Tour de France Stage 11: Geraint Thomas wins stage and rides into yellow

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General classification blown apart on first mountain finish of this year's race as Team Sky seize control

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White: Roubaix fatigue could be a factor as Tour de France hits the Alps

Adam Yates shares a joke with directeur sportif Matt White ahead of the stage

Mitchelton-Scott director Matt White believes the physical and mental fatigue from Sunday's Roubaix stage could have lingering effects on the Tour de France peloton as the race hits the first of three Alpine stages on Tuesday. Stage 10 does not conclude with a mountain-top finish but there are five categorised climbs, including the Col de la Croix Fry, the Montée du Plateau des Glières, the Col de Romme and the Col de la Colombière all featuring. After a rest-day, at least one GC contender tends to crack during the first day back in the saddle. However, so tough and demanding was Sunday’s cobbled adventure, many riders – especially those who fell – could struggle in the mountains. "A lot of people, when you talk to the sports scientists and the athletes, no one really knows how they’re going to back-up after a rest-day and the added factor of the Roubaix ...

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Richie Porte sets sights on Vuelta a España and World Championships following Tour crash

Richie Porte sets sights on Vuelta a España and World Championships following Tour crash

Dan Alexander 17 Jul 2018 Porte abandoned the Tour de France after fracturing his clavicle in a crash on stage 9 Richie Porte (BMC Racing) has targeted the Vuelta a España and World cChampionships as his end of season goals having crashed out of the Tour de France for the second year in a row. In an interview with his team, the BMC leader expressed his disappointment at abandoning the race, describing it as ‘painful physically and mentally’. Porte was involved in a crash after just seven kilometres of stage 9 forcing him to abandon, with the race doctor on the scene revealing the reason to be a fractured collarbone or clavicle. Eventually, after Porte had attended a local hostpital, the Australian's injury was confirmed. With no other injuries from the spill, Porte expects to be back on the home trainer within the next week and has targeted the final ...

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Tour de France: I'm right where I wanted to be, says Nibali

Vincenzo Nibali at Liege-Bastogne-Liege

Bahrain-Merida leader Vincenzo Nibali is ready for three tough days in the mountains, and says he's right where he wants to be with nine days of racing at the 2018 Tour de France ticked off. The 2014 Tour de France winner starts stage 10 on Tuesday in 12th place overall – 1:48 behind race leader Greg Van Avermaet (BMC), but 1:05 behind Team Sky's Geraint Thomas and just six seconds down on Thomas' Sky teammate and the defending Tour champion Chris Froome. While falling short of saying that he'll go on the offensive in the Alps, Nibali said that the three upcoming mountain stages will be "very selective". "We'll have to see how the race unfolds," the Italian told L'Equipe . "We'll have to see whether anyone goes on the attack, or whether it will be a case of waiting until later in the race. "So far, we haven't really ...

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Richie Porte: I think the Vuelta is probably a realistic goal

Richie Porte (BMC) ahead of the 2018 Tour de France

Richie Porte ( BMC Racing ) says he'll turn his focus to the Vuelta a Espana and the world championships later this year now that his Tour de France has ended with a broken collarbone suffered early on in stage 9 . Speaking in a video recorded by his team, Porte expressed his obvious disappointment at having to leave the Tour for the second consecutive year following his crash and subsequent abandon last year, which also happened to be on stage 9. "Obviously, I'm disappointed. This is not the way we wanted it to end – the same as last year. It's obviously painful physically and mentally, but it is what it is," a relaxed-looking Porte said, his right arm and shoulder wrapped in a purple sling. Porte joined BMC to much fanfare in 2016, having finally been given a leadership opportunity at the Tour de France after working for ...

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Tour de France: Sky leadership, Ochowicz and CCC, Dumoulin and Degenkolb - Podcast

Chris Froome and Team Sky training ahead of the Tour de France

The Tour de France may have reached its first rest day, but that hasn't meant that the circus surrounding the race has come to a halt. Cyclingnews spent the day hopping between press conferences at Team Sky , Team Sunweb , Trek-Segafredo and BMC Racing to pick up the latest news. We started the morning in Chambery, where we picked up the leadership question at Team Sky, with both Geraint Thomas and Chris Froome discussing the options that lay ahead. Then it was over to Trek-Segafredo for a catch up with stage 9 winner John Degenkolb, before Jim Ochowicz announced to the media that CCC would step in and save his team. Finally, we headed to Team Sunweb to hear from Tom Dumoulin on his challenge and his rivals. No stage today but another action-packed day at the Tour with analysis from Daniel Benson and Ed Pickering. You can read ...

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Analysis: Mathew Hayman’s massive watts on stage 9 cobbles

Take a closer look at the power data of Mitchelton-Scott captain Mat Hayman over the pavé of stage 9. Read the full article at Analysis: Mathew Hayman’s massive watts on stage 9 cobbles on VeloNews.com .

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‘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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Bernal uninjured despite crashing into car

Bernal uninjured despite crashing into car

Egan Bernal has an ill-fated day on the Tour's cobbles, but he's prepared to race into the mountains Tuesday. Read the full article at Bernal uninjured despite crashing into car on VeloNews.com .

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Tom Dumoulin: It's another Tour de France from Tuesday

Tom Dumoulin (Sunweb) looked strong on the cobbles

Mechanical mishap on the approach to Mûr-de-Bretagne aside, the early portents from Tom Dumoulin ’s Tour de France are promising, but the Dutchman is keenly aware that the race’s first act will have little bearing on how the plot unfolds over the coming stages in the Alps. After nine days of racing, Dumoulin lies 15th overall, 2:03 down on overall leader Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing Team), and 21 seconds behind defending champion Chris Froome (Team Sky). The Team Sunweb man appeared to be among the strongest – or at least the most willing – of the GC contenders on the cobbles to Roubaix on Sunday, and he reports no lingering effects of his efforts on May’s Giro d’Italia, but he warned that the Alps would offer a very different kind of challenge. “Physically there were not the most demanding days but the stress in the bunch was pretty high. ...

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Bardet plays down yellow jersey hopes

Bardet plays down yellow jersey hopes

Now lacking two key teammates in the Tour de France, Romain Bardet downplays his chances to win the overall. Read the full article at Bardet plays down yellow jersey hopes on VeloNews.com .

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Geraint Thomas: It's too early to start thinking about winning the Tour de France

Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) ahead of the 2018 Tour de France

He's not even in the yellow jersey, and he shares a team with four-time winner Chris Froome (Team Sky), but it hasn’t stopped Geraint Thomas from facing questions over his credentials for winning this year's Tour de France . It's true that the Welshman has not missed a beat so far in this year's race, and has navigated the opening nine days with a skill and calmness needed to compete over three weeks. He sits second overall, 43 seconds down on maillot jaune Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing), with a host of GC riders spread between a few seconds and several minutes further apart. Froome, having lost time on stage 1 after a late crash, sits eighth, 59 seconds behind Thomas. That figure is likely to mean little at the end of this year's race, but should Thomas move into yellow on stage 10, Team Sky will have to navigate ...

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Tour Stage 10: Hope you’re well rested

Annecy - Le Grand Bornand (159km) The Boomtown Rats don’t like Mondays. Neither does Garfield. Me? It kind of depends. Sometimes I have a restful weekend and get to the office motivated and productive. Other times, I slouch into the office and struggle, and then I’m playing catch up all week. This Monday was a rest day for the peloton, but to be fair, they had a busier weekend than I did, and certainly had a tough Sunday. So Tuesday is their Monday, and how good they’re feeling when they come back to will have a big impact on the ultimate destination of the yellow jersey. The Route Make no mistake, they aren’t easing into the week. If they were office workers, this’d be an 8am presentation, multiple meetings and an evening committee, with no lunch. When Moo Productions asked, 10% of us thought this was the Queen Stage. The ...

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Tour de France: Landa back to normal after Roubaix stage crash

Mikel Landa (Movistar)

Mikel Landa says that there shouldn't be any lingering after-effects of his crash on stage 9 of the Tour de France . The Movistar rider says everything is normal as the race enters the mountains in the second week. Landa managed to avoid any of the carnage on the cobbles, only to crash with just more than 30 kilometres remaining when he rode over a drain cover as he was taking a drink and crashed heavily. Battered and bruised, he, with the help of his team, mounted a furious chase and limited his losses to just seven seconds. Landa said afterwards that they were just 'surface wounds' but only time would tell how his body would respond. After a lengthy transfer down to the Alps, Landa and his remaining teammates – who were one less after losing Jose Joaquin Rojas to the same crash that eliminated Richie Porte – headed ...

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Wiggins: If Thomas takes yellow, Sky has a real problem

Wiggins: If Thomas takes yellow, Sky has a real problem

LONDON (AFP) — Bradley Wiggins has warned Team Sky will have a “real problem” if Geraint Thomas takes the leader’s Read the full article at Wiggins: If Thomas takes yellow, Sky has a real problem on VeloNews.com .

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No Tour rivalry, say Froome and Thomas

No Tour rivalry, say Froome and Thomas

Froome and Thomas say there is no intra-team rivalry at Sky. Froome says they have the tactical upper-hand. Read the full article at No Tour rivalry, say Froome and Thomas on VeloNews.com .

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Brailsford's approach could be 'quite divisive' with Thomas-Froome leadership, says Wiggins

Brailsford's approach could be 'quite divisive' with Thomas-Froome leadership, says Wiggins

Dan Alexander 16 Jul 2018 Former Team Sky rider gives take on squad's dual leader approach and Dave Brailsford's methods Bradley Wiggins has spoken out on 'divisive' Dave Brailsford’s approach to internal leadership battles at Team Sky . Wiggins, who was famously embroiled in a power struggle with teammate Chris Froome at the 2012 Tour, suggested that Brailsford’s approach to the leadership rivalry between Geraint Thomas and Froome could be 'quite divisive' and 'self-serving' with the success of the team as the main priority. Speaking during The Bradley Wiggins Show by Eurosport , Sir Brad said that Brailsford would ‘certainly get in both their ears and make them both think that they can win it as a way of motivating them’ and would be keen to keep both riders high on General Classification for as long as possible into the race until a natural selection occurs leaving one rider as ...

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Chris Froome insists there is no inter-team rivalry at the Tour de France

Team Sky's Chris Froome and Geraint Thomas ride side by side during stage 5 at the Tour de France

Chris Froome ( Team Sky ) has played down any rivalry within the camp, insisting that the road will sort out the Tour de France contenders from each other. On the first rest day of the race Froome sits 8th overall, 1:42 down on race leader Greg Van Avermaet but 59 seconds down on his Team Sky teammate Geraint Thomas. Thomas came into the Tour on the back of a winning ride at the Critérium du Dauphiné but with Team Sky's dominance at the Tour in recent years, any hint of an internal rivalry within the squad is exaggerated. Froome comes into the Tour as the defending champion and has won the last three Grand Tours. The consensus is that Thomas is the team's plan B, even though he has not put a foot wrong since the Tour de France began over a week ago. "The race will decide that," ...

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Tour Shorts: Moscon questions rapid returns after cobbled crashes, Groenewegen hopes to continue

Gianni Moscon (Team Sky) in Valencia

Team Sky 's Gianni Moscon has questioned whether riders drafted behind team cars to help catch the front group of overall contenders during Sunday's ninth stage on the Roubaix cobbles . The stage saw numerous riders crash and suffer mechanical problems but many of the overall contenders managed to recover and finish together. Romain Bardet (AG2R La Mondiale) suffered three punctures and twice changed bikes but finished just seven seconds behind the front group. Other riders also bounced back to finish in the group, while Rigoberto Uran (EF Education First-Drapac) never made it back and lost 1:28. Moscon – who was disqualified from the UCI road race world championships last year for taking a tow via bidon from the Italian team car – did not name names but questioned why UCI commissaires did not apply a barrage (a block of the team cars) as riders chased back to the main ...

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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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