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06/07 - 28/07

 1a tappa    Sab   6 Luglio            BRUXELLES --> BRUSSEL  194.5 Km  
 2a tappa    Dom  7 Luglio            BRUXELLES PALAIS ROYAL
--> BRUSSEL ATOMIUM     27.6 Km
 3a tappa    Lun    8 Luglio            BINCHE
--> ÉPERNAY  215 Km
 4a tappa    Mar    9 Luglio            REIMS 
--> NANCY 213.5 Km
 5a tappa    Mer  10 Luglio            SAINT-DIÉ-DES-VOSGES
--> COLMAR 175.5 Km
 6a tappa    Gio   11 Luglio            MULHOUSE
 7a tappa    Ven  12 Luglio            BELFORT
--> CHALON-SUR-SAÔNE  230 Km    
8a tappa    Sab  13 Luglio            MÂCON
 9a tappa    Dom  14 Luglio           SAINT-ÉTIENNE
--> BRIOUDE 170.5 Km  
10a tappa   Lun    15 Luglio           SAINT-FLOUR
- ALBI 217.5 Km
GIORNO di RIPOSO                    Mar 16 Luglio                ALBI
11a tappa    Mer 17 Luglio            ALBI
--> TOULOUSE     167 Km        
12a tappa    Gio 18 Luglio             TOULOUSE
13a tappa    Ven 19 Luglio             PAU --> PAU   27.2 Km
14a tappa    Sab 20 Luglio           TARBES
15a tappa    Dom 21 Luglio           LIMOUX 
--> FOIX PRAT D'ALBIS  185 Km    
GIORNO di RIPOSO                     Lun 22 Luglio                NÎMES
16a tappa    Mar 23 Luglio             NÎMES
--> NÎMES     177 Km        
17a tappa    Mer 24 Luglio              PONT DU GARD
--> GAP     200 Km
18a tappa    Gio 25 Luglio             EMBRUN
--> VALLOIRE    208 Km 
19a tappa    Ven 26 Luglio            SAINT-JEAN-DE-MAURIENNE --> TIGNES   126.5 Km
20a tappa    Sab 27 Luglio              ALBERTVILLE
--> VAL THORENS   130 Km    
21a tappa    Dom 28 Luglio            RAMBOUILLET 

7 TAPPE DI MONTAGNA e 5 FINALI di TAPPA in MONTAGNA (La Planche des Belles Filles, Tourmalet, Foix Prat d’Albis, Tignes, Val Thorens)


Ci saranno 3 nuove città di tappa su un totale di 34.

Binche (partenza della 3a tappa)
Saint-Dié-des-Vosges (partenza della 5a tappa)
Pont du Gard (partenza della 17a tappa)
Foix (15a tappa), il traguardo sarà posizionato in cima a Prat d’Albis (1 205 m)


Il Tour 2019 passerà attraverso due paesi, Belgio e Francia. Visiterà le tre regioni belghe (Bruxelles-Capitale, Fiandre e Vallonia) e 37 dipartimenti francesi.

Come nel 2018, ci sono in programma due prove a cronometro:
da squadre per la seconda tappa, Bruxelles Palais Royal - Brussel Atomium per una lunghezza di 27 km, 
individuale nella 13a tappa a Pau su una lunghezza di 27 km. Sarà venerdì 19 luglio, una data che segna il centenario della maglia gialla.

Sarà la terza volta che un arrivo di tappa è posto in cima alla mitica montagna dei Pirenei dopo quella del 1974 (vittoria di Jean-Pierre Danguillaume) e nel 2010 (vittoria di Andy Schleck). Il Tourmalet è anche la montagna che è stata scalata di più nella storia del Tour: 82 volte.

Ad un'altitudine di 2 770 metri, il col de l'Iseran che non è stato scalato dal Tour negli ultimi dodici anni sarà la Vetta del Tour 2019. L'Iseran verrà affrontato quest'anno per l'ottava volta, nella storia della Grande Boucle.

Saranno distribuiti alla fine di ogni tappa normale ed offriranno rispettivamente 10, 6 e 4 secondi ai primi tre.

È stata una novità di questo Tour de France: i punti d'abbuono agli sprint verranno reintrodotti nel 2019.

I secondi d'abbuono verranno assegnati in cima alle 8 seguenti salite o montagne nei luoghi chiave della corsa:

  3a tappa: côte de Mutigny
  6a tappa: col des Chevrères
  8a tappa: côte de la Jaillière
  9a tappa: côte de Saint-Just
12a tappa: Hourquette d’Ancizan
15a tappa: Mur de Péguère
18a tappa: col du Galibier
19a tappa: col de l’Iseran

Non avranno alcuna influenza sulla classificazione dei punti.



Trek-Segafredo takeaways from the 
Tour de France press conference
Brussels, Belgium, July 4, 2019 – Earlier today, Richie Porte, Bauke Mollema and Jasper Stuyven spoke to the press at the pre-race press conference ahead of the Tour de France.  

Richie Porte: "I must admit I haven't had the season that I wanted to have so far, so to go into the Tour under a lot less pressure than in the last few years is not a bad thing. The form is pretty good, I just need to stay healthy, but I am happy in the team. I think we have a good team here. Sunday in the team time trial is where it's all going to start for us a team. It will be a critical stage for us to not lose too much time. But we've got some strong guys; in training we've been good, we've been fast, we've been smooth, and that's the way to pull off a good team time trial.

"It hasn't been a slower start to the season because I wanted it that way. My race program had to change a few times because I kept getting sick, but it's nice to turn up in July not on fumes, which happened to me in the last few years. I am not under pressure really from the team, other than to take it one day at the time and see how it all goes. I think the last three stages in the Alps are really where it's going to be decided anyhow. It's not a bad thing to be coming in a little bit underdone.

"This year I've done more altitude training than I've ever done, training in Sierra Nevada, Utah, and just before arriving here, in Isola 2000. We looked at the stages in the Alps just after the Dauphiné. It wasn't the easiest recon, coming off the race tired, but these stages are always going to be hard since they're at the end of the three weeks. The GC is probably going to be pretty much set by then, but obviously you don't want to have a bad day then. It will be hard for teams to control these stages anyway.

"Bauke finished 5th in the Giro and we've just done a training camp together, so I know he's absolutely flying. He's also a good GC-card for us to play. To have guys like him and Giulio Ciccone, coming from the Giro too, that's some solid climbing power for us. Bauke is definitely going well and if everything is under control, why not repeat the scenario of two years ago, where he won a stage?"

Bauke Mollema: "I hope to have recovered well enough after the Giro to help Richie in the mountains. I didn't race since the Giro. The Giro went well, I took some rest afterwards and did a good training camp to prepare for the Tour. It's a bit of a question to know how the form is. It's hard to say what my level is at the moment, but I am feeling good. Two years ago it turned out to be a good combination doing the Giro and then the Tour with Alberto (Contador) so hopefully it will be as good this year too. We have a strong confidence in Richie."

Jasper Stuyven: "I think I will be allowed to sprint, but I think everybody knows that in the Tour it's super hard to do it on your own. I think I will also need some luck to maybe one day be in the good leadout train who is able to put their sprinter in a perfect position and on other days I will maybe have to put some effort myself to be in the perfect position so my sprint won't be as good as I would like it to be. I think I will definitely be able to grab my chances. 

"I won't have to lead Richie to the last kilometer, we have Koen here who is really good for that. It's nice to know that I can go for my own chances on those days. Going to an important point in the Classics is always a big fight, but in my experience in the Tour de France, everybody is always up for a war for positioning, so it will be chaos anyway."



Team INEOS lineup for this year’s Tour de France:

Egan Bernal – Colombian – age 22
One of the brightest young talents in the sport, Egan Bernal’s star has continued to rise since joining the team in 2018. This season has seen the Colombian add overall victories at Paris-Nice and the Tour de Suisse to an already impressive palmarès. A crash on the eve of the Giro d’Italia saw Bernal forced to miss the Italian Grand Tour but he heads into July in great form, and is rightfully considered among the best pure climbers in the world.

Jonathan Castroviejo – Spanish – age 32
 Set for his 10th Grand Tour appearance this July, Jonathan Castroviejo is one of the most trusted all-rounders in the peloton. A decorated time trialist, with multiple national championships and a European title to his name, Castroviejo is also a key member of the team in the medium mountains. Comfortable setting a tempo on the climbs, he will hope to replicate his part in a winning 2018 Tour de France.

Michal Kwiatkowski – Polish – age 29
One of the classiest bike riders in the professional peloton, Michal Kwiatkowski has played a pivotal role in the team’s recent Grand Tour success with a series of selfless performances. The 2014 world champion has tasted success at Milan-San Remo and Tirreno-Adriatico more recently, with a blend of all-round talent and experience making him an incredibly important member of the team.

Gianni Moscon – Italian – age 25
Making his second Tour de France appearance, Gianni Moscon has developed into a superb all-round talent. Able to compete in and win one-week stage races in his own right, the Italian’s climbing capabilities continue to develop, making him a key addition to the squad. Moscon supported Chris Froome to Vuelta a Espana victory in his Grand Tour debut and will hope to be part of yet more success in July.

Wout Poels – Dutch – age 31
With 12 Grand Tours under his belt to date, Wout Poels has made a name for himself with his heroics in the high mountains. The Dutch climber has played a vital role in four of Chris Froome’s Grand Tour victories and was part of the 2018 winning Tour lineup for good measure. A fun presence on the bus and around the team, Poels is also a fierce competitor and arrives fresh off fourth place overall at the Criterium du Dauphine.

Luke Rowe – British – age 29
Luke Rowe has proved to be a lucky charm down the years, contributing to a team victory in all four of his previous Tour de France appearances. Now set to make his fifth consecutive start, the Welshman has grown with the team over the years and has developed into a respected road captain. An invaluable presence on the flat and the wind, Rowe is also adept at setting a tempo at the head of the race for kilometre after kilometre.

Geraint Thomas – British – age 33
Starting the race in Brussels with the number one on his back, Geraint Thomas returns to the Tour 12 months after a dream race which saw him clinch the biggest result of his career. As comfortable in the mountains as he is on the time trial bike, Thomas’ all-round capabilities make him an ideal Grand Tour rider. Despite recently crashing out of the Tour de Suisse the Welshman has been training hard and heads into the race is strong form.

Dylan van Baarle – Dutch – age 27
Making his fourth Tour start but first for the team, Dylan van Baarle has been impressing with his climbing performances in the medium mountains. Building on a strong base that has seen him excel in both time trials and the Classics, the Dutchman claimed a stage victory at the recent Criterium du Dauphine in addition to overall success at Herald Sun Tour this season. 


EF Education First names Tour de France team


2017 Tour runner-up Rigoberto Uran headlines a united, motivated team


Alberto Bettiol. Simon Clarke. Tejay van Garderen. Tanel Kangert. Sebastian Langeveld. Tom Scully. Rigoberto Uran. Mike Woods


Our Tour de France team is set and ready to roll this weekend in Belgium, with eight riders from eight different countries. The Tour is the sport’s biggest race and one of its most beautiful. Millions of people stand on the roads in July, and millions and millions more turn on their TVs and watch back at home. It’s the race people grow up watching. 


And it’s finally here.


“Our specific ambitions we will leave to ourselves. As giving it away wouldn’t be any fun,” says team CEO Jonathan Vaughters. “And we’re all about having a bit of fun.”


Below, hear from each of our Tour riders about his selection and hopes for La Grande Boucle. 

Read on about our 2019 Tour team here

Rigoberto Urán


“The route is going to be a good one for me this year. There are some hard stages, like always, with a lot of stages that finish over 2000 meters. Fans can expect a beautiful, challenging route. In the last week, that’s when the gaps will form between the leaders. This year is a good year for Colombians who are from high altitude, the born climbers.”


Mike Woods


“I have been more consistent this season, and I have been consistently present on the attack. That’s something I want to do at this Tour. I want to be visible. I want the fans, particularly the Canadian fans, to turn on the TV and see a Canadian at the front of the best race in the world. I’m not here to be a passenger. I’m here to be active and influence the outcome, so that some Canadian kid back home can watch and say: ‘That’s Mike Woods. I want to grow up and race like Mike Woods.’ That’s what motivates me.”


Tom Scully


“The group has been coming together really well. Our build-up as been low on stress and high on motivation. Within the team, we’re all satisfied and happy with how we’re progressing on the bike, and that attitude has created a real relaxed and light-hearted environment.”


Sebastian Langeveld


 "I’m one of the key riders for the team time trial, and I’m here to protect our leaders, especially in the first week when things are the most hectic. Depending on how hard that job is, I’d love to have a crack at the individual time trial, but I’m going to the Tour absolutely as a domestique."


Tejay van Garderen


“The Tour is the one race that transcends cycling. Without the Tour de France, cycling would be an obscure sport. The Tour puts cycling in front of the world. The everyday person knows about this race. As a kid, it was the only race in the US that was ever on TV. [...] Naturally then, we all want to perform at the highest level on the biggest stage, and I think I’m well-positioned to do that, and so is the team.”


Alberto Bettiol


“Doing the Tour this year is another big opportunity. It’s an honor to be a part of the Tour squad, and it’s also a great responsibility. I’m really looking forward to the start of the race. With the Tour beginning in Brussels, in Belgium, where a few months ago I won the most famous one-day race, the Tour of Flanders, I feel like the first stages in Belgium will be really special for me.”  


Tanel Kangert


“This year is my fourth year doing the Giro-Tour double. It’s never easy. I’m a little sharper and more punchy in the Giro, but I think the Tour requires more endurance, and doing the Giro gives me an advantage there. I’m more ready for the Tour mountain stages than the Giro stages whenever I do the double. I’m hoping to support our climbers and maybe get into a big breakaway myself in second half of the race.”


Simon Clarke


“The team has evolved in the last few years, but we haven’t made too many changes to the roster since Rigo got second. That core roster has grown stronger, and I’m confident that we’re bringing a more solid, united team than ever at the Tour. We’re all so motivated to represent the EF colors in July.”

Tour de France: Line Up

8 riders “capped” for the 2019 Tour de France 

Team Dimension Data is delighted to announce our eight riders for the 106 th edition of the Tour de France which gets underway in Brussels on 6 July. 

It’s a squad that carries a huge amount of experience and will look to challenge by way of aggressive racing, while at the same time staying true to our team’s goal of changing lives through bicycles. 

Among a host of fast men in our line up Norway’s Edvald Boasson Hagen is one of a handful who has represented us at every one of our appearances at the race since 2015. He’s won three stages of the Tour and comes into the race in good form with three wins under his belt this year, looking to again peak on the biggest stage. 

There’s a Tour de France debut for sprinter Giacomo Nizzolo who is full of confidence having won the final stage at the recent Tour of Slovenia. The Italian, who has raced seven Giro dÍtalia’s, brings a huge amount of experience into our line-up. 

South Africa’s Reinardt Janse van Rensburg will be eyeing a series of stages for the fast men who are keen on tackling the hills as he competes in the race for a fifth time. He made his debut for us in 2015 and has seven top-10 finishes to his name this season. 

Stephen Cummings will be looking at repeating his heroics on Mandela Day in 2015 as this year’s parcours is well suited to his style of racing. The former British champion has won two stages and will be looking for more in his sixth appearance at the race. 

There are two very exciting “new caps” in Roman Kreuziger and Michael Valgren. The former has four top-10 finishes at Le Grande Boucle and will relish the challenge that this very tough route poses. 

While for Valgren, one of the most exciting riders in the world in recent years, he’ll be looking forward to making his debut for the team, targeting a podium spot on a number of stages and going one better than his 4 th place on stage 15 in 2018. 

Lars Bak joins countryman Valgren in a crucial support role in the team. This will be his eighth time taking on Le Grande Boucle and his versatility over varied terrain will make him a key asset to our team throughout the race. 

Concluding our selection is Ben King who joined our team in 2017 and rides the Tour de France for a second time having first ridden it in 2014. Last year was in some ways a breakout year for the American, as he impressed with two stage victories at the Vuelta a Espana. 

In an exciting innovation for our team in 2019 each of the selected riders has been assigned a unique Tour de France cap, chronologically referencing the number for which they have been “capped” for our team at the race since 2015. These are revealed for the first time in our team announcement video which was filmed on location in Khayelitsha, Cape Town at the Velokhaya Life Cycle Academy by young members who dream of competing in the future on the biggest stage. Our team visited Velokhaya on our annual training camp in November last year and it proved to be a source of great inspiration to our riders and staff who were present. 

In the last five editions of the Tour de France, 18 riders have represented our team and so this year sees a number of new riders being “capped”. [See attached table] 

Edvald Boasson Hagen, Stephen Cummings and Reinardt Janse van Rensburg, are our only riders from our Tour de France debut in 2015 and so are assigned as numbers one, two and five respectively. While Valgren, Kreuziger, Nizzolo, Bak and King are all new additions. 

Doug Ryder – Team Principal 
“Really excited to announce this great group of riders who we feel will be the best suited to meet the team’s objectives we have set out for this years Tour de France. It’s a tough course but one that we’d like to be competitive in every stage, while at the same time continuing with our goal of changing lives through bicycles.” 

Ben King 
“I finally got the call that I’ve been waiting for! I have been selected for the Tour de France with Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka. For many Americans the Tour is the only race that they know so it’s a huge deal. I can finally tell everyone who asks every year “Yes, I’ll be there”. It’s a massive honour but also a huge responsibility, there’s really nothing like it.” 

Michael Valgren 
“I’m super excited to be part of the Team Dimension Data Tour de France team. We are aiming for some wins and I can’t wait to go there and help a teammate get a stage win or perhaps even myself – that would be quite cool. So, I’ll see that I’ll be having another holiday in France – three weeks! It’s going to be perfect. 

Giacomo Nizzolo 
“I’m very excited to be at the Grand Depart for the very first time. So at the moment I’m really looking forward to that opportunity and to enjoy the experience as it will be without a doubt one of my career highlights. 

Reinardt Janse van Rensburg 
“I’m really looking forward to starting another Tour de France, it will be my fifth Tour this year. I think that we’ve got a good team to target for stage wins and there are some good stages that suit me. So I’m really looking forward to this year’s tour again, three weeks of racing in the heat so I’m just completing my final preparations for that at the moment.” 

Steve Cummings 
“I was pleasantly surprised about the Tour selection, I wasn’t expecting that. I’m very grateful to the team again for the opportunity to go to the Tour and I’m looking forward to the challenge. I think it’s a pretty open Tour, there are a lot of chances to be aggressive and I think it suits the team that we have very well and I hope that we can have a great July and every one can be proud of us.” 
Cap Number Rider TDD TdF Debut Best Result
1 Edvald Boasson Hagen 2015 3 x stage wins
2 Stephen Cummings 2015 2 x stage wins
5 Reinardt Janse van Rensburg 2015 8th on stage
19 Michael Valgren 2019 4th on stage
20 Roman Kreuziger 2019 4 x GC top 10
21 Giacomo Nizzolo 2019 n/a
22 Ben King 2019 n/a
23 Lars Bak 2019 4th on stage
Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka will complete the 2019 season under the Dimension Data brand. In July this year, Dimension Data joined 28 remarkable companies, to become  NTT (NTT Ltd.). The Team will rebrand to wear the colours of NTT in the 2020 season. We’re excited about the journey ahead of us as we work together to continue to innovate and reshape the sport of professional cycling. 

Team Dimension Data For Qhubeka

Founded in 2007, Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka became the first ever African cycling team to gain a WorldTour license, in 2016. The team has bases in South Africa, the Netherlands and Italy. It’s also known as Africa’s Team due to its focus on helping African talents to the world stage of cycling. 

Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka races for something bigger than wins. Through our relationship with Qhubeka, a global charity operating in South Africa, we raise awareness for #BicyclesChangeLives.

Qhubeka gives people a helping hand up by providing them with bicycles through its learn-to-earn and work-to-earn programmes. That’s what the hand on our team race jersey stands for. It’s a reminder that every Qhubeka bicycle is a helping hand to a Qhubeka beneficiary.

By supporting #BicyclesChangeLives you can help children to access education and help support skills development and job creation in South Africa.


Qhubeka is a charity that moves people forward with bicycles.  People earn bicycles through our programmes, improving their access to schools, clinics and jobs.

A bicycle is a tool that helps people to travel faster and further, and to carry more. In the face of extreme and persistent poverty, bicycles can change lives by helping to address socioeconomic challenges at the most basic level – helping people to get where they need to go. 

Dimension Data 

Dimension Data ( uses the power of technology to help organisations achieve great things in the digital era. As a member of the NTT Group, we accelerate our clients’ ambitions through digital infrastructure, hybrid cloud, workspaces for tomorrow, and cybersecurity. With a turnover of USD 7.5 billion, offices in 57 countries, and 28,000 employees, we deliver wherever our clients are, at every stage of their technology journey. We’re proud to be the Official Technology Partner of Amaury Sport Organisation, organiser of the Tour de France, and the title partner of the cycling team, Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka.

Learn more about the team at

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Monday, 1 July 2019


Mitchelton-SCOTT name team to support Adam Yates at Tour de France


Mitchelton-SCOTT has named its eight-man squad for the upcoming Tour de France, calling on a mix of climbing specialists and ‘big’ men to support leader Adam Yates at the second Grand Tour of the season.

The 26-year-old finished just shy of the podium to take fourth and the white jersey in 2016 but his reappearance in 2018 didn’t go as planned. This year he will return again with three wins already to his name this season, plus overall podiums at Tirreno-Adriatico and Volta Catalunya.

Read the full preview here.


Van Vleuten and Mitchelton-SCOTT women motivated to defend their Giro-Rosa title


Mitchelton-SCOTT women return to the Giro-Rosa as the defending champions, looking for a second consecutive title in a hard edition of the 10-day Italian Grand Tour starting on Friday.

After their success last year, the team knows what it takes to win such a race and is well prepared, bringing arguably the strongest line-up to date, ready to perform in the main goal of the 2019 season, the only women's Grand Tour of the year.

Read the full preview here.


Peák daring to dream for debut season with Mitchelton-SCOTT


2018 Hungarian road race and time trial champion Barnabás Peák is daring to dream in 2020, joining Mitchelton-SCOTT as its first signing for next season with ultimate ambitions of a home Grand Tour debut.

The 20-year-old, who currently rides for SEG Racing Academy, will get his first taste of the Australian squad in a stagiaire role later in the season before officially starting his neo-pro contract in January next year.

Read the full announcement here.


Coming up... Grand Tour highlights


Two of the biggest races of the year are on our doorstep - Giro Rosa and the Tour de France. Don't miss a second of the action!

Here's what is coming up:

Friday, 5 - 14 July - Giro Rosa (women)
Saturday, 6 - 28 July - Tour de France (men)
Friday, 19 July - La Course by Le Tour de France (women)

View the calendar here.



Team Sunweb present 2019 Tour de France line-up

Team Sunweb are pleased to announce the riders that will be competing at the 2019 edition of Le Tour de France, bringing a well-balanced squad, aiming for stage success at La Grand Boucle. The race offers various opportunities for the team throughout the three weeks of racing; both in the sprints and from the breakaway.


Team Sunweb’s Tour de France coach Aike Visbeek discussed the line-up: “This year our focus at the Tour de France will be to go for stage success throughout the race. We have been in this situation before when we have had to change from a GC goal to focusing on stage results and I am confident we can do well again.”

“We’ll have opportunities for good results with Michael in the sprint stages and reduced bunch sprints. Nikias will be our captain and with Giro stage winner Chad, we bring extra power for the both the TTT and TT. With Wilco, Nicholas and Søren we aim for opportunities in the more difficult hilly and mountain stages.”

“We are also happy and proud that we bring two talented debutants to this year’s Tour with Lennard and Cees. Lennard has showed both in lead out work and in the mountains that he is very strong and with him we are aiming to make the next step in his development. Cees has made big steps this spring with several victories, but maybe even more impressive has been his dedication to working in a support role on different occasions. Cees will get the opportunity to gain more experience and develop at what is the highest level.”


Søren Kragh Andersen (DEN)
Nikias Arndt (GER)
Cees Bol (NED)
Chad Haga (USA)
Lennard Kämna (GER)
Wilco Kelderman (NED)
Michael Matthews (AUS)
Nicholas Roche (IRL)


Luke Roberts (AUS)
Arthur van Dongen (NED)
Aike Visbeek (NED)
Matt Winston (GBR)


Trek-Segafredo announces lineup for Tour de France
Trek-Segafredo is pleased to announce its lineup for the 106th Tour de France that starts on Saturday, July 6 in Brussels and finishes on Sunday, July 28 in Paris.

Australian climber Richie Porte will lead the team and is really looking forward to racing la Grande Boucle with Trek-Segafredo"I think we have a well rounded team. Obviously I’d love to be on the podium in Paris but I know it’s going to be a hell of a fight. I think what we have done well going into this race is controlling the things we can control and not getting distracted by how things have gone so far this season. In a lot of ways I feel a lot less pressure than in past years and am very motivated to fight hard over the three weeks."

Porte will be seconded by Julien Bernard (FRA), Giulio Ciccone (ITA), Koen de Kort (NED), Fabio Felline (ITA),  Bauke Mollema (NED), Toms Skujins(LAT) and Jasper Stuyven (BEL).

Richie Porte, Bauke Mollema and Jasper Stuyven, along with the rest of the team will be available for questions at the pre-race press conference at the following time and venue.




Otto corridori di qualità per cercare di essere protagonisti nella Grande Boucle

Video | Tour de France - Thursday 27 June, 2019





Il video (in fondo a questa pagina) presenta gli 8 corridori che vestiranno la maglia dell’UAE Team Emirates nel Tour de France 2019, in programma da sabato 6 luglio a domenica 28 luglio.
Il general manager Joxean Matxin (Spa) e i direttori sportivi Neil Stephens (Aus) e Simone Pedrazzini (Sui) guideranno ciclisti provenienti da 6 nazioni differenti:
– Fabio Aru (Ita)
– Sven Erik Bystrøm (Nor)
– Rui Alberto Faria Da Costa (Por)
– Sergio Henao (Col)
– Alexander Kristoff (Nor)
– Vegard Stake Laengen (Nor)
– Daniel Martin (Irl)
– Jasper Philipsen (Bel)
In attesa della conferenza stampa pre-gara del team, che si terrà venerdì 5 luglio,  alla presenza di Fabio, Aru, Alexander Kristoff, Daniel Martin, Jasper Philipsen e del general manager Joxean Matxin, sono queste le dichiarazioni dei corridori più attesi:
Fabio Aru
Dopo mesi di assenza dalle corse, ho avuto modo di riassaporare il gusto della gara, di mettere fatica nelle gambe e di testare la mia condizione.
I riscontri sul mio recupero sono stati incoraggianti, ho avvertito buone sensazioni che hanno portato alla mia convocazione per il Tour de France.
Ho affrontato queste ultime prove con serenità, la stessa serenità con la quale mi appresto a misurarmi con l’appuntamento del Tour de France: non sarò in Francia con l’assillo della classifica generale, la Grande Boucle potrà essere per me un punto per aprire un nuovo capitolo della mia stagione.
Mi aspetto che le mie prestazioni migliorino tappa dopo tappa, lotterò per arrivare a essere competitivo così da poter essere un elemento di valore per gli obiettivi della squadra e per coltivare il sogno di un successo di tappa

Alexander Kristoff
Sarò al Tour con l’impegno di provare a vincere una tappa anche quest’anno, così da rivivere le grandi emozioni della scorsa edizione.
In questa stagione la mia forma è stata migliore rispetto a quella dei recenti anni, ma il livello dei principali corridori è così alto che una buona condizione non è sufficiente, servono un’enorme determinazione e un pizzico di fortuna

Daniel Martin
Con grande entusiasmo mi appresto a partecipare ancora al Tour. Avverto buone sensazioni durante gli allenamenti e vengo da un buon Critérium Dauphiné, pur non essendoci stato il consueto atteggiamento aggressivo lungo le salite di questa corsa.
Mi piace il percorso di questa Grande Boucle e la squadra sarà fortissima, con molte opzioni e differenti carte da giocarsi. Non resta che partire”.

La squadra è ben bilanciata, con quattro corridori adatti ad affrontare le salite e quattro atleti veloci e forti sul passo 
– ha spiegato il general manager Joxean Matxin – Possiamo fronteggiare bene tutte le situazioni che la corsa ci proporrà, compresa la cronosquadre.
I nomi dei nostri corridori sono importanti, ci offrono garanzie per essere protagonisti. L’inserimento di Aru offre spunti di interesse aggiuntivi, vedremo la sua condizione in crescita, così come è significativo il debutto nella Grande Boucle del giovane Philipsen”.

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Lotto Soudal: Sports manager Marc Sergeant about the Tour de France selection

On Saturday 6 July, the 106th edition of the Tour de France will start in Brussels. Lotto Soudal will go to the Tour with these eight riders: Tiesj Benoot (25), Jasper De Buyst (25), Thomas De Gendt (32), Caleb Ewan (24, turns 25 on 11 July), Jens Keukeleire (30), Roger Kluge (33), Maxime Monfort (36) and Tim Wellens (28). Sports manager Marc Sergeant talks about the Tour de France line-up of Lotto Soudal.

Marc Sergeant“It was not that difficult to get our Tour de France selection on paper. I think we chose the strongest possible team. The Tour is about three topics: sprint stages, days for escapees and mountain stages. Only during the days in the mountains, it won’t be easy for us to take a stage win and attacking will be the mindset of Lotto Soudal during those stages. Even though some riders already announced they won’t participate, we don’t have any real ambitions for the general classification. We are fully aiming for a stage victory.”

Caleb Ewan will be at the start of the Tour for the first time in his career, but he will put the necessary pressure on himself. With already three stage wins in the Giro and one in the Vuelta, I think the ambition to also win a Tour stage, will come automatically. During the sprint preparation, Caleb will be perfectly supported by amongst others Jasper De Buyst and Roger Kluge but by the other Lotto Soudal riders as well.”

“At a certain moment in the race, the sprint teams need to take responsibility and that is why we selected Maxime Monfort. He will need to lead the peloton during the sprint stages. Of course, Maxime is also free to do his own thing in the other stages, but he will have to spend some more energy during the sprint stages, contrary to our other riders with a free role.”

Jens Keukeleire can - just like Benoot and Wellens - contribute to the sprint preparation. It is clear to me that during a sprint stage, the other seven Lotto Soudalriders will support Ewan. But in the other stages, Caleb can also help our attackers like BenootDe Gendt and Wellens. In that sense, everybody works for everyone during the Tour de France.”

“Let us begin to say that it is our ambition to win one stage. However, my experience has taught me that once the first stage victory arrives, a second one follows a bit easier. So, the faster we could win a first one, the better for us. The opening stage immediately is an opportunity to do so and we will try to use it. And if not, we will shift focus towards the following stages.”

Tour de France line-up Lotto Soudal: Tiesj Benoot, Jasper De Buyst, Thomas De Gendt, Caleb Ewan, Jens Keukeleire, Roger Kluge, Maxime Monfort and Tim Wellens.



Astana Pro Team presents Tour de France roster

At the Grand Départ of the 2019 Tour de France next week, Astana Pro Team will start with Jakob Fuglsang as its leader. He will be supported by Alexey Lutsenko, Gorka Izagirre, Pello Bilbao, Magnus Cort, Luis Leon Sanchez, Omar Fraile, and Hugo Houle“With this strong and experienced team, we are ready to fight for the best possible result”, says sports director Dmitriy Fofonov, who will be accompanied by sports directors Bruno Cenghialta and Lars Michaelsen

With a combined 13 Grand Tour stage wins and Jakob Fuglsang winning this year's Liège-Bastogne-Liège and Critérium du Dauphiné, this team knows how to perform says Dmitriy Fofonov"It's a strong and experienced team. Only Hugo Houle and Pello Bilbao will ride their first Tour de France. With Hugo Houle, we have someone who knows how to work for the team and he works well together with Jakob Fuglsang. Pello Bilbao is a very strong climber, as we could see in the Giro d'Italia where he won two stages, we definitely need him in this Tour de France as there will be a lot of climbing."

Combined, the riders of this team have 22 Tour de France starts, of which Jakob Fuglsang (8) and Luis Leon Sanchez (8) are the most experienced riders of the team in 'La Grande Boucle'. "In the end, only one can win the Tour de France, we will see where this team will be capable of. We are ready to fight for the best possible result, that's for sure", said sports director Dmitriy Fofonov.

Deceuninck – Quick-Step to Tour de France
Riders who between them have won close to twenty races this season for the Wolfpack will be at the start in Brussels
26-Jun-2019: For the fifth time in history, the Tour de France kicks off from Belgium, which gets to host two full stages – both starting and finishing in Brussels – before moving across the border, where a mix of flat, hilly and mountainous stages (in the Vosges, Alps, and Pyrenees) will shape up the general classification before the iconic finish on Champs-Élysées. 

Over the years, Deceuninck – Quick-Step have won an astonishing 36 stages, six distinctive jerseys and enjoyed 11 days in the prestigious yellow jersey at the Grande Boucle, and our team will look to add to that success in July, when it will tackle the race with an eight-man outfit capable of being prominent on every kind of terrain. 
Reigning KOM champion Julian Alaphilippe and most successful sprinter of the past 18 months Elia Viviani will headline Deceuninck – Quick-Step’s squad for the 106th Tour de France. UCI World Individual Ranking leader Julian was one of main protagonists at last year’s edition, picking up two stage wins en route to sealing a memorable triumph in the polka-dot jersey. He returns to the start buoyed by his spectacular first part of the season, which witnessed ten successes, including Milano-Sanremo, Strade Bianche and Flèche Wallonne. 

“Julian is a little bit of a one-man army, a winner who last year took the climber’s jersey in spectacular fashion. With him you are sure to be surprised. There are some stages, even in the first week, that really suit him, and when the course does suit him, he is one of the best in the world, so we will look for stage wins on those days”, sports director Tom Steels said. 

Victorious in 24 races since joining the Wolfpack, Elia is back at the Tour de France for the first time since making his debut here, in 2014. The Italian fast man will look to complete his set of Grand Tour stage victories, which so far comprises a total of eight wins at the Giro d’Italia and Vuelta a España. 

“We need to remember that it is his first time in years at the Tour. He has proved himself as a Grand Tour stage winner, but this is the Tour and with a full team behind him, he will need to stay calm and can hopefully take his opportunity with both hands. Maybe it will be difficult to go for the green jersey, but we will see that by day, as he’ll target stage wins.” 

Just like in the Tour de Suisse, where he powered to a brace of stage wins, Viviani will be backed by a strong and experienced lead-out train consisting of Tour de France debutant Kasper Asgreen, Yves Lampaert, Michael Mørkøv and Argentinean Champion Maximiliano Richeze. 

“It’s Kasper’s first Tour de France and he’ll go there as a domestique even though we know he has the capacity to do more. But for his first time in the race he needs to experience it and understand what it is about. He will be a worker and we think that this is the best way for him to gain experience, as well as adding a lot to the team in the TTT. Speaking of the TTT, also Yves will be invaluable there, just as in the lead-out. We know he is reliable, always does his job and will be important for controlling the race and being part of Elia’s train.” 


“Michael – whose experience as road captain and capacity to organise things are vital – is ready to support Viviani, and together with Max, will be his last two men in the train. When it comes to lead-outs, Max is also one of the best in the business and will expertly guide Elia during the stage finale, when things turn really hectic.” 
Asgreen won’t be the only Deceuninck – Quick-Step rider making his first outing in cycling’s biggest race. Following a breakthrough ride at last season’s Vuelta a España, which netted him second in the overall standings, Enric Mas will now be at the start in Brussels, eager to discover the Tour de France, and will have the experienced Dries Devenyns by his side to guide him on the mountain stages. 

“He’s our GC guy, but at the same time, this is his Tour de France debut and while he proved in the Vuelta that he can maintain his condition for three weeks, this is the Tour and it’s about learning. It is hard to explain what this race is until you have been part of it. Everything is harder in the Tour and he needs to understand that. He will need to be in a good position, even on the flatter stages, which are faster and more chaotic than in other races. Fortunately, we have Dries on whom we can rely, as he’ll be Mas’ right hand and will support him for as long as possible. With the experience and the preparation he has had, he is really ready to help Enric.” 

Tom Steels, who will lead the team from the car together with Davide Bramati and Geert Van Bondt, concluded: “With such a strong roster available, it was really difficult to pick just eight riders and it is a shame that people like Philippe Gilbert have to miss out, but we feel that this is a really balanced team. We have three leaders looking for a mix of stage wins and making an impact on the GC, which isn’t easy to mix, but with this line-up and the experience we have we can go far on a lot of stages. With the TTT being in Belgium and us being a Belgian team with Belgian sponsors, it is a big target and we have a 
squad that can do well there. We feel this team gives us a great balance and a chance on a lot of stages.”

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06.07–28.07 Tour de France (FRA) 2.UWT
Riders Julian Alaphilippe (FRA)
Kasper Asgreen (DEN)
Dries Devenyns (BEL)
Yves Lampaert (BEL)
Enric Mas (ESP)
Michael Mørkøv (DEN)
Maximiliano Richeze (ARG)
Elia Viviani (ITA)
Sports Director Davide Bramati (ITA)
Tom Steels (BEL)
Geert Van Bondt (BEL)
06.07.19 Stage 1 Brussel – Brussel 194.5 km
07.07.19 Stage 2 Brussel – Brussel 27.6 km (TTT)
08.07.19 Stage 3 Binche – Épernay 215.0 km
09.07.19 Stage 4 Reims – Nancy 213.5 km
10.07.19 Stage 5 Saint-Dié-des-Vosges – Colmar 175.5 km
11.07.19 Stage 6 Mulhouse – La Planche des Belles Filles 160.5 km
12.07.19 Stage 7 Belfort – Chalon-sur-Saône 230.0 km
13.07.19 Stage 8 Mâcon – Saint-Étienne 200.0 km
14.07.19 Stage 9 Saint-Étienne – Brioude 170.5 km
15.07.19 Stage 10 Saint-Flour – Albi 217.5 km
16.07.19 Rest Day    
17.07.19 Stage 11 Albi – Toulouse 167.0 km
18.07.19 Stage 12 Toulouse – Bagnères-de-Bigorre 209.5 km
19.07.19 Stage 13 Pau – Pau 27.2 km (ITT)
20.07.19 Stage 14 Tarbes – Tourmalet 117.5 km
21.07.19 Stage 15 Limoux – Foix 185.0 km
22.07.19 Rest Day    
23.07.19 Stage 16 Nîmes – Nîmes 177.0 km
24.07.19 Stage 17 Pont du Gard – Gap 200.0 km
25.07.19 Stage 18 Embrun – Valloire 208.0 km
26.07.19 Stage 19 Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne – Tignes 126.5 km
27.07.19 Stage 20 Albertville – Val Thorens 130.0 km
28.07.19 Stage 21 Rambouillet – Paris








Tom Dumoulin out of the Tour de France

Team Sunweb’s Tom Dumoulin is to miss the Tour de France after a physically challenging run up to the race means that he is unable to be in the best possible shape to tackle three hard weeks of racing in France. 

Throughout various ups and downs, hope prevailed, but the decision is now made to give the 28-year-old the time he needs to recover from what’s been a very difficult period. 

Read more here.

TEAM INEOS: dopo BERNAL e FROOME, THOMAS oggi è caduto ed ha lasciato il GIRO di SVIZZERA, in forse il Tour?

Crash forces Thomas out of Tour de Suisse

Geraint Thomas was forced to abandon the Tour de Suissefollowing a crash on the fourth stage.

The pace in the peloton had increased heading into the final 30 kilometres, with Thomas going down as part of a two-rider crash.

Clearly disappointed, the Welshman was quickly sat up and speaking to team and race medical personnel at the roadside. 

With abrasions to his shoulder and a cut above his right eye, the 2018 Tour de France winner headed to hospital for further checks. Further update to follow.

With a four-rider break caught, up the road the team supported Egan Bernal on the run-in, with Ben Swift and Kenny Elissonde riding towards the front on the final climb of the Eichenberg.

Bernal crossed the line as part of a bunch finish, taking the same time as stage winner Elia Viviani (Deceuninck-Quick-Step) and remaining firmly in the GC picture, now 13th overall. Jonathan Castroviejo is the team’s best-placed rider in ninth.


- Gabriel Rasch

“There was a lot of road furniture about and a rider crashed in front of [Geraint].

“He got a little cut over his eyebrow which was bleeding. The doctor felt it was safest to take him to the hospital for further checks. We’ll have to wait until they check him properly and then we’ll know more. 

“I think all riders are the same. They want to go back to the bike and race. But thankfully we have a doctor in the car and it’s his decision to make.”

Stage four result:

1. Elia Viviani (Deceuninck-Quick-Step) 3:46:02
2. Michael Matthews (Team Sunweb) s.t.
3. Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe)
4. Matteo Trentin (Mitchelton-Scott)
5. Jasper Stuyven (Trek-Segafredo)

Overall standings:

1. Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) 11:37:28
2. Michael Matthews (Team Sunweb) +10"
3. Kasper Asgreen (Deceuninck-Quick-Step) +15"
4. Rohan Dennis (Bahrain Merida) +16"
5. Lawson Craddock (EF Education First) +21"
9. Jonathan Castroviejo (Team INEOS) +34"
13. Egan Bernal (Team INEOS) +39"




Coriano (RN), 12 giugno 2019 - Il team INEOS ha confermato pochi minuti fa la notizia che si era diffusa a partire dal sito de L'Equipe francese nel primo pomeriggio di oggi, comunicata ai nostri lettori pochi miinuti dopo sulla pagina facebook di BIKENEWS.IT,  secondo la quale Chris Froome è caduto durante la ricognizione della 4a tappa del Tour del Delfinato in Francia dove ha subito diverse lesioni gravi..

Il 34enne vincitore di quattro Tour de France, ha avuto il suo incidente verso la fine del percorso di gara ad Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, subendo ferite tra cui la frattura del femore destro, di un gomito ed alcune costole anch'esse fratturate.

Froome ha dovuto abbandonare il 
Criterium du Dauphine e salterà anche il Tour de France del 2019.

Il dottor Richard Usher del
 team INEOS, ha dichiarato:
 "Chris è stato portato all'ospedale di Roanne dove gli esami iniziali hanno confermato feriite multiple ed in particolare il femore destro ed il gomito destro entrambi fratturati;  inoltre ha anche riportato fratture ad alcune clavicole.".

"A nome del team, vorrei elogiare il trattamento che Chris ha ricevuto dai servizi di emergenza e di tutti gli operatori medici all'Ospedale di Roanne per valutarlo e stabilizzarlo."

"Ora concentreremo la nostra attenzione su come supportarlo nella sua guarigione".




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