Michael Rogers solos to stage 16 win at the Tour de France

Michael Rogers (Tinkoff-Saxo) has added a Tour de France stage victory to the two wins he took at the Giro d’Italia earlier this year, attacking on a long descent to the finish of stage 16 to take a thrilling solo victory.

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Rogers was part of a 21-rider escape group that got away on the first of three days in the Pyrenees. The Australian was one of just three riders from that breakaway that got to the top of the day’s final climb, the Port de Bales, in the race lead after a series of attacks on the climb itself.

Rogers made his move with just 5km left to descend to the finish, leaving behind Cyril Gautier (Europcar), Thomas Voeckler (Europcar), Vasil Kiryienka (Sky) and Jose Serpa (Lampre-Merida) with his attack. The four riders looked to be closing on the Canberran, but Rogers was able to put his time trial skills to good use and managed to hold off to win by nine seconds.

Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) finished the stage in a group of six riders 8:32 behind Rogers, maintaining his overall lead of 4:37 over Alejandro Valverde (Movistar). Thibaut Pinot (FDJ.fr), meanwhile, moves into third overall after his compatriot Romain Bardet (Ag2r-La Mondiale) lost two minutes on the Nibali group.

Stage 16: Carcassonne > Bagneres-de-Luchon - Stage Result

Tuesday 22nd July 2014

1. au
ROGERS Michael
Tinkoff-Saxo
06:07:10
2. fr
VOECKLER Thomas
Team Europcar
0:09
3. by
KIRYIENKA Vasil
Team Sky
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Click here to read the full stage report at CyclingTips.

Mick Rogers winners press conference

On stage 16 Mick Rogers combined all of his abilities to outsmart, outrace, and outplay all 21 of his breakaway companions. In his post-stage press conference Rogers said:

“I knew the finish from several years ago.

“I think it was 2010 and Voeckler won the stage, so I knew he was really motivated. I said to myself on the descent that I was going to take risks. I was desperate for the win and understood the opportunity that was in front of me. Europcar made some errors and I was able to pick up on them very quickly. Was it easy? Absolutely not. There’s no gifts at the Tour and if you win a stage it’s because you were the best.”

Simon Gerrans withdraws from Tour de France

Although he had hoped to repeat his stage win of twelve months ago and was yet to do so, Simon Gerrans has taken the decision to withdraw from this year’s Tour de France. The Australian rider completed stage 16 in the Pyrenees but will not take the start of Wednesday’s 17th stage.

“Obviously it’s disappointing not to complete the Tour de France and make it to Paris,” Gerrans said in a team announcement.

Gerrans

Gerrans crashed on the opening day of the Tour and said that this is the reason why he will call it a day. “With the injuries I have from stage one I think the best decision is actually to stop now and completely recover.

“I know I haven’t been 100% right since my crash but I was hoping to improve throughout the race. That hasn’t really been the case so I have been putting on a brave face and doing what I can each day.”

Read the full article here on CyclingTips.

Disappointing day for Van Garderen in Pyrenees, loses podium spot

His body language, his communication, even the look in his eyes were markedly different. Just over 24 hours earlier Tejay van Garderen had been brimming with confidence, talking about his high standing in the race, savouring his good sensations and laying out the highest of goals for the years ahead.

One day in the Pyrenees changed all that. The American rider went from feeling on top of a wave to crashing into the depths, his body tiring unexpectedly in the final week of the Tour. Van Garderen got into difficulty on the final climb of the day, the hors categorie Port de Balès, and slipped backwards as the other general classification contenders pressed forwards.

His BMC Racing Team rallied around him over the summit and down the other side, seeking to limit his losses, but he still finished a distant 37th. He conceded 12 minutes and 8 seconds to the day’s solo winner Michael Rogers; that didn’t matter for the general classification, but his 3 minute 36 second deficit to race leader Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) and several other overall contenders is much more serious.

Van Garderen slips one place to sixth overall. He is now over four minutes off a podium place and finds himself on the back foot with two more days in the mountains to go.

Read the full story here (and audio) on CyclingTips.

Rui Costa out of the Tour de France with pneumonia

Reigning world champion Rui Costa has withdrawn from the Tour de France with what his Lampre-Merida team reports is pneumonia.

TDFR 2014 - stage -11

The Portuguese rider, who won two stages at last year’s Tour, has reportedly been suffering from bronchitis for a week and had been on antibiotics. But a chest X-ray on the second rest day apparently showed signs of pneumonia.

A Lampre-Merida press release reads:

Rui Costa was very willing to continue and respect the Tour, therefore he wanted to get through the night in order to assess his condition in the morning, but the persistent state of not feeling well and the risk of forfeiting the rest of the season has convinced the world champion to retire from the race.

Text adapted from a Lampre-Merida press release.

Tony Martin extends with Omega Pharma-Quickstep to 2016

Tony Martin who won stage 9 at this year’s Tour de France and triple world time trial champion has extended his contract for two more years with Omega Pharma-Quickstep.

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Martin said in a press statement, “I’ve had almost three great years now with the team, with a lot of support. I gained a lot of new friends and I feel super comfortable. For me, there was no reason at all to change my team. I had a long talk with Patrick. We have chosen a lot of good goals for the future, goals we both want to reach. For example, it’s no secret the 2016 Olympic Games are a big goal. For Patrick the 2015 Tour de France is maybe a step higher with a 13.7km opening time trial in Utrecht. We set other goals together, both team and individual. It will be hard work, but I know the team will give me the best support I can have. I’m looking forward to the next few years and maybe even longer.”

Text adapted from OPQS press release.

Chris Horner confident of Vuelta a Espana title defence

Chris Horner (Lampre-Merida) might be a little off the pace at the Tour de France but the winner of last year’s Vuelta a Espana is looking to be back to his best when the race rolls around again in a few weeks time.

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In an interview with VeloNews Horner speaks about the differences between the Tour de France the Vuelta, the fact he might come up against the likes of Chris Froome and Alberto Contador at this year’s Vuelta and more.

Here’s an excerpt:

VN: You seem to like your chances [at the Vuelta]?

CH: If I can recover outta here. Whatever the bronchitis thing that happened … if I can get outta here and recover, then I like my chances. I think it should be good. I’ll go back to the US and I’ll be in the heat, finally, for the first time all year. Hopefully there’s no more car accidents in the dark tunnels and everything should be good.

Honestly, I have really good form here, I’m just sick. When you look at what I’ve done — and I’m still a little heavy and how soon it is since I left the ER, I’m very, very happy with my form. I just got sick. … The lungs just aren’t breathing 100 percent, which a few of us have it on the team.

Click here to read the full interview at VeloNews.

Interview with Mark Cavendish

Here’s an interview with Mark Cavendish, who is visiting Le Tour after his race-ending crash on stage 1. The Manxman is back on his bike after separating shoulder, but has said it will take him some time to get back to his best.

Interview with Michal Kwiatkowski

And here’s a video interview with Michal Kwiatkowski in which the young Polish rider talks about his up-and-down season, the Tour de France so far, and his long-term career plans.

Daniel Mangeas’ last Tour de France

If you’ve ever been to the Tour de France you’ll know the voice of Daniel Mangeas. He’s the French commentator that’s been calling the race at the finish line each day for 41 consecutive editions of the race now, and this year is Mangeas’ last.

Vierdaagse van Duinkerken  - stage 4 2011

The Inner Ring has published an interesting piece about Mangeas’ time as a commentator at Le Tour (and other races) and we reckon it’s worth a read. Here’s an excerpt:

Mangeas has been the voice of cycling for 40 years. Whatever changes cycling has seen – and even the wheels are different – Mangeas was a constant. Visiting a race meant being greeted by his unmistakable voice, an audial familiarity so perpetual his retirement seems hard to imagine.

He asked the crowd to applaud Tony Gallopin the other day for his yellow jersey. 26 years ago Mangeas was the speaker in a criterium where Joël Gallopin was racing and Mangeas announced the birth of a baby boy called Tony.

Click here to read the full article at The Inner Ring.

How La Course by Le Tour de France came about

As you might have heard, the final stage of this year’s Tour de France will be preceded by a one-day women’s circuit race on the Champs Elysees: La Course by Le Tour de France. The race is being heralded as a great step forward for professional women’s cycling, and La Course will be broadcast live in many countries around the world.

The team at Total Women’s Cycling has put together a piece looking at the long history of women’s participation in events linked with the Tour de France, starting with the first ever Le Tour Cycliste Feminin in 1984 which was raced over 15 stages!

Check out the full piece here.

What Do Tour De France Riders Eat?

Jimmy Fallon making fun of Tour de France riders

Here’s Jimmy Fallon, host of the Tonight Show in the US, poking fun at some of the riders on the Tour de France. It’s a pretty silly segment, but there’s a few laughs in there.

The Rocacorba Recap

And finally this morning, here are a few things you might have missed at CyclingTips:

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