The 2020 Tour de France begins on Saturday, August 29 through September 20.
Author: NBC Sports
Posted: September 19, 2020, 3:14 am
In this episode of The Cycling Podcast from the Tour de France, Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and François Thomazeau are enjoying an early glass of Champagne and a game of table tennis before recapping stage 19.
Author: The Telegraph
Posted: September 18, 2020, 9:16 pm
Primoz Roglic and Tadej Pogacar lead the Tour de France going into the deciding time trial. Peter Sagan's green jersey streak appears finished.
Author: NBC Sports
Posted: September 18, 2020, 8:30 pm
Tour de France 2020, stage 19 – full results and standings Primoz Roglic is pretty much inscrutable at the best of times; his face, like his riding style, measured, calm. When he is wearing a face mask it is well nigh impossible to tell what he is thinking. So when the 30 year-old Tour de France champion-elect was asked in his yellow jersey press conference on Friday for his reaction to the fact that his sports director at Jumbo-Visma, Merijn Zeeman, had been thrown off the race for “intimidating” and “insulting” a UCI official who was trying to check his bike for possible mechanical doping, unsurprisingly, he did not give much away. “Um, yeah. For sure we are not happy with it,” Roglic said matter-of-factly. “It’s not a good situation for us. I heard it yesterday [Thursday] in the evening and also for me it was a big surprise. I wasn’t there when it happened so it’s very hard to comment on any of this. But definitely it’s not nice that he cannot be here any more.” It was consistent with Roglic's response to pretty much everything that has been thrown at him at this race, on or off the road: unflappable, unexcitable, dour even. It may help to explain why some struggle to warm to him. And why there has perhaps been less fuss made about Roglic other winners in recent years. For that is surely what he is about to become. Roglic will be crowned Slovenia’s first Tour champion in Paris on Sunday unless something truly disastrous befalls him in the individual time trial. Stage 19, from Bourg-en-Bresse to Champagnole, produced few fireworks in the general classification battle. Danish rider Soren Kragh Andersen ultimately claimed his second victory of the race - and Sunweb’s third - attacking brilliantly from a 12-man breakaway 16km from the finish and soloing to the line, 53 seconds ahead of Luka Mezgec [Mitchelton-Scott].
Author: The Telegraph
Posted: September 18, 2020, 6:47 pm
LJUBLJANA, Slovenia (AP) -- Tiny Slovenia is on edge.
Author: The Associated Press
Posted: September 18, 2020, 6:36 pm
Behind him, saving their last reserves of strength for a time trial on Saturday that will decide the Tour podium, race leader Primoz Roglic and his rivals preferred to coast to the finish while Andersen hared off for the prestige of the stage victory. Just 57 seconds separate the countrymen after more than 3,300 kilometers (2,000 miles) of racing on French roads since the Aug. 29 start.
Author: The Associated Press
Posted: September 18, 2020, 5:25 pm
Tour de France standings for the yellow jersey, green jersey, white jersey and polka-dot jersey.
Author: NBC Sports
Posted: September 18, 2020, 3:32 pm
Denmark's Soren Kragh Andersen claimed his second audacious solo stage win of the Tour de France on Friday with a perfectly timed attack late in the 19th stage, an undulating 166.5-km ride from Bourg en Bresse to Champagnole. The Sunweb rider, who also won the 14th stage in Lyon with an instinctive move in the finale, jumped away from a group of late breakaway riders to give his team their third stage win this year after Marc Hirschi's victory in the 12th stage. "The victory in Lyon gave me confidence because I had proven myself on the biggest race in the world," Kragh Andersen told a news conference.
Author: Reuters
Posted: September 18, 2020, 3:25 pm
Having ridden nearly 3,200 kilometers (almost 2,000 miles), over four mountain ranges, Tour de France rider Lukas Postlberger was forced by a bee sting to the mouth to abandon Friday with the finish in Paris just two days away. The Austrian rider, who has devoted his Tour to helping team leader Peter Sagan in his quest for the race's green jersey, suffered an allergic reaction to the sting. The Tour was only a few minutes into the 166-kilometer (103-mile) Stage 19, from Bourg-en-Bresse to Champagnole in eastern France, when the insect struck.
Author: The Associated Press
Posted: September 18, 2020, 2:19 pm
Soren Kragh Anderson took his second stage win of the Tour de France on stage 19 as Sam Bennett moved a huge step closer to winning the points classification. Team Sunweb's Kragh Andersen attacked from a breakaway with 15km of the 166.5km stage from Bourg-en-Bresse to Champagnole remaining and quickly distanced his fellow escapees to solo his way home. Bennett came home fifth and stretched his lead to 55 points over Peter Sagan in the battle for the green jersey, which he now looks near certain to win if he makes it to Paris on Sunday without incident. The Tour continues on Saturday with the 36km individual time trial from Lure to La Planche des Belles Filles and concludes on Sunday with the 122km stage from Mantes-la-Jolie to Paris Champs-Élysées.
Author: The Telegraph
Posted: September 18, 2020, 1:23 pm
Full results and standings as Soren Kragh Andersen wins again Rules of the road: our guide to how the Tour de France works How to watch on TV and follow online with Telegraph Sport How much will the teams and riders earn in prize money? Full details of teams and remaining riders at the Tour Soren Kragh Anderson took his second stage win of the Tour de France on stage 19 as Sam Bennett moved a huge step closer to winning the points classification. Sunweb's Kragh Andersen attacked from a breakaway with 15km of the 166.5km stage from Bourg-en-Bresse to Champagnole remaining and quickly distanced his fellow escapees to solo his way home. Bennett came home fifth and stretched his lead to 55 points over Peter Sagan in the battle for the green jersey, which he now looks near certain to win if he makes it to Paris on Sunday without incident. Primoz Roglic retained the yellow jersey and his 57-second advantage over fellow Slovenian Tadej Pogacar as the peloton rolled in more than six minutes later, having given up the chase on the breakaway with around 20km to go. The battle for yellow will now be settled in Saturday's time trial on La Planche des Belles Filles, but Friday was about the fight for green as Sagan — who has won the classification a record seven times since 2012 — looked to the 70 points on offer on this stage to dent Bennett's advantage. But the former world champion could not make an impression as Bennett marked him all the way and pipped him in both the intermediate sprint and at the finish line. The race broke up after the intermediate sprint, just inside the final 50km. Ineos Grenadiers' Luke Rowe, riding his sixth Tour but the first that will not end with the yellow jersey within his team, joined a break that included Bennett and Sagan alongside a powerful group of riders including Greg Van Avermaet and Matteo Trentin. As the peloton gave up the chase Kragh Andersen went off the front for his second stage win while Bennett and Sagan closely watched each other behind. "For the last kilometre I was screaming, 'Can you confirm one minute?' because I didn't believe it," Kragh Andersen said. "Two wins in the same Tour, I'm speechless. I could have never dreamed something better... This is memories for the rest of my life. I'm just super happy." PA
Author: The Telegraph
Posted: September 18, 2020, 10:33 am
With three days of action still to unfold on the world's greatest cycling race ample opportunity remains for the fabled yellow, green, white and polka dot jerseys to be won or lost in the fascinating multi-faceted 21-stage contest.
Author: AFP
Posted: September 18, 2020, 3:01 am
Join Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and François Thomazeau in La Roche-sur-Yoron as they recap the final Alpine stage of the Tour de France.
Author: The Telegraph
Posted: September 17, 2020, 10:02 pm
Jumbo-Visma sports director Merijn Zeeman has been thrown off the Tour de France for “intimidating” and “insulting” a UCI official who was trying to check the bike of race leader Primoz Roglic following Wednesday’s Queen stage, it emerged on Thursday night. In a dramatic development, with Roglic almost certainly days away from being crowned Tour champion in Paris, the race’s jury report following stage 18 revealed that Zeeman had been removed from the race for what it described as “intimidation, name calling, and improper behaviour of a team member towards a UCI member”. In a statement released overnight on Thursday, Jumbo-Visma said they "regretted" the altercation but added that the official in question had "damaged" Roglic's bike, meaning they had to change the crankset. Although the incident was logged after stage 18 from Merible to La Roche-Sur-Foron, it actually took place at a bike check following stage 17 of the race, the summit finish to the Col de la Loze won by Miguel Ángel López (Astana). Under UCI article 8.2.2 Zeeman, who has been with Jumbo-Visma since 2012, was kicked off the race and fined 2,000 CHF (£1698) for the offence. A statement released by cycling’s world governing body on Thursday night read: “The UCI Commissaires Panel has excluded Merijn Zeeman, Team Manager of the Jumbo-Visma team from the Tour de France for ‘intimidation, insults, improper behaviour of a team member towards a UCI member during the bike check carried out at the end of stage 17’, in accordance with article 8.2.2 of the UCI Regulations. “The commissaires found that Mr. Zeeman behaved in an unacceptable manner towards the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) staff responsible for carrying out an X-ray control and then dismantling the Yellow Jersey bike at the finish of the stage at Col de la Loze in accordance with UCI regulations relating to the fight against technological fraud. “As a result, Mr. Zeeman was excluded from the event and fined CHF 2,000. The UCI has made the fight against technological fraud one of its priorities to ensure the credibility of the results, and calls on all cycling families (riders, teams and organizers) to join forces to ensure the reputation of our sport.” Roglic, who leads the Tour by 57sec from his fellow Slovenian Tadej Pogacar [UAE Team Emirates], is almost assured of victory in Paris on Sunday provided he does not crash in stage 19 on Friday - a flatter stage after successive days in the Alps - or in Saturday's individual time trial to La Planche des Belles Filles. In a statement released overnight on Thursday, Jumbo-Visma said that the 41-year-old Zeeman would be allowed to remain on the race, "but during the remaining three stages he will no longer perform official functions within the accredited aeras of the race". "Merijn Zeeman was present at the control of Primoz Roglic's bike after the 17th stage," the statement read. "A discussion arose with the UCI employee in question when the crankset of the bike was dismounted. The bike was damaged and the crankset had to be replaced afterwards. "The altercation that took place during that check gave the UCI a reason to sanction Merijn severely. Merijn made his apologies on the spot and, just like the team, regrets that the discussion became so heated. "To be clear: the check showed that the bike of GC leader Roglic was in accordance with the regulations." In the same statement, Zeeman added: “I got upset when the commissioner dismounted the crankset from Primoz's bike. We stand for a fair sport and that includes checks, but that must be done in a reasonable way. Despite that, I should have kept myself cool and approached the UCI commissioner in a more respectful way.”
Author: The Telegraph
Posted: September 17, 2020, 9:41 pm
Dutch cyclist Annemiek van Vleuten is out of the world road cycling championships after crashing during the Giro Rosa.
Author: NBC Sports
Posted: September 17, 2020, 8:23 pm
If this was Ineos sticking two fingers up at their doubters, it could hardly have been more emphatic or more timely. A day that began with further questioning of their performance at this Tour de France - Sir Bradley Wiggins suggesting that “all was not well” at his former team - ended with Michal Kwiatkowski and Richard Carapaz delivering a superb one-two on stage 18 from Meribel to La Roche-sur-Foron. The duo, who rode clear of the day’s breakaway to win by almost two minutes, ended up crossing the line arm-in-arm rather than duking it out for the win. Their peace pact denied fans the chance to see a rarity in cycling; a two-up sprint between team-mates. But it was somehow appropriate that in a week in which Ineos lost their leader, Egan Bernal, and copped an unholy amount of flak over team selection and tactics, two of their riders should cross the line together, showing unity. To cap a redemptive day for the British outfit, Carapaz is now in possession of the polka dots jersey. It was in fact Kwiatkowski who was awarded the stage victory in the end, Carapaz braking ever so slightly before the line to allow the Pole to ‘win’ by a tyre width. But that, too, was fitting. Not only had Kwiatkowski pulled Carapaz up most of the day’s climbs, helping him into the lead of the mountains classification, the 30-year-old has sacrificed individual glory for a succession of Ineos leaders - Chris Froome, Geraint Thomas and Bernal. He fully deserved this moment in the sun. Stage 18: as it happened Incredibly, given his palmares, which includes a world road race title from 2014 and a Milan-San Remo crown from 2017, it was Kwiatkowski's first ever individual grand tour stage win. He was surprisingly emotional afterwards, opening up on a variety of subjects in what was probably the outstanding press conference of this Tour so far. “I hope he enjoyed watching that at home,” Kwiatkowski remarked of Bernal, before dedicating the win to former sporting director Nicolas Portal, who died earlier this year. "I know that he would have enjoyed that today, especially. I think the spirit that we had through the Tour, it’s... we’re inspired by him. So definitely it’s for him, thank you."
Author: The Telegraph
Posted: September 17, 2020, 6:55 pm
LA ROCHE-SUR-FORON, France (AP) -- Paris, and victory at the Tour de France, are almost within reach for Primoz Roglic. Polish rider Michal Kwiatkowski won the saw-tooth Stage 18, up and down over a leg-burning succession of five Alpine ascents.
Author: The Associated Press
Posted: September 17, 2020, 6:47 pm
Ineos Grenadiers teammates Michał Kwiatkowski and Richard Carapaz embraced as they finished the Tour de France's 18th stage together.
Author: NBC Sports
Posted: September 17, 2020, 6:33 pm
Merjin Zeeman, a sports director with overall leader Primoz Roglic’s Jumbo-Visma team, was excluded from the Tour de France for intimidating and insulting a member of the International Cycling Union (UCI) at the end of Thursday’s 17th stage. The day’s jury report, which lists all the fines handed after a Tour stage, said that Zeeman had also been fined 2,000 Swiss Francs ($2,200) for his behaviour towards an official responsible for inspecting the bikes at the end of the stage.
Author: Reuters
Posted: September 17, 2020, 6:27 pm
Only 5,000 spectators will be granted access to the Champs-Elysees to watch Sunday's finale of the Tour de France due to health protocols that have been put in place to control the spread of COVID-19, local authorities said on Thursday. "The access to the Champs-Elysees will be forbidden once the tally of 5,000 people will be reached," authorities said in a statement. The Tour de France, the world's biggest cycling race, has finished on the Champs-Elysees since 1975.
Author: Reuters
Posted: September 17, 2020, 5:51 pm
World champion Annemiek van Vleuten will not be able to defend her title at next week’s world road race championships in Imola after breaking her wrist in a crash in the finale of stage seven of the Giro Rosa in Maddolini. The Mitchelton-Scott star, who was aiming for a third straight Giro Rosa victory, was part of a select group contesting for the stage win before going down inside the final three kilometres, unable to avoid riders falling in front of her. Despite being able to finish the stage - which was won by Lotte Kopecky (Lotto Soudal) with Britain’s Lizzie Deignan [Trek-Segafredo] second - Van Vleuten looked to be in severe pain. She finished the stage with only one hand on her handlebars. Scans have since confirmed a broken left wrist for the world champion, who will return to Holland for surgery in the coming days. Her team mate, the Australian champion Amanda Spratt, also went down in the crash and is out of the race with concussion. “I was in a good position just going safe to the finish,” Van Vleuten said in a press release issued by her team on Thursday night. “It was a good day for us, I was never in trouble, we were in control, I was having fun on the bike until the last 500 metres when the girls crashed in front of me and I couldn’t avoid them. “I felt immediately it was not good with my wrist, because I saw that my wrist was not straight, so I knew straight away that was not good. I will go home now and I will have an operation on my wrist on Saturday. “I’m super sad it’s not possible to defend the maglia rosa, but even more, no worlds on a course that suits me. I’m disappointed that I cannot defend my world champion's jersey.” Van Vleuten’s absence in Italy is a shame for the world championships, which have been moved from Aigle in Switzerland this autumn due to Covid-19. It does, however, boost the prospects of rivals including Deignan who leads a British team which includes Lizzy Banks, Alice and Hannah Barnes, Anna Henderson and Anna Shackley.
Author: The Telegraph
Posted: September 17, 2020, 4:30 pm
Michal Kwiatkowski won stage 18 of the Tour de France and Richard Carapaz moved into the polka dot jersey as the Ineos Grenadiers set about salvaging their race following the withdrawal of Egan Bernal. The Ineos duo were the final two survivors of what had been a 32-man breakaway on the 175km stage from Meribel to La Roche-sur-Foron. Carapaz had been battling Team Sunweb's Marc Hirschi for mountain points as both riders looked to overhaul Tadej Pogacar in the category, but a crash for Hirschi on a descent midway through the stage put Carapaz in the driving seat, and he now leads the category by two points from Pogacar. The pair made the approach to La Roche-sur-Foron deep in conversation, patting each on the back under the flamme rouge, before Kwiatkowski crossed the line first to give the former world champion his first Grand Tour stage win. The Tour continues on Friday with the 160km run from Bourg-en-Bresse to Champagnole and concludes in Paris on September 20 with the 122km stage from Mantes-la-Jolie to Paris Champs-Élysées.
Author: The Telegraph
Posted: September 17, 2020, 3:26 pm
LCR's Takaaki Nakagami says he felt "no negatives" when he tested the 2020 Honda at Misano on Tuesday, though concedes the feeling relative to the 2019 version was largely similar.
Author: Motorsport
Posted: September 17, 2020, 1:21 pm
Two cyclists from Slovenia lead the Tour de France, and it's causing the nation's most famous people to take notice.
Author: NBC Sports
Posted: September 17, 2020, 11:21 am
Bradley Wiggins has lambasted Ineos Grenadiers saying all is not well in the Dave Brailsford-led team after their Tour de France challenge collapsed and defending champion Egan Bernal was withdrawn from the race. Colombian Bernal cracked in the 15th stage on Sunday, losing eight minutes on the leaders, before the 23-year-old withdrew ahead of Wednesday's 17th stage because of back pain. Four-times Tour winner Chris Froome, 35, and 2018 champion Geraint Thomas, 34 were both left off the Ineos team this year due to lack of form. "It just shows you... all isn't well in that team... They backed Bernal because he's their youngest asset and there's a longevity there," Wiggins, the 2012 Tour winner, said on Eurosport's The Bradley Wiggins Show. "The others, age isn't on there side and it just shows how cut-throat it is, if you can get rid of a four-times winner of the Tour, a British born and bred product of that system in Geraint who's a flagship for that team or what it was. "... They've pulled him (Bernal) out too late... because they're looking after his welfare but clearly his back isn't well, his knee's done and they knew that before the Dauphine so it shows you just how invested in his future they are there." Froome, who said his former boss Brailsford would be facing the sack if he were a football manager, added there were "too many chiefs" in the team. Wiggins also had sympathy for Giro d'Italia champion Richard Carapaz, who was called into the side for the Tour. "Carapaz...? He was looking forward to the Giro and would've been in good form for it, but G (Thomas) has got the Giro, so the defending champion of the Giro is now riding up the road trying to win a stage of the Tour," Wiggins added. "Froome, they've given him the Vuelta a Espana, last pickings as it were, but now Bernal might be doing that, so what happens to Froome? They've got too many chiefs there."
Author: The Telegraph
Posted: September 17, 2020, 10:08 am
Colombian Bernal cracked in the 15th stage on Sunday, losing eight minutes on the leaders, before the 23-year-old withdrew ahead of Wednesday's 17th stage because of back pain. Four-times Tour winner Chris Froome, 35, and 2018 champion Geraint Thomas, 34 were both left off the Ineos team this year due to lack of form. "It just shows you... all isn't well in that team... They backed Bernal because he's their youngest asset and there's a longevity there," Wiggins, the 2012 Tour winner, said on Eurosport's The Bradley Wiggins Show https://www.podbean.com/podcast-detail/jddmm-6fc2a/The-Bradley-Wiggins-Show-by-Eurosport-Podcast.
Author: Reuters
Posted: September 17, 2020, 10:03 am
Full results and standings as Michal Kwiatkowski takes stage Rules of the road: our guide to how the Tour de France works How to watch on TV and follow online with Telegraph Sport How much will the teams and riders earn in prize money? Full details of teams and remaining riders at the Tour Michal Kwiatkowski won stage 18 of the Tour de France and Richard Carapaz moved into the polka dot jersey as Ineos Grenadiers set about salvaging their race following the withdrawal of Egan Bernal. The Ineos Grenadiers duo were the final two survivors of what had been a 32-man breakaway on the 175km stage from Meribel to La Roche-sur-Foron. Carapaz had been battling Sunweb's Marc Hirschi for mountain points as both riders looked to overhaul Tadej Pogacar in the category, but a crash for Hirschi on a descent midway through the stage put Carapaz in the driving seat, and he now leads the category by two points from Pogacar. The pair made the approach to La Roche-sur-Foron deep in conversation, patting each on the back under the flamme rouge, before Kwiatkowski crossed the line first to give the former world champion his first grand tour stage win. Primoz Roglic kept the yellow jersey as the main group of contenders crossed the line a little under two minutes later, retaining his 57-second advantage over Pogacar who finished alongside him. But the last hors categorie climb of the Tour — the Montée du Plateau des Glières — did have its say on the general classification as Adam Yates slipped back to lose his hold on fifth place, while Richie Porte had to pace his way back after a puncture to retain fourth overall. Yates dropped to seventh overall by the end of the stage as Spanish duo Mikel Landa and Enric Mas moved up to fifth and sixth respectively. The win was an emotional one for the popular Kwiatkowski, who has sacrificed his considerable talents in the service of others for several years but got his reward here. "That was some day," the 2014 world champion said. "I can't describe how grateful I am to the whole team and to Richard. It was an incredible day for us and I will never forget that. "I've had some nice moments in cycling but that was a new experience. I've got goosebumps for the last I don't know how many kilometres because I knew the gap is so big that we're going to make it and we both really enjoyed the last kilometres. "I think we're going to celebrate big time tonight," the 30-year-old Pole added. PA
Author: The Telegraph
Posted: September 17, 2020, 9:26 am
The Tour de France reached Méribel and a new climb, the Col de la Loze, taking the riders to more than 2,300 metres of altitude. But did it settle the general classification once and for all?
Author: The Telegraph
Posted: September 16, 2020, 9:57 pm
It was billed as the biggest test of this Tour de France. A day to satisfy even the most sadistic of cycling fans; with the fearsome Col de la Madeleine merely an hors-d'oeuvre for what was to come. The much-hyped Col de la Loze. The newest paved climb in the Alps. With pitches of over 20 per cent near the summit, where the air is thinnest, there would be no hiding place up here. No faking it. If Wednesday was any guide, we can anoint Primoz Roglic Slovenia’s first Tour de France champion now. The former ski jumper is flying towards the finish in Paris on Sunday. Stage 17 – full results and standings Roglic tightened his grip on the maillot jaune on stage 17. Beginning the day 40 seconds ahead of compatriot Tadej Pogacar [UAE Team Emirates], the Jumbo-Visma rider ended the stage in second place, 15 seconds behind winner Miguel Angel Lopez [Astana], but crucially 15 seconds ahead of Pogacar who faded towards the top. Combined with the six bonus seconds he took on the line to Pogacar’s four, it meant Roglic extended his lead in the general classification to 57 seconds with four stages of the race remaining. The next three of those stages pose dangers. Thursday's from Meribel to La Roche-sur-Forron actually features even more metres of vertical gain than Wednesday. The most of the entire race at 4500m. Anyone failing to back up Wednesday's effort is going to be in trouble. Friday's stage looks to be a straightforward one on paper but with the battle for the green jersey still raging it could be a stressful one, raced from kilometre zero. Then Saturday’s time trial in La Planche des Belles Filles. Roglic is an excellent time triallist but so is Pogacar. One mistake and it could all be over. Roglic is the overwhelming favourite now, though. More than the seconds he gained on Wednesday, it was the manner in which he gained them. He eased away from Pogacar in the final two kilometres. It was a brilliant, slow-burner of a stage. It took a while for the break to form, but when it did it was a good one consisting of five riders: Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-Quick-Step), Richard Carapaz (Ineos), Gorka Izagirre (Astana), Lennard Kämna (Bora-Hansgrohe), and Dan Martin (Israel Start-Up Nation). Behind them, intriguingly, it was Bahrain-McLaren rather than Jumbo-Visma controlling the pace of the bunch. The British squad, who are led by Rod Ellingworth, continued to do so all the way up the Col de la Madeleine and for most of the way up the Col de la Loze, bringing the break back and trying to set Mikel Landa up for a win which could have propelled him into a podium spot. That he did not manage it in the end - Landa finished seventh at 1min20sec - should not diminish their efforts. How often are teams criticised for sitting back and allowing Ineos or Jumbo-Visma to dictate? Bahrain-McLaren, with Wout Poels, Matej Mohoric and Damiano Caruso all prominent, made the race. It was a grandstand finish. With the clouds gathering ominously overhead, and the steepest sections of the climb to come, Pogacar was the first to show his hand. It was the 21-year-old’s acceleration with 4km to go which saw off Landa. Adam Yates [Mitchelton-Scott] was the next to go pop at 3.6km. The Briton did well to compose himself and ride in with Landa, 1min20 down, staying fifth on GC, albeit now over 3mins behind Roglic. Now we were down to five, with Sepp Kuss of Jumbo-Visma still pulling for Roglic, followed by Pogacar, Lopez and Richie Porte [Trek-Segafredo]. Lopez decided to take matters into his own hands, blowing the group to bits with 3.5km remaining and soloing to the finish for his first Tour stage win, overhauling the last man from the break - Carapaz, who produced a magnificent ride as Ineos look to save face at this race - in the process. Lopez rises to third on GC as a result. Roglic was the day’s big winner, though, allowing Kuss to attack near the top so he could check out his rivals, then going himself. "I don’t think the job is done,” he insisted. “There are still some hard stages to come and Tadej Pogačar is a great climber. [But] I’m glad this stage is behind us. I was happy with the position I was in before the stage, and now I’m even happier.”
Author: The Telegraph
Posted: September 16, 2020, 6:33 pm
Colombian rider Miguel Angel Lopez won the toughest mountain stage of this year’s Tour de France, while race leader Primož Roglic added a few crucial seconds to his advantage over rival Tadej Pogacar. The much-vaunted 17th stage saw Roglic finishing 15 seconds behind Lopez in second place, while Pogacar trudged over the line 30 seconds behind Lopez in third.
Author: The Associated Press
Posted: September 16, 2020, 6:07 pm
Primoz Roglic is taking nothing for granted despite holding a comfortable lead in the Tour de France on Wednesday evening with four competitive stages left. The Jumbo-Visma rider is in complete control of the race after extending his overall lead to 57 seconds over fellow Slovenian Tadej Pogacar, with one mountain stage and a partly uphill time trial to come. The 21-year-old Pogacar had been the most explosive rider but in Wednesday's gruelling 17th mountain stage ending at top of the Col de la Loze, the UAE Team Emirates rider was on the back foot.
Author: Reuters
Posted: September 16, 2020, 5:21 pm
Miguel Angel Lopez won the toughest climbing stage of the Tour de France. Primoz Roglic extended his lead over Tadej Pogacar.
Author: NBC Sports
Posted: September 16, 2020, 4:46 pm
Miguel Angel Lopez won stage 17 of the Tour de France at the summit of the Col de la Loze as Primoz Roglic distanced Tadej Pogacar in the brutal finale to strengthen his grip on yellow. As the gradients at the top of the 21 kilometre climb hit 24 per cent, Lopez was able to ride away from the other contenders for a stage win that moves the Colombian up to third overall. Roglic followed over the line 15 seconds later with Pogacar losing his wheel in the final metres, conceding 15 seconds on the road and more in bonuses that see his deficit in second place grow to 57 seconds. The Tour continues on Thursday with the 168km run from Méribel to La Roche-sur-Foron and concludes in Paris on September 20 with the 122km stage from Mantes-la-Jolie to Paris Champs-Élysées.
Author: The Telegraph
Posted: September 16, 2020, 1:48 pm
Defending Tour de France champion Egan Bernal has pulled out of the race ahead of a mammoth stage in the Alps, his Ineos Grenadiers team said Wednesday. Bernal had been struggling since last weekend's stage in the Jura mountains, where he dropped more than seven minutes on the main contenders and slipped out of contention. Bernal was in 16th place overall, 19 minutes and fours seconds behind race leader Primoz Roglic.
Author: The Associated Press
Posted: September 16, 2020, 1:18 pm
Egan Bernal abandoned the Tour de France, ending his title defense with team Ineos Grenadiers while significantly trailing leader Primoz Roglic.
Author: NBC Sports
Posted: September 16, 2020, 9:45 am
Last year's winner Egan Bernal withdrew from the Tour de France on Wednesday with the defence of his title already in tatters.
Author: AFP
Posted: September 16, 2020, 9:20 am
Full results and standings as Miguel Ángel López soars to win Rules of the road: our guide to how the Tour de France works How to watch on TV and follow online with Telegraph Sport How much will the teams and riders earn in prize money? Full details of teams and remaining riders at the Tour Miguel Angel Lopez won stage 17 of the Tour de France at the summit of the Col de la Loze above Meribel as Primoz Roglic distanced Tadej Pogacar in the brutal finale to strengthen his grip on yellow. As the gradients at the top of the 21-kilometre climb hit 24 per cent, the Colombian Lopez was able to ride away from the other contenders for a stage win that moves him up to third overall. Roglic followed over the line 15 seconds later with Pogacar losing his wheel in the final metres, conceding a further 15 seconds that see his deficit in second place grow to 57 seconds. Lopez now sits third, one minute and 26 seconds down, after Rigoberto Uran faded late on. "I'm very emotional," Astana's Lopez said. "We dreamed about it, we did it. I'm thinking about my family." The 170km stage from Grenoble, featuring two hors categorie climbs with summits about 2,000 metres, would have suited an on-form Egan Bernal, but the day began with news that the defending champion had withdrawn from the race after shipping 18 minutes in two days as a result of a back injury. Instead, the Ineos Grenadiers were again active in the breakaway with Richard Carapaz the final survivor of a break which had featured Julian Alaphilippe, Gorka Izaguirre, Dan Martin and Tuesday's winner Lennard Kamna when they hit the Col de la Madeleine midway through the stage. Carapaz went alone on the final climb, briefly stretching his advantage as the contenders weighed each other up, but he was caught with 3km to go as the attacks began in sight of the steepest sections. Lopez struck out for glory soon after Carapaz had been passed, but all eyes were on the battle between the two Slovenians slugging it out for yellow. Roglic eased his way back to the wheel of Jumbo-Visma team-mate Sepp Kuss and then rode away from Pogacar at the very end as the UAE Team Emirates rider was left to push away over-zealous fans who outwardly ignored pleas to respect the race amid the coronavirus pandemic. Adam Yates lost time in the finale but remains in fifth place, now three minutes and 14 seconds off the yellow jersey behind Richie Porte in fourth. "Tough day, but I hung in there as long as I could so we can be happy with that," the Mitchelton-Scott rider said. "We've got a big stage tomorrow, a lot of altitude metres, and then all we've got after that is the time trial, one day all by myself so we'll keep going. Hopefully tomorrow I've got good legs and we'll keep trying." At the start of the day, Sam Bennett kept himself glued to Peter Sagan's wheel and was able to use the intermediate sprint to add two points to his advantage in the green jersey, which now stands at 47 points. Pogacar led the peloton over the Madeleine and added the king of the mountain's polka dot jersey to his best young rider's white jersey, but his odds of upgrading to yellow before Paris lengthened by the end of the day. PA
Author: The Telegraph
Posted: September 16, 2020, 9:19 am
A torrid few days for defending champion Egan Bernal ended when the Colombian was pulled from the race by Ineos Grenadiers. The announcement that the 23 year-old would not start stage 17 from Grenoble to Meribel came as no great surprise. After his collapse on the Grand Colombier on Sunday, which ended Ineos’s chances of winning an eighth yellow jersey in nine years, Bernal was clearly in discomfort when racing resumed on Tuesday following the second rest day. Bernal eventually rolled home in the grupetto, and there were whispers afterwards that he might abandon due to a niggling back issue. He even admitted post-stage that compensating for his back had led to some discomfort in his knee. “We have taken this decision with Egan’s best interests at heart,” Ineos team principal Sir Dave Brailsford said in a statement. “Egan is a true champion who loves to race, but he is also a young rider, with many Tours ahead of him and at this point, on balance, we feel it is wiser for him to stop racing.” Bernal added: “This is obviously not how I wanted my Tour de France to end, but I agree that it is the right decision for me in the circumstances.” Depending on how his recovery goes, Bernal could now target the Vuelta a Espana in October/November, alongside Chris Froome, in what will be the latter’s final race for Ineos before moving to Israel Start-Up Nation. Miguel Angel Lopez hits out to claim Tour de France stage as Primoz Roglic tightens his grip on yellow jersey Tour de France 2020, stage 17 – full results and standings Bernal’s withdrawal came amid further speculation regarding the team's preparation and their star rider's home life. Former US Postal director Johan Bruyneel wrote on Belgian website Wielerflits that he understood the 23-year-old, an overnight superstar in Colombia, had recently broken up with his girlfriend of five years, as well as moved from his hometown of Zipaquira to a suburb of the capital Bogota. “These are all changes that undermine the stability in his life,” wrote Bruyneel. The Belgian added that training in Colombia in lockdown, out of sight of his team, had also contributed to a “loss of grip” on his professional life. Ineos team principal Sir Dave Brailsford did receive some support on Wednesday, and from an unlikely quarter. Jonathan Vaughters, the manager of EF Pro Cycling and a long-time adversary of Brailsford’s, said those questioning his rival’s decision not to select Geraint Thomas and/or Chris Froome were well wide of the mark. “Dave Brailsford and myself aren’t the best of friends, but good grief, the number of outright moronic comments regarding his tdf rider selection is astounding,” Vaughters wrote on Twitter. “@INEOSGrenadiers picked the best team they could based on the data available. End of.” Meanwhile, British Cycling has announced its elite men’s team for the UCI road world championships in Imola next week. Under-23 Giro d’Italia winner Tom Pidcock heads a six-strong road team which also includes Hugh Carthy, Matt Holmes, James Knox, Luke Rowe, James Shaw. Geraint Thomas, who is preparing for the Giro later this month, and Alex Dowsett will ride in the time trial.
Author: The Telegraph
Posted: September 16, 2020, 6:14 am
In this episode of The Cycling Podcast, Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and François Thomazeau are in a bustling square in Grenoble.
Author: The Telegraph
Posted: September 15, 2020, 9:21 pm
MotoGP’s riders have offered their thoughts on the radio warning system they tested during Tuesday’s post-San Marino Grand Prix test at Misano.
Author: Motorsport
Posted: September 15, 2020, 6:40 pm
Egan Bernal lost more time in the Tour de France, while Primoz Roglic kept his lead over fellow Slovenian Tadej Pogacar.
Author: NBC Sports
Posted: September 15, 2020, 6:38 pm
Lennard Kamna claimed his first Tour de France victory when he outwitted Giro d’Italia champion Richard Carapaz to win the 16th stage, a 164-km ride from La Tour du Pin on Tuesday. The 24-year-old German took advantage of Ecuadorian Carapaz’s momentary loss of focus at the top of the last climb of the day to go solo and finished one minute 27 seconds ahead after charging down in the descent. Swiss Sebastien Reichenbach took third place, 1:56 off the pace as Slovenian Primoz Roglic retained the overall leader's yellow jersey. Defending champion Egan Bernal, whose hopes of winning the race fell away when he cracked in Sunday’s 15th stage, was dropped from the main bunch in the ascent to Saint-Nizier, suffering from back pains.
Author: The Telegraph
Posted: September 15, 2020, 5:43 pm
The remaining 156 Tour de France riders were authorized to keep racing on after the latest coronavirus tests.
Author: NBC Sports
Posted: September 15, 2020, 5:33 pm
Tour de France 2020, stage 16 – full results and standings Germany's Lennard Kamna won stage 16 of the Tour de France from a breakaway in Villard-de-Lans as Primoz Roglic retained the yellow jersey. Kamna accelerated away from Richard Carapaz at the top of the penultimate climb of the 164km stage from La Tour-du-Pin to take his first career Grand Tour win. The main group of contenders, happy to let a 23-strong breakaway have their fun up ahead, rolled in more than 17 minutes later, with Roglic and second-placed Tadej Pogacar locked together to maintain the 40-second gap between them. There was no change at the top of the overall standings, with Rigoberto Uran third ahead of fellow Colombian Miguel Angel Lopez in fourth and Britain's Adam Yates in fifth, with Wednesday's stage from Grenoble to the Col de la Loze above Meribel expected to prove more decisive. Last year's winner Egan Bernal, having dropped out of contention when he was distanced on the Grand Colombier on Sunday, was again off the pace and rode home in the grupetto alongside the sprinters and other stragglers down the mountain, at least managing to smile and joke as he did so. Ineos had instead pinned their hopes on a stage win, with Andrey Amador and Pavel Sivakov joining Carapaz in a large group that was allowed up the road. That group broke up decisively on the climb up the Montee de Saint-Nizier-du-Moucherotte a little over 20km from the line, with Carapaz attacking first but Kamna able to follow and then accelerate away on the valley road to the final ramp to the line. Kamna, 24, took a stage win at the Criterium du Dauphine last month before taking second place to Dani Martinez on stage 13 of the Tour on Friday. "I'm feeling great," Kamna said. "It's an absolutely awesome day for me now. It was a fight from the beginning and I knew I had to make it to the finish alone. When I saw Carapaz upping the speed I thought, 'Now is the moment to go' and I just went all in to the end. "It's a big, big, big relief for the team and for me. I can almost not imagine it. The step I made this year is huge and I'm so pleased to win today." Nicholas Roche, whose father Stephen took the yellow jersey in Villard-de-Lans back in 1987, was also in the break and came home in eighth place on the stage. "You start the stage with the dream of winning another stage in the Tour de France but also you cannot be too greedy, you're competing against some of the best riders on the planet," the Irishman said. "Sometimes it works, sometimes not, but Lenny today showed he was the strongest on the climb. We've seen he's strong already since the beginning of the Tour so he's a well-deserved winner." Neither Sam Bennett nor Peter Sagan made it into the early attacks so Bennett remains 45 points ahead of the former world champion in the battle for green, but Matteo Trentin won the intermediate sprint to pick up 20 points and close his own deficit to Bennett to 60.
Author: The Telegraph
Posted: September 15, 2020, 5:14 pm
Jumbo's Primoz Roglic maintained the overall lead in the Tour de France on Tuesday with eyes now nervously turning to the high altitude showdown awaiting the elite on Wednesday's high altitude Meribel climb.
Author: AFP
Posted: September 15, 2020, 5:04 pm
VILLARD-DE-LANS, France (AP) -- After coming close to a first Tour de France stage win last week, Lennard Kamna did not miss his second chance. Kamna was beaten by four seconds for the stage win by Daniel Martinez on Stage 13. ''It was a fight from the beginning on and I knew I had to make it to the finish alone,'' said Kamna, who also won a stage last month at the Criterium du Dauphine.
Author: The Associated Press
Posted: September 15, 2020, 5:00 pm
Lennard Kamna takes first Grand Tour stage win as Primoz Roglic stays in yellow Tour de France 2020, stage 16 – full results and standings Sir Dave Brailsford has defended Ineos' tactics and team selection for the Tour de France, after Sir Bradley Wiggins claimed he would have been fired had he been a football manager. Brailsford, who insisted that the team did “not gamble” in declining to pick Geraint Thomas and Chris Froome, admitted he was under pressure but said that Ineos owner Sir Jim Ratcliffe “understands” that you cannot win the Tour every year. "I don't know what's happened,” Wiggins, who won the first of the team's seven Tour titles in 2012, told Eurosport on Monday. “For a team that's performance-orientated and such planning that goes into their seasons, it's just not worked for them for one reason or another. Had it been football, Dave would be out. That's how football works." Cycling is not football, though. If it was, Brailsford would have faced the music straight after Sunday’s stage when Egan cracked on the Grand Colombier to end the team’s chances of winning an eighth yellow jersey in nine years. Instead, he spent Sunday and Monday lying low, going for a long ride himself, before agreeing to speak to media prior to stage 16 from La Tour-du-Pin to Villard-de-Lans. Various theories have been put forward for Ineos’s struggles at this Tour, and Brailsford addressed them one by one. On the selection controversy, specifically the decision to leave out former winners Froome and Thomas, and instead bring in Ecuadorean Richard Carapaz, he was unequivocal. “I don’t gamble,” Brailsford said. “People are entitled to their opinions, but I didn’t gamble with selection. They were big decisions. Sometimes they work, sometimes they don’t. I’m sure that people have a lot to say but they’re not privy to the facts that I’ve got." Thomas, who is now targeting the Giro d’Italia which begins on Oct 3, finished second at Tirreno-Adriatico leading some to suggest the team made a mistake not picking him. “I’d never judge myself on somebody else’s narrative to be honest. I think we will look back at what information we had at the time. Did we get it right? Did we get it wrong? Can we learn? But I’m actually very pleased to see Geraint doing so well at Tirreno-Adriatico and looking so good going into the Giro. “It was a good decision [on Geraint], regardless of what anybody else may think. And Chris is where Chris is at. He’s just not ready yet for this level of competition and I think he knows that himself.” Brailsford said he would “not underestimate” the extent to which the death of much-loved sports director Nico Portal earlier this year affected the team, both on and off the bike. “He grew up with the team and he played a key role,” he said. “If you lose that you have to adjust to it and that’s going to take time.” However, he did not directly address speculation that Ineos' DS leadership structure at this race - which has been spread across a core group of sport directors rather than given to one person - has looked muddled. “I wouldn’t under-estimate that losing Nico has had a big impact,” he said. “However, after 10 years, let’s have a look from top to bottom starting with myself. Look at how we can be better. Now we can stop and say, what’s it going to take?” Bernal was seen dropping back to the team car on Tuesday collecting bidons and gels for his team mates. And Brailsford said the young Colombian, still just 23, would bounce back. Bernal said on Monday that he would look to drop time and get in a break later this week if his back was not too sore. A back injury forced the Colombian out of last month’s Criterium du Dauphine. “Clearly there was something wrong because that wasn’t his normal performance on Sunday,” Brailsford commented. “He wouldn’t normally be out of that lead group — he might be 30 seconds better, 30 seconds worse — but he’d be in the mix. But he’s proud, it’s not in his nature to quit. “He can 100 per cent come back from this and I’ve seen it a lot with big Olympic champions when they first win at the Olympics and in sport sometimes you need to lose and then you can go again.” Brailsford said the team needed to go back to the drawing board and build again, with stability the key. “Totally - and that’s quite exciting in some respects,” he said. “We’ve got to put together a team and a coaching staff that can deliver and try and win the race again. Certainly stability helps. We’ve changed structure, changed owners, and you need to know you’ve got that stability to build again.” Asked whether he had spoken to Ratcliffe since Sunday, Brailsford replied: “He knows it’s part of sport. Look, he won it last year at the first time of asking, so I think he understands.” Wednesday's stage from Grenoble to Meribel, which passes over the Col de la Madeleine and finishes with a new climb for the Tour, the Col de la Loze, has been eagerly anticipated ever since the route was announced last autumn. The final ascent - featuring ramps of 24 per cent and with a summit altitude of 2304m - is a ski run that has been paved over especially for this race. Anyone caught having an off day will likely tumble out of yellow jersey contention. But similarly, there is the opportunity for those brave enough and within touching distance of yellow, the likes of Adam Yates [Mitchelton-Scott], Rigoberto Uran [EF Pro Cycling], Richie Porte [Trek-Segafredo], Miguel Angel Lopez [Astana] and Mikel Landa [Bahrain-McLaren] - all within two minutes or so of leading duo Primoz Roglic [Jumbo-Visma] and Tadej Pogacar [UAE Team Emirates] - to try a Hail Mary.
Author: The Telegraph
Posted: September 15, 2020, 3:44 pm
Simon Yates held off a final-stage challenge from Geraint Thomas to win the eight-day Tirreno-Adriatico.
Author: NBC Sports
Posted: September 14, 2020, 10:09 pm
The two countrymen are poised for a fierce battle to the end as the 2020 Tour de France nears the finish.
Author: NBC Sports
Posted: September 14, 2020, 7:08 pm
Simon Yates secured overall victory at Tirreno-Adriatico as Geraint Thomas moved up to second place in Monday's closing time trial. In a result that will boost British hopes before next month's Giro d'Italia, there was also a seventh place overall for Deceuninck-QuickStep's James Knox. Thomas' finish might also revive the debate as to whether or not the Ineos Grenadiers should have instead taken him to the Tour de France following Egan Bernal's collapse on Sunday, but for now the focus is on the Italian Grand Tour which starts on October 3. Yates set the 18th fastest time on the 10.1km circuit around San Benedetto, but that was enough to give the Mitchelton-Scott rider overall victory by 17 seconds from Thomas, who managed to overhaul Rafal Majka on the final day as the Pole slipped to third. Yates would have been keenly aware that his twin brother Adam lost this race by a single second following a time trial to finish last year, but he looked strong from the moment he rolled off the starting ramp. "I'm really happy," Yates said. "It's my only stage win outside of La Vuelta so I'm just happy I could finish off the job of the team. They did a fantastic job all week. Today was up to me and I was able to hang on so I'm really happy. "I was very aware (Adam) lost by such a little, less than a second, so I was nervous but I can only do my best and I'm happy to hold on. "(The Giro) is still some weeks away and the end of it is a long time. The usual guys who are always up there in Grand Tours will be there. I hope to hold my form all the way and to be there as well." Thomas was fourth on the stage, 28 seconds behind his team-mate Filippo Ganna who took the stage win with a time of 10 minutes 42 seconds. PA
Author: The Telegraph
Posted: September 14, 2020, 4:06 pm

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