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Jumbo Jets At The Tour de France | The Cycling Racing News Show

October 25, 2019


Welcome to the GCN Racing News Show. Coming up this week, the two biggest races
of the season get underway with the Tour de France and the Giro Rosa, we’ll be talking
about the stages up to Sunday, we also have some retirement announces, while there are
some mixed reports regarding Mark Cavendish’s absence from the Dimension Data Tour de France
team. Before we start, in case you haven’t already
seen, we are very pleased to have launched a new YouTube channel, GCN Racing. There, you will find our racing coverage,
which at the moment includes the Tour de France and Giro Rosa worldwide. You can find a link to that channel on screen
now, so if you haven’t already subscribed, make sure you do so, and also click on the
bell icon so that you are notified each time a new video is uploaded. Don’t worry, there will not be any spoilers
in the thumbnail or title. Right, let’s move on to the Tour de France,
where the Grand Depart took place in cycling mad Belgium. The fans turned out in force, the atmosphere
was electric, and the racing was fast, very fast. On stage one the riders faced 194.5km predominantly
flat kilometres, bar the two early climbs of the Muur van Geraardsbergen and the Bosberg. This opening road stage gave the world’s
best sprinters an opportunity not only to take a stage win, but also to pull on the
coveted Maillot Jaune – and they were all gunning for it. Cue the usual script of an early breakaway,
which actually surprisingly or not depending how you look at it contained CCC’s Greg
Van Avermaet, along with Eritrean national champion Natnael Berhane and Xandro Meurisse
of Wanty Groupe Gobert. After taking the king of the mountains points
on the Muur and going over the Bosberg behind Meurisse, the olympic champion threw the anchor
out and went back to the bunch perhaps thinking of the team time trial to come. The break was caught after and this gave way
to another Cofidis move with Stefane Rosetto going clear, no one was motivated to join
him and he was left alone. The GCN curse hit jacob Fuglsang with At 18km
to go it was actually the first crash of the day. Among the carnage Fuglsang went down hard. You could see the scuffs on his jersey and
shorts but it was the cut on his face that was the most concerning. He didn’t look comfortable at all. Up front and Rossetto was caught with 9.5km
to go, Fuglsang could finally breathe a sigh of relief as he made it back to the bunch. As they headed back into Brussels a big big
crash with 1.5km took Jumbo Visma’s Dylan Gronenewegen out of the sprint equation, and
seemingly, with it, the hopes of Jumbo Visma. That same crash also saw reigning champion
Geraint Thomas hit the deck, but thankfully he wasn’t injured. Max Richeze leading out Viviani left Michael
Matthews in the last position he would want to be on the front with 280 m to go. It was looking all about Sagan until Gronenewegens
team mate Mike Theunissen came through to land the biggest victory of his career and
take the first Dutch yellow jersey for 30 years after a great lead out from team mate
Wout van Aert….. Yup you’ve guessed it folks, Teunissen is
another cyclocross rider having won the World Under 23 title in Kentucky in 2013, ahead
of his now teammate Wout van Aert, who finished 3rd.Cue tweet from van Aert…….As Wout
said, 2019 is definitely a year for the crossers! Stage 2’s 28km team time trial, also around
Brussels, was an opportunity for some of the GC riders to gain an early advantage on their
rivals. Unusually, Team Ineos set off as first team,
a result of the lowly team finishing position in the previous days sprint stage. They of course set the best time, and remained
in the hot seat for most of the day. CCC pushed them close, Sunweb even closer,
and then Deceuninck Quickstep came in just a solitary second behind. But there was one final team, Jumbo Visma. Teunissen could not have asked for a better
team to help him defend the yellow jersey, counting the likes of Tony Martin and Wout
van Aert among his charge. And they, were, flying. Up at the first time check, up at the second,
and by they time they crossed the finish line, they’d carved out a phenomenal 20 second
advantage over Team Ineos, who still haven’t won a team time trial at the Tour de France. Jumbo Visma set a blistering average speed
of 57.2kph, just shy of the record set by Orica Greenedge back in 2013. It meant that Teunissen didn’t just defend
his race lead, he increased it, significantly. The team fill the first 5 spots on GC, with
Teunissen a full 30 seconds ahead of his best placed rival, Gianni Moscon. The dominance of Jumbo Visma becomes clear
when you look at how close the teams were behind them. Just 16 seconds separated Team Ineos in 2nd,
and Bahrain Merida in 9th, so to finish 20 seconds ahead of any of all of them really
is quite something. And it really is a well earnt win – when asked
when they started working towards that victory, their in house aero expert Mathieu Heijboer
responded by saying ‘2015’. They’ve invested a lot into performance,
or at least as much as they can afford – according to the inner ring, just 2-3 years ago they
had the lowest budget in the WorldTour. And it’s clearly paying off, this marks
their 37th win of the season, and only once, back in 2013, have they won more than that,
with 38. I have to say it’s nice to see hard work
and determination pay off. In terms of losers in the Team Time Trial,
there were a few. Whilst most of the GC favourites finished
within a handful of seconds of each other, three had a bit of a nightmare. Movistar’s trio of Quintana, Landa and Valverde
lost over a minute in 17th position, Trek Segafredo and Richie Porte fared even worse,
losing 1 minute 18 seconds, but worst of all, a further second behind, were AG2R and Romain
Bardet. NOT a team noted for the team time trialling
prowess, and hindered by the fact that two of their riders were injured in a crash the
previous day, but nevertheless, that’s a big early blow to the chances of Bardet in
the GC. The race continues today with a 215km road
stage, culminating in a hilly and technical finale that will be very stressful indeed. We’ll have highlights up just as soon as
we can after the stage. What is known as the grand tour of the women’s
pro calendar kicked off with an 18 km team time trial finishing in Castellania Coppi,
the town was renamed in 2019 in commemoration of the Coppi brothers Serse and Fausto who
grew up there. It was a tough course that awaited the riders
with a climb in the middle of the course and a fairly hefty rise to the finish. It was Canyon SRAM who once again showed their
pedigree as a team time trial formation they finishing with a time of 31.41 ahead of Team
BIGLA and CCC-Liv. The teams leader Kasia Niewiadoma who pulled
on the first Maglia Rosa of this years race, but more importantly she would relish the
fact that she took some significant time out of her rivals. Stage one was a typical short punchy Giro
Rosa stage at just 78.3 km starting and finishing in Viu. With the category two climb of the Colle de
Lys early on in the day, we did see some attacks from some of the big names such as Lucinda
Brand and Annemiek Van Vleuten. With a tough twisty technical finish, both
Taylor Wiles and Lucy Kennedy tried their luck on the climb, but it came down to a sprint
with Marianne Vos showing she’s certainly back to her brilliant best after crashing
out of the Women’s Tour in Great Britain last month, she delivered a masterclass in
how to negotiate a technical finish and secured her twenty second Giro stage win. Stage 3 was a deceptive one, with another
summit finish on a 100.1km stage from Sagliano Micca to Piedicavallo. After multiple breakaways were neutralised
Eugenia Bujak got clear, unti Taylor Wiles again went clear with 20km to go catching
and passing the BTC Lubjana rider. Her gap hovered around the minute mark, until
Canyon SRAM moved to the front to control the Americans advantage, as they got her in
their sights it was MItchelton Scotts Lucy Kennedy again who went clear, this time building
what looked like a stage winning advantage with 100 meters to go as they hit the cobble
stones, in fact it looked with 50 meters to go that she had it in the bag despite Marianne
Vos again launching her sprint from the bunch behind, with 50 metres and even 10 metres
to go there was no way you ever thought the Aussie would be denied, but as she put her
hand in the air in victory Vos passed her on the line. Agony and disappointment for the MItchelton
Scott rider, Vos again shows why she is the greatest of all time! Shall we have another look at that? Your heart just goes out to Lucy Kennedy. She was understandably gutted… 7 stages of the race remain, but unfortunately
the Queen stage that was supposed to finish at the top of the Gavia has had to be cancelled
due to a landslide, there is a definite curse on that mountain where cycling is concerned! There are highlights every day through to
Sunday on the GCN Racing Channel. After 16 years as a pro Mark Renshaw announced
this week that it’s time for him to bring down the curtain on his racing career. The 36 year old Aussie turned pro in 2004
for FDJeux.com after a stagiaire slot at the back end of 2003. TroBro Leon in 2006 was his first victory
as a pro at the start of his three years with Credit Agricole. While Renshaw did enjoy success in his own
right during his career, he did very much make a name for himself as the number one
lead out man in the business, teaming up with Mark Cavendish at Team Columbia-HTC in 2009. Repeatedly Renshaw delivered his man perfectly
to the right position, most notably finishing second to Mark Cavendish on the Champs Elysees
at the end of that years Tour de France. As you would expect Renshaw wanted another
crack at being the big fish rather than the pilot, so moved to Rabobank where many expected
him to use that power for himself, despite some wins, the volume of victories didn’t
come and he teamed up again with Cavendish at Omega Pharma-Quickstep in 2014 where Renshaw
took the last (as we go to press) victory of his career at the Tour of Britain, before
heading to Dimension Data with Cav in 2016. It’s a unique job the domestique or lead
out rider, your race finishes when you drop off your leader who then goes on to take the
glory, stand on the podium, stand in front of the media and have that win on their palmares,
but if you watch a modern day sprint and see some sprinters bouncing around like a pinball
when they don’t have a battler like Renshaw fighting for position, it’s a selfless role,
not for the faint hearted, your sprinter has to have total faith that you’ll put them
where they need to be. Cheers Mark, good luck with whatever comes
next…. The announcement from Dimension Data that
Mark Cavendish would not be able to add to his 30 Tour de France stage victories was
met with a mixed response, but from the man himself you could see that he was truly gutted
by his omission, for any pro rider The Tour is the big focus of the year, to be watching
it on the sidelines is not where you want to be in July… There have been some mixed reports from team
owner Doug Ryder who said it was a team decision, while Rolf Aldag claims he wanted Cavendish
there, because he felt he was going better than in 2016, where if you remember he won
4 stages… Oh dear, things are definitely not rosey in
the Dimension Data team. For one young fan called Evan, he was equally
devastated that his idol would not be on his screens this July. When his Mum Louise tweeted how upset he was,
probably the last thing she or he expected was Mark inviting Evan for a ride to cheer
them both up….. I love stuff like that, well done Mark Cavendish. Before we finish, the inner ring has put up
a couple of transfer rumours from l’Equipe newspaper. According to them, Elia Viviani will move
from Deceuninck Quickstep to Team Cofidis, and take lead out man Fabio Sabatini with
him, a move which you’d imagine means that Nacer Bouhanni will be looking for a new home
next year. That also frees up a sprint spot at Deceuninck,
which will apparently be filled by Sam Bennett, who’s currently playing third fiddle to
Peter Sagan and Pascal Ackermann at Bora Hansgrohe. And finally, according to Belgian newspaper
reports, Lawrence Naesen will join up with his brother Oliver at AG2R next year. Right, that’s all for this week, don’t
forget to head over to shop.globalcyclingnetwork.com if you’d like to get your hands on some
of our French themed merchandise for July, and also to subscribe to GCN Racing. Next week we’ll be back with the conclusion
of the Giro Rosa and the rest of the first week of the Tour de France. In the meantime, if you’d like to see the
secrets of speed in a team time trial, Oli took an in depth look in a video that you
can find down here.

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  1. Let's be honest, Theunissen has a background in cyclocross, but hasn't ridden these races for a number of years now. Much less of a CX rider than Van Aert or VDP. But yeah, still a background, so it sort of counts, I guess.

  2. @GCN Don't know whether you find it import, but the name Heijboer could be more accurately pronounced as something like High-bour. Not really correct, but a bit closer anyway. 😉

  3. kinda sad about some GCN Racing content, I'm from the Philippines and some videos aren't available for our country (ex.Le Tour de France 2019 Etap 2 video)

  4. loving this new program, especially the women's races. i would have liked this sort of thing for my daughter when she was learning to cycle at 5 yrs.

  5. Interested to know how many teams ran disc brakes in the TTT. A big push from bike manufacturers to convert triathlon bikes over to disc brakes. Not needed against the clock or in triathlon.

  6. A big "Thank You!" for the no-spoilers commitment! If only other cycling media would do the same on their youtube videos. Even the official Tour de France channel spoiled the Stage 3 result in the thumbnail.

  7. I hate Cav won't be there. He has "panache"! He proved he was a "stand up" guy by riding with that kid, way to go Cav! Marty, great delivery as usual, keep it up GCN!

  8. Most of GCN race channel shows are ’not available in my country’. Based in Sweden. Hm .. please check it out.

  9. What was the point of the barriers where Groenewegen went down? Seems like it could’ve been avoided, there was a lot of road to work with.

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