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TOUR DE FRANCE 2020: 29th AUGUST TO 20th SEPTEMBER

Following the President’s address on Monday evening, where large-scale events were banned in France until mid-July as a part of the fight against the spread of COVID-19, the organisers of the Tour de France, in agreement with the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI), have decided to postpone the Tour de France to Saturday 29th August to Sunday 20th September 2020.

Initially scheduled to take place from the 27th June to the 19th July, the Tour de France will follow the same route, with no changes, from Nice to Paris.
Over the last few weeks, there has been constant communication between riders, teams, the organisers as well as other relevant third parties all with the support of the UCI, who are responsible for arranging a new global cycling schedule, in which the Tour de France takes pride of place.

The organisers of the Tour de France are in regular contact with and have reached agreement with all of the different parties involved, from the local communities to the public authorities.
The women’s event, La Course by le Tour de France avec FDJ, which was initially scheduled to take place on the 19th July on the Champs Elysées, will also be postponed to a date that is still to be determined, but it will take place during the Tour de France 2020. Equally, the 30th edition of the Etape du Tour cyclosportive, originally schedule to take place on the 5th July, will be postponed to a date yet to be determined.

We would like to thank all of cycling’s stakeholders, the Tour de France’s partners, its broadcasters as well as all of the local authorities for their reactivity and their support. We all hope that the 2020 Tour de France will help to turn the page on the difficult period that we are currently experiencing.
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Eurovision Sport extends Tour de France with A.S.O. and La Vuelta with Unipublic until 2025

Eurovision Sport and Amaury Sport Organisation (A.S.O.) are pleased to announce they have extended their media rights agreement for the Tour de France through to 2025. In addition, Eurovision Sport has extended its agreement with Unipublic, a subsidiary of A.S.O, for the Vuelta, again through to 2025.
The prestigious Tour de France will be available to audiences in 54 countries, with free-to-air coverage from EBU Member broadcasters in Belgium (RTBF and VRT), the Netherlands (NOS), Switzerland (SRF, RTS and RSI), United Kingdom and Ireland (ITV), Spain (RTVE), Portugal (RTP), Italy (RAI), Denmark (TV2), Norway (TV2), Luxembourg (RTL), Slovakia (RTVS) and Slovenia (RTVSLO).

All the excitement of the Vuelta will be covered free-to-air by EBU Members in Belgium (VRT), the Netherlands (NOS), Denmark (TV2) and Norway (TV2). The race will see an increased number of broadcast hours on offer to fans, around 70 hours per edition.
Eurosport will continue to screen the Tour de France and La Vuelta across all screens throughout Europe.

The deal also includes other major races including for the first time, several women’s races: La Course by Le Tour avec FDJ, Liège-Bastogne-Liège and Flèche Wallonne women’s races from 2020 in the Tour de France agreement and, in the Vuelta agreement, the Ceratizit Madrid Challenge by La Vuelta and Clásica San Sebastian women’s races from 2021. These additions affirm Eurovision Sport’s continued commitment to develop women’s cycling and offer the widest range of sports rights for EBU member broadcasters.
Eurovision Sport Executive Director Stefan Kürten said: “We’re very proud to renew our long-standing partnership with A.S.O and Unipublic. The Tour de France and La Vuelta are highlights of the annual cycling calendar, with a fanbase of millions, and we remain committed to enabling these iconic races to maintain and develop their unrivalled free-to-air exposure.”
Eurovision Sport Head of Cycling Frederic Sanz added: “Thanks to the ideal combination of EBU Members and Eurosport platforms, Eurovision Sport continues to showcase the best of cycling throughout Europe. We are in addition particularly happy to strengthen our commitment to women’s cycling and more generally to women’s sport with those races widely exposed throughout Europe.”

ASO Managing Director Yann le Moenner said: “We are thrilled to continue our partnership with the EBU and its members, which have always been committed to offer a large exposure for cycling all over Europe, through a perfect combination of generalist free-to-air channels and sport thematic channels. Thanks to the fast growth of EBU members’ digital platforms, we will enlarge our audience to include the youngest generations which have a huge role to play for the development of the sport.
Besides the broadcast of our iconic events, the EBU will be a great asset for the promotion and development of women’s cycling for which we intend to produce and distribute new events live starting 2020. Our long-standing relationship with the EBU will help to strengthen the relationship between the fans, the historical events they are waiting for every year, and the new races we are adding to the calendar.”

TOUR DE FRANCE 2021 : THREE STAGES TO FIND TRUE NORTH

Key points:
 On 3 July 2021, the Tour de France will venture farther north than ever before when it reaches the 70-kilometre mark in the second Danish stage, from Roskilde to Nyborg.
 The profiles of the first three stages were unveiled this morning in Vejle, another town that will host the 108th edition of the race. The show will get on the road in the capital of the country, Copenhagen, which is known as the most cycling-friendly city on Earth.

The Tour de France has explored all sorts of coasts, from beaches, harbours and cliffs to rocky inlets, dykes and bays. In 2021, the peloton of the Grande Boucle will discover a Nordic variant, the fjords, when it rolls out of Vejle for stage 3, held in the southern part of the Jutland peninsula. The hometown of 1977 Ballon d’Or winner Allan Simonsen also hosted the unveiling of the profiles of the Danish stages of the 108th edition. The opening act of the Grande Boucle, a 13 km romp through the streets of Copenhagen, is tailored to the most explosive riders in the field. Although the pancake-flat course opens the door to record-high average speeds, one of the few times that the riders will have to hit the brakes will come 4 km before the line, where the Little Mermaid will watch them negotiate a tight corner. The next day, the stage starting in Roskilde, the old capital of the country, promises a fierce battle among the classics specialists, who will face a windswept 18 km section of bridges while crossing the Great Belt in the run-in to Nyborg. Finally, the 182 kilometre stage to Sønderborg that will wrap up the Danish adventure will be a fjordfest along the coast, with the sprinters itching to pounce on what will likely be the first bunch sprint of the race.

The Danish stages of the 2021 Tour de France:
Stage 1: Copenhagen (individual time trial), 13 km
Stage 2: Roskilde > Nyborg, 199 km
Stage 3: Vejle > Sønderborg, 182 km

Christian Prudhomme, director of Tour de France: „The first few days of the Tour de France often set the tone and atmosphere of a race that develops into whatever the riders want to make of it over the following three weeks. It is an exciting prospect to think that in July 2021 we will be applying the final touches to the start in the heart of a city that breathes and lives cycling. The first three stages will showcase the landscapes of Denmark and give rise to a wide range of scenarios in which power riders, echelon experts and sprinters will all get a chance to shine — a compendium of bicycle racing on flat terrain.“
Dansk Metal, new local partner
The Danish trade union Dansk Metal, for those who work in industries of engineering, mechanics and IT, becomes the 2021 Grand Départ’s first Danish partner as an Official Fan. “We are very pleased that we have entered into this sponsorship. There is no doubt that the beginning of the Grand Boucle in Denmark will be a huge experience for a lot of Danes and we want at Dansk Metal to contribute to that,” says Danish Metal Vice President René Nielsen.
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TEAMS SELECTION FOR THE 2020 TOUR DE FRANCE, PARIS-NICE AND THE CRITÉRIUM DU DAUPHINÉ

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:

TOUR DE FRANCE 2020
B&B Hôtels – Vital Concept (Fra)
Team Arkéa – Samsic (Fra)

PARIS-NICE 2020
Nippo Delko Provence (Fra)
Team Arkéa – Samsic (Fra)

CRITÉRIUM DU DAUPHINÉ 2020
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 timeto.com at 4 pm on 21 October.
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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
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THRILLS THROUGHOUT THE PELOTON…TdF 2019

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.
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EGAN BERNAL, PHENOMENAL!

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 – www.plomi.smugmug.com

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


Foto: Gerhard Plomitzer – www.plomi.smugmug.com

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

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„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
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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


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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.
Rambouillet
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.
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