Jeremy Menduni rides the most eye-catching streets in France, Spain, Netherlands, Brazil, USA and Canada.( Photos: 4, Comments: 1 )
Team Ineos riders have the Pinarello Dogma F12, launched in May as the successor to the F10, and Dogma F12 X-Light to choose from at the Tour de France. The X-Light drops approximately 100g from the frame weight. Pinarello As defending champion, Geraint Thomas wears the number one dossards. Note the Welsh flag next to Thomas’s name, while the Cardiff-born rider’s race transponder is tucked under the saddle. Pinarello Thomas’s F12 also has a Welsh dragon on the head tube, beneath the one-piece MOST cockpit. Pinarello Egan Bernal may only be 22, but the Colombian started the Tour as co-leader alongside Thomas. Pinarello Sometimes it’s the simple things… a sticker indicates Bernal’s saddle height. You can also see how Ineos’s mechanics have trimmed Bernal’s race number to sit flush with the aero seatpost. Pinarello MOST is a sub-brand of Pinarello, with this bike equipped with a Talon Aero 1K Di2 one-piece handlebar and stem. The out-front computer mount is integrated into the handlebar too. Pinarello The ‘fork flap’ fairings (stop sniggering at the back…) carry over from the F10, having originally been borrowed from the Bolide time-trial bike. Pinarello Shimano provides the team’s Dura-Ace Di2 groupsets and Dura-Ace wheels, wrapped in Continental Competition Pro Ltd tubular tyres. Pinarello However, Team Ineos has been spotted using Lightweight Meilenstein Obermayer wheels on climb-heavy stages. The full-carbon wheels have a scant claim weight of just 935g. Tim de Waele/Getty Images While some teams have shoe sponsors, Ineos riders are able to choose their kicks. These are Shimano’s flagship S-Phyre RC9 shoes. Pinarello The team’s bikes and Castelli kit received a makeover after Ineos took over from Sky as headline sponsor in April. Pinarello Wout Poels’ Dogma F12 X-Light gets some last-minute adjustments. Pinarello The Bolide TT is Ineos’s time-trial bike of choice, rigged up here to a Wahoo Kickr turbo trainer. Wahoo’s Headwind fan keeps things cool in the warm-up. Pinarello The 2019 Tour de France has two time-trials, a 27.6km TTT on stage two and a 27.2km individual time-trial on stage 13. Pinarello The Bolide TT has integrated front and rear brakes, while the tri-spoke front wheel is a Pro Textreme Tubular. Pinarello Ever wondered how a WorldTour pro warms up for a time trial? Pinarello Ineos finished second in the stage two team time-trial, 20 seconds behind Team Jumbo-Visma. Pinarello Will Geraint Thomas stand on the top step of the podium in Paris? Pinarello Pinarello has enjoyed something of a dream relationship with Team Ineos (formerly Team Sky) since the squad was launched in 2010, with six of the subsequent nine winners of the Tour de France triumphing on the Italian firm’s bikes. Sir Bradley Wiggins was first in 2012, before Chris Froome took the 2013, 2015, 2016 and 2017 titles. Geraint Thomas then became the third British winner of the Tour in 2018. Thomas is now bidding to make it two in a row, co-leading Ineos with Colombian hot-shot Egan Bernal. Who’s riding what? Here’s every bike in the 2019 Tour de France Tour de France climbs: 5 key ascents where the race will be won and last Thomas has the Pinarello Dogma F12 and F12 X-Light at his disposal in France. The Welshman won the 2018 Tour on the Dogma F10, but the F12 launched in May is said to be lighter, stiffer and, of course, more aero than its predecessor. The F12 X-Light, meanwhile, shaves approximately 100g from the standard F12’s claimed weight of 820g (unpainted frame). With this year’s Tour touted as one of the hardest in recent history thanks to five summit finishes, three of which are above 2,000m, that may come in handy. Team Ineos (formerly Team Sky) has won six of the past seven Tours de France. Pinarello Still, Team Ineos has sought to save additional weight by switching to Lightweight Meilenstein Obermayer wheels for climb-heavy stages, with riders ditching their sponsor-issue Shimano Dura-Ace hoops in favour of the uber-expensive, 935g wheels. 9 of the best Tour de France riders to follow on Strava Team Ineos races on £5k Lightweight Meilenstein Obermayer wheels Shimano still provides the groupset components, with the entire team running Dura-Ace Di2 drivetrains. While some teams, including the Deceuninck-Quick-Step squad of Julian Alaphilippe, have switched entirely to disc brakes, Ineos remains resolutely committed to rim brakes. Otherwise, Fizik provides the team’s saddles and the Competition Pro Ltd tyres come from Continental. Pinarello’s Bolide TT bike steps in for time-trial duties.
High alpine action from the 5th round of the Enduro World Series in Les Orres, France.( Photos: 3 )
The seemingly annual tradition was a success again this year. Let’s look at where it all started So this year’s huck over the peloton of the Tour de France has been done. Almost every year someone dons a helmet, full-suss bike, swigs a Red Bull and then sends it over the peloton in order to gain some of the biggest bragging rights in the mountain bike world – and of course, stick a middle finger up to all those lycra clad, skinny wheeled MAMILS, reminding them which discipline is still (quite literally) on top. Okay, maybe that was a bit of an over exaggeration, but you get the picture. It’s pretty damn sweet to watch these guys send it over ‘Le Tour’ and bring a little fun to an event that’s usually only ever made exciting when Sagan pulls a no-handed wheelie or a cheeky spectator gets a thorough spanking. Certainement LA vidéo de cette année #TDF2019 pic.twitter.com/n91Ye1Pis0 — Tricotte (@Tricotte69) July 14, 2019 Anyway, here’s a brief history of the best Tour de France sends of all time, first championed by the legend that is Dave Watson. This is all my 30 minutes of post-lunch research allowed for anyway – let me know if I’ve missed any out and I’ll add them on (with video evidence, of course). Canadian Dave Watson Set The Bar High At Col de Galibier, 2003 A Perfectly Executed Huck From Romain Marandet At Le Semnoz, 2013 Was This Filmed On A potato? Montée du Plateau des Glières, 2018 Huge Gap This year By Newest Member to The Club Valentin Anouilh. Saint Flour, 2019 You May Also Like Mountain Biking In Utah | Watch Reece Wallace Riding Big Lines In ‘Flight Path’ Danny Daycare | Watch Danny MacAskill’s Hilarious Attempt At Child Care The post Mountain Bikers Jumping Over The Tour De France | The History of Peloton Hucking appeared first on Mpora.
The second week of the 2019 Tour de France sees the battle for the yellow jersey ramp up, quite literally, as the peloton prepares to enter the high mountains. We’ve picked out five of the key climbs from this year’s race. Although the general classification contenders have already tested their mettle in the Vosges, the Pyrenees and the Alps remain the most-anticipated mountain challenges of the Tour de France. Both are littered with some of the Tour’s best climbs – bucket-list ascents on which some of the most memorable moments in the race’s history have played out. The iconic Tourmalet, Izoard and Galibier are all to be conquered, with the fabled yellow jersey very much still up for grabs, while lesser-known ascents such as Prat d’Albis and Val Thorens are also likely to have a significant bearing on who becomes the 2019 champion. Where will the general classification be decided? Which climbs will sort the haves from the have nots? BikeRadar has picked out five decisive climbs from the final two weeks of the race. 9 of the best Tour de France riders to follow on Strava Can an e-bike beat a road bike to claim a QOM? 1. Col du Tourmalet (stage 14) One of the Tour’s headline climbs, the Col du Tourmalet has featured in the race more than any other mountain pass. And yet, this year’s race – the 87th time it has featured – will be only the third occasion a stage has finished at the summit. Last time, back in 2010, Andy Schleck and Alberto Contador’s thrilling battle for the yellow jersey played out on its slopes – the Luxembourg rider winning the stage, but El Pistolero retaining the yellow jersey. Julian Alaphilippe will have good memories of the climb, too, having been the first rider over the top in last year’s race. Can Geraint Thomas climb into the yellow jersey once again? Russell Ellis/SWPix.com The peloton will tackle the Tourmalet’s western ascent – a 19km drag from Luz-Saint-Sauveur – which climbs more than 1,400m at an average gradient of 7.4 percent. The climb, which peaks at 2,115m, gets steeper toward the summit and is a popular must-ride Pyrenean ascent; more than 25,000 Strava users have tackled it to date (more than any other 2019 Tour climb). None have been faster than current KOM holder Thibaut Pinot, however – he set an average speed of 20.7km/h during the 2016 Tour. Strava segment: Col du Tourmalet 2. Prat d’Albis (stage 15) In complete contrast to the Tourmalet the previous day, the final climb of stage 15 – Prat d’Albis – has never been tackled at the Tour de France. The climb plays out over eight hairpin turns, rising for 11.8km from Foix on a narrow, twisting road with a thigh-numbing 6.9 percent average gradient. The steepest pitches are early on, with some ramps steeper than one-in-ten, though the latter half of the climb is fairly steady. Best cycling apps: 16 of the best iPhone and Android apps to download Can we steal a Strava KOM on a tandem? While Prat d’Albis is without the prestige and history of the Tour’s most iconic climbs (yet), Strava offers some clues as to what to expect on stage 15. Some 926 users have tackled the ascent, with an average time of almost exactly an hour. The three Strava pros to have taken it on took less than 45 minutes, however. The current mark to beat is 38:51 minutes — expect the Tour’s leading riders to go quicker on 21 July. Strava segment: Prat d’Albis 3. Col du Galibier (stage 18) Often the highest point in the Tour de France (though that will not be the case this year), the first major Alpine test of this year’s race includes the Col du Galibier on stage 18. Climbing to a breathtaking 2,642m, the 2019 Tour will take on the southern ascent. The race road book has the climb down as 23km in total, starting from Le Monêtier-les-Bains at 1,454m, but that also includes the Col du Lautaret. From the Lautaret turn-off, there’s 8.5km left to climb at an average gradient of 6.9 percent, but the yellow jersey contenders will need to leave something in reserve. The steepest section is towards the summit – a draining 12 percent kick to the top. The Col du Galibier is one of the Tour’s most iconic climbs. SWPix.com Like the Tourmalet, the Galibier’s prestige is evident from its popularity on Strava – where more than 23,000 users have registered attempts to climb it. The average user takes 51 minutes to ascend the final 8.5km of the southern ascent, at an average speed of 10.7km/h, but the Tour pros will be looking nearer to Daan Olivier’s 25:08 KOM mark. Former Team Jumbo-Visma rider Olivier used a power meter for his ride, putting out an average of 334 watts and recording a Strava VAM (Vertical Ascent in Meters) score of 1,380. Strava segment: Col du Galibier 4. Col de l’Iseran (stage 19) The highest point of the 2019 Tour de France is the Col de l’Iseran, which peaks at 2,770m after 89km of stage 19. This will be the climb’s first Tour appearance since 2007 and only the eighth time it has been passed in total. Felicien Vervaecke and Gino Bartali did battle on the ascent when it first appeared in 1938, and its appearance late-on in this year’s race should make it a key GC battleground again. The Col de l’Iseran is the fourth categorised ascent of stage 19 and officially starts at Bonneval-sur-Arc. From there, it’s a 977m rise, with the 12.9km ascent featuring an average gradient of 7.5 percent. Romain Bardet, pictured attacking at the 2018 Criterium du Dauphine, holds the current KOM for the Col de l’Iseran. Alex Broadway/ASO That gradient is inconsistent, however, with the disruptive pattern of the climb making it hard to find rhythm – several sections are more than 10 percent. Romain Bardet currently holds the Strava KOM for the segment, with the Ag2r-La Mondiale team leader’s mark of 43:46 minutes standing unconquered for the last five years. The average Strava user takes double that – with the average speed of 9.88km/h reflecting the disruptive, leg-sapping nature of the Col de l’Iseran. Strava segment: Col de l’Iseran 5. Val Thorens (stage 20) More famous for being Europe’s highest ski resort, Val Thorens is also the final climb of this year’s Tour de France. Whoever leads the general classification at the summit will ride into Paris in yellow. It’s 25 years since Val Thorens’ last (and only other) Tour de France appearance, when Colombian mountain goat Nelson Rodriguez won at the summit. The full climb to the summit covers 33km, which can be split into clearly-defined sections of its own. It ramps up sharply early on; undulates a little in the middle, with even a small downhill section; before a consistent 6km drag of around 7 percent. One more small downhill section then makes way for an 8 percent kick to the finish at 2,365m up. Just over 400 people have tackled the full segment on Strava, with the most recent KOM time set at 1:36:54 hours – propelled by a recorded average power output of 276 watts. Strava segment: Val Thorens
We ask Dave Watson about his 2003 Tour de France road gap.
Strava is a great way to track your fitness, see what your friends are up to, find new routes and to ogle at the physical feats of pro riders. Here are nine of the very best pro road cyclists to follow this Tour de France. Best cycling apps — 16 of the best iPhone and Android apps to download MyWindsock takes Strava nerdiness to the next level Strava tips: 20 of the best Before I start, I should warn you that no matter how strong you think your emotional constitution is, following any one of these pros is bound to give you a serious inferiority complex — the numbers and miles these riders put out is frankly ridiculous, and your ‘dedicated’ 10 hours a week of training will pale in comparison to their monstrous days out. Consider yourself warned. What pro cyclists are on Strava? Most WorldTour riders use Strava (a comprehensive list of pros can be found on Strava itself), but many seem to use it sporadically or have gone on a hiatus from the platform. With this in mind, I have only included riders who use Strava regularly. Unfortunately that means Julian Alaphillippe, the current holder of the yellow jersey at the time of writing, doesn’t make the cut. He’s a Strava member but doesn’t upload. Maybe if enough of us slip into his DMs we can convince him to start uploading his rides again? Anyway, in no particular order, here are the top nine pros I recommend you follow on Strava during the 2019 Tour de France. Romain Bardet AG2R La Mondiale’s Romain Bardet is one of the best climbers at this year’s Tour and is a keen Strava user. His 95-page KOM closet is well worth a look. Thibaut Pinot Thibaut Pinot is another French climber to regularly upload to Strava and took the KOM on the ascent of La Planche des Belles Filles on stage six. The Groupama–FDJ rider scaled the 5.82km ascent, which averages 9%, in just 16:57 minutes. Thibaut Pinot regularly uploads his rides to Strava. Zac Williams/SWPix.com Michal Kwiatkowski Team Ineos rider and former world road champion, Michal Kwiatkowski, is a Strava nut (photo uploads included) and, unusually, often leaves his power data intact. Richie Porte Richie Porte is one of the GC contenders to upload to Strava. The Tasmanian came into the race with big ambitions but lost 1:40 minutes in the crosswinds of stage 10. Richie Porte came into the 2019 Tour with big GC ambitions. Zac Williams/SWPix.com Tejay van Garderen EF Education First is the most social media-savvy team in the UCI WorldTour, but only a handful of its riders upload their rides to Strava. Luckily one of those riders is Tejay van Garderen, a fine all-rounder who has twice finished in the top-five of the Tour de France. Van Garderen came into this year’s race in red-hot form, having finished second at the Critérium du Dauphiné in June, but had to abandon after crashing on stage 7. George Bennett Girona-based antipodean and Team Jumbo-Visma rider George Bennett is another regular Strava user who tends to leave his juicy power numbers attached to his rides — the Kiwi put out an average of 365 watts on La Planche des Belles Filles. He also uploads photos from his training rides. Wout van Aert Cyclocross superstar Wout van Aert has made quite the splash at this year’s Tour, winning stage 10 in spectacular style in a sprint against Elia Viviani and Caleb Ewan. Wout van Aert took stage 10 in spectacular style, out-sprinting Elia Viviani and Caleb Ewan by the narrowest of margins. Zac Williams/SWPix.com Thomas De Gendt Want to know what it takes to win a stage and a combativity award at the Tour de France? Thomas De Gendt is your man, providing data from that sensational solo victory on stage 8. Daryl Impey Daryl Impey is one of Mitchelton-Scott’s best riders as illustrated by his win — his first at Le Tour — on stage 9. He also gets a gold star from me for actually naming his ride. Daryl Impey took his first Tour de France victory on stage 9 Zac Williams/SWPix.com I’m sure there are plenty of riders I have missed. I’d love to hear your suggestions for riders of all disciplines in the comments.
Bored of watching 160 men cycle around France together? This might liven things up a little Just like the tabloids claiming it’s going to be ‘The Coldest Winter On Record’ or another Trump accuser coming out the woodwork, a mountain biker jumping over the Tour de France peloton seems like a guaranteed yearly occurrence. Canadian Dave Watson was first to make the jump, back in 2002 after he hoofed himself off a rocky takeoff, over the peloton and onto a pretty sketchy landing as the EPO fuelled cyclists wound their way up the Col du Galibier. This year’s jump looks to be a much less gnarly environment (but still bloody impressive) than that of Dave’s first jump, with a proper takeoff ramp and much less sketchy landing. Valentin Anouilh and his mates came prepared, too, with ample cameramen on hand in order to capture every possible angle of this pretty sweet feat. Give it a watch. You May Also Like Mountain Biking In Utah | Watch Reece Wallace Riding Big Lines In ‘Flight Path’ Danny Daycare | Watch Danny MacAskill’s Hilarious Attempt At Child Care The post Watch Mountain Biker Valentin Anouilh Jump Over The Tour De France 2019 Peloton appeared first on Mpora.