5 key climbs from the 2019 Tour de France

Tour de France 2019, hairpin road

With the Tour de France entering the Pyrenees, here are the five climbs where the yellow jersey will be won and lost

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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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9 of the best Tour de France riders to follow on Strava

2019 Tour De France Stage 10 Saint-Flour to Albi

Following any one of these riders is guaranteed to give you an inferiority complex

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Tour de France: Van Aert raises his own bar with exceptional sprint win

Wout van Aert celebrates winning stage 10 at the Tour de France

An already deeply impressive debut for Wout van Aert ( Jumbo-Visma ) in the World Tour this season showed no signs of ending in the Tour de France on Monday, as the Belgian clinched his first Grand Tour stage victory in a dramatic small bunch sprint at the end of stage 10 . Van Aert has already had plenty to celebrate this season, with a solid Classics campaign followed by back-to-back time trial and bunch sprint victories in the Critérium du Dauphiné, not to mention the Belgian time trial championship. But in what is proving to be a dream Grand Tour debut for Van Aert, after three Tour stage victories and a lengthy spell in the overall lead for Jumbo-Visma, the 24-year-old Belgian has now notched up an individual Tour stage win of his own. If, on Monday's fraught final half hour's racing, Jumbo-Visma's management had nurtured any nagging concerns ...

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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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The secrets to a Thomas De Gendt breakaway

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Supported by Follow these four easy steps and you'll be winning Tour de France stages solo in no time. The post The secrets to a Thomas De Gendt breakaway appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Van Garderen out of Tour with fractured hand

Supported by Tejay van Garderen is out of the 2019 Tour de France after fracturing his hand in a crash. The 30-year-old American hit the deck in the early goings of Friday’s stage. Seven kilometers into the day, van Garderen hit a traffic island and went down along with Jumbo-Visma’s Mike Teunissen. ???? Crash for @TejayVan and … The post Van Garderen out of Tour with fractured hand appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Bardet slips on first Tour de France mountain test

Romain Bardet after the finish of stage 6 at the Tour de France

Romain Bardet came to a dead stop as his front wheel touched the finish line atop La Planche des Belles Filles during stage 6 at the Tour de France , apparently the victim of a mechanical that prevented him from pedalling any further. But the problems for the 28-year-old French hope and AG2r La Mondiale leader started much earlier on the mountain. Bardet struggled to stick with his general classification rivals as the big names started hitting out on the final climb of the day, the 7km ascent to the mountain town that hit pitches of 20 per cent at the top. By the time he climbed off his bike at the finish line, Bardet had ceded a minute or more to fellow pre-race favourites Geraint Thomas and Egan Bernal of Team Ineos, Movistar's Nairo Quintana and Mikel Landa, Astana's Jakob Fuglsang and Trek-Segafredo's Richie Porte, with a handful of ...

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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 2019 stage 6 finish line quotes

Dylan Teuns and Giulio Ciccone on their way tot he finish of stage 6 at the Tour de France

Dylan Teuns ( Bahrain-Merida ) - Stage 6 winner "I'm stull getting myself all together, but it's unbelievable. I knew in Dauphine I was good, and in the meantime I worked a little bit but not so much because there was also not a lot of time, but to win already this week is incredible. I didn't expect it, but today I knew there was a chance, and if the chance came I took it to go into the breakaway and also in the finale I gave everything. "In the second-to-last climb I think the four strongest came out of the breakaway, but I was already thinking before that this four guys who came together – maybe one or two more – and then I new Ciccone was the man guy in the final, and, yeah, I'm so happy I finished it off. "When I saw my mom and my ...

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After missing Tour de France, Dumoulin diagnosed with tendon tear

Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) exits his team bus

The knee injury that forced Tom Dumoulin ( Sunweb ) to miss the Tour de France is more serious than previously thought. A new MRI scan at the academic hospital in Maastricht revealed a tear in a tendon in Dumoulin's knee, a result of a crash during the Giro d'Italia. The diagnosis means a longer rehabilitation for the Dutchman. "As we all know Tom crashed hard in the Giro and the impact caused several different injuries to his bone, tendon, cartilage and soft tissue within his knee," said Team Sunweb physician Anko Boelens. "We closely monitored the injuries via MRI scans and step by step, together with Tom, determined the optimum between rest, training and treatment. At the moment, the tendon is the limiting factor. For the last three weeks the focus on making it to the Tour de France has been shifted to a focus on full recovery and ...

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Jack Haig’s Tour Diary: Daily routines and TTTs

Before starting my first Tour de France I didn’t know exactly how I would feel. But now seeing it a few days in, I think it gets hyped up to be a little more than what it actually is. It’s definitely bigger than any other bike race we do all year, the speed is a … The post Jack Haig’s Tour Diary: Daily routines and TTTs appeared first on CyclingTips .

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16 Tour de France riders you should be following on Strava

As fans of professional cycling, we now have more ways of engaging with the sport than ever before. Behind the scenes videos from teams, social media updates direct from riders, footage from on-board cameras, rich data overlays during TV broadcasts — it all helps paint a rich and detailed picture of the sport we love. … The post 16 Tour de France riders you should be following on Strava 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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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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Team Ineos to start first in Tour de France TTT following Geraint Thomas crash

Geraint Thomas (Team Ineos) during stage 1 at the Tour de France

It could have been a lot worse for Geraint Thomas . In the past, after all, it often has been. Amid the litany of crashes that have punctuated his relationship with the Tour de France over the years, his fall 1,500 metres from the finish of stage 1 in Brussels will likely go down as a mere footnote. Yet while Thomas reported no lasting injury from the incident, it will have at least one, short-term impact on his race. The Welshman lost no time in the crash as it took place inside the final 3km, but his eventual 111th-place finish on the stage helped to ensure that Team Ineos lie at the bottom of the team classification after the opening day. The British outfit will thus be the first squad to roll down the start ramp in Sunday's team time trial in Brussels, meaning that Thomas, Egan Bernal et al ...

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Tour de France: Fuglsang crashes on stage 1

Jakob Fuglsang (Astana) waves to the crowds at the 2019 Tour de France

Jakob Fuglsang ( Astana ) crashed on stage 1 of the Tour de France . The yellow jersey contender and winner of June's Critérium du Dauphiné fell with just over 17km to go during the stage in Brussels. The Danish rider was quickly back on his bike and paced by his Astana teammates but had visible cuts to his right side, including his right elbow and the right side to his face. The fall involved several riders from Astana, with others from Bahrain-Merida and Jumbo-Visma also involved. More to follow ... You can read more at Cyclingnews.com

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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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Peter Sagan: The Tour de France sprints are always a big mess

Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) wins stage 3 at the Tour de Suisse

Peter Sagan is often considered the only rock star in the professional peloton, but as the hours counted down to Saturday's first stage of the Tour de France , where he could take the first yellow jersey and begin to score points towards a record-breaking seventh green points jersey, the Bora-Hansgrohe team leader was evasive about his chances of winning, and seemed slightly irritated about a lack of support in his eight-rider squad for this year's race. When asked about the chance of crashes at the Tour, Sagan and his entourage revealed their strong sense of superstition, closing down the question quickly in the hope it wouldn't carry any bad karma in the days to come. During the Bora-Hansgrohe press conference late on Friday afternoon, Sagan was one of four team leaders, rather than the only leader. Bora-Hansgrohe is no longer only the Peter Sagan show, even if he generates ...

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