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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Gallopin and Gougeard extend contracts with AG2R La Mondiale – Transfer shorts

Tony Gallopin (AG2R La Mondiale) leads the break on stage 10 of the Tour de France

Tony Gallopin and Alexis Gougeard are just two of six riders who have extended their contracts with AG2R La Mondiale , the team has announced. Gallopin and Gougeard are currently taking part in the Tour de France , where they're riding in support of French GC hopeful Romain Bardet . Former Tour and Vuelta a Espana stage winner Gallopin and this year's Circuit Cycliste Sarthe winner Gougeard – who also won a stage at the Vuelta in 2015 – were joined on the French WorldTour team's list of riders re-signing for another two years by François Bidard, Julien Duval and Clément Venturini, while 35-year-old Belgian Stijn Vandenbergh has signed for one year. "It's vital for the stability of the team that we extend contracts with riders whose strengths and talent are very important to us," said team manager Vincent Lavenu in a press release. Eiking extends contract with Wanty-Gobert Norway's ...

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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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Bardet: One day can change everything at the Tour de France

Romain Bardet (AG2R La Mondiale) at the Tour de France

Entering the first rest day of the Tour de France , Romain Bardet had cause for celebration, or at least relief, having been among the GC contenders to avoid time losses on Monday's unexpected 'trap' stage to Albi. But the AG2R La Mondiale leader cut a philosophical tone at the team's press conference in Castres, evaluating the race and its "ups and downs" as a whole, rather than being drawn on specific flashpoints from the race so far. "I can't be happy with this start to the race," he said in front of the assembled press in Castres. "But it's the Tour, it has ups and downs. There has been some frustration, that's for sure, but there's still a long way to go. "The important thing is to remain calm and stay faithful to my guiding principle. At the end we'll draw the real conclusions." There have been tough times ...

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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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Tour de France: Dan Martin looks to the mountains after getting through hectic stage 10

Dan Martin finishes stage 7 at the Tour de France

UAE Team Emirates ' general classification contender Daniel Martin safely finished in the front group at the Tour de France on stage 10 on Monday, which was a tough day at the office for a number of his rivals as echelons formed by the strong winds split the race apart. Trek-Segafredo's Richie Porte, Astana's Jakob Fuglsang and 2017 Tour runner-up Rigoberto Urán all lost 1:40 – and serious dents to their GC chances – to Martin's group, which also included Team Ineos duo Egan Bernal and Geraint Thomas, Nairo Quintana of Movistar and AG2R La Mondiale's Romain Bardet. "Even from the first kilometre, it was stressful," Martin said on his team's website of the 217km stage from Saint-Flour to Albi. "Everybody knew with the wind was dangerous, and when you have over 200km when it can happen at any moment, you always need a bit of good luck to be ...

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Adam Yates on right side of peloton-split during spectacular Tour de France stage

Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott)

Adam Yates ( Mitchelton-Scott ) was one of the GC-contender winners at the Tour de France on Monday when the formation of echelons on a windy stage 10 saw the state of affairs change dramatically, with a number of other contenders losing more than a minute-and-a-half. Yates was pleased to have teammate Matteo Trentin for company when the dramatic split in the peloton happened with 30km to go of the 217km stage between Saint-Flour and Albi. The Italian then sprinted to eighth place on the stage, while Yates – in the company of riders such as Nairo Quintana (Movistar), Romain Bardet (AG2R La Mondiale) and Team Ineos duo Geraint Thomas and Egan Bernal – gained 1:40 over a number of GC rivals, including Richie Porte (Trek-Segafredo), Astana's Jakob Fuglsang and Rigoberto Uran (EF Education First). "What can you say? It was pretty chilled out in the beginning, then all of ...

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Tour de France: Fuglsang falls out of top 10 overall after race splits apart

Jakob Fuglsang (Astana)

Tour de France hopeful Jakob Fuglsang 's chances took a considerable blow when the Astana leader found himself on the wrong side of a split in the peloton in the closing stages of Monday's 10th stage from Saint-Flour to Albi. The Dane was far from the only GC hopeful to lose time, as Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ), Richie Porte (Trek-Segafredo) and EF Education First's Rigoberto Uran also all dropped 1:40 to the likes of Geraint Thomas, Egan Bernal (both Team Ineos), Romain Bardet (AG2R La Mondiale) and Mitchelton-Scott's Adam Yates. Up front, Team Ineos turned the screw to the advantage of their two leaders, Bernal and defending Tour champion Thomas, putting the ball firmly in the British team's court going into the first rest day on Tuesday. Hard work in the second main group by Fuglsang's Astana teammate Alexey Lutsenko at first helped bring the gap down to just 14 seconds ...

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Tour de France: Porte and Ciccone lose time in crosswinds

Trek-Segafredo's Richie Porte drives the chase during stage 10 at the Tour de France

Richie Porte and Trek-Segafredo suffered through a tough day in the crosswinds Monday during stage 10 at the Tour de France , just missing out on the lead group when the race blew into echelons with 30km to go and losing time to many of the top general classification favourites. Porte finished the stage in a group that came in 1:40 down on winner Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma), who won a reduced sprint from a group that included Team Ineos' Geraint Thomas and Egan Bernal, Jumbo-Visma's Steven Kruijswijk, Deceuninck-QuickStep's Enric Mas, AG2R La Mondiale's Romain Bardet, Movistar's Nairo Quintana, Mitchelton-Scott's Adam Yates and Arkea-Samsic's Warren Barguil. Former yellow jersey Giulio Ciccone lost even more time, finishing 2:09 behind Van Aert and slipping from second overall to 10th, ceding his white jersey of the best young rider to Bernal. "We knew it was coming, but when they put it in the ...

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Tour de France: EF Education First pay the price in crosswinds

EF Education First ride near the front during stage 10 at the Tour de France

The Tour de France lasts three weeks, but in an instant the race can turn upside down. As European riders like to say: one minute you're the hammer, the next you're the nail, taking the beating. The EF Education First team were both in the final 40km of stage 10 to Albi. They went on the attack with 43km to go, sparking a split in the peloton, only to then get caught out and distanced in the chaos when Team Ineos and Deceuninck-QuickStep joined in the attack. EF Education First team leader Rigoberto Urán and several teammates went from the front group to the second group and never saw the head of the race again as the Tour de France became more like Gent-Wevelgem than a transfer stage south towards the Pyrenees for the first rest day. Urán was with fellow overall contenders Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ), Richie Porte (Trek-Segafredo) and ...

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Tour de France: Barguil admits causing Mikel Landa's fall

Mikel Landa (Movistar)

Mikel Landa 's tumultuous relationship with Grand Tours showed no sign of ending on stage 10 of the Tour de France , as the Basque rider lost more than two minutes following a crash during the fraught finale of splits and all-out chases. As the echelons formed late on in the crosswinds, initially both Movistar and Team Ineos were more than satisfied, as the Spanish team, like the British, had all of their main men – Landa, Alejandro Valverde and Nairo Quintana – ahead. But then an untimely crash for Landa at 25 kilometres from the line, unintentionally caused by Warren Barguil (Arkea-Samsic) whilst in the front group, suddenly saw Landa spinning out of the back and into a group of spectators. After remounting he finally latched onto a third group with former race leader Giulio Ciccone (Trek-Segafredo). "It was a ‘shock'," Landa said in a statement released by his ...

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Tour de France 2019: Wout van Aert sprints to victory on Stage 10 as many GC riders lose time

Tour de France 2019: Wout van Aert sprints to victory on Stage 10 as many GC riders lose time

George Smith 15 Jul 2019 Some teams take advantage of the crosswinds to gain time on rivals as Wout van Aert springs to Stage 10 victory at the 2019 Tour de France Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) outsprinted the likes of Elia Viviani (Deceuninck-QuickStep) and Caleb Ewan (Lotto-Soudal) to take the win on Stage 10 of the 2019 Tour de France. Despite a cyclocross riders beating the best sprinters in the world being big news, the main story was happening behind where many riders saw their hopes of overall win disappearing up the road as splits in the peloton saw riders such as Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) lose over a minute. After a tame day for the riders, attacks in the wind led to large gaps opening up splits in the peloton separating the GC riders, while Van Aert timed his sprint to perfection beating out Viviani on the uphill drag into ...

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Tour de France 2019: Wout van Aert sprints to victory on Stage 10 as key GC riders lose time

Tour de France 2019: Wout van Aert sprints to victory on Stage 10 as key GC riders lose time

George Smith 15 Jul 2019 Some teams take advantage of the crosswinds to gain time on rivals as Wout van Aert springs to Stage 10 victory at the 2019 Tour de France Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) outsprinted the likes of Elia Viviani ( Deceuninck-QuickStep ) and Caleb Ewan ( Lotto-Soudal ) to take the win on Stage 10 of the 2019 Tour de France . A cyclocross rider beating the best sprinters in the world should really have been the day's biggest news, the main story was happening behind where many riders saw their hopes of overall victory disappearing up the road as splits in the peloton saw riders such as Thibaut Pinot ( Groupama-FDJ ) lose over a minute. After a tame day for the riders, attacks in the wind led to large gaps opening up splits in the peloton separating the GC riders, while Van Aert timed his ...

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Two amateur riders flee race after being suspected of using concealed motors

Chris Froome bike is checked for a motor on Stage 9 of the 2016 Tour de France

Joe Robinson 15 Jul 2019 Organisers called the police after duo refused to have bikes checked Two amateur bike riders fled a race in Italy after organisers attempted to check their bikes for motors. During the third round of the Portogruarese Criterium in Veneto, race officials requested to check the bikes of the duo who refused to allow the checks to take place. When the Italian police were called to intervene, both made off in a van before any checks could take place. Race organisers took to searching the pair's bikes after complaints from others within the race and spectators in the crowd. One of the alledged culprits, Alessandro Fantin of the GS Vinal team, managed to finish eighth on the day while the other rider is yet to be identified. See related Motor doping is happening, and we've tested it Tour de France 2019: Route maps, riders, live TV ...

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Bardet chooses defiance at the Tour de France

Romain Bardet (AG2R La Mondiale)

Outside Bar Postel in the centre of Brioude, the band was playing a passable version of 'The Last Time' by the Rolling Stones. Their competition around the block at Godart Daniel was belting out Lynyrd Skynyrd's 'Sweet Home Alabama.' Both felt appropriate backing music for the homecoming of the town's most famous son, Romain Bardet , on stage 9 of the Tour de France . Brioude was hosting La Grande Boucle for just the second time – it was the site of a stage start in 2008 – and it seems difficult to imagine that a town of 7,100 inhabitants could allow itself the extravagance too many more times before the end of Bardet's career. Murals of Bardet and his AG2R La Mondiale teammates were applied to municipal buildings in the town centre to add to the festive ambience of the Bastille Day stage. The playing field in the municipal ...

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Smooth sailing for Thomas and Bernal on stage 9 of Tour de France

Egan Bernal and Geraint Thomas in the Team Ineos bubble at the Tour de France

In contrast to the hectic end to stage 8 of the Tour de France , Team Ineos enjoyed a more controlled, and certainly less strenuous, finish to stage 9 in Brioude. On Bastille Day, the breakaway finished over 16 minutes up on the peloton, but even with the stage victory well out of sight, it didn't stop several riders going on the attack on the final climb of the Côte de Saint-Just. Romain Bardet (AG2R La Mondiale) led the charge on home ground, while Richie Porte (Team Sunweb) and George Bennett (Jumbo-Visma) followed. But with Ineos on the front of the peloton, they didn't get far before being pulled back. "It was not a bad day," said co-team leader Egan Bernal after the finish. "I think that it was a good day for us. The principal objective was not to lose time in the general classification, so we did it ...

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Alaphilippe shrugs off overall ambitions in the Tour de France

Julian Alaphilippe in the yellow jersey

And on Bastille Day, he rested. Julian Alaphilippe became the 18th Frenchman to wear the yellow jersey on the national holiday, but after his all-action opening to the Tour de France , it was a rare afternoon of relative calm for the Deceuninck-QuickStep rider on the road from Saint-Étienne to Brioude. Some of Alaphilippe's forebears in the maillot jaune have enjoyed (or endured, as the case may be) days of high drama on July 14. In 1997, Cédric Vasseur surpassed himself in the Pyrenees to retain the jersey at Loudenvielle, for instance, just as Thomas Voeckler did at Luz-Ardiden in 2011. Thirty years ago, Laurent Fignon entertained on the road to Marseille with an unexpected sortie in the company of Charly Mottet, on a stage eventually won by Vincent Barteau. Alaphilippe's Bastille Day was rather more straightforward. He finished safely in the main peloton that rolled home more than 16 ...

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Porte celebrates making it through stage 9 of Tour de France

Richie Porte (Trek-Segafredo) at the team presentation at the Tour de France

Richie Porte lightheartedly celebrated finishing stage 9 of the Tour de France in Brioude, after crashing out on day 9 of both the 2017 and 2018 Grand Boucle. Porte celebrated making it through the 170km in the Massif Central of France on social media, writing: 'stage 9 done' a posting a gif of Jack Black making a proud salute. He also showed he was still in the 2019 Tour de France and still an overall contender with a brief showing on the front on the final climb of Cote de Saint-Just. He followed and then leading enfant du pays Romain Bardet when he opened a gap on the peloton for a moment until Team Ineos closed down the surge and took control of the peloton. Porte crashed out of the 2017 Tour de France on stage 9 to Chambery in the Alps when he went off the road on a ...

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Tour de France: Impey wins stage 9 - Video

Daryl Impey (Mitchelton-Scott) wins stage 9

Daryl Impey (Mitchelton Scott) stole the show on stage 9 of the Tour de France , winning ahead of Tiesj Benoot (Lotto Soudal) on Bastille Day. The pair were part of a 15-man raiding party that escaped earlier on the stage. They attacked alongside Nicolas Roche (Team Sunweb) on the final climb before the Irishman was eventually distanced with 8.5km to go. Despite a valiant chase from behind, Impey and Benoot came into the final together with the South African clearly the fastest of the pair. The stage also saw an attack from Romain Bardet on home roads but he was quickly closed down by Team Ineos. In the race for the yellow jersey Julian Alaphilippe retained his overnight lead over Giulio Ciccone (Trek-Segafredo) and Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ). You can read more at Cyclingnews.com

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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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