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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What the Pros eat in a day on Tour

Various Cyclists Eating

Ever wondered how professional cyclists fuel three hard weeks in the saddle? We give an insight into a 6000 calorie day!

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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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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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Tour de cobblestones: Bardet’s ‘miracle’ ride

Romain Bardet

Romain Bardet miraculously avoids major time loss in Tour stage 9, despite three flat tires on the cobblestones. Read the full article at Tour de cobblestones: Bardet’s ‘miracle’ ride on VeloNews.com .

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Emotional win confirms Degenkolb’s return

Emotional win confirms Degenkolb’s return

After three seasons of injuries and setbacks, John Degenkolb finally won a WorldTour race Read the full article at Emotional win confirms Degenkolb’s return on VeloNews.com .

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Sagan: Tour’s cobbled stage was a crazy day

Sagan: Tour’s cobbled stage was a crazy day

Peter Sagan says the Tour's ninth stage was a crazy ride across Northern France's cobblestones. He could only manage fifth. Read the full article at Sagan: Tour’s cobbled stage was a crazy day on VeloNews.com .

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Tour de France: Degenkolb wins much-feared stage in Roubaix

John Degenkolb (Trek-Segafredo) wins the stage in Roubaix

John Degenkolb ( Trek-Segafredo ) won stage 9 of the Tour de France in Roubaix, outsprinting yellow jersey Greg Van Avermaet (BMC) and Yves Lampaert (Quick Step Floors) after a tough day over the cobbles of Paris-Roubaix. The win marks the end of Degenkolb’s long road back to the big stage after he and five other Giant-Alpecin riders were hospitalised after a training camp accident in Spain in January 2016. The riders were hit by an driver on the wrong side of the road, with Degenkolb almost losing a finger as a result. A crash-heavy day ended with Degenkolb, Van Avermaet and Lampaert escaping on the Camphin-en-Pévèle sector, 17km from the line. In the peloton, there was no answer to the trio of specialists going up the road, though Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) did try a move later on. While the Slovak would end up taking fifth behind Philippe Gilbert (Quick ...

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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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Tour de France: Degenkolb scared off by Gaviria in stage 8 sprint

John Degenkolb (Trek-Segafredo)

Trek-Segafredo 's John Degenkolb scored his best result of this year's Tour de France so far in a chaotic sprint at the end of stage 8 to Amiens , won by Dutch ace Dylan Groenewegen (LottoNL-Jumbo). But Degenkolb's third place behind Bora-Hansgrohe's Peter Sagan came at the expense of Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors) and André Greipel (Lotto Soudal), who were relegated from their podium positions for head-butting . Degenkolb told Cyclingnews that he was finding his sprinter's instinct again, which he didn't expect two months ago. But, that meant he had a front-row seat to witness the headbutting from Gaviria, and he wasn't liking what he saw. "It was a very fast approach again to the sprint. Behind Greipel was Gaviria, and he was trying to squeeze himself through a gap that… There was actually no gap. It was pretty dangerous and I was scared behind them, and couldn't really ...

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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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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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Greipel, Gaviria relegation gives Sagan green jersey boost

Greipel, Gaviria relegation gives Sagan green jersey boost

The relegation of Fernando Gaviria in Saturday’s finale could prove decisive in Sagan’s quest for a sixth green points jersey. Read the full article at Greipel, Gaviria relegation gives Sagan green jersey boost on VeloNews.com .

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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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Tour de France: Groenewegen doubles up in Amiens

Dylan Groenewegen (LottoNl-Jumbo) wins in Amiens

After another largely quiet day at the Tour de France, Dylan Groenewegen (LottoNL-Jumbo) made it two wins in two days in Amiens, out-sprinting André Greipel (Lotto-Soudal) and Fernando Gaviria (Quick Step Floors) - although the latter two would be relegated by officials after the stage. Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) launched first, in something of a messy sprint. The Slovak hit out at 300 metres and Greipel dove for his wheel, shutting the door on Gaviria in the process. The Quick-Step rider head-butted Greipel in an attempt to open room to sprint through - a move that resulted in his relegation. Groenewegen had a front row seat for the tussle, and chose the perfect moment to open up his sprint and take out his second victory in a row. "The legs are better every day,” Groenewegen said after the finish. “Today it was a fast final with a lot of corners but ...

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Tour de France 2018: Groenewegen makes it two from two

Tour de France 2018: Groenewegen makes it two from two

Joe Robinson 14 Jul 2018 The Dutchman sprints to victory yet again while Dan Martin loses more time on GC Dylan Groenewegen (LottoNL-Jumbo) made it two stages out of two winning Stage 8 from Dreux to Amiens Metropole. The Dutchman left it late to launch his sprint eventually coming around Peter Sagan, Fernando Gaviria and Andre Greipal. Gaviria found himself boxed in by Greipal, even throwing a little headbutt at the German, which allowed Groenewegen the cleaner line to sprint to victory. Greipal took second from Gaviria in third. In the final 2,500m, Philippe Gilbert (Quick-Step Floors) nipped off the front in the hope of catching some behind napping but this was quickly brought back by Dimension Data and Lotto-Soudal. A largely uneventful day burst into life with 15km left to race. A small crash brought down Dan Martin (UAE-Team Emirates) and saw him losing ground on his GC rivals. ...

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Tour de France peloton enjoys transfer stage after six days of intense racing

The pack shows the excitement of a 230km perfectly flat stage

And on the seventh day, the Tour de France peloton rested. Friday’s 231km seventh stage from Fougeres to Chartres was the longest of this year’s Tour de France, and the peloton stretched it even longer by transforming the day into a classic transfer stage. Most riders happily waved a white flag and dropped any plans to be aggressive, instead using the day in the saddle to recover from the intense racing of the first week as the Tour de France transferred east from Brittany to the outskirts of Paris and the Val de Loire. The riders spent 5:43 in the saddle, covering the rolling roads at a low average speed of just 40.326km/h. Breakaway attempts floundered, Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) become bored as did most of the 170 riders in the peloton happy to respect orders from their leaders and ride steadily. Only Yohan Offredo (Wanty-Groupe Gobert) tried to rebel. He ...

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