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Richeze gets 70th win for Quick Step Floors

Ariel Maximilian Richeze has won the first stage in Tour of Turkey.  This is Quick Floors 70 UCI win this season. 

Teams with 70 or more wins in one season

YearTeam#
1958Faema-Guerra146
1957Faema-Guerra (BEL) 1137
1956Faema-Guerra123
1956Elvé-Peugeot111
1957Peugeot-BP110
1980TI Raleigh-Creda110
1965Solo-Superia109
1962Faema-Flandria107
1978IJsboerke105
1977Velda-Flandria-Latina104
1971Molteni100
1965Ford France-Gitane99
1959Faema-Guerra96
1964Solo-Superia95
1965Flandria-Romeo95
1976IJsboerke-Colnago95
1977IJsboerke-Colnago95
1981TI Raleigh-Creda95
1969Faema94
1972Molteni94
1979TI Raleigh-McGregor93
1984Panasonic-Raleigh93
1997Mapei-GB93
1956Mercier-BP92
1973Molteni92
1976Velda-Flandria-Vlees91
1993Coors Light91
1964Flandria-Romeo89
1974KAS89
1975Flandria-Carpenter-Confotluxe89
1983TI Raleigh-Campagnolo89
1957St. Raphaël-Geminiani88
1985Panasonic-Raleigh88
1960Helyett-Leroux87
1997Deutsche Telekom87
1962St. Raphaël-Helyett86
1971Watneys-Avia86
1980IJsboerke86
1969Flandria-Kreuger-De Clercq85
1982TI Raleigh-Campagnolo85
1978TI Raleigh-McGregor84
1955Elvé-Peugeot83
1967Mann-Grundig82
1982Faemino-Faema82
1971Flandria-Mars82
1995Mapei-GB82
2009Team Columbia-HTC81
1958St. Raphaël-Geminiani80
1970Flandria-Mars80
1980Panasonic80
1996Mapei-GB80
1979IJsboerke79
1963Solo-Terrot78
1963Mann78
1960St. Raphaël-Geminiani77
1971BIC77
1992Coors Light76
1959St. Raphaël-Geminiani75
1964St. Raphaël-Gitane75
1966Wiel’s-Gancia-Groene Leeuw75
1973Flandria-Carpenter74
2008Team Columbia74
1959Elve-Peugeot-BP73
1979Renault-Gitane73
1963St. Raphaël-Gitane72
1966Mann-Grundig72
1991Coors Light72
1965Wiel’s-Groene Leeuw71
1968Faema71
1970Watneys-Geens71
1990Buckler71
2000Mapei-Quick Step71
1960Faema70
1964Mercier-BP70
2018Quick Step Floors70

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Valverde second oldest world champion

Alejandro Valverde became the second oldest world champion by winning today’s world championship. Only Joop Zoetemelk in 1985 was older then Valverde today. 

Alejandro Valverde is the seventh rider to win all medals at the world championship after André Darrigade, Theo Middelkamp, Ferdi Kübler, Felice Gimondi, Giuseppe Saronni & Moreno Argentin. 

Michael Woods became the first Canadian rider on the podium of the world championship since Steve Bauer in 1984. 

Oldest winner world championship

AgeYearRiderNat
38-2721985Joop ZoetemelkNED
38-1582018Alejandro ValverdeSPA
35-2061955Stan OckersBEL
35-2052002Mario CipolliniITA
33-3491953Fausto CoppiITA

> World Championship

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Fourth world title for Terpstra

Niki Terpstra conquered today his fourth world title team time trial. He’s the only rider to be part of the winning team four times. 

Most world team time trial titles by a rider (sponsor teams)

#RiderNat
4Niki TerpstraNED
3Tony MartinDUI
3Peter VelitsSVK
2Sylvain ChavanelFRA
2Rohan DennisAUS
2Silvan DillierSUI
2Bob JungelsLUX
2Yves LampaertBEL
2Daniel OssITA
2Manuel QuinziatoITA
2Jurgen VandewalleBEL
Posted in Cycling Road Vuelta a Espana

73rd Vuelta a Espana in facts and figures

Simon Yates has won the 73rd Vuelta a Espana and Great Britain has won all three Grand Tours this year. Great Britain is the third country to do so after France in 1964 and Spain in 2008. Great Britain is the first country to do this with three different riders.

Great Britain is the first country since the start of Vuelta history to win five consecutive Grand Tours. Italy is the last country to win 5 successive Grand Tours in 1924-1926 (only Giro & Tour).

Yates is the second British rider to win the Vuelta a Espana after Chris Froome last year.

It is the youngest podium of a Grand Tour since Giro 1965. Yates, Mas and Lopez have an average age of 24.8. The youngest Grand Tour podium was in Tour 1904 with an average age of 22.4.

Elia Viviani claimed seven stage wins in a Grand Tour this year, most for a rider in a single year since Mark Cavendish won 7 in 2013.

Thomas de Gendt is the first Belgium rider to win a mountain classification in a Grand Tour since Lucien Van Impe in Tour de France 1983 and the first to do so in Vuelta a Espana.

Steven Kruijswijk is the first Dutch rider to ride top 5 in all three Grand Tours.

#RiderGiroTourVuelta
5Steven Kruijswijk454
6Tom Dumoulin126
7Erik Breukink237
7Bauke Mollema764
15Peter Winnen8315
15Gert-Jan Theunisse15411
16Hennie Kuiper1625
17Cees Haast17145
17Wim van Est131317
23Robert Gesink2356
27Laurens ten Dam2798
28Wout Poels12286
29Stef Clement231829
30Gerben Karstens233021

It’s the first time Bora-Hansgrohe didn’t win a stage in a Grand Tour after promoting to World Tour.

Only eighteen riders didn’t finish this Vuelta. This means 89,77% of the riders made it to the finish, this is the highest percentage ever in the history of Vuelta a Espana.

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HISTORY: Russell Mockridge

Today it’s 60 years ago that Russell Mockridge passed away during the Tour of Gippsland. Mockridge was one of two Australian riders at the Tour de France 1955. He also became two times Olympic champion at the Olympic Games in Helsinki 1952. He won the kilometre and tandem sprint track race. 

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At the age of 20, he was selected for the Olympic Games 1948 in London. He finished 26nd of the 28 finished in a field of 101 in the 192-kilometre road race. On the track, he was part of the Australian team in the team pursuit, They elected at the quarterfinals and classified as tied fifth. 

Two years later, at the Commonwealth Games in Auckland, he conquered three medals, including two golds. He won the kilometre and the sprint and became second in the pursuit. After the games, he gave his bike away and joined the church because “There’s a lot more to this life than riding a bicycle”. Soon he decided that perhaps he had it wrong about there being more in life than cycling. A year later, he was second to Enzo Sacchi in the world sprint championship.

In 1952, he became two times Olympic champion in the kilometre in an Olympic record and in the tandem sprint. After this success in Helsinki, he chooses to ride more road races. In 1954 he won Grand Prix Marcel Kint and in 1955 he took part in the Tour de France at mixed Luxembourg – International team and finished 64th. This was his only Tour, but he was much happier in short races than long ones.

Mockridge goes back to Australia and became three times in a row national champion and won the Tour of Tasmania and Herald Sun Tour in 1957 before he didn’t see a bus coming towards him on 13 September 1958 during the Tour of Gippsland and crashed which resulted in death. He was 30 years old.