7.20.2017

TdF 16-17: Green of Rage... and Roglic solo ride

Oioioi! I said Marcel Kittel was winning everything and his Jersey was looking so sure on his strong square shoulders! Insteed he crashed on the Galibier stage, suffered his way up to the Croix de Fer and finally pulled out. In Green now there is Bling - Michael - Matthews who had won the previous day and no doubt deserves it for his hard daily fighting for the intermediate sprints.
Green of rage also Fabio Aru, collaterally damaged by Romain Bardet's furious attacks, while the big target finished untroubled. Chris Froome is day by day more Yellow, like a living Smile. Also Rigoberto Uran has reason for smiling in his beautiful GC 2nd spot!
Primoz Roglic did an 'Andy Schleck', solo on the Galibier and to the finish line. Amazing ride!

Primoz Roglic:
“This is unbelievable, incredible. Winning this stage, over the Galibier… I have no words for it. At this moment, I do not realise what I have just achieved. That will come later and maybe then I will realise what a big win this is. The plan was to attack on the Galibier and go full-gas in the descent. I made plans for this stage earlier on. It is extra special that my girlfriend and my family are here today. Everywhere, I saw Slovenian flags today. It was amazing." 

Simon Yates:
“It was a very difficult day, I didn’t have the best day and lost some time there in the final. I didn’t really blow up mentally, I think I limited my losses ok. There was quite a lot of wind about and I got shelled off the group towards the end of the final climb. I really fought a lot to stay there as I knew there was still a long way to the finish but I couldn’t do anymore. We are pretty far into the tour now and I think I did really well to not lose too much time today. I went full gas on the final climb and I wasn’t strong enough today so I hope to have better legs.”

Michael Matthews:
"After getting 50 points yesterday I knew that it was game on. I knew beforehand that I had to be active to get those 20 points today and was aware that even if I did get those points it was still going to be difficult. You never want to see a guy out of a race like this, it's been such a good battle up to this point and I hope Kittel is ok." 

Daniel Martin:
“I attacked because I wanted to test my rivals. I didn’t go too deep, but this doesn’t mean I wasn’t tired. Actually, everybody’s tired 17 days into the race, so this is turning more into a mental battle. I’m glad we left this stage behind and I got to jump one place in the GC. Contador was in front of me and missed a corner, leaving a gap to the others, so that was that. It’s already in the past and now my focus is on the Col d’Izoard, tomorrow. The war of attrition will continue there and Disco Dan is ready to dance!” 

Marcel Kitte:
“I am very disappointed and I don’t know how to describe my feelings at the moment. To go home with five stage victories is great, but to go home because of a crash and before hitting Paris is a major disappointment.I couldn’t do anything to avoid that crash and lost some skin on my shoulder, back, elbow and hip, which are a bit swollen. I tried to carry on, but pedaling was just painful, especially as in the last couple of days I had to fight with stomach problems and a cold. Now I will take some time to recover before returning to racing and I’m confident the joy of winning five stages at the Tour de France will help me overcome these difficult moments."

RESULTS
STAGE 16
1 Michael Matthews (Aus) Team Sunweb 3:38:15
2 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Dimension Data
3 John Degenkolb (Ger) Trek-Segafredo
4 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team
5 Christophe Laporte (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
6 Jens Keukeleire (Bel) Orica-Scott
7 Tony Gallopin (Fra) Lotto Soudal
8 Tiesj Benoot (Bel) Lotto Soudal
9 Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Bora-Hansgrohe
10 Romain Hardy (Fra) Team Fortuneo - Oscaro
GC
1 Warren Barguil (Fra) Team Sunweb 117 pts
2 Primoz Roglic (Slo) Team LottoNl-Jumbo 38
3 Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Lotto Soudal 38
4 Mikel Landa (Spa) Team Sky 33
5 Alexis Vuillermoz (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 28
6 Christopher Froome (GBr) Team Sky 25
7 Daniel Martin (Irl) Quick-Step Floors 23
8 Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana Pro Team 22
9 Alberto Contador (Spa) Trek-Segafredo 22
10 Stephen Cummings (GBr) Dimension Data 20
STAGE 17
1 Primoz Roglic (Slo) Team LottoNl-Jumbo 5:07:41
2 Rigoberto Uran (Col) Cannondale-Drapac 0:01:13
3 Christopher Froome (GBr) Team Sky
4 Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
5 Warren Barguil (Fra) Team Sunweb
6 Mikel Landa (Spa) Team Sky 0:01:16
7 Daniel Martin (Irl) Quick-Step Floors 0:01:43
8 Alberto Contador (Spa) Trek-Segafredo 0:01:44
9 Louis Meintjes (RSA) UAE Team Emirates
10 Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana Pro Team
GC
1 Christopher Froome (GBr) Team Sky 73:27:26
2 Rigoberto Uran (Col) Cannondale-Drapac 0:00:27
3 Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
4 Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana Pro Team 0:00:53
5 Mikel Landa (Spa) Team Sky 0:01:24
6 Daniel Martin (Irl) Quick-Step Floors 0:02:37
7 Simon Yates (GBr) Orica-Scott 0:04:07
8 Louis Meintjes (RSA) UAE Team Emirates 0:06:35
9 Alberto Contador (Spa) Trek-Segafredo 0:07:45
10 Warren Barguil (Fra) Team Sunweb 0:08:52
11 Damiano Caruso (Ita) BMC Racing Team 0:10:03
12 Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar Team 0:12:54
13 Alexis Vuillermoz (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:20:36
14 Mikel Nieve (Spa) Team Sky 0:21:16
15 Emanuel Buchmann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe 0:27:06
16 Brice Feillu (Fra) Team Fortuneo - Oscaro 0:33:32
17 Serge Pauwels (Bel) Dimension Data 0:34:47
18 Carlos Betancur (Col) Movistar Team 0:35:23
19 Tiesj Benoot (Bel) Lotto Soudal 0:37:46
20 Guillaume Martin (Fra) Wanty - Groupe Gobert 0:43:53
21 Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek-Segafredo 0:44:22

7.18.2017

TdF 10-15 : Amazing Mollema, Killer Kittel and Vroom Froome

Bauke Mollema winning solo
From the sea side to Florence, to my Hakula again, I'm on the move! I'm watching the Tour but I had few time for writing and almost never wii-fii. Honestly I don't think I've lost that much... In my opinion this is one of the most boring Tour ever. Chris Froome is not in his best form, that's true, but Team Sky - even without Geraint Thomas - is the best team in the race. AG2R is also very strong and Romain Bardet is a brave, this route however doesn't advantage the attackers. So far at least. Fabio Aru has no team at all and Rigoberto Uran is good but not good enough to aim to the victory. 
The Polka Dot jersey is steadily on the shoulder of Warren Barguil while Simon Yates seems a solid White jersey. As far as the Green jersey is concerned... Marcel Kittel is winning almost all the sprints, so...! 
Bardet, Barguil and Mollema won the more exciting mountains stages, but in different styles. Bardet and Barguil for few seconds or less, Mollema for 19'' after a day spent in the break and a long solo ride. 
Lacking of actions, the Tour has been rich of rumors. First of all the Fair Play never ending story. My opinion is that you don't attack the Yellow jersey on a mechanical and moreover on a crash. Mass crashes require a neutralisation. Fabio Aru attacked Chris Froome in a way I find unsporty, not so Romain Bardet because his attack was obviously planned and started before Froome's puncture. 
Then the Froome/Landa story... I like Landa very much, he's one of my favourite riders, in any other team he would be the leader and he can win the Tour. But he's loyal. I understand that he's leaving Team Sky looking for a more gratifying role, given that they have Chris Froome and Geraint Thomas as Tour Tour de France leaders, present and future. That's normal. It's also normal that Team Sky prefer to lose the jersey for two days to Fabio Aru who has no team for to defend it than trying to take it by Landa letting Froome sink. When Landa is told to wait for Froome he does. End of the story. Or better: no story.

Bauke Mollema:
"This is for sure my biggest win. I just can't believe it! This is what I have worked so hard for the last few years. The Tour de France has always been the most important race for me, always been my dream, and finally, I have won a stage. 
The last kilometers were really hard. I knew I had to try because I am not so explosive and I would not have won the sprint. I was pushing all the time, and in one moment it came back to 11 seconds. At that moment, I was thinking I have to go; I don’t want to lose it now. So with two kilometers to go, I just gave everything I had. 
Yesterday I had seen the last six kilometers on Google maps, so I knew the corners more or less, so I didn't blow up, I could keep going to the finish line. Then in the last kilometer I knew I still had 10-15 seconds, so at that moment I knew I was going to make it. The last few hundred meters were so nice. I could really celebrate, enjoy all the people, and enjoy winning a Tour de France stage. I will never forget this.
At the beginning of the stage it was close to not making it [in the break]. A breakaway went with 10 guys, and a lot of teams wanted to block the road, and we were not able to pass, and they took like one and a half minutes. Finally, Michael Gogl and Koen De Kort could pass, they went through the grass to get to the front! They did an amazing job because that is why I could win. They kept the speed high in the peloton until the first climb and then I pulled from the bottom. I didn’t get much help, I pulled the whole climb, and finally we got away with 25 guys and could bridge to the five ahead. After that, I had to recover because it was a big effort.
I saw Tony Martin that he also attacked in a small descent earlier, and I knew that I could keep going once I am in the front. When I looked back, and I saw a small gap in that descent I just went all-in from that moment. Alain (Gallopin, director) was motivating me and giving me time gaps. I don't think I have ever did so long an attempt at riding alone, it was close, but in the end I made it. I think this means a lot for the team – we really wanted to go for it today. I have never been on the podium in the Tour de France, so this is really special to be there. I have been close a few time in the last five years, and today was just my day. Yeah, I am really happy."

STAGES SUM UP
10 - Périgueux › Bergerac KITTEL Marcel GC FROOME Christopher
11 - Eymet › Pau KITTEL Marcel GC FROOME Christopher
12 - Pau › Peyragudes BARDET Romain GC ARU Fabio
13 - Saint-Girons › Foix BARGUIL  Warren GC ARU Fabio
14 - Blagnac › Rodez MATTHEWS Michael GC  FROOME Christopher
15 - Laissac-Sévérac l'Église › Le Puy-en-Velay MOLLEMA Bauke GC FROOME Christopher

STAGE 12
1BARDETRomainAG2R La Mondiale12010 05:49:38
2URANRigobertoCannondale-Drapac Pro Cycling Team507 00:02
3ARUFabioAstana Pro Team2550,,
4LANDAMikelTeam Sky15400:05
5MEINTJESLouisUAE Team Emirates5320:07
6MARTINDanielQuick-Step Floors 260:13
7FROOMEChristopherTeam Sky 220:22
8BENNETTGeorgeTeam LottoNL-Jumbo 180:27
9YATESSimonORICA-Scott 14,,
10NIEVEMikelTeam Sky 101:28
11QUINTANANairoMovistar Team 82:04
12BARGUILWarrenTeam Sunweb  62:08
13CARUSODamianoBMC Racing Team 42:11
14CONTADORAlbertoTrek - Segafredo 22:15
15LATOURPierreAG2R La Mondiale 12:59
16MARTINGuillaumeWanty - Groupe Gobert  4:20
17BENOOTTiesjLotto Soudal  4:33
18PAUWELSSergeDimension Data  4:36
19VUILLERMOZAlexisAG2R La Mondiale  ,,
20FEILLUBriceFortuneo - Oscaro  4:56
GC
1(2)ARUFabioAstana Pro Team2552:51:49
2(1)FROOMEChristopherTeam Sky 0:06
3(3)BARDETRomainAG2R La Mondiale 0:25
4(4)URANRigobertoCannondale-Drapac Pro Cycling Team 0:35
5(6)MARTINDanielQuick-Step Floors 1:41
6(7)YATESSimonORICA-Scott 2:13
7(9)LANDAMikelTeam Sky 2:55
8(8)QUINTANANairoMovistar Team 4:01
9(10)BENNETTGeorgeTeam LottoNL-Jumbo 4:04
10(11)MEINTJESLouisUAE Team Emirates 4:51
STAGE 13
1BARGUILWarrenTeam Sunweb 12010 02:36:29
2QUINTANANairoMovistar Team5070,,
3CONTADORAlbertoTrek - Segafredo2550,,
4LANDAMikelTeam Sky15400:02
5YATESSimonORICA-Scott5321:39
6MARTINDanielQuick-Step Floors 26,,
7KWIATKOWSKIMichalTeam Sky 221:48
8FROOMEChristopherTeam Sky 18,,
9ARUFabioAstana Pro Team 14,,
10URANRigobertoCannondale-Drapac Pro Cycling Team 10,,
GC
1(1)ARUFabioAstana Pro Team2555:30:06
2(2)FROOMEChristopherTeam Sky 0:06
3(3)BARDETRomainAG2R La Mondiale 0:25
4(4)URANRigobertoCannondale-Drapac Pro Cycling Team 0:35
5(7)LANDAMikelTeam Sky 1:09
6(5)MARTINDanielQuick-Step Floors 1:32
7(6)YATESSimonORICA-Scott 2:04
8(8)QUINTANANairoMovistar Team 2:07
9(10)MEINTJESLouisUAE Team Emirates 4:51
10(11)CONTADORAlbertoTrek - Segafredo 5:22
STAGE 14
1MATTHEWSMichaelTeam Sunweb 1201004:21:56
2VAN AVERMAETGregBMC Racing Team5070,,
3BOASSON HAGENEdvaldDimension Data25500:01
4GILBERTPhilippeQuick-Step Floors1540,,
5MCCARTHYJayBORA - hansgrohe532,,
6COLBRELLISonnyBahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team 26,,
7FROOMEChristopherTeam Sky 22,,
8MARTINDanielQuick-Step Floors 18,,
9URANRigobertoCannondale-Drapac Pro Cycling Team 14,,
10BENOOTTiesjLotto Soudal 100:05
11BARDETRomainAG2R La Mondiale 8,,
12STYBARZdenek Quick-Step Floors 6,,
13YATESSimonORICA-Scott 4,,
14BAKELANTSJanAG2R La Mondiale 2,,
15MARTENSPaulTeam LottoNL-Jumbo 1,,
16CIMOLAIDavideFDJ  0:12
17BOUHANNINacerCofidis, Solutions Crédits  ,,
18CLARKESimonCannondale-Drapac Pro Cycling Team  ,,
19MARCATOMarcoUAE Team Emirates  0:15
20LANDAMikelTeam Sky  ,,
21CALMEJANELilianDirect Energie  0:20
22CARUSODamianoBMC Racing Team  ,,
23QUINTANANairoMovistar Team  0:22
24CONTADORAlbertoTrek - Segafredo  ,,
25BENNETTGeorgeTeam LottoNL-Jumbo  ,,
26NAESENOliverAG2R La Mondiale  0:25
27BRAMBILLAGianlucaQuick-Step Floors  ,,
28MEINTJESLouisUAE Team Emirates  ,,
29BUCHMANNEmanuelBORA - hansgrohe  ,,
30ARUFabioAstana Pro Team  
GC 
1(2)FROOMEChristopherTeam Sky2559:52:09
2(1)ARUFabioAstana Pro Team 0:18
3(3)BARDETRomainAG2R La Mondiale 0:23
4(4)URANRigobertoCannondale-Drapac Pro Cycling Team 0:29
5(5)LANDAMikelTeam Sky 1:17
6(6)MARTINDanielQuick-Step Floors 1:26
7(7)YATESSimonORICA-Scott 2:02
8(8)QUINTANANairoMovistar Team 2:22
9(9)MEINTJESLouisUAE Team Emirates 5:09
10(10)CONTADORAlbertoTrek - Segafredo 5:37
STAGE 15
1MOLLEMABaukeTrek - Segafredo1201004:41:47
2ULISSIDiegoUAE Team Emirates507 00:19
3GALLOPINTonyLotto Soudal2550,,
4ROGLICPrimozTeam LottoNL-Jumbo1540,,
5BARGUILWarrenTeam Sunweb 5320:23
6ROCHENicolasBMC Racing Team 261:00
7CALMEJANELilianDirect Energie 221:04
8BAKELANTSJanAG2R La Mondiale 18,,
9PINOTThibautFDJ 14,,
10PAUWELSSergeDimension Data 10,
GC
1(1)FROOMEChristopherTeam Sky2564:40:21
2(2)ARUFabioAstana Pro Team 0:18
3(3)BARDETRomainAG2R La Mondiale 0:23
4(4)URANRigobertoCannondale-Drapac Pro Cycling Team 0:29
5(6)MARTINDanielQuick-Step Floors 1:12
6(5)LANDAMikelTeam Sky 1:17
7(7)YATESSimonORICA-Scott 2:02
8(9)MEINTJESLouisUAE Team Emirates 5:09
9(10)CONTADORAlbertoTrek - Segafredo 5:37
10(14)CARUSODamianoBMC Racing Team 6:05

7.09.2017

TdF 9: Fireworks

Queen Stage

  • Crashed: Geraint Thomas, Richie Porte.
  • Dropped: Nairo Quintana, Alberto Contador.
  • Making the race: AG2R
  • On the attack: Fabio Aru, Warren Barguil, Romain Bardet.
  • Winner: Rigoberto Uran.
  • Still In Yellow: Chris Froome
  • WTFK? Team Astana
Akexis Vuillermoz
REACTIONS
Dan Martin: 
Fair play...
"I was lucky when Geraint crashed, because his bike touched my handlebars, but my luck ran out at the end and couldn't avoid Richie on the descent. It was slippery under the trees, he lost his back wheel on that corner, went on the grass and crashed hard. There was nowhere to go for me. It was a bummer to go down again because I couldn't break after getting a front wheel from the neutral service. On the plus side, I immediately joined a group and was soon flying over the descent. Gave everything there, rode with the other guys like it was a team time trial and tried to salvage as much as I could"
Romain Bardet

BMC Doc Max Testa about Richie Porte:
"Richie Porte was transferred to the Centre Hopitalier Metropole Savoie in Chambery where he was evaluated by Dr. Zerr. He underwent X-rays to determine the extent of his injuries. His condition was stable from the beginning, he was responsive and he remembered everything that happened before and after the crash. 
X-rays confirmed a non-displaced right clavicle fracture and a non-displaced right acetabulum fracture. Richie also suffered extensive superficial abrasions involving the right side of his body. At this stage, the injuries will not require surgery. The plan is to re-evaluate Richie tomorrow morning and confirm that he is stable enough to be transferred home.
Warren Barguil and Rigoberto Uran
Normally, a fractured clavicle and pelvis would require four to six weeks' recovery, providing there are no complications. If everything goes to plan, Richie could be back on the bike at the beginning of August and slowly build his fitness up from there. Based on Richie's recovery, we will re-evaluate his program for the rest of the season in consultation with BMC Racing Team management."

Rigoberto Uran:
“It’s unbelievable,. I didn’t think it was true. I was actually leaving for anti-doping control when they told me I had won. It’s a huge surprise for me.
When there was the crash of Richie Porte and Dan Martin, Martin hit my gear and broke it. I did the whole descent with a broken gear, and I was thinking that I had to find a way to save the day..."
Warren Barguil

Warren Barguil:
"Today was an amazing day for myself and the team. We had five guys in the break which was brilliant. After Michael won the intermediate sprint the guys went full for my chances on day success and that gave me the confidence that I needed to climb at my best. On the Mont du Chat I did everything I could to make it to the top first and I was really happy to be able to do that. Of course it's disappointing to not take the stage win, but this is the sport and we will continue to fight on."
Simon Yates

Simon Yates:“It was an extremely hard day. I went super deep, as deep as possible and I finished empty. I gave it everything. I was a bit worried on the final climb because I wasn’t feeling good but the other young guys were already dropped and also in difficulty so I just rode my maximum to the top and also to the finish. Now, I’m just looking forward to the rest day.
Marcel Kittel

MORE TO COME

RESULTS
STAGE
1 Rigoberto Uran (Col) Cannondale-Drapac 5:07:22
2 Warren Barguil (Fra) Team Sunweb
3 Christopher Froome (GBr) Team Sky
4 Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
5 Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana Pro Team
Chris Froome
6 Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana Pro Team
7 George Bennett (NZl) Team LottoNl-Jumbo 0:01:15
8 Mikel Landa (Spa) Team Sky
9 Daniel Martin (Irl) Quick-Step Floors
10 Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar Team
GC
1 Christopher Froome (GBr) Team Sky 38:26:28
2 Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana Pro Team 0:00:18
3 Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:00:51
4 Rigoberto Uran (Col) Cannondale-Drapac 0:00:55
5 Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana Pro Team 0:01:37
6 Daniel Martin (Irl) Quick-Step Floors 0:01:44
7 Simon Yates (GBr) Orica-Scott 0:02:02
8 Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar Team 0:02:13
9 Mikel Landa (Spa) Team Sky 0:03:06
10 George Bennett (NZl) Team LottoNl-Jumbo 0:03:53

TdF 6-8: Matter of time, but the time doesn't matter.

Stage 8 Calmejanel solo

This guy. Lilian Calmejanel. He won solo, 37'' ahead Robert Gesink. Marcel Kittel instead was 0.0003 seconds ahead of Edvald Boasson Hagen. Matter of time but the time doesn't matter: a bit of it is enough, the first one wins and the second one is a loser.
Stage 7 Kittel for way less than 1 second
How many time lasts this time to the line? Solo breakers for sure will agree with Henri Bergson: the time of the last meters, while you are riding full gas in a chaos of voices, in the roaring of the crowd, your heart exploding, your mind too full or completely empty... this time can't be calculated by the clock. It's the inner time of the 'duration', both dilatated and contracted by subjective feelinings and sesations.
But for a sprinter there is no time. Not in the last meters at least. Where do they stop their count down? 1 km to go? probably early. Probably it depends on the the route. How long lasts a sprint? both a second and a whole life. Go in front but not too much so. Keep the right position. Catch the right wheel. Jump! Brake! speed up! again! Fill the hole NOW because the hole is just the emerging chance of this fraction of second. 
Probably sprinters are more about the liquid concept of space than about the eluding concept of time. Indead it's all in the inch of wheel you put in front. It always strikes me the fact they usually know they won, even when it's matter of nothing. Does it hurt more losing for nothing? Probably they know what they should have done different and where...

Lilian Calmejanel:

"It's incredible. Since the start of the Tour we've been at the front, but I never thought it would lead to a success like this. I'm a rider who likes to animate the race, and I said to my teammates I wanted to try something today. They did such great work today, they allowed me to realise my dream, of winning a stage at the Tour.

I never imagined such a scenario. I thought that when we went to seven in the break we might have a chance of contesting the stage, but to win solo like that, it's incredible."

From kilometre-zero right until the finish it was full gas. At the end there it was a mental battle, you couldn't let your head go. More than legs, it was about the head today."

RESULTS
STAGE 6


1KITTELMarcelQuick-Step Floors1201005:05:34
2DÉMAREArnaudFDJ5070,,
3GREIPELAndréLotto Soudal2550,,
4KRISTOFFAlexanderTeam Katusha - Alpecin1540,,
5BOUHANNINacerCofidis, Solutions Crédits532,,
6GROENEWEGENDylanTeam LottoNL-Jumbo 26,,
7MATTHEWSMichaelTeam Sunweb  22,,
8MCLAYDanielFortuneo - Oscaro 18,,
9SELIGRüdigerBORA - hansgrohe 14,,
10DEGENKOLBJohnTrek - Segafredo 10
STAGE 7
1KITTELMarcelQuick-Step Floors1201005:03:18
2BOASSON HAGENEdvaldDimension Data5070,,
3MATTHEWSMichaelTeam Sunweb 2550,,
4KRISTOFFAlexanderTeam Katusha - Alpecin1540,,
5DEGENKOLBJohnTrek - Segafredo532,,
6GROENEWEGENDylanTeam LottoNL-Jumbo 26,,
7SELIGRüdigerBORA - hansgrohe 22,,
8BOUHANNINacerCofidis, Solutions Crédits 18,,
9GREIPELAndréLotto Soudal 14,,
10MCLAYDanielFortuneo - Oscaro 10,,
STAGE 8
1CALMEJANELilianDirect Energie12010 04:30:29
2GESINKRobertTeam LottoNL-Jumbo507 00:37
3MARTINGuillaumeWanty - Groupe Gobert25500:50
4ROCHENicolasBMC Racing Team1540,,
5KREUZIGERRomanORICA-Scott532,,
6ARUFabioAstana Pro Team 26,,
7VALGRENMichaelAstana Pro Team 22,,
8MAJKARafałBORA - hansgrohe 18,,
9BROWNNathanCannondale-Drapac Pro Cycling Team 14,,
10HARDYRomainFortuneo - Oscaro 10,
GC
1(1)FROOMEChristopherTeam Sky2533:19:10
2(2)THOMASGeraintTeam Sky 0:12
3(3)ARUFabioAstana Pro Team 0:14
4(4)MARTINDanielQuick-Step Floors 0:25
5(5)PORTERichieBMC Racing Team 0:39
6(6)YATESSimonORICA-Scott 0:43
7(7)BARDETRomainAG2R La Mondiale 0:47
8(8)CONTADORAlbertoTrek - Segafredo 0:52
9(9)QUINTANANairoMovistar Team 0:54
10(10)MAJKARafałBORA - hansgrohe 1:01

7.06.2017

TdF 2-5: Sagan out, Cav down, Aru up and Froome in (yellow)

Was it the right decision? Yes, it was. Rules are rules and procycling is a risky sport: don't make it more dangerous by risky moves. 
Cavendish crashed out with a fractured shoulder. It could be one of his last Tour de France, maybe the last one at a very high level. And he was riding for a good cause, in Qhubeka's jersey. Sagan is also out because he caused the crash. Too harsh? I don't think so. 
Anyway without these two the fight for the Green Jersey becomes very open, thus more interesting. Démare is wearing it at the moment, can he bring it to Paris? we will see.
"When I feel good, I attack" Fabio Aru said yesterday, after a solo victory in the first uphill finish of the year. "Winning wearing the Tricolore nat champ jersey? A great thing. I dedicate it to the people who love me #ilcavalieredei4mori" he added, probably conscious that not everybody do. La Planche des Belles Filles also put him in  Polka Dot Jersey.
Dan Martin was 2nd in that stage... can this be his Tour? maybe. It is not Pinot's Tour, that's sure. Bardet looks better. But the best of all no doubt looks Chris Froome, already in Yellow, while Simon Yates is in White. 

RESULTS
Stage 2 - Düsseldorf › Liège KITTEL Marcel GC THOMAS Geraint
Stage 3 - Verviers › Longwy SAGAN Peter  GC THOMAS Geraint
Stage 4 - Mondorf-les-Bains › Vittel DÉMARE Arnaud GC THOMAS Geraint
Stage 5 - Vittel › La Planche des Belles Filles  
1. Fabio Aru (Astana Pro Team) 3:44:06
2. Daniel Martin (Quivkstep Floors) +0:14
3. Chris Froome (Team Sky) +0:20
6. Simon Yates (ORICA-SCOTT) +0:26
GC
1. Chris Froome (Team Sky) 18:38:59
2. Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) +0:12
3. Fabio Aru (Astana Pro Team) +0:14
6. Simon Yates (ORICA-SCOTT) +0:43

REACTIONS

Mark Cavendish:
“I’m obviously massively disappointed to get this news about the fracture. The team was incredible today. They executed to perfection what we wanted to do this morning. I feel I was in a good position to win and to lose that and even having to leave the Tour, a race I’ve built my whole career around, is really sad. I wish the best of luck to my teammates for the rest of the race. Now, I’m looking forward to watching the race on TV, seeing the team fly the flag high for South Africa and raise awareness for Qhubeka”.

Richie Porte:
"I can't say anymore for my teammates. They were incredible today, and I think we took it to them [the peloton]. In the final there, Aru slipped away. I'm still happy with my ride for the first mountain stage. I kind of expected a little more but there's a long way to go. As a unit today, BMC Racing Team were the team that made the race. Michi Schär and Stefan Küng basically rode the whole race on the front and then the rest of the guys towards the end. I thought we were going too fast and told them to slow down, but they actually kept it up and that's testament to how strong they are. Chris Froome is obviously going stronger than when we saw him at the last race but I think Team Sky weren't quite what they were last year. Still, I think they have a lot of pressure coming up."

Simon Yates :
“I always try. There’s not many summit finishes this year at the Tour and I think you really have to take the opportunity when it comes. I knew the climb from previous years. I felt pretty good. Maybe I burnt some matches there, but I wanted to try to win the stage so sometimes you have to risk a bit. There’s a lot of strong guys not really very far behind me so it’s going to be difficult to try to keep hold of (the white jersey) but I’ll give it my best shot. Tough day out there, I felt the heat on the final climb and at times you had the impression you were glued to the road. Fabio was strong, so congrats to him, but despite coming second, I am satisfied. I’m very confident, as I really enjoy racing here and don’t feel any pressure whatsoever. The team is on a roll, we are the best squad in the world, which you can see by taking a look over the victories and list of results since the start of the season. Of course, it’s still early and a lot can happen in the Tour, but so far I’m happy of how things went".

Mountaineering - Nanga Parbat: Mourning Mariano Galvan and still waiting for miracles

Image result for Mariano Galvan nanga parbatMiracles are facts we don't know (yet) the cause. Surprise is the matter of life. Humans can't easily give up on love and hope. Mourning is the long miserable path leading from disbelieve to acceptance, and humans always turn back, and many many times, increasing their suffering, prolonging their pain. That's how it works. Even amputated parts keep aching for a long time. Because pain is a feeling much more than a sensation.
The Military Aviation of Pakistan stopped the searching of Mariano Galván and Alberto Zerain, for the authorities the two mountaneers are officially dead and the international mountaineering community is mourning. Where their radiotracker went out there is sign of a large avalanche and it last marked a fall of 150 meters to about 6.000 m. 
But according to Todo Noticias  Mariano Galvan could be still alive, that's what his mother firmly believes.

Alba Galvan: "The search was over, they gave him for dead, my intimate circle gives me the hope of continuing to look for a few more days, they were well fed because they had food that was going to last until Thursday. My son has a good mental preparation to withstand these great challenges so I have faith that Mariano appears in a few days. I would like the search to be by land and not by helicopter. All the people around my son support me. There is a lot of good energy." 

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I'm in the middle of my own murining. The drama of Mariano Galvan and Alberto Zerain happened in a very hard moment in my personal life. As if all is falling down, as if there is nothing left. Of course nothing really changed in the world, just my perception. Life is a glorious chaos, the only meaning it has, humans gave it, each one his or her personal meaning. I had the feeling that my sense of life was close to Mariano Galvan's. Just like Anatoli Boukreev, he is a similar soul. People talking about the 'recklessness of mountaneers' or even of a 'useless death'... evidently gave a different meaning to their lives, and that's fine as far as they respect the others' choice.
Mountaneers - not the tourists of the mountains circus - don't need and often don't care to be understood in their quest. I still believe that Mariano Galvan could be alive, that miracles happen, that we don't know all the causes, that reality often goes beyond our expectation. I'm also waiting for my little miracle. And living meanwhile...

7.01.2017

Procycling - TdF 1: Rain, and some gentlemen in white


I watch distractly. It's almost impossible to keep the focus on a time trial. In the last minutes sometimes, when seconds will decide a result, but now the Tour is just starting and nothing, almost nothing, is going to get decided here.
For Alejandro Valverde the Tour has already finished. He crashed out on the wet tarmac. So lucid, so charming. So hard. Against the barriers violently, off to the hospitals. 
Off to the podium Thomas, the fisrt one in this Tour, and a stellar one, because le grand depart is a special day in the most important race of the year. It's a stubborn one. He doesn't fear the rain. 
It's an happy day for Team Sky, with four riders in the top ten, and one of them is named Froome, Chris Froome, a bit like Bond (James Bond). A gentleman in white, so far. While Geraint Thomas will wear a more falshy jersey. A well deserved one. Just for a change, just for a try. Just for the waiting in the hot seat and the joyful jump at the end.

RESULTS

1 Geraint Thomas (GBr) Team Sky 0:16:04
2 Stefan Küng (Swi) BMC Racing Team 0:00:05
3 Vasil Kiryienka (Blr) Team Sky 0:00:07  
4 Tony Martin (Ger) Katusha-Alpecin 0:00:08
5 Matteo Trentin (Ita) Quick-Step Floors 0:00:10
6 Christopher Froome (GBr) Team Sky 0:00:12
7 Jos Van Emden (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo 0:00:15
8 Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Team Sky
9 Marcel Kittel (Ger) Quick-Step Floors 0:00:16
10 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Dimension Data
11 Nikias Arndt (Ger) Team Sunweb
12 Taylor Phinney (USA) Cannondale-Drapac 0:00:17
13 Andriy Grivko (Ukr) Astana Pro Team
14 Daryl Impey (RSA) Orica-Scott 0:00:19
15 Jonathan Castroviejo (Spa) Movistar Team 0:00:20
16 Michael Matthews (Aus) Team Sunweb
17 Pierre Roger Latour (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:00:25
18 Peter Sagan (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe
19 Andrey Amador (CRc) Movistar Team 0:00:27
20 Alexey Lutsenko (Kaz) Astana Pro Team 0:00:29
21 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Quick-Step Floors 0:00:30
22 Robert Gesink (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo 0:00:31
23 Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bahrain-Merida 0:00:32
24 Tim Wellens (Bel) Lotto Soudal
25 Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Bora-Hansgrohe 0:00:33
26 Timo Roosen (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo 0:00:34
27 Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Katusha-Alpecin 0:00:36
28 Reto Hollenstein (Swi) Katusha-Alpecin
29 Simon Yates (GBr) Orica-Scott 0:00:37
30 Fabio Felline (Ita) Trek-Segafredo
31 Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Quick-Step Floors 0:00:39
32 Alessandro De Marchi (Ita) BMC Racing Team
33 Emanuel Buchmann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe 0:00:40
34 Paul Martens (Ger) Team LottoNl-Jumbo
35 Jesus Herrada (Spa) Movistar Team
36 Jasha Sütterlin (Ger) Movistar Team 0:00:41
37 Mike Teunissen (Ned) Team Sunweb
38 Nils Politt (Ger) Katusha-Alpecin
39 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team 0:00:42
40 Michael Albasini (Swi) Orica-Scott
41 Damien Howson (Aus) Orica-Scott 0:00:43
42 Diego Ulissi (Ita) UAE Team Emirates
43 Michael Schär (Swi) BMC Racing Team 0:00:44
44 Dylan Van Baarle (Ned) Cannondale-Drapac
45 Robert Wagner (Ger) Team LottoNl-Jumbo 0:00:45
46 Ignatas Konovalovas (Ltu) FDJ 0:00:46
47 Simon Geschke (Ger) Team Sunweb
48 Damiano Caruso (Ita) BMC Racing Team 0:00:47
49 Richie Porte (Aus) BMC Racing Team
50 Imanol Erviti (Spa) Movistar Team 0:00:48
51 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Direct Energie
52 Jarlinson Pantano (Col) Trek-Segafredo
53 Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar Team
54 Rafal Majka (Pol) Bora-Hansgrohe 0:00:49
55 Andrew Talansky (USA) Cannondale-Drapac
56 Jack Bauer (NZl) Quick-Step Floors
57 Daniel Martin (Irl) Quick-Step Floors
58 John Degenkolb (Ger) Trek-Segafredo
59 Arnaud Demare (Fra) FDJ
60 Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ 0:00:50
61 Romain Sicard (Fra) Direct Energie
62 Albert Timmer (Ned) Team Sunweb 0:00:51
63 Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
64 Alberto Bettiol (Ita) Cannondale-Drapac 0:00:52
65 Primoz Roglic (Slo) Team LottoNl-Jumbo
66 Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana Pro Team
67 Lilian Calmejane (Fra) Direct Energie 0:00:53
68 Alberto Contador (Spa) Trek-Segafredo 0:00:54
69 Carlos Betancur (Col) Movistar Team
70 Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana Pro Team
71 Koen De Kort (Ned) Trek-Segafredo
72 Dmitriy Gruzdev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team
73 Michael Valgren Andersen (Den) Astana Pro Team 0:00:55
74 Dario Cataldo (Ita) Astana Pro Team
75 Stephen Cummings (GBr) Dimension Data 0:00:56
76 Daniele Bennati (Ita) Movistar Team
77 Christian Knees (Ger) Team Sky
78 Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Orica-Scott
79 André Greipel (Ger) Lotto Soudal 0:00:57
80 Julien Vermote (Bel) Quick-Step Floors 0:00:58
81 Warren Barguil (Fra) Team Sunweb 0:00:59
82 Rudy Molard (Fra) FDJ
83 Pierre Luc Perichon (Fra) Team Fortuneo - Oscaro
84 Lars Ytting Bak (Den) Lotto Soudal
85 Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Lotto Soudal 0:01:00
86 Danilo Wyss (Swi) BMC Racing Team
87 Nicolas Edet (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
88 Mathew Hayman (Aus) Orica-Scott 0:01:01
89 Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
90 Alexis Vuillermoz (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:01:02
91 Simon Clarke (Aus) Cannondale-Drapac
92 Markel Irizar (Spa) Trek-Segafredo
93 Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Team Sunweb 0:01:03
94 Maurits Lammertink (Ned) Katusha-Alpecin
95 Rigoberto Uran (Col) Cannondale-Drapac
96 Jens Keukeleire (Bel) Orica-Scott 0:01:04
97 Maxime Bouet (Fra) Team Fortuneo - Oscaro
98 Tiago Machado (Por) Katusha-Alpecin
99 Jan Bakelants (Bel) AG2R La Mondiale 0:01:05
100 Haimar Zubeldia (Spa) Trek-Segafredo 0:01:06
101 Nathan Brown (USA) Cannondale-Drapac
102 Mikel Landa (Spa) Team Sky 0:01:08
103 Ben Swift (GBr) UAE Team Emirates
104 Mathias Frank (Swi) AG2R La Mondiale 0:01:09
105 Eduardo Sepulveda (Arg) Team Fortuneo - Oscaro
106 Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) Dimension Data
107 Serge Pauwels (Bel) Dimension Data 0:01:10
108 Tsgabu Grmay (Eth) Bahrain-Merida
109 Jay McCarthy (Aus) Bora-Hansgrohe
110 Michael Gogl (Aut) Trek-Segafredo
111 Marcel Sieberg (Ger) Lotto Soudal 0:01:11
112 Vegard Stake Laengen (Nor) UAE Team Emirates
113 Louis Meintjes (RSA) UAE Team Emirates 0:01:12
114 Daniel Mclay (GBr) Team Fortuneo - Oscaro
115 Manuele Mori (Ita) UAE Team Emirates
116 Esteban Chaves (Col) Orica-Scott 0:01:13
117 Ondrej Cink (Cze) Bahrain-Merida
118 Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned) Team Sunweb
119 Ben Gastauer (Lux) AG2R La Mondiale
120 Christophe Laporte (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 0:01:14
121 Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Quick-Step Floors
122 Nicolas Roche (Irl) BMC Racing Team
123 Tiesj Benoot (Bel) Lotto Soudal 0:01:15
124 Pierre Rolland (Fra) Cannondale-Drapac 0:01:16
125 Sergio Henao (Col) Team Sky
126 Oliver Naesen (Bel) AG2R La Mondiale
127 Axel Domont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
128 Gianluca Brambilla (Ita) Quick-Step Floors
129 Frederik Backaert (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert 0:01:17
130 Florian Vachon (Fra) Team Fortuneo - Oscaro
131 Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Lotto Soudal
132 Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek-Segafredo 0:01:18
133 Mikel Nieve (Spa) Team Sky 0:01:20
134 Javier Moreno (Spa) Bahrain-Merida
135 Olivier Le Gac (Fra) FDJ
136 Grega Bole (Slo) Bahrain-Merida
137 Dimitri Claeys (Bel) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
138 Elie Gesbert (Fra) Team Fortuneo - Oscaro
139 Thomas Leezer (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo
140 Matteo Bono (Ita) UAE Team Emirates
141 Jaco Venter (RSA) Dimension Data
142 Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Bahrain-Merida
143 Marco Marcato (Ita) UAE Team Emirates 0:01:21
144 Andrea Pasqualon (Ita) Wanty - Groupe Gobert 0:01:23
145 Mickael Delage (Fra) FDJ
146 Florian Senechal (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 0:01:24
147 Amael Moinard (Fra) BMC Racing Team 0:01:25
148 Brice Feillu (Fra) Team Fortuneo - Oscaro
149 Thomas Boudat (Fra) Direct Energie 0:01:27
150 Yohann Gene (Fra) Direct Energie
151 Angelo Tulik (Fra) Direct Energie
152 Bakhtiyar Kozhatayev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team 0:01:28
153 Julien Simon (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 0:01:29
154 Marco Haller (Aut) Katusha-Alpecin
155 Yoann Offredo (Fra) Wanty - Groupe Gobert
156 Arthur Vichot (Fra) FDJ
157 Thomas Degand (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert
158 Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Direct Energie 0:01:32
159 Pawel Poljanski (Pol) Bora-Hansgrohe
160 Pieter Vanspeybrouck (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert 0:01:36
161 Juraj Sagan (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe 0:01:37
162 George Bennett (NZl) Team LottoNl-Jumbo
163 Laurent Pichon (Fra) Team Fortuneo - Oscaro 0:01:39
164 Borut Bozic (Slo) Bahrain-Merida 0:01:40
165 Davide Cimolai (Ita) FDJ
166 Rüdiger Selig (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe 0:01:41
167 Guillaume Martin (Fra) Wanty - Groupe Gobert 0:01:42
168 Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Dimension Data
169 Cyril Gautier (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:01:43
170 Andrey Zeits (Kaz) Astana Pro Team
171 Marco Minnaard (Ned) Wanty - Groupe Gobert
172 Marcus Burghardt (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe
173 Romain Hardy (Fra) Team Fortuneo - Oscaro 0:01:45
174 Adrien Petit (Fra) Direct Energie
175 Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) Bahrain-Merida 0:01:46
176 Mark Cavendish (GBr) Dimension Data
177 Perrig Quemeneur (Fra) Direct Energie 0:01:47
178 Dion Smith (NZl) Wanty - Groupe Gobert
179 Jacopo Guarnieri (Ita) FDJ 0:01:48
180 Patrick Bevin (NZl) Cannondale-Drapac
181 Scott Thwaites (GBr) Dimension Data 0:01:50
182 Luke Rowe (GBr) Team Sky
183 Mark Renshaw (Aus) Dimension Data
184 Guillaume Van Keirsbulck (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert 0:01:54
185 Dylan Groenewegen (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo 0:01:55
186 Daniel Navarro (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 0:01:57
187 Kristijan Durasek (Cro) UAE Team Emirates
188 Adam James Hansen (Aus) Lotto Soudal 0:01:59
189 Roy Curvers (Ned) Team Sunweb 0:02:12
190 Rick Zabel (Ger) Katusha-Alpecin
191 Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) Katusha-Alpecin 0:02:13
192 Luis Angel Mate (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
193 Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 0:02:23
194 Darwin Atapuma (Col) UAE Team Emirates 0:02:26
195 Luke Durbridge (Aus) Orica-Scott 0:03:01
196 Tony Gallopin (Fra) Lotto Soudal 0:03:03
General classification after stage 1
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Geraint Thomas (GBr) Team Sky 0:16:04
2 Stefan Küng (Swi) BMC Racing Team 0:00:05
3 Vasil Kiryienka (Blr) Team Sky 0:00:07
4 Tony Martin (Ger) Katusha-Alpecin 0:00:08
5 Matteo Trentin (Ita) Quick-Step Floors 0:00:10
6 Christopher Froome (GBr) Team Sky 0:00:12
7 Jos Van Emden (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo 0:00:15
8 Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Team Sky
9 Marcel Kittel (Ger) Quick-Step Floors 0:00:16
10 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Dimension Data
11 Nikias Arndt (Ger) Team Sunweb
12 Taylor Phinney (USA) Cannondale-Drapac 0:00:17
13 Andriy Grivko (Ukr) Astana Pro Team
14 Daryl Impey (RSA) Orica-Scott 0:00:19
15 Jonathan Castroviejo (Spa) Movistar Team 0:00:20
16 Michael Matthews (Aus) Team Sunweb
17 Pierre Roger Latour (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:00:25
18 Peter Sagan (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe
19 Andrey Amador (CRc) Movistar Team 0:00:27
20 Alexey Lutsenko (Kaz) Astana Pro Team 0:00:29
21 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Quick-Step Floors 0:00:30
22 Robert Gesink (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo 0:00:31
23 Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bahrain-Merida 0:00:32
24 Tim Wellens (Bel) Lotto Soudal
25 Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Bora-Hansgrohe 0:00:33
26 Timo Roosen (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo 0:00:34
27 Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Katusha-Alpecin 0:00:36
28 Reto Hollenstein (Swi) Katusha-Alpecin
29 Simon Yates (GBr) Orica-Scott 0:00:37
30 Fabio Felline (Ita) Trek-Segafredo
31 Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Quick-Step Floors 0:00:39
32 Alessandro De Marchi (Ita) BMC Racing Team
33 Emanuel Buchmann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe 0:00:40
34 Paul Martens (Ger) Team LottoNl-Jumbo
35 Jesus Herrada (Spa) Movistar Team
36 Jasha Sütterlin (Ger) Movistar Team 0:00:41
37 Mike Teunissen (Ned) Team Sunweb
38 Nils Politt (Ger) Katusha-Alpecin
39 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team 0:00:42
40 Michael Albasini (Swi) Orica-Scott
41 Damien Howson (Aus) Orica-Scott 0:00:43
42 Diego Ulissi (Ita) UAE Team Emirates
43 Michael Schär (Swi) BMC Racing Team 0:00:44
44 Dylan Van Baarle (Ned) Cannondale-Drapac
45 Robert Wagner (Ger) Team LottoNl-Jumbo 0:00:45
46 Ignatas Konovalovas (Ltu) FDJ 0:00:46
47 Simon Geschke (Ger) Team Sunweb
48 Damiano Caruso (Ita) BMC Racing Team 0:00:47
49 Richie Porte (Aus) BMC Racing Team
50 Imanol Erviti (Spa) Movistar Team 0:00:48
51 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Direct Energie
52 Jarlinson Pantano (Col) Trek-Segafredo
53 Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar Team
54 Rafal Majka (Pol) Bora-Hansgrohe 0:00:49
55 Andrew Talansky (USA) Cannondale-Drapac
56 Jack Bauer (NZl) Quick-Step Floors
57 Daniel Martin (Irl) Quick-Step Floors
58 John Degenkolb (Ger) Trek-Segafredo
59 Arnaud Demare (Fra) FDJ
60 Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ 0:00:50
61 Romain Sicard (Fra) Direct Energie
62 Albert Timmer (Ned) Team Sunweb 0:00:51
63 Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
64 Alberto Bettiol (Ita) Cannondale-Drapac 0:00:52
65 Primoz Roglic (Slo) Team LottoNl-Jumbo
66 Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana Pro Team
67 Lilian Calmejane (Fra) Direct Energie 0:00:53
68 Alberto Contador (Spa) Trek-Segafredo 0:00:54
69 Carlos Betancur (Col) Movistar Team
70 Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana Pro Team
71 Koen De Kort (Ned) Trek-Segafredo
72 Dmitriy Gruzdev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team
73 Michael Valgren Andersen (Den) Astana Pro Team 0:00:55
74 Dario Cataldo (Ita) Astana Pro Team
75 Stephen Cummings (GBr) Dimension Data 0:00:56
76 Daniele Bennati (Ita) Movistar Team
77 Christian Knees (Ger) Team Sky
78 Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Orica-Scott
79 André Greipel (Ger) Lotto Soudal 0:00:57
80 Julien Vermote (Bel) Quick-Step Floors 0:00:58
81 Warren Barguil (Fra) Team Sunweb 0:00:59
82 Rudy Molard (Fra) FDJ
83 Pierre Luc Perichon (Fra) Team Fortuneo - Oscaro
84 Lars Ytting Bak (Den) Lotto Soudal
85 Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Lotto Soudal 0:01:00
86 Danilo Wyss (Swi) BMC Racing Team
87 Nicolas Edet (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
88 Mathew Hayman (Aus) Orica-Scott 0:01:01
89 Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
90 Alexis Vuillermoz (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:01:02
91 Simon Clarke (Aus) Cannondale-Drapac
92 Markel Irizar (Spa) Trek-Segafredo
93 Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Team Sunweb 0:01:03
94 Maurits Lammertink (Ned) Katusha-Alpecin
95 Rigoberto Uran (Col) Cannondale-Drapac
96 Jens Keukeleire (Bel) Orica-Scott 0:01:04
97 Maxime Bouet (Fra) Team Fortuneo - Oscaro
98 Tiago Machado (Por) Katusha-Alpecin
99 Jan Bakelants (Bel) AG2R La Mondiale 0:01:05
100 Haimar Zubeldia (Spa) Trek-Segafredo 0:01:06
101 Nathan Brown (USA) Cannondale-Drapac
102 Mikel Landa (Spa) Team Sky 0:01:08
103 Ben Swift (GBr) UAE Team Emirates
104 Mathias Frank (Swi) AG2R La Mondiale 0:01:09
105 Eduardo Sepulveda (Arg) Team Fortuneo - Oscaro
106 Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) Dimension Data
107 Serge Pauwels (Bel) Dimension Data 0:01:10
108 Tsgabu Grmay (Eth) Bahrain-Merida
109 Jay McCarthy (Aus) Bora-Hansgrohe
110 Michael Gogl (Aut) Trek-Segafredo
111 Marcel Sieberg (Ger) Lotto Soudal 0:01:11
112 Vegard Stake Laengen (Nor) UAE Team Emirates
113 Louis Meintjes (RSA) UAE Team Emirates 0:01:12
114 Daniel Mclay (GBr) Team Fortuneo - Oscaro
115 Manuele Mori (Ita) UAE Team Emirates
116 Esteban Chaves (Col) Orica-Scott 0:01:13
117 Ondrej Cink (Cze) Bahrain-Merida
118 Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned) Team Sunweb
119 Ben Gastauer (Lux) AG2R La Mondiale
120 Christophe Laporte (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 0:01:14
121 Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Quick-Step Floors
122 Nicolas Roche (Irl) BMC Racing Team
123 Tiesj Benoot (Bel) Lotto Soudal 0:01:15
124 Pierre Rolland (Fra) Cannondale-Drapac 0:01:16
125 Sergio Henao (Col) Team Sky
126 Oliver Naesen (Bel) AG2R La Mondiale
127 Axel Domont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
128 Gianluca Brambilla (Ita) Quick-Step Floors
129 Frederik Backaert (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert 0:01:17
130 Florian Vachon (Fra) Team Fortuneo - Oscaro
131 Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Lotto Soudal
132 Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek-Segafredo 0:01:18
133 Mikel Nieve (Spa) Team Sky 0:01:20
134 Javier Moreno (Spa) Bahrain-Merida
135 Olivier Le Gac (Fra) FDJ
136 Grega Bole (Slo) Bahrain-Merida
137 Dimitri Claeys (Bel) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
138 Elie Gesbert (Fra) Team Fortuneo - Oscaro
139 Thomas Leezer (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo
140 Matteo Bono (Ita) UAE Team Emirates
141 Jaco Venter (RSA) Dimension Data
142 Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Bahrain-Merida
143 Marco Marcato (Ita) UAE Team Emirates 0:01:21
144 Andrea Pasqualon (Ita) Wanty - Groupe Gobert 0:01:23
145 Mickael Delage (Fra) FDJ
146 Florian Senechal (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 0:01:24
147 Amael Moinard (Fra) BMC Racing Team 0:01:25
148 Brice Feillu (Fra) Team Fortuneo - Oscaro
149 Thomas Boudat (Fra) Direct Energie 0:01:27
150 Yohann Gene (Fra) Direct Energie
151 Angelo Tulik (Fra) Direct Energie
152 Bakhtiyar Kozhatayev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team 0:01:28
153 Julien Simon (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 0:01:29
154 Marco Haller (Aut) Katusha-Alpecin
155 Yoann Offredo (Fra) Wanty - Groupe Gobert
156 Arthur Vichot (Fra) FDJ
157 Thomas Degand (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert
158 Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Direct Energie 0:01:32
159 Pawel Poljanski (Pol) Bora-Hansgrohe
160 Pieter Vanspeybrouck (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert 0:01:36
161 Juraj Sagan (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe 0:01:37
162 George Bennett (NZl) Team LottoNl-Jumbo
163 Laurent Pichon (Fra) Team Fortuneo - Oscaro 0:01:39
164 Borut Bozic (Slo) Bahrain-Merida 0:01:40
165 Davide Cimolai (Ita) FDJ
166 Rüdiger Selig (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe 0:01:41
167 Guillaume Martin (Fra) Wanty - Groupe Gobert 0:01:42
168 Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Dimension Data
169 Cyril Gautier (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:01:43
170 Andrey Zeits (Kaz) Astana Pro Team
171 Marco Minnaard (Ned) Wanty - Groupe Gobert
172 Marcus Burghardt (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe
173 Romain Hardy (Fra) Team Fortuneo - Oscaro 0:01:45
174 Adrien Petit (Fra) Direct Energie
175 Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) Bahrain-Merida 0:01:46
176 Mark Cavendish (GBr) Dimension Data
177 Perrig Quemeneur (Fra) Direct Energie 0:01:47
178 Dion Smith (NZl) Wanty - Groupe Gobert
179 Jacopo Guarnieri (Ita) FDJ 0:01:48
180 Patrick Bevin (NZl) Cannondale-Drapac
181 Scott Thwaites (GBr) Dimension Data 0:01:50
182 Luke Rowe (GBr) Team Sky
183 Mark Renshaw (Aus) Dimension Data
184 Guillaume Van Keirsbulck (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert 0:01:54
185 Dylan Groenewegen (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo 0:01:55
186 Daniel Navarro (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 0:01:57
187 Kristijan Durasek (Cro) UAE Team Emirates
188 Adam James Hansen (Aus) Lotto Soudal 0:01:59
189 Roy Curvers (Ned) Team Sunweb 0:02:12
190 Rick Zabel (Ger) Katusha-Alpecin
191 Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) Katusha-Alpecin 0:02:13
192 Luis Angel Mate (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
193 Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 0:02:23
194 Darwin Atapuma (Col) UAE Team Emirates 0:02:26
195 Luke Durbridge (Aus) Orica-Scott 0:03:01
196 Tony Gallopin (Fra) Lotto Soudal 0:03:03