BinckBank Tour: Hodeg wins stage 5 in Venray

Alvaro Hodeg (Deceuninck-QuickStep) wins stage 5 of the BinckBank Tour in Venray.

Alvaro Hodeg (Deceuninck-QuickStep) claimed stage 5 of the 2019 BinckBank Tour after edging out Sam Bennett (Bora-Hansgrohe) and Edward Theuns (Trek-Segafredo) on the line in Venray. Hodeg benefitted from an excellent lead-out from his Deceuninck - Quick Step team after they brought the young Colombian to the front of a messy sprint with just under 150m to go. Bennett, who had won the opening three stages, was forced to follow wheels in the closing stage after his Bora squad had chased down the earlier break and then planted the Irishman on Hodeg’s wheel with just over a kilometre to go. Bennett was forced to check his line after one rider almost forced him wide but despite coming to back to Hodeg’s rear wheel he was unable to overall the QuickStep rider before the line. Trek-Segafredo played a prominent role in the last kilometre as they looked to launch Theuns but ...

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Movistar name Enric Mas as new Grand Tour leader for 2020

Enric Mas (Quick-Step Floors) on the Vuelta podium for best young rider

Movistar have confirmed that Enric Mas will leave Deceuninck-QuickStep to join the Spanish WorldTour squad and become their Grand Tour leader for the next three years. The 24-year-old from Mallorca finished second overall in the 2018 Vuelta a Espana and is considered Spain’s most promising rider for future Grand Tours. Mas will replace Mikel Landa, who has already confirmed he will move to Bahrain-Merida in 2020, Giro d’Italia winner Richard Carapaz, who is set to join Team Ineos, and Nairo Quintana, who is widely expected to move to French Professional Continental team Arkea Samsic. Mas will share leadership at Movistar with fellow Spaniard Alejandro Valverde, with Marc Soler also expected to have a bigger leadership role. Mas raced as an amateur with the Fundación Contador team and then stepped up to WorldTour level in 2017 with QuickStep. He won a stage at the 2018 Itzulia Basque Country and confirmed his ...

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How to watch the 2019 BinckBank Tour

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Our complete guide to this year's BinckBank Tour in The Netherlands

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How to watch the Tour de Pologne: Free live streams from anywhere

Pascal Ackermann edges out Alvaro Hodeg on Stage 1 of the Tour de Pologne

The WorldTour continues this weekend with the 76th edition of the Tour de Pologne , and we know you won't want to miss a minute of the race. What better way to cure your Tour de France hangover than to watch some high-powered, full-on cycling action? Cyclingnews has the keys to finding the best live stream in your location – and if you are OK with Polish, the TVPsport.pl stream is absolutely free in just about every country. The race is sure to have a new winner this year as defending champion Michal Kwiatkowski (Team Ineos) needed rest after helping his team take the top two spots at the Tour de France in July, while runner-up Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) heads to the Clasica San Sebastian and third-placed Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) is out with an injury that knocked him out of the Tour while sitting in fourth place overall. The Tour ...

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Caleb Ewan heads RideLondon-Surrey Classic line-up

Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal) wins the finale stage 21 at the Tour de France on the Champs-Elysees

Lotto Soudal 's Caleb Ewan will head a star-studded line-up for this year's Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic , just a week after having taken his third stage victory at his first Tour de France on the Champs-Elysées in Paris. The one-day RideLondon-Surrey Classic – Britain's only UCI WorldTour-level event – will also feature Irish sprint star Sam Bennett (Bora-Hansgrohe), Groupama-FDJ fast-man Arnaud Démare, who won the first edition of the race in 2013, and Deceuninck-QuickStep duo Philippe Gilbert and Elia Viviani, with the latter coming fresh from his stage win at what was also the Italian's first Tour de France. British fans will be happy to see Alex Dowsett (Katusha-Alpecin) back on British shores, with the Essex man having just completed his first Tour, while a young but talented Great Britain team boasts 2018 national road race champion Connor Swift. Team Ineos arrive on home roads fielding reigning Tour de Yorkshire ...

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How do teams carry so many bikes at the Tour de France?

Every team at the Tour de France has an elaborate network of equipment support for each of its eight riders in the event of a mechanical or crash during the race. Within the race caravan are two cars for every team, and each vehicle carries a spare bike for every rider (or even more, in … The post How do teams carry so many bikes at the Tour de France? appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Demare wins stage 4 in Tour de Wallonie

Arnaud Demare wins the sprint on stage 4 of Tour de Wallonie

Arnaud Demare (Groupama-FDJ) took out the victory on the second to last Tour de Wallonie stage in Lierneux, prevailing from the bunch sprint after taking part in the early breakaway on the undulating 178km stage. Demare timed his sprint perfectly after an early surge by Bryan Coquard (Vital Concept), and held off Szymon Sajnok (CCC Team) and Stijn Steels (Roompot-Charles). The stage from Villers-Le-Bouillet featured five categorized climbs, with the category 2 Cote de Chera coming 14km into the stage. Demare made a five-man breakaway with Thomas Boudat (Total Direct Energie), Toon Aerts (Telenet-Fidea), Floris Gerts (Tarteletto-Isorex) and Elmar Reinders (Roompot-Charles) with the idea that there would be no bunch sprint. Demare lost contact with the escapees with around 50km to go, with Team Ineos' Eddie Dunbar scrambling across to the move to replace him. The move never gained much more than a minute, and with 12km to go, Dunbar ...

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'I will need to win the Tour': Pinot on how to repair his Tour de France heartbreak

'I will need to win the Tour': Pinot on how to repair his Tour de France heartbreak

Joe Robinson 30 Jul 2019 The 29-year-old is still unsure what led to his heartbreaking Tour de France exit The pictures of Thibaut Pinot in floods of tears barely able to pedal his bike before abandoning the Tour de France on Stage 19 did not leave a dry eye in the house. The 29-year-old was riding the Tour of his life. Despite losing 1 minute 40 seconds in the crosswinds of Stage 10 to Albi, the Groupama-FDJ leader had battled back to recover the deficit. He was unmatchable when taking victory on the Tourmalet on Stage 14 and a day later, on the road to Foix, he dropped all of his rivals to the summit. By that point, he had made back those 100 seconds he had lost. Yet by the time the race had reached the Alps, Pinot was suffering from a knee injury that left him barely able ...

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Pinot: To forget all this, I'll need to win the Tour de France

Thibaut Pinot consoled by Matthieu Ladagnous (Groupama-FDJ)

Thibaut Pinot has said that he will need to win the Tour de France in order to get over the disappointment of abandoning this year’s race. The Frenchman was still firmly in contention for final overall victory when he was forced out of the race with a thigh injury on stage 19. It was Pinot’s fourth abandon in seven Tour participations, and he also abandoned the 2018 Giro d’Italia through illness on the penultimate stage when a place on the podium seemed all but assured. The rawness of this latest disappointment was captured in a compelling fly-on-the-wall documentary – Avec Thibaut – broadcast on France Télévisions on Sunday. Click here to watch the French documentary. In one memorable scene, a disconsolate Pinot sits on the end of his bed as Groupama-FDJ manager Marc Madiot attempts to comfort him. “What did I do to deserve this?” Pinot asks, and he touched ...

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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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Race director Christian Prudhomme: My most beautiful Tour de France

Tour de France race director Christian Prudhomme talks to Geraint Thomas

Tour de France race director Christian Prudhomme has described this year's race as "three extraordinary and unforgettable weeks", and admitted that it was "the most beautiful Tour" he'd witnessed since taking the reins of La Grande Boucle in 2007. It was indeed the Tour that had it all, inviting comparisons by many to the 1989 race , which was eventually decided by just eight seconds. This year, the top four riders on the GC were separated by less than two minutes, with a 22-year-old climber from Colombia crowned king in Paris on Sunday. Along the way, there were the expected beautiful stage victories, and the usual tears and crashes, but also landslides and shortened stages, and the emergence of new stars of the future. There was even, it seemed for a while at one point, the possibility of a French winner – for the first time since 1985. Prudhomme said ...

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Alaphilippe awarded Tour de France's most-combative rider award

Deceuninck-QuickStep's Julian Alaphilippe is awarded the 2019 Tour de France's 'Super Combatif' priz

Deceuninck-QuickStep 's Julian Alaphilippe has been awarded the 'most-combative rider' award at this year's Tour de France , following his 14 days wearing the yellow jersey, with the Frenchman only losing the race lead two days before the finish in Paris. The 2019 race will likely be remembered as France's most successful Tour de France since Bernard Hinault's victory in 1985. And although neither Alaphilippe, Romain Bardet (AG2R La Mondiale), Groupama-FDJ's Thibaut Pinot nor Warren Barguil (Arkéa-Samsic) were able to pull off the ultimate achievement of victory, the nation was nevertheless hugely entertained by its home riders this year. Alaphilippe, who finished fifth overall, had fans believing that he might just be able to pull off the seemingly impossible for much of the race, while Pinot was arguably an even more likely candidate for overall glory – but had to pull out through injury on the same day that Alaphilippe's ...

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Tour de France 2019: Egan Bernal becomes first Colombian to win yellow jersey; Ewan takes final stage

Tour de France 2019: Egan Bernal becomes first Colombian to win yellow jersey; Ewan takes final stag

Joe Robinson 28 Jul 2019 Bernal makes Colombian history as Ewan takes impressive win on Champs-Elysees Egan Bernal ( Team Ineos ) safely crossed the Champs-Elysees finish line to make history and become the first Colombian to win the Tour de France as Caleb Ewan ( Lotto-Soudal ) completed a hat-trick of stage wins in Paris. The 22-year-old secured the first yellow jersey for South America after a dominant display in a weather-effected Alps that saw him snatch the race lead from Julian Alaphilippe ( Deceuninck-QuickStep ) on Stage 19 before guiding it to the finish. Bernal stood on the race's final podium joined by Team Ineos teammate and defending champion Geraint Thomas and Jumbo-Visma's Steven Kruiswijk who took second and third respectively. As for the final stage on the Champs-Elysees, Ewan launched an incredible sprint in a messy finale beating Dylan Groenewegen (Jumbo-Visma) and Niccolo Bonifazio (Total Direct Energie) ...

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Tour de France 2019: Egan Bernal becomes first Colombian to win yellow jersey

Tour de France 2019: Egan Bernal becomes first Colombian to win yellow jersey

Joe Robinson 28 Jul 2019 Bernal makes Colombian history as Ewan takes impressive win on Champs-Elysees Egan Bernal safely crossed the Champs-Elysees finish line to make history and become the first Colombian to win the Tour de France as Caleb Ewan completed a hat-trick of stage wins in Paris. The 22-year-old secured the first yellow jersey for South America after a dominant display in a weather-effected Alps that saw him snatch the race lead from Julian Alaphilippe on Stage 19 before guiding it to the finish. Bernal stood on the race's final podium joined by Team Ineos teammate and defending champion Geraint Thomas and Jumbo-Visma's Steven Kruiswijk who took second and third respectively. As for the final stage finishing on the Champs-Elysees, Ewan launched an incredible sprint in a messy finale beating Dylan Groenewegen and Niccolo Bonifazio to the win. The Australian closed a sizeable gap in the final 100 ...

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Kruijswijk: We have shown we are capable of fighting for Grand Tours

Supported by Ineos may be set to take the top two spots in the Tour de France general classification as the race heads to Paris, but the final step on the overall podium is all but guaranteed to be occupied by a rider in Jumbo-Visma yellow and black. Steven Kruijswijk ascended into the Tour top three with … The post Kruijswijk: We have shown we are capable of fighting for Grand Tours appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Pinot: I was convinced I was going to win the Tour de France

Thibaut Pinot consoled by Matthieu Ladagnous (Groupama-FDJ)

It was hard to watch but impossible to take your eyes off. Thibaut Pinot 's exit from the Tour de France during stage 19 on Friday was sport at its cruellest, but also its most visceral. The Frenchman had soared in the Pyrenees last weekend and cried tears of joy. In the Alps, he collapsed and cried tears of distress . The two extremes of emotion, and the inextricable link between them, are why we keep tuning in. "Thibaut has big highs and big lows," Pinot's brother and coach, Julien, had said somewhat portentously that very morning. These were new depths. "It's the biggest disappointment of my career," Pinot said, having arrived at his team's hotel in Tignes by car. Understanding the nature of Pinot's pain requires context beyond the confines of these past three weeks. The Groupama-FDJ leader's relationship with the Tour is a complicated one, stretching back to ...

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Egan Bernal takes Tour de France lead - Video

Egan Bernal (Ineos) on the attack

Nobody won stage 19 at the 2019 Tour de France Friday after organisers cancelled the racing at the top of the Col de l'Iseran because of inclement weather including hail, ice and a mudslide on the ensuing descent. There was a big winner on the day, however, as Team Ineos' Egan Bernal had attacked before the summit of the penultimate climb and gained enough time on overnight leader Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep) to take the race lead at the end of the day. Bernal now leads Alaphilippe by 48 seconds and teammate Geraint Thomas by 1:16 heading into Saturday's final day in the Alps. Early in the stage, French hopeful Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) had dramatically pulled out of the race, with his team saying that the rider, who was fifth overall, had torn a muscle in his leg on the stage to Gap. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com

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Today at the Tour: Bernal into yellow after a surreal day in the Alps

The biggest day of Egan Bernal’s young career coincided with one of the most surreal moments in modern Tour de France history. Stage 19 of the 2019 Tour de France, a route with five categorized climbs across the French Alps and a planned summit finish at Tignes, will go down as the day the Colombian phenom … The post Today at the Tour: Bernal into yellow after a surreal day in the Alps appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Tour de France: Bernal takes yellow on shortened stage 19

Egan Bernal (Team Ineos) in the Tour de France yellow jersey

Egan Bernal (Team Ineos) was the big winner during a shortened stage 19 of the Tour de France . Although the jury ruled there would be no official stage winner, Bernal took the yellow jersey after the race was cancelled on the descent of the Col d’Iseran. Hail and ice in Tignes, as well as a landslide blocking the road between Val d'Isère and Tignes, made the final kilometres of the stage impossible to pass by bike. The Colombian had attacked midway up the Iseran, launching after teammate Geraint Thomas put yellow jersey Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep) into major trouble on the 2770-metre mountain. Bernal caught and passed the remains of the break in the final kilometres of the climb, gaining a minute on Thomas, Steven Krujswijk (Jumbo-Visma) and Emanuel Buchmann (Bora-Hansgrohe), and two minutes on Alaphilippe. Amid a shroud of confusion, general classification times were taken at the summit of ...

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Tour de France 2019: Stage 19 cancelled due to hail, snow and mudslides

Tour de France 2019: Stage 19 cancelled due to hail, snow and mudslides

Jack Elton-Walters 26 Jul 2019 Stage 19 dramatically cut short due to extreme weather, leaving Egan Bernal the stage winner and new race leader Stage 19 of the 2019 Tour de France was cancelled mid-stage after a severe hailstorm led to a part of the road being blocked by partially frozen water, and entirely covered by a mudslide near the start of the final climb to Tignes in the high mountains of the Alps. The localised extreme weather struck the race with the leaders having already come over the top of the 2,770m Col de l'Iseran and descending at high speed towards the final climb. The decision meant the summit of the Iseran became the official finish line, since that was the last point at which timing information was taken. It meant Team Ineos rider Egan Bernal was declared the stage winner, and takes over the yellow jersey from Julian ...

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