Wellens wins Brabantse Pijl

Tim Wellens (Lotto Soudal) wins De Brabantse Pijl

Tim Wellens ( Lotto-Soudal ) capped off an excellent performance from his team to win De Brabantse Pijl-La Flèche Brabançonne on Wednesday. The Belgian attacked with just over 7.5km to go and held off the remnants of the peloton to win alone and ahead of last year’s winner Sonny Colbrelli (Bahrain Merida) and Tiesj Benoot (Lotto Soudal). As Wellens crossed the line he pointed one finger to the sky in memory of Michael Goolaerts, who tragically died at Sunday's Paris-Roubaix. A minute's silence was observed at the start of the race in Leuven, with all of Goolaets' teammates in attendance. Lotto Soudal had been active throughout the second half of the race, and turned on the heat inside of the final 80 kilometres. First veteran rider Maxime Monfort laid down a rapid pace in order to bring back the early break, before Tosh Van der Sande linked up with Mitchelton-Scott's ...

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Chris Froome to face tough competition at Tour of the Alps

Chris Froome (Team Sky)

Fabio Aru (UAE Team Emirates) and Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) have confirmed they will take on Chris Froome ( Team Sky ) at the Tour of the Alps , as all three use the mountainous stage race to prepare for the rapidly approaching Giro d'Italia that starts in Israel on May 4. This year's Tour of the Alps starts in Arco on Monday, April 16 and ends in Innsbruck on Friday, April 20, covering much of the hilly circuit that will be used in this year's World Championships in late September. The five stages include 13,100 metres of climbing and a mountain finish to Alpe di Pampeago on stage 2. While Froome's racing has been overshadowed by his on-going salbutamol case , he is determined to race on as he tries to prove his innocence to the UCI anti-doping authorities. Team Sky have often used the Tour of the Alps to ...

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Poels, Kwiatkowski and Henao lead Team Sky at Amstel Gold Race

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

Team Sky have named Wout Poels , Michal Kwiatkowski and Sergio Henao in its squad for Sunday’s Amstel Gold Race , confirming a three-pronged attack for the first of the Ardennes Classics. Completing the seven-rider line up are Michal Golas, an on-form Tao Geoghegan Hart, Lukasz Wisniowski and key domestique Vasil Kiryienka. Chris Froome will not ride the Ardennes Classics but despite his on-going salbutamol case, is expected to be in action at the Tour of Alps stage race in Italy and Austria as he prepares for the Giro d’Italia . Gianni Moscon will not ride the Ardennes Classics, instead, he will take time off after a full cobbled Classics programme. Kwiatkowski won the Amstel Gold race in 2015 and finished second last year, beaten by Philippe Gilbert in a two-rider sprint after they got away in the aggressive finale of the race. The Polish rider won Tirreno-Adriatico in March ...

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Moscon's UCI disciplinary case adjourned after 11-hour hearing in Geneva

Gianni Moscon (Team Sky) finished second

Team Sky's Gianni Moscon attended an 11-hour UCI disciplinary commission hearing in Geneva on Monday but officials opted to adjourn the case without issuing a final verdict, as they continue to investigate allegations of "dangerous behaviour" at the Tre Valli Varesine race last year. Groupama-FDJ rider Sébastien Reichenbach suffered a fractured elbow and hip in a mid-race crash during the Italian race and claimed that Moscon "intentionally put me on the ground". Reichenbach maintains that Moscon deliberately caused the crash as retribution for his part in highlighting how the Team Sky rider had racially abused his then teammate Kevin Reza during the Tour de Romandie in April. UCI rules allow for a ban from one to six months for incidents between riders involving 'behaving in a violent manner' if a guilty verdict is reached. Moscon has denied any wrongdoing but is under intense scrutiny after the Tour de Romandie incident ...

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Tribute to Michael Goolaerts

Michael Goolaerts

If circumstances had allowed I would have done this sooner, before people had already expressed their condolences in the death of 23-year-old Belgian cyclist Michael Goolaerts of Verandas Willems-Crelan. Goolaerts suffered a cardiac arrest during the early stages of Paris-Roubaix on Sunday and was pronounced dead late Sunday evening at a hospital in Lille, France as a result. French authorities are opening the customary inquiry that one would expect in the sudden death of a young person, but the signs all point to a previously unknown medical condition. Goolaerts was a Belgian cobbled classics warrior, a teammate of Wout Van Aert, whose own meteoric ascent this spring has now “vanished,” in Van Aert’s words, due to the shocking and distressing news of his friend’s death. While he was on the bike, though, Goolaerts seemed to carve out a role in that time-honored tradition of Flemish hardman domestique. A year ago, ...

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SAGAN CONQUERS DEFIANT DILLIER, SCORES ROUBAIX WIN

Sagan and Dillier in Carrefour de l’Arbe

Slovakian arrives on the Classics Mountaintop with dominant attack World Champion Peter Sagan of Bora-Hansgrohe spent the week bemoaning his fate as the marked man of the classics. Then he went out and did something about it. Sagan soloed away from the peloton during the Auchy-Les-Orchies secteur of Paris-Roubaix, bridged up to the remnants of the day’s breakaway, and pummeled the entire sport of cycling to earn his first victory in the Hell of the North, outsprinting a surprising surviving Silvan Dillier of AG2R on the last quarter-lap of the old Roubaix Velodrome to take the victory, thrusting both fists in the air and showing his dirty, dusty rainbow for anyone who doubted his greatness before today. Sagan’s victory gives him the Career Double — with his Monumental Flanders win in 2016 — and ticks off the last box for him in the cobbled classics, along with his E3 win ...

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After a long-range attack, Sagan takes a definitive victory at Paris-Roubaix

World champion Peter Sagan answered all critics and crossed a major career objective off his list Sunday with a demonstrative, emphatic victory at Paris-Roubaix. The Bora-Hansgrohe star attacked from 54km to go, caught the remnants of the daylong breakaway, and then outsprinted Sylvain Dillier (Ag2r La Mondiale) to take his second Monument. Last weekend’s Tour … The post After a long-range attack, Sagan takes a definitive victory at Paris-Roubaix appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Geraint Thomas abandons Paris-Roubaix

Geraint Thomas abandons Paris-Roubaix

Joe Robinson 8 Apr 2018 An early crash ends the Welshman's race; mud causes trouble for peloton Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) has abandoned Paris-Roubaix after a crashing on the first section of cobbles. The Welshman was among a large group of riders to hit the floor in the Troisvilles to Inchy sector. Currently, it is unknown whether the rider sustained injuries or abandoned as a precautionary measure. Sadly, after that tough crash on the first sector, we can confirm @GeraintThomas86 has been forced to withdraw from #ParisRoubaix . We%u2019ll have a full update later. pic.twitter.com/5Bp5zCNmxe — Team Sky (@TeamSky) April 8, 2018 This will come as a huge disappointment for both the rider and the team. Despite being absent throughout the rest of the Spring Classics, the former top 10 finisher made a point of racing the 'Queen of the Classics'. Racing Roubaix was also going to play part of ...

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Peter Sagan wins an enthralling Paris-Roubaix

Peter Sagan wins an enthralling Paris-Roubaix

Joe Robinson 8 Apr 2018 After attacking with more than 50km remaining, Sagan finally takes the 'Queen of the Classics' Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) wins the 2018 Paris-Roubaix outsprinting Silvain Dillier (AG2R La Mondiale) who managed to cling on from the day's original break. Sagan made the winning move from an astonishing 53km out, dropping a group containing most of the day's favourites. He caught the remnants of the day's break and was eventually joined by Dillier with both riders going clear. The World Champion managed to make this move stick despite the best efforts of those behind. The real warrior of the day was Silvain Dillier (AG2R La Mondiale). The Swiss road champion made the original break of the day managing to stay with Sagan when all others could not. The is the World Champion's second Monument after the 2016 Tour of Flanders and no doubt further's his legendary status. ...

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Landa's bid for overall Pais Vasco victory comes up short

Mikel Landa (Movistar)

Having moved into second place on the penultimate stage of the Vuelta al Pais Vasco , Mikel Landa laid it on the line on the final day of racing in his bid for the win. The Movistar rider ultimately came up short, his second place on the stage to Arrate not enough to take yellow off the shoulders of Primoz Roglic. "We really tried it, and I think that you've got to be happy with a second place when you see you've done your best to drop the leader back until the very last day," said Landa. "It was a day with lots of different battles. We weren't really paying that much attention to Roglic's crash in the beginning because it was already tough to follow the pace at the front of the bunch. There was no team keeping things really under control, and there were lots of attacks. We ...

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Geraint Thomas' Pinarello Dogma K10 for Paris-Roubaix

Geraint Thomas' Pinarello Dogma K10 for Paris-Roubaix

This article first appeared on Cyclingnews . Geraint Thomas of Team Sky had made a name for himself in the spring Classics with a victory at E3 Harelbeke and top-ten finishes at both the Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix, before more recently focusing fully on his GC ambitions in stage races. However, with a crucial stage at this year's Tour de France over the Roubaix cobbles, Thomas had some leverage with the Team Sky management in adding this year's Paris-Roubaix to his racing programme, and could be a rider to watch on the day. Thomas will be racing on a Pinarello Dogma K10, the Italian brand's rough-road frameset, which offers greater compliance and even rear suspension. Full specification Frameset: Pinarello Dogma K10-S Fork: Pinarello Onda F10 with Fork Flap Front brake: Shimano Dura-Ace R9100 Rear brake: Shimano Dura-Ace R9100 Brake/shift levers: Shimano Dura-Ace R9150 Front derailleur: Shimano Dura-Ace R9150 Rear ...

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Thomas dreams of Tour de France yellow jersey again

Thomas dreams of Tour de France yellow jersey again

Geraint Thomas could become Team Sky's leader at the Tour de France if Chris Froome is banned. Read the full article at Thomas dreams of Tour de France yellow jersey again on VeloNews.com .

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Roglic wins Vuelta Ciclista al Pais Vasco

Enric Mas (Quick-Step Floors) wins the final stage at Pais Vasco

Enric Mas ( Quick-Step-Floors ) survived from the early break to win the final stage at the Vuelta al Pais Vasc o, while Primoz Roglic ( LottoNL-Jumbo ) returned from a crash, and held off an onslaught from Movistar to seal the overall win. Mas took his first professional WorldTour win in impressive fashion, leaving his early breakaway companions on the slopes of the final climb, and soloing away to the win. The young Spaniard held off a large charge from Mikel Landa (Movistar), who was threatening to overturn Roglic's healthy but not impregnable race lead. In the end, Landa was forced to settle for second on the stage, and second overall, with Roglic winning by 1:09. Ion Izagirre (Bahrain-Merida) completed the podium. The 122.2km stage consisted of eight categorised climbs, and set off at breakneck speed. Roglic, who came into the day with a 1:57 lead over his nearest ...

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Geraint Thomas keen on Classics cameo at Paris-Roubaix

Geraint Thomas (Team Sky)

Geraint Thomas ' Classics ambitions have been put to one side in recent years as he makes bids to transform himself into a Grand Tour contender, but when the 2018 Tour de France route was unveiled last October, the presence of the cobbles of Paris-Roubaix on stage 9 seemed as good a pretext as any to make a cameo appearance at the Hell of the North this Sunday. "I sat down at the start of the year with Tim [Kerrison, his coach – ed.] and tried to figure out the best run-up to the Tour," Thomas said in Kortrijk on Friday evening. "The cobbles in the Tour were a nice excuse, and I could use that as a bargaining chip really with Tim." Thomas has been cloistered away at Team Sky's preferred training site of Mount Teide in the weeks since his third-place finish at Tirreno-Adriatico last month, and, by ...

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Stannard finding his form ahead of Paris-Roubaix

Ian Stannard (Team Sky)

Ian Stannard has not had the best of Classics seasons in 2018, but the Team Sky rider says that he's getting on top of his form ahead of his favourite race, Paris-Roubaix . Stannard is a two-time Omloop Het Nieuwsblad winner, and former Paris-Roubaix and E3 Harelbeke podium finisher, but the 30-year-old has been struggling this spring. This year saw him miss the opening weekend and make his cobbled debut at Gent-Wevelgem two weeks ago. It has not been plain sailing with 79th at Dwars door Vlaanderen his best finishing position, while he failed to finish the Tour of Flanders. He admitted to feeling slightly concerned at the start of the week but Thursday's recon of the cobbles has given him a bit of a morale boost. "It's hard to compare year on year, but I feel good. In the last few races, I feel like I've been searching for ...

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Tom Boonen defends Chris Froome and Team Sky

Chris Froome answers questions at the Tirreno-Adriatico press ocnference

Tom Boonen has defended Chris Froome , saying it is ridiculous to describe salbutamol as doping and wrong to compare salbutamol users with those who used EPO. In an interview with the weekly Humo magazine in Belgium, and reported widely by the Flemish media, Boonen reveals one of his daughters uses an inhaler every day. He also reveals that he decided to retire after the spring Classics of 2017 so he could spend more time with his twin daughters. Never afraid to speak his mind, Boonen recently said Peter Sagan should " keep his mouth shut " over a lack of cooperation from rivals. Froome's urine sample from an anti-doping control taken after stage 18 of the 2017 Vuelta a Espana was found to have twice the allowed limit of salbutamol. The 32-year-old says he is a life-long asthma sufferer, and insisted that he knows the rules and has never ...

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Geraint Thomas would 'love' to lead Team Sky at Tour de France if Chris Froome doesn't race

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“I'll have a couple more years stage racing and go back into a full-blown classics season hopefully”

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Oakley unveils new Flight Jacket and Field Jacket sunglasses

On the eve of the 2018 Paris-Roubaix, Oakley is unveiling two new performance cycling sunglass models, the Flight Jacket and Field Jacket. Both frames feature Oakley’s new Advancer toggle, a movable piece on the nose bridge that increases airflow to combat fogging and overheating. While the Flight Jacket has a unique frame shape, with an open-edge … The post Oakley unveils new Flight Jacket and Field Jacket sunglasses appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Paris-Roubaix reconnaissance - Gallery

Peter Sagan tests the muddy pavé of Paris-Roubaix

Three days before the start of Paris-Roubaix , many of the riders took to the route to test their equipment, their legs and their skills on the cobblestone sections of the course. World Champion Peter Sagan was among those who went out with his Bora-Hansgrohe teammates to find several of the sectors covered in thick mud. "It's okay, it's once a year," Sagan told Wielerkrant . "A dry or wet edition makes a world of difference, it changes the style of the course." Sagan finished a disappointed sixth in the Tour of Flanders after taking a stellar victory in Gent-Wevelgem. He described his form as "good enough". "I'm not bad, but also not super. Good enough, I'd say." The prospect of a muddy Paris-Roubaix will thrill many fans, but with sun and warm temperatures forecast for the coming days, much of the mud will turn to dust. — BORA – ...

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Pais Vasco: Roglic wins time trial in Lodosa

Primoz Roglic (LottoNl-Jumbo) powers to the stage win in the time trial

Primoz Roglic (LottoNL-Jumbo) stormed to victory in the stage 4 time trial at the Vuelta Ciclista al Pais Vasco and took the overall lead in Lodosa. He covered the 19.4km course with a winning time of 22:26 beating Patrick Bevin (BMC), an early starter who sat in the hot seat for most of the race, by nine seconds. Vasil Kiryienka (Team Sky) was third at 11 seconds. "I knew that all eyes were on me as a pursuer in the GC and as time trial specialist," Roglic said. "That provided extra pressure. It was a flat time trial, but there was a lot of wind. At the finish I saw that I had the fastest time, which made me very happy of course." Roglic placed second in the first two stages behind overnight leader Julian Alaphilippe (Quick-Step Floors). He sat second overall heading into the time trial but only need ...

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