Inside the UCI’s plan to combat motorized cheating
The UCI hopes to prevent mechanical fraud, and new technology allows it to leave no bike unscanned. Read the full article at Inside the UCI’s plan to combat motorized cheating on VeloNews.com .
UCI commits to fight against motor cheating
The UCI hopes to prevent mechanical fraud, and new technology allows it to leave no bike unscanned. Read the full article at UCI commits to fight against motor cheating on VeloNews.com .
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 ...
Tom Dumoulin: I hated cycling for 50 kilometres
Tom Dumoulin ( Team Sunweb ) had high expectations for the cobbled stage to Roubaix in the Tour de France , but the Dutch rider's hopes of putting time into his rivals were not realised. The 2017 Giro d'Italia champion mostly blamed the headwind and the race circumstances for that. "I'm mainly disappointed. I wanted to come out of this stage as the winner, maybe not the stage winner but certainly by gaining time," Dumoulin said while warming down on the rollers at the Sunweb team bus in Roubaix. "That didn't work out. This didn't turn out to be the stage I hoped it would be. "It was really hard but the headwind made it difficult. The GC riders were keeping an eye on each other. The headwind is partly to blame. The racing style is different compared to Paris-Roubaix, too. I had really good legs but it was super ...
Tour roundtable: Was it worth it to ride the cobbles?
Cobblestone chaos! Pavé pandemonium! The Tour de France's stage 9 was billed as a wildcard — did it deliver the drama we wanted? Read the full article at Tour roundtable: Was it worth it to ride the cobbles? on VeloNews.com .
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 .
Tour de France: Stage 9 finish line quotes
John Degenkolb (Trek-Segafredo) - stage winner Pure happiness. Really - I was chasing the victory so long. It's really hard to describe. It was a really hard fight all day. It is also a victory of the team. We really had a plan to stay out of trouble all the time, and it worked out really well. It was unbelievable. This is a very big victory - since a long time... I have been through a lot of things – it was such a hard time. I'm so happy to dedicate this victory to one of my best friends - he passed away last winter. This was really something for him. Everybody said I'm done, after this accident I will never come back. I said no, I'm not done. I have to make at least one really big victory for this guy, his name is Jörg. He was my second ...
Degenkolb roars back with Roubaix success on stage 9 of Tour de France
Three years after he won Paris-Roubaix, two after being injured in a big pre-season crash, John Degenkolb finally completed his return to the very top of the sport when he won stage nine of the Tour de France. The Trek-Segafredo rider ended a long and frustrating period in his career by being one of the … The post Degenkolb roars back with Roubaix success on stage 9 of Tour de France appeared first on CyclingTips .
Tour de France 2018: John Degenkolb wins Stage 9 on the cobbles of Roubaix
Jack Elton-Walters 15 Jul 2018 What a day at the 2018 Tour de France as the race took on the cobbles of Paris-Roubaix John Degenkolb ( Trek-Segafredo ) won Stage 9 of the 2018 Tour de France after escaping with Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing) and Yves Lampaert ( Quick-Step Floors ), who followed him over the line in second and third respectively. Under the flamme rouge, the trio began to play cat and mouse, knowing their advantage over the chasers was plenty. Degenkolb sprinted first, the others couldn't come past and the stage was his. The result increases Van Averamet's overall lead in the yellow jersey, although he'll be hard pushed to keep it once the race hits the mountains after Monday's rest day. The race was a fantastic spectacle for fans but will have taken its toll on every rider who took part. Crashes and mechanicals were many, ...
Adam Yates surrounded by Classics experts for Tour de France cobbled stage
The final stage before the Tour de France 's first rest day has been building in anticipation since this year's race route was announced last October and while some Classics specialists will relish a July jaunt on the cobbles, the GC contenders will be less excited about the prospect of stage 9 of the race. Tensions have run high for the GC contenders during the first eight stages of the race so far, with Adam Yates ( Mitchelton-Scott ) one of a number of those caught behind a crash on stage 1, while Chris Froome (Team Sky), Dan Martin (UAE Team Emirates), Tom Dumoulin (Sunweb) and Romain Bardet (AG2R La Mondiale) have all lost time in separate incidents. Yates is 1:06 down on leader Greg Van Avermaet (BMC), on the same time as defending champion Chris Froome, while Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) remains the best-placed contender, seven seconds down in ...
So far so good for Tour debutants Haga and Boswell
Chad Haga and Ian Boswell have made it into the second week at the Tour de France, and it's so far so good for the pair of American Tour Read the full article at So far so good for Tour debutants Haga and Boswell on VeloNews.com .
Bardet leaning on teammates ahead of cobbles
Romain Bardet is putting his Tour destiny into the hands of his teammates ahead of Sunday’s clash on the cobbles. Read the full article at Bardet leaning on teammates ahead of cobbles on VeloNews.com .
Early splits reveal hints of palace intrigue
Is the first week of fast racing revealing fracture lines inside teams that brought multi-pronged attacks to the Tour de France? Read the full article at Early splits reveal hints of palace intrigue on VeloNews.com .
Richie Porte: We're talking about seconds now, but it'll be about minutes in the mountains
The Tour de France peloton rode steady on the long transfer stage to Chartres and riders arguably deserved a moment of respite after six intense, white-knuckle days of racing that saw virtually every Grand Tour contender lose time in crashes, the team time trial or late-stage mechanicals. Grand Tours are a race of endurance, with the strongest riders expected to emerge in the Alps and Pyrenees. However, the design of this year’s Tour de France - starting in the Vendee and then passing via Brittany and northern France - has turned the stage racing into a series of daily Classics. Fate and fortune appear to be as big of a factor as form and team strength. A breakaway has never been allowed to stay away and there have been no real hills to climb, and so the general classification is extremely tight; every team leader and every team is fighting ...
Tour de France 2018 Stage 7: Dylan Groenewegen sprints to victory
Martin James 13 Jul 2018 Groenewegen comes good at last to deny Gaviria another stage victory Dylan Groenewegen (Lotto-NL Jumbo) finally found his sprinting form to win a frantic dash for the line at the end of Stage 7 of the 2018 Tour de France into Chartres. The Tour’s longest stage at 231km alternated between long sections of soft-pedalling and periods of full gas racing as crosswinds threatened to break the race apart. In the end, though, it was always likely to end in a mass sprint finish, and Groenewegen judged his effort to perfection, coming off the wheel of favourite Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors) to cross the line comfortably in front. The green jersey of Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) was third to rack up another haul of points in that competition, then came Frenchman Arnaud Demare (Groupama-FdJ). The yellow jersey remains on the shoulders of BMC Racing’s Greg Van Avermaet, ...
Dumoulin docked time for drafting
Things went from bad to worse for Tom Dumoulin, losing time both during the stage and after it, as the Dutchman was hit with a 20 second penalty for drafting behind his team car.
Tour de France: Bardet loses half a minute on Mur de Bretagne
Romain Bardet ( AG2R La Mondiale ) is one of the riders for whom the first week of the Tour de France is chiefly an exercise in survival before the mountains offer up opportunities the second half the race. However, on the first and only real sighting of a hill this side of the first rest day, the great French hope suffered a significant setback, losing half a minute on the Mur de Bretagne. Bardet's troubles weren't overtly a case of bad legs – though some question marks will linger – but rather of bad luck. Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) ran into Bardet's rear wheel on the approach to the two-kilometre final climb, with both riders suffering broken wheels, and the Frenchman had to complete the stage on a teammate's bike. Unlike Dumoulin, Bardet made it back to the peloton, only to drop off the back of the group when ...
Dan Martin gains Tour de France morale boost with Mur de Bretagne victory
Dan Martin dug deep into his innate racing instinct and channeled his natural aggression to win alone on the Mur de Bretagne , confirming in a single blow that he has to be considered an overall contender for this year's Tour de France and that he has become the leader at UAE Team Emirates . The ever-aggressive Irishman gained a handful of seconds on his overall rivals, but psychologically they were worth their weight in gold. Martin's solo attack with 1,200m to go forced several of his rivals to bow their heads in respect as they were unable to chase him down. He finished three seconds clear of his overall rivals and also took a 10-second time bonus, while Chris Froome (Team Sky) lost contact and gave up eight seconds, and Rigoberto Uran (EF Education First-Drapac) lost 11 seconds. Romain Bardet (AG2R La Mondiale) lost 31 seconds after clashing with ...
Romain Bardet off the back in hectic Tour stage 6
With a late-race mechanical, Romain Bardet loses time in the Tour de France's first uphill finish, another blow after a poor TTT ride. Read the full article at Romain Bardet off the back in hectic Tour stage 6 on VeloNews.com .
Chris Froome shrugs off Tour de France time loss on Mur de Bretagne
The Mur de Bretagne is often referred to as the Alpe d'Huez of Brittany, and although the two-kilometre effort can't shape the Tour de France like its Alpine cousin, it nevertheless provides some interesting clues. Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida), Romain Bardet (AG2R La Mondiale) and Thibaut Pinot (FDJ) all suffered here in the first week of the 2015 Tour, while Andy Schleck lost time on the previous visit in 2011. Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) and Bardet were the headline losers on Thursday , but Chris Froome's more modest time losses certainly didn't go unnoticed, especially on a day when his Sky teammate and perhaps 'co-leader' Geraint Thomas actually gained time. Froome was safely in the main group of favourites most of the way up the steep two-kilometre final climb, but he lost contact when Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) set off for third place in the final couple of hundred metres and the ...