Saturday, June 24, 2017

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Contador satisfied with sensations at Grand Depart of Tour de France

Tinkoff-Saxo’s Alberto Contador finishes 46th on the opening 13.8km TT at Tour de France, 15 seconds off last year’s winner Nibali. According to the team captain, he is satisfied with the sensations on the fast parcours, where stage winner Rohan Dennis set the fastest average speed in a Tour time trial.

After crossing the line in Utrecht, Alberto Contador tells that he decided to approach the first half of the parcours at a slightly lower intensity in order to finish off strongly.

 



“It was a very tough time-trial and I felt my legs quite well, I had good sensations. The race course was very, very fast. I decided to take the first half of the race at a slightly slower pace and then push hard. I got off slower but then I wasn't able to finish off strongly. All in all, I think it was a normal time-trial and all the favorites are within a few seconds of each other. We now have to focus on tomorrow”, says Alberto Contador, who adds about some of the challenges on the opening contre-la-montre.

 

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Dennis Wins Tour Opener At Record Speed

BMC Racing Team's Rohan Dennis piloted his BMC timemachine TM01 to the fastest average speed in Tour de France history in winning Saturday's opening stage individual time trial.

Dennis averaged 55.45 kilometers an hour over the 13.8-km course through the streets of Utrecht, The Netherlands, to take the win by five seconds and earn the first yellow jersey of the three-week race. His average speed surpassed the previous Tour de France record mark set by Chris Boardman 21 years ago.

As the 38th of 198 riders to start, Dennis was in the "hot seat" for more than two-and-a-half-hours.

 

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2015 Tour de France: Stage 2 Preview

The second stage of the 2015 Tour de France runs 166kms from Utrecht to Zelande.  This is a pancake flat stage that seemingly plays in the favor of the sprinters with only a 6 meter gradient on the day. 

 

 

The most unique aspect of this stage is the finish on Neeltje Jans, reclaimed land along the surge barrier of this Low country, that the race organizers are dubbing a “finish line in the sea”.  This could spoil the fun for the sprinters as echelons are highly probable.  Regardless, at 80kms, there is an intermediate sprint in Rotterdam. 

Let’s not forget that sadly, the first week usually marks a lot of jittery legs causing a touch of wheels.  Let’s hope that everyone stays safe! Lets also see if the return of time bonuses makes any impact on GC! 

Tour de France Stage 1: Martin 2nd in the Scorching Heat

Etixx - Quick-Step rider Tony Martin finished 2nd, 5" down on winner Rohan Dennis (BMC Racing Team) in the 13.8km Le Tour de France Stage 1 individual time trial in Utrecht on Saturday. Dennis won with a time of 14'56" (55.446km/h), which was 6" faster than Fabian Cancellara (Trek Factory Racing) in 3rd place.

Le Grand Départ was a flat and simple time trial, but was complicated by scorching heat as the temperature reached 36 degrees Celsius. Tony Martin crossed the 7.1km checkpoint 4" down on the fastest time of Jos Van Emden (Team LottoNL - Jumbo), and 3" down on Dennis.

 

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Tour de France 2015: Preview

This Saturday, the 102nd edition of the Tour de France will commence in Utrecht, Netherlands and, after 3360kms, will conclude in Paris on July 26th.  As has become the norm of late, the race will include 21 stages, broken up as follows:  9 flat, 3 hilly, 7 mountain, 1 ITT, and 1 TTT. There will also be two rest days.

Distinctive Stages:

In the Tour, every stage is important.  However, there are a few unique aspects to the route this year specifically:

First, Stage 1 will be the 21st time the Grand Depart has started outside of France and the 6th such has occurred in the Netherlands.  Utrecht itself, however, is a new host city for the race.  The Tour will also spend two days in Belgium before reaching France.

 

 

Second, the organizers have once again given the Tour a bit of a “classics” feel in the first week. On Stage 4, riders will experience 13.3kms of cobbles, broken in 7 sectors between Seraing and Cambrai, similar to Paris-Roubaix.  Additionally, at the end of Stage 3, the climb up the Mur de Huy (1.3kms at 9.6%)  marks the first time the riders will use this Fleche Wallonne feature in the Tour.

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