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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Tour de France: Emotional Matt White celebrates Daryl Impey's stage victory

Daryl Impey (Mitchelton-Scott) on the podium after winning stage 9 of the Tour de France

An emotional Matt White was full of praise for Daryl Impey 's win on stage 9 of the Tour de France in Brioude on Sunday. Mitchelton-Scott 's head sports director paid tribute to the South African road race champion, who has been an integral part of the Australian-registered WorldTour team for each of its three – and now four – Tour stage wins. The 34-year-old rode strongly in the latter part of the race – first making the split with around 25km to go, when the day's main 15-man rider break halved, and then later shrugging off most of the rest inside the last 10km, with just Tiesj Benoot (Lotto Soudal) to beat in a two-up sprint to the line. "Daryl has been a part of every Tour victory we've had," pointed out White on his team's website. "In 2013, he led Simon Gerrans out to the win, and in ...

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Impey storms Bastille Day stage

Impey storms Bastille Day stage

Mitchelton-Scott's Daryl Impey didn't stick around with the large break to contest a sprint finale, preferring to launch a late attack on the final climb and storm into Brioude with just Tiesj Benoot (Soudal-Lotto) to out sprint.

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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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Lotto Soudal announce sponsorship extension ahead of Tour de France

Carl Fredrik Hagen makes his Lotto Soudal debut at the Tour Down Under.

Just before the Tour de France team presentation in Brussels, the Belgian Lotto-Soudal team had good news to announce at their press conference. Both sponsors, the Belgian national lottery and Soudal, have extended their contracts with the team for three more years. In addition, Soudal will increased its support to the level of Lotto. In Belgian races, the team will line up as Lotto-Soudal, while in non-Belgium races, they riders will wear Soudal-Lotto jerseys. The team is solely focused on stage wins in this edition of the Tour de France. Caleb Ewan is their top rider for the bunch sprints while Tim Wellens , Thomas De Gendt, Tiesj Benoot and Maxime Monfort aim for stage wins through the breakaway. The team's sports manager, Marc Sergeant, was delighted that the sponsors extended their support for three more years. "It's a boost for the confidence to hear this news just ahead of ...

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Tour de France teams for 2019 — Complete startlist plus the favourites

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Lotto-Soudal deny Campenaerts will be shifted for Gilbert and Degenkolb

Lotto-Soudal deny Campenaerts will be shifted for Gilbert and Degenkolb

Joe Robinson 1 Jul 2019 Team state contract negotiations are ongoing as Gilbert and Degenkolb linked with moves Reports in Belgium have suggested that Lotto-Soudal may release Hour Record holder Victor Campenaerts in order to bring in Monument winning duo Philippe Gilbert and John Degenkolb. Newspaper Het Nieuwsblad reported that Lotto-Soudal had offered Campenaerts a new contract but the rider had initially turned the deal in order to stay open to offers from other teams. It is then believed that Lotto-Soudal approached Campenaerts with a second offer that was less than the first after the team had put away a certain proportion of their budget to secure the signings of Gilbert and Degenkolb. Het Nieuwsblad then suggested that Campenaerts turned down the offer and will now look for a new team. Contrary to what was published in certain media today, the contract negotiations with @VCampenaerts are still ongoing. There have ...

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Tour de France teams: Lotto-Soudal

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Stage wins are most important to the Belgian squad, which brings sprinter Caleb Ewan plus breakaway specialists Tim Wellens, Thomas De Gendt, and Tiesj Benoot Read the full article at Tour de France teams: Lotto-Soudal on VeloNews.com .

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Ewan and Benoot lead Lotto Soudal hunt for stage wins at Tour de France

Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal) wins final stage of ZLM Tour

Caleb Ewan will make his Tour de France debut at the head of a Lotto Soudal team that also includes Tiesj Benoot , Thomas De Gendt and Tim Wellens. Lotto Soudal announced their Tour roster on Tuesday, with each of the eight-man squad confirming his participation via social media. Maxime Monfort, Roger Kluge, Jens Keukeleire and Jasper De Buyst complete the line-up. Ewan is in his first year at Lotto Soudal after arriving from Mitchelton-Scott during the off-season. He had been slated to make his Tour debut in 2018 but was surprisingly left out of the selection on the eve of the race. This time out, he will look to be in the mix for the first maillot jaune on stage 1 in Brussels. "It’s going to be my first Tour de France so I’m very excited to do it. It’s a dream come true for me," said Ewan in ...

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Bernal holds lead through time trial, Lampaert takes stage: Tour de Suisse, stage 8

Supported by Paris, June 22, 2019 (AFP) – Egan Bernal survived a battle of nerves on Saturday to emerge from a tricky, 19.2km penultimate day time-trial around Goms with a firm grip on the Tour de Suisse yellow jersey. The 22-year-old, increasingly tipped for a tilt at victory in the Tour de France, is well placed to … The post Bernal holds lead through time trial, Lampaert takes stage: Tour de Suisse, stage 8 appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Bernal extends Suisse lead with stage 7 victory

Supported by Welcome to your Daily News Digest. Here’s what’s happening today: Egan Bernal wins stage 7 at the Tour de Suisse and pads his overall lead, Alexander Kristoff renews with UAE-Team Emirates, UCI announces track World Cup changes. Those stories and more in today’s Daily News Digest. Story of the Day: Bernal extends Suisse lead with … The post Bernal extends Suisse lead with stage 7 victory appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Tour de Suisse: Bernal victorious on San Gottardo

Egan Bernal wins stage 7 at Tour de Suisse

Egan Bernal (Team Ineos) extended his lead in the Tour de Suisse with a commanding victory on stage 7. The Colombian dropped all of his GC rivals on the final climb of the Passo San Gottardo with just under two kilometres remaining and soloed to another impressive win in the young 22-year-old’s career. There was little resistance when Bernal decided to stretch his legs on the cobbled sector of the long 12.4km climb with only Bahrain-Merida’s Domenico Pozzovivo and Rohan Dennis mounting a late but eventually futile chase. The rest of the field simply had no response after Team Ineos and in particular Ben Swift set a frantic pace from the base of the final climb. Bernal finished 23 seconds clear of the Bahrain-Merida chasing duo, with Patrick Konrad (Bora-Hansgrohe), Jan Hirt (Astana), and Tiesj Benoot (Lotto Soudal) finishing a further 11 seconds down. Enric Mas (Deceuninck-QuickStep) had attacked with ...

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Mark Cavendish races Tour of Slovenia as Tour de France preparation

Mark Cavendish races Tour of Slovenia as Tour de France preparation

Joe Robinson 7 Jun 2019 Manx sprinter is now clear of Epstein-Barr virus and hoping to compete for wins in near future Mark Cavendish will head to the Tour of Slovenia as a last warm-up before leading Dimension Data at the Tour de France in July. The Manxman has had a reduced race schedule in 2019 as he continued his long recovery from Epstein-Barr virus which had plagued him for almost two years. The 34-year-old has opted for the five-day stage race in Slovenia over the more popular Tour de France warm-up races of the Criterium du Dauphine and Tour de Suisse, racing the Tour of Slovenia every year since 2016. Despite his presence at the race, it is one of the few stage races in which Cavendish has yet to take a stage victory. His best result was second on Stage 4 of the 2017 edition, finishing behind Bora-Hansgrohe ...

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Transfer talk: Tiesj Benoot to bolster Team Ineos's Spring Classics squad

Transfer talk: Tiesj Benoot to bolster Team Ineos's Spring Classics squad

Joe Robinson 7 Jun 2019 Talented Belgian linked with move to Team Ineos as Lotto-Soudal admit they are worried about his future Team Ineos could poach the services of one of Belgium's most promising Spring Classics specialists. It is believed that team manager Dave Brailsford is keen to bolster his squad for the one-day races and could turn to the versatile talents of Teisj Benoot. The Lotto-Soudal rider is out of contract this year and is yet to sign an extension. Team manager Marc Sergeant is keen to keep hold of Benoot but is worried that he could be lured away by a big money deal. Benoot has also admitted that he will look at his options before deciding on his future, something that concerns Sergeant. 'The point of departure is that we want to keep Tiesj, but there are hijackers on the coast,' Sergeant told Het Laatste Nieuws. 'I ...

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In the velodrome: the final Power poll

It’s time to leave the cobbles behind and wrap things up with a final entry in our series of power polls of the cobbles season. People are always looking for narratives in the cycling season and for me the classics campaign, the cobbles bit in particular, is the most obvious example of a natural narrative there is. No one in ever Aigle sat down to set down rules and jerseys etc. for it, but the logic and progression from Omloop to Roubaix is undeniable and riveting to follow. For me even more so than a Grand Tour which has too many distractions and sideplots, plus it goes by too fast to really allow you to enjoy it to the full. Cobbles season is like following a good TV series with an episode every week and anticipation in between. Grand Tours is like binge watching the whole thing in one sleepless ...

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Benoot, Keisse on mend after Roubaix crashes

Benoot, Keisse on mend after Roubaix crashes

Paris-Roubaix is always a rough ride across the cobbles in Northern France, but it was a particularly painful day for Tiesj Benoot and Iljo Keisse. Read the full article at Benoot, Keisse on mend after Roubaix crashes on VeloNews.com .

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Benoot out of Amstel with collarbone break after car collision at Paris-Roubaix

Tiesj Benoot crashed before later abandoning after hitting a Jumbo-Visma team car

Tiesj Benoot 's spring Classics campaign has been brought to a premature end after the Lotto Soudal rider broke his collarbone and sustained other injuries when he collided with a team car at Paris-Roubaix . Benoot, who finished 9th at the Tour of Flanders the previous weekend, was chasing back through the team cars after a mechanical on the cobblestone sector to Wallers, ahead of the Arenberg Forest. The mass of cars on the narrow sectors made it a treacherous chase and, after crashing once and remounting, Benoot hit the back of a Jumbo-Visma car, with the rear window shattering on impact. The Belgian rider knew instantly his race was over and was taken away by an ambulance in tears. "At a certain moment, the Jumbo-Visma car was sitting in front of me and suddenly closed everything off. I could not respond anymore and went straight into the it," Benoot ...

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