Tour de France 2019: everything you need to know

Tour de France 2018 Paris Champs-Elysees finish

Our essential guide for lifelong fans and first-time watchers alike

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Peter Sagan: The Tour de France sprints are always a big mess

Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) wins stage 3 at the Tour de Suisse

Peter Sagan is often considered the only rock star in the professional peloton, but as the hours counted down to Saturday's first stage of the Tour de France , where he could take the first yellow jersey and begin to score points towards a record-breaking seventh green points jersey, the Bora-Hansgrohe team leader was evasive about his chances of winning, and seemed slightly irritated about a lack of support in his eight-rider squad for this year's race. When asked about the chance of crashes at the Tour, Sagan and his entourage revealed their strong sense of superstition, closing down the question quickly in the hope it wouldn't carry any bad karma in the days to come. During the Bora-Hansgrohe press conference late on Friday afternoon, Sagan was one of four team leaders, rather than the only leader. Bora-Hansgrohe is no longer only the Peter Sagan show, even if he generates ...

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Gallery: A look at the bikes Team Ineos will ride at the Tour de France

Joe Robinson 5 Jul 2019 Kwiatkowski's Bolide and Thomas's Dogma F12 are all mean looking bikes Team Ineos gave Cyclist a quick look at the bikes they will ride over the next three weeks at the Tour de France including a brand new fleet of Pinarello Dogma F12 road bikes and its trusty Pinarello Bolide time trial bikes. Michal Kwiatkowski is one of the world’s best time triallists, coming 4th at last year's World Championships, and he has the bike to match. He, along with his entire team, will take to his Pinarello Bolide for the team time trial (TTT) starting and finishing in Brussels on Sunday but the Polish former Road Race World Champion should be one of the team’s most valuable assets in the race against the clock. With the team time trial (TTT) being flat and furious, Kwiatkowski has opted for incredible 58-46t chainset offering an eye-wateringly ...

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Gallery: A look at the bike Team Ineos will ride at the Tour de France

Joe Robinson 5 Jul 2019 Kwiatkowski's Bolide and Thomas and Poels' Dogma F12 are all mean looking bikes Team Ineos gave Cyclist a quick look at the bikes they will ride over the next three weeks at the Tour de France including its brand new fleet of Pinarello Dogma F12s and its trusty Pinarello Bolide time trial bikes. Michal Kwiatkowski is one of the world’s best time trialists, coming 4th at last year's World Time Trial Championships, and he has the bike to match. He, along with his entire team, will take to his Pinarello Bolide for the team time trial (TTT) starting and finishing in Brussels on Sunday but the Polish former World Road Race Champion should be one of the team’s most valuable assets in the race against the clock. With the team time trial (TTT) being flat and furious, Kwiatkowski has opted for incredible 58-46t chainset offering ...

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Preview: 21 things you need to know about the 2019 Giro Rosa

While the best riders in the men’s peloton are currently readying themselves for the Tour de France, the best in the women’s peloton are doing likewise for the Giro Rosa. The “Giro d’Italia Internazionale Femminile” is the biggest and most prestigious race on the Women’s WorldTour and it’s just around the corner. Ahead of the … The post Preview: 21 things you need to know about the 2019 Giro Rosa appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Longo Borghini: a stage win would be nice at the Giro Rosa

Elisa Longo Borghini wins the final stage at Emakumeen Bira

Elisa Longo Borghini ( Trek-Segafredo ) is targeting a stage win at the Giro Rosa when it starts this Friday, after enjoying a confidence-boosting 2019 that saw her win her first race in nearly a year. Prior to this May, when Longo Borghini won a stage and the overall title at Emakumeen Bira, her last victory was at the Mediterranean Games the previous summer, and before that, it was at the National Championships in 2017. The 27-year-old joined the newly formed Trek-Segafredo women's programme at the start of this season, after four years at Wiggle-High5, and credits her new team with having a positive change on her approach to racing. Longo Borghini has steadily been building form throughout 2019. After finishing fifth at both the Women's Herald Sun Tour and Cadel Evans Road Race in January, she finished in the top 10 at Dwars door Vlaanderen and Liège-Bastogne-Liège before winning ...

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

Theuns and Dupont at Tour de France 2018

Who are the ones to watch?

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The Cannibal and the thief: Merckx’s legendary 1969 Tour de France, 50 years on

Cycling, famously, is a sport of stars and water-carriers. The stars win; the water-carriers never do. But the history of cycling is written in those rare, fleeting moments when an unknown name attempts to steal victory from an established hero. Those moments are unlikely and rarely fruitful, but they define the sport just as much … The post The Cannibal and the thief: Merckx’s legendary 1969 Tour de France, 50 years on appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Preview: What you need to know about the 2019 Tour de France

It’s time for the biggest race of them all: Le Tour de France. Ahead of the Grand Depart this Saturday, get yourself up to speed on the riders to watch, the stages to watch, and more. This is CyclingTips’ preview of the 2019 Tour de France. The route After two days in the Belgian capital … The post Preview: What you need to know about the 2019 Tour de France appeared first on CyclingTips .

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The weekly spin: Why Nibali and Valverde shouldn’t be counted out at Tour de France

Two of the most successful riders in professional cycling are headed to the Tour de France flying under the radar. My advice: Don’t sleep on Vincenzo Nibali or Alejandro Valverde as GC threats. While most lists of pre-race favorites look to Egan Bernal, Geraint Thomas, Jakob Fuglsang, Adam Yates, and Richie Porte, there’s exactly one … The post The weekly spin: Why Nibali and Valverde shouldn’t be counted out at Tour de France appeared first on CyclingTips .

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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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Tour de France: Gaudu, Kung to support Pinot in Groupama-FDJ's squad

Thibaur Pinot in the Dauphine peloton during stage 3

Groupama-FDJ has selected a proven team of seven riders to support Thibaut Pinot for the Tour de France. Pinot won the Tour de l'Ain and Tour du Haut Var this season, and, as a former podium finisher in 2014, has made the Tour de France his major focus for the year after skipping the race last season. Directeur sportif Yvon Madiot introduced the team in a press release, calling Pinot a "relentless fighter". "We are expecting to see Thibaut fighting with the best at the most intense moments," Madiot said. "I want to see an aggressive rider. I am expecting the Thibaut Pinot who thrives on great attacks in the mountains. This way, by being an attacker, the general classification will come automatically." Key to Pinot's challenge for the podium will be David Gaudu, winner of the best young rider's jersey in the Tour de Romandie, and new recruit Stefan ...

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Tour de France 2019: route and stage analysis

Tour de France 2019 stages written in black and white text on a yellow background

A stage by stage breakdown of the official Tour de France route for 2019, including profiles, detailed descriptions and which riders to watch

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Cadel’s Race promoted to Women’s WorldTour

Supported by The women’s Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race has been promoted to WorldTour level for 2020. The one-day race, officially the Deakin University Elite Women’s Road Race, is the first event in the Southern Hemisphere to join the top tier of women’s road cycling since the Women’s WorldTour began in 2016. The UCI confirmed the … The post Cadel’s Race promoted to Women’s WorldTour appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Fuglsang backed by 'strong and experienced' Astana team at Tour de France

Jakob Fuglsang on the final Dauphine podium

Critérium du Dauphiné winner Jakob Fuglsang will lead a strong Astana team at the Tour de France, with Alexey Lutsensko, Pello Bilbao and Gorka Izagirre among the supporting cast. The eight-man roster is completed by Canada's Hugo Houle, Omar Fraile, Magnus Cort and Luis Leon Sanchez, giving the Kazakhstani team options for stage victories. "With this strong and experienced team, we are ready to fight for the best possible result," Astana manager Dmitriy Fofonov said in a statement released by the team. Although Fuglsang’s best-ever placing in a Grand Tour remains his 7th place on the 2013 Tour de France, he has added his name to the list of favourites for this year’s race after a remarkable sequence of performances and results so far in 2019. Fuglsang soloed to victory at Liège-Bastogne-Liège in April and finished on the podium at Strade Bianche, Amstel Gold Race, Flèche Wallonne and Tirreno-Adriatico. The ...

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Van Vleuten hoping to shine in home Dutch championships

Annemiek Van Vleuten celebrates her second consecutive time trial world title

World time trial champion Annemiek van Vleuten ( Mitchelton-Scott ) is aiming to add a fourth national time trial title in the Dutch Road Championships this weekend and has extra motivation because the event is being held close to her home in Wageningen. Van Vleuten will debut her rainbow jersey in the 31.8km women's race on Wednesday in Ede. The 36-year-old wrote on her personal website, "I think it's super nice to be able to ride this Dutch time trial in my own 'backyard' and also in my rainbow jersey. That will also be the first time this season because the Dutch Championship will be my first time trial of the year." "I have ridden the road that we are travelling on at least a hundred times. The course is not technical. We are actually racing back and forth on the same road," she added. Van Vleuten will head down ...

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The weekly spin: Jakob Fuglsang’s last, best chance to win the Tour de France

Can a veteran rider well into his thirties who has never stood on a Grand Tour podium win the Tour de France? It happened last year with Geraint Thomas — another rider who had not historically been the strongest climber nor time trialist, but was always capable at both — and it could well happen … The post The weekly spin: Jakob Fuglsang’s last, best chance to win the Tour de France appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Van Vleuten trains on Passo Gavia ahead of Giro Rosa

Annemiek Van Vleuten (Mitchelton-Scott) is the leader of the Giro Rosa after stage 7

Annemiek van Vleuten ( Mitchelton-Scott ) has finished putting the final touches on her form ahead of the Giro d'Italia Internazionale Femminile held from July 5-14. The defending champion just completed a mountainous training block that included a preview of the Passo di Gavia. "Giro Gavia-Mortirolo with Dutch-Ozzie bunch," van Vleuten wrote in a post on Twitter, which included images of her training companions Amanda Spratt and Lucy Kennedy (both MItchelton-Scott) and Lucinda Brand (Sunweb). "Cool to train together. All preparing for @GiroRosaIccrea at altitude around Livigno/Trepalle." Giro Gavia-Mortirolo with Dutch-Ozzie bunch. Cool to train together. All preparing for @GiroRosaIccrea at altitude around Livigno/Trepalle. pic.twitter.com/lKCwK6DdSu — Annemiek van Vleuten (@AvVleuten) June 19, 2019 This year's race will be one of the toughest editions because it features summit finishes on the Passo di Gavia (stage 5) and at Malga Montasio (stage 9), while there will also be a tough hilltop finale ...

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Chris Horner joins NBC's Tour de France broadcast team

Chris Horner (RadioShack) after his TT win

Chris Horner will move from the bicycle seat to the broadcaster's chair this July for the Tour de France , joining the on-air team for the American NBC Sports television network during the French Grand Tour. "I'm going back to the Tour," a typically upbeat Horner told Cyclingnews Friday evening from his home in Bend, Oregon, where he had just completed a 144km ride earlier in the day. Horner will be part of NBC Sports' daily 'traveling studio' for the three-week race, providing analysis and interviews before and after each stage. Paul Burmeister will return to host the studio segments, with retired US pro Christian Vande Velde also reprising his analyst role, according to an announcement published on the NBC Sports website . Vande Velde and Horner will also be called upon to add to the the play-by-play coverage from Bob Roll, who will move from the studio to call ...

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