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BY AUTHOR Mark McGhee


Wednesday April 19, 2017
Race Report: It all came down to timing, and Alejandro Valverde showed that he’s had plenty of practice when it comes to attacking on the Mur de Huy. Leaving his opponents floundering in his wake he easily won the slow-motion sprint as he sensed victory in the 2017 race, and a record-breaking 5th time at that.
Thursday September 8, 2016
Race Report: Magnus Cort Nielsen timed it beautifully to win the bunch sprint and his first Grand Tour stage, and the third of this race for his Orica-Bike-Exchange team, while the, the main men (and most of the race in fact) played it cool today and hid in the bunch.
Monday September 5, 2016
Race Report: It was always destined to be a sprint finish in the coastal town of Peñiscola and once the obligatory breakaway had been reeled in it came down to a fight between the sprint teams. Danniele Bennati almost outfoxed the whole race but he was overhauled with 200m to run and 'Jempy' Drucker came shooting past.
Saturday September 3, 2016
Race Report: It was a day full of action and one that didn’t disappoint as Robert Gesink won his team’s first stage in this year’s Vuelta atop the famous Col d’Aubisque. Not far behind, Simon Yates had seen his team put a super plan into action and he came close to outsmarting everyone else on the day. As it was, he rode himself into a podium position in the general classification.
Thursday September 1, 2016
Race Report: With Astana, Trek-Segafredo, Team Sky and Movistar all using up precious energy, the day almost went to a brave lone attack from Dries Devenyns. Like so many times before, it was not to be and it came down to a sprint finish taken in fine style by Jens Keukeleire. The man from Bruges hit the front and held the others all the way to the line.
Sunday August 28, 2016
Race Report: David De La Cruz (Etixx - Quick-Step) rode a superbly tactical race and attacked with 700 meters to the line to take both the stage win above Oviedo and the race lead before the fearsome Covodonga tomorrow.
Saturday July 23, 2016
Race Report: It was a day that should have been about the climbs but in the end it came down to who could go down hill the quickest and Movistar’s Ion Izagirre proved to be the very best, giving the Spanish their first stage victory in this year’s tour.
Saturday July 16, 2016
Mark Cavendish came out of Marcel Kittel’s slipstream and powered his way around the big German to take his 4th stage victory in this year’s Tour. The Etixx-Quickstep rider wasn’t best pleased but the sprint was judged to be fair and Cavendish will now hope to stay on with the race and win in Paris.
Saturday July 9, 2016
Chris Froome took over the race lead with a sneak attack at the summit of the Col de Peyresourde, stunning his rivals as he road away on the descent to Luchon, for a most unexpected solo win, and gaining some valuable seconds ahead of Sunday's huge stage.
Thursday July 7, 2016
Race Report: Looking and looking for Cavendish, the diminutive Manxman popped out at the last moment and drag-raced Kittel to the finish, taking his third stage of this Tour, his 29th overall and promptly dedicating the win to his new niece. Into a fantastic third spot ahead of such names as Kristoff was Dan McLay and he must surely be a name for future glory.
Sunday May 29, 2016
Torino - Italy - wielrennen - cycling - radsport - cyclisme - Giacomo Nizzolo (Trek - Segafredo) - Sacha Modolo (Lampre - Merida) - Nikias Arndt (Giant - Alpecin) pictured during stage 21 of the 99th Giro d’Italia 2016 from Cuneo to Torino 163 km - foto DB/RB/Cor Vos © 2016
Race Report: It was a damp start to the final stage of the 99th Giro but, despite several crashes, it was a red-hot sprint that saw the man already in Red finally get the win to go with the jersey - Nizzolo. And then, after the celebrations it was announced that he’d been disqualified!
Saturday May 28, 2016
GIRO'16 St.20 Race Report: Vincenzo Nibali staged one of cycling's biggest comebacks on this penultimate day, attacking race leader Esteban Chavez inside 20km to take a commanding lead as the race is all but over.
Friday May 27, 2016
Race Report: Stage 19 was a day of high mountains and high drama as the race passed over the Cima Coppi. Unable to lose Kruijswijk on the climb, it was an unfortunate crash on the descent that saw the Dutchman chasing and losing time all the way into France. Nibali could smell victory for both the stage and the overall and set about re-establishing his enviable reputation as a Grand Tour winner!
Thursday May 26, 2016
Pinerolo - Italy - wielrennen - cycling - radsport - cyclisme - Matteo Trentin (Etixx - Quick Step) - Moreno Moser (Cannondale) - Gianluca Brambilla (Etixx - Quick Step) pictured during stage 18 of the 99th Giro d’Italia 2016 from Muggio to Pinerolo 244 km - foto LB/RB/Cor Vos © 2016
Race Report: Stage 18 of the Giro d'Italia was a day for the breakaway and it looked like a two-way battle for the win as they came to the line. One rider had read a different script though and Matteo Trentin ambushed the lead pair just before the line to take a beautiful win ahead of two days in the Alps. Gianluca Brambilla had seen him coming and was just as happy to see his teammate take the win!
Wednesday May 25, 2016
Race Report: It was a day when you could have been forgiven for taking a nap for the better part of the stage, only waking in time for the final 15kms and you wouldn’t really have missed much. In the end; Roger Kluge pulled a surprise win over the sprinters.
Tuesday May 24, 2016
Race Report: Final week and the big guns were ready to sound but after a superfast stage the only one to fire was the Green Bullet as Alejandro Valverde took his first Giro stage win. Steven Kruijswijk had been forecast to lose time to the favorites but it turned out to be the other way around as he put time into everyone else. Big loser of the day was Nibali but Chaves and Majka suffered too.
Saturday May 14, 2016
Race Report: It started as a difficult breakaway but Luca Brambilla and his Etixx-QuickStep team read the race perfectly and ended with both the stage win and the overall. An Italian leading the Giro d’ Italia and winning in the historic city of Arezzo. It doesn’t get much better for the tifosi as Brambilla wins his first ever Grand Tour stage and takes the jersey into the bargain.
Saturday March 5, 2016
On a day when World Champions and former winners came to the fore it was the two-time victor Fabian Cancellara who proved the strongest, and won himself a named sector of this race through the beautiful Tuscan countryside. Challenge came from Etixx-Quickstep pairing of Zdenek Stybar and Gianluca Brambilla while Peter Sagan payed for his efforts on the final run-in.
Friday September 11, 2015
Race Report: It was a case of two races on the road today and one of the most attacking men of this Vuelta - Alexis Gougeard (Ag2r) finally played it perfectly and took a superb win into the ancient city of Ávila.  In the overall Movistar tried- and failed - to break the will of Tom Dumoulin as they headed towards the cobbled climb into the stage finish.
Wednesday September 2, 2015
Race Report: On a horrendously hard stage, it was a Spaniard who took the win but the big news was that his team leader had made the move of the race and would take the overall. Mikel Landa finished with a well-earned victory; Fabio Aru wrestled the Red Jersey from Dumoulin while Chris Froome suffered horribly having crashed.