Mark Cavendish, Etixx-QuickStep, Tour de France 2015 Stage 7

Cavendish picks up his first win at Tour de France 2015 Stage 7

Cover: Mark Cavendish, Etixx-QuickStep, Tour de France 2015 Stage 7
Photo: Greg K. Hull, Cool Adventures © Chasing Light Media
Article by Todd Hofert

Mark Cavendish (Etixx-QuickStep) picked up his first win of the 2015 Tour de France in a bunch sprint finish in Fougères beating André Greipel (Lotto Soudal) and Peter Sagan (Tinkoff Saxo) at the line.

The last two sprints the team did well. I’ve just been too anxious and gone too early. The thing about Le Tour, in another race you maybe wait. In Le Tour you don’t want to wait. In another race you maybe got one or two guys coming around you. In Le Tour you have 10 guys coming around you, there are so many strong sprinters and teams here. If you hesitate, you lose the stage. I’ve just been a bit over anxious the last two times and today was about not being impatient.

I almost left it too long this time, I waited so long. I saw Kristoff had two leadout men left. I knew they’d keep the pace high. It was too long for anybody with one more leadout man from the finish. Normally Kristoff goes early anyway, so I anticipated that he’d go soon enough and I could come off his wheel. But he waited and waited. Greipel actually got the jump. I was perfect on Greipel, but Guarnieri came backwards after leading out and I had to avoid him. I almost panicked at how close we were to the line. If Andre had closed off the barrier I may not have won. Andre sprinted straight. He’s a gentleman.

I was able to come through and pass him on the right. I had the same power in my legs as I had the other days that ended in sprints. It’s just, if you wait and launch later, you’re going to go with more immediate power than you would with 250 or 300 meters to go like I did the other times. So, after being a little more patient, I’m super happy with my victory today, which is the 26th of my career. Every one of the 26 wins is special. At Le Tour de France even one victory makes a rider’s whole career. So, to get one every year except 2014 when I crashed out of Le Tour in the first stage is a big, big thing.

Obviously it’s been the longest run for me without a win at the Tour de France, I think two years. So to get back to winning ways is certainly nice. Today my family is here, my wife Peta and my daughter Delilah. So it was super special to do it in front of them. I’d like to thank my teammates for doing great work to support me for this win today.”
Mark Cavendish

Chris Froome (Team Sky), who had moved into the overall race lead with Tony Martin’s withdrawal from the race, chose not to ride in yellow for today’s stage out of respect for Martin. At the end of the stage, Froome donned the yellow on the podium and now sits 11 seconds in front of Sagan in the overall race and 13 seconds ahead of Tejay Van Garderen (BMC Racing Team).

Chris Froome, Team Sky, Tour de France 2015 Stage 7 Photo: Kim Hull, Cool Adventures © Chasing Light Media

Stage 7 – Livarot / Fougères – 190.5km

This Tour, wrought with disappointment and what would seem to be a black cloud hanging over those who succeed in accomplishing what every bike rider around the globe aspires to, the yellow jersey, would press on today without a rightful owner of the Maillot Jaune.

Like Fabian Cancellara on Stage 3, Tony Martin would suffer a crash and what would later be disclosed to be a grisly injury. The respect for the race and the power of the Yellow Jersey would propel him across the finish as it had done for Cancellara three days prior. Aided by his teammates, his stoicism did not reveal the extent of what he was suffering. In hind sight that stoicism may well have been mistaken for the look of a man suffering symptoms of shock.

Martin was whisked off to the hospital for evaluation after participating in the podiums, his heart and mind set on persevering through the injury. The post race reports, however, were gruesome telling of a collarbone that was shattered and sticking out of the skin. His desire to start Stage 7 a testament to the will and resolve of those who are lucky enough to earn the privilege to ride in this great race. Instead, he would be dispatched to Hamburg for immediate surgery, his Tour highlighted by the lowest lows and the highest highs now over.

Greg Henderson would join Martin as the other non-starter of page 7 reports saying he broke a rib in half in the infamous Stage 3 melee.

Chris Froome, the Tour’s second place rider behind Tony Martin stated he would refuse the Yellow Jersey without earning the right to wear it on the road. The peloton would ride without a leader today.

What seemed a comfortable lead for Andre Greipel in the points classification, became a nose to nose affair with Sagan finishing second yet again the day before. Just three points separated them at the start with John Degenkolb a mere 32 points in arrears in third.

The mountain points classification saw a new face at the start in Daniel Teklehaimanot (MTN-Qhubeka) ERI enjoying his first day in what he considers the most coveted jersey of the race.

The best young rider jersey would, of course, remain in possession of one Mr. Peter Sagan.

The stage today would feature a KOM with the Côte de Canapville, a 1.9 kilometre-long climb at 4.7% ranked category 4, after just 12.5km on the road. The lone intermediate sprint would be in the town of Argentan 163km into the stage.

Once again a break would go out at the drop of the flag. A break of five would form. The five riders were Kristjian Durasek (Lampre-Merida) CRO, Luis Angel Maté (Cofidis) ESP, Anthony Delaplace and Brice Feillu (Bretagne-Séché Environnement) both French and of course Daniel Teklehaimanot (MTN) ERI looking to defend his polka dot prize. He would succeed. The break would be allowed a maximum advantage of 3:50.

The intermediate sprint was won by Luis Angel Maté (Cofidis) ESP with the top five being rounded out by his break mates. Giant-Alpecin would provide their man John Degenkolb a proper lead out bringing him in for the sixth place points ahead of Peter Sagan, Andre Greipel and Mark Cavendish.

The break would march on as the peloton allowed them a manageable gap. With 19km to go and the gap down to 25 seconds, Anthony Delaplace would make a half-hearted attempt to press on solo and Teklehaimanot would call it a day and head back to the pack.

At 15km and the gap at 13 seconds, Luis Angel Maté and Brice Feillu would make a last-ditch effort to survive while Anthony Delaplace and Kristjian Durasek would resign to their place back in the main field. The two remaining riders would be swept up only a few km further up the road. Gruppo compacto, the stage was set for a sprint finish.

A perfect lead out by Lotto Soudal would find Andre Greipel set up nicely for the sprint. Mark Cavendish, however, would come with a big turn of speed to beat him by half a bike length. Greipel would eek out a second place by a tire width ahead of Peter Sagan. John Degenkolb and Alexander Kristoff (Katusha) NOR would round out the top five.

Chris Froome would claim the vacated Yellow Jersey. Greipel would retain the green yet again however his days may be numbered with a finish on a cat 3 climb slated for Stage 8 tomorrow. Peter Sagan stays in White and with his consistent finishes and subsequent time bonuses he now finds himself in second overall just 11 seconds behind Chris Froome. Can Sagan claim yellow tomorrow? Does Tinkoff want that responsibility at this stage?

Stage 8 on the eve of the team time trial takes the riders over 181.5km from Rennes / Mûr-de-Bretagne and a finish for the puncheurs.

Mark Cavendish, Tour de France 2015 Stage 7 Photo: Kim Hull, Cool Adventures © Chasing Light Media

There’s no hiding the fact that losing Tony was going to be a big loss to the team. But we said yesterday that we’d win for him today. To go out and win to get the yellow jersey like he did, it’s really sad. He’s an incredible part of this team, on and off the bike. It’s almost like we started the race with 12 guys and now we’ve got eight left. That’s what losing Tony is like.

I’m so glad his surgery has gone well. We would have loved for him to be here today, and to celebrate with us tonight. We’re going to definitely dedicate this win to him at the celebration and I can’t wait to speak to him later. I think the way we rallied together, and around Tony, shows the spirit of Etixx – Quick-Step. I’ve grown with this team. I’m really happy. You’ve seen the ambience we’ve got here at Etixx – Quick-Step. We’re like a family, we’re always there for each other, and we share the same goals.

Everyone knows I’m a fan of racing my bike. I love it. It’s everything to me. To be with a team of like-minded people, it’s really nice to come away and do it with people who share the same feeling. Now we look to the next days. We’ve got a really good momentum going with nine strong guys who proved this week that we can win in all kinds of situations. We’ll keep going for good results.”
Mark Cavendish

Stage 7
Date: 10 July, 2015
Start:  Livarot
Finish: Fougères
Distance: 190 km

Tour de France 2015 Stage 7 Top 10

  1. Mark Cavendish (GBR) #112
    Etixx-QuickStep 04h 27 ’25′”
  2. André Greipel (GER)#75
    LOTTO-SOUDAL same time
  3. Peter Sagan (SVK) #47
    TINKOFF-SAXO same time
  4. John Degenkolb (GER) #81
    TEAM GIANT-ALPECIN same time
  5. Alexander Kristoff (NOR) #96
    TEAM KATUSHA same time
  6. Arnaud Demare (FRA) #24
    FDJ same time
  7. Tyler Farrar (USA) #213
    MTN-Qhubeka same time
  8. Reinardt Janse van Rensburg #215
    MTN-Qhubeka same time
  9. Davide Cimolai (ITA) #153
    LAMPRE – MERIDA same time
  10. Sam Bennett (IRL)  #193
    BORA-ARGON 18 same time

Tour de France 2015 General Classification Top 10 after Stage 7

  1. Christopher Froome (GBR) #31
    TEAM SKY 26h 40 ’51”
  2. Peter Sagan (SVK) 47
    TINKOFF-SAX 26h 41 ’02” + :11
  3. Tejay Van Garderen (USA) #61
    BMC RACING TEAM 26h 41 ’04″+ :13
  4. Tony Galllopin (FRA) #71
    LOTTO-SOUDAL 26h 41 ’17” + :26
  5. Greg Van Avermaet (BEL) #68
    BMC RACING TEAM 26h 41 ’19” + :28
  6. Rigoberto Uran (COL) #118
    QUICK STEP-Etixx 26h 41 ’25” + :34
  7. Alberto Contador (ESP) #41
    TINKOFF-SAX 26h 41 ’27” + :36
  8. Zdenek Stybar #116
    QUICK STEP-Etixx 26h 41 ’43” + :52
  9. Geraint Thomas (GBR) #39
    TEAM SKY 26h 41 ’54” + 1:03
  10. Warren Barguil (FRA) #82
    TEAM GIANT-ALPECIN 26h 41 ’58” + 1:07

Tour de France 2015 Jerseys after Stage 5

Yellow (Overall leader): Chris Froome, Team Sky
Green (Points): André Greipel, Lotto Soudal
Polka-dot (KOM): Daniel Teklehaimanot, MTN Qhubeka
White (Best Young Rider): Peter Sagan, Tinkoff-Saxo

Tour de France 2015 Stage 7 route

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Zdenek Styba, Etixx-QuickStep, Tour de France 2015 Stage 6

Zdenek Stybar wins Tour de France 2015 Stage 6; Martin in lead but injured

Cover: Zdenek Styba, Etixx-QuickStep, Tour de France 2015 Stage 6
Photo: Greg K. Hull, Cool Adventures © Chasing Light Media
Article by Todd Hofert

Zdenek Stybar (Etixx-QuickStep) soloed to victory at stage 6 in Le Havre after teammate and overall race leader, Tony Martin, went down in a crash in the final kilometer of the race.  Peter Sagan (Tinkoff-Saxo) was second and Bryan Coquard (Europcar) was third, both 2 seconds back.

Tony Martin, Etixx-QuickStep, Tour de France 2015 Stage 6
Tony Martin, Etixx-QuickStep, Tour de France 2015 Stage 6 Photo: Greg K. Hull, Cool Adventures © Chasing Light Media

An obviously injured Martin made a podium appearance to accept the jersey for the day but it is in question if he will be able to continue in the race. Team Sky’s Chris Froome currently sits in second place 12 seconds behind Martin and Tejay Van Garderen  (BMC Racing) is in third 25 seconds back.

Tony Martin update »

I am really happy to take the jersey. It is a big step for African cycling and I feel really proud at the moment because I have this jersey. I am excited to be able to show my team’s colours on the podium because we are trying to give 5000 bicycles to African students, being on the podium will help our project and I want to help make a difference for my African people. It was always our plan to get this polka dot jersey so I am happy we could do it. I am proud to be African and I am proud to be Eritrean. This is a day I will never forget.
– Daniel Teklehaimanot, MTN Qhubeka

Stage 6 – Abbeville / Le Havre – 191.5km

The riders would catch a break today as they made their way to the start of Stage 6 they were greeted by mild temperatures and a forecast devoid of precipitation. Sunshine and the coastal scenery, making up a full two-thirds of the stage today, provided not only a spectacular back drop for viewing but also a bit of calm for the riders after a nervous first quarter of the race.

Once again Tony Martin (Etixx-Quick Step) GER, always the tireless workhorse would deservingly sport the Maillot Jaune as race leader. Andre Greipel (Lotto-Soudal) GER, now with a very firm grip on the points classification continues in the Green Jersey for the fourth day running. He holds a comfortable 32 point margin over Peter Sagan (Tinkoff-Saxo) SVK in that competition and is looking to be very hard to beat. A single intermediate sprint and the points at the line were up for grabs today. Joachim Rodriguez (Katusha) ESP remained in the Polka-Dot Jersey coming off a day where no points were available. Today would play host to four category 4 climbs and a total of 3 points to be had. Peter Sagan would wear the White Jersey of the best young rider, a distinction he has held since Tom Dumoulin’s abandonment during Stage 3. Finally, BMC continued to own the dubious distinction of donning the coveted yellow helmets of the leaders of the team competition.

The day would play out with little or no drama, a welcome development for the riders. At one point the race was a full twenty minutes slower than the slowest schedule for the day.

An early break of three would form. It would be allowed some freedom to extend to ten minutes before the teams vying for a stage win would come to the fore and bring them back to a manageable gap.

The break was made up of Perrig Quémeneur (Europcar) FRA, his third break in five stages. Kenneth Van Bilsen (Cofidis, Credit Solutions) BEL and Daniel Teklehaimanot (MTN-Qhubeka) ERI. Teklehaimanot intentions were clear as he contested and won the first two category 4 mountain points worth one point each placing him in a tie with current leader Joachim Rodriguez (Katusha) ESP. He would need to grab the points on the final cat 4 climb of the day to succeed in capturing the Polka Dot Jersey.

The intermediate sprint of the day would first be contested by the three man break. They would go through with what appeared to be an agreed order with Perrig Quémeneur (Europcar) FRA winning Kenneth Van Bilsen (Cofidis, Credit Solutions) BEL in second and Daniel Teklehaimanot (MTN-Qhubeka) ERI in third. The usual suspects would follow with Degenkolb, Coquard, Greipel, Sagan and Cavendish arriving in that order.

The gap to the break came under a minute with 45km remaining and Thomas Voeckler (Europcar) FRA would launch an attempt to bridge to the break as the peloton came through the feed. His attempt would prove futile and he would find himself back in the pack with 35km to go.

The break would arrive at the final climb of the day and Daniel Teklehaimanot (MTN-Qhubeka) ERI would realize his childhood dream and grab the one point and with it the Polka Dot Jersey.

The day would proceed status quo until 12km when Kenneth Van Bilsen (Cofidis, Credit Solutions) BEL would ride away from his break mates. He would get a small gap but the peloton was chasing hard. His two companions from the break were absorbed at just under 10km.

A stage that I had previously noted as one for the sprinters was nothing of the sort. The long drag to the finish was more suited to a puncheur. At 3km to go Van Bilsen was caught and the race was on. Under the flamme rouge the Yellow Jersey of Tony Martin would hit the deck and he appeared to be nursing a shoulder injury. His teammate, Zdenek Stybar would take the stage win in front of the remainder of the pack who all seemed content to mark Peter Sagan while Stybar soloed to victory.

Tony Martin would be pushed across the line by his teammates and his Tour misfortune would return, his ability to continue tomorrow in question. Will the Tour lose its second leader to injury?

So much for an uneventful day without drama.

Stage 6
Date: 9 July, 2015
Start:  Abbeville
Finish: Le Havre
Distance: 191 km

Tour de France 2015 Stage 6 Top 10

  1. Zdenek Stybar (CZE) #116
    ETIXX-QUICK STEP 04h 53′ 46”
  2. Peter Sagan (SVK) #47
    TINKOFF-SAXO 04h 53′ 48” + :02
  3. Bryan Coquard (FRA) #122
    TEAM EUROPCAR 04h 53′ 48” + :02
  4. John Degenkolb (GER) 81
    TEAM GIANT-ALPECIN 04h 53′ 48” + :02
  5. Greg Van Avermaet (BEL) #68
    BMC RACING TEAM 04h 53′ 48” + :02
  6.  Tony Gallopin (FRA) #71
    LOTTO-SOUDAL 04h 53′ 48” + :02
  7. Edvald Boasson Hagen (NOR) #211
    MTN-QHUBEKA 04h 53′ 48” + :02
  8. Davide Cimolai (ITA) #153
    LAMPRE – MERIDA 04h 53′ 48” + :02
  9. Julian Simon (FRA) #177
    COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS 04h 53′ 48” + :02
  10. Gorka Izagirre Insausti (ESP) #57
    MOVISTAR TEAM 04h 53′ 48” + :02

Tour de France 2015 General Classification Top 10 after Stage 6

  1. Tony Martin (GER) #114
    ETIXX-QUICK STEP 22h 13 ’14”
  2. Christopher Froome (GBR) #31
    TEAM SKY 22h 13 ’26’ + :12
  3. Tejay Van Garderen (USA) #61
    BMC RACING TEAM 22h 13 ’39” + :25
  4. Peter Sagan (SVK) #47
    TINKOFF-SAXO 22h 13 ’41” + :27
  5.  Tony Gallopin (FRA) #71
    LOTTO-SOUDAL 22h 13 ’52” + :38
  6. Greg Avermaet (BEL) #68
    BMC RACING TEAM 22h 13 ’54” + :40
  7. Rigoberto Uran (COL) #118
    ETIXX-QUICK STEP 22h 14 ’00” +:46
  8. Alberto Contador (ESP) #41
    TINKOFF-SAX 22h 14 ’02” + :048
  9. Zdenek Stybar (CZE) #116
    ETIXX-QUICK STEPx 22h 14 ’18” + 1:04
  10. Geraint Thomas (GBR) #39
    TEAM SKY 22h 14 ’29” + 1:15

Tour de France 2015 Jerseys after Stage 5

Yellow (Overall leader): Tony Martin, Etixx – QuickStep
Green (Points): André Greipel, Lotto Soudal
Polka-dot (KOM): Daniel Teklehaimanot, MTN Qhubeka
White (Best Young Rider): Peter Sagan, Tinkoff-Saxo

Tour de France 2015 Stage 6 route

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André Greipel, Peter Sagan, Mark Cavendish, Alexander Kristoff, Tour de France 2015 Stage  5

Greipel wins again at Stage 5 in Amiens; Martin holds onto the yellow jersey

Cover: André Greipel, Peter Sagan, Mark Cavendish, Alexander Kristoff, Tour de France 2015 Stage 5
Photo: Greg K. Hull, Cool Adventures © Chasing Light Media
Article by Kim Hull

André Greipel, Lotto Soudal, picked up another win at stage 5 of the Tour de France edging out Peter Sagan, Tinkoff Saxo and Mark Cavendish, Etixx-QuickStep in the uphill, bunch sprint in Amiens.

Tony Martin, Etixx-QuickStep safely held onto the overall lead remaining 12 seconds in front Chris Froome (Team Sky) and 25 seconds ahead of Tejay Van Garderen (BMC Racing).

I couldn’t sleep so well last night. I fell asleep maybe at 2 o’clock in the morning and woke up early again, But it was OK for me. I woke up feeling well, thinking directly about the yellow jersey. It gave me a lot of power and morale today in the race. I hope I can find more sleep in the next nights, or else I won’t see Paris (laughs). As for the race, I tried to do my job for Cav in the finale. I wanted to lead him until the last kilometer and a half, and stay safe for yellow. I don’t know what happened with the sprint after that. I did my job for Cav as well as I could and didn’t take any risks. I think the team did well today going into the sprint.

We avoided crashes and were always in good position. The race was super stressful. A lot of nervousness, crashing, and fighting for position. I couldn’t really enjoy the day as I didn’t have time to think about being in yellow. In the end of this kind of stage we were lucky to stay upright. It wasn’t really a day for celebration. We will see about the next days. We have some very good riders that can be active in different kinds of stages. With our team you never know what we can do in the next days and weeks. I just want to keep yellow as long as possible, but I am also realistic that when the big mountains come I probably cannot stay with the best riders. Especially since I didn’t train for those kinds of stages.. My goal is to stay in yellow until the TTT, not the big mountains.”
Tony Martin, Etixx- QuickStep

Tour de France 2015 Stage 5 Top 10

  1. André Greipel (GER) #75
    LOTTO-SOUDAL 04h 39 ’00”
  2. Peter Sagan (SVK) #47
    TINKOFF-SAX 04h 39 ’00” same time
  3. Mark Cavendish (GBR) #112
    ETIXX-QUICK STEP 04h 39 ’00” same time
  4. Alexander Kristoff (NOR) #96
    TEAM KATUSHA 04h 39 ’00” same time
  5. Edvald Boasson Hagen (NOR) #211
    MTN-Qhubeka 04h 39 ’00”  same time
  6. John Degenkolb (GER) #81
    TEAM GIANT-ALPECIN 04h 39 ’00’ ‘ same time
  7. Arnaud Demare (FRA) #24
    FDJ 04h 39 ’00’ ‘ + 00 ’00” same time
  8. Bryan Coquard (FRA) #122
    TEAM EUROPCAR 04h 39 ’00” same time
  9. Davide Cimolai (ITA) #153
    LAMPRE – MERIDA 04h 39 ’00” same time
  10. Greg Van Avermaet (BEL) #68
    BMC RACING TEAM 04h 39 ’00” same time

Tour de France 2015 General Classification Top 10 after Stage 5

  1. Tony Martin (GER) #114
    ETIXX-QUICK STEP 17h 19′ 26″
  2. Christopher Froome (GBR) #31
    TEAM SKY 17h 19′ 38″ + :12
  3. Tejay Van Garderen (USA) #61
    BMC RACING TEAM 17h 19 ’51” + :25
  4. Peter Sagan (SVK) #47
    TINKOFF-SAXO 17h 19 ’59” + :33
  5. Tony Gallopin (FRA) #71
    LOTTO-SOUDAL 17h 20 ’04” + :38
  6. Greg Van Avermaet (BEL) #68
    BMC RACING TEAM 17h 20 ’06” + :40
  7. Rigoberto Uran (COL) #118
    ETIXX-QUICK STEP 17h 20 ’12” + :46
  8. Alberto Contador (ESP) #41
    TINKOFF-SAXO 17h 20 ’14” + :48
  9. Geraint Thomas (GBR) #39
    TEAM SKY 17h 20 ’41” + 1:15
  10. Zdenek Stybar (CZE) #116
    ETIXX-QUICK STEP 17h 20 ’42” + 1:16

Tour de France 2015 Jerseys after Stage 4

Yellow (Overall leader): Tony Martin, Etixx – QuickStep
Green (Points): André Greipel, Lotto Soudal
Polka-dot (KOM): Joaquim Rodriguez, Team Katusha
White (Best Young Rider): Peter Sagan, Tinkoff-Saxo

Stage 5 – Arras Communauté Urbaine / Amiens Métropole – 189.5km

Stage 5

Date: 8 July, 2015
Start:  Arras Communauté Urbaine
Finish: Amiens
Distance: 189 km

Tour de France 2015 Stage 5 route

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Tour de France 2015 Stage 4 – Cobblestones sector 6

Tony Martin solos to Tour de France 2015 Stage 4 victory & into the yellow jersey

Cover: Tour de France 2015 Stage 4 – Section 7 cobbles
Photo: Kim Hull, Cool Adventures © Chasing Light Media
Article by Todd Hofert

After seven sections of cobbles and 223.5 km, Tony Martin (Etixx – QuickStep) soloed to victory in Cambrai at stage 4 of the Tour de France, picking up both the win and the yellow jersey in the process. John Degenkolb (Team Giant-Alpecin) was second and Peter Sagan (Tinkoff-Saxo) was third, both 3 seconds back.

Chris Froome (Team Sky), who started the day in the yellow jersey, now sits 12 seconds behind Martin in the overall and Tejay Van Garderen (BMC Racing Team) is in third in the GC, 25 seconds behind Martin.

Tour de France 2015 Stage 4 – Cobblestones sector 6
Tour de France 2015 Stage 4 – Cobblestones sector 6 Photo: Kim Hull, Cool Adventures © Chasing Light Media

Tour de France 2015 Stage 4: Seraing to Cambria

A Tour already filled with high drama from stages 2 and 3, the peloton finally reached France on the way to the finish of Stage 4. Coming off the thrilling splits in the foul weather in The Netherlands on stage 2, the stage 3 crash that would ultimately claim the yellow jersey and of course the classics like the finish on the famed Mur de Huy, one would think the riders would be looking for a little respite from the drama.

Contraire! Bring on the stage 4 cobbles. The stage from Seraing to Cambria has been dubbed by the Tour as a mini Roubaix. With seven sections of cobbles comprising 13.3km of racing. For some, mixed emotions were certainly the order of their morning preparations. The threat of rain adding to the anxiety.

Chris Froome (Team Sky) GBR would start the day in yellow with a slim one second lead over Tony Martin (Etixx – Quick Step) GER. Martin, coming off two days of one second near misses for claiming his first career yellow jersey, you can rest assured was hyper-motivated. Others within striking distance included Greg Van Avermaet (BMC) BEL and Peter Sagan (Tinkoff-Saxo) SVK to name a few. It was Froomey’s 15th Tour yellow jersey, a new record for British riders.

The break of the day would once again go straight away. Initiated by Lieuwe Westra (Astana) NED and Thomas De Gendt (Lotto-Soudal) BEL, Astana was keen to take the pressure off of Vincenzo Nibali and the rest of the team. Westra’s break would place the onus of managing the chase squarely on the shoulders of the teams of the other GC contenders and the sprinters vying for a stage win.

Westra and De Gendt would be joined by Perrig Quémeneur (Europcar) FRA, his second consecutive day in the break, and Frédéric Brun (Bretagne-Séché Environnement) FRA.

Thomas De Gendt would take the one mountain classification point available today leading the break over the cat 4 Côte de la Citadelle de Namur. The break had an 8:25 advantage.

The break would tumble on the run in to secteur 7 and they would hit this first taste of pave´with their advantage down to just over a minute. Mark Cavendish (Etixx-Quick Step)GBR took the responsibility of leading the peloton and Tony Martin across this 1.8km length of relatively placid cobblestones. Reports from the ground began to tell of raindrops starting to fall.

Tour de France 2015 Stage 4, sector 7
Tour de France 2015 Stage 4, sector 7 Photo: Kim Hull, Cool Adventures © Chasing Light Media

The Tour, always a platform for new technology and competitive innovation, several riders stopped and changed bikes to one more suitable to cobbles. This along with a peloton wide natural break would see the gap to the break start to stretch again. The break would re-establish itself to a maximum gap of 3:23.

The intermediate sprint at Havay, 137km into the stage was won by Thomas De Gendt out of the break. The peloton would battle for the remaining points for places five through fifteen. Mark Cavendish (Etixx-Quick Step) GBR would grab the fifth place points then came Bryan Coquard (Europcar) FRA, Andre Greipel (Lotto-Soudal) GER, Peter Sagan (Tinkoff-Saxo) SVK and John Degenkolb (Giant-Alpecin) GER. And just like that, the race crossed the border into France for good.

To no one’s surprise, the pace would lift as the peloton approached the final 40km and the six remaining sectors of pave´. Luca Paolini(Katyusha) ITA could be seen moving to the front, taking on the lead role for Alexander Kristoff as he has done so well all spring long. The rain began to fall and the wet roads immediately took their toll. Dan Martin and Alex Dowsett would go down in separate incidents.

Splits would start to form on sector six and the break would be caught with 40km to go as they hit sector 5. Astana came to the front to play their cards for Vincenzo Nibali. A select group of about 50 would form with all of the GC contenders present and animating the action. The race would ebb and flow back together.

A selection of 40 or so riders would finally form through sector 3 and sectuer 2. The main tour contenders all fighting for position but present and accounted for.

Pressure from Nibali would decant the group to 10 or 12 on the final section of cobbles. Alberto Contador(Tinkoff-Saxo) ESP would miss the split but Peter Sagan would pull the chase group back with 8km to go. A group of about 35 riders would come together to contest the finish. Degenkolb was looking to be in the best position with 6km to go.

Tour de France 2015 Stage 4, sector 6 Photo: Kim Hull, Cool Adventures © Chasing Light Media

Tony Martin would take matters into his own hands and launch a solo attack with 3.5km to go. He would go on to solo to the finish for the stage win and finally his first yellow jersey. John Degenkolb(Giant-Alpecin) GER, Peter Sagan(Tinkoff-Saxo) SVK, Greg Van Avermaet(BMC) BEL and Edvald Boasson Hagen(MTN – Qhubeka) NOR would round out the top five.

I wasn’t really thinking about anyone following me when I attacked. Maybe everyone saw when I had a flat tyre in the last cobbled section. I had to change to Matteo’s bike. Maybe they thought I was more on the limit than what I actually was when I launched in that moment. It’s also possible no one expected such an early attack. I think inside 4 kilometers to go everyone was on their hands and knees. It was just the right moment for me to try my chance. I found some extra power. I got a good gap.

I knew this finale really well. I was here before for training for two days. I did 180 kilometers of the stage, I knew every little detail.  I knew if I could make it to the last kilometer, which was a little more technical with the cobbles and the hard left hand turn, I would have a chance. My goal was the last corner, and somehow I made it. I’m thrilled about my solo victory and my race leadership. It really surprised me that I could make it, because I was really tired after chasing back after the flat. The last three days I missed the yellow by just a few seconds. My goal was to get it on the first day and I was sad I missed it. I came closer, but I never had it. Yesterday was super hard. I knew the chance was there, but it was obviously not my kind of stage.

So, the pressure was getting bigger and bigger. Today I was really motivated. Today’s stage suited me much better so I can play with my power.  I am more of a classics style rider than a climber. For today’s stage I had all the support from the team and I really wanted to get the yellow for me and especially for the team. Crossing the line in first, knowing I won the stage but also that I got yellow, makes me super happy that I can give everything back to the team that they gave me in the last days. I am also proud to wear this yellow jersey for Germany. I was proud to wear my German TT Champion jersey in the opening time trial, and now I can show the German fans something else special with my GC lead.

This moment has been wonderful and I really hope this brings more people into being fans of cycling, including those of the German public. The goal is now to keep the yellow jersey as many days as we can going into the rest day. There are a few hard finals, but I believe I can stay in front with the support of my team. We also have the team time trial coming up. I think we have a fighting chance of holding on to this jersey until the first rest day. Of course, I think we also have chances to fight for good stage results in the next days. As you could see from my support today we have nine strong guys at this race. We will do our best to defend this jersey and go for more good results.”
Tony Martin, Etixx – QuickStep

The peloton will look forward to what should be a more relaxed few stages heading into the TTT this weekend.

Stage 4
Date: 7 July, 2015
Start:  Seraing
Finish: Cambrai
Distance: 223.5 km

Tour de France 2015 Stage 4 – Cobblestones sector 6
Tour de France 2015 Stage 4 – Cobblestones sector 6 Photo: Kim Hull, Cool Adventures © Chasing Light Media

Tour de France 2015 Stage 4 Top 10

  1. Tony Martin (GER) #114
    ETIXX-QUICK STEP 05h 28′ 58”
  2. John Degenkolb (GER) #81
    TEAM GIANT-ALPECIN 05h 29′ 01” + :03
  3. Peter Sagan (SVK) #47
    TINKOFF-SAXO 05h 29′ 01” + :03
  4. Greg Van Avermaet (BEL) #68
    BMC RACING TEAM 05h 29′ 01” + :03
  5. Edvald Boasson Hagen (NOR) #211
    MTN-QHUBEKA 05h 29′ 01” + :03
  6. Nacer Bounanni (FRA) #171
    COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS 05h 29′ 01” + :03
  7. Jacopo Guarnier (ITA) #93
    TEAM KATUSHA 05h 29′ 01” +:03
  8. Tony Gallopin (FRA) #71
    LOTTO-SOUDAL 05h 29′ 01” + :03
  9. Zdenek Stybar (CZE) #116
    ETIXX-QUICK STEP 05h 29′ 01” + :03
  10. Bryan Coquaard (FRA) #122
    TEAM EUROPCAR 05h 29′ 01” + :03

Tour de France 2015 General Classification Top 10 after Stage 4

  1. Tony Martin (GER) #114
    ETIXX-QUICK STEP 12h 40′ 26”
  2. Christopher Froome (GBR) #31
    TEAM SKY 12h 40′ 38” + :12
  3. Tejay Van Garderen (USA) #61
    BMC RACING TEAM 12h 40′ 51” + :25
  4. Tony Gallopin (FRA) #71
    LOTTO-SOUDAL 12h 41′ 04” + :38
  5. Peter Sagan (SVK) #47
    TINKOFF-SAXO 12h 41′ 05” + :39
  6. Greg Van Avermaet (BEL) #68
    BMC RACING TEAM 12h 41′ 06” + :40
  7. Rigoberto Uran (COL) #118
    ETIXX-QUICK STEP 12h 41′ 12” + :46
  8. Alberto Contador (ESP) #41
    TINKOFF-SAXO 12h 41′ 14” + :48
  9. Geraint Thomas (GBR) #39
    TEAM SKY 12h 41′ 41” + 1:15
  10. Zdenek Stybar (CZE) #116
    ETIXX-QUICK STEP 12h 41′ 42” + 1:16

Tour de France 2015 Jerseys after Stage 4

Yellow (Overall leader): Tony Marin, Etixx – QuickStep
Green (Points): André Greipel, Lotto Soudal
Polka-dot (KOM): Joaquim Rodriguez, Team Katusha
White (Best Young Rider): Peter Sagan, Tinkoff-Saxo

Tour de France 2015 Stage 4 route

Tour de France 2015 Stage 4 route map


Tour de France 2015 Stage 4 profile


Cobblestone sectors

Seven sectors of cobbles totaling 13.3 km await the riders in stage 4.

The first is sector 7, an 1800m stretch from Pont-à-Celles to Gouy-Lez-Piéton, reached 103.5 km into the race. Sectors 1-6 all fall in the last 46 km as follows:
Sector 6: Atres to Famars, 1200m
Sector 5: Quérénaing to Verchain – Maugré, 1600m
Sector 4: Verchain – Maugré to Saulzoir, 1200m
Sector 3: Saint-Python, 1500m
Sector 2: Fontaine-au-Tertre to Quiévy, 3700m
Sector 1: Avesnes-les-Aubert to Carnières, 2300m

Tour de France 2015 Stage 4 last km


Maps courtesy of Le Tour de France / © A.S.O.

Joaquim “Purito” Rodriguez (Team Katusha), Tour de France Stage 3

Purito Rodriguez takes stage 3 at the Mur de Huy; Froome takes over race lead

Cover: Joaquim “Purito” Rodriguez (Team Katusha), Tour de France Stage 3
Photo: Kim Hull, Cool Adventures © Chasing Light Media
Article by Todd Hofert

Joaquim “Purito” Rodriguez (Team Katusha) conquered the Mur de Huy for the stage 3 win at the Tour de France. Chris Froome (Team Sky) was second and Alexis Vuillermoz (AG2R La Mondiale) was third.

I started the day with some fear after a bad night following my crash yesterday and some knee pain in the morning, but during the day I really felt good and then better and better. The team supported me also very well. It is a pity we had to lose Dmitriy Kozonchuk. I did not see the crash as I was in front of it, but I could hear it. The speed was really high headed in the direction Mur de Huy. I even had to ask Giampaolo Caruso to slow down a bit.

On the Mur everything went well. I attacked with 400 m to go. That is the perfect distance for me. I am explosive and this Mur suits me so well. The last time I wanted to wait a little longer and then I was closed in by others. I did not want to take that risk this time and I went full gas and it was perfect. I am so happy after the fabulous work of the team too.”
– Joaquim Rodriguez, Team Katusha

Chris Froome (Team Sky) moved into the overall lead now sitting 1 second in front of Tony Martin (Etixx- QuickStep) and 13 seconds in front of BMC Racing’s Tejay Van Garderen.

Chris Froome, Tour de France Stage 3
Chris Froome, Tour de France Stage 3, Greg K. Hull, Cool Adventures © Chasing Light Media

It’s an amazing feeling to be back in yellow. If you’d have told me this morning I’d be in the jersey, I wouldn’t have believed you, but it’s amazing. Especially on a day like this which had a punchy climb in the final. That isn’t normally my kind of thing – I’m better on longer climbs – so I was really surprised to see the gaps open up like they did. I knew there would be gaps – but I didn’t expect them to be as significant as they were and allow me to get into yellow.

I’ve got my team-mates to thank for the massive effort they put in. They turned themselves inside out to keep me near the front through the trickiest parts of the race. It was treacherous out there – we were up and down, left and right, and obviously there were the crashes as well. My team did a fantastic job and I couldn’t be happier with them.

It’s never too early to go into yellow, and I’d much rather be in this position than having to make up time on my rivals. We’re going to take it one day at a time now. Tomorrow we’ve got the cobbles so we’ll just have to manage that as well as we can. Something massive has happened every day so far and a lot of time gaps have opened up. I’m not banking on anything at this point and I just hope to get through these next few days with no major issues.”
Chris Froome, Team Sky

Tour de France 2015 Stage 3:  Anvers – Huy 159.5km

More favorable weather greeted the riders this morning in Anvers with mostly sunny skies and less humid conditions than those encountered in The Netherlands. New race leader Fabian Cancellara (Trek Factory Racing) SUI arrived sporting the 29th yellow jersey of his illustrious career. Andre Greipel (Lotto-Soudal) GER wore green as the rightful leader of the points competition and Tom Dumoulin (Giant Alpecin) NED continued in the white jersey of the best young rider.  The first mountain points were available today with four categorized climbs, 3 cat 4 climbs and of course the cat 3 climb at the finish on the famous Mur de Huy.

Fabian Cancellara, Trek Factory Racing, Tour de France 2015 Stage 3
Fabian Cancellara, Trek Factory Racing, Tour de France 2015 Stage 3 Photo: Kim Hull, Cool Adventures © Chasing Light Media

Team BMC Racing enjoyed the honor of wearing the yellow numbers of the Tour leaders of the team competition.

A break of four would form immediately and was well established just 10km in. It was made up of Serge Pauwels (MTN-Quhbeka) BEL, Jan Barta (Bora-Argon 18) CZE, Martin Elmiger (IAM Cycling) SUI and Bryan Nauleau (Team Europcar) FRA. Two days and two breaks in the bag for Jan Barta. The break would gain a maximum gap of 3:40.

Jan Barta, Bora Argon 18, Tour de France 2015
Jan Barta, Bora Argon 18, Tour de France 2015 Photo: Greg K. Hull, Cool Adventures © Chasing Light Media

Team Sky and Tinkoff-Saxo marshaled the front of the peloton for their respective GC men; Chris Froome and Alberto Contador. Trek also represented at the front keeping the yellow jersey safe and Movistar helped to keep the break in check with interest in setting up Alejandro Valverde for a possible stage win on the Mur de Huy. Despite the seemingly placid appearance in the pack, the nervous energy would result in a tight leash on the escapees.

As the break was about to be absorbed with 58km to go there were two crashes in rapid succession. The first included the yellow jersey of Fabian Cancellara and the white jersey of Tom Dumoulin. Tom Dumoulin (Giant Alpecin) NED would abandon, as would Simon Gerrans (Orica-GreenEdge) AUS and William Bonnet (FDJ) FRA, who appeared to be injured the worst.

In an unusual move, the race was neutralized briefly due to the carnage. The race would be released before being neutralized a second time and finally, they brought the race to a complete stop.  Cancellara obviously shaken seemed lost in indecision of whether or not to continue as the race was stopped awaiting his return. When the race started to roll again it remained neutralized through the top of the first categorized climb removing the points for that climb. Cancellara would continue to sit at the back of the pack and racing would resume with 50km left in the stage.

The race took a few kilometers to regain full momentum and when it did it was Astana and Vincenzo Nibali looking to regroup from their losses the day before. They would split the field to a group of about 60 or so riders, all of the GC contenders present as they approached the intermediate sprint.

Andre Greipel (Lotto-Soudal) GER, wearing the green jersey would win the intermediate sprint consolidating his lead in the points classification followed by John Degenkolb (Giant-Alpecin) GER, Nacer Bouhanni (Cofidis, Credit Solutions) FRA and Bryan Couqard (Team Europcar) FRA and Mark Cavendish (Etixx-Quick Step) GBRand the race was all back together.

With 20km remaining, Fabian Cancellara popped off the back obviously suffering the effects of his earlier crash. His day was done as was his time in yellow.

In the final 10km the race was full gas as it approached the penultimate category 4 climb as well as the lead into the Mur de Huy. Tinkoff-Saxo would drive the pace and splinter the field. The contenders all present.

Fireworks would ensue as they hit the Mur and the flamme rouge led by Joaquin Rodriguez(Katyusha) ESP. Froome, Tony Gallopin and Purito would find a gap on the Mur. Rodriguez would fend off Froome on the steepest part of the climb with 450 meters to the finish. He would win the stage followed by Froome and Alexis Vuillermoz (AG2R-LaMondiale) FRA. Contador would blow and give a few seconds to his rivals as would Vincenzo Nibali.

The yellow jersey would pass to Chris Froome with time bonuses. Tony Martin would miss yellow by one second for the second day in a row. Cancellara would finish over eleven minutes down.

Stage 4 on Tuesday takes the race across the cobbles of Northern France and the high drama of stages 2 and 3 is sure to continue. 

Stage 3
Date: 6 July, 2015
Start:  Anvers (Antwerp / Antwerpen)
Finish: Huy
Distance: 154 km

Tour de France 2015 Stage 3 Top 10

  1. Joaquim Rodriguez (ESP) #91
    TEAM KATUSHA 03h 26 ’54”
  2. Christopher Froome (GBR) #31
    TEAM SKY 03h 26 ’54” same time
  3. Alexis Vuillermoz (FRA) #19
    AG2R La Mondiale 03h 26 ’58” + :04
  4. Daniel Martin (IRL) #167
    TEAM GARMIN-CANNONDALE 03h 26 ’59” + :05
  5. Tony Gallopin (FRA) #71
    LOTTO-SOUDAL 03h 27 ’02” + :08
  6. Tejay Van Garderen (USA) #61
    BMC RACING TEAM 03h 27 ’05” +:11
  7. Vincenzo Nibali (ITA) #1
    ASTANA PRO TEAM 03h 27 ’05” + :11
  8. Simon Yates (GBR) #109
    ORICA GREENEDGE 03h 27 ’05” + :11
  9. Nairo Quintana (COL) #51
    MOVISTAR TEAM 03h 27 ’05” +:11
  10. Bauke Mollema (NED) #141
    TREK FACTORY RACING 03h 27 ’05” + :11

Tour de France 2015 General Classification Top 10 after Stage 3

  1. Christopher Froome (GBR) #31
    TEAM SKY 07h 11 ’37”
  2. Tony Martin (GER) #114
    QUICK STEP-Etixx 07h 11 ’38” + :01
  3. Tejay Van Garderen (USA) #61
    BMC RACING TEAM 07h 11 ’50” + :13
  4. Tony Gallopin (FRA) #71
    LOTTO-SOUDAL 07h 12 ’03” + :26
  5. Greg Van Avermaet (BEL)
    BMC RACING TEAM 07h 12 ’05” + :28
  6. Peter Sagan (SVK) #47
    TINKOFF-SAX 07h 12 ’08” + :31
  7. Rigoberto Uran (COL) #118
    QUICK STEP-Etixx 07h 12 ’11” + :34
  8. Alberto Contador (ESP) #41
    TINKOFF-SAX 07h 12 ’13” + :36
  9. Geraint Thomas (GBR) #39
    TEAM SKY 07h 12 ’40” +1:03
  10. Zdenek Stybar (CZE) #116
    QUICK STEP-Etixx 07h 12 ’41” + 1:04

Tour de France 2015 Jerseys after Stage 3

Yellow (Overall leader): Chris Froome, Team Sky

Green (Points): André Greipel, Lotto Soudal

Polka-dot (KOM): Joaquim Rodriguez, Team Katusha

White (Best Young Rider): Peter Sagan, Tinkoff-Saxo

Tour de France 2015 Stage 3 route

Tour de France 2015 Stage 3 route map


Tour de France 2015 Stage 3 profile


Tour de France 2015 Stage 3 climbs


Maps courtesy of Le Tour de France / © A.S.O.

Tour de France 2015 Stage 2 Zélande finish

Greipel wins stage 2 at Zélande; Cancellara moves into yellow jersey

Cover: Tour de France 2015 Stage 2 Zélande finish
Photo: Kim Hull, Cool Adventures © Chasing Light Media
Article by Todd Hofert

André Greipel, Lotto Soudal, Tour de France 2015 Stage 2
André Greipel, Lotto Soudal, Tour de France 2015 Stage 2 Photo: Greg K. Hull, Cool Adventures © Chasing Light Media

André Greipel (Lotto Soudal) won the bunch sprint on bridge finish at Zélande at the Tour de France 2015 stage 2, beating Peter Sagan (Tinkoff-Saxo) and Fabian Cancellara (Trek Factory Racing) at the line.

This was the first stage I could win, it’s magnificent that I did. This is a fantastic reward for the team and me. In the Tour everyone starts from zero, it are the results here that count. This determines if your season is successful or not. A victory at the Tour is at least as double important as anywhere else.

In our echelon were six riders of Etixx – QuickStep and strong riders like Cancellara and Dumoulin. We tried to stay a bit under the radar, but did our bit when the echelons were formed. The first time eight of us were part of the first group. The second time the selection was bigger and we were with three in a group of twenty-five. I considered Cavendish and Sagan to be my main opponents for the sprint. I’m happy I could stay ahead of them.

We had a plan before the start and did a recon last Wednesday. We were focused today, but not stressed. I finished it off, but this victory one is of the entire team. I win a Tour stage for the fifth year in a row, but it’s the first time my wife is here so that makes it even more special. I’m wearing the green jersey for the first time in my career, that’s a nice extra. Tonight I will enjoy this victory and then we’ll see what happens the next days.”
– André Greipel, Lotto Soudal

Fabian Cancellara, Trek Factory Racing, Tour de France 2015 Stage 2
Fabian Cancellara, Trek Factory Racing, Tour de France 2015 Stage 2 Photo: Greg K. Hull, Cool Adventures © Chasing Light Media

Fabian Cancellara (Trek Factory Racing) moved into the overall race lead and now sits 3 seconds ahead of Tony Martin (Etixx-Quick-Step) and 6 seconds in front of Tom Dumoulin (Team Giant-Alpecin).

I had cramps at the end, it was so fast and nervous, but finally some luck. I had so much problems out of the corners, out of the roundabouts, the problem was from yesterday, I paid a lot – I mean everyone probably did – from yesterday’s effort.

I am not sure what happened, if it was a crash or just a split because the guys from Lotto-Soudal went full gas. But we went through this small city and there were a lot of roundabouts and with the rain and wind…it was not easy and I was just there and suddenly the group split up. I hoped for sure at the end to get something out and now of course with the yellow I am really happy.”
Fabian Cancellara, Trek Factory Racing

Peter Sagan, André Greipel, Mark Cavendish, Tour de France 2015 Stage 2
Peter Sagan, André Greipel, Mark Cavendish, Tour de France 2015 Stage 2 Photo: Greg K. Hull, Cool Adventures © Chasing Light Media

Tour de France 2015 Stage 2 Top 10

  1. André Greipel (GER) #75
    LOTTO-SOUDAL 03h 29 ’03”
  2. Peter Sagan (SVK) #47
    TINKOFF-SAX 03h 29 ’03” same time
  3. Fabian Cancellara (SUI) #143
    TREK FACTORY RACING 03h 29 ’03” same time
  4. Mark Cavendish (GBR) #112
    QUICK STEP-Etixx 03h 29 ’03” same time
  5. Daniel Oss (ITA) #64
    BMC RACING TEAM 03h 29 ’03” same time
  6. Greg Van Avermaet (BEL) #68
    BMC RACING TEAM 03h 29 ’03” same time
  7. Christopher Froome (GBR) #31
    TEAM SKY 03h 29 ’03” same time
  8. Tom Dumoulin (NED) #85
    TEAM GIANT-ALPECIN 03h 29 ’03” same time
  9. Tony Martin (GER) #114
    QUICK STEP-Etixx 03h 29 ’03” same time
  10. Warren Barguil (FRA) #82
    TEAM GIANT-ALPECIN 03h 29 ’03″same time

Tour de France 2015 General classification after Stage 2

  1. Fabian Cancellara #143 (SUI )
    TREK FACTORY RACING 03h 44 ’01”
  2. Tony Martin #114 (GER)
    ETIXX-QUICK STEP03h 44 ’04” + :03
  3. Tom Dumoulin (NED) #85
    TEAM GIANT-ALPECIN 03h 44 ’07″+ :06
  4. Peter Sagan (SVK) #47
    TINKOFF-SAX 03h 44 ’34” +:33
  5. Geraint Thomas (GBR) #39
    TEAM SKY 03h 44 ’36” + 35
  6. Daniel Oss (ITA) #64
    BMC RACING TEAM 03h 44 ’43” +:42
  7. Rigoberto Uran  (COL) #118
    ETIXX-QUICK STEP 03h 44 ’43” +:42
  8. Tejay van Garderen (USA) #61
    BMC RACING TEAM 03h 44 ’45” +:44
  9. Greg Van Avermaet (BEL) #68
    BMC RACING TEAM 03h 44 ’49” +:48
  10. Christopher Froome (GBR) #31
    TEAM SKY 03h 44 ’49” +:48

Tour de France 2015 Jerseys after Stage 2

Yellow (Overall leader): Fabian Cancellara, Trek Factory Racing

Green (Points): André Greipel, Lotto Soudal

Polka-dot (KOM): Not awarded

White (Best Young Rider): Tom Dumoulin, Team Giant-Alpecin

Tour de France 2015 Stage 2: Utrecht to Zelande

Tour de France 2015 Stage 2
Tour de France 2015 Stage 2 Photo: Greg K. Hull, Cool Adventures © Chasing Light Media

Utrecht and the cycling crazed fans of The Netherlands were once again out in full force showing off the start of Stage 2. Rohan Dennis (BMC) AUS, arrived on his new Yellow BMC resplendent in the first yellow jersey of the Tour leaving the remainder of his suitcase full of Stage 1 swag on loan to Tony Martin (Etixx-Quick Step) GER, in the Green jersey and Tom Dumoulin (Giant Alpecin) NED wearing the white jersey of the best young rider with the first Polka Dot jersey yet to be awarded. The Dutch team Lotto NL- Jumbo arriving as the best team having placed three riders in the top eleven spots of the Stage 1 Time Trial.

Rohan Dennis, BMC Racing Team, Tour de France 2015 Stage 2
Rohan Dennis, BMC Racing Team, Tour de France 2015 Stage 2 Photo: Greg K. Hull, Cool Adventures © Chasing Light Media

The Stage 2 break formed consisting of four riders including Dutchman Stef Clement (IAM Cycling) NED, Jan Barta (Bora-Argon 18) CZE, Perrig Quemeneur (Team EuRopcar) FRA and Armindo Fonseca (Bretagne-Seiche Environment) FRA. The four would achieve a maximum gap of 2:45 while Etixx-Quick Step maintained control at the front of the pack with hopes of delivering Mark Cavendish to his first stage win in the 2015 Tour.

As feared, the weather would play a role in the stage. The winds and rain rolled in off the North Sea and the skies hung low with reports of 15°C temps and 44+kph crosswinds at the finish. The riders stayed dry until they reached the town of Gouda with about 115km remaining in the stage. As the weather changed so did the colors at the front of the Peloton. Sky, Tinkoff-Saxo and Astana all came forward to shepherd their respective GC contenders safely through the countryside. The threat of the Waaiers, or Echelons forming splits in the pack, were their primary concerns.

Tinkoff-Saxo saw an opportunity in the crosswinds and formed a short lived split with 65km remaining. Riders were shelled out the back and Sky came forward to assist in establishing it. All of the contenders were attentive and made the front group. The furious pace and strong crosswinds would see the break disappear. The gap fell from two plus minutes to just 20 seconds over the course of a few kilometers. As the Peloton regrouped the break of four held on.

The first sprint was contested in Rotterdam with points available for the first 15 places. Jan Barta (Bora-Argon 18) CZE would solo away from his break companions to take the 20 bonus points. Stef Clement (IAM Cycling) NED, Armindo Fonseca (Bretagne-Seiche Environment) FRA and Perrig Quemeneur (Team EuRopcar) FRA from the break would follow. John Degenkolb (Giant-Alpecin) GER, would lead the peloton across for fifth place points followed by Alexander Kristoff (Katyusha) NOR, Peter Sagan (Tinkoff-Saxo) Mark Cavendish (Etixx-Quick Step) GBR, Nacer Bouhanni (Cofidis, Credit Solutions) FRA and Bryan Couqard (Team EuRopcar) FRA rounding out the top ten respectively.

The peloton would absorb the break with 62km remaining in the stage. Lotto NL-Jumbo would suffer misfortune on a couple of occasions with Wilco Kellerman hitting the deck twice, the second crash taking teammates and countrymen Laurens Ten Dam and Jos Van Emden with him.

With 45km remaining the peloton split in the winds again with the likes of the yellow jersey of Rohan Dennis (BMC) AUS, Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) ITA, Nairo Quintana (Movistar) COL, and John Degenkolb (Giant-Alpecin) GER missing the move to find themselves chasing in horrendous conditions. The front group of 25 included Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo) ESP, Chris Froome (Sky) GBR, Tejay Van Garderen (BMC) USA, Mark Cavendish (Etixx-Quick Step) GBR, Peter Sagan (Tinkoff-Saxo) SVK and a host of Tinkoff, Sky and BMC riders. The gap between the lead group and the chasers stretched out over a minute.

We were going through a lot of roundabouts and I was sort of toward the back, thinking it was safe because it wasn’t too hard. Then Pinot led the gap go. He swung out and basically looked at me, saying I had to close it. I looked around and saw Nibali was there as well. So I made the call not to chase because if Nibali losses time, it is better.

It was a bit hard to swallow, but I came to terms with it. I could have closed the gap and taken Nibali with me – which more than likely would have meant I would have kept the jersey. But by sitting up, Nibali lost time, which makes it better for Tejay, who is our goal for the Tour.”
Rohan Dennis, BMC Racing Team

Bad luck would hit Vincenzo Nibali straight between the eyes with a puncture that would isolate him from the chase group. He would find his way back through the team cars with less than 20km remaining in the stage. The gap to the lead group came down to 50 seconds as the weather began to improve.

The lead group led by Etixx-Quick Step pushed the gap out to 1:17 as the traffic furniture and roundabouts making up the lead in to the finish began to play a factor. A crash in the chase would slow their progress and ultimately seal their fate.

Tour de France 2015 Stage 2 Zelande finish
Tour de France 2015 Stage 2 Zélande finish
Photo: Kim Hull, Cool Adventures © Chasing Light Media

Etixx-Quick Step appeared to be in the drivers seat however, a very poor lead out found Cavendish on the front way too early at 250 meters. He would provide Andre Griepel (Lotto-Soudal) GER a perfect lead out and The Gorilla would claim the stage followed by Peter Sagan (Tinkoff-Saxo) SVK, Fabian Cancellara (Trek Factory Racing) SWI, Mark Cavendish (Etixx-Quick Step) GBR and Daniel Oss (BMC) ITA rounding out the top five.

Fabian Cancellara would claim the yellow jersey with a four second time bonus for third place providing him the seconds required to leap Tony Martin in the GC. The big losers of the day would be Vincenzo Nibali, Nairo Quintana and Robert Gesink (Lotto NL-Jumbo) NED coming in 1:27 down on their main rivals who managed to make the earlier split. Quintana may be capable of weathering such a loss but the other two may not be able to recover for contention.

Stage 3 and the Mur de Huy on deck for tomorrow.

Stage 2
Date: 5 July, 2015
Start:  Utrecht  
Finish: Zélande
Distance: 166 km

Tour de France 2015 Stage 2 route

Tour de France 2015 Stage 2 route map



Tour de France 2015 Stage 2 profile



Maps courtesy of Le Tour de France / © A.S.O.

2015 Tour de France – Le Grand Départ – The Stages Outside of France

Article by Todd Hofert

The Tour de France kicks off Saturday, July 4th in Utrecht, The Netherlands. It marks the first time the Tour has visited Utrecht and they are honored to act as the host for the Grand Départ as well as the finish of that day’s Stage 1, a 13.8km ITT. They will also host the start of Stage 2.

The Dutch are quite simply a cycling-crazed nation. Utrecht, very near the geographic center of the small country, expects as many as one million spectators along the opening stage route through the streets of the old city. The short course is flat as a stroopwafel and well suited to the powerful time trial specialists.

Many in the host nation pin their hopes on countryman Tom Dumoulin (Giant-Alpecin) to pull on the first Maillot Jaune of the Tour. The 24-year-old Dutchman from Maastricht has the pedigree. He is the current (2014) Dutch National Time Trial Champion, he placed third in the 2014 World Time Trial Championship and is fresh off an Individual Time Trial win at the Tour de Suisse.

A more likely scenario sees a veteran specialist like Tony Martin (Etixx – QuickStep) winning in Utrecht. The GC contenders will be content to mark their rivals and stay upright having little interest in defending a yellow jersey from day one.



Stage 2 is an equally flat stage of 166km. The riders will take the start again in Utrecht and head southwest toward the North Sea and the tiny island of Zélande. The first points for the Maillot Vert will be contested in Rotterdam and of course at the finish in Zélande. Will the wind swept flatlands of Holland cause ‘waaiers’, or echelons to form with splits that steal the day away from the sprinters? Not likely, a sprint finish is a near certainty and the likes of Cavendish (Etixx – QuickStep), Sagan (Tinkoff-Saxo) and Kittel (Giant-Alpecin) will have their sleeves rolled up looking to capture the Tour’s first Green Jersey.

Sagan, if allowed, will be chasing Green without a team to support him as all Tinkoff-Saxo’s efforts will be focused on protecting Alberto Contador and his GC aspirations. Sagan, however, has managed to win Green in each of the last three years with a less than stellar supporting cast when compared with his points chasing rivals. Kittel’s form is still uncertain after a spring lost to illness. Will he have the top end required to truly compete for the points classification? All things considered, Cavendish may be the favorite for Green lining up in Utrecht but watch for Kristoff (Katusha), Griepel (Lotto-Soudal), Viviani (Sky) or Degenkolb (Giant-Alpecin). All are more than capable of contending. This first sprint stage should answer some questions.



The Netherlands and their orange-clad fans will see The Tour cross the border into Belgium for the Stage 3 start in Anvers. Whoever wears the Maillot Jaune on Stage 2 is likely to lose it on Stage 3. Finishing on the Mur de Huy(The Wall of Huy), a staple in the Ardennes Classics, most notably La Flèche Wallonne, has been said to be one of the most spectacular finishing climbs in cycling. Short and steep, it sets up well for the puncheurs.

The Stage 3 pressure will come from teams looking to steal the yellow jersey or keep it within their team. Should Tony Martin (Etixx – QuickStep) have the jersey coming off a win in the Stage 1 Time Trial, we may see it passed to a teammate. Michal Kwiatkowski or young Spring Classics phenom Julian Alaphilippe are equally well suited for the finish on ‘The Wall’ and could see Tony Martin clad in yellow doing the lions share of the work to establish the team tactics as he has done all spring long.

The Polka Dot Jersey will also be up for grabs in Stage 3 with four categorized climbs on the day. The breakaway of the day may well see the best opportunity for someone looking to steal the first Polka Dot Jersey of this year’s Tour. The three climbs that precede the Mur are all category 4 offering a single point to the first rider to cross the summit.

There will be chaos as the race approaches the Mur. Positioning at the base of the climb is critical. Get it wrong and your chances are lost. With a yellow jersey waiting at the top, the fight for getting it right will be a no holds barred affair. Alejandro Valverde (Movistar), coming off an exceptional spring campaign, could look to grab yellow. Greg Van Avermaet (BMC) or one of a number of Orica-GreenEdge riders could do the same. Being close enough to the winning time in the Stage 1 time trial along with the time bonuses offered in Stage 2 will be the keys for those who can contend for a shot at yellow on the Mur. (The bonuses will be of 10, 6 and 4 seconds for the first three places on each of Stages 2 – 8 this year.)





AMO Sun Weaponry sunglasses

Article by Todd Hofert

A few weeks ago my wife returned home following a trip for ‘groceries’. As I helped unpack I ran across a pair of sandals. This prompted the question “how many pairs of sandals do you need?” Her reply, “I’m a girl”, was as smooth and natural as her next breath.

Earlier this week I received a box in the mail, its contents strewn about the dining room table. The package contained a pair of new sunglasses and a host of accessories. The sight of the contents and the mess I had made caused my wife to inquire, “how many pairs of sunglasses do you need?”. Like deja vu, I was equally smooth and natural in my reply, “I am a cyclist”.

Sunglasses are an item that cyclists simply do not leave home without. It is as routine as putting on shorts or shoes. Sunglasses are quite simply, second nature. Sun, wind, dirt, grit, bugs, pollen, etc. The list goes on and given the vital role your eyes play in your life there is no reason to risk injury by not protecting them properly.

The sunglasses I received are the Transformer Ironcatchers from Advanced Multisport Optics or ‘AMO’, an acronym that aligns with their moniker ‘Sun Weaponry’.

AMO-Sun-Weaponry-sunglasses.jpgAMO sunglasses was started in 2012 by husband and wife team, Tim and Fenny Hallworth. According to the company website, Tim is an obsessive exercise junkie, runner, and triathlete and has done numerous Ironman triathlons including Kona as well as several ultra-marathons. His wife Fenny is an obsessive ultra-marathoner.

In developing AMO sunglasses, Tim and Fenny drew on their years of experience as competitive athletes to design and develop a range of sports sunglasses specifically for running, cycling and triathlon. Their mission quite simply is to remove Oakley sunglasses from the top spot and provide great quality functional sports sunglasses to endurance athletes at reasonable prices.


The Transformer Frames are a versatile sports sunglass dubbed ‘Transformer’ as they are available with the option of three styles of interchangeable temple arms, six available lens finish options, and two different lens constructions. The pair I tested included the standard black (Ironcatcher) temple arms as well as a pair of temple arms in yellow. The arms are a very simple swap out.

I also tested three lens options; the PC mirrored medium dark lens, and two of the higher end NXT lenses in Photochromatic Green/Blue and the Revo Red Lens. More detailed information about the different lens types can be found here. Changing lenses is as simple and intuitive as changing the arms are. One shortcoming I noticed is a lack of a clear lens option. Not that one is required here in sunny Colorado but may be a nice to have in other geographies where grey days are more common.


The Transformers are a very comfortable frame. Lightweight, as one would expect in a pair of sports glasses. The nose piece is also adjustable to allow for a tailored fit at the most critical contact point keeping them in place and unnoticeable on your schnoz.

The single biggest pet peeve of mine when it comes to sports glasses is fogging. I generally resort to riding with my glasses on the back of my helmet while climbing in the mountainous terrain surrounding Boulder. This is by necessity rather than by choice as your lenses are bound to become wet and blurred and we all know how well sweat soaked lycra cleans sunglasses. Not so much, leaving you with compromised vision for the remainder of your ride.

To put the Transformers ventilation to the test I rode a few canyon climbs in very humid and even foggy conditions and I left the glasses on. I was pleasantly surprised to not experience fogging of any kind on my ascents. My cynicism had me telling myself that they were sure to fog as soon as I stop.

The vented lenses, however, did not fog at all. Not while climbing and sweating and not when I reached the top of a climb and stopped to try to force them to fog. This is something I cannot say for any of my other ten or so pair of sports sunglasses. Kudos for the vented lenses and the anti-fog construction.


AMO Advanced Multisport Optics makes a great suite of sports glasses and accessories. Check out AMO Sunglasses today and give a pair a try. They are marginally cheaper than their Oakley counterpart and perform as well as any of the Oakley’s I have on my gear shelf.

Disclosure & disclaimer: We received product samples for evaluation for this review and were not otherwise financially compensated by the sponsor. Reviews are opinion only and Chasing Light Media accepts no responsibility for how the information is used.

Amgen Tour of California 2015 Women’s Race

Photo: Kim Hull, Cool Adventures © Chasing Light Media
Article by Todd Hofert

Women’s cycling continues to gain momentum in 2015 following announcements from sponsors of several men’s events to continue or expand their support of women’s racing. The 10th Anniversary edition of The Amgen Tour of California fits in the latter category as the Women’s race will grow from what has historically been a single stage into a four-day event, making it North America’s biggest stage race for women. Fourteen teams will take to the California byways May 8 – May 15 in what is sure to be an exciting event for fans, spectators, and the riders.


The first three days, May 8, 9 and 10, will make up a stage race that precedes the start of the men’s Tour of California that starts on Sunday, May 10. The fourth day is an Invitational Time Trial that will precede the men’s time trial on Sunday, May 15th.

Amgen Tour of California 2015 Women’s Race Stage 1

Starting in South Lake Tahoe on Friday, May 8, the Women will contest three stages over three days. Friday’s stage starts and ends at the Heavenly Mountain Resort high above South Lake Tahoe. The 74-mile route will follow the perimeter of Lake Tahoe in a clockwise direction and includes two QOM’s, winding mountain descents and all of the stunning scenery that surrounds Lake Tahoe. The finale, not for the faint of heart, culminates on the brutal climb up the 15 percent grades of Keller Street back to Heavenly. Look for teams vying to set-up their team captain on the run into the base of the climb where fireworks are sure to ensue.


Day: Friday, May 8, 2015
Start: 11:00 AM 
Estimated finish: 2:00 PM 
Overall Stage Start/Finish: South Lake Tahoe / Heavenly Mountain Resort
Festival: 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Miles: 74.5 mi
Kilometers: 120 km
Elevation Gain: 5,300 ft

Amgen-Tour-of-California-Womens-2015-Stage-1-route-map.jpgAmgen Tour of California 2015 Women’s Race Stage 2

Stage 2 also claims Heavenly Mountain Resort as home where the race will again start and finish. The 25-mile circuit that makes up Stage 2 winds its way into the beautiful canyons and forests that surround Lake Tahoe. Traversing the course twice will provide several opportunities for spectators to see the race pass.

After reaching the far end of the circuit on Highway 89, the race heads back to Heavenly on a demanding path that includes the QOM on Apache Avenue followed quickly by the climb back up to Heavenly on Ski Run Boulevard to the finish line. The elevation and the lumpy profile of the first two days will make for some tough racing and the women who emerge wearing leaders jerseys will have earned them.

Amgen-Tour-of-California-Womens-2015-Stage-2-profile.jpgDay: Saturday, May 9, 2015
Start: 10:30 AM
Estimated finish: 12:30 PM
Stage Start/Finish: South Lake Tahoe / Heavenly Mountain Resort
Festival: 10:30 AM – 1:30 PM
Miles: 49.7 mi
Kilometers: 80 km
Elevation Gain: 3,300 ft

Amgen-Tour-of-California-Womens-2015-Stage-2-route-map.jpgAmgen Tour of California 2015 Women’s Race Stage 3

After two days of difficult climbing comprised of nearly 9,000’ of elevation gain, the race heads for the lower and flatter grounds of Sacramento for Stage 3. The flat and fast 2-mile circuit through the streets of Sacramento is the familiar circuit seen in the men’s race over the years and is designed with the sprinters in mind.

The women’s race will make 17 laps of the course with time bonuses available throughout, giving a break or an eager sprinter an opportunity to move up the overall standings. The men’s race will hit the same circuit later in the day after the women’s race has been decided and podiums presented. Plan on spending your day watching all of the women’s and men’s action.

Day: Sunday, May 10, 2015
Start time: 11:15 AM
Circuit Race: Sacramento
Miles: 34 mi
Kilometers: 54.7 km

Amgen-Tour-of-California-Womens-2015-Stage-3-route-map.jpgThe Teams

Ale Cipollini, BMW p/b Happy Tooth Dental, Canada National Team, Colavita | Bianchi p/b Fine Cooking, Mexico National Team, Itaú Shimano Ladies Power Team, Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies, Pearl Izumi – Sports Tours International, Pepper Palace Pro Cycling p/b The Happy Tooth, Team Tibco – SVB, Twenty 16 p/b SHO-AIR, UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team, Velocio – SRAM and Xirayas de San Luis.

Amgen Tour of California 2015 Women’s Race ITT

With the Stage Race decided following Sunday’s Stage 3 in Sacramento, a handful of ladies will head south to Big Bear Lake where they will contest a separate Invitational Time Trial on Sunday May 15th coinciding with the men’s ITT later that same day. Twenty-three women from seven countries will assemble in Big Bear for a throw down amongst the sports best female athletes.

The talent rich field is headlined by the reigning individual and team time trial world champion Lisa Brennauer (Velocio-SRAM) of Germany. Two-time Tour of California TT winner and Olympic champion Kristin Armstrong (Twenty16-Sho-Air) will also be on hand despite her ‘retired’ status. Other notables joining Brennauer and Armstrong are Amber Neben (Visit Dallas Cycling) (USA), Evelyn Stevens (Boels Dolmans) (USA), Alison Tetrick (Optum-Kelly Benefit Strategies) (USA) and Tayler Wiles (Velocio-SRAM) (USA).

Women’s Invitational Time Trial start list

Maria Carla Alvarez (Xirayas de San Luis) (Arg)
Kristin Armstrong (Twenty16-Sho-Air) (USA)
Maddie Boutet (USA Cycling) (USA)
Lisa Brennauer (Velocio-SRAM) (G)
Laura Brown (UnitedHealthcare) (Can)
Karol Ann Canuel (Velocio-SRAM) (Can)
Ana Teresa Casa (Mexico National Team) (Mex)
Jackie Crowell (Breakaway from Cancer) (USA)
Allie Dragoo (Twenty16-Sho-Air) (USA)
Jasmin Glaesser (Optum-Kelly Benefit Strategies) (Can)
Megan Guarnier (Boels Dolmans) (USA)
Amber Neben (Visit Dallas Cycling) (USA)
Rhae Shaw (BMW-Happy Tooth Dental) (Can)
Carmen Small (Twenty16-Sho-Air) (USA)
Lauren Stephens (TeamTIBCO-SVB) (USA)
Evelyn Stevens (Boels Dolmans) (USA)
Sarah Storey (Pearl Izumi Sports) (GB)
Alison Tetrick (Optum-Kelly Benefit Strategies) (USA)
Anika Todd (TeamTIBCO-SVB) (Can)
Linda Villumsen (UnitedHealthcare) (NZ)
Emma White (USA Cycling) (USA)
Tara Whitten (Canada National) (CAN)
Tayler Wiles (Velocio-SRAM) (USA)

Amgen-Tour-of-California-Womens-2015-ITT-profile.jpgDay: Friday, May 15, 2015
Women’s Start Time: 11:00 AM
Time Trial: Big Bear Lake
Miles: 15.1 mi
Kilometers: 24.2 km
Elevation Gain: 750 ft

The AToC is certain to provide ten days of great bike racing with the women’s stage race May 8-10, offering a great prelude to the men’s action and then rounding out their racing with the Invitational Time Trial on May 15. Don’t miss it. Slather on your sunscreen, grab your favorite elk horns and hit the roadside or follow the action on TourTracker!

Magellan Cyclo 505 Series of GPS enabled Cycling Computers

Article by Todd Hofert

Magellan, a long time producer of consumer and professional grade GPS receivers, introduced their first generation Cyclo Series of cycling computers in Europe in 2012 and in Australia/New Zealand in 2013. Later in 2013, the Cyclo 505/505HC were introduced, along with support for ANT+ trainers and Shimano’s Di2 electronic groupset. Magellan launched the Cyclo 315/505 computers to the North American market in July of 2014.

The Cyclo 505 Series is at the top end of their offerings and are made up of two models, the 505 and the 505hc. As a data junkie and a gadget enthusiast, I was delighted to have an opportunity to run the flagship Cyclo 505hc through its paces.



Magellan Cyclo 505: Initial Impressions

Magellan-Cyclo-505-Navigation.jpgA long time user of Garmin’s 500 and 510 series computers, my initial impression was that the 505hc was BIG. It only took a few minutes, however, to understand that I was dealing with a product that is in a different class with much more functionality than the Garmin 500’s. The 3” color transflective touchscreen is only slightly larger than Garmin’s 810 counterpart and both the universal cable tie mount and the out front mount offer mounting options that fit comfortably on your stem or bar.

Setting up the unit is straightforward and intuitive and did not require the use of a manual although a quick start guide is included in the box and detailed manuals are available online. Turning the device on for the first time you are prompted to select your preferred language, set your preferred date and time format, set your desired units of measure and establish a profile. Once these four simple prompts are complete you are ready to hit the road.

I opted to use my existing speed and cadence sensors rather than have to disassemble my current set-up. The head unit paired with them immediately without issue, with only a confirmation prompt requiring a response. I did find the Magellan provided speed and cadence sensors to be a bit clunky with two sensors connected by a wire one for cadence and one for speed and a full five zip ties required to attach them. I do not have a Power Meter nor do I have Shimano Di2 so my testing did not include those features although they are supported and also appear to be easily configured.

To get a comparison of standard functions, I used my existing computer side by side with the Magellan 505hc for the first few rides. I utilized the out front mount that came with the 505 and left my computer mounted to the stem. I have since abandoned the Garmin in favor of the Magellan and the out front display.

The 505 has fully configurable screens as one would expect. You can opt to display up to 8 data points on a single screen as I have opted for on my main screen as shown in the photo. Over a few rides, I have finally dialed in the data I prefer to view on my main screen and have tailored the secondary screen, the map screen, and the navigation screens as well. Even with 8 data points, the information is large and easy to read. Navigation between screens is done via the directional arrows or with a swipe of the screen. You can choose the optional setting to auto lock the screen after x minutes to avoid accidentally changing screens or worse stopping or pausing your ride inadvertently.

Magellan Cyclo 505: Navigation

Magellan-Cyclo-505-GPS-cycling-computer-Navigation.jpgNavigation is the heart and soul of what Magellan does. It is no surprise that the full set of navigation features of the 505hc are spot on and offer everything one would expect in a navigation device.

The 505 Series comes preloaded with detailed road base map and OpenStreetMap crowdsourced trail maps. The maps include bike lanes as well as points of interest such as bike shops and restaurants. You can, of course, add your own POI’s as well.

I added a route by downloading a .gpx file from Map My Ride then copied the file onto the device. By selecting the Navigate button on the main menu and selecting the route from the Tracks menu I was able to load the desired route. I pressed GO to begin the navigation. The unit then provided turn by turn directions with visual and audible prompts as you approach your next turn. If you save a previously ridden route as a track and use it for navigation the unit also provides an elevation view that shows you the profile of the course ahead.

I frequently ride in the mountains which means I ride on roads that are rarely straight. In these cases, I found that the navigation would almost continually prompt me for my next turn for every bend in the road. I referred to the manual to see if there were sensitivity settings I could adjust but there does not appear to be. You can optionally turn off the audible alert to make this less distracting but personally, I liked the audible alert when it was relevant to an actual turn.

Magellan Cyclo 505: WiFi Sync

My biggest frustration with my previous two cycle computers has hands down been the sync process. The act of having to plug the device into a computer and download data is not only cumbersome but also frequently problematic. The device doesn’t mount on the first attempt, a firmware upgrade breaks something that previously worked, or the Connect plug-in that is required isn’t found and attempts to re-install it proves futile. The list goes on and on.

The Magellan 505 series has Wifi Sync which avoids all of that hassle. Settings on the unit allow you to establish a connection with a wireless network. Settings in the Magellan Cycle online app allow you to share synced data with Strava or your preferred data analysis site. When returning from a ride simply select Wifi Sync from the setting menu and your data is uploaded via Wifi and shared across your selected sites. Nearly instantaneous and thus far it has proved to be foolproof.

Magellan Cyclo 505: Summary

Magellan-Cyclo-505hc-GPS-cycling-computer.jpgThe Magellan 505 Series of cycle computers are welcome contenders in a market that has been dominated by a single vendor. The Magellan is more than a worthy alternative and should place competitive pressure upon its counterparts. I have concerns over its marketing and distribution at least within the US as I have been unable to locate a local dealer and have seen no advertising of any type. The quality and functionality of this unit will sell itself if put in front of the correct prospects.

Not only is the functionality comparable to that of the Garmin 810’s it is a full $100 cheaper at $499 vs. $599. I highly recommend this unit to anyone in the market for a new cycle computer.

All photos courtesy of/and © Magellan GPS

Disclosure & disclaimer: We received a product sample for evaluation. The content & opinions expressed are entirely our own. Reviews are opinion only and Chasing Light Media accepts no responsibility for how the information is used.