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Richie Porte throws his hat in the Tour de France ring as he takes the lead in the Tour de Suisse. Miguel Indurain puts his money on Chris Froome for his fifth Tour win - Top Story. All the results and video from Suisse and the OVO Energy Woman's Tour of Britain. Plus: Dries Devenyns returns in the Dwars door het Hageland, Emile Engel at the Tour, Japanese to ride ToAD'18, Worlds'18 news and 2018 Étape du Tour information. It's all in EUROTRASH Thursday!

TOP STORY: Froome Favorite for Tour, Says Indurain
According to former Tour de France and Giro d'Italia winner, Miguel Indurain, Chris Froome is his favorite to win the 2018 Tour de France. The Spanish multi-Grand Tour winner is one of four riders to have won the Tour de France five-times, along with Jacques Anquetil (1957, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964), Eddy Merckx (1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1974) and Bernard Hinault (1978, 1979, 1981, 1982, 1985). Miguel Indurain won five in a row from 1991 to 1995 and thinks that the Kenyan born rider will join the exclusive club of five-time Tour winners in 2018, adding to his 2013, 2015, 2016 and 2017 victories.

Indurain spoke to Spanish media earlier this week, saying: "He (Chris Froome) has finished the Giro d'Italia in perfect shape and mentally he is above his rivals because of the successes he has on his palmarès. There are five or ten riders that really want to oust him, riders like Tom Dumoulin, Mikel Landa, Nairo Quintana and Romain Bardet are very good and will make the race difficult for Froome."

As to Froome's Salbutamol case, the Spaniard said: "I hope the resolution doesn't take to long and that for good or bad it can be decided soon because that can cause confusion to the rider, who must already be feeling bad. Plus the fans of the sport who don't understand much about the laws and regulations of the world of professional sports."

The bookmakers give Froome odds of 2/1 making him the favorite to pick up his fifth Tour victory.

Will Froome join the five time winner's club?

Tour de Suisse 2018
Stage 3 from Oberstammheim to Gansingen (182.8km) was similar to a Spring Classics with five category 3 climbs all in the final 70 km. A tough sprint finish was expected as the rain continued. Sonny Colbrelli (Bahrain-Merida) took the wet sprint from Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors) and World champion, Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe).

A break of three riders made their move early on, building up a sizable advantage, topping out at 5:30. With the race approaching the categorized climbs of the day, the peloton upped the pace to keep the break in contact. As the first raindrops started to fall, and the break started to fall apart as they fought amongst themselves for the points on the climbs. With 6km remaining, World Champion, Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe), went on the attack. This bold move strung out the peloton and quickly caught the break, and as the final kilometer came into view, the Slovak rider was well placed, with Daniel Oss leading him out.

It wasn't to be a repeat of Sunday's result as Sonny Colbrelli (Bahrain-Merida) took the win ahead of Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors) with Peter Sagan taking 3rd place. Stefan Küng held his overall lead of 3 seconds over his BMC teammates, Greg Van Avermaet and Richie Porte.

Stage 3 in PeloPics.

Stage winner, Sonny Colbrelli (Bahrain-Merida): "It’s a fantastic day. It’s a very important victory for me and for the team. Thanks to my teammates, that did an amazing work in the final. Padun, Gasparotto, the Izagirre brothers, everybody. I went from a long way out in the sprint, a long, long way out so that I could anticipate strong sprinters like Gaviria and Sagan. As I did at Paris-Nice last year. Yesterday I had a bad day and today I wanted to bounce back and I succeeded thanks to my teammates’ help too. I’m really happy."

Overall leader, Stefan Küng (BMC): "I think some teams were caught behind yesterday and that resulted in a bit more nervousness in terms of positioning before the climbs so, it [the race] started as soon as we hit the local laps. But, our team was really up there and chapeau to Michi [Schär] and Dema [De Marchi], they did an amazing job again today. As soon as Dema pulled off just before the climb, we kind of lost track of each other but in the end, we were up there and present. In a nutshell, it was pretty slow, the last climb was pretty fast which made a selection. It was kind of the same story as yesterday. It's hard to say if I can keep the jersey tomorrow. I know the climb to Gstaad but I have never done it as a final climb or really, really fast. What I do know is that I am feeling good and I have the impression that I am getting better from day to day. So, I am looking optimistically towards tomorrow's stage and we will see. For sure, I am enjoying my time in yellow and I am getting used to it."

2nd on the stage, Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors): "Yesterday I started too early, today I waited too much, but ok, this is cycling. The final was very hard with that climb very close to the finish and the rain which complicated matters, but having survived all these hills in these two days feeds my confidence ahead of my Tour de France debut."

3rd on the stage and 5th overall, Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe): "It was another nice race day today and, once again, we all gave it our all. Everybody in the squad worked hard to protect me and position me for the finale. In the final climb, I tried to attack on my own but I was brought back in. However, sometimes, you should also aim at making the race more interesting and providing some more excitement for the spectators. The race isn't over, we have six more stages to try our chances."

Tour de Suisse Stage 3 Result:
1. Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bahrain-Merida in 4:39:51
2. Fernando Gaviria (Col) Quick-Step Floors
3. Peter Sagan (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe
4. Michael Albasini (Swi) Mitchelton-Scott
5. Magnus Cort (Den) Astana
6. Michael Matthews (Aus) Sunweb
7. Enrico Battaglin (Ita) LottoNL-Jumbo
8. Jasper Stuyven (Bel) Trek-Segafredo
9. Diego Ulissi (Ita) UAE Team Emirates
10. Sep Vanmarcke (Bel) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale.

Tour de Suisse Overall After Stage 3:
1. Stefan Küng (Swi) BMC in 8:50:15
2. Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC at 0:03
3. Richie Porte (Aus) BMC
4. Tejay van Garderen (USA) BMC
5. Peter Sagan (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe at 0:16
6. Michael Matthews (Aus) Sunweb at 0:23
7. Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Sunweb
8. Sam Oomen (Ned) Sunweb
9. Gregor Mühlberger (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe at 0:30
10. Enric Mas (Spa) Quick-Step Floors.

Stage 3:

Chris Juul-Jensen (Mitchelton-Scott) took an impressive victory on Stage 4 on Tuesday after attacking away from the day's breakaway to win solo in tough, rainy conditions. Michael Matthews (Sunweb) won the bunch sprint 8 seconds later ahead of Yves Lampaert (Quick-Step Floors), Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) and Monday's stage winner, Sonny Colbrelli (Bahrain-Merida).

After spending all the stage in the breakaway, Juul-Jensen jumped away with Nans Peters (AG2R-La Mondiale) on the final climb of the day with 10 kilometers to go. The 28-year-old showed great determination by attacking solo in the final three kilometers to hold off the peloton to claim his first victory of the season.

Juul-Jensen made it into the six-rider breakaway that formed within the opening kilometers of the 189 kilometer stage. The Dane, along with other five escapees worked together to gain an advantage of over six minutes ahead of the peloton. As the riders entered the final half of the stage, the rain began to pour down and the leader's advantage plummeted down to two minutes.

With 10 kilometers, to go on the final second category climb of the day, the breakaway riders started to believe they had a chance and began to attack one another which saw Juul-Jensen head away with Peters. On the final descent to the finish line, the peloton swept up the other leaders leaving only Juul-Jensen and Peters out front as the weather condition continued to deteriorate further. Peters actually distanced the Mitchelton-Scott rider and with the peloton sat just 20 second behind, it looked like Juul-Jensen's chances were over. However, he continued to fight on to regain contact and shortly after attack Peters with three kilometers to go. As the 28-year-old entered the airfield, it was touch and go if he would be caught or not but he maintained a small distance, enough to claim the victory over the peloton led in by Michael Matthews.

The general classification remains unchanged with Stefan Küng leading by 3 seconds over his BMC teammates; Greg Van Avermaet, Richie Porte, Tejay van Garderen. World Champion, Peter Sagan took fourth spot in the sprint and so swapped his drenched Rainbow Jersey for the black jersey of points leader and is fourth overall at 16 seconds.

Stage 4 in PeloPics.

Gstaad - Swiss - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport - JUUL JENSEN Christopher (DEN) of Mitchelton - Scott pictured during the 82nd Tour de Suisse (2.UWT) stage from Gansingen to Gstaad 189KM - photo VK/PN/Cor Vos © 2018

Stage winner, Chris Juul-Jensen (Mitchelton-Scott): "I'm super happy, we didn't expect to stay away on a day like today but when we had two minutes at the bottom of the climb, then suddenly the break started to believe it was actually possible. I am over the moon. Coming out of a great Giro with Mitchelton-SCOTT, I felt I had good form and when he (Peters) attacked I kept him at a relatively close distance and I could see that he was maybe taking the corners slightly slower then I was. I was closing the gap and decided to make the most of it before it was too late. It was a long three kilometers on the airfield here but it is a fantastic feeling. Especially here, being in Switzerland with the king of Switzerland on the team, I am happy to pull out a good result."

Overall leader, Stefan Küng (BMC): "The rain didn't make it easier but it was quite an easy start and we were surprised as we expected a bigger fight for the breakaway. Then, the race was fast with strong guys out in front. Luckily, we had some help from other teams to chase it down but I think Michi Schär will need a lot of pasta tonight to recover from today's effort. Tomorrow is the first time that we go really into the mountains with a summit finish so it will be difficult for me to defend the jersey but I think up until now we can be happy. I won't let the jersey go without fighting for it. I came as a kid and always looked on ski holidays but I have never ridden tomorrow's climb by bike because I wasn't expecting to be in yellow when we hit this stage so, it is also a little bit of new territory for me but we will see how it goes."

2nd on the stage, Michael Matthews (Sunweb): "Today was a special day regarding the weather. I think we showed a very good performance. Søren and Simon especially did a great job. Today was a lot better day than yesterday. It means that we can look forward to the next days."

3rd on the stage, Yves Lampaert (Quick-Step Floors): "The stage was very hard and the tempo was really high on the climb, but that wasn't enough to bring back the breakaway, which was strong. The plan at the start of the day was to work for Fernando, but after he got dropped on the ascent I got the chance to sprint, so I grabbed it with both hands and I am happy for having done such a good sprint with so many important names in the mix."

4th on the stage and points leader, Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe): "This stage was already hard by itself and the pouring rain made it even trickier. I felt in good form on the climb and I had strong legs but Juul-Jensen played his cards well and was able to stay in front of the peloton and win. I'd like to thank again all my teammates, they have been doing an amazing job so far and I now have the points jersey thanks to them."

Enrico Gasparotto (Bahrain-Merida): "We were hoping for a 'Sonny' day again. There were just few dry sections at todays parcours. The breakaway gained to much time with such superstrong riders like Chris Juul-Jensen who came from the Giro with still strong legs. At the top of the climb I decided to pull a little bit because a lot of sprinters were dropped and we tried to chase. We played our cards but Jensen was the strongest today."

Tour de Suisse Stage 4 Result:
1. Christopher Juul-Jensen (Den) Mitchelton-Scott in 4:35:56
2. Michael Matthews (Aus) Sunweb at 0:08
3. Yves Lampaert (Bel) Quick-Step Floors
4. Peter Sagan (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe
5. Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bahrain-Merida
6. Magnus Cort (Den) Astana
7. Enrico Battaglin (Ita) LottoNL-Jumbo
8. Michael Albasini (Swi) Mitchelton-Scott
9. Bjorg Lambrecht (Bel) Lotto Soudal
10. José Gonçalves (Por) Katusha-Alpecin.

Tour de Suisse Overall After Stage 4:
1. Stefan Küng (Swi) BMC in 13:26:19
2. Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC at 0:03
3. Richie Porte (Aus) BMC
4. Tejay van Garderen (USA) BMC
5. Peter Sagan (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe at 0:16
6. Michael Matthews (Aus) Sunweb at 0:17
7. Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Sunweb at 0:23
8. Sam Oomen (Ned) Sunweb
9. Gregor Mühlberger (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe at 0:30
10. Enric Mas (Spa) Quick-Step Floors.

Stage 4:

Diego Ulissi (UAE Team Emirates) took control of Stage 5 on Wednesday, winning on the uphill finish in Leukerbad ahead of a small group of 15 riders. From 300 meters out, he sprinted for his 30th win of his career and his first in 2018. Enric Mas (Quick-Step Floors) placed second and Tom-Jelte Slagter (Dimension Data) third. Richie Porte took the overall lead from BMC teammate Stefan Küng and now has 20 seconds over Wilco Kelderman and Sam Oomen (both Sunweb).

The 5th stage of the Tour de Suisse saw the first mountain top finish and so it was expected to be the first GC shakedown of the race. A fast start to the 159km stage saw it take over an hour before the break of the day formed and when it did, the peloton did not give the 6 leaders much breathing space.

On the penultimate climb of stage, the break splintered in trying to keep its advantage over the peloton, which was being led by BMC and Astana. Arriving at the final climb, a lone leader had just a minute on the chasing pack and then the attacks started. BMC kept control of proceedings by setting a high tempo at the bottom of the climb, this also saw riders getting dropped one by one from the main group. With 4km to go, the main group was down to just 30 riders. As the early leaders were caught on the climb, Lilian Calmejane (Direct-Energie) and Mikel Landa (Movistar) both launched attacks of their own on the climb to the finish in Leukerbad. Landa was looking good for the stage by leading the race under the 1km to go banner but the race favorites timed their effort to perfection, making the catch in the final 200m meters with Ulissi going on to take the win.

More from stage 5 HERE.

Stage winner and 8th overall,Diego Ulissi (UAE Team Emirates): "Today’s win carries much weight, the Tour de Suisse is a prestigious race and it makes me proud to win here. I was able to come out of the Giro d’Italia with good condition, I remained concentrated knowing that in Switzerland I’d have stages suited to my characteristics. The stage today was one of those, and I pulled it off. The race was hard, in the end, I was worried about not catching Mikel Landa, who shot out quite early, but luckily, I closed in on him and kept my speed. I’m going to try to keep fighting all the way through the end of the Tour de Suisse given that on the climbs I feel good and in the time trial I can defend myself."

8th on the stage and Overall leader, Richie Porte (BMC): "The team was absolutely superb. They were fantastic all day. It was a hectic start and we covered the first 100km super quick and I don't think it was an easy day for anyone. It may not have looked really hard in the final there but we went hard. All of the guys did their part today and I am so happy to have the jersey and keep it in the team. I think when you have such a hard start it's not easy to get going and it wasn't an easy day. So, let's see what the peloton has in store for us tomorrow. I didn't expect it to be as hard at the start. We knew it would be difficult but we got to the top and guys were still attacking. Then, we were then going absolutely full gas down into the valley. I think full credit to our team. They controlled it well. I think I have pretty good form and I think the proper mountain stages will suit me better than today and maybe even tomorrow but I am just happy to be back racing and to have good form. It wasn't a simple day but this jersey is all credit to my team today. It's our DS Fabio Baldato's 50th birthday today so delivering another jersey was the big plan today."

3rd on the stage, Tom-Jelte Slagter (Dimension Data): "Today was a good day for us. I am really happy with the result and how it went today. The last few days we hadn't got a good result yet, we spoke about that and we wanted to do better, we knew we could do better. Today we started on the offensive and wanted to be in the race from kilometer zero. Everyone was very motivated to do our very best and the team rode really well. We covered some breaks from the start. In the end on the last 2 climbs I did everything I could to hang on because I knew the finish would be nice for me. I am really happy with my own performance and how my legs were and thankful to the team, for being that motivated and helping to get this result. Hopefully we can move forward with this same motivation and momentum to our next objectives."

Ex-overall leader, Stefan Küng (BMC): "We expected a fast start and it was quite ok for us because in the end, a lot of riders kind of killed themselves and it was a good breakaway for us with no riders who were really dangerous in there. We started to pick up the pace and a rider hit my back wheel at the beginning of the Montana climb so I had to wait for the car to get a wheel so I had to close that one minute gap, which for sure cost me a lot of energy which maybe I was missing in the end. So, that was a bit unfortunate. I didn't know the final climb and after I dropped off it started to flatten out a little bit. I didn't expect to be wearing the yellow jersey coming into this stage so I wasn't as prepared as you are when you are going for the GC and things like punctures you can't afford if you are not a pure climber. I have to be happy with four days in the yellow jersey. Now, Richie is in yellow so we will try to do our best to help him win this race."

Tour de Suisse Stage 5 Result:
1. Diego Ulissi (Ita) UAE Team Emirates in 3:37:31
2. Enric Mas (Spa) Quick-Step Floors
3. Tom-Jelte Slagter (Ned) Dimension Data
4. Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Sunweb
5. Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek-Segafredo
6. Simon Spilak (Slo) Katusha-Alpecin
7. Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar
8. Richie Porte (Aus) BMC
9. Sam Oomen (Ned) Sunweb
10. Bjorg Lambrecht (Bel) Lotto Soudal.

Tour de Suisse Overall After Stage 5:
1. Richie Porte (Aus) BMC in 17:03:53
2. Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Sunweb at 0:20
3. Sam Oomen (Ned) Sunweb
4. Enric Mas (Spa) Quick-Step Floors at 0:21
5. Jack Haig (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott at 0:29
6. Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar at 0:33
7. Ion Izagirre (Spa) Bahrain-Merida at 0:36
8. Diego Ulissi (Ita) UAE Team Emirates at 0:40
9. Simon Spilak (Slo) Katusha-Alpecin at 0:46
10. Mikel Landa (Spa) Movistar at 0:47.

Stage 5:

OVO Energy Women's Tour 2018
Jolien D’hoore opened up her 2018 OVO Energy Women’s Tour just as she left off in London in 2017 by sprinting to victory at the head of a world-class field in Southwold, Suffolk on Wednesday's Stage 1.

The Mitchelton-SCOTT rider headed to victory at the seafront finish ahead of former World Champion Marta Bastianelli (Alé-Cipollini) and Coryn Rivera (Sunweb) to pull on the first OVO Energy Green Jersey of the 2018 race.

D’hoore, who broke her collarbone three weeks ago, was given a perfect lead out by her team-mates out of the final corner with 340 meters to go to take her third win in the race, following victories at Clacton (2015) and London (2017).

"Even before today’s stage I wasn’t sure where I was at with my form," said D’hoore. "But the team had 100% trust in me and they gave me a perfect lead out going into the finish. It’s really great to start with a win, the pressure is off now."

"The stage was pretty flat and everyone knew that it was going to come down to a sprint, but it got pretty nervous and hectic going into the final and thankfully I was in a really good position on the last corner.

"I started my sprint a little early but managed to hold on and it worked out really well in the end. We had a plan going into the stage and we struck to it perfectly. The finish was quite tricky going into the wind and slightly uphill, but it couldn’t have gone any better."

D’hoore also takes the Breast Cancer Care Points jersey thanks to her win, while the Boels-Dolmans team claimed both the SKODA Queen of the Mountains jersey with Christine Majerus and Eisberg Sprints jersey through Amy Pieters. WaowDeals Pro Cycling’s Dani Rowe finished the stage as the top Brit overall in fifth and so took the Adnams Best British Rider jersey, in the hometown of the Suffolk brewer.

Mitchelton Scott team manager Martin Vestby described the opening day as the "perfect start." He added: "It’s a true team victory today and everyone was involved. We will do our best to hold onto the green jersey tomorrow, but it is a completely different stage with lots of climbing and for sure it will be tough."

OVO Energy Women's Tour Stage 1 Result:
1. Jolien D'Hoore (Bel) Mitchelton-Scott in 3:14:39
2. Marta Bastianelli (Ita) Ale-Cipollini
3. Coryn Rivera (USA) Sunweb
4. Giorgia Bronzini (Ita) Cylance Pro Cycling
5. Amalie Dideriksen (Den) Boels-Dolmans
6. Marianne Vos (Ned) Waowdeals Pro Cycling
7. Roxane Fournier (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope
8. Kirsten Wild (Ned) Wiggle-High5
9. Hannah Barnes (GB) Canyon-SRAM
10. Barbara Guarischi (Ita) Team Virtu Cycling.

OVO Energy Women's Tour Overall After Stage 1:
1. Jolien D'Hoore (Bel) Mitchelton-Scott in 3:14:29
2. Coryn Rivera (USA) Sunweb at 0:02
3. Marta Bastianelli (Ita) Ale-Cipollini at 0:04
4. Amy Pieters (Ned) Boels-Dolmans at 0:05
5. Danielle Rowe (GB) Waowdeals Pro Cycling at 0:08
6. Chloe Hosking (Aus) Ale-Cipollini at 0:09
7. Giorgia Bronzini (Ita) Cylance Pro Cycling at 0:10
8. Amalie Dideriksen (Den) Boels-Dolmans
9. Marianne Vos (Ned) Waowdeals Pro Cycling
10. Roxane Fournier (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope.

#InsideValcar - OVO Energy Women’s Tour 2018 (1ºstage)

Quick-Step Floors Cycling Team to Dwars door het Hageland
Dries Devenyns will make his return to competition after more than three months.

On March 11, Dries Devenyns decided together with the Quick-Step Floors medical staff to not start the final stage of Paris-Nice due to lower back pain radiating to his right leg, the MRI he underwent one day later revealing a disc herniation with compression which required surgery.

After spending one month off the bike and following a rehabilitation program, which kept him out of several one-day and stage races, the 34-year-old Belgian is now ready to pin a number again for what he hopes to be a solid second half of the season, which he’ll kick off at the 15th edition of Dwars door het Hageland (June 15).

“It has been a long time since my last race, over three months. After I had surgery I did nothing, apart from walking around in the first four weeks. Then, another four weeks followed with a lot of core stability training and low intensity training on the bike. I’ve had a few good weeks of training and that is where I am now. I have no idea how my condition is. The sensation is good in training and I have been able to do a good work load but I am missing the race speed.”

Dries, who before the injury had posted nine top 10 placings this season, including an impressive fifth overall at the Tour Down Under, revealed his program for the upcoming weeks: “I am really happy to come back to racing. I will do Hageland, Brugge and Halle-Ingooigem, which will hopefully ease me nicely into racing again. I hope I can find the rhythm and get strong enough to help my team at the National Championships, next week. After that follows a long period of training in Livigno where I hope to catch up on the level I had before the injury.”

Alvaro Hodeg and Fabio Jakobsen – two neo-pros who shone brightly this season – Davide Martinelli, Florian Sénéchal, Pieter Serry and Elia Viviani, who’s making his first appearance since claiming four memorable stage victories and the famed cyclamen jersey at the Giro d’Italia, will also be on Quick-Step Floors’ roster for the 197.8km-long race which starts from Aarschot and finishes in Diest after taking the riders over a demanding course that includes several hills and pavé sectors.

15.06 Dwars door het Hageland - Aarschot (BEL) 1.1

Dries Devenyns (BEL), Alvaro Jose Hodeg Chagui (COL), Fabio Jakobsen (NED), Davide Martinelli (ITA), Florian Sénéchal (FRA), Pieter Serry (BEL), Elia Viviani (ITA).
Sports Director: Geert Van Bondt (BEL).

Length 197.8 km
Start 13:15
Finish 18:30

The Achievement of a Lifetime: Emile Engel
Far behind riders of the stature of Eddy Merckx, Bernard Hinault and Mark Cavendish, in the history of the Tour de France there have been almost three hundred men who only got a fleeting taste of glory. As the countdown to the start of the race on 7 July continues, is retracing the steps of 10 champions who clinched a single stage win. Back in 1914, a rising star by the name of Emile Engel claimed the stage to Brest just a few days before being taken out of the race… and just a few weeks before giving his life for France in the Battle of the Marne.

Emile Engel went into the 1914 Tour firing on all cylinders. Just one year earlier, he had finished 10th in his debut. His potential earned him protected rider status in the great Peugeot team led by stars of the calibre of Jean Alavoine, Eugène Christophe, François Faber, Gustave Garrigou, Firmin Lambot, Henri Pélissier and Philippe Thys! 24-year-old Émile stood out as a powerful rouleur and a great sprinter, all in one. His future seemed bright… but fate can be cruel. He had more than his fair share of punctures and bad luck. In 1912, for instance, a crash with a dog cost him the chance to fight for the French national championship, which he was targeting that year. Yet even the rain that drenched the peloton at the start in Cherbourg on 2 July 1914 could not stop Engel from getting his first taste of glory after 405 kilometers and 15 hours on the saddle. He brought his big thighs, elbows and shoulders to bear to win a 14-man sprint in Brest.

Out of the race
It could have been a watershed moment for Emile Engel, but as fate would have it, that stage win became the zenith of his career. The first blow came in Marseille a few stages later. Photo-finish technology was still decades away and race officials were unable to determine who had won the sprint in the velodrome. They therefore decided to hold a semifinal and a final, in which Engel hit the floor due, to a certain extent, to teammate Oscar Egg. The officials did not like the furious tone in which Emile complained and disqualified him right away. Yet the worst was yet to come. The rider from Colombes was sent to the front as a corporal in the 72nd Infantry Regiment. Barely two months after his triumph on the edge of Finistère, Engel was killed in action after receiving a shot in the abdomen during the Battle of the Marne, on 10 September 1914. His older brother, Louis Engel, was lucky enough to survive the war and continue his career until 1920, but he never took part in the Tour de France again. Emile's victory in Brest remains the family's most prestigious win.

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Japanese Cycling Federation Sends Team to Race in Milwaukee
Tour of America’s Dairyland presented by Kwik Trip gains in international prestige with racers from more than a dozen countries arriving in Milwaukee next week.

A team of Japan’s best cyclists will make the 10th edition of Tour of America’s Dairyland (ToAD) presented by Kwik Trip its only U.S stop this year as they start final preparation toward the 2018 Asian games. This will be the first visit to Wisconsin for the nine team members, as well as their coaching staff. ToAD, the U.S.’s largest multi-day bike racing series, features criterium-style bike races daily in 11 different Wisconsin communities from Thursday, June 21 through Sunday, July 1.

Racers from more than a dozen countries, including Germany, France, Australia and New Zealand, start to arrive in Milwaukee next week. They’ll join cyclists from more than 40 U.S. states. The Japan Cycling Federation (JCF) team includes six men and three women. Most are World Cup and Asian Championship medalists who competed at the 2018 World Championships. The team includes two men that compete professionally for Team Bridgestone.

“ToAD is an event that many athletes have spoken to me about as part of a strong North American circuit. The level of competition each year seems to be getting higher and higher and we’re hoping to find a really tough series,” said Ian Melvin, Track Endurance Coach with the Japanese Olympic Committee. “ToAD offers a fantastic opportunity to get a big block of back to back high-level race days. Our number one goal is to work hard every day. Results are nice but this is the start of our final preparation towards the 2018 Asian games in August.”

The JCF team will stay at Marquette University, a ToAD housing partner. Besides the ToAD races, the team’s schedule includes supplemental road training and strength and conditioning sessions. “So, it’ll be a tough two weeks for our riders. If ToAD proves to be as good as an investment as I’m hoping, we’ll be back next year and then hopefully can expand our U.S. riding calendar,” Melvin added.

“Attracting international teams and riders of the caliber of Japan Cycling Federation is a testament to the global reputation ToAD and southeastern Wisconsin have earned as a destination for world-class cycling and bike racing,” said ToAD Executive Director Bill Koch. “Overall, participant registration for ToAD is up substantially for 2018, and together with our host cities, we’re ready to welcome thousands of racers and spectators each day.”

This year cyclists will race in Kenosha, East Troy, Grafton, Waukesha, West Bend, Janesville, Port Washington, Shorewood, Bay View, Downer Avenue on Milwaukee’s East Side and Wauwatosa. The famed Downers Avenue race will be live streamed on USACRITS.TV June 30th.

ToAD was started in 2009 and extends the legacy of multi-day bike racing that first started in Wisconsin in the late 1960’s. It has become one of the most popular bike race series in the sport. Many of the sport’s top professionals have raced on the streets of Wisconsin including Cadel Evans, Greg Lemond, Eric Heiden, Katie Compton and Coryn Rivera.

To see the full list of ToAD 2018 dates and cities, click

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Countdown: 100 Days to the 2018 UCI Road World Championships!
With the clock ticking and the world’s focus turning to Innsbruck-Tirol, see what the leading men and women pro riders make of the course.​

In 100 days’ time, the 2018 UCI Road World Championships in Innsbruck-Tirol (Austria) will open. Racing will take place over eight action-packed days with more than 1,000 athletes battling it out in the Team Time Trials, Individual Time Trials and Road Races for the right to wear the coveted UCI Rainbow Jersey.

Many of the riders have already ridden the course either via sections of the Tour of the Alps or separately with team-mates, previewing the twists, turns and climbs to work out how they can come out on top.

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Four-time Individual Time Trial UCI World Champion, seven-time German National ITT Champion and Olympic medalist Tony Martin is set to search for his fifth Worlds title. The famously driven and powerful rider said: “My first impression of the two time trial courses is really good. The tough climbs will be where the races are won and lost…I would like to fight for a spot on the podium again.”

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The Czech Republic’s former National Road Race Champion at both junior and senior level Roman Kreuziger would love to add the ultimate win to his records that includes a win in the Road Race and a second place in the ITT in the junior category at the 2004 UCI Road World Championships. He said: “The long climb during Road Race is very solid – it can be quite painful, so I expect the Höll climb will see a reduced group – I'm really looking forward to racing it. To wear the rainbow jersey for a whole year is really impressive, for me it’s one of the big goals of the season and I will be focusing on it… I hope to see lots of fans on the roads!”

Former Slovenian National Road Race Champion, Giro d’Italia ITT winner and last year’s UCI World Championships ITT runner-up Primož Roglič will compete for his home nation – that he also used to represent as a ski jumper. He said: “I have had a chance to try the whole ITT course, it looked smooth, not too technical – nice roads, I had the wind behind me – the climb to the finish will be my favorite part,” said Roglič. “It will be hard, but I like that as I don't like flat TTs! The landscape is very beautiful.”

Olympic medalist and current Italian National Time Trial and Road Race Champion Elisa Longo Borghini said: “The course of the Women’s Elite Road Race is very hard. The three-kilometer climb before the Olympic course from Vomperbach to Gnadenwald was a bit of a surprise. I hope that I will be in peak form for the Worlds.”

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One of the world’s most decorated female cyclists, Olympic and European Road Race Champion Anna van der Breggen – who finished runner-up in the ITT in both the 2015 and 2017 UCI Road World Championships – said: “The first word that comes into my mind when I think about the courses of the RWC Innsbruck-Tirol is ‘steep’. We do more climbs in different countries, but Tirol really is a challenge – all the climbs in the area are really steep. If you have good legs it’s good, but if you are not in shape it’s tough to ride a bicycle here. Normally the courses should fit me very well. I like challenges!”

Triple former Italian National Road Race Champion Elena Cecchini said: “The elite women’s road course is very hard and the winner will be no surprise. I think a lady who is good at climbing will win. It’s good to already know the course because it really needs time to prepare.”

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Discover the Reference Cyclosportive and Live the Myth of the Tour de France!
This coming July 8th, during the 28th edition of the Étape du Tour, 15,000 amateur cyclists will get a taste of what it is like to be a rider on the Tour de France on the 169km route and the 4 climbs from Annecy to Grand-Bornand. The professional riders will compete on the same course on stage 10 of this year’s Tour, on July 17th.

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