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A day without racing. The Tour de France is taking a day to catch its breath along the shores of Lake Annecy after an intense opening nine days of racing. However, it’s not actually a day off for anyone at the Tour de France.
Quote of the day:
”Signing me up as a pregnant woman, I think that is quite key. It signals their intention, that they still value me as an investment rather than a risk and I think this is exciting and quite forward thinking from a bike company.” — Lizzie Deignan on Trek’s new Women’s WorldTour team.
— Lizzie Deignan (@lizziedeignan) July 16, 2018
Story of the day: Much to do on the rest day
The Tour de France may be taking a day off from racing, but it’s not actually a day off for any of the riders. It’s actually a quite busy day and sometimes it can be more tiring, mentally at least, than the racing itself. After a hectic and chaotic day on the cobblestones, the peloton immediately hopped on a chartered flight and flew to Annecy, where they would spend the first rest day.
On Monday, many of the team’s opted for a relaxing ride along the lake and took time to take in the beautiful views and stop for a cappuccino. Riding on the Tour’s rest day is vital, as it keeps the legs moving and prevents lactic acid from building up.
Once the riding was done, for many riders it was time to talk to the media. This included the team’s press conference or individual media interviews.
For the staff, the day involved finishing the nine-hour drive from Roubaix to Annecy and then preparing the equipment for stage 10. This also required cleaning all the dusty team vehicles as well.
The long drive to Annecy also applied to the entire caravan of the Tour and all of the journalists as well. Many journalists, including CyclingTips’ own, opted to drive a couple of hours to Reims after stage nine and then completed the rest of the journey in the morning.
So, while the Tour de France has taken a day off from racing there is still work to do.
Dispatches from the Tour de France
BMC to become CCC in 2019
Polish shoe and bag company CCC will become the title sponsor of the current BMC Racing team in 2019, the team’s general manager Jim Ochowicz announced on Monday. The team also announced Greg Van Avermaet signed a contract extension.
“It is no secret that we have been looking for a new title sponsor for 2019 and we are excited to be here today at the biggest cycling race in the World to announce CCC as the title sponsor of Continuum Sports from 2019 onwards. CCC president Dariusz Milek shares the same passion for cycling as our organization and together we can continue to build on the team’s existing success,” Ochowicz said.
Continuum Sports is the LLC the team operates under and CCC’s Dariusz Milek will become the new owner of the team. CCC is also a title sponsor of the Polish Pro Continental CCC Sprandi Polkowice squad, but Ochowicz said this is not a merger between BMC Racing and CCC Sprandi Polkowice.
Tomorrow’s Tour stage
Finish: Le Grand-Bornand
After a demanding cobbled stage and a rest day, the climbers will finally come out to play at the 2018 Tour. The riders will tackle four categorized climbs, including the HC Montée du Plateau des Glières, which includes a two-kilometre dirt section. The Col de la Colombière is the final climb of the day, which summits just 15 kilometres from the finish line.
Trek announces Women’s WorldTour squad
Trek has announced that it plans to leap into the Women’s WorldTour in 2019, with a new team operating alongside the men’s Trek-Segafredo squad. It will be led by former world champion Lizzie Deignan.
“We’re putting full support behind our athletes so they can focus on their profession and be the best they can be,” said Trek President John Burke in a statement.
Trek said the move will be a first for women’s road cycling, as while there are a number of other women’s teams aligned with men’s, Trek will be the first bike brand to directly own a professional women’s road team.
For more, see the interview with Deignan on Ella CyclingTips.
La Course Preview
The 10-day Giro Rosa may just have finished, but it’s time for the top climbers of the women’s peloton to get set for another test of the legs at La Course by Le Tour De France on Tuesday. The mountainous one stage 112.5 kilometre women’s event will run alongside stage 10 of the Tour de France, finishing after a descent from the Col de la Colombiere.
It’s the type of territory that suits riders that can climb but also have well-honed descending skills to capitalise on the steep run into the finish line. It’s a course that looks like it would suit pink jersey winner Annemiek van Vleuten (Mitchelton-Scott).
It will be interesting to see how she and others like Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (Cervelo-Bigla), Amanda Spratt (Mitchelton-Scott) and Megan Guarnier (Boels Dolmans) feel so soon after the arduous territory they just covered in the Giro Rosa. They’ll be up against the fresher legs of Anna van der Breggen (Boels Dolmans) and Pauline Ferrand-Prevot (Canyon-SRAM) along with teams like Team Tibco SVB and UnitedHealthcare, who weren’t at the Italian tour.
You can find an extensive listing of where and when to find race TV coverage on the La Course Facebook page.
Tour de France 2018 Rest Day chatter: Dan Martin (UAE Team Emirates)
Dave Everett caught with Dan Martin in Annecy to talk cobbles, recovering from his stage 8 crash, and the upcoming mountain stages.
Tour de France 2018 Rest Day chatter: John Degenkolb (Trek-Segafredo)
Dave catches up with John Degenkolb in Annecy to talk about how the last 24 hours have been for the German after his emphatic win in Roubaix on stage 9.
Tour de France 2018 Rest Day chatter: Tour rookie at 36, Rory Sutherland (UAE Team Emirates)
In our final rest day video, Dave spoke with Tour rookie Rory Sutherland about the first nine days of the Tour and also what he looks forward too for the rest of the race.
Go inside Team Sunweb during the Tour’s cobblestone stage
Happy Birthday to …
Miguel Indurain (54), the Spaniard is a member of the exclusive five-time Tour de France winner’s club and also captured the overall title of the Giro d’Italia on two occasions. “Big Mig” as he’s also known as, was famous for dominating the individual time trial during his racing days. He captured the time trial world championship in 1995.
Also to, André Greipel (36) and Stefano Garzelli (45).