Wout Poels Claims His First Monument Race For Team Sky

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By Barnaby CHESTERMAN Ans, Belgium, April 24, 2016 (AFP) - Wout Poels handed Team Sky their first ever Monument success by winning Liege-Bastogne-Liege on Sunday. While Sky had established themselves as perhaps the dominant Grand Tour outfit since their creation in 2010, winning the Tour de France three times in four years with Bradley Wiggins … [Read more...]

Valverde Looking Forward To Success At Liege-Bastogne-Liege

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By Barnaby CHESTERMAN Liege, Belgium, April 23, 2016 (AFP) - Alejandro Valverde will be looking to take another step towards Ardennes Classics immortality when he lines up for Liege-Bastogne-Liege on Sunday. The 35-year-old Spaniard will be the man to beat in Belgium during 'La Doyenne' (the oldest) having claimed a record fourth victory in the midweek Fleche Wallonne, the second of … [Read more...]

Alejandro Valverde Wins Fleche Wallonne For A Record Fourth Time

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By Jean MONTOIS Huy, Belgium, April 20, 2016 (AFP) - Spain's Alejandro Valverde timed his finish to perfection to claim the Fleche Wallonne for a record fourth time on Wednesday. The near 200km midweek Ardennes Classic came down to a dramatic shoot-out up the 1.3km long final ascent of the Mur de Huy, with Valverde seeing off Frenchman Julian Alaphilippe. … [Read more...]

Mikel Landa Takes Giro del Trentino Lead As Nibali Struggles

Rome, April 20, 2016 (AFP) - Spaniard Mikel Landa took command of the Giro del Trentino on Wednesday as he won the epic 220km second stage from Arco to Anras in Austria. Favorite for overall victory Vincenzo Nibali, a twice former winner of the event, surprisingly struggled on the final ascent and only managed to finish the day 21st, more than 30-seconds back. His Astana team-mate … [Read more...]

Team Sky To Withdraw Sergio Henao Over Altitude Concerns

Marche-en-Famenne, Belgium, April 20, 2016 - Sky have withdrawn Sergio Henao for a three months precautionary period after internal tests, but the British cycling team insisted Wednesday the Colombian rider had not failed a drug test. Henao, second in the recent Tour of the Basque Country, was one of the favorites to win Wednesday's Fleche Wallone, a race in which he came second in … [Read more...]

Nibali’s Astana Team Takes Opening Giro del Trentino Stage

Rome, April 19, 2016 (AFP) - Former Tour de France winner Vincenzo Nibali's Astana team got off to the perfect start at the Giro del Trentino on Tuesday by winning the opening stage team time-trial. Astana beat Team Sky, whose Spanish rider Mikel Landa is one of the favorites for overall victory, by 14sec on the 12.1km time-trial overlooking Lake Garda. French team AG2R took third … [Read more...]

An Open Letter On Disc Brakes From Fran Ventoso of Team Movistar

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13 April 2016 I’ve spent thirteen years in the pro cycling peloton and another thirteen moving up the ladder in youth categories. That makes it 26 years on my bike, training every day, enjoying what I like most, my passion. Since I was six, I’ve enjoyed racing, and I continue to do so. I’m so happy to have turned my vocation into a dream job. Just like in any other sport, cycling has … [Read more...]

I’m Proof Cycling Dreams Do Come True, Says Matthew Hayman

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By Barnaby CHESTERMAN Roubaix, France, April 11, 2016 (AFP) - Mathew Hayman insisted that dreams can come true after the 37-year-old Australian won the prestigious Paris-Roubaix one-day classic. Hayman beat four-time winner Tom Boonen into second in a sprint finish in the famous old outdoor velodrome in Roubaix at the end of Sunday's … [Read more...]

Popovych Announces Retirement from Professional Cycling

After 15 years competing in professional cycling, and 24 years riding a bicycle, Yaroslav (Popo) Popovych has officially announced his retirement Monday, one day after competing in his final Paris-Roubaix. Popovych, 36, will not be leaving Trek-Segafredo, but rather changing responsibilities as he jumps into the role of sport director for the team. “It will be quite the adaptation for me," … [Read more...]

Hayman Admits That He’d Have Happily Seen Boonen Win

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By Barnaby CHESTERMAN Roubaix, France, April 10, 2016 (AFP) - Paris-Roubaix winner Mathew Hayman admitted he had been hoping rival Tom Boonen would win the one-day classic race for a record fifth time. Australian Hayman, 37, pipped Boonen, 35, in a sprint finish to deny the joint-record four-time winner the chance to move one clear of his … [Read more...]