9 of the best Tour de France riders to follow on Strava

2019 Tour De France Stage 10 Saint-Flour to Albi

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

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Team Ineos confirm revised Tour de France line-up following Froome's crash

Team Ineos confirm revised Tour de France line-up following Froome's crash

Jack Elton-Walters 28 Jun 2019 Geraint Thomas will start the race as both the defending champion and Team Ineos leader, but things could change out on the road Following Chris Froome 's horror crash during the Criterium du Dauphine that saw him hospitalised with several broken bones, ruling him out of competition for at least six months , Team Ineos have confirmed the eight riders they will be sending to the Tour de France . Froome would have gone into the race not as defending champion but likely still as the team leader, chasing a record equalling fifth Tour title. Team Ineos are still attending the race with the defending champion, of course, in the shape of Geraint Thomas . The Welshman beat Froome into third, behind rival Tom Dumoulin, at last year's race and will begin the 2019 Tour de France as his team's leader. Albeit joint-leader with Egan ...

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What does Chris Froome’s withdrawal mean for the 2019 Tour de France?

Chris Froome is out of the 2019 Tour de France after a serious crash in training at the Criterium du Dauphine. The four-time Tour champion is still in hospital and, with doctors saying he requires at least six months off the bike, his season is almost certainly over. Hopefully, he is able to make a … The post What does Chris Froome’s withdrawal mean for the 2019 Tour de France? appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Kwiatkowski: Chris Froome’s main objective is being the boss at the Tour de France

Michał Kwiatkowski (Team Sky)

Michal Kwiatkowski has few ambitions of targeting the overall standings in the Criterium du Dauphine with the former road world champion fully expecting to back Chris Froome both here and at the Tour de France in July. On stage 1 from Aurillac to Jussac Kwiatkowski and Froome were among the first riders to bridge across to a dangerous move created by Zdenek Stybar and Julian Alaphilippe on the final climb, and although there was a re-grouping before the finish, the Ineos pair were never far from the front. “When they [Deceuninck-QuickStep] started chasing the breakaway, I don’t know, around 30 kilometres before the final that was a signal that it wasn’t going to be an easy final climb. That made us pay attention to what was going to happen on the climb but we were pretty sure they were going to try and go for it and win the stage ...

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Criterium du Dauphine podcast: Froome, Porte, Kwiatkowski and York

Michal Kwiatkowski on stage with Team Ineos at the opening stage at the Criterium du Dauphine

In the latest edition of the Cyclingnews podcast we hear from Chris Froome , Richie Porte and Michal Kwiatkowski after stage 1 of the Critérium du Dauphiné . We followed the stage from start to finish and watched Edvald Boasson Hagen take a huge win for the struggling Dimension Data . We pose the question as to whether the team should focus their Tour de France efforts on the Norwegian or if Mark Cavendish and others deserve leadership roles. Philippa York shares memories on the importance of winning the Dauphiné and where the race stands in terms of the history of the sport and what it means to riders. We discuss form at this point of the season and then hear from three of the stars at this year's race: Chris Froome, Richie Porte and Michal Kwiatkowski. To subscribe to the Cyclingnews podcast, click here . Sponsor message You can ...

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Alaphilippe lights up Criterium du Dauphine

Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep) at the opening stage at the Criterium du Dauphine

Julian Alaphlippe ( Deceuninck-QuickStep ) blew the cobwebs away with a familiar attacking approach on stage 1 of the Critérium du Dauphiné . The Frenchman had not raced since Liège-Bastogne-Liège in late April and a phenomenal spring campaign that included wins in Flèche Wallonne, Strade Bianche, and Milan-San Remo. However, he was on the attack on home soil as he and his team looked to split the race on the opening stage between Aurillac and Jussac. Deceuninck lifted the pace on the final climb of the day with Zdenek Stybar putting in a ferocious turn of speed on the lower slopes of the Cote de Roquenatou. On his wheel was Alaphilippe, who took over once the former cyclo-cross rider emptied the tank. The Frenchman's following assault strung out the remnants of the peloton, with Team Ineos' Chris Froome and Michal Kwiatkowski among the first to make contact. Although the pace ...

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Chris Froome leads Team Ineos at Criterium du Dauphine

Chris Froome (Team Ineos).

Chris Froome will lead Team Ineos at the Critérium du Dauphiné (June 9-16) as he builds up for the Tour de France in July. Froome is a three-time winner of the Dauphiné and will be supported by a team that includes former world champion Michal Kwiatkowski, Wout Poels, and Gianni Moscon. While Froome takes on the week-long French race, his teammate, and last year’s Tour de France winner, Geraint Thomas , races the Tour de Suisse later in June. Froome had a slow start to the season but showed signs of improvement at the Tour of the Alps and then the Tour de Yorkshire, where he helped set up the overall win for teammate Chris Lawless. Since then he has been training at altitude in Tenerife, alongside Kwiatkowski, Poels and Dylan van Baarle. The Critérium du Dauphiné will be Froome's final race outing before this year’s Tour de France, where ...

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Gallery: Check out this Team Ineos Pinarello Dogma F12

Joe Robinson 4 Jun 2019 Chris Froome and Geraint Thomas's new rig is looking mean and we've got hold of one A workman never blames his tools but he sure as hell should praise them. The Pinarello Dogma is one of the world's most successful bikes guiding Team Sky to Grand Tour glory in Italy, France and Spain with Bradley Wiggins , Geraint Thomas and Chris Froome . It also took a Milan-San Remo with Michal Kwiatkowski and Liege-Bastogne-Liege with Wout Poels as well as a boat-load of other races, too. It was also the bike of a generation. The bike that helped revolutionise cycling into the new golf on Britain's shores, with them two-a-penny every Sunday at any Surrey coffee stop, such was their popularity with the consumer. See related Gallery: Protests and new Pinarellos as Team Ineos take on the Tour de Yorkshire Pinarello launches new F12 and ...

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