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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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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Photo gallery: Groenewegen doubles up on stage 8 of the Tour de France

Two long transition stages from the north-west to the north of France, two sprint victories for Dylan Groenewegen (LottoNL-Jumbo). Despite being the sprinter with the most pre-Tour victories this year, the Dutchman came in as something of an underdog in the fast finishes. He’s well and truly silenced his critics by now. Stage 8 was … The post Photo gallery: Groenewegen doubles up on stage 8 of the Tour de France appeared first on CyclingTips .

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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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Groenewegen matches Gaviria and Sagan in Amiens Métropole

Groenewegen matches Gaviria and Sagan in Amiens Métropole

Dylan Groenewegen has clearly found his Tour de France legs with the LottoNL-Jumbo sprinter taking another victory which places him firmly amongst the best sprinters in pro cycling.

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Groenewegen adds another win to match Gaviria and Sagan

Groenewegen adds another win to match Gaviria and Sagan

Dylan Groenewegen has clearly found his Tour de France legs with the LottoNL-Jumbo sprinter taking another victory which places him firmly amongst the best sprinters in pro cycling.

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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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Greipel, Gaviria relegation gives Sagan green jersey boost

Greipel, Gaviria relegation gives Sagan green jersey boost

The relegation of Fernando Gaviria in Saturday’s finale could prove decisive in Sagan’s quest for a sixth green points jersey. Read the full article at Greipel, Gaviria relegation gives Sagan green jersey boost on VeloNews.com .

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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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Stage 8 crash validates Martin’s win-some-lose-some Tour mantra

Stage 8 crash validates Martin’s win-some-lose-some Tour mantra

Dan Martin's Stage 8 crash validates the Irishman's win-some-lose-some Tour mantra. Read the full article at Stage 8 crash validates Martin’s win-some-lose-some Tour mantra on VeloNews.com .

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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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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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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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Bianchi's Oltre XR4 special edition paint jobs for the Tour de France

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Dylan Groenewegen and Primoz Roglic of LottoNL–Jumbo are both riding Oltre XR4 frames with eye-catching custom paint jobs at Le Tour this year

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Tour de France peloton enjoys transfer stage after six days of intense racing

The pack shows the excitement of a 230km perfectly flat stage

And on the seventh day, the Tour de France peloton rested. Friday’s 231km seventh stage from Fougeres to Chartres was the longest of this year’s Tour de France, and the peloton stretched it even longer by transforming the day into a classic transfer stage. Most riders happily waved a white flag and dropped any plans to be aggressive, instead using the day in the saddle to recover from the intense racing of the first week as the Tour de France transferred east from Brittany to the outskirts of Paris and the Val de Loire. The riders spent 5:43 in the saddle, covering the rolling roads at a low average speed of just 40.326km/h. Breakaway attempts floundered, Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) become bored as did most of the 170 riders in the peloton happy to respect orders from their leaders and ride steadily. Only Yohan Offredo (Wanty-Groupe Gobert) tried to rebel. He ...

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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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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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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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Tour de France: Offredo's solo breakaway earns him Zwift Rider of the Day

2018 Tour de France Zwift Rider of the Day

It may have been the longest stage of the 2018 Tour de France , and perhaps it's for that reason that stage 7 won't be remembered as one of the most exciting. After the 231km slog to Chartres, Dylan Groenewegen ( LottoNL-Jumbo ) may have taken the stage honours, but Yoann Offredo ( Wanty-Groupe Gobert ) wins the prestigious Zwift Rider of the Day for his one-man breakaway. Early on in the stage, Offredo's teammate Thomas Degand was the first to make a move, quickly being caught. Soon afterwards, a 10-man group, including Yves Lampaert (Quick-Step Floors), Tony Gallopin (AG2R La Mondiale) and Edward Theuns (Team Sunweb), proved to be too strong for the peloton's liking and was soon brought back. Sensing his chance - or more likely the Wanty DS sensing a chance for some TV airtime - Offredo went away on his own with 200km left to race. ...

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