Craddock suffers through TDF cobbles: ‘Tough is an understatement’
Craddock clears major hurdle, finishing Tour's cobbled stage. Now he's recovering for this week's mountain stages. Read the full article at Craddock suffers through TDF cobbles: ‘Tough is an understatement’ on VeloNews.com .
Lizzie Deignan to lead new Trek women's WorldTour team
Dan Alexander Joe Robinson 16 Jul 2018 The team will be built around former world champion Lizzie Deignan who is the team’s first signing. Bicycle manufacturer Trek has announced a new women’s professional road team for the 2019 season with the intention of riding in the UCI Women’s WorldTour. British rider Lizzie Deignan has been confirmed as Trek’s first signing and will lead the team next year, once she returns to competition having sat out this season for the birth of her first child. She will move across from leading team Boels-Dolmans. On the move, Deignan has expressed her delight saying she’s 'thrilled' to sign as, 'the goals of the team perfectly align with my personal and professional goals'. A second rainbow jersey on home roads in Yorkshire will be a major target for Deignan’s return season with Trek as she looks to add to her first world championships from ...
Lizzie Deignan on returning from pregnant pause to new Trek team
It is far from an everyday occurrence to sign up for a new cycling team while in your final trimester of pregnancy. However, the fact that Trek saw Lizzie Deignan’s impending motherhood as an opportunity, rather than a risk, spoke volumes to the former world champion about exactly why joining the new women’s cycling team … The post Lizzie Deignan on returning from pregnant pause to new Trek team appeared first on CyclingTips .
BMC to merge with CCC; Van Avermaet stays on board
The American-registered squad was facing closure over a lack of sponsor dollars but will live on. Read the full article at BMC to merge with CCC; Van Avermaet stays on board on VeloNews.com .
Lizzie Deignan to headline new Trek women’s team
The U.S.-based bike manufacturer announced it will own and manage a new women's road racing team starting in 2019. Read the full article at Lizzie Deignan to headline new Trek women’s team 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 ...
Confirmed: BMC Racing saved by Polish shoe brand CCC as Van Avermaet signs contract extension
Joe Robinson 16 Jul 2018 CCC come on as title sponsor while Van Avermaet decides to stay BMC Racing will continue in the WorldTour under the new guise of CCC, the Polish footwear company that currently acts as main sponsor to ProContinental team CCC Sprandi Polkowice, it was confirmed today at the Tour de France rest day. This agreement to become the new title sponsor means that current Tour de France yellow jersey wearer Greg Van Avermaet will continue with the team, signing a new three-year contract, taking the role of team leader. Current BMC Racing team manager Jim Ochowicz will also continue in his role while CCC CEO Dariusz Milek becomes owner of the team. This will see the Polish shoe company make its first jump up into cycling’s top sphere after 18 years of sponsorship. Ochowicz was spotted with CCC CEO Dariusz Milek before yesterday’s Tour stage , ...
BMC Racing to be saved by Polish shoe brand CCC as Van Avermaet signs contract extension
Joe Robinson 16 Jul 2018 Announcement expected at today's Tour de France press conference as CCC CEO visits race BMC Racing is set to continue in the WorldTour under the new guise of CCC, the Polish footwear company that currently acts as main sponsor to ProContinental team CCC Sprandi Polkowice. This agreement to become the new title sponsor means that current Tour de France yellow jersey wearer Greg Van Avermaet will continue with the team, signing a new three-year contract, according to reports in French newspaper L’Equipe . It is expected that current BMC Racing team manager Jim Ochowicz will confirm reports of the merger with CCC on today’s Tour rest day as the Polish shoe company looks to make its first jump up into cycling’s top sphere after 18 years of sponsorship. Ochowicz was spotted with CCC CEO Dariusz Milek before yesterday’s Tour stage , even finding time to ...
Peter Sagan: I was too far back on the final sector of cobbles
Peter Sagan ( Bora-Hansgrohe ) was a top pick for the win on the pavé on Sunday's cobbled ninth stage of the Tour de France , but only finished fifth, 19 seconds down on winner John Degenkolb (Trek-Segafredo). The world champion started the final sector of pavé too far back, he said, and then "it was too late to chase". What happened when Degenkolb, yellow jersey Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing) and Quick-Step's Yves Lampaert got away on the final section of cobblestones? "What happened is that they just dropped everybody," Sagan told Cyclingnews , and laughed. "No, well, I didn't go because I was too far back in the group on the last sector of cobbles, and so when they went, it was really hard to get back up to the front, and by then it was too late to chase. I tried to chase them, but without anyone ...
BMC Racing vow to fight on despite Porte crashing out
The BMC Racing team suffered a Sunday in Hell on stage 9 of the Tour de France , with Richie Porte crashing out and Tejay van Garderen losing five minutes. But on a happier note, Greg Van Avermaet extended his overall race lead to 43 seconds over Team Sky 's Geraint Thomas , while the Belgian is also expected to confirm that he'll stay with the team in 2019 as part of a team-saving merger with CCC Sprandi secured by manager Jim Ochowicz. Van Avermaet was disappointed not to win the stage while wearing the iconic yellow jersey after being beaten by Trek-Segafredo's John Degenkolb , but accepted defeat and vowed to fight on despite the loss of Porte. "I thought I was going to win. I believed in my sprint," the Belgian rider said, his usually controlled voice an octave sadder in disappointment. "I think it would have been ...
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: Unbreakable Degenkolb wins Zwift Rider of the Day
After winning the first Tour de France stage of his career over the cobbles of Roubaix, John Degenkolb ( Trek-Segafredo ) more than earned the title of Zwift Rider of the Day. It's the German's first WorldTour win since the 2015 season, completing his return from the horrific training crash that saw him and five teammates hospitalised in January 2016. Degenkolb rode away along with Greg Van Avermaet (BMC) and Yves Lampaert (Quick-Step Floors) on the 14th sector out of 16 at Camphin-en-Pévèle, 18km from the finish. It was an elite group with two former Paris-Roubaix winners that quickly built an insurmountable lead, with the GC-focused chase group more concerned about the riders behind than chasing down the three cobble specialists. Despite getting to the head of the race, virtually guaranteed of a podium spot for the day, there would still be a lot of work for Degenkolb to do. ...
Tour de cobblestones: Bardet’s ‘miracle’ ride
Romain Bardet miraculously avoids major time loss in Tour stage 9, despite three flat tires on the cobblestones. Read the full article at Tour de cobblestones: Bardet’s ‘miracle’ ride on VeloNews.com .
Uran’s Tour chances dented on the cobbles
Rigoberto Urán's perfect tour was blemished on stage 9 to Roubaix, but he still heads into the Alps with a shot at overall victory. Read the full article at Uran’s Tour chances dented on the cobbles on VeloNews.com .
John Degenkolb: So much pressure has fallen off my shoulders now
There was no lap of the velodrome and no cobblestone trophy but John Degenkolb 's victory in Roubaix, after arguably the cruellest and most tense stage of the Tour de France , was a hugely significant moment for the Trek-Segafredo rider. In an instant, as he beat Greg van Avermaet and Yves Lampaert in the sprint, all his doubts, all the pressure and all the pain of the last two years fell away, giving way to relief, joy and personal pride. He was understandably quite emotional. Degenkolb confirmed his talent for the Classics with victory at Milan-San Remo and Paris-Roubaix in 2015. But he has been fighting his way back from physical and mental scars left by an accident in Spain when a driver hit Degenkolb and several teammates during a 2016 pre-season training ride. He suffered serious injuries and was left with a permanently damaged hand. He tried to ...
Emotional win confirms Degenkolb’s return
After three seasons of injuries and setbacks, John Degenkolb finally won a WorldTour race Read the full article at Emotional win confirms Degenkolb’s return on VeloNews.com .
Sagan: Tour’s cobbled stage was a crazy day
Peter Sagan says the Tour's ninth stage was a crazy ride across Northern France's cobblestones. He could only manage fifth. Read the full article at Sagan: Tour’s cobbled stage was a crazy day on VeloNews.com .
Chris Froome crashes on Tour de France cobbles but avoids losing time
Chris Froome and Geraint Thomas warmed down on the rollers in the shadow of the Roubaix velodrome, with the dust and fatigue of their Tour de France trip through the Hell of the North mixed with satisfaction and relief. Both Team Sky riders finished in the front group, 27 second behind stage winner John Degenkolb (Trek-Segafredo) with most of their overall rivals. Thomas is now second overall, 43 seconds down on Greg van Avermaet (BMC Racing), with Froome up to eighth at 1:42. "I think it's a good position to be in. I'm really happy with that," Froome insisted after the riders prepared for the plane transfer south to the Alps. "I'm relieved to get this stage behind us, I'm really looking forward to the mountains now, where the real race will start. I hope to come out of the mountains swinging." Froome was well protected by his Team Sky ...
Ochowicz expected to confirm merger with CCC team on Monday
Jim Ochowicz is expected to confirm a merger with the CCC Sprandi team on Monday’s rest day at the Tour de France, with funding from the Polish shoe brand saving the BMC Racing team from the risk of closure. Greg Van Avermaet is expected to now stay with Ochowicz in 2019 and lead the new-look team for the Classics. Richie Porte , Rohan Dennis and Tejay van Garderen have reportedly signed for other teams for 2019, with Porte moving to Trek Segafredo, Dennis to Bahrain-Merida and Van Garderen to EF Education First-Drapac. Ochowicz refused to comment on reports of a merger with CCC earlier in the week but left the Tour de France on Friday only to return for Sunday’s cobbled stage to Roubaix with the Billionaire CEO of CCC Dariusz Milek and former Polish professional rider Piotr Wadecki. They posed for photographs with Van Avermaet before the start of ...
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 ...