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 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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Two amateur riders flee race after being suspected of using concealed motors

Chris Froome bike is checked for a motor on Stage 9 of the 2016 Tour de France

Joe Robinson 15 Jul 2019 Organisers called the police after duo refused to have bikes checked Two amateur bike riders fled a race in Italy after organisers attempted to check their bikes for motors. During the third round of the Portogruarese Criterium in Veneto, race officials requested to check the bikes of the duo who refused to allow the checks to take place. When the Italian police were called to intervene, both made off in a van before any checks could take place. Race organisers took to searching the pair's bikes after complaints from others within the race and spectators in the crowd. One of the alledged culprits, Alessandro Fantin of the GS Vinal team, managed to finish eighth on the day while the other rider is yet to be identified. See related Motor doping is happening, and we've tested it Tour de France 2019: Route maps, riders, live TV ...

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Two amateur riders flee race after refusing hidden motor check

Supported by Two riders at an Italian amateur race have fled the scene after refusing to have their bikes checked for hidden motors. According a report in Gazzetta dello Sport, organisers of the Criterium Portogruarese in the Veneto region of north-eastern Italy were asked by several riders to check the bikes of two competitors in the event. … The post Two amateur riders flee race after refusing hidden motor check appeared first on CyclingTips .

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BMC’s slick, new, integrated URS gravel bike

Grey and blue gravel road bike

All-new UNRESTRICTED brings BMC off-road performance and innovation to gravel

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BMC Unrestricted URS 2020 first-ride review: Gravel bike or MTB?

BMC URS TWO Unrestricted 2020 gravel bike

It wasn’t long ago that we thought of gravel as a fringe discipline of road cycling, a discipline where niche brands like Salsa Cycles had a near monopoly. Now you’ll be hard pressed to find a single global bike brand that doesn’t have a bike dedicated to gravel. BMC only recently dipped its toes into … The post BMC Unrestricted URS 2020 first-ride review: Gravel bike or MTB? appeared first on CyclingTips .

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27 road, gravel and cyclocross bikes with 1X gearing – can one chainring do it all?

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Is single-chainring simplicity set to rule?

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The Cannibal and the thief: Merckx’s legendary 1969 Tour de France, 50 years on

Cycling, famously, is a sport of stars and water-carriers. The stars win; the water-carriers never do. But the history of cycling is written in those rare, fleeting moments when an unknown name attempts to steal victory from an established hero. Those moments are unlikely and rarely fruitful, but they define the sport just as much … The post The Cannibal and the thief: Merckx’s legendary 1969 Tour de France, 50 years on appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Neon Velo Pro Fit Aero Jersey, Pro Fit Bib Shorts and Lightweight Gilet review

James Spender Wednesday, July 3, 2019 - 11:34 Perfectly fine race-level kit, but the price isn’t justified 3.5 / 5 Neon Velo Pro Fit Aero Jersey: £120 / Neon Velo Pro Fit Bib Shorts: £170 / Neon Velo Lightweight Gilet: £99 British-based Neon Velo has been offering clothing since 2014, using input from a variety of riders from its sponsored teams in road and cyclocross , including multiple 'cross national champ Ian Field. It is, in its own words, ‘A boutique cycling brand… with a strong race heritage and ongoing race programme.’ As such, this UK designed, Italian made kit has a true race fit. The Aero Jersey is compressive bordering tight (although admittedly I’m much chunkier than your average whippet), with long, sharply finished sleeves cut by laser and finished on the underside with silicone bands. The bibshorts are slightly more relaxed, with a lightweight seatpad that also speaks ...

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First ride review: Open WI.DE. gravel bike

Peter Stuart Tuesday, July 2, 2019 - 15:41 Open has continued to push the boundaries of road bike design, and the Wi.DE truly breaks the rules, and has fun doing it 4.5 / 5 £2,870 (frameset only) The Open WI.DE. is yet another step in Cervelo co-founder Gerard Vroomen ’s campaign to redefine the road bike, and there’s no doubt that his latest iteration pushes the boundaries between genres further than ever before. There’s a huge amount to discuss about Open’s frames, and our review of the Open UP explains much of the premise. Crucially, Vroomen set out to design a bike that handled the same whether it was mounted with a 28mm road tyre on a 700c wheel or a 2.1” mountain bike tyre on a smaller diameter 650B wheel. Versatility was the key aim, and it clearly worked. The iconic dropped chainstay design was highly successful, and has ...

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Adventure Addicts: How to have a gravel adventure

Gravel riding in the Peak District

Expert tips for road cyclists planning their first gravel riding adventure

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Hall headlines USA Cycling long list for Colorado Classic team

UnitedHealthcare's Katie Hall celebrates winning the 2018 Amgen Women's Race

Defending champion Katie Hall could return to the Colorado Classic in August despite her Boels Dolmans team not being on the start list for the the August 22-25 UCI 2.1 race. Hall, who won the race last year with UnitedHealthcare and then signed with Boels Dolmans in the off season, was one of eight riders USA Cycling named to the long list for the 'Collegiate All-Star Team' that will compete alongside 15 other squads at this year's race. Hall is joined on the list by Charlotte Backus, Madeline Bemis, Anna Christian, Clio Dinan, Emma Edwards, Cara O’Neil and Samantha Runnels. "We are happy to have another opportunity to showcase the talent of our up-and-coming American riders like we did earlier this year at the Amgen Tour of California," said Jeff Pierce, USA Cycling director of Elite Athletics. "USA Cycling’s Collegiate program is a great avenue for young riders to develop ...

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First ride review: Rotor 1x13 hydraulic groupset

Peter Stuart Tuesday, June 25, 2019 - 16:51 We’ve finally tested Rotor’s hydraulic 13-Speed groupset and we’re pleasantly surprised, aside from a few niggles 4.0 / 5 After much anticipation, we’ve seen our first road-worthy sample of the Rotor 1x13 hydraulic groupset at Impact Sun Valley in Idaho, and a first blast on the road has proved the system to be impressively finished and well thought out. Rotor has thus far been a tad elusive with its hydraulic groupsets. To clarify, this groupset does not use mechanical force or electronics to shift, but instead the tiny tube that feeds through to the rear derailleur is a hydraulic cable that uses mineral fluid to actuate the movement of the rear derailleur, in a similar way to the actuation of pistons in a disc brake. Image 8 of 13 Image 8 of 13 This groupset was first shown at Eurobike last year, ...

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Pivot Vault gravel bike first-ride review: Elegantly simple, buttery smooth

Bike companies have been coming out with all sorts of mechanical devices to improve rider comfort on gravel bikes: Cannondale recently introduced Kingpin on its new Topstone Carbon, Specialized incorporated the Future Shock into its Diverge, Trek has IsoSpeed on the Checkpoint, there’s the radical full-suspension Niner MCR, and so on. Pivot has instead gone … The post Pivot Vault gravel bike first-ride review: Elegantly simple, buttery smooth appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Cyclocross bikes v gravel/adventure bikes: what's the difference?

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Subtle details make for very different bikes

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The brand new BMC Roadmachine, Shimano XT pedals, WTB Verdict Wet 2.5 tyres, and more

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This week’s new bikes and gear

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Cannondale’s Topstone gravel bike gets shockless leaf-sprung rear suspension

Cannondale Topstone Carbon

The new carbon Cannondale Topstone features an all-new, ultra-light Kingpin suspension system

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Topstone Carbon – Cannondale’s all new gravel bike

Stu Bowers Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 12:58 Way more than just a carbon revamp of the alloy Topstone; Cannondale has added rear suspension plus a host of other new features too The Topstone family joined Cannondale’s line-up only last year, as a competitively priced, aluminium-framed entry point into the all-road/gravel market. A year on and the family has grown exponentially, with 5 brand new carbon models (4 mens and 1 womens) just released and immediately available to buy, with a host of new features besides just being made from the black stuff. Kingpin The standout detail is what Cannondale calls Kingpin suspension – a rear end cushioning system that uses a thru-axle and sealed bearing pivot where the seat stays join the seat tube allowing flex zones in the chainstays, seat tube and rear portion of the top tube to create around 30mm vertical deflection at the saddle. Image ...

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Coach Chad’s Strength Training Recommendations for Cyclists

To be a faster cyclist, you need to be a strong cyclist. Strength limitations are too commonly a performance limiter whether riders recognize it or not. These limitations also correlate strongly with bone deficiency and muscle atrophy in the lesser-used, ‘non-cycling’ muscles, so we’ve created guidelines to address these strength-related shortcomings and make you faster.…

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