Interviews

Mitchelton-Scott: How GreenEdge plans to bring Chinese riders, and sponsors, to the WorldTour

It was back in January that GreenEdge Cycling first announced the creation of a new Continental team. Registered in China and backed by Gerry Ryan, Mitchelton-Scott was to feature a combination of Chinese and Australian riders. So how did this new team come about? And why? What’s the link between Mitchelton-Scott and Orica-Scott? And what …

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Esteban Chaves staying upbeat about debut Tour despite racing calendar disruptions

It’s been an up and down few months for Esteban Chaves. The Colombian had his best year to date in 2016, netting second overall in the Giro, third in the Vuelta and winning both Il Lombardia and the Giro dell’Emilia. He then went on to lodge a superb season start in the Santos Tour Down …

Van Avermaet defies his own expectations: ‘To be honest, I was not expecting to win Roubaix’

ROUBAIX, France (CT) – For several years Greg Van Avermaet was known as a rider who experienced more near-misses than major victories. However, in the past 10 months he has fully put paid to that reputation. Last August the Belgian triumphed in the Olympic road race, defying pre-race predictions that a specialist climber would win. …

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Referencing oldest winner Duclos-Lassalle, Hayman ready for Paris-Roubaix defence

One a 38 year-old-Australian, the other a 62-year-old Frenchman. Mat Hayman and Gilbert Duclos-Lassalle are from a different time and place. But, as underdog winners of Paris-Roubaix, they are connected. If things work out on Sunday, they will have even more in common. In 1992 Duclos-Lassalle soloed to victory in the Roubaix Velodrome, winning it …

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‘I am ready to make a good race:’ 2015 winner Degenkolb psyched about Roubaix return

Two years ago John Degenkolb outsprinted Zdenek Stybar, Greg Van Avermaet, Lars Boom and two other riders to win Paris-Roubaix. The victory followed on from his success weeks earlier in Milan-San Remo, and confirmed the German as one of the sport’s best Classic riders. Since then things have been complicated for Degenkolb, with a head-on …

‘One of the classiest of the big champions’: Rivals, teammates celebrate Boonen’s career

Win or lose on Sunday, Tom Boonen’s retirement will leave the peloton without one of its most well-known champions. He’s been a ferocious and successful competitor, but also an athlete with some very human qualities. CyclingTips spoke to some of his teammates and rivals to get a picture of what the Belgian is really like. …

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With an eye on the all-time record, Boonen calm heading into final Roubaix

WIELSBEKE, Belgium (CT): Sitting at the head of the room, facing a sea of journalists, microphones and cameras at QuickStep’s pre-Roubaix conference, Tom Boonen looked fully at ease with himself. He was three days away from the final event of his professional career, a race he desperately wants to win. But even though the all-time …

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How I won Paris-Roubaix (from the breakaway)

The title of Paris-Roubaix winner belongs to a select few – the cream of the crop of cobbled riders. It takes experience, skill, a strong team and a healthy helping of luck to win Roubaix, and you can multiply those factors several times for a rider to win the race from an early break. It …

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With Flanders win in the bag, Gilbert confirms audacious future goal

Already a winner of Liège-Bastogne-Liège and Il Lombardia, new Tour of Flanders champion Philippe Gilbert is setting his sights very high indeed: basking in the glow of his latest victory, he has confirmed a long-standing goal is still a target. Namely, taking all five of cycling’s Monuments. Gilbert’s victory in the Ronde Van Vlaanderen on …

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Sagan: The Tour of Flanders will be a Kinder Surprise

One year ago Peter Sagan was in a playful mood in the days before of Paris-Roubaix, shrugging off the favourite tag he had inherited thanks to his win in the Tour of Flanders. He gave short, semi-serious answers to journalists who asked him about his chances, and was back to the same sort of staccato …

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