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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Photo gallery: The best shoes of the 2019 Tour de France

Ah, shoes. In a sport that so often controls exactly how and what pros ride in, shoes (and sometimes eyewear…) are often the last frontier for individuality. Sure, some teams enforce the use of a specific brand, but the majority let their riders walk their own path in finding a shoe that fits their feet … The post Photo gallery: The best shoes of the 2019 Tour de France appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Tour de France 2019: Dylan Teuns wins on La Planche Des Belles Filles, but Giulio Ciccone takes yellow

Tour de France 2019: Dylan Teuns wins on La Planche Des Belles Filles, but Giulio Ciccone takes yell

Martin James 11 Jul 2019 Bahrain-Merida rider takes the stage, but Ciccone ends the day smiling despite Alaphilippe's heroics approaching the line Image credit: Eurosport Dylan Teuns (Bahrain Merida) outlasted fellow breakaway compatriot Giulio Ciccone (Trek-Segafredo) on the brutal final kilometre of La Planche Des Belles Filles to claim victory at the end of a punishing Stage 6 of the 2019 Tour de France. However, Ciccone's effort was enough to take the yellow jersey from the shoulders of Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep) by just 6 seconds despite a heroic effort in the final kilometre that left all but Ineos's Geraint Thomas of the race favourites floundering in the dust. Ciccone finished 11 seconds behind Belgian Teuns, but the 6 bonus seconds he gained for second place ended up making literally all the difference. Another rider involved in the day's main break, Xandro Meurisse (Wanty-Gobert) was third, but Thomas showed strength where ...

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Tour de France 2019: Dylan Teuns wins Stage 6 on La Planche Des Belles Filles, but Giulio Ciccone takes yellow

Tour de France 2019: Dylan Teuns wins Stage 6 on La Planche Des Belles Filles, but Giulio Ciccone ta

Martin James 11 Jul 2019 Bahrain-Merida rider takes the stage, but Ciccone ends the day smiling despite Alaphilippe's heroics approaching the line Image credit: Eurosport Dylan Teuns (Bahrain Merida) outlasted fellow breakaway compatriot Giulio Ciccone (Trek-Segafredo) on the brutal final kilometre of La Planche Des Belles Filles to claim victory at the end of a punishing Stage 6 of the 2019 Tour de France. However, Ciccone's effort was enough to take the yellow jersey from the shoulders of Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep) by just 6 seconds despite a heroic effort in the final kilometre that left all but Ineos's Geraint Thomas of the race favourites floundering in the dust. Ciccone finished 11 seconds behind Belgian Teuns, but the 6 bonus seconds he gained for second place ended up making literally all the difference. Another rider involved in the day's main break, Xandro Meurisse (Wanty-Gobert) was third, but Thomas showed strength where ...

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Canyon unveils its lightest disc road model, the Ultimate CF Evo Disc

German-based Canyon Bicycles has unveiled its lightest disc-brake road model to date, the Ultimate CF Evo Disc. It’s a bike made for the mountains — feather-light for climbing, and equipped with disc brakes for fast or harrowing descents. The Ultimate CF Evo Disc weighs 5.95kg (13.11 pounds) without pedals. The light weight was made possible … The post Canyon unveils its lightest disc road model, the Ultimate CF Evo Disc appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Azevedo denies reports that Katusha-Alpecin is certain to fold

Jose Goncalves at the Katusha team car

Katusha-Alpecin general manager Jose Azevedo denied reports that the Katusha-Alpecin team will fold at the end of the season and has released its riders to seek new contracts. When asked by Cyclingnews and other media at the Tour de France about Wednesady's report in L'Equipe , Azevedo was firm in his denial. "It's not true. For the moment it is a lot of rumours and a lot of speculation. We have people who are working on the future of the team. When we have real news we will announce it," Azevedo said. When pressed about the reports that riders have been freed to seek new deals, Azevedo clarified that he expects riders under contract to wait and see what the team does. "We have riders with contracts, and these riders have a contract with the team, and they need to wait. If we have a team we respect the contract. ...

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Azevedo denies reports that Katusha-Alpecin could disband

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With important sponsors leaving, the future of Katusha-Alpecin is far from secure, but staffers deny the team has given up hope Read the full article at Azevedo denies reports that Katusha-Alpecin could disband on VeloNews.com .

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Israel Cycling Academy in talks with Katusha team for 2020

Ilnur Zakarin and the Katusha-Alpecin Giro roster

Cyclingnews understands that the Israel Cycling Academy is in talks with the Katusha-Alpecin team to take over the Russian team's WorldTour status for 2020 when new three-year licences are awarded by the UCI. The Katusha-Alpecin team has yet to confirm its plan for the future, with team owner and key backer Igor Makarov expected to make a final decision on his involvement on the first rest of the Tour de France next Tuesday. Hair shampoo sponsor Alpecin and bike sponsor Canyon are unlikely to extend their sponsorship with Katusha. Both have been linked to the future plans of Mathieu van der Poel and his Corendon Circus team. Team manager Jose Azevedo refused to comment on the future of the team at the start of stage 4 of the Tour de France. However, L'Equipe reported that the riders were told on Tuesday night that the team will not continue in 2020 ...

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Team Alpecin part 2 | conquering road descents

Team Alpecin 2019

Team Alpecin’s Marie-Louise Kertzman conquers her descending demons

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UCI wants your say on how to increase the appeal of road cycling

UCI wants your say on how to increase the appeal of road cycling

George Smith 10 Jul 2019 The survey will even look at how to improve viewing of cycling and controversial topics like team budgets and The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) today announced a large-scale consultation with the general public in the hopes of understanding the sport's appeal, what could be improved, and what fans are expecting in the future. An online survey was made available on Wednesday 10th July, open until Tuesday 16th July, where those interested can provide some opinions on what they’d like to see done to make road cycling more exciting. It will also explore thoughts on some of the sport’s more controversial topics such as the use of power metres in competition, as well as team size and budgets. The survey, which can be taken in eight languages (French, English, Spanish, Arab, Russian, Portuguese, German and Italian), gathers basic background information on the participant and their interest ...

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Record numbers tune in to watch Tour de Yorkshire but income falls sharply, study reveals

Record numbers tune in to watch Tour de Yorkshire but income falls sharply, study reveals

George Smith 10 Jul 2019 Bad weather contributed to less revenue in 2019 although the race saw record TV viewing figure A study on the impact of the 2019 Tour de Yorkshire has today revealed that adverse weather saw profits for the region fall dramatically, though led to an increase in television viewing. The research, conducted by independent research company GRASP and compiled by Leeds Beckett University, found that while just shy of two million spectators braved the miserable weather to line the roadsides for the fifth edition of the race, profits to the area reached only £60 million, £30 million less than 2018. The research also revealed that more than double the amount of people watched at home compared to last year. Between the men's and women's editions, some 28 million people across 190 countries tuned in to the coverage as Chris Lawless and Marianne Vos triumphed respectively. See ...

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Record numbers tune in to watch the Tour de Yorkshire while income generated falls sharply, study reveals

Record numbers tune in to watch the Tour de Yorkshire while income generated falls sharply, study re

George Smith 10 Jul 2019 Bad weather contributed to less revenue in 2019 although the race saw record TV viewing figure A study on the impact of the 2019 Tour de Yorkshire has today revealed that adverse weather saw profits for the region fall dramatically and an increase in television viewing. The research conducted by independent research company GRASP and compiled by Leeds Beckett Universit found that while just shy of 2 million spectators braved the miserable weather to line the roadsides for the 5th edition of the stage race, profits to the area reached only £60million, £30 million less than 2018. Alongside a large number of spectators who supported the riders in person, the research also showed how more than double the amount of people watched at home compared to last year. Between the men and the women's editions, some 28 million people across 190 countries tuned in to ...

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Katusha-Alpecin to fold at end of year, reports suggest

Katusha-Alpecin to fold at end of year, reports suggest

Joe Robinson 10 Jul 2019 Riders told they can start hunt for new team by management Katusha-Alpecin are set to close their doors at the end of 2019 after a decade in the sport, according to reports. French newspaper L'Equipe reported that team bosses informed the riders that the team would cease to exist beyond 2019 and that they would be free to begin negotiations with other teams. It is believed that the news was told to the team after Stage 4 of the Tour de France into Nancy on Tuesday evening. It was also suggested that the 23-rider roster had been waiting since 1st July to hear whether the team would continue before looking at alternative options. L'Equipe also writes that the UCI has not received a WorldTour registration from the Swiss-based, Russian-owned team, either. See related Tour de France 2019: Route maps, riders, live TV guide and all ...

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Tour de France: Sagan unstoppable on Stage 5 to Colmar

Tour de France: Sagan unstoppable on Stage 5 to Colmar

Joe Robinson 10 Jul 2019 Three-time World Champion too strong in final sprint as Van Aert takes impressive second Peter Sagan dominated the sprint finish into Comar to take victory in Stage 5 of the Tour de France. The Slovakian left it until the final 150m to launch his sprint eventually beating Jumbo Visma's Wout van Aert into second and Matteo Trentin of Mitchelton-Scott into third. The sprint was initially led out by Trek-Segafredo's Jasper Stuyven, who was the first to launch for the line, however he eventually faded to ninth as Michael Matthews failed to take advantage of Team Sunweb's worth as he only managed seventh in the bunch kick. As for the General Classification, Julian Alaphilppe rolled in 10th on the stage to retain his yellow jersey meaning will head into the race's first mountain stage to Les Planche des Belle Filles tomorrow in the race lead. Run ...

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Katusha's future looks uncertain as rider contract extensions put on hold

Ilnur Zakarin (Katusha-Alpecin)

The future of Katusha-Alpecin has once again come into focus, with general manager Jose Azevedo confirming to Cyclingnews that he is currently unable to offer riders contract extensions for next year. The team’s future already looked shaky, with shampoo brand Alpecin set to depart as secondary sponsor when their contract with the team expires at the end of the year. At the weekend, Italian publication Tuttobici wrote that bike supplier Canyon would also leave the team at the end of the year, with the German brand and Alpecin choosing to focus their complete attention on sensation Mathieu van der Poel , as they look to build a road team around the Dutch rider in the future. Azevedo went on the record to confirm that he was no closer to re-signing Katusha-Alpecin’s current Grand Tour leader, Ilun Zakarin , after initial contract discussions were put on hold. The Russian was linked ...

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Tour de France: Deceuninck-QuickStep miss out on home Grand Départ victory

Deceuninck-QuickStep in the team time trial at the Tour de France

Deceuninck-QuickStep failed to convert a strong lead-out in the stage 1 sprint and missed out on the victory in the stage 2 team time trial, which will be considered a disappointing Brussels Grand Départ on home soil at the Tour de France . The team's director Tom Steels was able to put their third place in the team time trial into perspective - "I don't think we've done a bad job, but [Jumbo-Visma] were on another level." There's little time to contemplate about the performances in the Grand Départ because on Monday there's a new opportunity that suits the Belgian team. The 215km stage from Binche leads the peloton to Épernay in France. The four categorised climbs in the final kilometres and the uphill finish on the Côte de Mutigny surely suit French climber Julian Alaphilippe. Steels confirmed as much saying, "The finish on Monday suits Julian but it suits ...

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Tour de France 2019: Stage 2 finish line quotes

Greg Van Avermaet (CCC Team) speaks to the media after the stage 2 team time trial

Mike Teunissen (Jumbo-Visma) – Stage 1 & 2 winner, race leader "Yesterday was a dream and today is again the thing we dreamt of. It was really hard because of Dylan's crash – he couldn't give his all. He fought really well and did good work in the beginning and then we had one guy less. "We had a tactic to do it without George [Bennett] because he's just too small (laughs). But in the end, he felt really good and could help us. The other guys were really strong, really long pulls. All the little kickers were really hard, but everyone kept their pace. "We heard that we were fastest, and we got so much morale – we already had a lot with this jersey on. We were flying, it was unbelievable. It's not that I'm getting used to winning stages at the Tour de France but it's two ...

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Tour de France 2019: Jumbo-Visma dominate Stage 2 team TT to win comfortably

Tour de France 2019: Jumbo-Visma dominate Stage 2 team TT to win comfortably

Martin James 7 Jul 2019 Dutch team a massive 20 seconds quicker than Team Ineos to extend Mike Theunissen's overall lead Jumbo-Visma kept Mike Theunissen in the yellow jersey with a masterly performance to win Stage 2 of the 2019 Tour de France, a 27.2km team time-trial in Brussels. The bonus seconds from Theunissen’s stage win yesterday gave the Dutch team a buffer to play with over the likes of Team Ineos and Deceuninck-QuickStep, but in the end they didn’t need it. Jumbo-Visma were a full 20 seconds quicker than Team Ineos at the finish, to make it two out of two so far this year, and give an early boost to Steven Kruijswijk’s GC ambitions. Deceuninck-QuickStep were third, less than a second slower than Ineos, then came Katusha-Alpecin and Sunweb. See related Tour de France 2019: Route maps, riders, live TV guide and all you need to know Tour ...

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Tour de France: Jumbo-Visma win team time trial in Brussels

Jumbo-Visma win team time trial at Tour de France

Jumbo-Visma made it two out of two at the Tour de France , following up Mike Teunissen 's surprise stage 1 win with a dominant performance on the stage 2 team time trial. They took victory with a time of 28:57, 20 seconds ahead of Team Ineos and 21 up on Deceuninck-QuickStep. Stage favourites Team Ineos set off first, and duly set the fastest time of the day at 29:18 flat. Katusha-Alpecin were the first team to come close, beating the British team's intermediate times, but falling short by just six seconds at the finish. Movistar and Trek-Segafredo both endured disappointing rides, falling outside the 30-minute mark. The main challengers to Ineos came late on, with a raft of favourites filling out the final starting slots. Mitchelton-Scott, Bahrain-Merida and EF Education First all impressed, but ultimately fell short of challenging for the win. QuickStep came the closest, looking odds-on to ...

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