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TOP STORY: Vive La Tour!
The 2017 Tour de France has finished and now it’s time for all us ‘sofa experts’ to have our say. No, it wasn’t a great Tour, we all kind of expected Chris Froome to win. The French pair of Warren Barguil and Romain Bardet livened the race up, Dan Martin also never gave up and showed real strength and Rigoberto Uran threw in the surprise ride of the French Grand Tour.

What will the 2017 edition be remembered for: Peter Sagan’s disqualification. Mark Cavendish and Richie Porte crashing out and the aforesaid Barguil, Bardet and Martin putting up a fight. Add the Sky dominance with Mikel Landa waiting in the wings and Froome never really looking in trouble at any point, but winning a Grand Tour without winning a stage is probably a disappointment to the man born in Nairobi. The Sky team are not in the Tour to cause excitement, they are there to win… and that’s what they do.

What can we take for the race: The French look to be back. There are more contenders for the overall than there used to be. Sky still look unbeatable, for the moment, and Chris Froome (barring accidents) will go on to take his fifth Tour win and quite likely more. Also the course could be more interesting and the stages shorter, but just about everyone has been saying that for a long time.

Big lesson: Don’t throw out the most entertaining rider in the peloton.

One thing that does come to mind and concerns more the 2012 Tour: Had Froome carried on his attacks and not waited for Bradley Wiggins, Froome would now be equalling Jacques Anquetil, Eddy Merckx, Bernard Hinault and Miguel Indurain on five wins.

The Best of Tour’17:

Best of – Tour de France 2017 por tourdefrance


Tour de France 2017
The final summit finish of the Tour de France on Stage 18 didn’t disappoint with a battle for the stage and General Classification playing out on the tough slopes of the Col d’Izoard. After multiple breakaway attempts when the flag dropped, a large group of 54 riders went up the road.

The group gained more than 4:30 on the Sky-led peloton in the first 50km of racing which was extended to more than 8 minutes. More attacks came in the break which split in half. On the slopes of Col de Vars as the race entered the final 50km, four riders went clear from the breakaway and maintained their advantage on the descent and run into the Col d’Izoard. Another four riders bridged to the front with 25km to go, with a large chase group, before three riders attacked again.

The peloton picked up the chase and brought the leading trio to within five minutes inside the final 20km before Alexey Lutsenko (Astana) went solo on the early slopes of the Col d’Izoard. Multiple chase groups formed behind and back in the peloton.

Darwin Atapuma (UAE Team Emirates) attacked from the chase group to eventually pass Lutsenko and take over the lead with 7km of the climb remaining. Attacks from the yellow jersey group saw Warren Barguil (Sunweb) bridge to Atapuma and eventually take the solo win ahead of Atapuma and Romain Bardet (AG2R-La Mondiale) who won the sprint for third place from the General Classification favorites.

Race report HERE.

Stage winner and KOM, warren Barguil (Sunweb): “This is really fantastic, I can’t believe it,” said Barguil after the finish. “It’s really a dream to take another win. I wanted to take some extra time in the GC so I just rode my own climb and paced myself to the top. I managed to close to the leader and then when I still had the legs left, I continued to the line. It’s brilliant for us to have four stage victories now, it’s unbelievable.”

2nd on the stage, Darwin Atapuma (UAE Team Emirates): “Today we prepared the stage very well and I think we did a great job. It is a shame we did not take the win, but to get second place, it really means a lot to me. It is almost like a victory.”

7th on the stage and 8th overall, Louis Meintjes (UAE Team Emirates): “It was a really good day for the team with five in the break-away and we got second place which is good.”

11th overall, Damiano Caruso (BMC): “For me, overall things went well. Everything that is coming is a plus for me. The rhythm was not so hard but I didn’t have my normal level of energy. I was missing the legs so I suffered as long as I could. Three days to go so we will see.”

15th overall, Emanuel Buchmann (Bora-Hansgrohe): “I had really bad legs in the beginning. I was at the back of the bunch right from the start and I missed the breakaway group. I just couldn’t move up in the pack. As the stage progressed, my legs got stronger but I was still suffering a lot. In the final part, the pace was really high – I went with the best until the last 10k and then rode in my own rhythm to blow completely. I am happy I was able to retain my 15th place. I think it was simply impossible to do better – it was the best I could hope for today.”

22nd on the stage and 19th overall, Tiesj Benoot (Lotto Soudal): “There were over fifty riders in the front group and that was good for me. I survived when the group was split. The Izoard was a very hard climb and I suffered. I could stay at the front for a long time, but at a certain moment I felt cramps coming up and I knew I couldn’t go over my limit anymore. I set a nice result today. I am nineteenth on GC now and that’s a proof that I coped well with the events the past three weeks. I have learned a lot and I hope to benefit from it in autumn and on the long term. I am very happy to be standing here on top of the Izoard. Tomorrow is a dangerous stage and on Sunday we will support André Greipel in the stage to the Champs-Elysées.”

23rd on the stage, Marco Minnaard (Wanty-Groupe Gobert): “After ten kilometers we broke away with a big group, which was ideal for sparing us a bit for the two cols. Smith tried to take off a number of times. We broke up on the first climb and I was part of the first group. But in the descent some riders broke away. On the Isoard it was all for ourselves. I just rode as hard as possible to the summit. It was great to ride in front that long. I am very happy that I can still perform so far in the Tour. I had hoped this, but not expected. I did not want to blow myself, and kept riding at my own pace. My form is still fine, but I’m glad to finish these two hard days.”

21st overall, Guillaume Martin (Wanty-Groupe Gobert): “I was very tired, so I knew I could not go for the stage win today. A bicycle change at the foot of the Izoard did not really help me, but I’m glad I finished the last mountain stage with a nice day in front. Although my legs were not top it’s always more fun in front than in the peloton. The last col in the Tour is done now. We knew that we could look forward to the Champs-Elysées on the summit. We saw the signs with the names of the former winners every kilometer. That gave the stage a mythical sound. But I enjoyed the climb more on training. My first Grand Tour was a satisfaction. Certainly in the first part I performed well, with a podium spot as reward. Then it became more difficult, especially in the last week. It’s my first GT, so it’s beautiful what I have achieved. This is promising for the future.”

14th on the stage and 22nd overall, Tony Gallopin (Lotto Soudal): “It was no easy beginning for me. I was dropped a few times, but could always come back and even attacked a few times. It was even hard to hang on in the large front group. I was not riding at the front when the selection was made. On the Col de Vars I returned to the front and I felt better. I know that climb and descent, so I decided to attack before the top. There was no cooperation though. Atapuma was the best of the escapees. Winning the stage was impossible for me because the GC riders were so close and because the others were stronger. Still, I can be satisfied. Since I have recovered from my ankle injury I have always done my work for the team or I joined a breakaway. I am very pleased about my condition. I hope to ride a good time trial on Saturday. It’s a distance I like and there’s a hill on the course. At the end of the Tour the freshness often counts. And of course I want to help André Greipel win a stage.”

Tour de France Stage 18 Result:
1. Warren Barguil (Fra) Sunweb in 4:40:33
2. Darwin Atapuma (Col) UAE Team Emirates at 0:20
3. Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R-La Mondiale
4. Christopher Froome (GB) Sky
5. Rigoberto Uran (Col) Cannondale-Drapac at 0:22
6. Mikel Landa (Spa) Sky at 0:32
7. Louis Meintjes (RSA) UAE Team Emirates at 0:37
8. Daniel Martin (Irl) Quick-Step Floors at 0:39
9. Simon Yates (GB) Orica-Scott at 0:59
10. Alberto Contador (Spa) Trek-Segafredo at 1:09.

Tour de France Overall After Stage 18:
1. Christopher Froome (GB) Sky in 78:08:19
2. Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R-La Mondiale at 0:23
3. Rigoberto Uran (Col) Cannondale-Drapac at 0:29
4. Mikel Landa (Spa) Sky at 1:36
5. Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana at 1:55
6. Daniel Martin (Irl) Quick-Step Floors at 2:56
7. Simon Yates (GB) Orica-Scott at 4:46
8. Louis Meintjes (RSA) UAE Team Emirates at 6:52
9. Warren Barguil (Fra) Sunweb at 8:22
10. Alberto Contador (Spa) Trek-Segafredo at 8:34.

Stage 18:

Summary – Stage 18 – Tour de France 2017 por tourdefrance_en

Besides French riders, Belgians outnumbered their rivals in the 20-man breakaway group on their national day but Norway’s Edvald Boasson Hagen spoiled their party as he smartly rode to victory on the right side of a roundabout with 2.8km to go. He reached Salon-de-Provence by himself after coming second or third on two occasions previously in the 104th Tour de France. Chris Froome retained the yellow jersey as he finished in the bunch more than ten minutes behind the stage winner.

169 riders started Stage 19 at Embrun. There were a lot of skirmishes with Belgian cyclist apparently super motivated on their national day until 20 riders managed to go clear at km 25: Jan Bakelants (AG2R-La Mondiale), Daniele Bennati (Movistar), Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo), Ben Swift (UAE), Rudy Molard (FDJ), Michael Albasini and Jens Keukeleire (Orica-Scott), Edvald Boasson Hagen (Dimension Data), Gianluca Brambilla (Quick-Step Floors), Robert Kiserlovski (Katusha-Alpecin), Thomas De Gendt and Tony Gallopin (Lotto Soudal), Nikias Arndt (Sunweb), Julien Simon (Cofidis), Lilian Calmejane, Sylvain Chavanel and Romain Sicard (Direct Energie), Elie Gesbert, Romain Hardy and Pierre-Luc Périchon (Fortuneo-Oscaro). A time gap of 8 minutes was recorded at km 88. Teams like BMC, Bahrain-Merida and Wanty-Groupe Gobert who are yet to win a stage in the 104th Tour de France had missed the decisive move despite trying to enter the early breakaways but they didn’t help Team Sky to ride behind the 20 escapees.

De Gendt celebrated his country’s national day by winning the intermediate sprint in Banon (km 136.5). Keukeleire did it as well, being the first of the 20 leading riders to launch an attack with 61km to go. It was an unsuccessful one. Sicard, Gesbert and Kiserlovski rode away up the col du Pointu with less than 50km to go. More riders went on the offensive 21km before arriving in Salon-de-Provence. Bakelants, Bennati, Albasini, Keukeleire, Boasson Hagen, De Gendt, Arndt, Chavanel and Gesbert made a difference with 17km to go. 2.8km before the end, Boasson Hagen and Arndt took a roundabout on the right side while the seven other riders went left. Boasson Hagen profited from the little gap to create a bigger one and go solo to grab his third stage win at the Tour de France after he did it in Lisieux and Pinerolo for Team Sky in 2011. It’s the first stage win for the Dimension Data team. The South African squad encountered success in each Tour de France they took part in so far, with Stephen Cummings in 2015, Mark Cavendish (4) and Cummings in 2016 and now Boasson Hagen. This is the 17th stage win for Norwegian riders at the Tour de France. The first one was by Dag-Otto Lauritzen in Luz-Ardiden 30 years ago and the last one was by Alexander Kristoff in Nîmes in 2014.

Race report HERE.

Stage winner, Edvald Boasson Hagen (Dimension Data): “This is fantastic. The team helped me a lot before the break went away. They controlled the peloton and on the climb, I was in a good position to follow the attacks. Within the front group, we worked really well together all day. Naturally, at the end, there were some attacks but I managed to close them down a ride quite smartly. I had studied the course and I knew I had to go right in that last roundabout. Afterwards, I managed to go solo and I was so happy when I crossed the line. I’ve been so close so many times. It’s really nice to finally get this victory for the team and for myself as well.”

5th on the stage, Thomas De Gendt (Lotto Soudal): “We knew there were two possible scenarios today: let a small group take off and control the gap or join the break if it is large enough. It became the second option. It was not my intention to get in the break today, I thought I would have to pull in the peloton, but after a descent we got a gap. We all worked together and pretty soon we knew we would battle for the stage win. Sky did not give us an enormous advantage as AG2R had a rider in front with Bakelants and that could influence the team classification. I knew whom I had to keep an eye on: Boasson Hagen, Chavanel and Keukeleire. They are dangerous in these kind of situations. I think none of us was very confident, also Boasson Hagen attacked and didn’t wait for the sprint. I felt that I had been in the break a few times before, but everybody is tired. I hope this was an extra push for me to get the Super Combativity Award, that would be a wonderful reward. Unfortunately the fifth place was the highest possible result for me today.”

Break rider, Marcus Burghardt (Bora-Hansgrohe): “When I was in front and heard on the radio that the peloton had eased off a little, I thought that’s the group. However, on the climb they went full gas again and closed the gap. I just couldn’t follow them then, and was already dropped when the twenty guys went away. You just have one bullet here, and if it’s the wrong move, it’s over.”

Tour de France Stage 19 Result:
1. Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Dimension Data in 5:06:09
2. Nikias Arndt (Ger) Sunweb at 0:05
3. Jens Keukeleire (Bel) Orica-Scott at 0:17
4. Daniele Bennati (Ita) Movistar
5. Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Lotto Soudal
6. Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Direct Energie
7. Elie Gesbert (Fra) Fortuneo-Oscaro
8. Jan Bakelants (Bel) AG2R-La Mondiale
9. Michael Albasini (Swi) Orica-Scott at 0:19
10. Pierre Luc Perichon (Fra) Fortuneo-Oscaro at 1:32.

Tour de France Overall After Stage 19:
1. Christopher Froome (GB) Sky in 83:26:55
2. Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R-La Mondiale at 0:23
3. Rigoberto Uran (Col) Cannondale-Drapac at 0:29
4. Mikel Landa (Spa) Sky at 1:36
5. Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana at 1:55
6. Daniel Martin (Irl) Quick-Step Floors at 2:56
7. Simon Yates (GB) Orica-Scott at 4:46
8. Louis Meintjes (RSA) UAE Team Emirates at 6:52
9. Warren Barguil (Fra) Sunweb at 8:22
10. Alberto Contador (Spa) Trek-Segafredo at 8:34.

Stage 19:

Summary – Stage 19 – Tour de France 2017 por tourdefrance_en

Poland’s Maciej Bodnar (Bora-Hansgrohe) has won the 22.5km individual time trial Stage 20 in the streets of Marseille with an advantage of only one second over his compatriot Michal Kwiatkowski (Sky) who paved the way for his team-mate Chris Froome to confirm his superiority against the clock over Rigoberto Uran and Romain Bardet. The Frenchman retained his third place overall by only one second over Mikel Landa.

Following lanterne rouge Luke Rowe (Sky) who opened the road, Taylor Phinney (Cannondale-Drapac), the fifth rider to have left the starting ramp, set a time of reference as he was the first rouleur to complete the course in less than half an hour. 45 minutes later, Maciej Bodnar (Bora-Hansgrohe) bettered the American at an average speed of 48km/h. World champion Tony Martin (Katusha-Alpecin) who was a hot favorite for the stage victory rode 14 seconds slower than the Pole. Stefan Küng (BMC), second of the inaugural time trial in Düsseldorf, was also below expectations as he lost to Bodnar by 34 seconds. On the other hand, the provisional leader was threatened by his compatriot Michal Kwiatkowski (Sky). Wearing the Polish national champion jersey for individual time trial, the winner of Milan-Sanremo rode flat out for giving Chris Froome the best indications on how to ride and he was only one second short on Bodnar after setting better intermediate time checks.

Martin and Küng weren’t the only disappointed favorites. Stage 17 winner Primoz Roglic (LottoNL-Jumbo) who already had a deficit of 25 seconds at the first check point was forced to change his bike at the bottom of the climb to Notre-Dame-de-la-Garde. Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafredo) showed his pride to pass Warren Barguil on GC. Another Frenchman lost one spot as Romain Bardet (AG2R-La Mondiale) dropped to third but he was close to missing out on the final podium as well as he kept only one second of an advantage over Mikel Landa (Sky) overall. Rigoberto Uran (Cannondale-Drapac) moved up to the second place while Froome comfortably retained the yellow jersey, eyeing a fourth Tour de France victory in Paris but without any stage victory as Bodnar and Kwiatkowski made a 1-2 for Poland.

PEZ race report HERE and Dan in Marseille HERE.

Stage winner, Maciej Bodnar (Bora-Hansgrohe): “It was a really amazing day for me today. I’ve waited a long time for this moment, for my first stage victory at the Tour de France. When I was a child, my dream was to race in the Tour de France, and now I’ve taken a stage! It is a fantastic moment. I’d like to thank my girlfriend who always stood by me, my mother and, of course, my father who, unfortunately, passed away and wasn’t able to watch this great moment. Thanks go also to my team, BORA-hansgrohe. This victory is for them. We had a tough start at the Tour this year and this victory goes also to Peter and Rafał. We have shown we are a great group.”

9th on the stage, Stefan Küng (BMC): “It’s a bit disappointing because I was coming here today with the hope of a podium spot but it’s hard to do such an effort after three weeks. It’s my first time trial at the end of a Grand Tour so that’s always particular, especially with the steep hill in the middle so it was hard to pace. It’s a good experience for me. In general, on a personal note, my first Tour de France was pretty successful. It’s my first Tour and I’m coming out pretty fresh so I think it will be a good start to the remainder of the season. To do the race with the 200 best cyclists in the world, it’s something else. The descent was pretty technical and then the run into the finish was pretty fast. I was holding back maybe a little bit too much because I did it twice in the recon and the hill seemed pretty steep. It was still steep in the race but it takes you half the time to go up there. I think if I could do it again I might have been faster.”

16th on the stage and 21st overall, Tony Gallopin (Lotto Soudal): “I have been in a good shape for the entire week already and it was my goal to set the best result possible today. I gave everything I had, but I didn’t take too many risks. There were some tricky corners on the course and I absolutely did not want to crash. I am satisfied with my current condition and I hope that this leads to some good results after the Tour.”

23rd on the stage and 20th overall, Tiesj Benoot (Lotto Soudal): “After yesterday’s stage, I was twentieth in the general classification and I wanted to defend this spot today. It was remarkable that a teammate, Tony Gallopin, was just one place behind me. This was obviously a topic within the team since yesterday evening. This might well be my best result in a time trial and I was able to defend the twentieth place. Tomorrow is another important stage for the team, as we want to get the highest result we can get with André Greipel. We will have to see how my good form continues after the Tour. There are several races where I might have my chance, such as the Clásica San Sebastián, the BinckBank Tour, the races in Canada and the Tour of Lombardia.”

23rd overall, Guillaume Martin (Wanty-Groupe Gobert): “It was great to get started in a stadium like the Orange Velodrome. I did not have big expectations for the time trial, so my time is not much worth. I have fulfilled my task. I’m somewhat disappointed with my final position. Top 20 or 23rd is not the same. I’ve given everything I could. With somewhat better conditions I could have reached a top 20 but it could also have been less good. I’m happy with my performance. This promises for the future. I especially remember my 3rd place at Station des Rousses, which was a moment to cherish in one of the first mountain stages.”

Tour de France Stage 20 Result:
1. Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Bora-Hansgrohe in 28:15
2. Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Sky at 0:01
3. Christopher Froome (GB) Sky at 0:06
4. Tony Martin (Ger) Katusha-Alpecin at 0:14
5. Daryl Impey (RSA) Orica-Scott at 0:20
6. Alberto Contador (Spa) Trek-Segafredo at 0:21
7. Nikias Arndt (Ger) Sunweb at 0:28
8. Rigoberto Uran (Col) Cannondale-Drapac at 0:31
9. Stefan Küng (Swi) BMC at 0:34
10. Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Direct Energie at 0:37.

Tour de France Overall After Stage 20:
1. Christopher Froome (GB) Sky in 83:55:16
2. Rigoberto Uran (Col) Cannondale-Drapac at 0:54
3. Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R-La Mondiale at 2:20
4. Mikel Landa (Spa) Sky at 2:21
5. Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana at 3:05
6. Daniel Martin (Irl) Quick-Step Floors at 4:42
7. Simon Yates (GB) Orica-Scott at 6:14
8. Louis Meintjes (RSA) UAE Team Emirates at 8:20
9. Alberto Contador (Spa) Trek-Segafredo at 8:49
10. Warren Barguil (Fra) Sunweb at 9:25.

Stage 20:

Summary – Stage 20 – Tour de France 2017 por tourdefrance_en

Dylan Groenewegen claimed the eighth bunch sprint victory of the 104th Tour de France as he outclassed André Greipel who concludes the Tour de France without a stage win for the first time. Delivering LottoNL-Jumbo’s second victory after Primoz Roglic in Serre-Chevalier and the fiftieth for the Dutch squad since they first participated in the Tour in 1984, he’s the first Dutchman to win on the Champs-Elysées since Jean-Paul van Poppel in 1988. Chris Froome was declared the overall winner for the fourth time.

167 riders started the Final Stage 21 in Montgeron. They celebrated the end of the Grande Boucle as Chris Froome (Sky) was eyeing his first victory of the year, which is the overall classification of the Tour de France. Cyril Gautier (AG2R-La Mondiale) caught the occasion to propose Caroline to marry him via a written message live on the worldwide broadcast. Once they arrived on the Champs-Elysées, Daryl Impey (Orica-Scott) attacked and created a front group of nine riders with Imañol Erviti (Movistar), Miki Schär (BMC), Alexey Lutsenko (Astana), Julien Vermote (Quick-Step Floors), Marcus Burghardt (Bora-Hansgrohe), Nils Politt (Katusha-Alpecin), Sylvain Chavanel (Direct Energie) and Dion Smith (Wanty-Groupe Gobert). King of the Mountains Warren Barguil (Sunweb) had a flat tyre but made it back with 32km to go.

Tony Martin (Katusha-Alpecin) attacked from the bunch to catch the breakaway but the whole peloton was reunited with 10km to go. Team Sky took the command of the pack at bell lap. Dimitriy Gruzdev (Astana) tried his luck in the last lap. Zdenek Stybar (Quick-Step Floors) did it too on his own. The Czech rider was caught with 2.5km to go. With 300m to go, Edvald Boasson Hagen (Dimension Data) launched the sprint but he was passed by André Greipel (Lotto Soudal) who looked set for the hat-trick after winning this prestigious stage back to back in 2015 and 2016. However, Dylan Groenewegen (LottoNl-Jumbo) still had energy to out-sprint the German and take his first ever Tour de France victory.

Final stage race report.

2017 final overall winner, Chris froome (Sky): “I’m speechless. It’s just an amazing feeling. The Champs Elysees never disappoints. There’s something magical about it when you’ve spent three weeks thinking about being here and this moment. It’s so rewarding, every time. Each time I’ve won the Tour it’s been so unique, so different, such a different battle to get to this moment. They’re all so special in their own ways. This year will be remembered as being the closest and most hard-fought battle between the GC rivals. Firstly I want to dedicate this victory to my family. Michelle, Kellan, your love and support makes everything possible. You’ve been there for me through the ups and the downs and my life with you is what makes all the sacrifices worth it. Thank you. I also want to thank my team, Team Sky. I could not have achieved this victory without you. On and off the bike, your dedication and passion means we are a team I am proud to be a part of it. This Tour has been my toughest challenge yet. The performances of my rivals have pushed me harder than ever before, so I want to pay tribute to all the riders for their sportsmanship over the past three weeks. We race hard against each other, we suffer together, but the most special thing is the camaraderie and friendship in the peloton. The opportunity to win a fourth Tour de France this year has motivated and inspired me more than ever before. It is an honor to even be mentioned alongside those who form such an important part of the Tour’s history. It is a history I am very proud to be a part of, but every Tour is unique, and every year is a new story to be written. I will never forget what it means to wear the maillot jaune, and what an incredible privilege it is to stand here on the Champs Elysees as winner of the Tour de France.”

Stage winner, Dylan Groenewegen (LottoNl-Jumbo): “This is amazing. I was fighting with Kristoff for the right wheel. Before that, Robert, Paul and Tom kept me out of the wind. Primoz did a great job by pulling on the front of the bunch. I came out of the turn in second place. The sprint felt like it lasted a century and I just grab it. This is a beautiful day for a win like this. We had loads of critics, but on the most important day for sprinters, we prove we can do it. We won on the Champs-Élysées, that is unbelievable.”

3rd on the stage, Edvald Boasson Hagen (Dimension Data): “It was great to make it to Paris with this incredible team. Everybody, riders and staff, gave their all for me right up until the very last meters of this amazing three weeks’ race. It’s a pity I couldn’t finish it off for the team today but I think we can be happy with our Tour de France performance this year. We lost [Mark] Cavendish early in the race but we got together as a team and showed that we ride for a cause. I think that made our stage win much more special.”

9th on the stage, Rüdiger Selig (Bora-Hansgrohe): “Again a top ten result, and this on the final stage. I am satisfied with that but I knew I could have been better. I felt good but when it came to the sprint I missed one man to be in a perfect position. I was a little bit behind then and could start my sprint. However, I am happy with my results and performance here at the Tour de France.”

2nd overall, Rigoberto Uran (Cannondale-Drapac): “Finishing second to Froome at less than a minute seems pretty good to me. It’s a quality final podium in Paris, so this is the greatest success of my career. This result is dedicated to my family, friends, my team and everyone who has supported me during the last three weeks. We knew it would be difficult to win the Tour but not impossible, so we gave it everything. It’s been a great Tour. It was very tight, coming down to the last time trial. Everything was up for grabs. The tour was open right until the final time trial.”

6th overall, Dan Martin (Quick-Step Floors): “I am very happy, especially as I wasn’t expecting to finish so high in the GC after that stage 9 crash. It was a hard but at the same time fun race and at the end of it all I am proud of what I’ve achieved here. Our team has tasted success on numerous occasions throughout these three weeks and I’m leaving France with many beautiful memories, but also with a huge desire to return next year and fight again to finish even higher in the overall standings”

8th overall, Meintjes (UAE Team Emirates): “I think it was a good Tour, we came here with the goal of a solid performance in the GC and we tried our best. I don’t think eight place is a bad result, however you always want to improve. It was a good few weeks with lots of great memories. Now we will have a week of rest in order to recover and refocus for the remainder of the season.”

10th overall and KOM, Warren Barguil (Sunweb): “It’s still so hard to believe what we have achieved. It’s been such an amazing Tour de France and I’ve loved every minute of it. The climbs were really tough and it was such a battle to get this jersey. I will enjoy this victory for the rest of my life, it’s a dream come true.”

11th overall, Damiano Caruso (BMC): “For sure, 11th on the General Classification is a good result for me. For the team, we will come next year with even more ambition with Richie Porte again to do our best result.”

Points competition winner, Michael Matthews (Sunweb): “It’s been a rollercoaster with a lot of highs and lows. The second week was when mine and Warren’s dreams started to come true. We more or less took it in turns with the wins and continued the momentum together, along with the rest of the team. To bring these beautiful jerseys to Paris is really something special and a moment I will remember forever.”

Olympic champion, Greg Van Avermaet (BMC): “I don’t think I can be happy. My goal was winning a stage and I didn’t win. I was close a few times but it didn’t happen. Sometimes you try and it doesn’t work out and this year I didn’t win. I’m looking forward to the end of the year to hopefully have some nice Classics wins.”

Tour de France Stage 21 Result:
1. Dylan Groenewegen (Ned) LottoNl-Jumbo in 2:25:39
2. André Greipel (Ger) Lotto Soudal
3. Edvlad Boasson Hagen (Nor) Dimension Data
4. Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) Cofidis
5. Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Katusha-Alpecin
6. Borut Bozic (Slo) Bahrain-Merida
7. Davide Cimolai (Ita) FDJ
8. Pierre Luc Perichon (Fra) Fortuneo-Oscaro
9. Rüdiger Selig (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe
10. Daniele Bennati (Ita) Movistar.

Tour de France Final Overall Result:
1. Christopher Froome (GB) Sky in 86:20:55
2. Rigoberto Uran (Col) Cannondale-Drapac at 0:54
3. Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R-La Mondiale at 2:20
4. Mikel Landa (Spa) Sky at 2:21
5. Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana at 3:05
6. Daniel Martin (Irl) Quick-Step Floors at 4:42
7. Simon Yates (GB) Orica-Scott at 6:14
8. Louis Meintjes (RSA) UAE Team Emirates at 8:20
9. Alberto Contador (Spa) Trek-Segafredo at 8:49
10. Warren Barguil (Fra) Sunweb at 9:25.

Points winner: Michael Matthews (Aus) Sunweb.
KOM: Warren Barguil (Fra) Sunweb.
Young Rider: Simon Yates (GB) Orica-Scott.
Team: Sky.

Final stage 21:

Summary – Stage 21 – Tour de France 2017 por tourdefrance_en


Thomas De Gendt on his Combative Tour
Third in the mountains classification, third in the points classification, fiftieth in the general classification and – according to the jury – second most combative: Thomas De Gendt did leave his mark on this Tour. “I came to the Tour after a period where I couldn’t follow the training program I had, due to my wrist injury. Because of this, I wasn’t in the best shape during the first part of the Tour, but I improved in the course of the three weeks. In the flat stages, I have tried to do my job for the team and for André as good as possible, as I knew that there would be chances later on.”

Overviewing his Tour, De Gendt indicates that he tried to grasp every chance, even the smallest. “Maybe it would have been better that I didn’t go into the breakaway on three or four occasions, but sometimes I ended up in the front effortlessly. If there is a breakaway of ten or more riders, than I’m convinced that I should be one of them. Contrary to last year, Team Sky did take control rigorously. This made that a few chances that I hoped to get were thwarted. In my opinion, they put unnecessary efforts in controlling the peloton, but they have every right to do so.”

De Gendt was twice really present in the finale; in the stage to Rodez and last Friday to Salon-de-Provence. “I knew my chances were small in the stage to Rodez, because Sunweb and BMC would be setting the pace in the peloton, and that it would be almost impossible for any one of our team to win that day. That’s why we decided to go in the attack that stage. I had hoped to stay ahead longer, but I was caught with twelve kilometers remaining. Last Friday, I was part of a group of twenty strong riders, including a few fast ones. After winning on Mont Ventoux last year, it seems for the outside as if I can repeat such feat each year, but it is not that simple. I cannot really call out a highlight, but if I have to choose, it would be my prize for the most combative rider in stage fourteen to Rodez.”

During the Tour, his drive to go for the Super-combativity award only grew. “Let me be clear: Warren Barguil has ridden a fantastic Tour and I don’t feel any grudge towards him. But the mountains jersey is for the best climber, a stage win is for the rider who was the strongest that day and the green jersey is for the rider who was regularly the fastest. I my opinion, the prize for the super-combativity should go to someone who showed throughout the Tour that he was there to animate the race and to go in the attack. That did not result in the desired result – a stage victory – but that should not be necessary to win the Super-combativity award.”

“The fact that there are five Frenchmen in the jury did play its part. If there were five Belgians in the jury, the outcome would have been different; which is evidence that the composition is not right. It should at least be an international jury that decides on this. I am very disappointed. I am too disappointed to go any deeper into this. I would rather go straight home, but I will do my utmost today to let the stage end in a sprint finish on the Champs Elysées.”

Thomas De Gendt:


Portuguese riders extend with Team KATUSHA ALPECIN
The two Portuguese riders currently riding in KATUSHA ALPECIN colors have both extended their contracts into the next few years, with Tiago Machado signing through 2018 and José Gonçalves through 2019.

Machado, part of the team since 2015, has had many consistent top five results as well as wins on his palmarès, namely the GC in the Tour of Slovenia (2014), stage 3 in the Circuit Cycliste Sarthe (2010), and National Time Trial Champion (2009). Known as a team player, Machado, age 31, has been consistently on the front for KATUSHA ALPECIN in this year’s Tour de France.

“It’s been evident in the Tour de France how important he is for us as a team rider. Tiago is always 100% professional and is motivated every single day. You can always rely on him. I’m pleased to have him on the team for another year,” said general manager José Azevedo.

A new signing in 2017, Team KATUSHA ALPECIN has been pleased with the work from Gonçalves this year and look forward to another two years with the strong rider. His winning performance in the Queen-stage as well as the overall in Ster ZLM Toer in June was a good indication of more to come from 28-year old all-rounder.

“I think José does not yet know what he is capable of. He is an extremely powerful rider. I am very curious about his further development in the team,” speculated Azevedo. Gonçalves also won the overall in the Tour of Turkey, stage 2 in the Volta International Cova da Beira and stage 7 in the Volta a Portugal, all in 2016, leading to his signing with the team.

Tiago Machado and José Gonçalves:


Bouwman and Martens extend their contracts with Team LottoNL-Jumbo
Koen Bouwman and Paul Martens will defend the colors of Team LottoNL-Jumbo also in the next two years. Martens (33) debuted as a pro in 2006 and two years later he joined the team that now is called Lotto-Jumbo. Bouwman (23) joined Team LottoNL-Jumbo in 2015 as a trainee and started his professional career with the Dutch World Tour squad last year.

“Talent development and lead up young riders are key values within our sportive plans. It’s a logic step that Koen extends his time with us and I’m happy that he wanted it himself. In Critérium du Dauphiné he showed the best of himself by attacking and conquering a stage win”, says managing director of Team LottoNL-Jumbo Richard Plugge. “And Martens is a very valuable force in our team. He’s a rider who’s able to overview a race in an excellent way and he is very well capable to help our youngsters in their development.”

“I’m very glad”, Bouwman says. “I wanted to stay with the team, because I know that here I will improve as a rider. I’ll get my chances and beside that I’m looking forward to help our team leaders”, continues the winner of the polkadot jersey in this year’s Dauphiné.

German Paul Martens is satisfied with the fact that he will start his thirteenth year in a Dutch squad. “The negotiations went smoothly and that shows respect. It’s good that my near future is secured and I’m looking forward to assist the younger riders with their next steps.”

Koen Bouwman:


Sunweb Extend Contracts with Powerful Germans Arndt and Walscheid
Team Sunweb are delighted to announce the extension of contracts with Nikias Arndt (GER) and Max Walscheid (GER). Arndt is currently in contract until the end of 2017 and extends with the team for three more years. Walscheid is also in contract until the end of 2017 and extends for an additional two years until the end of 2019.

Having already been with the team since 2013, Arndt is one of the team’s core members and has developed into a versatile sprinter and world class lead-out specialist. He has shown his ability to succeed in various race circumstances; from a win at the Cadel Evans Great Ocean road race or a Giro d’Italia stage victory to playing a key role within Team Sunweb’s lead-out train at the Tour de France and a second place of his own at stage 19, Arndt continues to excel. Another prominent German up and coming sprinter, Walscheid joined the team as a stagiaire in 2015 and turned pro in 2016. The 24-year-old Walscheid took an impressive five stage wins at the Tour of Hainan and got runner-up at the German road championships last year. This season Walscheid has had his share in the successes of Team Sunweb with a second place at Hammer Series. His strength and explosive power on the bike have been paramount to various team triumphs and he continues to develop year-by-year.

“I’m really looking forward to the next three years with the team,” explained Arndt. “It’s been the perfect environment for me to develop in over the past five years and I feel like I still have so much further to go. The team spirit is great and it’s brilliant to ride with so many fellow German talents. The development of us riders is central and the support system is brilliant, making it an easy decision for me to make.”

Walscheid said: “After a tough few years with some ups and downs I am looking forward to being able to show my full potential. I’ve really enjoyed my time with the team so far both on and off the bike and feel like I have already made huge progress. I want to continue with this momentum and I am sure that Team Sunweb is the best place for me to be able to do this.”

Speaking of the contract extensions, Team Sunweb coach Rudi Kemna (NED) said: “We are delighted to continue our coorporation with Nikias and Max. Together with our other German sprinter Phil [Bauhaus] we believe to have the next generation of German sprinters in our team, ready to excel at the highest level.

“Nikias is a rider who we have developed according to our philosophy from the moment he turned pro in our team five years ago. He joined us at 21-years-old and he now plays a key role in our lead-out train, as well as going for his own chances and winning races on WorldTour level. Nikias’ strength is holding a high power output for a longer time, which is a great quality to become one of the world’s best lead-out riders. Next to that, he’s able to survive hard races and together with our sprinter Michael [Matthews], we see them as the perfect tandem.

“Max has been developing as both a pure sprinter with extreme peak power output. He’s had some bad luck with crashes and sickness this spring but we see him emerging as a sprinter of the future. We’re looking forward to the next steps in his development and it’s great to have such a talent stay with us in the team.”

Nikias Arndt:


Jasper De Laat Trainee
Wanty-Groupe Gobert has selected his second trainee for the end of the season. Dutchman Jasper De Laat (23) will join the squad on July 29th. The climber of Metec TKH (Dutch continental team) finished 10th in the final GC of Ster ZLM Toer. In the beginning of the season, De Laat also finished third in the final classification of the Volta ao Alentejo (2.1) in Portugal and he won the youth classification. De Laat is the second trainee of Wanty-Groupe Gobert after Brecht Dhaene.

Jasper De Laat:


Slipstream announces Oath as exclusive digital media sponsor in 2018
Slipstream Sports has partnered with Oath, a digital media company of more than 50 media and technology brands, including HuffPost, Yahoo Sports, Engadget and Autoblog. Oath will have its brand on team racing kits and vehicles as the Cannondale-Drapac team races over 240 days, across four continents, in the 2018 season. Additionally, Oath and Slipstream will collaborate in creating and distributing exclusive video content and experiences from inside the world of professional cycling. Through this partnership with Oath, Slipstream Sports, which manages the Cannondale-Drapac Pro Cycling Team, has the potential to reach over one billion consumers globally. Professional cycling is one of the fastest growing sports globally with more than 3.5 billion cumulative global TV viewers watching the World Tour in 190 countries.

“Professional cycling is rich with stories, only a fraction of which are actually told,” said Jonathan Vaughters, CEO of Slipstream Sports. “This partnership will allow us to open up the team in terms of content well beyond what most of the world audience sees. Oath has the platforms, skill and ambition to tell the story of cycling in myriad ways. We want people to see us better, to get to know the riders, the staff, and what it takes to be in pro cycling. And we want to use our position as professionals in the realm of the everyday cyclist, too. This partnership gives us a chance to do all those things.”

“Our mission at Oath is to build brands people love. There’s untapped potential to grow the global audience in professional cycling. Through our diverse portfolio, we can provide unique content experiences and engaging stories,” said Stacy Lambatos, VP of Brand Experiences. “We have the technology and content creators to tell these stories through a new lens, including AR, 360 and Live video. This partnership defines what it means to build brands people love.”

Slipstream and Oath will begin sharing cycling content beginning January 1, 2018. For more on Oath, visit www.oath.com.


Fernando Gaviria Injured During Training
The Colombian – winner of eight races this season – will return to racing later than scheduled.

Two years ago, Fernando Gaviria sported for the first time the Quick-Step Floors jersey, as a stagiaire, at the RideLondon Classic, which he finished in eighth position. The spectacular one-day race, scheduled this season in one week’s time, should have marked his return to action following a break which he took after completing his maiden Grand Tour, the Giro d’Italia, but unfortunately his comeback has now been delayed.

While training in Colombia for a high-speed sprint, just as he was preparing to launch his powerful acceleration, Fernando’s left foot unclipped and the pedal hit his calf muscle, an incident resulting in a hematoma which required surgery, that the 22-year-old underwent on Wednesday afternoon, in Medellin.

Fernando Gaviria, who took four stages and the coveted maglia ciclamino at the 100th edition of the Giro d’Italia, in May, will now have to rest for a few days, before returning to training and then traveling back to Europe in a couple of weeks. The Colombian’s new racing schedule for the last part of the season will be decided and communicated in the upcoming weeks.

Fernando Gaviria:


Cleaning the Ridley Bikes
The Lotto Soudal mechanics cleaning the Ridley Bikes at the Tour de France.


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