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Tour drama: Tomorrow’s stage shortened after landslide shortens Stg 19; Bernal take lead - reaction; Tour slammed for 15m plastic-wrapped freebies; Dual carriageway leads to National TT boycott; the TdF Beefeaters; No Pinot but there is Wiggo + LOADS more

All today's news from the site and beyond.....



26 July 2019, 19:19
Tomorrow's route is going to be altered due to weather conditions
26 July 2019, 17:33
Alaphilippe finally relinquishes Yellow Jersey - but what a 14 days that was
26 July 2019, 17:23
Yep. That is exactly how we felt.
26 July 2019, 17:09
"I fully support him (Bernal) now... we all said last year he'll win the tour one day, maybe we didn't quite expect it to be this year..."
26 July 2019, 16:45
Bernal becomes the third Colombian to wear the Yellow Jersey - can he be the first to win it?
26 July 2019, 16:14
First look at provisional GC standings after chaotic stage
26 July 2019, 15:52
Was the cancellation a blessing in disguise for Julian Alaphilippe?
26 July 2019, 15:44
No stage winner as Egan Bernal is announced as the new race leader
26 July 2019, 15:31
Sean Kelly ignores everyone else and pushes on to the finish line
26 July 2019, 15:25
Live scenes from the Tour...

Luckily they called it off before it ended up like this... 

26 July 2019, 15:24
26 July 2019, 15:19
"These things happen and they happen so quickly in the mountains you have to react to the conditions" - Bradley Wiggins
26 July 2019, 15:15
More pictures coming out from spectators on the road
26 July 2019, 15:12
Confusion as to what happens next for this years Tour
26 July 2019, 15:00
Fair to say the riders are not happy...
26 July 2019, 14:57
Landslide and flood block the road causing stage cancellation
26 July 2019, 14:51
Pictures of the state of the road on the descent
26 July 2019, 14:44
The stage has been cancelled! Descent of Iseran not rideable due to ice!
26 July 2019, 14:40
Bernal solo in the lead as he begins the descent of the Iseran

What a race. What a day not to be french. Alaphilippe has two minutes to make up to Egan Bernal on this descent.


Oh and its hailing. This should be good.


Jonathan Vaughters sums this up best; 

26 July 2019, 14:35
London cyclist in traffic (picture copyright Simon MacMichael).PNG
Number of people killed on London’s roads falls to lowest level on record

But the number of serious injuries rose.

Full story here.

26 July 2019, 14:29
Bernal attacks on the back of Thomas attack - he is now the virtual yellow jersey
26 July 2019, 14:22
Alaphilippe dropped as Ineos attack
26 July 2019, 14:02
The Col d'Iseran is here, is this where the Tour will be decided?
26 July 2019, 13:53
Dr Hutch makes his prediction; Bernal for the stage?
26 July 2019, 13:33
At least Pinot's support team are looking out for him...
26 July 2019, 13:30
Groupama-FDJ give statement on Pinot abandon
26 July 2019, 13:02
Pinot has abandoned the Tour!

For the riders left, a long hard day is only just beginning as a strong breakaway has finally formed. 

26 July 2019, 13:05
Thibaut Pinot's knee goes
26 July 2019, 12:50
Pinot looks to be out of the race after receiving medical attention
26 July 2019, 12:25
There's only one Bradley Wiggins

Oi muppet! #TourDeFrance

A post shared by Sir Wiggo (@bradwiggins) on

26 July 2019, 12:05
Stage 19 is underway, will there be a frenchman in yellow at the end of the day?

The peloton is twitching as the short stage kicks off with lots of riders trying to get into the breakaway 

26 July 2019, 12:04
26 July 2019, 11:32
Nextbike West Midlands launch (Nextbike)
West Midlands seeking new bike-share supplier after only 25 out of 5,000 bikes were delivered

Nextbike struggled to find a corporate sponsor for the scheme.

Full story here.

26 July 2019, 11:14
Alaphilippe hands over the yellow jersey...sort of

By now you have probably all seen this video of Julian Alaphilippe being the gentlemen his moustache implies him to be and handing the yellow jersey to a kid who was a bit cold at the end of yesterdays stage. 

But there's always one person who has to make the inevitable joke... 

26 July 2019, 10:16
This is what's in store for them today
26 July 2019, 10:13
A day for the sprinters?

No, it is not a day for the sprinters.

26 July 2019, 09:58
Riders to boycott national 25-mile time trial, urging move away from dual carriageway courses

Team Ribble riders Dan Bigham, John Archibald and Si Wilson will boycott this weekend’s RTTC National 25 mile time trial.

The event is due to be held on the A25/11 course near Derby which runs along the A50.

The riders say that the A50 is unsafe for cyclists and have urged governing body Cycling Time Trials to move away from using dual carriageways.

26 July 2019, 09:19
How to apply suncream to a giant

Israel Cycling Academy is taking teamwork to a new level here...

26 July 2019, 08:20
'Tour de Plastic': more must be done about 15 million plastic freebies handed out to spectators, say environmentalists
Plastic bottles (CC licensed by Samuel A Love via Flickr).jpg

Reuters report that environmentalists are urging Tour de France organisers to rethink the handing out of freebies to spectators from corporate trucks on route, due to the amount of plastic waste it generates. 

The crowd are thrown essentials like bottles of water, but also keyrings, t-shirts and various other objects that amounts to over 15 million plastic-wrapped objects over the Tour. A few years ago, that number was as high as 18 million. 

Christian Prudhomme, the Tour de France director, responded to the demand for action with a letter in L’Equipe saying that sponsors now had to pledge to reduce plastic, and that items such as caps and t-shirts were no longer distributed in plastic wrapping.

The Tour's main caterer is now handing out cutlery made out of bamboo instead of plastic, ahead of the EU's ban on many single-use plastic items in 2021. 

26 July 2019, 08:14
The other Nairo...

This one is apparently a professional Super Smash Bros player, not a Colombian bike racer...

26 July 2019, 07:50
Just another day at the Tour de France

It's Friday, so here are some Beefeaters, a banana, a T-Rex and various others dancing to really bad europop. 

Arriving at in 2017 via 220 Triathlon Magazine, Jack dipped his toe in most jobs on the site and over at eBikeTips before being named the new editor of in 2020, much to his surprise. His cycling life began during his students days, when he cobbled together a few hundred quid off the back of a hard winter selling hats (long story) and bought his first road bike - a Trek 1.1 that was quickly relegated to winter steed, before it was sadly pinched a few years later. Creatively replacing it with a Trek 1.2, Jack mostly rides this bike around local cycle paths nowadays, but when he wants to get the racer out and be competitive his preferred events are time trials, sportives, triathlons and pogo sticking - the latter being another long story.  

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jaysa | 4 years ago

The middle of Saturday's stage has some tight and twisty descending with sketchy road surfaces. 

Cross fingers and hope it stays dry for these guys ...

kil0ran | 4 years ago

Yates yelling at Prudhomme = every single british commuter cyclist "discussing" a close pass 

ktache | 4 years ago

Wow, TdF stage stopped and a retraction and apology from BTBS, what a day!

BehindTheBikesheds | 4 years ago

Ok, later video shows it's a lot, lot worse than the initial light dusting, apologies to the French local authorities and my slight to sagan, this was correct.

Rick_Rude | 4 years ago

If they wanted to ride through what I'm watching, they are daft as a brush.

Rick_Rude | 4 years ago
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Even God doesn't want to see a French winner. Praise be to God!

BehindTheBikesheds | 4 years ago

Race STOPPED due to inclement weather/road conditions. Race radio is saying result is as per the top of the L'Iseran!!

Bernal in yellow!

Seems that the typical of the French they couldn't actually sweep a light covering of snow from the

Well Peter Sagan has got his way, extreme weather condition protocol and the race/stage has been cancelled ... well done son, none of the riders wanted to stop!

Jackson replied to BehindTheBikesheds | 4 years ago
BehindTheBikesheds wrote:

Seems that the typical of the French they couldn't actually sweep a light covering of snow from the

I take it you've never tried to take a train, tube, aeroplane, bus or car journey when it's snowed in England...

CygnusX1 | 4 years ago

Shame about Pinot.

Good job that photographer was wearing a helmet - there was a car dooring as well as a kick and a shove.

BehindTheBikesheds | 4 years ago

I bet it won't be snowing on the L'Iseran today, this was two of our group on 12th August just a scant 17 days later in the year, was snowing virtually from the bottom from Val D'Isere, shame because that really would have caused carnage! They did it the opposite way with C.d.Cenis after L'iseran so coming the way the TdF is means 1306m altitude gain over 30km from Lanslevillard @1458m to top of CdL @2764m, in old money that's 228ft/mile!

it's going to be brutal this deep into the race, no wonder Dowsett was out the back after only a few km, it's going to be a long, long day for him!

jasecd | 4 years ago

Send these products back and make sure they know why you are doing so. 

Plastic is so cheap and useful that the only way companies will change is if their bottom lines are impacted.

As for the tour I've been a spectator a couple of times and was pretty disgusted at the amount of tat that was given away. These demands to end this are spot on.


Rick_Rude | 4 years ago

Oversize packing pisses me off. Getting a sd card in something that won't fit through the letterbox....aaarrrhgghhhh. Amazon are worst for this.

Rik Mayals unde... replied to Rick_Rude | 4 years ago
Rick_Rude wrote:

Oversize packing pisses me off. Getting a sd card in something that won't fit through the letterbox....aaarrrhgghhhh. Amazon are worst for this.

Try ordering from John Lewis. They are completely over the top with their packaging. I recently ordered a pair of scissors. They came wrapped in bubble wrap in a box 18" by 12", completely full of bubble wrap.

zanf | 4 years ago

Companies obsession with plastic is ridiculous.

I ordered a box of Lucho Dillitos because it was cheaper than buying several individual packs and I love that they come wrapped in a biodegradable leaf.

Open the box and its 27 squares individually wrapped in plastic.

Was at the tour the other year and everything thrown from the caravan was wrapped in plastic. All low grade toot as well.

peted76 | 4 years ago

That beefeater video is smiletastic! Then.. dinosaur!  1

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