Even though he lost a close sprint to upstart Mathieu van der Poel at Brabantse Pijl, Alaphilippe rolls into Amstel Gold Race with confidence.
Riders are concerned that over-eager fans seeking the perfect cycling photo are making dangerous races even riskier.
The cycling equivalent to a mid-life crisis leads Gilbert to the cobbled classics, and in a span of just 24 months, he wins cycling's two biggest monument classics.
Chasing the pavé is an annual rite of spring for many cycling photographers. It’s an intense and wildly rewarding day in the car in pursuit of cycling’s 'Hell of the North.'
Due to their length, the five monuments of cycling are in a class of their own when it comes to the physical demands. Paris-Roubaix may be the hardest of all.
Though Team Sky dominates the grand tours, it has struggled to shine in the northern classics. The team has never won a Paris-Roubaix title. Could this be the year?
The Deceuninck-Quick-Step team of Patrick Lefevere continues to dominate the classics season. With so many stars all vying for wins, how do they do it?
With its punishing pavé and hard-man racing style, Paris-Roubaix favors the toughest men in the peloton. We look at five dark horses for Sunday.
The WorldTour may have to wait a little longer to see Mathieu van der Poel's true potential as the Dutch champ will return to mountain biking, focusing on the Olympics.
With a long list of contenders, a tough ride over the Muur that split the peloton, and an uncooperative chase, Alberto Bettiol seized the moment — and the victory.
Key to success in Flanders is not the power over the bergs, but the sprint going into them, with course knowledge being vital.
Even though the Belgian super-team missed out at Gent-Wevelgem, its deep bench of classics men ride into the season's most important race with confidence.
Finally rediscovering his old form, Degenkolb might be in the picture at Tour of Flanders, especially given his team's recent show of strength.
All signs point toward a wide-open race at Tour of Flanders with favorites like Sagan and Van Avermaet facing off with up-and-comers from the 'cross scene.
It is a logistical puzzle to run men's and women's races concurrently on the same course, but it can give the women's race greater visibility.
World champion Alejandro Valverde will make his debut at Tour of Flanders Sunday, expecting to soak in the experience rather than sprint for a win.
Rivals are flummoxed by Deceuninck-Quick-Step's control of the classics, but longer, harder races like Roubaix and Flanders may offer new chances.
Isolated in the key moments of Gent-Wevelgem, Greg Van Avermaet left wondering how CCC will ride at Tour of Flanders, his key season goal.
Although Gent-Wevelgem isn't generally regarded as the hardest race of the cobbled classics, the peloton made the 2019 edition a bruising brawl.
Just as Sky dominate the grand tours, Quick-Step rule over classics through an absence of ego and focus on unity.
Changes to parcours to make 'mini-Flanders' more challenging makes it a perfect barometer of strength prior to the cobbled monuments.
Luck, legs, teammates and know-how coming together perfectly mean Stybar goes into Flanders one of the hot favorites.
Ordinarily a dedicated domestique at the Tour de France and other major races, Rowe gets a shot to race as the leader with Sky's classics team.
Don't pigeonhole him as a pure sprinter. Colombian Fernando Gaviria plans to contend at the cobbled spring classics.
Hot off a top-10 result in Milano-Sanremo, Alejandro Valverde looks to defend Catalunya title as Chris Froome kicks off his European schedule.
Alaphilippe brimming with confidence and form with Itzulia Basque Country and Ardennes next on the hit list.
On paper, Deceuninck-Quick-Step boasts the strongest team for Milano-Sanremo, but can it control a typically unpredictable monument classic?
Jumbo-Visma brass say that Roglic is an astute student of the sport, progressing rapidly despite a lack of experience as a junior or under-23 rider.
Team leaders are pleased that Team Sky isn't dying, but they are daunted by the British team's enormous budget, which won't change with new owner.
Pro cycling's first monument classic will feature an intriguing blend of sprinters and climbers who will take on "La Primavera," the longest race of the year.
Team Astana has already matched its 2017 win tally in less than three months of racing, finding its groove with young talents and now-healthy veterans.
American team confident its Canadian climber has limitless potential with Tour de France debut likely in 2019.
Sunweb staff is relieved Matthews didn't suffer worse injuries in crosswinds crash during Paris-Nice stage 1.
Spring racing begins in earnest for classics contenders and the GC riders alike, but Paris-Nice and Tirreno-Adriatico have changed a lot.
Top riders Thibaut Pinot and Marcel Kittel blast their former teammate who was ensnared in recent doping sting in Austria.
A few top riders abandon original early season plans due to setbacks ranging from illness to injury.
A doping investigation involving Nordic skiers could expose the new techniques used to cheat.
With back-to-back wins in Belgian opener, Deceuninck-Quick-Step puts classics rivals on notice.
To handle the demands of racing to win from Sanremo through Liège, Peter Sagan opts for a special high-altitude prep that skips classic openers.
The two Belgians are neighbors and often train together, but this weekend they'll be racing against each other on the cobblestones.
World champ Alejandro Valverde plans to race his first Tour of Flanders, and he intends to do much more than simply show off the rainbow jersey.
Saturday's Omloop Het Nieuwsblad marks the start of the 2019 classics season.
The classics winner Valgren believes he can win Tour of Flanders. He also talks about his passion for cycling equipment and how he came to the sport.
The 31-year-old American endured two tough seasons but is primed and ready for a better 2019.
The Mitchelton-Scott sport director tells VeloNews grand tour captains would be smart to race the spring classics in preparation for the Tour de France.
The Tasmanian's main target race is the Tour de France this year, his first with the U.S.-registered team.
The U.S.-based team is victorious in Tuesday's team race against the clock, its first TTT win since 2016.