‘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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Tour Stage 10: Hope you’re well rested

Annecy - Le Grand Bornand (159km) The Boomtown Rats don’t like Mondays. Neither does Garfield. Me? It kind of depends. Sometimes I have a restful weekend and get to the office motivated and productive. Other times, I slouch into the office and struggle, and then I’m playing catch up all week. This Monday was a rest day for the peloton, but to be fair, they had a busier weekend than I did, and certainly had a tough Sunday. So Tuesday is their Monday, and how good they’re feeling when they come back to will have a big impact on the ultimate destination of the yellow jersey. The Route Make no mistake, they aren’t easing into the week. If they were office workers, this’d be an 8am presentation, multiple meetings and an evening committee, with no lunch. When Moo Productions asked, 10% of us thought this was the Queen Stage. The ...

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No Tour rivalry, say Froome and Thomas

No Tour rivalry, say Froome and Thomas

Froome and Thomas say there is no intra-team rivalry at Sky. Froome says they have the tactical upper-hand. Read the full article at No Tour rivalry, say Froome and Thomas 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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Brailsford's approach could be 'quite divisive' with Thomas-Froome leadership, says Wiggins

Brailsford's approach could be 'quite divisive' with Thomas-Froome leadership, says Wiggins

Dan Alexander 16 Jul 2018 Former Team Sky rider gives take on squad's dual leader approach and Dave Brailsford's methods Bradley Wiggins has spoken out on 'divisive' Dave Brailsford’s approach to internal leadership battles at Team Sky . Wiggins, who was famously embroiled in a power struggle with teammate Chris Froome at the 2012 Tour, suggested that Brailsford’s approach to the leadership rivalry between Geraint Thomas and Froome could be 'quite divisive' and 'self-serving' with the success of the team as the main priority. Speaking during The Bradley Wiggins Show by Eurosport , Sir Brad said that Brailsford would ‘certainly get in both their ears and make them both think that they can win it as a way of motivating them’ and would be keen to keep both riders high on General Classification for as long as possible into the race until a natural selection occurs leaving one rider as ...

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Tour de France 2018: The winners and losers from the first week

Joe Robinson 16 Jul 2018 Cyclist take a look at which riders have had a smashing first week and those who have fallen below par The 2018 Tour de France is already a third of the way through and after nine intriguing stages the lay of the land has finally been set. Fernando Gaviria, Dylan Groenewegen and Peter Sagan have shared the spoils on the flatter days taking two stages while the first uphill finish went to an aggressive Dan Martin . BMC Racing did what you would expect them to do in the team time trial as John Degenkolb got us all crying with joy in Roubaix . The race for General Classification has been interesting too. Tom Dumoulin was docked some time for drafting a car while Chris Froome lost seconds after crashing on Stage 1. Geraint Thomas is currently sitting pretty above them all while down the ...

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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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Cobbles cause chaos at the Tour de France but GC battle remains perfectly poised

Chris Froome (Team Sky) had one crash but came away unharmed in the Roubaix stage

The medical bulletin issued after stage 9 of the Tour de France included a long list of riders who were injured on the cobbles and roads of northern France, but offered little detail of the enormous physical battering the riders endured on the 15 sectors of cobbles that so shaped the stage and brought so much drama. The faces of the riders offered far more detail, revealing the inner pain and suffering sparked by the cobbled farm tracks of northern France. The riders really were the forçats de la route – the convicts of the road – as French journalist Albert Londres once famously described the Tour de France riders, as the Tour put on a sadistic Grand Tour freak show on Sunday, forcing the overall contenders to fight for wheels and try to simply find a safe passage to the finish. The Grand Tour flyweights had to fight with ...

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Tour de France: Movistar look to the mountains after exceeding expectations on the cobbles

Adam Yates and Nairo Quintana survived the cobbles

All's well that ends well. As far as sending three climbers over the cobblestones of northern France goes, Movistar couldn't have asked for much more from stage 9 of the Tour de France . Granted, Mikel Landa crashed and was forced into a long chase, but limiting his damage to just seven seconds allowed the Spanish team to revel in a team performance that far exceeded expectations. Many feared for the Spanish team. Alejandro Valverde is an 'all-terrain' rider and showed this spring he can handle cobbles, but for pure climbers Nairo Quintana and Mikel Landa the Paris-Roubaix-inspired stage represented a major pitfall that had the potential to derail their entire three weeks. However, the men in blue were the right side of almost every split on a chaotic day. When the peloton was chopped in two on sector 12, with 67km to go, they had all their men up ...

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Fuglsang regrets wasting energy on Tour de France cobbles

Jakob Fuglsang (Astana)

Jakob Fuglsang managed a strong ride in stage 9 of the Tour de France on Sunday afternoon. The 33-year-old Astana rider finished in the same group as most GC-riders. After the finish, Fuglsang told Cyclingnews that his goal was to gain time on his rivals, but regretted that he wasted energy on the cobbles between Arras and Roubaix. He pointed to the lack of team support, lack of interest among other riders and the strength of the Movistar team. Fuglsang crashed in the fourth pavé sector of the day, the cobbles from Warlaing to Brillon. On the following sector, Team Sky opened up the gas, making it even harder for the Danish rider to come back. Nevertheless, Fuglsang managed to return to the first peloton together with Rafal Majka (Bora-Hansgrohe), shortly after the pavé sector to Orchies at sixty kilometres from the finish. Fuglsang quickly moved up and joined a ...

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Tour roundtable: Was it worth it to ride the cobbles?

Romain Bardet

Cobblestone chaos! Pavé pandemonium! The Tour de France's stage 9 was billed as a wildcard — did it deliver the drama we wanted? Read the full article at Tour roundtable: Was it worth it to ride the cobbles? on VeloNews.com .

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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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Tour de cobblestones: Bardet’s ‘miracle’ ride

Romain Bardet

Romain Bardet miraculously avoids major time loss in Tour stage 9, despite three flat tires on the cobblestones. Read the full article at Tour de cobblestones: Bardet’s ‘miracle’ ride 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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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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Tour de France: Uran philosophical despite losing time on the cobbles

Rigoberto Uran (EF-Drapac) lost time

Rigoberto Uran ( EF Education First-Drapac ) was the biggest casualty of the cobbled chaos on stage 9 of the Tour de France , aside from Richie Porte, who crashed out of the race with a suspected broken collarbone. Uran crashed on the Moulin de Vertain pavé sector with just over 30km to go and was forced into a long and ultimately futile chase. He had to stop again to change his damaged bike but had teammates who dropped back and helped try and limit the damage. As he crossed the line, however, the gaps made for depressing reading: 1:28 lost to his general classification rivals. Indeed, the blow was worsened by the fact that no one else lost time, save for a modest seven seconds for Mikel Landa (Movistar) and Romain Bardet (AG2R La Mondiale). Arriving back at the EF-Drapac team bus in Roubaix, Uran got straight on and ...

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To Movistar, ‘safe’ feels like a victory

To Movistar, ‘safe’ feels like a victory

It wasn’t a win, but it sure felt like one. There were plenty of smiles, high-fives, and hugs around the Movistar bus after riders Read the full article at To Movistar, ‘safe’ feels like a victory 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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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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