Final Tour Rant: The sun has set on the Champs Élysées for another year - Yes, it's Monday Tour cold turkey time! Ed is in his virtual Paris Boulevard café with this morning with L'Équipe next to his café au lait and soberano, to give us his run-down on the final week's action. The end of the 2019 Tour road.
July 29, 2019 - The best Tour de France for years came to a strange end in the mountains, all the new from the Grande Boucle. Plus the Adriatica Ionica and Wallonie. Long recovery for Wout Van Aert - Top Story. More other cycling news: Ordizia and Cerami, contract news, Victor Campenaerts, Tour of Utah and Tour de Pologne. Video of the Kelderman brothers at the Tour.
Stage Report: Lotto Soudal's Caleb Ewan won the final stage of the 2019 Tour de France on the Champs-Elysées. The Australian was the best in the mass sprint after 128 kilometres into the centre of Paris, Dylan Groenewegen (Jumbo-Visma) finished a close second. Egan Bernal (Ineos) finished flanked by his teammate and second overall, Geraint Thomas.
Stage Report: Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) won the shortened stage 20 to Val Thorens. Just after the start, the Italian sneaked into the escape group to eventually go solo for the stage victory. Egan Bernal (Ineos) successfully defended his yellow jersey, while Steven Kruijswijk (Jumbo-Visma) pushed on to the podium at the expense of Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck - Quick-Step).
Stage Report: Stage 19 of the Tour de France was neutralised by hail on the route. The times were taken at the top of the Col de l’Iseran. Egan Bernal and Simon Yates were in the lead. The next group behind with Geraint Thomas, Steven Kruijswijk and Emanuel Buchmann, were more than a minute down. The yellow jersey, Julian Alaphilippe, was at more than two minutes.
Stage Report: Movistar's Nairo Quintana hadn't shown much interest in the Tour so far, but then the Alps arrived today. The Colombian was part of the early break, but rode away from the others on the Galibier to cross the line solo. Team Ineos attacked; Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck - Quick-Step) survived to hold the lead, but Egan Bernal moved into second place overall.
July 25, 2019 - Two more stages down in the Tour, the next three are going to be decisive. All the news from France, plus the Adriatica Ionica. Transfer rumors - Top Story. Other stuff: GP Cerami and Tour de Wallonie, jersey for Lotto Soudal, contract news, Deceuninck with Tour de l’Avenir, Roompot stop, Vuelta in Bilbao, bigger audiences for the Tour and Sagan interviews Oss video.
Stage Report: European champion, Matteo Trentin (Mitchelton-Scott) soloed into Gap for the win on Tour stage 17. The Italian was part of the big early break, which took over 15 minutes on the peloton. Ten kilometres from the finish, he rode away from the group for the solo to win. Yellow jersey, Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck - Quick-Step) was safe in the peloton, no change on the overall.
Stage Report: Caleb Ewan gave his Lotto Soudal team his second stage win in the Tour de France. The Australian was the fastest sprinter, beating Elia Viviani (Deceuninck - Quick-Step), Dylan Groenewegen (Jumbo-Visma). The yellow jersey remains on the shoulders of Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck - Quick-Step), although Geraint Thomas crashed and Jakob Fuglsang had to abandon.