A Dream Of Epic Proportions For Dumoulin At Giro d’Italia

Apeldoorn, Netherlands, May 6, 2016 (AFP) - Dutchman Tom Dumoulin secured a dream start to the 99th Giro d'Italia for his Giant-Alpecin team Friday after winning the opening stage time-trial to pull on the race leader's pink jersey. Months after a training ride crash decimated his team and sent several of them to hospital, Dumoulin flew over the mainly flat but technical 9.8 km course in the … [Read more...]

No Two-Way Battle Between Sagan and Cancellara At Paris-Roubaix

By Barnaby CHESTERMAN Compiègne, France, April 9, 2016 (AFP) - Fabian Cancellara insisted on Saturday that Sunday's prestigious Paris-Roubaix one-day classic would not be a two-way battle between him and Peter Sagan. Cancellara has won the 'Hell of the North' three times in his career and is racing his last season as a professional. Victory on Sunday would take him level with … [Read more...]

Peter Sagan Dedicates His Tour of Flanders Win To Dead Riders

By Barnaby CHESTERMAN Oudenaarde, Belgium, April 3, 2016 (AFP) - Peter Sagan won the Tour of Flanders on Sunday and dedicated his victory to Belgian cyclists Antoine Demoitie and Daan Myngheer, who died last week. Sagan timed his attack to perfection, breaking away on the final climb of the 100th edition of the race just over 13km from the end of the grueling … [Read more...]

Sagan Says No Strategy Needed For Tour de Flanders

By Barnaby CHESTERMAN Bruges, Belgium, April 2, 2016 (AFP) - World champion Peter Sagan believes tactics will play no part in Sunday's 100th edition of the prestigious Tour of Flanders. The 26-year-old Slovak will start as one of the favourites following his win at Gent-Wevelgem last week, alongside the in-form Fabian Cancellara and champion Alexander Kristoff. But maverick … [Read more...]

As Degenkolb Misses The Classics, Cancellara Seeking Glory

By Barnaby CHESTERMAN Paris, March 13, 2016 (AFP) - John Degenkolb's absence will slightly dampen the excitement building ahead of the new Spring Classic season, particularly with a resurgent Fabian Cancellara aiming for a glorious swansong. German Degenkolb will miss the defenses of both his Milan-San Remo and Paris-Roubaix titles due to a crash suffered while training in Spain in … [Read more...]

Fabian Cancellara Wins Third Strade Bianche For Trek-Segafredo

In a show that his final professional season will be one for the history books, Fabian Cancellara claimed his third victory in Strade Bianche Saturday, crossing the line just ahead of last year's winner Zdenek Stybar (Etixx Quick Step). "This year I really want to go out with a bang," said Cancellara. "I want to thank all my teammates for supporting me today, and all these years. This is just … [Read more...]

Cancellara Best Against the Clock in Volta ao Algarve

Fabian Cancellara claimed the win in the stage three 18-kilometer time trial in Volta ao Algarve Friday, crossing the line in 20:57 (51.551 km/h), five seconds quicker than Tony Martin (Etixx-Quick Step) and 28 seconds ahead of Geraint Thomas (Sky). It was a tricky course with a technical start and windy conditions thrown in to make it a tough test against the clock. "I felt good and powered … [Read more...]

Fabian Cancellara To Retire In 2016, No Olympics

Paris, Nov 11, 2015 - Former world and Olympic time-trial champion Fabian Cancellara has indicated that he will retire from cycling in 2016 and said he will not compete at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. "Cycling is not my life, but only a part of my life," the 34-year-old Swiss said at a cycling awards ceremony in Zurich. "The Rio Games are not on my programme," added Cancellara, … [Read more...]

As The World Awaits The Superstars At The Worlds

By Jim SLATER Richmond, United States, Sept 18, 2015 (AFP) - Tony Martin is preparing for a record-equalling tilt at glory as the World Road Cycling Championships get under way this weekend, two months after he crashed out of the Tour de France with a broken collarbone. The 30-year-old Etixx Quick Step rider, seeks his fourth individual time trial title in five years, which would … [Read more...]

Fabian Cancellara To Forgoe The World Championships

Fabian Cancellara has decided to end his 2015 season after a virus forced him to drop out of the Tour of Spain with stomach problems. Cancellara was poised to make his third come-back in one season, after breaking two vertebrae in E3 Prijs Harelbeke and once more during the Tour de France, wearing the yellow jersey. Cancellara: “Physically I could probably go on and race the World … [Read more...]