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Jakob Fuglsang whipped the Critérium du Dauphiné win from Richie Porte on the final day with a powerful display of strength. All the news, views and video from the Dauphiné, OVO Women’s Tour of Britain, GP du Canton d’Argovie-Gippingen, Tour de Suisse and the Rund um Köln. Rumors abound – Top Story. In other cycling news: Hammer Series round up, UAE Team Emirates at the Giro and Peter Sagan does more tricks. Monday coffee time.
TOP STORY: The Rumor Mill in Overdrive
Chris Froome will be riding for BMC in 2019? Not in a million years (probably). L’Equipe reported last week that Sky’s three-time Tour de France winner would be signing a contract with the Swiss sponsored, US registered team after his present contract ends at the end of 2018. Of course it was repeated by many other media outlets that should know better. Normally this kind of rumor comes out when a rider is looking for a contract for the next season as he knows his jersey is on a loose peg in the team bus, but Froome isn’t in that position. Although, hot on the heels of the Froome denials of the move, it was announced that he is close to signing a contract taking the Nairobi born athlete through to the end of 2020 when he will be 35 years old.
Why did this ‘false news’ hit the news stands and computer monitors? L’Equipe could have been on a fishing trip to see what they could find out. The Sky team have not announced their plans for the future for after this year, but the team must be continuing if they are promising to pay Froome in the region of €5 million, plus the other riders who have extended their contracts. Also the future of the BMC team is in the balance due to the ill-health of team sponsor, Andy Rihs. The French sports paper might have been digging for info, but Rihs has said that the team has had offers of sponsorship, but they are waiting for a big sponsor, a multi International company. When that might happen is said not to be important, but many of the BMC team riders are out of contract at the end of this season.
So what did L’Equipe discover: The Sky team will probably run to at least 2020 with Chris Froome. BMC want a new big sponsor and needs to resign its present riders. The fishing caught a couple of tiddlers. Of course it could just have been an excuse to bring up the Wiggins/Sky TUE case.
OK, move on, nothing to see here.
Froome not on his top form in the Dauphiné:
Critérium du Dauphiné 2017
Germany’s Phil Bauhaus (Sunweb) sprinted to victory at the end of Stage 5 in the 69th Critérium du Dauphiné in Mâcon like his compatriot John Degenkolb six years ago in the city of French poet and politician Alphonse de Lamartine at the same age of 22. He outclassed four French sprinters and points competition leader Arnaud Démare (FDJ) while Alexander Kristoff (Katusha-Alpecin) only finished sixth. Thomas De Gendt (Lotto Soudal) retained the yellow-blue jersey ahead of the conclusive three Alpine stages.
The 5th stage of the Dauphiné, between La Tour-sur-Salvagny and Macon, was the last chance for the sprinters, before the peloton hits the mountains. The 175.5 kilometers were relatively hilly in the first part, including a Cat. 2 climb, before flattening out into the finish.
Even though he was wearing yellow, Thomas De Gent (Lotto Soudal) sprinted for the point on the first KOM of the day, before a group of 4 riders went away from the bunch. The break built a lead of 2:30, but the sprinter teams reacted immediately this and started to control the gap early. As they set an easy pace in the peloton, the gap to the break increased to a maximum of 5 minutes. But with 70k to go, steadily it came down.
In the last 10k all breakaway rider were reeled in from the bunch and all was set for a sprint. FDJ were eager to fight for another win of Arnaud Démare (FDJ), but it wasn’t to be as Sunweb’s Phil Bauhaus powered on the front to hold the Frenchman at bay.
Stage winner, Phil Bauhaus (Sunweb): “I felt good from the beginning today. The team protected me well. The guys start pulling at the right moment and did a great job. At the Giro d’Italia I came close to the podium twice. Now with the support of the team, I take the biggest win of my career so far. It’s a great feeling to win here at the Dauphiné.”
5th on the stage, Nacer Bouhanni (Cofidis): “I had the legs to do much better than fifth but I was locked up. I could not produce my effort in the final. The condition improves, it is not yet at the top, I remain in shape research and the end of the week will be important for this. I can pass a physical course in the mountains. I would like to finish this Critérium du Dauphiné, I will fight every day.”
7th on the stage, Pascal Ackerman (Bora-Hansgrohe): “We were at the right time where we needed to be. But nobody launched the sprint and therefore some guys came from behind. Suddenly I was boxed on the right and there was no way to go. It’s a pity because I felt good again today, but couldn’t show my full speed in the end.”
8th, Edvald Boasson Hagen (Dimension Data): “I had a good position on the wheel of Katusha. Jay had done a lot of good control work all day and Scott was also helping to position me in the final. I was in a good position but then when I wanted to move out into the wind I was closed on the inside. I knew I had to be on the left side but when I had the gap it was still too early and then when I needed to go there was no space. It’s pity because now we head to the mountains so maybe I have to try something different. I’m feeling good though, the legs are good and I am happy with where I am at heading toward the Tour.”
Break rider, Marco Minnaard (Wanty-Groupe Gobert): “I thought a group would leave on the first climb, but leader De Gendt wanted to take the mountain points. After that we went into the offensive again but the pack didn’t let us go. We were caught and I tried one more time. Van Baarle and Bouwman joined me and we formed a nice group. It wasn’t an easy stage with some hills and a lot of corners. For a moment I thought we could go for stage victory, but the peloton rode fast. With 50 kilometers to go I knew it was gonna be impossible. Van Baarle was the strongest in the final. I really looked forward to the last three stages. Tomorrow I won’t show myself but I will see what is possible on Saturday and Sunday. I hope to perform in one more stage.”
Geoffrey Soupe (Cofidis): “We did everything we could to protect Nacer and put him in the wheel of the other sprinters so that he could have his marks and have a chance to win in the last kilometer. We put him on the wheel of Alexander Kristoff but he was a little locked up and did not find the opening.”
Critérium du Dauphiné Stage 5 Result:
1. Phil Bauhaus (Ger) Sunweb in 4:04:32
2. Arnaud Demare (Fra) FDJ
3. Bryan Coquard (Fra) Direct Energie
4. Adrien Petit (Fra) Direct Energie
5. Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) Cofidis
6. Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Katusha-Alpecin
7. Pascal Ackermann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe
8. Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Dimension Data
9. Enrico Battaglin (Ita) LottoNl-Jumbo
10. Oliver Naesen (Bel) AG2R-La Mondiale.
Critérium du Dauphiné Overall After Stage 5:
1. Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Lotto Soudal in 17:10:25
2. Richie Porte (Aus) BMC at 0:27
3. Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Movistar at 0:51
4. Stef Clement (Ned) LottoNl-Jumbo at 0:55
5. Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Trek-Segafredo at 1:02
6. Christopher Froome (GB) Sky at 1:04
7. Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC at 1:12
8. Jesus Herrada Lopez (Spa) Movistar at 1:15
9. Sam Oomen (Ned) Sunweb at 1:17
10. Diego Ulissi (Ita) UAE Team Emirates at 1:22.
Denmark’s Jakob Fuglsang (Astana) won a stage of the Critérium du Dauphiné for the first time as he out-sprinted his three breakaway companions at the end of Stage 6 after trying to escape with 1km to go. It was a tight victory over Richie Porte (BMC) who moves into the overall lead with an advantage of 39 seconds over Chris Froome (Sky) ahead of a mountain stage to L’Alpe d’Huez.
Multiple breakaway attempts played out in the opening 15km before six riders went clear and gained a solid advantage of almost eight minutes. The peloton controlled the race situation for the first half before the teams eyeing the stage win started to bring the six riders back on the approach to the Cote de Jongieux.
With 30km to go as Mont du Chat loomed, the breakaway’s advantage was down to five minutes. 5km later, it was Porte’s BMC teammates who were at the front of the bunch. Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) was the first rider to attack from the General Classification group on the ascent, up ahead the breakaway started to split apart. Porte stayed calm and as the virtual yellow jersey, he responded to each attack to bring the group back together on multiple occasions.
Fabio Aru and Jakob Fulgsang (Astana) launched a solid attack and as Porte responded, it was only Chris Froome (Sky) who could stay on Porte’s wheel. The duo eventually picked up Fulgsang and the trio reached the summit 10 seconds behind Aru.
On the downhill the trio caught Aru and the quartet navigated the tricky descent together before it flattened out 3km before the line. In a rare sight, four General Classification riders went for the sprint, and as they crossed the line it looked like Porte was the winner. A photo finish revealed Fulgsang just edged Porte out of the win but Porte was able to take consolation in the yellow jersey.
Porte now leads the General Classification by 39 seconds over Froome and 1:15 on Fulgsang with two more days in the mountains to come.
Stage winner and 3rd overall, Jakob Fuglsang (Astana): “There’s been a lot of bad luck for our team his year, but finally everything seems to come together. We start to be competitive. Luckily it’s at the right time just before the Tour de France. I like to ride the Dauphiné like this, being two guys at the front with the two favorites for the Tour. It’s really nice to win here for the first time. It’s great. It’s the success of the team, not only Fabio and me but all the guys who worked before the main climb and protected us in the past few days.”
Overall leader, Richie Porte and 2nd on the stage (BMC): “I’m really happy with how the stage went. It really came down to all the leaders racing one on one. No one really had any teammates except Aru. I wasn’t really looking forward to coming down that descent so, to come through that stage was good. In the end it was fast but it went well. I came so close to the stage win in the sprint, although maybe it was not the most exciting sprint with four GC guys. But, it’s great just to have the jersey. I know it’s an uphill battle to keep it but I think today went really well. We went fast up the climb but coming down there was a lot of speed so it was nice to get down safely. From KM 0, the guys were on the front and we didn’t have much help until the final with AG2R-La Mondiale. There was a lot of attacks but my team stayed calm and I was happy to come over the top with just me, Froome, Aru and Fuglsang. It was a good stage and a crazy descent in the end but I think I am in a good place. It’s nice to have the jersey but I know that the next two days are going to be super hard. But, I feel up to it and we have the team here to try and finish it off on Sunday. I think I had the target on my back this morning but I have a fantastic team here. I feel good. I’m in good form and I would love to keep this jersey until Sunday.”
10th on the stage and 8th overall, Emanuel Buchmann (Bora-Hansgrohe): “I felt really strong again today. Unfortunately, I couldn’t hang on Fuglsangs’ wheel until the top of the climb. I rode my own pace then. In the downhill Valverde and Bardet took a lot of risk. I made a small mistake in one corner and couldn’t close the gap anymore. Therefore, I was 10th in the end. I am really happy with this result. Now we have to see what’s possible in the next days.”
Break rider, Guillaume Martin (Wanty-Groupe Gobert): “At the beginning of the stage, a break was quickly established. Until the foot of the Mont du Chat it was the easiest day of the week. We had to position ourselves well, and the team succeeded. On Mont du Chat the legs had to speak. It was a matter of holding on as long as possible. I am pleased with the way I rode the climb. Four kilometers before the summit I had to let go. I continued to ride at my own pace and managed to return, but then the favorites accelerated again. Then I rode the descent in the company of Talansky, Chaves, Yates, Latour and Benoot. The feeling was good and I ended up in nice company. That gives satisfaction. But in the coming days I have to stay focused! There are still two stages to come. Who knows, maybe I can try to go for a stage win. I want to obtain a good general ranking, but if I have the choice between a stage win and an 18th place in the overall ranking, I choose for the victory! For this we need to take risks and occasionally lose in order to win another time. I am going to rest first and analyze everything afterwards. It was a nice birthday at least!”
Anthony Turgis (Cofidis): “Mont du Chat is a climb that I do not like at all. It is on the menu of the Classic of the junior Alps and every time I had been put in difficulty. But we have to go through this, even if it is not my favorite ground I wanted to ride offensively. It was not a climb with collar sequences, I was not going to pay for it afterwards. I remember the pleasure I took in this escape, it does good because it is my first of the season.”
Critérium du Dauphiné Stage 6 Result:
1. Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana in 3:41:48
2. Richie Porte (Aus) BMC
3. Christopher Froome (GB) Sky
4. Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana
5. Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Movistar at 0:50
6. Daniel Martin (Irl) Quick-Step Floors
7. Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R-La Mondiale
8. Oliver Naesen (Bel) AG2R-La Mondiale at 1:06
9. Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Trek-Segafredo
10. Emanuel Buchmann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe at 1:14.
Critérium du Dauphiné Overall After Stage 6:
1. Richie Porte (Aus) BMC in 20:52:34
2. Christopher Froome (GB) Sky at 0:39
3. Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana at 1:15
4. Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Movistar at 1:20
5. Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana at 1:24
6. Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Trek-Segafredo at 1:47
7. Daniel Martin (Irl) Quick-Step Floors at 2:14
8. Emanuel Buchmann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe at 2:30
9. Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R-La Mondiale 0:02:49
10. Rafael Valls (Spa) Lotto Soudal at 3:16.
Dauphiné stage 6:
Britain’s Peter Kennaugh of Team Sky claimed his second stage victory in the Critérium du Dauphiné after he won the inaugural stage in Albertville in 2015. On Stage 7 he rode away from the breakaway group along with his compatriot Ben Swift (UAE Team Emirates) and finished it off on his own. Richie Porte (BMC) retained the yellow-blue jersey and even increased his advantage over runner up Chris Froome (Sky) who couldn’t hold his pace.
Another day in the mountains, the 167.5km long stage started in Aoste, the finish was in the famous ski resort of l’Alpe d’Huez, but the peloton approached the Alpe from a different side than the iconic 21 switch backs up from Le Bourge-d’Oisans, still it was another tough mountain finish coming from the Col de Sarenne.
The stage started very fast with several attempts, but it took a while until a group of 17 riders could go clear from the peloton on the second climb of the day. As the best placed riders in the GC of this breakaway was more than 8 minutes off the race leader, the bunch settled for a controlled pace. On the third KOM of the day, the gap was already up to more than 5 minutes.
At the beginning of the final, Andrew Talansky (Cannondale-Drapac) attacked form the bunch. Sitting at 3:40 in the GC, a serious attempt to get into the top ten. At the same time the leading group did split up and just 6 riders were at the head of the race. 3km before the HC KOM, Bardet attacked from the yellow jersey group. Emanuel Buchmann (Bora-Hansgrohe) also made a move and tried to close on Bardet, but was brought back by Valverde and Porte by the top of the climb. Going into the last 4k uphill to Alpe d’Huez, Bardet was together with Talansky, about 1:10 ahead of the group with Porte.
Buchmann tried it again on the final climb to the finish with Fabio Aru (Astana), but it was the yellow jersey to counter the attack and drop all his rivals. In the end Peter Kennaugh (Sky) took the stage out of the former leading group. Romain Bardet (AG2R-La Mondiale) gained about 40 seconds in the GC, while Buchmann finished the stage in a group with Froome and Contador and is now in 9th spot in the GC and still leads the young rider classification.
Stage winner, Peter Kennaugh (Sky): “This is incredible. It’s always hard to win a mountain stage but I have good form ahead of July. It took us a while to make the break, but once the front group was established I knew I had a good chance. I targeted the top of col de Sarenne. Chapeau to Ben Swift for having stayed with me up there. Initially he was gonna help [Diego] Ulissi. We’ve known each other since we were nine years old so I knew he’s someone able to climb. I wasn’t confident I was gonna beat him in a sprint. I had to get rid of him, which I did. To win at L’Alpe d’Huez is better than being an Olympic champion.”
Overall leader, Richie Porte (BMC): “It was a good day. Attack is the best form of defense. All I can say is my team worked incredibly today, especially Ben Hermans in the final. He covered the moves from the biggest riders. I tip my cap to each and everyone of my teammates today as they were incredible. From the neo pro Kilian Frankiny to Ben Hermans there in the final, without those guys it would have been impossible to put more time into guys like Chris Froome. One more hard day left. I really want to win this race. Fulgsang came with me when I attacked and he is obviously riding well. I felt great all day and it makes sense when you feel good to go for it. I’m just happy with how it went. The guys did such a good job on the penultimate climb that I came to the bottom of Alpe d’Huez with good legs. Some of the other guys attacked so I thought I would have a crack. It wasn’t always the plan to have a go. If you have good legs like I did today I think it’s probably worth trying to take some more time. We can’t be complacent. Tomorrow is a short stage and I expect fireworks. It’s not over until it’s not. We are in a good position and the team is incredibly strong. I’d love to finish this off tomorrow, I’d love to win this race.”
2nd on the stage, Ben Swift (UAE Team Emirates): “There was a moment I believed in the win, but I spent so much energy and I had cramps on the finale and I couldn’t push more. What a pity!”
4th on the stage, Jelle Vanendert (Lotto Soudal): “My job was to support Rafael Valls today, but because it took such a long time for a group to get away from the peloton and it cost a lot of energy, I decided to join the attacks. I expect a long battle to get into the break tomorrow as well. That’s typical at the end of a stage race. Riders play all or nothing. There was a difference between the riders in the front group, which became quite clear on the Col de Sarenne. Pretty soon after the beginning of the climb I rode away with two others. Later several riders bridged to us. Two kilometers from the top Kennaugh and Swift created a gap. I arrived at the top together with Herrada. Before we got to Alpe d’Huez there was another uphill part where we should have closed the gap. When we hadn’t done that, I knew it was too late. I can be satisfied with today’s stage. A fourth place on Alpe d’Huez is a nice result. The whole team has had an excellent week at the Dauphiné. It was fantastic to have the yellow jersey in our team. That motivates everybody.”
Best Young Rider and 9th overall, Emanuel Buchmann (Bora-Hansgrohe): “I again had good legs today. Especially on the Col de Sarenne I was never on the limit. But I missed the attack of Bardet, and when I decided to try and catch him, it was already too late. I tried again on the last climb with Aru, but he was a little too fast for me. But I am really happy with my performance again. I know the climb to the finish tomorrow from the Tour de L’Avenir, and it suits me well, so I am confident for the last stage.”
Guillaume Martin (Wanty-Groupe Gobert): “The pace wasn’t very high in the peloton, so I decided to anticipate. It is better to attack than to undergo. You hurt yourself as much, but the pain feels more pleasant when you ride in front. I can’t follow the best climbers yet, but I’m getting closer. By anticipating I can join them and keep the freshness. In the last climb to Alpe d’Huez I felt well. I come close to the strongest, that was fun. If I were to be better placed, I might have been able to follow Froome in the end. It’s a pleasure to look ahead!”
11th overall, Louis Meintjes (UAE Team Emirates): “Today I felt better than yesterday. The legs were good and I’m quite happy about the condition. But also today I was in a wrong place in the wrong moment and I suffered the last accelerations.”
Break rider, Thomas Degand (Wanty-Groupe Gobert): “The course was heavy so it was not easy to get into the break. First I was part of a group of 5 riders, then 15 and finally 17 riders. There was head wind for almost 60 kilometers, but we worked together to get as much time as possible. When we reached the foot of the Col de Sarenne, I chose to ride my own pace in order not to explode. At the top of the climb I was caught up by the group with the favorites. I could still help Guillaume and put him in a good spot at the foot of the Alpe. That was not easy because the energy tank was almost empty. Then I rode my own pace to the line. I liked to show myself in the queen stage of this Dauphiné. I wanted to show that I have a place here and hope to be selected for the Tour de France. It was a successful day.”
Critérium du Dauphiné Stage 7 Result:
1. Peter Kennaugh (GB) Sky in 4:43:59
2. Ben Swift (GB) UAE Team Emirates at 0:13
3. Jesus Herrada Lopez (Spa) Movistar at 1:11
4. Jelle Vanendert (Bel) Lotto Soudal at 1:13
5. Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R-La Mondiale at 1:14
6. Richie Porte (Aus) BMC at 1:56
7. Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana
8. Andrew Talansky (USA) Cannondale-Drapac at 2:04
9. Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Trek-Segafredo
10. Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana at 2:13.
Critérium du Dauphiné Overall After Stage 7:
1. Richie Porte (Aus) BMC in 25:38:29
2. Christopher Froome (GB) Sky at 1:02
3. Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana at 1:15
4. Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana at 1:41
5. Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Movistar at 1:43
6. Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R-La Mondiale at 2:07
7. Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Trek-Segafredo at 2:15
8. Daniel Martin (Irl) Quick-Step Floors at 2:31
9. Emanuel Buchmann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe at 2:53
10. Andrew Talansky (USA) Cannondale-Drapac at 3:43.
Dauphiné stage 7:
Jakob Fuglsang of Astana became the first Dane to win the overall classification of the Critérium du Dauphiné as he dethroned race leader Richie Porte (BMC) through the ten seconds bonus awarded to the winner of the conclusive Stage 8. This is the third time in the past four editions that there has been a change of leadership on the last day.
Overall leader, Richie Porte had a target on his back when he lined up for the final 115km stage of the Critérium du Dauphiné in the yellow jersey and was put to the test as soon as the flag dropped at KM 0.
With four tough climbs on the menu, including the final hors categorie Plateau de Solaison summit finish, Porte’s rivals attacked him on the ascent of the Col del des Saisies and from there it was a battle for Porte to hold onto his race lead.
Strong attacks from the General Classification contenders isolated Porte from his teammates and forced Porte to respond to every attack. Various moves went and were pulled back by Porte’s group until the race came back together after the first two climbs, when a 22-rider group was formed.
In the final 40km Fabio Aru (Astana) and Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) attacked and the duo went clear to establish a lead of more than 1:30. Eventually, the leading duo was being chased by a seven-rider group, and behind Porte formed the third group on the ascent of Col de la Colombiere.
The first two groups joined together and behind, Porte was chasing at just over one minute back. Jakob Fulgsang (Astana Pro Team) and Dan Martin (Quickstep-Floors) attacked again and lead the race up the final Plateau de Solaison climb. Behind, Porte was gaining time and slowly started to catch the riders in front, dropping everyone he passed as he fought to hold onto his yellow jersey.
Fulgsang dropped Martin and went clear to take the stage win. Porte was chasing the 1:15 advantage that he started the day with over Fulgsang and finished exactly 1:15 back on the stage in seventh place. The ten second time bonus Fulgsang scored in the stage win meant he edged Porte off the top step of the podium, and Porte was forced to settle for second place.
Although disappointed to lose the yellow jersey on the final day, Porte takes confidence from his third UCI WorldTour stage race podium of the season and an incredible display of form across the eight days of racing.
Stage and overall race winner, Jakob Fuglsang (Astana): “It’s amazing! I don’t know what to say. Even with jersey I can’t believe it, I’ve been close to the yellow jersey many times in my career. We tried to keep our positions on GC and it came down to a big big fight for the overall victory. We planned it very well with Fabio attacking [with Alejandro Valverde in the col de la Colombière] and everything went in our favor. We played really smart. Froome had to pull after Fabio and Valv. I tried to keep cool all day, and without pushing too much I went for the stage win and I got it all. My wife is waiting for a baby. This great victory is for her. There’s still a long way to the Tour but I’m really happy with my condition now. I’ll have to take it easy onto the Tour. With Fabio we’ll form a good couple for the Tour. We’ll share the leadership and we have a good team.”
2nd overall and 7th on the stage, Richie Porte (BMC): “I think I showed in the end that I’m going well and I’m on track for July. It’s bitterly disappointing to lose it by such a small margin but credit to Jakob Fulgsang. I think I was up against it from KM0 as it seems there were a few guys who preferred to see me lose the race and they lose their podium as well. I don’t know what you can really learn from a stage like that. I guess that’s racing but bring on July. I found myself in a position with no teammates, isolated. I could have done with a couple more teammates up there today. It was me against everyone there for a little bit. You don’t forget that for July. It was a solid race. I’m happy for Jakob, he’s a great rider. I can definitely take confidence out of the race in general. I know my form is there and of course it would have been nice to finish it off today, but it’s definitely good signs for the Tour de France.”
2nd on the stage and 3rd overall, Daniel Martin (Quick-Step Floors): “The pace today was high right from the beginning, so my main goal was to conserve the energy I had until the final climb, where I wanted to make a big attack. I gave it my all out there and at the end of the day I’m happy with my result, but also with how I raced here this week, because I had a different approach than in the past. All I wanted this week was to race relaxed and not be worried about the result or the time lost in the ITT. I had no pressure and I really enjoyed this race, even today’s stage, which was one of the toughest in my life, but at the same time one of the most fun. Now I will do a recon of some of the Tour de France stages, fine-tune my condition for the race and wait with confidence for July to come.”
3rd on the stage and 8th overall,Louis Meintjes (Team UAE Emirates): “Maybe I could attack a bit earlier but you never know. Sometimes you try earlier and after you pay for it as happened in the first mountain stage in this Dauphiné, during the Mont du Chat, where I attacked and I suffered in the final part loosing time” Louis Meintjes said “With the Tour de France as prospect, these performances make me more confident, and it means that the preparation we are doing with the team is working and we are on the right way.”
9th on the stage and 10th overall, Rafael Valls: “This was a very hard stage. There were attacks all the time and from the top riders. On the climbs the pace never dropped. On the Col de la Colombière I decided to attack to take some lead before the last climb. In the descent we rode very fast and afterwards Michal Kwiatkowski set a very high pace to let Froome take as much advantage on Porte as possible. The last fifty kilometers were hell. I was on my limit during the final climb. No doubt many other riders felt the same. I knew the end was near and I wanted to get the best out of it. I kept giving all I got until the finish. I am very pleased with this top ten place on GC. This is very important to me after I haven’t been performing on my best level for a long period due to injuries and illness. To achieve this result among all those Tour riders feels great. With the team we came here to win a stage and to aim for a top ten in the overall classification. Thomas de Gendt won the first stage and wore the yellow jersey for five days, I am tenth on GC and Tiesj Benoot twelfth. This is a very good result for our team.”
4th on the stage, 7th overall and Best Young rider, Emanuel Buchmann (Bora-Hansgrohe): “What a stage! Already on the first climb everything was split up. I wanted to go in a group, but when Froome and Porte also battled against each other, it was clear to better wait and go with them. On the penultimate climb, again our group split up. I waited relatively long, because I didn’t want to go too early, but then also attacked with Contador on the last 3k of the climb. This proved to be a good move, because in the end Porte was alone in the back. Froome then had also Kwiatkowski, which was good for our group. And on the final climb I just focused on Meintjes and also followed his attack. That’s for sure the biggest success in my career so far. Now I am among the best climbers in the world. It’s unbelievable what happened today.”
KOM, Koen Bouwman (LottoNl-Jumbo): “This has been the greatest week of my cycling career so far,” Bouwman said after the stage. “Today it wasn’t possible for me to make the break. It was full-gas racing from kilometer 0. I was told that I mathematically had the win, but my sport director asked me to ride full gas from the bottom of the last climb to the top, because I was more than 18 minutes behind so it was a question of making the time cut. I’m exhausted but I’m also very happy.”
Guillaume Martin (Wanty-Groupe Gobert): “I am a little disappointed after today’s stage. This morning I still looked ahead for the GC. There was no fun in today’s stage. I wasn’t in front at the foot of Col des Saisies and had to close some gaps to stay with the favorites. I payed for that because I had to let go with 3 of 4 kilometers before the summit. I was in the company of some BMC riders and Thomas Degand and still thought we could return. If I was in front on the summit, the race would have been different. Now I had to go full gas on the first climb and I payed for those efforts. I didn’t have the same feeling as the last days. The week still was positive. Shame that we ended it with a false note. I will remember the stages on Friday and Saturday to build towards Le Tour. It is weird that I gain a place in the GC today, while my results were better the previous days. Now I leave for a 10 day altitude camp on Lautaret. I will recon some Alpes mountain stages, with finishes on Isoard and Serre-Chevalier. After that I will ride French Championships and Le Tour.”
Critérium du Dauphiné Stage 8 Result:
1. Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana in 3:26:20
2. Daniel Martin (Irl) Quick-Step Floors at 0:12
3. Louis Meintjes (RSA) Team UAE Emirates at 0:27
4. Emanuel Buchmann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe at 0:44
5. Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana at 1:01
6. Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R-La Mondiale at 1:02
7. Richie Porte (Aus) BMC at 1:15
8. Christopher Froome (GB) Sky at 1:36
9. Rafael Valls (Spa) Lotto Soudal at 1:41
10. Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar at 3:30.
Critérium du Dauphiné Overall After Stage 8:
1. Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana at 29:05:54
2. Richie Porte (Aus) BMC at 0:10
3. Daniel Martin (Irl) Quick-Step Floors at 1:32
4. Christopher Froome (GB) Sky at 1:33
5. Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana at 1:37
6. Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R-La Mondiale at 2:04
7. Emanuel Buchmann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe at 2:32
8. Louis Meintjes (RSA) Team UAE Emirates at 3:12
9. Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar at 4:08
10. Rafael Valls (Spa) Lotto Soudal at 4:40.
Final Dauphiné stage 8:
OVO Women’s Tour of Britain 2017
Amy Pieters (Boels-Dolmans) surged to victory in Stoke-on-Trent at the end of the Stage 2 of the OVO Energy Women’s Tour, pipping British Champion Hannah Barnes (Canyon-SRAM)to the stage win as Katarzyna Niewiadoma (WM3 Pro Cycling) retained the overall lead and the OVO Energy Green Jersey. The Pole, who put in a dominant display to win stage one in Northamptonshire on Wednesday, finished in fifth spot to maintain a 1-minute 46-second lead over teammate Marianne Vos, who came home fourth in the Potteries. Barnes moves up to third overall thanks to the time bonuses and also takes the Adnams Best British Rider Jersey from her sister, Drops rider Alice.
The 93-rider field had toiled through wind and rain on the roads of Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire, in a fast paced stage that started and finished in the city centre. Marta Bastianelli, Anna Trevisi and Alison Jackson all spent time at the head of the race, but the move of the day came when Lucinda Brand went clear on the steep, lower slopes of the opening Skoda Queen of the Mountains climb at Ipstones.
Trixi Worrack and Christine Majerus spent some time chasing, but all in vain as they were caught by a vastly diminished peloton before the final categorized climb of Gun Hill, with Brand holding her lead until the outskirts of Stoke-on-Trent as a thirty plus rider group made contact.
Ten riders remain within two minutes of Niewiadoma including both Barnes sisters and Dani King. Cervelo Bigla’s Lisa Klein retained the Eisberg Sprints Jersey while Audrey Cordon-Ragot extended her lead in the Skoda Queen of the Mountains classification, with Brand now her nearest challenger, six points adrift.
Stage winner, Amy Pieters (Boels-Dolmans): “It was a really hard day, we lost a bit of time on the GC yesterday so our goal was to go for the stage win. Our team was pretty strong today. Christine [Majerus] got in the front at one point and we were almost all there together going into the finish. We spoke about preparing for a sprint so they could save my energy, and the girls helped me really well in the finale. The climbs were really tough. The first one was long, the second was really steep and stayed steep all the time. We came back over the top of Gun Hill and I knew it was going to be a sprint. I’m really happy that the girls helped me today.”
5th on the stage and overall leader, Katarzyna Niewiadoma (WM3 Pro Cycling): “I don’t want to overreact or get too confident, but this is another day done. Everything can happen, as we saw today. It’s so hard to control it when lots of teams are attacking. I know that everybody wants that OVO Energy Green Jersey, so it’s like one team versus all of the others. It’s a big battle. There were a lot of times that I thought ‘oh my god, goodbye green jersey’. But you can’t lose hope, I tried to stay relax and calm. I knew that, even if Lucinda was going to stay clear upfront, other teams would want to target the stage win. That meant it wouldn’t be up to us to chase all the time; other teams would feel a responsibility to bring it back.”
2nd on the stage and 3rd overall, Hannah Barnes (Canyon-SRM): “It’s bittersweet. I’m really pleased to be up there in the finish, it’s been a long time since I’ve been able to be aggressive and get a good placing like that, but I’d have loved to have finished off the team’s good work today with a win. I love wearing my national champion’s jersey. It’s one that all the fans look for any every time I put it on I’m really proud. But the Adnams Best British Rider jersey is also really special, so it’s not a bad swap for tomorrow’s stage!”
Sprint competition leader, Lisa Klein (Cervelo-Bigla): “The stage went well. It was good to finish in the first group. I had a bad moment before the first long climb and got dropped. Christina [Perchtold] and Stephie [Pohl] brought me back. We went to the front together immediately, leading into the climb. In the end of the climb, I could follow in the second group and we came back after the top. The most important thing is we are a strong team and working really well together. The girls gave me so much motivation today to be there and to fight and come to the front. I was covering attacks in the final to help Ashleigh. The communication is really good amongst us all and we’re following the plans really well.”
OVO Women’s Tour of Britain Stage 2 Result:
1. Amy Pieters (Ned) Boels-Dolmans in 3:49:42
2. Hannah Barnes (GB) Canyon-SRAM
3. Eleonora van Dijk (Ned) Sunweb
4. Marianne Vos (Ned) WM3 Pro Cycling
5. Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Pol) WM3 Pro Cycling
6. Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita) Wiggle High5
7. Ashleigh Moolman (RSA) Cervelo-Bigla
8. Alice Barnes (GB) Drops Cycling Team
9. Dani King (GB) Cylance Pro Cycling
10. Aude Biannic (Fra) FDJ-Nouvelle Aquitaine-Futuroscope.
OVO Women’s Tour of Britain Overall After Stage 2:
1. Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Pol) WM3 Pro Cycling in 7:41:11
2. Marianne Vos (Ned) WM3 Pro Cycling at 1:46
3. Hannah Barnes (GB) Canyon-SRAM
4. Eleonora van Dijk (Ned) Sunweb at 1:48
5. Amy Pieters (Ned) Boels-Dolmans
6. Ashleigh Moolman (RSA) Cervelo-Bigla at 1:52
7. Alice Barnes (GB) Drops Cycling Team
8. Christine Majerus (Lux) Boels Dolmans at 1:55
9. Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig (Den) Cervelo Bigla at 1:58
10. Dani King (GB) Cylance Pro Cycling at 1:59.
Alé Cipollini’s Australian Chloe Hosking sprinted to victory in Royal Leamington Spa at the end of the Stage 3 of the OVO Energy Women’s Tour, as WM3 Pro Cycling’s Katarzyna Niewiadoma retained her hold on the race leader’s OVO Energy Green Jersey.
Hosking came off Giorgia Bronzini’s wheel with around 100-metres to go on the Parade in Leamington Spa with only Drops rider Alice Barnes providing a challenge on the long, straight gently rising drag to the finish line. Behind Hosking came Alice Barnes, retaking the Adams Best British riders jersey from her sister Hannah, who was sixth, with the pair now sitting third and fourth overall, both 1-minute and 46-seconds back from Niewiadoma.
Thanks to time bonuses Ellen Van Dijk, third on the stage, moves up to second overall, 1-minute and 43-seconds behind Niewiadoma with two stages remaining. Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig, the leading young rider in the UCI Women’s World Tour briefly threatened Niewiadoma’s leading as the best placed of five riders who hit the front and built an almost two-minute lead, but were finally reigned back in at five kilometers to go, setting up the thrilling sprint finish.
While Niewiadoma kept her OVO Energy Green Jersey and Wiggle Points Jersey for WM3 Pro Cycling, some shine was taken off the day as teammate Marianne Vos fell to fifth overall and was unable to contest the finish after crashing within the final 500-meters.
Wiggle-HIGH5 kept the Skoda Queen of the Mountains jersey with Audrey Cordon-Ragot, now seven points clear of Lucinda Brand, while the team also took the Eisberg Sprints Jersey thanks to Jolien D’hoore who picked up points at both intermediate sprints in Kenilworth and Wellesbourne.
Stage winner, Chloe Hosking (Alé-Cipollini): “It feels really great, this is a highlight race for most riders on the calendar so I feel really privileged to come away with my first win and first podium here. It’s a phenomenal event, I feel like I’ve entered an elite group! It seemed like a number of the teams wanted the finish to be from the group. There was a group of five that got away and for me that was a bit worrying. There were girls like Shara Gillow and Gracie Elvin – both Australians, both really, really strong – and the course wasn’t dead flat. It took a bit of effort to drag them in. Once we caught them everybody switched their mindset to a bunch sprint. It was a bit chaotic, which is strange because it was probably the least technical finish we have all week. But it was nice that the sprinters got a chance.”
Overall leader, Katarzyna Niewiadoma (WM3 Pro Cycling): “It was another hard stage, but not as hard as yesterday, all teams were expecting a bunch sprint and they wanted to take their chance. At one point a breakaway of five riders was clear but I was pretty calm as I knew that they were not competitors for me on GC. My team controlled the whole race. After the two Skoda Queen of the Mountains climbs other teams were eager to help at the front to chase them down and take a big bunch to the finish line. It was a long day for sure – 150 kilometers – but I really enjoyed it. It’s so nice in the UK, I have to admit. The scenery is really beautiful.”
2nd on the stage and 3rd overall, Alice Barnes (Drops Cycling Team): “There’s not really any sibling rivalry between us. Everybody thinks there should be but we just race the events and try and get the best results we can. We’re actually closer now I’m racing on the road than when I was a mountain biker. This year has been a breakthrough season, I’ve trained really hard and I’m happy it’s paying off. The OVO Energy Women’s Tour is a home race for me, it’s a Women’s WorldTour event, it’s one of the biggest on the calendar – it’s so well organized, everybody comes here wanting to win it. So you have to go into it with good focus and train hard for it.”
OVO Women’s Tour of Britain Stage 3 Result:
1. Chloe Hosking (Aus) Alé Cipollini in 3:57:10
2. Alice Barnes (GB) Drops Cycling Team
3. Eleonora van Dijk (Ned) Sunweb
4. Giorgia Bronzini (Ita) Wiggle-High5
5. Christine Majerus (Lux) Boels-Dolmans
6. Hannah Barnes (GB) Canyon-SRAM
7. Kate Archibald (GB) Team WNT Pro Cycling
8. Sara Penton (Swe) Team Veloconcept
9. Emilie Moberg (Nor) Hitec Products
10. Alison Jackson (Can) BePink Cogeas.
OVO Women’s Tour of Britain Overall After Stage 3:
1. Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Pol) WM3 Pro Cycling in 11:38:21
2. Eleonora van Dijk (Ned) Sunweb at 1:43
3. Alice Barnes (GB) Drops Cycling Team at 1:46
4. Hannah Barnes (GB) Canyon-SRAM
5. Marianne Vos (Ned) WM3 Pro Cycling
6. Ashleigh Moolman (RSA) Cervelo-Bigla at 1:52
7. Christine Majerus (Lux) Boels-Dolmans at 1:55
8. Kate Archibald (GB) Team WNT Pro Cycling at 1:56
9. Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig (Den) Cervelo-Bigla at 1:58
10. Dani King (GB) Cylance Pro Cycling at 1:59.
Katarzyna Niewiadoma held onto the race leader’s OVO Energy Green Jersey at the conclusion of Stage 4 in Chesterfield, but only after resisting a stern challenge from her rivals on the roads of Derbyshire. The Polish National Champion, who has led the OVO Energy Women’s Tour since stage one in Northamptonshire on Wednesday faced her strongest challenge yet in the four days of racing, with Christine Majerus at one stage becoming the virtual green jersey on the road, ending the day in second overall, 1-minute and 25-seconds back from Niewiadoma, who described it as “one of the hardest races I’ve done in my life.”
The stage win went to Orica Scott’s Sarah Roy, as an Australian came out on top in the OVO Energy Women’s Tour for the second day running following Chloe Hosking’s win in Warwickshire on Friday. Team Sunweb’s Leah Kirchmann also jumped up the order, elevating herself to third overall, 11-seconds behind Majerus, as the Barnes sisters dropped to fifth and sixth, with Hannah retaking the higher position and the Adnams Best British Rider jersey.
Kirchmann was part of a day-long three rider break including Shara Gillow and eventual winner Roy that was joined by Majerus, who bridged the gap from a small chasing group with 77-kilometers of racing remaining. Buoyed by Majerus’ presence, and with no chase initially behind, their lead swelled putting the Luxembourg champion into the virtual race lead. With Cervelo-Bigla and Canyon-SRAM aiding the isolated Niewiadoma in the chase, they were gradually reeled back in, until with Roy, Majerus and Kirchmann contesting the finish.
Having saved her legs for the finish, Roy led from the front out-sprinting Majerus on the cobbled finish line, with Kirchmann coming home third for the final bonus seconds. Audrey Cordon-Ragot sealed the Skoda Queen of the Mountains climb ahead of the final, flat, stage in London, finishing with a six-point lead over Lucinda Brand. Teammate Jolien D’hoore retained the Eisberg Sprints Jersey, with Christine Majerus now her nearest challenger, two points behind with six points available during London’s final stage.
Overall leader, Katarzyna Niewiadoma (WM3 Pro Cycling): “I knew it was a really dangerous move and I knew we had to start riding to bring her back. I tried to stay calm and relaxed and only think positively. As soon as you start thinking negatively you become nervous. What made it easier for my head is that I knew the course was hard and the climbs suit me. I also knew that some teams would be destroyed on this course; it wasn’t easy to stay in the front group. My DS was coaching me, giving me advice on what I had to do. Of course it’s impossible to control every attack but I tried as much as I could. I’m super happy that the OVO Energy Green Jersey is still with me. It was really cool that Cervélo-Bigla and Canyon-SRAM helped us chase the breakaway down; I knew Canyon would want to keep Hannah Barnes in third on GC, so it was really cool that they were eager to ride.”
Stage winner, Sarah Roy (Orica-Scott): “I’m really excited, elated and thrilled to take the victory, especially given the efforts that the team have put in for the past few stages. Gracie [Elvin] was in the break yesterday and got caught with five kilometers to go, which was both exciting and disappointing, so for us to have another dig today and pull it off was awesome. I was preparing for a bunch sprint because the girls behind were lighting up. We just happened to dig really dig on an uncategorized climb towards the finish; I took a few fewer turns but [Christine] Majerus really put the hammer down. I just held her wheel and I took over on the descents. I felt pretty good coming into the finish. I didn’t want to be the one attacking but I was really confident following the wheels. I’m actually really surprised – it was very hilly and I’m not a climber. It was a hard race.”
Skoda Queen of the Mountains, Audrey Cordon-Ragot (Wiggle-HIGH5): “It was a hard day, I think we did really good in protecting the jersey. The first goal of the day was to target the first Skoda Queen of the Mountain climb at Middleton Top, which we did. The only thing was that if Lucinda won the second Skoda Queen of the Mountains climb we would lose the jersey, so we had to stay awake. Obviously with it being a hard race, it was easiest for me to keep the jersey with a breakaway up the front. I knew I had really good legs from the Ardennes. I’ve found a really good shape this year and a nice way to ride my bike, so it’s a nice reward. But I wasn’t coming for that, I was coming to help Giorgia and Jolien win as many stages as I could, but it’s really nice I have a reward.”
OVO Women’s Tour of Britain Stage 4 Result:
1. Sarah Roy (Aus) Orica-Scott in 3:27:48
2. Christine Majerus (Lux) Boels-Dolmans at 0:01
3. Leah Kirchmann (Can) Sunweb at 0:05
4. Marta Bastianelli (Ita) Alé-Cipollini at 0:17
5. Hannah Barnes (GB) Canyon-SRAM
6. Giorgia Bronzini (Ita) Wiggle-High5
7. Alexandra Manly (Aus) Orica-Scott
8. Eleonora van Dijk (Ned) Sunweb
9. Lucinda Brand (Ned) Sunweb
10. Sofie De Vuyst (Bel) Lares-Waowdeals at 0:22.
OVO Women’s Tour of Britain Overall After Stage 4:
1. Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Pol) WM3 Pro Cycling in 15:06:31
2. Christine Majerus (Lux) Boels-Dolmans at 1:25
3. Leah Kirchmann (Can) Sunweb at 1:36
4. Eleonora van Dijk (Ned) Sunweb at 1:38
5. Hannah Barnes (GB) Canyon-SRAM at 1:41
6. Alice Barnes (GB) Drops Cycling Team at 1:46
7. Ashleigh Moolman (RSA) Cervelo-Bigla at 1:52
8. Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig (Den) Cervelo-Bigla at 1:58
9. Dani King (GB) Cylance Pro Cycling at 1:59
10. Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita) Wiggle-High5 at 2:00.
Jolien D’hoore (Wiggle-High5) sprinted to victory on the streets of London as Katarzyna Niewiadoma (WM3 Pro Cycling) held onto the OVO Energy Green Jersey to claim the overall victory in the OVO Energy Women’s Tour as it finished at the heart of the capital on the Final Stage 5.
The Polish National Champion won the opening stage in Northamptonshire, and has held the race lead ever since, finishing ahead of Luxembourg champion Christine Majerus (Boels-Dolmans) and British Champion Hannah Barnes (Canyon-SRAM), who moved up to third overall thanks to bonus seconds on the final day.
In addition to her overall victory Niewiadoma also moved into the lead of the UCI Women’s WorldTour following the OVO Energy Women’s Tour, overtaking erstwhile leader Olympic Champion Anna van der Breggen.
Runner-up Christine Majerus took added the Eisberg Sprints Jersey to the Wiggle Points Jersey, clinching the former after her and three Boels Dolmans team took the race by storm in London, forcing an eight-rider group clear that contested both intermediate Eisberg Sprints, handing Majerus the jersey and Barnes third overall. That also gave Hannah the Adnams Best British Rider Jersey, at the end of a week long battle with her younger sister Alice, and coming 18-months on from a prolonged injury lay-off with a broken leg.
With an eye on the finish, Wiggle HIGH5 worked to bring the group back, reuniting the field with three laps to go and setting up a thrilling finish on Regent Street St James, with D’hoore heading home Barnes and Majerus. Audrey Cordon-Ragot won the SKODA Queen of the Mountains climb while Team Sunweb took the Team Classification, with their rider Lucinda Brand claiming the week’s combativity prize.
Earlier in the day the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan had joined Breast Cancer Care ambassador Denise Lewis to wave away the Pink Ribbon Tour, which saw over 800-women riding 25-kilometers to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Breast Cancer Care’s pink ribbon.
Stage winner, Jolien D’hoore (Wiggle-High5): “Every time it’s a bunch sprint there’s pressure on me. I had to deal with it; I think I can handle the expectation pretty well. We also had Giorgia Bronzini there for us; at the end of the stage she said the team were going for me. It’s great to win. The hammer went down from the start. We weren’t there in the move as a team so we had to chase it down. The girls did a lot of work, everybody was on their limit. Luckily we closed it down and it was up to me in the sprint.”
Overall race winner, Katarzyna Niewiadoma (WM3 Pro Cycling): “I’m super happy. I think that’s the only word that can describe my feelings. At our first team meeting we said that we wanted to have a good race and that we wanted to fight for a good result. We knew that the first day was good for a bunch sprint; our strong bullet for it was Marianne [Vos]. All of us had opportunities; we could do whatever we wanted if felt we could. In that moment when I attacked I saw a small hill in front of me. I tried, nobody followed – I wanted somebody to join me – but I had no choice but to keep pushing!”
2nd on the stage, 3rd overall and Best British Rider, Hannah Barnes (Canyon-SRAM): “It’s been a really hard week. Unfortunately we lost Ale [Alena Amialiusik] to a really bad crash on Stage Three so we only had five riders and yesterday’s stage was really hard, but it came back together, which helped us. I knew I pretty much had to win both intermediate sprints and place well in the sprint to finish on the podium today and I managed to do that. I’ve been working really hard and this was one of the big targets of the year for me. I’m pleased I came into it strongly. The first day I didn’t feel great, it felt like it was going to be a really bad five days. But it helps that I can ride into a stage race and I think my training going into the race has paid off.”
OVO Women’s Tour of Britain Stage 5 Result:
1. Jolien D’hoore (Bel) Wiggle-High5 in 1:28:23
2. Hannah Barnes (GB) Canyon-SRAM
3. Christine Majerus (Lux) Boels-Dolmans
4. Roxane Fournier (Fra) FDJ-Nouvelle Aquitaine-Futuroscope
5. Kate Archibald (GB) Team WNT Pro Cycling
6. Marta Bastianelli (Ita) Alé-Cipollini
7. Giorgia Bronzini (Ita) Wiggle-High5
8. Anna van der Breggen (Ned) Boels-Dolmans
9. Elena Cecchini (Ita) Canyon-SRAM
10. Alice Maria Arzuffi (Ita) Lensworld-Kuota.
OVO Women’s Tour of Britain Final Overall Result:
1. Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Pol) WM3 Pro Cycling in 16:34:53
2. Christine Majerus (Lux) Boels-Dolmans at 1:18
3. Hannah Barnes (GB) Canyon-SRAM at 1:30
4. Leah Kirchmann (Can) Sunweb at 1:36
5. Eleonora van Dijk (Ned) Sunweb at 1:39
6. Alice Barnes (GB) Drops Cycling Team at 1:47
7. Ashleigh Moolman (RSA) Cervelo-Bigla at 1:53
8. Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig (Den) Cervelo-Bigla at 1:59
9. Dani King (GB) Cylance Pro Cycling at 2:00
10. Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita) Wiggle-High5 at 2:01.
Final stage 5:
GP du Canton d’Argovie-Gippingen 2017
Sacha Modolo (UAE Team Emirates) won the GP Canton d’Argovie-Gippingen on Thursday, the aperitif to the Tour du Suisse (June 10 to 18). John Degenkolb (Trek-Segafredo) was 2nd in the bunch gallop with Niccolo Bonifazio (Bahrain-Merida) taking 3rd place.
The GP du Canton Argovie, which is better known as the GP Gippingen, took place over its familiar 18.8km course in Gippingen with 10 laps to be completed. The short climb in the first 5km of the lap would be the only real obstacle standing in the way of the sprinters teams, but with numerous teams keen on a mass gallop, a breakaway stood little chance.
Four riders went on the attack early on but Trek-Segafredo and UAE Emirates sent their full compliment of riders to the head of the bunch to control the escape at just 4 minutes. On the penultimate lap the break was caught. The peloton was able to stay together over the climb and into the final lap. Debesay of Dimension Data went with an attack by an Orica-Scott rider on the final climb but Trek-Segafredo chased them down.
A bunch sprint was inevitable as Trek-Segafredo, Dimension Data, Orica-Scott, Bahrain-Merida and UAE Team Emirates were all keeping the pace high. On the slightly uphill finish, Modolo got the jump for his third win of the season and the 12th for the UAE Team Emirates.
Race winner, Sacha Modolo (UAE Team Emirates): “I welcome with huge pleasure this victory, because it comes in a key moment for me. After I left the Giro d’Italia in the final week, my morale was not good, nevertheless I kept on training hard and today, my first day of race after the Giro, I had good feelings and I succeeded in sprinting for the victory. My team was perfect, Mohoric was in the main breakaway of the race and this allowed us to pedal in the bunch, saving energies in view of the sprint. I was just behind Albasini and at -200 mt I decided to start my sprint, I was not sure that no one could overtaking me, however I was pretty fast and I achieved the best result. I’m happy and more confident in view of the stages for sprinters which are scheduled in the Tour de Suisse.”
3rd, Niccolo Bonifazio (Bahrain-Merida): “Thank you to all my teammates that helped me in particular during the last four laps. The course was not completely flat indeed and the speed was high in the final laps. Cortina supported me very well for the sprint, taking me in a good position. I’m happy with this result and looking forward to the Tour de Suisse, where I will have some more chance to aim to a stage win.”
5th, Reinardt Janse van Rensburg (Dimension Data): “It was a much more relaxed race than when I did it last year. With Degenkolb the favorite, Trek controlled the race. In the last 4 laps it started to get faster on the climb, but nobody was able to get a gap. The team was really impressive by covering all the moves on the final climb. In the sprint we were looking after Kristian, but it was pretty difficult to stay together with the headwind in the final 5km. We lost each other but I was still in an okay position after the final corner to sprint, but maybe missed a bit of a kick after spending the last 2 weeks training at altitude.”
GP du Canton d’Argovie-Gippingen Result:
1. Sacha Modolo (Ita) UAE Team Emirates in 4:26:22
2. John Degenkolb (Ger) Trek-Segafredo
3. Niccolo Bonifazio (Ita) Bahrain-Merida
4. Michael Albasini (Swi) Orica-Scott at 0:01
5. Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) Dimension Data
6. Baptiste Planckaert (Bel) Katusha-Alpecin
7. Marco Canola (Ita) Nippo-Vini Fantini
8. Pier Paolo De Negri (Ita) Nippo-Vini Fantini
9. Oscar Gatto (Ita) Astana
10. Sam Bennett (Irl) Bora-Hansgrohe at 0:02.
Tour de Suisse 2017
Rohan Dennis claimed the first yellow jersey of the Tour de Suisse after an impressive show of strength saw him secure victory on the prologue ahead of BMC Racing Team teammate, Stefan Küng. As Dennis flew off the ramp he was chasing the early benchmark set by Ryan Mullen (Cannondale-Drapac) of 6:37 and out on the course, he didn’t hold anything back.
The current Australian national time trial champion showed why he is known as one of the best time trialists in the world when he crossed the line in time of 6:24 to secure the stage win and the leader’s yellow jersey. With Dennis in the hot seat, Küng was the penultimate rider to start his 6km effort and he demonstrated his time trialling prowess by crossing the line eight seconds back to finish second on the opening day of racing in Switzerland.
Martin Elmiger, who was racing in his hometown of Cham, also put in a solid performance and stopped the clock at 6:38 to finish tenth.
The Winner’s Interview with Rohan Dennis
Congratulations, Rohan. This is your first race back after the Giro d’Italia, how are you feeling after today’s win?
“To be leading the race in my first race back, especially a UCI WorldTour race, is quite special. I’ve been struggling a bit in training since I had to pull out of the Giro d’Italia but I think today was just my day. I was a little bit mentally knocked down after the Giro d’Italia. It was a massive goal for me this year. I put a lot of work into it, even from July last year, or August after the Rio Olympics. In the end, things like that happen. I had to move on and try to rebuild. Training hasn’t been going too well so today was a little bit of a surprise. Once you get out there you do what you have to do and hope for the best.”
When you were sat in the hot seat, did you think you had done enough to win?
“I actually thought that Stefan Kung would probably beat me. Obviously it’s his home country so it would have been nice for him to win but he’s got more time than me, he’s younger and he’s a huge talent. I think in a couple of years he might have the victory over me so I will take it while I can. A one and two for BMC Racing Team is always good. My first goal for this week was the prologue and the final time trial just to see where I am at and try and have fun during the week. I just want to get into the swing of things and Damiano Caruso is our leader here.”
And looking ahead to tomorrow?
“Stage 2 is a lot harder than it looks on paper. The guys were saying last time they did this circuit that there were 50 or so guys at the finish. But I’ll see how my legs are. I’m good over a six to ten minute effort but I haven’t really even looked at tomorrow’s stage too seriously. I might be really bad or I might be good and be able to keep the jersey. I have nine seconds over Michael Matthews (Team Sunweb) and he’s a good sprinter. I think it’s ten seconds on the line so if he wins and I’m in the peloton, I’ll lose it. It might be a day, or two or three. We’re here for Damiano Caruso, he’s our GC guy. I’m not here with GC on my mind. I’m here to have some fun and see how it goes in between the two time trials.”
2nd, Stefan Küng (BMC): “It is always nice to race here. This is my home race so it is always special for me. It was a good race for me today but it wasn’t the perfect one so, congratulations to Rohan Dennis. As a team we can be really proud. We have our roots in Switzerland so to perform this well is incredible. With BMC Switzerland, ASSOS and TAG Heuer, we are really connected to Switzerland and it is always good to perform well on home soil. For me, it is really home and that is something even more special.”
10th, Martin Elmiger (BMC): “It was a nice race. It goes so fast. I tried to enjoy it but it hurt too much. I am happy with how I was riding today. It was a totally different kind of race today for me. When you race at home, you think less about the pain about more about enjoying it and absorbing the atmosphere.”
17th, Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe): “I gave my best in this opening time trial of the Tour de Suisse, on what was a very hot day. The result wasn’t what we would have liked, but overall I felt well and my legs were stronger in the final part of the course. We still have eight more stages to race and the team will take advantage of all opportunities that come in the following days.”
Tour de Suisse Stage 1 Result:
1. Rohan Dennis (Aus) BMC in 6:24
2. Stefan Küng (Swi) BMC at 0:08
3. Matthias Brändle (Aut) Trek-Segafredo at 0:09
4. Michael Matthews (Aus) Sunweb
5. Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Sunweb
6. Jonathan Castroviejo (Spa) Movistar at 0:11
7. Lars Boom (Ned) LottoNl-Jumbo at 0:12
8. Ryan Mullen (Irl) Cannondale-Drapac at 0:13
9. Steven Lammertink (Ned) LottoNl-Jumbo at 0:14
10. Martin Elmiger (Swi) BMC.
Tour de Suisse Overall After Stage 1:
1. Rohan Dennis (Aus) BMC in 6:24
2. Stefan Küng (Swi) BMC at 0:08
3. Matthias Brändle (Aut) Trek-Segafredo at 0:09
4. Michael Matthews (Aus) Sunweb
5. Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Sunweb
6. Jonathan Castroviejo (Spa) Movistar at 0:11
7. Lars Boom (Ned) LottoNl-Jumbo at 0:12
8. Ryan Mullen (Irl) Cannondale-Drapac at 0:13
9. Steven Lammertink (Ned) LottoNl-Jumbo at 0:14
10. Martin Elmiger (Swi) BMC.
Stefan Küng (BMC) moved into the leader’s yellow jersey at his home race on Sunday after a chaotic finish to Tour de Suisse Stage 2 saw Rohan Dennis caught up in a late crash.
After less than 15km, of the 172.7km course, a five-rider breakaway was given the freedom to go clear at the front of the race. With their advantage quickly rising to over six minutes, BMC Racing Team took control of the bunch behind and, as the peloton finished the first of four laps around Cham, the breakaway was hovering around four minutes in front.
Heading into the final 70km of the day, an increase in pace from the peloton saw the gap to the leaders begin to fall steadily and, as the bell rang to signal the beginning of the final lap, it was sitting at 2:30. With 27km to go, the peloton had brought the breakaway to within one minute before the catch was ultimately made 3km later. At the same moment, with riders battling for position, Rohan Dennis was involved in a crash in the middle of the bunch. He was able to get back on the bike and finished the stage but lost contact with the peloton.
As the riders hit the Horben climb for the fourth and final time, the pace at the front saw riders drop off the back before Damiano Caruso was part of a three-rider move that was able to put daylight between themselves and the bunch. Ultimately, the group was pulled back and, despite a late attack from Greg Van Avermaet with 4.5km to go, the previously predicted bunch sprint played out with Philippe Gilbert (Quick-Step Floors) taking the win. Küng, who finished second in stage 1, crossed the line in the bunch and moved into the yellow jersey as the race heads to Bern on stage 3.
Stage winner, Philippe Gilbert (Quick-Step Floors): “It was very nervous out there, because the peloton let the escapees open up a big gap and then started to chase hard, but the margin still wasn’t coming down. So it was no surprise that we had some crashes in the peloton, even I was involved in one five kilometers from the last climb and had to make a big effort to return in the pack, which brought me to the limit. The plan was to work for Matteo, so I followed the moves and helped him move to the front before the finish, but we lost each other because of some riders who pushed us. Fortunately, our team came on top today and I couldn’t be happier, because this race is one of the most prestigious in the world and to take a stage here is really great. This victory gives us an even bigger motivation for next week, when we hope to notch other nice results.”
Overall leader, Stefan Küng (BMC): “It was a pretty hard start today, and it just got faster and faster. In the end, it got pretty hectic but we had a strong team with Daniel Oss then Martin Elmiger controlling the race which allowed the rest of us to sit safely in the peloton and save ourselves for the end. We did a really active race with me, Damiano and Greg all giving it a go. Unfortunately, it didn’t work out for the stage win, but we showed that we are here and we will keep trying. It was really unfortunate that Rohan Dennis crashed. To take the jersey like that never feels good especially when it is a teammate. But, I will definitely try to enjoy my day in yellow tomorrow especially as we are racing to our capital city, Bern. I am really looking forward to it. This is like my childhood dream becoming a reality. It wasn’t that long ago that I was standing on the side of the road watching the race and now I am the leader. I am sure I can count on my teammates one more time tomorrow. They are all looking good, and we are ready to show our best.”
8th on the stage, Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe): “I’d like to thank my teammates very much for their hard work on another hot day at the Tour de Suisse. They all deserved a stage victory today but I made an error in the sprint and I let it slip through my hands. I will try hard again tomorrow.”
Points leader, Nic Dougall (Dimension Data): “The break worked really well together today and I think we rode it pretty smart. I went for the first KOM today but misjudged it by quite a bit. I thought I had to get something out of the day so I went for the next two sprints and got those points. We started riding really hard on the 2nd last lap to try stay away but the bunch was too strong and too many teams were interested in sprinting. The guys were unlucky to get caught behind the crashes but our GC guys were right up in front which was great. We will try again for another sprint tomorrow.”
Tour de Suisse Stage 2 Result:
1. Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Quick-Step Floors in 4:22:36
2. Patrick Bevin (NZ) Cannondale-Drapac
3. Anthony Roux (Fra) FDJ
4. Michael Albasini (Swi) Orica-Scott
5. Matteo Trentin (Ita) Quick-Step Floors
6. Marcus Burghardt (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe
7. Niccolo Bonifazio (Ita) Bahrain-Merida
8. Peter Sagan (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe
9. Valerio Conti (Ita) Team UAE Emirates
10. Michael Matthews (Aus) Sunweb.
Tour de Suisse Overall After Stage 2:
1. Stefan Küng (Swi) BMC in 4:29:08
2. Michael Matthews (Aus) Sunweb at 0:01
3. Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Sunweb
4. Lars Boom (Ned) LottoNl-Jumbo at 0:04
5. Peter Sagan (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe at 0:08
6. Damiano Caruso (Ita) BMC at 0:10
7. Michael Albasini (Swi) Orica-Scott at 0:11
8. Hugo Houle (Can) AG2R-La Mondiale at 0:12
9. Patrick Bevin (NZ) Cannondale-Drapac at 0:13
10. Matteo Trentin (Ita) Quick-Step Floors at 0:14.
Suisse stage 2:
Rund um Köln 2017
The young Austrian rider Gregor Mühlberger takes the win at the one day race in Germany. After being part in today’s breakaway groups, Gregor made the final move shortly before the finish and took well-deserved the victory.
The famous one day race ‘Rund um Köln’ took place today and covered more than 200 kilometers through the surrounding area of Köln. Several climbs and lot of hilly sections awaited the peloton before the will arrive at the finish.
After some attempts to build a breakaway, a group of about 40 riders went up the road. BORA – hansgrohe was part of the front group and made the race very fast right away from the start and took control over the situation in the breakaway.
At the 90 kilometers mark the situation of the race changed completely, the group felt apart and formed again with a duo in front of the race. BORA – hansgrohe rider Gregor Mühlberger was in the chasing group with 9 riders. After some kilometers the chasing group was able to catch the escapees in the front.
In the last hour of racing the race went on fire, when many attacks out of the breakaway were started. One of the activist riders was BORA – hansgrohe rider Gregor Mühlberger, who tried several times to distance himself from the font group. Shortly before the finish he tried it again and was able to build a small gap to his opponents and showed after his solid performance during the Giro d´Italia again a strong ride and took the win at the one day race in Köln.
Race winner, Gregor Mühlberger (Bora-Hansgrohe): “I am so happy with this victory. I tried it many times to build a gap and in the finale kilometers I was able to distance myself from the group and finished first. It´s really great and I am very happy. I also want to thank my teammates for today’s great support.”
Rund um Köln Result:
1. Gregor Mühlberger (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe in 4:51:39
2. Mads Würtz Schmitz (Den) Katusha-Alpecin at 0:01
3. Fabian Lienhard (Sui) Vorarlberg
4. Jasper de Buyst (Bel) Lotto-Soudal
5. Jewgeni Schalunow (Rus) Gazprom-RusVelo
6. Twan Castelijns (Ned) LottoNl-Jumbo at 0:03
7. Dimitri Peyskens (Bel) WB Veranclassic
8. Gian Friesecke (Sui) Vorarlberg
9. Thomas Sprengers (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen
10. Victor Campenaerts (Bel) LottoNl-Jumbo at 0:09
Hammer Sportzone Limburg – Attracts More Than 2 Million Online Views
First-ever Hammer Series event – Hammer Sportzone Limburg – attracts more than 2 million online views.
Live streamed coverage of Hammer Sportzone Limburg on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter attracted more than 1.7 million views on 2 – 4 June. Adding catch-up views takes the total to more than 2 million and counting – a huge number for the first staging of a professional cycling event. More than 10,000 fans visited Sportzone Limburg over three days of Hammer racing.
TV coverage incorporating live cameras on bikes and in team cars, plus live in-race Velon performance data, was also broadcast on 18 national TV networks globally. Fans around the world were gripped by an intense racing format that tests riders’ conditioning and team strategy in new ways.
There were thousands of positive comments from viewers around the world about the innovative team format, with fans asking when there will be a Hammer race in their home town or city. See social media reaction from riders and fans.
Three days of gripping racing were settled in a nail-biting finale in the Netherlands on Sunday as Team Sky held off Team Sunweb in the Hammer Chase to grab overall victory by one second. Watch on-board Hammer Chase highlights here.
Jasper Stuyven (Trek-Segafredo) said: “Every day it was full-on racing from the start and that was nice. You could really feel it was a complete team effort, and to have the entire team win the Hammer Sprint [on Saturday] and be on the podium together – that was special.”
Jon Dibben (Team Sky) said: “Tao Geoghegan Hart was fifth over the line, but he won the race. It certainly brings it home that Team Sky won, and not an individual.”
Tom Leezer (Team Lotto NL-Jumbo) said: “If you compete in it, it hurts, but to watch a Hammer race is fantastic. Hopefully we’ll get series of nice events much like this one.”
Velon’s live data demonstrated the intensity of the action. Giro d’Italia champion Tom Dumoulin’s normalised power for Friday’s Hammer Climb – 2hr 2min of racing – was 396W. Stefan Küng’s (BMC Racing Team) was even higher at 425W. That is 15-20 per cent more than normally required to ride in the front group in the final two hours of Paris-Roubaix.
Velon CEO Graham Bartlett said: “Thank you to all the riders and teams for racing so hard and making Hammer Sportzone Limburg such a great spectacle, which went right down to the wire. The Hammer racing concept is to engage fans and we’ve won a lot of people over to the format with this first event – both here in Limburg and watching online and TV across the world. We will work hard to improve it and make Hammer races even better for fans and riders.”
InFront Sports & Media Director Mark Butterman added: “We had a vision for the Hammer Series and I think we absolutely achieved what we envisioned, as far as it being a stand-out cycling event bringing together the best in pro cycling, fan experience and a safe and well-managed event. It was an untested format but literally from the start it went as we dreamed it would. The expressions on the riders’ faces spoke “Hammer” – it really was impact racing, in each of the different disciplines. Short, fast and intense.”
Hammer Sportzone Limburg race director Emiel Frambach said: “It was amazing and we’ve only had positive feedback. We didn’t know what to expect from the race but we can look back on an amazing event. I’m very proud of our team, it was the first year, so we had to be flexible, and together I think we built a beautiful new cycling event. It’s the first cycling event of this kind in the world and it’s been hosted in Limburg – and we are very proud about that.”
The data about the Giro d’Italia of the UAE Team Emirates
Just after the end of the Giro 2017, the UAE Team Emirates’ trainings and performance staff began the important activity of analysis of the data, concerning the performances of the riders, which had been collected and recorded during the Pink Race.
The analysis is run on multiple levels because it is based on the data aggregation and it is made possible thanks to a software conceived by the members of the staff and created by a consultant: the software consents to daily analyse the performances in each stage and then to aggregate and to compare the multiple metabolic parameters concerning the performances of the riders.
The work is complex and with a scientific value, it required the use of precise instrument for the collection of the data, such as the power meter Power2Max.
A bunch of interesting date is already available.
In the field of the values of the Critical Power, considering the max values of the single cyclists on 30′, the differences are close: from 347 to 412 Watt. A gap of 65 Watt confirms the efficacy of the trainings performed before the Giro and demonstrates an equal level of performances of all the team’s riders.
There are larger gaps between the higher value, 18,3 Watt pro kg, and the lower value, 14,2, on the value at 5”: this difference is due by the different tasks of each rider during the race and to the different characteristics (higher value if from a sprinter, the lower from a climber).
The max value of average power during a stage was recorded during the Foligno-Montefalco, 372,1 watt, higher than the value of 371,8 watt which was recorded during the Monza-Milano: both were time trials.
The average values on the whole Giro gave interesting overviews on the performances during the three weeks of the race. The higher value of the power per kg was 3,16 Watt/kg, the lower was 2,69 Watt/kg.
The data about the calorie consumption are pretty impressive: the peak is 118.902,2 Kcal during the three weeks, while the peak for a single stage (Bormio) is 8.294,9 Kcal. The lower amount on the whole Giro was 102.330, the same rider used 7.138,2 Kcal in Bormio stage.
On the roads and on the 48.721 meter of elevation gained of the Pink Race, one rider lost 38,4 kg, which were recovered even if not completely: the weight difference from Alghero to Milan for this cyclist was 3,7 kg.
The higher value of weight lost in a single stage was 3.9 kg, on the way to Bormio.
There is a rider in contrast with the others that recorded + 1.5kg compare to the start of the Giro in Sardinia
The heart rate aggregate data provides important info about the physical and metabolic activity of the riders and about the efforts during the race. The higher aggregated time of work above threshold zone is 6h51’25”, followed by another rider that spent 6h21’30”.
The staff in charge of the trainings and of the performances of the UAE Team Emirates can provide completely original data for what concerns an analysis about the Giro d’Italia, which are the total amount of the heartbeats during the whole race (sum of the heartbeats recorded during each stage).
The lower amount of heartbeats of a single rider of the Emirati team was 722.631, which is far from the higher amount of 811.175.
The highest average hear rate during the three weeks of the Giro was 143,8 bpm and the highest average heart rate for one stage was 176,6 , which was recorded in the final time trial.
The same athlete is also recordman in the classification of the higher average pedaling rate during the whole Giro (78,4 rpm) and on the single stage (95,7 rpm, during the time trial Monza-Milano).
Peter Sagan and The Pretty Girls – Bike tricks 2017
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