Costa Holds Off Field To Win In Montreal

Earlier today we asked Can anyone beat Gilbert? Well the answer was yes but not by much. But today, Rui Faria da Costa (Movistar) was able to hold off a charging field that included Gilbert to take the win at the Grand Prix Cycliste de Montreal. The young Portuguese rider broke away from the field…

Can Gilbert Be Beaten?

Can Philippe Gilbert Be Beaten? That’s the question many are asking going into Sunday’s Grand Prix Cycliste de Montreal. The Belgian Champion and number one UCI WorldTour ranked rider in the world showed great form and determination when he launch an onslaught of attacks on the final lap in Québec that no one could match.…

Gilbert Wins In Quebec

A virtual target on his back didn’t stop Philippe Gilbert (Omega Pharma Lotto) from winning a very tough Grand Prix Cycliste de Québec this afternoon. After breaking away from the field with two laps to go, Gilbert found himself in a select 11 rider break. But not liking the fact that some were not cooperating,…

Hesjedal Wants The Top Step This Weekend

On form, Canadian Ryder Hesjedal (Garmin-Cervelo) is coming to the Grand Prix Cyclistes races in Québec and Montreal to win. “I just want to race well, perform well and be happy when I leave the race but with the way I was able to perform last year, I want to win here. I want to…

Why #Hashtags Matter

Throughout the USA Pro Cycling Challenge last week, the #hashtag confusion, along with the non-descript official event name, led to the creation of silly names to identify the race on twitter. Though meant to be harmless fun, it highlighted an underlying event identity issue which needs to be clear and easily recognizable. A muddled social…

Bigger And Better Challenge Sprint Pro Is Back

It’s a simple concept seen in winter sports, like ski cross that was added to the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver. Three racers go head-to-head on a one-kilometer course where only the fast survive to race again and again until only one remains. Introduced last year, the Challenge Sprint Pro is back with a…

Reactions – USA Pro Cycling Challenge Stage 6

After seven challenging days of racing through the Colorado Rockies, Levi Leipheimer (RadioShack) was crowned the champion of the inaugural USA Pro Cycling Challenge in front of a monumental crowd estimated at 250,000 spectators, in downtown Denver. Behind Liquigas-Cannondale sprinted to their third stage win but this time it was Daniel Oss crossing the line…

USA Pro Cycling Challenge Stage 6 – Preview

Stage 5 of USA Pro Cycling Challenge, Golden to Denver The final stage takes us along another highly anticipated route – the climb up and the descent down the treacherous Lookout Mountain, where the overall King of the Mountain winner will be decided. The riders will start under Golden’s famous “Howdy Folks” welcome arch, take…

Reactions – USA Pro Cycling Challenge Stage 5

Sprinter Elia Viviani of the Liquigas-Cannondale did it again at the USA Pro Cycling Challenge. Benefiting from a great leadout from his teammate Daniel Oss, Viviani won stage 5 in a mad bunch sprint besting Jaime Castaneda (UNE-EPM) for his second consecutive victory in Colorado. Oss held on for third. With strong support from his…

USA Pro Cycling Challenge Stage 5 – Preview

Stage 5 of USA Pro Cycling Challenge, Steamboat Springs to Breckenridge The penultimate stage starts in Werner Mountain, where the cyclists will take off under the watchful eye of Steamboat’s primary ski hill. At only 11-miles into the stage, the double-summit Rabbit Ears Pass is the first opportunity for an attack and to get more…

Reactions – USA Pro Cycling Challenge Stage 4

Clear blue skies and remarkable crowds welcomed the riders to the finish in Steamboat Springs, as 22-year-old Elia Viviani received a strong leadout from his Liquigas-Cannondale teammate Daniel Oss to take the win. Michael Mørkøv (Saxo Bank SunGard) was second and Kenny Van Hummel (Skil-Shimano), third on stage 4 of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge.…