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Cycling Weekly August 1, 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 01.08

Geraint Thomas may be the most loyal team-mate in the peloton. Over the page you’ll see an image of him handing the Tour winner’s baton to his 22-year-old Ineos team-mate Egan Bernal. We don’t know what was going through his head at this point, but he looks happy enough at taking second place. And that after Thomas’s hopes were the ones worst hit by the shortening of stage 19 to Tignes. The situation there was perfect for Thomas. With Bernal up the road, all he had to do was sit in the wheels behind before jumping across on the final climb. At this point Bernal would have been tiring having worked hard over the Iseran, meaning Thomas could have pushed on to the finish. All this is theoretical of course, and Thomas…

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bernal rewrites the record books

First came the tears, then the bewilderment. “I can’t believe it,” Egan Bernal (Ineos) kept saying after becoming the first Colombian to win the Tour de France at the weekend. Bernal had come through the chaos of the Tour’s Alpine denouement to stand atop the general classification. The altitude native, who lives at 2,600m in his home country, had clawed back 32 seconds with his attack on the 2,622m Galibier last Thursday, before going clear alone again on the 2,751m Col de l’Iseran on Friday. At this point the weather intervened and a landslide further down the route blocked the road forcing race organiser ASO to cancel the stage’s final climb and take the GC time from the top of the Iseran, where Bernal had a lead of 58 seconds on his…

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life of a champion

Egan Bernal and his family are from the Zipaquirá region of Colombia. His parents both worked in the cut flower industry when they met; his father would go on to work in construction and as a security guard. However, they split up when Egan was young, which led to him being responsible for a lot of running of the house, a fact Dave Brailsford and others attributed to his remarkable maturity for a 22-year-old. The Ineos boss points out that any team could have signed Bernal (his first contract with Sky was for £250,000 a year.) but that he has regular contact with Gianni Savio, boss of the Androni-Giocattoli team Bernal rode for in 2016 and 2017, and his network of agents across Latin America. While Bernal has a flat in Andorra,…

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thomas set to target worlds tt

Geraint Thomas looks set to take a shot at the World Championship time trial in Yorkshire next month after finishing second at the Tour de France. Perhaps unsurprisingly the second half of Thomas’s season will only be finalised in the coming weeks now the Tour has ended and talk of riding the Vuelta a España was brushed aside. He will take a break for a few weeks before resuming training with a view to his next goal. “I just want to go to Paris and enjoy the downtime,” was all he would say after the Tour’s final mountain stage to Val Thorens. Ineos team boss Dave Brailsford said: “The Worlds is going to be a great opportunity for him, if he can come down a bit and build up again towards the Worlds.…

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bardet’s polka dots save french blushes

In a Tour de France where the host nation had its best showing in decades, with two riders in contention for the overall win, it was the weakest of the French GC men that took home a prize. Romain Bardet (Ag2r-La Mondiale) claimed the polka-dot mountain points jersey in relatively low-key style. The Frenchman had fallen out of overall contention early in the race and got himself into the break on stage 18 where he rode to a series of second places over the Col de Vars, Izoard and Galibier, collecting 68 points and propelling him to the top of the classification. “In 2015, I missed out on the last mountain stage,” Bardet said, referencing when he failed to protect his slender lead in the king of the mountains classification as Nairo Quintana…

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william bonnet

As the pain in his left thigh proved too much for Thibaut Pinot there was only one of his team-mates that dropped back to give him some comfort and reassurance. As Bonnet he put his arm around his team leader while his face contorted in pain he was doing what the whole of France, and all fans of cycling, wanted to do. He then held Pinot’s bike as he clambered off it and out of a Tour he had a realistic chance of winning. Find yourself a friend that treats you like William Bonnet treated Pinot in that moment.…

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