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Link to Tim Merlier can win Paris-Roubaix: Here’s how
Tim Merlier stood on the top step of the Scheldeprijs podium on Wednesday

Tim Merlier can win Paris-Roubaix: Here’s how

We speak to Patrick Lefevere, Geert Van Bondt, Bert Van Lerberghe and Merlier himself to discover the masterplan for the 'Hell of the North'

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Link to Mark Cavendish out until mid-April as recovery from illness continues
Mark Cavendish last raced at Milano-Torino, but pulled out of the race before the finish

Mark Cavendish out until mid-April as recovery from illness continues

British rider has struggled with his health for several weeks but is set to race the Presidential Cycling Tour of Türkiye later in April

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Link to Jasper Philipsen will decide on his next team after Paris-Roubaix as five teams hunt his signature
Jasper Philipsen is the peloton's supreme sprinter at the moment, but will he be waving goodbye to Alpecin-Deceuninck at the end of 2024?

Jasper Philipsen will decide on his next team after Paris-Roubaix as five teams hunt his signature

Alpecin-Deceuninck keen to retain Milan-San Remo winner, but UAE Team Emirates and more circle, as GCN speaks to Philipsen's agent about his future

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Link to Nice and ruthless? Merlier-Philipsen clash at De Panne reveals contrasting characters
Tim Merlier and Jasper Philipsen at the start of the Classic Brugge-De Panne

Nice and ruthless? Merlier-Philipsen clash at De Panne reveals contrasting characters

The two Belgians have established themselves as the fastest of the fast men this year, yet their most recent showdown reveals how differently the sprinters approach their craft

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Link to Sam Bennett: ‘I’m the same rider as 2020, I just have to find my mojo
Sam Bennett has 10 Grand Tour stage victories to his name, but he is not done yet

Sam Bennett: ‘I’m the same rider as 2020, I just have to find my mojo

Former Tour de France green jersey winner speaks of his happiness at Decathlon AG2R La Mondiale, as he looks ahead to a Tour return after four years away

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Link to Milan-San Remo: The 5 scenarios we would love to see
All eyes are quickly turning towards Tadej Pogačar and the Cipressa for Saturday

Milan-San Remo: The 5 scenarios we would love to see

From an unlikely breakaway to echelons, sprints and Cipressa attacks, here are five situations we would love to see on the roads of Italy on Saturday

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Link to Tirreno-Adriatico stage 2: Jasper Philipsen launches past Tim Merlier to sprint victory
Jasper Philipsen celebrates the first win of his season

Tirreno-Adriatico stage 2: Jasper Philipsen launches past Tim Merlier to sprint victory

Belgian powerhouses go up against each other in hotly-anticipated showdown, but Merlier accidentally provides a perfect slipstream for the Alpecin-Deceuninck star

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Link to Paris-Nice stage 2: Arvid de Kleijn upsets the big-name sprinters
Arvid de Kleijn wins stage 2 of Paris-Nice

Paris-Nice stage 2: Arvid de Kleijn upsets the big-name sprinters

Laurence Pithie the new yellow jersey as crosswinds fail to materialise but sprint produces a surprise

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Link to 5 conclusions from the UAE Tour
Do you agree with our five conclusions? Let us know in the comments

5 conclusions from the UAE Tour

From the big names to a few surprise packages, plus a secret climb, we select five key takeaways from one of the most unpredictable editions in recent years

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Link to No Mark Cavendish but Gleb Syritsa steps up for Astana at UAE Tour
Michael Mørkøv was quick to heap praise on Gleb Syritsa after the finish

No Mark Cavendish but Gleb Syritsa steps up for Astana at UAE Tour

Mark Renshaw and Michael Mørkøv discuss stage 6 sprint, as Syritsa races to top-five finish following Cavendish's withdrawal

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Link to One last chance for sprinters at UAE Tour: Who is under pressure?
The sprints in the UAE Tour are some of the most difficult of the season to win

One last chance for sprinters at UAE Tour: Who is under pressure?

Tim Merlier and Olav Kooij sitting pretty after stage success, but at least 15 other sprinters desperate to win, including Mark Cavendish, Sam Welsford and Kaden Groves

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Link to 'Perfect' lead-out for Mark Cavendish leaves Astana satisfied at UAE Tour
Learning experience is beginning to pay off for Mark Cavendish's team

'Perfect' lead-out for Mark Cavendish leaves Astana satisfied at UAE Tour

Mark Renshaw delivers his immediate assessment, as pre-race telling-off works wonders but Cavendish sprints too early to benefit

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Link to Arvid de Kleijn forced to unclip in UAE Tour finale, but still manages second
Arvid de Kleijn began his season racing at the AlUla Tour

Arvid de Kleijn forced to unclip in UAE Tour finale, but still manages second

Tudor Pro Cycling sprinter brought to a standstill in late crash, but is guided back to front by teammates, as Fabio Jakobsen details chaos of UAE Tour sprints

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Link to Tim Merlier and Van Lerberghe continue to thrive at UAE Tour
Successful in the opening two sprint stages at the UAE Tour, Tim Merlier is a man on a roll

Tim Merlier and Van Lerberghe continue to thrive at UAE Tour

Soudal Quick-Step pair link up for second victory in four days, as stage winner Tim Merlier shines a light on their relationship and Geert Van Bondt heaps praise

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Link to Fernando Gaviria: 'Maybe I surprise everybody and sprint really late!'
Fernando Gaviria is leading the charge in the sprints for Movistar this week

Fernando Gaviria: 'Maybe I surprise everybody and sprint really late!'

Movistar sprinter noticeably jovial as he admits to sprinting too early at UAE Tour, with three further opportunities to make amends in star-studded field

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Link to Patrick Lefevere: Tim Merlier is a calmer sprinter than Jasper Philipsen
Patrick Lefevere's Soudal Quick-Step are led by sports directors Klaas Lodewyck and Geert Van Bondt in the UAE

Patrick Lefevere: Tim Merlier is a calmer sprinter than Jasper Philipsen

Soudal Quick-Step team boss praises his star sprinter after stage 1 victory at UAE Tour

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Link to Sam Welsford suffering from crash on eve of UAE Tour, but still well in the fight
Sam Welsford opened up his season in style at the Santos Tour Down Under

Sam Welsford suffering from crash on eve of UAE Tour, but still well in the fight

Bahrain Victorious point the finger of sprint expectation at Bora-Hansgrohe, but DS Shane Archbold and Australian sprinter take it all in their stride

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Link to Mark Cavendish says Astana lead-out 'over-eager but learning' after first UAE Tour sprint
Mark Cavendish already has one win under his belt this season, taken at the recent Tour Colombia

Mark Cavendish says Astana lead-out 'over-eager but learning' after first UAE Tour sprint

Manx sprinter reflects on opening stage with GCN, as Kazakh team look to gain experience but suffer unfortunate crash of Harold Tejada in finale

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Link to UAE Tour: ‘I don’t remember such a competitive sprint field’ says Sam Bennett
After two seasons back in Bora-Hansgrohe's ranks, Sam Bennett made the switch to Decathlon AG2R La Mondiale for 2024

UAE Tour: ‘I don’t remember such a competitive sprint field’ says Sam Bennett

Decathlon AG2R La Mondiale’s new sprinter sits down with GCN to preview the race, as team puts faith in a neo-pro to deliver the Irishman’s lead-out

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Link to UAE Tour Women: Lorena Wiebes wins stage 1 in expected bunch sprint
Lorena Wiebes looks almost unstoppable in bunch sprints, especially in the absence of Charlotte Kool

UAE Tour Women: Lorena Wiebes wins stage 1 in expected bunch sprint

SD Worx-Protime rider looks as dominant as ever following a strong lead-out by world champion Lotte Kopecky

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Link to Leading by example: Fabio Jakobsen pleased to come full circle
Fabio Jakobsen has waved goodbye to Soudal Quick-Step for 2024, but remains confident of winning at the highest level

Leading by example: Fabio Jakobsen pleased to come full circle

Dutch sprinter discusses leaving Lefevere, choosing dsm-firmenich PostNL a decade after initial interest, and how his new adventure is ‘like being on a team with all my little brothers’

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Link to Can we beat Jeffrey Hoogland's kilo world record?
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Can we beat Jeffrey Hoogland's kilo world record?

Conor Dunne and James 'Hank' Lowsley Williams attempt to ride a kilometre on their road bikes in less than 55.433 seconds

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Link to Anastopoulos: Mark Cavendish's lead-out riders speak with their eyes, they don't need to say much
The Astana Qazaqstan team camp was full of confidence heading into the new season, with a bolstered roster and increased expectations

Anastopoulos: Mark Cavendish's lead-out riders speak with their eyes, they don't need to say much

Greek coach discusses his departure from Quick-Step, praises Astana Qazaqstan's lead-out train and reveals changes that the team will make in 2024

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Link to Tour of Guangxi: Daria Pikulik wins final Women's WorldTour race of the season
Daria Pikulik takes the sixth victory of the best year of her career

Tour of Guangxi: Daria Pikulik wins final Women's WorldTour race of the season

Polish sprinter bookends the WorldTour calendar with sprint victory ahead of Chiara Consonni and Mia Griffin

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