First, storms, crashes, and agony. And then the Tour de France gives you this—a magnificent day of racing in the hills of the Côte d’Azur, finished off by a victory from one of the sport’s most popular champions. In many ways, today felt much more like the first day of the Tour de France and yesterday’s surrealistic stage, already like something from the past.
Stage 2 will serve as a wake-up call for many riders, as the 2020 Tour de France heads into the heart of the Maritime Alps for an early dose of high mountains. The stage begins just off the Promenade des Anglais, not far from the Stage 1 finish, then heads down the coast before turning north into the Var River valley for a long ride to the base of the day’s first major summit, the Category 1 Col de la Colmiane (16.3km at 6.3 percent grade). If it hasn’t already happened on the drag up the valley, the race will certainly ignite here as riders launch themselves off the front in a bid to take the King of the Mountains points available at the top of the Tour’s first big summit.
The 107th edition of the classic features a Grand Départ on the Riviera and eight mountain days on the 21-stage route. Two loops north of Nice over a serious-looking climb, the Côte de Rimiez, with a finish on the Promenade des Anglais; with 38km between the last bit of uphill and the finish, there is time for the peloton to regroup if it splits on the climb. Will favour sprinters who can climb a bit such as the Italian Elia Viviani.
Egan Bernal was crowned as the first Colombian to win the Tour de France and the youngest in more than a century after safely negotiating the 21st and final stage into Paris Sunday.
Thousands of people have gathered across Colombia to celebrate Egan Bernal's victory in the Tour de France. Bernal, 22, is the first Colombian to win the race and the youngest to be crowned in 110 years. In his hometown of Zipaquira, hundreds came to the "Plaza of Hope" to watch the final stage of the Tour in Paris, beamed across a giant screen.
Today’s Stage 19 of the Tour de France was set to be a decisive one, with a 13-kilometer ascent up the Col de l’Iseran, followed up by a winding descent into the Val d’Isere, and capped off with a summit finish into the town of Tignes. It would’ve made for great racing, and in fact it did, until the race was canceled shortly after the leaders made their way over the l’Iseran because of a sudden violent storm that had made the other side of the pass unrideable.
Rohan Dennis' unexplained withdrawal from the Tour de France midway through the 12th stage has left the cycling world perplexed, with his team director saying he is "confused and disappointed" by the Australian's decision.
After 21 stages of racing over 3,351 km, this year’s Tour comes to an end in Paris with Geraint Thomas having secured a historic victory, so it’s a good time for us to bring you some of our favourite images from three weeks of two-wheel action
The Tour de France ended with another predicted win for Team Sky, but not by the rider most expected to win. Geraint Thomas seemed as confounded by his finish as anyone, a feeling this race hasn't had a long time.
Sporting history was made on the Champs-Elysees Sunday as Geraint Thomas became the first Welshman to win cycling's Tour de France.
He loves Welsh rugby enough to stream the Six Nations rugby tournament to his phone every spring. His success in cycling has sprung, in part, from his ability to compartmentalize the stress of big moments. And, when the mood strikes him, Geraint Thomas delights in boozy late nights at the bar. He is just four stages away from winning the Tour de France overall, an accolade that would make him the third British victor over the past six years. International cycling fans likely know Thomas, 33, for his worker-bee duties during Chris Froome’s four Tour victories. What is Thomas actually like off the bicycle? Over the past week, I have interviewed current and former teammates, coaches, and even family members to learn more about Thomas.
The Tour de France gets going again today after a rest day and race leader Geraint Thomas has warned “it’s going to be war out there”. The Welshman leads his Team Sky teammate Chris Froome by one minute and 39 seconds but the defending champion will fancy his chances of overhauling his colleague in the daunting mountains of the Pyrenees.
fter fans had caused chaos in the Alps by setting off flares, tear gas from police played havoc with Tour de France riders during the first stage in the Pyrenees on Tuesday. Four-time champion Chris Froome was among a group of riders whose eyes needed treatment when police intervened to disperse farmers protesting funding cuts by disrupting cycling's biggest race. Bales of hay blocked the road 30 kilometers (18.6 miles) into the 218-kilometer stage from Carcassonne to Bagneres-de-Luchon. Tour organizers said police used tear gas to move the protesters as the peloton approached.
There aren't many opportunities to compare pros and amateurs in a like-for-like race. But in 2011, Bradley Wiggins rode the British national 10-mile time trial championships in Hull, the global cycling star taking on national professionals and amateurs. Wiggins won with a time of 19 minutes 44 seconds - just missing out on the British record at the time.
Rider security at the Tour de France was near to meltdown after the sponsors of Vincenzo Nibali, who crashed out of the race after colliding with a spectator, confirmed they were considering legal action against the race promoters, ASO, and liquid was thrown at Chris Froome. Froome again bore the brunt of spectator abuse, 48 hours after the bad-tempered stage to Alpe d’Huez in which the Team Sky rider was shoved and spat at, and the 2014 Tour winner Nibali was downed by an errant spectator and forced to abandon the race with fractured vertebra.
Britain’s Chris Froome left the road and Nairo Quintana suffered a costly puncture in a hectic conclusion to the opening stage of the Tour de France, expertly won by the Colombian Fernando Gaviria in a reduced bunch sprint.
Chris Froome crashed in a chaotic finale to the opening stage of the Tour de France as the Colombian Fernando Gaviria won in Fontenay-le-Comt
Agence France-Presse combs through the record books to find key benchmarks that have stood the test of time at the Grande Boucle.
Chris Froome's doping case drags on, but he is allowed to race because the substance found in his system is allowed at a certain limit.
It seems likely that as many as 11 Australians will be at the start of the 2018 Tour de France — including one of the true title favourites, Richie Porte.