Tour de France: Double Dylan Groenewegen Zwift Rider of the Day

2018 Tour de France Zwift Rider of the Day

Seemingly in the form of his life after two wins in two days, Dylan Groenewegen ( LottoNL-Jumbo ) is our Zwift Rider of the Day on stage 8 of the Tour de France . The Dutchman beat perhaps the best field he has ever faced and did so convincingly in Amiens. With 6th and 4th places to his name heading towards the end of the race's first week while Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) and Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors) traded stage wins, it looked as though it would be tough for Groenewegen to get on the top step of the podium. Last year, his win in Paris came without those two riders, and also without Marcel Kittel (Katusha-Alpecin), Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data) and Arnaud Démare (Groupama-FDJ). To beat all of these men, plus André Greipel (Lotto-Soudal) and Alexander Kristoff (UAE Team Emirates) is looking like quite the step up from last July. ...

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Tour Stage Nine: Omigod omigod omigod cobbles Cobbles COBBLES!

Arras – Roubaix (157km) We’re going to Roubaix. Bumpily. Here’s the official stage profile: Here is the less widely used profile, that is actually of some value: So, before we look at the runners and riders, what are we actually dealing with here? There are just over 21km on cobbles, with 15 named secteurs. You’ll see some areas that aren’t on the Paris - Roubaix route, but there’s some familiar secteurs, too. Of particular note, Mons en Pevele, a 3km (5*) secteur is raced in part here, as a 900m section. That is among the tougher sections, but pales in comparison to the full 1.8km secteur of Camphin en Pevele, rated 4* in Paris-Roubaix and raced as the penultimate secteur on Sunday, inside the final 20km. The map is below, but for a detailed preview, it is worth putting up with some of the irritating editorial aspects of this video ...

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Groenewegen nabs second consecutive win on Stage 8 of the Tour de France

One day after winning the stage in Chartres, Dylan Groenewegen drew on his strong form and burgeoning confidence to clock up his third career victory in the Tour de France. The LottoNL-Jumbo rider whipped past Andre Greipel (Lotto-Soudal) to grab the stage in Amiens Métropole. Fernando Gaviria (QuickStep Floors) was closed against the barriers by … The post Groenewegen nabs second consecutive win on Stage 8 of the Tour de France appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Mark Cavendish: My back's against the wall the whole time, but I'll keep trying

Mark Cavendish waits for the start of stage 6 at the Tour de France

Mark Cavendish and his Dimension Data team produced their best lead out and sprint so far in this year’s Tour de France , with the Manxman in the mix and on Dylan Groenewegen’s wheel until 200 metres to go. A touch of wheels with Alexander Kristoff (UAE Team Emirates) slowed Cavendish and he faded as Groenewegen (LottoNL-Jumbo) powered away to victory, beating Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors) and Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe). With the win gone, Cavendish eased up and finished 10th, but the result told just a small part of Cavendish’s sprint. Buoyed by his and Dimension Data’s performance, Cavendish was happy to give his take on his best performance of the week. Some have written off Cavendish’s chances of winning sprints and dismissed his goal of winning four more stages so that he can match Eddy Merckx’s record of 34 Tour de France stage victories. “I was following quite good ...

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Tour de France: Groenewegen wins stage 7 in Chartres

Dylan Groenewegen wins stage 7 at the Tour de France

The longest stage of the Tour de France was also its most subdued, but at least there was a novel ending, as Dylan Groenewegen ( LottoNL-Jumbo ) upset the sprint duopoly of Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors) and Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) with a powerful effort in the shadow of Chartres cathedral. Groenewegen married strength and nous on the rise to the finish line to claim the second Tour stage win of his career. The Dutchman chose Alexander Kristoff’s wheel in the finale, and then came around the Norwegian with a shade over 200 metres to go to deliver a sprint that proved too much even for Gaviria and Sagan, who were each chasing a hat-trick of stage wins on this Tour. While Groenewegen sprinted in clear waters down the centre of the road, Gaviria and Sagan were locked in their private battle nearer the barriers. Sagan had glued himself to Gaviria’s ...

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Tour de France 2018: Dan Martin takes victory at Mûr de Bretagne as Froome and Bardet lose time

Tour de France 2018: Dan Martin takes victory at Mûr de Bretagne as Froome and Bardet lose time

Dan Alexander 12 Jul 2018 Martin takes the stage while Froome, Bardet and Dumoulin all concede time to their rivals Dan Martin (UAE-Team Emirates) attacked under the flame rouge and held off a late surge from Pierre Latour (AG2R) to take the win. Greg Van Avermaet (BMC) finished with the favourites to keep yellow. Chris Froome (Sky), Romain Bardet (Ag2R) and Tom Dumoulin (Sunweb) all lost time in the general classification on the final climb. Stage 6 of the 2018 Tour de France took the peloton 181km from Brest to a finishing circuit including the Mûr de Bretagne. After the first uphill finish yesterday the Mûr represented a stiffer test for the peloton with two kilometres at an average gradient of 6.9%. This average is boosted by the opening kilometre up the dead straight road at 10%. Once again, the breakaway formed quickly and consisted of Laurent Pichon (Fortuneo-Samsic), Fabien ...

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Michael Matthews abandons the Tour de France with illness

Michael Matthews abandons the Tour de France with illness

Joe Robinson 11 Jul 2018 Australian sprinter unable to start Stage 5 to Quimper as green jersey path further opens up for Peter Sagan Defending green sprinter's jersey winner Michael Matthews ( Team Sunweb ) has withdrawn from the Tour de France following overnight sickness. The Australian sprinter struggled with vomiting and lack of sleep last night and this morning before deciding, alongside the team, to abandon the race before the Stage 5 start in Lorient. Team Sunweb confirmed the rider's withdrawal in a tweet. The preparations for @LeTour start months in advance. But sometimes, no matter how much work you put in, things don't always go the way you want them to. We're sad to report that @blingmatthews is unable to start #TDF2018 this morning due to sickness. Feel better soon, Michael! pic.twitter.com/qVV33iwXcY — Team Sunweb (@TeamSunweb) July 11, 2018 Having to abandon so early will be a gutting ...

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Today at the Tour: Chavanel says goodbye with panache

Sylvain Chavanel went out in style. No, the 39-year-old Frenchman didn’t win Stage 2 of the Tour de France Sunday; that honor went to world champion Peter Sagan, who dodged a late-race pileup and held off a surging Sonny Colbrelli. But the Direct Energie rider, riding in his 18th and final Tour, spent much of … The post Today at the Tour: Chavanel says goodbye with panache appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Tour de France: Stage 2 finish line quotes

Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) wins stage 2 at the Tour de France

Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) – stage winner and new yellow jersey I am really happy for today. I have to say a big thanks to all my teammates. We were in front all of the last 30k. In the end, I expected something more easy but it was really tough, up and down, with climbs and descents. I said it was better to start [the sprint] later today. Demare started with Degenkolb and I overtook them, but I was really lucky Colbrelli didn't jump me. For one day, [wearing the yellow jersey] is pretty cool. I'm very happy for that. Sonny Colbrelli (Bahrain-Merida) – 2nd on the stage Honestly, I'm a bit disappointed. I made a big effort and spent a lot of energy to make up positions but I didn't manage to get the result. I took Sagan's wheel. I wanted to anticipate him but he anticipated me. Congratulations to ...

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Sagan wins stage 2 of the Tour de France, takes yellow jersey

World champion Peter Sagan swopped the rainbow bands for the yellow jersey at the Tour de France on Sunday, winning stage two into La Roche-Sur-Yon. He beat a fast-finishing Sonny Colbrelli (Bahrain-Merida) and Arnaud Démare (Groupama-FDJ), clocking up his ninth Tour de France stage win. Andre Greipel (Lotto-Soudal) and Alexander Kristoff (UAE Team Emirates) were … The post Sagan wins stage 2 of the Tour de France, takes yellow jersey appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Tour de France: Peter Sagan wins crash-marred stage 2 and takes yellow jersey

Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) wins stage 2 at the Tour de France

Peter Sagan ( Bora-Hansgrohe ) took the win on stage 2 of the Tour de France in La Roche-sur-Yon, also taking over the lead in the general classification. A fast-finishing Sonny Colbrelli (Bahrain-Merida) was second, while Arnaud Demaré (Groupama-FDJ) completed the podium. It was another hectic finale, marred by a crash 2km from the finish. Yellow jersey Fernando Gaviria (Quick Step Floors) was the main casualty, while Michael Matthews (Team Sunweb) was also involved. Around 15 riders remained at the front of the race afterwards, including the podium men plus André Greipel (Lotto-Soudal) and European champion Alexander Kristoff (UAE Team Emirates). With several teammates remaining in that lead group, Bora-Hansgrohe had the numerical advantage and delivered on it, with Sagan enjoying a mini-leadout before surfing Demaré’s wheel and then going long to seal the victory. Colbrelli came from further back to challenge in the closing metres, but it wasn’t enough ...

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Kristoff stays upright to take fourth on Tour's opening stage

Alexander Kristoff (UAE Team Emirates)

While UAE Team Emirates ' Alexander Kristoff 's pre-race prediction that the opening sprint stages could be chaotic "because there are a lot of sprinters who don't have big teams around them", the opening stage of the Tour de France proved to be chaotic well before the final sprint had even started. And while Team Sky's Chris Froome and Egan Bernal crashed in the closing stages of the race, BMC's Richie Porte was held up by a crash and Nairo Quintana (Movistar) lost time as a result of having had to make a bike change , Kristoff was able to stay up at the sharp end of affairs in the final bunch sprint, looking to take his first stage win since Nîmes at the 2014 Tour. "It was quite chaotic," explained the 31-year-old sprinter, "but I got quite good help from my teammates until about two kilometres to go, when ...

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Gaviria wins stage 1 of Tour de France; Froome, Porte and Quintana lose time

Supported by Fernando Gaviria had the perfect start to his first Tour de France, winning stage one into Fontenay-Le-Comte and grabbing the race’s first yellow jersey. The QuickStep Floors rider beat world champion Peter Sagan (Bora-hansgrohe) and his former teammate Marcel Kittel (Team Katusha-Alpecin), with Alexander Kristoff (UAE Team Emirates) and Christophe Laporte (Cofidis) next home. “It’s … The post Gaviria wins stage 1 of Tour de France; Froome, Porte and Quintana lose time appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Tour de France: Gaviria wins opener and takes first yellow jersey

Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors) wins the opening stage at the 2018 Tour de France

Fernando Gaviria ( Quick-Step Floors ) won stage 1 of the Tour de France in Fontenay-le-Comte after a drama-filled finale to what seemed like it would be a standard sprint stage. The Colombian's first Tour victory came at the expense of Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) in second and Marcel Kittel (Katusha-Alpecin) in third. The Colombian becomes the first rider to win his debut Tour stage since Sagan in 2012, also becoming only the second man from his country to wear the yellow jersey after Víctor Hugo Peña in 2003. He benefitted from a fantastically-organised lead-out from his Quick Step team, with four men on the front in the final kilometre executing their jobs perfectly. Sagan and Alexander Kristoff (UAE Team Emirates) lurked dangerously on his wheel, but there was nothing to be done about the Colombian, who was both the strongest man and led from the front - an unbeatable combination. ...

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Preview: Your guide to the 2018 Tour de France

It’s that time of year again: time for the biggest bike race on the planet. The lead-in to this year’s Tour de France might have been overshadowed by the Chris Froome saga, but now that’s finally sorted, it’s time to focus on the race itself. And what a race it’s shaping up to be. Ahead … The post Preview: Your guide to the 2018 Tour de France appeared first on CyclingTips .

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The Battle for Green: A preview of the Tour points competition

How to win a points race when you’re really trying In which your narrator reads the small print, so you don’t have to For those of you who have never bothered to learn (me, until two years ago) or who forget every year (me, still) a quick recap of the scoring system. Points are for places 1 - 15 on each of the different scales. No points available in the team time trial (thank goodness). There’s one intermediate sprint per stage – excluding the two time trials and, I think, the Alpe d’Huez stage (although that seems odd). An intermediate sprint is worth 20 points to the winner, 17 and 15 for the podium, and 1 point for finishing 15 th . The individual time trial has the same points as the intermediate. Road stages are classified as “flat,” “hilly” or “mountainous.” Points are awarded accordingly, with first place worth ...

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Martin and Kristoff lead UAE Team Emirates for the Tour de France

Dan Martin (UAE Team Emirates)

Dan Martin has been confirmed as team leader for UAE Team Emirates at the Tour de France with European champion Alexander Kristoff targeting the sprint finishes. As a result, the eight-rider UAE Team Emirates lie-up includes riders to help Kristoff in the first part of the three-week Grand Tour, and riders to back Martin’s overall bid. Named in the Tour de France team are Marco Marcato, Rory Sutherland and Roberto Ferrari, young rouleur Oliviero Troia, and climbers Darwin Atapuma and Kristijan Durasek. Former world champion, Rui Costa is not in the squad after being slowed by a knee injury. Fabio Aru had already confirmed he will not ride the Tour de France after quitting the Giro d’Italia. He is expected to return for the Vuelta a Espana. Martin finished sixth overall in the 2017 Tour de France, while riding with Quick-Step Floors, despite riding for 12 stages. The Irishman moved ...

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Groupama-FDJ to focus on Tour de France sprints with Démare

Arnaude Demare (Groupama-FDJ) at Gent-Wevelgem 2018

With Thibaut Pinot unable to ride the Tour de France due to the fatigue and pneumonia that forced him to quit the Giro d’Italia before the final stage in Rome, the Groupama-FDJ team have confirmed that Arnaud Démare will lead the French team and target sprint success, with 21-year-old David Gaudu replacing Pinot as the team’s best climber and making his Tour de France debut. The eight-rider line-up also includes Jacopo Guarnieri, Olivier Le Gac, Ramon Sinkeldam and Tobias Ludvigsson, who will provide Démare’s lead out train, while Arthur Vichot and Rudy Molard will have the freedom to target stage victories when the stages do not suit Démare. Groupama-FDJ manager Marc Madiot is hoping Démare can also impress on the stage 9 to Roubaix that includes nine sections of cobbles of the spring Classic. Démare won stage 2 of the 2017 Tour de France but then struggled on stage 9 ...

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Aru unlikely to defend Italian national title after Giro d'Italia problems

Fabio Aru (UAE Team Emirates)

Fabio Aru is unlikely to defend his Italian national title next Saturday as he tries to recover from a poor spring and retirement from the Giro d’Italia . Cyclingnews understands Aru is back in training and will soon sit down with his UAE Team Emirates to decide his race programme for the second half of the season. Despite reports that Aru could decide to skip the Vuelta a Espana and ride a series of one-day races in August and September, it is more likely the Sardinian will stick to his original programme and ride the Spanish Grand Tour as key preparation for the World Road Race Championships in Innsbruck, Austria. Aru quit the Giro d’Italia during stage 19 after struggling to be competitive in the key mountain stages. He has kept a low profile since then, staying at his home in Lugano while the UAE Team Emirates management try to ...

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Tour de Suisse: Demare wins stage 8 in Bellinzona

Arnaud Demare wins stage 8 at the Tour de Suisse

Arnaud Démare ( Groupama-FDJ ) won the penultimate stage of the Tour de Suisse , coming from behind to outsprint Fernando Gaviria (Quick Step Floors) in Bellinzona. Alexander Kristoff (UAE-Team Emirates) claimed third place ahead of world champion Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe). On a rare flat day at the Tour de Suisse, the break was caught in the final 10km, all was set for the final sprint showdown of the race. Quick-Step Floors, Groupama-FDJ and Bora-Hansgrohe all battled for prime position in the final 5km but it was the Belgian team who looked to have gotten a jump on their rivals in the final kilometre. Gaviria and his leadout man Maximilano Richeze hit the front 500 metres out, with Démare, Kristoff and Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) lined out behind. The Colombian launched first, hugging the barriers with 200 metres to go. Gaviria was locked in a head-to-head battle with Démare for the ...

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