BRITONS IN FLANDERS

Three Britons will line up in Bruges for this Sunday?s Tour of Flanders.

Roger Hammond (Cervélo), who bases much of his season around the Spring Classics, will be joined by Heinrich Haussler (second at Milan-San Remo) and Thor Hushovd (winner of Het Nieuwsblad).

Steve Cummings is set to ride, although his British team mate Geraint Thomas will have to sit it out after the Welshman broke his pelvis in a crash at Tirenno Adriatico. Cummings is also riding the Three Days of de Panne this week, the traditional but crash-ridden warm-up to the Tour of Flanders. Mark Cavendish is also in De Panne, winning stage two today (Wednesday), but will miss Flanders before riding his first Paris-Roubaix where he will repay his team mates loyalty by working for them.

Tour of Flanders: Sunday April 5, 261.5km from Bruges to Ninove.


KINESIS IN FRANCE

The Kinesis team will head to France this week for the Boucles de l?Artois, a 2.2 ranked stage race.

The team has got off to a flying start this year with five podium places so far, including four wins and a third place by Matt Kipling at the Eddie Soens.

Kipling added a win the following week at the Chapter Road Race while Steve Lampier won a 50km handicap road race and a 130km race in Essex the following day.

The team hopes to carry the momentum it takes from these wins (and an impressive performance at the Tour of the Reservoir, where there were five Kinesis riders in the lead break at one point) to France and the Boucles de l?Artois.

The race consists of three stages, spread across two days with a 180km road stage, followed by a 15km TT and a final 100km road race, with some top UCI Continental teams set to compete.

After returning from France, the team will head to the Girvan Premier Calendar event in its build-up to the Ras. The young team will then race the Tour de Beauce in Canada, another 2.2 ranked stage race that attracts some of the top American and European Continental teams.


WIGGINS NOT MISSING THE TRACK

Bradley Wiggins told cyclingweekly.co.uk yesterday that he was not missing the track just yet.

After combining the two for so many years, the Briton said he was pleased to be focusing on the road for the time being.

Read the full story here.

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