Sliding doors: The legacy of Cobo’s delayed relegation

Toulouse, France (CT) – For most in the peloton, this morning’s stage start was much like any other. But for a couple of riders, there was a small but significant change. News quietly landed overnight that Juan Jose Cobo had been stripped of his 2011 Vuelta a Espana win – an outcome that left two … The post Sliding doors: The legacy of Cobo’s delayed relegation appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Froome officially wins 2011 Vuelta, but no one is celebrating

With the disqualification of Juan Jose Cobo, Froome now becomes the official winner of the 2011 Vuelta a España. Read the full article at Froome officially wins 2011 Vuelta, but no one is celebrating on VeloNews.com .

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Froome promoted to 2011 La Vuelta winner

Froome promoted to 2011 La Vuelta winner

Kenyan-born Briton Chris Froome has reportedly been awarded 2011 Vuelta a España victory after Juan José Cobo has been excluded for doping.

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Chris Froome confirmed as winner of 2011 Vuelta

Wiggins, Cobo and Froome on Vuelta podium (copyright Tour of Spain/Graham Watson).jpg

“Better late than never”

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More than 22,300 respond to UCI survey on appeal of road cycling

Brian Cookson UCI headquarters

George Smith 18 Jul 2019 Huge response after UCI called for public say on some diverse matters of the sport Last week the Union Cycliste Internationale ( UCI ) announced a broad public consultation in the hope of gaining an insight into the appeal of road cycling. The survey closed after a week with more than 22,300 people having given their opinions. The online survey was only available between Wednesday 10th July and Tuesday 16th July, but in that time residents of 134 countries from five continents took part in the consultation. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the United States, France, Spain, Belgium and Italy were the best represented countries, with a high number of responders also coming from the United Kingdom, Germany, Colombia, Australia, Russia and Brazil. Perhaps only the Netherlands being a notable absentee. The goal of the survey was to gain some insight from the general public into what may ...

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Chris Froome awarded 2011 Vuelta title, now Britain's first Grand Tour winner

Chris Froome awarded 2011 Vuelta title, now Britain's first Grand Tour winner

Jack Elton-Walters 18 Jul 2019 Original winner Juan Jose Cobo has been stripped of the 2011 Vuelta a Espana over doping irregularities Chris Froome is now Britain's first Grand Tour winner after being awarded the 2011 Vuelta a Espana title. Juan Jose Cobo, who stood on the top step of the podium at the end of the race, has been stripped of the win as a result of doping irregularities. Sir Bradley Wiggins moves up to second in the official standings for that year's Vuelta but loses his claim to being Britain's first Grand Tour champion. Victory in the 2012 Tour de France had made Wiggins the UK's first winner of a three-week race, but the retrospective awarding of the 2011 Vuelta to Froome changes that. The alterations to the standings of the 2011 Vuelta a Espana also give Bauke Mollema a Grand Tour podium finish by bumping him up ...

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Chris Froome to be handed 2011 Vuelta a España title, eight years later

Supported by The UCI has recognised Chris Froome as the winner of the 2011 Vuelta a España, retrospectively making him the first British rider to win a Grand Tour. Froome originally finished the Spanish Grand Tour in second place behind Spaniard Juan Jose Cobo. However in June 2019, nearly eight years after the race’s conclusion, the UCI … The post Chris Froome to be handed 2011 Vuelta a España title, eight years later appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Chris Froome to be named winner of 2011 Vuelta a Espana

Juan José Cobo shakes Braley Wiggins' hand on the podium

Chris Froome ( Team Ineos ) will now be named as the winner of the 2011 Vuelta a España , according to reports from Spanish newspaper AS , after Juan José Cobo – who was crowned the winner of the race in September 2011 – apparently chose not to appeal against cycling governing body the UCI's announcement last month that Cobo was "guilty of an anti-doping rule violation". The now-retired Spanish rider, riding then for Geox-TMC, beat Froome by just 13 seconds, with Froome's then Team Sky teammate Bradley Wiggins taking third place, 1:39 down on Cobo. But on June 13, 2019, the UCI announced that Cobo was "guilty of an anti-doping rule violation (use of a prohibited substance) based on abnormalities from 2009 and 2011 detected in his Biological Passport and [the UCI has] imposed a three-year period of ineligibility on the rider". Cobo was given a month to ...

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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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Brailsford: This is the most positive start we have ever had

Supported by Castres, France, July 16, 2019 (AFP) – Team Ineos boss Dave Brailsford said Tuesday his riders were perfectly poised for another Tour de France win at the halfway stage after 10 rollercoaster stages so far. Reigning champion Geraint Thomas, backed up by team co-captain Egan Bernal, said that victory was within his grasp and all … The post Brailsford: This is the most positive start we have ever had appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Sean Yates says Chris Froome went "back on his word" when he attacked Bradley Wiggins on 2012 Tour de France

Wiggins and Froome (pic Bettini Photo, courtesy Pinarello)

Former Team Sky sports director recalls episode on La Toussuire climb

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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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Van Garderen abandons Tour de France with broken thumb

Tejay van Garderen gets up after crashing during stage 7 at the Tour de France

Tejay van Garderen ( EF Education First ) will not start stage 8 at the 2019 Tour de France after fracturing his thumb in a crash early during stage 7 on Friday. The American went down just 7km into the 230km stage from Belfort to Chalon-Sur-Saone, finishing the final 223km after visiting the medical car, but his team said Friday evening that the 30-year-old's injuries were too severe to continue. Doctors from EF Education First and the race examined van Garderen immediately at the finish line and determined the rider required an X-ray, which was performed by the race radiologist. The X-ray confirmed that van Garderen had broken his hand. "After today’s stage, Tejay had his wounds cleaned and bandaged," said EF Education First doctor Kevin Sprouse. "We then went for an X-ray. In addition to multiple abrasions, it was determined that he has a non-displaced fracture at the base ...

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Van Garderen left battered and bruised after early crash

Van Garderen left battered and bruised after early crash

George Smith 12 Jul 2019 Team Education First rider hits the deck hard after crash in the bunch on Stage 7 Fresh from finishing eight minutes down on yesterday's first mountain stage, Tejay van Garderen (EF-Drapac) will have to complete the longest stage of this year’s Tour de France today with a ripped jersey and a nasty cut below his eye after falling face first just 7km into the stage following a touch of wheels near a road partition. The American managed to get back on his bike quickly but was in visible discomfort as he rode off. With the incident happening so early in the day, Van Garderen was able to rejoin the peloton after briefly speaking with the doctor’s car. Others involved in the crash, including former yellow jersey Mike Teunissen (Jumbo-Visma), seem to have escaped without any serious damage. See related Tour de France 2019: Dylan Teuns ...

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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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Geraint Thomas: La Planche des Belles Filles will be 100 per cent racing

Geraint Thomas (Team Ineos) ahead of stage 4 at the Tour de France

Geraint Thomas ( Team Ineos ) warned that Thursday's finish at La Planche des Belles Filles will be a moment of "100 per cent racing" at this year's Tour de France , with the first mountain stage in the Vosges set to finally reveal the form of the overall contenders and perhaps create significant time gaps. Thomas lost five seconds to teammate Egan Bernal and French rival Thibaut Pinot on the uphill finish to Epernay on Monday and Team Inoes is hoping it was just a brief moment of distraction rather than an indication of the Welshman's form after his Tour de Suisse crash. Thomas and Bernal started the Tour de France on equal footing and the 8.7 per cent climb to La Planche des Belle Filles is likely to show who is the stronger, with Bernal free to follow any attacks and ride his own race, even if Thomas ...

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Reluctant Tour de France star: Pinot comes home at La Planche des Belles Filles

Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) at the Tour de France

Seven years have passed since Thibaut Pinot marked his Tour de France debut with a sparkling stage victory at Porrentruy and 10th place overall in Paris. A day after the race finished, the front page of L'Équipe asked the premature but obvious question that would serve as the ambient noise to his career for years afterwards: "Can Pinot win the Tour de France?" Pinot's relationship with La Grande Boucle in the intervening period has been a tumultuous one, however, punctuated by altogether more disappointment than joy. He placed 3rd overall in 2014 and claimed victory on Alpe d'Huez a year later, but his three other appearances – in 2013, 2016 and 2017 – have ended in premature abandons and been followed by stinging criticism. In time, the question has become a different one: does Pinot want to win the Tour de France at all? "It's not an obsession," Pinot admitted ...

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Team Ineos swaps to Lightweights for climbing stages

The decision to switch to these particular wheels today, when wheel tech has come so far, is interesting for a few reasons, some technical and some financial The post Team Ineos swaps to Lightweights for climbing stages appeared first on CyclingTips .

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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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Greg LeMond: If he's really lost 5kg Valverde should win the Tour de France

The 1989 Tour de France podium (l-r): Laurent Fignon, Greg LeMond and Pedro Delgado.

Three-time Tour de France champion Greg LeMond, who won the race in 1986, 1989 and 1990, has told Belgian sports broadcaster Sporza that he thinks Movistar 's Alejandro Valverde should win this year's Tour – if rumours of him having lost five kilograms are really true. Speaking during the Tour's opening stage on Saturday, and when asked who his favourites were for this year's Grande Boucle , LeMond – ever the scientist, and pushing the power-to-weight theory – named the Spanish veteran as the most likely winner, 'mathematically'. "I keep hearing about how Valverde has lost 5kg, and if he's really lost 5kg and is in the same condition [as in the past], then mathematically he should win the Tour," LeMond said. "Mathematically, he should win, because 5kg is, say, six minutes [saved] up a climb," he continued. "It's a lot of weight to lose – but you usually pay ...

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