Tour de France 2019: Simon Yates wins from break as GC holds station

Tour de France 2019: Simon Yates wins from break as GC holds station

Joe Robinson 18 Jul 2019 Yates wins from a three-man break as big break nullifies GC attacks Mitchelton-Scott's Simon Yates became the latest rider to win stages of all three Grand Tours as the Mitchelton-Scott rider won a three-man sprint on Stage 12 of the Tour de France. The Lancastrian outfoxed fellow break riders Gregor Muhlberger of Bora-Hansgrohe and Pello Bilbao of Astana to take the final corner in the lead and hold out the sprint to the line. Yates becomes the second rider in as many days to win a stage in all three Grand Tours after Caleb Ewan's exploits yesterday and the third of the race after Elia Viviani's win on Stage 4. In terms of General Classification, it was another day of keeping the powder dry as Julian Alaphilippe rolled in with his closest rivals to defend his yellow jersey for a fourth consecutive day. Team Ineos ...

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Visualising the 2019 Tour de France: The ups and downs of the first ‘week’

Throughout this year’s Tour de France CyclingTips VeloClub member Cameron Harris has been putting his data journalism skills to work to help us make sense of the race. He’s created a bunch of charts that illustrate various aspects of the Tour in a way that a results sheet simply can’t. Through Cameron’s work, we get … The post Visualising the 2019 Tour de France: The ups and downs of the first ‘week’ appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Photo gallery: Team bikes of the 2019 Tour de France, part one

The Tour de France is obviously a competition between the racers themselves, but for road bike gearheads, it’s also the premier showcase for the best the road world has to offer. The most advanced carbon fiber framesets, the fastest aero wheels, and every special touch and custom trick that the world’s finest mechanics have up … The post Photo gallery: Team bikes of the 2019 Tour de France, part one 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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Photo gallery: The best shoes of the 2019 Tour de France

Ah, shoes. In a sport that so often controls exactly how and what pros ride in, shoes (and sometimes eyewear…) are often the last frontier for individuality. Sure, some teams enforce the use of a specific brand, but the majority let their riders walk their own path in finding a shoe that fits their feet … The post Photo gallery: The best shoes of the 2019 Tour de France appeared first on CyclingTips .

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BikeRadar Podcast Ep 5 | Why do bikes all look the same?

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Van Aert enjoys dream start to the Tour de France

Wout Van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) in the young rider jersey at the Tour de France

Jumbo-Visma have enjoyed a dream start to the Tour de France , taking victory on the opening two stages in Brussels and holding the yellow jersey for two stages. Stage 5 saw them come close to making it three, as multi-discipline prodigy Wout Van Aert took second in the reduced bunch sprint in Colmar. The youth classification leader beat big names like Olympic champion Greg Van Avermaet (CCC Team), European champion Matteo Trentin (Mitchelton-Scott), and Michael Matthews (Team Sunweb) to the line, but green jersey Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) proved too fast to overhaul. "It's a great result," Van Aert told a cluster of reporters after the finish. "I should really get a lesson from Mike [Teunissen, who beat Sagan on stage 1]. Sagan sprinted a little stronger than me." Riding the wheel of compatriot Van Avermaet in the final kilometre, Van Aert kept cool in the final 200 metres, when ...

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Tour de France: Peter Sagan wins stage 5

Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) wins stage 5

After several near misses Peter Sagan ( Bora-hansgrohe ) took his first win on stage 5 of the 2019 Tour de France in Colmar ahead of Wout Van Aert (Jumbo Visma) and Matteo Trentin (Mitchelton Scott). The three-time world champion was simply too good for the opposition after a number of pure sprinters had been dropped on the climbs that littered the stage through the Vosges. Team Sunweb controlled the peloton for most of the finale as they rallied behind Michael Matthews but the Australian was boxed in when the sprint began and could only manage seventh. Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep) finished tenth and retained his overall lead in the race. For Sagan this was a huge victory in terms of both his race and his season. With just a pocket full of victories and limited support in the sprints at the Tour, Sagan cut a subdued and somewhat frustrated figure ...

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Tour de France: Wellens in polka-dots after breakaway effort on stage 3

Tim Wellens in polka dots after stage 3 at the Tour de France

Lotto Soudal 's Tim Wellens will be clad in the Tour de France 's famous white-and-red polka-dot jersey when stage 4 gets under way in Reims on Tuesday morning. The Belgain took over the lead in the mountains classification from compatriot Greg Van Avermaet (CCC Team) after featuring in the day's breakaway on stage 3 on Monday, and was only caught on the final climb by eventual stage winner Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep). "It wasn't the initial plan for me to go on the attack," Wellens revealed on his team's website. "Thomas De Gendt was supposed to try to go in the breakaway, but he doesn't get given a lot of space. After all these years, the other teams have of course got to know him. "But I only had to try once, and I was already in the right breakaway of the day. My fellow escapees and I worked well ...

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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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Matthews: I was trying to convince myself that I wasn't tired, but I was destroyed

Michael Matthews wins the sprint for second ahead of Jasper Stuyven during stage 3 at the Tour de Fr

Michael Matthews expected to spend July working in the service of Tom Dumoulin rather than sprinting for stage wins at the Tour de France , but the Dutchman’s absence through injury forced a revision of the Australian’s role at Team Sunweb . Or more accurately, a reversion to his original role. Two years ago, after all, Matthews' finishing speed carried him to two stage wins and the points classification at the Tour. After spending the build-up to this year’s race working on his climbing in anticipation of three weeks as a deluxe domestique for Dumoulin, however, he expressed scepticism at his prospects of being competitive in the sprints here. The finale to stage 3 in Épernay suited puncheurs rather than pure fast men, but Matthews will surely take heart from the searing turn of pace on the short, sharp climb up the Rue de Coteaux that brought him second place, ...

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Matthews surprised by runner-up ride in Tour’s third stage

Supported by Michael Matthews (Sunweb) won the uphill sprint ahead of a strong field on Monday’s third stage of the Tour de France, which was probably his goal at the start of the day. Unfortunately for the 28-year-old Australian, that fast finish was only enough for runner-up honors in Épernay, as Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-Quick-Step) had crossed the … The post Matthews surprised by runner-up ride in Tour’s third stage appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Tour de France: Van Avermaet targets Champagne finish to stage 3

Greg Van Avermaet (CCC Team) speaks to the media after the stage 2 team time trial

CCC Team 's Greg Van Avermaet has already scouted out the finish to Monday's stage 3 of the Tour de France in Epernay, in the country's Champagne region, and believes it should suit him, if he and his teammates can get him into a decent position for the stage finale. "It's a nice area – I love to drink Champagne – and it's a good finish for me," Van Avermaet told reporters after finishing the stage 2 team time trial on Sunday. "But it will be all about positioning. "But we'll see how things go," he said. "A stage win would be nice, but we're taking things day-by-day. Today [Sunday], we wanted to have a good team time trial performance, and things went well, and everybody performed really well." Having just finished the stage, Van Avermaet was pleased to see that CCC had finished only 11 seconds down on Team ...

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Tour de France 2019: Stage 2 finish line quotes

Greg Van Avermaet (CCC Team) speaks to the media after the stage 2 team time trial

Mike Teunissen (Jumbo-Visma) – Stage 1 & 2 winner, race leader "Yesterday was a dream and today is again the thing we dreamt of. It was really hard because of Dylan's crash – he couldn't give his all. He fought really well and did good work in the beginning and then we had one guy less. "We had a tactic to do it without George [Bennett] because he's just too small (laughs). But in the end, he felt really good and could help us. The other guys were really strong, really long pulls. All the little kickers were really hard, but everyone kept their pace. "We heard that we were fastest, and we got so much morale – we already had a lot with this jersey on. We were flying, it was unbelievable. It's not that I'm getting used to winning stages at the Tour de France but it's two ...

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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: Van Avermaet kept successful polka-dot plan quiet

Greg Van Avermaet (CCC) wears the mountain jersey at the Tour de France

Greg Van Avermaet ( CCC Team ) explained to reporters after stage 1 of the Tour de France on Saturday that as soon as the route of the 2019 Tour's route was presented last year, when he discovered that the Muur van Geraardsbergen would decide the race's first polka-dot mountains jersey, he'd dreamed of taking it. "I figured it would be nice if a Belgian rider could be first to crest the top, and even nicer if it was me," he explained. "I had the benefit that I was allowed to shake hands with King Philippe of Belgium, which allowed me to stand at the front on the start line. Otherwise, it would've been much harder [to have got away in the break]. "I was constantly asked about the opportunity, but I kept denying that I was interested," Van Avermaet added. "I didn't want to talk about it because everybody ...

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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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Tour de France: Van Avermaet aiming for yellow jersey in first week

Greg Van Avermaet ahead of the 2019 Tour de France in Brussels

In stark contrast to previous years, the team of Jim Ochowicz enters the Tour de France without the ambition to win the overall title. The former BMC Racing team, now CCC Team , arrived in the start town of Brussels without a GC rider. Instead, their biggest star is Belgian Greg Van Avermaet , who will lead the quest for stage wins and hopes for another spell in the yellow jersey. At the beginning of the team’s press conference in Brussels Expo on Friday morning, Ochowicz emphasised that simply being there wasn't a given, one year ago, when the hunt for a new sponsor was still not bearing fruit. "It’s been a great year, for all of us to be able to sit here and talk about the 2019 Tour de France. This is our 10th Tour de France as a team. It’s exciting. Our service course is in Belgium, ...

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Tour de France teams for 2019 — Complete startlist plus the favourites

Theuns and Dupont at Tour de France 2018

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