Daily News Digest

Supported by Welcome to your Daily News Digest. Here’s what’s happening today: Viviani bounces back with third stage win, points jersey battle to make for intense final week, Simon Yates says he knows ‘nothing’ about the Zoncolan, the Tour of Norway and more… Dispatches from the Giro d’Italia Viviani grabs third stage win of 2018 Giro Elia … The post Daily News Digest appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Peter Sagan holds firm atop WorldTour rankings

Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe)

Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) remains the clear leader at the top of the WorldTour rankings after the Tour de Romandie and Tuesday's Eschborn-Frankfurt one-day race, with Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) and Niki Terpstra (Quick-Step Floors) rounding out the top three. Quick-Step Floors is still rooted to the top of the team standings thanks to a dominant start to the 2018 season. Below that there has been plenty of change with Primoz Roglic (LottoNL-Jumbo) surging 18 places to fourth in the WorldTour standings, thanks to his overall win at the Tour de Romandie. Roglic assumed control of the race on stage 1 after a strong performance in the prologue. Egan Bernal (Team Sky) closed the gap to six seconds after taking victory in the mountain time trial. However, Roglic withstood a barrage of attacks from the Colombian on the queen stage to win the overall classification by eight seconds. Bernal jumped 49 places ...

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Preview: Your guide to the 2018 Giro d’Italia

The Spring Classics are done and the Tour de Romandie is in the books. It’s time now for the first Grand Tour of the season, the Giro d’Italia. It’s a race that’s sure to attract plenty of attention in 2018, not just for the racing but because of the twin controversies of Chris Froome’s appearance, … The post Preview: Your guide to the 2018 Giro d’Italia appeared first on CyclingTips .

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SSSRSSP World Tour Edition: Eschborn-Frankfurt

Yeah, I know that it’s a World Tour race. But just slapping the WT label on a race doesn’t change its actual SSR character. You’ve got only ten WT teams showing up, and some of them look to be only showing up to pick up a case of Apfelwein or do some banking (Bah Meh and Trek). At least the other German nominally-world-tour-but-probably-SSR-race has a funny sponsor-portmanteau moniker- Euroeyes Cyclassics - and a list of impressive sprinter victories. This race is all German efficiency- it starts in Eschborn and finishes in Frankfurt with a clockwork Alexander Kristoff victory. It didn’t always have such an efficient moniker. The race was originally named the Rund um den Henninger Turm for the Henninger Tower, which was tallest building in Frankfurt at the time- a 33-story tall grain silo, where the Henninger Brewery stored its barley. The tower was demolished in 2013, to make ...

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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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Quick-Step wins again as Jungels solos to Liège-Bastogne-Liège victory

With a successful solo attack 18km from the finish Luxembourg national champion Bob Jungels (Quick-Step Floors) took the biggest victory of his career Sunday, winning the 104th edition of Liège-Bastogne-Liège. The victory gave Quick-Step Floors a second Monument win of the 2018 Spring Classics season, won in very similar fashion as Niki Terpstra at the … The post Quick-Step wins again as Jungels solos to Liège-Bastogne-Liège victory appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Sportful Fiandre Light No Rain SS top review

Stu Bowers Monday, April 23, 2018 - 11:43 The 2017 Fiandre has got a makeover making it much more versatile 4.0 / 5 £99.99 A jersey should be a simple, yet functional garment and Sportful has delivered on both counts with its latest Fiandre Light No Rain Short Sleeve, part of the new spring summer 2018 range. I was a fan of its predecessor, in 2017, which was then basically an outer garment – hence Sportful refers to it as a “top” not a jersey. It offered good protection from a cold wind and a brief rain shower, worn over a standard jersey, with some arm warmers. Think of it as similar to how you would wear a gilet, only the Finadre Light No Rain SS has the benefit of short sleeves for some additional protection. So what’s changed for 2018? Image 6 of 9 Image 6 of 9 Basically ...

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Sportful Fiandre Light No Rain SS jersey review

Stu Bowers Monday, April 23, 2018 - 11:43 The 2017 Fiandre has got a makeover making it much more versatile 4.0 / 5 £99.99 A jersey should be a simple, yet functional garment and Sportful has delivered on both counts with its latest Fiandre Light No Rain Short Sleeve, part of the new spring summer 2018 range. I was a fan of its predecessor, in 2017, which was then basically an outer garment – hence Sportful refers to it as a “top” not a jersey. It offered good protection from a cold wind and a brief rain shower, worn over a standard jersey, with some arm warmers. Think of it as similar to how you would wear a gilet, only the Finadre Light No Rain SS has the benefit of short sleeves for some additional protection. Buy the Sportful Fiandre Light No Rain SS top from Wiggle here So what’s ...

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Cyclingnews Films: The Holy Week - Now available

Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) wins 2018 Paris-Roubaix in the Roubaix Velodrome

The record books will tell you that Niki Terpstra (Quick-Step Floors) and Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) claimed the spoils at the Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix, but the cobbled classics were far more than just the tales of two winners. Cyclingnews ’ first documentary film, The Holy Week , tells the story from the eve of the Tour of Flanders right through until the tense finale on the Roubaix velodrome. Through the eyes of the riders, team staff and the devoted roadside fans, we go behind the scenes to capture the essence of the cobbled classics, and the emotions of one of the most compelling campaigns of recent years. The Cyclingnews film crew were granted exclusive access to the biggest teams. We followed reconnaissance rides, were allowed into the inner sanctum of team buses, on the massage table, and invited to post-race celebration parties and rider debriefs to create this near ...

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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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Cyclingnews Films: The Holy Week - Excerpt

Peter Sagan out training before the Tour of Flanders

Cyclingnews ’ highly anticipated debut film – The Holy Week – will be released on Vimeo on Monday April 16 at 14:00 CET. The film captures the emotions of one of the most compelling Classics campaigns of recent years, from the tension before the Tour of Flanders to the drama and thrilling finale of the velodrome finish at Paris-Roubaix . It tells the story of Quick-Step Floors’ domination on home roads at the Tour Flanders and how Peter Sagan and Bora-Hansgrohe defeated them and the rest of the peloton on the pave of Paris-Roubaix. The Cyclingnews film crew went behind the scenes with the biggest teams and followed the major Classics contenders, including Sagan, Greg Van Avermaet, Niki Terpstra, Philippe Gilbert and their teammates. We were granted exclusive access to team reconnaissance rides, the intimacy of the team buses, the massage table, post-race celebration parties and rider de-briefs. We bring ...

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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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8th at Roubaix: Phinney hates the term ‘comeback,’ but this is his story now

There are three different muscles cramping in Taylor Phinney’s left leg. He points at them, one by one. You can see them quivering, shaking in time with his own grimace. It’s been a minute or so since he lapped the Roubaix velodrome, sprinted for eighth place, rode onto the infield, and sat down with his … The post 8th at Roubaix: Phinney hates the term ‘comeback,’ but this is his story now appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Cancellara on Sagan’s Paris-Roubaix masterpiece: ‘It was beautiful’

Three-time Paris-Roubaix champion Fabian Cancellara watched Peter Sagan’s victorious ride on Sunday from Park City, Utah, where he was attending the launch of a new Gore Wear jacket as brand ambassador. The Swiss star called Sagan’s long-range attack from 55km out “beautiful,” saying, “Sagan saw the opportunity and did it himself.” “It was all hard … The post Cancellara on Sagan’s Paris-Roubaix masterpiece: ‘It was beautiful’ appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Terpstra: Sagan was just stronger

Terpstra: Sagan was just stronger

Despite his formidable Quick-Step team, Roubaix favorite Niki Terpstra concedes that Peter Sagan was stronger on the cobbles. Read the full article at Terpstra: Sagan was just stronger on VeloNews.com .

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Paris-Roubaix - Race debrief

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

Race: Paris-Roubaix (WorldTour) Date: April 8, 2018 Distance: 257km Weather: Dry, light tailwind Podium: 1st: Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe), 2nd: Silvan Dillier (AG2R La Mondiale), 3rd Niki Terpstra (Quick-Step Floors). Winner's quote: "This year I was never involved in a crash, I never flat-tyred, I saved energy and then just did one step forward; I attacked. I kept going until the finish." Critical point: Sagan went clear of the main group of favourites with just over 54 kilometres remaining, and it proved to be the winning move. It wasn't so much an attack – more of a ghosting away. Greg Van Avermaet had just tried his hand with a full-on, out-of-the-saddle surge, but had been quickly marked by Wout Van Aert and Sagan's teammate Marcus Burghardt. The group strung out and Van Avermaet continued to ride hard, only to pull over when he saw no one else was willing to come ...

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Team of the Week For Week Seven!

Races of the week: Paris - Roubaix Pais Vasco Circuit del la Sarthe Scheldeprijs 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.Peter Sagan (2). So. You win Paris - Roubaix from the front these days. Beautiful move by the Fastvakian when the Bigs were hesitating 53 klicks out. He’s also taken the overall lead in FSA-DS passing Valverde 1205-1144. Final FSA-DS cobbles points standings for the year: Terpstra - 1105 points including three wins (de Ronde, E3, and Le Samyn) Number of cobbles races- 8. VDS points per race- 138 Stuyven- Look at Jasper at #2! 830 hard earned points in 7 races. His highest placement was 4th at Omloop but in all his races he ...

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