Five predictions for ‘week two’ of the Tour de France

With 10 stages in the rearview mirror at what has already been a compelling Tour de France, the action should heat up even more as the race rolls on this week. The Tour is bound for the Pyrenees over the next few days, and that will mean fireworks out on the road during ‘week two’ … The post Five predictions for ‘week two’ of the Tour de France appeared first on CyclingTips .

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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 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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Tour de France: De Gendt goes guts to glory in Saint-Etienne

Thomas De Gendt (Lotto Soudal)

Through seven stages of the Tour de France , Lotto Soudal had been one of the most active teams in the race. Up to the start of stage 8 in Mâcon, five days in the polka dot jersey for Tim Wellens and three podium places for sprinter Caleb Ewan was the sum of their efforts. It's more than most teams have achieved, but in Saint-Étienne it was Thomas De Gendt who delivered what the team were aiming for – a stage victory. Attacking from the gun, the Belgian was joined by three other breakaway specialists on the tough 200-kilometre stage through the Massif Central. One-by-one, Ben King (Dimension Data), Niki Terpstra (Total Direct Énergie) and Alessandro De Marchi (CCC Team) dropped away, leaving De Gendt, who led over all seven categorised climbs, to hold off late attackers Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep) and Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) and take the fourth Grand Tour ...

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Today at the Tour: Dream scenario for a pair of Tour debutants

Success at the Tour de France can forge careers, and that’s just what happened for the two best men from the day’s 14-rider breakaway on Stage 6, finishing atop la Planche des Belles Filles. On a day that was slotted as the Tour’s first true GC battle, it was a pair of Tour debutants riding … The post Today at the Tour: Dream scenario for a pair of Tour debutants 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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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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Tour de France: Wellens in polka-dots after breakaway effort on stage 3

Tim Wellens in polka dots after stage 3 at the Tour de France

Lotto Soudal 's Tim Wellens will be clad in the Tour de France 's famous white-and-red polka-dot jersey when stage 4 gets under way in Reims on Tuesday morning. The Belgain took over the lead in the mountains classification from compatriot Greg Van Avermaet (CCC Team) after featuring in the day's breakaway on stage 3 on Monday, and was only caught on the final climb by eventual stage winner Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep). "It wasn't the initial plan for me to go on the attack," Wellens revealed on his team's website. "Thomas De Gendt was supposed to try to go in the breakaway, but he doesn't get given a lot of space. After all these years, the other teams have of course got to know him. "But I only had to try once, and I was already in the right breakaway of the day. My fellow escapees and I worked well ...

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Tales from the Tour: Alaphilippe lets the French flag fly

EPERNAY, France (CT) — Shortly after Julian Alaphilippe set off on his own, some twenty minutes before he would crest the final brutal climb and throw his hands in the air, French military jets flew in patriotic formation over the Champagne vineyards of Epernay, straight over the finish line, and shot off into the distance. “It’s … The post Tales from the Tour: Alaphilippe lets the French flag fly appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Tour de France 2019: Alaphilippe reigns supreme with stage win and yellow jersey

Tour de France 2019: Alaphilippe reigns supreme with stage win and yellow jersey

Joe Robinson 8 Jul 2019 Frenchman makes audacious 15km solo attack stick to take stage and race win Julian Alaphilippe took an impressive solo victory and the race leader on Stage 3 of the Tour de France after a brave attack on the penultimate climb of the day. The Deceuninck-Quickstep man launched an audacious attack on the Cote de Mutigny to gap his rivals before riding the final 15km of the stage solo in a dominant show of force which guided him into the yellow jersey. The Frenchman eventually finished 26 seconds ahead of Team Sunweb's Michael Matthews who beat Jasper Stuyven in the bunch sprint to complete the podium. Jumbo-Visma's Mike Teunissen rolled across the line five minutes behind Alaphilippe, ending his stint in the race lead. To France, with love After two days racing around Brussels to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Eddy Merckx's first yellow jersey, the ...

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Tour de France 2019: Alaphilippe reigns supreme with Stage 3 win and yellow jersey

Tour de France 2019: Alaphilippe reigns supreme with Stage 3 win and yellow jersey

Joe Robinson 8 Jul 2019 Frenchman makes audacious 15km solo attack stick to take stage and race win Julian Alaphilippe took an impressive solo victory and the race lead on Stage 3 of the Tour de France after a brave attack on the penultimate climb of the day. The Deceuninck-Quickstep man launched an audacious attack on the Cote de Mutigny to gap his rivals before riding the final 15km of the stage solo in a dominant show of force which guided him into the yellow jersey. The Frenchman eventually finished 26 seconds ahead of Team Sunweb's Michael Matthews who beat Jasper Stuyven in the bunch sprint to complete the podium. Jumbo-Visma's Mike Teunissen rolled across the line five minutes behind Alaphilippe, ending his stint in the race lead. To France, with love After two days racing around Brussels to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Eddy Merckx's first yellow jersey, the ...

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Tour de France: Alaphilippe wins stage 3

Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-Quick Step) solos to the stage 3 win at the Tour de France

Julian Alaphilippe ( Deceuninck-QuickStep ) stormed to victory on stage 3 of the Tour de France in Epernay after a powerful solo attack that also netted him the maillot jaune as the race returned to France. Alaphilippe attacked boldly but decisively with 15 kilometres remaining near the summit of the final climb of the Cote de Mutigny and never looked back. He built up a lead over the final rolling kilometres and held on to win, while Michael Matthews (Team Sunweb) and Jasper Stuyven (Trek-Segafredo) came over the line 26 seconds down with a group that contained most of the pre-race favourites. Overnight leader Mike Teunissen (Jumbo-Visma) was unable to live with the pace on the final set of climbs and was finally dropped on the Cote de Mutigny, but the stage outcome was dominated by Alaphilippe, who stamped his authority over the peloton despite a huge amount of pressure ...

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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

Theuns and Dupont at Tour de France 2018

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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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Baloise Belgium Tour: Evenepoel takes overall victory

Remco Evenepoel (Deceuninck-Quickstep)

Remco Evenepoel (Deceuninck-QuickStep) secured overall victory at the Baloise Tour of Belgium, despite going down in a late crash as the sprinters fought for the stage victory. Bryan Coquard (Vital Concept) won the sprint by taking a wide line as other sprinters clashed with each other. Evenepoel rode the finish alone, with a hole in his shorts but a smile on his face, knowing he was to be crowned the overall winner. The 19-year-old revelation won stage 2 and then defended his lead in the final stages with strong support from Deceuninck-QuickStep. Victor Campenaerts (Lotto Soudal) finished second overall at 52 seconds, with his teammate Tim Wellens third overall at 2:02 but Deceuninck-QuickStep won again, taking their 37th victory of the season. “I’m obviously delighted to win. It’s an amazing feeling, it hasn’t sunk in yet,” Evenepoel said. It was a little bit difficult with what happened in the final ...

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Evenepoel poised for Baloise Belgium Tour win

Remco Evenepoel on the podium at the Belgium Tour

Nineteen-year-old Remco Evenepoel continued his run of form at the Baloise Belgium Tour on Saturday, placing third on the stage won by Victor Campenaerts (Lotto Soudal) and setting himself up to take his first stage race win for Deceuninck-QuickStep when the five-day race ends Sunday in Beringen. Evenepoel joined Campenaerts and Andreas Lorentz Kron (Riwal Readynez) in a three-rider move that finished more than a minute ahead of the field on the 151km fourth stage that featured climbs of the La Redoute and Roche-aux-Faucons. Evenepoel took a 52-second lead over Campenaerts in the overall and increased his lead to third-placed Tim Wellens to 2:02. Sunday's final stage is a flat affair that should favour the young Belgian. "Today is a day I will always remember," Evenepoel said in a statement posted on his team's website. "My team did a tremendous job – Eros [Capecchi], Pieter [Serry], everybody in the squad ...

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Baloise Belgium Tour: Tim Wellens wins stage 3 time trial

Tim Wellens (Lotto-Soudal)

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