Fuglsang regrets wasting energy on Tour de France cobbles

Jakob Fuglsang (Astana)

Jakob Fuglsang managed a strong ride in stage 9 of the Tour de France on Sunday afternoon. The 33-year-old Astana rider finished in the same group as most GC-riders. After the finish, Fuglsang told Cyclingnews that his goal was to gain time on his rivals, but regretted that he wasted energy on the cobbles between Arras and Roubaix. He pointed to the lack of team support, lack of interest among other riders and the strength of the Movistar team. Fuglsang crashed in the fourth pavé sector of the day, the cobbles from Warlaing to Brillon. On the following sector, Team Sky opened up the gas, making it even harder for the Danish rider to come back. Nevertheless, Fuglsang managed to return to the first peloton together with Rafal Majka (Bora-Hansgrohe), shortly after the pavé sector to Orchies at sixty kilometres from the finish. Fuglsang quickly moved up and joined a ...

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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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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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Vincenzo Nibali hoping to repeat his Roubaix cobbles attack of 2014 Tour de France

Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida)

Vincenzo Nibali built his 2014 Tour de France victory on a strong ride on the cobbles of Paris-Roubaix and is quietly hoping for a similar day of grace so that he can gain chunks of time on his overall rivals in this year's race. Nibali's younger brother Antonio took his first win as professional rider at the Tour of Austria, wearing race number 13 on Friday the 13th. Nibali is number 51 – the legendary number so often worn by Eddy Merckx and other Grand Tour winners. "I hope I can continue the family winning streak on Sunday, but it won't be easy. Bike racing is never predictable or logical, and cares little about families," Nibali told Cyclingnews . "Our first goal is to race well, to not lose time and to be at the head of the race. For sure, the stage is going to be a tough day ...

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Tony Martin out of Tour de France with spinal fracture

Marcel Kittel and Tony Martin with Rick Zabel

Tony Martin ( Katusha-Alpecin ) has been forced to abandon the Tour de France after being involved in a mass-crash during stage 9. His team announced on Twitter that Martin - who finished the stage in last place, 11:05 down - had suffered a fractured cervical vertebrae. "Unfortunately [Tony Martin] won‘t start tomorrow in stage 9. A spinal fracture (vertebral compression fracture) makes it impossible to continue [the Tour de France]." Martin crashed along with Dan Martin (UAE Team Emirates), who said he was " ripped to pieces " in the wreck, some 17km from the finish in Amiens. Both Tony Martin and Dan Martin visited the mobile x-ray truck provided by race organiser ASO. Dan Martin avoided any fractures but Tony Martin looked saddened and in a daze as he realised his Tour de France was over due to his fracture. A Velon on-board video captured the moment as ...

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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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Tour’s Roubaix: ‘If Nibali wants to attack, we will support him’

Tour’s Roubaix: ‘If Nibali wants to attack, we will support him’

In the 2014 Tour, Vincenzo Nibali took time on the cobblestone stage. This year, his team is ready to support another raid. Read the full article at Tour’s Roubaix: ‘If Nibali wants to attack, we will support him’ on VeloNews.com .

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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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Van Avermaet running out of options for 2019

Van Avermaet running out of options for 2019

Though he is Olympic champion, a winner of Roubaix, and currently in yellow, Greg Van Avermaet is scrambling to find a team for 2019. Read the full article at Van Avermaet running out of options for 2019 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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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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Tour de France: Stage 4 highlights - Video

Fernando Gaviria wins stage 4 at the Tour de France

Fernando Gaviria finished off the fine work of his Quick-Step Floors squad, netting his second Tour de France stage win in his race debut here. The Colombian timed his effort perfectly into a stiff headwind in Sarzeau to hold off Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) and André Greipel (Lotto Soudal). As has been the case for the early sprint stages in the Tour, a crash inside the final 5km caused some panic amongst the GC contenders, as Rigoberto Uran (EF Education First-Drapac), Mikel Landa (Movistar) and Ilnur Zakarin (Katusha-Alpecin) were caught up in the melee. Uran and Landa managed to catch back on before the finish, but Zakarin took the longest to get going again and never managed to close the gap. He lost 59 seconds to the peloton, tumbling down the overall standings to 42nd. Axel Domont (AG2R La Mondiale) became the third rider to leave the Tour de France due ...

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Nibali left fuming after Bahrain-Merida falter in TTT

Vincenzo Nibali at stage 2 of the Tour de France

Vincenzo Nibali tried to stay upbeat after losing 1:06 to Richie Porte (BMC Racing) and similar amounts to his overall rivals Geraint Thomas and Chris Froome (Team Sky), Mitchelton-Scott's Adam Yates and Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) in the Cholet team time trial on stage 3 of the Tour de France on Monday. The Sicilian struggled to hide his disappointment, however, clearly fuming about how his Bahrain-Merida teammates had failed to give him the support he had expected during the 35.5km effort. Bahrain-Merida selected powerful rouleurs Heinrich Haussler, Kristijan Koren and Sonny Colbrelli to help drive the squad in the team time trial. Yet Colbrelli and other riders were dropped early, quickly reducing the effectiveness of Bahrain-Merida's effort. Then Haussler and Koren were distanced with eight kilometres to go, leaving Nibali with climbers Gorka and Ion Izaguirre and Domenico Pozzovivo – the minimum number of riders necessary to set a time. ...

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Today at the Tour: Winners and losers of the Stage 3 TTT

Tom Dumoulin’s Sunweb team finished fifth, and he now sits seventh overall, but he was very much a winner. Lawson Craddock, riding with a fractured scapula, was dropped by his EF Education First-Drapac teammates 3km from the finish line, but he was a big, big winner. Greg Van Avermaet, of course, was Monday’s biggest winner, … The post Today at the Tour: Winners and losers of the Stage 3 TTT appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Prologo enters another Dimension

Prologo enters another Dimension

The saddle specialists at Prologo has revised its saddle line for 2019. New from the Italian saddle company are versions of the Dimenson with grippy surface treatments and a cleverly designed e-bike saddle. Eurobike 2018: latest news and show highlights Notio Konect provides all your aero data without a wind tunnel New Dimensions Prologo’s take on the shorty saddle, the Dimension , has become a fast favourite with many cyclists. On our wishlist for improvements to the saddle was the inclusion of Prologo's patented textured, grippy CPC surfacing. It seems that ProLogo was listening, as the company has added a CPC-surfaced version of both the standard Dimension (as used by Team Astana star Jakob Fuglsang) as well as the deeper padded NDR version (as used by Olympic mountain biker Manuel Fumic). Alongside these new CPC versions, there is also a new wider and more padded SPACE version of the standard ...

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Tour de France: Gilbert complains of GC riders getting in the way in sprints

Philippe Gilbert at Liege-Bastogne-Liege

The opening stages of the Tour de France tend to be fast and nervous. General classification candidates are eager not to lose any time to their rivals and therefore want to finish as high as possible. But, when those early stages are bunch sprint finishes, the combination of top sprinters and GC riders mixing it in the gallop can be a dangerous one, at least according to Philippe Gilbert ( Quick-Step Floors ). Gilbert's teammate, and race leader at the time, Fernando Gaviria was caught up in a crash in the finale of stage 2 and was unable to contest the sprint, which was won by Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe). "What irritates me, is that certain riders, in spite of the three-kilometer rule that the International Cycling Union (UCI) created still 'fight' within the first 20 positions of the peloton," Gilbert said, according HLN.com. "Climber types are usually not as fast ...

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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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Today at the Tour: On opening day, Lady Luck spins her wheel of fortune

Well, that didn’t take long. One stage into the 2018 Tour de France and Chris Froome is bloodied, Richie Porte is on the back foot, Nairo Quintana is over a minute behind the GC contenders, and Rigoberto Uran is likely down a teammate. Perhaps wildest of all is that each was set back from separate … The post Today at the Tour: On opening day, Lady Luck spins her wheel of fortune appeared first on CyclingTips .

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