Rohan Dennis abandons Tour under mysterious circumstances
Supported by Rohan Dennis (Bahrain-Merida) pulled out of the Tour de France in the middle of stage 12 without explanation, even to his own team. The reigning world time trial champion abandoned the race with approximately 80km remaining in Thursday’s stave, just a day ahead of the Tour’s first individual time trial. It remains unclear why he … The post Rohan Dennis abandons Tour under mysterious circumstances appeared first on CyclingTips .
Rohan Dennis abandons Tour de France for unknown reason
Joe Robinson 18 Jul 2019 Australian calls quit on Tour mid-stage although sport directors unsure why he has done so Rohan Dennis has abandoned the Tour de France midway through Stage 12 to Bagneres-de-Bigorre without telling his Bahrain-Merida team why. The Australian stepped off his bike with 80km from the finish line, deciding to pull out of the race. Dennis had not crashed and showed no notable signs of illness before leaving the race. According to reports from French television, Dennis was spotted arguing with his team car before the incident. Both Bahrain-Merida sport directors also confirmed they did not know why Dennis had abandoned the race with the team taking to its Twitter page to state ' Our priority is the welfare of all our riders so will launch an immediate investigation but will not be commenting further until we have established what has happened to @RohanDennis .' See ...
5 key climbs from the 2019 Tour de France
With the Tour de France entering the Pyrenees, here are the five climbs where the yellow jersey will be won and lost
Dan Martin’s Tour de France comes into focus as race enters Pyrenees
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. ...
Zwift Tour de France Power Rankings - Stage 11
Tour debutant Caleb Ewan's dream victory saw his team Soudal Lotto improve its place in the rankings, the bunch sprint he won in an improvement in the rankings
More than 22,300 respond to UCI survey on appeal of road cycling
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 ...
Gallopin and Gougeard extend contracts with AG2R La Mondiale – Transfer shorts
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 ...
Chris Froome to be named winner of 2011 Vuelta a Espana
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 ...
Chris Froome named winner of 2011 Vuelta a Espana
Chris Froome ( Team Ineos ) has been confirmed as the winner of the 2011 Vuelta a España , giving him a total of seven Grand Tour victories, after Juan José Cobo – who was crowned the winner of the race in September 2011 – chose not to appeal against the UCI ruling last month that Cobo was "guilty of an anti-doping rule violation" related to Biological Passport data. Froome is currently recovering from his Critérium du Dauphiné crash, but was keen to celebrate becoming the first British rider of a Grand Tour. Bradley Wiggins won the 2012 Tour de France a few months after finishing on the Vuelta a Espana podium but Froome now precedes him in the record books. "Better late than never! The 2011 La Vuelta holds some very special memories for me," Froome said via social media. He also spoke via Team Inoes, who welcomed the ...
The ecstasy of a dream fulfilled: Caleb Ewan’s first Tour stage win in photos
As CyclingTips’ Iain Treloar wrote from Toulouse on Wednesday, there was a feeling of inevitability about Caleb Ewan’s maiden Tour de France stage win. He’d gone third, third, second and third in the four previous bunch sprints at this year’s race, and his second place was agonisingly close — mere centimetres separated his front tyre … The post The ecstasy of a dream fulfilled: Caleb Ewan’s first Tour stage win in photos appeared first on CyclingTips .
Ewan: This shouldn't have been my first Tour de France
The wait is over. Twelve months ago, Caleb Ewan watched the sprints of the Tour de France from his couch, mulling over his omission from Mitchelton-Scott's selection for the race. The Australian's entire season had been built around La Grande Boucle , but he found himself unceremoniously deemed surplus to requirements a little over a week before the race. Officially, at least, Ewan was left out because Mitchelton-Scott wanted to focus on the general classification ambitions of Adam Yates, but it seems likely that his impending transfer to Lotto Soudal for the 2019 campaign had weighed just as heavily on the decision. Even before he turned professional in 2015, Ewan had been touted as a Tour de France-calibre sprinter, but he had to bide his time patiently to fulfil that potential as the GreenEdge set-up steadily shifted its priorities towards the general classification at Grand Tours. Ewan won sprints at ...
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 .
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 .
Fair game or unnecessary? The dark arts of blocking the road
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 ...
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 .
Ewan battles to first Tour victory
Caleb Ewan claimed his first ever Tour de France victory with a gutsy sprint win in Toulouse, the Aussie sprinter bouncing back after he was forced to stop within the final 10 kilometres behind a fallen Soudal Lotto team mate.
Ewan battles to claim maiden Tour de France win
Australian sprinter Caleb Ewan (Soudal Lotto) claimed his maiden Tour de France victory with a gutsy sprint win in Toulouse, coming back to take the win after having to stop within the final ten kilometres behind a fallen team-mate.
Tour de France: Indurain blames Landa's crashes on poor positioning
Five-time Tour de France champion Miguel Indurain has argued that Mikel Landa ( Movistar ) could need to analyse his positioning in the bunch after his latest crash. Landa's most recent crash happened during the final hour of stage 10 while he was well-placed in the front peloton and Warren Barguil (Arkea-Samsic) accidentally swayed into him after touching wheels with race leader Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep). In the past 12 months, the Basque rider has previously crashed in the Giro d'Italia, the Mallorca Challenge, the Clasica San Sebastian and the Tour de France. "These things happen in races, but when they always happen to the same person, I think the rider himself has to look at what's going on and see if he's not badly positioning himself in the peloton," Indurain told Radio Marca in a recent interview to celebrate his 55th birthday. "When these things happen once, it's bad luck," ...
Lotto Soudal jump onto the Jumbo train to deliver Ewan's first Tour de France win
Caleb Ewan ( Lotto Soudal ) took his first Tour de France stage win in Toulouse on Wednesday , managing to time his bike throw to perfection to edge past Dylan Groenewegen (Jumbo-Visma) in a photo finish. Ewan's teammate Roger Kluge was visibly beaming outside the team bus, but instead of playing his usual lead-out role in dropping Ewan off with a few hundred metres to go, Kluge instead left Ewan on Groenwegen's wheel with two kilometres still to race. The decision was partly pre-mediated but also in part down to the duo’s teammate Jasper De Buyst crashing with around 15 kilometres left to race, causing Ewan to lose contact with the peloton at the sharp end of the stage. After dropping back to tow Ewan back to the bunch, Kluge then shepherded Ewan onto the wheel of the four-man Jumbo-Visma lead out, which Kluge admits is the strongest at ...
Tour de France: Quintana and Porte emerge without losses from late crash
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 ...