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EUROTRASH News Round Up Thursday!

With a stunning ride in the Dauphiné time trial, Thomas De Gendt held the overall lead against all odds. Reports, results and video, plus hypoxic chamber Top Story. Also the OVO Women’s Tour of Britain. In other cycling news: GP du Canton d’Argovie and Tour de Suisse team previews, 2017 Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah leaders jerseys and Sonny Colbrelli and Tom Dumoulin sign new contracts. Coffee or Negroni?

TOP STORY: Altitude Tents – Good or Bad?
Critérium du Dauphiné overall leader, Thomas De Gendt, let it slip to Belga (news agency) that he had been using a hypoxic chamber for the last three weeks as part of his training for the Dauphiné and the Tour de France. The Belgian has been living and training in Spain, using his second home at sea-level in Calpe as his base. He said: “I’m back from nearly three weeks of altitude training. That is to say, I spent three weeks sleeping in an altitude tent in Calpe. Last year I trained in the Sierra Nevada, and I used to go to Italy, but now I chose Calpe. I have a house there and, in consultation with my coach, we came to that solution. He is an advocate of the principle of sleep high, train low because your body is taxed less and still reaps the benefits of the high altitude.”

Altitude tents or hypoxic chambers have been used by many athletes for many years, it is a method of raising the hemocrit level in the blood, which means more red blood cels and so more oxygen can be delivered to the muscles, heart , etc. The same as training, or more importantly, sleeping at altitude. The problem is that it is an artificial method, as is taking the banned drug EPO. WADA allows the use of tents, although they have considered banning them, but they are banned in Italy and Norway.

A well know British female middle distance runner was outraged at the use of EPO and blood doping by other competitors, but was quite happy to admit her use of an altitude tent. World track and time trial champion, Chris Boardman was filmed training in one during his early years and there are stories of a National team having to dump theirs at the border when someone told them they were illegal in Italy.

So, artificial performance enhancing, the same as going to Mount Teide, Sierra Nevada or Colombia, or artificial performance enhancing like taking EPO?

Team Sky might call it ‘minimal gains’
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Critérium du Dauphiné 2017
Arnaud Démare (FDJ) won the bunch sprint finish of Stage 2 of the 69th Critérium du Dauphiné as he easily out-sprinted Alexander Kristoff (Katusha-Alpecin), Nacer Bouhanni (Cofidis) and Sonny Colbrelli (Bahrain-Merida) at the end of a 4.6km final straight line in Arlanc. Thomas De Gendt retained the lead in the overall classification by 48 seconds from Axel Domont (AG2R-La Mondiale).

After a tough opening stage, Monday’s second stage was an opportunity for the sprinters. With 4 KOMs the stage over 171k between Saint Chamond and Arlanc was still hilly, but the last 70k showed a flatter section. Shortly after the start 4 riders went away from the peloton. Their lead increased fast over the first kilometers to more than 3 minutes, when on the first climb of the day one of the escapees was dropped. In the main bunch, Lotto Soudal controlled the pace for their race leader Thomas De Gendt and on the first 80k the gap between the 3-men break and the peloton shuttled between 3 and 4 minutes. On the major climb of the day, a Cat.2 KOM, Astana pushed the pace in the peloton and some of the sprinters found themselves in difficulties. At the same time the lead of the breakaway came down to under a minute and Lutsenko bridged across to the front.

After the hardest part of the stage, the race pace remained high and the 4 escapees still tried to hold off the bunch, while the sprinters did everything to catch up with the peloton again. At the first finish passage, with about 30k to go, Lutsenko was the only remaining leader, while the sprinters had rejoined the peloton. The pace on the finishing lap was constantly high, set from Dimension Data and FDJ to chase down the leader. With 5k to go the break was over. Arnaud Démare had such a strong kick in the sprint that he finished a good length ahead of the other fast-men.

Arlanc - France - wielrennen - cycling - radsport - cyclisme - Arnaud DEMARE (France / Team FDJ) - Nacer BOUHANNI (France / Team Cofidis) - Alexander KRISTOFF (Norway / Team Katusha - Alpecin) - Phil BAUHAUS (Germany / Team Sunweb) pictured during stage 2 of the 69th edition of the Criterium du Dauphine cycling race, a stage of 171 kms between Saint-Chamond and Arlanc on June 05, 2017  - photo VK/PN/Cor Vos © 2017

Stage winner, Arnaud Démare (FDJ): “I have a thought for the victims of road accidents. We, the riders, are going through a very difficult period and I really want to insist on one thing : the road has to be shared. Concerning this second stage I had a very difficult day. With 70 kms to go I was dropped on the climbs. Thankfully I was able to count on the help of all my team to make it back in the peloton. They all launched me perfectly for my 6th success this season. Thanks to the tough course, the sprinters of the pack were a bit tired and I was able to seize my chance. I am very happy.”

2nd on the stage, Alexander Kristoff (Katusha-Alpecin): “I must be happy that I took a second place. The team did a really good job. Zabel got the lead the last kilometer. I felt quite good despite having had a cold which still lingers. My shape was good before I got sick, but today I felt a bit better and my results prove I’m not that sick now.”

3rd on the stage, Nacer Bouhanni (Cofidis): “I got hooked as I could in the passes. I succeeded in switching with the peloton, it is the sign that I had good legs and it is good for the continuation. I made the sprint, I was rather well placed at the foot of the 300 meter ramp. I then retreated a bit and I had to go up 3 or 4 riders in the last meters. I was too far to play for the win. But it’s reassuring, for sure. It was my first sprint since my fall at the Tour of Yorkshire, on a race at the level of the Critérium du Dauphiné… I was third, it is not a victory obviously, but to be in this sprint is all. No pressure on Tuesday. The essential thing is to make boundaries, to regain sensations. I’m in good condition, but I’m not at the top.”

4th on the stage, Sonny Colbrelli (Bahrain-Merida): “I lost some positions in the sprint because I touched with another rider. I took a good 4th place anyway, but Démare was the strongest today and he took a clear victory. Tomorrow there will be another chance. I hope I will wear this green jersey right to the last stage.”

6th on the stage, Edvald Boasson Hagen (Dimension Data): “The guys did really well today. The team rode in front, took control and brought back the guy in the front. Everything was perfect until the final sprint. I was a bit blocked and never got to open up properly because I was in the wrong position. Bouhanni came from the inside and pushed me toward the barrier but that is part of sprinting though, to be in the right position. The guys did really well, I am happy with how they went so we will keep trying and hopefully it all comes together for us.”

8th on the stage, Pascal Ackermann (Bora-Hansgrohe): “I was on the limit the whole time on the last 15k. The pace was really high, but I managed to stay in the first part of the bunch. In the end Pfingsti did an excellent job to deliver me on Kristoff’s wheel with 500m to go. Unfortunately, I was blocked then and had to accelerate again on the final 300m. In an uphill stretch like this, it’s almost impossible then to get to full speed again. The result is not bad, but I think a top 3 would have been possible today.”

12th on the stage, Pieter Vanspeybrouck (Wanty-Groupe Gobert): “Guillaume Van Keirsbulck guided me well between the 3rd and 2nd kilometer, but the route was quite broad and some teams were able to pass us again on both sides. It was a chaotic sprint. I lost some places and had to come back from far. A top 10 was possible if I would have been in a better position. A 12th spot isn’t bad, but it could have been better! I feel good in Dauphiné. I am able to perform when the road goes up. I want to distinguish myself again in the sprint over the next days and enter top 10.”

Yukiya Arashiro (Bahrain-Merida): “At the beginning I didn’t feel good but after talking to Sports director I pushed more and reached front group in peloton and I did a good job. I am very satisfied with today’s race.”

Critérium du Dauphiné Stage 2 result:
1. Arnaud Démare (Fra) FDJ in 4:13:53
2. Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Katusha-Alpecin
3. Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) Cofidis
4. Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bahrain-Merida
5. Phil Bauhaus (Ger) Sunweb
6. Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Dimension Data
7. Ben Swift (GB) UAE Team Emirates
8. Pascal Ackermann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe
9. Alberto Bettiol (Ita) Cannondale-Drapac
10. Bryan Coquard (Fra) Direct Energie.

Critérium du Dauphiné Overall After Stage 2:
1. Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Lotto Soudal in 8:30:47
2. Axel Domont (Fra) AG2R-La Mondiale at 0:48
3. Diego Ulissi (Ita) UAE Team Emirates at 1:03
4. Pierre Latour (Fra) AG2R-La Mondiale at 1:07
5. Emanuel Buchmann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe
6. Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bahrain-Merida at 1:09
7. Ben Swift (GB) UAE Team Emirates
8. Alberto Bettiol (Ita) Cannondale-Drapac
9. Tony Gallopin (Fra) Lotto Soudal
10. Julien Simon (Fra) Cofidis.

Dauphiné stage 2:

Koen Bouwman (LottoNl-Jumbo) opened his record book at the age of 23 as he claimed his first pro victory in Stage 3 of the 69th Critérium du Dauphiné in Tullins. He out-sprinted his five breakaway companions: LottoNl-Jumbo teammate Alexey Vermeulen, Quentin Pacher and Evaldas Siskevicius (Delko-Marseille Provence-KTM), Frederik Backaert (Wanty-Groupe Gobert) and Bryan Nauleau (Direct Energie). The six escapees held off the peloton for 182 out of 184 kilometers in total.

Their maximum advantage got to 6:30, but the peloton brought it back to 2:45 with 45 kilometers to go. With 2 kilometers to the finish in Tullins, the break knew they would be sprinting for the victory as the bunch could not catch them even with the power of the sprinters teams. In the last kilometer, LottoNl-Jumbo took advantage of their two men in the break and Bouwman crossed the line as stage winner.

Eleven seconds later; Arnaud Démare (FDJ) brought in the bunch ahead of Bryan Coquard (Direct Energie) and Pascal Ackermann (Bora-Hansgrohe).

Thomas De Gendt retained the yellow-blue jersey ahead of the individual time trial stage 4 on Wednesday.

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Stage winner, Koen Bouwman (LottoNl-Jumbo): “I know that my girlfriend, my parents and my friends were watching. I can’t believe that I got my first pro win at the Dauphiné. It’s a really big race. I came here with the goal of going into the breakaway like yesterday, but it was a really strong breakaway. The six of us were pulling very hard. In the last 20km, we believe we could make it. My team mate [Alexey Vermeulen] pushed hard in the front. We’re a team of very young guys here. Everyone gets his own chance. Everyone wants to break away. Two of us did today and at the end it was perfect for winning.”

3rd on the stage, Frederik Backaert (Wanty-Groupe Gobert): “I had to try three times before the break was established. The cooperation was good and we were able to gain an advantage of six minutes. Only FDJ was chasing and our DS Sébastien Demarbaix told me it was possible to go for victory. When our advantage dropped to 2:45 on the last climb I thought we were gonna be caught. But we kept on working hard and with only 2 kilometers to go I realized we were going for victory! I doubted a moment to surprise everyone with a late attack. But I could have been 6th in that case… So I waited for the sprint which I did quite good. I couldn’t have done better. I am happy with this result. We shall see if I can go for victory again, but I think the sprinter teams won’t commit a fault like this twice.”

9th on the stage, Pascal Ackermann (Bora-Hansgrohe): “It’s a pity we didn’t catch the break. But our lead-out was timed really well and the boys did an excellent job to put me in the wheel of Démare on the last 500m. From there I launched my sprint. I was fast but couldn’t overtake Démare and Coquard, third from the bunch was the best I could do today.”

Anthony Turgis (Cofidis): “The team started off hoping to have the victory at the end. We missed a few seconds for the junction to be made with the break. These things happen. There will be another chance on Thursday.”

Critérium du Dauphiné Stage 3 result:
1. Koen Bouwman (Ned) LottoNl-Jumbo in 4:06:06
2. Evaldas Siskevicius (Ltu) Delko-Marseille Provence-KTM
3. Frederik Backaert (Bel) Wanty-Groupe Gobert
4. Bryan Nauleau (Fra) Direct Energie
5. Alexey Vermeulen (USA) LottoNl-Jumbo
6. Quentin Pacher (Fra) Delko-Marseille Provence-KTM
7. Arnaud Démare (Fra) FDJ at 0:11
8. Bryan Coquard (Fra) Direct Energie
9. Pascal Ackermann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe
10. Phil Bauhaus (Ger) Sunweb.

Critérium du Dauphiné Overall After Stage 3:
1. Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Lotto Soudal in 12:37:04
2. Axel Domont (Fra) AG2R-La Mondiale at 0:48
3. Diego Ulissi (Ita) UAE Team Emirates at 1:03
4. Pierre Latour (Fra) AG2R-La Mondiale at 1:07
5. Emanuel Buchmann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe
6. Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bahrain-Merida at 1:09
7. Ben Swift (GB) UAE Team Emirates
8. Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Movistar
9. Tony Gallopin (Fra) Lotto Soudal
10. Guillaume Martin (Fra) Wanty-Groupe Gobert.

Dauphiné stage 3:

Richie Porte (BMC) claimed his first stage win at the Critérium du Dauphiné on Wednesday, confirming he’s the world’s number one stage race rider this year after he won the Santos Tour Down Under and the Tour de Romandie as well as the Queen stage of Paris-Nice. He time trialed twelve seconds faster than world champion Tony Martin (Katusha-Alpecin) in Stage 4, but in the overall ranking, he remained 27 seconds down on race leader Thomas De Gendt (Lotto-Soudal) who defended himself very well with a top 10 finish against the clock.

Apart from De Gendt at the top, the overall standings changed with Porte moving into 2nd at 0:27, a great ride by Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) put him in 3rd place at 51 seconds. Stef Clement (LottoNl-Jumbo) is at 4th at 0:55, holding off race favorites; Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafredo) in 5th at 1:02 and Chris Froome (Sky), 6th at 1:04.

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The Winner’s Interview with Richie Porte:
Richie, congratulations! Did you expect to win today?

“I didn’t expect to beat guys like Tony Martin and Chris Froome with so much time. I didn’t expect to win this stage. I just felt really good. It’s nice to lay down a time trial like this finally. I really worked hard on my time trialling this year and it’s been a long time since I’ve done a good time trial like this.”

You’ve had a great start to the year. How do you feel now?
“I’m really happy with where I’m at so far this season and the team has put a lot of faith in me. I have really found a happy place. It’s always nice to win bike race. I’d love to win this race but we’ll have to see what happens the next few days. I think we have a great team here to make it hard on the weekend. They’ve been right around me the whole race. But I’d definitely rather be climbing well than time trialling well. It’s not over yet, there are some hard stages to come so I’m just happy with how today went. Whatever happens, happens but I’m on a good path and I’m happy with where I’m at.”

This your last race before the Tour de France. How much confidence does this give you?
“I’m really happy with where I am at three weeks before the Tour de France and hopefully I’ll have a bit of luck and it will be a good Tour de France for me. With the team we will have for the tour, and the support the team has given me, I’m really happy. We have seen in the past that if Chris Froome is good here, he is good at the Tour de France, so I just hope that’s the same for me. Let’s look to the weekend more I think. There are going to be some really hard stages. I’m happy with today but I’m looking forward to the weekend too. Definitely, in the Tour de France, it’s going to be won more in the mountains than in the time trials. I’m quite confident in how I’m climbing at the moment. I think a time trial like that is probably a good test as to where your form is at.”

Overall leader and 9th on the stage, Thomas De Gendt (Lotto Soudal): “I took some extra risks in the corners compared to other time trials, but this still is a result that you can expect from me. During the time trial, I was completely focused on my own race and on riding the ideal line. At that moment, I was not thinking of the fact that I was wearing the yellow jersey. That was only before the race. It’s a very special feeling to start as the final rider in a race of this calibre. The scenario of tomorrow’s stage will be similar to the previous days. We will keep the gap as small as possible when someone in the breakaway forms a threat for the GC, but in any other circumstance, it’s up to the sprint teams. Tomorrow will be the last chance for the sprinters anyway and I don’t think they will let that chance go to waste. I will probably lose the yellow jersey on Friday, but I will give everything I have on the climbs. I am not thinking about the KOM jersey anymore. Koen Bouwman is following closely in the classification and he might take the jersey tomorrow. I could try to go in a breakaway on Saturday or Sunday, but winning the KOM jersey will be hard. My Dauphiné has already been a success.”

2nd on the stage, Tony Martin (Katusha-Alpecin): “It was way harder than I expected, to be honest. When I checked the profile, it looked like a smooth course with a good rhythm. But it was really different – it was up and down with so many rhythm changes, which I don’t really like. I did my best today and my performance was OK. I went pretty hard on the first climb so I missed a little bit in the second part, especially on the second climb. Richie did an incredible job and Valverde and Contador also did very impressive time trials, I knew the level was going to be high coming here and I think this time trial just proves it.

7th on the stage and 5th overall, Alberto Contador(Trek-Segafredo): “The most important thing is I feel good because in the last years, I don’t know why, I have not felt good in this time trial. I have always lost time. I am really happy with my feeling because I felt I had power in the climbs today. But with these roads and all the flats it suited riders like Tony Martin. But I finished 7th, I still feel fresh, and this is important. The mountains arrive after tomorrow, and it will be good for the work for the Tour de France. I will go into the last days calm and not put a big responsibility on my team; [my focus is] only do a good work for July. I expected to lose some time today; Porte and Froome have raced more and have arrived here in better form. For me, some moments were hard because we had changed some things on the bike, but this is why we are here: to try different things and work on the position,” answered Contador when asked about his back and forth movements on his saddle during the race. “We tried different materials, Trek is always working very well with this, and we made changes in the last moment, and today it felt a little strange, but we still have three weeks before the Tour.”

8th on the stage and 6th overall, Chris Froome (Sky) told TeamSky.com: “I’ve still got three weeks now after the Dauphine in terms of time trial work and it’s obviously something that I’m going to have to do a bit more work on. I’ve done everything right up until now and I’ll just keep going up until the Tour. It changes the dynamic. If I’d gained time today then I could have ridden more defensively on the climbs. Now that I’ve got time to make up it means I can be more offensive going into the next few days. It was a good test but we’ve got three big days of climbing on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. That will be another big test to see exactly where everyone is at.”

Emanuel Buchmann (Bora-Hansgrohe): “I am super happy with my TT. I pushed from the beginning and could still take the last climb without any problems. Also in the flat parts I felt really strong today. With just 1:12 behind Porte I even surprised myself today.”

Critérium du Dauphiné Stage 4 result:
1. Richie Porte (Aus) BMC in 28:07
2. Tony Martin (Ger) Katusha-Alpecin at 0:12
3. Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Movistar at 0:24
4. Stef Clement (Ned) LottoNl-Jumbo at 0:28
5. Chad Haga (USA) Sunweb at 0:32
6. Jasha Sütterlin (Ger) Movistar
7. Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Trek-Segafredo at 0:35
8. Christopher Froome (GB) Sky at 0:37
9. Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Lotto Soudal at 0:42
10. Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC at 0:45.

Critérium du Dauphiné Overall After Stage 4:
1. Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Lotto Soudal in 13:05:53
2. Richie Porte (Aus) BMC at 0:27
3. Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar at 0:51
4. Stef Clement (Ned) LottoNl-Jumbo at 0:55
5. Alberto Contador (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 (Spa) Movistar at 1:15
9. Sam Oomen (Ned) Sunweb at 1:17
10. Diego Ulissi (Ita) UAE Team Emirates at 1:22.

Dauphiné stage 4:

OVO Energy Women’s Tour 2017
Katarzyna Niewadoma stormed to victory in Stage 1 of the OVO Energy Women’s Tour, taking the win in Daventry, Northamptonshire by 1-minute and 42-seconds over WM3 Pro Cycling teammate Marianne Vos. The 23-year-old Polish Champion, on her first visit to the UK, put in an impeccable display of riding, breaking away with 47-kilometres remaining, to claim her first UCI Women’s WorldTour win of 2017.

Niewadoma built a three-minute lead at one point, but Boels Dolmans worked hard to reduce the deficit, but such was the WM3 rider’s spirit that she stayed away to celebrate a memorable solo win, gesturing to the pink ribbon in her hair as she crossed the Kettering finish line.

Niewadoma now wears the OVO Energy Green Jersey heading to Stoke-on-Trent for Stage Two and leads by 1-minute and 46-seconds over Vos, with Christine Majerus (Boels Dolmans) a further two seconds in arrears before 15-riders sit at 1-minute 52-seconds.

The WM3 Pro Cycling rider also takes the Wiggle Points Jersey following the opening stage, while Wiggle HIGH5 rider Audrey Cordon Ragot claimed maximum points at both SKODA Queen of the Mountains climb to take that jersey after day one.

Lisa Klein of Cervelo Bigla took the Eisberg Sprints jersey on count-back, being tied at the top of the standings with Jolien D’hoore.

Kettering - England - wielrennen - cycling - radsport - cyclisme - Niewiadoma Katarzyna Kasia (Poland / WM3 Pro Cycling)  pictured during  Women’s Tour of Great Britain stage- 1 from Daventry to Kettering  -  photo Anton Vos/Cor Vos © 2017

Stage winner and overall leader, Katarzyna Niewiadoma (WM3 Pro Cycling): “A lot of the time I was thinking about the girl who wrote my Breast Cancer Care pink ribbon; somehow I felt a lot of energy from her. I felt that we could do it. It’s so crazy; normally races like this end up in a bunch sprint, and I knew that there are a lot of teams here like Ale Cipollini and Sunweb who want a bunch sprint, so I thought they would chase me hard. When I saw the 15-kilometre to go sign I knew I had to go full and see what happened. I’m so happy that I could win here. When I attacked I wasn’t really thinking. I just chose the moment, it can be a good opportunity to go away. I expected somebody to join me, unfortunately I was alone and I was thinking ‘Oh no, there’s 50km to go, there’s a lot of wind, there are hills!’ I wasn’t sure if I could gain a lot of seconds but I was really motivated to keep pushing.”

7th Alice Barnes (Drops CyclingTeam) Adnams Best British Rider: “I’ve not raced a WorldTour event for about a month now. I’ve done a lot of training for this race and a top 10 would have been a really nice target, so I’m happy with how it went. The wind wasn’t as much of a factor as I thought it would be. It started off with a tailwind but we were always pretty bunched up. Up the climbs we raced really hard. Niewiadoma went away and we didn’t chase as much as I thought we would. All the big teams were looking at each other. With it being a five-day race over long stages, I don’t think anybody wanted to show their hand too early. She’s a strong rider so she got her gap pretty quickly.”

OVO Energy Women’s Tour Stage 1 Result:
1. Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Pol) WM3 Pro Cycling in 3:51:39
2. Marianne Vos (Ned) WM3 Pro Cycling at 1:42
3. Christine Majerus (Lux) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam
4. Giorgia Bronzini (Ita) Wiggle High5
5. Tiffany Cromwell (Aus) Canyon SRAM Racing
6. Christina Siggaard (Den) Team Veloconcept Women
7. Alice Barnes (GB) Drops Cycling Team
8. Ashleigh Moolman (RSA) Cervelo Bigla Pro Cycling Team
9. Maria Giulia Confalonieri (Ita) Lensworld-Kuota
10. Roxane Fournier (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle Aquitaine Futuroscope.

OVO Energy Women’s Tour Overall After Stage 1:
1. Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Pol) WM3 Pro Cycling in 3:51:29
2. Marianne Vos (Ned) WM3 Pro Cycling in 1:46
3. Christine Majerus (Lux) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam at 1:48
4. Giorgia Bronzini (Ita) Wiggle High5 at 1:52
5. Tiffany Cromwell (Aus) Canyon SRAM Racing
6. Christina Siggaard (Den) Team Veloconcept Women
7. Alice Barnes (GB) Drops Cycling Team
8. Ashleigh Moolman (RSA) Cervelo Bigla Pro Cycling Team
9. Maria Giulia Confalonieri (Ita) Lensworld-Kuota
10. Roxane Fournier (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle Aquitaine Futuroscope.

OVO Energy Women’s Tour Stage 1:

BMC Racing Team Motivated Heading Back to Switzerland
BMC Racing Team makes a return to racing in Switzerland this week with GP du Canton d’Argovie providing the first test on Thursday, June 8. Sports Director Jackson Stewart said that BMC Racing Team will be heading to the start line with a motivated eight-rider roster and multiple options.

“We are always excited to race in the home country of our title sponsor, BMC Switzerland and for some of our riders, it is the perfect opportunity to finalize their preparation for the Tour de Suisse. We will mostly look to Silvan Dillier and Stefan Küng to be our primary finishers as they are very familiar with the race but, as a one-day race, and with the depth of our team, we will have a varied race strategy.”

Silvan Dillier is looking forward to racing on home soil following his first Grand Tour stage win at the Giro d’Italia.

“I came out of the Giro d’Italia feeling in good condition and with a lot of confidence, so I am really looking forward to GP du Canton d’Argovie. I want to put in my best performance possible as the race practically takes place on my doorstep in Gippingen,” Dillier explained.

GP du Canton d’Argovie (June 8)
Rider Roster:

Tom Bohli (SUI), Damiano Caruso (ITA), Silvan Dillier (SUI), Stefan Küng (SUI), Samuel Sánchez (ESP), Manuel Senni (ITA), Nathan Van Hooydonck (BEL), Loïc Vliegen (BEL)
Sports Director: Jackson Stewart (USA).

Silvan Dillier:
Terme Luigiane - Italia - wielrennen - cycling - radsport - cyclisme - Silvan Dillier (SUI - BMC) pictured during team stage 6 of the Giro D’Italia 2017 from Reggio Calabria - Terme Luigiane, 207.00 km - photo LB/RB/Cor Vos © 2017

GP du canton d’Argovie
On Thursday 8 June, Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka will once again lineup for the GP du canton d’Argovie in Switzerland. The UCI 1.HC event has been a regular fixture on our African Team’s calendar over the last few years and we are happy to be back again.

The 54th edition of the GP du canton d’Argovie takes place on Thursday and our African Team will hope to keep its good run of results at the Swiss event going this week. The familiar 188km circuit course is one which Kristian Sbaragli has taken a particular liking to by placing 4th last year and 5th in 2015. Our punchy Italian will hope to use his experience at the race to deliver a podium result in Gippengen.

With the likes of Reinardt Janse van Renburg, Ben King and Lachlan Morton in the mix alongside Sbaragli, we have a few race winning cards up our sleeve this year. Nic Dougall, Mekseb Debesay, Merhawi Kudus and Jaco Venter will complete our lineup and ensure we start with one of the strongest teams on the day.

Kristian Sbaragli – Rider
“I have done well at this race the last two years so I am looking forward to having a good race again. I have just finished the Giro and I can say I have some good feelings at the moment. I hope I can use my condition to deliver a top result for our team.”

Izagirre will headline Team Bahrain-Merida in Switzerland
Team Bahrain-Merida will warm-up for the Tour de France in the Switzerland’s most important cycling race: the Tour de Suisse (from June 10th to June 18th).

The nine-day stage race is seen as an ideal test of form for the contenders of the Grande Boucle. Among them Ion Izagirre, who is last year’s second-place finisher and will headline the squad in the upcoming Tour de Suisse. On the menu three stages for climbers – among them the Queen Stage to the Tiefenbachferner Glacier – and some chances for sprinters too, completed with an opening and a closing Time-Trial.

“The plan is clear” – says Sports Director Harald Morscher“We will ride to target the final podium, maybe even trying to take the overall win with Ion. We have a strong squad for that purpose, with riders like Moreno, Grmay and Cink, that will give a great support for sure. Anyway, Izagirre is back from the Teide training camp – where he did a good work – and of course, on the Suisse roads he will test his condition first of all.”

“I feel very well after the altitude training camp” – confirms the Spaniard Ion Izagirre“It’s the first time that I’ve trained together with a group of teammates under the direction of the coach, with masseur and mechanics. I’m happy of this new good experience with Team Bahrain-Merida and in Switzerland I’m going to check my form ahead of my next main aim: the Tour de France.”

The roster for the Tour de Suisse is completed with Agnoli and Gasparotto, both returning from the Giro and Bonifazio: “We will be looking for stage wins too” adds SD Morscher “At the Tour de Suisse there are not many pure sprinters, because the route is quite hard. If Niccolò will be able to overcoming the climbs, as we think, he can show his qualities and his good form trying to sprint to victory. I will bet on Gasparotto too, because he is motivated and if he recovers well from the strains of the Giro, he can even try to win the stage with finish in Cevio, nearby his hometown.”

Hors d’oeuvre of the Tour de Suisse is the G.P. des Kantons Aargau (188.7 km, 10 laps of 18.87 km), a one-day race that starts and finishes in Gippingen, in the Swiss canton Aargau on Thursday 8th.

“We do not hide that our aim is the victory” – explains Sports Director Harald Morscher – “I believe that Bonifazio has the chance to do well there. He is in form and even if the course is not totally flat, it can suited him and with the support of his teammates we can try to take it. We will line-up a six-man squad, because of the failure of Visconti due to tendinitis and of Haussler who feels again pain on his knee and prefer not to take any risk and recover well.”

Then, the same squad of the Tour de Suisse will line-up at Gippingen, with the exception of Agnoli and Gasparotto.

Team Bahrain-Merida roster for the GP GIPPINGEN:

Team Bahrain-Merida roster for the TOUR DE SUISSE:

Direct Energie for the Tour de Suisse
The French Direct Energie team for the Tour de Suisse:

Ryan Anderson, Thomas Boudat, Lilian Calmejane, Sylvain Chavanel, Antoine Duchesne, Fabien Grellier, Jonathan Hivert, Perrig Quemeneur.
Directeurs Sportifs: Dominique ARNOULD and Benoit Genauzeau.

Sunweb for the Tour de Suisse
The 81st edition of the Tour de Suisse starts this Saturday, 10 June. The first stage is a short 6 kilometer time trial with a hilly criterium suited to the fast finishers for the second stage. The third stage is also one for the sprinters, providing they survive the climb on the stage’s final kilometers. Stage four is the first chance for the climbers, with a fast run in to the finish to follow on day five. Day six and seven provide another chance for the pure climbers, followed by a criterium and final time trial to close the race.

Team Sunweb coach Marc Reef (NED) said: “Michael lines up at the Tour de Suisse after spending some time at altitude. For the fast finishes where there is a chance of a bunch sprint, we aim to work with our sprint train and go for a result. We also have Tom racing in his first WorldTour race after his Giro d’Italia victory, with him we will take a day-by-day approach to see how the legs are after an intense period of racing. Our first focus will be the prologue and from there we will make a plan for the remainder of the race.”

Tour de Suisse Line-up:
Nikias Arndt (GER), Roy Curvers (NED), Tom Dumoulin (NED), Michael Matthews (AUS), Georg Preidler (AUT), Ramon Sinkeldam (NED), Mike Teunissen (NED), Albert Timmer (NED).
Coach: Marc Reef.

Tom Dumoulin:
Ortisei - Italia - wielrennen - cycling - radsport - cyclisme - Tom DUMOULIN (Netherlands / Team Sunweb) - Nairo Alexander QUINTANA ROJAS (Columbia / Team Movistar) - Vincenzo NIBALI (Italy / Team Bahrain - Merida) pictured during team stage 18 of the Giro D’Italia 2017 from Moena to Ortisei, 137.00 km - photo Miwa iijima/Cor Vos © 2017

Caruso Set to Lead BMC Racing Team at Tour de Suisse
BMC Racing Team returns to the Tour de Suisse this week where Damiano Caruso will lead the team at the nine-day UCI WorldTour stage race. Sports Director Jackson Stewart said that BMC Racing Team has multiple objectives heading into the race.

“We head to the Tour de Suisse with Damiano Caruso as our leader for the General Classification. We believe in him, and he has had this race in his sights for some time. We will also look to do well in the time trials with our specialists, Rohan Dennis and Stefan Küng,” Stewart explained.

“We are looking forward to doing our best in the home of our title sponsor, BMC Switzerland, and we believe we have a great advantage with the new BMC Teammachine SLR01, which some of our riders will race with here for the first time.”

Damiano Caruso is confident in his form ahead of the Tour de Suisse.

“My preparation for this race has been very good. I’ve put in a great block of training, especially the work that was done in the mountains at our altitude training camp. The Tour de Suisse will be very demanding, and I expect it to be a good test as we start to look ahead to July,” Caruso said.

Tour de Suisse (June 10 – 18)
Rider Roster:

Damiano Caruso (ITA), Rohan Dennis (AUS), Martin Elmiger (SUI), Stefan Küng (SUI), Daniel Oss (ITA), Michael Schär (SUI), Greg Van Avermaet (BEL), Tejay van Garderen (USA).
Sports Directors: Jackson Stewart (USA), Max Sciandri (ITA).

Damiano Caruso:
Sanremo - Italy - wielrennen - cycling - radsport - cyclisme -  CARUSO Damiano (ITA) Rider of BMC Racing Team in action pictured during Milano - Sanremo 2017 - photo NV/PN//Cor Vos © 2017

Rui Costa will head up UAE Team Emirates in the Gp Canton d’Argovie and in the Tour de Suisse
Rui Costa, who won three consecutive editions between 2012 and 2014, will lead UAE Team Emirates at the Tour de Suisse which will be held between June 10 – 18.

“This is a race that I really like and returning to it feels like coming home. It is familiar and I’ve got great memories of it.” said Rui Costa “Despite having won this race several times it is quite demanding so it will be necessary to have clear tactics on how to tackle each stage. I just completed a very demanding race as Giro d’Italia is, I need to retain my good form, preserve my energy and be smart to do well in the race. I am hoping to be in the top five of the overall General Classification by the end!.”

Sports director Simone Pedrazzini: “Before the Tour de Suisse, on June 8th we will first participate in the Gp Canton d’Argovie-Gippingen circuit race, we will try to be protagonists with younger rides and to give them the chance to get a good result.”

“The same line-up will take part in the Tour de Suisse. It is a strong team selection, one of the key goals is to help Rui Costa to achieve the top 5 in general classification, taking into account that it won’t be an easy target because he’ll compete with opponents of a high quality. We expect our two younger riders Conti and Petilli, after having just been at the Giro d’Italia, to show their skill in the GC. We also have the fast trio – Consonni, Kump and Modolo – that will try to get great results in the sprint stages, while Mohoric will be looking to join a breakaway and finally, returning back to racing after a crash at Vuelta al País Vasco is Atapuma.”

GP Canton D’Argovie Gippingen (8 June) and Tour de Suisse (10-18 June)
Team’s line-up:

Atapuma Darwin (Colombia), Consonni Simone (Italy), Conti Valerio (Italy), Rui Costa (Portugal), Kump Marko (Slovenia), Mohoric Matej (Slovenia), Modolo Sacha (Italy), Petilli Simone (Italy).
Sports Directors: Pedrazzini Simone (Switzerland), Marzano Marco (Italy)

Gazprom — RusVelo is to compete in the prestigious Swiss race
This Thursday 8th of June Gazprom — RusVelo is heading to Switzerland to compete in the highest category race GP du canton d’Argovie. The inception of GP du canton d’Argovie dates back to 1964. Throughout the history the contest has grown to the most prestigious one-day race in Switzerland with a 1.HC UCI category.

As in the previous edition riders are to cover 10 laps of 18,87 kilometers, which sums up to 188,7 kilometers in total. The lap features only two hill climbs: the 2,5 kilometers long with 3,9% gradient on the first part and 500 meters long ascent with approximate 5% gradient on the final kilometer. The race is expected to be in a high tempo and finish with a bunch sprint.

GP du canton d’Argovie traditionally has a tremendous list of participants and this year won’t be an exception with ten WT squads and the strongest Pro Continental teams.

The top man of Gazprom — RusVelo for this race is Roman Maikin. The flat road course suits his abilities and the two hill climbs shouldn’t be a great challenge for him. The joint effort is set up to bring the leader to the front position on the final lap, so that Roman could compete for the top places.

The young rider of Gazprom — RusVelo Evgeny Shalunov who showed great performance at Giro d’Italia gave a comment before the upcoming race: “After my debut in Giro I feel greater than ever. It gave me confidence, as I didn’t just participate in the Italian Grand Tour, but also made it memorable. Actually I was afraid to toil away for the last days, fortunately, it didn’t happen. Now I am setting up for the second part of the season. After my first GT I am not quite sure what to expect from my legs on the upcoming race. Nevertheless, I will definitely do my best for the team. The list of contenders is very impressive, but I think we have all the chances to fight for the highest places.”

Gazprom – RusVelo line-up:
Igor Boev, Artur Ershov, Roman Maikin, Artem Nych, Andrey Solomennikov, Sergey Nikolaev, Evgeny Shalunov, Dmitry Kozonchuk.

Six Award Jerseys Recognize Race Leaders and Favorites at 2017 Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah
Daily Fan Favorite Category Returns for Race Week

The race leader and standout athletes in the 120-plus field of riders at this year’s Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah will be easy for fans to recognize throughout the seven-day, cycling stage race. Six distinctive award jerseys will identify classification leaders and fan favorites during race week, July 31-Aug. 6. Five jerseys will be presented to riders based on results in race categories, and the America First Credit Union Fan Favorite jersey will be determined using online voting.

This year’s award jerseys incorporate a chevron pattern with vivid color palettes. One distinctive color is paired with a Tour partner brand to identify each individual jersey. All jerseys will feature partner identification for the Utah Sports Commission on the chest and side panels, and for the Utah Office of Tourism, an agency of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development, on the sleeves.

· Yellow — Larry H. Miller Group of Companies Overall Leader jersey
· White — Utah Sports Commission Sprint jersey
· Blue Snowflakes — Utah Office of Tourism King of the Mountain jersey
· Light Blue — Workers Compensation Fund Best Young Rider jersey
· Red — Larry H. Miller Dealerships Most Aggressive Rider jersey
· Dark Blue — America First Credit Union Fan Favorite jersey

The signature yellow of the top rider in the general classification (G.C.) will again be paired with the title sponsor of the stage race for the Larry H. Miller Group of Companies Overall Leader jersey. The tradition of using the color yellow to designate the race leader was first used by the Tour de France in 1913. Last year, Australian Lachlan Morton (Jelly Belly Cycling presented by Maxxis) captured the Larry H. Miller Group of Companies Overall Leader jersey on the final stage for the G.C. victory.

The Utah Sports Commission Sprint jersey will be awarded to the rider who specializes in speed. This white jersey will showcase the “Utah the State of Sport” tag line on inside jersey panels. Points are amassed on six of the seven stages at designated Utah Sports Commission sprint lines, and by finishing in the top 15 places at the finish line. The top sprinter from the 2016 race was Kiel Reijnen (USA) of Trek-Segafredo.

The Utah Office of Tourism King of the Mountain (KOM) jersey will return with its popular motif of blue snowflakes and “The Greatest Snow on Earth®” tag line for Ski Utah. The top three cyclists who cross the eight designated KOM climbs along the route will receive points for this classification. The rider with the most accumulated points is awarded the snowflake-emblazoned Utah Office of Tourism KOM jersey each day. Adrien Costa (USA) of Axeon Hagens Berman was recognized as the KOM winner last year.

The Workers Compensation Fund Best Young Rider jersey goes to the best up-and-coming rider in the peloton. This light blue jersey, sponsored for the first time by Workers Compensation Fund, goes to the rider under the age of 24 who has the lowest accumulated time in the general classification each day. Just 18 years old in 2016, Costa captured the Best Young Rider classification with a second-place finish on G.C.

The Larry H. Miller Dealerships Most Aggressive Rider jersey returns for a fifth year. A red jersey is awarded to one rider each day who is judged by a panel of race officials to have exhibited a courageous or decisive performance. There is no overall champion for this award jersey since the designation is based on voting rather than G.C. standings. Last year on Stage 7, this jersey was presented to Rob Britton (Canada) of Rally Cycling.

The dark blue America First Credit Union Fan Favorite jersey returns for a fourth year. This offers a way for fans to recognize rising stars, past champions and inspirational riders. In the past three years, more than 150,000 votes have been cast by cycling fans to determine winners in select categories. Last year’s Overall Fan Favorite jersey was awarded to T.J. Eisenhart (USA) of BMC Racing Team. Daily fan favorite categories will feature six nominated athletes and voting will be begin July 31.

Bahrain-Merida extends contract with Sonny Colbrelli
Sonny Colbrelli will continue his professional cycling career at Bahrain-Merida Team, having signed a contract extension for another year.

The 27-year-old, a former member of Bardiani Team, has been in Bahrain-Merida Team since the establishment of the team and the beginning of their first WorldTour season in 2017. He is one of the most important sprinters and all-rounders of our Team who showed an excellent performance and some significant results in the previous months. He won the Brabantse Pijl. He was 9th at Amstel Gold Race. He won Stage 2 of Paris-Nice. He took second place on Stage 4 and third place on Stage 1 of Tour of Oman and 10th place overall on Ronde van Vlaanderen. Beside that, he showed some excellent sprints and solid finishes and also worked great with the rest of the Team.

Brent Copeland, General Manager of the Team: “We at Bahrain-Merida are very pleased to have found an agreement with Sonny to extend his contract with the team, Sonny was one of the first riders to believe in this project when he originally signed and yet again we are proud to say he is one of the first to renew with this contractual extension. Sonny is a huge asset to the team, we have seen how his improvement and confidence has increased in the past few months, he is learning to take on the role of a true leader, we also believe he has a lot more room for improvement and we see what dedication he has put into reaching his goals and for this reason together with many other optimistic reasons the management of the team are proud to make this announcement.”

“I’m really happy to announce the extension of my contract with Bahrain-Merida Team,” commented Sonny Colbrelli. “From the beginning my relationship with the team, my new teammates, sports directors, mechanics, masseurs, team managers and everyone else was great. They trust me and consider me a leader, a captain. When I received this proposal to renew my contract I didn’t think twice. I am grateful to Bahrain-Merida Team because they are taking me to the top of the pro cycling, to compete with big champions worldwide. I have a great staff around me and amazing teammates that support me in each race and motivate me to do the best. Even if the race is difficult, they know that I will try to come to the line, giving everything I can. Also sports directors, masseurs and mechanics are some of the best in the world and they contribute significantly to our performance. Bahrain-Merida Team is my cycling family. I am really honored to wear this jersey and I hope I will be able to wear it for a long time.”

Brent Copeland and Sonny Colbrelli:

Tom Dumoulin Extends Contract with Team Sunweb Until 2022
Team Sunweb are proud to announce the renewal of 26-year-old Tom Dumoulin’s (NED) contract through to 2022.

The winner of the general classification at the 100th anniversary edition of the Giro d’Italia is still under contract with the team until 2019, but over the previous months both Team Sunweb and Dumoulin have decided to extend the contract even further. Dumoulin has shown over the previous six years with Team Sunweb that his personal beliefs align with the teams Keep Challenging philosophy, and that both rider and team compliment each other well. This provides the perfect foundation to continue building and strengthening the relationship in the future.

Speaking of his contract extension Tom Dumoulin said: “I am really happy in the team so renewing my contract comes as a natural decision to me. The philosophy of the team suits me really well, although demanding I know it continues to develop me as a rider and together we make each other stronger. Every year we’ve made huge progression and continue to make steps to find ways to improve as a result of the teams expertise. I have grown alongside the team for the past six years and I am confident that we will continue this upwards process for the coming years.”

Team Sunweb CEO Iwan Spekenbrink (NED) added: “Tom has been with the team for six years and belongs to our group of core riders. As a person he directly reflects our Keep Challenging philosophy, a crucial aspect to a strong relationship between Team Sunweb and our riders. Together we have already had many successes and we are extremely pleased to extend his contract so that we may continue to have many more together.”

Hear more on what Tom Dumoulin had to say about confirming his future with the team below:

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