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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Ochowicz expected to confirm merger with CCC team on Monday

Jim Ochowicz hard at work trying to save his team

Jim Ochowicz is expected to confirm a merger with the CCC Sprandi team on Monday’s rest day at the Tour de France, with funding from the Polish shoe brand saving the BMC Racing team from the risk of closure. Greg Van Avermaet is expected to now stay with Ochowicz in 2019 and lead the new-look team for the Classics. Richie Porte , Rohan Dennis and Tejay van Garderen have reportedly signed for other teams for 2019, with Porte moving to Trek Segafredo, Dennis to Bahrain-Merida and Van Garderen to EF Education First-Drapac. Ochowicz refused to comment on reports of a merger with CCC earlier in the week but left the Tour de France on Friday only to return for Sunday’s cobbled stage to Roubaix with the Billionaire CEO of CCC Dariusz Milek and former Polish professional rider Piotr Wadecki. They posed for photographs with Van Avermaet before the start of ...

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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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Stuyven and Vermote: Dark horses with freedom on the cobbles

Jasper Stuyven (Trek-Segafredo) third at Belgian Road Championships

Two Belgian riders can be regarded as dark horses for the win on stage 9 of the Tour de France on Sunday, with a cobblestone stage from Arras to Roubaix. Jasper Stuyven ( Trek-Segafredo ) and Julien Vermote ( Dimension Data ) have free roles in their teams, whereas many other pavé specialists may be forced to stay with their general classification leaders. Both Stuyven and Vermote hope to seize their best chance at a stage victory in the 2018 Tour de France on Sunday afternoon. Stuyven’s name in Dutch means causing dust. That’s a good omen, since it’ll be extremely dusty in the ‘Hell of the North’. The 26-year-old finished top-10 in all of the major spring Classics, with his fifth place on the velodrome in Paris-Roubaix the highlight. Stuyven seems at ease in the Tour de France, compared to the stress of the spring classics. "It’s on the ...

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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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Dimension Data and Cavendish running out of time at Tour

Dimension Data and Cavendish running out of time at Tour

Mark Cavendish is quickly running out of time to equal Eddy Merckx's Tour de France stage win record. Read the full article at Dimension Data and Cavendish running out of time at Tour 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 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 bikes: Mark Cavendish's custom-painted Cervelo S5 – Gallery

Tour de France bikes: Mark Cavendish's custom-painted Cervelo S5 – Gallery

This article first appeared on Cyclingnews . Mark Cavendish ( Dimension Data ) is within touching distance of taking the record for the most Tour de France stage victories in history . Tour de France bikes: Dan Martin's Colnago V2-R - Gallery How to watch the Tour de France 2018 live on TV Tour de France 2018 bikes, gear and tech While the Manxman is yet to get off of the mark at this year's Tour , the former world champion has been improving stage-by-stage and made a top-ten finish in the run-in to Chartres on stage seven of the race. The current record holder for Tour stage wins – 34 – is Eddy Merckx, who had a reputation for carrying a 5mm hex key in his jersey for on-the-fly bike-fit adjustments throughout his career. Just four wins away from the Belgian's record, the similarities between the two riders are ...

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"I can't go that fast": Mark Cavendish

"I can't go that fast": Mark Cavendish

Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data) has endured a frustrating opening week of the Tour de France and opened up on what's going wrong after the Stage 7 finish in Chartres.

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Mark Cavendish: My back's against the wall the whole time, but I'll keep trying

Mark Cavendish waits for the start of stage 6 at the Tour de France

Mark Cavendish and his Dimension Data team produced their best lead out and sprint so far in this year’s Tour de France , with the Manxman in the mix and on Dylan Groenewegen’s wheel until 200 metres to go. A touch of wheels with Alexander Kristoff (UAE Team Emirates) slowed Cavendish and he faded as Groenewegen (LottoNL-Jumbo) powered away to victory, beating Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors) and Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe). With the win gone, Cavendish eased up and finished 10th, but the result told just a small part of Cavendish’s sprint. Buoyed by his and Dimension Data’s performance, Cavendish was happy to give his take on his best performance of the week. Some have written off Cavendish’s chances of winning sprints and dismissed his goal of winning four more stages so that he can match Eddy Merckx’s record of 34 Tour de France stage victories. “I was following quite good ...

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Tour de France: Stage 7 finish line quotes

Dylan Groenewegen sprints to the win during stage 7 at the Tour de France

Dylan Groenewegen (LottoNL-Jumbo) - Stage winner I've been going better every day. I said I needed some time, and I didn't feel good in the first stages. Today we did it and it's amazing. I'm really grateful. I was behind Kristoff and he was going, I started in is wheel and thought now is the moment. I went with 200m and it was good enough. I hope there's more. I have the legs to win now, so we celebrate tonight and maybe the same tomorrow. (Eurosport) Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data) - 10th in stage 7 With a few hundred metres to go, I was quite excited, to be honest. Once Quick-Step and Bora go, I can't match that speed. I just can't do it. There was that pinch point with about 2km to go, and that messed up some of the lead-out trains. There were a few renegades about. The ...

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Tour de France 2018 Stage 7: Dylan Groenewegen sprints to victory

Tour de France 2018 Stage 7: Dylan Groenewegen sprints to victory

Martin James 13 Jul 2018 Groenewegen comes good at last to deny Gaviria another stage victory Dylan Groenewegen (Lotto-NL Jumbo) finally found his sprinting form to win a frantic dash for the line at the end of Stage 7 of the 2018 Tour de France into Chartres. The Tour’s longest stage at 231km alternated between long sections of soft-pedalling and periods of full gas racing as crosswinds threatened to break the race apart. In the end, though, it was always likely to end in a mass sprint finish, and Groenewegen judged his effort to perfection, coming off the wheel of favourite Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors) to cross the line comfortably in front. The green jersey of Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) was third to rack up another haul of points in that competition, then came Frenchman Arnaud Demare (Groupama-FdJ). The yellow jersey remains on the shoulders of BMC Racing’s Greg Van Avermaet, ...

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Cavendish hoping for better as Tour de France sprint stages return

Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data)

After a day off at the Tour de France for the sprinters on stage 6 – if two ascents of the Mûr-de-Bretagne can be called a day off – it's back to business on stage 7 from Fougères to Chartres on Friday, when Mark Cavendish will be looking to score his first win at this year's race. Cavendish is chasing five-time Tour winner Eddy Merckx's record of 34 Tour stage wins, and the Dimension Data sprinter's running tally currently stands at 30. He has been out of contention in the four sprint finishes at this year's race so far, which have been dominated by just two riders: Quick-Step Floors' Fernando Gaviria – who won stage 1 and stage 4 – and world champion Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe), winner of both stage 2 and stage 5. Cavendish's best finish so far has been 21st on stage 4, but he told Cyclingnews that ...

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Van Avermaet running out of options for 2019

Van Avermaet running out of options for 2019

Though he is Olympic champion, a winner of Roubaix, and currently in yellow, Greg Van Avermaet is scrambling to find a team for 2019. Read the full article at Van Avermaet running out of options for 2019 on VeloNews.com .

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Peloton drafting even more efficient than we first thought, new study finds

Joe Robinson 13 Jul 2018 Research using a 3D-printed terracotta peloton finds riding at the back can cut aero drag by up to 95% New research that cycling in a peloton is far more efficient than first thought, with aerodynamic drag at the back dropping to as little as 5% that being experienced at the front. In a study titled Aerodynamic drag in cycling pelotons: New insights by CFD simulation and wind tunnel testing , researchers at the Eindhoven University of Technology ran wind-tunnel tests on a 3D-printed mini-peloton of 121 terracotta cyclists based on input and feedback from WorldTour riders to establish the most energy-efficient area of the peloton. The analysis came to the conclusion that drag in the mid-rear of the peloton is only 5 per cent what a solo rider will experience riding at the same speed. This is considerably lower than previous research, which had the ...

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Today at the Tour: The Spring Classics in July

The Paris-Roubaix champion won, ahead of a recent winner of Brabantse Pijl. Former winners of Liège-Bastogne-Liège finished third, fourth, and sixth, with a Flèche Wallonne winner fifth, and a former Roubaix winner in seventh. The current Milan-San Remo champion finished 10th. Welcome to the Spring Classics in July. The west coast of France looked a … The post Today at the Tour: The Spring Classics in July appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Tour de France 2018: Sagan doubles up with impressive win on Stage 5

Tour de France 2018: Sagan doubles up with impressive win on Stage 5

Joe Robinson 11 Jul 2018 Sagan strongest in sprint as Van Avermaet keeps yellow in uphill finish Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) powered his way to a second stage victory of the 2018 Tour de France today on Stage 5 to Quimper. Philippe Gilbert (Quick-Step Floors) attacked early on the final climb before being caught by a small group of favourites. Sonny Colbrelli (Bahrain-Merida) and Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing) opened up their sprints but were eventually passed by a dominant Sagan. The pace set by Team Sky into the final climb of the Cote de Stang Bihan was rapid as Egan Bernal protected Chris Froome at the head of affairs who finished in the lead group. Van Avermaet finished safely within the top 10 to keep his yellow jersey for another day. Seven riders created the day's breakaway with Toms Skujins (Trek-Segafredo) and Lilian Calmejane (Direct-Energie) the last to be caught ...

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