Race reports

Valverde takes fourth Liège-Bastogne-Liège, dedicates win to Scarponi

Four days after he took a record fifth Flèche Wallonne, Alejandro Valverde clocked up his fourth Liège-Bastogne-Liège. The Movistar rider followed up his wins in 2006, 2008 and 2015 with another success, overhauling 2013 champion Dan Martin after the latter made his move inside the final kilometre. Martin was himself responding to a move by …

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Van Avermaet takes Paris-Roubaix from five-rider group in velodrome

After a fast and tactical Paris-Roubaix that saw a reversal of fortunes for many pre-race favorites, Olympic champion Greg Van Avermaet of BMC Racing took his first Monument victory in the Roubaix velodrome, beating out Zdenek Stybar (Quick-Step Floors) and Sebastian Langeveld (Cannondale-Drapac). The victory came as a bit of redemption for Van Avermaet, who …

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A dream day for Belgium: Gilbert solos to victory at dramatic Tour of Flanders

Belgian national champion Philippe Gilbert lived out a dream scenario for any Belgian cyclist Sunday at the Ronde van Vlaanderen — crossing the finish line of the most important race in Belgium, alone, in the tricolor of black, yellow, and red. On a day marked by crashes and slow bike changes of several pre-race favorites, Gilbert …

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Van Avermaet wins a thrilling, tactical Gent-Wevelgem

First, Omloop Het Nieuwsblad on February 25. Then E3 Harelbeke, on Friday. And on Sunday, Gent-Wevelgem. By out-sprinting Jens Keukeleire (Orica-Scott), Greg Van Avermaet of BMC Racing has now won three Belgian classics this spring — only the second rider to win all three in the same season — and heads into next Sunday’s Ronde van …

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Van Avermaet sprints Gilbert to win Flanders warm-up in Harelbeke

Olympic road champion Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing) won a three-man, all-Belgian sprint to win the Record Bank E3 Harelbeke, a Tour of Flanders warm-up race held nine days before De Ronde. Van Avermaet out-sprinted Philippe Gilbert (Quick-Step Floors) and Oliver Naesen (AG2R La Mondiale) to take his first victory at Harelbeke. It was Van …

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Strength in numbers: Quick-Step goes 1-2 from breakaway at Dwars Door Vlaanderen

Belgian team Quick-Step Floors stepped into its role as a cobbled classics force Wednesday, finishing first and second from a four-man breakaway at Dwars Door Vlaanderen, with domestique Yves Lampaert soloing to victory. Thirty-nine seconds later, teammate Philippe Gilbert won the three-man sprint for second, ahead of Alexey Lutsenko (Astana) and Luke Durbridge (Orica-Scott). “For …

Sagan the strongest, but Kwiatkowski wins Milan-San Remo

Peter Sagan sparked off an impressive attack on the Poggio, led all the way down the descent and did the bulk of the work between there and the line, but finally wilted in the final sprint and enabled Michal Kwiatkowski to snatch victory. The former world champion came past the current holder of the rainbow …

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Kwiatkowski clocks up second Strade Bianche victory with fine solo ride

Former world road race champion Michael Kwiatkowski raced to his second career victory in Strade Bianche, conquering the legendary white roads again three years after his 2014 win. The Polish rider gave some good news to his Team Sky squad, which has been under pressure of late due to the investigation into the mystery package …

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Damien Howson wins the 2017 Sun Tour, Ian Stannard wins a tight final stage

KINGLAKE, Australia (CT) – He’s made a name for himself as the ultimate domestique, as a team player who rides the front in the mountains to support his teammates. But this week at the Jayco Herald Sun Tour the tables were turned and Damien Howson (Orica-Scott) was able to call in some favours from those …

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Travis McCabe sprints to victory on crash-marred stage 3 of the Sun Tour

NAGAMBIE, Australia (CT) – At first blush, the finish of today’s sprinter-friendly stage of the Jayco Herald Sun Tour looked a little sketchy. Two tight right-handers, narrow roads and a narrow bridge all in the last 3km – crashes were always a possibility. Indeed, when race director John Trevorrow announced over race radio this morning …

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