Photo gallery: Team bikes of the 2019 Tour de France, part one
The Tour de France is obviously a competition between the racers themselves, but for road bike gearheads, it’s also the premier showcase for the best the road world has to offer. The most advanced carbon fiber framesets, the fastest aero wheels, and every special touch and custom trick that the world’s finest mechanics have up … The post Photo gallery: Team bikes of the 2019 Tour de France, part one appeared first on CyclingTips .
Dutch dominance and finish-line dramas: The 2019 Giro Rosa in photos
The most important stage race in women’s cycling has drawn to a close for another year. The 2019 Giro Rosa delivered a predictable overall winner in Annemiek van Vleuten (Mitchelton-Scott) and impressive performances from the usual suspects, but it was still a race full of drama, suspense and excitement. On two consecutive stages we saw … The post Dutch dominance and finish-line dramas: The 2019 Giro Rosa in photos appeared first on CyclingTips .
Two amateur riders flee race after refusing hidden motor check
Supported by Two riders at an Italian amateur race have fled the scene after refusing to have their bikes checked for hidden motors. According a report in Gazzetta dello Sport, organisers of the Criterium Portogruarese in the Veneto region of north-eastern Italy were asked by several riders to check the bikes of two competitors in the event. … The post Two amateur riders flee race after refusing hidden motor check appeared first on CyclingTips .
Alaphilippe’s star rises higher with a Bastille Day in yellow
French fans have embraced Julian Alaphilippe throughout this year's Tour de France. Alaphilippe's yellow jersey on Bastille Day boosted his popularity even further Read the full article at Alaphilippe’s star rises higher with a Bastille Day in yellow on VeloNews.com .
Kate Courtney sweeps MTB World Cup races in Les Gets
Kate Courtney won the cross-country and short-track cross-country races at the World Cup round in Les Gets, France Read the full article at Kate Courtney sweeps MTB World Cup races in Les Gets on VeloNews.com .
De Marchi hospitalized after bad crash during Tour’s ninth stage
Supported by Alessandro De Marchi is under observation in a Saint-Étienne hospital after breaking multiple bones in a bad crash that forced him to abandon the Tour de France. De Marchi hit the deck very hard in the early goings of stage 9 as the battle to get into the day’s break heated up. The 33-year-old Italian, … The post De Marchi hospitalized after bad crash during Tour’s ninth stage appeared first on CyclingTips .
De Marchi suffers multiple injuries in Tour de France crash
Alessandro de Marchi 's Tour de France came to an abrupt end on stage 9 when the Italian crashed hard and had to be transported by ambulance to a hospital in Saint-Etienne. There were troubling images of de Marchi on the ground bleeding from a wound on his forehead, but the team said on Twitter that he had remained conscious. The CCC Team later confirmed that he sustained a broken collarbone and rib, lung contusions and a pneumothorax in addition to numerous contusions in a crash that happened in the opening kilometres of the stage. "Alessandro De Marchi was taken to the Centre Hospitalier Universitaire - Hôpital Nord in Saint-Étienne where X-rays confirmed a fractured clavicle, fractured fourth rib, lung contusion with a small pneumothorax, all of which is on the left side, and multiple superficial contusions, including a laceration above the left eyebrow. Alessandro will be kept under observation ...
Bardet chooses defiance at the Tour de France
Outside Bar Postel in the centre of Brioude, the band was playing a passable version of 'The Last Time' by the Rolling Stones. Their competition around the block at Godart Daniel was belting out Lynyrd Skynyrd's 'Sweet Home Alabama.' Both felt appropriate backing music for the homecoming of the town's most famous son, Romain Bardet , on stage 9 of the Tour de France . Brioude was hosting La Grande Boucle for just the second time – it was the site of a stage start in 2008 – and it seems difficult to imagine that a town of 7,100 inhabitants could allow itself the extravagance too many more times before the end of Bardet's career. Murals of Bardet and his AG2R La Mondiale teammates were applied to municipal buildings in the town centre to add to the festive ambience of the Bastille Day stage. The playing field in the municipal ...
Near Miss of the Day 288: Double white lines, multiple close passes
Our regular feature of close passes from around the country ... today it's the West Midlands
PYSO: Tour de France stage 9 – Nutrition
Zombies, soggy baguettes, sprinters, Nutella... there's a little bit of everything in today's episode of Put Your Socks On. Read the full article at PYSO: Tour de France stage 9 – Nutrition on VeloNews.com .
World champion Courtney doubles up in Les Gets
Kate Courtney (Scott-SRAM) re-established her dominance in the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup with her third XCO win in four rounds on Sunday in Les Gets, France. Jolanda Neff (Trek Factory) recovered from over-extending herself in the first lap to finish second, while Germany's Elizabeth Brandau had her best-ever World Cup finish with third. After faltering at the 2,000-metre altitude in Andorra last weekend, Courtney showed that she remains the strongest woman in the cross-country this season at the slightly lower 1,200 metres in Les Gets. Neff had her usual fast start, but then slowed on the climbs, dropping nearly a minute back of the lead group. Courtney attacked out of the group, and had a 14-second gap by the start of the second lap. The chase was led by Pauline Ferrand Prevot (Canyon Factory), who was joined by Brandau, Sina Frei (Ghost Factory), Italian champion Eva Lechner and, remarkably, ...
Schurter solos to victory in Les Gets
With a last lap attack, Nino Schurter (Scott-SRAM) scored the 32nd World Cup victory of his career on Sunday in Les Gets, France . Schurter has moved to within one win of Julien Absalon's all-time record. The race proved to be tactical, with a select group forming at the front on the first lap. Dry, dusty and hot conditions at 1,200 metres of altitude on a circuit with lots of climbing seemed to make riders cautious from attacking too early. A group formed containing Schurter, Gerhard Kerschbaumer (Torpado Ursus), Henrique Avancini (Cannondale Factory), Stephane Tempier (Bianchi Countervail), Ondrej Cink (Kross Racing), Jordan Sarrou (Absolite-Absalon), David Valero (MMR Factory) and Peter Disera (Norco Factory). Significantly, World Cup number-two ranked Mathieu van der Poel (Corendon-Circus) did not make the lead group, and seemed to been struggling from the start, dropping as low as 45th before finally recovering slightly in the last two ...
Smooth sailing for Thomas and Bernal on stage 9 of Tour de France
In contrast to the hectic end to stage 8 of the Tour de France , Team Ineos enjoyed a more controlled, and certainly less strenuous, finish to stage 9 in Brioude. On Bastille Day, the breakaway finished over 16 minutes up on the peloton, but even with the stage victory well out of sight, it didn't stop several riders going on the attack on the final climb of the Côte de Saint-Just. Romain Bardet (AG2R La Mondiale) led the charge on home ground, while Richie Porte (Team Sunweb) and George Bennett (Jumbo-Visma) followed. But with Ineos on the front of the peloton, they didn't get far before being pulled back. "It was not a bad day," said co-team leader Egan Bernal after the finish. "I think that it was a good day for us. The principal objective was not to lose time in the general classification, so we did it ...
Alaphilippe shrugs off overall ambitions in the Tour de France
And on Bastille Day, he rested. Julian Alaphilippe became the 18th Frenchman to wear the yellow jersey on the national holiday, but after his all-action opening to the Tour de France , it was a rare afternoon of relative calm for the Deceuninck-QuickStep rider on the road from Saint-Étienne to Brioude. Some of Alaphilippe's forebears in the maillot jaune have enjoyed (or endured, as the case may be) days of high drama on July 14. In 1997, Cédric Vasseur surpassed himself in the Pyrenees to retain the jersey at Loudenvielle, for instance, just as Thomas Voeckler did at Luz-Ardiden in 2011. Thirty years ago, Laurent Fignon entertained on the road to Marseille with an unexpected sortie in the company of Charly Mottet, on a stage eventually won by Vincent Barteau. Alaphilippe's Bastille Day was rather more straightforward. He finished safely in the main peloton that rolled home more than 16 ...
Impey storms Bastille Day stage
Mitchelton-Scott's Daryl Impey didn't stick around with the large break to contest a sprint finale, preferring to launch a late attack on the final climb and storm into Brioude with just Tiesj Benoot (Soudal-Lotto) to out sprint.
Porte celebrates making it through stage 9 of Tour de France
Richie Porte lightheartedly celebrated finishing stage 9 of the Tour de France in Brioude, after crashing out on day 9 of both the 2017 and 2018 Grand Boucle. Porte celebrated making it through the 170km in the Massif Central of France on social media, writing: 'stage 9 done' a posting a gif of Jack Black making a proud salute. He also showed he was still in the 2019 Tour de France and still an overall contender with a brief showing on the front on the final climb of Cote de Saint-Just. He followed and then leading enfant du pays Romain Bardet when he opened a gap on the peloton for a moment until Team Ineos closed down the surge and took control of the peloton. Porte crashed out of the 2017 Tour de France on stage 9 to Chambery in the Alps when he went off the road on a ...
Same riders, different goals: how teams shift targets at the biggest race of the year
The success of a team's whole season can be defined at the Tour de France. Some teams opt to change their goals for the race over a number of seasons, while some are forced into action by misfortune or poor form. We spoke to riders about how it's done. Read the full article at Same riders, different goals: how teams shift targets at the biggest race of the year on VeloNews.com .
Tour de France: Impey wins stage 9 - Video
Daryl Impey (Mitchelton Scott) stole the show on stage 9 of the Tour de France , winning ahead of Tiesj Benoot (Lotto Soudal) on Bastille Day. The pair were part of a 15-man raiding party that escaped earlier on the stage. They attacked alongside Nicolas Roche (Team Sunweb) on the final climb before the Irishman was eventually distanced with 8.5km to go. Despite a valiant chase from behind, Impey and Benoot came into the final together with the South African clearly the fastest of the pair. The stage also saw an attack from Romain Bardet on home roads but he was quickly closed down by Team Ineos. In the race for the yellow jersey Julian Alaphilippe retained his overnight lead over Giulio Ciccone (Trek-Segafredo) and Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ). You can read more at Cyclingnews.com
Tour de France: Stage 9 finish line quotes
Daryl Impey (Mitchelton-Scott) - stage winner It's pretty much for me, from the Tour de France perspective, it's something that I was really missing. It's the seventh time I'm riding the Tour de France and have been in a number of breakaways, to finally nail it today - it's a dream come true. I really don't have any words. It was a stage I'd kind of marked for a breakaway. Yesterday, also obviously, but unfortunately the break went away straightaway. Today we were pretty active - Luke and them were active in the start. I just kind of found the lucky move. I didn't have to do too much to get in there. We all worked really well together. I just believed in myself. Played it quite smart there in the end, I think. I knew I had to get to Tiesj [Benoot] and them on the final climb. I've ...
Bennett: 4th on GC, ready to ride for Kruijswijk
George Bennett is one of the more charismatic riders in the pro peloton. He’d dearly love a chance to race for himself but, this July, he’s committed to the cause of helping Steven Kruijswijk. Read the full article at Bennett: 4th on GC, ready to ride for Kruijswijk on VeloNews.com .