Paris-Roubaix 2013 – Live Dashboard

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Almost flat but full of cobbled sectors, Paris-Roubaix favors only the strongest riders. Last year’s winner Tom Boonen withdrew after his crash in Ronde van Vlandaaren and Fabian Cancellara‘s health is a bit of a mystery after crashing twice past week.

The real start was given at 10:30 CET this morning and the live television coverage starts around 13:00 and will be broadcasted in most countries in Europe, US, Canada and Australia.

in Europe, besides Eurosport, France 3 in France, Sporza and RTBF in Belgium, RTVE in Spain, Rai Sport 2 in Italy, NoS in Holland, RTL in Luxemburg and SF Zwei in Switzerland will broadcast the race live. Other broadcasters include RDS in Canada, NBC Sports in United States and SBS in Australia.

Live Streaming: Sporza,  RTBF, Rai Sport 2, SBS

Also check out 2013 riders’ list and Paris-Roubaix History.

Live Dashboard

17:17 – Fabian Cancellara won the sprint on the Roubaix Velodrome ahead of Sep VanmarckeNiki Tersptra came third one lap behind.

17:05 - After Vanderbergh and Stybar crashed one after the other, Fabian Cancellara and Sep Vanmarcke just passed under the 10km banner with 35 seconds lead.

15:50 - Cancellara attacked with Zdenek Stybar (OPQ) and regrouped with the leading duo as they entered Champin-en-Pevele.

15:40 - With 25 kilometers to go, Sep Vanmarcke (Blanco) and Stijn Vandenbergh (OPQ) are on the lead with a 40 seconds gap ahead of the now 10-riders chasing group including Fabian Cancellara (RLT), Damien Gaudin (EUC) and Niki Terpstra (OPQ).

15:15 - The breakaway group has been caught by the chasing bunch, who were down to 40 riders as they approached Mons-en-Pevele sector. Omega Pharma Quick Step team-mates Sylvain Chavanel, Niki Terpstra and Stijn Vandenbergh took charge of the bunch and raised the tempo. We now have a 13-rider leading group now.

15:00 – Michael Schar (BMC) joined the escapees, forming a group of 3. Damien Gaudin (EUC) and Stuart O’Grady (OGE) are chasing the trio which are only 50 seconds ahead of the peloton.

14:30 - The breakaway split into two: Gert Steegmans (OPQ) and Matt Hayman (SKY) are now leading 27 seconds ahead of a chasing group of three riders. The peloton is though closing the gap and is around 1 minute behind the leaders.

14:00 - As Arenberg is passed, the four-men breakaway is now 1:20 ahead of the peloton.

13:15 - New four-men breakaway leads the peloton by 18 seconds: Gert Steegmans (OPQ), Matt Henman (SKY), Stuart O Grady (OGE) and Clement Koretzky (BSE). FDJ’s Yoann Offredo crashed heavily after hitting road furniture.

12:30 - Peloton regroups after the early brekaway failed.

11:00 - 13 riders formed a break and are ahead by 35 seconds: Gert Steegmans (OPQ), Bjorn Thurau (EUC), Bob Jungels (RLT), Gatis Smukulis (KAT), Jacob Rathe (GRS), Jens Debuschere (LTB), Frederik Veuchelen (VCD), Michael Morkov (TST), Evaldas Siskevicius (SOJ), Guillaume Boivin (CAN), Eloy Teruel (MOV), Clement Kortesky (BSE) and Benjamin Lemontagner (BSE).

10:30 - The real start was given to 198 riders from 25 teams.

Paris-Roubaix – A Brief History

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First raced in 1896, the third monument of the cycling season, Paris-Roubaix is famous for its rough terrain, specifically cobblestones. “l’Enfer du Nord” – Hell of the North passes through northern France’s former coal-mining region covered with cobbled roads and rutted tracks before the riders finish in the famous outdoor velodrome in Roubaix.

Both Tom Boonen and Roger de Vlaeminck hold the record with 4 wins each and more recently it was only Johan Vansummeren and Fabian Cancellara being victorious other than Boonen.

Fabian Cancellara Wins 2013 Ronde van Vlaanderen

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RadioShack Leopard’s Swiss rider Fabian Cancellara won the 100th-anniversary Ronde van Vlaanderen, soloing to victory repeating his 2010 performance.

Cancellara was on the break with Cannondale’s Peter Sagan and Lotto Bellisol’s Jurgen Roelandts but the Swiss rider dispatched both on the final ascent of the Paterberg with 14 km to go. Cancellara, free of Sagan on his wheel, went into time-trial with the descend of Paterberg and raced away, building a lead of upto 1:30 in the final kilometers.

Peter Sagan outsprinted Roelandts and took the second place, while the Belgian rider contented himself with the third podium spot. Last year’s Ronde van Vlaanderen champion and big-time favourite Tom Boonen crashed out of the race at the very beginning and will not start Paris-Roubaix next sunday according to team doctors.

“The goal was to win and things sometime you can’t predict how they’re coming,” Cancellara told. “It’s just amazing. One year ago I was on the ground. Now I’m back. I did what i had to do — bring this Ronde van Vlaanderen home.”

“Well, Cancellara was a little better. The critical point of the game? I was with Fabian and Jürgen Roelandts. On the Kwaremont I could follow him, but the Paterberg was over,” Peter Sagan said. “I quickly turned the knob on Jürgen waited and together we drove to the podium. This was necessary, because the rest were still at our heels.”

Cancellara’s Attack on Paterberg

Final 3 Kilometers

Ronde van Vlaanderen 2013 Results

1. Fabian Cancellara (Swi) RadioShack Leopard 6:05:58
2. Peter Sagan (Svk) Cannondale Pro Cycling 1′ 26″
3. Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Lotto Belisol 1′ 28″
4. Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Katusha 1′ 38″
5. Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) FDJ
6. Heinrich Haussler (Aus) IAM Cycling
7. Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team
8. Sébastien Turgot (Fra) Team Europcar
9. John Degenkolb (Ger) Team Argos-Shimano
10. Sebastian Langeveld (Ned) Orica-GreenEdge

Sensational Sagan Solos out of Breakaway to Win Gent-Wevelgem

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Cannondale’s Slovakian sensation Peter Sagan, after finishing Milan-SanRemo in second place, didn’t wait for a group sprint this time and attacked with 3.5 kilometers to the line.

As the peloton tackled Baneberg, Kemmelberg and Monteberg for the last time, a group of riders including Peter Sagan formed a chase group, which eventually merged with the breakaway, forming a very strong 13-rider break and building a lead of 1′ 30″ very rapidly.

Stijn Vandenbergh made a move with 4 km to go as the peloton reduced the gap to 30 seconds, which opened the series of escape attempts but only Sagan was strong and determined enough to build a margin and keep his distance from the rest of the escapees.

Astana’s Borut Bozic came second, winning the sprint amongst the remaining riders in the breakaway while Greg Van Avermaet from BMC came third.

Tom Boonen‘s chances of becoming the only four-time winner of the race ended with a crash while Fabian Cancellara, winner of Friday’s E3 Harelbeke, also abandoned.

Sagan celebrated his win this time by popping a wheelie as he crossed the line.

Last 10 Kilometes

Gent-Wevelgem 2013 Results

1 Peter Sagan (Svk) Cannondale Pro Cycling 4′ 29′ 10″
2 Borut Bozic (Slo) Astana Pro Team 23″
3 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team
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Gent-Wevelgem 2013 – Preview and TV Guide

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Covering only 10 cobbled hills, last of them 35 kilometers from the finish line, Gent-Wevelgem is a true sprinters’ classic. Similar to Milan-SanRemo, the race very occasionally ends with a successful breakaway.

The hills, positioned too far away from the finish line, may not allow a breakaway to succeed but play a very important role deciding which of the sprinters can keep up with the pace. Peter Sagan, coming second to Tom Boonen last year, and finishing both Milan-SanRemo and E3 Harelbeke in second places this year, will definitely want to win the race.

3-times winner Tom Boonen, failed to stick with the front group in E3 Harelbeke 2 days ago, will be ready for a bunch sprint; not that sure for his new team-mate Mark Cavendish though, who failed to finish past 2 editions of Gent-Wevelgem. Also watch out for Orica Greenedge’s Matthew Goss and John Degenkolb from Argos; both showed good form recently. SKY, with their elite classics crew can have a rider on the podium, Edvald Boasson Hagen, Ian Stannard or maybe Bernard Eisel.

Sporza and RTBF in BelgiumNOS in Netherlands, and RAI Sport in Italy will broadcast the race live on TV.

For live streaming options, check out the below links though some may be geo-location restricted;

SporzaRTBFRai Sport

Gent-Wevelgem – A Brief History

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Gent-Wevelgem is the sprinters’ classic of the 2.5 weeks long cobblestones season. The event was first run in 1934, and 2013 will be its 75th edition. The race was positioned between Ronde van Vlaanderen and Paris-Roubaix on Wednesdays, but in 2010 the race shifted to Sunday, the weekend before the Ronde.

Five riders in total, 4 of them Belgian, share the record of most wins with 3 victories each; Robert Van EenaemeRik Van LooyEddy Merckx, Tom Boonen and Mario Cippollini. Besides Boonen’s double in 2001 and 2002, Edvald Boasson HagenBernhard Eisel and Oscar Freire were able to win this prestigious classic more recently.

Fabian Cancellara won E3 Harelbeke in Timetrial Mode

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E3 Harelbeke winner in 2010 and 2011, Fabian Cancellara attacked on the cobbled sector of Oude Kwaremont climb, 35 kilometres from the end, dropping Peter Sagan off his wheel. Cancellara, then easily managed to build 1 minute lead to the rest of the escapees; Daniel Oss, Geraint Thomas, Sebastian Langeveld, Sylvain Chavanel and Peter Sagan. At one point the gap reduced to 40 seconds but Cancellara was all too strong and didn’t drop his pace at any point during his solo run.

Peter Sagan won the sprint amongst the chase group, Daniel Oss getting the last podium spot. 5 time E3 Harelbeke winner Tom Boonen couldn’t get into the escape groups that formed before Cancellara’s break came, but managed to win the sprint amongst the remaining riders in the peloton, putting him into 7th place, but still 2:15 away from Cancellara.

“You have to take it when you can as you never know what tomorrow brings,” said Cancellara. “After my crash in Flanders last year this was my first race on this special ground. I saw that there were many Omega Pharma-QuickSteps in the front, so I decided to try something. It was a so hard but such a unique experience. Many things crossed my mind. This is a great win for me and for the team. Anything that will come now is a bonus.”

E3 Harelbeke 2013 Final Kilometers

E3 Harelbeke 2013 Results

1. Fabian Cancellara (Swi) RadioShack Leopard 5:08:28
2. Peter Sagan (Svk) Cannondale Pro Cycling 1′ 04″
3. Daniel Oss (Ita) BMC Racing Team
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E3 Harelbeke 2013 – Riders’ List

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6 teams are invited with wildcards besides the 19 pro tour teams: Accent.Jobs – Wanty,  Crelan-Euphony and Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise from Belgium, Cofidis and Europcar from France, and IAM Cycling from Switzerland.

Peter SaganPhilippe GilbertLars Boom, Filippo PozzatoEdvald Boasson Hagen, and of course Tom Boonen are this year’s favorites. Check out Race Preview for more detail about the route.

The startlist of the 56th edition of E3 Harelbeke
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E3 Harelbeke – A Brief History

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E3 Harelbeke is the first world tour race of the 2.5 week long cobbled classics season. With its first edition dating back to 1958, E3 Harelbeke is a 210 kilometers long course that starts and finishes in Harelbeke, located in the Belgian province of West Flanders. The race, originally named Harelbeke-Anvers-Harelbeke, takes it name from the E3 motorway that was built in mid sixties.

Belgian cyclist Tom Boonen holds the record for most wins with 5 victories followed by Rik Van Looy (4) and Jan Raas (3). More recently Fabian Cancellara won the race back to back in 2010 and 2011 and Filippo Pozzato was victorious in 2009.

Milan-San Remo 2013 – Pre-Race Interviews

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Winner of five stages so far, all in sensational fashion, Milan-San Remo is Cannondale’s Peter Sagan‘s to lose, and all the teams will put some tactics on the field to overcome the Slovakian.

“I feel like I have two chances to win: either a sprint from a group or by following an attack on the Poggio,” says Sagan. “It’s my third attempt here and I have learned that the Cipressa and Poggio are key to understand if you can win or not. I’ll see for myself and not think too much about what the others can do, and I’ll count on my teammates. They can help make the difference.”

Whereas Manx-Missile Mark Cavendish played the underdogs, just like the year he won the race: “I was obviously asked if I want to target this and I honestly don’t want to target this. So, the pressure just on myself has been a lot less.”

Tom Boonen was a bit more confident, “Milan-San Remo is the next step in the evolution to my target races. It’s not the biggest objective of the Spring Classics, but I think maybe I will be ready to do a good race on Sunday. I’ve started to feel like my normal self and it is about time.”

And Vini Fantini’s Mauro Santambrogio, after his great run in Tirreno-Adriatico spoke even more boldly: “I will have to do well, this is the Carpe Diem moment for me and I don’t want to miss it. I know that the weather could seriously impact on the race, but I am ready for anything and in Tirreno the possibility of competing in the water was certainly not missed.”

“So many strong riders have a plan for this race: Cancellara, Sagan, Hushovd – in any normal circumstance they can all win,” said Astana’s general manager Giuseppe Martinelli. “But our strategy for the race is 100 percent behind Vincenzo Nibali, and if the weather is bad, then for us this is optimal, because everybody knows he rides better in the rain and cold.