Team Sunweb name Tour de France roster supporting Dumoulin

Tom Dumoulin (Sunweb) at the start of the Giro d'Italia

Team Sunweb are heading into the Tour de France with a goal of learning about the race for a future run at the general classification with Tom Dumoulin . Coach Tom Veelers said the 2017 Giro d'Italia overall winner will go into the Tour de France without pressure to get results this year, instead focusing on building for a future general classification attempt at the Grande Boucle. "We've never been to the Tour de France with a GC focus, and it will be a completely new experience for us and a long-term challenge that we are looking forward to," Veelers said in a statement released with the roster announcement. "We want to get through that process with Tom this year without any pressure on results, creating the foundations to build on in the years to come," Veelers said. "The parcours provide the perfect platform for an exciting race, and after ...

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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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National Championships Preview

A quick primer on the peloton getting patriotic with some intrastate conflict The best racing occurring in the middle doldrums of the cycling season is just about upon us, and I’m not talking about the Tour. It’s that time of the year when the FSA-DS owners of Ignatas Konovalovas and Gert Joeaar can finally celebrate. I’m of course talking about Nats. As a cycling fan, one of the most frustrating things for me is the inability to find a good central website that has information on all of these races. So, for once in my brief time writing here on PdC, I’m actually going to post something that is informative and not just a barrage of dad jokes, bad puns, and Betancur quips. So let’s get to it and preview some of the national championship courses this year. We’ll be taking a quick look at Belgium, Britain, France, Germany, Italy, ...

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Richie Porte vows to be better at Tour de France after Suisse win

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

Richie Porte ( BMC ) took the biggest win of his professional career on Sunday as he wrapped up the general classification at the Tour de Suisse , his final race before the Tour de France , before vowing to improve his form at July's Grand Tour. The Australian had an indifferent spring but after finishing third at the Tour de Romandie in April he found another gear at the Tour de Suisse, winning the event from Jakob Fuglsang (Astana) and Nairo Quintana (Movistar). "This was a big goal. Let's not beat around the bush. It's a very important race and I think it's disrespectful to say it's a 'lead in' race for the Tour de France as it means a lot to win it. It's such a prestigious race," Porte said in a press release on Sunday. "So, I think going forward into the Tour de France, it's a ...

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Richie Porte wins the Tour de Suisse

Richie Porte (BMC) in the yellow leader's jersey at Tour de Suisse

Richie Porte (BMC) confirmed his overall victory at the Tour de Suisse, extending his overall lead with a solid time trial in Bellinzona. Porte’s teammate Stefan Küng, who wore yellow after BMC’s stage one team time trial win, took the stage victory with a time of 39:45, a full 19 seconds ahead of second-placed Søren Kragh Andersen (Sunweb). Jakob Fuglsang’s 8th place on the day, 38 seconds down, saw him leapfrog from sixth to second on GC. Porte was next best among the GC contenders, 1:04 behind Küng, while Nairo Quintana (Movistar) held on to third overall as Wilco Kelderman (Team Sunweb) surprisingly fell off the podium and into fifth place. The victory, in Porte’s first participation at the race, sets the Australian up well for his shot at the Tour de France, which is now just under three weeks away. “This was a big goal – let’s not beat ...

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Tour de Suisse stage 9 time trial start times

Richie Porte (BMC) leads the Tour de Suisse, after stage 7

The Tour de Suisse concludes on Sunday with a 34.1km individual time trial in Bellinzona, where Richie Porte (BMC) will hope to secure final overall victory. The Australian carries a lead of 17 seconds over Nairo Quintana (Movistar) into the final stage, while Wilco Kelderman (Sunweb) is 52 seconds down in third. The first rider off is Calvin Watson (Aqua Blue Sport), who sets out at 13:07 local time. Of the early starters, Taylor Phinney (EF-Drapac), Michael Hepburn (Mitchelton-Scott) and Maciej Bodnar (Bora-Hansgrohe) are among the men to watch. Porte has picked out teammate Stefan Küng as the favourite for stage honours and the Swiss rider rolls down the start ramp at 14:51. The top ten riders on GC will set out at two-minute intervals, beginning with Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo), who starts his effort at 15:18. The battle for podium places is sure to be tight, with less than a ...

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Tour de Suisse: Porte survives hectic circuit in Bellinzona

Richie Porte and Nairo Quintana at the start of stage 8 at the tour de Suisse

Richie Porte ( BMC Racing ) survived a hectic penultimate stage Saturday at the Tour de Suisse and will carry a 17-second lead over Nairo Quintana (Movistar) into Sunday's final 34km time trial. Arnaud Demare (Groupama-FDJ) won the bunch kick at the end of stage 8 Saturday in Bellinzona, where the peloton navigated six laps of a technical 21.5km circuit, bringing back the final breakaway survivors within kilometres of the finish. A ballistic pace on the final lap saw the peloton strung out in single file, but with the help of teammates Greg Van Avermaet and Stefan Küng, Porte was well positioned near the front of the group and sprinted to 12th place to preserve his GC advantage. "That was such a nervous and stressful stage," Porte said. "It looked like today went without any problems, but that's thanks to my fantastic team here. BMC Racing Team has been great ...

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Tour de Suisse: Demare wins stage 8 in Bellinzona

Arnaud Demare wins stage 8 at the Tour de Suisse

Arnaud Démare ( Groupama-FDJ ) won the penultimate stage of the Tour de Suisse , coming from behind to outsprint Fernando Gaviria (Quick Step Floors) in Bellinzona. Alexander Kristoff (UAE-Team Emirates) claimed third place ahead of world champion Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe). On a rare flat day at the Tour de Suisse, the break was caught in the final 10km, all was set for the final sprint showdown of the race. Quick-Step Floors, Groupama-FDJ and Bora-Hansgrohe all battled for prime position in the final 5km but it was the Belgian team who looked to have gotten a jump on their rivals in the final kilometre. Gaviria and his leadout man Maximilano Richeze hit the front 500 metres out, with Démare, Kristoff and Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) lined out behind. The Colombian launched first, hugging the barriers with 200 metres to go. Gaviria was locked in a head-to-head battle with Démare for the ...

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Tour de Suisse: Porte comes under attack from Quintana

Overall leader Richie Porte (BMC) during stage 7 at Tour de Suisse

Richie Porte conceded 22 seconds of his lead during stage 7 at the Tour de Suisse to a long-range successful attack from Movistar's Nairo Quintana, but the BMC rider held onto the yellow jersey, thanks to some furious pace-setting by teammate Greg Van Avermaet. After Quintana made his move with 25km to go, Porte was forced to lead the chase, but when the Colombian kicked a second time, Porte wisely waited to rely on the help of his team. Tejay van Garderen made his way back to the group to briefly help chase, but it was Van Avermaet, who dropped back from the early breakaway, who proved critical to limiting Porte's losses. "That was a long climb and I don't think we ever expected Nairo to go that early but that's racing," Porte said. "I wasn't expecting an attack so early on the bottom of the climb but I had ...

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Kragh Andersen: 'I like to win, that's why I race my bike'

Soren Kragh Andersen (Team Sunweb) on the Tour de Suisse podium after winning stage 6

Soren Kragh Andersen ( Team Sunweb ) was given free reign to join the breakaway on stage 6 of the Tour de Suisse , staying in the front group over the two early hors categorie climbs before launching a late solo attack in the closing kilometres of the race, where he passed Michael Gogl (Trek-Segafredo) as they approached the flamme rouge and took the stage win. The stage victory is the 23-year-old Dane's first win at WorldTour level, and with Sunweb teammates Wilco Kelderman and Sam Oomen - who also holds the young leader's jersey - second and third, respectively, the week could yet get better for the German-registered squad. It was perhaps a surprise then, with teammates in such strong positions in the overall and a tough day in the mountains, that the Sunweb management gave Kragh Andersen the green light to join the day's break. "You can call ...

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Richie Porte extends Tour de Suisse lead with late attack

Richie Porte in yellow during stage 6 at Tour de Suisse

Richie Porte ( BMC Racing ) extended his lead on GC at the Tour de Suisse to 32 seconds over Sam Oomen and Wilco Kelderman (both Team Sunweb) with a late attack on the final climb of stage 6 . The Australian attacked from a group of GC contenders and rode Nairo Quintana (Movistar) and several other potential Tour de France riders off his wheel. Although the stage win escaped him, Porte is in a strong position to win his first stage race of 2018 and take a morale-boosting victory with the Tour de France just weeks away. Two key stages remain in the Tour de Suisse, however, and after last year's finale at the Critérium du Dauphiné in which he lost the lead in dramatic fashion, Porte is not taking any chances or writing off any of his rivals. "It's nice to take a little bit more time. Guys ...

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Tour de Suisse: Kragh Andersen wins stage 6

Soren Kragh Andersen (Team Sunweb) wins stage 6 at Tour de Suisse

Soren Kragh Andersen (Sunweb) took victory from the breakaway on stage 6 of the Tour de Suisse as Richie Porte (BMC Racing) extended his overall lead with an attack on the late climb to the line in Gommiswald. Nathan Haas (Katusha-Alpecin), unable to match Andersen’s surge on the third-category climb, which topped out just shy of a kilometre from the line, crossed the line nine seconds down. Several seconds behind the Australian came the remaining remnants of the breakaway - which had once been as large as 18 - led by Gorka Izagirre (Bahrain-Merida) for third place. In amongst that group of five was the yellow jersey of Porte, who had stormed up the climb, at such a rate that Nairo Quintana (Movistar) and the rest of his rivals had to relent and watch him disappear up the road. The Tasmanian finished 12 seconds ahead of the main GC group ...

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Tour de Suisse: Porte in yellow, Greipel's contract, Mitchelton team meeting - Podcast

Richie Porte pulls on the Tour de Suisse leader's jersey after stage 5

It’s the end of stage 5 at the Tour de Suisse , and in the latest edition of the Cyclingnews podcast, brought to you in association with Prendas Ciclismo, Pinarello and Floyds of Leadville, we look back at the first mountain-top finish of this year’ race. We start with Mitchelton-Scott , who kindly allowed us onto their team bus in order to listen to their pre-stage meeting. Conducted by Matt Wilson, the squad made detailed plans about the stage, with each of their riders given precise instructions in order to protect their leader, Jack Haig. The riders looked at the race profile video, while Switzerland’s Michael Albasini gave his expert view on the roads and how the race might unfold. There was time to listen to the riders discuss their rivals and several race scenarios before the squad headed to sign on for the stage. Before the start we also ...

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Kelderman on Porte's radar as Tour de Suisse hots up

Wilco Kelderman (Sunweb) on the podium

Despite starting the Tour de Suisse with just 11 days of racing in his legs Wilco Kelderman ( Team Sunweb ) continues to impress with a valiant display on the first mountain stage of the race. The Dutchman finished fourth, in the same time as stage winner Diego Ulissi (UAE Team Emirates), to move up to third overall, 20 seconds down on Richie Porte's (BMC Racing) overall lead. Kelderman was supported by several teammates on the final climb to the summit at Leukerbad, with teammate Sam Oomen also making the main GC group that splintered off the front of the peloton in the closing stages. Kelderman and Oomen remained in contention when Mikel Landa launched a dangerous attack 6.8km from the summit and were still well-placed when the leaders caught Landa with the line in sight. Kelderman may have been edged out for the win and the resulting bonus seconds ...

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Richie Porte continues march towards Tour de France with yellow in Suisse

Richie Porte in yellow after stage 5 at Tour de Suisse

Richie Porte ( BMC Racing ) was given an armchair ride to the finish of stage 5 of the Tour de Suisse and moved into the race lead as a result. The Australian was shepherded by a superb BMC Racing Team during the first mountain stage of the race, and on the final climb Greg Van Avermaet, Stefan Küng and then Tejay van Garderen pulled on the front to ensure that the GC contenders finished on the same time. Diego Ullisi (UAE Team Emirates) won the stage, while the rest of the bonus seconds were taken by Enric Mas (Quick-Step Floors) and Tom-Jelte Slagter (Dimension Data). Porte finished eighth and now leads Sam Oomen and Wilco Kelderman (both Sunweb) by 20 seconds. Every stage bar one in the remaining few days will have a bearing on the GC, but Porte cut a content figure as he made his way from ...

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Your Never-Too-Late Tour de Suisse Tandem Preview

Good times on the Furka Pass

Just in time for the race to get real Hey, look everyone! It’s the Tour de Suisse! Wait, wait, please don’t go anywhere. This year might not be the same Spilak-Costa snoozefest of yore. In fact, there is a 62.37% chance that the winner of the Tour is going to have ridden this race and not the Dauphiné. We at the PdC are so excited about this race (The views and opinions expressed in the preview do not necessarily reflect the official opinion of the PdC and certainly does not reflect the views of either Andrew or Conor who would rather watch a post-Tour crit than this race) that we decided to bring in two editors to discuss the epic racing that awaits in the land of cheese, chocolate, clocks, cows, clandestine banking, and…. Mathias Frank (I just cannot come up with a Swiss cyclist whose name begins with C, ...

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Oomen subs in at Tour de Suisse to support Kelderman

Sam Oomen (Sunweb)

A fortnight after securing his first Grand Tour finish and ninth overall at the Giro d'Italia , Sam Oomen (Team Sunweb) is back in the saddle at the Tour de Suisse. The 22-year-old played a crucial part in Team Sunweb's Giro challenge, helping Tom Dumoulin to second overall while enhancing his own reputation with a number of assured rides in the mountains. Although he is far from the finished article and still developing, the young Sunweb rider is back on super-domestique duties in Switzerland as teammate Wilco Kelderman aims for a GC challenge of his own. Oomen was only down as a reserve for the Tour de Suisse but a last-minute change saw Lennard Kamna - who hasn't raced since Milan-San Remo - drop out and Oomen come in. "I'm not super tired but I'm not in super shape either," Oomen told Cyclingnews ahead of stage 2. "Yesterday in the ...

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Tour de Suisse: BMC Racing win opening team time trial in Frauenfeld

BMC Racing win stage 1 team time trial at Tour de Suisse

BMC Racing won the opening stage of the Tour de Suisse , dominating the 18km team time trial with a time of 20:18 and putting local boy Stefan Küng in the yellow leader’s jersey of the race. Team Sunweb took second on the day, with a time of 20:36, while Quick Step Floors were third at 20:45, just fractions of a second ahead of Bora-Hansgrohe. The American-registered WorldTour squad were among the pre-race favourites for the stage having brought their ‘A’ team to their sponsor’s home race. GC contender Richie Porte and his super domestique Tejay Van Garderen led the way, while Simon Gerrans, Greg Van Avermaet and Alessandro De Marchi completed the strong line-up along with Küng and fellow Swiss rider Michael Schar. They duly delivered, flying along the 18km course at over 54km/h and smashing the intermediate checkpoint along the way. Küng, who hails from the town of ...

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Tom Dumoulin named in Team Sunweb long-list for Tour de France

Tom Dumoulin (Sunweb) at the start of the Giro d'Italia

Team Sunweb has confirmed that Tom Dumoulin will target overall success at the Tour de France next month after naming him in their long-list for the French Grand Tour. Michael Matthews and Wilco Kelderman have also been named in the 12-rider list with just eight riders set to make the cut for July. Dumoulin finished second at the recent Giro d’Italia after winning the overall classification at the Italian race in 2017. The Dutchman had held off on making a decision about his participation at the Tour de France until after he completed the Giro, but hinted over the weekend that he would be racing in France this July. It is the first time that Dumoulin will target the general classification in two consecutive Grand Tours. “I am very proud of what we’ve already achieved at the Giro and I consider any result that we can take at the Tour ...

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Kelderman returns at Tour de Suisse after broken collarbone

Wilco Kelderman (Sunweb) on the podium

Wilco Kelderman is set to ride for the first time since breaking his collarbone in March when he lines up at the Tour de Suisse, which gets underway on Saturday. Kelderman will lead Team Sunweb' s general classification hopes while Michael Matthews, who is hunting for stage wins, joins him in the seven-man squad. Kelderman crashed out of Tirreno-Adriatico during a challenging spring for the team that saw several riders miss races through injury and illness. The Dutchman, who finished fourth at last year’s Vuelta a Espana, was just 11 seconds off the race lead at Tirreno-Adriatico when he crashed twice on stage 6 and broke his collarbone. Matthews will be looking to up his win tally ahead of the Tour de France following a tricky start to the season. He broke his shoulder in his opening race of the season, Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, which put him on the back ...

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