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Cycling Weekly Tour 2019

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1 min.
‘g’ for two?

THE WAY Geraint Thomas won the Tour last year — masterfully and without a single mistake — you could be forgiven for thinking that the assured welshman was on his third or fourth Tour win. Not so. his best placings before 2018 were twice 15th overall in 2015 and 2016. Before 2018 he had not come near winning a three-week Grand Tour. Thomas was always admired as a rider of immense class who had either buried himself in the service of others (Froome, wiggins) or had suffered from crashes and off-days in the high mountains in Grand Tours. At 32 he started last year’s Tour with top six a realistic target. as with any Tour winner, coming into the race in the best form of your life is not always enough. you…

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don’t miss!

106th Tour overview After the race Grand Départ in Belgium which consists of a flat stage and team time trial, the Tour heads into northern France for week one’s sprint and explosive climbing stages. On Wednesday in the first week comes the first proper GC test in the Vosges mountains. From there the race journeys south through the Massif Central and into the Pyrenees. Here riders will face an individual time trial and two mountain stages, including a finish at the top of the Tourmalet at the end of week two. The race then transfers across a chink of the south where it resumes in Nîmes, before working its way to a final showdown in the Alps. The survivors will then face the final crucial stages, with three tough mountain stages that will include…

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tour de france 2019 crunch stages

Big days, high drama! STAGE 2, SUNDAY JULY 7 A 27km team time trial will cause some serious GC time gaps early on, and teams will need to be well drilled to keep their leader in contention. STAGE 5, WEDNESDAY JULY 10 Into the Vosges mountains, this 169km to Colmar will be a nervous first climbing stage with numerous climbs in the final 50km. Could suit a breakaway or the punchy Ardennes-style riders for an attack before a flat finish. STAGE 6, THURSDAY JULY 11 First big uphill finish to La Planche des Belles Filles. The 5.5km climb’s steep gradients have seen some memorable battles, but this year it comes with an added twist. The ascent will now go an extra 1km up a precipitous dirt road. STAGE 13, FRIDAY JULY 19 A rolling time trial over 27km,…

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women’s tour race is a one-day classic — sad!

IT’S NOW BEEN five years since the inaugural La Course, in which time the race has become one of the most prestigious on the women’s calendar even as the precise format continues to chop and change. This year, the peloton will take on five laps of a 27km circuit in Pau, on the same route and same day (July 19) as the men’s individual time trial. Unlike previous editions, which have either been held on pan-flat courses or in the mountains, the parcours here is undulating with the occasional sharp rise, and should allow puncheurs to come to the fore. The decisive section looks set to be the Côte d’Esquillot climb. Short but steep, it’s just about difficult enough for powerful riders to get a gap, and the 11km from its summit…

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how to win the tour

1 Do a Merckx How: Smash every significant stage with attacks and use your intimidating power to crush the morale of your rivals. Why: It’s what a once-in-a-generation super champion was born for Who: Eddy Merckx, Chris Froome, Geraint Thomas. Value: Priceless — may only happen once in a decade. 2 Ballistic time trialling How: Gain serious time in time trials, survive the mountains. Why: Scientifically efficient and effective but only if enough time trialling kilometres. Who: Bradley Wiggins, Miguel Indurain, Bernard Hinault, Jacques Anquetil. Value: Moderate, as requires two long time trials and less exciting mountain stages. 3 Drop everyone on the high mountains How: Climb like an eagle in the mountains, suffer on the flat and time trials. Why: It’s the only option for a specialist mountain goat. Who: Marco Pantani, Lucien Van Impe, Charly Gaul. Value: Top, spectacular mountain stages, nail…

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from yellow to polka-dot: jerseys of the tour

THE WINNER OF the Tour de France is the rider who completes the 21-stage 3,460km race in the shortest time. The rider with the lowest overall time after each stage is awarded the yellow jersey There are other competitions in the Tour. The leaders of these are denoted by jerseys or coloured helmets or numbers. Total prize money this year is 2.3 million euros and the overall winner gets 500,000 euros. Yellow The yellow jersey is worn by the rider with the lowest overall time. At stage finishes on non-mountain road stages, time deductions of10, six and four seconds are awarded to the first three finishers. This year there are bonus seconds to be won at the top of eight selected climbs between stages three and 19. Green The green jersey celebrates the best sprinter…