Bardet plays down yellow jersey hopes

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 .

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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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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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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 France bikes: Dan Martin's Colnago V2-R - Gallery

Tour de France bikes: Dan Martin's Colnago V2-R - Gallery

Dan Martin (UAE Team Emirates) put in a powerful attack one-kilometre from the finish line on Mûr de Bretagne to take the sixth stage of the 2018 Tour de France and raise his hopes for a strong general classification performance after being caught out in a crash during last year’s race. Campagnolo disc brakes used for the first time at the Tour de France Michal Kwiatkowski's custom Pinarello Dogma F10 X-Light — gallery Peter Sagan's Specialized S-Works Venge - Gallery Martin raced the stage aboard the semi-aero Colnago V2-R frameset, which was photographed during last month’s Criterium du Dauphine where the Irishman finished in fourth place on GC. The Italian frameset, is draped almost exclusively in Italian components. A full Campagnolo Super Record EPS groupset provides the shifting and drive for Martin’s bike, while non-series, direct-mount Campagnolo brakes provides the stopping power. Campagnolo Bora Ultra 50 wheels are paired with ...

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Martin validates leadership role with dramatic stage win

Martin validates leadership role with dramatic stage win

Martin's victory validated UAE Team Emirates's decision to hire Martin during the 2017 offseason to lead its efforts at the Tour. Read the full article at Martin validates leadership role with dramatic stage win on VeloNews.com .

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Bahrain-Merida sign talented British climber Stevie Williams

The Bahrain-Merida riders have a laugh in the bunch

Bahrain-Merida have signed talented British climber Stevie Williams as they continue to carefully strengthen their roster for 2019. The 22-year-old impressed at the recent U23 Giro d’Italia, where he won a mountain stage, spent a day in the race leader's pink jersey and finished fifth overall. Williams will ride as a stagiaire with Bahrain-Merida from August 1 and be a neo-pro with the team in 2019. The Welshman raced with the JLT Condor team managed by John Herety in 2016 and joined the SEG Racing Academy for 2017. SEG started as a rider agency and works with Wout Poels, Dan Martin, Niki Terpstra, Sep Vanmarcke and Bauke Mollema. Alumni of the SEG Racing Academy include Fabio Jakobsen, who joined Quick-Step Floors for 2018, and Koen Bouwman, who won a stage at the 2017 Critérium du Dauphiné. Williams won the Rode de L'Isard stage race in the Pyrenees in early May ...

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Wanty-Groupe Gobert off to a good start in Tour de France

Dion Smith puts on the best climber's polka dot jersey on the podium after the third stage

For the second consecutive year, the Belgian Wanty-Groupe Gobert team were invited the Tour de France . Halfway into the first week of 'La Grande Boucle', the team has been able to leave their mark on the race. Dion Smith wore the polka-dot jersey of best climber for three days. On Tuesday, Guillaume Van Keirsbulck featured in the long breakaway of four riders. Team manager Hilaire Van der Schueren was pleased about how his team's race was going so far. "We've had the polka-dotted jersey for at least four days with Dion Smith," Van der Schueren said. "Before the race, I would've signed for that. It's a pity that Guillaume Martin lost a lot of time already because the team time trial went better than anticipated. He lost 50 seconds in the first stage and then again 1:30 due to the crash, that's a pity. Then again, when looking at ...

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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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Sky's Tour de France TTT: Froome to begin fightback, Thomas eyeing yellow

Chris Froome (Team Sky) loses time after crashing into a ditch during stage 1

Chris Froome emerged from the Team Sky bus in Mouilleron-Saint-German on Sunday morning to a throng of television cameras, all eager to discover how he was feeling after his dramatic crash towards the end of the opening stage . Froome assured everyone he was absolutely fine, and proceeded to the start line to embark on what turned out to be another chaotic stage , albeit one he came through unscathed. Staying upright was the order of the day, but it would not undo the more lasting damage of that crash, which was a deficit of 51 seconds to most of his rivals for the yellow jersey. As Team Sky directeur sportif Nicolas Portal noted, they find themselves on the unfamiliar ground of having time to make up at the Tour de France, with Froome having led from early on in all four of his victories. "It's something a bit new. ...

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Tour Stage 3: “Trial” is the Right Word

Team Time Trial: Cholet-Cholet (35.3km) You know who must love team time-trials? Sponsors. They’re the perfect thing to put on flyers and press releases alongside buzzwords like “teamwork” or “power” or “Alpecin caffeine shampoo.” You know who doesn’t love team time-trials? Me. I find them a bit inequitable. More importantly, I find them boring. For the riders, it’s less of a prize than a normal stage win. Surprises are at a minimum. There’s a prescribed list of contenders that is not often upset. More importantly, there’s a list of GC contenders whose hopes of winning will be all but over by the time the roadside hoardings are taken down in Cholet. Anyway, it’s a rolling route with which the riders are faced. When the road rises, it does not do so too harshly, even if the Côte de la Segiuniere does look like at least a small challenge on aero ...

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Tour de France: Adam Yates returns with high ambitions

Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) with team director Matt White

Two years ago, Adam Yates ( Mitchelton-Scott ) missed out on the Tour de France podium by just 21 seconds. This year, the British climber returns with a stacked team at his disposal. The 2016 Tour white jersey winner might be a GC underdog, but confidence is running high after his team made the race for the majority of the Giro d'Italia. "The goals for us, as you see from the line-up, is very much GC orientated," Matt White said with Yates alongside him at their press conference on Friday morning. "We're going to support Adam as well as we can throughout the Tour." The 9:30 a.m. start was perhaps not to Yates's liking, but as he sipped a cup of coffee he began to open up about his aspirations. In previous press meetings, Yates has been somewhat shy and hesitant, but two years on from his last Tour de ...

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Vincenzo Nibali's Merida Warp TT gallery

Vincenzo Nibali's Merida Warp TT gallery

This article first appeared on Cyclingnews . Vincenzo Nibali ( Bahrain-Merida ) will arrive in the Vendée this weekend with an eye on a second Tour de France title. Peter Sagan's Specialized S-Works Shiv TT Photo gallery: US national time trial tech Known for his climbing abilities and aggressive racing style, the Italian's time trialling ability will also be put to the test on the stage 3 team time trial and the penultimate stage individual time trial. Nibali's Bahrain-Merida team uses Merida Warp time trial framesets, and unlike their road models — which feature a predominantly black paint scheme — the Warp retains the metallic-blue finish seen on the team's 2017 framesets. It is expected the team will be on new time trial bikes for Tuesday's Tour de France stage 3 team time trial. The bike is paired with drivetrain components consisting of Shimano Dura-Ace R9150 shifters, while an SRM ...

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Tour de France Yellow Jersey Preview: Why They’re NOT Going to Win

Plus, I make my predictions. So yesterday, you saw my positive take on the ten guys I think have the best chance of winning the Tour. Obviously, ten different guys can’t all win, this isn’t fifty years of a claw machine. For every positive, there is of course a negative. Or multiple negatives, which historically I’ve found a preference to focus on. Chris Froome You know, I try not to get nostalgic, I really do, but back in my day we laughed at people who did the Giro-Tour double, and didn’t rank them as favourites. That’s what happened to Nairo last year, anyway, when even an unconvincing Giro say him without the legs to even manage a top ten in the Tour. Now, that’s all apparently changed, even when winning this race would mean winning four consecutive Grand Tours, something only done by Merckx. Now even though he has a ...

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'People are scared to look different': Wiggins chats to Cyclist as he launches 'Le Col by Wiggins' kit range

Joe Robinson 5 Jul 2018 Cyclist caught up with Wiggins and Yanto Barker to chat about their new kit collaboration, the development of tech and who will win the Tour Not to be mistaken with Ben Sherman's 2018 Spring/Summer range, Bradley Wiggins and British cycling brand Le Col have today launched their own exclusive range 'Le Col by Wiggins'. Inspired by cycling's history from the 1960s, 70s, 80s and 90s, the new kit was the brainchild of 2012 Tour de France winner Wiggins and long-time friend, former pro and founder of Le Col, Yanto Barker. With both recognising the correlation between fashion and cycling, this latest kit selection attempts to bring a 'classic vintage aesthetic' to the world of performance cyclewear. Available across three ranges offered by Le Col - HC, Pro and Sport - the collection will encompass everything from jerseys and bibshorts to socks and caps ranging in ...

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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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Tour de France Yellow Jersey Preview: Why they ARE Going to Win

Despite how it may come across in my various articles here at the Café, I am not in fact a negative or a cynical individual. In fact, occasionally, I can find it within my heart of stone to summon up a little optimism, and that is what I am doing just now. I will take a few of the favourites for the Tour de France, and focus entirely on their positive characteristics — why it is possible (probable!) that they will stand on the podium in Paris, clad in yellow and a grin from ear to ear. I’m doing this because, well, these are phenomenal athletes, who if they have a good race, all are capable of winning the damn thing. And there won’t be one rider who doesn’t deserve it. So. On to the riders. Chris Froome Completely ignoring all the events of the previous week, the obvious first ...

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Bardet to approach the Tour de France with 'humility'

Romain Bardet (AG2R La Mondiale) at stage 4 of the Criterium du Dauphine

Romain Bardet heads into this Tour de France as the host nation's favourite for overall success. Twice on the podium in last two editions of the French Grand Tour, his AG2R La Mondiale team fields a roster expected to fully support his bid for another podium finish in Paris. "I have had the honor of climbing on the final podium twice before, so I will be ambitious again, and am surrounded by a great team," Bardet said in a team press release three days ahead of the Grand Depart. "The Tour is the race for which we prepare all year long, and we approach it with humility. It is a sporting and human adventure that validates a year of work." In the last two editions of the Tour de France, both won by Chris Froome (Team Sky), Bardet has placed second in 2016 and third in 2017. He has also ...

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Opinion: Why WADA and the UCI’s handling of the Froome case is damaging to sport

It was the final paragraph that really jarred. “The UCI understands that there will be significant discussion of this decision, but wishes to reassure all those involved in or interested in cycling that its decision is based on expert opinions, WADA’s advice, and a full assessment of the facts of the case. The UCI hopes … The post Opinion: Why WADA and the UCI’s handling of the Froome case is damaging to sport appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Boom given one-month suspension for Tour of Norway punch

Lars Boom and his LottoNL-Jumbo teammates wear clothing and eyewear from Shimano's S-Phyre range

Lars Boom has been handed a one-month ban by the UCI following an altercation at the Tour of Norway in May, his LottoNL-Jumbo team have confirmed. The ban was issued with immediate effect and rules him out of racing until August 2. Boom was expelled from the Tour of Norway on stage 2 after he was caught punching Sport Vlaanderen’s Preben Van Hecke . Boom was initially defiant, saying: "He was on my wheel and I almost crashed, so I got a little hot-headed. I don't want to crash, especially when an idiot does something like that.” However, he later apologised to fans and the organisers for his action, while LottoNL-Jumbo said that they would deal with the issue internally. Boom remained in Norway and went on to ride the Tour des Fjords and the Hammer Stavanger races and he recently competed at the Criterium du Dauphine and the Dutch ...

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