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The organisers of the Tour de France have chosen the teams that will take part in the 78th edition of Paris-Nice (March 8 – 15), the 72th edition of the Critérium du Dauphiné (May 31- June 7) and the 107th edition of the Tour de France (June 27- July 19).

In accordance with Union Cycliste Internationale rules, the following nineteen UCI WorldTeams are automatically invited to the race:

AG2R La Mondiale (Fra)
Astana Pro Team (Kaz)
Bahrain – McLaren (Brn)
Bora – Hansgrohe (Ger)
CCC Team (Pol)
Cofidis (Fra)
Deceuninck – Quick-Step (Bel)
EF Pro Cycling (Usa)
Groupama – FDJ (Fra)
Israel Start-Up Nation (Isr)
Lotto Soudal (Bel)
Mitchelton – Scott (Aus)
Movistar Team (Esp)
NTT Pro Cycling Team (Rsa)
Team Ineos (Gbr)
Team Jumbo – Visma (Ned)
Team Sunweb (Ger)
Trek – Segafredo (Usa)
UAE Team Emirates (Uae)

Furthermore, the Total Direct Energie Team, the leader in the 2019 classification of UCI ProTeams will take part by right in Paris-Nice and the Tour de France 2020.

The organisers have invited the following teams:

B&B Hôtels – Vital Concept (Fra)
Team Arkéa – Samsic (Fra)

Nippo Delko Provence (Fra)
Team Arkéa – Samsic (Fra)

B&B Hôtels – Vital Concept (Fra)
Circus – Wanty Gobert (Bel)
Team Arkéa – Samsic (Fra)

TdF 2020 – Every mountain range on the map

Key points:
 The route of the 2020 Tour de France, which will take place between 27 June and 19 July, was unveiled this morning at the Palais des Congrès in Paris in front of 4,000 spectators, including defending champion Egan Bernal and four-time winner Chris Winner, as well as the leading contenders for top placings.
 Its defining characteristic is the inclusion of all the mountain ranges in France. The spread-out, varied and exceptionally steep climbs will give ambitious climbers one opportunity after another throughout the race, from the finish at Orcières-Merlette to the time trial on La Planche des Belles Filles, not to mention the Puy Mary, the Grand Colombier and the Col de la Loze, overhanging Méribel.

The Tour de France visiting five different mountain ranges is something that only happens once in a blue moon. It will be the first time that the route features mountain stages from the second day of racing until the eve of the finish in Paris, over a period of no fewer than 20 days. The stage between two islands and the ascent of the Grand Colombier from almost the bottom to the top, with a summit finish at the top of the Pyramide du Bugey, are also unprecedented. Whatever happens in stage 15 or in the exceptional time trial on La Planche des Belles Filles could decide who takes the yellow jersey all the way to Paris. If the riders in the 107th edition are feeling as bold and inspired as in July this year, we are likely to see a race in which the top of the classification changes virtually every day and the pretenders to the crown will have to take matters into their own hands early on.

The route has been designed to favour aggressive riders with the ability to jump out of the peloton with ease, starting with the stage to Orcières-Merlette, which will lead to small time gaps but provide valuable insights. If a non-conformist mood takes hold of the peloton, the ascent to the Col de la Lusette en route to Mont Aigoual and the first finish atop the Puy Mary may well do as much damage as the Pyrenean stages to Loudenvielle and Laruns. Meanwhile, the Alpine sequence signals a foray into uncharted territory, including the fearsome road to the Col de la Loze, overhanging Méribel, from which none can hide.

On paper, the eight mountain stages on the menu should decide who takes the spoils, but even flat and hilly stages will be riddled with pitfalls. Coastal winds could throw the peloton into disarray on the road to the fortified town of Saint-Martin-de-Ré, just like the Suc au May climb, the hectic finish through the streets of Lyon and the rugged terrain of the Vercors Massif on the way to Villard-de-Lans. Although the route favours attackers, sprinters will also get opportunities to shine from the first day to the last.
Sprinters take centre stage in La Course by le Tour de France powered by FDJ
The seventh edition of La Course by le Tour de France powered by FDJ will take the world’s elite back to the Champs-Élysées, where it all began with Marianne Vos sprinting to the win in 2014. Starting in 2016, the race moved on to pastures new to give other types of riders their day in the sun: Annemiek van Vleuten triumphed in the race against the clock and in the mountains, followed by a circuit for punchers in Pau last July that was dominated by none other than unflappable Marianne Vos. The next round will take place over 13 laps of the historical 90 km circuit around Paris.
Celebrating the 30th Étape du Tour de France with the first visit to Nice
The 30th edition of the Étape du Tour de France will be held in Nice on 5 July 2020. Just a week after the pro peloton burns through, the amateurs will tackle the 177 km long second stage of the Tour de France, starting and finishing in Nice. It is both the first loop course and the first coastal route in the history of the Étape du Tour de France. However, the 16,000 cyclo-tourists expected to take part in the race will ride up to 1,500 metres above the sea on two occasions, on the Col de la Colmiane and on the Col de Turini. Registration opens at at 4 pm on 21 October.

Die Strecke der Tour de France 2020 wurde heute in Paris vorgestellt. Die 107. Ausgabe der Rundfahrt, die vom 27. Juni bis 19 Juli stattfindet, wird mit einem Grand Depart in Nizza eingeleitet. Die 21 Etappen beinhalten 29 kategorisierte Anstiege mit sechs Bergankünften. Mit der ersten Bergetappe schon am zweiten Tag und der letzten erst am vorletzten Tag wird diese Ausgabe der Frankreich-Rundfahrt besonders anspruchsvoll.

Team-Manager Ralph Denk meinte über die Strecke: „Im Detail lässt sich die Strecke natürlich noch nicht einschätzen, aber es scheint, als wäre die Tour 2020 etwas für Kletterer. Schon zu Beginn geht es in die Berge, das heißt, man muss von Tag eins weg schon sehr gut in Form sein, und muss diese bis zum Bergzeitfahren auf der 20. Etappe halten. Das ist eine besondere Herausforderung. Ich denke, auch die Etappe nach dem ersten Ruhetag kann Veränderungen bringen. Nach dem Ruhetag haben manche Fahrer generell Probleme, wenn da Windkanten an der Küste aufgehen, verliert der eine oder andere vielleicht mehr Zeit als auf einer Bergetappe. Die Entscheidung fällt sicherlich erst nach Planche des Belles Filles. Da muss man noch Körner haben, um im Zeitfahren auf den letzten Kilometern um Sekunden zu kämpfen. Nachdem wir dort nahe an der deutschen Grenze sind, hoffe ich natürlich, dass dort auch viele deutsche Fans kommen, um Emu zu unterstützen. Alles in allem denke ich, die Strecke müsste Emu liegen. Es gibt nur ein Zeitfahren, und das führt auf einen Berg. Es gilt von Beginn an fokussiert zu sein, das kann er. Und es gibt sehr viele Bergetappen, das kommt ihm als Kletterer schon mal grundsätzlich entgegen. Ohne Mannschaftszeitfahren ist die Teamzusammenstellung vielleicht auch etwas einfacher für uns als in diesem Jahr.“ – Ralph Denk, Team-Manager


The 2019 Tour de France podium, with the youngest winner of the Yellow Jersey in the history of the race, Egan Bernal, ahead of his Ineos team mate Geraint Thomas and Dutchman Steven Kruijswijk, was constructed throughout three weeks of twists and turns. Julian Alaphilippe’s long period in yellow of added unexpected excitement, as did Thibault Pinot’s dazzling display before he retired two days from Paris. It was mission business as usual for Peter Sagan, who won his record setting 7th green jersey, while the sprinters had to take, in some part, a back seat to Caleb Ewan, who scored three stage victories in his Tour debut, including the most prestigious one on the Champs-Elysées. Romain Bardet, not quite in the hunt for the overall win (15th), still finished his 7th Tour on the podium and on a high note, with his first polka-dot jersey.
The French on a mission
The wait continues. No one still knows the name of the eventual successor to Bernard Hinault, the last French rider to win the Grande Boucle in 1985. But all throughout the 2019 edition, two Frenchmen put themselves in a position to be a more and more credible contender, albeit in two very different ways. One of today’s top specialists when it comes to one-day classics and stage victories, Julian Alaphilippe seized his first opportunity, near the town of Epernay, slipping on the Yellow Jersey. No one thought he would wear it for such a long time. Although he relinquished it to Giulio Ciccone for a brief moment, the French rider quickly replied at Saint-Etienne, where he retook the overall lead, with the perspective of remaining in Yellow just until the Pyrenees. He wasn’t satisfied to just hold on to the GC lead and increased his advantage over Geraint Thomas after the first major mountain range. He then set best time on the Pau time trial, stayed with the favourites on the Col du Tourmalet and barely flinched on the slopes of Prat-d’Albis before the rest day. Julian Alaphilippe eventually weakened in the Alps, on a terrain where he logically ceded his place to Egan Bernal, while an entire nation or nearly so seemed to be pushing him to Paris in that same jersey.

Meanwhile, the best chance for France was Thibaut Pinot, who was forced to ride at a distance after losing 1:40 when he got caught out by crosswinds on the Albi stage, although his chance to turn the race in his favour seemed quite real after his forceful ride up the slopes of the Col du Tourmalet. Fourth overall as the Tour reached the Alps, the French rider was among the favourites after displaying top form and a conquering temperament. And yet it was his form that stopped him, in this case a muscle tear in his left leg that left him no choice but to retire on the Tignes stage that could have been his day to star. But it was not to be for Pinot.
A new podium was produced on two shortened but decisive stages, on route towards Tignes and Val Thorens, with Egan Bernal in the role of a Columbian super-hero, followed by his Ineos team mate Geraint Thomas and Steven Kruijswijk, whose Jumbo-Visma team was omnipresent on the Tour. It was they who managed to eject Julian Alaphilippe from the podium, while he was still 2nd overall at the foot of the final climb to the highest ski station in Europe.

Sagan, the record

There was no fight for the green jersey! Sure, the classification was led for a day by the winner of the opening stage, Mike Teunissen, but it was Peter Sagan who slipped on the green jersey the following day and never took it off just until the podium on the Champs-Elysées. Once again, the Slovak focused all his attention on collecting points as he rode in the breakaways to fight for the intermediate sprints, strung together strong finishes behind the fastest sprinters to score everywhere he could. An astute connoisseur of the subtleties of this competition, the three-time World Champion only won one stage, in Colmar, but finished nine stages in the Top 5.
In all, Sagan won by a commanding 68-point advantage over Caleb Ewan, and broke Erik Zabel’s record in claiming his seventh green jersey in Paris. Along the way, the 12th stage won by the Bora-Hansgrohe rider put him on equal footing with the former German sprinter, which also ties him with two other legendary sprinters, Robbie McEwen and Mario Cipollini.
The dots for Bardet
The polka-dot jersey had a distinctly Belgian accent right from the start in Brussels. First with Greg Van Avermaet, who went in search of it on the Mur de Grammont where his outstanding Flandrien qualities stood out. Then with Tim Wellens, who found a role that ideally suited his all-rounder make up, capable of battling in the breakaways on rolling stages. Employing clever tactics, the member of the Lotto-Soudal team maintained the advantage in the King of the Mountains classification for 15 days, which none of his compatriots had done since Lucien Van Impe.
Wellens though reached his limits when the race entered the Alps. Although he managed to join the breakaway that saw him to score his last points as he passed the Col de Vars in the lead, it was Romain Bardet who made the most of the Valloire stage to take the lead in the climbers classification. The two remaining stages promised a wide-open battle for the polka-dot jersey, but they being shortened helped the Frenchman, who was not at peak form, to easily defend his position. He admitted luck was on his side to allow him to keep the polka-dot jersey and step on the podium on the Champs-Elysées for the fifth time in seven Tour participations.

Ewan, up to the challenge

They call him the “Pocket Rocket” due to his diminutive size and his explosive style that are reminiscent of Mark Cavendish, the Tour stage win leader, still competing, with 30 victories. Caleb Ewan was chomping at the bit to participate in his first Tour de France. He was even eyeing a strong start, with a Yellow Jersey guaranteed to go to a sprinter in Brussels. But the Australian’s debut was more laborious than planned. Always close but not really in contention, he took four top three results and as many frustrations in the mass sprints in Brussels (3rd), Nancy (3rd), Chalon-sur-Saône (2nd) and Albi (3rd), before stepping on to the stage-winner podium in Toulouse.
It was in the Haute-Garonne prefecture where Ewan’s trajectory joined that of “Cav”, who also began to win Tour stages at the age of 25, in 2008. Winner in Toulouse like Cavendish, the young Australian did it again a few days later in Nîmes, where his role model did the same 11 years earlier. Above all, Caleb Ewan finished his Tour de France in grand style on the Champs-Elysées. During his first visit to the City of Light, when he was just 17, he went to the Champs Elysées, that avenue that is so very special to all the sprinters, promising to, one day, raise his arms. That’s done, at the first attempt. And Caleb Ewan has fired the warning shot in the direction of Peter Sagan. He is now the Slovak’s most serious rival for the green jersey in the coming years.
Fotos: Gerhard Plomitzer –


There was probably no better ending to the celebrations of the 100 years of the yellow jersey than the youngest ever to wear it in Paris and start a new era in the chronicle of the Tour de France. Egan Bernal, 22, also made history for becoming the first Colombian to win the overall classification and please a cycling mad country.

Foto: Gerhard Plomitzer –

“This is not only my triumph, it’s the triumph of a whole country”, Bernal claimed on the Champs-Élysées after sharing his happiness with his girlfriend Xiomara, his mother Flor, his father German and his younger brother Ronald in a touching moment live on TV worldwide. Known for being very polite and grateful, the winner of the 106th Tour de France didn’t forget to thank the two other countries that made him a champion: France for organizing such a wonderful event and Italy for having welcomed and nurtured him right after he got the bronze medal at the world championship for mountain biking in the junior ranks in Andorra – where he’s now based during his European campaigns.

Bernal’s cycling career is absolutely extraordinary. Riders don’t normally turn pro at the age of 18. Belgian prodigy Remco Evenepoel did it with Deceuninck-Quick Step this year but he was a double world champion for road racing and time trialing. Bernal almost hadn’t raced on the road at all but started the 2016 season with the top professionals, finished in the top 20 overall of every stage race he did: La Méditerranéenne in February (18th), the Coppi & Bartali week (17th) in March, the Giro del Trentino (16th) in April. At the second one, he heard his sport director instructing via radio: “Whoever has good legs attacks now”. He did and dropped Mikel Landa off his wheel. He couldn’t believe what he was doing. “Landa? Landa from Team Sky? Landa who is going to race the Giro?”, he said to himself, incredulous.

A champion was born and he’d only confirm what kind of rider he was, fourth of the Tour de l’Avenir that year before winning it twelve months later. By then, he had already been acquired by Team Sky who bought out his 4-year contract from Androni Giocattoli in the middle of his term [which is pretty unusual in cycling]. Before him, no one had won Paris-Nice, Tour de Suisse and Tour de France the same year but he wasn’t meant to. Up to col de Turini in “The Race to The Sun”, it became clear that Nairo Quintana’s famous #sueñoamarillo (yellow dream) would vanish and Bernal would eventually become the first Colombian Tour de France winner, but the Bogotá native was set to lead Team Ineos at the Giro d’Italia. A crash at training in Andorra one week before the Corsa Rosa put him on another direction to ride the Tour de Suisse prior to the Tour de France. Chris Froome’s accident during the Dauphiné made him a co-captain of Team Ineos for the Tour along with Geraint Thomas who went down three times during the Grande Boucle after abandoning the Tour de Suisse in another fall.

Bernal had no problem this time around. Only the time trial in Pau (22nd and 1’36’’ down on Julian Alaphilippe) didn’t turn to his advantage. He crested alone in the lead the highest summit of the Tour – the col d’Iseran at 2770 metres of altitude, approximately the same as Zipaquirá, the city he hails from in Colombia, made famous by a salt cathedral and novelist Gabriel García Márquez, the 1982 Nobel Prize in Literature and author of One Hundred Years of Solitude [interestingly, Bernal soloed in the mountains to close the chapter of one hundred years of the yellow jersey].

Stage 19 in which he seized the reins of the overall classification, taking over from Alaphilippe, was shortened due to a storm, the road to Tignes being impassable because of huge amounts of hail and mass of rubble, but his reign might be a long one. In an interview with French monthly Vélo Magazine during the 2017 Le Tour de Langkawi in Malaysia, he declared: “I don’t know if I’ll have the level to a win a Tour, a Giro or a Vuelta. If my destiny as a cyclist is to carry the caramañolas (bottles) for my team-mates, I want to become the best caramañolas-carrier in the world. I simply want to be the best version of myself.”
He’s the best version the 100-year old yellow jersey.

Tour der Rekorde für BORA – hansgrohe: Peter Sagan holt zum siebenten Mal Grün und Emanuel Buchmann Rang vier in der Gesamtwertung

Foto: Gerhard Plomitzer –

Nach zwei Alpenetappen, die sicherlich in die Tour-Geschichte eingehen werden, rollte das Fahrerfeld heute traditionell in Richtung Champs-Élysées in Paris, bekannt als die Tour d’honneur. Der Start zur letzten Etappe erfolgte in Rambouillet, bevor nach zwei Bergwertungen der 4. Kategorie noch neun Runden auf der Prachtstraße von Paris zwischen dem Arc de Triomphe und dem Palais de Louvre zu absolvieren waren. Bei der vierten Zieldurchfahrt gab es den Zwischensprint des Tages, bevor es im Ziel zum letzten Mal Punkte für das Grüne Trikot gab.
Wie erwartet, waren die ersten Kilometer ruhig, Fotografen konnten in Ruhe die Bilder der Teams und ihrer Stars machen. In Paris angekommen, setzte sich eine kleine Gruppe von Fahrern vom Feld ab. Das Hauptfeld hielt die Ausreißer jedoch an der kurzen Leine und stellte diese 12 km vor dem Ziel.
Danach waren die Sprinterteams an der Reihe und reihten sich für ihre Sprinter ein. Auch BORA – hansgrohe formierte sich rund um Peter Sagan, der heute auf seinem neuen Specialized Venge, welches extra für ihn grün designed wurde, unterwegs war. In einem packenden Finale auf der Champs – Élysées rasten die Sprinter in Richtung Ziellinie. Nach drei Stunden im Sattel sprintete der Australier Caleb Ewan zu seinem dritten Tour-Erfolg. BORA – hansgrohe Sprinter Peter Sagan rollte auf Rang 10 über die Ziellinie und sicherte sich mit 68 Punkten Vorsprung die Punktewertung.
Für BORA – hansgrohe, „Band of Brothers“ geht mit dieser letzten Etappe auch eine Tour der Rekorde zu Ende. Peter Sagan geht mit dem Gewinn seines 7. Grünen Trikots in die Geschichte der Tour de France ein. Zudem holt man mit dem vierten Gesamtrang von Emanuel Buchmann die beste Platzierung bei einer Grand Tour in der noch jungen Teamgeschichte, und damit gleichzeitig das beste Ergebnis eines Deutschen seit 13 Jahren.
Reaktionen im Ziel
„Ich brauche sicher noch ein oder zwei Wochen, um wirklich zu realisieren was da in den letzten drei Wochen passiert ist. Unter den besten Fünf der Tour de France zu stehen, ist unglaublich. Ich habe immer daran geglaubt, dass vieles möglich ist, aber man darf sich bei der Tour einfach keinen Fehler erlauben. Das ist mir gelungen, auch wenn ich am Ende am Limit war. Der vierte Gesamtrang ist sicherlich das Optimum in diesem Jahr gewesen, denn Bernal, Thomas und Kruijswijk waren einfach noch ein bisschen stärker. Ich muss jetzt erst einmal ein wenig abschalten, runterkommen, um das alles genießen zu können. Und es würden mich freuen, wenn dieser Erfolg wieder mehr Kinder und Jugendliche motiviert mit Radsport zu beginnen, in einen Verein zu gehen. Außerdem möchte ich mich noch bei Ralph Denk und BORA – hansgrohe bedanken. Zusammen haben wir in den letzten Jahren sehr hart für diesen Erfolg gearbeitet. Heute können wir gemeinsam darauf anstoßen.“ – Emanuel Buchmann

„Das Grüne Trikot am Podium auf der Champs-Èlysées zu tragen ist ein Privileg und eine Ehre, vor allem mit dem Rekordergebnis sieben. Ich möchte mich bei dem gesamten Team, Management, Mitarbeiter, sportlichen Leitern und Fahrern bedanken, wir haben alle hart gearbeitet, um das zu erreichen. Wir hatten eine gute Tour de France und wir haben gezeigt, dass wir uns jedes Jahr verbessern und stärker werden. Jedoch wäre alles nicht möglich gewesen ohne die Unterstützung unserer Sponsoren, die immer an uns glauben und auch in schwierigen Zeiten zu uns standen. Und nun auch den Moment der Freude und Ruhm miterleben. Ich werde nun einige Tage frei machen und mich dann auf die kommenden Ziele der Saison vorbereiten.“– Peter Sagan

Foto: Gerhard Plomitzer –

„Das war eine perfekte Tour für uns! Wir haben alle Ziele erreicht, Etappensieg, Grünes Trikot und die anvisierten Top Ten in der Gesamtwertung haben wir mit dem vierten Rang von Emanuel sogar übertroffen. Ich bin aus zweierlei Gründen heute besonders stolz auf das gesamte Team BORA – hansgrohe: erstens hat Peter Sagan sein siebentes Grüne Trikot gewonnen, ein Rekord für den wir das Umfeld zusammengestellt haben; und zweitens hat Emanuel den vierten Gesamtrang geholt, ein Fahrer der bei uns Profi geworden ist und den wir in den letzten Jahren behutsam entwickelt haben. Im Sprint und bei den Klassikern waren wir in den letzten Jahren schon top, in dieser Saison haben wir aber auch gezeigt, dass wir uns bei Rundfahrten enorm weiterentwickelt haben. Da war diese Tour der perfekte Beweis. Wir werden diesen Erfolg nun sicherlich etwas genießen, aber wir werden uns keinesfalls darauf ausruhen. Denn wir haben noch viel vor, und werden weiter alles tun, um uns zu verbessern. Ich hoffe auch, dass dieser Erfolg in Deutschland den Radsport wieder mehr in den Fokus der Öffentlichkeit rückt. Der Radsport hätte sich das verdient.“ – Ralph Denk, Team Manager
© BORA – hansgrohe

Egan & Ewan: Stage 21 TdF 2019

July 28 th 2019 – 21:33
It’s youth on power for the 100 years of the yellow jersey as Australian Tour de France debutant Caleb Ewan claimed his third stage win on the Champs-Elysées and 22 year old Egan Bernal became the first ever Colombian winner.
Omar Fraile, first on the attack
155 riders took the start of stage 21 in Rambouillet. Yellow jersey holder Egan Bernal had his taste of Champagne at the back of the peloton in front of the cameras as per tradition. The peloton covered 34.4km in the first hour. Tim Wellens (Lotto-Soudal) and Yoann Offredo (Wanty-Groupe Gobert) successively passed the côte de St-Rémy-lès-Chevreuse and the côte de Châteaufort in first position with the acceptance of the rest of the field. Team Ineos led the peloton as they entered Paris for the grand finale in front of the most prestigious monuments and the Champs-Elysées. Omar Fraile (Astana) and Tom Scully (EF Education First) were the first two riders to go clear off the peloton.
Fraile, Tratnik, Politt and Scully at the front
Jan Tratnik (Bahrain-Merida) and Nils Politt (Katusha-Alpecin) caught up with the two attackers. With 40km to go, the advantage of the leading quartet didn’t exceed 20’’ as sprinters’ teams Lotto-Soudal, Deceuninck-Quick Step and Jumbo-Visma got organised early. Defending champion Geraint Thomas (Ineos) had a flat tyre with 35km remaining and made it back to the pack quickly. Fraile, Scully, Politt and Tratnik forged on and extended their lead to 25’’ with 25km to go. 15km before the end, only Scully and Tratnik stayed away. Tratnik was last to surrender with the peloton to have 12km to cover while his team-mate Sonny Colbrelli was chasing to come across to the pack with the help of Vincenzo Nibali after a puncture. Michael Matthews (Sunweb) also had a mechanical but got back on with 5km to go.
Third stage win for Caleb Ewan
Earlier achievers Daryl Impey and Julian Alaphilippe, both stage winners, respectively led the pack with 3km to go and under the flamme rouge of the last kilometre at the service of Matteo Trentin and Elia Viviani but it was eventually Edvald Boasson Hagen (Dimension Data) to launch the sprint from far out. Niccolo Bonifazio (Total Direct Energie) found an open gap and sped up but it came down to a duel between Dylan Groenewegen and Caleb Ewan. The Dutchman on left hand side of road was pipped by the Australian on right hand side. The last Australian to win on the Champs-Elysées was Robbie McEwen in 2002. The last debutant to win on the Champs-Elysées was Tom Boonen on 2004. The last debutant to win three stages at the Tour was Peter Sagan in 2012. Egan Bernal is the youngest ever winner of the Tour de France since the inception of the yellow jersey 100 years ago.

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1 Caleb Ewan (Aus) Lotto Soudal 3:04:08
2 Dylan Groenewegen (Ned) Team Jumbo-Visma
3 Niccolò Bonifazio (Ita) Total Direct Energie
4 Maximiliano Richeze (Arg) Deceuninck-QuickStep
5 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Dimension Data
6 André Greipel (Ger) Arkéa Samsic
7 Matteo Trentin (Ita) Mitchelton-Scott
8 Jasper Stuyven (Bel) Trek-Segafredo
9 Nikias Arndt (Ger) Team Sunweb
10 Peter Sagan (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe
11 Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bahrain-Merida
12 Marco Haller (Aut) Katusha-Alpecin

Foto: Gerhard Plomitzer –

Final GC:
1 Egan Bernal (Col) Team Ineos 82:57:00
2 Geraint Thomas (GBr) Team Ineos 0:01:11
3 Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Team Jumbo-Visma 0:01:31
4 Emanuel Buchmann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe 0:01:56
5 Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Deceuninck-QuickStep 0:04:05
6 Mikel Landa (Spa) Movistar Team 0:04:23
7 Rigoberto Uran (Col) EF Education First 0:05:15
8 Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar Team 0:05:30
9 Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar Team 0:06:12
10 Warren Barguil (Fra) Arkéa Samsic 0:07:32
11 Richie Porte (Aus) Trek-Segafredo 0:12:42
12 Guillaume Martin (Fra) Wanty-Gobert 0:22:08
13 David Gaudu (Fra) Groupama-FDJ 0:23:58
14 Fabio Aru (Ita) UAE Team Emirates 0:27:36
15 Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:30:23

Stage 21 preview / Rambouillet > Paris Champs-Elysées

Distance: 128 km
Climbs: 2
Points for the polka dot jersey: 2
Points for the green jersey: 70
Neutralised start: 18:05
Real start: 18:10
Estimated finish: 21:10 – 21:29
Village opening: 15:00

In attendance:
– Gérard Larcher, President of the Sénat
As part of the 100 years of the Yellow Jersey celebrations, the Tour de France invites 2 500 cycling enthusiasts to take part in the Randonnée du Tour de France ride, just a few hours before the riders contest the finish (13:30pm). Fabian Cancellara will ride it!
The sun dominates in the late afternoon, cloudless sky until arrival. Temperatures range from 24 to 21°C. Wind from the west northwest 10 to 15 km/h, gusts 30 km/h.
Stage city for the 3rd time, sous-prefecture of Yvelines (78), 26 000 inhabitants (Rambolitains)
This year, Rambouillet is welcoming the Tour de France for the third time, following 2012 and 1966. That year, the joker in the pack of the Ford France team, Lucien Aimar, managed to keep hold of his Yellow Jersey by a little more than one minute ahead of Jan Janssen.
The Olymic Games in 2024 will be the games for all the French, but many events will take place in the Yvelines department: horse-riding, pentathlon but also, naturally, cycling!
Paris Champs-Élysées
Traditional finish city of the Tour de France, 45th finish on the Champs-Élysées, capital of France and chef-lieu of the Région Île-de-France, common-departement and Prefecture (75), 2 250 000 inhabitants (Parisiens)
The Yellow Jersey appeared on the Tour de France in 1919, exactly 100 years ago. In this first Tour de France following the First World War, the route included a loop from Paris to Paris and also visited Strasbourg, to mark the reclamation of this city from the Germans.
This year, the Louvre Museum and its emblematic pyramid will receive a visit from the pack. Though significantly castigated on its inauguration in 1989, this year the Louvre Pyramid is celebrating its thirtieth anniversary.

Emanuel Buchmann fliegt in Val Thorens auf den vierten Gesamtrang der Tour de France

Foto: Gerhard Plomitzer –

Nachdem bereits die gestrige Tour-Etappe aufgrund von Hagel und Erdrutsche abgebrochen werden musste, wurde auch die Strecke der entscheidenden 20. Etappe modifiziert. Die ersten beiden Anstiege wurden gestrichen und die Strecke führte auf direktem Weg von Albertville über nur 59 Kilometer nach Val Thorens. Der 33 Kilometer lange Schlussanstieg blieb dabei unverändert, und sollte die Entscheidung über den Gesamtsieg der Tour de France 2019 bringen. Nachdem die ersten 26 km flach auf einer Schnellstraße gefahren wurden, war das Rennen von Beginn an schnell. Sechs Fahrer konnten sich zu Beginn lösen, bekamen aber wenig später von einer 23 Mann großen Verfolgergruppe Gesellschaft. BORA – hansgrohe blieb im Feld, das von Team Ineos angeführt wurde. Zu Beginn des Anstiegs hatte die Gruppe einen Vorsprung von 2:30 zu Feld, begann jedoch zu zerbrechen. Dort übernahm nun Team Jumbo-Visma das Kommando. 20 Kilometer vor dem Ziel umfasste die Gruppe der Favoriten immer noch etwa 30 Fahrer, die 2 Minuten hinter der Spitze lagen. Neben Emanuel Buchmann, waren für BORA – hansgrohe noch Gregor Mühlberger und Patrick Konrad in dieser Gruppe. Während sich an der Spitze V. Nibali von seinen Fluchtgefährten absetzen konnte, wechselte das Tempo in der Gruppe der Favoriten, wodurch Nibali etwa 1:30 Vorsprung verteidigen konnte. Gregor Mühlberger setzte sich an die Spitze der Gruppe und schlug nun ein horrendes Tempo an. Der junge Österreicher holte zuerst Quintana, und etwas später auch Soler zurück, um danach noch bis etwa 1,5 Kilometer vor dem Ziel das Tempo für Emanuel Buchmann zu machen. Dieser versuchte zwar noch das Podium anzugreifen, aber S. Kruijswijk blieb wie ein Schatten an Buchmann’s Hinterrad. Am Ende rettete sich Nibali mit 10 Sekunden Vorsprung ins Ziel, Emanuel Buchmann erreichte das Ziel als hervorragender Siebter und verbesserte sich damit auf den vierten Gesamtrang der Tour de France 2019.
Reaktionen im Ziel
„Die Etappe war zwar kurz heute, aber der Schlussanstieg war extrem lang. Das Tempo war von Beginn an hoch, auch wenn es Abschnitte gab, an denen man sich kurz erholen konnte, war es vor allem mental sehr anstrengend. Nach drei Wochen so lange fokussiert zu bleiben ist nicht einfach. Am Ende hatte ich nichts zu verlieren, denn der Abstand nach hinten war groß genug, um etwas zu probieren. Leider hatte ich nicht mehr die besten Beine, aber ich bin völlig überwältigt und überglücklich mit meinem vierten Rang. Es war in diesem Jahr das Optimum, denn Thomas und Kruijswijk waren einfach besser. Aber mal sehen was die nächsten Jahre noch bringen werden.“ – Emanuel Buchmann

„Am Start in Brüssel war unser Ziel die Top Ten der Gesamtwertung, das war realistisch. Dass es nun Rang vier geworden ist, ist unbeschreiblich. Emu hatte eine unglaubliche Tour, er war konstant stark, und am Ende hatte er mit Gregor einen unglaublich starken Helfer zur Seite. Der Schlüssel zum Erfolg liegt nicht in einem einzelnen Puzzleteil. Es ist das Ergebnis von harter Arbeit über die letzten Jahre. Wir haben ihn Stück für Stück an die Spitze herangeführt und alle im Team haben viel investiert. Die Vorbereitung in diesem Jahr ist auch perfekt gelaufen. Er hat die Saison mit einem Sieg begonnen, und auch bei der Dauphiné war er schon in bestechender Form. Die Mannschaft hat alles für ihn gegeben, auch Marcus, Daniel und Peter wenn es flach war. Das alles zusammen hat uns diesen Erfolg gebracht, mit dem wir unglaublich glücklich und sehr zufrieden sind. Für die Zukunft, werden wir in jedem Fall versuchen uns weiter zu verbessern.“ – Enrico Poitschke, sportlicher Leiter

„Das war heute zwar kurz, aber alles andere als einfach. Ich bin froh, den Berg überstanden zu haben. Jetzt ist es nur mehr ein kurzes Stück bis nach Paris. Ich freue mich sehr für Emanuel, er ist ein wirklich starkes Rennen gefahren. Morgen gibt es noch einmal einen Sprint, eine letzte Chance für mich bei dieser Tour.“ – Peter Sagan
© BORA – hansgrohe

Vincenzo Nibali, one more shark attack

July 27 th 2019 – 16:47

Photo: Gerhard Plomitzer –

Vincenzo Nibali, the 2014 overall winner, made it up for a disappointing Tour de France as he claimed a prestigious solo victory at Val Thorens at the end of a 59-km stage. This is his sixth stage win after the four he got five years and at La Toussuire in 2015. Egan Bernal rode home safely to retain the yellow jersey on the eve of the grand finale in Paris.
29 riders in the lead, including Nibali
155 riders took the start of stage 20 in Albertville. Dylan Teuns (Bahrain-Merida), Magnus Cort (Astana), Rui Costa (UAE Team Emirates), Alberto Bettiol (EF Education First), Kevin Van Melsen (Wanty-Groupe Gobert) and Lilian Calmejane (Total Direct Energie) rode away at km 2. 23 riders chased them down: Elia Viviani (Deceuninck-Quick Step), Tony Gallopin (AG2R-La Mondiale), Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida), Sébastien Reichenbach (Groupama-FDJ), Nelson Oliveira (Movistar), Omar Fraile and Gorka Izagirre (Astana), Michael Woods (EF Education First), Daryl Impey (Mitchelton-Scott), Joey Rosskopf (CCC), Vegard Stake Laengen (UAE Team Emirates), Jasper Stuyven (Trek-Segafredo), Nicolas Roche (Sunweb), Pierre-Luc Périchon (Cofidis), Jens Keukeleire (Lotto-Soudal), Niccolo Bonifazio and Anthony Turgis (Total Direct Energie), Ilnur Zakarin and Nils Politt (Katusha-Alpecin), Frederik Backaert (Wanty-Groupe Gobert), Stephen Cummings and Ben King (Dimension Data) and Maxime Bouet (Arkéa-Samsic). It made it a front group of 29 riders at km 19 with an advantage of two minutes over the peloton led by Team Ineos.
Julian Alaphilippe dropped with 13km remaining
Périchon and Turgis attacked right at the bottom of the 33.4km long climb to Val Thorens. 30km before the end, Nibali and Zakarin formed a leading trio along with Périchon. It became a quartet including Nibali, Zakarin, Gallopin and Woods. Périchon courageously bridged the gap. Jumbo-Visma took over from Ineos to lead the peloton strongly up the hill. Fraile caught up with the five leaders 17km before the end. With 15km to go, the time difference between the six escapees and the yellow jersey group was 1’15’’. With 13km remaining, Julian Alaphilippe got dropped, soon followed by Romain Bardet while Nibali rode away solo at the front. The 2014 Tour de France winner had 1’ lead over the main group with 10km to go and 35’’ with 5km to go.
Nibali’s first win since the 2018 Milan-Sanremo
Nibali forged on and struggled towards the end of the climb but resisted to the return of Mikel Landa who had attacked from the yellow jersey group led in the final part of the climb by Gregor Mühlberger (Bora-Hansgrohe). It’s Nibali’s first victory since Milan-Sanremo last year. It’s also Bahrain-Merida’s second stage win in this Tour de France after Dylan Teuns on stage 6 to La Planche des Belles Filles. Bardet retained the polka dot jersey as much as Bernal retained the yellow jersey. Alaphilippe dropped down to fifth overall while Kruijswijk moved onto the top 3 along with Team Ineos’ duo Bernal-Thomas.
1 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Bahrain-Merida 1:51:53
2 Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar Team 0:00:10
3 Mikel Landa (Spa) Movistar Team 0:00:14
4 Egan Bernal (Col) Team Ineos 0:00:17
5 Geraint Thomas (GBr) Team Ineos
6 Rigoberto Uran (Col) EF Education First 0:00:23
7 Emanuel Buchmann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe
8 Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Team Jumbo-Visma 0:00:25
9 Wout Poels (Ned) Team Ineos 0:00:30
10 Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar Team

1 Egan Bernal (Col) Team Ineos 79:52:52
2 Geraint Thomas (GBr) Team Ineos 0:01:11
3 Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Team Jumbo-Visma 0:01:31
4 Emanuel Buchmann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe 0:01:56
5 Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Deceuninck-QuickStep 0:03:45
6 Mikel Landa (Spa) Movistar Team 0:04:23
7 Rigoberto Uran (Col) EF Education First 0:05:15
8 Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar Team 0:05:30
9 Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar Team 0:06:12
10 Warren Barguil (Fra) Arkéa Samsic 0:07:32

20ème étape : Albertville > Val Thorens // CHANGEMENT DE PARCOURS

Due to the difficult weather conditions expected tomorrow and land slides noticed, the course of the 20th stage of the Tour de France will be modified.
After taking off from Albertville, the stage will go on the N90 road to head directly to Moutiers and then go on the initial end of stage at the N90 – D915 roundabout, 36kms from the finish.
The start will be given in Albertville at 2.30pm for a total distance of 59kms.
All the intial sporting points will be withdrawn except the KOM standings at the finish in Val Thorens.

Distance: 59.5km
Climbs: 1
Points for the polka dot jersey: 40
Points for the green jersey: 20
Neutralised start: 2.30pm
Real start: 2.35pm
Estimated finish: 4.35pm – 4.54pm
Village opening: 10.30am
Sunny at first, partly cloudy from Aussois to Tignes. Risk of isolated showers or thunderstorms, more likely over mountaintops. Hot temperatures at first, 32°C, then less hot between 20 and 26°C, and about only 13°C at the Iseran pass. Irregular and changing wind, between 10 and 30 kph.

Stage city for the 5th time, sous-prefecture of Savoie (73), 19 700 inhabitants (Albertvillois)
For a long time, the riders on the Tour de France contented themselves with passing through Albertville, but more recently, they have regularly stopped off here, with a more than decent level of success for French riders. In 2012, Pierre Rolland won, whilst in 2016, Romain Bardet grabbed the stage victory as well as second place in the GC.
Albertville combines skiing and educational excellence. The Lycée Jean Moulin high school plays host to France’s SSHN elite skiing school. This establishment allows pupils to combine training, competition and studies. It has seen the greatest French champions pass through its doors.
Val Thorens
Stage city for the 2nd time, mountain resort of Savoie (73), attached to the common of Les Belleville, 3 100 inhabitants (Bellevillois)
The Tour de France already climbed up to the summit of Europe’s highest ski resort in 1994. At the end of an unbridled stage, Colombian Nelson Rodríguez tasted triumph. 68 riders finished after the cut-off time, before being reintegrated into the race.
Val Thorens was elected best ski resort in the world for the 5th time in November 2018. With 1.8 million votes, it beat other internationally renowned resorts such as Kitzbühel or Verbier. Val Thorens was also deemed best French ski resort for the sixth consecutive year.