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The March 2018 edition of Procycling is now available to buy in UK shops. The issue features Michał Kwiatkowski , one of the strongest riders of 2017 and already one of the most successful riders of 2018 on the cover and we travelled to his native Poland for an in-depth interview with the 27-year-old Sky rider. Last year, Kwiatkowski won Strade Bianche and his debut monument at Milan-San Remo, and as the cobbled Classics get underway and the first monument of 2018 rapidly approaches, the Team Sky rider goes into this season's spring campaign brimming with confidence. After becoming world champion in 2014 aged 24, Kwiatkowski is arguably now in the form of his life. Fresh from a win in Volta ao Algarve earlier in February, the Pole heads into the spring season aiming to go even better than he did last year. "I want to win more Classics. I ...

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Top road disc brake bikes

Top road disc brake bikes

Road disc bikes have rolled past controversy and are now becoming the standard, from everyday riders to World Tour racers. Here are our picks of the top ones you should watch and buy.

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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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Strade Bianche 2018: Route, riders and all you need to know

Joe Robinson 27 Feb 2018 Key information about the 2018 Strade Bianche, which takes place on Saturday 3rd March Despite the race only being in its 12th edition, Strade Bianche has quickly become one of the most prestigious one-day races outside of the five Monuments, so much so that it was made a WorldTour race in 2017. With its gravel roads and punchy climbs, the race has suited the Classics men with many who hold ambitions at the Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix shining brightly at this Italian race. However, more tradtional climbers like Alejandro Valverde and Damiano Cunego have also faired well in the past. The most successful rider at Strade Bianche is Fabian Cancellara with three victories - 2008, 2012 and 2016. The most recent champion is Michal Kwiatkowski whose victory in 2017 kickstarted an impressive Spring Classics campaign that also saw the Pole take his first Monument ...

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Van Avermaet chasing victory at Strade Bianche

Olympic road champion Greg Van Avermaet shows off his new colours

Greg Van Avermaet will lead the BMC Racing team at Saturday's Strade Bianche , hoping to finally win the Italian Classic after finishing second to Michel Kwiatkowski last year and second to Zdenek Stybar in 2015. Van Avermaet failed to secure a result at the opening weekend in Belgium but showed his early-season form by winning a stage at the Tour of Oman. He will have the support of Alberto Bettiol, Damiano Caruso, Stefan Küng, Michael Schär, Francisco Ventoso and Loïc Vliegen for the dirt road race in the steep hills south of Siena. His major rivals for the first Italian one-day WorldTour race of the 2018 season include world champion Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe), Kwiatkowski and Gianni Moscon (Team Sky), Alexey Lutsenko (Astana), Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida), Philippe Gilbert (Quick-Step Floors), Edvald Boasson Hagen (Dimension Data), Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) and cyclo-cross world champion Wout van Aert (Verandas Willems-Crelan). After snow ...

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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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Kwiatkowski braves the elements for Milan-San Remo recon

Michal Kwiatkowski took stage honours during stage 2 at Volta ao Algarve

Team Sky 's Michal Kwiatkowski is already preparing to defend his 2017 Milan-San Remo title when the race rolls out next month, even enduring a day of training in the snow on the route of the Italian Monument. The polish rider posted a video on Twitter of himself riding in a snowstorm with the frosty precipitation piling up on his brow and glasses. "San-Remo recon done," Kwiatkowski says in the video. "Lovely." The 291km race, which takes place March 17, has seen its snow days in the past, but Kwiatkowski - and the rest of the peloton, no doubt - will be hoping for a bit warner weather this year. Kwiatkowski won last year's race in a three-up sprint ahead of Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) and Julian Alaphlippe (Quick-Step Floors), two weeks after he won Strade Bianche. After San Remo he was second in Amstel Gold and third at Liege-Bastogne-Liege. So ...

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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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Race analysis from Opening Weekend - Podcast

Michael Valgren (Astana) gets the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad Elite trophy

In this week's episode of the Cyclingnew s podcast – brought to you in association with Prendas Ciclismo , Pinarello and Floyd's of Leadville – Edward Pickering and Daniel Benson look back at the 'Opening Weekend' in Belgium and analyse the racing that saw Michael Valgren (Astana) come out on top in Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and Dylan Groenewegen (LottoNl-Jumbo) continue his fine start this season with victory in Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne . We hear from Valgren and two of the Omloop protagonists, Mitchelton-Scott's Matteo Trentin and Sep Vanmarcke (EF Education Firs-Drapac), while Jim Ochowicz provides the latest on BMC Racing's search for sponsorship. The main focus, however, is on the Classics, and as well as looking at the winners, we also focus on where some of the leading teams – Lotto-Soudal and Quick-Step Floors – were found wanting. There's also the latest on Astana's financial situation and a quick look ahead to ...

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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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Watch: Kwiatkowski cycles through the snow on Milan-San Remo ride

Joe Robinson 26 Feb 2018 Preparing to defend his 2017 title, the Team Sky man shows off the heavy snowfall Milan-San Remo defending champion Michal Kwiatkowski ( Team Sky ) has been out riding the roads of the first Monument of the year and it appears the weather in this coastal Italian town is no different to what we are experiencing here in the UK. Riding along, the Pole filmed himself alone in a heavy downfall of snow having to clear his glasses of the unrelenting flurry. San Remo recon, if anyone asked %uD83D%uDE02%uD83C%uDF28 #Kwiato #allezKwiato @TeamSky pic.twitter.com/g459rdLyCE — Micha%u0142 Kwiatkowski (@kwiato) February 26, 2018 With only two weekends remaining before the 2018 edition of the race, the 2014 road race World Champion is preparing to defend his title from last season in which he outsprinted Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) and Julian Alaphillippe ( Quick-Step Floors ) in photo finish. See ...

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Why the 2018 Omloop Het Nieuwsblad was so underwhelming

Joe Robinson 26 Feb 2018 There were a few clear reasons as to why the first cobbled Classic of the year was not that exciting This weekend, for many, sparked the true start of the cycling season with Omloop Het Nieuwsblad on Saturday. This cobbled one-day Classic usually produces electric racing and builds the anticipation for the upcoming Tour of Flanders to palpable levels. However while Michael Valgren's (Astana) canny attack led to an impressive solo victory , I couldn't help but to feel a little unsatisfied with this year's race. Bucking the trend of recent years, the 2018 Omloop did not produce the fireworks on the much loved cobbled climbs between the usual culprits that we are used to seeing. Below is a little looks at why we may have all been left underwhelmed by this usually tantalising race. If it isn't broke, don't fix it On paper, Omloop ...

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Trentin: The most nervous opening weekend of my life

Matteo Trentin (Mitchelton-Scott) at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad

After seven seasons with Quick-Step Floors, Matteo Trentin signed a two-year deal with the Australian registered Mitchelton-Scott for the 2018 and 2019 campaigns. Wins were coming thick and fast in his final two seasons for the Belgian outfit and moving away from such a successful team may have been questionable to some. However, the lure of a bigger role in the Classics combined with a new challenge was too exciting a prospect to turn down, and one that already shows promise. Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne , 55th and 16th place respectively, don't pay Trentin justice for the two big performances during each race. Mitchelton-Scott's new signing was visible in both races, making it into the final selection at Omloop, as well as being part of one of the most promising breakaways during Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne. Speaking to Cyclingnews after Sunday's race, Trentin analysed the weekend's action, "No results, so we can't ...

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Abu Dhabi Tour: Stage 5 highlights - Video

Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) wins stage 2 at Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana

Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) continued his early-season winning comeback from the crash that ended his 2017 Tour de France with final day stage and overall Abu Dhabi Tour honours. The Spaniard was unstoppable in the summit finale at Jebel Hafeet, taking all before him and relegating Astana's Miguel Angel Lope z to second on the stage and third on GC. "As long as I continue winning, I will continue riding," Valverde said. "I don't know if I'm the best rider in the world, but I'm a rider who wins big races and is always up there." Race leader at the start of the stage, Rohan Dennis (BMC), had already been distanced on the climb and soon after the majority of the peloton as Valverde and Lopez skipped away. Julian Alaphilippe (Quick-Step Floors) lead home the first chase group at 15 seconds but had to settle for fourth place overall. Wilco Kelderman ...

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Valverde wins Abu Dhabi Tour with final stage victory

Alejandro Valverde wins the final stage of the Abu Dhabi Tour

Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) claimed the final stage and with it the overall win at the Abu Dhabi Tour. The Spaniard edged out Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana) atop Jabel Hafeet after the pair had dropped their rivals inside the final kilometres. Overnight leader Rohan Dennis (BMC Racing) cracked on the climb and conceded 1:42 to Valverde. Valverde took the overall race from Wilco Kelderman (Sunweb) with Lopez rounding out the podium in third. The race inevitably came down to the final climb with Movistar pushing the pace alongside Astana. The day's early break of Lawson Craddock (EF Education First-Drapac), Mathias Brandle (TrekSegafredo), Andre Greipel (Lotto-Soudal), Rudy Barbier (AG2R La Mondiale), Fredrik Frison (Lotto-Soudal), Michael Bresciani (Bardiani CSF), Nicolo Bonifazio (Trek-Segafredo), Nikolay Trusov (Gazprom-Rusvelo) and Joonas Henttala (Novo Nordisk) initially held a lead of over 10 minutes but on the early slopes of the climb their advantage was clipped to within two ...

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Boonen regrets Quick-Step deal didn't go through

Tom Boonen signs a T-shirt for a fan after the team presentation on April 8, 2017 on the eve of the

Legendary pavé specialist Tom Boonen surprisingly didn’t join his former Quick-Step Floors wolfpack but instead stepped into a new role with the 'Captains of Cycling' at the rivaling Lotto Soudal team, announced last week. Captains of Cycling is the crowdfunding group behind the Lotto Soudal team. The 37-year-old Belgian will also advise the team, mostly on the technological front. On Saturday, Boonen was spotted at the finish of the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad in front of the team bus of third Belgian team, Veranda's Willems - Crelan. "I’m a freelancer now," Boonen joked. "My friend is the driver of the bus and I hopped in to see the final kilometres of the race. Why I came to the race? I came to have a look around," Boonen smiled. He glanced back on a hectic week and commented on the performances of the Lotto Soudal riders and cyclo-cross world champion Wout Van ...

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Stybar leads Quick-Step's failed charge in Omloop Het Nieuwsblad

Zdenek Stybar attacks at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad

The Quick-Step Floors team failed to clinch the win on Saturday at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad . Philippe Gilbert finished fifth behind winner Michael Valgren (Astana). The team's dedicated sprinter Fernando Gaviria was no longer present up front and the most active Quick-Step rider of the day was 32-year-old Czech champion Zdenek Stybar , while most of his other teammates - except Yves Lampaert - were below the radar. Stybar featured in the lead group that enjoyed a gap of thirty seconds over the peloton in the final kilometres, battling for the victory. That was until Valgren escaped in the final kilometre and the pace dropped. Eventually, most riders in the group were caught by the peloton. Shortly after crossing the finish line in 20th place, Stybar was shouting into his radio and asking why he wasn’t told that the peloton was coming up. "I didn't know the group was coming ...

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Abu Dhabi Tour: Stage 4 highlights - Video

Rohan Dennis (BMC) in the green and gold

Rohan Dennis (BMC Racing) claimed stage 4 victory in the Abu Dhabi Tour time trial, moving himself into the overall lead ahead of the final day. The Australian champion had a tidy gap of 14 seconds over second place Jonathan Castroviejo (Team Sky), with BMC's Miles Scotson took third. Dennis was one of the favourites going into the stage, but his day was made a little bit easier when his biggest rival Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) suffered a puncture out on course. Dennis started the day in the middle of the pack, with a 13-second deficit to race leader Elia Viviani (Quick-Step Floors). His time of 14:21 was more than enough to put him into the leader’s red jersey, but he faces a summit finish on the final stage if he wants to keep hold of the jersey on the final day. To subscribe to the Cyclingnews video channel, click ...

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Bardet wins Classic de l'Ardeche

Roman Bardet wins Classic l'Ardeche

Roman Bardet (AG2R La Mondiale) won the Faun Environnement - Classic de l'Ardeche Rhone Crussol on Saturday in France. He made a final attacked to force other teams to work but then soloed to the victory 47 seconds ahead of Maximilian Schachmann (Quick-Step Floors) and 56 seconds ahead of Lilian Calmejane (Direct Energie). "I had a lot of fun, just racing without a second thought, being able to take a risk. After my injury, I did not know where my condition would be," said Bardet, who injured his arm in a domestic accident . He required stitches and a splint to treat a cut and a small muscle injury to his left forearm. He took two weeks off to recover. Bardet noted that this is his first official start to the season, although he did place 8th behind his winning teammate Alexandre Geniez at the Grand Prix Cycliste la Marseillaise ...

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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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