Tour of California Women's Race: Hall wins on Mt. Baldy

Katie Hall (Boels Dolmans) wins ahead of teammate and race leader Anna van der Breggen

Katie Hall ( Boels Dolmans ) won stage 2 of the Tour of California Women's Race . The defending champion climbed strongly on the slopes of Mount Baldy. Only her teammate in the yellow jersey, Anna van der Breggen , was able to keep up, and the two agreed to let Hall win the stage as Van der Breggen defended her GC lead, with Hall now second overall. A late surge by Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (CCC-Liv) brought the South African climber to third place on the stage and overall. The second stage of the three-day race was the queen stage, with two big ascents during the 74 kilometres, with the road climbing almost continuously from the intermediate sprint after 30km. With the mountains looming in the distance, the peloton cruised along on the first part of the stage that started in Ontario. Several riders from Valcar Cylance tried to get a ...

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Q&A: Kasia Niewiadoma on the unpredictability of women’s WorldTour racing

Q&A: Kasia Niewiadoma on the unpredictability of women’s WorldTour racing

Kasia Niewiadoma says more women's WorldTour teams try to control the races, which opens the door for smaller teams to win Read the full article at Q&A;: Kasia Niewiadoma on the unpredictability of women’s WorldTour racing on VeloNews.com .

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Podcast: Sepp Kuss and Kasia Niewiadoma

Podcast: Sepp Kuss and Kasia Niewiadoma

Sepp Kuss and Kasia Niewiadoma stop by on this week's VeloNews Podcast Read the full article at Podcast: Sepp Kuss and Kasia Niewiadoma on VeloNews.com .

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Women’s Team of the Week: Bumper Ardennes Edition

Races Stretching out a week to the best part of a fortnight, we have Amstel Gold Race (WWT7), Brabantse Pijl and EPZ Omloop van Borsele . Oh, and two minor untelevised races somewhere in Belgium ( WWT8 and WWT9 ). Coverage Do we have to? Yes, yes, we do. Due credit to Amstel Gold Race and Brabantse Pijl for providing the kind of coverage we’ve come to expect so far this season. As for ASO , their blank refusal to show Flèche Wallonne and Liège-Bastogne-Liège—two WWT races—live, despite evidently having the resources to do so, is, in TotW’s view, embarrassing , out of touch , chauvinistic , sad and increasingly inexplicable . Which is probably why ASO seem to have no explanation to offer . Riders Annemiek van Vleuten [2]: TotW is reluctant to award Rider of the Week for a performance no one actually saw, but thanks, ironically enough, ...

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Liege-Bastogne-Liege Preview

La Doyenne of all monument previews Well, it has been an interesting week to be more or less entirely away from the cycling world. I saw and enjoyed the last few minutes of the men’s Amstel Gold, which was special (and entirely bonkers). I’ve been keeping a bit of an eye on the Tour of the Alps, which has done wonders to maintain my faith in the future stars of Team Sky/Ineos, and in Fausto Masnada. I didn’t see a minute of Fleche Wallone, which is fine by me. On Sunday, though, I’ll be back to paying attention. With the year’s fourth monument coming up, I’ve picked a good day. Let’s get right into it. Routes and practical information Easter weekend was spectacularly warm and sunny across the UK, and clearly across the Netherlands too. The forecast for Sunday is less good, both in Edinburgh (you don’t care) and Liege ...

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Amstel amazes, defending champs triumph on the Mur: Weekly News Digest

Supported by It’s okay to admit it – sometimes you’re just too busy to stay up to date on every bit of news from the world of cycling. Need a recap of the week’s biggest happenings? No problem. The final Daily News Digest of the week will be a Weekly News Digest, with highlights from the headlines … The post Amstel amazes, defending champs triumph on the Mur: Weekly News Digest appeared first on CyclingTips .

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A guide to everything you need to know about the 2019 Liege-Bastogne-Liege

Joe Robinson 26 Apr 2019 On Sunday, the 2019 Spring Classics come to an end with Liege-Bastogne-Liege. Here's all you need to know about the Old Lady's 2019 outing Words Joe Robinson This Sunday will see the close of the 2019 pro cycling calendar's first chapter. Liege-Bastogne-Liege is the last of the Spring Classics and tailends a scintillating period of racing that started all the way back in early March on the cobbles of Omloop Het Nieuwsblad. Like all exciting moments in your life, the Spring Classics campaign goes quickly. In six weeks we have rattled through 11 one-day WorldTour races across four different countries with even more semi-Classics sprinkled in between. It's not long now till all of our focus will be turning to the beautiful chaos of the Giro d'Italia but before then its La Doyenne , the Old Lady that is Liege-Bastogne-Liege. The oldest Monument there is, ...

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24 things you need to know about the 2019 Liege-Bastogne-Liege

The Spring Classics come to a close this Sunday with Liege-Bastogne-Liege. It’s one of the oldest and most prestigious one-day races on the planet, and a race that’s had quite a shake-up in 2019. In the following preview we tell you everything you need to know about both the men’s and women’s Liege-Bastogne-Liege. The men’s … The post 24 things you need to know about the 2019 Liege-Bastogne-Liege appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Van Vleuten edging ever closer to Van der Breggen at Fleche Wallonne

Annemiek van Vleuten (Mitchelton-Scott) second at Fleche Wallonne

Anna van der Breggen has had a stranglehold on the Flèche Wallonne title for half a decade now, but Annemiek van Vleuten ( Mitchelton-Scott ) came closer than she ever has to unseating her compatriot at the top of the Mur de Huy. Van Vleuten came from a long way back to close the gap to Van der Breggen on the steep climb, overhauling a number of struggling riders along the way. She managed to reduce her deficit to just one second as she crossed the line for second place – just her second visit to the podium at the race. Just beyond the finish line, Van Vleuten said that she just needed a small bit more to shut the gap completely and promised to be back again next year to fight for the win. "[I need to be] one or two per cent better and I'm getting better every ...

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Van der Breggen continues Fleche Wallonne dominance with fifth win

Van der Breggen continues Fleche Wallonne dominance with fifth win

Anna van der Breggen (Boels-Dolmans) took out what proved to be one of the closest of her Fleche Wallonne victories, overtaking Kasia Niewiadoma (Canyon-SRAM) and holding off Annemiek van Vleuten (Mitchelton-Scott) in the final metres to take her fifth consecutive win in the race.

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Van der Breggen wins La Fleche Wallonne Feminine

Anna van der Breggen (Boels Dolmans) wins La Fleche Wallonne

Anna van der Breggen ( Boels Dolmans ) won La Flèche Wallonne Féminine for the fifth time in a row on Wednesday. The world champion emerged as the strongest on the finishing climb, biding her time as a late attack from Floortje Mackaij (Team Sunweb) was reeled in on the lower slopes of the Mur de Huy. Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Canyon-SRAM) increased the pace and took the lead, but van der Breggen surged past with about 200 metres to go and held off Annemiek van Vleuten (Mitchelton-Scott) and Annika Langvad (Boels Dolmans) to win. How it unfolded Starting and finishing in Huy, the race included seven ascents of four hard climbs on 118.5 kilometres. The Côte d’Ereffe, Côte de Cherave and Mur de Huy were part of a finishing circuit and each climbed twice in the final 50km. Unfortunately, the women's Flèche Wallonne was not broadcast live, the first of this ...

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Fleche Wallonne: Who are the favourites?

Joe Robinson 24 Apr 2019 The dreaded Mur de Huy awaits for the men's and women's peloton Fleche Wallonne, the midweek cooler flanked by the Ardennes' more explosive and coveted siblings, Amstel Gold and Liege-Bastogne-Liege . It's a race that's all about one thing, the Mur de Huy. After 195km of racing for the men and 118.5km for the woman, the eventual winner is decided by who can climb this 1km long, 11.1% wall the fastest. Climbing from the town of Huy, the surviving few will claw their way past the surrounding detached houses with their built-in garages and the free-standing chapels until reaching the grand Notre-Dame de la Sarthe church that marks the summit and the Mont Mosan theme park that one tourist, Quoc-Thai Ngo, described in a recent review as 'Ok but I have seen more impressive'. What will be more impressive is the way in which both ...

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Video highlights: Niewiadoma wins Amstel Gold with panache

Video highlights: Niewiadoma wins Amstel Gold with panache

Kasia Niewiadoma gambles and wins big at Amstel Gold Race as she rides alone to victory ahead of Annemiek van Vleuten. Read the full article at Video highlights: Niewiadoma wins Amstel Gold with panache on VeloNews.com .

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Spratt and Van Vleuten spearhead Mitchelton-Scott challenge at Fleche Wallonne

Amanda Spratt makes her way down a descent

Annemiek van Vleuten 's second place at the Amstel Gold Race Ladies Edition on Sunday showed just how good the Dutchwoman's form is right now, and will be used as a sign that her Mitchelton-Scott team has what it takes to win Wednesday's Flèche Wallonne Féminine . Also spearheading the squad's challenge will be Australia's Amanda Spratt , who's targeting the spring Classics this year, and the hillier parcours at Flèche – compared to Amstel – arguably makes Mitchelton the team to beat at the Belgian race this week. "Flèche is a different race to Amstel in that you don't have the same narrow roads as you do in Holland, and for sure it's not as technical," Spratt said on the team's website. "I think the whole team can take a lot of confidence from our performance at Amstel. It was cool to be a part of such a strong ...

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Podcast: Amstel action; Annemiek van Vleuten talks classics

Podcast: Amstel action; Annemiek van Vleuten talks classics

Van der Poel wows at Amstel. Niewiadoma breaks through with patient tactics and a blistering acceleration. We break down the action and hear from Annemiek van Vleuten. Read the full article at Podcast: Amstel action; Annemiek van Vleuten talks classics on VeloNews.com .

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Niewiadoma: The longest two kilometres of my life

A joyous Niewiadoma crosses the line

Katarzyna Niewiadoma ( Canyon-SRAM ) was in happy tears after the finish of the Amstel Gold Race Ladies Edition on Sunday. She had attacked on the Cauberg to go solo with two kilometres to go and just held off Annemiek van Vleuten (Mitchelton-Scott) at the finish line to take her second victory in a Women’s WorldTour one-day race. Even after the podium ceremony, the Pole was still in a state close to disbelief. "I am still buzzing, feeling overwhelmed with emotions," she said. "Once I am back in the hotel and have dinner with my team, I will realise what happened today. It was a beautiful Easter Sunday, I am happy. That is why we all do it and push our limits – to finally cross the finish line with our hands up in the air." The 24-year-old had the victory in sight on the finishing straight, but Van Vleuten ...

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Commentary: Two breakthroughs at Amstel Gold Race

Commentary: Two breakthroughs at Amstel Gold Race

On Sunday, Niewiadoma perfectly synched her blistering attack with good tactics, and van der Poel stunned the world's best with raw power. Read the full article at Commentary: Two breakthroughs at Amstel Gold Race on VeloNews.com .

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Van Vleuten falls short in thrilling finale at Amstel Gold Ladies Edition

Annemiek Van Vleuten and Katarzyna Niewiadoma battle it out in the finale

The Netherlands' Annemiek van Vleuten ( Mitchelton-Scott ) came close, gaining on eventual winner Kasia Niewiadoma (Canyon-SRAM) all the time in the final couple of kilometres, but the world time trial champion wasn't able to better her second place of 2015 at the women's edition of the Amstel Gold Race on Sunday. Niewiadoma made her move on the final climb of the Cauberg, with just 1.8km from the top of the climb to the finish of the race in Valkenburg. CCC-Liv's Marianne Vos was the first rider to respond to the move, but as the Dutchwoman faded, her compatriot, Van Vleuten, came to the fore in an attempt to close down the gap to the Polish rider. "I had a flashback to La Course," Van Vleuten admitted, remembering last July's one-day race run by the Tour de France organisers, when the Dutchwoman was able to catch Boels Dolmans rival Anna ...

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Niewiadoma wins thrilling Amstel Gold race

Niewiadoma wins thrilling Amstel Gold race

Kasia Niewiadoma (Canyon-SRAM) was pushed all the way by Annemiek van Vleuten (Mitchelton-Scott) at the women's edition of the Amstel Gold Race after escaping on the final ascent of the famous climb of the Cauberg.

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Niewiadoma hangs on to take Amstel Gold nail-biter

Niewiadoma hangs on to take Amstel Gold nail-biter

Niewiadoma attacked on the final ascent of the Cauberg before holding off searing chase from van Vleuten in thrilling finale. Read the full article at Niewiadoma hangs on to take Amstel Gold nail-biter on VeloNews.com .

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