Tour de France Stage 12: Simon Yates wins from the break

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Mitchelton-Scott rider wins three-up sprint to complete set of victories at all Grand Tours

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The ecstasy of a dream fulfilled: Caleb Ewan’s first Tour stage win in photos

As CyclingTips’ Iain Treloar wrote from Toulouse on Wednesday, there was a feeling of inevitability about Caleb Ewan’s maiden Tour de France stage win. He’d gone third, third, second and third in the four previous bunch sprints at this year’s race, and his second place was agonisingly close — mere centimetres separated his front tyre … The post The ecstasy of a dream fulfilled: Caleb Ewan’s first Tour stage win in photos appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Ewan: This shouldn't have been my first Tour de France

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

The wait is over. Twelve months ago, Caleb Ewan watched the sprints of the Tour de France from his couch, mulling over his omission from Mitchelton-Scott's selection for the race. The Australian's entire season had been built around La Grande Boucle , but he found himself unceremoniously deemed surplus to requirements a little over a week before the race. Officially, at least, Ewan was left out because Mitchelton-Scott wanted to focus on the general classification ambitions of Adam Yates, but it seems likely that his impending transfer to Lotto Soudal for the 2019 campaign had weighed just as heavily on the decision. Even before he turned professional in 2015, Ewan had been touted as a Tour de France-calibre sprinter, but he had to bide his time patiently to fulfil that potential as the GreenEdge set-up steadily shifted its priorities towards the general classification at Grand Tours. Ewan won sprints at ...

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Centimetres apart, years in the making: Caleb Ewan’s first Tour win

TOULOUSE, France (CT) – For a victory so tight, there was a sense of inevitability about Caleb Ewan’s first Tour de France win. In a career to this point defined by promise, consistency, and sometimes thwarted ambition, a throw past Dylan Groenewegen in Toulouse closed a chapter of Ewan’s career, and opened another. The question … The post Centimetres apart, years in the making: Caleb Ewan’s first Tour win appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Tour de France: Ewan wins stage 11

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

Caleb Ewan ( Lotto Soudal ) won his maiden Tour de France stage on stage 11 in Toulouse. The Australian had to do it the hard way after one of his lead-out men crashed in the closing stage but despite remaining isolated in the sprint Ewan came around Dylan Groenewegen (Jumbo-Visma) to take the biggest win of his career. Elia Viviani (Deceuninck-QuickStep) finished third, with green jersey leader Peter Sagan (Bora-hansgrohe) in fourth. After four top-three finishes in this year's Tour de France, Ewan finally had his just reward and picked up Lotto Soudal's second stage win of the race after Thomas de Gendt's win in Saint Etienne. "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 ...

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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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Drapac Cycling to close its doors after 16 years

Supported by Drapac Cycling has announced that it will cease operations at the end of 2019. Team founder, owner and financer, Michael Drapac, created the team in 2004 as a holistic development program for young athletes, with a focus on education and careers beyond bike racing. Since then, Drapac-backed teams have raced at all levels of the … The post Drapac Cycling to close its doors after 16 years appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Van Vleuten brings winning edge back to La Course

Annemiek van Vleuten (Mitchelton-Scott) in the maglia rosa at the Giro Rosa

Annemiek van Vleuten ( Mitchelton-Scott ) will line up as the defending champion at La Course by Le Tour de France on Friday in Pau, less than a week after celebrating her second consecutive victory at the Giro Rosa last Sunday. "I felt super good during the Giro, and I'm super happy to be able to race La Course again, to be able to use my legs again," Van Vleuten said in a statement released by her team. Van Vleuten is the two-time defending champion of La Course. The first of two stages in 2017 ended atop the Col d'Izoard, and the second stage ended in Marseille, where Van Vleuten won both stages and the overall title. Last year, she won a thrilling one-day battle all the way to the finish line against current world champion Anna van der Breggen (Boels Dolmans) in Le Grande-Bornand. "I still get goosebumps if ...

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Matteo Trentin’s custom Scott Addict RC for the 2019 Tour de France

Matteo Trentin's 2020 Scott Addict RC pro bike for 2019 tour de france

Addict RC gets custom finish to commemorate Italian's 2018 European Championships win

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Adam Yates on right side of peloton-split during spectacular Tour de France stage

Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott)

Adam Yates ( Mitchelton-Scott ) was one of the GC-contender winners at the Tour de France on Monday when the formation of echelons on a windy stage 10 saw the state of affairs change dramatically, with a number of other contenders losing more than a minute-and-a-half. Yates was pleased to have teammate Matteo Trentin for company when the dramatic split in the peloton happened with 30km to go of the 217km stage between Saint-Flour and Albi. The Italian then sprinted to eighth place on the stage, while Yates – in the company of riders such as Nairo Quintana (Movistar), Romain Bardet (AG2R La Mondiale) and Team Ineos duo Geraint Thomas and Egan Bernal – gained 1:40 over a number of GC rivals, including Richie Porte (Trek-Segafredo), Astana's Jakob Fuglsang and Rigoberto Uran (EF Education First). "What can you say? It was pretty chilled out in the beginning, then all of ...

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Tour de France: Fuglsang falls out of top 10 overall after race splits apart

Jakob Fuglsang (Astana)

Tour de France hopeful Jakob Fuglsang 's chances took a considerable blow when the Astana leader found himself on the wrong side of a split in the peloton in the closing stages of Monday's 10th stage from Saint-Flour to Albi. The Dane was far from the only GC hopeful to lose time, as Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ), Richie Porte (Trek-Segafredo) and EF Education First's Rigoberto Uran also all dropped 1:40 to the likes of Geraint Thomas, Egan Bernal (both Team Ineos), Romain Bardet (AG2R La Mondiale) and Mitchelton-Scott's Adam Yates. Up front, Team Ineos turned the screw to the advantage of their two leaders, Bernal and defending Tour champion Thomas, putting the ball firmly in the British team's court going into the first rest day on Tuesday. Hard work in the second main group by Fuglsang's Astana teammate Alexey Lutsenko at first helped bring the gap down to just 14 seconds ...

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Tour de France: Porte and Ciccone lose time in crosswinds

Trek-Segafredo's Richie Porte drives the chase during stage 10 at the Tour de France

Richie Porte and Trek-Segafredo suffered through a tough day in the crosswinds Monday during stage 10 at the Tour de France , just missing out on the lead group when the race blew into echelons with 30km to go and losing time to many of the top general classification favourites. Porte finished the stage in a group that came in 1:40 down on winner Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma), who won a reduced sprint from a group that included Team Ineos' Geraint Thomas and Egan Bernal, Jumbo-Visma's Steven Kruijswijk, Deceuninck-QuickStep's Enric Mas, AG2R La Mondiale's Romain Bardet, Movistar's Nairo Quintana, Mitchelton-Scott's Adam Yates and Arkea-Samsic's Warren Barguil. Former yellow jersey Giulio Ciccone lost even more time, finishing 2:09 behind Van Aert and slipping from second overall to 10th, ceding his white jersey of the best young rider to Bernal. "We knew it was coming, but when they put it in the ...

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Ill-fated echelons: How EF-Education First missed the move it started

EF Education First started the fight, they just didn’t finish it. On a day that could easily have been a mellow transition into the first rest day, Mother Nature had other ideas. A series of crosswind-induced splits saw EF’s leader Rigoberto Uran lose 1:40 to the Ineos duo of Geraint Thomas and Egan Bernal, as … The post Ill-fated echelons: How EF-Education First missed the move it started appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Porte, Fuglsang, and Pinot among stars caught out in Tour’s windy 10th stage

Supported by Several big GC names were caught out in a wind-blown stage 10 at the Tour de France. Forced to chase after a split in the bunch, Richie Porte (Trek-Segafredo), Jakob Fuglsang (Astana), Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ), and Rigoberto Urán (EF Education First) all finished 1:40 down on the day, while Mikel Landa (Movistar) crossed the line … The post Porte, Fuglsang, and Pinot among stars caught out in Tour’s windy 10th stage 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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Tour de France 2019: Wout van Aert sprints to victory on Stage 10 as key GC riders lose time

Tour de France 2019: Wout van Aert sprints to victory on Stage 10 as key 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 . A cyclocross rider beating the best sprinters in the world should really have been the day's biggest news, the main story was happening behind where many riders saw their hopes of overall victory 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 ...

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Mitchelton-Scott and van Vleuten make it two in a row at Giro Rosa

Mitchelton-Scott and van Vleuten make it two in a row at Giro Rosa

Annemiek van Vleuten (Mitchelton-Scott) dominated the Giro Rosa, converting a queen stage victory into a massive general classification advantage and going on to win the only women's Grand Tour by three minutes and 45 seconds.

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Giro Rosa 2019: Dominant Annemiek van Vleuten retains title

Giro Rosa 2019: Dominant Annemiek van Vleuten retains title

George Smith 15 Jul 2019 Dutchwoman makes it two wins from two years in women’s most prestigious stage race After 10 gruelling stages across Northern Italy, Annemiek van Vleuten ( Mitchelton-Scott ) became the first back-to-back winner of the Giro Rosa since 2012, adding the mountains jersey to her palmaires while retaining the race’s overall and points classifications that she won in 2018. Two-time winner Anna van der Breggen (Boels-Dolmans) came second while Amanda Spratt (Mitchelton-Scott) battled hard to join her teammate on the podium in third. Juliette Labous ( Team Sunweb ) came in 11th, 9 minutes 51 seconds down on the winner to claim the young rider’s classification. Former runner up Elisa Longo Borghini ( Trek-Segafredo ) took the fifth and final blue jersey as best Italian rider. The race opened in the north-west of Italy with an 18km team time-trial which was won comfortably by Canyon-Sram ahead ...

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Impey: 'This win tops my career'

Impey: 'This win tops my career'

Mitchelton-Scott's Daryl Impey becomes only second South African to win a stage at the Tour de France after Robbie Hunter first did so over a decade ago.

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Tour de France: Benoot not satisfied with 'most aggressive rider' award after second place

Lotto Soudal's Tiesj Benoot finished second on stage 9 of the 2019 Tour de France, and was handed th

Lotto Soudal were unable to take a second stage win in a row on stage 9 of the Tour de France on Sunday, when Tiesj Benoot was left frustrated to finish as runner-up to Mitchelton-Scott's Daryl Impey. Benoot's teammate Thomas De Gendt had won the previous day's stage into Saint-Etienne. On the way back out of the Massif Central city, the 'most aggressive rider' award given to Benoot on the podium that evening in Brioude – while eliciting a smile and a salute to the crowd – was of little consolation to him. "I targeted the victory today, and didn't ride this stage to win the most aggressive rider award, obviously," he said on his team's website. "To finish second from such a strong breakaway is already huge, but when you're in such a position, you want to win, of course." Benoot and Impey jettisoned Sunweb's Nicolas Roche from the ...

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