Groenewegen blasts home first on Stage 7 of Tour de France

Last year he made a big breakthrough when he won the final stage of the Tour de France in Paris; on Friday, Dylan Groenewegen confirmed his status as one of the best sprinters when he blasted home first on stage seven. Timing things perfectly in a chaotic gallop, the Dutchman beat Fernando Gaviria (QuickStep Floors) … The post Groenewegen blasts home first on Stage 7 of Tour de France appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Today at the Tour: Two GC leaders, one yellow jersey at BMC Racing

Following Monday’s Stage 3 team time trial, BMC Racing emerged not only as stage winners but also leading the general classification — with two riders. Greg Van Avermaet claimed the maillot jaune, tied on time with American Tejay van Garderen. The decider? Stage placings on the first two days. Van Avermaet was 24th on Stage 1, … The post Today at the Tour: Two GC leaders, one yellow jersey at BMC Racing appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Adam Yates and Mitchelton-Scott steady the ship with Tour de France TTT

Mitchetlon-Scott finished 4th on the day

Adam Yates and his Mitchelton-Scott team breathed a big sigh of relief at the end of their team time trial ride on stage 3 of the Tour de France . It had been a trying start to race for the Australian team, plagued by crashes on the chaotic opening two days, but they steadied the ship with fourth place in the Cholet TTT. As directeur sportif Matt White told Cyclingnews : “It’s exactly what we needed.” The trouble started amid the chaos of the opening day when Yates crashed late on and lost 51 seconds. The 25-year-old was on the deck again 24 hours later and though he didn’t suffer any further losses, Luke Durbridge and Daryl Impey also went down heavily in the closing kilometres. “It’s not ideal, we’ve got some banged up boys in there,” said White, who was correct in his prediction that it would be Mitchelton ...

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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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Some more skin off but no time loss for Mitchelton-Scott

Some more skin off but no time loss for Mitchelton-Scott

Mitchelton-Scott had another unlucky day with leader Adam Yates, Luke Durbridge and Daryl Impey all hitting the tarmac in a crash-filled second stage of the Tour de France.

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Mitchelton-Scott brush themselves down after crashes to target team time trial

Luke Durbridge of Australia and Team Mitchelton-Scott

Two stages in at the 2018 Tour de France , and Mitchelton-Scott 's team leader Adam Yates has been on the asphalt twice in consecutive days, compounded further by two further crashes on the second stage for Luke Durbridge and Daryl Impey . Three years ago, however, the situation was far worse, with five of the then nine-man team taken out in a single crash on the way to Huy, resulting in Simon Gerrans abandoning with a broken wrist and Daryl Impey going home after fracturing his collarbone. Knowing the situation could be far worse, the team's spirits remained high at the stage finish in La Roche-sur-Yon, choosing to focus on the opportunity to regain time in the team time trial rather than focusing on the stressful opening two days. "Adam's fine," directeur sportif Matt White told a huddle of journalists at the team bus after the stage. "I don't ...

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Which national championships jerseys will be at the Tour de France?

Joe Robinson 4 Jul 2018 Surprise winners mean that some of the usual national jerseys we see at the Tour will be in absence In case you was not aware, the 105th Tour de France starts this Saturday at Noirmoutier in the Vendee Region of northwest France. As the Daily Mirror pointed out this week in its preview it has 'really snuck up on us' with barely the hint of a controversy or drama in the week leading up to the Grand Depart. The will he-won't he saga of Chris Froome's Tour attendance has put the cycling world on tender hooks but now that is all behind us we can all begin to concentrate on the important things like which national jerseys will you be able to spot at the upcoming race. It's tradition for most nations to hold their national championships in the week leading up to the Tour ...

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Which national champions jerseys will be at the Tour de France?

Joe Robinson 4 Jul 2018 Surprise winners mean that some of the usual national jerseys we see at the Tour will be in absence In case you was not aware, the 105th Tour de France starts this Saturday at Noirmoutier in the Vendee Region of northwest France. As the Daily Mirror pointed out this week in its preview it has 'really snuck up on us' with barely the hint of a controversy or drama in the week leading up to the Grand Depart. The will he-won't he saga of Chris Froome's Tour attendance has put the cycling world on tender hooks but now that is all behind us we can all begin to concentrate on the important things like which national jerseys will you be able to spot at the upcoming race. It's tradition for most nations to hold their national championships in the week leading up to the Tour ...

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One step beyond: Adam Yates goes all in for yellow at the Tour de France

One step beyond: Adam Yates goes all in for yellow at the Tour de France

Joe Robinson 29 Jun 2018 Adam Yates will head to next month's Tour de France hoping to go one step further Adam Yates ( Mitchelton-Scott ) heads to next weekend's Tour de France Grand Depart with a true ambition for yellow, as does his team. They are not turning up for the podium or stage wins, but to take the big prize in Paris. After a breakthrough 4th overall in 2016, Yates has taken a steady upwards trajectory towards the title of General Classification contender and now is the time for the team to go all-in in supporting the Bury-born climber on his dream of Tour success. The pressure of a whole team riding in support of your ambitions could be enough to make certain riders crumble but for the laid-back Yates his Tour experiences from the two years previous make this just another day at the office. 'Two years ...

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Tour de France Team Selections Open Thread

Movistar captain Nairo Quintana

Coming soon to a mountain pass near you... Because I am horrible at time management and a few other things, let me just quickly get the discussion started on what is likely to be the only thing going on this week, with pretty much no top-end racing on the calendar: who gets to go to the Tour de France. Let’s look round for some announcements coming out in the last 24 hours. Tour de France └ 105e édition └ Compo d'équipe └ Démare └ Gaudu └ Guarnieri └ Le Gac └ Ludvigsson └ Molard └ Sinkeldam └ Vichot pic.twitter.com/EOMmLDQHi6 — Équipe Cycliste Groupama-FDJ (@GroupamaFDJ) June 25, 2018 The headliner is Arnaud Démare, who will hunt for stages and is gaining form after the Tour de Suisse. David Gaudu is a young climber who won’t likely put on any special jerseys in his inaugural Tour, but having come second to teammate ...

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Adam Yates targets Tour success but Ewan is left out

Adam Yates targets Tour success but Ewan is left out

Joe Robinson 21 Jun 2018 Mitchelton-Scott put all their eggs in the GC basket, leaving no room for sprinter Caleb Ewan Mitchelton-Scott have named their team for the upcoming Tour de France with a lineup built around the general classification hopes of Brit Adam Yates but no place for Australian sprinter Caleb Ewan. The team has been moulded around giving Yates the best possible chance of a high GC finish at next month's race, where the 25-year-old will be looking to improve on his fourth place and white young rider's jersey in the 2016 Tour. Yates will be entering the Tour in good form too, having taken a stage victory at the recent Criterium du Dauphine on his way to second place overall. The Englishman has been provided with a strong and experienced team of climbers and rouleurs who will be tasked with guiding him through a potentially tricky opening ...

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Ewan misses out as Mitchelton-Scott back Adam Yates for Tour de France

Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) wins stage 7 of the Criterium du Dauphine

Mitchelton-Scott sprinter Caleb Ewan will miss out on a place in the squad for this summer's Tour de France after the team changed its focus to concentrate entirely on the general classification with climber Adam Yates . Ewan was considered a shoo-in for a place in the eight-man squad, and was expected to share leadership status with Yates. But team management have decided to build the squad around the 25-year-old Briton, who is the twin brother of Simon Yates, who led this year's Giro d'Italia before cracking spectacularly on stage 19 , which was won by Team Sky's Chris Froome, who in turn went on to win the overall title. In Ewan's absence, the Mitchelton-Scott team is made up of a combination of riders who can support Adam Yates in the mountains, keep him safe in the always-dangerous opening week, and contribute to the team time trial on stage 3, ...

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'Mission accomplished' for Uran in Slovenia

Rigoberto Uran (EF Education-Drapac)

Rigoberto Urán came to the Tour of Slovenia with the Tour de France in mind, his EF Education First-Drapac team having added the five-day 2.1 race to the calendar as a late addition to bridge the gap to the Tour de France, which starts a week later this year. The plan worked out to perfection, with Urán taking a stage 3 win in Celje and backing it up with 15th in the final time trial to seal second overall. Stage 4 winner Primoz Roglic (LottoNL-Jumbo) won the final time trial and the overall. “I’m happy,” Uran said in a statement released by his team. “The most important for me is the Tour, but before the Tour, I have good legs to finish second, win a stage in Slovenia and also do a good time trial today. I’m so happy to know everything is where it needs to be.” Urán's win ...

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Uran gets key Tour de France form indicator in Slovenia

Rigoberto Uran (EF-Drapac)

Rigoberto Uran , the runner-up in last year's Tour de France , has been flying under the radar again this season, compared with his fellow contenders, but the Colombian's victory in Friday's Tour of Slovenia stage in an uphill sprint ahead of Daryl Impey (Mitchelton-Scott) and Primoz Roglic (LottoNl-Jumbo) was a huge confidence boost for him and his EF Education First-Drapac squad. Roglic began the attack on the Celjski Grad climb, reeling in late attacker Matej Mohoric (Bahrain-Merida), but was caught as Uran and Impey sprinted past in the final 300m. The victory by Uran showed that his extended training camp at altitude in his home country paid off. "My feeling today was really, really good," Uran said in a team press release. "For me, the most important is the Tour de France. This race is preparation for the most important goal. We knew the final would be good for ...

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Your Never-Too-Late Tour de Suisse Tandem Preview

Good times on the Furka Pass

Just in time for the race to get real Hey, look everyone! It’s the Tour de Suisse! Wait, wait, please don’t go anywhere. This year might not be the same Spilak-Costa snoozefest of yore. In fact, there is a 62.37% chance that the winner of the Tour is going to have ridden this race and not the Dauphiné. We at the PdC are so excited about this race (The views and opinions expressed in the preview do not necessarily reflect the official opinion of the PdC and certainly does not reflect the views of either Andrew or Conor who would rather watch a post-Tour crit than this race) that we decided to bring in two editors to discuss the epic racing that awaits in the land of cheese, chocolate, clocks, cows, clandestine banking, and…. Mathias Frank (I just cannot come up with a Swiss cyclist whose name begins with C, ...

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Criterium du Dauphine massive tech gallery

Criterium du Dauphine massive tech gallery

This article first appeared on Cyclingnews . The Criterium du Dauphine continues to be a final opportunity for GC specialists to hone their form before heading to the Tour de France a few weeks later, with most editions sharing or even replicating some of the Grand Tour's Alpine stages.As well as testing the legs, riders and teams also have a final race opportunity to test the latest and frequently unreleased components and bikes before taking them to the biggest stage in cycling. The 2017 edition of the race saw the Specialized Tarmac SL6 and updated Trek Emonda SL for the first time. At this year's race, the same two manufacturers had new and unreleased S-Works Venge and Trek Madone Disc bikes. Alongside the new bikes, Scott also unveiled custom-finished Foil Disc framesets for Daryl Impey and Alex Edmondson, who are the national road race champions for South Africa and Australia, ...

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Criterium du Dauphine: Kwiatkowski brushes off crash injuries to regain lead

Michal Kwiatkowski (Team Sky) moves back into the yellow jersey after winning the team time trial at

You wouldn't have guessed from Team Sky 's storming team time trial victory at the Critérium du Dauphiné that Michal Kwiatkowski had crashed heavily the previous afternoon, nor indeed Geraint Thomas 48 hours before that. "I must have hard bones," Kwiatkowski said in his press conference in Louhans, newly decked out in yellow as overall leader. "I came out without any major injuries, just skin off and some pain in my elbow, arms, and hip this morning, but when you're racing you actually forget about it, because you've got more pain in the legs than the parts of the body you hurt." The Pole, who'd lost his lead to Daryl Impey as a consequence of bonus seconds rather than the crash, led a Sky team that swept the floor with the opposition on Wednesday. They finished a full 38 seconds quicker than second-placed BMC Racing, with just three of the ...

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Criterium du Dauphine: Team Sky win team time trial

Team Sky in the Dauphine TTT

Team Sky took back control of the overall classification at the Critérium du Dauphiné , winning the 35km team time trial stage by 37 seconds and so putting Michal Kwiatkowski back in the leader's yellow jersey. Team Sky set a time of 36:33 beating BMC Racing by 37 seconds, with Lotto Soudal third at 52 seconds. Mitchelton-Scott finished fourth, at a distant 56 seconds. The time gaps mean Kwiatkowski is back in the leader's yellow jersey after he lost it to Daryl Impey after stage 2. He leads teammate Gianni Moscon by three seconds, with Castroviejo third at nine seconds and Geraint Thomas fourth overall at 21 seconds. Many of Team Sky's overall rivals are already more than a minute behind. Team Sky fielded a tried and trusted seven-rider squad for the 35km team time trial, with Gianni Moscon, Kwiatkowski, and Castroviejo all national time trial champions. Geraint Thomas is ...

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Criterium du Dauphine 2018: Team Sky dominate team time trial to regain race lead

Team Sky, Team Time Trial, 2015 Tour de France

Jack Elton-Walters 6 Jun 2018 Ahead of four mountainous days, Team Sky took the race to their rivals with an emphatic win in the Dauphine team time trial Team Sky comprehensively won the Stage 3 team time trial at the 2018 Criterium du Dauphine to move Michal Kwiatkowski back into the overall leader. Mitchelton-Scott , the team of previous leader Daryl Impey, finished way down in fourth, 0:56 adrift. This result could rule out Adam Yates's hopes in the General Classisication. Events

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Criterium du Dauphine team time trial start times

Team Sky had a crash in the Chase

The team time trial at the 2018 Criterium du Dauphine marks the transition point from rolling terrain to the high mountains. The 35-kilometre contre-la-montre par équipe , which is incidentally the same length as the Tour de France’s team time trial, is flat and takes the riders southwest from Pont-de-Vaux to Louhans-Châteaurenaud. Team time trial world champions Team Sunweb will be first off the ramp at 14:50 local time with three minutes separating each team. Matching their ride in Bergen last year will be a tall order with Laurens ten Dam and Chris Hamilton already out if the race due to sickness. The German-registered team are at the bottom of the team standings, which has decided Wednesday’s running order. Given that they hold the leader’s jersey, Mitchelton-Scott have been given the honour of starting last (at 15:53), though they are sitting sixth in the team classification. They have several strong ...

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