Paris-Nice 2017: Henao holds off Contador onslaught

It’s been a rip-roaring edition of Paris-Nice! Sergio Henao took his first overall WorldTour victory and continued Team Sky’s domination in this race (five wins in last six editions). Taking a 30-second lead with a fourth place in Saturday’s penultimate stage, today he rode a gutsy race to save his lead by a two-second margin – the smallest ever – over Alberto Contador, who went hell for leather in the last part of the stage to try to dislodge Henao and he very nearly did it. Dan Martin rounded out the podium.

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Tweets: Panda races, chameleons on bikes, mullet on a mower!

Fleche Wallonne, Liege-Bastogne-Liege, the retirement of the biggest thighs in cycling, mullet on a mower, #KermitArms, Jens’ own kingdom, and a smiling Andy Schleck … just a few of the subjects we will be covering in this installment of Tweets of the Week. Continue reading

Volta a Catalunya preview

The Volta a Catalunya is the next test for those seeking fame in this year’s Grand Tours. Like a number of the Spanish events this year, there was initially some doubt as to whether or not there would be sufficient funds to hold the race. But the piggy banks have been raided, it’s firmly on the calendar and its licence has been extended through to 2016.

It’s a WorldTour event, ranking second in popularity in Spain behind the Vuelta a Espana, and is the third-oldest stage race in the world (1911), after the Tour de France (1903) and Giro d’Italia (1909).  Continue reading