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A short history of the Tour de France pavé stages (past 38 years)

Year Stage First Second Third Yellow jersey before the stage Yellow jersey after the stage
1980 Liège – Lille Bernard Hinault Hennie Kuiper Ludo Delcroix Rudy Pevenage Rudy Pevenage
1980 Lille – Compiègne Jean-Louis Gauthier Gery Verlinden Bernard Bourreau Rudy Pevenage Rudy Pevenage
1983 Valenciennes – Roubaix Rudy Matthijs Kim Andersen Pascal Poisson Jean-Louis Gauthier Kim Andersen
1985 Neufchâtel-en-Bray – Roubaix Henri Manders Sean Kelly Phil Anderson Kim Andersen Kim Andersen
2004 Waterloo – Wasquehal Jean-Patrick Nazon Erik Zabel Robbie McEwen Thor Hushovd Robbie McEwen
2010 Wanze – Arenberg-Porte du Hainaut Thor Hushovd Geraint Thomas Cadel Evans Sylvain Chavanel Fabian Cancellara
2014 Ypres – Arenberg Porte du Hainaut Lars Boom Jakob Fuglsang Vincenzo Nibali Vincenzo Nibali Vincenzo Nibali
2015 Seraing – Cambrai Tony Martin John Degenkolb Peter Sagan Chris Froome Tony Martin

2018 Tour de France Roadbook

2018 Tour de France Roadbook

2018 Tour de France

Stage 1 – Noirmoutier-en-l’Île – Fontenay-le-Comte – 201km (July 7)

TdF 2018 Stage 1

Stage 2 – Mouilleron-Saint-Germain – La Roche-sur-Yon – 182.5 km (July 8)

TdF 2018 Stage 2

Stage 3 – Cholet – Cholet – 35.5 km  (July 9)

TdF 2018 Stage 3

Stage 4 – La Baule – Sarzeau – 195 km  (July 10)

TdF 2018 Stage 4

Stage 5 – Lorient – Quimper– 204.5 km (July 11)

TdF 2018 Stage 5

Stage 6 – Brest – Mûr de Bretagne – 181km  (July 12)

TdF 2018 Stage 6

Stage 7 – Fougères – Chartres – 231 km (July 13)

TdF 2018 Stage 7

Stage 8 – Dreux – Amiens – 181 km (July 14)

TdF 2018 Stage 8

Stage 9 – Arras – Roubaix – 156.5 km (July 15)

TdF 2018 Stage 9

Stage 10 – Annecy – Le Grand-Bornand – 158.5 km (July 17)

TdF 2018 Stage 10

Stage 11 – Albertville – La Rosière – 108.5km (July 18)

TdF 2018 Stage 11

Stage 12 – Bourg-Saint-Maurice – Alpe d’Huez – 175.5km (July 19)

TdF 2018 Stage 12

Stage 13 – Bourg d’Oisans – Valence – 169.5 km (July 20)

TdF 2018 Stage 13

Stage 14 – Saint-Paul-Trois-Châteaux – Mende – 188km  (July 21)

TdF 2018 Stage 14

Stage 15 – Millau – Carcassonne – 181.5 km (July 22)

TdF 2018 Stage 15

Stage 16 – Carcassonne – Bagnères-de-Luchon – 218 km (July 24)

TdF 2018 Stage 16

Stage 17 – Bagnères-de-Luchon – Saint-Lary-Soulan – 65 km (July 25)

TdF 2018 Stage 17

Stage 18 – Trie-sur-Baïse – Pau – 171 km (July 26)

TdF 2018 Stage 18

Stage 19 – Lourdes – Laruns – 200.5 km (July 27)

TdF 2018 Stage 19

Stage 20 – Saint-Pée-sur-Nivelle – Espelette – 31 km (July 28)

TdF 2018 Stage 20

Stage 21 – Houilles – Paris Champs-Élysées – 116 km  (July 29)

TdF 2018 Stage 21

2018 Giro d’Italia Roadbook

2018 Giro d’Italia Roadbook

2018 Paris-Roubaix cobblestone sectors

No. Name Kilometers into the race Length Rating
29 Troisvilles 93.5 2200 m ***
28 Briastre 100 3000 m ***
27 Saint-Python 109 1500 m ***
26 Quiévy 111.5 3700 m ****
25 Saint-Vaast 119 1500 m ***
24 Verchain-Maugré 130 1200 m **
23 Quérénaing 134.5 1600 m ***
22 Maing 137.5 2500 m ***
21 Monchaux-sur-Ecaillon 140.5 1600 m ***
20 Haveluy 153.5 2500 m ****
19 Trouée d’Arenberg 162 2400 m *****
18 Hélesmes 168 1600 m ***
17 Wandignies 174.5 3700 m ****
16 Brillon 182 2400 m ***
15 Sars-et-Rosières 185.5 2400 m ****
14 Beuvry-la-Forêt 189 1400 m ***
13 Orchies 197 1700 m ***
12 Bersée 203 2700 m ****
11 Mons-en-Pévèle 208.5 3000 m *****
10 Avelin 214.5 700 m **
9 Ennevelin 218 1400 m ***
8 Templeuve – L’Epinette 223.5 200 m *
8 Templeuve – Moulin de Vertain 224 500 m **
7 Cysoing 230.5 1300 m ***
6 Bourghelles 233 1100 m ***
5 Camphin-en-Pévèle 237.5 1800 m ****
4 Carrefour de l’Arbre 240 2100 m *****
3 Gruson 242.5 1100 m **
2 Hem 249 1400 m ***
1 Roubaix 256 300 m *

Ronde van Vlaanderen Stats

Historical stats

– First ever rider to take the victory was Paul Deman, back in 1913, when he needed 12 hours, 3 minutes and 10 seconds to complete the 324 km-long course

– Six riders share the record for the most wins (3): Tom Boonen, Achiel Buysse, Fabian Cancellara, Eric Leman, Fiorenzo Magni and Johan Museeuw

– Belgium leads in the nations standings, with no less than 69 victories

– Other countries to have a winner are Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Slovakia, Switzerland and United Kingdom

– Five of the 100 editions didn’t have a Belgian rider on the podium: 1951, 1961, 1981, 1997 and 2001

– Briek Schotte and Johan Museeuw share the record for the most podiums: 8

– The legendary Briek Schotte is also the rider with the most starts (20 in a row) and the most finishes (16), but the latter record is shared with Frederic Guesdon

– Youngest ever winner is Rik Van Steenbergen, 19 years and 206 days (1944); oldest one is Andrei Tchmil, 37 years and 71 days (2000)

– 1920 – when Jules Van Hevel notched the win – saw the lowest average speed: 26,105 km/h

– Highest average speed – 43,576 km/h – was recorded in 2001

– The first edition was also the longest one: 324 kilometers

– First ever hill to feature on the course was the Tiegemberg, back in 1919

– Only once throughout history De Ronde had less than 200 kilometers, in 1941 (198 de kilometers), when Achiel Buysse won the race for the second time

– Five reigning world champions racked up a victory in De Ronde: Louison Bobet (1955), Rik Van Looy (1962), Eddy Merckx (1975), Tom Boonen (2006) and Peter Sagan (2016)

– 1919 saw the largest winning margin: 14 minutes between Henri Van Lerberghe and Lucien Buysee

– The only cyclist to take three wins in a row is Fiorenzo Magni (1949-1951)

– Five riders have won the amateur, as well as the pro Ronde van Vlaanderen: Roger Decock, Edward Sels, Eric Vanderaerden, Edwig van Hooydonck and Nick Nuyens

– Last Grand Tour champion to take the victory here was Gianni Bugno, in 1994

– Gent is the only city that has hosted both the start and the finish of the race

– 1944 was the last year in which the Tour of Flanders ended on the velodrome

– In 1984, only Phil Anderson and Jan Raas made it to the top of the Koppenberg without walking, the main reason for the ordeal the riders had to endure being the deteriorating state of the cobbles

– First cyclist to ride over the Muur was Fiorenzo Magni, in 1950

– The last rider to win from a day-long breakaway was Jacky Durand, in 1992

2018 stats

– 25 teams (18 World Tour and 7 Pro Continental) will be at the start of the 102nd edition

– Of these, Roompot, Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise, Verandas Willems-Crelan and Wanty-Groupe Gobert are winless this season

– 26 nations will have at least one representant in the peloton, with Belgium providing the most riders, 45

– Youngest competitor in the race is Julien Mortier (20 years), while the oldest one is Mathew Hayman (39 years)

– Four former winners will line up at the start: Stijn Devolder, Philippe Gilbert, Alexander Kristoff and Peter Sagan

– Pascal Eenkhorn, Jeremy Lecroq, Julien Mortier, Patrick Muller, Jan-willem Van Schip are the five neo-pros who’ll make their Monument debut at De Ronde

– Of the riders at the start, Stijn Devolder has the most participations: 17, including the one of this year

– The peloton of De Ronde van Vlaanderen have won a combined total of 4 Grand Tours, 19 Monuments, 9 world titles and over 90 Grand Tour stages

Milano-Sanremo Stats

Historical stats

– “La Primavera” was first raced in 1907, when Lucien Petit-Breton took the victory

– The only time the race has not been held was due to war, in 1916, 1944 and 1945

– The inaugural edition had 33 riders at the start, only 14 of them completing the event

– Eddy Merckx holds the record for the most wins, seven, between 1966 and 1976

– The team with the most victories in the race is Bianchi – 17; first came in 1907, last one in 1974

– Italy leads the nations standings with 50 successes over the years, the last of which came in 2006

– Six-time winner of Milano-Sanremo, Costante Girardengo has the most podiums, 11

– Italian cyclists have taken the first three positions 34 times

– Longest winless streak of the home riders was between 1954 and 1970

– Youngest winner is Ugo Agostoni, 20 years and 252 days (1914); oldest one is Andrei Tchmil, 36 years and 57 days (1999)

– Wladimiro Panizza has the most starts in “La Primavera”, 18

– Four riders have won Milano-Sanremo while wearing the rainbow jersey: Alfredo Binda (1931), Eddy Merckx (1972, 1975), Felice Gimondi (1974) and Giuseppe Saronni (1983)

– The only winners from outside of Europe are Australia’s Matthew Goss and Simon Gerrans

– Sean Kelly is the last Grand Tour champion victorious in Milano-Sanremo (1992)

– Throughout history, the maximum distance of the race has never exceeded 298 kilometers

– The last year to witness a winner from a day-long breakaway was 1982, when Marc Gomez was part of a 20-man escape

– Gino Bartali holds the record for the longest time span between the first and last victory: 11 years

– Poggio was introduced on the course in 1960, when Gastone Nencini was the first rider at the top of the climb, while Cipressa featured for the first time in 1982

– Highest average speed was recorded in 1990: 45,806 km/h

– In 1909, the first bike change was allowed by the organisers

– 1954 is the year in which the race was shown live on television for the first time

– Biggest gap between first and second came in 1910, when Eugene Christophe got to the line 61 minutes ahead of Giovanni Cocchi

– Milano-Sanremo is the only Monument which hasn’t been won three years in a row by the same rider

2018 stats

– 25 teams (18 World Tour and 7 Pro Continental) will be at the start of the 108th edition

– Of these, Gazprom-RusVelo, Israel Cycling Academy, Nippo-Vini Fantini and Novo Nordisk are winless in 2018

– 31 nations will have at least one cyclist in the peloton, with Italy providing the most riders, 46

– Youngest rider in the race is Stepan Kurianov (21 years), while oldest one is Svein Tuft (40 years)

– Five former winners will line-up at the start: Mark Cavendish, Arnaud Démare, Alexander Kristoff, Michal Kwiatkowski and Filippo Pozzato

– Sam Brand, Giovanni Carboni, Nicolay Cherkasov, Damiano Cima, Evgeny Kobernyak, Stepan Kurianov, Jacopo Mosca, Marco Tizza and Aleksandr Vlasov are the nine neo-pros to make their debut in a Monument at “La Primavera”

– Of the riders at the start, Filippo Pozzato has the most participations: 15, including the one of this year

– Same Pozzato is the active rider with the most Monument starts: 48

– 4382 days have passed since the last triumph of the host nation

– The riders in Milano-Sanremo have won a combined total of 14 Monuments, 5 World Titles, 5 Grand Tours and more than 180 Grand Tour stages

Retired World Tour and Pro Continental riders in 2017

Name Age Team Best result of the season
Julien Berard 30 AG2R 20th in  Classic Loire Atlantique
Tom Boonen 36 Quick-Step Floors Won Vuelta a San Juan stage 2
Alberto Cecchin 28 Willier-Selle Italia 3rd in Tour de Langkawi
Albert Contador 34 Trek-Segafredo Won Vuelta a España stage 20
Berden De Vries 28 Roompot 2nd in stage 6 of 4 Jours de Dunkerque
Remy Di Gregorio 32 Delko Marseille 2nd in Tour of Almaty
Martin Elmiger 39 BMC 3rd in Tour du Poitou Charentes stage 4
Tyler Farrar 33 Dimension Data 65th in E3 Harelbeke
Andrea Fedi 26 Willier-Selle Italia Won Trofeo Laigueglia
Benjamin Giraud 31 Delko Marseille 3rd in Tro-Bro Léon
Romain Guillemois 26 Direct Energie 10th in Route du Sud stage 1
Greg Henderson 40 UnitedHealthcare 11th in Tour of California stage 1
Jesus Hernandez 36 Trek-Segafredo 15th in Vuelta a España stage 8
Thierry Hupond 33 Delko Marseille 14th in Tour of Hainan
Martyn Irvine 32 Aqua Blue Sport 85th in Arctic Race of Norway stage 2
Fabrice Jeandesboz 32 Direct Energie 23rd in Tour du Gévaudan
Arnold Jeannesson 31 Fortuneo-Oscaro 2nd in Settimana Internazionale Coppi e Bartali stage 2
Romain Lemarchand 30 Delko Marseille 64th in Grand Prix de la Somme
Alberto Losada 35 Katusha 9th in Vuelta a España stage 8
Adriano Malori 29 Movistar –––––––
Javier Megias 34 Novo Nordisk 5th in Grand Prix de Saguenay stage 3
Jens Mouris 37 Roompot 44th at the National ITT Championships
Danilo Napolitano 36 Wanty-Groupe Gobert 3rd in Tour de Poitou Charentes stage 1
Lars Petter Nordhaug 33 Aqua Blue Sport 42nd in Circuit de la Sarthe stage 1
Cedric Pineau 32 FDJ 46th in Route Adélie de Vitré
Ruben Pols 23 Sport Vlaanderen 22nd at the National ITT Championships
Christophe Premont 28 Verandas Willems 50th in Etoile de Bessèges stage 4
Manuel Quinziato 38 BMC 3rd in Giro d’Italia stage 21
Christophe Riblon 37 AG2R 8th in 4 Jours de Dunkerque stage 5
Jarl Salomein 28 Sport Vlaanderen 8th in GP de Fourmies
Andrew Talansky 28 Cannondale-Drapac Won Tour of California stage 5
Albert Timmer 32 Sunweb 46th in Tour de France stage 20
Paolo Tiralongo 40 Astana 36th in Abu Dhabi Tour
Jurgen Van den Broeck 34 LottoNL-Jumbo 20th in Tour de Romandie stage 5
Martin Velits 32 Quick-Step Floors 32nd in Tour Down Under stage 1
Martijn Verschoor 32 Novo Nordisk 9th in Tour of Croatia stage 1
Frederik Veuchelen 39 Wanty-Groupe Gobert 25th at the National ITT Championships
Angel Vicioso 40 Katusha 42nd in GP Miguel Indurain
Thomas Voeckler 38 Direct Energie 4th in Tropicale Amissa Bongo stage 3
Jens Wallays 25 Sport Vlaanderen 19th in Paris-Camembert
Aydar Zakarin 23 Gazprom-RusVelo 38th in National RR Championships
Haimar Zubeldia 40 Trek-Segafredo 10th in Tour of California

 

2018 World Tour Calendar

16.01-21.01 – Tour Down Under

28.01 – Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race

21.02-25.02 – Abu Dhabi Tour

24.02 – Omloop Het Nieuwsblad

03.03 – Strade Bianche

04.03-11.03 – Paris-Nice

07.03-13.03 – Tirreno-Adriatico

17.03 – Milan-Sanremo

19.03-25.03 – Volta a Catalunya

23.03 – E3 Harelbeke

25.03 – Gent-Wevelgem

28.03 – Dwars door Vlaanderen

01.04 – Ronde van Vlaanderen

02.04-07.04 – Vuelta al Pais Vasco

08.04 – Paris-Roubaix

16.04 – Amstel Gold Race

19.04 – Flèche Wallonne

23.04 – Liège-Bastogne-Liège

25.04-30.04 – Tour de Romandie

01.05 – Eschborn-Frankfurt

06.05-28.05 – Giro d’Italia

14.05-21.05 – Tour of California

04.06-11.06 – Critérium du Dauphiné

10.06-18.06 – Tour de Suisse

07.07-29.07 – Tour de France

29.07 – RideLondon Classic

04.08 – Clasica San Sebastian

13.08-19.08 – BinckBank Tour

19.08 – Cyclassics Hamburg

25.08-16.09 – Vuelta a España

26.08 – Bretagne Classic – Ouest-France

07.09 – Grand Prix de Quebec

09.09 – Grand Prix de Montreal

09.10-14.10 – Tour of Turkey

13.10 – Il Lombardia

16.10-21.10 – Tour of Guangxi

Pavel Sivakov: “Going to L’Avenir to fight for victory”

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There’s no secret anymore that Pavel Sivakov is one of the strongest and most impressive riders on the U23 scene, but this doesn’t come as a surprise. All you need is a look over his incredible run this season and you understand why: between May 19 and July 16, he rode three stage races and won them all. When you see that those races were the prestigious Ronde de l’Isard, Girobio and Giro della Valle d’Aosta, you understand that this performance is a unique one in the amateur ranks and Pavel has a bright future ahead of him.

Only 20-years-old, Pavel has rose through the ranks in the past two seasons as a member of the BMC Development Team and is now one of the most sought-after youngsters, with several World Tour squads rumoured to have shown an interest in signing him after his remarkable exploits and versatility caught their eye. Despite this, the Russian’s main focus at the moment is on the Tour de l’Avenir, which last year he finished just outside the top 10 overall. If in 2016 he was only discovering the demanding French race, this time around he lines out at the start as one of the main contenders.

More about his goals for L’Avenir, his take on the parcours and the superb season he’s had so far, you can read in this interview which Pavel Sivakov gave for Cafe Roubaix before heading to France.

 

– Pavel, if anyone would have told you at the beginning of the year you’ll have such a terrific season, what would you have said?

I think I would have just laughed. I knew that I was able to win one of those races, but winning three in row is just something incredible! My ambitions were to take the victory in Liège–Bastogne–Liège and do a good Giro d’Italia. I failed on my first goal, but was able to succeed on achieving the other one. It’s a huge satisfaction to get the victory in a race you were targeting since last winter.

– Ronde de l’Isard, Girobio and Giro della Valle d’Aosta, that’s quite the palmares. Which of these victories makes you the most proud?

Definitely, the U23 Giro, it was an amazing feeling to finish at the top! It was also the hardest one, as the gaps on my rivals were really small and I took the pink jersey pretty early, so that meant extra daily pressure. My teammates worked hard and did a fantastic job from day one, so I just had to win it for them. It’s true that if I wouldn’t have won Ronde de l’Isard, then maybe I wouldn’t have had the same confidence coming to Italy. Same could be said about Giro della Valle d’Aosta; I went there without any pressure and did my race, as I knew I had the level required to do something there.

– Speaking of Girobio, how did you find the race which made its return to the calendar after several years of absence?

In my opinion, it’s one the biggest races of the year and to win it was such an honour. Girobio has a great history, high-caliber riders, a big fight every day and a flawless organization, all these making it one of the best races out there. Coming out on top in the U23 Giro d’Italia is the most important moment of my career and also the best, but I couldn’t have done it without the help of my team, who were amazing.

– Can there be room for regrets after such an incredible run?

No, I don’t have any regrets, all the mistakes I made in the first part of the season served as a good lesson for the rest of the year; it’s going really well at the moment and I’ll work to keep it that way.

– Your primary goal for the second part of the season is the Tour de l’Avenir. I assume you’re going there thinking of the win.

Tour de l’Avenir will be my last big goal of the season, so yes, I’m heading to the race to fight for the overall victory. I’m aware that I will be one of the favorites there and I will do my best to assume this status.

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– What’s your opinion on the parcours? Do you feel you’re disadvantaged by the lack of an ITT?

The parcours is really interesting, we start in Bretagne and finish in the Alps by crossing France, so it’s like a mini Tour de France. I think it’s a really nice course, only thing missing is an individual time trial, which would have been perfect to take some time on the pure climbers. I guess the first couple of days will be very nervous and maybe even crucial, because we will ride through a part of France exposed to the wind, where some echelons can be made. The winner will have to be focused and at all times attentive. Of course, we’ll be in for some great battles in the Alps, but there’s a long road until there and anything can happen before the big mountains.

– Who do you expect to be your biggest challengers in France?

It’s hard to say, many riders and teams are capable of winning. This year, one of my biggest rivals is Bjorg Lambrecht, I think it’s a really good course for him but also for a guy like Egan Bernal. I would have liked an ITT to gain some time on them. The Australians have a very good team, so they too will be strong. Neilson Powless is another big contender and I guess he too would have like to have a stage against the clock, just like me. Of course, being at home, also the French will be a team to watch.

– And what other objectives you have for the closing part of the season?

I will try to get a good result at the World Championships in Bergen, which will be an interesting race, I’m sure of that. I’m also keen on racing the Piccolo Giro di Lombardia and help my teammates; they did so much for me this year and I just want to pay back the favour.

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