Recent Road Cycling News
It’s looking inevitable at this point that 2014 will see Italian Vincenzo Nibali take the Tour de France crown. Going into Thursday’s 145.5km Stage 18 in the Pyrénées, “The Shark” had already compiled a multi-minute lead. Proving once again that he is the best climber in the field, he rode to yet another solo stage victory in the mountains to further increase his lead in the General Classification standings. Nibali now leads the two Frenchmen in second and third place by over seven minutes going into the final weekend of this year’s Tour.
Sir Bradley Wiggins’ 2014 AMGEN Tour of California campaign was extremely reminiscent of his 2012 Tour de France victory. Back in winning form, the Tour de France and Olympic Champion took to the California landscape with one thing on his mind: adding to his already impressive resume with an AMGEN Tour of California title, one of the few cycling feats he had not yet achieved. From his domination of the individual time trial during stage two, to the first climbing stage on the third day of racing, Wiggins and his Team Sky teammates put him into position to bring home California’s version of the yellow jersey. He took the top prize by an overall margin of 30 seconds over Garmin-Sharp’s Rohan Dennis.
Omega Pharma-Quick Step’s Niki Terpstra crossed the finish line in the Roubaix velodrome without another rider in sight. There would be no sprint finish. The Dutchman had out-legged the competition to ride solo to the 2014 Paris-Roubaix victory, touting a 19 second gap to the next competitor.