Fraile blasts to solo victory on stage 14 of the Tour de France, GC gaps grow

Launching his big move on the day’s short, steep final climb, Omar Fraile (Astana) overhauled lone leader Jasper Stuyven (Trek-Segafredo) and sped to his first Tour de France stage win on Saturday. The Spaniard went over the summit several seconds clear of Stuyven and King of the Mountains Julian Alaphilippe (QuickStep Floors), then dropped down … The post Fraile blasts to solo victory on stage 14 of the Tour de France, GC gaps grow appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Inside Peter Sagan’s Tour de France sprint team

Inside Peter Sagan’s Tour de France sprint team

For the sprints, the team also brought three designated teammates to assist Sagan: Marcus Burghardt, Maciej Bodnar, and Daniel Oss. Read the full article at Inside Peter Sagan’s Tour de France sprint team on VeloNews.com .

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Top five custom Tour de France 2018 bikes

Peter Sagan's Sagan Collection S-Works Venge

With 22 teams and 176 riders starting the Tour de France, the stars of the race can often get lost in the spectrum of colours within the peloton. Combine this with most teams often wearing the same helmets, sunglasses, kit and even shoes, bike manufacturers take it into their own hands for their headline riders to get the attention they deserve. Here, we look at the top five custom-painted framesets at the 2018 Tour de France. Peter Sagan's Sagan Collection S-Works Venge Launched on the eve of the French Grand Tour, Peter Sagan and Specialized unveiled the second generation of the limited-edition Sagan Collection at the Bora-Hansgrohe team press conference. Retaining the same glitter, metallic and matte paint design, the second Sagan Collection switches from a gold design to a Mediterranean-inspired teal finish, to remind the world champion of his home overlooking the sea in Monaco, says Specialized, although we ...

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Fire sale on The Holy Week after Peter Sagan's third Tour de France stage win

Peter Sagan out training before the Tour of Flanders

With Bora-Hansgrohe 's Peter Sagan winning again – taking his third stage win at the 2018 Tour de France with victory in Valence on stage 13 – what better way to celebrate than by watching Cyclingnews Films' production of The Holy Week ? For a limited time, it's yours to own for just $2.99. Follow exclusive behind-the-scenes footage from the eve of the Tour of Flanders all the way through to the day of Sagan's victory at Paris-Roubaix , with fantastic footage of world champion Sagan, Flanders champion Niki Terpstra and Greg Van Avermaet – who went on to enjoy a week in the yellow jersey at this year's Tour – during one of professional cycling's most important, and enjoyable, weeks of the year. So if your appetite's been whetted both by Sagan's Tour exploits and by stage 9 of this year's Tour, which took the riders back to the ...

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Photo gallery: The Sagan Show on stage 13 of the Tour de France

Mark Cavendish, Andre Greipel, Fernando Gaviria, Marcel Kittel, Dylan Groenewegen, Michael Matthews. That’s a lot of the Tour’s best sprinters, gone in the first half of the race. Peter Sagan must have been licking his lips as news of each abandon came through. The world champion had already won two stages before the Tour hit … The post Photo gallery: The Sagan Show on stage 13 of the Tour de France appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Sagan victorious in Valence to add to Tour tally

Sagan victorious in Valence to add to Tour tally

The Tour de France peloton took a moment to breathe on Stage 13 after a torrid day on L'Alpe d'Huez with the 169.5km from Bourg d'Oisans to Valence ending in the expected sprint.

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Today at the Tour: The question of Geraint Thomas

If Team Sky thought it would face scrutiny at this Tour de France due to Chris Froome’s salbutamol case, the British squad has doubled up with Geraint Thomas wearing the maillot jaune after 13 stages, leading Froome by 1:39. In terms of PR, a team that has won five of the past six Tours, and … The post Today at the Tour: The question of Geraint Thomas appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Thomas: Doubters wrong, Sky is ‘100% clean’

After getting booed on Tour de France podium, Geraint Thomas defends his Sky team as 100-percent clean. Read the full article at Thomas: Doubters wrong, Sky is ‘100% clean’ on VeloNews.com .

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Here’s why this year’s Tour de France has been so cruel to the sprinters

With smaller teams, tighter cut-off times, and short, explosive stages, Tour sprinters find themselves off the back. Read the full article at Here’s why this year’s Tour de France has been so cruel to the sprinters on VeloNews.com .

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Tour de France: Peter Sagan wins his second Zwift Rider of the Day

2018 Tour de France Zwift Rider of the Day

Another Tour de France stage win for Peter Sagan ( Bora-Hansgrohe ) means a second Zwift Rider of the Day award. Possibly the best sprinter in the race even before the mass withdrawals of the Alps, he owns that title now, outclassing his remaining rivals on stage 13 in Valence. Like several stages of the 2018 Tour, today's transition stage was less thrill ride, more snooze cruise. A standard flat stage following the standard formula of the break going away with no real chance of victory before the sprinter's teams reel them back before the finish. Even with the two Lottos, Dimension Data and Quick-Step Floors without their top sprinters to work for, enough remain that the end-stage scenario of stage 13 was never in doubt. BMC Racing's Michael Schär, one of the contender's for this award, gave the break something of a stay of execution, attacking with 22km to ...

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Geraint Thomas prepares for next yellow jersey battle at Mende

Geraint Thomas finishes stage 13 at the Tour de France

Race leader Geraint Thomas ( Team Sky ) ticked off a relatively calm day at the Tour de France as the race began its march from the Alps and towards the next test for the GC contenders at Mende. Thomas finished safely in the main field during stage 13 , with Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) taking the win ahead of Alexander Kristoff (UAE Team Emirates). This was Thomas' first day on the flat since taking the yellow jersey on stage 11, and he came through without major incident. His post-stage press conference was perhaps more of a mental strain than his four-and-a-half hours on the road, with questions ranging from booing crowds to performances and the topic of doping. The questions over performance related to his winning ride on Alpe d'Huez , in which he clocked 41:16 for his ascent of the climb. The time ranked outside the top 100 times ...

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Kristoff: I thought I had it, but Peter Sagan was too fast

Alexander Kristoff and Peter Sagan battle for victory at the end of stage 13

It has been four years since Alexander Kristoff ( UAE Team Emirates ) won a stage of the Tour de France . He came the closest he has for some time on stage 13 to Valence on Friday, but green jersey wearer Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) was just too fast and mopped up his third win of the 2018 race. After three hard days in the Alps, the road levelled out and there was little to stop the day ending in a bunch sprint. Without a win in the Tour yet, Groupama-FDJ took control for their fast man Arnaud Demare while Kristoff surfed the wheels at the back of their train. When Demare opened the afterburners, Kristoff followed suit but was pipped to the line by Sagan. "I felt good today. I think maybe it’s about motivation; I had a lot of motivation for today’s stage. I felt able to do ...

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Tour de France: Sky’s delicate balancing act with Thomas and Froome

Chris Froome

"If we are not careful, we can lose everything," says sports director Nicolas Portal Read the full article at Tour de France: Sky’s delicate balancing act with Thomas and Froome on VeloNews.com .

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Peter Sagan navigates changed sprint landscape to complete Tour de France hat-trick

Peter Sagan on the Tour de France podium after winning stage 13

The crossing of the Alps devastated the field of sprinters on this Tour de France , but Peter Sagan ( Bora-Hansgrohe ) seems singularly inured to the hardships that his fellow fast men must endure in order to survive the mountains. Most of the usual landmarks in a bunch sprint were absent at the finish of stage 13 in Valence – Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data), Marcel Kittel (Katusha-Alpecin), Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors), Dylan Groenewegen (LottoNL-Jumbo) and André Greipel (Lotto Soudal) were all forced out over the previous 48 hours – but Sagan didn’t need a map to orient himself in this shifting topography as he claimed his third stage win of the Tour. It was different kind of sprint but a familiar kind of outcome. "It's changed, yes, because the few teams that want to work are not here anymore," Sagan said of Friday's sprint. "There are maybe three or ...

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Tour de France: Stage 13 highlights - Video

Peter Sagan out training before the Tour of Flanders

Peter Sagan ( Bora-Hansgrohe ) claimed his third stage win of the 2018 Tour de France in Valence on Friday, winning the bunch kick ahead of Alexander Kristoff (UAE Team Emirates) and Arnaud Demare (Groupama-FDJ), who jumped first in the slightly rising finishing straight. After three days in the Alps, the peloton enjoyed a relatively straightforward sprint stage over 169.5km starting in Bourg d'Oisans. Thomas De Gendt (Lotto Soudal) initiated a breakaway move early into the day, joining Thomas Scully (EF Education First-Drapac), Michael Schar (BMC Racing) and Dimitri Claeys (Cofidis, Solutions Credits) in the move. Inside 25km remaining, the bunch began swallowing up the breakaway riders, first reeling in De Gendt and Claeys, then pulling Scully into the fold. Schar continued on alone for a spell, but he eventually succumbed to the chase as well, setting up the bunch sprint and Sagan's victory. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com

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Overzealous fans detract from Tour’s Alpine stages

Overzealous fans detract from Tour’s Alpine stages

VALENCE, France (AFP) — The always good-humored Peter Sagan soaks in the ambiance at the Tour de France as much as any rider in the Read the full article at Overzealous fans detract from Tour’s Alpine stages on VeloNews.com .

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Tour de France: Stage 13 finish line quotes

Peter Sagan throws his bike for the line ahead of Alexander Kristoff

Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) - Stage winner Today's stage was like a piece of gold for us I think. It's fantastic, I mean also with the flat stage everyone recovered a bit in the group. I think everyone is happy we had a relaxed stage. In the end, I'm very happy I won today, it's very nice for me and I'd like to thank my teammates, they did a very good job again. I think I was a little bit late. I was a little bit behind in the final 600 metres. In the last climb I tried to bring myself to the front, and after I stayed on the wheel of Kristoff and I'm very happy to have beaten him. Well It looks like [the green jersey is untouchable] but it's still important to get to Paris. (Europsport) Alexander Kristoff (UAE Team Emirates) - Second place on stage Unfortunately, [Sagan] ...

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Is your climbing bike slowing you down on the climbs?

Aero bikes are for sprinters, and climbing bikes are for climbers, right? Well, that depends. Read the full article at Is your climbing bike slowing you down on the climbs? on VeloNews.com .

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Tour de France: Peter Sagan wins stage 13 bunch sprint in Valence

Peter Sagan wins stage 13 at the Tour de France

Peter Sagan ( Bora-Hansgrohe ) won his third stage at the 2018 Tour de France in Valence on Friday. The world champion, who is leading the points classification, waited patiently to start his sprint, coming around Alexander Kristoff (UAE Team Emirates) and Arnaud Demare (Groupama-FDJ) at the line. "This stage was a piece of gold for us," Sagan said, comparing Friday's relatively flat to the three previous days in the Alps, which saw several of the event's top sprinters miss the time cut. "It's fantastic. I mean also with the flat stage and a flat stage everyone recovered a little bit in the group. I think everyone was happy that it was a relaxed stage. I'm very happy to have won today. It was very nice for me, and thanks to all my teammates, who did a very good job." Team Sky led the race into the final 10km and ...

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Tour de France 2018: Astana's Omar Fraile wins hilly Stage 14

Tour de France 2018: Astana's Omar Fraile wins hilly Stage 14

James Spender 21 Jul 2018 Astana rider Omar Fraile takes biggest win of his career, no change in GC A hilly Stage 14 saw echelons, a massive 32-man break and the GC contenders content to duke it out in their own race some 20minutes back. But a savage last climb followed by a 1.6km flat sprint saw Omar Fraile (Astana) take the stage win. How the race unfolded Stage 14, two-thirds down, a third to go. The finish was flat – an airport runway no less – but the 188km from Saint-Paul-Trois-Chateaux to Mende was poised not for the sprinters but the breakaways and puncheurs, a hilly day bookended by the 3km Cat.2 Cote de la Croix Neuve: 10% average with a wicked 12-14% last kilometre before a 1.6km flat dash to the line. A stage all but made for Quick-Step Floor’s Julian Alaphilippe, one might think, and one that ...

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