Liège–Bastogne–Liège review

Maxim Iglinskiy won Liège–Bastogne–Liège and the biggest race of his career, with the Astana rider timing a late attack perfectly to catch an unfortunate Vincenzo Nibali. The Italian’s brave move on the Cote de La Redoute seemed to be enough to win his first Classic of the season, but as the race wore on he gradually began to tire, being caught with just a kilometre to go to the finish.

The early breakaways

There were six riders featuring in the day’s breakaway, including Dario Cataldo from Omega Pharma-Quick Step. The Italian was the only rider in the break from a WorldTour outfit, with Argos-Shimano’s Simon Geschke the most notable of the five riders from Pro Continental teams. Continue reading

Montepaschi Strade Bianche review

Following on from last weekend’s Belgian semi-classic races, we’ve decamped to the utterly gorgeous and very evocative Tuscan countryside. I half-expected Russell Crowe of Gladiator fame to put in an appearance. But today the gladiators were wearing lyrca and their steeds were made of carbon. The race on the Strade Bianche was won – for the second time –  in imperious fashion by Spartacus, aka Fabian Cancellara (RadioShack-Nissan), who rode away from the leading group 12 km from the finish, and quickly built a sufficient cushion as he time-trialled his way to a solo victory in the historic Piazzo del Campo in Siena.

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