Nibali hits back at Tour de France armchair critics after losing time

Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida)

Vincenzo Nibali ( Bahrain-Merida ) has hit back at armchair tifosi who "watch the Tour de France on TV, drink Coca-Cola, eat popcorn, and criticise people on social media". Nibali was speaking on Sunday, the day after failing to stay with the overall contenders on stage 8 to Saint-Etienne , and so losing any chance of overall victory at this year's Tour. The Italian was distanced on the last climb of the stage and sat up, losing four minutes. He lost a further two-and-a-half minutes on stage 9 to Brioude on Sunday, slipping to 30th overall, 8:56 down on current race leader Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep). The Sicilian finished second at the Giro d'Italia behind Richard Carapaz (Movistar) in early June. He had always said he would target stage victories at the Tour de France if he was unable to be competitive against riders who have specifically prepared for the sport's ...

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‘This is what we planned’ – Jumbo-Visma rise to the top

Having focussed on developing the strengths of riders already within the team in recent years, the Dutch squad now eyes signing Giro d'Italia winner Tom Dumoulin. Read the full article at ‘This is what we planned’ – Jumbo-Visma rise to the top on VeloNews.com .

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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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How can Michael Matthews beat Peter Sagan for the green jersey?

We’re only six stages into the Tour de France and it already looks like Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) will win a record-breaking seventh green jersey. Sagan’s consistency — four top-five finishes since the start in Brussels, including his win on stage 5 — gives him an early 46-point lead in the battle for green. If that … The post How can Michael Matthews beat Peter Sagan for the green jersey? appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Today at the Tour: First mountaintop finish brings GC battle into focus

The steep finish atop la Planche des Belles Filles did not disappoint. After five days that delivered three sprint finishes, a solo breakaway, and a team time trial, the Tour de France ventured into the mountains Thursday, bringing the general classification picture into focus. The stage — which started in Mulhouse, tackled seven categorized climbs … The post Today at the Tour: First mountaintop finish brings GC battle into focus appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Reluctant Tour de France star: Pinot comes home at La Planche des Belles Filles

Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) at the Tour de France

Seven years have passed since Thibaut Pinot marked his Tour de France debut with a sparkling stage victory at Porrentruy and 10th place overall in Paris. A day after the race finished, the front page of L'Équipe asked the premature but obvious question that would serve as the ambient noise to his career for years afterwards: "Can Pinot win the Tour de France?" Pinot's relationship with La Grande Boucle in the intervening period has been a tumultuous one, however, punctuated by altogether more disappointment than joy. He placed 3rd overall in 2014 and claimed victory on Alpe d'Huez a year later, but his three other appearances – in 2013, 2016 and 2017 – have ended in premature abandons and been followed by stinging criticism. In time, the question has become a different one: does Pinot want to win the Tour de France at all? "It's not an obsession," Pinot admitted ...

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After missing Tour de France, Dumoulin diagnosed with tendon tear

Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) exits his team bus

The knee injury that forced Tom Dumoulin ( Sunweb ) to miss the Tour de France is more serious than previously thought. A new MRI scan at the academic hospital in Maastricht revealed a tear in a tendon in Dumoulin's knee, a result of a crash during the Giro d'Italia. The diagnosis means a longer rehabilitation for the Dutchman. "As we all know Tom crashed hard in the Giro and the impact caused several different injuries to his bone, tendon, cartilage and soft tissue within his knee," said Team Sunweb physician Anko Boelens. "We closely monitored the injuries via MRI scans and step by step, together with Tom, determined the optimum between rest, training and treatment. At the moment, the tendon is the limiting factor. For the last three weeks the focus on making it to the Tour de France has been shifted to a focus on full recovery and ...

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Matthews: I was trying to convince myself that I wasn't tired, but I was destroyed

Michael Matthews wins the sprint for second ahead of Jasper Stuyven during stage 3 at the Tour de Fr

Michael Matthews expected to spend July working in the service of Tom Dumoulin rather than sprinting for stage wins at the Tour de France , but the Dutchman’s absence through injury forced a revision of the Australian’s role at Team Sunweb . Or more accurately, a reversion to his original role. Two years ago, after all, Matthews' finishing speed carried him to two stage wins and the points classification at the Tour. After spending the build-up to this year’s race working on his climbing in anticipation of three weeks as a deluxe domestique for Dumoulin, however, he expressed scepticism at his prospects of being competitive in the sprints here. The finale to stage 3 in Épernay suited puncheurs rather than pure fast men, but Matthews will surely take heart from the searing turn of pace on the short, sharp climb up the Rue de Coteaux that brought him second place, ...

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Matthews surprised by runner-up ride in Tour’s third stage

Supported by Michael Matthews (Sunweb) won the uphill sprint ahead of a strong field on Monday’s third stage of the Tour de France, which was probably his goal at the start of the day. Unfortunately for the 28-year-old Australian, that fast finish was only enough for runner-up honors in Épernay, as Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-Quick-Step) had crossed the … The post Matthews surprised by runner-up ride in Tour’s third stage appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Tour de France 2019: everything you need to know

Tour de France 2018 Paris Champs-Elysees finish

Our essential guide for lifelong fans and first-time watchers alike

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A ride down memory lane with Allan Peiper

Supported by Allan Peiper is a living link between Australian and Belgian cycling. Having resided in Belgium for the best part of 40 years, his is a link that was first forged when he arrived as a junior cyclist in 1977. Illness forced his return to Australia after three years, but after Peiper returned to Europe in … The post A ride down memory lane with Allan Peiper appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Tour de France bikes 2019: who’s riding what?

Katusha Alpecin Canyon Aeroad

Frames, groupsets, wheels and finishing kit

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Will this really be an open Tour?

BRUSSELS (CT) — The Tour de France is open, they say. And they long for it to be true. You can feel the hope in the words and the spaces between the words that are spoken at the press conferences. “Anything can happen without Froome racing,” Nairo Quintana said. “Maybe people have a fear of Froome,” … The post Will this really be an open Tour? appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Dan Martin: 'I think this could be the hardest Tour de France we have ever seen’

Dan Martin: 'I think this could be the hardest Tour de France we have ever seen’

Joe Robinson 5 Jul 2019 Irishman looks ahead to a tough final week of racing ahead of Grand Depart in Brussels With the lack of an outstanding favourite, Irishman Dan Martin will go into this year’s Tour de France as one of the many underdogs who could produce a surprise result. The absence of Chris Froome and Tom Dumoulin has led riders and pundits to believe a relative outsider could have a shot at the yellow jersey. However, Martin is keen to stress that no-one will win this year’s Tour because of the absence of a favourite, but the best riders will have to prove themselves over some of the most difficult terrain ever experienced at the race. Talking to Cyclist , the UAE-Team Emirates rider laid out the scale of the difficulties ahead. ‘I think this could be the hardest Tour de France we have ever seen. I think ...

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Geraint Thomas: Having both me and Egan Bernal at the Tour de France is a huge advantage

Geraint Thomas (Team Ineos)

Questions over Geraint Thomas ' leadership at Team Ineos never seem far away when it comes to the Tour de France . It's as if they're a perpetual mountain he must climb with each passing day. Even last year, when he was comfortably wrapped in the yellow jersey, the Welshman was peppered with doubters who saw Chris Froome as the true leader of the squad until the last possible moment. At the start of the 2019 edition of the Tour de France, Thomas finds himself in a similar position. He may be the defending champion, but after crashing out of the Tour de Suisse and after seeing his teammate Egan Bernal dominate the race, Thomas' credentials have been diluted to the point where he and Bernal have been given joint leadership at Team Ineos. Bernal, just 22, and with one Grand Tour behind him, could conceivably reduce Thomas to domestique ...

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Tour de France podcast: Cavendish controversy, Pinot, Woods and Sunweb’s Dumoulin dilemma

Mark Cavendish wasn't in the thick of the action

The 2019 Tour de France is just a matter of days away and already the Cyclingnews team have arrived in Brussels for the Grand Départ. Wednesday saw the first set of team press conferences, with EF Education First and FDJ Groupama holding court in front of the gathering media. After our exclusive behind-the-scenes podcast with EF last week, we were back for more and we sat down with Michael Woods for a second time as he talks about his imminent Tour de France debut. We debate Thibaut Pinot’s chances of ending the French nation’s drought in their home race but also wind the clock back and discuss the controversial call from Dimension Data to leave Mark Cavendish out of their Tour de France squad. The Manxman has struggled for form and fitness for the last two seasons and despite a reputation as one of the fastest riders of the last ...

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Once in a lifetime: Romain Bardet dreams of Tour de France glory

Joe Robinson 4 Jul 2019 Speaking ahead the Tour, Bardet looks ahead to the chance of France's first Tour de France winner since 1985 Romain Bardet could be about to end 34 years of French cycling hurt. Or, at least, it seems as if this year could be a ‘once in a career opportunity’, according to the AG2R-La Mondiale team leader. No Frenchman has been closer to returning the Tour de France's yellow jersey to its home since the reign of Bernard Hinault ended in 1986 than when the AG2R La Mondiale rider finished second in 2016, albeit four minutes adrift of eventual winner Chris Froome . Naturally, like any year, the expectation from those watching on at home is high. French fans have been dreaming that each year could be the first year since Bernard Hinault’s last Tour victory in 1985 that the yellow jersey will be returned to ...

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Pinot: I want to show the real me in the Tour de France

Thibaut Pinot at the Groupama-FDJ press conference ahead of the 2019 Tour de France

Thibaut Pinot leads the Groupama-FDJ team of manager Marc Madiot for the 100th edition of the Tour de France . After a few difficult years, Pinot, 29, is hoping to regain the form that earned him stage wins and a podium in 2014. The team decided in December to focus solely on Pinot by leaving their sprinter Arnaud Démare at home. In the absence of Christopher Froome and Tom Dumoulin, it's 'l'année ou jamais' (now or never) for Pinot, as French media stated during the team's press conference in Brussels Expo on Wednesday evening. Pinot was asked if he wasn't fed up with the question. "No, I'm not bored about the question but I don't understand it, really. I'm 29 years old so I've still got quite a few years ahead of me. On the other hand, this is a year in which I'm hitting peak form, I'm keen to ...

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Sunweb 'surprised' by reports of Dumoulin departure

Team Sunweb's Tom Dumoulin talks with reporters

Team Sunweb manager Iwan Spekenbrink has said that he is "surprised" by reports linking Tom Dumoulin with an imminent move away from the team but confirmed that he will meet with the rider's agent next week. Jumbo-Visma manager Richard Plugge declined to address reports that Dumoulin could join his squad in 2020. Dumoulin has a contract with Sunweb until the end of the 2021 season, but De Telegraaf and AD reported on Wednesday that the Dutchman could seek to extricate himself from the deal and move to another team. In a statement to De Telegraaf , however, Dumoulin said: "A change is currently out of the question." "The stories in the newspaper also surprised me," Spekenbrink said at Sunweb's pre-Tour press conference in Valkenburg on Wednesday, according to NOS . "We were called about it last night, and this morning it was in the newspaper. Next week we are invited ...

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Dumoulin shoots down early transfer rumors

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Reports suggest that Tom Dumoulin could be looking to transfer. The Dutch rider said he intends to stay with Team Sunweb. Read the full article at Dumoulin shoots down early transfer rumors on VeloNews.com .

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