Tour de France: Unbreakable Degenkolb wins Zwift Rider of the Day

2018 Tour de France 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. ...

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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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Tour de France: Offredo's solo breakaway earns him Zwift Rider of the Day

2018 Tour de France Zwift Rider of the Day

It may have been the longest stage of the 2018 Tour de France , and perhaps it's for that reason that stage 7 won't be remembered as one of the most exciting. After the 231km slog to Chartres, Dylan Groenewegen ( LottoNL-Jumbo ) may have taken the stage honours, but Yoann Offredo ( Wanty-Groupe Gobert ) wins the prestigious Zwift Rider of the Day for his one-man breakaway. Early on in the stage, Offredo's teammate Thomas Degand was the first to make a move, quickly being caught. Soon afterwards, a 10-man group, including Yves Lampaert (Quick-Step Floors), Tony Gallopin (AG2R La Mondiale) and Edward Theuns (Team Sunweb), proved to be too strong for the peloton's liking and was soon brought back. Sensing his chance - or more likely the Wanty DS sensing a chance for some TV airtime - Offredo went away on his own with 200km left to race. ...

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Tour de France podcast: Should the Tour include cobblestones?

Tour de France podcast: Should the Tour include cobblestones?

This Sunday we'll see one of the weirdest spectacles in cycling: GC guys and skinny climbers trying to survive the Roubaix cobblestones. Read the full article at Tour de France podcast: Should the Tour include cobblestones? on VeloNews.com .

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Tour de France: Dan Martin's bold stage win earns him Zwift Rider of the Day

2018 Tour de France Zwift Rider of the Day

Five years on from his last Tour de France stage victory, Dan Martin ( UAE Team Emirates ) took his second on the hilltop finish of the Mûr-de-Bretagne , and with it he earned today's Zwift Rider of the Day. Since that success in 2013, which came when he outsprinted Jakob Fuglsang in the Pyrenean town of Bagnères-de-Bigorre, Martin has had to endure five podium placings without reaching the top step. But Martin put paid to that in spectacular fashion today, saying afterwards, "It makes this Tour de France a success, and everything else will be a bonus." It was a stage that suits Martin's abilities - or at least the final climb did, being short and steep. He wasn't alone though, being joined in the peloton by Ardennes specialists like Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) and Julian Alaphilippe (Quick-Step Floors), as well as a number of punchy sprinters and climbers who ...

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Tour de France: Sagan's 10th stage win earns him the Zwift Rider of the Day

2018 Tour de France Zwift Rider of the Day

His second stage win in five days, and number 10 in his Tour de France career, sees Peter Sagan ( Bora-Hansgrohe ) take the Zwift Rider of the Day for stage 5 at the Tour de France as he consolidated his points classification lead. The Tour's fifth stage, an all-Breton affair running from Lorient to Quimper, was, for much of the day about the breakaway. With Direct Energie's Sylvain Chavanel and Lilian Calmejane joining new polka dot jersey wearer Toms Skujiņš (Trek-Segafredo) among those providing the entertainment out front on the first hilly stage of the Tour, you could be forgiven for forgetting about the finish. But with the peloton reeling the last of the breakaway in some 12km out, thoughts soon returned to the uphill finish and the cream of the puncheur crop that would contest it. Yellow jersey Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing) showed his intent by snagging ...

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13 new products from Eurobike 2018: Wahoo, Zwift, BMC, Colnago, PowerTap, FFWD and much more

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First look at BMC's new aero bike plus 2-spoke carbon wheels from FFWD and lots more

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Tour de France: Richeze's speedy lead-out earns him Zwift Rider of the Day

2018 Tour de France Zwift Rider of the Day

While Colombian sprint prodigy Fernando Gaviria ( Quick-Step Floors ) may have won his second stage of the Tour de France during stage 4 , today's Zwift Rider of the Day goes to his teammate Maximilano Richeze. One of the top lead-out men in the sport, he's often on screen in the dying moments of a stage, but never the first to get the plaudits afterwards. Now 35, the Argentinean has enjoyed a late career resurgence at the Belgian team, largely in his role guiding Gaviria through the rough-and-tumble of sprint finishes before leaving him to finish off the job. Since Richeze joined the team in 2016, 24 of Gaviria's 29 wins have come with him at his side. The close connection between the pair, and the interdependence of lead-out man and sprinter, is demonstrated by the fact that Richeze has raced with Gaviria in 85 of his 112 race ...

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Maserati brings out e-road bike with Bafang; and more EuroBites

FRIEDRICHSHAFEN, Germany (BRAIN) — A collaboration between the Italian auto brand Maserati, the Dutch e-bike brand Diavelo, and the Chinese e-bike motor maker Bafang has resulted in a line of Maserati e-bikes on display at Eurobike here this week. The Maserati Trofeo e-road has an alloy frame with a discrete motor and battery, producing a lightweight, nimble road bike. It features the Bafang M800 mid-drive motor. The bike has already won the German Design Award and the A'Design Award in Italy. The bike line serves to promote the new Bafang motor, which offers single and double chainring compatibility. It can be set by the manufacturer to the EU legal limit of 25 kmh or unleashed for a maximum speed of 45 kmh for use on pedelecs. The motor is tuned to help the most during accelerations; after the maximum assist speed is reached, it runs almost resistance-free. "We put a ...

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EF Education First-Drapac defy expectations, circumstances in Tour de France TTT

Lawson Craddock (right) gets ready to start the Tour de France TTT

BMC Racing took the honours in the team time trial on stage 3 of the Tour de France , edging out Team Sky, Quick-Step Floors, MItchelton-Scott and Team Sunweb in a tussle that followed the predicted script. However, looking past the 'big five', the ride of the day surely went to EF Education First-Drapac . Many moons ago the American team was one of the strongest TTT outfits in the world, but these days expectations are far more modest. Add into the equation that they had envisaged practically riding one man short – Lawson Craddock's Tour having seemingly been turned into a survival operation by a broken shoulder – so their sixth-place finish came as something of a surprise. The team clocked 39:21 on the undulating 35.5km Cholet course, leaving them 35 seconds off BMC and 24 off fifth-placed Team Sunweb. However, they beat seventh-placed Bora-Hansgrohe by 15 seconds, with ...

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Tour de France: Craddock's gutsy TTT earns him Zwift Rider of the Day

2018 Tour de France Rider of the Day

After crashing in the feed zone midway through the first stage of this year's Tour de France , nobody would have blamed EF Education First-Drapac rider Lawson Craddock if he had climbed off at the end of the day and headed home. Having persevered through the remaining 100km of the stage in clear difficulty, it later emerged that along with cuts to his left eyebrow, he also suffered a fracture of his left scapula [shoulder blade]. "It was really painful out on the road just trying to manage it as best I could," he said on the EF Education First-Drapac website after the finish. "I'll try to stay positive, manage the pain as hard as I can. I'm not just going home at the first sign of adversity." And so Craddock, our Zwift Rider of the Day for stage 3 , continued. Last place, 7:50 down, on stage 1 was ...

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Eurobike reveals CeramicSpeed's low-friction drive shaft, new Oakley MTB helmet, Saris trainer updates and more

First day Eurobike report: New stuff from Wike, CeramicSpeed, Oakley, Saris, Gates, Bryton, and more. FRIEDRICHSHAFEN, Germany (BRAIN) — The July timing might be a change, but Eurobike remains a key product introduction opportunity for many suppliers. Here's a look at some of the introductions BRAIN spied on the event's opening day. Wike Canada's Wike got a lot of attention — and a Eurobike award — for its Salamander, a front-loading child carrier bike that very quickly converts into a three-wheeled stroller. It has been quite a different response from what the product received when it was launched at Interbike last year. "Europe is about ten years ahead of North America, don't you think?" asked Wike's Bob Bell. "The only people who stepped into my booth at Interbike were Europeans." Wike is the largest North American manufacturer of bike trailers, most of which are sold consumer direct. The company also ...

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Eurobike 2018: Hits and highlights, part one

Is it Christmas in July already? It is for bike tech geeks, perhaps. With the world’s largest cycling trade show having moved forward seven weeks from its traditional date in late August – it now overlaps with the Tour de France – July has never been busier for cycling-related excitement. Eurobike is a labyrinth of … The post Eurobike 2018: Hits and highlights, part one appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Tour de France: Chavanel earns Zwift Rider of the Day

2018 Tour de France Rider of the Day

Sylvain Chavanel ( Direct Énergie ) might not have won the second stage of the Tour de France , but he's the second Zwift Rider of the Day for a ride that characterised his 18-year career thus far. Finding himself all alone out front 145km from the line, the Frenchman just kept going with his eyes on a near-impossible prize - a solo breakaway victory on a pan-flat sprinter's stage. Eventually his quest came to end just 13km from the line as the sprinters' teams revved up the pace. That's 132km all alone - save for the DS in his ear and the crowds cheering on the man racing for their local team, of course. After the stage, Chavanel said that Vendée native Fabien Grellier was supposed to be the team's man in the break, but said he was "very happy to spend the day in front" nonetheless. "My two ...

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Wahoo launches new Kickr Core turbo trainer and Headwind smart fan

Joe Robinson 8 Jul 2018 Kickr Core and Kickr Headwind add to Wahoo's expanding 'ecosystem' of indoor training products Wahoo has expanded its 'ecosystem' of indoor training equipment with the introduction of an updated Kickr turbo trainer, plus the new Kickr Core and Kickr Headwind, a connected smart fan that gives the realistic feel of riding on the road. Starting with the new Kickr Core, the updated turbo trainer has addressed the constant issue of noise while indoor training by reducing sound amplification and pitch to create what it claims is 'a virtually silent trainer'. This has created a hushed hum from the turbo which Wahoo believes is perfect for those in shared living arrangements or who train at night. The Kickr Core has also received an updated flywheel which is heavier. Alongside accurate power reading to 2,200w and real-time reactiveness from first and third party apps, the weighty flywheel ...

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Zwift's third annual Training Academy launches today

Zwift's third annual Training Academy launches today

Zwift has just announced the launch of its third annual Zwift Academy, which will run for eight weeks from 6 August until 30 September. The highlight of this eight-week training program is the two professional contracts up for grabs for the best performers on the program: one with the U23 Women's CANYON//SRAM WorldTour Team and one with the U23 Men’s Team Dimension Data. Zwift: your complete guide Best smart trainer 2018 The Zwift Academy pitches itself not just as a way to break in to the world of professional cycling, but also as a worldwide training camp. For many riders it will provide a structured way to improve fitness over the eight-week period, with training plans devised by professional coaches. To ‘graduate’ from the Academy riders have to complete 16 workouts. That includes 10 structured workouts, four group rides and two races. Competitors will gain free premium access to Today’s ...

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Zwift Academy returns online search for pro cyclist for third year

Zwift Academy returns online search for pro cyclist for third year

Joe Robinson 2 Jul 2018 One female and one male cyclist will have the unique opportunity to earn professional contracts via the virtual game For a third consecutive year Zwift has launched the Zwift Academy, the mass participation training and talent spotting programme that will hand two professional contracts to the winners, one for the Women's WorldTour team Canyon-SRAM and the other for the U23 men's Dimension Data team. Groups of male and female riders will take to the virtual training world to complete various training programmes and races in the fight to secure the two professional contracts up for grabs. This year, riders will compete over a serious of 'four unlocks' in an attempt to graduate from the academy. Unlocks will be granted after completing sections of the competition with the chance of also winning in-game and real life prizes. To be considered, all riders will need to complete ...

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USA CRITS team profile: The comeback story behind Support Clean Sport-Guttenplan Coaching

David “Gutt” Guttenplan doesn’t remember being hit by the car. Nor does he remember being dragged underneath the vehicle. He does, however, remember waking up from a five-day medically induced coma, and seeing the outpouring of support directed his way. A crowdfunding campaign set up by Guttenplan’s girlfriend had raised more than $20,000 to help … The post USA CRITS team profile: The comeback story behind Support Clean Sport-Guttenplan Coaching appeared first on CyclingTips .

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RideLondon 19 aims to get kids on course this summer

RideLondon 19 aims to get kids on course this summer

Joseph Delves 6 Jun 2018 Riding the last 19 miles of RideLondon 100, the short course aims to give younger and less confident riders a taste of the full event The 2018 Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 19 will give up to 4,000 young riders the opportunity to try out the popular event. Taking place on the same day as the main sportive and pro men's race, the new event starts at Sandown Park in Esher, Surrey and will cover the same final 19 miles ridden by the later riders. Crossing South West London before finishing on The Mall, it aims to broaden the appeal of the event beyond its current older and wealthier demographic. 'The Prudential Ride London-Surrey 19 will be a great way of inspiring more people to take to two wheels, and it is going to be a wonderful opportunity for less experienced cyclists to ride through the world’s greatest ...

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Zwift to add part of 2018 Road Worlds course to platform

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Users of the virtual cycling platform - including pros doing route recces - will be able to ride part of the Innsbruck-Tirol course from August

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