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 ...
Today at the Tour: Stage 6 winners and losers atop Mur-de-Bretagne
The last time the Tour de France included the Mûr-de-Bretagne — the wall of Brittany — Irish climber Dan Martin was caught in a bad position, hesitated a bit too long, and finished second behind Ag2r La Mondiale’s Alexis Vuillermoz, banging his handlebar across the finish line in frustration. That was in 2015, when Martin was … The post Today at the Tour: Stage 6 winners and losers atop Mur-de-Bretagne appeared first on CyclingTips .
Today at the Tour: On opening day, Lady Luck spins her wheel of fortune
Well, that didn’t take long. One stage into the 2018 Tour de France and Chris Froome is bloodied, Richie Porte is on the back foot, Nairo Quintana is over a minute behind the GC contenders, and Rigoberto Uran is likely down a teammate. Perhaps wildest of all is that each was set back from separate … The post Today at the Tour: On opening day, Lady Luck spins her wheel of fortune appeared first on CyclingTips .
An enigma wrapped in rainbow stripes: Understanding Peter Sagan
I am sure as hell not going to pretend that I understand Peter Sagan. He’s a massively talented enigma to me, and I know that many journalists who cover pro cycling feel the same way. The last time I lobbed a question Sagan’s way was 18 months ago in a modest hotel conference room in … The post An enigma wrapped in rainbow stripes: Understanding Peter Sagan appeared first on CyclingTips .
Pierre Rolland's Cannondale SuperSix Evo Hi-Mod gallery
This article first appeared on Cyclingnews . Pierre Rolland was announced in EF Education First-Drapac 's Tour de France squad to support Rigoberto Ur án 's overall general classification challenge. The Frenchman will line-up in Noirmoutier-en-l'Ile to start his tenth consecutive Tour de France . Tour de France 2018 bikes, gear and tech How to watch the Tour de France 2018 live on TV The Frenchman has three top-10 finishes at the race, two stage victories, as well as a white jersey on his palmares, but will be focused on Urán bettering his second-place finish from last year's race in 2018. While EF Education First-Drapac switched from green argyle to bright pink jerseys for the 2018 season, the team has retained the classic green and black Cannondale design on its all-round race bikes, the Cannondale SuperSix Evo Hi-Mod. The simple, understated frameset is paired with all-carbon finishing kit from FSA, ...
Tour de France 2018: Predictions & Promises
BikeRoar's preview and predictions of the 105th edition of Le Tour, starting in Noirmoutier-en-l’île on Saturday, July 7th, and racing for three weeks to Paris, ending Sunday, July 29.
EF Education First-Drapac sign Julius Van den Berg
21-year-old Dutchman Julius van den Berg received a call-up to join the WorldTour squad EF Education-First-Drapac p/b Cannondale in a rare mid-season signing for a neo-pro. The U23 Paris-Roubaix runner-up and winner of a stage and the young rider's jersey at the Tour de Normandie brings the WorldTour team's squad to 26 full-time riders and two trainees. His skills on the pave were a clear asset when catching the eye of the American squad, who are looking to bolster their Classics team. "Julius is one of the top U23 riders in the world," said Jonathan Vaughters, the team's CEO. "He's won a few impressive races and finished second at the Paris-Roubaix Espoirs. As we look forward to reinforcing our cobbles squad and strengthening our TTT operation, Julius is a natural pick. Van den Berg has been with the SEG Racing Academy development team since his junior years, and won the ...
Disc brakes expected to proliferate at Tour de France after UCI approval
Following the UCI decision to formally authorise disc brakes in road racing from July 1, the braking technology is expected to proliferate in the professional peloton, with several leading teams expected to use disc brakes at the Tour de France . Some brands and teams have been cautious about investing in and using disc brakes while the technology was allowed on a trial basis , with riders concerned about weight and the speed of wheel changes, especially in the Classics. However, several leading brands have produced disc brake bikes that are close to the UCI weight limit of 6.8kg, and wheel change times should decrease as mechanics become more experienced. Trek-Segafredo are expected to race entirely on disc brakes during the Tour de France, with riders from Quick-Step Floors and Bora-Hansgrohe – including world champion Peter Sagan , likely to use a new Specialized aero bike fitted with disc brakes, ...
Tour de Suisse: Sagan, BMC share the spoils and Southam guests - podcast
Following on from a short break after the Giro d’Italia the Cyclingnews podcast – brought to you in association with Prendas Ciclismo , Pinarello and Floyds of Leadville - returns at the Tour de Suisse . Looking back over the opening weekend, in which BMC Racing and Peter Sagan both enjoyed victories, we analyse the race so far and hear from Sagan on his first win since Paris-Roubaix, and Michael Matthews and Fernando Gaviria, who both made the top four on stage 2. We’re also joined by special guest Tom Southam, from EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale, who takes us through the race so far, his team’s ambitions for Suisse, the dying art of the breakaway specialists and what it’s like to direct a team at WorldTour level. There’s also time to reminisce about the first kits we bought and in Southam’s case we head back to the 1990s for ...
Sports cardiology, and the complex nature of heart screening for professional cyclists
In April, the cycling community was shocked by the sudden death of 23-year-old Belgian Michael Goolaerts at Paris-Roubaix after suffering cardiac arrest. Tragic as it was, it wasn’t an isolated incident — in 2016, 22-year-old Belgian rider Daan Myngheer died in a hospital two days after suffering a heart attack at Criterium International. Here, Dr. Kevin … The post Sports cardiology, and the complex nature of heart screening for professional cyclists appeared first on CyclingTips .
Laid-back perfectionist: Davide Formolo’s path to Giro stardom
Tom Dumoulin and Chris Froome attracted the most media attention in the buildup to the Giro d’Italia but, as is the case with every Grand Tour, there are others who are dark horses for success. One of these is Davide Formolo, the Bora-hansgrohe rider who has been tipped as a future star of the event. … The post Laid-back perfectionist: Davide Formolo’s path to Giro stardom appeared first on CyclingTips .
Team Sunweb’s new sponsor agreement has no end date
Supported by Team Sunweb has announced a sponsorship agreement with one unique feature: it has no end date. Both team and backer have already a contract in place that is set to run until the end of 2019. The new arrangement will then immediately start and will see a long-running commitment from both sides. This will give … The post Team Sunweb’s new sponsor agreement has no end date appeared first on CyclingTips .
Death in the peloton: On any given race day, tragedy can happen
Midway through Paris-Roubaix, I started to hear chatter about a bad crash, and that a rider was being airlifted out in emergency. Somehow, I immediately knew he was no longer with us. After years of being at the races, one can feel when the tone is different. We had a number of guests at Roubaix … The post Death in the peloton: On any given race day, tragedy can happen appeared first on CyclingTips .
Paris-Roubaix tech gallery: The bikes that took on the 2018 cobbles
The race is over, the bodies are battered and bruised, and the machines that carried the riders to the finish will now be cleaned, repaired (if needed), and stored away for another year. Paris-Roubaix is uniquely demanding, and not just on the riders; the bikes that they use receive a beating, too. Most of the … The post Paris-Roubaix tech gallery: The bikes that took on the 2018 cobbles appeared first on CyclingTips .
SAGAN CONQUERS DEFIANT DILLIER, SCORES ROUBAIX WIN
Slovakian arrives on the Classics Mountaintop with dominant attack World Champion Peter Sagan of Bora-Hansgrohe spent the week bemoaning his fate as the marked man of the classics. Then he went out and did something about it. Sagan soloed away from the peloton during the Auchy-Les-Orchies secteur of Paris-Roubaix, bridged up to the remnants of the day’s breakaway, and pummeled the entire sport of cycling to earn his first victory in the Hell of the North, outsprinting a surprising surviving Silvan Dillier of AG2R on the last quarter-lap of the old Roubaix Velodrome to take the victory, thrusting both fists in the air and showing his dirty, dusty rainbow for anyone who doubted his greatness before today. Sagan’s victory gives him the Career Double — with his Monumental Flanders win in 2016 — and ticks off the last box for him in the cobbled classics, along with his E3 win ...
Canty continues World Tour climb
In barely four years Brendan Canty, racing at this week's Tour of the Basque Country, went from Victorian D-grade to the World Tour. Now in his second season at EF Education First–Drapac p/b Cannondale, Canty speaks to Kieran Pender about his rapid rise, that moment at the 2017 Road Nationals and his Tour de France ambitions.
Terpstra impresses with solo victory in Tour of Flanders
Supported by Niki Terpstra put in a storming performance in the Tour of Flanders, continuing QuickStep Floors’ dominance of the spring’s big one-day races when he soloed to victory in the race. The Dutchman added the Monument to his 2014 victory in Paris-Roubaix, landing success in the same style as when he took the E3 Harelbeke last … The post Terpstra impresses with solo victory in Tour of Flanders appeared first on CyclingTips .
Daniel Martinez released from hospital after motorist attack
Daniel Martinez has been released from hospital after he was attacked by a motorist during a training ride, his EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale team confirmed. Martinez spent a total of one night in hospital. Martinez suffered a concussion and short-term memory loss as a result of the attack, and the team says that in conjunction with their concussion protocol he will be withheld from competition until such time as he has fully recovered. The 21-year-old Colombian was out training with riders Julian Cardona and Miguel Eduardo Flores in Italy earlier this week when the incident happened. Martinez told El Tiempo that he had been remonstrating with a driver after he had overtaken the group. The driver got out of the car and punched Martinez in the jaw. Another member of the group was also punched before the driver fled the scene. Martinez was knocked out by the punch. Martinez ...
Ride like Taylor Phinney
BikesEtc 29 Mar 2018 The likeable American time-trial specialist with a never-say-die attitude If anyone was born to ride a bike, it’s Taylor Phinney, the son of Davis Phinney, the first American to win a stage of the Tour de France, and Connie Carpenter-Phinney, who won gold in the Road Race at the 1984 Olympics. Following in his parents’ tyre tracks, Taylor made an impact at an early age, with numerous world titles on both track and road at under-23 level. A rider of immense power and indefatigable endurance, he is a natural against the clock, winning the US National Time Trial title three times. He has also shown his all-round ability with overall victory at the Dubai Tour stage race, but his career was nearly ended in 2014 when a serious crash at the US National Championships shattered his left leg. See related Tour of Flanders 2018: Route, start ...
Dwars door Vlaanderen - Race debrief
Race: Dwars door Vlaanderen (WorldTour) Date : March 28, 2018 Distance: 180km Weather: Constant rain, 8-10 degrees. Podium: 1st Yves Lampaert ( Quick-Step Floors ), 2nd Mike Teunissen (Team Sunweb), 3rd Sep Vanmarcke (EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale) Winner's quote : "We went into the last kilometre and I tried to have a gap of 10 metres, then started to sprint full gas. I knew if they gave me five seconds in the last kilometre then it would be difficult to bridge it again. Most of us were already on the limit - it was a hard day, a hard race, also with the weather conditions it was not easy, with all day rain." Critical point: When an attack containing Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing) and Tiesj Benoot (Lotto-Soudal) is caught after the second ascent of the Knokteberg, Sep Vanmarcke launches an attack on the last difficult sector of cobbles ...