There was a great deal of anticipation and enthusiasm among the Area Zero D’Amico riders as they raced on the roads of northern Europe for the first time, first in the GP Pino Cerami in Belgium and then at Paris-Camembert in France. The trip, however, proved unlucky. The team raced very well, but a crash in Paris Camembert took out Andrea Pasqualon, who suffered a fracture of the right radius.
RusVelo has picked up where it left off in the mountains of Caucasus. Ilnur Zakarin, GC winner of the recent GP of Sochi takes the lead of yet another stage race held in the region of Adygeya.
Last year, Roman Kreuziger took his biggest victory of his career when he soloed his way to the finish line and left everyone behind with 7 kilometers to go of Amstel Gold Race. In this interview, he reveals his thoughts about working with Alberto Contador, his present form and the upcoming Amstel Gold Race.
Paris-Roubaix is over, but 2014 season will give the chance to the cyclists to face again the cobblestones. In the 5th stage of Tour de France, in fact, the bunch will cover 9 cobblestones sectors in the 164 km from Ypres to Arenberg.
Thanks to Team Colombia Miguel Angel Rubiano’s success in Cartagena (Colombia) on Saturday April 12th, in a few days – at Fleche Wallonne – the Colombian National Champion’s jersey will make its appearance in European races, showing up for the first time in some of the biggest races in the World, such as Liege-Bastogne-Liege and, obviously, Giro d’Italia.
Some of the top professional cyclists from around the globe will be on the start line later this week for the Winston-Salem Cycling Classic in North Carolina.
Omega Pharma – Quick-Step Cycling Team has announced the selection that will participate in 2014 Brabantse Pijl, a 203 kilometer race to launch the second part of Spring Classics season, on Wednesday.
The Russian WorldTour Team Katusha will start the coming days in two one-day races in Belgium and France.
The cobblestone classics are over. Now it's up to the climbers in the peloton. With the Brabantse Pijl on Wednesday the second part of the cycling spring starts. The Brabantse Pijl starts in Leuven and finishes in Overijse after 203 kilometers. First the riders get 133 kilometers with eleven hills. The most known hills of that part are no doubt the Bruine Put and Alsemberg.
After weeks of racing on the flatlands and cobbles of northern Europe, the peloton now heads south to the hills and the first race on the agenda is De Brabantse Pijl.
The biggest fixtures of the first half of the season are getting close for Team Colombia, and after the joy for the National title won by Miguel Angel Rubiano, the Escarabajos are headed to Belgium for a “dry run” of the two big Ardennes Classics waiting for them a week later – Fleche Wallonne and Liege-Bastogne-Liege.
A high-class, tough and spectacular race goes on stage in one-week time: another outstanding success is expected for Giro del Trentino’s 38th edition (from 22nd to 25th of April), once again gathering a strong international field, and now embracing eco-friendly goals with “green” areas set up at any feed zone to safeguard the area’s beautiful landscapes. The event, a Giro d’Italia in miniature, has been officially unveiled today in Trento.
For the riders, Paris-Roubaix is a personal experience that leaves a big impression. And just as the race is capable of braking bones, it's also the race that creates big careers or captures the very moment were a riders peaks. For the riders of Tinkoff-Saxo it's no different. From the start in the fashionable town of Compiegne to the arrival in the working-class city of Roubaix, the race demands all of the riders but gives everything back upon arrival at the velodrome.
The BMC Racing Team has announced its roster for Brabantse Pijl, a 203.1-kilometer race Wednesday in Belgium.
Alberto Contador made a reconnaissance of the fifth stage of the Tour de France 2014, to be done next July 9 between Ypres and Arenberg, with nine sections of pavé in the last 75 km of the route. “It has gone well, I've seen the first part of the stage in the car and the last 75 km by bike”, he said before taking the plane back home.
Tinkoff-Saxo’s Daniele Bennati had a very unfortunate crash during last Sunday’s Ronde van Vlaanderen with teammate, Matti Breschel and the powerful Italian broke his radius and was forced to watch yesterday’s Paris-Roubaix on TV. He was otherwise expected to have played a main character in the Hell of the North:
Yesterday we all could enjoy the spectacle that Paris-Roubaix has to offer. Within three months a part of the cobblestone sections will come back in the Tour de France, in the fifth stage from Ypres to Arenberg (156km).
Graham Briggs and Tom Moses were the standout riders for Rapha Condor JLT in the first round of the British Cycling Elite Series, the Tour of the Reservoir, on the weekend.
Crashes, punctures, mechanical problems: they're all elements that all the teams partecipating in Paris-Roubaix must face. Despite the efforts by the riders and the team staff, LAMPRE-MERIDA could not be in the head of the race, obtaining the 50th place by Pozzato and the 80th by Palini.
Kenny Dehaes represented Lotto Belisol in the early breakaway of the 112th Paris-Roubaix. A flat tyre in the Forest of Wallers made a sudden end to his adventure. The Dutch rider Niki Terpstra arrived solo at the finish in the velodrome of Roubaix.