Tour de France: Portal says Thomas and Bernal will not race each other in TT

Geraint Thomas and Egan Bernal have things under control in the peloton during stage 12 at the Tour

According to their rivals, Team Ineos are already riding this year's Tour de France as if they're in the lead, but on stage 13 the defending champions will have the chance to stamp their authority over the race in the 27.2km time trial around Pau. Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep) deservedly leads the overall classification as it ventures deeper into the Pyrenees, but the consensus is that it's only a matter of time before Geraint Thomas and Egan Bernal make their play and usurp the Frenchman. The Team Ineos pair sit second and third overall, 1:12 and 1:16 behind the French rider in the maillot jaune, but that gap could conceivably plummet within the next 24 hours. Alaphilippe, on his day, can pull a ride out of nowhere, and he certainly has a respectable time trial in his legs given his current condition, but against the Ineos machine far better time triallists ...

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Tour de France: Bahrain-Merida left wondering at Dennis' sudden abandon

Bahrain-Merida's Gorazd Stangelj hands a bottle to Rohan Dennis at the 2019 UAE Tour

The mystery surrounding reigning UCI time trial world champion Rohan Dennis ( Bahrain-Merida ) and his sudden abandon from the Tour de France has continued to deepen after the end of stage 12. The bare bones of the matter are that Dennis abandoned the Tour at the feed zone, travelled to the finish by a team car, spent some time on the team bus and then left accompanied only by his agent and the team's press officer after refusing to talk to reporters. When the Bahrain-Merida team cars swung to a halt next to the team bus, the initial pre-finish crowd of half a dozen journalists had swelled into several dozen, with team staff sparing no effort in ensuring riders entered the bus quickly, and without making any comments to reporters. When sports director Gorazd Štangelj finally faced the press, he was barely visible behind a sea of microphones and ...

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Tour de France 2019 stage 12 finish line quotes

Simon Yates wins stage 12 at the Tour de France

Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) – stage 12 winner "So far I've been saving energy until we got here in the mountains. This was my first chance to try something. Normally I'd be back in the peloton helping Adam, but today I had my own change and I grabbed it with both hands. "I wasn't very confident of beating either of them, but I just knew from the directors in the car that I needed to be in front coming around the last corner, so I made sure to do that and luckily I held on to win. "My main priority here is to help Adam; today was one of my chances to get up the road. We're having a fantastic Tour, and long may it continue." (Eurosport) Gregor Mühlberger (Bora-Hansgrohe) – third on stage 12 "In the sprint Simon was more explosive. He was faster, he was for sure the fastest ...

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CCC-Liv counting on Marianne Vos to win La Course

Marianne Vos (CCC-Liv) wins stage 2 at the Giro Rosa in Viu

Marianne Vos (CCC-Liv) has a lot of pressure on her shoulders ahead of La Course by Le Tour de France . Her team is relying on her to bring her dominant form from the Giro Rosa, where she won four of the 10 stages, to the new puncheur-style one-day race in Pau on Friday. "In Pau, we will cycle rounds on the course on which the Tour riders will finish their time trial," the team's director Jeroen Blijlevens said. "Only the last round will be different. This ending is difficult, a lot of curves and a steep bend. This is what our riders can do well. Ashleigh Moolman Pasio was improving during the Giro Rosa and can maybe try something here. "But we are counting on Marianne Vos, who has already shown in Italy that she can do well when there’s a difficult ending. The team needs to make sure ...

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Keep it clean! The case of the disappearing cables on Tour de France race bikes

death of external cables

We rate this year’s Tour de France bikes for front end tidiness and discuss why wires and cables are being hidden on top end performance bikes

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Tour de France pro bike: Geraint Thomas's Pinarello Dogma F12

Tour de France 2019 Team Ineos Pinarello Dogma F12 - 1.jpg

Check out our video of the race favourite's road bike

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Bahrain-Merida launch investigation after Rohan Dennis quits Tour de France

Rohan Dennis (Bahrain-Merida)

Rohan Dennis ( Bahrain-Merida ) has abandoned the Tour de France , climbing off the bike 80 kilometres from the end of stage 12 to Bagnères-de-Bigorre. Bahrain-Merida indicated in a post on Twitter that the team staff were unaware of the reasons why Dennis pulled out of the race, but they have launched an investigation. "Our priority is the welfare of all our riders so will launch an immediate investigation but will not be commenting further until we have established what has happened to @RohanDennis. Meantime we continue to support our riders who are mid-race," the team wrote on their official Twitter account. The Australian had been in the battle for the breakaway earlier in the stage, giving no hints that he would pull out of the race hours later. Dennis had been in top form in the run-up to July, finishing second at the Tour de Suisse, but has ...

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Sliding doors: The legacy of Cobo’s delayed relegation

Toulouse, France (CT) – For most in the peloton, this morning’s stage start was much like any other. But for a couple of riders, there was a small but significant change. News quietly landed overnight that Juan Jose Cobo had been stripped of his 2011 Vuelta a Espana win – an outcome that left two … The post Sliding doors: The legacy of Cobo’s delayed relegation appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Tour de France 2019: Simon Yates wins Stage 12 from break as GC holds station

Tour de France 2019: Simon Yates wins Stage 12 from break as GC holds station

Joe Robinson 18 Jul 2019 Yates wins from a three-man break as big break nullifies GC attacks Mitchelton-Scott's Simon Yates became the latest rider to win stages of all three Grand Tours as the Mitchelton-Scott rider won a three-man sprint on Stage 12 of the Tour de France. The Lancastrian outfoxed fellow break riders Gregor Muhlberger of Bora-Hansgrohe and Pello Bilbao of Astana to take the final corner in the lead and hold out the sprint to the line. Yates becomes the second rider in as many days to win a stage in all three Grand Tours after Caleb Ewan's exploits yesterday and the third of the race after Elia Viviani's win on Stage 4. In terms of General Classification, it was another day of keeping the powder dry as Julian Alaphilippe rolled in with his closest rivals to defend his yellow jersey for a fourth consecutive day. Team Ineos ...

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Tour de France 2019: Simon Yates wins from break as GC holds station

Tour de France 2019: Simon Yates wins from break as GC holds station

Joe Robinson 18 Jul 2019 Yates wins from a three-man break as big break nullifies GC attacks Mitchelton-Scott's Simon Yates became the latest rider to win stages of all three Grand Tours as the Mitchelton-Scott rider won a three-man sprint on Stage 12 of the Tour de France. The Lancastrian outfoxed fellow break riders Gregor Muhlberger of Bora-Hansgrohe and Pello Bilbao of Astana to take the final corner in the lead and hold out the sprint to the line. Yates becomes the second rider in as many days to win a stage in all three Grand Tours after Caleb Ewan's exploits yesterday and the third of the race after Elia Viviani's win on Stage 4. In terms of General Classification, it was another day of keeping the powder dry as Julian Alaphilippe rolled in with his closest rivals to defend his yellow jersey for a fourth consecutive day. Team Ineos ...

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Rohan Dennis abandons Tour under mysterious circumstances

Supported by Rohan Dennis (Bahrain-Merida) pulled out of the Tour de France in the middle of stage 12 without explanation, even to his own team. The reigning world time trial champion abandoned the race with approximately 80km remaining in Thursday’s stave, just a day ahead of the Tour’s first individual time trial. It remains unclear why he … The post Rohan Dennis abandons Tour under mysterious circumstances appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Rohan Dennis abandons Tour de France for unknown reason

Rohan Dennis abandons Tour de France for unknown reason

Joe Robinson 18 Jul 2019 Australian calls quit on Tour mid-stage although sport directors unsure why he has done so Rohan Dennis has abandoned the Tour de France midway through Stage 12 to Bagneres-de-Bigorre without telling his Bahrain-Merida team why. The Australian stepped off his bike with 80km from the finish line, deciding to pull out of the race. Dennis had not crashed and showed no notable signs of illness before leaving the race. According to reports from French television, Dennis was spotted arguing with his team car before the incident. Both Bahrain-Merida sport directors also confirmed they did not know why Dennis had abandoned the race with the team taking to its Twitter page to state ' Our priority is the welfare of all our riders so will launch an immediate investigation but will not be commenting further until we have established what has happened to @RohanDennis .' See ...

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5 key climbs from the 2019 Tour de France

Tour de France 2019, hairpin road

With the Tour de France entering the Pyrenees, here are the five climbs where the yellow jersey will be won and lost

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Tour de France: Simon Yates wins stage 12

Simon Yates wins stage 12 at the Tour de France

Simon Yates ( Mitchelton-Scott ) won stage 12 of the Tour de France in Bagnères-de-Bigorre, outsprinting Pello Bilbao (Astana Pro Team) and Gregor Mühlberger (Bora-Hansgrohe) after the trio had emerged from an initial 42-man break group after attacking the final climb of Horquette d'Ancizan. It was Yates who launched the decisive attack, four kilometres from the summit of the climb, bridging across to teammate Matteo Trentin. Mühlberger followed, while Bilbao chased, making the catch on the descent. The three leaders worked well on the run-in to ensure their lead was safe from the chase group, only starting to play games in the final kilometre. Bilbao led the way, before Mühlberger took the front with 500 metres to race. Yates launched the sprint first, outwitting and outpacing his companions around the final turn and holding on to take the win. "So far I've been saving energy until we got here in ...

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Dan Martin’s Tour de France comes into focus as race enters Pyrenees

Dan Martin finishes stage 7 at the Tour de France

For Dan Martin ( UAE Team Emirates ), the 2019 Tour de France is a two-part story. The first half of the race was largely about keeping his name out of dispatches, and the Irishman has quietly passed the midpoint of the race without accident or incident. Over the next ten days, he will hope his profile rises in tandem with the topography of the race. Martin rode wisely and strongly to make the front group when the peloton split into echelons on the road to Albi on stage 10, and as he reaches the friendly confines of the Pyrenees, he finds himself in ninth place overall, 2:09 behind his former teammate Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep) and just 57 seconds down on defending champion Geraint Thomas (Team Ineos). "We’re there or thereabouts still. We’re just hiding, just keeping the powder dry and staying out of everybody’s mind," Martin said on Wednesday. ...

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2020 Tour Down Under routes unveiled

Amanda Spratt (Mitchelton-Scott) leads the race overall after stage 3

The 2020 Tour Down Under will once again feature Willunga Hill on the final day of racing, with organisers keen to keep the suspense and excitement going to the last day of racing of the opening WorldTour race of the season. Details for the fifth edition of the Women's Tour Down Under were also announced, with the action starting in Hahndorf and finishing with an Adelaide street circuit three days later. Up until 2019, the final stage of the men's race had been a traditional sprinter's circuit race around Adelaide, with Willunga Hill serving as the 'queen stage' on the penultimate day of racing. Richie Porte has a stranglehold on the stage, winning there for the past six years in a row. But despite his Willunga domination, Porte has been beaten to the overall title by Daryl Impey for the past two editions. In 2019, the South African stuck to ...

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New bike alert: Colnago launches new V3Rs race bike

Sam Challis 18 Jul 2019 The V3Rs is the third iteration of Colnago’s monocoque race bike design Colnago will always be best known for its tube-and-lug C-series bikes but that doesn’t mean the brand has tied itself to one construction method. Spending time with the brand and its founder, Ernesto Colnago, it becomes clear that as much as Colnago celebrates its heritage it also embraces innovation. This was why the brand decided to tap into its long-standing relationship with Ferrari several years ago to explore monocoque frame design. Released in 2014, the V1-r was the result. Colnago says it improved upon that bike a couple of years later with the V2-r and has now released the final stage of the V-series project, the V3Rs. Available in both rim and disc versions, the new design brings with it the standard set of claims: it is apparently 70g lighter, 12% stiffer at ...

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New bike alert: Colnago launches the V3Rs race bike

Sam Challis 18 Jul 2019 The V3Rs is the third iteration of Colnago’s monocoque race bike design Colnago will always be best known for its tube-and-lug C-series bikes but that doesn’t mean the brand has tied itself to one construction method. Spending time with the brand and its founder, Ernesto Colnago, it becomes clear that as much as Colnago celebrates its heritage it also embraces innovation. This was why the brand decided to tap into its long-standing relationship with Ferrari several years ago to explore monocoque frame design. Released in 2014, the V1-r was the result. Colnago says it improved upon that bike a couple of years later with the V2-r and has now released the final stage of the V-series project, the V3Rs. Available in both rim and disc versions, the new design brings with it the standard set of claims: it is apparently 70g lighter, 12% stiffer at ...

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More than 22,300 respond to UCI survey on appeal of road cycling

Brian Cookson UCI headquarters

George Smith 18 Jul 2019 Huge response after UCI called for public say on some diverse matters of the sport Last week the Union Cycliste Internationale ( UCI ) announced a broad public consultation in the hope of gaining an insight into the appeal of road cycling. The survey closed after a week with more than 22,300 people having given their opinions. The online survey was only available between Wednesday 10th July and Tuesday 16th July, but in that time residents of 134 countries from five continents took part in the consultation. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the United States, France, Spain, Belgium and Italy were the best represented countries, with a high number of responders also coming from the United Kingdom, Germany, Colombia, Australia, Russia and Brazil. Perhaps only the Netherlands being a notable absentee. The goal of the survey was to gain some insight from the general public into what may ...

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First ride review: Colnago V3Rs

Sam Challis Thursday, July 18, 2019 - 10:44 A route over some challenging Tuscan terrain provided a nice opportunity to start getting to know Colnago’s latest monocoque race bike Colnago chose the rolling hills and sterrati roads of Tuscany to launch the new V3Rs - the latest iteration of its monocoque, do-everything race bike. You can find all the details on the new release in our launch article . An 80km loop of the area provided the perfect test conditions to get an initial feel for the bike’s performance. Over the gravelly, chalk roads Tuscany is famous for the V3Rs’s stability stood out. While it was no doubt ably supported by the bike’s capacity to run wide tyres (our test bikes were specced with 28mm tyres) our route immediately took us on to a 6km section of white gravel and I was able to navigate the unfamiliar, loose surface with ...

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