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Tom Boonen looks ahead to start of final classics campaign

This weekend's Omloop Het Nieuwsblad will signal the start of Tom Boonen’s final chapter in pro cycling, as the Quick-Step Floors rider and Classics legend is set to call time on his career on April 9th. The 36-year-old Belgian has already completed two stage races in 2017 and is now looking forward with optimism and confidence to this weekend. “I...

Mark Cavendish and Merhawi Kudus to lead Dimension Data at Abu Dhabi Tour

The first UCI WorldTour race since the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race takes place this week with the Abu Dhabi Tour starting on Thursday and concluding after four road stages on Sunday the 26th of February. Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka have announced a strong team with the hope of repeating their double stage win success at last...

Aqua Blue Sport amongst wildcards for La Flèche Wallonne and Liège-Bastogne-Liège

Aqua Blue Sport have been announced by race organisers A.S.O. as one of the seven wildcard teams to line up in both La Flèche Wallonne and Liège-Bastogne-Liège in April. The other teams announced for La Flèche Wallonne alongside the Irish Pro Continental team are Cofidis, Solutions Crédits (FRA), Direct Energie (FRA), Fortuneo Vital Concept (FRA), Sport Vlaanderen Baloise (BEL),...

Eddie Dunbar included in Axeon Hagens Berman line-up for Volta ao Alentejo

UCI Continental team Axeon Hagens Berman begins its 2017 season this Wednesday at the five-day stage race in Portugal, the Volta ao Alentejo (UCI 2.1). Amongst the team's line-up is former Irish U23 Road Race champion Eddie Dunbar, with Will Barta, Adrien Costa, Chris Lawless, Jhonatan Narvaez, Ivo Oliveira, Logan Owen and Neilson Powless comprising the rest of the...

Tim Wellens wins final stage of Ruta del Sol

Tim Wellens (Lotto-Soudal) took his third win of the season after crossing the line first at the end of the fifth and final stage of the Vuelta a Andalucia Ruta Ciclista Del Sol (2.HC). The Belgian had been a member of a breakaway which got away early on the 151.5-kilometre stage from Setenil de las Bodegas (Cádiz) to Coín (Málaga). Joining...

Alejandro Valverde takes 100th pro career win at Ruta del Sol

Alejandro Valverde (Movistar Team) today took his fifth overall win at the Vuelta a Andalucía-Ruta del Sol and in doing so, reached one hundred professional career victories. Valverde claimed overall honours in the 63rd edition of the race after maintaining the one-second gap over Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafredo) on the final 151-kilometre stage between Setenil de las Bodegas and Coín. Under...

Massive bunch crash at Tour of Oman as peloton crosses stream (VIDEO)

Ben Hermans (BMC Racing) won today's queen stage of the Tour of Oman (2.HC) to Green Mountain but there was a moment of chaos on the road when there was a mass crash in the bunch. The crash happened as the riders negotiated a stream which ran across the road. Amongst those to come down in the crash were Romain...

Jonathan Castroviejo wins Algarve time trial as Primoz Roglic takes over race lead

Reigning European time trial champion Jonathan Castroviejo (Movistar) proved fastest on stage three of the Volta ao Algarve today, an 18-kilometre individual time trial in and around Sagres The Basque rider beat World champion Tony Martin (Katusha-Alpecin) by four seconds with new race leader Primoz Roglic (LottoNL-Jumbo) in third five seconds behind. 'Castro' now sits in 3rd overall, 36" down on...

“I knew the last climb and that it suited me” – Dan Martin (VIDEO)

Dan Martin (Quick Step Floors) won today's second stage of the Volta ao Algarve from Lagoa to Alto da Foia and in doing so, also took the yellow jersey. Afterwards, he explained that he had checked out the climb earlier in the week and that preparation along with some excellent teamwork helped him to the win. “It’s always difficult to...

Dan Martin takes stage win and yellow jersey at Volta ao Algarve

Dan Martin (Quick Step Floors) has taken his first win of the season after a great ride on today's second stage of the Volta ao Algarve em Bicicleta (2.HC) to the summit finish of Alto da Fóia. Going into the stage, Martin's team mate Fernando Gaviria held the lead, but due to the difficulty of the stage, the...

Søren Kragh Andersen wins first pro race at Tour of Oman

Søren Kragh Andersen (Team Sunweb) took the first win of his professional career today as he climbed to victory on stage 3 of the Tour of Oman. The 22-year-old Dane beat former World Champion Rui Costa (Team UAE Abu Dhabi) and race leader Ben Hermans (BMC Racing) to the line in Quriyat. Six riders went clear early on and the break...

Jerusalem could host 2018 Giro d’Italia start according to report

Jerusalem is in the running to host the start of the 101st Giro d'Italia next year, according to a report in today's Het Nieuwsblad. The Giro organisers have been very open to foreign Grande Partenzas, particularly over the past number of years. The 2016 race started in Apeldoorn in the Netherlands and two years previously, Belfast was the host city...

Fernando Gaviria takes victory on opening stage of the Volta ao Algarve

Fernando Gaviria has taken Quick-Step Floors' eleventh victory this season when he proved fastest in the sprint finish on the opening stage of the Volta ao Algarve. The race began on Wednesday with a 182.9km-long stage between Albufeira and Lagos, a town which was returning in the race after a six-year hiatus, and the sprinters were expected to come...

Alejandro Valverde wins opening stage of Vuelta Ciclista a Andalucía

Alejandro Valverde (Movistar Team) took the opening stage of the 63rd Vuelta Ciclista a Andalucía today and is now just one win away from his 100th professional victory. A break consisting of Daniel Turek (Israel Cycling Academy), Tosh Van der Sande (Lotto Soudal), Florian Senechal (Cofidis, Solutions Crédits), Berden De Vries (Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij), Georg Preidler (Team Sunweb), Pablo...

Alberto Contador to use customised Project One Trek Émonda at Vuelta a Andalucía

Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafredo) will race a customised Project One Trek Émonda at the Vuelta a Andalucía which starts today (Wednesday) in what is the first race start this season for the Spaniard. Contador is among the select few to have conquered the Triple Crown of Grand Tours – Tour de France, Giro d'Italia, and Vuelta a España – and to...

Tom Boonen set to start Stage 2 of the Tour of Oman despite opening day crash

Tom Boonen (Quick Step Floors) crashed in today's opening stage of the Tour of Oman inside the final kilometre but escaped with relatively minor injuries and will line up at the start of tomorrow's stage. Stage 1 of the race from Al Sawadi Beach to Naseem Park included just one short categorized climb and was predicted to finish in a...

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