Paris-Roubaix 2017: GVA takes his first Monument, farewell to a legend

Paris-Roubaix 2017 was supposed to be the fairytale ending of a legendary career. All the stars were supposed to align in order for cycling fans the world over to see, one last time, the magic of Tom Boonen crossing the finish line in the Velodrome, dirty but victorious. Ah, but Roubaix doesn’t work that way. Instead, the dirty but victorious rider was this season’s colossus Greg Van Avermaet, who outsprinted Zdenek Stybar and Sebastian Langeveld to lift the cobble trophy. Roubaix giveth and Roubaix taketh away …
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Tour of Flanders 2017 : Rivera sprints; Gilbert solos; fans win

The twists and turns of this season just keep coming. Coryn Rivera (Sunweb) took the biggest win of her career – and became the first American to win Ronde Van Vlaanderen – by being part of a chase group that caught the break in the final kilometre to set up a tight bunch sprint for the line. And Belgian national champion Philippe Gilbert (Quick Step Floors) did the opposite – finding himself with a gap on the crest of the Oude Kwaremont 55km from the finish, he set out on an impossible dream that led to the reality of one of the most thrilling solo wins in the race’s history.
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Tweets of the Week: No ride, no win … this isn’t a cheap game!

Holy moly! A triple from golden boy Greg Van Avermaet and some very tough love from Peter Sagan in Gent-Wevelgem; Ladies Favourite™ Bernie Eisel has a few words for us; Fabian Cancellara spills his skittles on the way to the airport and The Two Worlds of Manuel Quinziato. It’s a fast-paced, elbow-flicking Tweets of the Week!  Continue reading