Hagen wins opening stage

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STORY OF THE DAY: EDVALD BOASSON HAGEN WINS STAGE 1 OF THE CRITÉRIUM DU DAUPHINÉ

Edvald Boasson Hagen won the first stage of the Critérium du Dauphiné, out-sprinting Philippe Gilbert (Deceuninck-Quick-Step) and Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) to score Dimension Data’s first WorldTour victory of 2019.

“It has been a while since I have won in the World Tour, so this is great win for me and for Team Dimension Data,” he said. “I had good speed in the sprint and am just really happy to have won and to take the yellow jersey, even if only for a few days.”

The 142-kilometer stage from Aurillac to Jussac featured enough climbs to drop the pure sprinters, putting the finish up for grabs between a strong early break and the fast finishers still surviving in the reduced bunch.

Escapees Oliver Naesen (Ag2r-La Mondiale), Bjorg Lambrecht (Lotto-Soudal), and Magnus Cort (Astana) nearly held off the peloton. The trio made it into the final 10 kilometers with around 30 seconds in hand. Mitchelton-Scott led the chasing pack, but the move still had a small gap even going under the flamme rouge before the catch was finally made with a little over half a kilometer to go.

Deceuninck-Quick-Step took over at the front to lead Gilbert out, and the Belgian rounded the final corner battling Nils Politt (Katusha-Alpecin) at the head of the race. Boasson Hagen surged past both of them, however, to hit the front for the final hundred meters, and the Norwegian took the clear win ahead of Gilbert at the line, with van Aert overtaking Politt for third.

Most of the big GC names, including Chris Froome (Ineos), Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott), Richie Porte (Trek-Segafredo), Nairo Quintana (Movistar), and Tom Dumoulin (Sunweb) finished safely in the peloton just behind.

The Critérium du Dauphiné continues Monday with a 180-kilometer stage 2 from Mauriac to Craponne-sur-Arzon.

Stage 1 results

1 BOASSON HAGEN Edvald (Team Dimension Data)
2 GILBERT Philippe (Deceuninck – Quick Step)
3 VAN AERT Wout (Team Jumbo-Visma)
4 POLITT Nils (Team Katusha Alpecin)
5 MÜHLBERGER Gregor (BORA – hansgrohe)
6 COLBRELLI Sonny (Bahrain Merida)
7 KOCH Jonas (CCC Team)
8 LUTSENKO Alexey (Astana Pro Team)
9 COSNEFROY Benoît (AG2R La Mondiale)
10 KWIATKOWSKI Michal (Team INEOS)

GC

1 BOASSON HAGEN Edvald (Team Dimension Data)
2 GILBERT Philippe (Deceuninck – Quick Step)
3 VAN AERT Wout (Team Jumbo-Visma)
4 POLITT Nils (Team Katusha Alpecin)
5 MÜHLBERGER Gregor (BORA – hansgrohe)
6 COLBRELLI Sonny (Bahrain Merida)
7 KOCH Jonas (CCC Team)
8 LUTSENKO Alexey (Astana Pro Team)
9 COSNEFROY Benoît (AG2R La Mondiale)
10 KWIATKOWSKI Michal (Team INEOS)


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RACE RADIO

Van der Poel to ride road worlds

Mathieu van der Poel is going to race the Yorkshire road world championships.

The multi-talented Dutchman had long been deliberating on how to configure his schedule later this season, with mountain bike worlds and road worlds both in the same month. According to his Corendon-Circus team, van der Poel has decided to skip MTB worlds as he preps for road worlds. The rolling Yorkshire parcours seems likely to suit the talents of the reigning Amstel Gold Race champ.

Mathieu van der Poel wins Dwars door Vlaanderen. Photo: ©kramon

One week later, he will ride the Olympic MTB test event in Tokyo.

Ellingworth officially joining Bahrain-Merida as Team Principal in October

Although the Sky/Ineos organization announced the departure of performance director Rod Ellingworth for Bahrain-Merida nearly two months ago, the latter team has only just confirmed the news. Ellingworth will join Bahrain-Merida as Team Principal on October 1.

Ellingworth was a key figure with Sky’s performance staff since the team’s inception, and has also worked with British Cycling in various positions over the past several years.

“I’m delighted to be joining Team Bahrain-Merida as Team Principal. Since the team’s breakthrough season in 2017, I’ve been impressed by its competitiveness,” he said in a statement.

Deceuninck-Quick-Step wins Hammer Limburg

Deceuninck-Quick-Step turned in an impressive performance over three days of racing at the Limburg, Netherlands round of the Hammer Series.

The Belgian squad won Friday’s Hammer Climb and Saturday’s Hammer Sprint to earn a healthy buffer for Sunday’s Hammer Chase. Mitchelton-Scott set the fastest time in the staggered TTT-style event, while Deceuninck-Quick-Step cruised to the overall win ahead of Jumbo-Visma and Bora-Hansgrohe.

Herrada doubles up on stage wins and scores overall title at Tour de Luxembourg

Jesús Herrada (Cofidis) won the Tour de Luxembourg after taking back-to-back victories in stages 3 and 4. The Spaniard topped Jonathan Hivert (Direct Energie) and Pit Leyder (Leopard) on the fourth stage to seal the overall title.

Jesús Herrada wins stage 4 and the overall at the Tour de Luxembourg. Photo: Gregory van Gansen/Cor Vos © 2019

Maurits Lammertink (Roompot-Charles) and Andrea Pasqualon (Wanty-Gobert) rounded out the final podium.

Ulissi wins GP Lugano

Diego Ulissi took his first win of the season at the GP Lugano in a strong showing for UAE Team Emirates, with teammate Alexandr Riabushenko scoring runner-up honors in the hilly one-day race in Switzerland.

Bahrain-Merida’s Matej Mohoric took the final step on the podium.


INDUSTRY NEWS

Framebuilding stalwart Bruce Gordon dies

Bruce Gordon was found dead on Friday at his California home, Bicycle Retailer and Industry News reports. Gordon was known for his decades-long work with frames, racks, tires, and more, and his interests spanned both on- and off-road riding.

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A fixture at industry trade shows, Gordon announced his retirement from framebuilding in 2017.