Tour de France: Geraint Thomas survives late scare after crash on stage 1

Geraint Thomas (Team Ineos) stage 1 start at the Tour de France

Defending Tour de France champion Geraint Thomas ( Team Ineos ) survived a late scare on stage of the 2019 race after coming down in a late crash. The Welshman avoided the centre of the fall that took down pre-stage favourite Dylan Groenewegen (Jumbo-Visma) but had no choice but to go into the barriers. Thomas was quickly back on his bike and finished the stage. Although he didn't come home in the group that contained stage winner Mike Teunissen, the fall took place inside the final 3km, meaning Thomas was awarded the same time as the winner and the first yellow jersey of this year's race. "I'm fine. I was pretty slow by the time I hit them so just toppled over. It's all good. I gave myself enough space so avoided the actual crash. I was just at the barriers with nowhere to go, it's just one of those ...

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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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Preview: What you need to know about the 2019 Tour de France

It’s time for the biggest race of them all: Le Tour de France. Ahead of the Grand Depart this Saturday, get yourself up to speed on the riders to watch, the stages to watch, and more. This is CyclingTips’ preview of the 2019 Tour de France. The route After two days in the Belgian capital … The post Preview: What you need to know about the 2019 Tour de France appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Peter Sagan headlines Bora-Hansgrohe squad for Tour de France

Bora-Hansgrohe's Peter Sagan puts on another green jersey at the Tour de France

Peter Sagan will headline Bora-Hansgrohe at the Tour de France , with the German team unveiling a balanced squad that also includes general classification hopeful Emmanuel Buchmann . Sagan has won the green jersey as winner of the points classification in six of the past seven editions of the Tour, and will be out to move past Erik Zabel, with whom he currently shares the record. In his bid for green, the three-time world champion is supported by his loyal lieutenant Daniel Oss, who makes his seventh Tour de France start. However, the squad does not revolve around Sagan. In Buchmann and Patrick Konrad, they have also named two general classification leaders. Buchmann, the 26-year-old German, has had a fine season so far, winning the Trofeo Andratx-Lloseta before finishing fourth at the UAE Tour, third with a stage win at the Tour of the Basque Country, seventh at the Tour ...

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Time-trial king Kung to take Swiss champ's jersey to Tour de France

Stefan Küng (Groupama-FDJ)

Stefan Küng ( Groupama-FDJ ) won the elite men's Swiss national time trial championships for the third year in a row on Thursday, and will again wear the red-and-white skinsuit during the time trials at the Tour de France next month. Küng joined French WorldTour outfit Groupama-FDJ this season after four years with BMC, having been part of the BMC squad that won the team time trial at last year's Tour. With another TTT – and one individual time trial – at this year's Grande Boucle , the 25-year-old will be trying to repeat the feat of winning a stage for his new team. Already this season, Küng has won the individual time trial stage at the Volta ao Algarve in February and taken a solo victory on the second road stage of the Tour de Romandie in May. The 2015 individual pursuit world champion beat Sunweb's Marc Hirschi by ...

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Tour de France: Gaudu, Kung to support Pinot in Groupama-FDJ's squad

Thibaur Pinot in the Dauphine peloton during stage 3

Groupama-FDJ has selected a proven team of seven riders to support Thibaut Pinot for the Tour de France. Pinot won the Tour de l'Ain and Tour du Haut Var this season, and, as a former podium finisher in 2014, has made the Tour de France his major focus for the year after skipping the race last season. Directeur sportif Yvon Madiot introduced the team in a press release, calling Pinot a "relentless fighter". "We are expecting to see Thibaut fighting with the best at the most intense moments," Madiot said. "I want to see an aggressive rider. I am expecting the Thibaut Pinot who thrives on great attacks in the mountains. This way, by being an attacker, the general classification will come automatically." Key to Pinot's challenge for the podium will be David Gaudu, winner of the best young rider's jersey in the Tour de Romandie, and new recruit Stefan ...

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Bernal extends GC lead ahead of Tour de Suisse time trial

Egan Bernal puts on the yellow jersey after stage 7 at Tour de Suisse

Egan Bernal ( Team Ineos ) went on the attack again Friday at the Tour de Suisse , this time taking the stage win along with padding his general classification lead over Rohan Dennis (Bahrain-Merida) heading into Saturday's pivotal 19.2km time trial in Goms. Bernal, the 22-year-old Colombian who won Paris-Nice earlier this year, is conscious that he'll lose time to the time trial world champion during Saturday's penultimate stage, and so he tried to gain as much time as possible on Friday's final climb to San Gottardo. "[Dennis] is the world champion in the TT," Bernal said in an interview published on his team's website . "For sure tomorrow I will lose time to him. I hope to not lose too much time, but we have another mountain stage on Sunday. We will do our best and control what we can control." Bernal took control of stage 7 on ...

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15 up-and-coming riders you need to know about

The depth of talent in the men’s and women’s professional pelotons continues to grow with each season’s new signings. From junior world champions, to multi-discipline riders, to multiple-time national champions to childhood prodigies — all the riders below are worthy of your attention. These are the riders we expect to be dominating the sport in … The post 15 up-and-coming riders you need to know about appeared first on CyclingTips .

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What does Chris Froome’s withdrawal mean for the 2019 Tour de France?

Chris Froome is out of the 2019 Tour de France after a serious crash in training at the Criterium du Dauphine. The four-time Tour champion is still in hospital and, with doctors saying he requires at least six months off the bike, his season is almost certainly over. Hopefully, he is able to make a … The post What does Chris Froome’s withdrawal mean for the 2019 Tour de France? appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Thomas and Bernal will lead Team Ineos at Tour de Suisse

Geraint Thomas on the way to second overall

Geraint Thomas and Egan Bernal will lead Team Ineos at next week’s Tour de Suisse as part of their final preparations for the Tour de France. With Chris Froome out of contention for a possible fifth Tour de France victory due to his crash at the Criterium du Dauphine on Wednesday, Thomas and Bernal will use the Tour de Suisse to ensure Team Ineos have the best possible chance of yet another victory in this year’s Tour de France. Thomas won the 2018 Tour de France and has opted for an alternative race programme to Froome. The Welshman celebrated his 2018 victory for several months but worked hard to get back to his best and finished third overall at the Tour de Romandie. The nine-day Tour de Suisse will reveal Thomas' true form. Bernal has not raced since the Volta a Catalunya in late March and is also looking for ...

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Chris Froome: I feel like a different person at the Criterium du Dauphine

Chris Froome (Team Ineos) ahead of the opening stage at the Criterium du Dauphine

Twelve months ago Chris Froome ( Team Ineos ) had just pulled off a miraculous comeback to win the 2018 Giro d'Italia. However, the effort of racing three weeks in Italy eventually took its toll and when the Tour de France came around he was unable to add to his four titles, eventually finishing third in Paris. This year the Tour de France favourite is in a different space - both physically and mentally - as he prepares for July at the Critérium du Dauphiné . Fresher legs and no undue pressure from the salbutamol case that dogged him in the build-up to last year's Tour, the 34-year-old lined up at the start of stage 1 in Aurillac ready to race. "I'm definitely a lot fresher at this point in the season than I was at this point last season having done the Giro. At that point I was also ...

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Daniel Martinez out of Tour de France

Daniel Martínez (EF Education First) leads Miguel Ángel López (Astana) in the final kilometre of sta

EF Education First confirmed today that Daniel Martínez will miss the year's Tour de France as he recovers from injuries suffered in a training crash Monday in Colombia. The team reported that Martínez was riding downhill during the recovery time between training intervals when his wheels slid out on an oil slick, causing him to crash and land on his hands. "Dani’s crash unfortunately resulted in broken bones in both hands," said EF Education First head of medical Kevin Sprouse. "He underwent surgery to repair the fractures. The surgery and subsequent healing will require that he miss the Tour de France this year." The 23-year-old Colombian joined the American WorldTour team last year and quickly impressed, taking fifth at the Colombia Oro y Paz – the Tour Colombia 2.1's former name – and then seventh at the Volta a Catalunya. Martinez followed those results with12th at the Tour de Romandie ...

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Geraint Thomas on Tour de France defence: The competition is definitely tougher this year

The final podium – Costa, Roglic, Thomas (L-R)

Geraint Thomas ( Team Ineos ) is confident that he'll be competitive and ready to try to defend his Tour de France title this July following some extended post-win celebrations and a winter of media appearances. In an interview published on on Tuesday, Thomas said that he's now only about a kilogram away from his optimum racing weight of 67kg, and that his third place overall at the Tour de Romandie in early May was the confidence boost he needed to know that he was on the way back to his best, although he admitted that the competition he'll face could be tougher than ever at this year's Tour de France. "By the start of last November, even though I still had three weeks of doing stuff, I was itching to get back on the bike," he said, referring to the multiple public appearances and media interviews he did ...

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Nibali, Roglic, Carapaz climb UCI World Ranking after Giro d'Italia

2019 Giro d'Italia winner Richard Carapaz poses with Ecuador's flag on the final podium in Verona.

The UCI's World Ranking has seen something of a shake-up thanks to the Giro d'Italia , with Richard Carapaz (Movistar), Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) and Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) all climbing the overall standings. Julian Alaphilippe remains in control of the individual standings thanks to his superb start to the season. Despite not winning a stage of the Giro d’Italia, Alaphilippe's Deceuninck-QuickStep are still well clear of the chasing pack in the teams classification, while France continue to lead Belgium in the nations rankings. Alaphilippe’s lead in the individual standings has been cut down to just 50 points, with Roglic climbing three places to second after a stint in the maglia rosa and finishing third place overall at the Giro d’Italia. Roglic has raced 41 days this season, solely at WorldTour level, with the UAE Tour, Tirreno-Adriatico and the Tour de Romandie - all of which he won - providing his preparation ...

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Roglic keen to learn from his mistakes after securing Giro d'Italia podium spot

Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma)

Primoz Roglic ( Jumbo-Visma ) rarely lets his face reveal his true emotion but there was a real sense of relief and happiness in his smile after he managed to pull back 31 seconds on Mikel Landa (Movistar) in the final time trial and so finish third overall in the Giro d'Italia . The three-week race also offered lots of lesson for the future about nutrition, tactics, bike change protocols and even dealing with the constant media scrutiny. Roglic dominated the opening hilly time trial in Bologna on stage 1 but rode mostly on the defensive for the rest of the race, especially after crashing on the descent to Como on stage 14 after a debacle of a bike change. Roglic damaged his ribs that day but rode on in pain, fighting to stay with Landa, Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida), eventual winner Richard Carapaz (Movistar) and hold onto the hope of ...

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Giro d'Italia: Roglic accepts penalty for push knowing podium is in reach

Primoz Roglic crosses the line, having shed time to Mikel Landa

Primoz Roglic rarely expresses his emotions in public but took a moment to thank the many Slovenian fans who gathered at the Jumbo-Visma bus at the foot of the climb to Croce d'Aune-Monte Avena, shaking their hands in thanks, smiling in appreciation of their support and bowing his head in a sign of respect. Roglic is likely to finish third overall in the Giro d'Italia if he can pull back 23 seconds on Mikel Landa (Movistar) during the 17km Verona time trial. It is a good result and one he seems happy with after a rollercoaster three weeks that include a dominant victory in the opening Bologna time trial and five days in the maglia rosa. But the race has also thrown at Roglic a bike change debacle, a crash on the descent into Como and then a fight in the mountains to limit his time losses to Carapaz, Nibali ...

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The weekly spin: A freewheeling interview with Peter Sagan

It’s a Friday afternoon in Sacramento. In 48 hours, Peter Sagan will take his second victory of the 2019 season, narrowly out-sprinting American Travis McCabe in front of the state capitol building. But that’s unknown in this moment. Right now, Sagan is fresh out of an Amgen Tour of California press conference, the same one … The post The weekly spin: A freewheeling interview with Peter Sagan appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Roglic fighting against himself as Giro d'Italia reaches moment of truth

Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) before the start of stage 8

"The main opponent for me tomorrow will be myself," Primož Roglič said in Pesaro on the eve of the Giro d’Italia 's stage 9 time trial to San Marino. The Slovenian's subdued interview persona could never be mistaken for Muhammad Ali's pre-fight proclamations of greatness, but he carefully clarified his statement lest there be any misinterpretation. "It's because I will be alone, and I will be fighting against myself to do as good as possible." If the San Marino time trial has loomed large over the opening week of this Giro, then so too has Roglič's presumed supremacy on the stage. His resounding victory in the opening time trial in Bologna last weekend installed him as the favourite for Sunday's longer, sea-to-sky test, a status that has only been burnished further following Tom Dumoulin's unfortunate abandon on stage 5. While Valerio Conti (UAE Team Emirates) wears the maglia rosa, Roglič ...

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Meintjes out of Tour of California with fractured wrist

Dimensiom Data's Louis Meintjes at the 2019 Tour of California

Dimension Data 's Louis Meintjes was a non-starter for stage 5 of the Tour of California in Pismo Beach on Thursday, having been a victim of the now infamous crash that happened just over 3km from the finish of stage 4 in Morro Bay. The South African fractured his wrist in the crash, which delayed race leader Tejay van Garderen and his EF Education First teammates in their efforts to return to the front of the race after van Garderen had crashed earlier on. Despite the crash in which Meintjes was involved having taken place with more than 3km to go to the finish, van Garderen was awarded the same finish time as the front group, as is the UCI ruling for crashes that happen inside the final 3km of a stage. "Meintjes bravely completed the stage in obvious discomfort and was immediately seen to by our medical team at ...

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Porte: Nibali moving to Trek-Segafredo ‘would be great for me’

Supported by Richie Porte said he would welcome the addition of Vincenzo Nibali to the Trek-Segafredo squad next year, adding that it would not change his role as a Grand Tour contender. Nibali, whose three-year contract with Bahrain-Merida ends this year, is rumored to have agreed to a two-year contract with the American squad beginning in 2020. … The post Porte: Nibali moving to Trek-Segafredo ‘would be great for me’ appeared first on CyclingTips .

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