FIFA World Cup predictions from the Tour de Suisse peloton

André Greipel (Lotto Soudal) wins stage 2 of the Belgium Tour

Stage 6 of Tour de Suisse coincided with the first game of the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Ahead of the stage, Cyclingnews spoke with a variety of riders at the start line for an insight into who they will be supporting, and who they think will win in Russia over the next four weeks. Julien Vermote (Dimension Data), Belgium – supporting Belgium Will you be supporting Belgium in the World Cup? “Of course, I hope they will have a good tournament. Everyone in Belgium will be hoping they win the World Cup, but it’s not so easy. “It would be nice if Belgium could win it. It would be amazing for the country, but first we have to get to final. We have a strong team there, I’m looking forward to it actually.” Koen de Kort (Trek-Segafredo), Netherlands – supporting Australia (he thinks) “I will be following it even though ...

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Paris-Roubaix dedicates Secteur Michael Goolaerts

Michael Goolaerts (Veranda's Willems-Crelan Pro Cycling)

Paris-Roubaix organisers ASO have named a pavé sector in memory of Michael Goolaerts , dedicating it with a memorial ceremony on Sunday. Family and friends of Goolaerts and members of his Veranda's Willems-Crelan team attended the ceremony along with the local mayor and mayor of Goolaerts' hometown. The sector formerly known as Secteur Pavé Chemin de Saint-Quentin will now be known as Secteur Michael Goolaerts. As well as renaming the cobbled sector, a monument has been erected in his memory near the place where he fell. Goolaerts died during this year's edition of Paris-Roubaix after suffering a cardiac arrest on the second cobbled sector, between Viesly and Briastre. The 23-year-old was in just his second season as a professional with Veranda's Willems-Crelan and had contested his second Tour of Flanders the week before, getting into the day's early break. Goolaerts was in the main bunch as the peloton began the ...

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Your Never-Too-Late Tour de Suisse Tandem Preview

Good times on the Furka Pass

Just in time for the race to get real Hey, look everyone! It’s the Tour de Suisse! Wait, wait, please don’t go anywhere. This year might not be the same Spilak-Costa snoozefest of yore. In fact, there is a 62.37% chance that the winner of the Tour is going to have ridden this race and not the Dauphiné. We at the PdC are so excited about this race (The views and opinions expressed in the preview do not necessarily reflect the official opinion of the PdC and certainly does not reflect the views of either Andrew or Conor who would rather watch a post-Tour crit than this race) that we decided to bring in two editors to discuss the epic racing that awaits in the land of cheese, chocolate, clocks, cows, clandestine banking, and…. Mathias Frank (I just cannot come up with a Swiss cyclist whose name begins with C, ...

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Bahrain-Merida dominate in Hammer Climb

Mark Padun (Bahrain-Merida)

Bahrain-Merida took the win on the first day of Hammer Limburg, working a Mark Padun-Sonny Colbrelli one-two to beat Lotto-Soudal in the Hammer Climb. Colbrelli's stamina and sprinting ability saw him take points early and continue to compete late on after Padun had gone up the road on lap six, staying out front until the final lap. Lotto-Soudal collected points early thanks to Tim Wellens and Bjorg Lambrecht, with the pair fighting with Colbrelli in the race's later stages. However, with nobody in the late-race breakaway it was advantage Bahrain. "It was something amazing," said Padun after the finish. "At the start I had good legs but I was 40 days from my last race so I didn't think I could go from the start with the fast guys. "But in the second part of the race when it was more calm I was able to go with the same ...

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Adam Hansen brings record Grand Tour run to an end at Giro d'Italia

Lotto's Adam Hansen is congratulated by Giro boss Mauro Vegni and former pro Alberto Contador having

As Adam Hansen ( Lotto Soudal ) rode into Rome on Sunday for the conclusion of the 2018 Giro d'Italia , the Australian was bringing to an end a record-breaking run that began in August 2011. Hansen has started and completed in a whopping 20 consecutive Grand Tours, more than any other rider. It almost came to an end last season when he wasn't selected for the Vuelta a España, but an injury for Rafael Valls resulted in a late call-up. It gave him the chance to end his run on his own terms. In October, he announced the Giro d'Italia would be his last of the historic run, though he'd previously hoped that he could make it to 23 – which would have been the 2019 Giro d'Italia. "It is a wonderful city, where I've come as a tourist several times,” Hansen told Gazzetta dello Sport on his arrival ...

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Wellens abandons Giro prior to stage 14

Wellens abandons Giro prior to stage 14

Belgian rider Tim Wellens has pulled out of the Giro d'Italia before Saturday's 14th stage to the summit of Monte Zoncolan because of a Read the full article at Wellens abandons Giro prior to stage 14 on VeloNews.com .

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Wellens abandons Giro d’Italia due to illness

Tim Wellens wins stage 4 at the Giro d'Italia

Lotto Soudal’s Tim Wellens has left the Giro d’Italia ahead of stage 14. The Belgian, who won stage 4 of the race, has shown signs of illness and the early stages of bronchitis in the last few days. According to his team, the 27-year-old was suffering from a fever after Friday’s stage 13. Stage 14 will finish up the punishing climb of the Monte Zoncolan. “It’s never fun to abandon a Grand Tour,” Wellens said in a statement released by his team. “Thanks to my stage win I can say my Giro has been a success, but I would have loved to have aimed for a second victory. The past days I had a go, but I could not take enough advantage. Already after the move from Israel to Sicily I felt as if I couldn’t catch up on sleep, and that didn’t improve with the move to the mainland. ...

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Giro Stage 14 - You Come at the Kaiser, You Best Not Miss

San Vito al Tagliamento - Monte Zoncolan (186 km) A summit finish on the mighty Zoncolan in the first real high mountain test (sorry Etna) of this Giro. What’s It About? Suffering. Suffering by the sprinters trying to will their bike up the (arguably) hardest climb in Europe to beat the time cut. Suffering by the TT specialist GC candidates who will have to put out quite a few more watts than the Pozzovivos of the peloton while ascending 10 kilometers at an 11.9% average gradient. Suffering by the GC contenders who are on a bad day and who will see their aspirations disappear up the road. Suffering, all for the delight of us watching at home. When the dust settles on the Zonc, we should know what the GC battle is going to look like in this Giro. Stage Details Profile: Monte Zoncolan: According to Will’s mountain preview this ...

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Haig relishes supporting role at Giro d'Italia

Jack Haig was a big force in the break

Sometimes, it is difficult to tell who has impressed more during Simon Yates' week atop the general classification of the Giro d'Italia , the maglia rosa himself or Jack Haig , the man who has shepherded him so well every time the road climbs. When Yates claimed victory atop Gran Sasso d'Italia on Sunday, it was Haig's stint of pace-making that saw off Chris Froome (Team Sky) as the dwindling front group snaked towards the summit on snow-banked roads. When Yates bounded to take the explosive finale in Osimo on Tuesday, it was Haig who brought order to affairs by closing down late escapees Zdenek Stybar and Tim Wellens. "It is a little bit of a surprise, but I have been working incredibly hard over the last couple of years and it's nice to see it pay off the way it is at the moment," Haig said in Osimo on ...

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Giro d'Italia 2018: Bennett takes rain-soaked Stage 12 victory into Imola

Giro d'Italia 2018: Bennett takes rain-soaked Stage 12 victory into Imola

Joe Robinson 17 May 2018 Deciding to sprint early, Bennett proved he was the strongest rider on the day Sam Bennett ( Bora-Hansgrohe ) powered away from the peloton to take a sprint finish into Imola on Stage 12 of the 2018 Giro d'Italia. After deciding to go early, the Irishman left everyone else behind to take his second stage victory of this Giro d'Italia. Matej Mohoric ( Bahrain-Merida ) and Carlos Betancur ( Movistar ) managed to stay away from the peloton until the final 200m yet could not hold off Bennett who was by far the strongest rider today. Behind, Danny Van Poppel (LottoNl-Jumbo) finished second and Nicolo Bonifazio (Bahrain-Merida) finished third. The terrible weather threatened to cause disruption among the General Classification riders however Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) and Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) avoided any danger to finish comfortably at the same time. See related Giro d'Italia stage ...

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Giro d'Italia 2018: Bennett takes rain-soaked victory into Imola

Giro d'Italia 2018: Bennett takes rain-soaked victory into Imola

Joe Robinson 17 May 2018 Deciding to sprint early, Bennett proved he was the strongest rider on the day Sam Bennett (Bora-Hansgrohe) powered away from the peloton to take a sprint finish into Imola. After deciding to go early, the Irishman left everyone else behind to take his second stage victory of this Giro d'Italia. Matej Mohoric (Mitchelton-Scott) and Carlos Betancur (Movistar) managed to stay away from the peloton until the final 200m yet could not hold off Bennett who was by far the strongest rider today. Behind, Danny Van Poppel (LottoNl-Jumbo) finished second and Nicolo Bonifazio (Bahrain-Merida) finished third. The terrible weather threatened to cause disruption among the General Classification riders however Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) and Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) avoided any danger to finish comfortably at the same time. That tale of the stage A frantic few days at the Giro d'Italia had seen furious racing. Esteban Chaves ...

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Giro d'Italia stage stats: Yates's winning watts

Joe Robinson 17 May 2018 Take a look at the numbers that saw Yates outclimb Dumoulin and De Marchi join the break Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) solidified his position in the pink jersey on Stage 11 of the Giro d'Italia into the hilltop town of Osimo as he rode to his second stage victory of the race. Launching a stinging attack in the final 1,500m, the Englishman managed to distance his rivals on the cobbled streets, holding off defending champion Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) by two seconds at the line. The win not only extended his lead out to 47 seconds but further proved that Yates is undoubtedly the strongest climber in the race at this moment in time and his power numbers, provided by Velon, are testament to that. As Yates rounded the attacking duo of Tim Wellens ( Lotto-Soudal ) and Zdenek Stybar (Quick-Step Floors) on the uphill rise ...

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Giro d'Italia: Yates wins again in Osimo

Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) wins stage 11 of the Giro d'Italia

Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) extended his overall race lead and took his second stage win at this year's Giro d'Italia with a strong solo victory in Osimo on stage 11. Defending champion Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) put in a concerted chase but could not bring back the maglia rosa and had to settle for second place, two seconds back, with Davide Formolo (Bora-Hansgrohe) taking third. Even before the Giro d'Italia had started, Yates had pinpointed the 156-kilometre stage 11 to Osimo as a potential place to take victory but he had to bide his time. Zdenek Stybar (Quick-Step Floors) and Tim Wellens (Lotto Fix All) would be the first to land a blow with just under five kilometres to go, while Esteban Chaves (Mitchelton-Scott) slipped off the back. Yates and the other contenders remained calm in this twisting and frenetic finale. With Stybar and Wellens in sight just inside the final ...

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Giro Stage 10: Breaking Away

This guy would know what this stage was all about if he was in Italy

Penne to Gualdo Tadino (239 km) What’s It About? This is the longest stage of the Giro at 239 kilometers and starts with a heretofore unused climb up another side of the Gran Sasso to start the day. The course then continues north and crosses the Apennines with lots of lumps but no major climbs along the way to finish in Gualdo Tadino, in the Umbria region. If this isn’t a day for the breakaway, I don’t know which day will be. Expect a fun fight to get into the break on the starting climb and then an easy day for the GC contenders. Stage Details Profile: Big starting climb + lots of bumps along the way = it’s gotta be a day for the breakaway. Profile of the starting climb: It’s always fun to have the post-rest day stage start on a long slog of a climb. About the ...

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Laid-back perfectionist: Davide Formolo’s path to Giro stardom

Tom Dumoulin and Chris Froome attracted the most media attention in the buildup to the Giro d’Italia but, as is the case with every Grand Tour, there are others who are dark horses for success. One of these is Davide Formolo, the Bora-hansgrohe rider who has been tipped as a future star of the event. … The post Laid-back perfectionist: Davide Formolo’s path to Giro stardom appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Giro Stage 6: Pass the Sorting Hat

Time for the GC to shake itself out a bit Stage 6: Caltanisetta — Etna, 164km Ah, the legendary climb to Mungibeddu! [h/t Will] The Giro starts climbing for real on this day. And while it may be too early to draw any grand conclusions, it’s definitely not too early to pull out the old cliche about how you can’t win the Giro on stage 6 but you can lose it. But I am not going to do that. What’s It About? Going uphill. Not that the previous two Sicilian stages have been averse to a bit of climbing at the business end of the race. But the climb to Etna is the main feature on this day, and it’s among the highest-order climbs, category 1, to finish the race. More than any day up to now, this stage is meant to draw out the Maglia Rosa speranze. Stage Details ...

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Giro d'Italia 2018: Enrico Battaglin takes steep finish on Stage 5

Giro d'Italia 2018: Enrico Battaglin takes steep finish on Stage 5

Joe Robinson 9 May 2018 Battaglin takes Stage 5 into Santa Ninfa while Dennis holds onto pink ahead of Mount Etna Enrico Battaglin (LottoNL-Jumbo) improved on his third place from 24 hours previous by taking the steep uphill finish into Santa Ninfa. After surfing the wheel of Giovanni Visconti (Bahrain-Merida) into the final corner before rounding him in the final hundred metres for victory. Behind Jose Goncalves (Katusha-Alpecin) rounded out the podium just ahead of young German Max Schachmann (Quick-Step Floors) The final 1,500 metres saw plenty of riders shelled due to the high pace set by Mitchelton-Scott and Bahrain-Merida but the majority of General Classification riders finished safely in the bunch. The only big loser was Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana) who found himself losing the best of a minute thanks to a crash in the final 5km. Rohan Dennis (BMC Racing) managed to weather the storm in Sicily holding ...

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Giro d'Italia 2018: Digesting the numbers of Wellens's win

Giro d'Italia 2018: Digesting the numbers of Wellens's win

Joe Robinson 9 May 2018 A look at the numbers that allowed Wellens to win and Schachmann to finish the stage Tim Wellens ( Lotto-Soudal ) took Stage 4 of the Giro d'Italia into Caltagirone with a perfectly timed attack, unleashing himself from the wheel of Enrico Battaglin ( LottoNL-Jumbo ) within the final 200m to cross the line first. The win was uncharacteristic of Wellens, who usually shows youthful naivety by attacking early, with patience being the ultimate ally for the Belgian as he took his second career Giro stage victory. Another ally of Wellens was his ability to put out an unmatchable killer attack on the final ramp to the line and thanks to Velon we have an insight into the sheer effort Wellens had to produce. In the final 750 metres of the stage, the 26-year-old averaged 28.4km/h over the 7.5% average gradient maxing out at 45km/h. ...

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Dennis battles to hold Giro pink as Wellens wins Stage 4 in Caltagirone

Dennis battles to hold Giro pink as Wellens wins Stage 4 in Caltagirone

Australia's Rohan Dennis has retained the Giro d'Italia's pink leader's jersey while Tim Wellens claimed victory on the fourth stage.

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Dennis battles to hold Giro pink as Wellens wins Stage 4

Dennis battles to hold Giro pink as Wellens wins Stage 4

Australia's Rohan Dennis has retained the Giro d'Italia's pink leader's jersey while Tim Wellens claimed victory on the fourth stage.

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