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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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Kwiatkowski to miss Tour de Pologne after difficult Tour de France

Michal Kwiatkowski on the podium at Milan-San Remo.

Michal Kwiatkowski has withdrawn from the Tour de Pologne , which gets underway in Krakow on Saturday. He won his home race a year ago but announced on Tuesday that he would miss this year's race due to the need to recover from the efforts of the Tour de France. Kwiatkowski was part of the Ineos team that helped Egan Bernal to final overall victory at the Tour, though the Pole appeared to be some way short of the form he displayed in his previous two Grande Boucle appearances for Team Sky. After a sparkling 2018 season that yielded nine victories, Kwiatkowski has had a more subdued 2019 campaign. The 29-year-old has yet to rack up a victory this season, though he rode well to finish third at Paris-Nice and Milan-San Remo in March. “I'm not a guy who likes to change his plans but unfortunately this is one of ...

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Brailsford: Strategy prevailed over chaos at the Tour de France

David Brailsford at the rest day

Dave Brailsford had clearly been practising his lines. Standing beyond the finish line at Val Thorens, basking in a seventh Tour de France victory in eight years, the Team Ineos manager repeated the same phrase no fewer than five times: 'Strategy prevailed over chaos, and teamwork over individuals.' It was a triumphant mantra, and one issued as something of a rebuke to what he perceived as criticism directed his way over the past three weeks. "A lot of people make judgements very early in the race," he said. "Half-way through, they're calling it. Two thirds of the way through, they're saying, 'We're not strong enough, we don't know what we're doing, etcetera, etcetera.' "But in the end, despite it being a glorious race, strategy paid off over chaos and teamwork paid off over individuals." Question marks hovered above Team Ineos until Bernal took yellow on Friday. As Brailsford noted, some ...

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Losing Rowe and Martin means more work for Tour de France teammates

Team Ineos and Geraint Thomas during stage 18 at the Tour de France

The loss of Luke Rowe and Tony Martin for the final mountain stages of the Tour de France will spark a "dramatic" change in workload for Team Ineos and Jumbo-Visma, according to CCC Team manager Jim Ochowicz. Rowe and Martin were expelled from the Tour de France after stage 17 after a series of tense interactions before the final climb as they fought for position at the head of the peloton. Rowe was the Team Ineos road captain and key worker on the early flat roads of the mountain stages, doing the heavy lifting so that his teammates could save themselves and be with Geraint Thomas and Egan Bernal in the final of the decisive stages. Martin's huge ability as a rouleur helped Steven Kruijswijk in a similar way at Jumbo-Visma. Other riders will have to make up for their absence during the long valley roads on stager 19 and ...

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Time is running out for Alaphilippe’s rivals

Julian Alaphilippe is finally starting to dream. After 14 days in yellow, after surviving the Pyrenees, after surviving the first big test in the Alps, he’s starting to think that maybe, just maybe, he can win the Tour de France. He’s starting to picture himself as the first French winner since Bernard Hinault way back … The post Time is running out for Alaphilippe’s rivals appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Today at the Tour: Six riders, one yellow jersey

With 15 stages completed, and six stages remaining, one thing is certain — no one knows who will win this Tour de France. And we should all be thankful for that. As the most important race in pro cycling, the Tour de France has taken on such significance that it’s largely been targeted and controlled … The post Today at the Tour: Six riders, one yellow jersey appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Geraint Thomas: There's more than one way to win a Tour de France

Geraint Thomas (Team Ineos) on the second rest day of the Tour de France.

For the first time since 2014, Team Ineos arrive on the Tour de France’s second rest day without the maillot jaune within their ranks. No matter which way they choose to spin it, this is unchartered territory for the British outfit that has become accustomed to having their way in cycling’s marquee event. The team still have two riders inside the top five, with defending champion Geraint Thomas 1:35 down on race leader Julian Alaphilippe and Egan Bernal less than 30 seconds behind him in fifth. On paper, it’s a position that most teams would envy but for Team Ineos this is a situation in which they must now juggle the reactive with the proactive when it comes to their approach for the rest of the race as they try to chase overall victory. In years gone by, the tactic of setting a relentless pace on the climbs would have ...

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The fallibility of Team Ineos

FOIX, France (CT) – Climbing through driving rain on the Prat d’Albis above Foix, Team Ineos showed unfamiliar weakness and a new kind of strength at the Tour de France on Sunday. Throughout this year’s Tour, the British team has seemed several levels below its monolithic best. This was confirmed Saturday, after hints throughout the … The post The fallibility of Team Ineos appeared first on CyclingTips .

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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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Thomas: I'm lucky to avoid injury after Tour de France crash

Michal Kwiatkowski and Gianni Moscon give Geraint Thomas a push

Team Ineos co-leader Geraint Thomas was in good spirits ahead of the start of stage 9 of the Tour de France. Emerging from the team bus in Saint-Étienne, Thomas was greeted by a throng of reporters and was happy to take the time to talk though his crash towards the end of stage 8. The Welshman went down at the base of the final climb of the day, 13 kilometres from the line. It was EF Education First's Michael Woods who hit the ground first, and a number of Ineos riders couldn't avoid the mini pile-up that ensued. Thomas crashed head-first over the handlebars , landing on teammate Gianni Moscon's bike, leaving the Pinarello frame snapped in half while luckily avoiding any broken bones himself. "It could've been a lot worse for sure," Thomas said. "We managed to make the best of the situation." With the help of a push ...

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De Gendt holds off Alaphilippe and Pinot to win stage 8 – Video

Thomas de Gendt with the most combative prize

Lotto Soudal 's Thomas De Gendt held off a rampant Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep) and Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) to win stage 8 of the Tour de France in Saint-Etienne on Saturday. The Belgian was the last remaining member of the day's four-man breakaway, but Alaphilippe's late attack saw the Frenchman retake the yellow jersey from overnight leader Giulio Ciccone (Trek-Segafredo). Pinot's reaction to Alaphilippe's attack moved the overall contender clear of his GC rivals, and the 29-year-old now leads the list of potential winners by 19 seconds from Geraint Thomas (Team Ineos), with Alaphilippe expected to eventually fade out of contention once the race hits the Pyrenees for stage 12 on Thursday. Defending Tour champion Thomas survived a late scare when he and Team Ineos teammates Gianni Moscon and Michal Kwiatkowski crashed with EF Education First's Michael Woods on a descent with 15km to go. The Welshman quickly remounted and was ...

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Tour de France: Stage 8 finish line quotes

A downcast Giulio Ciccone (Trek-Segafredo) after losing the yellow jersey

There was a dramatic finale to stage 8 of the Tour de France , as Thomas De Gendt won from the breakaway, Julian Alaphilippe recovered the yellow jersey from Giulio Ciccone, Thibaut Pinot gained time on his GC rivals, and Geraint Thomas came back from a late crash. Here's the instant reaction. Thomas de Gendt (Lotto Soudal) - stage winner The bunch was coming closer but I had to go solo and try to stay ahead of them. It was just by five or 10 seconds. I had a really good feeling all day so I believed in it all day, but we only got five minutes and it went down really quick to three and a half. We didn't go really easy but we didn't push that hard on the climb where the feed zone was. Just after that we went full because we heard those who were pulling ...

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Geraint Thomas relatively unscathed in high-speed Tour de France crash - Video

Michal Kwiatkowski and Gianni Moscon give Geraint Thomas a push

Defending champion Geraint Thomas had a scare in a frenetic final 15km of stage 8 of the Tour de France , coming to grief on a descent with several Ineos teammates on a twisting descent just as the final climb neared and Julian Alaphilippe and Thibaut Pinot were about to launch their attack. EF Education First's Michael Woods slid out on a right turn and Thomas and teammates Michel Kwiatkowski and Gianni Moscon rode into him. Thomas went down on his left side but was not hurt and quickly jumped up, found his bike and got going again after a push from Kwiatkowski and Moscon. Wout Poels then paced him back to the peloton on the climb in a moment of panic. Thomas was unable to go after the aggressive duo of Alaphilippe and Pinot and he and all the other overall contenders lost 26 seconds to the two Frenchmen. ...

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Tour de France 2019: Dylan Teuns wins on La Planche Des Belles Filles, but Giulio Ciccone takes yellow

Tour de France 2019: Dylan Teuns wins on La Planche Des Belles Filles, but Giulio Ciccone takes yell

Martin James 11 Jul 2019 Bahrain-Merida rider takes the stage, but Ciccone ends the day smiling despite Alaphilippe's heroics approaching the line Image credit: Eurosport Dylan Teuns (Bahrain Merida) outlasted fellow breakaway compatriot Giulio Ciccone (Trek-Segafredo) on the brutal final kilometre of La Planche Des Belles Filles to claim victory at the end of a punishing Stage 6 of the 2019 Tour de France. However, Ciccone's effort was enough to take the yellow jersey from the shoulders of Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep) by just 6 seconds despite a heroic effort in the final kilometre that left all but Ineos's Geraint Thomas of the race favourites floundering in the dust. Ciccone finished 11 seconds behind Belgian Teuns, but the 6 bonus seconds he gained for second place ended up making literally all the difference. Another rider involved in the day's main break, Xandro Meurisse (Wanty-Gobert) was third, but Thomas showed strength where ...

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Tour de France 2019: Dylan Teuns wins Stage 6 on La Planche Des Belles Filles, but Giulio Ciccone takes yellow

Tour de France 2019: Dylan Teuns wins Stage 6 on La Planche Des Belles Filles, but Giulio Ciccone ta

Martin James 11 Jul 2019 Bahrain-Merida rider takes the stage, but Ciccone ends the day smiling despite Alaphilippe's heroics approaching the line Image credit: Eurosport Dylan Teuns (Bahrain Merida) outlasted fellow breakaway compatriot Giulio Ciccone (Trek-Segafredo) on the brutal final kilometre of La Planche Des Belles Filles to claim victory at the end of a punishing Stage 6 of the 2019 Tour de France. However, Ciccone's effort was enough to take the yellow jersey from the shoulders of Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep) by just 6 seconds despite a heroic effort in the final kilometre that left all but Ineos's Geraint Thomas of the race favourites floundering in the dust. Ciccone finished 11 seconds behind Belgian Teuns, but the 6 bonus seconds he gained for second place ended up making literally all the difference. Another rider involved in the day's main break, Xandro Meurisse (Wanty-Gobert) was third, but Thomas showed strength where ...

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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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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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Will this really be an open Tour?

BRUSSELS (CT) — The Tour de France is open, they say. And they long for it to be true. You can feel the hope in the words and the spaces between the words that are spoken at the press conferences. “Anything can happen without Froome racing,” Nairo Quintana said. “Maybe people have a fear of Froome,” … The post Will this really be an open Tour? appeared first on CyclingTips .

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How to pick the best Tour de France fantasy team

Supported by Tips and tricks for picking a fantasy Tour team that will leave your friends in the dust The post How to pick the best Tour de France fantasy team appeared first on CyclingTips .

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