‘A new Tour begins:’ Tight race for yellow enters mountains

Nairo Quintana

Despite a team time trial, a punchy uphill finale, and a cobbled stage to Roubaix, the race for yellow is still close. Read the full article at ‘A new Tour begins:’ Tight race for yellow enters mountains on VeloNews.com .

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Lizzie Deignan on returning from pregnant pause to new Trek team

It is far from an everyday occurrence to sign up for a new cycling team while in your final trimester of pregnancy. However, the fact that Trek saw Lizzie Deignan’s impending motherhood as an opportunity, rather than a risk, spoke volumes to the former world champion about exactly why joining the new women’s cycling team … The post Lizzie Deignan on returning from pregnant pause to new Trek team appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Key moments at the 2018 Giro Rosa: Crashes, the Zoncolan and Grandma’s slippers

It was one of the toughest editions of the Giro Rosa we’ve seen. From those early days in pink for Team Sunweb, to the emergence of a new general classification powerhouse in Mitchelton-Scott, the most important women’s tour kept the excitement high throughout its 10 days. In this article we look back at some of … The post Key moments at the 2018 Giro Rosa: Crashes, the Zoncolan and Grandma’s slippers appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Tour de France: Hayman enjoys Roubaix cobbles but questions their inclusion in the Tour

Mat Hayman leads Adam Yates across the pavé

Former Paris-Roubaix winner Mathew Hayman ( Mitchelton-Scott ) relished a day on the cobbles during the Tour de France but while the Classics specialist may have repeated his 2016 success if riding alone, looking after teammate and general classification hopeful Adam Yates was the priority for the day. The 40-year-old Australian looked at home covered in dust and sweat outside the Mitchelton-Scott team bus immediately after the stage, just metres away from the famous Roubaix velodrome and was clearly relaxed after Yates made it through the stage unscathed and in the main group of GC contenders. Speaking with Cyclingnews , Hayman explained the day's events, "[Yates] was really suffering from the start so [it was] a really top effort from him. As well as he went today, I'm probably not going to go as well in the mountain stages, he was on my train today so it was a tough ...

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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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Giro Rosa Stage 10: Van Vleuten wins again to secure overall victory

Giro Rosa Stage 10: Van Vleuten wins again to secure overall victory

World time trial champion Annemiek van Vleuten won the final stage and secured overall victory on the tenth and final stage of the Giro-Rosa Read the full article at Giro Rosa Stage 10: Van Vleuten wins again to secure overall victory on VeloNews.com .

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Uran’s Tour chances dented on the cobbles

Uran’s Tour chances dented on the cobbles

Rigoberto Urán's perfect tour was blemished on stage 9 to Roubaix, but he still heads into the Alps with a shot at overall victory. Read the full article at Uran’s Tour chances dented on the cobbles on VeloNews.com .

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Degenkolb roars back with Roubaix success on stage 9 of Tour de France

Three years after he won Paris-Roubaix, two after being injured in a big pre-season crash, John Degenkolb finally completed his return to the very top of the sport when he won stage nine of the Tour de France. The Trek-Segafredo rider ended a long and frustrating period in his career by being one of the … The post Degenkolb roars back with Roubaix success on stage 9 of Tour de France appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Giro Rosa: Van Vleuten seals overall victory

Annemiek van Vleuten wins the Giro Rosa

Annemiek van Vleuten (Mitchelton-Scott) showed that she was a level above the rest by winning her third stage of this Giro Rosa. The maglia rosa soloed to the finish of stage 10 after attacking on the last kilometre of the category 1 climb with ten kilometres to go. Lucinda Brand (Team Sunweb) beat Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Canyon-SRAM) in a group sprint for second place. Van Vleuten won the overall classification with a four-minute advantage to runner-up Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (Cervélo-Bigla). Amanda Spratt (also Mitchelton-Scott) rounded off the podium You can read more at Cyclingnews.com

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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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Pink for Annemiek van Vleuten at Giro Rosa as Mitchelton-Scott dominates

It has been years since we’ve seen anyone but the Dutch teams of Boels Dolmans and Rabo Bank on the top step of the Giro Rosa podium, but this year Australian team Mitchelton-Scott tore the normal script to shreds and took control of the race. They dominated the stage wins at the Women’s WorldTour’s longest … The post Pink for Annemiek van Vleuten at Giro Rosa as Mitchelton-Scott dominates appeared first on CyclingTips .

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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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Giro Rosa stage 9 reactions: I really wanted this stage win, says Van Vleuten

Annemiek van Vleuten of The Netherlands and Team Mitchelton-Scott Pink Leader Jersey

Annemiek van Vleuten ( Mitchelton-Scott ) increased her overall lead at the Giro Rosa on Saturday by winning stage 9 with its summit finish on the Monte Zoncolan. Attacking her rival Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio ( Cervélo-Bigla ) with just under three kilometres of the stage to go, the world time trial champion rode to a solo stage victory and increased her lead to 3:35 with only one stage to go. Speaking to Cyclingnews after the podium ceremony, Van Vleuten said that she felt good on the climb, and had a bit left to attack with. "I don't think I was ever really in trouble," she said. "Ashleigh Moolman had a good, steady pace, and it was super-hard, for sure. But I felt that I had a little bit left. That's why I went with 3km to go, because I really wanted to win here on the Zoncolan." With only one stage ...

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Adam Yates surrounded by Classics experts for Tour de France cobbled stage

Adam Yates heads to the stage start

The final stage before the Tour de France 's first rest day has been building in anticipation since this year's race route was announced last October and while some Classics specialists will relish a July jaunt on the cobbles, the GC contenders will be less excited about the prospect of stage 9 of the race. Tensions have run high for the GC contenders during the first eight stages of the race so far, with Adam Yates ( Mitchelton-Scott ) one of a number of those caught behind a crash on stage 1, while Chris Froome (Team Sky), Dan Martin (UAE Team Emirates), Tom Dumoulin (Sunweb) and Romain Bardet (AG2R La Mondiale) have all lost time in separate incidents. Yates is 1:06 down on leader Greg Van Avermaet (BMC), on the same time as defending champion Chris Froome, while Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) remains the best-placed contender, seven seconds down in ...

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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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Giro Rosa: Van Vleuten dominates to win on Monte Zoncolan

Annemiek van Vleuten of The Netherlands and Team Mitchelton-Scott Pink Leader Jersey

Annemiek van Vleuten (Mitchelton-Scott) showed she is the strongest rider of this Giro Rosa by far, winning stage 9 that finished atop the Monte Zoncolan. She was the only rider who could follow Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (Cervélo-Bigla) when the South African attacked halfway up the 11-kilometre climb. Van Vleuten then launched her own attacked two kilometres from the line to take a memorable solo victory. Moolman-Pasio finished second, Amanda Spratt (Mitchelton-Scott) out-sprinted Eider Merino (Movistar Team) for third. With her victory, van Vleuten defended the maglia rosa and holds a virtually insurmountable lead ahead of the final stage on Sunday. More to come ... winner of Stage 9 of the Giro Rosa to Monte Zoncolan is @AvVleuten #GiroRosa18 #UCIWWT pic.twitter.com/aChfy6SFlz — UCI_WWT (@UCI_WWT) July 14, 2018 You can read more at Cyclingnews.com

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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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Vos: I am grateful to Brand and Longo Borghini

Marianne Vos wins stage 8 at the Giro Rosa - podium

Friday's stage 8 of the Giro Rosa was raced hard from start to finish, and after a late attack, Marianne Vos ( WaowDeals ) won the sprint over Elisa Longo Borghini (Wiggle High5) and Lucinda Brand (Team Sunweb) to take her 20th stage win at the Italian race. Speaking to Cyclingnews after the finish, the European champion described the decisive attack. “There were still a lot of sprinters in the peloton on the last climb. So, my teammate Sabrina Stultiens piloted me to the front and then pushed a strong pace,” explained Vos. “Elisa Longo Borghini took over, I think she went for the mountain points, and the descent started right after that. It was a tricky downhill, and I wanted to be in the front there. I thought that I would just keep going and see what happens, maybe we could make a breakaway. With Lucinda Brand and Elisa, ...

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Giro Rosa: Stage 8 highlights - Video

Marianne Vos (Netherlands) is the European Champion

Marianne Vos (Waowdeals) took the eighth stage of the Giro Rosa on Friday, winning the sprint from a three-rider group that got away on the technical descent after the final climb of the day. Vos took the stage win ahead of Elisa Longo Borghini (Wiggle High5) and Lucinda Brand (Team Sunweb). Vos, Brand and Longo Borghini cooperated well and finished 23 seconds ahead of a group of about 20 riders. Annemiek van Vleuten (Mitchelton-Scott) continues to lead the general classification ahead of Saturday's decisive stage 9 to the Monte Zoncolan. Watch the stage 8 highlights video from the Giro Rosa above. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com

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Early splits reveal hints of palace intrigue

Is the first week of fast racing revealing fracture lines inside teams that brought multi-pronged attacks to the Tour de France? Read the full article at Early splits reveal hints of palace intrigue on VeloNews.com .

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