The Tour de France drew to a low-key close on Sunday as riders in the world’s greatest cycling race paraded before a sparse Champs Elysees finish-line crowd depleted by social distancing.
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Tadej Pogacar became the first Slovenian to win the Tour de France after he retained the overall leader’s yellow jersey in the 21st stage won by Sam Bennett on Sunday.
Primoz Roglic was at a loss to explain his meltdown after he surrendered the Tour de France overall lead in the final time trial to fellow Slovenian Tadej Pogacar on Saturday.
Tadej Pogacar was left as shocked as fans, pundits and fellow riders after pulling off one of the biggest upsets in Tour de France annals when he claimed the overall lead by stunning odds-on favourite Primoz Roglic in Saturday’s final time trial.
Slovenia’s Tadej Pogacar was poised to win the Tour de France after claiming the overall leader’s yellow jersey from compatriot Primoz Roglic in Saturday’s penultimate stage, a 36.2-km individual time trial between Lure and La Planche des Belles Filles.
The final stage of the Tour of Luxembourg was marred by a crash caused by a truck parked on the course on Saturday, the latest incident in a race in which riders protested about safety.
Denmark’s Soren Kragh Andersen claimed his second audacious solo stage win of the Tour de France on Friday with a perfectly timed attack late in the 19th stage, an undulating 166.5-km ride from Bourg en Bresse to Champagnole.
Team Jumbo-Visma said on Friday an International Cycling Union (UCI) official had damaged the bike of Tour de France overall leader Primoz Roglic during an inspection, which had prompted an angry response from the team’s sports director.
Dutchwoman Annemiek van Vleuten will not defend her UCI Road World Championships crown in Imola next week after she sustained a broken wrist in a crash while riding for Mitchelton-Scott at the Giro Rosa.
Merjin Zeeman, a sports director with overall leader Primoz Roglic’s Jumbo-Visma team, was excluded from the Tour de France for intimidating and insulting a member of the International Cycling Union (UCI) at the end of Thursday’s 17th stage.
Only 5,000 spectators will be granted access to the Champs-Elysees to watch Sunday’s finale of the Tour de France due to health protocols that have been put in place to control the spread of COVID-19, local authorities said on Thursday.
Poland’s Michal Kwiatkowski won the 18th stage of the Tour de France, a 175-km ride from Meribel on Thursday.
Bradley Wiggins has lambasted Ineos Grenadiers saying all is not well in the Dave Brailsford-led team after their Tour de France challenge collapsed and defending champion Egan Bernal was withdrawn from the race.
Primoz Roglic is taking nothing for granted despite holding a comfortable lead in the Tour de France on Wednesday evening with four competitive stages left.
Colombian Miguel Angel Lopez won the 17th stage of the Tour de France, a 170-km mountain trek from Grenoble as Primoz Roglic tightened his grip on the overall lead on Wednesday.
Defending champion Egan Bernal has withdrawn from the Tour de France ahead of stage 17 after dropping out of contention at the weekend, his Ineos Grenadiers team said on Wednesday.
German Lennard Kaemna won the 16th stage of the Tour de France, a 164-km ride from La Tour du Pin on Tuesday.
Primoz Roglic and Tadej Pogacar are bracing themselves for a day of reckoning on the Tour de France as Wednesday’s brutal 17th stage could decide who, of the yellow jersey holder and his young challenger, will win the all-Slovenian showdown.
Bradley Wiggins says his old boss Dave Brailsford would be facing the sack if he were a football manager after a poor Tour de France so far for Ineos Grenadiers.
All 22 teams will start the 16th stage of the Tour de France after riders and staff members tested negative for COVID-19, organisers and the sport’s governing UCI said on Tuesday.
Tour de France director Christian Prudhomme will be back on the race on Tuesday after testing negative for coronavirus, organisers told Reuters on Monday.
Britain’s Simon Yates claimed overall victory in the Tirreno Adriatico after holding off his rivals in the final stage time trial in San Benedetto del Tronto on Monday.
Jumbo-Visma rider Primoz Roglic said on Monday he and his team have tested negative for COVID-19 after the second round of tests on Sunday and Monday, providing the yellow jersey holder relief ahead of stage 16 of the Tour de France.
The Tour de France is Primoz Roglic and his Jumbo-Visma team’s to lose after defending champion Egan Bernal imploded in spectacular fashion on Sunday, but his fellow Slovenian Tadej Pogacar lies in wait ahead of the final week.
Defending champion Egan Bernal was at a loss to explain the brutal failure that ruled him out of contention on the Tour de France in the 15th stage on Sunday.
After years of keeping quiet on the matter, Kevin Reza, the only Black rider in the Tour de France peloton this year, says he is ready to make his voice heard amid the Black Lives Matter movement.
Colombian Dani Martinez (EF-Education First) won the 13th stage of the Tour de France, a 191.5-km trek from Chatel-Guyon on Friday.
With race leader Primoz Roglic seemingly in control of his Tour de France destiny, defending champion Egan Bernal is hanging on for dear life and Friday’s 13th stage left him empty, but not despondent.
Swiss Marc Hirschi won the 12th stage of the Tour de France, a 218-km bumpy trek from Chauvigny on Thursday.
Teams who had one staff member test positive for COVID-19 will not be ejected from the Tour de France if they have another one in the next round of tests, two sources with direct knowledge of the matter told Reuters on Thursday.
Australian Caleb Ewan admitted he “stuffed up” his finish as he chased a second stage win on this year’s Tour de France at Ile de Re on Tuesday.
Ireland’s Sam Bennett has a chance to win the green jersey for the points classification on the Tour de France, 31 years after compatriot Sean Kelly, and he says it is no coincidence that both were raised in the same town.
Ireland’s Sam Bennett completed his set of Grand Tour victories when he prevailed in the 10th stage of the Tour de France on Tuesday.
All 22 teams will start the 10th stage of the Tour de France after their riders tested negative for COVID-19, organisers told Reuters on Tuesday, adding that four members of staff had returned positive tests.
Tadej Pogacar has lit up the Tour de France in the first two mountain stages over the weekend, leading the charge of a fearless new generation ready to complete a takeover on the grand tours.
All team members, riders and staff have undergone a coronavirus test and further participation in the Tour de France depends on the results that will be announced hours before the start of the 10th stage on Tuesday.
The professional riders’ association (CPA) called on cycling fans on Saturday to wear face masks along the route of the Tour de France during the COVID-19 pandemic on Saturday.
The Cycling Anti-Doping Foundation (CADF) said on Friday that testing returned to normal before racing resumed last month after it fell sharply during lockdown amid the COVID-19 crisis.
Belgian Wout van Aert won the seventh stage of the Tour de France, a 168-km ride from Millau on Friday.
Kazakh Alexey Lutsenko won the sixth stage of the Tour de France, a 191-km trek from Le Teil on Thursday.
Team Ineos lack their usual strength and will not be able to control the Tour de France as they usually do, rival team manager Jonathan Vaughters said on Wednesday.
Belgian Wouth van Aert won the fifth stage of the Tour de France, a 183-km ride from Gap that featured no breakaway, an almost unprecedented scenario in normal racing conditions in the modern era on Wednesday.
Adam Yates will reluctantly wear the Tour de France’s yellow jersey on Thursday, four years after he was deprived of the sport’s most treasured possession.
Former Tour de France winners Chris Froome and Geraint Thomas will take part in the Tirreno-Adriatico this month, organisers of the rescheduled event said on Wednesday.
Imola’s motor racing circuit will host this year’s World Road Cycling Championships, the UCI announced on Wednesday.
Slovenian Primoz Roglic showed no ill effects of his crash earlier this month as he prevailed in the first mountain-top finish of the Tour de France in the fourth stage, a 160.5-km ride from Sisteron on Tuesday.
Asutralian Caleb Ewan won the third stage of the Tour de France, a 198-km hilly ride along the Alpine foothills on Monday.
Eight-times Grand Tour stage winner Michael Matthews is returning to Australian pro cycling outfit Mitchelton-Scott on a two-year deal after being released from the last year of his contract with Team Sunweb.
Frenchman Julian Alaphilippe won the second stage of the Tour de France, a 186-km mountain ride around Nice, and took the overall leader’s yellow jersey on Sunday.
Home favourite Thibaut Pinot said he was concerned by a back injury ahead of Sunday’s second stage of the Tour de France after suffering a heavy crash in the opening stage.
Philippe Gilbert has pulled out of the Tour de France after the former world champion broke his knee cap, leaving the Lotto Soudal team with six riders on Sunday, down from eight after just one stage of the race.
Alexander Kristoff won the opening stage of the Tour de France while Thibaut Pinot, who is hoping to end the home nation’s 35-year wait for a local champion, was one of several riders to take a tumble during a rain-hit ride on Saturday.