Sebastian Langevelde broke clear from the field at the Het Niewsblad (formerly Het Volk)with over 50k left in the race before being joined by defending champion Juan Antonio Flecha with under 10k remaining. As in 2010 Flecha seemed in the driver's seat, against a tired opponent who had been away and in the wind on his own for a long time. Using a similar approach to his 2010 winning ride, Flecha tried to detach Langevelde from his wheel with about 5k remaining. Langevelde held on though and was able to hold Flecha off at the line to take his biggest win to date.
Saturday, February 26, 2011
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Friday, February 25, 2011
This is how sad the professional cycling scene has become. When a young rider wins a ton of races in dominant fashion, the first thought that creeps into the mind of a fan is whether that athlete is clean. Young 21 year old Peter Sagan has been absolutely scintillating thus far in the 2011 season, and looks ready to easily surpass what was a stellar 2010 campaign.
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Ask any big cycling fan and they'll tell you the same thing: the true beginning of each cycling season comes at the end of February at Belgium's one day semi-classic Omloop Het Niewsblad. The Niewsblad (formerly known as Het Volk), is the first of the spring cobbled classics and holds bigger prestige than any race that comes before it on the International calendar.
Sunday, February 20, 2011
Bjarne Riis made it look pretty easy last year didn't he? With virtually the same group (less powerful on paper in fact) as the present day Leopard-Trek team, Bjarne Riis had his riders charged and ready to head into the meat of the northern classics season with a handful of wins under their belt. When the season finished, they were clearly the best in pro cycling, at least at the biggest races.
Thursday, February 17, 2011
Somewhere in Spain Andre "Gorilla" Greipel is punching a wall. Despite a complete lack of form and results from Mark Cavendish, the HTC monster continues to devour podiums, as the team has notched multiple stage wins in a variety of races across the globe. Cavendish will clearly get his wins later in the year, but right now it is his teammates that are storming to victory day in and day out.
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
What the hell is happening in professional cycling? Alberto Contador gets cleared by his own federation after they do an about-face on their sanctioning plan. Ridiculous. And a very dangerous precedent. Basically the RFFC is saying that because the levels of Clenbuterol were so low, the test is invalid.
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
It's still very early in the cycling season, but already there are riders who seem ahead of schedule while others seem to be well behind in their season preparations. Some have legitimate excuses, while others simply look as tough they took it a bit too easy during the off season. Some observations below about key riders in the professional peloton.
Wednesday, February 2, 2011
The hits just keep on coming from Floyd Landis. In an exhaustive interview with Paul Kimmage, Landis expounds on his decision to dope to win the 2006 Tour de France and makes other extraordinary claims regarding doping in the International peloton. Just when you thought Landis had nothing left to tell, the Kimmage transcript emerges.
Tuesday, February 1, 2011
Although the 2011 cycling season "officially" begins in January, it is not until February that we are treated to the first big European races. Typically run in poor weather, these early season races mark the true start of the pro cycling season as riders try to combine their season preparation with the desire to chase results.