Internal feud between Kittel and team boils over

Internal feud between Kittel and team boils over

Marcel Kittel vented his frustration after stage eight of the Tour de France left the peloton agitated and some sprinters ruing missed opportunities.

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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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Tensions emerge within Katusha as Konyshev labels Kittel as egotistical

Marcel Kittel (Katusha-Alpecin) looking relaxed at the start of stage 4

Tensions have emerged in the Katusha-Alpecin camp at the Tour de France after directeur sportif Dimitri Konyshev labelled Marcel Kittel “egotistical”. In a big interview with the Russian about his career as a rider, published in Saturday’s L’Equipe , there are a couple of lines about Kittel, and they are far from forgiving. “We pay him a lot of money but he is only interested in himself,” Konyshev says. “In Cholet, before the team time trial, he was playing with his phone during the team meeting, to let me know he wasn’t interested in what I was saying.” It has been a trying Tour de France so far for Kittel, who has been unable to match his performances of last year, when he won five stages in the colours of Quick-Step. Kittel finished third on the opening day and fifth on stage 4, but a mechanical problem ruled him out ...

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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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Tour Stage 7: Back to the Flats

Fougeres - Chartres (Sigh, 231km) Andrew and I, in our Viewers’ Guide, came to the conclusion that this was the worst stage of the Tour de France. I didn’t call it that in the headline — I don’t think that would exactly encourage reading, but I stand by that — this is the worst stage of the Tour. On the Tour website, Christian Prudhomme admits this will be a sprint but does say that there’s a chance of winds shaking up the stage. I excitedly googled the wind forecast before writing this preview: eight kilometres an hour. Pfffft. Wonderful. So a sprint it is then. I suppose they have to happen one day or another. Do they have to be two hundred and thirty kilometres long? I’d say no. Even if it does move the race towards the cobbles, I’d say this stage could be shortened and hurt no one. ...

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Roundtable: How many stages will Sagan win this Tour?

Some pundits say Sagan won't win any more stages this Tour. We roundtable on that, BMC's strategy, and how to handle hecklers. Read the full article at Roundtable: How many stages will Sagan win this Tour? on VeloNews.com .

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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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Tour Teams Power Poll: Themes for Teams via The Bard

The Bard knows his Tour themes.

A Dylanesque ranking of the Tour’s top fifteen. I’m not the most plugged-in person here at the Cafe come Tour Time [insert complaints about children and the non-stop celebrations of the end of the school year]. I’m also on vacation, which is a mixed bag when it comes to thinking straight. In theory it’s a good thing. In theory... Which makes me the perfect person to write a Tour power poll. Power Polls are the greatest device ever invented by and/or for blogging, because you can define them any way you want, even though it sounds like a definitive ranking of the “best teams.” At the Tour, “best” is too complicated a matter for people to agree on, since it could mean either the maillot jaune (boring) or most influential overall. It can also mean in absolute or relative terms, the latter being relative to either other teams or to ...

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Tour de France 2018: Sagan doubles up with impressive win on Stage 5

Tour de France 2018: Sagan doubles up with impressive win on Stage 5

Joe Robinson 11 Jul 2018 Sagan strongest in sprint as Van Avermaet keeps yellow in uphill finish Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) powered his way to a second stage victory of the 2018 Tour de France today on Stage 5 to Quimper. Philippe Gilbert (Quick-Step Floors) attacked early on the final climb before being caught by a small group of favourites. Sonny Colbrelli (Bahrain-Merida) and Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing) opened up their sprints but were eventually passed by a dominant Sagan. The pace set by Team Sky into the final climb of the Cote de Stang Bihan was rapid as Egan Bernal protected Chris Froome at the head of affairs who finished in the lead group. Van Avermaet finished safely within the top 10 to keep his yellow jersey for another day. Seven riders created the day's breakaway with Toms Skujins (Trek-Segafredo) and Lilian Calmejane (Direct-Energie) the last to be caught ...

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Tour de France 2018: Sagan doubles up with impressive stage win

Tour de France 2018: Sagan doubles up with impressive stage win

Joe Robinson 11 Jul 2018 Sagan strongest in sprint as Van Avermaet keeps yellow in uphill finish Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) powered his way to a second stage victory of the 2018 Tour de France on Stage 5 to Quimper. Philippe Gilbert (Quick-Step Floors) attacked early on the final climb before being caught by a small group of favourites. Sonny Colbrelli (Bahrain-Merida) and Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing) opened up their sprints but were eventually passed by a dominant Sagan. The pace set by Team Sky into the final climb of the Cote de Stang Bihan was rapid as Egan Bernal protected Chris Froome at the head of affairs who finished in the lead group. Van Avermaet finished safely within the top 10 to keep his yellow jersey for yet another day. Seven riders created the day's breakaway with Toms Skujins (Trek-Segafredo) and Lilian Calmejane (Direct-Energie) the last to be caught ...

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Tour de France: If you give up you can go home, says Kittel

Marcel Kittel (Katusha-Alpecin) looking relaxed at the start of stage 4

Marcel Kittel half-threw, half-placed his bike against the Katusha-Alpecin bus when he arrived back after stage 4 of the Tour de France , as if he wanted to unleash his fury but suddenly thought better of it. The German had placed fifth, and while the frustration was clear to see, there wasn’t quite enough to warrant damaging an €8,000 piece of equipment. Kittel dominated the sprints at last year’s Tour, collecting no fewer than five victories, but he has found life a little less straightforward this time around. After placing third on the opening stage and puncturing late the following day, he could only manage fifth in Sarzeau. The arrow-straight final couple of kilometres were said to suit him better than the chaotic sprints seen on the opening two days, but in the end, the final few hundred metres were just as disorderly. “I don’t think it’s super, super bad, ...

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Tour de France: Officials make late revisions to stage 2 results

Marcel Kittel (Katusha-Alpecin) gets a bike change

UCI judges at the Tour de France have made significant revisions to the stage 2 classification, almost four hours after the stage ended in a bunch sprint won my world champion and new overall race leader Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe). The revisions were made after it came to light that the UCI judges had made an error with regard to the chaotic final that involved mechanicals and crashes late in the stage. Cyclingnews has published the updated results on our stage 2 report page. A crash on the tight right-hander with just 2km out saw some of the peloton's top sprinters — including race leader Fernando Gaviria — taken out of contention by the crash on a left turn. Bora-Hansgrohe led the reduced front group to deliver Sagan his tenth Tour de France stage victory. The new updated standings, released at 9:38 p.m. and then distributed by race organiser ASO at ...

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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 2018: Sagan wins Stage 2 to go into yellow

Tour de France 2018: Sagan wins Stage 2 to go into yellow

Pete Muir 8 Jul 2018 Sagan takes the yellow jersey from Fernando Gaviria who crashes in the final 2km World Champion Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) has won the second stage of the 2018 Tour de France in a closely-fought sprint. His win means that he takes the yellow jersey from the shoulders of Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors). Gaviria was looking good for a second stage win until 2km to go, when a crash on a 90° right hand bend brought him down along with a number of other sprint favourites. The GC contenders managed to stay upright in the final kilometres of the stage, meaning that there is no significant change to the their relative positions on the general classification. See related Tour De France 2018: Fernando Gaviria wins Stage 1 to take first yellow jersey Tour de France 2018: Route, start list, wildcard teams and all you need to know ...

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Kittel: Third place in the sprint gives me confidence

Marcel Kittel speaks to the press in Noirmoutier-En-L'Ïle

Marcel Kittel ( Katusha-Alpecin ) finished third behind Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors) and Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) in the opening sprint at the Tour de France but after his difficult start to the season and lack of a success, the result tasted almost as sweet as victory. Kittel won four stages at the 2017 Tour de France while riding for Quick-Step Floors but has struggled to build a successful lead-out train at Katusha-Alpecin. He has won just twice, at Tirreno-Adriatico , but has often been left frustrated and doubting his ability after coming up short in a number of other sprints. His third place in Fontenay-le-Comte blew away his doubts. “My power was there, my speed was there. The result gives me confidence. This is just the first chance,” the German said after completing his day at anti-doping. The sprint unfolded as Kittel and Katusha-Alpecin expected, allowing the German to execute ...

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Tour de France bikes: Fernando Gaviria's Specialized S-Works Venge - Gallery

Tour de France bikes: Fernando Gaviria's Specialized S-Works Venge - Gallery

Quick-Step Floors ' Colombian sprinter Fernando Gaviria took the opening stage of the Tour de France 2018, outsprinting Peter Sagan (Bora Hansgrohe) and Marcel Kittel (Katusha-Alpecin) to second and third place respectively. Gaviria raced the first stage of the Tour aboard the new S-Works Venge, launched earlier this week by Specialized as the third iteration of the American brand's aero-specific frameset. Specialized have focused on three new designs that define the new model - the Specialized Venge VIAS - including lower weight, more aerodynamics and better handling, dubbed rider-first engineered. Unlike the consumer versions of the new Venge, Quick-Step Floors' and Bora-Hansgrohe's - the two WorldTour teams sponsored by Specialized - bikes have white S-Works decals on the down tube and Specialized decals on the fork, which Specialized openly admit to giving maximum exposure during a race. While riding for Quick-Step Floors last season, Marcel Kittel became the first rider ...

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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: Gaviria wins opener and takes first yellow jersey

Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors) wins the opening stage at the 2018 Tour de France

Fernando Gaviria ( Quick-Step Floors ) won stage 1 of the Tour de France in Fontenay-le-Comte after a drama-filled finale to what seemed like it would be a standard sprint stage. The Colombian's first Tour victory came at the expense of Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) in second and Marcel Kittel (Katusha-Alpecin) in third. The Colombian becomes the first rider to win his debut Tour stage since Sagan in 2012, also becoming only the second man from his country to wear the yellow jersey after Víctor Hugo Peña in 2003. He benefitted from a fantastically-organised lead-out from his Quick Step team, with four men on the front in the final kilometre executing their jobs perfectly. Sagan and Alexander Kristoff (UAE Team Emirates) lurked dangerously on his wheel, but there was nothing to be done about the Colombian, who was both the strongest man and led from the front - an unbeatable combination. ...

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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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