Richie Porte crashes out of Tour de France

Supported by For the second year in a row Richie Porte has crashed out of the Tour de France on stage nine of the race. The Australian favourite has based his entire season around the event, but hit the deck inside the first ten kilometres of the stage from Arras Citadelle. Porte was left holding his right … The post Richie Porte crashes out of Tour de France appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Primoz Roglic is LottoNL’s Tour wildcard

Primoz Roglic is LottoNL’s Tour wildcard

The Slovenian is riding for team captain Steven Kruijswijk, but he is showing signs of GC potential. Read the full article at Primoz Roglic is LottoNL’s Tour wildcard on VeloNews.com .

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Martin validates leadership role with dramatic stage win

Martin validates leadership role with dramatic stage win

Martin's victory validated UAE Team Emirates's decision to hire Martin during the 2017 offseason to lead its efforts at the Tour. Read the full article at Martin validates leadership role with dramatic stage win on VeloNews.com .

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Bernal: I want to make Chris Froome proud at the Tour de France

Team Sky's Chris Froome and Egan Bernal on stage at the 2018 Tour de France team presentation

The plan at the start of 2018 was for Egan Bernal to make his Grand Tour debut at the Vuelta a Espana, but so quickly has he found his feet at WorldTour that Team Sky have fast tracked the Colombian into their Tour de France team. Bernal moved into the WorldTour echelons to much fanfare at the start of 2018 after a period of development at Androni. Since then he has improved with every race, before putting in a winning ride at the Tour of California in May. His second place at the Tour de Romandie in April was arguably more impressive given the calibre of rider he put to the sword in the Swiss mountains, but nonetheless his Tour de France spot was secured after his US performance. His inclusion in Chris Froome's Tour de France squad goes against the grain. Typically, Team Sky select proven and durable riders ...

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Preview: Your guide to the 2018 Tour de France

It’s that time of year again: time for the biggest bike race on the planet. The lead-in to this year’s Tour de France might have been overshadowed by the Chris Froome saga, but now that’s finally sorted, it’s time to focus on the race itself. And what a race it’s shaping up to be. Ahead … The post Preview: Your guide to the 2018 Tour de France appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Geraint Thomas: Team Sky have two leadership options for the Tour de France

Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) overall winner of the Criterium du Dauphine

Criterium du Dauphine winner Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) believes that he can be one of two leadership options for Team Sky at the Tour de France . Chris Froome goes into the race seeking a fifth Tour de France title and although Team Sky are yet to announce their full eight-rider roster Thomas is an obvious name for inclusion. The Welshman wore the yellow jersey after winning last year’s opening time trial and although he has crashed out of his last two Grand Tours, he has the ability to push for a high overall placing. Thomas' role, however, will almost certainly be determined by Froome’s performance. The defending champion comes into the Tour having won the Giro but history would suggest that he could, therefore, falter in July. Thomas has been in top form in recent weeks. After a lukewarm Tour de Romandie he returned to form at the Dauphine ...

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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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Meet the team to support Peter Sagan at the Tour de France

Meet the team to support Peter Sagan at the Tour de France

Joe Robinson 27 Jun 2018 Strong team built around Sagan's fight for green with inclusion of Rafal Majka for the mountains Bora-Hansgrohe have announced the team to support road race World Champion Peter Sagan at the forthcoming Tour de France as he looks to take a record-equalling sixth green points jersey. The German WorldTour team have opted in taking Sagan's Classics right hand man Daniel Oss as well as Giro d'Italia stage winner and pink jersey wearer Lukas Postlberger. Both will be relied on to provide Sagan support on the Tour's sprint stages. Their support will also be vital on Stage 9 to Roubaix via the cobbles of northern France, a stage Sagan will undoubtedly target having won Paris-Roubaix over the same roads earlier in the season. %uD83C%uDDEB%uD83C%uDDF7 @LeTour #2018 We're going there with our 8 strong & motivated riders @maciejbodnar | @MBurghardt83 | @majkaformal | @muehlberger_94 | @Daniel87Oss | ...

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Grmay wins Ethiopean time trial national championships

Ethiopian champion Tsgabu Grmay (Trek-Segafredo)

Trek-Segafredo's Tsgabu Grmay won the Ethiopean time trial national championships on Monday, and can stake a claim to be included in the team's still-to-be-announced Tour de France squad. He beat his closest rival, Redwan Ebrahim, by 2:19 over the 49.5km course around Mekele, with Temesgen Buru a further 14 seconds back in third, giving Grmay his fourth national TT title. Grmay, who turned pro with MTN-Qhubeka in 2013, rode his first Tour de France in 2016 while with Lampre-Merida, having already ridden the previous season's Giro d'Italia and Vuelta a Espana, and went on to ride his second Tour de France for Bahrain-Merida last year, finishing 73rd. This season, having joined Trek-Segafredo , Grmay finished 24th overall at April's Tour de Romandie, and was 17th on the GC at the recent Critérium du Dauphiné. Although competition is fierce at Trek-Segafredo for a Tour start, the 26-year-old's Grand Tour experience – ...

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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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UCI closes case of Moscon deliberately crashing into Sebastian Reichenbach

UCI closes case of Moscon deliberately crashing into Sebastian Reichenbach

Joe Robinson 20 Jun 2018 Case closed by cycling's governing body as Moscon gears up to support Froome at the Tour de France Gianni Moscon ( Team Sky ) will not face sanctions by the UCI disciplinary commission investigating whether the Italian deliberately pushed Sebastian Reichenbach ( Groupama-FDJ ) at the 2017 Tre Valli Varesine, causing the rider to crash. It was alleged that the Team Sky rider intentionally pushed the arm of Reichenbach in the peloton causing the Swiss rider to crash, sustaining a fractured elbow and hip. Reichenbach claimed Moscon was acting in 'revenge' for a tweet highlighting the racial abuse Moscon had subjected Reichenbach's then teammate Kevin Reza to at the Tour de Romandie earlier that season. However, as reported in Gazzetta dello Sport , a combination of other rider testimonies and a lack of video evidence led the UCI to conclude that evidence had not been ...

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UCI close case of Moscon deliberately crashing into Sebastian Reichenbach

UCI close case of Moscon deliberately crashing into Sebastian Reichenbach

Joe Robinson 20 Jun 2018 Case closed by cycling's governing body as Moscon gears up to support Froome at the Tour de France Gianni Moscon (Team Sky) will not face sanctions by the UCI disciplinary commission investigating whether the Italian deliberately pushed Sebastian Reichenbach (Groupama-FDJ) at the 2017 Tre Valli Varesine, causing the rider to crash. It was alleged that the Team Sky rider intentionally pushed the arm of Reichenbach in the peloton causing the Swiss rider to crash, sustaining a fractured elbow and hip. Reichenbach claimed Moscon was acting in 'revenge' for a tweet highlighting the racial abuse Moscon had subjected Reichenbach's then teammate Kevin Reza to at the Tour de Romandie earlier that season. However, as reported in Gazzetta dello Sport this morning, a combination of other rider testimonies and a lack of video evidence led the UCI to conclude that evidence had not been brought to light ...

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Moscon cleared of deliberately causing Reichenbach crash

Gianni Moscon (Team Sky)

Gianni Moscon (Team Sky) will not face sanction from the UCI disciplinary commission for allegedly causing Sebastien Reichenbach to crash during the 2017 Tre Valli Varesine due to a lack of evidence. The news was broken by La Gazzetta dello Sport on Wednesday morning and confirmed by Team Sky, though the UCI has not made a public statement on the matter. Reichenbach suffered a fractured elbow and hip in a crash during Tre Valli Varesine and claimed afterwards that Moscon had “intentionally put [him] on the ground.” The Groupama-FDJ rider believed Moscon had deliberately caused the crash in retribution for his part in highlighting how the Team Sky rider had racially abused Kevin Reza at last year’s Tour de Romandie. Moscon attended an 11-hour disciplinary hearing in Geneva on the day after Paris-Roubaix in mid-April, but the proceedings were adjourned without a verdict being delivered. Under UCI rules, Moscon risked ...

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LottoNL-Jumbo announce Tour de France squad

Race leader Primoz Roglic (LottoNl-Jumbo)

Dutch WorldTour team LottoNL-Jumbo have revealed the eight riders who will represent them at the 2018 Tour de France , starting in Noirmoutier-en-l'Ile on July 7. The team will be led by 31-year-old Dutchman Steven Kruijswijk and the recent winner of the Tour of Slovenia, Primoz Roglic . For the sprints, Dylan Groenewegen – winner of the final stage of last year's Tour on the Champs-Elysées in Paris – will give the likes of Marcel Kittel, Fernando Gaviria and Mark Cavendish a run for their money for stage wins, and has to be considered one of the favourites to take the green jersey. Kruijswijk's best Grand Tour finish came at the 2016 Giro d'Italia, when he infamously crashed on the descent of the Colle dell'Agnello on stage 19 while in the pink jersey as leader of the race. Going into the stage, Kruijswijk had an overall lead of three minutes ...

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Richie Porte Q&A: On fatherhood, Tour de Suisse, Le Tour, and BMC’s future

It’s been a big few weeks for Richie Porte (BMC). His wife Gemma recently gave birth to the couple’s first child — a boy, Luca — and this past weekend the Tasmanian took what he has described as the biggest win of his career: the Tour de Suisse. Porte’s BMC team smashed the stage 1 … The post Richie Porte Q&A;: On fatherhood, Tour de Suisse, Le Tour, and BMC’s future appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Richie Porte vows to be better at Tour de France after Suisse win

Richie Porte and his BMC teammates during stage 7 at Tour de Suisse

Richie Porte ( BMC ) took the biggest win of his professional career on Sunday as he wrapped up the general classification at the Tour de Suisse , his final race before the Tour de France , before vowing to improve his form at July's Grand Tour. The Australian had an indifferent spring but after finishing third at the Tour de Romandie in April he found another gear at the Tour de Suisse, winning the event from Jakob Fuglsang (Astana) and Nairo Quintana (Movistar). "This was a big goal. Let's not beat around the bush. It's a very important race and I think it's disrespectful to say it's a 'lead in' race for the Tour de France as it means a lot to win it. It's such a prestigious race," Porte said in a press release on Sunday. "So, I think going forward into the Tour de France, it's a ...

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Richie Porte wins the Tour de Suisse

Richie Porte (BMC) in the yellow leader's jersey at Tour de Suisse

Richie Porte (BMC) confirmed his overall victory at the Tour de Suisse, extending his overall lead with a solid time trial in Bellinzona. Porte’s teammate Stefan Küng, who wore yellow after BMC’s stage one team time trial win, took the stage victory with a time of 39:45, a full 19 seconds ahead of second-placed Søren Kragh Andersen (Sunweb). Jakob Fuglsang’s 8th place on the day, 38 seconds down, saw him leapfrog from sixth to second on GC. Porte was next best among the GC contenders, 1:04 behind Küng, while Nairo Quintana (Movistar) held on to third overall as Wilco Kelderman (Team Sunweb) surprisingly fell off the podium and into fifth place. The victory, in Porte’s first participation at the race, sets the Australian up well for his shot at the Tour de France, which is now just under three weeks away. “This was a big goal – let’s not beat ...

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Mark Cavendish to race nationals before Tour de France

Mark Cavendish to race nationals before Tour de France

Joe Robinson 15 Jun 2018 Cummings set to defend titles while Dowsett, Storey and Pidcock also confirmed as racing Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data) will complete his preparation for this summer's Tour de France by racing the British National Road Race Championships on Sunday 1st July, British Cycling confirmed. He will joined by teammate and current champion Steve Cummings in Northumberland. Taking place six days before the start of the Tour, Cavendish will target a second national title, having sprinted to victory in 2013, while also trying to build form ahead of the three week stage race. This season has been one to forget so far for the 33-year-old. Consecutive crashes at Abu Dhabi Tour, Tirreno-Adriatico and Milan-San Remo forced him into an extended period away before returning at the Tour de Yorkshire in May. This has lead the sprinter to have only have one victory so dar this season, Stage ...

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Majka downplays title defence at Tour de Slovenie

Rafa Majka (Bora-Hansgrohe)

An additional day of racing for the Tour de Slovenie in 2018 has also attracted a larger field of riders who are using the five-day 2.1 race as their final build up for the Tour de France . When the race rolls out of Lendava on Wednesday for the 159km opening stage, Rafal Majka (Bora-Hansgrohe) will be on hand to defend his 2017 title, along with fellow GC contenders Primoz Roglic (LottoNL-Jumbo), the 2015 champion and recent winner of the Tour de Romandie, and 2017 Tour de France runner-up Rigoberto Uran (EF Education First-Drapac), who will be making his first appearance in Slovenia. Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data) and Marcel Kittell (Katusha-Alpecin) headline the riders vying for the early sprint finishes and the green jersey. "I expect a good race, just like last year," Majka said in a release from the race organisers. "We came to Slovenia from a training camp ...

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Colbrelli takes morale-boosting win in Suisse with Tour de France on horizon

Sonny Colbrelli on the Tour de Suisse podium after winning stage 3

Sonny Colbrelli ( Bahrain-Merida ) made up for a disappointing performance on stage 2 to win stage 3 of the Tour de Suisse . The Italian was out of contention in the first sprint stage following Saturday’s team time trial but produced a resounding sprint finish on Monday to hold off Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors) and Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) in Gansingen. The 28-year-old made use of some excellent teamwork from his Bahrain-Merida squad before hitting out from nearly 300 metres to go. The Italian had the legs to hold off the late charge from his rivals to take his first WorldTour win of the campaign. “Today I wanted to go again after yesterday wasn’t a good day. I didn’t have a great day, I didn’t have great legs and wasn’t up there with the best at the end for the sprint,” he said during his press conference. “Today my legs ...

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