Gilbert’s Roubaix win, a new Hour Record: Weekly News Digest
It’s okay to admit it – sometimes you’re just too busy to stay up to date on every bit of news from the world of cycling. Need a recap of the week’s biggest happenings? No problem. The final Daily News Digest of the week will be a Weekly News Digest, with highlights from the headlines of the past few days to bring you a quick, to-the-point summary of what happened this week.
Gilbert wins Paris-Roubaix
Okay, you’ve probably seen this one. But Philippe Gilbert (Deceuninck-Quick-Step) took his first career Paris-Roubaix title on Sunday.
With the win, Gilbert has now won four of cycling’s five Monuments. Milano-Sanremo is the only box on the list of cycling’s biggest one-day Classics that remains unchecked.
Neal Rogers took a look at Gilbert’s impressive evolution as a rider, while Dane Cash spared a thought for the rest of the Roubaix field. And if it’s stunning photos from the “Queen of the Classics” that you want, Kristof Ramon and the Grubers have you covered.
Pantano positive for EPO
Trek-Segafredo suspended Jarlinson Pantano on Tuesday after the 30-year-old climber returned an adverse analytical finding for EPO.
Pantano won a stage at the 2016 Tour de France while riding with IAM Cycling, and after moving over to Trek at the start of the 2017 season, he took a stage win at the Volta a Catalunya. His positive test came in an out-of-competition control on February 26 of this year.
He is one of three riders on the UCI’s list of provisional suspensions to have tested positive for EPO so far this season.
2020 Giro will start in Budapest
The Giro d’Italia will make its first visit to Hungary next year. Race organizers announced that Budapest will host the “Grande Partenza” for the 2020 edition of the Italian Grand Tour. That will mark the 14th time in the event’s history that the Giro has started away from Italy.
Next year’s race will feature a total of three stages in Hungary.
Campenaerts sets a new Hour Record
Victor Campenaerts broke the UCI Hour Record on Wednesday, topping a mark set by Bradley Wiggins. The 28-year-old Belgian, who rides for Lotto-Soudal, enjoyed a strong ride in the Velodromo Bicentenario in Aguascalientes, Mexico to cover 55.089 kilometers in an hour.
The put him 563 meters ahead of the 54.526-kilometer distance Wiggins rode in 2015.
Van der Poel wins again
Mathieu van der Poel (Corendon-Circus) continued his brilliant first-ever Classics campaign with a win at Brabantse Pijl. The reigning world cyclocross champion joined a strong quartet of escapees in the finale that would battle for the win in a sprint at the line.
Van der Poel led onto the finishing straight, launched his sprint with 150 meters to go, and won convincingly ahead of Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-Quick-Step) and Tim Wellens (Lotto-Soudal).
Ewan wins in Turkey
Caleb Ewan (Lotto-Soudal) powered to an impressive stage 4 victory at the Tour of Turkey on an uphill drag in Bursa. The 24-year-old Australian bested Juan José Lobato (Nippo Vini Fantini) and Sam Bennett (Bora-Hansgrohe) in the fast finish. Bennett still leads the general classification in Turkish WorldTour race, which will take on a challenging mountaintop finish on Saturday.
Ellingworth leaving Sky for Bahrain-Merida
Performance director Rod Ellingworth, who has been a critical part of Sky’s coaching staff since the team’s inception, is moving on. Sky – about to become Ineos – has announced that Ellingworth will take up a new post with the Bahrain-Merida team in 2020. Ellingworth will remain with the Sky organization through the end of this season.
The Weekend Docket
The WorldTour calendar rolls on through the weekend with two events running at once on Sunday. The Tour of Turkey will continue through to its final stage, while the Netherlands will host its lone WorldTour event, the Amstel Gold Race. The hilly Dutch one-day rewards punchy riders and good bike handling skills are always useful as well to avoid the ample road furniture, so keep an eye out for van der Poel and Alaphilippe, among others. Michael Valgren is the men’s defending champion, while Chantal Blaak won last year’s women’s race.
Matt de Neef has everything you need to know ahead of the race.
Feature Image: The lead group in the Brabantse Pijl finale. Photo: VK/PN/Cor Vos © 2019