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Greipel shrugs off Abu Dhabi Tour defeat ahead of Paris-Nice

Andre Greipel (Lotto Soudal) shrugged off any disappointment at the Abu Dhabi Tour despite missing out on a stage win. The German sprinter came into the race in hot form after winning at the Challenge Mallorca, backing that up with a stage and the Green jersey at the Volta ao Algarve. However in the hotly contested sprints in Abu Dhabi the 34-year-old came up short with a second...
Via Cycling News
5 hours ago  |  Discuss

Quintana: Disc brakes are heavier, less aero, and dangerous

Nairo Quintana has weighed into the great disc brake debate, stating his opposition to the technology, which he sees as dangerous, noisy, unnecessary and counterproductive. The Colombian, a winner of the Giro d'Italia and Vuelta a Espana, sat down with a small group of journalists, including Cyclingnews, ahead of the final stage of the Abu Dhabi Tour, and was inevitably asked for...
Via Cycling News
14 hours ago  |  Discuss

Rui Costa continues flying start to 2017 with Abu Dhabi Tour title

Rui Costa (UAE Team Emirates) is back. The former world champion never really went away, but it’s fair to say that he lost his winning touch since pulling on the rainbow stripes. He won four races in the three seasons that followed Florence in 2013 – with none last year – but he has now almost matched that tally in the space of two months with a blistering start to the 2017...
Via Cycling News
23 hours ago  |  Discuss

Boonen ruled out of Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne by stomach problems

Tom Boonen will not start Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne due to illness. His Quick-Step Floors team announced the news via Twitter shortly before the start of Sunday’s race. The Belgian is due to return to action at Tirreno-Adriatico, which gets underway on March 8. “Unfortunately, @tomboonen1 won't start #KBK due to stomach problems. Have a fast recovery, Tom, and see you in #Tirreno...
Via Cycling News
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Kristoff takes aim at Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne after Omloop crash

Alexander Kristoff was a forlorn sight at the bottom of a pile-up in the lead-in to the Taaienberg during Saturday’s Omloop Het Nieuwsblad. Despite the incident, his Katusha-Alpecin team is confident that he can still lead them at Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne, where he has finished second in each of the past two seasons.  The Norwegian had to be picked off the ground by his directeur...
Via Cycling News
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Felline impresses with fourth at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad

As Greg Van Avermaet, Peter Sagan and Sep Vanmarcke took the plaudits, Fabio Felline quietly rode himself into an impressive fourth place at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad. The Trek-Segafredo rider, who had been working for teammate Jasper Stuyven, was in the chasing group behind the leading trio and struck out on the final stretch to the line to finish just off the podium. His fourth place...
Via Cycling News
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Quintana frustrated as big names watch each other on Jebel Hafeet

When Nairo Quintana (Movistar) emerged from his saddle and accelerated just over a kilometre into the Jebel Hafeet climb, it seemed like the hotly anticipated showdown between the stellar array of GC riders at the Abu Dhabi Tour would indeed be served up. In the end it, simmered but never quite came to the boil as Rui Costa (UAE Team Emirates) and Ilnur Zakarin (Katusha-Alpecin...
Via Cycling News
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Omloop Het Nieuwsblad highlights - Video

BMC's Greg Van Avermaet took a second straight Omloop Het Nieuwsblad victory Saturday in Ghent, defending his title ahead of Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) and Sep Vanmarcke (Cannondale-Drapac) after the trio found themselves in a small lead group late in the race and then dispatched several others from the group. A six-man breakaway worked up a hefty advantage in the early goings...
Via Cycling News
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Van Avermaet: 'I was the smartest rider rather than the strongest'

For the second year in a row, Olympic champion Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing) won the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad. The 31-year-old Belgian beat world champion Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) and Sep Vanmarcke (Cannondale-Drapac) in a slightly uphill sprint at the twisting Emile Claus Boulevard in Ghent. After the race, Van Avermaet admitted that he wasn't the strongest rider in the Omloop...
Via Cycling News
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Crashes ruin Boonen's final tilt at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad

Tom Boonen’s final attempt to win Omloop Het Nieuwsblad ended in disappointment after minor crashes took him out of contention to fill one of the few gaps left on his extensive palmarès. The Quick-Step Floors rider found himself chasing a lost cause, and opted to leave the race and step into a team car that was being driven by his father. “It’s the first time I climbed in...
Via Cycling News
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Roche: Team Sky and BMC only have minor differences

Nicolas Roche has found a happy medium and won’t have to reinvent himself at new team BMC Racing this season. The Irish national road champion has forged a career as a dynamic rider, with BMC his sixth professional team since turning professional in 2004. “I’ve been through every single phase, from leading out sprints with Thor Hushovd, to riding in the mountains on my own...
Via Cycling News
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Tom Boonen to use custom Specialized Venge disc bike in Omloop - Gallery

Amid the ongoing polemics over use of disc brakes in the pro peloton, including teammate Marcel Kittel's decision to forgo his own disc machine after possibly injuring another rider in a crash at the Abu Dhabi Tour on Thursday, Tom Boonen stepped forward to unveil his new 'Limited Edition' Specialized Venge disc bike Friday at the Quick-Step Floors press conference ahead of Belgium...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Van Avermaet: Boonen is as strong as I've seen him in years

Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing) says that his compatriot and Classics rival Tom Boonen (Quick-Step Floors) is in as good a shape as he has been for years during the spring. Boonen is set to retire at the end of this season’s cobbled campaign in April, and Van Avermaet believes that the three-time Tour of Flanders winner will be a tough competitor over the coming weeks. "It’s...
Via Cycling News
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Sagan evasive about his form before Omloop Het Nieuwsblad

Peter Sagan played down his chances of victory at Saturday’s Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, suggesting he is in Belgium to get a taste of racing on the cobbles before the more important spring Classics in late March and April. The world champion was sporting a hipster-like beard but jokingly admitted it was about to be shaved off. Sagan only turned serious when he was asked about the...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Cavendish: Ewan was the strongest today

Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data) said he finally understood why his rivals find it so difficult to come off his wheel in sprint finishes, as he failed to make any real inroads once emerging from the diminutive slipstream of Caleb Ewan (Orica-Scott) during stage 2 of the Abu Dhabi Tour. "I’ve never sprinted off Caleb before, and I can understand why it’s hard for people to sit...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Chris Froome: Disc brake debate shows riders are not being heard

Tour de France winner Chris Froome has called on the CPA riders association and the UCI to resolve the safety concerns over disc brakes in the peloton. Froome was speaking after his Team Sky  teammate Owain Doull claimed that he was lucky to escape serious injury in a fall at the Abu Dhabi Tour. The Welshman believed that the disc rotor on Marcel Kittel’s Quick-Step Floors Specialized...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Lance Armstrong faces November trial in $100 million lawsuit

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) Lance Armstrong's $100 million legal fight with the federal government has been set for a November trial. U.S. District Judge Christopher Cooper on Thursday set a Nov. 6 trial start in Washington. Armstrong's legal team had asked to postpone trial until 2018 because of a potential scheduling conflict. The government wants Armstrong to pay back the $32 million...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Cavendish praises Dimension Data teamwork as he lands first win of 2017

Mark Cavendish said the psychological importance of landing his first victory of the season, and of triumphing over a stellar array of sprinters, paled into insignificance compared to the pride he took in the work of his teammates on the opening stage of the Abu Dhabi Tour. The Dimension Data sprinter picked up where he left off on Thursday, claiming his first win of the campaign...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Abu Dhabi: Contador and Mollema crash, call sprint teams out for dangerous riding

The sprint stages of the Abu Dhabi Tour weren’t meant to be of much consequence to the Trek-Segafredo team, who are instead waiting patiently for the GC showdown on stage 3, but Alberto Contador and his teammates found themselves in full train formation in the closing phases of the opening stage. They weren’t winding it up at the head of the race, but frantically trying to rejoin...
Via Cycling News
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Date set for Lance Armstrong 'whistleblower' lawsuit

A district court judge has denied Lance Armstrong’s request for a delay in the US government's False Claims Act suit against him and former US Postal Service team owners Tailwind Sports, setting the trial date for November 6 in Washington, D.C. The government alleges that Armstrong defrauded the USPS by "actively concealing the team's violations of the agreements' anti-doping...
Via Cycling News
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Abu Dhabi Tour stage 1 highlights - Video

Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data) notched up his first victory of the season with a sprint win over André Greipel (Lotto-Soudal) on stage 1 of the Abu Dhabi Tour. Cavendish avoided a crash in the run-up to the flamme rouge barrier – a crash that brought down Marcel Kittel (Quick-Step Floors) and Caleb Ewan (Orica-Scott) – and his Dimension Data teammates dropped him off with...
Via Cycling News
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Quintana and Contador set to clash at Abu Dhabi Tour

Results aren’t always the priority for general classification riders at this stage in the season, and sure enough all of the big names at the Abu Dhabi Tour, gathered at a pre-race press conference on Wednesday, said they were most interested in seeing how they’re shaping up in comparison with their rivals. And there’s no shortage of yardsticks here in the Middle East. The...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

Yates twins ready for Giro-Vuelta double challenge

While some British cycling fans maybe disappointed not to see Adam and Simon Yates at this year’s Tour de France, the twin brothers are happy to follow a more carefully planned career trajectory that sees them ride the Giro d’Italia and Vuelta a Espana in 2017 as they continue to develop and hone their Grand Tour ability. Adam and Simon, who will turn 25 on August 7, have been...
Via Cycling News
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Cavendish, Kittel, Ewan and Greipel offer mouth-watering sprint showdown at Abu Dhabi Tour

The Abu Dhabi Tour held its pre-race press conference on Wednesday and such is the depth of talent in the field for the new WorldTour race, two banks of tables were needed to accommodate those considered the 14 'top riders'. As Mark Cavendish, sat dead central, put it: "You don’t even see this in Grand Tours anymore." General classification favourites for this year’s Giro d’Italia...
Via Cycling News
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Boonen 'can't wait' for final Omloop Het Nieuwsblad

Tom Boonen has said he "can’t wait" to ride Saturday’s Omloop Het Nieuwsblad as he makes his 2017 Classics debut on the Belgian cobbles.  Omloop Het Nieuwsblad kicks off an intense six weeks for Boonen and is the most important moment of the season for his Quick-Step Floors team. It will no doubt be an emotional farewell with Boonen set to retire in April but results and victories...
Via Cycling News
5 days ago  |  Discuss
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