Van Avermaet: It's more difficult for me without Sagan

Greg Van Avermaet taking his second straight Omloop Het Nieuwsblad victory

While almost all the world's top Classics riders are in Belgium this weekend for Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne , there's one glaring absentee in Peter Sagan ( Bora-Hansgrohe ). Some might breathe a sigh of relief at not having to work out how to beat the three-time world champion, but for Greg Van Avermaet ( BMC Racing ) it's the opposite. Sagan won Kuurne last year and finished on the podium at the past two editions of Omloop, but has decided to plot his route to the spring differently this year, training at altitude in Spain before resuming racing at Strade Bianche. For Van Avermaet, who has beaten Sagan to the top step of those last two Omloop podiums, the 'opening weekend' remains an important step on his calendar, but he says his chances of a record third title are made harder – not easier – by his rival's ...

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Kwiatkowski shrugs off Grand Tour talk to focus on one-day targets

Michal Kwiatkowski celebrates winning the 2018 Volta ao Algarve

When it comes to Michal Kwiatkowski ( Team Sky ) targeting Grand Tours and stage races the question appears to have always been a matter of ‘when rather than if’ but the Team Sky all-rounder remains firmly focused on achieving his one-day ambitions for the time being. The Polish rider has forged a career as one of the most multi-talented riders in the current peloton, with an eclectic skill set enabling him to win across a number of formats. There are few riders who can go toe-to-toe with Peter Sagan one week, and then ride at the head of affairs in the mountains the next. The all-rounder won both summit finish stages at the Volta ao Algarve, and carried away the overall crown after a daring raid on the final stage. Heading into the spring classics, he once more looks like a force to reckoned with. “Liege-Bastogne-Liege is a big ...

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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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Blue is the new black: rating 2018's pro team kits

Blue is the new black: rating 2018's pro team kits

Felix Lowe 22 Feb 2018 Eurosport’s Felix Lowe casts his eye over the season’s new pro kits Do you remember when Team Sky first started warming down on rollers and colour co-ordinating their hydration strategies? Every other team was soon at marginal pains to copy the new coolest kids in the playground and overnight there were more black kits on display than in a teenage goth’s wardrobe. In 2018 that has all changed. The only team swimming with the black tide – offset with questionable bogey green – is Mitchelton-Scott. (Mitchelton replaces mining giant Orica as the Aussie squad’s main sponsor, and its owner, Gerry Ryan, is digging deep into his own pockets via his wine business, hotel and spa. Think Oleg Tinkov’s La Datcha chalets, but with less vodka.) Sky have ditched black for a translucent kit that will make rainy races look like a wet T-shirt competition. Dare ...

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FSA-DS Q&A with Ursula

2017 top scorer, unknown quantity in 2018

If you dance with the Devil, you might as well lead. I didn’t Then I did something I haven’t done before: make those 1-6 pointers dirt cheap. Its like I’m giving them away! Well, the teams are out and the FSA-DS season is underway. This seems like an opportune moment to bring you the thoughts of the man who ruins our February every year, the diabolic curator of the points-list himsef: Ursula. If you missed last year’s podcafst, this is a chance to get a bit of an insight into how the list comes together and the rationale behind it. Before we begin, I should take a brief moment to say a sincere thank you to Ursula and to Jens, umwolverine, Super Ted, Chris and all the others who put so much time into producing the best fantasy cycling game there is, and rolling it out to us for absolutely ...

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Sprinting with Sagan

Peter Sagan sprints to win the Tour Down Under’s People’s Choice Classic

World champion Peter Sagan answers BikeRoar's questions about the season, his keys to success, and he gives his tips and advice to aspiring cyclists and sprinters.

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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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Speed skating and cycling - the similarities are uncanny

Speed skating has many similarities to cycling

The Winter Olympics don't have any cycling, per se, but you'll find there's a lot in common with ice speed skating. We look into the similarities of the racing and equipment and events.

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6 top gravel bikes under $2000

Gravel riding through scenic countryside, rolling hills

Our top 6 picks for gravel / adventure bikes around $2000. These are for cyclists who like on and off-road riding and value at a moderate price point.

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Ulissi wins GP de Montreal

Diego Ulissi wins GP de Montreal

Diego Ulissi ( UAE Emirates ) outsprinted his breakaway companions to win the GP de Montreal Sunday, crossing the line ahead of Jesus Herrada (Movistar) and Tom-Jelte Slagter (Cannondale-Drapac) for the victory. Ulissi joined the six-man move that got away late in the race and then countered a lead out by Tony Gallopin (Lotto Soudal) to take the win. "Last year I was third after two great champions, Peter Sagan and Greg Van Avermaet," Ulissi said. "This year, I tried to be a little bit braver. Trying to attack earlier, trying to go for the victory, and I got it." Ulissi was in the final move with Gallopin, Herrada, Slagter, Jan Bakelants (AG2R La Mondiale) an Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo) that escaped in the closing kilometres of the one-day WorldTour race. As Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) and Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing) watched each other in the first chase group, Ulissi et ...

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