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  • Primoz Roglic’s stock rises with almost every week-long stage race he competes in, such has been his consistency in the format over the last two seasons. But the 28-year-old LottoNL-Jumbo rider remains apprehensive when discussing his Grand Tour ambitions. On Wednesday, he rode into the lead at the Tour of Romandie by virtue of Michael Matthews losing contact with the main field on the final climb. Roglic in yellow has become the norm, a default, and no one appeared to bat an eyelid as the 28-year-old quietly made his way to the podium to pick up another leader’s jersey. Romandie, of course, is far from over, and Roglic will have to defend a slender lead against a high-calibre field that includes Rohan Dennis (BMC Racing), Dan Martin (UAE Team Emirates) and Richie Porte (BMC Racing). There is still the 9.9-kilometre uphill time trial and the mountain stage through Sion to come, but the fresh memory of how the LottoNL-Jumbo rider swatted away Nairo Quintana (Movistar), and subsequently handled everything Mikel Landa (Movistar) could throw at him in Pais Basque earlier in the season, will concern his rivals here in Switzerland.ADVERTISEMENT "The whole team did a really good...

  • Ale Cipollini will be racing two events coming up at the Women's WorldTour Tour of Chongming Island in China from April 26-28 and the Gran Premio Liberazione Pink in Rome on April 25. Chloe Hosking, a former winner of the Tour of Chongming Island, will compete in the three-day event with support from Anna Trevisi, Soraya Paladin, Karlijn Swinkels and Martina Stefani. Marta Bastianelli, winner of Gent-Wevelgem and Brabantse Pijl, will lead the team racing in Rome with support from Daiva Tuslaite, Anisha Vekemans, Mayuko Hagiwara and Ane Santesteban Gonzalez.ADVERTISEMENT Bastianelli won the last two editions that take place on the Terme di Caracalla Circuit. The women race 16 laps of the six-kilometre circuit for a total of 96km. "We're going to be in two more races where we can fight for the highest result: Marta is the last winner of the GP Liberazione Pink and we all love this race, which has given us a lot of emotions, especially last year when she dedicated her win to Michele Scarponi," said team manager Fortunato Lacquaniti. "There will be a big group of opponents in China, but our main force is in the group and the...

  • With his 41st birthday just a few weeks away, Svein Tuft has told Cyclingnews that 2018 is likely his final year in the professional ranks. The Canadian has been part of the Mitchelton-Scott team since their inception in 2012 and has become a mainstay of their Classics and Grand Tour squads. A reliable domestique and fine time trialist in his own right, Tuft has forged a career as one of the most respected riders on the circuit. But with a young family and time moving on, he believes the moment is right to find a new direction in life. "I haven't said it 100 per cent but I think this will be my last year and my last Giro d'Italia. I've been doing this a long time now, so that's a bit daunting to think about as it's been a big part of my life, but I'm also excited about part two. I have a son, he's six months old, and there's real importance in that. It's more than racing," Tuft told Cyclingnews on the morning of stage 1 at the Tour de Romandie. Determined to give it everything in his last season, Tuft is excited by the...

  • Bernhard Eisel underwent emergency surgery on Monday after he was last week found to have a subdural haematoma, or bleeding on his brain. It is understood that the Dimension Data rider sustained the head injury in his crash at Tirreno-Adriatico six weeks ago. Eisel has not raced since the crash, in which he suffered a fractured wrist. According to his team, Eisel underwent a CAT scan of the brain after his crash in March, but no issues were detected at the time. Since then, Eisel resumed training but started suffering from headaches in recent weeks. Eisel assumed he was suffering from severe allergies, but scans revealed that he had a chronic subdural haematoma - a slow "accumulation of blood beneath the protective layer around the brain" which clotted and put pressure on his brain.ADVERTISEMENT Surgery was required to release the pressure, and was successfully carried out on Monday at the Maria Hilf Private Clinic in Klagenfurt, Austria with no complications. Eisel will have to wait two weeks before resuming light training indoors with hopes to return to a full training schedule in a month. "I can't really say when I will be back on my bike....

  • The Israel Cycling Academy today announced the remaining four riders who will take the line for the historic 2018 Giro d'Italia start in Jerusalem on May 4, with two Israeli riders making the cut and sharing the honour as the first from their country to start a Grand Tour. Guy Sagiv and Guy Niv, 24, will join Australian Zak Dempster and Italian Kristian Sbaragli as the final four riders named to the wildcard team's Giro roster. The team previously announced veterans Ben Hermans and Ruben Plaza, along with Grand Tour newcomer Krists Neilands and former Canadian champion Guillaume Boivin. "We have a wonderful and incredibly motivated team going to Jerusalem," said Plaza, who recently won the Vuelta a Castilla y León with a long, solo breakaway. "We are making history for Israel and for all of us. I have no doubt, it will be a huge challenge to succeed in winning a stage but I am proud and excited to race with this group and battle the odds."ADVERTISEMENT The team had previously committed to bringing at least one Israeli rider to the start, the first ever non-European start for a Grand Tour, but in a statement released...

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