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Vincenzo Nibali rides with all the yellow jersey holders.
photo: Ashley Gruber


Rigoberto Uran time trailed to a four-spot gain on GC. He heads into the weekend in 8th overall.

"It was really important to do a really good time trial. I'm not riding at my very best, but I'm happy with how I went and that we are continuing to move ahead."
- Rigoberto Uran





Tour de France 2019: Crashes and crosswinds – EF Gone Racing - YouTube


"I went beyond my limits. In the last kilometres, my DS was encouraging me so much, with so much craziness, I gave everything."
-Julian Alaphilippe

Le Tourmalet awaits...


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Cycling Art Blog by Richard - 2d ago



"One of the few times I smiled yesterday was during this interview. I was asked 'what are your chances of winning today?' My response; 'if I was a betting man, I wouldn't put a cent on me.' On stage 11, I was caught in a big pile-up. I managed to get a foot down, but was then hit from behind. In what initially seems like a harmless fall I ended up landing on my radio, and fractured two of my ribs. 

Stage 12 was a hard one. I came into this race with lots of optimism, and with the aim of influencing its outcome. Instead this crash left me dangling at the back, regretting my unfettered optimism. If it were another race I would have abandoned. However to have been selected to race the Tour by EF Education is an honour. To be riding in the world's biggest bike race is something that has not been lost on me. Not many people in this world get the opportunity to live a dream, and for me, this dream ain't over yet."
-Mike Woods, after stage 11.




"Really my main priority here is to help Adam and today was just one of those chances to get up the road, so we'll see how we go in the next few days. We're having a fantastic Tour and long may it continue."
-Simon Yates



"Brutal stage but such a big day out there in France. I race to win, today was close again. Congrats to Simon Yates for this deserved win and thanks to my team for believing in me."
-Gregor Muehlberger


Onboard camera - Stage 12 - Tour de France 2019 - YouTube



TAKING THE OPPORTUNITY | 2019 TOUR DE FRANCE - STAGE 12 - YouTube


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Cycling Art Blog by Richard - 3d ago


"Winning this stage almost makes it worthwhile leaving Australia with my wife and our newborn daughter, Lee, back home. My wife is so strong. I could never have done this without her. She's the one I really have to thank for realizing my dream."
-Caleb Ewan


Shot of the day
photo: Katharine Schafbauer



BACK INTO IT | 2019 TOUR DE FRANCE - STAGE 11 - YouTube


Look back...


On July 18th, 1995, Fabio Casartelli disappeared after having fallen in the descent of the Col de Porter d'Aspect during the 15th stage of the Tour. He was not wearing a helmet that day.


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Cycling Art Blog by Richard - 4d ago

Wonderful imagery after one week.

Photos: Chris Auld...









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Cycling Art Blog by Richard - 5d ago
Birthday boy, Andre Greipel enjoying rest day

"The bodies are tired, it is a fact that must be taken into account. We are happy to reach the rest day. The guys will go, if they want, for a little ride in the morning. It's a super demanding Tour, if a rider does not want to ride we will not ask him to."
-Yvon Ledanois DS Arkea-Samsic




Mike Woods 



Wout van Aert enjoying his win in Albi



Tour de France 2019: Leading with Rigoberto Uran – EF Gone Racing - YouTube

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A DREAM WIN | 2019 TOUR DE FRANCE - STAGE 9 - YouTube


Stage 10...


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Cycling Art Blog by Richard - 1w ago

A fine Bastille Day:

It has been 15 years since two Frenchmen occupies the 1st and 3rd place of the GC. In 2004; it was Thomas Voeckler and Sandy Casar.



"I had been preparing for his attack since last night. I was lucky enough to have good legs to follow him. These steps are hard, everyone clings to the limit. I'm in great shape, there are still 2 weeks left, I'm slowly moving forward."
- Thibault Pinot. 3rd on GC.







Tour de France 2019: Meet Mike Woods – EF Gone Racing - YouTube




Stage 9...







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Cycling Art Blog by Richard - 1w ago
"As a course it resembles Liege-Bastogne-Liege, we are ready."



"It was inspiring to see Tejay suffer through like that. It's also tough to watch. Here's this guy who has trained so hard, worked so hard, to go down like that and have to battle through a 230-kilometer day in that condition, it was really hard for me not to think about him all day, especially because he's my roommate."
-Mike Woods on Tejay Van Garderen's abandon on stage 7.



The longest stage and quickest finish...

Tour de France 2019: Stage seven on-bike highlights - YouTube


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Dylan Teuns (stage winner) and Giulio Ciccone on La Planche


"It was really hard. A man to man fight. I finished it off. It was amazing."
-Dylan Teuns


"It's an incredible day. I can't grasp what's happening."
-Giulio Ciccone. KoMs in the 2019 Giro d'Italia and now yellow jersey.



Andre Greipel crosses to the finish


French hope: Thibault Pinot in 5th


Onboard camera Emotions - Stage 6 - Tour de France 2019 - YouTube


Look back...

Laurent Fignon. Prologue, Montreuil-Noisy le Sec. 2nd place. 1984 Tour de France
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"As I said in the first four stages, you have to be patient and victory will come."
-Peter Sagan wins stage 5.


Today's shake up stage...



Calm before the storm: This morning in Mulhouse




2019 Tour de France - Stage 5 on-bike highlights - YouTube


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