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  • Rohan Dennis is set to line out alongside Vincenzo Nibali at the Tour de France in 2019, his debut season at Bahrain-Merida. The time trial world champion last rode the Grande Boucle in 2016 and instead competed at the Giro d’Italia and Vuelta a España in each of his final two years at BMC. Following the Rio 2016 Olympics, Dennis set himself the objective of exploring his potential as a general classification contender, and he was handed a protected role by BMC at the Giro. After being forced out by a crash in the opening week in 2017, Dennis performed solidly to place 16th overall at the corsa rosa this year, wearing the pink jersey and winning the stage 16 time trial along the way. Dennis acknowledged that he would not be afforded the same freedom on a Tour team led by Nibali, but his likely role as a deluxe domestique nonetheless tallies with his long-term plans to continue his improvement as a stage race rider.ADVERTISEMENT “With Bahrain, Nibali’s the guy and I may have to take a bit of a backseat role, but I haven’t lost focus on eventually riding for GC,” Dennis told Cyclingnews at...

  • As the teams begin to gather with their 2019 rosters for training camps, press conferences and official presentations, the 2019 kits are also among the unveilings this week in the pro cycling world. Team Sky, AG2R la Mondiale, Lotto Soudal, Deceuninck-QuickStep, Team Sunweb, Katusha-Alpecin, Cofidis, CCC Team, Bahrain-Merida, Roompot and Trek-Segafredo have all shown off their new colours for 2019, with Sunweb's switch from black and blue to red; Cofidis' move from red to white; and Team Sky's switch from white to black marking the biggest changes. The new Jim Ochowicz formulation at CCC Team retains the orange from the previous Pro Continental team, and most of the other new revelations look similar to 2018. ADVERTISEMENT Click or swipe trough the gallery above to get a look at the teams' new looks, and check back later for more updates.   You can read more at Cyclingnews.com

  • Danny Van Haute, the longtime manager of the Jelly Belly-Maxxis US Continental team that folded after this season when the title sponsor didn't renew, will return in 2019 with a new Continental team called Wildlife Generation Pro Cycling Team p/b Maxxis. There has been no official announcement, but Van Haute shared a Facebook post on Friday that revealed the new project. "Cycling News: Danny Van Haute announces the formation of the 2019-2021 men's continental professional cycling team Wildlife Generation Pro Cycling Team p/b Maxxis," the post from cycling insider Ed Clancy read. "Danny's leadership as a former professional rider, Olympian, then director sportif for Jelly Belly Cycling continues with this Specialized-supported development team."ADVERTISEMENT Van Haute confirmed the news Friday during a telephone call with Cyclingnews. "I signed a three-year deal with them, and we're very excited," Van Haute said. "Hopefully it will improve the state of cycling in North America. "You know how it is in the US, with the state of professional cycling teams. I'm just so happy that we've been working hard on getting a new team and it finally came together. Yeah, it's in December. It's a nice Christmas present." ...

  • This article first appeared on BikeRadar. Zwift has announced that four pro cycling teams will race in the first dedicated eSports competition of its kind in 2019. The teams form the new KISS Super League, which was teased earlier this month. Now we can reveal that they are all UCI teams:ADVERTISEMENT Team Wiggins Canyon dhb p/b Bloor Homes Hagens Berman Axeon Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka U23 The first live race will take place at a launch event in London on January 23, 2019. Axel Merckx, the owner of Hagens Berman Axeon, is enthusiastic about Zwift's support for domestic pro cycling in the US, Europe and Australia, saying that "professional cycling needs a shake-up from time to time," and that "Zwift is certainly capable of adding an extra dimension to bike racing." Eric Min, CEO and co-founder of Zwift, has hinted that the company has a lot planned for next year, but he's not dropped any clues about what to expect. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com

  • Trek-Segafredo directeur sportif Steven de Jongh says that he will be back behind the wheel of a team car in a race by the beginning of February. De Jongh is still recovering from the after-effects of a training crash in mid-October but believes his current recovery progress means he will be back in action at the five-day Etoile de Besseges, which starts on February 6. “I think that Etoile de Besseges will be my first race in the team car, but there’s still a big window to there,” De Jongh told Cyclingnews at Trek’s Sicily training camp earlier this week. “It’s progressing now, I don’t think that there is an issue for doing my job when the season starts.”ADVERTISEMENT De Jongh had spoken to some members of the Trek-Segafredo team since the incident but this week provided him with an opportunity to meet up with almost the whole outfit for the first time at their training camp near Syracuse in Sicily. Much of the team arrived in the on Monday and a day of meetings and catch-ups would follow on Tuesday. It gave De Jongh an opportunity to get back to normality. “It’s really nice...

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