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.
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.
Many predicted that the Dutch national champion, Mathieu van der Poel would win the 2021 Strade Bianche, but the Tuscan race on the white roads can be a lottery. The race came down to three men; Van der Poel, Julian Alaphilippe and Egan Bernal, the race would be decided on the final climb to the Piazza del Campo, Siena.
The Deceuninck - Quick-Step team dominated the first Classic of the season and launched Davide Ballerini across the finish line of the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad first. The young Italian held off Jake Stewart and Sep Vanmarcke in a sprint from a large group.
After the disappointment of the Tour de France, Primoz Roglič took his second overall win in Vuelta a España. The final stage was no 'stroll in the park' as the top sprinters wanted the final win of the season. Pascal Ackermann and Sam Bennett fought out the sprint for the photo finish to give the win to fast German.
David Gaudu (Groupama-FDJ) won his second stage of the 2020 Vuelta a España on the Alto de La Covatilla. Behind the Frenchman; the GC men attacked each other for the overall win. Richard Carapaz (INEOS Grenadiers) went solo, but the red jersey, Primoz Roglič (Jumbo-Visma), held him to 24 seconds to seal the final victory in Madrid tomorrow.
A long, wet day finished in an uphill bunch sprint. The times of the overall men was taken at 3 kilometres to go, so the fast finishers, that were left, could fight it out. Jasper Philipsen (UAE Team Emirates) beat Pascal Ackermann (BORA-hansgrohe) and Jannik Steimle (Deceuninck - Quick-Step) at the end of the 2020 Vuelta's longest stage.
Stage 14 was always going to a be 'Break Day' but it nearly wasn't, as Astana had missed the move. On a fast day the break held off the bunch, split, regrouped and we had six riders fighting for the victory. On the sharp uphill finish; Tim Wellens got the better of Michael Woods and Zdeněk Štybar.