Greg Van Avermaet

Belgium’s Greg Van Avermaet takes gold medal at crash-marred Olympic road race

Belgian Greg Van Avermaet is the 2016 Olympic road champion, winning a three-up sprint after a dramatic race marred by several crashes on the techncial descent of the Vista Chinesa climb. Jakob Fuglsang (Denmark) took the silver medal in Rio, with Rafal Majka (Poland) in bronze. The day’s biggest losers were Vincenzo Nibali (Italy) and …

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Photo gallery: 2016 Tour de France, second rest day

Photography by Cor Vos, Jered & Ashley Gruber The riders of the 2016 Tour de France enjoyed a relaxing rest day on Tuesday in Berne, Switerzland. The cloudless sunny sky and pristine water of Lake Thun made for a fantastic day to reset and recover, both mentally and physically, with four tough days in the …

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Michael Matthews takes first career Tour de France stage win, Froome retains GC lead

Australian Michael Matthews (Orica-BikeExchange) took his first career stage win at the Tour de France out of a breakaway on stage 10 in Revel Tuesday. The finish saw the top two finishers at the world championships in 2015, Peter Sagan (Tinkoff) and Matthews, battle it out for the stage victory. And though there was no …

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Cummings takes emphatic stage win, Van Avermaet extends Tour de France lead

Steve Cummings (Dimension Data) took a stellar stage win Friday at the Tour de France on the first of three successive days in the Pyrenees. The rider from Great Britain made the early breakaway and escaped solo from his companions before the category 1 Col d’Aspin. Cummings powered over the final climb and sped down …

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Twenty-nine at the line! Cavendish surpasses Hinault, slots into second in all-time Tour stage wins

The “Manx Missile,” Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data), made it a hat-trick of wins at the 2016 Tour de France on Thursday, beating out Marcel Kittel (Etixx-QuickStep) and Tour rookie Dan Mclay (Fortuneo-Vital Concept) to win Stage 6 in Montauban. Cavendish, 31, continues to turn back the years and with this victory he has now surpassed Frenchman …

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Tour leader Van Avermaet on taking yellow: ‘I think it’s once in a lifetime for me’

LE LIORAN, France (CT) – You’d be forgiven for thinking today’s fifth stage of the Tour de France seemed more like a stage deep in the third week. The picturesque mountain views, the breakaway that opened up an advantage of 15 minutes, the stage winner that came from that breakaway – it was all very …

Van Avermaet does the double! BMC rider takes Tour de France stage win, yellow jersey

Belgian Greg Van Avermaet was the last man standing after a daylong breakaway on stage 5 of the Tour de France, soloing to victory in Le Lioran Wednesday and pulling on the coveted maillot jaune as a reward for his efforts. Van Avermaet (BMC Racing) rode away from compatriot Thomas De Gendt (Lotto-Soudal) on the penultimate climb, the …

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Peter Sagan swaps rainbow stripes for yellow jersey with Stage 2 victory at Tour de France

There were several winners and losers on Stage 2 of the 2016 Tour de France, but none more so than world champion Peter Sagan, who took his first Tour stage win since 2013, and with it, the yellow jersey of race leader for the first time in his career. The day’s “first loser” would be …

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Kristoff wins a wild one in Santa Rosa as Alaphilippe defends California lead

SANTA ROSA, CA (CT) — Race leader Julian Alaphilippe was isolated, alongside four BMC Racing riders including second-place Rohan Dennis, after only 60 kilometres. World champion Peter Sagan was alone, at the front of the race, with 60 kilometres to go. The possibilities seemed endless halfway through Stage 7 of the Amgen Tour of California, a …

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Sagan again! World champ takes a second stage at Amgen Tour of California

Hours after telling CyclingTips that he didn’t have the same kind of form he’d brought to the Amgen Tour of California in 2015, when he won the general classification, world champion Peter Sagan (Tinkoff) took his second win of the 2016 edition, beating longtime rival Greg van Avermaet (BMC Racing) at the Mazda Raceway at Laguna Seca. It …

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