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Title: Race news 2019 - Rumours , Dates, Parcours , Wildcards etc.
Post by: LukasCPH on May 30, 2017, 10:23
The 2019 Tour de France will have its Grand Départ in Bruxelles:
OFFICIEL: le Tour de France 2019 partira bien de Bruxelles (http://www.dhnet.be/sports/cyclisme/officiel-le-tour-de-france-2019-partira-bien-de-bruxelles-direct-592c7514cd700225431d8a52#)
Title: Re: Race news 2019 - Rumours , Dates, Parcours , Wildcards etc.
Post by: search on March 14, 2018, 14:30
Abu Dhabi Tour and Dubai Tour to merge in 2019

https://www.thenational.ae/sport/other-sport/abu-dhabi-and-dubai-cycling-tours-merge-to-become-uae-tour-from-2019-in-a-bid-to-create-a-bigger-impact-1.712981

sounds like a good idea to me
Title: Re: Race news 2019 - Rumours , Dates, Parcours , Wildcards etc.
Post by: LukasCPH on March 16, 2018, 09:54
Abu Dhabi Tour and Dubai Tour to merge in 2019

sounds like a good idea to me
Anything that gives us fewer of those pointless petrodollar Mickey Mouse races is a good idea! :D
Title: Re: Race news 2019 - Rumours , Dates, Parcours , Wildcards etc.
Post by: search on April 19, 2018, 12:30
Liege-Bastogne-Liege will finish in the city centre next year - not in Ans anymore, which hosted the arrival of the race since 1992 :cool

https://www.rtbf.be/info/regions/liege/detail_liege-bastogne-liege-de-retour-dans-la-cite-ardente-en-2019?id=9896456
Title: Re: Race news 2019 - Rumours , Dates, Parcours , Wildcards etc.
Post by: search on May 08, 2018, 06:50
according to today's Het Nieuwsblad, Matera, Marseille, Poland and Wales are interested in running the 2019 Grande Partenza of the Giro d'Italia
Title: Re: Race news 2019 - Rumours , Dates, Parcours , Wildcards etc.
Post by: Mellow Velo on May 08, 2018, 08:47
according to today's Het Nieuwsblad, Matera, Marseille, Poland and Wales are interested in running the 2019 Grande Partenza of the Giro d'Italia

 Welsh government were talking to the RCS about hosting the start, last year.

http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/wales-in-talks-to-host-the-giro-ditalia-and-tour-de-france/

 Surely, with Israel this year, it must be Matera?
Title: Re: Race news 2019 - Rumours , Dates, Parcours , Wildcards etc.
Post by: search on May 08, 2018, 08:55
you would think so, but a couple of weeks ago I read that Marseille was more or less in the pole position. Could be for one or two days only and then cross the boarder on the bike
Title: Re: Race news 2019 - Rumours , Dates, Parcours , Wildcards etc.
Post by: L'arri on May 29, 2018, 13:09
There will be no Dwars door West-Vlaanderen in 2019. This year's soaking wet edition, in which #quickstep rouleurs Cavagna and Sénéchal worked over #lotto youngster Frison, will not follow on due to a lack of volunteers.

https://www.directvelo.com/actualite/66446/remi-cavagna-dernier-laureat-d-a-travers-la-flandre-occidentale (FR)
Title: Re: Race news 2019 - Rumours , Dates, Parcours , Wildcards etc.
Post by: Leadbelly on June 30, 2018, 18:33
https://www.procycling.no/tour-des-fjords-tour-of-norway-slar-sammen/

Fjorrway?

Norway and Fjords will merge in 2019. You can read the article, but as you can imagine both sides are talking things up and tbh having both of them and Hammer one after another did seem overkill. On the other hand it is one less race.
Title: Re: Race news 2019 - Rumours , Dates, Parcours , Wildcards etc.
Post by: Leadbelly on September 19, 2018, 18:08
http://www.biciciclismo.com/es/la-volta-2019-definida-para-su-99a-edicion-19-09-2018

Volta a Catalunya route:

1a etapa              Calella - Calella
2a etapa              Mataró – Sant Feliu de Guíxols
3a etapa              Sant Feliu de Guíxols – Vallter 2000 (Setcases)
4a etapa              Llanars (Vall de Camprodon) – La Molina
5a etapa              Puigcerdà – Sant Cugat del Vallès
6a etapa              Valls – Vila-seca
7a etapa              Barcelona – Barcelona (Circuito de Montjuïc)

Same old, same old.  :x_x
Title: Re: Race news 2019 - Rumours , Dates, Parcours , Wildcards etc.
Post by: M Gee on September 19, 2018, 21:00
Welsh government were talking to the RCS about hosting the start, last year.

http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/wales-in-talks-to-host-the-giro-ditalia-and-tour-de-france/

 Surely, with Israel this year, it must be Matera?

You know, Wales has got some halfway decent mountains. I think I could actually like that - if they did it right. They could just do a stupid tourist-start in Caernarvon. No - wait. A half-assed prologue in Caenarvon, that could do. Then a medium mountain stage, of the sort to favor the breakaway - that way the GC guys can keep their powder dry. And it could show off one of those Welsh towns with a name that takes ten times as long to spell as it does to pass thru the town. That way could have a bit of the coast, and a bit of the mountains - all good for the Giro!
Title: Re: Race news 2019 - Rumours , Dates, Parcours , Wildcards etc.
Post by: Leadbelly on October 03, 2018, 19:12
http://www.uci.org/road/calendar

The UCI race calendar for 2019 has been updated (a bit). Here are some things I noticed.

WT

Turkey has been moved to mid-April which is pretty much the original time of year it used to be run (one week earlier if we're being pedantic).

Africa

Not many races at the moment. Rwanda is a mover. It used to be held in November, moved to August this year and in 2019 will be run in late February. It will start four weeks after Bongo finishes (two would make more sense to me) and like the Gabonese race will now be a 2.1 event.

America

No Tachira at the moment, but that's not too surprising. Independencia and Saguenay return to the UCI fold after a years absence. New races with Chiloe and Miranda.

Asia

Some interesting new names - Tour of Belt and Road?! Ronda Philipinas?!

Oceania

:tumbleweed

Europe

Too many races to really spot anything. Israel is new, but we knew about that (finishes a couple of days before Turkey starts).

Women

Aphrodite Cycling Race anyone? New races in Burgos and Jockland.
Title: Re: Race news 2019 - Rumours , Dates, Parcours , Wildcards etc.
Post by: M Gee on October 25, 2018, 18:24
http://www.uci.org/road/calendar

 . .
Oceania

:tumbleweed

 . . .
Umm, excuse me? Did you not notice the Aussies? I realize some people do think they are forgettable, but OTOH, we've got some regulars around here who would be at the bottom of the ocean if there weren't some land down under!  :D

But I dropped by to ask a question on a different topic - Le Tour 2019. Wondering what people think of the mountains this year. Personally, I'm wondering if Tom Dumoulin ticked somebody off in the Tour planning office.

OTOH, Cav said 2019 would be easier for him than 2018. Don't know what to think!
Title: Re: Race news 2019 - Rumours , Dates, Parcours , Wildcards etc.
Post by: Leadbelly on October 26, 2018, 07:34
Umm, excuse me? Did you not notice the Aussies? I realize some people do think they are forgettable, but OTOH, we've got some regulars around here who would be at the bottom of the ocean if there weren't some land down under!  :D

I was alluding to the fact that the Oceania Tour only has 3 races (plus the continental championships) and unlike the African Tour, it won't have other races added to it later on. :P

As to the Tour. Can't say I've really looked at it yet, but it's good to see some climbs that haven't been used in a while.
Title: Re: Race news 2019 - Rumours , Dates, Parcours , Wildcards etc.
Post by: Leadbelly on October 28, 2018, 14:36
https://twitter.com/FVCiclismo/status/1055458376203862017

Tachira is currently missing from the 2019 calendar, but this recent meeting is promising and the day after a Venezuelan journalist tweeted that both Androni and Wilier would be there.
Title: Re: Race news 2019 - Rumours , Dates, Parcours , Wildcards etc.
Post by: M Gee on October 28, 2018, 14:36
. . .
As to the Tour. Can't say I've really looked at it yet, but it's good to see some climbs that haven't been used in a while.

I think it was an article on VN that commented this TdF course appeared to be put together to favor the French climbers. I haven't looked in detail, either, but if it really does favor the climbers - and everybody seems to be saying that - then Quintana may finally be able to get back in the action, too.
Title: Re: Race news 2019 - Rumours , Dates, Parcours , Wildcards etc.
Post by: t-72 on October 28, 2018, 20:32
I think it was an article on VN that commented this TdF course appeared to be put together to favor the French climbers. I haven't looked in detail, either, but if it really does favor the climbers - and everybody seems to be saying that - then Quintana may finally be able to get back in the action, too.

I have just taken a brief look at it, and I think it spells: Thibaut, please come home!  :)
The Alpine stages look like they are just his way of racing, maybe a bit short when it comes to the Tignes stage, but otherwise:
Title: Re: Race news 2019 - Rumours , Dates, Parcours , Wildcards etc.
Post by: search on October 30, 2018, 08:11
we'll get a new 1.1 one day race, just after the Dauphiné

https://twitter.com/MontVentouxDC/status/1056840452769488896

http://www.cyclist.co.uk/news/5073/route-for-new-mont-ventoux-one-day-race-announced
Title: Re: Race news 2019 - Rumours , Dates, Parcours , Wildcards etc.
Post by: M Gee on October 31, 2018, 20:28
And now the Giro's announced their 2019 route - bookended by TT - and I think, once again, the Giro is going to outdo the Tour for good racing.

Why am I not surprised? 

 :lol :lol
Title: Re: Race news 2019 - Rumours , Dates, Parcours , Wildcards etc.
Post by: Leadbelly on October 31, 2018, 20:32
https://twitter.com/laflammerouge16/status/1057666035262910471
Title: Re: Race news 2019 - Rumours , Dates, Parcours , Wildcards etc.
Post by: Mellow Velo on October 31, 2018, 20:50
https://twitter.com/laflammerouge16/status/1057666035262910471

 Hardly a climb of note before stage 12 and the first MTF a stage later?
Take a lot of early race siestas and tune in for the second half.

Edit:
Current state of Stage 20's Passo Manghen road.

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Dq01q1BXgAAJngV.jpg)

Title: Re: Race news 2019 - Rumours , Dates, Parcours , Wildcards etc.
Post by: Leadbelly on November 01, 2018, 17:55
https://www.piratefm.co.uk/news/latest-news/2726632/cornwall-set-to-host-tour-of-britain/

Cornwall bidding to get the first stage of the 2020 ToB. If they get it, Penzance to Bodmin is the front runner from the three options.

There were two reasons I thought this would never happen 1) the poor transport links and 2) being totally skint (the council is in debt to the tune of £723M at the last count). They're looking for most of the costs to be covered by sponsorship.

I guess it would pretty cool, but the following quote from the article doesn't fill me with optimism that it will be an exciting parcour.

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In coming up with the route the council has had to apply certain criteria which are set by event organisers SweetSpot.

These are that the route has to be between 160km and 180km; should pass through communities to maximise live viewing and sponsorship opportunities; pass through iconic venues that Cornwall would like to have TV exposure and pass through high footfall areas to maximise visitor spend.

No doubt that's not too different from a lot other races, but it feels a bit soulless when you see it in black and white.

ps. I don't listen to Pirate FM, the real source of the story was Lisa at my work.
Title: Re: Race news 2019 - Rumours , Dates, Parcours , Wildcards etc.
Post by: t-72 on November 01, 2018, 21:21
And now the Giro's announced their 2019 route - bookended by TT - and I think, once again, the Giro is going to outdo the Tour for good racing.
.....


Hardly a climb of note before stage 12 and the first MTF a stage later?
Take a lot of early race siestas and tune in for the second half.
.....

Looking at the stages,  back to the 90's? Will Cippololini be racing? Just kidding, but isn't this a Giro made for for Elia Viviani?
Title: Re: Race news 2019 - Rumours , Dates, Parcours , Wildcards etc.
Post by: search on November 02, 2018, 08:20
well, the Prologue is uphill, Stage 4 has almost 3000m of altitude and a hill climb finish, stage 6 is uphill as well, so surely no sprint either, same for the day after. So that leaves us with three (2, 3, 5) potential bunch sprints in week 1. Doesn't look like too many to me
Title: Re: Race news 2019 - Rumours , Dates, Parcours , Wildcards etc.
Post by: LukasCPH on November 02, 2018, 09:13
No doubt that's not too different from a lot other races, but it feels a bit soulless when you see it in black and white.
I hear that the SweetSpot races are all managed extremely top-down, prescribing the most minuscule stuff for riders, teams, stage hosts, and just about everyone.
Sometimes Often to the point of ridiculousness.

This sounds like exactly the thing they would put in their race application paperwork.

Certainly most races will have a similar approach. But few would be putting it in writing as blatantly as this.
Title: Re: Race news 2019 - Rumours , Dates, Parcours , Wildcards etc.
Post by: Leadbelly on November 07, 2018, 19:27
https://twitter.com/ollieman56/status/1060247916214923264
Title: Re: Race news 2019 - Rumours , Dates, Parcours , Wildcards etc.
Post by: Leadbelly on November 12, 2018, 16:29
https://www.wielerflits.nl/nieuws/ronde-van-turkije-gooit-etappeschema-volledig-op-de-schop/

Turkey stages. Quite localized (which is good and bad), but it will be nice to see some different stages/finishes for once.

16 April - Stage 1: Istanbul - Tekirdag (165 km)
17 April - Stage 2: Tekirdag - Eceabat (180 km)
18 April - Stage 3: Canakkale - Edremit (155 km)
19 April - Stage 4 : Balikesir - Bursa (185 km)
20 April - Stage 5: Bursa - Kartepe (170 km)
21 April - Stage 6: Sakarya - Istanbul (165 km)

The climb to Kartepe on stage 5 could be 16.8km at 7.7%, but other routes to the top are available.

Title: Re: Race news 2019 - Rumours , Dates, Parcours , Wildcards etc.
Post by: Leadbelly on November 13, 2018, 19:42
https://twitter.com/ArcticRaceofN/status/1062288181519900673

15/08/2019 – Etapa 1 – Å > Leknes (182 km)
16/08/2019 – Etapa 2 – Henningsvaer > Svolvær (168.5 km)
17/08/2019 – Etapa 3 – Sortland > Storheia summit (Melbu) (176,5 km)
18/08/2019 – Etapa 4 – Lødingen > Narvik (166,5 km)

I saw elsewhere the stage three summit described as the Mont Ventoux of Norway. Maybe out Norwegian correspondent can tell us if that is just hyperbole?
Title: Re: Race news 2019 - Rumours , Dates, Parcours , Wildcards etc.
Post by: LukasCPH on November 14, 2018, 00:08
I saw elsewhere the stage three summit described as the Mont Ventoux of Norway. Maybe out Norwegian correspondent can tell us if that is just hyperbole?
It is quite steep:
https://twitter.com/LasterketaBurua/status/1062352773075947522

Nowhere near the length of the Ventoux, of course - but since there's nothing at all between this mountain and Greenland, I suppose it can be pretty windy. The summit seems to be above the tree line as well.

Looking at both Google Maps and OpenStreetMap, though, the road to the summit seems to only be a (gravel?) track at the moment ...
Title: Re: Race news 2019 - Rumours , Dates, Parcours , Wildcards etc.
Post by: Leadbelly on November 15, 2018, 19:48
http://www.tourdurwanda.rw/news/article/route-revealed-for-first-2-1-tour-du-rwanda

Stage 1: Kigali-Kigali (112.5 km)
Stage 2: Kigali-Huye (120.3 km)
Stage 3: Huye-Rubavu (213.1 km)
Stage 4: Rubavu-Karongi (103 km)
Stage 5: Karongi-Musanze (138.7 km)
Stage 6: Musanze-Nyamata (120.5 km)
Stage 7: Nyamata-Kigali (84.2 km)
Stage 8: Kigali-Kigali (66.8 km)

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DsDPfw4X0AAPd1h.jpg)

Benediction is a new Rwandan CT outfit. Bai Sicasal are Angolan.
Title: Re: Race news 2019 - Rumours , Dates, Parcours , Wildcards etc.
Post by: Leadbelly on November 21, 2018, 19:08
http://voltaaoalgarve.com/en/traditional-route-for-the-2019-volta-ao-algarve/

"The route is similar to the previous years offering stages for all kind of cyclists"

February 20 – 1st Stage: Portimão – Lagos, 199,1 km
February 21 – 2nd Stage: Almodôvar – Fóia, 187,4 km
February 22 – 3rd Stage: Lagoa – Lagoa, 20,3 km (ITT)
February 23 – 4th Stage: Albufeira – Tavira, 198,3 km
February 24 – 5th Etapa: Faro – Malhão, 173,5 km

It's funny, some races go over the same ground year in year out and it gets old very quickly, whereas others have your rubbing your hands in anticipation. This falls into the second category.
Title: Re: Race news 2019 - Rumours , Dates, Parcours , Wildcards etc.
Post by: Leadbelly on November 21, 2018, 19:19
https://tourofthealps.eu/en/la-montagna-nel-dna-il-tour-of-the-alps-guarda-sempre-piu-su

(https://d2e0ve3v41k4c6.cloudfront.net/media/upload/2018/11/15111547/Tappa1.png)

(https://d2e0ve3v41k4c6.cloudfront.net/media/upload/2018/11/15113024/Tappa2.png)

(https://d2e0ve3v41k4c6.cloudfront.net/media/upload/2018/11/15160736/Tappa3.png)

(https://d2e0ve3v41k4c6.cloudfront.net/media/upload/2018/11/15175146/Tappa4.png)

(https://d2e0ve3v41k4c6.cloudfront.net/media/upload/2018/11/15182411/Tappa5.png)

One proper MTF would be the only improvement I can see, but if they keep on giving us routes like this and the one raced this year (best stage race of 2018?), then they can call it the Tour of Tarquin Fin-tim-lin-bin-whin-bim-lim-bus-stop-F'tang-F'tang-Olé-Biscuitbarrel for all I care.
Title: Re: Race news 2019 - Rumours , Dates, Parcours , Wildcards etc.
Post by: LukasCPH on November 22, 2018, 10:38
One proper MTF would be the only improvement I can see, but if they keep on giving us routes like this and the one raced this year (best stage race of 2018?), then they can call it the Tour of Tarquin Fin-tim-lin-bin-whin-bim-lim-bus-stop-F'tang-F'tang-Olé-Biscuitbarrel for all I care.
:lol

I find the name a bit pretentious as well.
It really is the Tour of Trentino-Südtirol-Tirol-that-will-never-venture-outside-these-regions.
Title: Re: Race news 2019 - Rumours , Dates, Parcours , Wildcards etc.
Post by: Joelsim on November 22, 2018, 11:49
:lol

I find the name a bit pretentious as well.
It really is the Tour of Trentino-Südtirol-Tirol-that-will-never-venture-outside-these-regions.

Maybe they should call it the Giro del Trentino.
Title: Re: Race news 2019 - Rumours , Dates, Parcours , Wildcards etc.
Post by: LukasCPH on November 22, 2018, 17:10
Maybe they should call it the Giro del Trentino.
Maybe they should!

I think the new funding sources (Tirol & Südtirol tourism agencies and stuff) wouldn't like to have Trentino mentioned in the name, but not themselves.
Title: Re: Race news 2019 - Rumours , Dates, Parcours , Wildcards etc.
Post by: Leadbelly on November 22, 2018, 18:51
https://twitter.com/LasterketaBurua/status/1065607732512899073
Title: Re: Race news 2019 - Rumours , Dates, Parcours , Wildcards etc.
Post by: Joelsim on November 22, 2018, 19:27
Maybe they should!

I think the new funding sources (Tirol & Südtirol tourism agencies and stuff) wouldn't like to have Trentino mentioned in the name, but not themselves.

OK, Tour of some of The Alps.
Title: Re: Race news 2019 - Rumours , Dates, Parcours , Wildcards etc.
Post by: Leadbelly on December 05, 2018, 18:48
(https://www.amgentourofcalifornia.com/uploads/cities/2019/AmgenTOC_2019_111418_MAP-1.jpg)
Title: Re: Race news 2019 - Rumours , Dates, Parcours , Wildcards etc.
Post by: Joelsim on December 06, 2018, 22:00
Is there a Bridge of Spies on this route Pau T'Pau?

(https://cdn.cyclingstage.com/images/tour-de-france/2019/stage-13-profile.jpg?02)
Title: Re: Race news 2019 - Rumours , Dates, Parcours , Wildcards etc.
Post by: Leadbelly on December 13, 2018, 18:04
https://www.directvelo.com/actualite/71145/tour-la-provence-22-equipes-annoncees

Teams for the Tour la Provence:

WorldTour

AG2R La Mondiale
Groupama-FDJ
Astana Pro Team
Deceuninck-Quick-Step
Movistar Team
Team EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale
Team Sky
Team Sunweb
Trek-Segafredo

Continental Pro

Cofidis
Delko Marseille Provence
Direct Energie
Team Arkéa-Samsic
Vital Concept-B&B Hotels
Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec
Corendon-Circus
Israel Cycling Academy
Wanty-Groupe Gobert

Continental

Natura4Ever-Roubaix Lille Métropole
St-Michel Auber 93
Amore & Vita-Prodir
WSA-Pushbikers

Title: Re: Race news 2019 - Rumours , Dates, Parcours , Wildcards etc.
Post by: Leadbelly on December 14, 2018, 14:19
https://www.cadelevansgreatoceanroadrace.com.au/news-media/news/a-record-15-uci-worldtour-teams-confirmed-for-2019/

CEGORR teams:

AG2R LA MONDIALE
ASTANA PRO TEAM
BORA - HANSGROHE
LOTTO SOUDAL
MITCHELTON - SCOTT
DECEUNINCK - QUICK STEP
TEAM DIMENSION DATA
EF EDUCATION FIRST
CCC TEAM
TEAM KATUSHA ALPECIN
TEAM JUMBO VISMA
TEAM SKY
TEAM SUNWEB
TREK - SEGAFREDO
UAE TEAM EMIRATES
KORDA MENTHA REAL ESTATE (Australian Nat team)

No PCT invites. Will any bother going to Australia if only one race (Herald Sun) is on the table?
Title: Re: Race news 2019 - Rumours , Dates, Parcours , Wildcards etc.
Post by: LukasCPH on December 14, 2018, 16:01
No PCT invites. Will any bother going to Australia if only one race (Herald Sun) is on the table?
As long as the Herald Sun Tour pays for the plane tickets, why not ... ;)
Title: Re: Race news 2019 - Rumours , Dates, Parcours , Wildcards etc.
Post by: Leadbelly on December 17, 2018, 10:32
https://twitter.com/ollieman56/status/1074606988334649346
Title: Re: Race news 2019 - Rumours , Dates, Parcours , Wildcards etc.
Post by: Joelsim on December 17, 2018, 11:38
https://twitter.com/ollieman56/status/1074606988334649346

How much of a sprint has MVDP got?

EDIT: A decent one by the looks of who he beat last year.

He's also down for Nokere too.
Title: Re: Race news 2019 - Rumours , Dates, Parcours , Wildcards etc.
Post by: Leadbelly on December 17, 2018, 13:09
https://twitter.com/tourdelavenir/status/1074617696078233600
Title: Re: Race news 2019 - Rumours , Dates, Parcours , Wildcards etc.
Post by: LukasCPH on December 17, 2018, 18:22
That 23.4-km profile is the whole stage, by the way.

Personally, I think that may be taking it a bit too far. We had a 36-km stage this year already; this is 33 percent shorter again.
If they continue at this rate, we'll end up with a mass-start stage up a one-kilometre, 20-percent wall before 2030!
Title: Re: Race news 2019 - Rumours , Dates, Parcours , Wildcards etc.
Post by: Joelsim on December 17, 2018, 19:38
That 23.4-km profile is the whole stage, by the way.

Personally, I think that may be taking it a bit too far. We had a 36-km stage this year already; this is 33 percent shorter again.
If they continue at this rate, we'll end up with a mass-start stage up a one-kilometre, 20-percent wall before 2030!

I quite like the idea.
Title: Re: Race news 2019 - Rumours , Dates, Parcours , Wildcards etc.
Post by: search on December 18, 2018, 12:45
The Vuelta finally gets rid of the combined jersey

Quote
Beginning with the race’s 2019 edition, La Vuelta’s white jersey, which thus far has been worn by the leading rider in the combined ranking, will be worn by the best young cyclist in the peloton. The jersey will correspond to the rider aged under 26 that stands in highest place in the overall standings. Until now, there was no specific jersey associated with this placing, although it was recognised with a trophy sponsored by the sports daily AS, La Vuelta’s official newspaper. The sponsor of this new white jersey will now be Feníe Energía, which over the past two years has sponsored the most aggressive rider prize. The combined ranking disappears, although its sponsor – Fertiberia – will continue to be linked to La Vuelta.
 
Following La Vuelta 18, which was characterized by youth, with the second youngest podium in the race’s history, La Vuelta has decided to strengthen its commitment to the promising riders in the peloton. As with the leaders in other rankings, the best young cyclist will wear a jersey that makes them stand out within the group. La Vuelta is therefore following the example of the Tour de France, whose white jersey for the best young rider has been worn by such famous names such as Alberto Contador, Nairo Quintana and Romain Bardet. La Vuelta first began to honour the best riders under the age of 26 in 2017 with a trophy sponsored by AS, the race’s official newspaper. The two winners of this prize so far have been the Colombian Miguel Ángel López (Astana Pro Team), in 2017, and Spain’s Enric Mas (Quick-Step Floors), in 2018.

[...]

This new white jersey for the best young rider puts an end to the combined ranking, as it will no longer be part of the in-race prizes. This ranking was based on the criterion of a sustained performance, taking the best cyclists in the overall standing, the mountain, and the table by points. La combinada made their first appearance in La Vuelta in 1970, and the first rider to wear the jersey was the Belgian Guido Reybrouck. From then on, it featured intermittently until it was finally fully reinstated in 2003. The honours board for past winners of this prize include such famous names as Eddy Merckx, Sean Kelly, Tony Rominger, Alejandro Valverde, Alberto Contador, Nairo Quintana and Chris Froome, among others.

https://www.lavuelta.es/en/news/2019/the-white-jersey-sponsored-by-fenie-energia-to-honour-the-best-young-rider-of-la-vuelta/16759
Title: Re: Race news 2019 - Rumours , Dates, Parcours , Wildcards etc.
Post by: Leadbelly on December 20, 2018, 20:19
https://twitter.com/uae_tour/status/1075754414303035392

https://twitter.com/uae_tour/status/1075754648760406016

Two MTFs and Hatta Dam isn't too bad. Shame no hilly Sharjah stage.
Title: Re: Race news 2019 - Rumours , Dates, Parcours , Wildcards etc.
Post by: Joelsim on January 09, 2019, 11:16
Paris-Nice

Cofidis
Arkea-Samsic
Delko Marseille
Vital Concept
Direct Energie

5 French teams, maybe this is how much of it will be this year before next year's changes.
Title: Re: Race news 2019 - Rumours , Dates, Parcours , Wildcards etc.
Post by: search on January 09, 2019, 11:29
maybe. There hasn't been a foreign wildcard team in Paris Nice since #iam Iam in 2014 though
Title: Re: Race news 2019 - Rumours , Dates, Parcours , Wildcards etc.
Post by: Leadbelly on January 09, 2019, 19:05
https://twitter.com/Cyclingnewsfeed/status/1083031978616578048
Title: Re: Race news 2019 - Rumours , Dates, Parcours , Wildcards etc.
Post by: search on January 10, 2019, 11:44
ASO press release, the first two wildcards for the Tour go to #wanty Wanty and #cofidis Cofidis

Quote
The organisers of the Tour de France have chosen the first teams for the 106th edition of the Tour de France (6–28 July).
 
In accordance with Union Cycliste Internationale rules, the eighteen UCI WorldTeams are invited:
 
[...]
 
In addition to these eighteen teams, the organisers have awarded wildcards to the top two teams in the Europe Tour classification:
 
WANTY - GROUPE GOBERT
COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CRÉDITS
 
The final two teams will be announced at a later time.

this comes as a bit of a surprise, and it means (at least) one of #direct Direct Energie, #arkea Arkéa Samsic and #vital Vital Concept will not end up as a happy chappy
Title: Re: Race news 2019 - Rumours , Dates, Parcours , Wildcards etc.
Post by: Leadbelly on January 10, 2019, 19:05
https://twitter.com/LasterketaBurua/status/1065607732512899073

...... and the teams.

https://cyclingpro.net/spaziociclismo/continental/challenge-mallorca-2019-completo-lelenco-delle-squadre-iscritte-ce-lamorevita-prodir/

WorldTour

Bora – Hansgrohe
Katusha – Alpecin
Lotto – Soudal
Movistar
Trek – Segafredo
UAE Team Emirates

Professional

Arkéa – Samsic
Caja Rural – RGA
Cofidis
Direct Energie
Euskadi – Murias
Israel Cycling Academy
Rally Cycling
Roompot – Charles
Sport Vlaanderen – Baloise
Wanty – Groupe Gobert

Continental

Amore & Vita – Prodir
Team Euskadi
Team Sauerland
Bike Aid
Canyon DH
Interpro Cycling Academy
EvoPro Racing
Selezione spagnola di Pista
Title: Re: Race news 2019 - Rumours , Dates, Parcours , Wildcards etc.
Post by: Leadbelly on January 16, 2019, 05:32
http://www.biciciclismo.com/es/la-volta-anuncia-los-seis-invitados-15-01-2019

Catalunya wildcards:

Caja Rural - Seguros RGA
Euskadi - Murias
Arkea Samsic
Cofidis
Roompot Charles
Wanty Groupe Gobert

No Burgos!
Title: Re: Race news 2019 - Rumours , Dates, Parcours , Wildcards etc.
Post by: Leadbelly on January 16, 2019, 18:13
http://www.biciciclismo.com/es/la-volta-anuncia-los-seis-invitados-15-01-2019

Catalunya wildcards:

Caja Rural - Seguros RGA
Euskadi - Murias
Arkea Samsic
Cofidis
Roompot Charles
Wanty Groupe Gobert

No Burgos!

..... and just thinking about it at work, no W-52 either!

You'd think this race especially would have been one that they would have targeted for an invite, but the organizers obviously don't want to play ball. Pais Vasco usually only invites four teams, so they probably won't be there either. What does that leave at WT level? Turkey?
Title: Re: Race news 2019 - Rumours , Dates, Parcours , Wildcards etc.
Post by: LukasCPH on January 16, 2019, 18:43
..... and just thinking about it at work, no W-52 either!

You'd think this race especially would have been one that they would have targeted for an invite, but the organizers obviously don't want to play ball. Pais Vasco usually only invites four teams, so they probably won't be there either. What does that leave at WT level? Turkey?
Leaves me wondering what exactly the point was of them going ProConti?
Title: Re: Race news 2019 - Rumours , Dates, Parcours , Wildcards etc.
Post by: t-72 on January 16, 2019, 21:09
And here are the teams and participants for the French season opener, the anthematic La Marseillase, to be raced on February the 3rd. It is a quite good startlist for a race at this level, actually. Last year, the old teammates at #fdj, who both changed teams,   #ag2r Alexandre Geniez beat #wanty Odd Christian Eiking in a small group sprint finish. With this year startlist, they may find it hard to get back on the podium, but then again it is early early season and Eiking is very often in shape a few weeks before he should, just to collapse with some illness or other when the seasons objectives are just around the corner.

http://www.cyclingfever.com/editie.html?detp=view&_ap=startlijst&editie_idd=MjkzODY=
Title: Re: Race news 2019 - Rumours , Dates, Parcours , Wildcards etc.
Post by: search on January 16, 2019, 21:23
Leaves me wondering what exactly the point was of them going ProConti?

all eyes on Alarcon to win the Vuelta a Espana then, I guess ;)

They could probably get a wild card for San Sebastian, but that one is during the Volta.
Title: Re: Race news 2019 - Rumours , Dates, Parcours , Wildcards etc.
Post by: rote_laterne on January 17, 2019, 20:01
And here are the teams and participants for the French season opener, the anthematic La Marseillase, to be raced on February the 3rd.

http://www.cyclingfever.com/editie.html?detp=view&_ap=startlijst&editie_idd=MjkzODY=

Quote
   
COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CRÉDITS
31     CHETOUT Loïc   Basque Country
Title: Re: Race news 2019 - Rumours , Dates, Parcours , Wildcards etc.
Post by: Joelsim on January 17, 2019, 21:41


Pais Vascexit?
Title: Re: Race news 2019 - Rumours , Dates, Parcours , Wildcards etc.
Post by: search on January 21, 2019, 10:20
Roubaix wildcards:

COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CRÉDITS
DELKO MARSEILLE PROVENCE
DIRECT ÉNERGIE
TEAM ARKEA – SAMSIC
VITAL CONCEPT – B&B HOTELS
ROOMPOT – CHARLES
WANTY – GOBERT CYCLING TEAM

so no van der Poel. Topsport (for the 2nd year in a row) and Wallonie are missing as well, from the usual suspects. Instead, Wanty is back on board
Title: Re: Race news 2019 - Rumours , Dates, Parcours , Wildcards etc.
Post by: search on January 21, 2019, 16:02
http://www.biciciclismo.com/es/la-volta-anuncia-los-seis-invitados-15-01-2019

Catalunya wildcards:

Caja Rural - Seguros RGA
Euskadi - Murias
Arkea Samsic
Cofidis
Roompot Charles
Wanty Groupe Gobert

No Burgos!

looks like they found a way in

https://twitter.com/VoltaCatalunya/status/1087374371612778496
Title: Re: Race news 2019 - Rumours , Dates, Parcours , Wildcards etc.
Post by: t-72 on January 21, 2019, 19:58
Roubaix wildcards:

COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CRÉDITS
DELKO MARSEILLE PROVENCE
DIRECT ÉNERGIE
TEAM ARKEA – SAMSIC
VITAL CONCEPT – B&B HOTELS
ROOMPOT – CHARLES
WANTY – GOBERT CYCLING TEAM

so no van der Poel. Topsport (for the 2nd year in a row) and Wallonie are missing as well, from the usual suspects. Instead, Wanty is back on board

#corendon van der Poel preferred not to race the P-R, he´ll race in the Flanders classic and the Amstel Gold Race and the Paris-Roubaix in addition to that, would be too much.
Corendon doesn’t have a large squad of riders capable of much in the P-R. I think they gladly passed the opportunity to another team.
Title: Re: Race news 2019 - Rumours , Dates, Parcours , Wildcards etc.
Post by: LukasCPH on January 22, 2019, 11:27
It's ASO wildcard week ...

Flèche Wallonne:
*fr #cofidis Cofidis
*es #murias Euskadi Murias
*il #academy Israel Cycling Academy
*us #rally Rally UHC Cycling
*be #vlaanderen Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise
*be #wanty Wanty-Gobert
*be #wallonie Wallonie-Bruxelles

Liège-Bastogne-Liège:
*fr #cofidis Cofidis
*fr #direct Direct Energie
*fr #arkea Arkéa-Samsic
*fr #vital Vital Concept-B&B Hotels
*be #vlaanderen Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise
*be #wanty Wanty-Gobert
*be #wallonie Wallonie-Bruxelles

While the wildcard picks for LBL are rather conservative - only French and Belgian teams, ASO has always been a bit more experimental at the Flèche. #israel, #murias & #rally get a chance to show what they are and could be added to the list of possible future ASO Grand Tour invitees. :shh


The parcous for the Flèche stays largely unchanged:
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DxgmsLVXQAALGBQ.jpg)

But LBL changes its final substantially, moving the finish line from Ans to the centre of Liège and thus replacing both the Côte de Saint-Nicolas and the uphill drag to the finish with a flat downhill/flat final from the Roche-aux-Faucons:
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DxgpwZXXQAAUO2E.jpg)
Title: Re: Race news 2019 - Rumours , Dates, Parcours , Wildcards etc.
Post by: Leadbelly on January 22, 2019, 17:13
https://twitter.com/tds/status/1087745685036941313
Title: Re: Race news 2019 - Rumours , Dates, Parcours , Wildcards etc.
Post by: Leadbelly on January 22, 2019, 18:51
CEGORR teams

No PCT invites. Will any bother going to Australia if only one race (Herald Sun) is on the table?

None bothered this year. Only twelve teams on the start list (thirteen if you count Team Jolidon) for the Herald Sun.
Title: Re: Race news 2019 - Rumours , Dates, Parcours , Wildcards etc.
Post by: LukasCPH on January 22, 2019, 20:06
Only twelve teams on the start list (thirteen if you count Team Jolidon) for the Herald Sun.
So, twelve. :P
Title: Re: Race news 2019 - Rumours , Dates, Parcours , Wildcards etc.
Post by: search on January 23, 2019, 07:52
https://twitter.com/tds/status/1087745685036941313

quite an unusual kind of selection, for Tour de Suisse standards. I like it :cool

It probably means that #direct Direct Energie expects to miss out on a Dauphine invitation, I guess.
Title: Re: Race news 2019 - Rumours , Dates, Parcours , Wildcards etc.
Post by: search on January 23, 2019, 07:55
and talking about Tour de France prep races...

(https://i.imgur.com/QLXwWrT.png)
Title: Re: Race news 2019 - Rumours , Dates, Parcours , Wildcards etc.
Post by: Leadbelly on January 23, 2019, 09:15
quite an unusual kind of selection, for Tour de Suisse standards. I like it :cool

https://www.tuttobiciweb.it/article/2019/01/22/1548146560/svizzera-un-nuovo-colpo-alle-professional-tuttobiciweb

TuttoBici are bemoaning the presence of the Swiss National team.

Quote
The discussion on the actual usefulness of a wildcard granted to the Swiss national selection remains open : in a WorldTour competition, which will also see runners who will refine the preparation for the Tour de France and which has always been considered quite tough given the track full of climbs . The risk of getting rid of the boys who are not yet ready to face such a commitment is really very high .

Plus, it takes away from the Professional lineups, more and more hanging from the thin line of wildcards to continue their competitive adventure, a very important chance.

The speech will also be repeated for the Tour of Romandie

I'm okay with them being there, but I do think WT races in general should be looking to use up more of their wildcard slots. Money is probably the reason they don't.
Title: Re: Race news 2019 - Rumours , Dates, Parcours , Wildcards etc.
Post by: search on January 23, 2019, 09:20
well, I guess this likely to be a team of guys like Page, Pellaud, Schelling, Stüssi or so and some youngsters like Bissegger. Competitiveness will not be an issue
Title: Re: Race news 2019 - Rumours , Dates, Parcours , Wildcards etc.
Post by: LukasCPH on January 23, 2019, 11:14
https://www.tuttobiciweb.it/article/2019/01/22/1548146560/svizzera-un-nuovo-colpo-alle-professional-tuttobiciweb

TuttoBici are bemoaning the presence of the Swiss National team.
I don't agree with TuttoBici.

There are really only five countries that have enough riders in pro teams to give them all a chance at riding the national WT races: France, Italy, Spain, Belgium, and the Netherlands. The 'big five', if you will.

For a long time, only certain WT races (deemed to be in 'developing' countries, cycling-wise)[1] could invite their national team - and the Tour de Suisse wasn't one of them.
That rule has been changed now, and for the better: There are several Swiss riders who are good enough for a WT race but who (for various reasons) didn't get a pro contract. Inviting a national team gives them the chance to show themselves.

As search says, competitiveness will not be an issue at all.

I'm okay with them being there, but I do think WT races in general should be looking to use up more of their wildcard slots. Money is probably the reason they don't.
Yes, this is an issue of sorts. There are several WT races that hand out only a few wildcards, and I don't think it's always due to lack of interest.

Money is definitely the reason behind. At stage races, the organiser has to cover team accommodation. Inviting only 2-3 extra teams instead of seven saves real money: Every PCT is entitled to a participation allowance of 3500 € on top of the accommodation for 7 riders + 7 staff.
Every extra team costs a nine-day race such as the Tour de Suisse an estimated 10 000 € at least (and that's a low calculation). By only inviting three wildcard teams, they save 40 000 to 50 000 €.
 1. *au TDU, CEGORR, *tr Turkey, *pl Pologne, *ca Québec, Montréal
Title: Re: Race news 2019 - Rumours , Dates, Parcours , Wildcards etc.
Post by: Mellow Velo on January 24, 2019, 16:43
 The Tour of Sicily returns from the dead, at the start of April.

https://mobile.twitter.com/laflammerouge16/status/1088422068297875458

Title: Re: Race news 2019 - Rumours , Dates, Parcours , Wildcards etc.
Post by: Leadbelly on January 25, 2019, 14:05
https://cyclingpro.net/spaziociclismo/continental/le-samyn-2019-annunciate-le-squadre-anche-androni-e-amorevita-al-via/

Teams for Le Samyn:

WorldTour

AG2R La Mondiale
Deceuninck-Quick-Step
Lotto-Soudal

Professional

Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec
Arkéa-Samsic
Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
Corendon-Circus
Direct Energie
Israel Cycling Academy
Roompot-Charles
Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise
Vital Concept-B&B Hôtels
Wallonie-Bruxelles
Wanty-Gobert Cycling Team

Continental

Amore & Vita-Prodir
Canyon DHB P/B Bloor Homes
Cibel
Differdange-Geba
Leopard Pro Cycling
LVIV Cycling Team
Natura4ever-Roubaix-Lille Métropole
Swiftcarbon Pro Cycling
Tarteletto-Isorex
Wiggins-Le Col
Title: Re: Race news 2019 - Rumours , Dates, Parcours , Wildcards etc.
Post by: Leadbelly on January 25, 2019, 14:07
https://www.directvelo.com/actualite/71835/tour-du-haut-var-2019-les-18-equipes-engagees

Teams for Haut-Var:

WorldTour

AG2R La Mondiale
Groupama-FDJ
Trek-Segafredo
EF Education First-Drapac

Continental Pro

Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
Delko Marseille Provence
Direct Energie
Team Arkéa-Samsic
Vital Concept-B&B Hôtels
Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec
Burgos-BH
Euskadi Basque Country-Murias
Israel Cycling Academy
Riwal-Readynez Cycling Team
Wallonie-Bruxelles

Continental

St-Michel-Auber 93
Natura4ever-Roubaix-Lille Métropole
Sovac

Final stage finishes on Mont Faron.
Title: Re: Race news 2019 - Rumours , Dates, Parcours , Wildcards etc.
Post by: search on January 25, 2019, 14:13
https://cyclingpro.net/spaziociclismo/continental/le-samyn-2019-annunciate-le-squadre-anche-androni-e-amorevita-al-via/

Teams for Le Samyn:

[...]

Continental

Amore & Vita-Prodir
Canyon DHB P/B Bloor Homes
Cibel
Differdange-Geba
Leopard Pro Cycling
LVIV Cycling Team
Natura4ever-Roubaix-Lille Métropole
Swiftcarbon Pro Cycling
Tarteletto-Isorex
Wiggins-Le Col

interesting choice of teams there, with Amore, Lviv and all those British guys. For #wiggins Wiggins it makes sense to give Pidcock a chance to do some pro races on the cobbles of course, but most of the others will struggle big time, I guess
Title: Re: Race news 2019 - Rumours , Dates, Parcours , Wildcards etc.
Post by: search on January 25, 2019, 14:20
and here are the RCS wildcards for this season:

GIRO D’ITALIA (11 May - 2 June) – 4 wild cards (22 teams of 8 riders each)
•   #androni ANDRONI GIOCATTOLI - SIDERMEC (ITA)
•   #bardiani BARDIANI CSF (ITA)
•   #academy ISRAEL CYCLING ACADEMY (ISR)
•   #nippo NIPPO - VINI FANTINI - FAIZANÈ (ITA)

STRADE BIANCHE NAMEDSPORT (9 March) – 3 wild cards (21 teams of 7 riders each)
•   #neri NERI SOTTOLI SELLE ITALIA KTM (ITA)
•   #nippo NIPPO - VINI FANTINI - FAIZANÈ (ITA)
•   #vital VITAL CONCEPT - B&B HOTELS (FRA)

TIRRENO-ADRIATICO NAMEDSPORT (13-19 March) – 5 wild cards (23 teams of 7 riders each)
•   #bardiani BARDIANI CSF (ITA)
•   #cofidis COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS (FRA)
•   #gazprom GAZPROM - RUSVELO (RUS)
•   #academy ISRAEL CYCLING ACADEMY (ISR)
•   #neri NERI SOTTOLI SELLE ITALIA KTM (ITA)

MILANO-SANREMO NAMEDSPORT (23 March) – 7 wild cards (25 teams of 7 riders each)
•   #androni ANDRONI GIOCATTOLI - SIDERMEC (ITA)
•   #bardiani BARDIANI CSF (ITA)
•   #cofidis COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS (FRA)
•   #direct DIRECT ENERGIE (FRA)
•   #academy ISRAEL CYCLING ACADEMY (ISR)
•   #neri NERI SOTTOLI SELLE ITALIA KTM (ITA)
•   #novonordisk TEAM NOVO NORDISK (USA)
Title: Re: Race news 2019 - Rumours , Dates, Parcours , Wildcards etc.
Post by: Joelsim on January 25, 2019, 21:37
ICA can take a team of sprinters to MSR and just see who can get over the lumps at the end the best.
Title: Re: Race news 2019 - Rumours , Dates, Parcours , Wildcards etc.
Post by: LukasCPH on January 27, 2019, 12:49
Only twelve teams on the start list (thirteen if you count Team Jolidon) for the Herald Sun.
Checking back, they have only twelve men's teams on the HST website by now, with Team Jolidon (apparently called Essen-CBT this year and with a Syrian (!) license) de-listed.
No surprise there.
Title: Re: Race news 2019 - Rumours , Dates, Parcours , Wildcards etc.
Post by: LukasCPH on January 28, 2019, 11:48
The African road champs, scheduled for 13-19 February, are postponed to an undefined date due to an 'important meeting of African heads of state during the period' in Ethiopia.
New date may (or may not) be set in early March.
:S
"This is Africa" comes to mind. :(

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Dx75iT8W0AI9B9T.jpg)
Title: Re: Race news 2019 - Rumours , Dates, Parcours , Wildcards etc.
Post by: Leadbelly on January 31, 2019, 18:44
https://twitter.com/OmloopHNB/status/1090988399245361152
Title: Re: Race news 2019 - Rumours , Dates, Parcours , Wildcards etc.
Post by: Leadbelly on February 02, 2019, 11:39
https://cyclingpro.net/spaziociclismo/worldtour/e3-harelbeke-2019-annunciate-le-sette-wildcard/

Wildcards for E3:

Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise
Wanty-Groupe Gobert
Wallonie-Bruxelles
Roompot-Charles
Cofidis Solutions Crédits
Direct Energie
Israel Cycling Academy
Title: Re: Race news 2019 - Rumours , Dates, Parcours , Wildcards etc.
Post by: Leadbelly on February 04, 2019, 10:16
https://ciclism.sibiu.ro/en/echipele.html

Teams for Sibiu:

Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec
Gazprom - RusVelo
303 Project
Adria Mobil
Akros - Thömus
Biesse Carrera
CCC Development Team
Cycling Team Friuli
D'Amico UM Tools
Elkov - Author
EvoPro Racing
Giotti Victoria
Kometa Cycling Team
Massi Vivo Grupo Oresy
Monkey Town - à Bloc Continental Team
Pannon Cycling Team
Sangemini - Trevigiani - MG.K Vis
Team Hurom
Team Illuminate
Team Novák
National Team Romania
Title: Re: Race news 2019 - Rumours , Dates, Parcours , Wildcards etc.
Post by: search on February 04, 2019, 10:28
quite a lot of newcomers this year with 303, Biesse, Friuli, EvoPro, Kometa and Pannon. There may be another PCT team to come as well (not too difficult to guess which one)
Title: Re: Race news 2019 - Rumours , Dates, Parcours , Wildcards etc.
Post by: Leadbelly on February 04, 2019, 15:41
https://twitter.com/OmloopHNB/status/1090988399245361152

Ditto for GW.

https://twitter.com/GentWevelgem/status/1092437590823890945
Title: Re: Race news 2019 - Rumours , Dates, Parcours , Wildcards etc.
Post by: Leadbelly on February 05, 2019, 17:20
https://twitter.com/DwarsdrVlaander/status/1092816666042515457
Title: Re: Race news 2019 - Rumours , Dates, Parcours , Wildcards etc.
Post by: search on February 05, 2019, 17:44
Dwars Dr Vlaander must be one of the worst cycling twitter handles there is
Title: Re: Race news 2019 - Rumours , Dates, Parcours , Wildcards etc.
Post by: search on February 06, 2019, 08:48
https://twitter.com/Amstelgoldrace/status/1093057096894033923

Bardiani is back in instead of Nippo, after a one year hiatus (they came 3rd with Colbrelli in 2016, did nothing of note the other three years) + Corendon replacing Aqua Blue
Title: Re: Race news 2019 - Rumours , Dates, Parcours , Wildcards etc.
Post by: Leadbelly on February 06, 2019, 18:38
https://twitter.com/RondeVlaanderen/status/1093184241922441218
Title: Re: Race news 2019 - Rumours , Dates, Parcours , Wildcards etc.
Post by: LukasCPH on February 07, 2019, 09:07
https://twitter.com/RondeVlaanderen/status/1093184241922441218
They could have gone to the trouble of finding out that the #vlaanderen Twitter handle is @TeamSVB (https://twitter.com/TeamSVB) ... :fp
Title: Re: Race news 2019 - Rumours , Dates, Parcours , Wildcards etc.
Post by: Leadbelly on February 08, 2019, 14:09
https://twitter.com/UCI_cycling/status/1093857055679672320

The Commonwealth Games and Euro Champs were good races, but it would be a bit much if they re-used the same course for a third time.
Title: Re: Race news 2019 - Rumours , Dates, Parcours , Wildcards etc.
Post by: LukasCPH on February 09, 2019, 08:55
The Commonwealth Games and Euro Champs were good races, but it would be a bit much if they re-used the same course for a third time.
Why?
The classics use more or less the same course every year.

It's a good course (been used for *gb champs as well), and it's harder than it looks on paper.
Title: Re: Race news 2019 - Rumours , Dates, Parcours , Wildcards etc.
Post by: Leadbelly on February 10, 2019, 09:50
The Worlds aren't just another classic though. It just feels a bit cheap re-using the same course (if that's what they do) three times in under ten years and makes the race a bit less special imo.
Title: Re: Race news 2019 - Rumours , Dates, Parcours , Wildcards etc.
Post by: search on February 10, 2019, 10:02
On that course, the quality of the race would also be very dependent on the weather, I guess. The wet races were really good, but I doubt it would be the same on dry roads.
Title: Re: Race news 2019 - Rumours , Dates, Parcours , Wildcards etc.
Post by: Leadbelly on February 11, 2019, 19:58
https://cyclingpro.net/spaziociclismo/continental/scheldeprijs-2019-annunciate-le-22-squadre-androni-unica-italiana/

Teams for Scheldeprijs:

World Tour

BORA-hansgrohe
Deceuninck – Quick-Step
EF Education First
Lotto Soudal
Team Dimension Data
Team Katusha Alpecin
Team Sky
Team Sunweb
Trek-Segafredo
UAE Team Emirates

Professional

Androni Giocattoli Sidermec
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
Corendon Circus
Direct Energie
Israel Cycling Academy
Riwal Readynez Cycling Team
Roompot-Charles
Sport Vlaanderen – Baloise
Team Arkea-Samsic
Vital Concept – B&B Hotels
Wallonie Bruxelles
Wanty – Gobert Cycling Team
Title: Re: Race news 2019 - Rumours , Dates, Parcours , Wildcards etc.
Post by: Leadbelly on February 22, 2019, 18:58
http://ciclismord.com/primeros-puestos-en-vuelta-ciclista-unos-27-equipos-se-disputaran/

Team Jolidon to ride the Vuelta Independencia? We'll see... ;)

Tharcor (The Pickles) are also down to ride according to the article.
Title: Re: Race news 2019 - Rumours , Dates, Parcours , Wildcards etc.
Post by: LukasCPH on February 26, 2019, 19:36
Team Jolidon to ride the Vuelta Independencia? We'll see... ;)

Tharcor (The Pickles) are also down to ride according to the article.
Eventually, neither ended up riding.

Meanwhile, Pineau has a novel idea for the Tour wildcards:
https://twitter.com/petercossins/status/1100319375935135744

Just add a 23rd team so that Prudhomme doesn't have to choose only two of #arkea #direct #vital! :D
UCI approval would be required, and I think this is unlikely to happen. Not so much because of the UCI, they'll give dispensations for just about anything - but because ASO haven't invited a 23rd team since 1987. Changing that just because it would likely wreck a French ProConti team just isn't much like them.

That Pineau comes out with stuff like this suggests to me that his team #vital is likely to be overlooked for a Tour wildcard yet again.
Title: Re: Race news 2019 - Rumours , Dates, Parcours , Wildcards etc.
Post by: search on March 09, 2019, 19:00
Wildcards for Itzulia:

#cajarural Caja Rural Seguros RGA
#murias Euskadi Basque Country Murias
#burgos Burgos BH
#cofidis Cofidis Solution Credits
#manzana Manzana Postobon

So there's one more team (Manzana) than last year

https://www.itzulia.eus/News/itzulian-parte-hartuko-duten-23-taldeak
Title: Re: Race news 2019 - Rumours , Dates, Parcours , Wildcards etc.
Post by: Leadbelly on March 14, 2019, 14:46
https://www.amgentourofcalifornia.com/news/166/152/Worlds-Top-Cycling-Teams-and-Riders-Announced-for-2019-Amgen-Tour-of-California

Teams for California:

Astana Pro Team (KAZ)
BAHRAIN – MERIDA (BRN)
BORA-hansgrohe (GER)
CCC Team (POL)
Deceuninck – Quick-Step (BEL)
EF Education First Pro Cycling (USA)
Team Jumbo-Visma (NED)
Team KATUSHA ALPECIN (SUI)
Team Dimension Data (RSA)
Team Sky (GBR)
Team Sunweb (GER)
Trek-Segafredo (USA)
UAE Team Emirates (UAE)

Cofidis (FRA)
Hagens Berman Axeon Cycling Team (USA)
Israel Cycling Academy (ISR)
Rally UHC Cycling (USA)
Team Novo Nordisk (USA)

USA Cycling (USA)

The Nat team could be made up of Bookwalter, Warbasse, McCabe and 4 "youngsters" from CT teams. There actually is quite a limited field of available talent since most (good) riders will be there with their trade teams. Maybe Hecht, Hoehn, Eisenhart and Bassetti could be the other four. The decision will have to made sooner rather than though as they'll need six weeks of rigorous drug testing (if they're not already subject to this) before they can compete at WT level. We don't want a repeat of the Uni-SA shambles.
Title: Re: Race news 2019 - Rumours , Dates, Parcours , Wildcards etc.
Post by: Leadbelly on March 23, 2019, 09:25
https://twitter.com/LeTour/status/1109035865681129472
Title: Re: Race news 2019 - Rumours , Dates, Parcours , Wildcards etc.
Post by: Leadbelly on March 23, 2019, 09:31
https://www.directvelo.com/actualite/72842/tro-bro-leon-2019-les-equipes-engagees

Teams for Tro Bro Leon:

WorldTour

AG2R La Mondiale
Groupama-FDJ

Continental Pro

Arkéa-Samsic
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
Delko Marseille Provence
Direct Energie
Vital Concept-B&B Hôtels
Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec
Euskadi Basque Country-Murias
Israel Cycling Academy
Riwal Readynez Cycling Team
Wallonie-Bruxelles
Wanty-Gobert Cycling Team

Continental

Natura4ever-Roubaix Lille Métropole
St-Michel-Auber 93
Amore & Vita-Prodir
Madison-Genesis
EvoPro Racing
Tarteletto-Isorex
Title: Re: Race news 2019 - Rumours , Dates, Parcours , Wildcards etc.
Post by: LukasCPH on March 23, 2019, 10:40
https://twitter.com/LeTour/status/1109035865681129472
Jérôme Pineau to talk to the (French) press and say that he might as well close shop in 3, 2, 1 ... ;)
Title: Re: Race news 2019 - Rumours , Dates, Parcours , Wildcards etc.
Post by: Carlo Algatrensig on March 23, 2019, 10:55
Jérôme Pineau to talk to the (French) press and say that he might as well close shop in 3, 2, 1 ... ;)

Since I saw the news I have been wondering if this might be what happens next. Unlike Delko they are a French Proconti team with amitions to ride the Tour so missing out in their 2nd year when based on results they might have a better claim than Arkea is the blow that would lead them to giving up.
Title: Re: Race news 2019 - Rumours , Dates, Parcours , Wildcards etc.
Post by: search on March 23, 2019, 11:17
those news are from yesterday and the team is still running, so maybe he has calmed down a bit already.

On his personal account (https://twitter.com/jejeroule44) he has re-tweeted basically every tweet complaining about the decision though ;)
Title: Re: Race news 2019 - Rumours , Dates, Parcours , Wildcards etc.
Post by: Leadbelly on March 26, 2019, 09:31
https://twitter.com/letouryorkshire/status/1110119734413062145

Just the 4 WT teams this year and Wiggins finally gets an invite.
Title: Re: Race news 2019 - Rumours , Dates, Parcours , Wildcards etc.
Post by: Yellow Peril on March 26, 2019, 19:14
Glad to see Team Wiggins back at the TdY particularly as Mark Christian is racing for them this season. I really think he is underrated and should have been snapped up after the demise of Aqua Blue
Title: Re: Race news 2019 - Rumours , Dates, Parcours , Wildcards etc.
Post by: Drummer Boy on April 01, 2019, 21:10
 :angry :angry GOD DAMN IT!!!  :angry :angry

https://twitter.com/inrng/status/1112775898309255170

 :P :D :D :P
Title: Re: Race news 2019 - Rumours , Dates, Parcours , Wildcards etc.
Post by: M Gee on April 01, 2019, 23:29
Ghent-Wevelgem was another great race this year. Really a good year!

But I dropped in to leave this link: https://www.velonews.com/2019/04/road/podcast-gent-wevelgem-recap-quinn-simmons-interview_491926 as they ALSO interview
Quote
Hugo Coorevits, senior editor at Het Nieuwsblad, explains why cycling is so important in Flanders and how it is an integral part of the regional culture

I thought it was a very interesting interview!
Title: Re: Race news 2019 - Rumours , Dates, Parcours , Wildcards etc.
Post by: Drummer Boy on April 02, 2019, 00:57
But I dropped in to leave this link
Quinn has definitely got that Taylor Phinney "dude" vibe. Very mellow and laid back, brah.
Title: Re: Race news 2019 - Rumours , Dates, Parcours , Wildcards etc.
Post by: search on April 16, 2019, 16:40
https://twitter.com/tds/status/1087745685036941313

Swiss Cycling has anounced a pre-selection of 11 riders a couple of days ago:

Matteo Badilatti (Israel Cycling Academy)
Gordian Banzer (Vorarlberg Santic)
Mathias Flückiger (RN Racing)
Gian Friesecke (Swiss Racing Academy)
Claudio Imhof (Akros Thömus)
Patrick Müller (Vital Concept)
Dylan Page (IAM Excelsior)
Simon Pellaud (IAM Excelsior)
Lukas Rüegg (Swiss Racing Academy)
Patrick Schelling (Vorarlberg Santic)
Roland Thalmann (Vorarlberg Santic)

https://www.swiss-cycling.ch/de/magazin/news/strasse/viel-jugendlicher-elan-und-zwei-routiniers-aus-fremden-gefilden/

Flückiger is confirmed already by the way

https://www.bernerzeitung.ch/region/oberaargau/flueckiger-feiert-mountainbike-sieg-und-wechselt-auf-der-strasse/story/18764866

Will be interesting to see how well he can do. Schurter did alright a couple of years ago.
Title: Re: Race news 2019 - Rumours , Dates, Parcours , Wildcards etc.
Post by: Leadbelly on April 16, 2019, 17:37
I thought Lienhard might have been in with a chance. If it was me I'd have him ahead of Page any day (don't rate Dylan at all).

I was nearly gonna say that the team almost picks itself, but the two Swiss Racing Academy riders might force their way in. Schelling for one doesn't have much form, but then again the races he's been in aren't his ideal cup of tea.
Title: Re: Race news 2019 - Rumours , Dates, Parcours , Wildcards etc.
Post by: Leadbelly on April 18, 2019, 19:00
https://www.velonews.com/2019/04/news/ef-education-first-trek-segafredo-confirmed-for-tour-of-utah_492830

Some of the teams for Utah:

303 Project (USA)
Arapahoe-Hincapie-BMC (USA)
Aevolo Pro Cycling (USA)
EF Education First (USA)
Elevate – KHS (USA)
Hagens Berman Axeon (USA)
Israel Cycling Academy (Israel)
Manzana Postobon Team (Colombia)
Neri Sottoli-Selle Italia-KTM (Italy)
NIPPO-Vini Fantini-Faizanè (Italy)
Rally UHC Cycling (USA)
Trek-Segafredo (USA)
Team BridgeLane (Australia)
Wildlife Generation Pro Cycling-Maxxis (USA)

I would expect another two or three teams. Jumbo, Mitchelton and Floyd's the likely candidates, but others could benefit if the first two have other plans.
Title: Re: Race news 2019 - Rumours , Dates, Parcours , Wildcards etc.
Post by: search on April 19, 2019, 07:58
The Tour of Croatia was cancelled now, less than one week before the start. It may take place in October instead, under the new name "Cro race" (:S)

http://www.novilist.hr/Sport/OTKAZAN-TOUR-OF-CROATIA-Organizatori-se-susreli-s-nizom-vanjskih-opstrukcija-i-laznih-navoda

The initial start list looked considerably worse than last year anyway with only one WT team, but some of the Trek, Androni, Bardiani and Israel Academy guys would have probably prefered to get some race kilometer in before the Giro (or put themself into the spotlight to get one of the remaining spots on the teams)

Post Merge: April 19, 2019, 08:13
the reasons are a bit confusing by the way, but it looks like there was a lot of stuff going on in the background.

The short version: Vladimir Miholjević had organized the Tour of Croatia since the beginning in 2015, but last summer the rights were "stolen" from him (there's a court case going on at the moment), another company took over, and Miholjević declared to do his own race instead, the "Cro Race".

And it seems like with those two races competing for sponsors, backing among the riders, cycling federation and so on, the (new) Tour of Croatia came short in the end.
Title: Re: Race news 2019 - Rumours , Dates, Parcours , Wildcards etc.
Post by: Mellow Velo on April 19, 2019, 09:15
Yeah.
I went looking when it didn't turn up on Eurosport schedules for next week and saw that this power struggle had taken place. A lot of bad blood between them by the looks.
Anyhow, the CRO race is Miholjević's replacement race and the UCI have given it and October 1st-6th slot. Hopefully, it will be able to go ahead, given they've run the successful race before.
Title: Re: Race news 2019 - Rumours , Dates, Parcours , Wildcards etc.
Post by: search on April 19, 2019, 09:22
yeah, I guess there should be quite a good chance that it takes place, but two days after the Worlds and with everyone who aims for Lombardia racing in Italy instead, it'll probably be fairly low profile.
Title: Re: Race news 2019 - Rumours , Dates, Parcours , Wildcards etc.
Post by: LukasCPH on April 19, 2019, 20:28
Here's some more from Ned Boulting who had been hired by Ivan Črnjarić to do TV commentary on the April race that's now cancelled:
The race implodes - a case story (https://www.theroadbook.co.uk/almanack/2019/4/19/the-race-implodes-a-case-study-ned-boulting)

What a mess. :-x
Title: Re: Race news 2019 - Rumours , Dates, Parcours , Wildcards etc.
Post by: search on April 25, 2019, 07:57
I thought Lienhard might have been in with a chance. If it was me I'd have him ahead of Page any day (don't rate Dylan at all).

I was nearly gonna say that the team almost picks itself, but the two Swiss Racing Academy riders might force their way in. Schelling for one doesn't have much form, but then again the races he's been in aren't his ideal cup of tea.

https://twitter.com/swisscycling/status/1120618608558792704
Title: Re: Race news 2019 - Rumours , Dates, Parcours , Wildcards etc.
Post by: Leadbelly on May 29, 2019, 12:54
https://twitter.com/TourofBritain/status/1133674333027688449
Title: Re: Race news 2019 - Rumours , Dates, Parcours , Wildcards etc.
Post by: Leadbelly on June 06, 2019, 05:35
https://twitter.com/Cyclingnewsfeed/status/1136478322223910913

Powder Mountain returns for the first time since 2014, but no Snowbird finish on the penultimate stage.
Title: Re: Race news 2019 - Rumours , Dates, Parcours , Wildcards etc.
Post by: search on June 06, 2019, 18:22
The Tour de Luxembourg is on this week, and #cofidis Christophe Laporte won both the prologue as well as the first stage...





no idea really how he escaped from a relegation today though:

https://twitter.com/wcsbike/status/1136663741188268035

I mean, the organizers did their part as well of course, setting up the worst possible kind of sprint finish, with the corner + those crappy kind of barriers with the foot on the inside of the road, but this is still one of the most dangerous sprints I have seen in a while, starting on one side of the road, and finishing it on the other - and this time not with just getting others in danger of being injured, but with exactly that result for #wallonie Justin Jules
Title: Re: Race news 2019 - Rumours , Dates, Parcours , Wildcards etc.
Post by: Leadbelly on June 22, 2019, 11:53
https://twitter.com/ArcticRaceofN/status/1141978789586624513
Title: Re: Race news 2019 - Rumours , Dates, Parcours , Wildcards etc.
Post by: Leadbelly on July 10, 2019, 05:40
Some of the teams for Utah:

303 Project (USA)
Arapahoe-Hincapie-BMC (USA)
Aevolo Pro Cycling (USA)
EF Education First (USA)
Elevate – KHS (USA)
Hagens Berman Axeon (USA)
Israel Cycling Academy (Israel)
Manzana Postobon Team (Colombia)
Neri Sottoli-Selle Italia-KTM (Italy)
NIPPO-Vini Fantini-Faizanè (Italy)
Rally UHC Cycling (USA)
Trek-Segafredo (USA)
Team BridgeLane (Australia)
Wildlife Generation Pro Cycling-Maxxis (USA)

I would expect another two or three teams. Jumbo, Mitchelton and Floyd's the likely candidates, but others could benefit if the first two have other plans.

https://twitter.com/TourofUtah/status/1148780383338729472

Added to that earlier list are:

#dcbank
#canels
#worthy / #floyd
#dauner

Quite a drop off in team strength from last year.

2018: 5 WT and 6 PCT
2019: 2 WT and 5 PCT

Not that it means we'll get boring racing, but sponsors may be less keen in the long run if it continues like that.
Title: Re: Race news 2019 - Rumours , Dates, Parcours , Wildcards etc.
Post by: Drummer Boy on July 11, 2019, 13:30

Added to that earlier list are:

#worthy / #floyd

Odd that they're being so cryptic about the reasons for the name swap. :slow
Title: Re: Race news 2019 - Rumours , Dates, Parcours , Wildcards etc.
Post by: LukasCPH on July 11, 2019, 18:24
Odd that they're being so cryptic about the reasons for the name swap. :slow
Either the Mormons don't like cannabis, or Floyd is out of money.
Or something entirely different. :S
Title: Re: Race news 2019 - Rumours , Dates, Parcours , Wildcards etc.
Post by: Drummer Boy on July 12, 2019, 03:27
Either the Mormons don't like cannabis, or Floyd is out of money.
Or something entirely different. :S

I only just read the original blog in its entirety. From that, my humble take on the situation is that Floyd is giving Worthy Brewing the chance to showcase their brand at one of the biggest races the team is likely to be a part of this season.

Worthy Brewing is a presenting sponsor of the team, and Roger Worthington, the man behind the company, is close with Floyd, is a bike racer himself, and directly involved with race promotion. He's also an attorney, and was one of the sponsors (http://www.worthingtoncaron.com/Our-Team/Roger-G-Worthington.aspx) behind Team Ouch (which Floyd represented at the Tour of California back in 2009, for those who remember that little stint). The man is heavily involved with the sport of cycling, from many angles, and it appears that this is designed to throw some much-deserved attention his way, and to share the spotlight.


(http://www.worthingtoncaron.com/images/team-ouch-2.jpg)
Roger Worthington on a training ride with Floyd Landis, February 12, 2009.


It's odd to change primary sponsors on a race-by-race basis, and I've no idea how that works with licensing, etc, but it's also an interesting approach, as various companies could benefit by the exposure of key events on a selective basis.

As long at the team communicates properly with their fan base throughout, and makes it clear what is happening and why (which they've somewhat failed to do here), it could be a positive approach.

#floyd #floyd #floyd #floyd #floyd #floyd #floyd

(I could be wrong about all this, of course, but I like the narrative I've created here. :P)

(http://www.worthingtoncaron.com/images/team-ouch[1].jpg)
Title: Re: Race news 2019 - Rumours , Dates, Parcours , Wildcards etc.
Post by: Leadbelly on July 12, 2019, 07:37
One thing they didn't take into account is the extra work it makes for kit smiley creators *cough* *cough*

#worthy #worthy #worthy
Title: Re: Race news 2019 - Rumours , Dates, Parcours , Wildcards etc.
Post by: LukasCPH on July 12, 2019, 09:06
One thing they didn't take into account is the extra work it makes for kit smiley creators *cough* *cough*

#worthy #worthy #worthy
The race isn't for another month! :P
Title: Re: Race news 2019 - Rumours , Dates, Parcours , Wildcards etc.
Post by: t-72 on July 12, 2019, 12:47
.....
#worthy #worthy #worthy

(https://i.imgur.com/ujsVUvR.png)

 :)

Title: Re: Race news 2019 - Rumours , Dates, Parcours , Wildcards etc.
Post by: Leadbelly on August 06, 2019, 17:17
https://www.tourofbritain.co.uk/worlds-leading-teams-return-to-the-ovo-energy-tour-of-britain/

Participating teams for ToB:

AG2R La Mondiale (France)
Canyon dhb p/b Bloor Homes (Great Britain)
Corendon – Circus Cycling Team (Belgium)
EF Education First Pro Cycling (USA)
Great Britain Cycling Team (Great Britain)
Israel Cycling Academy (Israel)
Lotto Soudal (Belgium)
Madison Genesis (Great Britain)
Mitchelton – SCOTT (Australia)
Movistar Team (Spain)
Riwal Readynez Cycling Team (Denmark)
Sport Vlaanderen – Baloise (Belgium)
SwiftCarbon Pro Cycling (Great Britain)
Team Dimension Data (South Africa)
Team INEOS (Great Britain)
Team Jumbo – Visma Cycling (Netherlands)
Team KATUSHA ALPECIN (Switzerland)
Team Sunweb (Germany)
Team WIGGINS Le Col (Great Britain)
Wanty – Gobert Cycling Team (Belgium)
Title: Re: Race news 2019 - Rumours , Dates, Parcours , Wildcards etc.
Post by: Drummer Boy on August 11, 2019, 13:04
One thing they didn't take into account is the extra work it makes for kit smiley creators *cough* *cough*

#worthy #worthy #worthy
The race isn't for another month! :P

The race starts tomorrow!  :o  ;)
 
 :D
#worthy #worthy #worthy

(https://pbs.twimg.com/profile_images/844318832911048704/F02AeMUj_200x200.jpg)
Title: Re: Race news 2019 - Rumours , Dates, Parcours , Wildcards etc.
Post by: LukasCPH on August 11, 2019, 16:14
The race starts tomorrow!  :o  ;)
Are you #worthy? ;)
Title: Re: Race news 2019 - Rumours , Dates, Parcours , Wildcards etc.
Post by: Drummer Boy on August 12, 2019, 00:39
Are you #worthy? ;)

:win

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/EBpbr5lUYAAImPC.jpg:large)