Phillipe Gilbert Claims His Fourth Amstel Gold Race Victory

Amstel Gold Race 2017

Valkenburg, Netherlands, April 16, 2017 (AFP) - Philippe Gilbert continued his fine start to the season by winning the prestigious Amstel Gold Race for the fourth time on Sunday -- and then made short work of a celebratory beer on the podium. At the end of a punishing 260km course that included 35 climbs, Belgian Gilbert outsprinted 2015 winner Michal Kwiatkowski of Poland in a tactical … [Read more...]

Amstel Gold Race Next On Greg Van Avermaet’s Race Agenda

14 April, 2017, Santa Rosa, California (USA) After standing on the podium at Paris-Roubaix with his Monument title to his name, Greg Van Avermaet will be back at the start line for Amstel Gold Race this Sunday, 16 April. Van Avermaet, who is eyeing his first podium result at Amstel Gold Race, is brimming with confidence after claiming victory at Paris-Roubaix. "My best result at Amstel … [Read more...]

Fabio Aru Out Of Giro d’Italia With Knee Injury

Milan, April 14, 2017 - Italian Fabio Aru has been forced out of next month's Giro d'Italia, which starts on his native island of Sardinia as part of celebrations for the 100th edition, his Astana team said on Monday. Aru, who was set to challenge defending champion Vincenzo Nibali for the pink jersey, crashed and hurt his knee while training in Spain last week. He was diagnosed with … [Read more...]

Mark Cavendish Sidelined With Epstein-Barr Virus

London, April 14, 2017 - British road cycling star Mark Cavendish has been sidelined with a fatigue-inducing virus, his Team Dimension Data said Wednesday. No date has been set for the return to the saddle of Cavendish, 31, who has not raced since the Milan-San Remo one-day event on March 18. His absence was at first attributed to a cumulative right ankle injury. But further … [Read more...]

Greg Van Avermaet Claims Maiden ‘Monument’ In Paris-Roubaix

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By Barnaby CHESTERMAN Roubaix, France, April 9, 2017 (AFP) - Belgian Greg Van Avermaet finally landed his first 'Monument' victory in a thrilling Paris-Roubaix race on Sunday. The Olympic champion edged a sprint finish in the iconic outdoor Roubaix velodrome ahead of Czech Zdenek Stybar and Sebastian Langeveld of the Netherlands at the end of the 257km 'Hell … [Read more...]

Coryn Rivera Sprints To Amazing Victory At Tour of Flanders

Tour of Flanders 2017 Women

AFTER A RELATIVELY QUIET START TO THE DAY WITH NO ATTACKS ABLE TO GO CLEAR, TEAM SUNWEB DECIDED TO ANIMATE THE RACE AND BEGAN TO ENTICE THE ACTION GOING INTO THE FINALE. As the race hit 100km, Team Sunweb’s Rozanne Slik launched an attack that saw her lead solo, taking a lead of 1’30”. After 16km of leading the race and forcing other teams to chase hard, Rozanne rejoined the peloton and … [Read more...]

Philippe Gilbert Finally Wins The Tour of Flanders

Tour of Flanders 2017

By Barnaby CHESTERMAN Oudenaarde, Belgium, April 2, 2017 (AFP) - Belgian champion Philippe Gilbert carried his bike over the line above his head as he won the prestigious Tour of Flanders for the first time on Sunday with a remarkable solo breakaway. Gilbert, 34, attacked alone with 55km of the 261km race to go and held on to win as world … [Read more...]

Poker Player Greg Van Avermaet Wins Flanders Warm-up

Harelbeke, Belgium, March 24, 2017 (AFP) - Olympic champion Greg Van Avermaet continued his hot streak by winning the E3 Harelbeke one-day cobbled classic on Friday in a "poker game". Just over a week away from the first cobbled 'Monument' of the season -- the Tour of Flanders -- the 31-year-old Belgian picked up his second win this year on the cobbles having claimed Omloop Het Nieuwsblad … [Read more...]

Quintana Secures His Second Tirreno-Adriatico Title

Tirreno Adriatico 2017 - stage 7

Milan, March 14, 2017 (AFP) - Colombian Nairo Quintana secured his second Tirreno-Adriatico title on Tuesday after defending his overnight lead -- and then targeted Tour de France glory. The Movistar team rider, who last won Italy's "Race of the Two Seas" 2015, is also expected to challenge for his second Giro d'Italia in May and underlined his credentials by racing to victory on Saturday's … [Read more...]

Tour de France Champion Froome Finally Backs Brailsford

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By Julian GUYER London, March 13, 2017 (AFP) - Three-time Tour de France champion Chris Froome finally rallied to the defence of under-fire Team Sky boss Dave Brailsford on Monday. Brailsford, the man behind Great Britain's rise as an Olympic cycling superpower, has been under intense scrutiny but has insisted he will not resign from his Sky post despite being engulfed in rows over … [Read more...]