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"There was nothing more I could do" - Ben Healy pledges to continue attacking at 2024 Tour de France after another near miss for stage win

Barely a day goes by without Ben Healy showing his face at the front of the 2024 Tour de France. Sadly for the Irishman however, the wait for a first Tour de France stage win goes on after another close call on stage 14. Last man standing from the day's breakaway, Healy was solo on the slopes of the...

"In every interview they tell me that I have to save energy, but I love racing on instinct" - Tadej Pogacar stretches Tour de France advantage to near two minutes

Tadej Pogacar was at his very best on stage 14 of the 2024 Tour de France. After the blow of being caught and beaten by Jonas Vingegaard a few days prior, the UAE Team Emirates leader gained revenge and around 40 seconds on the Dane with a blistering attack on the final climb of stage 14. “The plan...

PREVIEW | Tour de France 2024 stage 15 - Can Jonas Vingegaard turn the tables on Tadej Pogacar on the toughest stage of the race?

Tadej Pogacar has delivered a strong blow to Jonas Vingegaard in the first duel that has taken place in the Pyrenees. We preview stage 15, the most difficult stage of the race perhaps and one that on paper suits the defending champion better. Will we see the tables turn? The queen stage? Perhaps in...

"They have more experience than me" - Remco Evenepoel learns tough Tour de France lesson on stage 14 losing time to Tadej Pogacar and Jonas Vingegaard

Remco Evenepoel has been incredibly impressive at the 2024 Tour de France, proving many people wrong with his performances. On stage 14 however, the Belgian showed his first real sign of weakness, losing considerable time to Tadej Pogacar and Jonas Vingegaard, dropping from 2nd to 3rd in the general...

"Today Tadej Pogacar was on a different level. He was better than Jonas Vingegaard" - Gricha Niermann reacts to disappointing day for Visma at Tour de France

Things didn't exactly go to plan for Team Visma | Lease a Bike in the high mountains of stage 14 at the 2024 Tour de France. After Jonas Vingegaard's recent stage 11 win had given hope to a third successive Maillot Jaune win, the Dane was soundly defeated by Tadej Pogacar on Pla d'Adet this Saturday...

"Tadej Pogacar told me to go attack and I was like; what?!" - Adam Yates reveals stage 14 move was unplanned for UAE at 2024 Tour de France

Stage 14 of the Tour de France 2024 was very important for the classification of the race. Maillot Jaune wearing Tadej Pogacar took the win after an attack with 4.3 km to go on the climb to the Pla d'Adet, set up perfectly by teammate Adam Yates. UAE Team Emirates finally played their cards well wit...

VIDEO: Watch as idiot with crisp packet almost derails Tadej Pogacar's stage winning attack on stage 14 of Tour de France

Cycling is one of the best sports in the world because of how accessible it is to supporters. You don't have to pay to go and see your heroes, you can simply go the roadside for free and offer your support. Sadly, there seem to always be some who take things too far which was again the case on stage...

"Everything went perfectly" - Joao Almeida delighted by UAE Team Emirates' dominant display on Pla d'Adet at Tour de France as Tadej Pogacar firms up GC lead

Although Tadej Pogacar was talking pre-stage about riding a defensive race on the slopes of Pla d'Adet on stage 14 of the 2024 Tour de France, the Maillot Jaune couldn't help himself. Distancing all his main rivals on the final climb of the day with a blistering late attack, Pogacar further strength...

LIVE BLOG! Tour de France 2024 Stage 14: Pogacar wins before Vingegaard and Evenepoel

The few sprint days we've just had at the Tour de France have delivered incredible action and now we are back in the mountains. The peloton has arrived at 14, the first day in the Pyrenees where Tadej Pogacar and Jonas Vingegaard will go head-to-head in climbs such as the Col du Tourmalet and the su...

Tour de France stage 14 GC Update: Tadej Pogacar stretches clear of Jonas Vingegaard in fight for Maillot Jaune

Stage 14 of the 2024 Tour de France promised a lot of fighting for the general classification, even decisive depending on the outcome of the stage at the finish. The finish in the Pyrenees pointed directly to the two favourites for victory, Tadej Pogacar and Jonas Vingegaard.Pogacar did not fail on...

Tadej Pogacar bounces back in style with stunning stage 14 win atop Pla d'Adet at 2024 Tour de France

Tadej Pogacar has bounced back in style on stage 14 of the 2024 Tour de France, distancing Jonas Vingegaard and Remco Evenepoel with a blistering attack on the Pla d'Adet, en route to taking a stunning stage win.There was an almighty fight for the breakaway on stage 14 of the 2024 Tour de France. Wh...

VIDEO: Incredible Tadej Pogacar attack distances Jonas Vingegaard and Remco Evenepoel on Pla d'Adet at Tour de France

The fight for the Maillot Jaune has ignited once again on stage 14 of the 2024 Tour de France. After criticism of UAE Team Emirates over the recent days, the team seems to have played a blinder on stage 14. With Adam Yates attacking on the early slopes of the Pla d'Adet, Pogacar waited until around...

Matteo Jorgenson has the feeling Visma see him as future Tour de France winner: "But nobody has told me that explicitly"

Whilst there were some question marks over Team Visma | Lease a Bike's leadership at the 2024 Tour de France pre-race, Jonas Vingegaard has emphatically put those questions to bed over the first, near two weeks of racing, showing no signs of a lack of form following his mass crash. As such, the team...

Alberto Bettiol latest abandon as 2024 Tour de France continues to lose riders

The abandons keep coming at the 2024 Tour de France with the latest of those riders to step off being EF Education - EasyPost's Italian national champion, Alberto Bettiol. Whilst the Italian hadn't been notably struggling, Bettiol had according to EF Education - EasyPost boss Jonathan Vaughters on D...

"I sent him a message and he didn't respond... That says a lot about him" - Maxim van Gils & Amaury Capiot continue war of words at Tour de France after stage 13 crash

There have been a somewhat surprisingly high number of spats between riders at the 2024 Tour de France. Wout van Aert and Jasper Philipsen have been exchanging words, Remco Evenepoel, Tadej Pogacar and Jonas Vingegaard have traded barbs and now Maxim van Gils and Amaury Capiot are involved in a war...

Remco Evenepoel loses key domestique as Louis Vervaeke abandons 2024 Tour de France on stage 14

Covid and just general illnesses are currently running rampant at the 2024 Tour de France with some tested positive riders still attempting to carry on. One of those was Soudal - Quick-Step's Louis Vervaeke but sadly, the key domestique of Remco Evenepoel has now abandoned on stage 14.Having been ke...

"Egan Bernal hasn't hit his highest level yet. He can still get even better" - INEOS insist a return to Grand Tour wins not out of the question for 2019 Tour de France winner

After a horrific crash that almost proved career ending and could actually have been much worse, Egan Bernal has been getting close to his very best in 2024. Although over 10 minutes down at the start of stage 14, sitting 13th overall, a top-10 placing is still a very realistic proposition for the C...

"It's a massive blow but the race continues" - Jai Hindley on Red Bull - BORA's regrouping after Primoz Roglic abandons 2024 Tour de France

Stage 14 of the 2024 Tour de France should have been a big day for Red Bull - BORA - hansgrohe with Primoz Roglic fighting for the Maillot Jaune on the Col du Tourmalet and Pla d'Adet. Sadly, the Slovenian was forced to abandon after a crashing late on both stage 11 and stage 12. With the Red Bull -...

"I'm also not great. I've tested positive" - Geraint Thomas another INEOS rider battling Covid but continues on at 2024 Tour de France

Covid is back at the 2024 Tour de France and many within the peloton are feeling the effects. INEOS Grenadiers sadly had to announce the departure of Tom Pidcock ahead of stage 14 because of the infection. Speaking ahead of the day's racing, Pidcock's teammate, Geraint Thomas admitted he is also fee...

"The breakaway tried to bully me but they don't pay my salary" - Adam Yates hits back at criticism following stage 13 of 2024 Tour de France

On stage 13 of the 2024 Tour de France, UAE Team Emirates' Adam Yates found himself up the road early on. Given his presence however, the breakaway was allowed no leeway by the peloton, earning Yates no friends in the process. "I told Adam Yates fifteen times to sit up and he said no because his tea...

"For Primoz, there was no point in just finishing the Tour" - Ralph Denk on difficult talk with Slovenian to decide end of Tour de France

Red Bull - BORA - hansgrohe started the Tour de France with the goal of racing to the best possible result with Primoz Roglic. Ideally, the victory, even though that would always be a difficult mission. However after a roller-coaster 11 days, on stage 12 the Slovenian crashed hard and continuing the...

Marc Madiot excited over Tadej Pogacar and Jonas Vingegaard's Tour victorry battle: "What we need is for Vingegaard to come closer"

The Tour de France has been absolutely on fire over the past few days and it promises to continue as the race enters the Pyrenees this weekend. Now in the high mountains with long and repeated difficult efforts, Jonas Vingegaard could take the spotlight what has happened in previous years repeats it...

Jonas Vingegaard's coach confident of rising form: "he can grow even further in the coming days in the Tour"

What can Jonas Vingegaard achieve in this Tour de France seems to be a question with a growing answer throughout these past two weeks. The Dane has matched Tadej Pogacar on several key occasions and has beaten him in the Slovenian's own terrain on stage 11. Tim Heemskerk, mastermind behind the defen...

INEOS staff member on Jonas Vingegaard and Visma's potential bluff: "His injury may not have been as bad as it was initially portrayed"

Jonas Vingegaard suffered a fractured collarbone, ribs and a punctured lung at Itzulia Basque Country. For the months that followed, Team Visma | Lease a Bike constantly kept the idea of uncertainty in Jonas Vingegaard because of the non-ideal preparation, but a Slovenian staff member of INEOS Grena...

Tom Pidcock withdraws from Tour de France as INEOS Grenadiers fear Covid-19 outbreak

Covid-19 is not a story of the past and the Tour de France riders know it very well. Infection cases are growing in the peloton and many riders and teams fear their race ending because of it. Olympic Champion and INEOS Grenadiers headliner Tom Pidcock has been taken out of the race as the British te...

Tour de France peloton livid with Jasper Philipsen and Adam Yates after stage 13 madness: "I told Adam Yates fifteen times to sit up and he said no"

Emotions run high at the Tour de France, and as the weeks go by riders start to feel the fatigue more but also the pressure to achieve results. Stage 13 was the 9th fastest ever stage in the history of the race and plenty riders were angry at the end over Adam Yates' presence in the breakaway; but a...

Soudal - Quick-Step DS Bramati: "Remco is having a very good Tour de France, and now there are two important days coming up"

Soudal - Quick-Step are having a virtually spotless Tour de France thus far and intend on keeping it that way as we enter the first decisive weekend of the race. Remco Evenepoel holds an impressive second place inbetween Tadej Pogacar and Jonas Vingegaard and the team hope he can stay somewhat close...

Bradley Wiggins: "Movistar Team's Tour de France has been very disappointing"

Movistar Team are having a disappointing Tour de France and it's not showing signs of improving. Fernando Gaviria has been close but has not won in the bunch sprints whilst Enric Mas GC aspirations have evaporated into thin air. Bradley Wiggins, who has battled this team in the past, can't help it b...

Lance Armstrong fears for Tadej Pogacar before the high mountains of the Tour: "He looks stressed, distracted"

Lance Armstrong spoke on his podcast The Move with colleagues George Hincapie and Bradley Wiggins about what he expects from the start of the decisive phase of the Tour de France beginning with the two high mountain stages we will experience this weekend. In specific, he focused on yellow jersey Tad...

Remco Evenepoel annoyed at lack of protection at Tour de France against Covid: "Covid doesn't come into the peloton by itself"

Remco Evenepoel, who recently survived another day at the Tour de France without incident, has called for a return to precautionary measures in the face of Covid-19. After completing the stage between Agen and Pau with an outstanding performance, the Soudal Quick-Step leader expressed concern about...

Jonas Vingegaard's warning to Tadej Pogacar has been sent: "We are going to a terrain that suits be a bit more"

After a 13th stage of the Tour de France 2024 where the riders gave it their all, we now head to the Pyrenees. There, Jonas Vingegaard will have to try to cut the lead that Tadej Pogacar has taken from him in the first half of the race. The Team Visma | Lease a Bike leader spoke after a spectacular...

Tadej Pogacar frustrated with Juan Ayuso's withdrawal: "It's unfortunate. He was going to be important in the mountains"

Stage 13 of the Tour de France 2024 was a hard blow for UAE Team Emirates. Juan Ayuso had to abandon the race after testing positive for COVID-19 and was unable to keep the pace in the first kilometers of the day. This is bad news for race leader Tadej Pogacar who needs every bit of help to win this...

"I'm riding insane wattages and they're still coming back at us" - Mathieu van der Poel in disbelief during stage 13

There's was a massive battle for a spot in the breakaway in the thirteenth stage of the Tour de France. Even the likes of Mathieu van der Poel tried to enter to early moves. However with wind picking up the speed and peloton nervous about echelons, the world champion never got much of a gap.Mike Teu...

PREVIEW | Tour de France 2024 stage 14 - Will Jonas Vingegaard attack Tadej Pogacar on high mountain battle?

The few sprint days we've just had at the Tour de France have delivered incredible action and now we are back in the mountains. We preview stage 14, the first day in the Pyrenees where Tadej Pogacar and Jonas Vingegaard will go head-to-head in climbs such as the Col du Tourmalet and the summit finis...

"We usually work together to make fun of the rest" - Gianni Vermeersch on special relationship with Mathieu van der Poel

Gianni Vermeersch never saw a big career for himself as a roadie. After all, ten years ago, he was still chasing the shadow of then rising kings of the cyclocross Mathieu van der Poel and Wout Van Aert. A decade later, he is racing alongside the Dutchman in Alpecin-Deceuninck jersey on road. And wha...

One of Tadej Pogacar's main domestiques bound to renew with UAE Team Emirates

While huge reshuffles are likely coming at their competition (Red Bull - BORA - hansgrohe and Visma | Lease a Bike), UAE Team Emirates have been strangely silent at this year's transfer market so far. You'd almost get the impression of a contentment with their current roster.Of course some changes a...

Super talent Isaac del Toro set to make a Grand Tour debut at Vuelta a Espana

Before the start of the season, UAE Team Emirates claimed that Isaac del Toro's debut professional season will be mainly about getting the hang of racing in the peloton at the highest level. Yet back then the UAE bosses didn't know the 20-year-old Mexican would go on to a stage at Tour Down Under, t...

Tiesj Benoot on Visma's all-out attack on crosswinds: "If you don’t anticipate, you're gonna end up behind"

We have witnessed another lightning fast day at the Tour de France. The threat of crosswinds was closer than ever and after handful of false alarms, the most loyal fans have finally witnessed the sought after echelons. And would you guessed it - Visma | Lease a Bike took charge in splitting the pelo...

"I don't think he's done anything wrong. Not at all" - Lotto Dstny manager disagrees with jury putting blame on Maxim Van Gils for stage 13 crash

Despite only a reduced peloton entered the final sprint of Tour de France stage 13, there was still a crash in the final kilometer which caused quite a commotion. Arkéa's Amaury Capiot came into contact with Lotto Dstny's Maxim Van Gils with both riders hitting the deck quite hard. The race jury fou...

"For me, a line has been drawn under it" - Jasper Philipsen responds to Wout van Aert's claims he's avoiding personal apology after Tour de France controversy

One of the running themes of the 2024 Tour de France has been drama between Belgian compatriots Wout van Aert and Jasper Philipsen. Sadly, the pair continue to trade barbs via post and pre-stage interviews, even now, more than halfway through the Grand Tour. It all started back on stage 6. Philipsen...

Marcel Kittel didn't like Remco Evenepoel's 'push' for Primoz Roglic: "It's disrespectful in my eyes"

Remco Evenepoel gave Primoz Roglic a little push during stage eleven of the Tour de France. Evenepoel seemed to urge Roglic to ride extra hard at the front in order to catch back to the leading duo (Tadej Pogacar and Jonas Vingegaard). Remco's actions caused some commotion after the stage. Analyst M...

Conspiracy suggests WT teams abuse carbon monoxide inhalation to improve rider performances

In an exclusive and also rather worrying story, Escape Collective reveals that at least three teams, including the Visma | Lease a Bike, UAE Team Emirates and Israel - Premier Tech have access to an expensive device called a carbon monoxide rebreather, which allows for the precise dosing of carbon m...

Juan Ayuso laments disaster end to Tour de France: "Everything has taken a turn"

This morning, Juan Ayuso was forced to abandon the Tour de France due to illness. The UAE Team Emirates rider tested positive for COVID-19, but despite this he decided to try to ride out with his teammates and complete the stage. However, the situation did not improve and the Spanish cyclist had to...

Carlos Rodríguez warns ahead of the Pyrenees: "I will attack if I have good legs"

Carlos Rodriguez remains the best Spanish and INEOS Grenadiers rider in the general classification of the Tour de France 2024. After a tremendous 13th stage for the peloton, where the riders went at top speed from the start of the day to the finish, they are now preparing for a brutal weekend where...

UAE's Mauro Gianetti mourns the departure of Juan Ayuso from the Tour de France: "It's a great loss. He was key for Tadej Pogacar"

The Tour de France 2024 has been affected this Friday by the abandonment of Primoz Roglic and Juan Ayuso, two very sensitive casualties for the race, the second especially for UAE Team Emirates and the general classification goal of Tadej Pogacar.The Spanish rider tested positive for COVID-19 before...

Jury & Fines Tour de France 2024 Update stage 13 - Maxim van Gils hit with heavy fine after causing mass crash

Throughout the Tour de France, the race jury attributes fines to some of the riders and sporting directors. Ultimately the fines can come in the form of money, time penalties or even UCI points, depending on the rule breaking. Here we present what has happened during the race. Nothing to note. 24 bi...

Medical Report and withdrawals Tour de France 2024 Update stage 13 - Roglic crashes out, Ayuso with Covid-19 and a mass crash near the sprint

Throughout the 2024 Tour de France there will be many riders to withdraw from the race, for several different reasons. We make a list of all riders who leave the Grand Boucle, as well as list out a few of the main crashes and health issues that take place during the race. The first day of the race w...

Missing out on victory again "a shame" for disappointed Wout van Aert

Wout van Aert is having a Tour de France of disappointments. It had a very positive start but a late attack saw him not being able to benefit from his strong sprint to win and take the yellow jersey. Over this Tour he has been blocked in two bunch sprints, and today finished in second position for a...

"I kept believing in it myself" - Jasper Philipsen quite surprised to take Tour de France sprint win after crazy day

Jasper Philipsen had a disappointing start to the Tour de France but is now up to speed. Alpecin-Deceuninck lost two riders the day before and committed much less to trying to reach a sprint on stage 13, but the Belgian sprinter managed to benefit from the work of other teams to snatch the victory a...

2024 Tour de France stage 13 GC Update | Top10 changes with withdraw of Primoz Roglic and Juan Ayuso

Stage 13 of the Tour de France 2024 promised changes in the general classification right from the start. Before the start, the withdrawal of Primoz Roglic was confirmed. One of the favorites for victory was out after his crash on stage 12. Later, the withdrawal of Juan Ayuso was announced after test...

LIVE BLOG! Tour de France 2024 Stage 13: PHILIPSEN GETS HIS SECOND! Van Aert 2nd again...

The peloton has arrived at stage 13 of the Tour de France, a day where on paper the sprinters are the main favourites however we may see surprises en route to Pau. There are a few small hills both at the start and end of the stage which opens things up for many riders.  Riders like Arnaud de Lie and...

Tour de France | Jasper Philipsen wins chaotic stage 13 at Tour de France with plenty echelons and withdraw of Roglic and Ayuso

Primoz Roglic and Juan Ayuso abandoned the Tour de France on stage 13 but it was ultimately one of the most exciting days of racing in the year. Incredible breakaway action, vicious echelons, constant attacks from start to finish; but in the end it was a reduced bunch sprint to decide the outcome of...

Primoz Roglic's withdraw opens doors for Carlos Rodríguez and others to dream of Tour de France podium

Today we woke up to the horrible news of Primoz Roglic's withdrawal from the Tour de France 2024. This means that Carlos Rodriguez, the undisputed leader of INEOS Grenadiers, is now perhaps the most direct rival to Remco Evenepoel in the fight for the podium at the Tour. As analyzed by CiclismoAlDia...

Quotes from start of 2024 Tour de France stage 13 | Roglic's DS Aldag, Van der Poel, Van Aert, Philipsen and more

Stage 12 delivered a very dramatic finale with a mass crash and the abandon of Primoz Roglic. The Red Bull - BORA - hansgrohe rider's withdraw marked the words of many at the start of stage 13, but many also wondered about the effects of the wind and hills on a day that on paper would traditionally...

Tadej Pogacar laments Primoz Roglic's Tour de France withdraw: "I'm really disappointed for him, really sad for him"

Tadej Pogacar snatched the Tour de France victory from Primoz Roglic back in 2020 and that set up the Red Bull - BORA - hansgrohe rider for a mission that continues until today: Win the Tour de France. Roglic has now crashed out of the race for a third participation in a row and his compatriot has s...

Wout van Aert's wife reveals that medical error could've ended his career in 2019 Tour de France crash: "Wout might not have been able to cycle anymore"

In 2019, Wout van Aert was in his first year as a World Tour rider and had made his Tour de France debut, winning a stage and having a dream race. On the time-trial in stage 13 he crashed against the barriers and suffered a massive wound in a leg. His wife now reveals that in the hospital in Pau - t...

Juan Ayuso abandons Tour de France - Covid-19 positive and lack of legs lead to bad news for Tadej Pogacar team

UAE Team Emirates has started off stage 13 with Juan Ayuso testing positive for Covid-19 and now the Spaniard has abandoned the race. Like Pello Bilbao on the previous day, his compatriot has struggled in the early kilometers of the stage and ultimately pulled out of the race. It was reported by AS...

"Jonas Pogacar"? Tour de France announcer makes hilarious mistake on podium celebrations

The Tour de France's podium celebrations are among the most popular and watched in the entire cycling world and with it comes a lot of pressure. Such pressure can lead to mistakes, as did the podium announcer at the end of stage 12 by calling for "Jonas Pogacar". The entertaining moment came as Poga...

Tour de France route designer defends team after criticism of Primoz Roglic crash: "Everyone was aware of it"

The Tour de France's organizers are coming under heavy fire after the crash that has marked stage 12 and led to the abandon of Primoz Roglic. A few have criticized the peloton's passage through the curb with 10 kilometers to go that caused the incident, but the Tour's route designer defends himself...

Illnesses decimate Cofidis at 2024 Tour de France - Jesús Herrada the third rider to abandon in 48 hours

It is not being the Tour de Francefor Cofidis. Third withdrawal in two days.. After Ion Izagirre and Alexis Renard went home during stage 11, today Jesus Herrada will not be able to start the thirteenth stage also due to illness. The rider from La Mancha, stage winner in the last two editions of the...

How will Jonas Vingegaard "recover in such a tough second and third week"? Analyst argues injury may still prove obstacle for defending Tour de France champion

So far Jonas Vingegaard's Tour de France has been one that to him, has been very emotional. But even for anyone outside Team Visma | Lease a Bike, it's been impressive how the Dane recovered from massive injuries in April to reach his best form this summer, and to many already take the upper hand wh...

Jasper Philipsen and Arnaud Démare react to disaster ending to Tour de France sprint - "Mathieu van der Poel did not feel well"

Stage 12 of the Tour de France has been marked by the unfortunate crash that has taken out Primoz Roglic from the race. But in the final sprint there was also a lot happening. Mark Cavendish and Arnaud Démare were relegated in the final sprint and the latter comments on it; whilst Jasper Philipsen i...

Tour de France riders blast organization over road traffic that caused mass crash with Roglic: "It's scandalous"

Road furniture is unavoidable in France but at some points in the Tour de France, it is not properly marked. This is the consensus that the peloton has reached once again after stage 12 saw a mass crash within the final 10 kilometers which has led to massive consequences in the withdraw of Primoz Ro...

Visma DS comes down on Tour de France after Primoz Roglic crash: "This is one hundred percent the fault of the organization"

The Tour de France race organizers are coming under heavy fire from riders and team managers alike after the mass crash that has now officially taken out Primoz Roglic from the race. Roglic's former head DS at Team Visma | Lease a Bike Merijn Zeeman was specially annoyed that the road furniture that...

OFFICIAL: Primoz Roglic out of Tour de France once again due to disaster crash

It is official. The worst news have been confirmed by Red Bull - BORA - hansgrohe this morning: Primoz Roglic has abandoned the Tour de France as a result of the high-speed crash suffered on stage 12, leaving the German team without a leader and breaking the Slovenian's heart. "Primož Roglič underwe...

Wout van Aert: "My legs are getting better every day and fortunately I can do more than just sprint"

Wout van Aert has been having a rollercoaster Tour de France and it shows no sign of stopping. Two days ago the Team Visma | Lease a Bike rider crashed and suffered bad injuries which had him contemplating withdrawing from the race,  but yesterday he almost sprinted for the win in Villeneuve-sur-Lot...

American rider remains in Tour de France despite fracturing wrist in high-speed crash

The Tour de France is the most important cycling event in the world for many and is the race for which many are willing to take the most risks and endure the most pain. That is the case with Neilson Powless who has suffered a wrist fracture on one of yesterday's mass crashes but will continue the ra...

Lance Armstrong, crazy with Biniam Girmay at the Tour de France: "Who would have thought that something like this could happen?"

Biniam Girmay won his third victory in the Tour de France 2024 yesterday. The Eritrean is making history for his country in a Grande Boucle in which he is being, by far, the best sprinter of the competition. In fact, he has thepoints classification very much on track and only abandoning the race cou...

Disappointment at Red Bull after Primoz Roglic lost his chance to win the Tour de France: "Terrible, the fall of our leader"

Stage 12 of the Tour de France 2024, although decided by a sprint, had movements in the general classification. Primoz Roglic was brought down by a crash 12 km from the finish line, with the Slovenian losing considerable time on the rest of his GC contenders.As a result, the Red Bull - BORA - hansgr...

Primoz Roglic and Red Bull - BORA - hansgrohe will decide in the morning whether or not it's worth continuing at 2024 Tour de France

Primoz Roglic suffered another hard crash on the twelfth stage of the 2024 Tour de France, casting doubt on his ability to continue in the race. The Slovenian rider of the Red Bull - BORA - hansgrohe team fell heavily on Astana Qazaqstan Team's Alexey Lutsenko about ten kilometers from the finish, i...

"I get along pretty well with Remco and I am really enjoying racing with him" - Could Tadej Pogacar and Evenepoel form Tour de France alliance in the high mountains?

The 2024 Tour de France is heating up and we look set for an almighty fight for the Maillot Jaune between current leader Tadej Pogacar, reigning champion Jonas Vingegaard and Tour debutant Remco Evenepoel. Notably absent from that list now is Primoz Roglic after the Red Bull - BORA - hansgrohe leade...

"A deal between Remco Evenepoel and Red Bull- BORA - hansgrohe imminent" according to reports

Remco Evenepoel and Primoz Roglic have gone head to head at a number of Grand Tours over recent years. In 2025 and beyond however, could the superstar duo become teammates at Red Bull - BORA - hansgrohe? Well according to a report by HLN, representatives of Evenepoel and Red Bull - BORA - hansgrohe...

"I admire that Pogacar is willing to make efforts to win this Tour from a far" - Bernard Thevenet enjoys the unique rivalry between Jonas Vingegaard and Tadej Pogacar

The duel between Tadej Pogacar and Jonas Vingegaard on Wednesday made for one of the more entertaining Tour de France stages in a long time. Two-time Tour champion Bernard Thevenet claims he has never seen a rivalry such as the one between the winners of last four editions of Grande Boucle."When Pog...

"Even a Ferrari can't run without fuel" - Michael Rasmussen lays into UAE Team Emirates after Tadej Pogacar's fuelling mishap at Tour de France

Whilst Tadej Pogacar starts stage 12 of the 2024 Tour de France actually with a bigger lead than he had before stage 11, his aura of being the Maillot Jaune winner in waiting seems significantly diminished following Jonas Vingegaard's incredible performance and stage win. There was a curious moment...

PREVIEW | Tour de France 2024 stage 13 - Echelons and breakaway can spoil the fun for the likes of Biniam Girmay and Wout van Aert in Pau

We preview stage 13 of the Tour de France, a day where on paper the sprinters are the main favourites however we may see surprises en route to Pau. There are a few small hills both at the start and end of the stage which opens things up for a lot of riders. Another day for the sprinters, even if it...

Lance Armstrong charges against UAE and Tadej Pogacar: "I don't understand what they do in their meetings, it doesn't make sense what they did"

Lance Armstrong discussed with The Move podcast colleagues George Hincapie and Bradley Wiggins the eleventh stage of the 2024 Tour de France, in particular the tactics of UAE Team Emirates who worked all day long to have no gain at the end. The seven-time winner (later stripped for doping) of 7 Tour...

"We want to be the best in every way" - Ralph Denk doesn't hold back about Red Bull - BORA - hansgrohe ambitions

At Red Bull, they don't make half-baked decisions. And so their investment in Ralph Denk's BORA - hansgrohe can only signal one thing. To become the best.While the team will considerably strengthen for next season (Tratnik, Pithie, Van Dijke twins, Pellizzari), some riders also must go. One such cas...

Tour of Britain race director would like to see Mark Cavendish at his home tour: "The invite will definitely be there, on or off the bike"

Mark Cavendish is the fresh owner of the title of a rider with most Tour de France stage wins to his name. In addition, the 39-year-old was recently awarded the British knight title for example representing of the kingdom. And it is at his home Tour of Britain where not only fans would like to see t...

Vincent Lavenu thinks UAE's tactics in stage 11 were effective even if they lost on the day: "They still put a lot of leaders in difficulty"

Decathlon AG2R La Mondiale are having a great 2024 regardless of how Tour de France plays out. However a stage victory would still be more than welcome as the team has been playing a minor role at the Grande Boucle so far.Team manager Vincent Lavenu summed up the eleventh stage to Le Lioran where hi...

"These kinds of passages are a middle finger to the riders" - Thijs Zonneveld predicted a section where Primoz Roglic crashed could be dangerous

Alexey Lutsenko lost control of his bike in the final parts of the stage 12 when he missed a small curb in the middle of the road. The consequences are several wounded riders, but more importantly a podium favourite losing time in the crash.Primoz Roglic, who was involved in the crash, jumped back o...

Philippa York believes UAE Team Emirates need to put pressure on Visma and Vingegaard by "sending riders on the attack or to infiltrate a breakaway"

'11' probably won't become Tadej Pogacar's favourite number. For the second time in last three years, it is on the eleventh day of the Tour de France that he is dealt a heavy blow by Jonas Vingegaard. As it is now became evident the two are not as worlds apart as some may have thought, we can only l...

"It's a strong signal sent by the Danish rider" - Cedric Vasseur favors Jonas Vingegaard for Tour triumph after dominant stage win

Wednesday's Tour de France stage in Central Massif will be the one to forget at Cofidis. While Guillaume Martin fought for a stage success to a little effect in the breakaway, his teammates Ion Izagirre and Alexis Renard had to abandon the Grand Boucle due to illness at the early parts of the stage....

"Mark Cavendish is really upset" - Mark Renshaw gives Astana reaction after relegation in stage 12 bunch sprint at Tour de France

Although Mark Cavendish wasn't truly in the fight for the stage win on stage 12 of the 2024 Tour de France, crossing the line in 5th, the Manx Missile was among two riders relegated by the race jury post-stage, along with Arnaud Demare. "We're all obviously very disappointed," Astana Qazaqstan Team'...

"It was hard to see Primoz Roglic lose time" - Team Visma | Lease a Bike send message of sympathy to former rider after Tour de France crash

Although Primoz Roglic no longer rides in the colours of Team Visma | Lease a Bike, the feeling between both parties remains strong. After the Slovenian, now at Red Bull - BORA - hansgrohe, crashed late on stage 12 of the 2024 Tour de France, all but ruling himself out of Maillot Jaune contention, V...

Juan Ayuso looking forward to the Pyrenees: "We will try to win the Tour de France"

Juan Ayuso had a tough time on the 11th stage of the 2024 Tour de France. The Spaniard crossed the finish line in 15th position in a group with Matteo Jorgenson, Ben Healy, Egan Bernal, Steff Cras and Wilco Kelderman, 4:39 behind the day's winner, Jonas Vingegaard, and his UAE Team Emirates leader a...

"GC guys never have a day off. What happened to Primoz today unfortunately underlines it" - Remco Evenepoel sees podium chances boosted at Tour de France by Roglic crash

Whilst stage 12 was supposed to be a more relaxed day for the general classification challengers, both Tadej Pogacar and Primoz Roglic were caught up in crashes, with the latter losing significant time as a result. Although Soudal - Quick-Step leader Remco Evenepoel was the biggest inadvertent benef...

"I've proven if I'm in the right position I am able to win" - Biniam Girmay rises as the dominant sprint force of 2024 Tour de France

There is no doubt about who the dominant sprint force is of the 2024 Tour de France. On stage 12, Intermarché - Wanty leader Biniam Girmay powered to his third stage win of this Grand Tour, giving a big boost to his Green Jersey hopes."First of all I would like to say thanks to God for giving me a l...

Arnaud Demare and Mark Cavendish relegated after stage 12 sprint at 2024 Tour de France

Stage 12 of the 2024 Tour de France saw Biniam Girmay make it a hat-trick of stage wins this Grand Tour. Behind the Eritrean however, things were a little more complicated with a messy sprint bringing plenty for the race jury to look at post-stage. On the line, Arnaud Demare managed to cross the lin...

2024 Tour de France stage 12 GC Update: Primoz Roglic likely out of Maillot Jaune contention after disastrous late crash

Stage 12 of the Tour de France 2024 promised little activity in the fight for the general classification. In principle there should be a sprint finish, and the favourites for the yellow jersey should not have too complicated a day. That's not quite how things transpired however. Unfortunately, the c...

“I was trapped between Arnaud Démare and the fences” - Wout van Aert has another near miss on stage 12 of 2024 Tour de France

Wout van Aert continues to be made to wait for any personal success at the 2024 Tour de France. On stage 12, the Belgian sprinted strongly again, but was forced to settle for second behind Biniam Girmay. "I'm disappointed. I was trapped between Arnaud Démare and the fences,” reflected the Team Visma...

LIVE BLOG! Tour de France 2024 Stage 12: GIRMAY GETS HIS THIRD OF THIS TOUR! The absolute best sprinter this Tour!

  The race departs the Massif Central, towards the Pyrenees. The peleton has arrived at stage 12 of the Tour de France, a day that should end in a bunch sprint but the hilly profile does allow breakaway opportunists to dream of a surprise.  Could it finally be the day for Arnaud de Lie or can Wout v...

Hat-trick for Biniam Girmay at 2024 Tour de France as Wout van Aert is denied again

Biniam Girmay has made it a trifecta of Tour de France stage wins at the 2024 edition, with a thrilling bunch sprint win ahead of Wout van Aert and Arnaud Demare on stage 12. There was some early drama on stage 12, with a crash in the peloton seeing the Maillot Jaune of Tadej Pogacar himself caught...

Big crash in the peloton with just over 10km to go on stage 12 of Tour de France with Primoz Roglic caught out

Primoz Roglic has again been caught up in a crash at the 2024 Tour de France and with just 10km to go on stage 12, the Slovenian faces a race against time to get into the peloton by the end of the day.As the stress levels began to rise before the inevitable bunch sprint, Alexey Lutsenko of the Astan...

Tadej Pogacar involved in early crash on stage 12 of Tour de France; Fabio Jakobsen abandons Tour

The Tour de France has had a rough start on stage 12 for a few riders. The strong pace of those trying to form a breakaway led to the difficulties of Fabio Jakobsen but also a crash that affected Tadej Pogacar. With 179 kilometers to the finale of the stage there was a crash involving several riders...

"Few people would have predicted this in advance" - Jose De Cauwer assesses Jonas Vingegaard's incredible powers of recovery after Tour de France stage 11 win

Just a few weeks ago, there was a black cloud of uncertainty surrounding Jonas Vingegaard's condition following his very nasty crash at the Itzulia Basque Country earlier this year, which resulted with time spent in intensive care. On stage 11 of the 2024 Tour de France however, Vingegaard put all u...

Pello Bilbao abandons 2024 Tour de France on stage 12 as Matej Mohoric denies rumours of Covid running rampant within Bahrain - Victorious

Something within the Bahrain - Victorious team at the 2024 Tour de France isn't quite right at the moment. Pello Bilbao has become the latest rider to abandon the Grand Tour, just a day after his teammate, Fred Wright was forced to leave the race by missing the time cut.Bilbao had been visibly strug...

"It was emotional to see all the reactions from my supporters" - Jonas Vingegaard thanks fans for continued support after stunning stage win at Tour de France

For Jonas Vingegaard, the 2024 Tour de France has been an incredible display of resilience and strength. After a nightmare preparation, few believed the Dane would be on top form for the Tour, but on stage 11, Vingegaard looked as good as ever. Following his horrific crash at the Itzulia Basque Coun...

BORA confirm Primoz Roglic is not injured from Lioran crash: "Everything is fine, even if he is a little scratched"

Primoz Roglic has had a roller-coaster of a Tour de France but at the start of stage 12 he starts off in fourth place, 2.15 minutes away from the yellow jersey of Tadej Pogacar but only a minute away from his main rival in the podium fight Remco Evenepoel. Red Bull - BORA - hansgrohe confirmed that...

Mark Cavendish's message to Michael Morkov following Covid-19 positive: "For me above any bike race is that his long-term health is not compromised"

Astana Qazaqstan Team have had a successful Tour de France as they have achieved the stage win they looked for with Mark Cavendish. He and Michael Morkov have in different years teamed up together to hunt this historic feat and much of Cavendish's current position in cycling is owed to the Dane. Mor...

"I’ll be happy if I make it to the finish" - Wout van Aert injured but continues in Tour de France

Wout van Aert has had two crashes now at this Tour de France. None of them were overly serious or led to fractures but the Team Visma | Lease a Bike rider is definitely having obstacles to his goal of improving his form. He has had a good night and isn't thinking of abandoning the Grand Boucle, but...

Remco Evenepoel focusing on Tour de France podium and competition: "That will probably be Primoz Roglic"

The Tour de France blew up once again yesterday on the climbs of the Massif Central, despite being far from the toughest in the race. Soudal - Quick-Step and Remco Evenepoel have survived another day in second place and Remco Evenepoel fulfilled the team's goals on the day."By riding at his own pace...

Mass theft at Tour de France - 11 bikes stolen from TotalEnergies and gravel stage winner Anthony Turgis

It is something that seemingly does not happen so much in cycling anymore, but remains a sad reality. The Tour de France caravan has woken up today with unfortunate news that one of it's teams was a victim of mass theft. French team TotalEnergies had 11 bikes stolen overnight. Jean-René Bernaudeau,...

Mark Cavendish's leadout Michael Morkov positive for Covid-19 and taken out of Tour de France

Michael Morkov is racing his final Tour de France but it has had a premature end. The Astana Qazaqstan Team rider, who has been supporting and leading out Mark Cavendish in the bunch sprints so far, has been forced to abandon the race after contracting Covid-19. It is said that Bahrain - Victorious...

Pavel Sivakov on Team Visma's discourse: "They've been playing the victim role since the start of the Tour de France"

UAE Team Emirates built up the plan to attack yesterday's stage into Le Lioran and fully committed to it. Pavel Sivakov was an instrumental part of this plan and did a lot of important work, but was not shocked to see Jonas Vingegaard being able to match Tadej Pogacar and points out that Team Visma...

Wout van Aert will join Sepp Kuss and Cian Uijtdebroeks at Vuelta a Espana in Visma lead

Team Visma | Lease a Bike is working on winning the Tour de France, a difficult task, but part of the team is naturally already focusing ahead. Wout van Aert had the Vuelta a España originally in his schedule and almost certainly the Belgian will take part in the final Grand Tour of the season. The...

Johan Bruyneel: "Tadej Pogacar's most dangerous rival is called Tadej Pogacar"

Johan Bruyneel, on Lance Armstrong's The Move show, gave his thoughts on stage 11 of the Tour de France and was harsh on Tadej Pogacar and UAE Team Emirates for trying a tactic he believes was stupid against an obviously in-form Jonas Vingegaard. The former cyclist and current analyst began by expla...

"I chose my own pace" - Remco Evenepoel doesn't risk Tour de France trying to match Pogacar and Vingegaard battle

Remco Evenepoel has kept his second place at the Tour de France despite an emergence from Jonas Vingegaard on a day that saw more damage in the overall classification than what most expected. The Belgian put on another controlled ride to finish third on the day and increase his advantage to many of...

Jonas Vingegaard in tears after comeback victory at Tour de France: "I would've never been able to do this without my family"

A day for the books, many will say. The 2024 Tour de France is only in it's second day in the mountains and in the space of 11 days we have already had so much action. Today was one of the greatest ever battles between Jonas Vingegaard and Tadej Pogacar, but the Team Visma | Lease a Bike rider manag...

VIDEO: Primoz Roglic's crashes at Tour de France but receives same time as Evenepoel; Pogacar comments on him to Evenepoel

Primoz Roglic has gone through it all in this Tour de France. Crashing, getting caught in splits, bad positioning. Today he put on a good performance in the climbs of the Massif Central but crashed in the final kilometers. However his dream of a Tour win has been saved once again, time time around b...

"I do not think I lost a mental battle" - Tadej Pogacar left collecting damage after failed attack on Jonas Vingegaard

Tadej Pogacar and UAE Team Emirates had a plan to blow up the Tour de France today, but although they succeeded, they lost time to the man they tried to distance. The UAE Team paced all day long to control the day's breakaway and then put on the hurt in the early climbs of the day to set up Pogacar...

"I can continue. I want to try to start tomorrow" - Wout van Aert refuses to give up Tour despite a nasty crash

For Wout van Aert, the eleventh stage of the Tour de France ended at X-ray check-up where any fractures were ruled out. Why? Because the Belgian all-rounder hit the deck quite hard while preparing position for Jonas Vingegaard. And while Visma | Lease a Bike can celebrate a victory at the end of the...

PREVIEW | Tour de France 2024 stage 12 - Jasper Philipsen and Biniam Girmay battle for green jersey on hilly day

The race departs the Massif Central, towards the Pyrenees. We preview stage 12 of the Tour de France, a day that should end in a bunch sprint but the hilly profile does allow breakaway opportunists to dream of a surprise. Stage 12 is a transition day through western France. It is 204 kilometers long...

Slovenian federation re-directs blame for Urska Zigart's Olympic non-selection at national coaches: "It is their responsibility to choose the best"

We'll have to wait for a bit to know the exact Slovenian lineup for Paris Olympic Games, but if you look at the number of Slovenian professionals in the peloton - it's not difficult to guess. Right? Well, apparently the national coach knows something nobody else seems to know as he opted to not incl...

VIDEO: Crowds come to Puy Mary to bid Tour de France farewell to Romain Bardet

For Romain Bardet it is his last Tour de France and in the eleventh stage the climber of Team dsm-firmenich PostNL got to enjoy riding on his home roads one more time. On the Puy Mary climb, Bardet's fans were standing rows thick. The Frenchman rode far from the front and was able to savor the momen...

"This was the worst day of my life" - Fred Wright finishes outside the time limit after a lonely day ahead of the broom wagon

This year's Tour de France will be one to forget Fred Wright. After a rather miserable opening week, the Bahrain - Victorious rider seemed to be gradually finding his better legs again. But his eighth place from the stage 8 to Colombey-les-Deux-Eglises will remain the highlight of Wright's Tour as t...

"We won the battle today, but we didn't win the Tour de France" - Visma DS calms down the excitement after Jonas Vingegaard's stage win

Reason to celebrate at Visma | Lease a Bike on Wednesday. So far, we still weren't sure whether Jonas Vingegaard could defeat Tadej Pogacar, but on the stage to Le Lioran - he did it. This bring only cosmetic changes to the general classification, however the moral boost for the Dane, as well as the...

"For the final victory it will be between the two riders" - UAE DS acknowledges Tadej Pogacar's main opponent in Jonas Vingegaard

UAE Team Emirates did everything in their might to put pressure on Jonas Vingegaard in a lead up to Puy Mary. And it seemed to work when Tadej Pogacar unleashed his horses on the steepest parts of the climb, as the Slovenian quickly opened a noticeable gap. And when the advantage passed half minute...

"There is no respect" - Egan Bernal criticises riders for attacking whilst Tadej Pogacar took nature break at 2024 Tour de France

One of the many unwritten rules of the peloton has long been that when the race leader - in the case of the 2024 Tour de France, the Maillot Jaune wearing Tadej Pogacar - stops for a nature break, there is a respectful ceasefire of attacks until the leader returns. According to Egan Bernal however,...

Tour de France 2024 stage 11 highlights: Battle of the century between Tadej Pogacar and Jonas Vingegaard?

We truly live lucky times in cycling, After three battles for the Tour de France win, Tadej Pogacar and Jonas Vingegaard keep delivering thrilling action every year in July and it's always somehow surprising. The two best climbers in the world went all-out today in the Massif Central in what was wit...

João Almeida supports UAE and Pogacar's tactics: "He is taking time on almost everyone, that is the most important thing"

UAE Team Emirates had a clear plan today: Control the breakaway, win the stage and have Tadej Pogacar take time on Jonas Vingegaard. Safe to say it essentially exploded in their face. João Almeida talks about a well executed plan and the confirmation of a strong Jonas Vingegaard. “It could have been...

2024 Tour de France stage 11 GC Update: Vingegaard takes time on Pogacar; Ayuso cracks; Mas and Martin out of GC fight

Stage 11 of the Tour de France 2024 was not presented as a brutal day of mountains. However UAE Team Emirates and Tadej Pogacar lit the race up to create the biggest differences in the race so far. But after so much work and attacking, the yellow jersey lost 1 second to Jonas Vingegaard in a day whe...

Tour de France | Jonas Vingegaard outsprints Tadej Pogacar to win stage 11 after 'duel of the century'

The Tour de France completed exploded this afternoon. Tadej Pogacar attacked and dropped Jonas Vingegaard with a long-distance attack with over 30 kilometers to go but the defending champion managed to close the gap and amazingly outsprint his rival in Le Lioran. The day was one where most expected...

LIVE BLOG! Tour de France 2024 Stage 11:JONAS VINGEGAARD WINS STAGE 11 TOUR DE FRANCE 2024!

 A tricky and difficult stage. The race goes into the mountains once again but on stage 11 they are short and explosive. We preview the race's main day on the Massif Central where it can be expected that the GC riders will be in action but a breakaway is likely to succeed on the day.  It is a day wi...

VIDEO: Tadej Pogacar attacks and drops Jonas Vingegaard at Puy Mary!

UAE Team Emirates had a plan for today's stage of the Tour de France and they are implementing it. It was a very fast and explosive start, and Tadej Pogacar has gone all-out to drop the competition in the very steep Puy de Mary. It was a day long's work to launch this move. UAE controlled and brough...

VIDEO: Wout van Aert crashes once again whilst positioning Jonas Vingegaard into climb

Wout van Aert has crashed once again. The Team Visma | Lease a Bike rider went down on stage 2 of the race and although he did not suffer meaningful injuries, he should not have a good night of sleep again as on the approach to one of the day's main ascents today on stage 11, he has hit the deck onc...

José de Cauwer: "Today I saw a Mathieu van der Poel again that I missed a bit in the first week"

Stage 10 of the Tour de France was the calmest and most controlled day of the Tour de France. Also without any sort of climbing, the pure sprinters were able to fight on for the stage win and we've seen Jasper Philipsen taking it, supported by Mathieu van der Poel. The World Champion received quite...

Mathieu van der Poel leadout impressive for Lance Armstrong and George Hincapie: "It becomes impossible to beat Philipsen"

The Tour de France puts in display some of the best leadouts in the cycling world and certainly one of them is that of Alpecin-Deceuninck. Mathieu van der Poel and Jasper Philipsen teamed up to absolute perfection in 2023 but have had a rough Tour until yesterday's victory. But it was a victory in 2...

Cofidis lose two riders at the Tour de France in a matter of minutes

It was not to be. After winning a stage in 2023, Ion Izagirre's main goal for 2024 was to try to raise his arms again in the Grande Boucle, but in the eleventh stage he had to abandon. He and Alexis Renard were both dropped at the start of the day with the very high pace experienced in the peloton a...

"I don't care at all" - Jonas Vingegaard shrugs off back-and-forth with Tadej Pogacar at Tour de France

Stage 11 of the Tour de France has started off full speed and not only are the stage hunters attempt to all attacks, but the GC riders too. Jonas Vingegaard has not been able to explore the roads of the Massif Central ahead of the race however he certainly knows that he has to be ready for anything....

INEOS Grenadiers reported to have signed with one of Primoz Roglic's main domestiques

Red Bull - BORA - hangrohe have so far been able to keep Primoz Roglic in the fight for the win at the Tour de France, although the withdraw of Aleksandr Vlasov is a meaningful hit. However one of his other domestiques, Bob Jungels, is said to have now signed a deal with INEOS Grenadiers. This has b...

"It's always dangerous" - Remco Evenepoel alive to the danger of hilly stage at Tour de France

Remco Evenepoel started stage 11 of the Tour de France in second place in the overall classification, 33 seconds down on the yellow jersey of Tadej Pogacar. The Soudal - Quick-Step rider continues to think long-term in this Tour but he is very much aware of how dangerous today's hilly stage can be f...

Miguel Indurain on Tadej Pogacar and Tour de France record: "I wouldn’t be surprised if he surpassed my 5 Tours"

Miguel Indurain has won five Tours de France and holds an achievement that he believes Tadej Pogacar could reach. The Spaniard has talked a lot about the changes in technology over the last 30 years in the peloton and on the chances of the UAE Team Emirates rider winning this year's edition. “I see...

Wout van Aert still has not received personal apology from Jasper Philipsen: "I tried to talk to him in the peloton, but he wasn’t interested"

It is with no surprise to know that a few sprinters in the peloton are not happy with Jasper Philipsen's way of riding, but the truth is some are also awaiting apologies. No other than Wout van Aert says that he has yet to receive a personal apology following the dangerous move of the Alpecin-Deceun...

Florian Lipowitz continues breakthrough season with victory at Sibiu Tour - "I'm just happy to go home with a win"

Red Bull - BORA - hansgrohe has gotten it's first win with it's new name and colours. After a season packed with impressive performances, Florian Lipowitz was given the leadership at the Sibiu Cycling Tour in Romania and has won the overall classification. "I came to the Sibiu Tour without any great...

Remco Evenepoel's wife details horrible experience after not being able to see podium celebration: "I was so scared, started crying and turned around because I couldn’t go any further"

Podium celebrations always gather a lot of press, photographers, officials, guests and plenty fans wanting to watch the day's winner and jersey wearers. At the Tour de France you can expect this spectacle to be as large as ever but this becomes an issue for some. Remco Evenepoel's wife has shared he...

Tadej Pogacar not having it with Jonas Vingegaard's Tour tactics: "Intelligent racing or not, it’s nonsense"

The psychological fight for the Tour de France win is full on. Tadej Pogacar and Jonas Vingegaard are typically very friendly and respectful of each other, having battled for now three consecutive Tour victories. However Vingegaard's extremely defensive and conservative tactics have gotten in the he...

'Irritation and frustration of Evenepoel and Pogacar about Vingegaard's tactics' change Tour de France for Thijs Zonneveld: "There are no more jokes and no more hugs"

The Tour de France has, in modern times, seen a new array of world-class riders who are not only extremely strong but also very popular and friendly with each other. But that may crack in this Tour, as it is very clear that after a very difficult and tactic stage 9, Jonas Vingegaard and Visma have g...

"It was one of the hardest finishes I’ve ever done" - Tadej Pogacar remembers riding up Puy Mary on his way to victory at 2020 Tour de France

Tadej Pogacar didn't encounter any issues during Tuesday's stage 10 of the Tour de France. The Slovenian could even afford to save his UAE Team Emirates teammates' strengths on a day where the threat of echelons was premature and so it turned out to be a pretty peaceful day for most of the bunch."It...

PREVIEW | Tour de France 2024 stage 11 - Breakaway bonanza or will Pogacar and Evenepoel test Vingegaard again?

A tricky and difficult stage. The race goes into the mountains once again but on stage 11 they are short and explosive. We preview the race's main day on the Massif Central where it can be expected that the GC riders will be in action but a breakaway is likely to succeed on the day. Into the Massif...

Team Visma | Lease a Bike renew with the rider who has unexpectedly made it to the Tour de France - "It is incredibly insightful to work with riders like Jonas Vingegaard"

Team Visma | Lease a Bike recognize talent and make an effort to keep it. Bart Lemmen is in his Tour de France debut and has been making a great impression in the Dutch team this year, which has earned him a contract extension at the start of the race's second week. "I feel at home in this team. I h...

"Nobody is happy about that" - Wout van Aert unhappy with day without action at Tour de France

Wout van Aert is far from a pure bunch sprinter but he has been giving it a go in the flat finales of the Tour de France so far. Today he was not overly far from victory, but laments the lack of attempts from anyone in the peloton to make the race hard. "It was a very easy stage, but I felt okay. It...

"I had hoped to be able to sprint myself, but the team decided otherwise" - Gerben Thijssen has to take on support role for Biniam Girmay

Gerben Thijssen entered the Tour de France with the ambition to give the world's best sprinters a good run for their money. However similar was the situation for his teammate Biniam Girmay, who managed to win two stages and gain a massive lead in the points classification during the first week. Unsu...

"I don't know why the guys went after that" - Astana mess up leadout for Mark Cavendish who fails to be in another Tour de France sprint

Leadouts in sprints often do not go according to plan. Mark Cavendish knows this all too well. Although he has already made history in this Tour de France, the Manx Missile aims to achieve more success in the bunch sprints but did not participate once again today. However that was partially because...

"We know how to race for each other" - Christophe Laporte confident in France's collective strength at the Olympic Games

Thomas Voeckler continues to trust Christophe Laporte with a selection for the Olympic Games, despite a complicated start to the season. But after months of not very ideal preparation, it seems that the Frenchman is once again close to his best level at the on-going Tour de France. Under normal circ...

Massive upset for Benoît Cosnefroy who wasn't selected for Paris Olympics: "I do not know what more I could have done"

Thomas Voeckler confirmed the French selection for the Olympic Games, and while the quartet Julian Alaphilippe, Christophe Laporte, Valentin Madouas and Kevin Vauquelin can ready themselves to represent their country in Paris, Benoît Cosnefroy was left out. And it's a massive upset both for his fans...

Reigning time trial champion Primoz Roglic doesn't rule start at the Olympic Games in Paris

Slovenia, albeit small in size, currently belongs among the strongest cycling nations in the world. And so it's no surprise that they were able to secure the maximum possible of available Olympic Games slots. The four riders set to represent in Paris are yet to be decided, however the list with like...

"You had to be in the top 10 in the last corner and that didn’t work" - Dylan Groenewegen settles for a top 10 in Saint-Amand-Montrond

Dylan Groenewegen was not involved in the sprint for victory in Saint-Amand-Montrond. The technical run-in to the finish cost many favourites a good position and the Dutch champion simply found himself too far off the front after the last turn. Ninth on the day was a maximum while Jasper Philipsen m...

"It was almost like a second day off" - Remco Evenepoel reacts to a calm stage 10 ahead of the storm on Wednesday

White jersey Remco Evenepoel cruised through the tenth stage of this year's Tour de France without much of a problem. Thus the Soudal - Quick-Step leader can turn his sight towards the stage 11 - one that promises another showdown between the GC favourites."It was almost like a second day off," said...

Julian Alaphilippe confirmed for Olympic Games and dreaming of gold: "We're going to race to get the best possible result, and not copy the others"

The startlist for the Olympic Games events are slowly taking shape and the home nation of France have already announced their '4' for the road race. Thomas Voeckler had a difficult time deciding which riders they would take for the race and what tactics they'd use, but there was little question that...

Mathieu van der Poel finally leads Jasper Philipsen to Tour win: "I am happy that we are now taking our stage"

In 2023 the Tour de France, and much of the season, was like a dream for Alpecin-Deceuninck but specially for the newly-discovered sprint duo of Mathieu van der Poel and Jasper Philipsen. But no two seasons are the same and at this year's Tour, the duo had failed to succeed or even come close to a p...

2024 Tour de France stage 10 GC Update: Adam Yates, Egan Bernal and more climb up as Aleksandr Vlasov abandons race

Stage 10 of the Tour de France was not a very calm day with the threat of echelons floating over the peloton, but there were no CG differences or major attempts to split the race. It was a day for the sprinters, but the Tour is a three-week race and a few important riders have climbed up the overall...

Jasper Philipsen finally breaks winless streak at Tour de France: "I am happy and relieved that we were now able to show our strength with the lead out train"

Jasper Philipsen has had it all in the first week of the Tour de France. Second places, relegations and swearing on the bus behind cameras but that was the path to take into his first victory of the edition. The Alpecin-Deceuninck rider finally showed his best level today alongside his leadout and m...

LIVE BLOG! Tour de France 2024 Stage 10: PHILIPSEN WINS! Textbook leadout by van der Poel.

  The first week of the Tour de France is over. It had everything, from explosive stages in the hills, total mountain brawls, a thrilling time-trial, echelons, incredibly popular victories and finally a brutal stage on gravel roads. The race stabilizes in what is the final day of it's first half. Th...

Jasper Philipsen outsprints Biniam Girmay to finally win Tour de France stage

It has been a hellish start to the Tour de France for Alpecin-Deceuninck as their leaders lacked the luck and Jasper Philipsen was unable to have the start he had in 2023. But that has ended today; the Belgian sprinter was able to team up with Mathieu van der Poel for a textbook leadout and finally...

"Yes, it was a headache" - Thomas Voeckler admits he had to break hearts leaving out French riders from Olympic Games

There is less than one month until the riders tackle the Olympic Games, both time-trial and road race events. France is the home nation and has quality riders to present in Paris, but with only four spots available, national coach Thomas Voeckler was forced to make hard decision and disappoint a few...

Quotes from Tour de France stage 10 | Wout van Aert, Mathieu van der Poel, Jasper Philipsen, Matteo Jorgenson and Arnaud De Lie

Stage 10 of the Tour de France is a day for the sprinters. Completely flat in nature, it's a welcome sight after what was a very hard first week and the first rest day of the race. Whilst the pure sprinters will be at the front, a few riders are concerned with the chances of wind showing up and caus...

PREVIEW | Tour de France 2024 stage 10 - Girmay, Cavendish, Philipsen and Groenewegen headline another bunch sprint

The first week of the Tour de France is over. It had everything, from explosive stages in the hills, total mountain brawls, a thrilling time-trial, echelons, incredibly popular victories and finally a brutal stage on gravel roads. The race stabilizes in what is the final day of it's first half. We p...

Carlos Rodríguez and INEOS still aim for top result at Tour de France - "Tadej, Remco and Jonas have shown to be a bit ahead of the rest"

After the first week of the Tour de France 2024, Carlos Rodriguez is currently seventh in the general classification, 2:31 behind Tadej Pogacar and 1:16 behind Jonas Vingegaard on the podium. But INEOS Grenadiers have not let their guard down and their ambitions have not changed after the first week...

SHORTS | Tadej Pogacar gives young fan bidon on rest day; Remco Evenepoel's new jersey; Mark Cavendish asks fans to respect riders; Sepp Kuss to become a father

The rest day at the Tour de France is always a time for riders to relax a bit and loosen up in a race that is packed with tension, stress and media in all corners. Over this day we have seen plenty entertaining footage, interesting small news and even sponsor duties come about for some of the world'...

Mathieu van der Poel's coach: "He will continue to try to win a Tour stage, but he is riding with other goals in mind"

Mathieu van der Poel has had a very underwhelming Tour de France in 2023 when it came to individual results but it turned out to be perfect preparation for the World Championships right after. The Alpecin-Deceuninck may be on the same track for the Olympic Games this year, but he continues to chase...

Philippe Gilbert points out possible knee injury in Jonas Vingegaard: "Is this a result of that crash?"

Jonas Vinegaard has sustained multiple and very serious injuries in the crash he suffered this spring at Itzulia Basque Country and it might have literally changed the day the way he pedals on the bike. Philippe Gilbert has looked at the Dane's position and believes it is different than before the A...

Johan Bruyneel complements Visma on key gravel stage: "Jonas Vingegaard and Visma achieved a great mental victory"

Jonas Vingegaard kept the gaps as they were at the start of the day this Sunday as the peloton tackled a very hard and dangerous stage full of gravel sectors. Whilst not everyone was a fan of their defensive tactics the Dutch team achieved what they wanted and Johan Bruyneel complemented the success...

"Tadej Pogacar's arsenal of strengths can't be endless, can it?" - Remco Evenepoel must keep hope of rival's tiredness at Tour de France goes on says Serge Pauwels

How Remco Evenepoel would fare on his Tour de France debut was a topic of much discussion ahead of the 2024 edition. As the race reaches its first rest day, the Belgian has so far been almost faultless and sits 2nd overall, just 33 seconds off the Maillot Jaune. On Sunday's thrilling gravel stage 9...

Visma and Vingegaard's tactics save Primoz Roglic's dream of winning Tour de France - "At my age you are too old to be nervous"

Stage 9 of the Tour de France turned out to be an all-time classic. Whilst almost the entire field of GC riders arrived to the finish line in Troyes together, in no way did that reflect the insane day of action from start to finish. Remco Evenepoel and Tadej Pogacar attacked Jonas Vingegaard and Tea...

"I thought I was going to die" - Jonas Vingegaard opens up about traumatic Itzulia crash

Itzulia Basque Country is a race that will be marked on the 2024 cycling season but for the worst reasons. A crash early in the race saw Jonas Vingegaard, Remco Evenepoel and Primoz Roglic - three of the four Tour de France's main contenders - crash at high speed and Vingegaard suffered massive inju...

Jonas Vingegaard hits back at criticism from Remco Evenepoel and Tadej Pogacar: "It was not a lack of balls, but just smart racing"

The ninth day of the Tour de France put on display the riders' qualities in the off-road sectors, team tactics and strength. Team Visma | Lease a Bike were without a doubt the strongest team and that allowed Jonas Vingegaard to not lose time on his rivals. He responds to criticism from both Remco Ev...

“If they would ride a bit slower, the race would be more open" - Primoz Roglic in a playful mood on first Tour de France rest day

Whilst seemingly not quiet on the level of Tadej Pogacar, Remco Evenepoel and Jonas Vingegaard so far at the 2024 Tour de France, Primoz Roglic has been using all his experience and fighting spirit to keep himself still in Maillot Jaune contention at the 2024 Tour de France reaches its first rest da...

"I'm not afraid of Jonas Vingegaard. Yesterday I was more afraid of Remco Evenepoel" - Tadej Pogacar assesses Tour de France rivals as race reaches first rest day

Tadej Pogacar's dream of a historic Giro d'Italia - Tour de France double in 2024 is still very much alive at the Tour reaches its first rest day. In the Maillot Jaune after nine stages, the UAE Team Emirates leader holds a 33 second advantage in the general classification."Visma is trying to have c...

La Fleche Wallonne winner Stephen Williams extends at Israel - Premier Tech until 2028

One of the stars of this spring - Stephen Williams has unsurprisingly opted to renew with the team where he has achieved his career's greatest successes - Israel - Premier Tech. Williams will stay with the formation for at least another four years.Before joining the Israeli team, the Welshman spent...

"I find it stressful to watch Tadej's races" - Urska Zigart admits she's anxious whenever Tadej Pogacar races

Urska Zigart is a five-time national champion (4x time trial). But the 27-year-old Slovenian who races for Liv AlUla Jayco is more known as 'Tadej Pogacar's partner'. Despite Zigart's relatively successful professional career - she became double Slovenian champion in June - most interviews end at Ta...

"I can’t imagine Pog’ will get better but we'll see whether he gets much worse" - Geraint Thomas favors Jonas Vingegaard for Tour de France victory

Just like Tadej Pogacar, Geraint Thomas is attempting a Giro-Tour double for the first time in his career. But while the Slovenian who dominated the pink race a month ago is in the mix for victory in France too, the 38-year-old Welshman already dropped out of the GC in the first week.But even withou...

"It’s perhaps even more fun not to have something and to be able to pursue it" - Frank van den Broek has no regrets about letting teammate Romain Bardet have the yellow jersey

Team dsm-firmenich PostNL couldn't have dreamed of a better start to Tour de France that what they witnessed in Rimini. While Romain Bardet got to wear a yellow jersey for the first time in his career, it was his young teammate Frank van den Broek who received the 'hero of the day' badge."I still ca...

Bradley Wiggins will join Lance Armstrong's podcast as a special guest next week

Sir Bradley Wiggins, who recently entered bankrupcy, will be a special guest on Lance Armstrong's podcast for the next week, it was revealed on Sunday.Wiggins, the winner of the 2012 Tour de France, suggested to Cycling Weekly last month that he had a job lined up for the French Grand Tour, and has...

"It is the first time I have raced on gravel" - Santiago Buitrago considers the stage 9 one of the hardest at this Tour de France so far

Perhaps a bit surprisingly, Bahrain - Victorious entered the Tour de France with Santiago Buitrago as their main leader. Despite losing a bit of time in Bologna, the Colombian rider remains in a solid 15th place (14th after the injury of Aleksandr Vlasov) in the general classification, within two mi...

One of the best leadoutmen of the recent years Michael Morkov will retire at the end of 2024

Michael Morkov will retire at the end of 2024. Now this doesn't come as a complete surprise because as we know, the 39-year-old only joined Astana Qazaqstan ahead of this season with the aim to break the Tour de France stage victories record with Mark Cavendish. As this has been accomplished, there...

Julian Alaphilippe will lead France in hunt for medals at their home Olympic Games

The long-awaited has been confirmed and we finally know for (almost) certain which four names will represent the host country at the Olympic Games in Paris.It's been speculated in long advance that the spearhead of French lineup should be the two-time world champion Julian Alaphilippe. The 32-year-o...

Rating the Tour de France favourites after first week: Pogacar and Evenepoel stand out, Vingegaard fighting bravely, Roglic hanging on...

The first week of the Tour de France 2024 came to an end this past Sunday, July 7, with the celebration of stage 9 of the race, the gravel stage, which gave a tremendous show before the rest day that is being given this Monday.For this reason, our colleagues at Ciclismoaldia have decided to make an...

Prize Money Tour de France 2024 - Full guide to how €2.573.202 will be split between teams

The 2024 Tour de France promises to be a standout edition, commencing with its Grand Depart in Florence and Emilia-Romagna, just across the border in Italy. Notably, it will conclude away from Paris for the first time in many years, with the race culminating in Nice. Scheduled from June 29th to July...

“Defensive strategy, even on the rest day” - Wout van Aert responds to criticism of Visma's Tour de France tactics via Strava

A lot of heat has been laid at the door of Team Visma | Lease a Bike following the thrilling gravel stage 9 of the 2024 Tour de France. According to some, the team were defensive and boring on the day, and that criticism has filtered back to the riders it would seem. Former commentator Maarten Ducro...

Tour de France 2024 Prize Money ranking after stage 9

The Tour de France has underwent 9 stages so far and the first week has ended. We have seen fantastic stages in the mountains, hills, gravel, time-trial and in the sprints and after all this racing it is Intermarché - Wanty who has surprisingly brought in the most prize money, after Biniam Girmay's...

"To his credit, he stuck to his tactics" - Jose De Cauwer sticks up for Jonas Vingegaard after criticism following stage 9 of Tour de France

The highly anticipated gravel stage of the 2024 Tour de France more than lived up to the expectations on Sunday as an all-time great Tour de France stage was delivered. In the end however, there was no real GC shakeup as had been predicted. A big reason for this was the lack of desire by Jonas Vinge...

"We're not even halfway yet, so the plan remains the same" - Remco Evenepoel insists top-5 remains goal on Tour de France debut

With the 2024 Tour de France reaching the first rest day, it's time for the Maillot Jaune hopefuls to take stock. For Remco Evenepoel and those within Soudal - Quick-Step, spirits are high after an overwhelmingly positive opening week. On Sunday's stunning gravel stage 9 that brought that opening we...

“I think Visma were afraid of Tadej Pogacar" - Nathan van Hooydonck assesses former teammates' performance of Tour de France gravel

After playing a key role in Jonas Vingegaard's Tour de France victories in 2022 and 2023, Nathan van Hooydonck is forced to view the action from outside the peloton this time around after his premature retirement due to a heart issue. Assessing his former Team Visma | Lease a Bike teammates' perform...

Big blow for Primoz Roglic as key domestique abandons 2024 Tour de France on first rest day

Whilst Primoz Roglic scratched and clawed to keep his general classification dream alive at the 2024 Tour de France on the thrilling gravel stage on Sunday, now though, the Red Bull - BORA - hansgrohe leader has been dealt a rest day blow. One of the expected mountain super domestiques for Roglic to...

"Something has to be done and we shouldn't make it a political process" - Richard Plugge demands more be done for rider safety after tragic death of Andre Drege

The cycling world was again rocked by the sudden death of one of its riders last week in Austria as Norwegian prospect Andre Drege, on the verge of a move to World Tour level, had his life tragically cut short following a crash on the penultimate stage of the Tour of Austria. This has once again bro...

"I was super focused on my sprint because I know we don't have a lot of opportunities" - Chiara Consonni takes sprint win on stage 2 of Giro d'Italia Women

For the second day running at the 2024 Giro d'Italia Women, there has been an Italian winner. After Elisa Longo Borghini took the stage win in the opening time-trial, Chiara Consonni has powered to a sprint win on stage 2. In a frantic finale in Volta Mantovana, Consonni narrowly took the win ahead...

Jonathan Castroviejo and Connor Swift renew INEOS Grenadiers contracts

Taking advantage of the rest day of the Tour de France 2024 after the first week of competition, INEOS Grenadiers have been busy renewing the contracts of their riders. 37-year-old Spanish veteran Jonathan Castroviejo has signed for one more season, until the end of 2025, and his stay at INEOS will...

"This first week was absolutely perfect" - Biniam Girmay's star continues to rise at 2024 Tour de France with brilliant gravel display

After taking his second stage win of the 2024 Tour de France on Saturday, Biniam Girmay was impressive again on Sunday's gravel stage, taking a heap more points for his Green Jersey classification goals and eventually finishing 9th. "I had fun at the beginning, but after 50 kilometres I was complete...

Egan Bernal experiences the most difficult stage of the Tour de France: The team was shouting all day in the radio

When the route was announced, we all realized that the ninth stage of the Tour de France 2024, with several sections of sterrato, would be one of the most epic of the race. One of the important men in the peloton, Egan Bernal, made it through without any major difficulties. The Colombian rider of IN...

Tim Wellens unsurprised by Visma's blocking tactics against Pogacar: "Nobody expected them to continue"

UAE Team Emirates went all out with it's domestiques to try and create as much damage as possible on stage 9 of the Tour de France. Tim Wellens was a big part of this plan, but the team ultimately couldn't make the difference against a very strong Jonas Vingegaard and Team Visma | Lease a Bike that...

Wout van Aert deposits full confidence in Jonas Vingegaard: "We saw the leader we know again"

Wout van Aert is undergoing this Tour de France in a domestique role and yesterday on the race's gravel stage where he supported Jonas Vingegaard in what was a massive collective performance. The Belgian rider is confident that he is part of a team that can conquer the Tour for a third year in a row...

Details emerge over the crash that has led to death of Andre Drege

The death of Andre Drege has cast a dark shadow over the world of cycling this weekend. Many tributes have been sent from all corners of the sport. As the police investigate the crash that has led to his heart-breaking situation, details emerge over what has led the Team Coop - Repsol rider to crash...

Criticism from experts for "wheel sucker" tactics of Jonas Vingegaard on stage 9 of 2024 Tour de France

Jonas Vingegaard continues to show an incredible shape, given the circumstances, at the 2024 Tour de France. As the first day is reached the still recovering Dane sits 3rd overall at 1:15 off the Maillot Jaune of Tadej Pogacar. On the gravel stage 9, Vingegaard was in full defensive mode after an il...

"Sometimes you just have to show balls in the race" - Remco Evenepoel slams Jonas Vingegaard after lack of cooperation in Tour de France attack

Remco Evenepoel was an antagonist throughout the gravel stage 9 of the 2024 Tour de France. At one point, the Soudal - Quick-Step leader was clear of the peloton alongside Tadej Pogacar and Jonas Vingegaard. Sadly for the chances of the move however, only two thirds of the group had any intention of...

Gravel World Champion Matej Mohoric on inclusion of dust roads at Tour de France: "I would dare to say that it is now part of road cycling"

Stage 9 of this year's Tour de France is much feared among the favourites for the overall victory. It's not because of its brutal climbs but due to the unpredictable gravel. Matej Mohoric, as the current gravel World Champion, seems to be the right person to give his opinion of how this stage might...

"Visma is just focusing on me and underestimating the other GC contenders" - Tadej Pogacar frustrated by rival's tactics at 2024 Tour de France

Despite repeated attacks at the front of the GC group on the stage 9 gravel of the 2024 Tour de France, Tadej Pogacar was unable to snap the elastic to his Maillot Jaune rivals, with almost all general classification riders crossing the line together. “It was pretty fun racing. There was lots of san...

"Jonas Vingegaard did a great job, but he can also thank his team" - Grischa Niermann delighted by Visma's defensive display on Tour de France gravel

Whilst Jonas Vingegaard and Team Visma | Lease a Bike were on the back foot to an attacking Tadej Pogacar and Remco Evenepoel on the gravel stage 9 of the 2024 Tour de France, when the dust settled, all the big names crossed the line side by side. "I think it was a great team performance in this sta...

Jonas Abrahamsen is not afraid of the big mountains coming up in the second week: "I will try to keep it as long as possible and try to find the climbing legs"

The dust has settled in Troyes both figuratively and literally and it's much to everyone's surprise, it's the big guy from Uno-X Mobility Jonas Abrahamsen who controls the situation in the King of Mountains classification as we head into the first rest day of this year's Tour de France.Abrahamsen's...

Derek Gee third after a gutsy ride in breakaway in the gravel stage: "Of course I would have liked to finish a few places higher"

Despite the results turning out rather boring, the Tour de France gravel stage certainly didn't disappoint in terms of the spectacle it delivered. While nobody was ultimately able to create a difference within the peloton, Derek Gee fought it out at the front against his fellow escapees and ultimate...

"We had scouted the final well and knew a few moments where it was good to go" - Lidl-Trek DS confirms Jasper Stuyven's attack was well planned

Big disappointment at Lidl-Trek after the gravel stage in the Tour de France. Jasper Stuyven seemed to be on his way to victory, but was caught in the final kilometer by his former breakaway companions. "With that group with Turgis in it, we knew he wasn’t going to win in a sprint. Moreover, there w...

"Everyone suffered today, but we are still in a good position" - Joxean Matxin satisfied with UAE Team Emirates in the first week

All reasons to smile at UAE Team Emirates after the ninth stage of Tour de France. After all Tadej Pogacar is in the yellow with solid lead over his nearest competitors. In addition, his teammates Juan Ayuso and Joao Almeida are in placed 5th and 6th overall respectively.The Slovenian probably hoped...

"Last time I checked we did road cycling" - Simon Yates thinks Tour de France should stay away from stuff like cobbles and gravel

It was not the best day in Simon Yates' career. The 31-year-old was already quite deep in the provisional standings, but after the gravel stage where he lost another 10 minutes, his GC ambition is officially as we enter the first rest day. Before the stage, Yates shared his concerns about introducti...

"Very, very relieved not to lose time" - Jonas Vingegaard safely navigates gravel drama at 2024 Tour de France

Jonas Vingegaard was on the back foot for much of stage 9 at the 2024 Tour de France, but on the dangerous gravel, the Dane defended bravely, responding to multiple attacks from the likes of Tadej Pogacar and Remco Evenepoel to survive the day without any further time loss. An already tough day was...

"I'm glad I tried anyway" - Mathieu van der Poel unable to make telling impact on gravel stage of Tour de France

Mathieu van der Poel was one of the fancied riders heading into the 2024 Tour de France's gravel stage 9. Despite a late attack however, the world champion was unable to make an impact at the pointy end of the race. Having kept himself quiet for much of the day, just following the wheels at the fron...

"We are going to drink a lot of champagne now" - Anthony Turgis intent on celebrating biggest career win at the Tour de France

The seventh and biggest victory in the career of Anthony Turgis came on Sunday afternoon and in a stage for the ages at the 2024 Tour de France too as the TotalEnergies rider triumphed on the hotly anticipated gravel stage 9. "'I didn't even dare to raise my hand beforehand when asked who of us coul...

"That was kind of an ideal scenario for me" - Tom Pidcock narrowly misses out on second Tour de France stage win in thrilling finale to gravel stage

On a day well suited to the day capabilities of Tom Pidcock, the Brit was always fancied to be in the mix on the stage 9 gravel of the 2024 Tour de France, especially after falling out of GC contention. Sadly for the Brit, he couldn't quite take a second Tour stage win, coming home in a close second...

2024 Tour de France stage 9 GC Update: Tadej Pogacar, Remco Evenepoel and Jonas Vingegaard retain podium places after enthralling gravel day

Stage 9 of the Tour de France 2024 closed the first week in style, with the celebration of a gravel day that promised a lot of dispute between the favorites for the general classification. Tadej Pogacar started the day defending the yellow jersey over Remco Evenepoel, 2nd, and Jonas Vingegaard, 3rd....

LIVE BLOG! Tour de France 2024 Stage 9: TURGIS WINS! What a stage, absolutely brutal.

The final stage of the first week at the Tour de France takes place this Sunday. The famous gravel stage that has been talked up for months is now finally upon us. It has arrived, stage 9 of the Tour de France, a day where the race may not be won but it may definitely be lost in the 32 kilometers of...

Anthony Turgis wins one of the all-time great Tour de France stages as attacking Pogacar & Evenepoel are cancelled out by defensive Vingegaard & Roglic

After much hype and discussion, it's fair to say that the gravel stage 9 of the 2024 Tour de France has more than lived up to expectations. After a truly astonishing day of riding, TotalEnergies' Anthony Turgis triumphed ahead of Tom Pidcock and Derek Gee as the GC riders cancelled each other out.Th...

VIDEO: Tadej Pogacar obliterates GC group with blistering attack with 20km to go on gravel stage of Tour de France

On a thrilling day at the 2024 Tour de France, the attacks keep coming. The latest of which is from the Maillot Jaune Tadej Pogacar himself!With just under 22km to go, Pogacar attacked once again and this time his main follower on the day, Remco Evenepoel was nowhere no be seen. Although Christophe...

"I’ve been dreaming of the Maglia Rosa for so long" - Elisa Longo Borghini full of emotion after perfect start to Giro d'Italia Women 2024

Now aged 32 and in her 13th ever Giro d'Italia Women, Elisa Longo Borghini proved in the opening stage individual time trial that she is still more than capable of finally taking overall victory, securing the stage win and the first Maglia Rosa of the race. "It’s really emotional," said a tearful Lo...

VIDEO: Nasty crash for Aleksandr Vlasov with BORA rider questionably allowed to continue despite being visibly dazed at Tour de France

The race is hotting up at the front on stage 9 of the 2024 Tour de France and the rise in stress levels has seen Red Bull - BORA - hansgrohe's Aleksandr Vlasov take a very nasty crash off the road and into a ditch. Forced towards the edge of the road in the GC group, Vlasov spectacularly went head o...

VIDEO: Remco Evenepoel attacks with just under 80km to go on Tour de France's gravel stage with Tadej Pogacar & Jonas Vingegaard following

Remco Evenepoel continues to impress on his debut Tour de France. No one will have expected this however, as the Belgian has attacked with just under 80km to go on the gravel stage 9!After a testing move by Tadej Pogacar with around 90km to go, Evenepoel's move was a much more serious attack at 78km...

"I’ve just been sh*t. It’s unfortunate” - Michael Matthews left dumbfounded by lack of form at 2024 Tour de France

Four times a Tour de France stage winner, Michael Matthews had high hopes of taking a fifth win on stage 8 on Saturday. Sadly for the Australian, he was left completely off the pace, much to his own confusion. “For me I don’t really have words,” he said at the finish in quotes collected by Velo, aft...

VIDEO: Carnage at the Tour de France as riders forced to run on only the second gravel sector of the day!

There has been so much talk about the gravel sectors of stage 9 at the 2024 Tour de France and just two sectors in, the drama is already reaching fever pitch. Showing why it is so important to be at the front of the peloton on a day such as this, as the peloton entered the second sector, those halfw...

PREVIEW | Tour de France 2024 stage 9 - The gravel stage! Pogacar, Vingegaard, Evenepoel and Roglic fight to survive dangerous day

The final stage of the first week at the Tour de France takes place this Sunday. The famous gravel stage that has been talked up for months is now finally upon us. We preview stage 9 of the Tour de France, a day where the race may not be won but it may definitely be lost in the 32 kilometers of off-...

"Jonas Vingegaard has to ride in Wout van Aert's pocket all day" - Visma clear on gravel tactics at Tour de France

Much has been made of stage 9 of the 2024 Tour de France as the races takes the riders onto the gravel with potentially GC shifting ramifications. The time for talking is now over though, as the day is here and for Team Visma | Lease a Bike, the plan is clear. "This stage is meant for the spectacle...

Elisa Longo Borghini takes early lead at 2024 Giro d'Italia Women, winning stage 1 ITT by single second from Grace Brown

The opening stage of the 2024 Giro d'Italia Women saw the peloton take on a 15.7 kilometre time-trial. The winner on the day and as a result, the first Maglia Rosa of the race, was Italy's own, Elisa Longo Borghini.Among the times of the notable names, Lotte Kopecky clocked 21:02 for her efforts, Ju...

"After all, you're looking for the best cyclist in three weeks" - Mike Teunissen in favor of adding irregularities such as gravel and cobblestones in Grand Tours

The mood at Intermarché - Wanty must be through the roof with their Eritrean gem Biniam Girmay at top of the Points classification after two dominant sprint victories. One of the key parts of his sprint train Mike Teunissen, himself a Tour stage winner, thus has to put aside his personal ambitions f...

Alberto Contador, on the gravel stage of the Tour de France: "There can be breakdowns, crashes, punctures... you can lose all your chances in the GC"

Eurosport analyst Alberto Contador, has given his opinion on the ninth stage of the Tour de France 2024. Starting and finishing in Troyes, the stage will be marked by the stretches of dirt roads that will dot a day that could end up being decisive for the men in the general classification.The Spania...

Red Bull - BORA - hansgrohe confident they did everything possible to prepare for the gravel stage: "It will still be a lottery. The key is not to have bad luck"

Red Bull - BORA - hansgrohe entered the Tour de France with only the highest ambitions. Their fresh signing Primoz Roglic is set to target the overall victory and after the first eight stages, his position in the GC indeed doesn't seem too bad. However another major danger awaits the Slovenian on Su...

"A stage like that doesn’t belong in the Tour" - Richard Plugge doesn't agree with addition of gravel stages at Grand Tours

The stage all teams feared since the route presentation last winter is here. The ninth stage in the surroundings of Troyes could shake up the general classification and that's why all favourites' teams tried to prepare for the day as best as they knew. However Visma | Lease a Bike's manager Richard...

"Tomorrow’s stage will be one of the most watched sporting events of the year” - Remco Evenepoel admits nervous anticipation as 2024 Tour de France takes to the gravel

After all the ups and downs of the first 8 stages at the 2024 Tour de France, the first section of the race ends in an eagerly anticipated gravel stage around Troyes on Sunday. For Remco Evenepoel, the nervous anticipation is already beginning to take hold. Fortunately, as they approached such a cru...

"Please give us enough space to race" - Remco Evenepoel reminds spectators to behave in a Tour de France campaign

Tour de France is not only about the spectacular battles of the world's best cyclist on the roads. The race would be nothing without its loyal fanbase. It's essentially the crowds that create the unique atmosphere that draws riders to the Grande Boucle like a spell.However this is a double-edged swo...

Devastating testimony of the only witness to the tragic death of Andre Drege: "I would give anything to be able to change what happened"

Slovenian cyclist Jaka Primozic was the only witness to the unfortunate death of Andre Drege in the Tour of Austria. The Norwegian rider was in the breakaway when he crashed on the descent of the Grossglocker and suffered fatal injuries.The only witness to the fatal accident was the aforementioned 2...

Final stage of Tour of Austria cancelled after tragic passing of Andre Drege and replaced with a condolence ride

The tragic death of Andre Drege (25) shocked the cycling world. The promising Norwegian cyclist suffered fatal injuries in a downhill from Grossglockner. Understandably so, the final stage of Tour of Austria won't be contested."The final stage of the 73rd Tour of Austria will not be contested due to...

Germany presents its Olympic Games selection which relies on Liane Lippert on road and Lea Sophie Friedrich or Tim Torn Teutenberg on track

The list of 31 cyclists who will represent Germany at the Paris 2024 Olympic Games has been confimed by the German Olympic Sports Confederation. As for the road, there are four women and two men who will participate in the various events. Germany's main hope will be the 26-year-old Liane Lippert who...

Axel Zingle refuses to comment on the drama with his manager: "I don't think this is the right time to talk about it"

Axel Zingle was heavily criticised by Cofidis manager Cedric Vasseur for joining breakaway on stage 6. His fellow Frenchman Nacer Bouhanni quickly arrived to support Zingle, but now we finally get (some) reaction on the subject by the 25-year-old rider himself.Asked by Cyclism'Actu about his manager...

"I really don't think there's any malice behind it" - Thomas Dekker defends Jasper Philipsen's 'irregular' sprinting

Jasper Philipsen is currently on a drought when it comes to sprint victories, having finished second three times. On the second occasion, he was relegated for his line deviation against Wout Van Aert. The Belgian later apologized for his actions online, but Dutch ex-pro Thomas Dekker doesn't expect...

"I like to have pain in my legs, then they get stronger afterwards" - Stage 8 hero Jonas Abrahamsen speaks about his mantra

Jonas Abrahamsen was the hero of Saturday's stage 8 to Colombey-les-Deux-Eglises. After days with no breakaways at all, the Norwegian sacrificed his legs to provide viewers with a spectacle as he embarged on a nearly 150 km solo against the full peloton.The Uno-X Mobility rider than describes how th...

"He remains calm now in the final" - Intermarché-Wanty head coach on growth of Biniam Girmay over the last few weeks

Biniam Girmay won his seconds stage at the Tour de France on Saturday. For Intermarché - Wanty - a team that was having a sub-par season so far it's a welcome boost of morale. The Belgian team is thus the only team that has already won two stages in this Tour de France. Satisfied head coach Aike Vis...

"When you come so close, you hope to win" - Jasper Philipsen runner-up in a third sprint at this Tour de France

This Tour de France is turning into something of a nightmare for Jasper Philipsen. Colombey-les-Deux-Eglises didn't break Philipsen's curse but he remains confident heading into Sunday's gravel stage. The Alpecin-Deceuninck sprinter is not performing poorly, but a crash, a relegation and two second...

Discover the startlist for the 2024 Giro d'Italia Women right here! Can Lotte Kopecky add Grand Tour glory to glistening palmares?

Whilst the men are completing their own Grand Tour currently at the Tour de France, the women will also soon be back in Grand Tour action as between July 7th and July 14th, the 2024 Giro d'Italia Women will be on the race programme. On the startlist for the race are a number of top names, including:...

"You can't win the Tour de France in a gravel stage like that, but you can lose it" - Concern within Red Bull - BORA - hansgrohe ahead of stage 9

Whilst in the high mountains the strongest rider almost always prevails over their rivals, on the gravel, luck can play a massive role. Strongest rider or not, an ill-timed puncture or mechanical could see a rider's Maillot Jaune hopes at the 2024 Tour de Franc, crash and burn on stage 9. As such, R...

"Bad luck will hopefully not be decisive" - Tiesj Benoot optimistic for Jonas Vingegaard on Tour de France's gravel stage

With another day of racing in the legs of Jonas Vingegaard at the 2024 Tour de France, confidence within Team Visma | Lease a Bike seems to growing day by day as their leader continues to mix it with the best at the top of the general classification. On Sunday's stage 9 however, arguably the biggest...

"If you puncture at the wrong moment you will lose time" - Tadej Pogacar aware of danger posed by gravel stage at the 2024 Tour de France

On Sunday, the first week of the 2024 Tour de France will be brought to a close by a controversial and potentially GC shifting gravel stage. Tadej Pogacar enters stage 9 with a narrow lead over Remco Evenepoel, but is well aware that one piece of bad luck could completely change everything. Thankful...

"Really devastating news" - Alexander Kristoff shares tribute to compatriot after Andre Drege's tragic death at Tour of Austria

Whilst stage 8 of the 2024 Tour de France was taking place between Semur-en-Auxois and Colombey-les-Deux-Eglises on Saturday afternoon, a tragic and horrific moment at the Tour of Austria sent the cycling world into a state of mourning. Team Coop - Repsol's 25-year-old Norwegian rider, Andre Drege w...

"I was boxed in... No doubt that I had the legs to win today” - Disappointed Arnaud De Lie denied first Tour de France win on stage 8

After his recent Belgian National Championship win, many in Belgium expected Arnaud De Lie to have little trouble tasting victory on his Tour de France debut. It's not quite gone to plan so far for the Lotto Dstny rider however, as was the case again on stage 8.A punchy, uphill sprint to the line, D...

"To win two times, I have to say thanks to God" - Biniam Girmay continues stunning Tour de France with another victory on stage 8

A week ago, no black African had ever managed to win a stage of the Tour de France. Now, after two wins in six days, Biniam Girmay is becoming even more of a trailblazer than he was before."It's unbelievable," the 24-year-old Eritrean of Intermarché - Wanty reflected disbelievingly in his post-stage...

2024 Tour de France stage 8 GC Update: Tadej Pogacar heads into much talked about gravel stage with narrow GC lead

Ahead of a day that is sure to greatly increase the stress levels among the favourites for the general classification, stage 8 of the 2024 Tour de France saw a more relaxing day for GC riders as Biniam Girmay took his second stage win of this Grand Tour. Tadej Pogacar started with the yellow jersey...

Brilliant Biniam Girmay doubles up at 2024 Tour de France on stage 8 to further strengthen hold on Green Jersey

The brilliant Biniam Girmay has doubled up at the 2024 Tour de France, taking victory ahead of Jasper Philipsen in a punchy uphill sprint on stage 8.Everyone had expected a massive fight for the breakaway today. When a trio of Stefan Bissegger, Neilson Powless and the King of the Mountains Jonas Abr...

"If Tadej Pogacar or Jonas Vingegaard crash, it would be a big loss" - Matej Mohoric sends warning to Tour de France organisers ahead of gravel stage

Sunday's stage 9 of the 2024 Tour de France brings the first week of racing to a close in an intriguing and somewhat controversial manner as the peloton is tasked with a day highlighted by a number of gravel sectors around Troyes. Whilst the day is likely to be great viewing for spectators of the wo...

Andre Drege (25) tragically dies in crash at the 2024 Tour of Austria

Stage 4 of the 2024 Tour of Austria has been tragically overshadowed on Saturday afternoon. Whilst Filippo Ganna managed to triumph on the queen stage in style, a horrific situation was developing down the road. Although complete details about the incident and the situation are now fully known, it i...

LIVE BLOG! Tour de France 2024 Stage 8: GIRMAY WINS! Philipsen comes up short again.

  The overall classification contenders had a key day today at the Tour de France's sole time-trial but they won't be able to relax on a stage that was seemingly for the sprinters. We arrive at stage 8, a day where the many small climbs can see a breakaway succeed but the strong crosswinds can cause...

"Jonas is doing better than we expected. That's great" - Vingegaard's first week Tour de France time loss of no concern to Richard Plugge

Jonas Vingegaard entered the 2024 Tour de France under a cloud of question marks having not raced in nearly three months following his Itzulia Basque Country horror crash. Although the Dane has lost over a minute to Tadej Pogacar over the first 7 stages, Team Visma | Lease a Bike are generally posit...

"Primoz Roglic looks like he's getting into form" - Tejay van Garderen impressed by Red Bull - BORA leader's strong time-trial performance at Tour de France

Primoz Roglic has seemed the most vulnerable of the Big 4 general classification contenders at the 2024 Tour de France so far this race. In the stage 7 individual time trial however, the Slovenian showed signs that he is starting to ride himself into the race and may only be getting stronger. Finish...

"We're going to do everything we can to make sure that doesn't happen at Paris Olympics" - Stefan Kung sees ITT hopes ruined at Tour de France by dropped chain

As has often been the case for Stefan Kung in the biggest races, bad luck struck again on the stage 7 individual time trial at the 2024 Tour de France. Having been motoring along nicely, the Swiss powerhouse was looking set for the provisionally fastest time before a dropped chain somewhat disrupted...

"The third week will be super difficult" - Egan Bernal feels himself growing stronger at Tour de France and has GC top-10 in his sights

Whilst time trials have never been the strongest of disciplines for Egan Bernal, even when he was at his Grand Tour winning best level of 2019-2021, the INEOS Grenadiers man put in a solid effort on stage 7 of the 2024 Tour de France, keeping the top 10 of the general classification in his sights. "...

"I do feel targeted" - Jasper Philipsen fears relegation by Tour de France jury might ruin future sprints

After a stunning performance at the 2023 Tour de France, winning four stages and taking home the Green Jersey, Jasper Philipsen has been unable to replicate that form at the 2024 edition as of yet. Having been relegated from 2nd on the stage 6 bunch sprint after the race jury deemed Philipsen had da...

Bert De Backer doubts Wout van Aert's ability to grow enough in form for Olympic Games: "It is difficult to build up condition in a Grand Tour"

Wout van Aert's season was turned on it's head with the brutal crash at Dwars door Vlaanderen. Cobbled monuments and Giro d'Italia out the window and the Tour de France was inserted. The Olympic Games remained the only untouched goal for the summer and the Belgian rider remains focused on it, but no...

Mads Pedersen shares how Lidl-Trek convinced him to abandon Tour after time-trial: "They had never seen anything so ugly"

Mads Pedersen suffered a hard crash on stage 5 and has abandoned the Tour de France this morning as a precaution, but also to focus on the Olympic Games. The Lidl-Trek rider stayed in the race for two days after the fall, but tells how worried the team was with his state after the time-trial reveale...

Matxin happy with Tadej Pogacar's time-trial: "He does not lose too much time to Remco, and gains time compared to Jonas and Roglic"

UAE Team Emirates put in a lot of focus in the time-trials and the reason is obvious. They work to win Grand Tours and Tadej Pogacar this Friday had to battle against no less than Remco Evenepoel, Jonas Vingegaard and Primoz Roglic. But in the first battle against the clock since the Giro d'Italia,...

"You never know what can happen" - Tadej Pogacar anticipates key gravel stage at Tour de France

Stage 9 of the Tour de France will take the riders through 14 sectors and 32 kilometers of gravel roads around the city of Troyes. It is a very dangerous day for the overall classification contenders and it is a day that has been anticipated for months. Tadej Pogacar shares his thoughts on what may...

"I need to keep an eye on Remco" - Tadej Pogacar sees Evenepoel emerging as main Maillot Jaune challenger at 2024 Tour de France

For the first time ever, the Big 4 of Tadej Pogacar, Jonas Vingegaard, Primoz Roglic and Remco Evenepoel are competing at the Tour de France in 2024. Whilst Pogacar is living up to his billing of pre-race favourite, it's somewhat surprisingly Evenepoel who is emerging as the Slovenian's nearest chal...

"That's not true. Or I hope not" - Visma DS turns down speculations that Wout Van Aert could leave Tour early to prepare for Olympics

Wout Van Aert, Remco Evenepoel, Jasper Stuyven and Tiesj Benoot are the chosen four to represent Belgium at Paris Olympics. All four are currently in action at the Tour de France and so it makes sense there are concerns about whether the workload from three weeks of racing in France won't impact the...

PREVIEW | Tour de France 2024 stage 8 - Echelons, breakaway day or fourth bunch sprint?

The overall classification contenders had a key day today at the Tour de France's sole time-trial but they won't be able to relax on a stage that was seemingly for the sprinters. We preview stage 8 of the Tour, a day where the many small climbs can see a breakaway succeed but the strong crosswinds c...

Nacer Bouhanni lashes back at Cédric Vasseur for Axel Zingle critics: "The only one who has a spasm at Cofidis is Vasseur himself"

In the sixth stage of Tour de France, Axel Zingle broke away from the peloton and joined Jonas Abrahamsen in a ride ahead of the bunch. This went against the plans of his team Cofidis. Team manager Cedric Vasseur was not happy with the action of his rider and criticized him publicly.Vasseur's public...

Cycling world unites against UCI in criticism for fining Julien Bernard at Tour de France - "They have no clue"

Close to home roads, stage 7's time-trial at the Tour de France was a very special day for Lidl-Trek's Julien Bernard. The French rider had a TV bike with him throughout his effort as in the day's climb there was a large fan group awaiting him including his wife and child - which he stopped to kiss....

Mads Pedersen forced to abandon Tour de France after high-speed crash on stage 5 sprint

Mads Pedersen will not continue the Tour de France. The Lidl-Trek rider was on an incredible sequence where he's won stages on all four previous Grand Tours he participated in but that run has ended as the effects of a high-speed crash left him with no choice. Lidl-Trek shared on social media this m...

Patrick Lefevere critical of Tour de France's gravel stage: "Gravel in the Tour? Nonsense"

The Tour de France is one of the toughest cycling events in the world and often rewards the most complete rider in the peloton. It is a race decided in the mountains and time-trials but with several other pitfalls every year. In 2024, there is a stage with plenty off-road gravel sectors, which will...

"I expected to lose more" - Jonas Vingegaard optimistic with Tour de France time-trial

Jonas Vingegaard entered the Tour de France with relatively unknown form for his rivals but has positively surprised over the opening days of the race. On the Col du Galibier he was distanced by Tadej Pogacar and this Friday in the race's sole flat time-trial he shed more time, but he was not upset...

"We have to try to win it back somewhere" - Visma remain confident despite Jonas Vingegaard now over a minute down on Tadej Pogacar at Tour de France

Jonas Vingegaard might have finished 4th on the stage 7 individual time-trial of the 2024 Tour de France, dropping to more than a minute down on his arch rival, Tadej Pogacar, but Team Visma | Lease a Bike maintain an optimistic outlook towards their leader's performances. In something that is quick...

"They are so thin... I almost get scared when I see them walking" - Adrie van der Poel fears the nutritioning in cycling has taken things way too far

Father of Mathieu van der Poel and himself a successful ex-pro Adrie van der Poel believes that the modern cyclist is far too sharp (and thin) and that health is gradually becoming a problem. He discussed this sensitive subject with ex-pro Nathan Van Hooydonck in De Avondetappe.Adrie van der Poel be...

"Tom Pidcock is a generational talent" - Ineos DS confirms the team has long-term plans to fight for GC at Grand tours with Pidcock

Tom Pidcock's personal ambitions and the vision of INEOS Grenadiers. The cooperation can go either way in coming years as it's becoming clear the two sides won't unanimously agree in everything. In years to come, it'll become essential, more than ever, to find the right balance between their interes...

No end to bad luck for Marta Cavalli who has to postpone her return to competition after getting hit by a car during training

The bad luck doesn't seem to come to an end for Marta Cavalli. The 26-year-old was training this morning with a friend on the roads near her home when she was hit by a car on a roundabout. The car driver entered the roundabout (it remains to be seen whether he respected the right of way) and ended u...

"For now we are satisfied with how he is doing" - Remco Evenepoel's coach happy with how the first week went so far

In December, just after Christmas, Remco Evenepoel went to France to recon the first Tour de France time trial. Has it paid off for the Soudal - Quick-Step rider? Well, he won the test against the clock with a dominant performance that left no doubts... so you could say so.Remco's coach Koen Pelgrim...

"I have thoroughly enjoyed it" - surprise of the day Victor Campenaerts after his fifth place in first Tour time trial

Victor Campenaerts may not have been the fastest Belgian in the time trial from Nuits-Saint-Georges to Gevrey-Chambertin but unlike his compatriot Remco Evenepoel's victory, which was widely expected, Campenaerts' top 5 result came seemingly out of the blue. In fact the 32-year-old was the best amon...

"I will continue to try to win, as quickly and honestly as I can" - Jasper Philipsen refuses any interviews after his relegation

Jasper Philipsen refused to speak to the press on Friday after the sprint incident in which he and Wout van Aert were involved at the end of stage 6. The Alpecin-Deceuninck sprinter however apologized on his Instagram in the morning after the stage. As if the third missed stage win in this Tour wasn...

"That moment will only happen once in my life" - Julien Bernard takes home lifelong memory from stage 7 of 2024 Tour de France

Julien Bernard may not have contested for the win on the stage 7 individual time-trial at the 2024 Tour de France, but the 32-year-old Frenchman of Lidl-Trek will take away a lifelong memory from the day after receiving a hero's welcome on the days's climb. Bernard, who is competing in the fourth To...

"My body has not had a good reaction to the crash" - Matteo Jorgenson riding himself into 2024 Tour de France and up into the top 10 on GC

After a solid performance in the stage 7 individual time-trial, Matteo Jorgenson is now up into the top 10 of the 2024 Tour de France, continuing to go from strength to strength since his off-season move to Team Visma | Lease a Bike.Stopping the clock with the 7th fastest time, 53 seconds down on th...

"I'm happy with this and it makes me optimistic" - Primoz Roglic closing gap to Tour de France podium with 3rd place in first ITT

It's fair to say that Primoz Roglic's 2024 Tour de France didn't start ideally. Is the Slovenian starting to ride himself into the race however? On the stage 7 individual time trial, Roglic gained time on his former teammate Jonas Vingegaard, closing the gap to the podium places in the process."I'm...

"I probably tried to ride too hard" - Wout van Aert left disappointed by Tour de France time trial performance

Ordinarily, Wout van Aert would start a Tour de France time-trial as one of the hot favourites for victory. On stage 7 of the 2024 edition however, that was far from the case with the Belgian finishing way off the pace.“I didn’t have a good feeling today,” the 29-year-old of Team Visma | Lease a Bik...

"I was pretty sure I had a puncture" - Remco Evenepoel survives late scare to take ITT win on Tour de France debut

The world champion in the discipline, Remco Evenepoel started the day as pre-race favourite ahead of the first individual time trial of the 2024 Tour de France. That's how things turned out too, as the Belgian put time into all his Maillot Jaune rivals, taking the first stage win of his Tour career....

2024 Tour de France stage 7 GC Update: Tadej Pogacar remains in yellow after first ITT but sees Remco Evenepoel slash the deficit

Some say the individual time trials are the most boring stages of a Grand Tour. The stage 7 fight against the clock at the 2024 Tour de France was a true thriller however, with Remco Evenepoel taking the first stage win of his Tour debut. Gaining 12 seconds on Tadej Pogacar, 34 on Primoz Roglic and...

LIVE BLOG! Tour de France 2024 Stage 7: EVENEPOEL WINS! Pogacar trails at 12 seconds.

The overall classification contenders at the Tour de France face a new and very important test. Stage 7 of the Tour, the first time-trial of the race and in all honesty the one where the biggest differences may be made. It's one of the most important stages of the first week.This will be a fight bet...

Remco Evenepoel takes first ever Tour de France win on stage 7 time trial but Tadej Pogacar holds onto the Maillot Jaune

After a thriller of a time trial, the titans of the 2024 Tour de France went head to head against the clock with Remco Evenepoel proving strongest, gaining time on the likes of Tadej Pogacar, Jonas Vingegaard and Primoz Roglic. The first time trial of the 2024 Tour de France, the record breaking, hi...

"Being lighter doesn't mean you're a better cyclist" - Thijs Zonneveld believes Primoz Roglic has become too skinny for his own good

Of the big four, it seems that it is Primoz Roglic who has drawn the shortest match in the first week of Tour de France. The Slovenian four-time Grand tour winner made a much discussed move from Visma | Lease a Bike to Bora - hansgrohe (now Red Bull - BORA - hansgrohe) last winter and half a year la...

VIDEO: Julien Bernard given heroes welcome on first ITT of the 2024 Tour de France

With the stage 7 individual time-trial of the 2024 Tour de France taking the riders from Nuits-Saint-Georges to Gevrey-Chambertin, fans have come out in force to celebrate the peloton. No one has had more support than Lidl-Trek's Julien Bernard however. The 32-year-old Frenchman, who is competing in...

“When we talk numbers, Merckx is 525 victories. Mark has 165” - Oliver Naesen on comparisons between Eddy Merckx & Mark Cavendish

Although his place in Tour de France history has long been assured, Mark Cavendish confirmed himself as the greatest stage winner in the history of cycling's most famous race earlier this week, completing his 'Project 35'.Overtaking the legendary Eddy Merckx as the man with the most stage wins in To...

INEOS Grenadiers "hell-bent on developing our own talent" in search for Geraint Thomas replacement Grand Tour leader of the future

With the INEOS Grenadiers' main Grand Tour leader, Geraint Thomas now nearing the end of his career, the team's Performance Director Scott Drawer insists they won't replace the Welshman with another expensive and ready made Grand Tour contender. Instead, the INEOS Grenadiers will target the youth of...

Start Times & Order: 2024 Tour de France stage 7 ITT

The general classification contenders at the 2024 Tour de France face a new and very important test on stage 7. The first time-trial of the race and in all honesty the one where the biggest differences may be made. It's one of the most important stages of the first week and the start times and order...

PREVIEW | Tour de France 2024 stage 7 - Time-trial battle between Tadej Pogacar, Jonas Vingegaard, Remco Evenepoel and Primoz Roglic

The overall classification contenders at the Tour de France face a new and very important test. We preview stage 7 of the Tour, the first time-trial of the race and in all honesty the one where the biggest differences may be made. It's one of the most important stages of the first week. The first ti...

"I don't know what Axel Zingle was thinking... We'll ask for explanations" - Cofidis boss slams his own rider for going into business for himself at Tour de France

At the 2024 Tour de France, Axel Zingle was planned to have a very important role in the final sprint for Bryan Coquard and Cofidis. According to the team's boss, Cedric Vasseur however, the Frenchman went into business for himself on stage 6.On stage 6, there was a hush over the peloton, with no br...

"45 seconds is a big gap" - Remco Evenepoel's coach plays down talk of Belgian taking yellow from Tadej Pogacar in Tour de France time-trial

On stage 7, the 2024 Tour de France enters Remco Evenepoel's terrain with the first individual time-trial. Just 45 seconds behind the Maillot Jaune of Tadej Pogacar, there has been some talk of the Belgian finishing the day in yellow. Evenepoel's coach however, isn't so sure. "45 seconds is a big ga...

Now Mark Cavendish has realised 'Project 35' we analyse who if anyone is best placed to break the Tour de France stage win record next

History was made on stage 5 of the 2024 Tour de France as sprinting legend Mark Cavendish took a record breaking 35th Tour de France stage win, moving clear of the great Eddy Merckx as the most successful stage winner in the history of cycling's most iconic race. "I can't believe it. It was a big ga...

VIDEO: Tour de France fans take crowd control into their own hands

The great thing about the sport of cycling is that you don't need to buy a ticket to come and see your heroes in person. The fact supporters can easily get up close and personal with riders comes with problems however, as seen on numerous occasions over the years. At the recent Giro d'Italia for exa...

"This could only increase the aggressiveness for the next sprints" - Jose De Cauwer feels Jasper Philipsen has been harshly punished at Tour de France

Not for the first time, Jasper Philipsen's sprint was the subject of much controversy on stage 6 at the 2024 Tour de France. This time though, the race jury took action, relegating the Belgian, who'd initially crossed the line in 2nd. Not all are in agreement with the decision however. Analysing the...

"I don't think it's a maneuver that justifies it" - Alpecin-Deceuninck boss fumes at Jasper Philipsen's stage 6 relegation at 2024 Tour de France

Jasper Philipsen's bad luck at the 2024 Tour de France continued on stage 6 in Dijon. Having initially narrowly missed out on the stage win to Dylan Groenewegen in a photo finish, the Belgian was then relegated by the race jury for a dangerous sprint. Although this isn't the first time that Philipse...

"It's a real shame" - Mathieu van der Poel keeps the faith in Jasper Philipsen at Tour de France despite stage 6 relegation

After his dominant sprint performances at the 2023 Tour de France, winning four stages and the Green Jersey, Jasper Philipsen is finding things a lot tougher in 2024. Three sprints down, the Belgian is still waiting for a win and to make matters worse, he was also relegated from 2nd on stage 6. In t...

"A great example of how the Tour can get ugly even when the wind isn't blowing too hard" - Tadej Pogacar survives echelon scare on stage 6 at Tour de France

Although on paper, the almost pancake flat stage 6 of the 2024 Tour de France was supposed to be a calm day for the Maillot Jaune contenders, a little bit of wind saw Tadej Pogacar isolated momentarily in a worrying moment of weakness for UAE Team Emirates. As the wind picked up, Team Visma | Lease...

"Many people said to me: Mikel Landa? Really?" - Patrick Lefevere feels vindicated after initial criticism of Soudal - Quick-Step super domestique

It is no secret that in recent years, Soudal - Quick-Step have been making a concerted effort to improve their climbing ranks and therefore strengthen the support of Grand Tour leader, Remco Evenepoel. Arguably the most important signing made has been Mikel Landa. “I am very proud of the decision I...

"Now have to waste another half hour of my time here" - Mads Pedersen far from happy to receive podium trip following stage 6 of 2024 Tour de France

It's not been an ideal few days at the 2024 Tour de France for Lidl-Trek's Mads Pedersen. After crashing hard in the sprint finale of stage 5, a battered, bruised and bandaged Dane was unable to contest for the win on stage 6.To make matters worse for the 28-year-old, he wasn't allowed to head strai...

Jasper Philipsen 'incredibly disappointed' by 'unexpected declassification' on stage 6 of 2024 Tour de France: "I try to be an honest sprinter"

Jasper Philipsen's wait for glory at the 2024 Tour de France continues. Three sprint stages down, it's been three different forms of disappointment for last year's Green Jersey winner.On stage 6, the Belgian was doubly disappointed too. After narrowly missing out on the stage win to Dutch national c...

"I did not do a recon of the course yet because of the crash" - Jonas Vingegaard heading into the unknown with Tour de France time trial

The 2024 Tour de France takes on its first time trial this Friday afternoon. After his stunning performance against the clock twelve months ago, can Jonas Vingegaard put in a similarly impressive display?Having safely navigated the threat of crosswinds and echelons on stage 6, Vingegaard sits 3rd ov...

"Remco looks good, motivated" - Tadej Pogacar & UAE wary of Evenepoel's ITT prowess ahead of first time-trial at 2024 Tour de France

The fight for the Maillot Jaune at the 2024 Tour de France is likely to take another turn on stage 7 as the riders take on their first individual time-trial of the Grand Tour.Time-trial world champion Remco Evenepoel starts the day 2nd in the general classification, just 45 seconds behind race leade...

“We ask for equality” - Bahrain - Victorious react with fury to Phil Bauhaus stage 5 relegation at 2024 Tour de France

Whilst Mark Cavendish was sprinting to a history making 35th Tour de France stage win in Saint Vulbas on Wednesday afternoon, a little further behind, another story was developing, involving Bahrain - Victorious' sprinter, Phil Bauhaus. Although the German was never truly in the fight for the win, c...

"I can't wait for tomorrow... I'm hoping to make some waves" - Can Remco Evenepoel take Maillot Jaune on first ITT of 2024 Tour de France?

Six stages down, it's hard not to have been impressed with Tour de France debutant Remco Evenepoel. Sitting second in the general classification, the Soudal - Quick-Step leader is just 45 seconds off Tadej Pogacar with the race entering Evenepoel's territory. On stage 7, the 2024 Tour de France take...

“I was closed in again by Jasper Philipsen. That’s a bad habit of his" - Wout van Aert left frustrated again at 2024 Tour de France

Wout van Aert continues to wait for some success at the 2024 Tour de France. On the bunch sprint of stage 6, the Team Visma | Lease a Bike star crossed the line in 7th, as Dylan Groenewegen secured victory on the day. After the finish line was crossed however, van Aert was visibly frustrated. The re...

"He needed to reassure himself" - Marc Madiot believes Tadej Pogacar has inferiority complex in rivalry with Jonas Vingegaard at Tour de France

Tadej Pogacar and Jonas Vingegaard. It's one of the all time great Tour de France rivalries and although Pogacar is the man to have the early advantage in the 4th chapter of their story, Groupama - FDJ boss Marc Madiot, has seen something that may concern the Slovenian's supporters. The perhaps tell...

Another blow for Cofidis as Guillaume Martin could switch to Groupama - FDJ for 2025

The sell out at Cofidis seems to continue as another big name is looking to move elsewhere at the end of the season. Axel Zingle's move to Visma | Lease a Bike is already taken for certain, but now it seems like the French team's star climber Guillaume Martin won't extend at Cofidis either.Martin an...

Alexey Lutsenko might leave Astana after 2024 in one of the most surprising moves of the year

The mood in Astana Qazaqstan is currently over the moon thanks to Mark Cavendish, who managed to complete his mission and won the 35th Tour de France stage in his career, becoming the sole record holder. However things are from ideal in the Kazakh formation as reports emerge that their poster rider...

Belgian ex-pro arrested for multimilion cryptocurrencies fraud

Stijn V. was arrested at the end of June. The 45-year-old Belgian ex-pro is suspected of having led a criminal organization that defrauded their victims of at least 24 million euros by convincing gullible people to invest in cryptocurrencies thtough shady companies.The money was transferred to bank...

Lotto Dstny set to lose another two important riders as budget uncertainties tie their hands

Lotto Dstny is on a good way to recover its WorldTour license for the next cycle, but the team around young talents Arnaud De Lie, Maxim Van Gils and Lennert Van Eetvelt will most likely lose another two important two figures after the deprature of the Victor Campenaerts.Sylvain Moniquet is leaving...

"I just tried to stay on their wheel" - Arnaud De Lie on the respect of Alpecin-Deceuninck's sprint train

Jasper Philipsen came in second again. Or so it seemed. Lotto Dstny sprinter Arnaud De Lie relied on Philipsen's train to get him out of the positioning troubles. Thanks to Alpecin-Deceuninck he was able to cross the line in sixth place.Things weren't looking good for the Belgian champion. With one...

BREAKING: Jasper Philipsen relegated from 2nd on stage 6 of 2024 Tour de France for dangerous sprint

Jasper Philipsen continues to struggle to replicate the immense success he had at the 2023 Tour de France in 2024. Although he crossed the line in 2nd on stage 6 behind Dylan Groenewegen, the Belgian has now been relegated.In the opinion of the race jury, Philipsen's sprint was dangerous in the fran...

“I love these sprints, next to each other" - Dylan Groenewegen thrives amidst chaos of stage 6 sprint for 6th career victory at Tour de France

For the sixth time in his career, Dylan Groenewegen became a Tour de France stage winner on stage 6 of the 2024 edition, taking the win ahead of Jasper Philipsen in a thrilling finale in Dijon. "I'm really happy, this is such a good feeling. I said beforehand that it would be nice to win and have a...

2024 Tour de France stage 6 GC Update: Tadej Pogacar remains in yellow despite echelon scare for UAE Team Emirates

Despite on paper, stage 6 of the 2024 Tour de France giving another day of relative rest to the fight for the general classification, the mid stage wind caused worry momentarily, with Tadej Pogacar being left all alone as his UAE Team Emirates companions were caught out.At about 80 km from the finis...

Dylan Groenewegen joins the party at 2024 Tour de France with narrow sprint win ahead of Jasper Philipsen on stage 6

Following Biniam Girmay and Mark Cavendish, Dylan Groenewegen has now joined the sprint party at the 2024 Tour de France, taking victory on stage 6 in a frantic finale. After a relatively calm opening to the day, the polka dot jersey wearing Jonas Abrahamsen of Uno-X Mobility emerged at the front at...

LIVE BLOG! Tour de France 2024 Stage 6: GROENEWEGEN WINS! Philipsen DQ

  The Tour de France has only had five stages so far but every single day has been a great story. This Wednesday was no exception as Mark Cavendish raced to Tour de France history with a record-breaking 35th win. Stage 6 is another chance for the sprinters to thrive but it will be very difficult to...

"When he won I was screaming with all the other people" - Davide Ballerini plays unsung hero role in Mark Cavendish's historic 35th Tour de France success

Astana Qazaqstan Team fully backed Mark Cavendish's quest to realise 'Project 35' at the 2024 Tour de France. In a change from last year's edition, this time around the Manx Missile arrived with a team built around him an expert leadout. Among those with a key role to play was Davide Ballerini. Part...

Cian Uijtdebroeks "more likely to win the yellow jersey than Remco Evenepoel" according to super agent Alex Carera

Remco Evenepoel is making his much anticipated Tour de France debut in 2024 and in credit of the Belgian, he has started very strongly, sitting second in the general classification after two stages, 45 seconds down on Tadej Pogacar. With Evenepoel seen by many as Belgium's best hope to end the long...

"I'd take my bike and walk off into the sunset. Mark Cavendish won't!" - Peter Kennaugh doubts historic 35th will be last win for his great friend this Tour de France

Whilst Mark Cavendish's 35th Tour de France stage win on Wednesday in Saint Vulbas brought many an emotion to those watching, for the sprinting legend's Isle of Man compatriot, former teammate and longtime friend, Peter Kennaugh, things were especially emotional."It's insane isn't it! The longevity...

"We never stopped believing that this would come true” - Self belief key for Mark Cavendish's historic 35th Tour de France win according to coach

The 3rd of July 2024 is a day that will live long in the memories of cycling fans after the greatest sprinter of all time, Mark Cavendish reaffirmed his status by finally claiming a historic 35th Tour de France stage win, moving clear of the great Eddy Merckx in the process as the most victorious ri...

Ion Izagirre is racing the Tour de France with a broken rib: "I'll get better as the days go by"

Ion Izagirre is racing the Tour de France 2024 with a broken rib. The veteran climber crashed in the Tour de Suisse and was forced to drop out. Nevertheless, he has made it to the Grande Boucle and is looking to take a win despite starting with a setback. The Cofidis rider, in statements to diario A...

Former teammate Remco Evenepoel congratulates Mark Cavendish on Tour de France history: "It’s pretty special to witness his achievement"

Remco Evenepoel and Mark Cavendish didn't race too often together but in Soudal - Quick-Step they were teammates for two years. Two riders of completely different generations but Evenepoel spared a moment to congratulate the Manxman for his unbelievable achievement that was conquered this Wednesday....

Geraint Thomas happy and impressed for former teammate Mark Cavendish: "He's unbelievable and I wouldn't put it past him to win another one"

Geraint Thomas and Mark Cavendish are riders of the same generation who continue to thrive in a cycling that has evolved beyond most of their age. Thomas continues to impress as a stage-racer and his former teammate and compatriot Cavendish has impressed him by winning once again at the Tour de Fran...

"Too fast to brake" - How a Tour de France rider bunny hopped over a rival mid-sprint

Mads Pedersen crashed hard on the finale of stage 5 in this Tour de France, against the barriers but luckily not to catastrophic consequences as other crashes that have taken place in recent years. The Lidl-Trek rider fell back into the road and just moments later had Axel Zingle bunny hop over him...

"You either love him or you don't" - Eddy Merckx and Patrick Lefevere praise Mark Cavendish's Tour de France record

Mark Cavendish's victory yesterday is an absolute Tour de France highlight, not just this year but for the decade as well. The man he dethroned, Eddy Merckx, had no negative feelings on the loss of the record (which both held for the past years) and Patrick Lefevere was also proud of his former ride...

"I’m a very, very happy person" - Dream finale for Mark Cavendish's career-long goal of breaking Tour de France record

The 35th stage win at the Tour de France has finally come about for Mark Cavendish. The Manx Missile has worked towards this goal throughout over decade and a half and over the past few years it often looked like the dream was unrealistic or even over. It required tremendous tenacity, patience and b...

"Sometimes these gestures are unnecessary" - Juan Ayuso comments on João Almeida's complaints on Col du Galibier

On the Col du Galibier UAE Team Emirates set the race on fire and this included work from all riders. On the most difficult slopes of the climb it was João Almeida and Juan Ayuso who did the bulk of the work but at a moment the Portuguese gestured for his teammate to go work. Ayuso tells that this w...

No fractures for Mads Pedersen after brutal sprint crash at Tour de France

Yesterday's sprint at the Tour de France was, literally, historic. Mark Cavendish soared to a stage win that sets him up in the record books for years (or decades) to come, but behind all other sprinters battled for their own results. One who did not manage to make it to the line unscathed was Mads...

ANALYSIS | Dismantling the theory that Jonas Vingegaard can do better in the third week of the Tour de France

Jonas Vingegaard said yesterday at the finish line that everything was going "according to plan". In fact, that everything was going better than plan, as he had calculated to lose about two minutes in the first stages and after two attacks by Tadej Pogacar he is "only" 50 seconds behind the Slovenia...

"It is due to a considerable weight difference between Vingegaard and Pogacar" - Visma DS explains Jonas Vingegaard's time loss in Galibier descent

Dust settled and after four stages into Tour de France, Jonas Vingegaard is looking at Tadej Pogacar's bib numbers from a distance of 50 seconds. But as we have witnessed it in the past, we should only count the eggs in our basket after the time trial in Nice as only there the overall standings will...

Jasper Philipsen defeated but with admiration for Mark Cavendish: "He is a deserved winner. Cavendish is making it happen here"

Jasper Philipsen was the great dominator of the sprints at the 2023 Tour de France but has not had his way over the first two sprints of the 2024 race. This Wednesday he was beaten by Mark Cavendish. "It was a very nervous sprint and I was a bit boxed in for a while," Philipsen said in a post-race i...

Tadej Pogacar: "It was really great to see Mark take his 35th Tour win. It’s unbelievable”

Tadej Pogacar, on the results sheet, looked to have a calm day on the bike, but it was not quite. He survived a tense moment where he almost crashed and rode across the finish line safely in Saint-Vulbas, but he shares his opinion on what is arguably the highlight of the day: The victory of Mark Cav...

"I always thought it was possible that he could still pull it off" - Wout van Aert not shocked by Mark Cavendish's 35th Tour victory

Mark Cavendish claimed his 35th Tour de France victory today, breaking Eddy Merckx's stage win record. For Wout van Aert, it didn't come as a complete surprise. "I'm not completely surprised, I always thought it was possible that he could still pull it off," he said in front of the WielerFlits camer...

"I had to do my job early cause some guys weren't in position" - Adam Yates hints at Juan Ayuso's tactics on Galibier

Adam Yates' performance on the Galibier climb was more than disappointing and this morning before the race he wanted to blame his teammate Juan Ayuso for being left early. Surprisingly, he didn't spend much time in the lead, much less than the Spaniard and João Almeida, who was Tadej Pogacar's best...

VIDEO: Mads Pedersen crashes in final sprint... And Axel Zingle bunny-hops over him at 65Km/h

Did you see it? Mark Cavendish won stage 5 of the Tour de France and alongside it, took all the attention on a day that had a few other striking moments. One was of Tadej Pogacar almost hitting a road traffic island at high speed, and the other was Mads Pedersen crashing against the barriers in the...

VIDEO: Tadej Pogacar's incredible save to avoid head-on collision at Tour de France

The Tour de France is won in the mountains and time-trials but can be lost at any moment. One day after taking over the yellow jersey after a brutal performance into Valloire, the Slovenian almost crashed at high speed with road furniture. His save was nothing but unbelievable. With 60 kilometers to...

PREVIEW | Tour de France 2024 stage 6 - Can Mark Cavendish go for victory number 36?

The Tour de France has only had five stages so far but every single day has been a great story. This Wednesday was no exception as Mark Cavendish raced to Tour de France history with a record-breaking 35th win. Stage 6 is another chance for the sprinters to thrive but it will be very difficult to to...

"If he is selected, he will be ready" - Julian Alaphilippe's preparation for Olympic Games are in full swing

Franck Alaphilippe, the cousin and personal coach of Julian Alaphilippe spoke about the start of Tour de France, marked by two stage victories of Alaphilippe's compatriots, Julian's absence and Olympic Games in Paris.After a strong Giro d'Italia, Julian Alaphilippe opted to not race Tour de France d...

Teammate Cees Bol praises Mark Cavendish: "It is extremely special to take the record from Eddy Merckx"

Mark Cavendish was of course over the moon after his 35th stage win at the Tour de France. One of the first people he hugged after the finish was Cees Bol, an important link in the sprint train of Astana Qazaqstan. "I am very happy to be part of this, and especially that it worked out," the Dutchman...

Chinese brand could turn Astana into a new 'super team' with a significant budget boost

Alexander Vinokurov and whole Astana Qazaqstan Team have another reason to celebrate on top of Mark Cavendish's Tour de France stage victory. You could say the Kazakh team has finally completed the mission they embarked on back in 2023. 18 months ago, they put their WT license in a stake to assist t...

"Clearly he was good enough to win another stage at the Tour de France" - Mark Cavendish shakes off the doubters with a dominant sprint in Saint Vulbas

He's done it. Mark Cavendish is the sole name on top of the historical leaderboard of Tour de France stage wins. His wife Peta Todd is happy there won't be any 'what ifs' and that her husband can finally wrap the career at the end of the season without any regrets."When Mark decided to do another ye...

"He's my legend, I'm super happy for him that he won this stage" - Biniam Girmay takes historical green jersey, but Mark Cavendish is the man of the day

Winner of the first mass sprint in the third stage, Biniam Girmay wasn't able to get into the mix for stage win in Saint Vulbas after the Eritrean found himself closed far from the front. But the Intermarché - Wanty sprinter has not reason to be sad, as he takes Jonas Abrahamsen's green jersey. With...

"Last year I said to Mark: a rider like you can’t finish like this at the Tour" - Alexander Vinokourov beams with pride after Mark Cavendish writes history

Alekxander Vinokourov and his Astana Qazaqstan have all the reasons to smile after the fifth stage of the Tour de France. The team's big goal has been achieved: the 35th stage win for Mark Cavendish. The Kazakh manager of Astana tells WielerFlits that he has always had confidence in the 'Manx missil...

Tour de France 2024 stage 5 GC Update | Tadej Pogacar remains in yellow after heart-stopping moment

Stage 5 of the Tour de France 2024 promised a day of apparent calm for the overall favorites with a day that had to be decided by sprint, barring a surprise, and so it was, with a historic result after Mark Cavendish flew to the finish line to surpass, at 39, Eddy Merckx's record number of wins. Tad...

"Tour de France is bigger than cycling" - Mark Cavendish finally makes absolute Tour and cycling history in Saint-Vulbas

There is little more to say. After winning for the first time at the Tour de France back in 2008, he was beaten sprinters over generations on end and has done it today once again. Astana Qazaqstan Team's goal of taking the Manx Missile to Tour glory has payed off and Mark Cavendish has finally manag...

Mark Cavendish makes HISTORY! 35 Tour de France wins as he wins stage 5 sprint

Mark Cavendish has won stage 5 of the Tour de France. This is another victory in his extensive palmarès but perhaps the most important of his entire career, as he finally achieved the ultimate record of 35 wins in the race. The start of the day was another very calm and slow one, with no-one intendi...

LIVE BLOG! Tour de France 2024 Stage 5: CAVENDISH WRITING HISTORY! 35 STAGES!

Stage 5 of the Tour de France; a day where the sprinters will return to the spotlight. It will be a day where the overall classification contenders can recover a bit from what was a tough day on the bike, and the likes of Jasper Philipsen, Mark Cavendish and Biniam Girmay will instead be the main na...

"I'm starting to ride better and better" - Mathieu van der Poel growing in form and confidence at Tour de France

Mathieu van der Poel entered the Tour de France with only seven race days and after over two months without racing. After a successful cyclocross season and a massively successful sprint with victories at Tour de Flanders, Paris-Roubaix and assisting Jasper Philipsen to Milano-Sanremo victory... He...

Biniam Girmay: "Winning again? Of course. If you win one, then you want to win another"

Biniam Girmay had entered the Tour de France under the radar. After a massive breakthrough in 2022, the Intermarché - Wanty rider has managed to stabilize his career and after making his Tour de France debut last year, this time around he won the first bunch sprint of the race. The Eritrean is defin...

Wout van Aert: "It was not a choice to drop early yesterday, it was because I was suffering"

Wout van Aert had unknown form at the start of the Tour de France but took great confidence from his opening day in the race. On the second day he crashed and perhaps that led him to struggle more than expected on stage 4. The Team Visma | Lease a Bike rider was of little support to Jonas Vingegaard...

"Pogacar is as good as he was at the Giro" - Philippa York analyses Galibier clash at Tour de France

The fourth stage of the Tour de France saw the first big gaps open and the race is fully on. It has been a thrilling start to the Grand Boucle and as the race crossed the border into France, the climbers were once again taken to the limit, with Tadej Pogacar coming out on top with a masterful perfor...

"I am not 100% yet" - Remco Evenepoel puts on great performance on first Tour de France mountain stage but can improve further

Remco Evenepoel looked to be missing climbing capacity before the Tour de France but has reached his best level at the perfect time. The Belgian rider has ridden superbly up the Col du Galibier and is in fact Tadej Pogacar's closest rival in the overall classification after stage 4. Soudal - Quick-S...

"I wanted to hit hard today" - Tadej Pogacar smashes Tour de France competition and gains 50 seconds on Jonas Vingegaard in the first mountain test

After a stunning performance from Jonas Vingegaard on the second stage of the Tour de France, questions were asked on whether Tadej Pogacar would be able to make a difference on the first day in the mountains. With class and great form, the Slovenian capitalized on a massive day of work from UAE Tea...

"We'll see what we do, I have no idea" - Disaster for Movistar and Enric Mas up Col du Galibier

A completely devastated Enric Mas spoke to Spanish radio partners after losing four minutes in the first mountain stage of the Tour de France 2024. Movistar Team's leader in the Grande Boucle was taking one of the biggest sporting blows of his career, but he had the courage to face the press.He made...

"Knowing where he comes from, he can reach a very high level" - Jan Bakelants is optimistic about Jonas Vingegaard's form

Tadej Pogacar managed to deal a first blow to Jonas Vingegaard in the fourth stage of the Tour de France on Tuesday, but the Danish title defender of Visma | Lease a Bike is not far from the Slovenian and we can look forwards to a great battle over next three weeks.In his regular column for Het Laat...

Mathieu van der Poel's key Classics domestique heading to Lidl-Trek for 2025

Following a successful spring campaign at Alpecin-Deceuninck, it seems that staff changes are around corner for the Classics lineup. Soren Kragh Andersen was part of the team around Mathieu van der Poel and Jasper Philipsen which saw the pair split three monuments between themselves.But after two se...

"I was fighting a bit with myself" - Primoz Roglic narrowly evades major losses after his struggle on Galibier

Primoz Roglic did not have an easy time in the first mountain stage of the Tour de France. The Slovenian had to let the other favourites go in the final kilometre of Col du Galibier, but eventually finished fourth in Valloire. The leader of Red Bull - BORA - hansgrohe had to recognize the result was...

Joxean Matxin shrugs off Almeida-Ayuso 'drama' on the Col du Galibier: "Almeida and Ayuso decided to make shorter relays between them"

Joxean Fernández Matxín, manager of UAE Team Emirates, was ecstatic after Tadej Pogacar's victory in the fourth stage of the Tour de France 2024. He talked about his star rider following the victory on stage 4, but also about João Almeida and Juan Ayuso who had a misunderstanding on the Col du Galib...

PREVIEW | Tour de France 2024 stage 5 - Second sprint battle featuring Jasper Philipsen, Mark Cavendish, Biniam Girmay and more!

We preview stage 5 of the Tour de France; a day where the sprinters will return to the spotlight. It will be a day where the overall classification contenders can recover a bit from what was a tough day on the bike, and the likes of Jasper Philipsen, Mark Cavendish and Biniam Girmay will instead be...

"Jonas might have benefited from an even higher pace to numb Pogacar’s explosiveness" - Matteo Jorgenson analyzes Visma's defeat on Galibier

Matteo Jorgenson was unable to keep up with the better climbers in the first mountain stage of the Tour de France on Tuesday. The American sensation met his limits on the flanks of the Col du Galibier and had to concede almost three minutes to winner Tadej Pogacar in Valloire."It was a learning expe...

"It’s a shame to lose time" - Jonas Vingegaard disappointed to lose time but not pessimistic on chances to win Tour de France

Jonas Vingegaard set himself up to fight for the Tour de France win after he resisted the attack of Tadej Pogacar on the second stage. However in the high mountains, where the Dane usually thrives, he was not able to match his closest rival and has shed significant time today. “It’s a shame to lose...

"We really feel like sh*t sometimes" - Ilan Van Wilder lashes out at Soudal - Quick-Step critics after Galibier stage

Remco Evenepoel showed yesterday that he is ready to fight for the podium at the Tour de France, by finishing second in the first Alpine stage to Valloire. One of the anticipated weaknesses of Evenepoel, his team, didn't show during the fourth stage as the Belgian was never isolated at the front. On...

"It went so hard that it doesn’t matter whether you try to join the breakaway or not" - Mathieu van der Poel justifies his choice to join the stage 4 breakaway

Mathieu van der Poel has been unusually quiet in the opening days of Tour de France, mostly hanging at the middle of the pack without any major activity. But on the stage with Col du Galibier, the world champion finally showed his rainbow jersey at the front when he joined the daily breakaway."But t...

"We are aiming for more" - Carlos Rodriguez looks to improve his sixth place overall in next two weeks

After a disappointing stage 2, where INEOS Grenadiers was only limiting losses on San Luca, it was a different story on Col du Galibier. Leadership within the team is finally clear, as only the youngest - Carlos Rodriguez was able to follow the favourites all the way up the climb, finishing sixth on...

"In the back of his mind, Ayuso likes that he is fourth in the GC" - Tom Dumoulin sees possible conflict within UAE Team Emirates

It seemed as if everything played out perfectly for UAE Team Emirates on Col du Galibier. Breakaway was caught just in time to reduce the battle for stage only to race favourites and Tadej Pogacar still had two loyal teammates in a very select front group. Right?At one point, it became clear Juan Ay...

"It was more than okay today" - Soudal - Quick-Step DS beaming after Remco Evenepoel takes second place in the first mountain stage

Soudal - Quick-Step can look back at the Tour de France stage 4 with satisfaction. Remco Evenepoel came second in Valloire after being among the strogest riders on Galibier and his teammates - especially Mikel Landa - were up there to support the Belgian for as long as possible.Tom Steels, Evenepoel...

Juan Ayuso proud of UAE Team Emirates' showing at Galibier: "It means a lot to me to be part of the best team in the world"

UAE Emirates impressed in the first mountain stage of the Tour de France. Tadej Pogacar's team thinned out the group of favourites on the climb towards the highest point on this year's route - the Col du Galibier, with the leader himself taking off just before the summit.In particular, it were Joao...

Visma DS doesn't panic over loss of 50 seconds: "We had expected this to happen, and we have to make do with it"

Jonas Vingegaard was the only rider to come at least close to following Tadej Pogacar's acceleration on Col du Galibier, however even the mighty Dane came short to his Slovenian counterpart after a short while. The gap between the two even further deepened in the long descent to Valloire, with Vinge...

"I enjoyed the day, that’s the most important thing" - Richard Carapaz's yellow dream ends on the mighty Galibier

Richard Carapaz's yellow dream only lasted one day and had a bit of a bittersweet ending. The Ecuadorian cracked on Col du Galibier and lost the leader's jersey to Tadej Pogacar. Still, Carapaz enjoyed his day in the yellow jersey, as he hinted before the stage that he didn't expect to keep hold of...

"There is perhaps more equality than expected" - Mikel Landa completes brilliant day for Soudal - Quick-Step at Col du Galibier

Mikel Landa has performed at a high level on the first day of high mountains of the Tour de France. With Remco Evenepoel performing among the very best, Soudal - Quick-Step can also be happy with their Basque climber whilst others struggled and lost minutes to Tadej Pogacar in Valloire. He was signe...

João Almeida thrilled after putting on show at Col du Galibier: "I was able to destroy the competitors"

João Almeida had an interesting stage today at the Tour de France. Perhaps most have taken notice to the gesture towards Juan Ayuso on the Col du Galibier but neither he or the team gave much importance to that, having the strong headwind on that section of the climb as the justification for both ri...

2024 Tour de France stage 4 GC Update | Tadej Pogacar wins 50 seconds on Jonas Vingegaard; Remco Evenepoel climbs to second place; Richard Carapaz cracks in yellow jersey

Stage 4 of the Tour de France 2024 promised to be the first real test of the favorites for the general classification. It was the first day of high mountains with the mythical Col du Galibier as the protagonist and it certainly delivered. Richard Carapaz started the day in the yellow jersey, with th...

LIVE BLOG! Tour de France 2024 Stage 4: Pogacar wins and takes 30 seconds on Vingegaard and his competition.

  Two chaotic hilly stages and a very nervous sprint finale have opened up the Tour de France and now there will be another different test. On stage 4 of the Grand Boucle the riders tackle the high mountains for the first time, with the high-altitude Col du Galibier on the menu of a difficult day wh...

Tadej Pogacar explodes Tour de France with victory on stage 4 after dropping Jonas Vingegaard and Remco Evenepoel at Col du Galibier

UAE Team Emirates fully committed to attacking stage 4 of the Tour de France, but it was to a lot of avail. Tadej Pogacar attacked the mythical Tour mountain to drop Jonas Vingegaard and took his first win of the race, jumping back to the yellow jersey and gaining significant time on his rivals. The...

VIDEO: Tadej Pogacar launches brutal attack up the Col du Galibier and drops Jonas Vingegaard and Remco Evenepoel

With 20 kilometers to go on stage 4, Tadej Pogacar attacked the Tour de France for the second time. After making the difference up the Madonna di San Luca, the Slovenian wasn't able to drop Jonas Vingegaard. But up the Col du Galibier he did with an impressive attack. Adam Yates, Juan Ayuso and João...

"Cav had some bad luck, but that's how it is" - Astana left empty handed after chaotic Tour de France sprint

Astana Qazaqstan Team have come to the Tour de France fully focused on obtaining a stage win with Mark Cavendish in the sprints but the first attempt was far from successful. The Manxman was 113th across the finish line after he was hampered by a mass crash in the final kilometers of the stage, and...

Filippo Ganna loses Tour of Austria prologue... To Michael Rogers' 19-year old nephew!

The Tour of Austria began this Tuesday and will be one of the races tackled simultaneous to the Tour de France. A few riders use it to prepare for the Olympic Games including Filippo Ganna; but in a three-week prologue he was beaten by Lidl-Trek's under-23 team rider Cameron Rogers - the nephew of f...

Egan Bernal warns of dangers of opening high mountain day at Tour de France: "Surely differences will be marked"

The fourth stage of the 2024 Tour de France with a route of just 140 kilometers that can mark the first big differences between the men in the general classification. Egan Bernal faces the climb to the Galibier confident of being able to spend the day among the best and believes the climbers will ar...

Remco Evenepoel anticipates first mountain battle at Tour de France: "We might get the first real battle of attrition with the GC riders"

Remco Evenepoel has shown only good signs on the first days of the Tour de France and is excited for the first high-mountain challenge at the Col du Galibier this afternoon. This morning at the start in Pinerolo, the Soudal - Quick-Step rider had cautious words regarding the finale into Valloire. “F...

Remco Evenepoel target of criticism after Tour de France gesture: "This is just bullying, and that’s bad"

After stage 2, Tadej Pogacar had admitted to Remco Evenepoel that he made an attempt to 'give' the yellow jersey away but that this did not happen. Into stage 3 there was a lot of debate on whether Richard Carapaz and Remco Evenepoel would try to go for the yellow jersey and the Ecuadorian succeeded...

"Normally that's something that suits me" - Wout van Aert eyeing Col du Galibier stage win at the Tour de France?

Bad luck continues the plaque Team Visma | Lease a Bike in 2024. Despite the overwhelmingly positive performance of Jonas Vingegaard so far at the Tour de France, Wout van Aert was denied a chance to fight for the stage win on stage 3, being caught behind a late crash. In a frantic and messy finale...

"The pressure is on him" - Jonas Vingegaard relaxed and defensive into first mountain battle against Tadej Pogacar

The Col du Galibier is 23 kilometers long at 5% and has it's steepest sections towards the summit finish at above 2600 meters of altitude. It is a day where big differences can be created, but Jonas Vingegaard is not looking to do that. The Tour de France's defending champion is not feeling the pres...

PREVIEW | Tour de France 2024 stage 4 - Tadej Pogacar and Jonas Vingegaard battle on the mythical Col du Galibier

Two chaotic hilly stages and a very nervous sprint finale have opened up the Tour de France and now there will be another different test. On stage 4 of the Grand Boucle the riders tackle the high mountains for the first time, with the high-altitude Col du Galibier on the menu of a difficult day wher...

Despite Biniam Girmay's victory, Intermarché-Wanty manager worries about future of African cycling: "African juniors need to ride more races and be able to compete in Europe for longer periods"

Biniam Girmay is currently making history in cycling, becoming the first Black African rider win a stage at the Giro d'Italia and, this Monday, replicating the feat at the Tour de France. The Intermarché - Wanty rider is setting a benchmark to his peers but team manager Aike Visbeek continues to be...

Dylan van Baarle thrilled to see Visma's Tour de France so far: "I don’t think anyone expected that Jonas would be this good"

Dylan van Baarle had his spring classics campaign disrupted by illness and then his next big goal, the Tour de France, was disrupted by a crash and injuries suffered at the Criterium du Dauphiné. Safe to say the former Dutch champion was disappointed not to be part of the Grand Boucle, but he is sur...

"We really thought that Pogacar could crush the Tour de France and we finally saw a Vingegaard rather at ease" - Cédric Vasseur

Cofidis manager Cédric Vassuer has provided his opinion on the ongoing battle for the Tour de France win, which is expected to see another round today on the Col du Galibier. The French manager believes that UAE Team Emirates will be disappointed after not being able to make the difference on stage...

"I have improved a little bit compared to the Critérium du Dauphine" - Matteo Jorgenson confident that he can back up Jonas Vingegaard at Tour de France's toughest challenges

The Tour de France has had three thrilling days of action and it shows no signs of calming down. The peloton will ride up the Col du Galibier today in what is the first true long climbing test and Team Visma | Lease a Bike look fully ready to tackle it; with Matteo Jorgenson also entering the stage...

"It was a huge boost for us and Jonas" - Visma DS Zeeman on team's motivation and tactics for Col du Galibier stage

Team Visma | Lease a Bike are on sky high motivation. After having months of doubts on Jonas Vingegaard's form, several riders sidelined from the Tour de France due to injuries and even several crashes in the opening two days of the race; Vingegaard matched Tadej Pogacar's stinging attack on the Mad...

Remco Evenepoel loses key domestique to broken collarbone on eve of biggest GC test yet at 2024 Tour de France

Remco Evenepoel has impressed in the early stages of the 2024 Tour de France. Ahead of the first high mountain challenge at the Col du Galibier on stage 4 however, the Soudal - Quick-Step team has been dealt a blow.One of Evenepoel's key domestiques in a team built solely around the Belgian, Casper...

"To be able to enjoy this is great" - Richard Carapaz snatches the yellow jersey from Tadej Pogacar

Stage 3 of the Tour de France 2024, although decided by a sprint that ended with Biniam Girmay winning ahead of Fernando Gaviria, led to another change of the Maillot Jaune, which now adorns the shoulders of Richard Carapaz.The EF Education-EasyPost rider, who started the day in 4th position in the...

“I'm cooking a little inside, but that's cycling" - Jasper Philipsen left rueing late crash in first sprint of 2024 Tour de France

The dominant figure in the bunch sprints of the 2023 Tour de France, Jasper Philipsen was denied a chance at victory in the opening bunch sprint of the 2024 Tour, after hitting the tarmac hard in a late crash. “The damage is not too bad considering the circumstances. I think I hit the ground at at l...

2024 Tour de France stage 3 GC Update: Richard Carapaz snatches yellow from Tadej Pogacar on countback

After a stunning opening two days at the 2024 Tour de France, stage 3 was a markedly more quiet affair, with Biniam Girmay eventually taking the stage win. Nevertheless, there was still some GC drama at the very last.In fact, there is a new yellow jersey. Richard Carapaz has moved into the overall l...

Baloise - Trek Lions loses one of it's leaders for the 2024-2025 season

Joris Nieuwenhuis is leaving Baloise - Trek Lions with immediate effect. The Dutch champion was hoping for an improved contract with the cyclocross team managed by Sven Nys, but an agreement was not reached and so they part ways.In a statement on social media, Baloise - Trek Lions announced the term...

"Starting my second half of the season with a victory gives me a lot of confidence for the next races" - Julian Alaphilippe happy about his performances at Tour of Slovakia

Julian Alaphilippe finished second overall at the Tour of Slovakia last weekend, seven seconds short of Mauro Schmid. The Frenchman tried to drop the Swissman multiple times on the queen stage, but was unable to do so against the Jayco AlUla team's numbers advantage. While Schmid neutralized Alaphil...

Filippo Ganna and Magnus Sheffield prepare for Paris Olympics at stacked Tour of Austria

There is no other WorldTour race taking place next to the Grande Boucle, however that doesn't mean the cycling world stopped spinning for a month. Throughout the July, we'll see numerous popular one-week stage races across the Europe, starting with the traditional Tour of Austria.INEOS Grenadiers ap...

Peter Sagan feels "sadness, nostalgia, but also pride and joy" as his professional career comes to an end

Peter Sagan's cycling career is definitely over. In the shadow of the Tour de France, the three-time world champion rode his last competitive kilometers in the Pierre Baguette jersey on Sunday in his home race, the Tour of Slovakia. In an emotional message on social media, Sagan bids farewell.  "Cro...

"My key objective is to be with Remco" - Mikel Landa assures he has no personal ambitions at the moment

Remco Evenepoel’s key climbing support rider Mikel Landa expects that the first 'real' mountain stage of Tour de France will test everyone's legs and deal the cards for upcoming weeks.Tomorrow, riders will take on the Col de Galibier in what is meant to be the first big mountain test. "It will be th...

"If riders with less skills try to follow, they might even go beyond their limits" - Tony Martin critical of downhill finish in fourth stage

The stage 4 of the 2024 Tour de France will lead rider to the Alps for the first time. The finish is located in Valloire, after a long and technical descent from this year's Souvenir Henri Desgrange - Col du Galibier. Cycling expert and a formerly very successful pro Tony Martin is very critical of...

"I will try to keep it like this as long as possible" - Jonas Abrahamsen motivated to continue his Tour de France dream

Jonas Abrahamsen's dream Tour de France continues, as the Uno-X Mobility rider will start as leader of both points and mountain classifications also on Tuesday. And he's not without chances to visit the flower ceremony also in Valloire."It’s the Tour de France, the biggest race in the world so you h...

"I had the legs to win" - Mixed emotions for Fernando Gaviria after 2nd place on stage 3 of 2024 Tour de France

The best result in recent times came for Fernando Gaviria on the third stage of the 2024 Tour de France. The Movistar Team sprinter, who was not among the favourites to win, took 2nd place in the first bunch sprint finish of this year's edition of the race.The Colombian was in the end, a bike length...

Tour de France 2024 | More history for Biniam Girmay as Eritrean takes first Tour de France stage win!

In the first bunch sprint of the 2024 Tour de France, Biniam Girmay has triumphed in a crash marred finale ahead of the likes of Arnaud De Lie and Fernando Gaviria.After a frantic opening two stages of the 2024 Tour de France, it was perhaps somewhat expected for today to be a calmer day. When no on...

"Not losing time on Tadej and Jonas, that’s the main goal" - Remco Evenepoel heads towards first mountain test of 2024 Tour de France on stage 4

With three stages down at the 2024 Tour de France, Soudal - Quick-Step leader Remco Evenepoel sits in 3rd in the general classification, level on time with race leader Richard Carapaz and the last two men to win the Maillot Jaune, Tadej Pogacar and Jonas Vingegaard. Whilst nothing was ever to be gai...

"So good for African cycling, He's a legend isn't he!" - Mark Cavendish offers warm congratulations to Biniam Girmay after historic Tour de France stage win

Mark Cavendish has his own, much talked about goals of taking a history making stage win at the 2024 Tour de France. In the first bunch sprint of the race however, the Manxman was held up by a late crash, with Biniam Girmay being the man to take the win. "Yeah, I wasn't the only one. I was just luck...

"You have to take risks" - Arnaud De Lie impresses in first ever Tour de France bunch sprint amidst Dylan Groenewegen's frustrations

For the newly crowned Belgian national champion, Arnaud De Lie, expectations were high heading into the 2024 Tour de France. It's worth remembering that this is the first ever Grand Tour for the 22-year-old Belgian starlet though, and in his first Tour de France bunch sprint, De Lie took a creditabl...

"I'm angry... I had the feeling that I was the fastest" - Dylan Groenewegen fumes after frantic and crash marred stage 3 sprint at Tour de France

It wasn't to be for Dylan Groenewegen in the first bunch sprint of the 2024 Tour de France. The newly-crowned Dutch national champion was forced to settle for 5th place as Biniam Girmay took a history making stage win. "I'm angry," a furious Groenewegen began his post-stage interview with NOS afterw...

"This means so much. This win is for all Africans" - Emotional Biniam Girmay writes Tour de France history with stage 3 win

After his history making wins at Gent Wevelgem and the Giro d'Italia in 2022, Biniam Girmay has continued to write his name into African cycling folklore with a stunning sprint win at the 2024 Tour de France on stage 3 in Torino.In a messy and crash marred sprint, the likes of Jasper Philipsen and M...

"It wasn’t a disaster day" - Jai Hindley retains faith in Primoz Roglic's Maillot Jaune challenge at Tour de France despite stage 2 disappointment

Primoz Roglic became the first of the 'Big 4' contenders to show any signs of weakness at the 2024 Tour de France on stage 2. Whilst Tadej Pogacar, Remco Evenepoel and Jonas Vingegaard crossed the line side by side, Roglic was forced to give up 21 seconds to his rivals. Despite the early time loss,...

"We can say we’re here to win the Tour de France" - Matteo Jorgenson 'proud' of Jonas Vingegaard's immense recovery from injury

After their all-conquering dominance of 2023, Team Visma | Lease a Bike have probably been the most unlucky team in the entire peloton in 2024. Things have continued to go against them in the early stages of the Tour de France with Wilco Kelderman, Wout van Aert and Matteo Jorgenson all crashing in...

LIVE BLOG! Tour de France 2024: Biniam Girmay wins stage 3

  The opening weekend of the Tour de France was explosive and has delivered a lot of action. Now we have the final full day of racing in Italy ahead of us; stage 3 of this year's race is the first stage fully suited to the sprinters, but it's also a very very long day on the bike. Will there be surp...

"Remco Evenepoel looked sharper than I have ever seen him" - Lance Armstrong impressed by Soudal - Quick-Step leader's start to Tour de France

When Tadej Pogacar and Jonas Vingegaard rode clear of their GC rivals on the second ascent of the San Luca on stage 2 of the 2024 Tour de France, the Maillot Jaune looked set for another two horse race already. Battling hard however, Remco Evenepoel dragged himself and Richard Carapaz back into cont...

"The intention was to test" - Joxean Matxin insists Tadej Pogacar's stage 2 attack at Tour de France was not full gas

Stage 2 of the 2024 Tour de France brought with it the first showing of the general classification riders, with Tadej Pogacar launching a brutal attack on the San Luca, with only the reigning Tour de France champion, Jonas Vingegaard able to follow initially. Whilst Pogacar was unable to gap his mai...

Dylan Groenewegen causes commotion at the Tour de France with Batman-esque nose guard

Stage 3 of the 2024 Tour de France sees the sprinters get their first chance at glory in this year's edition of the race. Amongst the favourites for the day, will be the newly crowned Dutch national champion, Dylan Groenewegen. The Team Jayco AlUla sprinter has become one of the most talked about ri...

Marijn van den Berg "not allowed" to sprint on stage 3 of Tour de France: “I have to stay with Richard Carapaz"

Stage 3 offers the sprinters a first opportunity for success at the 2024 Tour de France. One of those who ordinarily would have fancied his chances, is EF Education-EasyPost's Marijn van den Berg. On this occasion however, team orders mean there is no sprint opportunity for the Dutchman. The reason...

“The first sprint is always exciting" - Jasper Philipsen determined to lay down early Tour de France marker on stage 3

After two challenging opening days at the 2024 Tour de France, stage 3 provides a first chance for the sprinters. Favoured more than anyone else, last year's Green Jersey winner Jasper Philipsen is determined to lay down an early marker. “Must win is a big word, but of course I want to win and we ar...

VIDEO: 1 minute long wheelie at the Tour de France's steepest climb yet!

Intermarché - Wanty's Laurenz Rex has gone wild in the streets of Bologna this Sunday. The Intermarché - Wanty rider has decided to show off his bike skills to the columns of spectators on the climb to the Madona di San Luca on stage 2 of the Tour de France and rode no less than a one-minute wheelie...

Pavel Sivakov on Jonas Vingegaard and Visma: "They really bluffed by saying he wasn't ready"

Team Visma | Lease a Bike had months in preparation to the Tour de France where only they knew how Jonas Vingegaard's form was. Much was said ahead of the race and it seemed as if the Dane still had to build up his form quite a lot before the start, but that was not the case. UAE Team Emirates knew...

Andy Schleck believes Remco Evenepoel wants to match Tadej Pogacar and Jonas Vingegaard: "He is here to race for the win"

Andy Schleck has won on the Col du Galibier back in 2011 via the same side that will be climbed this Tuesday. The former Tour de France winner is on the ground at the Grand Boucle and has shared his opinion on the battle between Tadej Pogacar and Jonas Vingegaard... And Remco Evenepoel. "On paper, w...

PREVIEW | Tour de France 2024 stage 3 - Can Mark Cavendish overcome nightmare start and take his 35th win?

The opening weekend of the Tour de France was explosive and has delivered a lot of action. Now we preview the final full day of racing in Italy; stage 3 of this year's race is the first stage fully suited to the sprinters, but it's also a very very long day on the bike. The sprinters will finally ha...

Tadej Pogacar and Jonas Vingegaard break all records up Madonna di San Luca during Tour de France showdown

There is not a single doubt that Jonas Vingegaard is close to or at top form. He and Tadej Pogacar raced up the Madonna di San Luca yesterday at absolute record speed, by far beating the previous times up the Italian ascent after the Slovenian launched a devastating attack up it's very steep slopes....

INEOS Grenadiers shrugs off Tour's stage 2 losses: "21 seconds doesn't mean anything"

INEOS Grenadiers had a difficult day at the Tour de France, with Laurens de Plus going down and losing some time in the hilly finale in Bologna. The British team had many cards but none were able to match the best of the Madona di San Luca; but the team is not concerned with the few seconds shed to...

Will Tadej Pogacar hand over yellow jersey before Galibier showdown? Vingegaard, Evenepoel and Carapaz can all lead Tour de France after today's sprint

Tadej Pogacar will wear the yellow jersey today for the first time in the Tour de France 2024 thanks to the positions he obtained in the first two days of the race. Because of his strong sprint on stage 1 mainly, he jumped into the race lead yesterday in Bologna after attacking the climb to San Luca...

Wout van Aert may prioritize sprint instead of Vingegaard protection on stage 3, despite bad injuries - "I have some serious burns on my buttocks"

Wout van Aert had came into the Tour de France with very modest expectations and thinking mostly of support for Jonas Vingegaard, but that may be changing. The Belgian may have freedom to chase his own ambitions and he tells at the start of the stage that he will likely aim for the final bunch sprin...

"I will be the last man for Jasper, just like last year" - Mathieu van der Poel looking to return to star leadout role at Tour de France

In 2023 Mathieu van der Poel tested himself in new grounds, racing as a leadout man for Jasper Philipsen in the spring with a lot of success. He then rode the Tour de France in that role and helped the Belgian to immense success; and the duo are looking to replicate that the successful formula once...

"I feel a bit like Tadej Pogacar as I’m wearing the same white jersey" - Battling Remco Evenepoel Best Young Rider at 2024 Tour de France after two stages

Keeping his 2024 Tour de France hopes alive, Remco Evenepoel fought bravely and battled hard to get back into contact with the attacking Tadej Pogacar and Jonas Vingegaard on stage 2, moving up to 2nd overall and into the White Jersey of Best Young Rider in the process.“I think these first two days...

"There is still nineteen days to go huh!" - Primoz Roglic staying positive despite time loss to rivals on stage 2 of Tour de France

As the general classification ignited for the first time at the 2024 Tour de France on stage 2, three of the Grand Tour 'Big 4' crossed the line side by side. The man to miss out, Red Bull - BORA - hansgrohe leader, Primoz Roglic.Eventually crossing the line in 27th place, Roglic finished 2:42 down...

"I doubted myself... Now I can say that I am back!" - Jonas Vingegaard growing in confidence after following Tadej Pogacar's first Tour de France attack

Expectations weren't all that high for Jonas Vingegaard at the 2024 Tour de France, given all he's been through so far in 2024. In the surest sign yet of his recovery however, the defending Tour champion was the only man able to follow Tadej Pogacar's first attack of the race on stage 2. “Today was...

Tadej Pogacar "not surprised" by Jonas Vingegaard's level at Tour de France: "It’s the cycling we should all love"

At the 2024 Giro d'Italia, Tadej Pogacar moved into the race lead on stage 2 and then never let go. On stage 2 of the 2024 Tour de France, the UAE Team Emirates has taken the Maillot Jaune, although this time it looks far from race over.“A good day? Well, so-so," assesses the two-time Tour de France...

Fem van Empel hit by a car during training - escapes without major injuries

A week before the start of the Giro d'Italia Donne, where Fem van Empel was going to aim for final top-10, the 21-year-old multi-talent was hit by a car during a training ride near her home. Whether this will impact her start at the Italian Grand tour will become clear in coming days.Fortunately, Va...

Peter Sagan's road career officially closed down at Tour of Slovakia

While most eyes were focused on the battle at Tour de France, there is another piece of news that deserves at least a quick mention. Today, Peter Sagan completed his very last road race (he swears). And he did that in front of his home crowds at Tour of Slovakia. His current formation, Pierre Baguet...

Two strong climbers set to leave Soudal - Quick-Step after this season

Patrick Lefevere doesn't hide his ambitions to fight for general classifications at Grand Tours with his crown jewel Remco Evenepoel. It could've been seen from both; the latest signings such as Mikel Landa, but also from departures of team's long-time leaders for spring classics, while the rest of...

Lennard Kämna set to strengthen Lidl-Trek in the mountains from 2025 onwards

Lennard Kämna won't spend much time racing in the Red Bull - BORA - hansgrohe jersey after the German team's re-branding. Kämna is currently still recovering from his training accident but apparently there is still severe interest for German's services on the market.Winner of stages at all three Gra...

"I should have gone with Remco, but I hesitated" - Maxim Van Gils regrets losing White jersey after not following Remco Evenepoel on San Luca

Maxim Van Gils entered the Tour de France on a high note, fighting for a result with the best riders in the world. While in the first stage, it was only enough for a fourth place, his display on San Luca was even more impressive. The Belgian held on to the group of favourites until Tadej Pogacar's a...

"It's not exactly what we’d hoped for" - Ineos Grenadiers only barely pass their first real test at Tour de France

After two breathtaking stages of Giro d'Italia Tour de France, the flatter third stage from Piacenza to Torino offers us a bit of time to look back at everything that happened, especially on the last San Luca ascent. While Tadej Pogacar and Jonas Vingegaard flied away to the sunset with Remco Evenep...

Lance Armstrong criticizes Tour de France being raced in brutal heat: "I don't care what the UCI says, it's inhumane"

Temperatures on the road this Saturday reached as high as 40 degrees in the blazing Italian sun, and many riders felt the difficulties on stage 1. Lance Armstrong is against the race being ran without change in such conditions and have criticized Tour de France organizers for not having implemented...

"I was not strong enough today to win" - Jonas Abrahamsen happy with second place and two jerseys in Bologna

The 2024 Tour de France already wrote many stories and we're still just two days into the race. Perhaps the biggest hero of the stages in Italy was Norwegain Jonas Abrahamsen. The 28-year-old from Uno-X Mobility joined breakaways on both days and for his efforts, he was rewarded with lead in Points...

"I feel very good" - Richard Carapaz matches Pogacar, Vingegaard & Evenepoel on first GC test of 2024 Tour de France

Richard Carapaz showed some strong legs on the second stage of the 2024 Tour de France. The Ecuadorian from EF Education-EasyPost finished tenth, 2:21 behind the day's winner, Kevin Vauquelin, in a group with the big favourites with Tadej Pogacar, Jonas Vingegaard and Remco Evenepoel. Carapaz arrive...

"We feared losing time in this stage" - Visma delighted at "best possible outcome" as Jonas Vingegaard matches Tadej Pogacar on stage 2 of 2024 Tour de France

Any questions around Jonas Vingegaard's fitness and physical shape following his spring crash were emphatically put to bed on stage 2 of the 2024 Tour de France as the defending Tour de France champion matched Tadej Pogacar's brutal attack.Even at his peak level, the parcour of stage 2 would have be...

"To ride in the yellow jersey was a truly special experience" - Romain Bardet forced to pass on Maillot Jaune after one day at 2024 Tour de France

After his emotional stage victory on the opening day of the 2024 Tour de France, Romain Bardet finally managed to get himself into the Maillot Jaune. Sadly for the Frenchman his spell in the overall race lead has been a short one. Losing time on stage 2 as Tadej Pogacar and Jonas Vingegaard ignited...

"We shouldn't start fantasizing" - Patrick Lefevere staying reserved despite Remco Evenepoel's positive fightback on stage 2 of 2024 Tour de France

When Tadej Pogacar and Jonas Vingegaard attacked in tandem on the second and final ascent of the San Luca climb of stage 2 at the 2024 Tour de France, there were some quite reasonable fears that the GC fight might already be over. Fighting back strongly and impressively however, Remco Evenepoel ensu...

"I knew that was the right moment" - Kevin Vauquelin confirms immense potential with solo stage win on Tour de France debut

Having long been touted as a potential star of French cycling's future, Kevin Vauquelin has confirmed his immense potential on stage 2 of the 2024 Tour de France, soloing to a stunning stage win from the breakaway. "I win the second stage of the Tour. That is wonderful, also for the team. It is the...

2024 Tour de France stage 2 GC Update: Tadej Pogacar into yellow with Remco Evenepoel 2nd and Jonas Vingegaard 3rd

Stage 2 of the 2024 Tour de France threatened to be the first real fight for the general classification with the daunting two climbs of San Luca. In the end, that double climb left Tadej Pogacar as the new yellow jersey despite Kévin Vauquelin's stage win. Remco Evenepoel is 2nd and Jonas Vingegaard...

Tour de France 2024 | Kevin Vauquelin ensures more French joy with stunning stage win on Tour debut as Pogacar, Vingegaard & Evenepoel gain big on GC rivals

Arkéa - B&B Hotels' Kevin Vauquelin has taken a stage win on his Tour de France debut, ensuring French success for the second straight day at the 2024 edition of the Grand Tour, with the breakaway prevailing on stage 2. In the GC fight, Tadej Pogacar, Jonas Vingegaard and Remco Evenepoel gained big...

LIVE BLOG! Tour de France 2024 Stage 2: VAUQUELIN WINS! Pogacar attacks! Vingegaard can follow.

The Tour de France has started off in the most brilliant fashion with a first day that has seen a lot of drama, action among the GC riders and a fan-favourite victory for Romain Bardet who has won and taken the yellow jersey on his final Tour de France. It will be hard to forget such performance, bu...

VIDEO: Tadej Pogacar launches first GC attack of 2024 Tour de France; Jonas Vingegaard straight on the back wheel

Tadej Pogacar has launched the first move of the 2024 Tour de France's fight for the Maillot Jaune on stage 2. Despite the ferocity of the UAE Team Emirates leader's attack however, Jonas Vingegaard was straight on the wheel.As Adam Yates began to set the pace in the GC group on the second ascent of...

"We have not had any apologies" - Patrick Lefevere fumes with ASO after Jan Hirt's crash with fan pre-Tour de France stage 1

Not for the first time, the outspoken Soudal - Quick-Step team boss Patrick Lefevere is not a happy man. The target of his fury on this occasion? Tour de France race organisers, ASO. It all started before stage 1 of the 2024 Tour de France had even gotten underway on Saturday in Florence, when Jan H...

"No one wants Jonas Vingegaard to grow stronger" - BORA DS keen to test any weakness of Tour de France champion as early as possible

Although he looked relatively comfortable on a pacey and hot opening stage of the 2024 Tour de France, the fact remains the Team Visma | Lease a Bike leader Jonas Vingegaard is almost completely untested heading into this Grand Tour after injury. As such, rival teams have no interest in allowing the...

"That could be deliberate, because it's a Frenchman who rides" - Sep Vanmarcke believes help from race motos was key for Romain Bardet's Tour de France stage win

Starting with a bang, the 2024 Tour de France opened with a thrilling finale to stage 1, with Team DSM-Firmenich PostNL duo Romain Bardet and Frank van den Broek holding off the peloton to take the win and the first Maillot Jaune of the race. Despite the narrow margin the leading duo held and the fr...

VIDEO: Wout van Aert, Matteo Jorgenson and Laurens De Plus crash ahead of intermediate sprint on stage 2 of 2024 Tour de France

Team Visma | Lease a Bike have not had good luck of late. There were hopes that bad luck was behind them heading into the 2024 Tour de France but sadly, it seems not. Ahead of the intermediate sprint of the day, the peloton was beginning to stress with positioning being key for a number of teams. Sa...

"In Romain Bardet's position, I would not have wanted it" - Michael Boogerd joins in Dutch fury at perceived slight towards Frank van den Broek at Tour de France

The opening stage of the 2024 Tour de France was an absolute thriller. In the end, it was a win for Romain Bardet in his final Tour de France, seeing the darling of French cycling move into the Maillot Jaune for the first time. This win brought a smile to nearly all cycling fans faces, except that i...

"It's like a horror movie when you're scared they're going to be killed, but in this case they survived!" - Jacopo Guarnieri's brilliant analysis of Tour de France opener

The 2024 Tour de France has been one of the most hotly-anticipated for a very long time. If stage 1 is anything to go by, that anticipation was very placed as Romain Bardet and teammate Frank van den Broek held off the peloton in a thrilling finale to the opening stage. One of the darlings of modern...

VIDEO: EF Education - EasyPost rider struck by fan at Tour de France 2024

The Italian fans have come out in force on the opening two stages of the 2024 Tour de France. Sadly, not all have been able to keep their hands to themselves. On stage 2 of the 2024 Tour de France, taking the riders from Cesenatico to Bologna, an EF Education - EasyPost rider was the victim of an ov...

"Pogacar will want to try something" - Wout van Aert unsure if he can contest stage win and yellow jersey on stage 2 of Tour de France

Stage 2 of the Tour de France sees a double ascent of the Madona di San Luca in Bologna and the general classification could explode on it's steep and heat-affected slopes. Wout van Aert was third in yesterday's stage and could definitely be a contender to take the yellow jersey today, but he doesn'...

Remco Evenepoel to win for the first time at Tour de France today? "I want to try to sprint, especially if it is for a stage win"

Remco Evenepoel sprinted to eighth place on the first stage of the Tour de France. The former Belgian road race champion has raced in his standard Soudal - Quick-Step jersey for the first time in a while this Saturday, and today on stage 2 he could hunt the stage win. “The San Luca, but certainly al...

Visma's Wilco Kelderman crashes on first day of Tour de France: "I just slid down, that's really annoying"

It was a difficult first day at the Tour de France but surprisingly, one that didn't see many crashes. None actually that the TV broadcast captured, but we know that off camera Wilco Kelderman of Team Visma | Lease a Bike did fall. However, this does not jeopardize the race for the Dutchman. The fal...

"We rode ourselves completely empty" - Lidl-Trek and Mads Pedersen left licking wounds on Tour first stage

Lidl-Trek were one of the hardest working teams on the opening day of the Tour de France. Mads Pedersen had a very strong day and survived the brutal weather conditions and hard pace on the climbs to have a chance at the final sprint, but it was ultimately worked that was not rewarded at the end of...

UAE manager Gianetti: "Tadej had a good day, he even surprised us by sprinting"

UAE Team Emirates had the plan to attack stage 1 but left it when Juan Ayuso looked to be struggling. The team then rode conservatively to the finale but Tadej Pogacar still went to sprint in search of bonus seconds, much to  the surprise of team manager Mauro Gianetti. "It was a difficult first sta...

José de Cauwer: "I'm not saying that Vingegaard and Van Aert are 100%, but they are certainly fine"

In 2023 at the Tour de France, Wout van Aert did not win a stage and that was much due to the disappointment on stage 2 where Victor Lafay attacked in the final kilometer and Wout van Aert was left sprinting to second place. Many, including José de Cauwer, criticized the lack of work from Jonas Ving...

"We weren't worried, it's always like that with Mark" - Cavendish's difficulties not stressful for Astana and Alexandre Vinokourov

Mark Cavendish struggled right from the very start of the Tour de France and his difficulties were one of the main stories of the first day. However from Astana Qazaqstan Team and team manager Alexandre Vinokourov there wasn't much stress, the Kazakh admits himself. "We knew that this stage was goin...

"It was the weirdest stage I've ever done" - Tom Pidcock thinking about yellow jersey in Bologna

Tom Pidcock has previously declared that he won't aim for GC during this year's Tour de France, but that doesn't stop the 24-year-old Brit from testing to see how far he can go with the best in the first week. The opening stage didn't see much action, which was ideal for Pidcock, who can now set his...

"It was an exceptionally tough and hot day" - Mathieu van der Poel overcooked and in trouble on opening Tour de France day

Mathieu van der Poel was an outsider for the opening day of the Tour de France but found himself in deep difficulties. He was one of the many riders who suffered from the climbing and heat in the Italian hills; as Tom Pidcock called it: "The weirdest stage I've ever done". “It was an exceptionally t...

Tom Dumoulin fires back at Stef Clement's criticism: "I agree with Stef that Frank was stronger than Bardet, but I think it's completely right that Bardet gets to take the yellow jersey"

Frank van den Broek and Romain Bardet rode an absolutely perfect tactic and stage yesterday to make a one-two on the opening day of the Tour de France. The neo-pro van den Broek rode his heart out and looked the strongest on the day, but the victory was awarded to Romain Bardet which was not to the...

PREVIEW | Tour de France 2024 stage 2 - Will Tadej Pogacar attack Jonas Vingegaard in San Luca? Romain Bardet on a mission to keep yellow jersey

The Tour de France has started off in the most brilliant fashion with a first day that has seen a lot of drama, action among the GC riders and a fan-favourite victory for Romain Bardet who has won and taken the yellow jersey on his final Tour de France. It will be hard to forget such performance, bu...

Mark Cavendish smiling at the end of brutal Tour de France day - "Makes a nice story"

Mark Cavendish did not win the stage but was definitely one of, if not THE biggest story of the first day of the Tour de France. The Manxman seemed to be suffering from heat stroke on the first climb of the race and was dropped from the peloton with 160 kilometers to go. The 35th win dream could've...

No disappointment but happiness for Wout van Aert after coming close to Tour win: "Somehow I regained my confidence in the race"

Team Visma | Lease a Bike had quite an interesting first day at the Tour de France. Juan Ayuso's difficulties meant UAE Team Emirates postponed their attempt to put Jonas Vingegaard into difficulties; and in the end Wout van Aert would've likely won the stage and taken the yellow jersey if it wasn't...

“I am completely f*cked up" - Frank van den Broek the real star of the Tour de France's opening day as he gifts Romain Bardet victory and yellow jersey

Frank van den Broek is only 23 years old and is a neo-pro, and in his first time racing at the Tour de France the Team DSM-Firmenich PostNL rider was an absolute star. He was in the breakaway of the day, helped Romain Bardet drop all rivals and rode together with the Frenchman all the way to the fin...

Tadej Pogacar sprints for bonus seconds on stage 1 but on stage 2 expects "more battle on the climb and also bigger differences"

There's not one day where Tadej Pogacar isn't in the eye of spectators in a cycling race. Today at the Tour de France UAE Team Emirates changed plans during the stage, but despite not going on the attack, Tadej Pogacar still went on to sprint for bonifications but came up just short of succeeding. "...

"I'm really happy with my form today" - Jonas Vingegaard shows no signs of weakness in opening stage of Tour de France

It was a crucial day for Jonas Vingegaard on this first stage of the Tour de France. The Danish leader of Visma | Lease a Bike was reassuring and reassured himself, finishing in the peloton, alongside all the other GC favorites without showing any signs of weakness. "To be honest, I'm really happy w...

"This really should have been for Frank van den Broek" - Stef Clement disagrees with Tour stage and yellow going to veteran Bardet

Stef Clement has lashed out at dsm firmenich-PostNL in his Tour de France commentary for NOS. According to the former cyclist, the Dutch team should have let the young Frank van den Broek win the stage in Rimini instead of veteran Romain Bardet.Clement shook his head at the finish when Bardet and Va...

"It hasn't been the easiest weeks to accept this disappointment" - Steven Kruijswijk on missing the Tour due to injury

Steven Kruijswijk had to forget about racing Tour de France after crashing out of Critérium du Dauphiné along with teammate Dylan van Baarle. Now the Dutchman hopes the streak of bad luck for his team is coming to an end.Kruijswijk suffered a broken hip - an injury that will see him stay away from a...

The 18-year-old Dane who broke Coll de Rates record signs with INEOS Grenadiers

Another young rider is set to take their first steps among professionals in 2025. Currently 18-year-old Dane Peter Oxenberg agreed to a three-year deal with the British formation. Øxenberg impressed this year with 2nd place at U23 Eschborn-Frankfurt and a stage win at Orlen Nations (2.NC).Øxenberg s...

"Both Jonas and Wout did really well" - Visma | Lease a Bike survive opening stage of Tour without major troubles

Visma | Lease a Bike had a solid opening day at the Tour de France. Jonas Vingegaard survived the first racing test without any issue, Wout Van Aert narrowly missed out on the victory behind the leading duo and thus the only downside of the day was the unnecessary crash in a downhill for Wilco Kelde...

"I had a better feeling than in the Dauphine" - Remco Evenepoel smooth sails through the opening stage of Tour de France

Like most GC riders, Remco Evenepoel never got into trouble in the tough opening stage of the Tour de France. The Soudal - Quick-Step leader finished safely in the peloton with all the favorites, five seconds behind the team dsm-firmenich PostNL duo."I had a good feeling overall. Better than in the...

Fortune favours the brave - Romain Bardet wins Tour de France stage by "racing from my heart"

Romain Bardet had won on three occasions at the Tour de France, finished twice on the podium and won big races throughout his career. But none likely came close to the emotions and triumph felt today on stage 1 of the Tour. After announcing his retirement and that this would be his final ever Tour,...

GC Update Tour de France 2024 stage 1 | Romain Bardet takes historic yellow jersey; David Gaudu and Lenny Martínez out of GC on day 1

The Tour de France 2024 started this Saturday, June 29, with an inaugural stage whose Grand Départ was held in Florence. With a very hilly day, with several categorized climbs throughout the day, a first battle was expected in the fight for the general classification, although there would also be a...

Tour de France | SHOCK victory for Romain Bardet on stage 1 after daring attack; DSM one-two as Wout van Aert sprints for third

Team DSM-Firmenich have planned the perfect Tour de France day. Stage 1 of the Tour de France was won by Romain Bardet who, alongside Frank van den Broek, did the ride of a lifetime to win on a brutal day in Rimini and take on the first yellow jersey of the race. The first day of the Tour, with jers...

LIVE BLOG!! Tour de France 2024 Stage 1: ROMAIN BARDET WINS STAGE 1 ON HIS FINAL TOUR DE FRANCE

 The first stage of the 2024 Tour de France starts today in Florence!It is a hilly day with plenty climbing to open things up where much action is expected. There are plenty climbs where Tadej Pogacar may test Jonas Vingegaard and Primoz Roglic. Riders such as Remco Evenepoel, a few sprinters (Binia...

Remco Evenepoel believes a sprint can decide first Tour de France: "I don't think there will be any real attacks from the GC contenders"

Remco Evenepoel dreams of a Top5 and stage win at this year's Tour de France, his first appearance in the race. It is a race that starts off immediately with a difficult day but the Belgian believes that rather than a GC fight, he expectes a sprinter to take on the first yellow jersey. "It can start...

"If I can survive the climbs, I have a chance" - Is Wout van Aert within a shot of the yellow jersey?

Wout van Aert is an interesting rider to follow on the opening stage of the Tour de France. In ideal terms, the Team Visma | Lease a Bike can certainly aim for the first yellow jersey of the race; but we will see if he will have permission and legs to contest for a result or if the GC riders will ta...

Jonas Vingegaard: "Finally pinning on a race number again. This is actually quite emotional for me"

Jonas Vingegaard has suffered a punctured lung, broken ribs and collarbone less than three months ago. He spent eight days with a lung drain and almost two weeks in a Basque Country hospital, but today he began the Tour de France with dreams of winning it for the third consecutive time. But the defe...

Nightmare for Astana at Tour de France - Mark Cavendish's domestique Michele Gazzoli the first rider to abandon race

Astana Qazaqstan Team are having a nightmare start to the Tour de France. Mark Cavendish is under serious difficulties right from the start of the race and is being supported by several teammates not to abandon the race. But one of them has, Michele Gazzoli has become the first rider to abandon this...

Tadej Pogacar talks about 'special' relationship with Jonas Vingegaard: "Jonas and I only see each other once a year"

Big rivals and the biggest favourites to win the Tour de France for a third year in a row. We get another round of Tadej Pogacar and Jonas Vingegaard at this year's Tour and at before the start of the race, the Slovenian talked about his relationship with the defending champion. "It is already very...

Mark Cavendish under serious problems on opening Tour de France day - Manxman dropped with 160 kilometers to go and puking

The dream of a 35th win at the Tour de France remains alive for Mark Cavendish however it is all but assured taking into consideration the events of stage 1. We are only halfway through the day at the moment but the Manx Missile has already been dropped from the peloton by a few minutes and is also...

"There’s still a physical and mental element for Tadej Pogacar to overcome" - Chris Froome aware of the challenges of a Giro d'Italia/Tour de France double

Not since Marco Pantani back in 1998 has a rider won both the Giro d'Italia and the Tour de France in the same calendar year. One of those to have attempted the challenge was Chris Froome in 2018, and the seven-time Grand Tour winner has analysed Tadej Pogacar's chances in 2024."Speaking firsthand,...

PREVIEW | Tour de France 2024 stage 1 - Will Tadej Pogacar test Jonas Vingegaard? Will Remco Evenepoel go crazy in Italian hills? Or can Wout van Aert take first yellow jersey?

The 2024 Tour de France starts this Saturday in Florence! It is a hilly day with plenty climbing to open things up where a lot of action is expected. There are plenty climbs where rivals may test Jonas Vingegaard; whilst riders such as Remco Evenepoel, a few sprinters and classics specialists can be...

"There is going to be a pretty crazy fight for yellow jersey” - Ben Healy full of excitement and optimism ahead of his first ever stage of the Tour de France

Stage 1 of the 2024 Tour de France is finally here and one of those with intentions of mixing it up for the opening stage win and the first Maillot Jaune alongside, will be EF Education - EasyPost's Tour de France debutant, Ben Healy. “For me, there has been a big focus on the heat work, because it...

"You cannot consider a Tour de France without a stage victory as successful for Mathieu van der Poel" admits Alpecin-Deceuninck boss Christoph Roodhooft

Alpecin-Deceuninck haven't been quite about Mathieu van der Poel's plans for the 2024 Tour de France, with the Grand Tour being mostly used as preparation for the upcoming Olympic Games in Paris. There are however, a few certain stages the world champion will target. "You cannot consider a Tour with...

Jan Hirt left bloody and with two broken teeth in crash before the 2024 Tour de France even officially starts in Florence

We've not had to wait long for the first crash of the 2024 Tour de France. Before the flag has even been dropped for stage 1 in Florence, Soudal - Quick-Step's Jan Hirt has been introduced face first with the Italian tarmac. "There 100 rules for the team but one with backpack made crashing Jan Hirt...

“I don’t think I do appreciate how big this is" - Oscar Onley first Scottish born rider at Tour de France since 1993

At the 2024 Tour de France, Tadej Pogacar is attempting to become the first man since Marco Pantani in 1998 to complete a Giro d'Italia/Tour de France double. Although somewhat less heralded, Team DSM-Firmenich Post NL's Oscar Onley will be ending another long wait in the peloton.Not since Robert Mi...

“I think this year is special" - Biniam Girmay holds the hopes of a continent at the 2024 Tour de France

With his second Tour de France getting underway later today in Florence, Biniam Girmay is very hopeful of writing more history with a first stage win over the next few weeks.“I think this year is special," the Eritrean icon previews in quotes collected by Africa News ahead of the 2024 Tour de France...

"At some point we have to be done with that bad luck" - Visma enter the 2024 Tour de France hopeful more than expectant

2024 has so far not been a year to fondly look back upon for Team Visma | Lease a Bike. Crash after crash, illness and illness, there is barely a rider in the team to have not suffered some form of bad luck during the campaign. As such, they enter the 2024 Tour de France more in hope than expectatio...

"He's so strong that he can seriously burn up my engine" - Domen Novak admits he can't handle training alongside Tadej Pogacar

Tadej Pogacar will begin his latest quest for a third Maillot Jaune later today as the 2024 Tour de France departs from Florence. Although UAE Team Emirates teammate Domen Novak hasn't been selected for the team's lineup for the Grand Tour, the Slovenian will be watching with a keen eye. Speaking to...

"It will be a crazy first week" - Primoz Roglic expecting Maillot Jaune fight to start immediately at 2024 Tour de France

Primoz Roglic made the difficult decision to leave Team Visma | Lease a Bike in search of more Tour de France leadership opportunities over the winter. Having found a new home at Red Bull - BORA - hansgrohe, the Slovenian is ready to prove he made the right choice. “It's really nice to be here with...

"I've been told that if everything goes well with Pogacar I might have a chance" - Juan Ayuso seeking his own opportunities at debut Tour de France

Juan Ayuso faces his first Tour de France with the belief that he can be a protagonist, able to fight to win a stage, to be able to finish as high as possible in the general classification but, above all, with the very clear idea of UAE Team Emirates' only objective in the Grande Boucle 2024: to win...

"There are not many riders who can win in the Tour, so I want to go for it" - Maxim van Gils targeting the first Maillot Jaune of 2024 Tour de France

The time has come and later today, the 2024 Tour de France gets underway in Florence. Starting with a stage full of potential for immediate drama, one man taking to the Grand Depart full of optimism is Lotto Dstny's Maxim van Gils. On his Tour de France debut in 2023, van Gils came close to a stage...

Just "one or two stages" for Mathieu van der Poel at 2024 Tour de France according to Christoph Roodhooft: "The rest of the Tour is mainly focused on the Olympic Games"

According to Alpecin-Deceuninck boss Christoph Roodhooft, Mathieu van der Poel will again use the Tour de France as preparation for bigger goals to come. In 2023 this worked well as the Dutchman took the Rainbow Jersey, could a similar route in 2024 end with the 29-year-old wearing Olympic gold?Last...

"A lot of things will depend on Tadej Pogacar" - Cofidis duo Bryan Coquard & Guillaume Martin unsure of chances on opening Tour de France weekend

At the 2024 Tour de France, the hopes of French team Cofidis rest mostly on the shoulders of the French duo Bryan Coquard and Guillaume Martin. For Coquard, this will be the 8th Tour de France in his career and although the 32-year-old sprinter is yet to taste the glory of a stage win, he still hold...

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Things will be "better" for INEOS without Steve Cummings at 2024 Tour de France believes Tom Pidcock

In an unexpected change to the management team, the INEOS Grenadiers revealed earlier this week that Steve Cummings would be replaced as leading sports director for the 2024 Tour de France, by Zak Dempster.Cummings was one of the leading characters in season 2 of Netflix's Tour de France: Unchained...

Jasper Philipsen sees no room for romanticism at Tour de France: "Everybody wants to see Mark Cavendish win a 35th stage... We will do our best to beat him”

Whilst the fight for the Maillot Jaune at the 2024 Tour de France is set to be one of the mouth watering in a long while, the battle for sprint wins also has plenty of intriguing stories to follow.Last year, Jasper Philipsen proved himself the dominant sprint force, winning four stages and taking a...

TV Guide - Where and when to watch Tour de France 2024

The 2024 Tour de France promises to be a special edition, kicking off with its Grand Départ in Florence and Emilia-Romagna, across the border in Italy. For the first time in many years, the race concludes in Nice, not Paris. Spanning from June 29th to July 21st, this prestigious event will feature 2...

PREVIEW | Tour de France 2024 - GC fight with Tadej Pogacar, Jonas Vingegaard, Primoz Roglic, Remco Evenepoel, Tom Pidcock and more!

The 2024 Tour de France promises to be a unique edition, starting with its Grand Depart in Florence and Emilia-Romagna, just over the border in Italy. For the first time in many years, the race will conclude away from Paris, with riders heading to Nice for the finale. Scheduled from June 29th to Jul...

"The fact he's going to be on the start line in Florence, he's here to win the Tour again" - 'Voice of the Tour de France' Phil Liggett backing Jonas Vingegaard

In what shape will Jonas Vingegaard be in at the 2024 Tour de France? On the eve of the Grand Tour the question remains unanswered and is on the mind of almost all cycling fans. One man who believes he knows the answer however, is 'the Voice of the Tour de France', Phil Liggett.A true icon of sports...

Olympic Games "still the main objective" for Jasper Stuyven despite last minute Tour de France call up

Jasper Stuyven, 32, was not on the preliminary startlist for the 2024 Tour de France, but he received an unexpected call on Sunday night: would he be willing to take part in the Tour? After discussing some "conditions" with his team, he decided to travel to Florence. "Physically and mentally I feel...

Can David Gaudu bring back the French hope at the Tour de France? "We want to see the team raise its arms, the morale is good"

The talented Breton climber David Gaudu is preparing for his seventh participation in the Tour de France at the age of 27. In this 111th edition, Gaudu will once again lead the Groupama - FDJ team with the goal of achieving the best possible result in the general classification. However, his arrival...

Carlos Rodríguez talks about everything ahead of the Tour de France: Egan Bernal, Juan Ayuso, Tadej Pogacar, Jonas Vingegaard, Olympic Games, World Championship...

Carlos Rodriguez is preparing to face his second Tour de France with the INEOS Grenadiers team. In an exclusive chat with MARCA, the young Spanish cyclist demonstrates a mix of calm humility and undiminished ambition as he prepares for one of the biggest challenges of his career.Rodriguez is optimis...

Can Matteo Jorgenson win the 2024 Tour de France? We tell you why the answer is yes

Under normal conditions we would not say that Matteo Jorgenson is one of the favourites to win the 2024 Tour de France. But this year's edition of the race has not been arrived at under normal conditions with, in theory at least, all the big favourites in less than optimal conditions. Having already...

“The Tour will be over in three or four days” - Marc Madiot expecting Tadej Pogacar Tour de France rout

In just a few days, the 2024 Tour de France will get underway in Florence. After some interrupted preparation for his rivals, UAE Team Emirates' Tadej Pogacar starts as the strong pre-race favourite, despite having already won the Giro d'Italia this year. With the likes of Jonas Vingegaard, Primoz R...

"If he gets punches, he's going to have to take them and keep going" - Patrick Lefevere won't allow Remco Evenepoel to completely drop from GC at Tour de France

The moment has finally arrived for Remco Evenepoel. After much hype and speculation, on Saturday, the Soudal - Quick-Step leader will make his Tour de France debut. One man watching keener than most, will be team boss Patrick Lefevere. "The team is ready. We have done everything we can, at all level...

"If I don’t win here, I don’t lose 34 Tour stages" - Mark Cavendish insists he has 'nothing to lose' in final Tour de France

With 34 Tour de France stage wins already on his palmares, the sprinting G.O.A.T. Mark Cavendish, needs just one more win to edge ahead of the legendary Eddy Merckx and take sole ownership of the Tour de France stage win record. At the 2024 Tour, 'Project 35' is a go!On the eve of the final Tour de...

"Our priority is to maintain the integrity of the sport" - UCI launch immediate investigation into Visma's revolutionary 'Control Room' for 2024 Tour de France

On Thursday morning, Team Visma | Lease a Bike unveiled their revolutionary 'Control Room' ahead of the 2024 Tour de France. Before the day is even done, the UCI have announced an investigation into the new addition to the Visma set up. "The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) is informed of the rec...

"If my maths is correct, I’ll be starting my 241st Tour stage tomorrow" - Veteran Geraint Thomas set for 13th Tour de France grand depart, 17 years after his debut

One of the most experienced riders in the peloton at the 2024 Tour de France, the 38-year-old Geraint Thomas will soon be embarking on the 13th Grand Depart of his lengthy career amongst the sport's elite riders. "If my maths is correct, I’ll be starting my 241st Tour stage tomorrow," the Welshman w...

Tom Pidcock will not go for Tour de France GC after all, and criticizes Netflix 'drama': "Drama was created, and it wasn’t even edited chronologically"

Tom Pidcock is one of the most talented cyclists in the world but this creates a problem that most riders do not ever face: He has to choose which big goals he has to let go, to focus on others. The INEOS Grenadiers will most likely give up on his Tour de France GC dream for this year in order to fo...

“I think it's made me a better cyclist in general" - Neilson Powless returns to Tour de France with added impetus after becoming a father

Neilson Powless was very visible at the 2023 Tour de France, wearing the polka-dot jersey for a total of twelve days. Although he couldn't hold the lead of the King of the Mountains classification last year, this time around the American has a similar goal and extra fuel for the fire. In the twelve...

"We're aiming for a top 5 in the general classification" - Felix Gall and Decathlon AG2R insist last year's Tour de France breakthrough wasn't a flash in the pan

Turning the clock back twelve months, the Decathlon AG2R La Mondiale Team was preparing for the 2023 Tour de France, fully behind Ben O'Connor. With the Australian unable to show his best level however, it was Felix Gall who stepped up to lead the team in a breakthrough performance, taking a stage w...

"It's going to be one of the greatest Tours ever" - Tadej Pogacar excited for Tour de France showdown with Vingegaard, Roglic & Evenepoel among others

The 2024 Tour de France is here and it is easily one of the most hotly anticipated editions on the Grand Tour in a very long time. Ahead of the race, UAE Team Emirates' Tadej Pogacar starts as favourite as he looks to reclaim the Maillot Jaune after two successive years as runner-up. "The shape is g...

Final startlist 2024 Tour de France, with bib numbers! Tadej Pogacar, Jonas Vingegaard, Remco Evenepoel, Primoz Roglic, Mathieu van der Poel, Wout van Aert, Tom Pidcock, Mark Cavendish and more

The 2024 Tour de France will be a special edition, with it's Grand Depart in Florence and Emilia-Romagna over the border in Italy, and for the first time in many years, a finale away from Paris as the riders will head into Nice for the race finale. It will take place from the 29th June to the 21st o...

Juan Ayuso full of ambition: "My dream is to personally win the Tour de France one day. But to race my first Tour in a team that wins it would be a good start”

21-year-old Juan Ayuso will embark on the first Tour de France of his career in 2024. Part of a UAE Team Emirates super team built around their crown jewel Tadej Pogacar, the Spaniard is looking not only to help, but to learn.“It’s a dream come true. I’ve said many times that it’s a race I went to s...

“What level is he going to be at? We just don’t know” - Sean Kelly unsure Jonas Vingegaard will be able to challenge Tadej Pogacar

The condition of defending Tour de France champion Jonas Vingegaard remains one of the biggest talking points, with the 2024 edition of the race just a day away. Not seen racing competitively since his crash at the Itzulia Basque Country, both Vingegaard's fitness and current level are a complete my...

The 16 national champions starting the 2024 Tour de France - Arnaud De Lie, Dylan Groenewegen, ...

The Tour de France starts this Saturday and in the peloton there will be 16 riders wearing special jerseys. Right after the national championships, a lot of riders will be debuting their new equipment in the biggest race of all. There is only one rider who will be wearing it every single day of the...

Youngest and oldest riders at the 2024 Tour de France - 20 and 39 years of age

The Tour de France is the single most important cycling race in the world and features most of the best riders in the world. This includes riders from a wide spectrum of ages; we take a look into the youngest and oldest riders in this year's race. The respective exact ages are taken on the 27th June...

Tadej Pogacar absolute leader for UAE Team Emirates, João Almeida confirms: "We haven't even talked about a Plan B"

João Almeida has recently ridden to a brilliant second place at the Tour de Suisse only behind his own teammate Adam Yates where both shown terrific form into the Tour de France; but within UAE Team Emirates, despite this, there seems to be consensus that the team is going to protect Tadej Pogacar a...

Tadej Pogacar "very, very ready for this Tour de France" - Right-hand man Tim Wellens

Tim Wellens has proven to be a very effective teammate for Tadej Pogacar in the spring classics and although the team has other weapons for the high mountains, the Belgian is looking to be an important rider for the flat and hilly days, and assured the Slovenian is in great form entering the race. "...

The 45 debutants at the 2024 Tour de France including Remco Evenepoel, João Almeida and Arnaud De Lie

Every year there are plenty riders making their debut in the Tour de France, and some very big names are involved. Among the 45 riders who are going to race for the first time in the Grand Boucle are Remco Evenepoel, João Almeida and plenty other quality riders who will fight for stage victories and...

The main absentees from the Tour de France 2024 - Sepp Kuss, Chris Froome and more

The 2024 Tour de France will be a special edition, with the Grand Depart in Florence and Emilia-Romagna in Italy and, for the first time in many years, a finish far from Paris, with the cyclists heading to Nice for the end of the race. The race will take place from June 29 to July 21 and will see th...

INEOS Grenadiers re-signs with Thymen Arensman until 2027 - "I perform better with stability"

It had recently been reported that Thymen Arensman could be on his way out from INEOS Grenadiers but that couldn't be further from the truth. Whilst some of his teammates don't have the same guarantees, the Dutchman has signed a new contract all the way into 2027. “I am really happy to extend with I...

Enric Mas does not shy away from competing with Tadej Pogacar and Jonas Vingegaard: "We can't go out and think that there's nothing to do"

Enric Mas arrives at the Tour de France 2024 very excited after a season in which the results have not quite come to him. That's no surprise. In the Mallorcan's best years, in which he has finished on the podium in the Vuelta a España or finished among the top six in the Grande Boucle, he didn't hav...

DISCUSSION | Whole CyclingUpToDate team on 2024 Tour de France: Thoughts on the winner; Pogacar; Vingegaard; Evenepoel; Roglic and more

The 2024 Tour de France starts this Saturday with a luxurious startlist including the world's best stage-racers, the best sprinters, the most popular riders and plenty questions; in a thrilling route that offers chances to everyone. The CyclingUpToDate team analysis and provides opinions on some of...

"I still feel twenty years old" - Primoz Roglic still fresh and motivated to pursue Tour de France win

In the new colours of Red Bull - BORA - hansgrohe; Primoz Roglic rolled up the team presentation yesterday with a smile on his face, good form and a lot of motivation to win the Tour de France. He admits that he's got rivals who are currently superior, but he has focused on preparing as best as poss...

Mathieu van der Poel and Jasper Philipsen look to write another 'success story' at Tour de France: "I am in just as good shape as last year"

Mathieu van der Poel enters the 2024 Tour de France with only 7 race days this year. A very small schedule but one that led to lots of success in the spring; the World Champion now looks to build on a success story at the Tour alongside Jasper Philipsen once again just as what happened last year. "I...

Wout van Aert eyeing Olympics at Tour de France presentation: "Riding the Tour is the best decision with a view to the Games"

Wout van Aert has had a roller-coaster of a season. Changing his schedule completely, he approached the cobbled classics with a new preparation, but a crash at Dwars door Vlaanderen saw him out of the monuments and the Giro d'Italia. Now finally, the Belgian ends up racing the Tour de France once ag...

Jonas Vingegaard: "This was certainly the toughest period of my career. Making the Tour de France now feels like a great victory"

It has now been almost three months since Jonas Vingegaard's crash at Itzulia Basque Country, but the Dane has made it to Florence and the Tour de France. What the defending champion can achieve in his attempt to win a third Tour however is an unknown, not only to cycling fans all round but to him a...

Remco Evenepoel does not have unrealistic hopes against Pogacar at Tour de France: "I expect Tadej to be unreachable"

Remco Evenepoel is set for his Tour de France debut this week, one that has been anticipated for years. The Soudal - Quick-Step rider talks about his ambitions, form and plans for the Tour in a press conference ahead of the race, but does not have unrealistic hopes when battling against Tadej Pogaca...

"I'll do everything I can, otherwise I wouldn't have changed teams" - Primoz Roglic hoping 2024 Tour de France will vindicate Visma departure

For the first time ever, Primoz Roglic, Jonas Vingegaard, Tadej Pogacar and Remco Evenepoel, winners of ten of the last thirteen Grand Tours, will all be side by side at the startline of the 2024 Tour de France.The presence of the so called 'Big 4' of Grand Tour cycling, has made the 2024 Tour de Fr...

Tadej Pogacar positive for Covid-19 only 10 days before Tour de France: "I was only completely off the bike for one day"

Covid-19 is still very much hitting the peloton and it's biggest names. Sepp Kuss is missing the Tour de France after not recovering from an infection; Mads Pedersen revealed today he had it just a couple weeks ago and Tadej Pogacar revealed a bombshell that he tested positive only days ago. "Ten da...

"If Jonas Vingegaard can win the Tour de France again this year, I don't understand anything" - Bernard Hinault doesn't hold much hope for Visma leader

The two time, back to back Tour de France champion, Jonas Vingegaard returns looking for a hat trick in 2024. Given all he's been through earlier this year however, whether or not another Maillot Jaune remains realistic is very much up for debate. Crashing hard at the Itzulia Basque Country earlier...

"I hear from good sources that Jonas Vingegaard is more than ready" - Former Visma rider Laurens De Plus shares his knowledge of defending Tour de France champion

Very rarely in recent years has so much discussion been made of just the mere presence on the startline of the Tour de France, than in 2024 and the recovery by Jonas Vingegaard. Not even a punctured lung, broken bones and spell in intensive care following a disastrous crash at the Itzulia Basque Cou...

"That will make him so mad, so angry” - Jens Voigt suggests novel approach to ensure Mark Cavendish breaks Tour de France stage win record

The waiting is almost over and the 2024 Tour de France is very nearly upon us. For Mark Cavendish, someone indelibly entwined in Tour de France folklore, this year's edition of cycling's biggest spectacle offers one last chance to overtake the legendary Eddy Merckx and claim sole ownership of the st...

"I know it would be on the limit, if not over the limit" - Mads Pedersen on winning opening stage to Rimini

Can we count Mads Pedersen among favourites for the opening stage of this years Tour de France? Many have wondered whether the hard stage from Florence to Rimini won't be a bit too much for the former world champion. According to the Dane, he's interested, but it'll be up to other teams how the stag...

Former Liege-Bastogne-Liege winner on the radar of INEOS Grenadiers for 2025

INEOS Grenadiers continue to scoop around on the transfer market, looking for possible reinforcement for their once-famous mountain train. However with a clear challenger for Tadej Pogacar and Jonas Vingegaard nowhere in the sight, there's only so much that can be done.In the latest news reported by...

"I probably like the first two stages of the Tour the best of the entire tour" - Maxim Van Gils signs up for the battle for first yellow jersey

Lotto Dstny will go for stages during the 2024 Tour de France - that part is not very different from their previous participations. However their hopes for a result will be on their homegrown talent; Arnaud De Lie and Maxim Van Gils. The 24-year-old Van Gils looks back at the best spring of his care...

Thijs Zonneveld favors Tadej Pogacar for Tour victory: "Of the six alien riders, Pogacar has by far the largest margin compared to the competition"

There are six riders (often nicknamed 'The Aliens') who are a cut above the rest in the cycling world. But even among them, cycling journalist and gravel racer Thijs Zonneveld notices differences between them.Zonneveld tells WielerRevue that the Giro d'Italia champion Tadej Pogacar is shoulders abov...

Visma | Lease a Bike justify decision to enter corona protocol: "It makes sense if you look at how much we invest in the Tour de France"

Visma | Lease a Bike had to cancel Vuelta a Espana winner Sepp Kuss for the Tour de France last week because the American had not recovered from a corona infection. This put the Dutch team on enough alert that they immediately enter a partial corona protocol for the Grande Boucle. And it turns out t...

"I don’t want it to end like my last Giro" - Remco Evenepoel shows up with a face mask at press conference

Visma | Lease a Bike is returning to a partial corona protocol during this Tour de France. And not only the Dutch formation is on high alert, because Remco Evenepoel also appeared in front of the media with a face mask on during a press meeting on the day of Tour de France team presentation."I don’t...

ANALYSIS | The 15 Spaniards that will race the 2024 Tour de France

Spain arrives at the Tour de France 2024 with a small representation if we think of other times but unfortunately according to the current cycling. With only one WorldTour team, Movistar Team, it is complicated to aspire to more and 15 participants is a decent amount to face the most important cycli...

"He is the Eddy Merckx of our time” - Jan Ullrich backs Tadej Pogacar to blow Jonas Vingegaard away at 2024 Tour de France

Chapter 4 in the Tour de France rivalry of Tadej Pogacar and Jonas Vingegaard is one with arguably more intrigue than any previous. The introduction of extra characters to the fold such as Primoz Roglic and Remco Evenepoel adds spice, but the uncertainty of Vingegaard's condition following his horro...

Tour de France | Red Bull - BORA - hansgrohe show off new bike; Arkea - B&B Hotels become latest team with special jersey

The 2024 Tour de France is not just a couple of days away and as always at this time of year, there is a steady stream of teams unveiling new equipment and new jerseys, ready for the biggest and most viewed race on the cycling calendar. Red Bull - BORA - hansgrohe will head to the Tour de France wit...

Carlos Rodriguez confident he can "fight with the best" at 2024 Tour de France

After a breakthrough performance last year, Carlos Rodriguez will return to the Tour de France in 2024 as a marked man. Beating both Jonas Vingegaard and Tadej Pogacar to victory on stage 14 twelve months ago, the Spaniard is confident he can once again compete with the very best this time around. "...

INEOS does not authorize Egan Bernal to go to the Olympic Games! Total commitment to the Tour de France 2024

The current cycling season is very special due to the presence of the Olympic Games in Paris, which will be held after the 2024 Tour de France. As is logical, some teams will not allow their riders to participate in the two events due to the importance of the Grande Boucle. This has been the case fo...

"He can still do the worlds and he could also do the Vuelta" - No limit to Tadej Pogacar's capabilities says Sean Kelly

After ending his two year wait for Grand Tour glory at the Giro d'Italia earlier this year, Tadej Pogacar is now the hot favourite for the 2024 Tour de France. According to Sean 'King' Kelly however, this may just be the beginning for the all conquering Slovenian. If Pogacar can claim Tour de France...

"It might be the strongest peloton ever" but João Almeida is ready to leave a mark on his Tour de France debut

João Almeida will be making his Tour de France debut in an edition that he considers to be the "strongest ever", saying that he would like the route to be tougher and more mountainous."I think it might be the strongest Tour de France peloton ever, we'll have basically all the strongest riders: Remco...

"I was not affected a lot” - Mads Pedersen powers through covid to keep Tour de France dream alive

Covid-19 continues to persist amongst the peloton, causing problems for teams and riders alike. Most notably, Sepp Kuss was recently withdrawn from Team Visma | Lease a Bike's lineup for the 2024 Tour de France at the last minute due to covid. Lidl-Trek superstar and a stage winner at the Tour de Fr...

"There are 21 stages... each of us will have our chance and I'll have mine" - Nelson Oliveira set to make Portuguese cycling history at 2024 Tour de France

Nelson Oliveira is proud to equal the Portuguese record of 20 Grand Tours of Acácio da Silva in the 111th Tour de France where he will try to fight for a stage, despite the mission of also working in service of Enric Mas. At 35, the Portuguese cyclist with the most appearances in Grand Tours in rece...

"I only see Primoz Roglic capable of threatening Tadej Pogacar" - Danny Nelissen expecting Slovenian Tour de France winner

After his comprehensive win of the 2024 Giro d'Italia earlier this year, Tadej Pogacar heads to the Tour de France as the pre-race favourite to win the Maillot Jaune. Given the uncertainty surrounding his main rival Jonas Vingegaard, who could emerge as Pogacar's main challenger is something that sp...

INEOS Grenadiers reshuffle staff for Tour de France with Steve Cummings left at home

If you have watched season 2 of Netflix's Tour de France: Unchained, you will be very aware of the fact that at the Tour last year, Steve Cummings was the leading figure of the sports director staff at the race for the INEOS Grenadiers. This time around however, the Brit will not be present.Rather t...

"There’s a lot to learn at a Grand Tour and I’m really excited” - Arnaud De Lie without pressure at Tour de France debut despite recent Belgian title win

One of those riders set to break new ground at the upcoming Tour de France, will be the recently crowned Belgian national champion, Arnaud De Lie. After much hype in recent seasons, the Lotto Dstny star is set to finally make his Grand Tour debut. "It's good to learn and we'll see if it's possible t...

"Carlos Rodriguez has shown in recent months that he is the man for us" - INEOS working for one leader at Tour de France insists Laurens De Plus

With a number of riders having the potential to ride general classification amongst their eight man team, the INEOS Grenadiers arguably have one of the strongest climbing blocks at the 2024 Tour de France. Although not a leader, one of the most important parts of any success for the team, will be La...

Geraint Thomas to back INEOS Grenadiers' goals for 2024 Tour de France: "Win some stages, and perform in the GC obviously"

At 38 years of age, Geraint Thomas will for the first time in his career start the Tour de France after having completed the Giro d'Italia. It is a new challenge in the career of the veteran who has won this race in the past, but starts off in a domestique role this time around. "I'm super excited t...

Tour de France | Mark Cavendish's STUNNING new bike; Jayco AlUla and Cofidis reveal special jerseys

The Tour de France is the race in the sport of cycling that attracts the most attention and so naturally, some teams go all-out to show off special edition jerseys and bikes. Team Jayco AlUla and Cofidis have revealed new colours for the 2024 Grand Boucle whilst Mark Cavendish will ride a new rainbo...

The 'Control Room' - Team Visma | Lease a Bike's reveal innovative new weapon in search of Tour de France win

It can be said that in the 2010's INEOS Grenadiers popularized the term 'marginal gains' but the truth is that, although teams don't use that term anymore, the technological evolution in cycling has not stopped. Team Visma | Lease a Bike have created a 'control room' for the Tour de France which loo...

Remco Evenepoel ready for Tour de France mountains: "With the weight of the Dauphine I would never be able to follow the top riders in the Tour"

Remco Evenepoel has had to overcome a few obstacles ahead of his Tour de Frace debut but all signs point towards him being ready. The Soudal - Quick-Step rider has successfully managed to control the expectations that up until a few years ago haunted his Grand Tour appearances, and enters the French...

Alberto Contador believes Tadej Pogacar can win Giro-Tour double: "The fundamental piece in this equation will be to see how Vingegaard arrives at the Tour"

It is not surprising to say that Alberto Contador is completely in love with Tadej Pogacar. The Spaniard was a very offensive cyclist and logically loves the Slovenian's riding style as well as his attempt to win the Giro d'Italia and the Tour de France in the same year, something no one has done si...

Tadej Pogacar may renew his contract with UAE Team Emirates once again! This time, until 2030

Tadej Pogacar looks set to spend his entire career with UAE Team Emirates. The Slovenian cyclist has already renewed his contract with the team on several occasions with long-term deals but the biggest of all may take him all the way to 2030 already. According to Ciro Scognamiglio of Gazzetta dello...

EF Education-EasyPost scores almost 1000 UCI points in national championships - List of points scored by World Tour teams

The national championships were the great highlight of the past week in the world of cycling but besides handing out new and special jerseys; these one-day races also offer up a lot of UCI points and one team in particular took the biggest slice of cake: EF Education-EasyPost. It was Lidl-Trek who h...

"He is no different than Nadal in tennis, Michael Jordan in basketball, or Tiger Woods in golf" - Tadej Pogacar cycling's biggest icon says superstar agent

The most complete rider of his generation, Tadej Pogacar can win almost any race you put in front of him. According to the UAE Team Emirates leader's superstar agent Alex Carera, Pogacar is also the biggest star in the entire sport. "Nowadays, he is no different than Nadal in tennis, Michael Jordan...

"Those two are really not normal. They are so much better than the rest" - Oliver Naesen on riding against Tadej Pogacar & Mathieu van der Poel

Although both competing with different objectives, two of the stars of the quickly approaching 2024 Tour de France are sure to be the recently crowned Giro d'Italia winner Tadej Pogacar and the current Rainbow Jersey, Mathieu van der Poel.One of those with the somewhat unenviable task of competing a...

"One of the most cunning and crafty riders I’ve ever raced against" - Primoz Roglic best placed to break Pogacar/Vingegaard Tour de France stranglehold says Chris Froome

The last three editions of the Tour de France have been a two horse race between Tadej Pogacar and Jonas Vingegaard. Ahead of the 2024 edition however, the number of pre-race Maillot Jaune contenders seems to have grown. Although the likes of Remco Evenepoel, Carlos Rodriguez and even Vingegaard's t...

UCI explains how doping will be tackled at the 2024 Tour de France

The 2024 Tour de France is just around the corner. The biggest cycling event on the planet has been in the center of many riders' year-long preparation. And cycling authorities will be also more than ready. That is - for riders who'd try to use any illegal techniques to make up for insufficient leve...

"When he lost races or crashed out, it was most important that we were there" - Agent Alex Carera on relationship with Vincenzo Nibali

Alex Carera comes from Italy and is one of the world’s leading cycling agents. The man who manages superstars like Tadej Pogacar from behind the scenes founded A&J All Sports with his brother Johnny in the late 90s and since then, many stars of the cycling world came through Carera's hands.Perhaps t...

"We are not focused on the general classification, but on stage victories" - Marc Madiot on Tour plans with Lenny Martinez

While Marc Madiot told media few days ago that Lenny Martinez would not be doing the Tour de France this year, Groupama - FDJ announced to everyone's surprise the presence of the young climber on the 111th edition. While the fans were all stunned by this change of plan, the general manager of the Fr...

Tom Dumoulin thinks cycling has become too scientifical: "I found cycling less enjoyable, partly because of this"

A decade ago, Argos-Shimano entered the WorldTour peloton with ambition to leave their mark in the peloton. During the AD Sports Festival in Rotterdam, Tom Dumoulin looked back on the Tour de France of 2013 during a special screening of the documentary 'Nieuwe Helden'.The Dutch formation of Iwan Spe...

Steff Cras in desbelief after miserable hospital care in Spain: "Our doctor had to open everything again and clean it"

Steff Cras was one of the main victims of the mass fall at Itzulia Basque Country. It is a miracle that he made it to the Tour de France, because just like Jonas Vingegaard, he had a collapsed lung, among multiple other injuries. The TotalEnergies rider recently made his return at the Tour of Sloven...

Michael Boogerd doesn't favor Mathieu van der Poel for first yellow jersey: "I expect UAE to make the race tough"

Tour de France will start on Saturday, June 29. While the battle for overall victory will last for three weeks, many eyes will follow closely the fight for the first yellow jersey in Rimini. Tom Dumoulin is convinced Mathieu van der Poel won't be in the mix on a hard stage from Florence and De Teleg...

UCI Rankings Team Update | UAE Team Emirates remains in the lead; Movistar and Uno-X climb after national championships

We have taken a look at how many points team scored over the 2024 national championships and these numbers are visible in the most recent UCI Rankings update. UAE Team Emirates remain in an unmatchable lead with almost 20.000 points, whilst only three more teams have barely crossed the 10.000 points...

"Matteo Jorgenson is a rider we should all be watching this July" according to Tour de France legend Chris Froome

Arguably the signing of the season based on performances to date, Matteo Jorgenson has gone from strength to strength since joining Team Visma | Lease a Bike over the most recent off-season. According to four time Tour de France winner Chris Froome, the American will be one to watch at the 2024 edit...

2024 Tour de France Race Center - TV, Startlist, Profiles, Prize Money and Previews

The 2024 Tour de France will be a unique edition, starting with its Grand Départ in Florence and Emilia-Romagna, Italy. For the first time in many years, the race will conclude outside of Paris, with the finale set in Nice. The event will run from June 29th to July 21st.In this article you can find...

"A salary cap is a stupid idea" - Tadej Pogacar's agent Alex Carera insists riders remain underpaid

Nowadays, the elite cyclists are paid more than ever before. In fact, at the recent Giro d'Italia, Maglia Rosa winner Tadej Pogacar earned an incredible €414,751 through prize money alone. Although some are calling for a salary cap to level the playing field, super agent Alex Carera is firmly agains...

Record breaking number of British riders on Tour de France startline in 2024! Who are the 11?

Over the last decade and a half, British interest and influence in road cycling has been building to bigger heights then ever before seen. In 2024, another piece of history will be made as more Brits than ever before take on cycling's biggest spectacle. For a long time, just seeing one British rider...

"He's going to try things, he's going to try to win the gravel stage" - Jose De Cauwer expects Mathieu van der Poel to be more active at 2024 Tour de France

At the 2023 Tour de France, Mathieu van der Poel was used primarily in a leadout role for his Alpecin-Deceuninck teammate and eventual Green Jersey winner, Jasper Philipsen. This time around however, will the world champion may get more chances for himself?According to Sporza's Belgian cycling exper...

Tour de France 2024 Team Index - Follow lineup announcement of every team

The 2024 Tour de France will be a special edition, with it's Grand Depart in Florence and Emilia-Romagna over the border in Italy, and for the first time in many years, a finale away from Paris as the riders will head into Nice for the race finale. It will take place from the 29th June to the 21st o...

Primoz Roglic leads with strong support from likes of Hindley & Vlasov as Red Bull BORA - hansgrohe announce 2024 Tour de France lineup

The key race in any rider's season, the Tour de France holds extra weight of importance for Primoz Roglic in 2024. Having joined BORA - hansgrohe in order to get his chance at the Maillot Jaune, the Slovenian's moment is nigh. On the day the team's name was officially changed to Red Bull BORA - hans...

"If they put faith in me, I can deliver" - Mark Cavendish defiant ahead of final Tour de France

Gearing up for one last dance, the final Tour de France of the legendary career of Mark Cavendish is now just a matter of days away. With Project 35 sure to be one of the stories of the upcoming Grand Tour, excitement is growing within the Astana Qazaqstan Team. Having initially planned for the 2023...

PHOTO: Primoz Roglic shows off new Red Bull BORA - hansgrohe jersey ahead of 2024 Tour de France

Out with the old and in with the new! Red Bull BORA - hansgrohe have revealed their official jersey ahead of the 2024 Tour de France, the debut race of the new title sponsors. With the second Grand Tour of the year now just a matter of days away, the team's official website has undergone a name chan...

“What struck me is that Kasper Asgreen is not there” - Jan Bakelants surprised by make up of Remco Evenepoel's Tour de France support squad

For Remco Evenepoel, his much anticipated Tour de France debut is now mere days away and the lineup of the Soudal - Quick-Step team built around the Belgian has been officially confirmed.Mikel Landa, Jan Hirt, Ilan Van Wilder, Louis Vervaeke, Casper Pedersen, Gianni Moscon and Yves Lampaert will all...

“Every morning when I train, I have the thought of winning the Tour de France again in my head" - Egan Bernal refuses to give up on his dream

Not so long ago, Egan Bernal looked like being the dominant force in Grand Tour cycling for years to come. Tour de France winner in 2019 and Giro d'Italia winner in 2021, the Colombian has sadly seen his goals significantly adjusted in recent years following a life threatening crash. In 2024 however...

OPINION: The signing that Movistar Team should make to improve into 2025

The year progresses, August is approaching and few rumors of the cycling market have to do with Movistar Team. Let's remember that in 2023 there was a lot of talk about Carlos Rodriguez, who in the end decided to back out, giving the Spanish team the boot and stay with INEOS. Now, with no big names...

UCI Rankings Rider Update | Tadej Pogacar leads Jonas Vingegaard and Jasper Philipsen into Tour de France

This update of the UCI Rankings from the riders includes the results of the national championships. There have only been minor changes at an individual level, and we have got 12 out of the Top13 riders all racing the Tour de France which starts this Saturday already. Tadej Pogacar continues to be in...

Is Tadej Pogacar even stronger than at the Giro d'Italia? "To be honest, I have never felt so good on the bike"

Tadej Pogacar is arguably having his best season thus far but it can get even better, and actually reach historic levels at the Tour de France. The Slovenian, 25 years of age, has launched a big psychological attack ahead of the race as he claims to be in his best ever form ahead of the Grand Depart...

Belgian men's selection for Paris Olympic Games officially revealed! Remco Evenepoel and Wout van Aert in the lead

The upcoming Tour de France might be the main topic of conversation in the cycling world at the moment, but straight after the biggest race on the calendar comes another huge target for many riders, the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris. One of those nations with arguably the biggest chance of claiming th...

Discover the startlist of the 2024 Tour of Slovakia with Peter Sagan and Julian Alaphilippe

From the 26th to the 30th of June the peloton will tackle the Tour of Slovakia. The parcours of the race traditionally see attackive racing and this year's edition should be no different in that regard. Decisive for the GC will be the 30 km TTT on second day and then final stage with triple ascent t...

"We did what we could, but for sure it's not optimal" - Jonas Vingegaard 'not fully prepared' for Tour de France admits Visma coach Mathieu Heijboer

Although for a long time it looked unlikely, Jonas Vingegaard will be present at the start of the 2024 Tour de France in Florence. Being present and being competitive are two very different things however, and whether or not the Dane can compete for a Maillot Jaune hat trick remains to be seen. "He'...

"Jonas was really injured, really hard, but I think he’s going to be fine" - Tadej Pogacar on Vingegaard rivalry, emotions of losing Tour de France and Vuelta a Espana participation

Tadej Pogacar is ready for the Tour de France and the riders are currently making their trip to Florence for the Grand Depart. UAE Team Emirates have shared an interview with the Slovenian with some of the fans' main questions and he answers them all in detail. “Jonas was really injured, really hard...

ANALYSIS | Rating 2024 Tour de France sprint leadouts; From Philipsen's Alpecin to Cavendish's Astana

The Tour de France is often the cycling race which is most reputable when it comes to sprinting. Although the race does not have it's famous sprint finish at the Champs-Elysées the race still has a luxurious sprinter field and almost all of them have their best leadout men present. We take a look at...

"Just being able to breathe normally hurts for months" - Chris Froome 'can't imagine how' Jonas Vingegaard has made the 2024 Tour de France after punctured lung

After a horrific crash at the Itzulia Basque Country earlier this year left him in intensive care with a punctured lung among other injuries, there seemed no chance Jonas Vingegaard would contest for the Maillot Jaune at the 2024 Tour de France. Yet, with the Grand Depart just days away, the Dane wi...

"And then there's that smile..." - Bernard Hinault on why Tadej Pogacar strikes a chord with fans more than Jonas Vingegaard

You'll often find that in any sport, the most dominant winners aren't always the most adored as fans prefer to see the underdog triumph over the all-conquering force. In Tadej Pogacar's case however, not only is he won of the most victorious riders in the current peloton, but also one of the most ce...

"I just hope that instead of judgment people can show compassion" - Bradley Wiggins ex-wife pleads for care with former Tour de France winner homeless after bankruptcy

Whilst the 2024 Tour de France is quickly approaching with much excitement and fervour, for the 2012 Maillot Jaune winner, Bradley Wiggins, things aren't quite so rosy at the moment. "It's tragic, horrible, but some insight into what he's going through," says the ex-wife of the former Tour de France...

Exodus at the INEOS Grenadiers! Ethan Hayter, Jhonatan Narvaez, Thymen Arensman all set to leave with Tom Pidcock set for crunch talks

Although the INEOS Grenadiers have long had one of the biggest budgets in the sport of cycling, a host of star riders look set to leave at the end of the season, further continuing their scaling back of the team in recent years. According to a report by Escape Collective, a number of top riders, inc...

Jan Ullrich's 1998 Tour de France Pinarello goes into charitative auction during this year's Tour

Starting this Monday, cycling fans can now buy one of the great jewels of cycling: the original bicycle with which Jan Ullrich managed to finish second in the 1998 Tour de France. An auction that began this Tuesday on the bicycle platform of second-hand Buycycle and which will last throughout the To...

Fresh batch of talent heading to world's best U23 team - Visma DT announces four new signings

Out of 17 graduees, 14 have already entered the professional peloton, with another four set to make the step up next year. Those are some pretty impressive numbers proving the quality of both; work and scouting at Visma | Lease a Bike's Development Team. Olav Kooij, Finn Fisher-Black and Van Dijke t...

"I'm going into the Tour with high ambitions and big goals" - Neilson Powless hopes to forget disastrous spring at the Tour de France

Neilson Powless is yet to finish a stage race this year, but his team EF Education-EasyPost fully trusts that the 27-year-old is ready to take on the biggest stage race in the world - Tour de France.Even Powless himself is aware that the run-in for Grande Boucle wasn't perfect: "I think this was pro...

TotalEnergies leader to reinforce struggling Classics team of Soudal - Quick-Step

It seems that Soudal - Quick-Step has secured its third incoming transfer of 2025 after the Frenchman Valentin Paret-Peintre and the Dutchman Pascal Eenkhoorn. According to HLN, Dries Van Gestel is on his way to the Belgian WorldTour team.The rider himself denies that he has already signed, but that...

"The fact that the team does not have confidence in me is disappointing" - Bauke Mollema on Tour de France non-selection

Once again, Bauke Mollema won't add to his 12 Tour de France participations, as ambitious Lidl-Trek heads for Grand Départ without the Dutch all-rounder, aiming for success with their sprinter Mads Pedersen.This is the second year in a row for the now 37-year-old Mollema that he wasn't selected for...

"Perhaps this is a stage where I can end up at the top" - John Degenkolb eyes gravel stage at Tour de France

John Degenkolb is celebrating a special anniversary this week. The dsm-firmenich PostNL veteran is taking part in the Tour de France for the tenth time - and is hoping for a victory. After all, there are stages that could - at least on paper - suit him.The 35-year-old German rode his first Tour all...

"I wouldn't be surprised if UAE think; can we 1-2-3 at the Tour de France?" - IPT DS Sam Bewley expecting UAE Team Emirates domination

Although as Tadej Pogacar proved at the Giro d'Italia, he doesn't need a superstar team to dominate a Grand Tour, just to be sure, UAE Team Emirates will send arguably the strongest team in Tour de France history to support their Slovenian leader in 2024. Alongside the two-time Maillot Jaune winner...

"Mathieu van der Poel and Wout van Aert are riders who have a lot at stake" - Alberto Contador foresees head to head showdown for Olympic gold in Paris

Alberto Contador recently spoke on Eurosport about the Paris 2024 Olympic Games. He has reviewed all the important issues, from the three Spaniards who will be present trying to dispute the gold medal, as who are for him the great favourites in both the time trial and the road race.The first questio...

Rui Costa on his expectations for the Tour de France: "I'll do my best to win a stage"

Last weekend in Santa Maria da Feira, the Portuguese men's elite national road championship was contested, with Rui Costa beating Rui Oliveira in a sprint finish on the hard cobbles that led the cyclists to the finish line near the Feirense Castle.After the race, Rui Costa gave his usual summary of...

"It will hurt when I see the sprints in the Tour de France" - Tim Merlier admits disappointment at lack of selection

Few in the peloton can claim as many victories in 2024 so far as Soudal - Quick-Step sprinter Tim Merlier. Despite his continued good form throughout the campaign however, a Tour de France return will not be on the cards for the Belgian.Although somewhat understandable, as Soudal - Quick-Step put al...

The 4 Colombians that will participate in the 2024 Tour de France

Colombian cycling is ready to shine once again on the world stage of the 2024 Tour de France. Despite the absence of a legendary figure in Rigoberto Urán, the South American country has four riders of great quality to try to achieve stage victories or important general classifications.1. Egan Bernal...

Alpecin-Deceuninck unveil stunning special jersey for 2024 Tour de France

As is becoming a growing trend in the modern peloton, teams are unveiling specially designed, one-off jerseys for the Tour de France. The latest team to do so for the 2024 edition are Alpecin-Deceuninck. Having been riding for much of the 2024 season in a double denim style outfit, for the upcoming...

Intermarché-Wanty at the Tour de France to win stages with Biniam Girmay, Louis Meintjes, Laurenz Rex and more

Another team has confirmed their 8-man roster for the 2024 Tour de France, with Intermarché-Wanty becoming the latest lineup to be announced. The team will be led by their biggest name rider, Biniam Girmay. The hero of African cycling made his Tour de France debut in 2023 and although a stage win el...

"I don't think he has his mind set on that" - Tom Dumoulin believes Mathieu van der Poel will skip the battle for the first yellow jersey

The 2024 Tour de France will start next Saturday in Florence with a difficult opening stage, where stakes will be high. Over 3800 altitude meters in 200+ kilometeres-long stage is immediately going to test everyone's legs. And as always, the Maillot Jaune is of course in the offer.Whether classic ty...

ANALYSIS | Who reads will think will win 2024 Tour de France; What GC result will Pogacar, Vingegaard, Roglic, Evenepoel, Picock and more achieve

Over the past week in CyclingUpToDate we have been asking you questions regarding all the favourites for the Tour de France, and who will win the race. Now it is time to collect and analyze your answers as the Grand Depart is just a few days away. We have posted a total of 13 polls regarding the Tou...

"Stage one looks really good for me" - Ben Healy targeting an early Maillot Jaune on Tour de France debut

After his star performance at the 2023 Giro d'Italia, EF Education-EasyPost's Ben Healy will make his hotly-anticipated Tour de France debut in 2024 and the Irishman is full of ambition. "The Tour is the biggest race there is and I am really excited for it. It's a pretty big milestone. The first ste...

Stage 1 of the 2024 Tour de France at risk of adjustment due to Italian floods

The Grand Depart of the 2024 Tour de France will take place on Italian roads, with a stage from Florence to Rimini. The plan is for an up and down parcour of 206km. Mother Nature may have other plans however. According to reports by Sporza, in recent days, this particular region of Italy has been ba...

"We believe in him with the whole team" - Mark Cavendish very capable of Tour de France stage win believes Cees Bol

Having already ensured his place in the annals of Tour de France history, Mark Cavendish will embark on his final Grand Boucle in the coming days, with one clear goal in mind... win a record breaking 35th Tour de France stage win.Currently tied with the legendary Eddy Merckx for the stage win record...

"It won't be a pure bunch sprint" - Wout van Aert favourite for first Maillot Jaune of 2024 Tour de France says Jan Bakelants

As seen at the most recent Giro d'Italia, chances to wear the leader's jersey at a Grand Tour can be few and far between. With the opening stage of the 2024 Tour de France now just days away, talk of the first stage and the first Maillot Jaune are a hot topic on the lips of cycling experts. Speaking...

"I’ve stayed off the beers since the Giro" - Geraint Thomas 'can't wait to get stuck in' on Tour de France return

The 2018 Tour de France winner, Geraint Thomas has been confirmed for a return to the Grand Boucle for the first time since finishing 3rd at the 2022 edition behind Jonas Vingegaard and Tadej Pogacar. In his most recent outing, Thomas claimed a second successive Giro d'Italia podium, finishing 3rd b...

Blow for Jonas Vingegaard! Sepp Kuss out of Visma's 2024 Tour de France team due to covid

In a season filled with bad luck for Team Visma | Lease a Bike, things had started to look up when an all star lineup was announced for the 2024 Tour de France. Sadly, illness has struck again with Vuelta a Espana champion Sepp Kuss forced to drop out of the team. Kuss, widely regarded as the best s...

"My form will arrive late, but I will give my best" - Richard Carapaz enters Tour de France with realistic expectations

If you've watched the most recent series of Tour de France: Unchained on Netflix, you will have heard EF Education-EasyPost boss Jonathan Vaughters lay some heavy praise on Richard Carapaz. Although it hasn't properly clicked for the Ecuadorian at the team just yet, could the 2024 Tour de France be...

Arnaud Demare, Kevin Vauquelin, Luca Mozzato... Arkéa - B&B Hotels head to 2024 Tour de France with plenty of options

We don't have long to wait now until the biggest cycling spectacle of the year, with the 2024 Tour de France just days away. One of the teams with the extra pressure of being French will be Arkéa - B&B Hotels and as such, they are taking a team with plenty of options. “Our goal will be to achieve a...

Soudal - Quick-Step all in on Remco Evenepoel for 2024 Tour de France with Landa, Van Wilder & Hirt amongst climbing support

On his Tour de France debut, Remco Evenepoel will have the full support and backing of the Soudal - Quick-Step team in his quest to claim the Maillot Jaune.“Riding the Tour de France is the dream of every kid who falls in love with cycling. It’s something I too have dreamed about since the moment I...

"The Tour is a huge witchcraft, nothing comparable to a Belgian Championship" - Belgian commentator warns Arnaud De Lie to stay alert

Arnaud De Lie will enter the Tour de France with the Belgian champion's jersey on his shoulders. In a way, his mission is already done for this period, but as we know the Lotto Dstny sprinter, he won't settle for one win if he can grab more. Thus we'll have something to look forward to at the Tour."...

Visma full of confidence in Matteo Jorgenson: "After Tadej Pogacar and Mathieu van der Poel, he is currently the best rider in the world"

Matteo Jorgenson made the move to Team Visma | Lease a Bike and has been having a dream season. Recently selected to the Tour de France, winner of Paris-Nice, runner-up at Criterium du Dauphiné... And the American is coming into the Tour de France with freedom according to team DS Merijn Zeeman. "Lo...

"I felt better in the finish than at the start of the race" - Julian Alaphilippe ready for second part of the season after a month of rest

Julian Alaphilippe finished 12th at the French championships this Sunday in Saint-Martin-de-Landelles. An anecdotal result for the former world champion who nevertheless gave everything in the final, attacking the peloton numerous times, but to little effect. Alone against the swarm of Decathlon AG2...

"I think this was one of the best days of my cycling life" - Alberto Bettiol about his emotional victory at Italian championships

The Grand Départ of the upcoming Tour de France will be special for Alberto Bettiol. The Tuscan, who lives about thirty kilometers from the starting city of Florence, will be able to enjoy crowds cheering the name of their local hero. And after his victory at the Italian championship in Tuscany, he...

No Tour de France for Kasper Asgreen despite improved form in recent weeks

Kasper Asgreen will not participate at the Tour de France this year. The Dane has been told by his team Soudal - Quick-Step that he has not been selected for the Grande Boucle this year. He confirmed the news to the Danish TV2 after the National championships, where Asgreen finished second in the ro...

Ineos Grenadiers DS promises his team will be "putting the pressure on, fighting for every opportunity, and taking chances" at upcoming Tour de France

Carlos Rodríguez is set to lead Ineos Grenadiers at the Tour de France, where he will be (more or less) supported by other great climbers Geraint Thomas, Egan Bernal, and Tom Pidcock.However against the likes of Tadej Pogacar, Jonas Vingegaard or Primoz Roglic, it will take more than just a massive...

Tom Pidcock, Josh Tarling and Evie Richards among first 20 names to represent UK at the Olympic Games

The British Olympic Association has named the first 20 cyclists who will represent Team GB at the Paris 2024 Olympic Games. The first wave of participants focuses on endurance track disciplines, road and mountain bike events, while other sports are to be announced next week.A strong qualifying campa...

EF Education-EasyPost for Tour de France | Richard Carapaz, Neilson Powless, Ben Healy and more!

For once, EF Education-EasyPost have not been the final team to reveal their lineup for a Grand Tour. The American team has revealed it's squad for the upcoming Tour de France with plenty experienced and brilliant stage hunters including Neilson Powless, Ben Healy and also Richard Carapaz who comes...

Felix Gall dreams of Tour de France GC: "The objective has been clear since the start of the season"

Felix Gall was one of the biggest breakthroughs of the 2023 season. He won a mountain stage and was among the very best throughout most of the Tour de Suisse and then backed that up with an eighth spot at the Tour de France which included a victory on the queen stage. The Austrian leads Decathlon AG...

Sam Bennett back at Tour de France after four years: "To win a stage for this team in the world's greatest race would be even more special!"

Sam Bennett was in the past one of the great winners of the Tour de France. In 2020 he was the leading sprinter of the race and won the points classification. Ever since he has not returned to the Grand Boucle, although every single year he had the intentions to do so. A knee injury in 2021 then led...

Mathieu van der Poel and Jasper Philipsen form dream team - Alpecin-Deceuninck or 2024 Tour de France

Alpecin-Deceuninck are set for the Tour de France where they will chase stage wins and the points classification. In the lead we have the same riders who had a terrific 2023 race: Jasper Philipsen and Mathieu van der Poel. Philipsen won four stages and came close to winning several more at last year...

Lenny Martínez for Tour de France debut! Groupama-FDJ change plans; Davis Gaudu and Stefan Küng also chase wins

Groupama - FDJ are yet another team to announce their lineup for the Tour de France this Monday and they have an interesting '8' to present. No sprinting ambitions, only breakaways and possibly the GC; but the true surprise is the inclusion of Lenny Martínez in the team, which wasn't initially plann...

Another Red Bull Bora theft from Visma confirmed: Jan Tratnik will ride for the German team!

The still BORA - hansgrohe team (soon to be joined by Red Bull) continues to make waves at the cycling market.It has been known for months and now it has been confirmed by market journalist Daniel Benson, Jan Tratnik will ride for the German team for the next 3 seasons thus giving Visma | Lease a Bi...

Will Carlos Rodríguez lead INEOS Grenadiers at Tour de France? "I will be starting in Florence in the best shape possible"

The announcement of the INEOS Grenadiers lineup for the 2024 Tour de France was one of the most anticipated. The British team has finally decided to bring a star-studded squad with Carlos Rodriguez, Geraint Thomas, Egan Bernal and Tom Pidcock as the most prominent names. However, this fact has cause...

DSM aim for victories at Tour de France - Romain Bardet and Oscar Onley for the mountains whilst Fabio Jakobsen eyes sprints

Team DSM-Firmenich PostNL are ready for the Tour de France and will be racing for stage wins in multiple terrains throughout the three weeks. Fabio Jakobsen leads in the sprints whilst Romain Bardet takes on his final Tour de France. Jakobsen, after what is currently being a very difficult season wi...

Ethan Hayter thrives in British championships chaos to win special jersey: "There were about 100 different groups and attacks"

Ethan Hayter has struggled quite a lot in 2023 and 2024 mostly because of his positioning, and hasn't been able to perform as in the past. But he has broken a negative streak with a very popular win at the British national championships which may turn his career around. "It's my first time, so that'...

Tour de France - TotalEnergies lines up with Steff Cras, Anthony Turgis and Mathieu Burgaudeau

Perhaps the most modest team lining up for the Tour de France. TotalEnergies have worked hard to get their wildcard for the Tour this year, and they come in with a lineup built to chase stage wins on different terrains. The team noticeably comes without an option for the sprints, after Peter Sagan's...

Cofidis aims for stage wins at Tour de France - Axel Zingle in despite Visma controversy; Bryan Coquard and Guillaume Martin in the lead

Cofidis are ready for the Tour de France. This Monday, most teams have made the decisions for their lineups and are revealing their '8'. Cofidis will likely fully aim for a stage win throughout the two weeks, to match what they have achieved last year with Victor Lafay and Ion Izagirre. Izagirre ret...

Which team has won the most national championships in 2024? Full list, with Lidl-Trek winning the most

It's Monday morning after the national championships and it's time to give an outlook on what has happened over the past week. Although a few races took place before June, most nationals were on the road over the past few days and in the men's field, it was Lidl-Trek who racked the most victories. T...

Tiesj Benoot's explosive statement on Visma's Tour de France: "No-one from the team dares to bet money on the fact that Jonas will make it to the podium"

Team Visma | Lease a Bike are heading to the Tour de France with a clear leader and plan: Jonas Vingegaard. But from within the team there is no certainty that neither Vingegaard or Wout van Aert are capable of doing what they've done in the past, and this was said by teammate Tiesj Benoot himself. ...

Mattias Skjelmose outraged after jury names him Danish ITT champion despite losing en-route: "I have offered Johan that he can have both the Champion's jersey and medal I was handed"

Danish National championships time trial brought a first major controversy of this week. Bahrain's Johan Price-Pejtersen clocked the best time on the 41.3 kilometers-long course in Herning, however was later disqualified for briefly using a bikepath next to the main road. This according to race jury...

(FINAL) 2024 National Championships Race Center - All winners of 27 different countries

The main block of the national championships takes place this week. Right before the Tour de France, most of the world's top countries will host their own events to decide on who will wear their country's colours for the next 12 months. You can follow this list for a better comprehension of all resu...

"He should be able to tackle Zurich" - Dutch national coach believes Mathieu van der Poel has a shot at victory at World Championships

Next Saturday, Mathieu van der Poel will return to action at the Tour de France Grand Départ in Florence. After two months of absence, the most important part of the current world champion's season is ahead with Olympic Games in sight.National coach Koos Moerenhoet is trying to put pressure on Van d...

INEOS Grenadiers confirms its immense firepower for Tour de France 2024 with Carlos Rodriguez, Bernal, Thomas and Pidcock heading to Florence

Team INEOS Grenadiers confirmed its expected lineup for the 2024 Tour de France with several top cyclists who could share the British squad's lead in the world's best race.CiclismoAlDía's Juan Larra recons that the leadership should be in the hands of 23-year-old Carlos Rodriguez, who last year fini...

Astana Qazaqstan enters Tour de France with goal of writing history with Mark Cavendish

It's not much, but Astana Qazaqstan bosses are throwing the best they've got towards the 2024 Tour de France. Regardless of how it turns out, the Kazakh team will write on big story with their British sprinter Mark Cavendish. The Manxman's retirement from last year's Tour de France in tears after ha...

Gall, Bennett, Armirail, Godon, Lapeira... multiple choices for Decathlon in the Tour de France 2024

One of the best teams in the 2024 season, Decathlon AG2R La Mondiale, has just presented its line-up for the Tour de France. The French team will arrive with Felix Gall, stage winner and top 10 of the Tour de France last year as leader, but also with interesting riders capable of winning on all terr...

Mads Pedersen and Giulio Ciccone lead ambitious Lidl-Trek at Tour de France 2024

Just like many other teams, Lidl-Trek was forced to make late adjustments to their Tour de France 2024 lineup, however the American formation still presents very formidable opponents, especially towards the bunch sprints."Despite having to make some changes to our initial line-up due to illness and...

Movistar Team for Tour de France 2024: Aranburu, Lazkano and Gaviria to score points and Enric Mas for the general classification

Movistar Team has unveiled its '8' for the Tour de France 2024 that has had the final surprise of the inclusion of Fernando Gaviria who was not in the initial bets. The Colombian sprinter performed well in the Giro and has been rewarded with a spot on the team for the Grande Boucle. The other place...

Youngsters Maxim Van Gils and Arnaud De Lie spearhead Lotto Dstny's Tour lineup

Lotto Dstny enters Tour de France with a mix of youth and experience as the PRT team looks to return to their roots of stage hunters on all terrains. Contrary to original plans, the team won't be able to count on Vuelta stage winner Andreas Kron whose injuries didn't allow him to get ready for Grand...

New French champion Paul Lapeira shouldn't miss Tour de France selection: "I think there's a good chance you'll see me on the roads of Tour"

France has a new champion, and whoever guessed they'd wear the Decathlon AG2R La Mondiale jersey... was correct. The French WorldTour team is flying in 2024 and Paul Lapeira doesn't break the rule. Part of long 3-man attack, Lapeira didn't give the slightest chance to his opponents Julien Bernard an...

"This performance says nothing about what is to come" - Wout van Aert optimistic after Belgian Championships

A week before the Tour de France, Wout van Aert showed himself for the first time since his Dwars doors Vlaanderen crash, at the Belgian Cycling Championships. The leader of Visma | Lease a Bike entered the sprint for the victory, but lacked a bit in the end and crossed the line only in fifth."I fel...

SPECIAL | ChatGPT predicts 2024 Tour de France

AI has over the past years been on the rise and it is everywhere from technology to sports and everything inbetween. ChatGPT is one of the most reputable tools and we have asked it plenty questions regarding the 2024 Tour de France; from who will win, to who will be the biggest surprise and opinion...

Demi Vollering can't wait for Anna van der Breggen's return to peloton: "It's gonna be great for women's sport"

Demi Vollering will have an unexpected competitor next year with Anna van der Breggen. The Olympic and three-time world champion is currently sports director at Team SD Worx - Protime, but from 2025 she will be an active cyclist again and will therefore immediately become an important rival.And whil...

"I know that I can be up there with the best talents" - Santiago Buitrago ambitiously aims for White jersey at the Tour de France

Santiago Buitrago will be making his debut at the 111th edition of Tour de France. His team Bahrain - Victorious will entrust the Colombian to carry the team colours in general classification and put up a fight for the White jersey.Having already competed twice at the Giro d'Italia and three times a...

"I was chasing results for a long time" - Dylan Groenewegen becomes Dutch champion for the first time since 2016

Dylan Groenewegen found it difficult to control his emotions after he became Dutch champion for the second time in Arnhem. According to the Jayco AlUla sprinter, the difficult spring has something to do with this.With the Posbank testing riders' legs several times on Sunday and also a difficult fina...

Matej Mohoric looks forward to Grand Départ in Florence: "It’s going to be full-on racing from the first two days"

So far, Matej Mohoric has kept a rather low profile in the first half of this season. Not to say his 5th place at Strade Bianche and 6th at Milano-Sanremo don't have a value, but compared to past years, we might have expected a bit more from the 29-year-old. But Tour de France is always a race that...

"I will always remember this day" - Arnaud De Lie will get to wear Belgian champion's jersey at his Tour de France debut

Arnaud De Lie won the Belgian title in Zottegem after a mighty sprint. Not even sprinter superstars Jasper Philipsen (2nd) and Tim Merlier (6th) could match De Lie's raw power in the final straight. The Lotto Dstny rider thus ends a difficult period. He saw the spring fall by the wayside due to Lyme...

No questions left - Movistar confirm Oier Lazkano at Tour de France following stupendous national championships performance

The day at the Spanish elite men's road cycling championships could not have gone better for Movistar Team, which achieved a 1-2 on the podium thanks to Alex Aranburu and Oier Lazkano. The first of them has been proclaimed champion for the first time in his career after finishing 3rd in the last thr...

POLL: How will Enric Mas' GC challenge go at 2024 Tour de France?

Enric Mas is one of the most controversial figures out of all Tour de France contenders, perhaps because of the high expectations that Spanish fans have regarding the Movistar Team rider. He comes into the Grand Boucle hoping to fight for a strong final result. Mas has finished the previous two Tour...

POLL: How will Simon Yates' GC challenge go at 2024 Tour de France?

Simon Yates is a former winner of the Vuelta a España and one of the best climbers of the late 2010's. Despite the emergence of a superior generation when it comes to climbers, the Briton raced to fourth place last year at the Tour de France, and is a contender once again for the podium this year. T...

Rui Costa wins Portuguese national championships and keeps his dream alive: "I hope to go to the Tour"

Rui Costa became Portuguese National Champion for the third time today (2015, 2020 and 2024), adding another important victory to palmarès - in what was a big day for EF Education-EasyPost as Alberto Bettiol and Darren Rafferty also won in Italy and Ireland. After the end of the race and speaking to...

POLL | Who will win the 2024 Tour de France?

The Tour de France starts already this 29th of June, Saturday, in the Italian city of Florence. It is set to be a memorable edition and we have got all of the big names of Grand Tour racing present. Tadej Pogacar, Jonas Vingegaard, Primoz Roglic and Remco Evenepoel are among the list of contenders t...

Ethan Hayter takes British national title on the road! Attila Valter, Domen Novak and Markus Hoelgaard among new national champions

In the final update we provide of the national championships, we have got Great Britain, Slovenia and Hungary. In Great Britain, it was Ethan Hayter taking the victory after a difficult season. A three-man group attacked off the front in the British road race championships and it was Ethan Hayter wh...

Arnaud De Lie new Belgian road champion! Dylan Groenewegen, Alberto Bettiol and Marco Brenner among new national champions

Belgium, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Denmark, Luxembourg and Ireland are some more of the nations with their men's elite road race national championships finished. In Belgium the big news was of the winner Arnaud De Lie who took a massive win ahead of the Tour de France. The Belgian race ended in a...

Ready for the Tour de France - Tom Pidcock winner of Crans-Montana MTB World Cup, 6 days before Grand Depart

This weekend, all the Tour de France contenders are either completing their preparation, travelling out of their final altitude camp, or racing the national championships. Except for one, who spent the weekend in Crans-Montana, Switzerland, dominating the two World Cup events. After winning the Shor...

Paul Lapeira continues breakthrough season with French national title; Rui Costa victorious once again in Portugal

France and Portugal are two of the big nations that have seen new winners this afternoon in the national championships. Hilly routes marked both nations' events and we see new national champions in Paul Lapeira and Rui Costa respectively. With over 20 riders (as was the case with Groupama - FDJ), De...

New road race national champions | Lotte Kopecky; Georgi Pfeiffer; Chantal van den Broek-Blaak; Blanka Kata Vas; Anna Kiesenhofer and Urska Zigart

The national championships are in full steam today in several countries. The women's races have, in general, taken place before the men's events. Among the winners are Lotte Kopecky for Belgium, Georgi Pfeiffer for the United Kingdom and Chantal van den Broek-Blaak for the Netherlands. In the Belgia...

"I still sometimes have some back pain" - Wout van Aert trains without limitations but faces small health problem

Wout van Aert has trained for the Tour de France after a big change of plans in his season and today he will try to get back the Belgian national champion's jersey. He talked to reporters ahead of the race, providing some insight into his form and health into the Tour. “My restart in the Tour of Nor...

Alex Aranburu wins Spanish national championships - Movistar dominates as Oier Lazkano rides to second

Within the national championships, the elite men's road cycling race of Spain was disputed this Sunday, June 23, in search of a new champion or, in the case of Oier Lazkano winning, the revalidation of the title by the Movistar Team rider. It was not going to be Lazkano, but this award was going to...

"Last year it was one of the most intense emotions I’ve ever lived" - Stage win the priority for Pello Bilbao; but Basque wants to improve on Tour de France GC

Pello Bilbao experienced a dream Tour de France in 2023, taking his first stage win and then going on to battle for a career-best sixth spot in the Grand Boucle. Like fine wine, at 34 years of age the Bahrain - Victorious seems to be getting stronger by the year and comes into the Tour once again wi...

Tour de France | Bahrain - Victorious stacked for 2024 race featuring Bilbao, Buitrago, Bauhaus, Mohoric, Poels and Wright

Bahrain - Victorious have unveiled their lineup for the 2024 Tour de France. Whilst it can't be compared to the likes of UAE Team Emirates and Team Visma | Lease a Bike; the team comes in with seven riders who can realistically take a stage win, but also options for the overall classification. In th...

Last test for Wout van Aert's form ahead of Tour de France at national championships: "I'm feeling better than a month ago, so I hope this form will be enough"

The national championships' main block concludes today and among the big races on the schedule are the elite Belgian road races. In the men's event Team Visma | Lease a Bike are very eager to take the win, and Wout van Aert will see how his form is ahead of the Tour de France. The Dutch team will st...

Profiles & Route Tour de France 2024 | Italian start, Galibier on stage 4, gravel, two time-trials, brutal Pyrenees and finale in Nice

The 2024 Tour de France will be a special edition, with it's Grand Depart in Florence and Emilia-Romagna over the border in Italy, and for the first time in many years, a finale away from Paris as the riders will head into Nice for the race finale. It will take place from the 29th June to the 21st o...

At age 37 Michael Woods becomes national champion for the first time... Days after not being selected for Tour de France

Israel - Premier Tech have taken yet another title in this edition of the national championships and once again they rule in Canada - the country of it's secondary title sponsor. Michael Woods became road race national champion for the first time in his career at age 37. It is an important day in th...

Patrick Lefevere aware of Remco Evenepoel's illness at Dauphine: "We feared a Giro scenario"

Remco Evenepoel is currently ill and will skip the Belgian national championships as a result, but he was also under the weather earlier this month at the Criterium du Dauphiné. Patrick Lefevere tells that the team feared another badly-timed Covid-19 positive. "In the meantime, I can reveal somethin...

Julian Alaphilippe returns to racing! Frenchman takes unusual alternative to Tour de France with eyes on Olympic Games

There are a few riders who are focusing on the Olympic Games specifically this summer and some do not see the Tour de France as fitting preparation. You could think of riders such as Filippo Ganna and Joshua Tarling, but Julian Alaphilippe is also taking an alternative preparation towards the Olympi...

Several reports that Simon Yates to Team Visma | Lease a Bike is confirmed for 2025

The transfer market only opens in early August but behind the scenes the negotiations are buzzing. Team Visma | Lease a Bike are losing Jan Tratnik, the van Dijke twins and Koen Bouwman at the very least... But several sources report that Simon Yates is a done deal for 2025. This is set to be one of...

Thibau Nys notices his reputation within the peloton growing: "Maybe my status has changed a bit. They fight a bit more for my wheel than they used to"

Thibau Nys' step up this year didn't exactly come out of nowhere. Those who followed the Belgian talent's story closely have seen glimpses of his full potential last year already, but it's only now he's slowly establishing himself as a feared stage hunter and a rider with great promise for (hilly) c...

Victor Campenaerts looks forward to Arnaud De Lie's Tour debut: "He has to tackle it without pressure"

After three seasons in the same team, Victor Campenaerts and Arnaud De Lie will part their ways next year. While De Lie will stick with Lotto Dstny for next few years, his mentor Campenaerts is reportedly returning to Visma | Lease a Bike in 2025. As surprising as it may seem, the two have created a...

POLL: How will Carlos Rodríguez' GC challenge go at 2024 Tour de France?

Carlos Rodríguez was on the verge of leaving INEOS Grenadiers last year but his performance at the Tour de France saw the team put in an extra effort to renew with him. Now, the Spaniard returns to the Tour as the main leader out of a strong lineup in pursuit of the podium. Second at the 2021 Tour d...

POLL: How will Matteo Jorgenson's GC challenge go at 2024 Tour de France?

The Tour de France will have as headliners Jonas Vingegaard, Tadej Pogacar, Primoz Roglic and Remco Evenepoel... But there will be plenty talent lurking in the shadows. One of the riders who has the most potential to surprise is Matteo Jorgenson of Team Visma | Lease a Bike. The American rider was s...

National Championships UPDATE: Elisa Longo Borghini storms to victory at Italian road race

The national championships see the man take a break in the most part this Saturday but the women's peloton takes over the lead. Many big nations such as Italy, France, Germany and Spain have already found their new road race national champions. Elisa Longo Borghini revalidated her title with a long...

UCI react to news of Andrea Piccolo's doping case - "The UCI welcomes this collaboration and will assess any further action"

The UCI has confirmed and acknowledged the action taken by EF Education-EasyPost against Italian rider Andrea Piccolo. The American team has fired one of it's top riders after finding out about the possible transportation of Human Growth Hormone. In the same message, the team revealed that he was in...

7 days before Tour de France, Tom Pidcock wins Short Track World Cup in Crans-Montana; Puck Pieterse wins women's race

Tom Pidcock is starting the Tour de France in only seven days in the city of Florence, Italy. After finishing sixth at the Tour de Suisse he remained in the country and has today won the Short Track World Cup round in Crans-Montana. Pidcock is a specialist in the discipline and with the Olympic Game...

INEOS Grenadiers Tour de France lineup with up to four leaders close to taking its final shape

Visma | Lease a Bike with Jonas Vingegaard. UAE Team Emirates with Tadej Pogacar. Which team is next to confirm their Tour de France lineup? It seems like the ball rolls over to INEOS Grenadiers.At least that should be the case according to Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport, which claims the Br...

"It’s also not just him in the team" - Jai Hindley to support Primoz Roglic at Tour de France but ready to step up

Jai Hindley won the Giro d'Italia in 2022 and has since found his consistency also outside of Grand Tours. In 2023 he put on a strong run to finish fourth at the Criterium du Dauphiné, seventh at the Tour de France with a stage win and spell in the yellow jersey. This year he finished third at Tirre...

Liège-Bastogne-Liège Femmes winner Grace Brown to retire at the end of 2024 - "I’m really content with everything that I’ve achieved"

Grace Brown will retire from cycling at the end of this season. The Australian rider has experienced a successful final career on the road, and revealed in the news in a video message shared this Friday afternoon. “I’ve decided that this year will be my last year in professional cycling. It’s been s...

Merijn Zeeman full of praise for Wout van Aert: "That's just a dream for every team, to have a rider like that"

Team Visma | Lease a Bike will be able to count on Wout van Aert for the Tour de France, something they hadn't planned at the start of the season but which could end up being a key factor for the team's success. Merijn Zeeman, head DS of the team, has nothing but praise for the Belgian and is happy...

No end in sight for David Gaudu's Tour de France nightmare - French rider tests positive for Covid-19

With the passion of the French fans and of a Groupama - FDJ team that has had incredibly popular leaders in the past, David Gaudu has taken on the responsibility of carrying the nation's ambitions as an overall classification contender for the Tour de France over the past few years. But all factors...

António Morgado wins Portuguese time-trial title... But without his trademark moustache: "I was told I had to cut it so that it grows back stronger"

António Morgado is the new national time trial champion of Portugal. The UAE Team Emirates rider had a hard-fought duel with teammate Ivo Oliveira, but the margin between the two (albeit small) left no doubt as to who was stronger. Rui Costa completed the podium and was less than 30 seconds behind t...

José de Cauwer on Pogacar, Vingegaard, Roglic and Evenepoel's Tour: "Pogacar always had a reason for losing the Tour in the past two years. Now he is in top shape"

The Tour de France is starting in just over a week and all analysts are sharp to give their thoughts and analyze the upcoming edition. Whilst perhaps not the top four favourites to win the race, José de Cauwer talks about the four names which bring the most spotlight into the race: Tadej Pogacar, Jo...

Cees Bol explains why Tour de Suisse was important in Mark Cavendish's Tour preparation: "The Tour starts very hard and we have to be ready for that"

Reading through the startlist for the recent Tour de Suisse, you could notice that besides numerous climbers, also a handful of sprinters made the trip to Switzerland. The list includes names like Jordi Meeus, Bryan Coquard and of course; Mark Cavendish. What were they after in the Swiss mountains?...

Rémi Cavagna explodes against Movistar: "I came to the team to progress and I feel like I've taken a step backwards"

It's a little scary to think how in modern cycling changing equipment can change a rider's performance so much. How 2 or 3 months of nutrition or gear change can lead to an extreme performance change. That seems to be what's happening with Rémi Cavagna, who does not seem so happy with his transfer f...

UAE Team Emirates officially confirm their Tour de France dream team around Tadej Pogacar

UAE Team Emirates have officially unveiled the eight names that'll represent the team colours in Florence, Italy at the 2024 Tour de France Grand Depart. The team's got only one goal in mind and that will be to raise the winner's trophy in Nice.There's a big story in the making as Tadej Pogacar is c...

Visma DS Zeeman on Vingegaard: "Jonas is the only rider in our team at this moment who can win the Tour de France"

Team Visma | Lease a Bike are going to the Tour de France with the plan of winning for the third time with Jonas Vingegaard. Despite the obstacles in his preparation, this is clear within the team, including the multi-talented leaders such as Matteo Jorgenson and Wout van Aert. "Jonas is the only ri...

Remco Evenepoel falls ill ahead of Tour de France and misses Belgian national championships: "It is better that I don’t take any risks so close to the Tour de France"

Remco Evenepoel is currently in the French Alps training for the Tour de France. Although it would be expected that he remains there until making the trip for the Grand Depart, he actually intended on defending his Belgian road race national champion title. But this will not happen as he has fallen...

Visma | Lease a Bike rider suspended for contaminated medicine sees doping case resolved

After supporting Primoz Roglic to victory at the 2023 Giro d'Italia, Team Visma | Lease a Bike rider Michel Hessmann was suspended by the team after having tested positive for a diuretic in an out-of-competition test. It was a lengthy and at times confusing battle to understand what has happened exa...

Andrea Piccolo fired by EF Education-EasyPost on suspicion of transporting banned substances

It doesn't seem that Andrea Piccolo will ever get to run a full length of a contract with a team during his professional career. After brief stints at Astana, Gazprom and Drone Hopper - Androni Giocattoli, it seemed that the Italian found his place in the American WorldTour EF Education-EasyPost, ho...

"Olympics won't be a problem" - Dylan van Baarle convinced his injury won't impact his start at Olympic Games in Paris

Dylan van Baarle is confident that he can go to the Olympic Games in good shape despite his crash at Critérium du Dauphiné. He and his teammate Steven Kruijswijk were the main victims. Both had to give up on starting at the Tour de France next week as a consequence."I had moved forward and then they...

Two long-time pros with total of 28 professional victories call it quits at the end of 2024

It was a busy Friday in the cycling world with Tour de France lineup announcements and National Championships in full swing. So much so that you may have missed the news about two long-time pros hanging up their bikes at the end of this season. Ramon Sinkeldam and Niccolò Bonifazio together racked u...

United States bring the best they have to Olympic Games with ambitions for no less than gold medals

On Friday, USA Cycling announced the athletes who will compete in the Time Trial and Road Races at the Paris Olympics. If you're looking for surprising names, you're on a wrong address. American national coach Tanner Putt didn't complicate things and selected the best men and women he had available....

Moriah Wilson's murderer set to pay $15 million in compensations to Wilson's family, on top of spending 90 years in the prison

A judge has ordered Kaitlin Armstrong to pay $15 million to the family of deceased Moriah Wilson as part of a civil lawsuit, according to a report in KXAN, echoes by Cyclingnews.  Wilson’s parents filed a wrongful death civil lawsuit against Armstrong in May, six months after Armstrong was found gui...

Joshua Tarling reacts to possibility of becoming a GC rider in the future: "I'd like to but they're f**king good"

This week’s British National Championships time trial was a perfect opportunity for Joshua Tarling to test his legs with view to Olympic Games in a little bit more than a month. Tarling suffered a broken bone in his knee at Paris Roubaix in April, which set him a few weeks back in his preparation,...

UPDATE: Johan Price-Pejtersen disqualified from Danish time-trial nationals and victory given to Mattias Skjelmose

In our last update of the day we bring the results of the time-trial national championships of Germany and Denmark; where Nils Politt and Johan Price-Pejtersen brought quality victories for UAE Team Emirates and Bahrain - Victorious respectively. In the German men's elite race we have had Nils Polit...

José de Cauwer hopes for Wout van Aert to have freedom at Tour de France: "If it is again to wait for Vingegaard in the gravel stage, for example, then I think it is a shame"

José de Cauwer is one of the most vocal voices in Belgian cycling and many take his opinion into great consideration. Naturally, he is a big defender of Wout van Aert and hopes the Team Visma | Lease a Bike rider isn't held by the team's ambitions at the Tour de France. "Wout will be fine. He had a...

António Morgado and Felix Grossschartner bring in two more time-trial national titles for UAE in Portugal and Austria

UAE Team Emirates are on an absolute roll this Friday afternoon. After Nils Politt, in Portugal and Austria two more of the team's riders have managed to take titles in the time-trial national championships: António Morgado and Felix Grossschartner. In Portugal it was an UAE one-two, with Morgado ta...

Alpecin-Deceuninck renew with Jasper Philipsen ahead of Tour de France return

Jasper Philipsen was at the end of his contract and had the interest of many teams in the peloton. It was certainly not an easy task for Alpecin-Deceuninck to keep their prime sprinter, but the Belgian has renewed with the team until as long as 2028 - the same length as Mathieu van der Poel's contra...

Romain Bardet announces retirement - Frenchman to finish pro career at 2025 Dauphiné and transition to gravel racing

Romain Bardet has announced his retirement from pro cycling. The Team DSM-Firmenich PostNL rider has renewed for another year with the Dutch team and has revealed that he will now race his final Tour de France. He will race on the road for the last time at next year's Criterium du Dauphiné before fo...

'Healthy and motivated' Jonas Vingegaard confirmed for Tour de France return: "I am very excited to see where I stand"

Jonas Vingegaard is racing the Tour de France and that has already been officially confirmed by Team Visma | Lease a Bike. The Dutch team is still training at altitude in the French Alps, but has already decided on their '8' and also unveiled their new jersey ahead of the race. "I am excited to star...

"Know what we have to do to support Tadej" - Adam Yates keeps Tour de France victory expectations modest

UAE Team Emirates have revealed their lineup for the Tour de France this Friday morning and it includes all eight riders that were initially planned to race the Grand Boucle. A big part of this plan to win the race revolves around Adam Yates who was on the podium last year and has recently won the T...

Surprise at the Spanish national championships! David de la Cruz takes time-trial title as Movistar fumble

David de la Cruz has been proclaimed new Spanish time trial champion. The Q36.5 Pro Cycling Team rider completed the Galapagar course in less than 39 minutes, more than half a minute ahead of Markel Beloki and Raúl García Pierna, who closed the podium. The big favorite, Oier Lazkano, finished fourth...

Juan Ayuso, before his debut in the Tour de France: "It's something I've dreamed of since I was a child".

Juan Ayuso, the young Spanish cyclist, cannot hide his enthusiasm to face his first Tour de France, where he will be one of Tadej Pogacar's luxury teammates in UAE Team Emirates. Ayuso expresses the excitement and responsibility he feels to be part of this prestigious race and such a competitive tea...

Joao Almeida eyes big Tour de France debut: "I’m proud to be going there as part of a very strong team with big ambitions"

João Almeida will be an important part of Tadej Pogacar's Tour de France team, but the Portuguese may not be without chances to score a solid result for himself too. Providing everything goes according to the plan.With six grand tours under his belt (4x Giro d'Italia, 2x Vuelta a Espana) and a third...

Tao Geoghegan Hart ruled out of Tour de France after streak of illness and injuries

Tao Geoghegan Hart will not be at the start of the Tour de France. The leader of Lidl-Trek is still suffering too much from the consequences of his crash in the Critérium du Dauphiné mixed with a persistent illness.The British climber was unable to start due to the crash in the fifth stage. He suffe...

Tadej Pogacar in good spirtis ahead of Tour de France "hopes to fight for the win and put on a good show"

Depite the general narrative of big show-down between the 'four GC kings' at the Tour de France, there's only one big favourite and that is the Slovenian superstar, two-time Grande Boucle champion Tadej Pogacar. While other favourites were licking their wounds after series of crashes during this spr...

Wout van Aert's to support Jonas Vingegaard at Tour de France: "Our main goal is, of course, to ride a top classification with Jonas"

Wout van Aert initially intended to focus on the cobbled classics, Giro d'Italia and Olympic Games this year. This plan went sideways at Dwars door Vlaanderen as the Belgian suffered a brutal crash and injuries that prevented him from doing the first two. With a complete new schedule in front of him...

Joxean Matxin and UAE react to Visma's Jonas Vingegaard selection for Tour de France: "I’d have done the same"

The Tour de France is starting in just over a week and Team Visma | Lease a Bike anticipated rival teams in their announcement of the lineup. Jonas Vingegaard, as expected, is present in the '8', and UAE Team Emirates' Joxean Matxin was asked about his thoughts regarding the team that also includes...

Pedal Punditry #9 - João Almeida and Adam Yates, the dark horses to win the 2024 Tour de France?

Only 9 days remaining to the Tour de France and we are set for a very exciting edition. This year none of the big favourites for the yellow jersey come with a traditional run-up to the race; and the truth is we have got a list of dark horses who can seize the opportunity to win the Tour such as João...

Geraint Thomas shares thoughts on Mark Cavendish, new UCI rules, Egan Bernal and Tom Pidcock ahead of Tour de France

Geraint Thomas is an ever-vocal voice in the peloton and whilst preparing for the Tour de France, he has discussed some of the most lively topics regarding INEOS Grenadiers and the Tour itself. "Things are going well here. We've been here for about ten days now, and we're working towards the Tour,"...

"Ya'll are unhinged" - Matteo Jorgenson shuts down idea that Jonas Vingegaard may race as domestique for American at Tour de France

Will Jonas Vingegaard be ready to fight for Maillot Jaune at Tour de France? Sepp Kuss as a back-up leader? Or maybe the new kid in the block Matteo Jorgenson will take over? Regarding Visma | Lease a Bike's plans for Grande Boucle, we know as little as nothing and so many experts are trying to figu...

No Chris Froome; Derek Gee and Stevie Williams headline Israel - Premier Tech Tour de France lineup

Giro d'Italia didn't go according to Israel - Premier Tech's plan, with nearly half of the team crashing out in the first week. But that's a long history and the Israeli PRT team is ready to write a new chapter in their story at Tour de France.Last year was a success mainly thanks to their climber M...

"We will never throw in the towel!" - Merijn Zeeman fully believes in Jonas Vingegaard for Tour de France

Visma | Lease a Bike was one of the first teams to announce its selection for the Tour de France 2024. And it was the most anticipated one as everyone was curious whether Jonas Vingegaard would be included. Now it's clear the Dane will attempt to complete a hat-trick even though his form is still up...

Race against time to recover for Olympics for time trial specialist Ellen van Dijk: "I won't know for sure until about three weeks from now"

Ellen van Dijk was lucky (or good) enough to fit in the narrow Olympic Games selection of Dutch National team alongside stars Demi Vollering and Lorena Wiebes. Her main dish was supposed to come in the time trial, where Van Dijk was seen as serious medal candidate. However broken ankle earlier this...

Katie Archibald's Olympic dream over due to disastrous garden fall

Two-time Olympic champion Katie Archibald is out of the Paris Olympics after the British track cyclist broke bones in her leg in an innocent-sounding garden fall. The GB track star confirmed on her Instagram that the incident will prevent her from racing at her third games. She wrote: "I tripped ov...

First Belgian title for experienced Tim Wellens: "I will certainly wear the jersey with great pride"

Tim Wellens surprised by winning the Belgian time trial championship, beating pre-race favourites Alec Segaert and Rune Herregodts. It is the UAE Team Emirates rider's first National Championship title at the age of 33."Ten years ago I was second, but after that I didn't participate for a few years,...

"I think it's a good choice and she won't regret it" - Lotte Kopecky excited to race next to Anna van der Breggen next year

Anna van der Breggen will return as a cyclist with Team SD Worx - Protime from 2025. The Olympic and two-time world road champion has signed a contract until the end of 2026 with the cycling team. Since 2022, Van der Breggen worked as a sports director within the Dutch WorldTour team.World champion...

Aleksandr Vlasov will skip Olympic Games with full focus on Tour de France this summer

Aleksandr Vlasov will not participate in the Olympic Games in Paris. The BORA - hansgrohe rider was one of only fourteen Russian athletes to receive provisional approval from the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to participate in the Games.The war between Ukraine and Russia has meant that athle...

Visma DS presents the support team for Jonas Vingegaard on his quest for third Tour de France title

Visma | Lease a Bike Tour de France lineup is finally official and it's what all the cycling fans have hoped for with the Dutch bringing the best in their store in support of Jonas Vingegaard. While all eyes will be on the Dane as well as Wout Van Aert as both make their comeback to racing after mor...

Movistar go all-in to win Spanish national championships! 13 riders including Lazkano, Aranburu, Cortina, Serrano and Pelayo Sanchez aim for gold

Movistar Team have as an absolute priority to win the Spanish road race national champions won last year by Oier Lazkano and they have revealed none less than 13 riders who will look to try and win once again this weekend. Men like Pelayo Sánchez or Alex Aranburu, in great form, will also have to be...

POLL: How will Adam Yates's GC challenge go at 2024 Tour de France?

Adam Yates finished third on the 2023 Tour de France and this year he returns as a candidate for the podium, or even better, once again. The UAE Team Emirates rider has recently won the Tour de Suisse with great form and looks to be ready for another shot at the Grand Boucle. Yates is a rider who in...

POLL: How will João Almeida's GC challenge go at 2024 Tour de France?

João Almeida is making his Tour de France debut this year and it is one looked at with immense excitement. The Portuguese rider made his Grand Tour debut at the 2020 Giro d'Italia and has since every year focused on the Corsa Rosa. In 2024 he aims for the Tour and is in the form of his life ahead of...

SD Worx confirm Anna van der Breggen's return to pro cycling in 2025: "Do I still want to be a winner? Of course"

NOS reported it this morning and Team SD Worx-Protime have now confirmed it. After three years of retirement and being part of women's cycling as a sports director, cycling legend Anna van der Breggen will once again race in the pro peloton from 2025 onwards. "I am looking forward to pinning a jerse...

National Championships | Tim Wellens and Lotte Kopecky winners in Belgian time-trial; Bruno Armirail and Audrey Cordon-Ragot in France

The national championships have seen plenty time-trials today and another set of results has come out. In Belgium Tim Wellens has won the nationals ahead of the Tour de France whilst Bruno Armirail net another win for Decathlon AG2R La Mondiale. In Belgium, the men's race was won by Tim Wellens who...

Stefan Küng takes first win in over a year at Swiss time-trial national championships

Switzerland is a country with plenty quality time-trialists, both historically and currently. Hence there was a good list of riders set out to fight for the time-trial title at the national championships, but Stefan Küng took a dominant win - his first since the 2023 Tour de Suisse. Groupama - FDJ h...

Lotto Dstny leaders Florian Vemeersch and Lennert Van Eetvelt back in action at Belgian Championships after long injuries

Both Florian Vemeersch and Lennert Van Eetvelt will make their comeback this week on behalf of Lotto Dstny. Vermeersch will only turn up for the road race while Van Eetvelt is due to ride time trial as well. The Belgian team is looking forward to having its leaders back in action for second half of...

VIDEO: Team Visma | Lease a Bike reveal new jersey for 2024 Tour de France 'Renaissance'

At the Tour de France, often the teams with yellow colours are encouraged or told to switch colours so as to not confuse with the race's iconic yellow jersey. However, taking the race's exposure, many teams and sponsors often reveal special-edition jerseys for the biggest cycling race on the planet,...

Title number 5! Filippo Ganna once again wins Italian national time-trial championships

The national championships taking place this Thursday are of high importance and feature big stars. Italy, France, Belgium and Switzerland are among the nations racing their time-trial nationals today, and in Italy we have seen Filippo Ganna take his fifth national title in six years. The INEOS Gren...

Pedal Punditry #8 | Tour de France could end Tom Pidcock and INEOS Grenadiers' partnership forever

Tom Pidcock is signed with INEOS Grenadiers all the way into 2027 but there are suspicions that this partnership may not go all the way into that year. This year's Tour de France may be the decisive factor between the Olympic Champion and the British team. Pidcock and INEOS' story began in 2021 as h...

"Everything is getting close to the Olympics" - Joshua Tarling getting ready to aim for Olympic gold with national championships win

Joshua Tarling is only 20 years old but there is no reason for him to be modest about his ambitions. The British time-trial expert as won the time-trial national championships for the second consecutive time this week, and is en route to be one of the main favourites to conquer the gold medal at the...

Team Visma | Lease a Bike confirms its brutal 2024 Tour de France team with Jonas Vingegaard and Wout van Aert at the helm

Team Visma | Lease a Bike has confirmed that Jonas Vingegaard is in top form for the Tour de France despite his very hard crash in the Itzulia and he will be joined by Wout van Aert in a scary '8' for the Grand Boucle.Completing the high-mountain roster are current Vuelta a España winner Sepp Kuss a...

Visma DS Zeeman plays down Jonas Vingegaard's chances at Tour de France win: "We have a lot of injuries, so we still have some work to do to sort things out"

Team Visma | Lease a Bike are currently at altitude in Tignes preparing for the Tour de France. Jonas Vingegaard has been there already for several weeks and is looking to improve as much as possible before the start in Florence; but within the team there is the effort to play down his chances ahead...

Soren Waerenskjold beats Tobias Foss by 1 second to win Norwegian time-trial national championships

The Norwegian time-trial championships have begun early this Thursday morning and have started off the national championships action for the day. It was another thrilling race with a margin of only 1 second defining the winner and this was Soren Waerenskjold of Uno-X Mobility. The former under-23 Wo...

Anna van der Breggen to make return to pro cycling! Cycling legend to race for SD Worx after Demi Vollering's departure

Team SD Worx - ProTime have called for an urgent press conference this Thursday to present exciting news for the world of cycling. But the cat is out of the bag: Cycling legend Anna van der Breggen is returning to pro cycling three years after retirement according to sources. This has been reported...

Team Jayco AlUla for 2024 Tour de France: Simon Yates aims for podium; Dylan Groenewegen for sprints and Michael Matthews for stages

The second team to reveal their lineup for the Tour de France this year is Team Jayco AlUla. The Australian squad have not taken a long time to decide on the riders they will take to the Grand Boucle and they start off with the same leaders as in 2023: Simon Yates, Michael Matthews and Dylan Groenew...

Cofidis' top rider will be removed from the Tour de France after signing with Team Visma | Lease a Bike

A story reminiscent of the 2000's. It is not unheard of in modern cycling but it is a very unusual story. Axel Zingle of Cofidis is set to join Team Visma | Lease a Bike for 2025 and because of this the team is said to be punishing him by removing him from the Tour de France list. At 25 years of age...

UCI Riders Ranking Update | Remco Evenepoel out of podium; Adam Yates re-enters Top10 after Tour de Suisse win

The Tour de Suisse headlined this week's UCI Rankings points update. The likes of Adam Yates and João Almeida climbed significantly whilst the loss of last year's edition's points saw Remco Evenepoel and Juan Ayuso tumble down the standings. The rankings continue to be led by Tadej Pogacar (9663 poi...

Puck Pieterse will carry Netherlands' Olympic medal ambitions in mountain bike while no men were nominated

Dutch national coach Gerben de Knegt has announced that it will be only Puck Pieterse and Anne Terpstra representing Netherlands in Mountain Bike events at the Olympic Games in Paris. Despite his hopes that Mathieu van der Poel would take up the one spot for men, these weren't fulfilled and so there...

French ex-pro presents plan to create brand new team with goal to race Tour de France in 2028: "We want to change everything"

Ex-pro Pierre-Luc Périchon presented his vision of a brand new men's and women's team at ProTeam level from 2026. With his partner Raphaël Taïeb, they intend to invent a new economic and sporting model. Their aim? Tour de France in 2028.Périchon who retired after 11 years in the professional peloton...

NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS: Visma | Lease a Bike suffer defeat in Hungary, Astana dominate in Kazakhstan and Rein Taaramae defends Estonian title

Visma | Lease a Bike suffer a defeat in Hungary, Astana Qazaqstan dominate home Nationals and Rein Taaramäe narrowly defends his time trial title in Estonia. Let's review a few more events of the first days of this year's National Championships block.HungaryStarting off with the Hungarian Championsh...

"I don't think Pogacar's team is close to our system" - Visma | Lease a Bike nutrition specialist on Tadej Pogacar's weakness

If Jonas Vingegaard is ready to fight for third Tour de France triumph, he'll be present at the Grand Départ in Firenze next Saturday. That's the narrative his team Visma | Lease a Bike fed the cycling public for last two months. Steff Cras' recent performances at Tour of Slovenia indicate the level...

Update: GCN+ documentaries will return. Live streams, app and website won't

GCN+'s documentaries are set to be publicly available again, but there is no chance of live racing returning, it was announced on Tuesday. Last week it was announced that GCN, and its parent company Play Sports Group, had been sold by Warner Bros. Discovery (WBD) back to its original owner, Simon We...

POLL: How will Egan Bernal's GC challenge go at 2024 Tour de France?

Egan Bernal won the Tour de France in 2019 and then the Giro d'Italia in 2021. In early 2022 he suffered a training crash that changed his life and career, but he has completed a lengthy recovery and is currently racing at the same level as before. But will this be enough for him to contest for the...

Col du Galibier at risk of being removed from 2024 Tour de France due to heavy snow fall

On the 2nd of July, stage 4 of the 2024 Tour de France is supposed to be headlined by a summit of the mythical Col du Galibier before a descent to the finish line in Valloire. Just a couple of weeks out from the 2024 Tour de France getting underway however, the Col du Galibier is currently unpassabl...

POLL: How will Tom Pidcock's GC challenge go at 2024 Tour de France?

Tom Pidcock is one of the most interesting riders to focus on during this year's Tour de France. The Olympic champion is focusing on Mountain Biking pre and post Tour, but he will aim to fight for the overall classification at the Grand Boucle. The Briton has ridden the previous two Tours but has no...

UCI Rankings Team Update | INEOS climbs to second place whilst UAE's lead grows further

UAE Team Emirates have put in a masterclass in UCI point gathering at the Tour de Suisse, finishing first and second in the overall classification. Their gap to rival teams will be of almost 10.000 points into the Tour de France, with only the national championships left to go. UAE Team Emirates obv...

Daan Hoole wins Dutch time-trial championships by only 1 second! Riejanne Markus wins for Visma in women's race

The Netherlands anticipate a lot of big nations this week by hosting the elite time-trial national championships this Wednesday, and there have been surprises. Daan Hoole and Riejanne Markus will wear the country's colours for the next 12 months against the clock. In the men's event it was an incred...

Joxean Matxin on Pogacar: "Even though we have a team of rockstars, they obviously all believe in Tadej"

UAE Team Emirates are virtually ready for the Tour de France, and at the time being all of the team is united at Isola 2000 in the French Alps. Joxean Matxín, a core part of the team's management, has talked about Tadej Pogacar and his preparation for the Tour which starts in only week and a half's...

"Eddy Merckx was a real professional who largely rode against cigar farmers" - Ex-pro says Tadej Pogacar far more impressive than the legendary 'Cannibal'

Tadej Pogacar was utterly dominant at the first Grand Tour of the season, taking victory by an incredibly impressive margin of just short of ten minutes at the Giro d'Italia, drawing comparisons to the legendary Eddy Merckx as a result. According to ex-pro Danny Nelissen however, Merckx is nothing s...

Joshua Tarling and Anna Henderson win British time-trial national championships

The British national championships have begun today and we have had some big results right out the gate. In the individual time-trials, Joshua Tarling and Anna Henderson have taken the victories against the clock in convincing fashion. In the men's event there was one clear favourite for the 30-kilo...

Enric Mas will not race until the Tour de France: Movistar Team trusts 100% in the Spaniard

After a disappointing Tour de Suisse for Enric Mas, especially because it was his big challenge to see what his form was before leading Movistar Team in the Tour de France, the Balearic rider will not race again until the arrival of the Grande Boucle. That is to say, he will not attend the Spanish n...

Salary caps, lower team sizes and draft for young talent - Romain Bardet shares his vision of turning cycling into a fair sport

Over the years, Romain Bardet grew from a young lad looking for his place in the peloton back in 2012 to an established pro with 10 victories, two Grand tour podiums and four stages to his name. Having witnessed the fast evolution of the professional cycling in recent years, the Frenchman has a lot...

"Cian Uijtdebroeks rides in the supposedly best team in the world" - Jose De Cauwer insists Visma need to look after tired Belgian prospect

In his first season at Team Visma | Lease a Bike, Cian Uijtdebroeks has started relatively strongly but in recent weeks, the Belgian has begun to struggle with a build up of fatigue. After leaving the Giro d'Italia through illness whilst sitting fifth in the general classification and wearing the Wh...

"Egan Bernal is improving with every race... Tom Pidcock slightly disappointing" - Philippa York assesses INEOS Grenadiers ahead of Tour de France

So often one of the main protagonists of Tour de France season, the INEOS Grenadiers look set for another year of being dark horses and background players in 2024. After a mixed Tour de Suisse, the team can still hope of some Tour de France success however. "Egan Bernal is improving with every race...

"Hard work but great times here at pre-tour camp with these mountain goats" - Tadej Pogacar ready to reclaim Maillot Jaune at Tour de France

Tadej Pogacar is the heavy pre-race favourite to reclaim the Maillot Jaune at the 2024 Tour de France next month. In preparation for his second Grand Tour of the season, the Slovenian has been working hard at altitude. Joined by three of the men who are expected to support the two time Tour de Franc...

“I still feel confident that if we went all-in, all three together, I would still win the Vuelta” - Sepp Kuss dispels talk of 'gifted' Grand Tour win

In the most incredible display of team dominance in Grand Tour history, Jumbo-Visma (now Team Visma | Lease a Bike) locked out the podium of the 2023 Vuelta a Espana, with Sepp Kuss claiming the first Grand Tour win of his career. Afterwards however, there were some who attempted to talk down about...

Vuelta a Colombia brings the longest climb ever used in a UCI race

Vuelta a Colombia may be small in terms of UCI status (2.2), but in recent years, the Colombian national race has been writing stories you wouldn't see anywhere else.Compared to last year (read below), 2024 so far has been relatively controlled bit of racing. The opening stages offered a mix of flat...

The Visma | Lease a Bike sale continues as important mountain domestique heads to Jayco AlUla

After nine years spent with Visma | Lease a Bike, Koen Bouwman will take his services elsewhere for the 2025 season. Among the 30-year-old's biggest remarks belong two Giro d'Italia stages in 2022 with the KOM classifcation on top.Despite the fact that Visma made a proposal to renew with Bouwman, Wi...

Vincenzo Nibali believes in Jonas Vingegaard against Tadej Pogacar: "If he participates in the Tour, he'll be Pogacar's biggest rival"

The 2024 Tour de France is just around the corner and with an intimidating route including gravel, we'll be on the edge of our seats from day 1 in Tuscany until the final time trial in Nice. The general narrative goes that the race will be decided between four big favourites; Tadej Pogacar, Jonas Vi...

"My friends were calling to ask me what was going on" - Jhonatan Narváez unhappy about Richard Carapaz's comments on Olympic Games selection

This year's Olympic Games road race has always been a bit controversial after the Committee's decision to have equal number of men and women at the start. This means the valuable spots available for the male race became even more sought for, resulting in many hard decisions that often didn't go well...

"You fall in and out of love with things" - Bradley Wiggins about his complicated relationship with cycling

Tour de France 2012 winner and Olympic champion, Sir Bradley Wiggins has opened up about his often difficult relationship with cycling and the personal issues and trauma it has created in his life, as reports continue to emerge about his financial difficulties.   His success and persona made Wiggins...

Transfer bomb: Triathlon Olympic champion Kristian Blummenfelt heading to Jayco AlUla after Paris?

Kristian Blummenfelt's name needs no introduction to anyone who follows triathlon or endurance sports in general. The 30-year-old Norwegian is a true superstar, Olympic and world champion in several distances, and there is currently no more complete figure in the men's field than him. However, 2025...

Jacky Durand likes the new yellow card system, but doesn't have high expectations: "Even with these new provisions, there will always be falls"

The UCI presented this Wednesday brand new provisions to improve the safety of road riders which will come into force from August 1 for a test phase. Among them, the introduction of yellow cards during races to sanction dangerous behavior and try to curb the epidemic of collective falls. For 'collec...

Alec Segaert looks forward to unique Belgian TT Championships: "There are a number of guys who see opportunity"

Alec Segaert will be one of the two big favorites for the Belgian time trial championship in Binche next Thursday. In absence of Wout Van Aert and Remco Evenepoel, and with Yves Lampaert out due to injury, this will be a golden opportunity to put on the tricolor for riders like Segaert or Rune Herre...

"I think Jasper is starting to feel the confidence in me" - Robbe Ghys enjoyed his leadout role for Jasper Philipsen

Last week, Alpecin-Deceuninck tested Robbe Ghys as new last-man of Jasper Philipsen's sprint train at the Baloise Belgium Tour. It was a new experience for Ghys, but one that left him wanting more.  "The Baloise Belgium Tour is always a fun race for me, because I once won my first race here," Ghys t...

"Steff, if you get back to a level that allows you to ride the Tour, we will always take you with us" - TotalEnergies show big faith in Steff Cras after Itzulia Crash

Steff Cras wrote one of the many Itzulia Basque Country crash comeback stories at last week's Tour of Slovenia. And while whole cycling world follows tightly the return of superstars Jonas Vingegaard and Remco Evenepoel, the TotalEnergies leader may have slipped under the radar. The 28-year-old suff...

Remco Evenepoel hires former RSC Anderlecht Communications Manager to take care of non-sporting media requests

David Steegen, former Communications Manager at football club RSC Anderlecht, will be the personal press spokesperson for Remco Evenepoel, who used kick the ball for the the team from Brussels before his transition to cycling. This will further professionalise the framework surrounding the Belgian r...

"Winning before your big goals is always good" - Demi Vollering completes Tour de Suisse domination and heads to Tour de France full of confidence

Completing an emphatic and dominant victory at the 2024 Tour de Suisse Women, Demi Vollering took a third stage win in four days on Tuesday afternoon. As such, the Dutchwoman heads to the defence of her Tour de France Femmes title full of confidence. "I did indeed win three of the four stages. To be...

"Remco doesn't need the support of an entire team in the Tour" - Could Tim Merlier join Evenepoel in Soudal - Quick-Step's Tour de France lineup?

After missing out on selection for all three of Soudal - Quick-Step's Grand Tour lineups in 2023, could Tim Merlier be heading to a second successive Grand Tour and ride the Tour de France alongside Remco Evenepoel later this month?The form is certainly there for Merlier. The Belgian took three stag...

"We cannot compete. We have not even made a counter-proposal" - Lotto Dstny helpless with string of star riders set to depart

The future of the Lotto Dstny team is something of a cause for concern for CEO Stephane Heulot. Attempting to compete with a small budget, worrying rumours regarding the future of sponsors and a string of star riders set to leave, times are tough despite positive on-bike performances.“The riders who...

Thijs Zonneveld analyzes the comeback of Egan Bernal: "He may push the same wattages as in his glory years, but that's not enough these days"

In the latest episode of cycling podcast In Het Wiel, Thijs Zonneveld went in-depth to analyze just-ended Tour de Suisse and what we can take from the Swiss stage race towards the upcoming Tour de France. Besides the dominant UAE Team Emirates, he has also noticed the rise of Egan Bernal who seems t...

"The course is at the limit for Mathieu van der Poel... Jonas Vingegaard has a chance" - World Championship organiser on favourites for Rainbow Jersey

Although all eyes are seemingly on the upcoming Tour de France and the Paris Olympic Games, there remains a Rainbow Jersey to battle for in Switzerland later this summer and according to the race's organiser, it could be a very open race. Last year, Mathieu van der Poel triumphed in an absolute thri...

"It is a mess. He has lost everything, absolutely everything" - Sir Bradley Wiggins homeless after filing for bankruptcy

Recently, news emerged that former Tour de France winner, Sir Bradley Wiggins had filed for bankruptcy and was at risk of being forced to sell his Olympic gold medals. Now, some more details have emerged on the situation. "It is a mess. He has lost everything, absolutely everything. His house, his o...

"If I choose to change teams, it would mean losing an important teammate" - Jasper Philipsen admits Mathieu van der Poel could be key factor in future plans

The foundation on which much of the successes of the Alpecin-Deceuninck team have been built on, the duo of Jasper Philipsen and Mathieu van der Poel have formed one of the best tandems in the entirety of the peloton. With Philipsen's contract ending at the conclusion of the 2024 season however, whe...

Have Visma selected their '8' for the Tour de France? Jonas Vingegaard and Wout van Aert joined by Matteo Jorgenson, Sepp Kuss and more

Team Visma | Lease a Bike have possibly made their decision when it comes to the riders they will be having at the Tour de France. In Tignes, a few more riders have joined Jonas Vingegaard and Wout van Aert in Tignes; and this may have given the final clues as to who will race the Grand Boucle. An o...

"Pogacar said ‘please don’t do it, because it’s an old man” - No charges to be pressed against fan who pushed Tadej Pogacar at Giro d'Italia

Whilst Tadej Pogacar's sixth stage win of the 2024 Giro d'Italia was another stunning display of the Slovenian's dominance, there was a moment on controversy as the Maglia Rosa was grabbed by a fan at the roadside on the final climb.Having just attacked from the general classification group, Pogacar...

"Those guys have simply received more from Mother Nature" - Maxim van Gils admits slight jealousy of Tadej Pogacar and Mathieu van der Poel

One of the breakthrough stars of the 2024 Spring Classics campaign, Maxim van Gils impressed with podiums at La Fleche Wallone and Strade Bianche, plus 4th at Liege-Bastogne-Liege and victory at Eschborn-Frankfurt. After having competed against the likes of Tadej Pogacar and Mathieu van der Poel at...

Wout van Aert heads to Belgian Nationals with three teammates; Seven man Visma teams to take on Dutch men's road race

Team Visma | Lease a Bike have confirmed which of their riders will be heading to their respective National Championships in the coming days. Of note, Wout van Aert will take on the Belgian men's elite road race with three teammates. A former winner of the Belgian tricolor back in 2021, van Aert wil...

"It’s quite remarkable the progression that Adam has made since he moved from INEOS" - Philippa York blown away by Adam Yates' UAE Team Emirates level

After his podium finish at the 2023 Tour de France, a similar result does not seem out of the question for Adam Yates in 2024, especially after his recent overall win at the Tour de Suisse. Emerging as one of the best climbers in the entire peloton, Tadej Pogacar's right hand man has improved vastly...

"I've always had the Tour in the back of my mind" - After disappointment of Giro snub Wout Poels focused on starring at Tour de France

Wout Poels made his intentions known earlier this year, he was targeting a Giro d'Italia stage win to complete his Grand Tour set. Sadly for the Dutchman, he wasn't selected for the opening Grand Tour of the season but with the Tour de France looming, Poels is hopeful that this can be his time to sh...

Tim Merlier “wasted years in cyclocross” according to former coach: "The problem was that nobody believed in him"

Now widely regarded as one of the fastest sprinters in the peloton, Tim Merlier spent much of his formative years as a professional competing in cyclocross. According to his former coach, Mario De Clercq though, much of this was time wasted."Tim is a local and got on well with my son. He sat with us...

"Hope that he will not have to pull himself apart for Jonas Vingegaard" - Jose De Cauwer worried Wout van Aert will again sacrifice himself at 2024 Tour de France

According to the latest rumours and speculation coming from Team Visma | Lease a Bike's pre-Tour de France altitude training camp, both Wout van Aert and Jonas Vingegaard will be present at the Grand Depart in Florence later this month. Although van Aert has been posting very positive signs with lon...

2026 Tour de France officially confirmed for Barcelona Grand Depart

We now officially know where the 2026 Tour de France Grand Depart will be held. In just over two years time, the Tour de France will take off from Barcelona in Spain. In total, the first three stages of the 2026 edition will be in Catalan country, taking place on the 4th, 5th and 6th of July that ye...

"Every year we learn from mistakes made" - Israel - Premier Tech going from strength to strength in 2024 with breakthrough performances from next generation

The 2024 Tour de France is looming and one of the teams heading into the next edition of the Grand Tour full of confidence will be Israel - Premier Tech. Thanks to breakthrough performances this year by the likes of Matthew Riccitello, Stephen Williams and Derek Gee, the team's next generation is sh...

UCI making changes in the cycling transfer market: August rule is over and cyclists could be announced year-round

The International Cycling Union (UCI) has made important changes to its transfer regulations. These modifications mark a significant change in how rider contracts and transfers will now be handled. The new rules are designed to more effectively regulate rider movements between teams and provide a cl...

Simon Yates reportedly heading to Team Visma | Lease a Bike in 2025

It is already known that Simon Yates is widely expected to leave Team Jayco AlUla when his contract expires at the end of the season. Now, it seems like the former Vuelta a Espana winner has found a new home.According to reports by HLN, Yates could be off to Team Visma | Lease a Bike for 2025 and on...

Dutch U17 champion disqualified for raising his hands to celebrate in the finish

Last weekend the Dutch U17 championship took place on the famous VAM mountain in Drenthe. The newcomers' race had a dramatic ending with the stage going down in a sprint of a small group.Finn Bastiaanssen had the strongest kick on the VAM mountain and sprinted to the Dutch tricolor. He threw his two...

"It is not the case that the strongest always wins, there are also other components" - Merijn Zeeman on how lesser Jonas Vingegaard can challenge Tadej Pogacar

The longer Team Visma | Lease a Bike don't officially confirm Jonas Vingegaard's absence from the 2024 Tour de France, the more likely it seems that the Dane will be present at the Grand Depart in Florence. Having had some a horrific crash at the Itzulia Basque Country earlier this year however, wit...

Marijn van den Berg hoping for a last-minute call-up for Tour de France: "I'm hoping for a phone call, but I'm not sure yet. You never know"

It is still a week and a half until the start of the Tour de France in Florence and that means that the lineups are getting finalized and that's no different for EF Education-EasyPost. The Dutch all-rounder Marijn van den Berg is still on the edge of his seat whether he should pack his bags for a fl...

Olav Kooij confirms he's still in consideration for Visma Tour de France roster: "It has been expressed to me that the Tour can be an option"

Olav Kooij won a stage in the Giro d'Italia a month ago and then dropped out of the race due to illness. This week he made his comeback at the Baloise Belgium Tour but that didn't go very well also due to his crash in the final stage. But this doesn't seem to be bothering Kooij anymore as he looks t...

Yves Lampaert's injuries from Tour de Suisse won't allow him to start at the Belgian Time Trial Championships

Despite the original reports that Yves Lampaert's crash at the Tour de Suisse won't prevent the two-time Belgian time trial champion from attending the National Championships, the opposite is the truth and Lampaert will have to pass on the unique opportunity to wear the Belgian tricolor for the thir...

"I would much rather be off the front than in the group with Tadej" - Neilson Powless understands winning Tour stage from peloton is mission impossible

Neilson Powless has relentlessly pursued Tour de France success, and this summer he’s determined to race in trademark aggressive style in his quest for a stage victory. A knee injury from this spring wasn't enough to stop the American from dreaming of Grande Boucle."Winning a stage at the Tour would...

Jarno Widar's teammate compares the U23 Giro champion to Giro winner Tadej Pogacar: "He's even more explosive than Tadej"

Aleksandr Vlasov. Tom Pidcock. Juan Ayuso. The list of former winners of the U23 version of Giro d'Italia (currently called 'Giro Next Gen') is brimming with stars of the professional peloton and Jarno Widar is the latest addition to the exclusive club. At the age of 18! The Belgian won both decisiv...

"I'm really disappointed" - Andreas Leknessund gutted to miss out on Uno-X Mobility lineup for Tour de France

Uno-X Mobility have become the first team to officially confirm their eight man lineup for the 2024 Tour de France. Although notable names such as Magnus Cort Nielsen and Alexander Kristoff are present, Andreas Leknessund has missed out. Probably the biggest absentee from Uno-X Mobility's lineup for...

QUIZ: Test your Tour de France knowledge! How many Maillot Jaune winners since WWII can you name?

The most well known cycling race of them all, winning the Tour de France can be career defining for a rider and can ensure he will never be forgotten in the annals of cycling history. Since the end of World War Two, there have been 77 different editions of the Tour de France to date and ahead of the...

"For France, the Tour is much more than a cycling race" - Christian Prudhomme on the importance of the Tour de France

The biggest and most widely known cycling race on the planet, the Tour de France has a special feeling around it that just cannot be replicated anywhere else. Ahead of the 2024 edition, race director Christian Prudhomme has been open and honest about the deep connection between the race and the Fren...

"It’s nice to come away with a Top 10" - Oscar Onley returns strongly from third collarbone fracture at Tour de Suisse

After a nightmare spell of injuries, Oscar Onley returned to racing at the 2024 Tour de Suisse hoping to put the worst behind him. Ending the prestigious, week long stage race in 8th overall, it was a very positive performance from the young Brit. “I’m happy to finish this week with another consiste...

VIDEO: Magnus Cort Nielsen reacts to Tour de France selection in hilarious style

For the second time in the team's history Uno-X Mobility will be at the startline of the Tour de France later this month. As they look to secure their first ever Grand Tour stage win, many hopes will rest on the vastly experienced Magnus Cort Nielsen. After the team's official lineup for 2024 Tour d...

"It is better to take a rest now" - Cian Uijtdebroeks withdraws from Belgian Nationals time-trial due to fatigue

Although not regarded as an expert in the discipline by any means, Cian Uijtdebroeks has been working hard on his time-trial in recent months. Sadly, the Belgian won't be able to display his progress at the upcoming National Championships. Already in 2024, the Team Visma | Lease a Bike rider has bee...

“Final podium is not unrealistic” for Remco Evenepoel's Tour de France debut according to Jan Bakelants

In a few weeks, Remco Evenepoel will finally make his much anticipated Tour de France debut. What are realistic expectations for the Soudal - Quick-Step leader though? This question has seemingly split the cycling community. There are those who believe Evenepoel is as good a shout as anyone to chall...

Lidl-Trek's Tour de France plans at risk with Tao Geoghegan Hart contracting covid and Giulio Ciccone struggling with flu

Earlier this year, Lidl-Trek confidently announced their Tour de France plans with Tao Geoghegan Hart and Mads Pedersen set for dual leadership and Giulio Ciccone to be given a free role to hunt for stages and King of the Mountains points. Now though, those plans are at risk. Firstly, Geoghegan Hart...

POLL: How will Tadej Pogacar's GC challenge go at 2024 Tour de France?

If there is one rider entering the Tour de France with confidence it will certainly be Tadej Pogacar. This season he has virtually been unbeatable and despite having raced the Giro d'Italia, most argue that he enters the Grand Boucle as the main favourite to win the yellow jersey... Something he has...

POLL: How will Jonas Vingegaard's GC challenge go at 2024 Tour de France?

In exactly two weeks the 2024 Tour de France begins in Florence, Italy, and defending champion Jonas Vingegaard is expected to try and defend his title. This however will perhaps be his most difficult Tour to date, as he will start without competing in months and after a lengthy recovery from seriou...

POLL: How will Primoz Roglic's GC challenge go at 2024 Tour de France?

The 2024 Tour de France is now just a matter of weeks away. For 34-year-old Primoz Roglic it could be his last realistic opportunity to claim the elusive Maillot Jaune his palmares is missing. Although it will be Roglic's Slovenian compatriot, Tadej Pogacar who will start the Grand Tour as pre-race...

POLL: How will Remco Evenepoel's GC challenge go at 2024 Tour de France?

Ahead of making his much-anticipated Tour de France debut later this summer, Remco Evenepoel's first race back since crashing out of the Itzulia Basque Country, has been a mixed bag it's fair to say at the 2024 Criterium du Dauphine.After showing some good legs on the stage 4 individual time-trial a...

“I came here to really test myself on the GC” - Ben Healy ends Tour of Slovenia on a high with stage win ahead of likely Tour de France debut

After being bright and attacking throughout the week, Ben Healy was finally given reward for his efforts on stage 5 of the 2024 Tour of Slovenia as the Irish national champion took home the stage win in Novo Mesto. “I came here to really test myself on the GC,” the 23-year-old of the EF Education -...

"We were hoping for a win. Unfortunately it was not to be" - More crashes plaque Visma as Olav Kooij denied sprint chance on final stage of Baloise Belgium Tour

Returning to racing for the first time since being forced to abandon the 2024 Giro d'Italia due to illness, Olav Kooij was unable to depart the Baloise Belgium Tour with a win added to his palmares. Most disappointingly, on the final stage, Kooij was denied a chance to even sprint for the win as a l...

"Wout knows what he needs to be good" - Sven Nys intrigued by Van Aert's chances at Belgian National Championships

Having won the Belgian tricolor back in 2021, whether or not Wout van Aert will start as one of the favourites for the 2024 edition isn't completely clear. With just four race days in his legs since a nasty spring ending crash at Dwars door Vlaanderen the level of the Belgian superstar isn't fully k...

"We came here aiming for a podium, but it ended up being a ninth place" - Mixed emotions for Visma as Wilco Kelderman returns with Tour de Suisse top 10

One of the many Team Visma | Lease a Bike riders to get caught up in a crash in 2024, Wilco Kelderman returned to racing for the first time in over three months at the Tour de Suisse. In a solid return, the experienced Dutchman secured himself a top 10 finish in the general classification. On the fi...

Magnus Cort and Alexander Kristoff headline as Uno-X Mobility become first team to officially announce 2024 Tour de France lineup

One of the invited teams for the second straight year at the Tour de France, Uno-X Mobility have become the first team to officially announce their lineup for the 2024 edition. Although the team were bright, exciting and attacking at the 2023 Tour de France, Uno-X didn't quite manage to claim a maid...

"I had a bad day on the bike" - Egan Bernal drops off Tour de Suisse podium on final stage ITT

Continuing to show off his ever improving form, Egan Bernal was impressive again at the 2024 Tour de Suisse. Sadly for the Colombian however, on the final stage individual time-trial, a podium finish just slipped out of his grasp. "It was hard. I hoped to keep the podium in this race, but this is cy...

"This is certainly the greatest success of my career so far" - Tour de Slovenia winner Giovanni Aleotti can't hide his excitement

Giovanni Aleotti is the winner of the Tour of Slovenia 2024. The 25-year-old Italian from BORA - hansgrohe successfully defended his overall lead on the extremely contested final stage of the five-day race, winning the overall classification by ten seconds ahead of Spaniard Pello Bilbao and 26 secon...

"I couldn’t do that anymore" - Adam Yates goes to the absolute limit to win Tour de Suisse

Adam Yates built on his Tour de Suisse win at the Gotthard Pass. The UAE Team Emirates rider has conquered the overall classification of the World Tour event ahead of the Tour de France: but only with a few seconds over teammate João Almeida who took him to the limit. “It’s definitely one of the nic...

"I was very lucky" - Destiny plays in Soren Waerenskjold's favor as the Norwegian secures GC in Belgium

After his final victory in the Baloise Belgium Tour, Soren Waerenskjold acknowledged that he was lucky. The Czech champion Mathias Vacek put up a great fight and nearly finished in a third place in the sprint, which would've put him on equal time as the Norwegian. But that didn't as the Lidl-Trek ri...

"I can see that I am now reaching my best level" - Two defeats in Belgium don't bother Jasper Philipsen with view to Tour de France

Jasper Philipsen has lost a bunch sprint to Tim Merlier for the second time this week at the 2024 Baloise Belgium Tour. Yet the leader of Alpecin-Deceuninck, who managed to grab one stage himself on Friday, is not worried about the main goal of the upcoming summer."I would have liked to win, but I m...

Lenny Martinez finds himself struggling with consistency at Tour de Suisse: "It's strange, it's almost every other day that I feel good"

After complete blow-up on Saturday, Lenny Martinez showed his better face on Sunday. The Groupama - FDJ climber 19 minutes on his first time at Villars-sur-Ollon this weekend, but came back swinging the very next day in a time trial up the same climb with a sixth time of the day.Martinez's Tour de S...

"This was my best sprint of the three opportunities we had" - Tim Merlier optimistic towards National Championships

Tim Merlier had all the reasons to be satisfied with his second stage victory in the final day of Baloise Belgium Tour. The 31-year-old Flemish defeated his big rival Jasper Philipsen once again in Brussel, settling the score to 2 - 1 for the time being."This was my best sprint of the three sprints...

Tour de Suisse revelation Matthew Riccitello: "Since I've been cycling I wanted to ride at this level"

Much of the Israel - Premier Tech roster seem to be an uprise, but after the surprising heroics of Derek Gee at the Dauphiné, nobody would have guessed his younger teammate Matthew Riccitello would also level up his game at Tour de Suisse.Unlike Gee, Riccitello's performance certainly didn't come ou...

"I got better every day, so that's very positive for me" - Tom Pidcock takes positive sensations from Tour de Suisse

Tom Pidcock finished sixth in the final classification of the Tour de Suisse in the run-up to Tour de France. Thanks to a strong final time trial, in which he clocked the fifth best time of the day, the versatile Briton managed to move up one spot."This was my best result in a time trial since I sta...

Tour de Suisse 2024 stage 8 highlights - João Almeida wins final time-trial but Adam Yates resists and takes yellow jersey

An internal battle within UAE Team Emirates decided the overall classification of the Tour de Suisse. After dominating every single mountain stage; Adam Yates and João Almeida raced against each other to decide the winner of the overall classification. The best legs on the day came from the Portugue...

Mattias Skjelmose bounces back into Tour de Suisse: "I have a few good people around me and they kept believing in me"

Mattias Skjelmose was the defendnig champion at the Tour de Suisse but found himself with a difficult challenge this week. The Lidl-Trek rider could not match the dominance of UAE Team Emirates but overcame a bad day to still take on the rest of the field and jump into the podium last-minute. “I am...

"He is probably not going to care much about the Tour" - Mathieu van der Poel's focus firmly on the Olympics believes Jan Bakelants

After spending the majority of the 2023 Tour de France working as a domestique for Jasper Philipsen and preparing for World Championships, Mathieu van der Poel could be set for a similar role at the 2024 Tour believes ex-pro turned analyst Jan Bakelants. "Mathieu is Mathieu. Due to the results of th...

"This is without doubt the best team Tadej has ever had at the Tour" - Pogacar surrounded by quality at Tour de France says Joxean Matxin

Ahead of the 2024 Tour de France, arguably the greatest advantage Tadej Pogacar can call upon is the immense strength of the UAE Team Emirates team surrounding him.In Adam Yates, Joao Almeida and Juan Ayuso, Pogacar has three recent Grand Tour podium finishers to call super domestiques when in the m...

Visma "not worried about Jonas Vingegaard fading like Tadej Pogacar did" if he makes return from injury at Tour de France

The roles have reversed and the dynamic completely switched for the latest chapter of Tadej Pogacar and Jonas Vingegaard's epic Tour de France rivalry. Last year, it was Pogacar who had doubts as he came straight to the Grand Tour from injury. This year, it's Vingegaard who won't be 100 percent. Whi...

Tour de Suisse 2024 stage 8 GC Update | Adam Yates wins against João Almeida; Mattias Skjelmose overtakes Egan Bernal to finish on the podium

The Tour de Suisse 2024 concluded with a final time trial that would decide the overall classification of the race, where Adam Yates had to defend the yellow jersey from his teammate João Almeida, Egan Bernal the 3rd place on the podium over Mattias Skjelmose.First, Yates managed to defend the lead...

"Is it necessary to put Jonas Vingegaard at the start of the Tour de France" - Cyrille Guimard proposes Vuelta a Espana instead for recovering Visma leader

After being caught up in a very nasty crash earlier this year at the Itzulia Basque Country, Jonas Vingegaard's Tour de France defence is at risk. As the Dane races to even make the start line, his hopes of retaining the Maillot Jaune look slim. According to the latest talk from the Team Visma | Lea...

"We must admit that beating Tadej Pogacar is almost impossible" - Neilson Powless and EF looks for different ways to ensure successful Tour de France

Whilst the upcoming general classification fight at the 2024 Tour de France looks like being one of the most exciting and hotly anticipated in a long while, for some teams the level of the true Maillot Jaune contenders is just too much to compete with. Neilson Powless was once viewed as a future Gra...

Medical Report and withdrawals Tour de Suisse 2024 - Update stage 8: Bryan Coquard and Jordi Meeus abandon focusing on Tour de France

Throughout the 2024 Tour de Suisse, there will be many riders to withdraw from the race, for several different reasons. We make a list of all riders who leave the race, as well as list out a few of the main crashes that take place during the race. Despite being a non-technical and short prologue, no...

João Almeida believes he could have won Tour de Suisse in a different role: "Would I have won the tour if I had not worked for him? We will never know"

João Almeida is a rider that thrives in the difficulties of the Grand Tours but often does not find as much ease in the one-week races. That was not the case this week at the Tour de Suisse, as he has won two stages including the final time-trial and was close to even snatching the final overall win...

Baloise Belgium Tour: Tim Merlier wins stage 5 as Soren Waerenskjold conquers overall classification

The Baloise Belgium Tour has ended today. Stage 5 provided a golden opportunity for the sprinters in the city of Brugges and it was Tim Merlier who won the battle against Jasper Philipsen in the final stage. The finale of the stage saw the breakaway get caught but despite that, there were a few atta...

Adam Yates wins Tour de Suisse as João Almeida wins final time-trial, his second win of the week

The Tour de Suisse has been won by Adam Yates. UAE Team Emirates absolutely dominated the race as they have won the final four stages of the race. Stage 8, the final time-trial, has been won by João Almeida. The Portuguese rider managed to take the final stage win, beating his teammate Yates by 9 se...

Demi Vollering ready for Tour de France Femmes after double Suisse victory: "I know that I can completely exhaust myself"

Demi Vollering is aiming for the Tour de France Femmes and Olympic Games later this summer and she is having a monstrous Tour de Suisse Women so far. The Dutch rider has now won two out of two stages and is increasing his lead. “The last climb was very tough. I saw at the intermediate point that I w...

Adam Yates with nothing but praise for João Almeida: "I asked if I could win and he immediately said yes"

UAE Team Emirates experienced an unusually bad Criterium du Dauphiné, with Juan Ayuso crashing out of the race and the team missing out on a result. At the Tour de Suisse however it's the absolute opposite story, as Adam Yates and João Almeida have now won three consecutive stages combined and go in...

Ben Healy wins final Tour of Slovenia stage as Giovanni Aleotti defends himself to win overall classification

The final stage of the Tour of Slovenia was a difficult one and Giovanni Aleotti was put under serious difficulties. However, the BORA - hansgrohe rider managed to defend his jersey, as the classics rider starred on a day won by Ben Healy. It was a difficult day to control, with a strong breakaway g...

"I believe I can win the time trial" - Mattias Skjelmose beams with confidence ahead of final stage of Tour de Suisse

Mattias Skjelmose does not abandon his hopes of a podium at the 2024 Tour de Suisse. After the difficulties he had during the fifth stage, the Lidl–Trek rider managed to recover and finish the next two stages with the big favourites again. This sees him in the fourth spot overall with only the mount...

Adam Hansen blames Alpecin DS for unnecessary drama around Paris-Roubaix chicane: "I then got Mathieu's number and told him the whole story"

Adam Hansen has been chairman of the CPA riders' union since March 2023. The Australian ex-pro has been through a lot of controversial moments in the year and a bit in the function and had to make some decisions that weren't always accepted easily. One such was addition of the much-discussed chicane...

"I am happy with the form, but this performance is nothing special" - Jasper Philipsen plays down his impressive ride atop Mur de Durbuy

Jasper Philipsen seems ready to play an important role at the Tour de France again this year. The Belgian sprinter will be defending the Maillot Verde as a winner of four stages and the points classification last year. But before he can look towards the Tour, there's still one more stage to conquer...

Famous chef Gordon Ramsay urges to wear helmet on all occasions after a life-threatening crash: "Because if I didn't, honestly, I wouldn't be here now"

TV chef Gordon Ramsay has said he is lucky to be alive after crashing his bicycle, and has urged cyclists to wear a helmet. The 57-year-old, who has competed in triathlons and Ironman events in the past, revealed the details of a 'really bad accident' he had recently while riding his bike. "I'd like...

European champion Mischa Bredewold set to stay with SD Worx - Protime until 2027

Reigning European Road Champion Mischa Bredewold has confirmed she will extend her contract with SD Worx - Protime through to 2027. Considered one of the up and coming new prospects, Bredewold will attempt to succeed the leaving Demi Vollering in her leadership role.While her European title was a bi...

Start Times & Order Tour de Suisse 2024 stage 8 Time-Trial

Stage 8 of the Tour de Suisse will be a 15-kilometer time-trial that features the ascent to Villars-sur-Ollon, where the race finishes. It will be a crucial day for the overall classification and we take a look into the start times and order. Elia Blum of the Swiss national team will be the first of...

PREVIEW | Tour de Suisse 2024 stage 8 - Teammates Adam Yates and João Almeida fight for overall victory on mountain time-trial

The Tour de Suisse holds a pivotal position in the annual cycling calendar as one of the most significant stage races. Positioned just before the Tour de France, it serves as the final major test for several Tour contenders who grace Switzerland with their presence. Spanning eight days from June 9th...

Lotto Dstny welcome trio of talented youngsters from their development team

Lotto Dstny has one of the arguably most promising crops of talent in a while in their development formation. While the likes of Jarno Widar (currently leading the Giro Next Gen) will have to wait for their shot in professional peloton for a bit, there are (at least) three other men who'll step up t...

Aleksandr Vlasov allowed to start at the Olympic Games as neutral athlete

Aleksandr Vlasov may participate in the Olympic Games in Paris this summer. The cyclist finds his name on a provisional list of 25 Olympic athletes who are allowed to participate under the neutral flag. The list was published this Saturday by the International Olympic Committee (IOC).The war between...

Egan Bernal consolidates overall podium in Suisse ahead of final time trial: "I was mainly concerned with not losing time on Mattias"

INEOS Grenadiers will most likely be heading to the Tour de France with a monster team. There, comeback kid Egan Bernal will normally be one of the most important trump cards. This also applies to jack-of-all-trades Tom Pidcock, who emphasized that he mainly wants to be pursue his own goals. At Tour...

"Maybe I could have raced in Norway like Wout van Aert" - Wilco Kelderman didn't want to rush his return to peloton after injury in March

Wilco Kelderman showed once again on Saturday in Villars-sur-Ollon that he will be ready for Tour de France. In case his team Visma | Lease a Bike selects the Dutchman for the Grande Boucle. Kelderman was fourth fastest on the climb, which was just enough to see him return to the overall top 10 ahea...

Cian Uijtdebroeks completely explodes in stage 7 of Tour de Suisse: "Maybe I went a little too quickly with my build-up and my body is a bit empty"

The Tour de Suisse is not going as hoped for Cian Uijtdebroeks. The Belgian climber had two difficult days during which he completely disappeared from the general classification. A big disappointment for the ambitious youngster, who won't be able to compete for the final classification of a major st...

"I thought it would be a perfect moment to dedicate a stage to Gino" - Pello Bilbao dedicates his victory in Slovenia to Gino Mader

Pello Bilbao secured the stage win in the queen stage of Tour of Slovenia. The Spaniard's acceleration in the final hundreds of meters of the fourth stage left no chance to respond for his opponents. For Bilbao, this was an emotive moment, winning a year after the tragic death of his teammate and go...

"After a passage about the death of Gino Mäder, the text No Risk, No Reward appears" - Thijs Zonneveld outraged by Tour de France: Unchained

Since this week, a new season of 'Tour de France: Unchained' has been available on Netflix. The series closely follows selected teams and riders in last year's Tour of France. Journalist Thijs Zonneveld is not a fan of how the series portrays certain aspects of cycling. In an attempt to pleasure mas...

"I felt very strong on the final climb" - Matthew Riccitello takes surprising podium result in stage 7 of Tour de Suisse

UAE Team Emirates continue their parade at Tour de Suisse with Adam Yates and Joao Almeida taking another 1-2 on Villars-sur-Ollon. But behind them an interesting battle for third is underway, with surprising candidate in person of Matthew Riccitello emerging behind the duo.Riccitello briefly attemp...

Joao Almeida confesses after stage 7: "I wanted to win my second stage, but my head told me to give him the win, he's the Yellow Jersey"

Another categorical display today in the Tour de Suisse from João Almeida. The Portuguese rider from UAE Team Emirates put in another consistent stage, showing that he's in good shape and that together with his teammate Adam Yates, they're the strongest men in the Swiss race.He attacked on the last...

PREVIEW | Baloise Belgium Tour 2024 stage 5 - Jasper Philipsen and Tim Merlier fight for glorious sprint win in Brussels

The Baloise Belgium Tour is scheduled from June 12th to 16th and is widely regarded as a premier preparation race for the Tour de France, especially favored by sprinters and classics riders. Let's preview Stage 5.The race ends in the Belgium capital of Brussel. It's a day that should end in a sprint...

PREVIEW | Tour of Slovenia 2024 stage 5 - Jhonatan Narváez and Ben Healy can spoil GC riders' fun

From June 12th to 16th, cyclists will take on the Tour of Slovenia. This race has gained popularity in recent years, thanks to emerging stars from the country. It also serves as a preparatory race for the Tour de France for several riders. Here, we preview stage 5 of the event.The final stage of the...