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  • Thoughts on the Tour’s Prat d’Albis stage

    First observation: What an amazing Tour de France so far. Experts who have followed Le Tour for ages say it's the best since 1989. That's thirty years, mes amis. We have something wild and unpredictable that could very well go down to the final day in the Alps. Wowza. There is something seriously wrong with Movistar team management or Nairo [...]

  • GC destruction on Tourmalet as Pinot soars to victory

    BOOM, went Romain Bardet, BOOM, Adam Yates and BOOM, Nairo Quintana. There was destruction all over the slopes of the fearsome Tourmalet as the Tour de France had its first big summit finish in the Pyrenees. Poor Romain Bardet (AG2R) had another jours sans and really, it's been a Tour sans for the diminutive French climber who has been on [...]

  • Simon Yates. Climber impersonates sprinter for Tour victory

    Simon Yates is well-known as a top climber in the pro peloton. On today's Tour de France stage to Bagnères-de-Bigorre, he also proved he can play the role of sprinter. The Mitchelton-Scott rider used his legs and his head to outwit breakaway companions Pello Bilbao (Astana Pro Team) and Gregor Mühlberger (Bora-Hansgrohe) in the race to the finish line. You'd [...]

Viviani takes first Tour de France stage win in Nancy

Nancy, France, July 9th, 2019 will always be a magical day for Elia Viviani. The Italian sprinter for the Deceuninck-QuickStep squad won his first Tour de France stage today in Nancy, beating Alexander Kristoff (UAE Team Emirates) and Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal) in the bunch sprint. As Viviani admitted a few days ago, a win in the Tour would go along [...]

July 9th, 2019|

Alaphilippe attacks passive peloton and takes yellow

Apparently there was a significant misprint in the Tour de France race book for stage three. What was officially listed as a race day, specifically a 215 kilometer run from Binche to Epernay, was in actual fact a rest day. The entire peloton did indeed leave Binche at the appointed time and head to the champagne region of France but [...]

July 8th, 2019|

Jumbo-Visma goes big again in Tour de France

Two stages, two surprises. First, Jumbo-Visma's lead-out man up Mike Teunissen stuns the sprinters to win the first stage and first yellow jersey. Then, on the second day in Brussels, the Dutch squad decided to keep yellow, putting in a scorching ride to beat the favored Team Ineos by 20 seconds and Deceuninck-QuickStep by 21. That's two nice cuddly Credit [...]

July 7th, 2019|

Lead-out man leads Tour de France after stage 1

Brussel sprout wins. It wasn't Dylan Groenewegen, the start sprinter of Jumbo-Visma, who won the first stage and yellow jersey of the 2019 Tour de France. Sadly for the Dutch fastman, he went down hard in a crash just 1.5 kilometers from the finish. Nor was it Deceuninck-QuickStep's Elia Viviani who on a good day would have been expected to take [...]

July 6th, 2019|

Tour de France. How much Roome without Froome?

When Chris Froome took his hands off the handlebars to blow his nose, the Tour de France blew up. Wind took the front aero wheel of his Pinarello sideways and in an instant, his femur, elbow and several ribs were broken. No Tour de France, no chance to join the exclusive club of five time winners. As the shocking news [...]

June 21st, 2019|

Froome hits wall in Dauphine, Tour start gone

"It's been an interesting start, but I don't think the race has really started yet. Tomorrow, for sure, is going to have an impact," said Team Ineos manager David Brailsford. Little did Brailsford know that those words, spoken the day before the time trial in the Criterium du Dauphine, would prove prophetic in a way he could hardly have imagined. [...]

June 12th, 2019|
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