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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Tour de France 2018: Predictions & Promises

2018 Tour de France: Predictions and Promises

BikeRoar's preview and predictions of the 105th edition of Le Tour, starting in Noirmoutier-en-l’île on Saturday, July 7th, and racing for three weeks to Paris, ending Sunday, July 29.

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BMC Alpenchallenge AMP Sport LTD e-bike first ride review

BMC Alpenchallenge AMP Sport LTD e-bike first ride  review

Sharing much of its spec list with the City LTD , the Alpenchallenge AMP Sport LTD does away with the mudguards and wider tyres, and swaps out the 38x11-32 gearing for a 44x11-34 setup. Shimano’s Metrea is replaced by the new Ultegra RX clutch mech, an Ultegra cassette and RS600 hydraulic discs. The wheels are sportier too, being DT Swiss AMP 1600 Spline, with 30mm Vittorias fitted. BMC Alpenchallenge AMP City LTD e-bike first ride review BMC’s new go anywhere Alpenchallenge AMP e-bike range BMC's Roadmachine X is designed for even more adventure After a 2.5-hour morning ride on a different bike (watch this space), the afternoon’s bike was unveiled. By the time the pre-ride adjustments and cat herding had taken place, it was around 15:30, so the perfect time to set off for a ride up the Grosse Scheidegg in Switzerland. Blissfully unaware of the mountain’s Swiss status, I ...

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Biver creating new team for 2019 but not to save BMC Racing

Astana's Marc Biver is interogated by media

Marc Biver has confirmed he is creating a new team for 2019 but has made it clear he will not be the savour of the BMC Racing team , which is in a race against time to find a new title sponsor. The 66-year-old Biver is known for managing the Astana team in 2007 when Alexandre Vinokourov tested positive for blood doping. He also organised the Tour de Suisse with the IMG management company and worked as an agent for a number of riders, including Tony Rominger. Biver’s brother Jean-Claude, is the CEO of Tag Heuer, and the Swiss watch brand became a sponsor of the BMC Racing team in 2017. Marc had reportedly been leading the search for new sponsors to replace BMC, but the US-registered WorldTour team has yet to find a backer, with some of its leading riders in talks with other teams for 2019. Biver confirmed ...

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Astana name team to support Fuglsang at Tour de France

Jakob Fuglsang finished second overall at Tour de Suisse

The Astana team have named their eight-rider squad for the Tour de France with Jakob Fuglsang confirmed as team leader, with Magnus Cort targeting the sprint finishes. The line-up includes several Classics riders and rouleurs to protect Fuglsang in the opening nine stages in Brittany and across northern France, especially on the key stage across the cobbles to Roubaix. Fuglsang finished second behind Richie Porte (BMC Racing) at the recent Tour de Suisse and seems on track for the Tour de France. The Dane won the Criterium du Dauphine in 2017, but then crashed hard on stage 11 of the Tour de France and eventually quit the race on two days later. He finished seventh in the 2013 Tour de France and believes this year’s route, including the testing first week in Brittany on the on the Roubaix cobbles, suits him. “It looks interesting, it looks hard. For me, I ...

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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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Spartacus vs Phil the Thrill: The looming Cancellara-Gaimon fondo showdown

With July looming, it is time for the cycling community to cast its focus on the preeminent and most controversial race of the season — the gran fondo grudge-match between Fabian Cancellara and Phil Gaimon. That highly touted but poorly understood contest between two retired pros of considerably different pedigree will take place this Sunday … The post Spartacus vs Phil the Thrill: The looming Cancellara-Gaimon fondo showdown appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Citing strong season, Valverde upbeat about Tour chances

Supported by Just under one year ago Alejandro Valverde crashed out of the Tour de France on the opening day, hitting the ground at high speed during the opening time trial and fracturing his kneecap and ankle. Now, with the 2018 race on the horizon, the Spaniard has spoken about his triumphant return to racing, his build-up … The post Citing strong season, Valverde upbeat about Tour chances appeared first on CyclingTips .

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BMC Racing back Richie Porte in pursuit of Tour de France podium

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

The BMC Racing Team have named a strong and experienced team they hope will help Richie Porte fight for a place on the final podium at the Tour de France . Porte finished fifth in 2016 but crashed out last year on the descent to Chambery. However he won the recent Tour de Suisse and is considered one of the overall contenders for this year’s race along with Chris Froome (Team Sky), Nairo Quintana (Movistar), Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) and Romain Bardet (AG2R La Mondiale). The future of the BMC Racing team is uncertain due to a lack of title sponsors for 2019, with Porte set to joinTrek Segafredo, according to a report by Cyclingnews. However the team has strong Grand Tour credentials, with Tejay van Garderen and Damiano Caruso selected to support Porte. Also in the final eight-rider line-up are Greg Van Avermaet, Australian veteran Simon Gerrans, the Swiss duo ...

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Quintana outlines his Tour de France plans

Richie Porte and Nairo Quintana on the final Tour de Suisse podium

Nairo Quintana will be one of three leaders at his Movistar team – along with Mikel Landa and Alejandro Valverde – for the start of the Tour de France on July 7 , and the Colombian has talked about how he expects the race to go. In a team media release ahead of the Tour, Quintana says he's heading to this year's race in a much more relaxed state, having reduced his number of race days to be less tired, having ridden the Giro d'Italia before last year's Tour, which proved to be too difficult. "It's been a bit different for me so far this season – calmer," said Quintana. "We've fared well in all four of the stage races I've taken part in. I was second in Colombia [Oro y Paz] and at Catalunya, with the latter won by Alejandro. I was then fifth at País Vasco, where we ...

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Peter Sagan and Majka to lead Bora-Hansgrohe at Tour de France

Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe)

Peter Sagan will have the backing of a solid Bora-Hansgrohe squad for the Tour de France , with Rafal Majka leading the German team's overall hopes. Sagan will target a record-equaling sixth green points jersey in July and further stage victories. He was disqualified from the 2017 Tour de France after tangling with Mark Cavendish in the stage 4 sprint but was later cleared of any wrongdoing by the UCI. The three-time world road race champion will be have the support of Marcus Burghardt, Maciej Bodnar and Daniel Oss for the sprints and flat stages but there is no place in the eight-rider squad for his brother Juraj, who Peter beat to take the recent Slovakian national championships. Bodnar will also lead Bora-Hansgrohe's hopes against the clock after winning the final time trial of the 2017 Tour de France in Marseille. Sagan is trying to equal Erik Zabel's record of ...

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Transfer mechanics: Richie Porte edges closer to Trek-Segafredo contract

Richie Porte in the bunch during stage 4 at Tour de Romandie

Cyclingnews has learned from several sources that Richie Porte 's next team is set to be Trek-Segafredo with the Australian moving at the end of this season. Porte and his representatives have held talks with several teams over the last few months as speculation mounted as to the long-term future of BMC Racing . Contracts cannot be officially signed until the UCI'S August 1 deadline but we have learned that Porte and Trek-Segafredo have an agreement in principle. Porte, who heads into the Tour de France as one of the contenders for overall victory, has been part of the BMC Racing set up for three seasons and has solidified his position as one of the best week-long stage racers of his generation. He recently won the Tour de Suisse, and has a strong BMC Racing squad to back him at the Tour de France in July. He is currently putting ...

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How to prevent sunburn when you're cycling

How to prevent sunburn when you're cycling

The signature ‘cyclist’s tan’ may help you recognise fellow roadies, but long days riding in the sun can have a more serious impact. Essential tips for riding in hot weather Skin cancer, cycling and how to protect yourself UK readers: can you help us get more people on bikes? Whether you’re a keen cyclist or a complete beginner, we’d love you to get involved in our Get Britain Riding campaign, in association with B’Twin. Click here to sign up! Studies from Cancer Research UK found the amount of men and women dying from skin cancer has increased in the last three decades, suggesting that we fail to treat our skin with the respect it deserves when it comes to sun damage. British Skin Foundation dermatologist and keen cyclist Dr. Ian Coulson says cyclists are particularly at risk from sun damage. “Cyclists face cumulative sun damage from chronic exposure,” he says, ...

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Disc brakes expected to proliferate at Tour de France after UCI approval

Trek-Segafredo's Trek Madone Discs ran 140mm disc rotors at the rear end of the bike

Following the UCI decision to formally authorise disc brakes in road racing from July 1, the braking technology is expected to proliferate in the professional peloton, with several leading teams expected to use disc brakes at the Tour de France . Some brands and teams have been cautious about investing in and using disc brakes while the technology was allowed on a trial basis , with riders concerned about weight and the speed of wheel changes, especially in the Classics. However, several leading brands have produced disc brake bikes that are close to the UCI weight limit of 6.8kg, and wheel change times should decrease as mechanics become more experienced. Trek-Segafredo are expected to race entirely on disc brakes during the Tour de France, with riders from Quick-Step Floors and Bora-Hansgrohe – including world champion Peter Sagan , likely to use a new Specialized aero bike fitted with disc brakes, ...

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Tour de France Team Selections Open Thread

Movistar captain Nairo Quintana

Coming soon to a mountain pass near you... Because I am horrible at time management and a few other things, let me just quickly get the discussion started on what is likely to be the only thing going on this week, with pretty much no top-end racing on the calendar: who gets to go to the Tour de France. Let’s look round for some announcements coming out in the last 24 hours. Tour de France └ 105e édition └ Compo d'équipe └ Démare └ Gaudu └ Guarnieri └ Le Gac └ Ludvigsson └ Molard └ Sinkeldam └ Vichot pic.twitter.com/EOMmLDQHi6 — Équipe Cycliste Groupama-FDJ (@GroupamaFDJ) June 25, 2018 The headliner is Arnaud Démare, who will hunt for stages and is gaining form after the Tour de Suisse. David Gaudu is a young climber who won’t likely put on any special jerseys in his inaugural Tour, but having come second to teammate ...

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