Amstel Gold Race preview

With the cobbled classics now over for another year our attention turns to the Ardennes Classics. First of the three races is the Amstel Gold Race, held this Sunday in the province of Limburg in the south of The Netherlands. Where the Tour of Flanders is defined by cobbled climbs and Paris-Roubaix is defined by […]


Roadtripping Canterbury

It’s no secret that New Zealand is blessed with an abundance of natural beauty. Anyone that’s visited the country’s South Island will tell you about the diversity of terrain, from soaring peaks to alpine lakes and from lush rainforest to open plains. CyclingTips’ Jonathan Reece and Andy van Bergen recently visited the region of Canterbury […]


Elisa Longo Borghini reflects on the Ronde

Elisa Longo Borghini (Wiggle Honda) was the talk of the (women’s cycling) town last Sunday. The young Italian won the Tour of Flanders with panache, class and heart. Thirty hilly, cobbled kilometres from the finish, Longo Borghini attacked the peloton and soloed to the finish line. Her teammate Jolien d’Hoore won the chase group sprint […]


Monsieur Paris-Roubaix

Sebastien Corne is described as a fascinating and eccentric character who loves everything about the race that takes place in his backyard every year – Paris-Roubaix. I’ve only had the pleasure of communicating with him over email and social media and was hoping to meet up with him last week, but it didn’t work out. […]


Paris-Roubaix through the lens of Kristof Ramon

Few races on the WorldTour calendar capture the imagination quite like Paris-Roubaix. The culmination of several weeks of cobbled racing in Belgium and France, the ‘Hell of the North’ is an early-season target for many riders, a technical challenge for bike and equipment manufacturers and a captivating spectacle for fans of the sport. Where the […]


How the Race was Won: Paris-Roubaix

The cobbles weren’t all that decisive this year — thanks to good weather and a steady tailwind, they were really more a steady grindstone against which the field was reduced. The real tactical action came at the very end, and involved some of Etixx-Quick-step’s best racing this spring, though in the finale, the outcome was […]


Degenkolb on Roubaix success: “Now was the moment…all or nothing”

What was likely the vital moment in Sunday’s Paris-Roubaix came close to the end when John Degenkolb made an important gamble. Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing Team) and Yves Lampaert (Etixx-QuickStep) had pushed clear and Degenkolb faced the choice of waiting to see if those in his group would chase, or risking all, digging deep […]


The bikes and tech of Paris-Roubaix 2015

The pavé of Paris-Roubaix demands something a little different of riders and bikes than any other race on the calendar. Mechanics and bike and component manufactures can work weeks, months or even years to get new equipment ready for Paris-Roubaix. CyclingTips’ roving reporter headed to the start of this year’s race in Compiègne to check […]


Degenkolb joins select group with impressive Paris-Roubaix victory

Becoming only the third rider in history to win Milan-San Remo and Paris-Roubaix in the same year, John Degenkolb took what he regards as his biggest career success when he won a three-man sprint in the famous velodrome. The German rider outsprinted five others to the line, with Zdenek Stybar (Etixx-QuickStep) taking second and Greg […]


Paris-Roubaix preview

It’s time for the last big cobblestone Classic of 2015: Paris-Roubaix. ‘The Hell of the North’ always offers a magnificent show and this year’s race is very open. We can expect a great fight on the pave en route to the famous velodrome in Roubaix. Mikkel Conde put together this preview of the course and […]