White: Roubaix fatigue could be a factor as Tour de France hits the Alps
Mitchelton-Scott director Matt White believes the physical and mental fatigue from Sunday's Roubaix stage could have lingering effects on the Tour de France peloton as the race hits the first of three Alpine stages on Tuesday. Stage 10 does not conclude with a mountain-top finish but there are five categorised climbs, including the Col de la Croix Fry, the Montée du Plateau des Glières, the Col de Romme and the Col de la Colombière all featuring. After a rest-day, at least one GC contender tends to crack during the first day back in the saddle. However, so tough and demanding was Sunday’s cobbled adventure, many riders – especially those who fell – could struggle in the mountains. "A lot of people, when you talk to the sports scientists and the athletes, no one really knows how they’re going to back-up after a rest-day and the added factor of the Roubaix ...
Richie Porte sets sights on Vuelta a España and World Championships following Tour crash
Dan Alexander 17 Jul 2018 Porte abandoned the Tour de France after fracturing his clavicle in a crash on stage 9 Richie Porte (BMC Racing) has targeted the Vuelta a España and World cChampionships as his end of season goals having crashed out of the Tour de France for the second year in a row. In an interview with his team, the BMC leader expressed his disappointment at abandoning the race, describing it as ‘painful physically and mentally’. Porte was involved in a crash after just seven kilometres of stage 9 forcing him to abandon, with the race doctor on the scene revealing the reason to be a fractured collarbone or clavicle. Eventually, after Porte had attended a local hostpital, the Australian's injury was confirmed. With no other injuries from the spill, Porte expects to be back on the home trainer within the next week and has targeted the final ...
Chris Froome is riding the Tour and the sky is not falling. Or is it?
Like it or not, Chris Froome is riding the 2018 Tour de France and the sky isn't falling. Or is it?
Tour de France: I'm right where I wanted to be, says Nibali
Bahrain-Merida leader Vincenzo Nibali is ready for three tough days in the mountains, and says he's right where he wants to be with nine days of racing at the 2018 Tour de France ticked off. The 2014 Tour de France winner starts stage 10 on Tuesday in 12th place overall – 1:48 behind race leader Greg Van Avermaet (BMC), but 1:05 behind Team Sky's Geraint Thomas and just six seconds down on Thomas' Sky teammate and the defending Tour champion Chris Froome. While falling short of saying that he'll go on the offensive in the Alps, Nibali said that the three upcoming mountain stages will be "very selective". "We'll have to see how the race unfolds," the Italian told L'Equipe . "We'll have to see whether anyone goes on the attack, or whether it will be a case of waiting until later in the race. "So far, we haven't really ...
Richie Porte: I think the Vuelta is probably a realistic goal
Richie Porte ( BMC Racing ) says he'll turn his focus to the Vuelta a Espana and the world championships later this year now that his Tour de France has ended with a broken collarbone suffered early on in stage 9 . Speaking in a video recorded by his team, Porte expressed his obvious disappointment at having to leave the Tour for the second consecutive year following his crash and subsequent abandon last year, which also happened to be on stage 9. "Obviously, I'm disappointed. This is not the way we wanted it to end – the same as last year. It's obviously painful physically and mentally, but it is what it is," a relaxed-looking Porte said, his right arm and shoulder wrapped in a purple sling. Porte joined BMC to much fanfare in 2016, having finally been given a leadership opportunity at the Tour de France after working for ...
Tour de France: Sky leadership, Ochowicz and CCC, Dumoulin and Degenkolb - Podcast
The Tour de France may have reached its first rest day, but that hasn't meant that the circus surrounding the race has come to a halt. Cyclingnews spent the day hopping between press conferences at Team Sky , Team Sunweb , Trek-Segafredo and BMC Racing to pick up the latest news. We started the morning in Chambery, where we picked up the leadership question at Team Sky, with both Geraint Thomas and Chris Froome discussing the options that lay ahead. Then it was over to Trek-Segafredo for a catch up with stage 9 winner John Degenkolb, before Jim Ochowicz announced to the media that CCC would step in and save his team. Finally, we headed to Team Sunweb to hear from Tom Dumoulin on his challenge and his rivals. No stage today but another action-packed day at the Tour with analysis from Daniel Benson and Ed Pickering. You can read ...
Analysis: Mathew Hayman’s massive watts on stage 9 cobbles
Take a closer look at the power data of Mitchelton-Scott captain Mat Hayman over the pavé of stage 9. Read the full article at Analysis: Mathew Hayman’s massive watts on stage 9 cobbles on VeloNews.com .
Boz blog: Ian Boswell’s first impressions of the Tour de France
American Ian Boswell (Katusha-Alpecin) is midway through his Tour de France debut on July 7. He’ll be providing us with updates throughout the race, sharing his perspective while riding in support of team leaders Ilnur Zakarin and Marcel Kittel. I’ve made it through the first nine days and still have a smile on my face … The post Boz blog: Ian Boswell’s first impressions of the Tour de France appeared first on CyclingTips .
‘A new Tour begins:’ Tight race for yellow enters mountains
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 .
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 .
Tom Dumoulin: It's another Tour de France from Tuesday
Mechanical mishap on the approach to Mûr-de-Bretagne aside, the early portents from Tom Dumoulin ’s Tour de France are promising, but the Dutchman is keenly aware that the race’s first act will have little bearing on how the plot unfolds over the coming stages in the Alps. After nine days of racing, Dumoulin lies 15th overall, 2:03 down on overall leader Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing Team), and 21 seconds behind defending champion Chris Froome (Team Sky). The Team Sunweb man appeared to be among the strongest – or at least the most willing – of the GC contenders on the cobbles to Roubaix on Sunday, and he reports no lingering effects of his efforts on May’s Giro d’Italia, but he warned that the Alps would offer a very different kind of challenge. “Physically there were not the most demanding days but the stress in the bunch was pretty high. ...
Bardet plays down yellow jersey hopes
Now lacking two key teammates in the Tour de France, Romain Bardet downplays his chances to win the overall. Read the full article at Bardet plays down yellow jersey hopes on VeloNews.com .
Tour de France podcast: Porte is out, Froome flourishes on cobbles
Can you believe that crazy stage 9? We discuss the Tour's trip across the Roubaix cobblestones. Read the full article at Tour de France podcast: Porte is out, Froome flourishes on cobbles on VeloNews.com .
Geraint Thomas: It's too early to start thinking about winning the Tour de France
He's not even in the yellow jersey, and he shares a team with four-time winner Chris Froome (Team Sky), but it hasn’t stopped Geraint Thomas from facing questions over his credentials for winning this year's Tour de France . It's true that the Welshman has not missed a beat so far in this year's race, and has navigated the opening nine days with a skill and calmness needed to compete over three weeks. He sits second overall, 43 seconds down on maillot jaune Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing), with a host of GC riders spread between a few seconds and several minutes further apart. Froome, having lost time on stage 1 after a late crash, sits eighth, 59 seconds behind Thomas. That figure is likely to mean little at the end of this year's race, but should Thomas move into yellow on stage 10, Team Sky will have to navigate ...
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 .
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 .
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 ...
Tour de France: Landa back to normal after Roubaix stage crash
Mikel Landa says that there shouldn't be any lingering after-effects of his crash on stage 9 of the Tour de France . The Movistar rider says everything is normal as the race enters the mountains in the second week. Landa managed to avoid any of the carnage on the cobbles, only to crash with just more than 30 kilometres remaining when he rode over a drain cover as he was taking a drink and crashed heavily. Battered and bruised, he, with the help of his team, mounted a furious chase and limited his losses to just seven seconds. Landa said afterwards that they were just 'surface wounds' but only time would tell how his body would respond. After a lengthy transfer down to the Alps, Landa and his remaining teammates – who were one less after losing Jose Joaquin Rojas to the same crash that eliminated Richie Porte – headed ...
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 .
Lizzie Deignan to lead new Trek women's WorldTour team
Dan Alexander Joe Robinson 16 Jul 2018 The team will be built around former world champion Lizzie Deignan who is the team’s first signing. Bicycle manufacturer Trek has announced a new women’s professional road team for the 2019 season with the intention of riding in the UCI Women’s WorldTour. British rider Lizzie Deignan has been confirmed as Trek’s first signing and will lead the team next year, once she returns to competition having sat out this season for the birth of her first child. She will move across from leading team Boels-Dolmans. On the move, Deignan has expressed her delight saying she’s 'thrilled' to sign as, 'the goals of the team perfectly align with my personal and professional goals'. A second rainbow jersey on home roads in Yorkshire will be a major target for Deignan’s return season with Trek as she looks to add to her first world championships from ...