VeloNews Show: Is the 2018 TDF innovative or gimmicky?

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Organizer ASO stunned the cycling world with an unusual Tour de France route for 2018. It has cobblestones, a super-short climbing stage, precious few time trial kilometers, and even a bit of dirt road. Is the Tour de France headed in the right direction with an innovative approach to spice up the race? Or, are these just gimmicks that detract from the Grande Boucle’s heritage?

Plus, we discuss the 2018 La Course route. ASO has found another climber-friendly route for the Women’s WorldTour race, but is one day enough for what should be the season’s marquee event?

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Livestream: 2018 Tour de France route presentation

If cycling has a big event that’s on par with the NBA draft or the drama deciding the brackets for Champions League, it’s Tuesday’s presentation of the 2018 Tour de France route. Tune in at 11:30 CET (6:30 a.m. Eastern) to watch.

Read Andrew Hood’s feature about how the route is created >>

More than 3,000 luminaries from cycling’s past and present file into the Palais des Congrès in Paris. Everyone’s dressed to the nines, and there’s a hint of anticipation. ASO’s big hitters are there, along with top Tour contenders of today and select stars from yesterday.

It’s not quite Oscar night, but it’s a full-blown multimedia event that comes as close as cycling is ever going to come to a red-carpet event.

Read more about what the 2018 route might look like >>

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VN Show: Tips to help Thibaut beat Nibali

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Shed a tear for the 2017 road racing season because it’s essentially finished. The final monument of the year, Il Lombardia, is in the books.

The “Race of the Falling Leaves” offered lots of excitement. There were scary crashes. Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) and Thibaut Pinot (FDJ) went head-to-head in the finale. And the Italian came out on top.

We should also shed a tear for Pinot. He still has trouble with those fast, technical descents.

Lucky for the Frenchman, we’ve got some innovative ideas to help him improve his skills. In this episode of the VeloNews Show we brainstorm a bunch of ways to make him competitive with the likes of Nibali.

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Video: Col Collective rides the Costa Brava

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VN Show: Sagan makes it three; Dutch domination; Contador sings

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On this week’s episode of The VeloNews Show, we serve up a cacophony of takes from the 2017 UCI Road World Championships in Bergen, Norway. We deliver opinionated answers to all of the burning questions.

Should WorldTour riders be allowed to compete in the U23 road race? (No! Wait, yes! Maybe?) Does Tom Dumoulin’s world time trial championships bode well for the 2018 Tour de France? (Yes — well, hopefully!) Should pro road cyclists dismount and then remount their bicycles during a time trial? (No! Never!) Can anybody defeat the dominant Dutch women? (No — not the Americans, at least.) And how the heck did Peter Sagan win his third consecutive title?

Plus, we examine Alberto Contador’s new post-cycling career option as an opera singer. That’s right, El Pistolero has some serious pipes.

All that and more on this week’s The VeloNews Show!

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