The Lead Out: February 2019 – Sprinter’s special, UAE Tour & Omloop Het Nieuwsblaad preview

Cycling Weekly's monthly racing show scans over the sprinters of the pro peloton one month into the season whilst looking ahead to the opening Cobbled Classics of the year
Playlist 16 Videos The Lead Out: February 2019 - Sprinter's special, UAE Tour & Omloop Het Nieuwsblaad preview 24:07 November’s tech of the month: new products from Zipp, Nopinz and a bespoke Bowman Palace 3 18:23 Watch: The most anticipated cycling tech for 2020 03:13 Watch: Are these the most influential cycling products of the last 10 years? 07:16 Watch: inside the Hope factory where GB's new track bike is being made 10:07 Pro bike: Adam Yates's Scott Addict RC 03:56 Pro bike: Peter Sagan’s Specialized S-Works Venge 04:12 July's tech of the month: new products from Garmin, 100%, Prime and Cannondale 19:54 Pro bike: Geraint Thomas's Pinarello Dogma F12 04:35 June’s tech of the month: New Brompton X, Cannondale SystemSix and Maxxis tyres 20:54 April's Tech of the Month: Canyon Aeroad with SRAM AXS, new Vittoria tyres and Fulcrum wheels 26:29 March's Tech of the Month: Pinarello, new Specialized shoes, DT Swiss wheels and Evoc's bike bag 27:06 Watch: Tour of Oman 2019 stage four highlights 05:38 Watch: Tour of Oman 2019 stage three highlights 05:36 Watch: Tour of Oman 2019 stage two highlights 06:33 Watch: Tour of Oman 2019 stage one highlights 05:31

The first month of the season is in the books, but the professional cycling scene has thrown up a number of stories for our pundits to delve in to.

In the February episode of The Lead Out, Paul Knott, Alex Ballinger and former pro rider Yanto Barker analyse the two big stage races of the year so far; the Tour Down Under and Vuelta a San Juan. In Australia, Richie Porte secured a sixth win on Willunga Hill, while there a controversial week for Deceuninck – Quick-Step at the Vuelta a San Juan.

We also take a look at how the major sprinters in the pro peloton have fared over the first month, including an rider focus interview with Fernando Gaviria.

Returning to our monthly ’30-second effort’, the question is ‘Will Mark Cavendish break Eddy Merckx’s Tour de France stage win record?’

>>> The Lead Out: January 2019 – Season Preview

Before the guys look ahead to the inaugural UAE Tour, where a loaded field is expected to line up before the first major European races begin on opening weekend at Omloop Het Nieuwsblaad and Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne.

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