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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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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Volta ao Algarve: Kwiatkowski wins the overall

Michal Kwiatkowski wins the final stage and the overall at Volta ao Algarve

Michał Kwiatwkowski ( Team Sky ) took victory on the final stage of the Volta ao Algarve , sealing the general classification at the same time. Ruben Guerreiro (Trek-Segafredo) and Serge Pauwels (Team Dimension Data) completed the podium on the tough hilltop finish at Malhão. The trio had made the day's early break, and with Kwiatkowski the only man in GC contention out front, the Pole comfortably sealed the overall win - repeating his 2014 feat. What remained of the Sky-controlled peloton crossed the line almost two minutes later, having never looked like catching the break. The British team clearly had a gameplan, with Kwiatkowski biding his time until the final climb of the day before making his move. Attacks came and went throughout the day, but Kwiatkowski was patient before showing his strength with 2km left to run, simply leaving the rest of the break behind as he rode ...

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Chris Froome completes Tour de France - Vuelta a Espana double

Chris Froome on the final Vuelta podium in Madrid

Chris Froome ( Team Sky ) sealed the Tour de France - Vuelta a Espana double, finishing the final stage of the Spanish Grand Tour safely in the back. The stage was won by Matteo Trentin (Quick-Step Floors), who held off late challenges from Lorrenzo Manzin (FDJ) and Søren Kragh Andersen (Team Sunweb) to take the spoils in Madrid. Froome finished 11th on the stage, doing enough to also secure the points jersey ahead of Trentin. In wining, Froome becomes the first rider since Bernard Hinault to win the Tour and the Vuelta, and the first British rider to win the Spanish Grand Tour. The Team Sky leader has now won five Grand Tours in a remarkable five-year spell. The stage in Madrid also marked Alberto Contador 's (Trek Segafredo) final outing. The winner on the Angliru stage led the race into Madrid to take the applause from the home ...

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Tour of Britain: Lars Boom wins overall

Lars Boom (LottoNl-Jumbo)

Edvald Boasson Hagen ( Dimension Data ) won a rain-soaked final stage of the Tour of Britain , taking off in the final kilometres to hold off a reduced peloton. Maximiliano Richeze (Quick Step Floors) and Alexander Kristoff (Katusha-Alpecin) rounded out the podium, while Lars Boom (LottoNL-Jumbo) defended his overall lead to take his second Tour of Britain title. It was, surprisingly enough given the profile, another action-packed day of racing, as an early split in the peloton saw many of the GC favourites and top sprinters break away from the bulk of the riders. The intermediate sprints would be the location of much of the day's action as riders - nine within 20 seconds of the race lead - would squabble over the time bonuses on offer. Through the course of the stage Boasson Hagen, Boom, Michał Kwiatkowski (Team Sky) and Stefan Küng (BMC) hoovered up the bonuses. Boasson ...

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