Mean, Lean Philippe Gilbert Eyes Ardennes Three-Peat

by Barnaby CHESTERMAN VALKENBURG, Netherlands, April 21, 2014 (AFP) - A new, leaner Philippe Gilbert stormed to victory at the Amstel Gold Race and then set his sights on a second Ardennes treble. It was his third victory on the 251.8km course that began in Maastricht and ended in Valkenburg on Sunday with a demonstration of Gilbert's strength after he accelerated away from the … [Read more...]

The Spring Classics Past Winners From 2009

PARIS, April 04, 2014 (AFP) - Winners of the main Spring Classics, due to begin on Sunday with the Tour of Flanders, over the last five years. Cobbled Classics: Tour of Flanders (April 6) 2013 - Fabian Cancellara (SUI) 2012 - Tom Boonen (BEL) 2011 - Nick Nuyens (BEL) 2010 - Fabian Cancellara (SUI) 2009 - Stijn Devolder (BEL) Paris-Roubaix (April 13) … [Read more...]

Profile Of The Upcoming Spring Classics Races

by Barnaby CHESTERMAN PARIS, April 04, 2014 (AFP) - A profile of the five upcoming Spring Classics cycle races: Tour of Flanders One of the five 'Monuments' of the Classics season, the Tour of Flanders was first conceived in 1913 by Karel Van Wijnendaele, the co-founder of the sports newspaper 'Sportwereld'. At that time it was customary for publishers to organise cycling … [Read more...]

Czech Roman Kreuziger Wins Amstel Gold Race For Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff

THE HAGUE, April 14, 2013 (AFP) - Czech Roman Kreuziger made a solo break for home to win the Amstel Gold race on Sunday after 251.8km from Maastricht to Valkenburg. The Saxo rider broke clear on the final climb from a group of escapees and then held off the chasing pack to win by 20 seconds. Spaniard Alessandro Valverde won a sprint finish for second with Australian Simon Gerrans … [Read more...]

Andy Schleck Hoping Amstel Gold Heralds Return To Form

THE HAGUE, April 13, 2013 (AFP) - Former Tour de France winner Andy Schleck will be hoping to use the Ardennes classics this month to complete his return to the top. Schleck will line up Sunday at the Amstel Gold race, the first of three Spring Classics in the hilly Ardennes region that will be followed by the Fleche Wallonne and then Liege-Bastogne-Liege. And although Schleck may … [Read more...]

Italy’s Enrico Gasparotto Wins Amstel Gold Race

VALKENBURG, Netherlands, April 15, 2012 (AFP) - Enrico Gasparotto on Sunday won a first classic for Italy since 2008, crossing the line first in a furious sprint for the finish in the Amstel Gold Race in the Netherlands. The 30-year-old Astana rider beat Belgium's Jelle Vanendert and Peter Sagan of Slovakia in the final straight, chasing Spain's Oscar Freire, who broke away 6km from the … [Read more...]

Boonen Out Of Amstel Gold Race

PARIS, April 11, 2012 (AFP) - Belgium's one-day road race specialist Tom Boonen has pulled out of Sunday's Amstel Gold Race in the Netherlands, according to Flemish television. Boonen, who last weekend won the Paris-Roubaix for a record-equaling fourth time to add to victories in the Ghent-Wevelgem and the Tour of Flanders on home turf this season, has an inflammation of the foot, it … [Read more...]

Gilbert Aiming For The Ardennes Classics “Grand Slam”

Written by: Justin Davis PARIS, April 22, 2011 - Belgium's Philippe Gilbert lines up for Liege-Bastogne-Liege on Sunday with a rare chance of securing a Grand Slam of victories in the tough "Ardennes Classics". Liege, the oldest one-day classic on the calendar, brings an end to the spring classics season with the one-week stage races that lead up to the first of the three Grand Tours … [Read more...]

A In-Form Gilbert Wins Fleche Wallonne

CHARLEROI, Belgium, April 20, 2011 - Belgian racer Philippe Gilbert of Omega Pharma won the Fleche Wallonne on Wednesday, just three days after also snaffling the Amstel Gold race. Gilbert, 28, bagged the Fleche, the second of the three Ardennes Classics, after seeing off Spaniards Joaquim Rodriguez of Katusha and Samuel Sanchez of Euskaltel on the 9.3 percent average gradient 1.3km … [Read more...]

On Fire Gilbert Defends His Amstel Title

Gilbert Gets The Best of Rodriguez At Amstel Gold Race 2011

VALKENBURG, Netherlands, April 17, 2011 - In-form Belgian rider Philippe Gilbert won the Amstel Gold race for the second successive year on Sunday to add to his win in the Fleche-Brabanconne earlier this week. The 28-year-old came home well clear of Spaniard Joaquin Rodriguez while Australian Simon Gerrans was third in the 260km ride through the hilly Limburg region. "For me … [Read more...]