The Tour of Flanders came up to all expectations, but 'The Big Three' of Mathieu van der Poel, Wout van Aert and World champion Julian Alaphilippe were usurped by Danish champion, Kasper Asgreen. Spencer Martin breaks down Sunday's De Ronde pedal stroke by pedal stroke.
Kasper Asgreen won the 105th edition of the Tour of Flanders. The Deceuninck - Quick-Step Dane surprisingly beat defending champion Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin-Fenix) in the final sprint - Man-against-man. Greg Van Avermaet (AG2R Citroën) was third.
The biggest race on the calendar - If you ask a bike fan in Flanders. 'De Ronde' is a phenomenal race, every year is an epic battle, not just between the riders, but the elements and the route. Ed Hood builds the excitement for Sunday with our Flanders PEZ Race Preview.
Another exciting weekend with the top battles in Belgium and Spain. Spencer Martin breaks down the action from Gent-Wevelgem and the Volta Ciclista a Catalunya and gives us his takeaways, the good, the bad and what it all means for the season.
After a tough, wind-swept 250 kilometres, Wout van Aert won the 2021 Gent-Wevelgem. The leader of the Jumbo-Visma team started the day as top favourite and did not disappoint. He won the sprint from a leading group of seven riders who had been off the front for most of the day. Italians took the next three places: Giacomo Nizzolo, Matteo Trentin and Sonny Colbrelli. Michael Matthews was fifth.
The sophistication of Milano-Sanremo gives way to the gritty reality of the Flemish cobbles, with the chance of freezing, horizontal rain and gale force winds. Gent-Wevelgem is said to be for the sprinters, but it's always a hard-man who wins. Ed Hood looks at the race and the top riders for Sunday.
Milano-Sanremo, a visual tour of the stunning Liguria coast and hands-down the most beautiful Monument, ran on Saturday with Jasper Stuyven of Trek-Segafredo thwarting the pre-race favorites and taking a thrilling upset victory. As expected, the nearly seven-hour race came down to the final thirty minutes, with positioning leading into and on the Poggio playing a major part in the final selection.
Race Report: Milano-Sanremo is dynamite with a very long fuse, but when it explodes, stand back for action. As is usual, the Poggio is where the race blew up to give us a group of worthy front runners for the swoop into Sanremo. But it was Trek-Segafredo's Jasper Stuyven who took everyone by surprise for the big win.
Milano-Sanremo is the first big one-day meeting of the stars. We've had the amuse-bouche of the 'Opening Flemish Weekend' but the main course starts here. Ed Hood runs through the history, the course and who the possible first rider will be across the finish line on the Via Roma.