Julian Alaphilippe earned his third victory in the Flèche Wallonne, overtaking Spanish Vuelta champion Primoz Roglič on the final ascent to the finish line.
What is this race and why should I care about it? Liège-Bastogne-Liège, the second one-day race in the Ardennes region within days, is the third monument of this season and the oldest of all – La Doyenne – having started in 1892. While the race may lack some of the romance of the cobbled classics — particularly the Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix — it is widely regarded as one of the toughest one-day races in the WorldTour. The course, put simply, is a brute. Although there are just 11 recognised climbs — Côte de la Roche en Ardenne, Côte de Saint-Roch, Côte de Mont le Soie, Côte de Wanne, Côte de Stockeu, Côte de la Haute-Levée, Col du Rosier, Côte de Desnié, Côte de La Redoute, Côte des Forges and Côte de La Roche-aux-Faucons — the route offers riders few opportunities to recover between the short, but vicious, climbs that pepper the course. Within the final 36 kilometres of the 259.1km route three nasty little climbs — Côte de La Redoute, Côte des Forges and Côte de La Roche-aux-Faucons — all with average gradients of around eight per cent or more that will test the riders and end the hopes of those not strong enough to stay within distance of the key protagonists. When is Liège-Bastogne-Liège? The race gets under way at 10.15am (BST) on Sunday April 25, 2021. How long is this year's race? The 107th edition of Liège-Bastogne-Liège is 259.1 kilometres long, and here's what the profile looks like ...
Sunday April 18 — Valkenburg to Berg en Terblijt, 216.7km Tom Pidcock missed out on winning his second successive race by the narrowest of margins on Sunday after the Ineos Grenadier riders was adjudged to have finished second to Wout van Aert in a photo-finish at the end of the Amstel Gold Race in the Dutch province of Limburg. UCI WorldTour 2021: Complete team-by-team guide and race calendar Just four days after landing the first win of his career, Pidcock once again was able to challenge for honours in a tough one-day race as the 21-year-old Briton and his Ineos Grenadiers team-mates rode an aggressive race as they were able to place three riders — Pidcock, Richard Carapaz and Michal Kwiatkowski — in the leading group of protagonists as the lumpy circuitous 216.7-kilometre race neared the business end of the day. Following over four hours of relatively sedate racing, Amstel Gold exploded into life in the final 30km with numerous short attacks going off the front. However, Van Aert, Pidcock and Max Schachmann (Bora-Hansgrohe) finally escaped clear before riding to the line where there was, once again, yet another dramatic conclusion to the day's racing.
Tokyo Olympic organisers said on Friday they had decided to postpone a test event for BMX freestyle cycling scheduled for April 24-25 because of the impact on scheduling from the COVID-19 pandemic. All parties involved are seeking a new date in May or June, the Tokyo 2020 organising committee said in a statement. "In order to ensure the best level of preparations for these test events and for the Tokyo 2020 Games, considering the schedule of each party under the current global COVID-19 conditions, it was felt that postponing the events was necessary," Tokyo 2020 said.
Tour de France champions and former teammates Chris Froome and Geraint Thomas will race against each other in the mountains of Switzerland this month.
A hugely emotional Mark Cavendish thanked Patrick Lefevere, team principal at Deceuninck-Quick Step, for continuing to believe in him when others did not after claiming his first victory in over three years on Monday. Inside the Wolfpack: The secrets behind Deceuninck-Quick Step's success The British rider, 35, won stage two of the Tour of Turkey from a bunch sprint to assume the overall lead of the race. Cavendish has suffered a series of setbacks since his last big year in 2016 when he won the world Madison title, four stages of the Tour de France and a day in the leader's yellow jersey, Olympic omnium silver and finished second at the road world championships. He lost the best part of two seasons to Epstein-Barr virus, broke his shoulder after crashing out of the Tour de France in 2017 and also suffered with depression, something he revealed in an interview with Telegraph Sport last year.
Mark Cavendish won a second consecutive stage at the Tour of Turkey on Tuesday, rolling back the years for his first back-to-back victories since 2015. The Deceuninck-Quick Step rider looked like his old self as he sat on the wheel of old adversary André Greipel (Israel Start-up Nation) before opening up his sprint and, for the second day running, beating Jasper Philipsen (Alpecin-Fenix) to the line. On Monday, Cavendish won in similar circumstances, ending his three-year wait for a victory.
At the start of this week it had been 1,159 days since Mark Cavendish’s last race victory. He is now averaging one roughly every 1,159 minutes. The veteran British sprinter made it three wins in three days at the Tour of Turkey on Wednesday, beating Jasper Philipsen (Alpecin-Fenix) into second place for the third straight day as his stunning return to form continued. In a messy sprint in Kemer, which saw several riders go through the barriers and ambulances called, Cavendish bided his time, recognising that Philipsen – who must be getting increasingly desperate – had gone too early, before powering past the Belgian to win the 184km stage from Alanya. It is the first time the 2011 road world champion and 30-time Tour de France stage winner has won on three consecutive days since the Tour of Qatar in 2013 and allowed Cavendish to extend his overall lead of the race to 12 seconds.
The Briton, back with Deceuninck-Quick Step six years after leaving the Belgian outfit, outsprinted Belgian Jasper Philipsen to raise his arms in celebration for the first time since winning the third stage of the Dubai Tour in February, 2018. The 35-year-old, who was pondering retirement last season, had joined Dimension Data in 2016 before spending a season at Bahrain-McLaren. Cavendish, who has won 30 stages on the Tour de France and is considered one of the best sprinters in the event's history, also won the 2011 world championships' road race.
Team Arkea-Samsic's Bouhanni is facing disciplinary action from the UCI for shoving Groupama–FDJ's Jake Stewart into the barriers in the sprint finish at the race. The 30-year-old said that he had been subject to racial attacks on social media afterwards and posted screenshots of some of the messages he received.