Richie Porte: Geraint Thomas is ‘clear favourite’ to win Tour de France

Richie Porte: Geraint Thomas is ‘clear favourite’ to win Tour de France

Joe Robinson 4 Jul 2019 Australian hopes to bury omens of the past but is coy about chances of yellow Trek-Segafredo ’s Tour de France yellow jersey hope Richie Porte believes that Geraint Thomas is the ‘clear favourite’ for the overall title despite his lack of notable results this season. The Australian spoke at his team's press conference in Brussels ahead of the Grand Depart and underlined Team Ineos ’s Thomas as the man to beat, especially in the absence of four-time champion Chris Froome . While Thomas is yet to take a victory in 2019 and recently crashed out of the Tour de Suisse , the fact he enters the race as defending champion and as leader of the team that has taken six of the last seven Tours is enough to make the Welshman bookmakers' favourite and Porte’s pick, too. ‘I think Geraint Thomas is a clear favourite,' ...

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Specialized announce new Shiv TT bike for Tour de France

Specialized have launched an all-new Shiv TT ahead of the Tour de France

First spotted by Cyclingnews at the Giro d’Italia in May, Specialized have announced details of their all-new Shiv TT bike which will be used by Deceuninck-QuickStep and Bora-Hansgrohe at the Tour de France this Sunday. The frame design, which was first seen last autumn, is now UCI-legal (just) and features a completely new tube design, cockpit system and seat post from the outgoing model. Specialized also say the frameset (frame, fork, cockpit and seat post) shaves off 500g from the previous iteration of the bike, allowing it to “attack the most technical time trial courses and drill the steepest climbs”. Since being raced on at the Giro d’Italia in May, riders on the new Shiv TT bike won a stage at the Tour de Suisse and three national titles. The Stage 2 team time trial at the Tour de France will be its first official outing before the individual time ...

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Van Garderen: 'With Froome being out and Thomas having questionable form there’s no clear cut favourite'

Joe Robinson 3 Jul 2019 The 'strongest Education First Tour team' ever look forward with high hopes to GC contention The absence of Chris Froome and questionable form of defending champion Geraint Thomas has led Tejay van Garderen to see this as teammate Rigoberto Uran’s best ever opportunity to win the Tour de France . Talking at the Education First press conference in Brussels ahead of the Tour de France Grand Depart on Saturday, the American seemed confident in his team’s chances of taking a surprise win with the lack of no clear favourite. When asked whether the absence of a clear front runner would produce a surprise winner, Van Garderen replied, ‘Yeah, I think you’re right with Froome being out injured and Thomas having questionable form with his crash at the Tour de Suisse so I think there’s no clear cut favourite' Van Garderen also noted the form of ...

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Matthews extends with Sunweb through to 2021

Australian Michael Matthews (Team Sunweb) takes part in a press conference in Waregem prior to the s

Michael Matthews has signed a two-year contract extension with Team Sunweb , staying with the team until the end of the 2021 season. Chad Haga and Cees Bol have both also put pen to paper on similar deals. News of the renewals was revealed at Team Sunweb's pre- Tour de France press conference in the Netherlands on Wednesday. Matthews is going into the race with something of a free role, and last week reacted to team leader Tom Dumoulin's absence by saying he was "totally confused" and didn't know "where to go from here". Matthews appeared to question the team's approach, noting the manager had "told us from the start of the year that we shouldn’t have any ambitions ourselves – it's just everything for the yellow", leading to question marks over his future, but he signed a new deal ahead of the Tour. "I'm very happy to be with ...

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Specialized launches Shiv TT Disc ahead of the 2019 Tour de France

Sam Challis Wednesday, July 3, 2019 - 16:29 Specialized says the new Shiv TT Disc is 500g lighter, rides better and is more comfortable despite being no slower than the previous design Specialized has just confirmed what the rumours and spy-shots from keen-eyed fans at WorldTour races over the last few months have been suggesting: it has developed a new Shiv TT bike. The new design has already won on the WorldTour at the Tour de Suisse and scooped three national time-trial championships. However Specialized has clearly explained the new design isn’t any faster than its previous iteration. The brand claims the new bike instead rides and handles better, as well as being around half a kilo lighter. ‘In a hypothetical 40km TT, the new Shiv TT Disc creates essentially the same drag as the previous Shiv, which is the most aerodynamic, UCI-legal bike in the world. But time trials ...

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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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The 2020 Specialized Shiv TT Disc is finally official

Specialized Shiv TT Disc complete 2020

It’s a bike we’ve spotted on and off over the past few months. Deceuninck–Quick-Step’s Yves Lampaert won the time trial at the Tour de Suisse on it, and it has also collected three national time trial championships. And now Specialized is ready to talk about the new Shiv TT Disc. “In a hypothetical 40 km … The post The 2020 Specialized Shiv TT Disc is finally official appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Tour de France: We've lost Froome but we have Thomas and Bernal, says Portal

Egan Bernal in yellow at Tour de Suisse

Team Ineos may have lost Chris Froome to a Critérium du Dauphiné crash but the powerful British team still head into the Tour de France with Geraint Thomas and Egan Bernal as prospective candidates for the maillot jaune. That said, their directeur sportif, Nicolas Portal, has warned that the team must start strongly with several key stages dotted within the first week. Although the first stage in Brussels is likely to end in a bunch sprint the following day comprises of a 27.6km team time trial around the Belgian capital. The time gaps expected could be crucial over the three-week race and it's little wonder that Team Ineos arrive at the race with a team of individuals who race well against the clock. On stage 6 the race reaches the first summit finish of the 2019 edition of the race at La Planche Des Belles Filles and the gaps could ...

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The weekly spin: Why Nibali and Valverde shouldn’t be counted out at Tour de France

Two of the most successful riders in professional cycling are headed to the Tour de France flying under the radar. My advice: Don’t sleep on Vincenzo Nibali or Alejandro Valverde as GC threats. While most lists of pre-race favorites look to Egan Bernal, Geraint Thomas, Jakob Fuglsang, Adam Yates, and Richie Porte, there’s exactly one … The post The weekly spin: Why Nibali and Valverde shouldn’t be counted out at Tour de France appeared first on CyclingTips .

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AG2R La Mondiale change Tour de France line up after French nationals

Tony Gallopin (AG2R La Mondiale)

Sunday's French national road race carried huge Tour de France consequences for the AG2R La Mondiale team after Warren Barguil (Arkea Samsic) took the title ahead of Cofidis riders Julien Simon and Damien Touze. A crash that involved AG2R's Tony Gallopin and Benoit Cosnefroy took the pair out of contention for the title and left the riders' Tour participation in question, while a lacklustre performance from Pierre Latour as he returns from injury caused the team to replace him on the roster with Alexis Vuillermoz. "After talking with Pierre Latour, we decided that it was more reasonable to replace him for the next Tour de France," said Team Manager Vincent Lavenu. "He has been struggling since returning to the competition, and it would have been very risky to send him to a race like the Tour de France." Latour said he was not disappointed with the team's decision. "It's better ...

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Rob Britton wins Canadian time trial title

Rob Britton pulls on the jersey

The 2019 Canadian Road Championships opened on Friday in St-Georges, Quebec, with the individual time trials. Rob Britton (Rally UHC) won the first title of his career, defeating teammate and 11-time champion Svein Tuft. Held on the same roads as the Tour de Beauce time trial a week prior, riders faced a rolling 34-kilometre course and rough pavement. The men's race pitted 11-time champion Svein Tuft against his teammate, with Britton starting one minute in front of Tuft, the final rider. Britton was coming off a very strong finish to the Tour de Suisse. The two were within seconds of each other in the final six kilometres, and it wasn't until the last couple of climbs that Britton was able to open a gap, finishing with a time of 42:54, 14 seconds ahead of Tuft. Adam Roberge (Elevate KHS) was third fastest, taking the bronze medal in the Elite category ...

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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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Thomas and Bernal named as joint leaders for Team Ineos Tour de France squad

Geraint Thomas rides in the bunch before his crash during stage 4 at the Tour de Suisse

Team Ineos have named Geraint Thomas and Egan Bernal as joint leaders of their eight-rider squad for the Tour de France . Thomas enters the 2019 Tour as defending champion after his victory last year but there are doubts about his Grand Tour form after he crashed out of the recent Tour de Suisse. The 22-year-old Bernal missed the Giro d'Italia after a crash in training but recovered quickly and went on to win the Tour de Suisse, earning his role as joint leader. Team Ineos will be without four-time winner Chris Froome after his high-speed crash at the Critérium du Dauphiné but are still expected to dominate the racing, with Thomas and Bernal potential winners. The racing and the roads of France will ultimately reveal who will emerge as Team Ineos' protected leader, with the first mountain finish to La Planche des Belle Filles likely to give a first ...

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Asgreen excited for Tour de France debut after Danish TT win

Kasper Asgreen competes in the Tour de Suisse time trial

Kasper Asgreen ( Deceuninck-QuickStep ) will take another confidence boost into his debut Tour de France next week after winning the Danish time trial title Thursday in Esbjerg. The 24-year-old's early season results during his first full year with the Belgian super team, including second at the Tour of Flanders and third overall at the Tour of California, paved his way to the Grand Boucle as Quickstep opted to leave a rider of Philippe Gilbert's caliber at home . "It’s been a great period, with a strong nine days in [Tour de] Suisse, getting selected for Le Tour and now becoming national champion," Asgreen said. "I am taking advantage of a great shape at the moment, and I hope it continues through the Tour." Asgreen's surprise runner-up result in Flanders led to a run of form that saw him win the high-altitude stage to South Lake Tahoe at the Tour ...

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Gaviria misses Tour de France but Aru included in UAE Team Emirates squad

Dan Martin, Fabio Aru and Alexander Kristoff in the 2019 UAE Team Emirates jersey

Fernando Gaviria has been left out of the UAE Team Emirates squad for the 2019 Tour de France , as the Colombian sprinter continues to struggle with a knee injury. Dan Martin will lead the team’s overall challenge, while Fabio Aru has also earned selection after completing the Tour de Suisse last week. Winner of two stages on last year’s Tour, Gaviria abandoned the Giro d’Italia in the opening week citing a knee problem and has not raced since. The Colombian’s participation in the Tour de France has been in doubt for several weeks and his absence was confirmed on Thursday, when UAE TEam Emirates confirmed their final eight rider for the Tour de France. Alexander Kristoff will instead serve as UAE Team Emirates’ lead sprinter, while young fast man Jasper Philipsen has also been handed a debut in La Grande Boucle in what is his first season at WorldTour ...

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Can Egan Bernal win the Tour de France?

With less than two weeks until the start of the Tour de France, two riders have emerged as the bookmakers’ top favorites. One is the defending champion. The other is a 22-year-old, with a single, solitary Grand Tour start under his belt, who isn’t even the number-one GC rider on his team. Wait, what? Could … The post Can Egan Bernal win the Tour de France? appeared first on CyclingTips .

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2020 Tour de France to start in June as Tokyo Olympics sparks a calendar squeeze

Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep) attends a press conference on April 19 ahead of the Amstel

The Tokyo Olympics have created a calendar squeeze for the 2020 cycling season, with the Tour de France scheduled to be held a week earlier than usual - between June 27 and July 19, with other major races in June such as the Critérium du Dauphiné and the Tour de Suisse also starting earlier than usual. The Tokyo Olympics begin just six days after the Tour de France ends, with the men's road race on Saturday, July 25, meaning riders will have little time to recover, travel and adapt to the eight-hour time difference. The women's Olympic road race is scheduled for Sunday, July 26, with the time trial events on Wednesday, July 29. Many of the male contenders for the Mount Fuji hilly road race face a tough decision about their 2020 racing plans, with some likely to skip all or part of the Tour de France in favour ...

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No room for Gilbert as Viviani and Alaphilippe lead Deceuninck-QuickStep at Tour de France

Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-Quick Step) on the Dauphine podium after winning stage 6

Elia Viviani, Julian Alaphilippe and Enric Mas all feature in the Deceuninck-QuickStep squad for the Tour de France but there is no place for Paris-Roubaix winner Philippe Gilbert , who misses out on selection for the eight-rider Belgian team. Viviani will have four riders dedicated to leading him out in the sprints: Yves Lampaert, Michael Mørkøv, Max Richeze and promising debutant Kasper Asgreen. Mas, who placed second at last year’s Vuelta a España, will have Dries Devenyns for support on his Tour debut. "He’s our GC guy, but at the same time, this is his Tour de France debut and while he proved in the Vuelta that he can maintain his condition for three weeks, this is the Tour and it’s about learning," directeur sportif Tom Steels said of Mas, who took ninth at the recent Tour de Suisse. "It is hard to explain what this race is until you ...

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Team Ineos confirm revised Tour de France line-up following Froome's crash

Team Ineos confirm revised Tour de France line-up following Froome's crash

Jack Elton-Walters 28 Jun 2019 Geraint Thomas will start the race as both the defending champion and Team Ineos leader, but things could change out on the road Following Chris Froome 's horror crash during the Criterium du Dauphine that saw him hospitalised with several broken bones, ruling him out of competition for at least six months , Team Ineos have confirmed the eight riders they will be sending to the Tour de France . Froome would have gone into the race not as defending champion but likely still as the team leader, chasing a record equalling fifth Tour title. Team Ineos are still attending the race with the defending champion, of course, in the shape of Geraint Thomas . The Welshman beat Froome into third, behind rival Tom Dumoulin, at last year's race and will begin the 2019 Tour de France as his team's leader. Albeit joint-leader with Egan ...

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Carthy finally breaks through at Tour de Suisse

Carthy finally breaks through at Tour de Suisse

After being on the cusp of a big win for years, Hugh Carthy finally nets a WorldTour victory in the Swiss Alps Read the full article at Carthy finally breaks through at Tour de Suisse on VeloNews.com .

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