Classics power play: How many watts did it take to win Milan-San Remo?

Classics power play: How many watts did it take to win Milan-San Remo?

Joe Robinson 25 Mar 2019 Some of Saturday's best riders posted their San Remo rides to Strava and the numbers are incredible The 2019 Milan-San Remo reverted to type; seven hours of anticipation with 20 minutes of electrifying entertainment. However as Strava shows, the race was as brutally hard as expected. For a third consecutive year, the winning move came on the slopes of the Poggio, the race's final climb just 5km from the Via Roma finish line, after a nervy, fast yet controlled first seven or so hours of racing. Eventual winner Julian Alaphilippe made the most of Deceuninck-Quick-Step's furious pace to force an eight-man who's who of Classics racing move when the Poggio was at its hardest. The move plus its protagonists were enough to go clear until the finish with Alaphilippe by far the strongest and smartest rider in the sprint finish. Alaphilippe's ability to sprint to ...

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Milan-San Remo highlights: Alaphilippe’s masterclass

Julian Alaphilippe shows off the new Deceuninck-Quick-Step jersey

The yearly seven-hour battle between the sprinters and puncheurs that is Milan-San Remo has once again come and gone, and for 2019 we can strike another one up to the latter – the third in a row for that most versatile of rider groupings. Julian Alaphilippe ( Deceuninck-Quick Step ) was the man to continue the mini-streak on Saturday afternoon, pulling off a masterful display in the finale. The Frenchman was ably aided by his powerful Quick Step team on the final climb of the day, the legendary Poggio, before launching over the top. He wasn’t alone though – far from it, in fact. The best of the best had joined him, with the last two winners Michał Kwiatkowski (Team Sky) and Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) up there, along with legends of the modern era Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) and Alejandro Valverde (Movistar), among others. After navigating the potential treachery of the ...

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Naesen unlocks potential for first Milan-San Remo podium

Oliver Naesen celebrates his second place

Oliver Naesen ( AG2R La Mondiale ) finally delivered in a spring Monument to take second place behind Julian Alaphilippe in Milan-San Remo , the first of the season. The 28-year-old Belgian has been a consistent presence in the spring classics for a number of years, yet despite his undoubted class he has always failed to deliver a result that truly reflected his pedigree. That changed on Saturday, with the AG2R La Mondiale rider deserving of his podium place ahead of Michał Kwiatkowski (Team Sky) and Pete Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe), who finished third and fourth respectively. “I hope that this is something that unlocks my 'no results' streak,” a beaming Naesen told Cyclingnews after the podium celebrations on the Via Roma. The race burst into life on the Poggio, with Alaphilippe unleashing a stinging attack that drew only the best of the best from a reduced field. Sagan and Kwiatkowski were ...

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The weekly spin: Breaking down Alaphilippe’s perfect day at Milan-San Remo

It was a who’s who of professional cycling. Barreling down the Poggio, the final climb of Milan-San Remo, was a handful of the top riders in the sport, all in with a shot at winning the first Monument of the season. A few minutes later, that group had swelled to a dozen. There would be … The post The weekly spin: Breaking down Alaphilippe’s perfect day at Milan-San Remo appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Alaphilippe Wins Milan San Remo

Deceuninck Quick-Step Rider Bags His First Monument Julian Alaphilippe won Milan San-Remo on Saturday afternoon, comfortably winning a sprint from a group of ten that went clear over the top of the Poggio. He was joined on the podium by Olivier Naesen and Michal Kwiatkowski. This year’s first monument went according to the script, with a large break given plenty of room on the road and building up a sizable gap. The ten riders, including six Italians and four representatives of Novo Nordisk, were steadily reeled back in as the race hit the coast in perfect weather. Quick Step, UAE, Lotto Soudal and Groupama-FDJ were among the teams working at the front and by the foot of the Cipressa only Fausto Masnada was left in front. Getty Images Masnada was caught on the earliest slopes of the penultimate climb and there were few fireworks on the climb, though a daring ...

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Alaphilippe wins Milan-San Remo

Julian Alaphilippe lets out a roar

It may have been the first Monument of the season, but the story was the one we’ve seen so often already this year. Some 175 men fought for half the day to win a bike race, and Julian Alaphilippe ( Deceuninck-QuickStep ) ended up on the top step of the podium. Milan-San Remo is the seventh victory of the season for the Frenchman, and the 19th for his team - no doubt the sweetest yet. Part of an elite group contesting the win in San Remo, Alaphilippe beat Oliver Naesen ( AG2R La Mondiale ) and Michał Kwiatkowski ( Team Sky ) to the top spot after a tense sprint to the line. The Frenchman had played a major part in forming the elite group that made it to the finish, launching an attack over the top of Poggio and bringing a number of the strongest men in the sport ...

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Tirreno-Adriatico: Alaphilippe wins bunch sprint on stage 6

Julain Alaphilippe wins stage 6 at Tirreno-Adriatico

Sometimes, the plan doesn't quite come together, yet still, Deceuninck-QuickStep go on winning. It's that kind of year. The penultimate stage of Tirreno-Adriatico seemed to lend itself to Elia Viviani's sprinting talents, but instead, it was Julian Alaphilippe who claimed victory for the Belgian squad in Jesi. Deceuninck-QuickStep spent much of the afternoon working to peg back the day's early break and when the men in blue massed on the front of the peloton in the final kilometre, the scene looked set for Viviani to land his second stage victory of the week. The Italian champion seemed to lose his way somewhat in a chaotic finale, however, and opted to latch onto Peter Sagan's rear wheel as the sprint unfolded. Up ahead, meanwhile, his teammate Max Richeze was delivering a pitch-perfect lead-out for the irrepressible Alaphilippe, and the Frenchman, though hardly on his preferred terrain, produced a scorching acceleration to ...

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Look unveils new Keo Blade Ceramic Carbon pedal

Romain Bardet (AG2R La Mondiale) shows off the new Look Keo Blade Ceramic Carbon

French company Look has released updates to its popular pedals with the new Look Keo Blade Ceramic Carbon pedals. Ceramic bearings have been introduced to the existing versions of the pedals, reducing friction by 18 percent, as well as improving the bearings' longevity by four to six times, according to Look. The new pedals are manufactured in France and have a claimed weight of 110g. In a press release from Look, Romain Bardet ( AG2R La Mondiale ) – who raced using the pedals for the first time at Paris-Nice this past week – said: "I have been riding Look pedals for 19 years and, in them, I have found an ideal partner; a subtle blend of technology and craftsmanship to accompany and support me in my wildest dreams." A combined pedal and cleat stack height of 14.8mm should offer great power transfer, which can be combined with three different ...

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Tirreno-Adriatico: Fuglsang solos to victory on stage 5

Jakob Fuglsang celebrates his stage victory

Jakob Fuglsang made it two in a row for Astana at Tirreno-Adriatico, winning the fifth stage. Race leader Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) came in second, with Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) third on the day. Fuglsang jumped from a group of favourites with around 24km to go and worked his way up through the remaining riders from the day’s breakaway. He joined Davide Gaburro (Neri Sottoli) and Nico Denz (AG2R La Mondiale) and eventually dropped them, taking on the final 10 kilometres alone. “We basically planned to try something similar to yesterday. We knew that we had a strong team and we saw yesterday that many other teams were suffering once we really put the pressure on. To wait until the final, it would probably be difficult for us to win so we tried to do the same as yesterday and today it was my turn to go from distance. Luckily it worked ...

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Bernal wins Paris-Nice

The final Paris-Nice podium (L-R) Nairo Quintana, Egan Bernal, Michal Kwiatkowski

Egan Bernal ( Team Sky ) secured overall victory at Paris-Nice after a tense final stage which saw his yellow jersey come under attack by Nairo Quintana (Movistar). Ion Izagirre (Astana) took the stage win in Nice, attacking on the final climb of the day to leave behind the remains of the elite break group led by Quintana. The Spaniard quickly built a stage-winning gap, staying upright on the descent to secure the win, 19 seconds ahead of Oliver Naesen (AG2R La Mondiale) and Wilco Kelderman (Team Sunweb). Quintana, meanwhile, attacked 50km out, echoing similar moves against Team Sky by Alberto Contador in 2016 and 2017. But like the legendary Spaniard, Quintana would fall short. He was the virtual leader at several points, but ended up only taking four seconds on Bernal at the finish. The Movistar man attacked on the Côte de Peille to link up with the remnants ...

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Tirreno-Adriatico team time trial start times

Jos van Emden (LottoNl-Jumbo)

Tirreno-Adriatico will start as it has done for the past three seasons with a team time trial in Lido di Camaiore. It was supposed to start that way back in 2015, but storms forced a shorter individual effort. The route will match that of last year’s opening stage, with a relatively straight out-and-back ride. Given the lack of big mountain finishes, it could play an even bigger role in deciding the overall classification, alongside the final 10.1km effort in San Benedetto del Tronto. Though the course is relatively simple on paper, it has caused some issues for some in the past. Mark Cavendish crashed heavily on this stage last year after hitting a pothole, while disaster struck for Team Sky the previous season when they suffered a series of dramatic mechanical failures. AG2R La Mondiale will kick proceedings off at 2pm local time, with Dimension Data following on five minutes ...

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First tests for tramadol carried out at Paris-Nice

Christopher Froome heads to anti-doping control

The second stage of Paris-Nice on Monday saw something of a landmark for professional cycling as the first tests for tramadol took place. Six riders, including stage winner Dylan Groenewegen (Jumbo-Visma), were tested for the controversial painkiller, according to Het Laatste Nieuws . Tramadol is not on the World Anti Doping Agency's list of banned substances – it remains on their 'monitoring list' – and the UCI moved to prohibit it independently, with the new regulations coming into effect at the start of March . Tramadol is an opioid-based painkiller that has been said to have been abused by pro riders seeking the performance-enhancing effects of the dulling of pain sensations during intense efforts. It is also said the drug can cause drowsiness and is seen as a danger in terms of crashes. After a WADA report last year found tramadol use in cycling was higher than any other endurance ...

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Paris-Nice: Groenewegen wins opening sprint

Dylan Groenewegen wins the Paris-Nice opening stage

Dylan Groenewegen ( Jumbo-Visma ) came out on top in a pulsating opening stage at Paris-Nice with a win ahead of Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal) and Fabio Jakobsen (Deceuninck-QuickStep). Last year's overall winner Marc Soler (Movistar) lost time, finishing in a second group, while other potential GC rivals also finished well down after the race was peppered with cross winds and crashes. Groenewegen and his Jumbo-Visma team were well-placed throughout the race, and the Dutchman was too strong in the finale, taking his third win of the season. He came around Sonny Colbrelli (Bahrain Merida) in the final 100 meters, after the Italian had opened his sprint far too early. Matteo Trentin (Mitchelton-Scott) looked to be in the mix, but he had no response when Groenewegen hit the front. Ewan started his sprint further back, and although he came through the field, he was unable to challenge Groenewegen, who now ...

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The weekly spin: Alaphilippe, Van Vleuten conquer white roads of Strade Bianche

A pair of first-time champions emerged at Strade Bianche Saturday, though neither could be considered a surprise winner. After 184km of racing, including 63km across white gravel roads, Frenchman Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-Quick-Step) got the better of Dane Jakob Fuglsang (Astana) to take the victory in the historic Piazza del Campo in Siena. Former world cyclocross … The post The weekly spin: Alaphilippe, Van Vleuten conquer white roads of Strade Bianche appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Van Aert confirms huge potential with second podium at Strade Bianche

Wout Van Aert on the 2019 Strade Bianche podium

Wout van Aert ( Jumbo-Visma ) again finished third at Strade Bianche and was again understandably proud of his performance after going in the decisive attack with Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep) and Jakob Fuglsang (Astana), catching them after a long solo chase and staying away on the Via Santa Caterina climb to step onto the podium in the Piazza del Campo. Last year Van Aert went on a long attack with Romain Bardet (AG2R La Mondiale) and went so deep and was so tired that he fell off his bike at the summit of Via Santa Caterina. This time he was able to enjoy the moment so much more. "If you compare it to my three cyclo-cross world titles, the first is by far the easiest one to win. To confirm all the good things from the first time is always more difficult, but I’m happy I did it, I’m happy ...

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Bardet story 'still to be written' at Paris-Nice

Romain Bardet in the 2019 AG2R-La Mondiale jersey

Romain Bardet says that his 'story is still to be written' at Paris-Nice and that it is a race he would like to perform at before he retires. Bardet returns to the eight-day race to lead AG2R La Mondiale for the first time since he was disqualified following stage 1 of the 2017 event for holding onto his team car. Bardet has raced solely in France so far this season and is using Paris-Nice as part of his preparation for the Tour de France later in the year. It is his fourth race of 2019 after kicking off his campaign at the Tour du Haut Var at the end of February, where he finished second overall. He has finished in the top 10 in all but one of his race days so far and says that he's feeling strong, but is reticent to make any predictions about what that could ...

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REVIEW: Bollé Shifter Sunglasses with Phantom Lens Review

REVIEW: Bollé Shifter Sunglasses with Phantom Lens

We ride and review Bollés new, retro-futuristic SHIFTER cycling glasses. Here's how their style, build, and Phantom lens technology perform after months of real-world bike rides.

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Live coverage of Le Samyn and Strade Bianche this week on Cyclingnews

Florian Senechal works the front of Le Samyn for Quick-Step

After the so-called 'Opening Weekend' of Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne , the 2019 Classics campaign continues this week with Le Samyn on Tuesday and Strade Bianche on Saturday. Cyclingnews will have full live coverage of both races. Following the opening weekend in the Flanders region of northern Belgium, Le Samyn takes us south into the Wallonia region but features similar terrain, with plenty of cobblestones and short climbs on offer. Le Samyn does not have the same stature as the opening weekend or the bigger one-day races later in the spring but still serves up the same style of unpredictable racing, often in tough weather conditions. Strong winds and rain are indeed expected. This year there are just three WorldTour teams on the start line, with AG2R La Mondiale joining the two big Belgian teams Deceuninck-QuickStep and Lotto Soudal. Deceuninck-QuickStep dominated here last year with a one-two with Niki ...

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Classics power play: The watts needed to ride Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne

Joe Robinson 4 Mar 2019 Naesen provides his power data from the opening Classics weekend to prove just how hard racing is Just in case you were under any illusions that you could have kept pace with the professionals at the opening weekend of the Spring Classics, AG2R La Mondiale rider Oliver Naesen has uploaded his rides to Strava proving just how average us amateurs are. Former Belgian road race champion Naesen had a solid opening weekend finishing 10th at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad on Saturday and 43rd at Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne on Sunday having been part of the five-man break that launched Bob Jungels to his eventual race victory . To do this, Naesen produced some exceptionally high numbers which he has since shared on Strava . Across 4 hours 45 minutes of racing at Omloop , Naesen recorded an average weighted power of 322w as he formed part of a chase ...

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Astana take the fight to Deceuninck-QuickStep at Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne

Davide Ballerini and Magnus Cort Nielsen take pulls in the breakaway at Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne

On the face of it, 20th place was scant consolation for Astana in Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne with the team one of the few squads willing and able to go toe-to-toe with a dominant Deceuninck-QuickStep. Although Alexey Lutsensko pulled out of the race after his exploits 24 hours ago in Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, the Astana squad rallied in Kuurne with Davide Ballerini and Magnus Cort making the key selection of the race on the Varent stretch of cobbles with 66km remaining. The move was sparked by eventual winner Bob Jungels, with Oliver Naesen (AG2R La Mondiale) and Sebastian Langeveld (EF Education First) the only other riders who could follow. When Jungels surged clear with 16km to go there was no response from those left in his wake, and although the remnants of the break were swallowed up by the pursuing bunch, with Hugo Houle the best Astana rider over the line, their director ...

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