The 10 biggest cycling stories of 2013

  • By Andrew Hood
  • Published Dec. 31, 2013
Fabian Cancellara and Peter Sagan faced off in the classics and "Spartacus" scored a Flanders/Roubaix double, storming away on the Paterberg climb in the former. Photo: BrakeThrough Media |

6. Cancellara-Sagan mash-up

Everyone says that Peter Sagan (Cannondale) is going to win a bundle of classics, but the pundits clearly didn’t ask Fabian Cancellara (RadioShack-Leopard). The 2013 northern classics provided a battle for the ages between cycling’s proven king of the cobbles and his would-be usurper.

Cancellara delivered some of his most sublime performances of his career en route to a sweep across the cobbles, with victories at E3 Harelbeke, Ronde van Vlaanderen (Tour of Flanders), and Paris-Roubaix, increasing his career haul of monuments to six.

Sagan surely took some lessons out of 2013, when he was undeniably the strongest rider of the spring, but got stuck in second at Milano-Sanremo, Strade Bianche, E3 Harelbeke, and Flanders. His wins at Ghent-Wevelgem and Brabantse Pijl reminded everyone just how good he is. For 2014, the Cancellara-Sagan mash-up should be even better.

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Andrew Hood

Andrew Hood

Andrew Hood cut his journalistic teeth at Colorado dailies before the web boom opened the door to European cycling in the mid-1990s. Hood has covered every Tour de France since 1996 and has been VeloNews' European correspondent since 2002.

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