Nacer Bouhanni (Cofidis) beat Samuel Dumoulin (AG2R) and Kevin Reza (FDJ) to win the 200km Paris-Camembert one-day race.

With his Cofidis contract extended to 2019 putting a spring in his step, Bouhanni has notched up three victories and two podiums in 2017 along with a top-ten at Milan-San Remo. 

The pugnacious Frenchman, while not necessarily in the top-rank of sprinters, is certainly capable of a matching them in the right conditions and among the best of the rest.

The local French scene has always been a happy hunting ground for Bouhanni, who seems content to race at the ProContinental level with enough regular WorldTour invites to whet the appetite and engage with the likes of Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data), Marcel Kittel (Quick-Step Floors) and Andre Greipel (Lotto Soudal).

But you can't help but think a full-time stint at a WorldTour team would unlock his true potential as a sprinter. Regular battles with the best should elevate his game to another level. You can only get so far beating up the competition in races like the Tour du Poitou-Charentes and Tour de Vendee.

At 26 he still has some time, but a pure sprinters life is generally a short one, though his Milan-San Remo results suggest a transition to a fast rouleur in not impossible.

Wednesday 12 Apr 2017

The Hong Kong Velodrome provided the backdrop for the official presentation of new kit created exclusively by Santini for the Australian national cycling team.

The new Australian national team kit was unveiled at a special event staged in Hong Kong to coincide with the 12 April UCI Track Cycling World Championships.

Designed and made by Santini Cycling Wear, the kit was donned for the first time by the Australian track cyclists during the presentation organised by the Italian brand and Cycling Australia.

The time trial, road and track skin suits designed and made for the team were also premiered at the same event.

Australia heads into the 2016 world championships with the optimism of renewal after the fresh appointment of Simon Jones as high-performance director.

“Australian cycling is a different culture so I am going into these championships with my eyes wide open, I am eager to take it all in,” Jones said. “I will be calibrating myself officially into the role by observing, getting to know the athletes and the coaches.

“Any world championships is important, there are not many world championships between now and the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

“They are a great opportunity for everyone to learn all around, to network, and understand about what the landscape is moving forward.”

Australia will start a new Olympic cycle with a mix of familiar and not so familiar names on the Hong Kong boards, including Rebecca Wiasak (ACT), Alex Porter, 20, (SA), Callum Scotson, 20, (SA) and Sam Welsford, 21, (WA).

The team is further bolstered by Matthew Glaetzer, 24, (SA), Cameron Meyer, 29, (WA), Kaarle McCulloch, 29, (NSW), Amy Cure, 24, (TAS) and Ashlee Ankudinoff, 26, (NSW) who share 14 rainbow jerseys.

Teenagers Courtney Field, 19, (VIC), Kelland O’Brien, 18, (VIC) and Kristina Clonan, 18, (QLD) feature in a line-up featuring eight debutants who will get their first taste of elite world championships action.

“I think the team possesses a great mix of experience and new riders, and that split is really important,” Jones said. “Particularly in the year after an Olympic Games, it is really important to bring talent through, and to give them an opportunity so they can see a pathway.”

Pro cycling won't have Manuel Quinziato in its ranks for much longer, with the engaging Italian confirming 2017 as his last.

"The decision was made over the winter," Quinziato told Sportsnews.bz. "I think it's a privilege to be able to decide when to stop. That's why I'm enjoying every race this year because each one will be my last as a professional."

Quinziato was there when Cadel Evans won his Tour de France and there again last weekend when his BMC team-mate Greg van Avermaet won Paris-Roubaix.

"It was like a dream," Quinziato said, "The teamwork was outstanding.

"After [Greg] van Avermaet broke his wheel the team brought him back to the front and he repaid it with the great victory.

"It is the first time that one of my teammates has secured a cycling monument. To have that happen in my last Paris-Roubaix is special."

How will Quinziato occupy his time after he retires? It looks like a legal career beckons after he concluded his offseason studies to receive a Masters degree in law. 

The Amstel Gold Race, Flèche Wallonne and Liège–Bastogne–Liège suffered a big loss to its competitive balance with Quick-Step Floors's Julian Alaphilippe ruled out due to injury.

The cause is a right knee injury he picked up at the at the Vuelta al Pais Vasco.

The team said Alaphilippe "will undergo further examinations in the upcoming days, under the guidance of the team's medical staff, to determine the nature of his injury and the period he will be sidelined."

Alaphilippe is a rising star in world cycling with two classification wins at Paris-Nice and a podium place at Milan-San Remo this season. Last year he announced himself with an overall win at the Amgen Tour of California. 

"It's a very difficult moment for me," Alaphilippe said. "In the past days I didn't train, hoping the pain will go away, but this didn't happen. 

"I am sad to miss the Ardennes Classics, which I'm very fond of, but there really is nothing I can do about it. Despite this, I remain upbeat and hope to return as soon as possible to the action."

He was a runner-up in the past at both Flèche Wallonne (2015, 2016) and Liège–Bastogne–Liège (2015) and was expected to feature prominently.