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Seo wins from break as Ewan hangs on to overall

Stage 5 - Seo Joon Yong wins 150March 13th, ’15.  For the first time in this year’s Tour de Langkawi the break survived to the finish, as Seo Joon Yong claimed the stage win, while Caleb Ewan did enough to hold on to his lead in the general classification for one more day.

 
Roulston & Sergent take on Italy
Prologue - Adriano Malori wins 150March 12th, ’15.  Hayden Roulston and Jesse Sergent are back in action tackling Tirreno-Adriatico in their Trek Factory Racing colours.  The race got off to a great start for them as teammate Fabian Cancellara took second place in the opening prologue time trial.
 
Guardini wins again, Ewan retains yellow

Stage 4 - Guardini wins 150March 12th, ’15.  Andrea Guardini took his third stage win of the 2015 Tour de Langkawi yesterday as he sprinted in ahead of Jakub Mareczko and Caleb Ewan. However, third place on the stage was enough for Ewan to retain the race lead going into the fifth stage.

 
Ewan takes stage and lead in Langkawi
Stage 3 - Caleb Ewan wins 150March 11th, ’15.  Caleb Ewan finally claimed the stage win he had come so close to on the first two stages of the Tour de Langkawi, as former race leader Andrea Guardini fell behind on the tough early part of the course. Ewan now also leads the race overall as the stage shook up the overall classification.
 
Guardini makes it two from two
Stage 2 - Andrea Guardini wins 150March 10th, ’15.  Andrea Guardini claimed his second stage win in as many days at the Tour de Langkawi yesterday, once again beating Caleb Ewan into second. This was Guardini’s 16th stage win at the Tour de Langkawi in a streak that started in 2011.

 
Guardini pips Ewan in Langkawi
Stage 1 - Andrea Guardini wins 150March 9th, ’15.  Andrea Guardini took stage honours and the leader’s jersey on the first stage of the Tour de Langkawi yesterday. The Astana sprinter managed to jump onto the back of the Orica GreenEdge leadout train in the run up to the finish, before out kicking Caleb Ewan for the win.
 
Bumper weekend for Britain
Ian Stannard wins 150March 4th, ’15.  In the first big weekend of European racing Britain came out tops in the two biggest races, as Ian Stannard claimed an unlikely repeat win in Omloop Het Nieuwsblad on Saturday while Mark Cavendish looked in superb form as he took the win in Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne.
 
Tactics, ethics, and plain dumb luck

Ian Stannard cobblestones 150March 2nd, ’15.  The Etixx-QuickStep team must have thought that this time, finally, they had it in the bag. With 40 kilometres to go in Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, a potentially race winning move had formed, with QuickStep riders making up three out of the four cyclists in the break. Yet 40 kilometres later, it was the sole Team Sky representative in that break, Ian Stannard, who was standing on the top step of the podium. What on earth had gone wrong?

 
Dutch domination in World Cup fifth round
Marianne Vos CX photo Jozef Cooreman 150Dec 29th, ’14.  Dutch cyclists dominated the fifth round of the Cyclo-cross World Cup, held in Heusden-Zolder, Belgium, over the weekend. However, in spite of the Dutch wins, Belgium managed to hold on to the overall lead in both the men’s and women’s World Cup competition.
 
Pauwels, Nash rule the roost in Namur
Angus Edmond 2 150Dec 22nd, ’14.  The fourth round of the UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup took place in Namur, Belgium over the weekend, and produced a mixed bag of results. In the men’s race it was business as usual, while the women’s race saw a couple of new (yet familiar) names take to the podium.
 
Belgians dominate Koksijde World Cup

Wout van Aert photo Cat Armour 150Nov 28th, ’14.  The latest round of the UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup took place in Koksijde, Belgium, on 22 November and it was a weekend of celebration for the Belgian cyclo-cross faithful as local riders dominated.  In the men’s race it was not only a contest for the win, but also for a guaranteed lead in the World Cup standings, as winner of the opening World Cup in Valkenburg, Lars van den Haar (Netherlands), was forced to skip the event due to a fever.

 
Van der Haar & Compton get World Cup defence off to strong start

Oct 21st, ’14.  With the European road race season at an end, cyclo-cross is hitting the headlines again, with the first World Cup event taking place in Valkenburg in the Netherlands over the past weekend.

 
Martin claims Il Lombardia crown
Daniel Martin wins 150Oct 6th, '14.  Dan Martin (Garmin-Sharp) claimed the second Monument of his career as he celebrated victory in Il Lombardia yesterday. The Irishman finished ahead of a select group containing most of the race favourites, putting to bed a season that thus far had been characterised by what could have been rather than what was. 
 
Daniel Barry & Samuel Horgan in Hokkaido
Sept 16th, ’14.  A busy three days in Japan saw Daniel Barry & Samuel Horgan play their parts in a very successful Tour de Hokkaido for the Budget Forklifts Team.  Barry raced to second in the mountains classification of the Tour de Hokkaido, with both him and Horgan supporting teammate Joshua Prete to overall victory in what was a highly successful stage race in Japan for the Budget Forklifts team. 
 
Tour of Britain stages 7-8: glory for Garmin-Sharp in finale
Stage 7 - Dylan Van Baarle sml15th Sept, ’14.  Once again the lead changed hands in this year’s Tour of Britain only this time it finally turned in Garmin-Sharp’s favour.  After all the attacking done by the team, most notably by Jack Bauer in the climbing stages; teammate Dylan Van Baarle managed to capitalise on the efforts of the boys in blue and take the overall lead in stage 7; a lead he hung on to on the final day of racing.
 
 
Tour of Britain stage 6: back-to-back for Brandle
Stage 6 - Alex Dowsett sml13th Sept, ’14.  Matthias Brandle of IAM Cycling took his second stage win in as many days and moved up into the top 10 overall doing it, as he outsprinted Alex Dowsett of Movistar and Thomas Stewart of Madison Genesis.  Dowsett’s consolation was that he is now the overall leader of the Tour of Britain with a healthy 34 second advantage over Michal Kwiatkowski of Omega Pharma-Quick Step.
 
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