Tour Down Under 2020 routes revealed: Willunga, Paracombe to decide men’s GC

Supported by Organisers of the Santos Tour Down Under have revealed the courses that will make up the men’s and women’s races in 2020. The 21st edition of the men’s race runs from January 19-26 and comprises the Down Under Classic criterium (which doesn’t contribute to the GC) and six road stages. Four of those stages are … The post Tour Down Under 2020 routes revealed: Willunga, Paracombe to decide men’s GC appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Tour de France: Impey wins stage 9 in Brioude

Daryl Impey (Mitchelton-Scott) wins stage 9

Daryl Impey (Mitchelton-Scott) claimed victory on stage 9 of the Tour de France after a cool, calm and collected performance that culminated in a two-man sprint against Tiesj Benoot (Lotto Soudal). The two broke away from a large escape group that had built up a lead over the peloton, with Jan Tratnik (Bahrain Merida), also from the breakaway, coming in third a few seconds later. Impey made several important moves in the stage finale, the first of which came when he accelerated away from a chase group in order to bridge up to Benoot and Nicolas Roche (Team Sunweb) on the final climb. When Benoot then attacked in the closing stages on a small rise, the South African was immediately on the Lotto-Soudal rider's wheel, as Roche began to falter. The two leaders built up a 15 second lead as they raced towards the finish, with Impey doing the majority ...

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Bevin: TDU stage winner first to abandon Le Tour

Bevin: TDU stage winner first to abandon Le Tour

Injuries from a pair of early-race crashes too much to overcome for New Zealand's Patrick Bevin at this year's Tour de France.

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Team Ineos races on £5k Lightweight Meilenstein Obermayer wheels

Team Ineos Lightweight wheels

Team Ineos riders spotted swapping their sponsor-correct Shimano Dura-Ace wheels in favour of handmade German specials

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Bevin is first rider to abandon the 2019 Tour de France

Paddy Bevin chases the leaders suring stage 6 at Tour de Suisse

Patrick Bevin (CCC Team) has been forced to leave the Tour de France with broken ribs, becoming the first rider to abandon the 2019 edition of the race. The New Zealander suffered a heavy crash on stage 4, some 100 kilometres from the finish line in Nancy. He got back on his bike and finished the stage, and indeed completed Wednesday’s stage 5 in the Vosges hills, but the pain in his chest only increased. He went straight for an X-ray after finishing the stage in Colmar, and it emerged he had fractured two ribs. “An initial observation following the stage indicated he had some rib pain and other contusions, but he would be able to line up on stage five. However, Patrick experienced severe pain during yesterday’s stage and was immediately taken for X-rays at the finish line. The X-rays revealed two fractures on both the seventh and eighth ...

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New Zealander Bevin first to abandon from the Tour de France

Supported by Kiwi favourite Patrick Bevin became the first rider to abandon this year’s Tour de France when his CCC team announced that he would not be starting Thursday’s sixth stage. Bevin fell in Monday’s stage 3 and again in stage 4 on Tuesday when he fractured two ribs. He rode stage 5 but was in considerable … The post New Zealander Bevin first to abandon from the Tour de France appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Kristoff loses to Viviani but discovers Philipsen's Tour de France lead-out talents

Alexander Kristoff goes head to head with Elia Viviani

Alexander Kristoff had an excellent lead out from young UAE Team Emirates teammate Jasper Philipsen Tuesday during stage 4 at the Tour de France and found the high-speed sprint sweet spot behind Elia Viviani (Deceuninck-QuickStep), with only a few extra watts, an extra gear and some extra road coming between victory in Nancy and second place behind the Italian. Kristoff powered down the centre of the road in his all-white colours as Viviani went along the barriers. They hit the line together, but Viviani won with a better bike throw. "I have to be happy with second, it was a close one. I've managed to beat a lot of good sprinters here today, Viviani was just a bit better but this gives me confidence for the sprints to come," Kristoff said. Viviani got an armchair ride from his Deceuninck-QuickStep lead-out riders Michael Morkov and Max Richeze but Kristoff also benefitted ...

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‘Lesson learnt’: Vos wins again at the Giro Rosa as Kennedy celebrates early

Supported by The heartbreak is clear on Lucy Kennedy’s face. As her front wheel crosses the finish-line tape, her mouth hangs agape in something akin to surprise mixed with horror. A metre ahead of her, and about the same distance to her left, is Marianne Vos, the greatest of all time, doing what Vos does: win big … The post ‘Lesson learnt’: Vos wins again at the Giro Rosa as Kennedy celebrates early appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Peter Sagan: The Tour de France sprints are always a big mess

Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) wins stage 3 at the Tour de Suisse

Peter Sagan is often considered the only rock star in the professional peloton, but as the hours counted down to Saturday's first stage of the Tour de France , where he could take the first yellow jersey and begin to score points towards a record-breaking seventh green points jersey, the Bora-Hansgrohe team leader was evasive about his chances of winning, and seemed slightly irritated about a lack of support in his eight-rider squad for this year's race. When asked about the chance of crashes at the Tour, Sagan and his entourage revealed their strong sense of superstition, closing down the question quickly in the hope it wouldn't carry any bad karma in the days to come. During the Bora-Hansgrohe press conference late on Friday afternoon, Sagan was one of four team leaders, rather than the only leader. Bora-Hansgrohe is no longer only the Peter Sagan show, even if he generates ...

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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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Jack Bobridge jailed for more than four years for dealing ecstasy

Supported by Two-time Australian road champion Jack Bobridge has been jailed for more than four years after being found guilty of dealing ecstasy in Perth. The 29-year-old, who won two Olympic silver medals on the track, was convicted on four charges of supplying a total of 301 ecstasy pills to fellow former racer Alex McGregor between March … The post Jack Bobridge jailed for more than four years for dealing ecstasy appeared first on CyclingTips .

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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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Renshaw to retire at the end of the season

Mark Renshaw is one of numerous Australian's to have led the Tour Down Under

Mark Renshaw will retire from professional cycling at the end of this season, bringing the curtain down on a career that began in 2004. The Australian made the announcement on Thursday morning in a statement on the Dimension Data website. “After 16 years, I’m proud to announce that 2019 will be my final year as a professional road cyclist,” wrote Renshaw , who will turn 37 in October. “I know it’s the right time to step away from racing, my body and mind won’t allow me to perform and compete to the level that’s required for a race like the Tour de France. I am very fortunate to be able to make the decision to finish this chapter of my life on my terms, and I’m hugely excited about my future ventures.” A product of the Australian track programme, Renshaw turned professional on the road with FDJeux.com in 2004 before ...

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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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Trek-Segafredo give Richie Porte full support for Tour de France

Trek-Segafredo leader Richie Porte is all smiles on the morning of stage 5 of the 2019 Tour of Calif

Trek-Segafredo have confirmed their Tour de France ambitions will be built around Richie Porte , with the Australian targeting a place on the final podium in Paris. As expected, there is no place for John Degenkolb, as Trek-Segafredo focus on the overall classification. The German Classics specialist and sprinter revealed he will take a family holiday in July and then prepare for the Tour du Pologne and the Vuelta a España. Edward Theuns also missed out on a spot. Porte will have the support of Bauke Mollema, Julien Bernard, Giulio Ciccone, Koen de Kort, Fabio Felline, Toms Skujins and Jasper Stuyven. Mollema finished a solid fifth in the Giro d'Italia, while new-signing Ciccone was one of the revelations of the Corsa Rosa, winning a stage and the mountains competition after often going in the break of the day. Porte was slightly off the pace at the Critérium du Dauphiné but ...

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Pogacar extends with UAE Team Emirates until end of 2023

Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates) wins Volta ao Algarve

Tadej Pogačar has signed a contract extension that will keep him at UAE Team Emirates until the end of the 2023 season. Still only 20 years old, the Slovenian has enjoyed a sparkling debut season in the professional ranks, winning the Volta ao Algarve and Tour of California. "I am very happy to have had the opportunity to sign an agreement that will keep me with UAE Team Emirates for the foreseeable future," Pogačar said in a statement on Friday. "I hope we can develop and progress together in the years ahead. I thank the team for the trust they have placed in me going forward as a cyclist." Pogačar won the Tour de l'Avenir in his final season at under-23 level before stepping up to WorldTour level with UAE Team Emirates this year. After placing a solid 13th at the Tour Down Under in January, he proceeded to claim ...

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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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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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John Degenkolb to miss Tour de France as move to Lotto-Soudal rumoured

John Degenkolb to miss Tour de France as move to Lotto-Soudal rumoured

Joe Robinson 17 Jun 2019 Trek-Segafredo set to field team solely for Richie Porte's yellow jersey ambitions German sprinter John Degenkolb will miss his first Tour de France since 2012 as his Trek-Segafredo team look set to pick a team solely around the General Classification hopes of Richie Porte. Talking to German website Radsport , Degenkolb admitted that he was not currently in Trek-Segafredo's Tour team although he respects their opinion to fully back Porte instead of taking an option for the sprint days. 'As it stands now, I will not be riding the Tour de France this year,' said Degenkolb adding that the team's decision to back Porter was 'a decision that I fully accept because I said: what is good for the team and their goals are good for all of us.' The Trek-Segafredo team invested in Australian GC rider Porte over the winter, picking the 34-year-old up ...

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