Rohan Dennis abandons Tour under mysterious circumstances

Supported by Rohan Dennis (Bahrain-Merida) pulled out of the Tour de France in the middle of stage 12 without explanation, even to his own team. The reigning world time trial champion abandoned the race with approximately 80km remaining in Thursday’s stave, just a day ahead of the Tour’s first individual time trial. It remains unclear why he … The post Rohan Dennis abandons Tour under mysterious circumstances appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Rohan Dennis abandons Tour de France for unknown reason

Rohan Dennis abandons Tour de France for unknown reason

Joe Robinson 18 Jul 2019 Australian calls quit on Tour mid-stage although sport directors unsure why he has done so Rohan Dennis has abandoned the Tour de France midway through Stage 12 to Bagneres-de-Bigorre without telling his Bahrain-Merida team why. The Australian stepped off his bike with 80km from the finish line, deciding to pull out of the race. Dennis had not crashed and showed no notable signs of illness before leaving the race. According to reports from French television, Dennis was spotted arguing with his team car before the incident. Both Bahrain-Merida sport directors also confirmed they did not know why Dennis had abandoned the race with the team taking to its Twitter page to state ' Our priority is the welfare of all our riders so will launch an immediate investigation but will not be commenting further until we have established what has happened to @RohanDennis .' See ...

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RideLondon to go single-use plastic bottle free in world first

RideLondon to go single-use plastic bottle free in world first

Joe Robinson 17 Jul 2019 The UK's biggest cycling festival has teamed up with Thames Water to get rid of single-use plastic and improve the environment While mass-participation sporting events, and in particular the 25,000 strong Prudential RideLondon sportive , are incredible feats of bringing people together to be healthy and active there can often be hidden damages. Chief among them is that once the dust has settled and the participants, friends and family have cleared, thousands of plastic water bottles have been disregarded causing a giant clean up and more importantly, quite a nasty impact on the environment. The RideLondon sportive has recognised this and has therefore teamed up with Thames Water to become the first mass participation sporting event to go entirely single-use plastic water bottle free. In previous editions of the event, around 65,000 single-use plastic bottles had been given out to the 100,000 participants across the ...

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Visualising the 2019 Tour de France: The ups and downs of the first ‘week’

Throughout this year’s Tour de France CyclingTips VeloClub member Cameron Harris has been putting his data journalism skills to work to help us make sense of the race. He’s created a bunch of charts that illustrate various aspects of the Tour in a way that a results sheet simply can’t. Through Cameron’s work, we get … The post Visualising the 2019 Tour de France: The ups and downs of the first ‘week’ appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Five predictions for ‘week two’ of the Tour de France

With 10 stages in the rearview mirror at what has already been a compelling Tour de France, the action should heat up even more as the race rolls on this week. The Tour is bound for the Pyrenees over the next few days, and that will mean fireworks out on the road during ‘week two’ … The post Five predictions for ‘week two’ of the Tour de France appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Bikes of the Tour de France: Vincenzo Nibali's custom Merida Reacto

Joe Robinson 17 Jul 2019 Glitter paint job, a shark sticker, grip tape on the bottle cages and his name in gold Vincenzo Nibali is one of the very few riders good enough to warrant a custom edition bike thanks to victories at all three Grand Tours and two Monument wins. In a long and memorable career, that's still in full swing, the 34-year-old has won the Tour de France , Vuelta a Espana and two editions of the Giro d'Italia , while also winning Il Lombardia and Milan-San Remo to morph into the most rounded rider of his generation. The Bahrain-Merida rider is currently at the Tour hunting stage wins and the polka dot climber's jersey, a change of pace to his usual General Classification quest, but he is still one of the biggest names on the start list. Big enough to lead the Cyclist team to the Bahrain-Merida ...

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Nibali hits back at Tour de France armchair critics after losing time

Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida)

Vincenzo Nibali ( Bahrain-Merida ) has hit back at armchair tifosi who "watch the Tour de France on TV, drink Coca-Cola, eat popcorn, and criticise people on social media". Nibali was speaking on Sunday, the day after failing to stay with the overall contenders on stage 8 to Saint-Etienne , and so losing any chance of overall victory at this year's Tour. The Italian was distanced on the last climb of the stage and sat up, losing four minutes. He lost a further two-and-a-half minutes on stage 9 to Brioude on Sunday, slipping to 30th overall, 8:56 down on current race leader Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep). The Sicilian finished second at the Giro d'Italia behind Richard Carapaz (Movistar) in early June. He had always said he would target stage victories at the Tour de France if he was unable to be competitive against riders who have specifically prepared for the sport's ...

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Nibali out of GC contention after time loss on Tour’s eighth stage

Supported by Vincenzo Nibali’s Tour de France GC hopes were dashed for good on Saturday’s stage 8. The 2014 Tour champion finished 4:25 down on stage winner Thomas De Gendt (Lotto-Soudal), giving up just under three minutes to the main GC group after losing touch on an up-and-down parcours. “Now we will try to recover our energies … The post Nibali out of GC contention after time loss on Tour’s eighth stage appeared first on CyclingTips .

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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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Today at the Tour: Dream scenario for a pair of Tour debutants

Success at the Tour de France can forge careers, and that’s just what happened for the two best men from the day’s 14-rider breakaway on Stage 6, finishing atop la Planche des Belles Filles. On a day that was slotted as the Tour’s first true GC battle, it was a pair of Tour debutants riding … The post Today at the Tour: Dream scenario for a pair of Tour debutants appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Tour de France 2019: Dylan Teuns wins on La Planche Des Belles Filles, but Giulio Ciccone takes yellow

Tour de France 2019: Dylan Teuns wins on La Planche Des Belles Filles, but Giulio Ciccone takes yell

Martin James 11 Jul 2019 Bahrain-Merida rider takes the stage, but Ciccone ends the day smiling despite Alaphilippe's heroics approaching the line Image credit: Eurosport Dylan Teuns (Bahrain Merida) outlasted fellow breakaway compatriot Giulio Ciccone (Trek-Segafredo) on the brutal final kilometre of La Planche Des Belles Filles to claim victory at the end of a punishing Stage 6 of the 2019 Tour de France. However, Ciccone's effort was enough to take the yellow jersey from the shoulders of Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep) by just 6 seconds despite a heroic effort in the final kilometre that left all but Ineos's Geraint Thomas of the race favourites floundering in the dust. Ciccone finished 11 seconds behind Belgian Teuns, but the 6 bonus seconds he gained for second place ended up making literally all the difference. Another rider involved in the day's main break, Xandro Meurisse (Wanty-Gobert) was third, but Thomas showed strength where ...

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Tour de France 2019: Dylan Teuns wins Stage 6 on La Planche Des Belles Filles, but Giulio Ciccone takes yellow

Tour de France 2019: Dylan Teuns wins Stage 6 on La Planche Des Belles Filles, but Giulio Ciccone ta

Martin James 11 Jul 2019 Bahrain-Merida rider takes the stage, but Ciccone ends the day smiling despite Alaphilippe's heroics approaching the line Image credit: Eurosport Dylan Teuns (Bahrain Merida) outlasted fellow breakaway compatriot Giulio Ciccone (Trek-Segafredo) on the brutal final kilometre of La Planche Des Belles Filles to claim victory at the end of a punishing Stage 6 of the 2019 Tour de France. However, Ciccone's effort was enough to take the yellow jersey from the shoulders of Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep) by just 6 seconds despite a heroic effort in the final kilometre that left all but Ineos's Geraint Thomas of the race favourites floundering in the dust. Ciccone finished 11 seconds behind Belgian Teuns, but the 6 bonus seconds he gained for second place ended up making literally all the difference. Another rider involved in the day's main break, Xandro Meurisse (Wanty-Gobert) was third, but Thomas showed strength where ...

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Geraint Thomas: La Planche des Belles Filles will be 100 per cent racing

Geraint Thomas (Team Ineos) ahead of stage 4 at the Tour de France

Geraint Thomas ( Team Ineos ) warned that Thursday's finish at La Planche des Belles Filles will be a moment of "100 per cent racing" at this year's Tour de France , with the first mountain stage in the Vosges set to finally reveal the form of the overall contenders and perhaps create significant time gaps. Thomas lost five seconds to teammate Egan Bernal and French rival Thibaut Pinot on the uphill finish to Epernay on Monday and Team Inoes is hoping it was just a brief moment of distraction rather than an indication of the Welshman's form after his Tour de Suisse crash. Thomas and Bernal started the Tour de France on equal footing and the 8.7 per cent climb to La Planche des Belle Filles is likely to show who is the stronger, with Bernal free to follow any attacks and ride his own race, even if Thomas ...

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Adam Yates: Anything can happen in the first week of the Tour de France

Adam Yates and Mitchelton-Scott at the Tour de France

Mitchelton-Scott 's pedigree in the team time trial was a double-edged sword for Adam Yates on stage 2 of the Tour de France in Brussels. The strength of men like Luke Durbridge and Matteo Trentin offered a robust insurance policy against the kind of losses incurred by AG2R La Mondiale or Movistar, but the Briton had to make sure he reached the finish line in their company. Easier said than done. "In the beginning, I sat on a little bit just to make sure that I could go to the finish," Yates said afterwards. "We've got some strong guys on the team and they were pulling some real big turns. If I'm pulling turn for turn with these guys, I'm going to go out the arse pretty quick." 11th place on the stage was hardly in line with Mitchelton-Scott's heritage in the discipline – they won the team time trial ...

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Tour de France stage 2: Jumbo-Visma take dominating TTT win to keep Mike Teunissen in yellow

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The first GC shakeout of the race sees pre-race contenders Steven Kruijswijk, Egan Bernal, Geraint Thomas, and Vincenzo Nibali profit from their team's performances. Read the full article at Tour de France stage 2: Jumbo-Visma take dominating TTT win to keep Mike Teunissen in yellow on VeloNews.com .

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Nibali unsure on Tour de France tactics, Sagan targets green again

Nibali unsure on Tour de France tactics, Sagan targets green again

Vincenzo Nibali is the most successful Grand Tour rider who will start this year’s Tour de France on Saturday but admits he might go for stage wins rather than chase overall victory.

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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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Nibali ready to sacrifice Tour de France GC hopes for multiple stage wins

Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) at the team presentation at the Tour de France

Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) returns to the Tour de France with the memories of last year’s crash on L’Alpe d’Huez and fractured vertebrae still fresh in his mind, but the huge cheer from the crowd at Thursday’s teams presentation in Brussels, along with the emotions of returning to Belgium, made him happy to be back. "Last year’s crash on L’Alpe d’Huez was still in my mind and so I hadn’t realised this was my eighth Tour, but the huge cheer I got during the teams presentation made me realise that it’s great to be at the Tour. The cheer means everyone expects something from me," Nibali explained after being on stage in central Brussels. Nibali is the most successful Grand Tour rider in this year’s Tour de France, having won all three Grand Tours and the Tour de France in 2014. Yet, after targeting the Giro d’Italia this year and finishing ...

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Tour de France team time trial training in Zolder – Gallery

Bahrain-Merida riders watch Trek-Segafredo pass by during team time trial training in Zolder

The 2019 Tour de France stage 2 team time trial course in Brussels isn't open for pre-riding yet, so teams ventured to the auto circuit in Zolder for a chance to hone their skills in the group race against the clock, with Astana , Bahrain-Merida and Trek-Segafredo taking the opportunity to dial in their gear, their timing and their strategy for Sunday's 27km test. General classification contenders Richie Porte (Trek-Segafredo), Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) and Jakob Fuglsang (Astana) will need to rely on their teammates to keep them in the overall game in this early stage, where the Tour won't be won but could certainly be lost if disaster strikes. A good ride on stage 2 could also set up one of the other team riders to take the yellow jersey in the first week. With a lot on the line, the teams weren't leaving anything to chance. Click or swipe ...

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Pinot: I want to show the real me in the Tour de France

Thibaut Pinot at the Groupama-FDJ press conference ahead of the 2019 Tour de France

Thibaut Pinot leads the Groupama-FDJ team of manager Marc Madiot for the 100th edition of the Tour de France . After a few difficult years, Pinot, 29, is hoping to regain the form that earned him stage wins and a podium in 2014. The team decided in December to focus solely on Pinot by leaving their sprinter Arnaud Démare at home. In the absence of Christopher Froome and Tom Dumoulin, it's 'l'année ou jamais' (now or never) for Pinot, as French media stated during the team's press conference in Brussels Expo on Wednesday evening. Pinot was asked if he wasn't fed up with the question. "No, I'm not bored about the question but I don't understand it, really. I'm 29 years old so I've still got quite a few years ahead of me. On the other hand, this is a year in which I'm hitting peak form, I'm keen to ...

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