Today at the Tour: The Spring Classics in July

The Paris-Roubaix champion won, ahead of a recent winner of Brabantse Pijl. Former winners of Liège-Bastogne-Liège finished third, fourth, and sixth, with a Flèche Wallonne winner fifth, and a former Roubaix winner in seventh. The current Milan-San Remo champion finished 10th. Welcome to the Spring Classics in July. The west coast of France looked a … The post Today at the Tour: The Spring Classics in July appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Today at the Tour: Chavanel says goodbye with panache

Sylvain Chavanel went out in style. No, the 39-year-old Frenchman didn’t win Stage 2 of the Tour de France Sunday; that honor went to world champion Peter Sagan, who dodged a late-race pileup and held off a surging Sonny Colbrelli. But the Direct Energie rider, riding in his 18th and final Tour, spent much of … The post Today at the Tour: Chavanel says goodbye with panache appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Paris-Roubaix dedicates Secteur Michael Goolaerts

Michael Goolaerts (Veranda's Willems-Crelan Pro Cycling)

Paris-Roubaix organisers ASO have named a pavé sector in memory of Michael Goolaerts , dedicating it with a memorial ceremony on Sunday. Family and friends of Goolaerts and members of his Veranda's Willems-Crelan team attended the ceremony along with the local mayor and mayor of Goolaerts' hometown. The sector formerly known as Secteur Pavé Chemin de Saint-Quentin will now be known as Secteur Michael Goolaerts. As well as renaming the cobbled sector, a monument has been erected in his memory near the place where he fell. Goolaerts died during this year's edition of Paris-Roubaix after suffering a cardiac arrest on the second cobbled sector, between Viesly and Briastre. The 23-year-old was in just his second season as a professional with Veranda's Willems-Crelan and had contested his second Tour of Flanders the week before, getting into the day's early break. Goolaerts was in the main bunch as the peloton began the ...

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Flanders Classics expands with control of Superprestige cyclocross

Flanders Classics expands with control of Superprestige cyclocross

Joe Robinson 30 May 2018 Dominant force in Belgian racing set to expand onto the mud Organisers of the Tour of Flanders , Flanders Classics, is set to take over the premium cyclocross series of the Superprestige from 2019, bringing the biggest cycling races in Belgium across both disciplines under one company. Announced today, Flanders Classics will assume control of the eight-race series that takes place in Belgium and the Netherlands, and includes the infamous Zonhoven circuit. This will help Flanders Classics take the next step in its push to become one of premier cycling race organisers alongisde the likes of ASO (Tour de France, Paris-Roubaix) and RCS (Giro d'Italia). Currently, the Flanders Classics runs Omloop Het Nieuwblad, Dwars Door Vlaanderen, Gent-Wevelgem, Schelderijs, De Brabantse Pijl and, of course, its marquee race the Tour of Flanders . However the absorption of these eight key cyclocross races could be more cause ...

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Tim Wellens sticks with Lotto Soudal

Tim Wellens on top step of the Brabantse Pijl podium

Tim Wellens - winner of April’s Brabantse Pijl and a stage and the overall classification at the Ruta del Sol in February - has decided to stay with the Lotto Soudal team, re-signing for a further two seasons. “I think I’m good here at Lotto Soudal, and I want to be part of the plans that [team managers] Paul De Geyter and Marc Sergeant have,” Wellens said in a statement. The Belgian heads into this year’s Giro d’Italia - the only Grand Tour he’ll race this season - with the confidence that a new contract in his back pocket brings. He’ll be on the hunt for stage wins, looking to add to the stage victory he took there in 2016 . “But I also want to evolve in stage races of five to 10 days,” Wellens continued. “I think I have the potential to be a better time triallist, and ...

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Hosking set to sprint at Tour of Chongming Island - Women's News Shorts

Chloe Hosking all smiles with the trophy

Ale Cipollini will be racing two events coming up at the Women's WorldTour Tour of Chongming Island in China from April 26-28 and the Gran Premio Liberazione Pink in Rome on April 25. Chloe Hosking , a former winner of the Tour of Chongming Island, will compete in the three-day event with support from Anna Trevisi, Soraya Paladin, Karlijn Swinkels and Martina Stefani. Marta Bastianelli , winner of Gent-Wevelgem and Brabantse Pijl, will lead the team racing in Rome with support from Daiva Tuslaite, Anisha Vekemans, Mayuko Hagiwara and Ane Santesteban Gonzalez. Bastianelli won the last two editions that take place on the Terme di Caracalla Circuit. The women race 16 laps of the six-kilometre circuit for a total of 96km. "We're going to be in two more races where we can fight for the highest result: Marta is the last winner of the GP Liberazione Pink and we all ...

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A Classic Run

Serry and Jungels at La Flèche

In a middlin’ spring season, one name stands out The spring classics are a wrap! Before letting them go, I wanted to pause long enough for posterity. What was it we’ll remember in ten years? That’s easy... Quick Step. But that might not be all. We saw a few quasi-historic results. We saw some people we wanted to get excited about do exciting things. Let’s run through them. Getty Images Sagan alone on the Pavé A Bit of History in the Making Peter Sagan and Niki Terpstra both completed their career Flanders-Roubaix double, entering... not Nirvana, but at least the Sotapanna stream. The pair became the 11th and 12th riders since 1980 to notch wins in both Monuments, an illustrious list apart from maybe some EPO-soaked entries. Suffice to say, winning two fairly different monuments tends to say really good things about riders. In Terpstra’s case, he was just the ...

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The next Belgian Classics star? Tim Wellens inches closer to greatness

Tom Boonen. Philippe Gilbert. Greg Van Avermaet. These are the names that have dominated headlines in Belgium in recent years. And now, who comes next? Looking at career progression, it may well be Tim Wellens. The Belgian has been banging on the door for a long time. He’s already a proven winner: take races such … The post The next Belgian Classics star? Tim Wellens inches closer to greatness appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Lotto Soudal put Fleche Wallonne spat behind them before Liege-Bastogne-Liege

Jelle Vanendert (Lotto Soudal)

Lotto Soudal have put on a determinedly united front for Liège-Bastogne-Liège after a mini-spat after La Flèche Wallonne between Tim Wellens and Jelle Vanendert. According to La Dernière Heure , Vanendert was sharply criticised by Wellens for failing to work for him, and breaking a pre-race agreement on tactics. On the day, Vanendert finished third on the Mur de Huy, while Wellens took seventh. Lotto Soudal are one of the strongest teams collectively in the hilly Classics this year, and even prior to their Flèche Wallone results, the Belgian squad had won Brabantse Pijl and taken sixth in Amstel with Wellens, as well as tenth in Amstel with Vanendert. But their failure to establish a clear hierarchy on the Mur de Huy did not go unnoticed by their rivals: Philippe Gilbert (Quick Step Floors), who took Lotto’s last big Classic win at Liege in 2011, said, somewhat drily, on Friday, ...

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A future great? Haig impressing in Spring Classics as Giro debut beckons

Chirpy, animated and happily giving interviews, Jack Haig looks like he has just ridden to the shops. Around him are shattered riders, professionals who have dragged themselves to the top of the Mur de Huy and show all the signs of a tough Flèche Wallonne with its exhausting final climb. But, other than some dirt … The post A future great? Haig impressing in Spring Classics as Giro debut beckons appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Boivin secures spot on Israel Cycling Academy's Giro d'Italia roster

Guillaume Boivin trains at Israel Cycling Academy's altitude camp at Sierra Nevada

Canadian Guillaume Boivin has secured the fourth of eight spots on the Israel Cycling Academy roster for the upcoming Giro d'Italia , the team announced today. The Pro Continental team previously announced that Ben Hermans, Krists Neilands and Rubén Plaza will start the Italian Grand Tour when the race rolls out of Jerusalem on May 4. "We decided to secure G's place in the Giro since he proved once again his dedication to the team and his willingness to put the team good before his own ambitions," said team manager Kjell Carlstrom. "He is an experienced and strong rider that we need in the critical and decisive moments in the Giro stages. I really wanted to let him know he is in so he can relax his mind and prepare for the challenge." The team also eliminated two riders - Dutchman Dennis van Winden and Israeli Roy Goldstein - from ...

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8 is the Week; Here are the 9 Top Riders

Races of the week: After week seven, this week we took a breath before the next couple of weeks leading up to the Giro: Amstel Gold Race Brabantse Pijl Tour du Finistère Tro Bro Leon Paris - Camembert TT & RR at Commonwealth Games Team of the week: First named rider is the rider of the week and if a rider has a number in parentheses after their name it means the number of times they have made the select Team of the Week here. 1.Michael Valgren (2). Beautiful Amstel Gold win in two ways: First and like his win at Omloop, he worked beautifully with his teammates, in this case Fuglsang who did a wonderful job repeatedly attacking. Second, three big attacks: the first was at around 4k to go and was slowly pulled back, the second was around 1.5km to go and only Roman Kreuziger could follow. The ...

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Amstel and the Ardennes: Who’s The Alpha Wolf?

This week is a time of transition. Seeing Tim Wellens, and his Lotto-Soudal team, take the victory in Brabantse Pijl yesterday, with nary a Quick Stepper to be found anywhere near the podium, was itself a break in the clouds that have hung over every other team in the sport. Wellens, too, is from the class of climbers who might dip their toes in the cobbled classics (Wellens started the Omloop) but are long gone once the action shifts to Compiègne. It’s time to climb, and that point will be driven home with brute force Sunday at the Amstel Gold Race. This is a great week, for multiple reasons, and one I’d like to stop to appreciate is the fact that all three of the Big Events is both a men’s and women’s race day. This triple pleasure took hold last year when Amstel revived its women’s event, and the ...

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Cobbled rankings: part the third

A team by team look at the 2018 and 2019 cobbled seasons The cobbled season ended in the Roubaix velodrome, as ever. You might think it finished in Overije when Tim Wellens won Brabantse Pijl, to which I’d point out that Tim Wellens won, so we won’t be calling that a cobbled race. What’s that? Tro-bro? Oh, c’mon. It’s a great race, but we have to draw the line somewhere, and I’d like to end with a cracking edition of a fabled monument, thank you very much. Let’s try again. The cobbled season is over. Time, then, to brace myself, put on my heavy gloves and ear defenders, and give Cuddles one last chance to make himself heard. Apart from his comments, which could go anywhere, I’m going to try and shift the focus a little bit towards next year, and look at reasons to be hopeful, and less hopeful, ...

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Riders to watch at the Ardennes Classics

Joe Robinson 13 Apr 2018 The riders most likely to succeed at the hilly classics of Belgium and the Netherlands The Cobbled Classics ended last weekend with World Champion Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) finally taking victory on the pavé of Paris-Roubaix . It rounded off an intriguing start to the Spring which saw Quick-Step Floors dominate and some, like Team Sky, capitulate. Now we head into the second half of Spring cycling with the Ardennes Classics, three hilly one-day races around the Netherlands and Belgium which give opportunities to the plucky grimpuers of the pack. Starting with the easiest – and we use that word lightly – of the three this Sunday at Amstel Gold, the attention will then turn to the gruesome Mur de Huy next Wednesday at Fleche Wallonne before the third Monument of the season, Liege-Bastogne-Liege . This trio of races suit a rider that can manage their ...

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Mitchelton-Scott announce Amstel Gold Race squad

Roman Kreuziger (Mitchelton-Scott) and teammate Simon Yates

Mitchelton-Scott has announced its team for the Amstel Gold Race with former winner Roman Kreuziger and Michael Albasini as its co-captains. Kreuziger held off the charging peloton for a solo win in 2013 while Albasini was third last year. Daryl Impey is another card in the deck for the Australian team and recently proved his form and condition with tenth place at De Brabantse Pijl. The complete will be completed by Luke Durbridge, Michael Hepburn, Chris Juul-Jensen, and Carlos Verona. "Amstel has been a happy hunting group for us in the past, we have been on the podium in the race multiple times and Albasini was on the podium last year. We are going to be competitive and we have guys who can get into the breakaway and get a result," said sports director Matt White. "It will be only the second time that the Cauberg isn't in the final ...

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Nathan Haas interview: Amstel Gold is my ‘Holy Grail’ event

Nathan Haas wins stage 2 of Tour of Oman

It’s six and a half kilometres to go in the 2017 Amstel Gold Race, and Philippe Gilbert is about to play his hand. He is part of a select group of riders still in contention, and signals the end of their cooperation by moving to the front on the Bemelerberg climb and upping the pace. … The post Nathan Haas interview: Amstel Gold is my ‘Holy Grail’ event appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Gilbert, Alaphilippe and Terpstra join forces for the Amstel Gold Race

Philippe Gilbert (Quick-Step Floors) is all smiles ahead of Tour of Flanders

The Quick-Step Floors team will continue to field multiple team leaders in their line up for the Spring Classics, with Philippe Gilbert , Julian Alaphilippe and Niki Terpstra named as team leaders for Sunday's Amstel Gold Race . The Belgian team dominated many of the cobbled Classics thanks to their strength in depth, with Terpstra winning E3 Harelbeke and the Tour of Flanders, while Remi Cavagna, Eli Viviani, Yves Lampaert, Alvaro Hodeg and Fabio Jakobsen won other cobbled races, lifting Quick-Step Floors' win total to 24. Terpstra will continue his spring campaign to include the only one-day Dutch Classic of the season, with Alaphilippe and Gilbert joining him as co-team leaders. Gilbert won the Amstel Gold Race last year, taking his fourth victory and confirming his title as King of the Cauberg. Also in the Quick-Step Floors seven-rider team are Bob Jungels, Davide Martinelli, Enric Mas and Pieter Serry. Gilbert ...

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Wellens dedicates Brabantse Pijl victory to Goolaerts

Tim Wellens (Lotto Soudal) wins De Brabantse Pijl

An extended break from racing paid dividends for Tim Wellens as the Belgian took an impressive solo win at Brabantse Pijl . Wellens hadn't raced since Paris-Nice, illness and a change in calendar resulting in him missing the Tour of the Basque Country and Volta a Catalunya. "It was the plan to let the race explode as early as possible, because we had such a strong line-up," Wellens said of Lotto Soudal 's tactics. "That's what we did with over 70 kilometres to go. Rémy Mertz had first controlled the gap on his own for sixty kilometres, until he got help from a rider of BMC and one of Bahrain. Maxime Monfort raised the pace on the local circuit and that caused the peloton to split. It was our plan to send a rider in the break afterwards and that was the case with Tosh Van der Sande. "I thought ...

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Wellens wins a sombre De Brabantse Pijl

Wellens wins a sombre De Brabantse Pijl

Tim Wellens won the Brabantse Pijl one-day classic in Belgium on Wednesday after launching a late solo attack to beat defending champion Sonny Colbrelli (Bahrain-Merida) and Lotto Soudal team-mate Tiesj Benoot.

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