After crash, keeping Craddock in the Tour is team effort

American Lawson Craddock crashed hard in stage 1 and broke his scapula. He has vowed to press on. Read the full article at After crash, keeping Craddock in the Tour is team effort on VeloNews.com .

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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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Matthews out of Tour de France due to illness, Benoot also withdraws

Supported by A year after he won the green jersey in the Tour de France, Michael Matthews has ended the event prematurely and in a very different fashion. The Australian was hit by illness overnight, vomiting and being unable to eat. His Team Sunweb squad has confirmed that he has had to exit the race. The preparations … The post Matthews out of Tour de France due to illness, Benoot also withdraws appeared first on CyclingTips .

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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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Teamwork saves Uran from time losses after crash at Tour de France

Rigoberto Uran (EF-Drapac) relieved to have avoided time loss

Rigoberto Uran was happier than usual as he warmed down after stage 4 of the Tour de France to Sarzeau, knowing he saved his overall chances of success in this year's race after avoiding losing time in a late crash. The EF Education First-Drapac team leader was caught up with other riders with just over five kilometres to go as the peloton accelerated and fought for position before a roundabout coming with four kilometres to go. A touch of wheels sent several riders scattering. Tiesj Benoot (Lotto Soudal) went down hard and he suffered multiple cuts to his face and other parts of his body. He got up and finished the stage ten minutes down but Alex Domont (AG2R La Mondiale) fractured his collarbone and is out of the Tour de France. "The most important thing was to not lose time," Uran explained as he warmed down. "The great teamwork ...

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The Fight for White: A Preview of the Young Guns at the Tour

It’s that time of the year again-- time for one of the most anticipated and most-likely-to-be-underwhelming events in the cycling world-- the Tour. While everyone else is caught up in the “Will she, won’t she?” romantic saga between the UCI and Chris Froome or the Three’s Company hijinx of the three Movistar leaders (Unzue is definitely Mr. Roper in this analogy, having been tricked into allowing Landa in), let’s take a look at the portion of the race that may just be the most exciting of this year’s Tour- the young riders’ competition. When it comes to the white jersey classification, I feel like David Wooderson from Dazed and Confused- What I love about these young rider competitions, man, is that I keep getting older, they stay the same age. That age of course, is 25 years old or younger, or more specifically any rider born after January 1, 1993. ...

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Greipel, De Gendt spearhead Lotto Soudal's Tour de France team

Andre Greipel wins stage 1 at the 2018 Tour Down Under

Lotto Soudal will head into the Tour de France with a team dedicated to winning stages. Spearheaded by veteran sprinter Andre Greipel and breakaway specialists Thomas de Gendt, the eight-man squad also includes one-day revelation Tiesj Benoot. As already announced, there is no place for Adam Hansen, who completed his 20th straight Grand Tour recently at the Giro d'Italia. Jasper De Buyst, Jens Keukeleire, Marcel Sieberg, Tomasz Marczynski and Jelle Vanendert make up the rest of the team. In a video posted on social media, the Tour de France team are selected by Marc Sergeant – although we only see his hands, and he sets up a Whatsapp group chat with the riders included. He then posts a congratulatory message before the video draws to a close. The video concludes before the two blue Whatsapp ticks appear, but it’s safe to assume that the riders already know whether they are ...

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Team of the Week #14

Races of the week: Really there was only one race: Giro d’Italia, stages 16-21 Tour des Fjords Hammer Stavanger Tour of Belgium GP de Plumelec -Morhiban Boucles de l’Aulne - Chateaulin Team of the week: First named rider is the rider of the week and if a rider has a number in parentheses after their name it means the number of times they have made the select Team of the Week here. 1. Chris Froome (2). Won the God damned Giro. You might have noticed. Only Nibali’s win here in 2016 when he came back from being 4:43 down after stage 18 and in 4th place can we find a recent Grand Tour that equals or tops the deficit that Froome had to overcome. After stage 15 Froome was left for dead, 4:52 off the lead and in 7th place. Stage 16’s time trial saw him move up to 4th ...

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UCI confirms CERA positive for San Juan winner Najar

Overall Vuelta a San Juan winner Gonzalo Najar on the podium

The UCI has confirmed that the winner of this year's Vuelta a San Juan , Gonzalo Najar, failed a doping test at the January race, along with his teammate and fellow Argentinian, Gaston Emiliano Javier. The news was reported by the Argentinian website Ciclismo Internacional on Sunday, with the UCI issuing a statement on Monday morning, explaining that the doping controls were "intelligence-led". Najar tested positive for CERA, a 'third-generation' form of EPO, on January 21 - the day of the opening stage of the 2018 Vuelta a San Juan. He went on to win the mountain stage to Alto de Colorado by nearly two minutes, and then sealed the overall title ahead of the likes of Oscar Sevilla, Rafal Majka, and Tiesj Benoot. Najar has not raced on the road at international level since the Vuelta a San Juan, and was training with the Argentinian team head of the ...

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Vuelta a San Juan winner Gonzalo Najar reportedly tests positive for CERA

Gonzalo Najar (SEP de San Juan)

The results of this year's Vuelta Ciclista a la Provincia de San Juan could be rewritten after overall winner from Argentina Gonzalo Najar reportedly tested positive for the second-generation blood booster CERA. According to the well-informed Ciclismo Internacional website, Najar was told his A-sample was positive at the end of the week and he immediately left the Argentinian national team with whom he was preparing for the Pan-American Games. According to Ciclismo Internacional, Gastón Javier, who played a key part in Najar's win at the Vuelta a San Juan, also tested positive for testosterone. The UCI has yet to confirm the positive cases but reportedly will do so on Monday. Najar reportedly tested positive after a test on January 23, during the early stages of the Vuelta a San Juan, where he was racing for the team S.E.P. de San Juan. He then won the decisive mountain stage to Alto ...

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A Classic Run

Serry and Jungels at La Flèche

In a middlin’ spring season, one name stands out The spring classics are a wrap! Before letting them go, I wanted to pause long enough for posterity. What was it we’ll remember in ten years? That’s easy... Quick Step. But that might not be all. We saw a few quasi-historic results. We saw some people we wanted to get excited about do exciting things. Let’s run through them. Getty Images Sagan alone on the Pavé A Bit of History in the Making Peter Sagan and Niki Terpstra both completed their career Flanders-Roubaix double, entering... not Nirvana, but at least the Sotapanna stream. The pair became the 11th and 12th riders since 1980 to notch wins in both Monuments, an illustrious list apart from maybe some EPO-soaked entries. Suffice to say, winning two fairly different monuments tends to say really good things about riders. In Terpstra’s case, he was just the ...

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'I want to be Jasper, not the next Boonen' - Stuyven on the pressures of being a Belgian cobbles star

'I want to be Jasper, not the next Boonen' - Stuyven on the pressures of being a Belgian cobbles sta

Joe Robinson 25 Apr 2018 The young Belgian has the talent for cobbled success but is clearly not taking much for granted Jasper Stuyven is Mr Consistent. So much so that even his own Trek-Segafredo teammates have begun calling him by this nickname. It's deserved when you consider that in the six races from Milan-San Remo to Paris-Roubaix , Stuyven's worst result was 10th. The Belgian raced to 10th at Milan-San Remo, seventh at the Tour of Flanders and fifth at Paris-Roubaix, which at 26-years-old, is quite a fine achievement. Most riders would take these results in a heartbeat but for a rider as talented as Stuyven, he couldn't help but be disappointed. 'Initially after the races, I wasn't happy with my results because I felt that I was one of the strongest guys in each race but everything was not falling into the right places for me to win,' ...

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Peter Sagan’s $330,000 Facebook post and the value of cyclists’ social media

Atop the recent Paris-Roubaix podium, Peter Sagan appeared wearing a now-familiar pair of motocross goggles draped around his neck. Nothing to do with the cobbles’ mud and dust, the goggles are pure cross-promotion, for eyewear sponsor 100%. Some laugh, stylistas howl. Others shrug — hey, if anyone can pull it off, the charismatic world champion … The post Peter Sagan’s $330,000 Facebook post and the value of cyclists’ social media appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Quick-Step wins again as Jungels solos to Liège-Bastogne-Liège victory

With a successful solo attack 18km from the finish Luxembourg national champion Bob Jungels (Quick-Step Floors) took the biggest victory of his career Sunday, winning the 104th edition of Liège-Bastogne-Liège. The victory gave Quick-Step Floors a second Monument win of the 2018 Spring Classics season, won in very similar fashion as Niki Terpstra at the … The post Quick-Step wins again as Jungels solos to Liège-Bastogne-Liège victory appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Quick-Step’s Bob Jungels solos to victory at Liège-Bastogne-Liège

Quick-Step’s Bob Jungels solos to victory at Liège-Bastogne-Liège

Pete Muir 22 Apr 2018 Jungels makes it 27 wins for Quick-Step this season Quick-Step’s Bob Jungels pulled off a 20km solo breakaway to win the 2018 Liège-Bastogne-Liège. The Luxembourger attacked on the Roche-aux-Faucons climb and managed to hold off a chasing pack of big names to clinch the 27 th win of the season for the Belgian squad. The story of the race The 104 th Liège-Bastogne-Liège set off from the Belgian town in blazing sunshine to take on the course’s 260km and almost 5,000m of climbing. Ahead of them were 11 punchy climbs, most of them in the second half of the race, with the highest point at around 500m. After several attempts to form a break, eventually nine riders got away, including two from Aqua Blue. The only representatives from the WorldTour were from Cofidis and BMC. The breakaway managed to pull out a gap of around ...

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The next Belgian Classics star? Tim Wellens inches closer to greatness

Tom Boonen. Philippe Gilbert. Greg Van Avermaet. These are the names that have dominated headlines in Belgium in recent years. And now, who comes next? Looking at career progression, it may well be Tim Wellens. The Belgian has been banging on the door for a long time. He’s already a proven winner: take races such … The post The next Belgian Classics star? Tim Wellens inches closer to greatness appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Lotto Soudal put Fleche Wallonne spat behind them before Liege-Bastogne-Liege

Jelle Vanendert (Lotto Soudal)

Lotto Soudal have put on a determinedly united front for Liège-Bastogne-Liège after a mini-spat after La Flèche Wallonne between Tim Wellens and Jelle Vanendert. According to La Dernière Heure , Vanendert was sharply criticised by Wellens for failing to work for him, and breaking a pre-race agreement on tactics. On the day, Vanendert finished third on the Mur de Huy, while Wellens took seventh. Lotto Soudal are one of the strongest teams collectively in the hilly Classics this year, and even prior to their Flèche Wallone results, the Belgian squad had won Brabantse Pijl and taken sixth in Amstel with Wellens, as well as tenth in Amstel with Vanendert. But their failure to establish a clear hierarchy on the Mur de Huy did not go unnoticed by their rivals: Philippe Gilbert (Quick Step Floors), who took Lotto’s last big Classic win at Liege in 2011, said, somewhat drily, on Friday, ...

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Liège: A Farewell to Ans

La Doyenne makes its final appearance in the ‘burbs When was the last time you truly loved an edition of Liège-Bastogne-Liège? On some level it will always be a beautiful race, winding around the Ardennes, past the farms, on skinny Belgian roads, some of which go uphill for quite a while. The concept of an out-and-back, two vastly different legs connecting the same poles, is brilliance. The history of the race can’t be forgotten. We love it, it’s a monument. But when have we loved the race on race day itself? That’s a subjective matter — I was fond of the Poels and Gilbert wins of the last decade, and the Hamilton victory in 2003 and Di Luca win in 2007, until I finally accepted the underlying reality. That’s about it. I can describe and rank the enjoyability of the last 13 or 14 Tours of Flanders without looking up ...

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Preview: Your guide to the 2018 men’s Liege-Bastogne-Liege

Liege-Bastogne-Liege is the third and final of the so-called Ardennes Classics and the last race on the Spring Classics calendar. Held in the French-speaking Wallonia region of southern Belgium, Liege is the oldest of the sport’s five Monuments and one of the hardest one-day races on the calendar. Ahead of Sunday’s 104th edition of “La … The post Preview: Your guide to the 2018 men’s Liege-Bastogne-Liege appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Liege-Bastogne-Liege 2018: Who are the favourites and who should you be backing?

Joe Robinson 17 Apr 2018 A look at the favourites for victory at 'La Doyenne' this weekend Liege-Bastogne-Liege is the third Monument of the cycling calendar and takes place this Sunday in the French-speaking Ardennes region of Belgium. It traditionally ends the Spring Classics season and pits the punchiest climbers in the professional peloton against one another. The oldest of the five Monuments, Liege's defining characteristic has always been its hilly parcours. The climbs are leg-sapping and ever-present with 11 categorised ascents sprawled across the out-and-back 258km course, nine of which are in the second half of the race. While 'La Doyenne' has been subject to route changes - with one scheduled for the 2019 race - the epicentre of the race has forever been that of the Cote de La Redoute, a 2.1km climb in the small Wallonian town of Aywaille. At an average of 8.4% with pitches of ...

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