Recent Road Cycling News
Arnaud Demare is widely considered one of the most talented French cyclists in the game. The kicker – he’s not even 21-years-old yet. The 20-year-old FDJ-BigMat, U-23 World Road Champion proved why he is a rising star at the Vattenfall Cyclassics in Hamburg, Germany as he took down some of the sports most experienced veterans. Demare beat out Andre Greipel (Lotto-Belisol) with a late charge to win the 245.9km race.
Kristin Armstrong’s journey to a second consecutive cycling time-trial title wasn’t easy, but in the end, it turned out beautifully. Following her triumph in Beijing, Armstrong was at a transition point in her life. She was ready to start a family, which she did shortly after. Her son Lucas was born in 2010, which added a new commitment (and excitement) in her life. While she was overjoyed at the birth of her son, she knew she had to resume the long, grueling hours of training for the cycling season. It was evident Wednesday when she crossed the line in London faster than any other female competitor, that Armstrong had done the work, despite the newly experienced long hours of motherhood. It couldn’t have been any sweeter than when young Lucas accompanied her during her victory celebration in London for all to see. The now 38 year-old Armstrong, who normally hides her emotions well, was noticeably overjoyed as her life came full circle.
The morning dawned on day two in London with more uncharacteristic sunshine and the promise of a spectacular women’s road race on the horizon. That promise was upheld by the 66 riders representing 35 different countries across all 140-kilometers of the grueling race, the weather however, was a different story. Adding to intensity of this fiercely competitive field, the weather took a turn for worst leaving riders to contend with hearty wind gusts and pelting rain while navigating the already perilous course.