Perches of the peloton: Tour de France pro bikes saddle special!

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Tour de France 2019: Daryl Impey takes Stage 9 while Alaphilippe hangs on to the yellow jersey

Tour de France 2019: Daryl Impey takes Stage 9 while Alaphilippe hangs on to the yellow jersey

Pete Muir 14 Jul 2019 The South African gives Mitchelton-Scott a much-needed win on Bastille Day After a long day in the break, South African national champion Daryl Impey (Mitchelton-Scott) outsprinted Tiesj Benoot (Lotto-Soudal) to give Mitchelton-Scott their first Tour de France stage win in three years. The pair had been in a break of around 15 riders since early in the race, but managed to escape from their fellow breakaway riders on the final climb. With a downhill run-in, Benoot was unable to shake his rival, who proved to be easily the stronger sprinter at the line. Bahrain-Merida’s Jan Tratnik came in third to take the final spot on the podium. The main peloton had a comparatively relaxing day, rolling home more than 15 minutes later. On Bastille Day, France’s Julian Alaphilippe did his nation proud by holding on to the yellow jersey, while none of the GC contenders ...

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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: Stage 8 finish line quotes

A downcast Giulio Ciccone (Trek-Segafredo) after losing the yellow jersey

There was a dramatic finale to stage 8 of the Tour de France , as Thomas De Gendt won from the breakaway, Julian Alaphilippe recovered the yellow jersey from Giulio Ciccone, Thibaut Pinot gained time on his GC rivals, and Geraint Thomas came back from a late crash. Here's the instant reaction. Thomas de Gendt (Lotto Soudal) - stage winner The bunch was coming closer but I had to go solo and try to stay ahead of them. It was just by five or 10 seconds. I had a really good feeling all day so I believed in it all day, but we only got five minutes and it went down really quick to three and a half. We didn't go really easy but we didn't push that hard on the climb where the feed zone was. Just after that we went full because we heard those who were pulling ...

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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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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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Peter Sagan stretching out lead in quest for record seventh green jersey

Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) in the green jersey at the Tour de France

Another day, another cache of points towards the green jersey. The Tour de France is only a week old and already Bora-Hansgrohe talisman Peter Sagan 's lead in the points classification is assuming familiar dimensions. Third place in Chalon-sur-Saône on stage 7 , allied to another bundle of points in the intermediate sprint, was enough to see Sagan extend his lead in the competition to 56 points over Sonny Colbrelli (Bahrain-Merida). Sagan was a stage winner in Colmar two days previously after the hills that punctuated the finale left a reduced peloton to dispute the honours in the sprint. On Friday, he faced a full complement of fast men on the flat run-in to Chalon-sur-Saône, and he had to settle for third place behind winner Dylan Groenewegen (Jumbo-Visma) and Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal). "Everybody knows I'm not as fast as them," Sagan said as he performed his tour of duty ...

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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: Groenewegen wins stage 7

Dylan Groenewgen wins stage 7 at the 2019 Tour de France

Dylan Groenewegen ( Jumbo-Visma ) claimed his first win of the 2019 Tour de France on stage 7, after a chaotic sprint into Chalon-sur-Saône. The Dutchman was forced to change his line several times in a messy finale, and although he was forced to launch his sprint from a long way out, he had enough to edge out Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal) and Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe). Italian sprinter Elia Viviani had the support of a full Deceuninck-QuikcStep lead-out train with less than 800m to go but suffered a front flat and was swamped at the line, finishing sixth. Overnight leader Giulio Ciccone (Trek-Segafredo) finished safely inside the peloton on the longest stage of this year’s race to retain his lead for a second day. For Groenewegen, this was the Dutchman’s fourth Tour stage win of his career but his first of this campaign. At the finish he had to fight ...

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How can Michael Matthews beat Peter Sagan for the green jersey?

We’re only six stages into the Tour de France and it already looks like Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) will win a record-breaking seventh green jersey. Sagan’s consistency — four top-five finishes since the start in Brussels, including his win on stage 5 — gives him an early 46-point lead in the battle for green. If that … The post How can Michael Matthews beat Peter Sagan for the green jersey? appeared first on CyclingTips .

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The bike to win the Tour de France? Romain Bardet’s Eddy Merckx Stockeu69

Sam Challis 11 Jul 2019 Romain Bardet is AG2R-La Mondiale’s GC contender at the Tour de France and his bike is as ‘pro’ as they come As the Tour de France begins to enter the mountains, this year’s GC hopefuls to test their legs and make their intentions clear, and Frenchman Romain Barnet will be vying for his chance to make history with the frist French win since Bernard Hinault. Today's 160.5km Stage 6 takes in seven categorised climbs and finishes with a tough ascent up to La Planche Des Belles Filles, so has a profile that should suit the lithe physiology of AG2R-La Mondiale’s Romain Bardet perfectly. Thankfully, his bike couldn't be better suited to the challenge. Image 8 of 21 Image 8 of 21 Bardet's CeramicSpeed over-size pulley wheel offers some efficiency gains but also looks slick Many pros are known for their idiosyncratic bike set-ups but when ...

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Bevin abandons Tour de France due to broken ribs

Bevin abandons Tour de France due to broken ribs

George Smith 11 Jul 2019 Kiwi forced to pull out with two broken ribs to become the first casualty of the 2019 Tour New Zealand’s Patrick Bevin has become the first rider forced to abandon this year's Tour de France after scans revealed his crash during Stage 4 on Tuesday left him with two broken ribs. The CCC rider, who crashed with 100km to go, went on to finish Stage 4 and yesterday's Stage 5, but was subsequently instructed by his medical staff to abandon when the extent of his injuries became clear. 'We gave it a night to see how it was but you take the advice of the medical team and that advice was to stop racing,' Bevin said after the decision was made. See related Tour de France 2019: Route maps, riders, live TV guide and all you need to know Tour de France: Sagan unstoppable on ...

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Team Ineos racing on £5,000 Lightweight wheels at Tour de France

Team Ineos are using Lightweight Meilenstein Obermayer wheels at the Tour de France

Team Ineos raced stage 5 of the Tour de France , which was won by Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe), on Lightweight Meilenstein Obermayer wheels, with the team confirming they will also race the wheels on stage 6 to La Planche Des Belles Filles – which features gradients of over 20 per cent – and other climbing-focused stages during the race. The British squad have used Shimano wheels and Pinarello frames since their inception, but are expected to continue to switch between the Lightweight wheels and the usual Shimano Dura-Ace R9100 series wheels for the rest of this year’s Tour. Cyclingnews spotted all eight Team Ineos riders racing on the wheelsets during Wednesday’s stage, alongside each rider’s spare bike on the roof of the team car. It is understood that the German carbon specialists don’t sponsor any professional riders or teams and so the team would have paid for the 16 pairs ...

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'Bro-off' — Frustrated Matthews feuds with Impey following Sagan victory

'Bro-off' — Frustrated Matthews feuds with Impey following Sagan victory

Australian puncheur Michael Matthews shows signs of stress as Peter Sagan's grip on green tightens following Stage 5 victory at Le Tour de France.

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Photo gallery: The Hulk returns on stage 5 of the 2019 Tour de France

Peter Sagan would admit that he hasn’t had the best season of his career. Illness has hampered his progress and he hasn’t been at his world-beating best as often as he normally would. And yet the Slovakian still finds a way to win. After three top-five finishes in the first four stages — classic Sagan … The post Photo gallery: The Hulk returns on stage 5 of the 2019 Tour de France appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Photo gallery: The Hulk returns on stage 5 of the 2019 Tour de France

Peter Sagan would admit that he hasn’t had the best season of his career. Illness has hampered his progress and he hasn’t been at his world-beating best as often as he normally would. And yet the Slovakian still finds a way to win. After three top-five finishes in the first four stages — classic Sagan … The post Photo gallery: The Hulk returns on stage 5 of the 2019 Tour de France appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Breaking news with Peter Sagan – possibly the best ad ever

Supported by It’s said that there are three types of media: earned, owned & paid. This is clearly an ad, but its so good that Specialized has earned their spot on here. You can trust what Peter says…he’s on TV. The post Breaking news with Peter Sagan – possibly the best ad ever appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Sagan busts out the Hulk for the Colmar win

Sagan busts out the Hulk for the Colmar win

Peter Sagan busted out a golden oldie from his victory salute repertoire to celebrate his 12th Tour de France stage win at the finish line in Colmar.

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Peter Sagan busts out the Hulk for the Colmar win

Peter Sagan busts out the Hulk for the Colmar win

Peter Sagan busted out a golden oldie from his victory salute repertoire to celebrate his 12th Tour de France stage win at the finish line in Colmar. More to come.

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Sagan unconcerned with looming mountains as he fights for green jersey record

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The Slovakian knows he has a lot of work to do to get through what some are calling the hardest Tour in years. But mountains are the least of his concerns. Read the full article at Sagan unconcerned with looming mountains as he fights for green jersey record on VeloNews.com .

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