Spring Classics

Q&A with Zdenek Stybar: Cobbled classics, the best day of his career, and when you’ll see him race cyclocross next

When Peter Sagan made it into the front group of the Olympic mountain-bike race earlier this month, road cycling fans marveled at seeing one of the sport’s  biggest stars competing with the best in the world on dirt and knobby tires. And while there’s something uniquely compelling about a world-class cyclist cross over from one …

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Tour of Flanders: Moments in history

This Sunday the cycling world will focus its attention on the Flanders region of Belgium for the second “Monument” of the 2016 season: the Tour of Flanders. To get you in the mood, here are a selection of images from recent decades of this great race. Enjoy! Over the past few weeks we’ve seen the …

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Photo gallery: with yet another win in Gent-Wevelgem, Boels-Dolmans continues winning streak

The orange Boels-Dolmans team continued its domination of the UCI Women’s WorldTour over the weekend with another win for Chantal Blaak. Lisa Brennauer (Canyon-SRAM) came in second and Lucinda Brand (Rabo-Liv) rounded out the podium. Boels-Dolman has now won every Women’s WorldTour event thus far with Lizzie Armitstead and Chantal Blaak each claiming two victories. …

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Cycling therapy in Gent-Wevelgem, where Chantal Blaak claims her second Women’s WorldTour win

It’s been a strange couple of days following the terrorist attacks around Brussels on Tuesday morning. While it was Belgium that was hit right in the heart, it’s scary for all of Europe, with earlier attacks in Paris, London and Madrid. We all empathise with Belgium, either because our country has experienced something similar before, or we …

Photo gallery: Despite bombings, racing continued in Belgium

When the peloton lined up in Tielt, Belgium this morning, the mood was dampened by yesterday’s terrible events. And a minute of silence was held in honour of the 34 people who were killed in the terrorist bombings around Brussels, just 84 kilometers away. Until late last night, it had been uncertain whether the race …

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Commentary: Why Tony Martin racing the cobbled classics changes everything

When three-time world time-trial champion Tony Martin announced last month that, for the first time in his career, he will focus on the cobblestone classics this season, the entire pro peloton took notice. Why? Because Martin’s participation tipped the scales in favor of an Etixx-QuickStep domination, from Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, which kicks off the classics season …

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“What are you wearing?” – Chloe Hosking on dressing for cold rides

Chloe Hosking wrote her debut Ella column on one the questions she fields most frequently – “why do you ride?” Her second column tackles a question that is equally popular – “what are you wearing?” My youngest teammate Anna Christian looked genuinely concerned as she pulled me aside after dinner last Friday, the night before …

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Kristof Ramon shoots the cobbled classics

With Paris-Roubaix now behind us, the cobbled classics are done and dusted for another year. But before the cycling world turns its attention back to Belgium and the Netherlands for the Ardennes Classics – the Amstel Gold Race, La Flèche Wallonne and Liège–Bastogne–Liège – we thought we’d bring you a selection of great photos from …

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