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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.
 
Tour of Britain stage 5: Archbold second in Exeter
Stage 5 - Shane Archbold smlSeptember 12th, ’14.  Shane Archbold of An Post-Chain Reaction has finished second in stage 5 of the Tour of Britain having been part of the day-long breakaway.  The Kiwi rider finished behind Matthias Brandle of IAM Cycling by just 8 seconds.  Today also saw the first stage where the overall lead was retained, with Michal Kwiatkowski continuing to wear the yellow jersey.
 
Tour of Britain stage 4: Bauer fourth in Bristol
Stage 4 - Michal Kwiatkowski wins smlSeptember 11th, ’14.  Jack Bauer continued his climb up the general classification with a fantastic fourth place finish in stage 4 of the Tour of Britain.  Michal Kwiatkowski took over the race lead with victory out of a small group of 7 that managed to escape a large group of around 35 riders.

 
Tour of Britain stage 3: Bauer attacks in Britain
Edoardo Zardini  Nicolas Roche photo Tour of Britain smlSeptember 10th, ’14.  Garmin-Sharp’s Jack Bauer continued his march up the general classification as he posted his second consecutive top 20 place on a stage that saw the race break up on the final climb to the finish.  The stage was won by Edoardo Zardini of Bardiani-CSF who bested Michal Kwiatkowski of Omega Pharma-Quick Step and Nicolas Roche of Tinkoff-Saxo in the finish.
 
Tour of Britain Stage 1&2: Kittel soars, Cav crashes, Renshaw makes good
September 9th, ’14.  It has been an up and down start to the Tour of Britain, especially for the Omega Pharma-QuickStep team. Day one was marked not so much by the stage win of Marcel Kittel (Giant-Shimano), but by the crash of local favourite Mark Cavendish (OPQS), while day two saw Mark Renshaw (OPQS) take the sprint to lift the team’s spirits.
 
Eneco Tour stages 6-7: strong finish by Bauer as Sergent attacks
Stage 6 - Tim Wellens wins smlAugust 18th, ’14.  Tim Wellens of Lotto Belisol put himself in the driver’s seat for overall victory in the Eneco Tour with a solo win in stage 6.  He successfully defended that advantage on the final day of racing as Guillaume Van Keirsbulck of Omega Pharma-Quick Step won the closing stage.  Jack Bauer rounded out a solid week of racing to finish in the top 20 overall in his first race since the Commonwealth Games. 
 
 
Eneco Tour stage 5: Van Avermaet wins hilly stage
Stage 5 - Greg Van Avermaet wins smlAugust 16th, ’14.  Greg Van Avermaet of BMC Racing became the fifth different stage winner of this year’s Eneco Tour on the same day Tom Dumoulin became the fourth different overall leader.  The pair finished 1-2 on the stage as Van Avermaet leapt to the win ahead of a small group of five with GIANT-Shimano’s Dumoulin in second and Pavel Brutt of Katusha third.

 
Eneco Tour stage 4: Bouhanni for France
Stage 4 - Nacer Bouhanni wins smlAugust 15th, ’14.  Nacer Bouhanni of FDJ.fr won stage 4 of the Eneco Tour out of a dangerous bunch sprint.  The Frenchman got the better of GIANT-Shimano’s Luka Mezgec and Trek Factory Racing’s Giacomo Nizzolo.  The white leader’s jersey stayed on the shoulders of Lars Boom who successfully navigated the flat stage on the eve of the first Ardennes classic style stage.

 
Eneco Tour stage 3: Sergent fifth in time trial
Stage 3 - Jesse Sergent TT smlAugust 14th, ’14.  Jesse Sergent has finished fifth in the individual time trial of the Eneco Tour.  The Trek Factory Racing rider produced a brilliant ride to make ground in the general classification and finish just 15 seconds away from the stage victory.  The day’s accolades belonged to Tom Dumoulin of GIANT-Shimano who took the stage win by 2 seconds ahead of Fabian Cancellara.
 
 
Eneco Tour stage 2: Stybar seizes stage
Stage 2 - Zdenek Stybar wins smlAugust 13th, ’14.  Zdenek Stybar of Omega Pharma-Quick Step won his first race in the Czech national champion’s jersey and took the overall lead in the Eneco Tour.  The Czech champion won out of a late break ahead of Belkin Pro Cycling teammates Lars Boom and Sep Vanmarcke.

 
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