It’s been an interesting start to the French season and we’re going to be having a quick look back at the GP Cycliste La Marseillaise, Etoile de Besseges, Tour Mediterraneen and the Tour du Haut Var, all of which lived up to expectations and – despite weather-related issues – delivered so much more. Continue reading
Peter Velits took his first victory in a stage race, almost by stealth, to continue Omega Pharma-Quick Step’s domination of the Middle East, after Tom Boonen’s win last week in Qatar, not forgetting their win in Argentina at the Tour de San Luis three weeks ago. Germans Andre Greipel (Lotto-Belisol) and Marcel Kittel (Project 1t4i) won two sprint stages apiece, while Liquigas-Cannondale won the queen stage on Green Mountain with Vincenzo Nibali and another sprint stage with fellow Slovakian, Peter Sagan.
I’m following the progress of three sprinters in 2012: reigning world champion Mark Cavendish, 1t4i’s Marcel Kittel and Liquigas’ Peter Sagan. Each of the three have now completed two early-season stage races, and all three will be delighted to have registered their first wins already. Here’s a quick summary of how they have been doing over the last few weeks.