Thursday, July 27, 2017

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Contador on the attack in the Alps despite effects from crash

Alberto Contador went on the attack on stage 18 of Tour de France in an effort to shake things up in the GC. Having suffered a downhill crash a mere 24 hours earlier, the Tinkoff-Saxo captain deployed a series of accelerations on Col de Glandon, which decimated the group of favorites. Despite the effort, a diminished group of favorites made it to the finish line behind stage winner Romain Bardet.


After crossing the finish in St-Jean-de-Maurienne, Alberto Contador explains that his attack was driven by sheer determination.


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Tour de France, Stage 18: Caruso Eighth

BMC Racing Team's Damiano Caruso finished eighth Thursday at the Tour de France after being part of the day's breakaway.

Caruso and teammate and Stage 1 winner Rohan Dennis were part of a group of 29 riders that broke away on the first of seven categorized climbs in the 186.5-kilometer race. Their group split up and came back together several times before Caruso was part of an 11-rider escape that shook free on the day's highest climb, the Col du Glandon.

Romain Bardet (Ag2r La Mondiale) soloed away on the descent on the way to the stage win. Competing in his first Tour de France, Caruso arrived in a small group 1:50 later. Chris Froome (Team Sky) kept the overall lead by finishing in a group 3:02 after Bardet.

"Today was very hard," Caruso said. "All day, it was à bloc (all out). We wanted to be in the breakaway, but I am not really happy with my placing. Maybe I will try again tomorrow."

Samuel Sánchez, in 15th, is the BMC Racing Team's best-placed rider overall, 18:11 behind. He finished 20th on the day, 19 seconds after the group containing the race leader.

Van Garderen Withdraws From Tour Due To Illness

BMC Racing Team's Tejay van Garderen, who was sitting in third place overnight at the Tour de France, withdrew from the race Wednesday due to illness.

Van Garderen lost contact with the peloton on the ascent of the Col de Toutes Aures, about 50 kilometers into the 161-km race. With the help of several teammates, he caught up with the peloton on the descent. But not long after, the lead group split and van Garderen was once again alone. He stopped with 70 km to go.


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2015 Tour de France: Stage 18 Preview

Stage 18 of the 2015 Tour de France is nothing but mountains the entire day of the 186.5kms from Gap to Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne.  Yes, there is still an intermediate sprint, this time at 107.5kms in Riouperoux, but there are 7 categorized climbs on the day!



  • Km 6.5 - Col Bayard (1 264 m)6.3 kilometre-long climb at 7% - category 2
  • Km 35.5 - Rampe du Motty2.3 kilometre-long climb at 8.3% - category 3
  • Km 60.5 - Côte de la Mure2.7 kilometre-long climb at 7.5% - category 3
  • Km 70.5 - Col de Malissol2 kilometre-long climb at 8.7% - category 3
  • Km 85.0 - Col de la Morte (1 368 m)3.1 kilometre-long climb at 8.4% - category 2
  • Km 147.0 - Col du Glandon (1 924 m)21.7 kilometre-long climb at 5.1% - category H
  • Km 176.5 - Lacets de Montvernier (782 m)3.4 kilometre-long climb at 8.2% - category 2

The descents around the Col du Glandon are tricky technically speaking,  and the Lacets de Montvernier is full of switchbacks, so not only will the legs have to be strong but so will the brains if riders are to make intelligent attacks.  They will need to be attentive the whole day.

This is also the only Alpine stage that doesn’t end with a summit finish, so an attacker on the final descent could nip off with victory far easier then when the GC guys punch the next couple of days.  This is also a big day for the KOM jersey, so anyone like Rodriguez or Majka who may seriously be nursing thoughts of this victory will probably be out in the attack early.  If Contador has any hopes of finishing on the podium in Paris, he will have to take every opportunity he can to make back time lost! 

Crash on Col d’Allos disarms promising Tinkoff-Saxo strategy

Tinkoff-Saxo lost valuable time on stage 17 of Tour de France to Pra Loup after a crash down the penultimate climb Col d’Allos cost team leader Alberto Contador two bike changes and 2’14” in the GC, while a malfunctioning radio prevented Rafal Majka from aiding his captain. “Right now the most important thing is to recover”, says Contador, who sits 5th in the GC. Simon Geschke took the stage win from the break.


A grand team strategy, where the squad positioned three outposts, was cut short after a crash stopped Alberto Contador in his tracks. Upon crossing the finish line atop Pra Loup with skin scrapes on his right side, Contador explains:


Read more: Crash on Col d’Allos disarms promising Tinkoff-Saxo strategy

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