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: 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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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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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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Tour de France: Stage 9 finish line quotes

Understandibly so, John Degenkolb (Trek-Segafredo) was pretty excited to win after a long drought

John Degenkolb (Trek-Segafredo) - stage winner Pure happiness. Really - I was chasing the victory so long. It's really hard to describe. It was a really hard fight all day. It is also a victory of the team. We really had a plan to stay out of trouble all the time, and it worked out really well. It was unbelievable. This is a very big victory - since a long time... I have been through a lot of things – it was such a hard time. I'm so happy to dedicate this victory to one of my best friends - he passed away last winter. This was really something for him. Everybody said I'm done, after this accident I will never come back. I said no, I'm not done. I have to make at least one really big victory for this guy, his name is Jörg. He was my second ...

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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 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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Tour de France 2018: John Degenkolb wins Stage 9 on the cobbles of Roubaix

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, ...

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Tour de France: Degenkolb scared off by Gaviria in stage 8 sprint

John Degenkolb (Trek-Segafredo)

Trek-Segafredo 's John Degenkolb scored his best result of this year's Tour de France so far in a chaotic sprint at the end of stage 8 to Amiens , won by Dutch ace Dylan Groenewegen (LottoNL-Jumbo). But Degenkolb's third place behind Bora-Hansgrohe's Peter Sagan came at the expense of Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors) and André Greipel (Lotto Soudal), who were relegated from their podium positions for head-butting . Degenkolb told Cyclingnews that he was finding his sprinter's instinct again, which he didn't expect two months ago. But, that meant he had a front-row seat to witness the headbutting from Gaviria, and he wasn't liking what he saw. "It was a very fast approach again to the sprint. Behind Greipel was Gaviria, and he was trying to squeeze himself through a gap that… There was actually no gap. It was pretty dangerous and I was scared behind them, and couldn't really ...

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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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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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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 de France: Greipel, Gaviria relegated in separate incidents during sprint in Amiens

Andre Greipel (Lotto Soudal) was beaten to the line

Andre Greipel (Lotto-Soudal) and Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors) were relegated from the Tour de France stage 8 sprint after two separate head-butting incidents during the finale into Amiens, the race jury showing no tolerance for this type of aggression. Greipel and Gaviria finished second and third behind stage winner Dylan Groenewegen (LottoNl-Jumbo), respectively, but were placed to the back of the lead group, losing the six and four second time bonuses. In the final 900-metres Andre Greipel directed his head and upper body towards Nikias Arndt (Team Sunweb) in an attempt to hold the wheel in front of him. A separate incident with 250-metres remaining saw a squeeze among the leading riders with Gaviria coming close to the barriers on the left-hand side of the finishing straight. Gaviria then pushed his head and upper body against Greipel twice in the final metres. Speaking to the media immediately after the stage ...

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Tour de France: Stage 8 finish line quotes

Dylan Groenewegen wins the stage

Dylan Groenewegen (LottoNl-Jumbo) - stage winner The legs have been better every day. It was a fast final with a lot of corners but the team did an amazing job and put me in a great position. I saw Gaviria and Greipel were fighting for position but I saw the finish line and thought, this is the moment - I'm going. It was good. It was a hectic final, but that’s every day in the Tour. I am very proud of my team. The last two days have been very good with two wins. We're looking forward, tomorrow's a hard stage, also for the general classification riders. We will see, we'll try. Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing) - race leader Like we always say, a stage of the Tour is a stage of the Tour. You always have to be careful of losing any seconds. So I'm pretty happy we ...

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Tour de France: Groenewegen doubles up in Amiens

Dylan Groenewegen (LottoNl-Jumbo) wins in Amiens

After another largely quiet day at the Tour de France, Dylan Groenewegen (LottoNL-Jumbo) made it two wins in two days in Amiens, out-sprinting André Greipel (Lotto-Soudal) and Fernando Gaviria (Quick Step Floors) - although the latter two would be relegated by officials after the stage. Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) launched first, in something of a messy sprint. The Slovak hit out at 300 metres and Greipel dove for his wheel, shutting the door on Gaviria in the process. The Quick-Step rider head-butted Greipel in an attempt to open room to sprint through - a move that resulted in his relegation. Groenewegen had a front row seat for the tussle, and chose the perfect moment to open up his sprint and take out his second victory in a row. "The legs are better every day,” Groenewegen said after the finish. “Today it was a fast final with a lot of corners but ...

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Tour de France 2018: Groenewegen makes it two from two

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. ...

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Tour de France: Frustrated Gaviria unable to live with Groenewegen

Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors)

Fernando Gaviria wheeled to a halt beyond the finish line in Chartres on stage 7 of the Tour de France and threw himself down on the grass verge. He sat for a good couple of minutes with his head buried in his chest, panting deeply, but almost as much through frustration as exhaustion. When he finally picked himself up he ignored the circling television cameras and pretty much everyone else, pausing briefly at the Quick-Step Floors bus before riding off towards the team’s hotel. As one South American journalist put it, he had a cara de culo – a face like a slapped arse, to use the nearest English equivalent. With two victories already under his belt, Gaviria was the favourite again for the bunch sprint in Chartres, but found that things wouldn't go quite as smoothly as they had up to that point in his Tour de France debut. ...

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First Ride: Specialized S-Works Venge

The new Venge manages to shave weight off the previous version of Specialized's aero bike, and it's better in the wind to boot. Read the full article at First Ride: Specialized S-Works Venge on VeloNews.com .

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Mark Cavendish: My back's against the wall the whole time, but I'll keep trying

Mark Cavendish waits for the start of stage 6 at the Tour de France

Mark Cavendish and his Dimension Data team produced their best lead out and sprint so far in this year’s Tour de France , with the Manxman in the mix and on Dylan Groenewegen’s wheel until 200 metres to go. A touch of wheels with Alexander Kristoff (UAE Team Emirates) slowed Cavendish and he faded as Groenewegen (LottoNL-Jumbo) powered away to victory, beating Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors) and Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe). With the win gone, Cavendish eased up and finished 10th, but the result told just a small part of Cavendish’s sprint. Buoyed by his and Dimension Data’s performance, Cavendish was happy to give his take on his best performance of the week. Some have written off Cavendish’s chances of winning sprints and dismissed his goal of winning four more stages so that he can match Eddy Merckx’s record of 34 Tour de France stage victories. “I was following quite good ...

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