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  1. Sunday's Amstel Gold Race kicks off a week of hilly classics with two thrilling finishes. Niewiadoma holds off the chase. Van der Poel pulls off jaw-dropping comeback. Read the full article at Gallery: An awesome Amstel Gold Race on VeloNews.com. View the full article
  2. In episode 72, we discuss one of the most ubiquitous terms in cycling: training zones. We dive into their strengths and weaknesses, standards, and limitations. Read the full article at Fast Talk, ep. 72: Do we need training zones? With Dr. Andy Coggan, Dr. Stephen McGregor, and Hunter Allen on VeloNews.com. View the full article
  3. Chris Froome and Vincenzo Nibali will have a rare encounter at Tour of the Alps, which will tease the Tour de France matchup anticipated this summer. Read the full article at Froome, Nibali revive rivalry in Alps on VeloNews.com. View the full article
  4. Former world hour record holder Bradley Wiggins says his compatriot Geraint Thomas is suited to break the new record set by Victor Campenaerts. Read the full article at Wiggins wants to see Thomas break hour record on VeloNews.com. View the full article
  5. Citing fatigue from Paris-Roubaix, Peter Sagan pulls the plug on Amstel Gold Race, hoping to salvage spring classics season at Liège-Bastogne-Liège. Read the full article at Sagan abandons Amstel Gold in latest spring setback on VeloNews.com. View the full article
  6. On Sunday, Niewiadoma perfectly synched her blistering attack with good tactics, and van der Poel stunned the world's best with raw power. Read the full article at Commentary: Two breakthroughs at Amstel Gold Race on VeloNews.com. View the full article
  7. Somewhat lost amidst all the chaos at the Amstel Gold Race, as well as the wonderment at Mathieu van der Poel's performance, was something of a record. Each man on the podium was there for the first time, with Simon Clarke (EF Education First) sprinting to second behind the Dutchman. It was a career-best performance for the Australian, who bettered his previous best of 46th from back in 2013. Clarke went on the attack along with Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo) late in the race, eventually being swept up by the Van der Poel group, which caught the leaders at the death. "When I saw Mollema go, I knew I wanted to follow," said Clarke on the EF Education First website after the race. "I assumed I was racing for fifth place. Then the group caught us from behind. ADVERTISEMENT "Here I was, flat out, thinking, 'Well, I guess I'm not even going to be finishing in the top 10.' I wasn't aware everything was close together until I saw everyone in front of me with just over a kilometre to go. "It was pretty crazy. And pretty motivating. I knew Van der Poel was the fastest guy, so I got on his wheel." Clarke stuck to Van der Poel's wheel as the Dutch champion made it up to the leaders inside the final 300 metres. It proved a successful tactic, and showed no small amount of nous as well as strength – nobody else had managed to get in that position, after all. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com View the full article
  8. For much of the final 30 kilometres of Amstel Gold Race, there looked to be only one outcome in Berg en Terblijt. With Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-Quick Step) and Jakob Fuglsang (Astana), the finale was reminiscent of Strade Bianche, where the duo rode together for the last 20km before the Frenchman triumphed in Siena. While the script bore a resemblance to that of the Italian classic heading to the finish, it was torn up in extraordinary fashion in the closing kilometres. With Alaphilippe thought to have a better sprint, Fuglsang sat back as the duo neared the line. The result was a fatal slowing of the pace which let the chasing groups led by Michał Kwiatkowski (Team Sky) and Mathieu van der Poel (Corendon-Circus) make the catch in the final kilometre. Naturally, both Fuglsang and Alaphilippe had differing opinions on what went down. ADVERTISEMENT “I told him when we went that he had to pull, and that this time I should win instead of him,” Fuglsang joked to Eurosport after the finish. “But it didn’t work out. He didn’t agree and we ended up in third and fourth.” It was another fine result for the Dane, who continued his impressive vein of form to start the season. After winning the Vuelta a Andalucía, taking a stage at Tirreno-Adriatico, and finishing second at Strade Bianche, the podium at Amstel Gold Race is another outstanding result. But missing out on a possible victory inevitably brings disappointment, both in the result and how he got there. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com View the full article
  9. Mathieu van der Poel (Corendon-Circus) put on a spectacular show at Sunday’s Amstel Gold Race, storming to victory in one of the most thrilling finishes to any bike race in recent memory. The final kilometres of the race saw the 24-year old single-handedly led a chase group up to the leaders, bridging a one-minute gap to make the catch in the final 500 metres. He then powered past everybody in the closing metres to take the biggest win of his career so far. It was a barely believable scenario for spectators, but also for Van der Poel himself, who could hardly raise his arms in celebration as he crossed the line. ADVERTISEMENT “I didn’t even have the energy to put my hands in the air,” he told Het Nieuwsblad after the finish. “At three kilometres from the finish, nobody could tell me in what position I was riding in this chaotic final. Not the race radio, nor the team car. “I didn’t believe anymore that I was racing for the win. Only in the finishing straight did I see them all riding up ahead. I played it all or nothing and it became everything.” It’s another chapter in an incredible spring classics debut for Van der Poel. He had already mastered cyclo-cross, and then some. Racing on the road is another matter entirely, but with genes likes his – Adri is his father, Raymond Poulidor his grandfather – his follow up to last season’s glimpses of potential has been, to an extent, predictable. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com View the full article
  10. Chris Froome and Vincenzo Nibali watched Mathieu van der Poel win the Amstel Gold Race on a mobile telephone before the team presentation of the Tour of the Alps, seemingly more impressed with the Dutchman’s performance and victory than about their own chances of victory in the hilly five-day stage race that begins in Kufstein, Austria on Monday. Both Nibali and Froome watched the final kilometres like any rider or racer; looking for their teammates and then admiring Van der Poel’s incredible finish with a smile and an expression of respect. “He’s can win like that because cyclo-cross has given him that explosiveness. When he has to power through the sand or mud in a cyclo-cross race so often it trains him to produce big watts, it’s the benefit of crossing over from the two disciplines. He has trained to go the distance and kept his explosiveness,” Nibali pointed out. ADVERTISEMENT Froome admitted he knew little about Van der Poel but was equally impressed. Froome and Nibali sat side by side at the Tour of the Alps pre-race press conference, before admiring Van der Poel, any spats of the past forgotten due to their mutual respect. They are Grand Tour rivals, having won ten Grand Tour between them and are the big draw of the 2019 Tour of the Alps even if they both played down any expectations of a duel in the Austrian and Italian Alps of the Euroregion. Nibali looking for Giro d’Italia form You can read more at Cyclingnews.com View the full article
  11. Niewiadoma attacked on the final ascent of the Cauberg before holding off searing chase from van Vleuten in thrilling finale. Read the full article at Niewiadoma hangs on to take Amstel Gold nail-biter on VeloNews.com. View the full article
  12. Van der Poel stunned a lead trio who had looked set to contend the sprint, having single-handedly dragged the chase group back into the fray. Read the full article at Van der Poel takes stunning victory at Amstel Gold on VeloNews.com. View the full article
  13. Last weekend, Philippe Gilbert won Paris-Roubaix after an impressive display of strength both from him and his Deceuninck-Quick Step team. Ahead of Amstel Gold Race, the Belgian has said that there could be more of the same to come on Sunday. During the closing stages of the ‘Hell of the north’, Gilbert had teammate Yves Lampaert for company in the lead group, while Zdenek Štybar and Florian Senechal disrupted the chase. Gilbert heads into Amstel, which he has won four times, alongside Julian Alaphilippe, arguably the stand-out rider of the ADVERTISEMENT "It’s a nice race. It suits me," said Gilbert at his team’s pre-race press conference in Lanaken. “I’m still fresh enough and still focused on what’s coming. We’re going for it. “We’ll do it like in the cobbled classics. We start with several trump cards. It offers advantages over the other teams, and it also gives us confidence.” Gilbert and Štybar may have made the headlines, but with Bob Jungels, Kasper Asgreen and Florian Sénéchal all stepping up, there was a sense that Deceuninck-Quick Step could call on anybody during the cobbled classics. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com View the full article
  14. With Tim Wellens in good form to start the season, Lotto-Soudal are among the teams looking for a strong result at Amstel Gold Race. The Belgian took third at Brabantse Pijl on Wednesday, and named the men he finished with as the main favourites for the first in the Ardennes trilogy, picking out Corendon-Circus phenom Mathieu van der Poel for particular analysis. Wellens finished behind the 24-year-old and Julian Alaphilippe at Wednesday’s race. The duo are among most people’s favourites at Amstel, with Wellens saying that even his own grandmother sees the Dutchman as near-unbeatable. "A few days ago I was with my grandmother, just before Brabantse Pijl," Wellens said in an interview with Het Nieuwsblad. "She asked ‘is Van der Poel riding? Yes? Oh, then it’s for second place.’ ADVERTISEMENT "I had to laugh a lot about that, but it will be true every now and then; every race in which Van der Poel participates, he rides to win." There are other favourites too, of course. In a pre-race team statement, Wellens named his companions in the lead group at Brabantse Pijl as the top favourites. He sees a wider field of contenders at Sunday’s race, though. "Van der Poel, Alaphilippe and Matthews are of course again among the favourites," he said, "but that list will be extended with [Peter] Sagan, [Greg] Van Avermaet, [Alejandro] Valverde and the strong team of Astana. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com View the full article
  15. Remco Evenepoel may be just four months into his pro career, but the 19-year-old sensation is already showing the talent and aggression that saw him jump straight from the juniors to the big show. The Deceuninck-Quick Step rider put in his most impressive performance yet on stage 5 of the Tour of Turkey. Five kilometres from the top of the snow-capped summit finish at Kartepe, he was on the attack, eventually taking fourth at the finish. “It was a very hard day and and an extremely tough and steep climb with punishing double-digit gradients,” said Evenepoel in a post-race team statement. “Add to this also the cold temperatures, the headwind and the snow, and you get a really, really hard stage. ADVERTISEMENT “Actually, it was the first time in my career that I raced in such terrible conditions, and I’m happy with how I managed to overcome this day of suffering.” The finishing climb was arguably the toughest of the 2019 calendar so far, measuring in at 12km at an average of 9.1 per cent – and that was after four kilometres were cut off thanks to the UCI’s Extreme Weather Protocol. So it was all the more impressive to see Evenepoel battling it out with the likes of Valerio Conti and eventual stage winner Felix Großschartner on the ‘snowy hill’. Conti kicked off the festivities, before Evenepoel countered with 5km to go, later trying a solo attack before he was caught. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com View the full article
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