Ewan: This shouldn't have been my first Tour de France

Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal) celebrates stage 11 victory at the Tour de France

The wait is over. Twelve months ago, Caleb Ewan watched the sprints of the Tour de France from his couch, mulling over his omission from Mitchelton-Scott's selection for the race. The Australian's entire season had been built around La Grande Boucle , but he found himself unceremoniously deemed surplus to requirements a little over a week before the race. Officially, at least, Ewan was left out because Mitchelton-Scott wanted to focus on the general classification ambitions of Adam Yates, but it seems likely that his impending transfer to Lotto Soudal for the 2019 campaign had weighed just as heavily on the decision. Even before he turned professional in 2015, Ewan had been touted as a Tour de France-calibre sprinter, but he had to bide his time patiently to fulfil that potential as the GreenEdge set-up steadily shifted its priorities towards the general classification at Grand Tours. Ewan won sprints at ...

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Today at the Tour: After crosswinds shuffle the deck, the peloton pauses

Generally, when people use the phrase “the winds of change,” they’re speaking metaphorically. After nine and half days of racing at the Tour de France, the winds of change blew quite literally on the peloton Monday, shaking up the general classification just 35km before the first rest day was set to begin. On the open … The post Today at the Tour: After crosswinds shuffle the deck, the peloton pauses appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Adam Yates on right side of peloton-split during spectacular Tour de France stage

Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott)

Adam Yates ( Mitchelton-Scott ) was one of the GC-contender winners at the Tour de France on Monday when the formation of echelons on a windy stage 10 saw the state of affairs change dramatically, with a number of other contenders losing more than a minute-and-a-half. Yates was pleased to have teammate Matteo Trentin for company when the dramatic split in the peloton happened with 30km to go of the 217km stage between Saint-Flour and Albi. The Italian then sprinted to eighth place on the stage, while Yates – in the company of riders such as Nairo Quintana (Movistar), Romain Bardet (AG2R La Mondiale) and Team Ineos duo Geraint Thomas and Egan Bernal – gained 1:40 over a number of GC rivals, including Richie Porte (Trek-Segafredo), Astana's Jakob Fuglsang and Rigoberto Uran (EF Education First). "What can you say? It was pretty chilled out in the beginning, then all of ...

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Jack Haig’s Tour de France Diary: Eating routines and rest days

Ten days in and I’m starting to get tired. This first block before the first rest day has been quite tough. We haven’t had many crazy-hard days, but every day has been quite long. The one day that stands out is stage 8 — that day scared me a little. As a climber I was … The post Jack Haig’s Tour de France Diary: Eating routines and rest days appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Tour de France: Fuglsang falls out of top 10 overall after race splits apart

Jakob Fuglsang (Astana)

Tour de France hopeful Jakob Fuglsang 's chances took a considerable blow when the Astana leader found himself on the wrong side of a split in the peloton in the closing stages of Monday's 10th stage from Saint-Flour to Albi. The Dane was far from the only GC hopeful to lose time, as Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ), Richie Porte (Trek-Segafredo) and EF Education First's Rigoberto Uran also all dropped 1:40 to the likes of Geraint Thomas, Egan Bernal (both Team Ineos), Romain Bardet (AG2R La Mondiale) and Mitchelton-Scott's Adam Yates. Up front, Team Ineos turned the screw to the advantage of their two leaders, Bernal and defending Tour champion Thomas, putting the ball firmly in the British team's court going into the first rest day on Tuesday. Hard work in the second main group by Fuglsang's Astana teammate Alexey Lutsenko at first helped bring the gap down to just 14 seconds ...

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Tour de France: Porte and Ciccone lose time in crosswinds

Trek-Segafredo's Richie Porte drives the chase during stage 10 at the Tour de France

Richie Porte and Trek-Segafredo suffered through a tough day in the crosswinds Monday during stage 10 at the Tour de France , just missing out on the lead group when the race blew into echelons with 30km to go and losing time to many of the top general classification favourites. Porte finished the stage in a group that came in 1:40 down on winner Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma), who won a reduced sprint from a group that included Team Ineos' Geraint Thomas and Egan Bernal, Jumbo-Visma's Steven Kruijswijk, Deceuninck-QuickStep's Enric Mas, AG2R La Mondiale's Romain Bardet, Movistar's Nairo Quintana, Mitchelton-Scott's Adam Yates and Arkea-Samsic's Warren Barguil. Former yellow jersey Giulio Ciccone lost even more time, finishing 2:09 behind Van Aert and slipping from second overall to 10th, ceding his white jersey of the best young rider to Bernal. "We knew it was coming, but when they put it in the ...

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Ill-fated echelons: How EF-Education First missed the move it started

EF Education First started the fight, they just didn’t finish it. On a day that could easily have been a mellow transition into the first rest day, Mother Nature had other ideas. A series of crosswind-induced splits saw EF’s leader Rigoberto Uran lose 1:40 to the Ineos duo of Geraint Thomas and Egan Bernal, as … The post Ill-fated echelons: How EF-Education First missed the move it started appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Porte, Fuglsang, and Pinot among stars caught out in Tour’s windy 10th stage

Supported by Several big GC names were caught out in a wind-blown stage 10 at the Tour de France. Forced to chase after a split in the bunch, Richie Porte (Trek-Segafredo), Jakob Fuglsang (Astana), Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ), and Rigoberto Urán (EF Education First) all finished 1:40 down on the day, while Mikel Landa (Movistar) crossed the line … The post Porte, Fuglsang, and Pinot among stars caught out in Tour’s windy 10th stage appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Tour de France 2019: Wout van Aert sprints to victory on Stage 10 as many GC riders lose time

Tour de France 2019: Wout van Aert sprints to victory on Stage 10 as many GC riders lose time

George Smith 15 Jul 2019 Some teams take advantage of the crosswinds to gain time on rivals as Wout van Aert springs to Stage 10 victory at the 2019 Tour de France Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) outsprinted the likes of Elia Viviani (Deceuninck-QuickStep) and Caleb Ewan (Lotto-Soudal) to take the win on Stage 10 of the 2019 Tour de France. Despite a cyclocross riders beating the best sprinters in the world being big news, the main story was happening behind where many riders saw their hopes of overall win disappearing up the road as splits in the peloton saw riders such as Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) lose over a minute. After a tame day for the riders, attacks in the wind led to large gaps opening up splits in the peloton separating the GC riders, while Van Aert timed his sprint to perfection beating out Viviani on the uphill drag into ...

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Tour de France 2019: Wout van Aert sprints to victory on Stage 10 as key GC riders lose time

Tour de France 2019: Wout van Aert sprints to victory on Stage 10 as key GC riders lose time

George Smith 15 Jul 2019 Some teams take advantage of the crosswinds to gain time on rivals as Wout van Aert springs to Stage 10 victory at the 2019 Tour de France Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) outsprinted the likes of Elia Viviani ( Deceuninck-QuickStep ) and Caleb Ewan ( Lotto-Soudal ) to take the win on Stage 10 of the 2019 Tour de France . A cyclocross rider beating the best sprinters in the world should really have been the day's biggest news, the main story was happening behind where many riders saw their hopes of overall victory disappearing up the road as splits in the peloton saw riders such as Thibaut Pinot ( Groupama-FDJ ) lose over a minute. After a tame day for the riders, attacks in the wind led to large gaps opening up splits in the peloton separating the GC riders, while Van Aert timed his ...

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Tour de France: Emotional Matt White celebrates Daryl Impey's stage victory

Daryl Impey (Mitchelton-Scott) on the podium after winning stage 9 of the Tour de France

An emotional Matt White was full of praise for Daryl Impey 's win on stage 9 of the Tour de France in Brioude on Sunday. Mitchelton-Scott 's head sports director paid tribute to the South African road race champion, who has been an integral part of the Australian-registered WorldTour team for each of its three – and now four – Tour stage wins. The 34-year-old rode strongly in the latter part of the race – first making the split with around 25km to go, when the day's main 15-man rider break halved, and then later shrugging off most of the rest inside the last 10km, with just Tiesj Benoot (Lotto Soudal) to beat in a two-up sprint to the line. "Daryl has been a part of every Tour victory we've had," pointed out White on his team's website. "In 2013, he led Simon Gerrans out to the win, and in ...

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Adam Yates poised to pounce in second week of Tour de France

Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott)

Through eight stages of the Tour de France , Mitchelton-Scott team leader Adam Yates has enjoyed a quiet race. While others have gone on the attack – or crashed – the British climber has hit upon a happy medium, with him and his team staying out of trouble during the nervous early stages of the race. On the n ever-flat road to Saint-Étienne on Saturday , there were contrasting fortunes for Yates' GC rivals as Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) attacked late on, along with Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep), to gain 20 seconds. Meanwhile, reigning Tour champion Geraint Thomas (Team Ineos) hit the deck at the base of the final climb, giving rise to a frantic chase but ultimately no time loss. So while Yates made it through another tricky stage safely, was there not a temptation to pull the trigger on the two-kilometre, eight-per-cent Côte de Jaillere? "No, no," said team directeur ...

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Tour de France: Skujiņs takes a 'Swiss army knife' approach

Toms Skujins on the stage 5 Tour de France podium for most aggressive rider

Last year, after a successful move on stage 5, Toms Skujiņš became the first Latvian to ever wear the polka-dot jersey at the Tour de France . A year on, Skujiņš was back in the stage 5 breakaway again , this time with his eyes set on Wednesday's stage win in Colmar. The most combative rider prize at the end of the day might not have been what he'd hoped for, but his brand-new Latvian national champion jersey remained on display until the finale. Trek-Segafredo have so far been playing at three tables in the Tour de France saloon. Rallied around Porte, the team's riders ensured their leader avoided any misfortunes on the road, but in the sprint finals they’ve positioned Jasper Stuyven to try for stage wins, and on a hilly day in Alsace they made their presence known in the breakaway. Skujiņš' move wasn’t unexpected, but it may ...

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Today at the Tour: First mountaintop finish brings GC battle into focus

The steep finish atop la Planche des Belles Filles did not disappoint. After five days that delivered three sprint finishes, a solo breakaway, and a team time trial, the Tour de France ventured into the mountains Thursday, bringing the general classification picture into focus. The stage — which started in Mulhouse, tackled seven categorized climbs … The post Today at the Tour: First mountaintop finish brings GC battle into focus appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Dean: 'Adam Yates podium chances bolstered by sibling at Le Tour'

Dean: 'Adam Yates podium chances bolstered by sibling at Le Tour'

Mitchelton-Scott sports director Julian Dean claims youngest of British twins can reach final podium in Paris with mountain stages looming on the horizon at Tour de France ...

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Thomas on Tour’s stage 6 finishing climb: ‘It’s more than an appetizer’

Supported by The 2019 Tour de France takes on its first real mountain test on Thursday’s stage 6, which covers seven categorized climbs en route to a finish at La Planche des Belles Filles. Defending champion Geraint Thomas (Ineos) expects the GC battle to come into focus on the climb in France’s Vosges mountains. It’s easy to … The post Thomas on Tour’s stage 6 finishing climb: ‘It’s more than an appetizer’ appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Jack Haig’s Tour Diary: Daily routines and TTTs

Before starting my first Tour de France I didn’t know exactly how I would feel. But now seeing it a few days in, I think it gets hyped up to be a little more than what it actually is. It’s definitely bigger than any other bike race we do all year, the speed is a … The post Jack Haig’s Tour Diary: Daily routines and TTTs appeared first on CyclingTips .

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16 Tour de France riders you should be following on Strava

As fans of professional cycling, we now have more ways of engaging with the sport than ever before. Behind the scenes videos from teams, social media updates direct from riders, footage from on-board cameras, rich data overlays during TV broadcasts — it all helps paint a rich and detailed picture of the sport we love. … The post 16 Tour de France riders you should be following on Strava appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Tour de France: A tale of two team time trials for Pinot and Bardet

Romain Bardet (AG2R La Mondiale) at the Tour de France

Thibaut Pinot and Romain Bardet have never been easily separated in the month of July. They seem to match one another column inch by column inch in the French press and "Allez Thibaut!" by "Allez Romain!" in the cries of affection from Le Grand Public on the roadside. Small wonder that L'Équipe 's series of features on the home favourites in recent days has run under the banner of "Crossed Destinies." Those entwined fates unravelled slightly on the Tour de France stage 2 team time trial to Brussels, however, as Groupama-FDJ's strong display helped Pinot minimise his losses in the 27.6km test. Bardet and AG2R La Mondiale, by contrast, endured a wretched afternoon, placing 19th out of 22 teams, 1:19 down on winners Jumbo-Visma. Groupama-FDJ finished the day in 8th place, 32 seconds behind Jumbo-Visma, but they conceded a mere 11 seconds to the Ineos squad of Geraint Thomas and ...

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Adam Yates: Anything can happen in the first week of the Tour de France

Adam Yates and Mitchelton-Scott at the Tour de France

Mitchelton-Scott 's pedigree in the team time trial was a double-edged sword for Adam Yates on stage 2 of the Tour de France in Brussels. The strength of men like Luke Durbridge and Matteo Trentin offered a robust insurance policy against the kind of losses incurred by AG2R La Mondiale or Movistar, but the Briton had to make sure he reached the finish line in their company. Easier said than done. "In the beginning, I sat on a little bit just to make sure that I could go to the finish," Yates said afterwards. "We've got some strong guys on the team and they were pulling some real big turns. If I'm pulling turn for turn with these guys, I'm going to go out the arse pretty quick." 11th place on the stage was hardly in line with Mitchelton-Scott's heritage in the discipline – they won the team time trial ...

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