Tour roundtable: Was it worth it to ride the cobbles?

Romain Bardet

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 .

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Richie Porte crashes and abandons Tour de France

Richie Porte crashes and abandons Tour de France

Australian cyclist Richie Porte pulled out of the Tour de France on Sunday after falling heavily on a shoulder early in stage nine. Read the full article at Richie Porte crashes and abandons Tour de France on VeloNews.com .

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Porte makes tearful Tour exit with early crash

Porte makes tearful Tour exit with early crash

Australian cyclist Richie Porte pulled out of the Tour de France on Sunday after falling heavily on a shoulder early in stage nine. Read the full article at Porte makes tearful Tour exit with early crash on VeloNews.com .

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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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Richie Porte abandons Tour de France

All smiles from Richie Porte (BMC Racing)

Richie Porte has abandoned the 2018 Tour de France after crashing on stage 9. The BMC Racing team leader fell inside the opening 10 kilometres of the stage, well before the race reached the 15 sectors of cobbles that defined Sunday's route to Roubaix. Porte came into the Tour de France looking to secure a podium spot, and after clinching the Tour de Suisse title in June, looked set to challenge Chris Froome (Team Sky) for the yellow jersey. However just 10 kilometres into stage 9 Porte's race was over. After his fall he was able to sit up, and move to the side of the road, but he held his right shoulder and was unable to remount his bike. A full medical diagnosis has not been released by the team. Porte, 33, came into stage 9 sitting 10th on GC. He abandoned last year's Tour de France on stage ...

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Tour de France: Richeze's speedy lead-out earns him Zwift Rider of the Day

2018 Tour de France Zwift Rider of the Day

While Colombian sprint prodigy Fernando Gaviria ( Quick-Step Floors ) may have won his second stage of the Tour de France during stage 4 , today's Zwift Rider of the Day goes to his teammate Maximilano Richeze. One of the top lead-out men in the sport, he's often on screen in the dying moments of a stage, but never the first to get the plaudits afterwards. Now 35, the Argentinean has enjoyed a late career resurgence at the Belgian team, largely in his role guiding Gaviria through the rough-and-tumble of sprint finishes before leaving him to finish off the job. Since Richeze joined the team in 2016, 24 of Gaviria's 29 wins have come with him at his side. The close connection between the pair, and the interdependence of lead-out man and sprinter, is demonstrated by the fact that Richeze has raced with Gaviria in 85 of his 112 race ...

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Van Avermaet the 'lucky card' for BMC's Tour de France team time trial success

Greg Van Avermaet in yellow after BMC win the Tour de France TTT

Marco Pinotti, the magician behind BMC Racing 's regularly excellent team time trial performances, was beaming with joy after the squad's stunning ride that delivered the Tour de France TTT stage win on Monday in Cholet, and along with it the yellow jersey for Greg Van Avermaet . The 42-year-old Italian performance director prepared the BMC riders specifically for the stage, and shortly after they finished their ride he talked about the build-up and the performance. In a first analysis, Pinotti pointed out a few seconds BMC lost to Sky in the final part of the course. "We probably had a few corners in the final part that were bad," Pinottti said. "Maybe it's something to do with confidence that they didn't want to take risks. They were a little bit too grouped together. Luckily, there were still four seconds in the end. The goal for me was to win ...

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Tour de France: Colbrelli frustrated but proud after almost beating Sagan

Peter Sagan and Sonny Colbrelli sprint for the finish line of stage 2 at the Tour de France

Sonny Colbrelli ( Bahrain-Merida ) went closer than ever before to winning a stage at the Tour de France during stage 2 in La-Roche-sur-Yon on Sunday. He needed several minutes of extra riding around in circles beyond the finish line to overcome his frustration, anger and disappointment to losing to Peter Sagan. "It's a real pity not to win," Colbrelli said soon after at the Bahrain-Merida team bus, still struggling to come to terms with coming so close to victory. "I used a lot of energy to fight for Sagan's wheel, there was lots of shouldering going on, it was crazy. It's a pity because Sagan got the jump on me and I just couldn't get him back. The strongest rider won today, we all know how good Peter is, but at the same time I’m happy and proud of my performance. This is a big Tour sprint and I ...

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Tour Stage 3: “Trial” is the Right Word

Team Time Trial: Cholet-Cholet (35.3km) You know who must love team time-trials? Sponsors. They’re the perfect thing to put on flyers and press releases alongside buzzwords like “teamwork” or “power” or “Alpecin caffeine shampoo.” You know who doesn’t love team time-trials? Me. I find them a bit inequitable. More importantly, I find them boring. For the riders, it’s less of a prize than a normal stage win. Surprises are at a minimum. There’s a prescribed list of contenders that is not often upset. More importantly, there’s a list of GC contenders whose hopes of winning will be all but over by the time the roadside hoardings are taken down in Cholet. Anyway, it’s a rolling route with which the riders are faced. When the road rises, it does not do so too harshly, even if the Côte de la Segiuniere does look like at least a small challenge on aero ...

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Campagnolo disc brakes used for the first time at the Tour de France

Campagnolo disc brakes used for the first time at the Tour de France

Three years after disc brakes were first used at the professional level of the sport, Campagnolo's disc brake groupset has been used for the first time at the Tour de France through Andre Greipel and Jasper De Buyst of Lotto-Soudal . Adam Hansen (Lotto-Soudal) raced on the same groupset at the Giro d'Italia last year, though a Campagnolo spokesman explained to BikeRadar ahead of stage two that this was the first time they have been used officially. A plethora of new aero framesets have been launched in the week leading up to the Tour de France, including the Specialized Venge , Cannondale SystemSix , Trek Madone , BMC Timemachine Road and the new Ridley Noah Fast . Like the new Trek Madone, Ridley offers its new framesets in both a rim and disc brake option, while the other framesets are offered exclusively in disc brake models. Shimano and SRAM offered ...

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Tour de France: Richie Porte rues time loss after stage 1 crashes

Richie Porte (BMC) ahead of the 2018 Tour de France

The opening stage of the Tour de France was always going to be a fraught affair with tight Vendee roads, potential cross winds, and the fight for position all predictable but decisive features of the race. And so it proved. While Fernando Gaviria claimed his maiden Tour stage and first maillot jaune, the real fight for the GC took on a new dimension with Chris Froome, Richie Porte , Adam Yates and Nairo Quintana all losing time to several of their key rivals. Porte, who came into the race leading the line for BMC Racing in the their final Tour before their disbanding, finished in the same time as Froome and Yates, losing 51 seconds to Vincenzo Nibali, Tom Dumoulin, Romain Bardet and others. Such a deficit might not represent a terminal loss of Porte's GC aspirations but in a race that could be determined by seconds, the group of ...

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Tour Stage 1: Doesn’t Look Like Wind, Ted

Stage 1: Noirmoutier-en-l’Île — Fontenay-le-Comte (189k) And lo, it did come to July, and though the kicking of an acrylic bladder did delay proceedings, ye Grandest of Departs did come upon the land. There was much wailing and gnashing of teeth, as the King of the Land received quarter from the overlords. And so, saith thy loyal previewer, it’s about bloody time we kicked off proceedings. This is stage one of the 2018 Tour de France. The organisers of this race used to love the Passage du Gois. Crashes are now apparently out of fashion, however, so we’re coming back to the mainland from the start town, Normoutier- en-L’Île, on a safer route. The stage, of course, takes place mostly along the Atlantic coast which up until very recently led to optimism that there would be a good chance of crosswinds. However, no matter how much optimistic scouring of different ...

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3T launches 2x Strada Due

3T launches 2x Strada Due

Joe Robinson 5 Jul 2018 New version of 3T Strada has front mech hanger and to be available for Aqua Blue Sport riders When the 3T Strada launched last year it was heralded as radical. An aero road bike built specifically around disc brakes, optimised for 28mm tyres and most importantly 1x specific without provisions for a front mech. Now the brand has announced the 3T Strada Due, a traditional double chainring version of the same frame, going against the design justifications of the original 1x model. 3T believes that by having only one chainring eight watts in drag are saved while 300g in weight is shaved off through the loss of mechanical parts such as the mech and cabling, billing the Strada as the future of aerodynamic road bikes and stating that a single chainring was the next step in aero optimisation. However, problems began to arise with the ...

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Peter Sagan's Specialized S-Works Shiv TT

Peter Sagan's Specialized S-Works Shiv TT

This article was originally published on Cyclingnews.com Despite more than 100 victories for Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe), the Slovakian's time trial victories are few and far between. The three-time road world champion's last time trial victory was back in 2015, when he won the Slovakian time trial national championships. But with an eye on a stint in the yellow jersey at this year's Tour de France, Sagan will need to put in a strong performance on the stage 3 team time trial of the race to stay in contention for the race lead during the opening stages of the race – assuming he doesn't take yellow in either of the opening two stages. Tour de France 2018 bikes and tech 3T breaks its tradition with Strada Due Sagan's unpainted S-Works Shiv TT uses the same mix of Specialized, Shimano and Roval components as the Bora-Hansgrohe road bikes. While the majority of ...

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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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Tour de France Yellow Jersey Preview: Why they ARE Going to Win

Despite how it may come across in my various articles here at the Café, I am not in fact a negative or a cynical individual. In fact, occasionally, I can find it within my heart of stone to summon up a little optimism, and that is what I am doing just now. I will take a few of the favourites for the Tour de France, and focus entirely on their positive characteristics — why it is possible (probable!) that they will stand on the podium in Paris, clad in yellow and a grin from ear to ear. I’m doing this because, well, these are phenomenal athletes, who if they have a good race, all are capable of winning the damn thing. And there won’t be one rider who doesn’t deserve it. So. On to the riders. Chris Froome Completely ignoring all the events of the previous week, the obvious first ...

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3T adds Strada DUE to range, designed for 2x gearing

When Team Aqua Blue announced it would be starting the 2018 season on the disc-equipped and 1x-specific 3T Strada aero road bike, debates ensued. Was the pro cycling world ready for 1x gearing? Were the gaps between each rear shift going to be too great to be efficient in a rolling peloton? What about the … The post 3T adds Strada DUE to range, designed for 2x gearing appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Do You Want to be a Movistar?

When Bradley Wiggins won the Tour de France, Team Sky had a plan of getting him onto the podium of the Tour that seemed like it was on rails. Paris-Nice, check. Dauphiné, check. Jiffy bag, check. Everything went perfectly, and when it looked like his team mate Froome might challenge his leadership, he asserted his place in yellow fairly strongly. That is the Sky way of doing things, and we’ll see it again this month with Froome. On the other side of the spectrum, we have the Movistar way: throw your riders at the wall, and see who sticks. And so.... Let’s Meet the Contenders! Tim de Waele/Getty Images Here we have Mikel. Corbis Sport Cycling: 52nd Tirreno-Adriatico 2017 / Stage 7 This is Nairo. Tim de Waele/Getty Images And say hi to Alejandro. So yes, midway through last year’s Tour, then Sky rider Landa put in a very good ...

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The new 2019 Specialized Venge first-ride review: Aero is not everything

Specialized Venge 2018 (1 of 1)-2

The new Specialized Venge is not only a logical step forward, it’s a necessary step back into the real world, where bikes are ridden and races are raced The post The new 2019 Specialized Venge first-ride review: Aero is not everything appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Kelderman ruled out of Tour de France with shoulder injury

Wilco Kelderman finishes the Vuelta's 17th stage

Wilco Kelderman has been ruled out of the Tour de France after injuring his right shoulder in a crash during Sunday's Dutch national championships road race. The Dutchman had been due to line out in the Sunweb team for La Grande Boucle alongside Tom Dumoulin and Michael Matthews. Kelderman had surgery to fix a broken right collarbone from a crash during Tirreno-Adriatico in March, and his crash on Sunday caused the plate in the collarbone to bend. Following scans on Monday, Team Sunweb confirmed that Kelderman will be unable to participate in the Tour. "CT scans indicate that the plate mounted on his right collarbone is bent, which reduces functionality of the shoulder joint and a lot of pain," said team doctor Anko Boelens. "To start the Tour de France is no option. Additional check-ups will follow with international experts in this field, to determine the next steps and to ...

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