Schlagwort-Archive: Greg Van Avermaet

Tour of Oman 2019

Greg van Avermaet: « Green Mountain is a test of how deep you can go »

With eight participations out of a possible nine in the Tour de Oman, and a stage win and two day spell in the lead last year, Greg van Avermaet is one of the Tour of Oman’s most frequent participants. And this time round, after a blistering sprint victory already in the Volta a la Comunitat Valencia, the CCC Team leader is clearly ready to hit the ground running once again in the Tour of Oman.
Greg van Avermaet, you have been in every Tour of Oman bar one, in 2012, since it began in 2010. From a racer’s point of view, why is this event so appealing for you?
„It’s a good preparation, a relaxing event, good weather with some nice stages, I think it’s good for a rider like me – except for the Green Mountain finish! It’s a nice way to build up for the season, I like the way many of the stages are prepared for punchy riders. Plus after each stage you can ride to the hotel and get in a few more kilometres.
So I can get extra train as well as race, there are at least three stages, sometimes four, which have the kind of terrain that suits me. So I get some results. Sometimes stage races only offer me one day at most where I can do something, but that’s not the case in Oman. I have more chances. And that’s why I keep on going back.
Green Mountain is a very tough mountain for you. How much can you use it to see how good your form will be on terrain that is more suited to you, like in the Classics in Belgium?
A lot of Classics riders use it like that. In my case, on a couple of editions I was working for a GC rider there, so I’d get him to the bottom of the climb, then I’d go hard up it for one or two kilometres anyway, and then take a couple of minutes to recover. Then I’d pick up the pace, just to do a kind of test inside the rest, to see how good you are and how deep you can go.
So Green Mountain operates as a testing ground after you’ve made the big efforts in the rolling stages?
For me this is the perfect place to do it, of course the weather is always super nice and they’ve created a bit more space too on the calendar between the Tour of Oman and my big first Classics goal, Het Nieuwsblad, so that gives me some more time to adapt to the cold weather when I go back in Belgium.
You’ve already had one great result this year, a stage win in the Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana in Spain. Does that lower the pressure for you to get a good result in the Tour of Oman or will you still be fighting as hard as ever?
For sure as a rider you try to win everywhere. But with a new team like CCC it’s even more important to try and get the wins so you can build up the team’s self-confidence. And the stage win I got in Valencia was against a strong field and on a very difficult day’s racing. So these kinds of results are very important to get early in the season. But let’s hope we try to get a stage win in every stage race, make a habit of it, and that’s the most important thing for me, to have certain days in races like this where I can be good.
So that is the goal in Oman, to get another stage victory like you did last year?
Yes, that would be ideal, to win a stage or at least to get a top three position in a few different days.
But in any case you must be very pleased with how the team is coming together this season, with wins in Spain, Australia and New Zealand, and next, hopefully in Oman!
Yes, for sure. It’s always hard, we have a completely new rider line-up so we have to see how it goes, but for now we are where we wanted to be and expected to be. It was a great moment, to see a guy like Patrick [Bevin] taking that World Tour win in Australia [in the Santos Tour Down Under] for us and hopefully that kind of success will give us all motivation on the team to keep on winning in the races to come.
@ASO

3. Etappe Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana

1 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) CCC Team 5:00:16
2 Matteo Trentin (Ita) Mitchelton-Scott
3 Luis León Sanchez (Spa) Astana Pro Team
4 Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar Team
5 Mike Teunissen (Ned) Team Jumbo-Visma
6 Sergio Andres Higuita Garcia (Col) Equipo Euskadi
7 Ben Swift (GBr) Team Sky
8 Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bahrain-Merida
9 Ion Izagirre Insausti (Spa) Astana Pro Team
10 Marco Canola (Ita) Nippo-Vini Fantini-Faizane
11 Pello Bilbao Lopez de Armentia (Spa) Astana Pro Team
12 Diego Rosa (Ita) Team Sky
13 Daniel Martin (Irl) UAE Team Emirates
14 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Dimension Data
15 Jesus Herrada (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits

Gesamtstand:
1 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Dimension Data 9:23:23
2 Ion Izagirre Insausti (Spa) Astana Pro Team 0:00:05
3 Dylan Teuns (Bel) Bahrain-Merida 0:00:08
4 Nelson Oliveira (Por) Movistar Team 0:00:11
5 Pello Bilbao Lopez de Armentia (Spa) Astana Pro Team 0:00:12
6 Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar Team 0:00:14
7 Daniel Martin (Irl) UAE Team Emirates 0:00:19
8 Diego Rosa (Ita) Team Sky 0:00:20
9 Jack Haig (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott 0:00:23
10 Jesus Herrada (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 0:00:24
11 Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bahrain-Merida 0:00:25
12 Rui Costa (Por) UAE Team Emirates
13 Matteo Trentin (Ita) Mitchelton-Scott 0:00:28
14 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) CCC Team 0:00:30
15 Ivan Garcia Cortina (Spa) Bahrain-Merida
16 Ben Swift (GBr) Team Sky 0:00:31
17 Geraint Thomas (GBr) Team Sky

MILANO-SANREMO: HIER KOMMT „LA PRIMAVERA“

Das erste Monument Race des Jahres, jetzt in seiner 109. Ausgabe, kündigt seine Startliste an.
Das Rennen wird in 193 Ländern ausgestrahlt. Kleine Änderung des Kurses – jetzt länger mit 294km

Startliste, Offizielles Programm – Mailand-San Remo, aktualisierte Karten

Mailand, 16. März 2018 – Die 109. Ausgabe von Milano-Sanremo, dem ersten Monument-Klassiker der Saison, findet morgen um 9.45 Uhr auf der Piazza Castello statt und endet nach 291 Kilometern in der Via Roma, wobei 175 Fahrer 25 Teams repräsentieren (18 UCI WorldTeams und sieben Wild Cards), jeweils bestehend aus sieben Fahrern.

Unvorhersehbar wie eh und je – wie der Wetterbericht – wird La Primavera mit dem Sieger 2017, Michał Kwiatkowski, dem zweitklassierten UCI Straßenweltmeister Peter Sagan und dem Drittplatzierten Julian Alaphilippe, unter die Favoritenliste des Vorjahres gehen.

Diese Fahrer unter den Sprintern, Elia Viviani, Marcel Kittel, Arnaud Demare, Alexander Kristoff, André Greipel, Caleb Ewan, Mark Cavendish und Michael Matthews herausfordernd, und unter den Eintagesspezialisten, Greg Van Avermaet, Vincenzo Nibali, Philippe Gilbert, Matteo Trentin, Filippo Pozzato und Edvald Boasson Hagen.

Es gab eine kleine Änderung auf dem Kurs, jetzt 294 km lang: nach Basaluzzo geht das Rennen auf die rechte Seite des Flusses Orba über Predosa und Roccagrimalda Stazione, Rückkehr auf den ursprünglichen Kurs in Ovada. Diese Änderung ändert nichts am technischen Charakter des Rennens, macht es aber 3km länger.

TV-Abdeckung
Der 109. Milano-Sanremo NamedSport wird in 193 Ländern auf allen fünf Kontinenten ausgestrahlt. Die Ausgabe 2018 wird live von 14 TV-Sendern gezeigt.

RAI, der Host Broadcaster der WorldTour-Veranstaltung, wird vier Stunden vor und nach dem Rennen zwischen Live- und Special-Rennen berichten und in Italien auf Rai 2 senden.

In Europa wird La Chaine L’Équipe La Primavera in Frankreich senden, während das Rennen in Belgien auf Medialaan-VTM in Flämisch und auf RTBF in Französisch verfügbar sein wird.

Eurosport wird in 53 europäischen Ländern und in 16 Territorien im asiatisch-pazifischen Raum mit Kommentaren in 20 verschiedenen Sprachen senden.

Das erste Monument der Saison wird live in Südafrika auf Supersport, in den verbleibenden Ländern südlich der Sahara auf Kwese Sports und in ganz Nordafrika und im Nahen Osten auf OSN übertragen.

In Amerika wird das Milano-Sanremo auf Fubo.TV in den USA und Kanada, auf TDN in Mexiko und Mittelamerika ausgestrahlt, während das ESPN-Netzwerk Brasilien, die restlichen Länder Südamerikas und die Karibik abdecken wird.

Rennen wird in Japan auf DAZN live sein, während in Neuseeland wird auf Sky Sports übertragen werden.

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Marcel Kittel wins Stage 2 of Tirreno-Adriatico, Patrick Bevin is the new leader of the GC

MARCEL KITTEL WINS STAGE 2 OF TIRRENO-ADRIATICO
PATRICK BEVIN IS THE NEW LEADER OF THE GC

Follonica, 8 March 2018 – The German rider Marcel Kittel (Team Katusha Alpecin) won the second stage of the 53rd edition of the Race of the Two Seas, 172km from Camaiore to Follonica. Patrick Bevin (BMC Racing Team) is the new Maglia Azzurra of General Classification leader.

STAGE RESULT
1 – Marcel Kittel (Team Katusha Alpecin) 172km in 4h12’24”, average speed 40.887kph
2 – Peter Sagan (Bora – Hansgrohe) s.t.
3 – Giacomo Nizzolo (Trek – Segafredo) s.t.

GENERAL CLASSIFICATION
1 – Patrick Bevin (BMC Racing Team)
2 – Damiano Caruso (BMC Racing Team) s.t.
3 – Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing Team) s.t.

JERSEYS

Maglia Azzurra (blue), general classification leader, sponsored by Gazprom – Patrick Bevin (BMC Racing Team)
Maglia Bianca (white), young rider general classification leader, sponsored by FIAT – Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors)
Maglia Arancione (orange), sprinter classification leader, sponsored by Sportful – Marcel Kittel (Team Katusha Alpecin)
Maglia Verde (green), King of the Mountains classification leader, sponsored by Snello Rovagnati – Nicola Bagioli (Nippo – Vini Fantini – Europa Ovini)

Speaking seconds after the stage finish, the stage winner, Marcel Kittel, said: “I’ve been waiting such a long time for this victory! Since the beginning of the season, not everything was working good but we worked hard with the team and it finally pays off today. I have to thank everyone for the good job. This is a big boost for the whole group. I’m also very happy because this is my first professional victory in Italy. At the Giro, I won stages in other countries.”

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Good Morning from the Strade Bianche

Kwiatkowski, Sagan, Van Avermaet, Štybar and Van Aert among the challengers for victory through the Crete Senesi. The women’s race, which started at 09:12, also attracted the world’s best including Longo Borghini, Van Der Breggen, Niewiadoma and Ferrand Prevot. Today’s winners press conferences will be held at the end of each race.

Siena, 3 March 2018 – The men’s edition of the ‚Northern Classic in the South of Europe‘, now in its 12th edition, organised by RCS Sport/La Gazzetta dello Sport and part of the UCI WorldTour calendar, started today from Siena at 10:43 with 146 riders. Did not start: dossard number 167, Maarten Wynants (Team Lotto NL – Jumbo).

In the men’s Strade Bianche NamedSport eyes will be focused on many champions such as last year’s winner Michał Kwiatkowski and Gianni Moscon (Team Sky); Romain Bardet (AG2R La Mondiale); Moreno Moser (Astana Pro Team); Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain – Merida); Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing Team); Peter Sagan (Bora – Hansgrohe); Alejandro Valverde (Movistar Team); Philippe Gilbert and Zdenek Štybar (Quick-Step Floors); Edvald Boasson Hagen (Team Dimension Data); Sep Vanmarcke (Team EF Education First – Drapac P/B Cannondale); Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb); Diego Ulissi (UAE Team Emirates) and Wout Van Aert (Verandas Willems – Crelan).

The women’s race, Strade Bianche Women Elite NamedSport and the UCI Women’s WorldTour opening race, started this morning at 09:12 with 137 riders. Did not start: dossard number 92, Marta Tagliaferro (Cylance Pro Cycling).

Among the women who will challenge for victory the favourites are last year’s winner Elisa Longo Borghini (Wiggle High5); Sofia Beggin and Sofia Bertizzolo (Astana Women’s Team); Anna Van Der Breggen (Boels Dolmans Cycling Team); Pauline Ferrand Prevot; Elena Cecchini and Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Canyon // SRAM Racing), and Lucinda Brand and Ellen Van Dijk (Team Sunweb).

WEATHER
Siena (09.15 – Women Elite Start): light rain 4°C. Wind: weak – 8kmh.
Siena (10.45 – Men Start): rain 6°C. Wind: moderate – 13kmh.
Siena (13.15 – Women Elite Finish): rain 8°C. Wind: moderate – 13kmh.
Siena (15.30 – Men Finish): rain 10°C. Wind: moderate – 10kmh.

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Race Programme – Strade Bianche Women Elite NamedSport
12th STRADE BIANCHE NAMEDSPORT – 184km, 11 sectors and 63km on gravel roads (34.2% of the course)

It’s a twisty and undulating course, with no long climbs but punchy hills, most significantly on the unpaved parts. There are roughly 63km of gravel roads, across 11 sectors (eight of those shared with the Women Elite course).

Starting from Siena (Stadium/Medicean Fortress area), the initial undulating kilometres are on Tarmac before reaching the 2.1km-long gravel Sector 1 at km 18, which is perfectly straight and slightly downhill.

After few kilometres the riders then face Sector 2 (5.8km), the course’s first real challenge with a short descent followed by a long climb with sections of over 10% gradient.

The course then goes through Radi, where gravel Sector 3 starts (4.4km; the second part of the race’s first edition gravel Sector 1) shortly followed by Sector 4 – named “La Piana” – and one of the race’s classic gravel sectors (5.5km in length and featured in the course since the first edition) with no significant gradient leading to Buonconvento.

After few kilometres the second climb of the day starts: the Montalcino (4km at 5%). Following Torrenieri the riders face Sectors 5 (11.9km) and 6 (8km) with only 1km of tarmac in between. Both are hard, hilly, very punchy and with many bends, climbs and descents.

After the second passage through Buonconvento the feed station will be positioned in the area of Ponte d’Arbia. Soon the route reaches Monteroni d’Arbia, which marks the beginning of Sector 7 of San Martino in Grania (9.5km) in the middle of the Crete Senesi. It’s a long sector with continuous up and downs in the first part, ending up with a twisting climb before meeting the Tarmac again.

In Ponte del Garbo (Asciano) gravel Sector 8 begins. At 11.5km it’s the hardest of the race, mostly uphill and characterised by tough hills, the most important being those close to Monte Sante Marie, with steep gradients on both climbs and descents over short distances. After Castelnuovo Berardenga there’s a very short, flat section of gravel (300m) before facing, after Monteaperti, Sector 9 – only 800m long, but with a double digit gradient ramp before rejoining the tarmac in Vico d’Arbia and paved road through Pieve a Bozzone.

Next comes the penultimate section of gravel (Sector 10, 2.4km) on the climb toward Colle Pinzuto (with gradients up to 15%). After a few kilometres the riders then face the last gravel section (Sector 11, 1.1km) which features a sequence of a demanding descents followed by a very punchy climb (max. 18%) that ends up at the Tolfe. From here only 12km separate the riders from the finish in Piazza del Campo, Siena.

Final Kilometres
The demanding final kilometres, with gradients up to 16%, approach the city of Siena along broad, straight sections of road, connected by sweeping curves, first descents and slight climbs. 2km from the finish line, the route joins Via Esterna di Fontebranda; here the gradient touches 9%.
900m from the finish line, the race route passes beneath Fontebranda Gate where the road surface becomes paving slabs. The gradient then exceeds 10% until 500m from the finish line, reaching its highpoint of 16% along Via Santa Caterina. A sharp right hand turn leads to Via delle Terme, and then Via Banchi di Sotto. With 300m to go, the road continues to climb slightly then, 150m from the line, a right turn leads into Via Rinaldini. The route enters the Piazza del Campo just 70m from the finish line. The final 30m descends at a gradient of 7% and the finish line itself is flat.

STATS

A race for northern athletes – all the Strade Bianche winners were born north of Tuscany, the Italian Region where the race is held
No consecutive victories – in the previous 11 editions no one was able two win two years in a row. The same country hasn’t won two years in a row too
30 – Fabian Cancellara is the only rider who was able to win Strade Bianche after his 30th birthday, in 2012 and 2016
4th STRADE BIANCHE WOMEN ELITE NAMEDSPORT – 136km, 8 sectors and 31.4km on gravel roads (23.1% of the course)

A twisty and undulating course, with no long climbs but with punchy hills – most significantly on the unpaved parts. There are roughly more than 30km of gravel roads across eight sectors (all shared with the Men’s course).

Starting from Siena (Stadium/Medicean Fortress area), the initial undulating kilometres are on Tarmac before reaching the 2.1km-long gravel Sector 1 at km 18, which is perfectly straight and slightly downhill.

After few kilometres the riders then face Sector 2 (5.8km), the course’s first real challenge with a short descent followed by a long climb with sections of over 10% gradient.

The course then goes through Radi, where gravel Sector 3 starts (4.4km; the second part of the race’s first edition gravel Sector 1) shortly followed by Sector 4 – named “La Piana” – and one of the race’s classic gravel sectors (5.5km in length and featured in the course since the first edition) with no significant gradient leading to Buonconvento.

After the passage through Buonconvento the feed station will be positioned in the area of Ponte d’Arbia. Soon the route reaches Monteroni d’Arbia, which marks the beginning of Sector 5 of San Martino in Grania (9.5km) in the middle of the Crete Senesi. It’s a long sector with continuous up and downs in the first part, ending up with a twisting climb before meeting the Tarmac again.

After Castelnuovo Berardenga there’s a very short, flat section of gravel (300m) before riders face, after Monteaperti, Sector 6 – only 800m long but with a double digit gradient ramp before rejoining the Tarmac in Vico d’Arbia and going to paved road through Pieve a Bozzone.

Next comes the penultimate gravel section (Sector 7, 2.4km) on the climb toward Colle Pinzuto (with inclines of up to 15%). After a further few kilometres the riders will face the last section of gravel (Sector 8, 1.1km) which features a sequence of a demanding descents followed by a very punchy climb (max 18%) that ends up at the Tolfe. From here only 12km separate the riders from the finish in Piazza del Campo, Siena.

Final kilometres are the same as the men’s course.

A race for northern athletes – all the Strade Bianche winners were born north of Tuscany, the Italian Region where the race is held
No consecutive victories – in the previous 11 editions no one was able two win two years in a row. The same country hasn’t won two years in a row too
30 – Fabian Cancellara is the only rider who was able to win Strade Bianche after his 30th birthday, in 2012 and 2016
4th STRADE BIANCHE WOMEN ELITE NAMEDSPORT – 136km, 8 sectors and 31.4km on gravel roads (23.1% of the course)

A twisty and undulating course, with no long climbs but with punchy hills – most significantly on the unpaved parts. There are roughly more than 30km of gravel roads across eight sectors (all shared with the Men’s course).

Starting from Siena (Stadium/Medicean Fortress area), the initial undulating kilometres are on Tarmac before reaching the 2.1km-long gravel Sector 1 at km 18, which is perfectly straight and slightly downhill.

After few kilometres the riders then face Sector 2 (5.8km), the course’s first real challenge with a short descent followed by a long climb with sections of over 10% gradient.

The course then goes through Radi, where gravel Sector 3 starts (4.4km; the second part of the race’s first edition gravel Sector 1) shortly followed by Sector 4 – named “La Piana” – and one of the race’s classic gravel sectors (5.5km in length and featured in the course since the first edition) with no significant gradient leading to Buonconvento.

After the passage through Buonconvento the feed station will be positioned in the area of Ponte d’Arbia. Soon the route reaches Monteroni d’Arbia, which marks the beginning of Sector 5 of San Martino in Grania (9.5km) in the middle of the Crete Senesi. It’s a long sector with continuous up and downs in the first part, ending up with a twisting climb before meeting the Tarmac again.

After Castelnuovo Berardenga there’s a very short, flat section of gravel (300m) before riders face, after Monteaperti, Sector 6 – only 800m long but with a double digit gradient ramp before rejoining the Tarmac in Vico d’Arbia and going to paved road through Pieve a Bozzone.

Next comes the penultimate gravel section (Sector 7, 2.4km) on the climb toward Colle Pinzuto (with inclines of up to 15%). After a further few kilometres the riders will face the last section of gravel (Sector 8, 1.1km) which features a sequence of a demanding descents followed by a very punchy climb (max 18%) that ends up at the Tolfe. From here only 12km separate the riders from the finish in Piazza del Campo, Siena.

Final kilometres are the same as the men’s course.

STATS

Elisa Longo Borghini – the best Italian in each of the three previous editions of the race (3rd in 2015, 4th in 2016, winner in 2017)
Lizzie Deignan – always on the podium (2nd in 2015, winner in 2016 and 3rd in 2017)
Katarzyna Niewiadoma – 2nd in the last two editions, 2016 and 2017

STATS

Elisa Longo Borghini – the best Italian in each of the three previous editions of the race (3rd in 2015, 4th in 2016, winner in 2017)
Lizzie Deignan – always on the podium (2nd in 2015, winner in 2016 and 3rd in 2017)
Katarzyna Niewiadoma – 2nd in the last two editions, 2016 and 2017

POINTS OF INTEREST
SIENA
It would have been too difficult to decide between Piazza del Campo and Torre del Mangia, between the cathedral and the other buildings of the same complex, such as the baptistery, the crypt and the grand façade (known as “Facciatone”). So the entire old town centre was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site for its outstanding artistic value. Siena is a true jewel of art, both sacred and profane at the same time, ever bustling with life and with more than a million visitors each year. It hosts major sporting and cultural events, such as the legendary Palio, staged twice a year, in which the 17 city quarters (“contrade”) challenge each other in front of large crowds coming from all over the country to attend the town’s most famous and iconic event.

The Strade Bianche is a legendary race that perfectly fits into a historical context that serves as an excellent setting for both the race start and finish. While waiting for riders to fly by, spectators can explore the city’s monuments and enjoy the many local delicacies, including wild boar sauces and specialties, ribollita, panforte (Siena’s iconic dessert), as well as world-renowned, refined wines, such as Chianti. Ricciarelli, traditional pastries made from almonds, sugar and egg whites, are the perfect snack while waiting for the finish.

Siena was founded by the Etruscans, it grew under the Romans, and was ruled by the Ghibellines and later the House of Medici. Nowadays, Siena belongs first and foremost to all those lucky ones who have visited or will be visiting this UNESCO World Heritage site. A must-see: Torre del Mangia. A must-taste: Ricciarelli. The best time to be in town: 4-5 March; or 2 July and 16 August – Palio di Siena.

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Team Lotto Kern-Haus News: Freienstein mit Top-Start in die Tour de Luxemburg

Einen Top-Start legte Raphael Freienstein bei der ŠKODA Tour de Luxemburg (2.HC) hin. Nachdem er sich beim Prolog am Mittwoch als bester Deutscher auf Platz 19 kämpfte, konnte er auf der 1. Etappe am Donnerstag noch einen drauf setzen. In der Ausreißergruppe des Tages sicherte er sich 3 mal 3 Sekunden Zeitbonifikation und belegt jetzt in der Gesamtwertung Platz 4. Außerdem trägt er das weiße Trikot des besten Nachwuchsfahrers.

Ein hervoragender Einstand ist dem Team Lotto Kern-Haus bei der ŠKODA Tour de Luxemburg (2.HC), einem der absoluten Saisonhighlights, gelungen. Bei der Rundfahrt über 5 Abschnitte geht es quer durch Luxemburg. Im hochklassig besetzten Feld ist wohl Olympiasieger Greg Van Avermaet (BMC) der bekannteste Name.

Schon beim Prolog wollte Raphael Freienstein eine gute Basis für die übrigen Etappen schaffen und kämpfte sich auf dem zwar nur 2,1 Kilometer langen aber anspruchsvollen Prolog-Parcours durch Luxemburg-Stadt auf den 19. Platz mit 10 Sekunden Rückstand auf den Sieger Damien Gaudin (Armée de Terre). Damit wurde er auch bester Deutscher.

Auf der ersten Etappe über 174 Kilometer konnte Freienstein dann noch eins drauf setzen. Zunächst war es Tobias Knaup, der den Sprung in eine Fluchtgruppe schaffte, die aber nach 25 Kilometern wieder vom Feld eingeholt wurde. Daraufhin versuchten Freienstein, der Luxemburger Tom Wirtgen (Leopard) und der Franzose Fabien Doubey (Wanty Groupe Gobert) ihr Glück.

Das Trio konnte einen Maximalvorsprung von fünf Minuten herausholen. An den beiden Bergpreisen in der ersten Rennhälfte setzte sich jeweils Wirtgen vor Freienstein durch. Zur Halbzeit des Rennens hatte die Armée de Terre-Mannschaft von Prologsieger Damien Gaudin den Rückstand wieder unter die Fünf-Minuten-Marke gedrückt.

In der zweiten Rennhälfte gewann Freienstein die ersten beiden Zwischensprints und sammelte so sechs Sekunden an Bonifikation ein, womit er bis auf fünf Sekunden an den Gesamtführenden Gaudin heranrückte. 35 Kilometer vor dem Ziel fiel Wirtgen aus der Spitzengruppe heraus und das Feld verkürzte den Abstand.

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Sebastian Langeveld sprints to third at Paris-Roubaix

Dutchman Sebastian Langeveld snagged the final spot of the Paris-Roubaix podium from a five-up sprint on Sunday. It is the first time the 32-year-old has appeared on the podium at one of cycling’s five Monuments. Olympic road champion Greg Van Avermaet (BMC) bested Zdenek Stybar (Quick-Step) to win the Queen of the Classics.

Langeveld’s result closes out a consistent cobbled classics campaign for Cannondale-Drapac. The American-registered squad saw Sep Vanmarcke finish third at Omloop het Nieuwsblad. Dylan van Baarle narrowly missed the podium at Ronde van Vlaanderen where he finished in fourth place. He also posted top ten finishes at Dwars door Vlaanderen and E3 Harelbeke.

Paris-Roubaix viewers saw #GreenArgyle all over Sunday’s race. Will Clarke and Paddy Bevin were among the first attackers. Wouter Wippert, Ryan Mullen and Tom Scully also attempted to get up the road. When the race hit Troisville, the first of the 29 cobble sectors, Cannondale-Drapac had five riders tightly packed together in the first third of the field. Heading into the Arenberg Forest, Cannondale-Drapac exited the five-star sector with four riders in the group of around 40.

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Der unglaubliche Sagan

The World Champion won stage 3.
Dennis is the third BMC Racing Team rider to wear the Maglia Azzurra.

THE INCREDIBLE SAGAN
The World Champion won stage 3.
Dennis is the third BMC Racing Team rider to wear the Maglia Azzurra.

Montalto di Castro, 10 March 2017 – Peter Sagan outsprinted Elia Viviani to claim victory at Montalto di Castro after overcoming illness. Rohan Dennis became the third rider from BMC Racing Team to lead Tirreno-Adriatico in three days as he took over from Greg Van Avermaet at the addition of the placings.

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Peter Sagan gewinnt die 3. Etappe von Tirreno-Adriatico

The World Champion was first in the sprint in Montalto di Castro. Rohan Dennis (BMC Racing Team) is the new Maglia Azzurra

Montalto di Castro, 10 March 2017 – The double World Champion Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) won stage 3 from Monterotondo Marittimo to Montalto di Castro (204km) in a bunch sprint finish, ahead of Elia Viviani (Team Sky) and Jurgen Roelandts (Lotto Soudal). Rohan Dennis (BMC Racing Team) is the new General Classification leader.

STAGE RESULT
1 – Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) 204km in 4’51’59”, average speed 41,920kmph
2 – Elia Viviani (Team Sky) s.t.
3 – Jurgen Roelandts (Lotto Soudal) s.t.

GENERAL CLASSIFICATION
1 – Rohan Dennis (BMC Racing Team) s.t.
2 – Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing Team)
3 – Damiano Caruso (BMC Racing Team) s.t.

Peter Sagan gewinnt die 3. Etappe von Tirreno-Adriatico weiterlesen

Geraint Thomas gewinnt die 2. Etappe bei Tirreno-Adriatico

GREG VAN AVERMAET IS THE NEW LEADER OF THE GC

Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing Team) is the new Maglia Azzurra NamedSport.

STAGE RESULT
1 – Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) 229km in 5h51’44”, average speed 39.063kph
2 – Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) at 9″.
3 – Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) at 9″.

GENERAL CLASSIFICATION
1 – Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing Team)
2 – Rohan Dennis (BMC Racing Team) s.t.
3 – Tejay van Garderen (BMC Racing Team) s.t.

JERSEYS

Maglia Azzurra (blue), general classification leader, sponsored by NamedSport – Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing Team)
Maglia Rossa (red), sprinter classification leader, sponsored by FSA – Geraint Thomas (Team Sky)
Maglia Verde (green), King of the Mountains classification leader, sponsored by Snello Rovagnati – Davide Ballerini (Androni Giocattoli)
Maglia Bianca (white), young rider general classification leader, sponsored by Selle Italia – Bob Jungels (Quick-Step Floors)

Geraint Thomas gewinnt die 2. Etappe bei Tirreno-Adriatico weiterlesen

BMC gewinnt TTT in einer Rekordgeschwindigkeit; Caruso führt

BMC Racing Team won at a record-breaking 58.329kph. Damiano Caruso wears blue; Tejay van Garderen takes first advantage in the GC.

Lido di Camaiore, 8 March 2017 – BMC Racing Team won stage 1 of the 52nd Tirreno-Adriatico NamedSport, repeating last year’s victory with a record breaking speed of 58.329kph. First across the line, Damiano Caruso took the leader’s jersey, the Maglia Azzurra NamedSport. Among the General Classification favourites, BMC Racing Team’s Tejay van Garderen takes time advantage over Thibaut Pinot (FDJ) and Nairo Quintana (Movistar Team), who finished third and fourth with their respective teams, limiting their losses.

BMC gewinnt TTT in einer Rekordgeschwindigkeit; Caruso führt weiterlesen