Gallopin and Gougeard extend contracts with AG2R La Mondiale – Transfer shorts

Tony Gallopin (AG2R La Mondiale) leads the break on stage 10 of the Tour de France

Tony Gallopin and Alexis Gougeard are just two of six riders who have extended their contracts with AG2R La Mondiale , the team has announced. Gallopin and Gougeard are currently taking part in the Tour de France , where they're riding in support of French GC hopeful Romain Bardet . Former Tour and Vuelta a Espana stage winner Gallopin and this year's Circuit Cycliste Sarthe winner Gougeard – who also won a stage at the Vuelta in 2015 – were joined on the French WorldTour team's list of riders re-signing for another two years by François Bidard, Julien Duval and Clément Venturini, while 35-year-old Belgian Stijn Vandenbergh has signed for one year. "It's vital for the stability of the team that we extend contracts with riders whose strengths and talent are very important to us," said team manager Vincent Lavenu in a press release. Eiking extends contract with Wanty-Gobert Norway's ...

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Dimension Data to become Team NTT in 2020

Dimension Data to become Team NTT in 2020

George Smith 17 Jul 2019 Currently having a lacklustre Tour de France after making the mistake of leaving Mark Cavendish at home, Dimension Data announce a rebrand South African-registered WorldTour team Dimension Data are to be rebranded as Team NTT for the 2020 season and have announced that Matteo Sobrero, 22, and Samuele Battistella, 20, will step up from their Continental feeder team to the WorldTour. Nippon Telegraph and Telephone (NTT), a large telecommunications company, has been the parent company of Dimension Data since 2010, with all Dimension Data operations excluding those in South Africa and the Middle East becoming a full part of NTT at the start of July 2019. The change in name is only being billed as a rebranding, with senior figures and operations at the team likely to remain unchanged into the new season. The announcement of the change was dominated by the news that young ...

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The winners and losers of the 2019 Tour de France, so far

Joe Robinson 16 Jul 2019 In every walk of life there will be your winners and losers and the Tour de France is no different From Brussels to Albi with La Planche de Belles Filles in between, the Tour de France has navigated Belgium and France for the past 10 days and the excitement has been palpable. We had Eddy Merckx at the start in Belgium, we have had three wearers of the yellow jersey, 10 different winners in 10 days and five riders waved goodbye to the race. It’s looking increasingly likely that Team Ineos/Sky/Deathstar will be wearing yellow in Paris once again and it looks just as likely that French hearts may be broken for a 34th year in a row. Obviously, this is all guesswork but the last 10 days has produced as many winners and losers as a day at the races. Below, Cyclist looks at ...

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Chaos, hangovers and suffering: Riders reflect on their Tour de France debut

It’s been a great July for Tour de France debutants. Dylan Teuns (Bahrain-Merida) and Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) have ridden to impressive stage victories. Giulio Ciccone (Trek-Segafredo) spent some well-earned time in the yellow jersey. They won’t soon forget their maiden rides in the sport’s biggest race. But then, what rider wouldn’t remember their Tour … The post Chaos, hangovers and suffering: Riders reflect on their Tour de France debut appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Tour de France power play: How many watts did it take for Thomas De Gendt to take that epic solo win?

Joe Robinson 15 Jul 2019 A snapshot of the big numbers produced by the Belgian breakaway king en route to Stage 8 victory Stage 8 of the Tour de France will go down as one for the ages. Not only because Gallic duo Julian Alaphilippe and Thibaut Pinot shot French cycling into life with a swashbuckling attack 12km from the finish but thanks to Thomas de Gendt producing a masterclass in how to win from a breakaway. The Belgian breakaway connoisseur was the first rider to attack on the stage, carving out a gap with fellow break regulars Ben King ( Dimension Data ), Niki Terpstra (Total Direct Energie) and Alessandro De Marchi ( CCC Team ). Throughout the day, he systematically whittled away his rivals, first dropping Terpstra and King before then popping De Marchi less than 15km from the finish. While Alaphilippe and Pinot did their best to ...

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Tour de France: Emotional Matt White celebrates Daryl Impey's stage victory

Daryl Impey (Mitchelton-Scott) on the podium after winning stage 9 of the Tour de France

An emotional Matt White was full of praise for Daryl Impey 's win on stage 9 of the Tour de France in Brioude on Sunday. Mitchelton-Scott 's head sports director paid tribute to the South African road race champion, who has been an integral part of the Australian-registered WorldTour team for each of its three – and now four – Tour stage wins. The 34-year-old rode strongly in the latter part of the race – first making the split with around 25km to go, when the day's main 15-man rider break halved, and then later shrugging off most of the rest inside the last 10km, with just Tiesj Benoot (Lotto Soudal) to beat in a two-up sprint to the line. "Daryl has been a part of every Tour victory we've had," pointed out White on his team's website. "In 2013, he led Simon Gerrans out to the win, and in ...

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Disc brakes and impact drivers: Dissecting a modern Tour de France wheel change

Deconstruct a world-class wheel change in the age of discs, thru-axles, and battery-powered impact drivers, second-by-second. The post Disc brakes and impact drivers: Dissecting a modern Tour de France wheel change appeared first on CyclingTips .

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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: De Gendt goes guts to glory in Saint-Etienne

Thomas De Gendt (Lotto Soudal)

Through seven stages of the Tour de France , Lotto Soudal had been one of the most active teams in the race. Up to the start of stage 8 in Mâcon, five days in the polka dot jersey for Tim Wellens and three podium places for sprinter Caleb Ewan was the sum of their efforts. It's more than most teams have achieved, but in Saint-Étienne it was Thomas De Gendt who delivered what the team were aiming for – a stage victory. Attacking from the gun, the Belgian was joined by three other breakaway specialists on the tough 200-kilometre stage through the Massif Central. One-by-one, Ben King (Dimension Data), Niki Terpstra (Total Direct Énergie) and Alessandro De Marchi (CCC Team) dropped away, leaving De Gendt, who led over all seven categorised climbs, to hold off late attackers Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep) and Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) and take the fourth Grand Tour ...

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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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Fast Talk podcast, ep. 78: The demands of the Tour de France

In episode 78, we discuss the incredible demands placed on every rider in the Tour de France — both physiological and psychological — with Ciaran O'Grady, a coach with Dimension Data. Read the full article at Fast Talk podcast, ep. 78: The demands of the Tour de France on VeloNews.com .

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Today at the Tour: Breaking down Viviani’s perfect sprint lead-out

As the peloton barreled into Nancy Tuesday, the yellow jersey was at the front of the bunch with 1km remaining. Julian Alaphilippe wasn’t trying to again go clear and win the stage, as he’d done the previous day, but rather to set up Deceuninck–Quick-Step sprinter Elia Viviani. Stage 4 delivered the first clean field sprint … The post Today at the Tour: Breaking down Viviani’s perfect sprint lead-out appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Photo gallery: The fastest (and slowest) 2019 Tour de France time trial tech

Sunday’s team trial wasn’t very technical, and mostly flat, which meant that everything was geared toward all-out speed — quite literally, in fact. The average speed of the winning team was a whopping 57.2 kilometers per hour. Whereas 56T and 58T outer chainrings are often the norm, 60T ones weren’t entirely uncommon today, plus heaps … The post Photo gallery: The fastest (and slowest) 2019 Tour de France time trial tech appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Dimension Data at odds over Cavendish omission from Le Tour – ‘Cowards can’t hide forever’

Dimension Data at odds over Cavendish omission from Le Tour – ‘Cowards can’t hide forever’

Fallout continues as team officials weigh in with opposing views on the possible mishandling of the ‘Manx Missile’, with Mark Cavendish’s own wife joining the fray.

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Tour de France: Nizzolo assumes sprinter's role for Dimension Data to take fourth

Giacomo Nizzolo (Dimension Data)

Following the controversial omission of Mark Cavendish from Dimension Data 's eight-man squad for this year's Tour de France , teammate Giacomo Nizzolo has taken on the role as the team's main sprinter, and took fourth place in the sprint finish to stage 1 in Brussels on Saturday. Nizzolo was well beaten by surprise winner Mike Teunissen (Jumbo-Visma), Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) and Lotto Soudal's Caleb Ewan, but resolved to try again on the flatter stages to come next week, following Sunday's team time trial. Teammates Edvald Boasson Hagen and Reinardt Janse van Rensburg had been able to position Nizzolo close enough to the front of the bunch coming into the final kilometre of the race to avoid the crash that took down Teunissen's teammate and main sprinter Dylan Groenewegen. "It was a strange sprint, because it went slightly uphill, and the speed dropped down at 300 metres to go," said ...

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Commentary: Leaving Cavendish at home was the right call for Dimension Data

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Leaving Mark Cavendish off its Tour de France roster was the right move for Dimension Data, writes Fred Dreier. Read the full article at Commentary: Leaving Cavendish at home was the right call for Dimension Data on VeloNews.com .

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Tour de France 2019: Stage 1 finish line quotes

Mike Teunissen (Ned) Team Jumbo-Visma celebrates winning the opening stage at the Tour de France

Mike Teunissen (Jumbo-Visma) – stage 1 winner "I cannot believe it. We were working for weeks, for months to bring Dylan [Groenewegen] here to the win and yellow jersey, and then with 1.5km to go everything disappears because he goes down in a crash. "Then I thought I'm still here, still fresh so we can try it. I saw everyone dying in the last metres – even Sagan I was catching up on. I just took him on the line and, like I said, it's beyond imagining. It's unbelievable. "I couldn't clearly see if [Groenewegen] crashed or not so I just stayed in position and then I heard that he went down. Like I said, I felt good because we were in a good position. Then I thought I'll go for it. I still had Wout [Van Aert] with me, he also could do something, and it was just enough. ...

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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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Dimension Data managers clash over Cavendish’s absence from the Tour

Supported by BRUSSELS, Belgium (CT) – Dimension Data team owner Doug Ryder and its sport director Rolf Aldag stood in front of the same bus, wore the same logos, and spoke on the same subject: the exclusion of Mark Cavendish from Dimension Data’s Tour de France team. They do not agree. Mark Cavendish should be at this … The post Dimension Data managers clash over Cavendish’s absence from the Tour appeared first on CyclingTips .

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