SATURDAY JUNE 26
Soler breaks both arms in first leg
10:14 PM: Spanish cyclist Marc Soler has fractured both arms in the first massive crash in the opening stage of the Tour de France. The 27-year-old Movistar rider was involved in the crash at the front of the pack, more than 40 kilometers from the finish in Landerneau, caused by a spectator along the road. Soler arrived last at the finish line almost 25 minutes after winner Julian Alaphilippe.
An examination at the hospital showed that he suffered fractures in both elbows and in his left forearm. Soler will not start in the second stage on Sunday. This also applies to the German Jasha Sütterlin (Team DSM), the Lithuanian Ignatas Konovalovas (Groupama-FDJ) and the Frenchman Cyril Lemoine (B&B Hotels). Sütterlin was the main victim of the first fall and became the first dropout in the Tour. At the second crash, about 7 kilometers from the finish, a lot of riders went down again.
Swiss Marc Hirschi from Tadej Pogacar’s Emirates team suffered a dislocated shoulder. The team management will decide on Sunday whether 22-year-old Hirschi, last year’s winner of a stage, can continue the Tour. Four-time Tour winner Chris Froome had scans of a painful hip to see if he has broken anything.
The Dutchman Mike Teunissen sustained injuries to the elbow and hip. An investigation showed that the Jumbo-Visma rider did not sustain any fractures.
WEDNESDAY 23 JUNE
Intermarché-Wanty-Groupe Gobert is betting on Danny van Poppel’s sprint victory
8.09 pm: Intermarché-Wanty-Groupe Gobert has made the objectives known. One of them is winning sprints with the Dutchman Danny van Poppel. The formation led by Jean-François Bourlart will ride the Tour for the first time as a WorldTour team.
“We rode a strong Giro and we would like to honor and maintain our status as a WorldTour team,” said the manager. “Every stage is important. We think we can ride a good classification with Louis Meintjes and win sprints with Danny van Poppel. We have a balanced team with tempo riders, sprinters and climbers, who can handle different stages.”
Van Poppel (27) is again taking part in the Tour de France, after participating in 2013 and 2014. “I feel ready to participate in the sprints at the front,” he says. “I have good memories of the Tour. I raced a lot this year and worked on my sprint. I rode a good Tour of Belgium. I will appear at the start in France with confidence.”
Cycling team from Tour with two positive corona tests from riders
2:47 pm Two positive tests for corona of riders in one cycling formation within seven days leads to the exclusion of the entire team from the Tour de France. This has been confirmed by the umbrella organization UCI. The French stage race starts on Saturday in Brest.
Compared to 2020, the rule is slightly less strict. Exclusion then followed after two positive tests within the so-called team bubble, which also includes coaches, managers and caregivers.
Before the start of the race, those involved are tested twice for corona. This is followed by tests on both rest days. In addition, an extra test will be introduced after the fifth stage.
Not one rider tested positive last season. That did happen to the director of the race Christian Prudhomme, who therefore had to leave the Tour for about a week.
TUESDAY 22 JUNE
Fourteen Dutch cyclists to Tour de France
3.34 pm: There are fourteen Dutch cyclists on the start list of the 108th edition of the Tour de France. That is double compared to last year, when only seven Dutchmen started in Nice. Jumbo-Visma and Team DSM have both included three Dutch riders in the team.
Steven Kruijswijk shares the leadership at Jumbo-Visma with Primoz Roglic, the number 2 of last year’s Tour. Robert Gesink and Mike Teunissen, winner of the opening stage in 2019 and wearing the yellow jersey for two days, also ride for the Dutch team. Team DSM sends Cees Bol, Joris Nieuwenhuis and debutant Nils Eekhoff to Brittany.
Bauke Mollema is the leader of Trek-Segafredo, Wilco Kelderman at Bora-hansgrohe and debutant Mathieu van der Poel has that role at Alpecin-Fenix. The all-rounder on the bike, who may want to go for yellow in the opening weekend, does not yet know whether he also wants to finish his first Tour. Van der Poel is aiming for gold in the mountain bike race at the Olympic Games in a few weeks.
At Bora-hansgrohe, Kelderman is joined by debutant Ide Schelling. The brothers Danny and Boy van Poppel ride the Tour together at Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert. Dylan van Baarle (Ineos Grenadiers) and Wout Poels (Bahrain-Victorious) are familiar faces in the Tour.
EF Education-Nippo is the last to present riders for Tour
2:55 PM: EF Education-Nippo was the last of the 23 participating teams to present the selection for the 108th edition of the Tour de France. Colombian climber Rigoberto Urán is the leader of the American team. The 34-year-old Urán finished second in the Tour in 2017, behind Chris Froome.
“We have a very good team and as always I will do my best,” said the Colombian, who is starting his eighth Tour. Last year he finished eighth in the standings. Urán gets help from compatriot Sergio Higuita, Danes Michael Valgren and Magnus Cort, Stefan Bissegger from Switzerland, Portuguese Ruben Guerreiro, American Neilson Powless and Jonas Rutsch from Germany, who, like Bissegger, is making his debut in a Grand Tour.
The Tour starts on Saturday in Brest with a stage over almost 200 kilometers to Landarneau.
‘Eight riders. Eight nationalities. A target.’
11.08 am: Supported by a team of cyclists of eight different nationalities, Slovenian Tadej Pogacar will be on the hunt for his second overall victory in the Tour de France from Saturday. The 22-year-old Slovenian is the leader of Team Emirates. Last year, Pogacar managed to rid his compatriot Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) out of the yellow jersey on the penultimate day of the Tour in the climbing time trial to La Planche des Belles Filles.
The climber recorded a total of three stage victories in the 2020 Tour. Pogacar also won the mountains classification and the white jersey as the best youngster. The Slovenian has already booked a lot of victories this year. He won the Tirreno-Adriatico and the United Arab Emirates and Slovenia rounds. In April, Pogacar won his first classic with Liège-Bastogne-Liège.
The Slovenian will receive help in the Tour from the Pole Rafal Majka (two-time winner of the polka dot jersey), Marc Hirschi from Switzerland, the Portuguese Rui Costa, the Dane Mikkel Bjerg, the Italian Davide Formolo, Vegard Stake Laengen from Norway and the American Brandon McNulty . “Eight riders. Eight nationalities. A team. One goal,” said Team Emirates.
Mollema gets Nibali and Pedersen along in Tour de France
10.44 am: Cyclist Bauke Mollema will aim for a good classification from Saturday in his eleventh Tour de France. The 34-year-old Dutchman starts as the leader of Trek-Segafredo in the Tour de France. “But if it is not possible to achieve a top result, Bauke will adjust his ambition and go for a stage win together with Vincenzo Nibali,” says sports director Steven de Jongh.
The 36-year-old Nibali is participating in the Tour for the ninth time. The Italian arrived in Paris in 2014 in yellow and was also the best in the Giro twice. Mollema’s best result is sixth place in the Tour of 2013. Last year he suffered a complicated fracture in his left wrist after a fall in the thirteenth stage. With that, the season for Mollema, who was thirteenth in the standings, was immediately over.
Mads Pedersen, the 2019 Danish World Champion, is also on the Trek-Segafredo squad. The team also consists of the French riders Julien Bernard and Kenny Elissonde, the Belgians Jasper Stuyven and Edward Theuns, and Toms Skujins from Latvia.
SATURDAY JUNE 19
Qhubeka takes three debutants to Tour in addition to Fabio Aru
2:56 pm: The South African cycling team Qhubeka Assos will go to the Tour de France with the Italian cyclist Fabio Aru as an eye-catcher. The 30-year-old Aru won the Vuelta in 2015 and also finished on the podium twice in the Giro. His best performance in the Tour is fifth place in 2017, the year in which he also won a stage.
The Italian will not come to Brittany next week with ambitions for the classification, but wants to go for a stage win. South African Nicholas Dlamini is one of the three debutants in the Tour team. The 25-year-old Dlamini comes from the training team of Qhubeka, which is a charity that works to help as many Africans as possible to get a bicycle. Qhubeka wants to promote cycling on the continent through the cycling team.
The Belgian Victor Campenaerts will also ride the Tour for the first time at the age of 29. Campenaerts is the holder of the world hour record. The rest of the team, which goes to the Tour without an outspoken leader, consists of American debutant Sean Bennett, Michael Gogl from Austria, Australian Simon Clarke, German Max Walscheid and Sergio Henao from Colombia.
André Greipel can sprint for Israel Start-Up Nation
13:52: Israel Start-Up Nation also announced the squad for the Tour, which starts next Saturday in Brest. The German André Greipel can sprint on behalf of the team.
Four-time Tour winner Chris Froome is the eye-catcher, but not the leader. The 36-year-old Briton has not yet been able to reach his old level due to physical problems and is going along as a road captain. The Canadian Michael Woods is the leader, his compatriot Guillaume Boivin makes his debut in the Tour.
The rest of the squad consists of Irishman Dan Martin, German Rick Zabel, Swiss Reto Hollenstein and Israeli Omer Goldstein.
Lotto-Soudal leaves John Degenkolb at home
1.15 pm: Lotto-Soudal goes to the Tour de France without John Degenkolb. The German rider, winner of a stage in 2018, has not been given a place in the Tour team. “After my crash last year in the first stage, I fully focused on getting revenge. It’s a shame I don’t get the chance to do that,” said the 32-year-old German.
Degenkolb crashed in the first stage of the Tour to Nice last year. He came in outside the time limit and had to go home immediately. His Belgian teammate Philippe Gilbert also crashed in the rain and suffered a broken kneecap.
The 38-year-old Gilbert, the 2012 world champion, is in the Tour team of Lotto Soudal. He is joined by his compatriots Jasper De Buyst, Thomas De Gendt, Tosh Van der Sande and Brent Van Moer, the Australians Caleb Ewan and Harry Sweeny, and the experienced German Roger Kluge.
Lotto Soudal goes for stage victories with Ewan. The 26-year-old Australian recently won two stages in the Giro. He decided to leave the Italian stage race in the eighth stage, to prepare for the Tour. “It is obvious that Caleb is our absolute and rightful leader,” said manager John Lelangue. “I see six or seven stages where sprinters can break up with each other for the stage win.”
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