Pavel Sivakov claimed Team Sky’s second victory in a row at the Tour of the Alps to take the race lead from team-mate Tao Geoghegan Hart on stage two. The Russian, 21, kicked away from Astana’s Jan Hirt inside the final 300m to secure his first professional win in the 178.7km stage to Schenna, Italy.
Britain’s Tao Geoghegan Hart claimed the first senior win of his career at the opening stage of the Tour of the Alps, while his Team Sky team-mate Chris Froome came sixth. Geoghegan Hart, 24, edged out Alexander Aranburu of Spain and Switzerland’s Roland Thalmann at the end of the 144km ride around Kufstein in Austria.
Britain’s Lizzie Deignan returned to cycling at the Amstel Gold Race seven months after giving birth to her first child. The former world champion, 30, was racing with her new team Trek-Segafredo as Kasia Niewiadoma, 24, won the first of this year’s Ardennes Classics. The Polish Canyon-SRAM rider held off two-time time trial world champion
Team Sky will race as Team Ineos for the first time earlier than planned at the Tour de Romandie in Switzerland. The new team were set to launch at the Tour de Yorkshire from 2-5 May. Under the rules of cycling’s governing body, the UCI, teams cannot compete in separate races under different names or
Geraint Thomas says he is “on track” to challenge for a second straight Tour de France title this year. Thomas started his Tour preparations later than for last year’s win and said in February he would miss May’s Giro d’Italia to be “in the best shape possible” for July’s Tour. “I’d love to win it
Belgian cyclist Victor Campenaerts has broken the one-hour world record set by Sir Bradley Wiggins four years ago. The 27-year-old covered 55.089km at the Bicentenario velodrome in Mexico – 563m more than British rider Wiggins managed in London 2015. Campenaerts picked the Aguascalientes venue because of its altitude of 1,800m. “I am supper happy and
Colombian rider Jarlinson Pantano has been suspended by cycling’s world governing body after testing positive for a prohibited substance. The UCI says Pantano was notified of an adverse analytical finding of erythropoietin – a form of banned blood-boosting hormone EPO. It came from a sample collected during an out-of-competition test on 26 February. The 30-year-old
Belgium’s Philippe Gilbert won the Paris-Roubaix to secure the fourth ‘monument’ title of his career. Former world champion Gilbert beat Germany’s Nils Politt in a sprint finish to win the 257km race in five hours 58 minutes two seconds. Gilbert’s compatriot and Deceuninck-Quick-Step team-mate Yves Lampaert finished third. The five monuments are cycling’s most prestigious
Britain’s Adam Yates won the final stage of the Tour of the Basque Country as Spain’s Ion Izagirre claimed overall victory. Mitchelton-Scott rider Yates made his move in the final three kilometres to win in two hours 59 minutes 46 seconds. Ireland’s Dan Martin trailed Yates by just one second, with Astana’s Jakob Fuglsang third.
Four-time Tour de France winner Chris Froome will step up his preparations for the 2019 race at this month’s Tour of the Alps. Froome is joined in the field by Italian Vincenzo Nibali for the five-day race that begins on 22 April. The 33-year-old has raced only twice so far this season, finishing 91st and
Britain’s Lizzie Deignan will make her return to cycling at the Amstel Gold Race on 21 April – seven months after giving birth to her daughter. Deignan, 30, has been out of competition for more than a year and gave birth to Orla in September 2018. The Amstel Gold Race – part of the UCI
Italy’s Alberto Bettiol pulled off a shock solo win in the men’s Tour of Flanders in Belgium to claim his first ever professional victory. The Education First rider, 25, attacked with 18km of the 267km one-day cobbled classic to go and held off a chasing group of the pre-race favourites. It was the second Italian
Olympic gold medallist Peter Kennaugh will take a break from professional cycling because of mental health issues. Kennaugh, 29, hopes a break will allow him “to recover away from the sport”. His team – Bora-Hansgrohe – said the break would be “indefinite” and was due to “ongoing mental health issues”. A team statement added: “This
Britain’s Adam Yates claimed his second runner-up spot in as many weeks at the Volta a Catalunya. The 26-year-old, who missed out by one second at the Tirreno-Adriatico, began the 143km final stage 14 seconds behind leader Miguel Angel Lopez. He finished seventh in Barcelona but remained the same distance behind the Colombian. A crash
Britain’s Adam Yates remains 14 seconds behind leader Miguel Angel Lopez with a stage to go at the Volta a Catalunya. The 26-year-old, who claimed victory in stage three, finished in 14th place in Saturday’s 169km route. Australian Michael Matthews pipped Phil Bauhaus by a tyre’s width to win the stage as the top five
Britain’s Adam Yates remains in second place at the Volta a Catalunya with two stages remaining. The general classification was unchanged after the 188.1km route from Puigcerda to Sant Cugat del Valles, Yates staying 14 seconds behind Colombian Miguel Angel Lopez. Germany’s Maximilian Schachmann won the flat fifth stage for BORA-Hansgrohe. Saturday’s penultimate stage is
Britain’s Adam Yates remained in second place at the Volta a Catalunya after finishing fifth in stage four. The 26-year-old was 16 seconds behind Miguel Angel Lopez, whose surge to the line at the 150.3km stage in the Pyrenees earned him the overall lead. Yates trails the Colombian Astana Pro Team rider by 14 seconds
Britain’s Mark Cavendish is the “best sprinter” of all-time and can “definitely” break the record for Tour de France stage wins, says his Dimension Data team-mate Bernie Eisel. Cavendish, 33, is four shy of Eddy Merckx’s all-time record of 34 Tour de France stage wins. However he has struggled with Epstein Barr Virus and withdrew