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  • Amstel preview: Who gets the first beer?

      Cobblestones done, on to the Ardennes. What have we on the favorites menu? Peter Sagan is riding Amstel and without exaggeration, he is hungry for a big win. He got dropped from the front group in Flanders and way dropped from the front group at Paris-Roubaix. His coach insists his form is getting better and better and like I [...]

  • Sagan’s Paris-Roubaix victory falls 15 kilometers short

      Fifteen kilometers from the finish of Paris-Roubaix, it looked like Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe), winner of the 2018 edition of the Hell of the North, had this wrapped up. He was about to defend his title and crown his spring campaign a success. He was the man with the fastest sprint in an elite group of six riders that contained [...]

  • Momma’s boy beats classics hardmen in Flanders

      So much for the big favorites in the Tour of Flanders. Peter Sagan grimaced in absolute pain and looked far too mortal. Greg Van Avermaet simply didn't have the legs to win. Zdenek Stybar was dropped and teammate Bob Jungels could only follow wheels. 2018 winner Nikki Terpstra succumbed to a crash and concussion. Wunderkind Mathieu van der Poel (Corendon-Circus) went [...]

Amstel preview: Who gets the first beer?

  Cobblestones done, on to the Ardennes. What have we on the favorites menu? Peter Sagan is riding Amstel and without exaggeration, he is hungry for a big win. He got dropped from the front group in Flanders and way dropped from the front group at Paris-Roubaix. His coach insists his form is getting better and better and like I [...]

April 18th, 2019|

Sagan’s Paris-Roubaix victory falls 15 kilometers short

  Fifteen kilometers from the finish of Paris-Roubaix, it looked like Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe), winner of the 2018 edition of the Hell of the North, had this wrapped up. He was about to defend his title and crown his spring campaign a success. He was the man with the fastest sprint in an elite group of six riders that contained [...]

April 15th, 2019|

Momma’s boy beats classics hardmen in Flanders

  So much for the big favorites in the Tour of Flanders. Peter Sagan grimaced in absolute pain and looked far too mortal. Greg Van Avermaet simply didn't have the legs to win. Zdenek Stybar was dropped and teammate Bob Jungels could only follow wheels. 2018 winner Nikki Terpstra succumbed to a crash and concussion. Wunderkind Mathieu van der Poel (Corendon-Circus) went [...]

April 8th, 2019|

Preview: Our hard-luck, darkhorse, dreamer Flanders podium

  No, forget Sagan and Van Avermaet and the entire Deceuninck-QuickStep squad. Do we really want to see them win the Tour of Flanders? Terpstra would be nice, Alexander Kristoff would be spicy and those young cyclocross kids Mathieu van der Poel and Wout Van Aert, well, that would be crazy. Those storylines all have a certain level of appeal [...]

April 6th, 2019|

Sagan under the radar before Flanders

  Can a three-time world champion really fly under the radar? Is it really possible that the media buzz isn't on Peter Sagan? That seems to be the case -- a situation that will play in Sagan's favor when he lines up as a former winner of the Tour of Flanders, or as the locals prefer, The Ronde. Cyclocross stars [...]

April 5th, 2019|

Yates, twice as exciting in Catalunya

  What a brother act. The final stage of the not-stop-exciting Volt a Catalunya threw a dramatic climax into what has been a non-stop exciting stage race. After Angel Lopez (Astana) stormed into the lead with a bold attack on the La Molina stage, he took the leader’s jersey from Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) by 14seconds, with Sky’s Egan Bernal 3 [...]

April 1st, 2019|
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