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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Emotional win confirms Degenkolb’s return

Emotional win confirms Degenkolb’s return

After three seasons of injuries and setbacks, John Degenkolb finally won a WorldTour race Read the full article at Emotional win confirms Degenkolb’s return on VeloNews.com .

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Froome and Thomas survive Tour’s Paris-Roubaix day

Froome and Thomas survive Tour’s Paris-Roubaix day

Chris Froome is "relieved to get the Paris-Roubaix stage" behind him so he can focus on the mountains and a fifth Tour de France title. Read the full article at Froome and Thomas survive Tour’s Paris-Roubaix day on VeloNews.com .

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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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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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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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Sky deploying full-on Roubaix approach for cobbles

Sky deploying full-on Roubaix approach for cobbles

Team Sky sport director Servais Knaven is pulling out all the stops to make sure his team has full Roubaix roadside support during the Tour Read the full article at Sky deploying full-on Roubaix approach for cobbles on VeloNews.com .

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Phinney predicts 'gnarly' cobbled stage on Sunday

Taylor Phinney rides in the bunch during stage 6 at the Tour de France

Taylor Phinney is not happy about riding the cobbles of Paris-Roubaix during the Tour de France on Sunday. That may strange from the American who finished eighth in this year's Paris-Roubaix and who dreams about one day lifting the pavé prize in the centre of the velodrome. But Phinney is frustrated that the stage will be a battle of survival amongst the overall contenders rather then a race between the best Classics riders. "It's going to be gnarly, man," Phinney warned Cyclingnews , his hipster drawl worsened by the fatigue of a week on the Tour. "It's going to be a bunch of grown men going crazy, trying to protect the smallest guy on their team." Phinney is fine riding shotgun for EF Education First-Drapac team leader Rigoberto Uran on stage 9 on Sunday . Indeed, he's ready to give his all in the hope that the Colombian can finish ...

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Tour de France bikes: Dan Martin's Colnago V2-R - Gallery

Tour de France bikes: Dan Martin's Colnago V2-R - Gallery

Dan Martin (UAE Team Emirates) put in a powerful attack one-kilometre from the finish line on Mûr de Bretagne to take the sixth stage of the 2018 Tour de France and raise his hopes for a strong general classification performance after being caught out in a crash during last year’s race. Campagnolo disc brakes used for the first time at the Tour de France Michal Kwiatkowski's custom Pinarello Dogma F10 X-Light — gallery Peter Sagan's Specialized S-Works Venge - Gallery Martin raced the stage aboard the semi-aero Colnago V2-R frameset, which was photographed during last month’s Criterium du Dauphine where the Irishman finished in fourth place on GC. The Italian frameset, is draped almost exclusively in Italian components. A full Campagnolo Super Record EPS groupset provides the shifting and drive for Martin’s bike, while non-series, direct-mount Campagnolo brakes provides the stopping power. Campagnolo Bora Ultra 50 wheels are paired with ...

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Froome, Sky unconcerned with missed opportunities on Mur de Bretagne

Froome, Sky unconcerned with missed opportunities on Mur de Bretagne

Geraint Thomas was hoping for a shot at a stage win or yellow. Chris Froome wanted to avoid time losses. Neither happened in stage 6. Read the full article at Froome, Sky unconcerned with missed opportunities on Mur de Bretagne on VeloNews.com .

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Tour de France contenders fight for every second in Brittany hills - Analysis

Alejandro Valverde (Movistar)

The two stages in the heart of the Brittany hills represent a high-speed, back-to-back test of nerves and fitness for the overall contenders at this year's Tour de France , with everyone scared and determined not to lose time to their rivals so early in the race. Stage 5 to Quimper ended with a sprint finish and a select group of 38 riders finishing on the same time. Thursday's sixth stage is much harder, with two times up the Mur de Bretagne climb and a finish atop the two-kilometre climb that kicks up in double digits and then eases near the finish. Any tiny gaps that open between the wheels can rapidly become significant and precious time differences. All the overall contenders were relieved to finish together in Quimper but know that the Mur de Bretagne has always produced time gaps - in 2011 when Cadel Evans beat Alberto Contador ...

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UAE Team Emirates wear zipless jersey at Tour de France

This article first appeared on BikeRadar . UAE Team Emirates ’ clothing supplier Champion Systems has provided the WorldTour team with a zipless jersey for the riders to race in at the 2018 Tour de France . Tour de France bikes: Michal Kwiatkowski's custom Pinarello Dogma F10 X-Light — gallery Tour de France Team Time Trial tech gallery How to watch the Tour de France 2018 live on TV Designed in an effort to reduce jersey weight and improve aerodynamics, the jersey fabric has been optimised to wick away sweat and keep riders cool without the need for unzipping the jersey, which can massively increase drag while racing and lose watts to the wind. Essentially an aggressively cut T-shirt, the jersey appears to fit UAE Team Emirates’ riders perfectly and offers an anatomic fit while in a low riding position. The jersey is paired with regular bib shorts, unlike speed ...

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UAE Team Emirates wears zipless jersey at Tour de France

UAE Team Emirates wears zipless jersey at Tour de France

UAE Team Emirates’ clothing supplier Champion Systems has provided the WorldTour team with a zipless jersey for the riders to race in at the 2018 Tour de France . Tour de France bikes: Michal Kwiatkowski's custom Pinarello Dogma F10 X-Light — gallery Tour de France Team Time Trial tech gallery How to watch the Tour de France 2018 live on TV Designed in an effort to reduce jersey weight and improve aerodynamics, the jersey fabric has been optimised to wick away sweat and keep riders cool without the need for unzipping the jersey, which can massively increase drag while racing and lose watts to the wind. Essentially an aggressively cut T-shirt, the jersey appears to fit UAE Team Emirates’ riders perfectly and offers an anatomic fit while in a low riding position. Speaking to BikeRadar ahead of stage two of the race, which saw temperatures at the start line of ...

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Tour de France bikes: Michal Kwiatkowski's custom Pinarello Dogma F10 X-Light — gallery

Tour de France bikes: Michal Kwiatkowski's custom Pinarello Dogma F10 X-Light — gallery

Team Sky's Michal Kwiatkowski, who arrived at the 2018 Tour de France as the newly crowned Polish national road race champion, has been provided with a custom painted Dogma F10 X-Light by Italian bike manufacturer Pinarello to complete the Grand Tour. Tour de France bikes: Greg Van Avermaet's custom-painted BMC Teammachine — gallery How to watch the Tour de France 2018 live on TV Tour de France 2018 bikes, gear and tech Kwiatkowski is racing his second Tour de France with Team Sky and will be a vital teammate as Chris Froome mounts a challenge for a record-equalling fifth Tour de France title. Kwiatkowski's bike has received a completely custom livery to celebrate his recent national title, with the Pinarello receiving a bold red and white split colour design commemorating the Polish national colours. Running an integrated carbon cockpit system from Pinarello's component company MOST, Kwiatkowski has some more real ...

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Team Sky replaces vortex pimples with super-smooth skinsuit for Tour TTT

Team Sky head out for a training ride on their time trial bikes wearing new Sky Ocean Rescue kits ah

Team Sky will use a new, innovative skinsuit when they line up for stage 3's 35.5km team time trial at the Tour de France on Monday, hoping it will give them an aerodynamic advantage on their rivals and help them gain precious seconds. Cyclingnews understands that the new skinsuit – called the Body Paint 4.2b Speedsuit and produced by clothing partner Castelli – has recently been approved by the UCI and is fully compliant with the UCI rules. Team Sky will be aiming to win the team time trial to help Chris Froome regain some of the time he lost after crashing on the opening stage , and to try to gain some significant time on rivals who struggle in time trials. A good performance from Sky might also put Welshman Geraint Thomas in the race leader's yellow jersey. Team Sky sparked a storm of protest and envy at last ...

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Tour Stage 3: “Trial” is the Right Word

Team Time Trial: Cholet-Cholet (35.3km) You know who must love team time-trials? Sponsors. They’re the perfect thing to put on flyers and press releases alongside buzzwords like “teamwork” or “power” or “Alpecin caffeine shampoo.” You know who doesn’t love team time-trials? Me. I find them a bit inequitable. More importantly, I find them boring. For the riders, it’s less of a prize than a normal stage win. Surprises are at a minimum. There’s a prescribed list of contenders that is not often upset. More importantly, there’s a list of GC contenders whose hopes of winning will be all but over by the time the roadside hoardings are taken down in Cholet. Anyway, it’s a rolling route with which the riders are faced. When the road rises, it does not do so too harshly, even if the Côte de la Segiuniere does look like at least a small challenge on aero ...

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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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Chris Froome speaks to the press ahead of the Tour de France - Gallery

Chris Froome (Team Sky) speaks to the press ahead of the Grand Depart at the 2018 Tour de France

Chris Froome and Team Sky assembled in front of journalists and photographers in what was a jam-packed official team press conference ahead of the Grand Départ of the Tour de France on Wednesday. Held just outside the Vendée town of Saint-Mars-la-Réorthe, Froome and team manager Dave Brailsford spoke to members of the media and addressed questions about Froome's recently-closed salbutamol case as well as the upcoming race set to begin on Saturday in Noirmoutier-en-L'Île. On Monday, the UCI, with advice from the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), closed a ninth-month case against Froome, after the Briton had produced an Adverse Analytical Finding (AAF) for salbutamol at the Vuelta a España last year. Froome is now clear to attempt to win a fifth Tour de France title, and a fourth consecutive Grand Tour after he won last year's Tour and Vuelta, and the Giro d'Italia in May. Tour de France organisers ASO ...

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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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Team Sky confirm riders to support Chris Froome at Tour de France

Team Sky confirm riders to support Chris Froome at Tour de France

Joe Robinson 3 Jul 2018 Thomas, Rowe and Bernal all named as Froome fights for yellow jersey number five With the UCI and WADA's acquittal of Chris Froome over what previously stood as an adverse analytical finding (AAF) for salbutamol, the path has been cleared for the four time Tour de France champion to chase down title number five. This has also meant that Team Sky have now confirmed the seven riders that will support Froome in the three week race around France. The presence of Froome was placed into doubt this weekend as race organisers ASO threatened to block his entry without a resolution into his AAF. However, the UCI and WADA confirmed that the investigation into Froome had been closed and he would face no charges. This opens the door for Froome to attempt Tour history this July. He will attempt to become only the fifth rider in ...

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