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 ...

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Cobbles cause chaos at the Tour de France but GC battle remains perfectly poised

Chris Froome (Team Sky) had one crash but came away unharmed in the Roubaix stage

The medical bulletin issued after stage 9 of the Tour de France included a long list of riders who were injured on the cobbles and roads of northern France, but offered little detail of the enormous physical battering the riders endured on the 15 sectors of cobbles that so shaped the stage and brought so much drama. The faces of the riders offered far more detail, revealing the inner pain and suffering sparked by the cobbled farm tracks of northern France. The riders really were the forçats de la route – the convicts of the road – as French journalist Albert Londres once famously described the Tour de France riders, as the Tour put on a sadistic Grand Tour freak show on Sunday, forcing the overall contenders to fight for wheels and try to simply find a safe passage to the finish. The Grand Tour flyweights had to fight with ...

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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 .

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Tour de France: Stage 9 finish line quotes

Understandibly so, John Degenkolb (Trek-Segafredo) was pretty excited to win after a long drought

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 ...

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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 .

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Tour de France 2018: John Degenkolb wins Stage 9 on the cobbles of Roubaix

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, ...

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Adam Yates surrounded by Classics experts for Tour de France cobbled stage

Adam Yates heads to the stage start

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 ...

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Tour de France: Double Dylan Groenewegen Zwift Rider of the Day

2018 Tour de France Zwift Rider of the Day

Seemingly in the form of his life after two wins in two days, Dylan Groenewegen ( LottoNL-Jumbo ) is our Zwift Rider of the Day on stage 8 of the Tour de France . The Dutchman beat perhaps the best field he has ever faced and did so convincingly in Amiens. With 6th and 4th places to his name heading towards the end of the race's first week while Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) and Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors) traded stage wins, it looked as though it would be tough for Groenewegen to get on the top step of the podium. Last year, his win in Paris came without those two riders, and also without Marcel Kittel (Katusha-Alpecin), Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data) and Arnaud Démare (Groupama-FDJ). To beat all of these men, plus André Greipel (Lotto-Soudal) and Alexander Kristoff (UAE Team Emirates) is looking like quite the step up from last July. ...

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Tony Martin out of Tour de France with spinal fracture

Marcel Kittel and Tony Martin with Rick Zabel

Tony Martin ( Katusha-Alpecin ) has been forced to abandon the Tour de France after being involved in a mass-crash during stage 9. His team announced on Twitter that Martin - who finished the stage in last place, 11:05 down - had suffered a fractured cervical vertebrae. "Unfortunately [Tony Martin] won‘t start tomorrow in stage 9. A spinal fracture (vertebral compression fracture) makes it impossible to continue [the Tour de France]." Martin crashed along with Dan Martin (UAE Team Emirates), who said he was " ripped to pieces " in the wreck, some 17km from the finish in Amiens. Both Tony Martin and Dan Martin visited the mobile x-ray truck provided by race organiser ASO. Dan Martin avoided any fractures but Tony Martin looked saddened and in a daze as he realised his Tour de France was over due to his fracture. A Velon on-board video captured the moment as ...

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Today at the Tour: A crash, two relegations, and cobblestone anxiety

We now interrupt all regularly programmed pre-written Roubaix stage previews with this very important message: There’s (almost) never a dull stage at the 2018 Tour de France. After Friday’s 231km Stage 7 yawner, what looked to be another uneventful stage — flat roads, token French riders in the breakaway, field sprint — turned into something else completely … The post Today at the Tour: A crash, two relegations, and cobblestone anxiety appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Dan Martin 'ripped to pieces' in Tour de France crash

Dan Martin (UAE Team Emirates) gets up after his crash

Dan Martin emerged from the Tour de France X-ray truck in pain but also relieved that he had not suffered any fractures in his high-speed crash in the stage to Amiens. The UAE Team Emirates leader crashed at speed with 17km to go but got up, chased with his teammates to limit his losses, finishing 1:16 behind the peloton and his overall rivals. The back of Martin's jersey was in shreds and he had a long cut across his lower back and blood staining his shorts. He initially struggled to climb the steps of his team bus but was able to joke when he spoke to a small group of media, including Cyclingnews that waited at the X-ray truck. "I've felt better…" he said. "You always knows it's a mess when the doctors take off the bandages to do the scan and go 'Ohhh!'. But it's not as bad as ...

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Stage 8 crash validates Martin’s win-some-lose-some Tour mantra

Stage 8 crash validates Martin’s win-some-lose-some Tour mantra

Dan Martin's Stage 8 crash validates the Irishman's win-some-lose-some Tour mantra. Read the full article at Stage 8 crash validates Martin’s win-some-lose-some Tour mantra on VeloNews.com .

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Tour de France: Stage 8 finish line quotes

Dylan Groenewegen wins the stage

Dylan Groenewegen (LottoNl-Jumbo) - stage winner The legs have been better every day. It was a fast final with a lot of corners but the team did an amazing job and put me in a great position. I saw Gaviria and Greipel were fighting for position but I saw the finish line and thought, this is the moment - I'm going. It was good. It was a hectic final, but that’s every day in the Tour. I am very proud of my team. The last two days have been very good with two wins. We're looking forward, tomorrow's a hard stage, also for the general classification riders. We will see, we'll try. Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing) - race leader Like we always say, a stage of the Tour is a stage of the Tour. You always have to be careful of losing any seconds. So I'm pretty happy we ...

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Groenewegen nabs second consecutive win on Stage 8 of the Tour de France

One day after winning the stage in Chartres, Dylan Groenewegen drew on his strong form and burgeoning confidence to clock up his third career victory in the Tour de France. The LottoNL-Jumbo rider whipped past Andre Greipel (Lotto-Soudal) to grab the stage in Amiens Métropole. Fernando Gaviria (QuickStep Floors) was closed against the barriers by … The post Groenewegen nabs second consecutive win on Stage 8 of the Tour de France appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Tour de France 2018: Groenewegen makes it two from two

Tour de France 2018: Groenewegen makes it two from two

Joe Robinson 14 Jul 2018 The Dutchman sprints to victory yet again while Dan Martin loses more time on GC Dylan Groenewegen (LottoNL-Jumbo) made it two stages out of two winning Stage 8 from Dreux to Amiens Metropole. The Dutchman left it late to launch his sprint eventually coming around Peter Sagan, Fernando Gaviria and Andre Greipal. Gaviria found himself boxed in by Greipal, even throwing a little headbutt at the German, which allowed Groenewegen the cleaner line to sprint to victory. Greipal took second from Gaviria in third. In the final 2,500m, Philippe Gilbert (Quick-Step Floors) nipped off the front in the hope of catching some behind napping but this was quickly brought back by Dimension Data and Lotto-Soudal. A largely uneventful day burst into life with 15km left to race. A small crash brought down Dan Martin (UAE-Team Emirates) and saw him losing ground on his GC rivals. ...

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Mark Cavendish: My back's against the wall the whole time, but I'll keep trying

Mark Cavendish waits for the start of stage 6 at the Tour de France

Mark Cavendish and his Dimension Data team produced their best lead out and sprint so far in this year’s Tour de France , with the Manxman in the mix and on Dylan Groenewegen’s wheel until 200 metres to go. A touch of wheels with Alexander Kristoff (UAE Team Emirates) slowed Cavendish and he faded as Groenewegen (LottoNL-Jumbo) powered away to victory, beating Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors) and Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe). With the win gone, Cavendish eased up and finished 10th, but the result told just a small part of Cavendish’s sprint. Buoyed by his and Dimension Data’s performance, Cavendish was happy to give his take on his best performance of the week. Some have written off Cavendish’s chances of winning sprints and dismissed his goal of winning four more stages so that he can match Eddy Merckx’s record of 34 Tour de France stage victories. “I was following quite good ...

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Tour de France 2018 Stage 7: Dylan Groenewegen sprints to victory

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, ...

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Photo gallery: Dan Martin tames the Mur de Bretagne on Le Tour’s stage 6

On stage 8 of the 2015 Tour de France, on the famous Mur de Bretagne climb, Dan Martin broke clear with roughly 600m to go and rode away to finish five seconds clear of a reduced peloton. The only problem for the Irishman was that Alexis Vuillermoz had finished five seconds earlier, having himself attacked … The post Photo gallery: Dan Martin tames the Mur de Bretagne on Le Tour’s stage 6 appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Dan Martin’s Tour jersey is missing one small detail

Dan Martin’s Tour jersey is missing one small detail

Have a close look at Dan Martin's Champion System jersey at the Tour de France and you'll notice something unusual. Read the full article at Dan Martin’s Tour jersey is missing one small detail on VeloNews.com .

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Quick-Step Floors' quest for Tour de France lead ends on Mûr de Bretagne

Julian Alaphilippe (Quick-Step Floors) came fourth on the stage

Thursday's stage 6 at the Tour de France was probably the last chance for Quick-Step Floors to take back the yellow jersey but none of the three riders within ten seconds of race leader Greg Van Avermaet (BMC) were able to match stage winner Dan Martin (UAE Team Emirates) on the 2km final climb of the Mûr de Bretagne. Stage favourite Julian Alaphilippe came into the stage only six seconds down on Van Avermaet, Philippe Gilbert trailed by three, and Bob Jungels, the team's GC rider, was an outsider at nine seconds. Alaphilippe proved to be the team's best finisher, three seconds behind the solo winner, but he missed out on the time bonus with fourth place, while Van Avermaet finished in the same time to keep the maillot jaune. Gilbert and Jungels trailed in with a group 12 seconds behind Martin. Shortly after crossing the finish line, Alaphilippe didn't ...

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