Tour of Flanders 2018: Niki Terpstra takes solo win

Tour of Flanders 2018: Niki Terpstra takes solo win

Peter Stuart 1 Apr 2018 After a fragmented day, Dutchman Niki Terpstra made a stunning solo break in the last 25km for victory Niki Terpstra of Team Quick-Step Floors made an historic effort to become the first Dutchman to win the Tour of Flanders in over three decades, with a decisive solo attack through the final 25km that saw him bridge through the breakaway and ride solo to victory. What began as an abortive two-man break with Vincenzo Nibali, who was not happy to work with the Dutchman, saw Niki Terpstra begin a solo effort. He moved through the leading group of the race, taking ground on the cobbled climbs of Oude Kwaremont and Paterberg to then power through the last 15km solo for the win. While a chase group of major contendors looked capable of reeling him in within the last 10km, a lack of cohesion and a strong ...

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How to attack a punchy climb like… Peter Sagan

How to attack a punchy climb like… Peter Sagan

The key components to attacking on a climb are explosive power, positioning, and the ability to preserve energy. Depending on how long the climb is, there are finishing climbs where sprinters such as Peter Sagan can win. How to climb like Simon Yates Wahoo Kickr Climb first ride review Can one gear really work for hill climbs? Good out-of-the-saddle power, where the rider flows with the bike, at the same time as transferring all power to the pedals is not unlike a sprint. This skill cannot be utilised from the back of the bunch, or when the rider is fatigued… Peter Sagan is good at everything. He can follow accelerations in the saddle or out of it. He is a master of positioning himself in the right place with the least energy expenditure. If you have the right physical attributes, you also need bunch positioning skills, as well as knowledge ...

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Niki Terpstra wins 2018 Tour of Flanders

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

Niki Terpstra continued Quick-Step Floors ’ domination of the Belgian Classics with a solo win in the Tour of Flanders on Sunday. The Dutchman jumped clear over the top of the Kruisberg after Milan-San Remo winner Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) attacked. Terpstra dropped the Italian and then also powered past a trio of riders from the early breakaway on the Kwaremont. Despite a chase from a group containing Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe), Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing) and last year’s winner Philippe Gilbert (Quick-Step Floors) over the last two climbs, Terpstra was able to hold on for the win. Mads Pedersen (Trek-Segafredo) secured second place after surviving from the break, as Gilbert capped another excellent day for Quick-Step with third place. Terptra’s attack mirrored the move he made in the 2015 edition of the race, but unlike three years ago he didn’t have Alexander Kristoff (UAE Team Emirates) for company. “It's a ...

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Lieutenant Oss: Tactics can make the difference in the classics

Lieutenant Oss: Tactics can make the difference in the classics

Daniel Oss is a hardman of the spring classics and embraces his role as the top lieutenant for Peter Sagan. Read the full article at Lieutenant Oss: Tactics can make the difference in the classics on VeloNews.com .

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Peter Sagan and Specialized launch 'Sagan Collection' - Gallery

This article first appeared on BikeRadar . On the eve of the Tour of Flanders , Peter Sagan , Specialized and Bora-Hansgrohe unveiled the 'Sagan Collection', which includes two bikes, a frameset, shoes and a helmet. Designed in conjunction with Sagan, the sparkly product is available for sale now. Peter Sagan's 'Sagan Collection' S-Works Tarmac SL6 Disc Sagan will race aboard a 'Sagan Collection' Tarmac SL6 for the Tour of Flanders before switching to an S-Works Roubaix for next week's Paris-Roubaix. Peter Sagan’s S-Works Tarmac SL6 gallery Specialized S-Works Tarmac SL6 Disc review Specialized revamps S-Works shoes and aero helmet Specialized Roubaix Comp review All of the products in the Sagan Collection line-up come with a glitter, matt and gloss finish, as well as quotes from Sagan and a nod to each of the Slovakian's three world championship titles. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com

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Peter Sagan and Specialized launch 'Sagan Collection' - Gallery

Peter Sagan and Specialized launch 'Sagan Collection' - Gallery

On the eve of the Tour of Flanders , Peter Sagan , Specialized and Bora-Hansgrohe unveiled the 'Sagan Collection', which includes two bikes, a frameset, shoes and a helmet. Designed in conjunction with Sagan, the sparkly product is available for sale now. Peter Sagan will race aboard a Sagan Collection Tarmac SL6 for the Tour of Flanders before switching to an S-Works Roubaix for next week's Paris-Roubaix. Peter Sagan’s S-Works Tarmac SL6 gallery Specialized S-Works Tarmac SL6 Disc review Specialized revamps S-Works shoes and aero helmet Specialized Roubaix Comp review All of the products in the Sagan Collection line-up come with a glitter, matt and gloss finish, as well as quotes from Sagan and a nod to each of the Slovakian's three world championship titles. Specialized designed the collection with the world champion, with inspiration coming from Sagan's love of muscle cars and Americana design. You can read more at ...

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Peter Sagan means business at the Tour of Flanders

Peter Sagan wins 2016 Tour of Flanders

Peter Sagan means business at the Tour of Flanders . As if to prove the point, after 15 minutes of listening to his thoughts on the forthcoming Ronde in Roeselare on Saturday, reporters were ushered into the room next door for the launch of a line of bikes bearing the world champion's name. The line between press conference and timeshare presentation is often blurred in a sport where teams owe their very existence to selling their naming rights to sponsors, but few riders' images have been hawked as extensively as that of Sagan over the past number of years. Seated at a top table bedecked with bottles of the alcohol-free beer he now peddles, Sagan cut a relaxed figure as he fielded questions on his build-up for the Tour of Flanders. Already the winner of the Ronde in 2016, Sagan lines out as the favourite again this time around in ...

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Sagan to show ‘who’s best’ and not worried about losing Flanders

Sagan to show ‘who’s best’ and not worried about losing Flanders

Peter Sagan is not afraid of losing the Tour of Flanders on Sunday, but concerned with showing he is the best. Read the full article at Sagan to show ‘who’s best’ and not worried about losing Flanders on VeloNews.com .

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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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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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