Dutch mountain biker and medal favorite Mathieu van der Poel pulled out of the mens cross country mountain bike race after a hard crash Monday.
Posted: July 26, 2021, 11:07 am
Australia's Ariarne Titmus drew first blood https://ph.news.yahoo.com/olympics-swimming-titmus-times-perfectly-051123633.html in her Olympic showdown with American Katie Ledecky after her brilliantly timed swim secured a famous victory in the 400m freestyle at the Tokyo Games. Britain's Adam Peaty delivered another dominating swim https://www.reuters.com/lifestyle/sports/swimming-peaty-roars-relief-with-britains-first-gold-2021-07-26 to repeat his gold medal success from Rio in the 100m breaststroke, while Canadian Maggie MacNeil stormed to victory in a close women's 100m butterfly and the United States triumphed in the men's 4x100m relay. It was Titmus' coach, however, who deserved the gold medal for celebrating https://www.reuters.com/article/olympics-2020-swm/olympics-swimming-ecstatic-aussie-coach-goes-viral-with-medal-worthy-celebrations-idUSL4N2P20VJ.
Posted: July 26, 2021, 8:31 am
Annemiek van Vleuten bemoaned another Olympic mishap and broke down in tears as she explained a calamitous oversight after finishing second in Sunday's women's road race when she presumed she had won. The Dutch rider, who had been a pre-race favourite and set her sights on a gold medal after a horrific fall ended her hopes in Rio de Janeiro five years ago, sprinted away in the closing stages from the chasing bunch to cross the line with a broad smile and fists pumping at the Fuji Speedway. She had been unaware of an early break by unknown Austrian Anna Kiesenhofer, who rode clear of the field to record a sensational upset and grab gold.
Posted: July 25, 2021, 3:58 pm
When Annemiek Van Vleuten crossed the line with her arms in the air at the Fuji International Speedway, the Dutchwoman thought she had won the women's Olympic road cycling race on Sunday. Only a few moments later, however, an emotional Van Vleuten realised she had finished second behind Austrian Anna Keisenhofer by a healthy margin of one minute and 15 seconds. "Oh Ruud, I was completely wrong," Van Vleuten told her soigneur Ruud Zijlmans after the finish.
Posted: July 25, 2021, 10:35 am
Anna Kiesenhofer, a mathematics researcher, was so far ahead of the peloton that the silver medalist actually believed she had won gold.
Posted: July 25, 2021, 10:07 am
Hundreds of residents braved Japan's scorching summer heat to gather along the streets of the Olympic women's cycling road in Fuchu, on the outskirts of Tokyo, on Sunday, resisting calls to avoid the Games due to the threat of COVID-19 infection. Ignoring those requests, and those of volunteers bearing signs dissuading people from gathering, residents such as 72-year-old Komuro Masaka said it could be their only chance to see an Olympic event. The race started at 1 p.m. local time (0400 GMT) and spans a total of 137km across the greater Tokyo area, passing near a shrine and shopping centre in Fuchu.
Posted: July 25, 2021, 8:42 am
Mountain bike king Nino Schurter faces a formidable challenge to his Olympic crown from a couple of hungry young road warriors on Monday but says the Izu course gives him a shot at a second successive gold medal. The 35-year-old Swiss has been a dominant force in mountain bikes since winning the first of his eight world titles in 2009 and in Rio claimed the Olympic crown after a bronze in Beijing and a silver medal in London. Dutchman Mathieu van der Poel and Britain's Tom Pidcock, who earn their livings on the professional road circuit despite a background in cross-country, are both strongly fancied for victory on Monday.
Posted: July 25, 2021, 6:41 am
Britain's Alistair Brownlee was hot favourite at the last two Olympics and duly delivered gold and his absence from Tokyo means a good half of the field, including his younger brother Jonny, will hit the water on Monday believing they can win. COVID-19 disruptions and a shortage of races over the last 18 months has made form difficult to establish, and if the Games had gone ahead on schedule last year Frenchman Vincent Luis, world champion in 2019 and 2020, would have been the man to beat. Having finished 11th in 2012 and seventh in 2016 Luis is an experienced Olympic competitor but with a wave of young talent now knocking at the door that might not be enough.
Posted: July 25, 2021, 12:20 am
Anna Kiesenhofer stuns Tokyo with road race gold before Annemiek van Vleuten 'celebrates' win that never was
Austrian rider Anna Kiesenhofer lands massive Olympic upset Annemiek van Vleuten celebrates silver thinking she had won Elisa Longo Borghini takes repeat bronze five years after Rio Team GB rider Lizzie Deignan finishes in 11th place in Tokyo From a masters in mathematics at Cambridge University to Olympics gold – this was one of the Games’ great upsets. Anna Kiesenhofer, an amateur rider who now works as a postdoctoral researcher at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, wrote a fairy tale
Posted: July 24, 2021, 10:13 pm
Britain's Geraint Thomas said he "must have done something wrong in a previous life" after his hopes of a first Olympic road race medal were wiped out by yet another crash on Saturday. The Welsh former Tour de France champion was tipped as a medal prospect on a 234-km course packed with brutal climbs, but he hit the deck early on in a crash also involving fellow team member Tao Geoghegan Hart. Thomas soldiered on grimly with a gaping hole in his race suit and a bloodied shoulder, but rode into the pits at the Fuji International Speedway with 55km remaining and got off his bike.
Posted: July 24, 2021, 1:01 pm
The Tokyo Olympics will go down in history as a Games almost devoid of spectators, but cycling fans on Saturday got the rare chance to see the athletes in person on the first day of full-fledged competition. With the Japanese capital in its fourth COVID-19 state of emergency as infections surge, the organisers this month banned spectators https://www.reuters.com/world/asia-pacific/japan-set-declare-state-emergency-tokyo-area-through-aug-22-minister-2021-07-08 from all but a handful of stadiums and asked the public https://www.reuters.com/lifestyle/sports/tokyo-organisers-ask-public-stay-away-road-cycling-triathlon-events-2021-07-09 to stay away https://www.reuters.com/lifestyle/sports/japan-arranging-opening-ceremony-without-spectators-except-vips-paper-2021-07-06 from cycling, marathon and other outdoor events.
Posted: July 24, 2021, 10:10 am
Fans were present at the Olympics, cheering for the cyclists over a demanding road course.
Posted: July 24, 2021, 8:42 am
Ecuador's Richard Carapaz produced a powerful late burst after six-hour slog to win gold in a thrilling Olympic men's road race as favourite Tadej Pogacar was beaten into third place at the Fuji International Speedway on Saturday. As expected, Slovenian Pogacar launched his assault for victory on the fearsome Mikuni Pass, a brutal climb around 35 km (22 miles) from the end of a 234km race ridden in hot and humid conditions. Carapaz, along with Belgium's eventual silver medallist, Wout van Aert, hunted down Pogacar, and then with around 20km remaining the Ecuadorean seized his chance to take control.
Posted: July 24, 2021, 8:36 am
Dutch favourite Annemiek Van Vleuten says winning the Olympic road race at the Tokyo Games on Sunday would rank below her three world titles because she is facing a lower-quality field. "The level of such an Olympic competition is qualitatively the lowest level of all races during four years," Van Vleuten told reporters in the build-up to Sunday's contest. Equality in women's cycling has been a running battle in the sport and a women's Tour de France will finally return next year after year's of campaigning by the likes of Van Vleuten's Dutch team mate and former Olympic champion Marianne Vos.
Posted: July 24, 2021, 5:44 am
Richard Carapaz wins only Ecuador's second ever Olympic gold Wout van Aert sprints to silver; Tadej Pogacar takes bronze Adam Yates is highest placed Team GB rider finishing ninth Geraint Thomas withdraws from race following crash Tokyo Olympics 2020 games schedule Adam Peaty, Tokyo Olympics swimming final live A wonderfully entertaining and predictably brutal men’s Olympic road race around the foothills of Mount Fuji did not end happily for Geraint Thomas. The Welshman said he felt he “must hav
Posted: July 24, 2021, 2:08 am
The mens road race came down to a photo finish on Saturday morning at Mount Fuji. Ecuadors Richard Carapaz was able to outlast the competition and cross the finish line first to win a gold medal with a 6:05:26 time.
Posted: July 24, 2021, 1:31 am
Lizzie Deignan has won most of cycling’s biggest races in her career; the world road race title, the Tour of Flanders, Liege-Bastogne-Liege, the Tour of Britain, La Course by Le Tour, Strade Bianche. Inevitably, though – at least for a British athlete – it is the Olympics for which she is best remembered in her home country. Delivering Team GB’s first medal of those glorious home Games in 2012, when she was still Lizzie Armitstead, a 23-year-old from Otley in Yorkshire who had been talent-spotte
Posted: July 23, 2021, 4:29 pm
The Tokyo Olympics arrived earlier this morning, with athletes gathering from around the world to participate in the Opening Ceremonys Parade of Nations. A staple in the Olympics for years, cycling will once again be featured in Tokyo. From trekking through the mountains to zipping around wooden tracks to taking it to the skate park, cyclists in all sorts of forms will be ready to compete for a gold medal.
Posted: July 23, 2021, 4:06 pm
The men's and women's Olympic road races that begin the cycling program at the Tokyo Games this weekend are similar only in their start amid the forests of Musashinonomori Park and their finish line at Fuji International Speedway. After identical stretches through the outskirts of Tokyo, their courses differ with the men tackling the iconic climb of Mount Fuji twice and the women avoiding it entirely. The men also have the punchy climb of Mikuni Pass that the women avoid, and will end up riding 145 miles to the 85 for the women while nearly doubling the amount of climbing.
Posted: July 23, 2021, 2:15 am
It may have been a brilliant Tour de France for sprinter Mark Cavendish, who rolled back the years with four stage wins and the green jersey, but it was a hugely disappointing one for Great Britain’s Tokyo-bound riders. Geraint Thomas, Tao Geoghegan Hart and Simon Yates — three-quarters of the British team who will take on a brutal Mount Fuji road course this Saturday — all crashed, with none able to show his best form over the three weeks. Team GB’s elite men’s road coach Matt Brammeier, howeve
Posted: July 20, 2021, 8:42 am
The 26-year-old will be chasing gold in both the men's road race and individual time trial but his first priority was recovery, he told Belgian television reporters on arrival. Van Aert was the winner on the Champs Elysees on Sunday after earlier sending out a strong message about his prowess for the Olympic time trial gold when he won Saturday's 20th stage, a 30.8-km individual time trial from Libourne to Saint-Emillion. Thereafter followed a dash to Paris' Charles de Gaulle airport to fly to Japan, along with team mate Greg Van Avermaet, who was the road race gold medallist in Rio de Janeiro five years ago.
Posted: July 19, 2021, 10:12 pm
Wout van Aert had just concluded one of the most remarkable performances of anyone in the Tour de France with a thrilling sprint victory on the Champs-Elysees in Paris when he was asked about his Olympic ambitions. There's the rub: Nobody quite knows how van Aert and the rest of the riders who will be jetting from the finish line in Paris to the starting line in Tokyo this week will perform after three hard weeks riding around France.
Posted: July 19, 2021, 5:46 pm
Tadej Pogacar took the yellow jersey to Paris to win his second straight Tour de France on Sunday after a grueling three-week odyssey that at times he made look like a recreational ride. Pogacar won his first title last September when he became the Tour’s youngest champion in 116 years. In sharp contrast to last year — when as a rookie he had to wait until the penultimate stage to seize the overall lead — Pogacar has been untouchable in this race.
Posted: July 18, 2021, 5:26 pm
Tadej Pogacar hammered his rivals in the first mountain stages of the Tour and the Slovenian, who is set to retain his title on Sunday, said he could not have done more in the three-week race. The 22-year-old UAE Emirates rider leads Denmark's Jonas Vingegaard by five minutes 20 seconds going into Sunday's largely processional final stage to the Champs Elysees in Paris, and third-placed Richard Carapaz of Ecuador by 7:03. He built his upcoming victory in the Alps, going solo in the eighth stage to Le Grand Bornand to leave Vingegaard, Carapaz and others fighting for second place.
Posted: July 17, 2021, 7:26 pm
Defending Tour de France champion and runaway leader Tadej Pogacar will ride into Paris later Sunday where he will, barring a disaster, pull on the overall leader's yellow jersey beneath the Arc de Triomphe as the sun sets on a dominant win.
Posted: July 17, 2021, 6:38 pm
Mark Cavendish pipped by Wout van Aert as Briton denied fairytale finale while Tadej Pogacar seals Tour title
Wout van Aert cements status as world's best all-rounder in Paris Mark Cavendish wins green jersey after four stage wins at Tour Tadej Pogacar seals back-to-back Tour de France titles Slovenian also wins mountains and youth classifications The disappointment was plain to see. It was etched all over Mark Cavendish’s face as he crossed the finish line in third place, his hopes of one final, magical victory on the Champs-Élysées dashed. But it melted away as soon as his wife Peta, positioned just b
Posted: July 17, 2021, 4:46 pm
SAINT-EMILION, France (AP) — There was no drama this time, and Tadej Pogacar is all but guaranteed to win a second straight Tour de France. The defending champion from Slovenia just needed to play it safe in Saturday's time trial to put the finishing touches to his summer triumph and retain his yellow jersey.
Posted: July 17, 2021, 4:17 pm
Defending champion and runaway leader of the Tour de France Tadej Pogacar can thump his rivals again on Saturday on the decisive individual time-trial through the Bordeaux vineyards.
Posted: July 16, 2021, 5:54 pm
A stage-by-stage look at the 2021 Tour de France route with profiles, previews, distances, dates and estimated start times (all times Eastern). Check out extended highlights here. Click here to watch the 2021 Tour de France live on Peacock Stage 1: BREST→LANDERNEAU Date: Saturday, June 26 Start time: 6:00 a.m. on Peacock, NBCSN Distance: 197.8
Posted: July 16, 2021, 5:51 pm
Tour de France 2021 schedule: Start time, stages, length, dates, how to watch live stream, route, TV coverage, highlights
The 2021 Tour de France begins on Saturday, June 26 through Sunday, July 18. This year’s cycling event features 10 new sites and stage cities indicated with an asterisk in the schedule below. Additionally, there will be 2 individual time trials in this year’s Tour. See below to find out more information including how to
Posted: July 16, 2021, 5:50 pm
Mark Cavendish forced to wait in bid to break Eddy Merckx's record as Matej Mohoric claims stage win
Matej Mohoric registers second stage win thanks to gutsy breakaway Bahrain Victorious rider says he was made to fell 'like a criminal' after police raid on team hotel Mark Cavendish forced to wait until finish on Champs-Elysees in his bid to break Eddy Merckx's stage-win record Mark Cavendish will have to wait until Sunday’s finale in Paris to go for a record 35th Tour de France stage win after Slovenia’s Matej Mohoric won stage 19 in controversial fashion. On Wednesday night, Mohoric’s Bahrain-
Posted: July 16, 2021, 11:13 am
Wout van Aert wins final time trial as Tadej Pogacar all but seals second successive Tour de France title
Van Aert wins his second stage at 2021 Tour de France Pogacar all but seals second consecutive Tour title Vingegaard second in stage to seal runners-up spot Carapaz to become first Ecuadorian to make podium When in future years they come to look back on the 2021 Tour de France, it will be the story of a race which began thrillingly, with an extraordinary first week featuring crashes and chaos and flat-out action and Mark Cavendish’s miraculous rebirth and a woman who took out half the peloton wi
Posted: July 15, 2021, 3:40 pm
LUZ ARDIDEN, France (Reuters) -Tadej Pogacar claimed another landmark victory in the 18th stage of the Tour de France to edge closer to retaining his title as a cloud of doping suspicions hung over the world's greatest cycling race on Thursday. Before the start of the stage, the French prosecutor's office said it had opened a preliminary investigation into the Bahrain Victorious team after police searched the outfit's accommodation and bus on Wednesday. Bahrain Victorious said they were complying with the investigation.
Posted: July 15, 2021, 3:32 pm
The Bahrain Victorious team competing at the Tour de France was raided by French police on the eve of Thursday's stage as part of a doping investigation, according to judicial and police officials. The team confirmed in a statement that riders' rooms were searched by officers at the hotel it stayed in in the southwestern city of Pau. In a statement to The Associated Press, the Marseille prosecutor in charge of the case said a preliminary investigation targeting members of the team was opened on July 3 “for acquisition, transport, possession, import of a substance or method prohibited for use by an athlete without medical justification."
Posted: July 15, 2021, 10:25 am
Tadej Pogacar won the Tour de France's stage 17, increasing his lead for the yellow jersey in the overall standings.
Posted: July 14, 2021, 3:54 pm
SAINT-LARY SOULAN, France (Reuters) - Tadej Pogacar controlled his rivals and extended his overall lead in the Tour de France as the final podium took shape in a gruelling 17th stage won by the defending champion on Wednesday. The Slovenian outsprinted Denmark's Jonas Vingegaard and Ecuador's Richard Carapaz at the top of the lung-busting Col du Portet (16km at 8.7%) for his first mountain-stage win in this year's Tour after being the first attacker in the final climb. He now leads Vingegaard by five minutes, 39 seconds with Carapaz in third place, a further four seconds back while Colombian Rigoberto Uran slipped down to fourth, 7:17 off the pace, after cracking in the mist of the Col du Portet.
Posted: July 14, 2021, 3:44 pm
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Posted: July 14, 2021, 12:00 pm
Tadej Pogacar's latest Tour de France stage win overshadowed by police drugs raid on rival team's hotel
Pogacar wins third stage at this year's Tour de France Slovenian extends lead and all but seals KoM jersey Vingegaard looks good for second, Carapaz third Cavendish completes stage within time limit It would not be the Tour de France without a doping scandal and just as this year’s race entered its final stretch, with one last day in the mountains before we turn and loop back northwards towards Paris and the finish on Sunday, we got it. Reports that up to 50 French police officers had conducted
Posted: July 14, 2021, 5:36 am
Afghan refugee Masomah Ali Zada hopes to be a beacon for women forced to quit their country or abandon their sporting dreams when she crosses the start line at the Tokyo Olympics.
Posted: July 13, 2021, 10:28 pm
Team USA para cyclist Justin Widhalm explains how he turned a traumatic brain injury suffered while on duty with the military in Iraq into an extremely successful career as a para track cyclist.
Posted: July 13, 2021, 8:32 pm
Austrian rider Patrick Konrad won the Tour de France’s hilly 16th stage on an otherwise uneventful day.
Posted: July 13, 2021, 4:33 pm
SAINT GAUDENS, France (Reuters) -Patrick Konrad claimed a maiden Tour de France victory with a successful long-range attack on a rain-soaked 16th stage, a 169-km mountain trek from Pas de la Casa, Andorra, on Tuesday. The 29-year-old crossed the line 42 seconds before Italian champion Sonny Colbrelli, who outsprinted Australian Michael Matthews for second. "I had already been in the breakaway three times and every time I waited too long," Konrad, the Austrian champion, told a news conference.
Posted: July 13, 2021, 3:48 pm
Peter Sagan will miss the Tokyo Olympics after he had surgery to treat an infection in his right knee following a crash at the Tour de France.
Posted: July 13, 2021, 10:58 am
Three-time world champion Peter Sagan withdrew from the Olympic road race Tuesday, a day after minor surgery to treat an infection in his knee, eliminating another potential favorite less than two weeks before the start of the Summer Games. Sagan hurt his knee when the chainring of his bike left a deep gash during a crash near the end of the third stage of the Tour de France. The 31-year-old Sagan was supposed to ride alongside brother Juraj in the Olympic road race on July 24.
Posted: July 13, 2021, 10:03 am
Tadej Pogacar tightens grip on yellow after Tour de France leader wins on summit ahead of Jonas Vingegaard
Pogacar wins his first mountain-top stage at 2021 Tour Slovenian extends overall lead thanks to time bonus Vingegaard climbs to second, Carapaz moves to third Cavendish finishes tough mountain stage safely The fog at the top of the Col du Portet was so thick on Wednesday it was difficult to see the riders approaching the finish line. But the picture by the end of the day was crystal clear - Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates) has all but won his second successive Tour de France. There is still one
Posted: July 13, 2021, 9:25 am
Three-time world champion Peter Sagan had surgery to treat an infection in his right knee that occurred following a crash at the Tour de France, leaving his status for the Tokyo Olympics in question less than two weeks before they begin.
Posted: July 13, 2021, 1:03 am
Eight months after claiming the Giro d'Italia title, Tao Geoghegan Hart started his first Tour de France with an ambitious Ineos Grenadiers team but after only a few days the script had to be torn up and thrown in the bin. The 26-year-old was one of four protected riders, along with 2018 champion Geraint Thomas, Ecuador's Richard Carapaz and Australia's Richie Porte, but after a pile of crashes in the opening days only Carapaz was left competing for the title. That was until holder Tadej Pogacar of Slovenia hammered his rivals in the first time trial and the opening Alpine stage to build a gap of over five minutes, leaving Carapaz fourth overall and Geoghegan already reflecting on his maiden Tour experience.
Posted: July 12, 2021, 11:11 pm
A cyclist has died after he was struck last month by an Arizona man who plowed his pickup truck into a group of people participating in a bike race, authorities said Monday. Jeremy Barrett, 58, died of his injuries Saturday, said Arizona Department of Public Safety spokesman Bart Graves. Barrett, who spent parts of his life in Zimbabwe and Australia, was well-known in the cycling community for welcoming new riders and hosting bicyclists who were training in southern Arizona, friends said.
Posted: July 12, 2021, 6:11 pm
Three-time world champion Peter Sagan had surgery Monday to treat an infection in his right knee that occurred following a crash at the Tour de France, leaving his status for the Tokyo Olympics in question less than two weeks before they begin. Sagan tangled with Caleb Ewan on the third stage of the race and went down hard at high speed. The knee was hit by the chainring on his bike, leaving a deep gash that his Bora-Hansgrohe team treated with antibiotic ointment through the past 10 days.
Posted: July 12, 2021, 6:04 pm
Lachlan Morton has made a career out of racing bikes, but he's not aiming for the podium in this summer's Tour de France -- instead he focuses on getting enough to eat and keeping dry.
Posted: July 12, 2021, 2:50 pm