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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Lefevere aims to win and 'kick out' some GC riders on Sunday's cobbles

Patrick Lefevere enjoying the sunshine

At the Tour de France on Sunday, the Quick-Step Floors team aims to take the stage 9 victory in Roubaix while doing a good job for Bob Jungels in the general classification. It's a "nearly impossible" task, according to team manager Patrick Lefevere, but that's the goal. Lefevere predicts panic in the peloton among the GC riders, followed by crashes – and then his riders will attack. "I hope we'll be able to kick a few riders out of contention for the GC," Lefevere said. There's no other man in cycling who holds a better record on the pavé in the north of France than Patrick Lefevere. He's managed wins at Paris-Roubaix with Franco Ballerini, Johan Museeuw, Andrea Tafi, Servais Knaven, Tom Boonen and Niki Terpstra. At the Tour, he won the cobbled stage in 2015 with Tony Martin . No wonder Lefevere's eyes light up when the Quick-Step manager ...

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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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Tour’s Roubaix: ‘If Nibali wants to attack, we will support him’

Tour’s Roubaix: ‘If Nibali wants to attack, we will support him’

In the 2014 Tour, Vincenzo Nibali took time on the cobblestone stage. This year, his team is ready to support another raid. Read the full article at Tour’s Roubaix: ‘If Nibali wants to attack, we will support him’ on VeloNews.com .

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Key Strava segments at the 2018 Tour de France

Key Strava segments at the 2018 Tour de France

Dan Alexander 12 Jul 2018 Check out the key Strava segments that could have an impact on the 2018 Tour de France With the 2018 Tour de France well underway, we've had a look at some of the Strava sgements that will be covered throughout the race. With some of the KOMs already held by pro riders - former and current - new fastest times aren't guaranteed. From short, sharp climbs to cobbles to mountains, here's where some significant time differences in the search for yellow could happen. The key Strava segments at the 2018 Tour de France Stage 6: Mur-de-Bretagne Length : 1.94km Average gradient : 7% KOM : Adam Yates ( Michelton-Scott ) - 4:27 QOM : Marit Coghe - 5:11 Stage 6 has the first summit finish of the 2018 Tour de France . Just two kilometres in length but with an opening kilometre at 9.8%, the ...

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Bahrain-Merida sign talented British climber Stevie Williams

The Bahrain-Merida riders have a laugh in the bunch

Bahrain-Merida have signed talented British climber Stevie Williams as they continue to carefully strengthen their roster for 2019. The 22-year-old impressed at the recent U23 Giro d’Italia, where he won a mountain stage, spent a day in the race leader's pink jersey and finished fifth overall. Williams will ride as a stagiaire with Bahrain-Merida from August 1 and be a neo-pro with the team in 2019. The Welshman raced with the JLT Condor team managed by John Herety in 2016 and joined the SEG Racing Academy for 2017. SEG started as a rider agency and works with Wout Poels, Dan Martin, Niki Terpstra, Sep Vanmarcke and Bauke Mollema. Alumni of the SEG Racing Academy include Fabio Jakobsen, who joined Quick-Step Floors for 2018, and Koen Bouwman, who won a stage at the 2017 Critérium du Dauphiné. Williams won the Rode de L'Isard stage race in the Pyrenees in early May ...

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Tour Teams Power Poll: Themes for Teams via The Bard

The Bard knows his Tour themes.

A Dylanesque ranking of the Tour’s top fifteen. I’m not the most plugged-in person here at the Cafe come Tour Time [insert complaints about children and the non-stop celebrations of the end of the school year]. I’m also on vacation, which is a mixed bag when it comes to thinking straight. In theory it’s a good thing. In theory... Which makes me the perfect person to write a Tour power poll. Power Polls are the greatest device ever invented by and/or for blogging, because you can define them any way you want, even though it sounds like a definitive ranking of the “best teams.” At the Tour, “best” is too complicated a matter for people to agree on, since it could mean either the maillot jaune (boring) or most influential overall. It can also mean in absolute or relative terms, the latter being relative to either other teams or to ...

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Fire sale on Holy Week after Peter Sagan Tour de France stage win

Peter Sagan out training before the Tour of Flanders

After being disqualified from last year's Tour de France on only the fourth stage, Peter Sagan was back winning again at the world's biggest bike race on Sunday . What better way to celebrate than to own Cyclingnews Films' own celebration of the iconic one-day races Paris-Roubaix – won by Sagan this year – and the Tour of Flanders for the very special price of $2.49 (£1.87)? The Slovakian Bora-Hansgrohe rider might have thought his opportunity to lead this year's Grande Boucle had passed him by after he was beaten by Quick-Step Floors' fast-finishing Colombian sprinter Fernando Gaviria on stage 1 on Saturday , but as Sagan crossed the finish line to win the second stage at La-Roche-sur-Yon and take the yellow jersey, the roar he let out showed roadside fans that he knew exactly what he'd achieved. That celebration was remarkably similar to the one Sagan made after winning ...

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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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Quick-Step Floors announce Tour de France team

Quick-Step Floors' Fernando Gaviria wins stage 5 of the 2018 Tour of California in Elk Grove

Fernando Gaviria , Julian Alaphilippe and Philippe Gilbert will headline a strong squad for Quick-Step Floors at the Tour de France this July. Liege-Bastogne-Liege winner, Bob Jungels has been named as the team’s general classification leader, while newly crowned Belgian champion Yves Lampaert will get to show off his national colours at his debut Grand Boucle. Former Paris-Roubaix winner, and third place this year, Niki Terpstra has also earned a spot while lead-out man Max Richeze will be there to help guide Gaviria in the sprint finishes. Powerful workhorse, Tim Declercq completes the line-up for the Belgian squad. Between them, the eight-man team have already taken 20 victories in what has been another strong year for the Quick-Step squad. Quick-Step Floors dominated the sprint competition at the Tour last season with Marcel Kittel claiming five stages. He also looked set to seal the green jersey competition before abandoning in the ...

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Adriatica Ionica Race: Viviani wins stage 2

Elia Viviani (Quick-Step Floors) wins stage 2 at Adriatica Ionica Race

Elia Viviani ( Quick-Step Floors ) won stage 2 of the Adriatica Ionica Race in a bunch sprint in Maser to retain the overall lead. It was Viviani’s 11th win of a sparkling debut campaign for Quick-Step, and it brought his team’s running tally of victories for the season to 40. Already in the blue jersey of race leader after leading Quick-Step across the line in their victorious team time trial effort on stage 1, Viviani was an assured winner in Maser, delivering a fine sprint to see off the challenge of fellow countryman Simone Consonni (UAE-Team Emirates), while Mihkel Räim (Israel Cycling Academy) came home in third ahead of Manuel Belletti (Androni-Sidermec). “The big question mark was the prospect of movement in the finale, so we lifted the pace before Asolo, but as we expected, there were still attacks, so we rode on the defensive,” Viviani said. “[Niki] Terpstra ...

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National Championships Preview

A quick primer on the peloton getting patriotic with some intrastate conflict The best racing occurring in the middle doldrums of the cycling season is just about upon us, and I’m not talking about the Tour. It’s that time of the year when the FSA-DS owners of Ignatas Konovalovas and Gert Joeaar can finally celebrate. I’m of course talking about Nats. As a cycling fan, one of the most frustrating things for me is the inability to find a good central website that has information on all of these races. So, for once in my brief time writing here on PdC, I’m actually going to post something that is informative and not just a barrage of dad jokes, bad puns, and Betancur quips. So let’s get to it and preview some of the national championship courses this year. We’ll be taking a quick look at Belgium, Britain, France, Germany, Italy, ...

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Viviani takes first leader's jersey at Adriatica Ionica Race

Elia Viviani takes first leader's jersey after Quick-Step Floors won the opening team time trial at

Three weeks after capping off a successful Giro d'Italia, Elia Viviani is back on the top step of the podium as the first leader of the inaugural Adriatica Ionica Race . The Italian was first across the line ahead of his Quick-Step Floors teammates as they won the opening team time trial in Lido di Jesolo on Wednesday. "It's a beautiful way to open Adriatica Ionica, one which gives us confidence for what's to come this week," Viviani said in a team press release. The Quick-Step Floors team of Viviani, Kasper Asgreen, Alvaro Hodeg, James Knox, Davide Martinelli, Jhonatan Narvaez and Niki Terpstra covered the 23.3km course from Piave to Lido di Jesolo in a winning time of 25:28, averaging 54.895kph. They beat UAE Team Emirates by 14 seconds and Trek-Segafredo by 16 seconds. "We came here with a strong team, blending youth and experience, all riders in good shape ...

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Adriatica Ionica Race: Quick-Step Floors win opening team time trial

Quick-Step Floors on their way to winning the opening team time trial at Adriatica Ionica Race

Quick-Step Floors won the opening team time trial stage of the inaugural Adriatica Ionica Race, beating UAE Team Emirates into second place on the 23km course at Lido di Jesolo. Elia Viviani was first across the line for Quick-Step and will wear the leader's jersey on stage 2. The Quick-Step line-up, which featured Niki Terpstra, James Knox and Davide Martinelli, hurtled around the course at an average speed of 54.895kph to take the stage honours by 14 seconds from UAE Team Emirates. Speaking after the stage, Viviani paid particular tribute to the efforts of Terpstra and Danish youngster Kasper Asgreen. "The two locomotives today were Niki Terpstra and young Kasper Agreen, who hasn't been a professional for long but who is doing very well," Viviani said. "I did what I could and my teammates were very good. We also wanted to have Knox and Jhonatan Narvaez finish with us, because ...

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Fire sale on THE HOLY WEEK

Peter Sagan out training before the Tour of Flanders

Following on from Peter Sagan ’s ( Bora-Hansgrohe ) win on stage 2 of the Tour de Suisse the team at Cyclingnews have dropped the price on our premier film THE HOLY WEEK for 24 hours. You can now download to buy for just $2.49 (£1.86), while 72-hour rentals are still available at $1.99. The Holy Week tells the story from the eve of the Tour of Flanders right through until the tense finale on the Roubaix velodrome. Through the eyes of the riders, team staff and the devoted roadside fans, we went behind the scenes to capture the essence of the cobbled classics, and the emotions of one of the most compelling campaigns of recent years. The Cyclingnews film crew were granted exclusive access to the biggest teams. We followed reconnaissance rides, were allowed into the inner sanctum of team buses, on the massage table, and invited to post-race ...

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Jungels: We'll have a different TTT squad at the Tour de France

Quick-Step Floors at Criterium du Dauphine stage 3 team time trial

On paper, the stage 3 team time trial would have seemed like the perfect place for Bob Jungels to lay the foundations for his general classification bid at the Critérium du Dauphiné . A former junior world champion, in a team that has thrice been TTT world champions, the 35km course would offer a chance for him to bank some time on most of his rivals ahead of the mountain stages in the second half of the race. However, though Quick-Step Floors finished fifth of the 22 teams, they were more than a minute down on stage winners Team Sky, who are now in a commanding position with Michal Kwiatkowski and Geraint Thomas at the head of the overall standings. As he warmed down in Louhans, Jungels seemed perfectly content, explaining that Quick-Step's squad for the Dauphiné is a shadow of that with which they've won their world titles, and ...

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Chris Froome climbs WorldTour ranking after Giro d'Italia victory

The final podium of the 2018 Giro d'Italia: winner Chris Froome (Team Sky) is flanked by Sunweb's To

The 2018 WorldTour rankings have shifted after the first Grand Tour of the season, the Giro d'Italia , concluded in Rome on Sunday. Overall winner Chris Froome (Team Sky) has climbed into the top 10, as has three-stage winner Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) and four-stage winner Elia Viviani (Quick-Step Floors). Despite the new additions to the top 10, however, Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) maintains his grip over the series lead with a commanding 1,914 points. Sagan did not compete at the Italian Grand Tour but opted for the Amgen Tour of California. Although he did not secure a stage victory, his two podium places added to his tally. Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) remains in second place with 1,682 points after a stellar spring campaign. Yates' won mountain stages 9, 11 and 15 during the Giro d'Italia, and wore the maglia rosa for 13 days, which bumped him up 16 places in the WorldTour ...

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Daily News Digest

Supported by Welcome to your Daily News Digest. Here’s what’s happening today: Viviani bounces back with third stage win, points jersey battle to make for intense final week, Simon Yates says he knows ‘nothing’ about the Zoncolan, the Tour of Norway and more… Dispatches from the Giro d’Italia Viviani grabs third stage win of 2018 Giro Elia … The post Daily News Digest appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Peter Sagan holds firm atop WorldTour rankings

Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe)

Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) remains the clear leader at the top of the WorldTour rankings after the Tour de Romandie and Tuesday's Eschborn-Frankfurt one-day race, with Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) and Niki Terpstra (Quick-Step Floors) rounding out the top three. Quick-Step Floors is still rooted to the top of the team standings thanks to a dominant start to the 2018 season. Below that there has been plenty of change with Primoz Roglic (LottoNL-Jumbo) surging 18 places to fourth in the WorldTour standings, thanks to his overall win at the Tour de Romandie. Roglic assumed control of the race on stage 1 after a strong performance in the prologue. Egan Bernal (Team Sky) closed the gap to six seconds after taking victory in the mountain time trial. However, Roglic withstood a barrage of attacks from the Colombian on the queen stage to win the overall classification by eight seconds. Bernal jumped 49 places ...

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