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Marcel Kittel is the fastest finisher in the 2017 Tour de France, catch-up with the latest stages in EUROTRASH Thursday. Was stage 9 dangerous? - Top Story. In other cycling news: Ilnur Zakarin extends contract, stagiaires for Wanty-Groupe Gobert and Caja Rural-Seguros RGA, Adriano Malori retires and Tour video from Lotto Soudal and Sunweb teams. Tour coffee time!


TOP STORY: Was Stage 9 Dangerous?
It's always nice to receive emails from readers and on Sunday, Charlie Mack asked this very good question about Richie Porte's stage 9 crash:

"While I watched the medics attend to Richie Porte, I had this very disquieting question. "What if Porte had ended up a foot or so closer to the middle of the road?"

The medics were keeping him immobile, as they should. Cars and bikes were able to squeeze by on the left. But if he had landed a foot closer to the middle, everything and everyone behind him would have had to come to a complete stop, leaving only the 6 or so ahead of him to finish the stage. Which leads me to a bigger question - why would the French do something so stupid, with such a potentially huge mess-up, as including this narrow road on this stage? Basically, the TdF people were a foot away from a disaster of epic proportions, all because of bad route decisions."


This is a very important question from Charlie, which I partially agree. Yes, Charlie is correct, it was lucky that Porte was at the side of the road, but I think there was room for passing vehicles as the ambulance they put him in was parked down the road a little and so must have passed. But had the road been narrower or he was in the middle of the road, there would have been a problem.

As to the course; ASO have used the road before, I think in the Dauphiné and the Tour has been there. The problem is that you could say 'why use the cobbles of Paris-Roubaix?' or the descent of the Poggio in San Remo, etc. OK, some roads should never be used, but as a pro rider friend pointed out: 'All the bikes have brakes' and that goes for the sprinters too. Riders will push it to the limit no matter the road and sometimes they get it wrong. But then maybe I'm too 'old school'?

Had it had been worse for Porte, I'm sure there would have been a big outcry, and it seems like something bad has to happen before things change. I'm always reminded of Fabio Casartelli and Wouter Weylandt, lets hope we never see that again.

As it turned out, Richie Porte fractured his clavicle and pelvis in the stage 9 crash and remains in hospital in Chambery. Porte spoke briefly on the crash and his condition to the BMC team.

Richie, it is less than 24 hours after your crash and you are still here in hospital in Chambery. Simply, how do you feel?
"Obviously, I've felt much better than what I do right now. I'm in a fair bit of pain and it's a big disappointment to be honest. I think I was in great form and the team were really strong around me too, so it's disappointing but I think after seeing the crash I'm lucky that I have come away with the injuries I have."

You saw the crash on television. Do you recall how it happened?
"I remember I came into a corner and it wasn't like we were going too fast or anything like that, but I just remember I locked the back wheel up and that was it really. Next thing I was heading for the grass verge on the corner. I stayed conscious the whole time. I remember the whole thing but I must say thank you to the medical staff on the race and the hospital. They have been absolutely fantastic."

You have fractured your clavicle and pelvis. What does this mean for the next days and weeks?
"I don't think I'll be back on my bike for a good while now. I think the team is good with that. They just say to recover, there is no rush to come back. Hopefully, I'll pull the BMC Racing Team jersey on by the end of the year."

You have a lot of support on social media from fans all over the world. Something that helps a little in your recovery?
"I think that's the thing with social media. You see the good and the bad. It's overwhelmingly good. People are so supportive and really do care so I can't say thank you enough to all of those people. It means the world to me so thank you very much."

The Porte crash:




Tour de France 2017
Marcel Kittel (Quick-Step Floors) is in a league of his own at the 104th Tour de France and he doesn’t miss any opportunity to show this. After Liège, Troyes and Nuits-Saint-Georges, the powerful German left an indelible mark also on Stage 10 in Bergerac, a picturesque town on the Dordogne river, which witnessed Marcel’s 13th stage success at the Tour de France, one that catapulted him straight into the history books.

Despite not having Matteo Trentin in his armoury, the injured Italian had to leave the race on Sunday evening after coming outside the time limit in the brutal stage 9, Quick-Step Floors kept on a leash the two-man breakaway which took off early in the day, Julien Vermote’s unrivaled labour ensuring that Elie Gesbert (Fortuneo-Oscaro) and Yoann Offredo (Wanty-Groupe Gobert), never had more than five minutes on their hands, got caught inside the final seven kilometers.

New Zealand National ITT Champion Jack Bauer didn’t hold anything back when it came to bringing the Quick-Step Floors train to the fore, before Zdenek Stybar and Fabio Sabatini stepped in and escorted Kittel into the final kilometer. The experienced Italian lead-out man dropped Marcel with 500 meters to go and the points classification leader patiently waited for his rivals to make the first move in the headwind, before majestically coming out of Dan McLay’s slipstream at 63 km/h and coasting to his fourth victory, ahead of John Degenkolb (Trek-Segafredo) and Dylan Groenewegen (LottoNl-Jumbo).

For the third time in his career, Marcel Kittel has won four stages at a single Tour de France edition, his latest success edging him closer to a maiden triumph in the points classification. With ten days left between Bergerac and Paris, the Quick-Step Floors fast man – who now has more Tour de France victories than the likes of Gino Bartali or Mario Cipollini – holds a commanding 102 point-gap over the closest rival in the green jersey standings.

The overall standings stayed the same.

Race report HERE and Ed Hood at the Roadside HERE.

Bergerac - France - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport - Marcel KITTEL (Germany / Team Quick Step - Floors) - John DEGENKOLB (Germany / Team Trek Segafredo) - Dylan GROENEWEGEN (Netherlands / Team Lotto NL - Jumbo) pictured during the 104th Tour de France 2017 - stage 10 from Périgueux to Bergerac, 178.00 km - foto VK/PN/Cor Vos © 2017

Stage winner and points leader, Marcel Kittel (Quick-Step Floors): "It’s incredible to win four stages at a single edition of the Tour de France and it means a lot for me to achieve this fantastic feat. When I began my career, I was dreaming about becoming a professional, but I never expected something like this. I never race for records, but I must admit that having 13 Tour de France stages to my name is really special. I never felt better, I’m in good condition and all these things give me confidence, and that confidence, together with the team’s hard work and dedication, carried me again to victory. What Julien [Vermote] is doing is absolutely incredible. He’s showing the world how strong he is, physically and mentally. Riding in front of the peloton, keeping the same speed and tightly controlling the escapees, it may look simple, but it isn’t, so hats off to him."

2nd on the stage, John Degenkolb (Trek-Segafredo): "Super hectic, super crazy. I was always focusing, together with Koen (de Kort), to stay on Lotto Soudal's train because they were strong and organized. They did a great job. With 2kms to go I lost good position, and I had to come from very far. Luckily Marcel (Kittel) was also this far back, and out of the last corner I was in his wheel - I think we were position 25 or something. I was just trying to stay on his wheel, trying to hang on. I still have a lot of pain from the crash. On the bike I am the most comfortable, but I still cannot really lift my arm, and during the race I cannot really get bidons or musettes from the side of the road. My teammates have to take it for me because I still cannot put a lot of pressure on the shoulder as there's still a lot of pain. I tried to stay in a good position, but it was super hectic, super nervous. When I was going into the last kilometer, I thought actually that the sprint is already over, but then a small miracle happened that Marcel overtook me on the right side and I could get on his wheel. I had to do a full sprint to just stay in his slipstream, but that gave me the opportunity to get second in the end. Today he was unbeatable, that's for sure,I don't know how to beat him – he is super talented and at the moment just very, very good. Right now, I don't see how anyone can beat him man against man. But this is the Tour, and everything can happen. In the end I was very lucky to have the opportunity to go with Marcel at one kilometer to go. I think if he would not have been in this bad position, then I would not have been able to come to the front anymore. He's just by far the strongest at the moment. I am happy with second; it is my best place so far in this Tour. After all that has happened, this is pretty good, and we still have some more opportunities. It's a good boost of confidence; I am optimistic, my shape is good, and I will fight again tomorrow and the days after. Like I said, the Tour is the Tour, and everything can still happen."

4th on the stage, Rüdi Selig (Bora-Hansgrohe): "I played a little bit of poker today and tried to come from behind. I thought that after the last turn, some of the guys would start their sprint too early. I was on the wheel of Bouhanni before the final corner when Quickstep moved up on the left hand side, Bouhanni tried to block them a little and I lost my speed a little in the turn. I had to accelerate then again, but I think my timing was good. When Kittel came from behind and passed me, he was so fast – he is almost unbeatable."

8th on the stage, Pieter Vanspeybrouck (Wanty-Groupe Gobert): "After the first sprint in which I finished 12th I had a feeling top 10 was possible. I didn't ride a perfect sprint and I knew I could to better. At that moment I told Hilaire (Van der Schueren) I wanted to finish in top 10 in the sprint. In the 10th stage I achieved my goal! Guillaume Van Keirsbulck positioned me perfectly and I didn't catch any wind until 3 kilometers to go. This morning I discovered some corners in the final kilometer. That suits me. I was well positioned in the wheel of Bouhanni and for a moment it was close in the corners. I am a sportsman, of course I want to do better. Tomorrow awaits a new stage, maybe I can gain some more spots. Who knows!"

Danilo Wyss (BMC): "It was a quiet race today with just two guys out in front and the peloton rolling at tempo the whole day. We tried to set new objectives after Richie Porte's crash and I gave it a try in the sprint but it was a bit hectic in the last two turns. I had to brake a little too much especially on the final left hand one. I haven't sprinted in a long time so, it was good to try and to get used to it again as well as keeping the motivation high. We are taking the race day by day and setting new goals as a team so, we will see what happens tomorrow."

Break rider, Yoann Offredo (Wanty-Groupe Gobert): "From kilometer zero I believed in it because I always start with an idea in my mind. I thought it was going to rain, but eventually we had to face headwind. The day after the rest day I hoped there would be seven or eight riders in the break. With only the two of us, it was "mission impossible." But once I accelerated, I turned the knob. It was good to ride in front with the big crowd at the side of the road. But I'm not here to play marionette. I'm getting a bit skeptic because there are no 50 riders who can beat Kittel. And in addition the race is broadcast on TV from kilometer 0 to the finish. I know that the Tour is long and we have to save energy, but we also came here to have fun on the bike."

Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafredo): "In the end it was a quiet day and in that sense could not come at a better time, in the final part of the stage, we went behind, trying not to take any risks. My body hurts after two crashes, a little everywhere. It's normal; we do not have a suit like motorcyclists, it's our own skin that protects us. But at least with the rain, in this case the bruises are smaller. We'll see about tomorrow. With a bit of luck, if it's a day like today I can recover more. I think I still have the legs to do a good race. What happens for the rest of the race does not depend on my head, it is a matter of my body, but luckily [the crash] was not as bad as in 2014, or even last year. If I recover, I'll ride in my way, which is really what I like. This situation perhaps has destroyed my GC chances, but on the other hand, it opens a range of possibilities to do beautiful things. I don't know when, maybe more in the last week."

Tour de France Stage 10 Result:
1. Marcel Kittel (Ger) Quick-Step Floors in 4:01:00
2. John Degenkolb (Ger) Trek-Segafredo
3. Dylan Groenewegen (Ned) LottoNl-Jumbo
4. Rüdiger Selig (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe
5. Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Katusha-Alpecin
6. Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) Cofidis
7. Daniel McLay (GB) Fortuneo-Oscaro
8. Pieter Vanspeybrouck (Bel) Wanty-Groupe Gobert
9. Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bahrain-Merida
10. Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Dimension Data.

Tour de France Overall After Stage 10:
1. Christopher Froome (GB) Sky in 42:27:29
2. Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana at 0:18
3. Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R-La Mondiale at 0:51
4. Rigoberto Uran (Col) Cannondale-Drapac at 0:55
5. Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana at 1:37
6. Daniel Martin (Irl) Quick-Step Floors at 1:44
7. Simon Yates (GB) Orica-Scott at 2:02
8. Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar at 2:13
9. Mikel Landa (Spa) Sky at 3:06
10. George Bennett (NZ) LottoNl-Jumbo at 3:53.

Tour stage 10:

Summary - Stage 10 - Tour de France 2017 por tourdefrance_en


Marcel Kittel of Quick-Step Floors took his fifth stage victory as he out-sprinted Dylan Groenewegen and Edvald Boasson Hagen in Pau. Chris Froome retained the yellow jersey ahead of the first Pyrenean stage to Peyragudes.

180 riders started Stage 11 in Eymet. Marco Marcato (UAE Team Emirates) was the first man out of the bunch right after the flag off. He was soon rejoined by Maciej Bodnar (Bora-Hansgrohe) and Frederik Backaert (Wanty-Groupe Gobert). The leading trio got a maximum advantage of 4.44 at km 44. Sprinters' team Quick-Step Floors, Lotto-Soudal and Katusha set the pace of the peloton and regulated their speed in order to remain about two and half minutes adrift.

It was a long procession on the straight roads of the Landes heading to Pau before tackling the Pyrenees. A crash happened in the feed zone at Labastide-d'Armagnac near the “Chapel of the Cyclists”. It took its toll to the Astana team of GC runner up Fabio Aru as super domestique Dario Cataldo was forced to pull out of the Tour de France with a broken wrist. Critérium du Dauphiné winner Jakob Fuglsang was also involved with an injured wrist while third placed overall Romain Bardet (AG2R-La Mondiale) went down but with no consequence.

With 30km to go, the deficit of the peloton was down to 30 seconds and Bodnar decided to go solo as there were 28km remaining. Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafredo) crashed 22km before the end. His former team-mate from the Tinkoff team forged on as long as he could. The Pole resisted to the return of the peloton until he was swallowed by the sprinters in the last 300 meters. After this cruel ending for the Bora-Hansgrohe rider, Marcel Kittel (Quick-Step Floors) timed it at perfection to claim his fifth stage victory in the 104th Tour de France. This was the 60th stage finish in Pau and the third German victory here. They all happened in years 7: Dietrich Thurau in 1977, Erik Zabel in 1997 and now Kittel.

Stage 11 PEZ race report HERE. And Ed's day 'Roadside'.

Pau - France - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport - Marcel KITTEL (Germany / Team Quick Step - Floors) - Dylan GROENEWEGEN (Netherlands / Team Lotto NL - Jumbo) pictured during the 104th Tour de France 2017 - stage 11 from Eymet to Pau, 203.50 km - foto NV/PN/Cor Vos © 2017

Stage winner and points leader, Marcel Kittel (Quick-Step Floors): "In a sprint it’s like a game of Tetris. In the last days I always got the right gaps, never made a mistake and all the sprinting lines were perfect. Today it wasn’t easy, with 200 kilometers in store and ahead of a tough day in the mountains. Could have been worse with the winds, but the direction wasn’t good for a crosswind. In the final 500 meters, I was in the tenth position and looking for a wheel, so I jumped into Bouhanni’s before moving into the wheel of Matthews. Then I just launched my sprint and that was that. To have so many wins at this Tour de France is incredible and makes me very happy! We have a lot of champions in the team and to have them working for me is a big motivation and huge honor. The boys were outstanding since the start of the Tour, rode their heart out for me and these victories are also for them. We are a great team and I think you could see that on every single stage."

2nd on the stage, Dylan Groenewegen (LottoNl-Jumbo): "Everyone had his part and rode well, we got a long way and I was dropped off in perfect position. I was in Kittel’s wheel, but he's just still a bit stronger. Kittel did just the same, normally somebody loses a little bit of speed, but Kittel did not lose speed. He is the strongest at this moment and we have to hope he once makes a mistake."

3rd on the stage, Edvald Boasson Hagen (Dimension Data): "The team was incredible today. Once again, the lead-out was so good. I just didn't have big enough gears for the sprint. It's frustrating to come so close and not win, especially when the team does such a great job. However, Kittel is clearly very strong. It's a pity we don't have Mark [Cavendish] at the end of our lead-out because the way the guys are working, Mark would definitely have been challenging Kittel here."

8th on the stage, Nacer Bouhanni (Cofidis): "Marcel Kittel wins easily, he comes back from behind as he did on all the other sprints! At 600 meters, Christophe Laporte dropped me about in tenth position, but then I stayed in this place. I did not manage to "jump" to get back on the front. In the final, I cannot make the difference which makes it possible to obtain a better result. Today I was asphyxiated before launching my sprint."

10th on the stage, Danilo Wyss (BMC): "There was a bit of a crosswind so the second part of the stage was a bit stressful, but not as much as I expected. It was quite ok and then it was headwind in the last 20km so we caught the breakaway and went for the sprint. Like yesterday, I had good legs and good feelings. I tried again to sprint. It was a bit hectic with all of the turns but I liked it. It was a bit better for me and I could find my way up the middle. Tenth place, it's ok for me, it's good. We have two hard mountains stages coming now so it's going to be completely different. I think tomorrow is a good day for the breakaway so they could stay away."

11th on the stage, Pieter Vanspeybrouck (Wanty-Groupe Gobert): "Bouhanni was about to catch up with another rider and I had to brake. I could forget the top 10. Guillaume (Van Keirsbulck) protected me very well throughout the day. One of the coming days I want to join the breakaway. Maybe tomorrow, but it promises to be a long day and the explosive stage of Friday will be very heavy. In any case, I still feel good after 11 days of competition."

Break rider and most combative rider, Maciej Bodnar (Bora-Hansgrohe): "I felt I had really good legs today and jumped in the breakaway from the start. The three of us collaborated and thanks to them we all worked together well. When the gap was down to about forty seconds, I decided to go alone and try my chances for a stage win. I was slowing down a little in the last 10km and the wind was a problem, but I still had a bit of a lead on the peloton. In the end it was so close – just a few hundred meters – but what can I do, I tried my best. With 2km to go, the bunch still hadn’t caught me, they were about 200m behind me, and I was starting to think I could do it, but the last 400m were really hard for me. The bunch was going really fast, so that was that – just ten seconds more and I’d have taken it. It was a hard day! In the last 3km we were going at a furious pace – it was like sprinting from every corner."

Break rider, Frederik Backaert (Wanty-Groupe Gobert): "I spoke to Marcato before the stage and therefore I was ideally placed in his wheel when he attacked. Bodnar quickly closed the gap. He made a strong impression underway and took long turns. In the final, Bodnar accelerated just after my long turn. Marcato was sitting back and then it was over. I've been able to show myself again and that's important. A satisfying day as I also take some prize money and we win the team classification again. But I do not understand why no more teams join the breakaway. Their sponsors cannot be satisfied? Enfin, yesterday there were two riders in front, today three: there is an improvement."

Tour de France Stage 11 Result:
1.Marcel Kittel (Ger) Quick-Step Floors in 4:34:27
2. Dylan Groenewegen (Ned) LottoNl-Jumbo
3. Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Dimension Data
4. Michael Matthews (Aus) Sunweb
5. Daniel McLay (GB) Fortuneo-Oscaro
6. Davide Cimolai (Ita) FDJ
7. André Greipel (Ger) Lotto Soudal
8. Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) Cofidis
9. Ben Swift (GB) UAE Team Emirates
10. Danilo Wyss (Swi) BMC.

Tour de France Overall After Stage 11:
1. Christopher Froome (GB) Sky in 47:01:55
2. Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana at 0:18
3. Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R-La Mondiale at 0:51
4. Rigoberto Uran (Col) Cannondale-Drapac at 0:55
5. Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana at 1:37
6. Daniel Martin (Irl) Quick-Step Floors at 1:44
7. Simon Yates (GB) Orica-Scott at 2:02
8. Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar at 2:13
9. Mikel Landa (Spa) Sky at 3:06
10. George Bennett (NZ) LottoNl-Jumbo at 3:53.

Tour stage 11:

Summary - Stage 11 - Tour de France 2017 por tourdefrance_en



Zakarin Signs 2-year Deal with Team KATUSHA ALPECIN
Team KATUSHA ALPECIN has reached an agreement for a two-year contract extension with team leader Ilnur Zakarin. Zakarin, age 27, has ridden since 2015 for the team and this new agreement keeps him in team colors through 2019.

"I am looking forward to two more years with Team KATUSHA ALPECIN,” said Ilnur Zakarin. “Since I became part of the team, I have steadily improved, and I hope to continue to do so in the future. I hope to make myself happy, as well as all the people who work for the team.”

Zakarin is the current Russian time trial champion, repeating his performance from 2013. He has recently raced the Tour of Austria after recovering from the 2017 Giro d’Italia, where he placed 5th on the general classification. Other career highlights include winning stage 17 at the Tour de France 2016 as well stage 11 in the Giro d’Italia 2015. He earned the victory in stage 6 in Paris-Nice 2016 and the overall for the UCI WT Tour de Romandie in 2015.

"We are happy to continue working with Ilnur,” said general manager José Azevedo. “He has shown in this year's Giro d'Italia and many other times that he is one of the most active and best climbers in the world. If he continues to work hard, I am sure he will one day be high up on a podium of a Grand Tour. We will give him the best support possible from the team.”

Zakarin now sets his next goal as the Vuelta a España, which starts in mid-August. His lead-up race will be Tour de Pologne.

Ilnur Zakarin:




Brecht Dhaene Trainee
Wanty-Groupe Gobert has chosen its first trainee for 2017. Brecht Dhaene will join our team from July 29th. Elite-without-contract at Pauwels Sauzen-Vastgoedservice, the 28-year-old puncher already gathered some experience at the Belgian continental level.

Brecht Dhaene (left):
Knokke-Heist - Belgium - wielrennen - cycling - radsport - cyclisme - KEUKELEIRE Jens (BEL) Rider of Orica - Scott Team  for the Belgian National team and DHAENE Brecht pictured during stage 01 of 87th edition of the Baloise Belgium Tour cycling race, with start in Lochristi and finish in Knokke-Heist on May 24, 2017 in Knokke-Heist, Belgium, 24/05/2017 - photo GvG/PN/Cor Vos © 2017



Malori Starts New Chapter in Life
Italian announces retirement from professional cycling at first rest day in 2017 Tour, following exceptional recovery from serious crash in Argentina in 2016.

Supported by Eusebio Unzué and his team-mates racing the Tour de France, Adriano Malori (Movistar Team) announced on Monday his retirement from professional cycling during the Blues' traditional press conference on rest day one of the 'Grande Boucle'. The 29-year-old Italian - an ITT vice world champion in 2015, Giro d'Italia GC leader and stage winner in the Vuelta a España - claimed his biggest victory away from cycling, though, completing a sensational recovery from neurological injuries sustained at a serious crash in the 2016 Tour de San Luis.

"We all knew what happened in Argentina. I've spent two years battling against that dreadful day, and I won, even though it wasn't a complete victory. My goal in life, though - and that's what I've explained to Eusebio - was to do something special in cycling. It won't be possible to do it as a rider, so it will have to be in another day. Today marks the start of 'Adriano Malori 2.0'. I've already spent one month learning some cycling science, trying to work my way in the future as one who can help on that. I'm getting lots of support from the Italian Federation, as well as two friends who are part of this team: Mikel Zabala and Manu Mateo."

"I've given everything to try and become a professional cyclist again, but this year's results have been quite evident. At the Volta ao Alentejo, I only rode 80km. In the Vuelta a Castilla y León, I barely managed to ride 30km. Giving it a try was the only way to know if I was ready or not. I can still ride a bike leisurely, but the racing is not something I can cope with. Still, my recovery has been impressive. And it's not my word, rather than the doctors'. That's the first positive conclusion I draw from this: everyone who suffers from the same injuries I did can now know there's someone like me who got back from his suffering, one who defied all knowledge and beat his illness. It's the most important side of my story. It's about bringing hope to many people, even it I wasn't able to come back as a top rider. As I said during the 'Informe Robinson' documentary we recorded with Movistar+ back in November: if you want to do something, you can. I'll always say that, and that's the message everyone should follow."

"Movistar has been a very beautiful side of my life, not only about the sport I love. I've found magnificent people here, great friends, a true family. I've always have a big place in my heart for this green M. It was a big honor to race with them, and they were so, so supportive in my recovery, cheering on me when I needed it. To everyone at the Movistar Team - riders, staff, support - don't forget you have a nice meal waiting for you in Parma! (laughs)"





New Stagiaires to Make Debut in USA Races
After an unprecedented 23 victories already this season for the Caja-Rural Seguros RGA development team, the elite squad has snapped up three of the brightest young talents in Spanish cycling to ride with the team for the remainder of the season as stagiaires. Gonzalo Serrano, Oscar Pelegri and Manuel Sola will all make the step-up to the professional ranks after impressing throughout the season.

Gonzalo Serrano, prestigious22, comes into the team as one of the hottest prospects in Spanish cycling. The Madrid-born rider recently won the prestigious Spanish Cup race series formerly won by the likes of Alejandro Valverde. He also finished first amateur in the Spanish National Championships in Soria in June.

Sport-science student Sola,25, is the most experienced of the trio and previously had a stint with the Burgos-BH team last year as a stagiaire.

Peligri, 22, will also be making his second appearance as a stagiaire after spending time with the Italian Amore-Vita squad last year. He has continued his progression in 2017 by wearing the leaders jersey for a period in the Vuelta Navarra, one of the biggest under-23 races in Europe.

Serrano and Sola will make their debut at the Tour of Utah and the Colorado Classic while Pelegrí will compete at the Circuito de Getxo and the Tour de Limousin.

Manuel Sola: "To be a stagiaire is a huge prize for me. I am very pleased that the team has valued my hard-work all year and that although I haven't won as much as other guys I have shown myself to be one of the strongest and a real team player. Now my objective is to follow the directions of the team and to be there as a helper to the leaders on the mountain stages. Tour of Utah and the Colorado Classic will be two good opportunities to show what I can do for the team."

Oscar Pelegrí: "I am very happy that the team has trusted in me and given me this opportunity. My approach to my first races in Getxo and Limousin will be both relaxed but also excited . My objective will be very clear - to help the leaders as much as I can. Aside from this I would just like to feel like a member of the team."





Feeding Zone at the Tour de France
Lotto Soudal soigneur Kurt Wouters tells you what's in the musette and how they hand those to the riders!





A hectic and Emotional Finish to Stage 9 for Warren Barguil
There was probably no worse scene (apart from the crashes) than the face of Sunweb's Warren Barguil when he realized he had not won stage 9 of the Tour de France. Here is the team's video from Sunday.







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