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Category: Tour de France 2019

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Dave Brailsford keen to ‘twist knife’ into Team Ineos’s Tour rivals

• British team have Thomas and Bernal in second and third• Groupama–FDJ principal says Thibaut Pinot can recoverDave Brailsford’s rest-day habit of provoking the French resurfaced again as the Tour de France took a 24-hour pause in Albi, a day after th…

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Van Aert sprints to stage but Thomas the big winner on Tour day of chaos

• Pinot, Fuglsang, Urán and Porte lose time in crosswinds• Van Aert takes stage win, Alaphilippe keeps yellowGeraint Thomas seized the initiative as the Tour de France peloton was blown apart in the gusting crosswinds of the Tarn, on the eve of the fir…

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Van Aert sprints to stage but Thomas the big winner on Tour day of chaos

• Pinot, Fuglsang, Urán and Porte lose time in crosswinds• Van Aert takes stage win, Alaphilippe keeps yellowGeraint Thomas seized the initiative as the Tour de France peloton was blown apart in the gusting crosswinds of the Tarn, on the eve of the fir…

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Tour de France 2019: stage 10 – live!

Updates on the 217.5km flat stage from Saint-Flour to AlbiImpey sprints to Bastille Day victory in Tour de FranceAny comments? Email Barry | tweet @bglendenning 12.14pm BST 12.08pm BST 186km to go: The gap from our six-man breakaway to the bunch is 2m…

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Tour de France 2019: stage 10 – live!

Updates on the 217.5km flat stage from Saint-Flour to AlbiImpey sprints to Bastille Day victory in Tour de FranceAny comments? Email Barry | tweet @bglendenning 12.14pm BST 12.08pm BST 186km to go: The gap from our six-man breakaway to the bunch is 2m…

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Daryl Impey sprints to Bastille Day victory in Tour de France

• South African rider wins Tour stage for first time• Alaphilippe stays in yellow, with no change in GC contendersDaryl Impey won stage nine of the Tour de France as the breakaway prospered on Bastille Day.The South African beat Tiesj Benoot in a two-m…

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Tour de France 2019: stage nine – live!

Rolling report on the 170km Bastille Day stage to BrioudeEmail Tom or tweet him with your thoughts on the stage 11.43am BST Some pre-racing reading for your delectation. Here’s William Fotheringham on French hopes:When the tide runs his way, Pinot look…

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Thibaut Pinot shows fine vintage to lift French spirits in Tour de France

Pinot and compatriot Julian Alaphilippe’s performances have finally given the host nation something to cheerAs Bastille Day dawns on Sunday, French cycling fans and media could look back on something that has become increasingly rare in recent years: a…

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Tour de France diary: Spin from Dave Brailsford, a spill for Geraint Thomas| Jeremy Whittle

Our correspondent finds no joy at the free bar but gets to grips with Ineos’s innovations and an embarrassed Romain BardetTeam time trial day is usually more a test of management, organisation and logistics than brute strength. True to form, Ineos are …

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Geraint Thomas battles back after suffering second Tour de France crash

• Thomas De Gendt wins stage eight in St-Étienne• Julian Alaphilippe leads by 23 seconds from Giulio CicconeGeraint Thomas bounced back from a second crash in the Tour de France to keep his hopes of a successful title defence intact, after a frenetic f…

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Tour de France 2019: stage eight – live!

Rolling report on the 200km stage from Mâcon to Saint-ÉtienneGroenewegen sprints to win as Brailsford cools Bernal hypeEmail Tom with your thoughts on the stage or find him on Twitter 11.18am BST A quick update, Tejay van Garderen is out of the Tour. T…

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Groenewegen sprints to Tour stage win as Brailsford cools Bernal hype

• Dutchman earns third stage victory for Jumbo-Visma• Ineos manager says Colombian is still on learning curveWhile the dust settled on the gravel climb to La Planche des Belles Filles, the Tour’s longest stage, a 230km haul from Belfort to Chalon-sur-S…

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Tour de France 2019: stage seven – live!

Riders take on longest stage, 230km to Chalon-sur-SaôneTour de France 2019: stage-by-stage guideEmail Barry here or tweet @bglendenning 10.39am BST 230km to go: No, really. There are 230km to go. 10.34am BST A point to ponder: Ahead of this stage, th…

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Tour de France: Thomas makes statement but Ciccone takes yellow

Thomas passes Alaphilippe on brutal summit finish of stage sixAlaphilippe loses overall lead to Ciccone by six secondsGeraint Thomas reasserted himself among the favourites for this year’s Tour de France after chasing down Julian Alaphilippe in the fin…

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Tour de France 2019: stage six – live!

Follow the stage from Mulhouse to La Planche des Belles FillesStage five report: Sagan takes ‘exquisite’ winAnd you can email Barry here or tweet him here 12.22pm BST Out! We have our first abandonment of this year’s Tour. Team CCC’s Kiwi rider Paddy B…

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Dave Brailsford could be tempted by new Ineos role outside cycling

• Brailsford linked with move after Jim Ratcliffe buys Nice• ‘I don’t want to leave cycling, I love it too much’Dave Brailsford, the Team Ineos chief, has dismissed suggestions he may become group performance director across Jim Ratcliffe’s growing spo…

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Tour de France: Peter Sagan powers to sprint victory on stage five

• Sagan collected his first win of this year’s Tour• Julian Alaphilippe retains the yellow jerseyPeter Sagan won stage five of the Tour de France in Colmar as Julian Alaphilippe retained the yellow jersey.The 175.5km stage from Saint-Dié-des-Vosges cam…

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Tour de France 2019: stage five – live!

Rolling report of Saint-Dié-des-Vosges to Colmar (175.5km)Tour de France 2019: stage-by-stage guideEmail Barry here. Tweet @bglendenning 12.44pm BST 160km to go: It’s been a frantic first 15 kilometres, particularly at the front of the peloton. Thomas…

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Tour de France: Elia Viviani edges Kristoff in stage four bunch sprint

• Deceuninck Quick-Step rider wins after frenzied finish in Nancy• Teammate Julian Alaphilippe retains yellow jerseyElia Viviani edged the finish after a frenzied last kilometre on stage four, leaving Alexander Kristoff half a wheel behind in second, j…

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Tour de France 2019: stage four – live!

Updates from Tuesday’s stage from Reims to NancyRead William FOtheringham’s stage-by-stage guide Alaphilippe wins stage three to take yellow jerseyAnd you can email Barry here or tweet him here 11.46am BST The Maillot Jaune speaks: “I struggled to fall…