D'hoore undergoes surgery for broken collarbone after Drentse 8 crash

Jolien D'hoore wins Women's WorldTour round at Driedaagse De Panne

Jolien D'hoore ( Boels Dolmans ) will undergo surgery to repair a broken collarbone sustained in a crash at the Drenthe Acht van Westerveld over the weekend. The Classics specialist could be forced to skip a portion of the upcoming block of one-day races to recover from the injury. "This is hard to accept, with all the nice races coming up," D'hoore wrote in a post on Twitter. D'hoore crashed on a descent roughly 60km into the race, more popularly known as Drentse 8. It has been speculated that a gust of wind caused her and Lotta Lepistö (Trek-Segafredo) to crash. D'hoore was immediately taken to hospital, where X-rays showed the broken collarbone. She has returned to Belgium and underwent surgery on Saturday, reported Nieuwsblad.be . Boels Dolmans announced in October that they had signed D'hoore for the 2019 season . She joined the team having spent one year with ...

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Alaphilippe eyes Strade Bianche, Tirreno-Adriatico, Milan-San Remo hat-trick

Julian Alaphlippe says he wants to try and win Strade Bianche, Tirreno-Adriatico and Milan-San Remo

Buoyed by Deceuninck-QuickStep 's early season run of success and his own victory at Saturday’s Strade Bianche, Julian Alaphilippe has admitted that a hat-trick of victories at Strade Bianche , Tirreno-Adriatico and Milan-San Remo is possible. Davide Rebellin and Philippe Gilbert are the last two riders to win the Ardennes hat-trick – Liège-Bastogne-Liège, Amstel Gold and Flèche Wallonne – while Fabian Cancellara is the only rider to have won all three of the Italian March races, in 2008. Now, Alaphilippe is ready to give it a try, having built his early season around the March races, considering them more important than a second victory at Flèche, which he secured last season. "I don't know. I hope I can do it. I’ll certainly try my best," replied Alaphilippe when Cyclingnews asked about the chances of him completing the Italian Trittico . "Strade Bianche was my first big goal – maybe more ...

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Dave Brailsford rode the Strade Bianche sportive this weekend and is almost as quick as the pros

Joe Robinson 11 Mar 2019 The Team Sky manager posted his ride to Strava and proved he is not slouch despite being 55-years-old Dave Brailsford may want to consider offering himself a pro contract for 2019 considering his Strava file after riding this weekend's Strade Bianche Gran Fondo . The Team Sky boss was in town watching the likes of Diego Rosa and Geraint Thomas race on Saturday and decided to give the Tuscan white roads ago, himself, on Sunday. Brailsford, who turns 56 later this month, completed the 139km sportive with 31km of gravel roads in just over four hours, giving him an astonishing average speed of 33.7kmh. The speed would have been faster had it also not been for a puncture in the last 9km of riding. His ability to hold this average speed is made impressive, firstly, because of the numerous steep sections of gravel road en-route ...

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Zeal Camerig 44 carbon clincher review

Zeal 44mm carbon aero clincher

The Camerig is a climb in the Netherlands that rises 145m over 3.6km with an average gradient of 4%. It is also the name that Zeal has chosen for its mid-profile (44mm) carbon wheelset. While the parallels between the two may not be immediately obvious, in the eyes of Zeal, their new wheels are as … The post Zeal Camerig 44 carbon clincher review appeared first on CyclingTips .

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The weekly spin: A conversation with E3 organizers about that poster

Two women, nearly nude, covered in body paint and wrapped around one another to form the figure of a frog. The tagline: “Who shall crown himself prince in Harelbeke?” What is this, you ask? What does it mean? And what does it have to do with bike racing? It was the visual campaign for the … The post The weekly spin: A conversation with E3 organizers about that poster appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Howes embraces special assignment at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad

Alex Howes (EF Education First) at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad

In 2012, Alex Howes was a late call up at Amstel Gold Race and the American made an instant impact, infiltrating the break and making it to the last ascent of the Cauberg. It was a highly impressive ride for an athlete making his debut in the race. Seven years on, and once again a late call up, the EF Education First rider was repeating the trick on his cobbled Classic debut in Omloop Het Nieuwsblad . Given that this year's break came after Howes was forced to miss a portion of last year's season due to a hyperthyroid condition, and has already called his 2019 campaign a second neo-pro year, Saturday's performance in Belgium represented even great comparison to his Amstel exploits from seven years ago. "That was the first Classic and it was fun to be put on the breakaway assignment. I don't know what the story was ...

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How to watch the 2019 Spring Classics

How to watch the 2019 Spring Classics

The Spring Classics kick off this weekend, and it’s often one of the highlights of the year for many avid WorldTour followers. Here’s everything we currently know about where you can find live coverage and highlights in the UK, US and Australia. Paris-Roubaix 2018 tech gallery: 101 images from the Hell of the North Specialized claims 99g S-Works EXOS 99 is lightest production shoe ever made The Spring Classics 2019 overview The term ‘Classics’ acts as a bit of an umbrella that encompasses a range of events. Included in this are the two Opening Weekend races: Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and Kuurne–Brussel–Kuurne. These are followed by further one-day Classics races: Milan–San Remo, E3 Binckbank Classic, Gent–Wevelgem, Tour of Flanders, Scheldeprijs and Paris–Roubaix. After Paris-Roubaix, the Ardennes Classics kicks off including Amstel Gold Race, La Flèche Wallonne and Liège–Bastogne–Liège. The Monuments refers to the five oldest and most prestigious races in the ...

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Valgren has homework done ahead of Opening Weekend

Michael Valgren (Dimension Data)

Opening Weekend is around the corner and Michael Valgren , it seems, is ready. The Dane caught the eye at the Volta ao Algarve with a strong showing on the summit finish at Alto da Fóia on stage 2, though he preferred to focus on the training and racing miles logged through the winter months. "I just know that I did my homework in December and January – and in February too – so I know I’ve trained enough. I just need to find the freshness in the legs and be lucky. I know I’m pretty good," Valgren told Cyclingnews in Faro. "But last year, I wasn’t feeling great in Ruta del Sol and then the next week I won on the Opening Weekend, so I don’t really compare too closely from year to year, because sensations can change in a week." A year ago, Valgren’s triumph at Omloop Het ...

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Omloop Het Nieuwsblad: Who are the favourites?

Omloop Het Nieuwsblad: Who are the favourites?

Joe Robinson 25 Feb 2019 Where should your money be for the first Classic of the year, Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, this Saturday? Can you smell it? It's the smell of the opening Classics weekend and the cycling season starting for real . Saturday marks the beginning with Omloop Het Nieuwsblad before the double-header is completed on Sunday with Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne. Two contrasting races but both a brilliant gauge to see who is fighting fit to race the cobbles and who may be slightly off the pace. Omloop acts as a distilled version of the Tour of Flanders , taking the peloton on a 199.8km route from Gent to Ninove with the passing of 13 hills and seven cobbles sections in between, making a true day for the Classics specialists within the bunch. The race's real spice should be provided by the Muur van Geraardsbergen/Bosberg double punch within the last 27km of ...

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Bike thieves strike Vital Concept-B&B Hotels at Ruta del Sol

French Pro Continental outfit Vital Concept Cycling Club used the aerodynamic Orbea Orca Aero frames

Vital Concept-B&B; Hotels were the victim of bike thieves overnight at the Ruta del Sol . Twelve of their road bikes were stolen, but the team was able to get replacements from their supplier, and other teams, and was at the start of stage 2 on Thursday. The bikes were stolen overnight, with just two not being taken. The team's time trial bikes, which will be needed on Friday, were not taken, apparently being stored at a different location. Lotto Soudal is staying at the same hotel, but were not affected. The French Professional Continental team were able to get replacement bikes from their supplier Orbea, a local bike store Cicloscabelo, and also from rival teams Euskadi Basque Country-Murias and Fundacion Euskadi, which also ride Orbea. Bike thefts at race are sadly not unusual. In 2017, Bahrain-Merida lost 10 bikes to thieves at the Hammer Series Limburg. That same year, ...

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Colbrelli: I feel ready to win a big Classic

Sonny Colbrelli wins stage 4 of the Tour of Oman

The long guttural roar let out by Sonny Colbrelli as he crossed the finish line on stage 4 of the Tour of Oman showed just how much victory meant to him. It was the first of the season for him and also his Bahrain-Merida team and, amid some doubts, provided confirmation that he's on track for the Classics. "Today was the first time I felt good here," Colbrelli said, explaining that he'd struggled to adapt to the Middle Eastern heat on the opening three stages. "That's good for the morale ahead of the next races." Like many riders in Oman this week, Colbrelli, who started his season at the Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana earlier this month, is preparing for the spring Classics. As a sprinter who packs a punch, and as an Italian, Milan-San Remo – where he has twice been top 10 – stands out on his to-do ...

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Lutsenko to skip cobbled classics and focus on Ardennes

Alexey Lutsenko (Astana Pro Team) on the podium after his Oman stage win

Alexey Lutsenko (Astana) will focus exclusively on the Ardennes Classics this spring, deciding to leave the cobblestones to one side. Victory on stage 2 of the Tour of Oman on Sunday proved that the Kazakh, who was the overall winner last year, is once again gearing up nicely for the spring. However, although he will line up in Belgium for the 'Opening Weekend' of Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne in a fortnight, he will not appear during the main cobbled Classics period, choosing instead to focus on the hillier Ardennes races later in April. Lutsenko, 26, had more of an emphasis on the Ardennes in the first years of his career, but then started getting into the cobbled races of northern Belgium, his potential laid bare by third place at the 2017 Dwars door Vlaanderen. However, after a 2018 spring that was beset by crashes, and a year in which ...

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Van Avermaet not yet committing to new-look Liege-Bastogne-Liege

Greg Van Avermaet (CCC) wins stage 3 in Valencia

Greg Van Avermaet ( CCC Team ) has acknowledged that the changes to the Liège-Bastogne-Liège parcours increase his chances of success but is not yet committing to racing La Doyenne this year, with a decision to be made only after Amstel Gold Race the week before. Van Avermaet’s natural terrain is the cobbles and bergs of the Flemish Classics but he is a better climber than most of his rivals for those races, meaning that his ambitions can stretch into the Ardennes of southern Belgium. Liège-Bastogne-Liège is the hilliest and hardest Classic of the spring, and Van Avermaet, who has won medium mountain stages in the Tour de France and the Olympic title on a punishing Rio course, finished 12th two years ago and seventh in 2011. Last month, the race organisers announced that they were scrapping the uphill finale in Ans and moving it to a flatter finish in ...

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Van der Breggen considers skipping Tour of Flanders

Anna van der Breggen with her gold medal

World champion Anna van der Breggen ( Boels Dolmans ) has considered skipping the Tour of Flanders held on April 7 in Belgium, reported Wielerflits . Van der Breggen suggested that there wouldn't be enough time to recover from Cape Epic held from March 18-25 in South Africa. "I think the Tour [of Flanders] does not fit in my program," said Van der Breggen, who won the Tour of Flanders last year. "That race is close to the Cape Epic and I expect that I need some time to recover from it." Van der Breggen introduced World Cup mountain bike racing into her calendar last year at Val di Sole. She announced in January that she would be racing Cape Epic with her teammate Annika Langvad, who races with Specialized during the mountain bike season and with Boels Dolmans on the road. They will both race in the Sunshine Cup ...

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Terpstra and Van der Poel confirmed for Tour of Flanders

Terpstra and Van der Poel confirmed for Tour of Flanders

Joe Robinson 7 Feb 2019 Direct-Energie and Corendon-Circus among seven ProContinental invites at De Ronde Niki Terpstra and Mathieu van der Poel will be among the ProContinental firepower racing the Tour of Flanders as both Direct Energie and Corendon-Circus gain wildcard entries. Terpstra will return as defending champion although as leader of the French Direct Energie team following his departure from QuickStep over the winter. The ageing Dutchman was among a collection of riders to be let go from Patrick Lefevere's WorldTour team as he struggled to secure the financial future of his team . Belgian PVC company Deceuninck eventually stepped in albeit after Terpstra had signed with his new team. Terpstra's move to Direct Energie was somewhat of a surprise, with many assuming he could have found a place in the WorldTour, although this change of scenery will allow him to become unprecedented Classics leader. The 34-year-old will now ...

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Preview: Your guide to the 2019 men’s Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race

The Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race (or just “Cadel’s Race” for short) is the first one-day event on the 2019 men’s WorldTour. This Sunday’s race is the fifth edition and if previous outings are anything to go by, it’s sure to be an intriguing and hard-fought contest. Here’s what you need to know about … The post Preview: Your guide to the 2019 men’s Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Rivals: New Liège-Bastogne-Liège finish favors Sagan

Rivals: New Liège-Bastogne-Liège finish favors Sagan

The new finish for the Belgian monument could lead to a sprint showdown between Peter Sagan and others, other riders say. Read the full article at Rivals: New Liège-Bastogne-Liège finish favors Sagan on VeloNews.com .

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Phil Anderson, yellow jerseys, and an ’82 Peugeot

Phil Anderson is an icon of Australian cycling. His successes paved the way for several waves of Australian talent since he retired in 1994. His career peaked in the 1980s, in which years he became the first Australian and non-European, in 1981, to wear the Tour de France yellow jersey as a member of the … The post Phil Anderson, yellow jerseys, and an ’82 Peugeot appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Van der Breggen and Langvad team up for Cape Epic MTB race

Van der Breggen and Langvad team up for Cape Epic MTB race

Van der Breggen, the world's top road cyclist, teams up with MTB veteran Langvad for eight-day Cape Epic stage race. Read the full article at Van der Breggen and Langvad team up for Cape Epic MTB race on VeloNews.com .

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Gallery: The Bradley Wiggins collection

Joe Robinson 15 Jan 2019 Bradley Wiggins gives Cyclist an exclusive look at the most prized items from his extensive collection of memorabilia This article was originally published in Issue 81 of Cyclist Magazine Words Joe Robinson Photography Mike Massaro 'The only other sportsperson I’m aware of who has a similar collection to me is Roger Federer with his tennis memorabilia, but there is no one else with something like this in cycling,’ says Bradley Wiggins as he neatly folds Fausto Coppi’s 1949 Tour de France yellow jersey back into a plastic container. It sits next to Jacques Anquetil’s France Ford Hutchinson jersey from the 1966 Tour and Francesco Moser’s Supermercati Brianzoli skinsuit. Considering the controversy that has surrounded him over the past 18 months, it would be easy to understand if Wiggins no longer wanted to talk about cycling, but his enthusiasm for the sport remains undiminished. At heart ...

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