Sport Dutch rider Van Vleuten on the double in Strade Bianche women's race
Belgium's Van Aert sprints to Milan-San Remo victory
Belgium's Wout Van Aert won a sprint finish to clinch the Milan-San Remo, his first victory in one of cycling's 'Monument' classic races on Saturday. The Jumbo-Visma rider pipped last year's winner Julian Alaphilippe of France on the line after the gruelling 305km race in hot and sunny conditions through north-western Italy. Van Aert crossed the finish line on the Italian Riviera after 7hrs 16min and 09sec in the saddle, just a week after winning his first major one-day race, the Strade Bianche, in Tuscany.Australian Michael Matthews of Team Sunweb finished third, two seconds behind the leading pair, with Slovak Peter Sagan, of Bora-Hansgrohe, in fourth.
Dutch rider Annemiek Van Vleuten won the Strade Bianche one-day classic women's race for the second year in a row on the Piazza del Campo in Siena on Saturday.
The 37-year-old Mitchelton-Scott rider crossed 22 seconds ahead of Margarita Garcia Canellas of Ale BTC Ljubljan with the Spaniard having led for much of the 136km race over four hours through the rolling hills and white gravel roads of Tuscany.
Crushed into the grid at 80 km / h: colleague Groenewegen regrets the bad fall
© dpa Seriously injured, several professional cyclists are on the street on the home straight in Katowice. Worse incident for cyclists at the finish of the first stage of the Tour of Poland. The Dutchman Fabio Jakobsen (23) was brutally pushed into the barricades at around 80 km / h on Wednesday. According to information from Polish television, the Dutchman was flown to the hospital unconscious. competitor Dylan Groenewegen regrets the terrible fall “What happened yesterday is terrible.
American Leah Thomas of Equipe Paule Ka was third fastest at 1min 53sec as elite cycling got back in the saddle after five months following the coronavirus lockdown.
Originally scheduled for March 7, the Strade Bianche was run on its famous white dirt roads with temperatures in the high 30s Celsius in the heat of the Tuscan summer.
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