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After ten stages, what loomed as a tight General Classification battle in the 2019 Tour de France is dropping hints that a not unfamiliar narrative might be about to play out over the next fortnight. Jane Aubrey considers the damage done.
Utter carnage. That was the impact of the echelons on the GC that formed in late on Monday’s stage at the Tour de France. A transitional stage. An ‘easy’ day ahead of the first rest day. It was anything but. Julian Alaphilippe might still ...
George Bennett, ranked fourth on GC after eight stages, has something many riders at the Tour don’t have: charisma and a sense of humour. He has also suffered an ongoing issue with ‘The Stitch’… but he thinks they’ve found the problem.
He’s earned a few good results in the past: victory in the 2017 Tour of California, for example. Or eighth in last year’s Giro, or 10th in the 2016 Vuelta. And now George Bennett is a stage winner at the Tour de France. Still, he’s a littl...
Riders don't only ride their way into cycling history with top performances at the Tour de France, but also a hell of a lot of money if they time things just right.
Rewind back to 2017 and Warren Barguil was tearing it up at the Tour de France. Together he and Michael Matthews lit up the second half of the Tour for Sunweb, with Barguil claiming two stage wins and the king of the mountains jersey in a ...
Stage five of the 2019 Tour was the eighth time Colmar has hosted a finish. Back in 1997, it was the site of a famous victory by Neil Stephens, only the second Australian to win at the Tour at the time. We caught up with ‘Stevo’ to reminisce a...
If you followed the Tour de France as an Australian 22 years ago, you’ll remember the scene well. After years as a valued domestique for some of the biggest names in cycling, Neil Stephens finally earned a chance to shine. Largely by coinc...
Tour de France journalist Rob Arnold, now on his 22nd journey to France for Le Grand Boucle, takes you inside the stunning opportunities afforded as part of a day on Le Tour.
Five nights in Brussels was followed by a border crossing, and a pleasant enough drive of a couple of hundred kilometres. Upon arrival in Épernay, there were delicious treats in the pressroom buffet and, as you’d expect, a glass of bubbly....
It’s been an all-too-regular conclusion in recent years at the Tour de France – that the first week is boring. Not this year. There may have only been a handful of stages run and won so far, but Jane Aubrey writes that the race is already hitting...
There was this brief moment while I was compiling the stages to watch article for the first week of the 2019 Tour de France. It was when I realised that I’d flagged a lot of stages before that all-important first rest day – six in fact. Wa...
A last-minute change to Michael Matthews' Tour de France plans is seeing the Australian star put through some wildly-shifting physical sensations and emotions in the opening three stages.
“Michael’s main quality is: he’s a massive fighter.” Nicholas Roche is on the bike, cooling down outside the Team Sunweb bus, offering his appraisal of his team-mate. He got there a few minutes after Michael Matthews, who had already spoke...

Remembering Paul Sherwen

The sound of cycling broadcasting changed dramatically last December: the familiar voice of Paul Sherwen fell silent. We remember the charismatic cyclist and commentator who introduced many to the beauty of bike racing.
For years they sat on the shelves, boxes with VHS tapes with handwritten scrawls on the spine listing the years and the stages. The video player is long gone but it doesn’t seem right to abandon this archive of memories. They provided the ...
Flat sprints, uphill sprints, medium mountains stages, cobbled stages, crosswinds, avoiding crashes... Peter Sagan does it all and that's why the Slovakian star will win the green jersey for a record seventh time.
Rules changes, shifts in stage finishes, different competition... Peter Sagan has had to go through a variety of challenges and challengers for the 'maillot vert'. Only one thing has ruled him out of the race, when he was disqualified in a...

The difficult 22nd Tour

The Tour de France can become something of a habit. The infatuation begins with a bike race but then grows into something much more… Rob Arnold explains the emotions evoked by preparing for The Difficult 22nd Tour.
Just because you’ve done it often before doesn’t mean you’ll do it again. Just ask Mark Cavendish. The Tour has been part of his annual routine since he was a pro pup in 2007. I’m in transit, in Dubai. It’s just gone midnight and, on the s...