Etape du Tour 2020 route announced | Sportive to start in Nice and tackle three climbs in Southern Alps

Peloton, 2019 Paris-Nice

The 2020 edition of the Tour de France sportive will take place on Sunday 5 July

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Route and date for L'Etape du Tour 2020 revealed

Route and date for L'Etape du Tour 2020 revealed

Joe Robinson 3 Oct 2019 Find out where next year's L'Etape du Tour will be taking place The route and date for the L'Etape du Tour 2020 have been released with it centring around the French Riviera city of Nice. The popular sportive that runs alongside the Tour de France will take place on Sunday 5th July and capitalise on the race's Grand Depart in Nice with a 177km loop starting and finishing in the city. The route will largely mirror Stage 2 of next year's Tour, departing the famous Promenade des Anglais, the route heads west along the coastline before turning north through the Gorges de la Mescla. After 55km, the sportive hits its first major climb, the 16.3km Col de la Colmaine at an average of 6.3%. After descending into La Bollene-Vesubie, riders will then get the chance to climb the Col de Turini. A beautiful climb with ...

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Quiz: Can you name every World Champion and podium since 1927?

Quiz: Can you name every World Champion and podium since 1927?

Joe Robinson 20 Sep 2019 With the World Championships about to start in Yorkshire, Cyclist wants to put your knowledge to the test It's Friday, the World Championships are just about to start in Yorkshire, so let's celebrate with a quiz. Everyone loves a cycling-related quiz, showing off that useless knowledge you've picked up from years of listening to Sherwin, Liggett and Kirby, absorbing like a sponge who came second on Stage 3 of Paris-Nice in 1992. But can you name the riders who made the podium of every elite men's road race World Championships since the inaugural race in 1927 hosted in Nurburgring? It's tough, actually, it's nearly impossible, especially when you start going back to the pre-Merckx days. We will be impressed if you manage to name 150 of the 255 riders. See related Yorkshire 2019 World Championships: Race timings, routes and all you need to know Join ...

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Belgium and the Netherlands bring stacked squads to World Championships

Belgium and the Netherlands bring stacked squads to World Championships

George Smith 10 Sep 2019 As more names are announced it’s hard to look past the two cycling giants Last week Mathieu van der Poel admitted that he will arrive in Yorkshire as one of the favourites to win the coveted rainbow jersey at the UCI Road World Championships , with the 284.5km route tipped to be dominated by Classics specialists . That will come as a challenge to not only his Dutch teammate Bauke Mollema, but also the rival Belgians, whose panoply of riding talent borders on being a hindrance rather than a benefit. Leading their charge will be Olympic champion and Paris-Roubaix winner Greg Van Avermaet and former World Champion and multiple Monument winner Philippe Gilbert ; though it may do the pair a disservice, their honours are too exhaustive to list here. Behind them, rising star and junior World Champion Remco Evenepoel may even fancy his chances ...

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Sam Bennett wins stage 3 at Vuelta a Espana – Video highlights

Sam Bennett (Bora-Hansgrohe)

Sam Bennett ( Bora-Hansgrohe ) took a career-first victory at the Vuelta a España on Monday, winning stage 3 in a bunch sprint from Edward Theuns (Trek-Segafredo) and Mitchelton-Scott's Luka Mezgec. While it was Bennett's first Vuelta win, it was the Irish road race champion's fourth victory this month, following three wins at the BinckBank Tour ahead of the Spanish Grand Tour, and his 12th win in 2019, after stage victories at races including the UAE Tour, Paris-Nice, the Tour of Turkey and the Critérium du Dauphiné. "It means a lot to get another Grand Tour victory," said the 28-year-old, having also won three stages at last year's Giro d'Italia, "especially in the Irish champion's jersey. I'm very proud to wear it and win in this jersey." Watch how Bennett won his Vuelta stage in the video highlights below. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com

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Cort Nielsen signs with EF Education First

Magnus Cort Nielsen wins stage 15 at the Tour de France

The EF Education First team announced it has signed Danish rider Magnus Cort Nielsen for the 2020 season. The 26-year-old will move across to the American squad after two seasons with Astana after getting a positive recommendation from compatriot Matti Breschel, who has been with the team for two seasons. "I've heard great things about the team, especially from Matti Breschel," said Cort Nielsen. "The most important thing for me in selecting a team is its people, and it's clear that this is a group where I'll fit in well. As a bonus, the team is located in Girona, where I spend a lot of time training, and speaks English as its main language, which is important to me." Cort began his WorldTour career with Orica-GreenEdge after a stint as a trainee in 2014. A versatile rider, he won four stages of the Tour of Denmark before finding success at ...

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John Degenkolb joins Lotto Soudal on a two-year deal

John Degenkolb joins Lotto Soudal on a two-year deal

Joe Robinson 22 Aug 2019 Double Monument winner joins Philippe Gilbert in move across to Belgian WorldTour team Two-time Monument winner John Degenkolb will move from Trek-Segafredo to Lotto Soudal in a bid to revitalise his Spring Classics career. The German will join on a two-year deal taking him through to the 2021 season and join fellow Monument champion Philippe Gilbert as the latest signing for the Belgian WorldTour team . The 30-year-old was one of the world's leading one-day classics riders in 2015, winning both Milan-San Remo and Paris-Roubaix. It looked as if the German would push on to add to that haul until he was involved in a serious collision with a car while on a training ride in Spain in early 2016. The subsequent injuries were severe and pegged Degenkolb back into a long rehabilitation period which saw him miss the Spring Classics campaign. While he has ...

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John Degenkolb signs with Lotto Soudal on 2 year contract

Supported by Lotto Soudal has announced that John Degenkolb will be joining the Belgian team next year. The 30-year-old German trades Trek-Segafredo for Lotto Soudal and signed an agreement until the end of 2021. Degenkolb turned pro in 2011 and evolved into an excellent Classics rider, whose strong sprint is an extra trump card at the end … The post John Degenkolb signs with Lotto Soudal on 2 year contract appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Out of tragedy, new love: The cyclist’s widow and her second husband

Supported by On a descent at the 2016 Gent-Wevelgem, a four rider crash on the left hand side of the road turned tragic when Antoine Demoitié (Wanty-Groupe Gobert), was hit by a motorbike as he lay on the ground. Early the following morning, with his wife and family by his side, Antoine Demoitié passed away. His death … The post Out of tragedy, new love: The cyclist’s widow and her second husband appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Lopez leads strong Astana squad at Vuelta a Espana

Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana)

Astana have named a strong squad to start the Vuelta a España , with a number of experienced riders heading to Spain in support of team leader Miguel Ángel López . The eight-man team, with key riders including Jakob Fuglsang and Luis León Sánchez, boasts an impressive 93 Grand Tour starts, an average age of 31.25, and eight stage race victories between them in 2019. López, who finished third at the Vuelta last year, heads up the team. The Colombian won Colombia 2.1 and the Volta a Catalunya earlier in the season, and was the best young rider at the Giro d'Italia. With two podium and four top ten placings from five career Grand Tours, he'll be aiming for the podium at least. Fuglsang has been one of the riders of the season in 2019 and could mount a GC challenge of his own. He lay in ninth at the ...

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Barguil declares himself 'back on track' after taking Arctic Race of Norway lead

Warren Barguil (Arkea-Samsic) leads the overall after stage 3 at the Arctic Race of Norway

After a terrible 18 months, in which he considered walking away from the sport, Warren Barguil declared himself 'back on track' as he claimed the overall lead of the Arctic Race of Norway on Saturday. The French champion was unable to take stage honours at the summit of the searingly steep Storheia climb, but his second place finish was enough to take him into the yellow-and-orange jersey after Mathieu van der Poel fell away. Barguil signed for Arkea-Samsic on the back of two stage wins and the mountains classification at the 2017 Tour de France, but the move to his 'native' Brittany team was slow to work out. The complete lack of results and form from 2018 had continued into 2019, but Saturday's result in Norway continued something of a summer turnaround after victory in the French nationals and a top-10 overall finish at the Tour de France. "It's already ...

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Bardet brings curtain down early on 2019 season

Romain Bardet after the finish of stage 6 at the Tour de France

Romain Bardet ( AG2R La Mondiale ) has announced that he will not race again this year, citing a need to refresh himself "mentally and physically" after a largely disappointing season. The Frenchman salvaged the king of the mountains title and 15th place overall from a trying Tour de France in July and has since decided that the final stage on the Champs-Élysées would be the final act of his 2019 campaign. "Despite the joy of winning the polka-dot jersey as the best climber of the Tour de France, the 2019 season did not reach the goals I set for myself," Bardet said in a statement released by AG2R La Mondiale. "After a few days of personal reflection and discussions with the management of the AG2R La Mondiale team, it became clear to me that I needed to recharge myself physically and mentally to come back stronger next season. The ...

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Kelderman leads Sunweb at Vuelta a Espana in absence of Dumoulin

Wilco Kelderman (Team Sunweb) finished 16th in the Paris-Nice time trial

Wilco Kelderman will lead Sunweb ’s general classification challenge at the Vuelta a España in the absence of the injured Tom Dumoulin, who has not raced since abandoning the Critérium du Dauphiné in June. Dumoulin was forced out of the Giro d’Italia after injuring his knee in a crash on stage 4 to Frascati and the effects of that injury prevented him from participating in the Tour de France. The Dutchman has since been linked with a move away from Sunweb to Jumbo-Visma, and it is unclear if he will race again this season. Kelderman placed fourth overall at the 2017 Vuelta and reached Madrid in tenth a year ago, but he has endured injury woe of his own this season. The 28-year-old missed the Giro after breaking his collarbone and neck vertebrae in March, and he abandoned the Tour de France with lower back problems. Nicolas Roche and Australian ...

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Bent border gates and swing sleeps: Chatting with Transcontinental winner Fiona Kolbinger

Supported by From crashing into a Serbian border barrier to sleeping on a swing set, Fiona Kolbinger's ride across Europe was anything but smooth sailing. The post Bent border gates and swing sleeps: Chatting with Transcontinental winner Fiona Kolbinger appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Sutterlin and Denz sign for Team Sunweb

Jasha Sütterlin (Movistar)

Jasha Sütterlin and Nico Denz will ride for Team Sunweb in 2020 after the German riders agreed two-year contracts with the team. Sütterlin joins from Movistar , while Denz arrives from AG2R La Mondiale . “After six nice years with Movistar I think the time is now right to try something new,” Sütterlin said on Friday. “I’ve looked at Team Sunweb for a while and I really like how the team works. My goal for the future is to become a high-level Classics rider and finish with the team in the top positions in races such as Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix, as well as helping and working for the team leaders in the sprints and in the overall at the Grand Tours.” A professional since 2014, 26-year-old Sütterlin is a strong rouleur and has shown potential in the cobbled Classics, most notably in placing ninth at the E3 BinckBank ...

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Jack Haig’s Tour de France Diary: life back to normal

Entering the Champs d’Elysee on Sunday made me realise that this wasn’t just another bike race. The first time when we entered the circuit we passed by the Louvre and on the circuit at about 2.5km to go rode past the finish line up the hill to the Arc de Triomphe with the afternoon sun … The post Jack Haig’s Tour de France Diary: life back to normal appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Kwiatkowski to miss Tour de Pologne after difficult Tour de France

Michal Kwiatkowski on the podium at Milan-San Remo.

Michal Kwiatkowski has withdrawn from the Tour de Pologne , which gets underway in Krakow on Saturday. He won his home race a year ago but announced on Tuesday that he would miss this year's race due to the need to recover from the efforts of the Tour de France. Kwiatkowski was part of the Ineos team that helped Egan Bernal to final overall victory at the Tour, though the Pole appeared to be some way short of the form he displayed in his previous two Grande Boucle appearances for Team Sky. After a sparkling 2018 season that yielded nine victories, Kwiatkowski has had a more subdued 2019 campaign. The 29-year-old has yet to rack up a victory this season, though he rode well to finish third at Paris-Nice and Milan-San Remo in March. “I'm not a guy who likes to change his plans but unfortunately this is one of ...

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Peter Sagan’s stunning S-Works Venge for the 2019 Tour de France

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Green jersey winner gets amazing two-tone custom paint

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The weekly spin: What we can expect from the 2020 Tour de France

The days that follow the Tour de France always leave cyclings fans with a bout of melancholy. After three weeks of closely following the biggest event in the sport, the vacuum that follows is profound. Yes, there are other races, but none that demand the collective attention of the Tour. This year’s race was exceptionally … The post The weekly spin: What we can expect from the 2020 Tour de France appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Oliver Naesen’s steel Eddy Merckx Corsa for the Tour de France 2019

Pro cyclist riding fancy steel road bike

Eddy Merckx launches new line of premium steel bikes

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