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Liege-Bastogne-Liege: moments in history

The final of the Spring Classics, Liege-Bastogne- Liege, will cover 258km and presents multiple riders with their last opportunity to salvage something from their Classics campaign. It’s hard to look past three-time winner Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) as the strong favourite but with almost 4,000 metres of climbing on the menu there are plenty of chances …

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Paris-Roubaix: Moments in History

The Queen of the Classics, L’enfer du Nord, The Hell of the North – the many nicknames of Paris-Roubaix reflect its reputation as probably the hardest one-day race in the world. The cobbles, the dirt, the mud, the crashes; it’s a race that captures the attention like few others. For this piece we trawled the …

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Ghosts of the Peloton: Henri Van Lerberghe, the Death Rider of Lichtervelde

This weekend the best Classics riders in the world take to the cobbled lanes of northern Belgium for one of the biggest one-day races of the year: the Tour of Flanders. In the lead-up to “De Ronde”, Connor Christensen takes us back to the early years of the race, to tell the story of a …

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Milan-San Remo: Moments in history

The 2017 edition of Milan-San Remo will be raced this Saturday and “La classica di Primavera” (“The Spring Classic”) is shaping up to be quite the spectacle. The 291km race is the first of the season’s five Monuments, and while it’s normally a race for the sprinters, a couple of climbs near the end always …

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200 years on two wheels: The first bike ride, and the enduring soul of cycling

This article was originally published to VeloClub members. For more information on becoming a member to gain access to exclusive content, industry offers, training tools and more, click here. Karl Drais rolled out from the center of Mannheim early on a Thursday morning in June, meandering south along the Rhine toward Schwetzingen. When the 32-year-old …

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Gallery: Images from ‘Greg LeMond: Yellow Jersey Racer’

Greg LeMond is America’s only recognized Tour de France winner, yet his three Tour victories tell only part of his story. Now a new book, Greg LeMond: Yellow Jersey Racer, celebrates LeMond’s entire amazing career and his lasting influence. LeMond was a talented all-rounder, with a reputation as one of the canniest racers of his …

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Where Are They Now? Pedro Delgado

Over the course of a 12-year career, Pedro Delgado became one of the most successful Spanish Grand Tour riders of the 1980s and 1990s. Among his successes were four stages and an overall win at the Tour de France, and five stages and two overall titles at the Vuelta a Espana. Two decades after Delgado …

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The devil in a dress: The woman who raced the Giro d’Italia

Tomorrow marks the start of the 99th Giro d’Italia, one of the three major Grand Tour races. Women are not allowed to compete in these male events, which are, by all standards, the toughest, most challenging and grueling exhibitions of endurance, strength and grit that our sport can demand of an athlete. There was one, and …

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Orbea’s 175th Anniversary: The Movie

Late last year CyclingTips reporter Dave Everett travelled to the Basque Country to visit the Orbea headquarters. What came out of that trip was the story of a bike brand 175 years in the making, and an interesting story at that. Beginning its life as a weapons manufacturer, Orbea first started making bikes in the …

The best of the Lion King: Mario Cipollini’s greatest hits

There aren’t many professional cyclists that grab the headlines in the way that Mario Cipollini did, and still continues to do more than a decade after retiring (for the first time). Last month, the 48-year-old Italian, known as ‘The Lion King’ caused a stir by posting a photo of himself sat atop one of his …

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