AMIENS, France (AP) — Dylan Groenewegen has turned the sprinting battle at the Tour de France into a three-man race.
The 25-year-old Dutch rider won his second consecutive stage on Saturday, joining world champion Peter Sagan and Tour newcomer Fernando Gaviria as two-stage winners at this edition of the world's leading cycling race.
Cousin wins Paris-Nice stage as Sanchez retains lead
SISTERON, France (AP) — French rider Jerome Cousin won the fifth stage of the Paris-Nice race by beating Nils Politt in a sprint Thursday.
After Cyril Gautier and a few others had been felled in a crash, Cousin launched his attack with 200 meters to go to finish two seconds ahead of German cyclist Politt.
Specialist sprinter Andre Greipel of Germany, a multiple stage winner on the Tour de France, was four seconds behind Cousin in third place.
VIERZON, France (AP) — Dylan Groenewegen of the Netherlands overpowered his fellow sprinters in the final section to win the second stage of the Paris-Nice on Monday.
The Lotto-Jumbo rider claimed his first stage victory in the weeklong race ahead of Elia Viviani of Italy. Andre Greipel of Germany completed the podium in the town of Vierzon.
French rider Andre Demare, who won the first stage, finished fifth and kept the leader's jersey, with a seven-second lead over Gorka Izagirre of Spain.
South Africa’s Daryl Impey wins Tour Down Under
ADELAIDE, Australia (AP) — South African Daryl Impey sealed victory in the Tour Down Under cycle race Sunday as Germany's Andre Greipel won the sixth and final stage to claim his 18th stage victory in the World Tour opener.
Greipel wins stage 1 of Tour Down Under
ADELAIDE, Australia (AP) — Germany's Andre Greipel claimed his 17th stage victory in the Tour Down Under cycle race when he won the 145-kilometer (90-mile) stage of the 2018 World Tour opener to take an early lead on general classification. The 35-year-old Greipel, who won the Australian tour in 2008 and 2010, beat Australian sprint star Caleb Ewan and triple world champion Peter Sagan in a bunch sprint at the end of the stage from Port Adelaide to Lyndoch.
World champ Sagan wins prelude to Tour Down Under
ADELAIDE, Australia (AP) — Three-time world road racing champion Peter Sagan of Slovakia made an outstanding start to the 2018 cycling season Sunday when he won the People's Choice Classic, a prelude to the first World Tour event of the season, the Tour Down Under.
Sagan beat star sprinters Andre Greipel of Germany and Caleb Ewan of Australia in a bunch sprint to win the 50.6 kilometer (31.4 mile) race over 22 laps of a street course in central Adelaide.
Andre Greipel to race at Tour down Under
ADELAIDE, Australia (AP) — Two-time winner Andre Greipel of Germany will begin his 2018 season at January's Tour Down Under for the first time in four years.
The 35-year-old Greipel, a winner of 11 stages on the Tour de France, confirmed Saturday he will return for the South Australian World Tour event which he won in 2008 and 2010. The powerful sprinter, who last competed in the tour in 2014, heads the Belgium-based Lotto-Soudal team.
REGGIO EMILIA, Italy (AP) — Colombian rider Fernando Gaviria won a bunch sprint at the end of the longest stage of the Giro d'Italia on Thursday to earn his third victory in his first Grand Tour.
Gaviria, who rides for Quick-Step Floors, edged Italian rival Jakub Mareczko at the end of the 229-kilometer (142-mile) route from Forli to Reggio Emilia. Sam Bennett of Ireland was third in the 12th stage.
ALBEROBELLO, Italy (AP) — After three top-10 finishes in the opening week, Caleb Ewan of Australia finally won a stage in the Giro d'Italia on Friday.
The Australian rider with the Orica Scott team claimed Stage 7 in a sprint finish for his first career Giro victory while Bob Jungels held on to the pink jersey.
CAGLIARI, Sardinia (AP) — Fernando Gaviria won a bunch sprint at the end of the third stage of the Giro d'Italia on Sunday to claim his first Grand Tour victory and take the leader's pink jersey from Andre Greipel.
Gaviria edged out Rudiger Selig after great work from his Quick-Step team inside the final 10 kilometers (6 miles) of a windy final leg in Sardinia before Monday's rest day and the transfer to Sicily.
TORTOLI, Italy (AP) — Andre Greipel of Germany won a bunch sprint to take the second stage of the Giro d'Italia on Saturday and the pink jersey for the first time.
Greipel edged out Roberto Ferrari at the end of the hilly 221-kilometer (137-mile) leg from Olbia to Tortoli, crossing the line in just over six hours.
Jasper Stuyven was third on another slow day at the Giro, with lots of crosswinds and some headwinds.
BOURG-DE-PEAGE, France (AP) — German cyclist Andre Greipel won the fifth stage of the Paris-Nice in a sprint finish on Thursday, while Julian Alaphilippe comfortably retained his lead.
Greipel positioned himself behind the wheel of Arnaud Demare of France and surged past him as they went for the line.
Dylan Groenewegen of the Netherlands finished third, with the trio clocking the same time of nearly five hours over the 199.5 kilometers (124 miles) to Bourg-de-Peage in southeastern France.
Richie Porte wins Tour Down Under
ADELAIDE, Australia (AP) — Australia's Richie Porte won the Tour Down Under cycle race for the first time Sunday but compatriot Caleb Ewan shared the limelight with his fourth stage win in the six-stage event.
Ewan, riding for Australia's ORICA-Scott team, won the first, third, fourth and sixth stages of the 2017 event to become only the third rider after Germany's Andre Greipel and Australian Robbie McEwan to win four stages in a single tour.