Race reports

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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Rowe solos to stage 2 Sun Tour win, Howson retains yellow despite late puncture

BEECHWORTH, Australia (CT) – Two road stages of the 2017 Jayco Herald Sun Tour complete and two victories for riders usually consigned to working for others. A day after Damien Howson (Orica-Scott) won solo on Falls Creek to take the yellow jersey, Luke Rowe (Sky) took his own solo victory by attacking from the day-long …

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Damien Howson takes Sun Tour lead with solo victory on Falls Creek

FALLS CREEK, Australia (CT) – In the past few seasons Damien Howson (Orica-Scott) has made a name for himself as a reliable and hard-working domestique in the mountains. He’s a man that rode the front at the Giro d’Italia and Vuelta a España last year, to help get his teammate Esteban Chaves to the podium …

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Danny van Poppel claims prologue victory at the 2017 Jayco Herald Sun Tour

MELBOURNE, Australia (CT) – Danny van Poppel (Sky) has taken out the prologue individual time trial at the 2017 Jayco Herald Sun Tour, setting a new course record in the process. The Dutchman flew around the technical 2.1km course in the heart of Melbourne, crossing the line in a time of 2:32.56 — an average …

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Wout wins again: Van Aert takes second world cyclocross title after muddy duel with Mathieu van der Poel

Belgium’s Wout van Aert claimed a second consecutive world cyclocross championship Sunday in Bieles, Luxembourg, after a muddy duel with perennial rival Mathieu van der Poel of the Netherlands. The 22-year-old from Herentals, who skipped last weekend’s World Cup race in Hoogerheide due to a knee injury, rode a measured race over a hilly and …

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Nikias Arndt sprints to narrow victory at the 2017 Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race

GEELONG, Australia (CT) – Three years of the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race, three very different results. In 2015 it was a sprint from a group of just eight; in 2016 we had a solo winner; in 2017, the race’s first on the WorldTour calendar, it was a much bigger group that contested the …

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