A Sick Sylvain Chavanel Out Of Paris-Roubaix Classic

PARIS, April 09, 2014 - One of the best hopes for a home success, Sylvain Chavanel, has pulled out of Sunday's Paris-Roubaix Classic, his IAM team said Wednesday. The 34-year-old national time-trial champion was set to be one of the major hopes to become the first French winner of the 'Hell of the North' since Frederic Guesdon in 1997. But he complained of breathing difficulties … [Read more...]

French Champion Sylvain Chavanel Signs With IAM Cycling

LAUSANNE, Canton of Vaud, Aug 22, 2013 (AFP) - French time trial champion Sylvain Chavanel and compatriot Jerome Pineau will join IAM Cycling next season, the Swiss team said Thursday. The Nyon-based team, which was launched in April 2012, is hoping the high-profile recruit will help them gain a place at next year's Tour de France. Chavanel, 34, and Pineau arrive from Belgian team … [Read more...]

Sylvain Chavanel Wins Eneco Tour Time Trial, Lars Boom Keeps Lead

THE HAGUE, Netherlands, Aug 16, 2013 - Frenchman Sylvain Chavanel blitzed to victory in the fifth stage 13.2km time trial around Sittard during the Eneco Tour of the Low Countries on Friday as Dutchman Lars Boom maintained his overall lead. Omega Pharma's 34-year-old Chavanel won in 16min 04sec to pip Dutchman Tom Dumoulin and New Zealand's Jesse Sergent by just four seconds. … [Read more...]

Sylvain Chavanel Wins Paris-Nice Stage 6, Richie Porte Holds Overall Lead

NICE, France, March 9, 2013 (AFP) - France's Sylvain Chavanel, of the Omega Pharma team, won the sixth and penultimate stage of the Paris-Nice race on Saturday, while Australia's Richie Porte, of Team Sky, held on to the overall lead. Chavanel pipped Belgium's Philippe Gilbert and Jose Joaquin Rojas of Spain in a sprint finish on Nice's famous waterfront Promenade des Anglais. "I am … [Read more...]

Paris-Nice Prologue: Chavanel Gives His All for 2nd Place

Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team rider Sylvain Chavanel put all his effort into a possible victory at the 3km Paris-Nice prologue on Sunday. Chavanel earned a 2nd place finish, just one second shy of the win, with the hard work evident by his face in the final meters. Damien Gaudin (Team Europcar) won the prologue with a time of 3'37". Lieuwe Westra (Vacansoleil-DCM) was 3rd, also one … [Read more...]

Chrono des Nations: Martin, Chavanel Go 1-2

Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team rider Tony Martin won the 48.5km time trial — Chrono des Nations — on Sunday. OPQS closed out the season in the best way possible: The 58th win in three disciplines, and a 1-2 finish. Sylvain Chavanel set the standard, with a blazing fast time of 58 minutes and 48 seconds on Sunday. He finished minutes ahead of much of the field. Following behind him … [Read more...]

French Hope Chavanel Abandons Tour de France

PAU, France, July 16, 2012 (AFP) - French time trial champion Sylvain Chavanel abandoned the Tour de France early on the 15th stage from Samatan to Pau on Monday, race organizers announced. Chavanel, of the Omega-Pharma team, has been sick with a chest infection in recent days and had been taking antibiotics. His team sports director Brian Holm said: "He's lost his voice and … [Read more...]

Chavanel Tunes Up For Flanders With La Panne Win

LA PAnne, Belgium, March 29, 2012 (AFP) - France's Sylvain Chavanel won the Three Days of La Panne race after claiming the third and final stage, a 14 kilometer time trial, here on Thursday. The win has confirmed the Omega Pharma rider as one of the men to beat in the peloton for Sunday's one-day classic, the Tour of Flanders. Chavanel beat home Dutch rival Lieuwe Westra and Canadian … [Read more...]

Matteo Trentin To Replace Chavanel at Milano Sanremo

14-Mar-2012: Sylvain Chavanel will not take part in the Milano Sanremo due to a bout of bronchitis which is already effecting his performance in the Paris Nice race. "This morning I set off on my bike for the long workout for Sanremo” Chavanel says. “After a few hours of working out, though, I started coughing and having the same respiratory problems I was having during the Paris Nice. In … [Read more...]

Omega Counting on Martin, Levi and Chavanel At Paris-Nice

PARIS, March 1, 2012 (AFP) - Belgian team Omega Pharma's hopes of winning the first major stage race of the season, the Paris-Nice, are spearheaded by Germany's Tony Martin, the defending champion, American Levi Leipheimer and Sylvain Chavanel. “The team has a very high level line up,” said Sports Director Brian Holm. “There's a lot of talent on the squad. Our goal is to fight for … [Read more...]