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Cycling Weekly July 18, 2019

Published by Time Inc. (UK) Ltd Cycling Weekly is the UK's only weekly special interest magazine focusing on the cycling market. It is the best source of breaking international and UK news, race reportage, reliable fitness advice, trustworthy product reviews and inspirational features for British cyclists. Always a great read, Cycling Weekly inspires you to ride your bike more!

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start line 18.07

It can be hard to comprehend just how important it is to have a Frenchman in yellow at the Tour de France. For three weeks in July the rider in yellow is given almost regal status. They carry a symbol of France that’s embedded in the nation’s culture. The Tour isn’t just sport, you see — it’s more important than that. It’s civic and national pride rolled into one. It’s a country’s chance to celebrate itself as the world watches on in admiration. That pride and those celebrations are helped by having a Frenchman at the centre of it. Step forward Julian Alaphilippe — a swashbuckling, tenacious rider complete with musketeer beard. Despite his Gallic name I’ve always associated Alaphilippe with Belgium. Daft I know, but riding for Deceuninck and winning Spring Classics has…

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thomas on track as high mountains beckon

The first half of the Tour de France provided more thrills and talking points than had been seen for many years in the great race — four stage wins for Jumbo-Visma, two yellow jerseys for Julian Alaphilippe and, in Thibaut Pinot, the emergence of an authentic French contender for the overall title. Defending champion Geraint Thomas, meanwhile, has showed that constant questioning of his form coming into the race was unmerited as he produced two impressive performances that underlined that he will not relinquish his Tour title without a fight. Although much had been made of the Ineos leader crashing out prematurely from the Tour de Suisse and then losing five seconds to his young co-leader Egan Bernal in Epernay on day three, the Welshman’s beating of his rivals at La…

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thomas v bernal

Last year’s most-asked question for Sky about the identity of their leader has resurfaced with a new twist. Instead of Chris Froome or Geraint Thomas being the focus of enquiry, it is now the Welshman and his young team-mate Egan Bernal. When talking to Dave Brailsford and other members of the Ineos staff, it appears neither man has an edge, that they are authentic co-leaders. Yet Brailsford reveals there is a hugely significant difference between them that cannot be ignored as a factor when the team, and more especially the road, finally reveals the identity of its number one rider — experience. “Everyone’s getting carried away a little bit with regard to Egan,” Brailsford told Cycling Weekly. “He was brilliant in winning Paris-Nice, dealing with the crosswinds on the flat and not…

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pinot takes star billing from bardet

When Tour director Christian Prudhomme unveiled a route packed with climbing and short on time trial kilometres, he certainly had half an eye on Romain Bardet, France’s leading Tour contender in recent seasons. Twice a podium finisher and a three-time mountain stage winner, the Ag2r La Mondiale leader has been the home nation’s most dependable GC performer. However, as the Tour paid tribute to him by racing into his home town of Brioude on stage nine, Bardet’s hopes of winning the Tour had all but disappeared. Ag2r’s loss of a minute in the team time trial was expected, but their leader’s failure to follow the pace of the yellow jersey contenders at La Planche des Belles Filles, where he lost another minute, was wholly unexpected and left him at the back…

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kasper asgreen

As Julian Alaphilippe lapped up the plaudits during the first half of the Tour, the Frenchman repeatedly highlighted the legwork that most of his Deceuninck-Quick Step team-mates had put in to ensure he was in the position to win. As the rider given the task of keeping the break within range, Kasper Asgreen was the most dogged of the Belgian team’s domestiques, never more obviously than on the 230km stage to Chalon-sur-Saône. The 24-year-old spent five hours on the front of the peloton to ensure Elia Viviani had a chance to sprint for victory. Unfortunately for Asgreen, the Italian punctured in the final straight, leaving the Dane’s long slog unrewarded.…

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tour talk

Astana gets aggro Astana’s Jakob Fuglsang led rider protests after stage eight to Saint Etienne that Julian Alaphilippe had used the help of a race moto in order to retake the yellow jersey, by attacking in its slipstream. When asked about the incident, the Frenchman responded sarcastically, saying: “Yeah, we put our bikes on board and attacked by motorbike, it’s easier that way.” Qhubeka bike found The Qhubeka ‘yellow jersey’ bike that was stolen on the first weekend of the Tour, igniting a ‘give it back’ campaign involving some of cycling’s top names, was found at the end of the week, after being spotted in Brussels by an off-duty police officer. It was one of four bikes commissioned by the official Tour charity partner, specially painted in the colours of the Tour de…

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