The Rules of the Road Race

March 2, 2016

Can you ride on a bike path during a race? Who is to blame if riders stack up on sharp corner in the final metres of a race? Is it ok to cross a level-crossing if the gates are still open? Some of the rules have changed for 2016 and for all the rest it’s […]

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Team Victory Rankings

February 29, 2016

What do you see in the picture above. Etixx-Quickstep forced to chase after missing the move in the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad? Or the most successful team in the sport so far this year? As February ends some 15% of the season’s race days have been raced. Here’s a look at the victory rankings for teams […]

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Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne Preview

February 28, 2016

“Legends are born here” says the race poster even if Kuurne has seen riders like Chris Sutton, Bobby Traksel and Kevin Van Impe win through in recent years as well as more famous legends like Mark Cavendish, Tom Boonen and Johan Museeuw. Seen as revenge race to correct any mistakes in the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, […]

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The Moment Omloop Het Nieuwsblad Was Won:

February 27, 2016

Luke Rowe and Greg Van Avermaet attacked up the Taaienberg. Normally the climb has been reserved for Tom Boonen but he and his team were absent this time and with over 55km to go the pair went clear with Tiesj Benoot and Peter Sagan joining them over the top of the climb. This was the […]

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Omloop Het Nieuwsblad Preview

February 26, 2016

No suncream. No sand. No sheikhs. No skyscrapers. No seafront esplanades. Welcome to Belgium with its knowledgeable crowds, cold weather, cobbled tracks, betonwegs and muddy landscapes. The Omloop was one of the best races of 2015 and the hard but not harsh course makes an ideal start to the spring classics season.

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The MPCC Exodus

February 24, 2016

Katusha have quit the MPCC grouping of teams, following Orica-Greendge’s departure too. Teams rushed to join this group when they needed the political cover and most bail the moment they have to uphold its strict rules. The exodus is a blow to the group but at the same time the MPCC’s work is almost done […]

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Velon’s Corporate Update

February 23, 2016

Launched with a bold “game changer” headline and a series of co-ordinated press releases, tweets and pre-arranged interviews Velon have announced something. Quite what this means for cycling fans isn’t clear despite the extensive coverage today.

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Belgian Groundhog Day

February 22, 2016

Another classics season approaches and so does another chance to put lessons learned back into use again. Only each time the riders return the scenarios change and if you tried to replay each race the results would vary. The varying conditions and the random elements are an essential part of what makes the cobbled classics […]

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Race Radios For Everyone

February 19, 2016

What’s new this season? With disc brakes almost rare as motors one novelty for 2016 is the general use of race radios across all pro events. Previously reserved for the World Tour, and even threatened with extinction, radios are now in general use across all major pro races, male and female, for example at the […]

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Book Review: Ventoux

February 18, 2016

Ventoux by Bert Wagendorp A big deal in the Netherlands, Ventoux was made into a film and now it’s been translated into English. Good timing with the mountain is set to feature in Paris-Nice and the Tour de France. But is this a cycling book?

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