Bahrain Merida announce signing of young Welsh rider Stephen Williams

Bahrain Merida have announced the signing of young Welsh rider Stephen Williams who is joining the team as a stagiaire for the rest of the 2018 season and will turn professional in 2019. The 22-year-old talented climber - who recently won a mountain stage at the U23 Giro d’Italia, spending a day in the pink jersey as well – is...

Toms Skujins takes over polka dot jersey at the Tour de France

Toms Skujins (Trek Segafredo) won the final two categorised mountain points of a hilly stage five at the Tour de France to claim the polka dot jersey on Wednesday, becoming the first Latvian to achieve the honour. It hadn't been the team's plan to ride for the jersey, but after successfully joining the day's breakaway of seven riders, the...

Amanda Spratt takes solo victory at the Giro Rosa to move into the overall race lead

Emakumeen Bira winner Amanda Spratt (Mitchelton-SCOTT) took an incredible solo victory today on the first summit finish at the Giro Rosa to move into the overall race lead. Spratt launched an attack with five kilometres to go and held on to take her first ever victory in the Italian 'Grand Tour'. Teammate Annemiek van Vleuten crossed the line 29...

Peter Sagan sprints to victory on Stage 5 of the Tour de France

Peter Sagan (Bora - hansgrohe) took his second stage win of the 2018 Tour de France today as he fended off Sonny Colbrelli (Bahrain-Merida) at the end of the fifth stage from Lorient to Quimper. Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing) retained the yellow jersey. In contrast to the previous three road stage, stage 5 would see the peloton tackle five...

Michael Mathews abandons Tour de France due to sickness

After falling ill early this morning, Michael Matthews has been forced to abandon the Tour de France before its fifth stage, suffering from sickness and a high fever, Team Sunweb has confirmed. Matthews said: "I'm really disappointed to not start this morning. I've been really ill this morning and tried all I could to make it to the start line,...

Tiesj Benoot abandons Tour de France following Stage 4 crash

Tiesj Benoot will not start today's fifth stage of the Tour de France, his Lotto Soudal team has confirmed this morning. The Belgian rider along with team-mate Tomasz Marczynski crashed with five kilometres to go on yesterday's fourth stage. Benoot incurred a second degree dislocation of the AC joint in his right shoulder, a bruise of the ribs, the...

FiftyOne Bikes produce limited edition bike to commemorate Alphonse Steinès

Irish bike manufacturer FiftyOne Bikes have produced a limited edition bike to commemorate Alphonse Steinès, the legendary cycling journalist who in 1910 went on a reconnaissance mission to the French Pyrenees to determine if the mountain passes could be used in the race. FiftyOne Bikes, founded by former Irish International rider Aidan Duff who raced in France for many years...

Ruth Winder wins fifth stage of the Giro Rosa and takes overall lead

Ruth Winder (Team Sunweb) has won the fifth stage of the Giro Rosa today after being part of a successful late breakaway. Her first Women's WorldTour win, she takes over the overall race lead and is the fourth rider from Team Sunweb to wear the Maglia Rosa during this year's race. Winder finished 1" ahead of Tayler Wiles Trek -...

Fernando Gaviria wins stage four of the Tour de France

Fernando Gaviria (Quick Step Floors) put in a devastating sprint at the end of today's 195-kilometre fourth stage of the Tour de France between La Baule and Sarzeau which saw him beat Peter Sagan (Bora-hansgrohe) and Andre Greipel (Lotto-Soudal). “To take two stages at my first Tour de France is just… Wow!" said Gaviria. "It wasn’t easy at all, but...

Peter Sagan loses Tour de France yellow jersey after difficult team time trial

Having taken the race’s coveted maillot jaune after his sprint victory on stage 2, Peter Sagan started the third stage team time trial in yellow. However, the stage took place over a demanding parcours that didn’t play to the Slovak rider’s strengths and he lost the jersey. The 35.5-kilometre route around Cholet included climbs, descents, tight bends and long...

BMC win Tour de France team time trial as Greg Van Avermaet takes over yellow jersey

BMC Racing won today's 35-kilometre team time trial in Cholet clocking 38:46, to upstage pre-stage favourites Team Sky by four seconds. Third place went to Quick Step, who lost the stage and their yellow jersey chances by seven seconds. Peter Sagan, who was dropped by his Bora Hansgrohe team-mates, handed his yellow jersey to Greg Van Avermaet, who already led...

Jolien D’hoore takes second consecutive sprint victory at the Giro Rosa

Yesterday's stage winner Jolien D'hoore (Mitchelton-SCOTT) once again showed her turn of speed to take a second consecutive sprint victory on the fourth stage of the Giro Rosa. Despite being dropped on the only categorised climb of the day, the Belgian rider found her legs and was able to come back to the front of the peloton in time...