The Strade Bianche is a look back into Italian cycle racing history, the white roads, the sterrato, with its dust on a dry day or clogging mud in the rain, add some steep climbs and you have a perfect day in Tuscany. The finish, and relief of the pain and discomfort, is in the marvellous setting of the Piazza del Campo. Who will put his name on the list of Strade Bianche winners for 2024?
Feb 29, 2024: Spring hits Europe. Midweek racing from Laigueglia and Le Samyn all with video. Van Avermaet says Jorgenson was the best transfer. Rider news: Bernal, Carthy, Thomas, Alaphilippe, Skjelmose, Bomboi, Goossens, Pinot and De Boer. Team news: UAE, Soudal Quick-Step, dsm-firmenich PostNL, TotalEnergies, INEOS and Cynisca. Race news: Milano-Torino, O Gran Camiño, Volta NXT Classic and a scooter goes viral.
Are we using smart trainers “dumbly?” When should we be using ERG mode and when should we be using other modes like “resistance” or “slope” to optimize our workouts?
Visma | Lease a Bike dominated the 'opening weekend', winning the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne. Much like last year, the Dutch 'Super-Team' was mostly in control and took the victories in both races, again. One a surprise, and the other as expected. So, who is in top form and who 'could do better'? What does the opening weekend tell us for the coming Classics?
Feb 26, 2024: The 'real' season has started: Omloop and Kuurne. Plus UAE Tour, O Gran Camiño, Ardèche Classic and Drôme Classic - All with video. Van Aert happy Rider news: Van der Poel, the Lefevere/Alaphilippe soap opera, Pozzovivo and Campenaerts. Team news: Soudal Quick-Step and UAE Team ADQ. Race news: Subsidence problems for the Paterberg.
No surprise: Wout van Aert won the second race of the 'opening weekend' - Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne. Visma | Lease a Bike dominated the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and Kuurne for a double weekend of success. Van Aert, Tim Wellens and Spanish champion, Oier Lazkano, fought for the victory, for Van Aert to put the cream on the Visma cake.
That food could be made attractive and delicious seems to have come as a startling discovery to the pro peloton a few years ago but the author of “One More Croissant for the Road” would not find that surprising. Her purpose was not to crush QOMs or race anyone but the book shows us another combination of how food and cycling can work together.
After a day of cat-and-mouse, with Visma ! Lease a Bike sending riders up the road, the first BIG Classic of 2024 went to the Dutch team, but not who we expected. It was Jan Tratnik who out-sprinted Nils Politt (UAE Team Emirates) after a late break. Wout van Aert was third at the head of the chasers.