The 8 Key Types of Cyclists in Road Cycling Explained – And What Type of Rider Are You?

From the explosive firepower of sprinters vying for stage wins on flat courses to the brutal perseverance of climbers conquering mountain passes, cycling is a sport that is built around different types of riders playing to their strengths.

Whether you’re a devoted fan, club rider, or an aspiring pro yourself, understanding these distinct roles not only deepens your appreciation for the sport but also provides insight into the dynamics and tactics of cycling.

November 2023 Cycling Transfer Rumors & Roundup: Astana Qazaqstan assemble Cavendish support and Human Powered Health rebuild continues

As we come into November, there are still hundreds of riders who have yet to sign for a team or announce their signing for the 2024 season.

Our weekly transfer round-up puts all the rumors and confirmed transfers together in one place for you. In this second edition, we’ll cover what’s happened in the transfer world from October 28 to November 3, 2023.

“One more year”: Mark Cavendish confirms retirement U-turn to chase Tour de France record

Mark Cavendish will return to the Tour de France one final time, having confirmed he is reversing his decision to retire at the end of this season.

The 38-year-old from the Isle of Man will sign a one-year contract extension with Astana-Qazaqstan to compete in the 2024 cycling season.

The decision provides Cavendish with a final opportunity to break the all-time record of 34 Tour de France stage wins, which he currently shares with Eddy Merckx.

Tour de France 2023: Mads Pedersen Claims Stage 8 Sprint Victory After Cavendish Crashes Out

Denmark’s Mads Pedersen overpowered the pack to sprint to victory on Stage 8 in Limoges, denying Jasper Philipsen a fourth stage win of the 2023 Tour de France.

The stage was marred by the crash suffered by Mark Cavendish 60 km from the finish, which forced him to abandon his final Tour de France – and his bid for a record 35th stage victory – with a suspected broken collarbone.

Mark Cavendish Forced To Abandon Tour de France After Stage 8 Crash

Mark Cavendish has been forced to abandon the 2023 Tour de France with a suspected collarbone after crashing on Stage 8.

The episode marks the end of the 38-year-old Manxman’s legendary Tour de France career given his planned retirement at the end of this season, robbing him of the opportunity to surpass Eddy Merckx’s record of 34 stage wins.

Tour de France 2023: Philipsen Strikes Again to Snatch Third Victory in Stage 7

In a gripping finale to the Stage 7 of the 110th Tour de France, Jasper Philipsen (Alpecin-Deceuninck) clinched his third win of the 2023 edition, defeating Mark Cavendish (Astana-Qazaqstan) in a heart-stopping sprint finish.

When Cavendish, seeking to break the record for the most stage wins in Tour history, took a flyer and hit out for glory, Philipsen had to react swiftly.

Tour de France 2023: Jasper Philipsen Prevails in Controversial Stage 3 Sprint

Alpecin – Deceuninck rider Jasper Philipsen was the fastest of the bunch today as he crossed the finish line a wheel’s length ahead of Phil Bauhaus in a thrilling bunch sprint in Stage 3 as the Tour de France returns to French soil.

Mark Cavendish’s Bid for History: Chasing No. 35 at the 2023 Tour de France

The world of professional cycling has witnessed many legends, but few stories are as compelling as that of Mark Cavendish.

A career once seemingly over due to health setbacks and a string of misfortunes has blossomed into a tale of resurgence, fueling hopes of a record-breaking 35th stage victory in the Tour de France.

2023 Tour de France Teams And Riders: Start List In Full

With the action underway, we’re running through the full start list of 2023 Tour de France teams and riders.

The Tour de France 2023 start list contains some clear favorites, some dark horses, some surprising absentees, some incredibly strong teams, and some with a slightly underwhelming set of riders for the race.