Tour de France: Quintana and Porte emerge without losses from late crash

Nairo Quintana (Movistar) at the start of stage 11

Nairo Quintana 's right elbow was bloodied, but his broad smile told its own story as he climbed back onto his bike to warm down after stage 11 of the Tour de France in Toulouse. A knot of television and radio journalists from his native Colombia had followed him from the finish line to the Movistar team bus not far from the Canal de Brienne, and as a cameraman zoomed in on his wounded elbow, Quintana jokingly called out an admonishment. "Don't make too big a deal out of it," Quintana laughed. "They'll only get worried back home." It could have been a whole lot worse. Quintana was among the fallers in the crash that ended Niki Terpstra's Tour with a little under 30 kilometres to go, but he remounted quickly and gave chase. Quintana and Movistar found a useful ally of circumstance in Richie Porte (Trek-Segafredo), and they regained ...

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Tour de France: Ewan pips Groenewegen in photo finish on Stage 11

Tour de France: Ewan pips Groenewegen in photo finish on Stage 11

Joe Robinson 17 Jul 2019 Australian sprinter takes close call against Gronewegen into Toulouse Caleb Ewan produced an electrifying sprint into to Toulouse to beat Dylan Groenewegen in a photo finish and take the first Tour de France stage win of his career. The Australian held his nerve sitting in the wheel of Groenewegen before pipping the Dutchman into second on the line. Elia Viviani managed to roll in third but never really figured in the fight for the stage that was one through the sheer will and power of Ewan, who was visibly ecstatic at the finish. It was an impressive victory for the 24-year-old who was left to chase back onto the front of the race in the final 8km after being caught out in a minor crash and ride to the finish without a lead-out. As for the race lead, Julian Alaphilippe surfed the wheels into the ...

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Quintana set for three-year deal at Arkea-Samsic

Nairo Quintana (Movistar) on stage 7 of the 2019 Tour de France

Nairo Quintana ’s time at Movistar will end this year with a three-year deal at Arkéa-Samsic on the table for 2020. Cyclingnews has learned that negotiations between the Colombian and his current team ended in failure and that Arkéa-Samsic first sat down with the rider to begin talks on a deal after Paris-Nice. There, Arkéa management and Quintana met in Monaco and the team laid out their vision for Quintana’s future. The deal has not yet been ratified, and transfers can only be made official after the UCI’s transfer window open on August 1. However Cyclingnews understands that the deal is near completion with elements surrounding Quintana’s eventual finishing place in this year’s Tour the only outstanding topic to be completed. Quintana has been with Movistar since his WorldTour debut in 2012 but has grown increasingly frustrated at the team in recent years. He has not won a Grand Tour ...

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Top four mountain bike jumps in Tour de France history

On stage 10 of the 2019 Tour de France, in what is becoming something of a tradition, a mountain biker jumped over the peloton. Some people think this stunt is an accident waiting to happen, that it’s highly irresponsible. Others think it’s inspirational. Some simply think it animates the Tour. For many mountain bikers these … The post Top four mountain bike jumps in Tour de France history 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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Landa needs 'to process' his Tour de France after major loss on stage 10

Mikel Landa (Movistar) at the Tour de France

A pessimistic-sounding Mikel Landa ( Movistar ) insisted he "needed some time to process" his Tour de France bid on Tuesday after his crash on stage 10 to Albi all but cost the Basque rider his chances of fighting for the general classification this year. Landa crashed whilst well positioned during the fraught final hour of echelons after Warren Barguil (Arkéa-Samsic) accidentally caused him to fall . As a result of his time loss, Landa has plummeted to 21st overall at 4:15. Speaking during the Movistar press conference on Tuesday, his teammate Nairo Quintana, in contrast, sounded markedly more upbeat as he remains firmly in contention. The Colombian is in eighth place overall, 2:14 back. On the plus side, Landa said that he had suffered only slight injuries in the crash. But it was scant comfort. In this year's Tour, Landa is faced with an overly familiar goal of having ...

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Tour de France: Dan Martin looks to the mountains after getting through hectic stage 10

Dan Martin finishes stage 7 at the Tour de France

UAE Team Emirates ' general classification contender Daniel Martin safely finished in the front group at the Tour de France on stage 10 on Monday, which was a tough day at the office for a number of his rivals as echelons formed by the strong winds split the race apart. Trek-Segafredo's Richie Porte, Astana's Jakob Fuglsang and 2017 Tour runner-up Rigoberto Urán all lost 1:40 – and serious dents to their GC chances – to Martin's group, which also included Team Ineos duo Egan Bernal and Geraint Thomas, Nairo Quintana of Movistar and AG2R La Mondiale's Romain Bardet. "Even from the first kilometre, it was stressful," Martin said on his team's website of the 217km stage from Saint-Flour to Albi. "Everybody knew with the wind was dangerous, and when you have over 200km when it can happen at any moment, you always need a bit of good luck to be ...

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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: 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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Tour de France: EF Education First pay the price in crosswinds

EF Education First ride near the front during stage 10 at the Tour de France

The Tour de France lasts three weeks, but in an instant the race can turn upside down. As European riders like to say: one minute you're the hammer, the next you're the nail, taking the beating. The EF Education First team were both in the final 40km of stage 10 to Albi. They went on the attack with 43km to go, sparking a split in the peloton, only to then get caught out and distanced in the chaos when Team Ineos and Deceuninck-QuickStep joined in the attack. EF Education First team leader Rigoberto Urán and several teammates went from the front group to the second group and never saw the head of the race again as the Tour de France became more like Gent-Wevelgem than a transfer stage south towards the Pyrenees for the first rest day. Urán was with fellow overall contenders Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ), Richie Porte (Trek-Segafredo) and ...

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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: Thomas and Bernal all smiles after show of force in echelons

Team Ineos drive the pace in the crosswinds during stage 10 at the Tour de France

Geraint Thomas ' smile as he arrived at the Team Ineos bus said it all. His teammates had again used their strength to force a split in the crosswinds, drove hard all the way to finish, and so gained significant time on many of their overall rivals during stage 10 at the Tour de France . "That wasn't bad, was it?" Thomas said to a fan as he climbed onto his bike on the rollers in the shade of his team bus to warm down after the stage Albi. Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ), Richie Porte (Trek-Segafredo), Rigoberto Uran (EF Education First) and Jakob Fuglsang (Astana) all lost 1:40 to Thomas, teammate Egan Bernal, Nairo Quintana (Movistar), Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep) and a select group of 28 riders. Alaphilippe now heads into the first rest day with a 1:12 lead over Thomas, with Bernal four seconds further adrift. Pinot dropped from third overall ...

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Tour de France: Barguil admits causing Mikel Landa's fall

Mikel Landa (Movistar)

Mikel Landa 's tumultuous relationship with Grand Tours showed no sign of ending on stage 10 of the Tour de France , as the Basque rider lost more than two minutes following a crash during the fraught finale of splits and all-out chases. As the echelons formed late on in the crosswinds, initially both Movistar and Team Ineos were more than satisfied, as the Spanish team, like the British, had all of their main men – Landa, Alejandro Valverde and Nairo Quintana – ahead. But then an untimely crash for Landa at 25 kilometres from the line, unintentionally caused by Warren Barguil (Arkea-Samsic) whilst in the front group, suddenly saw Landa spinning out of the back and into a group of spectators. After remounting he finally latched onto a third group with former race leader Giulio Ciccone (Trek-Segafredo). "It was a ‘shock'," Landa said in a statement released by his ...

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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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Tour de France: Wout van Aert wins stage 10

Wout van Aert wins stage 10 at the Tour de France

Wout van Aert ( Jumbo-Visma ) claimed his maiden individual Tour de France win on stage 10, and on a day of racing that saw the overall standings change after a number of contenders lost significant time in the crosswinds. Van Aert – making his Grand Tour debut – won ahead of Elia Viviani (Deceuninck-QuickStep) and Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal) in Albi, but the stage was dominated by the splits caused with 30km to go as Team Ineos and several allies tore the peloton apart during a section of crosswinds. The effort succeeded, with Thibaut Pinot (Groupama FDJ), Richie Porte (Trek-Segafredo), Rigoberto Uran (EF Education First) and Jakob Fuglsang (Astana) all conceding 1:40 on a group that contained Nairo Quintana, Julian Alaphilippe and the Team Ineos pair of Geraint Thomas and Egan Bernal. Alaphilippe heads into the first rest day with a 1:12 lead over Thomas, with Bernal four seconds ...

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Landa: Pinot is in excellent form at this Tour de France

Mikel Landa (Movistar)

Movistar co-leader Mikel Landa finished stage 8 of the Tour de France on Saturday full of praise for one of his biggest rivals – Groupama-FDJ's Thibaut Pinot – after the Frenchman slipped away from the group of GC contenders on the final climb of the day to Saint-Etienne with new overall race leader Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep). "Pinot has been doing great since the start of the race," Landa admitted on his team's website. "He's always been a rider to follow in Grand Tours, and seems to be in excellent condition here. He gained some time on all of us and will surely be a big contender. "But at the end of the day, there are still so many favourites in the mix, and before we get to the tougher mountain stages in the Pyrenees, the group of candidates isn't likely to be reduced, and it will be harder to know ...

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Nibali out of GC contention after time loss on Tour’s eighth stage

Supported by Vincenzo Nibali’s Tour de France GC hopes were dashed for good on Saturday’s stage 8. The 2014 Tour champion finished 4:25 down on stage winner Thomas De Gendt (Lotto-Soudal), giving up just under three minutes to the main GC group after losing touch on an up-and-down parcours. “Now we will try to recover our energies … The post Nibali out of GC contention after time loss on Tour’s eighth stage appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Top 12 quotes from the first week of the Tour de France

Supported by It’s been a thrilling and unpredictable first week of the Tour de France. After seven of the 21 stages here’s a look back at who said what during the first week: “Tactics? Nerves, stress, risks — all these are more important than tactics in cycling.” — Nairo Quintana’s Movistar boss Eusebio Unzue waves his arms … The post Top 12 quotes from the first week of the Tour de France appeared first on CyclingTips .

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