‘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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BMC to merge with CCC; Van Avermaet stays on board

BMC to merge with CCC; Van Avermaet stays on board

The American-registered squad was facing closure over a lack of sponsor dollars but will live on. Read the full article at BMC to merge with CCC; Van Avermaet stays on board on VeloNews.com .

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How to watch La Course 2018 live on TV

How to watch La Course 2018 live on TV

La Course by Le Tour de France will be taking place tomorrow, seeing the female riders race a 112.5 km mountain route from Annecy to Le Grand Bornand. This year there is only one stage involved for the women’s race, so be sure to catch the action live. How to watch the Tour de France 2018 live Tour de France does Paris-Roubaix: huge tech gallery The 2018 La Course by Le Tour de France The 2018 La Course will take place Tuesday 17 July on a 112.5km mountainous Alpine route between Annecy and Le Grand Bonnard. The action will precede Stage 10 of the men’s race and is based on the same route.The women’s route will take in two climbs, the Col de Romme and Col de la Colombière, and end with a 15km downhill run into le Grand Bornand. For more information about the race, our friends at Cyclingnews ...

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Tour de France 2018: The best images from the race so far (gallery)

Jack Elton-Walters 16 Jul 2018 The best images from the opening nine stages of the 2018 Tour de France, including plenty of cobbles. Photos: Offside/L'Equipe The 2018 Tour de France has reached its first rest day, and the nine previous stages have been a mixed bag in terms entertainment for spectators. No one can deny the entralling nature of Stage 9 , which headed over the cobbles of Paris-Roubaix , but at times other stages have been a chore to watch. Despite the varying level of action from the peloton, we've grabbed the best images from the race so far. From the opening stage win of Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors), to the grind that was the team time trial, all the way to the joy and relief at the finish line in Roubaix before the rest day, these images capture the essence of the Tour de France so far. Image ...

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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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Tour de France does Paris-Roubaix: huge tech gallery

Tour de France does Paris-Roubaix: huge tech gallery

The ninth stage of an intense opening first part of the Tour de France included 15 sectors and over 22 kilometres of the northern French cobbles, with the stage weaving its way from Arras Citadelle to a stone's throw from the famous Roubaix velodrome. Tour de France 2018 bikes, gear and tech How to watch the Tour de France 2018 live on TV Expected and welcomed during the one-day Classics in the spring, asking mountain and GC specialists who weigh 60 kilograms to battle the infamous cobbles is another question altogether. BMC Racing's overall GC hopeful in Richie Porte crashed out with a suspected broken collarbone before the race had hit the first sectors, the crash a likely result of the nerves and tension within the peloton. Romain Bardet (AG2R La Mondiale) and Rigoberto Uran (EF Education First-Drapac) suffered time losses for multiple mechanicals and a crash, respectively. Ahead of ...

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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 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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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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Tour de France: Unbreakable Degenkolb wins Zwift Rider of the Day

2018 Tour de France Zwift Rider of the Day

After winning the first Tour de France stage of his career over the cobbles of Roubaix, John Degenkolb ( Trek-Segafredo ) more than earned the title of Zwift Rider of the Day. It's the German's first WorldTour win since the 2015 season, completing his return from the horrific training crash that saw him and five teammates hospitalised in January 2016. Degenkolb rode away along with Greg Van Avermaet (BMC) and Yves Lampaert (Quick-Step Floors) on the 14th sector out of 16 at Camphin-en-Pévèle, 18km from the finish. It was an elite group with two former Paris-Roubaix winners that quickly built an insurmountable lead, with the GC-focused chase group more concerned about the riders behind than chasing down the three cobble specialists. Despite getting to the head of the race, virtually guaranteed of a podium spot for the day, there would still be a lot of work for Degenkolb to do. ...

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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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John Degenkolb: So much pressure has fallen off my shoulders now

John Degenkolb (Trek-Segafredo) dedicated the win to a friend who passed away suddenly last winter

There was no lap of the velodrome and no cobblestone trophy but John Degenkolb 's victory in Roubaix, after arguably the cruellest and most tense stage of the Tour de France , was a hugely significant moment for the Trek-Segafredo rider. In an instant, as he beat Greg van Avermaet and Yves Lampaert in the sprint, all his doubts, all the pressure and all the pain of the last two years fell away, giving way to relief, joy and personal pride. He was understandably quite emotional. Degenkolb confirmed his talent for the Classics with victory at Milan-San Remo and Paris-Roubaix in 2015. But he has been fighting his way back from physical and mental scars left by an accident in Spain when a driver hit Degenkolb and several teammates during a 2016 pre-season training ride. He suffered serious injuries and was left with a permanently damaged hand. He tried to ...

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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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Video highlights, onboard footage and full reaction as Paris-Roubaix meets the Tour de France

Tour de France 2018 Stage 9 via Velon.JPG

Your round-up from a thrilling an incident-packed stage

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Sagan: Tour’s cobbled stage was a crazy day

Sagan: Tour’s cobbled stage was a crazy day

Peter Sagan says the Tour's ninth stage was a crazy ride across Northern France's cobblestones. He could only manage fifth. Read the full article at Sagan: Tour’s cobbled stage was a crazy day on VeloNews.com .

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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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Tour de France: Degenkolb wins much-feared stage in Roubaix

John Degenkolb (Trek-Segafredo) wins the stage in Roubaix

John Degenkolb ( Trek-Segafredo ) won stage 9 of the Tour de France in Roubaix, outsprinting yellow jersey Greg Van Avermaet (BMC) and Yves Lampaert (Quick Step Floors) after a tough day over the cobbles of Paris-Roubaix. The win marks the end of Degenkolb’s long road back to the big stage after he and five other Giant-Alpecin riders were hospitalised after a training camp accident in Spain in January 2016. The riders were hit by an driver on the wrong side of the road, with Degenkolb almost losing a finger as a result. A crash-heavy day ended with Degenkolb, Van Avermaet and Lampaert escaping on the Camphin-en-Pévèle sector, 17km from the line. In the peloton, there was no answer to the trio of specialists going up the road, though Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) did try a move later on. While the Slovak would end up taking fifth behind Philippe Gilbert (Quick ...

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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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