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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The winners and losers of the 2019 Tour de France, so far

Joe Robinson 16 Jul 2019 In every walk of life there will be your winners and losers and the Tour de France is no different From Brussels to Albi with La Planche de Belles Filles in between, the Tour de France has navigated Belgium and France for the past 10 days and the excitement has been palpable. We had Eddy Merckx at the start in Belgium, we have had three wearers of the yellow jersey, 10 different winners in 10 days and five riders waved goodbye to the race. It’s looking increasingly likely that Team Ineos/Sky/Deathstar will be wearing yellow in Paris once again and it looks just as likely that French hearts may be broken for a 34th year in a row. Obviously, this is all guesswork but the last 10 days has produced as many winners and losers as a day at the races. Below, Cyclist looks at ...

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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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Bardet slips on first Tour de France mountain test

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

Romain Bardet came to a dead stop as his front wheel touched the finish line atop La Planche des Belles Filles during stage 6 at the Tour de France , apparently the victim of a mechanical that prevented him from pedalling any further. But the problems for the 28-year-old French hope and AG2r La Mondiale leader started much earlier on the mountain. Bardet struggled to stick with his general classification rivals as the big names started hitting out on the final climb of the day, the 7km ascent to the mountain town that hit pitches of 20 per cent at the top. By the time he climbed off his bike at the finish line, Bardet had ceded a minute or more to fellow pre-race favourites Geraint Thomas and Egan Bernal of Team Ineos, Movistar's Nairo Quintana and Mikel Landa, Astana's Jakob Fuglsang and Trek-Segafredo's Richie Porte, with a handful of ...

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Jack Haig’s Tour Diary: Daily routines and TTTs

Before starting my first Tour de France I didn’t know exactly how I would feel. But now seeing it a few days in, I think it gets hyped up to be a little more than what it actually is. It’s definitely bigger than any other bike race we do all year, the speed is a … The post Jack Haig’s Tour Diary: Daily routines and TTTs appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Porte playing catch-up early after disappointing Tour TTT

Supported by Two days into the 2019 Tour de France, and Richie Porte already has ground to make up. The 34-year-old Australian and his Trek-Segafredo squad finished a disappointing 18th – 1:18 behind winners Jumbo-Visma – in the stage 2 team time trial. More pressingly, they ceded just under a minute to Ineos and the dual threat … The post Porte playing catch-up early after disappointing Tour TTT appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Tour de France: Geraint Thomas survives late scare after crash on stage 1

Geraint Thomas (Team Ineos) stage 1 start at the Tour de France

Defending Tour de France champion Geraint Thomas ( Team Ineos ) survived a late scare on stage of the 2019 race after coming down in a late crash. The Welshman avoided the centre of the fall that took down pre-stage favourite Dylan Groenewegen (Jumbo-Visma) but had no choice but to go into the barriers. Thomas was quickly back on his bike and finished the stage. Although he didn't come home in the group that contained stage winner Mike Teunissen, the fall took place inside the final 3km, meaning Thomas was awarded the same time as the winner and the first yellow jersey of this year's race. "I'm fine. I was pretty slow by the time I hit them so just toppled over. It's all good. I gave myself enough space so avoided the actual crash. I was just at the barriers with nowhere to go, it's just one of those ...

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A ride down memory lane with Allan Peiper

Supported by Allan Peiper is a living link between Australian and Belgian cycling. Having resided in Belgium for the best part of 40 years, his is a link that was first forged when he arrived as a junior cyclist in 1977. Illness forced his return to Australia after three years, but after Peiper returned to Europe in … The post A ride down memory lane with Allan Peiper appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Rowe: Bernal's youth will not stop him grabbing Tour de France glory

Rowe: Bernal's youth will not stop him grabbing Tour de France glory

Joe Robinson 5 Jul 2019 Welsh road captain believes that Bernal has all the capabilites to become Colombia's first Tour de France winner Luke Rowe has responded to General Classification favourite Jakob Fuglsang's speculation that Egan Bernal is too young to win the Tour de France by stating that 'the race will do the talking'. Talking at the Astana press conference earlier in the week, Fuglsang stated that Bernal may be too inexperienced for the yellow jersey considering he is only 22-years-old and that the Tour may not be as open as people are speculating if Geraint Thomas is on top form. Only his second Grand Tour following his debut in France a year ago, Bernal has set upon a meteoric rise in his first 18 months in the WorldTour that has seen him win three one-week stage races and helped guide Thomas to the Tour title in 2018. On ...

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Dave Brailsford: 'To my knowledge nobody has a TUE'

Dave Brailsford: 'To my knowledge nobody has a TUE'

Peter Stuart 5 Jul 2019 Brailsford says that to his knowledge no Ineos athlete enters the Tour with a TUE, as he discusses prospects for joint leaders Sir Dave Brailsford has claimed that to his knowledge no Team Ineos riders enter the Tour de France with a Therapeutic Use Exemption for substances that would otherwise be prohibited. 'To knowledge nobody has a TUE. To my knowledge,' Brailsford said in a press conference today ahead of the Tour's Grand Depart in Brussels tomorrow. He clarified that he was willing to seek clarification from Team Ineos medical staff. 'We can ask the doctor afterward if you like,’ he added. The use of TUEs has become increasingly important for Team Ineos' public image, after the DCMS Select Committee determined that Team Sky ' crossed an ethical line ' by using potentially performance-enhancing drugs as permitted treatments for medical conditions. At the Team Ineos ...

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Will this really be an open Tour?

BRUSSELS (CT) — The Tour de France is open, they say. And they long for it to be true. You can feel the hope in the words and the spaces between the words that are spoken at the press conferences. “Anything can happen without Froome racing,” Nairo Quintana said. “Maybe people have a fear of Froome,” … The post Will this really be an open Tour? appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Matthews extends with Sunweb through to 2021

Australian Michael Matthews (Team Sunweb) takes part in a press conference in Waregem prior to the s

Michael Matthews has signed a two-year contract extension with Team Sunweb , staying with the team until the end of the 2021 season. Chad Haga and Cees Bol have both also put pen to paper on similar deals. News of the renewals was revealed at Team Sunweb's pre- Tour de France press conference in the Netherlands on Wednesday. Matthews is going into the race with something of a free role, and last week reacted to team leader Tom Dumoulin's absence by saying he was "totally confused" and didn't know "where to go from here". Matthews appeared to question the team's approach, noting the manager had "told us from the start of the year that we shouldn’t have any ambitions ourselves – it's just everything for the yellow", leading to question marks over his future, but he signed a new deal ahead of the Tour. "I'm very happy to be with ...

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

Theuns and Dupont at Tour de France 2018

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The Cannibal and the thief: Merckx’s legendary 1969 Tour de France, 50 years on

Cycling, famously, is a sport of stars and water-carriers. The stars win; the water-carriers never do. But the history of cycling is written in those rare, fleeting moments when an unknown name attempts to steal victory from an established hero. Those moments are unlikely and rarely fruitful, but they define the sport just as much … The post The Cannibal and the thief: Merckx’s legendary 1969 Tour de France, 50 years on appeared first on CyclingTips .

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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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Jack Haig’s Tour de France Diary: It’s a relief to make my debut

Throughout this year’s Tour de France we’ll be hearing regularly from Aussie climber Jack Haig. It’s been an up and down season for Haig so far. He’s posted some of the best and most promising results of his young career, but he’s also had his year disrupted by a frustrating knee injury. Now, as he … The post Jack Haig’s Tour de France Diary: It’s a relief to make my debut appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Mark Cavendish left 'heartbroken' after missing Tour de France selection

Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data) on stage 6 of the 2019 Tour of California

Mark Cavendish has reacted to Dimension Data 's decision to leave him off the team's 2019 Tour de France roster, writing on Twitter that he is "heartbroken" by the decision. "Well what can I say?" Cavendish wrote in the first of four linked tweets. "I’m absolutely heart-broken by the decision that means I won’t be @letour this year. As I have done for my entire career, I targeted a specific time to be at peak form. This has pretty much always resulted in me hitting my goals or coming damn close. "Predominantly at the most beautiful, special race that is Le Tour de France, where 30 of these victories have defined my career. After a long, difficult fight back from trying to compete for the whole of last season with Epstein Barr Virus and after following a specific ... training program to peak in July, I feel I was in ...

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Lacking a Tour de France GC threat, CCC Team will hunt stage wins

Greg van Avermaet and the CCC Team recon paris-Roubaix

Without a proper GC rider like his team's previous iteration, BMC Racing, Jim Ochowicz will send his CCC Team into their inaugural Tour de France with a roster of opportunists hoping to land a stage win for the first Polish-registered team to participate in the French Grand Tour. Reigning Olympic champion Greg Van Avermaet will lead the eight-rider roster, which will also feature fellow Belgian Serge Pauwels, Kiwi Patrick Bevin, Italian Alessandro De Marchi, German Simon Geschke, American Joey Rosskopf, Swiss Michael Schär and Polish rider Lukasz Wisniowski. “We are lining up at the Tour de France with a fresh approach and new objectives," Ochowicz said in the team's roster announcement. "This may be the team’s 10th Tour de France, but it will be the first year in that time that we line up without a general classification contender, so this is new terrain for us." Ochowicz said the team ...

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Movistar confirm Quintana, Landa and Valverde triumvirate for Tour de France

Alejandro Valverde, Nairo Quintana and Mikel Landa

Nairo Quintana , Mikel Landa and Alejandro Valverde headline Movistar’s line-up at the Tour de France , which was formally announced on Monday. It marks the second year in succession that the Spanish squad has fielded this triumvirate at the Tour. As expected, Giro d’Italia winner Richard Carapaz will not line out at La Grande Boucle and is instead likely to ride the Vuelta a España in August. The Movistar Tour de France team does include two of the riders who helped Carapaz to Giro victory, namely Landa and Andrey Aamador. The roster is completed by Marc Soler, Carlos Verona, Imanol Erviti and Nelson Oliveira. Landa was Movistar’s best finisher a year ago, placing seventh overall, while Quintana finished 10th and Valverde reached Paris in 14th place. While Valverde has downplayed any GC ambitions, both Landa and Quintana intend to target the maillot jaune in July. While Ineos made a ...

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Trek-Segafredo give Richie Porte full support for Tour de France

Trek-Segafredo leader Richie Porte is all smiles on the morning of stage 5 of the 2019 Tour of Calif

Trek-Segafredo have confirmed their Tour de France ambitions will be built around Richie Porte , with the Australian targeting a place on the final podium in Paris. As expected, there is no place for John Degenkolb, as Trek-Segafredo focus on the overall classification. The German Classics specialist and sprinter revealed he will take a family holiday in July and then prepare for the Tour du Pologne and the Vuelta a España. Edward Theuns also missed out on a spot. Porte will have the support of Bauke Mollema, Julien Bernard, Giulio Ciccone, Koen de Kort, Fabio Felline, Toms Skujins and Jasper Stuyven. Mollema finished a solid fifth in the Giro d'Italia, while new-signing Ciccone was one of the revelations of the Corsa Rosa, winning a stage and the mountains competition after often going in the break of the day. Porte was slightly off the pace at the Critérium du Dauphiné but ...

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