Victory Chimp on the Emporium

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Gallery: The best of the 2018 Tour of Flanders

Jack Elton-Walters 3 Apr 2018 All the best images from the 2018 Tour of Flanders, won by Niki Terpstra. Photos: Offside/Presse Sports The 2018 Tour of Flanders was entertaining to watch and looked as hard as ever to ride, but in truth may not be one of the editions of the race we look back on as an 'epic' in years to come. Even so, it still turned out some fantastic photos from the cobbles and bergs that make the route so interesting. The win went to Niki Terpstra (Quick-Step Floors), who rode away from his rivals and bridged to a breakaway, passed those three riders on the Oude Kwaremont and away he went, staying clear over the Paterberg. Image 27 of 33 Image 27 of 33 Chasing Terpstra was the young Mads Pedersen. The 22-year-old Trek-Segafredo rider held on for second place and much of the post-race chat was ...

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Paris-Roubaix 2018: Who are the favourites and who should you be backing?

Joe Robinson 3 Apr 2018 We run down on the decisive points of the 'Queen of the Classics' and who you should back for victory Paris-Roubaix is simply the 'Queen of the Classics' . At 257km in length, it passes through the fairly inconspicuous and flat landscape of northern France from Compiegne, just north of Paris, to the industrial town of Roubaix with a twist. The twist being the race tackles 52.8km of cobbled roads from the Napoleonic era that turn this race in to arguably the toughest single day of racing in the cycling calendar. The cobbled roads are broken down into 29 secteurs, with all being ranked on difficulty out of five stars. The toughest, hence earning a five star rating, are the Trouee d'Arenberg, Mons-en-Pevele and the Carrefour de l'Arbe. It's a much-used saying that 'you cannot win Roubaix on the Arenberg but you can certainly lose ...

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Niki Terpstra’s Tour of Flanders winning ride on Strava

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Dutchman’s quicker on a bike than he is to upload

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Mads Pedersen’s Trek Madone 9 Race Shop Limited for the Tour of Flanders — gallery

Mads Pedersen’s Trek Madone 9 Race Shop Limited for the Tour of Flanders — gallery

Niki Terpstra’s solo victory at the 2018 Tour of Flanders may have made the headlines, but 22-year-old Dane Mads Pedersen’s second place was as impressive and perhaps one of the biggest surprises of the 102nd edition of the race. Tour of Flanders: huge tech gallery from De Ronde Horse for the Course: Trek Madone for Flanders Sportive The run into the race finish in Oudenaarde begins at the top of the Paterberg and consists of long, exposed stretches of road. Pedersen’s gap to Terpstra stuck at around 30 seconds in this finale, but with only 15 seconds on the chasing group — including Peter Sagan and Greg Van Avermaet — Pedersen being caught initially seemed inevitable. Racing aboard the aero-specific Trek Madone, Pedersen would have been grateful of his bike choice in the final run-in, using an integrated aero cockpit, deep carbon wheels and the frameset itself for maximum aerodynamic ...

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Niki Terpstra posts Flanders winning ride on Strava; fails to set KOM

Joe Robinson 3 Apr 2018 Despite winning the Cobbled Classic, the Dutchman failed to impress on Strava Niki Terpstra (Quick-Step Floors) attacked with 27km to go to take an impressive victory at the Tour of Flanders over the weekend. Bridging over to Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain Merida), Terpstra raced past catching the leading trio on the Oude Kwaremont before going alone into Oudernaarde, securing the second Monument win of his career. It was a truly mighty ride from the Dutchman who has now undoubtedly added his name among the greats of Cobbled Classics racing, however, there was one place this race-winning ride failed to impress, Strava . Uploading his win to the popular app, Terpstra may have been suprised to discover that he was unable to secure a single King of the Mountain en route and even more suprisingly, his efforts were not even good enough for any top 10 placings. ...

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Photo gallery: Terpstra’s super solo at the 2018 men’s Tour of Flanders

QuickStep Floors started the Tour of Flanders with a bunch of riders that could win the race, namely defending champion Philippe Gilbert, Dwars door Vlaanderen winner Yves Lampaert, E3 Harelbeke winner Niki Terpstra, three-time cyclocross world champion Zdenek Stybar. The Belgian squad was present in every attack that mattered, and it was Terpstra that eventually … The post Photo gallery: Terpstra’s super solo at the 2018 men’s Tour of Flanders appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Pedersen extends with Trek-Segafredo through 2020

Mads Pedersen (Trek-Segafredo) in Flanders

Mads Pedersen , 22, has extended his contract with Trek-Segafredo taking him through 2020, the team announced Monday. The extension comes as little surprise after the Dane put forth a powerful performance to finish second at the Tour of Flanders . "I am really thrilled to renew my contract with Trek-Segafredo," Pedersen said in a press release. "I feel at home in this team; the confidence they have put in me has made me grow a lot and I am pretty sure that with Trek-Segafredo I am at the best spot to continue to develop and gain experience, especially in the classics." Pedersen, the Danish national champion, made his debut a the Tour of Flanders on Sunday and emerged in a three-man breakaway over the Koppenberg with Dylan van Baarle (Team Sky) and Sebastian Langeveld (EF-Drapac. The trio held a 30-second margin until eventual winner Niki Terpstra stormed past them ...

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Flanders Roundtable: Has Quick-Step’s dominance dulled the classics?

Flanders Roundtable: Has Quick-Step’s dominance dulled the classics?

Terpstra and team Quick-Step Floors does it again at Tour of Flanders, taking two spots on the podium. We sound off on the action. Read the full article at Flanders Roundtable: Has Quick-Step’s dominance dulled the classics? on VeloNews.com .

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Pais Vasco: Good times roll on for Quick-Step with Alaphilippe win

Pais Vasco: Good times roll on for Quick-Step with Alaphilippe win

Julian Alaphilippe wins stage 1 of Vuelta al Pais Vasco the day after his teammate Niki Terpstra won Tour of Flanders. Read the full article at Pais Vasco: Good times roll on for Quick-Step with Alaphilippe win on VeloNews.com .

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Tour of Flanders - Race debrief

Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) tries to hold the wheel as Niki Terpstra attacks

Race: Tour of Flanders (WorldTour) Date: April 1, 2018 Distance: 265km Weather: Rain, turning dry in the final hour Podium: 1st Niki Terpstra (Quick-Step Floors), Mads Pedersen (Trek-Segafredo), Philippe Gilbert (Quick-Step Floors). Winner's quote: "For some reason, sometimes I'm given a hard time in Flanders. Hopefully, I've stolen a few more cycling hearts in Belgium." Critical point: It would be slightly short-sighted to focus on the race-winning attack in isolation. However, Terpstra's acceleration, as he ghosted up to Vincenzo Nibali on the crest of the Kruisberg, and then soloed away from the Italian on the tarmacked surface of the Hotond, defined the race. As decisive as that moment was, it could have counted for little had the Quick-Step rider not nullified the leaders on the Kwaremont. If the capture of Pedersen, Langeveld and Van Baarle had taken place after the Kwaremont, rather than on it, then the race would have ...

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Benoot's future remains unwritten at the Tour of Flanders

Tiesj Benoot (Lotto-Soudal) riding the cobbles

This wasn't the ending Tiesj Benoot ( Lotto Soudal ) had in mind. In 2008, as a 14-year-old schoolboy at Don Bosco college in Zwijnaarde, he was given the assignment of composing a piece of science-fiction for his Dutch class. His chosen theme was the 2018 Tour of Flanders . The winner, inevitably, was one T. Benoot. In the here and now on Sunday, however, Benoot had to settle for 8th place in the Ronde behind the lone winner Niki Terpstra (Quick-Step Floors), who punched his way clear on the Kruisberg with 26 kilometres to go, never to be seen again. Benoot reached Oudenaarde 25 seconds down as part of an elite chasing group. His disappointment was palpable as he wheeled to a halt and wiped the grime from his face at the roadside, though he looked to draw some solace from his afternoon when a small group of reporters ...

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Vincenzo Nibali relishes 'difficult but beautiful' Tour of Flanders debut

Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) in the early stages of the Tour of Flanders

For more than six hours, he was bumped and jostled from all sides. All day long, there was scarcely room to turn and barely a lull in which to compose himself. Then, just as he was finding his feet in this alien terrain, he was dropped by the winner after attacking on a climb. And still, Vincenzo Nibali ( Bahrain-Merida ) reached Oudenaarde with the air of a man who had relished his first experience of the Tour of Flanders . "It was like being in a washing machine," Nibali smiled on wheeling to a halt after crossing the line in 24th place, 1:18 behind winner Niki Terpstra (Quick-Step Floors). "There wasn't a moment to catch your breath because the speed was so high all day. I didn't make any specific preparations for this race, so I think it went quite well. I'm very happy. I think it was a ...

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Bold Terpstra seizes Tour of Flanders victory

Bold Terpstra seizes Tour of Flanders victory

Niki Terpstra claimed the second monument of his career, adding the Tour of Flanders to his Paris Roubaix victory to cement his reputation as one of the kings of the cobbles.

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Peter Sagan into first place on WorldTour rankings after Tour of Flanders

World champion Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) on the move

With sixth place at the Tour of Flanders , world champion Peter Sagan of Bora-Hansgrohe has moved top of the WorldTour rankings for the first time in season 2018. Sagan now has 1126 points to his name and overtakes Alejandro Valverde who remains on 1079 points after skipping Tour of Flanders. Tiesj Benoot (Lotto Soudal) has jumped into third place with 986 points while Tour of Flanders winner Niki Terpstra is fourth with 972 points. In the team rankings, QuickStep-Floors continues to lead with an increased tally of 4588 points. Mitchelton-Scott are second on 3154.99 points with BMC third on 2765.99 points. At the bottom end of the 18 teams are Katusha-Alpecin on 667 points. A number of riders made a big leap up the standings after De Ronde, including Mads Pedersen who improved 51 places to 19th. Terpstra improved by 12 places with Phillipe Gilbert moving up eight places ...

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Tour of Flanders: Patience pays off for Terpstra

Niki Terpstra (Quick-Step Floors) wins Tour of Flanders

Casual cycling fans might think Niki Terpstra comes across as confident, direct and slightly arrogant. That's the the reason the 33-year-old Dutchman isn't liked as much as some of his Quick-Step Floors teammates, despite the fact that he's been riding for the Belgian team for an eighth consecutive season. After clinching the win in the Tour of Flanders on Easter Sunday with a superb solo effort, Terpstra hopes to finally have won the hearts of the cycling-loving Belgian fans, who know that only real 'Flandriens' can win both Paris-Roubaix [ as Terpstra did in 2014] and their Ronde. Terpstra tried to lure the fans by performing a few made-up lines on a Flemish tune, in his already typical post-race victory song. He emphasised that he's been waiting on this perfect day for ages, and while waiting he invested a lot in the team. "It's unbelievable," Terpstra said. "This is so ...

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Week Six Team of the Week

Races of the week: Ronde van Vlaanderen GP Miguel Indurain Dwars van Vlaanderen Plus two SSRs: Route Adéie de Vitré and deep breath La Roue Tourangelle Région Centre - Trophée Harmonie Mutuelle 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.Niki Terpstra (3). Won some race....can’t remember which one. Anyone? Also a 9th at Dwars. Like in seemingly every race in Belgium this year, Terpstra’s got a small and ever widening lead on the Cobbles racer of the Year. Here’s the FSA-DS points standings for the cobbles/northern classics races only: Terpstra - 830 points including three wins (de Ronde, E3, and Le Samyn) Number of cobbles races- 7. VDS points per race- 119 Gilbert- 740 points. Seemingly ...

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Gilbert: Terpstra performs and that's the main thing

Philippe Gilbert climbs ahead of Peter Sagan at Tour of Flanders

Philippe Gilbert knew exactly what he was signing up for when he agreed to terms with Patrick Lefevere at the end of 2016. There would be the chance at personal glory, true, but there would also be days like these. Twelve months ago, Gilbert was the beneficiary of Quick-Step Floor 's fearsome collective strength at the Tour of Flanders , soloing to victory after Tom Boonen et al helped to stack the deck in his favour. This time around, Quick-Step's fluid formation saw him deployed as a man maker in the finale after his teammate Niki Terpstra forged clear on the Hotond with 26 kilometres still to race. Not for the first time this spring, Gilbert performed his duties diligently, as he and teammate Zdenek Stybar carefully shadowed Peter Sagan, Greg Van Avermaet et al over the Kwaremont and Paterberg, and then smothered the life out of their chase on ...

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Pedersen comes of age at the Tour of Flanders

Mads Pedersen (Trek-Segafredo) in Flanders

Of all the names being thrown around in the build-up to the Tour of Flanders , that of Mads Pedersen ( Trek-Segafredo ) would surely have featured in very few podium predictions. The young Dane, however, surpassed his and everyone else’s expectations and came of age on the cobbles and bergs of northern Belgium, finishing second on his Ronde debut. Pedersen's potential was evident as early as 2013 when he won the junior Paris-Roubaix and went on to claim the silver medal in the World Championships road race. With Gent-Wevelgem, the Tour of Norway, and a stage of the Tour de l'Avenir all won during his time as an U23, Trek-Segafredo had to fight for his signature ahead of the 2017 season. Pedersen went on to become national champion of Denmark as a neo-pro, along with providing confirmation of his abilities against the clock, most notably beating Jonathan Castroviejo to ...

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Van Aert: I had secretly hoped for a place in the top 10 at Tour of Flanders

Wout Van Aert finishes 9th at Tour of Flanders

Few debut Classics campaigns have been as keenly watched as Wout van Aert 's, and the three-time cyclo-cross world champion has not disappointed. The Veranda's Willems Crelan rider was the picture of pain over the final climb of the 2018 Tour of Flanders , but he held on and took a hugely impressive ninth place, just 25 seconds behind the winner Niki Terpstra (Quick-Step Floors). The 23-year-old admitted he had harboured hope of making the top 10 prior to his Tour of Flanders debut. "It had been said beforehand that this course is a war of attrition, and that was right," he told Belgian broadcaster Sporza , mud still covering his face. "The difficult climbs continued to follow each other. That was not easy, but I got through it. I had secretly hoped for a place in the top 10, but I think that I will soon realise what champions ...

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