Benoot lays down Tour of Flanders marker at E3 Harelbeke

Tiesj Benoot made the final selection  ut couldn't get on terms with Terpstra at E3 Harelbeke

Tiesj Benoot ( Lotto Soudal ) rides with such assurance that it is easy to forget he is still only 24 years old. Then again, after placing fifth in his debut Tour of Flanders three years ago, the Belgian has every reason to feel comfortable amongst the stars of the cobbled Classics. A maiden professional victory at Strade Bianche three weeks ago can only have boosted Benoot's confidence still further, and he showed few inhibitions en route to fifth place at E3 Harelbeke on Friday, where he was arguably the strongest rider not wearing the blue and white of arch-rivals Quick-Step Floors, who claimed first and second through Niki Terpstra and Philippe Gilbert. "It's good for my confidence," Benoot admitted as he sat on the steps of the Lotto Soudal bus after the finish in Harelbeke. "And next weekend's race [the Tour of Flanders – ed.] is longer, so that ...

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Quick-Step Floors defends E3 Harelbeke attack when massive crash split peloton

Niki Terpstra (Quick-Step Floors)

Quick-Step Floors dominated the 61st edition of the one-day classic E3 Harelbeke in Belgium on Friday. At a massive 120 kilometres from the finish line, the Belgian team charged forward and never disappeared from the picture. They finished it off with a impressive solo victory for Niki Terpstra and a second place for Philippe Gilbert . There was a lot of debate about a massive crash in the peloton on a narrowing farm road on the plateau after the La Houppe climb. There was limited space, and numerous riders crashed behind the top 30. The Quick-Step team was already near the front at that moment of the crash, and they upped the tempo from there. "We were in front with the team," said Quick-Step director sportif Wilfried Peeters. "There were narrow roads. We knew that from the recon. There was a deviation. We didn't know there would be a crash. ...

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Sagan: ‘They were playing games with me’

Sagan: ‘They were playing games with me’

Peter Sagan complained of tactics not fitness in the E3 Harelbeke, a race dominated by Quick-Step Floors and its star Niki Terpstra. Read the full article at Sagan: ‘They were playing games with me’ on VeloNews.com .

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Terpstra: The whole race was a big gamble

Niki Terpstra rides solo to the finish at E3 Harelbeke

On and off the bike, Niki Terpstra ( Quick-Step Floors ) tends to carry himself with a swagger that suggests he has never once wanted for confidence, but after soloing to victory at E3 Harelbeke , the Dutchman confessed that his self-assurance had taken a blow during a 2017 campaign plagued by crashes and ill fortune. Victory at Le Samyn three weeks ago seems to have restored Terpstra to his brio of old, however, and at Harelbeke, he paired tactical nous with brass neck to claim a fine solo win ahead of his Quick-Step teammate Philippe Gilbert and an elite group of chasers. As if to prove the point, Terpstra rapped the lyrics of Dutch performer Jebroer during his post-race interview with Sporza. "I do not like apple, I do not like kiwi, I want to go with that banana [go bananas]," intoned Terpstra, who was mercifully more coherent when ...

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No charity: Terpstra celebrates brutal E3 win

No charity: Terpstra celebrates brutal E3 win

After winless 2017, Niki Terpstra bounces back with an emphatic solo win at E3 Harelbeke, soaring with support from Quick-Step. Read the full article at No charity: Terpstra celebrates brutal E3 win on VeloNews.com .

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Subpar Peter Sagan misses the boat at E3 Harelbeke

Peter Sagan (Bora - Hansgrohe) and Philippe Gilbert (Quick-Step - Floors) at E3 Harelbeke

Peter Sagan rolled across the line at E3 Harelbeke in 26th place, more than three minutes down on solo winner Niki Terpstra . The ripped bib shorts told part of the story, but the world champion also admitted that he didn't feel at his best, and suspected that certain riders were conspiring against him. Sagan cut a thoroughly miserable figure as he rolled from the finish line to the Bora-Hansgrohe bus. He climbed straight on for a shower, and team officials initially said he wouldn't be coming out to speak to the press, but he did later emerge to offer his thoughts on a trying day in the saddle. "Ah, well, it was a little bit of a hard race for me today, and I didn't feel very well," he said. "What happened? In the end, I was a little bit… it was a little bit hard to stay in ...

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Terpstra takes a solo E3 Harelbeke on the shoulders of his team

Supported by Niki Terpstra stood on the shoulders of his QuickStep Floors teammates to take a solo victory at E3 Harelbeke. His teammate Philippe Gilbert was second ahead of BMC’s Greg Van Avermaet. It was a race dominated by QuickStep’s willingness to use its strength and use it early, and provided a glimpse of the team’s impressive … The post Terpstra takes a solo E3 Harelbeke on the shoulders of his team appeared first on CyclingTips .

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E3 Harelbeke: Terpstra wins as Quick-Step flexes classics muscles

E3 Harelbeke: Terpstra wins as Quick-Step flexes classics muscles

Belgian team Quick-Step Floors blitzed E3 Harelbeke Friday with Niki Terpstra taking a convincing solo win. Read the full article at E3 Harelbeke: Terpstra wins as Quick-Step flexes classics muscles on VeloNews.com .

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Terpstra Tops Off Quick Step Domination with Solo E3 Prijs Win

Niki Terpstra in the winning move with teammate Yves Lampaert

Gilbert second in intriguing, exciting Classic Quick Step’s Niki Terpstra had two things going for him in today’s Record Bank E3 Prijs classic — a stacked team and a great pair of legs — and which one you want to give the Dutch rider’s victory to is a matter of taste. Terpstra emerged alone after a dual break with teammate Yves Lampaert, and with his history of events such as Paris-Roubaix on his resume of strong solo efforts, it was no big deal for him to finish off the final 30km just ahead of 11 elite chasers. Of course there is nothing easy about a solo win, but it was made far easier by the fact that Terpstra could count on his team bludgeoning the chase efforts behind him, all the way to the finish, a point driven home with no mercy whatsoever when Philippe Gilbert skipped away to take ...

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Terpstra wins E3 Harelbeke

Quick-Step's Yves Lampaert and Niki Terpstra

Niki Terpstra became the first Dutchman to win E3 Harelbeke since Steven de Jongh in 2003, after a dominant performance by the Quick-Step Floors team. Terpstra soloed to the line after initially getting away on the Taaienberg with teammate Yves Lampaert with more than 70 kilometres remaining. Philippe Gilbert made it a 1-2 for the Quick-Step team, with defending champion Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing) rounding out the podium. World champion Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) had another difficult E3 Harelbeke, crashing in the early stages, getting dropped in the final 40 kilometres and finishing over three minutes down. Quick-Step took the race by the scruff of the neck with more than half the race still to run after a crash held up a large portion of the peloton, including several of the pre-race favourites. The drive, which was assisted by Lotto Soudal, cut chunks out of the advantage of the day's ...

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Niki Terpstra takes an impressive solo win at E3 Harelbeke

Niki Terpstra takes an impressive solo win at E3 Harelbeke

Joe Robinson 23 Mar 2018 The Dutchman rides alone to the finish fighting off a talented group of chasers Niki Terpstra (Quick-Step Floors) takes victory at the 2018 E3 Harelbeke after having attacked with over 65km remaining. The exciting day of racing saw Terpstra and teammate Yves Lampaert away in a two-up break for most of the day with Terpstra eventually going solo. Strong legs and a stuttering chase allowed the Dutchman claim the win ahead of teammate Philippe Gilbert in second and Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing) in third. What happened where Kickstarting a weekend of Belgian semi-classics, E3 Harelbeke often acts as a mini Tour of Flanders allowing many of the hot favourites to test the bergs of Flanders at race pace before the Ronde in a week's time. On the menu today included ascents of the Taaienberg, Paterberg, Oude Kwaremont and Tiegemberg making this a true test ...

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“Gent” - Wevelgem 80: Sep’s Revenge

When I called out “Three” Days of De Panne in the race preview for lack of truth in advertising, Chris made a good point that false advertising was in fact a calling card of the non-shit small races. You’ve got “E3” Harelbeke, “Paris”-Roubaix, “Dwars” door Vlaanderen (which travels across Flanders like a malfunctioning Roomba travels across your living room), and the Cadel Evans “Great” Ocean Road Race. “Gent”-Wevelgem carries on this tradition and starts in Deinze (though, to be honest, it is only 20 kilometers from Gent. I live in Northern Virginia, but tell people that are not from the area that I’m from Washington, DC, which is about 40 miles from where I live, so fairplay, Flanders Classics). At the same time, there is a lot of ingrained cycling dogma that is also inaccurate (or at least not as black and white as many cycling aficionados think). Vincenzo Nibali ...

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Alexander Kristoff: 'I was lucky at the 2015 Tour of Flanders'

Alexander Kristoff: 'I was lucky at the 2015 Tour of Flanders'

Joe Robinson 23 Mar 2018 The Norwegian hopes to have a good weekend of racing at E3 Harelbeke and Gent-Wevelgem ahead of the Tour of Flanders Alexander Kristoff will head in to today's E3-Harelbeke striving for victory but under no illusions as to what is the bigger prize, the Tour of Flanders . The European road race champion has got off to a fair start this season with stage victories at the Tour of Oman and Abu Dhabi Tour before picking up fourth behind Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) at last Saturday's Milan-San Remo . However he realises a tough weekend of racing at E3 on Friday followed by Gent-Wevelgem on Sunday is just what is needed to prepare for the Tour of Flanders the following weekend. 'I will be racing to win but also to get good legs for Flanders. In some ways E3 is harder than Flanders because there are ...

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RBE3H Preview: Time to Get Real

2017 winning trio head toward Harelbeke

Best of the Warmups ready to rock What’s It About? The newly sponsored Record Bank E3 Prijs Vlaanderen Harelbeke... no matter what you call it, no matter what races you schedule around it, no matter how you come at it, the E3 is simply the best of the rest of Cobbles Season. It’s the premier preview of the Tour of Flanders, in terms of timing, difficulty, rhythm of the race, the beauty of it all. This is Flemish-style racing at its finest, save for THE Flemish race of course. Parcours Details Maps for this race are uniformly terrible, and the super GPS-y version at the official site is completely broken. So here ya go. E3 2018 map Profile is of some help: 2018 E3 profile This course has been pretty consistent in its basic makeup, and for the last three years it’s been identical after about the halfway point. A ...

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Jakobsen wins Nokere Koerse

Fabio Jakobsen (Quick-Step Floors) wins the 2018 Nokere Koerse

Quick-Step Floors ' Fabio Jakobsen won the 2018 Danilith Nokere Koerse Wednesday, taking the bunch sprint ahead of Amaury Capiot (Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise) and Hugo Hofstetter (Cofidis) after 191.1km of racing through Belgium. Cyclo-cross world champion Wout Van Aert (Veranda’s Willems Crelan) drove the field toward the line in the final kilometre's as Quick-Step and the other sprinters' teams set up their trains for the finale. The win was the Belgian team's third in a row in their home semi-Classics, after Niki Terpstra won in Le Samyn and Remi Cavagna at Dwars door West-Vlaanderen. Conor Dunne (Aqua Blue Sport) was the last man caught from the day's early breakaway after dropping his companions Ivo Oliveira (Hagens Berman Axeon), Daniel Turek (Israel Cycling Academy), Yannick Martinez (Deklo Marseille), Rob Ruijgh (Tarteletto-Isorex), Simon Sellier (Direct Energie), Timothy Stevens (Cibel-Cebon), and Martijn Budding (Roompot). Martinez latched onto an elite chasing group innside the final ...

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QuickStep-Floors name versatile squads for Nokere Koerse and Handzame Classic

Yves Lampaert (Quick-Step Floors)

QuickStep-Floors have named versatile and ambitious squads for the 1.HC Nokere Koerse and Handzame Classic Belgian races this week. Rémi Cavagna , who recently won Dwars door West-Vlaanderen, will line out for both races alongside Fabio Jakobsen, Davide Martinelli, Florian Sénéchal and Pieter Serry. Belgian time trial champion Yves Lampaert is in for Handzame Classic with sports director Geert Van Bondt expecting two strong showings from his team. "Nokere and Handzame are two nice but hard races, which our team has won in the past, and where we hope to play again a key role in the outcome," Van Bondt said. "If you look over our team, you can easily see it’s a young one, but these guys don’t lack quality or motivation, which they showcased at Dwars door West-Vlaanderen. That’s why we are going at the start with confidence that we can continue our solid string of results on ...

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Quick Step-Floors name versatile squads for Nokere Koerse and Handzame Classic

Yves Lampaert (Quick-Step Floors)

Quick Step-Floors have named versatile and ambitious squads for the 1.HC Nokere Koerse and Handzame Classic Belgian races this week. Rémi Cavagna , who recently won Dwars door West-Vlaanderen, will line out for both races alongside Fabio Jakobsen, Davide Martinelli, Florian Sénéchal and Pieter Serry. Belgian time trial champion Yves Lampaert is in for Handzame Classic with sports director Geert Van Bondt expecting two strong showings from his team. "Nokere and Handzame are two nice but hard races, which our team has won in the past, and where we hope to play again a key role in the outcome," Van Bondt said. "If you look over our team, you can easily see it’s a young one, but these guys don’t lack quality or motivation, which they showcased at Dwars door West-Vlaanderen. That’s why we are going at the start with confidence that we can continue our solid string of results ...

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Cavagna wins Dwars door West-Vlaanderen

Florian Senechal made it a Quick-Step Floors 1-2

Remi Cavagna landed his first victory as a professional as Quick-Step Floors dominated their second Belgian semi-classic in the space of a week. "It was super hard and cold today, but I felt good since the start of the race," Cavagna said. "Actually, I have been feeling good since last season and have waited for this victory for a long time. I wanted this win so badly, I can’t tell you how important it’s for me to finally get it. I have made mistakes in the past, attacking too early, so today I said to myself'‘Don’t attack, wait, wait, wait!' and it worked out perfectly in the end." After Niki Terpstra won Le Samyn in a one-two with Philippe Gilbert, Cavagna did the same with compatriot Florian Senechal. When the race came to life with just under 50km remaining, the duo went clear together in a three-man group alongside Lotto ...

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Gilbert and Stybar looking to add second Strade Bianche title to their palmares

Philippe Gilbert attacks at Le Samyn

Quick-Step Floors will take on the white gravel roads of Strade Bianche with two former winners in the Belgian squad's seven-rider roster. Philippe Gilbert , who won the race in 2011, and Zdenek Stybar , who won in 2015, will each line up with ambitions of adding another title to their palmares. Both will be protected in the team, which also includes Eros Capecchi, Fernando Gaviria, Iljo Keisse, Maximilian Schachmann and Pieter Serry. The team once again find themselves with a wealth of options, just as they did during Tuesday's Le Samyn, where Quick-Step finished first and second with Niki Terpstra and Gilbert, respectively. "We make no secret of the fact that we have several guys capable of winning on Saturday, but it won't be easy, because there's a star-studded field out there with many strong riders all wanting the top prize," said team director Davide Bramati. The 184km race ...

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Discovering Switzerland: Andermatt

Andermatt has long been a favoured Alpine destination. For centuries, the quiet mountain town has provided refuge to travellers – and, being surrounded by mountain passes, it's a wonderland for road cyclists too. The post Discovering Switzerland: Andermatt appeared first on CyclingTips .

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