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Tour de France & Giro Rosa | The Cycling Race News Show

Tour de France & Giro Rosa | The Cycling Race News Show

It’s the GCN Racing News Show! The biggest stage races on the men’s and
women’s calendars have started – we’ll be looking back at the first two stages of
the Tour and the first three stages of the Giro Rosa. Plus we see the return to competition of Chris
Horner at the Sibiu Tour, we’ve also got the Tour of Austria, and, for something different,
the Climb to Kaiser, voted one of the top 10 rides in the USA. It’s felt like a long build up this year
to the Tour de France, with it starting a week later, but it’s finally here. 2 stages, 2 sprints is what we’ve had so
far, but it most certainly hasn’t been without drama. The biggest news from the first half of stage
one was crash of Lawson Craddock – the EF Education First rider crashed in the feedzone,
getting a nasty gash above his eye and clearly in pain, unable to put weight through his
left shoulder. And the crashes didn’t stop there, inside
the final 15km’s Arnaud Demare went down, then Egan Bernal, then Chris Froome, and finally
Nairo Quintana hit a traffic island and broke both wheels. The result of all the incidents? Froome, Porte and Adam Yates lost 51 seconds,
Quintana and Bernal 1 minute 15 – not an ideal start to a three week race for them, although
their rivals won’t be too displeased. Up front, though, it was business as usual
for Quickstep floors. The winning machine just cannot be stopped
this year, and their leadout for Fernando Gaviria was impeccable. They dropped him off with 200m to go, and
from that point, the result was never really in doubt. Sagan came off the wheel, but then had to
go immediately back onto it as he couldn’t match the power of Gaviria, who became only
the 2nd Colombian to wear the Yellow Jersey after Victor Hugo Pena 15 years ago. That was Quicksteps 48th win of the year,
and means that they’ve won 22 stages in the last 5 Grand Tours – the next best team? Sunweb and Bora Hansgrohe with 7 a piece. So why all the crashes? Well we often put it down to nerves, tension
and adrenaline in the first week of the Tour, but Dan Martin thinks he knows the answer
– this is what he tweeted after the stage….. Explains a lot. Roundabout, Roundabout, Roundabout, #tourderoundabout,
#tourdefrance Complete with this map showing density of
roundabouts per capita in Europe. Maybe he’s got a point. The man who came off worst, though, was Craddock,
who fractured his scapula and received stitches above his eye – here’s the message he sent
us the following morning. Stage 2 followed a similar formula, with an
early 3 man move, only this time it quickly whittled down to one. Michael Gogl succumbed to a bee sting and
then Dion Smith went back to the bunch after winning the KOM point, leaving just Sylvain
Chavanel up front alone. But he was loving it, the Vendée is where
his team, Direct Energie, are from, and he’s a popular rider – this is his 18th Tour de
France and that was his 350th stage. We had our first two abandons on stage 2 – Tsgabu
Grmay succumbed to stomach problems, whilst Luis Leon Sanchez crashed, fracturing his
elbow and four ribs – remarkably he did at one point try to get back on his bike. Up front, Chavanel was caught inside the last
10km’s, setting things up for a big bunch sprint, but the group was much reduced after
a crash inside the last 2km’s saw Fernando Gaviria hit the deck, all hopes dashed for
the Colombian on the day. Arnaud Demare was the first to hit out on
the slight rise to the finish line, but Sagan was straight on and then around his wheel,
and just about held off Sonny Colbrelli to take the stage win, and with it his first
yellow jersey since 2016. He also now holds a 26 point lead already
in the Green Jersey competition, as we head into the Team Time Trial today. Dan Martin also did some further research
after stage 2, discovering that not only does France have the most roundabouts per capita,
but that the Vendee is the roundabout capital of France! Don’t forget that you can catch highlights
of each and every stage of the Tour de France over on our Facebook page, and you’ll also
find daily highlights of the Giro Rosa there too, a 10 day race which began on Friday with
a 15km TTT. Waowdeals pro cycling, the team of Marianne
Vos, set the early benchmark, the first team to go sub 19 minutes, but they were later
surpassed by Wiggle High 5, Canyon SRAM, and Cervelo Bigla. But then, came Team Sunweb – finishing with
the entire complement of 7 riders, they stormed around the course in 18:24, an average speed
of over 50kph. And they wouldn’t be surpassed, despite
the best efforts of Mitchelton Scott who came within a second. And so the first yellow jersey went to Ellen
Van Dijk. And it would be a successful start for the
Dutch, who have had enormous success in the race in recent years. Stage 2 finished in a big bunch sprint, despite
a valiant effort by Shayla Gutierrez and Alice Maria Arfuzzi, who were caught within sight
of the line. Kirsten Wild took full advantage to take a
convincing win, with the pink jersey passing on to Lucinda Brand. And it was a case of pass the pink parcel
for Sunweb, 4th place for Leah Kirchmann on day 3 was enough to propel her into the race
lead, on a stage won by Jolien d’Hoore of Mitchelton Scott. That stage saw some significant splits, though,
with Megan Guarnier and Dani Rowe amongst those losing a minute. The GC action will hot up on stage 5, the
first summit finish, but then the Queen stage comes on Saturday where they will tackle the
mighty Zoncolan, that’s a must watch. It’s been a successful start to the Tour
of Austria for Team Bahrain Merida – on day one, in his first outing as Slovenian national
champion, Matej Mohoric soloing to victory, 5 seconds ahead of teammate Visconti, but
it was Visconti who would show everybody a clean pair of wheels on stage 2 – beating
Michel Kreder to the line and taking the leader’s jersey in the process. Also on this week was the Sibiu Tour in Romania,
which saw former Vuelta a Espane winner Chris Horner taking part, at the ripe old age of
46. However, this is a race for the youngsters
– last year’s event was won by Egan Bernal, just 20 at the time, and this year’s event
was dominated once again by Androni, this time his compatriot Ivan Ramira Sosa. Teammate Davide Ballerini won the prologue,
but Sosa set the basis for his overall victory on the first stage, up the climb to Balea
Lac. Sosa is a remarkable talent, just like Bernal
– we’ve seen that already this year with his performances at the Tour of the Alpes
and the Adriatico Ionica races, but his time to win on the Balea Lac was further proof
of his outstanding potential – almost 1m40 faster than Bernal from last year. Now, you can’t take too much from that given
different weather conditions and the way the stage was raced, but nonetheless, that is
impressive. Stage 2 was cancelled due to some pretty extreme
weather conditions, but Sosa came through stages 3a and b unscathed to take his 3rd
GC win on the trot, taking every leader’s jersey except for best Romanian. And so, Sosa is our rider of the week this
week – you wonder how long it will be before we get a Grand Tour where the entire podium
is filled with Colombians, they really do have an incredible depth of climbing talent
right now. We shall finish with something a little different,
the Climb to Kaiser. This is an annual event that takes place near
Fresno in California, voted as one of the top 10 most beautiful rides in the USA, but
also as one of the toughest events. There are three routes on offer, the ultimate
being the 155 mile event, which incorporates 15000 feet of climb, most of which comes in
the first half. For many, the challenge is simply to finish,
but for a few, this is a race. Almost 200 started, but it had already whittled
down to a group of 10 on the first climb, and then just three on the first Hors Category
climb – Jove Graham, Joe Booth and Tyler Pearce, better known as the Vegan Cyclist. However, the climb to Big Creek, which climbs
2500 feet in just 4 miles, was too much for Graham and Booth, leaving Tyler Pearce alone
in front. It was a lonely day in the end for Pearce,
who rode the last 90 miles on his own, completing the course in 8 hours and 42 minutes. What makes this event spectacular, though,
as much as the epic climbing and distance, is the stunning views – look at them, that
looks like another bucket list ride right there. Would love to hear from you if you did the
event this year or have done it in the past – let us know what it’s like to ride in
the comments section below. OK, that’s all for this week – next week
we’re back with the conclusion of the Giro Rosa, plus all the action from the Tour de
France. Make sure you join us then. If you’d like to get into the July groove
then don’t forget that you can purchase these special edition GCN T-shirts from Now, if you’ve yet to check out our big
Tour de France preview, we talk through all the key stages right here, and there are some
good ones coming up already this week.

69 comments on “Tour de France & Giro Rosa | The Cycling Race News Show

  1. 5:46.. I think it's not a yellow jersey since it's called "rosa" 🙂 and if I remember correctly, one of you made this same mistake in the past 🙂 (not sure if it was Matt or Dan though; details anyway, great show, enjoyed watching it!

  2. Congratulations to Greg Van #Avermaet of Team #BMC for taking the #Yellow Jersey after the Team Time Trial. #itvsport #TDF2018

  3. I started watching racing again due to Dan's enthusiasm for it. Never paid much mind to it after the huge let down from Lance. Thanks for rekindling my interest Dan.

  4. I want to thank you so much for taking the time to highlight a local community event. The ride is so tough because you climb 15k in the first 75 miles. Then you descend into 106 temperatures to get back to the finish. If anyone is interested, here is the strava of the event. And I have a full video coming out soon on it. Again, Dan, you're a freaking LEGEND bro!

  5. Anyone wanting to do a bucket list ride in California better do it as soon as possible because the continental US is fast approaching another dust bowl type event. Many of those roads are likely to be engulfed in flames sooner rather than later.

  6. Lawson Craddock's grit is reminiscent of Tyler Hamiltons broken collarbone TdF ride, which required post tour dental reconstruction as he had ground down all his teeth due to the pain. To match Lawson's pre-stage contributions goto:

  7. looking at the podium girls on the giro de rosa, made me think what is the purpose of those woman? in a men's competition it promotes the idea of winners are sexually attractive, look see, he has two beautiful women on his arm! What about woman's racing, what is the message, woman racers attract other women? time to ditch the glam girls don't you think? give local community champions & leaders the stage at these big events?

  8. Come to Fresno and ride the C2K with us!!! It’s beautiful.. and then you tick it off your bucket list!!! We would LOVE to have you guys come ride with us!!!

  9. I did the climb to Kaiser. So awesome. My weight the day of the ride 277lb. Check out my ride on Strava:

  10. @Global Cycling Network, Can't you split the Giro Rosa and Tour du France highlights? It's like watching a recap of the greatest road race in the world with some highlights of yesterdays darts match in your local pub. Like eating a pizza with pineapple, those things just don't match. Props for trying to force us to eat our vegetables, but some people just don't like it.

  11. Cheers and congrats to BMC and Greg for a great TTT today. But shame on the french crowd and the french media for the booing on the road today. I was always a big fan of Bernard Hinault ever since I was a teenager and saw him riding the Tour but he has lost some of that respect I had for him over the last few weeks. Shame on you sir, shame.

  12. Lawson is a great guy! The only track kids in Texas have left and he’s fighting hard to stay in a race even though he’s in pain! He represents the tenacity of cyclists in this part of the world. #TexasTough

  13. I road Climb to Kaiser (C2K) last year and it was beautiful and brutal. Temperatures ranged from 38-107 F with heavy hail at Kaiser Pass (9,400 ft elevation). There is a reason the original name of the ride was Fresno Uphill Climb to Kaiser. Makes for a catchy acronym! These roads are in my "backyard," and are a cyclist's dream. The Fresno Cycling Club, who organizes the ride, does a GREAT job to support the riders!

  14. I saw the Quickstep team director walking around after the race saying, "go ahead and kick me in the nuts…I won't even feel a thing" Never seen a team this hot before.

  15. Mega kudos to Lawson Craddock for soldiering on and for raising money for a worthy cause in the process. We hear so much negativity about cycling (about doping, from drivers about cyclists on the road, about Nacer Bouhanni), it's nice to hear and see something positive.

  16. I plan on winning the Climb to Kaiser in 2020! Got hit by a car and couldn't race this year 😂😢

  17. The climb to Kaiser is a must do. The route start nice and cool 57 degree in the morning then start to warm up and warm up fast. My Garmin said 126 degree climbing the hardest climb and that Big Creek. 4 miles of no letting up 10 to 20%. By the way you have already climb over 7000ft and at mile 58. But the view is worth it. Then you start the 8mile climb up Kaiser path. End up 75miles and close to climbing 12000ft and the air is hard to breathe 9000ft. There was a guy that just stopped in front of me. And we where 2miles from the Peak . I ask are you okay and he told me he was done. I told him we are 2miles from the Peak. Just keep going I stay with you. He said he made up his mind that he was done. So I continued. Then headed back I was all smiles tell I hit the three climbs another 1500 ft. Of climbing but then a beautiful descent down into shaver mile 103. Rest stop sag was awesome. Now 54 miles to go. Fast down hills and some rolls. On mile 113 you can just fill the heat I think it was 102 degree. I really love the heat my legs came back. And I just hammer all the way to the finish. Where my beautiful wife was there waiting for me and and my kids. One of the best moments in my life. So glad I did this right recommended to anybody no matter how big you are.

  18. Neglected to mention that the Climb to Kaiser is run in the middle of summer in the interior of California. This year the high hit 101F (~38C) at the start/finish and 80F at the summit (~27C). Just for context.

  19. Will you please start a separate women's channel and quit being so PC all the time. And hire some out of work trophy girls.

  20. The TUE you've got for your hay fever is strong stuff Dan! That jersey for the Rosa is pink to us all. If you are seeing yellow, then you perhaps just need a little lie down

  21. Love GCN and so happy about the C2K shout out. I’ve only been cycling 4 years (51 yrs old), and I completed the whole thing this year! GCN should come out next year. It’s a major cycling tradition (42 yrs) and we have some of the best climbing routes in the country out here. (Big Creek hurts … no two ways around it).

  22. The Climb to Kaiser was the most challenging and beautiful ride I have ever been on. Throughout the day I was amazed the number of riders who have completed this event and come back every year for more. Many of these repeat offenders are entering their late 60s. I rode up a good portion of the Big Creek climb (which happens to have a fun average gradient of 10-20%) with a 71 year old man who had completed the C2K over 20 times! I hope I can still ride like that guy in 40 years.

  23. Feels like there have been more crashes than ever in this year's Tour. Do the statistics back this up?

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