Today at the Tour: Crashes, mechanicals, and the aftermath

The dust has settled. As expected, there were crashes. There were mechanicals. There were tears on the road, and tears on the podium. When contextualizing Stage 9 of the 2018 Tour de France, where to begin? Let’s start with the big picture: Although there were significant changes to the general classification after the peloton’s adventure … The post Today at the Tour: Crashes, mechanicals, and the aftermath appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Degenkolb wins in Roubaix, Porte Crashes Out

Van Avermaet still in yellow after a breathless cobbles stage On the day when much of the world’s sporting attention was focused on the World Cup final in Moscow, the Tour served up a thrilling and significant appetiser on the cobbles leading into Roubaix. This was the most exposure to cobbles in a Tour for 35 years and it had the impact that would be expected. At the end of three and a half hours in the saddle, the stage was won by Jon Degenkolb, with Greg van Avermaet and Yves Lampaert in second and third. The GC race was also shaken up, Richie Porte failing to finish, and Rigoberto Uran losing significant time. Greg van Avermaet retrained the yellow jersey. Degenkolb, however, deserves the headlines, leading out the sprint, the 2015 Paris-Roubaix winner holding off the 2017 winner to pick up his first ever Tour stage and complete his ...

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Tour de France 2018: John Degenkolb wins Stage 9 on the cobbles of Roubaix

Tour de France 2018: John Degenkolb wins Stage 9 on the cobbles of Roubaix

Jack Elton-Walters 15 Jul 2018 What a day at the 2018 Tour de France as the race took on the cobbles of Paris-Roubaix John Degenkolb ( Trek-Segafredo ) won Stage 9 of the 2018 Tour de France after escaping with Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing) and Yves Lampaert ( Quick-Step Floors ), who followed him over the line in second and third respectively. Under the flamme rouge, the trio began to play cat and mouse, knowing their advantage over the chasers was plenty. Degenkolb sprinted first, the others couldn't come past and the stage was his. The result increases Van Averamet's overall lead in the yellow jersey, although he'll be hard pushed to keep it once the race hits the mountains after Monday's rest day. The race was a fantastic spectacle for fans but will have taken its toll on every rider who took part. Crashes and mechanicals were many, ...

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Porte makes tearful Tour exit with early crash

Porte makes tearful Tour exit with early crash

Australian cyclist Richie Porte pulled out of the Tour de France on Sunday after falling heavily on a shoulder early in stage nine. Read the full article at Porte makes tearful Tour exit with early crash on VeloNews.com .

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Richie Porte abandons Tour de France

All smiles from Richie Porte (BMC Racing)

Richie Porte has abandoned the 2018 Tour de France after crashing on stage 9. The BMC Racing team leader fell inside the opening 10 kilometres of the stage, well before the race reached the 15 sectors of cobbles that defined Sunday's route to Roubaix. Porte came into the Tour de France looking to secure a podium spot, and after clinching the Tour de Suisse title in June, looked set to challenge Chris Froome (Team Sky) for the yellow jersey. However just 10 kilometres into stage 9 Porte's race was over. After his fall he was able to sit up, and move to the side of the road, but he held his right shoulder and was unable to remount his bike. A full medical diagnosis has not been released by the team. Porte, 33, came into stage 9 sitting 10th on GC. He abandoned last year's Tour de France on stage ...

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Stuyven and Vermote: Dark horses with freedom on the cobbles

Jasper Stuyven (Trek-Segafredo) third at Belgian Road Championships

Two Belgian riders can be regarded as dark horses for the win on stage 9 of the Tour de France on Sunday, with a cobblestone stage from Arras to Roubaix. Jasper Stuyven ( Trek-Segafredo ) and Julien Vermote ( Dimension Data ) have free roles in their teams, whereas many other pavé specialists may be forced to stay with their general classification leaders. Both Stuyven and Vermote hope to seize their best chance at a stage victory in the 2018 Tour de France on Sunday afternoon. Stuyven’s name in Dutch means causing dust. That’s a good omen, since it’ll be extremely dusty in the ‘Hell of the North’. The 26-year-old finished top-10 in all of the major spring Classics, with his fifth place on the velodrome in Paris-Roubaix the highlight. Stuyven seems at ease in the Tour de France, compared to the stress of the spring classics. "It’s on the ...

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Tour de France: Degenkolb scared off by Gaviria in stage 8 sprint

John Degenkolb (Trek-Segafredo)

Trek-Segafredo 's John Degenkolb scored his best result of this year's Tour de France so far in a chaotic sprint at the end of stage 8 to Amiens , won by Dutch ace Dylan Groenewegen (LottoNL-Jumbo). But Degenkolb's third place behind Bora-Hansgrohe's Peter Sagan came at the expense of Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors) and André Greipel (Lotto Soudal), who were relegated from their podium positions for head-butting . Degenkolb told Cyclingnews that he was finding his sprinter's instinct again, which he didn't expect two months ago. But, that meant he had a front-row seat to witness the headbutting from Gaviria, and he wasn't liking what he saw. "It was a very fast approach again to the sprint. Behind Greipel was Gaviria, and he was trying to squeeze himself through a gap that… There was actually no gap. It was pretty dangerous and I was scared behind them, and couldn't really ...

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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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Today at the Tour: A crash, two relegations, and cobblestone anxiety

We now interrupt all regularly programmed pre-written Roubaix stage previews with this very important message: There’s (almost) never a dull stage at the 2018 Tour de France. After Friday’s 231km Stage 7 yawner, what looked to be another uneventful stage — flat roads, token French riders in the breakaway, field sprint — turned into something else completely … The post Today at the Tour: A crash, two relegations, and cobblestone anxiety appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Greipel, Gaviria relegation gives Sagan green jersey boost

Greipel, Gaviria relegation gives Sagan green jersey boost

The relegation of Fernando Gaviria in Saturday’s finale could prove decisive in Sagan’s quest for a sixth green points jersey. Read the full article at Greipel, Gaviria relegation gives Sagan green jersey boost on VeloNews.com .

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Tour Stage Nine: Omigod omigod omigod cobbles Cobbles COBBLES!

Arras – Roubaix (157km) We’re going to Roubaix. Bumpily. Here’s the official stage profile: Here is the less widely used profile, that is actually of some value: So, before we look at the runners and riders, what are we actually dealing with here? There are just over 21km on cobbles, with 15 named secteurs. You’ll see some areas that aren’t on the Paris - Roubaix route, but there’s some familiar secteurs, too. Of particular note, Mons en Pevele, a 3km (5*) secteur is raced in part here, as a 900m section. That is among the tougher sections, but pales in comparison to the full 1.8km secteur of Camphin en Pevele, rated 4* in Paris-Roubaix and raced as the penultimate secteur on Sunday, inside the final 20km. The map is below, but for a detailed preview, it is worth putting up with some of the irritating editorial aspects of this video ...

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Tour de France: Greipel, Gaviria relegated in separate incidents during sprint in Amiens

Andre Greipel (Lotto Soudal) was beaten to the line

Andre Greipel (Lotto-Soudal) and Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors) were relegated from the Tour de France stage 8 sprint after two separate head-butting incidents during the finale into Amiens, the race jury showing no tolerance for this type of aggression. Greipel and Gaviria finished second and third behind stage winner Dylan Groenewegen (LottoNl-Jumbo), respectively, but were placed to the back of the lead group, losing the six and four second time bonuses. In the final 900-metres Andre Greipel directed his head and upper body towards Nikias Arndt (Team Sunweb) in an attempt to hold the wheel in front of him. A separate incident with 250-metres remaining saw a squeeze among the leading riders with Gaviria coming close to the barriers on the left-hand side of the finishing straight. Gaviria then pushed his head and upper body against Greipel twice in the final metres. Speaking to the media immediately after the stage ...

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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: Groenewegen doubles up in Amiens

Dylan Groenewegen (LottoNl-Jumbo) wins in Amiens

After another largely quiet day at the Tour de France, Dylan Groenewegen (LottoNL-Jumbo) made it two wins in two days in Amiens, out-sprinting André Greipel (Lotto-Soudal) and Fernando Gaviria (Quick Step Floors) - although the latter two would be relegated by officials after the stage. Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) launched first, in something of a messy sprint. The Slovak hit out at 300 metres and Greipel dove for his wheel, shutting the door on Gaviria in the process. The Quick-Step rider head-butted Greipel in an attempt to open room to sprint through - a move that resulted in his relegation. Groenewegen had a front row seat for the tussle, and chose the perfect moment to open up his sprint and take out his second victory in a row. "The legs are better every day,” Groenewegen said after the finish. “Today it was a fast final with a lot of corners but ...

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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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Ewan focused on rebuilding his season but has options for 2019

Caleb Ewan (Mitchelton-Scott)

Caleb Ewan has put the disappointment of missing out on the Tour de France behind him as he gears up for the second half of the season. The Australian was a surprise omission from the Mitchelton-Scott team for the Tour with the squad putting all their eggs in the Adam Yates basket as they chase a podium spot in the overall classification. Ewan was informed of Mitchelton-Scott 's decision to leave him off the team days before the event, and posted his frustration on Twitter. However, according to his agent, Jason Bakker, who works with a number of high-profile young Australian riders, Ewan is back in training and looking forward to several goals later in the year. Part of the controversy over Ewan missing the Tour came down to his ongoing contract situation. The 24-year-old's current deal at Mitchelton-Scott expires at the end of the season, and speculation in June ...

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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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Dan Martin jumps clear to win Stage 6 of Tour de France

Five years after he won his first stage at the Tour de France, Dan Martin scooped his second with an assertive victory on stage six. The Irishman attacked 1.2 kilometres from the top of the Mur de Bretagne climb, riding strongly despite a headwind and holding off the hard-chasing riders behind. Pierre Latour (Ag2r La … The post Dan Martin jumps clear to win Stage 6 of Tour de France appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Peloton drafting even more efficient than we first thought, new study finds

Joe Robinson 13 Jul 2018 Research using a 3D-printed terracotta peloton finds riding at the back can cut aero drag by up to 95% New research that cycling in a peloton is far more efficient than first thought, with aerodynamic drag at the back dropping to as little as 5% that being experienced at the front. In a study titled Aerodynamic drag in cycling pelotons: New insights by CFD simulation and wind tunnel testing , researchers at the Eindhoven University of Technology ran wind-tunnel tests on a 3D-printed mini-peloton of 121 terracotta cyclists based on input and feedback from WorldTour riders to establish the most energy-efficient area of the peloton. The analysis came to the conclusion that drag in the mid-rear of the peloton is only 5 per cent what a solo rider will experience riding at the same speed. This is considerably lower than previous research, which had the ...

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