It’s been a busy year for the UK’s cycling fans, with the 2018 World Cup just a few days away, and the cycling world’s biggest sporting event in front of us all.
There are plenty of great moments from the tournament, but the biggest thing to remember about the race is that it’s still very much alive.
There’s plenty of time for action, with plenty of teams and riders to see.
Here are some highlights of the most exciting moments in cycling history.1.
Tour de France: A wild ride and an eye-catching finishIt’s not often that you see a race finish like this, with a team-mates death or a spectacular stage finish, but that’s exactly what happened in the first leg of the Tour de Flanders.
Cadel Evans (Sky) led the way for the men’s peloton as they went from 1.4km to 5.5km in the early kilometres, before Chris Froome (Team Sky) pulled off a spectacular solo sprint to take the lead.
The stage was all over the place as teams struggled to make up the time, and Evans was in control of the race as he took his first stage win in over a year, and became the first Briton to win the Tour since Mark Cavendish in 2009.2.
Tour of Britain: Team Sky in the spotlightThe stage race that set the tone for the rest of the year was the Tour of England.
A huge part of the BBC’s coverage of the event was dedicated to a team of cycling stars, who were treated like royalty at the race, and were given the most coveted seat in the Tour.
Davide Cimolai (Cannondale), Mark Cavill (BMC), and Alberto Contador (Astana) were all treated like kings in the lead-up to the race.
Their success in the race and the attention given to them on stage two set the stage for the stage to be the biggest to date.
Tour Down Under: A perfect endingThe race in Australia ended with the peloton heading into the desert, and it’s a perfect ending.
All of the teams made it out in time, including Cannondale and Sky, which had to go through the race in order to be in the podium.
In the last stages, the race went through the desert in one of the wildest finishes ever seen on Australian soil, and was absolutely breathtaking.
World Cup Finals: The best momentsThe most iconic moments of the 2018 Tour de Britain were the two stages that came after the riders finished the race on the finish line.
It was the final two stages, but a massive group of riders including Chris Froomes (Team GB) and Eddy Merckx (LottoNL-Jumbo) were in the group, so it was an incredibly tense finish.
At the end, the team leaders were all there, and with just three minutes to go, they were all in the yellow jersey, with Froome winning the race by nearly four minutes.5.
World Cycling Championships: The biggest race of the centuryThere are many great moments to be found from the 2018 race, but one is worth mentioning as it’s the World Cycling Championship, where Team Sky and Movistar went toe-to-toe in the final three stages.
Team Sky had a brilliant day on the line with the yellow jerseys in the end and a strong finish, which they followed up with a victory over Movistar, as they moved into third place in the standings.
They also won the race stage, but lost out on the World Cup final in the process.
World Series of Poker: The first major US poker eventThe American sports betting industry was at its zenith at the US Open on Thursday night, and many fans were excited to watch the first major poker event.
After a long weekend in Europe, the USOpen was back in the US on Friday, and there was much to see and do, including an enormous poker tournament.
Players from all over America had the opportunity to play against each other, with hundreds of thousands of dollars being put up for grabs.
And, of course, a great view of the action as the top six players won $1.6 million each.7.
Worlds in the Sun: The epic finaleThe race came down to the final climb of the day, the Mont Blanc-Santé, and while there was a lot of action, it was the finishing climb that had everyone excited.
Chris Froomes was the big favourite, but it was Joaquim Rodriguez who took the stage victory by almost seven seconds.
His team-mate Fabio Aru won the day for Movistar in a thrilling finish to the day.8.
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