Tour de France 2019: Simon Yates wins from break as GC holds station

Tour de France 2019: Simon Yates wins from break as GC holds station

Joe Robinson 18 Jul 2019 Yates wins from a three-man break as big break nullifies GC attacks Mitchelton-Scott's Simon Yates became the latest rider to win stages of all three Grand Tours as the Mitchelton-Scott rider won a three-man sprint on Stage 12 of the Tour de France. The Lancastrian outfoxed fellow break riders Gregor Muhlberger of Bora-Hansgrohe and Pello Bilbao of Astana to take the final corner in the lead and hold out the sprint to the line. Yates becomes the second rider in as many days to win a stage in all three Grand Tours after Caleb Ewan's exploits yesterday and the third of the race after Elia Viviani's win on Stage 4. In terms of General Classification, it was another day of keeping the powder dry as Julian Alaphilippe rolled in with his closest rivals to defend his yellow jersey for a fourth consecutive day. Team Ineos ...

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Matthews will no longer fight for the green jersey at the Tour de France

Supported by Sunweb’s Michael Matthews will no longer focus on racking up points for the green jersey battle at the Tour de France. As the 28-year-old Australian explained after stage 11, his team has decided to give up on the points classification to instead focus on scoring stage victories with both Matthews and teammates like Cees Bol, … The post Matthews will no longer fight for the green jersey at the Tour de France appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Matthews says he will no longer contest the Tour’s green jersey

Supported by Sunweb’s Michael Matthews will no longer fight for points in the green jersey battle at the Tour de France. As the 28-year-old Australian explained after stage 11, his team has decided to give up on the points classification to instead focus on scoring stage victories with both Matthews and teammates like Cees Bol, who was … The post Matthews says he will no longer contest the Tour’s green jersey appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Caleb Ewans sprints to his first Tour de France win - Video

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

Lotto Soudal 's 'pocket rocket' Caleb Ewan sprinted to his first-ever stage win at the Tour de France Wednesday, out-kicking stage 7 winner Dylan Groenewegen (Jumbo-Visma) in a photo finish at the line in Toulouse for the stage 11 victory . Deceuninck-QuickStep's Elia Viviani was third, followed by Bora-Hansgrohe's Peter Sagan. Ewan was the 11th stage winner in the first 11 stages of the 2019 race. The overall battle remained unaffected after stage 11, with Frenchman Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep) maintaining his 1:12 lead over defending champion Geraint Thomas and 1:16 over Egan Bernal, both of Team Ineos. Niki Terpstra (Total Direct Energie) crashed during the stage and was forced to abandon with a broken clavicle from a day marred by multiple crashes. Ewan himself was caught behind a crash in the closing kilometres and had to fight back with the help of teammate Roger Kluge to contest the win. You ...

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Tour de France: Ewan wins stage 11

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

Caleb Ewan ( Lotto Soudal ) won his maiden Tour de France stage on stage 11 in Toulouse. The Australian had to do it the hard way after one of his lead-out men crashed in the closing stage but despite remaining isolated in the sprint Ewan came around Dylan Groenewegen (Jumbo-Visma) to take the biggest win of his career. Elia Viviani (Deceuninck-QuickStep) finished third, with green jersey leader Peter Sagan (Bora-hansgrohe) in fourth. After four top-three finishes in this year's Tour de France, Ewan finally had his just reward and picked up Lotto Soudal's second stage win of the race after Thomas de Gendt's win in Saint Etienne. "To be honest I can't believe it. I've been close in the last four sprints I've done, and my team never lost faith in me. I never lost faith in my sprint. I knew if everything came together then I can be ...

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Tour de France: Peter Sagan rides new Specialized e-bike on rest day – Gallery

Bora-hansgrohe switched to jerseys with white shoulders for this year's race

Peter Sagan and his Bora-hansgrohe teammates spent the first rest day at the Tour de France riding on a new road e-bike from team sponsor Specialized . Sagan was riding on the S-Works version of the new bike, with team mechanics taking the time to add green handlebar tape as the current points leader in the race to match Sagan's green jersey. The three-time world champion also has a special, green version of a Wahoo Elemnt Bolt computer. Specialized's other sponsored team at the race – Deceuninck-QuickStep – also rode the new Specialized Creo e-bikes , with the team giving similar treatment to the yellow jersey holder, Julian Alaphilippe. Bora-hansgrohe had a short ride on the rest day, which is common for all teams to do, with a well-earned coffee stop half-way before heading back to the team hotel near Albi. The new e-bike offers up to 240 watts of ...

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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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Deceuninck-QuickStep ride electric road bikes on Tour de France rest day - Gallery

Julian Alaphilippe wore his regular team jersey but a yellow helmet on the rest day ride

After ten stages of racing and more than half of the total Tour de France race distance, the yellow jersey of Julian Alaphilippe and his Deceuninck-QuickStep teammates are enjoying a first rest day of this year’s race in Albi. Nearly all of the riders from the race will head out for a short training ride on rest days to keep their legs turning over, with Deceuninck-QuickStep opting to train on the newly released Specialized Creo electric road bike . Four options of the Creo are available, which all feature carbon frames, Shimano groupsets, Roval wheels and Specialized’s proprietary SL1.1 integrated electric motor. The motor offers up to 240 watts of assistance while pedalling and is limited to 25kph in Europe and 28mph in the United States. The battery is also integrated into the down tube and the bike has a claimed weight of around 12kg. Each of the Deceuninck-QuickStep riders ...

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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 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 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: Stage 8 finish line quotes

A downcast Giulio Ciccone (Trek-Segafredo) after losing the yellow jersey

There was a dramatic finale to stage 8 of the Tour de France , as Thomas De Gendt won from the breakaway, Julian Alaphilippe recovered the yellow jersey from Giulio Ciccone, Thibaut Pinot gained time on his GC rivals, and Geraint Thomas came back from a late crash. Here's the instant reaction. Thomas de Gendt (Lotto Soudal) - stage winner The bunch was coming closer but I had to go solo and try to stay ahead of them. It was just by five or 10 seconds. I had a really good feeling all day so I believed in it all day, but we only got five minutes and it went down really quick to three and a half. We didn't go really easy but we didn't push that hard on the climb where the feed zone was. Just after that we went full because we heard those who were pulling ...

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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: Groenewegen wins stage 7

Dylan Groenewgen wins stage 7 at the 2019 Tour de France

Dylan Groenewegen ( Jumbo-Visma ) claimed his first win of the 2019 Tour de France on stage 7, after a chaotic sprint into Chalon-sur-Saône. The Dutchman was forced to change his line several times in a messy finale, and although he was forced to launch his sprint from a long way out, he had enough to edge out Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal) and Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe). Italian sprinter Elia Viviani had the support of a full Deceuninck-QuikcStep lead-out train with less than 800m to go but suffered a front flat and was swamped at the line, finishing sixth. Overnight leader Giulio Ciccone (Trek-Segafredo) finished safely inside the peloton on the longest stage of this year’s race to retain his lead for a second day. For Groenewegen, this was the Dutchman’s fourth Tour stage win of his career but his first of this campaign. At the finish he had to fight ...

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How can Michael Matthews beat Peter Sagan for the green jersey?

We’re only six stages into the Tour de France and it already looks like Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) will win a record-breaking seventh green jersey. Sagan’s consistency — four top-five finishes since the start in Brussels, including his win on stage 5 — gives him an early 46-point lead in the battle for green. If that … The post How can Michael Matthews beat Peter Sagan for the green jersey? appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Team Ineos racing on £5,000 Lightweight wheels at Tour de France

Team Ineos are using Lightweight Meilenstein Obermayer wheels at the Tour de France

Team Ineos raced stage 5 of the Tour de France , which was won by Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe), on Lightweight Meilenstein Obermayer wheels, with the team confirming they will also race the wheels on stage 6 to La Planche Des Belles Filles – which features gradients of over 20 per cent – and other climbing-focused stages during the race. The British squad have used Shimano wheels and Pinarello frames since their inception, but are expected to continue to switch between the Lightweight wheels and the usual Shimano Dura-Ace R9100 series wheels for the rest of this year’s Tour. Cyclingnews spotted all eight Team Ineos riders racing on the wheelsets during Wednesday’s stage, alongside each rider’s spare bike on the roof of the team car. It is understood that the German carbon specialists don’t sponsor any professional riders or teams and so the team would have paid for the 16 pairs ...

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Van Aert enjoys dream start to the Tour de France

Wout Van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) in the young rider jersey at the Tour de France

Jumbo-Visma have enjoyed a dream start to the Tour de France , taking victory on the opening two stages in Brussels and holding the yellow jersey for two stages. Stage 5 saw them come close to making it three, as multi-discipline prodigy Wout Van Aert took second in the reduced bunch sprint in Colmar. The youth classification leader beat big names like Olympic champion Greg Van Avermaet (CCC Team), European champion Matteo Trentin (Mitchelton-Scott), and Michael Matthews (Team Sunweb) to the line, but green jersey Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) proved too fast to overhaul. "It's a great result," Van Aert told a cluster of reporters after the finish. "I should really get a lesson from Mike [Teunissen, who beat Sagan on stage 1]. Sagan sprinted a little stronger than me." Riding the wheel of compatriot Van Avermaet in the final kilometre, Van Aert kept cool in the final 200 metres, when ...

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