Martin validates leadership role with dramatic stage win

Martin validates leadership role with dramatic stage win

Martin's victory validated UAE Team Emirates's decision to hire Martin during the 2017 offseason to lead its efforts at the Tour. Read the full article at Martin validates leadership role with dramatic stage win on VeloNews.com .

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How Mitchelton-Scott put themselves into prime position for Giro Rosa pink

Heading into the crucial climbing stages of the 2018 Giro Rosa, there is no question which team is in the strongest position in the battle for overall victory. Mitchelton-Scott’s Amanda Spratt has just ridden herself into the leader’s pink jersey and teammate Annemiek van Vleuten is sitting close behind, in third overall. On just its … The post How Mitchelton-Scott put themselves into prime position for Giro Rosa pink appeared first on CyclingTips .

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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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Today at the Tour: Chavanel says goodbye with panache

Sylvain Chavanel went out in style. No, the 39-year-old Frenchman didn’t win Stage 2 of the Tour de France Sunday; that honor went to world champion Peter Sagan, who dodged a late-race pileup and held off a surging Sonny Colbrelli. But the Direct Energie rider, riding in his 18th and final Tour, spent much of … The post Today at the Tour: Chavanel says goodbye with panache appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Bardet to approach the Tour de France with 'humility'

Romain Bardet (AG2R La Mondiale) at stage 4 of the Criterium du Dauphine

Romain Bardet heads into this Tour de France as the host nation's favourite for overall success. Twice on the podium in last two editions of the French Grand Tour, his AG2R La Mondiale team fields a roster expected to fully support his bid for another podium finish in Paris. "I have had the honor of climbing on the final podium twice before, so I will be ambitious again, and am surrounded by a great team," Bardet said in a team press release three days ahead of the Grand Depart. "The Tour is the race for which we prepare all year long, and we approach it with humility. It is a sporting and human adventure that validates a year of work." In the last two editions of the Tour de France, both won by Chris Froome (Team Sky), Bardet has placed second in 2016 and third in 2017. He has also ...

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Citing strong season, Valverde upbeat about Tour chances

Supported by Just under one year ago Alejandro Valverde crashed out of the Tour de France on the opening day, hitting the ground at high speed during the opening time trial and fracturing his kneecap and ankle. Now, with the 2018 race on the horizon, the Spaniard has spoken about his triumphant return to racing, his build-up … The post Citing strong season, Valverde upbeat about Tour chances appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Quick-Step Floors announce Tour de France team

Quick-Step Floors' Fernando Gaviria wins stage 5 of the 2018 Tour of California in Elk Grove

Fernando Gaviria , Julian Alaphilippe and Philippe Gilbert will headline a strong squad for Quick-Step Floors at the Tour de France this July. Liege-Bastogne-Liege winner, Bob Jungels has been named as the team’s general classification leader, while newly crowned Belgian champion Yves Lampaert will get to show off his national colours at his debut Grand Boucle. Former Paris-Roubaix winner, and third place this year, Niki Terpstra has also earned a spot while lead-out man Max Richeze will be there to help guide Gaviria in the sprint finishes. Powerful workhorse, Tim Declercq completes the line-up for the Belgian squad. Between them, the eight-man team have already taken 20 victories in what has been another strong year for the Quick-Step squad. Quick-Step Floors dominated the sprint competition at the Tour last season with Marcel Kittel claiming five stages. He also looked set to seal the green jersey competition before abandoning in the ...

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Vakoc back on the bike five months after broken back

Laurens De Plus, Petr Vakoc and Bob Jungels pause for a selfie

Five months after suffering several serious fractures to his spine after being hit by a car while training, Czech rider Petr Vakoc has finally been cleared to ride his bike outside. The Quick-Step Floors rider posted an emotional video on Twitter detailing his rehabilitation, and getting back outside was his biggest victory "This was the day I was looking forward to since my accident," Vakoc said. "After a few months of intense rehabilitation, I'm back on the bike, back riding outside, enjoying what I love." Vakoc was in South Africa for a pre-season training camp at altitude in a rural area when a driver passed too close and clipped Vakoc, sending him crashing to the tarmac. Teammate Laurens De Plus also crashed, suffering a fractured pelvis and sacrum, while Bob Jungels, who was also with them, avoided falling. The injured riders were treated in Nelspruit, where Vakoc underwent surgery to ...

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Photo Gallery: Rivera triumphs over Vos in tight battle at the OVO Women’s Tour

Five days of racing across the United Kingdom and it all came down to just 11 seconds. From the early stages of the 678 kilometre OVO Energy Women’s Tour it was clear the big crowds and TV viewers were going to witness a tight battle for the overall at the popular Women’s WorldTour event. By … The post Photo Gallery: Rivera triumphs over Vos in tight battle at the OVO Women’s Tour appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Valverde: That's a confirmation I did things right for the past month

Alejandro Valverde at Liege-Bastogne-Liege

Ilness forced Alejandro Valverde ( Movistar ) to change his calendar in the run-up to the Tour de France, skipping the nine-day Tour de Suisse for the more low-key Route d'Occitanie , where the Spaniard made the most of his re-tooled schedule by taking a stage win and the overall at the four-day French race. "We must still remain happy, because after all, we won the overall classification," Valverde said in a statement released by his team. "That's a confirmation I did things right for the past month, even if I missed the Tour de Suisse due to illness. I feel like the whole team, as well as myself, did a brilliant job. The goals were more than accomplished - we came here just with a will to get ready for July and, after that, seeking for some wins, and we achieved both." Valverde, who raced last at Liege-Bastogne-Liege in ...

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Valverde builds for Tour de France with Route d'Occitanie stage win

Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) cramps at the end of Liege-Bastogne-Liege

Alejandro Valverde clocked up his 10th victory of 2018 when he emerged first from the mist atop Les Monts d’Olmes to claim stage 3 of the Route d’Occitanie , but the Spaniard downplayed his prospects of leading Movistar ’s Tour de France challenge next month. Valverde is set to line up alongside Mikel Landa and Nairo Quintana in a star-studded Tour selection, but despite his remarkable form, the 38-year-old suggested that his role in that triumvirate would primarily be a supporting one. “We’ll go there with other objectives since we’re going to be working for Landa and Nairo,” Valverde told Directvelo.com when asked if he could win the 2018 Tour. Valverde’s best displays at the Tour have come in the period since he served a ban following his implication in the Operacion Puerto blood doping inquiry. He placed third overall in 2015, 4th in in 2014 and rode strongly in ...

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Route d'Occitanie: Valverde wins atop Les Monts-d'Olmes

Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) attacks

Alejandro Valverde ( Movistar ) claimed victory on the most demanding stage of the Route d’Occitanie after beating Daniel Navarro (Cofidis) and Kenny Elissonde (Team Sky) to win on the fog-shrouded summit of Les Monts d'Olmes. Only 30 riders were left in the front group after the passage over the climbs of the Port de Lers and Col du Chioula, and Valverde went on the offensive on the opening ramps of the final 15-kilometre haul to the finish. Elissonde and Navarro went on the attack with Valverde, and the Sky rider made several attempts to shake the Spanish pair loose ahead of the summit. Valverde proved a redoubtable foe, however, and the veteran unfurled a crisp acceleration of his own near the summit to take the win and move into the overall lead. Navarro placed second on the stage, two seconds down, while Elissonde placed third at seven seconds. Luis ...

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Aqua Blue Sport owner publicly criticises team's 3T Strada bike for 'costing results'

Aqua Blue Sport owner publicly criticises team's 3T Strada bike for 'costing results'

Joe Robinson 15 Jun 2018 Teething problems for 1x specific bike continue at the Tour de Suisse with multiple mechanicals The partnership between Irish ProContinental team Aqua Blue Sport and bike sponsor 3T seems to have hit the rocks as team owner Rick Delaney publicly criticised the 1x specific 3T Strada after issues experienced at the ongoing Tour de Suisse. Aqua Blue Sport rider Mark Christian had been in yesterday's Stage 6 breakaway en route to Gommiswald. However, the Isle of Man rider suffered a mechanical in the closing stages ruling him out of contention for the win, which was eventually taken by break compatriot Soren Kragh Andersen ( Team Sunweb ). This mechanical prompted team owner and founder Rick Delaney, who was in the team car behind, to take to twitter in criticism of the 3T Strada bikes used by the team. Just want to say what a privilege ...

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Van der Breggen to skip Giro Rosa defense

Anna van der Breggen celebrates in pink after stage 9 at the Giro Rosa

Anna van der Breggen ( Boels Dolmans ) has opted to skip her defense of the the Giro d'Italia Internazionale Femminile , also known as the Giro Rosa, in July in order to focus on other events during the second half of the season. The Dutch all-rounder told Cyclingnews earlier this year that she is targeting a first world title at the 2018 UCI Road World Championships in Austria in September. "I will not ride the Giro Rosa this year," Van der Breggen wrote in a statement on her website. "Since 2010, I have raced it every year so far and this time I choose a different path. "The Giro requires a specific preparation and is a tough race to do. I thought it would be nice to have a different program this year. Also with a view to the rest of the season. And the rest of the season ...

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Classic jerseys: No.1 Flandria

Giles Belbin 11 Jun 2018 In the first of a new series, we uncover the stories behind classic jerseys, starting with a team as legendary as the region it hails from On 27th September 1979, Alain De Roo crossed the line first to win the 136km Omloop van het Houtland. The result was notable only for it being the final victory claimed by Flandria, the Belgian team that for 20 years had been a dominant force in the professional peloton. Flandria’s foundations lay in the late 1890s when a Belgian blacksmith called Louis Claeys made his first bicycle in the family’s forge in Zedelgem, West Flanders. Four of his children, Alidor, Aimé, Remi and Jerome Claeys, later formed Werkhuizen Gebroeders Claeys (The Claeys Brothers Limited), to manufacture bicycles and related products. See related Rapha launches slick new crit-racing collection Should you still wear a base layer in the summer? Christian ...

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Dauphine: Adam Yates at 85 per cent with Tour de France in mind

Best young rider, Adam Yates (Orica-Scott)

Adam Yates ( Mitchelton-Scott ) says he is some way off his best shape at the Critérium du Dauphiné and proceeding cautiously with a month still to go until the Tour de France . The British rider put in a decent ride in the opening day prologue – not his speciality – to finish ahead of fellow yellow jersey hopefuls Romain Bardet and Vincenzo Nibali. He then came home safely in the reduced peloton after a chaotic finale to the opening road stage on Monday. “I’m happy with that,” Yates said of his ride on Sunday. “Prologues are never nice, no matter how short they are. They’re always tough. It’s going to be a tough week, there are a few mountaintop finishes towards the end of the week so we’ll see what we can do.” Yates enjoyed a strong first half of the season, finishing fourth at the Volta a ...

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Who are the favourites for the Criterium du Dauphine?

Joe Robinson 31 May 2018 The Tour de France current raiser starts this Sunday and we here are the riders to watch This Sunday sees the start of the 70th Criterium du Dauphine . The week long stage race acts as the traditional curtain raiser for the Tour de France and often proves the final warm-up race for those riders gunning for yellow at the Grande Boucle. In order to attract cycling's biggest stars, the Dauphine often borrows the route of certain key stages of the Tour later that summer. This year is no exception with two stages mirroring that of this year's Tour de France. Firstly will be the Stage 3 team time trial from Pont-de-Vaux to Louhans-Chateaureanaud. Although not the same route as the Tour, both will be 35km in length representing a chance for teams to practise the art of riding as a team against the clock ...

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Bardet finalises Tour de France preparation at Criterium du Dauphine - News Shorts

Romain Bardet (AG2R La Mondiale) third at Liege-Bastogne-Liege

Romain Bardet will begin his final preparations for the Tour de France at the Critérium du Dauphiné this weekend. The Frenchman will lead a strong AG2R La Mondiale squad that includes Oliver Naesen, Alexis Vuillermoz, Tony Gallopin and Pierre Latour. Alexis Gougeard and Axel Domont complete the line-up. Bardet finished sixth at last year’s race but appeared in the podium in 2016, finishing second behind Chris Froome. Bardet has not raced since the Ardennes last month, where he finished third at Liège-Bastogne-Liège and ninth at Flèche Wallone. He has one win to his name so far this season, after going on a solo attack at the Classic de l'Ardèche Rhône Crussol, beating Max Schachmann by 47 seconds. Bardet finished an altitude training camp earlier this week, where the riders clocked up almost 1,500km of riding, and is ready to get back into racing. “After taking a good break, I headed ...

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Betancur could make mid-season move to UAE Team Emirates

Carlos Alberto Betancur Gomez of Colombia and Movistar Team

Carlos Betancur could be headed for a surprise mid-season transfer to UAE Team Emirates , according to a report in Gazzetta dello Sport . The Italian sports daily says that the Colombian, who currently rides for Movistar , could switch to the squad as soon as the transfer window is open on August 1. His agent has told Cyclingnews that 'all possibilities are open' and that talks are ongoing. Betancur finished 15th overall at the recent Giro d’Italia , and it is suggested that he could be put to service immediately for UAE Team Emirates and ride the Vuelta a Espana for the squad at the end of August. If the move was to happen, Betancur would join Fabio Aru and Dan Martin as Grand Tour riders. A mid-season move would be surprising, not least because Betancur is contracted to the Spanish squad until the end of 2019 after extending ...

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Nieve ends Mitchelton-Scott's Giro d'Italia on a high

Mikel Nieve celebrates his stage 20 win at the Giro d'Italia

Mikel Nieve ensured that Mitchelton-Scott’ s 2018 Giro d’Italia ended on a high note with victory in the final mountain stage on Saturday. The Basque rider was part of the early break and attacked with 30km remaining to seal his first win for the Australian team, and their fifth stage of this year’s race. After former maglia rosa Simon Yates tumbled down the standings on stage 19, Nieve’s win was the perfect response. “It has been a perfect day today, just the way I dreamed it and I am really happy for myself and for the team,” Nieve said at the line. The 34-year-old moved to Mitchelton at the start of the year after four seasons with Team Sky. He came into the Giro looking to support both Yates and Esteban Chaves in their quest for the GC, however, the plan changed after Yates dropped out of contention. Nieve, however, ...

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