Thomas, Sagan, Degenkolb aim for rare Monument win

Geraint Thomas (GBR), Peter Sagan (SVK) and John Degenkolb (GER) hope to give their countries a rare win in the Ronde van Vlaanderen on Sunday 5 April.

Thomas can follow in the footsteps of Tommy Simpson who won this race in 1961, while Degenkolb has Steffen Wesemann’s win in 2004 as example. For Sagan, a win would be Slovakia’s first-ever win in any of the five Monument races, Milano – Sanremo, Ronde van Vlaanderen, Paris – Roubaix, Liège – Bastogne – Liège and Il Lombardia.

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REVIEW: Sixth Grand tour victory is Contador’s to lose

CYCLING –  Barring injury or an unusual turn of events, Alberto Contador will scoop up his sixth Grand Tour General Classification victory on Sunday. He will become the sixth cyclist to have won more than five joining Eddy Merckx (11), Bernard Hinault (10), Jacques Anquetil (8), Fausto Coppi (7) and Miguel Induráin (7).