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Team Sunweb’s Michael Matthews takes TDF stage 16 victory

TEAM SUNWEB’S MICHAEL MATTHEWS FINISHES OFF A STELLAR TEAM PERFORMANCE WITH STAGE 16 VICTORY

Team Sunweb delivered an exceptional display of dedication and commitment to a shared goal today, as their control of the stage was rewarded with their third 2017 Tour de France victory at stage 16.

The Tour de France saw a Team Sunweb masterpiece today, with Michael Matthews (AUS) making it three for the team after sealing the victory in Romans sur Isere. Team Sunweb’s intentions became clear in the early stages of the day with the team neutralising breakaways, setting the tempo at the front for its entirety, marking last minute attacks and positioning Matthews perfectly to finish off the job. A flawlessly timed sprint meant that Matthews could storm past his rivals to congratulate Team Sunweb’s 185 kilometre magnificent performance with the stage 16 victory.

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Windkante wirbelt Feld durcheinander, Bodnar belegt Rang 9 auf der 16. Etappe der Tour

Nach dem zweiten Ruhetag war der Start zur 16. Etappe umso explosiver. Schon nach 20km war das Fahrerfeld im Seitenwind und hügeligen Gelände in zwei Gruppen zerfallen. Am Ende teilte sich auch noch die vordere Gruppe in einem packenden Finale, indem M. Matthews den Sieg holte und Maciej Bodnar Rang neun belegte. Auch Emanuel Buchmann schlug sich sehr gut in der Windkante und verbesserte sich auf den 16. Gesamtrang.

Nach dem zweiten Ruhetag an der diesjährigen Tour de France gab es auf einer weiteren welligen Etappe, wieder die Chance für eine Fluchtgruppe um den Tagessieg zu kämpfen. Auf den 165km zwischen Le Puy-enVelay und Romans-sur-Isére ging es vom Start weg bergan, die Ideale Gelegenheit für einen Angriff, bevor es ab Kilometer 65 bergab Richtung Ziel ging. Da ein flaches Finale auch eine Chance für die Sprinter bot, wurde ein interessanter Kampf zwischen Ausreißern und Peloton erwartet. Wobei der heftige Wind heute ebenfalls eine entscheidende Rolle spielen sollte.

Bei BORA – hansgrohe waren daher heute die Roller gefragt. Maciej Bodnar hatte dem Feld ja beinahe schon einmal ein Schnippchen schlagen können, auch heute hatte der Pole alle Freiheiten. Genau wie der deutsche Meister Marcus Burghardt und Jay McCarthy, der mit seinem 5. Platz auf der 14. Etappe ebenfalls unter Beweis stellen konnte, dass seine Form stimmt.

Wie zu erwarten entbrannte der Kampf um die Gruppe direkt nach dem offiziellen Start. Im Gegensatz zu den vorangegangenen Etappen, die in einem Sprint endeten, versuchten diesmal die Teams Lotto-Soudal und Katusha aber ebenfalls in die Gruppe zu kommen. Für Quickstep war es damit ungleich schwerer das Rennen zu kontrollieren. Die Rennsituation änderte sich ständig, aber nach 20km hatte sich das Feld im Seitenwind geteilt und die Gruppe um Froome war rund eine Minute vor einer zweiten großen Gruppe um M. Kittel. Von BORA – hansgrohe waren Buchmann, Bodnar, McCarthy und Poljanski vorne mit dabei.


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Team Sunweb’s Warren Barguil takes TDF stage 13 victory

TEAM SUNWEB’S WARREN BARGUIL TAKES HISTORICAL TOUR DE FRANCE BASTILLE DAY WIN

After remaining focused on one goal, Team Sunweb have powered to the stage 13 Tour de France victory today, with Warren Barguil (FRA) winning the sprint from the breakaway group, a phenomenal victory on Bastille Day.

From the beginning of the Tour de France, Team Sunweb set out with one goal; stage success. The team had a few close calls with a second place for Michael Matthews (AUS) on stage three, followed by a brilliant team effort that allowed Barguil to take over the lead in the king of the mountains competition and narrowly miss day success on stage nine. Throughout the Tour de France’s thirteen stages Team Sunweb remained calm and focused on the plan, which today led to stage success with Barguil storming to take a historical victory.

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Jay McCarthy sprintet auf den zweiten Platz bei der 1. Etappe der Baskenland-Rundfahrt

In einem packenden Finale holte sich BORA – hansgrohe Fahrer Jay McCarthy den zweiten Platz. Nach der ersten Etappe der Vuelta al Pais Vasco übernimmt BORA – hansgrohe die Teamwertung. Leider musste Sam Bennett aufgrund von Bronchitis das Rennen beenden.

Die 57. Ausgabe der Vuelta al Pais Vasco, oder auch Baskenland-Rundfahrt genannt, wurde heute in Pamplona gestartet. Am Nachmittag startete das Peloton unter strahlendem Sonnenschein und Windstille die erste Etappe. Circa 154km, mit drei Bergwertungen und einem gefährlichen Finale warteten auf das Feld. Die letzten 3km in Equesibar waren flach aber eine 90Grad Kurve, an der 300 Meter-Marke würden über Sieg oder Niederlage entscheiden.

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2016 Abu Dhabi Tour Top Riders Press Conference

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2016 ABU DHABI TOUR TOP RIDERS’ PRESS CONFERENCE
Riders’ biographies and quotes. Download stunning pictures from the UAE’s capital.

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Abu Dhabi, 19 October 2016 – The press conference was opened by the Official Abu Dhabi Tour Ambassador, Mark Cavendish. In attendance alongside the Manxman were Giro d’Italia winner Vincenzo Nibali (Italy), seven time overall Grand Tour winner Alberto Contador (Spain), the duo of puncheurs John Degenkolb (Germany) and Michael Matthews (Australia), sprinter André Greipel (Germany), Rio 2016 gold medalists Elia Viviani (Omnium) from Italy and Belgium’s Greg Van Avermaet (Individual Road Race), Costa Rican rider Andrey Amador and local hero Yousif Mirza, the highest profile rider in the UAE.

Before the press conference, the attending riders took time to have a photo session on the beach in front of Nation Towers in Abu Dhabi. You can download the pictures from the link below.

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Top riders photo gallery

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1) Mark Cavendish (British Isles – Team Dimension Data) Abu Dhabi Tour Official Ambassador
The world’s most successful sprinter ever and 2011 UCI Road World Champion Mark Cavendish, 31, added four Tour de France stage victories this year to his account to make it 30 up to date, only four down on all-tine record holder Eddy Merckx. A points classification winner in all three Grand Tours, he also wore the yellow jersey for the first time this year and claimed his first ever Olympic medal with the silver in the omnium track race, before finishing second at the UCI Road World Championships – just a bike’s length away from reclaiming his title.
Cavendish said: “I’m proud to be the ambassador of the Abu Dhabi Tour, and event that has incredible sponsors and a great future, being elevated to one of the pinnacle races in cycling already for next year. The caliber of riders here is similar to the Tour de France.”

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2) Vincenzo Nibali (ITA – Astana Pro Team)
Vincenzo Nibali, 31, nicknamed “The Shark”, was already one of the six riders who won all three Grand Tours (France, Italy, Spain) in the history of cycling before he won the Giro d’Italia once again this year, as well as the Tour of Oman.
Nibali said: “Abu Dhabi is a fantastic location with a great hotel to host us. This is only my third race after my accident at the Olympics, following the Tre Valli Varesine and the Tour of Almaty. I’m looking to regain good race condition.”

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2016 Abu Dhabi Tour Start List Unveiled

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Abu Dhabi, 19 October 2016 – The official start list of the second edition of the Abu Dhabi Tour is revealed. It includes 18 teams, 11 of which are from the WorldTour, with a total number of 107 riders.

Among the starters are the Official Abu Dhabi Tour Ambassador, the Manxman Mark Cavendish, the Giro d’Italia winner Vincenzo Nibali (Italy), the seven-time overall Grand Tour winner Alberto Contador (Spain), the duo of puncheurs John Degenkolb (Germany) and Michael Matthews (Australia), the sprinter André Greipel (Germany), two gold medalists from Rio 2016, the Italian Elia Viviani (Omnium) and the Belgian Greg Van Avermaet (Individual Road Race), the Costa Rican rider Andrey Amador and the local hero Yousif Mirza, the highest profile rider in the UAE.

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Abu Dhabi Tour and UCI Cycling Gala – Schedule and Details

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Abu Dhabi, 17 October 2016 – Following the UCI Road World Championship brilliantly won by Peter Sagan in Doha so narrowly ahead of Abu Dhabi Tour Official Ambassador Mark Cavendish, a great week of cycling is expected in the United Arab Emirates with the second edition of the UCI Cycling Gala and the second Abu Dhabi Tour just around the corner.

A special event to celebrate the end of the UCI professional road cycling season and its stakeholders, the UCI Cycling Gala will take place in the evening of 18 October at St-Regis Abu Dhabi in the presence of Peter Sagan and other big names.

Alberto Contador, Vincenzo Nibali, Greg Van Avermaet, André Greipel, Elia Viviani, Cavendish, Andrey Amador, Michael Matthews, John Degenkolb and Yousif Mirza will attend the top riders press conference on 19 October. They’re part of the prestigious start list of the Abu Dhabi Tour featuring four stages from 20 to 23 October. 18 teams have signed up: 11 UCI WorldTeams (Astana Pro Cycling, BMC Racing Team, Lampre-Merida, Lotto-Soudal, Movistar Team, Orica-BikeExchange, Team Dimension Data, Team Giant – Alpecin, Team Sky and Trek – Segafredo), four UCI Professional Teams (CCC Sprandi Polkowice, Gazprom-RusVelo, One Pro Cycling and Willier Triestina – Southeast), three UCI Continental Teams (Nasr Dubai, Minsk Cycling Club and Team Wiggins).

The Abu Dhabi Tour features three stages likely to favour the sprinters and one uphill finish with a spectacular grand finale on the Yas Marina motor racing circuit on Sunday night. The event will be part of the UCI WorldTour from 2017 onwards.

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World Road Race Championships: Silver for Mark Cavendish

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World Road Race Championships: Silver for Mark Cavendish
Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka place 4 riders in top 20 at World Championships
The 2016 UCI World Road Race Championships concluded today with the elite men’s 257km road race. Defending champion, Peter Sagan (Slovakia) was able to retain his crown and sprinted to victory just ahead of our very own Mark Cavendish and Tom Boonen (Belgium) placed 3rd.

Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka were proud to have no less than 16 riders take the start in Doha this morning, all ready to represent their respective nations. As racing got underway it was riders from our African Team that really lit up the race. Nic Dougall (South Africa) was joined by Natnael Berhane (Eritrea) in an attack after just 3km of racing. Our 2 African riders pulled 5 more riders away with them to form the break of the day.

As the lead group made its way up the Arabian Gulf, the peloton was happy to give them a good gap and the advantage blew out to just over 10 minutes rather quickly. Mark Cavendish’s Great Britain squad along with our Belorussian champion, Kanstantsin Siutsou controlled the gap from the front of the main bunch. It was a unique situation to have riders from our African Team really dictating the pace of the race from both ends.

As expected though the soaring temperatures and typical Qatari crosswinds would play a huge role in today’s race and the race defining moment came with still 175km to go. After a 80km trip up the Arabian Gulf, the main bunch turned back towards Doha and Great Britain and Belgium chose this exact moment to put the race into the gutter. Minutes later and the crosswinds had blown the race to pieces.

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Tour de France #10: Boasson Hagen places 3rd from select group sprint

Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka come agonisingly close to another stage win
Michael Matthews (Orica-BikeExchange) won the 10th stage of the Tour de France, out sprinting Peter Sagan (Tinkoff) and Edvald Boasson Hagen respectively.

The 10th stage was seen as a slightly unpredictable stage as it began with a 22km category 1 climb and then gently rolled downhill to finish after 197km in Revel. Our African Team saw it as an important stage to get riders into the break and so Boasson Hagen and Steve Cummings did just that. A total of 15 riders made the break of the day, with some of the highest profile riders represented in the move from a variety of teams.

The peloton was in two minds as to whether they should or even could, chase the breakaway. In the end, with the rain falling throughout the day, the peloton didn’t really stand much chance with riders like Cummings, Boasson Hagen, Sagan, Greg van Avermaet (BMC Racing), 3 Orica-BikeExchange riders and a few others driving the break. With 25km to go, Sagan took matters into his own hands and split the breakaway group with 7 riders going clear.

The Orica-BikeExchange team was in the driving seat as Luke Dubridge, Daryl Impey and Matthews all made the front split. Boasson Hagen, Sagan, van Avermaet and Samuel Dumoulin AG2R La Mondiale) were the 4 riders that rode away with the Orica trio and the 8 former breakaway riders quickly lost time to the new leaders. There was a short category 3 climb in the final 10km and it was thought the incline could make the difference but the Orica team did well to keep everyone in check.

Over the top of the climb, Boasson Hagen sped things up a bit before Impey then put in 2 stinging attacks but both were impressively covered by the World Champion, Sagan. Matthews who had been glued to the back wheel of Sagan from before the climb, now certainly had the upper hand being the known fastest finisher in the group. Eventually the riders rolled onto the finishing straight and it was van Avermaet who made the first move. Boasson Hagen followed and then the others did too. It was a scrappy sprint and unfortunately our Norwegian champion had to check his sprint twice as Matthews surged ahead with clear road in front of him to take the win.

Sagan just got his front wheel ahead of Boasson Hagen’s before the line which saw the World Champion take back the lead in the green jersey competition. The peloton rolled home over 9 minutes down but Chris Froome (Team Sky) comfortably kept his lead in the overall yellow jersey competition.

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Giro d’Italia – Jérôme Pineau: «Auch harmlose Stürze sind in Etappenrennen eine Behinderung»

Jeder Tag ist für IAM Cycling anders. Nach seinem schönen sechsten Platz im Mannschaftszeitfahren gestern, hoffte das Schweizer Profiteam dynamisch für seinen Sprinter Matteo Pelucchi bei der Ankunft der zweiten Etappe arbeiten zu können. Leider stürzte der Italiener, in einem Massensturz rund 20km vor dem Ziel gemeinsam mit fast allen seinen Teamkollegen und hat es nicht mehr geschafft, mit dem Feld aufzuschliessen. Somit konnte sich sein Freund und Landsmann Elia Viviani (Sky) im Finale durchsetzen. Das Rosa Trikot wiederum übernahm Michael Matthews (Orica GreenEdge) dank Bonifikationen.

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Hermans gewinnt De Brabantse Pijl

Overijse, Belgien – Ben Hermans fuhr am Mittwoch bei der De Brabantse Pijl zu seinen ersten Sieg mit dem BMC Racing Team während sein Teamkollege Philippe Gilbert Dritter wurde.

Hermans attackierte auf den letzten vier Kilometern des 205,4 km langen Rennens David Tanner (IAM Cycling) aus der Fluchtgruppe. Mit dem zweitplatzierten Michael Matthews (ORICA-GreenEDEGE), der aggressiv die Verfolgung antrat, hatte Hermans noch genug Kraft, um beide Hände in die Höhe zu reissen und den sechsten Erfolg seines Teams und seinen ersten Sieg seit 2011 zu zelebrieren.

“Ich hatte Angst”, sagte Hermans. “Du hast nicht sehr viele Möglichkeiten ein Rennen auf diese Art zu gewinnen, speziell wenn du im Sprint nicht so stark, wie Philippe bist. Ich war in einer guten Position und habe alles gegeben. Zum Glück war das genug.”

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