Opinion and analysis

By the numbers: What it takes to be competitive at the Amstel Gold Race

Last Sunday, Philippe Gilbert (QuickStep) rode his way to his second big victory of the spring, beating Michal Kwiatkowski (Sky) in a two-up sprint to win his fourth Amstel Gold Race. It was another terrific performance from the resurgent Belgian, not least because he crashed early in the race and suffered a small tear in …

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By the numbers: Why Paris-Roubaix is such a punishing race

Paris-Roubaix is arguably the hardest one-day race in the world, a 257km slog over the rough cobbled farm roads of northern France that only the very strongest in the peloton can win. In Sunday’s 2017 edition, the ‘Hell of the North’ well and truly lived up to its moniker, despite great weather and favourable wind …

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After taking himself out of two classics in a row, Sagan’s spring campaign hinges on Paris-Roubaix

One moment, Peter Sagan was in good position, looking strong, and headed for the podium — or more. The next, through his own actions, he’d removed himself from the equation. This was the scenario at the Tour of Flanders last weekend, when Sagan skirted the cobblestones on the Oude Kwaremont, instead of riding the soft shoulder …

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By the numbers: Just how hard is the Tour of Flanders?

The Tour of Flanders is regarded as one of the hardest one-day races in the world; a 260km slog over steep cobbled climbs and narrow farm roads in northern Belgium, and a race that only the very strongest riders can win. Philippe Gilbert (QuickStep Floors) was the winner of Sunday’s 2017 edition courtesy of a …

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Racing in frames: The 2017 Ronde van Vlaanderen

The man with the tray of Jupiler spilled the beers and the blond girls reached their thin arms out over the road, as if to hold onto the passing air. Team group message, 2:48 PM “Is Phinney out of the bike race?” “Yes.” Shit. Sound came up the corridor of fans and over the cobblestones …

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Four things you can do to generate more women’s cycling coverage

Too often I hear and see the same thing on social media, “when will we be able to watch women’s cycling live?”. It’s the same old story year after year, and sometimes, just sometimes, when the right voices pipe up, someone listens. A few weeks ago, Belgium superstar Jolien D’Hoore tweeted ‘We ride the same …

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In the twilight of his career, Contador proves that panache never goes out of style

After the terrorist attacks of Friday, November 13 in Paris, Alberto Contador made a promise to the French people that, in future, he would refrain from performing his trademark “Pistolero” podium routine in their country to celebrate his victories. The shooting gesture, he explained, might come across as insensitive in the aftermath of that carnage. This …

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By the numbers: What it takes to win Milan-San Remo

When Peter Sagan (Bora-hansgrohe) attacked on the Poggio in Saturday’s Milan-San Remo, just two riders could follow him. One of them, Michal Kwiatkowski (Sky), went on to win the race, beating Sagan with a bike throw in a thrilling three-up sprint. So what exactly did it take for Kwiatkowski to follow Sagan’s move then beat …

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On the other side: Why I decided to continue working in women’s cycling, and how we can make a difference

The simple reason I have stayed in the sport is that I love it. I don’t really want to be involved in anything else at this point in my life. Whilst I no longer want to compete at a high level, it doesn’t mean I don’t want to still be around all the amazing people …

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What we’re talking about after the 2017 Milan-San Remo

Milan-San Remo, the season’s first Monument, was in some ways a typical affair. For one thing the usual San Remo style — that near-seven hour slow-burn followed by a sudden explosion in the finale — certainly bore out, with the Cipressa and the Poggio once again bringing the almost-non-stop action that we all recognise from …

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