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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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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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 .

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Porte makes tearful Tour exit with early crash

Porte makes tearful Tour exit with early crash

Australian cyclist Richie Porte pulled out of the Tour de France on Sunday after falling heavily on a shoulder early in stage nine. Read the full article at Porte makes tearful Tour exit with early crash on VeloNews.com .

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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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So far so good for Tour debutants Haga and Boswell

So far so good for Tour debutants Haga and Boswell

Chad Haga and Ian Boswell have made it into the second week at the Tour de France, and it's so far so good for the pair of American Tour Read the full article at So far so good for Tour debutants Haga and Boswell on VeloNews.com .

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Tony Martin out of Tour de France with spinal fracture

Marcel Kittel and Tony Martin with Rick Zabel

Tony Martin ( Katusha-Alpecin ) has been forced to abandon the Tour de France after being involved in a mass-crash during stage 9. His team announced on Twitter that Martin - who finished the stage in last place, 11:05 down - had suffered a fractured cervical vertebrae. "Unfortunately [Tony Martin] won‘t start tomorrow in stage 9. A spinal fracture (vertebral compression fracture) makes it impossible to continue [the Tour de France]." Martin crashed along with Dan Martin (UAE Team Emirates), who said he was " ripped to pieces " in the wreck, some 17km from the finish in Amiens. Both Tony Martin and Dan Martin visited the mobile x-ray truck provided by race organiser ASO. Dan Martin avoided any fractures but Tony Martin looked saddened and in a daze as he realised his Tour de France was over due to his fracture. A Velon on-board video captured the moment as ...

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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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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 .

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Tensions emerge within Katusha as Konyshev labels Kittel as egotistical

Marcel Kittel (Katusha-Alpecin) looking relaxed at the start of stage 4

Tensions have emerged in the Katusha-Alpecin camp at the Tour de France after directeur sportif Dimitri Konyshev labelled Marcel Kittel “egotistical”. In a big interview with the Russian about his career as a rider, published in Saturday’s L’Equipe , there are a couple of lines about Kittel, and they are far from forgiving. “We pay him a lot of money but he is only interested in himself,” Konyshev says. “In Cholet, before the team time trial, he was playing with his phone during the team meeting, to let me know he wasn’t interested in what I was saying.” It has been a trying Tour de France so far for Kittel, who has been unable to match his performances of last year, when he won five stages in the colours of Quick-Step. Kittel finished third on the opening day and fifth on stage 4, but a mechanical problem ruled him out ...

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Tour de France 2018 Stage 7: Dylan Groenewegen sprints to victory

Tour de France 2018 Stage 7: Dylan Groenewegen sprints to victory

Martin James 13 Jul 2018 Groenewegen comes good at last to deny Gaviria another stage victory Dylan Groenewegen (Lotto-NL Jumbo) finally found his sprinting form to win a frantic dash for the line at the end of Stage 7 of the 2018 Tour de France into Chartres. The Tour’s longest stage at 231km alternated between long sections of soft-pedalling and periods of full gas racing as crosswinds threatened to break the race apart. In the end, though, it was always likely to end in a mass sprint finish, and Groenewegen judged his effort to perfection, coming off the wheel of favourite Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors) to cross the line comfortably in front. The green jersey of Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) was third to rack up another haul of points in that competition, then came Frenchman Arnaud Demare (Groupama-FdJ). The yellow jersey remains on the shoulders of BMC Racing’s Greg Van Avermaet, ...

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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 .

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Tour de France 2018: Dan Martin takes victory at Mûr de Bretagne as Froome and Bardet lose time

Tour de France 2018: Dan Martin takes victory at Mûr de Bretagne as Froome and Bardet lose time

Dan Alexander 12 Jul 2018 Martin takes the stage while Froome, Bardet and Dumoulin all concede time to their rivals Dan Martin (UAE-Team Emirates) attacked under the flame rouge and held off a late surge from Pierre Latour (AG2R) to take the win. Greg Van Avermaet (BMC) finished with the favourites to keep yellow. Chris Froome (Sky), Romain Bardet (Ag2R) and Tom Dumoulin (Sunweb) all lost time in the general classification on the final climb. Stage 6 of the 2018 Tour de France took the peloton 181km from Brest to a finishing circuit including the Mûr de Bretagne. After the first uphill finish yesterday the Mûr represented a stiffer test for the peloton with two kilometres at an average gradient of 6.9%. This average is boosted by the opening kilometre up the dead straight road at 10%. Once again, the breakaway formed quickly and consisted of Laurent Pichon (Fortuneo-Samsic), Fabien ...

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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 .

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Tour de France 2018: Sagan doubles up with impressive win on Stage 5

Tour de France 2018: Sagan doubles up with impressive win on Stage 5

Joe Robinson 11 Jul 2018 Sagan strongest in sprint as Van Avermaet keeps yellow in uphill finish Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) powered his way to a second stage victory of the 2018 Tour de France today on Stage 5 to Quimper. Philippe Gilbert (Quick-Step Floors) attacked early on the final climb before being caught by a small group of favourites. Sonny Colbrelli (Bahrain-Merida) and Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing) opened up their sprints but were eventually passed by a dominant Sagan. The pace set by Team Sky into the final climb of the Cote de Stang Bihan was rapid as Egan Bernal protected Chris Froome at the head of affairs who finished in the lead group. Van Avermaet finished safely within the top 10 to keep his yellow jersey for another day. Seven riders created the day's breakaway with Toms Skujins (Trek-Segafredo) and Lilian Calmejane (Direct-Energie) the last to be caught ...

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Tour de France 2018: Sagan doubles up with impressive stage win

Tour de France 2018: Sagan doubles up with impressive stage win

Joe Robinson 11 Jul 2018 Sagan strongest in sprint as Van Avermaet keeps yellow in uphill finish Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) powered his way to a second stage victory of the 2018 Tour de France on Stage 5 to Quimper. Philippe Gilbert (Quick-Step Floors) attacked early on the final climb before being caught by a small group of favourites. Sonny Colbrelli (Bahrain-Merida) and Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing) opened up their sprints but were eventually passed by a dominant Sagan. The pace set by Team Sky into the final climb of the Cote de Stang Bihan was rapid as Egan Bernal protected Chris Froome at the head of affairs who finished in the lead group. Van Avermaet finished safely within the top 10 to keep his yellow jersey for yet another day. Seven riders created the day's breakaway with Toms Skujins (Trek-Segafredo) and Lilian Calmejane (Direct-Energie) the last to be caught ...

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Tour de France: Benoot abandons after stage 4 crash

Tiesj Benoot (Lotto Soudal)

Tiesj Benoot (Lotto Soudal) has been forced to abandon the Tour de France following a crash in the final kilometres of stage 4 . Benoot suffered a second-degree dislocation to his shoulder, as well as further cuts and bruises to his face, ribs and back. The Belgian was able to complete the stage but had blood streaming down his face and went straight to the on-sight medical truck where he received a number of stitches to his face. Speaking in a video published on Lotto Soudal’s Facebook page, Benoot said that it wouldn’t be safe for him to continue to race. "I think it would be irresponsible to continue the Tour,” said Benoot. “Of course, the Tour is a race where you want to continue as long as possible, but I don’t think I could hold my handlebars in a safe way. It is even difficult to put on my ...

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Tour de France: Stage 4 highlights - Video

Fernando Gaviria wins stage 4 at the Tour de France

Fernando Gaviria finished off the fine work of his Quick-Step Floors squad, netting his second Tour de France stage win in his race debut here. The Colombian timed his effort perfectly into a stiff headwind in Sarzeau to hold off Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) and André Greipel (Lotto Soudal). As has been the case for the early sprint stages in the Tour, a crash inside the final 5km caused some panic amongst the GC contenders, as Rigoberto Uran (EF Education First-Drapac), Mikel Landa (Movistar) and Ilnur Zakarin (Katusha-Alpecin) were caught up in the melee. Uran and Landa managed to catch back on before the finish, but Zakarin took the longest to get going again and never managed to close the gap. He lost 59 seconds to the peloton, tumbling down the overall standings to 42nd. Axel Domont (AG2R La Mondiale) became the third rider to leave the Tour de France due ...

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Tour de France: If you give up you can go home, says Kittel

Marcel Kittel (Katusha-Alpecin) looking relaxed at the start of stage 4

Marcel Kittel half-threw, half-placed his bike against the Katusha-Alpecin bus when he arrived back after stage 4 of the Tour de France , as if he wanted to unleash his fury but suddenly thought better of it. The German had placed fifth, and while the frustration was clear to see, there wasn’t quite enough to warrant damaging an €8,000 piece of equipment. Kittel dominated the sprints at last year’s Tour, collecting no fewer than five victories, but he has found life a little less straightforward this time around. After placing third on the opening stage and puncturing late the following day, he could only manage fifth in Sarzeau. The arrow-straight final couple of kilometres were said to suit him better than the chaotic sprints seen on the opening two days, but in the end, the final few hundred metres were just as disorderly. “I don’t think it’s super, super bad, ...

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Photo gallery: Gaviria strikes again on stage 4

It’s easy to forget that Fernando Gaviria’s only 23, so rapid has been his ascent to the upper echelon of sprinters. But on the fourth stage of the Tour, from La Baule to Sarzeau, the young Colombian showed again that he’s arguably the fastest in the game, pipping Peter Sagan and Andre Greipel at the … The post Photo gallery: Gaviria strikes again on stage 4 appeared first on CyclingTips .

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