Milan-SanRemo 2019: Alaphilippe sprints to first Monument title

Nearly seven hours of racing came down to a sprint between some of the world’s best riders in the 2019 edition of Milan-SanRemo. Deceuninck-QuickStep’s Julian Alaphilippe continued the Belgian team’s one-day domination but it was anything but easy for the Frenchman.

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E3 Harelbeke 2017: Greg Van Avermaet beats a brace of Belgians

Greg Van Avermaet nailed his claim to the Ronde van  Vlaanderen mast with his first ever victory at E3 Harelbeke. In an all Belgian, three-up finale that practically came down to a track stand, the BMC captain had the quickest fast-twitch muscles. Surging past Oliver Naesen (Ag2r-La Mondiale) who finished third, and keeping at bay a fast-finishing Philippe Gilbert (Quick Step Floors) for second.
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Eneco Tour review: Terpstra takes overall victory on final stage

From Grand Tours back to the Belgian cobbles – this week has given Classics fans a little bit of spring at the start of autumn with the Eneco Tour. And it threw up some surprises … Niki Terpstra (Etixx-QuickStep) finished second on today’s mini Tour of Flanders stage and with it, leapt from fifth onto the top step of the podium. Fellow late break-mate Oliver Naeson (IAM) was third on the stage and runner-up overall while Peter Sagan (Tinkoff), who was on the same time as Terpstra at the start of today, rounded out the podium. The race leader at the start of the final stage, Rohan Dennis (BMC), crashed and later abandoned.

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