Critérium du Dauphiné, Tour de Suisse, Tour Divide & Trans Am | The Cycling Race News Show


It’s the GCN Racing News Show! This week, crashes and punctures at the Dauphine,
the start of the Sagan show at the Tour de Suisse, two one day races in Germany and the
Netherlands, and we dip into the world of ultra endurance at the Tour Divide and Trans
Am. The 8 day Criterium du Dauphiné concluded
on Sunday with yet another big win for Team Sky. Their race didn’t get off to the best of
starts with Geraint Thomas’ crash in the opening prologue – Kwiatkowski defended yellow
the following day, but then hit the deck himself on stage 2, losing the jersey to Daryl Impey. Impey’s 3rd place behind Pascal Ackermann,
plus the win the day before, saw him take enough bonus seconds to take the race lead,
and the green jersey, which he’d keep through to the finish on Sunday. It didn’t take long for Sky to reclaim the
jersey, though, with an absolutely dominant display at the 35km team time trial – they
put 37 seconds into specialists BMC, and set an average speed of just under 57.5kph – a
little slower than the record speed set by Orica Greenedge at the 2014 Tour de France,
but given that this was 10km longer, with 2 fewer riders, that was bloomin’ impressive. Then followed 4 consecutive mountain stages
with summit finishes…. Over those, it was basically a case of pass the parcel for Sky – Kwiatkowski passed the
jersey onto Gianni Moscon on stage 4, which was won by Julian Alaphilippe, and then Moscon
passed it to Thomas one day later, on a stage taken by a relieved Dan Martin – that marked
his first win for 16 months. And from there, they just had to defend, something
made all the easier by the continued emergence of Tao Geoghegan Hart as yet another climbing
super talent – the 23 year old showed experience beyond his years and power beyond most of
the rest of the peloton over the final 4 days of racing, and with Thomas on some brilliant
form, even 2 punctures and AG2R sticking the boot in couldn’t stop him from taking the
win – his 2nd huge win in a week long race, after Paris Nice 2 years ago. Pello Bilbao impressed with the only win from
a breakaway on stage 6 – not bad considering he’d just come out of the Giro d’Italia
with a 6th place there – and then we almost had a repeat with Daniel Navarro on the final
day. Unfortunately for him, though, he was caught
and passed by a very determined Adam Yates within sight of the line – Navarro’s only
consolation was that he moved himself into the top 10 on the final GC, which looked like
this: A Brit one two with Thomas 1 minute ahead
of Yates, local hero Romain Bardet and Dan Martin 4th, despite losing two and a half
minutes to Sky in the team time trial. Now, ff you didn’t catch our highlights
of the race, you can find them over on our facebook page dedicated to racing, facebook.com/gcncycling. One of my favourite parts was the 5 second
summaries from the riders – so here’s a couple for you now. Moving on now to the other preparatory race
for the Tour de France, that being the Tour de Suisse. With a week extra between the two, the Tour
de Suisse has attracted a few more of the favourites from July, including Richie Porte,
Nairo Quintana and Mikel Landa. The race opened with a 20km Team Time Trial
– BMC Racing doing what they do best, putting 20 seconds into current World Champions in
the discipline, Team Sunweb, and putting Stefan Kung into yellow in his home race. Now, if you’ve ever wondered what riders
hear through their earpieces during a TTT, here’s your answer, these are the instructions
you get from team time trial coach, and best in the business, Marco Pinotti. The following stage saw a reduced bunch sprint
– the climbs on the circuit a little too much for the likes of Greipel, Demare and Kristoff,
but not for Gaviria or Sagan. The Colombian is naturally full of confidence
after his three stage wins in California, slightly too much confidence perhaps – he
launched his sprint with over 250m to go, giving Peter Sagan plenty of time to get on
his wheel and then come round it. Impressive numbers from Gaviria, though – according
to Velon he hit a max of 1440w and averaged 1200w for the final 22 seconds to the line. The numbers are also impressive for Peter
Sagan – that is his 16th stage win at the Tour de Suisse, and he’s won at least one
stage every year since 2011. You wouldn’t be surprised if that tally
increases either, over the last 7 days of the race. Whilst many of the sprinters are in Switzerland,
some, like Marcel Kittel, are choosing a different route to the Tour de France. He, along with Mark Cavendish, will race the
Tour of Slovenia later this week, but on Sunday he was at the Rund um Koln in Germany. And it didn’t go too well for Kittel – he
looked to be in trouble midway through the race, and then, despite being perfectly positioned
with 200m to go, he could only manage 5th. Apparently he was tired from a training camp
at altitude that finished just before, plus the associated travel, but he’ll surely
be hoping to show some form in Slovenia with the Tour de France now just around the corner. Man of the day, again, though, was Sam Bennett. Showing good legs after his 3 stage wins at
the Giro d’Italia recently, Bennett added the title to the one he won back in 2014. The second big one day race this week was
the Ronde Van Limburg in the Netherlands, where, like Sam Bennett, Mathieu Van Der Poel
backed up his win from 2014, when he was just 19 years old. He, incredibly, outsprinted an in-form Nacer
Bouhanni to the line – there really are no end to that man’s talents. Before we finish with pro racing – there have
been quite a few rumours around and about recently regarding rider transfers too including
a possible move for Caleb Ewan to Lotto Soudal, replacing Greipel, which is interesting. We’ll be discussing all the gossip on the
GCN show tomorrow, so make sure you tune in for that. It’s that time of the show where we look
at something a little bit different – starting with, the Tour Divide. This is an epic 2745 mile route from Banff
in Canada, over the Great Divide Mountain bike route down to New Mexico. It’s a self supported event that appears
to favour the experienced – the average age of the competitors this year is 45, and it’s
also an event where good equipment choice is paramount. Incredibly, 27% of the field are using the
same bike – the Salsa Cutthroat – here’s an example from Adam Lisonbee, who is running
2.2” Maxxis Ikon tyres, a SRAM one by groupset, and a custom frame bag from Broadfork bags,
whilst one of the youngest competitors, Timothy J Erwin, is using this Trek 1120 with a few
modifications including bar end shifters and a brooks saddle. The late, great, Mike Hall holds the current
record, 13 days 22 hours and 51 minutes, set 2 years ago, and there’s a great article
about Mike on the bikepacking.com website if you’d like to take a read. As things stand, 2 days in, we have two leaders
– locked together are Lewis Ciddor and Richard Dunnett, who had covered 542 miles after 2
days and 17 hours, whilst Alexandra Houchin leads the women’s category, with 340 miles
covered in the same time. You can keep track of where everybody is over
on the bikepacking.com website, and we’ll be giving you an update this time next week. Sticking with the ultra endurance world for
a moment, the TransAm is another self supported race, travelling West to East across America,
and now in it’s 5th year. It kicked off on 2nd June, meaning that the
front runners are now about half way across the country. And the front runner currently, is Marcel
Graber, who has ridden 2332 miles, putting him just over 100 miles ahead of Peter Andersen,
whilst Simone Bailey leads the women having covered a little over 1700 miles. Again, you can track all the riders and their
progress on the transambikerace website. OK, that’s it for this week, next week we
have the OVO Women’s Tour, and Emma Pooley is going to be on the ground there, so stay
tuned to the channel for content from around the race, plus we’ve got the rest of the
Tour de Suisse, La Route d’Occitanie – formerly the Route du Sud, where Alejandro Valverde
continues his Tour preparation, plus we’ll be taking a brief look at future greatness
at the U23 Giro d’Italia. See you then. In the meantime, if you want to see what goes
into being the best Team Time Trial squad in the world, I was given the inside view
by BMC at the Vuelta last season, and you can find that here.

33 thoughts on “Critérium du Dauphiné, Tour de Suisse, Tour Divide & Trans Am | The Cycling Race News Show

  1. I’m just wondering how Thomas managed to be so good in the mountains, as he was against pure climbers like Bardet and Adam Yates, I have never seen him climb that well. Maybe that is because ha has always been a domestic. He was actually climbing better than anyone else (except on the last day).

  2. Race Across America starts in a few days too including Team Sea to See which is a 4 bike tandem team with blind stokers. Inspirational story

  3. Where did Marcel Kittel race last Sunday? "Roundoumoucoulm"? That must be a new Spanish sprinter… 😀 😀 😀 Just joking…

  4. Hey Daniel, just wanted to help you with the Tour "d'okitanny" pronunciation. It is pronounced "d'Oc-see-tanny". As always, love the show.

  5. Perfect photo for "there really is no end to that man's talents", or lack there of, in the case of Bouhanni…

  6. “Dan Martin [came] fourth despite losing two and a half minutes to Team Sky in the time trial.” You mean because of losing two and a half minutes in the time trial! If it hadn’t been for that, he’d have been within seconds of yellow.

  7. Hey Dan & GCN – do yourselves a favour and check out Flinnryan on instagram. Extremely funny bloke bringing the Trans Am to the world through insta stories. He had some bike fit issues early but is now back up into 13th or 14th

  8. “A case of pass the parcel for Team Sky” 1:31
    Loooool – unfortunate turn of phrase! that’ll be the last time you get invited for a Team Sly bus tour Dan

  9. I think the guy in Kalamazoo, Michigan who just got 40 years in prison for killing five cyclists while driving high is worthy of a moment or two in your next vid.

  10. TransAm vet here- when are you sending Katherine out for a run at the cross country race? Would love to see her crush the field, no doubt she has what it takes.

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