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...]

Tour of Flanders Facts and Past Winners

Bruges, Belgium, April 4, 2015 - Factfile for the Tour of Flanders, which takes place on Sunday: First edition: 1913 Number of editions: 98 First winner: Paul Deman (BEL) Current Champion: Fabian Cancellara (SUI) Most wins: Achiel Buysse (BEL), Fiorenzo Magni (ITA), Eric Leman (BEL), Johan Museeuw (BEL), Tom Boonen (BEL), Fabian Cancellara (SUI) 3 Length: 264.2km … [Read more...]

Geriant Thomas In Drivers Seat Ahead Of Cobbled Classics

Paris, March 31, 2015 (AFP) - Commonwealth Games champion Geraint Thomas will find himself a marked man over the next two weeks as the peloton tackles the Tour of Flanders on Sunday and then Paris-Roubaix a week later. With perennial favourites Tom Boonen and Fabian Cancellara out injured, both Flanders and Roubaix will be considered the most open they have been in years. Over the … [Read more...]

Peter Sagan Unbowed By Tour of Flanders Failure

COMPIEGNE, France, April 12, 2014 (AFP) - Much hyped Slovakian rider Peter Sagan insisted his confidence for Sunday's Paris-Roubaix race had not been knocked despite a poor 16th place finish at last week's Tour of Flanders. The 24-year-old Cannondale rider went into last week's cobbled classic as many people's second favourite behind eventual winner Fabian Cancellara, but failed to match … [Read more...]

Peter Sagan Vows To Learn From Flanders Disappointment

OUDENAARDE, Belgium, April 06, 2014 (AFP) - Peter Sagan said he would overcome the disappointment of a 16th place finish at the Tour of Flanders and come back better ahead of Paris-Roubaix. The Slovak twice winner of the Tour de France green jersey was one of the top three favourites coming into the De Ronde Sunday. But after he failed to match eventual winner Fabian Cancellara's … [Read more...]

Sep Vanmarcke Takes Podium Finish In Tour of Flanders

Sep Vanmarcke once again achieved a top result in a big Belgian one-day race today. At the Tour of Flanders' finish in Oudenaarde, Belkin Pro Cycling TEAM's Belgian placed third to Fabian Cancellara (Trek Factory Racing). Vanmarcke was part of a final selection of four. In the sprint for the victory, Cancellara beat him and Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing) for his third win in Flanders. "In … [Read more...]

Fabian Cancellara Grabs Tour of Flanders Record With Third Win

by Barnaby CHESTERMAN OUDENAARDE, Belgium, April 06, 2014 (AFP) - Fabian Cancellara won his third Tour of Flanders, and second in a row, in a four-up sprint to the line following 259km of racing from Bruges to Oudenaarde on Sunday. The Swiss powerhouse from the Trek team beat Belgians Greg Van Avermaet (BMC), Sep Vanmarcke (Belkin) and Stijn Vandenburgh (Omega Pharma) in a … [Read more...]

Woman Spectator Seriously Injured In Tour of Flanders Crash

OUDENAARDE, Belgium, April 06, 2014 (AFP) - A 65-year-old woman suffered life-threatening injuries after being hit by one of the riders competing in the Tour of Flanders, Belgian police reported on Sunday. The spectator was knocked over by Belgian rider Johan Vansummeren, police told local news agency Belga. The accident took place less than one hour into the one-day classic as … [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...]