Jakobsen wins Nokere Koerse

Fabio Jakobsen (Quick-Step Floors) wins the 2018 Nokere Koerse

Quick-Step Floors ' Fabio Jakobsen won the 2018 Danilith Nokere Koerse Wednesday, taking the bunch sprint ahead of Amaury Capiot (Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise) and Hugo Hofstetter (Cofidis) after 191.1km of racing through Belgium. Cyclo-cross world champion Wout Van Aert (Veranda’s Willems Crelan) drove the field toward the line in the final kilometre's as Quick-Step and the other sprinters' teams set up their trains for the finale. The win was the Belgian team's third in a row in their home semi-Classics, after Niki Terpstra won in Le Samyn and Remi Cavagna at Dwars door West-Vlaanderen. Conor Dunne (Aqua Blue Sport) was the last man caught from the day's early breakaway after dropping his companions Ivo Oliveira (Hagens Berman Axeon), Daniel Turek (Israel Cycling Academy), Yannick Martinez (Deklo Marseille), Rob Ruijgh (Tarteletto-Isorex), Simon Sellier (Direct Energie), Timothy Stevens (Cibel-Cebon), and Martijn Budding (Roompot). Martinez latched onto an elite chasing group innside the final ...

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Kittel confirmed for Milan-San Remo debut

Marcel Kittel (Katusha-Alpecin) counts up his wins

Marcel Kittel will make his Milan-San Remo debut on Saturday after he was named in the Katusha-Alpecin team for the race. Kittel will be joined in the seven-man team by lead-out man Rick Zabel, Nils Politt, Maxim Belkov, José Gonçalves, Simon Spilak and Nathan Haas, who will give the team an option over the Cipressa and Poggio. After an unsteady start to life on his new team, Kittel hit his stride at Tirreno-Adriatico, winning both bunch sprints. The German opened his account by beating Peter Sagan in Follonica on stage 2 and he again edged out the world champion to claim stage 6 in Fano on Monday. A professional since 2011, Kittel has never participated in Milan-San Remo. At Giant-Shimano, Kittel’s fellow countryman John Degenkolb led the line at the Italian Monument, and won it in 2015. During Kittel’s two years at Quick-Step, Fernando Gaviria was the team’s designated sprinter ...

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Marcel Kittel to make debut at Milan-San Remo

Marcel Kittel to make debut at Milan-San Remo

Joe Robinson 13 Mar 2018 German sprinter to lead Katush-Alpecin at the first Monument of the year Only a week after taking his first victory on Italian soil, Marcel Kittel (Katusha-Alepcin) has confirmed his debut at Milan-San Remo this Saturday. The German will make his first appearance at the the Monument usually referred to as the "sprinters' classic" due to its mainly flat parcours. Kittel will lead the team's sprinting options while the likes of Nathan Haas will help offer an alternative if the sprinter falters before the finish. We're happy to announce TKA's lineup for "La Primavera" 2018! @Milano_Sanremo #MSR #MilanoSanremo pic.twitter.com/LsuJC8FjG9 — Team KATUSHA ALPECIN (@katushacycling) March 13, 2018 See related Fernando Gaviria out of Milan-San Remo with broken hand Mark Cavendish over time limit in Tirreno-Adriatico TTT after heavy fall Milan-San Remo 2018: Route, riders and all you need to know Classics season proper kicks off with ...

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Kittel bags another at Tirreno-Adriatico

Kittel bags another at Tirreno-Adriatico

Marcel Kittel (Katusha-Alpecin) claimed his second stage win of Tirreno-Adriatico as he outsprinted World Champion Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) who was hampered by a crash that took the other stage favourite, Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors), out of contention with 7.5km to go.

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Geraint Thomas: I don't do quiet days

Geraint Thomas (Team Sky)

Geraint Thomas ' eventful Tirreno-Adriatico continued on stage 6 when the Welshman was hit by a late puncture with around 10 kilometres to go. A frantic chase ensued before he regained contact with the peloton and Marcel Kittel (Katusha-Alpecin) won the stage. Thomas finished safely in the bunch to keep his hopes of a podium alive. The race ends on Tuesday with a 10.5km time trial, and Thomas is six seconds off Mikel Landa's (Movistar) third place. "There's no such thing as a quiet day for me," Thomas told Cyclingnews as he warmed down outside the Team Sky bus. Thomas held the leader's jersey after the first uphill finish in the race but saw his chances of victory evaporate on the race's queen stage when an untimely mechanical saw him lose contact with his rivals. Stage 6 was destined to end in a sprint but first a puncture and then ...

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Kittel coy on Milan-San Remo despite Tirreno two-step

Marcel Kittel (Katusha-Alpecin)

Marcel Kittel ( Katusha-Alpecin ) struck for the second time in a week at Tirreno-Adriatico , once again edging out Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) in a close finish, but the German remained on the fence regarding his participation in this weekend's Milan-San Remo . Kittel, 29, has never raced the Italian one-day Classic but has fielded questions over his possible inclusion since the start of the year. The momentum behind those cross-examinations has only snowballed – pushed along by Kittel's growing form and his decision to tease the media over race programme. "You'll get an answer after Tirreno as to what's going to happen," he said after winning the penultimate stage on the coastline. "The plan is to decide how I feel after here. Obviously, I feel good and winning two stages is a good sign. We'll decide about Milan-San Remo after the time trial tomorrow. I'll try and recover, try ...

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Tirreno-Adriatico stage 6 highlights - Video

Marcel Kittel (Katusha-Alpecin)

After a bumpy break-in period for his Katusha-Alpecin train, Marcel Kittel appears to have the squad firing on all cylinders as he was delivered to a second stage victory in Tirreno-Adriatico . The German powered to the line, fending off the charge of Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe), the world champion perhaps weakened by a lengthy, dare-devil chase through the peloton after he was caught behind the crash of Fernando Gaviria with 8km to go. Sagan tacked onto the back of the peloton 4km later and, before the kilometre banner, was astonishingly near the front of the charging bunch to contest the sprint, courtesy of a signature shortcut at a roundabout. Michal Kwiatkowski (Team Sky), with only a three-second lead in the general classification over BMC's Damiano Caruso, tried to pad his advantage in the final intermediate sprint, only to have BMC throw two more formidable sprinters in his path, Greg Van ...

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Tirreno-Adriatico, stage 6: Kittel wins ahead of remarkable Sagan

Tirreno-Adriatico, stage 6: Kittel wins ahead of remarkable Sagan

Second place was perhaps the most impressive result in stage 6 of Tirreno-Adriatico Monday. Marcel Kittel (Katusha-Alpecin) earned the Read the full article at Tirreno-Adriatico, stage 6: Kittel wins ahead of remarkable Sagan on VeloNews.com .

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Tirreno-Adriatico: Kittel takes out penultimate stage

Marcel Kittel (Katusha-Alpecin)

Marcel Kittel ( Katusha-Alpecin ) claimed his second victory of the 2018 Tirreno-Adriatico on Monday, beating Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) to the line on stage 6 after a messy run-in to Fano on the Adriatic coast. Max Richeze finished third but the Quick-Step Floors lead-out man was only sprinting because Fernando Gaviria had crashed with eight kilometres remaining – an incident that almost took out Sagan himself. Sagan was right behind Gaviria when the Colombian touched the wheel in front of him and sparked a pile-up in the middle of the bunch. Somehow, in a feat of bike handling you sense few others would be capable of, the world champion stayed upright, though he now faced a battle just to be able to contest the expected sprint finish. After changing his rear wheel, which was broken by the rider behind him, Sagan chased back on, but that was only half the ...

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Impey still top of WorldTour rankings after Paris-Nice

Daryl Impey leading Mitchelton-Scott over a small crest

South African Daryl Impey remains top of the individual WorldTour rankings following the conclusion of Paris-Nice . Impey is currently racing in Italy at Tirreno-Adriatico until Tuesday when the rankings will again be updated. Paris-Nice winner Marc Soler has rocketed into second place on the standings from his previous ranking of 127. He knocks Movistar teammate Alejandro Valverde into third place but his tally of 545 points is well below Impey's 800. With third place at Paris-Nice, Gorka Izagirre jumps into third on the rankings with 500 points while Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) enters the rankings for 2018 int fourth place. The Briton accumulated 470 points while racing in France and helped Mitchelton-Scott take back the lead from Quick-Step Floors in the team rankings. Ion Izagirre was another rider to move up the rankings following Paris-Nice, the Spaniard improving 31 places to tenth. Belgians Tim Wellens (Lotto Soudal), 18th, and Dylan ...

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Kittel cracks a win, Kiwi Bevin moves into Tirreno-Adriatico lead

Kittel cracks a win, Kiwi Bevin moves into Tirreno-Adriatico lead

After countless efforts so far this season, Marcel Kittel (Katusha-Alpecin) finally opened his account for 2018 on stage 2 of the Tirreno-Adriatico in Follonica, Italy. Patrick Bevin's (BMC) fifth place finish earned him the race lead.

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Paris-Nice: Politt outmanoeuvred by Cousin in Sisteron

Nils Politt leads Jerome Cousin near the end of stage 5 at Paris-Nice

Sensing stage 5 of Paris-Nice was a day for the breakaway, Nils Politt (Katusha-Alpecin) missed the initial move but persevered to ensure his place in front of the peloton. Politt's thinking proved true as the break contested the finish. The German though was done over in the sprint for the line by Jerome Cousin (Direct Energie) but held on for his best road result since joining the WorldTour in 2016. "It is a big tour with a lot of good riders here and I think with the shape is coming for the classics. Now I am a little bit disappointed but I can be happy," Politt said after finishing the race. On the 165km stage from Salon-de-Provence to Sisteron, Politt joined the French trio of Cousin, Nicolas Edet (Cofidis) and Julien El Fares (Delko Marseille Provence KTM) to form the breakaway. Given a leash by the peloton for most of ...

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Kittel plays down Milan-San Remo ambitions after first win with Katusha-Alpecin

Marcel Kittel celebrates his win at stage 2 of Tirreno-Adriatico

Marcel Kittel savoured his first-ever victory in Italy at Tirreno-Adriatico but quickly played down expectations that his first success with Katusha-Alpecin and his first-ever success in the Bel Paese means he is automatically a contender for Milan-San Remo. Kittel now has 87 race wins and has been a professional for seven seasons. He won two stages at the 2014 Giro d'Italia and two more at the 2016 Corsa Rosa, but they were in Belfast, Dublin, Nijmegen and Arnhem, after two Grand Partenza in Northern Ireland and the Netherlands. His first win in Italy, and his first in Katusha-Alpecin red and celeste blue, came after a series of placings and sprint frustration at the Dubai Tour and the Abu Dhabi Tour. This time his lead out on the Follonica seafront was excellent, despite a hectic sprint, and he used his power to lead out the sprint and finish off the job. ...

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Chris Froome survives late scare after stage 2 crash at Tirreno-Adriatico

Chris Froome at the start of stage 2 at Tirreno-Adriatico

Chris Froome ( Team Sky ) came through unscathed in a late scare on stage 2 of Tirreno-Adriatic o after a crash in the bunch threatened to ruin the British rider's GC prospects. Several riders hit the deck in a high-speed fall inside the final seven kilometres, and although Froome was not taken down he was held up by the fall. Froome and the chase group eventually made it back to the leaders before Marcel Kittel (Katusha-Alpecin) won the stage ahead of Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) and Giacomo Nizzolo (Trek-Segafredo). "I wasn't involved but I was held up," Froome told Cyclingnews as he warmed down on the rollers outside the Team Sky bus. "The road was blocked with riders, and it was big, big pile up. It took a couple of kilometres to come back to the front, but I was with Jonathan [Castroviejo] and Gianni [Moscon]. They helped me get ...

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Tirreno Adriatico stage 2 highlights - Video

Marcel Kittel (Katusha-Alpecin)

Marcel Kittel scored his first win with Katusha-Alpecin Thursday at Tirreno-Adriatico , taking out the stage 2 sprint ahead of world champion Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) and Trek-Segafredo's Giacomo Nizzolo. Crashes on the tight final circuit contributed to the chaos of the sprint, but Kittel emerged victorious to take his first win of the season. The blue leader's jersey moved from BMC Racing's Damiano Caruso to teammate Patrick Bevin, who finished the stage in fifth. Caruso is now second overall, followed by teammates Greg Van Avermaet and Rohan Dennis, all four BMC riders with the same time. The day's three escapees - Alexandr Foliforov (Gazprom-Rusvelo), Guy Sagiv (Israel Cycling Academy) and Jacopo Mosca (Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia) - were reeled in on the first of three 8.6km finishing circuits in Fallonica, setting up the final sprint. Courtesy of our partners Prendas Ciclismo, we are giving away a free jersey from their retro ...

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Adam Yates drops out of GC contention after late crash at Tirreno-Adriatico

Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) attacks

A late crash on stage 2 of Tirreno-Adriatico all but ended Adam Yates ' hopes of a podium finish. The British climber for Mitchelton-Scott was caught up in a crash inside the final seven kilometres, and although he initially missed the first incident, a rider ploughed into the back of him and caused Yates to fall. He eventually crossed the line 1:13 down on stage winner Marcel Kittel (Katusha-Alpecin) and a group of GC favourites. The disappointing result was compounded by the fact that Mitchelton-Scott sprinter Caleb Ewan faded to 11th in the bunch sprint. After finishing a well-deserved second to BMC Racing in the opening team time trial, Mitchelton-Scott's race has now been turned on its head, and with the GC now shut off, their focus will switch to stage wins. Yates currently sits 1:17 off the race lead. "I don't know how much time he lost, but I ...

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Peter Sagan accepts defeat to Kittel in Tirreno-Adriatico sprint

World champion Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) at stage 2 of Tirreno-Adriatico

When Peter Sagan appeared at the steps of the Bora-Hansgrohe team bus, the Tuscan cycling fans swarmed forward to see the world champion even if he had finished second in the stage 2 sprint in Follonica Thursday at Tirreno-Adriatico . "Sei il numero uno anche quando finisci secondo! – You're the number one even when you finish second," a tifoso shouted. Sagan smiled and began to sign autographs and pose for selfies. He confirmed to Cyclingnews he was satisfied with second place behind a strong Marcel Kittel (Katusha-Alpecin) in the sprint after fighting for the German's wheel in the final kilometres. "For sure it is a pretty good result. Second is the best I could do this time," Sagan told Cyclingnews . "Marcel started his sprint with 300m to go. I tried to come off his wheel with about 250m but it was impossible to get up to him. He ...

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Paris-Nice: Cousin wins stage 5 in Sisteron

Direct Energie's Jerome Cousin claimed a cagey victory in stage 5 of Paris-Nice

Direct Energie 's Jerome Cousin claimed a cagey victory in stage 5 of Paris-Nice, playing a smart strategic finale with breakaway companion Nils Politt (Katusha-Alpecin). With the peloton charging behind, Cousin calmly waited until the final 200 metres to make his move, powering to the line well ahead of the German. The sprint was led home just four seconds later, with André Greipel (Lotto Soudal) taking third. Race leader Luis Leon Sánchez (Astana) maintained his position on the stage, while Cousin's day-long efforts in the breakaway also earned him the polka dot jersey for taking the mountains classification lead. Sánchez leads Wout Poels (Team Sky) in the overall by 15 seconds, with Quick-Step Floors' Julian Alaphilippe and Movistar's Marc Soler another 11 seconds back. "I had cramps towards the end," Cousin said. "The goal was to go for the breakaway and take the KOM jersey. I did not spare my ...

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Tirreno-Adriatico: Kittel victorious on stage 2 in Follonica

Marcel Kittel (Katusha-Alpecin)

Marcel Kittel got his first win of the season during stage 2 at Tirreno-Adriatico . Katusha-Alpecin gave him a perfect lead out in the crash-marred final circuit and set him up to take the bunch-sprint victory in Follonica ahead of world champion Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) and Giacomo Nizzolo (Trek-Segafredo). "I've been waiting a long time for this victory now," Kittel said. "Since the beginning of the season not everything has always worked perfect, and we tried very hard, and finally we got this victory as a reward. I'm very happy. The team did a very good job today. I have to say a big, big thank you to everyone for helping me. I think this is a big boost for the whole group." The blue leader's jersey transferred from BMC Racing's Damiano Caruso to his teammate Patrick Bevin , who finished fifth on the day. Caruso is now in second ...

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Tirreno TTT featuring Froome, Bardet, Dumoulin & Kittel – Podcast

Chris Froome draws a crowd at the Tirreno-Adriatico press conference

In the latest episode of the Cyclingnews podcast - brought to by Prendas Ciclismo, Pinarello and Floyd's of Leadville – we analyse the opening team time trial at Tirreno-Adriatico . In Italy, BMC Racing won the stage , with Mitchelton Scott and Team Sky completing the podium. In the podcast, we hear from Chris Froome ( Team Sky ) with his thoughts on his team's current status after the Select Committee's report and his own case . We hear from Tom Dumoulin and Romain Bardet on their form, their Grand Tour ambitions and Froome's participation in the race, while Marcel Kittel talks about teething problems since his move to Katusha-Alpecin and how he is trying to get back to winning ways here in Italy – a country he's not competed in since 2016. European Editor Stephen Farrand talks about the history and relevance of the race, and we also discuss ...

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