Fuglsang regrets wasting energy on Tour de France cobbles

Jakob Fuglsang (Astana)

Jakob Fuglsang managed a strong ride in stage 9 of the Tour de France on Sunday afternoon. The 33-year-old Astana rider finished in the same group as most GC-riders. After the finish, Fuglsang told Cyclingnews that his goal was to gain time on his rivals, but regretted that he wasted energy on the cobbles between Arras and Roubaix. He pointed to the lack of team support, lack of interest among other riders and the strength of the Movistar team. Fuglsang crashed in the fourth pavé sector of the day, the cobbles from Warlaing to Brillon. On the following sector, Team Sky opened up the gas, making it even harder for the Danish rider to come back. Nevertheless, Fuglsang managed to return to the first peloton together with Rafal Majka (Bora-Hansgrohe), shortly after the pavé sector to Orchies at sixty kilometres from the finish. Fuglsang quickly moved up and joined a ...

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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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Sagan: Tour’s cobbled stage was a crazy day

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 .

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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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Movistar hoping to limit their losses on Roubaix cobbles

Mikel Landa (Movistar)

Veteran Classics specialist Daniele Bennati and Movistar teammates Jose Rojas and Imanol Erviti face the arduous task of guiding not one, not two, but three team leaders across the Roubaix cobbles during today’s ninth stage of the Tour de France . Movistar have gone all-in on their assault at the Tour de France this year, selecting Nairo Quintana, Alejandro Valverde and Mikel Landa as joint team leaders in the hope that at least one of them can survive the expected carnage of the cobbles, remain well-placed in the overall classification and go on to fight for the yellow jersey. With eight-man squads at this year’s race, Movistar has just five domestiques to help their big three leaders. Paris-Nice winner Marc Soler and Andrey Amador will play a key role in the mountains and so Bennati, Rojas and Erviti have been doing extra shifts in the first week on the roads ...

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Vincenzo Nibali hoping to repeat his Roubaix cobbles attack of 2014 Tour de France

Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida)

Vincenzo Nibali built his 2014 Tour de France victory on a strong ride on the cobbles of Paris-Roubaix and is quietly hoping for a similar day of grace so that he can gain chunks of time on his overall rivals in this year's race. Nibali's younger brother Antonio took his first win as professional rider at the Tour of Austria, wearing race number 13 on Friday the 13th. Nibali is number 51 – the legendary number so often worn by Eddy Merckx and other Grand Tour winners. "I hope I can continue the family winning streak on Sunday, but it won't be easy. Bike racing is never predictable or logical, and cares little about families," Nibali told Cyclingnews . "Our first goal is to race well, to not lose time and to be at the head of the race. For sure, the stage is going to be a tough day ...

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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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Tour’s Roubaix: ‘If Nibali wants to attack, we will support him’

Tour’s Roubaix: ‘If Nibali wants to attack, we will support him’

In the 2014 Tour, Vincenzo Nibali took time on the cobblestone stage. This year, his team is ready to support another raid. Read the full article at Tour’s Roubaix: ‘If Nibali wants to attack, we will support him’ on VeloNews.com .

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Chris Froome shrugs off Tour de France time loss on Mur de Bretagne

Team Sky's Chris Froome and Geraint Thomas ride side by side during stage 5 at the Tour de France

The Mur de Bretagne is often referred to as the Alpe d'Huez of Brittany, and although the two-kilometre effort can't shape the Tour de France like its Alpine cousin, it nevertheless provides some interesting clues. Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida), Romain Bardet (AG2R La Mondiale) and Thibaut Pinot (FDJ) all suffered here in the first week of the 2015 Tour, while Andy Schleck lost time on the previous visit in 2011. Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) and Bardet were the headline losers on Thursday , but Chris Froome's more modest time losses certainly didn't go unnoticed, especially on a day when his Sky teammate and perhaps 'co-leader' Geraint Thomas actually gained time. Froome was safely in the main group of favourites most of the way up the steep two-kilometre final climb, but he lost contact when Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) set off for third place in the final couple of hundred metres and the ...

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Today at the Tour: Stage 6 winners and losers atop Mur-de-Bretagne

The last time the Tour de France included the Mûr-de-Bretagne — the wall of Brittany — Irish climber Dan Martin was caught in a bad position, hesitated a bit too long, and finished second behind Ag2r La Mondiale’s Alexis Vuillermoz, banging his handlebar across the finish line in frustration. That was in 2015, when Martin was … The post Today at the Tour: Stage 6 winners and losers atop Mur-de-Bretagne appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Dan Martin jumps clear to win Stage 6 of Tour de France

Five years after he won his first stage at the Tour de France, Dan Martin scooped his second with an assertive victory on stage six. The Irishman attacked 1.2 kilometres from the top of the Mur de Bretagne climb, riding strongly despite a headwind and holding off the hard-chasing riders behind. Pierre Latour (Ag2r La … The post Dan Martin jumps clear to win Stage 6 of Tour de France appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Tour de France contenders fight for every second in Brittany hills - Analysis

Alejandro Valverde (Movistar)

The two stages in the heart of the Brittany hills represent a high-speed, back-to-back test of nerves and fitness for the overall contenders at this year's Tour de France , with everyone scared and determined not to lose time to their rivals so early in the race. Stage 5 to Quimper ended with a sprint finish and a select group of 38 riders finishing on the same time. Thursday's sixth stage is much harder, with two times up the Mur de Bretagne climb and a finish atop the two-kilometre climb that kicks up in double digits and then eases near the finish. Any tiny gaps that open between the wheels can rapidly become significant and precious time differences. All the overall contenders were relieved to finish together in Quimper but know that the Mur de Bretagne has always produced time gaps - in 2011 when Cadel Evans beat Alberto Contador ...

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Tour de France: Expect GC action on Mur de Bretagne

Mur de Bretagne

On stage 6's Mur de Bretagne, the climbers will finally come to the fore after several hectic days at the Tour de France. Read the full article at Tour de France: Expect GC action on Mur de Bretagne on VeloNews.com .

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Today at the Tour: The Spring Classics in July

The Paris-Roubaix champion won, ahead of a recent winner of Brabantse Pijl. Former winners of Liège-Bastogne-Liège finished third, fourth, and sixth, with a Flèche Wallonne winner fifth, and a former Roubaix winner in seventh. The current Milan-San Remo champion finished 10th. Welcome to the Spring Classics in July. The west coast of France looked a … The post Today at the Tour: The Spring Classics in July appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Tour Teams Power Poll: Themes for Teams via The Bard

The Bard knows his Tour themes.

A Dylanesque ranking of the Tour’s top fifteen. I’m not the most plugged-in person here at the Cafe come Tour Time [insert complaints about children and the non-stop celebrations of the end of the school year]. I’m also on vacation, which is a mixed bag when it comes to thinking straight. In theory it’s a good thing. In theory... Which makes me the perfect person to write a Tour power poll. Power Polls are the greatest device ever invented by and/or for blogging, because you can define them any way you want, even though it sounds like a definitive ranking of the “best teams.” At the Tour, “best” is too complicated a matter for people to agree on, since it could mean either the maillot jaune (boring) or most influential overall. It can also mean in absolute or relative terms, the latter being relative to either other teams or to ...

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Tour de France bikes: Michal Kwiatkowski's custom Pinarello Dogma F10 X-Light — gallery

Tour de France bikes: Michal Kwiatkowski's custom Pinarello Dogma F10 X-Light — gallery

Team Sky's Michal Kwiatkowski, who arrived at the 2018 Tour de France as the newly crowned Polish national road race champion, has been provided with a custom painted Dogma F10 X-Light by Italian bike manufacturer Pinarello to complete the Grand Tour. Tour de France bikes: Greg Van Avermaet's custom-painted BMC Teammachine — gallery How to watch the Tour de France 2018 live on TV Tour de France 2018 bikes, gear and tech Kwiatkowski is racing his second Tour de France with Team Sky and will be a vital teammate as Chris Froome mounts a challenge for a record-equalling fifth Tour de France title. Kwiatkowski's bike has received a completely custom livery to celebrate his recent national title, with the Pinarello receiving a bold red and white split colour design commemorating the Polish national colours. Running an integrated carbon cockpit system from Pinarello's component company MOST, Kwiatkowski has some more real ...

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Tour Stage 5: Finistère-ing Contest

The Tour in the Finistère department, back in the ‘90s.

Lorient - Quimper (204.5km) For the first four stages, all the action has come on the flatlands, with only three mountain points so far awarded. That’s about to change as the race enters the Finistère département in the west of Brittany for a hilly, challenging stage five. When do you know it’s an unpredictable stage? When you’re waiting for the bookies to post odds two hours after the previous stage finished. Anyway, I’ll have a go at a prediction of my own. While this is far from a flat stage, there are no shockingly steep or long climbs on the menu, only third and fourth category hills averaging around six per cent over two or three kilometres, but it’s far more than has been seen so far along the route. The last kilometres are of course taken from the French 1.1 race the Tour du Finistère. It is usually won ...

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Eurobike 2018 part two: Best products and highlights

Cyclist magazine 10 Jul 2018 All the best bits of Eurobike 2018 day two including the best tech, clothing and bikes Our first day at Eurobike produced some interesting and innovative products. While there were no major bike launches, we did see a revolutionary groupset, a drivetrain with one more speed and a turbo trainer that has morphed into a spinning bike. The biggest launch yesterday was the CeramicSpeed DrivEn groupset. No chain and no mechs, it promises to be the 'world's most efficient groupset' that uses a 21-bearing roller pinion drive shaft system to produce an efficiency rating of 99%. Rotor turned it up to 13 as it launched the Rotor 1x13 hydraulic drivetrain. Compatible for all terrains, Rotor argues that 13-speeds almost cover the same gear ratios as a traditional 2x setup. Either way, a 13-speed 10-36 cassette will be good fun on most terrain. Day two of ...

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Nibali left fuming after Bahrain-Merida falter in TTT

Vincenzo Nibali at stage 2 of the Tour de France

Vincenzo Nibali tried to stay upbeat after losing 1:06 to Richie Porte (BMC Racing) and similar amounts to his overall rivals Geraint Thomas and Chris Froome (Team Sky), Mitchelton-Scott's Adam Yates and Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) in the Cholet team time trial on stage 3 of the Tour de France on Monday. The Sicilian struggled to hide his disappointment, however, clearly fuming about how his Bahrain-Merida teammates had failed to give him the support he had expected during the 35.5km effort. Bahrain-Merida selected powerful rouleurs Heinrich Haussler, Kristijan Koren and Sonny Colbrelli to help drive the squad in the team time trial. Yet Colbrelli and other riders were dropped early, quickly reducing the effectiveness of Bahrain-Merida's effort. Then Haussler and Koren were distanced with eight kilometres to go, leaving Nibali with climbers Gorka and Ion Izaguirre and Domenico Pozzovivo – the minimum number of riders necessary to set a time. ...

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