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Stage Report: Mitchelton-Scott’s Simon Yates won the first Pyrenean stage of the 2019 Tour de France. The English rider out-sprinted his fellow escapees in Bagnres-de-Bigorre. The favourites for the overall victory decided to take it easy the day before the individual time trial. Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck – Quick-Step) managed to keep the yellow jersey.Good final sprint from Simon YatesWe are now halfway through the 2019 Tour de France, but the battle for the final yellow jersey has yet to start. Today the riders were presented with the first Pyrenees stage, over the Peyresourde and the Hourquette dAncizan, but the favourites didn’t take any chances.Lastman standing on stage 11, Aime De Gendt, shakes hands with Julian Alaphilippe on the start lineStage 12 Route:Today should see some (more) gaps in the overall standings. Three climbs on the 209,5 kilometres to Bagnres-de-Bigorre; the first is a Cat. 4 climb after 62,5 kilometres, which could be the launching pad for the break, if it hasn’t already gone. The two main difficulties are Col du Payresourde (13,2km at 7%) after 146 kilometres and the Hourquette dAncizan (9,9km at 7,5%) with 30 kilometres to go, both climbs are Cat. 1. From the summit of the Hourquette dAncizan the course is all downhill, so there should be some attacks on the way up. The spa town of Bigorre has seen triumphs by the leading names in cycling, such as Raphal Geminiani, who won the first stage to come to the town in 1952, or his protg Jacques...
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PezCycling News by Alastair Hamilton - 21h ago

There has been fireworks at the Tour de France and we catch-up with all the action with results, reports and video. Is Ineos playing a new game? – Top Story. Its not all Le Grande Boucle: News from the Adriatica Ionica Race, Juan Sebastian Molano returns, Deutschland Tour teams, La Course by Le Tour de France, Certizit Madrid Challenge by La Vuelta, OVO Energy Tour of Britain time trial, Lotto Soudal altitude training, Deceuninck Quick-Step sign Andrea Bagioli, Marco Minnaard retires, AG2R-La Mondiale contracts, two years for Odd Eiking, new riders for Dimension Data, Tho Delacroix stagiaire for Wanty-Gobert and Peter Sagan on TV. Big coffee time.TOP STORY: Ineos Keeping Their Powder Dry?Is it just me or are Sky…. er, Ineos not dominating the Tour de France in the way they used to? So far the Ineos team is in an excellent position at the halfway point of the 2019 Tour de France. The British formation may not have the yellow jersey, but leaders Geraint Thomas and Egan Bernal are in second and third places overall without doing very much. “This is the best scenario for us,” said team manager Dave Brailsford at the rest day press conference.Normally, Sky (Ineos) would have had their top man put in a big attack and then the team would defend the lead which would be consolidated in the individual time trial, but this year the team has not been seen on the front of the peloton that much. Both Thomas and Bernal came...
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Toolbox: Its easy to become enamoured with the latest piece of training advice, or the new gadget adorning your team-mates machine, but which aspects of your cycling training are the most important according to the evidence? Many things have changed over the years.Alejandro Valverde: A better rider now than 17 years ago?Ive been contributing to PEZ for well over 14 years. During that time Ive transitioned from being a racer to a writer, but anyone who has followed my journey will know that Ive always been a big fan of science, technology and innovation. Searching for new opportunities to realise more of my potential, and subsequently helping others to achieve more of theirs, is an enduring passion.This passion has led me to explore many avenues. Long-time readers may remember my first experience of bike-fitting in 2005. I was also an early adopter of power-based training. I felt like all my Christmases came at once when power meters became more affordable in the early 2000s.Ive explored a wide range of nutritional strategies, training methodologies and periodization techniques, but Ive noted an interesting trend develop over the years, both in myself and other coaches I work with. The more we know, the more we realise we dont know. The more complexity we discover, the more we recognise the importance of doing simple things, consistently well.The Hype CycleThe American research firm, Gartner, created a graphical representation of the five phases which typically characterise the emergence and subsequent maturation of new technologies. Futurist Roy...
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Stage Report: The break was never going to succeed, but Wanty-Gobert’s Aime De Gendt nearly soloed into Toulouse. In the end the peloton could see the plucky Belgian ahead on the wide boulevards and stage 11 came down to a sprint. After an elbows-out final it was Lotto Soudal’s Caleb Ewan who threw his bike over the line ahead of Dylan Groenewegen (Jumbo-Visma). Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck – Quick-Step) held the overall lead. A close call at the line!So at last Caleb Ewan has his Tour de France stage win. In the sprint on the streets of Toulouse in southern France, he was narrowly faster than Dylan Groenewegen, by just a little bit less than half a wheel. Elia Viviani (Deceuninck – Quick-Step) was third with points leader, Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) in fourth.More to come….Julian Alaphilippe ready for more days in yellowStage 11 Route:The stage after the rest day can be a tough one for many riders, but today’s stage isn’t too hard. Stage 11 from Albi to Toulouse; only 167 kilometres with two categorised climbs – A sprinters day. The two climbs come after 32 and 77 kilometres, the first is a Cat. 3, the Cte du Tonnac is 3,6 kilometres long at 4,9%. The second, the Cte de Castelnau de Montmiral, is a short 2,5 kilometres at 3,8%, it shouldn’t cause the fast-finishers any problems. Viviani, Ewan, Groenewegen? Toulouse: With an ideal terrain for sprinters, it is not surprising to find names such as Rik Van Steenbergen, Andr Darrigade...
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Tour Rider Feature: Continuing with Ed Hood’s series of ‘English speaking’ Tour de France pioneers, Ed moves onto Derek Harrison. Sadly Harrison died in May, 2018 in his adopted home of France, but his pro career spanned the 60s and 70s and include many top wins and two appearances in the French Grand Tour. Here is his story by Monsieur Hood.Showing his climbing legsBritish Tour de France winners are now commonplace but back in my youth, we could only dream of such things; however we had warriors out there, battling Johnny Foreigner in his back yard Barry Hoban, Mike Wright and a chap called Derek Harrison. But somehow it passed me by that Id lost one of my boyhood heroes.The TI Raleigh team outside Londons Waldorf Hotel, 1972. Phil Marrows, centre. Left to right: Pete Smith, Derek Harrison, Dave Watson, Trevor Bull, Brian Jolly, John Atkins (Carlton jersey) and Dave RollinsonDerek Harrison died in Pernes-les-Fontaines, Provence, France on May, 12th last year at 74 years-of-age. Like many, I was introduced to continental racing through the pages of the late lamented International Cycle Sport magazine. Most of the names pictured and written about were foreign, there was no Mondialisation in 1970; but one rider who I thought looked super cool and whose name I didnt have to wrestle with was Englishman Derek Harrison with his perfect born to ride a racing bicycle position and tinted shades.The cover of ‘Cycling and Mopeds’ April 1964 – Sprinting against Albert HitchenBorn in Birmingham in...
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Tour Rest Day No.1: Ten days down and it’s the 2019 Tour de France first rest day. Ed is in a ‘virtual’ cafe in the historical town of Albi with a caf au lait avec brandy and this morning’s copy of L’Equipe. Time to look back over what has been a very good first week in the ‘Grande Boucle’. Ten different stage winners and four wearers of the yellow jersey, Julian Alaphilippe twice. A very good Tour so far.Ed’s postcard from AlbiStage One:Im a prologue guy, I love big gear boulevard blasts for the specialists; but the Belgies arent crazy about chronos despite the fact that Merckx was one of the greatest time testers in history and Stage One was a road stage.No ‘Cav’ at the TourBut before the race even began, we had the missing missile controversy; purely on results theres no way Mark Cavendish should have been riding third on a stage of the Tour of Turkey back in April is hardly a ringing endorsement but Rolf Aldag who knows a wee bit about bike racing – reckoned Cav had good legs and should have started. And I guess that even if he didnt win hed still set shutters clicking bringing much needed publicity to a team which badly needs it. Still, it gave guys like me something to talk about. . .Teunissen started the Tour well for Jumbo-VismaMike Teunissen (Jumbo-Visma and The Netherlands) is another of these X guys causing problems for the roadies, Wout Van Aert,...
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Toolbox: Its easy to become enamoured with the latest piece of training advice, or the new gadget adorning your team-mates machine, but which aspects of your training are the most important according to the evidence? Many things have changed over the years.Alejandro Valverde: A better rider now than 17 years ago?Ive been contributing to PEZ for well over 14 years. During that time Ive transitioned from being a racer to a writer, but anyone who has followed my journey will know that Ive always been a big fan of science, technology and innovation. Searching for new opportunities to realise more of my potential, and subsequently helping others to achieve more of theirs, is an enduring passion.This passion has led me to explore many avenues. Long-time readers may remember my first experience of bike-fitting in 2005. I was also an early adopter of power-based training. I felt like all my Christmases came at once when power meters became more affordable in the early 2000s.Ive explored a wide range of nutritional strategies, training methodologies and periodization techniques, but Ive noted an interesting trend develop over the years, both in myself and other coaches I work with. The more we know, the more we realise we dont know. The more complexity we discover, the more we recognise the importance of doing simple things, consistently well.The Hype CycleThe American research firm, Gartner, created a graphical representation of the five phases which typically characterise the emergence and subsequent maturation of new technologies. Futurist Roy Amara...
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Kelowna’s Jordan Cheyne Crowned Champion at Westminster Savings Road Race at Tour de White Rock Presented by Landmark Premiere PropertiesNina Kessler Gives TIBCO-Silicon Valley Bank its Seventh BC Superweek WinThe list of winners at the Tour de White Rock presented by Landmark Premiere Properties Westminster Savings Road Race reads like a whos who of BC and Canadian cycling. As the longest continuously run race in North America, the Tour de White Rock – which is celebrating its 40th anniversary – has seen notable names like Svein Tuft, Brian Walton, Christian Meier, Zach Bell and Andrew Pinfold conquer the notorious 134 kilometre circuit.Kelowna, BCs Jordan Cheyne, riding for Elevate-KHS Pro Cycling, can now add his name to those engraved on the Hans Steida Memorial Trophy as he dominated the 2019 edition of the road race, breaking away from a group of seven with just over 40 kilometres left. I went up the climb with four to go and I didnt really attack hard, but I saw a gap open up and I just committed to it. This circuit is so hard that its almost easier to go on your own sometimes, the 27-year-old said.You can read about Jordan Cheyne’s exploits HERE on PEZ.The Elevate-KHS team has been prominent all through BC Superweek, including several podiums for Samuel Bassetti along with Ulises Castillo Soto. Its been a hard week, Ive done three or four of the crits, but my teammates were making all the money for me, so it was my turn...
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Stage Report: Cross-wind chaos! The damage to the overall placings today was not caused by mountains or crashes, but the invisible enemy – The wind. The race split with Jumbo-Visma’s Wout Van Aert in the front group and cross champ took some big scalps in the sprint. Losers on the day: Pinot, Landa and Bennett.Wout Van Aert – What must Viviani and Ewan be thinking?Wout van Aert was the best in Albi after 217 kilometres of echelons, which caused big changes in the overall rankings. Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-Quick-Step) strengthened his yellow jersey, as Thibaut Pinot, Jakob Fuglsang, Richie Porte, Rigoberto Urn, Mikel Landa and George Bennett all lost time.More to come….Maybe Peter Sagan also has his eyes on the KOM jerseyStage 10 Route:Another tough day, no big climbs, but no flat road on the 217,5 kilometres between Saint-Flour and Albi. Four climbs; one Cat. 4 and three Cat. 3. The last climb, Cte de La Malric (3,6km at 4,7%), comes 53 kilometres before the finish so it shouldn’t make any difference to the result. If the race comes back together it could be another day for Peter Sagan or any sprinter that can hang on. Albi is the home town of Lilian Calmejane of Total Direct Energie, also the birthplace of Toulouse-Lautrec, who painted many advertising posters for cycling firms.Day 10 – Rest day tomorrowThe climbs come early on stage 10Mrkv was hard at work as usualThe early breakNatnael Berhane (Cofidis), Odd Christian Eiking (Wanty-Gobert), Tony Gallopin (AG2R-La Mondiale), Mads...
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PezCycling News by Alastair Hamilton - 4d ago

The Tour de France has been one of the best so far and all the excitement is here in EUROTRASH Monday – Full catch up with results and video. Plus the Int. sterreich-Rundfahrt – Tour of Austria final. Johan Bruyneel’s Book on Doping – Top Story. In other news we have race news from Utah, Colorado, Adriatica Ionica and the Tour Down Under. Bigla extends sponsorship agreement, Patrick Mller to retire and behind the scenes at the Tour with Team CCC video. Coffee time!TOP STORY: Johan Bruyneel’s Book on Doping HistoryIn October 2018, Johan Bruyneel was suspended for life by the International Sports Tribunal (CAS) because of his involvement in the organization of doping use at US Postal and Discovery Channel teams. Since then things have been silent around the Belgian former rider, but Bruyneel is now working on a book about his doping history. In conversation with De Telegraaf, he is already taking the lid off the ‘can of worms’.At the beginning of this century, Bruyneel was seen as the architect of the seven Tour wins by Lance Armstrong. The American, however, was exposed as a user performance-enhancing drugs over the course of his career and was named as the ringleader of “the most sophisticated, professionalized and successful doping program that sport has ever seen” and was suspended in 2012 by the US anti-doping agency USADA. Armstrong took Bruyneel with him in his fall and the Belgian was suspended in 2014 for ten years.Four years later the suspension was...

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