News - 17/09 - 11:00

E.Leclerc to take polka-dot jersey to new heights

Joop Zoetemelk pulled on the first ever polka-dot jersey of the Tour de France on 27 June 1975. The mountains classification had existed since 1933, but it had lacked a distinctive jersey until then. The "jockey outfit" —as Jacques Goddet described it tongue-in-cheek at its launch— has marked several eras: after Belgian Lucien Van Impe, who fought for it eagerly and...

News - 31/07 - 14:54

Geraint Thomas, better late than never

Geraint Thomas is the first Welshman and the third Briton to win the Tour de France. Moreover, he scored the sixth overall victory by Team Sky in seven editions (from 2012 to 2018) after he helped Bradley Wiggins and Chris Froome to do so. Aged 32, he’s an example of perseverance and consistency. 
 
Thomas often recalled his first Tour de France. His...

Interview - 29/07 - 21:07

Geraint Thomas: “I’ve waited for this for years”

 

It is insane. I just had never gone so deep for three weeks, I didn’t know what was around the corner. The first stages gave me some confidence, and from then on I went day by day, trying to relax and not to panic, and the momentum grew up until this point. This is the highlight of my life, along with my marriage. For years I just kept...

Interview - 29/07 - 21:01

Tom Dumoulin: “I was afraid of the double Giro-Tour”

 

Before the Tour I had the podium in mind but I was also realistic and I felt the double Giro-Tour could be problematic. I’ve been nervous for a few days. It wasn’t easy. Had I been told that I’d finish on the podium with a stage, I would have signed up straight away. To win yesterday’s stage for one second was magic....

Interview - 29/07 - 20:56

Julian Alaphilippe: “I’m immensely proud”

 

I’m speechless and immensely proud. The polka dot jersey wasn’t my goal at the beginning of the Tour but once I won a stage, I was a bit more relaxed. It worked out well. Almost every day I’ve built this King of the Mountain victory. This Tour de France is surely a turning point in my career in my relationship with the public.

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Interview - 29/07 - 20:44

Pierre Latour: "The white jersey wasn’t a goal but it’s nice to have it"

 

It’s a great feeling to stand on the podium of the Champs-Elysées with the white jersey. I enjoy the moment because last year I finished the Tour with a broken pelvis. As a team, we managed to stay focused even after losing three riders. The white jersey wasn’t a goal. It came as I was accomplishing my mission to stay up front...

Interview - 29/07 - 20:36

Chris Froome: “Geraint and I have come so far together”

 

It has been amazing to stand on the podium with Geraint Thomas up there. We have been teammates and friends for 10 years already. We’ve come so far together… This Tour was a whole different set of emotions for me, a completely different situation yet very rewarding. For the team it is massive to have won 6 out of the last 7 Tours...

Interview - 29/07 - 20:32

Peter Sagan: “Happy to be alive and in green”

 

I’m very proud of my team. They’ve supported me in all my victories and they’ve supported me when I was losing, both in the good and in the bad moments. I’m very happy of being alive and wearing the green jersey in Paris. I was lucky I didn’t break anything when I crashed. My accident happened quite late in the...

Interview - 29/07 - 20:26

Alexander Kristoff: "My best win in stage races"

 

I started sprinting from a bit far back but I was with [Roberto] Ferrari. I managed to get onto John Degenkolb’s wheel and launch at a very good point. In the last 20 metres, I realized that I was gonna win and it makes me super happy. It makes it up for my Spring classic campaign that I was not happy with. This is also my fifth win this...

The stage film - 29/07 - 19:27

Kristoff and Thomas share the honours in Paris

European champion Alexander Kristoff won the conclusive stage of the 105th Tour de France on the Champs-Elysées in Paris, the second success for UAE Team Emirates after super combative Dan Martin took stage 6 in Mûr-de-Bretagne. It’s Kristoff’s third victory after two stages in 2014. Geraint Thomas claimed his first overall victory while Tom Dumoulin...

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