Froome officially wins 2011 Vuelta, but no one is celebrating

With the disqualification of Juan Jose Cobo, Froome now becomes the official winner of the 2011 Vuelta a España. Read the full article at Froome officially wins 2011 Vuelta, but no one is celebrating on VeloNews.com .

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Froome promoted to 2011 La Vuelta winner

Froome promoted to 2011 La Vuelta winner

Kenyan-born Briton Chris Froome has reportedly been awarded 2011 Vuelta a España victory after Juan José Cobo has been excluded for doping.

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Chris Froome to be handed 2011 Vuelta a España title, eight years later

Supported by The UCI has recognised Chris Froome as the winner of the 2011 Vuelta a España, retrospectively making him the first British rider to win a Grand Tour. Froome originally finished the Spanish Grand Tour in second place behind Spaniard Juan Jose Cobo. However in June 2019, nearly eight years after the race’s conclusion, the UCI … The post Chris Froome to be handed 2011 Vuelta a España title, eight years later appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Chris Froome to be named winner of 2011 Vuelta a Espana

Juan José Cobo shakes Braley Wiggins' hand on the podium

Chris Froome ( Team Ineos ) will now be named as the winner of the 2011 Vuelta a España , according to reports from Spanish newspaper AS , after Juan José Cobo – who was crowned the winner of the race in September 2011 – apparently chose not to appeal against cycling governing body the UCI's announcement last month that Cobo was "guilty of an anti-doping rule violation". The now-retired Spanish rider, riding then for Geox-TMC, beat Froome by just 13 seconds, with Froome's then Team Sky teammate Bradley Wiggins taking third place, 1:39 down on Cobo. But on June 13, 2019, the UCI announced that Cobo was "guilty of an anti-doping rule violation (use of a prohibited substance) based on abnormalities from 2009 and 2011 detected in his Biological Passport and [the UCI has] imposed a three-year period of ineligibility on the rider". Cobo was given a month to ...

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Ewan: This shouldn't have been my first Tour de France

Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal) celebrates stage 11 victory at the Tour de France

The wait is over. Twelve months ago, Caleb Ewan watched the sprints of the Tour de France from his couch, mulling over his omission from Mitchelton-Scott's selection for the race. The Australian's entire season had been built around La Grande Boucle , but he found himself unceremoniously deemed surplus to requirements a little over a week before the race. Officially, at least, Ewan was left out because Mitchelton-Scott wanted to focus on the general classification ambitions of Adam Yates, but it seems likely that his impending transfer to Lotto Soudal for the 2019 campaign had weighed just as heavily on the decision. Even before he turned professional in 2015, Ewan had been touted as a Tour de France-calibre sprinter, but he had to bide his time patiently to fulfil that potential as the GreenEdge set-up steadily shifted its priorities towards the general classification at Grand Tours. Ewan won sprints at ...

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Quintana set for three-year deal at Arkea-Samsic

Nairo Quintana (Movistar) on stage 7 of the 2019 Tour de France

Nairo Quintana ’s time at Movistar will end this year with a three-year deal at Arkéa-Samsic on the table for 2020. Cyclingnews has learned that negotiations between the Colombian and his current team ended in failure and that Arkéa-Samsic first sat down with the rider to begin talks on a deal after Paris-Nice. There, Arkéa management and Quintana met in Monaco and the team laid out their vision for Quintana’s future. The deal has not yet been ratified, and transfers can only be made official after the UCI’s transfer window open on August 1. However Cyclingnews understands that the deal is near completion with elements surrounding Quintana’s eventual finishing place in this year’s Tour the only outstanding topic to be completed. Quintana has been with Movistar since his WorldTour debut in 2012 but has grown increasingly frustrated at the team in recent years. He has not won a Grand Tour ...

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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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De Marchi hospitalized after bad crash during Tour’s ninth stage

Supported by Alessandro De Marchi is under observation in a Saint-Étienne hospital after breaking multiple bones in a bad crash that forced him to abandon the Tour de France. De Marchi hit the deck very hard in the early goings of stage 9 as the battle to get into the day’s break heated up. The 33-year-old Italian, … The post De Marchi hospitalized after bad crash during Tour’s ninth 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: Perichon crash highlights safety improvements - Video

The metal poles in the finishing straight of stage one of the Tour of the Basque Country

A crash into some road furniture in the middle of the course on stage 4 of the Tour de France from Pierre-Luc Perichon ( Cofidis ) could have been much worse, had it not been for an air bag placed by race organisers in front of a low road sign. Perichon was mid-pack when the peloton approached the dangers, the first of which was had a flagman whistling the alert. But as the peloton began to close again, there was a second median. Despite a CCC Team rider pointing out the obstacle, Perichon missed the signal and ran straight into the airbag, tumbling headfirst onto the island behind it. Similar incidents in the past have led to grievous injury: Peter Stetina (Trek-Segafredo) suffered a fractured tibia and patella and Sergio Pardilla a head and shoulder injury when they hit an unprotected bollard in the final kilometre of the 2015 Tour ...

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Julian Alaphilippe’s stage-winning Specialized S-Works Tarmac Disc from the 2019 Tour de France

Julian Alaphilippe's Specialized S-Works Tarmac Disc

Deceuninck-Quick-Step rider solos into the yellow jersey on Specialized's lightweight all-rounder

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Viviani: The Tour de France will decide my future

Elia Viviani gives thumbs up on stage at the Tour de France presentation in Brussels

Elia Viviani has confirmed to Cyclingnews that Cofidis are among his suitors for the 2020 season though he has not ruled out the prospect of remaining at Deceuninck-QuickStep when his contract expires at the end of this year. A report in L'Equipe on Monday linked Viviani with a move to Cofidis, who are set to step up to an expanded WorldTour in 2020. Cedric Vasseur's team are in the market for a sprinter due to the impending departure of Nacer Bouhanni, who was left out of the Tour selection for the second year in succession. Viviani feels that his market value was boosted by his fine debut season at QuickStep in 2018, though he acknowledged that his performance at the Tour de France would ultimately determine his destination for next season. Viviani is riding La Grande Boucle for the first time since 2014. "We haven't signed with anyone. My desire, ...

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Quintana and Landa concede early ground in Tour de France team time trial

Nairo Quintana leads Movistar in the team time trial at the Tour de France

The leadership question at Movistar was moot on stage 2 of the Tour de France in Brussels. In Sunday's team time trial, Nairo Quintana and Mikel Landa 's fates were tethered to one another, and both men suffered a setback in their respective bids for final overall victory in Paris, as Movistar finished a lacklustre 17th, 1:05 behind winners Jumbo-Visma and 45 seconds down on Team Ineos. The 27.6km course allowed little margin for error – Jumbo-Visma averaged some 57.2kph – but it could be argued that Movistar's principal mistake came before the race began at all. As the Vuelta a España demonstrates, they have a reasonable pedigree in the team time trial, but relatively few of their most noted rouleurs were selected for the Tour. With that as context, Landa maintained that their display had effectively matched their expectations. "We finished with an acceptable margin. With the team we ...

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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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Dumoulin says Sunweb departure is 'currently out of the question'

Tom Dumoulin (Sunweb)

Tom Dumoulin has told De Telegraaf that a move away from Team Sunweb is "currently out of the question" amid reports in the Dutch press linking the 2017 Giro d’Italia winner with a transfer to Jumbo-Visma before his current contract expires. "For years I have been part of a fantastic team where I can proudly work with extremely passionate colleagues," Dumoulin said in a statement to De Telegraaf . "A change is currently out of the question." Dumoulin is under contract with Sunweb until the end of the 2021 season but AD has suggested that some "hairline cracks" have opened in his relationship with the team over the past two seasons. The Dutch newspaper reports that Dumoulin was unhappy with Sunweb’s transfer policy and their handling of the knee injury that has ruled him out of the forthcoming Tour de France . With two and a half years remaining on ...

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The weekly spin: Why Nibali and Valverde shouldn’t be counted out at Tour de France

Two of the most successful riders in professional cycling are headed to the Tour de France flying under the radar. My advice: Don’t sleep on Vincenzo Nibali or Alejandro Valverde as GC threats. While most lists of pre-race favorites look to Egan Bernal, Geraint Thomas, Jakob Fuglsang, Adam Yates, and Richie Porte, there’s exactly one … The post The weekly spin: Why Nibali and Valverde shouldn’t be counted out at Tour de France appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Movistar confirm Quintana, Landa and Valverde triumvirate for Tour de France

Alejandro Valverde, Nairo Quintana and Mikel Landa

Nairo Quintana , Mikel Landa and Alejandro Valverde headline Movistar’s line-up at the Tour de France , which was formally announced on Monday. It marks the second year in succession that the Spanish squad has fielded this triumvirate at the Tour. As expected, Giro d’Italia winner Richard Carapaz will not line out at La Grande Boucle and is instead likely to ride the Vuelta a España in August. The Movistar Tour de France team does include two of the riders who helped Carapaz to Giro victory, namely Landa and Andrey Aamador. The roster is completed by Marc Soler, Carlos Verona, Imanol Erviti and Nelson Oliveira. Landa was Movistar’s best finisher a year ago, placing seventh overall, while Quintana finished 10th and Valverde reached Paris in 14th place. While Valverde has downplayed any GC ambitions, both Landa and Quintana intend to target the maillot jaune in July. While Ineos made a ...

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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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Matthews and Kelderman headline Sunweb at Tour de France in Dumoulin's absence

Michael Matthews (Sunweb) at stage 3 Tour de Suisse

Michael Matthews and Wilco Kelderman will headline Team Sunweb at the Tour de France in the absence of the injured Tom Dumoulin. Giro d'Italia stage winner Chad Haga has also been selected, together with new arrival Nicolas Roche. Youngsters Lennard Kämna and Cees Bol make their Tour debuts, while Nikias Arndt and Søren Kragh Andersen also feature in the squad. Sunweb's Tour planning had centred around Dumoulin's GC challenge, but the Dutchman had to rule himself out of the race last week after he failed to recover from the knee injury that he sustained in a crash on stage 4 of the Giro d'Italia. After abandoning the Giro, Dumoulin returned to action in time to line out at the Critérium du Dauphiné, but he left the race ahead of the final weekend in the mountains in order to undergo surgery to remove a shard of gravel from his injured knee. ...

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