Sailing World Championships

The Sailing World Championships 2018 are taking place in Aarhus, Denmark for 2018. Here’s everything you need to know about how to follow the races and watch live online.

The Sailing World Championships 2018 is one of the biggest events in the sailing calendar (as the name might suggest), determining not only its own medal races but also qualifications for some 2020 Olympic events. This year the event is taking place in Aarhus, Denmark, and here’s everything you need to know to watch along live.

The Sailing World Cup Miami will be live streaming from the race courses, starting at 11 am EST. Note, the YouTube link will not be live until that time.

When are the Sailing World Championships?

The championships are actually already taking place – they started on 30 July and finish on 12 August 2018, with the big medal races mostly taking part over the final weekend.

The previous championships took place in Santander in 2014, with the next happening in The Hague in 2022. All ten Olympic boat classes for Tokyo 2020 will be featured in the championships, which are expected to determine a lot of the qualifiers for the Tokyo tournament between the 100 nations taking part.

How to watch 2018 Sailing World Championships

As big as the World Championships are, sailing still isn’t quite a mainstream sporting event, so it might be tricky to watch a lot of the tournament live on TV. The good news is that there’s actually an easier way: the biggest races will stream live on YouTube.

The World Sailing TV channel is the place to be, with a combination of live streams of every day’s races and highlights coverage of the best action.

Head to the channel’s live coverage playlist to find the appropriate video for each day of live footage, or just check out its latest videos if you simply want to watch highlight’s of today’s races. The tournament’s official website is also tracking each day’s results if you just want a quick update.

Tour de France 2018: Arnaud Demare Wins Stage 18, Geraint Thomas Leads Overallg

Groupama FDJ rider Arnaud Demare won Stage 18 of the 2018 Tour de France, but Team Sky star Geraint Thomas retained the yellow jersey approaching the final three stages of this year’s race.

Demare outsprinted French compatriot Christophe Laporte to finish first in Pau after his FDJ team-mates teed up an opening late in the 171-kilometre flat run from Trie-sur-Baise.

A safe run for Thomas means he kept a lead of one minute, 59 seconds at the top of the general classification, with Team Sky enjoying another relentlessly paced stage.

The riders will return for Stage 19 on Friday, which is the penultimate mountain stage of this year’s Tour and winds along a 200.5-kilometre journey from Lourdes to Laruns featuring two HC climbs.

Demare timed his last burst of energy to perfection and nudged over the line in Pau just ahead of Laporte, with his FDJ team-mates celebrating as their comrade took a second stage win of his career on the Tour.

The official Tour Twitter account posted a classification of Thursday’s top 10 finishers:

It was a climactic finish to an otherwise calm stage of the 2018 Tour, and Demarecollected a stage victory in successive years, having also won Stage 4 of the 2017 edition.

Laporte was left fuming as his countryman beat him to the line in Pau after a bunched sprint finish, despite the fact Demare didn’t appear to have done anything wrong in the final metres of the flat phase.

It was in stark contrast to Demare’s Stage 17 on Wednesday. The 26-year-old was in a race to even make the time cut after being dropped at the 500-metre mark, and he was accused by Lotto-Soudal rider Andre Greipel of holding on to cars for the final climb up Col de Portet, per Henry Robertshaw of Cycling News.

To go from the bottom of the pack to the front in one stage took a team effort as FDJ fired their star to triumph, and Demare was candid in wanting to be forthcoming with Greipelfollowing his tweet, which has since been deleted:

Bora Hansgrohe accelerated with around 10 kilometres remaining, and it looked as though sprint juggernaut Peter Sagan was being prepared for a crack at the top spot.

The green jersey-holder has won more individual stages than any other rider on this year’s Tour (three), but he ultimately finished eighth in the bunch and was showing the signs of wear and tear:

It was a much simpler day in the peloton from Chris Froome of Team Sky, who helped Thomas keep his cushion ahead of Dutchman Tom Dumoulin in the general classification.

That was in comparison to the chaos of Stage 17, where Froome was mistaken for a spectator by a gendarme meant to be protecting riders, via MailOnline Sport:

Froome looked incensed at the time but has since come out to diffuse the situation and put it down to a misunderstanding, per the Telegraph:

“I was the first rider to come down the descent and one of the gendarmes grabbed my arm as I was passing.

“Obviously he thought I was a spectator going down the race route or something so he grabbed me. I was going at some speed so I came obviously, but it was just a misunderstanding.”

Stage 17 winner Nairo Quintana also experienced different fortunes on Thursday and was one of the riders delayed by a small crash with 104 kilometres remaining, as was Mitchelton–Scott star Adam Yates.

The mountains return on Friday as Stage 19 takes riders from Lourdes to Laruns, and the prospect of seeing out this year’s Tour victory with the yellow jersey will begin to feel real for Thomas.

Geraint Thomas is probably going to win the Tour de France

By finishing third on Stage 17 — and putting even more time into this closest competitors, Tom Dumoulin and Chris Froome — Geraint Thomas effectively sewed up the yellow jersey for himself.

There are still two significant stages of the Tour de France remaining, but there’s no reason to expect Thomas to lose time on Friday’s big mountain stage based on how he has climbed thus far, and he should be a good enough time trial rider to stave off a late challenge Saturday. The best thing Thomas can do over the next three days is stay upright on his bicycle. If he does, he will be sipping champaign and soaking up adulation on the Champs-Élysées this Sunday.

Unfortunately for him, cycling isn’t like most mainstream sports. Thomas can’t exactly dribble out the clock or kneel the ball to end the competition. He still has 347.6 kilometers to complete, and along the route there may be crazy fans, unexpected potholes, or any number of dangers. There is also the threat of the dreaded “bonk.”

Let’s run down the biggest threats.

Thomas could crack
Cyclists live in terror of the “bonk.” When a cyclist doesn’t take in enough carbohydrates and runs out of glycogen stores, his muscles weaken and he physically can’t make himself go as fast as he’s accustomed to.

Bonks are difficult to predict, and it may be a particular concern for someone like Thomas, who isn’t used to racing this hard and this deep into a three-week Grand Tour. Thomas has made his career as a domestique — that is to say, a helper, and a damn good one — never finishing higher than 15th in Grand Tour. On days like Friday, he is used to riding to his absolute limit for most of the stage then dialing back before the finish line so that his team leader can take over.

Thomas was expecting to repeat that role heading into the 2018 Tour before discovering the form of his life. Will he have that last *teensy* bit of effort needed to complete the task?

Probably. He has been equal to or better than every challenge he has face this race.

Still, this is uncharted water for him, and even if he loses, say, 30 seconds to Dumoulin, he could be in trouble, because …

Dumoulin is a way better time trialist than Thomas
Now, Thomas is no slouch. He won the British time trial national championship earlier this year, as well as last year’s Stage 1 individual time trial in the Tour. Most years, a late time trial would be a good sign for Thomas’ hopes.

One problem: The man in second place behind him is probably the best time trialist in the world. Thomas did not participate in the 2017 World Championships, but Froome did. Froome is a comparable time trialist to Thomas, finishing a very respectable third in the event — and he still got waxed by Dumoulin by one minute and 25 seconds over 31 kilometers.

Saturday’s course is the exact same length, and it doesn’t feature the same brutal uphill finish — but it is climb-y, and if the gap between the two riders holds at one minute, 59 seconds, that gives Dumoulin at least a puncher’s chance of snatching the yellow jersey from Thomas on Stage 20.

It would be an incredible upset. But it’s not implausible, either.

Thomas could also be terribly unlucky, which has happened to him before
The fact that Thomas hasn’t excelled in many Grand Tours isn’t entirely his fault.

During last year’s Tour, he was in second place overall heading into Stage 9 when he crashed on the wet descent of Col de la Biche. Another Stage 9 crash forced him to abandon the Giro d’Italia that same year. In 2015, he was in fourth place overall heading into Stage 19 but cracked, ultimately finishing 22 minutes behind Vincenzo Nibali and plunging to 15th. Earlier in that Tour, he somehow emerged unscathed from a scary crash that involved a hairpin bend, a telephone pole, and a deep ravine on the descent of the Col de Manse.

Bad luck probably doesn’t follow any rider in particular, but Thomas has been particularly unlucky in big races. And if anything, his experience underscores how near danger is at all times along the Tour de France.

Stage 19 features two Hors Catégorie climbs, including the famed Col du Tourmalet, which will be packed with fans. We have already seen the crowds cause one Tour favorite to crash and abandon the race. For better or worse, they will be out in full force again Friday.

Here’s hoping that if something does go wrong for Thomas, it will be on his terms — it is much better to get beat by someone of the caliber of Dumoulin than to crash, for many reasons. But three days is a long time, especially for him.

Tour de France chaos: farmers’ protest, tear gas and crashes

Tear gas in riders’ eyes. A farmers’ protest blocking the road. Two key crashes on dangerous descents.

The only thing lacking from the wild 16th stage of the Tour de France on Tuesday was a shakeup in the overall standings.

Frenchman Julian Alaphilippe took advantage of his downhill skills to win the first of three mountainous legs in the Pyrenees, which was briefly interrupted when police used tear gas to disperse a farmers’ protest that had blocked the road with bales of hay.

The overall standings were unchanged. Geraint Thomas in the yellow jersey, second-placed Chris Froome and third-placed Tom Dumoulin all crossed together nearly nine minutes behind.

The farmers’ protest occurred 30 kilometers into the 218-kilometer (135.5-mile) leg from Carcassonne to Bagneres-de-Luchon.

Thomas, Froome, world champion Peter Sagan and other riders were treated with eye drops due to the tear gas amid a 15-minute delay.

“I just felt my throat and nose were burning, eyes were burning afterward,” Froome said. “But I think quite a lot of riders were in a similar situation.

“Thankfully the effect didn’t last long,” Froome added. “It was just a temporary thing with stinging and burning.”

It was the latest in a series of incidents involving spectators during this year’s race, with Team Sky riders being pushed and spat on and 2014 champion Vincenzo Nibali having his back broken in a crash when a fan caught their camera strap on his handlebars.

“We feel safe. Obviously on some of the climbs not everyone’s our fans but we don’t feel threatened,” Thomas said. “It’s hard in cycling when you’re just on the open road. It’s not like football or something. Everyone’s doing the best they can and hopefully everyone can just behave and let us race.”

The small group of farmers from the Aude department were protesting a planned reduction of European Union funding, according to French authorities.

“We are not going to lock the riders in a stadium or a tennis court,” Tour director Christian Prudhomme said. “People should not block the road, no matter what causes they are fighting for.”

Thomas remained 1 minute, 39 seconds ahead of four-time champion Froome, with Dumoulin 1:50 back.

Alaphilippe took the lead when Adam Yates crashed on a technical descent in the finale.

“I knew the finale was tricky,” Alaphilippe said. “I was sad for (Yates) but it could have happened to me, too, because I took a lot of risks. … I went all out for 220 kilometers today. I’m exhausted.”

Belgian rider Philippe Gilbert was leading when he crashed earlier in the stage while descending from the Col de Portet-d’Aspet, hitting a wall and flipping off his bike spectacularly but avoiding major injury. It was the same descent where Italian rider Fabio Casartelli died during the 1995 Tour.

“I thought I was broken everywhere,” said Gilbert, a teammate of Alaphilippe’s on the Quick-Step team. “But I ended up more or less OK.”

However, Quick-Step later announced that Gilbert, a former world champion, was withdrawing from the Tour with a fracture on his left kneecap.

“This isn’t how I wanted to finish my Tour and leaving it like this really hurts,” Gilbert said.

Alaphilippe also won the 10th stage and is wearing the polka-dot jersey of the mountains classification leader.

Yates led Alaphilippe by 20 seconds at the top of the Col du Portillon climb 10 kilometers from the finish but lost control with 6K to go, falling to the pavement on a left turn and sliding across the road.

“You never know what’s coming up on some of these corners,” Yates said. “There was a bit of downforce or something and I came down, that’s all there is to it.

“Morale’s pretty damaged right now. When you come so close to winning a stage of the Tour, it’s pretty devastating,” added Yates, who won the young rider classification in the Tour two years ago.

Alaphilippe, who was already gaining ground on Yates, quickly passed the British rider and had time to celebrate before the finish, smiling at the crowd and shaking his head in disbelief.

Spanish rider Gorka Izaguirre finished second, 15 seconds behind, and Yates crossed third with the same time.

The race remains in the Pyrenees on Wednesday for what could be the most challenging stage of the Tour, a 65-kilometer leg from Bagneres-de Luchon to Saint-Lary-Soulan Col du Portet that features three grueling climbs, including an uphill finish — and hardly a stretch of flat road.

“It’s going to be massively decisive,” Thomas said. “That last climb is possibly the toughest climb in the Tour — 16 kilometers, 2,200 meters (altitude). There’s definitely going to be some splits.”

Tour De France 2018: Live-Stream Schedule, TV Info, Route for Stage 17

The 2018 Tour de France will experiment with a new type of stage on Wednesday, and with the finish line in Paris fast approaching, Stage 17 could throw a wrench into the general classification.

At just 65 kilometres long, Stage 17 will be a mad run for the finish line at the top of the Col de Portet. The peloton will start on a grid, and the race start won’t be neutralised.

Global Cycling Network took a look ahead at the unique stage:

Route: From Bagneres-de-Luchon to Saint-Lary-Soulan

Profile: High Mountains

TV Info: Eurosport, ITV (UK), NBC (U.S.)

Live stream links: Eurosport Player, ITV Hub, NBC Sports App

Start Time: 2:15 p.m. BST/9:15 a.m. ET

Expected time of finish: After 4:30 p.m. BST/11:30 a.m. ET

Race leader Geraint Thomas won’t be too happy the Tour organisers decided Wednesday was the appropriate time to introduce this type of sprint stage, but for neutral viewers who have gotten tired of Team Sky’s dominance, Stage 17 could be just what they needed.

At just 65 kilometers, it’s a short one, but a quick look at the stage profile shows why. There’s barely a kilometer of flat roads in between the climbs and descents, not giving the riders a moment to recover.

Both of the first-category climbs are tricky ascents that will have an effect on the riders, and in all likelihood, we’ll see at least one or two contenders drop away. The real kick comes right at the end, however, on the slopes of the exposed, newly surfaced Col de Portet.

Because of the unique stage profile, the riders are likely to arrive at the base of the climb in small groups already. And with the way the gradiant ramps up and the wind starts to play as the riders climb higher, this ascent has the makings of a classification-decider:

Team tactics won’t play as much of a role here as they usually do―the teams have barely experienced anything like this and won’t know how to handle such a stage. It should be a test of pure strength and stamina, with the strongest rider finishing first.

While Stage 19 and its iconic Aspet, Tourmalet and Aubisque climbs may be the headliner of this year’s Tour in the Pyrenees, it’s Wednesday’s ride that is likely to have the biggest impact on the standings. This is one you will not want to miss, and due to the short distance, you’ll want to tune in from the very start.

Tour de France 2018 Route stage 10

On stage 10 of the Tour the France, the riders face the first day in the high mountains. The Alps form the enchanting backdrop of a 158.5 kilometres long race from Annecy to Le Grand-Bornand. Five intermediate climbs, partly on a steep gravel road, before a 13 kilometres drop leads to a false flat run-in to the line.

The opening of the race is basically played out on the flat. Some minor slopes, but that’s it. The first KOM-points are up for grabs on Col de Bluffy, an 1.5 kilometres climb at 5.6%, that’s crested at kilometre 19. The route continues like it did before the first proper climb takes the shape of the Col de la Croix Fry. After approximately 30 kilometres the 11.3 kilometers climb at 7% looms. The second half of the Croix Fry is steeper than the first and after the passage over the top a 20 kilometres descent leads to the foot of the Montée du Plateau des Glières. It’s a 6 kilometres torture at 11.2% with an extra masochistic element in the last 2 kilometres, as this sector climbs on a dust road. As a reward another long descent welcomes the rider.

Following a modest in-between climb – Col des Fleuries – the riders enter the calm before the storm for slightly over 20 kilometres. On flat roads the route heads for the last two ascents. Firstly Col de Romme, an 8.8 kilometres climb that is averaging 8.9%. After the crest the route continues for 2 kilometres on a false flat before a 4 kilometres descent drops down to the base of today’s last obstacle. Col de la Colombière is a 7.5 kilometres climb with an average gradient of 8.5%. The ensuing descent into Le Grand Bornand is 13 kilometres, while the run-in to the line is a false flat of 1.5 kilometres.

In 2013 Le Grand-Bornand hosted its last arrival of the Tour de France. Back then, the 19th stage finished in the ski resort after a 2.5 kilometres descent from the summit of the Col de la Croix Fry. Rui Costa took the win solo, while Andreas Klöden and Jan Bakelants came in second and third.

The first three riders on the line win time bonuses of 10, 6 and 4 seconds. The intermediate sprint (at kilometre 29) does not come with a time bonus, it’s a sprint for green jersey points.

The 10th stage of the 2018 Tour de France starts at 13:35 and the finish is expected around 17:57 – both local times (scheduled times).

Tour de France 2018: TV Schedule, Route, Live-Stream Coverage for Stage 9

Stage 9 of the 2018 Tour de France should be the most spectacular of the race yet, as the peloton will face the infamous cobblestones of northern France, with the finish at Roubaix.

The sprinters have mostly dominated this year’s race, but that will change on Sunday. This stage will be one for the specialists, but the added factor of the general classification should make for an even more thrilling ride than the annual Paris-Roubaix race:

Date: Sunday, July 15

Route: Arras Citadelle—Roubaix

TV Info: Eurosport 1, ITV 4, NBC

Live Stream: Eurosport Player, ITV Hub, NBC Sports App

Paris-Roubaix is one of the most popular one-day racing events in the world, characterised by the many cobbled sections the riders face. Mechanical issues, punctures and crashes are inevitable, and late drama usually occurs.

During the Spring Classic, the top contenders try to position themselves ahead of the pack to avoid being taken down if someone crashes ahead of them. It makes for a nervous affair, but Sunday’s stage will be even worse.

Along with those same contenders for the win―Peter Sagan and yellow jersey Greg Van Avermaet come to mind―the team leaders battling it out for the general classification will also want to stay near the front.

One crash here could be the end of their race, and one mechanical issue could all but end their bid ahead of the high mountains. It’s why top teams aren’t taking any chances, as VeloNews highlighted:

Some top riders are bound to lose time on Sunday, while others―like Tom Dumoulin and Vincenzo Nibali―might be eyeing this stage as the one to make a move in the GC before the mountains.

A solid technician could lay the foundation for a Tour win here, giving himself a lead to defend in the high mountains. It’s far easier to lose the race on the cobbles near Roubaix, however.

Sagan and Van Avermaet won the past two editions of Paris-Roubaix, and they are the specialists to keep an eye on for the stage win. France has the second-most wins in the iconic race―behind Belgium―so a local hero could give the home fans a reason to celebrate one day after the national holiday.

Tour de France 2018: Stage 1 Preview

The 2018 Tour de France starts on an island in Vendée near the Passage du Gois, a tidal causeway that spends much of the day underwater. Early in the 1999 Tour, its slippery asphalt caused a crash that ruined the chances of many pre-race favorites. To prevent a similar mishap, this year’s peloton will pass by, not over, the causeway a few kilometers after the stage officially begins in Noirmoutier.

Overall, the riders face 201K of flat, coastal roads, with a late Category 4 climb that will determine the first rider to wear the polka dot jersey. A breakaway filled with riders hoping to grab the KOM should spend most of the day out front, but expect the sprinters’ teams to reel in any remaining escapees just before the finish in Fontenay-le-Comte—especially if there’s a headwind once the race turns north following the Bonus Sprint in Maillezais.

The run-in to the finish line isn’t terrible, but it isn’t great, either. Riders will face three roundabouts in the last 3K, with a tight right-hander just before the red flag that identifies the final kilometer, which itself is flat, wide, and pretty straight.

Whoever wins the stage will earn the first yellow jersey of the Tour. For overall contenders like Chris Froome, Nairo Quintana, and Romain Bardet, it’s a day to stay out of trouble. Despite the reduced peloton—this year’s Tour begins with only 176 riders, 22 fewer than last year—everyone will be nervous, and crashes always happen in the opening days. Luckily, the weather forecast calls for sunny skies and warm temperatures.

Riders to Watch
Stage 1 is a day for pure field sprinters like Marcel Kittel, Andre Greipel, and Mark Cavendish. Quick-Step Floors has probably the best lead-out of any team in the race, but its sprinter, Colombia’s Fernando Gaviria, is riding his first Tour and might need a day or two to adjust to the pressure.

When To Tune In
Flat stages are a great chance to tune in late, and this one saves almost all of the action for the final hour, with the Category 4 climb and Bonus Sprint coming inside the final 30K. Tune in around 9 a.m. EST to catch the moments worth seeing.

Article Source: Bicycling

Tour de France 2018: Heat, sunshine to create sweltering conditions for 1st weekend

When the first leg of this year’s Tour de France takes off from Noirmoutier-en-l’Île in northwestern France on Saturday, July 7, competitors, spectators and the media will be baking under strong sunshine and high heat.

“Temperatures for the first week of the Tour will be around 30 C (the mid-80s F), which is about 10-15 C above normal,” said AccuWeather Meteorologist Tyler Roys.

While the race lasts for over three weeks and includes “cobbles, punchy arrivals, sprints, dust roads, high mountains, an explosive 65-kilometre race through the Pyrenees [and] a hilly time trial on the penultimate day,” the first two days of the event are flat with little protection from the sun.

However, according to cyclingstate.com, “much of the route follows the twisting Vendée coastline, so cross winds could be lurking during the entire day.” This threat will be downplayed this year as high pressure continues to engulf western Europe.

“Winds will be extremely light from the east generally, so there is no threat of a sea breeze,” Roys said.

This area of high pressure is expected to remain entrenched over the area through at least early next week, promoting widespread calm wind, sunshine and warmth.

On Sunday, Stage 2 will therefore be greeted by nearly identical weather conditions as the day before. Plenty of sunshine, a lack of wind and unseasonably warm weather will persist as the course continues to include gently rolling hills.

Warm, dry and sunny weather will continue for Stage 3 and Stage 4 early next week across northwest France.
Britain’s Chris Froome, wearing the overall leader’s yellow jersey, rides in the pack during the nineteenth stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 222.5 kilometers (138.3 miles) with start in Embrun and finish in Salon-de-Provence, France, Friday, July 21, 2017.

A calm and dry forecast is ideal for this event, but competitors will need to take proper precautions against suffering a heat-related illness. A relatively flat route means a fast race with plenty of sprinting, heightening the threat of overexertion in the hot weather.

Article Source: Accuweather

Tour de France 2018 – Kiwi Cyclists to take Ride of Lifetime

TOUR DE FRANCE 2018 – TEAM OF 8 “EXTRA” ORDINARY KIWI CYCLISTS ABOUT TO TAKE ON THE RIDE OF A LIFETIME.

Eight amateur cyclists are gathered in the Vendee region on the Atlantic coast of France, about to embark on the challenge of a lifetime by riding every stage of the 2018 Tour De France route, one day ahead of the actual race itself. They are starting their epic journey on Friday 6th July.

The 3351km route is being ridden to raise funds and awareness for the Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand and already the group has raised over $50,000 for the charity. They hope to reach their stretch target of over $100,000.

The ride aims to help the Mental Health Foundation provide information to individuals, families, friends and whānau about where to turn for help and the ways to look after ourselves and others.

The team have been expertly coached and supported by ex-Tour De France rider Hayden Roulston to give them the very best chance of success. They have trained extremely hard for the last 6 months, committing to up to 20 hours training each week and have gone on a specific low carb, high fat nutritional plan to prepare themselves for the gruelling ride ahead.

Jonathan Douglas organiser and keen amateur cyclist chose from over 100 applicants who met the criteria of being fit and mentally tough enough to take on the non-competitive challenge of a lifetime.

The team from across New Zealand includes a GP from Waimate, a Planning consultant from Auckland and an Associate Dean from Victoria University, Wellington.

“We believe this is the first time a team of amateur riders from New Zealand has attempted to ride all 21 stages of the race”, it’s going to a huge challenge”, says Jonathan.

The Tour De France is the world’s most popular multiple stage cycling race.

The 2018 route consist of 21 stages over a 3-week period and covers over 3300 km of riding. Each stage varies in length with the longest stage being 239km and a couple of stages involving riding over 5000m of vertical climbing.

In this year’s actual race NZ has 4 confirmed riders: Patrick Bevin (Team BMC) Jack Bauer (Mitchelton-Scott), Tom Scully(EF Drapac) and Dion Smith (Wanty-Groupe Gobert).