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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Terpstra, Ensing win Le Samyn races, Giro/Vuelta to be shortened? Daily News Digest

Niki Terpstra drinks beer to celebrate winning GP Samyn

Supported by Terpstra wins Le Samyn ahead of Gilbert and Gaudin; Ensing beats Mackaij and Kitchen to win Le Samyn des Dames; Lappartient floats possibility that Giro and Vuelta could be shortened; Following near-misses, Van Avermaet determined to finally win Strade Bianche; Details of 2018 Hammer Series announced, second event added to programme; French wing of bike … The post Terpstra, Ensing win Le Samyn races, Giro/Vuelta to be shortened? Daily News Digest appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Terpstra wins second Le Samyn title

Niki Terpstra wins Le Samyn for the second time in his career

Le Samyn was Quick-Step Floor 's race to lose, and they didn't. Niki Terpstra jumped and cleared the final three-man breakaway, and muscled his way around the day's gruelling, cobbled circuit before finishing with his second victory in Dour. It was a case of classic tactics as Quick-Step's Philippe Gilbert , also in the final move, as he backed lone rival Damien Gaudin (Direct Energie) into the unfortunate position of having to perform a futile chase only to finish third as Gilbert rode around him on the run-in to the finish line for second place. "I am very happy, but must say we suffered today with every kilometer, because the cold made use spend a lot of energy," Terpstra said. "It wasn't easy to race in these conditions, but fortunately it worked out well for us at the end of the day. We knew the break was strong and the ...

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Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne tech gallery

Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne tech gallery

This article was originally published on Cyclingnews Belgium’s ‘opening weekend’ races of Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne are the unofficial official start to the new cycling season. This year’s events took place in completely dry, but brutally cold conditions, which rarely rose above 3 or 4 degrees and were combined with a substantial wind chill. Top 5 2018 pro bikes New disc brake-equipped aero Cannondale spotted Riders layered up with the latest and greatest their teams’ clothing providers offer in an attempt to cope with the freezing temperatures. The latest technical fabrics helped to take some of the edge off the cold, although doubling up on gloves, booties, jackets and neck scarves was still necessary for most of the riders. Quick-Step Floors’ Classics hard men Zdenek Stybar and Niki Terpstra used tricks from a bygone era in conjunction with their modern cycling apparel. To shield his face from the wind ...

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Van Keirsbulck confident ahead of Le Samyn defence

Guillaume Van Keirsbulck (Wanty - Groupe Gobert) wins 2017 Le Samyn

Guillaume Van Keirsbulck ( Wanty-Groupe Gobert ) will be heading into Le Samyn on Tuesday ready fight off the expected cold temperatures and to defend his 2017 title in the Belgian one-day race. Van Keirsbulck, who rode with Quick-Step Floors for six years before moving to Wanty last year, overpowered Alex Kirsch (WB Veranclassic Aqua Protect) in a two-up sprint to win the 2017 race , while Quick-Step's Iljo Keisse led a small group home 11 seconds later. It was an act of revenge of sorts for the 27-year-old Belgian after Quick-Step seemingly grew tired of waiting for him to deliver on his considerable potential and turned him loose after the 216 season. Van Keirsbulck will have another opportunity on Tuesday, when he'll line up at the head of the race that will feature Quick-Step's Phlippe Gilbert, Zdenek Stybar and Niki Terpstra. "It is always fun to start with number ...

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Quick-Step bringing triple threat to Le Samyn

Philippe Gilbert climbs at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad

Quick-Step Floors will take on Le Samyn on Tuesday with a wealth of options as Zdenek Stybar , Phlipppe Gilbert and Niki Terpstra will all have protected status within the Belgian team. Terpstra previously won the race in 2016, and Gilbert took the top prize in 2008 while riding for FDJ. Both riders competed in the opening Belgium weekend this year, with Gilbert finishing fifth in Omloop Het Nieuwsblad on Saturday and then taking Sunday off, while Terpstra played a support role in both Omloop and Sunday's Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne. Stybar finished 20th in Omloop and also took Sunday off. Tuesday's race, 200km from Quaregnon to Dour, features four short-but-steep climbs - Côte de Mainvault, Côte de la Folie, Côte des Papins and Côte de Semenil - before the peloton reaches the final circuit, which riders will cover four times. Four cobbled sections, Rue du Vert Pignon (1,400m), Côte de la Roquete ...

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Omloop Het Nieuwsblad: Michael Valgren takes surprise victory

Omloop Het Nieuwsblad: Michael Valgren takes surprise victory

Joe Robinson 24 Feb 2018 Astana make most of numerical advantage with Valgren taking first cobbled classic of the season Michael Valgren made the most of Astana 's numerical advantage in the final kilometres to take a surprise victory at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad . As one of three Astana riders in the lead group, the young Dane managed to launch himself from a group of 12 close to the finish, gaining a large enough gap to take him to victory. Team Sky 's Lukasz Wisniowski battled to second place with an ever aggressive Sep Vanmarcke (EF-Drapac) holding on for third. Thanks to the company of teammates Alexey Lutsenko and Oscar Gatto, the sheer numbers of Astana were enough to beat the likes of Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing) and Wout Van Aert (Verandas Willems–Crelan). Omloop Het Nieuwsblad 2018: How the day unfolded Omloop Het Niewsblad, for many, marked the beginning ...

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Quick-Step Floors meet the press ahead of Belgian opening weekend - Gallery

Philippe Gilbert hands off to Fernando Gaviria as Iljo Keisse looks on

On Saturday, February 24 and Sunday 25, Cyclingnews will have full live coverage of the men’s races at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne , from start to finish, here . Quick-Step Floors used the occasion of the team's press conference preceding Belgium's 'opening weekend' to announce the team's latest initiative: the grand opening of the Quick-Step Pop-Up Store in the Ring Shopping Centre in Kortrijk, about two hours southwest of Gent. With just Dries Devenyns missing, the riders who will take on Omloop and its revised finish - Fernando Gaviria, Philippe Gilbert, Iljo Keisse, Yves Lampaert, Zdenek Stybar and Niki Terpstra - assumed their spots centre stage with director Tom Steels and manager Patrick Lefevere, taking questions from the assembled media before breaking off for one-on-one interviews. Gilbert, who could tie with Ernest Sterckx ('52, '53, '56), Joseph Bruyère ('74, '75, '80) and Peter Van Petegem ('97, '98, '02) as ...

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Omloop Course Shake-Up Should Change How Race Unfolds...And Not for the Better

Gilbert’s long-range attack on the Muur set up a fascinating Tour of Flanders.

So, the course of Omloop het Nieuwsblad, as you might have heard, has been given quite a substantial change-up, with the old route, the final climb being the Molenberg, axed in favour of a new course which takes heavily from the old version of the Tour of Flanders. Namely, it pretty forcibly rips out the combination of the Muur van Geraardsbergen and the Bosberg, putting them close to the finish. I think this route will please a lot of fans, it draws from what was largely agreed to be a great Flanders course and it makes use of historic and challenging cobbled climbs in such a way that they may decide the race. It’ll be a stern challenge to start the classics season, it will no doubt lead to a selective event, maybe more selective than previously. Oh yeah, and I absolutely hate it. Don’t get me wrong, I have ...

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Omloop Het Nieuwsblad 2018: Route, riders and all you need to know

Joe Robinson 23 Feb 2018 Key information about the 2018 Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, which takes place on Saturday 24th February Omloop Het Nieuwsblad is the first Cobbled Classic of the year and for many marks the true start of the cycling season despite races in Australia and the Middle East. Previously called Omloop Het Volk, the heritage of this one-day race gives it the kind of prestige usually reserved for the bigger Monument races. Some of the biggest names in the sport have taken victory at the season opener down the years, including Eddy Merckx, Johan Museeuw and Roger De Vlaeminck. However, the Omloop was one of very few cobbles races that Belgian Tom Boonen was unable to take victory in before his retirement last year. The two most recent editions have been dominated by Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing), and his win in last year's Omloop marked the start ...

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