Recent Road Cycling News
Omega Pharma-Quick Step’s Niki Terpstra crossed the finish line in the Roubaix velodrome without another rider in sight. There would be no sprint finish. The Dutchman had out-legged the competition to ride solo to the 2014 Paris-Roubaix victory, touting a 19 second gap to the next competitor.
The Vattenfall Cyclassics in Hamburg has become one of the biggest road races in Europe for pros and amateurs alike, and a classic for seeing some of the big stars of the Tour de France and the German cycling elite up close and in person. From 23rd to 25th of August, the sold-out event took place for the 18th time. Approximately 22,000 amateurs kicked into the pedals before the pros had their UCI World Tour Race – which is, by the way, Germany’s only pro race at the highest World Tour level.
The Tour de France Experience was created for VIP dealers and media in Alpe d’Huez, at the location of the most mythical – and arguably one the hardest – stages of the Tour de France. The mountain stage climb to Alpe d’Huez stretches over 13,9km with an average gradient of 8,1%, via 21 hairpin bends and a maximum gradient of 13% – wow! Seeing the incline, one can’t even imagine anyone riding this up on a bike – let alone racing!