The Moment The Race Was Won : Milan-Sanremo

March 19, 2016

In a race that’s always uncertain this was a vintage finish with attacks over the Poggio, moves on the descent and more attacks on the way into Sanremo. Even the sprint finish was uncertain after Fernando Gaviria crashed and Nacer Bouhanni’s chain jumped with 150m to go. It left the way open for Arnaud Démare […]

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Milan-Sanremo Preview

March 18, 2016

The first Monument of the year, this Saturday’s Milan-Sanremo is all about the tense finish, the paradox of the longest race of the year that’s often decided in the final metres and one of the rare one day races where grand tour contenders and sprinters can each stake their claim. Who will keep their nerve?

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Roads to Ride: The Cipressa

March 18, 2016

Part of Milan-Sanremo’s ultimate double-act, the Cipressa could be seen as inconsequential climb for the way no rider has managed to launch a winning move here for 20 years. However is is much the harder of the two climbs and if it doesn’t pick the winner, it makes for plenty of losers who must race […]

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The Sanremo Paradox

March 16, 2016

Greg Van Avermaet attacks on the Poggio as the others watch, including eventual race winner John Degenkolb. The photo doesn’t do the action justice because if you’ve been watching on TV this is a moment of almost unbearable tension. Milan-Sanremo is the longest race on the pro calendar yet it’s so often dependent on events […]

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Calendar News

March 15, 2016

Milan-Sanremo is this Saturday and hopefully you’ve got it as a date in your diary. Only some loyal readers may not because when this site put the 2016 pro cycling calendar online last October Milan-Sanremo was left off by mistake. Subscribers need not worry but if you downloaded the file it’s worth getting the updated […]

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The Moment The Race Was Won: Paris-Nice

March 14, 2016

Geraint Thomas crosses the finish line in Nice. It was only at this moment that the result became clear to spectators as the clock on the gantry showed only a few seconds had elapsed since Alberto Contador had crossed the line. Thomas appears to be smiling above but it wasn’t until he’d come to a […]

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Paris-Nice Stage 7 Preview

March 13, 2016

Some stage races end with a victory parade. Today’s got a hilly fast stage of just 134km featuring the Côte de Peille that cracked Michał Kwiatkowski last year and then the Col d’Eze. Geraint Thomas leads the race but faces a stressful day in ambush country with 10 riders within a minute of his yellow […]

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Paris-Nice Stage 6 Preview

March 12, 2016

Today’s the day, the most anticipated stage of the Paris-Nice with several climbs and a summit finish. It’s not the fiercest mountain stage by a long way but currently there are 30 riders within a minute of race leader Michael Matthews and the overall classification is going to get shaken up. Can Matthews hold on […]

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Shop and Support

March 11, 2016

Enjoying the regular race previews? Want to support the work that goes into them or just fancy some new cycling kit for spring that helps out? Either way it’s time to rattle the collection tin here once again. A reminder that supporter jerseys, caps and socks are available from UK shop Prendas Ciclismo. The price […]

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Paris-Nice Stage 5 Preview

March 11, 2016

Mont Ventoux dominates the profile and the imagination but it’s very unlikely to pick the winner today. Instead the route gradually levels out and the ensuing climbs are more decisive, including one with a hidden 20% section before the flat and windy run to the finish.

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