Van Aert continues to impress with sixth at Milan-San Remo

Wout Van Aert (Jumbo-Visma)

The Via Roma in San Remo played host to cycling's superstars on Saturday afternoon, with the likes of Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe), Michal Kwiatkowski (Team Sky) and world champion Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) all bested by the indomitable Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep) at Milan-San Remo . And within that star-studded elite group was also Wout van Aert ( Team Jumbo-Visma ) – the 24-year-old three-time cyclo-cross world champion in only his third road race of the season. The Belgian finished sixth, taking another outstanding result after his third place at Strade Bianche two weeks ago. At 291km, Milan-San Remo was the longest race Van Aert had ever ridden, but he has already shown that he knows his way around these mammoth road races. Last year saw him debut at the Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix, finishing in ninth and 13th place, respectively. He was on the podium at the late-season European Championships road ...

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Van Aert goes the distance in Milano-Sanremo

Van Aert goes the distance in Milano-Sanremo

Van Aert "more than ready for the Flemish classics" after Strade Bianche and Milano-Sanremo successes. Read the full article at Van Aert goes the distance in Milano-Sanremo on .

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Bettiol and Clarke animate Milan-San Remo for EF Education First

EF Education First's Simon Clarke descends the Poggio to set up a top-10 finish at the 2019 Milan-Sa

The attack by EF Education First 's Alberto Bettiol approaching the top of the Poggio at Milan-San Remo on Saturday drew a response from eventual winner Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep) – which caused the race to explode into life. Bettiol's teammate, Simon Clarke , then gave chase, and secured a top-10 finish for the American outfit in the reduced-group sprint on the Via Roma. "If you can attack on the Poggio it means you're strong," Bettiol told Cyclingnews at the finish. "And I felt good in the finale of the race. But it's also a huge disappointment because, when Alaphilippe caught me, I felt like a complete idiot because I realised I'd blown my chance. If I’d waited and saved my power for a little later, I could have perhaps attacked to go away with him." Bettiol added that he'd suffered cramps at the recent Strade Bianche, which prevented him from ...

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Deceuninck-QuickStep celebrate another big day out at Milan-San Remo

Stybar, Gilbert, Lampaert and Viviani cross the line in celebration

The Deceuninck-QuickStep team bus was parked amongst the other buses overlooking the San Remo seafront but the whoops of joy and the cheers coming from inside made it clear who had won Milan-San Remo . While Julian Alaphilippe celebrated his win on the podium and heard the French national anthem ring out, his teammates enjoyed the moment together and then waited to celebrate with him. The Belgian team won an incredible 73 races in 2018, but are doing even better this season. They have so far won 19 races, compared to 15 at this point in 2018. Their win list includes every one-day WorldTour race on the calendar – from the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race in January, via Omloop Het Nieuwsblad in February and Strade Bianche in early March. They have still to contest the biggest spring Classics but are clearly on a roll. Elia Viviani had been ...

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The weekly spin: Breaking down Alaphilippe’s perfect day at Milan-San Remo

It was a who’s who of professional cycling. Barreling down the Poggio, the final climb of Milan-San Remo, was a handful of the top riders in the sport, all in with a shot at winning the first Monument of the season. A few minutes later, that group had swelled to a dozen. There would be … The post The weekly spin: Breaking down Alaphilippe’s perfect day at Milan-San Remo appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Alaphilippe Wins Milan San Remo

Deceuninck Quick-Step Rider Bags His First Monument Julian Alaphilippe won Milan San-Remo on Saturday afternoon, comfortably winning a sprint from a group of ten that went clear over the top of the Poggio. He was joined on the podium by Olivier Naesen and Michal Kwiatkowski. This year’s first monument went according to the script, with a large break given plenty of room on the road and building up a sizable gap. The ten riders, including six Italians and four representatives of Novo Nordisk, were steadily reeled back in as the race hit the coast in perfect weather. Quick Step, UAE, Lotto Soudal and Groupama-FDJ were among the teams working at the front and by the foot of the Cipressa only Fausto Masnada was left in front. Getty Images Masnada was caught on the earliest slopes of the penultimate climb and there were few fireworks on the climb, though a daring ...

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Katie Hall to 'go for it' at Trofeo Alfredo Binda

UnitedHealthcare's Katie Hall celebrates winning the 2018 Amgen Women's Race

Katie Hall was one of Boels Dolmans ' biggest new signings for the 2019 season and the American plans to live up to those expectations at Trofeo Alfredo Binda-Comune di Cittiglio on Sunday. "I do have ambitions for this race – to go for it, leave it all out on the road, and see how the chips fall," Hall told Cyclingnews . The event is the third round of the Women's WorldTour , after Strade Bianche and Ronde van Drenthe, but Hall has only competed at the Semtana Ciclista Valenciana in February. Competing at Trofeo Alfredo Binda will mark her first race with the powerful Dutch team on the Women’s WorldTour. Hall has spent much of her career so far focused on American stage racing, and was a member of the UnitedHealthcare team for the five previous seasons. Last year, she won the Tour of California Women's Race. She has ...

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Relive the 2018 Spring Classics with THE HOLY WEEK

Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) wins 2018 Paris-Roubaix in the Roubaix Velodrome

The Spring Classics are in full swing after 'opening weekend' in February and with the first of the five Monuments, Milan-San Remo , just around the corner. Why not relive last year's cobbled Classics with Cyclingnews ' premier film THE HOLY WEEK, which is on special offer until Paris-Roubaix held on April 14. You can now download to buy for just $2.49, while 72-hour rentals are available at $1.99. The Holy Week details two iconic Monuments beginning with the 2018 Tour of Flanders won by Niki Terpstra and culminating at the 2018 Paris-Roubaix won by Peter Sagan in the Roubaix velodrome. The film is not just a highlight of the race winners but is developed through the eyes of the riders, team staff and the devoted roadside fans. Cyclingnews went behind the scenes to capture the essence of the cobbled classics, and the emotions of one of the most compelling ...

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Spratt returns to racing at Trofeo Alfredo Binda after head injury

Amanda Spratt savours her stage victory

Amanda Spratt has recovered from a head injury suffered in a crash at Strade Bianche in early March and will return to racing on Sunday for the third round of the Women's WorldTour Trofeo Alfredo Binda-Comune di Cittiglio . "My European racing season didn't start well at Strade Bianche with the crash and hitting my head quite hard, but I think I was very lucky," Spratt said in a team statement. "In the end I needed some easy days, but I don't think I lost a lot. I've been able to have some better training days over the last days so I feel ready and excited for Binda now." Spratt started her season in January in Australia where she won a stage and the overall title at the Women's Tour Down Under. She was also second, behind teammate Lucy Kennedy, at the Herald Sun Tour. She had hoped to make ...

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Van Avermaet: Milan-San Remo is easy to finish but hard to win

Greg Van Avermaet of CCC Team attends a press conference ahead of the 74th Omloop Het Nieuwsblad

Greg Van Avermaet ( CCC Team ) is ready to take another crack at Milan-San Remo on Saturday after having twice finished inside the top 10, including fifth in the 2016 race won by Arnaud Démare in a large bunch sprint. The first Monument race of 2019 is a 291km test that finishes in San Remo along the Via Roma. Van Avermaet has so far this season taken just one win, stage 3 at the Volta a Valenciana in Spain, but he's shown he's on form for the Classics with second at Omloop het Nieuwsblad and sixth at Strade Bianche. Van Avermaet is hoping a week of racing in Italy at Tirreno-Adriatico has sharpened the form for the long day ahead on Saturday. "I felt really good at Tirreno-Adriatico and I take a lot of confidence from the legs I had at the end of those long stages we did ...

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Women’s Team of the Week: Windswept Edition

Yes, it’s back, by semi-popular demand and with its customary cavalier attitude to lengths of time. Races Sweeping up the entire first three weeks of the [VDS] season in one tremendous gust, this edition buffets Strade Bianche and a muddy Ronde van Drenthe (UCI Women’s World Tour rounds 1 and 2), breezes past SSRs at Le Samyn and Drentse 8, and lightly ruffles VDS opening weekend. Coverage Reasonable. Images of a muddy peloton riding up the VAMberg and across tree-lined stretches of cobbles at Drenthe were particularly memorable . Riders Marta Bastianelli : Yes, yes, at Drenthe you can say she got lucky. Chantal Blaak practically ferried her across to form a three rider group with solo leader Ellen van Dijk from which she was always likely to win, especially when Blaak ended up doing much of the work. (Bastianelli summed it up in a classic sorry-not-sorry post-race interview ). ...

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Van der Breggen and Langvad dominate early stages at Cape Epic

Anna van der Breggen and Annika Langvad compete in the 2019 Cape Epic

Anna van der Breggen and Annika Langvad are off to a winning start at Cape Epic in South Africa after claiming both the prologue and the first stage of the world-class mountain bike stage race that runs from March 17-24. The Boels Dolmans teammates, racing under Investec-songo-Specialized at Cape Epic, announced they would participate in the event together in January. Van der Breggen is the current road world champion and Langvad is a former five-time marathon world champion, and was the cross-country world champion in 2016. She has won Cape Epic four times and is the defending champion. They prepared for Cape Epic at the Sunshine Cup earlier this winter. Van der Breggen is relatively new to mountain biking having only just competed in her first World Cup last year. Langvad said she was pleased to race it this year with Van der Breggen. "Riding with Anna during the Cape ...

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Bastianelli on track to defend Gent-Wevelgem title

Marta Bastianelli (Virtu Cycling) wins Omloop van het Hageland

Marta Bastianelli has had a triumphant start to the 2019 season under the colours of her new team Virtu Cycling . The European champion has won Omloop van het Hageland and Ronde van Drenthe , and looks on track to win a second consecutive Gent-Wevelgem on March 31. Gent-Wevelgem marks the fifth round of the Women's WorldTour. The series kicked off on March 9 at Strade Bianche, won by Annemiek van Vleuten (Mitchelton-Scott). It then travelled to the Netherlands for Ronde van Drenthe this past weekend, where Bastianelli won a breakaway sprint ahead of Chantal Blaak (Boels Dolmans) and Ellen van Dijk (Trek-Segafredo). Bastianelli now leads the Women's WorldTour individual classification with 300 points, after combining points earned from her victory at Ronde van Drenthe and fourth place at Strade Bianche. Van Vleuten is now sitting in second place with 200 points and Blaak is third with 185 points. There ...

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Evenepoel to resume racing at Nokere Koerse and Bredene Koksijde Classic

Remco Evenepoel (Deceuninck-QuickStep)

Remco Evenepoel will reunite with Deceuninck-QuickStep teammates at Nokere Koerse and Bredene Koksijde Classic on Wednesday and Friday in Belgium. Despite crashing out of the UAE Tour in February, the 19-year-old has otherwise had a strong start to his debut season with Deceuninck-QuickStep in his two opening stage races, and the team's management is eager to see how he performs in the one-day Classics. Deceuninck-QuickStep have already won four of the opening Classics; Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne, Le Samyn and Strade Bianche, among their total of 16 victories so far this season. At Nokere Koerse, Evenepoel will join the team's sprinter Alvaro Hodeg, who won a stage at the Colombia Tour, Rémi Cavagna, Iljo Keisse, Davide Martinelli, Le Samyn winner Florian Sénéchal and Pieter Serry, during the 195.6km race. "Nokere, with its narrow roads and legendary cobbled uphill finish, was already going to be tough, but the wind and rain ...

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Tirreno-Adriatico: Alaphilippe wins bunch sprint on stage 6

Julain Alaphilippe wins stage 6 at Tirreno-Adriatico

Sometimes, the plan doesn't quite come together, yet still, Deceuninck-QuickStep go on winning. It's that kind of year. The penultimate stage of Tirreno-Adriatico seemed to lend itself to Elia Viviani's sprinting talents, but instead, it was Julian Alaphilippe who claimed victory for the Belgian squad in Jesi. Deceuninck-QuickStep spent much of the afternoon working to peg back the day's early break and when the men in blue massed on the front of the peloton in the final kilometre, the scene looked set for Viviani to land his second stage victory of the week. The Italian champion seemed to lose his way somewhat in a chaotic finale, however, and opted to latch onto Peter Sagan's rear wheel as the sprint unfolded. Up ahead, meanwhile, his teammate Max Richeze was delivering a pitch-perfect lead-out for the irrepressible Alaphilippe, and the Frenchman, though hardly on his preferred terrain, produced a scorching acceleration to ...

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Fuglsang: We’re riding the wave; perhaps we can win all season

Jakob Fuglsang riding up the final climb to victory

Jakob Fuglsang was emotional for several different reasons after winning the hilly fifth stage at Tirreno-Adriatico in Recanati. The Danish rider pointed to the sky as he crossed the finish line, remembering his former teammate Michele Scarponi who won Tirreno-Adriatico ten years ago and was tragically killed in 2017. Fuglsang was also happy to have continued Astana’s winning streak and take a win himself after finishing second at last week’s Strade Bianche. “Obviously this win had to be for him,” Fuglsang said of Scarponi, knowing that Monday’s stage finishes in Jesi, just a few kilometres from the Italian's birthplace in Filottrano. You can read more at

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Team Sky expected to be saved by Britain's richest person

Team Sky expected to be saved by Britain's richest person

Joe Robinson 15 Mar 2019 Sir Jim Ratcliffe's chemical company Ineos expected to take over Team Sky sponsorship Britain's richest person and keen cyclist Sir Jim Ratcliffe looks set to save Team Sky through his chemical company Ineos, which is expected to take control of the British WorldTour team in 2020. The Daily Mail reported earlier this month that Ratcliffe was in talks with Sir Dave Brailsford about the possibilty of a potential takeover – one of several buyers reported as being interested in purchasing the team. This was seemingly backed up by Team Sky sport director Matteo Tossato who told Spanish newspaper Marca at the UAE Tour that a new sponsor had been secured and would be announced before the Giro d'Italia. The Italian also confirmed that the replacement for Team Sky would be from Europe. This after Brailsford denied that meetings with Colombian president Ivan Duque were in ...

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Valverde says Milan-San Remo not yet ruled out

Alejandro Valverde (Movistar).

Alejandro Valverde ( Movistar ) has insisted that he may yet return to racing at Milan-San Remo after a spell of illness in the latter part of the UAE Tour caused part of his spring race programme to be abandoned. Valverde had scratched a possible start in Strade Bianche after going down with a cold and slight fever during the UAE Tour, which he nonetheless finished second overall in and won the toughest mountain stage. His chances of racing Milan-San Remo, the first Monument of the season, were widely reported to be non-existent. But a spell of rest and recuperation at home in Murcia, Spain has gone well and Valverde told Eurosport on Thursday that he is now eying a possible start in La Primavera, where his best performance to date has been 15th. "I had a bit of a cold and fever and didn't want to push myself too ...

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Alaphilippe sashays his way to Tirreno-Adriatico stage victory, Yates leads

Alaphilippe sashays his way to Tirreno-Adriatico stage victory, Yates leads

Just five days ago, Julian Alaphilippe reigned supreme at his first ever Strade Bianche. Now the Frenchman adds a first ever Tirreno-Adriatico stage victory to his bow after out sprinting CCC's Greg Van Avermaet on the final kick to the line. Mitchelton-Scott's Adam Yates moved into the race lead.

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Flanders Friday: Looking for Clues

Dylan Groenewegen wins in Paris-Nice

Are we learning anything about what’s to come in a couple weeks? Was there any news of the Cobbled Classics this week? I didn’t see any. Most of the reporters are in France or Italy, fussing over the events in front of them. You can read Sporza and get your daily update on Wout Van Aert (was his Strade Bianche ok? Will he owe his old team a bunch of money?) but even I have my limits there. No, there’s nothing. Les Amis are scrubbing the horrible pavé in France and that’s about it. So now is a moment to poke around and see what there is to learn about the individual riders who will contest the great classics around the corner. Does Paris-Nice or Tirreno-Adriatico tell us anything about what’s to come? Backing up, the two early spring stage races are must-rides for all the classics guys, from Milano-Sanremo ...

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