2019 Tour of Britain Route: full route details and stage analysis

CHEDDAR, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 04: Competitors climb through Cheddar Gorge during the 15th Tour of Bri

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

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Corendon CEO on company's merger with Sunweb: Two cycling teams is a bit much

Mathieu van der Poel (Corendon-Circus) gets the better of Sunweb's Michael Matthews and Deceuninck-Q

Mathieu van der Poel 's Corendon-Circus team and the Sunweb squad of riders including Tom Dumoulin and Michael Matthews may in future be affected by the still-in-progress merger between the two teams' main sponsors, according to the Dutch media. Dutch cycling website wielerflits.nl on Wednesday cited an interview that Corendon CEO Steven van der Heijden did with Dutch radio broadcaster BNR this week. In it, Van der Heijden admitted that he wasn't sure what the coming-together of his company with Sunweb might mean for the teams in the future, but did say that "two cycling teams is a bit much" for one parent company. It was reported in June that the Dutch travel company Sunweb Holiday Group had been bought by Swedish investment company Triton, which already owns holiday company Sunweb. "Two cycling teams is of course a bit much. The moment we jointly present ourselves to the market, that ...

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The weekly spin: Is Mathieu van der Poel’s race schedule a recipe for burnout?

Mathieu van der Poel just keeps on winning. He’s currently the world cyclocross champion, winner of the Amstel Gold Race (and Dwars door Vlaanderen and Brabantse Pijl), the European mountain-bike champion, and as of Sunday, the winner of six mountain-bike World Cup races this season — four short-track events and two in the Olympic cross-country … The post The weekly spin: Is Mathieu van der Poel’s race schedule a recipe for burnout? appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Dennis, Matthews, Spratt and Kennedy selected by Australia for Yorkshire road Worlds

Rohan Dennis (Australia)

Cycling Australia have announced their elite men's and women's squads for this year's UCI Road World Championships , which take place in Yorkshire, in the UK, from September 22-29. Among them are defending time trial world champion Rohan Dennis ( Bahrain-Merida ) and 2015 Worlds road-race silver medallist Michael Matthews ( Sunweb ), while Mitchelton-Scott 's Amanda Spratt – second at last year's Worlds road race – and last Saturday's Clasica San Sebastian winner Lucy Kennedy headline the women's squad. Dennis is yet to race again since quitting the Tour de France last month, a day ahead of the Tour's only individual time trial, for which he would have been one of the favourites, while Matthews was controversially overlooked for selection for last year's Worlds. Spratt and Kennedy, meanwhile, are just two of four Mitchelton-Scott riders selected for the seven-rider elite women's squad, which also includes Canyon-SRAM's Tiffany Cromwell and ...

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Australian World Championships Road squad announced

Supported by Cycling Australia has announced the twenty athletes selected to the Australian Team that will contest the 2019 UCI Road World Championships in Yorkshire on September 21-29. The 2019 UCI Road World Championships features eleven races over eight days in the junior (U19), under 23 and elite categories, and will include the road race, individual time … The post Australian World Championships Road squad announced appeared first on CyclingTips .

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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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Matthews: 'Luck not on our side'

Matthews: 'Luck not on our side'

Mechanical costs former points winner Michael Matthews on final stage of 'unlucky' Tour de France for both the Australian and Team Sunweb.

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Charting the Tour: What the data show us as the race heads for the Alps

We’re well into the third week of the Tour de France and still we have no idea who’s going to win the race — we’ve got a few more mountain stages before that will become clear. Throughout this year’s race VeloClub member Cameron Harris has been turning Tour de France results data into interesting charts … The post Charting the Tour: What the data show us as the race heads for the Alps appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Tour de France 2019: Simon Yates wins Stage 12 from break as GC holds station

Tour de France 2019: Simon Yates wins Stage 12 from break as GC holds station

Joe Robinson 18 Jul 2019 Yates wins from a three-man break as big break nullifies GC attacks Mitchelton-Scott's Simon Yates became the latest rider to win stages of all three Grand Tours as the Mitchelton-Scott rider won a three-man sprint on Stage 12 of the Tour de France. The Lancastrian outfoxed fellow break riders Gregor Muhlberger of Bora-Hansgrohe and Pello Bilbao of Astana to take the final corner in the lead and hold out the sprint to the line. Yates becomes the second rider in as many days to win a stage in all three Grand Tours after Caleb Ewan's exploits yesterday and the third of the race after Elia Viviani's win on Stage 4. In terms of General Classification, it was another day of keeping the powder dry as Julian Alaphilippe rolled in with his closest rivals to defend his yellow jersey for a fourth consecutive day. Team Ineos ...

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Tour de France 2019: Simon Yates wins from break as GC holds station

Tour de France 2019: Simon Yates wins from break as GC holds station

Joe Robinson 18 Jul 2019 Yates wins from a three-man break as big break nullifies GC attacks Mitchelton-Scott's Simon Yates became the latest rider to win stages of all three Grand Tours as the Mitchelton-Scott rider won a three-man sprint on Stage 12 of the Tour de France. The Lancastrian outfoxed fellow break riders Gregor Muhlberger of Bora-Hansgrohe and Pello Bilbao of Astana to take the final corner in the lead and hold out the sprint to the line. Yates becomes the second rider in as many days to win a stage in all three Grand Tours after Caleb Ewan's exploits yesterday and the third of the race after Elia Viviani's win on Stage 4. In terms of General Classification, it was another day of keeping the powder dry as Julian Alaphilippe rolled in with his closest rivals to defend his yellow jersey for a fourth consecutive day. Team Ineos ...

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Matthews will no longer fight for the green jersey at the Tour de France

Supported by Sunweb’s Michael Matthews will no longer focus on racking up points for the green jersey battle at the Tour de France. As the 28-year-old Australian explained after stage 11, his team has decided to give up on the points classification to instead focus on scoring stage victories with both Matthews and teammates like Cees Bol, … The post Matthews will no longer fight for the green jersey at the Tour de France appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Matthews says he will no longer contest the Tour’s green jersey

Supported by Sunweb’s Michael Matthews will no longer fight for points in the green jersey battle at the Tour de France. As the 28-year-old Australian explained after stage 11, his team has decided to give up on the points classification to instead focus on scoring stage victories with both Matthews and teammates like Cees Bol, who was … The post Matthews says he will no longer contest the Tour’s green jersey appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Matthews gives up on Tour de France green jersey

Michael Matthews waves to the crowd in Liège

Michael Matthews has laid down arms in the battle for the green jersey at the Tour de France , taking on the role of lead-out man as Team Sunweb backed Cees Bol in the stage 11 bunch sprint on Wednesday. Matthews has finished in the top 10 on seven of the 10 road stages so far, placing second in Epernay on stage 3 and fourth in Saint Etienne and Albi on stages 8 and 10. At the start of stage 11, he sat second in the points classification, which he won in 2017, trailing six-time green jersey winner Peter Sagan by 62 points. However, he let any ambitions of a second maillot vert fade away on the road to Toulouse. Instead, he worked to set up Bol, the 23-year-old Dutchman who won Nokere Koerse earlier this year. "It was the team's idea on the rest day - they came up ...

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Tour de France 2019 stage 11 finish line quotes

Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal) wins stage 11 at the Tour de France

Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal) - stage 11 winner "To be honest I can't believe it. I've been close in the last four sprints I've done, and my team never lost faith in me. I never lost faith in my sprint. I knew if everything came together then I can be the fastest on the day, and I think today I showed that. "I think with about 10ks to go I got caught behind my teammate Jasper who crashed, and I was really at the back of the bunch. Roger came back for me, and he basically took me from the back of the bunch to Groenewegen's wheel in the last few kilometres. Once I had a bit of time to recover, luckily I had the legs to be able to win. "There's no other race I've dreamt of winning since I was a young kid. I can't believe it. The ...

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Visualising the 2019 Tour de France: The ups and downs of the first ‘week’

Throughout this year’s Tour de France CyclingTips VeloClub member Cameron Harris has been putting his data journalism skills to work to help us make sense of the race. He’s created a bunch of charts that illustrate various aspects of the Tour in a way that a results sheet simply can’t. Through Cameron’s work, we get … The post Visualising the 2019 Tour de France: The ups and downs of the first ‘week’ appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Today at the Tour: After crosswinds shuffle the deck, the peloton pauses

Generally, when people use the phrase “the winds of change,” they’re speaking metaphorically. After nine and half days of racing at the Tour de France, the winds of change blew quite literally on the peloton Monday, shaking up the general classification just 35km before the first rest day was set to begin. On the open … The post Today at the Tour: After crosswinds shuffle the deck, the peloton pauses appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Tour de France: Rest day training - Gallery

Rohan Dennis (Bahrain-Merida)

It has been a long 10 days before the first rest day of the 2019 Tour de France , and the riders enjoyed a leisurely day in Albi, aside from the usual media obligations. Teams took easy cruises on their road bikes, with the exception of Geraint Thomas, Egan Bernal (Team Ineos) and Richie Porte (Trek-Segafredo), Dan Martin (UAE Team Emirates) and other GC contenders who, despite there being two more stages before the individual time trial in Pau, opted to get some preparation done. Before the riders get to Pau, the peloton has one flat stage that will have the sprinters - in particular Elia Viviani (Deceuninck-QuickStep), Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal) and Michael Matthews (Team Sunweb) - eager to get back on top after being trounced by young Wout Van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) on stage 10. Stage 12 on Thursday will be a big test to see if the climbers ...

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Ewan: 'Bol stuffed Matthews up big time'

Ewan: 'Bol stuffed Matthews up big time'

Aussie sprinter Caleb Ewan claims former Orica team-mate Michael Matthews was the wrong wheel to surf on Stage 10 bunch sprint final in Albi.

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Jack Haig’s Tour de France Diary: Eating routines and rest days

Ten days in and I’m starting to get tired. This first block before the first rest day has been quite tough. We haven’t had many crazy-hard days, but every day has been quite long. The one day that stands out is stage 8 — that day scared me a little. As a climber I was … The post Jack Haig’s Tour de France Diary: Eating routines and rest days appeared first on CyclingTips .

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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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