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Spotted: Alberto Contador on new Trek at Criterium du Dauphine

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As the 69th Criterium du Dauphine began in Saint Etienne, the seven-time Grand Tour champion Alberto Contador debuted the latest frameset from Trek. The 2018 Emonda SLR is to be launched officially next month at the Tour de France.

Contador's bike features the UCI approved frame code 'Trek-049-RD'. The UCI received application for the frameset last December and notably sits alongside a disc version of the Emonda SLR.

Contador's bike is equipped with a Shimano Dura-Ace 9150 electronic groupset. The range-topping groupset from Shimano was launched at last year's Tour de France and WorldTour teams have gradually phased in the components throughout the season. Trek-Segafredo use SRM powermeters, which have not yet been produced with the 9100 series crankset and so the new Emonda is paired with Shimano Dura-Ace 9000 series cranks.

The Trek Emonda is known for being one of the lightest and stiffest race bikes on the market. The 2014 Emonda SLR frame weighed just 690g, less than a full bidon of water, as well as featuring large tubing and an integrated seat mast.

Like the Emonda's predecessor, the latest model features direct mount brakes front and rear, and looks to have relatively unchanged key features. The mech hanger on rear dropouts however, extends further to the rear and is likely a result of the disc version of the frameset having through-axels.

BMC's newly released Teammachine SLR01, launched earlier this week, similarly comes in both a calliper and disc version of the frameset. Whilst we wait on the full details from Trek on the new Emonda SLR, we suspect the geometry will be the same on both bikes so as to allow Trek-Segafredo riders to switch between the two models as the bikes are phased in to top-level racing.

Notably, unlike all of the Spaniard's teammates, Contador's bike was equipped with 25mm Continental Competition tubular tyres. The team has no specific tyre partner, but usually race on Veloflex or Vittoria tubular tyres.

Contador's Emonda was complemented with Bontrager finishing kit including the $600 Bontrager XXX Integrated bar/stem and XXX bottle cages, Bontrager Aeolus 3 wheelset and a Bontrager Serano RXL saddle.

Full Specifications

Full Specification

Frameset: Trek Emonda SLR full carbon E2, Race Shop Limited
Brakes: Shimano Dura-Ace 9100 direct mount
Shift/brake levers: Shimano Dura-Ace 9150
Front derailleur: Shimano Dura-Ace 9150
Rear derailleur: Shimano Dura-Ace 9150
Cassette: Shimano Dura-Ace
Crankset: Shimano Dura-Ace 9070 with SRM power meter, 172.5mm
Wheelset: Bontrager Aeolus 3 tubular
Tyres: Continental Competition Vectran tubular, 25mm
Handlebar/stem: Bontrager XXX Integrated (420mm width)

Pedals: Shimano Dura-Ace 9000
Saddle Bontrager Serano RXL
Seat post: integrated
Bottle cages: Bontrager XXX



Team Sky pip Team Sunweb for Hammer Series victory in Limburg

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Team Sky won the inaugural Hammer Series after a thrilling final Hammer Chase race that was decided on the line.

Team Sunweb started 32 seconds after Team Sky in the handicapped team time trial, but gradually chased them down on the three 14.5-kilometre laps of the flat and fast Limburg circuit. The catch came with 3.5 kilometres to go but Team Sunweb were unable to hold off the British squad in the finale.

Team Sky hit back and took the lead going into the final corner. A drag race to the line decided the winner. Tao Geoghegan Hart fought for position, even using his elbows, ultimately managing to finish as the fourth rider for Sky ahead of three of the Team Sunweb riders.

The fight for third place turned into a fight for the road after Nippo - Vini Fantini, Lotto Soudal, Movistar, Cannondale-Drapac, Orica-Scott and LottoNL-Jumbo all came together after the first 14.5km lap.

Under race rules drafting was not allowed but the teams stayed packed together, with some even ignoring instructions from race officials on motorbikes. Orica-Scott spent much of the time on the front of the six-team pack and eventually managed to get their fourth man across the line first to take the final spot on the podium. They finished 36 seconds back on Team Sky, with Lotto Soudal fourth in the same time and Movistar fifth at 37 seconds.

Team Sky's winning race strategy

Team Sky celebrated their historic first win the final podium, praising each other for the work they did. They won the first Hammer Series thanks to better tactics across the three races and especially in the finale.

The British team finished third in Friday's Hammer Climb race and then fourth in Saturday's Hammer Sprint. Their combined consistency on both terrain's meant they started first in the final Hammer Chase, more or less a team time trial with a few adjustments. They avoided the confusion that reigned amongst the other teams and could concentrate on the fight with Team Sunweb.

Elia Viviani explained Team Sky's tactics for the Chase.

"Initially we started with idea to do our team time trial, full gas and try to win the TTT. When we lost Dibben we were down to 4 and with a lap to go. We tried to go steady for all the final lap," the Italian said.

"We knew via the radio that Sunweb was coming up. They played a little game and rested behind us, so we said to give them the space and we'd see what happens in the sprint. We have three good sprinters and Tao did a good job to get fourth." 

Geoghegan Hart celebrated with his teammates, knowing he did an incredible ride in the finale to ensure Team Sky won.

"I think the lead outs we've done for Elia this year have helped a lot but I'm lost for words," the British neo-pro said.

"In the last kilometre Van Poppel led it out and it was unbelievable how fast he overtook them. I was already sprinting from about 600 metres to go and we were all on the limit in the final metres. Thankfully I had a little bit more than Sunweb guys. It was a good job by all the team."

Van Poppel explained the importance of his late charge to take the final corner first.

"I had to bring them to the last corner. It was really close but if I didn't do it we didn't win. It was a big fight," he said as his Team Sky teammates smiled and savoured their victory.

Earlier, the lesser final for places to 9-16 also produced some drama. Quick-Step Floors emerged as the best team but only after BMC was hit by four punctures in the final kilometres. BMC first lost Daniel Oss and then were slowed by further flats. They eventually finished third at 1:38.

Trek-Segafredo fought hard and almost caught Quick-Step Floors at the line but finished in second, four seconds back.

Video link: https://twitter.com/_/status/871381401303756802


Hammer Series Final Ranking

1 Team Sky    
2 Team Sunweb    
3 Orica-Scott    
4 Lotto Soudal    
5 Movistar Team    
6 Team LottoNL-Jumbo    
7 Cannondale-Drapac    
8 Nippo - Vini Fantini    
9 Quick-Step Floors    
10 Trek-Segafredo    
11 BMC Racing Team    
12 Team Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij    
13 Bahrain-Merida    
14 UAE Team Emirates    
15 Team Caja Rural    
16 Israel Cycling Academy    



Chris Froome: My biggest Tour de France threats are Porte, Contador, Bardet

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Defending champion says Quintana may struggle after Giro d'Italia effort


Chris Froome has named Richie Porte (BMC Racing), Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafredo) and last year’s runner-up Romain Bardet (AG2R La Mondiale) as his main contenders for the Tour de France. Froome did not, however, point to Nairo Quintana (Movistar), saying that the Colombian may suffer from the challenge of doing the Tour and the Giro d’Italia in the same season.

"My biggest threats come from guys who did not do the Giro, Richie Porte, Alberto Contador and Romain Bardet," Froome told Reuters. "I think it is going to be tough for Nairo to do the Giro and the Tour."

Quintana embarked on a Giro-Tour double attempt this season but fell short of the mark last month when he was beaten by Tom Dumoulin by just 31 seconds. Froome told Reuters that he did not see much of the Giro d’Italia due to altitude training in Tenerife, but admitted that Quintana could be in better shape come July.

"He may then be doing better on the Tourbecause he is a rider who is better in the second than the first grand tour," said Froome.

It is his former right-hand man Porte that has been the leading light of the general classification lot so far this season. Porte opened his account at the Tour Down Under, and despite a failed GC bid at Paris-Nice, he came home with a stage win. His last outing was the Tour de Romandie, where he beat Simon Yates to the title by 21 seconds. Froome suffered from back problems during Romandie, eventually finishing 18th overall.

"Richie has been amazing this season, winning the Tour Down Under and recently the Tour of Romandie. I think this year's Tour suits Richie really well," said Froome. "He's definitely got a chance to be up there for the win. This season he has been showing what he is capable of. I always believe in Richie.”

Porte finished fifth in last year’s Tour de France after losing time in the in the opening week due to a mechanical problem.

Without Porte behind him, Froome looks to Geraint Thomas and Wout Poels to be his last men in the mountains these days. Neither will be with Froome at the Criterium du Dauphine, which starts later this week. Thomas was given an opportunity to lead a Grand Tour for the first time at the Giro d’Italia. However, he left in the second week after injuries he sustained in a heavy crash on stage 9 to Blockhaus. Froome sympathises with his teammates but says that it could prove beneficial for the Tour de France.

“On the one hand, it was a huge setback for Geraint that he was not able to finish the Giro, but for the Tour, it will be only a good thing for the team because he will be fresher and have more time to prepare," he said.

After a lengthy spell training at altitude, Froome will begin the final stages of his Tour de France preparation at the Criterium du Dauphine. It has been a quiet season so far for the Team Sky rider, but he is happy with how things have panned out thus far.

"I think it has been a build-up similar to what I had last year. I think it worked well and I was able to do the Tour and the Vuelta," he said, adding that the Vuelta was not yet a certainty on his programme. "After the Tour, if everything goes well, I'd love to do the Vuelta.”


(With Richie Porte(BMC) photo by Tim de Waele)

(Photo by Jayco Herald Sun Tour)

(With Alberto Contador Getty Images)

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