Tom Boonen Has Sights On A Paris-Roubaix Return

Brussels, March 31, 2015 (AFP) - Belgian sprinter Tom Boonen, injured in a fall at the Paris-Nice race, has returned to training in the slim hope of competing in the Paris-Roubaix classic next month. Marc Coucke, the leading sponsor of Boonen's Etixx-Quick Step team, said the 34-year-old Belgian had a very slim chance of competing in the race on April 12. "Tom Boonen is training … [Read more...]

Kristoff Wins First Stage Of Three Days of De Panne

Sottegem, Belgium, March 31, 2015 (AFP) - Norwegian rider Alexander Kristoff won the first stage of the Three Days of De Panne on Tuesday as he outsprinted Belgian duo Jens Debuschere and Stijn Devolder at the finish line in Sottegem. The stage covered 201.6km from De Panne to Sottegem with the race set to finish on Thursday. It was the sixth win of the season for the 27-year-old … [Read more...]

Geriant Thomas In Drivers Seat Ahead Of Cobbled Classics

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Paris, March 31, 2015 (AFP) - Commonwealth Games champion Geraint Thomas will find himself a marked man over the next two weeks as the peloton tackles the Tour of Flanders on Sunday and then Paris-Roubaix a week later. With perennial favourites Tom Boonen and Fabian Cancellara out injured, both Flanders and Roubaix will be considered the most open they have been in years. Over the … [Read more...]

Bradley Wiggins To Tackle Three Days of De Panne

London, March 31, 2015 - Britain's world and Olympic timetrial champion Bradley Wiggins will ride for Team Sky at the Three Days of De Panne race this week. Wiggins is building up for a tilt at the prestigious Paris-Roubaix Spring Classic in just under two weeks time. He rode Gent-Wevelgem on Sunday but in dreadful conditions with driving rain and gusts of up to 90kph (56mph) he … [Read more...]

Transition Seamlessly With OGIO’s New X-TRAIN 2 Athletic Pack

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Salt Lake City, UT – (March 30, 2015) – For an active professional, showing up prepared and organized is half the battle when fitting in a workout within a demanding work schedule. Whatever your training regimen; OGIO’s new X-TRAIN 2 is intelligently organized to move from workout to workday with ease. Crafted from high-tensile strength materials, OGIO injected the X-TRAIN 2 with a shot of … [Read more...]

Porte Holds Off The Valverde Charge To Win Tour of Catalonia

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Barcelona, March 29, 2015 (AFP) - Australia's Richie Porte sealed victory at the Tour of Catalonia on Sunday despite Spaniard Alejandro Valverde winning his third stage of the seven-day race. Valverde picked up a total of 12 bonus seconds on the day thanks to the stage win and an earlier intermediate sprint, but Porte didn't lose any more time on the hilly 126.6 kilometre circuit around … [Read more...]

Italian Veteran Luca Paolini Wins Gent-Wevelgem

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Wevelgem, Belgium, March 29, 2015 (AFP) - Italian veteran Luca Paolini timed his attack to perfection to take victory at the one-day cobbled classic race Gent-Wevelgem in Belgium on Sunday. Last year's Paris-Roubaix winner Niki Terpstra took second at the end of the 240km race in dreadful conditions with blustery winds and driving rain as Friday's E3 Harelbeke winner Geraint Thomas came … [Read more...]

Team Tinkoff-Saxo Announce The Departure Of Bjarne Riis

Paris, March 29, 2015 (AFP) - The Tinkoff-Saxo team of two-time Tour de France winner Alberto Contador on Sunday fired team manager Bjarne Riis. Dane Riis had already been suspended from his duties a week earlier. "An agreement has been reached to terminate the contract," said the Russian team in a statement. "The terms of this agreement will remain confidential and the two … [Read more...]

Valverde Wins Fifth Stage, Porte Leads At Tour of Catalonia

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Valls, Spain, March 27, 2015 (AFP) - Spain's Alejandro Valverde claimed his second stage win in four days as Australian Richie Porte moved into the overall lead at the Tour of Catalonia on Friday. The Movistar rider came home in a time of 4hr 25min 52sec to edge out Colombian Rigoberto Uran and Italy's Paolo Tiralongo by five seconds on the 195.4 kilometre fifth stage from Alp to … [Read more...]

Fabian Cancellara Out Of Spring Classics After E3 Crash

Brussels, March 27, 2015 (AFP) - Three-time winner Fabian Cancellara of Switzerland suffered two fractured veterbrae in a crash during the E3 Harelbeke on Friday and will miss the rest of the Spring Classics. The crash, on the cobbles of the first classic of the season, also took down a couple of the other favourites, John Degenkolb and Lars Boon, although they carried on. Three … [Read more...]