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- Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) won Stage 20.  Egan Bernal (Team INEOS) remains race leader going into Sunday's final stage to Paris.

- 2019 Tour de France Stage Previews, Towns, Timetables, Profiles:

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Stage 1: Saturday, July 6
Bruxelles/Brussels (192 km)
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Start: 12:00pm - Finish: 5:02pm (local times)
Stage 2: Sunday, July 7
Bruxelles Palais Royal/Brussel Atomium (27 km TTT)
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Start: 2:30pm - Finish: 4:45pm (local times)
Stage 3: Monday, July 8
Binche/Épernay (214 km)
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Stage 4: Tuesday, July 9
Reims/Nancy (215 km)
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Start: 12:10pm - Finish: 5:23pm (local times)
Stage 5: Wednesday, July 10
Saint-Dié-des-Vosges/Colmar (169 km)
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Start: 1:15pm - Finish: 5:35pm (local times)
Stage 6: Thursday, July 11
Mulhouse/La Planche des Belles Filles (157 km)
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Start: 1:05pm - Finish: 5:42pm (local times)
Stage 7: Friday, July 12
Belfort/Chalon-sur-Saône (230 km)
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Start: 11:20am - Finish: 5:03pm (local times)
Stage 8: Saturday, July 13
Mâcon/Saint-Étienne (199 km)
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Start: 12:10pm - Finish: 5:27pm (local times)
Stage 9: Sunday, July 14
Saint-Étienne/Brioude (170 km)
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Start: 1:05pm - Finish: 5:31pm (local times)
Stage 10: Monday, July 15
Saint-Flour/Albi (218 km)
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Start: 12:10pm - Finish: 5:43pm (local times)
Rest Day 1: Tuesday, July 16 - Albi -  
Stage 11: Wednesday, July 17
Albi/Toulouse (167 km)
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Start: 1:35pm - Finish: 5:32pm (local times)
Stage 12: Thursday, July 18
Toulouse/Bagnères-de-Bigorre (202 km)
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Start: 11:30am - Finish: 5:09pm (local times)
Stage 13: Friday, July 19
Pau/Pau (27 km ITT)
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Stage 14: Saturday, July 20
Tarbes/Tourmalet Barèges (117 km)
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Stage 15: Sunday, July 21
Limoux/Foix Prat d'Albis (185 km)
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Rest Day 2: Monday, July 22 - Nimes -  
Stage 16: Tuesday, July 23
Nîmes/Nîmes (177 km)
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Stage 17: Wednesday, July 24
Pont du Gard/Gap (206 km)
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Stage 18: Thursday, July 25
Embrun/Valloire (207 km)
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Stage 19: Friday, July 26
Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne/Tignes (123 km)
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Stage 20: Saturday, July 27
Albertville/Val Thorens (131 59.5 km)
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Stage 21: Sunday, July 28
Rambouillet/Paris Champs-Élysées (127 km)
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- Emanuel Buchmann (Bora-Hansgrohe) following Stage 20: "Today's stage might have been shortened but it was still very challenging. The last climb was really long and the pace was strong from the bottom. There were a few flatter sections in between where you could recover a bit but it was very demanding, mentally. After three weeks of racing, you needed to try and stay focused and keep on pushing. The cushion I had to the riders behind me in the GC was big enough to allow me to try. Unfortunately, I didn't have the best legs today, so my attempt didn't really succeed. Obviously, I'm overly happy with this fourth place, a great achievement compared to my initial goal of the top ten. I wasn't too far from the podium but Kruijswijk and Thomas were simply stronger and I think this is the best I could have achieved this year, but there are more years to come."

- Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) after his victory in Stage 20: "The last 500 meters, they never ended! I wanted to honor the Tour and finally I did it today. Yesterday I tried and today it was the right one. The climb was endless and when I saw that the group accelerated I tried it myself. I’m very happy!  In the last week, I found the right sensations. It wasn't easy to manage the race but I felt I had a good leg. This morning at the team meeting we decided to get into the break and so I left together with Dylan Teuns. The break was close-knit even though the main peloton never gave us great advantage."

- Emanuel Buchmann (Bora-Hansgrohe) after the shortened Stage 19: "It was a strange situation and one I had never encountered before, to be told on race radio to stop. Initially, there was a bit of disbelief in my group but then we talked about it, realised we all had the same information, so we stopped. I think it was obvious to everybody that it wasn't possible to ride through the hail and mud. I was feeling very well today and maybe in the final climb there could have a possibility for me but we can't change the situation. Given this, the race will come down to what happens tomorrow. I'm still confident, I feel strong and I'd like to thank Gregor for his help today. He was strong and managed to hold on with me for a long time."

- Due to extreme weather, Stage 19 was neutralized with no stage winner declared.  However, Egan Bernal (Team INEOS) is new overall leader after general classification times were taken at the top of the Col de l'Iseran where Bernal led the race before the neutralization.

- Nairo Quintana (Movistar) after winning Stage 18: "I knew it could be a good day for me, and we talked with the team about any possible strategy to go for a good result. In the end, we got this stage victory - we also gave it a try with Mikel, picking up the pace behind so he could attack and gain some places back. On an individual side, things went good for me, but above all, this is a victory which proves how good the team has done over the race. They worked really hard during the entire Tour, helped me a lot. It was sad when I lost time in the Tourmalet, but here we are. This goes to my team-mates, my family and my country, which has always been supporting me, at good times and not so good. It's always a big emotion to be able to win such a great stage, on a route for the climbers. Here I was, doing well in my terrain, over beautiful climbs, those that I like."

- Nairo Quintana (Movistar Team) won Stage 18.  Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-Quickstep) remains overall leader.

- Matteo Trentin (Mitchelton-Scott) after his Stage 17 win: "Chris was a really big help. We spoke to each other and decided he would cover the early attacks and he did cover a lot. Then when that strong move went, I was able to follow and it was the perfect scenario.  I tried [to attack] a few times, because there was no collaboration and I knew that if I got maybe a 10-second gap and they start to watch each other, with the legs I have I can finish it off. I was a bit scared with the headwind and the guys behind taking a turn each they could have taken some time, but it wasn’t the case. When I was on top of the climb the only intention was to go full gas, taking as little risk as possible."

- Matt White (Mitchelton-Scott directeur sportif) following Stage 17: "It’s been a dream run, we really needed Matteo or Daryl (Impey) in the break today, like on stage nine, because they’re the fast guys who can finish it off. But the unsung heroes are the guys like Chris Juul-Jensen, the workers. When there’s a group of that size it’s always valuable to have a teammate because you can rely on that person."

- Matteo Trentin (Mitchelton-Scott) won Stage 17.  Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-Quickstep) retained the overall race lead.

- Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) after a sweltering Stage 16: "It felt like we were racing in an oven today... In this flat stage, it was important to make sure again my opponents didn't gain many points in the intermediate sprint and then in the finish, to try to do my best. We rode very well, my teammates did a very good job but unfortunately, I found myself without a lot of space in the final metres. Still, I was able to take fourth on the line and keep a good lead in the points classification."

- Enrico Poitschke, Bora-Hansgrohe Sports Director following Stage 16: "I think it was a good stage for BORA-hansgrohe. Both Peter and Emanuel were well-protected and we managed to avoid the crashes. With 50km to go, we moved to the front, in order to react quickly in the crosswinds, but in the end, they were much weaker than expected and there wasn't any real action. Our guys positioned Peter well for the sprint finish but in my view, he waited a bit too long and lost his momentum. However, we're happy with his fourth place, he added more points to his tally."

- Caleb Ewan (Lotto-Soudal) won Stage 16.  Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-Quickstep) remains leader in the general classification.

- Roman Kreuziger (Team Dimension Data) following Stage 15: "Once we got to the climb it was about the legs, and the last 50km were about suffering and fighting on the bike and I didn't really enjoy it. But I managed to stick around, because I know tomorrow is the rest day and I can recover."

- Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) after winning Stage 15: "I came here with the first objective to help my brother, the second to try to get a stage win. Now I have two so I’m very proud. This one was really hard, the first wasn’t easy, but this one, with the parcours was extremely difficult.  I’m very tired now but there are three very hard stages in the final week so we will try again."

- Monday is the second and final rest day at the 2019 Tour de France.  The race resumes Tuesday with Stage 16.

- Matt White (Mitchelton-Scott head directeur sportif) after his rider, Simon Yates, won Stage 15: "The secret is turning adversity around quickly, refocussing and changing targets if need be. We’ve done it before in this organisation and we have done it again today.  It was an incredible ride from Simon, at the end of the day it is Simon’s win but all the boys have played a part in this victory today as they did on the other two wins. It is a very special day, our third stage win at the Tour de France and we won’t forget this one.  The quality in the breakaway was very high, with winners, podium finishers of Grand Tours in that breakaway and so the biggest concern was what the gap was going to be at the bottom of the final climb. When it turned into Mikel Landa vs Simon Yates with a one-minute fifteen second head start, we were pretty confident he’d be able to hang on there."

- Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) won Stage 15.  Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-Quickstep) retained the overall race lead.

- Emanuel Buchmann (Bora-Hansgrohe) following Stage 14: "I'm very happy today. I had great legs from the start, I didn't encounter any problems on the Soulour and on the Tourmalet I was never on the limit until the final 2km. When I saw the others were suffering, I knew I could still ramp up my pace, so I launched an attack. I would, obviously, have liked to take the stage but I'm happy I was able to split the group of favourites and I feel satisfied with my fourth place. I think I'm on the right track, I moved one spot to fifth in the GC and if I can continue like this, I feel confident about the upcoming mountain stages."

- Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) after Stage 14: "My goal today was again to get as many points as I could. That's why it was important to attack as early as possible and be in the breakaway. I was able to stay with the leading group halfway up the first climb but the tempo in the last part was too fast. I gave it all I had but it wasn't possible to follow all the way to the top. However, this allowed me to be in the intermediate sprint with the yellow jersey group and take seven points. Tomorrow, we have another tough mountain stage."

- Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) won Stage 14 on Tourmalet.  Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-Quickstep) remains leader on G.C.

- Roman Kreuziger (Team Dimension Data) after the Stage 13 ITT: "It was a beautiful time trial, it was punchy and technical in the beginning... There were some nice technical descents it was technical in the climbs… On the TV it did not look as hard as it is. We have super nice equipment, it was nice to ride the time trial bike again. It's the start of some hard days coming up."

- Emanuel Buchmann (Bora-Hansgrohe) after Stage 13: "I gave it my all in the first part of the course, I had a good rhythm and strong legs but following Maximilian's crash, I restrained from taking any risk in the downhill which resulted in some lost seconds. I think it's better to lose ten seconds rather than risk a crash. In the final part, I wasn't able to push a big gear and stay within the top ten but I'm happy with my overall performance and I look forward to the two hard mountain stages this weekend."

- Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-Quickstep) at the post-stage press conference following his Stage 13 victory: "I am happy that I am still in yellow! Every day is a bonus and to wear this legendary jersey on its 100th birthday is fantastic! I knew the course and was focused on myself and on what I had to do today, while being supported by this superb crowds. I came very motivated to the start, but I never imagined that I could win here.  Now the plan is to take it day after day and see how things go. On Saturday we have a very hard summit finish on the Tourmalet and I will give it my all to stay in the main group for as long as possible, but I want to stress out that our GC rider remains Enric, who did a great time trial today, for which I congratulate him."

- Race leader Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-Quickstep) won the Stage 13 individual time trial.

- Michael Valgren (Team Dimension Data) after Stage 12: "It was a really fast start today, it seemed everybody wanted to be in the break on Mandela Day. We were there though, well represented in all the moves. There were some big climbs today so I was really just trying to hang in there as best I could. In the end I was just really, really tired and couldn't even sprint from my group as I was cramping. It was good to be in the break though, this was a special day for our team. Celebrating Mandela Day with some sport legends from Laureus has been a great experience for everyone."

- Rohan Dennis (Bahrain-Merida) has abandoned the 2019 Tour de France: "I am very disappointed to leave the race at this point. Obviously the individual time trial tomorrow had been a big goal for me and the team, but given my current feeling it was the right decision to withdraw earlier today.  I wish my teammates the very best for the remainder of the race and would like to thank all the Tour de France fans who cheered for me, at home and on the roadside, since Brussels.  I will hopefully be back competing in this great race again over the coming seasons."

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- Note: The Women's one-day La Course by le Tour de France race is Friday.  The race starts at 9:20am CET (3:20am U.S. Eastern) and is expected to finish at around 12:36pm CET (6:36am U.S. Eastern).  There will be live streams.

- Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) following Stage 12: "For me, in this first stage on the Pyrenees, it was extremely important to get the maximum amount of points I could in the intermediate sprint. The pace in the first part was frantic, with so many attacks and counter-attacks. I spent a lot of energy but together with Maximilian, Gregor and Daniel we made it to the big group. Daniel did a great job helping me in the intermediate sprint and it's very good I was first. After getting the maximum points and with difficult stages ahead, I tried to save as much energy as possible and finish the day in the gruppetto."

- Team Dimension Data will celebrate Mandela Day during Stage 12, with each race bike featuring orange bar tape, chain and bottles.  The team's Giro helmets will also be orange.  Team principal Douglas Ryder said: "Every year we look in our own way to pay tribute to the incredible legacy of President Mandela and the values and ideals that he lived his life by. The example that he set for the rest of the world and is inherent belief that the power of sport has in changing the world is of huge inspiration to us."

- Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) won Stage 12.  Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-Quickstep) remains leader in the general classification.

- Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) following Stage 11: "It was a day for the sprinters and our team did again a very good job. I was in a good position in the final straight to the finish and I was powering ahead. At about 100 metres from the line, I had to abruptly change my course in order to avoid a rider in front of me. That meant I lost contact with the riders ahead of me and when they sprinted, I tried to close the gap but it was impossible. Despite this, I'm satisfied I was still able to finish fourth and maintain my lead in the green jersey."

- Enrico Poitschke, Bora-Hansgrohe directeur sportif, after Stage 11: "The day began relatively easy but in the final kilometres it turned into a hectic race with some crashes and in one of them, Gregor hit the ground. He lost some skin but it isn't anything serious. Peter took important points in the intermediate sprint and in the finale, the team brought him once again in a good position. He was able to catch the wheel of Viviani but then had to swerve in order to avoid one of the lead-out riders, a move that made him lose his position. Still, he managed to take fourth, which is a good result for the green jersey."

- Caleb Ewan (Lotto-Soudal) won Stage 11.  Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-Quickstep) remains overall leader.

- Emanuel Buchmann (Bora-Hansgrohe) after Stage 10: "Big thanks to all my teammates, they did a tremendous job today. They always kept an eye on me and Patrick and made sure to place us to the front before they made an important move. Everything turned out splendidly and I'm very happy I was able to gain some time on a number of the main GC contenders. Still, we have to be very cautious, the real GC battle will start at the end of this week and nothing has been decided yet. It is, certainly, good to start with an advantage and I look forward to the first mountain stages on the Pyrenees."

- Michael Valgren (Team Dimension Data) after Stage 10: "It was good for us to have Roman up there in the front group. He has been consistent and riding well all week and now he is in the top 20 overall. That's a nice little boost of confidence heading into the rest day."

- Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-Quickstep) as the TDF heads into the first rest day: "The crosswinds made everything really nervous, but we knew we had to stay alert and did a great job together. The entire team was at the front and went full gas to try to win the stage with Elia. We didn’t take the victory, but we rode like a great squad today and we can be proud of that.  On the other hand, I kept my lead in the classification and Enric moved up several places, so we can be pretty satisfied with the outcome. It was an interesting, action-packed stage, but now I’m glad we’ll finally have a rest day."

- Can Alaphilippe keep the yellow jersey until the Pyrenees?  "Everything is possible and I hope to surprise myself on the tough stages. I feel good, am confident, and would be really nice to have yellow for a couple of more days, but at this point, everything that comes will be a bonus and I want to enjoy every single moment in yellow. Of course, it’s one thing to wear the maillot jaune for a week, and another to ride into Paris with it. No matter what, I won’t change my approach and way of racing, because this is what gives me joy and brings a lot of pleasure to fans."

- Race leader Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-Quickstep) had this to say on the first rest day: "It has been a very good start to the Tour and having yellow after the first half of the race gives me a unique feeling. This is a special moment of my career and I’m motivated on honouring it on every stage. At the same time, I want to remain with my feet on the ground, because I’m aware that the hardest part is still to come."

- Tuesday is the first rest day at the Tour de France.  The race resumes Wednesday with Stage 11.

- Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) following Stage 10: "It was a very nervous day with lots of crosswinds and continuous attacks. You had to stay focused and alert every single kilometre of the stage. I think we did a good job, Emu and Patrick finished in the leading bunch and gained some time. As expected, we had a fast sprint finish. It was a bit tense but still, my fifth place and the points in the intermediate sprint maintain my lead in the points classification."

- Stage 10 winner Wout Van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) post stage: "The fact that echelons were created, was not ideal for us. Both Dylan and George were not with us. Though it gave me an opportunity and I took it. I started the sprint from afar. Viviani came up strong, but in the end I could take the win. This shows how strong we are as a team. In addition to the team time trial, we’ve also won three sprints with three different riders. I hope it also gives Steven, our leader for the GC, a boost."

- Wout Van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) won Stage 10.  Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-Quickstep) retained the overall race lead.

- Race leader Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-Quickstep) after Stage 9: "It’s difficult to describe what it means to wear the maillot jaune on July 14, but what I can tell you is that it was more beautiful than the first time I wore it, at the beginning of the week. I spent the entire stage together with my teammates, who controlled it and protected me, for which I am very grateful.  The support I got from the public was phenomenal and is something I will always remember. Hearing my name from the moment I get out of the bus until I arrive in my hotel room is something very special and makes me fight even harder to keep the maillot jaune it for as long as possible."

- Lukas Pöstlberger (Bora-Hansgrohe) following Stage 9: "I had a gap in the front after the downhill and after a bit of hesitation because I knew there was still a long way to go, I decided to take my chances and attack. I gave all I had in the first kilometres, then as we were approaching the climb, they were coming closer. I tried to save some energy for the climb but after they caught me, it was impossible for me to follow the attacks. Nevertheless, this is part of the race. If you don't try, you can't win."

- Daryl Impey (Mitchelton-Scott) after his Stage 9 victory: "It was a stage I kind of marked for a breakaway, yesterday was a bit unfortunate as the break went straight away and today we were pretty active, Luke and Matteo were active at the start. I just kind of found the lucky move, I didn’t have to do too much to get in there, then we all just worked really well together and I kind of just believed in myself and played it quite smart there at the end I think."

- Daryl Impey (Mitchelton-Scott) won Stage 9.  Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-Quickstep) remains leader on G.C.

- Enrico Poitschke, Bora-Hansgrohe Sports Director, after Stage 8: "The stage was as hard as we had expected! We knew it could go both ways, either a finale with a battle between the GC favourites or a sprint that Peter could contend. We tried to go for a result with Peter and started working in the beginning but we decided to stop when we saw it was getting harder and harder and Peter started suffering. Nevertheless, he did a great job, stayed in the leading group and finished fifth. In addition, Emu and Patrick were there in the finale, which was very important as some of the GC contenders lost time today. We are satisfied with this day, everybody did an excellent job."

- Emanuel Buchmann (Bora-Hansgrohe) following Stage 8: "I felt really well throughout the day and never found myself in trouble. My teammates provided perfect support, especially Gregor who was amazing in the final climb. I'm happy with my top ten spot in the GC but the Tour de France will be decided in the last week, so there is nothing to be taken for granted right now."

- Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) after Stage 8: "It was a really hard stage, I suffered a lot to stay with the first group in the final climbs but I gritted my teeth, I gave it my all and managed to finish fifth, in the reduced group behind the leaders. This means I keep my lead in the green jersey but Paris is still far away. We have to take it day by day."

- Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-Quickstep) after Stage 8: "It was a truly magnificent finale! I was focused all day and stayed near the front of the bunch, and when I felt it was the moment to go, I attacked. Thibaut bridged across and it was good to have him there, as we both had something to gain from this. We didn’t ask any questions, just kept on pushing and riding full gas. I’m sure the French public appreciated this action. Now I look forward to sporting the jersey on Sunday and honouring it again!"

- Thomas De Gendt (Team Lotto-Soudal) won Stage 8.  Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-Quickstep) is back in yellow as overall leader.

- Enrico Poitschke, Bora-Hansgrohe Sports Director following Stage 7: "We had a good day in my view. We are aware that under normal circumstances in a clear, flat and fast sprint like the one today, there are a couple of riders that would be faster than Peter, so third place is a really good result. However, it was also important to achieve this without spending too much energy, in view of tomorrow. Everybody tried to save as much as they could during the stage since this will be crucial. Tomorrow's stage will be hard but also one where we have a chance, so every single rider in the team has to be as fresh as possible in order to achieve the best result possible. Having Peter in the top spots of the sprint finish while saving our legs for tomorrow were our two goals and I think we achieved that today."

- Elia Viviani (Deceuninck-Quickstep) was hindered in the Stage 7 final sprint due to a puncture: "After the last corner I noticed that my wheel wasn’t steady and I realised at once that it was a puncture and I wouldn’t be able to sprint properly. It was bad luck, and it makes me sad, because the guys worked hard today to bring back the escapees and put me at the front with the finish line in sight. But that’s sport, and there’s nothing you can do in this kind of situations."

- Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) after Stage 7: "I'm happy with my performance and my result today.  It was a very long stage, with wind and quite slow speed that finished, as expected in a bunch sprint.  It was the fastest rider that won today but once again, everybody worked hard in the team, I took more points in the intermediate sprint while my third place at the finish further increased my advantage. I'm happy with my form, we have a tough stage tomorrow where we will give our best."

- Wout Van Aert (Team Jumbo-Visma) following Stage 7, won by his teammate Dylan Groenewegen: "During the last sprint, Dylan had not yet fully recovered from his crash. Today, I noticed that he was a lot happier, but especially that he was more interested in the victory. It’s nice that he could finish it off today."

- Dylan Groenewegen (Team Jumbo-Visma) won Stage 7.  Giulio Ciccone (Trek-Segafredo) remains leader on G.C.

- Emanuel Buchmann (Bora-Hansgrohe) following Stage 6: "I felt really good throughout the stage and my legs were reacting the way I was expecting. In the final climb to the finish, I was also confident and could stay in the select front group. I encountered a bit of trouble in the first, steep part, up to the finish line of the previous years. Then, I decided to put in a measured effort in the gravel road, so I didn't go to my limit in its beginning and managed to finish really strong. I am now in the group of the main race favourites, I feel confident about my chances and I look forward to the next mountain stages."

- Dylan Teuns (Bahrain-Merida), who found himself alone with Giulio Ciccone (Trek) after Stage 6: "I know that Ciccone is a very strong rider, he won a stage at the last Giro and it seemed to me the same situation as last year at the Vuelta, when I lost the victory with Woods and I knew I couldn’t make the same mistake today. So I had to stay calm and just waiting for the right moment. I tried a couple of times in the last five hundred meters and finally the third time I succeeded. I saw that had a little gap and I just kept pushing to the finish line."

- Dylan Teuns (Bahrain-Merida) won Stage 6.  Giulio Ciccone (Trek-Segafredo) is new race leader.

- Enrico Poitschke, Sport Director, Bora-Hansgrohe following Stage 5: "We have been trying since the first stage to take a win but luck wasn't always on our side, especially on the first day where Peter was so close. Today, our plan for the stage was clear but we had to invest a lot towards it. It required really hard work but every single rider of BORA-hansgrohe did an amazing job.  Peter climbed perfectly today, he had no problems and was well-protected in the final ascent. I think he was fresher than the other sprinters in the final stretch and was able to top off the great teamwork with a convincing victory."

- Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) won Stage 5.  Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-Quickstep) retained the overall race lead.

- Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe): "As expected, this stage was decided in a very fast sprint finish. Although a lot of strong sprinters were fighting for this win, it was a clean sprint. It was a close finish and I took fourth, which allows me to keep the green jersey but I said before, we will have to fight every day all the way to Paris."

- Stage 4 winner Elia Viviani (Deceuninck-Quickstep) described the finishing sprint: "With one kilometer to go I felt that everything was going perfect and was really confident. Then, when Kristoff anticipated the sprint, I was ready to go, but Max’s experienced played again a huge role and so I waited a bit before opening my sprint close to the barriers. Julian’s win in Épernay motivated us and I’m glad I could keep the team’s streak going. I don’t have enough words to tell you how proud I am to have this incredible squad around me: Yves and Dries worked hard, Michael and Max provided a perfect lead and having yellow jersey Julian pulling for me in the final was truly special."

- Elia Viviani (Deceuninck-Quickstep) won Stage 4.  Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-Quickstep) remains overall leader.

- Team Jumbo-Visma performance manager Mathieu Heijboer commented after the team's victory in the TTT: "This is really fantastic. In 2015, when we started with Team LottoNL-Jumbo, the team time trial became a very important part of our process. We have had a steady development with ups and downs. Recently we were in a good flow with the victories in the Tour of Britain and the UAE Tour and the second place in the Tirreno-Adriatico. Today, everything fell into place. We worked on this team time trial for weeks and months. We did a recon of the course several times and we went through various scenarios. We were really confident and the yellow jersey provided us with extra motivation. This victory characterizes our team and the philosophy we have: winning together."

- Edvald Boasson Hagen (Team Dimension Data) after Stage 3: "It was really fast in the start and and also lumpy so that made it quite hard. It was also really hard in the final climbs but Michael and Roman did a good job. We were actually always positioned pretty well for the final but my legs were not so good today, we will try again the next time."

- Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) following Stage 3: "It was a very, very hard stage today, 215km long, with very high speed from the start and four categorised climbs. The last two were really tough while the finishing ramp, although not categorised, was tough after a long and strenuous day in the saddle. I finished fifth, taking fourth place in the bunch sprint, and together with the points in the intermediate sprint, I now have the green jersey. I'm, obviously, happy to pull it on the podium and I look forward to the next stages."

- Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-Quickstep) after winning Stage 3 and taking the yellow jersey as new race leader: "The team protected me throughout the day and I tried to save energy before the final kilometers. Then, on the Mutigny, I asked Dries to up the tempo so I could assert the situation on the climb, before going full gas and never looking behind. I didn’t plan to go solo, but I continued to push and stretched out my advantage to nearly one minute. I knew the finale, I knew that it suited me, but it’s always difficult to meet the expectations when you are the favourite.  I am speechless, I am living a dream in this moment and all I want to do now is savour this unbelievable moment together with my team."

- Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-Quickstep) won Stage 3 and took over the lead on G.C.

- Steven Kruijswijk (Team Jumbo-Visma) following Stage 2: "I was not focused on my position in the GC today. The fact that I am gaining time on my competitors here is a nice bonus. We came here to win the team time trial and we succeeded in that. Wout, Mike and Tony were the team’s engines. All went well today, the pace was good and everyone did their job. We went really fast. We have started the Tour well and hopefully we can keep this flow in the coming days and weeks to achieve even more."

- Race leader Mike Teunissen (Team Jumbo-Visma) after Stage 2: "The fact that I won yesterday was very nice, but winning as a team is actually even better. We haven’t won here with eight, but with about one hundred people. This is the reward for all the hard work that we put into this the past few weeks, months and even years, with the right people in the right positions. Holding on to the yellow is a nice bonus. Now I can enjoy the yellow jersey for a whole day tomorrow."

- Team Jumbo-Visma won the Stage 2 Team Time Trial.  Mike Teunissen (Team Jumbo-Visma) remains overall leader.

- Greg Van Avermaet (CCC Team) after Stage 1: "I was very motivated to do something on my home soil. It’s probably the only time in my career when the Tour de France includes the Mur, which is close to my home and it’s always special when you get to race in front of your home fans, friends, and family. The Mur itself was very nice, with a lot of people and a great atmosphere but, you still have to go first over the top. It was not as easy as it may have seemed on the TV. Meurisse is a strong rider and I was worried about him. I’m happy that I was able to take the first KOM and get the jersey for at least the next two days."

- Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) following his second place finish in Stage 1: "As always, the first stage of the Tour de France is hectic. There was an early break of four riders and our guys worked to keep them under control. In a critical point a few km before the intermediate sprint, BORA-hansgrohe put the hammer down as we entered the pavé section, split the peloton and caught the break, giving me the opportunity to take the full 20 points there. We then kept a strong pace with the final kilometers being nervous with some crashes in the group. I was well positioned for the bunch sprint and in good form. It was a bit unusual as it seemed 300m to the finish everybody was stopped. I accelerated, gave my best but was edged out in a photo finish, by a few centimeters."

- 2019 Tour de France Stage 1 Top-20 Results:

1
    TEUNISSEN Mike     No87     TEAM JUMBO - VISMA
    4h 22' 47''
2
    SAGAN Peter     No11     BORA - HANSGROHE
    + 00' 00''
3
    EWAN Caleb     No161     LOTTO SOUDAL
    + 00' 00''
4
    NIZZOLO Giacomo     No207     TEAM DIMENSION DATA
    + 00' 00''
5
    COLBRELLI Sonny     No43     BAHRAIN - MERIDA
    + 00' 00''
6
    MATTHEWS Michael     No141     TEAM SUNWEB
    + 00' 00''
7
    TRENTIN Matteo     No107     MITCHELTON - SCOTT
    + 00' 00''
8
    NAESEN Oliver     No37     AG2R LA MONDIALE
    + 00' 00''
9
    VIVIANI Elia     No28     DECEUNINCK - QUICK - STEP
    + 00' 00''
10
    STUYVEN Jasper     No138     TREK - SEGAFREDO
    + 00' 00''
11
    VAN AVERMAET Greg     No111     CCC TEAM
    + 00' 00''
12
    BETTIOL Alberto     No92     EF EDUCATION FIRST
    + 00' 00''
13
    PASQUALON Andrea     No197     WANTY - GOBERT CYCLING TEAM
    + 00' 00''
14
    KRISTOFF Alexander     No126     UAE TEAM EMIRATES
    + 00' 00''
15
    JANSEN Amund     No85     TEAM JUMBO - VISMA
    + 00' 00''
16
    SIMON Julien     No158     COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS
    + 00' 00''
17
    VAN AERT Wout     No88     TEAM JUMBO - VISMA
    + 00' 00''
18
    LAPORTE Christophe     No151     COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS
    + 00' 00''
19
    GREIPEL André     No215     TEAM ARKEA - SAMSIC
    + 00' 00''
20
    IMPEY Daryl     No105     MITCHELTON - SCOTT
    + 00' 00''

 

- Mike Teunissen (Team Jumbo-Visma) won Stage 1 and is first leader in the general classification.

- CCC Team roster for the Tour de France:

Greg Van Avermaet
Serge Pauwels
Simon Geschke
Patrick Bevin
Michael Schär
Alessandro De Marchi
Joey Rosskopf
Łukasz Wiśniowski

- Jim Ochowicz (General Manager, CCC Team): "The Tour de France is always an exciting time in the cycling season and this year’s edition will be special for the team, for our title sponsor CCC, and for Polish cycling. For the first time, the CCC brand will race on the world’s biggest stage and we will make our debut at the Tour de France with the CCC Team name, the first Polish WorldTour team in the history of the race. Dariusz Miłek, President of the CCC Group, has dreamed of this for a long time and we are proud to make it a reality on Saturday."

- More comments from Team Dimension Data riders prior to the 2019 Tour de France:

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

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

Steve Cummings: "I was pleasantly surprised about the Tour selection, I wasn’t expecting that. I’m very grateful to the team again for the opportunity to go to the Tour and I’m looking forward to the challenge. I think it’s a pretty open Tour, there are a lot of chances to be aggressive and I think it suits the team that we have very well and I hope that we can have a great July and every one can be proud of us."

- LIVE video here and here.  (Official Teams Presentation)

- The 2019 Tour de France Teams Presentation will take place Thursday, July 4 at the Grand-Place in Brussels, Belgium.  This event will be streamed LIVE starting at around 5:30pm CET (11:30am U.S. Eastern).  Live feeds will be posted here before the start time.

- Tour de France TV broadcasters and broadcast times for Stage 1:

Stage 1 - Saturday, July 6

FuboTV at 12:30 CET, 6:30am ET (5:30am)

Rtbf at 11:30 CET, 5:30am ET (4:30am)

TV2.dk (Danish) at 11:30 CET, 5:30am ET (4:30am)

Sky Sport (New Zealand) at 11:40 CET, 5:40am ET (4:40am)

Super Sport (English) at 11:40 CET, 5:40am ET (4:40am)

Tdp (Spanish) at 11:40 CET, 5:40am ET (4:40am)

Ceska TV (Czech) at 11:45 CET, 5:45am ET (4:45am)

itv (English) at 11:45 CET, 5:45am ET (4:45am)

Sporza een (Dutch) at 11:45 CET, 5:45am ET (4:45am)

TV2.no Sumo (Norwegian) at 11:45 CET, 5:45am ET (4:45am)

France 2 (French) at 11:50-13:00 CET, 5:50am ET (4:50am) -switches to France 3

Ard One (German) at 11:55 CET, 5:55am ET (4:55am)

Eurosport at 11:55 CET, 5:55am ET (4:55am)

France TV at 11:55 CET, 5:55am ET (4:55am)

NOS (NPO 1) (Dutch) at 11:55 CET, 5:55am ET (4:55am)

Rai Sport (Italian) at 11:55-14:00 CET, 5:55am ET (4:55am) - switches to Rai 2

Rtp2 (Portuguese) at 12:25 CET, 6:25am ET (5:25am)

France 3 (French) at 12:55- 15:15 CET, 6:55am ET (5:55am) -switches to France 2

Eitb (Spanish)at 14:00 CET, 8:00am ET (7:00am)

Rai 2 (Italian) at 14:00 CET, 8:00am ET (7:00am)

France 2 (French) at 15:00 CET, 9:00am ET (8:00am)

Rtl (Luxembourguish) at 15:00 CET, 9:00am ET (8:00am)

Rts un (French) at 15:00 CET, 9:00am ET (8:00am)

Rsi La1 (Italian) at 15:25 CET, 9:25am ET (8:25am)

- Team Dimension Data for the Tour de France:

Edvald Boasson Hagen
Stephen Cummings
Reinardt Janse van Rensburg
Michael Valgren
Roman Kreuziger
Giacomo Nizzolo
Ben King
Lars Bak

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

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

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

- Team INEOS lineup for the 2019 TDF:

Geraint Thomas
Egan Bernal
Jonathan Castroviejo
Michal Kwiatkowski
Gianni Moscon
Wout Poels
Luke Rowe
Dylan van Baarle

- Geraint Thomas (Team INEOS): "Winning the Tour de France last year was the highlight of my professional cycling career and racing with the number one on my back is going to be special this year. The memories of 2018 will remain with me forever, but now I’m ready to create more with the Team this year.  It’s no secret my build-up has been affected by the crash at Tour de Suisse, but I’ve had a good block of training since and I feel ready. Discussing with the Team, we believe it makes sense to go into the race with joint leaders as it gives us more options. Egan and I will work hard for each other and the Team over the three weeks of the race."

- Trek-Segafredo roster for the Tour de France:

Richie Porte (AUS)
Julien Bernard (FRA)
Giulio Ciccone (ITA)
Koen de Kort (NED)
Fabio Felline (ITA)
Bauke Mollema (NED)
Toms Skujins (LAT)
Jasper Stuyven (BEL)

- Richie Porte (Trek-Segafredo) ahead of the 2019 Tour de France: "I think we have a well rounded team. Obviously I’d love to be on the podium in Paris but I know it’s going to be a hell of a fight. I think what we have done well going into this race is controlling the things we can control and not getting distracted by how things have gone so far this season. In a lot of ways I feel a lot less pressure than in past years and am very motivated to fight hard over the three weeks."

- Team Katusha-Alpecin lineup for the 2019 Tour de France:

Jens Debusschere (BEL)
Alex Dowsett (GBR)
José Gonçalves (POR)
Marco Haller (AUT)
Nils Politt (GER)
Rick Zabel (GER)
Mads Würtz Schmidt (DEN)
Ilnur Zakarin (RUS)
Team Directors: José Azevedo (POR), Dirk Demol (BEL) & Xavier Florencio (ESP)

- Mitchelton-Scott have announced they are taking the following riders to the 2019 TDF:

Luke Durbridge (AUS, 28) – 6th TDF appearance
Jack Haig (AUS, 25) – TDF debut
Michael Hepburn (AUS, 27) – 2nd TDF appearance
Daryl Impey (RSA, 34) – 7th TDF appearance
Chris Juul-Jensen (DEN, 29) – 2nd TDF appearance
Matteo Trentin (ITA, 29) – 5th TDF appearance
Adam Yates (GBR, 26) – 4th TDF appearance
Simon Yates (GBR, 26) – 4th TDF appearance

- Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) ahead of the 2019 Tour: "After Dauphine I’ve managed to come back around pretty quick, back into full training and feeling good so hopefully it was just a minor bump.  The Tour this year is a tough one, especially towards the end of the race. I checked out stages 18, 19, 20 just before Dauphine and three stages like that back-to-back at the very end of the race will be sure to have some fireworks. Not only that, but there’s some real tricky stages like stage six to Planche des Belles Filles, which I know quite well from when I raced for CC Etupes and lived in France. So overall a very tough route with some challenging terrain."

- Deceuninck-Quickstep roster for the 2019 Tour de France:

Julian Alaphilippe (FRA)
Kasper Asgreen (DEN)
Dries Devenyns (BEL)
Yves Lampaert (BEL)
Enric Mas (ESP)
Michael Mørkøv (DEN)
Maximiliano Richeze (ARG)
Elia Viviani (ITA)
 
Sports Directors: Davide Bramati (ITA)
Tom Steels (BEL)
Geert Van Bondt (BEL)

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

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

- 2019 Tour de France stage timetables and profiles are now posted here.

- 2019 Tour de France stage schedule/start/finish times:

Stage 1 - Saturday, July 6
Start at 12:00 CET, 6:00am U.S. ET
Finish at 17:02 CET, 11:02am U.S. ET

Stage 2 TTT - Sunday, July 7
Start at 14:30 CET, 8:30am ET
Finish at 16:45 CET, 10:45am ET

Stage 3 - Monday, July 8
Start at 12:10 CET, 6:10am ET
Finish at 17:34 CET, 11:34am ET

Stage 4 - Tuesday, July 9
Start at 12:10 CET, 6:10am ET
Finish at 17:23 CET, 11:23am ET

Stage 5 - Wednesday, July 10
Start at 13:15 CET, 7:15am ET
Finish at 17:35 CET, 11:35am ET

Stage 6 - Thursday, July 11
Start at 13:05 CET, 7:05am ET
Finish at 17:42 CET, 11:42am ET

Stage 7 - Friday, July 12
Start at 11:20 CET, 5:20am ET
Finish at 17:03 CET, 11:03am ET

Stage 8 - Saturday, July 13
Start at 12:10 CET, 6:10am ET
Finish at 17:27 CET, 11:27am ET

Stage 9 - Sunday, July 14
Start at 13:05 CET, 7:05am ET
Finish at 17:31 CET, 11:31am ET

Stage 10 - Monday, July 15
Start at 12:10 CET, 6:10am ET
Finish at 17:43 CET, 11:43am ET

Rest Day 1 - Tuesday, July 16

Stage 11 - Wednesday, July 17
Start at 13:35 CET, 7:35am ET
Finish at 17:32 CET, 11:32am ET

Stage 12 - Thursday, July 18
Start at 11:30 CET, 5:30am ET
Finish at 17:09 CET, 11:09am ET

Stage 13 ITT - Friday, July 19
Start at 14:00 CET, 8:00am ET
Finish at 17:54 CET, 11:54am ET

Stage 14 - Saturday, July 20
Start at 13:30 CET, 7:30am ET
Finish at 17:02 CET, 11:02am ET

Stage 15 - Sunday, July 21
Start at 12:05 CET, 6:05am ET
Finish at 17:23 CET, 11:23am ET

Rest Day 2 - Monday, July 22

Stage 16 - Tuesday, July 23
Start at 13:20 CET, 7:20am ET
Finish at 17:26 CET, 11:26am ET

Stage 17 - Wednesday, July 24
Start at 12:25 CET, 6:25am ET
Finish at 17:25 CET, 11:25am ET

Stage 18 - Thursday, July 25
Start at 11:10 CET, 5:10am ET
Finish at 17:17 CET, 11:17am ET

Stage 19 - Friday, July 26
Start at 13:45 CET, 7:45am ET
Finish at 17:35 CET, 11:35am ET

Stage 20 - Saturday, July 27
Start at 13:35 CET, 7:35am ET
Finish at 17:44 CET, 11:44am ET

Stage 21 - Sunday, July 28
Start at 18:05 CET, 12:05pm ET
Finish at 21:10 CET, 3:10pm ET

- 2019 marks the 100th anniversary of the Tour's yellow jersey.  Race organizer ASO and yellow jersey provider le coq sportif have announced the introduction of a unique yellow jersey to be awarded after each stage.  These special jerseys are also part of a travelling exhibition.  Details here.

- News: Final 2 wild card teams announced for 2019 TDF.  (ASO) - Race organizer awards wild cards to Direct Energie and Team Arkea-Samsic.

- The 2019 Tour de France will feature 7 flat stages, 5 hilly stages, 7 mountain stages (with 5 being mountaintop finishes), 1 individual time trial, 1 team time trial and 2 rest days.  The race will start in Brussels and of course finish in Paris on the Champs-Elysees.  Details in the table below.

- Team Jumbo-Visma lineup for the 2019 Tour de France:

Dylan Groenewegen
Steven Kruijswijk
Mike Teunissen
Amund Jansen
Tony Martin
George Bennett
Wout van Aert
Laurens De Plus

- Team Jumbo-Visma will head to the 2019 Tour de France looking for both stage wins and high placings in the general classification.  Wout Van Aert will be riding the TDF for the first time.  Merijn Zeeman (Team Jumbo-Visma directeur sportif): "Wout is ready for this next step.  He makes our team stronger. He hasn’t had a lot of race days yet and Wout has prepared himself in an ideal way. After the Tour, he will ride the Prudential Ride London and after that, the preparation for his cyclocross season starts."

- Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) won the 2018 Tour de France.

- Results: Tour de France Results.

- When is the 2019 Tour de France?  The 2019 Tour de France will be held July 6-28.


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2019 Tour de France Stage 20 Art: Vincenzo Nibali gets a stage win - "As Promised - Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain Merida)" by Greig Leach.  More The Art of Cycling -
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2019 Tour de France Stage 19 Art: Egan Bernal (Team INEOS) rides his way into the yellow jersey - "Who Knew? - Egan Bernal (Ineos)" by Greig Leach.  More The Art of Cycling -
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2019 Tour de France Stage 20 Profile

 


2019 Tour de France Stage 18 Art: Nairo Quintana goes on the attack during Stage 18 - "Finding His Legs - Nairo Quintana (Movistar)" by Greig Leach.  More The Art of Cycling -
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The peloton rides during a scenic Stage 18 to Valloire.
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Nairo Quintana (Movistar Team) is on the attack during Stage 18.
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Nairo Quintana (Movistar) wins Stage 18.  Nairo Quintana after his victory: "This victory is a proof of the big efforts we've made for so many months leading up to this race. We worked so hard, we did things we thought were right, yet the race didn't go as we had wanted. We kept our head down, kept digging and here's the result."
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Nairo Quintana (Movistar) celebrates his Stage 18 victory on the podium.
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2019 Tour de France Stage 19 Profile

 


2019 Tour de France Stage 17 Art: Matteo Trentin descends on his way to victory in Stage 17 - "Trying to Get Down First - Matteo Trentin (Mitchelton-Scott)" by Greig Leach.  More The Art of Cycling -
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There were plenty of scenic landscapes along the route for Stage 17 from Pont du Gard to Gap.
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The peloton rides by fields of lavender during Stage 17.
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The day's breakaway was 33 men strong.
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Matteo Trentin (Mitchelton-Scott) wins Stage 17.  Matteo Trentin after his Stage 17 victory: "It was really an emotional finish because I’ve actually only won two races in my career alone, and doing it here in the Tour de France, with this finish line, with this group in front. It was amazing."
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2019 Tour de France Stage 18 Profile

 


Tony Martin (Jumbo-Visma) gets an ice vest in preparation for a hot Stage 16 from Nimes to Nimes.
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The peloton crosses the Pont du Gard during Stage 16.
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Caleb Ewan (Lotto-Soudal) wins Stage 16 in Nimes.
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Stage 16 winner Caleb Ewan (Lotto-Soudal) celebrates on the podium.
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2019 Tour de France Stage 16 Art: Caleb Ewan gets another stage win - "Again! - Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal), Elia Viviani (Deceuninck-Quick Step), Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe), Andre Pasqualon (Wanty Gobert)" by Greig Leach.  More The Art of Cycling -
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2019 Tour de France Stage 17 Profile

 


2019 Tour de France Stage 15 Art: "Playing for Keeps - Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ), Egan Bernal (Ineos), Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-Quick-Step), Emanuel Buchmann (Bora-Hansgrohe)" by Greig Leach.  More The Art of Cycling -
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Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) is on the attack in the finale of Stage 15.
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Geraint Thomas (Team INEOS) and Steven Kruijswijk (Jumbo-Visma) are also on the attack, looking to put time into race leader Julian Alaphilippe.
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Race leader Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-Quickstep) is in difficulty but would hold on to the yellow jersey.
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Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) wins Stage 15, his second stage victory of the race.  Yates following his victory: "It was on from start to finish. The GC guys were coming fast, I know personally how fast they can go, so I wanted to maintain the advantage to the bottom of the final climb. Simon Geschke was a great companion on the descent, so thank you to him, but I knew I had to go early on the final climb."
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2019 Tour de France Stage 16 Profile

 


2019 Tour de France Stage 14 Art: Thibaut Pinot wins - "Atop the Tourmalet - Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ)" by Greig Leach.  More The Art of Cycling -
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The grupetto climbs the Tourmalet during Stage 14.
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The group of leaders climbs the Tourmalet in the finale of Stage 14.
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Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) attacks the leader group.
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Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) wins Stage 14.
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2019 Tour de France Stage 13 Art: Race leader Julian Alaphilippe on his way to victory in the Stage 13 ITT - "The Hope of France - Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-Quick Step)" by Greig Leach.  More The Art of Cycling -
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2019 Tour de France Stage 15 Profile

 


Marianne Vos (CCC Liv) wins the 2019 Women's La Course by Le Tour de France.
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Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-Quickstep) in action on his way to victory in the Stage 13 Individual Time Trial
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Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-Quickstep) powered to victory in the Stage 13 ITT.  Julian Alaphilippe after his win: "It’s incredible, I can’t tell you how happy I am! I knew I could do a good ride on this course, but I didn’t think I could win. The first part suited me and so I rode full gas, but I surprised myself in the second part. I pushed my limits and with the help of the public I gave everything until the line. I can’t believe it."
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Geraint Thomas (Team INEOS) finished second on the day.
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Race leader Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-Quickstep) on the podium with French great Bernard Hinault.  Hinault, a 5-time winner, was the last Frenchman to win the Tour.
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2019 Tour de France Stage 14 Profile

 


2019 Tour de France Stage 12 Art: Simon Yates wins Stage 12 from a breakaway - "Twelve Different Winners - Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott)" by Greig Leach.  More The Art of Cycling -
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The 2019 Tour de France has arrived in the Pyrenees and the first big mountain stages of the race.
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Part of a large breakaway early, Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) is on the attack during Stage 12.
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Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) wins Stage 12.  Yates post-stage: "I’ve been saving energy all the way until we got here in the mountains and this is my first chance to try something. Normally I’ve been back in the peloton helping Adam, but today I had my own chance so I’ve grabbed it with both hands.  I wasn’t very confident of beating either of them (in the sprint), I didn’t really know how fast they were, I just knew from the directors in the car, they told I needed to be in the front coming around the last corner, so I made sure to do that and luckily I held on to win."
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Race leader Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-Quickstep) gets another yellow jersey following Stage 12 in the Pyrenees.  Said Alaphilippe post-stage: "It’s historic to wear the yellow jersey on its 100th anniversary and on Friday it will be a very special moment for me. As a Frenchman, to sport the maillot jaune in an individual time trial will be one of the most beautiful moments of my entire career. Having the yellow jersey tomorrow motivates me to hurt myself even more than usual and you can be sure that I will push my limits while enjoying every single minute of it."
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2019 Tour de France Stage 13 Profile

 


2019 Tour de France Stage 11 Art: Caleb Ewan finally gets a Tour de France stage win - "Finally! - Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal), Dylan Groenewegen (Jumbo-Visma), Elia Viviani (Deceuninck-Quick Step), Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe), Alexander Kristoff (UAE Team Emirates)" by Greig Leach.  More The Art of Cycling -
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Tour de France photographers had a field day (no pun intended) with the sunflowers on Stage 11.
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The peloton rides by another field of sunflowers during Tour de France Stage 11.
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Caleb Ewan (Lotto-Soudal) wins Stage 11.
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Caleb Ewan (Lotto-Soudal) waves from the podium following his Stage 11 victory.
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2019 Tour de France Stage 12 Profile

 


2019 Tour de France Stage 10 Art: Wout Van Aert gets a stage victory in his first Tour - "Adding to Jumbo-Visma's Total - Wout Van Aert (Jumbo-Visma), Elia Viviani (Deceuninck-Quick Step), Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal), Michael Matthews (Sunweb)" by Greig Leach.  More The Art of Cycling -
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The breakaway rides under an aqueduct during Stage 10.
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Wout Van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) wins Stage 10.  Van Aert post-stage: "I can’t believe it.  It’s not easy to win here. Over the past ten days I have experienced how great this race is. To win during my Tour debut is great. Today, everything falls into place for me."
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A smiling Wout Van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) celebrates his Stage 10 victory on the podium.
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2019 Tour de France Stage 9 Art: Daryl Impey takes the Stage 9 win - "A Long Time Coming - Daryl Impey (Dimension Data), Tiesj Benoot (Lotto Soudal)" by Greig Leach.  More The Art of Cycling -
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2019 Tour de France Stage 11 Profile

 


2019 Tour de France Stage 8 Art: De Gendt grabs a "sticky bottle" from the team car - "Helping Hand - Thomas De Gendt (Lotto Soudal), Alessandro De Marchi (CCC)" by Greig Leach.  More The Art of Cycling -
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The peloton rides by vacationers in boats during Stage 9.
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Tour de France Stage 9 featured a large breakaway.
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Daryl Impey (Mitchelton-Scott), part of the day's large breakaway, wins Stage 9.  Daryl Impey post-stage: "That is pretty much for me, from the Tour de France perspective, something that was really missing and this is my seventh time riding the Tour de France. I’ve been in quite a few breakaways and to finally nail it today, it’s just a dream come true, I really don’t have any words."
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Daryl Impey (Mitchelton-Scott) celebrates his Stage 9 victory on the podium.  Impey: "I haven’t actually been that emotional at the finish for a long time, so it’s fantastic to win at this level, the Tour de France. I think the last stage victory for South Africa was Robbie Hunter in 2007, so it’s been a long time between drinks and to win on Bastille Day that’s fantastic, that’s a magic memory."
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2019 Tour de France Stage 7 Art: Dylan Groenewegen wins Stage 7 - "By a Tire - Dylan Groenewegen (Jumbo-Visma), Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal), Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) Alexander Kristoff, Jasper Philipsen (UAE Team Emirates)" by Greig Leach.  More The Art of Cycling -
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2019 Tour de France Stage 10 Profile

 


The peloton rides on country roads during Stage 8.
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The ever-active Thomas De Gendt (Lotto-Soudal), third rider from the front, was part of a 4-man breakaway during Stage 8.
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After dropping all of his breakaway companions, Thomas De Gendt (Lotto-Soudal) wins Stage 8.
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Thomas De Gendt (Lotto-Soudal) raises his arms on the Stage 8 victory podium.
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Back in yellow: Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-Quickstep) regained the leader jersey following Stage 8.  Julian Alaphilippe following Stage 8 where he took back the yellow jersey: "I had nothing to lose, I felt good and I attacked. The goal was to take back the yellow jersey and having achieved that gives me a huge satisfaction. Wearing the maillot jaune for three days was incredible, but having it on my shoulders on our National Day will be really special and pretty amazing."
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2019 Tour de France Stage 6 Art: Thomas De Gendt is always on the attack - "Free to Ride - Thomas De Gendt (Lotto Soudal)" by Greig Leach.  More The Art of Cycling -
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2019 Tour de France Stage 9 Profile

 


Stéphane Rossetto (Cofidis) and Yoann Offredo (Wanty Gobert) are on the attack in Stage 7.
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Dylan Groenewegen (Jumbo-Visma) wins Stage 7.  Dylan Groenewegen following his stage victory: "This Tour did not start as I wanted.  It took me a few days to recover from my crash in the opening stage. Today I felt good again. We took the lead in the final quite early. Because of this, we got a bit locked in. Fortunately, Mike made some space, so I could get out. My Tour has succeeded with this victory.  I really wanted that victory. It didn’t work out during the first and the second chance, but third time's the charm."
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Dylan Groenewegen (Jumbo-Visma) celebrates on the podium following his Stage 7 victory.
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2019 Tour de France Stage 5 Art: Peter Sagan wins Stage 5 - "What He Does Best - Peter Sagan (Bora Hansgrohe), Wout Van Aert (Jumbo-Visma), Matteo Trentin (Mitchelton-Scott), Michael Matthews (Sunweb)" by Greig Leach.  More The Art of Cycling -
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2019 Tour de France Stage 8 Profile

 


Dylan Teuns (Bahrain-Merida) climbs to a Stage 6 victory at La Planche des Belles Filles.
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Dylan Teuns (Bahrain-Merida) celebrates his Stage 6 victory on the podium.  Said Teuns following his win: "It’s unbelievable and winning here at the Tour de France is a dream come true.  Today was a good opportunity for a break so I was looking for a good chance and finally a group of 14 riders formed. It was a nice group and we worked well together.Once we saw the gap was growing, everybody started to believe that we could make it to the finish."
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Giulio Ciccone (Trek-Segafredo) leads the 2019 Tour de France following Stage 6.
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2019 Tour de France Stage 7 Profile

 


King of the Mountains competition leader Tim Wellens (Lotto-Soudal) rides in a breakaway during Stage 5.
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Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) wins Stage 5.  Said Sagan post-stage: "As I said in the first four stages, you have to be patient and victory will come. A stage win in the Tour de France requires strong form, good tactics but also other things that have to come together. It isn't that simple. I'd like to really thank my teammates today for their fantastic job. They were brilliant and controlled the race throughout the day. We controlled the flat parts, the climbs, all the way to finish. This victory is the result of great teamwork!"
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Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) enjoys his time on the podium following his Stage 5 victory.
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Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-Quickstep) remains in yellow following Stage 5.
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2019 Tour de France Stage 4 Art: Elia Viviani (Deceuninck-Quickstep) wins Stage 4, his first Tour de France stage victory - "Full Out Gallop - Elia Viviani (Deceuninck-Quick Step), Michael Matthews (Sunweb), Giacomo Nizzolo (Dimension Data), Alexander Kristoff (UAE Team Emirates), Maximiliano Richeze (Deceuninck-Quick Step)" by Greig Leach.  More The Art of Cycling -
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The peloton rides by a field of sunflowers during Stage 4.
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Stage 4 came down to a sprint finish and was won by Elia Viviani (Deceuninck-Quickstep), far right.  Elia Viviani post-stage: "This victory means a lot to me. Actually, I can’t believe that I won today, it’s crazy. Notching up a stage here at the Tour de France was one of my season’s biggest goal, and having achieved it thanks to the team’s outstanding work makes me very, very happy."
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Another yellow jersey for race leader Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-Quickstep) following Stage 4.
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2019 Tour de France Stage 5 Profile


2019 Tour de France Stage 3 Art: Julian Alaphilippe is on the attack and on his way to winning Stage 3 - "Alone with 4K - Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-Quick Step)" by Greig Leach.  More The Art of Cycling -
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Spectators watch Tour de France festivities from the windows of a colorful building during Stage 3.
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Part of the early breakaway, Tim Wellens (Lotto-Soudal) is now on the attack off the front.
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Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-Quickstep) wins Stage 3.  After the stage, Alaphilippe had this to say: "It’s an incredible feeling. Before the Tour I was dreaming of this scenario, to take the win and the yellow jersey here, so I was really focused, although I knew it was going to be difficult. I rode full gas and gave everything, and to take also yellow together with this victory is definitely one of the best moments of my career."
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New race leader Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-Quickstep) is seen on the podium via the screens of smartphone cameras.
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Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-Quickstep) celebrates on the podium after taking the yellow jersey following his Stage 3 victory.
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2019 Tour de France Stage 4 Profile

 


Team Jumbo-Visma rode to victory in the Stage 2 Team Time Trial.
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Team Jumbo-Visma celebrate their Stage 2 TTT victory on the podium.
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Another yellow jersey for Mike Teunissen (Team Jumbo-Visma) following his team's victory in the team time trial.  Said Teunissen after the stage: "Today, everything came together.  You can see that everything is possible if you are in a flow. We maintained our speed and everyone worked very well. The boys were all very strong. Our big goal was to win the team time trial. We succeeded and that is simply amazing."
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Race leader Mike Teunissen (Team Jumbo-Visma) receives an LCL lion from Belgian great Eddy Merckx.
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2019 Tour de France Stage 2 Art: Team Jumbo-Visma wins the Team Time Trial - "Better Than Defending - Mike Teunissen, Steven Kruijswijk, Tony Martin, George Bennett (Jumbo-Visma)" by Greig Leach.  More The Art of Cycling -
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2019 Tour de France Stage 3 Profile

 


On Stage 1, the Tour de France peloton got a taste of the spring classics race Tour of Flanders as they climbed the Mur de Grammont.
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Mike Teunissen (Team Jumbo-Visma), right, beats Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) to the finish line to win Stage 1.  Said Sagan post-race: "That's part of the race and the sprints, you can win or lose by a very small margin. The Tour de France has just started, we have three long weeks ahead of us and we will fight in every stage."
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Mike Teunissen (Team Jumbo-Visma) raises his arm on the podium following his Stage 1 victory. Said Teunissen post-stage: "This is truly bizarre. Unreal.  It’s all very special. We worked hard for months to do a sprint with Dylan here. After his crash, we switched plans very quickly. The riders in front of me were struggling to keep their pace and I could only just outsprint Sagan. The fact that I win a stage by beating these guys in the Tour is amazing. This is what you dream of as a little boy. Now it has happened, it has become reality ... I can’t find the words for it."
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Defending Tour de France champion Geraint Thomas (Team INEOS) waves to the crowd and media at the 2019 TDF Teams Presentation as teammate Egan Bernal looks on.
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Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) won the 2018 Tour de France.  Thomas had this to say ahead of the 2019 Tour: "We’ve got a really exciting blend of youth and experience in the Team – and it’s a group of riders who I know will be with me every step of the way and know what it takes to win Grand Tours. I can’t wait to pull on the Team INEOS jersey for the first time at the Tour de France in what is the biggest race of the year."
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Notes from the 2018 Tour de France

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- Patrick Lefevere (Quickstep) in Paris at the finish of the 2018 Tour de France: "We can be really happy with four stage wins and the polka dot jersey, which is worth more than a win, but we also know that without the bad luck we had at times we could have won even more. I am proud of the riders, because they were always prominent, be it in the sprints, in the mountains or in the breakaway. Julian proved he is a star, one of the most charismatic riders in the peloton, Fernando showed on the biggest scene of them all his huge potential which recommends him for a big future, while Bob had several impressive rides, especially in the final two decisive stages. All in all, it’s been another vintage Tour de France for Quick-Step Floors and this gives me a lot of satisfaction."

- Julian Alaphilippe (Quickstep) on winning the 2018 Tour de France polka dot jersey: "It’s very difficult to describe how I feel today, because I have never imagined that I will ride one day on the Champs-Élysées with the polka dot jersey on my shoulders. It’s been three incredible weeks with the team and I have enjoyed many beautiful moments, from my first ever Tour de France stage victory to winning the Col du Tourmalet, which was when I began realizing that I will take this jersey home. I am so happy and grateful to this extraordinary squad for their trust, support and confidence. I will never forget this race."

- Alexander Kristoff (UAE Team Emirates) won Stage 21.  Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) wins the 2018 Tour de France.

- 2018 Tour de France Stage Previews, Towns, Timetables, Profiles:

Stage details Stage profiles
Stage 1: Saturday, July 7
Noirmoutier-en-l'Île/Fontenay-le-Comte (201 km)
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Start: 11:00am - Finish: 3:50pm (local times)
Stage 2: Sunday, July 8
Mouilleron-Saint-Germain/La Roche-sur-Yon (182.5 km)
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Start: 1:10pm - Finish: 5:35pm (local times)
Stage 3: Monday, July 9
Cholet/Cholet (35.5 km TTT)
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Start: 3:10pm - Finish: 5:34pm (local times)
 
Stage 4: Tuesday, July 10
La Baule/Sarzeau (195 km)
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Start: 1:05pm - Finish: 5:45pm (local times)
 
Stage 5: Wednesday, July 11
Lorient/Quimper (204.5 km)
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Start: 12:20pm - Finish: 5:35pm (local times)
 
Stage 6: Thursday, July 12
Brest/Mûr de Bretagne Guerlédan (181 km)
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Start: 1:05pm - Finish: 5:30pm (local times)
 
Stage 7: Friday, July 13
Fougères/Chartres (231 km)
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Start: 12:05pm - Finish: 5:35pm (local times)
 
Stage 8: Saturday, July 14
Dreux/Amiens Métropole (181 km)
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Start: 11:35am - Finish: 3:45pm (local times)
Stage 9: Sunday, July 15
Arras Citadelle/Roubaix (156.5 km)
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Start: 12:35pm - Finish: 4:23pm (local times)
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Stage 10: Tuesday, July 17
Annecy/Le Grand-Bornand (158.5 km)
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Start: 1:15pm - Finish: 6:00pm (local times)
 
Stage 11: Wednesday, July 18
Albertville/La Rosière Espace San Bernardo (108.5 km)
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Start: 2:00pm - Finish: 5:25pm (local times)
 
Stage 12: Thursday, July 19
Bourg-Saint-Maurice Les Arcs/Alpe d'Huez (175.5 km)
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Start: 12:10pm - Finish: 5:55pm (local times)
 
Stage 13: Friday, July 20
Bourg d'Oisans/Valence (169.5 km)
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Start: 1:35pm - Finish: 5:31pm (local times)
Stage 14: Saturday, July 21
Saint-Paul-Trois-Châteaux/Mende (188 km)
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Start: 1:05pm - Finish: 5:41pm (local times)
Stage 15: Sunday, July 22
Millau/Carcassonne (181.5 km)
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Start: 1:10pm - Finish: 5:46pm (local times)
Rest Day: Monday, July 23 - Carcassonne -  
Stage 16: Tuesday, July 24
Carcassonne/Bagnères-de-Luchon (218 km)
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Start: 11:30am - Finish: 5:21pm (local times)
 
Stage 17: Wednesday, July 25
Bagnères-de-Luchon/Saint-Lary-Soulan (65 km)
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Start: 3:15pm - Finish: 5:34pm (local times)
 
Stage 18: Thursday, July 26
Trie-sur-Baïse/Pau (171 km)
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Start: 1:55pm - Finish: 5:48pm (local times)
Stage 19: Friday, July 27
Lourdes/Laruns (200.5 km)
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Start: 12:05pm - Finish: 5:51pm (local times)
Stage 20: Saturday, July 28
Saint-Pée-sur-Nivelle/Espelette (31 km ITT)
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Start: 12:00pm - Finish: 5:13pm (local times)
 
Stage 21: Sunday, July 29
Houilles/Paris Champs-Élysées (116 km)
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Start: 4:15pm - Finish: 7:10pm (local times)

 

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Results: Dumoulin wins stage 20 time trial as Thomas cements overall victory.  (Cyclingnews) - Froome moves back onto the overall podium.

- Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) won Stage 20.  Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) remains overall leader.

- News: Peter Sagan endures his hardest day on the bike at Tour de France.  (Cyclingnews) - World champion battles crash injuries to make it one step closer to Paris.

- News: Chris Froome's Tour reign ends in Laruns.  (Cyclingnews) - Four-time winner drops to fourth and devotes himself to Thomas.

- News: Stage 19 finish line quotes.  (Cyclingnews) - Roglic descends to victory while Thomas keeps his jersey.

Results: Roglic wins final mountain stage in Laruns.  (Cyclingnews) - LottoNL-Jumbo leader moves into third overall as Thomas keeps the yellow jersey.

- Fabio Baldato (BMC Racing directeur sportif) following Stage 19: "It was really hard today as it was on all of the Pyrenees stages. Today was really a battle of the GC riders with all of them at the front. We tried to get in the breakaway at the beginning but then, we decided it would be better to stay with the bunch. The race was tough so, we wanted to try and hold the wheel of the strongest guys. Tejay and Damiano did the best they could and at the end, I don't think we could have had a better result. Damiano finished with just 20 riders ahead of him and he was there right until the end.  Tomorrow's time trial is pretty hard. Of course, with Stefan, who is our specialist, and maybe even Tejay, we can try to do well. But, we will see. We have to try and recover as well as possible after a hard stage like today."

- Primoz Roglic (LottoNL-Jumbo) following his Stage 19 victory: "I’m very happy with this victory.  It’s a special feeling to win again in the Tour de France after my stage win last year. This can’t be described in words. It’s just perfect. I felt very good and made optimal use of it. Steven and I kept attacking. In the descent, when I saw that nobody followed me, I just went full throttle. The team was very strong today and I want to thank the team for their efforts. Without my team mates it would have never been possible to win here. I’m already looking forward to the time trial. I’ll do my best to keep my podium position and who knows what else we can do."

Primoz Roglic (LottoNL-Jumbo) won Stage 19.  Geraint Thomas(Team Sky) remains race leader.

- News: Stage 18 finish line quotes.  (Cyclingnews) - Demare dispels doubts, Kristoff lacks the legs, another day down for Thomas.

Results: Demare wins stage 18 in Pau.  (Cyclingnews) - Laporte elbowed out by Groupama-FDJ man.

- Arnaud Démare (Groupama-FDJ) won Stage 18.  Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) remains leader in the general classification.

- Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing) after Stage 18: "It was a pretty hard start that's for sure and then there were a few attacks afterward but in the end, it was one of the easiest day of this Tour. But, that was also necessary I think. Everyone is tired and for us, it was a good day to recover from our efforts on the stages before. I tried to be in the sprint but in the end, I didn't want to take too many risks. I still have some nice races to come after the Tour so, on a flat sprint like today, I didn't want to go for it too much. Overall, it was a good day for the team. Of course, it was without a result but that is not always necessary."

- Rafał Majka (Bora-Hansgrohe) following Stage 17: "It was a hard fight, right from the start. I went in the break and it was a day of endless suffering on the limit. Gregor did an amazing job, he pulled a lot and showed once again his great talent but there was no cooperation in our group, with Valverde also waiting for Quintana. As a result, our gap was not big enough for the last climb. I gave it my all when Quintana closed on us and I was the last guy from the break to stay on his wheel, but with 6km to go my batteries were empty and Quintana dropped me. I really wanted that win today, but I will try again the day after tomorrow."

- News: Stage 17 finish line quotes.  (Cyclingnews) - Nairo Quintana gets the stage win, while Geraint Thomas consolidates his lead and Chris Froome falters.

Results: Quintana wins short stage 17 atop Col du Portet.  (Cyclingnews) - Thomas keeps race lead as Froome drops behind Dumoulin.

- Tejay van Garderen:  "I don't think that the start made too much of a difference. I wasn't expecting more than just a normal format of a race. I was pretty sure that Team Sky would be able to take control and I had a feeling that the winner would come from the GC group and not the breakaway so that's why I didn't jump on the start. I wanted to try and stay with the leaders but on the last climb, when the big guys really started to move, I just didn't have the legs to follow.  On a shorter stage like today, there is less time to regroup and chill out and make a pace. This means that the speed is higher but in the end, the tactics are pretty much the same. I think the winner of the stage would have been the winner whether it was 65km like today or 165km."

- Nairo Quintana: "It was a really hard day, but a magnificent one for us, really comforting. It was a stage I had marked down many weeks before this race, one I had prepared well for. I regret so much not having found good legs prior to this stage; my body just didn't feel right, and lost too much time, which made me feel bad. Fortunately, I'm doing well now - let's hope we can take advantage and fight hard on Friday, because we really believe we can still do something big in this Tour. The Movistar Team always trusted my skills - and here are some results to pay them back them!"

- Nairo Quintana (Movistar) won Stage 17.  Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) remains in yellow as race leader.

News: Philippe Gilbert abandons the Tour de France.  (Cyclingnews) - Belgian says his Tour is over after stage 16 crash.

News: Stage 16 finish line quotes.  (Cyclingnews) - Alaphilippe's day 'extraordinary', Yates' morale damaged and more.

Results: Alaphilippe wins stage 16.  (Cyclingnews) - Stalemate in GC group as Thomas keeps lead on first Pyrenean stage.

- Julian Alaphilippe (Quick-Step Floors) following his Stage 16 victory: "Today it was a really crazy day. I had pain in the legs, but I don’t think I was the only one suffering. I knew the finale, with the climb and the downhill, but I still can’t believe that I won again. Taking two victories, one in the Alps and another one in the Pyrenees, is mind-blowing, I will never forget this day.  The last 20 kilometers were very intense, with a lot of attacks and cat-and-mouse game in the escape. When I got word that Yates opened a half a minute gap, I decided to attack and managed to pull him back to ten seconds by the time he crashed. It’s never nice when this happens to someone, and I waited for him, but then I saw he was hesitating a bit, so I continued my race. Getting the victory in this town which is inextricably linked to the Tour is incredible, I would have never thought of this, and it makes me really proud to be on the top spot of the podium. To hold the polka dot jersey is a bonus and I will fight hard to keep it. The race and fight for the KOM aren't over yet, but I am very motivated and confident."

- Julian Alaphilippe (Quick-Step Floors) won Stage 16.  Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) remains leader on G.C.

- BMC Switzerland and Team Dimension Data have announced a new partnership: "We are delighted to be joining forces with BMC Switzerland as we take a significant step forward into the future for our team. BMC’s outstanding track record speaks for itself; and to be able to call on their world-leading technology starting 2019, will see us compete consistently among the very best teams on the World Tour. We are a team that, through title sponsor Dimension Data, are focused on innovation thanks to their ground-breaking technology and BMC joining us is a natural fit. The rise of Team Dimension for Qhubeka has been meteoric and this new partnership will ensure that trajectory is continued into the future. Our shared goals are completely aligned in the continued belief that ‘bicycles change lives’, through the Qhubeka charity, and we are delighted that BMC will continue this journey with us. Andy Rihs left an indelible mark on our sport; and it’s a privilege to be able to be the team that will continue to honour his legacy and the passion that he had for cycling”. Douglas Ryder, Principal Team Dimension Data

News: Tom Dumoulin heads into the unknown during third week at the Tour de France.  (Cyclingnews) - 'The final week is a nervous battle for everyone' says Sunweb leader.

News: Chris Froome: As long as a Team Sky rider wins the Tour de France, I'm happy.  (Cyclingnews) - Thomas on Moscon: Obviously I was disappointed, but there's nothing we can do.

News: Dumoulin: If Chris Froome pulls off another Finestre, there's nothing I can do.  (Cyclingnews) - Sunweb leader says he's climbing better at the Tour than at the Giro.

News: Rest Day 2 Recap.  (Cyclingnews) - From the cobbles to the Alps, the GC gaps widen.

News: Brailsford blames Tour de France roadside reactions on 'a French cultural thing'.  (Cyclingnews) - 'You could have a Tour de France for French teams, if you want' says Team Sky manager.

- Monday is the second and final rest day at the Tour de France.  The race resumes Tuesday with Stage 16.

News: Stage 15 finish line quotes.  (Cyclingnews) - Cort, Thomas, Martin, Mollema.

Results: Magnus Cort wins stage 15 in Carcassonne.  (Cyclingnews) - Thomas keeps the yellow jersey as the bunch finishes more than 13 minutes down.

- Tom-Jelte Slagter (Team Dimension Data) following Stage 14: "It was a good stage for us so we gave everything to be in the break. It was a big group with us so we knew it wouldn't work well towards the final with so many guys. So I tried to split the group and get in the front. The descent I choose wasn't ideal, it was a straight forward road with a lot of wind from the front. I was only in front with 2 other guys. and it took out too much energy to be good in the final. Stuyven was the strongest, he dropped us and rode away alone. I went back to the chase group that went to the climb, but I spent so much in my breakaway attempt that I couldn't do anything on the final climb. It was a good day but the result is disappointing."

- Julien Vermote (Team Dimension Data) after Stage 14: "It was good to have both of us in the breakaway for the team. We wanted to be there with Tom because it was a good final for him. It was a hard stage with a high pace in the group. Suddenly there was the attack from Izaguirre and it was good that Tom reacted. It was still hard with climbs to come but the wind was quite strong and some downhill sections were maybe not so good for Tom, if a few extra guys went across then it would have been perfect. So it was a good move by Tom and these things are just so hard to predict. In the end they brought him back and he used to much in the break to still then get a result. I was happy to make the break today, it was a hard stage and we learned a lot and we will keep on fighting to make a better result with the team."

- Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing) following Stage 15: "I actually felt pretty good today when I went into the breakaway. I felt better than yesterday and although it was hard to make the breakaway, I was happy to be in it. I think the final climb was just a little bit too hard again and with the energy I have already spent this week, it was hard to keep up with the good guys. I tried to set as good a tempo as possible and then tried to come back in the descent. However, the strongest guys were already gone and that was a bit of a pity. But, that's how racing goes.  The second part of the Tour has been pretty good for me. I have been trying and have had a couple of good finishes and been in the breakaway. I think I am in good shape but you also have to have a parcours that fits your style and with the energy I have had to spend, maybe I missed something in the end to really go for the win. But, I think the rest day will be good for me and hopefully, I can recharge a bit and get another chance."

Magnus Cort (Astana) won Stage 15.  Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) remains overall leader.

- Dr Jarrad Van Zuydum (Dimension Data team doctor) spoke about rider Serge Pauwels who had to abandon the Tour: "Unfortunately Serge had a nasty crash in the finale of today's stage. The crash was of no fault of his own and seemed a very pointless crash as well. He has come down quite hard on his right elbow and fractured the olecranon process of the right elbow. It's actually an injury he has had on the left side before and it is something that requires surgery to fix. We are already making arrangements for him to have surgery in Antwerp and he will be back on the trainer pretty soon after that surgery, but obviously we are all very disappointed about the crash."

- Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing) following Stage 14: "It was a super hard stage. It was a long day and always up and down. In the end, I knew already that I didn't have the legs to go for the victory or a nice result. I just rode my tempo because it was a super hard day and it has been a super hard week. I have good legs but they are not so fresh anymore. We tried at the front but I have to say that we knew that Alaphilippe was one of the big favorites for this kind of finish and that it would be really hard for Stuyven on the last climb. If you see how steep it was, I think you could have had even two minutes and it would still have been hard to stay in front. So, we did our job and no more than that as we don't want to give the victory away."

News: Late puncture costly for Dan Martin at Mende.  (Cyclingnews) - ‘Other than the stage win, this Tour’s been a bit of a disaster so far’ says Irishman.

Results: Fraile wins in Mende.  (Cyclingnews) - No changes to the top of the general classification after a long day in Massif Central.

- Damiano Caruso (BMC Racing) after Stage 14: "This morning it was in the program that we wanted try and go in the breakaway. In the end, we went really fast in the first 10km of the stage and with crosswinds it was really chaotic. Then, me, Stefan and Greg were able to make it into the big breakaway. It was 'à bloc' all day up and down, left and right and then the last climb was really short and steep. So, for me, it was like a TT because I went full gas from the bottom to the finish and in the end, I was fifth but I was hoping for a podium finish maybe.  The goal now will be to try again in the next few days. I am feeling really good. I worked hard to be ready for this race and today, I was able to show once again that my condition is good and I will keep trying."

- Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) following Stage 14: "Spending the whole day in front I was a bit bored because I thought I would be dropped in the finale anyway. So, for me, today was a long day. But in the last 5km, I refocused and thought, well I try and suffer a little. I stayed with the group and never overpaced myself. Once I crested the top, I attacked and tried to bridge to the front, but it was just not enough. I am happy with my legs, but I really wanted to win in the end."

Omar Fraile (Astana) won Stage 14.  Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) remains leader in the general classification.

News: Peter Sagan navigates changed sprint landscape to complete Tour de France hat-trick.  (Cyclingnews) - World champion beats Kristoff and Demare in 'messy' Valence sprint.

News: Stage 13 finish line quotes.  (Cyclingnews) - Hear from Sagan, Demare, Kristoff and more about the bunch sprint in Valence.

Results: Peter Sagan wins stage 13 bunch sprint in Valence.  (Cyclingnews) - World champion surges past Kristoff and Demare.

- Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing) after Stage 13: "It was a good stage for us. It was great to see Michi in a breakaway and winning the Most Combative Rider prize. I am really happy for him that he is on the podium. He fully deserves it after a lot of hard work in the first week. We also saw how strong he is as he could stay in front of the peloton for a long time.  In the end, I just gave it a try. It was an uphill finish and I'm pretty good at those so I was happy that I could get in position and keep it to the line. It is always good to go with the race. We had a good first week and I think now it will be about continuing to try to make results and be at the front like Michi did today."

- Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) following his victory in Stage 13: "This is a fantastic victory. I'm so happy to have won, it was something very good for me, personally. Once again, I have to thank my teammates for their dedication and work. It was a flat stage after the tough mountains, so everybody recovered a little bit in the group. I think they all seemed happy to stay in the bunch and go through a more relaxed stage. My timing in the sprint might now seem perfect but I think I was probably a little bit late. I was a bit behind with 600 meters to go and on the last climb, I tried to bring myself to the front. I then stayed on the wheel of Kristoff and I'm very happy to have beaten them. However, the Tour de France is far from over. We have to make sure we stay out of trouble, we get to Paris healthy and we cross the finish line on the Champs-Elysées."

Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) won Stage 13.  Geraint Thomas(Team Sky) remains overall leader.

News: Dumoulin misses Alpe d'Huez win but remains Team Sky's main Tour de France threat.  (Cyclingnews) - 'Froome had the chance to attack and Thomas didn't. That's good to know for the future' says Dutchman.

News: Vincenzo Nibali transported to hospital after crash on Alpe d'Huez.  (Cyclingnews) - Suspected vertebra fracture for Italian.

News: Vincenzo Nibali out of the Tour de France.  (Cyclingnews) - Fan videos capture moment of crash that left Italian with a fractured T10 vertebra.

News: Stage 12 finish line quotes.  (Cyclingnews) - Geraint Thomas continues his run in yellow with victory on Alpe d'Huez.

Results: Thomas wins atop Alpe d'Huez.  (Cyclingnews) - Maillot Jaune triumphs, Nibali crashes.

- Fabio Baldato (BMC Racing directeur sportif): "It was a good try from Tejay at the beginning. Just like we planned, he did his best to get into the good breakaway but unfortunately, there were really strong guys in there including some of those on GC like Valverde and Kruijswijk for the most part. He tried to anticipate these guys alongside six or seven other riders in order to see if it was possible to go away without a GC leader but it didn't happen. When we started the Croix de Fer, he rode his own tempo to save some energy as fighting with the GC riders at the front was almost impossible. Behind, the other guys were good and kept a good tempo to be safely within the time limit and that was also a priority of the day."

- Dan Martin (UAE Team Emirates) following Stage 12: "By the end of the stage we weren’t racing- it was just about getting to the top. I had nothing left in my legs and just wanted to make the finish line in the best time possible. I felt really good in the first climb of the day, but then general fatigue set in. We’ve had three hard days of racing in the mountains and a week of tough racing before that so it’s not a surprise. Unfortunately I let go of the group to ride at my own tempo, which I think was a mistake as I didn’t realise how much wind there was. I got gapped and couldn’t get back. That said, I’m still happy with my race and there’s plenty of time to go until Paris."

- Race leader Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) won Stage 12.

News: Stage 11 finish line quotes.  (Cyclingnews) - Thomas, Froome say 1-2 is a perfect position.

Results: Geraint Thomas wins stage 11 at La Rosiere, takes yellow.  (Cyclingnews) - Race explodes in second Alpine stage.

- Serge Pauwels (Dimension Data) following Stage 11: "I knew there would be a big acceleration from behind at some point today. I was in the virtual yellow jersey for a while, as I was last year, so I guess I can add another jersey to my virtual closet now.  No but it was good to be up there again and also picked up some more King of the Mountains points so maybe that can become an objective."

- Roger Hammond (Dimension Data): "It’s never great to lose any riders, especially the two Marks, given the three potential stages ahead, that we could have had a go at. There is a ray of sunlight with Serge, who is having a great tour, being in the front and fighting for stages, and having the virtual yellow shows how consistent he has been in the two mountain stages."

- Ion Izagirre (Bahrain-Merida): "I'm not happy because I would have liked to win but today Julian Alaphilippe was simply the strongest.  On the penultimate climb, there was a moment when I suffered a lot but then I recovered and I started in pursuit. At the top, the French rider had an advantage of over 1'30 “, I recovered something downhill and on the last ascent I was full gas, but it was too late.  I would like to try again but now we have to focus on Vincenzo because now he is really ahead in the overall and me and my teammates are here at the Tour to help him the much as possible."

Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) won Stage 11 and took over the lead on G.C.

- News: Stage 10 finish line quotes.  (Cyclingnews) - Alaphilippe delighted, Van Avermaet gets one more day in yellow.

- Results: Alaphilippe wins in Le Grand Bornand.  (Cyclingnews) - Van Avermaet extends overall lead.

- Race leader Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing) following Stage 10: "It was a hard day but two years ago, I also went into the breakaway in the yellow jersey so, it was super nice for me to spend the day in yellow in the mountains. I was waiting to find the right moment and when the big move went, I decided to give it a go and see how Team Sky reacted and they didn't. I had to ride really hard to catch the breakaway but once I was there, and we directly took six to seven minutes, I knew it could be a good day for me."

- Julian Alaphilippe (Quick-Step Floors) following his Stage 10 victory: "I came close to winning a stage at my debut two years ago and I know it’s not easy to get a stage in the Tour de France, that’s why I am overwhelmed with emotion. It’s really amazing, I can’t even find my words, but I’m thinking about my family and I’m really glad to have made them happy. It’s for sure an amazing day, it couldn’t have been better than this.  Taking a stage in the Tour de France has always been a dream and turning it into reality feels extraordinary. It was a hard day, especially in the last 30 kilometers, when I was alone, but that makes this moment even more special and beautiful."

- Julian Alaphilippe (Quick-Step Floors) won Stage 10.  Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing) remains leader in the general classification.

- BMC Racing sporting director Fabio Baldato following Stage 9: "I only know that Richie was taken to hospital by ambulance and it looked like it was his collarbone or his shoulder that was injured. It was really painful as he went down hard on his shoulder. We waited almost more five minutes and then the decision was made to take him to the hospital.  We left two guys waiting behind, Michael Schär and Simon Gerrans, and they were able to come back at which point we said let's go for the stage win with Greg.  We're obviously really disappointed today and frustrated about all the hard work we have put in until now. There was even no time to fight today because after 7km, Richie was involved in that crash. Of course, the bunch was really nervous and it happened just passing through a village. He crashed with all the team around him so we cannot say that he wasn't there. Once again, we will try to keep looking forward to the end of the Tour and try to take some stages if it's possible as the GC and podium is gone."

- Stage 9 winner John Degenkolb (Trek-Segafredo): "This is a very big victory, since a very long time.  I have been through a lot of things in the past, and it was such a hard time. I want to dedicate this victory to one of my best friends who passed away last winter. This was really something for him because I said no, I am not done. I have to make at least one really big victory him, he was like my second father.  It's so great now to be on the highest level again. There's no way to make it more dramatic, more fantastic, than winning a stage like today. It can't get better than this."

- La Course by Le Tour de France - Tuesday, July 17

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- Note that the Women's La Course by le Tour de France will be streamed live on Tuesday as well.  We'll have live feeds for La Course starting at 10:30am CET (4:30am U.S. Eastern).  The women's race is expected to finish at around 12:50pm CET (6:50am U.S. Eastern).

- La Course by le TDF schedule:

Tuesday, July 17
Starts at 9:00 CET, 3:00am ET
LIVE at 10:30 CET, 4:30am ET
Finish at 12:50 CET, 6:50am ET

- News: Geraint Thomas: It's too early to start thinking about winning the Tour de France.  (Cyclingnews) - 'There will be a natural selection that will just sort it out' says Team Sky co-leader.

- News: Landa back to normal after Roubaix stage crash.  (Cyclingnews) - Spaniard says there shouldn't be any problems in the mountains.

- News: Tom Dumoulin: It's another Tour de France from Tuesday.  (Cyclingnews) - Dutchman ready for second act as La Grande Boucle reaches the Alps.

- News: Cobbles cause chaos at the Tour de France but GC battle remains perfectly poised.  (Cyclingnews) - Thomas continues to lead 'virtual GC' as first mountains approach.

- News: Dan Martin: Tour de France Roubaix stage was 'an experience'.  (Cyclingnews) - Irishman battles through injuries on pave stage.

- Preview: La Course by Le Tour de France - Preview.  (Cyclingnews) - Van Vleuten and Van der Breggen overwhelming favourites for the mountainous route.

- News: Pushing past the pain: Getting Lawson Craddock through the Tour de France.  (Cyclingnews) - How EF Education First-Drapac's riders, doctors and directors have contributed to American's remarkable ride.

- Monday is the first rest day of the 2018 men's Tour de France.  The race resumes Tuesday with Stage 10.

- John Degenkolb (Trek-Segafredo) following his Stage 9 victory: "I was chasing this victory for so long, and it's really hard to describe. It was a really hard fight the whole day. It's also a victory of the team. We really had a plan to stay out for the trouble all the time and it really worked out really well. It's unbelievable.  So many people said he's done, he's over, he will never come back. I am so happy to show all these guys who didn't believe me that I am still there, I am still alive. I think that's also what I took out of this accident: that you have to be happy after such a horrible crash that you are still alive, you're still there. I was fighting my way back, and I am so proud."

- John Degenkolb (Trek-Segafredo) won Stage 9.  Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing) remains in yellow as race leader.

- News: Uran philosophical despite losing time on the cobbles.  (Cyclingnews) - 'We haven't climbed a single mountain' says Colombian.

- News: Team Sky: We have one leader at the Tour de France.  (Cyclingnews) - DS Servais Knaven on hitting the cobbles with Froome and Thomas.

- News: Chris Froome crashes on Tour de France cobbles but avoids losing time.  (Cyclingnews) - Thomas avoids the carnage as Team Sky look forward to the mountains.

- News: Richie Porte abandons Tour de France.  (Cyclingnews) - BMC Racing rider crashes after 10 kilometres of stage 9.

- News: Stage 9 finish line quotes.  (Cyclingnews) - Emotional Degenkolb dedicates victory to 'second father'.

- Results: Degenkolb wins much-feared stage in Roubaix.  (Cyclingnews) - Carnage on the cobbles as Porte crashes out, Uran loses time.

- Race leader Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing) following Stage 9: "After the crash (Richie Porte), I just had to switch to trying to do my own race. It's a bike race and it goes on so, I tried to do my best for the whole team and keep the jersey. The closer we got to the finish, the more I started believing and this result is a big disappointment for me. Maybe the race wasn't long enough for me really. I have a good sprint after six hours and today it was only 3 hours 30 minutes. I tried to do my own sprint instead of waiting for him [Degenkolb] but next time, I will try again and try to beat him. I was really aiming for that win in yellow and it didn't happen but that's how it goes. Overall, I kept the jersey and made a great race out of the stage and this is also something. I was really happy with my shape and it's been special to wear the yellow jersey."

- World Champion Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) following Stage 9 to Roubaix: "The stage today to Roubaix was like Paris-Roubaix in April but also different. It was just as harsh, tough and tricky but it was different because we also had to work for Rafał Majka's GC chances. I think we did a very good job. I was at the front in all the pavé sectors, except one, and when Rafał was caught up in two crashes and lost contact with the front group, all the guys put a great effort to bring him back each time. We can be satisfied with what we achieved."

- Art: 2018 Tour de France Stage 4 Art. (Greig Leach)

- Preview: The Tour de France goes to Hell – cobbles preview.  (Cyclingnews) - GC contenders right to fear stage 9 from Arras to Roubaix.

- News: Lefevere aims to win and 'kick out' some GC riders on Sunday's cobbles.  (Cyclingnews) - Quick-Step boss has a number of cards to play on stage 9.

- News: Vincenzo Nibali hoping to repeat his Roubaix cobbles attack of 2014 Tour de France.  (Cyclingnews) - 'People are perhaps expecting I'll do something again. If only it was that easy'.

- News: Adam Yates surrounded by Classics experts for Tour de France cobbled stage.  (Cyclingnews) - Hayman: 'I love Paris-Roubaix but I'm not sure about tomorrow's stage'.

- News: Tony Martin out of Tour de France with spinal fracture.  (Cyclingnews) - Katusha-Alpecin rider crashed with Dan Martin on stage 8.

- News: Dan Martin 'ripped to pieces' in Tour de France crash.  (Cyclingnews) - UAE Team Emirates leader left battered before important Roubaix cobbled stage.

- News: Greipel, Gaviria relegated in separate incidents during sprint in Amiens.  (Cyclingnews) - Race jury showing no tolerance for head-butts in sprints.

- News: Double Dylan Groenewegen Zwift Rider of the Day.  (Cyclingnews) - Dutchman's pure speed, clean sprint triumphs over argy-bargy.

- News: Stage 8 finish line quotes.  (Cyclingnews) - Groenewegen proud, Van Avermaet relieved, Sutherland on Martin's crash.

- Results: Groenewegen doubles up in Amiens.  (Cyclingnews) - Dan Martin loses time in late crash; Greipel, Gaviria relegated.

- Dylan Groenewegen (LottoNL-Jumbo) following his victory on Stage 8: "This is very beautiful. We have worked really hard for this.  It was about fighting for a good position all day. I chose Greipel’s wheel and when I saw him going shoulder to shoulder with Gaviria I thought: now is the moment. I have to thank the team for their trust and support. This would have never been possible without my teammates."

- Merijn Zeeman (directeur sportif, Team LottoNL-Jumbo): "Dylan has developed himself step by step every year and this pays off now. Amund Jansen, Paul Martens, Timo Roosen, Tom Leezer and Robert Wagner have also played a major role in this whole project. Our policy is to develop and improve young talents. All resources and expertise are put into this and this is now paying off. We pay attention to all kind of details, from training to nutrition to equipment. Everyone within this team contributes to this. We’re all on the same page and that is necessary to keep growing."

- Dylan Groenewegen (LottoNL-Jumbo) won Stage 8, his second consecutive stage win.  Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing) retained the race lead.

- Art: 2018 Tour de France Stage 3 Art. (Greig Leach)

- Race leader Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing) after Stage 7: "It was a pretty calm day but you still had to be focused as guys tried twice to force echelons and that made it kind of nervous but overall, it was a good day. It was a long day and it was a little bit more relaxed but with a really fast final. I am happy I could take those three extra seconds in the bonus sprint. It was an open sprint with nobody in front so it was good to give it a try and take some seconds to make sure I am safe for the next stage. Now, I can probably keep the jersey to Roubaix and overall it's been a nice week so far.  Tomorrow is going to be flat but shorter than today and I think it is going to have the same outcome. I feel like I can focus on Sunday and try to be up there and we will see what happens."

- News: Mark Cavendish: My back's against the wall the whole time, but I'll keep trying.  (Cyclingnews) - Dimension Data go head to head with Quick-Step and Bora at the Tour de France.

- News: Stage 7 finish line quotes.  (Cyclingnews) - Groenewegen, Cavendish and Laporte talk about the final sprint.

- Results: Groenewegen wins stage 7 in Chartres.  (Cyclingnews) - Van Avermaet retains yellow.

- Dylan Groenewegen (LottoNL-Jumbo) following his Stage 7 victory: "Finally.  In the first two stages, I didn’t have enough power in my legs. But I felt that it improved every day. In the fourth stage, my timing was wrong, but I felt good. Compared to last year, I feel more pressure now. The fact that I’m winning the stage here is beyond great. The team did a very good job today and I’m grateful for the confidence that I get from the team. I positioned myself in Kristoff’s wheel and with two hundred metres to go I thought: this is the moment. This really gives a lot of confidence for the coming stages."

- Dylan Groenewegen (LottoNL-Jumbo) won Stage 7.  Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing) remains leader on G.C.

- News: Stage 6 finish line quotes.  (Cyclingnews) - Winner Dan Martin, runner-up Latour, Van Avermaet and more.

- Results: Dan Martin wins on the Mur de Bretagne.  (Cyclingnews) - Van Avermaet keeps yellow, Dumoulin and Bardet lose time.

- Race leader Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing) following Stage 6: "It was a great ride by Martin and I was expecting something like that from him. He is good at picking the right moment. I think if you win a stage like this after attacking from that point then you are the strongest guy. We tried to do a good job and Richie tried to set a good tempo for himself and to try and take some seconds over the rest of the contenders. I just hung in there as well as possible to maybe try to sprint but in the end, I had no power anymore. It was a super hard final climb and the tempo never slowed down. But I am happy that I could stay up there and only a few guys could hold the tempo on the climb. Overall, it was a good day and I have another day in yellow to look forward to."

- Dan Martin (UAE Team Emirates) following his victory on Stage 6: "This is such an amazing feeling for me after so many second places at the Tour since my last one victory in the Grande Boucle. I was really relaxed all day and I was really looking forward to having a crack. When we got closer to the finish I was a bit nervous because of the head wind and I didn’t think it was going to happen. Then the race went really hard during the first part of the climb and a lot of riders got dropped and at that point I noticed that I didn’t have any team mates left so I thought why not have a try – and I did."

- Dan Martin (UAE Team Emirates) won Stage 6.  Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing) remains leader in the general classification.

- Art: 2018 Tour de France Stage 2 Art. (Greig Leach)

- News: Stage 5 finish line quotes.  (Cyclingnews) - Stage winner Sagan, Van Avermaet, Gilbert, Martin, Baldato and Vila.

- Results: Sagan wins stage 5 in Quimper.  (Cyclingnews) - Green jersey tops Colbrelli in drag race sprint.

- Race leader Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing) following Stage 5: "I was trying to win the stage that's for sure but it was pretty complicated. Phil [Gilbert] went early and he is up there on the GC so I couldn't let him go and I had to ride by myself. Then, I think I went a bit too early on the sprint. I thought the corner was closer to the finish and that's the thing that went wrong I think. However, we gave it a try and we also didn't lose any time with Richie. The team did a perfect job to put us into position in the final.  It was a really demanding day for a lot of guys and I think the team did a great job all day. We spent a lot of energy but I think on these kind of days you can lose more time than on a mountain stage so it's better to do that. I think we did great today so we will see how it goes tomorrow."

- Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) won Stage 5.  Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing) remains overall leader.

- Art: 2018 Tour de France Stage 1 Art. (Greig Leach)

- News: Richeze's speedy lead-out earns him Zwift Rider of the Day.  (Cyclingnews) - Quick-Step Floors rider delivers Gaviria to a second stage win.

- News: Greipel overcorrects in Tour de France headwind sprint.  (Cyclingnews) - German pipped by Gaviria and Sagan after going early.

- News: Mark Cavendish boxed in after strong team display.  (Cyclingnews) - 'Never kick a dog when it's down, or it will bite' says Dimension Data manager.

- News: Miscommunication costs Zakarin a minute at Tour de France.  (Cyclingnews) - Russian failed to inform his team he had crashed with 5km to go on stage 4.

- News: Peter Sagan: Second is better than third, I'm happy to keep the green jersey.  (Cyclingnews) - World champion hoping to extend Tour de France points lead in hilly Brittany stages.

- News: Gaviria revels in another hard-fought sprint victory.  (Cyclingnews) - Colombian looks to take green jersey from Peter Sagan.

- News: Stage 4 finish line quotes.  (Cyclingnews) - Gaviria tops Sagan in fast and furious sprint.

- Results: Gaviria wins stage 4 in Sarzeau.  (Cyclingnews) - Van Avermaet keeps yellow jersey.

- Results: Top 20 in the general classification following Stage 4:

1    GREG VAN AVERMAET     87    BMC RACING TEAM   13h 33' 56''
2    TEJAY VAN GARDEREN     88    BMC RACING TEAM   13h 33' 56''
3    GERAINT THOMAS     8    TEAM SKY     13h 33' 59''
4    PHILIPPE GILBERT   104   QUICK - STEP FLOORS     13h 34' 01''
5    JULIAN ALAPHILIPPE   101  QUICK - STEP FLOORS     13h 34' 03''
6    BOB JUNGELS     105    QUICK - STEP FLOORS     13h 34' 03''
7    TOM DUMOULIN     32    TEAM SUNWEB     13h 34' 07''
8    SØREN KRAGH ANDERSEN     36    TEAM SUNWEB     13h 34' 07''
9    MICHAEL MATTHEWS     31    TEAM SUNWEB     13h 34' 07''
10    RIGOBERTO URAN   11 TEAM EF EDUCATION FIRST  13h 34' 31''
11    RAFAL MAJKA     114    BORA - HANSGROHE     13h 34' 46''
12    DANIEL OSS     116    BORA - HANSGROHE     13h 34' 46''
13    JAKOB FUGLSANG     121    ASTANA PRO TEAM     13h 34' 47''
14    RICHIE PORTE     81    BMC RACING TEAM     13h 34' 47''
15    ALEJANDRO VALVERDE     78    MOVISTAR TEAM     13h 34' 49''
16    MIKEL LANDA MEANA     75    MOVISTAR TEAM     13h 34' 49''
17    CHRIS FROOME     1    TEAM SKY     13h 34' 51''
18    ADAM YATES     61    MITCHELTON - SCOTT     13h 34' 56''
19    VINCENZO NIBALI     51    BAHRAIN - MERIDA     13h 35' 02''
20    ROMAIN BARDET     21    AG2R LA MONDIALE     13h 35' 11''

 

- Results: Tour de France Stage 4 Top 20 Results:

1    FERNANDO GAVIRIA RENDON 103 QUICK-STEP FLOORS 04h 25' 01''
2    PETER SAGAN  111 BORA - HANSGROHE  04h 25' 01''
3    ANDRÉ GREIPEL  171 LOTTO SOUDAL  04h 25' 01''
4    DYLAN GROENEWEGEN  163 TEAM LOTTO NL - JUMBO  04h 25' 01''
5    MARCEL KITTEL  144 TEAM KATUSHA ALPECIN  04h 25' 01''
6    ANDREA PASQUALON  216 WANTY - GROUPE GOBERT  04h 25' 01''
7    ALEXANDER KRISTOFF  95 UAE TEAM EMIRATES  04h 25' 01''
8    JOHN DEGENKOLB  194 TREK - SEGAFREDO  04h 25' 01''
9    DION SMITH     217    WANTY - GROUPE GOBERT     04h 25' 01''
10    TIMOTHY DUPONT  213 WANTY - GROUPE GOBERT  04h 25' 01''
11    ARNAUD DEMARE     151    GROUPAMA - FDJ     04h 25' 01''
12    LILIAN CALMEJANE     181    DIRECT ENERGIE     04h 25' 01''
13    THOMAS BOUDAT     182    DIRECT ENERGIE     04h 25' 01''
14    WARREN BARGUIL  41 TEAM FORTUNEO - SAMSIC  04h 25' 01''
15    JULIAN ALAPHILIPPE  101 QUICK - STEP FLOORS     04h 25' 01''
16    GREG VAN AVERMAET  87  BMC RACING TEAM     04h 25' 01''
17    RICK ZABEL     148 TEAM KATUSHA ALPECIN     04h 25' 01''
18    PHILIPPE GILBERT  104 QUICK - STEP FLOORS     04h 25' 01''
19    LAURENT PICHON  47 TEAM FORTUNEO - SAMSIC  04h 25' 01''
20    EGAN ARLEY BERNAL GOMEZ     2    TEAM SKY     04h 25' 01''

 

- Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors) after his victory on Stage 4: "To take two stages at my first Tour de France is just… Wow! It wasn’t easy at all, but we came here in very good condition, keen on leaving our mark on this great race, and thanks to the fantastic work of the entire team we have reasons to smile and be happy, but we don’t want to stop here and will remain focus for what’s to come.  It was difficult today, because the breakaway really pushed us, as we were the ones working the most at the front. We also had some headwind and that uphill drag, but Max was unbelievable, he knows when it’s the right time to go to the front and did again a perfect lead-out.  We’re more than a team, we are a family, always believing in our chances and riding for each other."

- Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors) won Stage 4.  Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing) retained the overall race lead.

- News: Craddock's gutsy TTT earns him Zwift Rider of the Day.  (Cyclingnews) - Injured EF-Drapac rider finishes with team, Uran in top 10 overall.

- News: Quick-Step Floors rue missed TTT win by seven seconds.  (Cyclingnews) - 'I think the good stages are coming for me' says Gilbert.

- News: Team Sky disappointed to miss out on Tour de France TTT win.  (Cyclingnews) - 'I think we can be pretty happy' Froome says of GC time gain.

- News: Stage 3 finish line quotes.  (Cyclingnews) - Van Avermaet, Froome, Thomas, Porte, Phinney, van Garderen.

- Results: BMC Racing win Tour de France TTT.  (Cyclingnews) - Greg Van Avermaet moves into yellow jersey.

- New race leader Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing) following Stage 3: "I think we were really smooth today. I think everybody did a good time trial and we were all working well together. We knew that Team Sky would be the team to beat and we also knew that it would be close. We worked together and that's what team time trials are about. We stayed together with eight guys for a long time and on this parcours, that was the key to winning the race.  It was a goal to get yellow in the first week. I have worn it one time already and it was an incredible feeling so, I am pretty happy to be in this position for a second time. I will enjoy it tomorrow because for any rider it is a special feeling. I want to thank my teammates as without them, it wouldn't have happened."

- Fabio Baldato (BMC Racing directeur sportif) following the team's victory in the Stage 3 TTT: "Stage 1 has been forgotten about already but it did provide us with the extra boost to go faster today. Victory in the team time trial is one of the best feelings. The prize is shared between all of the team. Everybody works hard, everybody does their homework and prepares well for day's like this and that means that the win is shared by everyone. For me, that is why day's like this are special."

- BMC Racing won the Stage 3 Team Time Trial, placing Greg Van Avermaet into the yellow jersey as race leader.

- Stage 3 Team Time Trial Start Order and Times are in our TourTracker widget above.

- News: Chavanel earns Zwift Rider of the Day.  (Cyclingnews) - Frenchman earns most combative rider award after day-long breakaway.

- News: Gaviria: If you fear crashes you're never going to win.  (Cyclingnews) - Colombian loses Tour de France yellow jersey after late fall on stage 2.

- News: Stage 2 finish line quotes.  (Cyclingnews) - Sagan, Colbrelli, Thomas and White on a fraught day at the Tour.

- News: Peter Sagan shrugs off dangerous riding accusations after stage victory.  (Cyclingnews) - World champion celebrates taking the yellow jersey.

- Results: Peter Sagan wins crash-marred stage 2 and takes yellow jersey.  (Cyclingnews) - Gaviria crashes in final.

- Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) following his Stage 2 victory: "I’m really happy for today and I have to say a really big thank you to my BORA-hansgrohe teammates because they rode on the front for the last 30km and kept me safe in the finale. I expected the last few kilometres to be a bit easier, but it was really tough – up and down, left and right, before climbing again. I think starting the sprint later was better for me today Démare started with Degenkolb and I overtook them but I was really lucky Colbrelli didn’t get the jump on me. I’m very happy to take the Yellow Jersey today – both for me and for my team – it’s the first Yellow Jersey for the BORA-hansgrohe team and I wouldn’t be wearing it if it weren’t for them."

- Results: Tour de France Stage 2 Top 20 Results:

1    PETER SAGAN     111    BORA - HANSGROHE     04h 06' 37''
2    SONNY COLBRELLI     52    BAHRAIN - MERIDA     04h 06' 37''
3    ARNAUD DEMARE     151    GROUPAMA - FDJ     04h 06' 37''
4    ANDRÉ GREIPEL     171    LOTTO SOUDAL     04h 06' 37''
5    ALEXANDER KRISTOFF     95    UAE TEAM EMIRATES  04h 06' 37''
6    TIMOTHY DUPONT  213    WANTY - GROUPE GOBERT  04h 06' 37''
7    ALEJANDRO VALVERDE     78    MOVISTAR TEAM     04h 06' 37''
8    ANDREA PASQUALON 216 WANTY - GROUPE GOBERT 04h 06' 37''
9    JOHN DEGENKOLB     194    TREK - SEGAFREDO     04h 06' 37''
10    PHILIPPE GILBERT   104   QUICK - STEP FLOORS     04h 06' 37''
11    JULIAN ALAPHILIPPE  101 QUICK - STEP FLOORS     04h 06' 37''
12    JASPER STUYVEN     198    TREK - SEGAFREDO     04h 06' 37''
13    GUILLAUME VAN KEIRSBULCK  218 WANTY-GROUPE GOBERT     04h 06' 37''
14    BOB JUNGELS  105  QUICK- STEP FLOORS     04h 06' 37''
15    GREG VAN AVERMAET  87    BMC RACING TEAM     04h 06' 37''
16    TOM DUMOULIN     32   TEAM SUNWEB     04h 06' 37''
17    PIERRE ROGER LATOUR  26    AG2R LA MONDIALE   04h 06' 37''
18    RICHIE PORTE     81    BMC RACING TEAM     04h 06' 37''
19    PIERRE ROLLAND  16    TEAM EF EDUCATION FIRST 04h 06' 37''
20    KOEN DE KORT     193    TREK - SEGAFREDO     04h 06' 37''

 

- Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) won Stage 2 and took over the lead on G.C.

- News: Transfer mechanics: Richie Porte agrees two-year deal with Trek-Segafredo.  (Cyclingnews) - Australian set to make switch from BMC.

- News: Richie Porte rues time loss after stage 1 crashes.  (Cyclingnews) - 'One minute it's all OK and the next thing there's a crash' says BMC leader.

- News: Mark Cavendish: It's going to be hard to beat Bora and Quick-Step this year.  (Cyclingnews) - Manxman 36th on opening stage of Tour de France.

- Race leader Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step): "I don’t know for how long we will keep the yellow jersey in the team, for now all we want is to enjoy this beautiful moment, continue taking it day by day and see how things unfold. It’s true that I also scored important points today, but I’m not thinking of the green jersey, it’s still too early for that. It’s a proud and happy day of my life, which motivates me even more for the upcoming stages."

- News: Kittel: Third place in the sprint gives me confidence.  (Cyclingnews) - Katusha-Alpecin came through late to finish behind Gaviria and Sagan.

- News: Nightmare start to Tour de France for Nairo Quintana.  (Cyclingnews) - 'It's a catastrophe' says Landa as Colombian loses 1:15 due to broken wheels.

- News: Chris Froome crashes and loses time on stage 1.  (Cyclingnews) - Briton concedes 51 seconds to Dumoulin, Bardet, Landa and Nibali - Video.

- News: Peter Sagan: I was up there but the best rider won today.  (Cyclingnews) - World champion accepts defeat in opening sprint of the Tour de France.

- News: Stage 1 finish line quotes.  (Cyclingnews) - Gaviria takes yellow as Quintana and Froome concede ground.

- Results: Gaviria wins opener and takes first yellow jersey.  (Cyclingnews) - Froome crashes, mechanical for Quintana in closing kilometres to Fontenay-Le-Comte.

- Continued Fernando Gaviria: "Being the first stage of the Tour de France it was pretty stressful, but the guys perfectly organized themselves, kept me protected and overcome all the obstacles, be it crosswinds or roundabouts, which came thick and fast in the final kilometers. It was thanks to their work and the strong legs I had that I could beat two strong riders and take a yellow jersey Colombia had been waiting for 15 years."

- Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors) following his Stage 1 victory which saw him take the yellow jersey as first race leader: "It’s incredible, I don’t have enough words to tell you how I feel on this amazing day. I was thinking of the victory, but to take also the yellow jersey was a dream, a dream which I turned into reality thanks to the beautiful work of all my teammates, who rode their heart out for me and made sure of bringing me into the best position for the final. That’s why this win isn’t just mine, is of the entire team."

- Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors) won Stage 1 and is first leader in the general classification.

- Tour de France Start List.

- Final 2018 Tour de France Start List here.

- News: Roglic remains resolute in his Tour de France objectives.  (Cyclingnews) - LottoNL-Jumbo rider learning the Grand Tour ropes.

- News: Bardet: Chris Froome must be respected.  (Cyclingnews) - 'Cycling hasn't covered itself in glory over the past months' says Frenchman.

- News: Mark Cavendish: Merckx Tour de France stage record is one of my few remaining targets.  (Cyclingnews) - Dimension Data rider shrugs off bad luck, will not focus on points competition.

- News: Boswell ready to turn dreams into reality with Tour de France debut.  (Cyclingnews) - 'I don't want to just sit at the back all day'.

- News: Thomas: Team Sky leadership will be decided in the Alps.  (Cyclingnews) - 'I'm feeling better than I’ve ever felt at the start of the Tour' says Welshman.

- News: Chris Froome: Of course the salbutamol case has been damaging.  (Cyclingnews) - Sky rider tries to 'draw a line in the sand' ahead of Tour de France.

- Preview: Cyclingnews previews the 2018 Tour de France here.

- LIVE video here.  (Teams Presentation)

- LIVE video here.  (Teams Presentation)

- Dave Brailsford (Team Sky): "We go into the Tour with a lot of confidence. Chris is in great shape after the Giro - mentally and physically - and the whole team want to build on the success we had in Italy. Chris is already one of the greats of the sport. This is a chance for him to cement that reputation even further.  We have chosen the Team to support him that we believe is best equipped to meet the demands of this year’s race. It is a team of real versatility and one that balances youth with experience. We are really proud that Gianni Moscon and Egan Bernal will be making their Tour de France debuts with us. They are both very talented bike riders and will have a lot to offer. It is also fantastic that Luke Rowe will be riding the Tour again as our road captain after his serious accident last summer. It is testament to his ability and determination that he has come back so strongly.  These are very special weeks every year. We love riding in France and we are all looking forward to starting racing."

- News: Bardet to approach the Tour de France with 'humility'.  (Cyclingnews) - AG2R La Mondiale back Frenchman in bid for third podium finish in Paris.

- News: Brailsford looks to weather storm as Tour de France looms.  (Cyclingnews) - Team Sky boss talks to press about Chris Froome salbutamol case.

- News: Chris Froome speaks to the press ahead of the Tour de France - Gallery.  (Cyclingnews) - Team Sky assemble for media event and training ride in Saint-Mars-la-Réorthe.

- Tom Veelers (Team Sunweb directeur sportif): "Primarily everyone’s responsibility is to keep Tom safe during each stage. Alongside Laurens, we have Chad, Søren, Michael and Simon as the guys to help out on the medium to difficult stages and Edward and Nikias on the flat stages. We’ve never been to the Tour de France with a GC focus and it will be a completely new experience for us and a long-term challenge that we are looking forward to. We want to get through that process with Tom this year without any pressure on results, creating the foundations to build on in the years to come. The parcours provide the perfect platform for an exciting race, and after achieving this year’s GC goal of a podium at the Giro, we’re very motivated to head to France and look forward to seeing what it brings this year."

- News: Tour de France tech: The biggest bikes and components on the biggest stage.  (Cyclingnews) - What tech to keep an eye out for at this year's race.

- News: Lappartient says UCI were not pressured by ASO attempt to block Chris Froome from Tour de France.  (Cyclingnews) - UCI president defends handling of case.

- News: Matthews: I have no ambition for the green jersey, the GC is our priority.  (Cyclingnews) - Australian still suffering with shoulder injury ahead of Tour de France.

- News: Nibali hoping to repeat perfect ride of 2014 Tour de France victory.  (Cyclingnews) - 'I know I’ve worked well to do well. Now we’ll see what happens' says Bahrain-Merida leader.

- Team Sunweb roster for the Tour:

Søren Kragh Andersen (DEN)
Nikias Arndt (GER)
Tom Dumoulin (NED)
Laurens ten Dam (NED)
Simon Geschke (GER)
Chad Haga (USA)
Michael Matthews (AUS)
Edward Theuns (BEL)

- Tour de France coach Tom Veelers (Team Sunweb): "With the ambitions we have at the Tour we’ve selected the strongest possible configuration of qualities and riders. Losing Wilco to a re-injured shoulder will be a big loss for us in the team time trial and the mountain stages, but we have Laurens ten Dam to replace him, who’s Grand Tour experience is extremely extensive and will be very valuable. Whilst taking the first careful steps towards our future Tour de France GC ambitions, with the importance of learning and gaining experience this year, we’ll also go for day results on the uphill sprints."

- News: Craddock supporting hurricane recovery with Tour de France auction.  (Cyclingnews) - Texan puts up custom Lake shoes to help support damaged Houston velodrome.

- News: Team Sunweb name Tour de France roster supporting Dumoulin.  (Cyclingnews) - Matthews will focus on uphill sprint finishes.

- News: All in for Dumoulin: Analysing Sunweb's roster for the Tour de France.  (Cyclingnews) - German team transfers GC ambitions from May's Giro to July.

- News: Team Sky confirm squad to help Chris Froome in Tour de France bid.  (Cyclingnews) - Bernal to make Tour de France debut.

- Team Sky have announced their line-up for the 2018 Tour de France:

Chris Froome
Egan Bernal
Jonathan Castroviejo
Michal Kwiatkowski
Gianni Moscon
Wout Poels
Luke Rowe
Geraint Thomas

- Chris Froome (Team Sky): "The last twelve months have been the hardest but also the most incredible of my career. I’ve never started the Tour de France after riding the Giro d’Italia and it has meant a
completely different approach to my season. But I learnt a lot from riding the Vuelta straight after the Tour de France last year which has given me confidence coming into this race.  I want to make history with a fifth Tour de France win and fourth consecutive Grand Tour. I am under no illusion about the challenge, but I am feeling ready and I couldn’t ask for a better team to support me.  This is the biggest race in the year, in front of the most passionate cycling fans, and I can’t wait to get racing."

- News: Nacer Bouhanni left out of Cofidis Tour de France team.  (Cyclingnews) - Laporte to be designated sprinter at La Grande Boucle.

- News: Kelderman ruled out of Tour de France with shoulder injury.  (Cyclingnews) - Dutchman crashed in national championships road race.

- News: Prudhomme says attempt to bar Chris Froome from Tour de France is now 'obsolete'.  (Cyclingnews) - Race director disappointed by length of case.

- News: Clearing Chris Froome lacks credibility without providing evidence, says anti-doping expert.  (Cyclingnews) - 'It’s a bad record that keeps being played’ says Parisotto.

- News: Chris Froome: Salbutamol case decision 'is a big moment for cycling'.  (Cyclingnews) - Brailsford defends Sky's decision to field Froome throughout process.

- News: UCI closes salbutamol case against Chris Froome.  (Cyclingnews) - Team Sky leader ready to focus on Tour de France.

- News: ASO try to block Chris Froome from racing Tour de France.  (Cyclingnews) - Team Sky and rider set to launch appeal in coming days.

- News: Madiot praises ASO for barring Chris Froome from the Tour de France.  (Cyclingnews) - FDJ boss calls the situation 'tedious'.

- News: Prudhomme: The Chris Froome Tour de France situation is terrible.  (Cyclingnews) - 'Of course, rules have to be modified' says race chief.

- News: Uran to lead EF Education First-Drapac with a dream of winning the Tour de France.  (Cyclingnews) - 'I need to focus for 21 days' says last year's runner-up.

- News: Dimension Data all behind Mark Cavendish at Tour de France.  (Cyclingnews) - No place for Cummings as African team targets sprints finishes.

- News: Astana name team to support Fuglsang at Tour de France.  (Cyclingnews) - Cort to target sprints on Tour debut.

- EF Education First-Drapac roster for the Tour de France:

Rigoberto Uran (COL)
Pierre Rolland (FRA)
Dani Martinez (COL)
Simon Clarke (AUS)
Sep Vanmarcke (BEL)
Tom Scully (NZL)
Taylor Phinney (USA)
Lawson Craddock (USA)
Sport Directors:
Charly Wegelius (GBR)
Andreas Klier (DEU)
Tom Southam (GBR)

- Rigoberto Uran: "The importance of the Tour is easy to explain. Everything in July is top level – every rider, every stage, every second. It all matters. I need to focus for 21 days. It’s important to focus in the race, at the dinner table, for the sleep. From the moment you wake up until the moment you go to sleep, it’s like the World Championships every single day for three weeks."

- Jonathan Vaughters (EF Education First-Drapac): "The objective is quite simple.  We start the race trying to win the Tour de France. Is that optimistic and is that pushing the limits of our team? Absolutely. But we were second place last year. We have a little bit stronger team this year, and we have a parcours more suited to Rigo than last year. We have Rigo, who is stronger than he was last year. So we’re going in with the idea of trying to win the race."

- News: Valverde: Chris Froome is the Tour de France favourite but he has weaknesses.  (Cyclingnews) - Movistar veteran on his team's tactics and rider roles.

- News: Geraint Thomas: Team Sky have two leadership options for the Tour de France.  (Cyclingnews) - Dauphine winner looking to stay safe in opening week.

- News: Chris Froome: I have every right to race the Tour de France.  (Cyclingnews) - Team Sky leader says he is expecting to be exonerated in salbutamol case.

- News: The return of Peter Sagan: A closer look at Bora-Hansgrohe's Tour de France team.  (Cyclingnews) - Majka targets overall, but it's really all about the world champ.

- News: Big ambitions: Analysing EF Education First-Drapac's team for the Tour de France.  (Cyclingnews) - Underdog American team dreams of Tour de France podium's top step.

- News: Tony Martin boosts Tour de France morale with 8th German TT title.  (Cyclingnews) - Katusha-Alpecin rider beats Sutterlin and Arndt for seventh-consecutive championship.

- News: Adam Yates: To lead the Tour de France team is an honour.  (Cyclingnews) - Mitchelton-Scott leader ready to take advantage of any opportunities.

- News: Dream deferred: Mollema gets another chance at Tour de France podium.  (Cyclingnews) - Analysing Trek-Segafredo's team for the Tour de France.

- News: Mollema headlines Trek-Segafredo's Tour de France roster.  (Cyclingnews) - Degenkolb makes the cut, while Stetina is left home.

- News: Martin and Kristoff lead UAE Team Emirates for the Tour de France.  (Cyclingnews) - “It’s really a race of two halves and the first nine days will be very tricky”.

- News: Thomas wants challenge with Froome at Tour de France.  (BBC) - .

- News: Operation Porte: Analysing BMC Racing's team for the Tour de France.  (Cyclingnews) - Gerrans makes the cut, bringing average age to 30.6.

- Dan Martin (UAE Team Emirates): "Since I signed for Team UAE the big goal has been the Tour de France.  I plan to take the race day by day, stage by stage and try to achieve the best results possible. It’s really a race of 2 halves and the first 9 days will be very tricky bringing different challenges each day, but I’m confident we have a great team that can get me to the mountains in a good position to have a bit of fun. Everything has gone well since the Dauphine and I’m just looking forward to getting started."

- Alexander Kristoff (UAE Team Emirates): "This is the biggest race in the world.  The event where you get all the best cyclists, the best sprinters. I am going to France determined to get the best result possible and, if possible, a stage victory."

- UAE Team Emirates roster for the TDF:

Daniel Martin
Alexander Kristoff
Marco Mercato
Rory Sutherland
Roberto Ferrari
Oliviero Troia
Darwin Atapuma
Kristijan Durasek

- Trek-Segafredo for the Tour de France:

Julien Bernard (FRA)
John Degenkolb (GER)
Koen de Kort (NED)
Michael Gogl (AUT)
Tsgabu Grmay (ETH)
Bauke Mollema (NED)
Toms Skujins (LAT)
Jasper Stuyven (BEL)

- News: Peter Sagan and Majka to lead Bora-Hansgrohe at Tour de France.  (Cyclingnews) - Burghardt, Bodnar and Oss to help world champion target sixth green jersey.

- News: Disc brakes expected to proliferate at Tour de France after UCI approval.  (Cyclingnews) - UCI fully authorise braking technology from July 1.

- News: Quick-Step Floors announce Tour de France team.  (Cyclingnews) - Gaviria, Alaphilippe and Jungels all included.

- News: Bahrain-Merida opt for balanced team to support Nibali's Tour de France bid.  (Cyclingnews) - Izagirre brothers, Pozzovivo, Haussler and Colbrelli in final eight.

- News: Go-go Gaviria: Analysing the Quick-Step squad for the Tour de France.  (Cyclingnews) - Colombian sprinter leads the Belgian team's charge for stage wins.

- Tom Steels (Quick-Step Floors directeur sportif): "With the guys we have selected for the Tour, we bring a perfectly balanced squad consisting of younger riders and more experienced road captains. Common for them all is their world-class quality as bike riders, which they have proven countless times by being key players in the team’s successes.  Niki and Phil are two big champions whose experience we will rely on when things get hectic and on the flat stages, in the TTT and on the cobblestones. They are not only leaders and winners, but very good team players, who can sacrifice themselves for their teammates, displaying that genuine team spirit which have led to so much success for our squad. The same goes for Tim and Yves, who will be important forces on the flat and cobbled terrain. Both have proven their quality in a Grand Tour last year and arrive full of confidence and motivation after a successful outing at the National Championship in Belgium."

- Quick-Step Floors lineup for the 2018 Tour de France:

Julian Alaphilippe (FRA)
Tim Declercq (BEL)
Fernando Gaviria Rendon (COL)
Philippe Gilbert (BEL)
Bob Jungels (LUX)
Yves Lampaert (BEL)
Maximiliano Richeze (ARG)
Niki Terpstra (NED)

- General Manager Brent Copeland (Bahrain-Merida): "Selecting the team for such an important event as the Tour de France is taken very seriously at Team Bahrain Merida therefore a lot of meticulous considerations have been taken into account. Thanks to the help of the technical staff and trainers we believe that we have put together the most competitive team in order to make the racing as exciting and competitive as possible for all cycling fans.  We will guarantee going into the race at the best of our level in order to be competitive in all areas, but for us it is not all about the results, it’s important to make for three weeks of a great sporting spectacle for all to enjoy."

- Team Bahrain-Merida roster for the Tour de France:

Vincenzo Nibali
Domenico Pozzovivo
Gorka Izagirre
Ion Izagirre
Franco Pellizotti
Heinrich Haussler
Sonny Colbrelli
Kristijan Koren

- News: Fortuneo-Samsic and Look end partnership before Tour de France.  (Cyclingnews) - French team will switch equipment right before biggest race of the year.

- News: Groupama-FDJ to focus on Tour de France sprints with Démare.  (Cyclingnews) - Vichot, Molard and Gaudu in final eight-rider selection.

- News: Movistar sending veterans to support three Tour de France leaders.  (Cyclingnews) - Soler the youngest in experienced Spanish squad behind Quintana, Landa and Valverde.

- News: Mitchelton-Scott announce deal with Pirelli ahead of Tour de France.  (Cyclingnews) - Tyre manufacturer focusing on technical partnerships.

- Mitchelton-Scott have announced a deal with Pirelli ahead of the Tour de France.  Antonella Lauriola (Pirelli): "To Pirelli, each bike, each cyclist and each and every racing condition calls for a different product. This is the way we work in motorsport championships too. We are certain that this partnership will yield significant results, not only in terms of race wins, but also and primarily in terms of product development."

- Kevin Tabotta (Mitchelton-Scott): "The tyre is arguably the most important piece of equipment available to a professional road cyclist. There’s an incredible amount of trust that goes into a very small contact patch to the road.  We have been really happy with the development of the tyres. Pirelli have been excellent in the way they’ve communicated with our athletes and taken on board their feedback. We have ended up with a fantastic fast, grippy, comfortable tyre that handles incredibly well."

- News: Kittel: You can never set the goal of five wins at the Tour de France.  (Cyclingnews) - German says Chris Froome participation reflects badly on sport.

- News: Winning one Tour de France stage will liberate Gaviria, says Steels.  (Cyclingnews) - Belgian remembers his debut Tour de France.

- News: Landa: Movistar might have the strongest team at the Tour de France.  (Cyclingnews) - Spaniard hopes that Froome is feeling the aftereffect of Giro d'Italia.

- News: Greipel, De Gendt spearhead Lotto Soudal's Tour de France team.  (Cyclingnews) - Roster designed to win stages.

- News: All for Adam Yates: Analysing Mitchelton-Scott’s Tour de France selection.  (Cyclingnews) - Ewan left out for performance reasons, says White.

- News: Ewan misses out as Mitchelton-Scott back Adam Yates for Tour de France.  (Cyclingnews) - Australian team solely built around Yates.

- News: Team Sky: Hinault's comments on Froome salbutamol case are 'irresponsible and ill-informed'.  (Cyclingnews) - Frenchman had called for Tour peloton to strike in protest at Froome's participation.

- News: Hinault calls for peloton to strike if Chris Froome takes part in Tour de France.  (Cyclingnews) - 'For me, Christopher Froome shouldn't be at the start of the Tour' says five-time winner.

- Team Sky have responded to comments by Bernard Hinault regarding Chris Froome's participation in the TDF.  The response by a Team Sky spokesperson included this: "It is disappointing that Bernard Hinault has, once again, repeated factually incorrect comments about a case he clearly does not understand.  His comments are irresponsible and ill-informed. Chris has not had a positive test, rather an adverse analytical finding for a prescribed asthma medication.  As an ex-rider himself, Bernard will appreciate the need for fairness for each and every athlete. And at the current time, Chris is entitled to race."

- Mitchelton-Scott roster for the 2018 Tour de France:

Jack Bauer (NZL, 33) - 5th TDF appearance
Luke Durbridge (AUS, 27) – 5th TDF
Mathew Hayman (AUS, 40) - 4th TDF
Michael Hepburn (AUS, 26) - debut Tour de France
Damien Howson (AUS, 25) - 2nd TDF
Daryl Impey (RSA, 33) - 6th TDF
Mikel Nieve (SPA, 34) - 5th TDF
Adam Yates (GBR, 25) – 3rd TDF

- Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott): "I’ve got great memories of the Tour in 2016 and it’s great to be back!  At the moment, everything is going great. In both of my previous races (California and Dauphine) I came back at a really good level despite not having the ideal preparation. I even managed a stage win at the end of the Dauphine, which is great for the confidence ahead of my biggest goal of the season.  As always with the Tour de France, there is a lot of stress and nervousness in the bunch in the first few days, especially with the possibility of crosswinds or splits.  But, I’ve got a great team focused around giving me the best opportunity to ride a strong GC, whether that’s on the flats or in the big mountain stages. We have great strength and depth which means we are able to perform under all circumstances."

- News: Quintana, Valverde and Landa 'all ready and in great shape' for Tour de France.  (Cyclingnews) - Movistar confirm three-leader line-up in Madrid.

- News: Van Avermaet: I'll know my future team by the Tour de France.  (Cyclingnews) - Belgian rules out signing for just the biggest pay packet.

- News: Tour de France contenders firing on all cylinders.  (Cyclingnews) - Porte, Valverde, Fuglsang, Quintana and Uran all showing top form ahead of July.

- News: Peter Sagan: I need some improvement before the Tour de France.  (Cyclingnews) - World champion says he's not in top shape yet.

- News: Tom Dumoulin: I'll be full-on for the overall at the Tour de France.  (Cyclingnews) - Dutchman feeling 'fresh' after Giro and ready to target GC in July.

- News: Nairo Quintana: The race will decide our Tour de France leadership.  (Cyclingnews) - Colombian on combining with Landa and Valverde in July.

- News: Uran gets key Tour de France form indicator in Slovenia.  (Cyclingnews) - EF-Drapac rider gains confidence with stage win.

- News: Tour de France grid start: Gimmick or game-changer?.  (Cyclingnews) - Directeurs sportifs have their say on unique start for 65km stage 17.

- News: Nibali begins final Tour de France preparation in the Dolomites - Gallery.  (Cyclingnews) - 'Modern cycling is about being as a fit and as fresh as possible for the big races'.

- News: Haas raises hopes of Tour de France selection with another fine ride at Suisse.  (Cyclingnews) - Stage 6 runner up says 'it always hurts a little more' when the stage winner sits on in the break for 30km.

- News: Pinot to miss Tour de France.  (Cyclingnews) - Team confirms Demare and Gaudu for Grand Boucle.

- News: Kristoff just a couple of kilos off Tour de France form.  (Cyclingnews) - 'I think that with the power I'm going well, but I’m still a bit too heavy' says UAE Team Emirates sprinter.

- News: Richie Porte continues march towards Tour de France with yellow in Suisse.  (Cyclingnews) - BMC nullify Movistar attacks in Leukerbad.

- News: Degenkolb: Making the Tour de France team all depends on how Suisse goes.  (Cyclingnews) - German in a fight against time to be fit for the Tour.

- News: Chris Froome ramps up Tour de France preparations after Giro d'Italia recovery.  (Cyclingnews) - Coach Tim Kerrison says Froome is measurably stronger than ever.

- News: Alaphilippe full gas for the Tour de France.  (Cyclingnews) - Frenchman says Dauphine GC is not his goal.

- News: Haussler's second chance leads to supporting Nibali at the Tour de France.  (Cyclingnews) - Australian on entering Italian's entourage and paying back the team.

- News: Prudhomme demands answers on Chris Froome case before Tour de France.  (Cyclingnews) - 'We are the organisers, we don’t make the rules,' says race director.

- News: Lappartient says Chris Froome decision unlikely to come during Tour de France.  (Cyclingnews) - UCI president defends handling of the case.

- News: Cummings: I have to fight for my Tour de France spot.  (Cyclingnews) - Dimension Data rider looking to maximise his remaining time at the top.

- News: Chris Froome wants salbutamol case resolved before Tour de France.  (Cyclingnews) - 'I want this resolved more than anyone else does'.

- News: Tom Dumoulin named in Team Sunweb long-list for Tour de France.  (Cyclingnews) - Dutchman to target overall victory alongside Matthews and Kelderman.

- News: Tour de France organisers to introduce grid start for 65km Pyrenean stage.  (Cyclingnews) - Yellow jersey to be given pole position for stage to Saint-Lary-Soulan.

- News: Tom Dumoulin set to ride Tour de France.  (Cyclingnews) - Team Sunweb expected to reveal pre-selection this week.

- News: Thomas to finalize future before Tour de France.  (Cyclingnews) - 'There are a lot of other good teams around but Team Sky don't want me to go'.

- Photos:  Nairo Quintana, Alejandro Valverde and Movistar Tour de France Cobblestones Recon Photos.

- Team Sunweb long list for the 2018 Tour de France:

Søren Kragh Andersen (DEN)
Nikias Arndt (GER)
Phil Bauhaus (GER)
Roy Curvers (NED)
Laurens ten Dam (NED)
Tom Dumoulin (NED)
Simon Geschke (GER)
Chad Haga (USA)
Wilco Kelderman (NED)
Michael Matthews (AUS)
Mike Teunissen (NED)
Edward Theuns (BEL)

- Veelers added: "The parcours are demanding this year. The first week will be an extremely hectic one, with stages near to the coast, lots of narrow roads, the TTT, two uphill finishes, ending with the Roubaix cobble stage. The second week features summit finishes, short explosive stages, sprint opportunities and rolling terrain before the final mountain showdowns and an ITT ahead of the closing stage in Paris."

- Tour de France directeur sportif Tom Veelers (Team Sunweb): "We have pre-selected a strong group of riders who are all capable of going to the Tour. We have two goals for this year’s Tour de France; we will make the first careful step in exploring our future GC ambitions and we will aim for stage results in the difficult sprint stages. As the world champions, the TTT is a stage that we have already highlighted and we will look for a solid result there. We’ve never been to the Tour de France with a GC focus and it will be a completely new experience for us and a long-term challenge that we are looking forward to."

- Chris Froome (Team Sky) won the 2017 Tour de France.

 

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