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BY AUTHOR Sam Larner

Sunday May 19, 2019
Race Report: Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) dominated the final climb to hammer nails into the coffin of all of his rivals. For much of the route it looked like the GC contenders would all finish within a minute or so of one another, but Roglic set the stage alight on the final climb. A plucky ride by Valerio Conti (UAE Team Emirates) kept him in the pink jersey.
Sunday April 7, 2019
Race Report: Alberto Bettiol was the first to the top of the final ascent of the Oude Kwaremont and he kept his attack going all the way to the line. A high calibre group followed him home but a lack of cohesion ended their efforts. Over six hours of 'full gas' action gave the Italian his first win as a pro.
Sunday March 31, 2019
Race Report: Alexandr Kristoff (UAE Team Emirates) took a wonderful Gent-Wevelgem victory after an incredibly hard day's racing. What chance a Flanders victory for the Norwegian now? Losers of the day: Deceuninck - Quick-Step, the Belgian team worked so hard they had nothing left for the sprint.
Sunday September 30, 2018
Men's Elite Road Race: Alejandro Valverde finally claimed his first World Championships at 38 years of age after a fantastic race in Austria which turned into one of the best day's of racing of the whole year. Canada's Michael Woods set the finalé on fire with Romain Bardet (France), but it was the man from Spain who swooped to the victory.
Friday September 14, 2018
Stage Report: Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) won again at the Vuelta as he profited from Simon Yates' work to go clear at the top. The Brit in the Mitchelton-Scott team put another few nails in the GC coffin and now sits 1:38 ahead of a struggling Alejandro Valverde (Movistar). Still one big day to go...
Sunday September 9, 2018
Stage Report: Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) made major strides back up the overall classification with a wonderful stage victory on the Lagos de Covadonga. Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) was able to cover every acceleration though and he heads into the final week still in red and looking like one of the strongest riders in the race.
Friday September 7, 2018
Stage Report: Oscar Rodriguez (Euskadi Basque Country-Murias) was the surprise winner of the day as he paced the final climb perfectly to beat everyone else. Jesus Herrada (Cofidis) lost touch early on but he kept his red jersey as Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) and Nairo Quintana (Movistar) won the battle of the GC contenders.
Sunday September 2, 2018
Stage Report: Ben King (Dimension Data) took another stage win on another mountain top finish as Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo) again had to settle for a valiant second place. The GC contest never really took off but Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) lost seconds and Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) didn't, leaving the Brit in red.
Tuesday August 28, 2018
Stage Report: Ben King took Dimension Data's sixth win of the season as he out-duelled Nikita Stalnov of Astana on the long run to the finish. The GC contenders emerged into the race and the big winner was Emanuel Buchmann of Bora-Hansgrohe who closed to within seven seconds of race leader Michal Kwiatkowski (Sky), the Pole retained his jersey.
Wednesday August 1, 2018
The PEZ TOUR Awards: Every big event has an award ceremony and so we can't let the 2018 Tour de France pass by without 'The PEZ Tour'18 Alternative Awards' by Sam Larner. Sam assures us he didn't miss one pedal stroke of the Grand Boucle this year and so is in the perfect position to be the Grand Master of Ceremonies.
Wednesday July 25, 2018
Stage Report: Nairo Quintana (Movistar) took a wonderful victory on the short and punchy stage 17 of the Tour de France as he distanced everyone to take the first every victory at the Col du Portet. Chris Froome was distanced as Sky had the decision of who is their leader taken out of their hands as Geraint Thomas took time from everyone.
Wednesday July 25, 2018
Sam Larner has been following Mark Cavendish for many a year and takes a look at the Manx-man's career as 'Cav' rode his way out of the 2018 Tour de France. Another rider who also left the French Grand Tour, but by the back-door, was Gianni Moscon. Is there any similarity between the two? No, none whatsoever.
Wednesday July 11, 2018
Stage Report: Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) might well have designed this stage, it was perfect for him and it's not a surprise that he stormed to victory at the finish. Sonny Colbrelli (Bahrain-Merida) was close, but not close enough for victory. Greg Van Avermaet (BMC) still holds the yellow jersey.
Saturday July 7, 2018
Stage Report: Fernando Gaviria took the first stage win of the 2018 Tour de France and with it, the yellow and white jerseys. As impressive as the Colombian was, the real drama was behind where GC contenders littered the roads. Both Froome and Quintana lost time as the GC race was blown wide open.
Monday May 28, 2018
Giro'18 Race Review: Chris Froome swept to the final victory of the 2018 Giro d'Italia with a formidable ride in the Alpine climbs of stage 19. From a bad start the team Sky multi Grand Tour winner played a waiting game before throwing down the gauntlet for the win. Sam Larner looks back over the three weeks of ever changing race action.
Friday May 25, 2018
Race Report: Chris Froome turned his disappointing Giro into a stunning stage win and the pink jersey after an amazing effort in the mountains. The Kenyan born Sky rider set off on a 80 kilometer ride into the pink jersey with a lead of 40 seconds over Tom Dumoulin (Sunweb). Simon Yates... Still out on the course!
Thursday May 24, 2018
Race Report: Maximilian Schachmann (Quick-Step Floors) won from a breakaway on stage 18 to Prato Nevoso. Ruben Plaza (Israel Cycling Academy) and Mattia Cattaneo (Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec) finished second and third. Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) defended his overall lead, although he lost time to all his rivals and now has 28 seconds over Tom Dumoulin (Sunweb).
Monday May 21, 2018
Giro d'Italia Rest Day: As the Giro riders take it easy before the crucial 34.2 kilometer stage 16 time trial between Trento and Rovereto, Sam Larner looks back at the previous two weeks and forward to the exceptionally hard final days to Rome. Will the test against the clock be decisive or will the mountains clinch the 2018 Italian Grand Tour?
Wednesday May 16, 2018
Race Report: Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) took another Giro stage win after a brutal, but short, stage to Osimo. The steep finale brought the GC contenders to the fore and Chris Froome (Sky) was once again found out. The big question is: Does Yates have enough time in hand over Tom Dumoulin (Sunweb).
Sunday May 13, 2018
Race Report: Simon Yates is in a different class at the moment and he capped a perfect first week with a stage win. It's been a horror week for Froome and he lost a huge amount of time after being dropped inside the final 2km. Does Yates have enough time on Tom Dumoulin before the big TT and that super hard final week?