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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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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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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Bahrain-Merida opt for balanced team to support Nibali's Tour de France bid

Vincenzo Nibali at Liege-Bastogne-Liege

Bahrain-Merida have selected a mix of climbers and rouleurs to support Vincenzo Nibali as the Italian targets a second Tour de France victory. The Sicilian opted to skip the Giro d’Italia and focus fully on the Tour de France in 2018, hoping to repeat his 2014 victory. Bahrain-Merida’s eight rider squad includes Domenico Pozzovivo, Gorka Izagirre, Ion Izagirre, Franco Pellizotti, Heinrich Haussler, Sonny Colbrelli and Kristijan Koren to back Nibali, selecting climbers and rouleurs in the hope of limiting their losses in the stage 3 team time trial and the technically difficult stages in the first half of the race. The Izagirre brothers and Pozzovivo will play a vital role in the mountains, with Pozzovivo coming from a fifth place overall at the Giro d’Italia. Haussler, Colbrelli and Koren will protect Nibali on the cobbled stage and flat roads, with Colbrelli likely to target the sprint finishes. Pellizotti turned 40 ...

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Sagan, Rivera and Lampaert: National Championship round-up

Sagan, Rivera and Lampaert: National Championship round-up

Joe Robinson 25 Jun 2018 The first weekend of National Championships produced a few expected results as well as a few surprises This weekend saw the first round of National Championship races take place across Europe, Africa and North America. The prestigious races in each country dictate which lucky rider will have the honour of donning the national jersey for the next 12 months, one of cycling's most coveted prizes. With the Tour de France one week later due to the on-going football World Cup, not all nations held their championships this weekend, deciding instead to push them back one week further in the calendar. The most notable of those were the Netherlands, Germany and also here at home in Great Britain. Nevertheless plenty of nations did hold their championships this weekend and we now know which men and women will be given that special jersey for the next year. ...

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Gorka Izagirre takes Spanish road race title

Gorka Izagirre (Bahrain-Merida) takes Spanish road race title

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Tour de Suisse: Kragh Andersen wins stage 6

Soren Kragh Andersen (Team Sunweb) wins stage 6 at Tour de Suisse

Soren Kragh Andersen (Sunweb) took victory from the breakaway on stage 6 of the Tour de Suisse as Richie Porte (BMC Racing) extended his overall lead with an attack on the late climb to the line in Gommiswald. Nathan Haas (Katusha-Alpecin), unable to match Andersen’s surge on the third-category climb, which topped out just shy of a kilometre from the line, crossed the line nine seconds down. Several seconds behind the Australian came the remaining remnants of the breakaway - which had once been as large as 18 - led by Gorka Izagirre (Bahrain-Merida) for third place. In amongst that group of five was the yellow jersey of Porte, who had stormed up the climb, at such a rate that Nairo Quintana (Movistar) and the rest of his rivals had to relent and watch him disappear up the road. The Tasmanian finished 12 seconds ahead of the main GC group ...

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Colbrelli takes morale-boosting win in Suisse with Tour de France on horizon

Sonny Colbrelli on the Tour de Suisse podium after winning stage 3

Sonny Colbrelli ( Bahrain-Merida ) made up for a disappointing performance on stage 2 to win stage 3 of the Tour de Suisse . The Italian was out of contention in the first sprint stage following Saturday’s team time trial but produced a resounding sprint finish on Monday to hold off Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors) and Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) in Gansingen. The 28-year-old made use of some excellent teamwork from his Bahrain-Merida squad before hitting out from nearly 300 metres to go. The Italian had the legs to hold off the late charge from his rivals to take his first WorldTour win of the campaign. “Today I wanted to go again after yesterday wasn’t a good day. I didn’t have a great day, I didn’t have great legs and wasn’t up there with the best at the end for the sprint,” he said during his press conference. “Today my legs ...

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Tour de Suisse: BMC Racing win opening team time trial in Frauenfeld

BMC Racing win stage 1 team time trial at Tour de Suisse

BMC Racing won the opening stage of the Tour de Suisse , dominating the 18km team time trial with a time of 20:18 and putting local boy Stefan Küng in the yellow leader’s jersey of the race. Team Sunweb took second on the day, with a time of 20:36, while Quick Step Floors were third at 20:45, just fractions of a second ahead of Bora-Hansgrohe. The American-registered WorldTour squad were among the pre-race favourites for the stage having brought their ‘A’ team to their sponsor’s home race. GC contender Richie Porte and his super domestique Tejay Van Garderen led the way, while Simon Gerrans, Greg Van Avermaet and Alessandro De Marchi completed the strong line-up along with Küng and fellow Swiss rider Michael Schar. They duly delivered, flying along the 18km course at over 54km/h and smashing the intermediate checkpoint along the way. Küng, who hails from the town of ...

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Roglic wins Vuelta Ciclista al Pais Vasco

Enric Mas (Quick-Step Floors) wins the final stage at Pais Vasco

Enric Mas ( Quick-Step-Floors ) survived from the early break to win the final stage at the Vuelta al Pais Vasc o, while Primoz Roglic ( LottoNL-Jumbo ) returned from a crash, and held off an onslaught from Movistar to seal the overall win. Mas took his first professional WorldTour win in impressive fashion, leaving his early breakaway companions on the slopes of the final climb, and soloing away to the win. The young Spaniard held off a large charge from Mikel Landa (Movistar), who was threatening to overturn Roglic's healthy but not impregnable race lead. In the end, Landa was forced to settle for second on the stage, and second overall, with Roglic winning by 1:09. Ion Izagirre (Bahrain-Merida) completed the podium. The 122.2km stage consisted of eight categorised climbs, and set off at breakneck speed. Roglic, who came into the day with a 1:57 lead over his nearest ...

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País Vasco: McCarthy wins stage 3

Jay McCarthy (Bora-Hansgrohe)

Jay McCarthy (Bora-Hansgrohe) won the third stage of the Vuelta al Pais Vasco in Valdegovia, winning the bunch sprint ahead of neo-pro Aleksandr Ryabushenko (UAE Team Emirates) and Michał Kwiatkowski (Team Sky). With the remnants of the day’s breakaway caught only 2.5km from the finish, setting up any form of organised train was tough. A number of late counter-attacks, the most prominent of which came from Alex Aranburu (Caja Rural-RCA), meant it would be a chaotic sprint. Having been visible on the front during the run-in, Bora-Hansgrohe who were the most organised team, with Austrian Gregor Mühlberger providing the leadout that launched McCarthy to his second win of the season. “It was a nice ride. We had our first plan to look after our GC riders but if it came to a sprint it was up to me to have a go,” McCarthy said after the finish. “The boys did ...

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País Vasco: Alaphilippe wins again in Bermeo

Julian Alaphilippe (Quick-Step Floors)

Julian Alaphilippe (Quick-Step Floors) secured back-to-back stage wins at the Vuelta al Pais Vasco with another victory over Primoz Roglic (LottoNL-Jumbo) on stage 2. The Frenchman broke away on the final climb with Roglic, Mikel Landa (Movistar) and Gorka Izagirre (Bahrain-Merida), and after a technical descent it was Roglic who once again led out with a few hundred meters to go. In a repeat of stage 1 Alaphilippe had too much power for the LottoNL-Jumbo rider and extended his overall lead in the race to eight seconds with the stage win time bonus. Izagirre finished third from the group with Landa fourth. Patrick Konrad (Bora-Hansgrohe) came home in fifth with a group of GC contenders. After two stages, Izagirre has moved up to third overall, 39 seconds off Alaphilippe’s lead. The race boiled down to the final climb of San Pelaio. With pitches extended to 18 per cent and 3.4km ...

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Izagirre brothers to lead Bahrain-Merida at Vuelta al Pais Vasco

Gorka and Ion Izagirre of Bahrain-Merida

Bahrain-Merida 's Basque brothers Ion and Gorka Izagirre will lead the team on home soil at the Vuelta al Pais Vasco April 2-7. The duo will be joined by Vincenzo Nibali , who will ride in support of their overall aspirations having prioritised the Tour of Flanders in 2018. Ion Izagirre has finished third on his last two appearances at the WorldTour stage race and is again aiming for the final podium. "It's a special race, it's the home race! I trained well and I feel good," said Ion Izagirre, who was fourth at Paris-Nice in March. "The path I like with so many climbs that I know well: there is also the 19km time trial that is completely flat. I tried the route a month ago and I found it not very technical but very fast." Gorka Izagirre, the elder of the two brothers at 30, was third at ...

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The race you forgot about: Vuelta Ciclista al Pais Vasco!

Wonderful race. Ridiculous hats.

Tl;dr – Same as normal, but the time trial’s flatter I like to start my previews with an angle. This time, the angle was handed to me, but boy was it dispiriting. When we were divvying up writing, I offered to cover the Tour of the Basque Country. Chris’ response, in full: “I can’t even think about Spain right now.” Ah, cobbles fever. The boss contracted a terminal case back when PdC still ran on punch cards and a steam-powered server, but anyone who hangs around here long enough will be feeling that way as March rolls into April. Who can think about Spanish cycling when there are two monuments away to the north? So, here’s the deal. I’m not going to try and convince you this is the best race of the next ten days. I won’t harp on about any of these things, though they are all true ...

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Paris-Nice: Points jersey a consolation for Wellens

Tim Wellens (Lotto Soudal) pulling on the green jersey

Tim Wellens may have missed a stage win or the overall victory at Paris-Nice but the Belgian nevertheless deemed his final placing of 5th to be "a step forward in [his] career." Wellens, the Ruta del Sol winner last month , started the final stage of Paris-Nice in fourth place and wearing the green points jersey. The 26-year-old Lotto Soudal rider was aiming to replicate his Nice stage win of 2016 and move onto the overall podium. After an aggressive stage in which Wellens was a key animator, he crossed the finish line in fifth place with both the GC and stage win out of his reach. A green jersey and fifth place overall is, however, his best result yet at the 'Race to the Sun.' "My teammates and I had the ambition to claim the overall victory of Paris-Nice when we left to the start. Unfortunately, we didn't achieve ...

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Impey still top of WorldTour rankings after Paris-Nice

Daryl Impey leading Mitchelton-Scott over a small crest

South African Daryl Impey remains top of the individual WorldTour rankings following the conclusion of Paris-Nice . Impey is currently racing in Italy at Tirreno-Adriatico until Tuesday when the rankings will again be updated. Paris-Nice winner Marc Soler has rocketed into second place on the standings from his previous ranking of 127. He knocks Movistar teammate Alejandro Valverde into third place but his tally of 545 points is well below Impey's 800. With third place at Paris-Nice, Gorka Izagirre jumps into third on the rankings with 500 points while Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) enters the rankings for 2018 int fourth place. The Briton accumulated 470 points while racing in France and helped Mitchelton-Scott take back the lead from Quick-Step Floors in the team rankings. Ion Izagirre was another rider to move up the rankings following Paris-Nice, the Spaniard improving 31 places to tenth. Belgians Tim Wellens (Lotto Soudal), 18th, and Dylan ...

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Paris-Nice poised for dramatic final stage showdown

Simon Yates in yellow at Paris-Nice

‘I can’t wait for tomorrow,” were the words uttered by Bahrain-Merida ’s Ion Izagirre after a dramatic queen stage of Paris-Nice . He - like everybody else - is expecting an explosive and exciting battle for the title on Paris-Nice’s punchy final stage. The fight for the overall classification at Paris-Nice has been the epitome of 'every second counts' in recent years, with the last two editions settled by less than a handful of seconds. This year’s race looks set to bow out in equally as dramatic style with a 110-kilometre final day that includes no fewer than six categorised ascents – all at least ranked category two or above. Despite being called the race to the sun, the wet conditions that have plagued much of the week are expected to impact the stage, adding yet another variable to the day. To add to the drama, the first eight riders ...

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Demare pulls out of Paris-Nice to focus on Milan-San Remo

Arnaud Demare (Groupama-FDJ)

Arnaud Demare ( Groupama-FDJ ) has pulled out of Paris-Nice ahead of the penultimate stage with his team citing the poor weather and accumulated fatigue for the decision. It may be called the race to the sun but low temperatures and heavy rain are expected over the closing weekend of the race. With this in mind, Groupama-FDJ confirmed on Saturday morning that Demare would not take the start of stage 8. The Frenchman now turns his focus back to the Classics, with Milan-San Remo his next major target on March 17. Demare won the Italian Monument in 2016. Demare took the team’s first victory in their new Groupama-FDJ colours on stage 1 of Paris-Nice, beating Gorka Izagirre in a photo finish after an uphill sprint to the line. Thanks to his victory, Demare spent two days in the leader’s jersey before giving it away to Luis Leon Sanchez (Astana) after ...

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2018 Paris-Nice: Stage 3 highlights - Video

Jonathan Hivert (Direct Energie) claimed victory on stage 3 of Paris-Nice

Jonathan Hivert ( Direct Energie ) won stage 3 at Paris-Nice Tuesday after he out-sprinted Luis Leon Sanchez (Astana) at the finish line in Châtel Guyon. Remy di Gregorio (Delko Marseille Provence) finished third. The trio went clear over the top of a late category 3 climb and finished 39 seconds ahead of the peloton. Sanchez took the race lead from Arnaud Démare (FDJ) and now leads with a 28-second advantage over the Frenchman. Gorka Izagirre (Bahrain-Merida) is third at 35 seconds back. The three riders in the winning breakaway weren't the only agressors of the day, however, as Julian Alaphilippe (Quick-Step Floors) was the first to attack on the climb, followed by Tim Wellens (Lotto Soudal) and Jakob Fuglsang (Astana), but they were reeled back in by a group of 20. There were series of other attacks in short succession of each other during the closing kilometres of the ...

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