the neutralised peloton parades through the city of Bern towards the real start

stage 17: Bern (SUI) - Finhaut-Emosson (SUI) 184.5km
103rd Tour de France 2016

Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

July 22, 2016

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In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Froome beats Dumoulin to win Tour de France TT as podium battle tightens; Rivera wins final stage as Cecchini claims overall at Internationale Thüringen Rundfahrt; Gidich takes second stage win at Tour of Qinghai Lake; BMC leadership questions answered: Porte seeks Tour de France podium, Van Garderen into support role; Stats and storytelling: how Dimension Data is breaking down the Tour de France; Froome in control, but behind, five riders in contention for podium finish in Paris; How Mark Cavendish got his Tour de France mojo back; Young cyclist talks about team pressures to dope; Tour de France Tech: The new FSA electronic groupset; Archbold suffered through crashing to finish Tour stage; A Day On The Side of The Road; Scientists take a fresh look at what makes a bike stable; Tour de France, stage 18 recap; Tour de France, stage 17 on-board highlights; Tour of Qinghai Lake, stage 4 highlights; Sondre Hols Enger ‘celebrates’ on the team bus; The absolutely most-epic mountain bike video ever!

Megeve - France  - wielrennen - cycling - radsport - cyclisme -  Chris Froome (GBR-Team Sky)  pictured during stage 18 of the 2016 Tour de France from Sallanches to Megeve ITT, 17.00 km - photo Dion Kerkhoffs/Davy Rietbergen/Cor Vos © 2016

Froome beats Dumoulin to win Tour de France TT as podium battle tightens

by Michael Better

Two-time Tour de France champion Chris Froome held off all comers on the stage 18 uphill time trial Thursday, taking the stage win and extending his lead in the general classification.

Froome (Team Sky) finished the 17km (10.36mi) solo effort with a time of 30:43, 21 seconds ahead of Dutch national time trial champion, Tom Dumoulin (Giant-Alpecin). Fabio Aru (Astana) and Richie Porte (BMC Racing) finished with the same time, 31:16, but the Astana rider was awarded third place on the stage by thousandths of a second.

“I really didn’t expect to beat Tom today,” Froome said. “Pacing was key. I really started off quite steady and controlled that first part, and then just gave it everything I had over the top and the last part. I’m really, really happy with that.”

Froome kept his maillot jaune and extended his lead, but behind him the fight for the remaining two podium spots is much tighter. Positions second through sixth began the day separated by exactly two minutes, and though there was no change in the standings, at day’s end they were separated by just 1:08.

Porte was the biggest mover on the day, gaining back considerable time on his rivals. He remains in sixth and trails Froome by 5:00, but is closer to the podium. He sits 44 seconds behind third.

Stage 18 (ITT): Sallanches > Megève - Stage Result

Thursday 21st July 2016

1. gb
FROOME Christopher
Team Sky
00:30:43
2. nl
DUMOULIN Tom
Team Giant - Alpecin
0:21
3. it
ARU Fabio
Astana Pro Team
0:33
4. au
PORTE Richie
BMC Racing Team
-
5. fr
BARDET Romain
AG2R La Mondiale
0:42
6. be
DE GENDT Thomas
Lotto Soudal
1:02
7. es
IZAGIRRE Ion
Movistar Team
1:03
8. es
RODRíGUEZ Joaquim
Team Katusha
1:05
9. za
MEINTJES Louis
Lampre - Merida
1:08
10. co
QUINTANA Nairo
Movistar Team
1:10
11. fr
COPPEL Jérome
IAM Cycling
1:15
12. es
VALVERDE Alejandro
Movistar Team
1:18
13. cz
KREUZIGER Roman
Tinkoff
1:20
14. nl
CLEMENT Stef
IAM Cycling
1:22
15. it
NIBALI Vincenzo
Astana Pro Team
1:23
16. gb
YATES Adam
ORICA-BikeExchange
-
17. nl
MOLLEMA Bauke
Trek - Segafredo
1:25
18. ie
MARTIN Daniel
Etixx - Quick Step
1:28
19. fr
SICARD Romain
Direct Energie
1:38
20. fr
CHAVANEL Sylvain
Direct Energie
1:44
21. pt
OLIVEIRA Nelson
Movistar Team
1:46
22. fr
EDET Nicolas
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
1:54
23. gb
THOMAS Geraint
Team Sky
2:09
24. kz
LUTSENKO Alexey
Astana Pro Team
2:12
25. it
CARUSO Damiano
BMC Racing Team
2:13

 

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Today’s feature image shows stage 17 of the Tour de France.

  • Superpilot

    Archbold still didn’t finish last (more than a minute up on last place). And with a broken pelvis, apparently!

    • Abdu

      Was given a 20 sec penalty for drafting his team car after the crash…

      • CapeHorn

        “Worth it”

  • Nitro

    Awesome mountain bike video.

    If only there was a Playmobil road bike available…. Wait… Hang on a minute…

  • Andy B

    The UCI doping story feels like a nice advert, Makes the process sound so simple and easy

    • I wish other youngsters would speak out about this. This type of pressure still happens in the amateurs and lower level teams, but nobody will speak on the record (even anonymously) for fear of never getting another contract.

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