A low rumbling from Italy - The Giro is coming

As the one-day stars are wrapping up the last week of spring classics there is a faint rustle of activity in the south of Europe as the mighty Giro monster is slowly waking up. No wonder everyone...

Eureka! We have our Ronde van Vlaanderen course

After some tinkering the Flanders Classics organizers have found a format they are happy with. The Ronde parcours we saw this year will be the basic formula for the years to come. Muur van...

Longer, faster, harder, Gent-Wevelgem

Sure there's two days between E3 and Gent-Wevelgem but this is the hangover-race from the big Friday party. There's no arguing that they've built a quality week with Dwars, E3 and G-W and the whole...

Kristoff crushes the bigs in Sanremo

It was a race that ended in a sprint between all the big-name sprinters and yet they all got taken to the cleaners by the Norwegian sprinter/classics hardman. A tough race in the rain claimed it's...

\O/ It's the Primavera favorites

It's the eve of Milano-Sanremo. Not much to add at this point, we all want to get on with the first Monument of the year. Just time left to rank the favorites. Agree , disagree? This is the time to...

Friday night in Sanremo: Phinney out and more

On the eve of Primavera weekend and all is quiet. Well not exactly quiet as teams and riders close in on the first rally big tet of the year. For Italians this race is a huge deal even if they...

A different kind of Primavera

First it was this one thing, then they decided to make it into another thing but then all this stuff happened and it turns out it's going to be this whole other third thing that no one saw coming .

Tirreno... and then what?

The first big test of the Italian season is over and it was an old acquaintance who re-emerged looking like his old self. We had a few days of fun racing at Tirreno-Adriatico with a few standout...


Breakthrough sprint for Matteo Pelucchi?

Sometimes we see supersprints that herald the arrival of a great new sprinters. A few years ago a sprint win right here in Tirreno was the start point for a few seasons of top results for Tyler...

Stars, stars, stars at Tirreno-Adriatico

Some of the busiest days of the season are ahead of us. Paris-Nice is already underway and starting Wednesday we have parallel races going on as Italy's second biggest stage race starts off with a...


Strade Bianche in images

All photos by Bryn Lennon - Velo/Getty Images

Italian Weekend Adventures

Belgium had it's big opening weekend last week and now it's time for the spring to arrive in Italy. True their season has already kicked off with the traditional Laigueglia but the combo of Strade...

Stannard gets his just reward

In a hard-fought Omloop Het Nieuwsblad in typical wet and miserable Flandrian conditions Ian Stannard got Team Sky off to a great start to the classics season by outsprinting a frozen and exhausted Greg van Avermaet for the win.

Omloop winner and Kuurne, don't forget Kuurne!

Tomorrow is D-Day. Or O-Day, perhaps? Omloop Day. Omloop Het Nieuwsblad. Omloop Het Volk Day if you're a conservative curmudgeon. Gent-Gent Day if you're an anti-commercialism hipster. Either way,...


Richmond 2015 Worlds Parcours Announced

down and dirty of the route TTT: From Rocketts Landing onto Route 5, through Battlefield Park, thru Shockoe Bottom, past the Capital, with end at Convention Ctr.ITT, except Men: Convention Ctr...

New Milano-Sanremo course in limbo

Course makeover in jeopardy as poor road conditions force organizers to reconsider the introduction of the Pompeiana climb.

Now the Vuelta a España is adding a women's race

Unipublic director is planning a women's race alongside the men's final stage in 2015


Really, there's nothing we'd rather do in the first days of the 2014 season than start the transfer rumors for 2015. But this one should be a fun one to follow. The season is likely to be dominated...

Paris-Nice, Sans The Chronos?

The route for Paris-Nice was announced this week. As a surprising turn of events, there is nary a single time trial kilometer in the route.

First impressions

The season is four stages old, we still have 10 days to go before there is any racing on european soil, but there are already some intriguing stories.

End of the long road: Ballan banned for 2 years

After endless back and forth about the info that came out of the Mantua doping case that was mainly centered around the Lampre team, CONI have finally come to a conclusion. Alessandro Ballan is...


5 Freshmen to Watch in 2014

A.K.A. 5 Neo-Pros to get your hopes up about and pick for VDS and then bang your head against the wall when they finish 2 spots out of the points and then eventually grumble about why you even...

Good news! No sanctions for Giro Toscana protest

The Italian Cycling Federation has ruled there's no case to be made after most of the peloton refused to race the final stage of the 2013 Giro della Toscana

Offseason Capsule: Argos-Shimano. They're nice.

At every party there's that nice guy that everyone really likes. He's not the life of the party, he's not the greatest dancer, he doesn't go home with the hottest girl and neither is he the guy...

Team Capsule: Dominant OmegaPharma, still hungry

Doing writeups on the Lefevere team used to be so easy. Just watch the races from Omloop through Roubaix, sum up the wins , more than 4 was a vintage year, less than two was a dud. Then politely...

Will riders face court over Giro Toscana protest?

Last month's Giro Toscana ended in chaos, as riders and teams refused to race the final stage in protest over serious safety concerns. Now the race organiser has asked the Italian Cycling Federation to discipline them, & is threatening prosecution

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