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Will Egan Bernal really make Colombia ‘one of the greatest cycling nations’?

Tour de France: Egan Bernal can make Colombia ‘one of the greatest cycling nations’

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Egan Bernal is the toast of his country after becoming the first man from a Latin American nation to win the Tour de France, and his team boss Dave Brailsford of the British Ineos monopoly is promoting that the young cyclist’s success could start something big in Colombia.

The 22-year-old ensured that victory would be his by riding stronger than his closest rivals on the Alpine stages, before safely negotiating the 21st stage into Paris on Sunday July 28 and finishing more than a minute ahead of team-mate Geraint Thomas.

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Infographic: The Amaury Group, organizers of the Tour de France

FIND IN ONE CLICK THE ESSENTIAL INFORMATION ABOUT THE GROUP AMAURY WITH AN INFOGRAPHIC: A SPORTING COURSE; LEADERS: FAMILY SPORT; THE SPORTS MEDIA CHAMPION.

Infographie : le groupe Amaury

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Cycling embraces risk, reward and the super tuck

The super tuck in 2017. It adds risk. But does it really save time?

The super tuck in 2017. It adds risk. But does it really save time? | Lionel Bonaventure/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

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ARREAU, France (July 23) — In this tiny commune in the Pyrenees, granite massifs and blue-green forests rise sheer, and we stand, myself and a crowd of several hundred, munching baguettes and sipping wine. We hear a great shout and then glance up the steep road to our east, where hurtling around the corner is …

… an aquamarine-clad human projectile. Continue reading

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Peter Sagan calls on riders’ association to take action over Tour de France heat

Peter Sagan on the 16th stage Nimes| Dion Kerckhoffs/CV/BettiniPhoto©2019

“I don’t know why we pay them when they don’t protect us” says green jersey

Stage 16 of the Tour de France was raced in searing heat in the southern city of Nimes, and Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) called for action from the CPA (Cyclistes Professionnels Associé), the riders’ association, with the European heatwave set to continue this week. Continue reading

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In memoriam: Paul Sherwen, 62, the Voice of the Tour de France

Are you watching the The Tour de France? Begun in 1903, it is one of the greatest and most demanding athletic competitions in the world. Some 200 cyclists organized in 20-22 corporate teams of eight riders race some 3,500 kilometres (2,200 mi) through the villages and cities, the coast, plains, valleys, gorges and mountains (the Pyrénées and the Alps) of France. Like the other Grand Tours (the Giro d’Italia and the Vuelta a España), it consists of 21 day-long races or stages over a 23-day period. This Sunday, July 28, it will finish on the cobblestones of Avenue des Champs-Élysées, 1.9 kilometres long and 70 metres wide, running between the Place de la Concorde and the Place Charles de Gaulle, where the famed Arc de Triomphe is located.

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Canadian Mike Woods, a rookie at 32, savouring every moment of first Tour de France

Mike Woods crosses the finish line during the thirteenth stage of the Tour de France in Pau, France, on July 19, 2019 | CHRISTOPHE ENA/AP

Pau, France (July 19) – If there was a smiley-face jersey for the happiest rider at the Tour de France, to go alongside the iconic yellow shirt worn by the race leader, Canadian Mike Woods would be in the running for it.

A rookie at cycling’s greatest race at an unusually ripe age – 32 – and with an unusual story as a former track athlete who switched late to pro cycling, Woods knows that his first Tour might also be his last. Continue reading

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Tour de France: Audacious breakaways or power meters?

The pack rides during the tenth stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 217 kilometres (135 miles) with start in Saint-Flour and finish in Albi, France, Monday, July 15, 2019 | AP / Christophe Ena

BY SAMUEL PETREQUIN, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

ALBI, France (July 16)  — With all the technology stacked against them, the six breakaway riders at the Tour de France had no hope of making it to the finish without being caught.

Race directors were watching their every move on TV screens set up in their cars, and rival competitors riding behind were informed in instant time of the gap through earpieces. It was a day for a bunch sprint, and it could not be any different. Continue reading

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