Hayman Admits That He’d Have Happily Seen Boonen Win

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...]

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...]

Charismatic Peter Sagan Hogs The Pre Paris-Roubaix Spotlight

By Barnaby CHESTERMAN Paris, April 9, 2016 (AFP) - All eyes will be on world champion Peter Sagan during Sunday's prestigious Paris-Roubaix one-day classic. The charismatic Slovakian rider has hoisted himself into a higher dimension over the last six months, first winning the world title in Richmond, USA, in September and then, a week ago, claiming his first 'Monument' by winning … [Read more...]

Paris-Roubaix Changes Race Time To Let Trains Pass

Paris, April 5, 2016 (AFP) - Organizers of the Paris-Roubaix cycling classic said Tuesday they have changed the times of this weekend's race to avoid last year's fiasco where riders passed through a railway crossing after the barriers had come down. Sunday's 'Hell of the North' is the third of the year's 'Monument' one-day classics and one of the most prestigious races on cycling's … [Read more...]

Paris-Nice Third Stage Cancelled Due To Non Stop Snow

Mont Brouilly, France, March 9, 2016 - Snow caused the third stage of the Paris-Nice race, led by Australian Michael Matthews, to be cancelled on Wednesday. Weather made the 168km stage from Cusset to the finish in Beaujolais territory at Mont Brouilly dangerous for the riders, who were allowed to climb off their bikes and into team cars. Organisers called a halt to proceedings at a … [Read more...]

Alberto Contador Returns To Paris-Nice Since 2010

On Sunday, Alberto Contador will start his second race of the 2016 season, out of the four he has scheduled for the first cycle of the year. Following his first race in Algarve, a fortnight ago, "not a lot of things have changed, apart from recovering from the effort put in, trying to step up the intensity of my training sessions and putting more speed in the legs," explains Tinkoff's … [Read more...]

A Speechless John Degenkolb Wins The 2015 Paris-Roubaix

By Barnaby CHESTERMAN Roubaix, France, April 12, 2015 (AFP) - John Degenkolb said he doesn't know where to put his winner's trophy after taking victory in the 113th edition of the prestigious Paris-Roubaix race on Sunday. The 26-year-old German became only the third person in history to win Milan-San Remo and Paris-Roubaix in the same year as he bested Czech … [Read more...]

Paris-Nice – The Stages and The Teams

The 6th edition of Paris-Nice will begin with a road stage, a loop around Houdan (Yvelines), instead of traditional prologue. Stages: March 6: 1st stage Houdan (Yvelines) - Houdan, 154.5 km March 7: 2nd stage Montfort l'Amaury (Yvelines) - Amilly (Loiret), 198.5 km March 8: Stage 3 Cosne-Cours-sur-Loire (Nièvre) - Nuits-Saint-Georges (Cote-d'Or), 202.5 km March 9: Stage 4 … [Read more...]

Scott Sunderland Satisfied As Cadel Evans Fights To Beat Carlos Sastre

by Justin Davis MONTLUCON, France, July 25, 2008 (AFP) - Australian Scott Sunderland has spent three weeks trying to make sure compatriot Cadel Evans loses the Tour de France. Now Sunderland, a co-team manager with CSC, is preparing for the distinct possibility that Evans will upset his race leader Carlos Sastre in Saturday's penultimate stage time trial. Sastre goes into … [Read more...]