Cycling Weekly

Cycling Weekly September 19, 2019

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1 min.
start line 19.09

Yorkshire’s Grand Départ in 2014 was a watershed moment for the Tour de France. It was so big, so remarkable that every host since has had to up their game. I was lucky enough to be there and chose to drive the route of stage one with photographer Andy Jones. We suspected the crowds would be good but nothing could prepare us for what we were about to see. There were lots of people along the A61, as the race headed north out of Leeds on the neutralised stretch, then in the rural areas it naturally got a bit quieter. All the small towns and villages it went through were packed — then we hit the first little climb just before Skipton and our jaws hit the dashboard. The crowds were enormous,…

3 min.
valiant knox battles injury to complete vuelta

James Knox put in the most gutsy ride of his young career to stay in the Vuelta a España during a day when he felt “destroyed” from three weeks of hard racing and a serious crash. Knox came out of the Vuelta’s second rest day in eighth place on GC after some hard days of racing when he hauled himself up the classification through getting into the break, and even came close to contesting a stage win. There were just two mountain tests for the Cumbrian climber to survive to make it to Madrid and claim a top 10 in his first Grand Tour finish. But a hard crash on a descent on what should have been an innocuous transition stage left him bloodied and bruised. “I was so happy to have made…

2 min.
roglič caps year of debut grand tour winners

As Primož Roglič (Jumbo-Visma) rolled into Madrid to claim the Vuelta a España title and his usually deadpan expression broke into a broad smile, it was impossible to shake the feeling that the global order of Grand Tour favourites has undergone a generational shift in 2019. Roglič’s victory was his first in a three-week race mirroring that of Richard Carapaz (Movistar) at the Giro d’Italia in May and Egan Bernal (Ineos) in July. While Roglič is the oldest at 29, none of the three Grand Tour winners of 2019 started riding at WorldTour level before 2016. “It’s a beautiful win for me and a big win for Slovenian cycling” There are other firsts worth noting too. Roglič’s victory is the first Grand Tour win by a Slovenian — much like Carapaz’s Giro was…

2 min.
jovial van der poel fires worlds warning shot

Mathieu van der Poel has cemented his status as one of the favourites for the World Championship road race in Yorkshire in just over a week’s time with his Tour of Britain win. The Dutchman has been in dominant form over the last week throughout the UK picking up three stage wins to underline his class and grip on the Tour of Britain overall. The only man who could come close to challenging him, Matteo Trentin (Mitchelton-Scott), shrugged his shoulders as he lost the deciding uphill on the race’s penultimate stage. “I think in horsepower there are few people, if anyone, who can beat [him],” he said. The Italian added that he and others would need to get rid of the Corendon-Circus rider before the final of the Worlds if they were…

1 min.
redemption for mountain king scott

Claiming the Tour of Britain King of the Mountains jersey was redemptive for Jacob Scott after he lost the competition by just two points in 2017. Then riding for An Post-Chain Reaction, Scott held a seven-point lead entering the final stage. But CCC rider Lukasz Owsian overhauled that deficit over three classified climbs on the way to Cardiff. “I’ve got unfinished business with the jersey, I guess you could say,” said Scott. “Part of me didn’t want to go for it, part of me did. I wanted to do something on the stage and I just thought if I could get it sealed early then, while Manchester isn’t a home stage, my dad worked there a lot and I’ve spent a lot of time there, so it’d be a bit special.” Scott…

4 min.
last hurrah for madison-genesis and wiggins

Despite the looming prospect of unemployment hanging over them, the riders and staff of Madison-Genesis and Wiggins-Le Col seemed upbeat at the Tour of Britain. Neither team has another race this season and their assets, including team buses, are set to be sold off or re-purposed. Wiggins rider Gabriel Cullaigh, who is joining Movistar in 2020, said the environment was “no stress”. “There’s no pressure on the team to perform or please sponsors for next year,” he said. “We just want to do well because we want to do well.” His feelings were reflected by Erick Rowsell, a veteran at Madison having been with the team for five years, who said they’d felt freer at this Tour with no sponsor considerations. “When you’re a domestic team at the Tour of Britain you’re meant…