Peter Sagan

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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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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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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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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Brake check: Will anyone ride disc brakes at Flanders or Roubaix?

After all the start-stop-start about disc brakes in the pro peloton, will anyone be riding them at the Tour of Flanders or Paris-Roubaix? Disc brakes offer not just better braking modulation, particularly in wet conditions, but also better clearance for a wider tire, which offers improved traction and a more comfortable ride. And while that sounds perfect for …

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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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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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Amgen Tour of California men’s, women’s teams announced

Team selections have been announced for the May 14-20 Amgen Tour of California and the May 11-14 Amgen Breakaway from Heart Disease Women’s Race empowered with SRAM. America’s most prestigious race joins the men’s UCI WorldTour this year with 11 WorldTour teams, three Pro Continental squads, and two Continental teams — marking the first time Continental teams have appeared …

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Peter Sagan refuels from hard efforts with gummy bears. Should you?

Peter Sagan gave fans plenty to talk about last weekend, first with his thrilling sprint victory at Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne, and then the sight of him unabashedly stuffing his face with fistfuls of Haribo gummy bears shortly after crossing the line. Most of us are used to thinking of gummy bears as a childhood treat, those colorful …

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What we’re talking about after Spring Classics opening weekend

They’re back! After ten months of waiting it’s Spring Classics time again. The steady build-up to the Monumental Classics of the Ronde Van Vlaanderen and Paris-Roubaix began in earnest at the weekend, with the traditional opening races Omloop Het Nieuwsblad (a WorldTour race for the first time) and Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne. As ever these races threw up …

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