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Tour de France: Etixx director Tom Steels analyses Cavendish win
July 11, 2015 (06:15) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
After the 26th Tour de France stage win from Mark Cavendish, Etixx-QuickStep sports director and trainer Tom Steels provided Cyclingnews with expert insight. The former Belgian top sprinter won nine Tour de France stages and is most famous for his bidon-throwing at the 1997 Tour. After the win from Cavendish in the stage from Livarot to Fougres, Steels analysed Cavendishs performance. He explained how the pressure was mounting on the shoulders of Cavendish and how the team prepared for the sprint. He is who he is. Hes one of the top sprinters. He can falter completely but if hes good, like today, then hes still the fastest, Steels said.ADVERTISEMENT Steels said he believes Cavendish was physically capable of dominating the sprint for a few more years although his mental status would be crucial. It was a classy win, Steels said. If I saw how he accelerates today in comparison with a top sprinter like Greipel, of whom we have to admit that hes in top form. We havent seen Greipel in peak form at the Tour before. Mark can go on like this for a couple of years, but its a mental game too. Sprinting is about remaining fresh mentally, Steels said. Physically he can keep up for several years. Its mostly about the pressure. Second place is never enough. If he can cope with that hes capable of sprinting for a few more years. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Cavendish finds reason to smile as he opens Tour de France account
July 11, 2015 (06:15) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
When you win, the world looks a rather different place. Following victory on stage 7 of the Tour de France in Fougres, his first of this race after two unsuccessful sprints, Mark Cavendish (Etixx-QuickStep) found mirth in unexpected places Post-stage press conferences at the Tour are held via a two-way video link, to spare the winner and yellow jersey a long trudge to the press room. From his vantage point in a mobile broadcast unit near the finish line, Cavendish performed a double take at the monitor in front of him at one point during his conference on Friday. "Is there a dude in the press room with socks on? Did I just see someone just in their socks?" Cavendish said, emitting a laugh that would not have been out at all of place in Tom Hulces portrayal of Mozart. "Yeah, there he is with his socks on."ADVERTISEMENT When unravelling the intricacies of a bunch finish, certainly, Cavendish operates on a different plane of understanding than just about everyone else. A reporter wondered what question he would most like to be asked, and it was perhaps telling that the Manxman offered his usual, forensic recap of the days bunch finish by way of response. After opening his sprint too early and fading at both Zeeland on stage 2 and Amiens on stage 5, Cavendish got his lines right on the slightly uphill finishing straight in Fougres, choosing the right time to swap Alexander Kristoffs wheel for that of his former teammate Andr Greipel. He came around Greipel inside the final 150 metres and then held him off for the win. "The last two sprints the team have done good, but Ive just kind of been too anxious, Ive gone too early," Cavendish said. "Thats the thing about the Tour: in another race where you maybe wait, in the Tour you have to hit out. In another race there are maybe one or two guys wholl come around you, in the Tour ten guys will come around you if you hesitate and then you lose the stage. Ive just been a bit over-anxious the last two times and todays been about not being impatient. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Tour de France stage 7 quotes: Joy for Cavendish and Etixx-QuickStep
July 11, 2015 (06:15) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Mark Cavendish sprinted to his 26th Tour de France victory on stage 7, ending a two-year drought. For Etixx-QuickStep it is a third stage win in this year's Tour and comes after a bittersweet stage 6, which was won by Zdenek Stybar but which saw yellow jersey holder Tony Martin crash out with a broken collarbone. Cavendish started his sprint late and came from behind Andr Greipel, who had to settle for second after winning the two previous sprints in the race on stages 2 and 5. Whereas the flat stage revolved mostly around the fight for the yellow jersey, there was a fourth-category climb early on the parcours and Daniel Teklehaimanotgot himself in the break to extend his spell in the polka-dot jersey. After being the race leader on the road but not wearing yellow, Sky's Chris Froome will be back in the maillot jaune tomorrow.ADVERTISEMENT Patrick Lefevre, Etixx-QuickStep manager "Last night it was a mixture of happiness and sorrow. Today, it's only happiness. It's in no way a revenge. Only the media talked about revenge. Mark never had a revenge to take. He was always there. And we always knew we would be around him to support him until Paris." "For Mark, it's also a relief because he felt bad about what happened in Zealand and the criticism he received," Lefevre added,alluding to the events of stage 2, where Cavendish went too early and was called out for allowing Fabian Cancellara to take the yellow jersey instead of Tony Martin thanks to bonus seconds for third. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Froome keeps out of trouble to lead Tour de France in week 1 (The Associated Press)
July 11, 2015 (04:45) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
Staying in front has meant staying out of trouble so far for Chris Froome at the Tour de France. ''Given what happened last year, it was a big goal for me mentally rather than physically to arrive with the attitude that I'm here to ride at the front of the race,'' Froome said after Friday's seventh stage. Mark Cavendish won a sprint finish Friday for his 26th career Tour stage victory - his first since 2013 after also crashing out last year. More...
Cycling: Cavendish takes stage win at Tour de France
July 10, 2015 (21:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
British rider Mark Cavendish won a sprint finish Saturday for the 26th Tour de France stage victory of his career, while countryman Chris Froome retained the overall lead as he bids to win the race for a second time.This time there... More...
Cycling-Cavendish back to winning ways on the Tour (Reuters)
July 10, 2015 (19:15) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
(Writes through with quotes) By Julien Pretot FOUGERES, France, July 10 (Reuters) - Briton Mark Cavendish sprinted to victory in the seventh stage of the Tour de France on Friday for his 26th career win in cycling's greatest race. Cavendish perfectly timed his effort to leapfrog German Andre Greipel (Lotto-Soudal), who finished second after winning two stages this year. Slovakian Peter Sagan finished third. More...
Cavendish wins 7th stage of Tour; Froome keeps overall lead (The Associated Press)
July 10, 2015 (18:30) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
British rider Mark Cavendish won the sun-soaked seventh stage of the Tour de France in a sprint finish on Friday, while countryman Chris Froome retained the overall lead as he bids to win the race for a second time. This time there was no crash near the finish, like the one on Thursday's sixth stage that cost German rider Tony Martin a broken collarbone, forcing him to withdraw while wearing the race leader's yellow jersey. Cavendish, seeking his first Tour stage win since 2013 after crashing out of last year's race, timed his attack to perfection to catch German sprinter Andre Greipel near the line to clinch his 26th career Tour stage win. More...
Cycling-Cavendish wins Tour de France seventh stage (Reuters)
July 10, 2015 (18:30) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
FOUGERES, France, July 10 (Reuters) - Briton Mark Cavendish of Etixx-Quick Step won the seventh stage of the Tour de France, a 190.5-km ride from Livarot on Friday. German Andre Greipel (Lotto-Soudal) took second place ahead of Slovakian Peter Sagan (Tinkoff-Saxo). Briton Chris Froome of Team Sky is the overall leader. (Reporting by Julien Pretot; Editing by Alan Baldwin) More...
Cavendish wins 7th stage of Tour; Froome keeps overall lead
July 10, 2015 (18:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
FOUGERES, France (AP) " British rider Mark Cavendish won the sun-soaked seventh stage of the Tour de France in a sprint finish on Friday, while countryman Chris Froome retained the overall lead as he bids to win the race for a second... More...
Cavendish beaten into third in Amiens sprint
July 09, 2015 (06:15) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Mark Cavendish (Etixx-QuickStep) has been in the sprint game at the Tour de France long enough to know that, regardless of the result, he is always the story of the day after a bunch finish, but that doesnt stop him from railing against the idea every now and then. After being beaten into third place by his former teammate Andr Greipel (Lotto-Soudal) in Amiens on stage 5, for instance, Cavendish would doubtless have preferred to remain cloistered aboard his team bus, instead of addressing to the hefty portion of the Tours media corps who had set up camp outside.ADVERTISEMENT You'd do well to speak to Greipel, hes the guy who won today, Cavendish said at one point, his low voice barely picked up by the microphones that drew tightly around him. I think instead of the news being that I'm beaten again, maybe it should be that Greipel has won. He's a phenomenal sprinter, he's in the green jersey and that's the second stage he won this year. Four times in his Tour career to date " in 2008, 2010, 2011 and 2013 " Cavendish has broken the ice and scored his first win on stage 5, and his Etixx-QuickStep team worked diligently to ensure that he would have another chance to do so on Wednesday, a nervous day, marked by rain and wind. The anticipated sprint duly arrived, but the victory did not. Cavendish opened his effort with 250 metres and came past Alexander Kristoff (Katusha), but was out-stripped in turn by both Greipel and Peter Sagan (Tinkoff-Saxo), and had to settle for third place. It was a bit chaotic. I went around Sagan, then I kicked, he said. I saw Dmare kick and on his right, Kristoff. I went by Dmare and then drag stripped Kristoff, but then Greipel and Sagan just came past me in the end. I didn't feel great in the sprint, but nobody felt good today. I was going ok, they just went fastest. Before Cavendish emerged from the bus, Etixx-QuickStep directeur sportif Brian Holm had told the gathered reporters that the team had erred in having Cavendish commit himself so wholeheartedly during the previous days cobbled stage to Cambrai, which saw his teammate Tony Martin claim victory and move into the maillot jaune. It's hard to say, but we got the yellow jersey. I think the Tour de France is 21 days long and everything you do every day has an effect on the day after and the weeks after, but at the end of the day, that's what it's about, we had the yellow jersey and we were up there yesterday and today, Cavendish said, adding that holding the race lead and riding on behalf of a sprinter were essentially complementary endeavours for his Etixx-QuickStep team. When Cavendish and his old Highroad train were at their pomp, it seemed that he could more or less only be beaten by himself. Every defeat in those years seemed explicable by some error or element of misfortune in the run-in. In Amiens on Wednesday, however, Cavendish acknowledged that Greipel had simply beaten him for speed and strength in the final 150 metres. Today, he beat me. The other day [stage 2 "ed.] it was a mistake we made, we make one mistake in every 500 races we do, Cavendish said. Today I was just beaten. Cavendish would later point out that Matteo Trentin, suffering from a shoulder injury, had been a loss to his Etixx-QuickStep train on the run-in, but he quietly repeated that he was offering no excuses. I actually did a good sprint, but I was just beaten by two other guys, he said. The last time Cavendish went more than five stages into the Tour without opening his account was during his debut in 2007, when he abandoned the race at the end of the first week without notching up a victory. In this most mountainous of Tours, opportunities for the sprinters seem at a premium, and even at this early juncture, Cavendish will be hard-pressed to find the terrain to chalk up the five wins his manager Patrick Lefevere set as a target before the race began. Not especially, Cavendish said defiantly when asked if an early stage win would have been important for his confidence. We have 21 days in the Tour de France. Weve only got seven or eight sprints this year, a couple less, but there's still a few more stages left. And in each one, win or lose, like it or not, Cavendish will be the headline news. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Tour de France 2015 road bike tech
July 06, 2015 (14:15) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
This article originally appeared on BikeRadar As the Tour de France peloton busied itself with this year's first road stage, we were more concerned about the moving cavalcade of bikes that allow the riders to do their jobs. BikeRadar stalked through the line of team buses, dodging harried mechanics, stressed PR folk and nervous pros to bring you the latest Tour tech. Like the TT bikes we snapped on day one of the Tour, the biggest road-bike trend was obvious " GPS dongles and GoPro cameras.ADVERTISEMENT While the GPS units weigh only 20-30g according to one team mechanic, the GoPro setups that at least one rider per team per day has to use weigh considerably more. There's also the grams of drag to consider too, especially on a day that delivered on its promise of crosswinds, splitting the field and reshuffling the standings. There were two GoPro configurations. The Tour organizers were experimenting with live GoPro footage during the neutral rollout. This meant extra batteries and a broadcasting aerial added to the GoPro in order to stream video for some riders like Europcar's Tommy Voeckler who then switched bikes before the actual racing started. The second setup was just the standard GoPro mount, used on 12 bikes. Of the 12 selected riders, some were instructed to turn on their camera with around an hour's racing to go, which could involve some sketchy reaching around in the peloton. GoPro officials put a rear-facing camera on Mark Renshaw's bike, hoping to get good leadout footage of Mark Cavendish winding up for the sprint. (Renshaw did lead Cav out, but Cav jumped too early and ended up fourth on the day.) You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Team boss hits out at Cavendish after finale blip on Tour de France (Reuters)
July 06, 2015 (07:45) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
By Julien Pretot ZEELAND, Netherlands, (Reuters) - Etixx-Quick Step manager Patrick Lefevere hit out at his sprint ace Mark Cavendish after the Britons decision not to hang on in the final meters of the second stage of the Tour de France cost the team the coveted yellow jersey on Sunday. Sensing that he would not win the stage, a 166-km ride from Utrecht, Cavendish eased up before the line and in so doing allowed Fabian Cancellara to claim third place and the four seconds of time bonus that go with it. Had Cavendish finished third or higher, Cancellara would not have won the time bonus and Etixx-Quick Step rider Tony Martin, who was one second ahead of the Swiss after Saturdays opening time trial, would have ended up as the overall leader. More...
Team boss hits out at Cavendish after finale blip on Tour de France (Reuters)
July 05, 2015 (23:15) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
By Julien Pretot ZEELAND, Netherlands, (Reuters) - Etixx-Quick Step manager Patrick Lefevere hit out at his sprint ace Mark Cavendish after the Britons decision not to hang on in the final meters of the second stage of the Tour de France cost the team the coveted yellow jersey on Sunday. Sensing that he would not win the stage, a 166-km ride from Utrecht, Cavendish eased up before the line and in so doing allowed Fabian Cancellara to claim third place and the four seconds of time bonus that go with it. Had Cavendish finished third or higher, Cancellara would not have won the time bonus and Etixx-Quick Step rider Tony Martin, who was one second ahead of the Swiss after Saturdays opening time trial, would have ended up as the overall leader. More...
Cycling-Team boss hits out at Cavendish after finale blip on Tour de France (Reuters)
July 05, 2015 (23:15) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
By Julien Pretot ZEELAND, Netherlands, July 5 (Reuters) - Etixx-Quick Step manager Patrick Lefevere hit out at his sprint ace Mark Cavendish after the Briton's decision not to hang on in the final metres of the second stage of the Tour de France cost the team the coveted yellow jersey on Sunday. Sensing that he would not win the stage, a 166-km ride from Utrecht, Cavendish eased up before the line and in so doing allowed Fabian Cancellara to claim third place and the four seconds of time bonus that go with it. Had Cavendish finished third or higher, Cancellara would not have won the time bonus and Etixx-Quick Step rider Tony Martin, who was one second ahead of the Swiss after Saturday's opening time trial, would have ended up as the overall leader. More...
Cycling-Team boss hits out at Cavendish after finale blip on Tour de France (Reuters)
July 05, 2015 (23:00) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
By Julien Pretot ZEELAND, Netherlands, July 5 (Reuters) - Etixx-Quick Step manager Patrick Lefevere hit out at his sprint ace Mark Cavendish after the Briton's decision not to hang on in the final metres of the second stage of the Tour de France cost the team the coveted yellow jersey on Sunday. Sensing that he would not win the stage, a 166-km ride from Utrecht, Cavendish eased up before the line and in so doing allowed Fabian Cancellara to claim third place and the four seconds of time bonus that go with it. Had Cavendish finished third or higher, Cancellara would not have won the time bonus and Etixx-Quick Step rider Tony Martin, who was one second ahead of the Swiss after Saturday's opening time trial, would have ended up as the overall leader. More...
Tour de France: Cavendish looking to bounce back after Yorkshire nightmare
July 04, 2015 (10:46) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Few riders in the peloton will be happier than Mark Cavendish (Etixx-QuickStep) to be back at the Tour de France. One year ago the prolific Manxman sprinter's bid to claim the maillot jaune on home soil in the opening stage in Harrogate ended with a terrible crash. Now looking for redemption, the 30-year-old says he comes to Utrecht in the same form as last year in Yorkshire. "I missed this race a lot after the crash from last year. It's great to be here in Utrecht for the start of the 2015 Tour de France," Mark Cavendish said at the press conference on the eve of the Tour de France start in the Dutch city. The Manxman sat in the middle of the team and together with time trial specialist Tony Martin he received most attention on Friday afternoon. "I've had this similar run-up to what I had last year before the Tour de France. I was in incredible form last year. I wanted to replicate that coming into this Tour de France so that I would be in the same condition like I was last year. I've been lucky with not being ill, or injured or anything. I'm super happy. I've done everything I can to prepare well for this Tour de France."ADVERTISEMENT Cavendish isn't mourning the absence of Marcel Kittel (Giant-Alpecin), who replaced Cavendish as top sprinter in the 2014 Tour de France, winning won four stages. The Manxman swerved away from the subject of Kittel and talked about his team instead. "There's nearly 200 riders at the start. Take any of them away and it'll increase my chances to win. We're here with Etixx-QuickStep. We've got guys who can win on all 21 stages. We're here with a super team who can win the time trial, the sprints, on the climbs and on the cobbles." A journalist asked him if he was motivated to come level or surpass Bernard Hinault, the legendary French rider who managed to win 28 stages at the Tour de France, ranking second behind Eddy Merckx. For now Cavendish captured 25 stage wins in the Tour de France. "I'm not coming to the Tour de France to beat Hinault. [...] I'd like to add more than one stage. We want to win multiple stages but it doesn't necessarily have to be me. We want a successful Tour de France as a team," Cavendish said. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Cavendish ready to bulk up with more stage wins (Reuters)
July 03, 2015 (17:45) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
By Martyn Herman UTRECHT, Netherlands (Reuters) - Mark Cavendish's daughter thinks he looks skinny but the Manx Missile will be hoping to bulk up on Tour de France stage wins when the 102nd edition of the race begins on Saturday. The 30-year-old Etixx-QuickStep rider is third on the all-time list for stage wins on the Tour with 25, three behind Bernard Hinault and nine shy of the great Eddy Merckx. Talking to reporters in Utrecht on Friday, close to where Saturday's Prologue begins in the historic Dutch city of Utrecht, Cavendish said while he wants to add to his haul he already has a career's worth of wins, many times over. More...
Cycling-Cavendish ready to bulk up with more stage wins (Reuters)
July 03, 2015 (17:45) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
By Martyn Herman UTRECHT, Netherlands, July 3 (Reuters) - Mark Cavendish's daughter thinks he looks skinny but the Manx Missile will be hoping to bulk up on Tour de France stage wins when the 102nd edition of the race begins on Saturday. The 30-year-old Etixx-QuickStep rider is third on the all-time list for stage wins on the Tour with 25, three behind Bernard Hinault and nine shy of the great Eddy Merckx. Talking to reporters in Utrecht on Friday, close to where Saturday's Prologue begins in the historic Dutch city of Utrecht, Cavendish said while he wants to add to his haul he already has a career's worth of wins, many times over. More...
News Shorts: Cavendish more relaxed than last year ahead of Tour de France
July 03, 2015 (13:45) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
On the eve of the Tour de France, Mark Cavendish has claimed he feels more relaxed about things than he did at this stage last year. The Manxman went into last year's Tour with a weight of expectation on his shoulders, racing on home soil at the Yorkshire Grand Dpart with the chance to take the yellow jersey " thus completing his Grand Tour leader's jerseys set - on the opening day into his mother's home town of Harrogate.However, the dreams turned to nightmares as he crashed on the home straight and was forced to abandon the Tour. This year, he does not have the same level of pressure on his shoulders.ADVERTISEMENT "I feel good, very relaxed " obviously it doesn't start with a road race into Harrogate this year," Cavendish said at the teams' presentation in Utrecht on Thursday evening. "I feel a little bit more relaxed than I was then. "The ambience at the Etixx-QuickStep dinner table is incredible. We've got a strong team here for all 21 days and we'll look to win stages throughout." Despite the cruel memories, Cavendish paid tribute to the Yorkshire Grand Dpart and added that he was impressed with the amount of people that have turned out so far in Utrecht. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Gallery: British riders at the Tour de France
July 02, 2015 (13:45) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Despite the rip-roaring success of the Yorkshire Grand Dpart of last years Tour de France, only four British riders were at the start, and only one made it to Paris. 12 months on and the picture looks decidedly different. No fewer than 10 Brits will take to start as the 102nd edition of the Tour de France kicks off in Utrecht on Saturday. Thats a record-equalling figure " the most since 1955. Five of them " Chris Froome, Geraint Thomas, Ian Stannard, Peter Kennaugh, and debutant Luke Rowe " are from Team Sky, whose sole ambition is to put a second yellow jersey on the back of Froome. Stannard and Rowe will shepherd Froome through a Classics-flavoured opening week, while Thomas and Kennaugh will provide supportacross all terrain, including the mountains later in the race.ADVERTISEMENT Elsewhere, Simon Yates gets another start with OricaGreenEdge and will be joined by his brother Adam, who is making his Tour debut. The two are still only 22 and the Australian team has stressed that the ambition will be to gain experience and go for a breakaway stage win rather than launch a concerted GC bid. Alex Dowsett (Movistar) is another rider making his Tour de France debut after illness prevented him from taking to the start line last year. Hell be riding in support of Nairo Quintana and will be of particular help in the team time trial on stage 9. Mark Cavendish (Etixx-QuickStep) is no stranger to the Tour and has racked up 25 career stage wins in the race. After being denied the opportunity to add to that tally last year, hell be as eager as ever across the relatively few sprint stages on this year's route. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...

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