‘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 de France podcast: Porte is out, Froome flourishes on cobbles

Tour de France podcast: Porte is out, Froome flourishes on cobbles

Can you believe that crazy stage 9? We discuss the Tour's trip across the Roubaix cobblestones. Read the full article at Tour de France podcast: Porte is out, Froome flourishes on cobbles on VeloNews.com .

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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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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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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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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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Porte makes tearful Tour exit with early crash

Porte makes tearful Tour exit with early crash

Australian cyclist Richie Porte pulled out of the Tour de France on Sunday after falling heavily on a shoulder early in stage nine. Read the full article at Porte makes tearful Tour exit with early crash on VeloNews.com .

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Movistar hoping to limit their losses on Roubaix cobbles

Mikel Landa (Movistar)

Veteran Classics specialist Daniele Bennati and Movistar teammates Jose Rojas and Imanol Erviti face the arduous task of guiding not one, not two, but three team leaders across the Roubaix cobbles during today’s ninth stage of the Tour de France . Movistar have gone all-in on their assault at the Tour de France this year, selecting Nairo Quintana, Alejandro Valverde and Mikel Landa as joint team leaders in the hope that at least one of them can survive the expected carnage of the cobbles, remain well-placed in the overall classification and go on to fight for the yellow jersey. With eight-man squads at this year’s race, Movistar has just five domestiques to help their big three leaders. Paris-Nice winner Marc Soler and Andrey Amador will play a key role in the mountains and so Bennati, Rojas and Erviti have been doing extra shifts in the first week on the roads ...

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So far so good for Tour debutants Haga and Boswell

So far so good for Tour debutants Haga and Boswell

Chad Haga and Ian Boswell have made it into the second week at the Tour de France, and it's so far so good for the pair of American Tour Read the full article at So far so good for Tour debutants Haga and Boswell on VeloNews.com .

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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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Stage 8 crash validates Martin’s win-some-lose-some Tour mantra

Stage 8 crash validates Martin’s win-some-lose-some Tour mantra

Dan Martin's Stage 8 crash validates the Irishman's win-some-lose-some Tour mantra. Read the full article at Stage 8 crash validates Martin’s win-some-lose-some Tour mantra on VeloNews.com .

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Movistar taking ‘all for one’ tactic on cobbles

Movistar taking ‘all for one’ tactic on cobbles

While riders like Nairo Quintana and Mikel Landa can turn mountains into molehills, it’s the fist-sized stones of the jutting pavé of Read the full article at Movistar taking ‘all for one’ tactic on cobbles on VeloNews.com .

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Today at the Tour: Okay, that was boring

Two hours before the finish of Stage 7, Daam Van Reeth, a Belgian professor of economics and business, shared some information on the TV ratings of the first six stages of the Tour de France. The numbers were not encouraging. Ratings are down across several major cycling markets compared to the first week of the … The post Today at the Tour: Okay, that was boring appeared first on CyclingTips .

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