Matthews will no longer fight for the green jersey at the Tour de France

Supported by Sunweb’s Michael Matthews will no longer focus on racking up points for the green jersey battle at the Tour de France. As the 28-year-old Australian explained after stage 11, his team has decided to give up on the points classification to instead focus on scoring stage victories with both Matthews and teammates like Cees Bol, … The post Matthews will no longer fight for the green jersey at the Tour de France appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Matthews says he will no longer contest the Tour’s green jersey

Supported by Sunweb’s Michael Matthews will no longer fight for points in the green jersey battle at the Tour de France. As the 28-year-old Australian explained after stage 11, his team has decided to give up on the points classification to instead focus on scoring stage victories with both Matthews and teammates like Cees Bol, who was … The post Matthews says he will no longer contest the Tour’s green jersey appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Van Garderen out of Tour with fractured hand

Supported by Tejay van Garderen is out of the 2019 Tour de France after fracturing his hand in a crash. The 30-year-old American hit the deck in the early goings of Friday’s stage. Seven kilometers into the day, van Garderen hit a traffic island and went down along with Jumbo-Visma’s Mike Teunissen. ???? Crash for @TejayVan and … The post Van Garderen out of Tour with fractured hand appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Vos a contender for rainbow jersey at Yorkshire Worlds after dominant Giro Rosa

Marianne Vos (CCC-Liv) has won three stages so far at the Giro Rosa

Last year's runner-up, Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio ( CCC-Liv ) was one of the favourites for an overall podium place at the Giro d'Italia Internazionale Femminile . But as the South African climber struggles on the lower end of the top-10, her teammate Marianne Vos has given the team three stage wins so far during the 10-day race. Her success indicates that she is on track toward being a serious contender for another rainbow jersey at the Yorkshire World Championships in September. "The pure joy of a stage victory," Vos wrote in a post on social media after her stage 7 victory. "Thanks CCC-Liv for the trust and support. A win from all of us. Had to dig deep until the end, but definitely worth it." Moolman-Pasio had a solid start to this year's race and moved into third place overall after the first real mountain stage to Lago di Cancano. She ...

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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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Tubeless tires gaining ground in road and TT stages at the Tour de France

Fans of tubeless road tires have been eagerly awaiting the adoption of the technology at the upper echelon of the sport, and only recently have there been glimmers of hope. Those fires will burn a little brighter yet this year, as tubeless is clearly being used by more riders and teams at this year’s Tour … The post Tubeless tires gaining ground in road and TT stages at the Tour de France 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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Rowe: Bernal's youth will not stop him grabbing Tour de France glory

Rowe: Bernal's youth will not stop him grabbing Tour de France glory

Joe Robinson 5 Jul 2019 Welsh road captain believes that Bernal has all the capabilites to become Colombia's first Tour de France winner Luke Rowe has responded to General Classification favourite Jakob Fuglsang's speculation that Egan Bernal is too young to win the Tour de France by stating that 'the race will do the talking'. Talking at the Astana press conference earlier in the week, Fuglsang stated that Bernal may be too inexperienced for the yellow jersey considering he is only 22-years-old and that the Tour may not be as open as people are speculating if Geraint Thomas is on top form. Only his second Grand Tour following his debut in France a year ago, Bernal has set upon a meteoric rise in his first 18 months in the WorldTour that has seen him win three one-week stage races and helped guide Thomas to the Tour title in 2018. On ...

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Richie Porte: Geraint Thomas is the clear Tour de France favourite

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

Richie Porte ( Trek-Segafredo ) has tipped defending champion Geraint Thomas as the main favourite for this year's Tour de France . Thomas won his maiden Tour last year but is set to be a co-leader at Team Ineos after Egan Bernal won the Tour de Suisse in June. Thomas crashed out of that race and has not reached his top form this year. With Chris Froome already out of the Tour, this year's race is the most open in several years but Porte – a one-time teammate of Thomas and Froome – believes that the Welshman should be fully backed over the next three weeks. "I think that Geraint Thomas is the clear favourite," Porte told the press in Belgium on Thursday. "He won it last year and he's probably in better shape this year, too. It's a shame that Chris Froome is not here but it does change ...

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Preview: 21 things you need to know about the 2019 Giro Rosa

While the best riders in the men’s peloton are currently readying themselves for the Tour de France, the best in the women’s peloton are doing likewise for the Giro Rosa. The “Giro d’Italia Internazionale Femminile” is the biggest and most prestigious race on the Women’s WorldTour and it’s just around the corner. Ahead of the … The post Preview: 21 things you need to know about the 2019 Giro Rosa appeared first on CyclingTips .

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How to watch the Giro Rosa 2019: live streams and highlights from each stage

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Our complete guide to how to follow this year's Giro Rosa

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Mark Cavendish left 'heartbroken' after missing Tour de France selection

Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data) on stage 6 of the 2019 Tour of California

Mark Cavendish has reacted to Dimension Data 's decision to leave him off the team's 2019 Tour de France roster, writing on Twitter that he is "heartbroken" by the decision. "Well what can I say?" Cavendish wrote in the first of four linked tweets. "I’m absolutely heart-broken by the decision that means I won’t be @letour this year. As I have done for my entire career, I targeted a specific time to be at peak form. This has pretty much always resulted in me hitting my goals or coming damn close. "Predominantly at the most beautiful, special race that is Le Tour de France, where 30 of these victories have defined my career. After a long, difficult fight back from trying to compete for the whole of last season with Epstein Barr Virus and after following a specific ... training program to peak in July, I feel I was in ...

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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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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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ASO's Fleche Wallonne and Liege-Bastogne-Liege included in 2020 Women's WorldTour

UCI Women's Teams racing on the 2019 Women's WorldTour

The UCI announced the 22 races that will make up the 2020 Women's WorldTour that will include Flèche Wallonne and Liège-Bastogne-Liège, despite ASO's recent threat to pull the two races from the top-tier calendar if they were forced to provide the 45 minutes of live TV coverage mandated by the UCI. The UCI confirmed in its announcement, however, that all organisers had accepted the new criteria for the Women's WorldTour reforms. That would suggest that ASO is now onboard with the 45 minutes of live TV coverage, but a representative of ASO told Cyclingnews earlier this month that the issue surrounding mandatory live TV coverage was still a 'work-in-progress'. The UCI also told Cyclingnews earlier this month that the discussion over mandatory TV coverage is on-going but that mandatory live TV coverage would remain part of the criteria for being a Women's WorldTour event. "In line with our strategy to ...

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Tour de France 2019: route and stage analysis

Tour de France 2019 stages written in black and white text on a yellow background

A stage by stage breakdown of the official Tour de France route for 2019, including profiles, detailed descriptions and which riders to watch

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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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Cadel’s Race promoted to Women’s WorldTour

Supported by The women’s Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race has been promoted to WorldTour level for 2020. The one-day race, officially the Deakin University Elite Women’s Road Race, is the first event in the Southern Hemisphere to join the top tier of women’s road cycling since the Women’s WorldTour began in 2016. The UCI confirmed the … The post Cadel’s Race promoted to Women’s WorldTour appeared first on CyclingTips .

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