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First Edition Cycling News, Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Date published:
March 21, 2012, 0:00 GMT
  • Cyclingnews' guide to the 2012 Spring Classics

    Simon Gerrans wins Milan-San Remo ahead of Fabian Cancellara
    Article published:
    March 20, 2012, 9:56 GMT
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    Cycling News

    Your guide to the 2012 Spring Classics

    Milan-San Remo - March 17

    Simon Gerrans (GreenEdge) captured an enthralling Milan-San Remo, outsprinting Fabian Cancellara (RadioShack) and Vincenzo Nibali (Liquigas) at the end of the race. The three had gotten away on the final climb, the Poggio, and maintained a narrow lead to the end.

    "I still haven't realized what we actually did today," said Gerrans. "This is an amazing feeling to win this monument. The team rode perfectly, and we played our cards just the right way." 

    2012 Milan-San Remo race report | 2012 Milan-San Remo photos | 2011 Milan-San Remo | 2010 Milan-San Remo | Previous winners

    Gent-Wevelgem - March 25

    Known for its climb and dicey descent of the Kemmelberg, which was previously the only difficulty in the race, the course features 16 bergs including the Kemmel and a slightly longer parcours.

    The early part of the race takes place near Belgium's North Sea coast line, which means high winds often shatters the peloton into bits.

    2012 Gent-Wevlegem race report | 2012 Gent-Wevlegem photos | 2011 Gent-Wevlegem |

  • Video: NetApp prepares for the Giro d'Italia

    The NetApp team out for a Saturday stroll.
    Article published:
    March 20, 2012, 14:07 GMT
    By:
    Cycling News

    Financial and logistical challenges for small German team

    Team NetApp continues to get ready for the Giro d'Italia, for which it surprisingly got a wildcard invitation this year. In the most recent of a series of videos tracking the team, team manager Ralph Denk acknowledged, “We are the underdogs. We understand that and accept it.”

    One of the biggest challenges for the team is financial. “We don't have the financial strength like some of the larger teams,” he said, but this only serves to help motivate the team.

    In addition, “the logistics are almost more difficult than the riding,” he said. “We must improvise a lot!”

    The video also looks at Italian rider Cesare Benedetti, who has been with the team since its beginning and seems likely to be nominated to ride the Giro. “I think my place in cycling is to be a good helper,” he said.