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  • Added: saturday 22 April 2017 at 00:11:00

    The Liège-Bastogne-Liège 2017 race route on Google Maps/Google Earth: the 103rd 'Doyenne'!

    The Liège-Bastogne-Liège 2017 race route on Google Maps/Google Earth: the 103rd 'Doyenne'!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
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    this article appears in the following categories: Classics| Google Maps/Google Earth
  • Added: friday 14 April 2017 at 20:38:00

    The Amstel Gold Race 2017 race route on Google Maps/Google Earth and the time- and route schedule

    The Amstel Gold Race 2017 race route on Google Maps/Google Earth and the time- and route scheduleThis 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
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    this article appears in the following categories: Classics| Google Maps/Google Earth
  • Added: saturday 08 April 2017 at 23:52:00

    The participants list for Paris-Roubaix 2017

    The participants list for Paris-Roubaix 2017This 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 ...

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    this article appears in the following categories: Paris-Roubaix| Classics
  • Added: tuesday 04 April 2017 at 23:17:00

    Paris-Roubaix 2017: its race route, its cobble stones sections and the other details of the Hell of the North

    Paris-Roubaix 2017: its race route, its cobble stones sections and the other details of the Hell of the NorthThe 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 ...

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    this article appears in the following categories: Classics| Paris-Roubaix| Google Maps/Google Earth

  • Added: sunday 02 April 2017 at 18:45:00

    Philippe Gilbert wins the Tour of Flanders 2017 with a long final solo!

    Philippe Gilbert wins the Tour of Flanders 2017 with a long final solo!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 ...

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    this article appears in the following categories: Classics
  • Added: saturday 03 December 2016 at 17:52:00

    One less rider in the Grand Tours (TDF, Vuelta, Giro) and the classics .. or not?

    One less rider in the Grand Tours (TDF, Vuelta, Giro) and the classics .. or not?Through a common press release sent out on 25 November around 7PM, the three big cycling race organisors:
    - Amaury Sport Organisation (A.S.O., organisor of the Tour de France, Paris-Nice, Paris-Roubaix, the Critérium du Dauphiné and Paris-Tours to mention just a few),

    - RCS Sport (the Italian organisor of the Giro d'Italia, Tirreno Adriatico, Milan Sanremo and Il Lombardia for example) and

    - Flanders Classics (the Belgian organisor of numerous classics: Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, Dwars door Vlaanderen [A travers la Flandre], Gent-W
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    this article appears in the following categories: UCI ProTour| Tour de France| Vuelta a España| Giro d Italia| Classics
  • Added: sunday 24 April 2016 at 17:08:00

    Wout Poels wins a monument: Liège-Bastogne-Liège 2016 partially in the snow!

    Wout Poels wins a monument: Liège-Bastogne-Liège 2016 partially in the snow!The 102nd edition of Liège-Bastogne-Liège took place in quite heavy weather conditions, with snow, rain and a very low temperature. After a long lasting breakaway with 8 riders, the two final climbs finally forced the destiny in this race and the favourites didn't get a chance to battle for victory when the race was won by the Dutch rider Wout Poels (Team Sky)!

    The summary of Liège-Bastogne-Liège 2016

    200 riders started this morning in Liège for the 253 kilometers which made up the Liège-Bastogne-Liège race route this year, under almost freezing temperatures, around one degree, and with some snow flakes.

    Despites the difficult weather conditions, a group of 7 riders got away from the peloton after only a bit more than ten kilometers: Pavel Brutt (Tinkoff), Paolo Tiralongo (Astana), Nicolas Edet (Cofidis), Thomas de Gendt (Lotto-Soudal), Cesare Benedetti (Bora-Argon 18), Alessandro De Marchi (BMC Racing Team) and Jérémy Roy ...

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    this article appears in the following categories: Classics
  • Added: friday 22 April 2016 at 21:47:00

    The Liège-Bastogne-Liège 2016 race route on Google Maps/Google Earth: the 102nd edition!

    The Liège-Bastogne-Liège 2016 race route on Google Maps/Google Earth: the 102nd edition!In 1892 the very first edition of Liège-Bastogne-Liège was organised and this race thus naturally has the nickname La Doyenne (the "oldest"). The first edition thus took place 124 years ago and this year is the 102nd edition of the Belgian classic which will take place between Liège, Bastogne and ... Ans (the finish location since 1992). Don't hesitate to read about 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 a bit modified in 2016, mainly because of the roadworks on the Côte de Stockeu.
    In this article you'll find all the details of the Liège-Bastogne-Liège 2016 race route with its map on Google Maps/Google Earth, the profile of
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    this article appears in the following categories: Classics| Google Maps/Google Earth
  • Added: thursday 14 April 2016 at 23:41:00

    The Amstel Gold Race 2016 race route on Google Maps/Google Earth and the time- and route schedule

    The Amstel Gold Race 2016 race route on Google Maps/Google Earth and the time- and route scheduleThis Sunday, the Dutch classic, the Amstel Gold Race, 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 races of the 2012 cycling World Championships finished.

    The race route of the Amstel Gold Race 2016 - which is the 51st edition - is a little bit different from last year's race route but the UCI WorldTour race still contains the same 34 climbs (in 2011 we went up from 31 climb to 32 and in 2012 back to 31, before going up to 34 in 2013). In this article you'll find the time- and route schedule and the race route on Google Maps. You can also download the race route in Google Earth for example to do a virtual fly-over of the race.
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    this article appears in the following categories: Classics| Google Maps/Google Earth
  • Added: sunday 10 April 2016 at 17:07:00

    Mathew Hayman takes his most beautiful victory in Paris-Roubaix 2016 - summary

    Mathew Hayman takes his most beautiful victory in Paris-Roubaix 2016 - summaryThere were two big favorites at the start of the 114th edition of Paris-Roubaix: Peter Sagan (Tinkoff) and Fabian Cancellara (Trek-Segafredo). Even though other riders were "marked" as well, we were pretty much expecting these two guys to be present in the decisive part of the race. While a breakaway with some strong guys was leading the race, a crash in the peloton however made an end to the dream of these two favorites because they ended up in the second part of the peloton and were no longer able to catch up with the breakaway which merged with a part of the first peloton. A crash even definitively brings an end to the dream of a good classification in the Queen stage of the classics for Fabian Cancellara.

    The selection on the cobble stones sections ends up by with a small group of 5 coureurs, Tom Boonen, Luke Rowe, Edvald Boasson Hagen, Sep Vanmarcke and Mathew Hayman and it becomes evident at about twenty
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    this article appears in the following categories: Paris-Roubaix| Classics
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