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  1. Movistar announces Worlds team time trial line-up - News shorts

    The Movistar team is looking to once again “astonish the biggest specialists” in the team time trial at the UCI Road World Championships in Bergen on Sunday. The Spanish time won the bronze medal in 2015 and were sixth last year.

    Imanol Erviti, Jasha Sütterlin, Andrey Amador, Alex Dowsett, Jonathan Castroviejo and Gorka Izagirre will take on the 42.5km long course around the Norwegian city.

    Castroviejo is the current Spanish time trial champion and won the individual time trial at the Volta ao Algarve. Dowsett, a former World hour record holder, won the individual time trial at the Circuit de la Sarthe.

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    Joaquin Rojas leads Movistar during the stage 2 team time trial at Volta a Catalunya

    Norwegian Royalty to attend World Championships

    Their Royal Highnesses Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit will attend the finish and awards ceremony of the Elite Men’s World Championship road race on Sunday, Sept. 24, organizers have announced.

    You can read more at Cyclingnews.com

  2. Longo Borghini: Bergen medal 'would mean the world' to me

    Getting a world championships medal five years after winning her first would be the cherry on the cake of her best-ever season, according to Elisa Longo Borghini. The dual Italian time trial and road race champion is one of the pre-race favourites in the road race and says she’s ready to go all in for another bit of hardware to add to her trophy cabinet.

    “I think my season has been one of the best of my career,” Longo Borghini told Cyclingnews from her home after returning from the Madrid Challenge last weekend. “It would mean the world, it would be the cherry on the cake for the season, but I don’t know. I will fight for it so hard, and I will try my best. But at the end of the day, if I go home with a medal or with a 10th place, what will matter is that I gave my 100 per cent.”

    Following the European Championships, Longo Borghini completed an altitude training camp before heading to the Boels Rentals Tour. She was sat comfortably in the top 10 before she pulled out on stage 6 to avoid going too deep after her training block. The Madrid Challenge, which was won by her teammate Jolien D’hoore, was added to her calendar to split up the gap between the two-week run from her last racing until the Worlds and to provide an opportunity to get “some speed” into her legs.

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    The next few days will be about spinning the legs and keeping herself fresh, but she believes that she’s on the right track. “I feel that I need a bit more recovery from the past weeks and training at altitude, and then I will be ready to go to Norway.”

    The road race course in Bergen is one of her best opportunities to get onto the rostrum since she took bronze at the Valkenburg Worlds in 2012. The single climb of Salmon Hill will likely prove to be a major factor in the selection process. Longo Borghini’s third place in La Course is cast iron proof that she can hang with, and beat, the best at the climbs, but her sprint has never been among the top riders. She thinks that the flat run to the finish could be her undoing if it comes to a small group.

    “Yes and no,” Longo Borghini said when asked if the course suited her. “The TT course is of course very hard. It’s something that is very nice for me. The road race looks like it would be too fast in the last kilometres. There is this Salmon Hill, which is quite hard if you have to do it eight times, but then it’s very fast into the final. Maybe it will be a small group coming into a sprint. You never know, because the weather will be very challenging, so you never know what will happen. I will be there.”

    You can read more at Cyclingnews.com

  3. inCycle: Women's WorldTour season 2 in review - video

    In this episode, the inCycle crew takes a look in the rearview mirror at the second year of the Women's WorldTour, won by Boels Dolmans' Anna van der Breggen with a dominant performance. The 27-year-old from the Netherlands won the Amstel Gold Race, Flèche Wallonne, Liege-Bastogne-Liege, Amgen Women's Race, Giro Rosa and stage 5 of the Boels Rentals Ladies Tour, all WorldTour races.

    Elisa Longo-Borghini won the series opener at Strade Bianche and held onto the lead through round 4 at Gent-Wevelgem. Trofeo Alfredo Binda winner Coryn Rivera (Team Sunweb) took the jersey after adding Tour of Flanders to her palmares, and the young American would enjoy a stint in the jersey until Flèche Wallonne, where Annemiek van Vleuten took the jersey.

    Van der Breggen laid claim to the jersey for the first time with her win in California at the Amgen Women's Race, but she surrendered it briefly to The Women's Tour winner Katarzyna Niewiadoma. Van der Breggen took the lead back with her Giro Rosa success, then held off a late charge from Van Vleuten through the final race last week at La Madrid Challenge. In the end, Van der Breggen topped Van Vleuten by 27 points, and Niewiadoma by 160. Rivera was fourth overall, 213 back.

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    In the video, the inCycle crew talks with all five riders who wore the Women's WorldTour jersey this year about what it takes to lead the series, how hard it is to defend and how important the series is to win.

    You can read more at Cyclingnews.com

  4. Van Baarle close to signing for Team Sky

    Dylan van Baarle is on the verge of signing with Team Sky for two years, according to Dutch paper De Telegraaf. He had been set to stay with Cannondale-Drapac, but it emerged that the two-year extension that was announced in mid August had not been officially signed

    At the end of August, riders and staff were told that they were “released from any and all contractual obligations for 2018" after Cannondale team management confirmed that an expected major sponsor had withdrawn from the deal and that the team’s financials for 2018 were therefore not secured. 

    Last week the team announced that EF-Education First would take over as the named sponsor, and that all 2018 contracts would be “enforced”. This did not affect Van Baarle, as he had no contract, and had indicated upon the first announcement that he would probably leave the team. He then resumed contact with Team Sky, according to the report.

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    Van Baarle, who won the Tour of Britain in 2014, had drawn the attention of the British team by finishing fourth in the Tour of Flanders this year, with team principal Dave Brailsford telling the Dutch paper, "he is a rider who will take action every year.”

    It now “seems a matter of time before Van Baarle puts his signature under a two-year commitment to Team Sky,” the report concluded.

    Team Sky has already signed a series of young, up and coming riders including Egan Bernal, Pavel Sivakov, Kristoffer Halvorsen and Chris Lawless. Jonathan Castroviejo and David de la Cruz will also be joining the line-up for 2018. Mikel Landa, Ian Boswell, Peter Kennaugh, Mikel Nieve and Elia Viviani are all set to leave the team at the end of the season. 

    You can read more at Cyclingnews.com

  5. Hosking and Neylan named in Australian Worlds squad

    Chloe Hoskingand Rachel Neylan have been named in Australia’s line-up for the World Championships in Norway next week. The pair join Katrin Garfoot, Amanda Spratt, Shara Gillow, Sarah Roy and Gracie Elvin in the Bergen bound team.

    “With the Worlds starting this week, and with the athletes in mind, I want us to move forward quickly and focus on the bike racing,” said Australian high-performance director Simon Jones. “I take this opportunity to welcome Chloe and Rachel to the team. I’m also looking forward to sitting down and meeting the team face to face in Bergen and discussing my vision, ideas and plans for the future.”

    Neylan and Hosking won appeals to be reconsidered for the squad after initially missing selection. Despite qualifying for a full complement of seven riders, Jones only selected five to race across the time trial and road race. The decision sparked immediate controversy, and Tiffany Cromwell called the decision into question. Cromwell told Cyclingnews that there had already been threats of a reduced line-up and she thought the decision was down to mismanagement rather than sexism.

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    As the country’s top-ranked rider, Hosking’s omission was particularly glaring. Both Hosking and Neylan launched appeals following the announcement of the team, which they won on Wednesday.

    Saying she was "extremely proud," Neyland tweeted: "we have a team that can challenge for gold, we deserve the full opportunity to do that. I wanted to do all I could to respectfully put our case forward and give this team the optimal performance resource they deserve – a complete seven rider selection."

    More succinctly, Hosking tweeted, "And then there were 7. #Bergen2017 baby!"

    You can read more at Cyclingnews.com

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