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Cycling Weekly February 13, 2020

Published by TI Media Limited Cycling Weekly is the UK's only weekly special interest magazine focusing on the cycling market. It is the best source of breaking international and UK news, race reportage, reliable fitness advice, trustworthy product reviews and inspirational features for British cyclists. Always a great read, Cycling Weekly inspires you to ride your bike more!

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Late last year I met with Rod Ellingworth at McLaren’s HQ in Woking, Surrey. Ellingworth had been brought in by McLaren to run the Bahrain team, of which the British engineering firm was now joint owner. Head-hunted from Team Sky, Ellingworth had been working behind the scenes last summer, putting in place plans for 2020 and beyond. I’ve known him since he helped Dave Brailsford set up the British Cycling Olympic Academy back in 2004. The success of those initial few years under Ellingworth are well documented. At Sky, Ellingworth was one of the most senior and most trusted members of the team, and not only were they disappointed to lose him, they knew that if anyone was going to be a threat when running a rival team, it was Rod. His organisational…

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cavendish instrumental as bahrain-mclaren reign supreme in saudi tour

While Bahrain-McLaren’s new strip incidentally paid homage to the setting of the Middle Eastern sun behind the final podium at the Saudi Tour, the mood around Mark Cavendish’s team, who had a rider on the top step, is more reminiscent of a new dawn. Two stage wins and an overall victory will go down in the record books under Phil Bauhaus’s name, but it was truly a team effort that delivered the WorldTour squad their first victories under the stewardship of Rod Ellingworth. Cavendish proved pivotal in much of this, and while the 34-year-old arrived in Saudi Arabia as the team’s main focus, circumstances intervened. The sprinter suffered a ‘big-impact’ crash on stage two, and whether this or a lack of legs played into Cavendish’s audible call the following day for Bauhaus to…

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my view

CW news writer We could sit here and discuss until the day of Mark Cavendish’s retirement whether he will ever regain the form of his most prolific seasons. Many will say there’s not a chance of this happening, and Cavendish says he doesn’t care what his detractors think, but the inevitable truth is that time eventually catches up with all athletes. Instead of dwelling on whether Cavendish is sprinting how he used to, whether the last four Tour de France stages to equal Eddy Merckx’s record are within his grasp, both questions he is sick of rebutting, I propose another one: is Mark Cavendish happy? “HE’S GELLING WELL WITH HIS NEW SQUAD” He is now back with Rod Ellingworth, as well as Roger Hammond, in a team that has many talented riders and will be…

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ella harris becomes first zwift academy rider to claim pro victory

Ella Harris said she was left “speechless” after a truly inspirational victory in the Herald Sun Tour, becoming the first Zwift Academy winner to take a pro win. The New Zealand rider claimed a defiant victory on the 44km-long second and final stage of the women’s race in Australia on Thursday (February 6), which culminated at the summit of a 20km climb in Falls Creek. After making it into the elite selection of 15 riders in the finale, Harris (usually Canyon-SRAM but riding for the New Zealand national team in the Sun Tour) was dropped multiple times but repeatedly fought back on, eventually beating Sarah Gigante (Tibco-SVB) in the dash for the line. Speaking after the victory, her first since turning pro with Canyon-SRAM last season, the 21-year-old said: “I am speechless, I…

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slew of brits head to volta ao algarve

Geraint Thomas is among a sizable group of Brits that are set to race the Volta ao Algarve, which starts next Wednesday. The 2018 Tour de France champion, who has won this race on two separate occasions in 2015 and 2016, will be starting his season and comes fresh from training in California. He’s set to be joined by Ineos team-mates Ben Swift, who was racing last week in Valencia, and Luke Rowe, who started his season with the Tour Down Under. That contingent will find Brits for company in the shape of CW columnist Jake Stewart, racing with the senior FDJ team for the first time; and former Canyon-DHB rider Alex Richardson, who will be supporting Dutch sensation Mathieu van der Poel at Alpecin-Fenix. All these riders will be competing with Dan Martin,…

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geoghegan hart salutes ineos as he takes podium in valencia

Tao Geoghegan Hart said it was a “massive honour” to have the reigning British champion and a former world champion riding in his support at the Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana. The British talent was among the best in the Spanish stage race, finishing third on the queen stage to secure a podium spot overall among some big names. While 21-year-old Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates) secured the overall victory, Geoghegan Hart put in a phenomenal ride on stage four to move on to the podium and finish the race in third on general classification. Speaking after the race, the 24-year-old said: “For me it was a massive honour to have Swifty [Ben Swift] there in the British champ’s jersey, Michał [Kwiatkowski] with the rainbow bands around his arms, and the whole team…