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 .
Tour de France: Degenkolb wins much-feared 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 ...
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 .
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 ...
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, ...
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 .
Groenewegen nabs second consecutive win on Stage 8 of the Tour de France
One day after winning the stage in Chartres, Dylan Groenewegen drew on his strong form and burgeoning confidence to clock up his third career victory in the Tour de France. The LottoNL-Jumbo rider whipped past Andre Greipel (Lotto-Soudal) to grab the stage in Amiens Métropole. Fernando Gaviria (QuickStep Floors) was closed against the barriers by … The post Groenewegen nabs second consecutive win on Stage 8 of the Tour de France appeared first on CyclingTips .
Tour de France 2018: Groenewegen makes it two from two
Joe Robinson 14 Jul 2018 The Dutchman sprints to victory yet again while Dan Martin loses more time on GC Dylan Groenewegen (LottoNL-Jumbo) made it two stages out of two winning Stage 8 from Dreux to Amiens Metropole. The Dutchman left it late to launch his sprint eventually coming around Peter Sagan, Fernando Gaviria and Andre Greipal. Gaviria found himself boxed in by Greipal, even throwing a little headbutt at the German, which allowed Groenewegen the cleaner line to sprint to victory. Greipal took second from Gaviria in third. In the final 2,500m, Philippe Gilbert (Quick-Step Floors) nipped off the front in the hope of catching some behind napping but this was quickly brought back by Dimension Data and Lotto-Soudal. A largely uneventful day burst into life with 15km left to race. A small crash brought down Dan Martin (UAE-Team Emirates) and saw him losing ground on his GC rivals. ...
Roundtable: The dust settles after Tour’s first climbing test
What was Quick-Step thinking? Is Romain Bardet in trouble? Should Dumoulin have drafted his team car? Those questions and more. Read the full article at Roundtable: The dust settles after Tour’s first climbing test on VeloNews.com .
Quick-Step Floors' quest for Tour de France lead ends on Mûr de Bretagne
Thursday's stage 6 at the Tour de France was probably the last chance for Quick-Step Floors to take back the yellow jersey but none of the three riders within ten seconds of race leader Greg Van Avermaet (BMC) were able to match stage winner Dan Martin (UAE Team Emirates) on the 2km final climb of the Mûr de Bretagne. Stage favourite Julian Alaphilippe came into the stage only six seconds down on Van Avermaet, Philippe Gilbert trailed by three, and Bob Jungels, the team's GC rider, was an outsider at nine seconds. Alaphilippe proved to be the team's best finisher, three seconds behind the solo winner, but he missed out on the time bonus with fourth place, while Van Avermaet finished in the same time to keep the maillot jaune. Gilbert and Jungels trailed in with a group 12 seconds behind Martin. Shortly after crossing the finish line, Alaphilippe didn't ...
Martin wins with a little help from some friends
Supported by Out from the chaos at the base of the Mur de Bretagne popped Dan Martin, and a reminder that cycling is a team sport, even if that team isn’t always your own. Dan Martin used to ride for QuickStep, remember? Disco Dan, that team called him, and still does. It seems the split was amicable. … The post Martin wins with a little help from some friends appeared first on CyclingTips .
Tour de France: Expect GC action on Mur de Bretagne
On stage 6's Mur de Bretagne, the climbers will finally come to the fore after several hectic days at the Tour de France. Read the full article at Tour de France: Expect GC action on Mur de Bretagne on VeloNews.com .
Tour de France: Quick-Step Floors fall short in Quimper
The fifth stage in the 2018 Tour de France on the rolling roads between Lorient and Quimper was expected to be a good chance for the Quick-Step Floors team to get a third victory and potentially the yellow jersey. The roller coaster final kilometre suited punchy fast men. With Philippe Gilbert , Julian Alaphilippe and Bob Jungels, the Belgian team had three strong cards to play. To get that win, the so-called 'wolfpack' would have to fight their way around current race leader Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing Team) and world champion Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe). Sagan ended up being the best poker player. The stage ended in a bunch sprint of 39 riders, and he won ahead of Sonny Colbrelli (Bahrain-Merida) and Gilbert. Alaphilippe was fifth and Jungels finished as the last rider of the peloton. "I had a good position in the corners before the last climb, then I ...
Tour de France: Miscalculation costs Van Avermaet in Quimper
The fifth stage in the 2018 Tour de France was the first course that featured a lot of climbing, with no less than five categorized climbs in the final 100 kilometres. The rolling roads in Britanny led the riders from Lorient to Quimper, where several one-day specialists had marked out this day as a chance to hunt down a stage win and take a shot at the yellow jersey. Coming into the stage, Greg Van Avermaet was the race leader due to a strong performance from BMC Racing in Monday's team time trial. Van Avermaet hoped to win on the Flemish Community Day while wearing the yellow jersey. It didn't happen. Van Avermaet opted to defend his yellow jersey rather than gambling for the stage win. At 12km from the finish, Van Avermaet sprinted for two bonus seconds, while Quick-Step Floors' Julian Alaphilippe took three seconds. Later, Van Avermaet closed ...
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 .
Tour de France: Stage 5 highlights - Video
Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) won the fifth stage at the Tour de France in an all-out sprint to the finish line in Quimper. The world champion stormed to victory ahead of a fading Sonny Colbrelli (Bahrain-Merida), who initially looked to be rivalling the green jersey. Philippe Gilbert (Quick-Step Floors), who launched an early attack for the line, managed to hang on for third place. Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing) also jumped early into the final punchy climb, but the Olympic champion underestimated the distance to the finish line and was quickly passed by the other riders vying for the stage win. He fought to stay in the mix, however, and finished seventh on the day, enough to keep his yellow jersey as the overall race leader. Thanks to a small time bonus that he picked up with 12km to go, Van Avermaet now sits two seconds ahead of teammate Tejay van ...
Tour de France: Sagan's 10th stage win earns him the Zwift Rider of the Day
His second stage win in five days, and number 10 in his Tour de France career, sees Peter Sagan ( Bora-Hansgrohe ) take the Zwift Rider of the Day for stage 5 at the Tour de France as he consolidated his points classification lead. The Tour's fifth stage, an all-Breton affair running from Lorient to Quimper, was, for much of the day about the breakaway. With Direct Energie's Sylvain Chavanel and Lilian Calmejane joining new polka dot jersey wearer Toms Skujiņš (Trek-Segafredo) among those providing the entertainment out front on the first hilly stage of the Tour, you could be forgiven for forgetting about the finish. But with the peloton reeling the last of the breakaway in some 12km out, thoughts soon returned to the uphill finish and the cream of the puncheur crop that would contest it. Yellow jersey Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing) showed his intent by snagging ...
Tour de France: Stage 5 finish line quotes
Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) - Stage 5 winner "It was a little bit lucky because [Sonny] Colbrelli was coming close. My teammates did a very good job, from the middle of the stage they were pulling in the front. They brought me into a good position for the final climb, and Sky started to go full gas, [Philippe] Gilbert came over and tried to attack, but we caught him. I think that [Greg] Van Avermaet started too early and in the end he pulled a very good sprint for me and Colbrelli. "When you are in the Tour de France, everything is a little bit different but yes, the parcour was a little bit like the Ardennes: up, down, left, right and a little bit narrow roads. It was a nice parcour. "There were a little bit less points than normally. I think just 30 points but it was better than ...
Tour de France: Sagan wins stage 5 in Quimper
Peter Sagan ( Bora-Hansgrohe ) tightened his grip on the green jersey by claiming stage 5 of the Tour de France with a resounding sprint on the uphill finale in Quimper. The world champion timed his effort well on the drag to the line to beat Sonny Colbrelli (Bahrain-Merida) and Philippe Gilbert (Quick-Step Floors) to the stage honours, while Greg Van Avermaet (BMC) placed seventh to retain the yellow jersey. At the end of a demanding afternoon in the rugged hills of Finistère, only the strongest remained in contention come the final kick to the line in Quimper, where Gilbert opened the hostilities some 800 metres from home. The Belgian was looking to claim both stage honours and a stint in yellow, and his forceful acceleration put one in mind of his efforts on the Cauberg over the years, but the gradients were not quite steep enough for him to ...
Sagan takes Tour de France stage 5 with strong uphill sprint
World champion Peter Sagan clocked up his second stage win of the year’s Tour, extending his lead in the green jersey competition when he reached the line first in Quimper. He went head to head with Sonny Colbrelli (Bahrain-Merida) on the uphill drag to the finish, then powered clear in the final metres to finish … The post Sagan takes Tour de France stage 5 with strong uphill sprint appeared first on CyclingTips .