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ANDERSON: Hail Roubaix and Flanders, the most classic of Classics

We have just passed the zenith of the Spring Classics season for another year. There are many great races at this time of the calendar, but ultimately it is the Ronde van Vlaanderen and the Paris-Roubaix that hold that something extra special.

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Out-of-favour Goss needs to rise to Bling’s challenge

News this week that Michael ‘Bling’ Matthews will ride the Giro while Matthew Goss, who was heading to Italy, will now ride the Tour of California and Tour de Suisse, poses a major question – has Goss lost his mantle as Orica-GreenEDGE’s No. 1 sprinter?

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Wiggins can win Paris-Roubaix next year

Yes, I know, I’m British so I would say that. But he can. Here’s why.

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Terpstra didn’t win Paris-Roubaix, Sagan and Boonen lost it

Crikey, what an edition of Paris-Roubaix that was. If you weren’t up out of your seat several times over the last 60km, you’re either terminally bed-ridden or already devoid of breath. It was that thrilling.

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Former Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins vowed to earn his place on the Sky team to support defending champion Chris Froome in July after finishing ninth at Paris-Roubaix.

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Terpsta’s Roubaix win saves season for Omega Pharma-Quick Step

The Omega Pharma-Quick Step team live and breathe for the spring classics. Niki Terpstra’s win in Paris-Roubaix, then, was a defibrillator reviving a body flat-lining its way to oblivion.

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Paris-Roubaix: The contenders

“How can somebody be in love with Hell? It’s a contradiction. Makes no sense. Most would call it madness…”

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Vansummeren’s crash: watch or not to watch?

Anyone who has ridden a bike for any length of time knows what it’s like to take a fall. For those who ride for a living, crashes are an occupational hazard.

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Is it wrong to enjoy seeing cyclists crash?

The Tour of Flanders really was a war of attrition, and no one epitomised the riders’ bravery more than Belgian national Road Race champion Stijn Devolder. From memory, he crashed at least three times – and I don’t just mean fell, but hit the road, hard!

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Australian Michael Matthews has sprinted to victory in the third stage of the Tour of the Basque Country.

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Oude-Kwaremont: The history of a hill

“There are two races for the Kwaremont; the race to it and the race up it, and of the two the race to it is the nastiest,” says double Tour of Flanders winner Peter Van Petegem.

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Australian cyclist Richie Porte will forgo a bid for individual glory in the Giro d’Italia in order to be ready for Tour de France team duties.

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The Tour of Flanders from the cobbles

They hung from the trees, they craned and strained their necks and risked getting smashed to smithereens by the team cars and motos that flew past over rutted track and jutting cobbles.

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Van Dijk smashed Flanders, but Belgian TV dropped the ball

It took a remarkable individual performance from a time trial champion to win the Ronde van Vlaanderen. A dominant performance combining raw power, skill over the cobbles, and plenty of panache.

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Sprinter Michael Matthews gave Australian team Orica-GreenEDGE their first European victory of the season when he triumphed in a bunch sprint at the Vuelta a La Rioja in Spain’s Basque region.

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Record breaker Cancellara the toast of Flanders

There was an intriguing moment five kilometres from the end of the 98th Tour of Flanders, when Fabian Cancellara ostentatiously held an energy gel between his teeth in front of his three fellow escapees before sucking down its sickly sweet contents.

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Paris-Roubaix 2013

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Classic win: Belgian cyclist Tom Boonen (centre) wins the Tour of Flanders

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Slovak cyclist Peter Sagan of Cannondale adjusts the red jersey (leader jersey) after winning the third stage of the Tour of Oman, from Nakhal Fort to Wadi Dayqah Dam, on February 13, 2013, in Oman. AFP PHOTO / JEFF PACHOUD

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Orica-GreenEDGE rider Simon Gerrans celebrates winning Stage 3 at the 2013 Tour de France (Image: Sky).

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Peter Sagan celebrates winning stage three of the 2013 Tirreno-Adriatico (Image: La Gazzetta dello Sport)

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Australian cyclist Michael Rogers riding for Team Saxo-Tinkoff during the 2013 Tour de France

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Switzerland's Fabian Cancellara. AP Photo/Michel Euler

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The Roar of the crowd

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2014 Paris-Roubaix: Preview and live blog

The 2014 Paris-Roubaix is almost upon us, and what a race it promises to be. Join us right here on The Roar from 10pm AEST for all the updates from this much-anticipated race.

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2014 Tour of Flanders: Preview and live blog

The Tour of Flanders is 259 kilometres of narrow country roads, lung bursting climbs, wind and cobblestones. It is Paris-Roubaix with hills, a true Monument of cycling, and you can join us for all the action right here on The Roar from 10pm tonight eastern Australian time.

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2014′s Grand Tour favourites (part 2)

By Jamie Finch-Penninger, 5 Apr 2014
2014′s Grand Tour favourites (part 2)

The last Tour de France winner without much in the way of pre-Tour de France form was Carlos Sastre, who took the 2008 Tour de France from second place Cadel Evans on the back of an impressive team performance from the then-CSC team [read part one here].

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2014′s Grand Tour favourites (part 1)

By Jamie Finch-Penninger, 4 Apr 2014
2014′s Grand Tour favourites (part 1)

It’s a good time of the season to look at the contenders for the Grand Tours and how they’ve been faring in the early season stage races.

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If Milan-San Remo ain’t broke…

By Tom Fish, 26 Mar 2014
If Milan-San Remo ain’t broke…

If your attention was diverted anywhere but the television on Sunday, you missed one hell of a bike race.

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Rivals’ early season form and “the Hell of the North” could spell trouble for Froome

It is highly unlikely that the early season form shown by the likes of Alejandro Valverde, Alberto Contador and – to a lesser extent – Vincenzo Nibali is sufficient enough to have caused Chris Froome any sleepless nights recently.

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Does Lance Armstrong deserve another chance?

Ever since the Lance Armstrong drug saga surfaced, the disgraced cyclist has been angling for a return to international competition.

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Track WC Day 4: Amy’s search for rainbow is cured with points race win

After coming so close previously, Amy Cure now has a rainbow jersey to herself, winning her maiden world championship title in an event she admitted was not her main focus.

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Track World Championships: Day 2 wrap

Highlights of day two of the world track championships included Anna Meares missing her fifth time-trial title, taking silver, a spectacular crash by Mathew Glaetzer seeing his bike in the stands and his skin on the track and Alex Edmondson matching his team pursuit title with an individual gold medal.

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Could Sanchez be Cadel’s missing link?

By SuperEel22, 15 Feb 2014
Could Sanchez be Cadel’s missing link?

When Euskaltel-Euskadi were disbanded at the end of last season, BMC made a very shrewd move in signing Olympic gold medallist Samuel Sanchez. At age 36 he won’t be a long-term fixture in the team but he may be just what the doctor ordered.

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Kittel reigns supreme on Dubai Tour

Despite missing out on a stage victory at the Tour Down Under, Marcel Kittel swept aside the competition at the recent inaugural Dubai Tour to claim three consecutive stage victories.

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Interview with Calvin Watson

By Sam Hill, 5 Feb 2014
Interview with Calvin Watson

Sun Herald Tour defending champion Calvin Watson was certainty not the favourite 13 months ago.

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Sun Herald Tour 2014 preview: is Simon Gerrans just too good?

The Herald Sun Tour always promises exciting racing, with an elite selection of the world’s most talented cyclists lining up to compete in Australia’s oldest stage race.

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Drapac’s Ben Johnson out of the NZ Cycle Classic after collision

Ben Johnson of Drapac Professional Cycling will miss this week’s New Zealand Cycle Classic after a training accident over the weekend.

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Gerrans does it for Australia

By jasonkohlmorgen, 27 Jan 2014
Gerrans does it for Australia

Thousands of fans braved the scorching Australia Day sun to come and cheer the riders on the final stage of the Tour Down Under. A German – Lotto Belisol’s Andre Greipel – may have won the stage, but the race this year belonged to the Australians

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2014 Tour Down Under: Stage 6 live blog, updates

How exciting has this edition of the Tour Down Under been?

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Richie Porte in the 2014 Tour Down Under. Photocredit: David Hill/The Roar

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Marcel Kittle in the 2014 Tour Down Under. Photocredit: David Hill

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Cadel Evans finishes one second behind Simon Gerrans in the 2014 Tour Down Under. Credit: David Hill/The Roar.

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Will Clarke (DPC), Boy Van Poppel (TFR) & Campbell Flakemore (UNA) in the breakaway

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Cadel Evans is seen at the start of the 11th stage of the Giro d'Italia. (AP Photo/ Gian Mattia d'Alberto)

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Andre-Greipel

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Australia's Simon Gerrans (left) of team Orica-GreenEdge beats Germany's Andre Greipel (right) to win stage 1 of the Tour Down Under as in the Barossa Valley north of Adelaide, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014. (AAP Image/Dan Peled)

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Australia's Simon Gerrans (left) of team Orica-GreenEdge beats Germany's Andre Greipel (right) to win stage 1 of the Tour Down Under as in the Barossa Valley north of Adelaide, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014. (AAP Image/Dan Peled)

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