‘A new Tour begins:’ Tight race for yellow enters mountains

Nairo Quintana

Despite a team time trial, a punchy uphill finale, and a cobbled stage to Roubaix, the race for yellow is still close. Read the full article at ‘A new Tour begins:’ Tight race for yellow enters mountains on VeloNews.com .

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Tour Stage 10: Hope you’re well rested

Annecy - Le Grand Bornand (159km) The Boomtown Rats don’t like Mondays. Neither does Garfield. Me? It kind of depends. Sometimes I have a restful weekend and get to the office motivated and productive. Other times, I slouch into the office and struggle, and then I’m playing catch up all week. This Monday was a rest day for the peloton, but to be fair, they had a busier weekend than I did, and certainly had a tough Sunday. So Tuesday is their Monday, and how good they’re feeling when they come back to will have a big impact on the ultimate destination of the yellow jersey. The Route Make no mistake, they aren’t easing into the week. If they were office workers, this’d be an 8am presentation, multiple meetings and an evening committee, with no lunch. When Moo Productions asked, 10% of us thought this was the Queen Stage. The ...

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Tour de France: Hayman enjoys Roubaix cobbles but questions their inclusion in the Tour

Mat Hayman leads Adam Yates across the pavé

Former Paris-Roubaix winner Mathew Hayman ( Mitchelton-Scott ) relished a day on the cobbles during the Tour de France but while the Classics specialist may have repeated his 2016 success if riding alone, looking after teammate and general classification hopeful Adam Yates was the priority for the day. The 40-year-old Australian looked at home covered in dust and sweat outside the Mitchelton-Scott team bus immediately after the stage, just metres away from the famous Roubaix velodrome and was clearly relaxed after Yates made it through the stage unscathed and in the main group of GC contenders. Speaking with Cyclingnews , Hayman explained the day's events, "[Yates] was really suffering from the start so [it was] a really top effort from him. As well as he went today, I'm probably not going to go as well in the mountain stages, he was on my train today so it was a tough ...

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Today at the Tour: Crashes, mechanicals, and the aftermath

The dust has settled. As expected, there were crashes. There were mechanicals. There were tears on the road, and tears on the podium. When contextualizing Stage 9 of the 2018 Tour de France, where to begin? Let’s start with the big picture: Although there were significant changes to the general classification after the peloton’s adventure … The post Today at the Tour: Crashes, mechanicals, and the aftermath appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Uran’s Tour chances dented on the cobbles

Uran’s Tour chances dented on the cobbles

Rigoberto Urán's perfect tour was blemished on stage 9 to Roubaix, but he still heads into the Alps with a shot at overall victory. Read the full article at Uran’s Tour chances dented on the cobbles on VeloNews.com .

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Degenkolb roars back with Roubaix success on stage 9 of Tour de France

Three years after he won Paris-Roubaix, two after being injured in a big pre-season crash, John Degenkolb finally completed his return to the very top of the sport when he won stage nine of the Tour de France. The Trek-Segafredo rider ended a long and frustrating period in his career by being one of the … The post Degenkolb roars back with Roubaix success on stage 9 of Tour de France appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Degenkolb wins in Roubaix, Porte Crashes Out

Van Avermaet still in yellow after a breathless cobbles stage On the day when much of the world’s sporting attention was focused on the World Cup final in Moscow, the Tour served up a thrilling and significant appetiser on the cobbles leading into Roubaix. This was the most exposure to cobbles in a Tour for 35 years and it had the impact that would be expected. At the end of three and a half hours in the saddle, the stage was won by Jon Degenkolb, with Greg van Avermaet and Yves Lampaert in second and third. The GC race was also shaken up, Richie Porte failing to finish, and Rigoberto Uran losing significant time. Greg van Avermaet retrained the yellow jersey. Degenkolb, however, deserves the headlines, leading out the sprint, the 2015 Paris-Roubaix winner holding off the 2017 winner to pick up his first ever Tour stage and complete his ...

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Tour de France 2018: John Degenkolb wins Stage 9 on the cobbles of Roubaix

Tour de France 2018: John Degenkolb wins Stage 9 on the cobbles of Roubaix

Jack Elton-Walters 15 Jul 2018 What a day at the 2018 Tour de France as the race took on the cobbles of Paris-Roubaix John Degenkolb ( Trek-Segafredo ) won Stage 9 of the 2018 Tour de France after escaping with Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing) and Yves Lampaert ( Quick-Step Floors ), who followed him over the line in second and third respectively. Under the flamme rouge, the trio began to play cat and mouse, knowing their advantage over the chasers was plenty. Degenkolb sprinted first, the others couldn't come past and the stage was his. The result increases Van Averamet's overall lead in the yellow jersey, although he'll be hard pushed to keep it once the race hits the mountains after Monday's rest day. The race was a fantastic spectacle for fans but will have taken its toll on every rider who took part. Crashes and mechanicals were many, ...

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Adam Yates surrounded by Classics experts for Tour de France cobbled stage

Adam Yates heads to the stage start

The final stage before the Tour de France 's first rest day has been building in anticipation since this year's race route was announced last October and while some Classics specialists will relish a July jaunt on the cobbles, the GC contenders will be less excited about the prospect of stage 9 of the race. Tensions have run high for the GC contenders during the first eight stages of the race so far, with Adam Yates ( Mitchelton-Scott ) one of a number of those caught behind a crash on stage 1, while Chris Froome (Team Sky), Dan Martin (UAE Team Emirates), Tom Dumoulin (Sunweb) and Romain Bardet (AG2R La Mondiale) have all lost time in separate incidents. Yates is 1:06 down on leader Greg Van Avermaet (BMC), on the same time as defending champion Chris Froome, while Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) remains the best-placed contender, seven seconds down in ...

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Today at the Tour: A crash, two relegations, and cobblestone anxiety

We now interrupt all regularly programmed pre-written Roubaix stage previews with this very important message: There’s (almost) never a dull stage at the 2018 Tour de France. After Friday’s 231km Stage 7 yawner, what looked to be another uneventful stage — flat roads, token French riders in the breakaway, field sprint — turned into something else completely … The post Today at the Tour: A crash, two relegations, and cobblestone anxiety appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Ewan focused on rebuilding his season but has options for 2019

Caleb Ewan (Mitchelton-Scott)

Caleb Ewan has put the disappointment of missing out on the Tour de France behind him as he gears up for the second half of the season. The Australian was a surprise omission from the Mitchelton-Scott team for the Tour with the squad putting all their eggs in the Adam Yates basket as they chase a podium spot in the overall classification. Ewan was informed of Mitchelton-Scott 's decision to leave him off the team days before the event, and posted his frustration on Twitter. However, according to his agent, Jason Bakker, who works with a number of high-profile young Australian riders, Ewan is back in training and looking forward to several goals later in the year. Part of the controversy over Ewan missing the Tour came down to his ongoing contract situation. The 24-year-old's current deal at Mitchelton-Scott expires at the end of the season, and speculation in June ...

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Early splits reveal hints of palace intrigue

Is the first week of fast racing revealing fracture lines inside teams that brought multi-pronged attacks to the Tour de France? Read the full article at Early splits reveal hints of palace intrigue on VeloNews.com .

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Richie Porte: We're talking about seconds now, but it'll be about minutes in the mountains

Richie Porte (BMC) caught behind crashes, also lost time in stage 1

The Tour de France peloton rode steady on the long transfer stage to Chartres and riders arguably deserved a moment of respite after six intense, white-knuckle days of racing that saw virtually every Grand Tour contender lose time in crashes, the team time trial or late-stage mechanicals. Grand Tours are a race of endurance, with the strongest riders expected to emerge in the Alps and Pyrenees. However, the design of this year’s Tour de France - starting in the Vendee and then passing via Brittany and northern France - has turned the stage racing into a series of daily Classics. Fate and fortune appear to be as big of a factor as form and team strength. A breakaway has never been allowed to stay away and there have been no real hills to climb, and so the general classification is extremely tight; every team leader and every team is fighting ...

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Today at the Tour: Stage 6 winners and losers atop Mur-de-Bretagne

The last time the Tour de France included the Mûr-de-Bretagne — the wall of Brittany — Irish climber Dan Martin was caught in a bad position, hesitated a bit too long, and finished second behind Ag2r La Mondiale’s Alexis Vuillermoz, banging his handlebar across the finish line in frustration. That was in 2015, when Martin was … The post Today at the Tour: Stage 6 winners and losers atop Mur-de-Bretagne appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Tour de France: Dan Martin's bold stage win earns him Zwift Rider of the Day

2018 Tour de France Zwift Rider of the Day

Five years on from his last Tour de France stage victory, Dan Martin ( UAE Team Emirates ) took his second on the hilltop finish of the Mûr-de-Bretagne , and with it he earned today's Zwift Rider of the Day. Since that success in 2013, which came when he outsprinted Jakob Fuglsang in the Pyrenean town of Bagnères-de-Bigorre, Martin has had to endure five podium placings without reaching the top step. But Martin put paid to that in spectacular fashion today, saying afterwards, "It makes this Tour de France a success, and everything else will be a bonus." It was a stage that suits Martin's abilities - or at least the final climb did, being short and steep. He wasn't alone though, being joined in the peloton by Ardennes specialists like Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) and Julian Alaphilippe (Quick-Step Floors), as well as a number of punchy sprinters and climbers who ...

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Dumoulin’s dream Tour start dissolves with penalty, time loss

Dumoulin’s dream Tour start dissolves with penalty, time loss

Bad luck finally catches up with Tom Dumoulin in Tour stage 6. He loses time due to late mechanical and a penalty from race jury. Read the full article at Dumoulin’s dream Tour start dissolves with penalty, time loss on VeloNews.com .

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Dan Martin jumps clear to win Stage 6 of Tour de France

Five years after he won his first stage at the Tour de France, Dan Martin scooped his second with an assertive victory on stage six. The Irishman attacked 1.2 kilometres from the top of the Mur de Bretagne climb, riding strongly despite a headwind and holding off the hard-chasing riders behind. Pierre Latour (Ag2r La … The post Dan Martin jumps clear to win Stage 6 of Tour de France appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Key Strava segments at the 2018 Tour de France

Key Strava segments at the 2018 Tour de France

Dan Alexander 12 Jul 2018 Check out the key Strava segments that could have an impact on the 2018 Tour de France With the 2018 Tour de France well underway, we've had a look at some of the Strava sgements that will be covered throughout the race. With some of the KOMs already held by pro riders - former and current - new fastest times aren't guaranteed. From short, sharp climbs to cobbles to mountains, here's where some significant time differences in the search for yellow could happen. The key Strava segments at the 2018 Tour de France Stage 6: Mur-de-Bretagne Length : 1.94km Average gradient : 7% KOM : Adam Yates ( Michelton-Scott ) - 4:27 QOM : Marit Coghe - 5:11 Stage 6 has the first summit finish of the 2018 Tour de France . Just two kilometres in length but with an opening kilometre at 9.8%, the ...

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Tour de France: Expect GC action on Mur de Bretagne

Mur de Bretagne

On stage 6's Mur de Bretagne, the climbers will finally come to the fore after several hectic days at the Tour de France. Read the full article at Tour de France: Expect GC action on Mur de Bretagne on VeloNews.com .

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Tour Teams Power Poll: Themes for Teams via The Bard

The Bard knows his Tour themes.

A Dylanesque ranking of the Tour’s top fifteen. I’m not the most plugged-in person here at the Cafe come Tour Time [insert complaints about children and the non-stop celebrations of the end of the school year]. I’m also on vacation, which is a mixed bag when it comes to thinking straight. In theory it’s a good thing. In theory... Which makes me the perfect person to write a Tour power poll. Power Polls are the greatest device ever invented by and/or for blogging, because you can define them any way you want, even though it sounds like a definitive ranking of the “best teams.” At the Tour, “best” is too complicated a matter for people to agree on, since it could mean either the maillot jaune (boring) or most influential overall. It can also mean in absolute or relative terms, the latter being relative to either other teams or to ...

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