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Amstel Gold Race 2021: The Finish Line

Amstel Gold Race 2021: The Finish Line
After the finish line came…confusion. Wout van Aert pumped his fist in celebration, but the celebrating soon stopped. Had he beaten Tom Pidcock? Exacted his revenge for Brabantse Pijl four days earlier, adding another big win to his burgeoning palmarès? He didn’t know. Continue reading

The Red Line: Volta a Catalunya 2021

The Red Line: Volta a Catalunya 2021
It remains something of a mystery to me that it is Simon Yates, and not Adam, who has won a Grand Tour. It is Simon Yates, and not Adam who has come close to winning the Giro. And that it is Simon Yates, and not Adam who counts Tirreno-Adriatico among his victories, to stand alongside the 7 stage wins at all three Grand Tours that he has racked up. Continue reading

The Red Line: Gent–Wevelgem 2021

The Red Line: Gent–Wevelgem 2021
The first time I ever saw Wout van Aert in the flesh was just past the finish line of Strade Bianche in August 2020. Earlier that day I’d stumbled across our editor Mr Boulting enjoying a coffee en plein air in a Piazza del Campo cramped by coronavirus restrictions, accompanied by Steve Cummings. A more Road Book image it is difficult to conjure up. Continue reading

The Red Line: Milan- Sanremo 2021

The Red Line: Milan- Sanremo 2021
Jasper Stuyven, the 2009 junior world champion, who then won the 2010 junior Paris-Roubaix while wearing the rainbow jersey, has on occasion been disparaged as “the champion without a jersey.” When Quick Step poached Bob Jungels from Trek Factory Racing in 2015, keeping Jasper Stuyven became a priority for the team management. Continue reading

The soap opera of Tirreno Adriatico 2021

The soap opera of Tirreno Adriatico 2021
“I just don’t understand, there isn’t really anything to see until they’re going for the finish line,” my housemate said, after I’d commandeered the television to stick Tirreno-Adriatico on, Paris-Nice warming up on the laptop perched on the coffee table – the sort of decadence cycling fans of decades past couldn’t have imagined. Continue reading

The Red Line: Tirreno–Adriatico 2021

The Red Line: Tirreno–Adriatico 2021
Year in, year out, Tirreno Adriatico pushes the boundaries of what can be demanded of WorldTour riders so early in the season. it is the nearest thing to a Grand Tour compressed into one week of any other race before Milano Sanremo, and this was reflected in the line-up of team leaders for this year’s race. Continue reading