Tour de France

Tour de France 2018: Chris Froome plays it safe as Peter Sagan sprints in advance in level
The first stage of the 2018 Tour de France ended with 4-time champion Chris Froome and different favourites lagging behind Colombian Fernando Gaviria. The 2d stage is predicted to be the perfect platform for Gaviria to assignment Peter Sagan within the inexperienced jersey war.
Froome, who fell right into a ditch at some point of the first level, and different favourites Richie Porte and Adam Yates trailed Gaviria in the typical standings with the aid of one minute one 2nd.
“I’m the first Colombian to wear the yellow jersey for 15 years,” said the 23-yr-old Colombian, who’s on his first-ever Tour de France and who already has 33 wins to his name.
Colombia’s biking-mad president Juan Manuel Santos, who visited the Tour de France ultimate year, rushed to congratulate him on Twitter.
In the street biking sphere, few would argue that the two most celebrated prizes for any rider to say are the rainbow jersey of world champion and yellow jersey worn with the aid of the leader of the Tour de France.
After simply degrees of the 2018 Tour, Peter Sagan has had a taste of both.
His victory beforehand of a reduced area — due to a dramatic crash inside the very last few kilometres — earned him the respect of replacing what has turn out to be his normal jersey, the one with 5 stripes across the chest, denoting his repute as international champion, for a third successive 12 months no much less.
The Slovakian is the leader of the Tour de France. Again. Just as he did in 2016, he took the lead of the race within the opening week… and the temper at the race was accelerated. He brings happiness to a critical world.
Gaviria had triumphed on the hole day of the race but the Colombian’s bid for returned-to-again stage victories disappeared in an eventful end in La Roche-sur-Yon.
A pile-up at a nook closer to the end of the 182.5-kilometre ride from Mouilleron-Saint-Germain denied the Quick-Step Floors crew from putting in place their main man for a group sprint.
Instead, Sagan — who had completed 2nd on Saturday — was first to cross the road, the arena champion maintaining off the price of Bahrain-Merida’s Sonny Colbrelli to claim the general lead.
After coming off his motorbike to lose time at some point of level one, Team Sky made certain Chris Froome avoided any in addition incident to safely cross the line inside the peleton.
However, rival Adam Yates crashed for the second one successive day, his spill coming with round 30km last, whilst Luis Leon Sanchez of Astana noticed his Tour come to an cease after an unpleasant fall.
He is peculiar but additionally supremely gifted and he makes sports activities lovers smile with his antics, on and rancid the bike.
The 28-year-vintage is in a class of his own in a peloton full of star athletes. But, Sagan admits, he is best the caretaker of the prized ‘maillot jaune’.
“If I can keep it till Paris, then it’s something different,” he stated after claiming his 9th Tour de France stage win.
He knows his strengths and despite the fact that he is one of the maximum whole — and, some would say, charismatic — riders on this planet, winning the overall identify at the Tour de France is some other stage. He isn’t always that sort of rider.
“I am very glad to have it, for positive. But ultimately I won’t wear it [the yellow jersey] in Paris. Somebody else is going to preserve. I’ll live greater targeted on the green jersey,” he stated.
With a crew time trial up subsequent, Team Sky will fancy their chances of having a rider in yellow with the aid of the cease of level 3 — simply now not 4-time champion Froome.
While the megastar man become satisfied sufficient to coast thru following his fall, colleague Geraint Thomas claimed a one-2nd dash bonus to depart him handily placed in seventh inside the popular classification.
“We’re seeking to trip well as a group and stay as close to the front as possible but each person is trying to do the identical so it’s difficult,” Thomas advised ITV4.
“We’re communicating properly and driving properly, the guys are doing nicely for me and Chris Froome.
“We’ll try to get the stage win first in tomorrow’s crew time trial after which if we do become in yellow that might be a pleasing bonus.”
The 2018 Tour de France starts Saturday and is going for 3 weeks and could cowl about 2,a hundred miles. A general of 176 riders in 22 teams of eight will compete on a path that covers a difficult circuit of the us of a. Twenty-one levels, 26 tough climbs across six mountain tiers, 3 mountaintop finishes and time trials will test the limits of the riders’ staying power and ability.
Froome is the undisputed favourite to triumph for a file-tying 5th time after being cleared of doping by the International Cycling Union on Monday. The Kenyan-born British rider is aiming to join the elite organization of Jacques Anquetil, Eddy Merckx, Bernard Hinault and Miguel Indurain as the simplest cyclists who have received cycling’s biggest race five times. Froome enters the 3-week trek on the great prevailing run of his profession. After his dominant overall performance to win a fourth Tour remaining summer season, Froome received both the Spanish Vuelta in September and Giro d’Italia in May. That made him handiest the 1/3 rider to hold all three Grand Tour titles at the equal time and the primary to attain the feat for the reason that Vuelta become moved to the cease of the season in 1995.
The 3-time defending world champion took the overall lead of the Tour on Sunday after he bettered approximately a dozen other sprinters to win Stage 2.
The Slovakian rider’s ninth profession win on the Tour came simply over a 12 months given that he turned into disqualified from cycling’s most prestigious event through race officers who dominated he had brought about a crash that broke Mark Cavendish’s shoulder.
Sagan, but, stated there has been no revenge component in mind, and that simply wearing yellow became purpose sufficient to have fun.
“Revenge? I already forgot about last 12 months,” Sagan stated. “I’m just glad I can be within the Tour de France, the largest race inside the international.”
Defending champion Chris Froome, who fell right into a ditch close to the quit of Saturday’s Stage 1, arrived accurately with most of the peloton.
Sagan came up short within the beginning degree’s dash when he crossed 2d behind Fernando Gaviria, who received on his Tour debut. And the second one stage appeared like it might function any other duel among the veteran Sagan and new superstar Gaviria.
But Gaviria changed into concerned in a group pileup within the three-kilometer sector that neutralizes the effect of injuries and will do not anything to stop Sagan from claiming a six-2d universal lead.
“We predicted a few crashes in this complicated final and moved up early,” said Enrico Poitschke, sports activities director of Sagan’s Bora-Hansgrohe group. “This proved to be critical as we had been able to keep away from the last crash. Everything became out ideal.”
Sagan moved to the front of the small bunch looking for position, attaining a velocity of 57.6 kph on the very last 500 meters on his manner to the finish line. With Sonny Colbrelli about to seize him, Sagan thrust forward to ensure victory.