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20 May 2015 - 20:00

Late crash delays Schleck, Mollema in Norway's first stage

The Tour of Norway kicked off today with an 182-kilometer stage that was expected to be a straightforward race, ending in a bunch sprint. Although the expected bunch sprint finally played out with Alexander Kristoff (Katusha) grabbing the victory in his home country, it was nearly upset by the breakaway with the last remnants only overtaken in the last 200 meters.
20 May 2015 - 18:30

Breakaway succeeds again in Giro stage 11

The 153-kilometer stage 11 saw a breakaway again prosper to the finish where Ilnur Zakarin (Katusha) rode away from his fellow escapees to take the victory. The Giro d'Italia medium mountain stage was one that Fabio Felline hoped to have another go, but when the attacks formed on the tough Passo del Trebio climb in the early part of today's race it was a group of some of the strongest climbers that gained an advantage over the top and never looked back.
19 May 2015 - 19:00

Breakaway contests win, Nizzolo best of the bunch

No upsets, no post-rest day blues. Sprint finish. That was the pre-race script. However, what was supposed to be a predictable flat stage with a bunch sprint at the end turned up-side down when four men from the original five-man breakaway rode into the final kilometer with enough time to play a game of cat-n-mouse in the fight for the stage win.
17 May 2015 - 20:30

Thrilling final stage in California

Two seconds were all that separated first and second place in the overall, making the final stage at the Amgen Tour of California a fight for time bonus, and it all resulted in insane speeds for the entire 105.8 kilometers. Over the line Mark Cavendish easily stamped his fourth stage win, while Peter Sagan sprinted to third place decided by a photo finish. It was enough to notch the necessary time bonus seconds and win the overall title.
17 May 2015 - 18:15

Early fireworks create searing race in stage 9

From the moment the flag dropped the race was on in the 215-kilometer ninth day at the Giro d’Italia, and the medium-mountain stage turned into a grueling, long day in the saddle. The first hour was raced at a blistering 44km/h, and it was felt: the peloton split numerous times as breaks formed only to be fervently chased back.
17 May 2015 - 02:15

Zubeldia, Zoidl climb into top 10 GC on Mt Baldy

The general classification for the eight-day Amgen Tour of California all came down to one climb. Today’s queen stage ended on the brutally steep Mt. Baldy, and when the peloton arrived to the final six kilometers it was every man for himself; no more tactics, no more drafting, it was simply the strongest wins. The 128.7- kilometer penultimate stage seven was short, but what it lacked in overall distance it made up vertically with over 11 thousand feet (3,350 meters) of climbing.
16 May 2015 - 18:30

Vandewalle rides breakaway in Giro mountain stage

The 186-kilometer stage eight began in Fiuggi and finished at the top of the category one climb to Campitello Matese, a punishing uphill of 13 kilometers. It was a stage where Trek Factory Racing was not expected to play, but Kristof Vandewalle decided there was little to lose when he jumped into a large chase group in the early part of the race, then later bridged from the group to the three men leading the race.
Markel Irizar
16 May 2015 - 02:00

New, shorter time trial still shuffles GC

The stage six time trial at the Amgen Tour of California initiated the first serious cataloguing of the general classification. When the last rider, overall leader Toms Skujins (Hincapie Racing), crossed the finish line, the leaderboard finally revealed its fist big shuffle amongst GC contenders and exposed a new leader, setting up what is sure to be an exhilarating queen stage tomorrow. Markel Irizar, always strong against the clock, was the fastest of the pinstripes, finishing in 12th place, 31 seconds behind Sagan
15 May 2015 - 19:30

Felline 7th in Classic-like stage seven

The longest race of this year’s Giro d’Italia at 264 kilometers, stage seven aped a tough Classic with an uphill ending to the long day in the saddle. Fabio Felline was the designated man for the tough finale, one that suited him better than Giacomo Nizzolo, and he had good position and good legs coming into the last 200 meters.
15 May 2015 - 02:00

Soggy stage 5 ends in sprint, Van Poppel 5th

The rain moved into the golden state as the 154-kilometer stage five at the Amgen Tour of California was a wet affair from start to end. A few added bumps to the parcours and a five-man escape group did little to shake up a projected sprint finish, and it was a bunched and soggy peloton that roared into Santa Clarita. Yesterday, Jasper Stuyven was granted the green light to contest the uphill sprint, but today Danny van Poppel - the usual go-to fastman for Trek Factory Racing here – had his usual job back.
14 May 2015 - 18:15

Nizzolo takes 5th in Giro bunch sprint

After a few tough stages in the hills, the 183-kilometer stage six of the Giro d’Italia flattened and offered another chance for the fastmen. Trek Factory Racing did a pristine job keeping Giacomo Nizzolo safe and sound in the stressful final kilometers, then led him into primo sprinting position in the final 500 meters. But as always, sprinting is a game of milliseconds.
14 May 2015 - 01:30

Stuyven sprints to sixth in California stage four

The Amgen Tour of California ended with a bunch sprint for stage four after the peloton played a yo-yo game with the day’s five-man breakaway, which was never let a long lead for the 173-kilometer race. In a reversal of roles, Danny van Poppel led the fast legs of Jasper Stuyven around the final corner in prime position, but no one could match the burst of speed from Peter Sagan (Tinkoff Saxo) who came from behind and grabbed the stage win. Jasper Stuyven sprinted to sixth place.
13 May 2015 - 18:00

Thrilling mountaintop finish in Giro stage five

Everyone knew the 152-kilometer stage five was perfect for the right breakaway to succeed to the end, and when five men were finally granted freedom to ride they were generously gifted a hefty 10-minute lead all race. The brakes were applied behind, and despite a parcours hosting the first mountain summit finish of the 2015 Giro d’Italia, the day turned into a tranquil affair.
13 May 2015 - 01:45

First climbing test shakes out new leader in California

The Amgen Tour of California 170-kilometer stage three began and finished in San Jose with 10,200 feet of climbing in between. The sprinters had a back seat today as the climbers endured the first big test of the eight-day race. A seven-man breakaway animated the stage, but over the hors catégorie Mt Hamilton only one rider remained in the lead, 23-year-old Latvian Toms Skujins (Hincapie Racing Team). Skujins padded his lead on the tricky downhill and never looked back; he took a courageous solo win by over a minute from the chasing peloton and snatched the overall lead by 32 seconds.
12 May 2015 - 18:15

Medium Mountain stage shakes up Giro

The Giro d’Italia has yet to hit the big mountains, but stage four played out in a tactical battle that left one solo victor and a skeleton group of GC favorites finishing 22 seconds later. Trek Factory Racing was unable to latch onto the breakaway that escaped within the first hour of the race, however, when all was said and done it made little difference as it turned into a stage for the pure climbers.
12 May 2015 - 02:00

Irizar animates breakaway earns Most Aggressive, Van Poppel sprints to fifth

The 193.7-kilometer stage two included the first climb of the race, but the category four “bump” was a mere formality in a predominantly downhill course and a mass sprint unfolded for a second straight day. But well before the frantic final sprint unfolded, soon after the start flag dropped, Markel Irizar jumped into the day’s token escape, at first numbering two, then doubling to four with two welcomed bodies bridging across.
11 May 2015 - 18:45

Felline sprints to second from reduced bunch in Giro stage 3

The Giro d’Italia wasted little time to bring in the hills, and although the medium mountain stage three was not enough to inflict damage to the GC favorites, the climbs were enough to create a sprint finish from a reduced peloton. The stage was short at 136 kilometers but jam-packed with uphill terrain that proved too much for most, including Trek Factory Racing’s sprinter Giacomo Nizzolo. The team then turned to its fast finisher with stronger climbing legs and Fabio Felline came through to almost pull off the biggest win of his career.
11 May 2015 - 02:00

California begins with fast, furious bunch sprint

The first day at the 2015 Amgen Tour of California was targeted for the sprinters, and when the peloton hit the fast, wide finishing circuits in Sacramento the last remnants of the original four-man breakaway were quickly snuffed. The fast criterium-like ending to the 203-kilometer stage gave an exhilarating climax to a lengthy, flat and relatively insipid day. The wide boulevards kept the speeds high as the riders wound their way around the Capital State building; the peloton was strung long and moving up was an almost impossible feat.
10 May 2015 - 18:45

Nizzolo sprints to 6th in first Giro road stage

The first road race of a Grand Tour is typically a nervous affair, and Sunday’s 177-kilometer second stage was no exception with a jittery peloton negotiating the final kilometers. Trek Factory Racing played its cool in the frenzied finale, leading Giacomo Nizzolo to third wheel inside the final half kilometer. The positioning for a flat run-in was picture-perfect, however, the ending of today’s stage had a nasty rise to the line. Forced to begin his sprint from the front, Nizzolo could muster no better than 6th place; needless to say, a disheartening finish for the Italian speedster.
9 May 2015 - 18:00

98th Giro kicks off with Team Time Trial

Trek Factory Racing has come to the 98th edition of the Giro d'Italia with strong ambitions for a stage victory, and although the first day team time trial was never targeted for victory the pinstripes blasted the course with a competitive show of strength and speed. They crossed the line in 19:55 (53.021 km/h) and slotted into second place provisionally, 16 seconds behind Astana, who would go on to finish in third place.