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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Barguil: The plan is to deliberately lose time at Tour de France

Warren Barguil on stage at the 2018 Tour de France team presentation

Warren Barguil , the 2017 King of the Mountains at the Tour de France , has an unusual plan for the first mountain stages: "From Tuesday I will deliberately lose time." The Fortuneo-Samsic rider is currently 18th overall, 2:37 behind yellow jersey Greg Van Avermaet, and within roughly a minute of the top GC candidates. He won two mountain stages last year and finished 10th overall, but insists he is not yet ready to launch a true GC bid, and will aim to get a "free pass" to hunt stage wins. "Riding a good classification requires a completely different way of thinking," Barguil said, according to the Belga news agency. "This year it is not yet possible for me, even if I sometimes get a good final ranking. "To win a stage, I have to lose time. Otherwise they will not let me go. I'll see how things are going ...

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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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La Course 2018: Van Vleuten leaves it late in spectacular finish

La Course 2018: Van Vleuten leaves it late in spectacular finish

Joe Robinson 17 Jul 2018 An attack on the final climb of the day was not enough for Van Der Breggen who was caught by Van Vleuten in the final few metres Annemiek van Vleuten (Mitchelton-Scott) caught Anna Van Der Breggen (Boels-Dolmans) in the final 50m to win the 2018 La Course by the Tour de France. The Dutchwoman chased Van Der Breggen down the final 14km descent to the finish all alone, making the catch within the final 100m. At 1km before the summit of the Col de la Colombiere, Van Der Breggen attacked a trio which included Van Vleuten and Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (Cervelo-Bigla). The efforts of the recent women's Giro d'Italia began to show on the latter two riders who struggled in the final part of the climb. Van Der Breggen crested the summit alone taking the descent solo managing to hold a gap to a chasing Van ...

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Degenkolb: I needed two or three secretaries to manage all the congratulations

Understandibly so, John Degenkolb (Trek-Segafredo) was pretty excited to win after a long drought

A day after his historic Tour de France stage win, John Degenkolb ( Trek-Segafredo ) admitted that he was still coming to terms with it. The German took a highly memorable win in Roubaix on Sunday , a victory that left him visibly emotional at the finish. The former Paris-Roubaix champion had struggled for wins in recent years after a training crash in January 2016 when a car ploughed into him and several of his former Sunweb teammates, but the touching images of his post-race celebrations on Sunday have gone viral, with cycling fans across the globe offering their congratulations to a rider who has come through a tough period. On Monday's rest day near Annecy, Degenkolb was still beaming with happiness when he sat down with Cyclingnews . "I wish I could answer every call and every message on my phone but it was impossible," he said. "I would ...

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Mitchelton-Scott dominate Giro Rosa

Mitchelton-Scott dominate Giro Rosa

Six wins from ten stages of the Giro Rosa didn't overstate the Australian team's dominance at the premier women's event.

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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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BMC to continue in 2019 as CCC steps in

BMC to continue in 2019 as CCC steps in

BMC Racing Team will continue into 2019 with a new Polish naming sponsor, CCC, coming onboard.

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Injuries force Keukeleire out of Tour de France

Jens Keukeleire (Lotto Soudal) crashed early on stage 9

Lotto Soudal 's Jens Keukeleire has become the latest rider to have to quit the 2018 Tour de France , following his crash on the cobbled ninth stage between Arras and Roubaix . Keukeleire hit the ground in the same accident that saw BMC's Richie Porte forced out of the race with a broken collarbone on Sunday. While Porte was said to have crashed after just 10 kilometres, Lotto Soudal stated that Keukeleire had crashed "after only 15 kilometres of racing". Either way, it was early on the stage, and well ahead of the day's first sector of cobbles, which came just under 50 kilometres into the 156.5km stage. And it was definitely the same crash, as Keukeleire confirmed. "Everyone was talking about the nervousness and the cobbles on Sunday, but the crash, in which among others Richie Porte and I got caught up, had nothing to do with that. ...

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Richie Porte looks to Vuelta and Worlds after untimely Tour de France exit

Supported by For the second year running, Richie Porte (BMC) didn’t get to enjoy the first rest day of the Tour de France with his BMC teammates. Instead, for the second year running, he spent the day coming to terms with a frustrating, painful and premature end to his Tour campaign. “Obviously disappointed,” said Porte in a … The post Richie Porte looks to Vuelta and Worlds after untimely Tour de France exit appeared first on CyclingTips .

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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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Mobius BridgeLane replace Bardiani-CSF in Tour of Utah line up

MobiusBridgelane riding on the front of the peloton

Organisers of the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah confirmed today that Australian Continental team Mobius BridgeLane will replace Bardiani-CSF in the team line up for the 2.HC race that rolls out of St. George on August 6. Bardiani-CSF was initially part of the team roster when orgnanisers made their team announcement in May, but the Italian Pro Continental team was forced to withdraw over travel budget issues, according to race organisers, and will be replaced by the Australian formation to fill out the race's 17-team field. "Mobius BridgeLane, a UCI Continental team with all its riders from Australia or New Zealand, is now part of the field after Bardiani-CSF returned its invitation due to travel budget constraints," organisers said in a statement emailed to Cyclingnews on Monday. "The addition of Mobius BridgeLane maintains the race's international flavor, with teams from Australia, The Netherlands, Italy, Israel, Canada and the USA ...

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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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Boz blog: Ian Boswell’s first impressions of the Tour de France

American Ian Boswell (Katusha-Alpecin) is midway through his Tour de France debut on July 7. He’ll be providing us with updates throughout the race, sharing his perspective while riding in support of team leaders Ilnur Zakarin and Marcel Kittel. I’ve made it through the first nine days and still have a smile on my face … The post Boz blog: Ian Boswell’s first impressions of the Tour de France appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Moolman-Pasio: I really gave it everything, but van Vleuten was too strong

Ashleigh Moolman Pasio (Cervelo-Bigla)

Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio ( Cervélo-Bigla ) finished second in the Giro d'Italia Femminile that finished in Cividale del Friuli on Sunday, becoming the first African rider to podium in a Grand Tour. The 32-year-old finished on the podium on three of the 10 stages as well, and was the last rider to be dropped by race winner Annemiek van Vleuten (Mitchelton-Scott) on the climb of the Monte Zoncolan. Finishing a whole 4:12 behind Van Vleuten, a hint of disappointment could have been expected in Moolman-Pasio's voice. But the South African was upbeat when she spoke to Cyclingnews after the podium ceremony and said that she had no regrets looking back at the race as she had tried everything. "I really gave it everything, even on the last day," Moolman-Pasio said. "I tried many times on the climb. I wanted a stage win at least, but unfortunately it was not to be. ...

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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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The Outer Line: Trek’s innovative approach to sponsorship extends to WWT

The Outer Line: Trek’s innovative approach to sponsorship extends to WWT

By retaining close control of its pro racing teams, Trek has been able to cultivate a diverse stable of top athletes. Read the full article at The Outer Line: Trek’s innovative approach to sponsorship extends to WWT 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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