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.
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There are hundreds of sportives in the UK, you could take on a different challenge event every weekend if you were so inclined. However, there are only a handful of must-ride, iconic sportives that have become a fixture in the cycling calendar. The Fred Whitton Challenge stands out from the pack, now in its 20th year the 114 miles cover some stunning terrain, offer spectacular views around every corner and strike fear into the hearts of all but the hardest of riders. Part 1: Meet the Team Alpecin riders training to take on L’Etape du Tour 2019 Part 2: Team Alpecin conquer road descents The team chose to ride together. Immediate Media 2,500 cyclists set out every year to test themselves against the course. The fastest will be back in just under six hours, but it’s not uncommon to record 10 plus hours. Luckily for this year’s event the weather was fair, adding rain into the mix would bring another level of suffering. The Team Alpecin riders were all Fred-newbies. For Marie-Louise Kertzman the 114 miles distance would be her longest ride and for Michael Rammell the 3,700m of climbing would be an elevation PB. Any endurance event can be daunting. With the main climbs taking the limelight it can be easy to neglect nutrition and pacing. And let’s not forget, with an elevation gain comes descending, in the case of the Fred Whitton the descents demand 100 percent concentration. Team Alpecin part 2 | conquering road descents Leading up to the event the nerves and doubts steadily built, weather forecasts were being checked every few hours, praying for dry roads. Ride reports from previous years, social media tips and advice were consumed, looking for any encouragement possible. Nerves were palpable and all the talk was focused on the ride. In total there are 10 named climbs on the route. Fears, doubts and planning “In the week before I felt nervous but excited about the event,” says Nick Mayer, “but as the weekend arrived I started to become more nervous and I began to doubt my own abilities. “I think as a team we spent so much time talking about how hard it looked and I was reading things on social media platforms that only seemed to hype up the difficulty even more. I think that is what the Fred Whitton Challenge does to people — it’s such a notorious ride in the cycling scene, known for being the hardest in the UK; it casts doubt in people’s minds.” Nick Mayer. © Henning Angerer How each rider deals with fear or self-doubt is unique, telling a teammate not to worry are just hollow words. The only way to really conquer fear is to grab your bike and get stuck in. So, after registering on the Saturday the team stretched their legs with a 40km ride around Grasmere, guided by a couple of riders from Kendal CC with the aim of getting some local knowledge and boosting the confidence. The route took in the final climb of the Fred Whitton, Blea Tarn, which serves up stunning views that will signal the end of the climbing on Sunday. However, the road signs warning of 30 percent plus sent shivers down the spine. “After the ride we sat down as a team and went through the route together, discussing different climbs, descents and areas where we could recover,” says Nick. “Having the local knowledge was absolutely invaluable.” Marie-Louise conquering pre sportive nerves. Up and up It’s difficult to talk about nerves without mentioning Hardknott and Wrynose. The double header climb is the blockbuster conclusion to the ride. Steep, narrow, bumpy and full of other riders. The combination is the stuff of nightmares especially after 98 miles and numerous ascents. Talking to the local riders, they were very keen to highlight how dangerous the descents are and how much respect you need to show every section. It’s easy to get fixated with Hardknott. You see countless images of riders straining every sinew to crawl up the toughest sections. However, there is more to the Fred Whitton than the final climb. The team ride up some of the toughest climbs on the sportive. In total, riders tackle 3,700 meters of climbing, which is a big day out by anyone’s standards. When you realise the most height gained in one climb is just 298m it gives you an indication of just how many peaks you have to scale. The climbs are very similar in character: relatively short, very steep and narrow with a consistent, awe-inspiring backdrop. The difficulty level is taken to 11 when you add in hundreds of other riders sharing the small roads, everyone in their own private battle to get to the top. The differing speeds and styles can offer a new challenge at any moment. Your concentration needs to be sky high, ratcheting up the fatigue. Training for the event saw the team heading to any local hill to get some muscle memory in the legs. However, finding hills with similar gradients is much easier said than done… Marie-Louise Kertzman © Henning Angerer “I made sure to tackle as many hard climbs as possible during training,” says Marie-Louise, “luckily, there are plenty to choose from near Bath and I felt I was ready for most of the climbs come race day. Well, except for Hardknott. There’s no preparing for Hardknott. I definitely feared that one!” Busy climbs Another of the toughest climbs on the route is Honister with early ramps hitting 25 percent plus, the fact that the climb comes relativity early in the ride means a swarm of riders will keep you company. “I didn’t like the climb up Honister as there were simply too many people on such a narrow road and I couldn’t get into my own rhythm.” Nick reports. “I wasn’t worried about my ability to get up the climb but more concerned with the people around me. There are plenty of other riders on the climbs. Immediate Media “There was a lady in front of me, and she was out of the saddle, pushing hard but she seemed to be going backwards, I could see my front wheel getting closer and closer to her back wheel. A gap opened and I had to put in more effort than I would have liked so early in the ride, but I needed to get past for my own safety!” In total there are 10 named climbs on the route, they tend to merge into one another with only the most savage or scenic standing out. However, the cumulative effect of that number of short steep climbs really take its toll and pacing and nutrition are key to surviving the ascents and finishing strongly. Fuel for the ride “One thing I’ve struggled with is pacing on long climbs, but the issue with pacing wasn’t just restricted to long climbs – rather efforts in general,” says Michael. “I always get giddy and excited and start too fast, which usually leaves me empty with too much of the ride to go. I recognised after around 50 miles or so that I had probably worked too hard up to that point and had fallen foul, once again, of my own lack of pacing discipline.” Michael Rammell. © Henning Angerer The team had decided to ride as a group as much as possible, there are sections of the route, such as the A66 drag, where riding in the wheels will save energy. On the climbs everyone was free to ride at their pace but would re-group as soon as possible on the flat sections. A target time of eight hours seemed realistic and achievable with an average pace of 14mph: well within the riders’ capabilities. Kendal CC had advised against using the official feed stops, the first comes at 50 miles into the ride and is positioned just before the testing climb of Newlands Pass. A target time of eight hours seemed realistic, with an average pace of 14mph Climbing with cold legs and a full belly isn’t a great combination; also 50 miles into the ride would run the risk of under fuelling. The team decided to go for three stops at 30, 60 and 100 miles. A military operation on the Saturday had prepared three boxes of bottles, bagels, jelly babies and various snacks. These were divvied out to kind volunteers to be distributed on race day. This allowed for constant fluid and food intake from the start, with Marie-Louise giving reminders to keep eating. The benefits of good fuelling were felt at the end of the route. The benefits of good fuelling were felt at the end of the route. After the last few climbs there were a few gaps between the team but all the riders finished strongly setting a good pace on the flat sections back into Grasmere. “I ate religiously during this ride, right from the start, even when I really didn’t want to,” says Marie-Louise. “It was harder than I imagined, but it seriously paid off. I didn’t bonk and I had as much power in the final hour as I did in the first, which astonished me.” A downward spiral Needless to say, with short steep climbs come short steep descents. It’s rare to climb hills over 30 percent unless, of course, you are a true sadist, even the local riders told us they don’t tackle Hardknott on a regular basis. However, tackling descents over 30 percent was a totally new experience for the team. Steep and twisty with a bumpy road surface made for a true test of brake pads and arm muscles. Normally, the descent is the time to get some rest and power back in the legs. In the Lakes that really isn’t the case and the organisers and marshalls are exceptionally keen to highlight the myriad dangers that are lurking around every corner – cattle grids, pot holes, off-camber turns. The Fred Whitton route has it all and is a true test of endurance and bike handling. Because the descents got steeper and gnarlier as the ride went on, I can’t say I got more confident as time went on that day Over the 20 years since the inaugural Fred Whitton Challenge took place there have been many wet and soggy race days. How anyone manages to complete the descents from Honister, Hardknott and Wrynose in one piece is truly astounding. Tales of riders having to slide down on their bums make perfect sense. Certainly, walking down these hills in cleats would be totally horrendous. “Because the descents got steeper and gnarlier as the ride went on, I can’t say I got more confident as time went on that day,” says Marie-Louise. “However, now having completed the Fred Whitton Challenge, I feel much more confident in my ability to cope with the busiest and steepest descent.” A sting in the tail As mentioned earlier, the Fred Whitton Challenge finishes with the double-header of Hardknott and Wrynose. The whole route demands respect but the most feared and highly anticipated section comes at 98 miles. A line of riders snaking up the pass highlights what lies ahead, an average gradient of 13 percent doesn’t fool anyone, this climb is a beast and the early ramps of 25 percent sap the energy. If you make it past the first set of corners the gradient eases for a while before you are soon climbing sections well over 30 percent. Head down and pushing on up the FW climbs. “The sheer gradient forced me to adopt a strange position on the bike,” remembers Michael, “trying to stop the front wheel leaving the road but as others will attest; you do whatever works for you to get to the top.” “There was no settling into a rhythm or routine, it was just simply a case of dragging myself up whichever way I could and it certainly wasn’t pretty!” contemplates Nick. “I got to one hairpin and I thought, ‘That’s it, I can’t do anymore, just get off and walk’ but then heard someone shout, ‘Come on, this is the last hard part’, which gave me such a fantastic boost of confidence that I dug deep and continued.” Once over Hardknott, the challenge is not over as Wrynose awaits the weary riders. This is the easier side of the Wrynose climb and compared to what has just passed it is something of a respite. However, there is little time to recover and your legs certainly won’t thank you for another ascent. A relaxed post-ride atmosphere in Grasmere. The Fred Whitton Challenge is a special event, the atmosphere at the start/finish in Grasmere is relaxed and friendly with a very down-to-earth feel. No hype or over-the-top theatrics are needed. The location and route speak for themselves. The locals have taken the event to their hearts with shouts of encouragement and support from 6am until the last riders are finished some 11 hours later. Cheering crowds on the climbs, supportive marshals at every turn and even car drivers waving in support. It is going to take something very special to top that as a weekend of cycling. The support from locals for riders is astonishing. Immediate Media
The Megavalanche 2019 ran today under a clear sky and soft snow. It remains one of the most difficult races because of its length and the variations in terrain. In the first video you can see the fight for first place between Kilian Bron and José Borges, in the second what happens just behind them. Classifica completa qui.
Amazon Prime Day 2019 starts on Monday 15 July and runs through to Tuesday 16 July. It’s 48 hours of big discounts for Amazon Prime members, and non-members can gain access by signing up for a free 30-day Prime trial. We’ve rounded up some of the best cycling deals on offer ahead of the two days of discounts, but there will be thousands more products to choose from next week. What is Amazon Prime Day? First launched in 2015 to celebrate Amazon’s 20th anniversary, Prime Day is an orgy of discounts across all categories. For 2019, Prime Day actually lasts for two days and, in the run-up to the event, Amazon staged a live concert, which you can watch here featuring Taylor Swift and Dua Lipa, among others. What deals are available now? Official Amazon Prime Day deals won’t be available until Monday 15 July and Tuesday 16 July. We’ll put the best deals on this page but, in the meantime, we’ve dug out some other offers in the build-up. Make sure you bookmark this page for Prime Day. The best cycling deals on Amazon Continental GP 5000 road tyres Continental’s GP5000 is the successor to the phenomenal GP4000S II. Available in both standard clincher and tubeless variants, the GP5000 builds on the success of the do-it-all GP4000S II, one of our favourite tyres. £59.95 — Deal price from £38.45 (size 700x28mm) Continental GP5000 first look POC Do Half Blade sunglasses POC’s Do Half Blade sunglasses come in a variety of colours. Amazon The stylish Half Blades offer great coverage and an easily changed lens. £210 — Deal price from £139.27 POC Do Half Blade review Kask Protone helmet The Kask Protone is a lightweight aero road lid. Amazon The Protone road helmet combines aero design with everyday usability, and has real pro credentials as one of Team Ineos’ (formerly Team Sky) chosen lids. £195 — Deal price from £138.81 Kask Protone review Garmin Edge 130 GPS computer The Edge 130 is an impressive piece of tech. Garmin The dinky Edge 130 packs a lot of tech into a small package and has a great screen and good battery life. It’s an appealing option for riders who don’t need full-fledged mapping. £169.99 — Deal price: £137.99 Garmin Edge 130 review Garmin Edge 820 GPS computer With the launch of the new Edge 830, there are deals to be had on the outgoing model. Courtesy Garmin Now superseded by the Edge 830, the older 820 still packs a lot of features in and offers full mapping via its touchscreen. £329.99 — Deal price: £228.95 Garmin Edge 820 review Wera hex key set Can you ever have too many tools? We think not. Amazon We all love good tools, but these colour-coded hex keys from Wera are particularly convenient because it’s easy to tell which size is which at a glance. £60.99 — Deal price: £24 Allen keys: everything you need to know Muc-Off Bike Cleaner The clue is in the name Muc-Off Cleaning bikes is a chore but it’s made a whole lot easier with the help of a proper cleaner. Muc-Off is designed to be safe on all components including disc brake pads. £8.99 — Deal price: £6.99 Muc-Off Bike Cleaner review Cateye Omni 3 light Bike lights aren’t sexy but they are essential. CatEye Rear lights are hugely important, and while we’d tend to favour USB rechargeable ones, this little CatEye is so cheap that it’s worth picking up as a spare. Claimed runtime is up to 200 hours depending on mode, and it runs on two triple A batteries. £12.99 — Deal price: £6.45 Shimano R540 SPD SL pedals Shimano’s entry-level road pedals are a dependable choice. Amazon Thinking of dipping your toes in the waters of clipless? If you want 3-bolt road pedals, Shimano’s R540s work well and are about as cheap as they come. Check out our buyer’s guide to road pedals if you need some guidance. £44.99 — Deal price: £25.99 Shimano R540 pedals review
Team Ineos riders have been spotted swapping their sponsor-correct Shimano Dura-Ace wheels in favour of Lightweight Meilenstein Obermayer wheels for stages five and six of the Tour de France. The German ultralight, handmade hoops are also expected to be used in the remaining mountain stages of the 2019 race. Tour de France 2019: route and stage analysis Tour de France bikes 2019: who’s riding what? Tour de France 2019: everything you need to know Lightweight’s Meilenstein Obermayer tubular wheels have a (frankly ridiculous) claimed weight of 935g, which presents a significant saving over the team’s usual Dura-Ace 9100 C40 wheels (1,355g, claimed). Team Ineos (formerly Team Sky) is usually seen using Shimano Dura-Ace wheels. Here’s Egan Bernal’s 2018 Pinarello Dogma F10 wearing a set of C24’s at the 2018 Tour Down Under. Colin Levitch / Immediate Media Even the C24 — Shimano’s lightweight wheelset — comes in at 1,110g for the pair. 175g is a good chunk of weight to lose from a wheelset and could potentially offer an advantage in the mountainous stages to come. As well as a ridiculously light weight, the wheels also boast a slightly ridiculous price tag of around £4,900 (approx $6,150/AU$8,800 ) depending on which model you opt for. It’s also worth noting that, in 2019, aero concerns trump pretty much all else in pro cycling. For the team that prides itself on marginal gains to choose to use a wheelset with a decidedly old-school and not particularly aero-friendly V-shaped profile is significant. Is Lightweight a sponsor of Team Ineos? We’re not sure, although we suspect not. Before this, we understood Shimano to be the sole wheel supplier for Team Ineos. However, it appears the situation has changed. In response to a request for comment for this article, a Team Ineos spokesperson said the team “can confirm we will use wheels from two brands during this year’s Tour. Shimano remains our main supplier and they are a valued partner for Team Ineos”. This cagey response probably shouldn’t come as a surprise because infractions from sponsor-correct components are increasingly rare and, if they happen at all, they’re normally (badly) concealed. Top 5 Tour de France pro gear coverups Nonetheless, it has not been confirmed whether or not Lightweight will come on board as a long-term sponsor for the team or if this is a one-off arrangement for the Tour. If Lightweight is not sponsoring the team, buying a set of wheels for each rider (and their spare bike) at full retail value would have cost the team roughly £80,000. Marginal gains indeed! Do any other pro teams use Lightweight wheels? For the time being, no. While Lightweight wheels have a long history at the Tour — fans of mid-’90s racing will fondly recall the likes of Jan Ullrich riding them — they are a very small German brand that would have very limited marketing resources compared to the likes of Shimano. Either way, for the sake of nostalgia alone, we welcome the brand’s reintroduction to the upper echelons of bicycle racing. Fancy a set of the wheels for yourself? Why not buy some for just £5,678 from Sigma Sports!
BC Bike Race STAGE 4Powell RiverPresented by: Rocky MountainDistance: 49.4 kmsElevation Gain: 1008 meters Red sky at night, mountain biker’s delight. Yesterday racers snapped Instagram pictures of a gorgeous evening as the sun set over the Strait of Georgia. Spirits were high, buoyed by a dry forecast. Call it the calm before the rainstorm that Read More The post BC Bike Race Stage 4: Powell River appeared first on BIKE Magazine.
It’s that time of year again when the best pro cyclists get ready for the Grand Départ of the Tour de France. Here’s our guide to some of the history, winners, stages, teams and more. What is the Tour de France? The Tour de France is an annual multiple-stage race held primarily in France every summer, occasionally venturing into surrounding countries (the 2019 edition starts in Belgium). It comprises 21 stages that take place over 23 days, with a mix of flat, hilly and mountainous terrain, as well as individual and team time-trials. How to watch the Tour de France 2019 live on TV Tour de France 2019: route and stage analysis Starting in 1903, the Tour de France was born out of a rivalry between two French sports newspapers: Le Vélo and L’Auto. The multi-stage race was proposed by a L’Auto journalist as a way to sell more copies. It began as a six-stage event over 18 days, starting and ending in Paris, and stopping at Lyon, Marseille, Toulouse, Bordeaux and Nantes en route. It was won by Frenchman Maurice Garin and today is still the biggest race on the cycling calendar. Who has the most Tour de France wins? Eddy Merckx won the combination classification, combativity award, points competition, King of the Mountains jersey and overall title in 1969 — the first time he competed Agence France Presse/Getty Images The Tour de France, now in its 106th edition, has seen some incredible feats over the years, with many of cycling’s greatest names on the honours board. In his first appearance in the race, Eddy Merckx won the 1969 combination classification, combativity award, points competition and the Tour overall, as well as the King of the Mountains jersey. Jean Robic won the Tour in 1947 despite never wearing the yellow jersey, having attacked on the final stage. Maurice Garin won the first ever race, topping the general classification (GC) on the first stage and holding the lead all the way to Paris. Garin also secured victory the following year (though the results were later nullified due to widespread cheating). The start-to-finish GC sweep was also achieved by Ottavio Bottechia in 1924, Nicolas Frantz in 1928 and Romain Maes in 1935. In terms of individual stage wins, the five highest rankers are Eddy Merckx (34), Mark Cavendish (30), Bernard Hinault (28), André Leducq (25) and André Darrigade (22). When does the 2019 Tour de France start? The 2019 Tour de France kicks off on Saturday 6 July, with the Grand Départ taking place in Brussels for the first time since 1958. The race will culminate on the Champs-Élysées in Paris — as it has every year since 1975 — on Sunday 28 July. What is the Tour de France route for 2019? Tour de France 2019 route The Tour de France takes place over 21 gruelling stages, complete with flat sprints, mountainous climbs and individual and team time-trials. Here’s a breakdown of each stage, but if you’re hungry for more details, check out our in-depth route and stage analysis. Stage 1: Bruxelles – Brussel (194.5km) Stage 2: Bruxelles Palais Royal – Brussel Atomium (27.6km) Stage 3: Binche – Épernay (215km) Stage 4: Reims – Nancy (213.5km) Stage 5: Saint-Dié-des-Vosges – Colmar (175.5km) Stage 6: Mulhouse – La planche des Belles Filles (160.5km) Stage 7: Belfort – Chalon-sur-Saône (230km) Stage 8: Màcon – Saint-Étienne (200km) Stage 9: Saint-Étienne – Brioude (170.5km) Stage 10: Saint-Flour – Albi (217.5km) Rest day – Albi Stage 11: Albi – Toulouse (167km) Stage 12: Toulouse – Bagnères-de-Bigorre (209.5km) Stage 13: Pau – Pau (27.2km) Stage 14: Tarbes – Tourmalet Barèges (117.5km) Stage 15: Limoux – Foix Prat d’Albis (185km) Rest day — Nîmes Stage 16: Nîmes – Nîmes (177km) Stage 17: Pont du Gard – Gap (200km) Stage 18: Embrun – Valloire (208km) Stage 19: Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne – Tignes (126.5km) Stage 20: Albertville – Val Thorens (130km) Stage 21: Rambouillet – Champs-Élysées, Paris (128km) Geraint Thomas wearing the yellow jersey at the 2018 Tour de France Chris Graythen/Getty Images How do you win the Tour de France? Winning the Tour de France isn’t as simple as being the first rider to cross the finish line on the final stage in Paris. Instead, there are several classifications based on a range of criteria. The most prestigious is the general classification (GC), which ranks riders according to their overall time. The leader of the general classification wears the yellow jersey and the rider with the fastest overall time at the end of the race is the winner of the Tour de France. Meanwhile, the mountains classification is based on points accumulated on the Tour’s classified ascents. Points are awarded to the first riders over each summit and the leader of the classification wears the polka-dot jersey. The points classification is for sprinters and is based on points awarded for the top finishers on each stage. Finally, the young rider classification follows the same format as the general classification (best overall time) but is for riders born on or after January 1, 1994. For more information on the race classifications and the prize money awarded to the winners, read our complete guide to the Tour de France jerseys. Tour de France 2018 recap Last year’s Tour de France winners, L-R: Pierre Latour (AG2R La Mondiale), Geraint Thomas (Team Sky, now Team Ineos), Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck–Quick-Step) and Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) Chris Graythen/Getty Images The 105th edition of the Tour de France covered 3,351 km, beginning in Noirmoutier-en-l’Île in the west and concluding on the Champs-Élysées in Paris. Geraint Thomas (Team Sky, now known as Team Ineos) won the overall general classification, with Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) and Chris Froome (Team Sky) coming in second and third place respectively. Peter Sagan (Bora–Hansgrohe) took the points classification for the sixth time, while Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck–Quick-Step) won the King of the Mountains classification. The young rider classification was awarded to Pierre Latour (AG2R La Mondiale), while Movistar won the team classification. Tour de France 2019 start list and favourites Jakob Fuglsang’s having a hell of a year, most recently taking victories at the Criterium du Dauphine, Liege-Bastogne-Liege and the Ruta del Sol. Tim de Waele/Getty Images For a full breakdown, check out our guide to the teams, the startlist and the favourites. The teams taking part in the Tour this year are: AG2R La Mondiale Astana Pro Team Bahrain-Merida Bora-Hansgrohe CCC Team Cofidis, Solutions Credits Deceuninck–Quick-Step EF Education First Groupama-FDJ Lotto Soudal Mitchelton-Scott Movistar Team Team Arkéa–Samsic Team Dimension Data Team Ineos Team Jumbo-Visma Team Katusha Alpecin Team Sunweb Total Direct Energie Trek-Segafredo UAE Team Emirates Wanty-Groupe Gobert Tour de France 2019 TV coverage The 2018 Tour de France peloton on the home straight towards the Arc de Triomphe in Paris Tim de Waele/Getty Images If you’re here it’s most likely because, like us, you love seeing the latest machines being raced by the pros. That’s why every year we bring you all the latest bikes, kit and tech from the front line of the race. For tech galleries, close up looks of the bikes being raced, and more, keep an eye on our Tour de France coverage. If you’re following the racing action, here’s a full guide of how to watch the Tour de France live on TV and via streaming services.
To a first-time viewer, the Tour de France can be a minefield. It’s not just as simple as the first rider across the finish line in Paris — and what is a polka dot jersey? Here’s our full guide to how the Tour de France is won; the classifications, the jerseys, previous winners and prize money. How to watch the Tour de France 2019 live on TV Tour de France teams for 2019 – complete startlist plus the favourites Tour de France classifications explained — what do the different jersey colours mean? The Tour de France consists of four classifications that individual riders can win: the general classification (GC), mountains classification, points classification and young rider classification. There is also a team classification. The classifications are essentially different categories that riders compete for, and whoever comes out on top wins. This is done on a stage-by-stage basis (whoever is leading the classification after each stage), as well as overall at the end (whoever tops the classification after the final stage in Paris). The different classifications are signified by coloured jerseys — yellow, polka dot, green and white — with the leader of the classification after each stage wearing the jersey on the following day. If they continue to lead, they continue to wear the jersey until someone knocks them from the top of the classification. What is the Tour de France general classification (GC) ? Geraint Thomas wearing the yellow jersey at the 2018 Tour de France Chris Graythen/Getty Images This is the oldest and most coveted classification in the Tour de France, and is led by the rider with the fastest cumulative time. Each rider’s time is recorded on every stage and the GC ranks the entire field. The leader of the general classification after the final stage in Paris is the overall winner of the Tour de France. Tour de France yellow jersey explained The GC comes with the coveted yellow jersey — or maillot jaune — which is worn by the leader of the classification until their cumulative time is bettered by another rider. The yellow jersey then passes onto the new leader of the GC, and so on. Tour de France yellow jersey prize money For each day a rider wears the yellow jersey, they are awarded €500. At the end of the race the overall winner of the GC (and, therefore, the Tour de France champion) wins a prize of €500,000. The 18 riders to follow are awarded smaller incremental amounts, with every finisher from 20th place onwards earning €1,000. Here’s a full breakdown of the prize money awarded to the ten overall fastest riders: €500,000 €200,000 €100,000 €70,000 €50,000 €23,000 €11,500 €7,600 €4,500 €3,800 Previous Tour de France winners In 2018, Geraint Thomas of Team Ineos (then Team Sky) was the overall general classification winner. This year he returns to defend his title. Thomas’ team-mate, Chris Froome, has won the Tour de France four times, but is absent from this year’s race after crashing at the Critérium du Dauphiné in June. Since the beginning of the Tour, four riders have won the general classification five times in their career: Jacques Anquetil, Eddy Merckx, Bernard Hinault and Miguel Indurain. Meanwhile, Fabian Cancellara is the rider who has worn the yellow jersey for the most days without ever winning the Tour. Tour de France mountains classification Julian Alaphilippe wearing the polka dot jersey at the 2018 Tour de France Tim de Waele/Getty Images What is the mountains classification? The mountains classification was introduced in 1933 as a secondary competition within the Tour de France. The first riders to reach the top of categorised climbs in the Tour are awarded a certain number of points according to their position across the summit. The climbs are categorised from 1 (most difficult) to 4 (least difficult), and measured based on factors such as the climb’s length and gradient, with more points up for grabs on harder climbs. As well as categories 1–4, there are climbs listed as hors catégorie, which used to mean ‘uncategorised’ but now effectively refers to climbs that are more difficult than category 1. The rider with the highest cumulative points total leads the mountains classification and wears the polka dot jersey. At the end of the Tour, the overall winner of the classification is the King of the Mountains. Tour de France polka dot jersey explained The mountains classification is signified by a white jersey with red polka dots (known as the polka dot jersey or maillot a pois). Vicente Trueba was the first winner of the King of the Mountains competition in 1933. Tour de France King of the Mountains prize money For each day that a rider wears the polka dot jersey, they are awarded €300. At the end of the race the overall winner of the mountains classification wins a prize of €25,000. The seven riders to follow are awarded smaller amounts. Here’s a full breakdown of the prize money awarded to the eight overall fastest climbers: €25,000 €15,000 €10,000 €4,000 €3,500 €3,000 €2,500 €2,000 Additional prize money is available for the first rider to the top of each categorised climb — the more difficult the climb, the more cash on offer: Cat 4 climbs = €200; Cat 3 climbs = €300; Cat 2 climbs = €500; Cat 1 climbs = €650; HC climbs = €800. Riders can also boost their pay packets by winning the Souvenirs Henri Desgrange and Jacques Goddet, which are the prizes awarded to the first rider to the summit of two key climbs chosen by the race organisers. Previous Tour de France mountains classification winners Julian Alaphilippe was crowned King of the Mountains in 2018, and this year he will once again represent Deceuninck–Quick-Step in the Tour de France. Richard Virenque won the title seven times in his career between 1994 and 2004, while both Federico Bahamontes and Lucien Van Impe have won it six times, from 1954–1964 and 1971–1983 respectively. Seven cyclists have won the mountains classification and general classification in the same year: Gino Bartali, Sylvère Maes, Fausto Coppi, Federico Bahamontes, Eddy Merckx, Carlos Sastre and Chris Froome. Bartali, Coppi and Merckx have all done it twice. Tour de France points classification Peter Sagan wearing the green jersey at the 2018 Tour de France Tim de Waele/Getty Images What is the points classification? The points classification was introduced in 1953 as an incentive for sprinters, with Fritz Schär being the first to win it. The first 15 riders to complete each stage are awarded points, with the most points going to the first rider and the following 14 receiving successively fewer points. More points are on offer for flat stages, again as an incentive to the sprinters. Riders can also gain points by being the fastest to complete intermediate sprints. Tour de France green jersey explained The leader of the points classification is indicated by a green jersey (maillot vert), and the overall prize is awarded to the rider with the most points at the end of the Tour. Tour de France points classification prize money For each day that a rider wears the green jersey, they are awarded €300. At the end of the race the overall winner of the points classification wins a prize of €25,000. The seven riders to follow are awarded smaller amounts. Here’s a full breakdown of the prize money awarded to the eight overall fastest sprinters: €25,000 €15,000 €10,000 €4,000 €3,500 €3,000 €2,500 €2,000 The top 20 finishers on each stage are also awarded prize money, as well as the first three riders at each intermediate sprint. Previous Tour de France points classification winners Erik Zabel and Peter Sagan are currently the only two riders in the Tour’s history to win the green jersey six times in their career. This year Peter Sagan returns to hopefully secure a record-breaking seventh, having won the green jersey every year between 2012 and 2016, and again in 2018. Tour de France young rider classification Pierre Latour wearing the white jersey at the 2018 Tour de France Chris Graythen/Getty Images What is the young rider classification? The young rider classification was introduced to the Tour as a secondary competition in 1975. This year it applies only to cyclists born on or after January 1, 1994 Just like the general classification, it’s calculated using each rider’s cumulative overall time but is aimed at rewarding young riders in the early stages of their careers. Tour de France white jersey explained The youth classification is signified by a white jersey, and much in the same way as the other categories, the rider currently topping the classification wears it until someone else overtakes their lead. Tour de France young rider classification prize money For each day that a rider wears the white jersey, they are awarded €300. At the end of the race the overall winner of the young rider classification wins a prize of €20,000. The three riders to follow are awarded smaller amounts. Here’s a full breakdown of the prize money awarded to the four highest ranking young riders: €20,000 €15,000 €10,000 €5,000 Previous Tour de France young rider classification winners Frenchman Pierre Latour won the young rider classification in 2018. Four riders have won both the white and yellow jerseys in the same year: Laurent Fignon in 1983, Jan Ullrich in 1997, Alberto Contador in 2007 and Andy Schleck in 2010. In 2013 Nairo Quintana won the white and polka dot jerseys in the same year. Ullrich and Schleck have both won the young rider classification three times in their career. What is the Tour de France team classification? In 2018 the team classification went to Movistar team Chris Graythen/Getty Images The team classification has been part of the Tour de France since 1930 but awards no coloured jersey. Instead the team is given race numbers with a yellow background, instead of white. It’s not considered to be as important as the general classification, and teams don’t normally set out with an ambition to win it, though they may change their tactics during the race if they are in a good position to do so. The team classification takes the time of each squad’s top three finishers on every stage (apart from in a team time trial, when the time of the fifth rider to cross the finish is counted, or the last if there are fewer than five riders remaining). The team with the lowest cumulative time across the race so far leads the classification. Tour de France team classification prize money At the end of the race, the winning team receives a prize of €50,000. The four teams to follow are awarded smaller amounts. Here’s a full breakdown of the prize money awarded to the five highest ranking teams: €50,000 €30,000 €20,000 €12,000 €8,000 Previous Tour de France team classification winners Movistar Team were the winners last year, and also won in 2015 and 2016.
La Course is one of the most significant races in the Women’s WorldTour calendar. Produced by the organisers of the Tour de France, this event has taken several forms since it was launched in 2014. This year, the event takes place on Friday 19 July in Pau, and the stage is a one-day 121km race. How to watch the 2019 Tour de France live Best women’s road bikes for 2019 Chloe Hosking sprints to victory to take the win at La Course 2016 Wiggle History of La Course La Course was launched by Tour de France organisers the ASO in 2014 after a campaign, by a rider-led group called Le Tour Entier, for a women’s version of the Tour de France. While the campaign for a full-length multistage tour for female riders continues, La Course has become one of the most high-profile events on the Women’s WorldTour calendar. The first three editions of the race, in 2014, 2015 and 2016, took the form of a crit race around the Champs-Élysées route, just ahead of the arrival of the men’s Tour de France finish. In 2017, the format changed to a two-day stage race with the first stage finishing on the Col d’Izoard. The top 20 finishers from the first day, or those within five minutes of the stage winner, were then able to take part in stage two, a 22.5km pursuit in Marseille. The 2018 the format changed again to a one-day race covering the same 118km as stage ten of Tour de France from Duingt to Le Grand Bornand, and was run ahead of the men’s race. 2019 La Course There are 20 teams taking part in La Course 2019 ASO The sixth edition of La Course will see a different format again, with the riders of the pro-women’s peloton tackling five loops of a circular time-trial course based out of Pau, near the Pyrenees in south-west France. The Tour de France will also be in Pau that day for Stage 13, an individual time-trial with one loop of the 27km circular route. It’s not yet clear whether La Course will be run before or after Le Tour. With the schedule for Stage 13 of the Tour de France listing a start time of 13.00 and an estimated finishing time of 16.54 this could mean either a very early start or a late finish for the women. Twenty teams will take part in La Course for 2019: Alé Cipollini Bigla Boels Dolmans Cycling Team BTC City Ljubjana Canyon//SRAM racing CCC-Liv Cogeas Mettler Look Pro Cycling Team Doltcini-Van Eyck Sport FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitane Futuroscope Lotto Soudal Ladies Mitchelton Scott Movistar Team Women Parkhotel Valkenburg Rally UHC Cycling Team Sunweb Team Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank Team Virtu Cycling Trek-Segafredo Valcar Cyclance Cycling WNT Rotor Pro Cycling Team Annemiek van Vleuten of Mitchelton Scott has won the last two editions of the race, but is planning on fighting for victory at the Giro Rosa, which takes place just before La Course from the 5–14 July. Could that impact her chances of success in France? 2019 La Course route Pau near the French Pyrenees is the location for the 2019 edition of La Course ASO The 2019 edition of La Course will see the riders complete five laps of a 27km course in and around Pau. The course is undulating and will favour the puncheurs in the peloton: riders who specialise in rolling terrain with short, steep climbs. The ASO states this is to balance out previous editions of the race, with the criterium race in the Champs Élysées favouring sprinters and the mountainous events in 2017 and 2018 favouring climbers. The profile of the 2019 La Course showing the rolling terrain and two main climbs. ASO There are two inclines that are particularly noteworthy: the Cote de Gelos and the Cote d’Esquillot. The Cote de Gelos is a 1.1km climb with a 7.8 percent gradient and the Cote d’Esquillot, which may be the more decisive hill of the two, consists of a short, sharp climb with the pinnacle at 16km in, near the mid-way mark of the race. From there it’s mostly downhill back to the centre of Pau and the start of the next lap. The last kilometre of the race held a lot of action in 2018, will the same be true this year? ASO How can I watch La Course live? Race fans around the world can expect good coverage for 2019 according to the La Course website, which lists 18 broadcasters who will be streaming the event. Sadly there are scant details currently regarding how much will be shown or programme times. The following broadcasters in each country streaming the race are: France TV Sport – France TV2 – Denmark Rai Sport – Italy Eurosport EU – Europe Supersport – Sub-Saharan Africa SBS – Australia RTBF – Belgium TV2 Norway – Norway NOS – Netherlands Universal HD – United States ESPN – Latin America and the Caribbean VRT – Belgium TV4 Sport – Sweden Eurosport Asia – South East Asia NBC Sports – United States Sky Sport – New Zealand Sportsnet – Canada ITV 4 – UK CCTV – China Senal Colombia – Colombia How can I follow La Course if I can’t watch live coverage? Follow La Course by Le Tour on Twitter for updates before and action during the race ASO Follow La Course by Le Tour de France Twitter account for live updates from the race and information on team selection in the run up to race day. La Course schedule The schedule for the 2019 La Course event is yet to be confirmed. Keep checking back for more information as it becomes available.