Cape Epic: Win streak ends for Van der Breggen and Langvad

Candice Lill and Adelheid Morath of Summit Fin celebrate winning stage 5 of the 2019 Absa Cape Epic

Annika Langvad and Anna van der Breggen (Investec-songo-Specialized), winners over the first five days of racing at the Absa Cape Epic , suffered their first defeat on Friday when they finished four minutes behind Candice Lill and Adelheid Morath (Summit Fin). The win for Lill and Morath, who are second overall, closes the general classification gap to 21 minutes but leaves the Investec-songo-Specialized pair still firmly in control in the race for overall honours that await at Val de Vie Estate on Sunday. In the men's race, Nino Schurter and Lars Foster of Scott-SRAM MTB-Racing grabbed back the yellow leaders’ jersey by claiming second place behind local boys Philip Buys and Matthys Beukes of PYGA Euro Steel on Friday's Queen Stage, which finished at the century-old Stellenbosch University. These two teams broke away early and rode a six-minute lead into overnight leaders Manuel Fumic and Henrique Avancini (Cannondale Factory Racing), ...

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Cape Epic: Fumic and Avancini take men's lead on stage 3

Manuel Fumic and Henrique Avancini of Cannondale Factory Racing

Manuel Fumic and Henrique Avancini grabbed the stage 3 win at the Absa Cape Epic mountain bike race Wednesday and overtook previous race leaders Nino Schurter and Lars Forster in the general classification after the pair suffered a puncture and ended up in fourth place. In the women’s race, favorites Annika Langvad and Anna van der Breggen took their fourth consecutive win in front of Candice Lill and Adelheid Morath. Jennie Stenerhag and Mariske Strauss were third. Stage 3 featured with 107km and 2,800 meters of climbing, one of the most challenging of this year’s race. The day started with the ascent of the Nuweberg, followed by the Groenlandberg - the highest point of the route at 1,100 meters above sea level. A white-knuckle descent followed, then it was upwards again on the stage’s Technical Terrain climb to Die Nek. In the Elgin Valley, far below, a mix of rocky ...

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Women’s Team of the Week: Windswept Edition

Yes, it’s back, by semi-popular demand and with its customary cavalier attitude to lengths of time. Races Sweeping up the entire first three weeks of the [VDS] season in one tremendous gust, this edition buffets Strade Bianche and a muddy Ronde van Drenthe (UCI Women’s World Tour rounds 1 and 2), breezes past SSRs at Le Samyn and Drentse 8, and lightly ruffles VDS opening weekend. Coverage Reasonable. Images of a muddy peloton riding up the VAMberg and across tree-lined stretches of cobbles at Drenthe were particularly memorable . Riders Marta Bastianelli : Yes, yes, at Drenthe you can say she got lucky. Chantal Blaak practically ferried her across to form a three rider group with solo leader Ellen van Dijk from which she was always likely to win, especially when Blaak ended up doing much of the work. (Bastianelli summed it up in a classic sorry-not-sorry post-race interview ). ...

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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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Van der Breggen and Langvad dominate early stages at Cape Epic

Anna van der Breggen and Annika Langvad compete in the 2019 Cape Epic

Anna van der Breggen and Annika Langvad are off to a winning start at Cape Epic in South Africa after claiming both the prologue and the first stage of the world-class mountain bike stage race that runs from March 17-24. The Boels Dolmans teammates, racing under Investec-songo-Specialized at Cape Epic, announced they would participate in the event together in January. Van der Breggen is the current road world champion and Langvad is a former five-time marathon world champion, and was the cross-country world champion in 2016. She has won Cape Epic four times and is the defending champion. They prepared for Cape Epic at the Sunshine Cup earlier this winter. Van der Breggen is relatively new to mountain biking having only just competed in her first World Cup last year. Langvad said she was pleased to race it this year with Van der Breggen. "Riding with Anna during the Cape ...

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Langvad and Van der Breggen dominate Cape Epic opener

2019 Cape Epic stage 1

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Sagan and Olympic champ van der Breggen to race Tour of California

Sagan and Olympic champ van der Breggen to race Tour of California

Three-time world champion Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) and reigning Olympic and world champion Anna van der Breggen have scheduled a trip to America this May to race the Amgen Tour of California, organizers confirmed Wednesday. Along with a provisional list of star riders, the race also named the 19 men’s teams and 16 women’s teams that […] Read the full article at Sagan and Olympic champ van der Breggen to race Tour of California on VeloNews.com .

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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 Vleuten solos to victory in Strade Bianche

Van Vleuten solos to victory in Strade Bianche

World champion and 2018 winner Van der Breggen dropped in closing kilometers by elite chase group, finishing ninth. Read the full article at Van Vleuten solos to victory in Strade Bianche on VeloNews.com .

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Annemiek van Vleuten wins the 2019 women's Strade Bianche after solo attack

Annemiek van Vleuten wins the 2019 women's Strade Bianche after solo attack

Jack Elton-Walters 9 Mar 2019 Going clear on the final sector of gravel road, Annemiek van Vleuten never looked like being caught Annemiek van Vleuten ( Mitchelton-Scott ) won the 2019 Strade Bianche thanks to a decisive attack on the final sector of gravel, one of the white roads that give the race its name. Despite the best efforts of defending champion Anna van der Breggen ( Boels-Dolmans ) and a group of seven other riders, the gap never looked like coming down fast enough to deny Van Vleuten the win. As the group hit the bottom of the final climb they were already resigned to looking at each oither and battling for the minor places. See related Strade Bianche 2019: Route, riders and all you need to know The best cycling books - by women A Women's Paris-Roubaix: you cannot be serious The 2019 Strade Bianche: a very fast ...

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Van Vleuten wins women's Strade Bianche

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Annemiek van Vleuten (Mitchelton-Scott) ended the 2018 season with a fractured knee cap but confirmed she is already back to her best with a solo victory at Strade Bianche, the first race of the UCI Women's WorldTour, on Saturday. The time trial world champion attacked alone on the final, steep section of dirt road and time trialled to victory as her rivals hesitated in their chase. She opened a 45-second lead and held it on the steep final climb of Via Santa Caterina up to central Siena, celebrating her solo win in the Piazza il Campo. Annika Langvad (Boels Dolmans) finished second at 37 seconds, with Katarzyna Niewiadoma Canyon-SRAM third at 40 seconds. World champion Anna van der Breggen was distanced from the big-name group that tried to chase van Vleuten on the final climb and finished ninth at 1:28. 125 riders from 21 teams set out on the 136km ...

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Van der Breggen expects a more tactical Strade Bianche

Anna van der Breggen with her gold medal

It would be hard for anyone for forget Anna van der Breggen ’s victory at last year’s Strade Bianche ; her solo attack to claim glory under the treacherously cold and wet weather conditions, and covered in sticky mud from head to toe. The new world champion is set to race the kick-off to the Women's WorldTour in Siena on Saturday, but she said the dry conditions will make the race more tactical, and so tougher for her to defend her title. "I don't like the cold but nice weather makes the race less hard," Van der Breggen said at the opening press conference on the eve of the race. "If the bunch is bigger, you face different challenges and a more tactical race. You have to attack at different places and use different strategies." Van der Breggen attacked a small lead group with roughly 20km and the steepest climbs ...

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Strade Bianche still awards women a fraction of men's prize purse

Anna van der Breggen (Boels-Dolmans) donned the points jersey

Men and women will race on the same dirt roads of Tuscany during Strade Bianche but their prize money remains significantly different, with race director Mauro Vegni and 2018 winner Anna van der Breggen believing the size of the prize pot is the lesser of evils when it comes to the stark inequality that remains between men's and women's cycling. The winner of the men's Strade Bianche will share €16,000 with his teammates, with a total prize pot of €40,000. The winner of the women's race takes home just €2,256, with a total prize pot of €10,260. Some women's races, including the Women's Tour in Britain, the Tour Down Under and the UCI World Championships offer equal prize money but Vegni believes he is awarding as much as is possible. "It's true the Strade Bianche prize money is still very different but it's a lot better than it was. We've ...

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Dry and dusty dirt roads expected to inspire a fast 2019 Strade Bianche

Anna van der Breggen and Tiesj Benoot before Strade Bianche

Mud and heavy rain turned last year’s Strade Bianche in to arduous race, with riders suffering perhaps more than any time during the rest of the 2018 season. Fortunately the recent Tuscan winter has been much easier on the dirt roads south of Siena and forecasts are for spring-like temperatures of 16°C in the afternoon with the sun breaking through partial cloud cover and only a slight westerly breeze blowing across the exposed Crete Senesi hills. Riders breathed a sigh of relief when they arrived in Tuscany on Thursday afternoon and enjoyed riding on dry but dusty on Friday during a final reconnaissance ride. Last year riders started Strade Bianche wrapped up like mummies to fight the cold and rain and finished the race covered in thick mud. This year they will race in shorts and perhaps just arm warmers, finishing in Siena looking like coal miners, with fine white ...

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Strade Bianche: Tuscan delicacy

Is it possible that Strade Bianche is the most anticipated race of all on the calendar save for one or two that the Flemish hype machine have managed to elevate to almost God-like status? I think it probably is. Last year we engaged in a debate over whether it is in fact the sixth monument already and the opposition to such an outrageous claim was surprisingly mellow. It may not be but it’s probably not far off in many people’s minds. That said, it’s still pretty early days and Strade is really just the opening salvo in perhaps the most intense period of the year, Paris-Nice, Tirreno, Sanremo all follow like a string of pearls and the coming weeks promise to be a blur of high caliber World Tour racing. The race also suffers from rubbing up against Paris-Nice this weekend. Like always some riders you’d desperately want to see ...

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Niewiadoma hoping fourth time's the charm at Strade Bianche

Katarzyna Niewiadoma and Anna van der Breggen share a drink on the Strade Bianche podium

Kasia Niewiadoma has only once missed out on the podium at Strade Bianche but the Polish rider has never paid a visit to the top step. After three second places across the last three editions of the race, Niewiadoma is looking to finally go one better this weekend as she leads the Canyon-SRAM squad at the first Women's WorldTour race of the year. The only time that Niewiadoma has missed the rostrum at Strade Bianche was in the first edition in 2015, when she finished sixth. The following year saw her take second behind Lizzie Deignan, who has also enjoyed three visits to the podium in Siena. Last year saw her biggest losing margin but possibly her strongest performance as she tried to chase down Anna van der Breggen in torrid conditions. Despite a hard chase, Niewiadoma could not reel in a dominant Van der Breggen. It would have been ...

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Strade Bianche dependably delivers the drama – Gallery

Tiesj Benoot (Lotto Soudal) makes his winning move at Strade Bianche

Strade Bianche has quickly become a crowd favourite during its first 12 years on the UCI calendar. Is it the often-muddy conditions on the white gravel roads of Tuscany that draws the fans? Is it the epic finale over the series of gravel climbs leading back to Siena that's responsible for the race's quick ascent in the hearts and imaginations of the cycling public? Or is it the predictably frenetic excitement that only an important one-day race can conjure as the potential winners balance on a thin line of luck, preparation and stubborn resilience? The 2018 edition of Strade Bianche had all that and more as the inclement weather kicked the drama up several notches. The precipitation caused no shortage of Tuscany's slippery 'white' mud for riders to deal with, and the cold temperatures knocked the fight out of more than a few of the favourites. In the end, it ...

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Moolman-Pasio: Maybe I'm crazy but I love Strade Bianche

Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio on the attack

Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio ( CCC-Liv ) believes she might be a little bit crazy for loving a race like Strade Bianche . The event opens the Women's WorldTour on March 9 and is famed for being held along the white gravel roads and steep pitches in Tuscany. "Maybe I am a little crazy," Moolman-Pasio told Cyclingnews . "But I love a challenging race like Strade Bianche, and I'm looking forward to testing my form this weekend." It's easy to understand why Moolman-Pasio might question her sanity after a glimpse back to last year's rain-soaked and unseasonably cold Strade Bianche. Anna van der Breggen (Boels Dolmans) won the race after a long-range solo attack in the unimaginable conditions. It was surely an unforgettable victory for the current world champion. Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Canyon-SRAM) finished second, and Elisa Longo Borghini (now Trek-Segafredo) finished third. Moolman-Pasio finished eighth. Almost all of the riders were bundled ...

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What we learned from the opening weekend of the Spring Classics

Joe Robinson 4 Mar 2019 QuickStep and Boels-Dolmans to win all the Classics, why a crosswind is the best weather for racing and a goodbye to desert racing According to some, last weekend was better than those days between Christmas and New Year's Eve when all you do is eat chocolate and leftover cold cuts. That's because it was the opening weekend of the Cobbled Classics campaign, what the purists would consider the true start of the season. For the men, Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne and for the women, Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and Omloop van het Hageland, each providing their own spectacle, teaching us some interesting lessons for the next few weeks ahead. Unfortunately, it'll be all over far too soon as Paris-Roubaix , the Queen of the Classics, is under five weeks away. Deceuninck-QuickStep are here to party Turns out that Deceuninck-QuickStep are pretty good at racing the ...

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Chantal Blaak wins Omloop Het Nieuwsblad

Supported by Chantal Blaak took a solo victory at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, attacking between the Muur and the Bosberg to come into Ninove alone, giving her Boels-Dolmans team its first win of 2019. The Bosberg sits shortly after the Muur van Geraardsbergen, and Dutch champion took advantage of a strung-out field to create a gap that nobody … The post Chantal Blaak wins Omloop Het Nieuwsblad appeared first on CyclingTips .

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