Niki Terpstra Victorious at Paris-Roubaix

niki_terpstraOmega Pharma – Quick-Step’s Niki Terpstra has won the biggest race of his career in securing victory at Paris-Roubaix. The front runners with 6km left to go to the velodrome finish included many of the race favourites –Trek’s Fabian Cancellara, Sep Vanmarcke (Belkin ProCycling), Peter Sagan (Cannondale) and no less than three OPQS riders – but it was the 29-year-old Dutchman Terpstra who dug deepest to secure a winning time of 06h 09′ 01”. German sprinter John Degenkolb (Giant-Shimano) took second and Cancellara third.


A clearly delighted Terpstra said, ‘I feel happy, but really tired. Finally I won a big one. We had a healthy, comfortable pressure from within the team to perform; the kind that motivates us to do well. We won a lot of races but not a big one yet. We wanted to prove we can win a big one… It’s a dream come true. Paris-Roubaix is a crazy race, old fashioned, but that’s why it’s special and why I love it that much. It was really my lucky day.’


Team Sky’s Geraint Thomas and Bradley Wiggins secured hard-fought top-10 finishes (7th and 9th respectively) with Wiggins – a replacement for the injured Ian Stannard – clearly frustrated that his performance wasn’t better. ‘There’s a tinge of disappointment because I really had the legs,’ said Wiggins, ‘Even in the final I felt strong. There was a part of it where I was pinching myself a bit – I don’t mind admitting that…’


Follow rising star Niki Terpstra on Twitter @NikiTerpstra


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New Balance Limited Edition Cobbled Classics 574

New Balance Limited Edition Cobbled Classics 574Back in January New Balance, already the exclusive off-bike athletic footwear and clothing sponsor for Team Garmin-Sharp, announced an expanded partnership with the pro cycling team.


Taking things to the next level New Balance have revealed the Limited Edition Cobbled Classics 574 shoe inspired by and commemorating both the Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix. The shoe, say New Balance, ‘…captures the shades of the region and draws inspiration from the historical cobbles, with premium suede, mesh and contrast accents.’ The word ‘Cobbled’ is embroidered on the back of the left shoe and ‘Classics’ on the right — a tribute to the nickname for the two races.


And how do you get hold of a pair? There’s the tricky bit as New Balance really means limited when they say limited – only 75 pairs of the Cobbled Classics 574 have been made and Team Garmin-Sharp get to wear 12 of them. The rest will go on sale, priced at $159.99 (£94), at 10am EDT – that’s 3pm in the UK – at


There is one other outside chance of getting your hands on a pair. Take a look at the Team Garmin-Sharp facebook page and suggest a band name for the team (seen sporting their New Balance shoes.) If you win them or buy them, let us know…



Team Sky Flanders and Paris-Roubaix Video

Team Sky Flanders and Paris-Roubaix VideoWith two of the most spectacular one-day races of the season – the Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix – taking place in the next 10 days, Team Sky have produced their latest YouTube video to give new fans of cycling an introduction to these historic ‘Monument Classics’ – with insights from the staff and riders who are set to tackle them.


Whilst Flanders on March 31 – and celebrating its 100th anniversary – is famous for its steep ‘hellingen’ climbs, the slightly older (at 117 years) Paris-Roubaix on Sunday, April 7, is, by contrast, a pan-flat test of endurance over bone-jarring sectors of pavé, each graded on their length and severity. Take a look at the Team Sky video below and ask yourself if you wouldn’t love to be amongst the 500,000 fans expected to line the roads of Belgium and northern France…




Dibben Aims for Podium

Jonathan Dibben was named yesterday, Wednesday March 15, as part of the six-strong under-18 GB team that will be heading out to contest the Junior Paris-Roubaix on April 8. Dibben placed overall fourth last year and is hotly tipped to be chasing a podium finish over the classic (and infamously cobbled) Paris-Roubaix route, the junior version of which runs a truncated 122km. If successful, Dibben will be following in the footsteps of fellow Brits Geraint Thomas (winner in 2004) and Andy Fenn (2009).


The full GB team for Junior Paris-Roubaix is:

Jonathan Dibben, Tao Geoghegan Hart, Oliver Wood, Chris Latham, Harry Tanfield and Sam Lowe.



Van Summeren First (But Cancellara Top)

Van SummerenThis year’s 258km Paris-Roubaix was almost entirely defined by its crashes and mishaps. Belgian’s Tom Boonen (Quick Step’s Team leader) endured a puncture during the Arenberg Forest section before finally crashing out, whilst Bjorn Leukemans (Vacansoleil), Roger Hammond (Garmin-Cervelo), Sylvain Chavanel (Quick Step) and Filippo Pozzato (Katusha) were amongst others that went the same way. In the end though Garmin-Cervélo’s Johan Van Summeren took first in 6:07:28 for the biggest win of his career to date, with Fabian Cancellara in second for Leopard Trek and Maarten Tjallingii (Rabobank) third. Those looking at technical innovations may have noted that Van Summeren was resplendent in the new SpeedSuit (which has been called “possibly the fastest bit of clothing ever created for road racing”) which was trialled by Garmin-Cervelo at the Milan-San Remo in March.


Some comfort though for Cancellara; despite yesterday’s second place (and missing out at both Milan-San Remo and Tour of Flanders) he has moved into the top spot of the Union Cycliste Internationale’s latest WorldTour ranking with 236 points. The new UCI rankings now look like this:


1 – Fabian Cancellara (Leopard Trek) 236 points
2 – Matt Goss (HTC-Highroad) 203 points
3 – Andreas Kloden (RadioShack) 202 points
1 – Italy 525 points
2 – Australia 517 points
3 – Belgium 466 points
1 – RadioShack 465 points
2 – HTC-Highroad 453 points
3 – Rabobank 392 points


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