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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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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Tour Down Under 2020 routes revealed: Willunga, Paracombe to decide men’s GC

Supported by Organisers of the Santos Tour Down Under have revealed the courses that will make up the men’s and women’s races in 2020. The 21st edition of the men’s race runs from January 19-26 and comprises the Down Under Classic criterium (which doesn’t contribute to the GC) and six road stages. Four of those stages are … The post Tour Down Under 2020 routes revealed: Willunga, Paracombe to decide men’s GC appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Chris Froome awarded 2011 Vuelta title, now Britain's first Grand Tour winner

Chris Froome awarded 2011 Vuelta title, now Britain's first Grand Tour winner

Jack Elton-Walters 18 Jul 2019 Original winner Juan Jose Cobo has been stripped of the 2011 Vuelta a Espana over doping irregularities Chris Froome is now Britain's first Grand Tour winner after being awarded the 2011 Vuelta a Espana title. Juan Jose Cobo, who stood on the top step of the podium at the end of the race, has been stripped of the win as a result of doping irregularities. Sir Bradley Wiggins moves up to second in the official standings for that year's Vuelta but loses his claim to being Britain's first Grand Tour champion. Victory in the 2012 Tour de France had made Wiggins the UK's first winner of a three-week race, but the retrospective awarding of the 2011 Vuelta to Froome changes that. The alterations to the standings of the 2011 Vuelta a Espana also give Bauke Mollema a Grand Tour podium finish by bumping him up ...

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Chris Froome to be named winner of 2011 Vuelta a Espana

Juan José Cobo shakes Braley Wiggins' hand on the podium

Chris Froome ( Team Ineos ) will now be named as the winner of the 2011 Vuelta a España , according to reports from Spanish newspaper AS , after Juan José Cobo – who was crowned the winner of the race in September 2011 – apparently chose not to appeal against cycling governing body the UCI's announcement last month that Cobo was "guilty of an anti-doping rule violation". The now-retired Spanish rider, riding then for Geox-TMC, beat Froome by just 13 seconds, with Froome's then Team Sky teammate Bradley Wiggins taking third place, 1:39 down on Cobo. But on June 13, 2019, the UCI announced that Cobo was "guilty of an anti-doping rule violation (use of a prohibited substance) based on abnormalities from 2009 and 2011 detected in his Biological Passport and [the UCI has] imposed a three-year period of ineligibility on the rider". Cobo was given a month to ...

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Cervelo Aspero first-ride review: The go-fast gravel bike

Gravel bikes these days fall somewhere on a spectrum that ranges from ultra-capable and adventure-ready, to pared-down and race-ready, and Cervelo is being very clear where its new Aspero gravel machine falls on that spectrum. The generous tire clearance and multi-diameter wheel compatibility are obvious nods to versatility, but whichever wheel and tire setup you … The post Cervelo Aspero first-ride review: The go-fast gravel bike appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Cervélo goes back to gravel racing with the A Series

Burgundy gravel road bike

Cervélo launches all-new Áspero gravel platform

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Fair game or unnecessary? The dark arts of blocking the road

Maxime Monfort on the front of the Tour de France peloton

The last couple of commissaires' reports from the 2019 Tour de France have contained a couple of interesting sanctions. Amid the usual fines for illegal feeds and overly public toilet stops, we've seen the UCI reach deep into its regulations for Article 2.12.007/6.1: 'Obstruction from a rider to stop the progress of another rider'. After Monday's stage 10 to Albi , George Bennett (Jumbo-Visma) and Yves Lampaert (Deceuninck-QuickStep) were each fined 500 CHF – as well as being docked 10 seconds and six points – for obstructing Chad Haga (Team Sunweb). On Wednesday, after getting hold of more video footage, the UCI decided to issue Lampaert’s teammate, Kasper Asgreen , with the same punishment for a similar incident on Haga's teammate Cees Bol on the same day. In addition, three directeurs sportifs – Tom Steels (Deceuninck-QuickStep), Nico Verhoeven (Jumbo-Visma) and Philippe Mauduit (Groupama-FDJ) were given official warnings regarding the same ...

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Centimetres apart, years in the making: Caleb Ewan’s first Tour win

TOULOUSE, France (CT) – For a victory so tight, there was a sense of inevitability about Caleb Ewan’s first Tour de France win. In a career to this point defined by promise, consistency, and sometimes thwarted ambition, a throw past Dylan Groenewegen in Toulouse closed a chapter of Ewan’s career, and opened another. The question … The post Centimetres apart, years in the making: Caleb Ewan’s first Tour win appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Tour de France: Quintana and Porte emerge without losses from late crash

Nairo Quintana (Movistar) at the start of stage 11

Nairo Quintana 's right elbow was bloodied, but his broad smile told its own story as he climbed back onto his bike to warm down after stage 11 of the Tour de France in Toulouse. A knot of television and radio journalists from his native Colombia had followed him from the finish line to the Movistar team bus not far from the Canal de Brienne, and as a cameraman zoomed in on his wounded elbow, Quintana jokingly called out an admonishment. "Don't make too big a deal out of it," Quintana laughed. "They'll only get worried back home." It could have been a whole lot worse. Quintana was among the fallers in the crash that ended Niki Terpstra's Tour with a little under 30 kilometres to go, but he remounted quickly and gave chase. Quintana and Movistar found a useful ally of circumstance in Richie Porte (Trek-Segafredo), and they regained ...

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Matthews gives up on Tour de France green jersey

Michael Matthews waves to the crowd in Liège

Michael Matthews has laid down arms in the battle for the green jersey at the Tour de France , taking on the role of lead-out man as Team Sunweb backed Cees Bol in the stage 11 bunch sprint on Wednesday. Matthews has finished in the top 10 on seven of the 10 road stages so far, placing second in Epernay on stage 3 and fourth in Saint Etienne and Albi on stages 8 and 10. At the start of stage 11, he sat second in the points classification, which he won in 2017, trailing six-time green jersey winner Peter Sagan by 62 points. However, he let any ambitions of a second maillot vert fade away on the road to Toulouse. Instead, he worked to set up Bol, the 23-year-old Dutchman who won Nokere Koerse earlier this year. "It was the team's idea on the rest day - they came up ...

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Colnago goes fully mainstream, dropping seatstays and grams with new V3Rs

The V3RS is an all-new lightweight racer

V2-R replacement is available with both rim brakes and discs

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Tour de France: Peter Sagan rides new Specialized e-bike on rest day – Gallery

Bora-hansgrohe switched to jerseys with white shoulders for this year's race

Peter Sagan and his Bora-hansgrohe teammates spent the first rest day at the Tour de France riding on a new road e-bike from team sponsor Specialized . Sagan was riding on the S-Works version of the new bike, with team mechanics taking the time to add green handlebar tape as the current points leader in the race to match Sagan's green jersey. The three-time world champion also has a special, green version of a Wahoo Elemnt Bolt computer. Specialized's other sponsored team at the race – Deceuninck-QuickStep – also rode the new Specialized Creo e-bikes , with the team giving similar treatment to the yellow jersey holder, Julian Alaphilippe. Bora-hansgrohe had a short ride on the rest day, which is common for all teams to do, with a well-earned coffee stop half-way before heading back to the team hotel near Albi. The new e-bike offers up to 240 watts of ...

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George Bennett frustrated as 'accumulation of errors' shoves him down Tour de France standings

George Bennett (Jumbo-Visma)

Amid the celebrations at the Jumbo-Visma bus on Monday in Albi, where Wout Van Aert had given the team their fourth win in 10 stages at this Tour de France , it was easy to forget about George Bennett . The New Zealander had started the day fourth overall, but the crosswinds that split the race and allowed Van Aert to sprint from a reduced bunch sent him tumbling down the general classification. Bennett was not just caught on the wrong side of the key split, like Thibaut Pinot, Jakob Fuglsang, and Richie Porte; he was left at the very back of the race, finishing nearly 10 minutes down. Although he came into the Tour knowing his sole role was to work for Steven Kruijswijk , he nevertheless said it was "frustrating" to lose the time, compounded by the manner in which it was lost. "It was a strange situation, ...

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Cycling survival: What to do when you get dropped — and how to avoid it

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Ride vanishing up the road? Don't panic

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9 of the best Tour de France riders to follow on Strava

2019 Tour De France Stage 10 Saint-Flour to Albi

Following any one of these riders is guaranteed to give you an inferiority complex

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Road furniture: the evolution of obstacles at the Tour de France

Road furniture: the evolution of obstacles at the Tour de France

Ever gone for a drive in France and wondered: why am I getting dizzy? It’s probably because you can barely go a few kilometres without going through a roundabout… here’s a summary of the evolution of road furniture on the routes of the Tour de France.

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