The Ronde van Vlaanderen never fails to satisfy cobbled classics fans and today’s 100th edition was no exception. In the end, it was finally a double rainbow with both world champions winning their respective races: Lizzie Armitstead winning in a photo-finish sprint for the line in the women’s edition and Peter Sagan monstering his way to the finish solo, fending off the chase from Fabian Cancellara and Sep Vanmarcke. Continue reading
Alexander Kristoff and John Degenkolb hogged the headlines as the cobbled classics concluded with a devastating Degs demolition in the Roubaix velodrome. But bollards and railway crossings ensured that rider safety was also high on the agenda. Chris, Kathi, Midge and Tim chew over the big issues as usual.
Alexander Kristoff summoned the strength of a Norse God to record victory at the Ronde van Vlaanderen, towing breakaway companion Niki Tepstra to the final kilometre before outsprinting him in the dying metres. It was a brilliant end to a manic race, which at times looked more like a Wacky Races reconstruction than a prestigious one-day classic.