Fair game or unnecessary? The dark arts of blocking the road

Maxime Monfort on the front of the Tour de France peloton

The last couple of commissaires' reports from the 2019 Tour de France have contained a couple of interesting sanctions. Amid the usual fines for illegal feeds and overly public toilet stops, we've seen the UCI reach deep into its regulations for Article 2.12.007/6.1: 'Obstruction from a rider to stop the progress of another rider'. After Monday's stage 10 to Albi , George Bennett (Jumbo-Visma) and Yves Lampaert (Deceuninck-QuickStep) were each fined 500 CHF – as well as being docked 10 seconds and six points – for obstructing Chad Haga (Team Sunweb). On Wednesday, after getting hold of more video footage, the UCI decided to issue Lampaert’s teammate, Kasper Asgreen , with the same punishment for a similar incident on Haga's teammate Cees Bol on the same day. In addition, three directeurs sportifs – Tom Steels (Deceuninck-QuickStep), Nico Verhoeven (Jumbo-Visma) and Philippe Mauduit (Groupama-FDJ) were given official warnings regarding the same ...

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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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Five predictions for ‘week two’ of the Tour de France

With 10 stages in the rearview mirror at what has already been a compelling Tour de France, the action should heat up even more as the race rolls on this week. The Tour is bound for the Pyrenees over the next few days, and that will mean fireworks out on the road during ‘week two’ … The post Five predictions for ‘week two’ of the Tour de France appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Pinot 'still in the match' at Tour de France despite setback

Thibaut Pinot at the end of stage 10

Ten minutes into Thibaut Pinot 's rest day press conference on the Tour de France , Marc Madiot steered the conversation back towards the message he had already touched upon during the short speech he had made to open proceedings. The Groupama-FDJ manager was seated beside his rider, an arm draped almost protectively across the back of the couch, with reporters standing and sitting all around them. Without shifting so much as an inch in his seat, Madiot suddenly projected his voice to fill the entire lobby of Hotel La Réserve on the outskirts of Albi. "He's still in the match," Madiot interjected, after Pinot had fielded a question on the 1:40 he conceded in the crosswinds on stage 10. "We're still only a minute or so down on six or seven good riders. We're going to get stuck in. OK, it hurts, we took a bit of a blow, ...

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Tour de France: Fuglsang falls out of top 10 overall after race splits apart

Jakob Fuglsang (Astana)

Tour de France hopeful Jakob Fuglsang 's chances took a considerable blow when the Astana leader found himself on the wrong side of a split in the peloton in the closing stages of Monday's 10th stage from Saint-Flour to Albi. The Dane was far from the only GC hopeful to lose time, as Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ), Richie Porte (Trek-Segafredo) and EF Education First's Rigoberto Uran also all dropped 1:40 to the likes of Geraint Thomas, Egan Bernal (both Team Ineos), Romain Bardet (AG2R La Mondiale) and Mitchelton-Scott's Adam Yates. Up front, Team Ineos turned the screw to the advantage of their two leaders, Bernal and defending Tour champion Thomas, putting the ball firmly in the British team's court going into the first rest day on Tuesday. Hard work in the second main group by Fuglsang's Astana teammate Alexey Lutsenko at first helped bring the gap down to just 14 seconds ...

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Tour de France: Porte and Ciccone lose time in crosswinds

Trek-Segafredo's Richie Porte drives the chase during stage 10 at the Tour de France

Richie Porte and Trek-Segafredo suffered through a tough day in the crosswinds Monday during stage 10 at the Tour de France , just missing out on the lead group when the race blew into echelons with 30km to go and losing time to many of the top general classification favourites. Porte finished the stage in a group that came in 1:40 down on winner Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma), who won a reduced sprint from a group that included Team Ineos' Geraint Thomas and Egan Bernal, Jumbo-Visma's Steven Kruijswijk, Deceuninck-QuickStep's Enric Mas, AG2R La Mondiale's Romain Bardet, Movistar's Nairo Quintana, Mitchelton-Scott's Adam Yates and Arkea-Samsic's Warren Barguil. Former yellow jersey Giulio Ciccone lost even more time, finishing 2:09 behind Van Aert and slipping from second overall to 10th, ceding his white jersey of the best young rider to Bernal. "We knew it was coming, but when they put it in the ...

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Ill-fated echelons: How EF-Education First missed the move it started

EF Education First started the fight, they just didn’t finish it. On a day that could easily have been a mellow transition into the first rest day, Mother Nature had other ideas. A series of crosswind-induced splits saw EF’s leader Rigoberto Uran lose 1:40 to the Ineos duo of Geraint Thomas and Egan Bernal, as … The post Ill-fated echelons: How EF-Education First missed the move it started appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Tour de France: Team Ineos flying high ahead of first rest day

Egan Bernal and Team Ineos racing stage 4 at the Tour de France

If the first nine days of the 2019 Tour de France were going to plan for Team Ineos – and they were, barring Geraint Thomas ' crash on stage 8 – then the events of a crosswind-hit stage 10 to Albi saw them head into the first rest day flying high. As other general classification contenders, notably Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) and Richie Porte (Trek-Segafredo), floundered when the peloton split 30 kilometres from the line, it was the British squad who predictably turned the situation to their advantage. "It feels like we've just scored a goal," said a buoyant Dave Brailsford after the stage. "[The time gap] is significant. It's quite rare to get that block of time on a whole bunch of GC guys, unless it's a hilltop finish or team time trial. I can't remember getting that kind of time before, so that's cool." Both reigning champion Thomas and ...

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Watch Wout van Aert win his first individual Tour de France stage - Video

Wout van Aert wins stage 10 at the Tour de France

On paper at least, stage 10 at the 2019 Tour de France was supposed to be a day for the sprinters and a relatively easy 'transition' for the rest of the peloton as the race heads to the first rest day and then the Pyrenees, but heavy crosswinds over the final 40km blew the general classification race apart as echelons formed on the roads to Albi. Nobody won the Tour de France overall on stage 10, but there were riders among the second and third groups on the road who lost significant time to their rivals. Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ), Rigoberto Urán (EF Education First), Richie Porte (Trek-Segafredo) and Jakob Fuglsang (Astana) all ceded more than a minute as Team Ineos and Deceuninck-QuickStep teamed up to drive the pace high and force the peloton into scramble mode. A bad day for some Tour veterans eventually gave way to a Tour debutante ...

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Alaphilippe: My GC plans haven't changed since the Tour de France started

Julian Alaphilippe in yellow after stage 10 at the Tour de France

There was never any danger that Julian Alaphilippe would miss the split. On all terrains and in all situations, the Frenchman has been a hyperactive presence on this Tour de France . Whenever the television cameras show the front of the race, he is invariably somewhere in the shot. So it was on the windswept road to Albi on stage 10 , where the peloton fragmented into echelons with a shade over 30 kilometres to go thanks to the forcing of Alaphilippe's Deceuninck-QuickStep team. Inevitably, the maillot jaune himself provided some of the most vigorous swings of the wrecking ball, helping to cleave a group of 30 or so riders clear of a suddenly balkanised bunch. Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ), Jakob Fulgsang (Astana), Richie Porte (Trek-Segafredo) and second-placed Giulio Ciccone (Trek-Segafredo) were among those left languishing behind. There would be no way back, as Deceuninck-QuickStep found a ready ally of circumstance ...

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Tour de France: EF Education First pay the price in crosswinds

EF Education First ride near the front during stage 10 at the Tour de France

The Tour de France lasts three weeks, but in an instant the race can turn upside down. As European riders like to say: one minute you're the hammer, the next you're the nail, taking the beating. The EF Education First team were both in the final 40km of stage 10 to Albi. They went on the attack with 43km to go, sparking a split in the peloton, only to then get caught out and distanced in the chaos when Team Ineos and Deceuninck-QuickStep joined in the attack. EF Education First team leader Rigoberto Urán and several teammates went from the front group to the second group and never saw the head of the race again as the Tour de France became more like Gent-Wevelgem than a transfer stage south towards the Pyrenees for the first rest day. Urán was with fellow overall contenders Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ), Richie Porte (Trek-Segafredo) and ...

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Porte, Fuglsang, and Pinot among stars caught out in Tour’s windy 10th stage

Supported by Several big GC names were caught out in a wind-blown stage 10 at the Tour de France. Forced to chase after a split in the bunch, Richie Porte (Trek-Segafredo), Jakob Fuglsang (Astana), Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ), and Rigoberto Urán (EF Education First) all finished 1:40 down on the day, while Mikel Landa (Movistar) crossed the line … The post Porte, Fuglsang, and Pinot among stars caught out in Tour’s windy 10th stage appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Pinot's Tour de France hopes dealt hefty blow in crosswinds

Thibaut Pinot finishes stage 10 at the Tour de France with a group 1:40 down

There was a microclimate of quiet amid the hubbub on Albi's Lices Georges Pompidou after stage 10 of the Tour de France . By a barrier on the shaded side of the street, the Groupama-FDJ entourage stood in hushed silence as Thibaut Pinot wheeled slowly to a halt and wordlessly accepted a drink from his soigneur. Sebastien Reichenbach and Rudy Molard pulled up moments later and stood mutely in solidarity with their stricken leader as he bowed his head. They had been Pinot's companions in the small group that came home 1:40 down on the stage after the peloton splintered into shards in crosswinds with a little over 30 kilometres remaining. At one point, around 10 miles from Albi, they had succeeded in closing the gap to less than 15 seconds, but that was still an eon in these conditions. The deficit yawned out inexorably thereafter. Pinot had begun the ...

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Tour de France: Thomas and Bernal all smiles after show of force in echelons

Team Ineos drive the pace in the crosswinds during stage 10 at the Tour de France

Geraint Thomas ' smile as he arrived at the Team Ineos bus said it all. His teammates had again used their strength to force a split in the crosswinds, drove hard all the way to finish, and so gained significant time on many of their overall rivals during stage 10 at the Tour de France . "That wasn't bad, was it?" Thomas said to a fan as he climbed onto his bike on the rollers in the shade of his team bus to warm down after the stage Albi. Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ), Richie Porte (Trek-Segafredo), Rigoberto Uran (EF Education First) and Jakob Fuglsang (Astana) all lost 1:40 to Thomas, teammate Egan Bernal, Nairo Quintana (Movistar), Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep) and a select group of 28 riders. Alaphilippe now heads into the first rest day with a 1:12 lead over Thomas, with Bernal four seconds further adrift. Pinot dropped from third overall ...

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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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Tour de France: Wout van Aert wins stage 10

Wout van Aert wins stage 10 at the Tour de France

Wout van Aert ( Jumbo-Visma ) claimed his maiden individual Tour de France win on stage 10, and on a day of racing that saw the overall standings change after a number of contenders lost significant time in the crosswinds. Van Aert – making his Grand Tour debut – won ahead of Elia Viviani (Deceuninck-QuickStep) and Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal) in Albi, but the stage was dominated by the splits caused with 30km to go as Team Ineos and several allies tore the peloton apart during a section of crosswinds. The effort succeeded, with Thibaut Pinot (Groupama FDJ), Richie Porte (Trek-Segafredo), Rigoberto Uran (EF Education First) and Jakob Fuglsang (Astana) all conceding 1:40 on a group that contained Nairo Quintana, Julian Alaphilippe and the Team Ineos pair of Geraint Thomas and Egan Bernal. Alaphilippe heads into the first rest day with a 1:12 lead over Thomas, with Bernal four seconds ...

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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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Bardet chooses defiance at the Tour de France

Romain Bardet (AG2R La Mondiale)

Outside Bar Postel in the centre of Brioude, the band was playing a passable version of 'The Last Time' by the Rolling Stones. Their competition around the block at Godart Daniel was belting out Lynyrd Skynyrd's 'Sweet Home Alabama.' Both felt appropriate backing music for the homecoming of the town's most famous son, Romain Bardet , on stage 9 of the Tour de France . Brioude was hosting La Grande Boucle for just the second time – it was the site of a stage start in 2008 – and it seems difficult to imagine that a town of 7,100 inhabitants could allow itself the extravagance too many more times before the end of Bardet's career. Murals of Bardet and his AG2R La Mondiale teammates were applied to municipal buildings in the town centre to add to the festive ambience of the Bastille Day stage. The playing field in the municipal ...

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Tour de France: Impey wins stage 9 - Video

Daryl Impey (Mitchelton-Scott) wins stage 9

Daryl Impey (Mitchelton Scott) stole the show on stage 9 of the Tour de France , winning ahead of Tiesj Benoot (Lotto Soudal) on Bastille Day. The pair were part of a 15-man raiding party that escaped earlier on the stage. They attacked alongside Nicolas Roche (Team Sunweb) on the final climb before the Irishman was eventually distanced with 8.5km to go. Despite a valiant chase from behind, Impey and Benoot came into the final together with the South African clearly the fastest of the pair. The stage also saw an attack from Romain Bardet on home roads but he was quickly closed down by Team Ineos. In the race for the yellow jersey Julian Alaphilippe retained his overnight lead over Giulio Ciccone (Trek-Segafredo) and Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ). You can read more at Cyclingnews.com

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