Fuglsang: I wasn't the strongest, but I played my tactics

Jakob Fuglsang wins stage 4 at the Tour de Romandie

In a performance that echoed similarities to his 2017 Criterium du Dauhpine win, Jakob Fuglsang ( Astana ) took a fine mountain stage at this year’s Tour de Romandie . The Dane attacked with roughly 15km to go on stage 4 into Sion and held off a late chase from the GC contenders to take his first victory of the season. However, as impressive as Fuglsang’s late attack was, his ride until that point was just as crucial, and after crossing the finish line the Dane admitted to Cyclingnews that his tactics had been his strongest ally. The Astana leader came into the key mountain stage over two minutes down on the race lead, and in 15th place overall. With yellow jersey Primoz Roglic (LottoNL-Jumbo) and second place Egan Bernal (Team Sky) locked in their own battle for the yellow jersey, Fuglsang looked to exploit an opening. His first move ...

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Is this the coolest bike in the professional peloton?

Is this the coolest bike in the professional peloton?

Joe Robinson 17 Apr 2018 Miguel Angel Lopez wins the summit finish at the Tour of the Alps but we are more interested in his bike Miguel Angel Lopez ( Astana ) raced to victory on Stage 2 of the Tour of the Alps leaving the likes of Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) and Chris Froome (Team Sky) in his wake. It was an impressive performance from the man they call Superman as he asserts his presence as a hot prospect in General Classification riding. However, here at Cyclist HQ it was not his performance that caught our eye but rather his stunning custom-painted bike. The Colombian is currently riding the Tour of the Alps upon his Argon 18 Gallium Pro team bike which has been finished in a space age blue glitter fade complete with silver branding on the downtube. The unique paintwork came thanks to Argon 18's very own Alexandre ...

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Tour du Finistere points to Sagan, Van Avermaet for stage 5 of the Tour de France

Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) wins 2018 Paris-Roubaix

Paris-Nice stage 3 winner Jonathan Hivert of Direct Energie won the Tour de Finistère in a punchy way, hinting that Peter Sagan will be the hot favourite for stage 5 of the Tour de France following three standard sprints and a team time trial. In Saturday's French Cup race, Romain Bardet was second and Guillaume Martin, showing good form ahead of the Ardennes classics, while BMC duo Richie Porte and Tejay van Garderen enjoyed the pre-Tour de France recon in racing conditions. Eighth in Quimper, Van Garderen claimed his first top 10 since he finished third overall at the Volta ao Algarve in mid-February. "This result shows that I still have good form," the American told Cyclingnews. "I have a good schedule up ahead with the Tour de Romandie, the Tour of California, the Tour de Suisse and the Tour de France. In every race I line up, I want ...

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Despite unfulfilled potential, Van Garderen still keeping the faith

Six years ago, Tejay van Garderen won the Tour de France’s white jersey as best young rider, and finished fifth overall. Amid ups and downs, he’s yet to fully deliver on that early potential. But he – and his team – are convinced that more is to come. For anyone who has ever raced a … The post Despite unfulfilled potential, Van Garderen still keeping the faith appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Discovering Switzerland: Lake Geneva Region

With mountain passes through the Jura range, quality local produce and stylish Swiss living – not to mention Europe's largest freshwater lake – Lake Geneva Region is well worth a stop on your cycling journey through Switzerland. The post Discovering Switzerland: Lake Geneva Region appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Team time trial features on 2018 Criterium du Dauphine route

2018 Criterium du Dauphine

The Critérium du Dauphiné has always positioned itself as a dress rehearsal for the Tour de France and the 2018 edition of the race continues that tradition with a team time trial and short, explosive mountain stages that provide a taste of what will follow in July. Stage 3 of the 2018 Dauphiné is a 35km team time trial, which is precisely the same distance as the Cholet team time trial on stage 3 of the Tour de France. The 110km penultimate stage, meanwhile, is a virtual replica of stage 11 of this year’s Tour de France to La Rosière, and is the prelude to a tough final leg to Saint-Gervais, where Romain Bardet soloed to victory in La Grande Boucle two years ago. Jakub Fuglsang (Astana) won the Dauphiné in 2017, taking the lead from Richie Porte (BMC Racing) on the final day of racing by soloing to victory ...

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Tour de Suisse 2018 to open with team time trial

Simon Spilak (Katusha-Alpecin) with the Tour de Suisse trophy

The route of the 2018 Tour de Suisse has been announced and will feature 1,194 kilometres of racing, 16,797 metres of altitude gain and an opening team time trial. After detailing the start and finish towns last September, the Tour de Suisse organisers have unveiled the complete route of the nine-day race. The route will take a largely anti-clockwise route around Switzerland, as has been the case in the past seasons, with the opening two stages taking place in Frauenfeld in the northeast of the country, and the final two in Bellinzona in the Ticino canton in the south of the country. There will be little on offer for the pure sprinters with rolling terrain throughout the entire race. Since 2009, the Tour de Suisse has opened with an individual time trial, which often proved a chance for home hero Fabian Cancellara to earn an early stint in the leader's ...

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Kruijswijk to remain with LottoNL-Jumbo until the end of 2021 season

Steven Kruijswijk (Team LottoNL - Jumbo)

Steven Kruijswijk will remain with LottoNL-Jumbo until the end of the 2021 season after signing a contract extension with the team. The news follows the announcement that Dutch supermarket chain Jumbo will take over as lead sponsor of the team, which has existed in various guises since 1984, and was most notably sponsored by Rabobank between 1996 and 2012. "The team has hugely improved in terms of professionalism, guidance, innovation and collaboration in recent years. We really are a team together and I'm happy to be part of it", Kruijswijk said in a statement released on Friday. "Jumbo's commitment gives confidence and peace and that stability is reflected in our team." The 30-year-old Kruijswijk has spent his entire professional career with the team, graduating to WorldTour level in 2010 after three years with the Rabobank Continental team. Kruijswijk was on the brink of a surprise Giro d'Italia victory in 2016 ...

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Ride like Michael Matthews

BikesEtc 28 Feb 2018 The versatile and talented Aussie showman who’s as stylish on the bike as he is off it Exciting Australian Michael Matthews has been competing at the highest level of the sport since the start of his career. In his first season as a pro in 2010, he finished 8th at the Tour de l’Avenir – a kind of mini-Tour de France for young riders – competing well against other young hopefuls including Nairo Quintana, Mikel Landa and Romain Bardet. Even more impressively, he followed this up by winning the under-23 World Road Race Championship. Joining WorldTour team Rabobank the following season, he took his first major victory at senior level, pipping veteran sprinter Andre Greipel to the line on the third stage of the Tour Down Under, Australia’s most prestigious stage race. See related Regent's Park safe cycling plans take step forward Public consultation shows support ...

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Sprinting with Sagan

Peter Sagan sprints to win the Tour Down Under’s People’s Choice Classic

World champion Peter Sagan answers BikeRoar's questions about the season, his keys to success, and he gives his tips and advice to aspiring cyclists and sprinters.

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