Mid-Week Takeaways: Cobble Classics Scorecard: UAE Looks Unstoppable While Quick-Step Flounders: Spencer Martin breaks down takeaways from Omloop, Kuurne, Le Samyn, and Laigueglia, and why Jumbo-Visma & UAE are poised to overturn Quickstep’s Spring domination as we head into this weekend’s Strade Bianca.
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The first month of the pro cycling season might have been dominated by small teams facing relegation, but the past week has seen the rise of the new era of superteams; Jumbo-Visma and UAE Team Emirates. Together, these two squads have won six out of the last seven ‘major’ (rated 1.1 or higher) races, with the seventh win going to the team that used to rule the Spring, Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl. Vingegaard was confident in La Drôme But after Jumbo took the victory at the seasons’ first cobbled Classic with Wout van Aert and Jonas Vingegaard flexing his newfound confidence at La Drôme, the sport’s biggest races have been almost exclusively the domain of UAE. The well-funded team, which until recently was just a star vehicle for Tadej Pogačar, is reaping the […]