Preview: Your guide to the 2018 men’s Liege-Bastogne-Liege

Liege-Bastogne-Liege is the third and final of the so-called Ardennes Classics and the last race on the Spring Classics calendar. Held in the French-speaking Wallonia region of southern Belgium, Liege is the oldest of the sport’s five Monuments and one of the hardest one-day races on the calendar. Ahead of Sunday’s 104th edition of “La … The post Preview: Your guide to the 2018 men’s Liege-Bastogne-Liege appeared first on CyclingTips .

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McCarthy puts hand up for Flèche Wallonne

McCarthy puts hand up for Flèche Wallonne

Australian Jay McCarthy (BORA-Hansgrohe) isn't wallowing in the disappointment of an unfortunate crash which took him out of the final at the Amstel Gold race on Sunday. Instead he is redoubling his efforts into taking a significant result at Flèche Wallonne tonight (AEST).

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Motivated McCarthy poised to make most of Flèche Wallonne opportunity

Supported by Approximately 40 kilometres from the end of Sunday’s Amstel Gold Race, things unravelled for Jay McCarthy and, by extension, for Peter Sagan’s chances in the race. McCarthy was with his teammate in the main group of favourites, but tangled with Rigoberto Uran (EF Education First-Drapac) on a corner and hit the ground. Although the fall … The post Motivated McCarthy poised to make most of Flèche Wallonne opportunity appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Great Dane! Valgren takes Amstel Gold Race after late attack

Danish rider Michael Valgren (Astana) took a two-rider sprint to win the 53rd edition of the Amstel Gold Race Sunday in Valkenberg, beating out former Amstel winners Roman Kreuziger (Mitchelton-Scott), and Enrico Gasparotto (Bahrain-Merida). World champion Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) won a small bunch sprint for fourth just ahead of Alejandro Valverde (Movistar). It was the … The post Great Dane! Valgren takes Amstel Gold Race after late attack appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Great Dane! Valgren takes Amstel Gold Race from three-up sprint

Danish rider Michael Valgren (Astana) took a three-rider sprint to win the 53rd edition of the Amstel Gold Race Sunday in Valkenberg, beating out former Amstel winners Roman Kreuziger (Mitchelton-Scott) and Enrico Gasparotto (Bahrain-Merida). World champion Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) won a small bunch sprint for fourth just ahead of Alejandro Valverde (Movistar). It was the … The post Great Dane! Valgren takes Amstel Gold Race from three-up sprint appeared first on CyclingTips .

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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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Peter Sagan confirmed for Amstel Gold Race

Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) wins 2018 Paris-Roubaix

One week after his solo triumph in Paris-Roubaix , world champion Peter Sagan will lead the Bora-Hansgrohe team in the next WorldTour event, the Amstel Gold Race . Sagan's best finish in the race came in 2012 when he out-paced Oscar Freire for the final podium spot behind winner Enrico Gasparotto and runner-up Jelle Vanendert, but he hasn't started the Dutch event since 2013. Sagan will be joined by fellow Paris-Roubaix competitor Marcus Burghardt, with Pascal Ackermann, Cesare Benedetti, Patrick Konrad, Jay McCarthy and Gregor Mühlberger. Ackermann, the runner-up in the Scheldeprijs and Driedaagse De Panne, will be making his debut in the race. McCarthy is the top climber in the team's ranks, and showed strong form last week with a stage win in the Vuelta al Pais Vasco. Bora-Hansgrohe for Amstel Gold Race : Pascal Ackermann, Cesare Benedetti, Marcus Burghardt, Patrick Konrad, Jay McCarthy, Gregor Mühlberger, Peter Sagan You ...

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Australia's McCarthy wins Basque tour third stage

Australia's McCarthy wins Basque tour third stage

Australian Jay McCarthy (BORA-hansgrohe) won Wednesday's third stage of the Itzulia Basque Country in a sprint finish, as Julian Alaphilippe (Quick-Step Floors) retained the race leader's yellow jersey.

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Pais Vasco: McCarthy sprints to stage 3 win; Alaphilippe leads

Pais Vasco: McCarthy sprints to stage 3 win; Alaphilippe leads

Jay McCarthy gets the better of a select group of fast finishers in stage 3 at Vuelta al Pais Vasco. Read the full article at Pais Vasco: McCarthy sprints to stage 3 win; Alaphilippe leads on VeloNews.com .

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País Vasco: McCarthy wins stage 3

Jay McCarthy (Bora-Hansgrohe)

Jay McCarthy (Bora-Hansgrohe) won the third stage of the Vuelta al Pais Vasco in Valdegovia, winning the bunch sprint ahead of neo-pro Aleksandr Ryabushenko (UAE Team Emirates) and Michał Kwiatkowski (Team Sky). With the remnants of the day’s breakaway caught only 2.5km from the finish, setting up any form of organised train was tough. A number of late counter-attacks, the most prominent of which came from Alex Aranburu (Caja Rural-RCA), meant it would be a chaotic sprint. Having been visible on the front during the run-in, Bora-Hansgrohe who were the most organised team, with Austrian Gregor Mühlberger providing the leadout that launched McCarthy to his second win of the season. “It was a nice ride. We had our first plan to look after our GC riders but if it came to a sprint it was up to me to have a go,” McCarthy said after the finish. “The boys did ...

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Volta a Catalunya: Valverde wins stage 2 in Valls

Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) wins stage 2 at Volta a Catalunya

Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) won stage 2 of the Volta a Catalunya in Valls, using his fast finish to beat Darryl Impey (Mitchelton-Scott) and Jay McCarthy (Bora-Hansgrohe) after surviving the late Coll de Lilla climb and a series of tight turns. McCarthy looked set to win but Valverde came from behind to snatch victory on the line. Stage 1 winner Alvaro Hodeg (Quick-Step Floors) was distanced on the climb and so Valverde also took the race lead thanks to time bonuses. Thursday’s third stage sees the first mountain stage of this year’s Volta a Catalunya, with a finish at the Valter 2000 ski resort. More to follow... To subscribe to the Cyclingnews podcast, click here . You can read more at Cyclingnews.com

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Volta a Catalunya: Hodeg wins opening stage in Calella

Alvaro Hodeg (Quick-Step Floors) wins the opening stage at Volta a Catalunya

Alvaro Hodeg ( Quick-Step Floors ) won the opening stage of the Volta a Catalunya in Calella on Monday. After a supreme lead-out from his teammates, the Colombian sprinted to victory by several wheel lengths ahead of Bora-Hansgrohe teammates Sam Bennett and Jay McCarthy. "Absolutely incredible. It's a dream come true for me," Hodeg said. "The team did an amazing job to get me the opportunity, and I congratulate them. Of course, we'll give it another dig [tomorrow], I feel very strong, and for sure we'll be battling for the stage." Hodeg leads the overall classification heading into the second stage, 175km from Mataro to Valls. Bennett is in second place at four seconds back, while breakaway rider Andriy Grivko (Astana) secured enough time bonuses in the intermediate sprints to move into third place at five seconds back. Stage 1's 152.4km course included two intermediate sprints in Saint Feliu de ...

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