Di Luca Wins Giro’s Stage 4, While Lovkvist Is Wearing Pink

Italy's Danilo Di Luca raced his way to a victory on stage four of the Tour of Italy, the first foray into the mountains and where overnight leader Alessandro Petacchi was left trailing Tuesday. Sweden's Thomas Lovkvist, riding for Columbia, took the race leader's pink jersey from star sprinter Petacchi following the 162km stage from Padova to San Martino di Castrozza. Di Luca, the … [Read more...]

Mark Cavendish Already In Pink As Team Columbia Takes Opening Stage

Britain's Mark Cavendish donned the race leader's pink jersey on Saturday after his Columbia team pocketed the opening stage of the Tour of Italy, a 20.5 km team time-trial at Venice Lido. Columbia covered the distance in 21min 50sec with the Garmin team six seconds adrift and Lance Armstrong's and Levi Leipheimer's Astana third, 13sec off the pace. "I live in Italy so this jersey has … [Read more...]

Cavendish To Spearhead Team Columbia’s Giro Aspirations

PARIS, May 4, 2009 (AFP) - Britain's Mark Cavendish was on Monday named at the head of American cycling team Columbia for the Giro d'Italia, which begins on Saturday. The 23-year-old from the Isle of Man, who won two stages in last year's race, will be supported by fellow sprint specialist Mark Renshaw of Australia. Norway's Edvald Boasson Hagen, who won last month's Gand-Wevelgem, is … [Read more...]

Rabon of Team Columbia Wins Tour de Romandie Prologue

LAUSANNE, Switzerland, April 28, 2009 (AFP) - Czech rider Frantisek Rabon (Columbia) on Tuesday won the Prologue of the Tour de Romandie, a 3.1km time-trial round the streets of the Swiss city of Lausanne. French cyclist Sandy Casar took second place two seconds behind. One of the favourites of the six day race in western Switzerland, late entry Alejandro Valverde of Spain, was … [Read more...]

Hincapie Has High Hopes In Hell For The 14th Time In Roubaix

by Justin Davis If prizes were given for obstinacy George Hincapie might already have given up his lifelong quest to stand atop one of cycling's most prestigious podiums. But as the 35-year-old New Yorker admits, Paris-Roubaix is never a race you win with ease. On Sunday the American will stand out from a small field of co-favorites when he saddles up for the 259km race for … [Read more...]

Boasson Hagen Shines Through The Drizzle At Gent-Wevelgem

WEVELGEM, Belgium, April 8, 2009 (AFP) - Norway's Edvald Boasson Hagen won the 71st edition of the 203km Gent-Wevelgem cycling road race here on Wednesday. The 21-year-old out-paced Aleksandr Kuschynski of Belarus in a sprint finish, with Matthew Goss (Saxo Bank) claiming third place ahead of Australian compatriot Mathew Hayman (Rabobank). A group of 14 riders formed a breakaway from … [Read more...]

Cavendish Wins ‘La Panne’ Stage 2

Britain's Mark Cavendish, riding for Columbia, won the second stage of the 'Trois Jours de La Panne' cycle race on Wednesday. Cavendish saw off Australia's Robbie McEwen and Italy's Francesco Chicchi in a sprint finish. Italy's Katusha racer Filippo Pozzato, who won the opening stage, retained the overall lead following the 219km run from Zottegem to Coxyde. "It was a long day … [Read more...]

Mark Cavendish Wins A Thriller At Milan San-Remo

by Jean Montois SAN REMO, Italy, March 21, 2009 (AFP) - Britain's Mark Cavendish won the 100th edition of the 298km Milan-San Remo cycle race on Saturday after a thrilling race to the finish with Germany's Heinrich Haussler. The 23-year-old Cavendish, who hails from the Isle of Man, was competing in the spring classic for the first time and became the first British rider to win … [Read more...]

Columbia Coy, But Cavendish Can Dream of Milan-SanRemo

Britain's Mark Cavendish would be forgiven for harboring secret dreams of being crowned champion of the season's first major one-day classic at Milan-San Remo this Saturday. Though the normally ambitious Columbia team are keeping their real hopes for Cavendish in the 298km Italian epic under wraps, it could be argued that circumstances should allow the Manxman to dream on. For starters, … [Read more...]

Scarponi Wins Tirreno-Adriatico, Final Stage Is All Cavendish

ROME, March 17, 2009 (AFP) - Italian Michele Scarponi of the Diquigiovanni team secured overall victory at the Tirreno-Adriatico stage race after the seventh and final stage won by Britain's Mark Cavendish on Tuesday. The 29-year-old Scarponi thus claims the biggest win of his career five months after returning to the peloton last August following an 18-month ban for his role in the … [Read more...]