Racing in Yorkshire is all the motivation Geraint Thomas needs

LANGNAU IN EMMENTAL, SWITZERLAND – JUNE 15: Geraint Thomas of United Kingdom and Team INEOS / during the 83rd Tour of Switzerland, Stage 1 a 9,5km Individual Time Trial from Langnau im Emmental to Langnau im Emmental / ITT / TDS / @tds / #tourdesuisse / on June 15, 2019 in Langnau im Emmental, Switzerland. (Photo by Heinz Zwicky/Getty Images)

It is half past four in the afternoon, but Geraint Thomas sounds like he’s just woken up when he answers the call from Cycling Weekly. “Sorry, I forgot you were going to ring,” he says. “I’d dropped off for a bit. I’ve not long been home after travelling back from the Tour of Germany, and […]

Allez Julian! The rise of a French hero

With his neatly trimmed goatee and dashing brilliance on the bike, Julian Alaphilippe is France’s new musketeer, stealing hearts and putting his rivals to the sword, writes Pete Cossin

Julian Alaphilippe on stage four of the 2019 Tour de France (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

French former riders Sylvain Chavanel and Thomas Voeckler’s long-time team manager Jean-René Bernaudeau once said that if he could marry the natural talent of the former with the ferocious determination and tactical nous of the latter, he would have a world-beater. In essence, he would have created Julian Alaphilippe, cycling’s number one rider, who cemented […]

Puncture in final straight leaves Elia Viviani disappointed in Tour de France sprint

Elia Viviani (left) missed out due to a puncture on stage seven
(Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)

Deceuninck-QuickStep produced the perfect demonstration of how to set up their sprinter for a bunch final in Chalons-sur-Saône, only to see the hard work they’d put in over six hours thwarted when Elia Viviani punctured as the peloton swept around the final turn 1,700 metres from the finish.