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Photo gallery: A glimpse into cycling’s past at Paris-Roubaix’s retro market

It may have been hours before the team presentation held on the day before Paris-Roubaix, but the cycling aficionados were already in attendance. As they waited for the riders, they wandered around a pop-up market held metres from the sign-on area in Compiègne’s Place Charles de Gaulle. For those interested in the sport’s past, it …

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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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Photo gallery: Narrow roads and thrilling attacks at the 2017 men’s Amstel Gold Race

In theory, the removal of the Cauberg from the 2017 Amstel Gold Race should have worked against Philippe Gilbert (QuickStep Floors). After all, it was on that particular climb that the Belgian fashioned his three previous wins in The Netherlands’ only one-day WorldTour race, and likewise his victory at the 2012 Road World Championships. But …

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Photo gallery: The dust and the drama of the 2017 Paris-Roubaix

For a brief moment on Sunday afternoon, it looked as if Greg Van Avermaet (BMC) might have thrown away his chance of winning Paris-Roubaix. He’d come into the famous Roubaix velodrome in the lead group of three and was clearly the strongest sprinter of the bunch. But some cat-and-mouse tactics allowed two chasers to catch …

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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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Photo gallery: A Gilbert masterclass at the 2017 Tour of Flanders

When Philippe Gilbert (QuickStep Floors) attacked on the Oude Kwaremont, 55km from the finish of Sunday’s Tour of Flanders, it looked like a move designed to give teammate Tom Boonen a free ride in the group behind. Few, if any, would have thought the 2012 world champion hold on all the way into Oudenaarde. It …

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Photo gallery: The beauty and the pain of E3 Harelbeke and Gent-Wevelgem

Cast your mind back a few years to when Greg Van Avermaet (BMC) was the quintessential almost-man of the pro peloton. He was seemingly always in the mix — especially in the Spring Classics — and he achieved a number of impressive results, but the big wins always seemed to elude him. But in the …

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Photo gallery: 2017 San Dimas Stage Race

Conner Brown (Elevate-KHS Pro Cycling) and Krista Doebel-Hickok (Cylance Pro Cycling) were the overall winners of the 2017 San Dimas Stage Race, held March 24-26 in San Dimas, California. Impressively, Doebel-Hickok and Stage 2 winner Robin Carpenter (Holowsko-Citadel) were successful without teammates. Cylance swept the opening uphill time trial on Glendora Mountain Road, with Kyle Murphy and Doebel-Hickok …

Photo gallery: The colour and excitement of the 2017 Milan-San Remo

Milan-San Remo is very much a race in two parts. The first: a 240km slow burn, the riders making their way south from Milan to the Mediterranean, then west along the coast. The second: a frenetic final 50km with five short climbs, the last two of which can help decide the race. The first six …

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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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