Commentary: Two breakthroughs at Amstel Gold Race
On Sunday, Niewiadoma perfectly synched her blistering attack with good tactics, and van der Poel stunned the world's best with raw power. Read the full article at Commentary: Two breakthroughs at Amstel Gold Race on VeloNews.com .
Tour of the Alps: Geoghegan Hart wins stage 1
Tao Geoghegan Hart ( Team Sky ) took his first professional win on stage 1 of the Tour of Alps. The 24-year-old was present in a key move created by Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) on the final climb before powering to the win after a small group of GC contenders had reformed on the descent. Alex Aranburu (Caja Rural - Seguros RGA) finished second, with Roland Thalmann (Team Vorarlberg Santic) taking third. Pre-race favourites Chris Froome and Nibali finished safely in the leading group. Team Sky had numbers in the final with Pavel Sivakov, Kenny Elissonde and Froome and it was Sivakov who set the pace as the leaders approached the final few hundred metres. Geoghegan Hart came around his teammate, and although Aranburu brought himself back into contention, Geoghegan Hart hung on to take the win. The victory gave Geoghegan Hart the first leader's jersey of this year's race. The ...
Like father, like son: Mathieu van der Poel's Amstel Gold Race win mirrors Adrie's 1990 triumph
The finishing straight of Amstel Gold Race . Two riders in front ready themselves to sprint for the victory, but a group is closing quickly from behind. In the closing metres, the chasers are suddenly upon them, and Van der Poel flashes past to claim the win at the death. Sound familiar? Mathieu van der Poel ’s last-gasp victory at Amstel Gold Race on Sunday was not entirely without precedent. In 1990, his father Adrie triumphed in the Dutch Classic in remarkably similar circumstances. On that occasion, Luc Roosen and Jan Goessens carried a seemingly unassailable lead into the finale in Meerssen but were overhauled at the last by Adrie van der Poel. That triumph proved to be the final Classic victory of the 31-year-old’s career, to sit alongside earlier wins at the Tour of Flanders (1986) and Liège-Bastogne-Liège (1988). On Sunday, his son Mathieu – still only 24 – ...
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Ewan wins Turkey finale as Großschartner seals the deal
Australian Caleb Ewan took the sixth and final stage of the Tour of Turkey on Sunday as Felix Großschartner claimed the overall victory.
Rick Vosper: OK, so we have 7,000 bike shops. Now what?
In BRAIN ’s April 1 issue, BPSA executive director Ray Keener wrote a pair of pieces, Just how many bike shops are there, anyway? and Is the number of shops shrinking? Both articles are based on conversations with industry consultant and self-described “data wizard” Christopher Georger and his company, Georger Data Services (GDS). GDS maintains a database of more than 7,000 U.S. bicycle retailers based on bike brands’ dealer lists. As it happens, I interviewed Georger around the same time as Keener had spoken to him, but my queries led in a different direction. I am less concerned with the total number of bike shops than I am with 1) what those seven thousand bike shops mean for the industry, 2) whose bikes are in those shops, and, ultimately, 3) what it means to be a shop in the Bike 3.0 era. All your base are belong to Tier One ...
Lefevere highly impressed by Amstel Gold winner Van der Poel
Deceuninck-QuickStep team manager Patrick Lefevere says that his riders don't need to change anything when it comes to preparing for the spring Classics – despite having been impressed by this year's Amstel Gold , Brabantse Pijl and Dwars door Vlaanderen winner Mathieu van der Poel , who he calls "a phenomenon". "We don't feel as though we need to do anything differently," Lefevere told Het Nieuwsblad when asked if he and his riders needed a new approach to deal with the likes of Van der Poel and Jumbo-Visma star Wout van Aert, who both came to the spring Classics from a winter racing cyclo-cross at the highest level, and have been two of road cycling's biggest stars so far this season. "They're cyclo-cross riders, and have a specific approach. But today, their road season ends," he said after Amstel Gold on Sunday – although Van Aert is also scheduled to ...
Bardet bounces back with top-10 Amstel Gold finish
Romain Bardet continued his AG2R La Mondiale team's run of decent spring Classics finishes with ninth place at Amstel Gold on Sunday. The Frenchman only recently returned to racing having crashed out of the Volta Ciclista a Catalunya in late March, and must now be considered one of the favourites for Wednesday's Flèche Wallonne and Liège-Bastogne-Liège next weekend. Oliver Naesen has principally flown the flag for the French WorldTour team this spring, with second place at Milan-San Remo , third at Gent-Wevelgem and – in the Belgian's eyes, at least – a slightly disappointing seventh place at the Tour of Flanders and 13th at Paris-Roubaix. Naesen also took 28th at Amstel, which is a race that Bardet had said didn’t particularly suit him, either, and which he hadn't raced since 2014, when he finished 33rd. He then promptly rode to his top-10 finish there this weekend. "To tell the truth, ...
Van Vleuten falls short in thrilling finale at Amstel Gold Ladies Edition
The Netherlands' Annemiek van Vleuten ( Mitchelton-Scott ) came close, gaining on eventual winner Kasia Niewiadoma (Canyon-SRAM) all the time in the final couple of kilometres, but the world time trial champion wasn't able to better her second place of 2015 at the women's edition of the Amstel Gold Race on Sunday. Niewiadoma made her move on the final climb of the Cauberg, with just 1.8km from the top of the climb to the finish of the race in Valkenburg. CCC-Liv's Marianne Vos was the first rider to respond to the move, but as the Dutchwoman faded, her compatriot, Van Vleuten, came to the fore in an attempt to close down the gap to the Polish rider. "I had a flashback to La Course," Van Vleuten admitted, remembering last July's one-day race run by the Tour de France organisers, when the Dutchwoman was able to catch Boels Dolmans rival Anna ...
Van der Poel triumphs in spectacular Amstel Gold finale
Mathieu van der Poel (Correndon-Circus) was the victor in one of the most memorable race finishes in recent years as he led the field to complete a last-gasp victory ahead of Australian Simon Clarke (EF Education First)
Clarke gets tactics right to take first podium at Amstel Gold Race
Somewhat lost amidst all the chaos at the Amstel Gold Race , as well as the wonderment at Mathieu van der Poel's performance, was something of a record. Each man on the podium was there for the first time, with Simon Clarke ( EF Education First ) sprinting to second behind the Dutchman. It was a career-best performance for the Australian, who bettered his previous best of 46th from back in 2013. Clarke went on the attack along with Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo) late in the race, eventually being swept up by the Van der Poel group, which caught the leaders at the death. "When I saw Mollema go, I knew I wanted to follow," said Clarke on the EF Education First website after the race. "I assumed I was racing for fifth place. Then the group caught us from behind. "Here I was, flat out, thinking, 'Well, I guess I'm ...
Ewan attacks in final kilometre to take stunning win in Turkey
Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal) showed a combination of racing smarts and very strong legs to take the final stage victory at the Tour of Turkey.
Niewiadoma wins thrilling Amstel Gold race
Kasia Niewiadoma (Canyon-SRAM) was pushed all the way by Annemiek van Vleuten (Mitchelton-Scott) at the women's edition of the Amstel Gold Race after escaping on the final ascent of the famous climb of the Cauberg.
Fuglsang and Alaphilippe disagree over Amstel Gold Race finale
For much of the final 30 kilometres of Amstel Gold Race , there looked to be only one outcome in Berg en Terblijt. With Julian Alaphilippe ( Deceuninck-Quick Step ) and Jakob Fuglsang ( Astana ), the finale was reminiscent of Strade Bianche, where the duo rode together for the last 20km before the Frenchman triumphed in Siena. While the script bore a resemblance to that of the Italian classic heading to the finish, it was torn up in extraordinary fashion in the closing kilometres. With Alaphilippe thought to have a better sprint, Fuglsang sat back as the duo neared the line. The result was a fatal slowing of the pace which let the chasing groups led by Michał Kwiatkowski (Team Sky) and Mathieu van der Poel (Corendon-Circus) make the catch in the final kilometre. Naturally, both Fuglsang and Alaphilippe had differing opinions on what went down. “I told him ...
Van der Poel revels in unlikely Amstel Gold Race victory
Mathieu van der Poel ( Corendon-Circus ) put on a spectacular show at Sunday’s Amstel Gold Race , storming to victory in one of the most thrilling finishes to any bike race in recent memory. The final kilometres of the race saw the 24-year old single-handedly led a chase group up to the leaders, bridging a one-minute gap to make the catch in the final 500 metres. He then powered past everybody in the closing metres to take the biggest win of his career so far. It was a barely believable scenario for spectators, but also for Van der Poel himself, who could hardly raise his arms in celebration as he crossed the line. “I didn’t even have the energy to put my hands in the air,” he told Het Nieuwsblad after the finish. “At three kilometres from the finish, nobody could tell me in what position I was riding ...
Video: Incredible finish to Amstel Gold Race - one of the best ends to a race ever?
Mathieu van der Poel tows chasers - then shoots past front three to win race
Froome and Nibali play down talk of a Tour of the Alps duel
Chris Froome and Vincenzo Nibali watched Mathieu van der Poel win the Amstel Gold Race on a mobile telephone before the team presentation of the Tour of the Alps , seemingly more impressed with the Dutchman’s performance and victory than about their own chances of victory in the hilly five-day stage race that begins in Kufstein, Austria on Monday. Both Nibali and Froome watched the final kilometres like any rider or racer; looking for their teammates and then admiring Van der Poel’s incredible finish with a smile and an expression of respect. “He’s can win like that because cyclo-cross has given him that explosiveness. When he has to power through the sand or mud in a cyclo-cross race so often it trains him to produce big watts, it’s the benefit of crossing over from the two disciplines. He has trained to go the distance and kept his explosiveness,” Nibali pointed ...
Niewiadoma hangs on to take Amstel Gold nail-biter
Niewiadoma attacked on the final ascent of the Cauberg before holding off searing chase from van Vleuten in thrilling finale. Read the full article at Niewiadoma hangs on to take Amstel Gold nail-biter on VeloNews.com .
Van der Poel takes stunning victory at Amstel Gold
Van der Poel stunned a lead trio who had looked set to contend the sprint, having single-handedly dragged the chase group back into the fray. Read the full article at Van der Poel takes stunning victory at Amstel Gold on VeloNews.com .