Matthews will no longer fight for the green jersey at the Tour de France

Supported by Sunweb’s Michael Matthews will no longer focus on racking up points for the green jersey battle at the Tour de France. As the 28-year-old Australian explained after stage 11, his team has decided to give up on the points classification to instead focus on scoring stage victories with both Matthews and teammates like Cees Bol, … The post Matthews will no longer fight for the green jersey at the Tour de France appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Matthews says he will no longer contest the Tour’s green jersey

Supported by Sunweb’s Michael Matthews will no longer fight for points in the green jersey battle at the Tour de France. As the 28-year-old Australian explained after stage 11, his team has decided to give up on the points classification to instead focus on scoring stage victories with both Matthews and teammates like Cees Bol, who was … The post Matthews says he will no longer contest the Tour’s green jersey appeared first on CyclingTips .

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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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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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Tour de France 2019 stage 11 finish line quotes

Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal) wins stage 11 at the Tour de France

Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal) - stage 11 winner "To be honest I can't believe it. I've been close in the last four sprints I've done, and my team never lost faith in me. I never lost faith in my sprint. I knew if everything came together then I can be the fastest on the day, and I think today I showed that. "I think with about 10ks to go I got caught behind my teammate Jasper who crashed, and I was really at the back of the bunch. Roger came back for me, and he basically took me from the back of the bunch to Groenewegen's wheel in the last few kilometres. Once I had a bit of time to recover, luckily I had the legs to be able to win. "There's no other race I've dreamt of winning since I was a young kid. I can't believe it. The ...

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Tour de France: Rest day training - Gallery

Rohan Dennis (Bahrain-Merida)

It has been a long 10 days before the first rest day of the 2019 Tour de France , and the riders enjoyed a leisurely day in Albi, aside from the usual media obligations. Teams took easy cruises on their road bikes, with the exception of Geraint Thomas, Egan Bernal (Team Ineos) and Richie Porte (Trek-Segafredo), Dan Martin (UAE Team Emirates) and other GC contenders who, despite there being two more stages before the individual time trial in Pau, opted to get some preparation done. Before the riders get to Pau, the peloton has one flat stage that will have the sprinters - in particular Elia Viviani (Deceuninck-QuickStep), Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal) and Michael Matthews (Team Sunweb) - eager to get back on top after being trounced by young Wout Van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) on stage 10. Stage 12 on Thursday will be a big test to see if the climbers ...

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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: Wout van Aert wins stage 10

Wout van Aert wins stage 10 at the Tour de France

Wout van Aert ( Jumbo-Visma ) claimed his maiden individual Tour de France win on stage 10, and on a day of racing that saw the overall standings change after a number of contenders lost significant time in the crosswinds. Van Aert – making his Grand Tour debut – won ahead of Elia Viviani (Deceuninck-QuickStep) and Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal) in Albi, but the stage was dominated by the splits caused with 30km to go as Team Ineos and several allies tore the peloton apart during a section of crosswinds. The effort succeeded, with Thibaut Pinot (Groupama FDJ), Richie Porte (Trek-Segafredo), Rigoberto Uran (EF Education First) and Jakob Fuglsang (Astana) all conceding 1:40 on a group that contained Nairo Quintana, Julian Alaphilippe and the Team Ineos pair of Geraint Thomas and Egan Bernal. Alaphilippe heads into the first rest day with a 1:12 lead over Thomas, with Bernal four seconds ...

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Giro Rosa 2019: Dominant Annemiek van Vleuten retains title

Giro Rosa 2019: Dominant Annemiek van Vleuten retains title

George Smith 15 Jul 2019 Dutchwoman makes it two wins from two years in women’s most prestigious stage race After 10 gruelling stages across Northern Italy, Annemiek van Vleuten ( Mitchelton-Scott ) became the first back-to-back winner of the Giro Rosa since 2012, adding the mountains jersey to her palmaires while retaining the race’s overall and points classifications that she won in 2018. Two-time winner Anna van der Breggen (Boels-Dolmans) came second while Amanda Spratt (Mitchelton-Scott) battled hard to join her teammate on the podium in third. Juliette Labous ( Team Sunweb ) came in 11th, 9 minutes 51 seconds down on the winner to claim the young rider’s classification. Former runner up Elisa Longo Borghini ( Trek-Segafredo ) took the fifth and final blue jersey as best Italian rider. The race opened in the north-west of Italy with an 18km team time-trial which was won comfortably by Canyon-Sram ahead ...

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Tour de France: Benoot not satisfied with 'most aggressive rider' award after second place

Lotto Soudal's Tiesj Benoot finished second on stage 9 of the 2019 Tour de France, and was handed th

Lotto Soudal were unable to take a second stage win in a row on stage 9 of the Tour de France on Sunday, when Tiesj Benoot was left frustrated to finish as runner-up to Mitchelton-Scott's Daryl Impey. Benoot's teammate Thomas De Gendt had won the previous day's stage into Saint-Etienne. On the way back out of the Massif Central city, the 'most aggressive rider' award given to Benoot on the podium that evening in Brioude – while eliciting a smile and a salute to the crowd – was of little consolation to him. "I targeted the victory today, and didn't ride this stage to win the most aggressive rider award, obviously," he said on his team's website. "To finish second from such a strong breakaway is already huge, but when you're in such a position, you want to win, of course." Benoot and Impey jettisoned Sunweb's Nicolas Roche from the ...

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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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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: Stage 9 finish line quotes

Daryl Impey (Mitchelton-Scott) wins stage 9

Daryl Impey (Mitchelton-Scott) - stage winner It's pretty much for me, from the Tour de France perspective, it's something that I was really missing. It's the seventh time I'm riding the Tour de France and have been in a number of breakaways, to finally nail it today - it's a dream come true. I really don't have any words. It was a stage I'd kind of marked for a breakaway. Yesterday, also obviously, but unfortunately the break went away straightaway. Today we were pretty active - Luke and them were active in the start. I just kind of found the lucky move. I didn't have to do too much to get in there. We all worked really well together. I just believed in myself. Played it quite smart there in the end, I think. I knew I had to get to Tiesj [Benoot] and them on the final climb. I've ...

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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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Tour de France: Impey wins stage 9 in Brioude

Daryl Impey (Mitchelton-Scott) wins stage 9

Daryl Impey (Mitchelton-Scott) claimed victory on stage 9 of the Tour de France after a cool, calm and collected performance that culminated in a two-man sprint against Tiesj Benoot (Lotto Soudal). The two broke away from a large escape group that had built up a lead over the peloton, with Jan Tratnik (Bahrain Merida), also from the breakaway, coming in third a few seconds later. Impey made several important moves in the stage finale, the first of which came when he accelerated away from a chase group in order to bridge up to Benoot and Nicolas Roche (Team Sunweb) on the final climb. When Benoot then attacked in the closing stages on a small rise, the South African was immediately on the Lotto-Soudal rider's wheel, as Roche began to falter. The two leaders built up a 15 second lead as they raced towards the finish, with Impey doing the majority ...

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Van Vleuten helps Spratt onto Giro Rosa podium on final mountain stage

Annemiek van Vleuten helped Mitchelton-Scott teammate Amanda Spratt to a podium spot on the GC on st

With a 4:11 lead on the GC after stage 8, Annemiek van Vleuten ( Mitchelton-Scott ) didn't really have to worry about her maglia rosa on the final mountain stage of the Giro d'Italia Internazionale Femminile on Saturday. Instead, the race leader lent a hand to her teammate Amanda Spratt . Spratt has been an excellent lieutenant for Van Vleuten throughout the race, reprising the role she had played in the 36-year-old's 2018 Giro Rosa victory. In recognition of her effort and that of the whole team, Mitchelton-Scott's tactic for stage 9 centred around getting Spratt from fifth place overall onto the GC podium. Spratt was seven seconds behind Lucinda Brand (Team Sunweb) in fourth place and 1:07 behind third-placed Kasia Niewiadoma (Canyon-SRAM) before the stage. The steep finishing climb to Malga Montasio was ideal for the Australian climber, and Van Vleuten put the pressure on early. "I went with ...

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Giro Rosa: Van der Breggen wins stage 9

Anna van der Breggen (Boels Dolmans) wins the stage

Anna van der Breggen ( Boels Dolmans ) won stage 9 of the Giro d'Italia Internazionale Femminile on Saturday – a hard mountain-top finish at Malga Montasio. Race leader Annemiek van Vleuten (Mitchelton-Scott) had attacked to drop the road race world champion on the steepest part of the climb, but Van der Breggen came back to Van Vleuten in the final kilometre and passed the maglia rosa to win the stage. "We came here to win the Giro," said Van der Breggen after the finish. "Pretty early, it became clear that that wouldn't work, as Annemiek was really strong this week. But I've felt better and better as the race has gone on, so the only thing you can do is to try. I tried to win a stage, and am really happy that it worked." Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (CCC-Liv) and Van Vleuten's Mitchelton-Scott teammate Amanda Spratt finished the stage 1:38 ...

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Peter Sagan stretching out lead in quest for record seventh green jersey

Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) in the green jersey at the Tour de France

Another day, another cache of points towards the green jersey. The Tour de France is only a week old and already Bora-Hansgrohe talisman Peter Sagan 's lead in the points classification is assuming familiar dimensions. Third place in Chalon-sur-Saône on stage 7 , allied to another bundle of points in the intermediate sprint, was enough to see Sagan extend his lead in the competition to 56 points over Sonny Colbrelli (Bahrain-Merida). Sagan was a stage winner in Colmar two days previously after the hills that punctuated the finale left a reduced peloton to dispute the honours in the sprint. On Friday, he faced a full complement of fast men on the flat run-in to Chalon-sur-Saône, and he had to settle for third place behind winner Dylan Groenewegen (Jumbo-Visma) and Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal). "Everybody knows I'm not as fast as them," Sagan said as he performed his tour of duty ...

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Tour de France podcast: Is Geraint Thomas now the favourite and what next for Dumoulin?

Geraint Thomas ganed nine seconds on Egan Bernal at the finish of stage 6 of the Tour de France

In the latest episode of the Cyclingnews Tour de France podcast – brought to you by Sportful, Pinarello and Floyd's of Leadville – we ask whether Geraint Thomas ( Team Ineos ) has established himself as the favourite after his impressive performance on stage 6 of the Tour de France . The defending champion came into the Tour with questions over his form, but he was the best of the yellow jersey contenders – albeit by a few seconds – on the first summit finish of this year’s race. We hear from the Welshman on that performance and his Team Ineos boss Dave Brailsford. With further revelations over Tom Dumoulin’s likely split with Team Sunweb, we ask what's next for the WorldTour team? We listen to Michael Matthews on his struggles with leadership, and debate if Dumoulin’s rumoured move to Jumbo-Visma is the right decision. There’s also time to hear ...

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