16 Tour de France riders you should be following on Strava

As fans of professional cycling, we now have more ways of engaging with the sport than ever before. Behind the scenes videos from teams, social media updates direct from riders, footage from on-board cameras, rich data overlays during TV broadcasts — it all helps paint a rich and detailed picture of the sport we love. … The post 16 Tour de France riders you should be following on Strava appeared first on CyclingTips .

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How to pick the best Tour de France fantasy team

Supported by Tips and tricks for picking a fantasy Tour team that will leave your friends in the dust The post How to pick the best Tour de France fantasy team appeared first on CyclingTips .

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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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New French road race champion Barguil: I thought about quitting cycling

Arkea-Samsic's Warren Barguil

Warren Barguil won the French road race championships on Sunday, and admitted that he had thought about quitting the sport after a difficult last couple of seasons. Now, the 27-year-old leader of the Arkéa-Samsic squad will wear his national champion's jersey at the Tour de France when the race kicks off in Brussels, Belgium, on Saturday. Barguil said after his win that there was no feeling of 'revenge' at having found success again. "I think there are cycles in cycling. I'm not superhuman. I've just been through a tough period, but it's not revenge. I've always had these legs; I just had to find them again, just like I had to find my morale again. I'm very happy with myself," he said on his team's website after his Nationals road race win. While riding for Team Sunweb, Barguil won the 'king of the mountains' jersey and two stages, as well ...

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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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Thomas and Bernal will lead Team Ineos at Tour de Suisse

Geraint Thomas on the way to second overall

Geraint Thomas and Egan Bernal will lead Team Ineos at next week’s Tour de Suisse as part of their final preparations for the Tour de France. With Chris Froome out of contention for a possible fifth Tour de France victory due to his crash at the Criterium du Dauphine on Wednesday, Thomas and Bernal will use the Tour de Suisse to ensure Team Ineos have the best possible chance of yet another victory in this year’s Tour de France. Thomas won the 2018 Tour de France and has opted for an alternative race programme to Froome. The Welshman celebrated his 2018 victory for several months but worked hard to get back to his best and finished third overall at the Tour de Romandie. The nine-day Tour de Suisse will reveal Thomas' true form. Bernal has not raced since the Volta a Catalunya in late March and is also looking for ...

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Daniel Martinez out of Tour de France

Daniel Martínez (EF Education First) leads Miguel Ángel López (Astana) in the final kilometre of sta

EF Education First confirmed today that Daniel Martínez will miss the year's Tour de France as he recovers from injuries suffered in a training crash Monday in Colombia. The team reported that Martínez was riding downhill during the recovery time between training intervals when his wheels slid out on an oil slick, causing him to crash and land on his hands. "Dani’s crash unfortunately resulted in broken bones in both hands," said EF Education First head of medical Kevin Sprouse. "He underwent surgery to repair the fractures. The surgery and subsequent healing will require that he miss the Tour de France this year." The 23-year-old Colombian joined the American WorldTour team last year and quickly impressed, taking fifth at the Colombia Oro y Paz – the Tour Colombia 2.1's former name – and then seventh at the Volta a Catalunya. Martinez followed those results with12th at the Tour de Romandie ...

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Barguil battles back to race fitness in readiness for Tour de France

Arkea-Samsic's Warren Barguil at the 2019 Challenge Mallorca

Former Tour de France polka-dot jersey winner Warren Barguil (Arkea-Samsic) made a successful return to competition at the weekend, racing to 13th place at Saturday's Grand Prix de Plumelec-Morbihan and finishing 66th at the Boucles de l'Aulne on Sunday. The two French UCI 1.1 events were the French climber's first races since breaking his pelvis in a crash on the final stage of the Volta a Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain, at the end of March. He hopes that he's now on track for making his team's eight-rider squad for the Tour de France, which starts in Brussels, Belgium, on July 6. Barguil crashed at over 70kph with a number of other riders, including Romain Bardet (AG2R La Mondiale) and Simon Geschke (CCC Team), on a descent on the famous Montjuic circuit in Barcelona at the Spanish stage race in March. "I couldn't have done anything – even if I'd had ...

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GP Lugano first race for Aru since sugery

Fabio Aru (UAE Team Emirates) was back in action in the Algarve

Fabio Aru ( UAE Team Emirates ) will test his legs out at the GP Lugano this weekend, racing for the first time since undergoing an operation on his iliac artery. Aru will be joined by rising star and Tour of California winner, Tadej Pogacar and maglia rosa wearer Jan Polanc. Aru says that the one-day race will give him an opportunity see how his recovery has gone and plan the next stage in his training. "I've followed the prescribed rehabilitation program to recuperate physical strength after the surgery. I've had nothing but good sensations and I haven't encountered any problems," said Aru. "In light of this and in agreement with the medical and technical staff, we have decided that it will be useful to participate in the GP Lugano to try out my racing rhythm. After that we will evaluate the situation to see what our next step should ...

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How to tell Adam and Simon Yates apart

Last week we looked at how to tell Germany’s top male cyclists apart. In some ways that was an easy task — Pascal Ackermann, Max Schachmann and Emanuel Buchmann all look different, and their names aren’t all that similar. Today, we’ve got a bigger task ahead of us: separating the Yates twins. To even the … The post How to tell Adam and Simon Yates apart appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Pinot on track for Tour de France after Tour de l'Ain victory

Thibaut Pinot solos to victory at Il Lombardia

Thibaut Pinot ( Groupama-FDJ ) signalled that he's on track for the Tour de France , winning the Tour de l'Ain at the weekend on his comeback from a two-month absence from racing. The Frenchman, who won Il Lombardia at the end of last year, hadn't raced since ending his early season block with 11th overall at the Volta a Catalunya at the end of March. However, he confirmed the quality of the training he'd done in the interim with a stage win on the Grand Colombier on the final day that handed him the overall victory. After an opening stage for the sprinters, Pinot finished second on the Col de la Faucille on stage 2 but was left with a bitter taste as former teammate Alexandre Geniez (AG2R La Mondiale) refused to do any turns and survived his attacks before beating him to the line. On the altogether more ...

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Giro d'Italia: Majka still in the mix in fourth place overall

Rafal Majka finishes stage 14 at the Giro

While all eyes are on the now three riders who at least on paper look likely to battle it out for the overall honours at the 2019 Giro d'Italia , Bora-Hansgrohe's Rafal Majka is sitting pretty in fourth place overall, 2:35 behind race leader Richard Carapaz (Movistar), 1:48 down on second-placed Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) and just 48 seconds behind Bahrain-Merida's Vincenzo Nibali. While Carapaz has put the cat among the pigeons by first gaining time on his rivals on Friday's stage to the Colle del Nivolet , and then winning Saturday's stage to Courmayeur with an advantage of almost two minutes to his main rivals, Majka, too, came to the fore on Friday and Saturday, finishing sixth on the Nivolet stage and fourth the next day, leaping from seventh to fourth on the GC after the latter. It leaves Majka in a strong position, and with plenty of opportunities still ...

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Mann-splaining: How to tell the difference between Germany’s top male cyclists

Supported by I’ll be honest — I often get Pascal Ackermann, Max Schachmann and Emanuel Buchmann mixed up. I know they don’t look the same, but they all race for the same team (Bora-Hansgrohe) and their names are similar enough that when I try to remember who won what race, who’s racing where, and who’s good at … The post Mann-splaining: How to tell the difference between Germany’s top male cyclists appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Porte’s dreams of a Tour de France podium bolstered by Thomas’s win

Supported by This past Friday afternoon, Richie Porte (Trek-Segafredo) climbed his way to fourth on the queen stage of the Amgen Tour of California. While perhaps a little off what some expected of the Tasmanian, it was a solid result, and one that saw Porte ride to fifth overall by tour’s end. As Dane Cash reports, 2019 … The post Porte’s dreams of a Tour de France podium bolstered by Thomas’s win appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Richie Porte: This is not how I wanted to start the season

Richie Porte (Trek-Segafredo) rode a good race to finish second on stage 2 of the 2019 Herald Sun To

Richie Porte 's first season with Trek-Segafredo has not gone to plan so far after his early season was blown up with a bout of bronchitis, but the 34-year-old Australian is at the Tour of California this week looking to turn things around as he continues to build towards the Tour de France. Porte started his season on a high note, taking his sixth consecutive win on Willunga Hill at the Tour Down Under and finishing second overall to Mitchelton-Scott's Daryl Impey. He stayed at home in Australia for the Herald Sun Tour, where he placed fifth overall, but things quickly went downhill from there as bronchitis set in. He put in a lacklustre performance at the UAE Tour and then decided to skip Paris-Nice – a race he's won twice – in favour of racing at the Volta a Catalunya. Porte's performance there didn't grab any headlines, with his ...

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Giro Press Conferences: Quotes from the favourites

Supported by The grande partenza of the Giro d’Italia is days away. Riders are in Bologna, Italy, wandering around their team hotels in team-issue sweats, heading out for brief spins in the warm spring weather. It’s a week for press conferences, and handful of the favourites for the overall — Primoz Roglic, Tom Dumoulin, Miguel Angel Lopez, Vincenzo … The post Giro Press Conferences: Quotes from the favourites appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Preview: Everything you need to know about the 2019 Giro d’Italia

Classics season is behind us and the Tour de Romandie is now complete. That can only mean one thing — it’s time for the Giro d’Italia. The 102nd edition of the Giro starts in Bologna this Saturday and concludes in Verona on June 2. Ahead of the first Grand Tour of the season we take … The post Preview: Everything you need to know about the 2019 Giro d’Italia appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Wiggins backs Yates for the Giro and thinks Froome capable of doubling up at the Giro and Tour in future

Wiggins backs Yates for the Giro and thinks Froome capable of doubling up at the Giro and Tour in fu

Joseph Delves 8 May 2019 Sir Brad gives us his predictions for the upcoming Giro d’Italia, and claims he didn’t watch Victor Campenaerts claim the Hour Record Despite being a Grand Tour he was unable to win, Sir Bradley Wiggins seems to have retained some affection for the Giro d’Italia . 'The Giro is probably the hardest of all of them,' he said in a recent interview. 'The Tour is the same all the time you know. The Giro is one of the toughest races and nothing’s final until they finish. We saw last year that riders can come from behind in the final week and the last few days, and make big time gains. It’s an exciting race to watch.' Ahead of the Giro, which starts this weekend , he recently gave a wide-ranging interview including discussing who he expects to be on the podium come Stage 21's conclusion ...

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Oss, Schachmann to back Sagan at Tour of California

Peter Sagan shows off his new nameplate

Bora-Hansgrohe have revealed the six riders who will back Peter Sagan at the Amgen Tour of California from May 12-18, with strongman Daniel Oss and recent Ardennes revelation Max Schachmann leading the charge to back the 'King of California' as Sagan hopes to add to his record 16 stage wins. Also on Bora-Hansgrohe's roster for the seven-day WorldTour race are Juraj Sagan, Erik Baska, Oscar Gatto and recent Tour of Turkey overall winner Felix Grossschartner. Sagan has had a slow start to his season so far, with his only win coming during a stage at the season-opening Tour Down Under in January. Since then, the three-time world champion has come close in the spring Classics, but has just missed out on landing on the podium. Following a short break after abandoning Flèche Wallonne and choosing to skip Liège-Bastogne-Liège, Sagan travelled to California on May 4 to prepare for the race ...

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Porte to headline Trek-Segafredo roster at Tour of California

Richie Porte (Trek-Segafredo)

Richie Porte will headline the Trek-Segafredo men’s team at the upcoming Amgen Tour of California . Porte will be joined on the seven-rider roster by John Degenkolb , California resident Peter Stetina and last year’s mountains classification winner Toms Skujins . Porte told Cyclingnews in March that the Tour of California could be added to his programme as he looks to get ready for a tilt at the Tour de France over the summer. The Australian indicated his intentions to remain in the US following the race to train at altitude before riding the Criterium du Dauphine in June. The Tour of California will be Porte’s first race since the Volta a Catalunya at the end of March. He started his season at the Tour Down Under, where he once again won on Willunga Hill and went on to race the Herald Sun Tour. He fell ill with bronchitis at ...

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