Video: It’s a bum rap – Bahrain-Merida cyclist slaps mooning Tour de France fan on rear

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Chaos, hangovers and suffering: Riders reflect on their Tour de France debut

It’s been a great July for Tour de France debutants. Dylan Teuns (Bahrain-Merida) and Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) have ridden to impressive stage victories. Giulio Ciccone (Trek-Segafredo) spent some well-earned time in the yellow jersey. They won’t soon forget their maiden rides in the sport’s biggest race. But then, what rider wouldn’t remember their Tour … The post Chaos, hangovers and suffering: Riders reflect on their Tour de France debut 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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Bikes of the Tour de France: Vincenzo Nibali's custom Merida Reacto

Joe Robinson 17 Jul 2019 Glitter paint job, a shark sticker, grip tape on the bottle cages and his name in gold Vincenzo Nibali is one of the very few riders good enough to warrant a custom edition bike thanks to victories at all three Grand Tours and two Monument wins. In a long and memorable career, that's still in full swing, the 34-year-old has won the Tour de France , Vuelta a Espana and two editions of the Giro d'Italia , while also winning Il Lombardia and Milan-San Remo to morph into the most rounded rider of his generation. The Bahrain-Merida rider is currently at the Tour hunting stage wins and the polka dot climber's jersey, a change of pace to his usual General Classification quest, but he is still one of the biggest names on the start list. Big enough to lead the Cyclist team to the Bahrain-Merida ...

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Nibali hits back at Tour de France armchair critics after losing time

Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida)

Vincenzo Nibali ( Bahrain-Merida ) has hit back at armchair tifosi who "watch the Tour de France on TV, drink Coca-Cola, eat popcorn, and criticise people on social media". Nibali was speaking on Sunday, the day after failing to stay with the overall contenders on stage 8 to Saint-Etienne , and so losing any chance of overall victory at this year's Tour. The Italian was distanced on the last climb of the stage and sat up, losing four minutes. He lost a further two-and-a-half minutes on stage 9 to Brioude on Sunday, slipping to 30th overall, 8:56 down on current race leader Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep). The Sicilian finished second at the Giro d'Italia behind Richard Carapaz (Movistar) in early June. He had always said he would target stage victories at the Tour de France if he was unable to be competitive against riders who have specifically prepared for the sport's ...

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Tour de France 2019: Daryl Impey takes Stage 9 while Alaphilippe hangs on to the yellow jersey

Tour de France 2019: Daryl Impey takes Stage 9 while Alaphilippe hangs on to the yellow jersey

Pete Muir 14 Jul 2019 The South African gives Mitchelton-Scott a much-needed win on Bastille Day After a long day in the break, South African national champion Daryl Impey (Mitchelton-Scott) outsprinted Tiesj Benoot (Lotto-Soudal) to give Mitchelton-Scott their first Tour de France stage win in three years. The pair had been in a break of around 15 riders since early in the race, but managed to escape from their fellow breakaway riders on the final climb. With a downhill run-in, Benoot was unable to shake his rival, who proved to be easily the stronger sprinter at the line. Bahrain-Merida’s Jan Tratnik came in third to take the final spot on the podium. The main peloton had a comparatively relaxing day, rolling home more than 15 minutes later. On Bastille Day, France’s Julian Alaphilippe did his nation proud by holding on to the yellow jersey, while none of the GC contenders ...

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Tour de France: Impey wins stage 9 in Brioude

Daryl Impey (Mitchelton-Scott) wins stage 9

Daryl Impey (Mitchelton-Scott) claimed victory on stage 9 of the Tour de France after a cool, calm and collected performance that culminated in a two-man sprint against Tiesj Benoot (Lotto Soudal). The two broke away from a large escape group that had built up a lead over the peloton, with Jan Tratnik (Bahrain Merida), also from the breakaway, coming in third a few seconds later. Impey made several important moves in the stage finale, the first of which came when he accelerated away from a chase group in order to bridge up to Benoot and Nicolas Roche (Team Sunweb) on the final climb. When Benoot then attacked in the closing stages on a small rise, the South African was immediately on the Lotto-Soudal rider's wheel, as Roche began to falter. The two leaders built up a 15 second lead as they raced towards the finish, with Impey doing the majority ...

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Nibali out of GC contention after time loss on Tour’s eighth stage

Supported by Vincenzo Nibali’s Tour de France GC hopes were dashed for good on Saturday’s stage 8. The 2014 Tour champion finished 4:25 down on stage winner Thomas De Gendt (Lotto-Soudal), giving up just under three minutes to the main GC group after losing touch on an up-and-down parcours. “Now we will try to recover our energies … The post Nibali out of GC contention after time loss on Tour’s eighth stage appeared first on CyclingTips .

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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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Peter Sagan stretching out lead in quest for record seventh green jersey

Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) in the green jersey at the Tour de France

Another day, another cache of points towards the green jersey. The Tour de France is only a week old and already Bora-Hansgrohe talisman Peter Sagan 's lead in the points classification is assuming familiar dimensions. Third place in Chalon-sur-Saône on stage 7 , allied to another bundle of points in the intermediate sprint, was enough to see Sagan extend his lead in the competition to 56 points over Sonny Colbrelli (Bahrain-Merida). Sagan was a stage winner in Colmar two days previously after the hills that punctuated the finale left a reduced peloton to dispute the honours in the sprint. On Friday, he faced a full complement of fast men on the flat run-in to Chalon-sur-Saône, and he had to settle for third place behind winner Dylan Groenewegen (Jumbo-Visma) and Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal). "Everybody knows I'm not as fast as them," Sagan said as he performed his tour of duty ...

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Tour de France 2019: Dylan Groenewegen wins Stage 7 sprint ahead of Ewan and Sagan

Tour de France 2019: Dylan Groenewegen wins Stage 7 sprint ahead of Ewan and Sagan

George Smith 12 Jul 2019 The Dutchman makes it three wins for Jumbo-Visma after opening up his sprint first to surge ahead of rivals Dylan Groenewegen (Jumbo-Visma) won Stage 7 of the 2019 Tour de France thanks to a strong sprint that meant his rivals could not get on terms before the finish line. Caleb Ewan (Lotto-Soudal) - with a skipped rear wheel - crossed the line for second with Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) and his green jersey crossing for third. After yesterday’s first proper General Classification test in the mountains the Tour returned to flatter ground for Stage 7, with the sprinters looking for a chance to shine. The longest stage of this year’s edition at 230km, today’s ride saw each team make their way from Belfort to Chalon-sur-Saône. Belfort was last seen in the Tour back in 2012, again as a departure place, when a young Thibaut Pinot went ...

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Tour de France: Thomas and Bernal's seesaw battle continues on La Planche des Belles Filles

Geraint Thomas finishes stage 6 of the Tour de France at La Planche des Belles Filles

The summit finish at La Planche des Belle Filles continued to be a happy hunting ground for Team Ineos on stage 6 of the Tour de France . While the team may not have won or taken the race lead on the Vosges mountain, as both Chris Froome and Bradley Wiggins have done in the past, they still walked away with a positive outcome – especially for 'co-leader' Geraint Thomas . On the 'Super Planche', the regular summit enhanced by the addition of 900 metres of steep gravel road, it was the reigning champion who stamped his authority on the GC battle, surging from the lead group in the closing metres to take time on all of his rivals for the yellow jersey – including teammate Egan Bernal . "Surprised? It's a good surprise, I would say," directeur sportif Nicolas Portal said after the finish. "I was hoping for that; ...

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Teuns lone survivor in La planche des belles filles

Teuns lone survivor in La planche des belles filles

Bahrain Merida's Dylan Teuns pulled clear from the last of his breakaway companions, Giulio Ciccone (Trek-Segafredo) on the ruthless gradient in La planche des belles filles, emerging a first-time Tour stage winner, Ciccone into the yellow jersey.

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Teuns wins in La planche des belles filles

Teuns wins in La planche des belles filles

Bahrain Merida's Dylan Teuns battled fellow breakaway companion Giulio Ciccone (Trek-Segafredo) up the dramatic gradient on the La planche des belles filles, emerging as a first-time Tour stage winner, Ciccone into the yellow jersey. More to come.

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Teuns fights for win as Ciccone claims yellow on first mountain stage

Teuns fights for win as Ciccone claims yellow on first mountain stage

Bahrain Merida's Dylan Teuns pulled clear from the last of his breakaway companions, Giulio Ciccone (Trek-Segafredo) on the ruthless gradients of La Planche des Belles Filles, emerging a first-time Tour stage winner, with Ciccone moving into the yellow jersey.

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Tour de France: Stage 6 highlights - Video

Giulio Ciccone in yellow after stage 6 at the Tour de France

Stage 6 of the 2019 Tour de France was a tough battle over seven climbs, ending on La Planche des Belles Filles, and Bahrain-Merida's Dylan Teuns proved to be the strongest from the day's breakaway to win the stage. His breakaway companion Giulio Ciccone (Trek-Segafredo) hung on until the final few metres but had to let go of the Belgian. He could be consoled by snatching the race leader's yellow jersey off the shoulders of Deceuninck-Quickstep's Julian Alaphilippe. Alaphilippe surged from the group of overall favourites in the last kilometre, but ran out of steam on the steep 24 per cent gradients, and missed keeping the maillot jaune by a thin six-second margin. Of the overall race favourites, Jumbo-Visma's George Bennett holds the honour of being best-placed, two seconds ahead of defending champion Geraint Thomas. Watch the highlights to find out how Thomas dispatched his rivals in the explosive finale. ...

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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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Today at the Tour: Dream scenario for a pair of Tour debutants

Success at the Tour de France can forge careers, and that’s just what happened for the two best men from the day’s 14-rider breakaway on Stage 6, finishing atop la Planche des Belles Filles. On a day that was slotted as the Tour’s first true GC battle, it was a pair of Tour debutants riding … The post Today at the Tour: Dream scenario for a pair of Tour debutants appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Tour de France: Geraint Thomas gains time on Bernal with late surge

Egan Bernal and Geraint Thomas (Team Ineos) at the head of the peloton

Defending Tour de France champion Geraint Thomas ( Team Ineos ) responded to predictions that he might struggle on the steep slopes of the La Planche des Belles Filles with a show of force and pride, chasing and passing late solo attacker Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep) to finish first amongst the overall contenders. Alaphilippe surged away on the dirt road in the final kilometre, fighting to hold onto his leader's yellow jersey but he lost it by six seconds to Giulio Ciccone (Trek-Segafredo), who was in the break of the day and finished second to stage winner Dylan Teuns (Bahrain-Merida). Thomas finished fourth and 1:44 behind the breakaway riders but gained nine seconds on Team Ineos teammate Egan Bernal in the surge to the finish, using his power to drive to the line after the final 24 per cent section. He reaffirmed his leadership role at Team Inoes and cancelled the ...

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