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  • Michael Kolár, who finished third at the Slovakian road race national championships on Sunday, has announced his retirement from the sport. The 25-year-old Bora-Hansgrohe rider – a compatriot and close friend of world champion and team leader Peter Sagan – will nevertheless remain with the German squad, taking on a new role in their PR and sponsorship department. "I've worked really hard these past years, and tried everything to prepare in the most professional way for this season. However, I expected a little more, and the results haven't come. I feel now that I'm pretty much at my best level, but that this might not be enough to fulfil my own ambitions," Kolár said in a team statement.ADVERTISEMENT "I had a chat with Ralph [Denk, team manager] about this, and after a few days he came back to me, offering a new opportunity," he continued. "I appreciate his attitude a lot, and I think this a great chance to start something new and finally enjoy life. When I look back, there's nothing to regret. I am proud of what I've achieved, especially Peter's second world title in Doha, which was an unforgettable memory, where I was able to...

  • Peter Sagan soloed to his sixth national road race title at the Slovakian Road Championships on Sunday. The current world champion crossed the line over two minutes ahead of his brother Juraj Sagan and six minutes ahead of third-placed Michael Kolár to make it a Bora-Hansgrohe podium sweep. "I am happy to win my sixth Slovak championships. It’s always a proud moment for any athlete," said Peter Sagan, who won earlier titles from 2011-2015, and with his sixth title has now overtaken his Bora-Hansgrohe director Jan Valach, who won the Nationals five times. "Congratulations to Juraj for his second place overall in the combined Czech-Slovak classification and to Michael Kolár who closed the Slovak podium. Thanks to my team Bora-Hansgrohe for the support and to the thousands of fans from both countries that cheered us here in Pilsen," he said in a team press release.ADVERTISEMENT It was a combined Czech Republic and Slovakia Road Championships held in Pilsen – a city in the western Czech Republic. While Bora-Hansgrohe's Sagan brothers and Kolár claimed the top three places in the Slovakian Championships road race, the Elkov Author Cycling team swept the Czech Republic Championships podium with Josef Cerný claiming the title ahead of...

  • The Mitchelton-Scott WorldTour team will ride Pirelli tyres from the Tour de France onwards after a multi-year deal was announced at the French Formula One Grand Prix on Saturday. The event was attended by Giro d’Italia star Simon Yates, who later presented Lewis Hamilton with an award for posting the fastest lap in qualifying. Mitchelton-Scott has been testing with Pirelli products since the turn of the year, totting up thousands of kilometres in racing and in training with the team set to use the PZero Velo range on a full-scale level at July’s Tour, where Adam Yates will lead their GC chances. Pirelli supplies all Formula One teams with tyres, but Saturday’s announcement marks their first venture into cycling’s WorldTour. They currently supply Aqua Blue Sports at Pro Continental level and launched their cycling road range in 2017. There are no current plans for Pirelli to work with other leading WorldTour teams, or to step up and become a title sponsor, but news of their arrival on the WorldTour stage is certainly a positive step with cycling with several teams, including BMC Racing, struggling to attract top-level investment. “With Mitchelton, there are a lot of opportunities...

  • The Dutch Association for Professional Cyclists (VVBW) has announced its decision to leave the Professional Cyclists Association (CPA), citing the latter's inability 'to meet the expectations of progress from the riders'. In addition to leaving the CPA, the VVBW has confirmed its endorsement of the recently launched Cyclists' Alliance, a women's organisation set up by former professional Iris Slappendel. "The elected board of the VVBW, after consulting with and taking a poll of the Dutch pro riders, has taken the decision to withdraw its membership from the international cyclists' union, the CPA," a statement read. The VVBW, which was a founding member of the CPA, said in its statement that a lack of reforms and progress was behind its decision. Chief among its concerns was a lack of diversity in member nations, with only nine countries able to vote on reforms. The VVBW criticised the CPA for failing to represent riders from countries that don’t yet have their own national professional riders association, saying that it had been "a shortcoming for almost 30 years since the CPA came into existence."ADVERTISEMENT "To the present day, three primary European cycling countries control the politics of the CPA, and the...

  • Quick-Step Floors announced on Friday that Iljo Keisse will not be participating in the upcoming Belgian Road Championships, as he has been sidelined for several weeks to recover from pleurisy. The 35-year-old will also miss out on the selection for the upcoming Tour de France set to begin on July 7 in the Vendée region. "I am really sad to miss the Nationals because of this pleura inflammation," Keisse said in a team press release. "This also means I won’t be in the selection for the Tour de France anymore, which is really frustrating because I’ve worked hard to be in good shape for this part of the season and I was really motivated to be on the roster for July. "Unfortunately, this is also part of a rider’s life. I want to wish my teammates the best of luck in the upcoming weeks and I look forward to rejoining them."ADVERTISEMENT Pleurisy is a condition that causes inflammation to the inner side of the chest cavity and a layer of tissue that surrounds the lungs. It causes sharp chest pain (pleuritic pain) that worsens during breathing.The team noted that rest is the only therapy for recovering from pleurisy...

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