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Nathan Haas signs for Cofidis

Nathan Haas will leave a Katusha-Alpecin team mired in uncertainty and ride for Cofidis next year, signing a two-year contract with the WorldTour-hopeful French team. Haas joined Katusha in 2018 after spending two seasons with Dimension Data and his first three as a pro with what’s now EF Education First, but has struggled for results. His only victory came on stage 2 of the 2018 Tour of Oman, and he has been unable to build on his fourth place finish at the 2017 Amstel Gold Race. The team are yet to assure the funds to continue in 2020 but Haas was already looking to move on, and liked the sound of the project developing at Cofidis under Cedric Vasseur, who took over as manager in 2018. The French team, created in 1997, are aiming to return to the top tier of the sport and have already stated their intent in the transfer market with the acquisitions of Elia Viviani and Guillaume Martin. “I’ve always liked being in teams that have a strong drive to progress, to get better and take a n..

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De la Parte suffers multiple fractures after Vuelta a Espana crash

Image 1 of 5 Victor de la Parte (CCC Team) at the 2019 Giro d'Italia (Image credit: Getty Images)Image 2 of 5 Victor de la Parte (CCC Team) at the 2019 Paris-Nice (Image credit: getty images)Image 3 of 5 Victor de la Parte (CCC Team) at the 2019 Giro d'Italia (Image credit: getty images)Image 4 of 5 Victor de la Parte (CCC Team) at the 2019 Giro d'Italia (Image credit: getty images)Image 5 of 5 CCC Team at the 2019 Vuelta a Espana team presentation (Image credit: getty images)Related contentMajor crashes wreak havoc on EF Education First at Vuelta a Espana Uran, Roche abandon Vuelta a Espana after big crash George Bennett: Vuelta a Espana crash was 'real nasty' Victor de la Parte (CCC Team) has suffered multiple fractures as a result of the mass crash that saw him and three other riders abandon the Vuelta a España on stage 6. The Spaniard, who was lying in 13th overall at the time, was immediately taken to hospital for X-rays. His team confirmed that he had suf..

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Quintana insists that Valverde is Movistar’s Vuelta a Espana leader

Image 1 of 5 Nairo Quintana (Movistar) in the points jersey at the 2019 Vuelta a Espana (Image credit: getty images)Image 2 of 5 Nairo Quintana at the 2019 Vuelta a Espana (Image credit: getty images)Image 3 of 5 Alejandro Valverde leads the way at the 2019 Vuelta a Espana (Image credit: getty images)Image 4 of 5 Alejandro Valverde at the 2019 Vuelta a Espana (Image credit: getty images)Image 5 of 5 Nairo Quintana at the 2019 Vuelta a Espana (Image credit: getty images)Related ContentQuintana the Condor flies again in the Vuelta a Espana Plenty of questions and few answers in Vuelta's first setpiece GC battle Valverde punches way back into contention at Vuelta a Espana The confusion surrounding Movistar's leadership hierarchy in the Vuelta a España appears to have been laid to rest after Nairo Quintana told Spanish media that teammate Alejandro Valverde is heading the squad's bid to win the race for a second time in four years. Both Quintana and Valverde have triumphed i..

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George Bennett: Vuelta a Espana crash was ‘real nasty’

Related ArticlesGeorge Bennett frustrated as 'accumulation of errors' shoves him down Tour de France standings Uran, Roche abandon Vuelta a Espana after big crash Major crashes wreak havoc on EF Education First at Vuelta a Espana New Zealand’s George Bennett has described as "real nasty" the stage 6 Vuelta a España pile-up that saw four riders, including former race leader Nicolas Roche (Team Sunweb), abandon the race. The Jumbo-Visma rider was one of three from his team who went down, including Tony Martin and American Neilson Powless – both of whom had already crashed in the stage 1 team time trial. That crash on Saturday saw Steven Kruijswijk finally abandon on stage 4 with an injured knee, whilst after the stage 6 pile-up Bennett, like Powless and Martin, could continue to race. "I’m not sure if it was someone from EF who went down first or if it was Tony [Martin]," Bennett told reporters when asked what caused the crash. "It was real nasty. I don’t feel too good after it..

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Vuelta a Espana: Gilbert steadily building for world championships

Related ArticlesGilbert frustrated but philosophical after missing out on Tour de France place Philippe Gilbert joins Lotto Soudal on three-year contract Gilbert and Jakobsen headline Deceuninck-QuickStep at Vuelta a Espana Vuelta a Espana: Monster Hydro rider of the day Vuelta a Espana: Jesus Herrada wins stage 6 When it comes to betting on the UCI Road World Championships Road Race in September, one rider who already has worn the rainbow jersey, Belgium's Phillipe Gilbert (Deceunink-QuickStep), is surely an option that the bookies will have high on their list of possible winners. But in this year's Vuelta a España, so far, Gilbert has been flying a little bit under the radar. Deceuninck-Quick Step came within a whisker of victory in the opening team time trial – and only lost through no fault of their own – and then have taken a bunch sprint stage win with Fabio Jakobsen. Meanwhile, Gilbert is biding his time for further down the line. "It’s too bad we missed the TTT you kn..

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Teuns says Vuelta a Espana lead part of his ‘overall progression’ as racer

Related ArticlesTeuns out of San Sebastian after freak gardening injury Vuelta a Espana: Monster Hydro rider of the day Vuelta a Espana: Jesus Herrada wins stage 6 Major crashes wreak havoc on EF Education First at Vuelta a Espana The Vuelta a España’s lead changed hands for a third time in six days on Wednesday as Bahrain-Merida’s Dylan Teuns claimed his first-ever Grand Tour overall leader’s jersey at the end of a long breakaway. Teuns was easily pipped to the line on stage 6 by Jesus Herrada (Cofidis) in a two-man duel at Ares de Maestrat’s grinding uphill finish. But having left the only other GC dangerman, David de La Cruz (Team Ineos), behind with four kilometres to go, the 27-year-old Belgian was still able to wrest the lead from Astana’s Miguel Angel Lopez. Second last year in the Vuelta’s Monte Oiz stage won by Michael Woods (EF Education First), this time round the Belgian’s second place on an uphill finish in the Spanish Grand Tour netted him a much bigger consolation prize...

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Major crashes wreak havoc on EF Education First at Vuelta a Espana

Plenty of questions and few answers in Vuelta's first setpiece GC battle Uran, Roche abandon Vuelta a Espana after big crash Vuelta a Espana: Jesus Herrada wins stage 6 George Bennett: Vuelta a Espana crash was 'real nasty' Teuns says Vuelta a Espana lead part of his 'overall progression' as racer EF Education First suffered a knock-out blow to their Vuelta a España hopes after the squad were involved in a major crash halfway through stage 6. Team leader Rigoberto Urán was one of the worst affected, with both the Colombian and one of the team’s best climbers, Hugh Carthy, forced out of the race. Others who suffered badly in the crash were former race leader Nicolas Roche (Team Sunweb), and Victor de la Parte (CCC Team), both of whom abandoned. "A Jumbo-Visma rider lost control on a very fast descent," EF Education First team director Juanma Garate told Spanish TV later during the stage, "and a good chunk of our team went down with him. Both Rigo and Hugh are in..

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‘No excuses’ for de la Cruz after missing stage win and lead at Vuelta a Espana

Related ArticlesGeoghegan Hart and Poels lead Ineos at the Vuelta a Espana Elissonde replaced by De la Cruz in Team Ineos' Vuelta a Espana line-up De la Cruz glad to be at Vuelta a Espana after last-minute inclusion Team Ineos switch Vuelta a Espana focus to stage wins after time losses for two leaders David de la Cruz got Team Ineos back on the front foot after a terrible start to the Vuelta a España on Thursday, but he fell short of taking the victory or overall lead on stage 6, his struggles on the final climb hardly inspiring him with confidence despite his rise up the general classification. The Spaniard started the day 23rd overall, 4:35 down on leader Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana), but the best-placed of Team Ineos, whose leaders Wout Poels and Tao Geoghegan Hart lost more than 10 minutes as early as stage 2. After Poels had gone on the attack on the two early climbs, De la Cruz made it into an 11-rider breakaway that formed after 50km on the 199km road from Mora de Rubielos ..

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Vuelta a Espana: Monster Hydro rider of the day

Image 1 of 23 Monster rider of the day (Image credit: Future)Image 2 of 23 (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)Image 3 of 23 Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana) in the first red jersey of the Vuelta (Image credit: Bettini Photo)Image 4 of 23 Sander Armee (Lotto Soudal) (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)Image 5 of 23 Sam Bennett (Bora-Hansgrohe) with the spoils of victory (Image credit: Bettini Photo)Image 6 of 23 Fabio Jakobsen after winning stage 4 (Image credit: Getty Images)Image 7 of 23 Angel Madrazo en route to a famous victory on stage 5 (Image credit: Getty Images)Image 8 of 23 Dylan Teuns finishes stage 6 (Image credit: Getty Images)Image 9 of 23 Quintana leads the way on the Alto Mas de la Costa (Image credit: Getty Images)Image 10 of 23 Nicolas Edet in red after stage 8 (Image credit: Bettini Photo)Image 11 of 23 Tadej Pogacar wins stage 9 in Andorra (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)Image 12 of 23 Roglič dominated his GC competition in the stage 10 time trial (Image credit: Get..

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Uran, Roche abandon Vuelta a Espana after big crash

Related ArticlesVuelta a Espana: Madrazo wins stage 5 summit finish Valverde punches way back into contention at Vuelta a Espana Plenty of questions and few answers in Vuelta's first setpiece GC battle Roglic picks up the pace on first Vuelta a Espana summit finish Major crashes wreak havoc on EF Education First at Vuelta a Espana George Bennett: Vuelta a Espana crash was 'real nasty' Rigoberto Urán (EF Education First) and Nicolas Roche (Team Sunweb) have abandoned the Vuelta a España after being involved in a massive crash with less than 90km left on stage 6. The extent of their injuries is unknown. Urán, who was his team's principal hope for the GC, came into stage 6 placed sixth overall, 59 seconds behind race leader Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana). The Colombian finished seventh in this year's Tour de France and in the 2018 Vuelta a España. He has previously had to abandon the Tour in 2018 and the Vuelta in 2014. It was a nightmare for EF Education First as t..

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