Dumoulin’s dream Tour start dissolves with penalty, time loss
Bad luck finally catches up with Tom Dumoulin in Tour stage 6. He loses time due to late mechanical and a penalty from race jury. Read the full article at Dumoulin’s dream Tour start dissolves with penalty, time loss on VeloNews.com .
Australian Matthews out of the Tour de France
Sunweb's Australian rider Michael Matthews was forced to abandon the Tour de France before the fifth stage.
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 .
Illness knocks Matthews out of the Tour de France
Michael Matthews abandons the Tour de France Read the full article at Illness knocks Matthews out of the Tour de France on VeloNews.com .
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 ...
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 ...
Matthews out of Tour de France due to illness, Benoot also withdraws
Supported by A year after he won the green jersey in the Tour de France, Michael Matthews has ended the event prematurely and in a very different fashion. The Australian was hit by illness overnight, vomiting and being unable to eat. His Team Sunweb squad has confirmed that he has had to exit the race. The preparations … The post Matthews out of Tour de France due to illness, Benoot also withdraws appeared first on CyclingTips .
Michael Matthews abandons the Tour de France with illness
Joe Robinson 11 Jul 2018 Australian sprinter unable to start Stage 5 to Quimper as green jersey path further opens up for Peter Sagan Defending green sprinter's jersey winner Michael Matthews ( Team Sunweb ) has withdrawn from the Tour de France following overnight sickness. The Australian sprinter struggled with vomiting and lack of sleep last night and this morning before deciding, alongside the team, to abandon the race before the Stage 5 start in Lorient. Team Sunweb confirmed the rider's withdrawal in a tweet. The preparations for @LeTour start months in advance. But sometimes, no matter how much work you put in, things don't always go the way you want them to. We're sad to report that @blingmatthews is unable to start #TDF2018 this morning due to sickness. Feel better soon, Michael! pic.twitter.com/qVV33iwXcY — Team Sunweb (@TeamSunweb) July 11, 2018 Having to abandon so early will be a gutting ...
Tour Stage 5: Finistère-ing Contest
Lorient - Quimper (204.5km) For the first four stages, all the action has come on the flatlands, with only three mountain points so far awarded. That’s about to change as the race enters the Finistère département in the west of Brittany for a hilly, challenging stage five. When do you know it’s an unpredictable stage? When you’re waiting for the bookies to post odds two hours after the previous stage finished. Anyway, I’ll have a go at a prediction of my own. While this is far from a flat stage, there are no shockingly steep or long climbs on the menu, only third and fourth category hills averaging around six per cent over two or three kilometres, but it’s far more than has been seen so far along the route. The last kilometres are of course taken from the French 1.1 race the Tour du Finistère. It is usually won ...
Tour de France: Stage 2 finish line quotes
Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) – stage winner and new yellow jersey I am really happy for today. I have to say a big thanks to all my teammates. We were in front all of the last 30k. In the end, I expected something more easy but it was really tough, up and down, with climbs and descents. I said it was better to start [the sprint] later today. Demare started with Degenkolb and I overtook them, but I was really lucky Colbrelli didn't jump me. For one day, [wearing the yellow jersey] is pretty cool. I'm very happy for that. Sonny Colbrelli (Bahrain-Merida) – 2nd on the stage Honestly, I'm a bit disappointed. I made a big effort and spent a lot of energy to make up positions but I didn't manage to get the result. I took Sagan's wheel. I wanted to anticipate him but he anticipated me. Congratulations to ...
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 .
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 ...
Tour de France: Peter Sagan wins crash-marred stage 2 and takes yellow jersey
Peter Sagan ( Bora-Hansgrohe ) took the win on stage 2 of the Tour de France in La Roche-sur-Yon, also taking over the lead in the general classification. A fast-finishing Sonny Colbrelli (Bahrain-Merida) was second, while Arnaud Demaré (Groupama-FDJ) completed the podium. It was another hectic finale, marred by a crash 2km from the finish. Yellow jersey Fernando Gaviria (Quick Step Floors) was the main casualty, while Michael Matthews (Team Sunweb) was also involved. Around 15 riders remained at the front of the race afterwards, including the podium men plus André Greipel (Lotto-Soudal) and European champion Alexander Kristoff (UAE Team Emirates). With several teammates remaining in that lead group, Bora-Hansgrohe had the numerical advantage and delivered on it, with Sagan enjoying a mini-leadout before surfing Demaré’s wheel and then going long to seal the victory. Colbrelli came from further back to challenge in the closing metres, but it wasn’t enough ...
Tour de France: Adam Yates finishes with Froome but loses time after stage 1 crash
With around 100km to go on stage 1 of the Tour de France a smiling Adam Yates ( Mitchelton-Scott ) could be seen chatting to his former teammate Michael Matthews (Team Sunweb) in the peloton. The pace was relaxed, the sun was out, and the Tour was finally underway. What was there to worry about? A few hours later, however, and Yates was left pondering just how quickly a Tour can change having lost 51 seconds to the vast majority of his GC rivals. The Mitchelton-Scott rider was involved in a fall with several of his teammates – including Jack Bauer and Mat Hayman – in the final 20km, and despite a late chase was unable to close the gap. The British climber came over the line in 81st place, and alongside Richie Porte (BMC Racing) and Chris Froome (Team Sky), the latter having suffered from his own fall inside ...
Tour de France: Stage 1 finish line quotes
Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors) - stage winner and first maillot jaune It was an amazing day for me and really good for our team. It's amazing for every rider on our team. We had our set-up in the group, we were ready for the finish, ready to sprint to succeed and thanks to God it has worked out for us. Everyone wants this yellow jersey, so to get it on the first day is amazing. I have no words to describe what I've achieved today. I'm so happy to wear it. We are going to try to keep it for as long as we can. It was a tricky arrival. Some of the big riders were behind us, but our team was out in front, doing well and we were calm. We had a clear plan for today's stage and we are happy to get this victory. Michael Matthews (Sunweb) ...
SSSRSSP - Internationale Österreich Rundfahrt
Forget France. The Tour of Austria is the best tour over the next week. There’s one really big race starting this weekend-- with all the grand tour contenders you can shake a stick at in attendance. Here’s the thing though-- unless you have a heart boner for sprinting and team time trials, that first week until the cobbles on Stage 9 is going to be pretty boring. And don’t tell me that Stages 5 and 6, which imitate the most derided and dull one day races on the calendar-- Liege and Fleche, are going to make it interesting. So, if you want to see some interesting bike racing over the next 8 days or if you are protesting the Tour based upon the latest Froome news, have I got an SSR for you! As an ignorant ‘merican, that race is the intriguingly-named International Ostrich Round Fart, aka the Tour of ...
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 .
Matthews: I have no ambition for the green jersey, the GC is our priority
Michael Matthews ( Team Sunweb ) says that he has no intention of defending his Tour de France points title at this year's race, though he will chase stage victories. Rather than seek a second successive green jersey, the Australian will be looking to help his teammate Tom Dumoulin go for the general classification. The Dutchman arrives at the Tour having already placed second overall at this year's Giro d'Italia. "There is no ambition for the green jersey at all. From the first stage, I'm not going for the intermediates," Matthews told Cyclingnews after the team met the press in Brittany on Wednesday morning. "We don't really have a proper lead-out, there's just Nikias Arndt and Soren Kragh Andersen here to look after me, and the rest of the guys are going to be looking after Tom. "For me, I think that I need a full lead-out to go for ...
Who is Australia’s greatest ever Tour de France rider?
Sick of the Chris Froome saga? Tired of the negativity surrounding pro cycling and the Tour de France? In the following article Craig Fry takes us on a positive trip down memory lane, answering the question: who is Australia’s greatest ever Tour de France rider? Who has made the biggest impact, or achieved the most … The post Who is Australia’s greatest ever Tour de France rider? appeared first on CyclingTips .
Team Sunweb name Tour de France roster supporting Dumoulin
Team Sunweb are heading into the Tour de France with a goal of learning about the race for a future run at the general classification with Tom Dumoulin . Coach Tom Veelers said the 2017 Giro d'Italia overall winner will go into the Tour de France without pressure to get results this year, instead focusing on building for a future general classification attempt at the Grande Boucle. "We've never been to the Tour de France with a GC focus, and it will be a completely new experience for us and a long-term challenge that we are looking forward to," Veelers said in a statement released with the roster announcement. "We want to get through that process with Tom this year without any pressure on results, creating the foundations to build on in the years to come," Veelers said. "The parcours provide the perfect platform for an exciting race, and after ...