Paris – Nice 2020: Stage 3

Chalette-sur-Loing  ›  La Châtre   (212.5k)

García Cortina pips Sagan in bunch sprint to take first Paris Nice win

Bahrain-McLaren’s Iván García Cortina erased his close run second on Stage 2 in 2019 to take the top step of podium in this year’s edition’s first bunch sprint. He held of Peter Sagan (Bora Hansgrohe) who is still looking for a first win in 2020, with Andrea Pasqualon (Circus-Wanty Gobert) taking third. The closing kilometres saw a few main sprint rivals ruled out of the fight, notably Sam Bennett (Deceuninck-Quick Step) going down in a crash with 500m to go, and Pascal Ackermann (Bora-Hansgrohe) suffering a mechanical.

 Iván García Cortina (Bahrain - McLaren) takes the win on Stage 3 of the 2020 Paris Nice
Iván García Cortina (Bahrain – McLaren) takes the win on Stage 3 of the 2020 Paris Nice
Photo: A.S.O./Fabien Boukla
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Paris – Nice 2020: Stage 1

Maz Schachmann won a cold and wet opener in Plaisir to the lead ‘The Race to the Sun’ on his first participation.

08/03/2020 – Paris-Nice – Etape 1 – Plaisir / Plaisir (154km) – Stage winner Maximilian SCHACHMANN (BORA – HANSGROHE)
Photo: ASO/Fabien Boukla

Bora-Hansgrohe’s Maximilian Schachmann seized Stage One of the Paris-Nice in a four-way sprint against Dylan Teuns (Bahrain-McLaren) and Tiesj Benoot (Sunweb) and Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-Quick Step) after he and Tuens linked up with the others with just a couple of kilometres to go. In the overall standings, Schachmann leads Benoot by two second and Teuns by four.

Max Schachmann wins sprint against Dylan Teuns and Tiesj Benoot with Julian Alaphilippe fourth.
Photo: ASO/Fabien Boukla
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Cycling World mourns Portal

The cycling world is mourning the loss of Nicolas Portal, the former pro and director of Team Ineos who died at his Andorran home yesterday of a heart attack.

Nicolas Portal: 1979-2020
Photo: Team Ineos

Team Ineos announced Portal’s passing in a tweet on Tuesday 3 March:

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Evenepoel crowned champion at Vuelta San Juan

Vuelta San Juan, 26 Jan – 2 Feb 2020

SAN JUAN, ARGENTINA – FEBRUARY 02: Podium / Remco Evenepoel of Belgium and Deceuninck – Quick-Step Team White Leader Jersey / Celebration / Trophy / during the 38th Vuelta a San Juan International 2020, Stage 7 a 141,3km stage from San Juan to San Juan / @vueltasanjuanok / #VueltaSJ / on February 02, 2020 in San Juan, Argentina. (Photo by Maximiliano Blanco/Getty Images)

20 year old prodigy Remco Evenepoel ended a week long party to celebrate his birthday with a nice addition to his rapidly growing palmares, which before the start of the season counted five victories, including Clasica San Sebastian and the European ITT Championship.

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Winder is the winner at the Santos Women’s Tour Down Under

Ruth Winder (Trek-Segafredo Women) took her first GC win since 2017 with victory at the Women’s Santos Tour Down Under.

Ruth Winder wins the 2020 Women’s Santos Tour Down Under
Photo: Women’s Santos Tour Down Under

The 26 year old American, born in Keighly, Yorkshire, took the four-stage race by five seconds over Liane Lippert (Team Sunweb) with new Aussie Champion Amanda Spratt (Mitchelton-Scott) just a second adrift.

Winder, who is also the American National Champion, went into the final Adelaide stage as race leader after giving Trek-Seagfredo its first 2020 win on stage three (Nairne to Stirling, 109.1km).

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Australian National Road Race Championships

Spratt and Meyer take the elite honours at the Australian National Road Race Championships in Ballarat

Amanda Spratt and Cameron Meyer gave Mitchelton-SCOTT its first elite double at the Australian National Road Race Championships since 2014 when Simon Gerrans and Gracie Elvin took the honours.

 Mitchelton-SCOTT's Amanda Spratt wins the 2020 Australian Nats
Mitchelton-SCOTT‘s Amanda Spratt wins the 2020 Australian Nats
Photo: Hikari Media

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Tour of Britain 2020

Cornwall announced as the Grand Depart for the 2020 Tour of Britain

Cornwall is the setting for the Grand Depart of the 2020 Tour of Britain which takes place on 6 September with a 175km stage from Penzance to Bodmin. This Southwest extremity of the British Isles is both beautiful and rugged and the route will trace a zig-zag through some of its most iconic sites and places made famous by TV series like Poldark will form the backdrop for a different type of drama.

From Cornwall the race will make its way north to finish eight days later in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire on Sunday 13 September. So far race organisers, who are yet to reveal a title sponsor after OVO Energy pulled out after three years in the role, have unveiled just three stages, the Grand Depart, Stage two from Sherford to Exeter in Devon and the finale in Aberdeen.

Official Tour of Britain website here

Tour de France 2020 Route Unveiled

Packed with mountains the 2020 Tour de France is aimed to leave the peloton shaken and stirred.

The route of the 2020 Tour de France was unveiled today in Paris in front of a packed auditorium at the Palais des Congrés.

With the usual rumours doing the rounds the course was expected to be designed to further create uncertainty and disrupt the dominance of the GC teams. The presentation certainly proved that was exactly what the organisers had in mind – starting on the French Riviera in Nice it includes 3470km, 29 cols, bookended with mountain stages, the latter an altitude finish TT.

Stages of the Tour de France 2020

DateEtapeKm
27/061. Nice Moyen Pays – Nice156
 
28/062. Nice Haut Pays – Nice187
 
29/063. Nice-Sisteron198
 
30/064. Sisteron – Orcières-Merlette157
 
01/075. Gap-Privas183
 
02/076. Le Teil – Mont Aigoual191
 
03/077. Millau-Lavaur168
 
04/078. Cazères-sur-Garonne – Loudenvielle140
 
05/079. Pau-Laruns154
 
06/07Charente-Maritimes (jour de repos) 
 
07/0710. Le Château d’Oléron – Saint-Martin-de-Ré170
 
08/0711. Châtelaillon-Plage – Poitiers167
 
09/0712. Chauvigny-Sarran218
 
10/0713. Châtel-Guyon – Puy-Mary191
 
11/0714. Clermont-Ferrand – Lyon197
 
12/0715. Lyon – Grand Colombier175
 
13/07Isère (jour de repos) 
 
14/0716. La Tour-du-Pin – Villard-de-Lans164
 
15/0717. Grenoble-Col de la Loze168
 
16/0718. Méribel – La-Roche-sur-Foron168
 
17/0719. Bourg-en-Bresse – Champagnole160
 
18/0720. Lure – La Planche des belles filles (clm)36
 
19/0721. Mantes-la-Jolie – Paris122
 

2019 UCI World Road Championships – Men’s Elite Road Race

Mads Pedersen wins the elite men’s World Championships road race

With torrential rain and winds returning to Yorkshire it was going to be day that pushed the best cyclists in the world to their limits. The strongest proved to be Mads Pedersen who survived the ultimate test to give Denmark its first male winner at the UCI World Championship.

Dane Mads Pedersen wins three-man sprint for the World Championship
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At the end of a cold, wet and unbelievable grueling 262 kilometers, Pedersen showed he was the strongest, beating Matteo Trentin (Italy/Mitchelton-Scott) and Stefan Küng Switzerland/Groupama – FDJ.

“It’s unbelievable. I didn’t expect this when we started this morning. It was an unbelievable day,” said Pedersen struggling to comprehend his feat.

“The team plan was to get me out in the early final (laps) and then (teammates) Valgren and Fuglsang would come from behind. But in the end, they didn’t follow van der Poel and Trentin when they came to my group. From there on it was just survive, survive, survive and then hope for the best in the sprint,” he explained.

The days cold wet conditions saw many of the strongest riders struggling, and a relentless process of attrition saw the peloton started splitting into fragments with many long given up any ambition greater than making it home upright.

The Danish rider had worked his way into an elite group in the last 50km and was one of only three riders still in contention on the very last drag up Parliament Street, Trentin and van der Poel . Van der Poel despite being a strong favourite faltered and t was Trentin who kicked off the sprint for victory. Pederesen had reserves of power and proved the fastest finisher passing the Italian before throwing his arms aloft in triumph to take the rainbow stripes. Tenacious Trentin meanwhile, clung on for second place on the podium with Switzerland’s Stefan Kung crossing the line two seconds back in third.

2019 UCI Road World Championships – Men’s Elite Road Race – Yorkshire, England – Giovanni Visconti of Italy.
Picture by Alex Broadway/SWpix.com
2019 UCI Road World Championships – Men’s Elite Road Race – Yorkshire, England – Matteo Trentin of Italy, Mads Pedersen of Denmark and Stefan Kung of Switzerland on the podium after the Men’s Elite Road Race.

Picture by Alex Whitehead/SWpix.com

“I just hoped that when I saw the finish line, all the pain would be gone, and I could do a good sprint. It’s six and a half hours on the bike so everyone is on the limit and so anything could happen in that sprint,” said Pedersen.

“You had to be focused all day and stay in the front all the time. But it’s one of the last races of the season, so it’s all about keeping that focus for six and a half hours and don’t have any bad luck and hope for the best. This is every rider’s dream to wear this jersey – for me to do it now? It’s unbelievable.”

Men’s Elite Road Race Results:

74th La Vuelta a España – Stage 13

Stage 13: Bilbao to Los Machucos. Monumento Vaca Pasiega, 166.4km

Pogačar doubles up on Alto de Los Machucos

La Vuelta Stage 13 Tadej POGACAR (SLO) beats Primož Roglič
Photo: Luis Angel Gomez ©PHOTOGOMEZSPORT2019

Los Machucos. Monumento Vaca Pasiega, Friday, September 6th 2019 –  Slovenians went one-two on Stage 13 when 20 year old prodigy Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates) took his second stage win of La Vuelta 19 atop the infamous Alto de Los Machucos beating compatriot Primož Roglič (Team Jumbo-Visma) was able to follow him all the way to the summit.

The pair were nearly half a minute ahead of a quartet of chasers, comprising Valverde, Nairo Quintana (Movistar), Rafał Majka (BORA – hansgrohe) and Pierre Latour (AG2R La Mondiale) who took the third spot.

Roglič result saw him extend his lead on GC lead with Alejandro Valverde (Movistar Team) now trailing by 2’25”. Pogačar slipped past Miguel Ángel López (Astana Pro Team) to take a potential podium spot. He also took white jersey as the best young rider by 17” ahead of López ..

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La Vuelta Stage 13 Tadej POGACAR (SLO)
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Stage 13 Video Summary (courtesy of La Vuelta)

Stage 13 Results and GC