Schlagwort-Archiv: ASO

THE ACHIEVEMENT OF A LIFETIME: ALBERT BOURLON (IV/X)


© Presse Sports
Far behind riders of the stature of Eddy Merckx, Bernard Hinault and Mark Cavendish, in the history of the Tour de France there have been almost three hundred men who only got a fleeting taste of glory. As the countdown to the start of the race on 7 July continues, letour.fr is retracing the steps of 10 champions who clinched a single stage win. Back in the 1947 Tour, Albert Bourlon went solo in the first Pyrenean stage and brought his adventure to a victorious conclusion 253 kilometres later. It was the longest solo ride in the modern history of the race.

Albert Bourlon flew under the radar in his Tour debut in 1938, the penultimate edition before the war. Although a strong and hard-working power rider, Bourlon’s lack of tactical flair seemed to condemn him to a lifetime in the shadow of other cyclists. Fresh out of the Renault factories, where he had taken on a leading role among trade unionists at the height of the 1936 strikes, the communist worker flopped in the Tour de France —still, nothing compared to the trials and tribulations he went through during World War II. Following his capture and imprisonment in German stalags, he tried to escape again and again until he finally managed to break out. He crossed Ukraine, Slovakia and Hungary on foot until reaching Romania… where he even managed to win the Bucharest–Ploiești–Bucharest classic in 1944! When it came to daring escapes, the rider from the Berry region earned a reputation for being as tough as nails, and he was even decorated with the Croix de Guerre. However, when the peloton rolled out from Carcassonne in the 1947 Tour de France, no-one seemed concerned about the France Centre/South-West rider when he jumped right after Jacques Goddet gave the start from his Hotchkiss cabriolet. Even Bourlon had his sights set on making a quick buck by taking the bonus available in Espéraza, about 50 kilometres down the road, and certainly not on reaching Luchon all on his own.
With Marcel Cerdan
It was only when his advantage over the peloton ballooned to 29 minutes near the halfway point that Bourlon started to fancy his chances. Although a terrible climber, he gritted his teeth over the Col du Portet d’Aspet and the Col d’Ares to finish on the Allées d’Étigny with 16 minutes to spare —enough time to freshen up, change clothes and shoot the breeze with Marcel Cerdan before the rest of the bunch crossed the line. Jacques Goddet paid tribute to Bourlon’s stubbornness in the next day’s edition of L’Équipe: “The 253-kilometre course of the fourteenth stage was not too demanding because it did little damage among the big names, but it was still 253 kilometres over a long succession of hills and small mountains. Every single pursuer was convinced that, sooner or later, Bourlon would be found relaxing at a small inn near a river with trout in it, exhausted and overwhelmed by the magnitude of the task at hand. What a mistake! Bourlon is one of the last of a dying breed, those that never go to bed until the job is done.”

Bourlon’s solo exploit, virtually unmatchable now that stages tend to have a more reasonable length, is often described as a record, which is true for the post-war era. It is also true that René Pottier rode alone for 325 kilometres to win the stage from Grenoble to Nice in the 1906 Tour. However, that was at a time when the general classification was points-based, so winning by a mile was the same as winning by an inch!

THE ACHIEVEMENT OF A LIFETIME: FEDERICO EZQUERRA (III/X)


© Presse Sports
Far behind riders of the stature of Eddy Merckx, Bernard Hinault and Mark Cavendish, in the history of the Tour de France there have been almost three hundred men who only got a fleeting taste of glory. As the countdown to the start of the race on 7 July continues, letour.fr is retracing the steps of 10 champions who clinched a single stage win. Spaniard Federico Ezquerra demonstrated his climbing abilities in the 1936 Tour under grievous circumstances. Back home, the uprising of Francoist forces had just pushed the conflict between Republicans and Nationalists past the point of no return.
In the history of France, 1936 is remembered as a time of harmony, optimism and social progress, as seen in the Tour de France itself following the introduction of a week of paid leave. Meanwhile, on the other side of the Pyrenees, the electoral victory of a coalition also known as the Popular Front in February sparked a wave of violence that led to the Spanish Civil War several months later, when the Nationalist faction launched a failed coup on 17 and 18 July. Spanish riders had started the Tour de France on the defensive —on the cobbled sectors, for example—, but the start of the mountain stages brought with it their chance to shine. The leg-breaking course of the stage from Nice to Cannes on 19 July whetted the appetite of Federico Ezquerra, possibly the most explosive member of the Spanish Armada. Ezquerra’s climbing abilities had caught the attention of L’Auto, which nicknamed him the Eagle of the Galibier after he was first over the top of this mountain pass in his debut in 1934. On this occasion, the Spaniard dropped his breakaway companions Sylvère Maes and Félicien Vervaecke like a stone on the ascent to La Turbie. However, the two riders were still hot on his heels, and there were 30 kilometres to go before the finish in Cannes. After crowning the ascent, the Basque rider decided not to change gears, which at the time required stopping for half a minute to spin the back wheel. Ezquerra’s gamble paid off and he went on to claim the greatest win of his career on the French Riviera.
Team of exiles in 1937
L’Auto seems to have missed the political significance of his triumph, but Jacques Goddet meticulously analysed and heaped praise on Ezquerra’s style. “Good old Federico is not particularly aesthetic when he gets up on the pedals, hunched towards the front, jumping from one thigh to the other like a metronome. He thrusts from his kidneys, seemingly from the bottom up. The hip seems to pull the pedal upwards instead of pushing against it. This type of movement evokes the feeling of levity that has become the hallmark of climbing talent.” One year later, in 1937, Republican Spain fielded a team composed mostly of exiles, with Mariano Cañardo and Julián Berrendero also taking their only victories at the Tour de France.

Spitzenbesetzung bei der Deutschland Tour – elf WorldTeams starten


Gleich zur Premiere kann die Deutschland Tour ein hochkarätiges Peloton erwarten. Elf Mannschaften aus der höchsten Kategorie, der UCI WorldTour, haben sich für die viertägige Rundfahrt (23. – 26. August) angemeldet. Angeführt wird die Teamliste dieser UCI WorldTeams von den beiden deutschen Mannschaften Bora-hansgrohe und Team Sunweb sowie dem Team Katusha Alpecin. Für diese Teams mit einem großen Kontingent an deutschen Fahrern ist Deutschlands einziges Etappenrennen der Männer-Elite ein ganz besonderer Termin im Radsportkalender.
Die Fans können sich auch auf die internationalen Spitzen-Teams mit deutschen Fahrern freuen: Quick-Step Floors, AG2R La Mondiale, Lotto Soudal, Movistar Team und Team Sky werden an der Deutschland Tour teilnehmen. Die Mannschaften Bahrain-Merida, BMC Racing Team und Team Dimension Data runden die Startliste der WorldTeams ab.
Neben deutschen Spitzen-Fahrern, wie André Greipel, Marcel Kittel und Tony Martin, planen auch die jungen Top-Sprinter, um Pascal Ackermann, Max Walscheid und Rick Zabel, ihren Start bei der neuen Deutschland Tour.

Insgesamt werden 22 Teams mit jeweils sechs Fahrern die vier Etappen der Deutschland Tour in Angriff nehmen. Zusätzlich zu den elf UCI WorldTeams werden sieben Mannschaften der UCI Professional Continental-Kategorie starten. Dazu ist ein Startplatz für vier deutsche UCI Continental Teams fest reserviert. Die deutschen Kontinentalteams kämpfen derzeit bei den Rennen der UCI Europe Tour und in der Rad-Bundesliga um die Qualifikation für die Deutschland Tour. Nach Abschluss der Deutschen Meisterschaften in Einhausen erhalten die zwei besten Mannschaften im jeweiligen Ranking ihre Einladung.
Die Mannschaften und ihre Fahrer werden sich bereits am Vorabend der Deutschland Tour, am 22. August, am Deutschen Eck in Koblenz spektakulär den Fans präsentieren.

Pressebüro Deutschland Tour | FlessnerSchmitz GmbH | Sandra Schmitz
www.cycling-pr.com | +49 160 973 89898 | sandra@flessnerschmitz.com

THE ACHIEVEMENT OF A LIFETIME: JULES BUYSSE (II/X)


© Presse Sports
Far behind riders of the stature of Eddy Merckx, Bernard Hinault and Mark Cavendish, in the history of the Tour de France there have been almost three hundred men who only got a fleeting taste of glory. As the countdown to the start of the race on 7 July continues, letour.fr is retracing the steps of 10 champions who clinched a single stage win. On the 1926 Tour de France, Belgium’s Jules Buysse won the opening stage of the edition dominated later by his big brother Lucien Buysse. One of the most demanding in the history of cycling…
It wasn’t a Tour like any other. For its 20th edition, the Tour and its 126 riders headed to Paris, but then they boarded a train at Gare de Lyon for the voyage to Evian for the first start in the history of the race outside Paris. On this day, water wasn’t just coming from the famous mountain source; the spa resort was under a downpour when the peloton gathered at two in the morning for an opening stage of 373 kilometres to Mulhouse. Two-time defending Tour winner, Ottavio Bottecchia was the pre-race favourite in the Automoto-Hutchinson team where among his team mates was the runner-up from the previous year, Lucien Buysse. But between Evian and Mulhouse, it was his 24-year old brother, Jules Buysse, who stole the headlines. In top form, the Belgian rider easily maintained the pace of the leaders and was in the leading group of five riders when Bottecchia, “The Bricklayer from Friuli” was dropped following three punctures, losing a significant amount of time. Later, Jules Buysse took advantage of the problems of the last rider on his wheel, Joseph Pé, to continue his solitary ride to victory… over 161 kilometres.
5,745 kilometres
At the conclusion of this day spent in the Jura and Alsace mountains, Jules Buysse donned the first Yellow Jersey of the 1926 edition, and the consequences were already imposing for his adversaries. The group of his first pursuers arrived in Mulhouse 13 minutes adrift, but it was even worse for the favourites. Lucien Buysse was at 25 minutes, Bottecchia was at 34 and Luxembourg’s Nicolas Frantz was 50 minutes down from the leader. And it was only the beginning. Two days later, the young Buysse was beaten soundly by his compatriot Gustave van Slembrouck, but the longest Tour in history at 5,745 kilometres, wasn’t finished delivering surprises. In the Pyrenees, the peloton experienced one of its cruellest days on the road from Bayonne to Luchon. This time, it was really the “the convicts of the road” that attacked on the Aubisque, Tourmalet and the Peyresourde in terrible weather conditions. In accordance with family tradition, Lucien Buysse put in a solo attack after 180 kilometres. There were only 143 more to ride. At Luchon, the gaps recorded were enormous and Bottecchia, who wasn’t at his best physically, retired like a large number of the riders. 54 from 76 finished the stage and several took a bus… without paying! The Yellow Jersey was now Lucien’s and he wore it wall the way to the Parc des Princes in Paris. This was the Buysse year.
@ASO

The achievement of a lifetime : Emile Engel


Far behind riders of the stature of Eddy Merckx, Bernard Hinault and Mark Cavendish, in the history of the Tour de France there have been almost three hundred men who only got a fleeting taste of glory. As the countdown to the start of the race on 7 July continues, letour.fr is retracing the steps of 10 champions who clinched a single stage win. Back in 1914, a rising star by the name of Emile Engel claimed the stage to Brest just a few days before being taken out of the race… and just a few weeks before giving his life for France in the Battle of the Marne.

Emile Engel went into the 1914 Tour firing on all cylinders. Just one year earlier, he had finished 10th in his debut. His potential earned him protected rider status in the great Peugeot team led by stars of the calibre of Jean Alavoine, Eugène Christophe, François Faber, Gustave Garrigou, Firmin Lambot, Henri Pélissier and Philippe Thys! 24-year-old Émile stood out as a powerful rouleur and a great sprinter, all in one. His future seemed bright… but fate can be cruel. He had more than his fair share of punctures and bad luck. In 1912, for instance, a crash with a dog cost him the chance to fight for the French national championship, which he was targeting that year. Yet even the rain that drenched the peloton at the start in Cherbourg on 2 July 1914 could not stop Engel from getting his first taste of glory after 405 kilometres and 15 hours on the saddle. He brought his big thighs, elbows and shoulders to bear to win a 14-man sprint in Brest.
Out of the race
It could have been a watershed moment for Emile Engel, but as fate would have it, that stage win became the zenith of his career. The first blow came in Marseille a few stages later. Photo-finish technology was still decades away and race officials were unable to determine who had won the sprint in the velodrome. They therefore decided to hold a semifinal and a final, in which Engel hit the floor due, to a certain extent, to teammate Oscar Egg. The officials did not like the furious tone in which Emile complained and disqualified him right away. Yet the worst was yet to come. The rider from Colombes was sent to the front as a corporal in the 72nd Infantry Regiment. Barely two months after his triumph on the edge of Finistère, Engel was killed in action after receiving a shot in the abdomen during the Battle of the Marne, on 10 September 1914. His older brother, Louis Engel, was lucky enough to survive the war and continue his career until 1920, but he never took part in the Tour de France again. Emile’s victory in Brest remains the family’s most prestigious win.
@ASO
@Foto Presse Sports

Critérium du Dauphiné 2018

Key points:
• 153 riders from 22 teams compose the start list of the 70th Critérium du Dauphiné. Pre-race favourites Vincenzo Nibali, Romain Bardet, Geraint Thomas, Michal Kwiatkowski, Adam Yates, Dan Martin, Marc Soler and Ilnur Zakarin.
• The route includes a 6.6km prologue, a 35-km team time trial and four mountain stages to finish with.
• The first rider to start the prologue will be Johan Le Bon (Vital Concept) at 12.08 and the last on the ramp will be Hugo Houle (Astana) at 14.40.

No pitfall on Valence prologue course
The 70th edition of the Critérium du Dauphiné begins with a 6.6km prologue. The first yellow-blue jersey holder should be an explosive time trialist. In a recent past, the race has started against the clock every second year but it was a “vertical” uphill prologue in Les Gets in 2016 (won by Alberto Contador) and a longer time trial in Lyon in 2014 (won by Chris Froome). The last similar prologue was won by Luke Durbridge in Grenoble in 2012. “Considering the team time trial scheduled in the middle of the race (on Wednesday), it’s interesting on a sporting point of view to begin with a prologue”, explained technical director Gilles Maignan. “The distance shouldn’t generate too big gaps. It’s a flat and rolling course, with few curves and most probably a tail wind on the way back. There’s no pitfall. We expect the race to be won at about 52km/h.” The performances of the GC contenders will be watched carefully on Sunday. “It suits Geraint Thomas but I’m not sure if Vincenzo Nibali and Romain Bardet will be at their ease. They haven’t raced since Liège-Bastogne-Liège and it’s the kind of effort they don’t like very much.”
Romain Bardet: “I’ve come sedond before, I hope to do better”

After making the top 3 of a Monument for the first time with finishing third in Liège-Bastogne-Liège, Romain Bardet took a break, headed to Sierra Nevada for an altitude training camp and went to reconnoitre some of the roads of the Critérium du Dauphiné and the Tour de France. The leader of AG2R-La Mondiale is hungry before his favourite one-week race even though the prologue time trial isn’t his forte. “Whatever happens in a prologue isn’t a reflection of a rider’s state of form”, he warned on the eve of the race. “Even after the team time trial on Wednesday, we won’t have seen anything”, he continued. “But the last four stages will be contested in the mountains, on roads that I’m familiar with and I appreciate a lot. In any case, there will be a strong competition. But I’ve already finished second in the Dauphiné in 2016 and I hope to do better this time.”
Team Sky in an unprecedented situation

Having won the Critérium du Dauphiné five times in the past seven editions (with Bradley Wiggins in 2011 and 2012 and Chris Froome in 2013, 2015 and 2016), Team Sky lines up for the first time since 2011 without their designated leader for the Tour de France. “The Dauphiné is an important race and it’s always important to win”, said sport director Servais Knaven. “It’s a different situation for us this time. We have a few riders able to win the prologue: Geraint Thomas, Michal Kwiatkowski, Gianni Moscon, Jonathan Castroviejo… They all resume racing after a break and a training camp. We have a good team for the team time trial too but it won’t be easy to control the race with all the top mountain finishes suitable for climbers to get a lot of time back. It would be nice to win the Dauphiné with Thomas or Kwiatkowski before the Tour.”
Adaptive sports champions to open the road
Five cyclists from the French federation of sport for people with learning difficulties (FFSA) will ride the course of the prologue in Valence before the riders of the Critérium du Dauphiné: Aurélie Minodier and Jérémy Pereira, both world champions, Léo Collet, Jean-Claude Thievent and Vincent Pomorski. They’re currently gearing up for the world championship of adaptive sports (INAS), scheduled in Paris for July 16-19.
@ASO

2018 La Course by le Tour de France with FDJ : From the lake to the mountains

Key points:
 La Course by le Tour de France will this year be a one stage race between Annecy and Le Grand-Bornand. The first 28 kilometres and final 50 kilometres will be the same used on stage 10 of the men’s race.
 In addition to the race win, a prize for the best climber and most combative rider will be awarded at the arrival. Like in years past, the best riders will battle for the win just a few hours before the Tour de France peloton arrives.
 Twenty teams have been chosen by the organiser, representing the best female cyclists in the world.

Today’s best female riders will race on a stage tailor-made for champions, Tuesday July 17, in edition 5 of La Course by Le Tour de France. As was the case last year with the col d’Izoard serving as the finish line, this will be a mountain race between Annecy and Le Grand-Bornand. However, this year there will be just one stage. The 112.5 kilometres will be anything but a Sunday morning stroll. The Bluffy, Saint-Jean-de-Sixt, Romme and the Colombière climbs will count for the best climber category.

La Course by Le Tour de France will be contested on 78 kilometres of the men’s stage, which will be run the same day, with 28 kilometres between Annecy and Thônes then the final 50 kilometres between Bonneville and Le Grand-Bornand. While the opening kilometres will be picturesque as the peloton riders along the shore of Europe’s purest river, the road will rise in the first 20 kilometres with the col de Bluffy (1.5 km at 5.5%). This could be the first opportunity for a breakaway. Something new this year is the award for the most combative rider of the day that will be rewarded after the race. After passing through Thônes, a category 2 climb will be the next challenge for the peloton with the côte de Saint-Jean-de-Sixt (5.5 km à 4.9 %). La Course by le Tour will then use the same road as the men that heads to the col des Glières, but will continue straight towards Bonneville to arrive in the Arve valley. At this point the peloton will be back on the Tour de France route and will head to the Romme and Colombière climbs, where no doubt, the top climbers will try to attack on the steep slopes of these climbs in the Haute-Savoie. From there it will be a fast downhill run to Le Grand-Bornand, where La Course by Le Tour de France will be decided.

The organisers of La Course by Le Tour de France have selected 20 teams to participate in edition 5:

Ale Cipollini
Astana Women’s Team
Bepink
Boels Dolmans Cycling Team
BTC City Ljubjana
Canyon // SRAM Racing
Cervelo – Bigla Pro Cycling Team
Cylance Pro Cycling
FDJ Nouvelle – Aquitaine Futuroscope
Lotto Soudal Ladies
Mitchelton Scott
Movistar Team Women
Team Sunweb
Team Tibco – Silicon Valley Bank
Team Virtu Cycling
Trek – Drops
UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team
Valcar PBM
Waowdeals Pro Cycling Team
Wiggle High5

@ASO

Critérium du Dauphiné 2018: A generation on the rise

Key points
 The 70th edition of the Critérium du Dauphiné will start with a 6.6 km prologue through the streets of Valence on 3 June. After a long, hard slog on the roads of Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, the adventure will draw to a close in Saint-Gervais Mont-Blanc on 10 June.

 The Alps will separate the men from the boys in the Dauphiné and the Tour de France. A dynamic new generation is heading into the race with solid climbers such as Romain Bardet, Marc Soler, Egan Bernal and Bob Jungels. They could well end up toppling Vincenzo Nibali, a rider who has won all three Grand Tours and remains a powerful force to be reckoned with.

Even the old adage that every season is different can sometimes be wrong. This time of the year usually sees a changing of the guard, as the stars of the winter and spring races give way to a different breed of riders, one that lights the fireworks in the major stage races of the summer calendar. However, this year’s start list tells a different story, heralding a fierce battle among the elite of a generation on the rise that already shone in the early part of the year. Vincenzo Nibali is the only rider older than 30 with a clear shot at victory. The 2014 Tour champion has rarely excelled at the Dauphiné, but his victory in Milan–San Remo served as a good reminder of his ability to surprise. The Italian is right on track in the build-up to his main goal of the season. However, potential rivals have also shone during their preparation for the Tour de France. Movistar is banking on the youthful moxie of Marc Soler, who claimed Paris–Nice back in March, while Team Sky is fielding Geraint Thomas, Tirreno–Adriatico winner Michał Kwiatkowski and the newly crowned champion of the Tour of California, the sensational 21-year-old Egan Bernal.

The most prolific team since the start of the season, Quick-Step Floors, is heading to the Alps with the same ravenous appetite it displayed in Belgium: Flèche Wallonne winner Julian Alaphilippe and 25-year-old Liège–Bastogne–Liège champion Bob Jungels will have an ace or two up their sleeves. Tiesj Benoot, the winner of Strade Bianche and leader of the other Belgian team, Lotto–Soudal, also has cards to play. Romain Bardet, runner-up in Siena, has had the best start to the season of his career so far, including a podium place in Liège–Bastogne–Liège (third). Fortuneo’s standard-holder, Warren Barguil, has been uninspired so far, but last summer more than proved his ability to bounce back into the game. Mitchelton–Scott is pinning its hopes on Adam Yates (fourth in California), whose form often moves in lockstep with that of his brother Simon, currently leading the Giro d’Italia.

22 teams: the main contenders (as of 24 May)
South Africa
Team Dimension Data: Boasson Hagen and Cummings
Germany
Team Sunweb: Bauhaus and Teunissen
Bora-Hansgrohe: Buchmann and Kennaugh
Australia
Mitchelton–Scott: A. Yates
Bahrain
Bahrain-Merida: Nibali and Gasparotto
Belgium
Quick–Step Floors: Alaphilippe and Jungels
Lotto–Soudal: Benoot, De Gendt and Vanendert
Wanty-Groupe Gobert: G. Martin, Backaert and Eiking
Spain
Movistar Team: Soler and Erviti
United States
BMC Racing Team: Caruso and Teuns
EF Education First Drapac p/b Cannondale: Rolland and Moreno
Trek–Segafredo: Skujiņš and Felline
France
AG2R–La Mondiale: Bardet, Latour, Gallopin and Naesen
Groupama-FDJ: Gaudu, Molard and Vichot
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits: Navarro, Simon and Teklehaimanot
Team Fortuneo-Samsic: Barguil and Feillu
Vital Concept Cycling Club: Coquard and Reza
United Kingdom
Team Sky: Thomas, Bernal and Kwiatkowski
United Arab Emirates
UAE Team Emirates: Martin, Byström and Ulissi
Kazakhstan
Astana Pro Team: Bilbao and Valgren
Netherlands
Team LottoNL–Jumbo: Boom, Leezer and Van Emden
Switzerland
Team Katusha-Alpecin: Zakarin and Kišerlovski

Credit:

Amgen Tour of California – letzte Etappe und Rückblick/Stimmen

Zum Abschluss der Amgen Tour of California hat Max Walscheid (Team Sunweb) seinen zweiten Saisonsieg um Haaresbreite verpasst. Im Massensprint der Abschlussetappe über 143 flache Kilometer vor dem California State Capitol Museum in Sacramento unterlag der Heidelberger nur Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors), der seinen dritten Tagessieg in Kalifornien feierte. Dritter wurde der Australier Caleb Ewan (Mitchelton-Scott).
„Ich dachte, ich hätte den Sieg in der Tasche. Fernando dachte auch, ich sei Erster gewesen. Er hatte aber den besseren Tigersprung und war dann im Fotofinish vorn. Es ist natürlich schade, nicht gewonnen zu haben, aber mit dem Ergebnis bin ich trotzdem zufrieden“, so der 24-jährige Walscheid im Ziel, nachdem er zunächst im Glauben des Sieges gejubelt hatte. Anfang Mai hatte er auf der dritten Etappe der Tour de Yorkshire bereits seinen ersten Saisonerfolg gefeiert.
„Auf der Ziellinie dachte ich, ich sei Zweiter. Als man mir dann sagte, ich sei der Sieger, war ich natürlich sehr glücklich“, sagte Gaviria. Marcel Kittel (Katusha-Alpecin) hingegen verlor auf den letzten Metern seine gute Ausgangsposition nach der letzten Kurve und rollte als 17. ins Ziel. „Wir waren zu früh vorn. Man musste natürlich aufgrund der vielen Kurven auf der Schlussrunde vorn fahren um Kraft zu sparen, aber auf der Zielgeraden herrschte starker Gegenwind“, sagte Kittels Anfahrer Rick Zabel im Ziel.

An der Spitze der Gesamtwertung gab es wie erwartet keine Änderungen mehr. Der Kolumbianer Egan Bernal (Sky) sicherte sich seinen ersten WorldTour-Gesamtsieg mit 1:25 Minuten Vorsprung auf Tejay van Garderen (BMC) und 2:14 Minuten vor seinem Landsmann Daniel Martinez (EF-Drapac). „Ich bin sehr glücklich, denn es ist mein erster Gesamtsieg in der WorldTour. Mein Team hat die ganze Woche großartig gearbeitet“, zog Bernal ein positives Fazit der Rennwoche. Neben dem Gesamtsieg nahm der 21-Jährige zwei Etappensiege mit nach Hause.
Mit Neilson Powless (LottoNL-Jumbo), Adam de Vos (Rally Cycling), Mikkel Bjerg (Hagens Berman Axeon) und Jonny Clarke (United Healthcare) hatten sich bereits nach drei Kilometern vier Ausreißer auf den Weg gemacht und zwischenzeitlich einen Vorsprung von 2:15 Minuten auf das Feld herausgefahren. Vier Kilometer vor dem Ende war es um das Quartett allerdings geschehen, bevor Katusha-Alpecin kurz vor der Flamme Rouge das Kommando übernahm. Quick-Step zog allerdings rund 600 Meter vor dem Ziel an den Mannen in Rot vorbei und ermöglichte Gaviria freie Bahn. Walscheid kam von hinten zwar mit der höchsten Endgeschwindigkeit angestürmt, doch die Linie kam für den 1,99-Meter Mann zwei Meter zu früh.
Stimmen zur 13. Amgen Tour of California
Rick Zabel (Katusha-Alpecin)
Zum Etappenfinale: „Nils Politt kam als Erster um die letzte Kurve 900 Meter vor dem Ziel, ich als Zweiter mit Marcel am Hinterrad. Das ist eine super Position, aber Quick-Step hat sich an unserem Hinterrad kaputtgelacht. Sie sind dann mit zehn Stundenkilometern Überschuss vorbeigezogen. Ich konnte die Lücke schließen, aber dann sind sich Marcel und Mark Cavendish ins Gehege gekommen. So waren beide aus der Entscheidung raus.“
Ein Gesamtfazit: „Wir haben nicht umgesetzt, was wir wollten. Wir wollten eigentlich cooler sein, waren aber zu früh dran. Es ist schade, ohne Etappensieg abzureisen, aber wir lassen den Kopf nicht hängen. Wir sind gut drauf und die Eingespieltheit von Quick-Step kriegen wir bis zur Tour auch noch hin.“

Max Walscheid (Team Sunweb)
Zur Etappe: „Normalerweise warte ich mit dem Jubel etwas ab. Ich wollte heute einmal das Vorderrad frei haben, um meinen Sprint durchziehen zu können, das hat super funktioniert. Mit dem Ergebnis bin ich zufrieden und ich kann mich absolut nicht beschweren. Meine Endgeschwindigkeit war ganz gut, ich kam von weit hinten. Die Zielrunde war härter als es aussieht, man musste aus den Kurven hart antreten.“

Ein Gesamtfazit: „Ich hatte hier gehofft, mit den Besten im Sprint mitzuhalten. Ich hatte eine Außenseitenrolle und ich bin froh, das Vertrauen des Teams zurückzuzahlen. Auch auf den schweren Etappen kam ich gut zurecht. Ich werde nie ein Kletterer werden, aber dafür habe ich mich die Woche über ganz gut geschlagen.“

Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors):
Ein Gesamtfazit: „Drei Siege sind sehr gut, vor allem in diesem Sprinterfeld. Natürlich möchte ich auch bei der Tour erfolgreich sein und auf der ersten Etappe das Gelbe Trikot erobern. Das wollen meine Kontrahenten aber auch und es sind noch über 50 Tage bis zur Tour. Da kann noch viel passieren.“

Copyright Deutsches Pressebüro A.S.O.
Sandra Schmitz

Egan Bernal (Team SKY) erobert Gesamtführung bei Amgen Tour of California zurück


SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. (May 18, 2018) – Egan Bernal, Team Sky’s 21-year-old Colombian rider, may have ceded his King of the Mountains lead to Trek-Segafredo’s Toms Skujins (LAT) in today’s mountainous stage, but he regained the overall Amgen Tour of California race lead with a daring solo uphill finish that pulled him +1.25” ahead of BMC Racing Team’s Tejay van Garderen (Tacoma, Wash.), who now sits second overall going into tomorrow’s Sacramento race finale.
Presented by Visit California, Stage 6 was a 122.1-mile trek from Folsom to South Lake Tahoe with seven categorized climbs that began in short order after the riders departed. Bernal, who won Monday’s mountainous Stage 2 atop Gibraltar Road, attacked on today’s penultimate Daggett Summit climb and continued to put time on overall race leader van Garderen, who had ousted Bernal at Wednesday’s time trial.
“Today was a long day, but I felt so good, and the last long climb the team did a really good job,” said Bernal. “They made a really hard pace….After this climb we were like 10km to ride, so I just kept pushing hard, but I’m happy with the result and I’m happy for the team.”
Bernal had nurtured his solo lead to 1.5 minutes on the chase group with 1km to go to the uphill finish line at Heavenly Mountain Resort. Most of the top-10 GC riders were off the front of the main group on the descent before the final climb, including Michelton-SCOTT’s Adam Yates (GBR), Team Sky’s Tao Geoghegan Hart (GBR) and Rally Cycling’s Brandon McNulty (USA), who took second, third and fourth for the stage respectively, as well as Team EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale’s Daniel Martinez (COL), who successfully retained third place in the overall standings. van Garderen placed seventh for the stage.
Bernal also won the TAG Heuer Best Young Rider Jersey for the fifth day. The Breakaway from Cancer® Most Courageous Rider Jersey went to Team EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale’s Lawson Craddock (Austin, Texas).
Stage 6 Podium:
1er Egan Bernal (COL), Team Sky (GBR) 5h30’58”
2er Adam Yates (GBR), Mitchelton-SCOTT (AUS) +1’28”
3er Tao Geoghegan Hart (GBR), Team Sky (GBR) +1’30”

Jersey Winners after Stage 6:
Amgen Race Leader Jersey – Egan Bernal (COL), Team Sky (GBR)
Lexus King of the Mountain (KOM) Jersey – Toms Skujins (LAT), Trek-Segafredo (USA)
Visit California Sprint Jersey – Egan Bernal (COL), Team Sky (GBR)
TAG Heuer Best Young Rider Jersey – Egan Bernal (COL), Team Sky (GBR)
Breakaway from Cancer® Most Courageous Rider Jersey – Lawson Craddock (USA), Team EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale (USA)

Photo credits : Getty Images
Text: ASO Amgen Tour of California