‘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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Tour de France podcast: Porte is out, Froome flourishes on cobbles

Tour de France podcast: Porte is out, Froome flourishes on cobbles

Can you believe that crazy stage 9? We discuss the Tour's trip across the Roubaix cobblestones. Read the full article at Tour de France podcast: Porte is out, Froome flourishes on cobbles on VeloNews.com .

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Tan Lines: The big unknown

Tan Lines: The big unknown

For one reason or another, Richie Porte's promise as a Grand Tour contender remains unfulfilled. Will he get there before time runs out, wonders Anthony Tan?

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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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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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Confirmed: BMC Racing saved by Polish shoe brand CCC as Van Avermaet signs contract extension

Confirmed: BMC Racing saved by Polish shoe brand CCC as Van Avermaet signs contract extension

Joe Robinson 16 Jul 2018 CCC come on as title sponsor while Van Avermaet decides to stay BMC Racing will continue in the WorldTour under the new guise of CCC, the Polish footwear company that currently acts as main sponsor to ProContinental team CCC Sprandi Polkowice, it was confirmed today at the Tour de France rest day. This agreement to become the new title sponsor means that current Tour de France yellow jersey wearer Greg Van Avermaet will continue with the team, signing a new three-year contract, taking the role of team leader. Current BMC Racing team manager Jim Ochowicz will also continue in his role while CCC CEO Dariusz Milek becomes owner of the team. This will see the Polish shoe company make its first jump up into cycling’s top sphere after 18 years of sponsorship. Ochowicz was spotted with CCC CEO Dariusz Milek before yesterday’s Tour stage , ...

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BMC Racing to be saved by Polish shoe brand CCC as Van Avermaet signs contract extension

BMC Racing to be saved by Polish shoe brand CCC as Van Avermaet signs contract extension

Joe Robinson 16 Jul 2018 Announcement expected at today's Tour de France press conference as CCC CEO visits race BMC Racing is set to continue in the WorldTour under the new guise of CCC, the Polish footwear company that currently acts as main sponsor to ProContinental team CCC Sprandi Polkowice. This agreement to become the new title sponsor means that current Tour de France yellow jersey wearer Greg Van Avermaet will continue with the team, signing a new three-year contract, according to reports in French newspaper L’Equipe . It is expected that current BMC Racing team manager Jim Ochowicz will confirm reports of the merger with CCC on today’s Tour rest day as the Polish shoe company looks to make its first jump up into cycling’s top sphere after 18 years of sponsorship. Ochowicz was spotted with CCC CEO Dariusz Milek before yesterday’s Tour stage , even finding time to ...

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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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BMC Racing vow to fight on despite Porte crashing out

Greg Van Avermaet (BMC) and John Degenkolb (Trek-Segafredo), two former Paris-Roubaix winners, had t

The BMC Racing team suffered a Sunday in Hell on stage 9 of the Tour de France , with Richie Porte crashing out and Tejay van Garderen losing five minutes. But on a happier note, Greg Van Avermaet extended his overall race lead to 43 seconds over Team Sky 's Geraint Thomas , while the Belgian is also expected to confirm that he'll stay with the team in 2019 as part of a team-saving merger with CCC Sprandi secured by manager Jim Ochowicz. Van Avermaet was disappointed not to win the stage while wearing the iconic yellow jersey after being beaten by Trek-Segafredo's John Degenkolb , but accepted defeat and vowed to fight on despite the loss of Porte. "I thought I was going to win. I believed in my sprint," the Belgian rider said, his usually controlled voice an octave sadder in disappointment. "I think it would have been ...

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Photo gallery: Tears of pain and joy on Tour’s cobbled stage 9

Richie Porte (BMC) was the biggest casualty. Much like his then-teammate Chris Froome on stage 5 of the 2014 Tour de France, Porte crashed out before he even reached the cobblestones on yesterday’s stage 9 of the 2018 Tour. Stage 9 — the same stage Porte crashed out last year, too. Surely his bad luck … The post Photo gallery: Tears of pain and joy on Tour’s cobbled stage 9 appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Degenkolb wins a day of Tour de France drama

Degenkolb wins a day of Tour de France drama

The Tour de France general classification was shattered after Stage 9 with John Degenkolb winning and Richie Porte the biggest casualty for the second year running.

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Porte crashes out of Tour de France

Porte crashes out of Tour de France

Australian Richie Porte has pulled out of the Tour de France after injuring his collarbone in a crash 10km into the 156.5km ninth stage.

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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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Tour roundtable: Was it worth it to ride the cobbles?

Romain Bardet

Cobblestone chaos! Pavé pandemonium! The Tour de France's stage 9 was billed as a wildcard — did it deliver the drama we wanted? Read the full article at Tour roundtable: Was it worth it to ride the cobbles? on VeloNews.com .

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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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Uran’s Tour chances dented on the cobbles

Uran’s Tour chances dented on the cobbles

Rigoberto Urán's perfect tour was blemished on stage 9 to Roubaix, but he still heads into the Alps with a shot at overall victory. Read the full article at Uran’s Tour chances dented on the cobbles on VeloNews.com .

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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: Uran philosophical despite losing time on the cobbles

Rigoberto Uran (EF-Drapac) lost time

Rigoberto Uran ( EF Education First-Drapac ) was the biggest casualty of the cobbled chaos on stage 9 of the Tour de France , aside from Richie Porte, who crashed out of the race with a suspected broken collarbone. Uran crashed on the Moulin de Vertain pavé sector with just over 30km to go and was forced into a long and ultimately futile chase. He had to stop again to change his damaged bike but had teammates who dropped back and helped try and limit the damage. As he crossed the line, however, the gaps made for depressing reading: 1:28 lost to his general classification rivals. Indeed, the blow was worsened by the fact that no one else lost time, save for a modest seven seconds for Mikel Landa (Movistar) and Romain Bardet (AG2R La Mondiale). Arriving back at the EF-Drapac team bus in Roubaix, Uran got straight on and ...

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