently dominating the Giro d'Italia. The victory was expected and, without major crashes or illnesses, the Slovenian has - so far - won five stages - and ridden through Italy without a real challenger for the pink jersey. However, for Team Visma | Lease a Bike CEO Richard Plugge,...

After TotalEnergies and Cofidis... A new team enters the fight for Julian Alaphilippe's signing

For a few years already, Julian Alaphilippe has met criticism within Soudal - Quick-Step as Patrick Lefevere has not been easy on the words. A departure from the Belgian team always looked certain, but the Frenchman will reach the end of his contract. Today, a new team enters the negotiations with t...

"Everybody showed great respect" - Tadej Pogacar helps ensure Maglia Rosa group wait for Geraint Thomas after late crash on stage 19 of Giro

19 stages down, just two to go now for UAE Team Emirates' Tadej Pogacar at the 2024 Giro d'Italia. With stage 19 a relatively calm day for the general classification riders, the Maglia Rosa remains firmly locked on the shoulders of the Slovenian. There was one moment of drama in the Maglia Rosa grou...

"It was just a stupid little mistake" - Geraint Thomas brushes off late crash to keep podium hopes alive at 2024 Giro d'Italia

Whilst for the most part, stage 19 of the 2024 Giro d'Italia was a relatively calm and relaxed day for the general classification riders, INEOS Grenadiers leader Geraint Thomas had a late scare as the Welshman was brought down after a clip of wheel on the final climb.A quite innocuous incident, the...

Wout van Aert crashes again just two days into return in Norway: "But I didn't hurt myself”

Returning to racing for the first time since a nasty crash at Dwars door Vlaanderen saw his plans for the Spring and a Giro d'Italia debut called off through injury, Team Visma | Lease a Bike's Wout van Aert has again suffered a crash on stage 2 of the 2024 Tour of Norway. “I fell because a teammate...

PREVIEW | Giro d'Italia 2024 stage 20 - Monte Grappa showdown the final GC stage, will Tadej Pogacar take his final win before the Tour de France?

Stage 20 is perhaps the queen stage of the Giro d'Italia. Although it does not have as many climbing meters as stage 15, it includes a double ascent of the Monte Grappa and it's long descent on rainy weather. We preview a day in the mountains where Tadej Pogacar is the main favourite but the breakaw...

Greg Van Avermaet finalizes preparations for Unbound Gravel debut: "The distance will definitely take me out of my comfort zone"

Greg Van Avermaet won the lottery to earn his debut spot on the start line at the upcoming Unbound Gravel, held on June 1 in Emporia, Kansas. The former Olympic champion and Paris-Roubaix champion with gathered experience from 56 monuments spread over 17 years of professional career will try to use...

Alexander Vinokourov's son victorious in Japan: "If I make a mistake, he taps me for it faster than anyone else because he knows I could have done better"

In the busy racing period at the end of May, the Japanese national tour has probably not caught the attention of many cycling fans, however the name of the winner of fifth stage - Nicolas Vinokurov - might ring few bells. Yes, the young Astana Qazaqstan rider in question is on of the two sons of Kaz...

Tour of Flanders champion Elisa Longo Borghini expected to join UAE Team ADQ

Despite the immense success the link between Lidl-Trek and Elisa Longo Borghini has brought both parties involved, the story is write its final chapters at the end of 2024 after six great arcs.Latest rumours provided by Gazzetta dello Sport and supported by GCN's Daniel Benson, assume that the Itali...

"Maybe it was a wrong choice to let me swim between the groups alone" - Thibau Nys feels he could've held on better in the final with a teammate to help him

Thibau Nys is no longer the leader in the Tour of Norway. The Lidl-Trek youngster had to let go of the leading group on early slopes of the final climb of the second stage. His teammate Mathias Vacek was able to hold the team's flag up high, but it is Axel Laurance who'll start Saturday's stage in t...

"It is not yet WorldTour level, but it is already very nice" - Axel Laurance aims for bigger victories in the future

Axel Laurance had few turbulent years in his development after sudden disbanding of B&B Hotels at the end of 2022, but with a stage victory at Tour of Norway, it seems like things are finally moving the U23 World champion's way. When he studied the profiles of the Norwegian 2.Pro race, the Alpecin-D...

"A hat-trick would be nice" - Phenomenal Lorena Wiebes plots complete dominance at RideLondon Classique

In the first stage of RideLondon Classique, Lorena Wiebes struck straight away. The 25-year-old Dutch rider from SD Worx - Protime proved once again to be one of, if not the fastest lady in the women's peloton, winning the bunch sprint in Colchester by several bike lengths."I'm happy I managed to fi...

Jan Tratnik seventh in a rainy stage to Sappada: "I really enjoyed the support of the Slovenian fans along the way"

Jan Tratnik finished seventh in Sappada after a day spent in the breakaway. With many Slovenian fans on the side of the road and a passage through San Daniele del Friuli, the place where Tratnik has won a stage at the 2020 Giro d'Italia, he finished in a chasing group. The stage win went to the brav...

VIDEO: Highlights of stage 19 at 2024 Giro d'Italia as Andrea Vendrame takes victory and Geraint Thomas survives late crash

With the breakaway being allowed to fight for the win on stage 19 of the 2024 Giro d'Italia, Decathlon AG2R La Mondiale Team's Andrea Vendrame secured the second stage win of his Giro career ahead of Pelayo Sanchez and Georg Steinhauser. The Decathlon AG2R La Mondiale Team has been incredibly succes...

"He's among the five best riders in the world, so he belongs in the Tour de France" - Nathan van Hooydonck hopeful for Wout van Aert

After a tricky and crash-marred opening few months to the 2024 season, Wout van Aert's plans for a Giro d'Italia debut were curtailed. With Jonas Vingegaard also having crashed out at the Itzulia Basque Country, there is talk of van Aert being drafted into the Tour de France lineup later this summer...

PREVIEW | Tour of Norway 2024 stage 3 - Wout van Aert, Jordi Meeus and Alexander Kristoff main favourites for expected bunch sprint

The Tour of Norway will take place from the 23rd to the 26th of May. Coinciding with the Giro d'Italia, it brings a secondary field of riders however it will provide exciting racing nevertheless over four days of racing. We preview the stage ahead. The third day of racing is that best suited to the...

"I gave it everything today. So I can't have any regrets" - Julian Alaphilippe can't double up at 2024 Giro d'Italia on stage 19

Attacking, exciting and forcing the pace in the breakaway yet again at the 2024 Giro d'Italia, Julian Alaphilippe couldn't quite get himself a second stage win of the race, eventually crossing the line in ninth-position. "I feel like I gave it everything today. So I can't have any regrets," the 31-y...

PREVIEW | RideLondon Classique2024 stage 2 - Will SD Worx work for Lotte Kopecky or Lorena Wiebes on queen stage?

From the 24th to the 26th of May the women's peloton returns to the Great Britain! The RideLondon Classique is one of the most important Women's World Tour events for the sprinters of the peloton and will provide a few golden opportunities to take key victories. We preview the stage ahead. The secon...

“I had to wait a long time" - Andrea Vendrame ends barren run with emphatic breakaway victory on stage 19 of 2024 Giro d'Italia

Although the Decathlon AG2R La Mondiale Team has been incredibly successful in the early part of the 2024 season, one of those riders still waiting for a triumph was Andrea Vendrame. On stage 19 of the Giro d'Italia, the Italian finally got a win for himself. “Today it was of course crucial to get i...

"I fought to the maximum" - Pelayo Sánchez misses out on second Giro stage win from breakaway on stage 19

Although he was unable to take a victory that went to Andrea Vendrame, Pelayo Sanchez impressed again on stage 19 of the 2024 Giro d'Italia. The Movistar Team rider was part of the breakaway throughout the day, and matched practically all the attacks that took place, including two from Julian Alaphi...

Giro d'Italia 2024 stage 19 GC Update: Geraint Thomas keeps hold of 3rd place despite late crash

On the penultimate mountain stage of the Giro d'Italia 2024, some change was expected when it came to the fight for the overall classification. It turned out to be a day for the breakaway however, with the GC riders much more relaxed than they might have been. In fact, there was nothing of note in t...

"It was a very, very uncomfortable four hours" - Luke Plapp battles through diarrhoea to impressive breakaway showing at Giro d'Italia

After his general classification ambitions fell away at the end of the first week of the 2024 Giro d'Italia, Team Jayco AlUla's Luke Plapp has switched targets to hunting stage wins.On stage 19, Plapp was in the breakaway and well in the fight for victory before eventually crossing the line in 5th....

Axel Laurance takes stage 2 at 2024 Tour of Norway and moves into overall race lead

Alpecin-Deceuninck's Axel Laurance has fired to the stage win of stage 2 of the 2024 Tour of Norway, moving into the overall race lead in the process.With stage 2 of the 2024 Tour of Norway all about the final climb, many riders were saving their legs for the end of the day. Four riders however, bra...

Geraint Thomas hits the deck on stage 19 of 2024 Giro d'Italia

Although stage 19 of the 2024 Giro d'Italia was looking like a relatively calm day for the general classification men, as a few testing attacks began on the final climb, Geraint Thomas has suffered a trip to the Italian tarmac. A quite innocuous incident, the INEOS Grenadiers leader was busy looking...

Victory for Andrea Vendrame on stage 19 of 2024 Giro d'Italia as Decathlon AG2R La Mondiale just keep winning

Benefitting from the GC riders taking the day off, Andrea Vendrame has secured the victory on stage 19 of the 2024 Giro d'Italia from the breakaway, attacking solo with around 28km to go for his second career Giro stage win.In an incredibly fast start to the day, there was no let-up to the full-gas...

Andrea Piccolo abandons 2024 Giro d'Italia after nasty crash

Andrea Piccolo has been very active without much reward at the 2024 Giro d'Italia. Sadly for the EF Education-EasyPost rider, his race is now over prematurely after a nasty crash.As the rain began to fall, the peloton were taking no risks on the descent. Sadly though, the 23-year-old Italian was sti...

Lorena Wiebes wins opening stage of RideLondon Classique after expert leadout by Lotte Kopecky

Stage 1 of the 2024 RideLondon Classique has gone to Team SD Worx - Protime and Lorena Wiebes, thanks inpart to an expert leadout by world champion Lotte Kopecky. With the duo of Lea Lin Teutenberg and Rebecca Koerner spending most of the day as a two-woman breakaway, as the stage entered the final...

Primoz Roglic & Remco Evenepoel announced for cycling return at 2024 Criterium du Dauphine

After their Tour de France plans were momentarily cast into doubt by a nasty crash at the Itzulia Basque Country earlier this year, both Primoz Roglic and Remco Evenepoel have been announced by the Criterium du Dauphine's official pages to be making their return to racing at the traditional Tour de...

Trio of Decathlon AG2R La Mondiale Team's Giro d'Italia stars considered "on the market" and attracting interest

The Decathlon AG2R La Mondiale Team have started the 2024 season in excellent form. Across the board they have been securing victories with 21 total wins to their name already this campaign. Although the team are also starring at the Giro d'Italia currently, three of their Grand Tour stars are yet t...

Caleb Ewan "not sick" insist Team Jayco AlUla: "He is lacking a bit of top-end speed”

Big things were hoped and expected for Caleb Ewan at the 2024 Giro d'Italia. Despite numerous sprint opportunities in the first 18 stages, the Australian has been consistently struggling to get himself into winning contention for the sprints, leading to some to believe he may be battling illness.Spe...

Discover the startlist of the 2024 Circuit Franco Belge - Marc Hirschi headlines classics specialists field

On the 29th of May the peloton takes on one of the many one-day races that are set to take place in Belgium. The Circuit Franco Belge is one perfectly suited to the classics riders. We take a look at it's startlist. The preliminary startlist features: Mathieu Burgaudeau, Rasmus Tiller, Tobias Johann...

One of the few riders who has managed to beat Tadej Pogacar in 2024 abandons Giro d'Italia

Israel - Premier Tech have been having a disastrous Giro d'Italia and it does not stop here. The Israeli team are down to only three riders as Nick Schultz will not start today's 19th stage of the race. "Unfortunately Nick Schultz won’t start today’s stage of the Giro d'Italia," the team shared on s...

Ben O'Connor anticipates Giro d'Italia's stage 20: "It must be one of the hardest ones you can do in cycling"

Ben O'Connor has experienced ups and downs during this Giro d'Italia but he remains in fourth position. He says that he is content with this position but still hopes for good days in the final weekend of the race and a podium... He specially anticipates the 20th stage which goes up to Monte Grappa t...

"I'm definitely not about the Tour" - Geraint Thomas fully focused on Giro d'Italia and plans on attacking Daniel Martínez

Geraint Thomas rode a brilliant Giro d'Italia last year, only losing the pink jersey on the final competitive day but finishing second in the overall classification. He is seemingly riding to another podium this year, but he is not yet content with his third place and is fully focused on making the...

'Almeida has no interest in leaving UAE-Emirates' - No chance for Astana to sign Portuguese star

With just over two months left for the transfers period to officially open, many teams, riders and agents are tough at work securing their futures. One interesting possibility launched this week was that of João Almeida possibly joining Astana Qazaqstan Team; but this has virtually no chance of happ...

Bombshell! Jhonatan Narváez set leave INEOS Grenadiers and join Tadej Pogacar at UAE Team Emirates

The cycling market is red hot and at the Giro d'Italia, teams and agents are having active conversations regarding some of the best riders in the world. Jhonatan Narváez is set to leave INEOS Grenadiers and whilst Movistar have made their bid for the Ecuadorian star, it is now almost certain that he...

"My injuries didn't bother me on the bike" - Positive signs for Wout van Aert on return to action at Tour of Norway

After his spring-ending disaster crash at Dwars door Vlaanderen on the 27th of March, Wout van Aert was back in the peloton for the first time on Thursday afternoon at the Tour of Norway.Pre-stage the Belgian was keen to stress that he wouldn't be in the fight for the stage win and that was hold thi...

"I was screaming to him, ‘swap bikes’" - Thymen Arensman retains 6th on GC despite late mechanical on stage 18 at Giro d'Italia

Heading into the final weekend of the 2024 Giro d'Italia, Thymen Arensman remains 6th in the general classification despite a late scare as he suffered an ill-timed mechanical with just 8km to go on stage 18, with a frantic chase back on then ensuing. “I think that I hit a glass or a stone or someth...

Cian Uijtdebroeks resumes training after sudden illness forced him to abandon Giro d'Italia from fifth place overall

Cian Uijtdebroeks seemed ready to take on the leading role for Visma | Lease a Bike at this Giro d'Italia, but the Belgian had to give up sick halfway through the second week. For the 21-year-old it's a huge setback as he was looking strong in the fight for final top 5.But now Uijtdebroeks can look...

"That is a beautiful stage, close to Slovenia" - Tadej Pogacar targeting Saturday to take stunning sixth stage success at 2024 Giro d'Italia

Another day successfully ticked off for Tadej Pogacar at the 2024 Giro d'Italia on stage 18. With just three stages now left, the UAE Team Emirates goes into the final weekend with a more than comfortable lead in the general classification of 7:42."Let's say it was almost a perfect day!" reflected P...

PREVIEW | Tour of Norway 2024 stage 2 - Can Thibau Nys make it two for two on queen stage?

The Tour of Norway will take place from the 23rd to the 26th of May. Coinciding with the Giro d'Italia, it brings a secondary field of riders however it will provide exciting racing nevertheless over four days of racing. We preview the stage ahead. The queen stage? I would certainly call it. The lon...

PREVIEW | Giro d'Italia 2024 stage 19 - Will Tadej Pogacar want to spoil the fun on expected breakaway day?

Stage 19 of the Giro d'Italia is a day in the Alps, but not one that features high mountains. A day for a breakaway most likely, to be fought between climbers and classics specialist, that is if Tadej Pogacar doesn't want to spoil the fun. We preview an exciting day of racing. Stage 19 is a mixed da...

Tour de l'Avenir will host first ever stage finish on Colle delle Finestre this year

Italy will host the last two stages of the 60th edition of Tour de l'Avenir. The region of Piemonte will be already hosting the Grande Départ of Tour de France this year. However the absolute protagonist of the U23 race's jubilee, will undoubtedly be the climb of Colle delle Finestre (18 km a 8%).Th...

French expert compares Tadej Pogacar's Giro d'Italia reigning to Eddy Merckx era: "50 years later and there is another cannibal"

Tadej Pogacar's reigning at Giro d'Italia was by no means unexpected, but it has still drawn a lot of criticism. And naturally, people also begin to compare the Slovenian to the (arguably) best cyclist of history - Eddy Merckx. One such is Cyclism'Actu's writer, Tour de Finistere director, Marc Faye...

Banking firm Lloyds comes with multi-milion offer to save British Cycling from its downfall

British Cycling has agreed a multi-million sponsorship with banking firm Lloyds that it described that could lead the sport in country to brighter tomorrow, after the local half-professional scene nearly died out in the last few years.However, British Cycling chief executive Jon Dutton said: "This i...

Matej Mohoric confirmed to race Unbound Gravel 200: "I'll definitely do my best and enjoy my day in the rainbow jersey"

Matej Mohoric will participate in Unbound Gravel 200 next Saturday. The gravel world champion previously hinted at participating in the prestigious competition in the United States, but now his team Bahrain - Victorious has confirmed that the Slovenian will indeed start in Kansas. His teammate and c...

"Tim and Jonathan were simply too strong" - Kaden Groves bows down before Jonathan Milan and Tim Merlier

The penultimate sprint in the Giro d'Italia was a success for Tim Merlier, who managed to keep outsprint the once again very powerful Jonathan Milan who seemingly launched his sprint from another city... For Kaden Groves, the two seem too tough of a match in this Giro, the Alpecin-Deceuninck rider a...

"I got swamped by the riders behind me" - Tim van Dijke remains boxed in after sudden drop of pace in the final of stage 18

From list of substitutes to becoming his team's sprinter - Tim van Dijke has been through it all with Visma | Lease a Bike at this Giro d'Italia. In the penultimate sprinting opportunity of this year's edition, Van Dijke had his eyes set on getting as close to improving his fourth place from last we...

Should Movistar Team renew Nairo Quintana after return to the top at Giro d'Italia?

The signing of Nairo Quintana by Movistar Team at the beginning of the 2024 season was a surprise. After a blank year caused by his positive for tramadol in the 2022 Tour de France, the Colombian climber had another chance in WorldTour cycling in the team with which he achieved the greatest successe...

PREVIEW | RideLondon Classique2024 stage 1 - Lorena Wiebes and Charlotte Kool go head to head in bunch sprint

From the 24th to the 26th of May the women's peloton returns to the Great Britain! The RideLondon Classique is one of the most important Women's World Tour events for the sprinters of the peloton and will provide a few golden opportunities to take key victories. We preview the stage ahead. The race...

PREVIEW | RideLondon Classique2024 - Lotte Kopecky and Lorena Wiebes lead assault on British race

From the 24th to the 26th of May the women's peloton returns to the Great Britain! The RideLondon Classique is one of the most important Women's World Tour events for the sprinters of the peloton and will provide a few golden opportunities to take key victories. We preview the race ahead. The race s...

“In every stage race I started this year, I won a stage and wore the leader's jersey" - Thibau Nys continues blistering start to 2024 with stage win in Norway

2024 looks like being the real breakthrough season in terms of road racing for multi-discipline star Thibau Nys. Taking his fifth win of the year already, the Lidl-Trek star powered to victory on the summit finish of stage 1 at the Tour of Norway. “It's a dream,” the 21-year-old Belgian reflected wi...

Discover the final startlist of Boucles de la Mayenne 2024 as the French Cup continues

Startlist. French Cup continues with 2.Pro stage race Boucles de la Mayenne from the 23rd of May to 26th of May.The preliminary startlist includes riders such as: Benoît Cosnefroy, Dorian Godon, Matteo Moschetti, Giacomo Nizzolo, Marijn van den Berg, Alberto Bettiol, Stefan Bissegger, Emilien Jeanni...

"It's my fault" - Jonathan Milan takes blame for his bad positioning after narrow miss in stage 18 sprint at Giro d'Italia

Being forced to settle for second in the bunch sprint finale to stage 18 at the 2024 Giro d'Italia, Maglia Ciclamino wasn't quite able to claim a fourth stage win at this Grand Tour, as victory went to Soudal - Quick-Step's Tim Merlier. "In the finale we saw more things. We also saw a second place,"...

Terrific Thibau Nys dominant in uphill finale to stage 1 of Tour of Norway; Wout van Aert doesn't feature on return to racing

The terrific Thibau Nys has continued to impress in 2024. On a punchy finale to the opening stage of the Tour of Norway, the cross-discipline star in the making was a clear winner, thanks in part to a brilliant leadout by teammate Mathias Vacek.With seven riders getting themselves into the breakaway...

Giro d'Italia 2024 stage 18 GC Update: Another day ticked off for Tadej Pogacar towards inevitable Maglia Rosa victory

Stage 18 of the Giro d'Italia 2024 was intended to be a transition day before the arrival of the last two mountain challenges and as expected, the victory was decided in a bunch sprint, with Tim Merlier narrowly edging Jonathan Milan in the finale. Therefore, the Top 10 of the overall classification...

“The haters will be disappointed" - Tim Merlier in fiery mood after taking second stage win of 2024 Giro d'Italia

For the second time in the 2024 Giro d'Italia, Tim Merlier was the man to secure himself the victory in a bunch sprint on stage 18. In a thrilling finale to the day, the Belgian narrowly edged out the Maglia Ciclamino of Jonathan Milan to take the win. “The haters will be disappointed," laughed a fi...

Tim Merlier denies Jonathan Milan in thrilling sprint on stage 18 of Giro d'Italia

Tim Merlier has sprinted to victory on stage 18 of the 2024 Giro d'Italia, taking his second win of the race in a thrilling finale to the day, taking his latest ever win at a Grand Tour.Although on paper a stage for the sprinters, as always with such parcours coming so late in a Grand Tour, the brea...

Wout van Aert rules himself out of fight for Tour of Norway stage wins: "I'm going to hang on as long as possible"

For the first time since his nasty, spring-ending crash at Dwars door Vlaanderen, Team Visma | Lease a Bike superstar Wout van Aert will be back in action at the 2024 Tour of Norway this afternoon. Playing down expectations however, the Belgian insists he isn't there to compete for wins. "I feel goo...

"For Julian it was a liberating victory after a difficult period" - Marion Rousse delighted to see smile return to Alaphilippe's face with stunning Giro stage win

One of the most entertaining and widely-liked riders in the peloton, Julian Alaphilippe's stunning return to form at the 2024 Giro d'Italia has been one of the most feel-good stories to emerge from the opening Grand Tour of the year. Coming off the back of some dark years as the former two-time worl...

Mikel Landa and Remco Evenepoel train together in preparation for the Tour de France

After both Mikel Landa and Remco Evenepoel were affected by crashes in the Itzulia Basque Country that also claimed the injury of Jonas Vingegaard and Primoz Roglic among others, the Soudal - Quick-Step duo are back training together in preparation for the 2024 Tour de France 2024. As reported by AS...

VIDEO: Georg Steinhauser's father breaks down in tears in Eurosport studio after son's solo Giro d'Italia stage win

Stage 17 of the 2024 Giro d'Italia is one that will long be remembered in the Steinhauser household as EF Education-EasyPost's Georg Steinhauser powered to a first professional victory on his Grand Tour debut. Coming from a strong cycling family, Steinhauser has many familial ties to the sport throu...

Tom Pidcock returns to mountain biking ahead of Tour de France

Tom Pidcock has in the past been World and Olympic Champion on the mountain bike and although we do not know yet his full ambitions for the summer, he returns to the discipline where he has been very successful this upcoming weekend in search of wins. However even though the Briton is focusing on th...

Astana considering new leader for 2025 after Mark Cavendish's retirement: "Why not Simon Yates, João Almeida..."

Mark Cavendish has already extended his career into 2024 after announcing his retirement almost exactly one year ago, but this will certainly not happen once again. Hence, Astana is looking to reinforce itself for the 2025 season with a new leader and a few surprising names are in the mind of Alexan...

Christian Scaroni, previous main rival to Tadej Pogacar on the Giro's KOM classification, forced to abandon race

Christian Scaroni has been one of the most active and aggressive riders in this Giro d'Italia but after a few days of racing in very bad weather, he fell ill and has been forced to abandon the race this morning whilst sitting among the first in the KOM classification. "Unfortunately, after several g...

Tadej Pogacar: "The main goal is to bring the pink jersey to Rome and not do anything stupid anymore"

For the second day in a row, Tadej Pogacar's activity on Strava was flagged, to which he joked 'Haters gonna flag'. The Slovenian however couldn't care less, as he stormed up the final ascent of the Passo del Brocon to comfortably extend his lead at the Giro d'Italia even further. “Today the plan wa...

PREVIEW | Tour of Norway 2024 stage 1 - Wout van Aert vs. Thibau Nys in an explosive finale

The Tour of Norway will take place from the 23rd to the 26th of May. Coinciding with the Giro d'Italia, it brings a secondary field of riders however it will provide exciting racing nevertheless over four days of racing. We preview the stage ahead of us. The race starts off with a hilly day that can...

PREVIEW | Tour of Norway 2024 - Will Wout van Aert be able to win on his return to cycling?

The Tour of Norway will take place from the 23rd to the 26th of May. Coinciding with the Giro d'Italia, it brings a secondary field of riders however it will provide exciting racing nevertheless over four days of racing. We preview the race ahead. The race starts off with a hilly day that can be imp...

Can Elisa Longo Borghini replace Demi Vollering at SD Worx? Italian leaving Lidl-Trek in 2024

The women's cycling scene is undergoing major changes ahead of the 2025 season, with surprising moves among the leaders of the most prominent teams. Demi Vollering, one of today's most prominent female cyclists, decided to leave SD Worx to join the ranks of FDJ. This transfer has now been followed u...

"He's going to be a great rider in the future" - Tadej Pogacar impressed by stage 17 winner Georg Steinhauser at Giro d'Italia

Tadej Pogacar had to settle for second on stage 17 of the 2024 Giro d'Italia as despite a late attack, the Maglia Rosa couldn't quite claw back the gap to Georg Steinhauser, who held on from the breakaway to take the stage win. "I'm happy. That was the plan today. It was very difficult for the break...

PREVIEW | Giro d'Italia 2024 stage 18 - Can Jonathan Milan win again? Or will the breakaway win once again on flat day

Almost every year, the mid-week flat stage on the final third of the Giro d'Italia is won by a breakaway rider. So much so that it has become a tradition. We preview stage 18, where it is possible for the breakaway to succeed but if not, Jonathan Milan will be the main favourite to win. As tradition...

"My respect and heartfelt congrats!" - Jan Ullrich reacts to stunning Giro stage win of Georg Steinhauser

Denying Tadej Pogacar a third successive stage win at the 2024 Giro d'Italia, EF Education-EasyPost's Georg Steinhauser was the only man to better the Maglia Rosa on stage 17, taking the first victory of his professional career on his Grand Tour debut. The 22-year-old German comes from good stock, w...

"Just seemed to be on a par with Daniel Martinez" - Geraint Thomas unable to regain 2nd at Giro d'Italia on stage 17 summit finish

After a disappointing showing on stage 16, INEOS Grenadiers' Geraint Thomas responded strongly on stage 17 to take 4th place on the day and further cement his spot on the podium despite failing to gain back time on Daniel Martinez."We tried to set a good pace at the bottom and set it up to try and a...

Thibau Nys on Wout van Aert: "It wouldn't be fair to expect anything from him. Although he remains an incredible rider of course"

Thibau Nys and Wout van Aert, two cyclocross stars, will be headlining the upcoming Tour of Norway. Each with their own obstacles to overcome, but the young Belgian talks about van Aert in anticipation of what should be an exciting race. “I had to make a transfer on the way to Norway and my luggage...

"The Tour? That is only an option in the very best case" Wout van Aert says ahead of the Tour of Norway

Wout van Aert returns to competition this Thursday after two months away from the peloton. After breaking a collarbone and ribs, alongside his sternum, it took a long time until he was able to properly train again as his his injuries proved to cause too much stress on his body.“It has dragged on lon...

Calendar for the cyclocross season 2024/25 revealed, including 12 World Cup races

End of May and the new cyclo-cross calendar is finally known. Het Nieuwsblad brings an overview of the main field events for the next winter, with World Cup in Oristano, Sardinia as the most exotic destination in 2024/25.At the end of February, the UCI introduced four protective weekends. No other i...

Amateur rider suspected of motor-doping makes action movie escape from the scene: "He drove his car at me and I went about 100 metres on his bonnet"

A rider suspected of motor doping ran  down a race organiser after making a hurried getaway from bike inspectors. The drama took place on Monday, on the morning of the fourth and final stage of the amateur Routes de l'Oise stage race, north of Paris. Organisers targeted on particular amateur rider f...

UK Anti-Doping agency expresses concern for Lizzy Banks' well-being and promises to "look into what it can do to better support athletes" going through the same as Banks

UK Anti-Doping has admitted it is concerned with riders' well-being and will review its support to athletes going through the trial, after cycling Elizabeth Banks revealed her life had been turned upside down by a 10-month case which concluded she was at 'no fault or negligence' for a positive dopin...

Uno-X Mobility the only team to show interest in 30-year-old Amund Jansen for next season

After four years at Team Jayco AlUla, it seems that Amund Jansen will have to offer his services elsewhere as he didn't manage to live up to the hopes, not only his team had when they brought the then 26-year-old Norwegian from Jumbo-Visma.There is no doubt 2019 was the best year of Jansen's career...

Thibau Nys leads strong Lidl-Trek for Tour of Norway with two uphill finishes

Thibau Nys strong showing at Tour de Hongrie fits the young Belgian into a favourite role also for the upcoming Tour of Norway with two uphill finishes and two stages that should lead into a bunch arrival."A very tough stage is on the menu on day two. The real climbers have a big advantage there. Th...

"We went racing how I liked it today" - Team dsm-firmenich PostNL raid for Romain Bardet sees no real effect

It came as a surprise to many when whole Team dsm-firmenich PostNL lined up at the front of the peloton to dictate the pace halfway through the stage 17. Especially since their Romain Bardet hasn't had the best of days just 24 hours earlier.As it turns Bardet already felt much better today, and want...

Mathieu Van der Poel reveals plans to chase golf dreams after retirement: "I would like to play some competition after my cycling career"

Mathieu Van der Poel fans would already know that the world champion is an avid golfer. Together with many others, he was a guest at the tournament, which is held from Thursday to Sunday by the Rinkven International Golf Club. "I now have a little more peace," says the world champion at Sporza. "Tha...

"We are in this Grand Tour to learn" - Attila Valter on the attack but Team Visma | Lease a Bike left without reward on stage 17 of Giro d'Italia

Team Visma | Lease a Bike have had a tough time at the 2024 Giro d'Italia. Aside from the stage win through Olav Kooij and a bright performance before his abandon from Cian Uijtdebroeks, it's been a challenging Grand Tour. On stage 17, Hungarian National Champion, Attila Valter was on the attack for...

“It was a very nice day for me” - Antonio Tiberi strengthens grip of White Jersey and closes gap on top-4 at the Giro d'Italia on stage 17

In a dramatic final climb on stage 17 of the 2024 Giro d'Italia, Bahrain - Victorious' Antonio Tiberi continued to impress in his first career general classification challenge. “It was a very nice day for me,” reflected the 22-year-old Italian in his post-stage interview, having gained time on his m...

Profiles & Route Giro d'Italia 2024 - 71Km of time-trial; Gravel; Stelvio and double Grappa ascent included

The 2024 Giro d'Italia will take place from the 4th to the 26th of May. The first Grand Tour of the season, the main goal of the season for many and one of the most spectacular and history-rich cycling races in the world. We take a look at it's profiles. It is a route that, as usual, takes the rider...

"I was having trouble breathing" - Ben O'Connor sees podium dreams slip further away on stage 17 of Giro d'Italia

Coming into the final week of racing at the 2024 Giro d'Italia, Decathlon AG2R La Mondiale Team's Ben O'Connor was hopeful of putting the pressure on Daniel Martinez and Geraint Thomas in the fight for the podium. Sadly, those goals have taken a blow with some time loss on stage 17. Losing 41 second...

Discover the final startlist of the Tour of Norway 2024! - The return of Wout van Aert

The startlist of the Tour of Norway this year features a special presence. Wout van Aert headlines the nordic race which will take place from the 23rd to the 26th of May, simultaneous to the Giro d'Italia. The preliminary startlist features: Wout van Aert, Koen Bouwman, Magnus Cort Nielsen, Alexande...

"Thanks to Nairo Quintana who gave me some gels" - Daniel Martinez relies on support on compatriot with BORA - hansgrohe teammates dropped on stage 17 of Giro d'Italia

Stage 17 of the Giro d'Italia 2024 ended with a win for Georg Steinhauser from the breakaway. However, on the final ascent to the Passo Brocon there was much to comment on regarding the fight for the Top 10 in the GC and especially in the fight between Daniel Martinez and Geraint Thomas for 2nd behi...

Giro d'Italia 2024 stage 17 GC Update: Tadej Pogacar gains time again as Einer Rubio moves up to 8th

Stage 17 of the Giro d'Italia 2024 once again promised a lot of excitement when it came to the fight for the general classification. Whilst Georg Steinhauser held on for the stage win from the breakaway, Tadej Pogacar put yet more time into his rivals with a late attack.In truth, the climb could hav...

"At the sign on, I thought to myself 'F*ck! I have good legs today'" - Georg Steinhauser arrives in the big time with stage win on Grand Tour debut at Giro d'Italia

In his first Grand Tour, EF Education-EasyPost's Georg Steinhauser already has his first stage win after a very impressive ride on stage 17 of the 2024 Giro d'Italia. Having attacked relatively early on as part of the breakaway, Steinhauser saw he and his companions somewhat curiously reeled back in...

Georg Steinhauser emulates uncle Jan Ullrich and becomes Grand Tour stage winner with victory on stage 17 of 2024 Giro d'Italia

Stage 17 saw something of a rarity at the 2024 Giro d'Italia, as Tadej Pogacar has not even contested for the win. Instead, EF Education-EasyPost's Georg Steinhauser, nephew of Jan Ullrich through marriage, has powered to the summit win atop Passo Brocon, taking victory on stage 17.In a frantic open...

"Come and say it to my face" - RCS boss Mauro Vegni comes out fighting after criticism over handling of pre-stage 16 drama at Giro d'Italia

The start of stage 16 at the 2024 Giro d'Italia descended into a shambolic farce as far as the organisation was concerned with a confused and unsure peloton held at a petrol station in the rain as race organisers RCS attempted to hash out a last-minute plan for the day after the bad weather caused c...

Rafal Majka fumes at Team DSM-Firmenich PostNL's curious tactics on stage 17 of Giro d'Italia

Stage 17 of the 2024 Giro d'Italia has seen some strange tactics from Team DSM-Firmenich PostNL. These tactics haven't gone unnoticed either, with UAE Team Emirates' Rafal Majka visibly showing his frustrations at the rival team. Team DSM-Firmenich PostNL had raced hard to control the gap between pe...

"No" - Geraint Thomas denies he gave Thymen Arensman green light to not wait for him on Giro d'Italia stage 16

Geraint Thomas was one of the more notable casualties of the shortened, rain-affected stage 16 at the 2024 Giro d'Italia, losing considerable time to his rivals and dropping from 2nd to 3rd in the general classification in the process. Notably, despite Thomas clearly struggling, the Welshman's INEOS...

Israel - Premier Tech interested in signing Simon Yates should the Brit leave Team Jayco AlUla

The future of former Vuelta a Espana winner Simon Yates looks very much undecided at the moment. Having spent his entire professional career to date riding with Team Jayco AlUla in its various guises, Yates is yet to extend terms in his contract year. According to Team Jayco AlUla's Brent Copeland,...

Arkéa - B&B Hotels' David Dekker abandons 2024 Giro d'Italia partway through stage 17

There isn't much left for the sprinters at the 2024 Giro d'Italia. Aside from the processional final stage in Rome, it's pretty much all climbs for the fast men to labour their way over until Rome. As such, a number of sprinters have abandoned in the last few days, the latest being David Dekker.The ...

Jhonatan Narváez accuses Richard Carapaz of pressuring Ecuador's Ministry of Sport to attend the Olympic Games

Ecuador's Ministry of Sport has responded to the Ecuadorian Cycling Federation, which announced a few days ago that the rider who will go to the Olympic Games, because the country only has one representative, will be the one who gets the most UCI points in 2024.Richard Carapaz was upset, as reigning...

Profiles & Route Criterium du Dauphine 2024

The Criterium du Dauphiné is the first World Tour event following the Giro d'Italia and traditionally, the most important race in preparation for the Tour de France. Here we will have many of the Tour's stars battling it out on all kinds of terrain including the high mountains from the 2nd to the 9t...

Giulio Pellizzari reveals what brought him into Tadej Pogacar's tent after stage 16: "My brother wrote to me yesterday to find a way to get the Pogacar’s glasses"

The youngest rider of this Giro d'Italia Giulio Pellizzari was on the brink of a breakthrough triumph on the slopes of Monte Pasa as he was . But it wasn't to be for the VF Group-Bardiani-CSF-Faizane rider as Tadej Pogacar emerged from the peloton to shatter the 20-year-old Italian's dream.So it was...

Matxín, on Tadej Pogacar: "People may think he is a tyrant, a cannibal, but we are paid to win"

Joxeán Fernández Matxín, manager of the UAE Team Emirates, was on the microphones of Partidazo de Cope yesterday to talk about Tadej Pogacar and what he is achieving in the Giro d'Italia in particular and in his incredible career as a cyclist in general."I've been doing this for 30 years and he's th...

Julian Alaphilippe spends another day in a breakaway on rainy stage 16: "I have no regrets as I’ve really enjoyed the stage"

If someone deserves a Super Combativity award at this Giro d'Italia after two weeks of racing, there's one big favourite - Julian Alaphilippe. After his stage victory in stage 12, the two-time world champion has found a seemingly bottomless source of energy, continuously throwing himself in breakawa...

Profiles & Route RideLondon Classique 2024

From the 24th to the 26th of May the women's peloton returns to the Great Britain! The RideLondon Classique is one of the most important Women's World Tour events for the sprinters of the peloton and will provide a few golden opportunities to take key victories. We take a look at the race's profiles...

18-year-old wonder Matthew Brennan joins Visma | Lease a Bike from 2025 onwards

For some riders, it takes longer to integrate into the professional peloton coming out of the junior category, for others less so. Matthew Brennan belongs to the latter group. It also didn't take long for Visma | Lease a Bike they have a rough diamond in their hands, arriving with a World Tour contr...

Profiles & Route Tour of Norway 2024

The Tour of Norway will take place from the 23rd to the 26th of May. Coinciding with the Giro d'Italia, it brings a secondary field of riders however it will provide exciting racing nevertheless over four days of racing. We take a look at it's profiles. The race starts off with a hilly day that can...

Second at La Vuelta Femenina, Riejanne Markus apparently close to signing a deal with Lidl-Trek for 2025

Everything seems to be working perfectly for Riejanne Markus in 2024. The Dutch lady had a bit of a slower start to the season, but since May, she has taken her performances to a next level, when she arrived runner-up at La Vuelta Femenina, short only of Demi Vollering. And last Friday, she even sco...

VIDEO: Tadej Pogacar shows class by gifting Giulio Pellizzari stage 16 winning Maglia Rosa at the Giro d'Italia

Tadej Pogacar powered to an incredible 5th stage win at the 2024 Giro d'Italia on the summit finish of stage 16. Best of the rest behind though was the prodigiously talented Italian prospect, Giulio Pellizzari. The 20-year-old of VF Group - Bardiani CSF - Faizanè attacked earlier on the slopes of th...

"If he wins the Giro and the Tour de France, I would go and try to win the Vuelta" - Alberto Contador suggests Tadej Pogacar could aim for the triple

While at the age of 26, Tadej Pogacar has already become a legend of his own, he stills has few steps to go before he can compare his Grand Tour palmares with the likes of seven-time (some would say nine) champion Alberto Contador. And it's the Spaniard who wishes to see incredible things from the p...

PREVIEW | Giro d'Italia 2024 stage 17 - Will Tadej Pogacar want to go for win number 6 or is it the breakaway's day?

Stage 17 of the Giro d'Italia is a very very hard day. It is a day fully within the Alps with several climbs that begin right at the start of the stage. We preview a day that shouldn't be important for the Giro's victory battle, but could prove quite exciting for the places behind and the stage win....

Jonas Vingegaard spotted training in Mallorca with a new tattoo

As usual for the not often eloquent Jonas Vingegaard, we haven't heard much from the Dane since his terrible crash at Itzulia Basque Country. The two-time Tour de France champion was looking to wrap up his, until that moment successful, spring at the Spanish WT stage race by challenging the likes of...

"I was thinking actually that Giulio Pellizzari would win today's stage" - Tadej Pogacar rides to almost accidental 5th Giro stage win

Not even mother nature can stop Tadej Pogacar at the 2024 Giro d'Italia. On a cold, wet and dramatic day at the Giro, the UAE Team Emirates leader took his 5th stage win on the reduced and rain-affected stage 16 summit finish. Prior to the stage getting underway, the riders in the peloton and the vi...

"He told me to go and win the stage" - Rafal Majka reveals Tadej Pogacar attempted to gift stage 16 victory at the Giro d'Italia

For the fifth time at the 2024 Giro d'Italia, Tadej Pogacar was the first rider to cross the finish line on stage 16 as the Maglia Rosa continues to dominate his rivals. Speaking post-stage however, Pogacar's loyal super-domestique Rafal Majka admitted another stage win wasn't in the initial plan. “...

"I just didn't feel like I had anything today" - Geraint Thomas drops to 3rd and loses significant time on stage 16 of Giro d'Italia

On the reduced and weather-affected stage 16 at the 2024 Giro d'Italia, one of the most notable riders to get into difficulty and lose some considerable time was the INEOS Grenadiers GC leader, Geraint Thomas. Finishing the day now 7:40 down on Maglia Rosa Tadej Pogacar, who took his fifth stage win...

"If that does not invoke the extreme weather protocol, then what does?" - CPA president Adam Hansen shocked by Giro organisers' inability to react to adverse weather on Stelvio

The sixteenth stage of the Giro d'Italia originally planned from Livigno through the famous Passo dello Stelvio (later replaced by the Umbrailpass) with finish on the steep slopes of Monta Pana was feared not only for its parcours, but also due to the expected adverse weather, including heavy rain a...

Daniel Martínez returns to second overall after he sees Geraint Thomas struggling on stage 16: "I think a lot of guys found it tough going"

The shortened stage to Santa Cristina Valgardena played in favour of riders with ability to kick big watts on the 12% slopes of short final climb Monte Pana. Scenario that played perfectly into the hands of Daniel Martínez who seized this opportunity to jump into second overall with five stages left...

Danish sponsor Bygma will join Visma | Lease a Bike for Tour de France and Tour de France Femmes

Visma | Lease a Bike has announced a new partnership with Bygma, a Danish company that provides products and services to professionals in the construction sector. The Bygma logo will be featured on the shirts and pants of the Dutch team during the upcoming Tour de France and Tour de France Femmes. I...

British rider Elizabeth Banks wins battle to clear her name against UK anti-doping agency but retires as a consequence

Former EF Education-TIBCO-SVB rider Elizabeth Banks has opened up about her battle to clear her name after returning an adverse analytical finding in a UK Anti-Doping test last July. As a result, Banks has spent much of the past year attempting to clear her name, with UKAD insisting on handing her a...

Romania's Olympic MTB medal hope Vlad Dascalu suspended by UCI for missing doping tests

The mountain bike competition at the 2024 Olympic Games has lost one more medal candidate after Mathieu van der Poel's announcement to focus on road race instead. The UCI has suspended Vlad Dascalu. The 26-year-old Romanian champion of Trek Factory Racing-Pirelli is number twelve in the world. He mi...

Romain Bardet fights through crisis at Passo Pinei to retain 7th overall: "He did well in comparison to some of the other guys around him"

It's a race full of ups and downs for Romain Bardet who keeps mixing better and worse days at the Giro d'Italia. Unluckily for Bardet, the Team dsm-firmenich PostNL rider rolled a bad day after the second rest day, which turned the Tuesday's stage into a fight for survival in the GC for the French c...

"I would really like to thank Julian Alaphilippe who did a big pull just for me when he was already dead" - Ewen Costiou scores first top 10 result in a Grand tour

Ewen Costiou finished in 9th place in the sixteenth stage of the Giro d'Italia this Tuesday, which is currently his best result in a Grand tour. The Frenchman was on the offensive in the final of Tuesday's shortened stage, attacking from the peloton on the Passo Pinei. In the company of Giulio Pelli...

"It seemed for a moment that he wanted to let him win" - Eurosport experts analyze Tadej Pogacar's path to fifth stage victory

Seemingly effortlessly, Tadej Pogacar rode to his fifth stage triumph on Tuesday. He didn't even have expose too many of his teammates on the way to Santa Cristina Valgardena with Movistar willingly controlling the gap of escapees in UAE Team Emirates' place. And when Pogacar, by many already nickna...

VIDEO: Highlights of dramatic and weather-affected stage 16 at the 2024 Giro d'Italia

Stage 16 of the 2024 Giro d'Italia is one that will be remembered for a long time, not just for the on-bike drama either as the bad weather saw the riders' union CPA go to war with race organisers RCS prior the stage getting underway. Despite a resolution finally eventually being reached, with the U...

"I decided to go at my own pace" - Antonio Tiberi shows maturity to increase lead in Best Young Riders classification at Giro d'Italia

In a brutal finale to stage 16 at the 2024 Giro d'Italia, Bahrain - Victorious' Antonio Tiberi recovered from a slow reaction to the GC attacks to keep his 5th place overall and actually increase his lead in the Best Young Riders classification. "I didn't feel very good at the start of the stage. On...

"We knew Einer Rubio had good legs, so we wanted to try" - Movistar Team explain stage 16 tactics at Giro d'Italia

Tadej Pogacar and UAE Team Emirates had no intention of riding for the win on stage 16, but with Movistar Team riding hard all day on the front of the peloton to keep the breakaway in check, the Maglia Rosa eventually took advantage on the final climb to take his 5th stage win. Given what transpired...

"The team told us we had to climb the climb as quickly as possible" - Thymen Arensman opts not to wait for struggling Geraint Thomas on Giro stage 16

Although Tadej Pogacar was as powerful and dominant as ever on stage 16 of the 2024 Giro d'Italia, those GC candidates behind had more mixed days. One of those to struggle and lose time was the INEOS Grenadiers' Geraint Thomas.Thomas' teammate, Thymen Arensman however looked a lot stronger, securing...

Giro d'Italia 2024 stage 16 GC Update | Tadej Pogacar increases lead even further as Daniel Martinez rises to 2nd at Geraint Thomas' expense

After all the controversy and drama that proceeded the racing getting underway on stage 16 of the 2024 Giro d'Italia, the reduced stage didn't see any lessening in the drama as Tadej Pogacar emphatically made it five Giro stage wins and increased his Maglia Rosa advantage even further. The UAE Team...

Unstoppable Tadej Pogacar makes it a fantastic five Giro d'Italia stage wins with victory on reduced stage 16

Tadej Pogacar has made it five stage wins at the 2024 Giro d'Italia. On a reduced stage affected by the weather, the Maglia Rosa increased his lead even further in the GC as Daniel Martinez made time on Geraint Thomas behind. After a controversial, confusing and ultimately rather shambolic opening t...

Julius van den Berg becomes 4th abandon of the day at the Giro d'Italia

Following Danny van Poppel, Jenthe Biermans and Benjamin Thomas out of the race, Julius van den Berg has become the fourth rider to abandon the 2024 Giro d'Italia on the day of stage 16."After battling through the mountains the other day, Julius van den Berg unfortunately hasn't recovered fully from...

"This morning it's just been a mess" - INEOS Grenadiers DS slams lack of clarity at Giro d'Italia

In a somewhat embarrassing situation this morning ahead of the 16th stage of the 2024 Giro d'Italia, the riders were left in limbo as the peloton and the race organisers were at a standoff over the plans for the day due to the horrific weather conditions. In the end, the two parties reached a resolu...

Giro d'Italia stage winner Benjamin Thomas becomes latest abandon on miserable stage 16

After the ultimate high of his breakaway victory on stage 5 of the 2024 Giro d'Italia, Cofidis' Benjamin Thomas has now sadly abandoned the Grand Tour in the early part of a miserable stage 16. "We have just learned of the abandonment of Benjamin Thomas on this 16th stage. We will give you news very...

"Giro d'Italia organization and UCI on fire today with wise decision making. Not" - Simon Geschke lays heavy criticism as stage 16 finally gets underway

The scenes at the start of stage 16 at the 2024 Giro d'Italia were controversial, confusing and ultimately rather shambolic. With RCS seemingly intent on laying down a marker and forcing riders to ride in the horrendous weather conditions and the peloton subsequently refusing to do so, the stage is...

“This year, Mathieu's goal is to win another stage" - Van der Poel determined to impress at Tour de France says Christophe Roodhooft

Although it was always expected, Mathieu van der Poel was recently confirmed for an appearance at the Tour de France later this summer by the Alpecin-Deceuninck team. With just 7 race days in his legs so far this year however, there was some talk that the world champion may yet ride some races betwe...

“He wants to test himself, but he is far from 100 percent” - Team Visma | Lease a Bike lower expectations for Wout van Aert's return at Tour of Norway

For the first time since crashing out hard at Dwars Door Vlaanderen, Wout van Aert is set to return to racing at the upcoming Tour of Norway. Given his lengthy layoff however, Team Visma | Lease a Bike are keen to temper expectations surrounding the Belgian superstar. “Wout is happy that he can ride...

Egan Bernal on drinking bicarbonates to improve time trial performance: "You have to be very careful not to sin by wanting to gain a couple of seconds"

Ineos Grenadiers rider Egan Bernal made his debut as a commentator in Colombia on Sunday and left his impressions about the day's stage and what to expect from his former teammate and a good friend Daniel Martínez, currently place third overall in the Giro d'Italia general classification, just 15 se...

Thymen Arensman enters his 'third week mode' and closes the gap to fifth overall: "I think Geraint and I showed that we are also in good shape"

Tadej Pogacar was unbeatable in the queen stage riding away from his opponents in a lighting speed. However behind the phenomenal Slovenian, an exciting battle unfolded between the other classification riders fighting over the second spot overall. After struggles in the first week, Thymen Arensman w...

"We cannot compare Tadej Pogacar to Eddy Merckx" says BORA - hansgrohe's Enrico Gasparotto

Tadej Pogacar has been drawing some very lofty comparisons with his supreme dominance of the 2024 Giro d'Italia, with many comparing his cannibalistic attitude towards the race, with that of cycling legend, Eddy Merckx. According to BORA - hansgrohe's Enrico Gasparotto however, comparisons with Merc...

"The question is still: what are our goals for this Tour?" - Steven Kruijswijk reveals Visma uncertainty surrounding Tour de France after Jonas Vingegaard's crash

With much uncertainty surrounding the Team Visma | Lease a Bike lineup for the 2024 Tour de France following bad crashes and injuries to a number of the team's star riders, Steven Kruijswijk is confident he be fully recovered at the startline and ready to perform at a top level.“My shoulder and coll...

"There are at least five financially strong teams that would like to have him" - BORA - hansgrohe boss admits interest in Tom Pidcock

Reports circulated over the weekend that BORA - hansgrohe had begun talks to bring INEOS Grenadiers multi-discipline superstar, Tom Pidcock into their fold. A Red Bull-sponsored rider, the global drinks conglomerate's new backing of BORA seemingly makes any deal more likely. When quizzed about the r...

VIDEOS: Giro d'Italia riders make the best out of snow and cut stage; Tadej Pogacar and Geraint Thomas not too bothered

The Giro d'Italia has exploded this morning but it was outside the peloton. Teams and organizers entered a clash over how stage 16 would be raced because of the extreme weather conditions, under snow and freezing temperatures... But some riders still made the best out of a morning in the snow. A few...

VIDEO: Alberto Contador reports from Giro d'Italia snow blizzard - "There is only snow"

The Giro d'Italia has reached a dramatic climax this morning when it came to the Passo dello Stelvio debate. For months questions were on the table regarding the possibility of the mythical climb of being raced. It will not, but not even the alternative will. Alberto Contador had boots on the ground...

UPDATE: 3 climbs officially cut from stage 16 route at Giro d'Italia, organizers confirm

It has been in the works over the past 24 hours but it is now confirmed. The Giro d'Italia has cut the Umbrailpass from the 2024 Giro d'Italia (after the Passo dello Stelvio itself was cut), and the riders will skip the first climbs of stage 16 fully because of horrible weather conditions. At the to...

Olympic champion Richard Carapaz infuriated by 'biased' decision from Equador into Olympic Games: "It looks like a maneuver designed to keep me out of Paris"

Richard Carapaz continues his fight against the Ecuadorian Cycling Federation to try to have options to defend his gold medal in the next Olympic Games in Paris. A retroactive change in the rules makes it almost impossible for the EF Education-EasyPost rider to go to France to defend what he won in...

Tadej Pogacar reacts to stage 16 chaos at the Giro: "I'll race if they want me to, but it's not ideal"

We still don't know if stage 16 of the Giro d'Italia 2024 will take place in its entirety or if the riders will be able to start at the Pratto dello Stelvio due to the bad weather conditions in the first kilometers and how dangerous the descent of the Umbrailpass can be. Thus, Tadej Pogacar, leader...

Ben O'Connor blasts Giro organizers amidst snow chaos: "You still have dinosaurs who really don't see the human side of things"

The gloves are off at the Giro d'Italia. This morning's stage 16 debate on when, where and how the stage will begin is being nothing but chaotic and Ben O'Connor, one of the leading figures in the race, has directly called out the race organizers over what he considers to be an unbelievable decision...

Nairo Quintana has fire within once again as he searches Giro success: "Many will ask if I'm excited and the truth is yes"

After a more than complicated start to the season, Nairo Quintana has finally found his sensations and has proven his worth and why he was selected to race the Giro d'Italia despite many injuries and illnesses over the past few months. The Movistar Team rider showed class on stage 15 and only a supe...

Giro d'Italia unite in fear of racing Umbrailpass under heavy snow and freezing conditions: "This is going to be a shitshow!"

Adam Hansen, president of the CPA, has talked to Giro d'Italia organizers to remove the Umbrailpass from today's stage of the Giro d'Italia with almost the entire Giro peloton's request, due to the bad weather conditions en route. Since yesterday riders and teams are pressuring the corsa rosa not to...

Giro d'Italia: Danny van Poppel and Jenthe Biermans abandon ahead of final week

The third week of the Giro d'Italia begins today with a massive mountain stage into Monte Pana. As was the case over the first rest day of the race, a few riders took advantage of the day but will not start the following stage. In this case Danny van Poppel and Jenthe Biermans. BORA - hansgrohe have...

Michael Storer explains the origins of his nickname 'Destroyer': "It reflects the races I won in the Vuelta by leaving everyone else behind"

Michael Storer might not strike you as a rider who would obliterate everyone in his path on a way to victory, but little did you know that the Tudor Pro Cycling's Australian is knowing as "Destroyer" within the cycling circles. What are the origins of this amusing, yet terrifying nickname?"It was ba...

"Teams + UCI are on one side, the organizer RCS is on the other" - Simon Geschke reveals peloton are pushing for stage 16 adjustment due to bad weather at Giro

So far at the 2024 Giro d'Italia, the weather has been relatively nice for the riders. With the start of the third week looming with stage 16 on Tuesday however, the incoming snow and cold weather is seeing some riders pushing for a adjustment to the stage. Speaking in a Twitter exchange with Cyclin...

Remco Evenepoel insists Julian Alaphilippe should come help him win the Tour de France, calling him "one of the best climbers in the world when he is in good shape"

Julian Alaphilippe is currently giving it a good go at his debut Giro d'Italia, where's already managed to snatch a stage win following an epic breakaway action with Mirco Maestri. The 31-year-old Frenchman is obviously in a very good shape, which is something his team would like to take advantage o...

PREVIEW | Giro d'Italia 2024 stage 16 - Stelvio, rain and over 200 kilometers make for another brutal day at the Giro

Stage 16 of the Giro d'Italia is another incredibly hard day. We preview a stage with over 4000 meters of climbing, 200 kilometers rain and multiple climbs including a summit finish. Tadej Pogacar starts the day in the lead of the Giro on the day that it goes up the mythical Passo dello Stelvio's sl...

Israel - Premier Tech Academy welcomes Joshua Tarling's younger brother on board for 2025

Every manager witnessed what Joshua Tarling is capable of, as he rode to European time trial title at the age of just 19. Coming from the same family, it's no wonder the stocks of Finlay Tarling are quite high even if his rough talent might take some time to fully blossom.In the race for Finlay's si...

Medicale update: Elisa Balsamo will undertake surgery to treat her injuries on Tuesday

The high speed crash of Elisa Balsamo at Vuelta a Burgos Feminas was a terrifying one as the Italian went head first into the loose barriers after the rider in front of her lost control of her bike.Her team, Lidl-Trek, now provides latest update on the next steps on Balsamo's way to recovery. "On Sa...

Aevolo will become EF Education-EasyPost's development team in 2025 with aim to find the next US Tour de France winner

Exciting news for the American young cyclists as following in the footsteps of Lidl-Trek, also the second US WorldTour team EF Education-EasyPost is setting up an official U23 formation in 2025. The team managed by Jonathan Vaughters will tie their bounds with American amateur team Aevolo."With the...

Mathieu van der Poel's right-hand man out of competition with an elbow injury

Winner in 2020 and runner-up in 2022, this year's edition of Antwerp Port Epic won't write another good chapter in Gianni Vermeersch's story as the Belgian was forced to abandon the Belgian 1.1 race early due to a hard crash that caused bleeding in his left elbow area, coming with that didn't bode w...

Tim van Dijke plans to try to improve his fourth place from stage 13: "I will definitely go for it again"

Tim van Dijke was supposed to be enjoying a well-deserved rest at home after a busy spring, but instead the Dutch rider is conquering mountain passes in Italy without greater purpose with Team Visma | Lease a Bike's leaders; Olav Kooij for sprints and Cian Uijtdebroeks for mountains already out of t...

"Today I finished third, but next time I might take another victory" - Arnaud De Lie focuses on the good at his Ronde van Limburg

Arnaud De Lie hoped to race to victory in the Ronde van Limburg today, but had to settle for third place in a chaotic sprint. The Belgian of Lotto Dstny had to brake briefly when approaching the last bend and almost flew out of the bend.What exactly happened before the last turn? "It went so fast in...

“For my first experience being leader, I feel very satisfied" - Antonio Tiberi enters final week of Giro d'Italia in unchartered territory

Taking his first crack at the general classification in a Grand Tour, Bahrain - Victorious' Antonio Tiberi has acquitted himself exquisitely so far. With the 2024 Giro d'Italia reaching its second rest day, the 22-year-old Italian is 5th in the GC and wearing the Best Young Rider's jersey. "Honestly...

Tadej Pogacar already thinking about Tour de France: "I'm really looking forward to July to compete against Jonas, Remco and Primoz"

A lot has been written abot Tadej Pogacar's phenomenal ride to win the stage 15 from the beautiful lakes of Manerba del Garda to the skiing centre Mottolino in Livigno. And that's precisely where the 26-year-old Slovenian feels home and where he met the love of his life Urska Zigart. While the Magli...

“Biniam Girmay did a good lead-out for me. I have to thank him” - Dylan Groenewegen in jovial mood after Ronde van Limburg victory

After victory in his opening race of the season at the Clàssica Comunitat Valenciana, Dylan Groenewegen has had to wait a long while for another taste of success. Finally though, five months later, the Dutch sprinter has emerged victorious again at the Ronde van Limburg.  “It's been a while, so it's...

“Tadej will probably ride a little bit more defensive" - Ben O'Connor sees 3rd week opportunities to put pressure on Martinez & Thomas in fight for Giro podium

Continuing Decathlon AG2R La Mondiale Team's impressive season in 2024, the podium is still very much in sight for Ben O'Connor as the Giro d'Italia reaches its second rest day. With 15 stages in the legs, the 28-year-old Australian is sitting 4th in the general classification, 7:43 down on the Magl...

"Even when he talks about it today, he still has tears in his eyes" - Marion Rousse details Julian Alaphilippe's immense struggle to get back to his best

Completing his set of Grand Tour stage wins, Julian Alaphilippe emphatically returned to form with a thunderous solo victory on stage 12 of the 2024 Giro d'Italia last week. Between that triumph and his last Grand Tour stage win at the 2021 Tour de France however, has been an immense struggle. A for...

"We still have a chance at a podium finish" - Daniel Martinez heading into third week at Giro d'Italia full of optimism

With 15 stages down at the 2024 Giro d'Italia, BORA- hansgrohe's Daniel Martinez is holding firm in his fight for a first Grand Tour podium finish. The 28-year-old, who's previous best was 5th at the 2021 Giro, reaches the second rest day sitting third overall. "I have to say, I'm feeling pretty goo...

Dominant Dylan Groenewegen takes first victory since January at Ronde van Limburg 2024

Team Jayco AlUla's Dylan Groenewegen has powered to a victory at the Ronde van Limburg 2024 after a thrilling finale to the one-day race in Belgium. Despite repeated attacks throughout the stage, the peloton remained in firm control of things and with 40km to go, just one rider (Petr Kelemen of the...

"Pog is just on a different planet" - Geraint Thomas explains rivals' lack of desire to follow Tadej Pogacar's Giro d'Italia attacks

Despite insisting that the INEOS Grenadiers wouldn't give up in the fight for the Maglia Rosa at the 2024 Giro d'Italia, when Tadej Pogacar attacked on the queen stage of stage 15, Geraint Thomas was notably unwilling to mount a response. In fairness, neither were any of the other GC contenders but...

"He is getting better and better" - Adam Blythe 'lost for words' at Tadej Pogacar's latest display of Giro d'Italia dominance

Whilst in truth, the Giro d'Italia has looked decided for some time, Tadej Pogacar made sure that absolutely no one would be left in any doubt on stage 15. After his latest stage win, a fourth of the race, the UAE Team Emirates leader now holds a more than comfortable 6:41 advantage in the fight for...

INEOS Grenadiers set to sign Spanish talent Pablo Castrillo but won't make move for Simon Yates

With the 2024 Giro d'Italia having reached its second rest day, the rumour mill is filling up the day off from Grand Tour racing with transfer talk going into overdrive. According to reports, the INEOS Grenadiers have been active, securing the services of Equipo Kern Pharma's Pablo Castrillo. Accord...

Movistar Team goes after Jhonatan Narváez in attempt to resurrect their squad

With news emerging that Movistar Team's Oier Lazkano has decided to leave for the BORA - hansgrohe project, with Red Bull having agreed a contract for the next three seasons, until the end of 2027, the Spanish based outfit reportedly already have a replacement in mind. According to GCN's Daniel Bens...

Oier Lazkano to BORA - hansgrohe reportedly a done deal

Although it seemed that Movistar Team was going to give everything to renew with Oier Lazkano at the end of the season, the head of the Spanish rider has been turned and according to the latest reports, a deal to sign for BORA - hansgrohe is done.The news has been confirmed by Global Cycling News' D...

Pedal Punditry #7 | Sam Bennett found the 'luck of the Irish' in Dunkerque and got himself a Tour de France ticket

Sam Bennett is one of the most prestigious sprinters in the peloton and over the past few years, subject of a lot of controversy. Despite planning on racing the Tour de France every year, the last time he participated was in 2020 when he won the green jersey. But in 2024, he should make a return wit...

Pogacar's victory in queen stage of the Giro d'Italia was flagged on Strava

Tadej Pogacar has been absolutely dominant in the 2024 Giro d'Italia. The Slovenian was considered the main favorite going into the race and he has totally lived up to all the expectations for this Grand Tour, and with a 6:41 lead over second overall Geraint Thomas, of INEOS Grenadiers, it's safe to...

VIDEO: Two freestyle skiers jump over Tadej Pogacar on Mottolino to make for an epic montage

While some fans enjoyed Tadej Pogacar's fast ascent to Mottolino, others had different idea on how to enjoy the snowy slopes above Livigno.In this Instagram reel, we can see two freestyle skiers jumping over the UAE Team Emirates Slovenian destroying his Giro d'Italia opposition. In the end, it made...

Tadej Pogacar in a world of his own: The Slovenian's domination of the Giro d'Italia in numbers

The Giro d'Italia 2024 is not over yet, but if nothing out of the ordinary happens, we have known the winner of the final general classification for some time now. Tadej Pogacar completely obliterated his rivals again today, leaving them all behind as if they were another species, and passing Nairo...

"We let Pog go" - No chance of fighting for Giro victory for Geraint Thomas, who maintains second place intact in Livigno

Geraint Thomas and INEOS Grenadiers tried to surprise in this second week of the Giro d'Italia but the outcome was not the best. The Welshman remains in second place of the overall classification following the queen stage, a strong result, but there was simply no chance of coming close to Tadej Poga...

Ineos Grenadiers prove to be "the best of the humans" while Tadej Pogacar surges to a dominant victory

Tadej Pogacar openly declared he wanted to win ahead of the queen stage of this Giro d'Italia, but the gap to breakaway wasn't going under three minutes for a long time. Sounds like a mission impossible? Well, not for the Slovenian who not only caught all the escapees but also dealt a fatal blow to...

VIDEO: Frustrated Arnaud De Lie pushes another rider in a sprint of Antwerp Port Epic and earns a fine from UCI

With Lyme disease and other struggles finally a matter of the past, Arnaud De Lie seems to have finally found his better self again and the Walloon farmer begins to rack up victores in what he knows like his boots, the Belgian 1.1 races. Obviously the 22-year-old hoped to extend his winning streak a...

"It's special to win the overall classification two years in a row" - Demi Vollering completes absolute dominance of SD Worx - ProTime at Vuelta Burgos

Three stages wins as well as the general classification, points jersey and QOM. Team SD Worx - ProTime took absolute control of the course of action at Vuelta a Burgos Feminas and wrapped up the cold day in Central Spain with a dominant Demi Vollering solo ride. The Dutch lady naturally also brings...

"When Nairo attacked, I simply didn't have the legs to follow" - Michael Storer recognizes superior in Nairo Quintana on a stage through Mortirolo

While some found eternal glory at the stage through Mortirolo and Foscagno, with finish on ski slope Mottolino near famous winter sport center Livigno, others suffered through one of the hardest mountain stages in recent Grand tour history. One from the latter group was Michael Strorer.The Tudor Pro...

"I'm gone, I'm dead" - Attila Valter quotes Tadej Pogacar to describe his brief attempt to follow the flying Slovenian on Foscagno

After a good intermezzo from Visma | Lease a Bike in the second time trial where three quarters of their riders clocked a top 20 time, it was up to Attila Valter to take the responsibility for result of the Dutch team on his shoulders. The 25-year-old did everything from jumping into daily breakaway...

Sam Bennett hopes his domination in Dunkerque would get him a spot on Tour de France lineup: "I'm preparing as if I'm going to do the Tour"

Victorious Sam Bennett is something we haven't been seeing much these last few years. However at 4 Jours de Dunkerque, the Irishman found his absolute best legs and left his opponents eat his dust as he powered to four stage victories as well as overall triumph in France.For Bennett, these are his f...

Four teams came looking for Jenthe Biermans after his fall 25 meters deep into a ravine: "I want to thank them"

Jenthe Biermans had all the luck in the world in the descent from Passo del Mortirolo at the end of fifteenth stage. The Belgian made a mistake in a technical section and his red Arkéa - B&B Hotels jersey quickly disappeared in the ravine. Luckily his fall was stopped with relatively soft landing on...

Analysis | Nairo Quintana shuts mouths and shows his enormous class in the queen stage of the Giro d'Italia

At the beginning of the season, when Movistar Team unveiled the calendar of the main races for the 2024 season, many people were shaking their heads when they saw that Nairo Quintana was going to compete in the Giro d'Italia, in principle as the leader of the telephone team in terms of the general c...

"I hope this was my worst day this Giro" - Antonio Tiberi holds fifth position and white jersey despite a bad day on Mortirolo

Antonio Tiberi went through hell and back to defend his fifth spot in the overall standings as well as the Maglia Blanca the Italian wears so proudly. The fifteenth stage of Giro d'Italia was a bit too much for the young Bahrain - Victorious leader who lost more than a minute to his biggest opponent...

Romain Bardet ends second week on a high note, moving closer to final top 5: "I said yesterday that a new Giro started for us today"

It was until famous Mortirolo, Romain Bardet finally had one of those better days he was so keenly awaiting at this Giro d'Italia. The French climber took off from the group of favourites under the top of the Italian mountain pass at an ideal moment and the group with Geraint Thomas never caught the...

Sean Quinn wins USA national championships as EF Education-EasyPost outnumber Brandon McNulty

EF Education-EasyPost have ended the USA's national championships in the best way. After a difficult and tactical race, the home team managed to take full advantage of their numbers to get Sean Quinn in the stars and stripes jersey. A small group managed to make the difference relatively early in th...

Top 10 Italian cyclists in history: From Fausto Coppi to Vincenzo Nibali and Marco Pantani

Italy is one of the countries that has given more glory to the history of world cycling since its beginnings and we could not conceive this sport without events such as the Giro d'Italia or the Milano-Sanremo or without cyclists who began to mark an era as Fausto Coppi or Gino Bartali.In this articl...

VIDEO: Giro d'Italia 2024 stage 15 highlights - Tadej Pogacar buries Giro competition in Livigno and wins in style

The Giro d'Italia's overall classification may have been cemented today in the high-altitude finish of Mottolino, Livigno. Tadej Pogacar and UAE Team Emirates took the race by the horns and delivered a stupendous performance that saw his gap to his rivals almost double whilst taking the stage win at...

Giro d'Italia 2024 stage 15 GC Update | Tadej Pogacar leads with over 6 minutes; Geraint Thomas stays in second; Einer Rubio and Jan Hirt enter Top10

Stage 15 of the Giro d'Italia 2024 would give no respite to the riders in the general classification despite the fact that not 24 hours earlier they gave everything in the last individual time trial of the Corsa Rosa, which although Filippo Ganna won and Tadej Pogacar managed to put more time on all...

Tadej Pogacar plays the long game to conquer Giro d'Italia's queen stage: "We had already circled this stage sometime in December"

There is no stopping Tadej Pogacar at the Giro d'Italia. If any doubts remained that he may not have been at his best during the past week of the Corsa Rosa, they no longer do, as the race leader himself attacked the queen stage this Sunday afternoon to take several minutes on his rivals and dramati...

Tadej Pogacar wins stage 15 of the Giro d'Italia - Race leader puts in minutes to the competition on brutal mountain stage

There was no doubt that Tadej Pogacar was the strongest climber at the Giro d'Italia and today he virtually cemented his victory in the race. On a brutal and long day at the race, with incredible amounts of climbing and high altitude involved, the UAE Team Emirates rider put in minutes over all of h...

Only Pogacar could match Nairo Quintana on the Giro's queen stage: "For your own motivation, but also for the team"

Nairo Quintana has had an absolute roller-coaster over the past few years in his career. After a tramadol positive at the 2022 Tour de France, he was left without a team for the 2023 season. In 2024 he signed with his old squad Movistar Team but had terrible luck all year long... But today the only...

Alexander Kristoff wins Antwerp Port Epic as a sprint decides the race

Alexander Kristoff won the Elfstedenronde Brugge last week in what was his first win of the season. However, the Uno-X Mobility rider is showing great form in this month of May and at 36 years of age won the brutal and spectacular Antwerp Port Epic. Despite the many cobbled and gravel sectors spread...

Another one! Sam Bennett wins 4 Jours de Dunkerque with mind-boggling fourth win of the week

Sam Bennett has been the absolutely overwhelming figure of the 4 Jours de Dunkerque. The Decathlon AG2R La Mondiale won stage 6 this afternoon; his fourth win of the week which also helped him consolidate the overall classification. The final stage of the race was unlikely to change the overall clas...

Demi Vollering wins Vuelta a Burgos Feminas with another overwhelming solo victory

Absolute dominance. After winning La Vuelta Femenina and Itzulia Women, Demi Vollering has won her third stage-race in as many weeks at the Vuelta a Burgos Feminas. It was an overwhelming performance in which she also managed to win the final stage by herself. There was no true break of the day this...

"I love being his teammate" - UAE Team Emirates' Giro block with nothing but praise over Tadej Pogacar

UAE Team Emirates have a tight hold of the overall classification at the Giro d'Italia and they face a hard challenge today on the 15th stage with a lot of climbing meters, altitude and famous ascents. However, Tadej Pogacar's teammates do not have too much to worry "Tadej is always quite relaxed. I...

Romain Bardet excited to go into "the really high mountains" after time-trial disappointment at Giro d'Italia

Earlier in the second week of the Giro d'Italia, Romain Bardet joined a breakaway that saw him climb up the Top10. He managed to benefit from the freedom that he got over having a disappointing first week where he lost significant time in the overall classification, but is ultimately looking to use...

"Multiple stage wins for Mark Cavendish at this year's Tour de France" predict optimistic Bob Roll & Christian Vande Velde

In the farewell year of his legendary career, there is no secret about what the goal is for Mark Cavendish in 2024. The Manx Missile is searching for what would be a record-breaking 35th Tour de France win and at the recent Tour de Hongrie, Cavendish's hopes were boosted by his second win of the sea...

VIDEO: Lidl-Trek prepare for Giro d'Italia queen stage with incredible rendition of ABBA classic

Stage 15 of the 2024 Giro d'Italia poses as the queen stage of the race and the biggest challenge the riders will face in the opening Grand Tour of the season. Despite the ominous task looming, the atmosphere was bouncing in the Lidl-Trek team bus pre-stage. Belting out the classic ABBA karaoke anth...

VIDEO: Julian Alaphilippe gifts Mirco Maestri special present after breakaway escapades on stage 12 of Giro d'Italia

On stage 12 of the 2024 Giro d'Italia, Julian Alaphilippe rolled back the years with a sensational return to form, taking the stage win with an incredible long-range attack. The efforts of Alaphilippe's breakaway companion, Mirco Maestri went somewhat under the radar afterwards, due to the former wo...

Mauro Gianetti plays down Tadej Pogacar's team could become a weakness: "With Novak, Felix and Majka we’ll be well-represented on the climbs"

For Tadej Pogacar, the first step in his chase of a Giro-Tour double appears to be a walk in a park, but his UAE Team Emirates boss Mauro Gianetti reminds that it's still a bit early to fall asleep on a bed of roses for the man in Maglia Rosa."There’s still one week. I know it’s said before and it’s...

"We've just got to keep trying you know. That's all we can do" - Geraint Thomas back to 2nd and refusing to give up on Giro d'Italia dream

In a much improved time-trial performance than his admittedly disappointing effort earlier in the race, Geraint Thomas finished 4th on the stage 14 ITT at the 2024 Giro d'Italia, moving back up to 2nd overall in the process. "I haven't seen the results but just off how I felt, it was pretty good. I...

PREVIEW | Giro d'Italia 2024 stage 15 - 222 kilometers of brutal mountains could spell the end of Giro dreams for rivals if Tadej Pogacar makes the difference

The Giro d'Italia arrives to the Alps! We preview stage 15, the longest stage of the entire race, a day with a lot of high mountain including the Passo del Mortirolo, and a summit finish at high altitude close to the famous ski station in Livigno. A Giro classic (when it comes to the formula, not th...

"It’s complicated and I don’t think he will come to us" - UAE Team Emirates rule out Jasper Philipsen return

A big looks to be ahead for Jasper Philipsen. With the Alpecin-Deceuninck star in the final year of his contract, UAE Team Emirates were thought to be one of the best-placed teams to secure his signature. According to team boss Mauro Gianetti however, that could be unlikely. Philipsen previously rod...

"I don't want to lose any time, but winning the stage is an extra motivation" - Tadej Pogacar refuses to rule out another Giro d'Italia attack on stage 15

Tadej Pogacar enters the queen stage of the 2024 Giro d'Italia firmly leading the general classification by 3:41 from Geraint Thomas. Will he attempt to increase the gap further, or just follow moves and converse energy with the Tour de France in mind?“The weather is nice today and it looks like a t...

"The high mountains have arrived at the Giro d'Italia!" - Former Maglia Rosa winner Alberto Contador previews queen stage

The Giro d'Italia 2024 enters challenging terrain with the arrival of the long-awaited Queen Stage. Alberto Contador, former Maglia Rosa winner turned Eurosport expert, has attempted to unravel the mysteries and emotions that await the riders on this day of high mountains."The high mountains have ar...

"Probably the biggest day of the year!" - Guarantee for GC shakeup at Giro d'Italia according to Ben O'Connor

After his first ever top-10 in a Grand Tour time-trial on stage 14, Ben O'Connor is still firmly in the mix for a first Grand Tour podium at the 2024 Giro d'Italia. With stage 15 seeing five categorised climbs, can the Australian put pressure on his podium rivals?"It was probably the best time-trial...

Groupama - FDJ's Clement Davy abandons early on queen stage of Giro d'Italia

After Astana Qazaqstan Team's Vadim Pronskiy was the only overnight non-starter, Groupama - FDJ's Clement Davy has now become the first abandon of the day on the queen stage of the 2024 Giro d'Italia. The first man out the back of the peloton as the climbing began, the 25-year-old Frenchman was stru...

“We are now second and sixth in the GC. So we have two cards to play" - Thymen Arensman confident INEOS can make impact on Giro d'Italia queen stage

After an admittedly disappointing opening to the 2024 Giro d'Italia for Thymen Arensman, the INEOS Grenadiers man has been pretty faultless ever since. As such, the Dutchman has managed to claw his way back up to 6th overall heading into the queen stage of the race.Having finished 3rd on the stage 1...

Geraint Thomas planning to "try and take an opportunity if it comes" on key Giro d'Italia queen stage

The queen stage of the Giro d'Italia. For those still with hope to overcome Tadej Pogacar in the fight for the Maglia Rosa, there is likely no better time to put the UAE Team Emirates leader under pressure. Sitting 2nd at the start of the day, 3:41 down is Geraint Thomas. "It's certainly a tough day...

Lenny Martinez now "very likely" to sign multiple-year deal with Bahrain - Victorious

Although the rider's entourage assured a few weeks ago that his absolute priority was to continue with Groupama FDJ at any price, reports continue to circulate that Lenny Martinez is on his way to Bahrain - Victorious.In the latest update to the saga from La Gazzetta dello Sport's respected Ciro Sco...

"If INEOS want to win the race, today is going to be the day" - Luke Plapp previews Giro d'Italia's queen stage

This Sunday afternoon holds the Queen Stage of the 2024 Giro d'Italia. Many people with hold ambitions of taking a career-defining victory. According to the Australian though, it's the INEOS Grenadiers who hold the key to the day's racing. After finishing 5th on the stage 14 individual time-trial, P...

Eurosport experts analyze Caleb Ewan Giro d'Italia struggling: "When he goes into the final, something is switching off and just not engaging"

Caleb Ewan was hoping to finally give it a good go at a grand tour again at this Giro d'Italia, but instead of a success, all he's found was yet another layer of misery. And it's perhaps even a thicker mud for the Australian, who is obviously in a very good shape, but the Jayco AlUla sprinter still...

Illness takes another Giro d'Italia victim as Astana Qazaqstan Team's Vadim Pronskiy abandons

Illness has run rampant within the peloton at the 2024 Giro d'Italia with numerous riders being forced into withdrawal due to their symptoms. Sadly, another rider has now been made to leave the race in Astana Qazaqstan Team's Vadim Pronskiy. "Vadim Pronskiy got ill and will not be able to continue c...

"It's already a very good week" - Sam Bennett takes third win in four days at 4 Jours de Dunkerque

After a slow start to his career at Decathlon AG2R La Mondiale Team, Sam Bennett has well and truly arrived now. Continuing to impress at 4 Jours de Dunkerque, the Irish sprinter has took his third win in four days on Saturday afternoon. “My teammates made my life a lot easier today," reflected the...

"It's the queen stage. We want to go for it" - Tadej Pogacar not planning to defend on key stage 15 at the 2024 Giro d'Italia

Although he missed out on a 4th stage win, Tadej Pogacar was able to extend his lead in the general classification at the Giro d'Italia on the stage 14 individual time-trial. Ahead on Sunday's stage 15 queen stage, the UAE Team Emirates leader is now 3:41 clear at the top of the GC standings. "I can...

UAE Team Emirates boss confirms Tadej Pogacar's key domestique is close to renewing

A vital part of Tadej Pogacar's second Tour de France triumph in 2021, Rafal Majka has been racing in the UAE Team Emirates jersey for fourth season now and during that period has become Pogacar's reliable right-hand man in hunt for eternal glory.In an interview with GCN, Mauro Gianetti, UAE Team Em...

Simon Yates has two weeks to choose whether he wants to stay with Jayco AlUla: "He’s very relaxed about these things but we can’t wait too long"

Simon Yates is one of the few GC riders on the market for 2025. However his current team Jayco AlUla would prefer to keep the 2018 Vuelta a Espana winner on-board for few more seasons. But the rider himself has to decide whether he wishes to bind his future with the Australian formation after having...

"I do enjoy coming up with unique victory gestures" - Lorena Wiebes finds extra joy in winning races

With a convincing sprint, Lorena Wiebes won the third stage of the Vuelta a Burgos Feminas with arrival to Melgar de Fernamental. The 25-year-old Dutch finished off the good preparatory work of her Team SD Worx - Protime teammates, who controlled the whole stage for their Dutch sprinter. And the for...

"At the finish I had no idea I had won" - Tord Gudmestad reacts to his surprising Veenendaal-Veenendaal victory

Veenendaal-Veenendaal Classic made for quite some unexpected results despite a rather predictable bunch sprint finish. One such is the unlikey winner Tord Gudmestad, who managed to beat far more resounding names on his way to victory, ending the two-year reigning of Dylan Groenewegen."It's incredibl...

Edoardo Affini rounds up top 10 in last Giro d'Italia time trial near his home: "It was very cool to ride on familiar roads"

In the second and at the same time last time trial of this Giro d'Italia, it was Edoardo Affini's chance to show off on roads in his home region. And the Visma | Lease a Bike time trialist certainly didn't disappoint with a time that was just enough to round up the top 10 on Saturday. Affini lost mi...

The 10 most outstanding Spanish cyclists in history: From Indurain to Contador and Valverde

We make a review of what we consider to be the 10 best cyclists in the history of Spanish cycling. Of course we imagine that every fan has his own list, so we suggest that you tell us yours in the comments. As analyzed by CiclismoAlDia's Juan Larra; among the best, we obviously have to highlight nam...

Daniel Martínez is confident he can regain second place overall: "Now the hardest part of the Giro is ahead"

Daniel Martinez finished 14th in the second and final time trial of the 2024 Giro d'Italia, 1:45 behind the day's winner Filippo Ganna. This result condemned him to lose 2nd place in the classification, which was snatched from him by Geraint Thomas after the Welshman gained 31 seconds over Martinez...

"A guy that has had a long string of pretty big crashes" - Magnus Sheffield hits the deck again to scupper positive ITT at the Giro d'Italia

Magnus Sheffield was looking good to at least match his 3rd placed finish in the opening individual time-trial of the 2024 Giro d'Italia on stage 14's battle against the clock into Desenzano del Garda. Sadly though, after starting brightly the American pushed a little too hard and crashed. Although...

PREVIEW | Antwerp Port Epic 2024 - Arnaud De Lie goes head-to-head with cyclocross specialists in cobbles and gravel race

The peloton tackles the Antwerp Port Epic on the 19th of May. This is one of the most unique races in the calendar, featuring dozens of kilometers of cobbled and gravel roads around the Belgian city of Antwerp and it's large port. We preview the race ahead. A 182-kilometer race with less than 200 cl...

Profile & Route Antwerp Port Epic 2024

The peloton tackles the Antwerp Port Epic on the 19th of May. This is one of the most unique races in the calendar, featuring dozens of kilometers of cobbled and gravel roads around the Belgian city of Antwerp and it's large port. We take a look at it's profile. A 182-kilometer race with less than 2...

"Arensman is my first challenger and tomorrow will be a very tough day" - Antonio Tiberi expecting fierce battle for White Jersey on Giro's queen stage

Continuing to impress in his first crack at the general classification of a Grand Tour, Bahrain - Victorious' Antonio Tiberi finished 6th on the stage 14 individual time-trial, consolidating his place in the top-5 of the general classification in the process. “Yes, I am very happy with today's time...

"It's nice to see improvement" - Ben O'Connor rides career best ITT to boost hopes of Giro d'Italia podium

Ben O'Connor started the stage 14 individual time-trial of the 2024 Giro d'Italia in 4th place overall and after absolutely burying himself on the course, the Australian leader of Decathlon AG2R La Mondiale has retained his spot in the GC.Finishing 7th on the day, 1:25 down on stage winner Filippo G...

Giro d'Italia 2024 stage 14 GC Update: Pogacar strengthens lead, Thomas back up to 2nd and a big rise for Arensman

Stage 14 of the Giro d'Italia 2024 promised to be key for the general classification of the race. In the end, although he couldn't beat Filippo Ganna's stage winning effort, Tadej Pogacar put more significant time into all his other GC rivals.Finishing 29 seconds down on Ganna, Pogacar has now incre...

"I'm a little bit overcome with emotion" - Glory at last for Filippo Ganna after nervy wait for Tadej Pogacar to finish

Avenging his narrow defeat to Tadej Pogacar in the first time-trial of the 2024 Giro d'Italia, Filippo Ganna left nothing to chance on stage 14, destroying the field with an epic display of solo riding against the clock from the Italian National Champion. Clocking 35:02 at the line, Ganna was comfor...

PREVIEW | 4 Jours de Dunkerque 2024 stage 6 - Sam Bennett to wrap up astonishing week with another bunch sprint expected

From the 14th to the 19th of May we've got the 4 Jours de Dunkerque on the road. This six-day race, taking place in northern France, is one of the many French events at this time of year and usually provides spectacular finales where the sprinters and the classics riders shine. We preview the stage...

Filippo Ganna denies Tadej Pogacar another Giro d'Italia stage win with phenomenal time-trial performance

Lighting has not struck twice with Tadej Pogacar being denied another stage win by the sensational Filippo Ganna on the stage 14 individual time-trial at the 2024 Giro d'Italia.Although he wasn't the first man down the start ramp, Soudal - Quick-Step's Josef Cerny was the first man to arrive at the...

PREVIEW | Vuelta a Burgos Feminas 2024 stage 4 - Demi Vollering close to sealing third GC win in weeks on queen stage

From the 16th to 19th of May the women's peloton tackles another high-level stage-race in Spain. This time around it is in Burgos... The Vuelta a Burgos Feminas takes the riders through four days that provide opportunities for several types of riders in a busy moment of the season. We preview the st...

Tord Gudmestad takes first professional win at Veenendaal-Veenendaal Classic 2024, Dehairs & Groenewegen complete podium

Uno-X Mobility's Tord Gudmestad has triumphed at the 2024 Veenendaal-Veenendaal Classic after a tough day in the saddle in the Dutch spring rain ahead of Simon Dehairs and Dylan Groenewegen.Six riders formed the breakaway of the day, including a few notable riders too such as Team Visma | Lease a Bi...

Sensational Sam Bennett continues resurgence with hattrick of 4 Jours de Dunkerque stage wins

Sam Bennett has continued his resurgence at the 2024 4 Jours du Dunkerque, taking an emphatic third stage win of the race on stage 5 in Cassel. With stage 5 of the race seeing the peloton take on an unrelenting up and down parcour with barely any flat, three men thought to try their luck in the brea...

VIDEO: Flying Magnus Sheffield crashes in Giro d'Italia ITT

After his 3rd placed finish in the first time-trial of the 2024 Giro d'Italia, INEOS Grenadiers' Magnus Sheffield was looking good to challenge for a stage podium yet again on stage 14. Sadly though, the American has just crashed. The closest man to his teammate, Filippo Ganna at each of the first t...

Lorena Wiebes powers to comfortable Vuelta a Burgos Feminas stage 3 sprint win

Team SD Worx - Protime have continued their dominance of the women's peloton lately as sprinting superstar, Lorena Wiebes powered to a comfortable victory on stage 3 of the 2024 Vuelta a Burgos Feminas. With a three-rider attack of Sara Martin (Movistar Team), Eva van Agt (Team Visma | Lease a Bike)...

“At the age of nine he was involved in a serious traffic accident" - Patrick Lefevere shares incredible backstory of Warre Vangheluwe; Soudal - Quick-Step's newest star

The cycling world was introduced to a new Soudal - Quick-Step star on stage 4 of the 4 Jours du Dunkerque as Warre Vangheluwe took the first professional win of his career. The 22-year-old Belgian isn't a name widely known, but his backstory is an incredible one, as detailed by Soudal - Quick-Step's...

Remco Evenepoel reportedly pushing for Julian Alaphilippe to be part of Soudal - Quick-Step's Tour de France lineup

Julian Alaphilippe has been one of the stars of the 2024 Giro d'Italia. Showing some of the best legs he's had in years, the Frenchman has finished on one stage and one another with a stunning long-distance attack. Could this return to form force a return to the Tour de France later this summer?Well...

Echelons attempt one of INEOS' cards to try and expose possible weakness from Tadej Pogacar: "You have to hope that he makes a mistake or has a bad day"

In the mountains and time-trials, it is quite unlikely that anyone at the Giro d'Italia will be able to put time into Tadej Pogacar. This applies even to Geraint Thomas who is a specialist on both types of racing; and so INEOS Grenadiers made an attempt to create chaos this Friday at the Giro by try...

"I am not the new Wout van Aert or Mathieu van der Poel" - Breakthrough talent Thibau Nys not looking to have the pressure on his shoulders

Thibau Nys has been having an astounding 2024 season. He only began racing at the Tour de Romandie but took a stunning mountaintop win from the breakaway on stage 2. He has since won two stages and the GC at the Tour de Hongrie; but is quick to shrug off comparisons to Wout van Aert and Mathieu van...

"Anything that he can improve upon is a motivation for him" - Matxin tells that Tadej Pogacar is racing Giro d'Italia with time-trial improvements

Time-trialing is a key aspect of cycling and for Grand Tours, it is more important than ever as most victory contenders are also contenders to win the time-trials themselves. Having a bad TT capacity severely limits chances of winning one, and so despite having great capacity, UAE Team Emirates cont...

PREVIEW | Giro d'Italia 2024 stage 14 - Final time-trial key point for Tadej Pogacar's overall classification

As we leave a few sprinter stages behind, the Giro d'Italia enters it's final phase. We preview stage 14, the second and last individual time-trial of the race where the GC riders will go head to head in 31 kilometers against the clock. Tadej Pogacar and Filippo Ganna are among the biggest contender...

Start Times & Order Giro d'Italia 2024 stage 14 Time-Trial

Stage 14 of the Giro d'Italia will be a very important day for the overall classification. The 31-kilometer time-trial will put Tadej Pogacar and the GC contenders to the test; whilst Filippo Ganna will depart much before in search of a vengeance win. We take a look at the start times and order for...

Dutch legend Joop Zoetemelk on Tadej Pogacar: "Can he be compared to riders from my time such as Eddy Merckx and Bernard Hinault?"

Joop Zoetemelk is one of the greats in the history of Dutch cycling and nowadays he continues to be present in the spotlight from time to time. As a Grand Tour specialist back in his day (winner of the Tour de France in 1980, second placed on six different editions; winner of the Vuelta a España in...

"That cycling doesn’t exist anymore" - Astana DS argues that neither Tadej Pogacar or anyone else is purposefully 'gifting wins' in modern cycling

Astana DS Giuseppe Martinelli has been in the sport for decades and has watched it develop in interesting ways. Whilst it was regular in the past to see some of the world's best riders 'gifting' or allowing rivals to take wins in exchange for a truce or alliance in stage-races, this no longer happen...

Thibau Nys' calls out 'criminal' behaviour from sprinters: "You can throw five or six men in jail"

Thibau Nys only began his season less than a month ago at the Tour de Romandie, but has already racked up four wins. All of them on climbs - and the overall classification of the Tour de Hongrie... Although the Belgian packs a very strong sprint he does not want to be part of it, he sees the sprinte...

BORA - hansgrohe open talks to sign Red Bull sponsored Tom Pidcock according to reports

With global drinks conglomerate Red Bull joining the sponsorship of BORA - hansgrohe in 2024, talk of the team signing Red Bull-sponsored riders didn't take long to start whirring. In the most tangible sign of such rumour having depth, talks have reportedly opened for Tom Pidcock. According to the r...

Filippo Ganna nervous about difficulty of the Giro's final time-trial: "It goes up and down all the time"

Filippo Ganna is the main favourite to win today's 14th stage at the Giro d'Italia but he is perhaps the one who is most nervous about it. The Italian rider was already beaten on the first stage against the clock by Tadej Pogacar and he fears that the small climbs on today's route may tilt the scale...

Bahrain - Victorious sprinter Phil Bauhaus abandons Giro d'Italia as race heads into the mountains

The Giro d'Italia 'first half' has ended yesterday with a sprint stage into Cento; and today on the 14th stage some would argue a new race begins. From now on, most of the stages will be geared specifically towards the climbers and GC contenders, and some sprinters begin to leave the race as a resul...

Damiano Caruso on Tadej Pogacar: "We’re racing with a rider who is going close to being one of the greatest talents of all-time"

The Giro d'Italia peloton seems to be finally enjoying some more freedom at the start of the second week as Tadej Pogacar's UAE Team Emirates are satisfied with their lead and three stage wins. However, rivals admit that racing in the same peloton as the Slovenian makes it harder for them to aim for...

Geraint Thomas and INEOS test Pogacar in Giro's crosswinds: "We thought we’d try and see what happened"

Stage 13 of the Giro d'Italia on the results sheet looks to have been a regular flat stage with a regular sprint, but it was far from it. The winds played a role on the day and briefly, INEOS Grenadiers put pressure on all their GC rivals in the strong crosswinds that were felt. This happened with 6...

Tadej Pogacar struggling with popularity at Giro d'Italia: "The selfies sometimes get too much for me"

Despite being an "easy" day on paper at the Giro d'Italia, it was far from that in the peloton. The 179 kilometers on the menu were at times exposed to strong crosswinds and it definitely proved a difficulty for some. Tadej Pogacar escaped the day safely, but he does admit he faces difficulties also...

Tim van Dijke surprises with fourth place in Giro d'Italia sprint: "While we are here, you have to try"

Tim van Dijke was one of the unexpected names in the top 10 full of surprising faces after a technical finish of Giro d'Italia's thirteenth stage. The young Dutchman was normally never going to take his own chance in a sprint, being only the second-last man in his team's original sprint train, but a...

Demi Vollering full of praise for her teammates after Vuelta a Burgos stage win: "They really believed in me - that is always nice"

Stage two of Vuelta a Burgos Feminas challenged ladies with a fast Alto de Rosales ascent (2.4 km a 6.3%). SD Worx - Protime's Demi Vollering fulfilled her role of a favourite on such finish and won the uphill arrival convincingly ahead of Évita Muzic and Karlijn Swinkels."It's always nice to win,"...

Daniel Martínez survives echelons action without major issues: "There is no easy day in the Giro, we saw a lot of stress today"

BORA - hansgrohe's Daniel Martínez is riding perhaps the best grand tour of his career with this Giro d'Italia where he sits first among the humans after nearly two weeks of racing. However his position in the GC will be under heavy fire in Saturday's second time trial where no weakness can be hidde...

Fernando Gaviria impressed by Jonathan Milan's sprinting power: "We found an animal and we bowed our heads and accepted defeat"

Once again, the Colombian speedster Fernando Gaviria sought to surprise from afar in the final sprint of stage 13 of the Giro d'Italia, however it was not enough to flabbergast Jonathan Milan who continues to dominate the bunch sprints at the Italian grand tour with his third triumph.Seemingly in hi...

Will Barta thinks we won't see another alien-like performance from Tadej Pogacar in second time trial: "There’s just not that opportunity for him this time"

For Will Barta, the main mission at this Giro d'Italia is to help his Colombian leaders Einer Rubio and Fernando Gaviria as well as he can. Ideal, the American says, would be to land Rubio in top 5 in final GC and win a stage with Gaviria. However if an opportunity presents itself, Barta won't turn...

"I was pretty sure of my victory, but suddenly I saw Sam Bennett appear" - Warre Vangheluwe describes nail-biting 4 Jours de Dunkerque stage final

Warre Vangheluwe recorded his first professional victory in a daily breakaway of 4 Jours de Dunkerque stage 4, where he was the strongest of the front group and in the final managed to narrowly hold off sprinting Sam Bennett.Until now, 22-year-old Vangheluwe's best professional result had been 6th f...

"It's almost impossible to beat him in such form" - Phil Bauhaus sentenced to another third place in stage 13

Phil Bauhaus came short once again in a bunch sprint of the thirteenth stage at the Giro d'Italia. The German finished third for the second time, while the victory went to Jonathan Milan again. The Bahrain - Victorious sprinter sees there are very limited options on how to beat the Italian."It was a...

Giro d'Italia 2024 stage 13 highlights - Echelons put Tadej Pogacar under pressure and Jonathan Milan's powerful sprint victory

Stage 13 of the Giro d'Italia was an interesting day of racing. Few people expected much action outside of the bunch sprint; but this was not the case in the 179-kilometer long transition stage through Emilia-Romagna. This was a day that provided quite a lot of action still early on. Only three ride...

Jury & Fines Giro d'Italia 2024 stage 13 - Juan Pedro López taken away UCI on the top of disappointing race

The 13th stage of the Giro d'Italia was a day without any climbs but it was nevertheless interesting. The peloton faced strong crosswinds and a thrilling final sprint before the race heads back into the mountains. Fines Giro d'Italia 2024 stage 13: Juan Pedro López (Lidl-Trek) - Waste thrown away ou...

PREVIEW | Veenendaal-Veenendaal Classic 2024 - Dylan Groenewegen and Gerben Thijssen lead expected sprinter battle

On the 18th of May the peloton tackles a classic that suits the sprinters in the Netherlands. The Veenendaal-Veenendaal Classic is a one-day race that every year sees quality fast men at the start line and this year will be no exception. We preview the race ahead. The 171-kilometer long race is not...

Profile & Route Veenendaal-Veenendaal Classic 2024

On the 18th of May the peloton tackles a classic that suits the sprinters in the Netherlands. The Veenendaal-Veenendaal Classic is a one-day race that every year sees quality fast men at the start line and this year will be no exception. We take a look at it's profile. The 171-kilometer long race is...

Giro d'Italia 2024 stage 13 GC Update | Echelons create threat, but Top10 remains safe with Tadej Pogacar in the lead

Stage 13 of the Giro d'Italia was a dangerous one for the overall classification contenders. Into Cento, on completely flat roads, the riders found strong crosswinds which at times created splits including a few Top20 riders... But ultimately everything remained the same into the finish line and ahe...

Jonathan Milan wins again at Giro d'Italia after perfect leadout from Lidl-Trek: "It's quite impressive how everyone did their part"

The Giro d'Italia saw it's flattest stage this Friday afternoon. Before an important weekend for the overall classification, the riders took on another day that was suited to the sprinters; and the one who has performed the best over this race has taken another win. However it was not a simple win....

PREVIEW | 4 Jours de Dunkerque 2024 stage 5 - Mont Cassel cobbles to decide overall classification; Can Sam Bennett survive in the race lead?

From the 14th to the 19th of May we've got the 4 Jours de Dunkerque on the road. This six-day race, taking place in northern France, is one of the many French events at this time of year and usually provides spectacular finales where the sprinters and the classics riders shine. We preview the stage...

Jonathan Milan powers into third Giro d'Italia win on stage 13 - Aniolkowski and Bauhaus second and third

Lidl-Trek continue their amazing Giro d'Italia. Jonathan Milan had already proven to be the strongest sprinter in the race, and today in stage 13 he once again put this power on display to win another bunch sprint. Stage 13 was the flattest day in the peloton. No climbing whatsoever, but instead onl...

Warre Vangheluwe wins stage 3 of 4 Jours de Dunkerque from breakaway but needs photo-finish against Sam Bennett's sprint

The finale of the third stage of 4 Jours de Dunkerque was just about one of the most dramatic of the entire year. Warre Vangheluwe won from the breakaway, but the photo-finish was required as the Soudal - Quick-Step rider was caught mid-sprint and his victory was only confirmed in the photo-finish. ...

PREVIEW | Vuelta a Burgos Feminas 2024 stage 3 - Lorena Wiebes ultimate favourite for expected bunch sprint after Elisa Balsamo's withdraw

From the 16th to 19th of May the women's peloton tackles another high-level stage-race in Spain. This time around it is in Burgos... The Vuelta a Burgos Feminas takes the riders through four days that provide opportunities for several types of riders in a busy moment of the season. We preview the st...

Demi Vollering fulfills expectations and takes stage win on Vuelta a Burgos Feminas queen stage

Demi Vollering was the woman to beat today at the Vuelta a Burgos Feminas. In the race's sole summit finish the Team SD Worx-ProTime, Vollering won stage 2 and took control over the race's overall classification. The 123-kilometer stage was expected to be a decisive stage for the overall classificat...

Brandon McNulty gets Olympic Games confirmation with national championships victory - "This is a big one for me"

Brandon McNulty has had a season full of ups and down but this Wednesday in Charleston, West Virginia, he managed to win the time-trial national championships of the USA and has virtually confirmed his presence in the Olympic Games. That is, because USA Cycling is using the nationals as a big spring...

OFFICIAL: Wout van Aert returns to racing at the Tour of Norway "without any expectations"

Wout van Aert crashed at the Dwars door Vlaanderen and suffered fractured collarbone, ribs and sternum. This ultimately took him out of the cobbled monuments and the Giro d'Italia, a huge disappointment for Team Visma | Lease a Bike. Now however, the Belgian rider returns to racing at the Tour of No...

Tadej Pogacar feels threatened by Daniel Martinez at Giro d'Italia according to BORA DS: "I try and read behind the lines"

Sitting pretty in pink at the top of the general classification by 2:40, it's easy to assume Tadej Pogacar is without rival at the 2024 Giro d'Italia. According to BORA - hansgrohe's sports director, Enrico Gasparotto however, 2nd placed Daniel Martinez is causing the Maglia Rosa concern. “He’s been...

VIDEO: Netflix releases trailer and date for 2023 Tour de France documentary!

'Tour de France: Au coeur du peloton', or in English, 'in the heart of the peloton' will come out on the 11th of June 2024. Netflix have finally confirmed the release date for it's second installment of a Tour de France documentary and has released the trailer as well. After the success of 'Tour de...

"Denmark is not the place to prepare for the Tour" - Jonas Vingegaard's coach provides update on preparation, racing schedule and pre-Tour de France plans

Jonas Vingegaard suffered multiple and severe injuries in a crash month and a half ago at Itzulia Basque Country. He has since returned to base training in a positive improvement ahead of the Tour de France, and his coach details what is going on behind the scenes at the moment regarding key topics....

Mirco Maestri enjoys brutal but dream-like day at Giro d'Italia: "It was wonderful to be able to face this breakaway with a champion like Alaphilippe"

Julian Alaphilippe took a stupendous victory to return to the top step this Thursday at the Giro d'Italia, but his victory would not have been possible without Mirco Maestri - the unlikely outside for the day who rode with Alaphilippe for 115 kilometers before watching the Frenchman go on the final...

INEOS Grenadiers close to renewing with one of it's most important domestiques

Jonathan Castroviejo has been linked to the INEOS Grenadiers structure, formerly Team Sky, since 2018, when he left Movistar Team after 6 years to join the British team. Although there were rumors of a possible departure of the Spaniard, everything indicates that he will remain attached to the Briti...

"The white jersey and in the top five, that would be really a dream" - Antonio Tiberi readying himself for big weekend at the Giro d'Italia

One of the breakthrough stars of the GC fight at the 2024 Giro d'Italia so far, Bahrain - Victorious' Antonio Tiberi is well positioned with 12 stages in the legs, sitting 5th overall, with the White Jersey of Best Young Rider safely on his shoulders. “I'm a bit surprised,” admits the 22-year-old It...

"I followed my human instinct" - Lucinda Brand criticises UCI after being given 3+ minute time loss tending to teammate after horrific crash within final 3km

In the bunch sprint finale of stage 1 at the Vuelta a Burgos Feminas, Lucinda Brand's teammate, Elisa Balsamo was a victim of a horrific crash. Seeing this, Brand stopped what she was doing and immediately headed over to tend to her friend. "Today I followed my human instinct and not my racing insti...

"Just brilliant to see Alaphilippe doing Alaphilippe things" - Experts share delight at former world champion's Giro d'Italia stage win

Julian Alaphilippe is back and back with a bang. Taking his first Grand Tour stage win since the 2021 Tour de France, the former world champion soloed to a stunning success on stage 12 of the 2024 Giro d'Italia, in a performance that many within the cycling world were delighted to see. Sprint legend...

“Stage 10 was probably the hardest day that I’ve ever had on the bike" - Luke Plapp learning difficult lessons at 2024 Giro d'Italia

Just the second Grand Tour of his career, Luke Plapp entered the 2024 Giro d'Italia attempting to test his capabilities as a general classification challenger. After a positive start, the Aussie was sat 5th overall following the stage 7 ITT and wearing the Best Young Rider jersey. Sadly for Plapp, i...

PREVIEW | Giro d'Italia 2024 stage 13 - Jonathan Milan main favourite to make a hattrick in a sprint stage

The sprinters are set to have another opportunity. Stage 13 of the Giro d'Italia is completely flat from start to finish and we preview a day that is certain to end in a bunch sprint - although the threat of crosswinds is alive. Stage 13 is the flattest day of the race with no doubt. The 179 kilomet...

"Julian is now proving me wrong. I like that" - Patrick Lefevere reacts to Alaphilippe's stunning return to form at Giro d'Italia

It has been a rough couple of seasons for Julian Alaphilippe. Once one of the most highly regarded riders in the peloton after he secured back-to-back world championship titles in 2020-2021, the Frenchman has struggled for form and fitness in the years since. On stage 12 of the 2024 Giro d'Italia ho...

"Alaphilippe is a friend... I don't begrudge him this" - Matteo Trentin denied breakaway success by resurgent Alaphilippe on stage 12 of Giro d'Italia

After a quiet first week, Matteo Trentin starred on stage 12 of the 2024 Giro d'Italia, getting himself into the day's breakaway, before eventually crossing the line in 6th place."Many teams wanted the breakaway to get away very early, precisely to avoid the fierce battle to sit with them. I chose t...

"They’re already racing for the podium and they’re not really going for the win" - Geraint Thomas critical of rival teams tactics at Giro d'Italia

Whilst Tadej Pogacar seems a cut above the rest at the 2024 Giro d'Italia, there is still over a week for the remaining Maglia Rosa hopefuls to try and take the race lead. Sadly, according to 3rd placed Geraint Thomas at least, many of those near the top of the GC have already given up hopes of vict...

Steven Kruijswijk is optimistic about Visma | Lease a Bike's future: "The team must continue to develop no matter what. We can't dwell forever on what happened in 2023"

For Visma | Lease a Bike not many things have gone right in 2024, with illnesses, injuries and crashes plaguing their season. This is comes a harsh reality-check after dream 2023. Steven Kruijswijk thinks the team mustn't look at the past success and instead focus on continuous growth both; in terms...

Tadej Pogacar decided to keep powder dry on explosive Giro day: "in the end you risk more danger than you can gain"

Tadej Pogacar virtually sealed his GC win at the Giro d'Italia in the first week, baring disaster. He has since raced conservatively and today was another instance; as in the short and steep climbs he stayed in the peloton and arrived safely at the finish. “The plan for today was to let the early br...

Mark Cavendish plans to ride Tour de Suisse as a preparation for high mountains of Tour de France

Purpose of prolongation of Mark Cavendish's cycling career is rapidly approaching with Grande Départ scheduled in six weeks from now. At Tour de France, the Manxman will hunting the ghost of Eddie Merckx, the mythical record-breaking 35th Tour de France stage victory.In his preparation for the three...

Swimming coach Jacco Verhaeren should take over Merijn Zeeman's role at Visma | Lease a Bike from 2025 onwards

Jacco Verhaeren will succeed Merijn Zeeman at Visma | Lease a Bike. After this cycling season, Zeeman will leave for football club AZ in Alkmaar to work as general manager. As a result, the position of sporting director at the cycling formation has become available.Several sources have indicated to...

UPDATE: Elisa Balsamo suffered hand and nose fractures as well as a concussion in terrifying Vuelta a Burgos crash

In Thursday's opening stage of Vuelta a Burgos Feminas, Elisa Balsamo and Sofia Bertizzolo were both involved in a horror crash where the ladies' impact sent safety barriers flying. Balsamo's team Lidl-Trek now provides us with first update on Italian's health."An initial assessment and scans have r...

Sam Bennett aims for Tour de France success: "If I no longer believed in it, I would have been better off quitting"

The third stage of 4 Jours de Dunkerque once again provided an opportunity for the fast men of the 2.Pro race peloton. And it was once Sam Bennett who seized the opportunity, supported by great job of his Decathlon AG2R La Mondiale teammates. The back-to-back victory further increases Irishman's lea...

Quinten Hermans happy about his third place from breakaway: "I finally feel healthy again and have regained the good legs I had before"

Behind phenomenal Julian Alaphilippe, it was between Quinten Hermans and Jhonatan Narváez for the second place and the Ecuadorian champion ultimately had more in the tank. The Alpecin-Deceuninck rider thus settles for third place on the day, which gives the Belgian a lot of optimism into the rest of...

Geraint Thomas looks to have a much better time trial on Saturday: "I’ll just forget about what happened last week really"

Giro d'Italia stage 14 is quickly approaching and with it the arguably most important day of the second week of racing in Italy. For Geraint Thomas, it will be chance to get a revenge after a disastrous first week time trial where Thomas suprisingly lost large portion of time in last part of the chr...

After Giro d'Italia abandon, Biniam Girmay adds three Dutch and Belgian classics to schedule

Biniam Girmay had a premature end to his 2024 Giro d'Italia, abandoning in the very first days as a result of two crashes in a short span of time. He will resume racing before the end of the Giro, looking to return to his winning ways in well suited races. “My withdrawal from the Tour of Italy was a...

PREVIEW | 4 Jours de Dunkerque 2024 stage 4 - Hattrick for Sam Bennett?

From the 14th to the 19th of May we've got the 4 Jours de Dunkerque on the road. This six-day race, taking place in northern France, is one of the many French events at this time of year and usually provides spectacular finales where the sprinters and the classics riders shine. We preview the stage...

Giro d'Italia 2024 stage 12 GC Update | Top10 remains equal despite breakaway with Jan Hirt, Domenico Pozzovivo and Juan Pedro López

Everything pointed to stage 12 of the Giro d'Italia 2024 to be an exciting day of cycling from start to finish, and it finally lived up to expectations. Julian Alaphilippe took the win with an attack 125 km from the finish line that kept him in the head of the race until the end of the day, where he...

Two in a row! Sam Bennett back to good form as he wins once again at 4 Jours de Dunkerque

The 4 Jours de Dunkerque have allowed Decathlon AG2R La Mondiale to continue their winning run in 2024 and that continues. Sam Bennett has won stage 3 in a bunch sprint, extending his race lead. A flat day, it didn't encourage many to try and get to the breakaway of the day. Only two riders did in f...

Fortune favours the brave as Julian Alaphilippe wins after 125-kilometer long attack: "It was my dream to win a stage in the Giro"

Julian Alaphilippe has had very difficult seasons since 2022 and struggled to take big wins. He made a comeback today, where his aggressive style of racing rewarded him with a victory at the Giro d'Italia which completes the Grand Tour treble. "I didn't plan it. I was expecting a big group to be in...

Julian Alaphilippe wins for the first time at the Giro d'italia with 125-kilometer long attack

It had been almost a year since Julian Alaphilippe had won a race, but it has happened today! After many attempts at the Giro d'Italia, the Soudal - Quick-Step rider was finally rewarded for his bravery and won stage 12 after an attack launched with over 125 kilometers to go. A day for the breakaway...

PREVIEW | Vuelta a Burgos Feminas 2024 stage 2 - Summit finish ideal terrain for Demi Vollering to take control of the race

From the 16th to 19th of May the women's peloton tackles another high-level stage-race in Spain. This time around it is in Burgos... The Vuelta a Burgos Feminas takes the riders through four days that provide opportunities for several types of riders in a busy moment of the season. We preview the st...

VIDEO: Elisa Balsamo involved in huge crash against the barriers at Vuelta a Burgos Feminas sprint

Stage 1 of the Vuelta a Burgos Feminas ended in a bunch sprint but quite an unusual one. Lorena Wiebes was beaten, and as Lotta Hentala took the stage win, Elisa Balsamo crashed at high-speed against the barriers. It was a chaotic finale where helicopter footage explained the incident. Balsamo launc...

Vuelta a Burgos Feminas: Lotta Hentala wins stage 1 as Elisa Balsamo suffers brutal crash against barriers

A day for the sprinters at the Vuelta a Burgos Feminas. Several attacks were close to succeeding, but ultimately it was Lotta Hentala taking the win in a sprint marked by a very hard crash. The first day of the race was quite windy and that led to a lot of tension. No breakaway was formed early in t...

Former leadout Bernhard Eisel confident in Mark Cavendish's return: "It seems like he is back on track"

Mark Cavendish has had the pleasure to work with some of the best leadout men in professional cycling over the past decade and a half. One of them was Bernhard Eisel, who is happy to see his former teammate looking strong after taking a win at the Tour de Hongrie last week before aiming for the Tour...

"If you don't take risks, you won't be in a position to sprint" - Laurence Pithie responds to Hugo Hofstetter's criticism

Stage 11 of the Giro d'Italia saw a crash mid-sprint; but the urban finale in Francavilla al Mare saw the sprinters go on a full-on battle for positioning. Amongst these was Laurence Pithie, who responds to criticism of his dangerous behaviour in the peloton. In words of Israel - Premier Tech's Hugo...

BREAKING: 2026 Vuelta a Espana starts in Monaco

It is not a rumour or a possibility. The 2026 Vuelta a Espana will start in the microstate of Monaco in 2026 and that has been officially confirmed by race organizers. The small city, in the French Riviera, is located right by the city of Nice which will host this year's Tour de France finale and wi...

Fabio Jakobsen abandons Giro d'Italia after being wounded in mass sprint crash - Dutchman pulls plug on disastrous race

Fabio Jakobsen had a nightmare Giro d'Italia and it ended before the start of stage 12. After having bad form and struggling form on the first week of the race; he suffered a hard crash mid-sprint on the 11th day of the race and will not continue it. “It’s a shame to leave race like this. I was star...

Could Chris Froome still race the Tour de France? Former winner scheduled to race Mercan'Tour Classic and Criterium du Dauphiné

The path this year has been difficult for Chris Froome, but the former Tour de France winner is still looking to return to the race where he has taken his most glorious results. He should return to competition soon. The Briton is currently in a training camp with several Israel - Premier Tech riders...

"He doesn't care about others" - Hugo Hofstetter condemns Laurence Pithie's dangerous behaviour in sprints

In addition to Tim Merlier's relegation Giro d'Italia stage 11 due to a dangerous maneuver which hindered Sebastian Molano's sprint, Laurence Pithie has also take a shower of criticism over his behavior in the final. According to Hugo Hofstetter, the New Zealander from Groupama - FDJ has no respect...

“I was stuck between Madis Mihkels and the fences” - Fabio Jakobsen details crash in finale of stage 11 at Giro d'Italia

Fabio Jakobsen's disappointing 2024 Giro d'Italia continued on stage 11. The Dutchman wasn't allowed a sprint opportunity in the finale of the day as he crashed in the last few hundred metres. “I was okay and had a good day, but when they go over a rear wheel I can't ignore it anymore,” the 27-year-...

Dario Cataldo confirms plans to retire at the end of this season after eighteen years in pro peloton

Dario Cataldo has announced that he will retire from cycling at the end of this year after 18 seasons in the professional peloton. During that time, Cataldo raced for world's biggest teams such as Liquigas, Quickstep, Sky, Astana, Movistar and lastly Lidl-Trek.The Lidl-Trek rider confirmed the news...

"It is a shame" - Dutch national coach reacts to Mathieu van der Poel's MTB snub at Paris Olympics

With Alpecin-Deceuninck announcing the summer race schedule of Mathieu van der Poel, there was a big surprise. Contrary to what was initially planned, the Dutchman will not be taking part in the mountain bike at the Paris Olympic Games. “This is the most logical choice to be able to prepare for my g...

"Today there was a crash just in front of me" - Tadej Pogacar narrowly avoids disaster in sprint finish of stage 11 at Giro d'Italia

Another day successfully navigated without incident on stage 11 of the 2024 Giro d'Italia has seen Tadej Pogacar take another day closer to the seemingly inevitable Maglia Rosa triumph."Today there was a crash just in front of me," Pogacar says in his post-stage interview, detailing how close he cam...

PREVIEW | Giro d'Italia 2024 stage 12 - Breakaway lottery on an explosive day where there could be GC action or sprint too

Stage 12 of the Giro d'Italia is one of the most open and tricky days at the Giro d'Italia. The hilly profile provides an opportunity for many to succeed, and we cannot exclude any scenario. We preview the stage ahead. Stage 12 from Martinsicuro to Fano will be a tricky day. It features six categori...

Arvid de Kleijn reveals a knee injury will keep him sidelined for a while: "I hope to be back on the bike soon"

Stage winner at Paris-Nice and three-times second at UAE Tour, Tudor Pro Cycling's Arvid de Kleijn was one of the pleasant surprises of the early 2024. Since his Paris-Nice victory, the 30-year-old completed three one-day races in Belgium, before disappearing from the radar for a month.On Tuesday, w...

Demi Vollering aims for Spanish hat-trick at Vuelta a Burgos: "You are only as good as your last race, so of course I will go for the overall victory again"

Abnormally for such efficient finisher like Demi Vollering, she had to wait for her first victory of 2024 until early May at La Vuelta Femenina, where the Dutch lady celebrated twice and brought home the GC as well. A week later, the SD Worx - Protime leader continued her winning way at Itzulia Wome...

Kaden Groves adds second runner-up result at Giro d'Italia: "We keep our heads high and we will continue to focus on the stage win"

Yet another second place for Kaden Groves at the Giro d'Italia. Initially he crossed the line in third place, but due to Tim Merlier's relegation he moved up one spot in the day's results. Not that that changed much for the Australian from Alpecin-Deceuninck, who wasn't even close to today's winner...

Visma | Lease a Bike send two riders in stage 11 breakaway: "This action was good to clear our minds for a while"

In stage 11 of the Giro d'Italia - a day marked by Cian Uijtdebroeks' abandon, Edoardo Affini and Tim van Dijke showed themselves in the breakaway of the day. The Team Visma | Lease a Bike duo were joined by Thomas Champion, but their effort stood no chance against the chasing peloton."There were th...

Team Visma | Lease a Bike show interest in French all-rounder Axel Zingle for 2025

After more than successful integration of Christophe Laporte into their structure three years ago, Team Visma | Lease a Bike scouts are once again on the hunt in French World Tour formation Cofidis.The latest subject of Dutch super team's attention appears to be the 25-year-old Axel Zingle. The Fren...

"I may be one of the fastest sprinters in the field but there are no guarantees" - Relief at last for Sam Bennett with sprint win at 4 Jours du Dunkerque

Decathlon AG2R La Mondiale have started 2024 in spectacular form. Although it took Sam Bennett a little time, the Irishman has now finally joined the party with his first win of the season on stage 2 of 4 Jours du Dunkerque. "It was a great sprint. I'm very happy to bring this victory to the team,"...

Brandon McNulty revalidates USA time-trial national title

Brandon McNulty has won once again the time-trial national championships and has taken a big step into Olympic Games selection. The UAE Team Emirates rider took a dominant win in the 33-kilometer time-trial in Charleston. It was a victory that was not even close to being contested. McNulty won with...

"No words to describe my disappointment" - Cian Uijtdebroeks gives first reaction to heartbreaking Giro d'Italia abandon

After a brilliant first week, Team Visma | Lease a Bike's general classification hope at the 2024 Giro d'Italia, Cian Uijtdebroeks, was looking good for a top-5 overall finish and the White Jersey. Sadly, ahead of stage 11, the Belgian was forced to abandon due to illness. "No words to describe my d...

PREVIEW | Vuelta a Burgos Feminas 2024 stage 1 - Sprint battle between Lorena Wiebes and Elisa Balsamo

From the 16th to 19th of May the women's peloton tackles another high-level stage-race in Spain. This time around it is in Burgos... The Vuelta a Burgos Feminas takes the riders through four days that provide opportunities for several types of riders in a busy moment of the season. We preview the st...

PREVIEW | Vuelta a Burgos Feminas 2024 - Can Demi Vollering dominate once again on Spanish roads?

From the 16th to 19th of May the women's peloton tackles another high-level stage-race in Spain. This time around it is in Burgos... The Vuelta a Burgos Feminas takes the riders through four days that provide opportunities for several types of riders in a busy moment of the season. The race starts o...

"Not in the way I was imagining" - Antonio Tiberi new Best Young Rider at Giro d'Italia after Cian Uijtdebroeks abandon

After the abandon of Cian Uijtdebroeks through illness, Bahrain - Victorious' Antonio Tiberi is the new Maglia Bianca at the 2024 Giro d'Italia, rising to 5th overall as the Best Young Rider."Now I'm in the White Jersey but yeah, not in the way I was imagining," admitted the Italian talent in his po...

"It’s not just this 20 second of sprint or the victory in the end that makes me happy" - Jonathan Milan rewards teammates work with second stage win of 2024 Giro

Taking his second stage win at the 2024 Giro d'Italia, Jonathan Milan powered to victory in an absolutely brutal sprint on stage 11. “You know it’s not just this 20 second of sprint or the victory in the end that makes me happy," reflected the Italian, who also further extended his lead in the Magli...

PREVIEW | 4 Jours de Dunkerque 2024 stage 3 - Can Sam Bennett keep up winning run now that he opened 2024 tally?

From the 14th to the 19th of May we've got the 4 Jours de Dunkerque on the road. This six-day race, taking place in northern France, is one of the many French events at this time of year and usually provides spectacular finales where the sprinters and the classics riders shine. We preview the stage...

Sam Bennett joins Decathlons AG2R's winning run with first victory of the season on stage 2 of 4 Jours de Dunkerque

Sam Bennett has his first win of the season and his first since joining Decathlon AG2R La Mondiale Team with a brilliant sprint performance on stage 2 of the 4 Jours du Dunkerque 2024.With a three-man breakaway of Maxime Jarnet (Van Rysel - Roubaix), Robin Plamondon (CIC U Nantes Atlantique) and Cyr...

BREAKING: Tim Merlier relegated on stage 11 of Giro d'Italia for diversion in sprint

Although he crossed the line in second place, Tim Merlier was notable by his absence from the top-10 in the official results of stage 11 at the 2024 Giro d'Italia. Now, we know why.The race jury at the Italian Grand Tour have adjudged the Soudal - Quick-Step sprinter to have diverted from his line i...

"With a headwind it was just too early" - Tim Merlier forced to settle for second on stage 11 after mistiming final sprint

Tim Merlier couldn't quite take his second stage win at the 2024 Giro d'Italia on stage 11. Leading for much of the sprint, Merlier was eventually forced to settle for second behind Jonathan Milan. "I jumped, but then with a headwind it was just too early," the Soudal - Quick-Step sprinter, who alre...

2024 Giro d'Italia stage 11 GC Update: Geraint Thomas gains time with bonus seconds as Cian Uijtdebroeks is forced to abandon

Although stage 11 of the Giro d'Italia 2024 was decided in a final bunch sprint, the abandonment of Cian Uijtdebroeks has caused several changes in the Top 10. Elsewhere, Geraint Thomas also gained a handful of time via bonus seconds. In the intermediate sprint of Fossacesia Marina, the INEOS Grenad...

VIDEO: Fabio Jakobsen crashes hard in frantic sprint on stage 11 of Giro d'Italia

The bunch sprint finale of stage 11 at the 2024 Giro d'Italia was an incredible frantic one. Sadly for Team DSM-Firmenich PostNL's Fabio Jakobsen it was also a dangerous one as the Dutchman crashed hard.Jonathan Milan took the win in the end, narrowly seeing off Tim Merlier at the line. At hundred m...

Powerful Jonathan Milan refuses to be denied on stage 11 of 2024 Giro d'Italia

The powerful Jonathan Milan has refused to be denied in a stunning sprint performance on stage 11 of the 2024 Giro d'Italia, boosting his hopes of a Maglia Ciclamino defence in the process. With a sprint stage expected, just three riders were willing to try their luck in the breakaway. Thomas Champi...

VIDEO: Felix Grossschartner - loyal domestique for Tadej Pogacar - crashes at the Giro d'Italia

Tadej Pogacar's UAE Team Emirates have managed to skirt their way through the opening 10 stages at the 2024 Giro d'Italia without incident so far. On stage 11 however, Felix Grossschartner has hit the deck. The 30-year-old Austrian has been excellent in the service of the Maglia Rosa so far at this...

Bernard Hinault: "Tadej Pogacar is like Eddy Merckx and me"

Tadej Pogacar has been a cut above the rest at the 2024 Giro d'Italia. So dominant has the UAE Team Emirates leader's performances so far that the Slovenian has drawn comparisons to some of the legends of the sport. Speaking to La Gazzetta dello Sport, the iconic figure of French cycling, Bernard Hi...

"He's not going to lay down and let his belly get tickled" - Geraint Thomas won't settle for podium at Giro d'Italia according to Luke Rowe

After his second-place finish last year at the Giro d'Italia, the second spot on the podium looks realistically like the best Geraint Thomas can hope for again in 2024. According to podcast partner, teammate and great friend Luke Rowe however, the INEOS Grenadiers leader won't give up without a figh...

"Unfortunately it has not turned out as we would have liked so far" - Can Laurence Pithie make his mark on stage 11 of Giro d'Italia?

After a breakthrough spring, Laurence Pithie's Grand Tour debut at the 2024 Giro d'Italia was a highly anticipated one. Sadly, the first week and a bit haven't exactly gone to plan for the 21-year-old Kiwi. "We went to the Giro with many ambitions, especially with Laurence, but unfortunately it has...

Tadej Pogacar dislikes conservative tactic at Giro d'Italia: "Making such concessions doesn't necessarily make me happy"

Tadej Pogacar is a rider who likes to race aggressively and he is by far the strongest climber at the Giro d'Italia. With several stage wins under his belt, the Slovenian knows it's possible to win even more, and is not the biggest fan of the conservative tactics played out during stage 10 where UAE...

Mathieu van der Poel confirmed for Tour de France and Olympic road race; no MTB participation in Paris

Alpecin-Deceuninck have revealed the upcoming race calendars for their two most notable names, Mathieu van der Poel and Jasper Philipsen. For the Rainbow Jersey, just two races are on the programme. Firstly, van der Poel will return to the Tour de France for the fourth straight year between 29/06 an...

UCI Team Team Update | UAE Team Emirates' lead grows more and more as Tadej Pogacar dominates Giro d'Italia

The team's ranking does feature points from the past week accumulated at the Giro d'Italia, and so UAE Team Emirates pile on big points - also partly due to their results at the Tour de Hongrie. Lidl-Trek climbs back to second place after Thibau Nys won two stages and the overall classification in H...

Soudal - Quick-Step doctor doesn't fear epidemic in the Giro d'Italia peloton: "When you're tired you're just more susceptible to illness"

The rest day in the Giro has reduced the number of riders in the race quite significantly: no fewer than 4 riders did not start on Tuesday with stage 9 winner Olav Kooij, Max Kanter, Ethan Vernon and Marius Mayrhofer as victims. And striking: all four suffer from similar symptoms.Should we worry abo...

Tim Merlier hopes time-trial crash doesn't take prevent him from tackling today's bunch sprint - "I still have some scratches"

Tim Merlier, away from the cameras, crashed in the time-trial of the Giro d'Italia that was tackled last week. Whilst not severe, he suffered injuries that have bothered him over the past few days, and he is hoping that these no longer hamper his chances of fighting for stage wins. “I have not yet f...

"I was with him the whole time until one kilometer to go" - Nairo Quintana looking better and better as Giro d'Italia becomes tougher

Nairo Quintana is acting as Einer Rubio's luxury support rider so far in the Giro d'Italia. The former Corsa Rosa winner in 2014 is aware that he has not arrived in form and that his role, at least until he feels better, must be to be by his talented compatriot's side in the mountain stages. However...

Wout Poels looking to strike at Tour de France again after Giro d'Italia's 'bitter pill' and Tour de Hongrie win

Wout Poels had a strong spring and was expecting to race the Giro d'Italia. He was removed last minute from the lineup, as the team gave Antonio Tiberi sole leadership and looked to have the Dutchman chase stages at the Tour de France. It was a tough pill to swallow for the Dutchman, but after his v...

Milan Fretin takes first pro win with Cavendish-like sprint in Dunkerque: "I was a bit stressed, but I was still able to finish it"

Milan Fretin won the opening stage of the 4 Jours de Dunkerque, the first pro win for the 23-year old Cofidis rider. It was a very intense finale with rain and a late attack that he could close down, in scenes reminiscent of Mark Cavendish's most famous sprint wins. “It was a very hectic final. We d...

"Continuing the Giro d'Italia is not an option" - Visma exclude Covid-19 outbreak but could not 'responsibly' keep Kooij and Uijtdebroeks in competition

A virus has been moving throughout the Giro d'Italia peloton and this is already visible within several teams. Team Visma | Lease a Bike is perhaps the worst affected as in the matter of 24 hours both leaders Olav Kooij and Cian Uijtdebroeks were forced to abandon the race; but the team confirms it...

INEOS' Rod Ellingworth praises team for 'brilliant' Giro d'Italia thus far - If nothing happens, Pogacar will win, but if something does, G has got to be ready to pounce on it

Rod Ellingworth is one of the key figures behind the development of INEOS Grenadiers in the 2010's and currently he is a team principal at the British team. He is keeping a very close eye at the team's Giro d'Italia performances and has nothing but complements to what he argues is a 'brilliant' race...

No end in sight for Visma's nightmare - Cian Uijtdebroeks abandons Giro d'Italia after falling ill

The possibility was already on the table and this morning it has been confirmed. Team Visma | Lease a Bike have lost another of their leaders in Cian Uijtdebroeks who has fallen ill over the past few days. It has been a virtual nightmare spring for Visma who have seen Jonas Vingegaard crash and suff...

Another day in pink ticked off for Tadej Pogacar: "I'm looking forward to Saturday's time trial"

Tadej Pogacar did not have too many plans today at the Giro d'Italia. The UAE Team Emirates rider only let himself race in the wheels, and ticked off another day in the race lead - and one less to reach Rome with a first Giro win. UAE did not try to control the breakaway today, with Valentin Paret-P...

Visma's Richard Plugge sincere about Jonas Vingegaard's Tour de France participation: "We can't go to the Tour for him to defend the title if he's not 100%"

Jonas Vingegaard's brutal crash at Itzulia Basque Country put his Tour de France defense at risk. However, the Dane, once released from hospital, confirmed his intention to recover to arrive at the Grande Boucle to defend his title won in the last two editions. However not everyone within Team Visma...

PREVIEW | Giro d'Italia 2024 stage 11 - Jonathan Milan and Tim Merlier take on another bunch sprint battle

It is the first sprint stage  of the second week of the Giro d'Italia. Stage 11 is expected to finish in a battle amongst the fastest men in the race and will be a calmer day in comparison to what we've found over the past few days. Stage 11 sees the riders close to the Adriatic sea, a transition da...

Sven Nys calms the hype around Thibau Nys' climbing performances in Hungary: "I certainly don't see a future as a GC rider"

The 2021 U23 European champion Thibau Nys was aleady known as a rider with aptitude for the hills combined with a powerful kick in his legs. But little did anyone (including his coaches) expect he'd take down the GC at Tour de Hongrie. Logically, the next question that arises then is whether the Lid...

UCI Rankings Rider Update | Small changes, but Tadej Pogacar remains solid in the lead

With the Giro d'Italia on the move, big points will soon move. However for the time being the Giro's points are not yet taken into account; whilst throughout a few one-day races, we've got some riders such as Arnaud De Lie and Benoît Cosnefroy climbing up the ranks. Pogacar is at the top with 6558 p...

Roel Van Sintmaartensdijk defends Biniam Girmay abandon of Giro d'Italia after two crashes: "It's very easy for people to talk from their couch"

Biniam Girmay marked his second Giro d'Italia with an early departure, rather than another individual success. The Eritrean hit the deck twice in rainy stage four and subsequently refused to continue to race with a minor hip injury - something many fans and experts had little understanding for as hi...

Arnaud Démare, Riley Sheehan and Kasper Asgreen lose shot at 4 Jours de Dunkerque in a crash-mared finale of the opening stage

The profile of opening stage of 4 Jours de Dunkerque promised a  pretty straight-forward day for the sprinters. But a tricky finish circuit along with roads soaked by rain made for a havoc in the last kilometers, with multiple pre-race favourites hitting deck and losing massive portions of time.Arna...

Bahrain - Victorious put down hard pace for Antonio Tiberi on final climb of stage 10: "In the final we decided to put the team in front to defend my position"

The top echelons of the general classification haven't seen much action today, with all the big guns arriving together on stage 10. However the bottom half of top 10 saw big moves with many riders close in GC jumping into the breakaway. In the end, Bahrain - Victorious accepted responsibilty for def...

"I tried to get ahead because I knew the legs weren't that great" - Romain Bardet climbs to seventh overall despite losing his bid for stage win

Romain Bardet must once again postpone his bid for victory at the Giro d'Italia. For the experienced Team dsm-firmenich PostNL leader it's once again second place on the day, losing to younger compatriot Valentin Paret-Peintre. A consolation prize for Bardet is his move up to 7th overall after his b...

Geraint Thomas continues in third place after calm day on Bocca della Selva: "It was one of the easiest uphill finishes today"

Fireworks were not on Geraint Thomas' agenda on the first stage after rest day, something that seemingly aligned with the plans of most GC teams. Bahrain - Victorious was the only team that felt threatened by the breakaway and thus controlled the stage, allowing INEOS Grenadiers to save strengths fo...

Cian Uijtdebroeks ill and losing time at Giro summit finish: "I hope it won't get worse"

Team Visma | Lease a Bike lost Olav Kooij due to illness during the rest day of the Giro d'Italia, and the truth is several other riders have admitted illness over the past few days in the race. Cian Uijtdebroeks admits he is being affected, and is nervous that it could turn worst over the ongoing w...

ANALYSIS | Golden opportunity for UAE to take revenge on Visma; It is possible to win all 2024 Grand Tours with Pogacar, Ayuso, Yates, Almeida or Del Toro

Last year, Team Visma - Lease a Bike (at the time Jumbo-Visma) established itself as the best team in the World Tour by winning all three Grand Tours: Giro d'Italia, Tour de France and Vuelta a España; far ahead of UAE Team Emirates, which was hit especially hard by Tadej Pogacar's defeat in the Gra...

Tadej Pogacar does have a weak spot, according to main rival Geraint Thomas: "I think he might overestimate their ability sometimes"

Tadej Pogacar, so far, looks unbeatable at the Giro d'Italia when it comes to the fight for the pink jersey. This is not quite true according to his rivals however, and Geraint Thomas sees a trend which can be a weak spot in UAE Team Emirates' armour. "His Achilles heel is the fact he's so strong an...

"I don't need to take any more time" - Tadej Pogacar turns one eye on upcoming Tour de France after dominant first week at Giro d'Italia

With a lead of 2:40 at the first rest day, Tadej Pogacar is looking good to take the Maglia Rosa at the 2024 Giro d'Italia and complete the first leg of his Giro/Tour double. As such, the UAE Team Emirates admits it makes sense to ride more conservative in the coming weeks."If someone had told me in...

"I was with much lighter and better climbers. So I had to anticipate" - Risk almost rewards Jan Tratnik at Giro d'Italia

Jan Tratnik suffered injuries during the spring which hampered his campaign. The Slovenian is on rising form and put his cards on the table today at the Giro d'Italia; and came quite close to a meaningful stage win in Bocca della Selva. “I knew I was with much lighter and better climbers. So I had t...

PREVIEW | 4 Jours de Dunkerque 2024 stage 2 - Can Milan Fretin win again against Sam Bennett, Casper van Uden and Arnaud Démare?

From the 14th to the 19th of May we've got the 4 Jours de Dunkerque on the road. This six-day race, taking place in northern France, is one of the many French events at this time of year and usually provides spectacular finales where the sprinters and the classics riders shine. We preview the stage...

4 Jours de Dunkerque: Milan Fretin wins stage 1 in extremely tight sprint

The opening stage of 4 Jours de Dunkerque was quite a difficult one to manage towards the end due to the rainy conditions, but a bunch sprint still decided the outcome of the day as Cofidis took the stage win with Milan Fretin. The breakaway of the day was formed by Dean Harvey, Gwen Leclainche, Max...

Giro d'Italia 2024 stage 10 GC Update | Tadej Pogacar stays in pink as Romain Bardet and Filippo Zana enter Top10

Stage 10 of the Giro d'Italia 2024 promised changes in the general classification as it was the second high mountain day of this edition of the Corsa Rosa. Valentin Paret-Peintre was the day's winner. Romain Bardet, however, did jump into the Top 10 after his second place in the day. Tadej Pogacar r...

Valentin Paret-Peintre beats childhood hero Romain Bardet to Giro win: "I dreamt seeing him on TV and today I battled with him and beat him"

Last year Aurélien Paret-Peintre took a stage victory at the Giro d'Italia and this time around his brother Valentin has succeeded. The Decathlon AG2R La Mondiale rider won for the first time as a pro rider atop the Bocca della Selva summit finish and beat a rider who he looked up to as a youngster....

Giro d'Italia: Valentin Paret-Peintre takes first pro win atop Bocca della Selva summit finish as Romain Bardet re-enters GC fight

Decathlon AG2R La Mondiale Team has been having a stupendous season and they take another win at the Giro d'Italia on stage 10. Valentin Paret-Peintre confirmed his potential and took a very strong win from the breakaway. The start of the stage saw Alessandro De Marchi, Simon Clarke and Quinten Herm...

Movistar teammate very confident in Einer Rubio's Giro d'Italia: "Why not be ambitious and think about podium"

Movistar Team have had a good start to this year's Giro d'Italia. Despite the modest lineup, the Spanish team has already managed to win a stage with Pelayo Sánchez - who compliments the team leader Einer Rubio and believes the Colombian has evolved over the past year. He talks about how he hopes th...

OFFICIAL: Passo dello Stelvio removed from Giro d'Italia; but peloton still climbs most of the mountain

For the past months, weeks and days there have been multiple updates on the weather conditions atop the Passo dello Stelvio. None of them looked positive, with heavy snowfall and bad road condition. The climb has officially been excluded from the Giro d'Italia route. The announcement was already exp...

Geraint Thomas weighing options into difficult Giro summit finish: "You have to be ready for anything"

Geraint Thomas enters the second week of the Giro d'Italia 2:58 minutes back on Tadej Pogacar and has good feedback from the first rest day. The leader of INEOS Grenadiers does not exclude a GC fight on today's difficult summit finish. “I had a good rest day, although the first week went by very qui...

Tadej Pogacar: "My cold is better, we'll see how it goes and how tired I am already"

It didn't look like it taking into consideration the results, but Tadej Pogacar fell slightly ill last week at the Giro d'Italia. However, after a much needed rest day, the leader of the race reports that he is feeling better in the meantime. “My cold is better, we'll see how it goes and how tired I...

"Our goal was to be closer on GC to him" - BORA disappointed but not defeated against Tadej Pogacar at Giro d'Italia

Daniel Martínez is, by all means, performing above expectations at the Giro d'Italia. However taking into consideration how well he has raced at times, BORA - hansgrohe is rightfully ambitious. Enrico Gasparotto, DS of the team at the race, talks about how the team is looking into how to surprise th...

UAE's Rui Oliveira on the work Tadej Pogacar does for his teammates: "I am left speechless, because he is not expected to do that, and he does it anyway"

UAE Team Emirates have the pleasure of having Tadej Pogacar lining up at the Giro d'Italia; leading the race, winning stages and even leading out his teammate Juan Sebastián Molano in the finale of stage 9. Rui Oliveira, who is supporting the Slovenian at the Giro, never ceases to be amazed at the r...

Tudor loses second rider in as many days; Dainese's leadout man Marius Mayrhofer withdraws from Giro d'Italia

Tudor Pro Cycling Team lost Alexander Krieger at the end of stage 9 due to a brutal crash, and starting stage 10 it misses another rider. Marius Mayrhofer, key leadout man for Alberto Dainese and an option himself for hilly days, has left the Corsa Rosa with an illness. “It’s a shame to leave the ra...

Breakaway's winning chances on Giro's stage 10 depend on "whether UAE wants the win or not with Pogacar" Alberto Contador says

Alberto Contador, Eurosport analyst, has given his opinion of the tenth stage of the Giro d'Italia. It is a hard and short day of just over 140 kilometers and with a summit finish that comes just after the rest day. "Here comes the tenth stage of the Giro d'Italia, quite a hard high finish. The star...

"Grand Tour number 20 and they definitely don’t get any easier" - Geraint Thomas full of jokes during the first rest day

This Giro d'Italia must bring the experienced Geraint Thomas something from both ends of the emotional spectrum. Objectively speaking the third position before first rest day is not a failure. The man who'll celebrate 38th birthday in the third week of the Italian grand tour can be happy about his l...

PREVIEW | 4 Jours de Dunkerque 2024 stage 1 - Pascal Ackermann, Casper van Uden, Sam Bennett and Arnaud Démare headline first bunch sprint

From the 14th to the 19th of May we've got the 4 Jours de Dunkerque on the road. This six-day race, taking place in northern France, is one of the many French events at this time of year and usually provides spectacular finales where the sprinters and the classics riders shine. We preview the stage...

"Completely unnecessary" - Jan Bakelants argues that Tadej Pogacar's chase of Narváez 'will leave him with few allies when he is under pressure"

Tadej Pogacar looked to help his teammate Juan Sebastián Molano to victory on stage 9 into Napoli and did a leadout in the final kilometer which was key to bringing back Jhonatan Narváez - who beat him on stage 1. Jan Bakelants sees this as a deliberate act and believes it could come back to the Slo...

Tadej Pogacar adamant of UAE Team Emirates at Giro d'Italia: "I’m used to the media and my competitors who try and undermine us"

During the rest day of the Giro d'Italia many riders hosted press conferences and talked about the very eventful first week of the race. One of them being Tadej Pogacar, the race leader was adamant in the team's strength despite the commentary that anteceded the race regarding it's strength. “I’m us...

Third sprinter falls victim of illness following Giro d'Italia rest day - Astana's Max Kanter forced to abandon after disappointing start

Astana Qazaqstan Team is another one of the teams who's been having far from an ideal Giro d'Italia. Although Lorenzo Fortunato is surprising and sitting within the Top10; in two days the team has seen both leaders Alexey Lutsenko and Max Kanter pull the plug on their participation. Kanter, such as...

British sprinter Ethan Vernon ends first career Grand Tour after Giro d'Italia rest day

It has not been an easy Giro d'Italia for Israel - Premier Teach. There are already four riders who have left the Italian race since it began, officially leaving the Israeli team down to only four riders to support over the second half of the race. A disease is what leaves out a British cyclist who...

Visma lose their third rider at Giro d'Italia - Olav Kooij abandons race right after maiden Grand Tour win

It's been a very difficult 2024 for Team Visma - Lease a Bike due to injuries and illnesses. Olav Kooij, the man who has given the Dutch team the greatest joy of the Giro d'Italia so far with his win in Sunday's stage finishing in Napoli has now abandoned due to illness. According to his team, Kooij...

PREVIEW | 4 Jours de Dunkerque 2024 - Kasper Asgreen leads modest classics field but sprint bonifications can decide the race

From the 14th to the 19th of May we've got the 4 Jours de Dunkerque on the road. This six-day race, taking place in northern France, is one of the many French events at this time of year and usually provides spectacular finales where the sprinters and the classics riders shine. We preview the race a...

PREVIEW | Giro d'Italia 2024 stage 10 - Can Tadej Pogacar make it a hattrick in third summit finish of the race?

The first week of the Giro d'Italia is now behind us. Day 10 of the race will see the race return to the mountains. We preview a day that features a summit finish in Cusano Mutri and Tadej Pogacar could win the third out of three summit finishes. Stage 10 opens up the second week and presents a rath...

Sven Nys is proud of his son Thibau Nys' strong climbing performance at Tour de Hongrie: "Every day he pushes his limits"

Thibau Nys winning a stage at Tour de Hongrie? Perfectly imaginable scenario. However winning two stages as well as overall standings is something that left even Thibau's father Sven Nys noticeably surprised. Add a Tour de Romandie mountain stage to the Lidl-Trek rider's list of 2024 palmares and it...

Young Lorenzo Germani extends with Groupama - FDJ through 2027

Lorenzo Germani will continue to race in the Groupama - FDJ outfit in the coming years. The 22-year-old Italian has extended his expiring contract for another three seasons, until the end of 2027.Germani is currently in his second season with Groupama - FDJ, after promoting from the training team in...

Thijs Zonneveld drops out of Gravel World Series in Aachen due to "completely ridiculous" lack of safety

The cup of patience overflew for Thijs Zonneveld at Gravel World Series in Aachen. Many obstacles such as parked and moving cars, people with strollers and tractors on the course created dangerous situations. Zonneveld did not have many kind words towards the organization on social media afterwards....

Kasper Asgreen gets another chance to lead Soudal - Quick-Step at 4 Jours de Dunkerque

Soudal - Quick-Step are experiencing one of the worst seasons in the team's history, with absolute classics drought, GC leaders Remco Evenepoel and Mikel Landa injured, and many former leaders looking to switch outfits for next season.Now, the traditional French six-day stage race 4 Jours de Dunkerq...

Groupama - FDJ lead by Laurence Pithie ride under the radar at this Giro d'Italia: "Unfortunately it has not turned out as we would have liked so far"

Groupama - FDJ is going all out for spring revelation Laurence Pithie at this Giro d'Italia, but the results so far didn't quite match the hopes they had for 21-year-old New Zealander. On top of all, not even luck was playing into Pithie's hands, as he punctured at critical moment in stage 9 sports...

"We kept our faith in him and now he is back" - Ineos DS happy to see Thymen Arensman back in Giro d'Italia top 10

Things haven't always been going well for Thymen Arensman in the opening weekend of Giro d'Italia. The Ducthman lost more than four minutes in first two stages, and his even father ventiled anger with INEOS Grenadiers coaches' work on social sites. Now we're a week further down the Corsa Rosa, and A...

"I may still rise in the rankings" - Antonio Tiberi full of optimism on first rest day of 2024 Giro d'Italia

The leading Italian in the general classification at the 2024 Giro d'Italia, Antonio Tiberi enters the first rest day 6th overall, just 1:25 of the podium places. Had it not been for some bad luck however, Tiberi could've been even better placed. "That flat tyre on the way to the Oropa was indeed a...

Daniel Martinez on his goals for remainder of Giro d'Italia: "Mainly try to threaten Tadej Pogacar"

With the 2024 Giro d'Italia reaching the first rest day, no one is closer to Tadej Pogacar in the general classification than BORA - hansgrohe's Daniel Martinez. Could the Colombian pull off a great shock in the coming weeks?"Right now the feeling is good," assesses the 28-year-old, former Tour de F...

"He could stay with the team, that's for sure, but not as a rider" - Astana Qazaqstan Team keen for Mark Cavendish to join coaching staff after retirement

With legendary sprinter Mark Cavendish now almost halfway through the final year of his professional career, Astana Qazaqstan Team boss Alexander Vinokourov has opened the door for the Manx Missile to continue with the team post-retirement."I don't think he's going to continue for another year. He c...

VIDEO: Inside UAE Team Emirates team car as Tadej Pogacar powers to Giro d'Italia time-trial victory

Tadej Pogacar's victory on stage 7 of the 2024 Giro d'Italia in the individual time-trial was a display of dominance over his rivals. In a video posted to VelonCC's Instagram account, you can go behind the scenes of the Maglia Rosa's stunning stage win with a view from the UAE Team Emirates' team ca...

"There is one person who rides on another planet" - Cian Uijtdebroeks in the fight for podium as Giro d'Italia reaches first rest day

With 9 stages down at the 2024 Giro d'Italia, Team Visma | Lease a Bike's Cian Uijtdebroeks is fighting strongly amongst the podium contenders, sitting 5th in the GC at 4:02 down. "I surprised myself a bit," the 21-year-old Belgian reflects in his rest day press conference, just 1:04 off the podium...

"I tried everything on the final climb" - Emanuel Buchmann proves point after Giro omission with 2nd overall at Tour de Hongrie

After his controversial omission from BORA - hansgrohe's Giro d'Italia lineup, Emanuel Buchmann was able to prove a point at the Tour de Hongrie, firing to 2nd overall in the general classification. Despite riding hard on the final stage on Sunday, Buchmann couldn't manage to displace race leader, T...

"People underestimate how much pressure is on his shoulders" - Tadej Pogacar dealing with expectations incredibly well says Renaat Schotte

Having amassed the biggest first rest day advantage seen at the Giro d'Italia in recent years, Tadej Pogacar already has a buffer of 2:40 in the fight for the Maglia Rosa after the opening 9 stages. "He was a bit irritated at first, but he has now loosened up a bit," analyses Sporza expert Renaat Sc...

Final startlist 4 Jours de Dunkerque 2024 with Sam Bennett, Arnaud Demare, Corbin Strong, Pascal Ackermann, Casper van Uden and John Degenkolb

From the 14th to the 19th of May we've got the 4 Jours de Dunkerque on the road. This five-day race, taking place in northern France, is one of the many French events at this time of year and usually provides spectacular finales where the sprinters and the classics riders shine. We take a look at it...

"I am certainly one of the best riders" - Ben O'Connor dreaming of Giro d'Italia podium as he sits 4th at first rest day

Reaching the first rest day at the 2024 Giro d'Italia 4th overall, 3:39 down on the Maglia Rosa but just 41 seconds off the podium, Decathlon AG2R La Mondiale Team leader, Ben O'Connor is dreaming of a spot on the podium come Rome. “It was a good week, tougher than expected. But I'm happy with how i...

"The Giro is a success for Kooij, but not yet for the team" - Experts argue if Team Visma | Lease a Bike have had good opening Giro week or not?

Having reached the first rest day at the 2024 Giro d'Italia, teams have the first chance to take stock and analyse how things have been going so far. For Team Visma | Lease a Bike it's been an up-and-down week, but the question is, has it been a success for them?On Eurosport's Kop over Kop podcast,...

Tadej Pogacar "the modern Eddy Merckx" according to EF boss Jonathan Vaughters

Tadej Pogacar has been utterly dominant in the first week of the 2024 Giro d'Italia. Although somewhat expected on the climbs, the UAE Team Emirates leader has even been a key part of the drama on the sprint stages.After attacking in the finale of stage 3 alongside Geraint Thomas, Pogacar pretty muc...

"He is hungry" - Team Jayco AlUla convinced Caleb Ewan can leave Giro d'Italia with a stage win

With the first week done and dusted at the 2024 Giro d'Italia, it's been one without success for Team Jayco AlUla sprinter, Caleb Ewan. The best the Australian has managed was 6th place on stage 5 when the breakaway took the spoils through Benjamin Thomas.“Last year he was second and third on stages...

"My head is in knots. I was stressed, nervous and scared" - Attila Valter not mentally recovered from pair of Giro d'Italia crashes

Hungarian National Champion Attila Valter has had a tricky first week at the 2024 Giro d'Italia. Suffering from a pair of crashes in the opening week, the 25-year-old is struggling to recover both mentally and physically. "The roads in the last five kilometres were really ridiculously bad. I was ver...

"He took me to the front of the peloton to close things down" - Thibau Nys gets help from Mark Cavendish en route to Tour de Hongrie success

Taking overall victory at the 2024 Tour de Hongrie, Thibau Nys had a breakthrough performance. Alongside the victory, Nys also got to ride alongside two of his heroes in Peter Sagan and Mark Cavendish. During his impressive performances in Hungary, Nys actually found the time to share a word or two...

Profiles & Route 4 Jours de Dunkerque 2024

From the 14th to the 19th of May we've got the 4 Jours de Dunkerque on the road. This six-day race, taking place in northern France, is one of the many French events at this time of year and usually provides spectacular finales where the sprinters and the classics riders shine. We take a look at it'...

Julian Alaphilippe goes to the limit again but fails to bring Giro d'Italia triumph: "I gave it my all"

Julian Alaphilippe wants to win a stage at this year's Giro d'Italia and he is ruthless in his attempts. Into Napoli he gave it another shot, but came up short of the win he's been looking for. “The attack wasn’t planned, but I found myself in a good position on the climb, noticed that the bunch was...

"Winning there sticks in your memory as a special one" - Mark Cavendish's words of praise for Olav Kooij's Giro d'Italia win

Mark Cavendish is a 17-time stage winner at the Giro d'Italia and one of them was in the city of Napoli. In 2013 the Manxman won the first stage of the race in this city and put on the pink jersey; and he has thoroughly congratulated fellow sprinter Olav Kooij for this weekend's triumph. "When Giro...

Fractured ribs and pelvis - Tudor's Alexander Krieger seriously injured following late crash in dangerous Giro descent

Yesterday's Giro d'Italia stage on paper did not seem too dangerous and on the TV broadcast was not too different. However off camera there was a very serious crash involving Alexander Krieger of Tudor Pro Cycling Team who was transported to the hospital with multiple injuries. The results sheet dis...

"Come on Sebas good job" - Tadej Pogacar's words of incentive towards Juan Sebastián Molano who almost takes Giro d'Italia win

Perhaps the highlight image of the ninth stage of this year's Giro d'Italia was that of pink jersey Tadej Pogacar doing the leadout in the final sprint for Juan Sebastián Molano. The Colombian talked through the finale in which he sprinted to third and details how the Slovenian supported him through...

Nairo Quintana on Tadej Pogacar's explosive racing style: "That’s totally acceptable, he’s enjoying doing it that way"

Nairo Quintana's form has been growing throughout the Giro d'Italia, but for the time being the spotlight is still elsewhere. The former winner of the race was asked about his opinion on Tadej Pogacar's performance thus far and this is what he had to say. “Each leader does what he wants and that’s t...

Reigning champion Richard Carapaz outraged by non-selection to Olympic Games: "Ecuador needs a neutral Federation without favoritism"

Richard Carapaz took the biggest win of his career in the 2021 Olympic Games, taking the gold medal in Tokyo. However despite this, Ecuador was only given one spot for the 2024 event and the reigning champion has not been selected. This has led to a big outrage from Carapaz. After the start of the G...

"Maybe I'll quit early, then you'll be rid of me" - Tadej Pogacar sick of the same questioning at Giro d'Italia

Tadej Pogacar takes the questions regarding his Giro d'Italia dominance with a tad bit of humour, but it is no surprise that he is relatively tired of the questions regarding how much he can win. During yesterday's press conference following his third win of the week, that was evident once again. "W...

VIDEO: French U19 riders suffer brutal crash because of team car's shocking error

This Sunday in an under-19 race in France, two female riders crashed because of a team car. A shocking video shared by France 3 Alsace showed the close-up of an accident that has left many outraged. The two riders leading the race at the time, Amandine Muller and Célia Gary, both hit the ground. Thi...

Arnaud Démare returns to action at 4 Jours of Dunkerque: "With Arnaud Démare and the team he has with him, we can do well"

Arnaud Démare will return to competition after a month and a half pause. The 32-year-old sprinter will appear at the start of the 4 Jours of Dunkerque. The French sprinter has not raced since Gent-Wevelgem on March 24.Démare suffered from severe fatigue in the classic spring and was therefore not ev...

Tadej Pogacar explains why he helped the sprinters in Napoli, "but it wasn't enough for the win"

Tadej Pogacar looked to save himself up the summit finish to Prati di Tivo, so it definitely came as a surprise to see him work in the finale of a bunch sprint today in Napoli. It was an attempt to repay the team it's work and launch Juan Sebastián Molano to victory, but the plan didn't quite work o...

"Sometimes we are like clowns in a circus" - Geraint Thomas tears down Giro d'Italia over dangerous finale

Geraint Thomas has no problem in voicing his opinions, and often this is about problems within pro cycling. One key issue is rider safety, and the leader of INEOS Grenadiers was very upset after what he considered a dangerous finale on a day where he crashed. “We talk a lot about safety these days,...

"We must also be grateful to Tadej Pogacar for his turn" - Visma DS thanks the Maglia Rosa for indirectly helping Olav Kooij win stage 10

Visma | Lease a Bike enter the first Giro d'Italia rest day on a high note. Why wouldn't they with Olav Kooij's stage win in the pocket and Cian Uijtdebroeks sitting nicely in fifth overall. But sports director Marc Reef is aware not everything has been going according to the plan, with two riders a...

Kaden Groves' Giro d'Italia misery continues with 7th place in Naples: "I may have wasted too much energy"

Kaden Groves put his Alpecin-Deceuninck teammates to work for the entirety of stage 9, but was unable to finish off the job in Naples. After an exciting and difficult final in the sprint, the Australian did not get further than seventh place and continues a rather disappointing Giro d'Italia.Groves...

Dissatisfied Ineos Grenadiers unlikely to renew Ethan Hayter after couple slender years

Long gone are the glory days of 2021/22 when Ethan Hayter was banging on the doors of world's elite, scoring over 1000 UCI points two years in a row while arriving fourth at ITT World Championships in Wollongong and winning eight races in 2021 and five in 2022.The 2023 season was already not ideal f...

Wout Poels grabs last stage of Tour de Hongrie despite "suffering a lot" who flies past front group in final meters

Wout Poels flushed his non-selection for the Giro d'Italia this afternoon with a stage victory in the final stage of Tour de Hongrie. However, the Bahrain - Victorious leader did meet some ups and downs on Sunday, before he was able to enjoy the sweet taste of victory."I was suffering a lot," he adm...

"I missed my legs a bit, the climbs hurt me at the end" - Jonathan Milan loses in Naples for second year in a row

Jonathan Milan would have loved to take his second stage victory at this Giro in Naples, but a strong Olav Kooij put a stop to that. That led to some disappointment for the 23-year-old Italian from Lidl-Trek, who has already lost in the capital of Campania year ago, then it was Mads Pedersen who won...

Thibau Nys brings home Tour de Hongrie GC: "I'm disappointed that I don't win a third stage in a row, I was too focused on the classification"

Thibau Nys was able to secure the overall victory in final stage of the Tour de Hongrie, but the steep climb to Pecs which riders had to overcome three times on Sunday. Bora tried to shake up the standings for Emmanuel Buchmann, but Nys was too strong this week."I am very tired, it was a tough final...

Profiles & Route Vuelta a Burgos Feminas 2024

From the 16th to 19th of May the women's peloton tackles another high-level stage-race in Spain. This time around it is in Burgos... The Vuelta a Burgos Feminas takes the riders through four days that provide opportunities for several types of riders in a busy moment of the season. We take a look at...

Jhonatan Narváez almost hits gold with late attack in Napoli: "I actually thought it was already in, but now I'm standing here empty-handed"

Jhonatan Narváez won the first stage of the Giro d'Italia and he has been on absolutely incredible form. The INEOS Grenadiers attacked today's finale in Napoli and only failed to take a second win because of team work from some of the strongest riders in the peloton. “I actually thought it was alrea...

Olav Kooij takes first career Grand Tour win: "This was the step I was looking for"

Team Visma | Lease a Bike was close to losing Olav Kooij last year as the Dutchman looked for further opportunities. He was given a big one this season with a Giro d'Italia debut, and he has now made the best of it as he won stage 9 into Napoli ahead of Jonathan Milan. “This is what we were working...

Giro d'Italia 2024 stage 9 GC Update | Tadej Pogacar keeps pink jersey; Top10 remains unchanged

Stage 9 of the Giro d'Italia 2024 put an end to a very exciting first week of the Corsa Rosa, which will have its first first rest day next Monday, May 13. The day, which was decided in a tremendous sprint finish in Napoli despite Jhonatan Narvaez's attempt to surprise the peloton, has left virtuall...

After hitting the bar countless times, Axel Zingle finally opens up 2024 win tally at Boucles de l'Aulne

The French cup saw another of it's one-day races this afternoon, the Boucles de l'Aulne. Axel Zingle has finished second on five different occasions this season, but has finally won today in the final sprint. The hilly race around the city of Châteaulin featured a classic French parcours, suited to...

Giro d'Italia: Olav Kooij wins stage 9 sprint as Tadej Pogacar leads out peloton and Jhonatan Narváez' attack is caught mid-sprint

A thrilling finale to the Giro d'Italia's first week! The flat finale into Napoli saw the attacks of Julian Alaphilippe and Jhonatan Narváez... The latter was caught mid-sprint after Tadej Pogacar led out the peloton but in the end it was Olav Kooij who surprised to take the win. The long day on the...

Wout Poels wins thrilling summit finish on final Tour de Hongrie day but Thibau Nys survives to take the overall win

Thibau Nys has conquered the Tour de Hongrie, his first overall classification at the top level; whilst Wout Poels took the stage win on the final day with an incredible sprint in the final climb. The breakaway of the day was formed on flat roads and so it included plenty sprinters and fast men. Mos...

Geraint Thomas and Max Schachmann involved in mid-stage crash at Giro d'Italia

With 57 kilometers to go one of the big favourites for the Giro d'Italia has crashed. Geraint Thomas is no stranger to crashes, but he has avoided the worst after going down on stage 9. The fall took place in a rather calm moment of the stage, in a seemingly innocent bend in the road. A crash took p...

"The race against Pogi is a bit nonsense" - Rivals admit relative helplessness in fight for pink jersey

Daniel Martínez sits second in the overall classification following the mountains of the first week. BORA - hansgrohe had Max Schachmann race in support of the Colombian up Prati di Tivo but he admits that despite being in second place the team is not realistically thinking of the victory. Schachman...

"I think it's an allergy or who knows" - Tadej Pogacar admits he has gotten ill over first week of Giro d'Italia

Tadej Pogacar rode to a confident win yesterday at Prati di Tivo in the Giro d'Italia. Although most put that possibility aside, the race leader was asked whether he was ill and the response was actually positive. “I have a stuffy nose, I think it's an allergy or who knows," Pogacar said in an inter...

"We write history three times" - Demi Vollering lays down stamp of authority at Itzulia Women

At Itzulia Women Demi Vollering won the final stage and the overall classification; with Team SD Worx - ProTime winning all three stages. It is the third year in a row that the Dutch team wipes out all the victories in the Basque race. “I am very happy with this victory. It was a tough day, because...

"I only lifted my ass and half of the bunch was screaming my name that I was going" - No chance for Thymen Arensman to enter Giro d'Italia breakaways

Thymen Arensman had a very difficult start to the Giro d'Italia but he is 'back', according to his own words. The Dutch rider looked back to his best in the Prati di Tivo summit finish and played a role in the conservative final climb. “Everybody in the team kept believing in me and they were right,...

Puck Pieterse wins European Mountain Bike championships as Pauline Ferrand-Prevot crashes out

Multi-disciplinary super talent Puck Pieterse has once again proven her worth in the Mountain Bike discipline. This afternoon in Romania the Dutch rider has become European Champion with a dominant performance in the mud. Pieterse managed to ride away from Pauline Ferrand-Prévot after a few laps as...

Uncontested! Demi Vollering rides to staggering Itzulia Women win in total SD Worx domination

Demi Vollering finally found her best form and continues to race with it. After winning La Vuelta Femenina, she has won the queen stage and overall classification of Itzulia Women with a long-distance solo attack on the final day. Team SD Worx-Protime won the first two stages with Mischa Bredewold a...

Jonathan Milan unsure stage 9 will end with a sprinter victory: "It's very tough"

With a stage victory under the belt and a solid lead in the points classification, Jonathan Milan has had a pretty successful start to the Giro d'Italia. It can get better today in Napoli if Lidl-Trek's plans fit to perfection, but the Italian sprinter is unsure if a bunch sprint will take place. “I...

"It wasn't for the breakaway today, that's how it is" - Julian Alaphilippe rues another missed chance at Giro d'Italia

Julian Alaphilippe tried to match Tadej Pogacar on stage 1 of the Giro d'Italia; and on stage 6 he joined the breakaway and went on to finish second on the day. On the first day in the high-mountains the former World Champion went all out from early on as traditional but is disappointed with the fie...

Alexey Lutsenko drops out of Giro d'Italia after disappointing first week

Alexey Lutsenko made a last-minute change to race the Giro d'Italia, in the absence of many GC contenders, but the first week was far from ideal and the Kazakh race is not starting the race this Sunday. The leaders of Astana Qazaqstan Team did not show up at the signing for this morning's ninth stag...

"It was a good option to go for the win today" - Tadej Pogacar's win was close to certain in teammate Vegard Stake Laengen's mind

Tadej Pogacar didn't enter stage 8 of the Giro d'Italia thinking much about the win, as he had already two stages in the bag, but UAE Team Emirates teammates encouraged him to do so and chased a strong breakaway to make it possible. Teammate Vegard Stake Laengen explains the process behind stage 8's...

Quick-Step DS reveals that Tim Merlier was badly injured in Giro d'Italia time-trial: "His entire side is open"

The Giro d'Italia has seen crashes affect the ambitions of quite a few riders. One of them may be Tim Merlier who was not known to have fallen recently, but it has been said that he fell hard actually during the race's time-trial. “Tim fell quite hard during the time trial on a fast section due to a...

"He had the legs to take a bunch of time but he decided to win the stage in a very economical fashion" - Experts surprised by Tadej Pogacar's conservatism

Tadej Pogacar triumphed in dominant fashion on the stage 8 summit finish at the 2024 Giro d'Italia. Rather than putting the hammer down with a big attack though, this time the Maglia Rosa saved himself for the sprint. "It's not surprising (that Pogacar won), but it's quite surprising the way they di...

PREVIEW | Giro d'Italia 2024 stage 9 - Sprinter's day, but another surprise may come from climbs near the finale

The first high-mountain stage of the Giro d'Italia is now behind us and the race enters a new phase. Stage 9, the last of the first week, ends in Napoli where the sprinters are expected to fight for the win - but this is far from certain taking into consideration what has happened earlier this week....

Christian Prudhomme outraged about cyclist clothing: "It's not possible for a rider to sit on the ground after such a fall with a completely torn shirt"

More than ever, the topic of rider safety has been discussed among riders, experts and even the sports' highest stakeholders after the spring nearly turned into a survival game, with stars like Jonas Vingegaard, Remco Evenepoel or Wout Van Aert ending their spring campaigns all in hospitals, instead...

Giro d'Italia time trial analysis: Tadej Pogacar out of everyone's league, all of INEOS doing well except Geraint Thomas and Ben O'Connor revival?

That Tadej Pogacar absolutely annihilated his opponents in the uphill section of the first Giro d'Italia time trial to Perugia, that we already knew. The Slovenian put in a stellar performance which saw him turn around a 45-second margin in final 7 kilometers to win by 15 seconds. Let's see some oth...

Mischa Bredewold continues to rule the Itzulia Women with second stage win: "The ball seems to be rolling for me now"

The 2023 European champion Mischa Bredewold has been flying a bit under the radar this spring, but that won't be the case anymore, as the SD Worx - Protime rider made her name be heard again in Itzulia Women, where she won the first two stages, not giving any chance to her opponents."This is so unex...

Fabio Jakobsen lightens up his struggling at Giro d'Italia: "We are normal guys from the Netherlands, who are now riding around at the Giro"

Fabio Jakobsen's Giro d'Italia as far had far to a pink dream. In fact, the DSM-firmenich PostNL sprinter hasn't had a shot at a victory yet, with 22nd place in stage four as his best result. The Italian grand tour is known for not being very nice to pure sprinters, but this year's parcours are a to...

"I don't know if I ever had this feeling in my legs before. I was completely dying in the last 150 meters" - Thibau Nys describes his back-to-back victory in Hungary

Thibau Nys does it again! While his yesterday's victory on top of a 11 kilometer-long climb was somethink only very few could've anticipated, today's short explosive finish in Etyek seemed to have been made for the Lidl-Trek leader, who had only very little trouble going back-to-back at Tour de Hong...

Michael Storer holds onto main group on Prati di Tivo despite long breakaway: "I hoped to be lucky today, because you never know"

Michael Storer was one of those escapees in the eighth stage of the Giro d'Italia who hoped to leap forward in the GC while fighting for the stage win on Prati di Tivo. Frankly, Tadej Pogacar's UAE Team Emirates had different idea and never allowed the breakaway to get a significant lead. Thus the s...

Daniel Martínez cements his second place overall on uneventful Prati di Tivo: "We preferred to be conservative and gain seconds in the final sprint"

In BORA - hansgrohe teambus, there's barely anything to complain about this Giro d'Italia. Of course, the loss of strong Florian Lipowitz wasn't part of their plans, but Daniel Martínez keeps on delivering, as he currently sits in second place overall, only behind the overlord Tadej Pogacar. The Col...

"It was worth it to try and give it a go" - Romain Bardet with no regrets after offensive ride in stage 8

Team dsm-firmenich PostNL had a clear game plan for Giro d'Italia stage 8. While his teammates covered early moves, Romain Bardet was ready to take over the initiative and joined the move that eventually stuck at the front. The Frenchman - in hopes of a leap forward after disappointing opening weeke...

VIDEO: Highlights of stage 8 at 2024 Giro d'Italia as Tadej Pogacar sends message to GC rivals

Stage 8 of the 2024 Giro d'Italia saw the riders take on a mountainous day with a summit finish. Although one marked down for the breakaway, Tadej Pogacar and UAE Team Emirates were not in a giving mood.Keeping the early attack on a surprisingly tight leash, UAE Team Emirates ensured the stage win w...

VIDEO: "Good leadout eh!?" Rafal Majka jokes with Tadej Pogacar after another Giro d'Italia stage win

For the third time already at the 2024 Giro d'Italia, Tadej Pogacar took the stage win on the summit finish of stage 8 to further consolidate his lead in the general classification. Playing a key role in Pogacar's latest victory was his UAE Team Emirates teammates, none more notably on the final cli...

"It is very nice to have it back again” - Cian Uijtdebroeks regains White Jersey at Giro d'Italia as Luke Plapp explodes on stage 8

Team Visma | Lease a Bike's Cian Uijtdebroeks was only without the White Jersey at the 2024 Giro d'Italia for one day. After losing it to Luke Plapp on the stage 7 time-trial, the Belgian emphatically regained the title of Best Young Rider on the stage 8 summit finish. "He (Plapp, ed.) already told...

"I wanted to see if I could drop someone" - Animated Antonio Tiberi tries his luck on stage 8 summit finish at Giro d'Italia

Whilst Tadej Pogacar was again strongest on stage 8 of the 2024 Giro d'Italia, Bahrain - Victorious' Antonio Tiberi was one of those to try and push the Maglia Rosa on the final climb, making multiple attacks. In the end, the Italian was forced to settle for 4th on the day, still enough to move up t...

Giro d'Italia 2024 stage 8 GC Update: Terrific Tadej Pogacar triumphs again as top-10 sees big reshuffle behind

Incredibly, in just 17 race days in 2024, Tadej Pogacar has added the grand total of 10 wins to his palmares. The latest of which came on stage 8 of the Giro d'Italia as the UAE Team Emirates leader further strengthened his grip on the Maglia Rosa. Somewhat more surprising than the fact he won howev...

Benoit Cosnefroy takes victory at Tour du Finistère 2024

Benoit Cosnefroy has continued Decathlon AG2R La Mondiale Team's incredibly impressive start to the season by taking victory at Tour du Finistère 2024.In a competitive field, the Frenchman triumphed ahead of Israel - Premier Tech's Corbin Strong and Groupama - FDJ's Rudy Molard in the race for the l...

"I thought I had a chance, but Pogacar was amazing" - Daniel Martinez best of the rest on stage 8 summit finish at Giro d'Italia

Daniel Martinez is looking like a strong candidate to finish on the podium of the 2024 Giro d'Italia. The Colombian of BORA - hansgrohe consolidated his impressive time-trial on stage 7 with 2nd placed finish on stage 8."When we got to the last 2km I thought I had a chance, but Pogacar was amazing,...

"The teammates wanted to go for the stage win" - Tadej Pogacar thanks UAE Team Emirates brethren as he continues Giro d'Italia suffocation

For the third time in the opening eight days, Tadej Pogacar has taken victory on a stage of the 2024 Giro d'Italia. Rather than with a blistering attack this time though, the Maglia Rosa opted to ride within himself, suffocating any attacks and then win from a reduced bunch sprint."I was not expecti...

PREVIEW | Tour de Hongrie 2024 stage 5 - Thibau Nys leads race into final brutal stage

From the 8th to the 12th of May the riders tackle the Tour de Hongrie. The small central-European country hosts opportunities for several types of riders and presents a few stars on it's startlist to fight for the sprint victories. We preview the stage ahead. The final day of racing is quite hard. T...

"A lot better than yesterday, night and day" - Geraint Thomas regains some belief with solid stage 8 showing at Giro d'Italia

Another stage at the 2024 Giro d'Italia and another suffocating performance by Tadej Pogacar. Geraint Thomas was fifth on the day, and although his Maglia Rosa ambitions now look long, the Welshman is still very much in the fight for the podium. "We thought the breakaway would have a good chance. We...

Ruthless Tadej Pogacar continues Giro d'Italia domination with summit win on stage 8

Tadej Pogacar continues his domination of the 2024 Giro d'Italia. The Slovenian was ruthless on the final climb of stage 8, not allowing any attacks to go before taking victory from a sprint.In a brutal start to the day, the opening couple of climbs were raced at full gas as riders attacked early, h...

Thibau Nys does it again with another punchy stage win at Tour de Hongrie

Thibau Nys has gone back-to-back at the Tour de Hongrie with his second straight stage win on stage 4, holding off a late charge from Marc Hirschi to take a punchy win from a reduced bunch.Seven riders got themselves into the day's breakaway, including notable names such as INEOS Grenadiers' Salvato...

"It will only gain more publicity for our sport globally" - Tadej Pogacar's Giro/Tour double would benefit cycling as a whole believes Team Jayco AlUla boss

In the coming weeks and months, Tadej Pogacar will look to make history by becoming the first man since Marco Pantani to complete a Giro d'Italia/Tour de France double in the same season. As the first week of the Giro nears its end, the Slovenian is looking good to secure the first part of his maste...

"Last year, we were also assuming that Remco Evenepoel was going to run away with the Giro" - EF boss sees drama yet at the 2024 Giro d'Italia

With two stage wins in the bag and a lead of over two and a half minutes in the general classification heading into stage 8, it's easy to assume Tadej Pogacar has virtually already won the 2024 Giro d'Italia. EF Education-EasyPost boss Jonathan Vaughters insists however, there is still drama to come...

"Someone will definitely try to attack” - Daniel Martinez prepared to defend 2nd overall on mountainous day at the Giro d'Italia

After a very accomplished individual time-trial performance on Friday saw BORA - hansgrohe's Daniel Martinez leapfrog Geraint Thomas and rise to 2nd overall at the Giro d'Italia, the Colombian climber is expecting another GC shakeup on stage 8.“We knew we had to organise it well for the final climb,...

UPDATE: "Fractures to his ankle and foot but no other injuries" for Andrey Amador after training crash with truck

Andrey Amador was victim of a brutal training accident this Friday. The EF Education-EasyPost rider was hit by a truck when training close to home in the Girona area and his bike was left completely destroyed as seen in a picture that has been circulating social media. At the media there is no offic...

"These kinds of climbs tend to suit me quite well" - From 'dumbest guy in the race' to podium contender, Ben O'Connor ready for Giro's toughest test yet

After blowing up on stage 2 as he tried to follow Tadej Pogacar, Ben O'Connor labelled himself the 'dumbest guy in the race'. In the days since however, the Australian has regrouped impressively and as the second summit finish looms on stage 8, O'Connor is sitting 4th overall. “Ah, I think it's stil...

Another triumph for Alejandro Valverde - 'Bala' wins Castellón Gravel Race

Alejandro Valverde does not stop winning. At 44 years old he is still one of the best gravel racers in the world and this Saturday he proved it again by giving the victory to the Movistar Team in the Castellón Gravel Race.The rider from Murcia went solo, set his own pace and entered the finish line...

PREVIEW | Itzulia Women 2024 stage 3 - Demi Vollering can make for absolute SD Worx domination in queen stage

From the 10th to the 12th of May we quickly reach another Spanish race from within the Women's World Tour. In the Basque Country more specifically, the peloton takes on the hilly Itzulia Women. We preview the stage ahead. Possibly the queen stage of the race. From and to San Sebastián, the riders fi...

Mischa Bredewold takes back-to-back wins at Itzulia Women

European champion Mischa Bredewold is absolute starring the Itzulia Women this week; the Team SD Worx-ProTime won stage 2 as the race leader, winning from a small attacking group that escaped the peloton in the final kilometers. The day best suited to the sprinters, but one that was an absolute exci...

"The intention is the third week" however Nairo Quintana doesn't rule out breakaway hunting as Giro d'Italia finally enters high mountains

Nairo Quintana arrived at the Giro d'Italia out of form after all the difficulties he suffered in the beginning of the year and now the Movistar Team rider has given his impressions to Eurosport about his team's performance in the first days of the Corsa Rosa before the first big mountain stage."I w...

Jonas Vingegaard's coach confident of recovery ahead of Tour de France: "There is no one who can improve as quickly as he can"

Jonas Vingegaard will likely race the Tour de France. His form will be a bit of an unknown, but the Danish rider's coach Tim Heemskerk says that he can improve incredibly fast, and is already putting on a light training load. "Jonas is someone who picks it up quickly and has an astonishing amount of...

Thymen Arensman turns Giro d'Italia around with stupendous time-trial: "I didn't expect it to go so well today"

Thymen Arensman had a horrible starting day at the Giro d'Italia and also shed time on stage 2. Together with his dad criticizing INEOS on X - who has since deleted his account - it seemed as if the Dutchman's Giro was hanging by a thread. However he is turning it around, and in yesterday's time-tri...

"Today was a bad day for me" - Filippo Ganna self-critical after missing out on time-trial victory to Tadej Pogacar at Giro d'Italia

Pre-stage, Filippo Ganna and Tadej Pogacar were the favourites for victory on the first individual time-trial of the 2024 Giro d'Italia. As it turned out, Pogacar narrowly took the win by just 17 seconds over the INEOS Grenadiers powerhouse. "Today was a bad day for me, I couldn't go any faster than...

"I paced myself to the climb and did the climb full gas" - Tadej Pogacar secures massive Maglia Rosa advantage with ITT victory

Although there's still two weeks until Rome, Tadej Pogacar may have just secured himself overall victory at the 2024 Giro d'Italia after an incredible time-trial performance on stage 7. A truly stunning effort from the UAE Team Emirates leader, Pogacar put two minutes into the who started the day as...

After replacing Wout van Aert, Christophe Laporte abandons Giro d'Italia following high-speed crash

Team Visma | Lease a Bike cannot catch a break. After the serious injuries of Jonas Vingegaard, Wout van Aert and Wilco Kelderman this spring; the team's Grand Tour plans continue to be affected. Christophe Laporte started the Giro d'Italia as a replacement from van Aert, but has now also abandoned...

VIDEO: Peter Sagan signs fan's book mid-climb during the Tour de Hongrie

Peter Sagan is enjoying a popular return to pro cycling at the Tour de Hongrie. Although the former World Champion has not contested for stage wins, in Eastern Europe he is a fan favourite and a recent video shows the Slovakian still handling fans in an unique way. During the third stage of the race...

PREVIEW | Giro d'Italia 2024 stage 8 - Can Tadej Pogacar seal Giro at Prati di Tivo summit finish?

Tadej Pogacar enters stage 8 of the Giro d'Italia with almost 3 minutes over his closest competitors Daniel Martínez and Geraint Thomas. However only on this day will we have the first day in the high mountains; and we preview a day where the Slovenian may put in a deadly blow to his oponents. Stage...

"Just one of those days" - Geraint Thomas ruefully reflects on disappointing time-trial display at the Giro d'Italia

Starting the day second in the GC, Geraint Thomas didn't have the time-trial has was looking for on stage 7 of the 2024 Giro d'Italia dropping down to 3rd overall and losing considerable time to Tadej Pogacar. "I tried to ride within myself but then when it was time to go, I felt okay but just lacke...

"To have taken that win will mean so much, not just to him but his team as well" - Experts think Mark Cavendish's Tour de Hongrie is sign of better times to come

It's not Mark Cavendish's first win of this season, but it's taken exactly three months since his Tour Colombia victory and many (inculding myself) were starting to lose hope that the Manx Missile can make the ends meet again. But with an impressive leadout from his Astana Qazaqstan train, he couldn...

PREVIEW | Tour de Hongrie 2024 stage 4 - Thibau Nys big favourite to take second consecutive victory

From the 8th to the 12th of May the riders tackle the Tour de Hongrie. The small central-European country hosts opportunities for several types of riders and presents a few stars on it's startlist to fight for the sprint victories. We preview the stage ahead. In stage 4 the battle for the sprinters...

"I have to be honest: Nys and Ulissi surprised me" - Emmanuel Buchmann 'only' third in Tour de Hongrie queen stage

The third day of Tour de Hongrie brought a challenge for climbers of the peloton and who else than German champion Emmanuel Buchmann should take over the initiative on the final ascent. However, the BORA - hansgrohe leader underestimated his opponents, and despite his strong effort, was passed in th...

Peter Sagan has to depend on wild card for Olympic Games: "Mathematically it is no longer possible to get enough points"

Two heart surgeries and missing most Olympics qualifying rounds, that didn't bode well with Peter Sagan's ambitious plan to start at the Olympic Games one more time before definitely hanging up the racing bike.A Sagan spokesman told Het Nieuwsblad that Sagan could earn a wild card invitation from th...

The only US .Pro race Maryland Cycling Classic cancelled in 2024 due to traffic overload caused by Key Bridge collapse

The organizers of the Maryland Cycling Classic, the only .Pro race in the in North American calendar, have announced that their race cannot take place this year. However the organization wants to put the American competition back on the calendar in 2025.The reason for the cancellation is traffic-rel...

"I just tried and it worked!" - Thibau Nys surprises himself with a win in the queen stage of Tour de Hongrie

As unlikely as it has seemed before today's stage it was Thibau Nys who raised hands at top of the 11 kilometers-long final climb of Tour de Hongrie's third stage, the tounge-breaking Gyöngyös-Kékestető. Additionally, the Belgian now defends the leader's jersey with two stages left to complete."It's...

If recovery goes well, Biniam Girmay could appear at the start of Veenendaal Classic next Saturday

Biniam Girmay is already busy recovering after his retirement from the Giro d'Italia. To do this, he traveled to Belgium, more specifically to Heist-op-den-Berg, where he is working on his recovery at t.care-be under the guidance of physiotherapist Tim Aerts.If the recovery goes well, the leader of...

Ben O'Connor is back in battle for podium after a great time trial: "Without that mechanical, I probably would have been 7th or 8th"

For Ben O'Connor, the stage 7 time trial to Perugia was a chance to reset his confiedence bar after Oropa disappointment. And the Decathlon AG2R La Mondiale rider proved that he still hasn't backed down from the battle for Giro d'Italia podium, despite an untimely mechanical which cost the Australia...

Remco Evenepoel "will be OK for the Tour de France" confirms optimistic Patrick Lefevere

Whilst Tadej Pogacar is dominating at the 2024 Giro d'Italia, many of Maillot Jaune contenders at the upcoming Tour de France are resting up after a nasty crash at the Itzulia Basque Country. According to Soudal - Quick-Step boss Patrick Lefevere, Remco Evenepoel will be at the Grand Depart without...

"One of the toughest time trials of my life” - Cian Uijtdebroeks content with ITT performance, limiting losses at Giro d'Italia

Not renowned for his time-trial skills, Cian Uijtdebroeks has been working hard on his ability against the clock recently. Despite passing on the White Jersey to Luke Plapp, the Team Visma | Lease a Bike rider limited losses to strengthen his place in the top-10. “Light riders like me did not have a...

"It wasn’t a bad day at all!” - Luke Plapp powers into White Jersey at 2024 Giro d'Italia with solid time-trial

After his breakaway escapades on stage 6, how Luke Plapp would be able to recover ahead of the individual time-trial was a concern for some. Those worries were wrongly placed however, as the Australian impressed again, doing enough to move into the White Jersey. "I’m happy, it was a super nice day,"...

"I was asked to not kill myself today" - Max Schachmann 5th in Giro d'Italia time-trial despite riding within himself

Continuing his impressive return to form at the 2024 Giro d'Italia, BORA - hansgrohe's Max Schachmann finished 5th on the stage 7 individual time-trial, just 1:05 down on stage winner Tadej Pogacar."I had no split times on the radio. I did a good tempo, one that won't kill me for the next days but i...

"The hardest part of the Giro is still to come" - Daniel Martinez rises to 2nd overall at Giro d'Italia after strong time-trial showing

Apart from Tadej Pogacar, who was again on another level, Daniel Martinez was one of the most impressive riders on the stage 7 individual time-trial at the Giro d'Italia, rising to 2nd overall in the process. The Colombian BORA - hansgrohe rider finished eighth in the time trial, 1:49 behind the Slo...

"Rome is still far away" - INEOS DS refuses to give up despite hefty Giro time loss on stage 7 ITT 'We are not the first team to be slaughtered by Tadej Pogacar'

With Filippo Ganna, Magnus Sheffield and Thymen Arensman in the top 4 for the INEOS Grenadiers on stage 7 of the 2024 Giro d'Italia's individual time-trial, it was a solid performance for the team despite Geraint Thomas losing time. "I didn't expect this result, but it is a good idea for the rest of...

Giro d'Italia 2024 stage 7 GC Update: Incredible Tadej Pogacar extends lead over 2:30 with major reshuffle of top-10 behind

As expected, the first time-trial of the 2024 Giro d'Italia, has completely reshuffled the Top 10 of the general classification. It was the longest ITT at the race since 2015 and some of the time gaps were equally big by the finish line.The two big favourites for the stage victory today did not disa...

Tadej Pogacar takes incredible time-trial victory at Giro d'Italia to further strengthen grip on Maglia Rosa

The first of two individual time-trials at the 2024 Giro d'Italia, Tadej Pogacar has strengthened his grip on the Maglia Rosa with an incredible stage win.Although Julius van den Berg was the first man down the start ramp, the Team DSM-Firmenich Post NL rider was not the first at the finish line. Th...

Terrific Thibau Nys stars again with summit victory on Queen Stage of 2024 Tour de Hongrie

On the first GC day at the 2024 Tour de Hongrie, Thibau Nys has taken a statement summit victory for Lidl-Trek in a thrilling finale. With six riders getting themselves into the day's breakaway, included in the lead group were two of stage 2 winner, Mark Cavendish's Astana Qazaqstan Team leadout tra...

Stelvio climb at risk of being cancelled for second year running at Giro d'Italia due to immense levels of snow

One of the most historic climbs in Italian cycling, the Stelvio is at risk of being removed from the route of the Giro d'Italia for the second year in a row due to the immense levels of snow at the summit. According to reports by the Italian news channel RAI, the amount of snow on the iconic slopes...

"It's nice to ride more freely" - Mischa Bredewold ensures Team SD Worx - Protime continue incredible winning run at Itzulia Women

There are few certainties in life. Death, taxes and Team SD Worx - Protime winning stages of the Itzulia Women. On the opening stage of the 2024 edition, Mischa Bredewold made it seven successive stage wins for the team at the race in a run stretching back three years. "It's really crazy. They just...

VIDEO: Filippo Ganna struck by overeager fan as he begins Giro d'Italia time-trial

Despite all the messages and warning for supporters at the roadside to be respectful of the riders on the road, instances keep happening in 2024. The latest of which has Filippo Ganna struck by an overeager fan as he began his time-trial efforts on stage 7 of the 2024 Giro d'Italia.Pre-stage, Ganna...

"Today I go naked" - Tadej Pogacar makes hilarious quip in regards to UCI drama over shorts colours

The ongoing Tadej Pogacar fashion drama at the 2024 Giro d'Italia may take another significant twist on the stage 7 individual time-trial if his latest comments on social media are anything to be believed. After the UCI threatened disqualification for the Maglia Rosa due to his maroon coloured short...

PREVIEW | Itzulia Women 2024 stage 2 - SD Worx with the chance to cause chaos again in hilly finale

From the 10th to the 12th of May we quickly reach another Spanish race from within the Women's World Tour. In the Basque Country more specifically, the peloton takes on the hilly Itzulia Women. We preview the stage ahead. The second day of racing is not too different. It is shorter in distance; only...

Bombshell! CAS declares Miguel Angel Lopez did not dope at 2022 Giro d'Italia and orders Astana pay him a large sum of back pay

The CAS (Court of Arbitration for Sport) considers that Miguel Angel Lopez did not dope in the 2022 Giro d'Italia and therefore condemns the Astana team to pay him salaries for the year 2022 due to what it considers as his unfair dismissal. It should be remembered that 'Superman' as he's known, is s...

Mark Cavendish officially most successful sprinter of all-time; overtaking Mario Cipollini for most career wins with latest triumph at Tour de Hongrie

It's official. Mark Cavendish is now the most successful sprinter in the history of cycling. The latest victory of the 'Manx Missile's legendary career coming on stage 2 of the 2024 Tour de Hongrie. That stage win, the 164th career victory for Cavendish, takes the Astana Qazaqstan Team sprinter past...

VIDEO: Tobias Lund Andresen first rider to hit the deck on Giro d'Italia stage 7 ITT

A potentially key day in the fight for the Maglia Rosa, the first individual time-trial is underway at the 2024 Giro d'Italia.Before any riders have even set a time at the finish line, we've already had a rider on the deck too. Team DSM-Firmenich PostNL's Tobias Lund Andresen, who entered the Giro i...

Mischa Bredewold continues SD Worx dominance of Itzulia Women with sprint win on stage 1

Team SD Worx - ProTime have continued their dominance over the short history of the Itzulia Women with victory from a bunch sprint on stage 1 of the 2024 edition through Mischa Bredewold.With the duo of Stine Dale and Valentina Cavallar around 45 seconds clear heading into the final 30km, the chance...

"This is a major setback" - Damiano Caruso out of GC contention at Giro d'Italia after crashing on Tuscan gravel

Bahrain - Victorious came into the 2024 Giro d'Italia with a two-pronged GC attack in the form of Antonio Tiberi and Damiano Caruso. After Tiberi suffered a blow with an ill-timed mechanical earlier in the race, Caruso is now fully out of GC contention.“We knew it was going to be a difficult and com...

"Just giving it out to people on Twitter? Get a life" - Geraint Thomas lashes out at social media critics of INEOS Grenadiers' Giro tactics

Geraint Thomas has been arguably Tadej Pogacar's strongest competitor in the early portion of the 2024 Giro d'Italia. Online however, there has been some criticism of the INEOS Grenadiers tactics, something Thomas took issue with on the latest episode of his Watts Occurring podcast. "I was on the ma...

Start Times & Order: Giro d'Italia 2024 stage 7 Time-Trial

Stage 7 of the Giro d'Italia is an important day for the overall classification. The riders take on a hilly 40-kilometer time-trial where big differences can be created. Here are the start times and order for the day. The first rider off the start ramp will be Team DSM-Firmenich PostNL's Julius van...

PREVIEW | Giro d'Italia 2024 stage 7 - Tadej Pogacar vs Filippo Ganna on long and tough time-trial

Stage 6 saw the GC contenders take it easy on tough roads. A lot would've been thinking of the stage 7 time-trial. We preview the 40-kilometer long stage that features a difficult climb. The seventh day of racing presents the first and longest time-trial of the race. 40 kilometers between the cities...

"He’s never done GC longer than seven or eight days" - Luke Plapp entering 'unchartered territory' at Giro d'Italia says Jayco's Matt White

Up to 15th overall after his breakaway escapades on stage 6 of the 2024 Giro d'Italia, Luke Plapp is dreaming of a top-10 by the time the race reaches Rome.“We know it’s cliché but he’s never done GC longer than seven or eight days,” assesses Team Jayco AlUla boss, Matt White in conversation with GC...

VIDEO: Dylan Groenewegen under fire after dangerous move in Tour de Hongrie sprint almost brings disaster for Sam Welsford

On stage 2 of the 2024 Tour de Hongrie, Mark Cavendish powered to the stage win ahead of Dylan Groenewegen. A little earlier in the sprint however, Groenewegen forced out Sam Welsford in a move that has been heavily criticised. Coming into the finale, Astana Qazaqstan Team were best placed at the fr...

"Visma can really make riders better on a time trial” - Cian Uijtdebroeks to show ITT improvement on Giro d'Italia stage 7?

After a solid opening six stages, Team Visma | Lease a Bike's Cian Uijtdebroeks arrives at the first individual time-trial of the 2024 Giro d'Italia sitting 4th in the GC. Having worked hard on the discipline that was arguably his weak point, can the Belgian show some improvement against the clock. ...

"I told him on the radio to take it easy" - Thymen Arensman back to his best with monster turn on stage 6 of 2024 Giro d'Italia

After a disappointingly slow start to the 2024 Giro d'Italia for Thymen Arensman, the INEOS Grenadiers climber was back to his best on stage 6, delivering a monster turn on the front of the peloton to keep Geraint Thomas safe on the gravel."The fact that Thymen was in the lead was mainly to prevent...

"He is not a cheap guy, we know that" - Patrick Lefevere shuns questions about Julian Alaphilippe's future

Soudal - Quick-Step boss Patrick Lefevere and one of his team's star riders Julian Alaphilippe have had a rocky relationship over recent seasons with the team boss becoming more and more critical. After being spotted handing a bottle to Alaphilippe during his breakaway escapade on stage 6 of the 202...

VIDEO: Tadej Pogacar shows he is human with bouquet blunder on post-stage 6 podium

Tadej Pogacar has been pretty faultless so far at the 2024 Giro d'Italia. Mistakes can happen to even the best though, as the UAE Team Emirates leader proved on the post-stage 6 podium.After receiving his blue jersey for leader of the King of the Mountains standings, Pogacar attempted to throw the c...

"We’ve been part of that core group that has helped develop British cycling into what it is today" - Geraint Thomas and Ben Swift on importance of Luke Rowe

Luke Rowe's announcement of early retirement came as a bit of a shock. After all, his long-time teammate and friend Geraint Thomas was already plotting to hang their bikes together. Rowe's other childhood friend Ben Swift has not talked about retiring yet as he's bound with INEOS Grenadiers through...

"It’s been a long time since I’ve had a GC leader to work for in a Grand Tour" - Larry Warbasse excited about having Ben O'Connor at Giro d'Italia

Ben O'Connor received a tough reality check when trying to follow Tadej Pogacar on stage 2, but since then some time passed, and another series of important days are coming next two stages - a chance for the Decathlon AG2R La Mondiale rider to re-claim some spots in the general classification. His t...

Start at Tour de France not ruled out for Eddie Dunbar who dropped out of Giro d'Italia early: "He’s got a preparation now that would probably allow it"

Coming from Ireland's Banteer, Eddie Dunbar could finally use some of the Irish luck as well. The Jayco AlUla leader crashed hard in stage 2 of Giro d'Italia, forcing an early abandon for one of the top 5 GC favourites. His original plan was to ride another grand tour with Vuelta a Espana in August,...

Dylan Groenewegen takes second place in stage 2 of Tour de Hongrie: "The big goal is this summer and we are going in a good direction"

Dylan Groenewegen was close to winning the second stage of Tour de Hongrie. In the final meters, the Dutchman showed some fast legs and nearly overtook the well-positioned Mark Cavendish."The team did a great job today, and the boys did what they could. We know that without Campbell Stewart, who cra...

Romain Bardet shows improved form with late attack in Giro d'Italia stage 6: "Hopefully from now we continue to go upwards"

A highly anticipated gravel stage in Tuscany had a relatively boring outcome, with Romain Bardet being the only GC contender brave enough to attack on the ramp just ahead of finish city, but the others remained attentive and didn't let the Team dsm-firmenich PostNL rider grab any precious seconds in...

"Who knows, maybe I'll ride Strade Bianche in the future" - Cian Uijtdebroeks survives the fearsome gravel stage 6 without a problem

For Cian Uijtdebroeks, stage 6 of this Giro d'Italia a bit of a step into unknown territory, as the young Belgian encountered gravel for the first time in his professional career. According to the Visma | Lease a Bike leader, this kind of racing might be something he'd like to further discover in th...

“If he were not Poulidor's grandson he would not be as highly regarded" - Mathieu van der Poel overrated according to Jerome Pineau

The controversial Jerome Pineau is no stranger to hot-takes, having previously publicly accused Team Visma | Lease a Bike of mechanical doping. His latest tirade however, might be the most controversial yet. Former team manager of B&B Hotels-KTM, Pineau has sensationally claimed that dual-discipline...

VIDEO: Alberto Contador goes on rampage in broadcast while cheering for Andrea Pietrobon

The chaotic fifth stage of this year's Giro d'Italia wrote many stories. While many discussions centered around the debatable tactics of Alpecin-Deceuninck who haven't made many friends on Wednesday, the four up front wrote their own history.The 25-year-old Andrea Pietrobon was no exception. The Pol...

"If we had given away the pink, we would still have the blue" - Joxean Matxin denies claims UAE wanted to lose Tadej Pogacar's Maglia Rosa ahead of Giro time-trial

For a moment or so out on the road, it looked as if Tadej Pogacar would pass on the Maglia Rosa to Luke Plapp during stage 6 of the 2024 Giro d'Italia. Post-stage, Pogacar himself even admitted he wouldn't have been too bothered to lose the Maglia Rosa although that wasn't how things transpired.In t...

"I did everything I could" - No regrets for a Julian Alaphilippe 'getting closer' to his best on Giro d'Italia stage 6

Looking like the Julian Alaphilippe of old, Soudal - Quick-Step's former world champion was vibrant and attacking on stage 6 of the 2024 Giro d'Italia, just missing out on the win from the breakaway to Movistar Team's Pelayo Sanchez at the line.“I think I'm getting closer (to his best ed.). Because...

“That was an insane day" - Luke Plapp left without reward for attacks on 'out of control' stage 6 at Giro d'Italia

Attacking and adventurous, Team Jayco AlUla's Australian National Champion, Luke Plapp was at the front throughout stage 6 of the 2024 Giro d'Italia. Despite finishing in the breakaway and at times having the virtual Maglia Rosa though, Plapp was left without reward for his ride. “That was an insane...

PREVIEW | Itzulia Women 2024 stage 1 - Cyclocross stars Shirin van Anrooij and Blanka Kata Vas big favourites for opening day

From the 10th to the 12th of May we quickly reach another Spanish race from within the Women's World Tour. In the Basque Country more specifically, the peloton takes on the hilly Itzulia Women. We preview the stage ahead. The first stage of the race is a tricky one... A breakaway could succeed as no...

PREVIEW | Itzulia Women 2024 - Demi Vollering the main favourite after La Vuelta Femenina win

From the 10th to the 12th of May we quickly reach another Spanish race from within the Women's World Tour. In the Basque Country more specifically, the peloton takes on the hilly Itzulia Women. We preview the race ahead. The first stage of the race is a tricky one... A breakaway could succeed as not...

Profiles & Route Itzulia Women 2024

From the 10th to the 12th of May we quickly reach another Spanish race from within the Women's World Tour. In the Basque Country more specifically, the peloton takes on the hilly Itzulia Women. We take a look at it's profiles. The first stage of the race is a tricky one... A breakaway could succeed...

Profiles & Route Tour de Hongrie 2024

From the 8th to the 12th of May the riders tackle the Tour de Hongrie. The small central-European country hosts opportunities for several types of riders and presents a few stars on it's startlist to fight for the sprint victories. We take a look at it's profiles. The race begins with a 164-kilomete...

"Fuel for the Tour de France" - Mark Cavendish builds momentum with powerful Tour de Hongrie sprint win

For the first time in over three months and just the second time this season, Mark Cavendish tasted victory on Thursday afternoon, sprinting to a powerful stage 2 win at the Tour de Hongrie.“I’m really happy. Really, really happy with that," reflected the Astana Qazaqstan Team sprinter post-stage, h...

"His chances are still coming" - Patrick Lefevere gets roadside view of vintage Julian Alaphilippe performance at Giro d'Italia

Although the stage win eluded him, Julian Alaphilippe was back somewhere near his best on the Strade Bianche inspired stage 6 of the 2024 Giro d'Italia. The Frenchman narrowly missed out on victory to Pelayo Sanchez in the sprint for the line. Getting a roadside view of the former world champion's v...

"We wouldn't mind letting it go" - Tadej Pogacar admits he wanted Luke Plapp to take Maglia Rosa on stage 6 of Giro d'Italia

Another day in pink successfully ticked off for Tadej Pogacar as the Giro d'Italia managed to surf the gravel of the potentially tricky stage 6 without incident. Not surprising perhaps for a two-time Strade Bianche winner. "It was a super fast stage, especially in the beginning and we had it under c...

Giro d'Italia 2024 stage 6 GC Update: Tadej Pogacar maintains strong overall lead as Juan Pedro Lopez survives late crash with top-10 intact

One of the most anticipated days heading into the 2024 Giro d'Italia, stage 6's visit to the gravel roads of Tuscany threw up plenty of drama, as Movistar Team's Pelayo Sanchez secured the stage win from the breakaway.In the peloton behind however, despite a few scares the GC guys managed to escape...

"The boys were incredible" - Geraint Thomas praises teammates as INEOS leader safely navigates Giro d'Italia's gravel stage without incident

With stage 6 of the 2024 Giro d'Italia having been earmarked as a potential spoiler for the GC riders, INEOS Grenadiers controlled things at the front of the bunch throughout, keeping 2nd overall Geraint Thomas, safe from any drama."The boys were incredible," praised the Welshman post-stage in conve...

PREVIEW | Tour de Hongrie 2024 stage 3 - Wout Poels, Emanuel Buchmann and UAE fight for victory on queen stage

From the 8th to the 12th of May the riders tackle the Tour de Hongrie. The small central-European country hosts opportunities for several types of riders and presents a few stars on it's startlist to fight for the sprint victories. We preview the stage ahead. The queen stage? It could be... It is th...

"This is amazing. I don't have words" - Pelayo Sanchez in disbelief after taking first Grand Tour stage win at Giro d'Italia

On his Giro d'Italia debut, Pelayo Sanchez has powered to a stunning stage 6 victory ahead of Julian Alaphilippe and Luke Plapp from the breakaway. "To be honest, this is amazing. I don't have words. A crazy, crazy day for me," reflected the Movistar Team prodigy with disbelief in his post-stage int...

Pelayo Sanchez triumphs on Giro d'Italia's Strade Bianche, denying Julian Alaphilippe & Luke Plapp from breakaway

On the 2024 Giro d'Italia's version of Strade Bianche, Movistar Team's Pelayo Sanchez has triumphed from the breakaway ahead of Julian Alaphilippe and Luke Plapp.With many riders intent on getting into the breakaway, the early fight was an infernal one. With no let up and no group managing to fully...

VIDEO: Juan Pedro Lopez among riders to go down in crash on stage 6 of Giro d'Italia

After his Tour of the Alps win, Juan Pedro Lopez had high hopes of a podium finish at the Giro d'Italia and the Lidl-Trek leader had started brightly. Sadly though, he has been involved in a crash on stage 6.Coming just prior to the final gravel sector, stress was high within the bunch and sadly for...

Mark Cavendish powers past Dylan Groenewegen to take victory on stage 2 of Tour de Hongrie

Mark Cavendish has boosted his hopes of a Tour a France stage win later this summer by showing some positive form with victory on stage 2 of the Tour de Hongrie. Four riders got themselves into the early break, including Peter Sagan's Pierre Baguette Cycling teammate, Martin Voltr, who was on the at...

"I've been in a lot of pain" - Mikkel Honore continues at Giro d'Italia despite fractured rib

EF Education-EasyPost's Mikkel Honore has been bright in the early stages of the 2024 Giro d'Italia, attacking towards the end of stage 3 alongside Tadej Pogacar and Geraint Thomas. After being caught up in the crash that ended Biniam Girmay's race however, the 27-year-old Dane has been suffering wi...

VIDEO: Patrick Lefevere on soigneur duty for Soudal - Quick-Step at the Giro d'Italia, handing bottle to Julian Alaphilippe

The relationship between Soudal - Quick-Step boss Patrick Lefevere and one of the team's star riders, Julian Alaphilippe has been checkered over recent years. On stage 6 of the 2024 Giro d'Italia however, the duo were reunited on the roads. On soigneur duty in Tuscany, Lefevere was spotted handing o...

"I do not like it" - Attila Valter left unimpressed by Thomas De Gendt's social media joke

On stage 5 of the 2024 Giro d'Italia, Hungarian National Champion Attila Valter was one of a number of Team Visma | Lease a Bike riders to hit the deck. As such, the 25-year-old wasn't in the mood for jokes afterwards. Posting a picture of a fallen Valter on his official X (Twitter) account, Lotto D...

"The important thing is for everyone to be in front" - INEOS Grenadiers set to put stage-hunting goals aside in protection of Geraint Thomas on stage 6

With stage 6 of the 2024 Giro d'Italia something of a mini-Strade Bianche, there is great possibility for a GC reshuffle. As such, the ambitious INEOS Grenadiers will be putting their dream of stage wins aside in protection of Geraint Thomas. "The important thing is for everyone to be in front," INE...

Vincenzo Nibali advises Tadej Pogacar against dangers of the Giro: "He must be fully concentrated for all 21 days"

Vincenzo Nibali has won the Giro d'Italia twice, and in 2016 he certainly encountered very difficult days where he lost time to his rivals. More than most, the 'Shark of Messina' knows that at the Giro it is necessary to be open to all scenarios everyday, and he believes that is currently the most i...

"I’m guessing a bit of help from the motos" - Kaden Groves questions how breakaway stayed away on stage 5 of Giro d'Italia

The breakaway denied the sprinters in a thrilling finale to stage 5 of the 2024 Giro d'Italia, with Cofidis' Benjamin Thomas taking the win in a four-man sprint for the line. One man who had hoped for a much bigger sprint for victory though, was Alpecin-Deceuninck sprinter, Kaden Groves. The Aussie...

Biniam Girmay's message after withdrawing from Giro d'Italia: "Soon I will be back"

Biniam Girmay abandoned the Giro d'Italia during stage 4 after crashing twice. The Intermarché-Wanty rider now issued a statement reassuring fans that he is recoverying from what was a disaster situation at the Corsa Rosa. "Hello everyone, it's Bini. Now I'm better from the crash two days ago, thank...

PREVIEW | Giro d'Italia 2024 stage 6 - Can Tadej Pogacar replicate Strade Bianche dominance in the Giro's gravel stage?

Three sprint stages are left behind at the Giro d'Italia. Into stage 6, the race enters a new phase; the GC riders come to the fore once again in a day marked by the gravel sectors and roads that are used in Strade Bianche - where current pink jersey Tadej Pogacar comfortably won earlier this year. ...

UPDATE: 3 riders out for Israel ahead of stage 6; Riley Pickrell withdraws alongside Michael Woods and Nadav Raisberg

Stage 5 proved to be a disaster for Israel - Premier Tech. Several of their riders crashed hard on the day in separate incidents, and two of them will not start the sixth stage this morning including team leader Michael Woods who was in search of a stage win to complete the Grand Tour trilogy. After...

Team Visma | Lease a Bike enters fight for Lenny Martínez signing - "We had some good talks"

The race for Lenny Martínez has opened up to another giant. After Bahrain-Victorious and INEOS Grenadiers, Team Visma | Lease a Bike is also in contention to get the young climbing sensation who insists on staying at Groupama-FDJ. “We had some good talks, but not concrete yet. It could happen," Vism...

Bad news for Bora-hansgrohe, Florian Lipowitz abandons Giro d'Italia leaving Daniel Martínez further isolated in the mountains

BORA - hansgrohe's lineup choice for the Giro d'Italia was the one riddled with the most questions. Partly, this was due to breakthrough climber Florian Lipowitz who showed incredible form ahead of the Corsa Rosa and was selected; but the German has now abandoned the race ill. Lipowitz' selection is...

After disqualification threats, UCI clear Tadej Pogacar of racing Giro with purple shorts

It was one of the most confusing situations of the week. At the Giro d'Italia, Tadej Pogacar was given purple shorts towards stage 3 by the race organizers but the UCI was quick to forbid them, with a threat of a disqualification reported if that was to be broken. Only three days later, the decision...

Tadej Pogacar plays down importance of stage 6 at Giro: "This is not Strade Bianche"

Tadej Pogacar was the winner of Strade Bianche this year, and of all people he will know best what it feels like to ride in the gravel roads of Tuscany at speed. With this said, he doesn't believe that stage 6 of the Giro d'Italia comes anywhere near the same difficulty. “This is not Strade Bianche,...

"Nobody bet on the attackers today" - Benjamin Thomas can't believe what he and his breakaway companions achieved

A nice day out on the beatiful Ligurian coast, light northern breeze and a bunch finish on the menu. What could go wrong? Well, the sprinter teams learned the hard way today in a class taught by professors Benjamin Thomas, Michael Valgren and co. The breakaway of four never created a remarkable gap...

Wout van Aert joins ex-teammate Amund Grøndahl Jansen for a 150 km training ride in Spain

Wout van Aert is currently training on Spanish soil towards his planned comeback at the Tour of Norway. Together with ex-teammate Amund Grøndahl Jansen, he set out for five hours near Girona.Van Aert and Jansen completed a five-hour training ride near Girona and Lloret de Mar. They covered slightly...

"They should have a good look in the mirror" - Soudal QS DS Iljo Keisse blames (not only) Alpecin-Deceuninck for losing to breakaway on stage 5

Alpecin-Deceuninck won't keep fond memories of Wednesday's Giro d'Italia stage 5. The team around Kaden Groves tried to force a selection among the sprinters, however in the end, it was not even among the sprinters for the win in Lucca. Soudal - Quick-Step's DS Iljo Keisse had a hard time trying to...

Sam Welsford comfortably wins the opening stage of Tour de Hongrie: "In the sprint I had a good position and really good legs"

Today, Tour de Hongrie kicked off with a simple stage with just 200 meters of elevation. After the breakaway of smaller teams got reeled in, it was Sam Welsford's turn to prove his worth. In a fast finale, the BORA - hansgrohe fast man had no competition and convincingly won the stage ahead of Itali...

Spanish journalist reports that 2026 Tour de France should take off from Barcelona

It's been less than a week since we've heard first reports of Catalunya's capital Barcelona being in advanced negotiations with ASO over hosting the 2026 Tour de France Grand Départ.Initial news were brought by Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport and the same source now informs that Spanish journ...

Jonathan Milan tries to hide disappointment after winning the sprint for fifth: "In a certain sense I'm happy that a track rider like Benjamin won, he deserves it"

Jonathan Milan can't be satisfied with the outcome of Giro d'Italia stage 5. In a stage that was meant for the sprinters, a late breakaway of four proved to have been stronger than the peloton and held onto a tight gap, allowing Benjamin Thomas, Milan's friend from track, to complete the Wednesday's...

"My year is at risk and so is my career" - Ruben Guerreiro worried for future prospects due to double hernia

The Giro d'Italia was originally part of Ruben Guerreiro's plans for 2024, so his absence from the Movistar Team line-up for the race was a surprise.The 28-year-old Portuguese rider hasn't raced since the GP Miguel Indurain, where he crashed and abandoned. However, speaking to the Lusa news agency,...

PREVIEW | Tour de Hongrie 2024 stage 2 - Sagan and Cavendish look for vengeance in expected bunch sprint, Sam Welsford the man to beat

From the 8th to the 12th of May the riders tackle the Tour de Hongrie. The small central-European country hosts opportunities for several types of riders and presents a few stars on it's startlist to fight for the sprint victories. We preview the stage ahead. The second stage of the race is also sui...

"It was maybe not the best tactics for Alpecin-Deceuninck to go so hard on the climb" - Tadej Pogacar sees sprinters denied on stage 5 of Giro d'Italia

Although not a day for the GC men, stage 5 of the 2024 Giro d'Italia was still one that needed to be safely navigated for Maglia Rosa, Tadej Pogacar, as evidenced by a number of crashes towards the end of the day. Thankfully, the Slovenian managed to avoid all the incidents and come through unscathe...

"It was a pretty complicated stage today" - Caleb Ewan joins those in peloton critical of Alpecin-Deceuninck tactics on stage 5 of Giro d'Italia

Despite being the second-fastest sprinter in the race for the line on stage 5 at the 2024 Giro d'Italia, Caleb Ewan was forced to settle for 6th place on the day as the breakaway narrowly held on. "It was a pretty complicated stage today," the Aussie sprint star reflected in his post-stage interview...

"A sh*t day for the team" - Multiple Team Visma | Lease a Bike riders hit the deck on frantic stage 5 at the Giro d'Italia

Stage 5 of the 2024 Giro d'Italia is not a day that will be fondly remembered by those at Team Visma | Lease a Bike. After multiple riders going down in crashes, Olav Kooij and the rest of the sprinters were denied by the breakaway."A shit day for the team," was the brutal assessment of Team Visma |...

“Some teams had strange tactics" - Tim Merlier disappointed at lack of cohesion in chase on stage 5 at Giro d'Italia

The sprinters were left fighting for scraps on stage 5 of the 2024 Giro d'Italia instead of battling for the win as Benjamin Thomas took victory from the breakaway, much to stage 3 winner, Tim Merlier's disappointment. “Some teams had strange tactics," the Soudal - Quick-Step sprinter assesses ruefu...

Hannah Ludwig holds on to give Cofidis more joy at Navarra Women's Classic 2024

Just minutes after Benjamin Thomas gave Cofidis men's team their first win of 2024, Hannah Ludwig has triumphed for Cofidis womens' team at the 2024 Navarra Women's Classic.With Thomas taking his win from the breakaway by holding off the peloton, Ludwig too held for the win after an attack with just...

"We were a perfect leading group. I can hardly believe it" - Benjamin Thomas gives Cofidis first win of 2024 on stage 5 of Giro d'Italia

After a long, long wait, Cofidis finally have their first win of 2024 and it was one worth waiting for too as Benjamin Thomas took stage 5 of the Giro d'Italia from the breakaway, denying the sprinters in a frantic finale. "This felt like an endless team pursuit. We were a perfect leading group. I c...

"I'm just grateful I can still be a cyclist" - After nightmare period Michael Valgren back to his best at Giro d'Italia despite narrowly missing stage win

After a rough couple of years following a broken pelvis, Michael Valgren was back at the front of one of cycling's biggest races on stage 5 of the 2024 Giro d'Italia, coming so close to the stage win before having to settle for second from the breakaway."It's the Giro right, it means a lot," an emot...

Giro d'Italia 2024 stage 5 GC update: No change to top-10 after Benjamin Thomas takes breakaway victory

The quietest day yet for the GC leaders at the 2024 Giro d'Italia, stage 5 didn't even see any of the Maglia Rosa contenders contest for bonus seconds, meaning the top-10 in the general classification remains without change. Tadej Pogacar still holds a clear advantage with a 46-second lead over his...

Brilliant Benjamin Thomas ends Cofidis wait for win as breakaway upset sprinters on stage 5 of 2024 Giro d'Italia

There was no third bunch sprint in succession as an incredible effort by a four-man breakaway upset the sprint trains. In the end, it was Benjamin Thomas who took the win to end Cofidis' long wait for success this season.With four riders, Simon Geschke (Cofidis), Lewis Askey (Groupama - FDJ), Mattia...

Sam Welsford takes victory in crash-affected sprint at Tour de Hongrie

In a bunch sprint finish to the opening stage of the 2024 Tour de Hongrie, Sam Welsford powered to the win in a crash marred finish, proving a point after his Giro d'Italia omission.Four riders attacked early to form the first breakaway of the 2024 Tour de Hongrie. With two local riders and Martin V...

Michael Woods, Attila Valter & Tobias Foss latest to go down on crash-marred day at the Giro d'Italia

In another crash on a messy day at the Giro d'Italia, the latest incident has seen a number of notable riders hit the deck including Michael Woods, Tobias Foss and Attila Valter. Valter's Team Visma | Lease a Bike teammate, Christophe Laporte already crashed nastily earlier in the day, as did Woods'...

Riley Pickrell busted open in nasty crash with traffic island at Giro d'Italia

As the stress levels in the peloton rise towards the finale, an unexpected traffic island has caused a nasty crash in the bunch. Worst affected of those involved looked to be Israel - Premier Tech's Riley Pickrell who was spotted with blood pouring from a cut on his head in the aftermath. Also invol...

VIDEO: Christophe Laporte goes down hard at first intermediate sprint

With no breakaway out front, maximum points were on offer for the sprinters at the first intermediate sprint on stage 5 of the 2024 Giro d'Italia. Kaden Groves took the win at the sprint ahead of Olav Kooij and Jonathan Milan. The main talking point however, was a crash for Christophe Laporte in the...

"It's chaos on my bus seat right now!" - Tadej Pogacar goes for all pink in third outfit change since taking control of Maglia Rosa

After the controversy surrounding his purple shorts on stage 3, Tadej Pogacar opted for a black design on stage 4. On this Wednesday afternoon's stage 5 however, Pogacar has fully embraced the Maglia Rosa of the Giro d'Italia with pink shorts."It's chaos on my bus seat right now!" Pogacar laughs jov...

Intermarché - Wanty's Adrien Petit becomes latest Giro d'Italia abandon

After a brutally fast start to stage 5 of the 2024 Giro d'Italia, Intermarché - Wanty's Adrien Petit has become the first rider to abandon on the day. Following the likes of Eddie Dunbar, Robert Gesink and Biniam Girmay among others out of the race, the 33-year-old Frenchman becomes the seventh ride...

"Stop discussing this like it's a bad thing" - Adam Blythe calls criticism of Tadej Pogacar's attacking riding 'ridiculous'

It's not taken long for Tadej Pogacar to start causing waves at the 2024 Giro d'Italia. Just a handful of stages in, the UAE Team Emirates leader has been attacking and vibrant throughout. With such a big year ahead though, this has led to some criticism of his lack of conservatism. Nowhere was the...

Reassuring update for Biniam Girmay following crash-enforced Giro d'Italia abandon

Crashing twice in a matter of moments on stage 4 of the 2024 Giro d'Italia, Biniam Girmay's race was cruelly brought to a premature conclusion as he left the race in the back of an ambulance. Whilst it's still too early to get a full overview of the 24-year-old Eritrean's condition following the cra...

"He will be at the start of the Tour de France" - Alberto Contador has no doubts about Jonas Vingegaard

After the reassuring images of Jonas Vingegaard back on his bike gave hope of his participation in the upcoming Tour de France on Tuesday, former Maillot Jaune Alberto Contador has given his opinion on the matter to Eurosport.The two-time winner of the Tour de France, now a commentator on the aforem...

“Today is more of a sprint that is tailor-made for me. We are going for it again" - Fabio Jakobsen upbeat despite disappointing Giro sprint showings

With Fabio Jakobsen unable to really contest for the victory in the first two bunch sprints of the 2024 Giro d'Italia, the 27-year-old Dutchman will try again for the win on stage 5. “This tough start to the Giro is far from ideal and these two stages were not pure bunch sprints. But this is also pa...

"I hope things go even better today" - Olav Kooij still waiting for first Grand Tour stage win at 2024 Giro d'Italia

With two sprints down at the first Grand Tour of his career at the 2024 Giro d'Italia, Team Visma | Lease a Bike's sprinting prodigy, Olav Kooij has made a solid start with placings of 6th and 4th. A first Grand Tour stage win still eludes him however.On stage 5, it's likely to end in another bunch...

"He seems invincible, but we have seen him lose the Tour de France twice" - Nairo Quintana assesses Tadej Pogacar's Giro d'Italia dominance

So far at the 2024 Giro d'Italia, Tadej Pogacar has been the strongest of the Maglia Rosa contenders. Second on the opening stage and victorious on stage two, Pogacar even attacked late on stage three. Movistar Team's Nairo Quintana has had a rider's eye view of the Slovenian's performance though, a...

PREVIEW | Giro d'Italia 2024 stage 5 - Third sprint battle awaits us featuring Jonathan Milan, Tim Merlier, Kaden Groves and Olav Kooij

The sprinters should have another showdown on stage 5 of the Giro d'Italia. We preview a day where the fast men will be headlining the race once again; but this time around without any climbs in the finale where attacks can pose a serious danger. Stage 5 will be another day for the fast men. After s...

"For one moment, I was really scared!" - Tim Merlier looking to bounce back after frightening near miss on stage 4 of Giro d'Italia

After his win in the opening bunch sprint of the Giro d'Italia on stage 3, Tim Merlier was forced to settle for 5th-place in the frantic finale of stage 4. With stage 5 presenting another opportunity for the fastmen, can the Soudal - Quick-Step sprinter get back to winning ways?"It's flatter that's...

"It's good for me and for 15 other riders" - Fernando Gaviria realistic about sprint chances on stage 5 of the 2024 Giro d'Italia

Fernando Gaviria is slowly finding his sensations in the sprints of the Giro d'Italia 2024. The Colombian has finishes of 9th and 7th in the opening two sprints. Before the fifth stage, in which there will probably be another chance for the fast men in Lucca, he expressed his happiness about the way...

"We know how good he is and how we can get him as high as possible in the GC" - Visma optimistic about Cian Uijtdebroeks' opening to Giro d'Italia 2024

In his first Grand Tour for Team Visma | Lease a Bike, Cian Uijtdebroeks has started strongly at the 2024 Giro d'Italia. After four stages, the Belgian is wearing the white jersey for best young rider and sits fourth in the general classification. "He is the youngest Belgian in the Giro since 1974....

"Wout van Aert is a bit further ahead than Jonas Vingegaard" but both are in contention for Tour de France confirms Visma's Richard Plugge

How Team Visma | Lease a Bike will look at this summer's Tour de France is still something that is very much up in the air. After a spring that saw the team decimated with injuries, two of their biggest stars, Wout van Aert and Jonas Vingegaard face a race against time to be fit for the Tour. "Wout...

Jonas Vingegaard back on the bike! "Of course I hope to start in the Tour de France"

33 days after his brutal crash at Itzulia Basque Country, Jonas Vingegaard returns to the bike. The Tour de France champion is back to training and hopes of returning to the race increase, as the takes his first outdoors training rider in over a month. “This is the first time I've been outside on my...

PREVIEW | Tour de Hongrie 2024 stage 1 - Mark Cavendish, Peter Sagan and Sam Welsford all with something to prove on opening sprint stage

From the 8th to the 12th of May the riders tackle the Tour de Hongrie. The small central-European country hosts opportunities for several types of riders and presents a few stars on it's startlist to fight for the sprint victories. We preview the stage ahead. The race begins with a 164-kilometer sta...

PREVIEW | Tour de Hongrie 2024 - After Giro snub, Wout Poels and Emanuel Buchmann main favourites for GC

From the 8th to the 12th of May the riders tackle the Tour de Hongrie. The small central-European country hosts opportunities for several types of riders and presents a few stars on it's startlist to fight for the sprint victories. We preview the race ahead. The race begins with a 164-kilometer stag...

"Geraint Thomas is on a par with Tadej Pogacar" insists INEOS Grenadiers teammate Magnus Sheffield

Although Tadej Pogacar does already have a 46-second advantage in the general classification, the Giro d'Italia isn't quite the one-horse race many predicted. Proving to be the Slovenian's most viable challenger in the early stages, INEOS Grenadiers leader, Geraint Thomas. "We knew 'G' was going to...

"We have a strong enough squad, I’m convinced of that” - Joxean Matxin staunchly defends Tadej Pogacar's support team at Giro d'Italia amidst criticism

Whilst Tadej Pogacar has undoubtedly been the strongest rider in the opening few stages of the 2024 Giro d'Italia, whether his UAE Team Emirates teammates have given him the best support is a hot topic for many in the cycling world. Despite criticism of the supposed UAE Team Emirates B-team, team ma...

"We really want our own version of Milano-Sanremo but not at expense of Trofeo Binda" - Lotte Kopecky reacts to possible addition of women's Milano-Saremo

Will the women get their own version of Milano-Sanremo in 2025, including climbs of the Cipressa and the Poggio? It looks very likely. Giro d'Italia organizer RCS has concrete plans and would like to push them through in the coming weeks. The only obstacle is finding an agreement with the Trofeo Alf...

Tadej Pogacar prioritizes safety on stage 4 finale: "At the top of Capo Mele I retreated and looked at the chaos before me"

Tadej Pogacar was not on the attack for the first day in this Giro d'Italia. The UAE Team Emirates rode safely into the fast finale in Andora and preserved the lead of the race over Geraint Thomas as was the case the day before. “It was a relatively calm day, especially because the team did a good j...

Tadej Pogacar's purple shorts made illegal! Giro d'Italia leader threatened with disqualification

Giro d'Italia organizers gave Tadej Pogacar shorts with a very noticeable colour on stage 3. After the UAE Team Emirates put on the pink jersey, he was also offered grenade-coloured shorts in tribute of the city of Torino and it's football team - in which many players passed away in 1949 on a plane...

Emanuel Buchmann and Sam Welsford return to lead BORA - hansgrohe with 'something to prove' at Tour de Hongrie

BORA - hansgrohe's stars Emanuel Buchmann and Sam Welsford have certainly envisioned themselves in a different country with green-white-red flag at this time of the year, yet here they are, leading the German team at Tour de Hongrie.This year's edition of the Hungarian 2.Pro race aspires to become t...

Tom Pidcock's younger brother Joe about his future: "I’m not getting distracted with WorldTour thoughts because it either happens or it doesn’t"

That Tom Pidcock is a strong leader - that we knew. But who would've thought his younger brother Joe Pidcock had it in himself as well? After two concussions last year, probably not even the 22-year-old himself. However he's proved his worth with a convincing victory in the final stage of prestigiou...

Alexander Kamp confirms Gino Mäder was heading to Tudor Pro Cycling for 2024: "The idea was that he should have been our leader and go for GC at this Giro d'Italia"

The late Gino Mäder should have been leader of Tudor Pro Cycling at on-going Giro d'Italia. The Swissman was rumoured to be heading to the home PRT team for 2024, something his to-be teammate Alexander Kamp now confirms to have been a done deal."The team had signed with Gino Mäder. The idea was that...

Marc Reef believes Olav Kooij can win a stage at this Giro d'Italia: "I already saw several improvements compared to Monday"

Sixth on Monday, fourth today. Olav Kooij also seemed toothless in the second sprint stage of the Giro d'Italia, but his team Visma | Lease a Bike is optimistic about the coming sprint stages, with next opportunity awaiting on Wednesday."We started riding on the long climb Colle del Melogno. The lea...

"It wasn't that impressive, otherwise I would have won" - Filippo Ganna disappointed about his late attack being brought back

Filippo Ganna was insatiable in stage 4 of Giro d'Italia. After jumping in and out of the early move, the INEOS Grenadiers rider hadn't had enough and tried his luck once again at the foot of short final ascent Capo Mele. Despite a gap that initially seemed promising, it was sprinters who had the la...

VIDEO: Team Visma | Lease a Bike sans Jonas Vingegaard recon Tour de France gravel stage in Troyes

With Olav Kooij and Cian Uijtdebroeks leading an injury-hit Team Visma | Lease a Bike at the 2024 Giro d'Italia, those not in Italy or not injured, have been doing some reconnaissance of the upcoming Tour de France's controversial gravel stage. Although the likes of  Steven Kruijswijk, Dylan van Baa...

UCI Rankings Team Update | UAE Team Emirates' closest competitor is now Decathlon AG2R La Mondiale

Over the first week of the Giro d'Italia we're beginning to understand that UAE Team Emirates is likely to increase it's advantage significantly over the rest in the UCI Team rankings. The team is close to double the points of it's closest rival and this barrier may be passed over the coming weeks. ...

Cycling meets politics - French and Chinese presidents Emmanuel Macron and Xi Jinping visit Col du Tourmalet

Between May 6 and 7, President of the French Republic, Emmanuel Macron welcomed his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping for a state visit on opportunity of 60th anniversary of first diplomatic relations between the two countries.And it wouldn't Macron if the conversations didn't turn to Tour de France fo...

Phil Bauhaus: "We all take a lot of risks, because every team needs results"

Phil Bauhaus is not a sprinter with such a big name when comparing to Tim Merlier and Jonathan Milan or such a strong leadout; but he sometimes appears unexpected into great sprint performances. Today was such a case, he came close to winning the final sprint on stage 6 “To be honest, I'm not a fan...

"It was quite scary at times" - Kaden Groves very close to maiden Giro d'Italia win in Andora

Kaden Groves has proved last year to be among the very best sprinters in the world as he dominated the points classification at the Vuelta a España. He was close to transferring his success to the Giro d'Italia today as he sprinted to second behind Jonathan Milan. “It was really a super hectic sprin...

"One almost flew over the fence" - Tim Merlier startled with high-speed and dangerous Giro d'Italia sprint

Tim Merlier won the first bunch sprint of the Giro d'Italia but he couldn't replicate it today. Partly because of the tough day on the bike and strong competition, but also because he was specially afraid of the high-speed finale at the base of a descent. “I'm especially happy to be alive, because w...

Final startlist Tour de Hongrie 2024 with Peter Sagan, Mark Cavendish, Marc Hirschi, Sam Welsford, Thibau Nys and Dylan Groenewegen

From the 8th to the 12th of May we have got on the road the Tour de Hongrie. This is Hungary's most important race of the year and within five days of racing, there will be opportunities for many different types of riders to hunt for important wins. We take a look at it's startlist. The startlist fe...

Jonathan Milan takes Giro win and maglia ciclamino: "I said from the start that I wanted to win here"

Lidl-Trek could celebrate after stage 4; after taking a strong win with Jonathan Milan only 24 hours after a close defeat. The Italian sprinter looked the strongest on a finale that was highly disputed. Firstly because the sprinter teams were at risk of fighting for second, as track teammate Filippo...

Giro d'Italia 2024 stage 4 GC update | Tadej Pogacar stays in pink; Cian Uijtdebroeks climbs due to bonus seconds; Ben O'Connor saves the day despite crash

In stage 3 Tadej Pogacar tried to surprise the peloton with an attack in the final climb in search of winning his second stage of the current Giro d'Italia 2024, but the day was decided with a final sprint that had little effect on the overall classification. Tuesday's stage 4 had a similar ending,...

Jonathan Milan wins incredibly fast stage 4 sprint at Giro d'Italia as late attack from Filippo Ganna almost steals victory

Stage 4 of the Giro d'Italia once again delivered a thrilling finale. Filippo Ganna launched a brilliant attack that almost succeeded; but it was a day for the sprinters and Jonathan Milan won this time around ahead of Kaden Groves. The day of racing began with a breakaway of four riders including a...

Movistar set to lose Alex Aranburu but throws all cards into renewing with Oier Lazkano

In the last weeks of the cycling market, Movistar Team has been working on trying to renew with Oier Lazkano, whose contract expires at the end of the 2024 season. The Spanish team has it complicated, as it competes with several of the strongest teams in the World Tour peloton, and that have confirm...

Disaster for Biniam Girmay! Intermarché-Wanty leader leaves Giro d'Italia after crashing twice in only minutes

Biniam Girmay has abandoned the Giro d'Italia. The Intermarché-Wanty was a victim of two rough crashes in a matter of minutes, and will not reach the finale of stage 4. It was with 68 and then 62 kilometers to go that Girmay hit the deck. First, he was part of a mass crash that also included importa...

Big crash at Giro d'Italia sees Biniam Girmay and Ben O'Connor hit the deck hard

With 68 kilometers to go on stage 4 of the Giro d'Italia, a big crash took place. Perhaps the first mass crash of the race, it happened as the riders face difficult rainy conditions and among those who hit the deck were Biniam Girmay and Ben O'Connor. In a right-hand corner, around a dozen riders cr...

UCI Rankings Rider Update | Tadej Pogacar remains in first place; Maxim van Gils rises to Top20 after Eschborn-Frankfurt win

Small changes have taken place over the past week in the UCI rankings. As the peloton begins the Giro d'Italia, Tadej Pogacar is within a shot of extending his lead further. The UAE Team Emirates rider remains in number 1 position with 6558 points, followed by Jonas Vingegaard and Remco Evenepoel. T...

"I hope not... But I can't promise anything!" - Tadej Pogacar cryptic about possibility of more attacking on stage 4 of Giro d'Italia

After a frantic opening three stages where Tadej Pogacar has been front and centre of all the excitement, can we expect a more reserved Maglia Rosa on stage 4? Probably wouldn't bet on it!"I just wanted to be in a good position. I didn't think Mikkel Honore was on the attack so I just trying to foll...

"I tried to surf the wheels as best as I could but it's hard to know which train to follow" - Caleb Ewan looking to bounce back after disappointing opening Giro sprint

For Caleb Ewan, a 13th-place finish in the opening bunch sprint of the 2024 Giro d'Italia marked a disappointing return to Grand Tour sprinting. With stage 4 offering another chance however, the Team Jayco AlUla sprinter is determined to make amends. "The first few sprints of a Grand Tour are always...

PREVIEW | Giro d'Italia 2024 stage 4 - Bunch sprint expected, but can Tadej Pogacar spoil the sprinters fun this time around?

Stage 4 of the Giro d'Italia is another day that is expected to finish in a bunch sprint but after today's action in the finale, the fast men will have to fear Tadej Pogacar who can take advantage of a late hilltop to try and make the difference once again. We preview the fourth day of racing. Stage...

"I hope it's not going to happen again!" - Biniam Girmay praying for traditional sprint day on stage 4 of Giro d'Italia

After a third-place finish on the opening sprint of the Giro d'Italia on stage, Biniam Girmay has plenty of reason to be optimistic heading into the second showdown of the sprinters on stage 4."I think it went okay! I felt good and as always, if you finish on the podium it's always nice, especially...

"Sprint days aren't completely flat so it makes for some exciting racing" - Olav Kooij doesn't rule out more GC attacks on stage 4 of Giro d'Italia

After a sixth-placed finish in his Grand Tour sprint debut on stage 3 of the 2024 Giro d'Italia, Team Visma | Lease a Bike's sprinting prodigy Olav Kooij will likely get another chance for a first career Grand Tour stage win later this afternoon on stage 4. "The body was feeling good after the crash...

VIDEO: Soudal - Quick-Step team car goes crazy for Tim Merlier's Giro d'Italia stage win

Stage 3 of the 2024 Giro d'Italia belonged to Soudal - Quick-Step's Tim Merlier. The Belgian powered to the victory from a bunch sprint in Fossano, sparking scenes of jubilation in the team car.Despite a thrilling late attack by Tadej Pogacar and Geraint Thomas throwing a spanner in the works, a bun...

INEOS Grenadiers have "moved past the days of marginal gains" according to CEO: “We’re looking for maximal gains”

After their years of domination during the 2010s, it's now three years since the INEOS Grenadiers last won a Grand Tour (Egan Bernal Giro d'Italia 2021 ed.). In their quest to return to the top, the team have brought in John Allert as their new CEO. During their days of dominance with Grand Tour win...

"He’s just a little kid having fun on the bike" - Mikkel Honoré made to pay for igniting Tadej Pogacar's racing instinct with late attack on stage 3 of Giro d'Italia

When Mikkel Honoré went on the attack with around 3km to go on the sprinter-friendly stage 3 at the 2024 Giro d'Italia, the last thing the 27-year-old expected to see was the Maglia Rosa, Tadej Pogacar and his nearest rival, Geraint Thomas on the back wheel and then countering. “It obviously went ve...

"It was like 'Old School G' again” - Adam Blythe optimistic for Geraint Thomas' Giro prospects after thrilling late attack on stage 3

Will anyone be able to mount a serious challenge to Tadej Pogacar at the 2024 Giro d'Italia? After the first three stages, the rider who seems most likely is INEOS Grenadiers leader, Geraint Thomas. After limiting his losses to Pogacar on the opening two stages, the Welshman joined the UAE Team Emir...

"A podium on the first sprint opportunity is nice" - Biniam Girmay impressive 3rd in opening Giro d'Italia bunch sprint

After two GC days on the opening couple of stages at the 2024 Giro d'Italia, the sprinters got their chance on stage 3. In an impressive showing, Intermarché - Wanty's Biniam Girmay took a 3rd place in the bunch sprint. Far from a typical sprint day however, stage 3 had everything from a group of sp...

"Huge question marks" surrounding Tadej Pogacar's sharpness despite Giro d'Italia stage win according to Robbie McEwen

It was widely expected and on stage 2, Tadej Pogacar powered into the overall lead at the 2024 Giro d'Italia with a summit stage win on stage 2 atop Oropa. Rather than moving into an already potentially race-winning position however, Pogacar took victory by 'only' 27 seconds. “I think that's where a...

"Even with two times less than in Bahrain, he'd prefer to stay in Groupama - FDJ" - Lenny Martinez' father about his son's transfer options

Some month ago, rumours emerged that Lenny Martinez was offered lucrative three-year-deal with Bahrain - Victorious. His father, former olympic MTB champion Miguel Martinez now commented about some of the possibilities for his son, as well as Lenny's desire to stay with Groupama - FDJ if possible."T...

"It's hard to tell Tadej Pogacar to be conservative" admits UAE Team Emirates sports director

Continuing to ignite the 2024 Giro d'Italia, even on what was expected to be a relatively routine sprint-friendly stage 3, Tadej Pogacar went on the attack. With such a long time remaining in the Giro and a Tour de France to follow this summer, is the Slovenian spending his energy unwisely?When Poga...

"It's a bit like a game" - Tadej Pogacar shows no signs of conservatism with thrilling late attack on stage 3 of 2024 Giro d'Italia

With the Maglia Rosa already somewhat comfortably on his shoulders and 18 stages of the Giro d'Italia plus the Tour de France still to come in the coming weeks and months, Tadej Pogacar would have been forgiven for having a quiet day on the sprint-friendly stage 3 of the 2024 Giro. Doing typically P...

"I was just trying to hold his wheel!" - Geraint Thomas and Tadej Pogacar almost upset sprinters with stunning late move on stage 3 of Giro d'Italia

In a thrilling finale to stage 3 at the 2024 Giro d'Italia, the rulebook was almost completely thrown out as one and two on GC, Tadej Pogacar and Geraint Thomas went on the attack, causing chaos for the sprint trains behind."It wasn't the plan!" Thomas chuckles in his post-stage interview, after the...

"I never imagined that the journalists would be so sure about the integration of Demi into our team project" - FDJ - Suez manager on rumoured transfer of Demi Vollering

While it's clear Demi Vollering won't write the next chapter in her career with SD Worx - Protime from 2025 onwards, it's still unclear where the recent Vuelta Femenina champion will head to. Some media favor the French team FDJ - Suez with rising star Évita Muzic.However UCI forbids teams to announ...

"I think that Uijtdebroeks is really a leader in his head and that Arensman is really not" - Jeroen Vanbelleghem looks for reasons behind Thymen Arensman's bad start

While Thymen Arensman has already quite significant portion of time in the opening two stages of the Giro d'Italia, another Dutch-speaker Cian Uijtdebroeks was seen up the front and still in the mix for final podium. In Kop over Kop podcast, the differences between the two are discussed, among other...

The Italian climbing sensation Giulio Pellizzari set to step up to WorldTour with BORA - hansgrohe in 2025

Giulio Pellizzari made an entrance to the big cycling world in 2023, when the still just 20-year-old Italian, among other great results, finished second overall at Tour de l'Avenir, losing only to Mexican wonder Isaac del Toro.Already then, we have heard reports that Pellizzari was in talks with BOR...

"I felt like it could have been even more today" - Tobias Lund Andresen flies to fifth place in his sprinting Grand tour debut

Despite the threat of Tadej Pogacar's attack up in the air, stage three seemed to be lined up for the sprinters. Team dsm-firmenich PostNL was hoping their leader Fabio Jakobsen would prove his worth, but at the end it was the young winner of three Tour of Turkey stages Tobias Lund Andresen who had...

UAE Team Emirates DS Joxean Matxin about Tadej Pogacar's impressive shape: "Tadej's run-in to the Corsa Rosa has been perfect"

Three days, three violent attacks that left (most) of his competition in the dust. It's fair to say Tadej Pogacar came into this Giro d'Italia hungry for victories. His sports director and mentor Joxean Matxin is no less impressed than the rest of the world, however he notes this doesn't surprise hi...

Kaden Groves disappointed after 12th place in stage 3 of Giro d'Italia: "I'll try to think about how to beat these guys"

Kaden Groves can't be satisfied with his result in the third stage of the 2024 Giro d'Italia. The Australian sprinter concluded the first bunch sprint of this year's edition in 12th place. Far behind what the Alpecin-Deceuninck would've imagined.His sprint today was perhaps influenced by unexpected...

Remco Evenepoel steps up recovery with altitude training at Sierra Nevada

In the surest sign yet of Remco Evenepoel's recovery progressing, the Soudal - Quick-Step leader has travelled to the Sierra Nevada for some altitude training.Just over a month since a horror crash at the Itzulia Basque Country left the Belgian with a fractured collarbone and a fractured scapula, Ev...

"He is the best sprinter in the world” - Bert van Lerberghe full of praise for Giro stage winner Tim Merlier

In the first bunch sprint of the 2024 Giro d'Italia, it was Soudal - Quick-Step's Tim Merlier who powered to victory on stage 3. According to Merlier's teammate, Bert van Lerberghe, the Belgian must now be considered the best sprinter in the world. “It wasn't easy with that hill at the end, but we d...

“My legs exploded" - Fabio Jakobsen notably absent from first bunch sprint of 2024 Giro d'Italia

In the first opportunity for the sprinters at the 2024 Giro d'Italia, Team DSM-Firmenich PostNL's powerhouse sprinter, Fabio Jakobsen was notably absent from the finale, crossing the line in 130th position.“I had to let go of the wheels 500 meters from the top. My legs exploded,” the 27-year-old Dut...

“It was very chaotic" - Jonathan Milan forced to settle for second again in frantic finale to stage 3 at the Giro d'Italia

Although he secured himself the Maglia Ciclamino at the 2024 Giro d'Italia, Jonathan Milan managed just the one stage win, being forced to settle for second on four occasions. In the first bunch sprint of the 2024 edition, it was again second place for the 23-year-old Italian. “It was very chaotic,"...

"I'm pretty happy after yesterday's fall" - Olav Kooij takes 6th in first Grand Tour sprint of his career

In the first Grand Tour bunch sprint of his career, Team Visma | Lease a Bike's Olav Kooij took a creditable 6th placed finish. Enough for the Dutchman to remain optimistic.“It was a quiet stage, but then there was that intermediate sprint. Suddenly the whole thing was split in two," the 22-year-old...

Giro d'Italia 2024 GC standing following stage 3: Tadej Pogacar increases lead with bonus seconds

Stage 3 of the Giro d'Italia 2024 was decided by sprint, and although Tadej Pogacar didn't have to defend the Maglia Rosa, the Slovenian UAE Team Emirates leader attempted to take back-to-back stage wins with a thrilling attack. In the end, though it Tim Merlier who sprinted to victory.Although the...

VIDEO: Thrilling finale to stage 3 of the 2024 Giro d'Italia as Tadej Pogacar & Geraint Thomas go on the attack

A run-of-the-mill Grand Tour sprint stage this was not! Stage 3 of the 2024 Giro d'Italia had plenty of drama mid-stage as an elite group of sprinters formed a breakaway but in the finale, it was the fastmen's turn to be put on the back foot. With a small climb coming within the final 3km of the day...

"It was the hardest victory so far!" - Tim Merlier seals third Grand Tour stage win of his career in frantic finale to stage 3

For the third time in his career, Soudal - Quick-Step's Tim Merlier sprinted to a Grand Tour stage win on stage 3 of the 2024 Giro d'Italia, surviving a late scare and a frantic finale in the process. "It was the hardest victory so far!" admitted the 31-year-old Belgian, who's previously won stages...

Tim Merlier sprints to stage 3 win at Giro d'Italia despite late attack from Tadej Pogacar and Geraint Thomas

In the first bunch sprint of the 2024 Giro d'Italia, Tim Merlier took the stage win for Soudal - Quick-Step but that does not tell even half the story on another epic and exciting day. With no riders attacking at the flag drop, the peloton settled in for a somewhat sedate opening to stage 3 with no...

Simon Carr becomes third rider to abandon 2024 Giro d'Italia

Following Robert Gesink and Eddie Dunbar, EF Education-EasyPost's Simon Carr has become the third rider to abandon at the 2024 Giro d'Italia.The 25-year-old Brit had come into the opening Grand Tour of the year full of confidence after an impressive showing at the Tour of the Alps, where he took a s...

"When things aren't going well mentally, it's difficult to push your body to the limit" - Thymen Arensman reflects on difficult opening to Giro d'Italia 2024

After coming into the 2024 Giro d'Italia full of hope and optimism, Thymen Arensman has suffered a very disappointing opening weekend, falling completely out of GC contention. After stage 1, Arensman's disappointing ride was thrown further into the spotlight by his father, who ranted on his official...

“Here in the Giro it is certainly possible to win" - Fabio Jakobsen optimistic despite tough opposition in Giro d'Italia's first sprint

Having recently tasted victory for the first time since moving to Team DSM-Firmenich PostNL at the Tour of Turkey, Fabio Jakobsen is confident he will be able to compete for the win, as the 2024 Giro d'Italia allows the sprinters a first opportunity for glory on stage 3."The feeling is very good,” p...

"That will cost him about an hour of time at the finish every day" - Could having the Maglia Rosa so early prove a burden for Tadej Pogacar at the Giro d'Italia?

Although some predicted Tadej Pogacar to wear the Maglia Rose through the entirety of the 2024 Giro d'Italia, it took the Slovenian until stage 2 to move into pink. Could having the race lead so early become a burden though? This is the hypothesis of Sporza commentator Renaat Schotte."Is Pogacar unt...

"Having him here and not having the legs to contest with the best ones, that is not fair" - BORA - hansgrohe explain Sam Welsford's Giro d'Italia omission

With an all-star sprint field at the 2024 Giro d'Italia, one of the notable names missing is Sam Welsford. With the Aussie missing out on selection, BORA - hansgrohe have instead opted for Danny van Poppel as their sprint hope."It was definitely a tough one for him. Of course, it’s a pity, but havin...

"We have to try to continue like this" - Einer Rubio on the Top5 of Giro d'Italia following stupendous opening weekend

Einer Rubio is fifth in the general classification of the Giro d'Italia after two hard first stages in which the first differences have been created. The Colombian climber of Movistar Team was eleventh and won a stage in the Corsa Rosa 2023 and it is clear that he is coming for more this year.In sta...

"We will keep fighting" - Romain Bardet takes another hit as podium hopes fade in Oropa

Romain Bardet was strong at the Tour of the Alps and finished second at Liège-Bastogne-Liège. Coming into the Giro d'Italia he was one of the few riders who could dare to hope being close to Tadej Pogacar; but after the Santuario di Oropa even fighting for the podium begins to feel like too much of...

"This was impossible" - Complete disaster for Antonio Tiberi in Oropa as Bahrain - Victorious leader suffers puncture and mechanical

Antonio Tiberi was one of the main podium contenders ahead of the Giro d'Italia but has lost meaningful time up the Santuario di Oropa. He was not fully to blame however, as he suffered two mishaps that completely took him out of the peloton during the descent. "I had a lot of bad luck. I was in goo...

Tadej Pogacar: "I could live without a Giro win but I could not live without pasta"

Tadej Pogacar has ridden into the pink jersey at the Giro d'Italia yesterday on the second stage of the race; At the Santuario di Oropa the UAE Team Emirates rider soared to his first ever Giro win but he admits that there are more important things. "No pasta is way better, sorry. I could live witho...

PREVIEW | Giro d'Italia 2024 stage 3 - First bunch sprint of the race expected; difficult arrival sees Merlier, Milan, Kooij and Groves as main favourites

The initial weekend of the Giro d'Italia is over. Two days packed with climbs have seen Tadej Pogacar take control of the race as expected. Now, the sprinters get the opportunity to shine. We preview the first day that should end in a bunch sprint - although it is not a simple one. Stage 3 is the fi...

VIDEO: 'A day in the life' of Remco Evenepoel's recovery and Tour de France preparation

Remco Evenepoel has created a Youtube channel last year which has quickly gathered traction. On his sixth video, displaying the life of a pro rider; the Belgian opens the doors to all fans for what was a recent day where among other things, he had two training sessions and physiotherapy for his shou...

"I knew that if I continued like that, I was going to explode" - Geraint Thomas unsurprised by Tadej Pogacar's Oropa domination

Geraint Thomas hadn't shown too good form before the Giro d'Italia, but as was the case in 2023 his condition came around just at the right time. He has done quite well over the two opening stages of the Giro and is the closest rival to Tadej Pogacar on paper. “I didn't feel as good as yesterday. Bu...

Giro d'Italia's first GC contender leaves the race - Eddie Dunbar withdraws with several injuries after crash

With Luke Plapp not performing over the opening weekend of the Giro d'Italia, Team Jayco alUla is left without a card for the overall classification. That is because Eddie Dunbar, the assigned leader for the task, crashed on stage 2 and will not resume racing this morning. Dunbar crashed on stage 2...

"We would have loved to win the Itzulia Basque Country" - BORA still on time to properly build Primoz Roglic up for Tour de France

Primoz Roglic is going to be heading to Mount Teide in Tenerife soon, together at least with the likes of Aleksandr Vlasov and Jai Hindley. The Tour de France preparation is on it's way with the BORA - hansgrohe rider despite the delay caused by the crashes at Itzulia Basque Country. “I don’t know i...

"He is among the favorites overall except for Pogacar" - Nairo Quintana happy to support Einer Rubio to top of the GC standings at Giro d'Italia

Nairo Quintana spoke on his Instagram channel after the second stage of the Giro d'Italia in which Movistar Team managed once again to have well guarded an Einer Rubio who for the second consecutive day managed to enter among the favorites to the finish line and is fifth in the overall standings.Nai...

"Now I can relax a little bit" - Tadej Pogacar completes set of Grand Tour stage wins and moves into pink at Giro d'Italia 2024

It took one stage longer than many people predicted, but Tadej Pogacar is in the Maglia Rosa for the first time in his career at the 2024 Giro d'Italia after a stunning solo success on stage 2. “That was one of my dreams after winning a Tour stage, I was just missing a Giro also [to complete the Gra...

"I'm on the right path and people are finally forgiving me" - Jan Ullrich believes his doping confession will lead him to inner peace

After numerous low blows, the 1997 Tour de France winner and two-time world champion Jan Ullrich believes he is on the right path thanks to his late doping confession.  "I'm on the right path and people are finally forgiving me," Ullrich said in an interview with Bild. "I eat healthily, I haven't dr...

Thymen Arensman's father takes back his strong words against INEOS Grenadiers and deletes his X account shortly after

Stage 1 was not a good start to Giro d'Italia for INEOS Grenadiers' co-leader Thymen Arensman who lost more than two minutes in a stage around Turin. His father wasn't thrilled by this and reached out to X to blame the team for messing up his son's preparation. However he later acknowledged his over...

"I felt bad for sitting on Ben O'Connor but I was on the limit" - Geraint Thomas unable to follow Pogacar but rises to 2nd overall at Giro d'Italia

Although Tadej Pogacar was the clear strongest, the fight for the rest of the GC candidates behind was an incredibly tight one on stage 2 of the 2024 Giro d'Italia. Crossing the line 3rd on the day, Geraint Thomas now sits 2nd overall."Nothing new that is it! We expected it," reflects the Welsh lead...

"When you sail too close to the sun, you get stung" - Ben O’Connor describes his decision to follow Tadej Pogacar as naive

Ben O’Connor had enough time to re-think his decisions as he descended from the summit of Oropa to the Decathlon AG2R La Mondiale team bus after stage 2 of the Giro d’Italia, but it was not enough to calm his frustration. Mainly with himself."When you sail too close to the sun, you get stung," he to...

Arnaud De Lie rides to Tro-Bro Léon victory despite multiple punctures: "We had to chase continuously, but I remained calm"

Arnaud De Lie has won the French one-day race Tro-Bro Léon. The 22-year-old Lotto Dstny rider won in a sprint from a reduced group. The farmer's son what some would consider a perfect gift as race's special prize - a live piglet to take home."After my first flat tire I had no idea where I was in the...

"I had to wait a while for it this year" - Alexander Kristoff finally gets to raise hands in Uno-X Mobility colours

Alexander Kristoff has taken his first victory of 2024. The Norwegian from Uno-X Mobility raced to victory in the Elfstedenronde Brugge. That is a huge relief for the experienced Norwegian who had to wait a bit to raise hands in new colours, he admitted in the flash interview afterwards."I had to wa...

Steff Cras and Wout Van Aert train together on their road to recover after severe injuries

The cycling spring of 2024 was one of the heavy falls. But fortunately the road to the top seems to have been set for all involved. Wout van Aert and Steff Cras were among the biggest victims, but were able to complete a solid training activity together on Saturday.On Strava they could see the fun i...

"He is one of the greatest talents for a reason and he showed that today" - Attila Valter proud of his young teammate Cian Uijtdebroeks

The Sunday didn't take off well for Visma | Lease a Bike who lost Robert Gesink who did not start to stage 2 after a crash the previous day. Luckily Cian Uijtdebroeks was able to raise the Dutch team's flat on an ascent to Santuario di Oropa while supported by Attila Valter, among others."I was able...

VIDEO: Highlights of thrilling stage 2 at Giro d'Italia 2024 as Tadej Pogacar takes firm control of Maglia Rosa

With just two stages in the legs, Tadej Pogacar is already in firm control of the Maglia Rosa at the 2024 Giro d'Italia, after the UAE Team Emirates leader powered to a comprehensive solo win on stage 2.Surviving a mechanical, plus a crash right before the start of the final climb, Pogacar roared ba...

"We will see what we can do in the GC, but it’s not a goal" - Jan Hirt into Giro d'Italia top-10 after brutal opening weekend

Having not necessarily come with GC ambitions, the fact that Soudal - Quick-Step still have a man in the top-10 of the Giro d'Italia general classification after a brutal opening weekend is no mean feat. “It was a hard and stressful stage. Actually, this whole opening weekend was a very tough one,"...

"The majority of the Giro is still ahead of us” - Daniel Martinez not getting too ahead of himself despite impressive Giro d'Italia showing on stage 2

With Tadej Pogacar off into the distance as the solo winner on stage 2 of the 2024 Giro d'Italia, best of the rest proved to be BORA - hansgrohe leader, Daniel Martinez. “In the end we did well,” reflected the Colombian post-stage. After his impressive performance, Martinez now sits third overall in...

"We are going to take a quick look to see exactly what the damage is" - Olav Kooij suffering after stage 2 crash at Giro d'Italia

Although the summit finish atop Oropa was never going to be a day targeted by Team Visma | Lease a Bike sprinter Olav Kooij, a crash midway through the stage was far from the perfect scenario. “It's never nice, of course,” the 22-year-old Dutchman reflected post-stage in conversation with Eurosport....

"We are not thinking about saving energy for the Tour" - Joxean Matxin urges Tadej Pogacar to concentrate solely on Giro d'Italia as he moves into Maglia Rosa

Tadej Pogacar has already struck his first blow at the 2024 Giro d'Italia. Emulating the great Marco Pantani, the UAE Team Emirates leader recovered from a crash at the foot of the Oropa to take a stunning stage win and move into the Maglia Rosa.This is Pogacar's 15th stage victory in Grand Tours an...

"First jersey in a Grand Tour is always something special!" - Cian Uijtdebroeks Best Young Rider after brutal stage 2 at Giro d'Italia 2024

Team Visma | Lease a Bike's big GC hope for the 2024 Giro d'Italia, Cian Uijtdebroeks has made a bright start. After two stages, the Belgian sits 4th in the general classification and has moved into the white jersey for best young rider.Somewhat unsurprisingly, best on the day though, was Tadej Poga...

Giro d'Italia 2024 GC standings after stage 2: Tadej Pogacar already 45 seconds clear of 2nd placed Geraint Thomas

On a spectacular stage 2 of the Giro d'Italia 2024, Tadej Pogacar took the win atop Oropa and moved into the overall lead and as such, wears the Maglia Rosa for the first time in his career.The UAE Team Emirates star staged a brutal comeback after suffering a puncture and crashing 10km from the fini...

Alexander Kristoff takes first victory of the season at Elfstedenronde Brugge

Alexander Kristoff has his first victory of the 2024 season and in the process has become the oldest ever winner of Elfstedenronde Brugge. In the sprint for the line, the 36-year-old Norwegian of Uno-X Mobility took the win ahead of Jarne Van de Paar of Lotto Dstny and Pierre Barbier of Philippe Wag...

VIDEO: Tadej Pogacar blows all Giro d'Italia rivals off his wheel with brutal Oropa attack

Everyone expected it, but not even a late crash could stop Tadej Pogacar powering to a stunning solo stage win on the mythical slopes of Oropa on stage 2 of the 2024 Giro d'Italia.Moving clear on the final climb, the likes of Ben O'Connor and Geraint Thomas attempted initially to follow but before l...

Tadej Pogacar triumphs emphatically on stage 2 of the 2024 Giro d'Italia: Recap all the action right here! LIVEBLOG CLOSED

Tadej Pogacar has lived up to all the pre-race hype at the 2024 Giro d'Italia and fired to victory on stage 2. The Slovenian blitzed his rivals on the slopes of Oropa, despite a minor crash right at the foot of the final climb.If you missed any of the day's drama or just want to reflect, take a look...

Tadej Pogacar emulates Marco Pantani and recovers from crash to take victory atop Oropa at Giro d'Italia

Tadej Pogacar has arrived at the 2024 Giro d'Italia. Surviving a late scare and a trip to the Italian tarmac, the UAE Team Emirates leader has soloed in style to victory in the mythical slopes of Oropa. With attacks from the flag drop, led by Filippo Fiorelli in the Maglia Ciclamino, UAE Team Emirat...

Arnaud De Lie triumphs at Tro-Bro Léon 2024

Lotto Dstny's Arnaud De Lie has continued to star on his return from Lyme Disease with a fabulous victory at Tro-Bro Léon from a reduced bunch sprint.Seven riders got free early on to form the day's breakaway. With 50km to go, their lead was just over a minute from a much-thinned-out peloton, where...

VIDEO: Tadej Pogacar crashes and has flat tyre in nightmare preparation for Oropa

25 years ago, Marco Pantani made a historic recovery on Oropa to take the stage win. Now, it seems Tadej Pogacar may have to do something similar if he wants a stage win today. The overwhelming favourite has suffered a flat tyre and a minor crash in a disastrous preparation to the final climb of sta...

Tadej Pogacar rues missed opportunity to take pink jersey at Giro d'Italia: "Unfortunately, on the last climb I had to attack from the foot"

Tadej Pogacar was the man to beat on the opening day of the Giro d'Italia, and UAE Team Emirates took full responsibility. All the work did not end on a win, but the Slovenian did already take time on all his rivals for the overall classification. "It was a short, fast first day of the Giro. We trie...

VIDEO: Eddie Dunbar & Olav Kooij hit the deck in innocuous crash

With the peloton just beginning to prepare for the climbing finale of stage 2 at the 2024 Giro d'Italia, tensions are rising and the battle for position within the peloton has caused an innocuous crash in the bunch.Among those hitting the deck, Team Jayco AlUla's general classification hopeful Eddie...

“Hopefully I can follow Pogacar when he attacks" - Ben O'Connor expecting GC attacks on stage 2 of Giro d'Italia

Crossing the line in 19th place on stage 1,  Decathlon AG2R La Mondiale Team's Ben O'Connor already finds himself 14 seconds down on Tadej Pogacar at the 2024 Giro d'Italia.With a mountainous finale to stage 2 on the mythical slopes of Oropa, the Australian is predicting more GC attacks this afterno...

"We can be very proud of ourselves" - Demi Vollering adds another Grand Tour success to her growing palmares at La Vuelta Femenina

Taking her second stage win of the race on the final stage, Team SD Worx - Protime leader Demi Vollering powered to overall victory at La Vuelta Femenina 2024. “It’s really nice, the team did a really good job the whole day. I was a bit nervous, because this last climb, I thought it wasn’t so super...

Demi Vollering wins La Vuelta Femenina after solo victory on queen stage

Demi Vollering had a rough season up until La Vuelta Femenina, but the dry run is over. The Dutch climber won the queen stage with a dominant performance and sealed a confident overall win. Eight riders formed the breakaway of the day, a few strong riders made the early effort to search for one fina...

Peter Sagan tones down return to racing at Tour de Hongrie: "I have no expectations in terms of results"

Peter Sagan virtually retired from road cycling last season after a long and successful career. However, he made it an objective to race the Olympic Games Mountain Bike event and is using the Tour de Hongrie as a brief return to the road to get some rhythm. “After the heart surgery, I had a month of...

"We know how good Thymen is and will be" - INEOS continue to back Arensman despite stage 1 disaster

Thymen Arensman suffered the biggest loss out of all the GC contenders in the opening day of the Giro d'Italia. This led to his own father writing a post on Twitter criticizing the Dutchman's coach, blaming the team for the INEOS rider not being in his best form. However from within the team, there...

"You can never underestimate Elisa Longo Borghini" - Demi Vollering cautious ahead of Vuelta Femenina queen stage

The Vuelta Femenina will reach it's climax today in the mountains around Madrid. On the eighth day of racing, the peloton will find it's hardest climbs and a summit finish that could determine the overall winner; and Demi Vollering has not let down her guard yet. "I think the stage suits me well. I...

Tadej Pogacar used black band in memory of 'Pogi Team' rider who passed away on the eve of the Giro - "He wanted to dedicate the victory" UAE reveal

A rider of the Junior Pogi Team passed away this Friday on the eve of the Giro d'Italia. This was the reason why Tadej Pogacar raced with a black band around his arm, and looked to take the victory to dedicate to his friends and family. The rider passed away after a kayaking accident this week. Team...

Giro d'Italia sees it's first withdraw - Robert Gesink does not start stage 2 after injuries suffered on opening day crash

The Giro d'Italia has lost it's first rider. Robert Gesink of Team Visma | Lease a Bike will not start stage 2 after crashing on the opening day and officially the first rider to leave the Corsa Rosa. Team Visma | Lease a Bike confirmed the news this morning: "Following his crash yesterday, Robert G...

Jhonatan Narváez matches and beats Tadej Pogacar to take Giro d'Italia glory: "Trying to follow the best rider in the world uphill was very tough"

Much to the delight of INEOS Grenadiers, Jhonatan Narváez took full advantage of the freedom he got on the opening day of the Giro d'Italia. The Ecuadorian rider was the only rider to match Tadej Pogacar on the final climb and then even managed to beat the Slovenian in the final sprint. “This is my...

Thymen Arensman's dad blames Ineos' trainers for his son's underperformance: "The nicest thing about starting a GT is that no trainer can screw up a cyclist form anymore"

Before Thymen Arensman had even reached the finish line of a disappointing stage 1 at the Giro d’Italia, the Dutchman’s father Martijn Arensman had already made his anger clear on social media as he questioned the work of Ineos Grenadiers’ trainers ahead of the race.  "The nicest thing about startin...

PREVIEW | Giro d'Italia 2024 stage 2 - Can Tadej Pogacar take revenge on the mythical Santuario di Oropa?

The opening day of the Giro d'Italia was a spectacular one. Jhonatan Narváez took a very impressive win in Torino and put on the pink jersey; but will have a very big challenge on stage 2 as the peloton ride into the Santuario di Oropa summit finish. We preview the stage ahead. Stage 2 is the first...

Alex Baudin impresses with 4th place and a Giro d'Italia white jersey: "It's an honor to wear a distinctive jersey, and I'm going to try to keep it tomorrow"

When the fireworks opened after Colle della Maddalena, Decathlon AG2R La Mondiale's Alex Baudin was ready to get stuck in the opening stage of Giro d'Italia. The attack opened a nice gap and for a moment, it seemed like the late move will succeed. However tactics didn't help the cooperation within t...

"Whether there might be a stage for me somewhere, we have to wait and see" - Jasper Stuyven is modest about his ambitions for Giro d'Italia

For Jasper Stuyven this Giro d'Italia will be a bit of a trial by fire, as the experienced Belgian makes a racing return from injuries suffered at Dwars door Vlaanderen. The 32-year-old knows well that with very limited preparation, it's better to speak of wishes rather ambitons for next three weeks...

"I knew this finish should suit me" - Incroyable Marianne Vos wins second stage at La Vuelta Femenina, virtually confirming her Points classification victory

Marianne Vos has claimed her second victory of this year's La Vuelta Femenina on the seventh stage which brought riders to Sigüenza. The rider of Team Visma | Lease a Bike outsprinted everyone on the steep final climb and cemented her lead in the points classification."When the girls do so much work...

DSM-Firmenich PostNL DS doesn't give up on Romain Bardet just yet: "If he loses more time we will have to switch to stage victories"

Romain Bardet was – alongside Thymen Arensman – one of the defeated in the opening stage of Giro d'Italia. Not so long after cameras showed the Ineos rider struggling, we saw the Frenchman from Team dsm-Firmenich PostNL also drop out of the front group.In the end, the French leader of the team lost...

"Next year will probably be my last year" - Geraint Thomas confirms we will see him in action at least through 2025

Geraint Thomas is currently on a podium mission at the Giro d'Italia. The Welshman, second last year, will have to deal with Tadej Pogacar if he wants to succeed. At 37 years old, the Welshman maintains excellent physical shape and should race for at least another year. However he saw his friend and...

"We are not talking about Geraint Thomas who won the Tour" - Alberto Contador believes podium is best INEOS leader can hope for at Giro d'Italia

When it comes to viable contenders to Tadej Pogacar at the 2024 Giro d'Italia, INEOS Grenadiers leader Geraint Thomas is seen by many as the most likely challenger. According to Alberto Contador however, even the former Tour de France-winning Welshman will only be fighting for second and third. "I t...

ANALYSIS: Development teams - Sleeping GC giants Ineos Grenadiers and Movistar need to wake up before it's too late

There's never been greater pressure in youth and junior categories to perform to secure that dream contract as early as possible. As witnessed on multiple recent examples, young talents coming out of junior category are often more than ready to immediately race for the prizes at the highest level.Wh...

The 11 national champions that are racing the 2024 Giro d'Italia - Two of them headlined stage 1

The Giro d'Italia features many of the world's best riders, and so as a consequence, many national champions end up taking to the start. This year 11 of them start the race and they have already featured at the very top of the opening day. In this list we have got four riders who are both road race...

Youngest Giro d'Italia peloton since 2000! These are the average age, height and weight of the 2024 Giro d'Italia

Grand Tours are usually a large-scale sample of the professional cycling world. At the 2024 Giro d'Italia, we take a some statistics that emerge from the peloton in terms of their physical attributes. According to ProCyclingStats, the average weight of the 176 riders that have started the 2024 Giro...

"Pogacar really flew by like a rocket" - Near-miss for Max Schachmann at the Giro, but German puncheur rides into surprising second place

Max Schachmann showed his very best legs once again last month at the Itzulia Basque Country; and although he was nowhere to be seen in the Ardennes, he was once again at the front in the first day of the Giro d'Italia but has mixed reactions over a strong second place on the road. “The final starte...

Giro d'Italia 2024 stage 1 GC update | Narváez in the pink jersey; Pogacar gains time on rivals; Bardet and Arensman victims of explosive day

The first stage of the Giro d'Italia 2024 has already concluded with a spectacular finish, worthy of being the opening day of the first grand tour of the season. Jhonatan Narváez managed to take the victory in the final reduced sprint against Tadej Pogacar and Max Schachmann.The INEOS Grenadiers rid...

Benoît Cosnefroy sprints to victory at Grand Prix du Morbihan ahead of Axel Zingle and Arnaud De Lie

Benoît Cosnefroy continues his strong season and has taken another victory today at the Grand Prix du Morbihan. It was a sprint amongst classics specialists which fell in the hands of the Decathlon AG2R La Mondiale Team rider. The French classic saw plenty ascents of the Côte de Cadoudal, but as usu...

Giro d'Italia: Jhonatan Narváez outsprints Tadej Pogacar to win stage 1; Romain Bardet and Thymen Arensman lose minutes on chaotic day

Jhonatan Narváez won stage 1 of the Giro d'Italia! It was a thrilling opening day of racing in Italy where several GC contenders lost time, there were plenty of attacks and chaos; an attack from Pogacar but ultimately the INEOS Grenadiers rider matched his attack and won in the final sprint. The fir...

PREVIEW | La Vuelta Femenina 2024 stage 8 - Demi Vollering's race to lose at mountainous queen stage

From the 28th of April to the 5th of May the women's peloton faces it's first Grand Tour of the season. La Vuelta Femenina features eight stages including chances for all kinds of riders and will be one of the highlights of the season. We preview the stage ahead. The final and queen stage of the rac...

Eddy Merckx on Tadej Pogacar: "It is possible to win both Grand Tours"

Cycling legent Eddy Merckx is quite fond of Tadej Pogacar and does not underestimate his abilities. As the Slovenian starts the Giro d'Italia, Merckx believes that the Slovenian can win both Grand Tours this year. "He raced a little less in the spring to get a fresh start. This way it seems that he...

OPINION | Enric Mas should have raced the Giro d'Italia in view of the modest roster of stars beyond Tadej Pogacar

Leaving aside Tadej Pogacar, clear favorite to win, the Giro d'Italia 2024 has one of the poorest startlists in its history in terms of classification riders. Tadej is not only a favorite because he is always a favorite in grand tours (except against Vingegaard), but also because the rivals are not...

Marianne Vos wins stage 7 of La Vuelta Femenina in impressive uphill sprint on windy day

The overall classification was at stake today at La Vuelta Femenina; strong crosswinds split the peloton, but the stage win was decided in the final hilltop where Marianne Vos was the strongest in the difficult dash to the line. A breakaway of nine riders threatened to take the win on the day, causi...

"This is definitely a red carpet for Tadej Pogacar" - Laurens Ten Dam weighs in on Giro d'Italia

Laurens Ten Dam hosts the Live Slow Ride Fast podcast and there, the Dutchman - who is now an avid gravel racer - has talked about the upcoming Giro d'Italia. On his mind for the race is only one name, with no surprise: Tadej Pogacar. "This is definitely a red carpet for Tadej Pogacar. In Italy they...

"A small list of names can win today" - Tadej Pogacar expects difficult opening day at Giro d'Italia

The first stage of the Giro d'Italia ends in Torino today, with a sequence of climbs that leaves the competition open for puncheurs and climbers. However with Tadej Pogacar in the mix, few will even have the opportunity to fight for the stage. The Slovenian himself expects a narrow list of favourite...

Fabio Aru: "Stringing two Grand Tours together is very difficult, but if one rider can win the double Giro-Tour, then it's Pogacar"

Fabio Aru never managed to get himself on the top step of the Giro d'Italia podium but he has come close. He has also been a teammate and roommate of this year's favourite Tadej Pogacar; someone who he has great confidence in ahead of this edition. "We were teammates for two years and even roommates...

"With a positive Lyme test, you know nothing" - Arnaud De Lie back to competition but admits big fears over Lyme's disease diagnosis

Arnaud de Lie had a very difficult spring form-wise, and after Gent-Wevelgem he was diagnosed with Lyme's a disease. A tough 2024 season for the Lotto Dstny leader, but he has since recovered from the illness and returned to racing and victories. He now aims for more this weekend in Bretagn"Especial...

Bahrain - Victorious confident in Antonio Tiberi's Grand Tour future and renew Italian until 2027: "That is why he is also our leader in the Giro"

Bahrain - Victorious have extended their contract with Antonio Tiberi into 2027. This is revealed on the day that the Giro d'Italia starts and the Italian will be at the helm of the team's overall classification ambitions. “I am very happy with my contract extension. I immediately felt at home with...

TV Guide - Where and when to watch Giro d'Italia 2024

The Giro d'Italia is every year one of the best and most exciting races in the calendar. We will find out what the 2024 edition has in store for us, in a route that is brutal, a startlist packed with strong sprinters and Tadej Pogacar as the main favourite to conquer the pink jersey. Here's where an...

PREVIEW | Giro d'Italia 2024 stage 1 - Can anyone stop Tadej Pogacar from taking pink jersey on the first day of racing?

Stage 1 of the 2024 Giro d'Italia is one of the hardest starts in modern Grand Tours. The day, starting and ending in Torino, features quite a lot of climbs including one that almost matches with the finish. We preview the opening day where Tadej Pogacar is the ultimate favourite. The race starts of...

Lefevere reveals financial dispute with Giro d'Italia organizers: "Because Remco did not finish the Giro, they did not want to pay the agreed starting fee"

Patrick Lefevere is not a man of hiding the ins and outs of cycling; He explains how Giro d'Italia organizers RCS did not pay Remco Evenepoel's starting fee in 2024 after the Soudal - Quick-Step rider was forced to abandon the race with Covid-19. Something which sparked a financial dispute. “For Rem...

"The only way of beating Pogačar is if you put 20kg under his saddle for a couple of days" - Sean Kelly over Giro d'Italia pink jersey battle

Sean Kelly, legend of professional cycling and currently a commentator at the highest level, cannot see a way that Tadej Pogacar will be beaten at the Giro d'Italia. This is an opinion widely shared, unless the Slovenian crashes out or faces consequences of illnesses. "If he doesn’t have any problem...

'Van Aert as good as certain to go to the Tour' - Report suggests that decision could already be made in Visma camp

Can the decision already be made? Wout van Aert is almost certain to be racing the Tour de France this summer according to sources within the Belgian media. If so, this comes in the wake of the rumour that he will return to racing at the upcoming Tour of Norway. This has been reported by Het Nieuwsb...

Vincenzo Nibali on Pogacar: "Nothing is impossible for Tadej, but he should not underestimate the Giro"

The Giro d'Italia is a race that can never be taken for granted. Tadej Pogacar certainly does not and expressed frustration with claims that he is unbeatable at the Corsa Rosa. Former winner Vincenzo Nibali advises the Slovenian to never underestimate the race. "Nothing is impossible for Tadej, but...

VIDEO: Shocking crash at Vuelta Bantrab caused by spectator running against cyclists

It is a rare sight but one that unfortunately usually brings big consequences. In Guatemala at the Vuelta Bantrab, footage emerged of a dramatic crashed caused by a spectator who ran against two riders in the finale of stage on the third stage. Two riders were in the head of the race when a spectato...

"Give it my all and have no regrets afterwards" - Simple plan for Julian Alaphilippe on opening Giro day as he looks to match Tadej Pogacar

In his prime, Julian Alaphilippe would find an ideal day on stage 1 of the 2024 Giro d'Italia. The final ascent is 1.5 kilometers at almost 9%, a perfect effort for the former World Champion's abilities. However, nowadays it is a much more difficult task to succeed, but he looks to take the pink jer...

PREVIEW | La Vuelta Femenina 2024 stage 7 - Marianne Vos possible winner on explosive finale at the end of a flat day

From the 28th of April to the 5th of May the women's peloton faces it's first Grand Tour of the season. La Vuelta Femenina features eight stages including chances for all kinds of riders and will be one of the highlights of the season. We preview the stage ahead. Stage 7 is a day that follow a gener...

Primoz Roglic back on track for Tour de France - BORA-hansgrohe leader set for three-week training camp in Teide

Primoz Roglic was on his way to have a spotless run-up to the Tour de France; and entered Itzulia Basque Country with storming form and his first win with BORA - hansgrohe. His spring was then turned upside down, but good news emerge from the German team's camp. Roglic crashed twice during the Basqu...

"The body simply has to heal. It needs the time to do so" - Jens Voigt advises Jonas Vingegaard to skip Tour de France and focus on Vuelta a Espana

Whilst his arch-rival Tadej Pogacar is preparing for the first leg of what he hopes will be a historic Giro d'Italia/Tour de France double, Jonas Vingegaard is currently resting and recovering from his horrific crash at the recent Itzulia Basque Country. Although Team Visma | Lease a Bike have refus...

“Winning the Tour de France difficult but not impossible" for Jonas Vingegaard says Visma's Merijn Zeeman

In the immediate aftermath of his horror crash at the Itzulia Basque Country earlier this year, injuries such as a fractured collarbone, fractured rib(s) and a pneumothorax seemed to have completely ruled Jonas Vingegaard out of the Maillot Jaune fight for this summer.Speaking to Wielerflits however...

PREVIEW | Giro d'Italia 2024 - Tadej Pogacar the big star of the season's first Grand Tour

The Giro d'Italia is every year one of the best and most exciting races in the calendar. We will find out what the 2024 edition has in store for us, in a route that is brutal, a startlist packed with strong sprinters and Tadej Pogacar as the main favourite to conquer the pink jersey. We preview the...

"He could win the climbers jersey, the points jersey... he could win the whole lot" - Tadej Pogacar set for Giro d'Italia domination predicts Christian Vande Velde

With Tadej Pogacar starting his Giro d'Italia debut tomorrow, the UAE Team Emirates leader is widely expected to claim the Maglia Rosa and according to ex-pro turned NBC analyst, Christian Vande Velde, Pogacar could completely dominate. "Look, there's a good possibility he could win like eight stage...

Maxim Van Gils for hilly classics and stages, Lennert Van Eetvelt for GC - young Lotto Dstny stars "complement each other perfectly"

Maxim Van Gils was one of the best riders of this hilly classics season and that's why there's no wonder some wonder whether, being such good climber, Van Gils could possibly challenge Grand tours in the future. However Lotto Dstny sports director Kurt Van de Wouwer thinks this role would suit his t...

"It is nonsense" - Tadej Pogacar quite unhappy with arguments that Giro is won before it even starts

The Giro d'Italia is 21 stages long and one of the hardest races in professional cycling, but more than ever in modern cycling there is an ultimate favourite that no-one can get around: Tadej Pogacar. However, the Slovenian is not happy with the storm that has been made around him leading up to the...

Final startlist Giro d'Italia 2024 with Tadej Pogacar, Geraint Thomas, Filippo Ganna, Biniam Girmay, Nairo Quintana, Julian Alaphilippe and Tim Merlier

The 2024 Giro d'Italia will take place from the 4th to the 26th of May. The first Grand Tour of the season, the main goal of the season for many and one of the most spectacular and history-rich cycling races in the world. We take a look at the startlist.The final startlist features: Ben O'Connor, Da...

Amy Pieters takes Team SD Worx - Protime to court in a dispute over her "indefinite" contract

Amy Pieters has taken Team SD Worx - Protime to court. The 32-year-old Dutch woman wants the team to acknowledge that she has an indefinite contract and pay the outstanding wages. The rider suffered serious brain damage in a hard fall during 2021 training camp with the team.Pieters currently has no...

"I want to avoid finishing second four times" - Jonathan Milan hopes to win more stages at this year's Giro d'Italia

At a pre-Giro d'Italia press conference, Lidl-Trek sprinter Jonathan Milan, stage and Maglia Ciclaminio winner last year, spoke about his status and his ambitions, as well as his main opponents and strong sprint train."What I did last year fills me with motivation and pride. I want to fight for the...

Impressed Israel – Premier Tech managers promote Joseph Blackmore to main team with immediate effect

Joseph Blackmore is yet to lose in a stage race in 2024, yet his next challenge will await him with second best ProTour team, Israel - Premier Tech from now on. The Briton was initially scheduled to step up from the Israeli team's academy only in 2025, but after Rick Zabel's early retirement a spot...

Tour of Scandinavia 2024 cancelled with funding problems, looks to return in 2025

The Tour of Scandinavia will not take place in 2024 due to a lack of funding, the organisers announced on Friday. The Women’s WorldTour stage race was set to take place from the 29 August to 1 September in Norway, Denmark and Sweden, but organisers hope to return in 2025."With heavy hearts, the boar...

"If Tadej Pogacar doesn't fall or get sick, he will win the Giro" - Eurosport commentator Jeroen Vanbelleghem has no doubts

Eurosport commentator Jeroen Vanbelleghem is a big fan of the Giro d'Italia. In the run-up to the first grand tour of the year, the Belgian reviewed chances of GC leaders coming from Benelux, while noting that Tadej Pogacar, bar bad luck, will be unmatched in Italy."If Tadej Pogacar doesn't fall or...

"Instead of doing another altitude training in Sierra Nevada, I needed to race" - Christophe Laporte explains his nomination for Giro d'Italia

In his ten years in professional peloton, Christophe Laporte never had the chance to get a taste of racing the Giro d'Italia not Vuelta a Espana. However tomorrow, this will be change as the European champion is in Torino, ready to make an unlikely debut at the Italian Grand tour, replacing injured...

"He reminds me a bit of Vincenzo Nibali" - Bahrain - Victorious backing Antonio Tiberi for podium challenge at Giro d'Italia 2024

With Italian cycling searching for their next great Grand Tour-winning hopeful, could Bahrain - Victorious' Antonio Tiberi prove himself first in line with a positive showing at the upcoming Giro d'Italia?"We are aiming for the top 5 with Antonio," sports director Franco Pellizotti tells Sporza, not...

“I can see the end now, and it's pretty close" - Geraint Thomas realistic on future as 'Watts Occurring' partner Luke Rowe announces retirement

On the eve of his 20th Grand Tour start, 37-year-old Geraint Thomas still has race-winning ambitions, especially after missing out by just 14 seconds at the Giro d'Italia last year. The Welshman is realistic however, that he doesn't have long left in the peloton. “I can see the end now, and it's pre...

"I am close to my best form" - Can Caleb Ewan return to Grand Tour stage winning ways at Giro d'Italia?

Once considered one of the biggest bunch sprint threats in the entirety of the peloton, Caleb Ewan has suffered a difficult last couple of seasons. After a return to Team Jayco AlUla, can the Australian get back to Grand Tour stage winning ways at the upcoming Giro d'Italia?"I think I am close to my...

"I will race with more confidence from now on" - Evita Muzic comes of age with stunning La Vuelta Femenina stage win

In one of the biggest wins of her career, FDJ -Suez's 24-year-old French climbing talent Evita Muzic came of age to overcome the mighty Demi Vollering on the brutal summit finish of stage 6 at La Vuelta Femenina. “When I saw on the final climb that I was the only one who could still follow, I really...

"I'm very short of form, but I hope to help as much as possible" - Nairo Quintana sets realistic Giro d'Italia goals

The Giro d'Italia 2024, which starts this Saturday, May 4, will mark the Grand Tour return of Nairo Quintana. Self-admittedly however, the Colombian isn't coming into the race with his top-level."Thrilled to be in a Grand Tour. You never stop dreaming. I've had a difficult start to 2024 because of i...

Evita Muzic denies Demi Vollering in brutal finale to stage 6 at La Vuelta Femenina 2024

In a thrilling summit finish to stage 6 of La Vuelta Femenina 2024, Evita Muzic has denied Demi Vollering back-to-back stage wins on a brutal climb.With a summit finish looming at the end of the day, the four-woman breakaway that formed relatively early on was allowed to build up a relatively big ad...

“There is nothing concrete yet for next year” - Emanuel Buchmann open to BORA - hansgrohe exit after recent controversy

Could Emanuel Buchmann's time with BORA - hansgrohe be coming to an end? After his controversial Giro d'Italia omission and the subsequent war of words with claims and counter-claims, all it not well for the German National Champion and his employers. After being left out of the BORA - hansgrohe tea...

"We shouldn't forget that a podium finish in a Grand Tour is an outstanding achievement" - 2nd behind Tadej Pogacar nothing to be ashamed of says Jens Voigt ahead of Giro d'Italia

With the first Grand Tour of 2024 getting underway this weekend, despite Tadej Pogacar calling talk of his imminent Giro d'Italia domination disrespectful to the other riders, Jens Voigt insists the best the rest can hope for is a spot on the podium. "The other teams and riders are not fools, but re...

“The preparation has been spot on! Nothing is going wrong" - Ben O'Connor high on confidence ahead of 2024 Giro d'Italia

For the Decathlon AG2R La Mondiale Team leader, Ben O'Connor, the 2024 Giro d'Italia marks a brilliant opportunity to make the first Grand Tour podium of his career.“The preparation has been spot on! Nothing is going wrong and every race before the Giro, so far, is going well," previews the 28-year-...

"It is up to riders like me to approach the race in a different way" - Romain Bardet hoping to emulate Thibaut Pinot by turning breakaway raids into GC success

Despite his positive form in recent weeks, Romain Bardet realises a first Grand Tour podium since the 2017 Tour de France will be a tough task at the upcoming Giro d'Italia. Therefore, the Frenchman is looking to adapt his style and is eyeing a compatriot for inspiration.“It can also be done through...

Einer Rubio extra motivated to thrive at 2024 Giro d'Italia: "Italy has become my second home"

Einer Rubio had a top-level Giro d'Italia 2023, taking a stage win in Crans Montana, one of the hardest of the race in last year's edition, and finishing eleventh overall, 10:43 behind winner Primoz Roglic. He looks to improve on that this year. This year, Movistar Team's Colombian climber is hoping...

Youngest and oldest riders at the 2024 Giro d'Italia - Riders that top both lists are part of one single team

At the 2024 Giro d'Italia, the startlist features riders who are both younger and older than the 2023 edition. We've got 20 and 41 year olds in the same peloton this year; and surprisingly both youngest and oldest will be teammates this month. In the young side we've got Giro debutant Giulio Pellizz...

The 29 nations that will be represented at the 2024 Giro d'Italia

29 different nations will be represented at the 2024 Giro d'Italia. The first Grand Tour of the season is always a race that delivers amazing spectacle, and this year fans from almost three dozen countries will be able to cheer on their compatriots to success at the Corsa Rosa. Without surprise, Ita...

Robbie McEwen advises Tadej Pogacar to "be conservative in the Giro d'Italia. It's a long time until the end of July"

With Tadej Pogacar attempting to become the first man since Marco Pantani to win both the Giro d'Italia and the Tour de France in the same year, Eurosport expert Robbie McEwen has advised the Slovenian to try and win the Giro whilst being as conservative as possible. "Be conservative in the Giro. It...

Danny van Poppel was surprised with BORA's removal of Sam Welsford from Giro d'Italia: "Perhaps they have just seen that I am currently better than my leaders"

Danny van Poppel signed with BORA - hansgrohe in 2022 and in the role of a leadout man, quickly became one of the best and even the single best in the whole peloton according to many. However he has not had top sprinters to work with it seems, and is getting his own opportunity to lead the German te...

Tadej Pogacar 'a different rider from everybody else' - Key lieutenant argues that "if he gets through the Giro without any problems then he is stronger for the Tour"

Mikkel Bjerg's role at UAE Team Emirates is nowadays not as important as it was until a couple years ago as the team reinforced itself significantly; but at the 2024 Giro d'Italia he is once again in the command of the Tadej Pogacar protection group at a Grand Tour. The Dane argues that his teammate...

Luke Rowe retires from pro cycling at the end of 2024 - Welshman key to Chris Froome, Geraint Thomas and Egan Bernal's Tour de France wins

INEOS Grenadiers have confirmed in a social media post this morning that 34-year old Luke Rowe will retire from pro cycling at the end of the ongoing season. The Welshman has proved a pivotal part of the famous 'Sky Train' throughout the 2010's and assisted the team into five consecutive Tour de Fra...

Another Spanish Grand Depart? Report suggests that Barcelona will host start of 2026 Tour de France

The Tour de France is one of the most internationally recognized and important sporting events and so, many countries and cities negotiate to try and bring the event to their roads. Spain - more precisely the Basque Country - just hosted a very popular start to the Tour in 2023, and the peloton may...

Wout van Aert likely to make return to racing at Tour of Norway

Wout van Aert was racing at Dwars door Vlaanderen just over a month ago with an eye on preparing for the cobbled monuments; in what was his final serious preparation day he suffered a brutal crash and injuries that put him out of over half his season's goals. Now, he is set to return to racing in th...

"I think we have a lot of options" - Fernando Gaviria looks to take Movistar back to the top at Giro d'Italia sprints

Fernando Gaviria arrives at the Giro d'Italia 2024 with the intention of taking the occasional sprint win. The Movistar Team sprinter will be the spearhead of his team in the flat stages and the one who could fulfill the Spanish team's stage victory aspirations.In a pre-race press conference with hi...

"Win a Monument or the worlds on the road... podium in the Tour" - Tom Pidcock assesses his remaining goals in cycling

One of the most multi-faceted riders around today, Tom Pidcock has shown his capabilities to win big races in various disciplines. As such, the list of career goals that the 24-year-old hasn't yet added to his palmares isn't too long. “I’m 24. I’ve won Strade Bianche, Amstel Gold Race, a stage of th...

"When I tried to move I felt that something was wrong..." - Wout van Aert recalls spring ending crash in new Team Visma | Lease a Bike documentary

Having entered this Spring Classics season with so much optimism, Wout van Aert's campaign was brought to a screeching halt by a nasty crash at Dwars Door Vlaanderen. In the new, 'Road to Resilience' documentary on the Team Visma | Lease a Bike YouTube page, the Belgian has reflected on said crash. ...

Nairo Quintana eases expectations after bad luck heading into Giro d'Italia: "Surely some will already come with the criticism"

Nairo Quintana arrives at the Giro d'Italia 2024 after a difficult last few weeks due to a crash at the Volta a Catalunya. That hampered his preparation for the race. Movistar Team's Colombian arrives on the 10th anniversary of his victory in the final general classification.Along with his teammates...

Ide Schelling resumes training after getting rid of skin infection: "I'm finding a normal feeling in my legs again"

After finding himself being unable to finish both Spanish WorldTour stage races earlier this spring, Ide Schelling acknowledged it was time to take a break off the bike to cure a skin illness that has been bothering the Astana Qazaqstan rider for a while now."It turned out an unharmful skin virus, P...

PREVIEW | La Vuelta Femenina 2024 stage 6 - Can Demi Vollering make it two for two at mountaintop finish?

From the 28th of April to the 5th of May the women's peloton faces it's first Grand Tour of the season. La Vuelta Femenina features eight stages including chances for all kinds of riders and will be one of the highlights of the season. We preview the stage ahead. The sixth day of racing starts uphil...

Paul Double on his non-selection for Giro di Italia: "They told me that I deserved to go to the Giro"

Team Polti Kometa's Paul Double, recently 3rd from the Tour of Turkey, spoke about his non-selection for the Giro di Italia (May 4-26). Although he says he respects the choice of his team, the Briton can't hide his disappointment after a strong spring campaign."I deserved to go," he begins a video p...

"I will aim to have a conservative start and then look for stages later on" - Michael Woods aims to grab a stage in second half of Giro d'Italia

In 2018, Michael Woods came close to a stage 4 win at Giro d'Italia, only to be denied by Tim Wellens. Now, six years further down the road, the Israel - Premier Tech leader is back to the Italian Grand tour, and this time, the aim is obvious: to complete the Grand tour stages collection."It's been...

CONFIRMED: Peter Sagan lines up at Tour de Hongrie in brief return to road cycling

Peter Sagan has not raced on road since October 2023 when the Slovakian superstar arrived 9th at Tour de Vendée, th final race of his professional road career. However that doesn't mean that the three-time World champion hung his bike on the nail.While Sagan devoted 2024 to a start in MTB competitio...

Talented French climber Ewen Costiou extends with Arkéa - B&B Hotels until 2026

Ewen Costiou has the reputation of one of the most promising French talents, fading only in comparison with the likes of Lenny Martinez and Romain Grégoire. It only makes sense Arkéa - B&B Hotels didn't waste any more time to secure services of the 21-year-old Breton through at least 2026 season."Ew...

Two-time Giro d'Italia stage winner Alberto Dainese about the deep sprinter field: "I hope to be able to give the best a run for their money"

Alberto Dainese is looking with confidence to the 2024 Giro d'Italia. And it only makes to beam with self-esteem as the Italian sprinter heads into his home Grand Tour with fully dedicated sprint train. Additionally, the Tudor Pro Cycling rider has already won two Giro stages before with sprint supp...

"It was after midnight when suddenly the plaster fell from the ceiling. I was frightened to death" - Oliver Naesen shares a horror story from Eschborn-Frankfurt hotel

Oliver Naesen was sleeping soundly in his hotel room in Germany, ahead of the Eschborn-Frankfurt classic, when suddenly thirty kilograms of plaster fell from the ceiling just next to the Belgian."I was in the room with Stan Dewulf who was riding his first race of the season. It was after midnight wh...

PHOTOS: EF Education-EasyPost reveal one-off special outfit for 2024 Giro d'Italia

With their traditional pink outfit clashing with the race leader's Maglia Rosa at the Giro d'Italia, EF Education-EasyPost traditionally have to mix up their kit for the first Grand Tour of the season and this year is no different.In a significantly less whacky look than what has been seen in previo...

Head of UAE wants Jonas Vingegaard at Tour de France to battle Tadej Pogacar: "There is an undeniable rivalry"

The 2024 season began in the most exciting way possible. Cycling fans were looking forward to a Tour de France where the 'Big Four' would meet: Tadej Pogacar, Jonas Vingegaard, Primoz Roglic and Remco Evenepoel. However, a crash in the Itzulia Basque Country involving the latter three left Evenepoel...

Experts see Thymen Arensman as potential leader of INEOS over Geraint Thomas: "They will be very happy when either of them makes it onto the podium"

What can possibly be Thymen Arensman's role in this year's Giro d'Italia? A key domestique for Geraint Thomas? The one to throw the situation off-balance in the mountains? Kop over Kop guests analyze the Dutchman's options and the conclusion is that the 24-year-old rider is ready to take on the lead...

"I don't rule out that he will stay at UAE for his entire career" - Tadej Pogacar's agent believes he is in the perfect teams; reveals how he met Slovenian at 18

Tadej Pogacar is the man of the moment as the Giro d'Italia is only two days away from it's start in Torino. UAE Team Emirates have assembled in Italy, and keeping a close eye on the team's performance is Alex Carera, agent of the Slovenian. In a recent interview, he talks about how he met the now s...

"I can't actually imagine Bora and Buchmann having a future together" - Jens Voigt reacts to the on-going beef between Bora and Emanuel Buchmann

The relations between Emanuel Buchmann and BORA - hansgrohe are not very good at the moment. After the German champion was crossed out of the Giro d'Italia lineup at very late phases, the 31-year-old's future continuation with the German formation doesn't seem quite likey.For Jens Voigt the situatio...

"With the legs I have, I'm ready to race aggressively" - Julian Alaphilippe targeting stage wins on Giro d'Italia debut

For the first time in his career, Julian Alaphilippe will be at the startline of the Giro d'Italia on May 4th. After showing some good legs at the recent Tour de Romandie, Alaphilippe is confident he can complete his set of Grand Tour stage wins.With a stage from the 2017 Vuelta a Espana and six sta...

"It is difficult to say where I stand compared to the Vuelta last year" - Cian Uijtdebroeks starts Giro d'Italia as Team Visma | Lease a Bike's GC hope

After his protracted and controversial move from BORA - hansgrohe to Team Visma | Lease a Bike over the recent off-season, Cian Uijtdebroeks gets his first Grand Tour chance in the colours of his new team at the upcoming Giro d'Italia. So far this year, the 21-year-old Belgian has been solid if not...

"I want to keep it until the very end" - Relieved Demi Vollering into Red Jersey after first win of the season at La Vuelta Femenina

After an admittedly disappointing Spring Classics campaign, Demi Vollering fired back to an emphatic return to form on stage 5 of La Vuelta Femenina 2024, taking the stage win on the summit finish at Alto del Fuerte Rapitán."I felt really strong this season, but I hadn’t been able to win as of yet....

"From the Tour onwards we have a new name: RedBull-BORA-hansgrohe" - Ralph Denk confirms new sponsorship agreement is complete

After news first broke of global drinks conglomerate RedBull attempting to join the sponsorship parties of the BORA - hansgrohe team, rumours have abounded about who could potentially join the team with their new investment. Ahead of the first Grand Tour of the year, team manager Ralph Denk have pro...

"Wherever I go I'm considered the favourite. By now I have learned to live with it" - Tadej Pogacar thriving under pressure of Giro d'Italia favourite tag

In the eyes of most pundits, fans and even fellow riders, Tadej Pogacar is a clear standout favourite for the 2024 Giro d'Italia. Rather than feeling the weight of this pressure however, the Slovenian is well used to the weight of anticipation by now. "I think wherever I go I'm considered the favour...

Destructive Demi Vollering takes first victory of the season on stage 5 of La Vuelta Femenina and moves into Red Jersey

Demi Vollering has bounced back from a somewhat disappointing Classics campaign by her own high standards to take her first win of the season in style on stage 5 of La Vuelta Femenina 2024, moving into the Red Jersey in the process.Despite the summit finish and the end of the stage, no riders were w...

"The level is high, but that's how I like it" - Tim Merlier anticipating fierce bunch sprint battles during Giro d'Italia

After completely missing out on selection for any of the Grand Tours in 2023, Soudal - Quick-Step's Tim Merlier returns to three-week stage race action in the coming weeks at the Giro d'Italia. "My form is good, I think," assesses the 31-year-old Belgian, who has seven wins already under his belt so...

"I'm not a sprinter, it's not my role" - Filippo Ganna rules himself out of Maglia Ciclamino fight at 2024 Giro d'Italia

A two-time individual time-trial world champion, Filippo Ganna reinvented himself somewhat towards the end of the 2023 season, competing in bunch sprints at the Vuelta a Espana. This has led some to consider the INEOS Grenadiers powerhouse as an outside bet for the Maglia Ciclamino at the upcoming G...

"I just rode Vincenzo Nibali right out of the wheel" - Tom Dumoulin recalls epic Giro d'Italia stage win atop Oropa in 2017

A winner of four Giro d'Italia stages during his career and the Maglia Rosa in 2017, the now-retired Tom Dumoulin has great love affair with the opening Grand Tour of the season.Reflecting on his relationship with the premier Italian stage race, Dumoulin took a trip down memory lane via the In Het W...

"I'm arriving on the Italian roads with a lot of expectations" - After breakthrough Spring Laurence Pithie ready for Grand Tour debut

After a breakthrough Spring Classics campaign, Groupama - FDJ's Laurence Pithie will be hoping to keep the impressive performances going as he makes his Grand Tour debut at the Giro d'Italia."Being at the start in Turin for three weeks of competition is a real opportunity, and discovering your first...

"I see around six to seven chances for myself" - Olav Kooij eyes sprint wins on hotly-anticipated Grand Tour debut at Giro d'Italia

With 32 wins already on his palmares, Team Visma | Lease a Bike's sprinting prodigy Olav Kooij will finally get a chance to showcase himself in a Grand Tour over the next few weeks, after getting the nod for the 2024 Giro d'Italia. "So far, everything is going well. I took a rest after the spring cl...

Geraint Thomas looking forward to battle with Tadej Pogacar: "He is one of the strongest riders ever and it will be a great challenge"

INEOS Grenadiers come to the Giro d'Italia stacked; with a lineup including great climbers, a lot of experience and a very well rounded team led by Geraint Thomas who looks to make good use out of all these resources to counter the expected dominance of Tadej Pogacar. “I don't think I'll start out b...

2024 Giro d'Italia Race Center - Lineup announcements, TV, Startlist, Profile, Prize Money and Previews

The Giro d'Italia is every year one of the best and most exciting races in the calendar. We will find out what the 2024 edition has in store for us, in a route that is brutal, a startlist packed with strong sprinters and Tadej Pogacar as the main favourite to conquer the pink jersey.In this article...

"I never lost hope of being at the start of the Giro" - Nairo Quintana to support Movistar and chase stage win at Giro d'Italia, despite rocky preparation

Nairo Quintana makes his Grand Tour return this Saturday at the 2024 Giro d'Italia and he will be one of the riders who will be closely followed by everyone. 10 years after his triumph at the Giro, he comes in now with very different ambitions. “I was 10 years younger. Cycling is evolving very quick...

PREVIEW | La Vuelta Femenina 2024 stage 5 - Vollering, Longo Borghini, Niewiadoma and Vos fight for race lead in steep summit finish

From the 28th of April to the 5th of May the women's peloton faces it's first Grand Tour of the season. La Vuelta Femenina features eight stages including chances for all kinds of riders and will be one of the highlights of the season. We preview the stage ahead. The race enters it's tough phase. St...

Rui Oliveira key part of UAE's leadout at Giro d'Italia but knows what the focus is: "We know he can win the Giro, and that's the main goal"

Rui Oliveira sets off this Saturday for his second Giro d'Italia and fifth Grand Tour. The 27-year-old Portuguese rider races into the Giro with two missions: to help Juan Sebastián Molano win a stage and Tadej Pogacar win the general classification."Before we go for the sprint, maybe every stage we...

VIDEO: Biniam Girmay stars in Intermarché-Wanty's special equipment reveal for Giro d'Italia

The Grand Tours are always the place for teams to reveal special equipment projects they had been working on, often coming as a surprise. Intermarché-Wanty are making a slight change in their jersey towards the Giro d'Italia and they had Biniam Girmay in the reveal. The change is due to the team hav...

"We win a stage, fight for the mountain jersey, and finish in the top 10 in GC" - Ivan Basso about Polti Kometa's big goals for Giro d'Italia

Three years ago, Team Polti Kometa (then EOLO-Kometa) entered their first Grand Tour with a bang, with Lorenzo Fortunato on iconic Monte Zoncolan. Last year, Davide Bais added another victory. The Italian ProTeam believes they can add number three in four years, with a well-rounded selection of ride...

Visma forced to call in Tim van Dijke for Giro d'Italia as Koen Bouwman got sick at Tour de Romandie

The string of bad luck doesn't seem to have an end for Visma | Lease a Bike this year. The Dutch team's Giro d'Italia lineup already took big hits with leaders Wout van Aert and Wilco Kelderman dropping out of the selected eight with injuries in the spring. Now it's clear that the 2022 King of Mount...

Tour de France director Christian Prudhomme hints that Grande Boucle could visit Brittany in 2025: "We will soon return to Brittany"

Tour de France could return to Bretagne in 2025. Race director Christian Prudhomme inidicated this on the set of Thierry Adam, while visiting the local stage race Tour de Bretagne (2.2) to surprise local hero and five time Tour de France champion Bernard Hinault, who is turning 70 this year.Since 20...

After 10 years in the professional peloton, Rick Zabel will retire at Rund um Köln at the end of May

May 26 will be the final raceday of Rick Zabel's career. The 30-year-old German professional will retire at his home race Rund um Köln with more than 10 years worth of experience racing at the highest level for BMC, Katusha Alpecin and since 2020 in Israel - Premier Tech jersey."I have to tell you s...

Marianne Vos grabs the leader's jersey at Vuelta Femenina, but wishes for more: "We rode well, but unfortunately, one person proved to be too strong"

The fourth stage of La Vuelta Femenina, marked by echelons, didn't bring Marianne Vos a desired stage victory, but a leader's jersey is always more than welcome consolidation prize. Something the Visma | Lease a Bike rider has to agree with."Faulkner's attack was very strong," Vos looks back realist...

"It's like hunting, you have to wait until he creates an opening" - Cyrille Guimard suggests patience to Tadej Pogacar's opponents

With 107th Giro d'Italia just around the corner and the cards already dealt, Cyclism'Actu's Cyrille Guimard tries to read who holds the strongest trump cards in the hunt for seemingly invincible and omnipotent Tadej Pogacar."Based on what we have seen since the start of the season and taking into ac...

POLL | Who will win the youth classification at the 2024 Giro d'Italia?

Tadej Pogacar cannot win the youth classification in Grand Tours anymore, and so this opens up the door for other riders to succeed where he is present. The white jersey will be a hotly disputed one at this year's Giro d'Italia and features three very balanced favourites. These will be Cian Uijtdebr...

POLL | Who will win the KOM classification at the 2024 Giro d'Italia?

The KOM classification of the Giro d'Italia is always one that puts some of the world's top climbers on the podium. Thibaut Pinot won the Maglia Azurra last year; this year there are plenty contenders. As the other main jerseys, obviously Tadej Pogacar sits at the top of the charts when it comes to...

POLL | Who will win the points classification at the 2024 Giro d'Italia?

The points classification at the Giro d'Italia will be a battle fought amongst the many sprint stages. The famous Maglia Ciclamino usually falls in the hands of a sprinter, but the presence of Tadej Pogacar threatens to bring that to an end this year. However, it remains likely that one of the fast...

POLL | Who will win the overall classification at the 2024 Giro d'Italia?

The pink jersey will be the headline of the 2024 Giro d'Italia. Tadej Pogacar is the ultimate favourite for the overall win at the Corsa Rosa, but can he stay upright and healthy throughout the 21 days of racing? If so, it's hard to see anyone match him throughout the Giro. Geraint Thomas, Romain Ba...

INEOS confident that team can win Grand Tour once again: "Last year we were close to overpowering Roglic"

INEOS Grenadiers were, last decade, the dominant team in pro cycling's Grand Tours. That is not the case anymore, but the British team has not let their guards down and is working on developing future winners of the three-week races. "Pogacar is one of the big boys in lap work within our sport, just...

Joxean Matxin believes Tadej Pogacar can win first Giro d'Italia stage: "It could be perfect for Tadej"

Tadej Pogacar heads into the Giro d'Italia as the main favourite, but also as the man to beat for the first stage of the race. Joxean Matxin is aware of this possibility, but he does end up playing down the chances of the Slovenian in the day's finale in Torino. "I don’t know. Stage 1 is a special s...

"I really chose the right moment" - Kristen Faulkner queen of the echelons at La Vuelta Femenina

Kristen Faulkner is no stranger to winning in 2024, but without a shadow of a doubt her triumph today at La Vuelta Femenina is the biggest - and also one of the most important of her career. The EF Education-Cannondale succeeded in a late attack after a day marked by the strong winds. “At one point...

"It's really crazy, everything went perfectly this season" - Maxim van Gils ends perfect spring with victory at Eschborn-Frankfurt

Third at Strade Bianche and Flèche Wallone, Top10 at Liège-Bastogne-Liège and Milano-Sanremo, winner of the Vuelta a Andalucia (time-trial) and now winner of Eschborn-Frankfurt. Maxim van Gils had an immensely successful spring and his last day of racing for a while ended in a surprising victory. “I...

Giro d'Italia startlist complete! EF Education-EasyPost reveal '8' without Hugh Carthy; Esteban Chaves and Simon Carr as stage hunters

Eight climbers and puncheur form EF Education-EasyPost's lineup for the Giro d'Italia. No GC ambitions and no sprinters from the last team to confirm their riders for the first Grand Tour of the season. It is in fact a lineup different from all others. The American comes into the race without a spri...

Groupama - FDJ take young team to Giro d'Italia - Laurence Pithie makes Grand Tour debut after stunning spring

Laurence Pithie was one of the big breakthrough riders of the season and he gets his reward from Groupama-FDJ. The French team heads to the Giro d'Italia with a young lineup and the 21-year old is the absolute leader. Pithie was the winner of the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race earlier this year....

La Vuelta Femenina: Kristen Faulkner wins stage 4; echelons see Gaia Realini and Liane Lippert losing significant time

Stage 4 of La Vuelta Femenina was an exciting day of racing. Almost completely flat, but the strong winds created big splits very early on that were meaningful for the overall classification. A small group rode to the finish, and Kristen Fualkner won with a late attack from it. The strong winds caus...

Maxim van Gils wins exciting Eschborn-Frankfurt decided in a sprint; Alex Aranburu and Riley Sheehan complete podium

Eschborn-Frankfurt was a race, once again, quite attacked. The race ended up being decided in a relatively big group sprint, but a puncheur won nevertheless as Maxim van Gils took another incredible result to add to his wonderful spring. The breakaway of the day set off early in the day with German...

Ellen van Dijk withdraws from La Vuelta Femenina after failing to recover from stage 1 crash

Although Lidl-Trek managed to secure the stage win in the team time-trial, Ellen van Dijk was involved in a nasty crash, on the final corner.The 37-year-old Dutchwoman managed to cross the line post-crash and successfully navigated her way through stages 2 and 3. Sadly though, the Lidl-Trek star wil...

Olav Kooij, Christophe Laporte & Cian Uijtdebroeks headline Team Visma | Lease a Bike's Giro d'Italia lineup

Although Team Visma | Lease a Bike have been rocked by injury in the early part of this year, with Wout van Aert's Giro d'Italia debut put on the back burner, the team have still managed to put together a very impressive lineup."We are approaching this Giro differently than in previous years", says...

"I was quite surprised to read that we had promised him co-leadership" - BORA - hansgrohe DS denies Emanuel Buchmann's claims as fallout continues

The fallout continues from BORA - hansgrohe's reveal of their Giro d'Italia 2024 lineup and the controversial omission of German National Champion, Emanuel Buchmann.Revealing his frustrations at being snubbed, Buchmann took to Instagram after the team was revealed for the first Grand Tour of the yea...

“It’s not like during the era of Chris Froome, when there was no panache" - Philippe Gilbert disagrees Tadej Pogacar's likely Giro d'Italia domination will be boring

Barring any accident, injury or illness, Tadej Pogacar is widely expected to dominate the Maglia Rosa fight at the upcoming Giro d'Italia. Some have shared concerns that this could lead to boring racing, however, Philippe Gilbert completely disagrees.“I think even if he has dominance he is still att...

Giro d'Italia "unfinished business" for Geraint Thomas according to INEOS Grenadiers DS

Missing out on the Maglia Rosa by just 14 seconds to Primoz Roglic in 2023, Geraint Thomas will return to the Giro d'Italia in the coming weeks determined to go one better and claim a second Grand Tour win of his career. “G does the Giro for a reason, right? or him, the Giro is still 'unfinished bus...

“It’s hard to see any other result" - Realistic Eddie Dunbar admits Tadej Pogacar is a clear favourite for Giro d'Italia victory

After a seventh-placed finish in the general classification last year, Team Jayco AlUla's Eddie Dunbar will return to the Giro d'Italia with hopes of a podium finish, when the first Grand Tour of the year gets underway in a few days. The Irishman willingly admits though that the Maglia Rosa is likel...

Sprint star Kaden Groves leads stage hunting Alpecin-Deceuninck at 2024 Giro d'Italia

A stage winner at the 2023 Giro d'Italia, Aussie sprint star Kaden Groves will return to the first Grand Tour of the season in the coming weeks, leading the charge of a stage-hunting Alpecin-Deceuninck lineup."For us, the tenth consecutive Grand Tour," begins the Alpecin-Deceuninck team as they offi...

Davide Bais and Davide Piganzoli lead the Team Polti Kometa charge at 2024 Giro d'Italia

One of the invited teams for the 2024 Giro d'Italia, Team Polti Kometa have revealed their lineup for the first Grand Tour of the year.A hero of last year's edition, Davide Bais will return to the Giro d'Italia. The Italian took a stage win from the breakaway 12 months ago and subsequently wore the...

"I'm not really 100 percent sure where I'll be fitness wise" - Neilson Powless returns to racing at Eschborn-Frankurt after two months out

For the first time since the 9th of March, Neilson Powless will be back in the peloton later this afternoon at Eschborn-Frankfurt. Ahead of the race, the American discussed his excitement at getting back into the action."I'm not really 100 percent sure where I'll be fitness wise for Eschborn-Frankfu...

Lennard Kämna leaves hospital nearly a month after training crash: "First step of my recovery has been completed"

Ever since a horrific training crash on the eve of the Itzulia Basque Country, BORA - hansgrohe's Lennard Kämna has been kept in a Tenerife hospital bed, recovering from being hit by a car. Now though, almost a month later, the German is out of hospital. "Some great news to start the day," begins an...

Egan Bernal confirms plans to return to Tour de France later this summer after encouraging run of form

After impressive performances during 2024 have marked the biggest sign yet of Egan Bernal's recovery, the Colombian has now confirmed his intentions to return to the Tour de France later this summer.A Maillot Jaune winner back in 2019, Bernal made his long-awaited return to the Tour de France for th...

Arkéa - B&B Hotels reveal youthful and opportunistic lineup for 2024 Giro d'Italia

With the countdown to the 2024 Giro d'Italia fully underway, Arkéa - B&B Hotels have become the latest team to unveil their lineup for the opening Grand Tour of the season, putting emphasis on youth. “The 2024 Giro d'Italia will be the first Grand Tour contested by Ewen Costiou, who has stood out si...

"In the final few hundred metres I didn’t have the best position" - Charlotte Kool misses out on La Vuelta Femenina stage win to Marianne Vos

In a frantic bunch sprint finish to stage 3 of the 2024 La Vuelta Femenina, Team DSM-Firmenich PostNL's Charlotte Kool was forced to settle for second place behind Marianne Vos. “Today’s stage was really hard from the start. To be honest I didn’t believe it could end in a bunch sprint with how it st...

PREVIEW | Eschborn-Frankfurt 2024 - Can sprinters take back their classic; or Nys, Van Gils, UAE and company make it one for the classics specialists?

On the first of May, we have the first World Tour level one-day race following the spring classics. It is the day where Germany headlines the cycling world, as some of the best sprinters and classics riders take to the start of the Eschborn-Frankfurt classic. We preview the race ahead. The race is 2...

"I fear that the general classification may become a bit boring" - Experts argue whether likely Tadej Pogacar domination will ruin Giro d'Italia excitement

Ahead of the first Grand Tour of the year at the 2024 Giro d'Italia, rather than a question of who will take the Maglia Rosa to Rome, it seems most are asking by how many minutes Tadej Pogacar will eventually prevail. "I fear that the general classification may indeed become a bit boring, although i...

Philippe Gilbert doesn't see many possibilities to dethrone Tadej Pogacar at Giro d'Italia: "Geraint needs to use his experience to be in second, and hope for some bad luck for Pogacar"

According to ex-pro Philippe Gilbert, Tadej Pogacar and UAE Team Emirates learned from past mistakes and discounted the idea that this Giro d'Italia squad is somewhat underwhelming."The only way to beat him is to have a really strong team like Visma did at the Tour in 2022 and to play with a few car...

"Our strategy for the Giro d'Italia has changed radically in the last four weeks" - BORA - hansgrohe respond to Emanuel Buchmann's outburst

After BORA - hansgrohe announced their lineup for the 2024 Giro d'Italia on Monday afternoon, it didn't take for one of the notable omissions from the team, Emanuel Buchmann to express his frustrations via his official Instagram account. "I can not describe my disappointment and frustration to be no...

Thibau Nys about doping paranoia: "My girlfriend had to apply cortisone ointment above her lip. I didn't kiss her for a week"

He never pays for the hairdresser and is a super fan of Belgian series from the '90s - FC De Kampioenen. In the podcast Gossip Guy we get to know Thibau Nys in a different way: the man next to the bicycle.Podcast maker Ender Scholtens admits that he is not an avid follower of cycling. This soon beco...

"After this result in Tour of Turkey I may have to go for the GCs" - Frank van den Broek laughs after his surprise win

Frank van den Broek impressed last week with a stage and final victory in the Tour of Turkey. On the final climb of stage 6, the 23-year-old Dutchman from DSM-firmenich PostNL was the strongest ahead of former long-time professional Merhawi Kudus.Along with his team, Van der Broek celebrated total o...

Spring revelation Maxim Van Gils reveals schedule for summer with Tour de France as highlight, while he keeps an eye on World Championships selection

Maxim Van Gils didn't go far from being the revelation of this spring, with podiums finishes at both; Strade Bianche and La Fleche Wallonne. Despite his schedule being filled with very challenging one-day races, the 24-year-old's spring block is not over. Just yet. There is Eschborn-Frankfurt left f...

"They don't expect much from me until the first rest day" - Jasper Stuyven surprisingly makes the Giro d'Italia cut

Monday brought with it Lidl-Trek's Giro d'Italia lineup announcement and a surprise with Jasper Stuyven making return to competition after his crash Dwars door Vlaanderen. Ever since then, Stuyven was keeping track of his recovery process in a diary at Het Laatste Nieuws, "I have agreed with the te...

"It makes me emotional to see how everyone lives the event along with us" - Tuesday's La Vuelta Femenina breakaway hero Mireia Benito

She probably envisioned her day to go differently, however Mireia Benito can't really complain about the outcome. After all, she became Tuesday's La Vuelta Femenina hero with an epic 100km solo breakaway. Her effort wasn't rewarded with a sweet victory, but the fond memories she made along the way w...

"I suffered a lot today" - Blanka Kata Vas battles through back pain to keep hold of Red Jersey at La Vuelta Femenina

After using the bonus seconds available on stage 2 to launch herself into the overall race lead of the La Vuelta Femenina 2024, Blanka Kata Vas ensured the Red Jersey will stay on her shoulders a little longer by successfully navigating stage 3 without incident. That wasn't to say it was an easy day...

UCI Rankings Team Update | Lidl-Trek and Decathlon AG2R jump to second and third as Alpecin-Deceunick drops; UAE Team Emirates increases lead

The World Tour teams continue their battle for the Top of the UCI points charts. UAE Team Emirates remain completely unchallenged and have extended their lead, but the remaining podium spots suffered changes. UAE won the Vuelta a Asturias in absolute dominance, whilst at the Tour de Romandie they en...

PHOTO: Mathieu van der Poel enjoys well-earned rest in Dubai

After a busy Spring saw Mathieu van der Poel take victories at races such as the E3 Saxo Classic, Paris-Roubaix and the Tour of Flanders, the world champion is enjoying some well-deserved rest currently in Dubai. In a photo posted to the Instagram story of van der Poel's partner, Roxanne Bertels, th...

Biniam Girmay returns to scene of most famous victory as Intermarché - Wanty announce lineup for 2024 Giro d'Italia

Two years on from when Biniam Girmay made history as the first black African to win a Grand Tour stage, the Eritrean will return to the Giro d'Italia in 2024 as leader of the Intermarché - Wanty team.Taking stage 10 of the 2022 Giro d'Italia ahead of Mathieu van der Poel no less, Girmay captured the...

PREVIEW | La Vuelta Femenina 2024 stage 4 - Third bunch sprint expected, and another battle between Marianne Vos and Charlotte Kool

From the 28th of April to the 5th of May the women's peloton faces it's first Grand Tour of the season. La Vuelta Femenina features eight stages including chances for all kinds of riders and will be one of the highlights of the season. We preview the stage ahead. A transition stage. The 142 kilomete...

"Today we went all-in again" - Marianne Vos bounces back from stage 2 disappointment to take powerful La Vuelta Femenina stage 3 victory

For the 252nd time in her career, the legendary Marianne Vos crossed the line with her arms aloft in victory on Tuesday afternoon on stage 3 of La Vuelta Femenina 2024.“I am of course very happy,” reflected the Team Visma | Lease a Bike star in her post-stage interview, delighted to bounce back well...

Final startlist Eschborn-Frankurt 2024 with Marc Hirschi, Soren Kragh Andersen, Thibau Nys, Nils Politt, Neilson Powless and Maxim van Gils

On the first of May, we have the first World Tour level one-day race following the spring classics. It is the day where Germany headlines the cycling world, as some of the best sprinters and classics riders take to the start of the Eschborn-Frankfurt classic. We take a look at it's startlist. The st...

Powerful Marianne Vos dominates in bunch sprint finish on stage 3 of La Vuelta Femenina 2024

Marianne Vos has emerged victorious on stage 3 of the 2024 La Vuelta Femenina after a powerful bunch sprint finale in Teruel, taking victory ahead of Charlotte Kool by a bike length at the line.With Mireia Benito forming a one-woman breakaway out front the peloton allowed the Spanish rider of AG Ins...

"It’s not just about the qualities on the bike but the qualities of the person" - Team SD Worx - Protime quiet on rumours of Demi Vollering replacement

With the latest reports suggesting Demi Vollering's transfer to FDJ - Suez can be considered all but officially confirmed, another rumour mill has begun regarding who Team SD Worx - Protime will target to replace the Tour de France Femmes champion.Names such as Katarzyna Niewiadoma and Cecilie Uttru...

Giro d'Italia podium "within my capabilities" insists optimistic Ben O'Connor

With the Decathlon AG2R La Mondiale Team announcing their lineup for the first Grand Tour of 2024, GC hope Ben O'Connor is confirmed for a first Giro d'Italia showing since 2020 and the Australian is starting full of optimism. “I would love to do that. That would be, as a personal ambition, somethin...

18th start at the Giro d'Italia! Domenico Pozzovivo matches Giro record as he leads hopeful Bardiani team

VF Group - Bardiani CSF - Faizanè are one of the many teams to reveal their lineup for the Giro d'Italia at the start of this week and they are led by a veteran and a novice. Domenico Pozzovivo looks to leave his mark on the race's history. And the Italian will do so. After racing the Giro for the f...

OFFICIAL: Tadej Pogacar confirmed at 2024 Giro d'Italia - UAE Team Emirates' 8 features Rafal Majka and Juan Sebastián Molano

UAE Team Emirates' lineup for the Giro d'Italia was reported to have been decided a week ago already, but only today does the Emirati team confirm their '8' for the first Grand Tour of the season. As expected, Tadej Pogacar leads the team on a charge to win the race. He will be supported by a team m...

Giro d'Italia: Israel - Premier Tech select Michael Woods, Ethan Vernon and Nick Schultz in pursuit of glory

Israel - Premier Tech have shared their lineup for the Giro d'Italia and they include riders who will seek stage wins. The overall classification is an unlikely goal, with Michael Woods being the team's headliner who can possibly aim for both. Woods has won stages at the Tour de France and Giro d'It...

Julian Alaphilippe and Tim Merlier headline Soudal - Quick-Step's stage-hunting team at Giro d'Italia

Soudal - Quick-Step want to perform in the overall classification of the Tour de France, and will take a GC block to help Remco Evenepoel. For the Giro d'Italia, the team gives freedom to some of it's other leaders such as Tim Merlier and Julian Alaphilippe to seek their own victories. The Belgian t...

UCI Rankings Rider Update | Tadej Pogacar remains in the lead; UAE keep 4 riders in the Top10

This week of racing saw the Tour de Romandie and the Tour of Turkey on the road, providing a launchpad for a few riders to climb up the rankings. There were no dramatic changes, but they largely benefited UAE Team Emirates. Having won the GC and all stages at the Vuelta a Asturias, a few of the team...

Tadej Pogacar 100% ready for Giro d'Italia debut: "It’s a race I’ve dreamed of doing for a long time"

Tadej Pogacar is the start of the upcoming Giro d'Italia; and not only that, he is the man to beat in the race for the pink jersey and the most likely rider to take several stage wins throughout the three weeks. However, it's important not to forget that this will actually be his first Corsa Rosa an...

2024 Eschborn-Frankfurt Race Center - TV, Startlist, Profile, Prize Money and Preview

On the first of May, we have the first World Tour level one-day race following the spring classics. It is the day where Germany headlines the cycling world, as some of the best sprinters and classics riders take to the start of the Eschborn-Frankfurt classic.In this article you can find a wrap-up of...

Profile & Route Eschborn-Frankfurt 2024

On the first of May, we have the first World Tour level one-day race following the spring classics. It is the day where Germany headlines the cycling world, as some of the best sprinters and classics riders take to the start of the Eschborn-Frankfurt classic. We take a look at it's profile. The race...

2024 Eschborn-Frankfurt Prize Money Distribution - €6050 in total

On the first of May, we have the first World Tour level one-day race following the spring classics. It is the day where Germany headlines the cycling world, as some of the best sprinters and classics riders take to the start of the Eschborn-Frankfurt classic. We take a look at it's prize money.  The...

Ben O'Connor confirmed to lead Decathlon AG2R La Mondiale at Giro d'Italia as he looks to battle Pogacar and chase final podium

Ben O'Connor had his big breakthrough in 2020, winning a stage of the Giro d'Italia. In 2021 he discovered his talent for contesting Grand Tours and he now finally returns to the Corsa Rosa in 2024 in search of his first Grand Tour podium. Decathlon AG2R have been having a tremendously strong season...

Pedal Punditry #6 | Tadej Pogacar will only have a C-team behind him at the Giro d'Italia... But it is more than enough

UAE Team Emirates is ready for the Giro d'Italia. Officially, there is not yet the confirmation of the '8' that they will take to the Giro d'Italia, but behind the scenes this is already known. Tadej Pogacar will have a very modest lineup behind him, but this is more than enough in reality. Gazzetta...

VIDEO: Race motorbike runs over TotalEnergies rider in shocking scenes from Vuelta a Asturias

Whilst UAE Team Emirates were dominating things at the head of the race at the Vuelta a Asturias last weekend, there were some shocking scenes taking place a bit further back.On the steep slopes of El Violeo, TotalEnergies' Paul Ourselin was battling hard, only for to be brought down to the ground h...

PREVIEW | La Vuelta Femenina 2024 stage 3 - After chaotic finish, can bunch sprint decide third day of racing?

From the 28th of April to the 5th of May the women's peloton faces it's first Grand Tour of the season. La Vuelta Femenina features eight stages including chances for all kinds of riders and will be one of the highlights of the season. We preview the stage ahead. A hilly day on the bike will set the...

Tudor makes Giro d'Italia debut and dreams of sprint victory with Alberto Dainese - Matteo Trentin and Michael Storer eye the hills and mountains

Tudor Pro Cycling Team are the newest team in the professional peloton to race a Grand Tour. The Swiss team was completely changed in 2022, and two seasons later they make their debut in the Giro d'Italia where they have very realistic ambitions of snatching a stage win in multiple types of stages.T...

Simon Geschke and Benjamin Thomas lead Cofidis' charge for stage wins at the Giro d'Italia

Cofidis is arguably one of the teams that sets to the start of the Giro d'Italia with one of the most modest lineups; they will be chasing stage wins from the breakaways with a lineup that features Simon Geschke and Benjamin Thomas as the leaders. The two riders stand chances of winning a stage, mos...

"It’s a pretty weak Giro for the GC" - No one will even come close to Tadej Pogacar claims Team Jayco AlUla DS Matt White

With Grand Tour season in the men's World Tour almost upon us, UAE Team Emirates leader Tadej Pogacar will start as overwhelming pre-race favourite for the Giro d'Italia. Although Team Jayco AlUla have their own GC ambitions, sports director Matt White cannot see anyone coming close to the Slovenian...

“No other rider could be second in the Tour de France with what happened to him last year" - Mauro Gianetti lauds Tadej Pogacar as 'strongest rider in the world'

Tadej Pogacar's incredible palmares has already seen him draw comparisons to some of the greatest cyclists ever. Despite the number of stunning wins only growing in the last couple of seasons, a Grand Tour triumph has eluded him nearly three years now.With the Slovenian taking on a Giro d'Italia/Tou...

Mark Cavendish hires PR agency to oversee his final Tour de France start

Mongoose, a sports and entertainment integrated marketing agency, has been appointed by cyclist Mark Cavendish and his management agency, Areté to oversee the PR aspect of his derniére Tour de France, where he will have his final attempt on rewriting the history."After a competitive pitch process, w...

"I am still motivated and feel that I am very good physically" - Alexandre Balmer continues to fight for professional contact

Alexandre Balmer gave himself a small gift in the final stage of Tour de Romandie where he joined the breakaway of the day. However it's not all rainbows and butterflies for the 23-year-old Swissman, who is still without a contract as we enter May and negotiations have not been moving forwards latel...

F1 driver Valtteri Bottas has qualified for 2024 UCI Gravel World Championships

At the end of last year, Formula 1 driver Valtteri Bottas expressed that he hoped to qualify for the 2024 UCI Gravel World Championships in Belgium. And on Saturday April 27, the 35-year-old Finn's wish came true.Bottas finished sixth in his age group at the Swartberg 100 gravel race in South Africa...

Stan Dewulf will return to competition at Eschborn-Frankfurt after iliac artery operation

Stan Dewulf has been last seen the action at Veneto Classic in October last year. Since then, the 26-year-old Belgian has been fighting hard to recover from iliac artery operation and now he should be ready to make a competitive comeback with Decathlon AG2R La Mondiale at Eschborn-Frankfurt on Wedne...

Promising Belgian junior Jasper Schoofs signs for Soudal - Quick-Step's development team

Those who closely follow the junior races must have already encountered the name Jasper Schoofs this year. The ACROG-Tormans rider has scored multiple top results at cobbled classics in spring and that's also where the young Belgian feels his future lies.In his first year in the junior category, Sch...

Georg Zimmermann extends his contract at Intermarché - Wanty through 2026, aiming to win a Tour de France stage

Georg Zimmermann will also compete for Intermarché - Wanty in 2025 and 2026. The 26-year-old German has extended his expiring contract with the Belgian team by two years."Joining Intermarché - Wanty in 2021 has been the best choice for my career. This structure invests a lot in the development of yo...

Visma | Lease a Bike stuck behind crashes in chaotic Vuelta Femenina stage 2 finish: "As a result, our whole plan fell apart"

The second stage of La Vuelta Femenina had a chaotic ending. On the wet Spanish roads, crashes dominated the final kilometers. As a result, efforts of Team Visma | Lease a Bike went in vain as both Marianne Vos and Anna Henderson were involved. While Vos crossed the line safely in the bunch, for Hen...

Nacer Bouhanni asks for €2.7 million compensation from Tour of Turkey: "This fall destroyed my career"

The Tour of Turkey has hit headlines this week, but it has also brought attention for less positive reasons. The sprint finishes have been heavily criticized due to their danger, and former pro Nacer Bouhanni is looking for a millionaire compensation from a crash in this race that ended his career. ...

INEOS Grenadiers mechanic on Tom Pidcock's bike position: "Tom isn't very advanced. In fact, he is the least advanced of our riders"

At first glance Tom Pidcock's position seems quite advanced. Almost like a mountain biker. But when bici.pro asked INEOS Grenadiers' long-time mechanic Matteo Cornacchione, they learnt it's not quite as advanced as it may have seemed. In fact, it's quite the opposite."In reality, Tom isn't very adva...

"Does not fit into our sporting guideline" - Groupama-FDJ distance themselves from potential Julian Alaphilippe signing

With a departure from Soudal - Quick-Step widely expected when his contract ends at the conclusion of this season, where Julian Alaphilippe will race in 2025 remains up in the air. According to Groupama - FDJ boss Marc Madiot however, it won't be with his team. “We have a guideline and a sporting po...

"Lazkano is gone" - Patrick Lefevere confirms that Soudal - Quick-Step attempted to sign Spanish champion as a new classics leader

This 2024 season looks set to be Oier Lazkano's last with Movistar Team. His contract will expire at the end of the current season, and considering the great interest that the 24-year-old Spanish rider has aroused in several of the top teams in the WorldTour peloton, it will be very difficult to see...

"BORA - hansgrohe promised me the Co-Leadership for the GC" - Emanuel Buchmann fumes after Giro d'Italia snub

With BORA - hansgrohe revealing their eight-rider lineup for the upcoming Giro d'Italia on Monday afternoon, German National Champion Emanuel Buchmann was a notable absentee, a decision the 31-year-old hasn't taken well.Reacting to the snub on his official Instagram account, Buchmann fumes at his la...

"The team would prefer that I prepare for other important races" - Wout Poels denied chance to complete set of Grand Tour stage wins at Giro d'Italia 2024

Despite being outspoken in his desire to compete at the Giro d'Italia in 2024, with the ultimate aim of completing his set of Grand Tour stage wins, it seems Wout Poels will not be present in Italy for Bahrain - Victorious over the coming weeks. "The team would prefer that I prepare for other import...

Bahrain - Victorious back Antonio Tiberi & Damiano Caruso for Giro d'Italia GC with Wout Poels notable omission

Bahrain - Victorious have become the latest to unveil their lineup for the upcoming Giro d'Italia with youth and experience in Antonio Tiberi and Damiano Caruso coming together to lead the charge for the Maglia Rosa.“This is my first Giro, so as an Italian cyclist I’m in dreamworld really! It’s been...

"Would be nice if we could keep it in the team" - Blanka Kata Vas makes use of bonus seconds to move into Red Jersey at La Vuelta Femenina

After Team SD Worx - Protime missed out on the opening stage team time-trial win at La Vuelta Femenina 2024 on Sunday afternoon, Blanka Kata Vas took advantage of her close proximity to the race lead to launch herself into red via bonus seconds. "I didn’t have the best legs today, but it was a very...

"A win in La Vuelta Femenina is yet another great thing to put on my resume" - Alison Jackson overjoyed by stunning stage win

Powering to the line in a frantically chaotic sprint finish to stage 2 of the 2024 La Vuelta Femenina, EF Education-Cannondale's Alison Jackson could barely contain her delight post-race. "I came in with a real fire to win this. Even starting under the rain, I took the mentality that it could be a v...

Demi Vollering to FDJ - Suez virtually a done deal with Specialized set to follow Tour de France Femmes winner

As the days go by it seems more and more likely that Demi Vollering will soon be racing in the colours of FDJ - Suez. According to the latest reports, Specialized are set to follow the Tour de France Femmes winner also. With this latest report coming from renowned and well-respected La Gazzetta dell...

VIDEO: Alison Jackson goes crazy in joyous scenes of celebration following La Vuelta Femenina stage 2 win

One of the most well-liked figures in cycling, Alison Jackson's win on stage 2 of the La Vuelta Femenina was surely one that brought a smile to many viewers. For the Canadian National Champion herself, the joy and emotion of taking victory was completely overwhelming in the immediate aftermath as Ja...

Alison Jackson powers to La Vuelta Femenina stage win in chaotic and crash-marred finale to stage 2

In a crash-marred an chaotic finale, Canadian National Champion Alison Jackson has powered to victory on stage 2 of the 2024 La Vuelta Femenina in Moncófar.With six women going up the rode relatively early on to form the breakaway, the peloton kept the group on a tight leash throughout the day, keep...

In-form Romain Bardet leads ambitious Team DSM-Firmenich PostNL at Giro d'Italia 2024

The last few weeks have seen something of a renaissance in the career of Romain Bardet. After a bright and attacking display at the Tour of the Alps led to a 5th-placed finish overall, the 33-year-old carried that form into a 2nd-placed finish at Liege-Bastogne-Liege. Can the Frenchman now return to...

Daniel Martinez leads BORA - hansgrohe's Maglia Rosa charge at Giro d'Italia with Danny van Poppel providing sprint option

Having impressed in the early stages of his BORA - hansgrohe career after having moved during the off-season from the INEOS Grenadiers, Daniel Martinez will get his chance to lead his new team at the upcoming Giro d'Italia.With successes such as the Colombian national time-trial title, two stages of...

VIDEO: Primoz Roglic spotted reconning Tour de France gravel stage

After being brought down as part of that nasty Itzulia Basque Country crash, Primoz Roglic's hopes of competing at the 2024 Tour de France seemed momentarily up in the air. Having recovered well however, the Slovenian is now reconning the key stages.In footage first posted to the official Instagram...

Jonathan Milan & Juan Pedro Lopez lead two-pronged Lidl-Trek lineup for Giro d'Italia 2024

In their two leaders, Lidl-Trek take a pair of former jersey winners back to the Giro d'Italia with 2023 Maglia Ciclamino winner Jonathan Milan and former 'Best Young Rider', Juan Pedro Lopez leading the charge on multiple fronts.“With a sprinter like Milan, we will be working hard for every possibl...

Eddie Dunbar & Luke Plapp for GC with Caleb Ewan for sprints; Team Jayco AlUla look to compete on multiple fronts at Giro d'Italia

With the first Grand Tour of the year coming ever closer, Team Jayco AlUla have unveiled their lineup for the race and it's one capable of competition on various fronts with both general classification and stage-winning hopes.After finishing 7th overall last year, Eddie Dunbar returns to the Giro d'...

“It’s great when the form disperses over the whole team” - Ben O’Connor reflects on a strong start to the season for Decathlon AG2R La Mondiale ahead of the Giro d’Italia

After they revamped the team at the start of the year with a new title sponsor, Decathlon AG2R La Mondiale have gone from strength to strength so far in 2024. They currently have the fifth most victories of the WorldTour teams this season with twelve wins.The rider that kicked off their winning run...

Mathieu van der Poel enjoys a golf session with Belgian pro Alan De Bondt on holidays in Dubai

After a particularly successful spring, Mathieu van der Poel is currently enjoying a well-deserved holiday in Dubai, where he can mainly be found on the golf course. Yesterday he played a game with professional Belgian golfer Alan De Bondt.The 29-year-old Dutchman hopes to make a bid for an Olympic...

Bjorg Lambrecht trophy set to be presented at the Ronde de l’Isard on Plateau de Beille summit finish

Seven years after Bjorg Lambrecht won on the Plateau de Beille at the 2017 Ronde de l’Isard, the Belgian rider will be remembered on Saturday, as the summit finish is revisited on the penultimate stage of this year’s edition of the race. The winner of the stage will be presented with a trophy that w...

Movistar led by Colombian stars at Giro d'Italia! Nairo Quintana and Fernando Gaviria aim for stages; Einer Rubio dreams of GC success

As expected, Movistar Team's lineup announcement for the 2024 Giro d'Italia will feature Nairo Quintana in its return to Grand Tour competition. The 34-year-old veteran rider will lead the Colombian hopes in search of stage wins, alongside Einer Rubio in the general classification and Fernando Gavir...

Alexey Lutsenko set to lead Astana Qazaqstan at the Giro d’Italia - Max Kanter leads charge for sprints

After taking a spectacular stage win on the final stage of the 2023 Giro d’Italia with Mark Cavendish, Astana Qazaqstan will be without the Manxman for this year’s race, but they will still be bringing a strong lineup, which will be led by Alexey Lutsenko.The Kazakh rider has been very successful in...

Geraint Thomas adds Olympic track event to his bucket list for 2024: "I'd love to do one more Olympics, but I don't want to go and just get another tracksuit"

Before his very successful road career, Geraint Thomas was also a formidable track racer. And not just that, the Welshman became two-time Olympic champion in Team Pursuit at Beijing 2008 and London 2012 Olympic Games. Now 37-year-old Thomas would like to give it one last shot at his third Olympic me...

Toon Aerts victorious at Gravel Fondo Limburg, qualifies for World Championships in October

Toon Aerts finally knows what winning is again. The Belgian from Deschacht Hens Maes recorded his first victory since February 6, 2022 with the Gravel Fondo Limburg on Sunday. In Valkenburg he defeated Piotr Havik and Adne Koster.After nearly three hours of racing, Aerts was the first to cross the l...