Photo gallery: The best shoes of the 2019 Tour de France

Ah, shoes. In a sport that so often controls exactly how and what pros ride in, shoes (and sometimes eyewear…) are often the last frontier for individuality. Sure, some teams enforce the use of a specific brand, but the majority let their riders walk their own path in finding a shoe that fits their feet … The post Photo gallery: The best shoes of the 2019 Tour de France appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Tour de France pro bike: Cannondale’s brand new SuperSix Evo belonging to Tour of Flanders winner Alberto Bettiol

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Alberto Bettiol's new Cannondale SuperSix Evo with some interesting tech details

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Tour de France: Asgreen uncertain to continue after hard crash in Epernay

Kasper Asgreen's bike

After a massive effort to reel in the day's breakaway on stage 3 of the Tour de France that helped propel Deceuninck-Quickstep teammate Julian Alaphilippe to the victory and race lead, all Kasper Asgreen had to do was ride to the finish. But he missed a traffic sign in the middle of the road and suffered a nasty crash that snapped his bike in two. Asgreen, 22, who was runner-up in the Tour of Flanders and is the Danish national time trial champion, plays a critical role in the Belgian team's line-up for the Tour de France. Team manager Patrick Lefevere said he hope that Asgreen can continue: "He's the engine of our team." His teammate Michael Mørkøv was riding near Asgreen before the crash and warned him about the danger, but said the Dane did not react and rode straight into it, the impact shattering his Specialized frame. The ...

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Tour de France 2019: Jumbo's Mike Teunissen pips Sagan to win Stage 1

Tour de France 2019: Jumbo's Mike Teunissen pips Sagan to win Stage 1

Pete Muir 6 Jul 2019 The first yellow jersey goes to the surprise Dutch winner Jumbo-Visma’s Mike Teunissen won Stage 1 of the 2019 Tour de France to take the first yellow jersey of the race. While his teammate Dylan Groenewegen was caught up in a crash in the final few kilometres, Teunissen managed to out-sprint Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) by a tyre-width to take the stage. Sagan took second place (and will wear his favourite green jersey as a result of Teunissen being in yellow), followed by Caleb Ewan of Lotto-Soudal. On a mostly flat stage from Brussels to Brussels, there was little to challenge the GC contenders, all of whom made it safely across the line in the bunch. Astana’s Jakob Fuglsang was suffering from injuries caused by a crash earlier in the race, but still claimed the same time as his main rivals. The polka-dot jersey went to ...

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Tour de France 2019: Jumbo-Visma's Mike Teunissen pips Sagan to win Stage 1

Tour de France 2019: Jumbo-Visma's Mike Teunissen pips Sagan to win Stage 1

Pete Muir 6 Jul 2019 The first yellow jersey goes to the surprise Dutch winner Jumbo-Visma’s Mike Teunissen won Stage 1 of the 2019 Tour de France to take the first yellow jersey of the race. While his teammate Dylan Groenewegen was caught up in a crash in the final few kilometres, Teunissen managed to out-sprint Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) by a tyre-width to take the stage. Sagan took second place (and will wear his favourite green jersey as a result of Teunissen being in yellow), followed by Caleb Ewan of Lotto-Soudal. On a mostly flat stage from Brussels to Brussels, there was little to challenge the GC contenders, all of whom made it safely across the line in the bunch. Astana’s Jakob Fuglsang was suffering from injuries caused by a crash earlier in the race, but still claimed the same time as his main rivals. The polka-dot jersey went to ...

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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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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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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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Bjarne Riis: There has to be a sponsor for Team Virtu Cycling

Bjarne Riis (Team Virtu Cycling)

Last week, Bjarne Riis, one of the owners of Virtu Cycling Group, announced that Team Virtu Cycling Women would close at the end of the year . Despite a string of excellent results including wins at the Ronde van Drenthe and Tour of Flanders, the group has not found a new sponsor for the women's team. The men's Continental team, Team Waoo, will continue. Speaking to Cyclingnews at the Danish road race championships on Sunday, Riis expressed disappointment that there is no interest in sponsoring the women's team. "When you race on the WorldTour like our women's team does, it's an international team," Riis said. "Unfortunately, this apparently doesn't have value for a Danish sponsor. Having now funded the team ourselves for three years, we had hoped that there would be someone wanting to join us. That hasn't happened until now." Riis has not given up hope that a sponsor ...

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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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Tour de France teams for 2019 — Complete startlist plus the favourites

Theuns and Dupont at Tour de France 2018

Who are the ones to watch?

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The Cannibal and the thief: Merckx’s legendary 1969 Tour de France, 50 years on

Cycling, famously, is a sport of stars and water-carriers. The stars win; the water-carriers never do. But the history of cycling is written in those rare, fleeting moments when an unknown name attempts to steal victory from an established hero. Those moments are unlikely and rarely fruitful, but they define the sport just as much … The post The Cannibal and the thief: Merckx’s legendary 1969 Tour de France, 50 years on appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Uran: My season starts at the Tour de France

EF Education First's Rigoberto Uran is all fuelled-up and ready for stage 5 of the 2019 Tour of Cali

Rigoberto Urán will spearhead the EF Education First team as they head to Brussels this week for the start of the 2019 Tour de France . The Colombian, who was second in the race two years ago, will once again lead the squad’s GC aspirations, but the American team arrives at the race with a number of strong options as they also target stages. The squad was finalised last week at a three-day team time trial training camp in Girona, Spain, with Michael Woods and Criterium du Dauphine runner-up Tejay van Garderen also selected. Both Woods and van Garderen will support Urán in the high mountains of this year’s Tour de France, while Woods will also use his punchy climbing style to target a number of stages. Van Garderen has pinpointed the team and individual time trials as his objectives. Tour of Flanders winner Alberto Bettiol will also have freedom ...

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Jonathan Vaughters: 'They were laughing at the guys that weren’t doping'

Jonathan Vaughters: 'They were laughing at the guys that weren’t doping'

Joseph Delves 2 Jul 2019 Jonathan Vaughters has got a new book out so we caught up with him to talk cycling - past and present. Photo: Education First Jonathan Vaughters - manager of WorldTour team Education First , former pro and sometime teammate of Lance Armstrong - has a new book out. We caught up with him to talk alternative racing, social media, small-team finances, doping culture and whether you can ever replace Armstrong. Cyclist : Are there any revelations in your book you think followers of cycling will be shocked by? Jonathan Vaughters : There’s no big reveal. The scandalous stuff is all already out there. Instead, it puts into context the thirty years I’ve been involved in bike racing. I think it pulls together a lot of things. Cyc : What was the most difficult bit to write? JV : The stuff to do with my personal ...

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Aero is (sort of) everything with Cannondale’s new SuperSix EVO

Cannondale SuperSix EVO road bike

A road racing legend reimagined for the modern era

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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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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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Bjarne Riis's Virtu Cycling women's squad set to close

Bjarne Riis's Virtu Cycling women's squad set to close

Joseph Delves 26 Jun 2019 Outfit run by controversial manager Bjarne Riis to be wound up at the end of the season. Photo: Maria David Danish UCI women’s team Virtu Cycling is to cease racing at the end of this year. Founded in 2015, controversial former racer and CSC and Tinkoff manager Bjarne Riis took over the running of the squad in November 2016. Home to Italian rider Marta Bastianelli who currently sits third in the women's WorldTour rankings, her recent wins at the Tour of Flanders , Ronde van Drenthe and Omloop van het Hageland had contributed to a successful early season for the team. The surprise announcement also leaves notable riders including Sofia Bertizzolo, Trine Schmidt and Christina Siggaard looking for fresh contracts. Despite competing at the highest levels of the sport and securing solid results, it seems the team failed to attract sponsors. Instead, owners Bjarne Riis, ...

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