Itzulia Basque Country, Vuelta Ciclista al Pais Vasco. Call it what you will but this one week stage race is one of the toughest routes on the professional circuit. Often wet, always dripping with stinging climbs and featuring the best fans. Lets see what stage 1 had in store.
The Ronde van Vlaanderen. Always a special atmosphere and 2018 was no different.
It is one of the most hallowed days of the cycling calendar – the Sunday of the Ronde van Vlaanderen. The 2018 men’s and women’s races had a lot in common. Dutch rider Anna van der Breggen attacked after the Kruisberg and came home with over a minute to spare, with Boels Dolmans teammate Amy Pieters and Annemiek van Vleuten (Mitchelton-Scott Women) rounding out the podium. Later in the day, the Kruisberg proved the place for Niki Terpstra – also Dutch – to set up his own solo win (with the final blow on the Kwaremont), with Trek-Segafredo’s Mads Pedersen and Quick-Step’s returning champion Philip Gilbert standing either side with the Lidl champagne bottles.