After 782 miles and eight days of racing, 23 year-old Julian Alaphilippe (Etixx – Quick-Step) clinched the 2016 Amgen Tour of California. Megan Guarnier (Boels-Dolmans) also celebrated victory in Sacramento as the four-day Amgen Breakaway from Heart Disease™ Women’s Race.
With thousands of fans lining the streets of Santa Rosa, Team KATUSHA’s star sprinter Alexander Kristoff catapulted to a stage win, his eighth of the season, by a rim over all-time Amgen Tour of California stage win record holder Peter Sagan (Tinkoff).
The name of the game was “fast” in Folsom today as the 140 men competing in the 2016 Amgen Tour of California raced the clock in their individual time trial event, with Australian Rohan Dennis (BMC Racing Team) recording the fastest time.
World Champion Peter Sagan (SVK) of Tinkoff has claimed his 15th all-time Amgen Tour of California stage win after a long and hilly ride northward on one of the most scenic and iconic stretches of California roadway, Highway 1, through Monterey County.
The leader jersey changed hands for the third time in three days at the 2016 Amgen Tour of California, with Etixx – Quick-Step’s Julian Alaphilippe (FRA) clutching the Queen Stage victory with a determined push up the final steeply sloped meters of Gibraltar Road in Santa Barbara County.
Race Report: Tom Dumoulin served up a Dutch treat at the Giro d'Italia 2016 stage 1 opening time trial by showing he's not lost any of his chrono skills despite mastering climbing, and took the opening stage win and pink jersey by the width of a pinky after a blistering ride around Apeldoorn. The big Dutchman only just edged out Primoz Roglic who took a surprise 2nd place.
Race Preview: The 2016 Giro d'Italia route was announced in early October in Milan, Ed Hood ran an educated eye over the percorso to give us his view of the Italian Grand Tour. Three individual time trials, seven sprint stages, seven medium mountain stages - two with uphill finishes - and four high mountain stages - three with uphill finishes - and a total of 3,383 kilometres, with 42,200 metres of climbing.
Race Preview: The first Grand Tour of the 2016 season, the Giro d'Italia, starts on Friday with a 9.8 kilometer time trial and two sprinter stages in Apeldoorn. The race then flies down to the toe of Italy to begin the battle north to the finish in Torino. Ed Hood casts his eye over the Italian race; the history, course and the possible victor.
Up until 2013 the only UCI one day race in the UK was the Rutland-Melton Classic. The race is inspired by Paris-Roubaix and is run around the small farm roads of Leicestershire and Rutland in the East Midlands of the UK. PEZ sent Sam Larner to soak up the chip smells and ale fumes of Britain's only Classic.
Photo Special: The final Classic of the spring is now behind us and the weather didn't quite play the game and gave us a different perspective of a bike race. There were many sights of Liège-Bastogne-Liège and so we have put together our photo special from the Ardennes.
Race Report: A cold and wet Liège-Bastogne-Liège came up with a surprise win that gave the Sky team their first Monument win. Wout Poels has been a top performer so far this season and now he has put the icing on the cake with victory in 'La Doyenne'. Sky are now a Classics team!
Race Report: Movistar were the dominant team of the day, as soon as the flag dropped the men in dark blue were on the front with one aim in mind – to get Alejandro Valverde across the finish line on the Mur de Huy first. The telephone squad rode like a sprint train to deliver 'Balaverde' in place to unleash his finishing jump for his fourth Flèche Wallonne victory.
The 'Old Lady' of the Classics pushes out of Liège on Sunday for the return journey to Bastogne and the many Ardennes climbs between the two Walloon towns. Ed Hood runs through the course and running and gives us his winning tips.
Photog's View: From Northern France Wei Yuet Wong has moved on to Holland to take in the sights of the Amstel Gold Race, from the start in Maastricht to the finish in Valkenburg and he didn't miss a trick. A photog's back-stage pass to the Amstel.
Race Report: There couldn't have been a better result to the Amstel Gold Race for the Wanty-Groupe Gobert team than a win from Enrico Gasparotto and the heartfelt dedication to his teammate Antoine Demoitié. The racing was slow to start, but when it did. . .
The cobbles are only a dusty memory for the riders as the WorldTour circus moves onto the 'hilly' Classics and we see a change in the race menu and the list of main characters. First up is the Amstel Gold Race and Ed Hood runs through the history, the parcours and the protagonists for 2016.
Photog’s View: Photographer Wei Yuet Wong was hard at work on the cobbled roads of Paris-Roubaix last Sunday and has sent in his first Classic 'Photog's View' for the 2016 season. From his early start in Belgium to his dusty finish in the velodrome, via Compiègne he captures all the action from L'enfer du Nord.
Race Report: How many superlatives can you use to describe this race? Stunning? Incredible? Outstanding? Greatest Ever? For Australian Matthew Hayman you only need one - victorious. The 2016 Paris-Roubaix was open to many possible winners, but no one would have tipped the man from down-under to swoop in for the win.
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The Hilly cobbles of Flanders are behind us and now we look forward to the flat, murderous pavé of Northern France and the Queen of the Classics - Paris-Roubaix. Ed Hood gives us the benefit of his depth of Roubaix knowledge and takes us through the history, the course and the stars from the past and present.