Tuesday, 20 November, 2018

Tour de France - Dylan Groenewegen: The legs are good now

Tom Skujins puts on the polka dot jersey after stage 5 at the Tour de France Tom Skujins puts on the polka dot jersey after stage 5 at the Tour de France
Sidney Guerrero | 14 July, 2018, 00:36

Defending champion Chris Froome would lose eight seconds at the finish on rivals Vincenzo Nibali of Italy, Colombia's Nairo Quintana and Australia's Richie Porte.

Van Avermaet's nearest challenger is now Sky's Thomas who is three seconds back on GC after the Welshman picked up two bonus seconds in the bonus sprint 13km from the finish.

"A good rider who is strong today will be strong in the final two weeks as well", the 33-year-old Tasmanian added before the 181km stage from Brest to the top of the two kilometre climb got underway. I didn't have good legs at the beginning of the Tour but it's going better every day.

"I'm not sure the riders knew how to take advantage of it, the stage really could have been much more interesting", he said of the course some were describing as riddled with traps.

I just held off Colbrelli.

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Froome lost nearly a minute to his team-mate on the opening stage of the Tour when he crashed in a field five kilometres from the finish, and gave up another five seconds when he was gapped slightly on the Mur-de-Bretagne on Thursday.

Belgian Greg Van Avermaet retained the leader's yellow jersey ahead of Saturday's eighth stage and said he hope to go to the mountains with it next week after what he described as a relaxing day.

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At the World Cup, Shaqiri scored a 90th-minute victor to give Switzerland a 2-1 victory over Serbia in the group stage last month.

"I have my own style", he said when asked about his similarity to the veteran Manxman with 39 stage wins under his belt. He's done really well so we want to support him.

Dutchman Tom Dumoulin, last year's Giro champion, suffered a puncture with five kilometres to go and ended the day 53 seconds behind the victor.

Bardet was left 1:45 back in 23rd overall after a spoke on his bike broke. "Then I had to chase and that effort was fatal", AG2R-La Mondiale rider Bardet told reporters.

On the same long straight uphill three years ago, Martin finished second and he has been hinting for the past few days that he had fireworks planned this year.

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A group of around 40 riders including Froome opened up a gap of over a minute, but Martin and the rest worked to reunite the peloton.

The pack leaves Fougeres, rear, during the seventh stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 231 kilometers (143.5 miles) with start in Fougeres and finish in Chartres, France, France, Friday, July 13, 2018.

The course route that took riders along the lovely rolling hills of northwestern France included a pass through the town of Carhaix, which boasts four Breton winners of the Tour, including the great Bernard Hinault.

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