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: Groenewegen comes through in Chartres

Dylan Groenewegen on the Tour de France podium after winning stage 7

With a commanding win during stage 7 at the Tour de France in Chartres on Friday, Dylan Groenewegen ( LottoNL-Jumbo ) confirmed that he's one of the leading sprinters of the young generation. The 25-year-old Dutch rider has had a stellar season so far, with a win in sprinter's festival Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne and at least one victory in every stage race in which he has participated. The disqualification for the ignoring level crossing in the Scheldeprijs where he was the top favourite is a side note. As a result, Groenewegen featured on the front pages of many Dutch cycling magazines in their Tour de France preview edition. A win in the first stage would have made him the first Dutch rider in the yellow jersey since Erik Breukink in 1989. That was a lot of pressure to deal with, pressure he received from the outside but likely also from himself. The ...

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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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The Battle for Green: A preview of the Tour points competition

How to win a points race when you’re really trying In which your narrator reads the small print, so you don’t have to For those of you who have never bothered to learn (me, until two years ago) or who forget every year (me, still) a quick recap of the scoring system. Points are for places 1 - 15 on each of the different scales. No points available in the team time trial (thank goodness). There’s one intermediate sprint per stage – excluding the two time trials and, I think, the Alpe d’Huez stage (although that seems odd). An intermediate sprint is worth 20 points to the winner, 17 and 15 for the podium, and 1 point for finishing 15 th . The individual time trial has the same points as the intermediate. Road stages are classified as “flat,” “hilly” or “mountainous.” Points are awarded accordingly, with first place worth ...

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Week 10’s Team of the Week + More

Races of the week: Just one race this week, the Tour of Romandie Team of the week: And because there was just one race, there’s just three riders on this week’s team. First named rider is the rider of the week and if a rider has a number in parentheses after their name it means the number of times they have made the select Team of the Week here. 1. Primoz Roglic. Wins Romandie almost wire to wire. Second on points. Masterful defense since stage 2 and especially on stage 3 : wouldn't let Bernal go and then pipped him at the finish line for second on the stage. serious competitor. Now we get to watch him sandbag prior to the Tour-which he could win. Next race for him is the Tour of Slovenia. 2. Egan Bernal. 2nd at Romandie, winner of the youth jersey, 2nd on KOM, 3rd on ...

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'I want to be Jasper, not the next Boonen' - Stuyven on the pressures of being a Belgian cobbles star

'I want to be Jasper, not the next Boonen' - Stuyven on the pressures of being a Belgian cobbles sta

Joe Robinson 25 Apr 2018 The young Belgian has the talent for cobbled success but is clearly not taking much for granted Jasper Stuyven is Mr Consistent. So much so that even his own Trek-Segafredo teammates have begun calling him by this nickname. It's deserved when you consider that in the six races from Milan-San Remo to Paris-Roubaix , Stuyven's worst result was 10th. The Belgian raced to 10th at Milan-San Remo, seventh at the Tour of Flanders and fifth at Paris-Roubaix, which at 26-years-old, is quite a fine achievement. Most riders would take these results in a heartbeat but for a rider as talented as Stuyven, he couldn't help but be disappointed. 'Initially after the races, I wasn't happy with my results because I felt that I was one of the strongest guys in each race but everything was not falling into the right places for me to win,' ...

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Cobbled rankings: part the third

A team by team look at the 2018 and 2019 cobbled seasons The cobbled season ended in the Roubaix velodrome, as ever. You might think it finished in Overije when Tim Wellens won Brabantse Pijl, to which I’d point out that Tim Wellens won, so we won’t be calling that a cobbled race. What’s that? Tro-bro? Oh, c’mon. It’s a great race, but we have to draw the line somewhere, and I’d like to end with a cracking edition of a fabled monument, thank you very much. Let’s try again. The cobbled season is over. Time, then, to brace myself, put on my heavy gloves and ear defenders, and give Cuddles one last chance to make himself heard. Apart from his comments, which could go anywhere, I’m going to try and shift the focus a little bit towards next year, and look at reasons to be hopeful, and less hopeful, ...

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Michael Goolaerts dies following cardiac arrest at Paris-Roubaix

Michael Goolaerts (Veranda's Willems Crelan)

Belgian pro cyclist Michael Goolaerts has died in hospital following a cardiac arrest during Paris-Roubaix . The rider was airlifted to hospital in Lille but died this evening surrounded by his loved ones. He was 23 years old. "It is with great unimaginable sadness that we have to communicate the passing of our rider and friend Michael Goolaerts. He passed away Sunday evening at 22:40 in Lille hospital in the presence of his family members and loves ones, who we keep in our thoughts. He died of cardiac arrest, all medical assistance was to no avail," his team, Verandas Willems-Crelan, posted online. "For now there will be no further communication as we want to give his close ones time to deal with this terrible loss. We thank you in advance for respecting the privacy of his relatives." Goolaerts crashed with 148km remaining of the 257km race. There were no images ...

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Goolaerts suffers cardiac arrest at Paris-Roubaix

Michael Goolaerts (Veranda's Willems Crelan)

Michael Goolaerts ( Veranda's Willems-Crelan ) has been taken to hospital following a crash at Paris-Roubaix. The 23-year-old suffered a cardiac arrest and was taken to a nearby hospital in Lille, the team confirmed to Sporza.be . "Michael Goolaerts was involved in a crash and forced to abandon the race. He was taken to hospital. No further news at the moment," his team wrote in a statement on their official Twitter account. Goolaerts was unresponsive on the ground and appeared to be receiving chest compressions at the side of the road. Paramedics utilised a defibrillator. He was resuscitated and then transferred to a hospital in nearby Lille by helicopter. Goolaerts crashed with 148km remaining of the 257km race. There were no images of the incident and it appeared that the Belgian had crashed alone. Goolaerts is in his fourth season with Veranda's Willems-Crelan: 2013-2014 when the team was at the ...

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Naesen: I hope the puzzle fits together for me on the Carrefour de l’Arbre

Oliver Naesen (AG2R La Mondiale)

Belgian champion Oliver Naesen ( AG2R La Mondiale ) is one of the outsiders for the win in Paris-Roubaix on Sunday. The 27-year-old rider feels he's got the legs to win on the velodrome in Roubaix but needs the luck he missed during the previous races. To shake off the dominance of the Quick-Step Floors 'wolfpack', Naesen came up with a tactic: ride aggressively. Specialist of the spring Classics often have one preferred race; mostly they choose between the Ronde van Vlaanderen and Paris Roubaix. It's probably one of the most asked questions, but Naesen still took it seriously. "It's a difficult question. They're so different. I like them both. Two years ago I would've said Paris-Roubaix, last year I would've said Flanders and now I don't know." It's a luxury to have the choice between two races, two Monuments. Winning the Ronde is no longer an option this year. ...

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There Will Be Echelons: Scheldeprijs Preview

Ok. I’ll admit to the click-baity nature of that headline. But please don’t stop reading yet. I swear it may be true. In some alternate universe, the Scheldeprijs could have been a monument. This, not the Ronde, is the oldest Belgian road race, running from 1907 to only be interrupted by wars of the World variety. It has been won by Belgian royalty - Briek Schotte, Rik Van Looy, Roger De Vlaeminck, Eddy Merckx, and Tom Boonen. It is the last spring classic that is actually raced in Belgium. The entire classics season could have all been leading to a crescendo at Scheldeprijs. Instead, the Scheldeprijs is like ending Beethoven’s 5th with a wet fart. It’s a guaranteed bunch sprint on a completely flat course with the only “excitement” being whether a mass crash will ruin the race and season of some of the riders. It’s a race that noted ...

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Niki Terpstra posts Flanders winning ride on Strava; fails to set KOM

Joe Robinson 3 Apr 2018 Despite winning the Cobbled Classic, the Dutchman failed to impress on Strava Niki Terpstra (Quick-Step Floors) attacked with 27km to go to take an impressive victory at the Tour of Flanders over the weekend. Bridging over to Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain Merida), Terpstra raced past catching the leading trio on the Oude Kwaremont before going alone into Oudernaarde, securing the second Monument win of his career. It was a truly mighty ride from the Dutchman who has now undoubtedly added his name among the greats of Cobbled Classics racing, however, there was one place this race-winning ride failed to impress, Strava . Uploading his win to the popular app, Terpstra may have been suprised to discover that he was unable to secure a single King of the Mountain en route and even more suprisingly, his efforts were not even good enough for any top 10 placings. ...

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Rowe, Moscon, Wisniowski in Team Sky's Dwars door Vlaanderen line-up

Luke Rowe (Team Sky)

Team Sky has named their Dwars door Vlaanderen line-up with Gianni Moscon, Luke Rowe, Lukasz Wisniowski and Chris Lawless among their seven starters for Wednesday's race. The quartet will be joined by sprinter Kristoffer Halvorsen, Jon Dibben and Ian Stannard. For Rowe, it will be his second stint on the cobbles after fearing he would miss the Classics altogether following an accident that resulted in a broken leg. He rode his first cobbled race at Nokere Koerse two weeks ago, before riding Milan-San Remo and the recent Coppi e Bartali stage race in Italy. The Welshman has defied expectations in his recovery after breaking his leg in a white water rafting incident last August. Several days after the accident, Rowe said that it was more than likely he would have to miss out the Classics, predicting that he would probably not return to racing until the middle of the season. ...

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Durbridge: It suits my style to go early

Luke Durbridge (Mitchelton-Scott)

This season could scarcely have begun much worse for Luke Durbridge , but the Mitchelton-Scott rider was grateful for small mercies. The broken collarbone and concussion sustained in a crash at the Australian championships in January may have kept him out of the Tour Down Under and put him off the bike for the bones of two weeks, but the timing could, he pointed out, have been a lot worse. "If it had to happen then it was probably the best time for it to happen," Durbridge told Cyclingnews in Bruges. "It gave me a lot of time to come back. I'd say I'm back to full strength now. It was a bit shit to happen in January, but now I'm back to normal. I was good in Tirreno so I'm looking forward to starting the Classics campaign." The Tour Down Under aside, Durbridge's racing schedule was not compromised by ...

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Belgian Week on Cyclingnews

Belgian Week on Cyclingnews

Cyclingnews is turning Belgian this week. For the next month, Belgium will be at the centre of the cycling world, and we're marking it with a special run of features. We've already had Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne at the end of last month, but now the Spring Classics period proper is upon us. After the first Monument of the season on Saturday at Milan-San Remo, some of the most exciting racing of the year will play out on the cobbles and bergs of Flanders and, later in April, the hills of Wallonia. Belgium is a country that lives and breathes cycling. As we will explore in one of our features, it's almost a religion. In terms of heritage and passion and atmosphere, Belgium is pretty much unrivalled, and we wanted to evoke some of that flavour this week. The Three Days of De Panne, E3-Harelbeke, and Gent-Wevelgem are all ...

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Stuyven takes Milan-San Remo leadership reins for Trek-Segafredo

Jasper Stuyven and Daniel Oss

With 2015 Milan-San Remo winner John Degenkolb and Trek-Segafredo back-up plan Giacomo Nizzolo both out of this year's race due to illness and injury, leadership duties for the season's first Monument fall on Jasper Stuyven , whose biggest Spring win to date came in 2016 at Kuurne-Brussell-Kuurne. The 25-year-old Belgian was 39th in Milan-San Remo last year, finishing in the field behind the three-rider move of winner Michal Kwiatkowski (Team Sky), runner-up Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) and third-placed Julian Alaphilippe (Quick-Step Floors), but the reigns of team leadership are his this year despite only starting the race once before. "I don’t think it’s a disadvantage that this is only my second participation in Milan-San Remo," Stuyven said at the Trek-Segafredo press conefence on the eve of the race. "I did it last year, we did a recon earlier this week, so I have the final again fresh in my mind. It ...

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BMC surround Van Avermaet with experienced hands for Milan-San Remo

Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing)

BMC Racing are hoping an experienced roster surrounding the Olympic champion will be enough to bring home the Milan-San Remo trophy on Saturday. Olympic gold medalist Greg Van Avermaet has notched three wins so far this year, albeit two of them in team time trials at Volta a Valencia and the recent Tirreno-Adriatico, but has so far had a disappointing run in the spring one-day races. He was 50th in Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and 56th the next day in Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne. On the white-mud Tuscan roads of Strade Bianche the following week, Van Avermaet was 34th. But Van Avermaet said he is confident in his form coming out of Tirreno-Adriatico, and with 10 editions in his palmares, including two top-10 finishes in 2011 and 2016, he's motivated to stand on the podium at the first Monument of the season. "I feel pretty good after Tirreno-Adriatico," the 32-year-old Belgian said. "My shape ...

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Mark Cavendish to start Tirreno-Adriatico after recovering from concussion - News Shorts

Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data)

Mark Cavendish ( Dimension Data ) has recovered from a concussion sustained in a crash in Abu Dhabi and will start Tirreno-Adriatico on Wednesday. Cavendish took one week off the bike on medical advice following the crash, which took place in the neutralized zone of the first stage of the Abu Dhabi Tour. "I'm looking forward to getting back together with Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka at Tirreno-Adriatico," Cavendish said in a team press release. "Unfortunately, my form isn't going to be what I'd hoped after my week off the bike following my concussion, but we go with intentions of building that form back up, ready for the Classics. "There are two sprint opportunities for myself, and it'll be nice to race with my new teammate Louis Meintjes and see what we can do with him in the mountain days in the overall." Cavendish will have support for the expected ...

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Team Wiggins’ Pinarello Dogma F10 gallery

Team Wiggins’ Pinarello Dogma F10 gallery

Last week, Team Wiggins unveiled that the 2018 Pinarello Dogma F10 will be used by its riders this season. The bright new colours were on show alongside the new Le Col team kit at the Lululemon store on Regent Street, London, and we've taken a closer look at the bike in our gallery above. Team Wiggins and Le Col reveal 2018 kit Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne tech gallery Team Wiggins was initially incepted as part of the journey to the Rio Olympics, which Bradley Wiggins, Owain Doull and Steven Burke were part of and went on to win Gold in the team pursuit at the 2016 Games. The British Continental team has since shifted its focus to developing promising youth riders, and has five previous riders now riding in the WorldTour. The team has rising star Tom Pidcock on its books for the 2018 road season. The Yorkshire born ...

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Mitchelton-Scott to support Durbridge at Strade Bianche

Luke Durbridge at the head of the race

Mitchelton-Scott head to Strade Bianche this weekend with Luke Durbridge , Chris Juul Jensen and Daryl Impey leading the line for the Australian WorldTour team. Durbridge placed sixth last year while Jensen was seventh. Durbridge broke his collarbone in early-January but recovered for 'opening weekend' in Belgium and explained the sensations at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne gives him confidence for Strade Bianche. "I was pretty happy with how things went at the opening weekend in Belgium last week, technically they were my first races of the season and I was around the mark in terms of awareness and position, but I lacked that extra percent that you need to go with the winners," Durbridge said. "Getting back into that kind of racing is always quite stressful so I was pleased with my ability to fit back in there and managing to make some of the key moves especially in ...

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