Bardet brings curtain down early on 2019 season

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

Romain Bardet ( AG2R La Mondiale ) has announced that he will not race again this year, citing a need to refresh himself "mentally and physically" after a largely disappointing season. The Frenchman salvaged the king of the mountains title and 15th place overall from a trying Tour de France in July and has since decided that the final stage on the Champs-Élysées would be the final act of his 2019 campaign. "Despite the joy of winning the polka-dot jersey as the best climber of the Tour de France, the 2019 season did not reach the goals I set for myself," Bardet said in a statement released by AG2R La Mondiale. "After a few days of personal reflection and discussions with the management of the AG2R La Mondiale team, it became clear to me that I needed to recharge myself physically and mentally to come back stronger next season. The ...

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Reasons to be cheerful: What to expect from the rest of the 2019 cycling season

Joe Robinson 13 Aug 2019 From a home Worlds to the return of Van der Poel, there's still plenty to expect from the 2019 cycling season The Tour de France may be over and the Spring Classics may be a distant memory but the 2019 cycling season still has plenty to offer. In fact, there are still eight men’s WorldTour and seven women’s WorldTour races still to be settled and the small issues of a World Championships in Yorkshire too. The final, and often most unpredictable, Grand Tour of the year, the Vuelta a Espana , is coming up soon and the last of the five Monuments, Il Lombardia, is still there to be settled. The latter half of the season can produce some of the very best racing. Top riders are often tired, some are battling for a new contract or team to carry them through the next season ...

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Egan Bernal’s yellow Tour de France-winning Pinarello Dogma F12

Egan Bernal, Tour de France 2019, Pinarello Dogma F12

Team Ineos rider pedals into Paris on a custom-painted Dogma F12 as Colombia's first Tour de France champion

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Mitchelton-Scott: Our most successful Tour de France ever

Simon Yates wins stage 12 at the Tour de France

For many teams targeting the general classification at the Tour de France , finding yourself out of the running for the yellow jersey can often be all it needs to consider the race a complete write-off and to head home with your tail between your legs. Not Mitchelton-Scott : despite the wheels having come off Adam Yates ' campaign this year, the Australian team regrouped and came away with an impressive four stage victories. Two-time Tour Down Under champion Daryl Impey got the ball rolling with his win on stage 9, before Simon Yates – at the race to support his brother and GC hopeful Adam – was afforded the opportunity to win stage 12 from a three-man breakaway. Both victories, it must be said, came before Adam fell out of the GC running entirely, but once the team was forced to change its focus – after the British climber ...

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The Hulk has two sides: Peter Sagan’s green jersey bike

In what’s becoming an expected tradition, the brands sponsoring the winner of each classification often go to great lengths to celebrate the victory. From basic things like coloured Boa shoe dials and bar tape, through to custom painted frames, you can bet that by the time the leading rider rolls along the Champs-Élysées, they’ll be … The post The Hulk has two sides: Peter Sagan’s green jersey bike appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Alaphilippe awarded Tour de France's most-combative rider award

Deceuninck-QuickStep's Julian Alaphilippe is awarded the 2019 Tour de France's 'Super Combatif' priz

Deceuninck-QuickStep 's Julian Alaphilippe has been awarded the 'most-combative rider' award at this year's Tour de France , following his 14 days wearing the yellow jersey, with the Frenchman only losing the race lead two days before the finish in Paris. The 2019 race will likely be remembered as France's most successful Tour de France since Bernard Hinault's victory in 1985. And although neither Alaphilippe, Romain Bardet (AG2R La Mondiale), Groupama-FDJ's Thibaut Pinot nor Warren Barguil (Arkéa-Samsic) were able to pull off the ultimate achievement of victory, the nation was nevertheless hugely entertained by its home riders this year. Alaphilippe, who finished fifth overall, had fans believing that he might just be able to pull off the seemingly impossible for much of the race, while Pinot was arguably an even more likely candidate for overall glory – but had to pull out through injury on the same day that Alaphilippe's ...

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Tour de France 2019: Egan Bernal becomes first Colombian to win yellow jersey; Ewan takes final stage

Tour de France 2019: Egan Bernal becomes first Colombian to win yellow jersey; Ewan takes final stag

Joe Robinson 28 Jul 2019 Bernal makes Colombian history as Ewan takes impressive win on Champs-Elysees Egan Bernal ( Team Ineos ) safely crossed the Champs-Elysees finish line to make history and become the first Colombian to win the Tour de France as Caleb Ewan ( Lotto-Soudal ) completed a hat-trick of stage wins in Paris. The 22-year-old secured the first yellow jersey for South America after a dominant display in a weather-effected Alps that saw him snatch the race lead from Julian Alaphilippe ( Deceuninck-QuickStep ) on Stage 19 before guiding it to the finish. Bernal stood on the race's final podium joined by Team Ineos teammate and defending champion Geraint Thomas and Jumbo-Visma's Steven Kruiswijk who took second and third respectively. As for the final stage on the Champs-Elysees, Ewan launched an incredible sprint in a messy finale beating Dylan Groenewegen (Jumbo-Visma) and Niccolo Bonifazio (Total Direct Energie) ...

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Tour de France 2019: Egan Bernal becomes first Colombian to win yellow jersey

Tour de France 2019: Egan Bernal becomes first Colombian to win yellow jersey

Joe Robinson 28 Jul 2019 Bernal makes Colombian history as Ewan takes impressive win on Champs-Elysees Egan Bernal safely crossed the Champs-Elysees finish line to make history and become the first Colombian to win the Tour de France as Caleb Ewan completed a hat-trick of stage wins in Paris. The 22-year-old secured the first yellow jersey for South America after a dominant display in a weather-effected Alps that saw him snatch the race lead from Julian Alaphilippe on Stage 19 before guiding it to the finish. Bernal stood on the race's final podium joined by Team Ineos teammate and defending champion Geraint Thomas and Jumbo-Visma's Steven Kruiswijk who took second and third respectively. As for the final stage finishing on the Champs-Elysees, Ewan launched an incredible sprint in a messy finale beating Dylan Groenewegen and Niccolo Bonifazio to the win. The Australian closed a sizeable gap in the final 100 ...

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Bardet rumoured to be looking at Giro d'Italia start in 2020

Romain Bardet (AG2R La Mondiale) polkadot jersey

Romain Bardet ( AG2R La Mondiale ) may opt to ride the Giro d'Italia in 2020 after struggling through this year's Tour de France where he won the polka-dot mountains jersey but only finished 15th overall. "We're going to wait until the Tour route is published to decide if he'll be there next year," AG2R La Mondiale's sports director Vincent Lavenu told Le Dauphiné Libéré newspaper on Sunday. "Romain's certainly keen to try other things. He's often expressed his wish to take part in the Giro." Competing in the Tour de France afterward the Giro d'Italia in 2020, in any case, would not be ruled out. Bardet has finished twice on the overall podium at the Tour de France, in 2016 and 2017, but wasn't in contention this year, struggling on the climbs earl on but bouncing back to go on the attack on stage 18 to Valloire, where he ...

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Check out Oliver Naesen's steel Eddy Merckx to be ridden on stage 21 of the Tour de France

Joe Robinson 28 Jul 2019 Belgian classics star to prove steel is real on run to the Champs-Elysees AG2R La Mondiale's Oliver Naesen will become a fully signed-up member of the 'steel is real' club as he rides the Champs-Elysees later today thanks to the Belgian racing stage 21 of the Tour de France on a special edition steel Eddy Merckx bike. The 28-year-old will swap his carbon fibre race bike for a new Eddy Merckx Corsa steel bike to cover the 127km stage into Paris as the brand named after cycling's most successful rider ever relaunches its high-end steel bike range. Naesen will compete on what quite the stunning custom-painted white and gold frame, designed to look the very bikes that Merckx himself would have raced in 50-years-ago in 1969 when he won his first Tour de France yellow jersey. Image 3 of 11 Image 3 of 11 However, ...

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Bardet: 'I dreamt of polka-dot jersey'

Bardet: 'I dreamt of polka-dot jersey'

French GC contender Romain Bardet claims that winning the Tour de France mountains jersey is a special career dream come true.

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Tour de France 2019: Vincenzo Nibali wins Stage 20 while Egan Bernal confirms overall victory

Tour de France 2019: Vincenzo Nibali wins Stage 20 while Egan Bernal confirms overall victory

Jack Elton-Walters 27 Jul 2019 Vincenzo Nibali held off the advances of the GC group to cross the line first on Stage 20 of the 2019 Tour de France Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) won Stage 20 of the 2019 Tour de France after going solo on the slopes of the climb to Val Thorens. Behind him, Egan Bernal ( Team Ienos ) did all he needed to, which wasn't much, to ensure overall victory. The stage was drastically reduced from three categorised climbs over 135km to just the final climb and a total distance of 59km due to adverse weather in the mountains . Despite the shortening of the stage, it was still an entertaining day watching the virtual top 10 change - except the yellow jersey which never looked like changing hands. Julian Alaphilippe ( Deceuninck-QuickStep ) was distanced a long way from the finish line and tumbled down the ...

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Today's Tour de France stage shortened from 130km to just 59km due to 'difficult weather'

Jack Elton-Walters 27 Jul 2019 Bernal has all but won the 2019 Tour de France after the final two stages were shortened due to extreme weather. Photo: Snow on Stage 19 Stage 20, the last racing day of the 2019 Tour de France , has been shortened from 130km to just 59km due to what the race's organiser described as 'difficult weather conditions'. After leaving Albertville, the route was supposed to head up the Category 1 Cormet de Roseland followed by the Category 2 Cote de Longefoy before taking on the 33km Hors Categorie climb to the ski station at Val Thorens. Instead, the organier explained that 'd ue to the difficult weather conditions expected on Stage 20 and landslides noticed, the course has been modified.' This now means that following the start in Albertville, the race will use the N90 motorway to head directly to Moutiers where the peloton ...

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Tour de France 2019: Stage 19 cancelled due to hail, snow and mudslides

Tour de France 2019: Stage 19 cancelled due to hail, snow and mudslides

Jack Elton-Walters 26 Jul 2019 Stage 19 dramatically cut short due to extreme weather, leaving Egan Bernal the stage winner and new race leader Stage 19 of the 2019 Tour de France was cancelled mid-stage after a severe hailstorm led to a part of the road being blocked by partially frozen water, and entirely covered by a mudslide near the start of the final climb to Tignes in the high mountains of the Alps. The localised extreme weather struck the race with the leaders having already come over the top of the 2,770m Col de l'Iseran and descending at high speed towards the final climb. The decision meant the summit of the Iseran became the official finish line, since that was the last point at which timing information was taken. It meant Team Ineos rider Egan Bernal was declared the stage winner, and takes over the yellow jersey from Julian ...

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Zwift Power Rankings - Stage 18

Zwift Power Rankings - Stage 18

Just like that, Nairo Quintana and Romain Bardet turned their fortunes around in the only classification that really matters, the Power Rankings.

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Polka-dot jersey a way for Bardet to 'save' his Tour de France

AG2R's Romain Bardet took the polka-dot jersey after stage 18 of the 2019 Tour de France

When Romain Bardet took out his earpiece and started to make his way sorrily up the Col du Tourmalet last weekend, AG2R La Mondiale manager Vincent Lavenu feared his star rider's Tour de France might end there. Five days on, the Frenchman has found new meaning in the race, infiltrating another breakaway on stage 18 on Thursday to take the polka-dot jersey. Bardet was in a sorry state five days ago. He described his Tourmalet meltdown – in which he lost 20 minutes and any hope of finishing on the podium again – as "torment", and spoke of a need to "reinvent" himself. The big, soul-searching questions will come in the off-season but, within this Tour, Bardet has already reinvented himself. With the general classification no longer on the agenda, he has taken the opportunity to get into breaks on the two mountain stages that have followed the Tourmalet. A ...

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Quintana: I'll never surrender at the Tour de France

Nairo Quintana (Movistar) celebrates winning stage 18 at the Tour de France

Nairo Quintana 's rollercoaster relationship with the Tour de France took another dramatic turn on stage 18 with the Colombian bouncing back after a disappointing two weeks to win the first stage in the Alps and jump from 12 to seventh on GC in the process. The former Vuelta a Espana and Giro d’Italia winner has flattered to deceive in the Tour de France ever since a string of three podium places between 2013 and 2016, while the last few years have seen the 29-year-old’s Tour hopes flicker between the mercurial to the mediocre in comparison to those early years of promise. But on stage 18 to Valloire the pint-sized climber provided another timely reminder of both his undoubted class and ultimate underachievement that seems to follow him at the biggest race of all. He escaped as part of a 33-strong group early in the stage and was ever-present as ...

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Alaphilippe defends yellow with daredevil descent as Quintana wins stage 18 - Video

Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep) descending off the Col du Galibier

Not even the high mountain passes of the Col d'Izoard and Col du Galibier could pry the maillot jaune from the shoulders of Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-Quickstep) during stage 18 at the Tour de France . Although Egan Bernal (Team Ineos) launched an attack on the Galibier and clawed back 32 seconds of his deficit to the Frenchman, Alaphilippe nullified an attack from defending champion Geraint Thomas by taking a daredevil descent from the hors categorie climb. Nairo Quintana helped save Movistar's Tour de France with a stage win from the breakaway, chopping a solid five minutes from his gap to rest of the favourites to move into seventh place overall. Quintana was chased by Romain Bardet (AG2R La Mondiale) and Alexey Lutsenko (Astana) but did enough on the Galibier and the tricky descent and run into Valloire to handily claim victory, while Bardet unseated Tim Wellens (Lotto Soudal) in the ...

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Tour de France 2019 stage 18 finish line quotes

Nairo Quintana (Movistar) wins stage 18 at the Tour de France

Nairo Quintana ( Movistar ) - Stage 18 winner "This win reflects the amount of work I've put in to be ready for this type of performance. It was a really grand day for me, and it was within the team strategy. We wanted to put ourselves in the right position for winning the stage and for Mikel Landa to improve his GC position. So it's a fantastic day for me, my family and for the team, for my teammates and for the country. "This stage was one for the pure climbers, for the real climbers in the bunch, and I was present. I was ready for it. It's a beautiful win, and on a stage like this, with this type of profile, it makes me emotional." (ASO Pool) Mikel Landa (Movistar) - Eighth overall Why was Movistar working when Quintana was off the front? "Because we also have some ...

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Tour de France 2019: Nairo Quintana turns back the clock to win Stage 18

Tour de France 2019: Nairo Quintana turns back the clock to win Stage 18

Jack Elton-Walters 25 Jul 2019 Quintana was unrivalled on the Galibier and then uncatchable on the descent to take the stage & possibly put himself back in contention Nairo Quintana (Movistar) won Stage 18 of the 2019 Tour de France after going solo on the climb of the Col du Galibier and then retaining his advantage on the descent and flat run in to the finish line. He looked like the Quintana of old as he ascended the challenging slopes of the final climb. Romain Bardet (AG2R La Mondiale) crossed the line second and thanks to his efforts earlier in the stage will now wear the polka dot jersey into the closing mountain stages. The remnants of the early breakaway came over the line in ones and two before Egan Beral ( Team Ineos ) who had attacked on the final climb and kept clear to the finish line. This ...

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