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Photo: A smiling Philippe Gilbert. © Fotoreporter Sirotti (podiumcafe.com)
Third time for Gilbert, Vanendert, Gerrans on podium. (cyclingnews.com)

April 20, 2014





Photo: Michal Kwiatkowski stayed in the bunch with his OPQS teammates...
Pole takes 5th but rues Valverde's lack of collaboration. (cyclingnews.com)

April 20, 2014




Photo: Philippe Gilbert wins the 2014 Amstel Gold Race .
Philippe Gilbert looks to be back on the form that saw him win the World Championships in 2012. (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

April 20, 2014




2014 Races & Results.
La Flèche Wallonne - April 23 (History),
Liège-Bastogne-Liège - April 27 (History),
Amstel Gold Race - April 20 (Results),
De Brabantse Pijl - April 16 (Results),
Paris-Roubaix - April 13 (Results),
Vuelta Ciclista al Pais Vasco - April 7-12 (Results),
Tour of Flanders - April 6 (Results),
Tour of California - May 11-18 (Stages),
Giro d'Italia - May 9 - June 1 (Stages),
Tour de France - July 5-27 (Stages),
UCI Road World Championship - Sept 20-27 (Stages).

April 20, 2014




Photo: Jelle Vanendert (Lotto Belisol) was second . © Fotoreporter Sirotti
Lotto-Belisol pro already second in Amstel in 2012. (cyclingnews.com)

April 20, 2014




Photo: stiff, light and finely detailed.
BikeRadar verdict: 4 out of 5 stars. "GT’s Sensor surprised testers with its confident control, but it’s gagging for a bit of fork fettling." (bikeradar.com)

April 20, 2014






Photo: Young Elisa Cecchini with the combined jersey. © velopalmares.free.fr
Men's race: Keough, Holloway miss out on catching escapee.
Women's race: Kiesanowski, Powers can't get around Italian in the sprint .

April 19, 2014





April 19, 2014





April 19, 2014




Photo: The race covered 181.5 kilometres on many of the same roads that riders like Sky’s Chris Froome will race next Sunday in the professional version.
Tao Geoghegan Hart only second British rider to appear on under-23 Liege podium in race's history. (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

April 19, 2014




Photo: Roman Kreuziger (Tinkoff-Saxo) was third overall in Tirreno-Adriatico.
Dutch directeur thankful for support from Tinkov. (cyclingnews.com)

April 19, 2014




Photo: Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha) steps onto the stage to receive another Catalunya leader's jersey.
Second in last year’s Liège-Bastogne-Liège despite crashing out of Amstel Gold the Sunday before, 2012 Flèche Wallone winner Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha) says he is in top form for the forthcoming Ardennes Classics. (cyclingnews.com)

April 19, 2014




Photo: One of the biggest visual changes is the dropped drive side chainstay.
The new Open One will be made in Germany using a new layup process and unusual frame details. The result is a frame that comes in as light as 796g for a Large. (bikerumor.com)

April 19, 2014






Photo: Team SmartStop's Travis McCabe took a big win at the Winston-Salem Classic. Photo by Matt Brown, www.336Creative.com.
A pair of American riders, Travis McCabe and Shelly Olds, took victories Friday at the Winston-Salem Cycling Classic in North Carolina. (velonews.com)

April 18, 2014





Photo: Shelley Olds joins Women's Yellow Fluo as Alé-Cipollini squad confirmed for 2014. www.velonation.com
Olds beat Canadian Joelle Numainville (Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies) and Eugenia Bujak of Poland (BTC City Ljubljana) to the line at the end of the 91-kilometer race that comprised eight laps of an 11.5-km circuit. (bicycle.net)

April 18, 2014




Photo: Jade Wilcoxson, of Optum-Kelly Benefit Strategies, will be racing the Winston-Salem Cycling Classic. (Photo © Casey B. Gibson.).
Some of the top professional cyclists from around the globe will be on the start line later this week for the Winston-Salem Cycling Classic in North Carolina. (velonews.com)

April 18, 2014




Photo: Simon Gerrans (Orica-GreenEdge) looking comfortable. © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport
Australian national champion also eyes Liege-Bastogne-Liege. (cyclingnews.com)

April 18, 2014






Photo: Mark Cavendish on the podium after winning stage 6 at Tirreno-Adriatico, the British champion's second win thus far in the 2014 season.
Omega Pharma-Quick Step sprinters opts for the Amgen Tour of California. (cyclingnews.com)

April 18, 2014




Photo: Focus is owned by the large European conglomerate Pon.
"So on one hand, Focus deserves some praise for offering the Izalco Max in seven sizes, but they go down as the only company I’ve encountered that designed a bike around reach and head tube length. I mean, who does that?"

April 18, 2014




Photo: Very low weight, quality groupset and exceptional wheels.
BikeRadar verdict: 5 out of 5 stars. "Frankly, it’s very hard to fault the Rose if you’re prepared to buy a bike online." (bikeradar.com)

April 18, 2014




Photo: a multi-tool based around a long, metal, plastic-tipped tyre lever.
BikeRadar verdict: 3 out of 5 stars. "Great looks and well made but not the most practical tool." (bikeradar.com)

April 18, 2014




Photo: Nacer Bouhanni (FDJ) is all smiles. © tdw
Pelucchi, Chicchi denied in speedy sprint. (cyclingnews.com)

April 17, 2014




Photo: Tejay van Garderen's path to the yellow jersey this summer will go over the cobblestones. Photo: Tim De Waele.
BMC Racing will ride Paris-Roubaix’s pavé Thursday for its Tour de France leader Tejay van Garderen. Nine of the nasty cobble sectors in Northern France will form part of the Tour’s fifth stage July 9. (velonews.com)

April 17, 2014





April 17, 2014





April 17, 2014









Photo: The Amstel Gold Race is a race of repetition...
Today Philippe Gilbert repeated exactly the same move that won him the world championship road race in 2012. On the last time up the Cauberg he attacked hard on the inside of the bend, the steepest part of the climb and immediately distanced everyone else and over the top he had a tailwind to help speed him to the finish line. (inrng.com)

April 20, 2014





Photo: Dan Martin, shown after winning last year Liège-Bastogne-Liège, was forced by knee pain to abandon the 2014 Amstel Gold Race. Photo: BrakeThrough Media | VeloNews.com.
It probably wasn’t the ending Dan Martin expected, this sitting in the door of the bus after abandoning the Amstel Gold Race on Sunday. Martin, after all, is the defending Liège-Bastogne-Liège champ and a lover of these hilly classics. (velonews.com)

April 20, 2014




Photo: Joaquim Rodriguez's Ardennes campaign came to an early conclusion (AAP Images).
Joaquim Rodriguez is in doubt for the rest of the Ardennes Classics after crashing out of the Amstel Gold Race on Sunday. (sbs.com.au)

April 20, 2014




Photo: The FDJ team swept the podium in 2013, with Francis Mourey taking the victory.
Dassonville, Pineau on podium in muddy edition. (cyclingnews.com)

April 20, 2014




Photo: Alberto Contador sits behind teammate Rory Sutherland.
Australian hopes to support Contador in July. (cyclingnews.com)

April 20, 2014




Photo: Katusha teammates Dani Moreno and Joaquim Rodriguez.
Room in Piva’s hotel has had numerous former winners at Amstel, Flèche and Liège. (cyclingnews.com)

April 20, 2014







Photo: Phillipe Gilbert getting ready for the trophy presentation.
Belgian points to Kwiatkowski and Valverde. (cyclingnews.com)

April 19, 2014




Photo: Michal Kwiatkowski will be one of Omega Pharma-QuickStep%u2019s strongest options for the Amstel Gold (AAP).
Omega Pharma-QuickStep’s Michal Kwiatkowski has come into his own over the first four months of 2104 but he remains cautious ahead of Sunday’s Amstel Gold race. (sbs.com.au)

April 19, 2014




Photo: Fränk Schleck is excited to get back in the peloton. © Tim de Waele
After missing the 2013 season because of a doping suspension, Fränk Schleck (Trek Factory Racing) returns to Amstel Gold Race confident that he has prepared adequately but unsure as to what result he can expect on Sunday. (cyclingnews.com)

April 19, 2014




Photo: Davide Rebellin starts his historic triple off by winning the 2004 Amstel Gold Race.
CCC Polsat Polkowice offers Italian up to two more years. (cyclingnews.com)

April 19, 2014




Photo: Astana's Enrico Gasparotto enjoys a winning beer after the 2012 Amstel Gold.
Gasparotto goes for second win in three years, whilst Nibali has freedom of action. (cyclingnews.com)

April 19, 2014




Photo: Marc Sergeant calls the shots on the Lotto team.
Gallopin, Vanendert expected to turn out results (cyclingnews.com).

April 19, 2014






Photo: This is a very different race to the ones we’ve seen in recent weeks. Born in 1966 it is the newest of the spring classics.
Giant crowds, 34 climbs and a brewery as race sponsor, what’s not to like about the Amstel Gold Race? (inrng.com)

April 18, 2014





Photo: Two-time winner Philippe Gilbert is among the favorites for Sunday's Amstel Gold Race. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
The bumps of Belgium are long gone now, and in their stead come the hills of the Dutch Limburg region. To be more precise, there are 34 climbs over the Amstel Gold Race’s 251 kilometers, amounting to more than 13,000 feet of climbing. (velonews.com)

April 18, 2014




Photo: Ben Swift wins stage fiveof the 2014 Tour of the Basque Country.
British sprinter Ben Swift hoping to continue recent spate of solid results in Sunday's Amstel Gold Race. (cyclingweekly.co.uk)

April 18, 2014





Photo: Alejandro Valverde is riding to win at the Ardennes classics. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) is ready to make up for disappointment last year across the Ardennes with a winning ride in at least one of the hilly classics. (velonews.com)

April 18, 2014




Photo: After a two-year drought of spring victories, Philippe Gilbert outsprinted Michael Matthews to win the Brabantse Pijl. (BMC Racing).
Weekly updates on the form of the top spring Classics contenders. (bicycling.com)

April 18, 2014




Photo: Nacer Bouhanni (FDJ) celebrates his win in Denain.
FDJ.fr sprinter hoping to continue his winning streak. (cyclingnews.com)

April 18, 2014




Photo: Race leader Lea Davison (Specialized)... © Langkawi International Mountain Bike Challenge
Comeback planned for second half of mountain bike season. (cyclingnews.com)

April 18, 2014




Photo: The base is a super-stiff Easton EC90 SLX ACC carbon sole.
Giro’s formidable road shoe eschews fancy ratchets in the pursuit of a supreme light weight (claimed 410g for size US 42.5). (bikeradar.com)

April 18, 2014




Photo: Daily Distraction.

April 20, 2014


Photo: As a road cyclist, the 31-year-old has a world title and Olympic silver medal to her name. She is one of the world's pre-eminent time-trial specialists. .
Emma Pooley can win the world's biggest bike races, but she cannot make the numbers add up. (bbc.co.uk)

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April 20, 2014




Photo: Peiper. Best boss.... (velonews.com)
It’s funny when you think about it but in pro cycling there is no award for coach of the year, no prize to honor managerial skills. (atwistedspoke.com)

April 20, 2014





Photo: Brecht Dhaene (Astellas Cycling Team) held on to win the Winston-Salem Cycling Classic criterium. Photo: Matt Brown | www.336Creative.com.
A pair of little-known riders — Belgian Brecht Dhaene and Italian Elana Cecchini — scored big upsets Saturday at the Winston-Salem Cycling Classic criteriums in North Carolina. (velonews.com)

April 20, 2014




Photo: Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) goes on the attack. © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport
Hesitation costs Spaniard podium place at Amstel Gold Race. (cyclingnews.com)

April 20, 2014





Photo: The Schleck brothers before the start. (cyclingnews.com)
Joaquim Rodriguez is in doubt for the rest of the Ardennes classics campaign after crashing out of the Amstel Gold Race on Sunday. (velonews.com)

April 20, 2014




Photo: The quality carbon frame and fork is very impressive at this price.
BikeRadar verdict: 5 out of 5 stars. "Some lower-spec kit, but the Boardman delivers an unparalleled ride at this price." (bikeradar.com)

April 20, 2014










April 19, 2014




Photo: Amstel Gold is a brand of beer belonging to Heineken International.
With the Amstel Gold Race this weekend, proof that cycling is linked to beer. It’s not just a one-off, recent races in Belgium have been sponsored by Kwaremont, a brand of beer that’s exploited the sport and it’s not that long ago that a major team was sponsored by a large brewery. (inrng.com)

April 19, 2014




Photo: Cavendish, who has 25 stage wins at Le Tour de France and is regarded as one of pro cycling’s top sprinter.
It’s no secret that Mark Cavendish’s number one, get podium or die tryin’ goal for this season is to beat Marcus Kittel in the sprints of this year’s Tour de France. (atwistedspoke.com)

April 19, 2014




Photo: Ian Boswell, shown in his debut with Sky in 2013, this year is tapped to race the Ardennes triple. Photo: Graham Watson | www.grahamwatson.com (file).
Ian Boswell rushed to empty his refrigerator and pack his bags when he heard his travel plans. Team Sky had called, asking him to race Amstel Gold, the Giro del Trentino and Liège-Bastogne-Liège. (velonews.com)

April 19, 2014




Photo: Italy's Damiano Cunego out-sprints Luxembourg's Frank Schleck to the line to win Amstel Gold in 2008. © Tim de Waele/TDW Sport
After some lackluster seasons, Damiano Cunego (Lampre-Merida) showed some of the sparkle of old at the recent Tour of the Basque, landing 6th place overall and placing consistently throughout the week. (cyclingnews.com)

April 19, 2014




Photo: 2013 elite women's road race world championship podium (L-R): Emma Johansson, Marianne Vos and Rossella Ratto.
World champion kicks off her road season at the World Cup in Belgium. (cyclingnews.com)

April 19, 2014




Photo: Alberto Contador on the podium. © Susanne Goetze
Contador on the rise as Sky struggle. (cyclingnews.com)

April 19, 2014




Photo: Stiff, fast, smoothly reliable .
BikeRadar verdict: 4 out of 5 stars. "Light, semi-aero wheels with good power transfer but a very firm feel." (bikeradar.com)

April 19, 2014

















April 18, 2014





Photo: Amstel contender? Really? © www.teamlampremerida.com
Alejandro Valverde said a funny thing today. (atwistedspoke.com)

April 18, 2014




Photo: The 31-year-old Belgian, who won back-to-back Amstel races in 2010 and 2011.
 Former world champion Philippe Gilbert will set off in Sunday’s Amstel Gold Race as one of the hot favourites for victory. (bicycle.net)

April 18, 2014




Photo: Dan Martin kicked to victory at Liège-Bastogne-Liège last year. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
As usual, American outfit Garmin-Sharp finds itself a bit of an outsider as it heads into the hilly classics. As usual, the team prefers it that way. And unsurprisingly, the team itself maintains its traditional looseness. (velonews.com)

April 18, 2014




Photo: Omega's Michal Kwiatkowski looks to strike in the Ardennes races, starting with Amstel. (c)Tim De Waele.
 Omega Pharma-Quick Step is fresh off a Paris-Roubaix victory, and has an ace in hand for this week’s hilly classics. It’s good to be an Omega rider right about now, and it could get even better soon. (velonews.com)

April 18, 2014




Photo: Julien Absalon of BMC MTB Racing punches the air after claiming victory in the elite men's cross country in Pietermaritzburg.
French mountain bike star thinking about when to end his racing career. (cyclingnews.com)

April 18, 2014




Photo: Michael Matthews picked up a stage win at the Tour of the Basque Country earlier this month. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com.
 Michael Matthews takes confidence into Sunday’s Amstel Gold Race. The Aussie known as “Bling” already won twice this season and placed second behind Philippe Gilbert (BMC Racing) in Wednesday’s Brabantse Pijl (Brabant Arrow). (velonews.com)

April 18, 2014





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