Roadside Report: The cheese capital of the world might seem like an odd choice to visit when covering a bike race, but with Gouda on the route of stage two for this year's Tour de France, we reckoned it was worth a look. As the biggest bike race in the world rolls into town, it was fitting to check out a town at one with status symbols...
Roadside Report: Anticipation comes in many different forms: nervous, expectant, pressured, feared. The first Saturday in July 2015 sees dreams fulfilled for some, the next obvious step taken by others, and for a select few the seemingly impossible coming true.
Roadside Report: The Team BMC & Bora-Argon18 press conferences are contrasts, that would probably be an ideal situation for an aging party king – the day starts off early in what resembles a nightclub, and ends a hundred feet up in the air with some hi-tech gourmet cooking. Not my regular Friday … but then, it's a long time since I could ever dream about calling myself a nightclub god.
Roadside Report: We could just go and get all the same pictures as everyone else today, but as we're in Utrecht for the first time, let's have a look around instead. Not the smartest idea as the mercury soared, but sometimes you've got to hurt a little to live a little, to appreciate what's around you.
A hugely successful Aviva Women's Tour rolled to a high-speed and tightly-fought finish in Hemel Hempstead last Sunday, and Gord was there to check out the happenings on stages 3 to 5. It was an experience that seemed to transport people back a little, to the era before the men's Tour de France got so massive.
The Aviva Women's Tour hit the ground running in 2014, with a fantastic race in front of huge crowds. 2015 will try to better that great start, and a star-studded line-up is in place to thrill the fans. Top-class international racing on home soil? It was too good an opportunity to miss for Gord as he headed to England to check it out.
Race Report: If you're going to have a bad day, you might as well have it when the Giro is all but won. Alberto Contador proved that he has a champion's head as well as heart and brains, hanging tough through a crisis on the Colle delle Finestre. Fabio Aru gave it everything but came up a good two minutes short. The Giro is won!
Stage 19 Race report: After a couple of bad days, when Alberto Contador looked around and saw just how much Fabio Aru was suffering, the young Sardinian romped away in the last few kilometers to win a brutal stage. For Aru the day's spoils, and up a place overall, but Alberto Contador was as comfortable as could be on a lightning-fast ride to Cervinia.
Race Report: Just when you thought this Giro couldn’t provide another high-octane thrill ride, the first-category Monte Ologno, fuelled a further chaotic stage. We had it all: breakaways, chases, races within races, dropped chains and thrown-down gauntlets. The maglia rosa on the charge. It was perfect.
Stage 13 Race Report: On a day no one expected much of anything... Lampre's Sacha Modolo out dragged Trek's Giacomo Nizzolo for a wet weather win, while just outside 3km to go a crash caused GC chaos - another typical day at the Giro.
Race report: We've had 'shoulder-gate' and 'puncture-gate', so we weren't sure what scandal-based pun awaited us this afternoon on the road from Forlì to the motor-racing circuit finish at Imola. In the end, there was nothing to get the polemicists too fired up, but we did get a new, young winner.
From broken-boned tears of frustration to racing through her blue and yellow-painted Flemish home-from-home in just three weeks. For one of the most stunningly consistent female riders of the last 6 years, recovering from a broken collarbone is just one of many victories.
Race Report: Society has a thing against pickpockets; you don't want some little chancer coming along and dipping your hard-earned dollars when you're distracted. In cycling, you could say it's encouraged. Movistar's Benat Intxausti gave an object lesson today in the art of stealing a win.
Race Report: After his suspension, Lampre-Merida's Diego Ulissi returned to the winner's circle with a perfectly-executed sprint finish in Fiuggi. It's not a result that will cheer everyone, but that's the way it is. The still-young Italian got a perfect lead-out from Sasha Modolo to score the win.
Race Report: For such a stage to come so early in a Grand Tour... we had just about everything. A breakaway gaining big time, a frenzy of contenders attacking, escapees desperate to hang on. A slow-burning stage which exploded in the last five kilometers.
Race Report: As we'd see after five hours in the saddle, the new climb played a part, but the old school smarts of two-time champion Alejandro Valverde gave us a Fleche-Wallonne winner that was no surprise.
Race Report: Limburg; the sun beaming down, tree blossoms gleaming white, fiercely green grass and a sequence of knife-edge climbs that cut riders to the quick. The Amstel Gold Race is as good to look at as it is hard to ride. A war of attrition hammered out across a picture-postcard, spring landscape.
Race Report: All but dead in the water on the final haul up the Kemmelberg - and there was plenty of it landing across Flanders today - Luca Paolini produced an outstanding and tactically immaculate win in Gent-Wevelgem today.
Race report: After yesterday's lemming-like ride into self-destruction, Etixx-QuickStep's riders would no doubt have taken to the road with Patrick Lefevre's team-talk thunder-clapping around their ears like a Pete Townsend power-chord from a 1970s Who concert. Today, they got it right in the end with a fine sprint win for Mark Cavendish.
A new season brings some new faces to the Pro peloton, so Gordan Cameron has had a look at the form of the 2015 neo-pros and puts together his list of 'Top Ten' men to watch. The first year for a professional can be a steep learning curve, but these guys could be on the podium sooner than most.