Terpstra crashes out of Tour de France

Terpstra crashes out of Tour de France

Cobbled-classics champion Niki Terpstra's woes continue this season as Dutchman fractures scapula in Stage 11 crash.

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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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Caleb Ewans sprints to his first Tour de France win - Video

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

Lotto Soudal 's 'pocket rocket' Caleb Ewan sprinted to his first-ever stage win at the Tour de France Wednesday, out-kicking stage 7 winner Dylan Groenewegen (Jumbo-Visma) in a photo finish at the line in Toulouse for the stage 11 victory . Deceuninck-QuickStep's Elia Viviani was third, followed by Bora-Hansgrohe's Peter Sagan. Ewan was the 11th stage winner in the first 11 stages of the 2019 race. The overall battle remained unaffected after stage 11, with Frenchman Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep) maintaining his 1:12 lead over defending champion Geraint Thomas and 1:16 over Egan Bernal, both of Team Ineos. Niki Terpstra (Total Direct Energie) crashed during the stage and was forced to abandon with a broken clavicle from a day marred by multiple crashes. Ewan himself was caught behind a crash in the closing kilometres and had to fight back with the help of teammate Roger Kluge to contest the win. You ...

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Terpstra out of Tour de France with fractured scapula

Total Direct Energie's Niki Terpstra

Niki Terpstra ( Total Direct Energie ) was forced to abandon the Tour de France Wednesday after fracturing his scapula in a crash with 30km to go during stage 11. The Dutch rider took a while getting up from a massive crash that also took down Sebastian Langeveld (EF Education First) and others. Terpstra's Total Direct Energie squad said that he suffered a double fracture to the scapula and tendon damage in the fall. "I fell on my head and shoulder," Terpstra said. "Honestly I didn't even know I was lying on the asphalt. I was a bit dizzy, but my shoulder hurt especially badly." Terpstra has had a difficult season since leaving Quickstep for Total Direct Energie. After a promising start with podium placings at Le Samyn and Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne, Terpstra crashed at the Tour of Flanders, where he was defending his title, and suffered a concussion that kept him ...

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Richie Porte: “I hit my head pretty hard”

Supported by TOULOUSE, France (CT) — Richie Porte will be checked for a concussion, his team confirmed Wednesday, following a high-speed crash some 30 kilometers from the finish of Wednesday’s stage that also took out the majority of his Trek-Segafredo team. “I hit my head pretty hard, so I guess we’ll see how that is,” Porte told … The post Richie Porte: “I hit my head pretty hard” appeared first on CyclingTips .

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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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Tour de France power play: How many watts did it take for Thomas De Gendt to take that epic solo win?

Joe Robinson 15 Jul 2019 A snapshot of the big numbers produced by the Belgian breakaway king en route to Stage 8 victory Stage 8 of the Tour de France will go down as one for the ages. Not only because Gallic duo Julian Alaphilippe and Thibaut Pinot shot French cycling into life with a swashbuckling attack 12km from the finish but thanks to Thomas de Gendt producing a masterclass in how to win from a breakaway. The Belgian breakaway connoisseur was the first rider to attack on the stage, carving out a gap with fellow break regulars Ben King ( Dimension Data ), Niki Terpstra (Total Direct Energie) and Alessandro De Marchi ( CCC Team ). Throughout the day, he systematically whittled away his rivals, first dropping Terpstra and King before then popping De Marchi less than 15km from the finish. While Alaphilippe and Pinot did their best to ...

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Tour de France: De Gendt goes guts to glory in Saint-Etienne

Thomas De Gendt (Lotto Soudal)

Through seven stages of the Tour de France , Lotto Soudal had been one of the most active teams in the race. Up to the start of stage 8 in Mâcon, five days in the polka dot jersey for Tim Wellens and three podium places for sprinter Caleb Ewan was the sum of their efforts. It's more than most teams have achieved, but in Saint-Étienne it was Thomas De Gendt who delivered what the team were aiming for – a stage victory. Attacking from the gun, the Belgian was joined by three other breakaway specialists on the tough 200-kilometre stage through the Massif Central. One-by-one, Ben King (Dimension Data), Niki Terpstra (Total Direct Énergie) and Alessandro De Marchi (CCC Team) dropped away, leaving De Gendt, who led over all seven categorised climbs, to hold off late attackers Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep) and Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) and take the fourth Grand Tour ...

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The secrets to a Thomas De Gendt breakaway

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Supported by Follow these four easy steps and you'll be winning Tour de France stages solo in no time. The post The secrets to a Thomas De Gendt breakaway appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Tour de France 2019: Thomas De Gendt goes long to win Stage 8 while the French take time on GC

Tour de France 2019: Thomas De Gendt goes long to win Stage 8 while the French take time on GC

Jack Elton-Walters 13 Jul 2019 Thomas De Gendt won the stage but Thibaut Pinot arguably had the best day on Stage 8 of the 2019 Tour de France Thomas De Gendt ( Lotto-Soudal ) won Stage 8 of the 2019 Tour de France after getting away in the day's breakaway and then going solo late in the stage. Despite the power of the chase, the Belgian maintained enough of a time advantage to cross the line first. Finishing not long after the day's winner were Thibaut Pinot ( Groupama-FDJ ) and Julian Alaphilippe ( Deceuninck-QuickStep ) who had got clear of the group of favourites; Pinot looking to take time and Alaphilippe aiming to recover the yellow jersey - both objectives were achieved. Despite a crash and bike change, Geraint Thomas (Team Ineos) minimised his time loss. See related Tour de France 2019: Route maps, riders, live TV guide and ...

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Preview: What you need to know about the 2019 Tour de France

It’s time for the biggest race of them all: Le Tour de France. Ahead of the Grand Depart this Saturday, get yourself up to speed on the riders to watch, the stages to watch, and more. This is CyclingTips’ preview of the 2019 Tour de France. The route After two days in the Belgian capital … The post Preview: What you need to know about the 2019 Tour de France appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Tour de France teams: Total Direct Energie

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Niki Terpstra and Niccolò Bonifazio will chase stage wins at this year's Tour Read the full article at Tour de France teams: Total Direct Energie on VeloNews.com .

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The weekly spin: Putting Chris Froome crash conspiracy theories into context

Chris Froome’s accident was staged. The details surrounding his treatment in the hours that followed his crash at the Critérium du Dauphiné don’t add up. No photos or videos exist from the moments following the crash. The fact that an ambulance was parked so close to the crash site is a little too convenient. The … The post The weekly spin: Putting Chris Froome crash conspiracy theories into context appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Terpstra's return from injury points to Tour de France participation

Niki Terpstra (Direct Energie) racing at Le Samyn

Third place at the Circuit de Wallonie one-day race in Belgium on Thursday was just what the doctor ordered for Team Total Direct Energie 's Niki Terpstra . The Dutchman – winner of the 2018 Tour of Flanders and the 2014 Paris-Roubaix – crashed while attempting to defend his Flanders title in early April, suffering severe concussion. Terpstra was apparently unconscious for 10 minutes after the crash , and spent a number of days in Oudenaarde hospital before heading home. He was back on his bike on April 19, and gradually built up his training hours, allowing him to return to competition in mid-May at the Four Days of Dunkirk, where he finished 42nd overall. Terpstra then finished 86th at the one-day Grote Prijs Marcel Kint on May 26 before starting the Circuit de Wallonie on Thursday. The Total Direct Energie leader – who joined the squad from Quick-Step for ...

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Dutch national championships could relocate to Austria in search of mountains

Dutch national championships could relocate to Austria in search of mountains

Joe Robinson 29 May 2019 Idea being considered in order to attract top cyclists such as Tom Dumoulin The Netherlands is as flat as the atmosphere at the annual general meeting of traffic wardens. It is the third flattest country on Earth, beaten only by the Maldives and Qatar. The entire nation averages only 30m above sea level while its highest point is Vaalserberg which sits at a mere 322m. Not only does this mean that those dropping a grudge are restricted to metaphorically taking the high ground rather than literally taking it, it also means that racing in the Netherlands tends to be quite flat. With a lack of beastly climbs, the Dutch have to rely on the low, rolling hills of the Limburg region and the howling winds of the North Sea to make any sort of professional racing worth watching. And it's no different when the annual ...

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How to watch the Giro d’Italia 2019 live

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Lefevere hoping to hold on to Alaphilippe at Deceuninck-QuickStep

Julian Alaphilippe in Liège

Deceuninck-QuickStep team boss Patrick Lefevere says that he hopes he can hold on to star rider Julian Alaphilippe when the Frenchman's contract with the Belgian WorldTour team comes to an end after this season. Lefevere told the Belgian press that the pair have already talked, and that the feeling's mutual that both parties would like to continue to work together, although apparently "not at all costs". "Julian knows what he means to us, and we also know what we mean to him," Lefevere said on Belgian newspaper Het Nieuwsblad 's website, nieuwsblad.be . "But there's a difference between upgrading a contract by tens of thousands of euros versus hundreds of thousands." Over the years, Lefevere has regularly let his star riders leave for new teams if his team's budget won't stretch to a more expensive new contract. Rather than spend most of his money on one rider – as other ...

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