Tom Dumoulin: I hated cycling for 50 kilometres

Tom Dumoulin (Sunweb) looked strong on the cobbles

Tom Dumoulin ( Team Sunweb ) had high expectations for the cobbled stage to Roubaix in the Tour de France , but the Dutch rider's hopes of putting time into his rivals were not realised. The 2017 Giro d'Italia champion mostly blamed the headwind and the race circumstances for that. "I'm mainly disappointed. I wanted to come out of this stage as the winner, maybe not the stage winner but certainly by gaining time," Dumoulin said while warming down on the rollers at the Sunweb team bus in Roubaix. "That didn't work out. This didn't turn out to be the stage I hoped it would be. "It was really hard but the headwind made it difficult. The GC riders were keeping an eye on each other. The headwind is partly to blame. The racing style is different compared to Paris-Roubaix, too. I had really good legs but it was super ...

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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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Froome and Thomas survive Tour’s Paris-Roubaix day

Froome and Thomas survive Tour’s Paris-Roubaix day

Chris Froome is "relieved to get the Paris-Roubaix stage" behind him so he can focus on the mountains and a fifth Tour de France title. Read the full article at Froome and Thomas survive Tour’s Paris-Roubaix day 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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Tour de France: Double Dylan Groenewegen Zwift Rider of the Day

2018 Tour de France Zwift Rider of the Day

Seemingly in the form of his life after two wins in two days, Dylan Groenewegen ( LottoNL-Jumbo ) is our Zwift Rider of the Day on stage 8 of the Tour de France . The Dutchman beat perhaps the best field he has ever faced and did so convincingly in Amiens. With 6th and 4th places to his name heading towards the end of the race's first week while Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) and Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors) traded stage wins, it looked as though it would be tough for Groenewegen to get on the top step of the podium. Last year, his win in Paris came without those two riders, and also without Marcel Kittel (Katusha-Alpecin), Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data) and Arnaud Démare (Groupama-FDJ). To beat all of these men, plus André Greipel (Lotto-Soudal) and Alexander Kristoff (UAE Team Emirates) is looking like quite the step up from last July. ...

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Sky deploying full-on Roubaix approach for cobbles

Sky deploying full-on Roubaix approach for cobbles

Team Sky sport director Servais Knaven is pulling out all the stops to make sure his team has full Roubaix roadside support during the Tour Read the full article at Sky deploying full-on Roubaix approach for cobbles 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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Stage Eight: Nice town, shame about the stage

Dreux – Amiens, 181km On the stage I spent a few days in Amiens some years back. Extraordinary cathedral. Real sense of history ancient and modern, ecclesiastical and military. A few nice restaurants, some great bars. A pleasing sense of prosperous provincial French life. The surrounding countryside is nice, too – so I’m expecting some good helicopter and drone shots as the peloton weaves northwards. A therapeutic Saturday. What’s that? The stage? Oh, don’t worry too much about that. Couple of bumps early, long downhill. The break will be caught and the sprinters will fight it out. You’ve read my preview on this sort of stage – twice . Nothing much has changed. Gaviria will be the fastest unless we see a serious resurgence in form from Groenewegen (unlikely), Kittel (very unlikely) or Cavendish (extremely unlikely). Sagan will be close enough to the front to maintain his stranglehold on green. ...

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Geraint Thomas: It would be nice if I was in yellow

Geraint Thomas in the bunch during stage 6 at the Tour de France

Despite finding himself more than a minute ahead of Chris Froome , Geraint Thomas insists a true Team Sky hierarchy at the Tour de France will not be established until the Alps next week, and perhaps even beyond that. Thomas has ridden a flawless race so far, with a combination of a strong team time trial, a few bonus seconds, and, most importantly, an avoidance of bad luck taking him to second overall, three seconds off the yellow jersey. Froome, meanwhile, is one of the many overall contenders to have suffered at the hands of misfortune, crashing on the opening day and losing a precious 51 seconds to Thomas and most of his rivals. "It's been nice to just avoid it all," Thomas said in Fougères on Friday morning, acknowledging that he has endured far more than a fair share of crashes and bad luck over the years. "There's still ...

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Sagan has already equaled pre-Tour goals

Sagan has already equaled pre-Tour goals

With two stage wins in four chances, the three-time world champion has already met Bora-Hansgrohe’s target coming into the race. Read the full article at Sagan has already equaled pre-Tour goals on VeloNews.com .

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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 .

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Today at the Tour: Two GC leaders, one yellow jersey at BMC Racing

Following Monday’s Stage 3 team time trial, BMC Racing emerged not only as stage winners but also leading the general classification — with two riders. Greg Van Avermaet claimed the maillot jaune, tied on time with American Tejay van Garderen. The decider? Stage placings on the first two days. Van Avermaet was 24th on Stage 1, … The post Today at the Tour: Two GC leaders, one yellow jersey at BMC Racing appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Today at the Tour: Winners and losers of the Stage 3 TTT

Tom Dumoulin’s Sunweb team finished fifth, and he now sits seventh overall, but he was very much a winner. Lawson Craddock, riding with a fractured scapula, was dropped by his EF Education First-Drapac teammates 3km from the finish line, but he was a big, big winner. Greg Van Avermaet, of course, was Monday’s biggest winner, … The post Today at the Tour: Winners and losers of the Stage 3 TTT appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Q&A: Esteban Chaves

Laura Meseguer 10 Jul 2018 The popular Colombian climber talks about his difficult Giro and where his season goes from here Just over a month ago, Mitchelton-Scott’s Esteban Chaves finished the Giro d’Italia in 72 nd place, more than three hours down on winner Chris Froome. Considering he won Stage 6 at the summit of Mount Etna to sit third overall at the end of the opening week, it was a massively disappointing result for Chaves and he admits he is still recovering from what he says was a ‘brutal’ race. Chaves isn’t at the Tour de France, and will instead use the Tour of Utah at the end of the month to rebuild his form and fitness ahead of next month’s Vuelta a Espana and the World Championships later this year in Innsbruck. We caught up with the ever-smiling Colombian as he reflects on glory and defeat, the Yates ...

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Van Avermaet grabs Tour de France yellow as BMC Racing best in team time trial

The BMC Racing Team has been searching for a long time for a new sponsor for 2019, and has an increasingly uncertain future. It received a much-needed boost on Monday when it won the stage three team time trial at the Tour de France. The American WorldTour squad was best in the 35.5 kilometre test, … The post Van Avermaet grabs Tour de France yellow as BMC Racing best in team time trial appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Tour de France: Colbrelli frustrated but proud after almost beating Sagan

Peter Sagan and Sonny Colbrelli sprint for the finish line of stage 2 at the Tour de France

Sonny Colbrelli ( Bahrain-Merida ) went closer than ever before to winning a stage at the Tour de France during stage 2 in La-Roche-sur-Yon on Sunday. He needed several minutes of extra riding around in circles beyond the finish line to overcome his frustration, anger and disappointment to losing to Peter Sagan. "It's a real pity not to win," Colbrelli said soon after at the Bahrain-Merida team bus, still struggling to come to terms with coming so close to victory. "I used a lot of energy to fight for Sagan's wheel, there was lots of shouldering going on, it was crazy. It's a pity because Sagan got the jump on me and I just couldn't get him back. The strongest rider won today, we all know how good Peter is, but at the same time I’m happy and proud of my performance. This is a big Tour sprint and I ...

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Today at the Tour: Chavanel says goodbye with panache

Sylvain Chavanel went out in style. No, the 39-year-old Frenchman didn’t win Stage 2 of the Tour de France Sunday; that honor went to world champion Peter Sagan, who dodged a late-race pileup and held off a surging Sonny Colbrelli. But the Direct Energie rider, riding in his 18th and final Tour, spent much of … The post Today at the Tour: Chavanel says goodbye with panache appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Tour Stage 1: Doesn’t Look Like Wind, Ted

Stage 1: Noirmoutier-en-l’Île — Fontenay-le-Comte (189k) And lo, it did come to July, and though the kicking of an acrylic bladder did delay proceedings, ye Grandest of Departs did come upon the land. There was much wailing and gnashing of teeth, as the King of the Land received quarter from the overlords. And so, saith thy loyal previewer, it’s about bloody time we kicked off proceedings. This is stage one of the 2018 Tour de France. The organisers of this race used to love the Passage du Gois. Crashes are now apparently out of fashion, however, so we’re coming back to the mainland from the start town, Normoutier- en-L’Île, on a safer route. The stage, of course, takes place mostly along the Atlantic coast which up until very recently led to optimism that there would be a good chance of crosswinds. However, no matter how much optimistic scouring of different ...

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An enigma wrapped in rainbow stripes: Understanding Peter Sagan

I am sure as hell not going to pretend that I understand Peter Sagan. He’s a massively talented enigma to me, and I know that many journalists who cover pro cycling feel the same way. The last time I lobbed a question Sagan’s way was 18 months ago in a modest hotel conference room in … The post An enigma wrapped in rainbow stripes: Understanding Peter Sagan appeared first on CyclingTips .

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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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