Stephen Williams makes history as first British winner of La Flèche Wallonne

  • Welsh rider endures brutal conditions to win on Mur de Huy
  • Poland’s Katarzyna Niewiadoma comes first in women’s race

Stephen Williams became the first British winner of La Flèche Wallonne classic race after battling tough weather conditions including snow to cross first

After nearly 200km (124 miles) of racing, Williams attacked on the Mur de Huy – a 1.3km (0.8-mile) ascent with an average gradient of 9.6% and sections as steep as 19% that generally decides the outcome of the race.

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‘Monumental effort’ means Women’s Tour of Britain goes ahead in 2024

  • Condensed four-stage race begins in Welshpool on 6 June
  • Lizzie Deignan: ‘I’m grateful to the people who have pulled it off’

British Cycling has named the host towns for this summer’s Tour of Britain Women after what has been described as “monumental effort” to make sure the race goes ahead.

Ten weeks after the Guardian reported the governing body would organise the race in-house ­following the collapse of SweetSpot group, the outline of the route has been unveiled, with an opening stage starting in Welshpool and finishing in Llandudno on 6 June.

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Tom Pidcock and Marianne Vos win Amstel Gold races after dramatic sprints

  • British Ineos rider wins an Ardennes Classic for the first time
  • Vos pips Lorena Wiebes on the line after early celebration error

Tom Pidcock claimed victory in the men’s Amstel Gold Race on Sunday, while in the women’s race Marianne Vos took a frenetic sprint on the line but only after Lorena Wiebes celebrated too early.

Pidcock, who finished second in the race in 2021 when losing out in a sprint to winner Wout van Aert, this time proved the strongest in the final metres, holding off Marc Hirschi and Tiesj Benoot to claim victory in the Dutch town of Valkenburg.

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Mathieu van der Poel powers to dominant victory in Paris-Roubaix

  • Dutchman launches stunning solo attack 60km from the finish
  • Van der Poel doubles up after Ronde van Vlaanderen triumph

Mathieu van der Poel stormed to a second victory in the Paris Roubaix on Sunday after the Dutchman launched a stunning solo attack 60 km from the finish line to win his second Monument of the year following his Ronde van Vlaanderen victory last weekend.

On the 260-km “Hell of the North” route which had 29 cobblestone sectors, Van der Poel’s victory by three minutes was one of the largest winning margins in years as he rode to his sixth Monuments victory, crossing the line with his arms outstretched.

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Australian cycling star Jay Vine avoids spinal surgery after horror crash in Spain

  • Vine in neck brace for six weeks putting Olympic bid in peril
  • Tour de France winner Jonas Vingegaard also badly injured

Australian cycling star Jay Vine will not have to have surgery on the spine injuries he suffered when falling heavily in a horror crash at the Itzulia Basque Country race.

His UAE Team Emirates medical director Dr Adrian Rotunno reported on Saturday that last year’s Tour Down Under winner Vine would remain in hospital and would be in a neck brace for up to six weeks.

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Lotte Kopecky rules the cobbles and velodrome in Paris-Roubaix Femmes

  • Belgian wins six-rider sprint in fourth edition of the race
  • Elisa Balsamo finishes second and Pfeiffer Georgi third

The world champion Lotte Kopecky delivered a devastating final sprint to claim the Paris-Roubaix Femmes title in a thrilling finish.

Belgium’s Kopecky (SD Worx-Protime) was in a lead group of six when the 148.5km race arrived at the famous Roubaix velodrome and had enough in the tank to outpace her rivals. Elisa Balsamo (Lidl-Trek) finished second while Britain’s Pfeiffer Georgi (DSM-Firmenich PostNL) pipped Marianne Vos (Team Visma-Lease a Bike) to third place.

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‘We take the risks’: Van der Poel believes riders are biggest danger in cycling

  • Jonas Vingegaard taken to hospital after crash on Thursday
  • Dutchman aiming to successfully defend Paris-Roubaix title

Mathieu van der Poel, who aims to retain his Paris-Roubaix title this weekend, says riders are the main danger when it comes to race safety.

Thursday’s stage four in the Tour of the Basque Country was marred by a horrific crash in which Jonas Vingegaard broke a collarbone and several ribs and also sustained a pulmonary contusion and a pneumothorax. The crash happened at a turn on a high-speed descent and the race leader, Primoz Roglic, was forced to abandon, while Remco Evenepoel suffered a fracture to his right collarbone and his right shoulder blade.

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Jonas Vingegaard’s Tour de France defence in doubt after Basque crash

  • The 2022 and 2023 winner fractured collarbone and scapula
  • Incident saw 12 riders crash on fourth stage of Basque tour

Tour de France champion Jonas Vingegaard was taken to hospital with a broken collarbone after a serious crash on stage four of Itzulia Basque Country.

Vingegaard also suffered several broken ribs from the high-speed accident that also included Remco Evenepoel and Primoz Roglic among a group of 12 affected riders.

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Mathieu van der Poel crushes rivals to claim third Tour of Flanders title

  • Men’s world champion produces devastating attack on cobbles
  • Elisa Longo Borghini wins women’s race in sprint finish

The men’s world champion, Mathieu van der Poel, crushed his rivals with a devastating long-range attack to claim his third Tour of Flanders on Sunday.

In the women’s race, the Italian Elisa Longo Borghini came home first after outsprinting Poland’s Kasia Niewiadoma and Shirin van Anrooij of the Netherlands.

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