Unheralded Riders Make Headlines At Winston-Salem Cycling Classic

Winston-Salem, N.C. - A pair of little-known riders - Belgian Brecht Dhaene and Italian Elana Cecchini - scored big upsets Saturday at the Winston-Salem Cycling Classic criteriums. Dhaene (Astellas Cycling Team) finished just ahead of the chasing field after riding in a three-man breakaway for more than half of the 90-minute men's race. "Coming out of the last corner, my left leg was … [Read more...]

Philippe Gilbert Lands The Amstel Gold Hat-Trick

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by Barnaby CHESTERMAN VALKENBURG, Netherlands, April 20, 2014 (AFP) - Belgium's Philippe Gilbert surged clear on the final Cauberg climb to win his third Amstel Gold Race on Sunday. The 31-year-old -- winner in 2010 and 2011 -- made his move inside the final 4km following a dummy-attack by BMC team-mate Samuel Sanchez and by the top of the climb, 1.8km from the finish, he was … [Read more...]

McCabe Solos To Victory In Winston-Salem

Winston-Salem N.C. — American Travis McCabe of Team SmartStop Pro Cycling used a perfectly-timed attack on the final climb to solo to victory Friday in the Winston-Salem Cycling Classic men's professional road race. McCabe had time to celebrate ahead of another American, Joe Lewis (Hincapie Sportswear Development Team), who was runner-up ahead of McCabe's teammate, Canadian national road … [Read more...]

Philippe Gilbert Aiming For Hat-Trick at Amstel Gold

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by Barnaby CHESTERMAN MAASTRICHT, Netherlands, April 19, 2014 (AFP) - Former world champion Philippe Gilbert will set off in Sunday's Amstel Gold Race as one of the hot favourites for victory. The 31-year-old Belgian, who won back-to-back Amstel races in 2010 and 2011, proved he is back on form after missing the cobbled Classics in the previous two weeks when he sprinted to victory … [Read more...]

Paris-Roubaix Video: Niki Terpstra’S Monumental Ride

Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team rider Niki Terpstra won the biggest race of his career — the biggest monument in cycling — on Sunday, April 13th. He won Paris-Roubaix solo after a fantastic team race, including a great effort by Tom Boonen earlier in the race. Watch this video as we take you through all the emotions of that amazing day! … [Read more...]

Mark Cavendish Skips Giro, Focus On Tour de France

PARIS, April 18, 2014 (AFP) - British sprint specialist Mark Cavendish revealed on Friday that he would bypass this year's Giro d'Italia to focus on the Tour de France which begins on July 5. The 28-year-old Isle of Man native will instead use the Tours of Turkey (April 27-May 4), California (May 11-18) and Switzerland (June 14-22) as his tune-up races for the Tour de France which starts … [Read more...]

Olds Wins Winston-Salem Cycling Classic Road Race

Winston-Salem, N.C. — American Shelley Olds (Alé Cipollini-Galassia) won a bunch sprint finale of the Winston-Salem Cycling Classic women's professional road race on Friday. Olds beat Canadian Joelle Numainville (Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies) and Eugenia Bujak of Poland (BTC City Ljubljana) to the line at the end of the 91-kilometer race that comprised eight laps of an 11.5-km … [Read more...]

Mark Cavendish’s Race Calendar Is Determined

18-Apr-2014: Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team has announced the program of Mark Cavendish for the coming weeks. As previously communicated, the British Champion will ride the Tour of Turkey at the end of April. He will then ride the AMGEN Tour of California and the Tour de Suisse prior to the Tour de France. "As everybody knows, my big goal this year is the Tour de France," Cavendish … [Read more...]

Chris Horner In High Spirits After Leaving Hospital

PARIS, April 17, 2014 (AFP) - Tour of Spain champion Chris Horner left hospital in jubilant mood on Wednesday following a training crash with a car last week. The American Lampre rider was taken to hospital last Friday after being involved in a crash while riding around Lake Como in northern Italy. The 42-year-old, the oldest ever Grand Tour winner when claiming victory at the Vuelta … [Read more...]

Robert Gesink To Undergo Heart Surgery, Misses Amstel Gold

THE HAGUE, April 15, 2014 (AFP) - Dutchman Robert Gesink will undergo a heart operation after suffering pain during last week's Tour of the Basque Country, the Belkin rider revealed Tuesday. The 27-year-old has pulled out of Sunday's Amstel Gold race and will also likely miss July's Tour de France. "At the Tour of the Basque Country last week, I felt pain again. Short but around the … [Read more...]