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  • Paddy Bevin's debut Tour de France started with a spectacular and almost race ending crash in the Dusseldorf rain, and ended with Cannondale-Drapac teammate Rigoberto Uran standing on the podium as the runner-up to Chris Froome. "There is no arguing that is not how you want to start any race, never mind the Tour de France," Bevin told Cyclingnews. Initially, it appeared Bevin's Tour would be in doubt due to concussion after the heavy crash into the race barricades. However, he passed all relevant tests with further investigation revealing it was his ankle and foot that took the brunt of the force.ADVERTISEMENT An ultrasound mid-way through the race revealed a break in the foot, confirmed by an x-ray in Marseille on the penultimate stage. Despite riding his first full Grand Tour on one foot, so to speak, Bevin explained the issue was localised to his ankle and foot. "The problem was that I'd done a couple of injuries to the ankle. I sprained the ankle and broke the bone in the foot and to start with the big issue was the ankle. It swelled and bruised and all that. It was more painful but after a...

  • Olympic champion Greg van Avermaet is aiming to extend his lead atop the WorldTour standings with a top result at the one-day Clasica Ciclista San Sebastian with his BMC Racing squad. Van Avermaet was in a race winning position when he was involved in an accident with a race moto in 2015. He returned last year to finish fifth, and despite falling ill at the Tour de France, the Belgian is aiming high in the Basque Country. "I was a little sick in the last few days of the Tour de France so I'm hoping I'll be feeling good at the Clasica Ciclista San Sebastian," Van Avermaet explained. "I'm motivated to do a good race and a top ten finish would be great, especially considering there are UCI WorldTour points on offer. I like the course and it's challenging which suits me."ADVERTISEMENT Sports director Yvon Ledanois added that with majority of the squad coming off the Tour de France, he expects a strong and unified showing to deliver Van Avermaet to the podium. "Six of our eight riders are coming to Clasica Ciclista San Sebastian from the Tour de France so we know their form is...

  • Cannondale-Drapac has confirmed its team for the 2017 Tour de Pologne with Toms Skujins and Joe Dombrowski leading the squad. The Tour de Pologne will be the first stage race for Skujins after crashing out of the Tour of California in May. The Latvian hasn't raced since the national championships in June and explained he is refreshed and ready for the WorldTour race starting Sunday in Krakow. "The plan is simple. Race and test the body. Clearly I have done just two races since my crash in California and I've been training hard, so now I am just going to test out the body in racing," said Skujins. "Training has been going really well and the body feels great, but once you throw yourself into a race and push yourself to the limit it's a bit different. I'm pumped to test myself out and build a good block of intensity in for the second part of the year."ADVERTISEMENT Skujins won a stage at the Coppi e Bartali and finished second overall and will be hoping for similar results on familiar roads in Poland across the seven-stage race. "The fans in Poland are pretty cool and I've...

  • In this week's episode of inCycle, the crew travels to France to talk with the professional women's peloton about climbing the Col d'Izoard in this year's La Course by Le Tour de France. "I think it's a massive opportunity for any of the real climbers in the peloton," said Lizzie Deignan (Boels Dolmans). "In women's cycling there aren't really that many opportunities for them, so tomorrow if you're a purist then it's the race for you I think. I only know what my parents have told me. They rode up it yesterday. Dad said it wasn't that hard, mum said it was really hard, so that's about as much as I know." Next up is a visit to Classics country, as inCycle looks at what connects cycling and religion in Belgium at the Roeselare Wielermuseum in its temporary new home – a church. While the original site undergoes refurbishment, the Paterskerk is displaying dozens of bicycles, jerseys and portraits in the meantime, providing a unique setting for the trek through cycling history.ADVERTISEMENT Finally hear from rider agents and team managers alike as cycling's transfer season heats up. With the official signing period less than a week away, plenty of big...

  • Quick-Step Floors' Dan Martin finished the Tour de France in sixth place overall only to find that he raced a full 12 stages with two fractured vertebrae. Martin sustained the injuries on the descent of the Mont du Chat on stage 9 when Richie Porte (BMC Racing) overshot a turn then crashed in front of him. The Irishman will miss the Clasica San Sebastian after examinations discovered fractures to his transverse processes in his L2 and L3 vertebrae in his lower back. He will be out of action for three weeks. "During the Tour I didn't have any problems when racing, but off the bike I wasn't feeling very comfortable, so this week I did a scan and got the news," Martin said in a team press release.ADVERTISEMENT "It's a real pity I won't ride San Sebastian, because the legs were there and it's a race I like, but fortunately this injury isn't something to worry about. In order to tackle my future goals in good condition, it's better to take a break and give the fracture time to heal. There's nothing else I can do, just rest and then build up for the final part of...

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