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Category: Tour de France

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Tour de France 2020 hogs the south and favours day-to-day climbers | William Fotheringham

Route described as ‘the toughest’ by Chris Froome as race organisers plan to use all the mountain ranges and include only one time trialThe Tour de France’s search for novelty and excitement in recent years has taken it in one direction: hillier, short…

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Felice Gimondi obituary

One of the greats of Italian cycling who won the 1965 Tour de France when he was only 22Felice Gimondi, who has died of a heart attack aged 76, was one of Italy’s greatest cycling champions of the postwar era, a precociously young winner of the Tour de…

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Cycling’s latest tragedy will shake the faith of the keenest enthusiast | William Fotheringham

Bjorg Lambrecht’s death on Monday was the eighth of an international rider since 2016. Is the sport really worth it?It is almost 25 years since I stood in the French town of Pau on a July afternoon in 1995 and watched the six members of the Motorola te…

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‘Houdini’ Dave Brailsford shows durability in the face of scepticism

The Ineos team principal has ploughed on through a storm of criticism to toast a seventh Tour de France win in eight yearsOn a corner of the Place de la Concorde on Sunday night, Michal Kwiatkowski dropped his bike, sat down on the cobblestones and tuc…

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Unpredictable elements crucial to rekindling of Tour de France romance | Richard Williams

Egan Bernal bloomed in yellow while unique Alpine dramas unfolded as a wonderful Tour rode towards its conclusionThe most meaningful touch of the 2019 Tour de France was not the slap Luke Rowe gave Tony Martin after the German had tried to run him into…

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Unpredictable elements crucial to rekindling of Tour de France romance | Richard Williams

Egan Bernal bloomed in yellow while unique Alpine dramas unfolded as a wonderful Tour rode towards its conclusionThe most meaningful touch of the 2019 Tour de France was not the slap Luke Rowe gave Tony Martin after the German had tried to run him into…

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Egan Bernal rides into history and puts Colombian cycling on the map

Geraint Thomas says his teammate could be ‘one of the greatest ever’ and Dave Brailsford calls him ‘the new Chris Froome’Egan Bernal’s first bicycle was yellow, a prescient choice given he has become the first Colombian, and one of the youngest riders …

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‘Viva Colombia!’: Brailsford praises Egan Bernal after Tour de France win – video

Team Ineos general manager Dave Brailsford chose a very specific shade of yellow to celebrate his team’s latest Tour de France victory as he sported a Colombia football shirt in honour of Egan Bernal’s win. Brailsford has become accustomed to toas…

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Egan Bernal’s Tour de France win is first of many, says Geraint Thomas

• Colombian is third-youngest winner of the Tour• ‘He has the best team around him and many great years ahead’Egan Bernal rode on to the Champs Élysées to become the first Colombian to win the Tour de France with his teammate and defending champion, Ge…

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Egan Bernal wins Tour de France and all of Colombia celebrates

From the jubilant crowds in the cyclist’s home village up to the president, emotions run high Egan Bernal becomes first Colombian to win the Tour de FranceAlvaro Bernal, a Colombian corn farmer, traversed the pouring rain to reach the cobbled square in…

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Egan Bernal becomes first Colombian to win the Tour de France

Team Ineos rider crowned champion after ride to ParisCaleb Ewan sprints to victory in final stage Egan Bernal has become the first Colombian to win the Tour de France, sealing victory as darkness fell across Paris on Sunday.As a spectacular 21st stage …

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Tour de France: key moments that won Egan Bernal the yellow jersey

The Colombian evades Geraint Thomas’s crash before slumping to fifth after Julian Alaphilippe’s stunning time trial only to take charge at the summit of the Col de l’IseranStage 3 Binche – Épernay Julian Alaphilippe’s attack on the Côte de Mutigny open…

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Tour de France 2019: Egan Bernal heads for Paris glory on stage 21 – live!

Tour de France updates from the final stage into ParisOur pick of the best photos from this year’s TourAnd feel free to email Daniel or tweet @DanielHarris 5.56pm BST Paris, then. Overrated, or one of the greatest cities in the world? I’m the former an…

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Mountain man Egan Bernal caps meteoric rise with Tour victory

If there is any surprise at Bernal’s victory it is that it has taken so long for a Colombian to top the podium and he could now dominate for years to comeA year ago, as Egan Bernal matched the pace of Chris Froome and Geraint Thomas in the Tour de Fran…

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Blood, rain and cheers: Tour de France 2019 – in pictures

With 21 stages of racing for 176 riders from 22 teams – over a distance of 3,480km – this year’s Tour comes to an end in Paris, so here are some of our favourite images from the last three weeksThe race brings highs and lows for the riders, both in the…

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The Tour pain of Thibaut Pinot is felt by the whole of France | William Fotheringham

A nation must wait for a successor to Bernard Hinault after their hopes disappear in the Alpine mistsWhen Thibaut Pinot fell into the arms of his teammate William Bonnet by the roadside 36km into Friday’s stage of the Tour from Saint Jean de Maurienne …

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‘I almost lost it,’ admits Tour de France champion-in-waiting Egan Bernal

• Colombian reflects on time-trial struggle• ‘He was born to go uphill fast,’ says Geraint ThomasEgan Bernal has admitted he came close to defeat after a disappointing time-trial performance on this year’s stage 13 time trial in Pau. Related: Egan Bern…

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How Egan Bernal claimed the 2019 Tour de France – video

Egan Bernal is set to become the first Colombian to win the Tour de France after retaining the yellow jersey following a shortened stage 20 into Val Thorens. The 22-year-old had taken the overall lead during a chaotic stage 19 on Friday, when the race …

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Egan Bernal set for Tour de France title after retaining yellow for ride to Paris

• Colombian remains in overall lead following penultimate stage• Team Ineos teammate Geraint Thomas second in standingsEgan Bernal stands to win the Tour de France after finishing a shortened stage 20 into Val Thorens in the yellow jersey.Vincenzo Niba…

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Tour de France 2019: stage 20 – live!

Updates from the shortened 59km penultimate stageLandslides cut stage 20 short in boost for BernalGet in touch! Email Simon or tweet @Simon_Burnton 1.57pm BST 43k to go: The front six is made up of Cort, Dylan Teuns, Rui Costa, Alberto Bettiol, Kevin V…