So much cycling to celebrate this past weekend, let’s not waste any time…
Tro-Bro Léon: Lannilis to Lannilis, 203.2km
The Breton race delivered drama over the ribinou – the dirt road sectors this race is famed for. Christophe Laporte (Cofidis) attacked solo with 5km to take a superb victory. Who says this team is all about Nacer Bouhanni? Ride of the day went to the defending champion Damien Gaudin (Direct Energie) who would not give up, coming back time and time again but just couldn’t get on par with Laporte over the final kilometres. Jelle Mannearts took the sprint for third from the chasing group – and introduced my new favourite team name Tarteletto-Isorex.
Best Breton finisher Oliver Le Gac (Groupama-FDJ) with his piglet prize
Every year the new race poster features a painting of the reigning champion by race organiser John Paul Mellouët. Here’s the 2018 edition featuring Gaudin in the Armee de la Terre kit.
Not so much a hipster race as rooted deeply in it’s rugged landscape. Bravo #TroBroLeon
Amstel Gold Race ladies Edition: Maastricht to Berg en Terblijt, 116.9km
Chantal Blaak (Boels-Dolmans) took her first Women’s WorldTour victory in front of her home fans. part of a strong six rider lead group,the World Champion timed her sprint on the Cauberg to perfection, keeping Lucinda Brand (Sunweb) behind her all the way to the line. Mitchelton-Scott’s Amanda Spratt rounded out the podium after a fine attacking ride. Victory gives Blaak the overall lead in the Women’s World Tour.
Full race report at Cycling News
Amstel Gold Race: Maastricht to Berg en Terblijt, 116.9km
Astana put two Danes in the winning move and played it perfectly with Michael Valgren adding the Amstel Gold to his Omloop Het Nieuwsblad victory to crown a feisty spring campaign. Second in 2016 Valgren beat Roman Kreuziger (Mitchelton-Scott) in a two up sprint with Bahrain-Merida’s Enrico Gasparotto holding for third.
King of the day – I’ve always liked those Amstel thrones
Just woke op from a dream but realized I actually did win @Amstel goldrace Couldn’t have done it without a super dream team, all from riders, souigners, mechanics, sports directors yeah ALL team! Super happy. Thanks to all the messages I am overwhelmed Also congratulations to a good friend on second @r_kreuziger #astana #oakley #argon18 #giordana #sidi #limar #champagne #winning #happy @proteamastana Photo credit: @bettiniphoto @sprintcycling
You’re not the only one Mark…
Special mention for Lawson Craddock of EF Education First-Drapac pb Cannondale who was out in the break of day and held on to finish 9th. What an effort and so good to see after a torrid 2017.
Amstel, in the books. Brilliant ride by @lawsoncraddock, right? "After suffering through such a terrible 2017 I wasn’t going to let six kilometers get in the way of a result today. I’m just happy that I could finish today off for everyone that has stood loyally by my side." Excited to see the guys line up again Wednesday.
Possibly the best description of the Amstel Gold Race from his teammate Alex Howes #MarioCart
The new final for the @amstelgoldrace is looking pretty narrow! Ok fine, this video is not from the actual course but the new final isn’t far off. Can’t wait to get out there and play real life, adult Mario cart on the most complex, dynamic and unpredictable course in the sport of cycling. It’s a real racers race that requires the utmost respect for the game if you hope to succeed. Legs are good, team is strong, mind is clear and eyes are already scanning for banana peels, turtle shells, traffic furniture, road signs, poles, quicksand and wormholes. LET’S RACE!!!
Commonwealth Games Round Up
It was gold fever on the Gold Coast for Team Australia as they took top step of the medal podium in all the road disciplines.
Women’s Time Trial: Katrin Garfoot (AUS), Linda Villumsen (NZL), Hayley Simmonds (ENG). Race report from Cycling News
Men’s Time Trial: Cameron Meyer (AUS), Harry Tanfield (ENG), Hamish Bond (AUS). Race report from Cycling News
Women’s Road Race:Chloe Hoskins (AUS) Georgia Williams (AUS), Dani Rowe (WAL). Race report from Cycling News
Men’s Road Race: Steele Von Hoff (AUS), Jon Mould (WAL), Clint Hendriks (RSA). Race report from Cycling News
Header Image: Victorious Australians – Jason O’Brien/Getty Images