Race Report: Up against three Etixx-Quickstep riders, and three of the best classics riders in the world, it was last year’s winner Ian Stannard of Team Sky who showed them all how to ride the Omloop. Boonen, Vandenbergh and Terpstra could do nothing to hold back a rampaging Englishman who wanted this win more than any other in his career.
Race Report: With the Australians sticking to their game-plan, and controlling the race throughout, the one thing they hadn’t considered was a well-timed attack from the Norwegian powerhouse Sven Erik Bystrom. He timed his uphill attack to perfection and flew down to Ponferrada to take the best win of his young career.
Race Report: A wet and tricky 9.7 kilometer time trial greeted the Vuelta peloton in Santiago de Compostela. The stage went to the Italian TT specialist; Adriano Malori, but all eyes were on Alberto Contador as he fired his gun of victory.
Race Report: Stage 18 took in the final climb twice, but it only took the young Italian Fabio Aru once to get a gap on the other Vuelta GC hopefuls. Chris Froome joined him for them both to prosper. Stage for Aru, 2nd overall for Froome.
Race Report: One Colombian took the stage but it was a different one that took the Red Jersey. Winner Anacona had a great win and then watched the clock to see if he would be in the overall. In a surprising attack; Alberto Contador laid the foundation for Nairo Quintana to chase and take the Red Jersey.
Race Report: On a day when the biggest challenge was the all-consuming heat it was that other German sprinter who powered into the ancient city of Córdoba and took the win for Giant-Shimano. John Degenkolb has every reason to love Spain and will be looking for more wins in this year’s race.
Race Report: In a fast and furious finish, as the riders sped through La Isla San Fernando, it was the team of FDJ who played their hand to perfection and set up Nacer Bouhanni for the win. He finished it off in style and even had time to look over his shoulder and show his rivals who was boss.
Race Report: Alejandro Valverde may have faded badly in the final week of Le Tour but today he showed the rest of the peloton how to race this post-Tour Classic. He may not be from the Basque Country but Balaverde (the Green Bullet) loves this race and was determined to win it for a second time.
Race Report: In a race that’s been all about attacking, and attacking again it came down to a sprint finish in Paris. It almost didn’t though as Team Sky attempted to recover from their misfortunes but nothing was going to deny the big German and arguably best sprinter around, Marcel Kittel. From start to finish, he’s shown he’s the man to watch in the dash for the line.
Race Report: It looked like a re-run of the Nîmes finish as a Garmin rider struggled to hold off a charging peloton. This time, though, perhaps aided by a big crash 3km from home, the US-based team finished their man Ramúnas Navardauskas ahead of all of the fancied sprinters.
Race Report: On a day that saw Astana and the major players’ content to let the break go, we ended with a new Maillot Jaune, a shake-up in the overall, a popular German win and a new Toast of France! Bring on Bastille Day!
Race Report: On the day most of the riders were scared of, it was the Italian Champion and current Yellow Jersey who took the race by the scruff of the neck and blew the parcours apart. Atrocious weather, a favorite abandoned, riders gapped but the strongest man was Lars Boom (Belkin) who showed all of the other Classics specialists how to ride the cobbles in the wet.
Race Report: With nine climbs and the final one coming just 5 kms before the finish it was always going to be a day of attrition. Vincenzo Nibali proved the wiliest though and the Shark of Messina outsmarted everyone to take the win and the jersey.
Giro'14 St.21 Race Report: With all eyes on Nacer Bouhanni (FDJ.fr) to take the stage win, it was yet another fast man from Giant-Shimano, Luka Mezgec who showed them all how to do it, while Columbia's Nairo Quintana won his first Grand Tour.
Race Report: On a day when the favorites watched each other all the way to the stage 15 final climb up Montecampione, the 2014 Giro d'Italia delivered another fantastic finale that would have made Marco Pantini proud. Astana's Fabio Aru soloed to a brilliant win and showed this race ain't over yet.
Race Report: It was a ‘will they or won’t they’ day today in the Giro on the stage from Lugo to Sestola and for the first time in this year’s race, the break stayed away. It was a close-run thing though and only because the eventual winner and his companion attacked the leaders. Behind them, the race was ignited by a man who had faltered yesterday but more than made up for it today.
Race Report: Marcel Kittel snatched his second straight win on the 3rd stage of the 2014 Giro d'Italia, on a day of sun, wind, rain, road furniture and crashes, and the expected bunch sprint that was anything but.
Race Report: On a day when we waited, waited & waited some more for the big guns to make their move it came down to the man that had won here before to show the others how to ride the Cauberg and take the win in the Amstel Gold.
Race Report: Crashes, attacks, punctures - it was the beautiful mayhem that we love about Paris-Roubaix as Patrick Lefevre's OmegaPharma-Quickstep squad again showed their strength in numbers and tactics as Niki Terpstra surged clear in a late solo move to take the biggest win of his career.
Race Report: In an action packed race of crashes, attacks, tactics and strength Fabian Cancellara shone through to take two consecutive Flanders titles and the third Ronde of his career confirming once and for all his status as one of the modern greats.