Tour de France: Determined Demare is Zwift Rider of the Day

2018 Tour de France Zwift Rider of the Day

For taking the second Tour de France stage win of his career in Pau, Arnaud Démare ( Groupama-FDJ ) wins the Zwift Rider of the Day prize on the 18th stage of the race . The Frenchman beat out an admittedly depleted sprint field to grab the first win of the Tour by a French team. A mostly-quiet day, the stage - which ran from Trie-sur-Baïse to Pau - was a brief reprieve from the harsh mountains of the Pyrenees, and always figured to be a sprint finish. The only problem was the lack of sprinters around to contest it. With the big names of Gaviria, Cavendish, Kittel, Groenewegen. Matthews, Greipel all having already left the race, slim pickings remained in the peloton, with Démare, Alexander Kristoff (UAE Team Emirates) and Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) perhaps the only top-tier sprinters still in the race. Kristoff and Démare had struggled to a ...

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Tour de France: Quintana is the Zwift Rider of the Day

2018 Tour de France Zwift Rider of the Day

Nairo Quintana ( Movistar ) takes the Zwift Rider of the Day prize for his solo victory on stage 17 of the Tour de France . The Colombian jumped away from the GC group at the bottom of the final climb of the day, the recently paved Col du Portet, sweeping up the remains of the break en route to victory. The shortest road stage of the Tour since 1988 (or 1996 if you're counting Bjarne Riis' victory on the shortened stage to Sestriere) was expected to be all-action from the get-go - especially with the starting grid thrown in. For the most part, though, the miniscule 65km stage was largely raced like a regular mountain stage. A break got away early, Team Sky set the tempo at the front of the peloton, and the action came on the final climb. The speculated-about kamikaze attacks from fringe GC riders never ...

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Tour de France podcast: Who is Geraint Thomas; why Moscon must go

Tour de France podcast: Who is Geraint Thomas; why Moscon must go

We hear from Team Sky coach Rod Ellingworth on who Geraint Thomas is and why he's poised to win the Tour. Read the full article at Tour de France podcast: Who is Geraint Thomas; why Moscon must go on VeloNews.com .

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Tour de France: Alaphilippe wins Zwift rider of the Day

2018 Tour de France Zwift Rider of the Day

A week on from his first stage and Zwift rider of the Day victory at the Tour de France , Julian Alaphilippe ( Quick-Step Floors ) takes another double triumph. The Frenchman rode solo to the stage 16 finish line after a dramatic descent into Bagnères-de-Luchon. Hitting the final climb of the day, the HC-rated Col du Portillon, Alaphilippe was among a 17-rider breakaway group. It was a large group, but still much reduced from the earlier break. With riders like Robert Gesink (LottoNL-Jumbo), Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott), Pierre Latour (AG2R La Mondiale) and Gorka Izagirre (Bahrain-Merida) still there, the competition on the 8.3km, 7.1 per cent climb would be fierce. Gesink had attacked several times throughout the day and was the first to go on the Portillon before being caught. Then it was time for Adam Yates to go, trying several times to get away and splitting the group in ...

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Tour de France: Cort is the Zwift Rider of the Day

2018 Tour de France Zwift Rider of the Day

For his first Tour de France stage win on the final transition stage before the Pyrenees, Magnus Cort ( Astana ) takes the Zwift Rider of the Day for stage 15 . The Dane beat Ion Izagirre (Bahrain-Merida) and Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo) in a three-up sprint in Carcassonne. Featuring a first category climb 40km from the finish, it didn't at first glance appear to be a stage suited to the Dane's abilities. A sprinter who can climb well, it was nonetheless something of a surprise to see him outclimb the likes of Izagirre, his Bahrain teammate Domenico Pozzovivo, and Lilian Calmejane (Direct Énergie) on the 12.3km, 6.3 per cent Pic de Nore. He worked with Mollema after Rafał Majka (Bora-Hansgrohe) attacked midway up the climb, detonating the day's large breakaway group. The pair rode 30 seconds behind Majka for the remains of the climb, before a regrouping at the bottom ...

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Tour de France: Roglic's late attack earns Zwift Rider of the Day

2018 Tour de France Zwift Rider of the Day

For his impressive attack on the Côte de la Croix Neuve in Mende, Primož Roglič ( LottoNL-Jumbo ) wins Zwift Rider of the Day on stage 14 of the Tour de France . The Slovenian was the first to attack the GC group, staying away to the line for an eight-second time gain over the next group of riders. And it wasn't just any group of riders, as the trio coming in behind him were Geraint Thomas, Chris Froome (Team Sky) and Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) - the current top three in the general classification. Despite his time gain being a slim margin - Roglič moves from 2:46 down on Thomas to 2:38 - the result is a potentially significant sign for the remainder of the race. The stage was all about the final climb, with the action prior to Mende coming exclusively from the breakaway. Hitting the climb 18 ...

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Tour de France: Peter Sagan wins his second Zwift Rider of the Day

2018 Tour de France Zwift Rider of the Day

Another Tour de France stage win for Peter Sagan ( Bora-Hansgrohe ) means a second Zwift Rider of the Day award. Possibly the best sprinter in the race even before the mass withdrawals of the Alps, he owns that title now, outclassing his remaining rivals on stage 13 in Valence. Like several stages of the 2018 Tour, today's transition stage was less thrill ride, more snooze cruise. A standard flat stage following the standard formula of the break going away with no real chance of victory before the sprinter's teams reel them back before the finish. Even with the two Lottos, Dimension Data and Quick-Step Floors without their top sprinters to work for, enough remain that the end-stage scenario of stage 13 was never in doubt. BMC Racing's Michael Schär, one of the contender's for this award, gave the break something of a stay of execution, attacking with 22km to ...

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Tour de France: Kruijswijk secures Zwift Rider of the Day

2018 Tour de France Zwift Rider of the Day

After being on the attack for much of the day on the road to Alpe d'Huez, Steven Kruijswijk ( LottoNL-Jumbo ) takes the Zwift Rider of the Day on stage 12 of the Tour de France . His daring 70km solo attack looked like being a stage winner until just 3km from the line. There were a number of deserving riders for today's award - Team Sky's 21-year-old Egan Bernal working for the first 7km of l'Alpe d'Huez, fending off attacks from Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) and Nairo Quintana (Movistar); Geraint Thomas, also of Team Sky, winning once again in yellow; Nibali, for coming back from a collision with a moto to finish just 13 seconds down; and Romain Bardet (AG2R La Mondiale) for his repeated attacking. But rather than battling it out in the final kilometres of the day's last climb, Kruijswijk got away in the early break of the ...

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Tour de France: Daring Dumoulin earns Zwift Rider of the Day

2018 Tour de France Zwift Rider of the Day

For his attacking efforts on the road to La Rosière on stage 11 of the Tour de France , Tom Dumoulin takes the Zwift Rider of the Day. The Team Sunweb leader attacked on the fast descent off the Cormet de Roselend before sprinting for bonus seconds ahead of GC rival Chris Froome. It was a gutsy move from the Dutchman on the second Alpine stage of the Tour, just a day before the vital summit finish of Alpe d'Huez. Slipping off the front of the peloton with teammate Søren Kragh Andersen 21km from the line, the pair immediately got a gap that showed it was a serious attempt rather than an exercise in keeping safe away from the peloton. After reaching speeds of up to 93.5km/h on the way down, the duo worked their way to a 40-second gap in the valley before the final climb, sweeping up Alejandro ...

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Fuji Supreme 1.1 review

Fuji Supreme 1.1 review

While Fuji’s dedication to women’s cycling dates back to the seventies, with the Supreme 1.1, it just raised the bar. The latest women’s competition build is not just the fastest in Fuji’s women’s line-up, but, it claims, its fastest bike — ever. Best women's road bikes: 9 of the best Zwift's third annual Training Academy launches With the Supreme 1.1 scooping a World Tour stage victory with women's pro team TIBCO-SVB in May 2018, it’s no surprise to learn that the women's new aero performance bike from Fuji was designed with speed in mind. First released in 2007, the numerous updates serve up improvements far beyond a sleek black and gold paint-job that’s satisfyingly stereotype-free. Fuji Supreme 1.1 frame Fuji’s new queen bee offers a step-up in carbon construction from the rest of the range. Employing its best-yet ultra-high modulus carbon layup, called C15, the frame combines three — rather ...

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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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