Fire and ice: The Sagan/Van Avermaet rivalry

Fire and ice: The Sagan/Van Avermaet rivalry

The enigmatic Peter Sagan and the workmanlike Greg Van Avermaet are destined to clash this spring. Will their rivalry finally turn to gold? Read the full article at Fire and ice: The Sagan/Van Avermaet rivalry on VeloNews.com .

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Cobbled rankings: take two

In which we correct the preseason errors Sorry seems to be the hardest word to say. When Elton John and Bernie Taupin sat down to write that particular tear jerker, they’d never heard me attempt Maxime Farazijn, Rik Van Ijzendoorn or Karnemelkbeekstraat. In many ways, a period without podcasts whilst the races go through Flanders and the Basque Country is probably a good thing. I don’t want to further damage my country’s reputation in Europe. Anyway, I might struggle when it comes to pronouncing Flemish words, but I have no problem saying sorry. I did some writing before Omloop, and a bunch of it was wrong. Sorry. Elton John was wrong, but you know who was right? Static Major and Timothy Mosley, that’s who! (Thanks, google. Thanks for everything). They gave words to Aaliyah, and they gave us our theme tune for today’s rehash of the cobbles team ranking. Meanwhile, ...

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Sportful BodyFit Pro Classics kit review

James Spender Wednesday, March 21, 2018 - 10:32 Warm, versatile, well-made and cleverly thought out, but make sure you try sizes before you buy 4.0 / 5 £16-115 I’m very excitd about these socks. No really. Sportful has long occupied a large section of my wardrobe, I rode to work in a pair of Sportful Fiandre bibtights and jersey only this morning in fact. But one thing has always stuck in my craw: its socks. They are well-made and comfy, but they are short. This is how I’ve noticed Italians like it, but I like my cuffs a little longer. This year, Sportful has finally risen to the occasion with the new Ride 15 socks, comprising a 15cm/6” cuff. There is little more to say on that except about time . And also, great job . The socks are most excellent. They should be for £16 a pop though. Leggie ...

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Milan-San Remo review – Podcast

Vincenzo Nibali wins Milan-San Remo

In this week’s edition of the Cyclingnews podcast - brought to you in association with Prendas Ciclismo, Pinarello and Floyds of Leadville – we look back at a nail-biting edition of Milan-San Remo . Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) stole the show with a daring attack on the Poggio, and despite a flurry of counter-attacks and a late chase, the Italian held on for a famous victory. At the finish we hear from Nibali, along with Caleb Ewan (second), Alexander Kristoff (fourth), and Peter Sagan (sixth). We look back at the action but also analyse what it means for Nibali’s career, and Italian cycling. The Italian rider has now won three Monuments to add to his four Grand Tour titles, which begs the question, is he the most complete rider of his generation? To subscribe to the Cyclingnews podcast, click here . You can read more at Cyclingnews.com

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World Championships could be heading for cobbles and bergs in 2020

World Championships could be heading for cobbles and bergs in 2020

Joe Robinson 20 Mar 2018 Drenthe and Groningen in line for 2020 Worlds and the local terrain could offer some exciting racing The UCI World Championships could be heading to the cobbles in the north of the Netherlands as the provinces of Drenthe and Groningen look likely to host the events in 2020. As reported by local Dutch newspaper Dagblad van het Noorden , the two provinces are close to securing the first World Championships on Dutch soil since Valkenburg in 2012. This comes alongside reports that Venice has had to withdraw its bid due to a lack of financial support from the local government. It was originally expected that the 2020 championships would have started in the famous St. Mark's Square before tackling a 20km circuit on seven occasions. Dutch press has suggested for Drenthe and Groningen to host the Worlds there will need to be a budget in ...

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The stats don't lie, Vincenzo Nibali is the greatest rider of his generation

Joe Robinson 19 Mar 2018 Victory at Milan-San Remo means the shark of Messina has joined an exclusive club within cycling Victory at Milan-San Remo last Saturday confirmed Vincenzo Nibali as one of the great all-time cyclists. Some, like myself, had already afforded him this plaudit but this latest win on the Via Roma should quash any remaining doubters. Seizing his moment as the race climbed the Poggio, Nibali attacked alongside the young Krists Neilands (Israel Cycling Academy). Catching the bunch napping, a gap grew before the Sicilian crested the climb. In his most natural habitat, Nibali descended down onto the coastal road, not affording himself a second to look back. It looked as 33-year-old's dream was going to be crushed as the peloton began to bear down in the last few kilometres. However, a heroic effort saw the Shark of Messina cross the line, arms aloft, holding off a ...

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Sagan: ‘I told myself Vincenzo wins or we’ll catch him’

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Peter Sagan finished sixth at the 2018 Milano-Sanremo on Saturday. He congratulated Vincenzo Nibali afterward for his courageous attack. Read the full article at Sagan: ‘I told myself Vincenzo wins or we’ll catch him’ on VeloNews.com .

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Nibali: We raced really well and then this pearl came out of it

Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) wins

Vincenzo Nibali was handed a phone after he had celebrated winning Milan-San Remo and was surprised to realise that on the other end of the line was Eddy Merckx, keen to congratulate him on his solo victory. Merckx won Milan-San Remo seven times during his own career and knew there was something cannibalesque about the way Nibali had attacked his rivals on the Poggio, distanced them over the top and then held them at bay all the way until the Via Roma. Merckx famously celebrated in the Via Roma with one arm in the air, Nibali took time to look back at the sprinters who were chasing him and then began to wave both arms furiously as he celebrated yet another career-defining moment. Like Merckx, Nibali is able to win monument classics as well as the Giro d'Italia, Tour de France and Vuelta a Espana. He has now completed an ...

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Demare: There are plenty of positives to take from Milan-San Remo

Arnaud Demare tucked in behind his Groupama-FDJ teamates

As Vincenzo Nibali sung the Italian national anthem on top step of the Milan-San Remo podium, Arnaud Demare looked up at him and smiled. The Frenchman won Milan-San Remo in 2016 and could fully understand the emotions the Sicilian was feeling after such an adrenalinic finish. Demare was disappointed to have finished third behind Caleb Ewan (Mitchelton-Scott) in the sprint but was happy to have gone so close to a second Milan-San Remo victory. "It's still a podium. If I'd have been fourth I'd have been slightly more disappointed even though I didn't win. So it's just a consolation, even if I can be satisfied. There are plenty of positives to take from Milan-San Remo," Demare said, analysing his race and that of a strong Groupama-FDJ team that was never afraid to hit the front, take control of the peloton and protect Demare. "I'm happy with my form and that ...

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Kwiatkowski: When Nibali went, we fell asleep

Michal Kwiatkowski (Team Sky)

Michal Kwiatkowski won Milan-San Remo in 2017 with a perfect tactical performance against faster finisher Peter Sagan. This year the tables turned, with the Pole and Team Sky the victims of other teams' tactics and a lack of riders in the final kilometres. Team Sky tried to take control of the race on the Cipressa but were then swamped on the run-in to the Poggio, with Kwiatkowski starting the final climb from too far back. He never got back into the thick of the action and was not well placed when Nibali made his surge mid-way up the testing climb. Kwiatkowski hoped that other teams would chase the down Italian and give him a final throw of the dice. However, the chase failed to materialise until it was too late to catch Nibali. Kwiatkowski finished 11th in the sprint with Gianni Moscon in 29th a few seconds behind and no ...

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Sagan praises Nibali after Italian dominates Milan-San Remo

Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe)

Peter Sagan ( Bora-Hansgrohe ) was the big favourite to win Milan-San Remo but the world champion could only finish sixth in the sprint behind solo winner Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida), beaten by several of his big-name sprint rivals. Sagan rolled to the Bora-Hansgrohe team bus in silence after the sprint in the Via Roma, tired after a huge effort in the rain, disappointed in defeat but happy for his former Liquigas teammate and good friend. Nibali admitted he talked to Sagan before the race hit the Poggio, trying to understand his plans for the final climb. Last year Sagan made the decisive attack on the Poggio only to lose the three-rider sprint to Michal Kwiatkowski. This time he seemed to ride a more race and didn't move when Nibali jumped across to Krijs Neilands (Israel Cycling Academy) and then kicked clear alone. Sagan seemed happy to see a close friend ...

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NIBALI STUNS SPRINTERS IN SANREMO

Vincenzo Nibali wins Milano Sanremo

Italian wins La Classicissima in style; Ewan best sprinter for second Vincenzo Nibali of Bahrain Merida added to his growing legend today with a victory for the ages in the 109th edition of Milano Sanremo. The Shark of the Straits accelerated away on the Poggio, the race’s final climb, as he does almost annually, only this time the peloton were an instant too slow in responding. Nibali got a gap of 11 seconds, held most of it down the technical descent to Sanremo, and won with a bike length or two to spare over the hard-charging peloton, led by Caleb Ewan of Michelton-Scott and former winner Arnaud Demare of FDJ. The Song of the Italians could be heard joyfully ringing out in the streets of Sanremo as fans, officials and former riders in attendance celebrated the first Italian victory in twelve years. They were celebrating the country’s greatest cycling star ...

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An Italian champion: Nibali solos to thrilling victory at Milan-San Remo

With a perfectly timed attack on the Poggio climb, followed by a daredevil descent, Italian Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) soloed to victory to win the 109th edition of Milano-Sanremo, the first Monument of the 2018 season. Nibali became the first Italian to win since Filippo Pozzato, in 2006. It was the third Monument victory for Nibali — … The post An Italian champion: Nibali solos to thrilling victory at Milan-San Remo appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Vincenzo Nibali wins 2018 Milan-San Remo

Vincenzo Nibali wins 2018 Milan-San Remo

Pete Muir 17 Mar 2018 The Italian rider for Bahrain-Merida takes his first win at the Monument Bahrain-Merida’s Vincenzo Nibali won the 2018 edition of Milan-San Remo after attacking on the Poggio with 6km to go. He created a gap of around eight seconds over the top of the Poggio, which he increased on the descent, and he then managed to hold on to cross the line on the Via Roma just ahead of the charging pack. Mitchelton-Scott’s Caleb Ewan took second place in his first attempt at the race, with FDJ’s Arnaud Démare taking the third spot on the podium. Last year’s winner Michal Kwiatkowski finished in the bunch sprint alongside favourite Peter Sagan. Nibali’s victory gives Italy its first winner of the Monument in over a decade. How the race panned out The 109 th edition of ‘The Primavera’ got off to a damp start in Milan, with ...

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Stuyven takes Milan-San Remo leadership reins for Trek-Segafredo

Jasper Stuyven and Daniel Oss

With 2015 Milan-San Remo winner John Degenkolb and Trek-Segafredo back-up plan Giacomo Nizzolo both out of this year's race due to illness and injury, leadership duties for the season's first Monument fall on Jasper Stuyven , whose biggest Spring win to date came in 2016 at Kuurne-Brussell-Kuurne. The 25-year-old Belgian was 39th in Milan-San Remo last year, finishing in the field behind the three-rider move of winner Michal Kwiatkowski (Team Sky), runner-up Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) and third-placed Julian Alaphilippe (Quick-Step Floors), but the reigns of team leadership are his this year despite only starting the race once before. "I don’t think it’s a disadvantage that this is only my second participation in Milan-San Remo," Stuyven said at the Trek-Segafredo press conefence on the eve of the race. "I did it last year, we did a recon earlier this week, so I have the final again fresh in my mind. It ...

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Gilbert: I could win Milan-San Remo this year or maybe never

Philippe Gilbert and former Quick-Step rider Tom Boonen talk to the media

Philippe Gilbert ( Quick-Step Floors ) has reached the Milan-San Remo podium twice and animated the closing kilometres multiple other times, but the 35-year-old Belgian Classics specialist has never won the Italian Monument that rolls out Saturday for 294km of racing. He'd like to change that this year. Gilbert will line up with a strong seven-rider Quick-Step team that has multiple ways of winning, including with sprinter Elia Viviani if the bunch comes onto the Via Roma in downtown San Remo together. If history is a guide, however, Gilbert will try to make something happen before the sprinters get a chance to have their day. "It's always hard to know and to understand this race," Gilbert said when asked last week at Tirreno-Adriatico what was the secret to winning Milan-San Remo. "Of course I was close a few times, but it never happened to win. I was twice on the ...

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Milan-San Remo predictions: Peter Sagan can win any way he wants

Peter Sagan, Michal Kwiatkowski and Julian Alaphilippe fight for the Milan-San Remo win

As the directeur sportif of the 25 Milan-San Remo teams gathered at the race headquarters in Milan for the tradition 'punzonatura' on Friday, collecting their rider numbers, one rider emerged as absolute favourite: Peter Sagan ( Bora-Hansgrohe ). The three-time world champion confirmed he is on form with three second places at Tirreno-Adriatico and seems determined to make up for losing to Michal Kwiatkowski in 2017. Cyclingnews asked several directeur sportif two simple questions: Who will win Milan-San Remo? And how? Sagan's name dominated their answers, as the expected winner on Saturday and for the way he can win with an attack on the Poggio or in a sprint finish in Via Roma. Only Sagan's directeur sportif Patxi Vila was cautious about naming Sagan as the favourite, but only for reasons of superstition. Vila has carefully planned the Bora-Hansgrohe tactics in the hope that Sagan finally wins Milan-San Remo on ...

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Enigmatic Peter Sagan ready for anything in pursuit of Milan-San Remo success

Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe)

In his third year as world champion and after becoming a father, Peter Sagan understandably seems happy with life. He is known for his spontaneity and his sincerity, yet there is one thing that turns his usual smile to a quiet scowl: he hates talking about a race before the big day, especially a monument like Milan-San Remo , which he has yet to win after seven attempts and which he lost in dramatic fashion in 2017 . Sagan keeps his hectic life on the road simple by living in the moment, letting his carefully chosen entourage worry about the details, the deals and the problems. He prefers to race carefree and on instinct, focusing on what he can control out on the road: his own racing and his own emotions. This year, more than ever before, every rider, every directeur sportif, every former winner and every social media pundit ...

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Milan-San Remo: Ewan looking to improve on 10th place in debut last year

Caleb Ewan (Mitchelton-Scott)

In a show of confidence for their 23-year-old sprinter who finished 10th in his first appearance in Milan-San Remo last year, Mitchelton-Scott are sending Caleb Ewan back to La Primavera with his full three-man lead-out train intact. Tour Down Under winner Daryl Impey, Roger Kluge, Luka Mezgec will join Ewan on the start line in Milan on Saturday, along with Jack Bauer, Mathew Hayman and Matteo Trentin. The team are hoping the experienced roster backing their young sprinter can recreate the day that saw them win the race in 2012 with Simon Gerrans. "Milan-San Remo will always be a special race for us; it was the first monument we won back in 2012 and a race that really put the team on the map," said Micthelton-Scott director Matt White. "We have a really versatile and experienced group of riders lining up on Saturday," White said, "and I am quietly confident ...

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Zwift: Train to conquer Watopia

Zwift: Train to conquer Watopia

This is a sponsored article in association with Zwift. Zwift features three different and challenging worlds: the London course that hosts Prudential RideLondon in July, the Richmond route that saw Peter Sagan win the 2015 Road World Championships, and the mythical island of Watopia. And it’s Watopia where we’re heading now, identifying key features and the fitness variables you need to conquer them. Become polka-dot royalty As the name suggests, the Epic KOM/QOM is a devilish ascent and at 9.5km it remains the longest verified climb segment on Zwift. Total elevation gain nestles at 414m, with an average gradient of 3.9 percent, maximum tilt of 10.7 percent and the summit bursting through the Watopia skies at 372m. The climb hints of Alpine peaks with the base of the climb tropical before snow flanks either side of the road around 250m up. The fastest ascender becomes the wearer of the Epic ...

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