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Tuesday July 16, 2019
Tour Rest Day No.1: Ten days down and it's the 2019 Tour de France first rest day. Ed is in a 'virtual' cafe in the historical town of Albi with a café au lait avec brandy and this morning's copy of L'Equipe. Time to look back over what has been a very good first week in the 'Grande Boucle'.
Monday July 15, 2019
Kelowna, BC’s Jordan Cheyne, riding for Elevate-KHS Pro Cycling, can now add his name to those engraved on the Hans Steida Memorial Trophy as he dominated the 2019 edition of the road race, breaking away from a group of seven with just over 40 kilometres left.
Monday July 15, 2019
Stage Report: Cross-wind chaos! The damage to the overall placings today was not caused by mountains or crashes, but the invisible enemy - The wind. The race split with Jumbo-Visma's Wout Van Aert in the front group and the cross champ took some big scalps in the sprint. Losers on the day: Pinot, Landa and Bennett.
Sunday July 14, 2019
Stage Report: There was no fairytale for France as South Africa's Daryl Impey won stage 9 of the Tour de France in Brioude on Sunday - Bastille Day. After more than 170 kilometres, the South African was the best of a big break. Impey beat Tiesj Benoot after the two broke away from their fellow escapees on the final climb. Julian Alaphilippe finish with the peloton to keep his overall lead.
Saturday July 13, 2019
Stage Report: Stage 8 was a big game of cat and mouse and the mouse was Thomas de Gendt (Lotto Soudal), the cats were Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck - Quick-Step) and Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ), followed by a pack of more cats. De Gendt attacked his companions, behind; Alaphilippe and Pinot chased, but he held on for the win. Alaphilippe has the yellow jersey back on his shoulders.
Friday July 12, 2019
Stage Report: The longest stage of the 2019 Tour de France came down to a bunch sprint. In a close call, the powerful Dutchman, Dylan Groenewegen (Jumbo-Visma) got the nod from the judges just ahead of Lotto Soudal's Caleb Ewan and points leader, Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe). Trek-Segafredo's Giulio Ciccone held his overall lead.
Thursday July 11, 2019
Stage Report: On the tough finalé of stage 6, Dylan Teuns fought his way over the gravel road to cross La Planche des Belles Filles finish line first. The BahrainMerida rider defeated his Italian co-escapee, Giulio Ciccone (Trek-Segafredo) after an exciting duel. The Italian maybe didn't win the stage, but he captured the yellow jersey from Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck - Quick-Step) by 6 seconds.
Wednesday July 10, 2019
Stage Report: Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) won the 5th stage of the Tour de France in Colmar. The triple World champion was the fastest in the sprint from a peloton thinned by the climbs. Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) finished in 2nd place, with European champion Matteo Trentin (Mitchelton-Scott) in 3rd. Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck - Quick-Step) retained the yellow jersey.
Tuesday July 9, 2019
After two days of just missing the top step of the podium at BC Superweek and the Tour de Delta, Samuel Bassetti played like a champion to win the 2019 White Spot | Delta Road Race.
Tuesday July 9, 2019
Stage Report: Elia Viviani won the fourth stage in the Tour de France in Nancy in the expected sprint finish. The Deceuninck - Quick-Step rider was the fastest sprinter after 213.5 kilometres, ahead of Alexander Kristoff (UAE Team Emirates) and Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal). The leader's jersey remains on the shoulders of Julian Alaphilippe, who had a fairly calm day.
Monday July 8, 2019
Stage Report: Julian Alaphilippe won a lively stage 3 of the Tour de France into Epernay and took the yellow jersey. The Deceuninck - Quick-Step Frenchman was the best after 215 kilometres with a tough finalé. Jumbo-Visma's Mike Teunissen couldn't hold the action on the short, steep climbs and lost his yellow jersey after two days.
Sunday July 7, 2019
Stage Report: On the second day of the 2019 Tour de France; Jumbo-Visma dominated the team time trial in Brussels. The team covered the 27.6 kilometers through the Belgian capital in the fastest time to keep the yellow jersey on the shoulders of Mike Teunissen. Ineos held the lead from the first to finish till the Dutch team beat them by 20 seconds.
Saturday July 6, 2019
Stage Report: Jumbo-Visma's Mike Teunissen won the first stage of the 2019 Tour de France and will wear the yellow jersey on Sunday. The Dutchman saw his team leader, Dylan Groenewegen, fall in the final kilometer and put himself in a perfect position for the finish. The Dutchman overhauled Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) in the final meters, Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal) was third.
Saturday July 6, 2019
Race Preview: The Tour de France parcours has been designed for the climbers with only 27km of individual riding against the clock. The sprinters do get a look-in with half a dozen opportunities, but with five summit finishes the anti-gravity boys have the advantage. The PEZ stage-by-stage break-down of the 2019 Tour.
Friday July 5, 2019
Tour'19 Rider Preview: The biggest bike race on the planet starts on Saturday and (most of) the top riders will be on the start line in Brussels for the first stage of twenty-one. Ed Hood has run his eye over the top stages and riders for his low-down on the possible final yellow jersey wearer in Paris.
Monday June 3, 2019
Giro Final: The first Grand Tour of 2019 finished on Sunday in Verona with Ecuador's Richard Carapaz crowned as Giro d'Italia king. Ed has been glued to his oversized TV in his 'Man Cave' to give us his low-down on the final week and who was hot to trot and who lost the ball in the penalty box.
Sunday June 2, 2019
Race Report: Richard Carapaz won the first Grand Tour of his career and the Movistar rider is the first Ecuadorian to win the Giro d'Italia. In the final 17 kilometre time trial to Verona, he rode the test of his life. Vincenzo Nibali took second and Primoz Roglic snatched third place from Mikel Landa with a strong ride. The stage victory surprisingly went to Sunweb's Chad Haga.
Saturday June 1, 2019
Race Report: Astana's Pello Bilbao won the last mountain stage of the 2019 Giro d’Italia. In the final kilometre, Bilbao turned out to have the strongest final sprint from a select group of classification riders and escapees. Overall leader, Richard Carapaz (Movistar) did not contest the sprint, but was only 4 seconds behind Bilbao and in the same time as Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida).
Friday May 31, 2019
Race Report: After a terrible year, Esteban Chavez is back and he gave Mitchelton-Scott their first stage win in the 2019 Giro d’Italia. At the finish of stage 19 in San Martino di Castrozza he won from the early break. Andrea Vendrame had a bad luck on the final climb, but nevertheless finished second. Richard Carapaz kept the pink leader's jersey going into the final decisive days.
Thursday May 30, 2019
Race Report: Stage 18 of the Giro d’Italia looked like it was going to be one for the sprinters, and it nearly was. Damiano Cima (Nippo-Vini Fantini-Faizane) managed to hold his day-long lead and stay out of the grip of the peloton. Pascal Ackermann (Bora-Hansgrohe) won the sprint inches behind Cima, for second place, and took the points jersey back from Arnaud Démare (Groupama-FDJ).