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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Tour de France: More disappointment for empty-handed Demare

Arnaud Demare (Groupama-FDJ)

The disappointment was clear as Arnaud Démare arrived back at the Groupama-FDJ bus in Amiens after placing fifth on stage 8 of the Tour de France . "As you can see, there are a lot of you here to cover my defeats every day," the Frenchman said to the semi-circular scrum of television cameras and microphones. "I'm obviously very disappointed." The reasons were numerous. He was on home turf, Amiens is situated just over 50 kilometres from his hometown of Beauvais. It was also Bastille Day, a day of national celebration when everyone is on the lookout for a home winner. Most of all, though, it was the last bunch sprint of a first week rich in opportunities, and Démare must now head into the mountains empty-handed. "It was pretty chaotic, even if I knew the finish like the back of my hand," Démare said of the run-in to Amiens, ...

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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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Peloton unimpressed with ‘boring’ stage 7

Sprinters, GC riders, and opportunists alike agreed that a long, flat stage made for a boring day of racing. Read the full article at Peloton unimpressed with ‘boring’ stage 7 on VeloNews.com .

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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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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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Gaviria notches up second Tour de France stage victory on day four

Victorious on stage one, dropped in the team time trial on Monday, Fernando Gaviria was back on top at the end of the fourth stage of the Tour de France on Tuesday. The QuickStep Floors rider timed his sprint perfectly, beating world champion Peter Sagan (Bora-hansgrohe) and André Greipel (Lotto-Soudal) into Sarzeau. “It was really … The post Gaviria notches up second Tour de France stage victory on day four appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Tour de France team time trial start times

Sunweb second at  stage 1 team time trial at Tour de Suisse

After two eventful sprint stages, the Tour de France peloton turns its attention to the team time trial. The 3 5.5-kilometre test against the clock could see some big movement in the general classification and is likely to see a new rider donning the maillot jaune. Under normal circumstances, we might have expected the main general classification contenders to be on much the same time heading into this early crunch point. However, crashes and mechanical problems have seen some of the key contenders, in Chris Frome (Team Sky), Richie Porte (BMC Racing) and Nairo Quintana (Movistar) all lose time. Though their leaders are down on time, each of the three teams do have riders in contention for yellow on Monday afternoon and the team chrono is a chance for them to pull back time for those that have lost it. Team Sky and BMC Racing are among the favourites for ...

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Tour de France: Stage 2 highlights - Video

Peter Sagan sits in the field during  stage 2 of the Tour de France

World champion Peter Sagan ( Bora-Hansgrohe ) won the second stage at the Tour de France in La Roche-Sur-Yon. A crash took down several of the field's top sprinters including stage 1 winner and overnight race leader Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors) in the final kilometre. Sagan avoided the crash, however, and won the dash to the line ahead of Sonny Colbrelli (Bahrain-Merida) and Arnaud Demare (Groupama-FDJ). Even though the field was given the same neutralised time as the stage winner, due to the crash, Sagan picked up bonus seconds at the line and moved into the overall race lead by six seconds ahead of Gaviria and ten seconds ahead of Colbrelli. Watch the second stage of the Tour de France in the highlight video above. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com

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Tour de France: Stage 2 finish line quotes

Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) wins stage 2 at the Tour de France

Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) – stage winner and new yellow jersey I am really happy for today. I have to say a big thanks to all my teammates. We were in front all of the last 30k. In the end, I expected something more easy but it was really tough, up and down, with climbs and descents. I said it was better to start [the sprint] later today. Demare started with Degenkolb and I overtook them, but I was really lucky Colbrelli didn't jump me. For one day, [wearing the yellow jersey] is pretty cool. I'm very happy for that. Sonny Colbrelli (Bahrain-Merida) – 2nd on the stage Honestly, I'm a bit disappointed. I made a big effort and spent a lot of energy to make up positions but I didn't manage to get the result. I took Sagan's wheel. I wanted to anticipate him but he anticipated me. Congratulations to ...

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Sagan wins stage 2 of the Tour de France, takes yellow jersey

World champion Peter Sagan swopped the rainbow bands for the yellow jersey at the Tour de France on Sunday, winning stage two into La Roche-Sur-Yon. He beat a fast-finishing Sonny Colbrelli (Bahrain-Merida) and Arnaud Démare (Groupama-FDJ), clocking up his ninth Tour de France stage win. Andre Greipel (Lotto-Soudal) and Alexander Kristoff (UAE Team Emirates) were … The post Sagan wins stage 2 of the Tour de France, takes yellow jersey appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Tour de France: Peter Sagan wins crash-marred stage 2 and takes yellow jersey

Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) wins stage 2 at the Tour de France

Peter Sagan ( Bora-Hansgrohe ) took the win on stage 2 of the Tour de France in La Roche-sur-Yon, also taking over the lead in the general classification. A fast-finishing Sonny Colbrelli (Bahrain-Merida) was second, while Arnaud Demaré (Groupama-FDJ) completed the podium. It was another hectic finale, marred by a crash 2km from the finish. Yellow jersey Fernando Gaviria (Quick Step Floors) was the main casualty, while Michael Matthews (Team Sunweb) was also involved. Around 15 riders remained at the front of the race afterwards, including the podium men plus André Greipel (Lotto-Soudal) and European champion Alexander Kristoff (UAE Team Emirates). With several teammates remaining in that lead group, Bora-Hansgrohe had the numerical advantage and delivered on it, with Sagan enjoying a mini-leadout before surfing Demaré’s wheel and then going long to seal the victory. Colbrelli came from further back to challenge in the closing metres, but it wasn’t enough ...

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Today at the Tour: On opening day, Lady Luck spins her wheel of fortune

Well, that didn’t take long. One stage into the 2018 Tour de France and Chris Froome is bloodied, Richie Porte is on the back foot, Nairo Quintana is over a minute behind the GC contenders, and Rigoberto Uran is likely down a teammate. Perhaps wildest of all is that each was set back from separate … The post Today at the Tour: On opening day, Lady Luck spins her wheel of fortune appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Gaviria wins stage 1 of Tour de France; Froome, Porte and Quintana lose time

Supported by Fernando Gaviria had the perfect start to his first Tour de France, winning stage one into Fontenay-Le-Comte and grabbing the race’s first yellow jersey. The QuickStep Floors rider beat world champion Peter Sagan (Bora-hansgrohe) and his former teammate Marcel Kittel (Team Katusha-Alpecin), with Alexander Kristoff (UAE Team Emirates) and Christophe Laporte (Cofidis) next home. “It’s … The post Gaviria wins stage 1 of Tour de France; Froome, Porte and Quintana lose time appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Tour De France 2018: Fernando Gaviria wins Stage 1 to take first yellow jersey

Tour De France 2018: Fernando Gaviria wins Stage 1 to take first yellow jersey

Stu Bowers 7 Jul 2018 Gaviria wears yellow after a frenetic final 5km and bunch sprint closes out the opening day. In fairly predicatble fashion Stage One of the 2018 Tour De France went to a bunch sprint, won in the end by Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step), to pull on the first yellow jersey of the race. Although it was what happened further back that seemed to be more important as key GC riders lost big chunks of time due to crashes and misfortune. Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) crossed the line second with Marcel Kittel (Katusha-Alpecin) completing the podium. See related Tour de France 2018: Route, start list, wildcard teams and all you need to know Tour de France 2018: Race set to return to the cobbles What is salbutamol? The story of Stage 1 of the 2018 Tour de France Bonjour Le Tour - here we go again, with the 105th ...

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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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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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Frank replaces Geniez in AG2R Tour de France squad

Mathias Frank of Switzerland and Team AG2R La Mondiale finishes stage 6 at Tour de Suisse

The AG2R La Mondiale team has made a late replacement to its squad for the Tour de France , replacing Alexandre Geniez with Swiss rider Mathias Frank . Geniez, who raced the Giro d'Italia , is lacking the right form to support Romain Bardet for the overall victory in the Tour. General manager Vincent Lavenu said the team made the decision, along with full agreement from Geniez, after a team camp last month. "Alexandre didn't seem to have the fitness and recovery, after having finished the Giro d'Italia in 11th place, that would guarantee the sort of condition he would need to have in order to assume an important role within the team for the Tour de France," Lavenu said. "With a few more days of training and with the French championships under his belt, the decision has proven to be the right one, which is not an easy decision ...

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