Tag: Zdenek Stybar

Velodrome Mind Games, Sorry Sagan and Boonen’s Goodbye

It the end it wasn’t to be for Tom Boonen. The stars aligned a week before for Philip Gilbert but Roubaix posed too many obstacles for Quick-Step to mastermind his perfect finale. It would be Greg Van Avermaet who finished the two velodrome laps first, returning from an early deficit to drag a small group

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Five reasons Strade Bianche is a wonderful race

Strade Bianche is back and this time it’s on the World Tour. Here are five reasons why it deserves to be acknowledged as one of the best races on the calendar. 1. The white gravel roads, obviously. When the Colle Delle Finestre popped up in the 2005 Giro d’Italia we were given a taste of

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Five of the best… Races You Haven’t Been Watching

The number of cycling races organized seems to grow each year. Alongside the UCI World Tour there are the tours of Europe, Asia, Africa and America and the growth of the sport has gone hand in hand with increased popularity and media attention. The inauguration of new races has been highly successful but some older,

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Goodbye Cobbles, Hello Liege

Following John Degenkolb’s magnificent win at Paris-Roubaix the World Tour bid farewell to the cobbles and will soon return to Belgium for the next Monument. Liège-Bastogne-Liège takes place this Sunday but is preceded on Wednesday by the other Ardennes classic; La Fleche Wallonne. The two races, once held on consecutive days, offer hillier routes than the

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Paris-Roubaix: L’enfer du Nord

It is around this time every year that Paris-Roubaix arrives. It’s one of the races that riders will circle in their diaries or in the case of Bradley Wiggins this year- the only race. It’s a race so expansive in history that it carries an aura that the other Monuments can’t quite match. They may

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Tour of Flanders Preview

Tomorrow morning 238 riders will start the 99th Tour of Flanders, or Ronde Van Vlaanderen to give the race its proper, untranslated name. The race is the second Monument of the year and the first on the cobbles of Belgium. Unlike Paris-Roubaix the cobbles and race length provide only half the challenge with hilly sections also

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Catalunya, E3 and Wevelgem: Thomas impresses on the cobbles

Chris Froome, returning from illness, may have gone to Volta a Catalunya as team leader but it was team-mate Richie Porte who underlined his fantastic start to the season with another World Tour win. The first Girona climbs confirmed Froome was just riding for fitness and when Porte was given the chance to lead he showed strong legs

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