Flanders: Five who can surprise

Flanders: Five who can surprise

Here are five riders who will look to pounce at Flanders while all eyes are on Peter Sagan, Greg Van Avermaet, and the Quick-Step block. Read the full article at Flanders: Five who can surprise on VeloNews.com .

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Flanders: Five who can surprise

Flanders: Five who can surprise

Here are five riders who will look to pounce at Flanders while all eyes are on Peter Sagan, Greg Van Avermaet, and the Quick-Step block. Read the full article at Flanders: Five who can surprise on VeloNews.com .

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Oliver Naesen confirms Tour of Flanders ambitions

Oliver Naesen (AG2R La Mondiale)

Oliver Naesen (AG2R La Mondiale) has confirmed that he will line out at the Tour of Flanders despite sustaining a knee injury in the crash that forced him to abandon Dwars door Vlaanderen on Wednesday. The Belgian champion’s AG2R La Mondiale team were sceptical about his prospects of riding the Ronde in the immediate aftermath of Dwars door Vlaanderen but the mood music began to change when an x-ray in hospital in Ghent that evening showed no fracture to the knee. Naesen was provisionally listed in AG2R’s Tour of Flanders team on Thursday, and after a final test in training on Friday he confirmed his participation and colourfully downplayed the idea that his injury could severely affect his performance this weekend. “It’s just a scratch to the bodywork. I’m still strong enough to do something on Sunday,” said Naesen. “I tested myself more intensively this morning. Small efforts don’t worry ...

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Benoot: The Tour of Flanders is the race of my dreams

Tiesj Benoot (Lotto-Soudal) riding the cobbles

Belgian Tiesj Benoot seemingly burst out of nowhere in April 2015 when he rode to fifth place as a first-year neo-pro at the Tour of Flanders . On the eve of the 2018 De Ronde, Benoot has enjoyed his most successful classics campaign to date and will start De Ronde as one of the favourites for victory. A dominant Strade Bianche triumph contributing to team boss Marc Sergeant suggesting Benoot can win the Tour of Flanders. The 24-year-old though doesn't believe he should be afforded main favourite status for the Belgian monument. Even if he remains confident in his form and condition, a lack of strength in his Lotto Soudal team due to injuries and illness is one reason Benoot is happy to deflect onto the likes of Peter Sagan, Greg Van Avermaet and QuickStep-Floors. "It's normal that I am one of the favourites for Sunday after my performances of ...

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Kwiatkowski names Quick-Step Floors as the favourite for Tour of Flanders

Michal Kwiatkowski (Team Sky)

Michal Kwiatkowski 's build-up to the Tour of Flanders took place a long way south of the grey steeples and low skies of the Flemish Ardennes, but even from the remove of his training base on the Côte d'Azur, the lie of the land was clear. The road to victory in Oudenaarde on Sunday runs through his old teammates at Quick-Step Floors . "Maybe you can't name one guy as a main favourite, but I would give five stars to Quick-Step instead of to any one surname," Kwiatkowski told reporters in Kortrijk on Friday evening. "But there are plenty of other strong guys, like [Tiesj] Benoot or [Peter] Sagan, and it wouldn't be a surprise if they won the race. If you just make the right move, it might be your day. "For sure, Quick-Step play a really big role and have won so many Classics by using the team's ...

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How Do You Beat Big Blue?

Tactics in the Age of Quick step Boonen is gone... but the beat(ing) goes on. The biggest question by far is how does anyone stop the Quick Step team from dominating the race they care about more than any other? That they inderstand better than the rest of us? That they are built to win? It’s more than a small problem for anyone, even the one or two riders (Sagan and Van Avermaet) who are best poised to foil the Belgian powerhouse’s plans. Sagan and Van Avermaet can be forgiven for thinking that they need only hang on to the lead group and take their chances in a sprint. Against no more than one Stepper, they may be right. Which is why they probably won’t get the chance. DS’s Wilf Peeters, Tom Steels and whomever else calls the shots Sunday know all too well that the only bad strategy is ...

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Week in Tech: Endura summer kit; Easton goes deep; Alpe du Zwift; Sagan the artist

Week in Tech: Endura summer kit; Easton goes deep; Alpe du Zwift; Sagan the artist

Here's the Week in Tech — all the gear news, tips, and announcements you need and none of the marketing gibberish you don't. Read the full article at Week in Tech: Endura summer kit; Easton goes deep; Alpe du Zwift; Sagan the artist on VeloNews.com .

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Discovering Switzerland: Lake Geneva Region

With mountain passes through the Jura range, quality local produce and stylish Swiss living – not to mention Europe's largest freshwater lake – Lake Geneva Region is well worth a stop on your cycling journey through Switzerland. The post Discovering Switzerland: Lake Geneva Region appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Gent-Wevelgem and Dwars door Vlaanderen analysis, Tour of Flanders preview – Podcast

Philippe Gilbert wins 2017 Tour of Flanders

In this week's episode of the Cyclingnews podcast – brought to you in association with Prendas Ciclismo , Pinarello and Floyds of Leadville – we look back at the action from Dwars door Vlaanderen and Gent-Wevelgem , before turning our attention to this weekend's Tour of Flanders . We hear from Peter Sagan , Greg Van Avermaet and Marta Bastianelli on their latest results, while Ed Pickering, editor of Procycling, and as luck would have it, author of a new book, The Ronde, joins us. Pickering is put through his paces with a Flanders-related quiz - although it probably would have been a wise idea for the quizmaster to research the answers first. Pickering's book - out now - celebrates one of the finest one-day races in the world, and uses the unforgettable 2011 edition on which to hang a series of anecdotes and historical stories. As well as looking ...

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Sagan’s coach: ‘He still has a lot to win’

Sagan’s coach: ‘He still has a lot to win’

Peter Sagan's coach Patxi Vila explains what its like to coach the top cyclist of the era, says Sagan still hasn't reached peak. Read the full article at Sagan’s coach: ‘He still has a lot to win’ on VeloNews.com .

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How to make your Bank Holiday ride like the Tour of Flanders

Joe Robinson 29 Mar 2018 Five tips on how to emulate the Classics men this Bank Holiday Weekend This weekend means only one thing for cycling fans: the Tour of Flanders . The second Monument of the year takes place on Sunday, with the men's race broadcast in full and the women's in part. Of course this weekend is also Easter, meaning that most of us will be enjoying a four-day weekend, with both Friday and Monday off. The combination of four days out of the office with what promises to be one of the best days of racing in the cycling calendar will no doubt give many of us the motivation to try and emulate the exploits of the likes of Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) and Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing) on our own weekend rides. So when you head out to the lanes this weekend how about trying to ...

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Against the Odds – A gambler’s look at RdV and Roubaix

This is precisely how I see myself.  Precisely.

Insight through gambling as we prepare for back-to-back monuments You might have heard, there’s a bike race coming up in Flanders. There’s a couple of people at the café who think it is worth watching. The boss has already done a definitive preview (that’s gone up early so that he can spend Friday throwing his family out of the house and changing the locks, and Saturday preparing his frites station and lining up his beer, before genuflecting at a statue of Boonen and going to bed early. One assumes). Me? I’m as excited as the rest of you, and like the rest of you I’m throwing myself into the prediction business, the only way I know how – with gambling! This is, in effect, a bonus. Read Chris’ stuff, comment, vote for the likeliest winner, throw yourself into the preview… then come back here and look at the value. The ...

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Ronde Van Vlaanderen Preview: Who, Where and a Dash of Why

How does this day sneak up on me even though I’ve been waiting for it to come for, oh, about the last nine months? Anyway, the wait is over, the warm-ups have been applied to whatever purpose, and there will never be a better time to tap all those kegs of Kwaremont and Jupiler, for people who actually want to drink it. The Ronde van Vlaanderen is upon us. But before getting down to business, let me digress a moment... You already know, probably, that Vlaanderens Mooiste means Flanders’ most beautiful -- the nickname of the Ronde van Vlaanderen that also pretty well captures how a lot of people feel about it. More than a few of us consider it wielrennens mooiste , the most beautiful race in the sport. That’s a subjective opinion and you aren’t required to share it. You probably don’t if high mountain environments are more ...

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Pas Normal Studio – Mechanism SS18 on the Emporium

The post Pas Normal Studio – Mechanism SS18 on the Emporium appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Preview: Your guide to the 2018 Tour of Flanders

We’re deep into cobbled classics season and it’s now time for the second Monument of the year: The Tour of Flanders, or De Ronde, as it is lovingly known. This Sunday’s race will be the 102nd edition of the Ronde van Vlaanderen, the biggest bike race in Belgium and one of the biggest one-day races … The post Preview: Your guide to the 2018 Tour of Flanders appeared first on CyclingTips .

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I Love Alejandro Valverde

Subtlety has left the building... Ha. Hahaha. Hahahahaha. Oh, I have a confession to make — I didn’t see Dwars live today, I had a few engagements, but there is always time to check Twitter. And so, when I tugged the lever on the Internet’s most popular slot machine, up it came: Valverde attacks on the Taaienberg. Five words. Short of “Go home and watch cycling,” I can’t think of five words that would have brightened my day more. Crossover efforts, you see, appeal to me — fair play to Romain Bardet and Nairo Quintana for just turning up in Flanders, and more than fair play to the only-improving Wout van Aert for what he’s already achieved this season, but for Alejandro Valverde — Valverde — lighter than Froome, Bardet, Pinot and a good few more than the subgroup we dub “skinny climbers,” to finish within a minute in a ...

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SSSSRSSP - GP Big Mig

SSSRSSP has gone to Italy, France, and Belgium. While the rest of the cycling world is focused on Belgium this week, we’re taking a trip to Spain and can add an extra “S” to the name. Welcome to Shawn’s Shit Small Spanish Race Shit Small Preview. Often times races named after riders have very little relation to the titular cyclist. You’ve got the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race *FN 1 (usually won by a sprinter), the Settimana Internazionale Coppi e Bartali (short stages, no climbs, and no cigarettes?) the Memorial Marco Pantani (Italian SSR sprinter territory), the Davide Rebellin Young Guns Challenge, the Bo Hamburger, Taco Van der Hoorn, and Davide Malacarne Vegan-Olympics, and the Odd Christian Eiking Totally Normal and Secular Road Race. *FN 2 The Gran Premio Miguel Indurain defies that trend. Miguel Indurain is much like his eponymous race-- not flashy, but reliably good. Big Mig ...

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Vanmarcke thrives in rain-soaked Dwars door Vlaanderen

Sep Vanmarcke (EF Education First-Drapac) sparks the winning move

Sep Vanmarcke ( EF Education First-Drapac ) does not lack for podium results in the Classics, and he added another one at Dwars door Vlaanderen on Wednesday. The 29-year-old Belgian rider finished third and joined winner Yves Lampaert (Quick-Step Floors) and runner-up Mike Teunissen (Sunweb) on the podium in Waregem after a rain-soaked race. With his recent performances, Vanmarcke adds his name to the list of favourites for the upcoming Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix. In the post-race flash interview, a mud-clad Vanmarcke was asked about his three candidates for the win in Sunday's Tour of Flanders. He smiled. "That's easy. I haven't won yet, so I offer to be a candidate. Sagan of course, and this guy next to us, Yves Lampaert. He's a big name. He rides really hard. The third is difficult. I hope [it will be] myself," Vanmarcke said. Dwars door Vlaanderen Yves Lampaert escaped from ...

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Strong Classics campaign makes Benoot a favourite for Tour of Flanders

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

Another strong Classics performance at Dwars door Vlaanderen has propelled Tiesj Benoot ( Lotto-Soudal ) onto the list of favourites for the Tour of Flanders on April 1. But being classified as a contender ahead of the event means little to Benoot, who says winning the title is the only thing that matters. "Being a top favourite doesn't mean anything. It's the result on Sunday evening that matters the most. Mentally, I made a step forward since my [career-first] win in Strade Bianche. I'm full of confidence, and that will not be different on Sunday," Benoot said after finishing seventh in Waregem. Just like in the Strade Bianche and E3 Harelbeke, Benoot was one of the strongest riders in the race. He wasn't rewarded with a podium result in E3 Harelbeke or Dwars door Vlaanderen, but a confident Benoot referred to several factors that should help him achieve that goal ...

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Bora-Hansgrohe name team to back Peter Sagan at Tour of Flanders

Peter Sagan wins Gent-Wevelgem 2018

Bora-Hansgrohe have named the team to support Peter Sagan at this weekend’s Tour of Flanders, with the world champion supported by experienced Classics men Daniel Oss and Marcus Burghardt. Sagan is aiming to win a second Tour of Flanders title after taking victory in the 2016 edition ahead of Fabian Cancellara and Sep Vanmarcke, his first and only Monument success. The 28-year-old Slovakian has had a mixed Classics campaign so far. He skipped the opening weekend in Belgium in favour of altitude training and only made his cobbled debut at E3 Harelbeke last week after taking sixth at Milan-San Remo. The race did not go to plan after he crashed and then missed out on a split, eventually finishing over three minutes behind the winner Niki Terpstra. He later said that he hadn't fell well during the race. He bounced back two days later to take a sprint victory a ...

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