Enric Mas: I want to win the 2019 Tour de France

After his podium finish at the Vuelta a España last year – in only his second Grand Tour – expectations surrounding Enric Mas are as high as ever. The rider dubbed ‘the next Alberto Contador’ heads to the Tour de France for the first time in 2019 and his own hopes are just as high, as he insisted he’ll be there to try to win it. Related Articles Mas discussed his Tour debut last week, sitting down in front of the media at Deceunicnk-Quick-Step’s team presentation in Calpe. Moments beforehand, Quick-Step manager…

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Greipel and Arkea-Samsic eye wildcard for Tour de France

When the Santos Tour Down Under starts on Tuesday, André Greipel (Arkea-Samsic) may be the most obvious gap in the usual line-up of sprinters. But, although he recognises he’ll miss the Australian event, the veteran German sprinter says he is too immersed in his new challenges to get overly nostalgic. Related Articles Greipel has won the Tour Down Under overall on two occasions, and two stage victories last year on the opening and closing days increased his record total of stage wins in the Australian event to 18. But following…

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Cofidis and Wanty-Groupe Gobert awarded Tour de France wildcard places

The organisers of the Tour de France have awarded wildcard invitations to Cofidis and Wanty-Groupe Gobert, meaning that at least one of the remaining three French Professional Continental teams is set miss out on a place in this year’s race. Related Articles Amaury Sport Organisation (ASO) opted to invite 23 teams to Paris-Nice when they unveiled the route and line-up on Wednesday, but race director Christian Prudhomme made it clear that only 22 teams would line up at the Tour de France in July. Under UCI rules, all the 18…

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Bernal: I learned a lot from Chris Froome at the Tour de France

Egan Bernal says that he learned a lot from riding alongside teammate Chris Froome at last year’s Tour de France. Related Articles Bernal stepped up to WorldTour racing with Team Sky at the start of last year and made a surprise Grand Tour debut at the Tour de France in July. The 21-year-old Colombian rode an impressive race and finished 15th overall, as well as helping Froome and Geraint Thomas to the podium – with Thomas taking the overall win. “I learned a lot from a lot of people, but…

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Geraint Thomas and Chris Froome to target Tour de France

Team Sky have confirmed the major targets of their three key Grand Tour riders with Chris Froome and Geraint Thomas set to focus on the Tour de France in 2019, while Egan Bernal will lead his first Grand Tour at the Giro d’Italia. Related Articles Both Froome and Thomas had toyed with the idea of heading to the Giro d’Italia this season but did not go through with it. Froome rode the Giro in 2018 for the first time in eight years. He won the race after a dramatic fight…

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Enric Mas set for Tour de France debut in 2019

After finishing on the podium of this year’s Vuelta a España, Enric Mas is set to make his Tour de France debut in 2019. Although not yet confirmed by his team, the Spaniard offered more than a hint of his plans during a joint interview with Alberto Contador on Spain’s main broadcaster RTVE this week. Firstly, the structure of his season is one that appears to be geared around July. Having started out in Australia in January in his first two seasons as a professional, Mas revealed he will begin 2019…

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Aru: 2019 Tour de France route suits me better than Giro d'Italia

Fabio Aru is still undecided as to whether to ride the Giro d’Italia or Tour de France in 2019. The UAE Team Emirates rider was previously expected to line out at the Giro, though he pointed out that the route of the Tour suits him better than a corsa rosa with its three individual time trials. Speaking at the UAE Team Emirates training camp in Tarragona this week, Aru confirmed his first three races of the 2019 season but added that a final decision has yet to be made on…

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No Tour de France for Valverde as Quintana and Landa lead

Movistar have confirmed their three top leaders’ Grand Tour program for 2019, with Nairo Quintana and Mikel Landa heading to the Tour de France whilst World Champion Alejandro Valverde will be present at the Giro d’Italia and Vuelta a España. Related Articles Speaking at the Movistar Team launch in Madrid on Tuesday morning, longstanding general manager Eusebio Unzue made it clear there would be no repeat of the team’s unsuccessful line-up of their three best-known racers at the Tour de France in 2019. Instead, Valverde heads back to the Giro…

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Moment in time: Sean Yates’s day in yellow at the Tour de France

Sean Yates became just the third Briton to top the Tour de France general classification 1994, but as he recalls nearly a quarter-of-a-century on, he so very nearly didn’t get the chance to wear the yellow jersey Bereft of team radios, communication inside the peloton before the turn of the millennium was much harder. So difficult that it almost cost Sean Yates the chance of wearing the yellow jersey at the Tour de France. In his 11th Tour, and at the age of 34, Yates had enjoyed a memorable start…

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Davis Cup: Sebastien Grosjean named France captain for next two seasons

Sebastien Grosjean was part of the France team that won the Davis Cup in 2001 Former world number four Sebastien Grosjean has been named captain of France’s Davis Cup team for the next two seasons. Grosjean was part of the French team that beat Australia to win the Davis Cup in 2001. The 40-year-old won four ATP Tour titles before retiring in May 2010. Amelie Mauresmo was initially appointed to replace Yannick Noah but she withdrew earlier in December to coach compatriot Lucas Pouille. France were beaten 3-1 by Croatia…

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