Cyclings latest tragedy will shake the faith of the keenest enthusiast | William Fotheringham

Bjorg Lambrechts death in the Tour de Pologne on Monday was the eighth of an international rider since 2016. Is the sport really worth it? It is almost 25 years since I stood in the French town of Pau on a July afternoon in 1995 and watched the six members of the Motorola team, including a young Lance Armstrong, ride into the Tour de France stage finish a few hundred metres in front of the peloton. It remains the single most impressive and affecting memory I can summon up in over 30 years of following cycling. The men of the Tour had taken eight hours to ride that days mountain stage over some of the races greatest ascents at the …

Yorkshire bridge collapse threatens world road cycling championships route

A Yorkshire road, which featured in the Grand Dpart of the 2014 Tour de France, is impassable after Grinton Moor Bridge collapsed because of floodwaters Organisers of the Road World Championships in Yorkshire seem certain to be forced to change the route of the mens elite race after a bridge was Grand Dpart in 2014, and the route of the elite mens road race was designed to echo that. Starting in Leeds, the route takes in both the Buttertubs climb near Hawes and Grinton Moor before looping back south to the finishing circuit in Harrogate. The elite mens road race, Sign up to The Recap, our weekly email of editors picks.

Egan Bernal set for Tour de France title after retaining yellow for ride to Paris

Egan Bernal will be crowned the Tour de France winner on the Champs-lyses after keeping hold of the yellow jersey during a shortened penultimate stage In the thin, chilly air of Val Thorens ski station, Sir Dave Brailsford might have allowed himself a wry smile as he watched his new Tour de France champion, Egan Bernal, and last years model, Geraint Thomas, embrace. Only six months ago, Brailsford was looking for a sponsor for his super team, and fighting to hang on to his big names after Sky unexpectedly opted to end its relationship with cycling. Many doubted if Brailsford could keep his all-star team together, and if he could ever replace the big-money sponsorship that had led to accusations …

Mountain man Egan Bernal caps meteoric rise with Tour de France victory

If there is any surprise at Egan Bernals Tour de France victory, it is that it has taken so long for a Colombian to win it and he could now dominate for years to come A year ago, as Egan Bernal matched the pace of Chris Froome and Geraint Thomas in the Tour de France and left many of its big names trailing in the mountains the 21-year-old Colombian was instantly tipped as a future Tour winner. A curious trail of fortuitous events has now propelled him to overnight stardom as his countrys first Tour de France winner and made him the Thomas fell off at the Tour of Switzerland in June, up stepped Bernal to take the third major …

Blood, rain and cheers: Tour de France 2019 in pictures

With 21 stages of racing for 176 riders from 22 teams over a distance of 3,480km this years Tour comes to an end in Paris, so here are some of our favourite images from the last three weeks The Divider Weather hazards Two of the 21 stages in the race were time-trials stage two was a team time-trial, and stage 13 was an individual time trial where the riders raced against the clock rather than each other. For this reason, it is often called the race of truth as winning depends only on each riders strength and endurance. The Tour would be a duller and quieter spectacle if it didnt attract the thousands of fans who gather along the route …

Back in Pau: 20 years on from Lance Armstrongs first Tour win | Jeremy Whittle

City that hosts Fridays time trial has been on a doping ley line, a focal point for scandal, for almost two decades The foie gras, strawberries and red wine have long been cleared away and in a deserted press tent in Albi, Michael Rasmussen is talking about the time he was kicked off the 2007 Tour de France with final victory in Paris in sight. In a new book, The Yellow Jersey, Rasmussen describes the humiliation and desperation of fleeing the 2007 Tour under cover of darkness after his lies over his anti-doping whereabouts status caught up with him. Bundled into a rental car at midnight by his team boss, just hours after celebrating victory in the yellow jersey on …

Chris Froome conscious after surgery but rider remains in intensive care

Tour de France winner underwent surgery after a high-speed crash and Team Ineos manager Dave Brailsford said no timescale will be put on his return Chris Froome has successfully come through surgery following Original Article : HERE ; This post was curated & posted using : RealSpecific

Pregnancy is the ultimate endurance test. If a man says it, it must be true | Suzanne Moore

Can we finally recognise what growing and pushing out)a human entails? says Guardian columnist Suzanne Moore When Harry agony and ecstasy that is part of womens lives. How do we do that? After months of feeling not too grand while exposed to every myth going and being told what to eat, wear and how to behave, we have to get the baby out somehow. Its what we do. Some women love being pregnant, some really dont. Some sail through feeling mostly normal; whole truth about it, as so often we are told to enjoy what is the most dangerous and precarious rollercoaster we will ever get on. I remember a woman telling me when I was first pregnant that the …

Primoz Roglic strong favourite for Giro after crushing time-trial win

Primoz Roglic prevailed in wet conditions as other general classification contenders, including Simon Yates, suffered heavy losses in the time trial Primoz Roglic emerged as the overwhelming favourite for the Giro dItalia when he won the ninth stage, a 34.8km individual time trial from Riccione to San Marino. Britains Simon Yates, among other contenders, suffered a heavy loss of time to the Slovenian in wet conditions. The Italian Valerio Conti of Team UAE retained the overall leaders pink jersey after finishing 3min 34sec behind the Lotto Jumbo-Visma rider Roglic, who finished in 51min 52sec. The two-times champion Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) of Italy limited the damage when he lost 1min 05sec, following a strong showing in the final 12.25km climb in …

Giro d’Italia: Tom Dumoulin the big loser after crash splits peloton

Eduadors Richard Carapaz won the fourth stage of the Giro dItalia after a dramatic finale on the road to Frascati Movistars Richard Carapaz held on for victory on stage four of the Giro dItalia in Frascati, but Primoz Roglic was the big winner as a late crash hit his rivals and saw him extend his lead in pink. A touch of wheels a little over five kilometres from the finish saw several riders among them Tom Dumoulin hit the deck and caused a shake-up of the general classification. There had been much speculation as to whether the slight uphill finish would suit a sprinter or a punchier rider but in the end only a small group was left to contest …