FINAL KM: Tro-Bro Léon, Amstel Gold Races, Commonweath Games

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.

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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.

Love

Not so much a hipster race as rooted deeply in it’s rugged landscape. Bravo #TroBroLeon

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That #trobroleon / Bretagne magic! 🐴

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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.

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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.

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Our race review is here. Full race report at Cycling News

King of the day – I’ve always liked those Amstel thrones

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.

Possibly the best description of the Amstel Gold Race from his teammate Alex Howes #MarioCart

Commonwealth Games Round Up

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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

 

 

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