Tour de France: Rest day training - Gallery

Rohan Dennis (Bahrain-Merida)

It has been a long 10 days before the first rest day of the 2019 Tour de France , and the riders enjoyed a leisurely day in Albi, aside from the usual media obligations. Teams took easy cruises on their road bikes, with the exception of Geraint Thomas, Egan Bernal (Team Ineos) and Richie Porte (Trek-Segafredo), Dan Martin (UAE Team Emirates) and other GC contenders who, despite there being two more stages before the individual time trial in Pau, opted to get some preparation done. Before the riders get to Pau, the peloton has one flat stage that will have the sprinters - in particular Elia Viviani (Deceuninck-QuickStep), Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal) and Michael Matthews (Team Sunweb) - eager to get back on top after being trounced by young Wout Van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) on stage 10. Stage 12 on Thursday will be a big test to see if the climbers ...

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Tour de France: Dan Martin looks to the mountains after getting through hectic stage 10

Dan Martin finishes stage 7 at the Tour de France

UAE Team Emirates ' general classification contender Daniel Martin safely finished in the front group at the Tour de France on stage 10 on Monday, which was a tough day at the office for a number of his rivals as echelons formed by the strong winds split the race apart. Trek-Segafredo's Richie Porte, Astana's Jakob Fuglsang and 2017 Tour runner-up Rigoberto Urán all lost 1:40 – and serious dents to their GC chances – to Martin's group, which also included Team Ineos duo Egan Bernal and Geraint Thomas, Nairo Quintana of Movistar and AG2R La Mondiale's Romain Bardet. "Even from the first kilometre, it was stressful," Martin said on his team's website of the 217km stage from Saint-Flour to Albi. "Everybody knew with the wind was dangerous, and when you have over 200km when it can happen at any moment, you always need a bit of good luck to be ...

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Tour de France: EF Education First pay the price in crosswinds

EF Education First ride near the front during stage 10 at the Tour de France

The Tour de France lasts three weeks, but in an instant the race can turn upside down. As European riders like to say: one minute you're the hammer, the next you're the nail, taking the beating. The EF Education First team were both in the final 40km of stage 10 to Albi. They went on the attack with 43km to go, sparking a split in the peloton, only to then get caught out and distanced in the chaos when Team Ineos and Deceuninck-QuickStep joined in the attack. EF Education First team leader Rigoberto Urán and several teammates went from the front group to the second group and never saw the head of the race again as the Tour de France became more like Gent-Wevelgem than a transfer stage south towards the Pyrenees for the first rest day. Urán was with fellow overall contenders Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ), Richie Porte (Trek-Segafredo) and ...

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Tour de France 2019 stage 10 finish line quotes

Wout van Aert wins stage 10 at the Tour de France

Wout van Aert ( Jumbo-Visma ) - Stage winner "I can't believe it, beating all those fast guys in the sprint. Ah... Sorry, I can't believe it. It's above anything else. I felt it in the last 10 days, how big this race is. Winning in my first attempt...wow. "It became quite nervous in the finale. I managed to stay in front and kept our leader Stevie [Kruijswijk] in position. Unfortunately, Dylan was not in the first group and I was allowed to go for the sprint. From the last one, I learned I had to go early, so I went 250m from the line. It was close with Viviani, but one centimetre is enough. "I think it started quite early at around 70km to go, and we managed to stay in the front and a team, but then there was a roundabout and we were out of position and ...

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Tour de France 2019: Daryl Impey takes Stage 9 while Alaphilippe hangs on to the yellow jersey

Tour de France 2019: Daryl Impey takes Stage 9 while Alaphilippe hangs on to the yellow jersey

Pete Muir 14 Jul 2019 The South African gives Mitchelton-Scott a much-needed win on Bastille Day After a long day in the break, South African national champion Daryl Impey (Mitchelton-Scott) outsprinted Tiesj Benoot (Lotto-Soudal) to give Mitchelton-Scott their first Tour de France stage win in three years. The pair had been in a break of around 15 riders since early in the race, but managed to escape from their fellow breakaway riders on the final climb. With a downhill run-in, Benoot was unable to shake his rival, who proved to be easily the stronger sprinter at the line. Bahrain-Merida’s Jan Tratnik came in third to take the final spot on the podium. The main peloton had a comparatively relaxing day, rolling home more than 15 minutes later. On Bastille Day, France’s Julian Alaphilippe did his nation proud by holding on to the yellow jersey, while none of the GC contenders ...

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Tour de France 2019: Dylan Groenewegen wins Stage 7 sprint ahead of Ewan and Sagan

Tour de France 2019: Dylan Groenewegen wins Stage 7 sprint ahead of Ewan and Sagan

George Smith 12 Jul 2019 The Dutchman makes it three wins for Jumbo-Visma after opening up his sprint first to surge ahead of rivals Dylan Groenewegen (Jumbo-Visma) won Stage 7 of the 2019 Tour de France thanks to a strong sprint that meant his rivals could not get on terms before the finish line. Caleb Ewan (Lotto-Soudal) - with a skipped rear wheel - crossed the line for second with Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) and his green jersey crossing for third. After yesterday’s first proper General Classification test in the mountains the Tour returned to flatter ground for Stage 7, with the sprinters looking for a chance to shine. The longest stage of this year’s edition at 230km, today’s ride saw each team make their way from Belfort to Chalon-sur-Saône. Belfort was last seen in the Tour back in 2012, again as a departure place, when a young Thibaut Pinot went ...

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Today at the Tour: First mountaintop finish brings GC battle into focus

The steep finish atop la Planche des Belles Filles did not disappoint. After five days that delivered three sprint finishes, a solo breakaway, and a team time trial, the Tour de France ventured into the mountains Thursday, bringing the general classification picture into focus. The stage — which started in Mulhouse, tackled seven categorized climbs … The post Today at the Tour: First mountaintop finish brings GC battle into focus appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Tour de France stage 5 finish line quotes

Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) at the Tour de France in the green jersey

Peter Sagan ( Bora-Hansgrohe ) - Stage 5 winner "You just have to be patient and the victory will come. I have to say thanks to all my teammates. They did a very, very great job, and finally victory came at the Tour de France for us. It's very nice. "We controlled the race all day, on the flat part until the finish. I did my best, and it just came. If I don't win, then everybody is going to ask me what is missing. But see, nothing is missing. It's just that everybody needs good luck and to have a good day for a win." Dan Martin ( UAE Team Emirates ) "My gears just stopped working and I had to change bikes. The guys were great, they were right there. It was almost the worst moment of the race – two minutes later would have been the worst ...

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Thomas on Tour’s stage 6 finishing climb: ‘It’s more than an appetizer’

Supported by The 2019 Tour de France takes on its first real mountain test on Thursday’s stage 6, which covers seven categorized climbs en route to a finish at La Planche des Belles Filles. Defending champion Geraint Thomas (Ineos) expects the GC battle to come into focus on the climb in France’s Vosges mountains. It’s easy to … The post Thomas on Tour’s stage 6 finishing climb: ‘It’s more than an appetizer’ appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Viviani to leave Deceuninck-QuickStep despite Tour de France success

Elia Viviani greets team manager Patrick Lefevere at the Gent Six Day

Elia Viviani has confirmed he will leave Deceuninck-QuickStep in 2020 despite his sprint success at the Tour de France , with team manager Patrick Lefevere admitting he does not have the budget to match the offers of other teams keen to sign the Italian. Viviani told Cyclingnews on Monday that the Tour de France would decide his future, with further sprint success only raising the vale of his next contract. Under UCI rules, Viviani cannot announce his future team until August 1 but Cyclingnews understands he has reached a deal with Cofidis, who are set to step-up to WorldTour level in 2020 and have the backing of the French loan maker until 2021. Lefevere, who has also confirmed that Viviani will move on, is keen to sign Sam Bennett from Bora-Hansgrohe. He also has Alvaro Hodeg and Fabio Jakobsen already on his books but is likely to lose lead-out man ...

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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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Tour de France stage 4 highlights - Video

Elia Viviani (Deceuninck-QuickStep) celebrates his stage 4 at the Tour de France

Stage 4 of the Tour de France gave the 176-rider peloton a bit of a breather, as a three-man escape dominated what was expected to be a bunch sprint. The trio of Frederik Backaert and Yoann Offredo (Wanty-Gobert) and Michael Schär (CCC Team) were kept at a reasonable distance all day before the field came together with 16km to go. Deceuninck-QuickStep made it two for two, following up race leader Julian Alaphilippe's victory with a finely tuned execution of the lead-out for Elia Viviani, who claimed the stage by a wheel over Alexander Kristoff (UAE Team Emirates). Alaphilippe kept the maillot jaune heading into what is expected to be one for attackers, with two tough climbs in the final 35km. It could be another day for Alaphilippe. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com

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Tour de France: Sagan, Groenewegen come up short in Nancy

Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) in the green jersey at the Tour de France

For the second day in a row at the Tour de France , it was all smiles at the Deceuninck-QuickStep team bus as the Belgian powerhouse took another victory. Elia Viviani delivered the goods on stage 4 in Nancy, leaving a host of sprinters, including Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) and Dylan Groenewegen (Jumbo-Visma), disappointed once again. But if Sagan was unhappy with his race so far, he didn't show it after the stage. The six-time green jersey winner, bidding for his seventh maillot vert this year, chose to focus on the positives instead, including the multiple chances at victory – maybe five or six – that remain. "I am OK," he said. "I didn't crash, I still have the green jersey. Why do I have to be disappointed? "It's only been three stages and one team time trial. There's a lot of stages left, you know?" Sagan took Alexander Kristoff's (UAE ...

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Today at the Tour: Breaking down Viviani’s perfect sprint lead-out

As the peloton barreled into Nancy Tuesday, the yellow jersey was at the front of the bunch with 1km remaining. Julian Alaphilippe wasn’t trying to again go clear and win the stage, as he’d done the previous day, but rather to set up Deceuninck–Quick-Step sprinter Elia Viviani. Stage 4 delivered the first clean field sprint … The post Today at the Tour: Breaking down Viviani’s perfect sprint lead-out appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Tour de France stage 4 finish line quotes

Overall leader Julian Alaphilippe and stage 4 winner Elia Vivani at the Tour de France

Elia Viviani ( Deceuninck-QuickStep ) - Stage 4 winner "It means a lot. Probably I can't believe it still. It was a big goal of the year. We missed the first chance to put the yellow on. But I think after Julian's phenomenal ride yesterday, it's a moment when you switch on the team. Today we did a perfect job, you saw how the lead-out did. I just need to thank the team; they were really unbelievable. I just had to in my job in the last 180m. It's what I can do better if they launch me like that. I'm pretty happy. I was missing this win; I won in the Giro and the Vuelta and now in the Tour de France, that means a lot to me. "I'm just really focussed on my lead-out. I lost the wheel of my lead-out on the first stage, and I was ...

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Tour de France 2019: Viviani takes sprint win on Stage 4 after perfect lead-out from Deceuninck-Quickstep

Tour de France 2019: Viviani takes sprint win on Stage 4 after perfect lead-out from Deceuninck-Quic

Joe Robinson 9 Jul 2019 Italian makes it two wins in two days fro his Belgian team as he proves the fastest sprinter in the race A perfect lead out from Deceuninck-QuickStep launched Elia Viviani to a career-first Tour de France stage win as he was the best of the sprinters on Stage 4. The Italian proved too quick for his rivals as he expertly followed the wheels of teammates Michael Morkov and Max Richeze into the final 150m to beat Alexander Kristoff ( UAE Team Emirates ) into second and Caleb Ewan ( Lotto-Soudal ) into third. Poor positioning saw pre-stage favourite Dylan Groenewegen settle for minor places while Ewan's late surge knocked Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) away from completing the podium. Victory for Viviani sees him become the latest rider to have taken victories in all three Grand Tours following his previous results at the Giro d'Italia and Vuelta ...

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Tour de France: Dan Martin warns of fireworks to come after cautious stage to Epernay

UAE Team Emirates' Dan Martin in the team's white Tour de France kit

Dan Martin summed up the sentiments of every overall contender at this year’s Tour de France after the high-speed, hilly finish in Epernay at the end of stage 3 on Monday. The UAE Team Emirates team leader finished in the front group of 50 riders but had to fight for that result after a tense last hour of racing in the hills of the champagne region. Egan Bernal (Team Ineos) and Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) gained five seconds on them all when defending champion Geraint Thomas (Team Ineos) struggled to hold the wheels on the steep climb, but for everyone with overall ambitions, it was important to limit any losses and finish the stage close to their rivals. "I think everyone's happy to get through it and get another stage down. We’re three days into this Tour de France, and every day we’ve had something different thrown at us,” Martin told ...

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Tour de France pro bike: Dan Martin's Colnago V2-r

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Check out the bike being belonging to the UAE Team Emirates leader and one of the most exciting riders in the race

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Tour de France Tech 2019: Dan Martin's Colnago V2-r

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Tour de France Tech 2019: Dan Martin's Colnago V2-r

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