Cycling Weekly

Cycling Weekly September 24, 2020

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i denne udgave

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start line 24.09

Editor simon.richardson@futurenet.com Should every Tour de France finish with a mountain time trial? I think maybe it should. Saturday’s showdown on La Planche des Belles Filles provided the kind of nail-biting finale that we’ve been waiting for since 1989. To watch a Tour leader collapse on the final day of racing is cruel and exhilarating in equal measure. To watch a 21-year-old, who has seemingly ridden the Tour alone, thrash the might of Jumbo-Visma’s uber-team when riding mano a mano was jaw-dropping. Some might say unbelievable. Let’s not forget that had their form gone the other way the TT would have instead been a fitting coronation for Primož Roglič. So an ideal end to the race either way. The Tour has often finished with a late TT of course, but flat ones don’t offer the…

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simply phenomenal

This year’s Tour concluded with one of the most unexpected and extraordinary twists seen in modern cycling. On Saturday Tadej Pogačar stunned compatriot Primož Roglič and everyone watching with what was indisputably one of the most astonishing time trial performances in the race’s history. Going into the test at La Planche des Belles Filles on the penultimate day, there had been almost nothing to suggest that Roglič would be overly troubled as he prepared to take the final step towards the Tour crown. While his 21-year-old rival had beaten the Jumbo-Visma rider in the Slovenian time trial championship in July, the gap between the pair had been a mere nine seconds over 15 kilometres. What’s more, Roglič’s commanding victory in last year’s mid-Vuelta a Espana time trial over 36.2 kilometres –…

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the planche des belles filles effect

2014: Vincenzo Nibali won the stage and the Italian regained the yellow jersey having lost it the day before to Tony Gallopin. Like Wiggins two years earlier, Nibali went on to win the title. 2017: Another Italian victor, this time Fabio Aru, while Froome took the yellow jersey from Sky team-mate Geraint Thomas and, ultimately, won the Tour. 2019: At a new finish, higher up and accessed via a dirt road, Dylan Teuns outsprinted Giulio Ciccone to win the stage, but the Italian was rewarded for his breakaway effort with the yellow jersey as Julian Alaphilippe left his final charge too late. 2020: The first time trial to finish at La Planche produced the most unexpected exchange of the yellow jersey, Tadej Pogačar sweeping aside three weeks of Jumbo-Visma domination as he underlined…

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final weekend yellow jersey coups

1947: The first post-war Tour was also the last one when the yellow jersey changed in a road stage on the final day. Italian race leader Pierre Brambilla didn’t respond when Jean Robic attacked early on the stage from Caen to Paris, but never saw the Frenchman again. Robic took the yellow jersey for the first time in the capital. 1958: Sixteen minutes behind going into the Alps, Charly Gaul sealed a remarkable comeback when he won the 74-kilometre Besançon to Dijon time trial on the penultimate day to take the lead from Italy’s Vito Favero. 1968: A split stage on the final day concluded with a time trial into Paris. Dutchman Jan Janssen won it and in doing so emulated Jean Robic by claiming the yellow jersey for the first time…

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brailsford: ‘winning next year’s tour starts now’

Ineos-Grenadiers boss Dave Brailsford has pledged to rebuild his squad after they lost their spot as the most dominant team in the Tour de France peloton to Jumbo-Visma. The first step on that is understood to be the signing of young hot-shot and recent Baby Giro winner Tom Pidcock. A raft of other riders are reported to be on Brailsford's shopping list. Over the course of the last three weeks, Jumbo-Visma have dismantled the British team’s dominant status. They did so by employing and improving on the method that was the foundation of those seven Tour victories, steamrollering their rivals in the mountains with an unmatchable show of group strength. Then defending champion Egan Bernal was forced out of the race with injury. In the aftermath of that unexpected setback, questions that had been…

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ellingworth pleased with bahrain’s progress

Having taken over as team manager Bahrain-McLaren at the very end of last year, former Team Sky stalwart Rod Ellingworth described himself as happy with his riders’ performance during the Tour, with team leader Mikel Landa finishing in fourth place, among the gaggle of riders that just missed out on the podium places. “The team goal was to make the podium but we lost that time on stage seven when Mikel got caught out in the crosswinds. But I’m really happy with how we’ve performed and progressed during the Tour. It’s a new team with a new group of riders and due to Covid-19 we haven’t had as much chance to ride together as we’d planned,” said Ellingworth. While Bahrain failed to take a stage win, they did make a significant impact…