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Cycling Weekly

Cycling Weekly July 25, 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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1 min.
start line 25.07

When was the last time we came into the Tour’s final week not having a clue who was going to win? Team Sky’s dominance, along with hindsight, has conditioned us into thinking, ‘Well, of course — insert rider name here — was going to win. It was never in doubt.’ Realistically the last time there was this level of uncertainty was 2011 when Thomas Voeckler was destined to lose yellow to Cadel Evans, Alberto Contador or Andy Schleck, who were all fighting it out behind him. Julian Alaphilippe has stepped into the plucky French hero role (although, unlike Voecker, he has what it takes to win one day), as riders in fourth to sixth are separated by just 39 seconds. So where have Team Ineos been? Of course the riders have been supporting…

6 min.
french attack puts ineos on the ropes

The French are calling it the ‘Tour à la Alaf’, giving a nod to the wholly unexpected victory taken by Roger Walkowiak in 1956, with Julian Alaphilippe evidently cast in the role of the unheralded home performer who upsets the established order. For most, though, it is the least predictable and thrilling Tour de France for more than a generation. “We’ve definitely moved away from the model of past years, where you have one very dominant team with a dominant rider strangling the race. So, it’s super interesting,” said Charly Wegelius before the start of the Limoux-Prat d’Albis stage, which offered more support for the EF Education First team director’s assessment. That one team is, of course, Ineos, favourites for a seventh title in eight seasons, but rattled as they’ve never…

1 min.
french renaissance

The French media are predictably over the moon about the positions of Julian Alaphilippe and Thibaut Pinot in the general classification. Incredibly, Deceuninck’s effervescent puncheur Alaphilippe has not simply hung on to the yellow jersey, but continued to ride in his thoroughly aggressive style, extending his lead. While the punchy nature of the Pau TT certainly helped him, he’s drawn his motivation both from the yellow jersey and from the French fans who are willing him to retain it. On the Tourmalet, he pushed his lead out to two minutes. “I saw some big names, some great riders, blowing up while I didn’t, and that motivated me and enabled me to fight right to the line,” he said atop the giant Pyrenean pass. His undoing nearly arrived on Prat d’Albis, where his…

2 min.
simon yates doubles up to join multi grand tour stage winners’ club

Paul Knott in Foix Initially called up to be super domestique for his brother Adam’s GC hopes, Simon Yates has put the disappointment of the Giro d’Italia behind him to take two Tour de France stage wins in the space of four days. Speaking after his second win atop the summit finish at Prat d’Albis, Yates said: “I feel proud, it was a little bit different to my first stage win, we really raced from the beginning to the final. It was very tough and I’m proud of what I did there,” Yates said. “I came here to support my brother and take any opportunities to win a stage. So to now have two stage wins already… I will continue to support the team or try again in the mountain stages.” After a largely anonymous…

1 min.
laurens de plus

In the super team of Jumbo-Visma it is easy to get lost among the big names, with Dylan Groenewegen and Wout Van Aert both taking stage wins and Steven Kruijswijk riding high in the general classification. However, if Kruijswijk can ride into Paris in yellow, Laurens De Plus will have played a massive role. The young Belgian carved his way up the Tourmalet and the Mur de Péguère (on back-to-back stages) with all the Tour’s heads of state in tow. It was the first time in years that Team Ineos haven’t been able to set the tempo on a major Tour climb. With the Alps to come, De Plus could have a massive say on where the maillot jaune ends up this year.…

1 min.
tour talk

Arkéa-Samsic raid the transfer market With Warren Barguil leading the way for the French Pro Continental team this year, the Breton will be joined by a variety of high-profile names next season. Nairo Quintana looks set to leave Movistar and bring his brother Dayer over as part of the deal. Diego Rosa and Winner Anacona are also set to bolster the squad, alongside Nacer Bouhanni who has to try and revitalise his stuttering career after five years at Cofidis. Team Ineos help pop the question Before the start of stage 12 in Toulouse, Team Ineos made what must be a Tour de France first when they engineered a wedding proposal on their team bus. Long term fan Daniel contacted the team six months ago asking if they could help ask his partner Sarah…