In 1892 the very first edition of Liège-Bastogne-Liège took place, which logically gives this race the nickname La Doyenne (the oldest one). That was 125 years ago and this year we'll see the 103rd edition of the Belgian classic which will take place between Liège, Bastogne and ... Ans (finish location of the race since 1992). You can always read the history of Liège-Bastogne-Liège which I published in the article about the race route of the 100th edition in 2014.
The race route has been modified quite a bit in 2017, especially due to roadworks which prevent the race to go through Stavelot.
In this article you'll find all the details of the Liège-Bastogne-Liège 2017 race route with the road map on Google Maps/Google Earth, the ...
This Sunday, the only Dutch classic, the Amstel Gold Race, which will take place between Maastricht and ... the Rijksweg in Vilt. Indeed, since 2013, the finish is no longer on top of the Cauberg in Valkenburg but at the same location as where the finish of the races of the 2012 World Championships took place.
The race route of the Amstel Gold Race 2017 - the 52nd edition of the race - is a little bit different from last year and the race now contains two additional climbs (and one less climb of the Cauberg, which brings the total number of climbs to 35), in the race route of this race which is part of the UCI WorldTour (in 2011 the number of climbs went up from 31 to 32 and in 2012 it went back down to 31, before going up to 34 in 2013 and now thus 35 in 20 ...
This article has not been translated into English, but you'll find below the list of 199 participants in Paris-Roubaix 2017, with their names, nationalities and bib numbers.
La 115ème édition de Paris-Roubaix partira demain matin de Compiègne, pour 257 kilomètres de course en direction du vélodrome de Roubaix. 55 kilomètres de pavés feront vibrer les 199 coureurs qui se présenteront au départ demain matin pour les 25 équipes qui participent à l'Enfer du Nord !
Dans cet article vous trouverez l'ensemble des coureurs partants ainsi que leur numéro de dossard pour chacun d'entre eux.
La liste des partants de Paris-Roubaix et les numéros de dossard
Le vainqueur sortant, Matthew Hayman (Orica-Scott) portera le dossard numéro un et le coureur le plus titré qui fait toujours parti du peloton, Tom Boonen (Quick-Step Floors) avec 4 victoires à son nom (2005, 2008, 2009 et 2012), porte ...> Read the whole story | 1 comment | shown 3762x
The queen of the classics, Paris-Roubaix 2017, will take place this Sunday. For the 115th edition of the race, the organisor decided to change the race route slightly compared to last year: the start is slightly different and two cobble stones sections which were not part of the race route since 1987 make their comeback. These additional sections, Briastre and Solesmes, make the total number of cobble stones sections grow to 29 and the number of cobbled kilometers to 55. However, since they are located quite early in the cobble stones programme of the race, this change should however not have any impact on the result of the race.
In the Hell of the North, any small detail can however come disturb the race for one of the riders or maybe the contrary, help another rider. So, nothing's sure beforehand: Sunday, everything will be decided on the cobbles ...
The 101st edition of the Tour of Flanders didn't work out as usual ... Indeed, even though as usual we saw a first leading group going off rather quickly, the Wall of Geraardsbergen (Mur de Grammont) saw the race explode and Philippe Gilbert ended up in the right chasing group behind the leading group.
Once in the lead with the initial breakaway, Gilbert decided to attack in the "Oude Kwaremont" and he ended up alone leading the race at a bit over fifty kilometers from the finish! Despite that huge remaining distance, the Belgian Champion manages to resist to the chasing riders behind him and he thus wins this race for the first time in his career!
The summary of the Tour of Flanders 2017
Today the 101st edition of the Tour of Flanders (or Ronde van Vlaanderen as it's called locally!) took place.
During the presentation of the different participating teams on the Market in Antwerp, Tom Boonen (Quick-Step Floors) was received with a "Viking Clap" for the start ...> Read the whole story | 3 comments | shown 2770x
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After "A Travers les Flandres" (won by Yves Lampaert) and the E3 Harelbeke (won yesterday by Greg van Avermaet), the Belgian classics continue this Sunday with Ghent-Wevelgem, a 249.2 kilometer long race (6.4 more than last year) which will come through a hilly area which often decides the outcome of the race in the second part of it.
In this article you'll find the race route on Google Maps/Google Earth for Ghent-Wevelgem 2017 and that race route is slightly different from last year!
The Ghent-Wevelgem 2017 race route on Google Maps
On Sunday morning, the riders and followers of the classics will meet up in .. Deinze for the start of Ghent-Wevelgem. Indeed, like many other races this race also carries the name of its historical start location but since 2004 already, the race doesn't start from Ghent anymore.
It doesn't happen very often that the Classic Loire Atlantique ends in a bunch sprint, but that's what almost happened this afternoon in La Haye Fouassière, even though Laurent Pichon (Fortuneo-Vital Concept) didn't want that to happen when he got away from the peloton in the last few kilometers, to finally win the race with only a few meters ahead on the second placed rider, Thomas Boudat (Direct Energie)!
The summary of the Classic Loire-Atlantique 2017
The 18th edition of the Classic Loire-Atlantique was 182.8 kilometers long, in 11 laps on a circuit around La Haye Fouassière, as usual these past few years. The race thus as usual started and finished in La Haye Fouassière, not far from Nantes. La Haye Fouassière would like to get the French cycling championships to come their way in 2019!
Quite quickly after the start, in the first lap, Marc Fournier (FDJ) broke away from the peloton, joined in his effort by Kévin Le Cunff (HP BTP-Auber 93) and Beno ...> Read the whole story | no comments | shown 2477x
Another mountain stage full of surprises in Paris-Nice today, in the area around Nice. After a long breakaway, especially for Lilian Calmejane who was taken back only in the final climb (which allowed him to take the polka dot jersey of the King of the Mountains classification), the favourites of the race came up in the final part of the stage and Richie Porte (BMC Racing Team) finally won it. Sergio Henao (Team Sky) also had a good day since he took the lead in the general classification.
The summary of the 7th stage of Paris-Nice 2017: Nice > Col de la Couillole
In the area behind Nice, a stage towards the Col de la Couillole was on the programme of Paris-Nice 2017 today, 177 kilometers long and full of climbs all the way long ...
The 5th stage of Paris-Nice 2017 was not only the longuest of this 75th edition of the race, but also the last one which could work out for the sprinters. The peloton thus perfectly managed the early breakaway and caught it back in time for the bunch sprint to take place. This time André Greipel (Lotto-Soudal) ended victoriously in this game, for the second time in his career in the Race to the sun!
The summary of the 5th stage of Paris-Nice 2017: Quincié-en-Beaujolais > Bourg-de-Péage
After the short but intense time trial yesterday, brilliantly won by Julian Alaphilippe (Quick-Step Floors) ahead of Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafredo), the longuest stage was on the programme of Paris-Nice 2017 today, with 199.5 kilometers between Quincié-en-Beaujolais and Bourg-de-Péage.
And the start order and times as well as a video of the race route of the individual time trial at the end of the article.
The third stage of Paris-Nice 2017 could have seen the breakaway decide for the stage victory but in the it was caught back only in the last kilometer and the two survivors of the initial leading trio thus realised that the stage victory would be decided in a bunch sprint once again and this time it was Sam Bennett (Bora-Hansgrohe)'s turn to win it!
The summary of the 3rd stage of Paris-Nice 2017: Chablis > Chalon-sur-Saône
The 3rd stage of Paris-Nice 2017, 190 kilometers long, started 5 minutes later than planned in Chablis because of the wind going in the direction of the race which meant that the anticipated average speed was quite important.