Lawless caps off opening part of debut season with Scheldeprijs podium

The Scheldeprijs podium: Pascal Ackermann, Fabio Jacobsen and Chris Lawless

Racing in Belgium is not for the faint of heart and after a few tumbles and a string of abandons, Chris Lawless finally found a bit of luck racing in Flanders. The Team Sky rider navigated a wet and precarious day around Schoten to take third place at Scheldeprijs . After winning the penultimate stage of Coppi e Bartali at the end of March, it is Lawless' second trip to the podium in his fledgeling professional career. "It's good to stay upright in a race in Belgium. I've had a couple of crashes, that's why it was good, and I managed to finish it off with a podium," Lawless told Cyclingnews . "If someone told me before I started that I would get a podium at Scheldeprijs in my first year, I'd have said that I'll be happy with that. I thought it would be difficult to get a win ...

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País Vasco: McCarthy wins stage 3

Jay McCarthy (Bora-Hansgrohe)

Jay McCarthy (Bora-Hansgrohe) won the third stage of the Vuelta al Pais Vasco in Valdegovia, winning the bunch sprint ahead of neo-pro Aleksandr Ryabushenko (UAE Team Emirates) and Michał Kwiatkowski (Team Sky). With the remnants of the day’s breakaway caught only 2.5km from the finish, setting up any form of organised train was tough. A number of late counter-attacks, the most prominent of which came from Alex Aranburu (Caja Rural-RCA), meant it would be a chaotic sprint. Having been visible on the front during the run-in, Bora-Hansgrohe who were the most organised team, with Austrian Gregor Mühlberger providing the leadout that launched McCarthy to his second win of the season. “It was a nice ride. We had our first plan to look after our GC riders but if it came to a sprint it was up to me to have a go,” McCarthy said after the finish. “The boys did ...

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Scheldeprijs: Jakobsen continues Quick-Step's winning streak

Fabio Jakobsen (Quick-Step Floors) wins the 2018 Scheldeprijs

Fabio Jakobson continued Quick-Step Floors' incredible start to the season with a surprise win in Scheldeprijs on Wednesday, in reduced bunch sprint victory over Pascal Ackermann (Bora-Hansgrohe) and Chris Lawless (Team Sky). The race appeared to be heading towards a Marcel Kittel procession, with the German looking for his sixth title, but a string of incidents in the race - including a late puncture for the German - saw a number of high-profile candidates ruled out. The main talking point came earlier in the race when a near 30-strong group containing Dylan Groenewegen (LottoNL-Jumbo) and Arnaud Démare (Groupama-FDJ) was disqualified after ignoring UCI rules at a level crossing. At that point, the bunch had split into several echelons, with both riders caught out in a second group. They tried to ride over the crossing too late and were disqualified as a result. With Katusha and Kittel making the split it ...

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Demare, Groenewegen disqualified from Scheldeprijs for ignoring level crossing

Arnaud Demare (FDJ)

Arnaud Démare (Groupama-FDJ) and Dylan Groenwegen (LottoNL-Jumbo), two of the pre-race favourites to win the Scheldeprijs , have been expelled from the race for violating the UCI's level crossing rules. The race had been split into several echelons when the level crossing lights began to flash after the first group went over the tracks. Démare and Groenewegen were part of a second group that crossed over just as the gates began to descend, and were halted by the motorcycle official further down the road. The UCI toughened up the level crossing rules after the 2015 Paris-Roubaix, when a group of riders jumped around the closing gates and crossed the tracks just ahead of a high-speed train. Here is a list of the riders disqualified: Arnaud Demare (FDJ), Tony Martin (Katusha-Alpecin), Kris Boeckmans (Vital Concept Club), Dylan Groenewegen, Timo Roosen and Amund Grondahl Jansen (LottoNL-Jumbo), Christian Knees and Ian Stannard (Team ...

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Commentary: A partially subjective ranking of cycling’s dopers, loved and hated

Since I started following pro bike racing in the 1980s, I have marveled at the marvelously complicated calculus that cycling fans employ to forgive or slam racers who’ve been ensnared in doping allegations, positive tests, and long sanctions. Why is one alleged doper a pariah and another previously banned rider quietly tolerated or even loved? … The post Commentary: A partially subjective ranking of cycling’s dopers, loved and hated appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Fabio Jakobsen wins action-packed Scheldeprijs

Joe Robinson 4 Apr 2018 Quick-Step Floors rider wins an action-packed race that saw the race favourites dumped out of contention Fabio Jakobsen (Quick-Step Floors) wins the 2018 Scheldeprijs after many of the pre-race favourites falter in demanding conditions. The young Dutchman unleashed his sprint with 200m remaining and took the victory comfortably. A small group of no more than 30 riders came to the finish after rain, wind, trains and cars reduced the peloton to a select few. The first 100km passed relatively stress-free before bursting into life with multiple dramatic incidents including a crash into a parked car, a moving car on the race course and a selection of race favourites disqualified for jumping across a closed rail crossing. Disqualification for Arnaud Demare and Dylan Groenewegen and a late puncture for Marcel Kittel saw the three pre-race favourites all absent in the race for victory. Jakobsen win continues ...

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There Will Be Echelons: Scheldeprijs Preview

Ok. I’ll admit to the click-baity nature of that headline. But please don’t stop reading yet. I swear it may be true. In some alternate universe, the Scheldeprijs could have been a monument. This, not the Ronde, is the oldest Belgian road race, running from 1907 to only be interrupted by wars of the World variety. It has been won by Belgian royalty - Briek Schotte, Rik Van Looy, Roger De Vlaeminck, Eddy Merckx, and Tom Boonen. It is the last spring classic that is actually raced in Belgium. The entire classics season could have all been leading to a crescendo at Scheldeprijs. Instead, the Scheldeprijs is like ending Beethoven’s 5th with a wet fart. It’s a guaranteed bunch sprint on a completely flat course with the only “excitement” being whether a mass crash will ruin the race and season of some of the riders. It’s a race that noted ...

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Hammer Series set for Hong Kong

The Hammer Series peloton comes across the finish line.

The organisers of the Hammer Series events have announced a third race for 2018, with a one-day event on Sunday October 14 to be held alongside the successful Hong Kong Cyclothon mass-participation event. The 2018 Hammer Series will include the second edition of the Hammer Limburg in the Netherlands (June 1-13) and the first edition of the Hammer Stavanger in Norway (May 25-27). The Hammer Series was created by the Velon group of major teams who are have joined forces to find addition sources of revenue, and take on the historic race organisers, who control the sport. Velon also produce in-race rider data and on-board video content and negotiates team participation for some races. Team Sky, BMC, EF Education First-Drapac, Quick-Step Floors, Team Sunweb and Trek-Segafredo are all part of the 11 Velon teams, with Dimension Data, Cofidis and Israel Cycling Academy amongst seven other teams that recently became partners. ...

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Paris-Roubaix 2018: Who are the favourites and who should you be backing?

Joe Robinson 3 Apr 2018 We run down on the decisive points of the 'Queen of the Classics' and who you should back for victory Paris-Roubaix is simply the 'Queen of the Classics' . At 257km in length, it passes through the fairly inconspicuous and flat landscape of northern France from Compiegne, just north of Paris, to the industrial town of Roubaix with a twist. The twist being the race tackles 52.8km of cobbled roads from the Napoleonic era that turn this race in to arguably the toughest single day of racing in the cycling calendar. The cobbled roads are broken down into 29 secteurs, with all being ranked on difficulty out of five stars. The toughest, hence earning a five star rating, are the Trouee d'Arenberg, Mons-en-Pevele and the Carrefour de l'Arbe. It's a much-used saying that 'you cannot win Roubaix on the Arenberg but you can certainly lose ...

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Photo gallery: Van der Breggen unmatchable in Flanders

A victory at the iconic Tour of Flanders was one of the few items still missing from Anna van der Breggen’s incredible palmares, but she chose to rectify that today with pure dominance. Proving once again that she is the absolute best soloist in women’s cycling, Van der Breggen attacked with a little over 20 … The post Photo gallery: Van der Breggen unmatchable in Flanders appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Pedersen extends with Trek-Segafredo through 2020

Mads Pedersen (Trek-Segafredo) in Flanders

Mads Pedersen , 22, has extended his contract with Trek-Segafredo taking him through 2020, the team announced Monday. The extension comes as little surprise after the Dane put forth a powerful performance to finish second at the Tour of Flanders . "I am really thrilled to renew my contract with Trek-Segafredo," Pedersen said in a press release. "I feel at home in this team; the confidence they have put in me has made me grow a lot and I am pretty sure that with Trek-Segafredo I am at the best spot to continue to develop and gain experience, especially in the classics." Pedersen, the Danish national champion, made his debut a the Tour of Flanders on Sunday and emerged in a three-man breakaway over the Koppenberg with Dylan van Baarle (Team Sky) and Sebastian Langeveld (EF-Drapac. The trio held a 30-second margin until eventual winner Niki Terpstra stormed past them ...

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Luke Rowe 'gutted' about Flanders DQ

Luke Rowe 'gutted' about Flanders DQ

Team Sky's Luke Rowe did not agree with the commissaires' ruling that saw him binned from the Tour of Flanders for riding on a bike path.

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Peter Sagan into first place on WorldTour rankings after Tour of Flanders

World champion Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) on the move

With sixth place at the Tour of Flanders , world champion Peter Sagan of Bora-Hansgrohe has moved top of the WorldTour rankings for the first time in season 2018. Sagan now has 1126 points to his name and overtakes Alejandro Valverde who remains on 1079 points after skipping Tour of Flanders. Tiesj Benoot (Lotto Soudal) has jumped into third place with 986 points while Tour of Flanders winner Niki Terpstra is fourth with 972 points. In the team rankings, QuickStep-Floors continues to lead with an increased tally of 4588 points. Mitchelton-Scott are second on 3154.99 points with BMC third on 2765.99 points. At the bottom end of the 18 teams are Katusha-Alpecin on 667 points. A number of riders made a big leap up the standings after De Ronde, including Mads Pedersen who improved 51 places to 19th. Terpstra improved by 12 places with Phillipe Gilbert moving up eight places ...

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Pedersen comes of age at the Tour of Flanders

Mads Pedersen (Trek-Segafredo) in Flanders

Of all the names being thrown around in the build-up to the Tour of Flanders , that of Mads Pedersen ( Trek-Segafredo ) would surely have featured in very few podium predictions. The young Dane, however, surpassed his and everyone else’s expectations and came of age on the cobbles and bergs of northern Belgium, finishing second on his Ronde debut. Pedersen's potential was evident as early as 2013 when he won the junior Paris-Roubaix and went on to claim the silver medal in the World Championships road race. With Gent-Wevelgem, the Tour of Norway, and a stage of the Tour de l'Avenir all won during his time as an U23, Trek-Segafredo had to fight for his signature ahead of the 2017 season. Pedersen went on to become national champion of Denmark as a neo-pro, along with providing confirmation of his abilities against the clock, most notably beating Jonathan Castroviejo to ...

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Luke Rowe "gutted" at Tour of Flanders disqualification (+ video)

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Team Sky rider ejected from race after taking to bike path and weaving through spectators

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Terpstra impresses with solo victory in Tour of Flanders

Niki Terpstra's victory salute in 2018 Tour of Flanders

Supported by Niki Terpstra put in a storming performance in the Tour of Flanders, continuing QuickStep Floors’ dominance of the spring’s big one-day races when he soloed to victory in the race. The Dutchman added the Monument to his 2014 victory in Paris-Roubaix, landing success in the same style as when he took the E3 Harelbeke last … The post Terpstra impresses with solo victory in Tour of Flanders appeared first on CyclingTips .

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DUTCH DREAMS: TERPSTRA AND van der BREGGEN DOMINATE RONDE VAN VLAANDEREN

Terpstra’s winning move on Oude Kwaremont

Pair of solo victories, and some history, for the northern invaders Quick Step’s Niki Terpstra taught the cycling world a lesson you’d think they know by now: that the strongest guy on the strongest team can’t be stopped. Today Terpstra was the ace to play in a cagey Ronde van Vlaanderen, and the Dutchman completed the career Cobbled Monument Double with a solo victory in Oudenaarde, becoming the first Dutch winner in 32 years. Terpstra attacked in unlikely places, the last of which was the Hotond, countering a couple earlier moves by Bahrain-Merida’s Vincenzo Nibali, and was never seen again. Terpstra caught the remaining breakaway on the Oude Kwaremont, shook off a dogged pursuit by Trek’s Mads Pedersen, and finished the job for his team. And as has been the case all spring, that team was the story. It’s one thing to have numbers up front, as several squads did, ...

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Tour of Flanders 2018: Niki Terpstra takes solo win

Tour of Flanders 2018: Niki Terpstra takes solo win

Peter Stuart 1 Apr 2018 After a fragmented day, Dutchman Niki Terpstra made a stunning solo break in the last 25km for victory Niki Terpstra of Team Quick-Step Floors made an historic effort to become the first Dutchman to win the Tour of Flanders in over three decades, with a decisive solo attack through the final 25km that saw him bridge through the breakaway and ride solo to victory. What began as an abortive two-man break with Vincenzo Nibali, who was not happy to work with the Dutchman, saw Niki Terpstra begin a solo effort. He moved through the leading group of the race, taking ground on the cobbled climbs of Oude Kwaremont and Paterberg to then power through the last 15km solo for the win. While a chase group of major contendors looked capable of reeling him in within the last 10km, a lack of cohesion and a strong ...

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Chris Froome case unlikely to be resolved in time for Tour de France

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Team Sky could question Salbutamol test or permitted limit

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Chris Froome describes latest reports on salbutamol case as ‘fake news’

Chris Froome at the Tirreno-Adriatico press conference

Chris Froome ( Team Sky ) described reports that his salbutamol case has been sent to the UCI’s Anti-Doping Tribunal as ‘fake news’ on Friday evening, only to delete the twitter message a few hours later. The French newspaper Le Monde reported on Friday that Froome’s case had been transferred from the UCI Legal Anti-Doping Services (LADS) to its Anti-Doping Tribunal, suggesting that the UCI LADS had rejected Froome’s explanations as to why his level of salbutamol was double the 1000ng/ml permitted level. Froome's urine sample from an anti-doping control, taken after stage 18 of the 2017 Vuelta a Espana, was found to have exceeded the permitted limit of the asthma drug salbutamol. The 32-year-old has always denied any wrongdoing and says he is a long-term asthma sufferer. He insists that he knows the rules and has never taken more salbutamol than he is allowed. A few hours after the ...

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