Tour de France: Dan Martin looks to the mountains after getting through hectic stage 10

Dan Martin finishes stage 7 at the Tour de France

UAE Team Emirates ' general classification contender Daniel Martin safely finished in the front group at the Tour de France on stage 10 on Monday, which was a tough day at the office for a number of his rivals as echelons formed by the strong winds split the race apart. Trek-Segafredo's Richie Porte, Astana's Jakob Fuglsang and 2017 Tour runner-up Rigoberto Urán all lost 1:40 – and serious dents to their GC chances – to Martin's group, which also included Team Ineos duo Egan Bernal and Geraint Thomas, Nairo Quintana of Movistar and AG2R La Mondiale's Romain Bardet. "Even from the first kilometre, it was stressful," Martin said on his team's website of the 217km stage from Saint-Flour to Albi. "Everybody knew with the wind was dangerous, and when you have over 200km when it can happen at any moment, you always need a bit of good luck to be ...

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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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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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Tour de France: Team Ineos flying high ahead of first rest day

Egan Bernal and Team Ineos racing stage 4 at the Tour de France

If the first nine days of the 2019 Tour de France were going to plan for Team Ineos – and they were, barring Geraint Thomas ' crash on stage 8 – then the events of a crosswind-hit stage 10 to Albi saw them head into the first rest day flying high. As other general classification contenders, notably Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) and Richie Porte (Trek-Segafredo), floundered when the peloton split 30 kilometres from the line, it was the British squad who predictably turned the situation to their advantage. "It feels like we've just scored a goal," said a buoyant Dave Brailsford after the stage. "[The time gap] is significant. It's quite rare to get that block of time on a whole bunch of GC guys, unless it's a hilltop finish or team time trial. I can't remember getting that kind of time before, so that's cool." Both reigning champion Thomas and ...

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Watch Wout van Aert win his first individual Tour de France stage - Video

Wout van Aert wins stage 10 at the Tour de France

On paper at least, stage 10 at the 2019 Tour de France was supposed to be a day for the sprinters and a relatively easy 'transition' for the rest of the peloton as the race heads to the first rest day and then the Pyrenees, but heavy crosswinds over the final 40km blew the general classification race apart as echelons formed on the roads to Albi. Nobody won the Tour de France overall on stage 10, but there were riders among the second and third groups on the road who lost significant time to their rivals. Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ), Rigoberto Urán (EF Education First), Richie Porte (Trek-Segafredo) and Jakob Fuglsang (Astana) all ceded more than a minute as Team Ineos and Deceuninck-QuickStep teamed up to drive the pace high and force the peloton into scramble mode. A bad day for some Tour veterans eventually gave way to a Tour debutante ...

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Alaphilippe: My GC plans haven't changed since the Tour de France started

Julian Alaphilippe in yellow after stage 10 at the Tour de France

There was never any danger that Julian Alaphilippe would miss the split. On all terrains and in all situations, the Frenchman has been a hyperactive presence on this Tour de France . Whenever the television cameras show the front of the race, he is invariably somewhere in the shot. So it was on the windswept road to Albi on stage 10 , where the peloton fragmented into echelons with a shade over 30 kilometres to go thanks to the forcing of Alaphilippe's Deceuninck-QuickStep team. Inevitably, the maillot jaune himself provided some of the most vigorous swings of the wrecking ball, helping to cleave a group of 30 or so riders clear of a suddenly balkanised bunch. Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ), Jakob Fulgsang (Astana), Richie Porte (Trek-Segafredo) and second-placed Giulio Ciccone (Trek-Segafredo) were among those left languishing behind. There would be no way back, as Deceuninck-QuickStep found a ready ally of circumstance ...

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Tour de France: EF Education First pay the price in crosswinds

EF Education First ride near the front during stage 10 at the Tour de France

The Tour de France lasts three weeks, but in an instant the race can turn upside down. As European riders like to say: one minute you're the hammer, the next you're the nail, taking the beating. The EF Education First team were both in the final 40km of stage 10 to Albi. They went on the attack with 43km to go, sparking a split in the peloton, only to then get caught out and distanced in the chaos when Team Ineos and Deceuninck-QuickStep joined in the attack. EF Education First team leader Rigoberto Urán and several teammates went from the front group to the second group and never saw the head of the race again as the Tour de France became more like Gent-Wevelgem than a transfer stage south towards the Pyrenees for the first rest day. Urán was with fellow overall contenders Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ), Richie Porte (Trek-Segafredo) and ...

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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: Thomas and Bernal all smiles after show of force in echelons

Team Ineos drive the pace in the crosswinds during stage 10 at the Tour de France

Geraint Thomas ' smile as he arrived at the Team Ineos bus said it all. His teammates had again used their strength to force a split in the crosswinds, drove hard all the way to finish, and so gained significant time on many of their overall rivals during stage 10 at the Tour de France . "That wasn't bad, was it?" Thomas said to a fan as he climbed onto his bike on the rollers in the shade of his team bus to warm down after the stage Albi. Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ), Richie Porte (Trek-Segafredo), Rigoberto Uran (EF Education First) and Jakob Fuglsang (Astana) all lost 1:40 to Thomas, teammate Egan Bernal, Nairo Quintana (Movistar), Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep) and a select group of 28 riders. Alaphilippe now heads into the first rest day with a 1:12 lead over Thomas, with Bernal four seconds further adrift. Pinot dropped from third overall ...

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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: Wout van Aert wins stage 10

Wout van Aert wins stage 10 at the Tour de France

Wout van Aert ( Jumbo-Visma ) claimed his maiden individual Tour de France win on stage 10, and on a day of racing that saw the overall standings change after a number of contenders lost significant time in the crosswinds. Van Aert – making his Grand Tour debut – won ahead of Elia Viviani (Deceuninck-QuickStep) and Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal) in Albi, but the stage was dominated by the splits caused with 30km to go as Team Ineos and several allies tore the peloton apart during a section of crosswinds. The effort succeeded, with Thibaut Pinot (Groupama FDJ), Richie Porte (Trek-Segafredo), Rigoberto Uran (EF Education First) and Jakob Fuglsang (Astana) all conceding 1:40 on a group that contained Nairo Quintana, Julian Alaphilippe and the Team Ineos pair of Geraint Thomas and Egan Bernal. Alaphilippe heads into the first rest day with a 1:12 lead over Thomas, with Bernal four seconds ...

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Fuglsang: '50 metres minimum behind motorbikes'

Fuglsang: '50 metres minimum behind motorbikes'

Astana's Jakob Fuglsang calls for minimum distance between riders and motorbikes after accusing race leader Julian Alaphilippe of slipstreaming during a late attack with Thibaut Pinot on Stage 8 to Saint-Étienne.

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Tour de France: Fuglsang calls for a minimum 50 metres between motorbikes and riders

Thibaut Pinot and Julian Alaphilippe followed by a race motorbike

A delegation of reporters was waiting for Jakob Fuglsang when he returned to the Astana bus after signing on for stage 9 of the Tour de France in Saint-Étienne. The first topic of discussion? His criticism the previous evening of the television motorbike that rode ahead of Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep) and Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) in the finale of stage 8. "Surprise," smiled Fuglsang, who joked that ASO's protection of their content meant he had been unable to watch the footage overnight. He remained of the opinion that Alaphilippe and Pinot had benefited from the slipstream of the motorbikes but stressed that the riders themselves were not to blame. "I haven't had a look at the video – everything is restricted from the Tour so it's not so easy to find – but I'm still of the same opinion. If you go over the top full gas and the guys in ...

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Riders cry foul at Tour de France motorbikes, saying Alaphilippe slipstreamed into yellow

Thibaut Pinot and Julian Alaphilippe followed by a race motorbike

After retaking the yellow jersey after a typically swashbuckling late attack on stage 8 of the Tour de France , Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep) was sent on the defensive after being accused of following in the slipstream of camera motorbikes as he and Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) sped to the finish. Jakob Fuglsang (Astana) was the first rider to make the accusation, telling Danish television station TV2 that both Alaphilippe and Pinot benefitted from slipstreaming behind camera motorbikes on the run-in to Saint-Étienne. "We were hoping for a stage victory for Lutsenko or myself, or that I could gain some time in the standings," said Fuglsang. "I just missed out as the two Frenchmen followed the [motor]bike over the top. So even though we were part of the lead group behind, we couldn’t catch them. "Yes [they got help], we could see that when we sat down behind. We can see that ...

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Tour de France 2019: Thomas De Gendt goes long to win Stage 8 while the French take time on GC

Tour de France 2019: Thomas De Gendt goes long to win Stage 8 while the French take time on GC

Jack Elton-Walters 13 Jul 2019 Thomas De Gendt won the stage but Thibaut Pinot arguably had the best day on Stage 8 of the 2019 Tour de France Thomas De Gendt ( Lotto-Soudal ) won Stage 8 of the 2019 Tour de France after getting away in the day's breakaway and then going solo late in the stage. Despite the power of the chase, the Belgian maintained enough of a time advantage to cross the line first. Finishing not long after the day's winner were Thibaut Pinot ( Groupama-FDJ ) and Julian Alaphilippe ( Deceuninck-QuickStep ) who had got clear of the group of favourites; Pinot looking to take time and Alaphilippe aiming to recover the yellow jersey - both objectives were achieved. Despite a crash and bike change, Geraint Thomas (Team Ineos) minimised his time loss. See related Tour de France 2019: Route maps, riders, live TV guide and ...

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Tour de France: Quintana gets away with badly timed toilet break in finale of stage 7

Nairo Quintana (Movistar) and Egan Bernal (Team Ineos) line up for stage 6 at the Tour de France

Movistar 's Nairo Quintana didn't have quite as straightforward a day as his fellow Tour de France GC contenders on Friday's seventh stage between Belfort and Chalon-sur-Saône after what turned out to be a badly timed toilet break with 30km to go saw the Colombian forced to chase his way back to the peloton. On a stage that was "super easy", according to Astana's Jakob Fuglsang – "I pushed the lowest average power ever in a Tour de France stage," the Dane said on his team's website – the sprinters made sure to have their day in the final few hundred metres of stage 7 , with Jumbo-Visma's Dylan Groenewegen coming out on top. Quintana, however, stopped for a nature break soon after the day's final intermediate sprint, only to see the bunch suddenly ramp up the speed, forcing the 29-year-old to call on his teammates to help pace him ...

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