In this morning’s edition of the CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Greipel wins final stage of TdF; Anna Van der Breggen wins Le Course; Protester stands in middle of the peloton; Car smashes through barrier on Champs-Elysees; Trek Factory Racing confirms interest in signing Cavendish; Cancellara may ride one more Tour de France before retirement; Richie almost loses it!; Peter Sagain Je suis Charlie?; and much more…
Andre Greipel wins final stage of TdF on the Champs-Elysees
Echoing the four stage wins picked up by compatriot Marcel Kittel in 2013 and 2014, Andre Greipel proved he was the dominant sprinter of this year’s Tour de France when he blasted home to take his fourth victory in this year’s race.
Greipel hit the line first in Paris, beating a fast-finishing Bryan Coquard (Europcar). Alexander Kristoff (Katusha) led into the final 200 metres but was overhauled by both and had to be satisfied with third.
“I was not in the best position at the final bend. I was a bit far back, but I had the legs to finish it off,” said Greipel.
“I am looking forward to some rest now. This Tour de France had been amazing for us. There have been five bunch sprints and we won four of them.”
He was clear on which was the most important of those and, more so, of his period as a pro to date.
“I would say this is the biggest success of my career. It [Paris] is the sprinter’s capital. I am really happy I can win in the 2015 on the Champs Elysees. Nobody can take this away from my palmares now.”
Stage 21: Sèvres > Paris - Stage Result
Sunday 26th July 2015
Anna Van der Breggen wins Le Course with panache
La Course by Le Tour de France was meant to be a day for the sprinters, but Anna van der Breggen (Rabo Liv) elected to ignore that memo. Launching a powerful attack just inside the final lap of the 89km circuit around the Champs-Élysées in Paris on Sunday, Van der Breggen narrowly held off the peloton and crossed the finish line alone.
“You expect a sprint here – a bunch sprint – and there were a lot of good sprinters still in the bunch,” Van der Breggen told Ella following the race. “I didn’t expect this, and it is an amazing feeling.”
Just one second behind Van der Breggen, Jolien d’Hoore (Wiggle Honda) won the bunch sprint for second place. Amy Pieters (Liv Plantur) rounded out the podium.
“I’m happy with my second place,” d’Hoore told Ella in a post-race interview. “I did a good sprint. It’s too bad Anna got away. She was really strong today and already really strong the whole year. She deserved the win with the way she raced.”
VAN DER BREGGEN Anna
Rabobank-Liv Woman Cycling Team
Wiggle Honda Pro Cycling
Protester stands in middle of the peloton and disrupts stage 21
In the incident involving the protester standing in the middle of the Champs-Elysees draped in what appears to be a white sheet that had something written on it.
Protestor on the course – how did he get there! pic.twitter.com/VtsDEjetwT
— David Standard (@DaveStandard) July 26, 2015
The peloton had to weave around the protester to avoid a collision as teams were beginning to position themselves for the final sprint.
“Yes, I saw that,”said Greipel after he won the final stage of the Tour de France.
“Actually I was the whole day a bit worried that something was going to happen,” he said.
“We saw a lot of police also on the parcours. I hope nobody was involved in a crash in this situation. It’s sad to see something like that in one of the biggest sporting events in the world.”
Read the full story on SMH
Car smashes through barrier on Champs-Elysees
French police were searching Sunday for the driver of a car that smashed through a security barrier in central Paris near the finish line on the Champs-Elysees.
Police opened fire on the car, failing to stop it from speeding away after the incident in the Place de la Concorde at the foot of the Champs Elysees.
The bullet-ridden car was later found abandoned nearby.
No one is believed to have been hit as the police shot at the car, and police stated that no shots were fired from the car.
A police official told the Associated Press they believe the car’s driver likely was trying to avoid submitting to a police check after leaving one of the area’s nightclubs. The incident occurred around 7.50am local time.
Security in Paris has been heightened for months following extremist attacks which claimed 17 lives that began with the massacre at the satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo. However Interior ministry spokesman Pierre-Henry Brandet told AFP: “There is no clear link for the time being between this incident and the Tour de France finish.”
Read the full story here
Trek Factory Racing confirms interest in signing Cavendish
Commenting on rumours linking Mark Cavendish to a possible move to Trek Factory Racing, the American team has confirmed that the multiple Tour stage winner is a clear person of interest.
“What I can say is that he is interesting for us and any team,” spokesman Tim Vanderjeugd told CyclingTips at the Tour de France.
“He is a phenomenal rider. If you look at how many times he has won in the Grand Tours and in the Tour de France especially, any team that is sane in their mind is definitely interested in him, and so are we.
“There have been talk but nothing has been decided or confirmed at this point. But he is an absolutely interesting rider for us.”
Read the full article here on CyclingTips
Cancellara may ride one more Tour de France before retirement
Although Fabian Cancellara said on the day he left the Tour de France that it was quite possibly his final participation in the event, his Trek Factory Racing team has confirmed that the Swiss rider might yet still line out in the event next season.
Cancellara has already said that 2016 will likely be his last season. However, according to Trek Factory Racing spokesman Tim Vanderjeugd, he is unlikely to walk away once the Classics are over.
“The plan is to do the entire season. He has definitely got his mind set on the Olympics because it is such an incredible experience,” he said.
“So I don’t think he will pull the plug before the Olympics. We will see how his shape is. But the plan is to do a full year.”
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Richie almost loses it!
Traditionally the yellow jersey winner will ride in unison with his teammates down the Champs-Elysees. It’s never gone wrong before, but it almost did yesterday:
Peter Sagain Je suis Charlie?
Peter Sagan might be one of the best cyclists of our generation, but me might consider keeping up with current events before doing something like this in front of millions. In Paris of all places…
— daniel (@cyclingreporter) July 26, 2015
Full Chris Froome press conference audio
Chris Froome may not be the most popular winner of the Tour de France, but he certainly is very well spoken, gracious, and likeable. Have a listen to the full winner’s press conference at end of stage 20.
Greg LeMond demonstrates miniature hidden motor
There has been plenty of talk of hidden motors at this year’s Tour de France, yet some people remain sceptical about the technology and the threat of its use.
In order to address this, triple Tour winner Greg LeMond took delivery of a bike with a motor late on Friday and showed it to CyclingTips at Saturday’s stage finish in Alpe d’Huez.
He had the machine made to illustrate his concerns about the availability and potential of the technology.
“This model has three settings,” he explained. “It produces between 50 to 75 watts for about an hour and a half, does 150 watts for an hour and in its highest setting, produces 250 watts for up to 30 minutes.
Tour de France Stage 20 – On Bike Highlights on Alpe d’Huez
Dutch corner… pic.twitter.com/WVMuqFlgGU
— Geraint Thomas (@GeraintThomas86) July 25, 2015
GreenEDGE stage 20 Backstage pass
Adam Hansen has reason to celebrate after 12 consecutive Grand Tours
Adam Hansen has raced all three Grand Tours in each of the last four seasons and the secret to his success may be in part because he knows how to have a little fun along the way:
I love to finish the 2nd last stage on alpe d'huez. Such a tough historical climb….. & maybe the free beers :P pic.twitter.com/2IV054hCMy
— Adam Hansen (@HansenAdam) July 25, 2015
— Adam Hansen (@HansenAdam) July 18, 2013
What You Missed
And finally this morning, here are a few things you might have missed at CyclingTips:
- Ignoring pain isn’t the way to deal with injury
- Faces of Le Tou r- Part 3
- Saddlebag Essentials
- Chefs on Tour: Cooking for the peloton at the Tour de France
- The Transcontinental Race – Rediscovering the roots of cycling
- The curious case of Chris Froome: Why he and cycling deserve better
- Faces of Le Tour: part two
- Moots Vamoots CR review
- Behind the scenes of Dimension Data’s rider tracking at the Tour de France
- Tour de France: LeMond repeats calls for greater transparency in the sport
- Jack Haig’s Diary: altitude training and building blocks for next season
- Vegetarian diets and vegan desserts with Lizzie Armitstead