Tour de France: Unbreakable Degenkolb wins Zwift Rider of the Day

2018 Tour de France Zwift Rider of the Day

After winning the first Tour de France stage of his career over the cobbles of Roubaix, John Degenkolb ( Trek-Segafredo ) more than earned the title of Zwift Rider of the Day. It's the German's first WorldTour win since the 2015 season, completing his return from the horrific training crash that saw him and five teammates hospitalised in January 2016. Degenkolb rode away along with Greg Van Avermaet (BMC) and Yves Lampaert (Quick-Step Floors) on the 14th sector out of 16 at Camphin-en-Pévèle, 18km from the finish. It was an elite group with two former Paris-Roubaix winners that quickly built an insurmountable lead, with the GC-focused chase group more concerned about the riders behind than chasing down the three cobble specialists. Despite getting to the head of the race, virtually guaranteed of a podium spot for the day, there would still be a lot of work for Degenkolb to do. ...

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Bardet leaning on teammates ahead of cobbles

Bardet leaning on teammates ahead of cobbles

Romain Bardet is putting his Tour destiny into the hands of his teammates ahead of Sunday’s clash on the cobbles. Read the full article at Bardet leaning on teammates ahead of cobbles on VeloNews.com .

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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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Lampaert wins Belgian national road race

Yves Lampaert (Quick-Step Floors) and teammate Philippe Gilbert 1-2, Jasper Stuyven (Trek-Segafredo)

Quick-Step Floors' Yves Lampaert became the Belgian road race national champion on Sunday, ahead of teammate and two-time national champion Philippe Gilbert , with Trek-Segafredo's Jasper Stuyven finishing third. Lampaert, who's won the last two editions of Dwars door Vlaanderen , felt very much at home on the Classics-style national championship course in Binche, Wallonia, with its multiple cobbled sectors on each lap of the 223.6km race. Lampaert and Gilbert attacked on the final 17.6km circuit, and their lead group included EF Education First-Drapac's Sep Vanmarcke, Stuyven and a third Quick-Step rider in Pieter Serry, who would eventually finish fourth. Gilbert and 27-year-old Lampaert, who also finished third in Thursday's Belgian time trial national championships , having won that title last year, took it in turns to attack their rivals, and only Stuyven was capable of keeping in touch. Lampaert made the decisive move with just over three kilometres left ...

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Greipel, De Gendt spearhead Lotto Soudal's Tour de France team

Andre Greipel wins stage 1 at the 2018 Tour Down Under

Lotto Soudal will head into the Tour de France with a team dedicated to winning stages. Spearheaded by veteran sprinter Andre Greipel and breakaway specialists Thomas de Gendt, the eight-man squad also includes one-day revelation Tiesj Benoot. As already announced, there is no place for Adam Hansen, who completed his 20th straight Grand Tour recently at the Giro d'Italia. Jasper De Buyst, Jens Keukeleire, Marcel Sieberg, Tomasz Marczynski and Jelle Vanendert make up the rest of the team. In a video posted on social media, the Tour de France team are selected by Marc Sergeant – although we only see his hands, and he sets up a Whatsapp group chat with the riders included. He then posts a congratulatory message before the video draws to a close. The video concludes before the two blue Whatsapp ticks appear, but it’s safe to assume that the riders already know whether they are ...

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Gaviria brings winning sprint to Tour de Suisse

Quick-Step Floors' Fernando Gaviria wins stage 5 of the 2018 Tour of California in Elk Grove

Quick-Step Floors announced their seven-man roster that will line up at the Tour de Suisse held from June 9-17. The Belgian team has won 10 stages, and aim to increase that tally with Philippe Gilbert targeting the punchy stages and Fernando Gaviria eyeing the sprints. The team also includes sprinter Maximiliano Richeze, Tim Declercq and Iljo Keisse, along with Dwars door Vlaanderen winner Yves Lampaert and Enric Mas, who won a stage of Pais Vasco. The team returns to racing after spending time training at altitude ahead of the Swiss event. "Most of our riders are just back from an altitude camp, so we have to see how they are easing back into racing," said team director Tom Steels in a team press release. This year's nine-day race starts with an 18.3km team time trial in Frauenfeld and finishes with a 34km time trial in Bellinzona. There are two summit ...

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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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Quick-Step Floors target Giro d'Italia sprints with Viviani

Elia Viviani wins the 2018 Driedaagse De Panne-Koksijde

Quick-Step Floors have confirmed they focus on stages victories rather than the overall classification at the Giro d'Italia , with Elia Viviani confirmed as team leader, with the other riders selected to provide him with a strong lead-out train and target individual success. Bob Jungles led Quick-Step Floors at the 2016 and 2017 Giro d'Italia, finishing sixth and eighth overall and wearing the leader's pink jersey for five days last year. However, the Luxembourg national champion ended his spring campaign with victory at Liège-Bastogne-Liège and will focus on the Tour de France this summer. Joining Viviani at the Giro d'Italia is experienced riders Eros Capecchi, Michael Mørkøv, and Fabio Sabatini, Dwars door West-Vlaanderen winner Rémi Cavagna, talented young German Maximilian Schachmann, Florian Sénéchal and Classics veteran Zdenek Stybar. Davide Bramati is lead directeur sportif; he rode 12 editions of the Corsa Rosa during his own career. Several big-name sprinters have ...

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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 2018 Spring Classics by numbers: Domination for Quick-Step Floors

Joe Robinson 23 Apr 2018 This Spring proved an annus mirabilis for Quick-Step Floors but one to forget for Team Sky Sunday's Liege-Bastogne-Liege brought an end to the 2018 Spring Classics, which while by no means a vintage campaign, did produce some memorable moments with a few surprises along the way. The undeniable winners of the past eight weeks of racing were Quick-Step Floors , who have proved the dominant force in one-day racing yet again. They were near-unstoppable at points but their tally of results, while impressive, still only speaks for half of their racing prowess so far in 2018. Firstly, just assess the sheer amount of victories for a testament to their grip on the Spring of 2018. No fewer than 10 of the one-day classics, starting at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad in late February and finishing at Liege last weekend, were won by Patrick Lefevere's men. These 10 ...

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Television motorbikes are deciding races, says Lefevere

Patrick Lefevere speaks to the press after Gent-Wevelgem

Patrick Lefevere has decried the influence of television motorbikes on races in the wake of Sunday’s Amstel Gold Race. The Quick-Step manager complained that the escapees at Amstel were able to shelter in the slipstream of the motorbikes while his rider Pieter Serry was leading the chase on the front of the group of favourites. Michael Valgren (Astana) won Amstel Gold Race after escaping in the closing kilometres in the company of Roman Kreuziger (Mitchelton-Scott). Quick-Step’s best finisher was Julian Alaphilippe, who was prominent in the finale but had to settle for seventh. “I don’t want to come across as a bad loser, but the role of motorbikes in the race is really scandalous,” Lefevere said, according to La Dernière Heure . “That applies to other races as well as this edition of Amstel. While Pieter Serry was making a maximum effort at the front of the group of favourites, ...

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Martinez returns in Fleche Wallonne after road rage assault

Daniel Martinez (EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale)

21-year-old Daniel Martinez will make his return to competition at La Flèche Wallonne after recovering from a concussion sustained in a road rage attack last month. The Colombian was assaulted by a driver while training in Spain last month after gesturing at the driver for overtaking his group too closely. The driver stopped, jumped out of the car and punched Martinez in the jaw, knocking him out and causing temporary amnesia . The EF Education First-Drapac squad are expecting an unpredictable Amstel Gold Race, with Sep Vanmarcke hoping to continue his strong run of results. Vanmarcke has two podium results - third in the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and Dwars door Vlaanderen - and a sixth place in Paris-Roubaix so far, but team director Tom Southam says any little mistake can cost riders in the unpredictable Dutch race. "Amstel is really hard. Those climbs and tiny roads are hard. They come ...

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Preview: Your guide to the 2018 men’s Amstel Gold Race

With the cobbled classics now complete, the cycling world turns its attention to the so-called “Ardennes Classics”. The first of the three “Ardennes”, the Amstel Gold Race, isn’t actually held in the Ardennes region of Belgium and Luxembourg — rather it’s raced over the border in The Netherlands. Ahead of Sunday’s 53rd edition of the … The post Preview: Your guide to the 2018 men’s Amstel Gold Race appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Tribute to Michael Goolaerts

Michael Goolaerts

If circumstances had allowed I would have done this sooner, before people had already expressed their condolences in the death of 23-year-old Belgian cyclist Michael Goolaerts of Verandas Willems-Crelan. Goolaerts suffered a cardiac arrest during the early stages of Paris-Roubaix on Sunday and was pronounced dead late Sunday evening at a hospital in Lille, France as a result. French authorities are opening the customary inquiry that one would expect in the sudden death of a young person, but the signs all point to a previously unknown medical condition. Goolaerts was a Belgian cobbled classics warrior, a teammate of Wout Van Aert, whose own meteoric ascent this spring has now “vanished,” in Van Aert’s words, due to the shocking and distressing news of his friend’s death. While he was on the bike, though, Goolaerts seemed to carve out a role in that time-honored tradition of Flemish hardman domestique. A year ago, ...

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Michael Goolaerts dies following cardiac arrest at Paris-Roubaix

Michael Goolaerts (Veranda's Willems Crelan)

Belgian pro cyclist Michael Goolaerts has died in hospital following a cardiac arrest during Paris-Roubaix . The rider was airlifted to hospital in Lille but died this evening surrounded by his loved ones. He was 23 years old. "It is with great unimaginable sadness that we have to communicate the passing of our rider and friend Michael Goolaerts. He passed away Sunday evening at 22:40 in Lille hospital in the presence of his family members and loves ones, who we keep in our thoughts. He died of cardiac arrest, all medical assistance was to no avail," his team, Verandas Willems-Crelan, posted online. "For now there will be no further communication as we want to give his close ones time to deal with this terrible loss. We thank you in advance for respecting the privacy of his relatives." Goolaerts crashed with 148km remaining of the 257km race. There were no images ...

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Goolaerts suffers cardiac arrest at Paris-Roubaix

Michael Goolaerts (Veranda's Willems Crelan)

Michael Goolaerts ( Veranda's Willems-Crelan ) has been taken to hospital following a crash at Paris-Roubaix. The 23-year-old suffered a cardiac arrest and was taken to a nearby hospital in Lille, the team confirmed to Sporza.be . "Michael Goolaerts was involved in a crash and forced to abandon the race. He was taken to hospital. No further news at the moment," his team wrote in a statement on their official Twitter account. Goolaerts was unresponsive on the ground and appeared to be receiving chest compressions at the side of the road. Paramedics utilised a defibrillator. He was resuscitated and then transferred to a hospital in nearby Lille by helicopter. Goolaerts crashed with 148km remaining of the 257km race. There were no images of the incident and it appeared that the Belgian had crashed alone. Goolaerts is in his fourth season with Veranda's Willems-Crelan: 2013-2014 when the team was at the ...

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Naesen: I hope the puzzle fits together for me on the Carrefour de l’Arbre

Oliver Naesen (AG2R La Mondiale)

Belgian champion Oliver Naesen ( AG2R La Mondiale ) is one of the outsiders for the win in Paris-Roubaix on Sunday. The 27-year-old rider feels he's got the legs to win on the velodrome in Roubaix but needs the luck he missed during the previous races. To shake off the dominance of the Quick-Step Floors 'wolfpack', Naesen came up with a tactic: ride aggressively. Specialist of the spring Classics often have one preferred race; mostly they choose between the Ronde van Vlaanderen and Paris Roubaix. It's probably one of the most asked questions, but Naesen still took it seriously. "It's a difficult question. They're so different. I like them both. Two years ago I would've said Paris-Roubaix, last year I would've said Flanders and now I don't know." It's a luxury to have the choice between two races, two Monuments. Winning the Ronde is no longer an option this year. ...

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Vanmarcke puts Flanders disappointment behind him ahead of Paris-Roubaix

Sep Vanmarcke (EF Education First-Drapac) leads the chase at E3 Harelbeke

With Paris-Roubaix just a day away, Sep Vanmarcke ( EF Education First-Drapac ) says that he has put the disappointment of last weekend’s Tour of Flanders firmly behind him. Vanmarcke was in good form heading into last weekend's Tour of Flanders, with podiums at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and Dwars door Vlaanderen. However, two early crashes forced him to waste energy and all but derailed his chances of a top result. He eventually rolled in 25 seconds down on the winner in 13th place. A former runner-up at the Hell of the North in 2013, he is looking to close out his cobbled Classics campaign with a strong result. "It's just cycling," Vanmarcke said of his race at Tour of Flanders, at the team presentation in Compiegne on Saturday. "Everything has gone well except for in Harelbeke when I was in a big crash and then at the Tour of Flanders, ...

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Paris-Roubaix: Dimension Data underdogs in search of luck

Edvald Boasson Hagen (Dimension Data) in the front group

Ravaged by injuries to several high-profile riders, and without a clear favourite, Dimension Data head into Paris-Roubaix hoping that fortune will be on their side. The team are missing Mark Cavendish , Bernhard Eisel, and Scott Thwaites through injury, while perennial Classics hope, Edvald Boasson Hagen , is still searching for his best from having had his spleen removed during the off-season. The Norwegian claimed fourth in Dwars door Vlaanderen before finishing 19th at the Tour of Flanders, and having finished fifth in Paris-Roubaix two seasons ago, will be looking for a strong performance. Julian Vermote dislocated his shoulder in the Tour of Flanders but is scheduled to race this Sunday. For directeur sportif, Rolf Aldag, the weather for Paris-Roubaix will be a significant factor. Although rain is not scheduled for Sunday the recent wet weather has left several sectors of cobbles covered in thick mud. “I’m not a weatherman ...

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Special edition Giant Defy for Teunissen at Paris-Roubaix

Special edition Giant Defy for Teunissen at Paris-Roubaix

Team Sunweb rider Mike Teunissen has already won Paris-Roubaix once — in the under-23 category in 2014. This year, the 25-year-old Dutchman is gunning for victory in the elite men's race aboard a Giant Defy Advanced SL disc bike. Gilbert and Stybar to race Paris-Roubaix on unreleased Specialized Scheldeprijs tech gallery: the narrow, the aero and the power (or Power) Tour of Flanders: huge tech gallery from De Ronde Teunissen recently took second at Dwars door Vlaanderen, one of the lead-up races to the cobbled classic Monuments of the Ronde van Vlaanderen and Paris-Roubaix. Teunissen also won the 2013 U23 cyclocross world championship, on a Giant no less, as a member of the Rabobank Development team. For Paris-Roubaix, Teunissen and several of his Team Sunweb teammates will ride special team issue (read: shorter head-tube version) Defy Advanced SL bikes. Just like the consumer option, the Defy bike is made with ...

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