BMC to continue in 2019 as CCC steps in

BMC to continue in 2019 as CCC steps in

BMC Racing Team will continue into 2019 with a new Polish naming sponsor, CCC, coming onboard.

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

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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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Bernal uninjured despite crashing into car

Bernal uninjured despite crashing into car

Egan Bernal has an ill-fated day on the Tour's cobbles, but he's prepared to race into the mountains Tuesday. Read the full article at Bernal uninjured despite crashing into car on VeloNews.com .

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Inside the UCI’s plan to combat motorized cheating

The UCI hopes to prevent mechanical fraud, and new technology allows it to leave no bike unscanned. Read the full article at Inside the UCI’s plan to combat motorized cheating on VeloNews.com .

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UCI commits to fight against motor cheating

The UCI hopes to prevent mechanical fraud, and new technology allows it to leave no bike unscanned. Read the full article at UCI commits to fight against motor cheating on VeloNews.com .

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Wiggins: If Thomas takes yellow, Sky has a real problem

Wiggins: If Thomas takes yellow, Sky has a real problem

LONDON (AFP) — Bradley Wiggins has warned Team Sky will have a “real problem” if Geraint Thomas takes the leader’s Read the full article at Wiggins: If Thomas takes yellow, Sky has a real problem on VeloNews.com .

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BMC Racing Team saved as CCC takes over sponsorship from 2019

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Greg Van Avarmaet to lead UCI WorldTour team next season with backing of Polih footwear retailer

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No Tour rivalry, say Froome and Thomas

No Tour rivalry, say Froome and Thomas

Froome and Thomas say there is no intra-team rivalry at Sky. Froome says they have the tactical upper-hand. Read the full article at No Tour rivalry, say Froome and Thomas on VeloNews.com .

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BMC to merge with CCC; Van Avermaet stays on board

BMC to merge with CCC; Van Avermaet stays on board

The American-registered squad was facing closure over a lack of sponsor dollars but will live on. Read the full article at BMC to merge with CCC; Van Avermaet stays on board on VeloNews.com .

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Tour de France 2018: The best images from the race so far (gallery)

Jack Elton-Walters 16 Jul 2018 The best images from the opening nine stages of the 2018 Tour de France, including plenty of cobbles. Photos: Offside/L'Equipe The 2018 Tour de France has reached its first rest day, and the nine previous stages have been a mixed bag in terms entertainment for spectators. No one can deny the entralling nature of Stage 9 , which headed over the cobbles of Paris-Roubaix , but at times other stages have been a chore to watch. Despite the varying level of action from the peloton, we've grabbed the best images from the race so far. From the opening stage win of Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors), to the grind that was the team time trial, all the way to the joy and relief at the finish line in Roubaix before the rest day, these images capture the essence of the Tour de France so far. Image ...

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Tour de France 2018: The winners and losers from the first week

Joe Robinson 16 Jul 2018 Cyclist take a look at which riders have had a smashing first week and those who have fallen below par The 2018 Tour de France is already a third of the way through and after nine intriguing stages the lay of the land has finally been set. Fernando Gaviria, Dylan Groenewegen and Peter Sagan have shared the spoils on the flatter days taking two stages while the first uphill finish went to an aggressive Dan Martin . BMC Racing did what you would expect them to do in the team time trial as John Degenkolb got us all crying with joy in Roubaix . The race for General Classification has been interesting too. Tom Dumoulin was docked some time for drafting a car while Chris Froome lost seconds after crashing on Stage 1. Geraint Thomas is currently sitting pretty above them all while down the ...

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Confirmed: BMC Racing saved by Polish shoe brand CCC as Van Avermaet signs contract extension

Confirmed: BMC Racing saved by Polish shoe brand CCC as Van Avermaet signs contract extension

Joe Robinson 16 Jul 2018 CCC come on as title sponsor while Van Avermaet decides to stay BMC Racing will continue in the WorldTour under the new guise of CCC, the Polish footwear company that currently acts as main sponsor to ProContinental team CCC Sprandi Polkowice, it was confirmed today at the Tour de France rest day. This agreement to become the new title sponsor means that current Tour de France yellow jersey wearer Greg Van Avermaet will continue with the team, signing a new three-year contract, taking the role of team leader. Current BMC Racing team manager Jim Ochowicz will also continue in his role while CCC CEO Dariusz Milek becomes owner of the team. This will see the Polish shoe company make its first jump up into cycling’s top sphere after 18 years of sponsorship. Ochowicz was spotted with CCC CEO Dariusz Milek before yesterday’s Tour stage , ...

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BMC Racing to be saved by Polish shoe brand CCC as Van Avermaet signs contract extension

BMC Racing to be saved by Polish shoe brand CCC as Van Avermaet signs contract extension

Joe Robinson 16 Jul 2018 Announcement expected at today's Tour de France press conference as CCC CEO visits race BMC Racing is set to continue in the WorldTour under the new guise of CCC, the Polish footwear company that currently acts as main sponsor to ProContinental team CCC Sprandi Polkowice. This agreement to become the new title sponsor means that current Tour de France yellow jersey wearer Greg Van Avermaet will continue with the team, signing a new three-year contract, according to reports in French newspaper L’Equipe . It is expected that current BMC Racing team manager Jim Ochowicz will confirm reports of the merger with CCC on today’s Tour rest day as the Polish shoe company looks to make its first jump up into cycling’s top sphere after 18 years of sponsorship. Ochowicz was spotted with CCC CEO Dariusz Milek before yesterday’s Tour stage , even finding time to ...

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Peter Sagan: I was too far back on the final sector of cobbles

Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) floats over the cobbles

Peter Sagan ( Bora-Hansgrohe ) was a top pick for the win on the pavé on Sunday's cobbled ninth stage of the Tour de France , but only finished fifth, 19 seconds down on winner John Degenkolb (Trek-Segafredo). The world champion started the final sector of pavé too far back, he said, and then "it was too late to chase". What happened when Degenkolb, yellow jersey Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing) and Quick-Step's Yves Lampaert got away on the final section of cobblestones? "What happened is that they just dropped everybody," Sagan told Cyclingnews , and laughed. "No, well, I didn't go because I was too far back in the group on the last sector of cobbles, and so when they went, it was really hard to get back up to the front, and by then it was too late to chase. I tried to chase them, but without anyone ...

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Tour de France does Paris-Roubaix: huge tech gallery

Tour de France does Paris-Roubaix: huge tech gallery

The ninth stage of an intense opening first part of the Tour de France included 15 sectors and over 22 kilometres of the northern French cobbles, with the stage weaving its way from Arras Citadelle to a stone's throw from the famous Roubaix velodrome. Tour de France 2018 bikes, gear and tech How to watch the Tour de France 2018 live on TV Expected and welcomed during the one-day Classics in the spring, asking mountain and GC specialists who weigh 60 kilograms to battle the infamous cobbles is another question altogether. BMC Racing's overall GC hopeful in Richie Porte crashed out with a suspected broken collarbone before the race had hit the first sectors, the crash a likely result of the nerves and tension within the peloton. Romain Bardet (AG2R La Mondiale) and Rigoberto Uran (EF Education First-Drapac) suffered time losses for multiple mechanicals and a crash, respectively. Ahead of ...

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BMC Racing vow to fight on despite Porte crashing out

Greg Van Avermaet (BMC) and John Degenkolb (Trek-Segafredo), two former Paris-Roubaix winners, had t

The BMC Racing team suffered a Sunday in Hell on stage 9 of the Tour de France , with Richie Porte crashing out and Tejay van Garderen losing five minutes. But on a happier note, Greg Van Avermaet extended his overall race lead to 43 seconds over Team Sky 's Geraint Thomas , while the Belgian is also expected to confirm that he'll stay with the team in 2019 as part of a team-saving merger with CCC Sprandi secured by manager Jim Ochowicz. Van Avermaet was disappointed not to win the stage while wearing the iconic yellow jersey after being beaten by Trek-Segafredo's John Degenkolb , but accepted defeat and vowed to fight on despite the loss of Porte. "I thought I was going to win. I believed in my sprint," the Belgian rider said, his usually controlled voice an octave sadder in disappointment. "I think it would have been ...

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Cobbles cause chaos at the Tour de France but GC battle remains perfectly poised

Chris Froome (Team Sky) had one crash but came away unharmed in the Roubaix stage

The medical bulletin issued after stage 9 of the Tour de France included a long list of riders who were injured on the cobbles and roads of northern France, but offered little detail of the enormous physical battering the riders endured on the 15 sectors of cobbles that so shaped the stage and brought so much drama. The faces of the riders offered far more detail, revealing the inner pain and suffering sparked by the cobbled farm tracks of northern France. The riders really were the forçats de la route – the convicts of the road – as French journalist Albert Londres once famously described the Tour de France riders, as the Tour put on a sadistic Grand Tour freak show on Sunday, forcing the overall contenders to fight for wheels and try to simply find a safe passage to the finish. The Grand Tour flyweights had to fight with ...

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Photo gallery: Tears of pain and joy on Tour’s cobbled stage 9

Richie Porte (BMC) was the biggest casualty. Much like his then-teammate Chris Froome on stage 5 of the 2014 Tour de France, Porte crashed out before he even reached the cobblestones on yesterday’s stage 9 of the 2018 Tour. Stage 9 — the same stage Porte crashed out last year, too. Surely his bad luck … The post Photo gallery: Tears of pain and joy on Tour’s cobbled stage 9 appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Emerging from the shadows in Roubaix: Degenkolb proves a point

It’s been a long and winding road for John Degenkolb since his last success in Roubaix. On an April day in 2015 he stood atop the podium at the end of the toughest of the spring Classics, celebrating a huge win just weeks after taking Milan-San Remo. Two victories in one Classics season? That’s rare … The post Emerging from the shadows in Roubaix: Degenkolb proves a point appeared first on CyclingTips .

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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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