Bookshelf: As we all know, Europe is the Promised Land of Cycling and as a professional athlete if you want to make it big you need to make it there. 2019 saw a Colombian, Egan Bernal, victorious, and a fascinating book, “The Big Climb,” recounts the ups and downs of a South American country's love affair with pro racing.
Nov 23, 2020: Only seven months to the Tour de France. NTT now Qhubeka and Assos - TOP STORY. Reports and video from Merksplas cross and Israeli road champs. Kittel gets engaged, Giro'21 start in Turin, Bernal back problem, Valverde’s bad season, EF and POC, San Juan go ahead, rider retirements and lots of contract news.
Two more exciting Vuelta stages to catch up with. Lotto Soudal defends 2021 young team - TOP STORY. No Covid-19 positives in la Vuelta. Tour de France 2021 presentation, Riwal Securitas hopeful. Evenepoel apologises, Bernal talks back injury, San Remo ignores Savona. Plus 'The Decisive Week – Giro d’Italia 2020' by Sunweb.
As we embark on the final week of the 2020 Tour de France, Ed Hood looks at the action so far. Sunday's stage 15 ended a few hopes, but the race is not over yet and the battle of the Slovenians is still on, with a couple of Colombians and Adam Yates waiting in the wings.
On the final climb of the day, the Grand Colombier, the 2020 Tour de France was probably decided. Egan Bernal and Nairo Quintana lost their hold on the lead group driven by the super-strong Jumbo-Visma team. At the end of the stage; Tadej Pogačar was first over the summit ahead of Primoz Roglič and Richie Porte.
As every year, Ed Hood is welded to the TV for every pedal stroke of the Tour de France. Of course there's the massive disappointment of not being 'Roadside' in 2020 (damn Covid-19), but he's ever eagle-eyed for the each day's 'real' story. Take it away Ed...
Just one day to go before the delayed 2020 Tour de France departs from Nice, in the south of France, for stage 1. The teams’ presentation of the 107th Tour de France took place on Masséna square in Nice in style but in front of a limited number of people due to Covid-19 restrictions.
This should have been the final week-end of the 2020 Tour de France (original dates). 2019 was a very good French Grand Tour and Egan Bernal is proof of a 'new guard' in the World of the professional peloton. Here is our selection of the best and different images from the finalé. Vive la Tour!
Colombian rider Egan Bernal is ready to defend his Tour de France title. The 23-year-old member of UCI WorldTeam Team Ineos has been ramping up his training in his bid to become only the 13th rider to win the tour in consecutive years.