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Adam Yates promoted to second overall in Tour de France

It seemed the young Brit had been foiled in his attempt to take the white jersey after an inflatable arch falls on him with 1km to go although the race jury later ruled that his advantage should stand

Adam Yates Promoted To Second Overall In Tour De France

Adam Yates1 has been promoted to second overall at the Tour de France2 and now leads the best young rider classification. Yates was seven seconds ahead of a group of overall contenders when an inflatable arch fell on him3 and he crashed heavily with one kilometre to race in the seventh stage to Lac de Payolle on Friday.

Initially, the official results showed his actual finishing time but a later jury decision elevated him to second spot overall, 5-50 behind race leader Greg Van Avermaet (BMC). The race will present the white jersey to Yates in a ceremony on Saturday morning at the start in Pau and he will race the stage in it. The Orica-BikeExchange Brit had attacked over the Col d Aspin to try and gain the white jersey from Frenchman Julian Alaphilippe (Etixx Quick-Step4).

With one kilometre remaining in the 162.5-kilometre stage from L Isle-Jourdain, Yates was seven seconds ahead of the favourites group containing Sky s Chris Froome5 and Alaphilippe. After the crash, he finished 8-15 after the stage winner, Steve Cummings (Dimension Data), and 4-29 behind Froome s group. Blood could be seen coming from a cut on his chin.

>>> Steve Cummings solos to stunning stage seven win6

Race organisation announced immediately that the jury would take the time of the group at three kilometres from the finish. Yates therefore wasn t penalised, but it initially appeared he wouldn t receive the advantage he had worked for as Alaphilippe was presented with the white jersey on the podium. More than two hours later, however, the jury ruled that Yates had passed the three kilometre marker with seven seconds on the Alaphilippe group and awarded him the white jersey.

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Prior to the change in results, Yates had said he was beyond disappointed, adding: There s not much you can do. When it came down on me, I had no time to react.

At the top of the climb, I followed Dan Martin when he attacked. I took risks on the descent to get the white jersey. I had five to seven seconds, but that s it. Yates received four stitches from the crash. He stood up as the peloton arrived, but sat back down.

When he finished the stage, he was treated by a doctor.

I have a cut shoulder, my wrist and knee are banged up, but I m OK, he said with a grin that showed his chin.

I crash a lot on my chin! In San Sebasti n I had eight stitches10, then the time before seven stitches. Quite a lot of crashes on my chin, but I m OK. You get on with it, what can you do.

>>> Five talking points from stage seven11

It appeared that one of the four motors pumping air in to the inflatable arch gave out and led to the collapse.

I had a millisecond to react, but that s not long enough to pull the brakes. The barrier came down and I hit it, he added.

It was good that it was just me on my own. If the peloton was there on a sprint stage, going 70 to 80 kilometres an hour, it would ve been worse.

References

  1. ^ Adam Yates (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  2. ^ Tour de France (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  3. ^ inflatable arch fell on him (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  4. ^ Etixx Quick-Step (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  5. ^ Chris Froome (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  6. ^ >>> Steve Cummings solos to stunning stage seven win (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  7. ^ #TDF2016 (twitter.com)
  8. ^ pic.twitter.com/I9368DclcO (t.co)
  9. ^ July 8, 2016 (twitter.com)
  10. ^ In San Sebasti n I had eight stitches (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  11. ^ >>> Five talking points from stage seven (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)

Bradley Wiggins: If cycling was a video game I would have completed it

Adding one more Olympic gold medal to his collection is all that Bradley Wiggins wants to accomplish in cycling now after a distinguished career

Bradley Wiggins: If Cycling Was A Video Game I Would Have Completed It

Sir Bradley Wiggins1 admits he s achieved pretty much everything he set out for in cycling, comparing his career to a completed computer game. The 35-year-old counts four Olympic gold medals, seven track world titles2, one world time trial title, a Tour de France and the UCI Hour Record3 in his lengthy palmares, but isn t quite satisfied yet. One more Olympic gold medal in Rio this August is all that remains on Wiggins s hit list

I ve kind of done everything, I ve been fortunate to have done everything I wanted to do, he told the Evening Standard4 at the launch of a new 46-mile sportive at RideLondon5.

The hour record had been lingering. I had to do it last summer or not do it at all so I was fortunate to do that here in London.

There s not much left. If cycling was a video game I would have completed it.

As he was growing up in north west London6, cycling was seen as the weirdo sport, according to Wiggins. Now, though, riding around in lycra is commonplace, partly thanks to Wiggins s achievements.

I started racing in the Olympic Park when it was a derelict wasteland. I used to ride across from Kilburn to here and then go home, Wiggins said.

Before I got back I d put my tracksuit bottoms and hoody on to ride into the estate.

I didn t want the other kids to see me in lycra because they d start pelting me with stones.

You were a weirdo then for wearing lyrca but now it s the norm.

How cycling is perceived now is a fantastic thing.

Up to 15,000 people will be able to sign up7 to the RideLondon 46, which takes in some of the same closed roads as the 100-mile event on the same day, July 30.

References

  1. ^ Bradley Wiggins (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  2. ^ seven track world titles (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  3. ^ the UCI Hour Record (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  4. he told the Evening Standard (www.standard.co.uk)
  5. ^ 46-mile sportive at RideLondon (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  6. ^ he was growing up in north west London (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  7. ^ Up to 15,000 people will be able to sign up (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)

Ten times bad weather made bike races even tougher

There’s nothing tougher than a long, hard fought bike race. That is, unless it’s got the added measure of some abhorrent weather conditions thrown in

Ten Times Bad Weather Made Bike Races Even Tougher

Vincenzo Nibali wins stage twenty at the 2013 Giro d’Italia

Whether or not you agree with the likes of Tom Boonen1 and Fabian Cancellara2 that more protocols should be put in place by the UCI to prevent riders having to race in extreme weather conditions, there s no doubt that past battles in the mud, rain and snow have made for some memorable spectacles. Here we take a look at some of the outstanding bad weather racing moments that stood out in our minds, but as always, let us know what we ve missed in the comments section below.

1980 Li ge-Bastogne-Li ge

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There was so much snow at the 1980 edition of Li ge-Bastogne-Li ge that it was dubbed Neige-Bastogne-Neige . But that didn t stop Bernard Hinault, who was willing to sacrifice the feeling in two fingers to win his second La Doyenne.

The Frenchman finished alone, over nine minutes ahead of second place Hennie Kuiper, in a race which saw 110 of the 174 members of the peloton down tools and head to a warm bath by kilometre 70.

1988 Giro d Italia, stage 14

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Andy Hampsten has become synonymous with the gruelling pass over the Gavia on stage 14 of the 1988 Giro d Italia, despite actually coming second to Dutchman Erik Breukink. But it was Hampsten s attack through the blizzard in his Oakley Pilot Eyeshades and bare legs that stood out, as he claimed the maglia rosa which the American kept until the end of the race.

1992 Cl sica San Sebasti n

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It was the worst weather I ve ever race in said winner of the 92 edition of the Cl sica San Sebasti n, Raul Alcala, who rolled in solo in a seemingly endless torrential downpour. The dicey conditions in the Basque Country saw even seasonsed riders likes Miguel Indurain take a tumble on the steep slopes of the course, but the apocalyptic conditions made the 11th edition one of the most memorable.

2001 Paris-Roubaix

Ten Times Bad Weather Made Bike Races Even Tougher

George Hincapie leads the chase in the 2001 Paris-Roubaix Credit: Yuzuru Sunada

There s something about the bad weather and Paris-Roubaix that makes for an iconic image, the mud, the cobbles, the sheer brutality of the race, are all ingredients that make Roubaix so unique. But the adverse weather has never since truly reached the levels it did in 2001, when Servais Knaven rode solo to victory ahead of Johan Museeuw. The riders were barely visible through the mud and grime that covered them by the end of the race, while crashes were at no shortage with the slippery cobbles wreaking havoc.

Ten Times Bad Weather Made Bike Races Even Tougher

Servais Knaven rolls home to victory at the 2001 Roubaix (Yuzuru Sunada)

2010 Giro d Italia, stage seven

Ten Times Bad Weather Made Bike Races Even Tougher

Evans wins on stage seven of the Giro d Italia (Watson)

Winning in the rainbow jersey is special in itself, but winning in the manner Cadel Evans did on stage seven of the 2010 Giro d Italia3 as world champion was certainly an extraordinary moment. Evans raced ahead of Damiano Cunego and Alexander Vinokourov4 from the breakaway group, on a rain-soaked stage that took in two sectors of the white roads of Strade Bianche5.

Vinokourov took back the pink jersey after the stage, with the likes of Ivan Basso and Vincenzo Nibali losing time to the Kazakh in the treacherous conditions, but it was the Australian Evans that took the day s glory on a memorable stage in Tuscany.

Ten Times Bad Weather Made Bike Races Even Tougher

The mud covered breakaway riders on stave seven of the 2010 Giro d Italia (Watson)

2013 Milan-San Remo

Ten Times Bad Weather Made Bike Races Even Tougher

Riders are barely visible through the snow in the early stages of Milan-San Remo (Watson)

The 2013 edition of La Primavera6, sadly for Gerald Ciolek, tends to remembered for the incredibly heavy snow that caused the race to be stopped and restarted later on down the road.

2013 Giro d Italia, stage 20

Ten Times Bad Weather Made Bike Races Even TougherMore from Italy, which is ever reliable for producing inclement weather just when a bike race is on. Vincenzo Nibali battled through the blizzard7 in the maglia rosa to the top of Tre Cime di Lavaredo to seal victory in a foul-weathered 2013 Giro, which had already seen a stage cancelled8 because of the snow.

2013 World Championship Road Race

Ten Times Bad Weather Made Bike Races Even Tougher

It was a wet one in Tuscany in 2013 (Watson)

Like most world championship races, nothing really happened for the first six hours of the 2013 edition, except it rained. It rained hard. So much so all the Brits dropped out before the finale9, and we were left with shots like this of riders navigating their way through floods on the Tuscan circuit.

2014 Tour of Poland, stage one

Ten Times Bad Weather Made Bike Races Even Tougher

The inclement weather saw a number of crashes, as riders had to navigate fallen trees on the Tour of Poland stage one route (Watson)

If you ve ever cycled through a headwind, imagine that expenentially worse and you ll probably have what it felt like to be in the break on stage one of the 2014 Tour of Poland10. Navigating trees in the road probably wasn t in the job description. The extreme wind and rain caused carnage throughout the stage, with a number of riders taking tumbles including a huge crash in the peloton with around 47km to go.

Eventually the stage came back to a sprint, with Ag2r s Yauheni Hutarovich riding to victory.

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2014 Tour de France, stage five

Ten Times Bad Weather Made Bike Races Even Tougher

Vincenzo Nibali powers over the cobbles near Brillon in northern France during stage five of the Tour de France. His bike handling skills over the mud and rain-covered pav helped him place third on the stage and stay in yellow. There s nothing quite like seeing the yellow jersey of the Tour de France power its way cross the slippery, muddy cobbles11 of Paris-Roubaix. But that s what cycling fans were treated to in 2014, as Vincenzo Nibali showed his quality bike handling skils to ride to third place on stage five (won by Lars Boom) and put time into his GC rivals12 Alberto Contador and Alejandro Valverde.

The stage also saw Chris Froome abandon13, prompting questions over whether cobbles should be included14 in the Tour route. Nonetheless, the stage was one of the most captivating of that particular race, so much so that the pav returned in 2015 but with drier conditions.

References

  1. ^ Tom Boonen (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  2. ^ Fabian Cancellara leads calls for change after Tirreno blizzard (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  3. ^ Cadel Evans conquers Tuscan mud, Vinokourov back in pink (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  4. ^ Comment: Have we finally seen the last of Alexandre Vinokourov? (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  5. ^ Watch: The best finishes at Strade Bianche (videos) (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  6. ^ Heavens open at Milan-San Remo (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  7. ^ Vincenzo Nibali wins Giro d Italia stage 20 to close in on overall win (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  8. ^ Giro d Italia stage cancelled due to bad weather for first time in 24 years (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  9. ^ Rui Costa wins men s road race world title (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  10. ^ What s the worst weather you ve cycled in? (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  11. ^ Tour de France 2014 stage five gallery (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  12. ^ Lars Boom wins Tour de France cobbles stage (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  13. ^ Tour de France stage five analysis: Boom!

    Boom shakes the Froome (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)

  14. ^ Quintana to race on cobbles in preparation for the Tour, but should the pav have a place? (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)