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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Bernal tipped for greatness by five-time Tour winner Hinault

Supported by Egan Bernal will top the Tour de France podium in Paris and is young enough to surpass any of the race’s legends, French great Bernard Hinault told AFP on Sunday. The straight talking 64-year-old’s fierce competitive personality earned him the knick-name ‘the badger’, but he was in a relaxed and friendly mood on Sunday on … The post Bernal tipped for greatness by five-time Tour winner Hinault appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Ten riders with something to prove at the 2019 Tour de France

Pressure. The Tour de France presses down on everyone, but even more so if you have something to prove. From established veterans needing to prove they’ve still got the fire to riders making long-awaited Tour debuts, there are plenty of big names that head into this Tour de France with something to prove, for one … The post Ten riders with something to prove at the 2019 Tour de France appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Tour de France 2019: Jumbo's Mike Teunissen pips Sagan to win Stage 1

Tour de France 2019: Jumbo's Mike Teunissen pips Sagan to win Stage 1

Pete Muir 6 Jul 2019 The first yellow jersey goes to the surprise Dutch winner Jumbo-Visma’s Mike Teunissen won Stage 1 of the 2019 Tour de France to take the first yellow jersey of the race. While his teammate Dylan Groenewegen was caught up in a crash in the final few kilometres, Teunissen managed to out-sprint Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) by a tyre-width to take the stage. Sagan took second place (and will wear his favourite green jersey as a result of Teunissen being in yellow), followed by Caleb Ewan of Lotto-Soudal. On a mostly flat stage from Brussels to Brussels, there was little to challenge the GC contenders, all of whom made it safely across the line in the bunch. Astana’s Jakob Fuglsang was suffering from injuries caused by a crash earlier in the race, but still claimed the same time as his main rivals. The polka-dot jersey went to ...

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Tour de France 2019: Jumbo-Visma's Mike Teunissen pips Sagan to win Stage 1

Tour de France 2019: Jumbo-Visma's Mike Teunissen pips Sagan to win Stage 1

Pete Muir 6 Jul 2019 The first yellow jersey goes to the surprise Dutch winner Jumbo-Visma’s Mike Teunissen won Stage 1 of the 2019 Tour de France to take the first yellow jersey of the race. While his teammate Dylan Groenewegen was caught up in a crash in the final few kilometres, Teunissen managed to out-sprint Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) by a tyre-width to take the stage. Sagan took second place (and will wear his favourite green jersey as a result of Teunissen being in yellow), followed by Caleb Ewan of Lotto-Soudal. On a mostly flat stage from Brussels to Brussels, there was little to challenge the GC contenders, all of whom made it safely across the line in the bunch. Astana’s Jakob Fuglsang was suffering from injuries caused by a crash earlier in the race, but still claimed the same time as his main rivals. The polka-dot jersey went to ...

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Froome out of hospital and back at home after horrific crash which ruined Tour hopes

Chris Froome in hospital (via Instagram).PNG

Team Ineos rider appeared in good spirits and wished his team mates good luck

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Froome leaves hospital as Ineos readies for Tour start

Froome leaves hospital as Ineos readies for Tour start

Chris Froome has left hospital more than three weeks after a crash that ended his season and a record-equalling fifth Tour de France title bid this month.

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Tour de France 2019: everything you need to know

Tour de France 2018 Paris Champs-Elysees finish

Our essential guide for lifelong fans and first-time watchers alike

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A ride down memory lane with Allan Peiper

Supported by Allan Peiper is a living link between Australian and Belgian cycling. Having resided in Belgium for the best part of 40 years, his is a link that was first forged when he arrived as a junior cyclist in 1977. Illness forced his return to Australia after three years, but after Peiper returned to Europe in … The post A ride down memory lane with Allan Peiper appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Froome leaves hospital, sends support to Ineos teammates at Tour

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The four-time Tour champ is "on the mend" and will cheer on his teammates from bed during his recovery from severe injuries. Read the full article at Froome leaves hospital, sends support to Ineos teammates at Tour on VeloNews.com .

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Brailsford: No Ineos riders have TUE's for the Tour de France

Geraint Thomas with David Brailsford and Egan Bernal

Team Ineos manager Dave Brailsford sat centre stage between Geraint Thomas and Egan Bernal as they faced questions from a packed hotel room in Brussels less than 24 hours from the start of the Tour de France. With Chris Froome unable to target a fifth Tour de France victory after his crash at the Criterium du Dauphine, Thomas and Bernal share team leadership and carry hopes of another overall victory for the British super-team, with Brailsford confident he can keep any internal rivalry under control. Brailsford updated the media on Froome's return home from the hospital but focused on the here and now, with little time for nostalgia at the start of the Tour de France. "It's a big disappointment not to have Chris Froome here but sport is sport. We have a new baseline and we move forward. With these two guys couldn't want for a better team. We're ...

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Chris Froome leaves hospital as Thomas and Bernal lead Team Ineos into Tour de France

Chris Froome (Team Ineos) ahead of the opening stage at the Criterium du Dauphine

Chris Froome left hospital on Thursday, a full 22 days after his horrific crash at the Critérium du Dauphiné. The news was announced by Team Ineos boss Dave Brailsford at the team’s pre-Tour de France press conference in Brussels on Friday. "It’s a big disappointment that Chris isn’t here and we wish him well on his road to recovery," Brailsford told the media, as he was flanked by Team Ineos’ two leaders for the Tour: Egan Bernal and Geraint Thomas. Froome was transferred by air to hospital in Saint Etienne on June 12 after a heavy crash while riding recon for the stage 4 individual time trial at the Dauphiné. He spent several hours on the operating table, having suffered a laundry list of injuries , including a fractured hip, femur, elbow, and neck, as well as internal injuries. He spent roughly two weeks in Saint-Étienne before being transferred to ...

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Tour de France jersey colours and prize money: what do the yellow, green, polka dot and white jerseys mean?

All four jersey winners of the 2018 Tour de France

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Rowe: Bernal's youth will not stop him grabbing Tour de France glory

Rowe: Bernal's youth will not stop him grabbing Tour de France glory

Joe Robinson 5 Jul 2019 Welsh road captain believes that Bernal has all the capabilites to become Colombia's first Tour de France winner Luke Rowe has responded to General Classification favourite Jakob Fuglsang's speculation that Egan Bernal is too young to win the Tour de France by stating that 'the race will do the talking'. Talking at the Astana press conference earlier in the week, Fuglsang stated that Bernal may be too inexperienced for the yellow jersey considering he is only 22-years-old and that the Tour may not be as open as people are speculating if Geraint Thomas is on top form. Only his second Grand Tour following his debut in France a year ago, Bernal has set upon a meteoric rise in his first 18 months in the WorldTour that has seen him win three one-week stage races and helped guide Thomas to the Tour title in 2018. On ...

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Dave Brailsford: 'To my knowledge nobody has a TUE'

Dave Brailsford: 'To my knowledge nobody has a TUE'

Peter Stuart 5 Jul 2019 Brailsford says that to his knowledge no Ineos athlete enters the Tour with a TUE, as he discusses prospects for joint leaders Sir Dave Brailsford has claimed that to his knowledge no Team Ineos riders enter the Tour de France with a Therapeutic Use Exemption for substances that would otherwise be prohibited. 'To knowledge nobody has a TUE. To my knowledge,' Brailsford said in a press conference today ahead of the Tour's Grand Depart in Brussels tomorrow. He clarified that he was willing to seek clarification from Team Ineos medical staff. 'We can ask the doctor afterward if you like,’ he added. The use of TUEs has become increasingly important for Team Ineos' public image, after the DCMS Select Committee determined that Team Sky ' crossed an ethical line ' by using potentially performance-enhancing drugs as permitted treatments for medical conditions. At the Team Ineos ...

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Will this really be an open Tour?

BRUSSELS (CT) — The Tour de France is open, they say. And they long for it to be true. You can feel the hope in the words and the spaces between the words that are spoken at the press conferences. “Anything can happen without Froome racing,” Nairo Quintana said. “Maybe people have a fear of Froome,” … The post Will this really be an open Tour? appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Nibali ready to sacrifice Tour de France GC hopes for multiple stage wins

Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) at the team presentation at the Tour de France

Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) returns to the Tour de France with the memories of last year’s crash on L’Alpe d’Huez and fractured vertebrae still fresh in his mind, but the huge cheer from the crowd at Thursday’s teams presentation in Brussels, along with the emotions of returning to Belgium, made him happy to be back. "Last year’s crash on L’Alpe d’Huez was still in my mind and so I hadn’t realised this was my eighth Tour, but the huge cheer I got during the teams presentation made me realise that it’s great to be at the Tour. The cheer means everyone expects something from me," Nibali explained after being on stage in central Brussels. Nibali is the most successful Grand Tour rider in this year’s Tour de France, having won all three Grand Tours and the Tour de France in 2014. Yet, after targeting the Giro d’Italia this year and finishing ...

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Dan Martin: 'I think this could be the hardest Tour de France we have ever seen’

Dan Martin: 'I think this could be the hardest Tour de France we have ever seen’

Joe Robinson 5 Jul 2019 Irishman looks ahead to a tough final week of racing ahead of Grand Depart in Brussels With the lack of an outstanding favourite, Irishman Dan Martin will go into this year’s Tour de France as one of the many underdogs who could produce a surprise result. The absence of Chris Froome and Tom Dumoulin has led riders and pundits to believe a relative outsider could have a shot at the yellow jersey. However, Martin is keen to stress that no-one will win this year’s Tour because of the absence of a favourite, but the best riders will have to prove themselves over some of the most difficult terrain ever experienced at the race. Talking to Cyclist , the UAE-Team Emirates rider laid out the scale of the difficulties ahead. ‘I think this could be the hardest Tour de France we have ever seen. I think ...

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Geraint Thomas: Having both me and Egan Bernal at the Tour de France is a huge advantage

Geraint Thomas (Team Ineos)

Questions over Geraint Thomas ' leadership at Team Ineos never seem far away when it comes to the Tour de France . It's as if they're a perpetual mountain he must climb with each passing day. Even last year, when he was comfortably wrapped in the yellow jersey, the Welshman was peppered with doubters who saw Chris Froome as the true leader of the squad until the last possible moment. At the start of the 2019 edition of the Tour de France, Thomas finds himself in a similar position. He may be the defending champion, but after crashing out of the Tour de Suisse and after seeing his teammate Egan Bernal dominate the race, Thomas' credentials have been diluted to the point where he and Bernal have been given joint leadership at Team Ineos. Bernal, just 22, and with one Grand Tour behind him, could conceivably reduce Thomas to domestique ...

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