Lopez leads strong Astana squad at Vuelta a Espana

Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana)

Astana have named a strong squad to start the Vuelta a España , with a number of experienced riders heading to Spain in support of team leader Miguel Ángel López . The eight-man team, with key riders including Jakob Fuglsang and Luis León Sánchez, boasts an impressive 93 Grand Tour starts, an average age of 31.25, and eight stage race victories between them in 2019. López, who finished third at the Vuelta last year, heads up the team. The Colombian won Colombia 2.1 and the Volta a Catalunya earlier in the season, and was the best young rider at the Giro d'Italia. With two podium and four top ten placings from five career Grand Tours, he'll be aiming for the podium at least. Fuglsang has been one of the riders of the season in 2019 and could mount a GC challenge of his own. He lay in ninth at the ...

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Aru takes heart from comeback and aims high at Vuelta a Espana

Fabio Aru in the Tour de Suisse peloton during stage 5

Fabio Aru will target the Vuelta a España after enjoying a solid return to Grand Tour racing at the Tour de France. The UAE Team Emirates rider missed the Giro d'Italia after undergoing surgery in April to repair a constriction of the iliac artery in his left leg, but he returned to action ahead of schedule in June and then placed 14th overall at the Tour. "I can be great again," Aru told La Gazzetta dello Sport . "I know this, I realised it at the Tour. Am I wrong? I'm aware that I need time. I don't know when, but I'll get back to the top. I'm betting on it." Aru won the Vuelta in 2015 after placing on the podium of the two previous editions of the Giro, but his Grand Tour record has been more mixed in the intervening period, with 5th place overall on the 2017 ...

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Tiesj Benoot heading to Team Sunweb next season

Tiesj Benoot heading to Team Sunweb next season

Joseph Delves 14 Aug 2019 Young Belgian Classics rider formerly linked to Team Ineos will instead leave Lotto-Soudal to bolster Team Sunweb Winner of the 2018 Strade Bianche, Tiesj Benoot is off to Team Sunweb as the 25-year-old Lotto–Soudal rider is heading to the German squad on a two-year deal. Although Benoot has failed to gain a result as big as his previous win in Tuscany this season, he’s consistently performed at races including the Tour de Suisse, Dwars door Vlaanderen and Tour of Flanders . Despite having started his career with Lotto-Soudal back in 2014, Benoot has been reported as keen to leave since earlier this season. See related Professional cycling transfers 2019-2020: All the moves and shakes Vuelta a Espana 2019: Route, race reports, TV guide and all you need to know Tour of Britain 2019: Route, teams and all you need to know With his stock rising, ...

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Team Sunweb confirm signing of Tiesj Benoot

Tiesj Benoot (Lotto Soudal)

Team Sunweb have announced the signing of Tiesj Benoot from Lotto Soudal, with the Belgian agreeing a contract that will see him stay at the team until the end of 2021. Benoot turned professional with Lotto Soudal in 2015 and has raced with them for the past five seasons. The 25-year-old has established himself as one of the peloton's premier classics riders, able to compete on the hills and over the cobbles alike. In his debut spring classics campaign, Benoot burst onto the scene with a fourth place at the Tour of Flanders, his best result yet at his home race. The 2018 edition of Strade Bianche is Benoot's sole career victory thus far, while fourth at Tirreno-Adriatico in 2018 and this year's Tour de Suisse count among his other career highlights. Benoot has raced two Tours de France, finishing 20th overall in 2017 and taking second place behind Daryl ...

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How did Egan Bernal train to win the Tour de France?

Zach Nehr 1 Aug 2019 What kind of riding do you need to do to win the Tour and how does that compare to other riders? When it comes to preparing for the Tour de France, arguably the hardest sporting event on the planet, the question is often asked: how do the riders do it? How do they prepare for the mountains, such as the Col de Tourmalet which climbs to over 2,000m? How do they prepare for the crazy crosswind stages, where they reach speeds in excess of 70kmh on a flat road? And how do they prepare for being in the saddle for almost six hours a day for three consecutive weeks? Every single rider’s approach to the Tour de France is different. Some like to race more than they train, others train more than they race. Some like to go to isolation – I mean, altitude – ...

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The craziest 48 hours of Egan Bernal’s life

Egan Bernal looked down at the stuffed lion in his hand, the bouquet of yellow flowers cradled in his arm, and shook his head gently. In that moment, he realised – or began to realise, or maybe didn't quite realise yet at all – that he was about to win the Tour de France. The post The craziest 48 hours of Egan Bernal’s life appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Bernal poised for breakthrough Tour de France win for Colombia

Egan Bernal (Team Ineos) wearing the yellow jersey stage 20 at the Tour de France

Just 24 hours and some victory laps of the Champs-Élysées now stand between Egan Bernal ( Team Ineos ) and his breakthrough overall victory for Colombia and South America in the Tour de France . Taking his first triumph in cycling's biggest bike race at 22 makes Bernal the youngest winner in post-war Tour de France history. It also sets him up as a critical reference point in the race for the foreseeable future. Bernal is also the fourth rider to win the Tour for Team Sky/Ineos formation since 2012, after Brad Wiggins, Chris Froome and Geraint Thomas. The British team stretches their record of domination of the Tour even further - to seven triumphs in eight years. Bernal's Tour de France triumph is the jewel in the crown of what has already been a massively successful year for the young Colombian, who also won Paris-Nice and the Tour de ...

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Geraint Thomas: I believe I can win another Tour de France

Geraint Thomas (Team Ineos)

Geraint Thomas ( Team Ineos ) cut a disappointed but proud figure as he faced the media in Val Thorens after sealing second place in this year's Tour de France . The Welshman could have few complaints with his final GC position after being outclassed in the mountains by his young teammate Egan Bernal, but the 2018 winner vowed to return and try and win a second title in the future. Thomas and Bernal came into this year's race as joint leaders after contrasting seasons on the road. While Bernal stormed to wins in Paris-Nice and the Tour de Suisse, Thomas had stalled at several turns and his Tour form was plunged into question after a heavy fall in Switzerland. As this Tour wore on both Team Ineos riders were given their chances to win but while Thomas' attacks lacked the verve and vigor of twelve months ago, Bernal's rides ...

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Bernal makes Tour history backed by teammate Thomas

Bernal puts a cap on a stellar season after winning Paris-Nice and Tour de Suisse, and at only 22 years old, has a long career ahead of him. Read the full article at Bernal makes Tour history backed by teammate Thomas on VeloNews.com .

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Geraint Thomas crashes during Tour de France stage 16 - Video

Geraint Thomas (Team Ineos)

There is no such thing as a simple stage of the Tour de France , as second-placed overall Geraint Thomas found out on Tuesday. The Team Ineos leader crashed at nearly 50km/h, falling hard on his left side after his front wheel went away from him. The incident came with 130km to go in the 177km stage around Nîmes as the peloton rounded a corner. Thomas was quick to get up but found his Pinarello inoperable and had to wait for a replacement from a team mechanic. He scuffed the left shoulder of his jersey sand also banged his left knee. Thomas had no trouble getting back into the peloton but later dropped back to his Team Ineos team car for treatment from the team doctor Richard Usher, who sprayed water on Thomas' knee. The bumps and bruises of the crash could hamper the Welshman in the difficult stages in ...

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Inside the bizarre Tour departure of Rohan Dennis

Rohan Dennis, casual in a red Bahrain-Merida t-shirt, walked off his bus and straight toward a finish line he never crossed, flanked by his agent, Andrew McQuaid, and his press officer. Behind him, reporters and cameras trailed like the tail of a comet. His Tour de France was over, and he wouldn’t say why. Two … The post Inside the bizarre Tour departure of Rohan Dennis appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Bahrain-Merida launch investigation after Rohan Dennis quits Tour de France

Rohan Dennis (Bahrain-Merida)

Rohan Dennis ( Bahrain-Merida ) has abandoned the Tour de France , climbing off the bike 80 kilometres from the end of stage 12 to Bagnères-de-Bigorre. Bahrain-Merida indicated in a post on Twitter that the team staff were unaware of the reasons why Dennis pulled out of the race, but they have launched an investigation. "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. Meantime we continue to support our riders who are mid-race," the team wrote on their official Twitter account. The Australian had been in the battle for the breakaway earlier in the stage, giving no hints that he would pull out of the race hours later. Dennis had been in top form in the run-up to July, finishing second at the Tour de Suisse, but has ...

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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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The secrets to a Thomas De Gendt breakaway

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Supported by Follow these four easy steps and you'll be winning Tour de France stages solo in no time. The post The secrets to a Thomas De Gendt breakaway appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Tour de France: Teuns wins atop La Planche des Belles Filles

Dylan Teuns wins stage 6 at the 2019 Tour de France

Stage 6 was billed as the first ‘real test’ of the 2019 Tour de France, and indeed there were plenty of developments on La Planche des Belles Filles. Dylan Teuns (Bahrain-Merida) claimed stage honours, using the final steep ramps to pull away from breakaway companion Giulio Ciccone (Trek-Segafredo), for whom consolation came in the form of the yellow jersey he wrestled from Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep). As for the much-anticipated clues in the battle for the overall title, Geraint Thomas brushed off the doubts surrounding his pre-race form and staked a strong claim to leadership of Team Ineos, while Romain Bardet (AG2R La Mondiale) suffered a major blow to his hopes of improving on his 2016 and 2017 podiums. This was the fourth appearance of La Planche des Belles Filles in the past eight editions of the Tour, though it was a very different proposition to 2012, 2014, and 2017. Not ...

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Geraint Thomas: La Planche des Belles Filles will be 100 per cent racing

Geraint Thomas (Team Ineos) ahead of stage 4 at the Tour de France

Geraint Thomas ( Team Ineos ) warned that Thursday's finish at La Planche des Belles Filles will be a moment of "100 per cent racing" at this year's Tour de France , with the first mountain stage in the Vosges set to finally reveal the form of the overall contenders and perhaps create significant time gaps. Thomas lost five seconds to teammate Egan Bernal and French rival Thibaut Pinot on the uphill finish to Epernay on Monday and Team Inoes is hoping it was just a brief moment of distraction rather than an indication of the Welshman's form after his Tour de Suisse crash. Thomas and Bernal started the Tour de France on equal footing and the 8.7 per cent climb to La Planche des Belle Filles is likely to show who is the stronger, with Bernal free to follow any attacks and ride his own race, even if Thomas ...

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Peter Sagan tightens grip on green jersey at the Tour de France

Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe)

Peter Sagan ( Bora-Hansgrohe ) put a difficult start to the year behind him on stage 5 of the Tour de France , taking victory in Colmar to strengthen his grip on the green jersey and move up to tied-16th on the all-time stage victories list. The Slovak now lies with 12 wins, equal to Miguel Indurain as well as legendary sprinters Robbie McEwen and Erik Zabel. The Bora-Hansgrohe leader also moved past Sean Kelly into sixth place on the Tour's all-time top-three-finishes list with 44 in total. But beyond the statistics, the win also marks a turnaround from a spring that saw him suffer from illness in March and never quite hit 100 per cent during the Classics season. "I think we can't compare it," Sagan said, when asked about the difference in him between April and July. "At the start of the season I was sick. I think ...

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Thomas: I'm looking forward to La Planche des Belles Filles

Egan Bernal and Geraint Thomas in the Team Ineos bubble at the Tour de France

No alarms and no surprises, please. It was the kind of day every Tour de France contender just wanted to be over. On the long, flat run from Reims to Nancy on stage 4 , there was nothing to prove and everything to lose for men like the Team Ineos pairing of Geraint Thomas and Egan Bernal . Both riders came through the day safely in the main peloton and they might well have breathed Fernando Escartin's old mantra from the Tours of the 1990s to themselves as they unclipped from their bikes outside the Ineos bus past the finish line: one day less. As ever, the Ineos riders warmed down on the turbo trainer after the stage, gazing into the middle distance while a forest of fans and television crews sprouted up around them. A British fan held up an image on a mobile phone screen and called out ...

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Tour de France: Momentum still with Bernal as Thomas loses five seconds in fraught finale

Egan Bernal finishes stage 3 at the Tour de France ahead of teammate Geraint Thomas

Who's the boss? The five seconds Egan Bernal gained on Geraint Thomas when the peloton split on the drag to the line at Épernay on stage 3 won't decide the hierarchy at Team Ineos, far less the outcome of the Tour de France itself, but it felt like a microcosm of their contrasting approaches to this race all the same. The short, sharp haul up the Rue de Coteaux was all about momentum. Bernal, fresh from Tour de Suisse victory last month, has it in spades. Thomas, who endured a truncated build-up, is a man still in search of it. After a rugged finale that fizzed through champagne country, lone escapee Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep) was already celebrating stage victory and a stint in the maillot jaune by the time the reduced chasing peloton hit the 350m kick towards the line. Thomas was well positioned towards the front of that elite ...

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Viviani: The Tour de France will decide my future

Elia Viviani gives thumbs up on stage at the Tour de France presentation in Brussels

Elia Viviani has confirmed to Cyclingnews that Cofidis are among his suitors for the 2020 season though he has not ruled out the prospect of remaining at Deceuninck-QuickStep when his contract expires at the end of this year. A report in L'Equipe on Monday linked Viviani with a move to Cofidis, who are set to step up to an expanded WorldTour in 2020. Cedric Vasseur's team are in the market for a sprinter due to the impending departure of Nacer Bouhanni, who was left out of the Tour selection for the second year in succession. Viviani feels that his market value was boosted by his fine debut season at QuickStep in 2018, though he acknowledged that his performance at the Tour de France would ultimately determine his destination for next season. Viviani is riding La Grande Boucle for the first time since 2014. "We haven't signed with anyone. My desire, ...

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