Tour de France: Stage 9 finish line quotes

Daryl Impey (Mitchelton-Scott) wins stage 9

Daryl Impey (Mitchelton-Scott) - stage winner It's pretty much for me, from the Tour de France perspective, it's something that I was really missing. It's the seventh time I'm riding the Tour de France and have been in a number of breakaways, to finally nail it today - it's a dream come true. I really don't have any words. It was a stage I'd kind of marked for a breakaway. Yesterday, also obviously, but unfortunately the break went away straightaway. Today we were pretty active - Luke and them were active in the start. I just kind of found the lucky move. I didn't have to do too much to get in there. We all worked really well together. I just believed in myself. Played it quite smart there in the end, I think. I knew I had to get to Tiesj [Benoot] and them on the final climb. I've ...

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Tour de France 2019: Dylan Groenewegen wins Stage 7 sprint ahead of Ewan and Sagan

Tour de France 2019: Dylan Groenewegen wins Stage 7 sprint ahead of Ewan and Sagan

George Smith 12 Jul 2019 The Dutchman makes it three wins for Jumbo-Visma after opening up his sprint first to surge ahead of rivals Dylan Groenewegen (Jumbo-Visma) won Stage 7 of the 2019 Tour de France thanks to a strong sprint that meant his rivals could not get on terms before the finish line. Caleb Ewan (Lotto-Soudal) - with a skipped rear wheel - crossed the line for second with Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) and his green jersey crossing for third. After yesterday’s first proper General Classification test in the mountains the Tour returned to flatter ground for Stage 7, with the sprinters looking for a chance to shine. The longest stage of this year’s edition at 230km, today’s ride saw each team make their way from Belfort to Chalon-sur-Saône. Belfort was last seen in the Tour back in 2012, again as a departure place, when a young Thibaut Pinot went ...

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

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Alaphilippe continues to lead UCI World Rankings after Dauphine and Suisse

Julian Alaphilippe and Gregor Muhlberger fight for victory during stage 6 at the Criterium du Dauphi

Julian Alaphilippe ( Deceuninck-QuickStep ) continues to lead the UCI's 'World Rankings' on the strength of his 10 wins so far this season, most recently taking stage 6 at the Criterium du Dauphine in a thrilling two-up sprint with Gregor Mühlberger (Bora-Hansgrohe) after spending 216km in the day's breakaway. Dauphine overall winner Jakob Fuglsang (Astana) wasn't able to hold off the charge by Primož Roglič (Jumbo-Visma), however, as the Slovenian's podium finish at the Giro d'Italia pushed him past the Dane into second on the World rankings. Fuglsang slipped to third ahead of Alejandro Valverde (Movistar), Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ), Greg Van Avermaet (CCC Team) and Pascal Ackermann (Bora-Hansgrohe), all of whom maintained their ranking positions. Alexander Kristoff (UAE team Emirates), jumped up three places to eighth, followed by Michael Matthews (Team Sunweb)n in ninth and Oliver Naesen (Lotto Soudal) rounding out the top 10. Benefitting from 41 wins so far ...

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Lambrecht hunting stage success at the Criterium du Dauphine

Bjorg Lambrecht (Lotto Soudal) was part of the breakaway at the opening stage of Criterium du Dauphi

At the opening stage of the 2019 Critérium du Dauphiné , Bjorg Lambrecht ( Lotto Soudal ) attacked the main general classification group on the final ascent of Cote de Roquenatou, bridging across to the remaining duo of the day's breakaway, Magnus Cort (Astana) and compatriot Oliver Naesen (AG2R La Mondiale). The three riders worked well together on the descent and rolling run-in to Jussac, before being caught in the final kilometre, where Edvald Boasson Hagen took a fifth career stage win at the race. Lotto Soudal announced on Thursday that the WorldTour team had extended the contract of 22-year-old Belgian for another two seasons and with top-ten finishes at Brabantse Pijl, Amstel Gold Race and Flèche Wallonne, Lambrecht continues to show his pedigree. "In the beginning, I wasn't feeling really good," Lambrecht told Cyclingnews as he warmed down on a turbo trainer outside his team bus. "In the final, ...

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Criterium du Dauphine: Bardet leads AG2R into clash with Froome and Quintana

Romain Bardet attacks

Romain Bardet will lead an AG2R La Mondiale team based around his GC ambitions at the Critérium du Dauphiné . Bardet has finished on the podium at the eight-day race twice during his career and won a stage in 2015. The Critérium du Dauphiné has attracted a world class field this year with three-time winner Chris Froome leading Team Ineos, and Richie Porte (Trek Segagredo), Jakob Fuglsang (Astana) Thibaut Pinot (FDJ) and Nairo Quintana (Movistar) set to compete. "The Critérium du Dauphiné is an important time in our season, and we are approaching it, of course, with ambitions," Vincent Lavenu confirmed in press release issued by his team. "The whole team feels very attached to this race; it's linked to our culture, our history, its place in the history and legends of cycling, as well as our own results here. "We are still three weeks away from the Tour de ...

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Bardet begins training block in lead-up to Tour de France

Romain Bardet heads to the start

Romain Bardet 's road to the Tour de France begins this week, with the French public's big hope for La Grande Boucle set to do a reconnaissance of the Tour's key Pyrenean mountain stages, followed by his annual training camp in Spain's Sierra Nevada mountains with a number of his AG2R La Mondiale teammates next week. According to L'Equipe , Bardet spent an entire week off the bike following Liège-Bastogne-Liège, which signalled the end of his spring campaign, but then returned to training this week, which included scouting out the last 30 kilometres of stage 9 of this year's Tour, which finishes in his hometown of Brioude in the Haute-Loire, south of Clermont-Ferrand. Keeping with the family theme, Bardet was then headed to recon some of this year's Tour stages in the Pyrenees with his father, before moving on to the Sierra Nevada mountains in southern Spain for a high-altitude ...

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Alberto Contador proves he's still got it at Mallorca 312

Joe Robinson 2 May 2019 The Spaniard average 33.6kmh for the day and took a big KOM en route too Alberto Contador proved he is not getting slow in retirement setting an extremely respectable 9 hour 15 minute time at the Mallorca 312 sportive . The 36-year-old retired at the end of the 2017 season but has yet to fully give up on riding almost as well as he did during his career. Taking on the Mallorcan sportive, the former Tinkoff and Astana rider officially finished 73rd on the day in a time of 10 hours and 14 minutes although his Strava file tells of a much faster ride. To cover the mammoth 312km in just over nine hours, the seven-time Grand Tour winner's Strava post shows he averaged a solid 33.6kmh despite the 4,968m of elevation. The Spaniard also topped out at 83.9kmh on the descent of the Puig ...

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The weekly spin: Rating the winners and losers of the 2019 spring classics

It was late in the race, and Julian Alaphilippe, the most successful rider of the spring classics, knew he would not be defending his team’s title at Liège-Bastogne-Liège. Though his Deceuninck–Quick-Step teammates had spent the day keeping him sheltered from the wind and setting pace at the front of the peloton, the inclement weather had adversely … The post The weekly spin: Rating the winners and losers of the 2019 spring classics appeared first on CyclingTips .

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2019 Fleche Wallonne highlights - Video

Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep) triumphs atop Mur de Huy for the second year in a row.

For the second consecutive year, Julian Alaphilippe is king of the Mur de Huy, with the Deceuninck-Quickstep rider overhauling a promising surge by Jakob Fuglsang (Astana) in the closing metres to win La Flèche Wallonne. Alaphilippe has now won three major one-day races this season: Strade Bianche, also over Fuglsang, and Milan-San Remo ahead of Oliver Naesen (AG2R La Mondiale). It seems that only young Mathieu van der Poel (Corendon-Circus) has Alaphilippe's number when it comes to short, uphill finales, with the Dutch champion the only rider to best Alaphilippe in the Amstel Gold Race and in de Brabantse Pijl. One cannot help but notice the effort of Diego Ulissi (UAE Team Emirates), who climbed to third on the Mur de Huy, or that of Bjorn Lambrecht (Lotto Soudal), who made a career-best fourth on Wednesday after a sixth in Amstel and fifth in Brabantse Pijl. You can read more ...

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Bardet bounces back with top-10 Amstel Gold finish

Romain Bardet (AG2R La Mondiale)

Romain Bardet continued his AG2R La Mondiale team's run of decent spring Classics finishes with ninth place at Amstel Gold on Sunday. The Frenchman only recently returned to racing having crashed out of the Volta Ciclista a Catalunya in late March, and must now be considered one of the favourites for Wednesday's Flèche Wallonne and Liège-Bastogne-Liège next weekend. Oliver Naesen has principally flown the flag for the French WorldTour team this spring, with second place at Milan-San Remo , third at Gent-Wevelgem and – in the Belgian's eyes, at least – a slightly disappointing seventh place at the Tour of Flanders and 13th at Paris-Roubaix. Naesen also took 28th at Amstel, which is a race that Bardet had said didn’t particularly suit him, either, and which he hadn't raced since 2014, when he finished 33rd. He then promptly rode to his top-10 finish there this weekend. "To tell the truth, ...

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In the velodrome: the final Power poll

It’s time to leave the cobbles behind and wrap things up with a final entry in our series of power polls of the cobbles season. People are always looking for narratives in the cycling season and for me the classics campaign, the cobbles bit in particular, is the most obvious example of a natural narrative there is. No one in ever Aigle sat down to set down rules and jerseys etc. for it, but the logic and progression from Omloop to Roubaix is undeniable and riveting to follow. For me even more so than a Grand Tour which has too many distractions and sideplots, plus it goes by too fast to really allow you to enjoy it to the full. Cobbles season is like following a good TV series with an episode every week and anticipation in between. Grand Tours is like binge watching the whole thing in one sleepless ...

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Christian Prudhomme: There are a dozen riders who can win Paris-Roubaix

Christian Prudhomme

Tour de France and Paris-Roubaix race director Christian Prudhomme says that he thinks that there are up to a dozen riders who have the ability to win Roubaix on Sunday, underlining that this weekend's 'Hell of the North' could be the most open race for some years. "There are a lot of favourites this year, and probably a dozen of riders who can actually win the race," Prudhomme told reporters on Saturday. "Among them is the Norwegian rider Alexander Kristoff [UAE Team Emirates], who's a former winner of Milan-San Remo, and has shown great form this year. "There's also title defender Peter Sagan [Bora-Hansgrohe], Greg Van Avermaet [CCC] and also Oliver Naesen [AG2R], who's great in the wind and on the pavé ," he said. "Then you also have those who've come from a cyclo-cross background, and among them, most notably, is Wout van Aert [Jumbo-Visma], who is a three-time ...

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Belgium still chasing first Classics victory of 2019

Oliver Naesen (AG2R La Mondiale)

On the eve of Paris-Roubaix , the often-spoiled Belgian fans are still awaiting the first Belgian victory of the spring Classics season. That's quite remarkable, seeing as how many riders are often regarded as favourites. There's Greg Van Avermaet ( CCC ), Deceuninck-QuickStep 's Philippe Gilbert and his teammate and current Belgian road race champion Yves Lampaert , among others. As the riders are part of international teams, they're not as focused on the nationality of the winners, but their fans on home soil will think differently about that. During the teams presentation for Paris-Roubaix on Saturday afternoon in Compiègne, France, several Belgian riders expressed their hopes of taking victory at 'The Hell of the North'. Last year's Belgian road race champion Oliver Naesen was well aware of the expectation on him and his compatriots. "Sorry, Belgium, but it's not that easy, of course," he said. "I will try. I ...

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Hell’s Bells! The Paris-Roubaix Preview

The best race day of the season is upon us. I’m of course talking about the Hell on the Schelde [looks at calendar, then looks at assignment.] Oh, never mind, it looks like the best race day of the season is already behind us. So, I guess we’ll talk about Roubaix, instead. I don’t think I’d be exaggerating in calling Roubaix the most anticipated race day of the season. Sure, it might not have the prestige of the Tour de France or the beer-soaked reverence of Flanders, but what it does have is a penchant for bringing the pain to the peloton like no other race. Its currency is suffering, and we are the sadists that are buying. And the riders are the masochists that enjoy it. I don’t have to remind most of you about the interview that Theo de Rooij gave to John Tesh (who knows a thing ...

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Peloton prepares for dry and dusty Paris-Roubaix - Gallery

Nils Politt (Katusha-Alpecin) gives a bottle hand-up to a young fan

Riders were out in force Thursday on the roads of the 2019 Paris-Roubaix and in press conferences around Belgium. Dry weather is expected for Sunday's 117th running of the 'Hell of the North', and riders who were testing their legs on the cobbles Thursday enjoyed clear blue skies and comfortable temperatures for their reconnaissance. After placing his winner's plaque in the outdoor shower of the Roubaix velodrome, defending champion Peter Sagan was out with his Bora-Hansgrohe team, joining other favourites like Tiesj Benoot (Lotto Soudal), Andre Greipel (Area Samsic) and EF Education First with Sep Vanmarcke and Taylor Phinney. Nils Politt and Katusha-Alpecin shared a lap on the Roubaix velodrome with a group of local school-aged children, while Jumbo-Visma's Wout Van Aert pounded out some kilometres alone on the cobbles. Luke Rowe and Team Sky ventured onto the pavè for a day of training, as did Edvald Boasson Hagen and ...

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Preview: Your guide to the 2019 Paris-Roubaix

Paris-Roubaix. The Hell of the North. Arguably the biggest and most exciting one-day race of the year. The cobbles, the dust, the crashes, the legendary Roubaix velodrome — for the invested bike fan, Paris-Roubaix stands apart from all others. Ahead of Sunday’s 117th edition, we walk you through the Paris-Roubaix course, the cobbles, the contenders … The post Preview: Your guide to the 2019 Paris-Roubaix appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Gallery: The pain of the Tour of Flanders 2019

Joe Robinson 8 Apr 2019 A look back at De Ronde and how Alberto Bettiol took his surprise victory Alberto Bettiol had entered his sixth season as a professional yet to win a race. He'd been close with a second at the GP Plouay and third overall at the Tour of Poland in 2016 and even a fourth at E3-BinckBank just a week ago. Close but not close enough. That was until he raced the 2019 Tour of Flanders, the Education First's Italian Classics man's first victory as a professional . When the race hit the Oude Kwaremont for the final time of asking, the reduced peloton had been strung out by the tireless efforts of Bettiol's teammate Sep Vanmarcke. It was Bettiol's cut to go. With 18km left to run, he ramped up the pace on the cobbles of the Kwaremont riding the likes of Greg van Avermaet and ...

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Analysis: EF impeccable in Flanders, rival teams come up short

Supported by Considering how Deceuninck-Quick-Step has bossed the Classics so far this year with team-wide brilliance, it was hardly a surprise to see a team putting on a tactics masterclass en route to the victory at the 103rd Ronde van Vlaanderen on Sunday. It was a bit of a surprise that that triumphant team was not Quick-Step, … The post Analysis: EF impeccable in Flanders, rival teams come up short appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Tour of Flanders: Naesen pushes through sickness to take seventh place

Tour of Flanders - Oliver Naesen of Belgium and Team Ag2R La Mondiale on the Paterberg

AG2R La Mondiale 's Oliver Naesen defied illness to take seventh place at the Tour of Flanders on Sunday, saying that he was happy enough with his performance given the circumstances. "I wasn't at my best. I really felt the effects of the antibiotics, and I still felt it in the lungs, for sure. I really raced on mental strength," Naesen told reporters at the finish in Oudenaarde, Belgium. "On paper, it was my best result at Flanders, but I would already have been on the podium if I hadn't have crashed on the Kwaremont in 2017. On paper it's my best result, but it wasn't my best race," he said. A healthy Naesen may well have been in better contention for the Ronde title, but he was nevertheless among the favourites in the group that was led home by 2015 winner Alexander Kristoff (UAE Team Emirates), with none of ...

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