Tour de France: Groenewegen comes through in Chartres

Dylan Groenewegen on the Tour de France podium after winning stage 7

With a commanding win during stage 7 at the Tour de France in Chartres on Friday, Dylan Groenewegen ( LottoNL-Jumbo ) confirmed that he's one of the leading sprinters of the young generation. The 25-year-old Dutch rider has had a stellar season so far, with a win in sprinter's festival Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne and at least one victory in every stage race in which he has participated. The disqualification for the ignoring level crossing in the Scheldeprijs where he was the top favourite is a side note. As a result, Groenewegen featured on the front pages of many Dutch cycling magazines in their Tour de France preview edition. A win in the first stage would have made him the first Dutch rider in the yellow jersey since Erik Breukink in 1989. That was a lot of pressure to deal with, pressure he received from the outside but likely also from himself. The ...

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Canyon Aeroad CF SLX Disc 8.0 first ride review

Canyon Aeroad CF SLX Disc 8.0 first ride review

You can tell at a glance that this bike is built for speed, with deep wheels nestled into elongated-profile tubes, but let me tell you how it rides: quickly. Tour de France 2018 bikes, gear and tech Canyon Endurace CF SL Disc 7.0 review Canyon Bicycles: reviews and buying advice Aerodynamics aside, the taut pedaling platform is remarkable from the first hard pedal stroke. Standing and yanking on the bars, or just diving into a corner with the hips, and the stiff front-end responds similarly: let’s go! Canyon Aeroad CF SLX Disc 8.0 highlights Highly aero frameset and wheels but with normal bar and stem Nearly impeccable Shimano Ultegra hydraulic group with 160 rotors Somewhat old school but still super aero 23/25 tires Seatpost that strikes a balance between aerodynamics and comfort Exceptional value Plug and play with two NorCal test rides I borrowed this bike from Canyon North America’s ...

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National Championships Preview

A quick primer on the peloton getting patriotic with some intrastate conflict The best racing occurring in the middle doldrums of the cycling season is just about upon us, and I’m not talking about the Tour. It’s that time of the year when the FSA-DS owners of Ignatas Konovalovas and Gert Joeaar can finally celebrate. I’m of course talking about Nats. As a cycling fan, one of the most frustrating things for me is the inability to find a good central website that has information on all of these races. So, for once in my brief time writing here on PdC, I’m actually going to post something that is informative and not just a barrage of dad jokes, bad puns, and Betancur quips. So let’s get to it and preview some of the national championship courses this year. We’ll be taking a quick look at Belgium, Britain, France, Germany, Italy, ...

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5 ways to avoid the royal wedding this weekend

5 ways to avoid the royal wedding this weekend

In case you missed the news, this Saturday it’s the royal wedding in the United Kingdom. If you are looking to escape the incessant coverage of Prince Harry tying the knot with Meghan Markle, we’re here to help. Here are four great cycling events to watch this weekend, plus the old standby that hopefully you were going to do anyway. Time-trial tech at the Tour of California — gallery Scheldeprijs tech gallery: the narrow, the aero and the power (or Power) 1. Amgen Tour of California The Tour of California concludes this weekend with stage 7 on Saturday.Currently, after five stages, Tejay van Garderen of BMC Racing Team tops the GC, and you can catch all of the action live on NBC from 3pm ET, with the last part of the stage live from 11pm BST on Eurosport. If you're not a subscriber to Eurosport, UK readers can subscribe to ...

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Hagens Berman Axeon's Specialized Allez Sprint Comp gallery

Hagens Berman Axeon's Specialized Allez Sprint Comp gallery

This article first appeared on Cyclingnews. An entire generation of professional cyclists have now grown up, raced on, and perhaps even retired using exclusively carbon road bikes. However, US Pro Continental outfit Hagens Berman Axeon is demonstrating that you don't need the latest and greatest carbon bike to be successful in 2018 by riding Specialized's Allez Sprint Comp frameset to victories in Europe and the US already this season. Paris-Roubaix tech gallery: 101 images from the Hell of the North Scheldeprijs tech gallery: the narrow, the aero and the power (or Power) Initially the Trek-Livestrong development team in 2009, Hagens Berman Axeon has evolved to be one of the top developmental squads in the sport with alumni that include Taylor Phinney, Ben King, Sam Bewley, Alex Dowsett, Ian Boswell, Jasper Stuyven, Tao Geoghegan-Hart, Logan Owen, Neilson Powless, Chris Lawless, and Jhonatan Narvarez, all of whom now race at the WorldTour ...

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SSSRSSP World Tour Edition: Eschborn-Frankfurt

Yeah, I know that it’s a World Tour race. But just slapping the WT label on a race doesn’t change its actual SSR character. You’ve got only ten WT teams showing up, and some of them look to be only showing up to pick up a case of Apfelwein or do some banking (Bah Meh and Trek). At least the other German nominally-world-tour-but-probably-SSR-race has a funny sponsor-portmanteau moniker- Euroeyes Cyclassics - and a list of impressive sprinter victories. This race is all German efficiency- it starts in Eschborn and finishes in Frankfurt with a clockwork Alexander Kristoff victory. It didn’t always have such an efficient moniker. The race was originally named the Rund um den Henninger Turm for the Henninger Tower, which was tallest building in Frankfurt at the time- a 33-story tall grain silo, where the Henninger Brewery stored its barley. The tower was demolished in 2013, to make ...

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Quick-Step Floors target Giro d'Italia sprints with Viviani

Elia Viviani wins the 2018 Driedaagse De Panne-Koksijde

Quick-Step Floors have confirmed they focus on stages victories rather than the overall classification at the Giro d'Italia , with Elia Viviani confirmed as team leader, with the other riders selected to provide him with a strong lead-out train and target individual success. Bob Jungles led Quick-Step Floors at the 2016 and 2017 Giro d'Italia, finishing sixth and eighth overall and wearing the leader's pink jersey for five days last year. However, the Luxembourg national champion ended his spring campaign with victory at Liège-Bastogne-Liège and will focus on the Tour de France this summer. Joining Viviani at the Giro d'Italia is experienced riders Eros Capecchi, Michael Mørkøv, and Fabio Sabatini, Dwars door West-Vlaanderen winner Rémi Cavagna, talented young German Maximilian Schachmann, Florian Sénéchal and Classics veteran Zdenek Stybar. Davide Bramati is lead directeur sportif; he rode 12 editions of the Corsa Rosa during his own career. Several big-name sprinters have ...

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Sunweb announce team that will support Dumoulin's Giro d'Italia defence

Team Sunweb riders celebrate on the final Giro podium

Team Sunweb have announced the roster that will line up at the 2018 Giro d'Italia next week in defence of Tom Dumoulin 's title, with Laurens ten Dam and Chad Haga reprising their roles from 2017. Added for this year's eight-rider roster - one less than previous years, as per UCI mandate - are Roy Curvers, Chris Hamilton, Lennard Hofstede, Sam Oomen and Louis Vervaeke. With the riders' ages ranging from 22 to 38, the team believes the line-up provides the perfect combination of talented youth and experienced riders. "Hamilton, Hofstede, Oomen and Vervaeke will all play key supporting roles while capitalising on the experience of Haga, ten Dam and road captain Curvers, who between them have a combined 28 Grand Tour starts," the team said in the announcement posted on their website. Although the roster is markedly different from last year's, with the noticeable omission of Wilco Kelderman, for ...

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A Classic Run

Serry and Jungels at La Flèche

In a middlin’ spring season, one name stands out The spring classics are a wrap! Before letting them go, I wanted to pause long enough for posterity. What was it we’ll remember in ten years? That’s easy... Quick Step. But that might not be all. We saw a few quasi-historic results. We saw some people we wanted to get excited about do exciting things. Let’s run through them. Getty Images Sagan alone on the Pavé A Bit of History in the Making Peter Sagan and Niki Terpstra both completed their career Flanders-Roubaix double, entering... not Nirvana, but at least the Sotapanna stream. The pair became the 11th and 12th riders since 1980 to notch wins in both Monuments, an illustrious list apart from maybe some EPO-soaked entries. Suffice to say, winning two fairly different monuments tends to say really good things about riders. In Terpstra’s case, he was just the ...

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La Flèche Wallonne Preview: The inevitability of death, taxes, and Valverde

If Liege-Bastogne-Liege is known as La Doyenne, then its sister race, La Fleche Wallonne, should be properly known as La Dame Ennuyeuse as it has been as predictable as any race this side of Scheldeprijs. Also acceptable would be La Dame Espagnole as the last six years have all be won Spaniards: Joaquim Rodriguez, Dani Moreno, and Alejandro Valverde x 4. Only the most ascetic of fans would be clamoring for live coverage of the entire race, as it is often only the last three minutes of the race that are interesting. And those last three minutes of the sprint up the Mur de Huy are invariably fun to watch even if it’s more of the brute strength variety of entertainment rather than the intellectual, strategic delights of some of the other classics. (There’s also something to be said for the deluded optimism of holding out hope for the rider ...

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Television motorbikes are deciding races, says Lefevere

Patrick Lefevere speaks to the press after Gent-Wevelgem

Patrick Lefevere has decried the influence of television motorbikes on races in the wake of Sunday’s Amstel Gold Race. The Quick-Step manager complained that the escapees at Amstel were able to shelter in the slipstream of the motorbikes while his rider Pieter Serry was leading the chase on the front of the group of favourites. Michael Valgren (Astana) won Amstel Gold Race after escaping in the closing kilometres in the company of Roman Kreuziger (Mitchelton-Scott). Quick-Step’s best finisher was Julian Alaphilippe, who was prominent in the finale but had to settle for seventh. “I don’t want to come across as a bad loser, but the role of motorbikes in the race is really scandalous,” Lefevere said, according to La Dernière Heure . “That applies to other races as well as this edition of Amstel. While Pieter Serry was making a maximum effort at the front of the group of favourites, ...

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Cobbled rankings: part the third

A team by team look at the 2018 and 2019 cobbled seasons The cobbled season ended in the Roubaix velodrome, as ever. You might think it finished in Overije when Tim Wellens won Brabantse Pijl, to which I’d point out that Tim Wellens won, so we won’t be calling that a cobbled race. What’s that? Tro-bro? Oh, c’mon. It’s a great race, but we have to draw the line somewhere, and I’d like to end with a cracking edition of a fabled monument, thank you very much. Let’s try again. The cobbled season is over. Time, then, to brace myself, put on my heavy gloves and ear defenders, and give Cuddles one last chance to make himself heard. Apart from his comments, which could go anywhere, I’m going to try and shift the focus a little bit towards next year, and look at reasons to be hopeful, and less hopeful, ...

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Peter Sagan confirmed for Amstel Gold Race

Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) wins 2018 Paris-Roubaix

One week after his solo triumph in Paris-Roubaix , world champion Peter Sagan will lead the Bora-Hansgrohe team in the next WorldTour event, the Amstel Gold Race . Sagan's best finish in the race came in 2012 when he out-paced Oscar Freire for the final podium spot behind winner Enrico Gasparotto and runner-up Jelle Vanendert, but he hasn't started the Dutch event since 2013. Sagan will be joined by fellow Paris-Roubaix competitor Marcus Burghardt, with Pascal Ackermann, Cesare Benedetti, Patrick Konrad, Jay McCarthy and Gregor Mühlberger. Ackermann, the runner-up in the Scheldeprijs and Driedaagse De Panne, will be making his debut in the race. McCarthy is the top climber in the team's ranks, and showed strong form last week with a stage win in the Vuelta al Pais Vasco. Bora-Hansgrohe for Amstel Gold Race : Pascal Ackermann, Cesare Benedetti, Marcus Burghardt, Patrick Konrad, Jay McCarthy, Gregor Mühlberger, Peter Sagan You ...

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8th at Roubaix: Phinney hates the term ‘comeback,’ but this is his story now

There are three different muscles cramping in Taylor Phinney’s left leg. He points at them, one by one. You can see them quivering, shaking in time with his own grimace. It’s been a minute or so since he lapped the Roubaix velodrome, sprinted for eighth place, rode onto the infield, and sat down with his … The post 8th at Roubaix: Phinney hates the term ‘comeback,’ but this is his story now appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Paris-Roubaix tech gallery: 101 images from the Hell of the North

Paris-Roubaix tech gallery: 101 images from the Hell of the North

The 2018 edition of Paris-Roubaix was won by Bora-Hansgrohe rider Peter Sagan. His powerful attack with 50 kilometres remaining was unmatched and ultimately unbeatable despite a heroic effort from Swiss national champion and AG2R La Mondiale rider Silvan Dillier, who finished second to Sagan in a sprint after surviving a full day in the break. The race and day was overshadowed by the tragic death of 23-year-old Michael Goolaerts who suffered a cardiac arrest after around 100 kilometres of racing. The Belgian was racing his first Paris-Roubaix in his fourth season with the Verandas Willems-Crelan team. Gilbert and Stybar to race Paris-Roubaix on unreleased Specialized — gallery Tour of Flanders: huge tech gallery from De Ronde Scheldeprijs tech gallery: the narrow, the aero and the power (or Power) Clutch performance: Degenkolb's Domane with Ultegra RX Wider tyres The season's third Monument has the reputation for the toughest one-day race on ...

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Team of the Week For Week Seven!

Races of the week: Paris - Roubaix Pais Vasco Circuit del la Sarthe Scheldeprijs Team of the week: First named rider is the rider of the week and if a rider has a number in parentheses after their name it means the number of times they have made the select Team of the Week here. 1.Peter Sagan (2). So. You win Paris - Roubaix from the front these days. Beautiful move by the Fastvakian when the Bigs were hesitating 53 klicks out. He’s also taken the overall lead in FSA-DS passing Valverde 1205-1144. Final FSA-DS cobbles points standings for the year: Terpstra - 1105 points including three wins (de Ronde, E3, and Le Samyn) Number of cobbles races- 8. VDS points per race- 138 Stuyven- Look at Jasper at #2! 830 hard earned points in 7 races. His highest placement was 4th at Omloop but in all his races he ...

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Answering questions on Roubaix’s cobbles

“That’s another question mark finished,” Andreas Klier kept saying. He’d say it into the radio after a nasty sector, and to riders after they settled on a tire pressure, and to the mechanic, James Griffin, after the team picked its favorite of two tire options. “By tonight we’ll have no more question marks,” he said … The post Answering questions on Roubaix’s cobbles appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Special edition Giant Defy for Teunissen at Paris-Roubaix

Special edition Giant Defy for Teunissen at Paris-Roubaix

Team Sunweb rider Mike Teunissen has already won Paris-Roubaix once — in the under-23 category in 2014. This year, the 25-year-old Dutchman is gunning for victory in the elite men's race aboard a Giant Defy Advanced SL disc bike. Gilbert and Stybar to race Paris-Roubaix on unreleased Specialized Scheldeprijs tech gallery: the narrow, the aero and the power (or Power) Tour of Flanders: huge tech gallery from De Ronde Teunissen recently took second at Dwars door Vlaanderen, one of the lead-up races to the cobbled classic Monuments of the Ronde van Vlaanderen and Paris-Roubaix. Teunissen also won the 2013 U23 cyclocross world championship, on a Giant no less, as a member of the Rabobank Development team. For Paris-Roubaix, Teunissen and several of his Team Sunweb teammates will ride special team issue (read: shorter head-tube version) Defy Advanced SL bikes. Just like the consumer option, the Defy bike is made with ...

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Stannard finding his form ahead of Paris-Roubaix

Ian Stannard (Team Sky)

Ian Stannard has not had the best of Classics seasons in 2018, but the Team Sky rider says that he's getting on top of his form ahead of his favourite race, Paris-Roubaix . Stannard is a two-time Omloop Het Nieuwsblad winner, and former Paris-Roubaix and E3 Harelbeke podium finisher, but the 30-year-old has been struggling this spring. This year saw him miss the opening weekend and make his cobbled debut at Gent-Wevelgem two weeks ago. It has not been plain sailing with 79th at Dwars door Vlaanderen his best finishing position, while he failed to finish the Tour of Flanders. He admitted to feeling slightly concerned at the start of the week but Thursday's recon of the cobbles has given him a bit of a morale boost. "It's hard to compare year on year, but I feel good. In the last few races, I feel like I've been searching for ...

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Demare carries French hopes at Paris-Roubaix

Arnaud Demare third at Gent-Wevelgem 2018

After completing his reconnaissance of the Paris-Roubaix cobbles on Thursday, Arnaud Démare ( Groupama-FDJ ) was at least able to see the funny side of his exclusion from Scheldeprijs the previous afternoon for ignoring a closing level crossing, quipping to reporters that "all of the lights are green," for the countdown to Sunday. The long wait for a French winner of Paris-Roubaix is not quite as long as the gap since the last home Tour de France champion – 21 years as opposed to 33 – but while Romain Bardet and Thibaut Pinot have shared the tag of being the men most likely to emulate Bernard Hinault, Démare is currently France's only realistic contender for victory in the Hell of the North. Démare's entourage includes the last Frenchman to triumph in the Roubaix velodrome, Frédéric Guesdon. The Groupama-FDJ directeur sportif believes that Démare has drawn considerable confidence from his sixth ...

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