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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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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Jesus Herrada's Kuota Khan in custom colours for Spanish national champion

Jesus Herrada's Kuota Khan in custom colours for Spanish national champion

This article first appeared on Cyclingnews French Pro Continental team Cofidis switched from Orbea bikes to Kuota for the 2018 and 2019 seasons. Joey Rosskopf's BMC Timemachine 01 gallery Trek goes carbon and improves integration with the new Powerfly Also switching teams at the start of the season was Spanish road race national champion, Jesus Herrada, who moved to the French squad after seven seasons at the WorldTour level with Movistar Team. Herrada won his second national road race title in Soria last June, edging out Alejandro Valverde (Movistar Team) and Ion Izagirre (Bahrain-Merida) by five seconds. To celebrate the victory, Kuota didn't hold back in designing an eye-catching yellow and red frameset for Herrada when he signed for Cofidis in January. Advertising Full specifications Frame: Kuota Khan in custom colours for Spanish national champion Fork: Kuota Khan in custom colours for Spanish national champion Front brake: Campagnolo Super Record ...

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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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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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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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Tour de Romandie Preview

Do you like time trials deciding a race, ridiculously exaggerated stage profiles, and guaranteed Michael Albasini stage victories? If you do, then the 71st Tour de Romandie is going to be right in your wheelhouse, super-specific, hypothetical person that surely doesn’t exist. Romandie has oft-suited the grand tour contender gearing up for the Tour de France who has a good time trial and this year is no different. In the last 7 years, the race has been won by Richie Porte, Nairo Quintana, Ilnur Zakarin, Chris Froome x 2, Bradley Wiggins, and Cadel Evans. Romandie has also usually been part of the biannual Simon Spilak Swiss emergence (3x 2nd place and 1x 1st place after Valverde was disqualified). Romandie was also an important part of Rui Costa’s Swiss period (3 podium finishes). While it is doubtful that we’ll see a Spilakaissance or a Ruiwakening at this year’s race, it will ...

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Liège: A Farewell to Ans

La Doyenne makes its final appearance in the ‘burbs When was the last time you truly loved an edition of Liège-Bastogne-Liège? On some level it will always be a beautiful race, winding around the Ardennes, past the farms, on skinny Belgian roads, some of which go uphill for quite a while. The concept of an out-and-back, two vastly different legs connecting the same poles, is brilliance. The history of the race can’t be forgotten. We love it, it’s a monument. But when have we loved the race on race day itself? That’s a subjective matter — I was fond of the Poels and Gilbert wins of the last decade, and the Hamilton victory in 2003 and Di Luca win in 2007, until I finally accepted the underlying reality. That’s about it. I can describe and rank the enjoyability of the last 13 or 14 Tours of Flanders without looking up ...

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Roglic survives final day Pais Vasco test to seal overall victory

Primoz Roglic (LottoNL Jumbo) wins overall title at Pais Vasco, the final podium

Despite a heavy crash to start the final stage of the Vuelta al Pais Vasco , Primoz Roglic ( LottoNL-Jumbo ) held on to seal his first overall WorldTour stage win. Roglic finished the stage in ninth place and despite giving away almost one minute to Mikel Landa , the Slovenian's lead remained intact. The overall win is Roglic's first since his Volta ao Algarve success last year and was built on his stage 4 time trial victory in Lodosa. Second place finishes on stage 1, 2 and 5 also contributing to his fourth carer GC victory. The final margin to Landa in second 1:09 minutes with Ion Izagirre (Bahrain-Merida) third at 1:42 minutes. "This was tougher than I and the team expected beforehand," Roglic said of the stage won by Enric Mas. "Unfortunately I crashed hard, just after the neutral start. I have abrasions, but all in all it ...

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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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Fraile takes out intense País Vasco stage to Eibar

Omar Fraile (Astana) wins stage 5

Primoz Roglic (LottoNL-Jumbo) tightened his grip on the overall race lead at the Vuelta al Pais Vasco, finishing second on the hilly stage to Eibar. His closest rival Julian Alaphilippe (Quick-Step Floors) cracked on the final climb of the day as Movistar blew the race apart and faded from the podium positions. Omar Fraile (Astana) won the stage, dominating the sprint after the strongest of the overall contenders and a small group of quality riders from the breakaway came together on the category 1 Azurki Gaina climb and descent inside 20km to go. Fraile made sure to position himself at the back of the rotation as Roglic, Landa and Ion Izagirre's Bahrain-Merida teammate Mark Padun worked to improve their respective overall positions. Izagirre received a nice lead-out from his Ukranian teammate, but timed it wrong, giving Fraile the jump on the finishing stretch. Roglic smartly took the bonus seconds for ...

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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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SSSSRSSP - GP Big Mig

SSSRSSP has gone to Italy, France, and Belgium. While the rest of the cycling world is focused on Belgium this week, we’re taking a trip to Spain and can add an extra “S” to the name. Welcome to Shawn’s Shit Small Spanish Race Shit Small Preview. Often times races named after riders have very little relation to the titular cyclist. You’ve got the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race *FN 1 (usually won by a sprinter), the Settimana Internazionale Coppi e Bartali (short stages, no climbs, and no cigarettes?) the Memorial Marco Pantani (Italian SSR sprinter territory), the Davide Rebellin Young Guns Challenge, the Bo Hamburger, Taco Van der Hoorn, and Davide Malacarne Vegan-Olympics, and the Odd Christian Eiking Totally Normal and Secular Road Race. *FN 2 The Gran Premio Miguel Indurain defies that trend. Miguel Indurain is much like his eponymous race-- not flashy, but reliably good. Big Mig ...

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Bakelants to return to racing after horror Il Lombardia crash

Jan Bakelants (AG2R La Mondiale)

Jan Bakelants (AG2R La Mondiale) will make his racing return this week after fracturing his spine, among other injuries, at the end of last season. Bakelants was given the go-ahead by the team’s medical staff and has been named in their line-up for the Classic Loire Atlantique on March 24, just 168 days since his crash. After fearing at one stage that he might not be able to race again, Bakelants was clearly delighted to have the opportunity to pin a number on his jersey again. There is a hint of trepidation, though, following such a serious injury but he has taken some solace in the competitive returns of Alejandro Valverde and Ion Izagirre, who suffered serious injuries at the Tour de France last season. “I do not know what to expect. It will certainly feel strange to be in the peloton after having had this serious injury. I hope ...

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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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Well That Was a Surprise...

So, yeah, last week I wrote a preview of Paris-Nice. Yes, it was grouchy. I did not mean it to seem, however, like I was expecting a poor race — I was expecting a completely adequate one, if not the most memorable edition out of the competitive recent years. Stage 8 today, however, was special. Alberto Contador was not there to ignite the race, but he was well-replaced by a different Spaniard, Catalan Marc Soler, who succeeded where Contador hadrecently failed, in actually winning the thing on the final day. This stage has never disappointed, and Soler kept that record going, making an audacious attack fifty kilometres out alongside stage winner David De La Cruz to catch Omar Fraile. The three worked well when they had to, showing Jerome Cousin the proper way to get to the finish line. Soler was not the strongest rider in the race, he wasn’t ...

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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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Paris-Nice stage 7 highlights - Video

Simon Yates (Orica-Scott) in white

Simon Yates ( Mitchelton-Scott ) took control of Paris-Nice with just one stage remaining after claiming victory Saturday at La Colmiane. Yates soloed away from late breakaway companion Ion Izagirre (Bahrain-Merida) to put himself 11 seconds clear of the Spaniard in the overall classification. It was a grey and murky day that saw many members of the peloton climb off as the race made its way 175km from the start in Nice. An eight-rider breakaway animated the early going when Rory Sutherland (UAE), Tony Gallopin (AG2R), Alessandro de Marchi (BMC), Nicolas Roche (BMC), Jarlinson Pantano (Trek-Segafredo), Thomas De Gendt (Lotto-Soudal), Amael Moinard (Fortuneo) and Jesus Herrada (Cofidis) all slipped away from the bunch. Gallopin, Roche and Moinard were the last survivors, but they, too, were brought back into the fold with 13km to go, setting up the barrage of attacks on the final category 1 climb, where Yates made his ...

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Simon Yates wins Paris-Nice stage 7

Simon Yates wins stage 7 at Paris-Nice

Simon Yates ( Mitchelton-Scott ) moved into the leader’s yellow jersey at Paris-Nice , after a cold and torrid stage of climbing and descending in the Alpes Maritimes saw him solo to a lone stage win at La Colmiane. “It was a very difficult stage,” Yates said. “There was never a straight bit of road, and it was twisting and turning on really difficult terrain. Normally, I don’t like to sit at the front, I prefer to sit back and relax, but today was one of those days that you really needed to be there." Yates, riding his fifth Paris-Nice, made the decisive move a little more than four kilometres from the finish line on the 16-kilometre first category ascent to the remote ski station, after overnight race leader, Luis Leon Sanchez (Astana) finally wilted with six kilometres left to race. With the Spaniard out of the running, all of ...

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