Analysis: Five first impressions of the 2020 Tour de France route

Tour de France organizers have a tall order to fill in following up a 2019 race that was widely seen as the best Tour in years. The route of this year’s Grand Boucle earned high marks from fans and commentators alike, and that had many eyeing this year’s Tour route reveal with even greater anticipation. … The post Analysis: Five first impressions of the 2020 Tour de France route appeared first on CyclingTips .

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The weekly spin: The great ‘Rider of the Year’ debate

Supported by With the 2019 road racing season effectively over, it’s time for the annual “Rider of the Year” debates. Yes, there’s still the six-stage Tour of Guangxi, which starts on Thursday. But none of the riders in the running for Rider of the Year honors are taking part. So with Il Lombardia in the rearview mirror, … The post The weekly spin: The great ‘Rider of the Year’ debate appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Brodie Chapman signs with FDJ for 2020

Supported by After two seasons with American team Tibco-SVB, Aussie racer Brodie Chapman will join French outfit FDJ Nouvelle Aquitaine Futuroscope in 2020. “From the moment [general manager] Stephen Delcourt reached out to me about joining FDJ Nouvelle Aquitaine Futuroscope, I have been encouraged and motivated as an athlete and a person,” Chapman said. “I look forward … The post Brodie Chapman signs with FDJ for 2020 appeared first on CyclingTips .

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The weekly spin: The Grand Tour Domino Effect

A gust of wind in southeast France, a patch of slippery pavement in Andorra, a touch of wheels in Italy, and three grand tour winners who might never have been. The Vuelta a España is over and the 2019 Grand Tour season is finished. As I look back, I’ve been playing the what-if game. What … The post The weekly spin: The Grand Tour Domino Effect appeared first on CyclingTips .

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The weekly spin: Philosophy and perspective with Nathan Haas

Back in May, just prior to the Amgen Tour of California, I had a memorable conversation with Australian Nathan Haas about a number of topics. Some were timely, such as his season to that point, and teammate Marcel Kittel’s announcement that he was breaking his contract with Katusha-Alpecin. But Haas consistently delivered thoughtful, timeless answers that … The post The weekly spin: Philosophy and perspective with Nathan Haas appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Fuglsang opts to stay with Astana

Jakob Fuglsang with his first-placed trophy

Jakob Fuglsang has signed a new two-year contract with the Astana team, keen to continue as their Grand Tour leader despite considering his options elsewhere during the summer. The Dane turned 34 in March and has enjoyed his best ever season, winning Liège-Bastogne-Liège and the Critérium du Dauphiné and taking a sting of placings in tough Classics such as Strade Bianche, Amstel Gold Race and La Flèche Wallonne. Fuglsang's victory at the Critérium du Dauphiné and strong form made him a favourite for the Tour de France but he crashed hard on stage 1 and eventually crashed out of the race on stage 16 to Nimes, hurting his hand. That also hurt his contract options and meant he has still to truly confirm his Grand Tour credentials. Fuglsang has not raced since the Tour de France but was named in Astana's line-up for the Vuelta a España. He will support ...

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Lopez leads strong Astana squad at Vuelta a Espana

Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana)

Astana have named a strong squad to start the Vuelta a España , with a number of experienced riders heading to Spain in support of team leader Miguel Ángel López . The eight-man team, with key riders including Jakob Fuglsang and Luis León Sánchez, boasts an impressive 93 Grand Tour starts, an average age of 31.25, and eight stage race victories between them in 2019. López, who finished third at the Vuelta last year, heads up the team. The Colombian won Colombia 2.1 and the Volta a Catalunya earlier in the season, and was the best young rider at the Giro d'Italia. With two podium and four top ten placings from five career Grand Tours, he'll be aiming for the podium at least. Fuglsang has been one of the riders of the season in 2019 and could mount a GC challenge of his own. He lay in ninth at the ...

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Bjorg Lambrecht's funeral to be held on Tuesday

Bjorg Lambrecht won silver in the U23 Men's Road Race at the UCI Road World Championships 2018

The funeral of Lotto Soudal rider Bjorg Lambrecht will be held on Tuesday morning in his home village of Knesselare, between Bruges and Ghent, with a large outdoor screen broadcasting the ceremony for the hundreds of people expected to attend. 22-year-old Lambrecht tragically died after crashing during stage 3 of the tour de Pologne last Monday. He apparently lost control of his bike and hit a concrete culvert, suffering severe laceration to his liver that caused an internal hemorrhage and a cardiac arrest. Lambrecht was in only his second year as a professional with Lotto Soudal, but was widely considered to be one of Belgium's future stars of the sport, having finished second to recent Tour de France winner Egan Bernal at the 2017 Tour de L’Avenir and fourth at this year's Flèche Wallonne. His death left the Tour de Pologne and the wider sport in shock. Stage 4 of ...

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Lotto Soudal ride neutralised stage 4 of Tour de Pologne to commemorate Bjorg Lambrecht

The Lotto Soudal team remember Bjorg Lambrecht during a moment of silence before the start

The Lotto Soudal team have announced that they will start stage 4 of the Tour de Pologne on Tuesday as a tribute to 22-year-old Bjorg Lambrecht , who died after a crash during stage 3 . The six Lotto Soudal riders left in the race are in shock after the sudden loss of their teammate but will take part in the 133.7km neutralized stage between Jaworzno to Kocierz. The teams in the race are expected to lead the peloton for seven kilometres each, with Lotto Soudal then crossing the line first to commemorate their teammate. Lambrecht went off the road and crashed into a concrete culvert during stage 3 to Zabrze. He was resuscitated and taken to a hospital in critical condition. Michał Sieroń, spokesman for Provincial Specialist Hospital No. 3 in Rybnik confirmed to Sport.pl that Lambrecht died during emergency surgery. Lambrecht's death was later confirmed by the Lotto ...

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Bjorg Lambrecht dies at age 22

Bjorg Lambrecht during the Tour de Pologne teams presentation

The Lotto Soudal team confirmed that promising young Belgian Bjorg Lambrecht has died following a crash during stage 3 of the Tour de Pologne . According to reports, the 22-year-old crashed into a concrete culvert with just over 50km to go in the 150.5km stage from Chorzów to Zabrze. Lambrecht was resuscitated and taken to a hospital in critical condition. Michał Sieroń, spokesman for Provincial Specialist Hospital No. 3 in Rybnik confirmed to Sport.pl that Lambrecht did not survive the surgery. Lambrecht's death was later confirmed by the Lotto Soudal team. There were conflicting reports of the seriousness of his condition following the crash, with the official race Twitter announcing that Lambrecht "needed helicopter transport to a hospital following emergency reanimaton", while the race's live feed cited "unofficial information" that "doctors managed to bring life functions back to Bjorg Lambrecht (Lotto-Soudal), but his condition didn't allow for transportation by helicopter. ...

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Bjorg Lambrecht dead after fatal crash at Tour of Poland

Supported by Belgian Bjorg Lambrecht died Monday following a crash at the Tour of Poland. The second-year pro with Lotto-Soudal was 22 years old. The biggest tragedy possible that could happen to the family, friends and teammates of Bjorg has happened… Rest in peace Bjorg… ?? pic.twitter.com/9u9LZkp2Rt — Lotto Soudal (@Lotto_Soudal) August 5, 2019 Lambrecht went down … The post Bjorg Lambrecht dead after fatal crash at Tour of Poland appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Lambrecht eyes Vuelta a Espana and strong GC ride at Tour de Pologne

Bjorg Lambrecht (Lotto Soudal) was part of the breakaway at the opening stage of Criterium du Dauphi

Bjorg Lambrecht ( Lotto Soudal ) may only be 22, and in only his second year in the WorldTour, but if he's somewhere in the running for the overall of the Tour de Pologne by the end of this week, don't be too surprised. The similarities between Pologne's short, punchy, wooded climbs and those of the Ardennes are often commented on, and the young Belgian has already put in a hugely promising series of rides in Belgium's hilly Classics this spring. Fifth at the Brabantse Pijl, sixth at Amstel Gold and fourth at Flèche Wallonne this April, as well as being a former under-23 Liège-Bastogne-Liège winner, Lambrecht's climbing talents may well come to the fore on Tuesday's ultra-steep, unprecedented ascent of Kocierz in Poland. And after that, who knows? "I had a good first stage, and I hope I can keep that going today [Sunday] and tomorrow," Lambrecht told Cyclingnews ...

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The weekly spin: What we can expect from the 2020 Tour de France

The days that follow the Tour de France always leave cyclings fans with a bout of melancholy. After three weeks of closely following the biggest event in the sport, the vacuum that follows is profound. Yes, there are other races, but none that demand the collective attention of the Tour. This year’s race was exceptionally … The post The weekly spin: What we can expect from the 2020 Tour de France appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Riding the Women’s Tour de France – that doesn’t exist

Jamie Wilkins 26 Jul 2019 We spent a day with the InternationElles, a team of women riding the entire Tour route to campaign for the creation of a women’s version It’s the day before Stage 14 of the 2019 Tour de France . Tomorrow the pro peloton will take on a 111km route that includes the Category 1 Col du Soulor and finishes at the summit of the mighty Tourmalet in the Pyrenees. Today, however, these same mountains are the challenge facing the InternationElles. Formed this year, the InternationElles are a team of amateur women who are riding the entire route of the Tour de France to campaign for equality. Unlike with many other sports, they are not campaigning for equal prize money or parity of television coverage. Instead, they are highlighting that, when it comes to the biggest event in cycling, a women’s version doesn’t even exist. ‘So many ...

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The audacity of Julian Alaphilippe

Julian Alaphilippe rose over the penultimate pitch of La Planche des Belles Filles, through a cloud of churned dust and headlights, alone in the frame. Inside the slim gap between his arrival and that of Geraint Thomas lived a moment where anything seemed possible. Even Julian Alaphilippe winning the Tour de France. Julian Alaphilippe will … The post The audacity of Julian Alaphilippe appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Tour de France: 'He races on emotion' says Lefevere of Alaphilippe

Julain Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep) solos to victory during stage 3 at the Tour de France

"Cycling wouldn't be what it is if we didn't have riders like Julian, who race on emotion," said Deceuninck-QuickStep manager Patrick Lefevere following Julian Alaphilippe 's win on stage 3 of the Tour de France in Epernay on Monday – which was enough to also take the yellow jersey. Alaphilippe is enjoying his best season yet – already, at this point of the year, more successful than his breakout 2018 season, when his wins included Flèche Wallonne, the Clasica San Sebastian and two stages at the Tour. This year, the Frenchman's victories already include Strade Bianche, Milan-San Remo and a second Flèche. Now, just three days into the 2019 Tour, he has another stage win, and cycling's ultimate prize on his shoulders. Additionally, Lefevere recently persuaded the 27-year-old to re-sign for another two years with the team he joined in 2014. With interest from a number of other WorldTour teams, ...

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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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Matthews extends with Sunweb through to 2021

Australian Michael Matthews (Team Sunweb) takes part in a press conference in Waregem prior to the s

Michael Matthews has signed a two-year contract extension with Team Sunweb , staying with the team until the end of the 2021 season. Chad Haga and Cees Bol have both also put pen to paper on similar deals. News of the renewals was revealed at Team Sunweb's pre- Tour de France press conference in the Netherlands on Wednesday. Matthews is going into the race with something of a free role, and last week reacted to team leader Tom Dumoulin's absence by saying he was "totally confused" and didn't know "where to go from here". Matthews appeared to question the team's approach, noting the manager had "told us from the start of the year that we shouldn’t have any ambitions ourselves – it's just everything for the yellow", leading to question marks over his future, but he signed a new deal ahead of the Tour. "I'm very happy to be with ...

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Alejandro Valverde extends contract with Movistar until 2021

Alejandro Valverde (Movistar)

Alejandro Valverde has agreed to race on with the Movistar team until the end of 2021, when he is expected to finally retire and take up an ambassador and development role for at least three years with the Spanish WorldTour team. Valverde and Movistar confirmed the contract news in Murcia as Valverde prepared to ride Sunday’s Spanish national road race championships. He was forced to miss this year’s Giro d’Italia after crashing before this year’s Liège-Bastogne-Liège and suffering a bone edema in his sacrum. But after winning the recent La Route d'Occitanie, Valverde confirmed he will ride the Tour de France alongside Nairo Quintana and Mikel Landa, with the Vuelta a Espana also part of his 2019 schedule. Valverde turned 39 in April and plans to target the road race event at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics before his swansong season. “I’m so happy with this extension. Everyone knows the Movistar ...

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ASO's Fleche Wallonne and Liege-Bastogne-Liege included in 2020 Women's WorldTour

UCI Women's Teams racing on the 2019 Women's WorldTour

The UCI announced the 22 races that will make up the 2020 Women's WorldTour that will include Flèche Wallonne and Liège-Bastogne-Liège, despite ASO's recent threat to pull the two races from the top-tier calendar if they were forced to provide the 45 minutes of live TV coverage mandated by the UCI. The UCI confirmed in its announcement, however, that all organisers had accepted the new criteria for the Women's WorldTour reforms. That would suggest that ASO is now onboard with the 45 minutes of live TV coverage, but a representative of ASO told Cyclingnews earlier this month that the issue surrounding mandatory live TV coverage was still a 'work-in-progress'. The UCI also told Cyclingnews earlier this month that the discussion over mandatory TV coverage is on-going but that mandatory live TV coverage would remain part of the criteria for being a Women's WorldTour event. "In line with our strategy to ...

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