Sectors of gravel road, dust and hills define the Strade Bianche, but it's so much more. The rolling green hills of Tuscany, the ancient towns of Gaiole and Siena, the passion of the tifosi ooze atmosphere and excitement. Ahead of Saturday's race let's take a look at some of our favorite images from years past.
Mar 06, 2014 - Another big weekend of cycle racing on the way and we preview: Roma Maxima, GP Camaiore, Strade Bianche, Paris-Nice, Tirreno-Adriatico and the Driedaagse van West-Vlaanderen, plus the change in this year’s Giro TT. Race reports, results and video from Le Samyn and the Tour de Langkawi and Cav’s spring makes TOP STORY. Grande caffè?
Mar 03, 2014 - A terrific weekend of cycle sport action: Stannard takes the Omloop and Boonen grabs Kuurne, plus all the results, reports and video from: Murcia, Almería, Sud Ardèche, Lugano, La Drôme and we catch-up with the Tour of Langkawi. In other cycling news Rassmussen makes TOP STORY, goodbye to Kristof Goddaert, ASO Wild Cards and Sanremo & Romandie Routes. All in EuroTrash Monday!
Race Report: The first weekend of northern cobbles have jarred the bones, shaken the senses and quickened the pulse. It's only a month until Flanders, and Roubaix! Today's 2014 Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne revealed some very interesting shows of strength from certain teams; for others, a lot of work to be done and a few hard truths to hear.
Race Report: The cobbled races started today with the 2014 Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and it was a classic battle in terrible weather that came down to the sprint between two hardmen of the peloton, Ian Stannard and Greg Van Avermaet.
Race Preview: Het Nieuwsblad kicks it all off on the Saturday then the following day the circus moves south to Kuurne for the semi-classic Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne. The race has similarities with ‘big brother’ the previous day; it’s on the 200 K mark and it ventures into the Flemish Ardennes above Oudenaarde and PEZ will be roadside.
Race preview: Saturday’s 69th edition of the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad signals the start of the Classics series as the best in the world take on this semi-classic on the famous Flanders cobbles. Ed Hood will be there roadside this weekend but before he flew out he checks in with a full preview of the action ahead.
Feb 27, 2014 - The cobbled Classics start this weekend with Het Nieuwsblad & Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne, we have the team previews, plus we look at the Classic Sud Ardèche, La Drôme Classic, Tour de Langkawi and the Vuelta a Murcia. Sinkewitz's ban makes the TOP STORY, add to that the last cyclo-cross of the season, other cycling news, Stephen Roche enters the Giro Hall of Fame and lot's of video in a full EuroTrash Thursday.
Philippe Gilbert Interview: After his phenomenal 2011 season Philippe Gilbert has not been hitting the high points, excluding a World road championship, but after a relaxing winter he is back; strong and motivated. Milan-Sanremo and the Ardennes Classics are his goal and maybe another year in the rainbow jersey, but the big question is; will he grow a beard? Find out here.
Pro Diary: A 24 hour voyage, experiencing a new country, trying to learn a language, a crash, a KOM jersey and a huge announcement that his team is going to the Tour de France. The first 6 weeks of season 2014 have already been action packed for our man inside the peloton Clément Koretzky as he explains in his latest diary.
Feb 24, 2014 - An enormous EuroTrash of cycling news to get through this Monday: Froome in Oman, Kwiatkowski in Algarve, Valverde in Andalucía, Betancur in Haut Var and Serpa in Laigueglia a full round up with results and Video. Doping at the Winter Olympics is the TOP STORY and we have full course previews of the Amgen Tour of California and the Strade Bianche. Big coffee time.
PEZ-Fan Kelly from Canada was on holiday in Italy when he had the ultimate ride experience - a chance meeting on the roads of Tuscany with cycling hero Mario Cipollini, and some unexpected miles with the most prolific Giro stage winner ever. Here's his tale.
INTERVIEW: Rebuilding a team after two of your star riders get busted for doping was a nightmare come true for 2013's Vini Fantini. But team DS Luca Scinto found the support of sponsors, fans, and a new crop of riders to return as Team Neri Sottoli-Yellow Fluo. We talked with Luca, and team rider Mauro Finetto about the comeback...
Steve Cummings Interview: World champion on the track, Vuelta stage winner and loyal team man; Steve Cummings is all of these and now winner of the Tour Méditerranéen. Just before his successful February we managed an exclusive one-to-one chat with the big man in Spain at a BMC training camp and then caught up with him again after his Dubai and Méditerranéen success.
Feb 20, 2014 - The ’14 season is at Full Gas now. The Tours of Oman, Andalucía and Algarve with all the usual reports and video, plus we look forward to the Haut Var at the weekend. Today’s Top Story looks at how much early racing some top riders have done. In other cycling news: Froome, Cancellara, Deignan and Pantani all feature. Also the sad news of Kristof Goddaert. Thursday EuroTrash coffee time.
Feb 17, 2014 - Stephen Cummings has swept to victory in the Tour of the Med and Niki Terpstra took the honours in Qatar, plus Sven Nys wins the cyclo-cross Superprestige, we have all the video action to go with the reports and results. What’s going on with Milan-Sanremo; is the TOP STORY and we catch up with the teams for Oman and Algarve in other cycling news. A fun filled Euro Trash Monday!
Tom Boonen Interview: Tom Boonen is a man in form in Qatar and is on a mission after an illness ridden 2013 season. We caught up with the Belgian multi-champion in Spain as he piled in the kilometres just before heading off to the deserts of Qatar.
Feb 13, 2014 - Reports, results and video from the Tour of Qatar and Mallorca Challenge plus lots more cycling news from around the World: Samu Sánchez at BMC, Olivier Kaisen retires, teams for the Het Nieuwsblad, the Women's Tour of Britain video, Oliver Zaugg injury, UCI Independent Commission, GF San Diego and Mavic go to Crested Butte. It’s all in EuroTrash Thursday!
Feb 10, 2014 - A weekend full of racing; Dubai, Etoile de Bessèges and the Ladies Tour of Qatar finished and the Mallorca Challenge and the Men’s Tour of Qatar kicked off. Will Fernando Alonso team up with Cannondale? Niki Terpstra & Sacha Modolo opened up and Taylor Phinney, Niki Terpstra, Tobias Ludvigsson and Kirsten Wild all had overall wins. Race video, reports, results and more!
When the announcement for the depart of the 2014 Tour de France was given some were scratching their heads - Yorkshire? After beating out the likes of Venice in their bid to host the start of the World's Greatest Bicycle Race we had to ask, what can we expect from Yorkshire? Who better to explain it to us than a true Yorkshireman...